An OutOfGenreExperience when a series other than TheWestern picks up a six-shooter, dons a Stetson and [[RidingIntoTheSunset rides off into the sunset]]. In other words, a non-Western temporarily becomes a Western (or at least a pastiche thereof).

This can be done through TimeTravel, virtual reality, a DreamSequence or, for works set in the right period but wrong location, a trip out West. The effect can also be achieved with a FantasyCounterpartCulture.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' had one; while the main character is a "cowboy" (i.e., [[FutureSlang a bounty hunter]]), one episode had Spike face off against a ''cowboy'' cowboy, complete with hat, revolver, horse, lasso and everything.
* Pokemon has one during the Orange Islands season. Ash, Misty, and [[ReplacementScrappy Tracey]] meet a cowboy named Ethan who has a Jolteon he uses like a cattle dog to keep track of his 'herd' of Magnemites. Team Rocket tries to steal them of course, so they can harness their electricity and give it to the Boss.
* Done in the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' TV series, ''Anime/TenchiUniverse''. After Tenchi's been kidnapped by the bounty hunter bent on defeating Ryoko, the two agree to meet at a location suspiciously similar to a small western town, complete with tumbleweed, saloons, and an eerie sunset. Whether Tenchi's status as [[DistressedDude the male version of]] the BoundAndGagged DamselInDistress is PlayedForDrama or PlayedForLaughs generally depends on the viewer's opinion.
** Washu actually created the western town specifically for the duel [[InvokedTrope to invoke the trope]]. She seemed pretty proud of it.
** Speaking of Tenchi Muyo: Its spinoff ''MagicalProjectS'' has one episode featuring a Wild West theme park in competition with a ninja theme park. [[spoiler: It ends with them joining forces to build a deliberately anachronistic [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cowboy ninja]] theme park. "The kids will love it!"]]
* This trope frequently appears in the works of Creator/LeijiMatsumoto, with characters visiting a planet patterned after the old west (which may be named "Gun Frontier"). Appropriately enough, the series ''Gun Frontier'' was a Cowboy Spinoff genre shift for ''Anime/CaptainHarlock'', featuring the wacky Western misadventures of the space pirate's [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Ancestor]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' had the Crashtown arc, where Yusei goes to Crashtown, where it resembles the old west and the duelists there tend to use cards that emulate the old west.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInAmerica Tintin in America]]'' was based on [[{{Flanderization}} European stereotypes of the USA]] and features plenty of Wild West imagery despite being set in the 1930s.
* ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' #198-199 has four amnesiac superheroes (ComicBook/ElongatedMan, TheFlash, GreenLantern and ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}) being dumped in the WildWest.
* ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' have had a few stories where the Avengers have travelled through time to meet up with Marvel's western heroes.
* ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'': The strip "Wormwood" took place in a WildWest town on an alien moon (ItMakesSenseInContext).
* Some of the DCComics "Pulp Heroes" 1997 annuals were under the banner "Weird Western Tales. Most just had [[NewOldWest Western tropes in the modern setting]], but ''[[Comicbook/{{Flash}} Impulse]]'' Annual #2 had Bart and Max visit a dude ranch run by retired Western-themed hero the Vigilante.

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[[folder: Eastern Animation ]]

* ''Animation/DziwnePrzygodyKoziolkaMatolka'': The episode "Czarny Bill" ("Black Bill") has the protagonist finding himself in a typical Wild West town menaced by a typical bandit. It's unusual, since the series is set in modern day, but then again AnachronismStew is heavily present in the original books as well.

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[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has "Time Terror", where Calvin has to rescue the other main characters and [[GetBackToTheFuture get back to (or from) the future.]] Socrates [[PrisonEpisode ends up in jail]] in this timeframe.
** An [[WhatCouldHaveBeen unused concept]] for an episode ("Cowpokes") would have Calvin dreaming of being a sheriff after watching several cowboy movies in order to deal with Moe. The rest of the cast would have been in various roles, and the TwistEnding would be that [[spoiler:Hobbes was the desperado and [[FightingYourFriend he and Calvin would have to face off]]]].
* ''Fanfic/ThePiratesverse'' has "An Adventure With Pioneers," where the crew comes to the Old West in search of gold and Albino Pirate helps a struggling town defend itself from bandits.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back to the Future Part III]]'' is mostly set in the Old West, and while dealing with the characters' various attempts to get [[TitleDrop back to the future]] plays with many of the genre's stock characters and situations.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The ''Literature/AToZMysteries'' book ''The Ninth Nugget'' takes place on a dude ranch.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* An episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' takes place at what is explicitly a recreation of an old west town, but Lois and Jimmy act as if they think the danger from the black-hatted baddie is real.
* ''TheAquabatsSuperShow'' has "Cowboy Android!".
* ''Series/{{Batman}}'': The two-part "Come Back, Shame"/"It's How You Play The Game" featuring Western-themed bad guy Shame.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' had a dude ranch episode.
* The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "Once Upon a Time in the West" features the duo solving a poisoning at an Arizona dude ranch resort, while pretending to be honeymooners there. As expected, it features a wide array of western-themed tropes, including the reason for the murder.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode ''The Good, The Bad and The Cursed'' sees Prue and Cole time traveling back to the Wild West in an attempt to break a time loop, whilst Piper and Leo investigate the same town in the present - where it has been abandoned due to all the residents being trapped in the loop.
* [[Recap/CommunityS2E24ForAFewPaintballsMore The second paintball episode]] of ''Series/{{Community}}'' starts off with a very western feel.
** [[Recap/CommunityS2E21ParadigmsOfHumanMemory "Paradigms of Human Memory"]] showed that the study group went to an authentic Wild West ghost town.
* ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'': Rob gets knocked out for a dental procedure while worried about a sketch Alan Brady wants for the show. He dreams he's a wild west sheriff and Alan is "Big Bad Brady," a local outlaw who calls him out for a Showdown At High Noon. After he wakes up he realizes it's perfect for the sketch, and asks his dentist to put him out for Just Five More Minutes so he can remember what he dreamt.
* Done surprisingly rarely in ''Series/DoctorWho'': just twice in fifty years. The First Doctor visited in 1966's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters "The Gunfighters"]], and the Eleventh in 2012's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E3ATownCalledMercy "A Town Called Mercy"]].
* On ''Series/FamilyMatters'', Carl [[AllJustADream dreams]] he's a sheriff in the Old West who has killed the father of the town's most annoying gunslinger, "Two-Gun" Urkel.
* ''Series/GilligansIsland'' had an episode ("The Sweepstakes") where Mr. Howell dreamt he was prospector in the old west.
* ''Series/TheGoodies'': "Bunfight at the OK Tearooms"
* ''Series/HappyDays'' had a dude ranch episode.
* ''Series/{{MacGyver}}'': Has two Wild West dream episodes, "[=MacGyver=]'s Women", when [=MacGyver=] dreams that he's in the Wild West and has to defend three women from outlaws , and "Serenity".
* ''{{Matlock}}'' had an episode called "The Nightmare", in which the show's title character gets knocked out and finds himself in a Wild West setting.
* ''MidsomerMurders'': "Blood on the Saddle" featured Wild West recreationists; at least one of whom took the hobby way too seriously.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' had the episode "Wild West Rangers" where Kimberly is sent back to 1880 during Angel Grove's Wild West era.
* ''Series/MIHigh'': In "Dark Star", an old enemy of Frank's breaks out of prison and comes gunning for him. Colt Winchester (really Colin ''from'' Winchester) and his men have adopted cowboy outfits and affectations and the whole thing plays out like ''Film/HighNoon''.
* ''ModernFamily's'' third season opener was a dude ranch episode.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' had episode "Mild Mild West" in which Buffalo Bill Cody comes to Toronto with his road show. A stunt goes wrong, and it's concluded it was a murder.
* ''MyFavoriteMartian'' used TimeTravel in the two-part "Go West, Young Martian".
* ''ThePrisoner'' episode "Living in Harmony" takes place in a Wild West setting. Number Six is a sheriff who turns in his badge and gun and tries to leave town.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' had Shawn and Gus investigating a murder in an old-west theme park. They, of course, dress up in cowboy clothes and start playing Sheriff...the whole episode them because an exploration of various old-west tropes, even a ByWallThatIsHoley example.
* In ''Series/QuantumLeap'' Sam leaps into a man just about to have a ShowdownAtHighNoon - but it turns out it's just an old man in a Wild West recreation. But then his old partner shows up demanding a ''real'' showdown, claiming the man Sam leaped into has stolen his life story for the sake of a few dollars.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'': The episode "Gunmen of the Apocalypse" involves the characters entering a virtual Western town that serves as a metaphor for Kryten's struggles with computer virus. The episode even ends with Starbug [[RidingIntoTheSunset flying off into the sunset]].[[note]]Creator/PatrickStewart said that when he saw this episode on TV in England, it was so similar to "A Fistful of Datas" (see below), which he himself directed, that he almost called his lawyer to sue for plagiarism until he realized how funny it was. It's clear he meant it as a joke.[[/note]]
* ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld'': When Roxton happens upon a hangman's noose dangling from a lonely tree in the jungle in "Dead Man's Hill", he's suddenly transported back to the American West where he finds himself at the end of the rope.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has several:
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' has "Spectre of the Gun", in which the main characters are forced to re-enact the gunfight at the O.K. Corral on an alien world.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has "A Fistful of Datas" where a holodeck simulation of the Old West [[HolodeckMalfunction goes wrong]].
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' has "North Star", featuring a planet populated by the descendants of settlers who had been kidnapped by aliens in the 1860s.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode “Frontierland”. Sam and Dean go [[TimeTravel back in time]] to Old West Wyoming, get a magical gun from Samuel Colt, have a [[ShowdownAtHighNoon High Noon]] moment with a phoenix, and return to the present still dressed in cowboy paraphernalia (which Dean very likely kept, as he has “a fetish” for western wear).
* ''UnhappilyEverAfter'' did a Western episode that {{lampshade|Hanging}}d the fact that this type of episode often takes place entirely in one saloon: "This was a one-set town."
* ''Series/WayneAndShuster'': "A Fistful of Fingers" which was a send-up of {{Spaghetti Western}}s.

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* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': The "Butch Cassidy Rides Again!" arc.

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* ''Roleplay/JourneyThroughTheMultiverse'' had Linkara's World as a Cowboy Episode. The setting even echoes that of a wild western setting, though without the HumongousMecha that the villains for the episode were given. Not to mention that Linkara's hometown is based off another town from a Cowboy Episode mentioned here.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'': In the episode, "The Magnificent Sonic", Sonic becomes the Sheriff of Tranquil Gulch after defeating Six-Gun Pete, one of Dr. Robotnik's robots.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'': "The Legend of Kid Friendly."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': Chicken Boo gets one in "The Good, the Boo and the Ugly".
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': "Zuko Alone" has a very western feel, with the classic plot of a mysterious stranger helping a town in need.
* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Showdown" is a WholeEpisodeFlashback showing ComicBook/JonahHex battling Ra's Al Ghul in the Old West.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' had "Pest Of The West," with Beetlejuice taking Lydia (who looked very cute in her goth western garb) to a Neitherworld Wild West town and dealing with outlaw Bully The Crud.
* ''TheBradyKids'' had two: "Long Gone Silver" (guest-starring TheLoneRanger) and "Give Me a Home Where the Panda Bears Roam and the Dog and the Mynah Bird Play".
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLakebottom'': In "High Plains Garbage Eater", it's Western Week at camp and the gang finds themselves in the middle of a good ol' fashioned showdown with mutant raccoons, over garbage!
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', one episode is set on a school bus as homework bandits invade and rob the kids on board at (pop)gunpoint. The main characters are on this bus and have to stop the bandits before the bus reaches the school.
** "Operation: M.E.S.S.A.G.E." is packed full of Western tropes with Numbuh 2's attempt to deliver fourth grade president's message being played like a PonyExpressRider crossing hostile territory.
** "Operation: N.U.G.G.E.T. involves Numbuh 4 finding a gold mine of chicken nuggets, and a western town is set up near it. The Delightful Children From Down the Lane claim it for themselves, leading Numbuh 4 to have a showdown with them.
* ''DanVs Wild West Town''
* The ''DuckDodgers'' episode "Wrath of Canasta" is set in a Wild West theme park called Vacationworld, and is basically an excuse to reuse the costumes and concepts from the LooneyTunes shorts ''Dripalong Daffy'' and ''My Little Duckaroo''.
* Timmy Turner in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' tries to save a Western ghost town from destruction by going back in time to its hey-day in search of its deed. Along the way, he encounters his friends' Western ancestors, assumes the role of a Lone Ranger {{Expy}} and battles a gunslinger ancestor of Vicky...in an intense match of RockPaperScissors!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': The episode "Where the Buggalo Roam" is a Western parody set on Mars, including Martians who [[FantasyCounterpartCulture closely resemble American Indians]].
* Quite a number of ''GarfieldAndFriends'' shorts had Jon, Garfield and Odie visit the local dude ranch Polecat Flats, run by their cowboy friend Cactus Jake.
* ''[[WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange The High Fructose Adventure of Annoying Orange]]'': "Spaghetti West" has the fruits travelling to a Western town where Orange becomes sheriff and takes on an {{Outlaw}} ball of spaghetti.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' has an episode about identical relatives of the main cast living in the Old West.
* The original series of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' (From 1962) had an episode titled "Dude Planet".
* ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' has "The Once and Future Thing, Part 1: Weird Western Tales", in which Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern pursue time-traveling villain Chronos to the old West, where they encounter as many characters from classic DC Old West comics as they can cram into a half-hour episode, as well as a [[ReTool retooled]] version of Superman villain Terra-Man. Includes a specific ShoutOut to the comics when Jonah Hex recognizes the heroes as being from another time, referencing the character's brief stint as a time-displaced Film/MadMax {{Expy}} in the 1980s.
* ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' episode "Unnatural Alliances".
* Hanna-Barbera's ''TheLittleRascals'' episode "Showdown at the Rascal Corral" wasn't set in the Old West as such, but Alfalfa did play cowboy.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' features the episode "Over a Barrel", in which the cast come to Appleloosa to deliver a tree, and end up resolving a conflict between the resident ponies and the buffalo tribe.
** "The Last Roundup" from Season 2 also features a decidedly Old West setting.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' don't go to the Old West, but they go cowboy in at least two episodes:
** "The Magnificent Few" had them driving cattle through Danville, including along the highway and through the mall.
** "Robot Rodeo" had them running a rodeo with robotic cattle in the backyard.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has an episode that is basically a normal episode of the show, but in the Old West. The girls become the Steamypuff Girls.
* Both ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' and its spin-off, ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' have at least one episode covering this theme. In ''Rugrats'', it happens at least 3 times. Tommy and Angelica go to the "Graham Canyon" with their parents, Tommy, Chuckie, and Susie imagine themselves as cowboys and a cowgirl on a very hot day, and Tommy and Chuckie have a run-in with the "Junk Food Kid", who's a worse playground bully than Angelica. The spin-off has the entire group go to a Dude Ranch.
* Episode XXIX of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is set on a train, where Jack is pursued by a (married) couple of bounty hunters.
* ''ScoobyDooMysteryInc'' had "Dead Justice", where the ghost of Crystal Cove's first sheriff returns to town to oust Sheriff Stone from the job. [[spoiler:It turns out to be one of Stone's deputies in a Dead Justice costume.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has had a few, like "Dude, Where's My Ranch?"
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' episode "Pest of the West".
* ''SquirrelBoy'': "Gumfight at the S'Okay Corral"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' had a few such episodes; 'Butch Mario and the Luigi Kid', 'the Great Gold Coin Rush', 'The Provalone Ranger' for example...
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' The guys go on a mission to help out the notorious Billy the Kid, who is literally acting like a baby and needs to get straightened out and become a real outlaw. To do this, Tuddrussel makes Larry and Otto and Billy start their own gang and begin robbing trains and banks. This part is successful, as the sheriff, or The Man With No Name of ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' fame comes after them and this leads to a chase that runs all over the Western states.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': The episode, "High Toon" involves Buster, Babs, Plucky, and Hamton visiting Prairie Junction and defending it from a gang of coyote outlaws.
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