* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Various characters point out certain things, including making references to dating sims when talking about Touma's harem, among other ways.
* ''Manga/{{Bizenghast}}'': Edaniel comes to after being knocked out, and looks for the others, who have managed to get lost. Edaniel claims that he "knew this would happen."
-->Might be meta knowledge, might be real world experience
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ginjou knows what the expected stereotypes are for {{shounen}} villains and therefore deliberately invokes them to make Ichigo feels as though his life is on the line to [[TrainingFromHell obtain the power-up]] he desperately needs.
** Ichigo is well aware the villains regard him as a good candidate for the BreakingSpeech. He's sick to the back teeth of it and isn't beyond telling them so. The anime tends to combine this with NoFourthWall for certain {{filler}} episodes by putting Ichigo into the role of OnlySaneMan for comedy purposes. He can tell what's going to happen based on the genre and sometimes even questions who on earth has been writing the episode.
* ''Manga/BlueDragon'': Zola. In the second episode, after she effortlessly destroys several dozen enemy robots, the remaining ones begin [[CombiningMecha combining]] into [[HumongousMecha a single much larger robot]]. Zola notes that it would be stupid of her to wait for them to finish, and successfully attacks before the TransformationSequence is finished.
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'':
** Hidenori is quite savvy in gaming tropes, and in some cases, tropes in anime storytelling (such as ComicBookTime or LateForSchool).
** Yanagin at least aware of gender perceptions as portrayed during the [[TurnOfTheMillennium previous decade]]'s fiction.
** Yanagin's sempai, at the very least, knowing most girls in [[TurnOfTheMillennium last decade]]'s fiction are {{ditz}}y to an extreme.
* ''Manga/DeadlineSummonner'': Mamoru Onodera, the main character, was a video game obsessed Otaku before getting sucked into an RPG. He is very much aware of how the world works and how to avoid getting seriously injured and/or killed. [[IronButtMonkey Not that the universe]] [[ButThouMust allows him to, though.]]
* ''[[{{Eyeshield21}} Eyeshield 21]]'':
** Shin leaves the Deimon-Kyoshin game early when Deimon was behind because he knew Eyeshield 21 would use some crazy technique to win it all like he has done so many times before.
** Kid likes to quote, [[TemptingFate "Something bad will happen after something so good"]] and vice versa. It ''always'' happens.
* ''Manga/FairyTail''
** Happy fancies himself very genre savvy about the comedy genre, often predicting the outcome of various gags…only to be proven only ''partially'' correct.
** At one point, Natsu, Happy, Grey and Erza are looking for Lucy and search her house. Grey reaches her bathroom and has an ImagineSpot of him [[AccidentalPervert walking in on her in the bath, complete with getting called a pervert and having something thrown at his face.]] His response? "It was bound to happen sooner or later."
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Roy Mustang, who knows HowToSurviveAWarMovie, loses his cool in a flashback to the Ishvalan War when his buddy Maes gets all excited about a letter from his girlfriend Gracia. Maes survives the war, though he does not [[FatalFamilyPhoto learn from his mistakes]].
* ''{{Genshiken}}'': Most of the characters are major, ''major'' otaku and therefore genre savvy, but share Konata's affliction of being unable to tell exactly what kind of anime they're in. Most of the guys seem to [[VisualNovelShot visualise life as a dating sim]], and beat themselves up about it when they realise it.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'':
** The title character sees ''everything'' in terms of [[TheCatalogue TV and anime tropes]], even where they might not otherwise have been. She borders between being a [[WrongGenreSavvy wrong]] and being an accurate GenreSavvy. Since she is an [[spoiler: all-powerful RealityWarper]] with unstoppable willpower, she actually ''makes'' herself become accurate.
** Koizumi himself is a GenreSavvy character too, using it to his advantage to convince Haruhi of certain things. Sometimes it does work, sometimes it backfires at him.
** Kyon also is a pretty GenreSavvy guy, usually expressing it with [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] [[MetaGuy remarks]].
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'':
** The show has NoFourthWall, meaning that this shows up a ''lot.'' Almost everyone is GenreSavvy about the fact that they're in a shounen anime/manga and what that usually entails. Key word: ''usually''.
** The trick is, [[WrongGenreSavvy they don't know they're in a]] ''[[WrongGenreSavvy parody.]]''
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'':
** Nearly everyone is at least at some level of this. It's to the point where Azazel and the Maous outline the motivations of the Hero Faction in video game terms.
** Sairaorg is well aware of Issei's Determinator and ChivalrousPervert behaviors and uses this to snap the Occult Research Club out of a HeroicBSOD [[spoiler: after [[OurHeroIsDead Issei dies]]. By pointing out that Issei wouldn't stay dead because he hasn't had sex with Rias yet.]]
** Azazel manages to motivate Issei into fighting harder by pointing out that [[spoiler: Vali's Half Dimension attack can halve the size of Rias's breasts.]]
* ''IkkiTousen'': The series is basically "''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', {{Gender Flip}}ped and as a HighSchoolAU". Well, the teenage fighters ''know'' they're the reincarnations of these heroes, and several of them use such knowledge to their advantage as they fight their ways in the story, searching for a way to either [[BecauseDestinySaysSo fulfill]] or [[ScrewDestiny screw]] their fates. Even the ''IdiotHero'' Hakufu shows savviness in these regards.
* ''InazumaEleven'': The anime tends to portray Megane this way sometimes, although he usually fails at trying to use it to his advantage. On one occasion, he starts with an annoyed rant in the middle of a soccer match, and gets even more annoyed when an opponent tries to steal the ball from him in mid-speech, because [[TalkingIsAFreeAction Talking Is Supposed To Be A Free Action]].
-->'''Megane:''' How dare you attack in the middle of a stirring lecture or a fusion! As a robot otaku, you fail!
* ''Manga/{{Kannagi}}'': Akiba Meguru, being a "self-conscious akiba-freak", is GenreSavvy to the extreme, even recognizing that Mikuriya Jin for what he is:
--> 'If this is a comic, you are the main character!'
* ''TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'':
** Amamiya Yuuhi displayed a large amount of dating sim genre savviness on multiple occasions. One occasion during which he specifically chose to walk in on Asahina changing, knowing this type of situation usually engenders "special events".
** At another time, instead of opening the door onto a changing girl, he felt accomplished instead, by having a girl walk in on him naked as a "special event"
** Sami also remarks, at a certain point when Yuuhi suddenly grabs her face in during a dream that, had this been a romantic comedy, he'd have grabbed her boobs instead of her head.
** During the final fight of the manga, [[spoiler:Mikazuki]] realizes that final dramatic fights must be ended with a one-on-one CrossCounter or a SingleStrokeBattle or similarly dramatic mutual 'final technique', and charges up for [[CallingYourAttacks a final super punch with a ludicrously long and awesome name]]. [[spoiler:When Yuuhi moves in to oblige him, Mikazuki kicks him in the face instead and wins the match.]]
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'': Konata is Genre Savvy to the point of being a trope-fixated {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. She recognizes tropes and conventions... [[WrongGenreSavvy but never seems to be able to tell which actually apply to her own genre]]. Sometimes she gets it right, but other times, she applies tropes that are spectacularly wrong for her situation, referencing DatingSim event flags or deciding the dentist sounds like a classic mecha anime.
* ''MahouSenseiNegima''
** The [[CastHerd "library girls"]], quite understandably, read a lot of books... which means they're quite willing to accept the idea that their teacher is secretly a wizard. In particular, Paru (Saotome Haruna, herself supposed to be an amateur manga artist!) is all too willing to participate in cliche storylines.
-->'''Paru''': But mostly I want to help because IT SOUNDS LIKE A BLAST!
** But then, one character is GenreSavvy enough to freak out when she realizes that she's in a LoveTriangle, and those ''never'' end well... (especially not in Japanese literature!)
** In a curious and almost tragic use of this trope, Ako expresses her lack of self-confidence and feeling of being "ordinary" by saying she's literally "just a supporting character". Negi, of course, tries to reassure her that she ''is'' important... but in the context of the manga as a whole, ''[[BrokenAesop she's exactly right about her lack of importance]]''. At least so far...
** This comes up again (much) later on. In chapter 245 she shows that even a "side-character" can be incredibly important when she [[spoiler: [[Awesome/MahouSenseiNegima keeps Negi from getting blackmailed into slavery by Tosaka]] by [[HeroicSacrifice offering herself]] [[TakeMeInstead in his place.]] ]] Not to mention that [[spoiler: the sole reason that Negi is even able to get back up after Jack Rakan pounded him is because [[HeroicResolve he promised her he would win]] and he's ''[[{{Determinator}} going]]'' to win. That's pretty important.]]
** Also, [[OnlySaneMan Chisame]] often points out, that in this World of Magic, [[ValuesDissonance not everything]] [[GrayAndGrayMorality is shining and clean]], and often worried about Negi's obsession with Nagi, who ends the war, [[spoiler:and effectively ruining [[AristocratsAreEvil some people's]] [[WarForFunAndProfit plans]]]], and often worrying if Negi had [[ParentalAbandonment troubling parents]]. [[spoiler:She's right about all that.]]
* ''Manga/OhEdoRocket''
** Because the show has {{No Fourth Wall}}, some of the characters are genre savvy. For example, in the English version, there is a point where Tetsuju falls off a hovering space ship and crashes to the floor of a rocky canyon. Sora then assures Seikichi, "Don't worry, he'll be fine. He's the [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]]!"
** Shinza says the same thing about himself after he narrowly escapes being arrested and is nearly sliced in half inside his hiding place. "Good thing I'm the comic relief!"
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'': Houshakuji Renge is an {{Otaku}} example. All of the other main characters (except Haruhi), as well, to the extent of deliberately playing up their specialized {{bishonen}} stereotypes to please their [[FanGirl customers]].
* ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'': In addition to frequent MediumAwareness, Team Rocket are particularly genre savvy, especially regarding their own role. They know they are the bad guys, they know they are there to harass the good guys, and they know they suck at it. Why do they go on? Because it's what they do.
* ''SchoolRumble'': Akira is the only one who actually understands the LoveDodecahedron, even using that knowledge to manipulate people. As demonstrated in the BeachEpisode, where a naked Harima winds up grappling a bikini-clad Eri, not only is Akira fully aware that it's NotWhatItLooksLike instead of jumping to the obvious conclusion, she is also capable of explaining in ''great'' detail exactly what happened.
* ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'':
** Keima is an internet-famous genius when it comes to {{Dating Sim}}s, so when Hell has a problem with evil spirits hiding inside schoolgirls--where making them fall in love is the only way to exorcise them -- they call ''him''. And despite Keima's dislike of real girls, ''it works''.
** You can tell from early on when he's able to point out the local rich girl is a {{tsundere}} because she has [[{{Tsurime Eyes}} cat eyes]], [[HairColors light hair]], a visible forehead and [[GirlishPigtails twintails.]] He's a little disappointed that she's not short to make it perfect, but then Elsee points out she's also wearing high heels.
** [[spoiler:"A stranger appearing in a time of crisis is 100% SUSPICIOUS!!"]]
* ''Tsurupika Hagemaru-kun'': Hagemaru suffers from this and MediumAwareness.
-->'''Hagemaru''': Hey, Kaka, don't sneeze like this while you're naked or the censor guys will cut the scene!\\
'''Hagemaru''': I can do anything, I'm the hero of this series!
* ''ViolinistOfHameln'': The demon generals immediate orders after conquering a country are:
-->'''Hell King Bass:''' Kill all the women and children in case one of the women gives birth to a child and he grows up to be a hero or something.\\
'''Dragon King Drum:''' Ain't that always a bitch?
* In ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', Salome is this at times; she hangs onto hostages and once sealed a tower they were climbing in case Kim showed up.
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