Wrong Genre Savvy / Visual Novel

  • Taiga Fujimura from Fate/stay night seems to think she is the protective mother/older sister of a romantic comedy for Shirou, (as evidence by her objections to Saber and Rin staying at the Emiya home in the Fate route) but she is, in fact, dead wrong, especially when she gets shown the exit door to allow more serious discussions.
  • Umineko: When They Cry - Good news: Rudolf is enough of an old Western buff to have gotten to know how to use a lever-action shotgun to massacre the rival siblings on the island. Bad news: he's in a mystery novel and forgets to make sure everyone's dead, or take all the extra guns.
    • The entirety of the series is two groups arguing with each other accusing the other side of being Wrong Genre Savvy - Anti-Mystery thinks it's a Fantasy story involving witches and demons murdering everyone while Anti-Fantasy thinks it's a Christie-style murder-mystery and thus a Fair-Play Whodunnit with only a single murderer to blame. They're both wrong - there are 'Witches' so to say but there's no actual magic, and the mystery disobeys the rules of the Fair-Play Whodunnit and becomes a Battle Royale.
    • During the second arc, everyone assumes one of two solutions to the Closed Room mystery of the First Twilight - the killer murdered everyone in the mansion's church despite there being no physical means of entering the room, so either the killer was a witch or the killer had some other means of entering the church other than the front door, which Rosa assures everyone was locked since she was the only one with a key. The solution is much simpler than everyone thought; Rosa lied. The door was never locked.
  • In Little Busters!, Kyousuke sometimes acts based on tropes from the manga he reads. Not so bad...except all he reads is kids' sports manga, which Little Busters definitely isn't.
  • Red, a potential love interest in Nameless - The One Thing You Must Recall -, lives life like he's in a color-coded Sentai show, despite being in a Romance Game.
  • Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors: Junpei thinks that he's in a romance story, and that he should persevere against all odds to win over his shy, sensitive Childhood Friend. Unfortunately, the series' protagonist is Akane, not him, and she's not the compassionate girl he remembers. In fact, she's an Anti-Villain Well-Intentioned Extremist who is perfectly fine with murdering others to accomplish her goals. The story itself is more like a mystery/sci-fi series, with a touch of horror. Ultimately, Reality Ensues and Future!Junpei ends up lonely and embittered because he wasted his whole life Loving a Shadow.
  • The protagonist of School Days, if played a particular way, seems to believe that he's the protagonist of a Porn Without Plot harem series, where he can screw all the girls he likes and never face any consequences for it. Doing so inevitably leads to a Bad Ending, though, as the characters do NOT like having their feelings toyed with and make this disturbingly clear.
  • In case 3-5 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, an investigative visual novel about legal proceedings, upon examining an old incinerator Maya suggests it looks like a robot and it would be nice if you had to fight it to advance. Phoenix is utterly doubtful as to who would want to watch a fight between a lawyer and an incinerator.
  • In Super Dangan Ronpa 2, after finding that the class has been transported to an uninhabited island on an unannounced class trip, Nagito immediately assumes that it's so they can be forced to kill each other. He's wrong. But that's what winds up happening, anyway, once Monokuma crashes the scene.