%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1370311831035980100
%% Please do not replace or remove without starting a new thread.
[[quoteright:350:[[VideoGame/DiabloIII http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_whimsy3_1490.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:[-Blood-soaked demon slayer vs. giant teddy bears. Not pictured: The pink unicorns and rainbows.-] ]]

A level that feels rather out of place in a video game, in that it goes against the theme of the game and even clashes with the established story and setting. Oftentimes these tend to be {{secret level}}s, but sometimes these are a normal part of the game, reachable through normal progression or level selection.

Not to be confused with GimmickLevel.


* The Secret Cow Level in ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' is a secret level with specific requirements to reach it, that clashes a bit with the moody setting of the game. While still dark and realistic looking (by graphical standards of the time), it consists of grasslands containing a massive army of bulls who speak by saying the word "moo" over and over again.
* Blizzard topped themselves in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BgOeK72jSs Whimsyshire]]. After going through the steps to unlock it, the player is teleported to a mystical land of dancing flowers, smiling clouds, and ''lots'' of rainbows. Also doubles as a TakeThatAudience after all the complaints that the early screen shots [[FanDumb weren't dark enough.]]
** The ''Reaper of Souls'' expansion added Rifts which are challenging dungeons filled with randomly generated enemies. Rarely it can generate the Cow Rift, a shout-out to the Cow Level. It is filled with [[ALoadOfBull bipedal cows]], the boss is "Lord of Bells", and the entire thing is set to twangy ranch music.
*** Whimsyshire and its mobs will rarely appear in Rifts as well.
** [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Not The Cow Level]] is a secret zone only accessible from Kanai's Cube. It's a pasture overrun with Infernal Bovines and home to an unusually large number of chests and gold-spawning bodies, accompanied by the same music as the Cow Rift. The boss is the "Cow Queen" and the Cow King's ghost triggers an event called [[CowTipping Tipping Point]].
** The Cow King and his farm of killer cows also appeared in 2016 in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', as homage to Diablo's 20th anniversary.
* The otherwise humorless arcade light-gun game ''Police Trainer'' has, amid a very difficult set of levels, a section in which you have to shoot moving doughnuts and cups of coffee.
* The secret "Out Of This Dimension" level in ''VideoGame/{{Starfox}}.'' The enemies are origami paper airplanes, the background is constantly distorting planets with faces, and the boss is a slot machine. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, coming here prevents you from progressing through the remainder of the game, as once you defeat the boss you are left with an endless "THE END" screen.]]
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has you doing classic levels from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' as ''Bowser'' at three points.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekEliteForce II'' had a secret level based on Super Mario Brothers.
* The SecretLevel of ''VideoGame/BatmanDoom''. See its work page for a more detailed description.
* ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' has a SecretLevel with the layout of a ''VideoGame/PacMan'' stage called "Wolf Pack", complete with ghosts that chase you, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZn9tX_yeKc here.]]
* ''VideoGame/NightSky'': The vividly coloured "Slightly Nonsense", which is a stark, sunny contrast to the moody sunsets of the preceding worlds, and requires all of the [[StarShapedCoupon secret stars]] to access.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' has a test chamber which has the word "TEST" written in enormous letters on a wall and is solved as easily as pushing a button. It's designed first to show that [[spoiler:Wheatley]] has no idea how to design a decent test and also as a jab towards the kind of level uncreative users create when they first get their hands on a game's SDK.
* ''VideoGame/AbobosBigAdventure'' has a level based on ''Urban Champion''. The champ's attempts to hurt you are ineffective, and he's a total pushover. It ends with a sequence direct from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' (a game that wasn't on the NES).
* AS-Outback, an assault mission from ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'', is one long parody of the LandDownUnder, wherein pissed-off Aussie rednecks, infuriated by the alcohol-free zero beer, go to their local brewery to get back some real beer, fighting against the city slickers who prefer the nasty stuff.
* ''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStormGenerations'' has The Tale of Killer Bee, which consists of 4 fights with absolutely zero plot justification, sandwiched between Killer Bee rapping about how awesome he is and who he's going to fight next. It certainly fits the "clashing with the overall mood of the game" part of the description. Beware of the surprise SNKBoss at the end though!
* ''Super VideoGame/MeatBoy'' has worlds which get progressively darker in tone.[[note]]Forest, [[AbandonedHospital Hospital (obviously long abandoned)]], Salt Factory (with random missiles...), ''Hell'', and it gets worse from there.[[/note]] When you finally finish the game, you unlock the [[BrutalBonusLevel Cotton Alley]], which is bright, pink, and full of cheery music and [[EverythingTryingToKillYou things trying to murder you horribly]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} II'' has the secret ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' levels. (Apart from the German version, which omitted them, for [[NoSwastikas obvious reasons]])
** ''TNT: Evilution'''s secret levels take place [[BuildLikeAnEgyptian in a pyramid]] and the Caribbean.
* ''VideoGame/FrogFractions'' has a level where you're back at the pond at the beginning of the game. You are now a human, and obviously you no longer have the OverlyLongTongue that's central to the gameplay. You inevitably lose, but thankfully it was AllJustADream.
* The multiplayer map of the first ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege'' game has a secret chicken level in which the player has to fight giant chickens, named after employees of Creator/GasPoweredGames. Defeating the final boss of the level gives the player a gun...that shoots chickens. To enter the secret level, the player has to possess 3 fairly hard to find, but useless items.
* ''VideoGame/SoundVoltex'' has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcX3Hik_uCA "Nyan Cat."]]
* ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic 6'' has a secret dungeon that mirrors the layout of developer Creator/NewWorldComputing's office, complete with villagers named after employees and goblins named after the bosses.
* The ''Franchise/{{Fallout}}'' series had joke-areas via a random encounter system in their 2D games, the only 3D title to retained this was ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' with the "Wild Wasteland" selectable character trait. Encounters include things like coming across a pile of dead [[Franchise/StarTrek red shirts around a crashed shuttle]] and being attacked by a post-apocalyptic gang with a ''[[Series/TheGoldenGirls Golden Girls]]'' theme.