* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Various characters point out certain things, including making references to dating sims when talking about Touma's harem, among other ways.
* ''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.]]
* ''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, because he knows that's an indicator that the person will die in war novels. Maes survives the war, though he does not [[FatalFamilyPhoto learn from his mistakes]].
* ''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]].
* ''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.]]
* ''Manga/IkkiTousen'': The series is basically "''Literature/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.
* Shiro of ''Anime/{{K}}''. He talks this kind of sense into Kuroh to stop the latter from killing him over the video that seems to show Shiro murdering [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth Tatara Totsuka]]. He and Reisi Munakata also both use some of this in their phone negotiations in episode 8.
--> '''Shiro:''' Pleading my innocence from inside of a jail cell would be a waste of time. I've seen enough cop shows to know how that works.\\
'''Reisi:''' And I can't help but feel your two companions would come to bail you out... probably in a non-traditional way.
* ''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!'
* ''Manga/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.
* ''Manga/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...
* ''Manga/OhEdoRocket''
** Because the show has NoFourthWall, 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]].
* ''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''.
* ''TsurupikaHagemaruKun'': 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!
* Subverted in ''Anime/Danganronpa3''. The character Chisa is a fan of horror movies, and yet sees nothing wrong with saying things like [[{{Retirony}} "I'll [do X] once this is over"]] or wearing white clothes while fighting in a war. Unsurprisingly, once [[CerebusSyndrome shit gets serious]] in the ''Future'' arc, [[spoiler:she is the first to die]].