- The Pokémon Fan Fic Latias' Journey features an RPG Episode where at one point they get quizzed by a skeleton, and this happens:Skeleton: WHAT IS THE WIND SPEED OF A SWELLOW?
Phanphy: Wait! I saw this on TV once! I know the answer! Is it a Hoennese Swellow or an Orrean Swellow?
Phanphy: No, you were supposed to say you didn't know, then fall off a cliff.
Skeleton: YOU WATCH TOO MUCH TV.
- We Just Want to Help You by Jeanne Hedge is a fic where a random fan of Bubblegum Crisis finds herself in the Tokyo of 2035, hurries over to offer to help Ms. Stingray... and gets tranqed and sent to the loony bin when it turns out she's not actually in Bubblegum Crisis, but a relatively close (but significantly divergent) Alternate Dimension.
- This Code Lyoko fanfic features Jeremie using fairy tale logic to determine how his relationship with Aelita should progress."We call her 'Princess' all the time. Think hard, Ulrich. What story do you know of had the fair princess's hand won by an intellectual?... I can't win her, Ulrich. I can help her, get her away from XANA and Lyoko by finding the anti-virus but I can't have her heart. It's not the way the fairy tale goes.
- Little does he know he's in a cartoon where the most powerful member of the team is the one with the tech skills and that the princess has already decided she wants him and no one will shake that choice. And even in universe, his logic is treated as utterly bogus; Ulrich is outright annoyed that Jeremie is completely oblivious to what is blatantly obvious to literally everyone else (though he manages to be sympathetic since he realizes it's just Jeremie's low self-esteem talking and is outright pissed at whoever put those ideas in his friend's head). And for an added bit of irony, there are many fairy tales where the princess's hand is won by someone whose greatest strength is either his good heart or sharp mind, traits Jeremie has in abundance.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fan Fic The Writing on the Wall, everyone about the ancient tomb and the titular writing on the wall. They think that they're still in an Adventurer Archaeologist story with a fantasy bent, so the tomb is full of treasure and archaological goodies and the writing is empty threats intended to scare away superstitious would-be tomb raiders. It's actually a sci-fi horror story, the building is a containment facility for something very dangerous, and the writing on the wall is an accurate and deadly serious warning to anyone who would attempt to get in.
Wrong Genre Savvy / Fan Fic