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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.

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!!Examples:

* 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.
** And then topped 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 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 {{Pac-Man}} stage called "Wolf Pack", complete with ghosts that chase you, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZn9tX_yeKc here]].
* ''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 ''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.
* ''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, 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 DungeonSiege game has a secret chicken level in which the player has to fight giant chickens, named after employees of Gas Powered Games. 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"]].
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