The series' protagonist, Anita Blake is described as an abstinent, five-foot-nothing, gunslinging, racially conflicted tomboy. By profession, she animates corpses. An obscene pattern of scars reminds the reader of her additionally exciting work, as a federally recognized vampire executioner. She carries a B.A. emphasising supernatural studies, and often notes its worthlessness. This learned individual maintains a side job, on retainer for the Regional Preternatural Investigation Team (RPIT) as their freelance investigator. As an expert in cryptozoology, she was deputized by said local authorities; she serves as analyst for crime scenes. Finally, she's a necromancer, one fearful of acknowledging relevant Vudun involvement.
To appease a vampiric curse and status of leadership (over various "were" communities), she relents to gratuitous love affairs, and a generally polyamouric relationship status. Eventually, after enough bespelling and political obligation, she claims the title of "were" everything (wolf, leopard, tiger, lion, hyena, and pard queen); she also grants additional clans protection.
Anita is trapped in a romantic triumvirate, between a werewolf and an obnoxious centuries-old vampire. With the others, she assumes the role of "succubus," due to mystical sexual consequence.
In Narcissus in Chains, the tenth installment, details protagonist Anita's encounter with Orlando King, former lycanthrope hunter. After Anita contracts various strains of "were" (wolf, hyena, snake, lion, and leopard), Orlando lusts over her, wishing to consort, attracted to comparable chimeria-ism. As persistent shifting resulted in the development of unmanageable Dissociative Identity Disorder, Orlando turns torturous.
In the Fourth Book of the Wizard of Oz series, Dorothy and The Wizard in Oz, on the way to the surface of Oz, they encounter a village where everyone is invisible. Why are they invisible? To avoid being seen by the invisible bears!
His Dark Materials has the Panserbj°rne, the Guardians of the Svalbard archipelago, a race of armor-clad warrior polar bears (in fact, "panserbj°rne" is Danish for "armored bears"). As a matter of fact, the author gleefully tells us that This Is The Coolest Thing Ever.
The submarine was electrical, real-life submarines are actually much more steam-based than Verne's speculative version (still electrical, but nuclear reactors use steam turbines to create electrical current). Trope still applies, though, since he piled every naval/exploration fiction trope on top of speculative biology (sea monsters) with some mad science for good measure.
Older than Television: Peter Pan is an early version of this: flying immortal juvenile delinquents fight pirates, Indians, and demonic crocodiles in a bizarre fantasy land inhabited by mermaids and fairies.
The Disney animated adaptation has said juvenile delinquents wear full-body animal skins, which just pushes the awesomeness past the red line.
In the 1991 Steven Spielberg spinoff Hook, those same delinquents are now multiracial punk skateboarders who fire catapults full of eggs.
The Princess 99 has an alien punk rocker from the future fighting zombies, elves, and wizards in a mixed up Clock Punk fantasy setting that's based on 1920s New Orleans...but with wizards!
Monstrous Regiment in which a Sweet Polly Oliver joins a military regiment along with a troll, a vampire, two women who happen to be in love - one of them is a pyromaniac and the other is perpetually angry, a religious fanatic who bears a strong resemblance to Joan of Arc, a sergeant and an Igor and they all fight in a war in the name of a god who is dead, and a dead mortal who is in the process of ascending to godhood. And it turns out the entire regiment is an Amazon Brigade and didn't know it.
In Dune, there are a few different characters with special abilities. There are the Navigators, who can see in four dimensions. There are Mentats, essentially human computers. There are also the Bene Gesserits, magical witches that have the commanding Voice. And then there's Paul Atreides, the Kwisatz Haderach. This Troper's nickname for him is Paul "multiclasses-in-everything" Atreides, because he is essentially ALL OF THESE! The only person worse than him is his son, who even jumps species to get the extra skills he didn't already inherit from his father.
T.C Rypel's Deathwind Trilogy has the main protagonist Gonji Sabatake who is a Samurai Viking, born when a shipwrecked Norse woman ends up in medieval Japan.
There's also the overarching story about a depressed widower astronomer and a womanizing, land-surveying Quaker studying the orbit of Venus while snarking all over Dutch people and then measuring borders IN AMERICA while discussing dragons. And that bit is true. Less true are the talking dog who knows everything, the Chinese fung shui master who is afraid of turning into a Spaniard, the rabbi secret agents trying to track down rogue golems, golems built by Jesus, the Swedish conspiracy, the Spanish Inquisition's involvement, the ghost, and some witches. And it's all written in Antiquated Linguistics.
Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy is the story of humans fighting back againstan invasion by dead souls possessing the living to escape a horrible living death afterlife and gaining superpowers in the process unleashed when an alien made of pure energy interrupts a satanic ritual and nearly winning until Al Capone comes back and takes over whole star systems then the dead take some planets to over universes except one is a horrific nightmare realm with an enemy made up of a squillion different species liquefied and mashed together into a blob of pure scary and then the guy who started it all summons the scary blob to our universe and everybody nearly dies but someone else saves the day by piloting a living starship to where a god hangs out and talks it into helping. The impressive part is this is actually done in such a way that every premise is plausible and the impacts they have on the world are realistic.
Elizabeth Bear's Edda of Burdens series: as of Book One: All The Windwracked Stars, we have a post-apocalyptic steampunk valkyrie historian, a two-headed immortal flying cyborg warhorse, magico-genetically spliced catgirl police officers with the souls of dead angels, reincarnated rentboys with superstrength, and a few completely casual mentions of battle shoggoths.
The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway. How to describe it? An Afterthe EndCatch-22 cowritten by Thomas Pynchon and Douglas Adams by way of Fight Club with heroic Hazmat troubleshooters vs the evil megacorp. And oh yeah, ninjas vs kung fu mimes
Tobias Buckell started writing Crystal Rain by listing all the cool things he could think of. Mongoose men fight Aztecs with zeppelins, while the pirate hero (at least he has a hook and likes to sail) battles amnesia on a steampunk quest to the frozen north to recover the secrets of their offworld ancestors. And Sly Mongoose has sky cities and space zombies.
The Crazy Awesome nature of The Dresden Files cannot be overemphasized. A polka-powered zombie tyrannosaurus! A cult of porn-star sorceresses! Ninja ghouls! Paladins with Kalashnikovs! Secret agent demon werewolves! A wizard with a vampire hairstylist brother! And so on and so forth.
In-universe, Harry describes goblins as being "mutant Terminator serial killer psycho ninjas."
In Skin Game, Waldo Butters becomes a Batman Jedi Knight of the Cross.
The Codex Alera series by the same author is full of this too. From the page description: "Magical Roman Legionnaires straight out of Avatar The Last Airbender versus the Zerg. And wolfmen with Blood Magic. And telepathic yetis. And white-haired neanderthal-elves. Riding ground sloths and terror birds..." And, later: "The political dealings of Dune meets a Greco-Roman Society powered by PokÚmon." That leaves out the parts where some of the wolfmen get possessed by body-snatching aliens, the Zerg learn magic, and a Chrome Champion swordfights.
The aforementioned wolfmen have morals and values at least partially influenced by fuedal Japan - which means that not only do we get wolfman samurai-analogues, but we also get wolfman ninjas.
Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series (and the related Nursery Crimes series) focus on the titular protagonist's adventures in Book World, where all characters in fiction are the roles played by Book World actors. Gully Foyle of The Stars My Destination polices Science Fiction. The Racy Novels genre is in a border dispute with Feminist. Her uncle Mycroft, a mad inventor, is sought by a multinational corporation for his latest invention, the Book Portal (which started the whole mess), so he hides in the backstory of the Sherlock Holmes series - as Sherlock's elder brother. If a reference sounds vaguely literary, it is. In the "real world", things are even stranger - cloned Neanderthals, dodos, and thylacines exist, as do time travel, werewolves, and the radical Bacon Society, which claims Francis Bacon wrote Shakespeare's plays, and is willing to start riots in the streets to prove their point. If you plan to visit, bring a clear jar filled with lentils and rice, and shake it every once in a while. If the mix starts clumping as if something was sorting it, watch out, entropy's going backward.
The prose of writer Francesca Lia Block often comes off like a "girly" version of this trope. For example:
"A kiss about apple pie a la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pie heat. A kiss about chocolate when you havenĺt eaten chocolate in a year. A kiss about palm trees speeding by, trailing pink clouds when you drive down the strip sizzling with champagne. A kiss about spotlights fanning the sky and the swollen sea spilling like tears all over your legs."
Lila is a Cyborg, who is also a spy and a bodyguard and has a dead elf necromancer in her chest for a while. Ah, the power of being around someone with harmonizing powers...
Tath is an elvish necromancer, which is already weird, though he is not the only one. Then the story progresses, and he also becomes part fey, and dies and is reborn. Twice.
Theoretical here: It appears to be possible to be a demonic, elven, fey necromancer who is/was part machine and then become a ghost while technically keeping all of the former (rock star or other training also applicable), just so long as one doesn't start out human. Because humans are passive with magic.
Gemma Files's The Hexslinger Series: An Alternate History, Weird West adventure with a gang of outlaws and robbers led by a Hard Gay couple, one of whom is a former corrupt preacher turned dark sorcerer, the other of whom is an expert sharpshooter and potential sorcerer who becomes the vessel of an an Aztec god, who aid in the resurrection of a power-hungry Mayan goddess. The series also features a Navajo medicine woman, real-life historical figure Allan Pinkerton leading a secret group that scientifically studies the workings of magic and sends spies to monitor the sorcerous outlaws, and an evil Chinese albino sorceress who is also a child prostitute. And the genuinely pious minister who is implied to have been resurrected by an angel in order to fight the evil sorcerers. All of this is just from the first book.
Clash of the Geeks is a short-story collection (and fundraiser for the Lupus Foundation of America) themed around a picture of Wil Wheaton wielding a lance, riding a unicorn pegasus kitten, and wearing a clown sweater, while attacking an orcish version of John Scalzi.
Fairly easy way to explain the Bene Gesserit: Eugenicist Psychic Ninja Slut Nuns
In Tim Powers' On Stranger Tides]], historical pirate Blackbeard is a voodoo sorcerer with zombie minions, and a rival sorcerer raises a shipfull of pirates and another ship from the Spanish navy, although that was by accident as animated skeletons.
Jeffrey Lu, upon learning that his friend Charlie had a nightmare about the Wizard of Oz: "Really? But there are so many cooler things to have nightmares about. Like sharks. Communist sharks, with razor-sharp fins that can walk on land."
An obviously best-selling novel that Jeffrey and Charlie wrote together was about an ex-cop turned archaeologist called Truth McJustice who, among too many other awesome exploits to mention, discovers the Holy Grail and does martial-arts battle with an imposter Pope.
The main character of Unda Vosari: Legends, Captain Vincent Lorimar, had training by ninjas in his younger years, took to the seas and became a pirate to fight his arch-enemy, Baron Calavera.
The T'lan Imass of the Malazan Book of the Fallen are zombie-shapeshifting-cavemen and their spiritual leaders are zombie-shapeshifting-werecreature-cavemen.
Zombie cyborg soldiers with blades hidden in their fingers would qualify for this trope alone, but later books introduce Stalkers that are based on animals, making such lovely things as zombie cyborg soldier giant spiders and zombie cyborg soldier crows.
In the german e-novel "Magicalogen" the main characters are wizards, scientists and Uplifted Animals. (The last one is except for the one who is a dragon.) Except that he isn't actually a dragon but some kind of lizard man in disguise. And a spy. Over the course of the novel they invent a time machine, a space ship and a magical computer.
There's also Krńik. He's a gardener and a hitman but likes to appear as a pirate. He's also a cannibal.
In his next book "Wettstreit der Schwarzen Schreiber" the same author gives us a wizardry student who happens to be a vampire, a wannabe-goth and a unicorn. Or, fort short, Ebony as a unicorn.
S.M. Sterling's Island in the Sea of Time has a black lesbian Coast Guard samurai with a katana-wielding teenage girlfriend from Bronze-Age England.
Sandra Hill's "Deadly Angels" series is about Vampire Viking Angels who work kinda like a Navy SEAL team under the orders of Archangel Michael. They are called vangles in-universe.