[[caption-width-right:330:''"Loop me in, odd one."'']]
->''"I see dead people. But then, by God, I do something about it."''
-->--Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas lives in Pico Mundo. Odd Thomas is a fry cook at a short order grill. Odd Thomas is polite, friendly, and well-liked by his neighbors.

Odd Thomas [[ISeeDeadPeople can see the spirits of the restless dead]].

Currently six ''Odd Thomas'' novels have been released, as well as a four-episode web series, three graphic novels, and an {{interquel}} novella. DeanKoontz has indicated that he hopes the series will have seven novels in it.

'''Titles, in Order of Release:'''
* ''Odd Thomas'' (2003)
* ''Forever Odd'' (2005)
* ''Brother Odd'' (2006)
* ''Odd Passenger'' (Web Series, 2008)
* ''Odd Hours'' (2008)
* ''In Odd We Trust'' (Graphic Novel, 2008)
* ''Odd Is On Our Side'' (Graphic Novel, 2010)
* ''Odd Interlude'' (eBook Novella, 2012)
* ''House of Odd'' (Graphic Novel, 2012)
* ''Odd Apocalypse'' (2012)
* ''Deeply Odd'' (2013)
* ''Saint Odd'' (expected 2014)

Recently, StephenSommers (of ''Film/VanHelsing'' and ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'' fame) wrote and directed a film adaptation of the first novel. Originally available through satellite tv provider [=DirecTV=] it is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Odd Thomas was released in the US on February 28, 2014 and is now available on iTunes.

!!This series contains examples of:
* AbusiveParents: Odd's dad is a narcissistic attention whore. Odd's mom is TheOphelia [[spoiler: who threatened her son and herself with a gun when she felt overwhelmed by the responsibility of having a child]]. Stormy's adoptive father apparently just adopted her as some kind of sex toy and did so until she finally worked up the courage to call social services.
* ActionSurvivor
* AlternateContinuity: While not confirmed yet, it's implied that the graphic novels take place in a different timeline than the main novels - mainly because [[spoiler:Stormy is still alive and the events therein wouldn't make sense if they were ''all'' before the second novel]].
* ArcWords: "Loop me in, odd one."
** "You are destined to be together forever."
* BadassUnintentional: Odd never wanted his powers and he'd rather have a boring, uneventful life cooking or selling tires or maybe even sticking promotional flyers on people's cars, but because of his gift he frequently becomes the only person with enough knowledge to stop something bad from happening and does so.
* BerserkButton: Don't murder someone, especially in a gruesome way. Don't ever, ever threaten a child. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Never tell Odd that his pancakes suck.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Odd could be the poster boy for this trope. Gentle, kind, polite, tries to avoid violence, courteous... that is until he finds out you murdered, hurt, or tortured someone or threaten one of his friends or acquaintances, then, well, you've got one heck of a {{Badass}} {{Determinator}} on your tail and he ''will'' stop you from ever hurting anyone again.
* BlessedWithSuck: Odd, by his own estimation.
* CelibateHero: Because Stormy wanted to wait until they were married [[spoiler: and since her death he refuses because he's still staying true to her.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Not by choice, but see "TheDeterminator" below.
* CombatPragmatist: Odd. Cats, brooms, mops, and, well, anything that is handy, and yes, he will use every dirty trick in the book if it means bringing a fight to a close.
* ComicBookAdaptation: as an OELManga
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Happy childhood? The only part of his childhood that Odd recalls with fondness is when his grandmother would take time off from gambling and traveling the country to visit him.
* DeadpanSnarker: Odd himself falls into this category, but the real Snarker Award goes to the love of his life, Stormy.
* DemonicPossession: ''House of Odd'' and maybe ''Odd Hours''. These are ''not'' the ghosts Odd usually sees.
* TheDeterminator: Odd Thomas. Once he is contacted by the unquiet dead, no amount of reasoning or threatening can get him off the case. Odd himself comments on how much trouble this gets him in.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Odd, of the traumatic childhood tragedy variety. However, he will pick up a gun if the situation is dire enough; he doesn't want someone to die because he couldn't overcome his fear/aversion.
* FightsLikeANormal: Odd's powers are useless in a fight.
* FirstPersonSmartass: Subverted in that Odd is so hilariously ''humble'' about his smartassery. Many readers hear him speaking with Toby [=McGuire's=] voice.
* FriendOnTheForce: Chief Wyatt Porter
* FullNameBasis: Rosalia Sanches calls Odd by his full name all the time.
* GoodIsNotDumb
* HerosMuse: Stormy. [[spoiler: One of the things that keeps Odd going when things get really is that he doesn't want to disappoint her by backing off when he can do something to stop something terrible from happening.]]
* HumbleHero: Odd, full stop.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Odd usually uses some normal, everyday item as a weapon at least once per book.
* IndyPloy: This is the way Odd works in dangerous situations, he's helped by his psychic instincts.
* IntangibleTimeTravel: Odd's theory about the bodachs.
* IronicNickname: Little Ozzie, who weighs 450 pounds.
* ISeeDeadPeople: Odd can see the spirits of the dead. They can't speak to him, but he does his best to help them find rest anyway.
* JacobMarleyApparel: Played straight, with major exceptions made for Elvis and Sinatra
* LimitedWardrobe: Odd has a small wardrobe of simple clothes like jeans, chinos, sneakers and T-shirts. This is partly because he has no interest in fashion and partly because he often finds himself travelling at a moment's notice, a situation where bringing a large amount of luggage wouldn't be practical.
* LivingShadow: The bodachs, which appear as intangible shadows near sites of impending violence.
* MementoMacguffin: The fortuneteller prediction ticket that says "You are destined to be together forever."
* TheMessiah: Odd again.
* MysteriousWaif: Annamaria.
* NiceGuy: Odd.
* NoodleIncident: Odd peppers his narrative with references to previous adventures that he never explains in detail.
** The first mentioned is him being dumped into the Malo Suerto Lake chained to a pair of dead bodies. He lives.
** There's also mention of an angry cross-eyed ferret that was able to get him out of another scrape.
** And the men in porkpie hats who tried to crush him to death with heavy machinery.
* ParentalAbandonment: Odd's parents are so messed up that Odd was essentially raised by his grandmother, and started living independently at 16.
* {{Poltergeist}}: The vast majority of the ghosts Odd encounters are intangible, and none of them can directly harm the living. However, get certain powerful ghosts riled up enough, and you will find yourself being bombarded by anything that's not nailed down - and a few things that are...
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Odd is occasionally troubled by these. So is one of his neighbors.
* PsychicPowers: In addition to being able to see the dead, Odd uses what he calls "psychic magnetism" to find people, and he seems to have an almost supernatural ability at card playing, which he attributes to "sensing" when his hand is better or worse than others'. Other people have (inaccurately) attributed to him things like precognition and dream interpretation (but see above).
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Chief Wyatt Porter, one of the few people who knows about Odd's gift.
* RedHerring: As it's a staple of the mystery/suspense genre, even Odd's psychic powers and great intuition occasionally lead him to false conclusions, however briefly.
* ReligionOfEvil: Basically every book is Odd having to deal with one of these. The first book is Satanists, the second a psycho woman that has traveled all over the world studying occult stuff, the third is a guy that thinks he can create life, the fifth are [[spoiler: a group of people who think they're gods]], and the sixth are another (even worse) group of Satanists.
** The first graphic novel has [[spoiler:a man who believes he sold his soul to the Devil for immortality]], but the second averts this.
* RightManInTheWrongPlace: Pretty much the consequence of Odd's being BlessedWithSuck.
* SelfDeprecation: Odd is a master of this trope.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Again, Odd Thomas. He ''starts out'' this way, having been through numerous life-or-death situations before the series ever begins. [[spoiler:Then Stormy dies.]]
* SilkHidingSteel: Anamaria, a quiet, petite, polite girl of about 18 who can order a pack of demon-possessed coyotes to back off without losing an ounce of her cool.
* SpiritAdvisor: Inverted. Odd is an adviser to ghosts.
** Played straight with the spirit of [[spoiler: Creator/AlfredHitchcock]].
* StealthInsult: Odd is very, very good at these.
* UnreliableNarrator: Odd again, at the behest of Little Ozzy, to keep the tone of the books light.
* TheVerse: Brother Salvatore, aka Brother Knuckles; the ex-mafia enforcer turned Monk from ''Brother Odd'' has a brief cameo at the beginning of ''Lost Souls'', the fourth book of Koontz's ''Frankenstein'' series; where he is an associate of Deucalion. (The Monster.) They meet at St. Bartholomew's, setting of ''Brother Odd''; and there are other references to that setting.
* WouldHitAGirl: Odd is very reluctant to, but will if she is going to kill or hurt someone else.

!!!Odd Thomas
* ActionGirlfriend: Stormy, who, unlike Odd, has no problem about using a gun.
* AxeCrazy: Odd's mother frequently threatens to shoot herself if faced with any situation that she doesn't want to handle. This has, in the past, included pregnancy with and raising Odd himself. She also threatened to shoot him with it when he was sick because he was coughing too much and crying for her.
* CatsAreMean: Little Ozzie's cat, Terrible Chester, who endeavors to pee on the shoes of everyone he doesn't like. This category includes pretty much everyone in Pico Mundo except Ozzie.
* CharacterTitle
* DeathBySex: ''Painfully'' subverted. [[spoiler:Odd and Stormy have been holding off on having sex in order for the first time to be just right. That doesn't save her.]]
* [[spoiler:DiscOneFinalBoss:]] Fungus Man.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Stormy's real first name is Bronwen. Use it at your peril.
* [[EvilDetectingDog Evil Detecting Cat]]: Terrible Chester arches his back and hisses when he sees [[spoiler:the ghost of]] Fungus Man standing on Little Ozzie's front lawn.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: One of the warning signs that [[spoiler:Stormy dies at the mall]] is that Odd goes through the store that she works in and there's a small group of people clustered together crying.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Odd after the events at the mall.]]
* HollywoodSatanism: Invoked. [[spoiler:The ''real'' BigBad of the first novel]] was disappointed that real satanists didn't fit the stereotypes from horror movies, so he and a small group of friends started their own little offshoot that indulged in all that stuff.
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: When Odd enters a portal that spawns bodachs, he finds a dark void with a red light in it before being dumped back out [[spoiler:several minutes in the past.]] When he tells Stormy, she says it's the portal to Hell (since the bodachs are dark spirits that usually serve as harbingers of suffering). Odd stews on this, and comes up with a more horrifying theory: [[spoiler:The portal actually leads to a distant BadFuture where humans are so downright [[HumansAreBastards evil]] that they go back in time just to view death and destruction. They can't actually manifest fully in our time, so they become the canine-esque bodachs when they travel here.]]
* InSeriesNickname[=/=]OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: "Fungus Man".
* {{Lolicon}}: Odd's dad likes dating 19-year-old girls who look 16. Odd's mother was one such girl. It is implied that this started after Dad got in trouble for soliciting a minor.
* PeacefulInDeath: Granny Sugars died in her sleep at age 72. According to Odd, "They found her with a nearly empty snifter of brandy on the nightstand, a book by her favorite novelist opened to the last page, and a smile on her face."
* ShoutOutLiterature: "[[TheSixthSense I see dead people.]] But then, by god, I do something about it."
* SkeletonKeyCard: Odd uses his driver's license to break into "Fungus Man's" house.
* TechnicalPacifist: Odd is afraid of guns (thanks to his psycho mom), but he manages to shoot two would-be mass murderers.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: This is pretty much used in the fact that [[spoiler: it's made to seem that Stormy lives through the mass murder at the mall, when instead it's just Odd's ability fooling the reader into thinking she's alive. Odd even says, "For a while I had gone mad."]]
* WhamEpisode: At the end, when it's revealed that [[spoiler: Stormy died in the shooting at the mall.]]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Occasionally Odd wonders if his gifts are related to the insanity that seems to run in his family.

!!!Forever Odd
* [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer Absurdly Spacious Flood Drainage Tunnels]]: Under Pico Mundo, and suspected to be part of [[MythArc a conspiratorial government project]].
* AxeCrazy: [[spoiler:[[BigBad Datura]]]]. And how!
* BreadEggsMilkSquick / ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Odd describes the fallout of a deadly casino fire, listing off fraud indictments, bankruptcy claims, federal charges, "... and one sex change operation."
* FloweryInsults: Danny Jessup describes Datura as being "crazier than a syphilitic suicide bomber with mad-cow disease." After meeting her, Odd thinks that this description was a severe {{Understatement}}.
* NoOSHACompliance: The people who built the Panamint Resort and Spa cut corners in several ways. For example, they hung a chandelier from a wooden beam when they should have used a steel beam and they didn't put in all of the fire safety equipment that the blueprints called for. When an earthquake hit, the damage to the hotel was much worse than it should have been and several of the guests and staff died.
* TheVamp: Datura.
* VillainessesWantHeroes: Datura has a bit of a VillainousCrush on Odd, but only because he can do the one thing she can't, which is see the dead.
* WomanInBlack: Datura again.

!!!Brother Odd
* AGodAmI: The BigBad of the book.
* AlienGeometries
* EldritchAbomination: [[DemBones The Uber-Skeleton]]
* GoodShepherd
* [[spoiler: MadScientist]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* ReligiousBruiser: Brother Knuckles, [[HeelFaithTurn who used to be an enforcer in The Mob]].
* SaintlyChurch
* TheSiege
* SnowedIn
* ThouShaltNotKill: Brother Knuckles admits to hurting a large number of people while he was in the Mob, but he never killed anyone. It's very important to him that Odd and his other acquaintances know this.

!!!Odd Hours
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:''Do not'' piss off the ghost of Frank Sinatra. He will go poltergeist like you will not believe.]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Odd notes that Anamaria seems to inspire this in good men, including himself.
* TheChampion: Odd pledges to be Anamaria's.
* CharacterNameAlias: Odd uses the name [[TheThirdMan Harry Lime]] a couple of times in this book.
* [[spoiler: CorruptChurch]]
* DeclarationOfProtection: Odd makes this to Anamaria.
* DraggedOffToHell: One of the goons is killed and Odd sees his ghost being taken by some sort of EldritchHorror.
* HeroicBSOD: Odd at the end [[spoiler: after having to kill five terrorists and seeing them kill others]].
* MysteriousWaif / MysticalWaif: Anamaria.
* GoodIsNotDumb: Anamaria.
* [[spoiler: SinisterMinister]]
* WesternTerrorists
* WouldHitAGirl: [[spoiler: Actually, would kill a girl, but Odd only does this because she tries to kill him.]]

!!!Odd Interlude
* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted. The computer adamantly has no desire to take over the world, and is rather miffed that his creators even thought it necessary to fit him with a RestrainingBolt
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Odd claims that there are more neurons in the brain than there are stars in the universe.
* CharacterNameAlias: Odd goes by the pseudonym HarryPotter for most of the book, so The Presence can't get any information on him. He also briefly goes by Lex Luthor.
* [[spoiler: ChildrenForcedToKill: Jolie was [[PeoplePuppets forced to participate in killing her cousin]], and may have been the one forced to strike the final blow.]]
* TheComputerIsYourFriend
* [[HomeschooledKids Homeschooled Kid]]: Jolie is homeschooled. Was before The Presence came, and had to be after it did.
* LittleMissSnarker: Jolie, who actually narrates a part of the book.
* [[spoiler: PeoplePuppets: The Harmony's are this to The Presence.]]
* PluckyGirl: Jolie.
* PrecociousCrush: Jolie has one on Odd.
* [[spoiler: StarfishAliens]]: The BigBad.

!!!Odd Apocalypse
* [[spoiler: AlternateSelf: Cloyce killed Tim, then went back in time to save him and bring him to the future but it makes a paradox that both things are true; Tim's dead body still exists, and he remembers both getting killed and not getting killed.]]
* BadassAndChildDuo: Odd and [[spoiler: Tim]].
* BadFuture: The [[spoiler: shifts into the future feature a dystopian future where swarms of ferocious giant-batlike creatures and packs of man-eating pig-man things that are the result of messing around with DNA. Odd's effect with disabling Roseland somewhat lessens the terribleness of this future.]]
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: [[spoiler: NikolaTesla invented a way to time travel, though considering the man this doesn't really seem that far out.]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Odd feels this way towards [[spoiler: Tim.]]
* TheConstant: Roseland [[spoiler: and it's inhabitants.]]
* [[spoiler: CoolHouse: Designed by NikolaTesla no less, as a time machine and immortality generator.]]
* [[spoiler: ImmortalitySeeker: Cloyce and his household.]]
* [[spoiler: LivingMemory: The image of Nikola Tesla that keeps popping up around Roseland, in his own way trying to get someone to stop what's going on there and helping Odd in the small ways he can. Even Odd's not completely sure what exactly he/it is.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler: Is done to Odd by Cloyce. Thank goodness for a time machine that can return your body to how it was at a specific point in time.]]
* NotListeningToMeAreYou: Odd tries to ask Chef Shilshom some questions about Roseland, but the chef is busy preparing food and answers most of the questions with an absent-minded "Mmmmm." Odd starts saying weird things to get his attention, but it doesn't work.
** "Is that a mouse by the refrigerator?"
** "No. Sorry. It's a big old rat."
** "Well, I don't know why, but I think I'll go set my hair on fire."
** "Maybe it grows back thicker if you burn it off once in awhile."
* [[spoiler: OurTimeMachineIsDifferent]]
* [[spoiler: Really700YearsOld: Tim is really closer to his nineties than the ten-year-old he looks, and the rest of the inhabitants (who look in their thirties to middle-age) are even older.]]
* SerialKiller: [[spoiler: Cloyce.]]
* WaxMuseumMorgue
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Odd [[spoiler: has a chance to use Roseland to go back in time to save Stormy, but decides that would be selfish of him since she is in a better place and he doesn't want what happened to Tim to happen to Stormy just to make himself happy.]]
* [[spoiler: WhoWantsToLiveForever: Henry Lolam hates living forever as much as he wants it, and Tim is a ninety year old man stuck in a young child's body.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: Odd would to knock her out so she wouldn't alert any of her compatriots. [[spoiler: He ends up killing her later when she escapes and threatens to kill Tim.]]

!!!Deeply Odd
* AngelUnaware: The mysterious and slightly unearthly people that help [[spoiler: the children who were captured by the satanists forget the trauma they suffered and whose presence helped Odd to heal emotionally somewhat from his recent experiences]] are implied to be something of the kind.
* CoolOldLady: Mrs. Edie Fischer [[BadassDriver regularly drives over one-hundred miles an hour in a souped up limo]], has got more pluck and courage in her little old body than people a fourth her age, and is funny and mysterious as can be.
* [[spoiler: DarkWorld: The other side of Elsewhere.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: [[spoiler: Creator/AlfredHitchcock; not surprising, except when you remember that "[[SilentSnarker the dead don't talk]]."]]
* [[spoiler: EldritchAbomination: The thing that the Rhinestone Cowboy is carrying around in his truck.]]
* HollywoodSatanism: [[spoiler: The group who stole the children.]]
* [[spoiler: HumanoidAbomination: The Senoculus, which takes on Odd's form with some quite gruesome and creepy differences.]]
* InvisibleToNormals: The Rhinestone Cowboy. People, normal people, can't notice him. [[spoiler: Also the estate at which his fellow Satanists are gathering.]]
* ISeeThemToo: Verena [[spoiler: one of the children Odd is trying to rescue can also see ghosts, which works out plotpoint-wise when he has her follow Boo to safety while he draws off the Senoculus.]]
* MistakenForGay: Edie briefly thinks Odd is. Some amount of humorous arguing ensues before the misunderstanding is straightened out.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Edie Fischer. Odd says that he'd rather have her at his back than pretty much anyone he could think of.
* {{Sadist}}: The Rhinestone Cowboy [[spoiler: and the rest of the Satanists.]]
* SilkHidingSteel: Mazie is a kind, soft-spoken woman... who happens to be the moving and driving force of Casa Bolthole which is a a bunker fitted with an arsenal to rival most military bunkers and she and her family are always inventing more weapons and technology with which to outfit TheResistance.
* SpiritAdvisor: Creator/AlfredHitchcock.
* [[spoiler: VoidBetweenTheWorlds: Odd calls it "Elsewhere," a place between our world and a dark dimension, where the only defense against those things that prowl in, and strain against, this boundary is quick thinking.]]

!!!In Odd We Trust
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: When Odd catches up to the murderer, he says "This is for murdering Joey!" while kneeing him in the gut, "This is for kidnapping Sherry!" as he slaps him, and "And ''this'' is for saying my pancakes suck!" after delivering a HUGE punch to the face. Figures that the fry cook would be more upset about an insult to his craft, especially since he is considered a great cook in his hometown.
* MobstacleCourse: Odd and Stormy are rushing to rescue Sherry and Pico Mundo's streets are very crowded because of a parade. Odd comments, "There's never a parade when you need one, only when it screws things up."

!!!Odd is on Our Side
* {{Mundanger}}: Odd usually has to deal with supernatural threats. This time, the culprit is [[spoiler: an old man who really, ''really'' hated kids trampling his prizewinning flower garden.]]
* SymbolSwearing: Odd pulls a little girl from the path of a speeding car and the startled driver exclaims "!@#$%!" Odd narrates, "I really despise potty mouths who speak in symbols."
* TalkingWithSigns: Ghosts are mute, but the ghost of a young girl communicates with Odd in the second manga via candy hearts with words on them. (She was murdered with poisoned Halloween candy, and still has her trick-or-treat bucket.)

!!!House of Odd
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: It's mentioned that some contractors were working in Nedra's house when a large chandelier crashed to the floor for no apparent reason. No one was injured, but this event frightened the contractors into quitting.
* MalevolentArchitecture: Nedra's house. Doors lock people in rooms even though there are no locks on the doors. A dark shadow with no apparent source is taped walking into the house. Disembodied screams are heard. Then the house starts becoming more massive, hallways twist and turn unnaturally, and the floor plan no longer matches the blueprints. Oh, and there's a [[spoiler: portal to Hell]] in the basement.
* TechnoBabble: Vern Ainsley Smith loves to use large scientifically-sounding words to describe his ghost-hunting experiences. But he's really just a huge fraud and none of the TechnoBabble actually means anything.

* [[CoolOldGuy Cool Old Lady]]: Granny Sugars.