->"''This is the thing about the historical adventures... they're not even a dead end of ''Series/DoctorWho'' so much as a different show that inadvertently got made under the name of ''Doctor Who''. So that watching them, the major work becomes trying to explain how the heck this story fits in between [[PeopleInRubberSuits giant ants]] and [[MonsterOfTheWeek whatever comes next week]].''"\\
--'''''TARDIS Eruditorium''''' on the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Crusades"

Genre Roulette is what the name suggests: A single work that switches between distinct story genres, seemingly at ''random'', e.g. a TV show switches from ''Comedy'' then ''Romance'' into ''Horror'' in just [[UpToEleven one episode]].

As it's hard enough to write well in ''one'' genre, Genre Roulette can be hard to pull off seriously. Comedies and parodies, on the other hand, usually don't raise any eyebrows when they do this, [[RuleOfFunny provided they continue to bring the funny]].

Musical Genre Roulette is closely related to NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly. The difference is that a Genre Roulette album can have a country song followed by a punk song, while an NPZR album will have a song that's country ''and'' punk at the same time. (For the curious, that genre actually exists and is known as cowpunk.)

When applied to video game genres (i.e. the style of gameplay), it's GameplayRoulette. Compare/contrast with GenreBusting and GenreAdultery.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' anime played this with pretty much every episode being a parody of a certain genre. Everything from War Movies, to Dating Sims, to Sports, to Variety Shows to Post-Apocalyptic is given a once over.
** ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' made a point of this, opening ''every episode'' with manga author Koshi Rikdo giving his (reluctant) approval to give the series a Genre Shift. The style and weirdness remained consistent enough despite this, however.
* ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]''. As a whole though, you can probably put it into MagicalRealism, though every piece has its own defined genre.
* ''Anime/AbenobashiMahouShoutengai''. It starts off with a parody of {{RPG}}s, follows up with a sci-fi/Giant Mech parody (including a mind-boggling time paradox involving a miscolored Gurren Lagann), and keeps juggling genres from there...
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'': It starts out looking like a generic story about some youths (potentially a ComingOfAgeStory or part of the HaremGenre) before abruptly switching into PsychologicalHorror. Then the second arc begins, repeating the cycle. Over the course of the series, it becomes clear that the story is actually a {{Mystery|Fiction}} as well, and the last arcs add a dose of [[ShonenGenre shounen action]].
* ''Anime/BrigadoonMarinAndMelan'' is a sci-fi adventure drama, but it's also a middle-school SliceOfLife show, a comedy with occasional parodic elements, and a teen romance. One minute you're in the middle of a serious political discussion at an alien council, and the next minute, the aliens are trying to settle their dispute with a pie fight. Serious MoodWhiplash may result.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' switches between distinct styles from episode to episode. One episode may focus on character drama, whereas the next may be written as a harem comedy, and then episodes that focus almost solely on giant mecha combat.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' cycles between being a gag manga, completely serious battle manga, and heartwarming slice-of-life(well, as close as it can get in AlternateUniverse historical Edo, anyways). According the WordOfGod each chapter is its own genre.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' seamlessly combines the SpaceWestern, FilmNoir and {{Yakuza}} genres, among others.
* The [[Franchise/EvilliousChronicles Deadly Sins of Evil]] LightNovel series all have different stories for the respective arcs they detail in Music/{{mothy}}'s Evillious Chronicles franchise. LightNovel/TheLunacyOfDukeVenomania is a twisted romance, LightNovel/EvilFoodEaterConchita is a tragic horror story, and LightNovel/GiftFromThePrincessWhoBroughtSleep is a mystery novel.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/SevenSoldiers'' does this deliberately with each of the miniseries exhibiting the traits of a particular style of comic genre. ''[[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman The Return of Bruce Wayne]]'' and ''Comicbook/TheMultiversity'' are also set up the same way, with each issue being a different genre based on the setting (time in [=RoBW=] and the worlds in Multiversity).
%%* Played with a bit in Comicbook/{{Ronin}}.
* ''ComicStrip/FrankAndErnest'' lands in a lot of different situations.
* ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} can be this at times; while most of the iconic DC heroes have their own niche, Aquaman is constantly reinvented. At one point he went from warrior king, to exiled BarbarianHero, to MessianicArchetype, to Street Level Crimefighter, to [[spoiler: mentor to]] a HeroicFantasy-inspired LegacyCharacter in the span of ''30 issues''.
* ''Heroes For Hope'', an ''ComicBook/XMen'' charity one-shot from the 80s, has '''twenty credited writers''', including comic book luminaries like Creator/StanLee and Creator/AlanMoore and famous authors like Creator/StephenKing, Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, and Creator/HarlanEllison. While you can't fault the pedigree or the good intentions, considering each writer is swapped out every two to three pages, the story is all over the map. Within ten pages, the book goes from a morose Magneto nightmare about famine zombies with "dead babies still clinging pointlessly to dead breasts" to Storm getting hit in the face with a pie.
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* ''{{Hivefled}}'' started off as a soap opera, descended into {{Gorn}}, then went into action thriller, then into a light-hearted adventure, then back to the action until the two stories met, upon which the genre did a 180 and became a wacky comedy, though now it's becoming a dramedy.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''God Told Me To''. What genre it thinks it is depends on what scene it happens to be.
* ''Film/ManOfTheYear'' does this, shifting between comedy, thriller, drama, and mystery all the time.
* ''PracticalMagic'' switches between Horror, Romance, and Comedy.
* ''Xtro'', which constantly jumps all over the place.
* ''Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf'' is a mystery, martial arts film, monster horror film, drawing room drama, spy film and historical epic depending on the scene.
* ''Film/SaveTheGreenPlanet'' has some regular MoodWhiplash, from slapstick comedy to creepy psychological horror, with the odd martial arts scene thrown in.
* ''Film/SuckerPunch'' goes from Fantasy, to Thriller, to Action to Horror. The soundtrack also goes from industrial beats and screaming to acoustic ballads with a sole voice to heavy rock songs to rap. The various parts of the movie also experiment with many genres and throw the most interesting ideas together.
* Seen through Western eyes, this is one of the defining characteristics of {{Bollywood}} films.
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'' is composed of six interwoven stories, each taking place in a different time period and different genres: a 19th century HistoricalFiction/sea story, a [[GenteelInterbellumSetting 1930's]] drama about a [[StarvingArtist gifted but troubled composer]], a 1970's mystery/political thriller, a dark comedy set in a present-day nursing home, a {{Dystopia}} in the future and a second ScienceFiction story set AfterTheEnd set further in the future.
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse films are all broadly {{Superhero}} movies, but each movie tends to skew to at least one other genre as well:
** ''Film/IronMan1'' and ''Film/IronMan2'' are ScienceFiction, while ''Film/IronMan3'' has been described as a Political Thriller.
** ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' is a [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever Monster Movie]].
** ''{{Film/Thor}}'' is {{Fantasy}}, while [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld the sequel]] is more ScienceFiction with a bit of SpaceOpera.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' is a HistoricalFiction [[MilitaryAndWarfareFilms War Movie]].
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' is a ConspiracyThriller with a lot of SpyFiction elements.
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' is a SpaceOpera.
** ''Film/TheAvengers'', throwing everybody together, falls under ScienceFantasy.
* ''{{Film/Troll}}'' can't decide whether it wants to be a horror film or a fantasy adventure. ''{{Film/Troll 2}}'' can't decide whether it wants to be a horror comedy or straight up horror.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/GravitysRainbow'', HistoricalFiction overall skips between ScienceFiction, war, romance, pornography, family tragedy, horror and slapstick comedy. Pynchon does this a lot. It's even more blatant in ''Against the Day''.
* ''Literature/NakedLunch'': ScienceFiction, an undercover look at drug culture, raunchy porn, biting social satire, and some hard boiled noir thrown in for good measure.
* ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' is horror. No, wait, it's a satire on literary criticism. No, wait, it's incomprehensible TrueArt. No, wait, it's a love story...
* ''Literature/CloudAtlas'', which skips between genres with merry abandon.
* Literature/{{Discworld}}: Is it a {{Deconstruction}} or a {{Reconstruction}}? An AffectionateParody of ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' or a a WhoDunnit? About a BunnyEarsLawyer trying to make the best out of being a BoxedCrook, or is the protagonist a CosmicPlaything that falls from one WackyWaysideTribe into the other, or a ''Film/DirtyHarry'' {{Determinator}} who must fight for his family's survival? Silly or played straight? [[FanNickName Pterry]] goes all over the board with his books.
* ''Hyperion'', the first installment in ''Literature/HyperionCantos,'' does this with the pilgrims' tales, which include a gritty sci-fi war story, a ''Künstlerroman'', an account of a trek up a RiverOfInsanity, a tragic family drama, and a detective story.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One episode of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' keeps flipping between genres, as {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by the captions:
-->TODAY IN PARLIAMENT HAS NOW BECOME THE CLASSIC SERIAL\\
THE CLASSIC SERIAL HAS NOW BECOME THE TUESDAY DOCUMENTARY\\
THE TUESDAY DOCUMENTARY HAS BECOME "CHILDREN'S STORY"\\
THE CHILDREN'S STORY HAS GONE BACK INTO THE TUESDAY DOCUMENTARY\\
NO IT HASN'T\\
NOW IT'S BECOME A PARTY POLITICAL BROADCAST\\
NO, SORRY, "RELIGION TODAY"
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' pushes the line between this trope and outright GenreBusting. It did so even more in the era of Creator/WilliamHartnell, who played the First Doctor, before the series had quite settled into its format.
** In Season 2, with William Hartnell, at a point after the writers had started experimenting but before they settled into a format, you get: a whimsical children's story with a GreenAesop with the cast trying to bring justice to a murder, a rather dark and violent AlienInvasion BMovie-like story with Daleks set AfterTheEnd, a claustrophobic BottleEpisode and {{Deconstruction}} of [[UnbuiltTrope the modus operandi the series would eventually have]], a goofy but morbid BlackComedy featuring Emperor Nero, an almost dreamlike PlanetaryRomance featuring [[FiveRaces four races]] of InsectoidAliens with unique psychologies and cultures, a {{Shakespeare}} pastiche CostumeDrama dealing with religious prejudice with GratuitousIambicPentameter, a tongue-in-cheek story involving JustOneSecondOutOfSync time travel paradoxes, an ''extremely'' silly Dalek serial involving WackyWaysideTribe sequences and Dalek slapstick, and a WhamEpisode featuring the first appearance of another member of the Doctor's race.
** Season 3 - a ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''-like allegorical story about [[BeautyEqualsGoodness beautiful evil aliens and hideous good aliens trying to get off a dying planet]], a BottleEpisode with no Doctor or companions about a couple of space cadets dying miserably in a Dalek-infested jungle, a {{Bathos}}-filled comedy about the Trojan War, a SpaceOpera featuring Daleks, recurring villains, multiple planets, ancient Egypt and the FamilyUnfriendlyDeath of [[AnyoneCanDie two companions]], a historical deconstructing the companion's trust of the Doctor set amongst an [[FinalSolution unspeakable real-life atrocity]], a whimsical children's horror with evil clowns and dolls, a comedy MusicalEpisode with [[CowboyEpisode cowboys]], a PlanetOfHats deconstructing the Doctor's modus operandi, and an evil computer trying to take over (then) modern-day London.
** As showrunner Creator/StevenMoffat put it: "Sometimes it's comedy, sometimes thriller, sometimes horror, sometimes children's stories, the silliest stories you've ever seen. Sometimes it's all that in the same episode". In Series Five of the reboot alone we had a thriller, a dystopian rebellion, historical ScienceFiction with Churchill, a horror-adventure, a comedy romp with vampires, a DreamWithinADream mystery, a political intrigue with reptile people, AVerySpecialEpisode about Vincent van Gogh and depression, a comedy, and a WhamEpisode.
** Series 6 had a conspiracy thriller, a madcap pirate romp, a fantasy laden with horrors, a sinister clone saga, a {{Deconstruction}}, an assassination plot, a horrifying episode about dolls, a romantic drama, a WhatDoTheyFearEpisode, a buddy comedy, and a wedding.
** Series 7 had the concept that 'every episode was a different genre of blockbuster movie' with movie posters for each story. In 7A, there's: a conspiracy thriller, an AnachronismStew family sci-fi, a SpaghettiWestern, a blockbuster alien invasion, a NoirEpisode, and a ChristmasSpecial. In 7B, there's a HollywoodHacking plot, PlanetaryRomance with [[EldritchAbomination Lovecraftian elements]], an [[FanWank old-school Second Doctor-style]] "Base Under Siege" story with one of Two's most iconic monsters, an old-school Fourth Doctor-style GothicHorror (set during the time Four was the Doctor in real life), [[BottleEpisode indie]] sci-fi horror with [[TimeyWimeyBall time paradoxes]], and a Victorian BlackComedy. (And some {{Wham Episode}}s that don't fit this template.)
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': that is all. It's gone through just about everything on the {{Episodes}} page, along with plenty of more original ideas. Even the {{Paintball Episode}}s (yes, there's more than one) parody different genres.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', and by association ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' in its yearly theming, in addition to its {{Toku}} base genre. This also applies with the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series as well. Episodes can run this line in all these series.
* Despite the title implying a clear-cut DomCom, ''Series/FamilyMatters'' had this in spades. It really was more of a DomCom, or at least a SitCom than anything else; but Steve Urkel suddenly began inventing new forms of AppliedPhlebotinum that would have been totally out of place in the show's original concept. Some episodes turn so [[CerebusSyndrome serious in tone]] that they it's hard to see them as funny episodes of a comedy show. [[OutOfGenreExperience And a few, but only a few, episodes involved Carl's job as a police officer to such an extent that they seem unusually close to the genre of police or action shows.]]
* The Creator/AdultSwim short ''Series/TooManyCooks'', which starts as a parody of ''Series/FullHouse'' and other 90s sitcoms, then becomes (among other things) a gritty CopShow, a SlasherMovie, a SpaceOpera pastiche of ''Franchise/StarWars'' and ''Franchise/StarTrek'', a ''Franchise/GIJoe''-like cartoon, a political thriller involving lots of assassinations, and a MedicalDrama, as well as featuring a giant anthropomorphic cat that can [[EyeBeams shoot lasers out of its eyes]] (and is really a ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''-like robot in disguise). It's so meta that at one point, there is what looks like a ''literal'' ResetButton.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Country music legend Ray Price did this within his own country music genre. He performed straight-ahead standard honky tonk in his earliest releases in the early 1950s, before adding his signature 4/4 shuffle and waltz sounds by the mid-1950s. By the early 1960s, his music began to evolve as he added strings and backing vocals to fully embrace the Nashville Sound. By the late 1960s, his style was pure country pop, and the best example of this was his top 15 ''pop'' crossover hit "For The Good Times" in 1970. He continued having success with a style and instrumentation that was not unlike pop crooner Perry Como through the mid 1970s. And then by the late 1970s, he began slowly folding traditional country back into his sound. Since then, the "Cherokee Cowboy" has continued to perform music from all eras of his musical career, which now spans more than 60 amazing years.
* In [[Music/{{Bjork}} Björk's]] 1995 album, ''Post'', she switches from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KxtgS2lU94 Industrial Rock]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGpLMNnhLFo Dance]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htobTBlCvUU Jazz]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP5OA0SCMZA Trip Hop]], [[BaroquePop Chamber Pop]], {{Ambient}}, and other genres. This is typical for her, really.
* Canadian indie band Islands' debut album ''Return to the Sea'' featured a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq3-98XJCfw ten minute epic]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoRmTMjksfM synthpop]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=mqIHptgTam0 catchy indie-pop]] and a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCxadMtJcIA rap interlude]].
* Music/FiveIronFrenzy's album ''All the Hype that Money Can Buy'' switches between ska-punk, ska-salsa, ska-hip-hop, ska-synth-rock, and ska-HairMetal. They take it UpToEleven the end of the ''Quantity is Job One'' EP, with These Are Not My Pants: The Rock Opera, where every one of 8 band members sings a part, each in a different musical style; Latin, Piano ballad, Country, Rock, Jazz, Reggae, Rap, and something only described as "Weird".
* Music/TheDingees play [[Music/TheClash Clash]]-inspired punk, roots reggae, and first-wave ska songs on their first three albums.
* The band WHY? switch between alternative hip-hop, indie rock, folk, R.E.M.-inspired jangle pop and bizarre combinations of these genres. Their 2008 album ''Alopecia'' for instance, wobbled in between the band's various genres. Compare the first single, alternative rap song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ikWDmCatKA A Sky For Shoeing Horses Under]]" to the third single, indie rock song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5BQfC78Q4g Fatalist Palmistry]]". The second single from the album, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqcckeKtSU4 The Hollows]]", is somewhat of a meeting point between the band's two main genres.
* ''Peergynt Lobogris'' switches between ambient rock, new age and jazz music.
* Music/{{Origin}} went this route on ''Entity''; while it contains plenty of examples of their typical sound (Expulsion of Fury, Conceiving Death, Swarm, Saligia, Consequence of Solution), they toss in deathgrind (Purgatory, Fornever, Banishing Illusion), straightforward brutal death metal (Evolution of Extinction), and an [[UpToEleven incredibly]] [[HellIsThatNoise bizarre]] [[BrownNote and]] [[ScareChord unsettling]] noise-grind track (Committed). Hell, even the songs done in their usual style on the album occasionally pull this; Expulsion of Fury, for example, starts with a frantic tapping riff more akin to Brain Drill or Anomalous before transitioning right into a thick groove right out of the Bolt Thrower playbook.
* [[Music/TheBeatles The Beatles' White Album]] switches from Surf Rock, to Acoustic, to Ska, to random banging on a piano, to [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly Bluesy Doo-Wop Hard Rock]] to Pop to Folk to Country to Hard Rock to Proto-Metal to Blues to Avant-Garde to ballad. The Beatles in general did this a lot over the course of their career.
* Played with by Music/ReelBigFish on ''Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album'' with "S.R. (The Many Versions Of)" where they played the entire song or parts thereof several times, picking new genres after each variation and commenting on the crowd's reaction as they included ska-punk, punk rock, blues, disco, death metal, a "sensitive and tender emo song", old school rap and more. The verdict was "play more country, the people love it!" Also their song "Party Down" contains ska, disco, death metal, dance, reggae, and country breakdowns, all over a basic garage rock and horns structure.
* Music/BillyJoel has done this, from pop to Southwestern funk to soul to Creator/AaronCopland-like ballads to a ''classical music'' album. He even emulated Music/TheBeatles in the B side of the ''Nylon Curtain'' album. He also stated that "We Didn't Start the Fire" was going to be a ''rap'' song, but thought better against it.
* Music/XJapan. Heavy metal and hard rock with more than a pinch of punk sensibility becomes symphonic metal becomes beautiful rock ballads AND progressive rock with a metal sound. They're all over the map and bring the same level of skill to all of it.
* Music/{{Beck}} almost always, although he somestimes mixes them. Country, hip-hop, jazz, anti-folk, rock, experimental, tropicalia, electronic...
* Music/FrankZappa played numerous genres throughout his career: rock, progressive rock, jazz, fusion, classical, experimental... the list goes on and on. He even had a doo-wop album.
* Music/PearlJam's changed style on every album: grunge --> straightforward rock --> experimental --> world/folk-rock --> garage rock/post-grunge --> space rock --> punk/folk/art-rock --> straightforward rock (again) --> New Wave --> punk again.
* Music/AmandaPalmer made a career out of this. Compare her songs [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWZu6NWJkHw Guitar Hero]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWSLJszH70o A Campaign Of Shock And Awe]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvSuLUd0vS0 Mandy Goes To Med School]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKwLtzAvYSg Slide]], and her cover of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek5ZNgw8Vdk Creep]]. She's also covered songs by/from Black Sabbath, Kurt Weill (in German), Britney Spears, Sonny & Cher, ''The Sound Of Music'', ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', Tchaikovsky and Rihanna.
* Music/LinkinPark's album ''Minutes to Midnight'' switches from cathartic AlternativeMetal to synth-tinged adult contemporary ballads with a PoliticalRap song in between.
* Scissor Shock. What makes this even more awesome is that all of those genres are NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly.
* S.C.I.E.N.C.E. album era Music/{{Incubus}} not only varied genre from song to song, but sometimes from verse to bridge to chorus. Witness 'A Certain Shade of Green', with it's funk verse, metal chorus and disco bridge.
* This could be said of many of Music/{{Radiohead}}'s albums, but ''Amnesiac'' fits this trope particularly well. Its tracks include the gloomy jazz of "Life in a Glasshouse," the twitchy electronic "Like Spinning Plates," the relatively straightforward rock of "Knives Out," and the indescribable "Pyramid Song."
* Music/EltonJohn was known for this at the height of his popularity; ''Music/GoodbyeYellowBrickRoad'' alone switches from ProgressiveRock ("Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding") to melodic piano ballads (the title track) to minimalistic glam-rock ("Bennie And The Jets") to Stonesy rockers ("Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting") to [[Music/TheBeatles Beatle-esque]] numbers ("Harmony") to soft rock ("Candle In The Wind") to reggae ("Jamaica Jerk-Off") to boogie blues-rock ("Dirty Little Girl") to progressive rock ("Funeral For A Friend") to proto-disco-soul ("Grey Seal") to pseudo-doo-wop ("Your Sister Can't Twist [But She Can Rock 'N Roll]") to country ("Roy Rogers"; "Social Disease") to '20's jazz ("Sweet Painted Lady") to cinematic pieces like "The Ballad Of Danny Bailey" and the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin aptly-named]] "I've Seen That Movie Too".
* Suicide Machines go back and forth from ska punk and ska-core (Destruction by Definition, Battle Hymns) to pop punk (Suicide Machines, Steal This Record) and back to a mix of hardcore and ska punk for their last two albums (A Match and some Gasoline, War Profiteering is Killing Us All), sometimes switching back and forth from ska to hardcore every other song.
* ''Music/{{Gorillaz}}'', with only three albums, have managed to present genres like Alternative, dub, hip hop, rock and electronic, and the last song (M1 A1) features sounds and clips from ''Film/DayOfTheDead''. Demon Days, the following album, followed a similar pattern, but with a darker and somber sound, along some dance/synth (DARE), some acoustic dark tunes (El Mañana), and even a choral (Demon Days), along with another horror film sample, from the film ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' (Intro). The third album, Plastic Beach, can only be described as "crazy", what with mixing in one song the Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music with hip hop, and all the album has all over sounds of soul, electro, rock, pop, and even [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking seagulls and sea sounds and a breakfast commercial]]. Of course, Damon Albarn it's clearly doing a good job, so it's not risky business.
* Music/YokoKanno, goddess of anime soundtracks, can write ''anything''. Compare the classic orchestral soundtrack for ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' to the power-ballad-laden ''Anime/WolfsRain'' to the techno epics of ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' to the jazzy music in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''. Her work on ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' (paragon of the CultSoundtrack that is) covers all of these ''by itself''. And then [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly she starts combining them]]…
%%* Iwrestledabearonce.
* Dir en grey. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_llwjp60XE 'Nuff]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hysCqjnHHZ4 said]].
* In contrast with Mr. Bungle's straight out NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly, Music/MikePatton's other 90's band Music/FaithNoMore were a bit more into genre roulette, especially starting with ''Angeldust''. For instance, ''King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime'' had a few of their heaviest songs (e.g. "Cuckoo for Caca"), but also threw in country ("Take This Bottle"), seventies style funk/soul ("Evidence", "Star AD"), breezy Latin-flavored pop ("Caralho Voador"), and even a gospel ballad ("Just A Man").
* Cursor Miner's styles are all over the map, jumping between breakbeat, techno, electro, synthpop, IDM, trip-hop, and industrial.
* The only genre that will definitely be on a Music/WeirdAlYankovic album is polka, and it'll probably be a medley; the others can be just about anything. Given that he's a prolific parody artist, this shouldn't be too surprising, but his band can play ''any'' genre well.
* Music/TheClash, especially the album ''Music/{{Sandinista}}'', tend to switch between genres all the time. ''Sandinista!'' contains the first ever rap song released by a rock band, as well as songs influenced by dub, reggae, and funk, a song with a children's choir, and a song with elements of twee pop. To consider them just a punk band is hardly fair.
* Music/BlindGuardian is ostensibly a HeavyMetal band, but their repertoire runs the gamut from [[FolkMusic Folk Songs]] to HeavyMithril to {{Pop}}. Also {{Ayreon}}, in the same vein.
* Music/EnterShikari in general, but most notably on their second album ''Common Dreads''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYa_Un5DrDg ''The Jester'']] takes this UpToEleven by switching between trumpet solos, the band's standard synthesizer-heavy post hardcore and a trance instrumental.
* Japanese BlackMetal band Music/{{Sigh}} does this a lot, frequently within the same song. It's particularly blatant on ''Imaginary Sonicscape'', where there are oddities like disco and dub reggae breaks thrown into the middle of almost every song. Not to mention the obligatory classical snippet overlaid with what appears to be several hundred samples of giggling babies that closes the album. Of course, Sigh frequently invoke NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly as well. It's difficult to define exactly where their use of one trope ends and the other begins.
* Music/{{Queen}} went from hard glam rock to pop to funk to '30's swing to power ballads to skiffle-folk to ProgressiveRock over the course of an album. Or over the course of one album side.
** Queen's first few albums were fairly straightforward, fusing elements of ProgressiveRock and HeavyMetal. But their fourth album, ''A Night At The Opera'' has virtually no two songs in the same genre (and some of the genres are quite atypical for pop bands - British Music Hall style, anyone? - and most of their subsequent albums up to their 1984 album ''The Works'' (nine songs, nine genres) continued this pattern. The only real exception in this era was their score to ''Film/FlashGordon''.
** Queen's most famous hit, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a Genre Roulette all by itself. There are five very distinct portions, including at one point going from a slow ballad ("Mama...just killed a man") to an up-tempo ''operetta'' ("I see a little silhouetto of a man") to a powerful hard rock piece ("So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye!")
* Music/KyleDennis: HarshNoise, industrial, rock, tape music, experimental, drone, even mixtapes.
* Music/{{Gackt}} is a rock artist, but what genre of music is going to be on his albums and singles is random at best. Some songs such as Cube, Oasis, Uncertain Memory and Secret Garden don't even resemble any discernible genre. Songs like these are simply referred to by fans as "Gackt rock".
* ChristianRock performer Carman did this constantly during his career. Pop, rock, rap, something vaguely like folk, adult contemporary, a pastiche of '50s rock and roll, and his famous rhyming sermons put to music. He often recorded with guest performers, and even then he might defy the genre they are typically known for; for example, "Our Turn Now" features then-metal band {{Petra}} but is the kind of rap-rock that DCTalk would eventually be known for.
* Music/{{Drake}} does a mild version of this in his albums. He usually has typical BoastfulRap songs, but occasionally does pop/R&B ballad-type songs, such as "I Get Lonely Too" and "Find Your Love". In fact, one of the things he is praised (or criticized) for is his ability to switch from boastful raps to self-examining ballads.
* Conor Oberst ([[TheFaceOfTheBand face]] of Music/BrightEyes) exhibits this tendency with his {{Side Project}}s.
* Ulver IS this trope - They began as a mix of atmospheric black metal and folk metal and then went dark folk and then a harsher, more lo-fi black metal. On their 4th album they became practically industrial metal and on their 5th they became a mix of trip hop, ambient and breakcore. They now have gone towards a general experimental rock style.
* DJ Shadow's early works were heavily trip-hop influenced while his last album encompasses indie rock and 'hyphy' influences.
* Music/GuniwTools jump from jazz-rock to folk to punk to electronic music on several of their albums
* Music/TheVeronicas went from single acoustic rock pop (Heavily Broken) to RNB-Eletronic-Faux-Rap (Cold) in three albums. Two albums in and have done pop, pop-rock, pop eletronic, dance pop, classical pop, 80's inspired pop and RNB.
* Music/BritneySpears and her album ''Circus'' is a mix tape as such and an example of this.
* Amorphis has run the gamut from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV5xVPFKDuM straightforward Death Metal]], to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNNQE1c9mxU a more melancholy Death/Doom style]], to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=adfaixBsbZE Alternative Rock]], to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qjiWb1O_L4&ob=av3e Gothic Metal]], to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bbVelwUkDY vaguely Opeth-ish Progressive Death Metal]], and even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUbk1Kp8xGc&feature=relmfu acoustic ballads]].
* Music/SkinnyPuppy's ''[=hanDover=]'' runs the gamut from straight industrial(Vyrisus) to industrial metal(Village) to EBM(Icktums) to IDM(Ovirt) to ''breakcore''([=NoiseX=]).
* Amy Grant has also had Genre Roulette resulting is MOR/Adult Contemporary Christian Pop (her early career), Southern and Bluegrass Gospel style recordings (her hymns albums), mainstream country-folk style songs (Tennessee Christmas among others), folk-rock (her Lead Me On and Behind The Eyes albums), mainstream AC/top 40 pop (much of Unguarded, Heart In Motion, House of Love and Simple Things albums, the duet with PeterCetera called The Next Time I Fall being the most notable), Christian Rock songs (the In Concert albums and certain songs from her early career) and others throughout her career.
* Music/SoundHorizon is, in theory, a SymphonicMetal band. In ''theory''. The fact that [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] has them listed under nine genres should tell you something about how they work.
* Music/VanessaAmorosi: "Somewhere In The Real World" was a jazz (Something Emotional), rock (Kiss Your Mama!), pop (Perfect), swing (My House) and contemporary (Who Am I?) album...to say the least.
* The Music/FooFighters were usually alternative rock with a SurprisinglyGentleSong every now and then. Then with ''In Your Honor'', a DistinctDoubleAlbum with an acoustic disc, it became more common.
-->'''Dave Grohl''': "I eventually want it to get to the point where when people ask me what kind of band I'm in, I say: 'I just play music'. It's not one specific genre of music, it's not one specific style. I'm just a musician. I can play all these different instruments, I can write a bossa nova, I can write a thrash tune."
* Music/VanillaIce's music has elements of NuMetal, Jazz, Country, Hip-Hop, GangstaRap, Funk, AlternativeRock, etc.
* Crotchduster embodies this to the max. They switch between Power Metal, Death Metal, Grindcore, Synth-Pop, Comedy, Electronic, self made audio samples, Classic Rock, Blues, Jazz, A Cappella, etc. etc. You name it, they've used it at some point. And they only have ONE. FUCKING. ALBUM.
* Music/SteveTaylor liked to play around with a bunch of different genres, although he was nominally just a Christian Rock musician.
* Music/TheSmashingPumpkins' Big Damn DoubleAlbum ''Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness'' (sic) was ''notorious'' for pushing this trope [[UpToEleven to the limit]] at a time when popular music was already cashing in on it. In addition to the fuzzy AlternativeRock from the previous record, you had: {{Grunge}} ("Jelly Belly", "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"), HeavyMetal ("Zero", "Bodies", "X.Y.U."), Symphonic ("Tonight, Tonight"), ProgressiveRock ("Porcelina of the Vast Oceans", "Thru the Eyes of Ruby"), {{Thrash}}/{{Hardcore}} ("Tales of a Scorched Earth"), {{Industrial}} ("Love"), {{Pop}} ("1979"), SynthPop ("We Only Come Out at Night, "Beautiful"), Classic Folk ("Cupid de Lock", "Take Me Down", "Lily"), and... [[BuffySpeak whatever the hell some of those other songs were]].\\
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Their follow-up, ''Adore'', was similar in this respect, though mostly shuffling between {{Pop}}, {{Electronic}} and {{Folk}}, as opposed to ''Mellon Collie'''s dozen plus genres.
* Music/KellyClarkson likes to record different styles of songs for her albums and sing different styles for her shows.
* Music/KanyeWest's trademark is incorporating many genres (usually, but not always by {{sampling}}) into hip-hop. He genereally changes which genre every album or two, going from neo-soul and 50s/60s/70s R'n'B on his debut and sophomore, to electro and dance music on his third. His fourth album, ''808s and Heartbreak'' was a [[NewSoundAlbum straight-up synthpop record]], whilst ''My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'', as well as his albums with Music/JayZ and GOOD Music are this trope to a T. This was praised by many as the defining strength of MBDTF, with influences ranging from classical music to dance-pop to rock'n'roll.
* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher: Music Inspired By the Game'', one of two soundtracks packaged with the [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition Enhanced Edition]] of the game, runs the gamut from Celtic-style folk music (e.g. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pnWs_iodDU "Skellige" by Duan]]) to folk-rock ([[http://youtu.be/cLHLjkru13E "Sapphire Waters" by Village Kollektive]]) to rock ([[http://youtu.be/51sZeFI-3Dk "Running Away" by Skowyt]]) to heavy metal ([[http://youtu.be/xrHqLmAU19c "Sword of the Witcher" by Vader]]) to just plain damn weird ([[http://youtu.be/cCxTt881T2U "They Want to Suck" by LAL]]).
* Music/TheBeeGees get in on this too. They employed [[BaroquePop many]] [[{{Disco}} musical]] [[{{Soul}} styles]] through their whole career, but of particular note is their last ever album as a group, ''This Is Where I Came In''. Witness the understated acoustic rock of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW2tGPvsR2E the title track]], the 90s-tinged Eurodance of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hboINwXeT8I "Embrace"]], the legitimate rock-out session of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_opGRxMa8M "Voice In the Wilderness"]], the AwardBaitSong-esque [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KAqmvIdEAc "The Extra Mile"]], and weirdest of all, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHvwp6uKZTM "Technicolor Dreams"]] - a Tin Pan Alley ditty that seems lifted straight out of TheThirties...
* ChristianRock group ThousandFootKrutch certainly qualifies. They perform everything ranging from metal, alt-rock, hard rock, contemporary Christian, acoustic rock, pop, and even hip-hop.
* Music/LeonardBernstein's ''Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers'' recklessly mixes together various styles of classical and popular music. In less than half-hour, it goes from an experimental quadraphonic piece to a smooth ballad to cool jazz (with {{Scatting}}) to marching band music to a round to a folk instrumental to an a capella hymn in neoclassical style to an atonal oboe solo followed by pounding hexachords which segues to blues rock.
* [[Music/TheMonkees The Monkees]], in the Don Kirshner era, spun between bubblegum pop, proto-punk, Mike Nesmith's country-rock, and novelty songs. After overthrowing Kirshner, they added folk rock, psychedelic rock, Broadway-flavored tunes, Latin influences, and hints of R&B to the roulette wheel, removing some of the bubblegum and almost all of the novelty stuff in the process. Michael Nesmith's solo career incorporated at various times: country-rock, big band, straight country, straight rock, samba and tango, new wave, tropical music,....
* ''Volume One'' by Fear Of Pop, a side project of Music/BenFolds: Among other things, the album features Big Beat ("Root To This"), jazz-funk ("Kops"), Creator/WilliamShatner doing spoken word over lounge music ("In Love"), and an apparent Music/TalkingHeads style-parody ("I Paid My Money")... Basically everything but the piano pop he's known for (although the intro to "Rubber Sled" features a comically sped up sample of Ben Folds Five's SignatureSong "Brick").
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Amaluna'' soundtrack is a mix of contemporary genres, including pop ballads ("Hope" and "Run"), ska-punk("Burn Me Up"), trip-hop (middle of "Enchanted Reunion"), drum & bass ("Fly Around" and last part of "Enchanted Reunion"), tribal (first half of "Creature of Light"), R&B ("Elma Om Mi Lize" and "O Ma Ley"), dark {{ambient}} ("Whisper"), breakbeat ("Running on the Edge" and "Mutation"), and even {{industrial metal}} ("Tempest").
* Long-running American experimental group ControlledBleeding ran the gamut of punk, {{prog rock}}, {{harsh noise}}, dark ambient, dub, {{industrial}}, modern classical music, folk, free jazz, and pretty much everything in between. Generally they had the decency to limit themselves to a few genres per album, but the results can still be incredibly jarring, particularly on early albums like ''Knees & Bones'' where the music will suddenly shift from shrieking power electronics to trippy yet soothing guitar instrumentals to strange pieces halfway between the two at the drop of a hat.
* Music/EinsturzendeNeubauten gradually calmed down from the metallic percussion and noisy intensity of ''Kollaps'' in exchange for increasingly quiet conventional styles while maintaining the usage of custom musical instruments built out of found objects. Nonetheless, they still showcase a wide range of textures.
* Alex Skolnick, along with playing lead guitar for Music/{{Testament}}, leads a jazz trio.
* JimSteinman's ''Bad for Good'' album. Wagnerian orchestra, country & western, spoken word, rock ballad, goth, bubblegum... you name it. In particular, "Dance In My Pants" shifts from country rock to something rather occultish.
* Music/TheAvalanches' first (and so far, only) album switches between Trip-Hop, Ambient, and HouseMusic, and even then these songs [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly can't easily be identified as a single genre.]] Hell, even before their first album, they dabbled in experimental RapRock and Trip-Hop.
* The Music/BlueOysterCult's first album wobbled between country music with a hard rock edge, to "pure "heavy rock. The ''Mirrors'' album revisited the country music theme with ''In Thee'', a track that would not be out of place in the Eagles' soft country-rock repertoire, and for good measure even added the disco-influenced ''Dr Music''.
* Music/VanMorrison generally stays within the bounds of blues/jazz fusion, but has at one time or another dabbled in just about every musical genre imaginable, with the exception of heavy rock and reggae.
* irish band the {{Horslips}} practically invented Celtic Rock, fusing traditional themes, rhythms and Irish instruments with hard guitar-edged rock music: they even set a traditional song, ''An Bratach Ban'', to a reggae beat.
* The CherryPoppinDaddies attempt to do this with each of their albums. While most of their albums feature a primary focus on swing and ska with a small handful of odd-genred tracks, the roulette is most prominent on ''Rapid City Muscle Car'' (1994) and ''Susquehanna'' (2008), in which the band has stated the intention was to make each track a different genre.
** ''Rapid City Muscle Car'' includes, in order, rockabilly, ska punk, psychedelic rock, swing, funk, swing, baroque pop, jazz, hard rock, an accordion ballad, alt-rock, country, hard rock, big band and lounge.
** ''Susquehanna'' features, in order, Latin rock, rockabilly, ska punk, reggae, punk swing, glam rock, flamenco, ska, calypso, swing jazz, bossa nova and acoustic soft rock.
* The Music/BeastieBoys' discography defines this as well as ''anyone.''
** They abruptly dropped hardcore punk in the early 80s and jumped to hip-hop, becoming one of the most controversial, and commercially successful, bands of their time with ''License To Ill.''
** In the 90s, they picked up their instruments again and played hip-hop alongside alternative rock, funk, jazz and hardcore punk, making two albums (''Check Your Head, Ill Communication'') that went back and forth between each genre almost at random.
** They then returned to hip-hop by teaming with Mixmaster Mike for 1998's ''Hello Nasty,'' which sported a new, futuristic sound.
** In 2007 they put out an instrumental album, ''The Mix-Up,'' filled with funk/soul/jazz workouts.
* Any of the Music/{{Vocaloid}} voice synthesizers can and will sing songs of any genre their owners have a mind to producing.
* The DonnaSummer song "''Queen For a Day'"" from 1977's ''Once Upon a Time'' starts out as proto-electronica, then halfway through the song, abruptly switches to all-acoustic disco. Milder forms of this would become a recurring theme in composer GiorgioMoroder's later recordings.
* Santana's 2002 album ''Shaman'' is one of popular music's best examples of this trope. Over the course of the album's 16 songs you not only get the band's signature Latin rock style, but you also get influences from contemporary R&B ("Nothing at All"), neo-soul ("You Are My Kind"), teen pop/rock ("The Game of Love"), instrumental hard rock ("Victory Is Won"), hip hop soul ("Since Supernatural"), nu metal ("America"), blues/folk ("Sideways"), post-grunge ("Why Don't You & I"), borderline britpop ("Feels Like Fire"), jam ("One of These Days"), and even ''opera'' ("Novus").
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' was designed to blend as many genres as humanly possible, with new books/settings adding/combining genres not previously covered. Not many other games allow you to play a medieval knight on a robotic horse alongside an alien cyborg cowboy toting a BFG and a wizard with a magical jetpack and literal LightningGun.
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s exact genre depends on which comic/book/on-line serial you read or which animation/movie you watch. Its tone also shifts from kid-friendly fables that teach AnAesop at the end to highly violent, messed up, borderline-horror stories that make you wonder how they got {{LEGO}} to approve them.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* All of ''Franchise/StarCraft'' is made of this, dependent on which races are shown interacting. When only Terrans are present, it's a heavily character-focused UsedFuture SpaceWestern.
** All Zerg interaction with the other races is Horror genre, from monsters bursting out of the ground, to the grotesque [[BodyHorror infested terrans]], to a monstrous alien queen stalking through a spaceship and slowly consuming the crew.
** The minute Protoss enter the picture, it's high fantasy ([[RecycledInSpace In Space]]), with visions, [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight ancient prophecies]], psychic links and the like.
* Every game in the ''Far Cry'' series is a FirstPersonShooter, but the setting and genre changes each game.
** ''VideoGame/FarCry'' is an action/science fiction game.
** ''VideoGame/FarCry2'' is a grim, realistic shooter with no unnatural elements.
** ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' is another action movie style shooter like ''Far Cry'', more serious than ''Far Cry'' but less serious than ''Far Cry 2'', with several [[MushroomSamba hallucinogenic-laced]] MaybeMagicMaybeMundane moments.
*** ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon'' is an AffectionateParody of AfterTheEnd ScienceFiction movies of the 1980s, and 80s pop culture in general.
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* ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' parodies this. After T-Rex comes up with [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1183 the ultimate disaster movie]], [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1184 he realizes how he can make a nigh-infinite number of sequels]]: By [[POVSequel by showing the same series of events from different perspectives]], he can shoehorn his story into any genre imaginable.
* ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'' jumps from historical fiction to YA lit in a matter of pages.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' tends to change its genre with every StoryArc. Compare the fantasy epic shown in [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/weekly/041120 these]] strips from 2004, to [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/weekly/050618 this]] {{Sitcom}}-style BrokeEpisode from 2005, to [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/weekly/061014 this]] crime thriller from 2006, to [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/weekly/070818 this]] FantasticComedy from 2007. The only consistent trait is that most strips have some sort of joke in them, but even that's [[CerebusSyndrome not always the case]].
* ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'' The Belt of Genre Changing does this.
* ''Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}'': [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2011/04/27/ In Drusilla's dream sequences.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', FillerStrips often cast it as a different genre. [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2007-11-04 Such as superheroes]].
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* A RunningGag in the ''Those Aren't Muskets'' skit, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxl-ZwrbZLo "The Drama Queen"]]. The titular drama queen keeps changing the genre of the clips she's in. One moment she's in the Victorian era, the next she's a rocker chick. This causes her boyfriend to break up with her.
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' switches between a samurai movie, a spaghetti western, then a buddy comedy, silent movie slapstick, horror, crime drama, ''Franchise/IndianaJones''-esque pulp adventure, a gladiator flick, etc., and sometimes all in the same episode!
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'' can be any genre it wants, at any time. Is it a fantasy story full of magic today? Yes! Is it a science fiction story with a man being ressurected from the dead as a cyborg? Yes! Is it a cop show with mob drama? Yes!
* While ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' primarily remained true to the ScienceFantasy SpaceOpera-genre of the movie saga, it also weaved dosens of other genres in. Just a few examples:
** The large battle-centric episodes/arcs are often straight-up mini-MilitaryAndWarfareFilms, most notable of which is the Umbara-arc.
** The Mortis-trilogy, "Nomad Droids", a large portion of the Darth Maul-storyline, and the Yoda-arc are pure {{Fantasy}} stories set in space.
** "Senate Spy", "Duchess of Mandalore", "Pursuit Of Peace", "Senate Murders", the Season 4 Obi-Wan undercover-arc, the Season 5 Fugitive Ahsoka-arc, and the Season 6 Fives-arc are {{Conspiracy Thriller}}s.
** The Zillo-duology is a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Monster movie]].
** "Legacy of Terror", "Brain Invaders" and "Massacre" edge on being {{Horror}} episodes.
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