Playing With / Wrong Genre Savvy

Basic Trope: A character realizes they're in a story, but guesses wrong as to the genre, or their role in the story.
  • Straight: Bob thinks he's a Dogged Nice Guy in a Romantic Comedy, but he's actually a Stalker with a Crush in a Police Procedural, and his antics get him arrested.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob thinks he's a Dogged Nice Guy in a Romantic Comedy. And while he actually is right on the money about the setting being a Romantic Comedy, he is entirely wrong about his role in it, as he turns out to be the Dogged Nice Guy's best friend being used to show the nice guy in a better light.
    • Bob thinks he's The Hero, but he's actually The Lancer.
  • Justified: Bob spends too much time watching movies about relationships and not enough time having real relationships.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Bob thinks he's a Dogged Nice Guy in a Romantic Comedy, but the audience knows this is a horror movie, so they're surprised when he manages to hook up with a nice woman, they have sex, and nothing bad happens.
    • Bob is foreshadowing a Genre Shift after which he's perfectly Genre Savvy.
  • Double Subverted: Until half an hour later, when the monster's plotline suddenly crosses over into Bob's life and he and the woman both suffer Death by Sex after all.
  • Parodied: Bob continues to act as though he's in a romantic comedy even as the bodies pile up, the city is put under martial law and a Zombie Apocalypse rages in the streets.
  • Zig Zagged: While Bob is wrong about being in a romantic comedy, some but not all of his actions based on that premise actually work out well for him in bizarre ways.
  • Averted: Even though Bob is a big fan of romantic comedies, he doesn't try to apply their tropes to his current situation.
  • Enforced: Writer X hated the "vampire romance" novel she read recently, so she's using Bob as a Take That! at the subgenre.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Now, I know this sort of thing doesn't normally happen in romantic comedies, but I'm sure it's just a temporary setback."
    • "I think you're reading the wrong script, buddy."
  • Invoked: The vampire planning to snack on Bob feeds him lines similar to a romantic comedy's dialogue, hoping to fool him about her intentions.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "Something doesn't feel right here. I'm probably not in a romantic comedy after all, so I need to rethink my assumptions."
  • Discussed:
  • Conversed: "Bob thinking he was in a romcom was hilarious, up until he got eaten."
  • Deconstructed: Bob's belief that he's in a romantic comedy is caused by his obsession with the genre and his own inability to separate reality from fantasy... or, for that matter, the fantasy that's coming true around him from the one he wants.
  • Reconstructed: The tropes Bob lives by are Truth in Television, but only in his own culture; he then finds himself in a culture where the Dogged Nice Guy is more likely to get arrested for stalking than get the girl.

Back to Wrong Genre Savvy, unless of course this is actually the scene where you're found dead at your computer, with a few last keystrokes giving a clue to the murderer.