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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. 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/{{Radio}}
* WrongGenreSavvy/TabletopGames
* WrongGenreSavvy/{{Theater}}
* WrongGenreSavvy/VideoGames
* WrongGenreSavvy/{{Visual Novel}}s
* WrongGenreSavvy/WebComics
* WrongGenreSavvy/WebOriginal
* WrongGenreSavvy/WesternAnimation

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* When Ray González departed from WWC, he popped up in IWA Puerto Rico under a mask calling himself El Condor and using a Phoenix Splash he called the "Fénix Landing". Later González would return for another WWC run but be forced into retirement by Wrestling/{{Carlito C|olon}}aribbean Cool. Then a masked wrestler calling himself Rey Fénix showed up and helped a debuting Wrestling/{{Sting}} beat Carlito, who immediately identified him as a CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown. Since you're reading this page you already know it wasn't but can see why he thought so. It was actually WWC booker Ricky Santana, avenging his former {{tag team}} partner.
* Wrestling/{{Mistico}} was probably one of the greatest luchadors of all time and one of the biggest draws in post territorial Lucha Libre. So it's only natural that he'd come to Wrestling/{{WWE}}, under the guise of Wrestling/SinCara, and rock the place, right? Nope. He was a pure luchador by style, and there were reports of him refusing to learn English or learn USA WrestlingPsychology to fit in, thinking he didn't need to. Needless to say, he failed to make an impact. He could only have good matches with those already versed in lucha, which meant he wrestled Primo and Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio a lot. He also ended up rubbing many of his coworkers the wrong way, including making a very powerful enemy in Alberto. Needless to say, nobody was sad to see him go and he went to Wrestling/{{AAA}} to rebuild his legacy.[[/folder]]