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->''"Kids, sometimes you think you're living out one story, but the truth turns out to be something else entirely. At the time, I thought the story was about whether Robin should be at the wedding. If only I'd understood what the real story was."''
-->-- '''Ted narrating in hindsight''', ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', "Shelter Island"

Sometimes, you can take being GenreSavvy too far, and wind up having as much GenreBlindness as the poor idiots who [[LetsSplitUpGang split up in a haunted house where]] [[Film/{{Clue}} one of you is a murderer]].

If a character in a series that has a FourthWall thinks mainly in terms of tropes, you've probably got a character who's Wrong Genre Savvy. Even if you're [[MediumAwareness correct about being in a story]], it's possible for you to guess wrong about your role in the story, the genre of the story, or where on the various sliding scales your story is. Any way you spin it, it's still a common way of subverting Genre Savviness.

This can be a minefield. Say a stranger turns up on your doorstep; if he's a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]], he can't hurt you unless you [[MustBeInvited invite him in]], but if he's an AngelUnaware or KingIncognito, you might damn yourself by [[SecretTestOfCharacter turning him away]]. And look at it from the visitor's point of view; if you're an [[KnightInShiningArmour honourable fairytale knight]], you [[SacredHospitality won't lay a finger on anyone who's eaten your food]], but if you're one of TheFairFolk, eating your food [[FoodChains will trap him there forever]]. What's a GenreSavvy guy to do?

This can also be used for [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype deconstructing character types]], by placing a generic character in a realistic setting and exploring what happens when they act as if they are in a work of a particular genre.

Of course, a potential {{reconstruction}} can occur as well. While the character is WrongGenreSavvy about the premise or a particular aspect, they can be ''right'' GenreSavvy about complementary aspects of that premise; this means that, while the character is hopeless in the aspect to which they're WrongGenreSavvy, in their functional aspect their support is invaluable, which may lead to the resolution of the plot and an increase in the character's [[JustForFun/SortingAlgorithmOfMortality chance of survival]].

See HeroicWannabe, WideEyedIdealist, GrumpyBear, BlackAndWhiteInsanity, PrinceCharmingWannabe, and LordErrorProne for characters with this trait and GenreSavvy and its [[DownplayedTrope downplayed cousin]] FunctionalGenreSavvy for when characters get it right. DeathByGenreSavviness is a related trope. See also ThisIsReality, HeroOfAnotherStory, EntertaininglyWrong, ThinksLikeARomanceNovel. WrongAssumption overlaps with a lot of these. May be confused with TooDumbToLive.


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It is very easy (and tempting) to list a character just because they are wrong about something, but that doesn't mean they are Wrong Genre Savvy. Even if they are wrong about their role ''in'' a story, that doesn't necessarily make them wrong about the type of story they are in. Before adding an example ask yourself "If this character was correct, would it change the genre?" if the answer is "no" then it doesn't belong here.


* WrongGenreSavvy/AnimeAndManga
* WrongGenreSavvy/ComicBooks
* WrongGenreSavvy/FanFic
* WrongGenreSavvy/{{Film}}
* WrongGenreSavvy/{{Literature}}
* WrongGenreSavvy/LiveActionTV
* WrongGenreSavvy/TabletopGames
* WrongGenreSavvy/VideoGames
* WrongGenreSavvy/WebComics
* WrongGenreSavvy/WebOriginal
* WrongGenreSavvy/WesternAnimation