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Genre Refugee
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.


Examples

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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 The 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".

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  • 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?"

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  • 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. She was completely unaware of the existence of magic, vampires, and demons before she met Angel.
  • 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.

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    Western Animation 
  • An episode of Johnny Bravo involving all sorts of Halloween creatures also has a random gnome (of the lawn variety) mingling with them.


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