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WhiteCrane
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12:18:08 AM Apr 5th 2014
I am concerned that Genre Savvy is being inappropriately used for people that are simply tactical experts. To give an example, Drasna, one of the Elite Four in Pokémon X and Y, is listed as Genre Savvy because she is a Dragon-type specialist, but her first Pokémon is a Dragon/Poison dual-type that directly counters the Fairy-type (pretty much the Dragon-type's hard-counter otherwise). This isn't Genre Savvy, but simply being an expert with the mechanics established in-universe, and predicting how someone might respond to the foreknowledge of her specialising in Dragon-type Pokémon. If she referred to a change in the game's mechanics between versions (such as the Fairy type being added or Steel losing its resistance to Dark) or the strengths and weaknesses in the context of another game or medium, then that would be Genre Savvy or even leaning on the fourth wall.

To give a good if obscure example of Genre Savvy: Mr. Wakefield from the 60s British film "Carry On Teacher"... he is incredibly sharp when it comes to the comic-book style tricks that the students pull, such as instantly realising that a crackling sound when a student sits down is because of a magazine he's stuffed down his pants as padding (from the cane). He even says "couldn't you have found some soot just for a change?" when he comments on the pranksters repeating a falling-bag-of-flour trap. Of course, rather than being well-versed in the children's comics of the time, he may have just been around long enough to know every trick in the book.
lexicon
10:37:58 AM Apr 5th 2014
I'd say anything that's obviously not based on being familiar with the stories of a certain genre should be cut. You're right that the Pokemon example is bad.
Stoogebie
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11:50:47 AM Jun 8th 2012
What if the character is Genre Savvy (to the extent of Breaking the Fourth Wall), like, say she knows she's the Author Avatar, and is the sort of character the author would normally have as the protagonist. However, she's really The Deutragonist, though she sees it otherwise. It's technically not Wrong Genre Savvy, right?
Voyd211
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12:16:36 PM Apr 4th 2012
The page quote almost seems like it should be listed as a Heartwarming Moment somewhere in it.
DokEnkephalin
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02:35:24 PM Jul 9th 2011
edited by DokEnkephalin
This trope is overloaded with examples of characters who simply have a good read on another's personality. Even when it does involve storytelling conventions that pertain to the characters and the story in which they're involved, it's not even pointed out in the example.

Also, if you have common sense about the world you live in, it's not Genre Savvy, it's just savvy. This goes for real life as well as internally consistent fictional worlds.
Wardog
02:55:09 PM Aug 7th 2011
I'll second that. I've seen a huge number of supposed examples of "genera savvy" for various works that are really just "good situational awareness", or "understands the sort of things that can happen in real life".
Myl3s
01:35:26 AM Oct 8th 2011
Ok, I've now recently noticed that most of the Tropes relating to Genres almost always have Phineas and Ferb in the Western Animation part. WHY SO MANY REFERENCES TO THAT?
Arkonae
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09:05:07 PM Sep 16th 2010
It could be argued that Makoto Shishio of Rurouni Kenshin, is in fact, Genre savvy, having knowledge of, "Beware the nice ones." in regards to Soujirou Seta, as he gave him a wakizashi after hearing that he was abused by his adoptive family.
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