A Genre Refugee
is a Stock Character
from some genre
who appears in a story that is in no other way part of that genre. The character is probably Wrong Genre Savvy
, or may be the cause of wrong genre savviness
in others. Since genres often have different tones, the character may be a Knight of Cerebus
or the inverse.
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- The superhero genre is an eclectic mix of various genres like science-fiction, detective fiction, mythology etc., but there are some characters that stick out. In the Marvel Universe for instance, heroes may encounter
- Patsy Walker, the heroine of a girl comedy series from the 1950s and 1960s, who eventually became the superheroine Hellcat;
- Millie the Model, the heroine of a girl comedy series that last from the 1950s to the 1970s, who never became a superhero like Patsy;
- Nick Fury, a superspy in the mold of James Bond and Man from U.N.C.L.E., who is also one of the few surviving characters from Marvel's long-defunct war comics;
- Characters from Marvel's take on classic horror stories like Dracula and the related cast (Blade, Lilith, the Harkers);
- The Punisher, expy of Mack Bolan, the main character from a series of thrillers, who at the outset was so out of tune with the rest of the Marvel Universe that he appeared primarily as an antagonist to people like Spider-Man before coming into his own during The Dark Age of Comic Books;
- Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu, a character created to cash in on the success of the martial arts films of the 1970s who also happens to be related to old Yellow Peril villain Fu Manchu; and
- Howard, a walking, talking anthropomorphic duck "Trapped in a World He Never Made".
- Quincey P. Morris from Dracula. Nothing like the presence of an American cowboy in a Gothic Horror story set in Britain to make you go "Say again?"
Live Action TV
- The trio of mad scientist supervillains in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After they disable the museum guards with an ice ray and steal a precious diamond, our heroes start searching the ancient tomes for a "frost monster that eats diamonds."
- Gwen Raiden in Angel. A character with electrical powers out of a super hero show, in a Vampire Detective series.
- This is basically the point of the BBC TV film Reichenbach Falls - the central character is a Defective Detective placed into a much less noir-ish setting. A Mind Screw plot with much Leaning on the Fourth Wall ensues in which he gradually escapes from his Wrong Genre Savvy.
- An episode of Johnny Bravo involving all sorts of Halloween creatures also has a random gnome (of the lawn variety) mingling with them.