* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', Balthier lives and breathes this trope to the point he's practically the TropeCodifier for the series. He instantly believes Basch's story that he has an EvilTwin, he's perfectly aware that the AncientTomb will contain DemonicSpiders and {{Booby Trap}}s, and that TheEmperor will be awaiting them on TheBridge. He also constantly claims he's [[TheHero "the leading man"]] and as such may be called upon to do a HeroicSacrifice eventually. When he eventually ''does'' invoke said trope, well...
-->"Princess! No need to worry. I hope you haven't forgotten my role in this little story. I'm the leading man. You know what they say about the leading man - [[PlotArmor he never dies]]."
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' does this. Lightning and Hope [[SuspiciousVideogameGenerosity find a save station and a treasure sphere containing Ethersol]] (A usable item that restores the party's TP) just before entering a [[BossRoom large, open arena]]. Hope comments, " [[ThisIsGonnaSuck I get the feeling something bad is about to happen...]]"
** Another one: Hope knows that tired old tale of "Revenge is not going to solve anything." He doesn't care.
%%* ''PrincessWaltz'' is a good H-game not just because of its elements that work, but because it gleefully lampshades its own cliches. It's really hard to hate this game for following the stock conventions of its own genres when they cleverly keep poking fun at them at the same time. In fact, the BigBad and The PluckyComicRelief are walking fonts of GenreSavvy hilarity.
* The protagonist's genre savviness is what jump-starts the plot in the FMV game ''VideoGame/BrainDead13''. Teen computer and video game ace Lance Galahad is sent to fix a computer at the home of MadScientist and brain-in-a-tank Nero Neurosis, and quickly identifies it as a typical mad scientist's lair. Dr. Neurosis flies into a rage after Lance refers to him as an "[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne average villain]]", and he sics his homicidal toady Fritz on our hero.
** [[LetsPlay/ObscureGameTheatre Frankomatic]] points this out during the final battle between Lance and Fritz. You'd have to be REALLY genre savvy to know that the whole "rug whip" thing would actually work!
* Almost ''all'' the characters in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series, particularly [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Etna]]. Mao from the [[VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice third game]] is [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy dangerously so]], concluding that the quickest method of kicking his dad off the throne and rule with his own iron fist is to actually ''become the hero'' of the game.
** One example from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' that particularly stands out: Etna figured out that the Overlord Zenon she just defeated was a fake. How? The title of Overlord is transferred by KlingonPromotion, and she points out that her title on her status screen doesn't read "Overlord".
** Also from ''Disgaea 3'', after you have defeated [[spoiler: Super-Hero Aurum]] he says "Wait! In these games the final boss always has to take his final form before you can truly defeat him!", to which Mao replies "Ah! Curse you, using that convenient Game Mechanic!"
* In the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series, a pedestrian having a conversation about a nearby dead body will occasionally mutter "Don't worry, he'll respawn!" or something similar.
* ''SaintsRow'': "No one stays dead in Stilwater''.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has one involving the Trolls and the Tsoo: while interfering with a meeting between the two gangs, heroes will come across Mr. Ting, a Tsoo, complaining to the Troll leader, "Haven't you learned anything? [[RevealingCoverup When you kidnap people, capes show up.]]"
* ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'' forces the ''player'' of all people to be Genre Savvy as a requirement to progress past...well, to pretty much progress period. Unfortunately, [[NintendoHard this isn't the only thing needed to progress]].
** It also invokes DeathByGenreSavviness several times -- primarily in the famous '[[ViolationOfCommonSense You jumped into a sword! You retard!]]' scene.
** Meanwhile, the game itself is very Player Savvy. "OK, so I know now that these apples will fall on me, and that the third one will fall ''up''. Ah, but there's a gaping hole between trees there. I can use it to just jump between the two trees and avoid any apples! Alright here I- A SIDEWAYS APPLE?!". Or how about sequences with one insanely hard bunch of obstacles. Once you finally pass the apples/spikepit/enemies and you think you're home free once you reach the platform on the other side... the ground falls away, or a spike lands on that ''exact'' spot that you thought was safe, and you die just so that the game can teach you not to get complacent.
* The developers for ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' knew that [[FreudWasRight when given artistic freedom, people will naturally deviate towards pornographic material]], and put in measures so people would not be forced to run into peoples' penis-monsters when exploring the player-made content.
* Arthas, aka the Lich King, of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', as of the newest expansion, has displayed some unexpected genre-savviness, going so far in one early encounter as to [[spoiler:deliberately murder your character, simply to prove a point about his own power, knowing full well you'll get right back up shortly and keep coming after him anyway]]. Now that is ''DangerouslyGenreSavvy''.
** Even more so when you finally do manage to face him; he reveals that [[spoiler: he's been letting you kill all his best monsters specifically so that you will 'get stronger' -- as in, get their loot -- so that you, the player, will be a better, stronger minion when he turns you.]]
* Henry of ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' is made of this trope. He correctly identifies himself as main character Travis' mysterious foil and just goes on from there.
** Travis picks up some of it once ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' starts, but the king of the trope is the final boss. When Travis can't figure out his motives, the boss snaps, pointing out that [[spoiler:YouKilledMyFather]] is a staple of every genre known to man -- "''Shakespeare'', for God's sake!"
* A critical plot point in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'': [[spoiler: when you meet an American soldier in the Russian wilderness during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, who is asking about Adam and says his code name is Snake, just give it a shot and tell him you're Eva. [[AdamAndOrEve Chances are very good this Adam guy has a partner by that name.]]]]
* Zoey of ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' is a prime example -- as a college student, she's seen a lot of zombie movies, and often spouts out lines relating to [[ZombieApocalypse their current situation]].
** "I can't get over how fast they all are! It's not even fair, I'm calling zombie bullshit on that, you know? They're not... allowed to be so fast!"
** Unfortunately she's also WrongGenreSavvy in the comic The Sacrifice she finds out that [[spoiler:Her father was actually a carrier so when she shot him in a mercy killing after he was bitten, it was a pointless sacrifice]]
** Bill: "You know who's going to survive this? It ain't the fella making jokes."
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'': Guybrush Threepwood occasionally points out a trope during his adventures and tries to take advantage (generally by refusing to do something stupid).
* The title character of ''VideoGame/EatLeadTheReturnOfMattHazard'' is not only savvy about every genre he's ever been in, but he's savvy about every other game genre, too. He also has MediumAwareness, and these are half of what he uses to get through his situation. The other half, of course, is lots of guns.
* Apart from the whole "evil unkillable vampires" part and stuff of which she is by necessity very genre savvy, [[CloudCuckoolander Arcueid]] of ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' also surprisingly displays some genre savviness in regards to relationships. Arcueid notes that Shiki sure is acting nice to everyone else, he says that he ''is'' nice to everyone... except her. You idiot! She's thrilled (but can't quite grasp why), because she recognizes him as being a {{tsundere}} -- and therefore making her the love interest!
* Refreshingly, the main character in ''ShinMegamiTensei: VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' can be played this way. Often, the main character can explain the plot to the other characters in the party. There's usually two dialogue options: Genre Savvy and Panicking/Has no idea what's going on. In most [=RPG=]s, the main character is prevented from being genre savvy in favor of having an ExpositionFairy explain everything for them. As a result, there's not really any scenes in the game where the main character says things like [[GenreBlind "That demonic cult member said he wanted to destroy the world with demons! I wonder what that could mean? Please explain it to me, party members."]][[note]]That's [[TheChick Yuzu's]] [[TheWatson job]].[[/note]]
%%* ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'': Sam & Max gradually grow into this throughout the [[TelltaleGames Telltale]] series, eventually reaching a point in
* The girls in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' games occasionally show that they are ''very'' aware of the tropes of BulletHell games. Not the least of which is the fact that they ''explicitly'' call their attacks {{Danmaku}}. One amusing example appears in ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'', whose Stage 4 has an unusually long wait between reaching the boss's area, and the boss showing up. When she gets there, Reimu spends a few moments muttering to herself about what's going on, and when no boss shows up, she demands "Doesn't someone usually pop in with a response right about now?"
** The English translations also have a RunningGag of taunting early-game bosses. Taken to an extreme with Kogasa Tatara in ''Unidentified Fantastic Object'', who shows up to be mocked this way in Stage 2... only to show up as the midboss of the Extra Stage, on purpose, ''[[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou to surprise the player!]]''
--->'''Kogasa's Boss Subtitle:''' [[LampshadeHanging Surprise!]]
* In ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'', Eddie shows a degree of genre savvy right off the bat when he sees a Twisted Coil Battle Nun from behind. "All right. I'm supposed to think you're a nun, but I know you're really some big ugly demon, so let's have it! (she turns and roars in his face) HAH! I knew it! Big, ugly demon."
** Eddie is definitely among the best examples of this trope in any video game story, quite fittingly as he is sort of TrappedInTVLand, except it's Heavy Metal Land and he likes it there far better than his original world.
** Eddie's whole personality through most of the game is built around this trope, since he interacts with all the other characters acting as if his supposed inside knowledge of the world is enough of an advantage for him to overcome anything. He turns out to be correct... most of the time.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Varric repeatedly demonstrates in dialogue that he has a keen understanding of how stories work and lampshades a number of different parts of the game through this.
** If you side with the mages and confront Alexius, at one point Alexius' son asks Alexius if he knows what he sounds like. Cue Dorian: "he sounds exactly like the sort of villainous cliche everyone expects us to be"
* In ''VideoGame/ZettaiHeroProject'', pretty much everyone is aware of what cliches to keep track of, apparently because HenshinHero shows are based on real life for them. But their CrowningMomentOfAwesome comes when Darkdeath Evilman unleashes a series of energy blasts that land in countless cities across the world, causing mass destruction. [[spoiler:Each and every one of those locations was evacuated, because they were all the buildings and landmarks that are always destroyed in movies. There were no casualties at all.]]
* Both Ben and Dan in ''VideoGame/BenThereDanThat'' and its sequel are aware at all times that they're in a [[AdventureGame point-and-click]], and specifically that it's one of the LucasArts school which doesn't punish the player with deaths or {{Unwinnable}} situations. This is frequently used to justify their more dangerous antics and their [[TooDumbToLive lack of any fear of death]], as well as Ben's [[KleptomaniacHero kleptomania]] and [[MoonLogicPuzzle deliberately trying to come up with convoluted ways of doing simple things]]. The aliens, however, are DangerouslyGenreSavvy, and reveal at the end of ''BenThereDanThat'' that their abduction of Ben and Dan and forcing them to go through a point-and-click adventure game was just there to [[YouAreTooLate keep them clicking about long enough for the aliens to enact their real evil plan.]]
* Kouin in ''VisualNovel/EienNoAselia'' realizes that being perfectly willing to kill to save his girlfriend makes him less sympathetic than the angsty Yuuto, which means he can't be TheHero. Yuuto himself edges close on occasion.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', The Saints often {{Lampshade}} and discuss tropes such as help arriving after two waves of SWAT teams and mentioning how they think Loren wouldn't be so cliche as to hide on the top floor of the tallest building of the city "like a criminal mastermind".
* Blizzard showed themselves to be almost DangerouslyGenreSavvy when it came to developing ''VideoGame/{{Diablo III}}'' - they knew that in the multiplayer option, just about every characters' stats would be the ''exact same'' as one another with little if any deviation at all. So they knew that since {{Munchkin}}s would eventually [[StopHavingFunGuys force everyone to follow the "best" build]], to simply make all the stats determined at level-up anyways.
** They also knew that there would be shady gold selling and item selling websites out there to steal people's accounts, so they made their own version - the Real Money Auction House (RMAH) - to counter them, both undercutting shady "services" and allowing legit players to make a pretty penny.
* Geralt of ''VideoGame/TheWitcher''. He's well aware of traditional fantasy stories, and [[TheSnarkKnight of course being the kind of person he is]], sarcastically brings them up from time to time. He's also aware of the villain's excuses and lectures and tends to brush them aside in favor of cutting to the chase. That said, Geralt's knowledge of fantasy tropes aren't always PlayedForLaughs, sometimes they are very true: [[spoiler:in one quest to cure a man of [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lycanthropy]], he comes across a variety of cures ranging from the folk (Wolf's aloe sewn into a shirt) to the scientific (a potion brewed from alchemy) and the corny fairy-tale classic, true love. Rather shockingly, it's the corny fairy-tale one that works]]. Even better, Geralt, being a professional monster-slayer, has been specially trained to see through the schemes of intelligent monsters such as [[WickedWitch devourers]] and [[OurVampiresAreDifferent bruxa]] who are GenreSavvy enough to play on misconceptions of the common folk regarding their exact nature. So, he's ''double GenreSavvy''.
%%* ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'': Some of the villains, [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality not that it surprises anyone.]]
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