A GenreRefugee is a StockCharacter from some {{genre|s}} who appears in a story that is in no other way part of that genre. The character is probably WrongGenreSavvy, or may be the cause of wrong genre savviness in others. Since genres often have different tones, the character may be a KnightOfCerebus or the inverse.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Rossiu from GurrenLagann is a RealRobot character stuck in a SuperRobot universe.
* Gai Daigoji from MartianSuccessorNadesico is the inverse: A HotBlooded [[SuperRobot Super Robot]] hero stuck in a [[RealRobot Real Robot]] setting.
* ''KimiNiTodoke'' has three such characters, [[OneOfTheBoys Chi]][[ActionGirl zuru]], [[TheStoic Ryu]], and [[SmallNameBigEgo Kazuichi]] "Pin" [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Arai]]. Who seem to have got transplanted from a fiery shounen sport series to a lighthearted shoujo romance.
* Likewise, half the cast of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' are stranded from typical shoujo reverse harem, but it's an AffectionateParody GagSeries [[MoodWhiplash most of the time]].
* ''Manga/YandereKanojo'' has a few characters who would not be out of place in the ShoujoGenre. Shiratori, [[UnknownRival who tries so hard to be Manabu's rival]], is explicitly [[CaptainErsatz based on]] the rival character in ''TokimekiMemorial 3'' and retains some of his genre tropes. Given that the general tone of the series is AffectionateParody of shounen romance stories, these contrasting genre elements are [[HilarityEnsues milked for all their comedic worth]].
* Isidro in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' thinks himself a KidHero from a shonen. [[HumansAreBastards He is]] ''[[CrapsackWorld very much]]'' WrongGenreSavvy.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* The superhero genre is an eclectic mix of various genres like science-fiction, detective fiction, mythology etc., but there are some characters that stick out. In the Marvel Universe for instance, heroes may encounter:
** ComicBook/PatsyWalker, the heroine of a girl comedy series from the 1950s and 1960s, who eventually became the superheroine Hellcat;
** ComicBook/MillieTheModel, the heroine of a girl comedy series that last from the 1950s to the 1970s, who never became a superhero like Patsy;
** ComicBook/NickFury, a superspy in the mold of Film/JamesBond and ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'', who is also one of the few surviving characters from Marvel's long-defunct war comics;
** Characters from Marvel's take on classic horror stories like [[Comicbook/TheTombOfDracula Dracula]] and the related cast (ComicBook/{{Blade}}, Lilith, the Harkers);
** ComicBook/ThePunisher, expy of Mack Bolan, the main character from a series of thrillers, who at the outset was so out of tune with the rest of the Marvel Universe that he appeared primarily as an antagonist to people like Spider-Man before coming into his own during UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks;
** Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu, a character created to cash in on the success of the martial arts films of the 1970s who also happens to be related to old YellowPeril villain Fu Manchu; and
** [[ComicBook/HowardTheDuck Howard]], a walking, talking anthropomorphic duck "Trapped in a World He Never Made".
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The cowboy in ''Film/TheBigLebowski''. You could also make the argument that the Dude is a StonerFlick side character who wandered into a FilmNoir plot.
* Tommy Frigo in ''Film/{{Adventureland}}'' has wandered in from a raunchy teen movie.
* Steve the Pirate in ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Quincey P. Morris from ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''. Nothing like the presence of an American cowboy in a GothicHorror story set in ''Britain'' to make you go "Say again?"
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The trio of mad scientist supervillains in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. After they disable the museum guards with an ice ray and steal a precious diamond, our heroes start searching the ancient tomes for a "frost monster that eats diamonds."
* Gwen [[MeaningfulName Raiden]] in ''Series/{{Angel}}''. A character with electrical powers out of a super hero show, in a VampireDetective series. She was completely unaware of the existence of magic, vampires, and demons before she met Angel.
* This is basically the point of the BBC TV film ''Reichenbach Falls'' -- the central character is a DefectiveDetective placed into a much less noir-ish setting. A MindScrew plot with much LeaningOnTheFourthWall ensues in which he gradually escapes from his WrongGenreSavvy.
* This is done in ''TheTwilightZone'' episode "Execution", which mixed two of the series' most frequently-used genres: in it, an outlaw from a [[TheWestern Western]]-themed ''Twilight Zone'' episode is [[FishOutOfTemporalWater pulled into]] a ScienceFiction-themed ''Twilight Zone'' episode by a scientist with a time machine.
* A frequent theme in ''Series/DoctorWho'', as a stock premise of stories right from the early days is 'just drop the Doctor into [Genre] and see how he responds'. A handful of examples:
** The Doctor himself is often this, due to his slipping-between-worlds nature. He tends to fit in quite well in most sorts of stories, but it's not rare (especially in the Classic series) for him to be the only Mohs/ScienceInGenreOnly element in a hard SF, a GothicHorror, a FairyTale, a WholePlotReference or even a PeriodDrama. "An Unearthly Child", "The Highlanders" and "Rose" are three stories about what happens when you drop a ridiculous fantasy alien into a normal-world setting.
** "Enemy of the World" features Astrid and Fariah, both of whom are obviously "''[[Film/JamesBond Bond]]'' girls", and Salamander who is a ''Bond''-style DiabolicalMastermind. The Doctor is charmed by Astrid but does not seem to enjoy being in the company of this setting at all - he constantly tries to dodge espionage and only agrees to go undercover when absolutely forced. Young, handsome and resourceful Jamie is a bit more at home.
** TheBrigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart is a {{pastiche}} of the StiffUpperLip OfficerAndAGentleman StockCharacter who appeared in every classic British war movie the children watching would have grown up with.
** Milo Clancey in "The Space Pirates" is a Gold Rush {{prospector}} [[SpaceWestern in a hard sci-fi story]]. This was done mostly for TwilightOfTheOldWest symbolism.
** Leela is a character from an Edwardian JungleOpera novel, to go with her GothicLiterature-themed Doctor. She's from a CargoCult worshipping AncientAstronauts (albeit with a twist), uses all of the NobleSavage and NubileSavage tropes and her name is a play on 'Leila', the stereotypical name of foreign FemmeFatale characters of TwoFistedTales of this era. She also takes influence from the PygmalionPlot, to the point where she was originally conceived as a Victorian Cockney flower girl.
** "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" is about putting the Doctor and Leela into the roles of Franchise/SherlockHolmes and Dr. Watson and pitting them against characters lifted from FuManchu stories.
** Rose Tyler is clearly a character from a 00s SoapOpera who gets sucked into the Doctor's universe. This helped the revival serve as a GatewaySeries to TV family science fiction at a time when the genre was said to be [[DeadHorseGenre Dead]] - and had something of a meta concept to it, seeing as the popular family viewing of that era was Soap Opera, {{Game Show}}s and {{Reality Show}}s (which later Ninth Doctor episodes also explore).
** Donna is the kind of shouty comic grotesque who'd be played in a sketch show by Catherine Tate, although with plenty of HiddenDepths and [[HeReallyCanAct much better acted than you'd expect]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In any other game, [[HotBlooded Bang]] [[HighlyVisibleNinja Shishigami]] might have been TheHero (and DoggedNiceGuy to Litchi). In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' he's [[ButtMonkey treated with no respect]], with his only canon "victory" to date being [[spoiler:using his ''SuperMode'' to flee from [[BigBad Terumi]]]] [[note]]Admittedly, he was escaping with [[CatGirl Taokaka]] and [[KidHero Carl Clover]] after they'd both been beaten to near death rather than showing any cowardice.[[/note]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' involving all sorts of Halloween creatures also has a random gnome (of the lawn variety) mingling with them.
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