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- Rossiu from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is a Real Robot character stuck in a Super Robot universe.
- Gai Daigouji from Martian Successor Nadesico is the inverse: A Hot-Blooded Super Robot hero stuck in a Real Robot setting.
- Kimi ni Todoke has three such characters, Chizuru, Ryu, and Kazuichi "Pin" Arai. Who seem to have got transplanted from a fiery shonen sport series to a lighthearted shoujo romance.
- Likewise, half the cast of Ouran High School Host Club are stranded from typical shoujo reverse harem, but it's an Affectionate Parody Gag Series most of the time.
- Yandere Kanojo has a few characters who would not be out of place in the Shoujo Genre. Shiratori, who tries so hard to be Manabu's rival, is explicitly based on the rival character in Tokimeki Memorial 3 and retains some of his genre tropes. Given that the general tone of the series is Affectionate Parody of shounen romance stories, these contrasting genre elements are milked for all their comedic worth.
- Isidro in Berserk thinks himself a Kid Hero from a shonen manga. He is very much Wrong Genre Savvy.
- Retsu Akagi would be right at home as a Super Robot protagonist, or in any sufficiently Hot-Blooded shonen series... but he's a character in the little girls' magical fantasy Jewelpet Kira Deco.
- 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 the Long-Running Book Series The Executioner, 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".
- Bone features three Cartoon Creatures (think along the lines as Mickey Mouse and his friends) stumbling into a High Fantasy story.
Films — Animated
- Oogie-Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas. The other spooks are frightening and with a bit of a skewed morality code, but are ultimately good natured creatures that scare folks for fun. Enter Oogie-Boogie, the one spook who is genuinely malicious and evil-natured, who even the other spooks seem to dislike. According to a suplimentary material he's also this in a completely literal sense, being a refugee from a different bug-themed holiday that's no longer celebrated.
Films — Live-Action
- The cowboy in The Big Lebowski. You could also make the argument that the Dude is a Stoner Flick side character who wandered into a Film Noir plot. Then again, half of the metaplot of the movie is about "just some guy from L.A." gets wrangled into the plot of a movie.
- Tommy Frigo in Adventureland has wandered in from a raunchy teen movie.
- Steve the Pirate in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
- 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.
- This is done in The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "Execution", which mixed two of the series' most frequently-used genres: in it, an outlaw from a Western-themed Twilight Zone episode is pulled into a Science Fiction-themed Twilight Zone episode by a scientist with a time machine.
- A frequent theme in Doctor Who, as a stock premise of stories right from the early days is 'just drop the Doctor into [Genre] and see how he responds'. A handful of examples:
- The Doctor himself is often this, due to his slipping-between-worlds nature. He tends to fit in quite well in most sorts of stories, but it's not rare (especially in the Classic series) for him to be the only Science in Genre Only element in a hard SF, a Gothic Horror, a Fairy Tale, a Whole Plot Reference or even a Period Drama. "An Unearthly Child", "The Highlanders" and "Rose" are three stories about what happens when you drop a ridiculous fantasy alien into a normal-world setting.
- "The Enemy of the World" features Astrid and Fariah, both of whom are obviously "Bond girls", and Salamander who is a Bond-style Diabolical Mastermind. The Doctor is charmed by Astrid but does not seem to enjoy being in the company of this setting at all - he constantly tries to dodge espionage and only agrees to go undercover when absolutely forced. Young, handsome and resourceful Jamie is a bit more at home.
- The Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart is a pastiche of the Stiff Upper Lip Officer and a Gentleman Stock Character who appeared in every classic British war movie the children watching would have grown up with.
- Milo Clancey in "The Space Pirates" is a Gold Rush prospector in a hard sci-fi story. This was done mostly for Twilight of the Old West symbolism.
- Harry Sullivan, according to his creator Terrance Dicks, was supposed to be a ridiculous, over-the-top Boy's Own adventure hero who had somehow found himself in a Doctor Who story, being narratively upstaged by the Doctor and not quite able to realise why this is happening to him. He doesn't really scan as this after "Robot", due to other writers taking his genre quirks more seriously.
- Leela is a character from an Edwardian Jungle Opera novel, to go with her Gothic Literature-themed Doctor. She's from a Cargo Cult worshipping Ancient Astronauts (albeit with a twist), uses all of the Noble Savage and Nubile Savage tropes and her name is a play on 'Leila', the stereotypical name of foreign Femme Fatale characters of Two-Fisted Tales of this era. She also takes influence from the Pygmalion Plot, to the point where she was originally conceived as a Victorian Cockney flower girl.
- "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" is about putting the Doctor and Leela into the roles of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson and pitting them against characters lifted from Fu Manchu stories.
- Rose Tyler is clearly a character from a 00s Soap Opera who gets sucked into the Doctor's universe. This helped the revival serve as a Gateway Series to TV family science fiction at a time when the genre was said to be dead - and had something of a meta concept to it, seeing as the popular family viewing of that era was Soap Opera, Game Shows and Reality Shows (which later Ninth Doctor episodes also explore).
- Donna is the kind of shouty comic grotesque who'd be played in a sketch show by Catherine Tate, although with plenty of Hidden Depths and much better acted than you'd expect.
- In The IT Crowd, the concept is that Douglas Reynholm is a character from a (apparently, shitty) telenovela who happens to have ended up in a Britcom somehow. Lots of jokes are had at the expense of his overwrought personality, which derives from the standard acting style of telenovela, but turns him into a batshit insane Mood-Swinger amongst the characters doing sitcom-acting.
- An episode of The Young Ones had a mailman who acted like he was in a Shakespeare play.
- The Captain of How I Met Your Mother.
- Teenaged cowboy Tex Barton in a few radio episodes of Our Miss Brooks.
- In any other game, Bang Shishigami might have been The Hero (and Dogged Nice Guy to Litchi). In BlazBlue he's treated with no respect, with his only canon "victory" to date being using his Super Mode to flee from Terumi note .
- Most of the cast of Final Fantasy VII are traditional JRPG cast members, although fairly original and dysfunctional takes on each archetype - with the exception of Vincent Valentine, a walking homage to horror films. He's encountered in a coffin in the basement of a stereotypical Hammer Horror-style mansion, he has a Lost Lenore (Lucretia), his rival is a Mad Scientist, and he's able to transform into four monsters, each based on a different horror genre (Galian Beast is dark fantasy, Death Gigas is a gothic Frankenstein's Monster, Hellmasker is a Slasher Movie villain and Chaos is a Cosmic Horror character). In earlier drafts he was supposed to be a Film Noir-style detective, and following that, an Expy of Agent Mulder from The X-Files, and the elements of those which remain in his eventual character make him stand out as even odder in the cast.
- An episode of Johnny Bravo involving all sorts of Halloween creatures also has a random gnome (of the lawn variety) mingling with them.
- The recurring Creepy Old Guy from South Park acts like the Mr. Exposition from a Stephen King-esque macabre story.