"Move during the day they only come out at night"
"That's vampires moron!!"
Sometimes, you can take being Genre Savvy
too far, and wind up having as much Genre Blindness
as the poor idiots who split up in a haunted house where one of you is a murderer
If a character in a series that has a Fourth Wall
thinks mainly in terms of tropes, you've probably got a character who's Wrong Genre Savvy. Even if you're correct about being in a story
, it's possible for you to guess wrong about your role in the story, the genre of the story, or where on the various sliding scales your story is. Any way you spin it, it's still a common way of subverting Genre Savviness.
This can be a minefield. Say a stranger turns up on your doorstep; if he's a vampire
, he can't hurt you unless you invite him in
, but if he's an Angel Unaware
or King Incognito
, you might damn yourself by turning him away
And look at it from the visitor's point of view; if you're an honourable fairytale knight
, you won't lay a finger on anyone who's eaten your food
, but if you're one of The Fair Folk
, eating your food will trap him there forever
. What's a Genre Savvy
guy to do?
This can also be used for deconstructing character types
, by placing a generic character in a realistic setting and exploring what happens when they act as if they are in a work of a particular genre.
Of course, a potential reconstruction
can occur as well. While the character is Wrong Genre Savvy
about the premise or a particular aspect, they can be right Genre Savvy
about complementary aspects of that premise; this means that, while the character is hopeless in the aspect to which they're Wrong Genre Savvy
, in their functional aspect their support is invaluable, which may lead to the resolution of the plot and an increase in the character's chance of survival
See Heroic Wannabe
, Wide-Eyed Idealist
, Grumpy Bear
, Black and White Insanity
, Prince Charming Wannabe
, and Lord Error-Prone
for characters with this trait and Genre Savvy
for when characters get it right. Death by Genre Savviness
is a related trope. See also This Is Reality
, Hero of Another Story
, Entertainingly Wrong
, Thinks Like a Romance Novel
. May be confused with Too Dumb to Live
- When Ray González departed from WWC, he popped up in IWA Puerto Rico under a mask calling himself El Condor and using a Phoenix Splash he called the "Fénix Landing". Later González would return for another WWC run but be forced into retirement by Carlito Caribbean Cool. Then a masked wrestler calling himself Rey Fénix showed up and helped a debuting Sting beat Carlito, who immediately identified him as a Charlie Brown from Outta Town. Since you're reading this page you already know it wasn't but can see why he thought so. It was actually WWC booker Ricky Santana, avenging his former tag team partner.