* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', Balthier lives and breathes this trope to the point he's practically the TropeCodifier for the series. He instantly believes Basch's story that he has an EvilTwin, he's perfectly aware that the AncientTomb will contain DemonicSpiders and {{Booby Trap}}s, and that TheEmperor will be awaiting them on TheBridge. He also constantly claims he's [[TheHero "the leading man"]] and as such may be called upon to do a HeroicSacrifice eventually. When he eventually ''does'' invoke said trope, well...
-->"Princess! No need to worry. I hope you haven't forgotten my role in this little story. I'm the leading man. You know what they say about the leading man - [[PlotArmor he never dies]]."
* Almost ''all'' the characters in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series, particularly [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Etna]]. Mao from the [[VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice third game]] is [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy dangerously so]], concluding that the quickest method of kicking his dad off the throne and rule with his own iron fist is to actually ''become the hero'' of the game.
** One example from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' that particularly stands out: Etna figured out that the Overlord Zenon she just defeated was a fake. How? The title of Overlord is transferred by KlingonPromotion, and she points out that her title on her status screen doesn't read "Overlord".
** Also from ''[[VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice Disgaea 3]]'', after you have defeated [[spoiler: Super-Hero Aurum]] he says "Wait! In these games the final boss always has to take his final form before you can truly defeat him!", to which Mao replies "Ah! Curse you, using that convenient Game Mechanic!"
* Henry of ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' is made of this trope. He correctly identifies himself as main character Travis' mysterious foil and just goes on from there.
** Travis picks up some of it once ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' starts, but the king of the trope is the final boss. When Travis can't figure out his motives, the boss snaps, pointing out that [[spoiler:YouKilledMyFather]] is a staple of every genre known to man --> "''Shakespeare'', for God's sake!"
* Zoey of ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' is a prime example -- as a college student, she's seen a lot of zombie movies, and often spouts out lines relating to [[ZombieApocalypse their current situation]].
** "I can't get over how fast they all are! It's not even fair, I'm calling zombie bullshit on that, you know? They're not... allowed to be so fast!"
** Unfortunately she's also WrongGenreSavvy in the comic The Sacrifice she finds out that [[spoiler:Her father was actually a carrier so when she shot him in a mercy killing after he was bitten, it was a SenselessSacrifice.]]
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'': Guybrush Threepwood occasionally points out a trope during his adventures and tries to take advantage (generally by refusing to do something stupid).
* Refreshingly, the main character in ''ShinMegamiTensei: VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' can be played this way. Often, the main character can explain the plot to the other characters in the party. There's usually two dialogue options: Genre Savvy and Panicking/Has no idea what's going on. In most [=RPG=]s, the main character is prevented from being genre savvy in favor of having an ExpositionFairy explain everything for them. As a result, there's not really any scenes in the game where the main character says things like [[GenreBlind "That demonic cult member said he wanted to destroy the world with demons! I wonder what that could mean? Please explain it to me, party members."]][[note]]That's [[TheChick Yuzu's]] [[TheWatson job]].[[/note]]
* In ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'', Eddie shows a degree of genre savvy right off the bat when he sees a Twisted Coil Battle Nun from behind. "All right. I'm supposed to think you're a nun, but I know you're really some big ugly demon, so let's have it! (she turns and roars in his face) HAH! I knew it! Big, ugly demon."
** Eddie is definitely among the best examples of this trope in any video game story, quite fittingly as he is sort of TrappedInTVLand, except it's Heavy Metal Land and he likes it there far better than his original world.
** Eddie's whole personality through most of the game is built around this trope, since he interacts with all the other characters acting as if his supposed inside knowledge of the world is enough of an advantage for him to overcome anything. He turns out to be correct... most of the time.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Varric repeatedly demonstrates in dialogue that he has a keen understanding of how stories work and lampshades a number of different parts of the game through this.
** If you side with the mages and confront Alexius, at one point Alexius' son asks Alexius if he knows what he sounds like. Cue Dorian: "he sounds exactly like the sort of villainous cliche everyone expects us to be."
%%** [[PlayerCharacter The Inquisitor]] himself/herself can be this if the player picks certain dialogue choices.
* In ''VideoGame/ZettaiHeroProject'', pretty much everyone is aware of what cliches to keep track of, apparently because HenshinHero shows are based on real life for them. But their CrowningMomentOfAwesome comes when Darkdeath Evilman unleashes a series of energy blasts that land in countless cities across the world, causing mass destruction. [[spoiler:Each and every one of those locations was evacuated, because they were all the buildings and landmarks that are always destroyed in movies. There were no casualties at all.]]
* Both Ben and Dan in ''VideoGame/BenThereDanThat'' and its sequel are aware at all times that they're in a [[AdventureGame point-and-click]], and specifically that it's one of the LucasArts school which doesn't punish the player with deaths or {{Unwinnable}} situations. This is frequently used to justify their more dangerous antics and their [[TooDumbToLive lack of any fear of death]], as well as Ben's [[KleptomaniacHero kleptomania]] and [[MoonLogicPuzzle deliberately trying to come up with convoluted ways of doing simple things]]. The aliens, however, are DangerouslyGenreSavvy, and reveal at the end of ''Ben There Dan That'' that their abduction of Ben and Dan and forcing them to go through a point-and-click adventure game was just there to [[YouAreTooLate keep them clicking about long enough for the aliens to enact their real evil plan.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', The Saints often {{Lampshade}} and discuss tropes such as help arriving after two waves of SWAT teams and mentioning how they think Loren wouldn't be so cliche as to hide on the top floor of the tallest building of the city "like a criminal mastermind".
* Geralt of ''VideoGame/TheWitcher''. He's well aware of traditional fantasy stories, and [[TheSnarkKnight of course being the kind of person he is]], sarcastically brings them up from time to time.