Genre Savvy / Web Comics

  • Elan the bard, from The Order of the Stick sometimes suffers from being too genre savvy.
    • While all the characters are Genre Savvy to some extent, Elan is clearly more Savvy than the rest of them; unfortunately, his status as Cloud Cuckoolander means that the others are only inclined to dismiss his concerns in their moments of Genre Blindness, only to learn too late that they really should have paid attention. Eerily, he can come off as a Genius Ditz these days.
    Elan: Fight, Fight, Fight, Fight, the urge to say "I told you so!"
    • Tarquin, Elan and Nale's father is Dangerously Genre Savvy. As seen here. Unfortunately, he's also drastically Wrong Genre Savvy. He's got it right that he and everyone else present are characters in a story, but he thinks he's the Big Bad and Elan's the hero when it's actually Xykon and Roy respectively.
  • Cherry Blossomfeather, of RPG World, has an uncommon lack of genre blindness. While it's eventually justified, she's largely a way for the author to poke fun at RPG tropes.
  • Karn from Adventurers!! is extremely Genre Savvy about computer RPGs despite his general stupidity. Good for him that he lives in such a game.
  • Meji from Errant Story is quite up-to-date on her tropes. Among the more notable examples is her awareness of the dangers of Superpower Meltdown ("All the stories that starts like this ends with 'And then his head exploded...'") and her instant recognition of the sheer number of tropes involved in the backstory of the Amraphel siblings. Ellis, as well as several minor characters, also gets in on the action from time to time, but she's a step ahead of them — at one point, she deliberately invokes Deus ex Machina. Literally 'invokes'...
  • Sam Sprinkles, from Zebra Girl, is a former cartoon actor who is way too Genre Savvy for his own good, and has a tendency to get very, very mouthy with people over their role in the story. Take, for example, this conversation (just after the lights have gone out while the gang is making plans to fight a town full of vampires):
    Crystal: This is it, everyone, we're under attack!
    Wally: No! Honey, shhh. It's probably nothing. Just the wind knocking a limb into the power lines! Guys, it happens all the time around here. I'll go check and be back in two minutes!
    Sam: Holy God, Wally. You're asking for it. Crystal's right, we all know what kind of movie we're in, let's just assume the trouble is monster related!
  • Knowledge is Power: EmJay is about to ask David to pretend to be her boyfriend, but remembering how poorly that goes in fiction, changes her mind. Whereupon it happens anyway.
  • Gold Coin Comics is Genre Savvy, such as when Theo tells Lance they can't buy higher quality armor because the game developers wouldn't allow it, or their lower job class levels.
  • Mel of Explorers of Souls is a perfect example of this trope. Back in her human form, she played Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (whose world she later found herself in), and knows all the tropes and cliches of the brand of fanfiction she found herself in. See for yourself.
  • The latest arc of MSF High revolves around the fact that the "pocket-universe" in which the story takes place conforms to genre rules. This is exploited by many students most recently in the form of the "runner", an anime girl who will run everywhere eyes closed with an armload of books in the hopes of causing a romantic comedy style collision.
  • Pip from Sequential Art is rather Genre Savvy on what happens when you go up into the attic to investigate a strange sound.
    Pip: I watch horror films. I should not be doing this without a chainsaw handy...
  • Pibgorn: Who am I to deny trite formula?
  • Orwing Battler in Lovecraft Is Missing is a pulp writer who basically finds himself in another pulp writer's universe. Naturally, he feels like he's in one of his own stories and will occasionally comment on the action.
  • Blue Hat from Gengame tends to make a lot of decisions based on genre conventions. Justified in that it's a video game in which the mechanics of her character are somewhat based around genre conventions.
  • In Tripp, Poe's suggestion to disguise themselves in Narvan robes is born from watching a lot of Luke's blu-ray collection and noticing that most successful heroes are the ones who can infiltrate their targets.
  • Since Knights of Buena Vista is about a roleplaying group, the players are this, even knowing immediately that a baron NPC is a villain since Aristocrats Are Evil.
  • In ShootAround, surviving a Zombie Apocalypse is mostly a matter of genre-savvyness; for the most part, Adults Are Useless because they don't know the genre.
  • The characters in 1/0 converse with the author about the rules of their universe and the author's plans for them, and try to use this knowledge to stop him from killing them off. Petitus is particularly good at that last part.
  • Rusty and Co., being a RPG-Mechanics Verse, has a fair amount. Characters consult rule books. Mimic openly wishes to throw away a plot hook for a more interesting one, and invokes Convenient Questing
  • The Last Halloween has Mona, a very genre savvy ten year old, as its protagonist. She spends the first few chapters of the story looking for someone with "lots of guns" to protect her from her Monster, doesn't want to split up in the Ringley castle, and tries as hard as possible to refuse The Call when Dr. Fugue asks for her help in finding the Phagocyte on the grounds that she is a child and will die very quickly. Given the story's frequent subversion of horror tropes, being genre savvy isn't as useful as it could be, but she's still right more often than not.