* Alex Drake from ''AshesToAshes'' is an especially interesting case: having been aware of Sam Tyler's experience, she thinks she's starring in ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''. Of course since ''Ashes To Ashes'' is the sequel to ''Life on Mars'' some of what she thinks is right, and some isn't.
* Quite a few instances on ''Series/TeenWolf'', several of them very different. Stiles seems to think he's in a buddy superhero show, while Scott thinks the universe is simplistic with a clear villain to defeat, that being Derek. We quickly learn that it's a lot more complicated. Lydia seems to think she's the main character of a chick-flick - and doesn't realize she'd be the bad guy in that situation.
** Stiles does, however, show shades of being GenreSavvy in regards to werewolves, recognizing wolfsbane and signs of lycanthropy.
* In ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', Michael Scott often attempts to be GenreSavvy about ''real life'', much to the confusion of the rational people around him. He usually goes with comedy or romantic wrong-genre tropes, such as muttering something under his breath so that the microphone picks it up while the other characters don't hear it. They ''always'' hear it and call him out on whatever he just muttered. When he has to do anything resembling spy or infiltration movies (such as spying on a competing paper company), he assumes a thinly-veiled variation on his own name such as "Michael Scotch" or his recurring "Agent Michael Scarn" character.
** Dwight Schrute often treats real life as if it were a different genre of fiction. He treats the threat of layoffs as if he were participating in a competitive reality TV show like ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', [[CrazyPrepared keeps a variety of weapons in strategic hiding places throughout the office]] as though violent attacks were imminent, and at one point describes a detailed robbery plan that would be GenreSavvy if he existed in a crime thriller.
** Also, he calls upon vampire tropes when he thinks Jim was bitten by a bat (sharpened stake, etc). In fact, Jim's pranks use this to their advantage quite often, such as when he recruited Dwight to the CIA.
-->'''Jim:''' I discovered that Dwight placed a listening bug in the wooden duck he gave me. I think that if I play my cards right, I can have him replay the plot of ''NationalTreasure''.
** Turns out Dwight had just planted that bug [[StealthPun as a decoy]] to distract from his ''real'' bug, which successfully recorded hours of [[RealityEnsues Jim telling clients about paper quality.]]
* In the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Countrycide," the team investigates a series of killings by predatory aliens. They don't know that [[spoiler:aliens had nothing to do it. A clan of cannibalistic {{Serial Killer}}s committed the murders.]]
* The passengers in the ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}'' episode "Midnight" realize that there's a hostile alien on the bus on them, only they [[spoiler:think the Doctor is working with the hostile alien, and later that he's possessed by it. So they attempt to murder him.]]
** ''Doctor Who'' in general has this since its stories can involve most anything; it's not uncommon for characters to misjudge the genre of the story they're in.
*** To the point where getting the genre wrong proves to be a plot point:
-->'''River Song:''' [[spoiler: (in "The Pandorica Opens" after the Doctor tells of a fairy tale involving a Good Wizard imprisoning a monster): "I hate good wizards in fairy tales. They always turn out to be him." (in fact the Doctor was the one being imprisoned)]]
* Arthur in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' believes that he is the main character, any MonsterOfTheWeek can be defeated with his sword, Merlin is just his dumb sidekick, and his KnightTemplar father has the right idea overall in trying to eliminate all wizards and witches.
** He actually gets called out for this in ''With All My Heart''. Merlin disguises himself as an old woman ([[ItMakesSenseInContext long story there]]) and saves Guinevere from a spell. Merlin also takes the opportunity to chide Arthur on this.
--> '''Merlin''': Aren't you forgetting the boy?
--> '''Arthur''': Oh yeah, thought it went too smoothly back there.
--> '''Merlin''': If it weren't for him, your queen would still be enchanted.
--> '''Arthur''': No, don't think so.
--> *Merlin rolls his eyes*
** When Princess Mithian arrives in Camelot to marry KingArthur, she's under the impression that she's the [[OfficialCouple Official]] LoveInterest in a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage, finding Arthur to be handsome and charming, and for her to genuinely come to care for him over the course of their engagement. From her perspective, her greatest challenge is to win over Merlin, [[FriendVersusLover a servant who seems oddly disgruntled at her presence]], and who she tries to make friends with, believing that he's either [[GreenEyedMonster jealous of her relationship with Arthur]] or doubtful that she has [[BitchInSheepsClothing sincere feelings for him]]. It's not until the end of the episode that she realizes she was the RomanticRunnerUp all along, and simply an impediment to the eventual marriage of Arthur to the woman he ''really'' loves. Merlin's dislike of her had nothing to do with her at all, [[ShipperOnDeck but was a display of solidarity to Guinevere]].
* Dr. Drew has stated many of the patients on ''Series/CelebrityRehabWithDrDrew'' thought they were just doing another celebrity reality show and took a long time to adjust to the fact that they were in an ''actual rehabilitation center'' and actually had to do all the things that go along with it.
* The basic premise of ''TheJoeSchmoShow''. The non-actors ''think'' they are on some wacky run-of-the-mill reality show contest show, when in fact they ARE the show, everyone else is an actor specifically playing a character to the genre, the game is rigged to them, and the main idea of the show is to see how far they can take it without the Joe finding out.
** In season two, one contestant subverted this by being GenreSavvy enough to figure out the show was not what it seemed; they ended up doing TheReveal to her early in the show (there was another Joe on the show and another Joe, er Jane, brought in to replace her) and convinced her to keep playing along.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' occasionally features an army colonel who comes so very close to being genuinely GenreSavvy. He knows he's in a comedy sketch show all right. Unfortunately he doesn't realise which one, and so he thinks that sketches should have clearly-defined jokes in them, with vaguely plausible premises, and punchlines. As a result he calls an end to many a sketch which he considers to be far too silly, generally to provide at least some kind of closure to a sketch that is, frankly, totally off the rails by the time he appears with no stopping place in sight.
* In the ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' episode "The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis," the characters try to figure out a FiveManBand configuration which, if they stick to it, will lead to their inevitable success. This being Sunny, it obviously fails miserably.
** The entire gang does this almost constantly. Dennis thinks of himself as TheAce, a sauve ladies man who succeeds at everything, Mac sees himself as a John [=McClane=] style badass action hero, Sweet Dee believes she's a witty, quirky social woman similar to those on Sex In The City, and Charlie thinks he's a lovable down-trodden nice guy. In reality, they're all a group of selfish, morally-bankrupt sociopaths. Frank appears to be the only member of the gang aware of who he really is.
* Maxwell Smart once did this in an episode of ''Series/GetSmart''. He was kidnapped by KAOS and hypnotised to kill the Chief, put in a cell, and left to escape. Every time the KAOS agents tried to help him, he misinterpreted it as an attempt to kill him.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Joey receives a visit from an unhinged, obsessed fan. Anticipating violence, he grabs a frying pan. Chandler suggests that he comes up with a backup plan in case she isn't a cartoon character.
** They manage to [[GenreSavvy get it right]] when the fan comes to Joey accusing him of cheating on her, and then expressing confusion as to how he can be in two places at once ([[DaydreamBeliever since she believes Days Of Our Lives is real, and that Joey is Drake Ramoray]]) by having the others tell her that Joey is actually Drake's EvilTwin, and citing a number of over the top crimes he has committed to convince her.
--->'''Joey:''' I'm not Drake.
--->'''Ross:''' That's right, he's not Drake, he's Hans Remore, Drake's evil twin.
--->'''Erika Ford (Stalker):''' Is this true?
--->'''Rachel:''' Yes, yes it is true. And I know this because... because he pretended to be Drake too, to sleep with me.
--->''[Rachel throws water in his face]''
--->'''Monica:''' And then he told me he would run away with me, and he didn't.
--->''[Monica throws water in his face]''
--->'''Chandler:''' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And you left the toilet seat up, you bastard]].
--->''[Chandler throws water in his face]''
* ''FlightOfTheConchords'' had a weird example when Bret tried to woo a woman with techniques he'd seen in a sitcom. Now, Bret ''is'' in a sitcom, but he did stuff that never works even in sitcoms. At one point, Jemaine asks whether what Bret is planning on doing worked in the sitcom he saw it in. Bret says that it didn't, but [[ThisIsReality as this is real life]], his chances are better.
* In the last episode of ''{{Firefly}}'', Wash gives us this exchange:
-->'''Wash:''' Psychic, though? That sounds like something out of science fiction.\\
'''Zoe:''' You live in a spaceship, dear.\\
'''Wash:''' [[TechnologyMarchesOn So?]]
** Crow was ''convinced'' that he was the recurring [[TheDragon Dragon]] to Niska, who would face the heroes as a recurring enemy. [[spoiler: Mal will have none of that and kicks him into ''[[TurbineBlender Serenity]]'s'' [[TurbineBlender engine turbine]].]]
** Some of [[BountyHunter Jubal Early's]] actions indicate he ''might'' be Wrong Genre Savvy, although no clue what genre he thinks he's in. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} He's that kind of character.]]
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Although Hurley usually fills the role of the GenreSavvy, he sometimes ends up wrong as well. Early on, he feared a body he was burying would rise as a zombie, killing him first because he weighed too much to run quickly. He was wrong. Years later, one of his friends did rise from the dead, and many others visited him as ghosts, but by that time, the show itself has shifted genres.
** After the cast ended up 30 years into the past, he tried to operate on the assumption that their time travel worked like in ''Film/BackToTheFuture''. He was, however, wrong, their case being a StableTimeLoop and YouAlreadyChangedThePast. Other characters had some trouble explaining this to him.
* In the short-lived NBC series ''Something Is Out There,'' the female alien Ta'Ra is constantly puzzled by her human partner saying things like "Where's the SelfDestructMechanism on this spaceship?" and "Can't you set that raygun on [[StunGuns stun]]?"
* Contestants on ''Series/HellsKitchen'' will use the usual RealityShow tropes such as alliances, sabotage, and backstabbing... while apparently forgetting that the man they're trying to please is ''[[TheMeanBrit Gordon Ramsay]]'', who has repeatedly ignored the "standard" rules and eliminated whoever he felt like despite all the ''Series/{{Survivor}}''-style plotting, usually while reprimanding the perpetrators for thinking they're clever.
* Likewise, in ''Series/TheApprentice'' contestants will often try to rig the boardroom in their favor by bringing back the person that they intend to get fired, along with whoever was the strongest person on their team -- or even someone who has immunity from being fired -- in an attempt to manipulate the boss into firing the other person. This strategy almost never works.
** In ''The Celebrity Apprentice 2'', Scott Hamilton actually told Donald Trump that he had brought back Tom Green, who he wanted to be fired, and Herschel Walker because he thought that Walker probably ''wouldn't'' be fired and would support him in getting rid of Green. Honesty was most definitely ''not'' the best policy here though, as this revelation led pretty much directly to Hamilton's firing.
** This strategy actually did work for Ivana in the second regular season of ''The Apprentice'', albeit in a completely different manner to what she intended. She brought back Stacie, who was her intended victim, along with Bradford and Jennifer, who had been the best two salespeople in the task, thinking that this would result in Stacie's firing. Her original strategy failed, because Trump didn't think Stacie had caused the team to lose, but Ivana was saved by the fact that Bradford had stupidly decided to surrender his immunity (which he claimed he didn't need) earlier in the boardroom, resulting in Trump firing him instead.
* Speaking of GordonRamsay, a lot of the failing restaurants featured in ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' are failing usually due to bad locations and serving the wrong food to the wrong customers, like the Piccolo Teatro, a vegetarian restaurant in Paris, France, where only 2% of the population are vegetarian. That's just soft stuff, though. You got the people who think that they're better than him and try to upstage him and prove that they're better than him, as if this was some sort of reality show and not something to save their livelihood. Those who don't get it through their head end up shuttered.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': While Richard Castle's GenreSavvy skills are often an asset to his crime fighting, he also likes to play with being Wrong Genre Savvy. In one recent example, he acts as though he's in a vampire show instead of a TheyFightCrime procedural:
-->'''Castle:''' Whoa, whoa, whoa!
-->'''[[TheCoroner Lanie]]:''' What is wrong?
-->'''Castle:''' If he's a vampire and you pull that [stake] out, he comes back to life!
-->'''Lanie:''' If he does, then we can all go home early.
** This line was uttered just after a scene in which Nathan Fillion threw out a ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' reference while wearing his [[Series/{{Firefly}} Malcolm Reynolds]] [[{{Fanservice}} costume]]. Mindblowing, isn't it?
** Castle gets this often, especially when seemingly-supernatural events occur (he invokes horror tropes and fantasy tropes about evenly). Another great example, after tracking down a serial killer who supposedly rose from his grave:
-->'''Castle:''' We're going to a cabin in the woods, in the middle of nowhere?
-->'''Beckett:''' Yeah, so?
-->'''Castle:''' So... it's like the coed, checking out the strange noise in a basement in a slasher fic. It's a recipe for disaster.
-->'''Beckett:''' It's not a slasher fic, it's a murder investigation.
** For extra oomph, Film/TheCabinInTheWoods is another Creator/JossWhedon project.
* When Sisko was trying to catch the rogue officer Eddington in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', he realised that Eddington saw himself as a heroic figure for the Maquis, which Eddington pretty much confirmed by likening himself to Jean Valjean in ''Literature/LesMiserables''. Sisko ended up having to become genre savvy himself and forced Eddington to become a martyr for his beliefs.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': Edith Keeler thinks she's on a utopian, anti-war science fiction show. Unfortunately, her episode was guest written by Creator/HarlanEllison, and applying ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ideals there doesn't work.
*** The in-universe explanation is that she had the right idea with her utopian, anti-war ideals... but in the wrong time, leading to it all [[GoneHorriblyWrong going horribly wrong]].
** [=DS9=] also gave us a HolodeckMalfunction that caused Garak and Dr. Bashir trapped in Bashir's spy world. Garak, having been a spy in the past, attempts to use his knowledge to handle the situation, yet Bashir is able to outperform him at every turn. Garak was thinking of how to be a ''real'' spy, not a ''romantic'' spy.
* Ant, a moderately good singer, brought his brother, Seb, an utterly hopeless singer, to the pre-auditions of ''TheXFactor'', with Seb's terrible performance ensuring they'd get to the actual judges. The duo hoped that the judges would just put through Ant, as they had often done with groups with only one good singer; unfortunately that year the show started only putting through groups as a whole and not individual members, stopping the plan dead in its tracks.
* On an episode of ''Series/TheAvengers'', a famous bullfighter sees a cart rolling toward him and, assuming that his skills are being tested, whips out his cape. It turns out he's right that the cart was sent against him by the villain [[spoiler: but wrong about how it's going to kill him]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the MusicalEpisode "Once More With Feeling". The person who tries to change the town's genre to a happy musical. Turns out people are dancing themselves to death. Oops.
** Relatedly, when Jonathan turns himself into the main character, actually forcing the show itself to shift from a horror-spoof to an over the top action-spoof at the same time. This means that he actively chose to be Wrong Genre Savvy, then forced the genre to change to suit him. Surprisingly, it works out for most of the episode, before he has to give it up to stop the monster of the week.
** Anya says to Xander (paraphrased) "If you're ever thinking of leaving me, I want it to be like one of those movies where the bomb is counting down, and at one second to go I cut the wire and you don't leave." ''Wrong'' genre savvy since this is a Creator/JossWhedon production, so the 'bomb' goes off at the most tragic possible time.
** The Trio are an example of this trope; they attempt to be stereotypical comic book supervillains inside a story that's more nuanced and mature than that. The season 7 episode "Storyteller" is about confronting Andrew with this fact.
** In a conversation with Angel, Spike once mentions "the old AnneRice routine" -- telling a woman you're a vampire, convincing her you're a tortured soul who only wants to overcome your curse and be good, then eating her when she lets her guard down.
** Dawn had moments in season 7 when she seemed to think she was in CSI.
--> ''Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E3SameTimeSamePlace''
--->'''Dawn:''' I'm sure there's tons of stuff like this. You know, procedures we can use that don't involve magic spells. Just good solid detective work. And we can develop a database of tooth impressions and demon skin samples and I could wear high heels more often. \\
'''Buffy:''' Wow, that was so close to being empowered. \\
'''Dawn:''' Everybody loves a slender ankle.
-->''Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E4Help''
---> Guys, I'm telling you, I'm liking Mike Helgenberg for the perp. Let's collar him before he lawyers up.
* The eponymous ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' is a classic movie buff, and every case he and Laura Holt solve together reminds him of a classic movie. Often the wrong one...
* A recurring sketch in ''The Armstrong And Miller Show'' features [[TheJeeves a butler]] who thinks he's in a ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster''-esque Edwardian comedy of manners, except that his UpperClassTwit boss is less of a DoggedNiceGuy getting into amusing misunderstandings, and more of a SoapOpera-style MagnificentBastard who needs someone to hide the bodies.
* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Bad Guys", SG-1 accidentally take a bunch of hostages in an alien museum, and find themselves having to continue playing the role of terrorists until they can get the Stargate open again. Unfortunately, they also end up convincing the incompetent night watchman that he's just become the hero of a DieHardOnAnX movie...
** Faced with a dragon in "The Quest, Part 2", Cam Mitchell decides to throw a large chunk of C-4 under it since "that's where dragons are weakest". [[OurDragonsAreDifferent It's not that kind of dragon.]]
* On the reality show ''Chef Academy'', the chefs can be "eliminated" if they fail three tests over the course of the academy. It's made clear that it's perfectly possible that the entire class could graduate. Unfortunately, some of the chefs have seen too much reality TV, leading them to inexplicably act like they're on a competitive elimination show (a la Hell's Kitchen). At one point, one of the chefs actually says, "It's like I'm the only one who understands that this is a competition!" It's really not.
* Abed, usually [[MetaGuy anything but]] [[GenreSavvy this trope]], but in the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E24EnglishAsASecondLanguage English as a Second Language]] he thinks Troy's subplot is inspired by GoodWillHunting. It isn't; it's a parody of GoodWillHunting.
** In "Regional Holiday Music", Abed thinks he's in a Very Special ChristmasEpisode where, with help from a life-affirming musical mentor, he has to stop his killjoy friends from forgetting The TrueMeaningOfChristmas through the Power of Song. He's ''actually'' in a BlackComedy parody of ''Series/{{Glee}}'' where trying to force his friends to be cheerful is played out like an alien mind control AssimilationPlot where they become soulless {{Stepford Smiler}}s, and the life-affirming musical mentor is a complete maniac.
** Abed's genre savviness is very hit-and-miss at times with his attempts to make his life more like TV. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. However, his biggest example of wrong genre savviness is that he thinks he has the right to retool or adjust the flow of the show (ie., the lives of his friends) at will, which almost everyone else sees as [[ManipulativeBastard insanely controlling]] and [[LackOfEmpathy incredibly heartless]].
* ''MagnumPI'': An old enemy of Higgins has a habit of setting up complicated schemes based on classic movies, so Magnum spends most of the episode trying to figure out what movie he's supposed to be in, eventually settling on the 40s serial ''PerilsOfNyoka.'' The viewers knew it was ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' from the very first scene. This whole episode was an ActorAllusion to Tom Selleck being Spielberg and Lucas's first choice for playing ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', but he had to turn it down because the studio wouldn't let him out of his contract.
** A clip from Tom Selleck's audition is included in the special features of the ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' boxset, proving that Selleck would have made a damn fine Indiana Jones.
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Hiro Nakamura lives his life as though he lives in TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks. Unfortunately, the world he lives in is much, much closer to TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. As a result, the single most powerful character in the show spends much of each season holding the IdiotBall.
* Sansa Stark of ''Series/GameOfThrones''. If she ''really'' lived in an idealized fairytale romance, she'd be just fine. But she actually lives in a CrapsackWorld with BlackAndGreyMorality where AnyoneCanDie, and her inability to see that leads to [[spoiler: her father's death]].
* In ''{{Primeval}}'' a zoo keeper who has secretly raised a Smilodon, thought that the crew from Home Office cloned it and are trying kill it. But they are there to capture the beast, and try to put it back from where it came. She ends getting killed by it when she thought it wouldn't attack her, as it would view her as its mother.
* ''WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'': Harder to be a superhero than it looks, isn't it?
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' the Winchesters are protecting a family in a house from a lady called the "Girl in the Wall". At first they assume she's a ghost, but she is in fact an AxCrazy deranged human who has spent her entire life living under the house.
** In season 9, one of the main villains [[spoiler: Metatron]] believes (or at least claims he believes) that he's TheHero. His second-in-command is more likely to have a genuine case of this, believing himself to be TheLancer or TheHero. [[spoiler: Until he pulled a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* In the ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode "The Serpent's Tooth," the detectives notice the similarity between the murders they're investigating and the case from which it was RippedFromTheHeadlines, and focus their investigation on the NoCelebritiesWereHarmed versions of the real-life killers, only to find out (at the 45-minute mark) that it was actually somebody else who did it.
* In the fourth season opener to ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', an [[ThoseWackyNazis SS officer]] tries to strike up a conversation with his American prisoner (who is [[spoiler:Captain Archer]]). He mentions how "in Hollywood movies, [[AmericaWinsTheWar Americans always win]]. Too bad for you; you're not in a movie." However, it's still a Hollywood ''TV show''....
** There's an interesting twist in one episode where Trip seems to think he's in a different kind of Star Trek episode. He spends time trying to educate a repressed member of an alien sub-species against their cultural norms, and hopes that they will start a cultural revolution, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half_a_Life_(Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation): as seen in Star Trek before]] . This backfires when [[spoiler:the alien is so depressed about having to go back to a life where she is not treated equally that she commits suicide.]]
* In ''Series/LostGirl'', Bo at one point encounters a Lich. After being told that he stores his soul in something, she suspects that he did so in a picture of himself ala [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorain Gray]]. When she destroys the picture, he just laughs at her. Fortunately, she figures out where it actually is later.
* On ''Series/TheNanny'', [[RichBitch C.C.]] [[HopelessSuitor Babcock]] spends much of the series convinced that [[BettyAndVeronica she's the Betty to Fran Fine's Veronica]] with Maxwell Sheffield, but she's not even in the equation, instead coming off as a StalkerWithACrush, with borderline {{Yandere}} tendencies. She doesn't realize it until after Max and Fran are already ''married'' [[spoiler:and Fran is pregnant]] when Niles, having reached his limit with her, delivers a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that holds ''nothing'' back.
** That would be a reconstructed case, as C.C. [[spoiler: gets married to Niles instead]].
* In one episode of {{Series/Continuum}}, a sci-fi fanboy finds a powered armor suit from the future, and upon accidentally discovering its powers, decides that it makes him a [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman super-hero]]. Too bad for him, despite the nigh-invulnerability granted by the suit, he's actually in a fairly realistic sci-fi, and the villains, who are looking for said armor, find him and beat him up quite badly before the actual heroine (who has a suit *and* knows how to use it) shows up.
* Multiple characters in ''Series/InTheFlesh'' are confused over that universe's rules on [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]]. Bites don't turn you (and people should know this) yet false hope and false imprisonment means that these people are never corrected.
* In series 9 of Series/TheApprentice, one of the contestants (Jordan Poulton) seemed to think he was on DragonsDen, with his business plan offering 15% equity in a business co-owned by a partner who didn't actually appear on the show. Unfortunately for him, the rules clearly state that the prize is that you get a 250,000 investment in your new business with Alan Sugar owning 50% of the company. This got him very quickly torn apart and fired in the interview stage. It also didn't help that he didn't actually own any of the business he was wanting the investment in, which in turn probably would have got him thrown out of DragonsDen as well.
* Kido Shinji from ''KamenRiderRyuki'' has a tendency to do this. He assumes that other Kamen Riders would be allies against the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Mirror Beasts]], but he's in a DarkerAndEdgier entry in the series where Kamen Riders themselves can not only be antagonists, they can also be outright evil. He makes another assumption after seeing Kamen Rider Zolda, having not seen the Rider henshin, that his true identity is the {{Badass}} BattleButler Gorou, when it's actually his boss Kitaoka.
* Takatora Kureshima of ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' believes he's in a CosmicHorrorStory where the only hope one can obtain is through sacrifice and is willing to make huge sacrifices to obtain hope. While part of that ''is'' true ([[Creator/GenUrobuchi considering who's writing it]]), the part he's wrong about is that he's also in a story where TheHero is an AllLovingHero and shows that there ''is'' another way... [[spoiler:until he too is proven wrong]].
* Used hilariously on ''{{Series/Scrubs}}'' when J.D. tries to escape the hospital in a body bag and med student Doug wheels him into an elevator.
--> '''J.D.:''' Can you press Lobby please?
--> Doug screams, beats on J.D. with a fire extinguisher until J.D. unzips the bag.
--> '''J.D.:''' Doug! Why were you hitting me?
--> '''Doug:''' 'Cause I thought you were a [[ZombieApocalypse dead guy coming back to life]]!
--> '''J.D.:''' *beat* ''Then why were you hitting me?!''
--> '''Doug:''' Dead people should be dead!