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Playing With: Dangerously Genresavvy
Basic Trope: A character, typically a villain, is Genre Savvy and uses this to deadly effect.
  • Straight: The Big Bad, Mr. Razor, refuses to explain his evil plan to a captured hero, opting to put a bullet through the hero's brain instead.
  • Exaggerated: Mr. Razor has Medium Awareness, and uses that to his advantage.
  • Downplayed: Mr. Razor explains his plans to the hero, and then drops him to almost certain doom in the form of a simple spike pit.
  • Justified:
    • Mr. Razor is Wicked Cultured, and loves stories of the same sort he's in.
    • Mr Razor is a perfectionist who needs to make sure he doesn't overlook his opponents.
    • Mr. Razor's plans have failed multiple times and this time he is not taking any chances, lest everything fail once again.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Mr. Razor puts a bullet through the hero's brain and throws him out with the trash. Unfortunately, the hero was a Superhero who regenerates the wound and is soon back for vengeance.
  • Double Subverted: Once Mr. Razor realizes he's dealing with a superhero, he has his contacts determine his enemy's Kryptonite Factor and has some Depleted Phlebotinum Shells custom made for the purpose.
  • Parodied: Contractual Genre Blindness
  • Zig Zagged: Mr. Razor is Dangerously Genre Savvy when dealing with things in his realm of knowledge (cops, master detectives, rival crime lords), but is still just learning to deal with the stranger enemies he's picked up. Sometimes the tricks that work against the former work against the latter as well, but sometimes they backfire miserably.
  • Averted: Mr. Razor is a standard villain; basically intelligent but with a Fatal Flaw that can be exploited.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "I'm not a Saturday morning cartoon villain; I have no intention of telling you my plan."
  • Invoked: Mr. Razor makes a point of reading up on what fates befell those who preceded him to avoid meeting the same fate.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The vast majority of heroes and villains in the world have Contractual Genre Blindness, and will unite and stop playing nice if anyone breaks the rules of engagement between the two sides.
  • Discussed: "Sam's dead! I think the killer has watched as many cheesy horror films as we have!"
  • Conversed: "This bad guy has really read up on his villainy!"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: Mr. Razor isn't intentionally using genre tropes to his advantage; he's simply a very intelligent, cunning man who is using human nature to his advantage, and avoiding any stupid mistakes.
  • Played For Laughs: Mr. Razor realizes that, ultimately, the only way for a villain to guarantee survival is to engender audience sympathy and be as inoffensive as possible. Taking Dangerously Genre Savvy to its utmost, logical conclusion, he changes his name to Mr. Butterknife and becomes a Genre Savvy Harmless Villain.

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