* In the broadest sense as far as episodic TV is concerned, Playing Against Type can mean:
** An actor whose primary style is in a specific genre is a guest star in one against his type. For instance, Creator/BobHope (whose primary style was comedy) guest-starring in a dramatic role (albeit not too heavy in this case) on ''Series/HighwayToHeaven''. Sometimes, if the show is a crime drama and the guest star who is well known for playing good guy roles is the week's villian ... or if a major character in a situation comedy who is well known for his/her comedic talents faces a major traumatic event that requires the actor/actress to employ highly dramatic acting (as in, a VerySpecialEpisode), the pre-show promotions may use a dramatic "(name of actor) ... as you've never seen him/her" to heighten interest in the show.
* Andy Griffith, best known as either kindly small-town sheriff [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Andy Taylor]] or folksy defense attorney [[Series/{{Matlock}} Ben Matlock]], went years without playing villainous characters after he rose to fame on television, but broke the streak in the early 1980s when he was cast as John Wallace in ''Murder in Coweta County''; the movie was the true story of John Wallace, a wealthy but sadistic landowner who kills one of his sharecroppers for stealing his cattle (by he and his goons beating up the hapless farmer, then pistol whipping him so hard he caused his gun to discharge), and it took a hard-nosed sheriff (Music/JohnnyCash) to bring him to justice. A year before ''Matlock'' debuted, Griffith played Judge Julius Sullivan, a callously cruel judge who sentences two teen-aged girls to prison for a minor crime. After ''Matlock'', Griffith returned to roles against type, playing the sociopathic Jack[=MacGruder=] in the made-for-TV film ''Gramps''; [=MacGruder=] turns even more sinister in his attempts to sexually molest his grandson, Matthew, and physically makes his true character known to anyone who stands in his way. In each of his three "bad guy" roles, Griffith retained his "small-town character" traits, making each of these roles even more memorable.)
* Peter Marshall, the genial game show host, as a corrupt, money-hungry record producer and agent in the Season 6 ''{{Series/CHiPs}}'' episode "Rock Devil Rock" ... but more so because Marshall's character was associated with goth rock, when in contrast the real-life Marshall was (and still is) associated with adult standards and middle-of-the-road music. (Although he did have a few goth rock stars, including AliceCooper and various members of {{KISS}}, as guests on ''HollywoodSquares'' and his late 1970s talk show.)
* ''SesameStreet'' has featured several of its main (human) cast in very different roles from their genial ''Street'' roles:
** Allison Bartlett (Gina) has played several mentally and emotionally disturbed characters in episodes of the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise. She also played one of the mobster's mistresses on ''TheSopranos''.
** Roscoe Orman (Gordon) is a no-nonsense judge in several ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episodes.
** Sonia Manzano (Maria) has also appeared on ''Series/LawAndOrder'', both as a judge and as various criminals or witnesses trying to protect the main antagonist.
** Emilio Delgado (Luis) -- yep, also on the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise honor roll -- averts most of the grit as he played the usually genial (albeit focused) international editor on the 1977-1982 newspaper drama ''LouGrant''.
* JossWhedon:
** Creator/NathanFillion turned up as the villainous Caleb in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' after playing roguish hero Captain Malcom Reynolds on ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Not to mention the JerkJock DesignatedHero [[HeroAntagonist Antagonist]] Captain Hammer in ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''.
*** More accurately, after playing the {{Badass}} role consistently, playing Rick {{Series/Castle}} is a much different role, playing a mystery writer and police consultant, leaving the badassery to Beckett.
** Oz from ''Buffy'' was played by SethGreen, and wasn't the PluckyComicRelief?
*** The comic relief is his unruffled reaction to pretty much everything.
** GinaTorres went from playing heroic, [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan-snarking]] [[TheLancer Zoe]] on ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' to playing villainous DarkMessiah Jasmine on ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Creator/AdamBaldwin went from playing dim-bulb mercenary Jayne on ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' to playing BigBad ManipulativeBastard Marcus Hamilton on ''Series/{{Angel}}''. And Alan Tudyk goes from the sweet, [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Pilot]] Wash in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' to [[spoiler: the remorseless serial-killer Alpha]] in ''{{Dollhouse}}''.
* When the Creator/StephenKing miniseries TheLangoliers was made, most people thought that the AxCrazy Craig Toomey would be played by [[Series/QuantumLeap Dean Stockwell]]. Instead, it was played by [[PerfectStrangers Balki]]!
** Speaking of Creator/StephenKing miniseries', his own take on ''Series/TheShining'' contains ''two'' examples of PlayingAgainstType; Steven Weber (famous at the time for playing goofball Brian Hackett from ''Series/{{Wings}}'') played the slowly losing his mind Jack Torrence, and Rebecca De Mornay (famous for being typecast as psychotically dangerous women) played the very meek and demure wife Wendy.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' did this wonderfully with Dean Stockwell as Brother Cavil.
--> ''Let's get this genocide on the road.''
** Perhaps not so surprising to see him in a sinister role if you've seen him in ''{{Blue Velvet}}''.
* Ben Browder of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' fame played an AxCrazy man on ''CSIMiami'' who set a fire that he intended to put out to prove he was good enough to join the fire department after their psychological screenings declared him unfit. The fire gets out of control and people died. His declarations that he's "A hero" are particularly disturbing as he ''did'' put out the fire, but seems unaware that people frown on that whole ''murder'' thing.
** Ditto his role in ''{{Arrow}}'', where we're inclined to believe he's not involved in the scheme the heroes are investigating just because it's him, then it turns out he's the mastermind.
* The show ''Series/TheSecretCircle'' has Chris Zylka, who usually plays BrainlessBeauty types. Not so much here.
* ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' was loaded with actors playing against type, including Angela Baddeley, Jean Marsh, Rachel Gurney, Gordon Jackson, and Meg Wynn Owen. Angela Baddeley was so aristocratic in RealLife that her name appeared in Burke's Peerage, yet she played a servant convincingly.
* Marc Warren, best known for playing a LoveableRogue [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold With a Heart of Gold]] on ''{{Hustle}}'', stars in the TV adaptation of ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Hogfather]]'' as nightmarish Willy Wonka-like hitman Jonathan Teatime. And he's also played Count Dracula. Shiver. What's particularly interesting about the ''Hogfather'' role was that Warren himself thought up that presentation of Teatime and was actually hired with the expectation that he would play the character as something like [[AffablyEvil a psychopathic Danny Blue]].
* Fred Savage (yes, the Fred Savage of ''TheWonderYears'', ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', and ''Film/TheWizard'') once played a charismatic rapist on an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.
** He and his TV brother Jason Hervey also switched characterizations on an episode of ''JusticeLeague'', with Savage playing the angry Hawk and Hervey playing the gentler Dove.
** Fred Savage also played an abusive boyfriend (stereotypically a wrestler) opposite ''FullHouse'''s Candice Cameron in a LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek.
** He also played a lecherous professor on ''BoyMeetsWorld'' who harasses Topanga and tries to get Corey kicked out of college for defending her (that of course would be Corey played by Fred's real-life younger brother Ben Savage).
** Not to mention a clarinet-playing heroin addict in ''[[TheFilmOfTheBook The Rules of Attraction]].''
** Then factor in he's directed several episodes of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''...
* Speaking of the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise, Fred Savage isn't the only one doing that trick. If we go to SVU, Melissa Joan Hart played a teacher raped by her student and [[AdamWesting Jerry Lewis]] played [[JustForFun/JohnMunch Detective John Munch's]] mentally impaired uncle Andy. And in the original, Chevy Chase played an anti-Semitic ManipulativeBastard who made his son kill a Jewish woman he had a grudge against.
** Dean Cain. To see Superman playing a serial rapist...Brrrr.
*** Scott Peterson.
*** Also Creator/StephenColbert as the killer in an episode of L&O: Criminal Intent, as well as Creator/WhoopiGoldberg as a "Ma Barker" type gangleader, and Michael York as a metrosexual Charles Manson! Even Julia Roberts got to play a killer in ''Series/LawAndOrder'' once (she took the part because she was dating Benjamin Bratt at the time). The ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise is arguably the best place for established "good guy" actors to show that they can play villains.
** Try and unhear [[HappyDays The Fonz]] sneering "shut up, you stupid bitch" after being revealed to have plotted his wife's assault.
** Adorable child actor ElleFanning also played the part of an abused child [[spoiler: who turned out to be a sociopathic liar and wound up setting one of the detectives' apartments on fire so they could stay together forever. It was very creepy.]]
*** {{Dakota|Fanning}} (Elle's older sister) played an abused child with an entirely different twist in ''{{Series/CSI}}'': [[spoiler: she was the product of [[ParentalIncest incestuous rape]], and her mother/"sister" had the rest of the family killed when her father in both senses of the word turned his attention to her.]]
*** In the same vein, notoriously sweet, good-girl actress Hilary Duff (best known as LizzieMcGuire, and for being as nice IRL as she is in most of her roles) played a neglectful, hard-partying teen mother in an episode of SVU.
*** On Criminal Intent, NeilPatrickHarris played a serial killer who ''ate'' part of his victims.
** Christopher Meloni went in the other direction, playing the coach in ''GymTeacherTheMovie'' on {{Nickelodeon}}.
*** And a cynical pediatrician on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', as well as oddball mutant Freakshow in ''Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle'' and another oddball KKK leader in the sequel.
*** Plus the oddball camp cook in ''WetHotAmericanSummer''.
*** And the FlamboyantGay hotel clerk in ''FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'', which is particularly funny in contrast to his previous appearance in a Creator/TerryGilliam film, ''Twelve Monkeys'' - as a cop.
*** Let us not forget the role he was best known for before he played Stabler: DepravedBisexual Chris Keller on ''Series/{{Oz}}''. He treats MurderTheHypotenuse as a commandment regarding his lover, Beecher. Plus, at first he worked for Beecher's enemy (Vern Schillinger) and only pretended to be in love with Beecher on Schillinger's orders, part of a BatmanGambit to earn Beecher's trust and love and set him up for a heartbreaking rejection which drove TheAlcoholic Beecher to fall off the wagon and hit the prison moonshine hard. And then when Beecher was at his absolute lowest, Schillinger revealed Keller's true loyalties to a drunken Beecher right before having Keller ''break Beecher's arms and legs''. There was a HeelFaceTurn later that ''eventually'' led to Beecher forgiving him, but still.
*** Arguably, his dramatic roles are the initial Playing Against Type for him, as through his initial stages of acting, his background was actually in comedy.
*** It turns out that the oddball weirdos he's played over the years is closer to Meloni's actual personality than the tough-as-nails Stabler ever was. The man has an absolutely macabre sense of humor, enjoys the surreal and the bizarre, and can make a joke out of anything.
** The original Playing Against Type actor that ''Series/LawAndOrder'' exhibited: The late, great Jerry Orbach. Originally a Musical Theatre star, he was then-best known for playing sleazy {{Amoral Attorney}}s (so like [[Theatre/{{Chicago}} Billy Flynn]], a role he originated); In fact, he even played a defense lawyer on L&O before they recast him. Turning him into a jaded, [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] LawfulNeutral detective was an unexpected masterstroke, and he stayed attached to the show until his untimely death.
*** Orbach had played a very similar character to Briscoe in the 1981 film ''Film/PrinceOfTheCity''. Right before L&O, he played a sinister Mob type in ''Crimes And Misdemeanors''.
** A currently active one: Creator/AnthonyAnderson's Kevin Bernard. Last longest role was as Antwon Mitchell on ''TheShield''.
*** Mitchell was also very much against type for Anderson, prior to that, he was known as the go-to BlackBestFriend or PluckyComicRelief.
** And then, of course, there's Richard Belzer, who before becoming Detective John Munch (on ''{{Homicide}}'') was most widely known for his stand-up comedy.
** Martin Short, known for his goofy comic roles, plays a psychic trying to help the police solve a serial rape and murder case. [[spoiler: Turns out he was the serial rapist and murderer all along, who targeted virgin women. "Best sex I ever had..."]]
** JamieBamber 's first TV appearance after leaving Series/LawAndOrderUK was as the criminal of the week (or rather one of them) on an episode of CSIMiami. Although he was far less monstrous than most of the bad guys this show has dealt with, it was still unnerving to see him pick up a golf club and bash some poor girl's head in, then try to blame it on his partner, smugly declaring that reasonable doubt as to who was guilty would easily get him acquitted. Especially after years of seeing him play varying versions of NiceGuy s, the most recent of which was a heroic by-the-book cop.
* Whoopi Goldberg, mentioned above, also played against her own sassy black woman stereotype when she played the immortal free-spirited bartender Guinan on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
* Speaking of TNG, you owe it to yourself to watch the episode of ''Extras'' with Patrick Stewart. He's got some wonderful ideas for a screenplay.
* Martin Luther King convinced Nichelle Nichols not to leave Star Trek as Uhura for a better career by telling her that she was currently the most important black actor on TV. Because her character was the only one for which a black actor had been cast against type. ''"You are playing a role that is not about your color! This role could be played by anyone? This is not a black role. This is not a female role! A blue eyed blond or a pointed ear green person could take this role!"''
* And Dwight Schultz as the timid engineer Barclay, a few years after playing the clinically insane "Howling Mad" Murdock on ''Series/TheATeam''.
* Andrew Sachs, known to most as the clumsy waiter Manuel of ''Series/FawltyTowers'', played as a twitchy crafty paedophile in ''Series/TheBill''. Years later he also showed up in ''CoronationStreet'' as a ShrinkingViolet [[spoiler: dying of a brain tumour]].
* Pauline Quirke, known for her comedic fat lady role in ''Birds of a Feather'', literally turned heads in her role as a serial killer in a crime drama called ''The Sculptress''.
* Christopher [=McDonald=] who always plays smarmy, Jerkass characters showed up in ''Series/StargateUniverse'', in a row everyone expected to be a smarmy, Jerkass self interested Senator as quite a few politicians have been before him in the franchise. Then he turns out to be smart and noble and ends up performing a HeroicSacrifice to save the crew.
** On ''Series/HarrysLaw'', he played a smarmy JerkAss, but for once he was a ''heroic'' smarmy JerkAss.
* Creator/BobSaget, best known as playing Danny Tanner on ''Series/FullHouse'' and serving as the original host of ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'', was and still is an incredibly vulgar stand-up comedian. He once stated in an interview he took the "clean" jobs because he needed the money for his family.
** So does he need the money again, now that he's the narrator in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''?
** He also seemed to enjoy the dissonance and shock value that comes from people who only know his "wholesome" work discovering his stand-up comedy.
* Phil Silvers, famous for playing fast-talking swindlers, appears in an episode of ''[[KolchakTheNightStalker Kolchak: The Night Stalkers]]'' as a Jewish retiree scraping by on his pension in a decaying neighborhood. He's a thousand miles away from Sergeant Bilko and also completely convincing.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has Dominic Monaghan of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' fame playing Mancunian failed rock-star heroin addict Charlie Pace. Though as the show progressed and he kicked the junk, he seemed to revert to a lovable (albeit taller) hobbit.
** Another example from ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is Yunjin Kim, who gained fame in Korea playing {{Action Girl}}s, but her character in ''Lost'', Sun, is pretty much TheWoobie, [[TookALevelInBadass at least at first]].
** Doug Hutchison made his name playing psychopathic villains: [[ImAHumanitarian Tooms]] on ''Series/TheXFiles'', Catherine's DarkMessiah kidnapper on ''Series/{{Millennium}}'', and sadistic guard Percy Wetmore in ''Film/TheGreenMile''. So it comes as a surprise that Horace Goodspeed is a well-meaning hippy ("Namaste!") whose greatest flaw is his failure to stand up to the more evil DHARMA members (i.e. most of them).
* Prior to ''TheGoldenGirls'', Creator/BettyWhite had played raunchy Sue Ann on ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', while Rue [=McClanahan=] had played TheDitz on ''Maude''. Thus Betty was originally considered for Blanche and Rue was considered for Rose. Neither actress wanted to play such a similar role, so they suggested the switch. As a result, younger viewers are astonished to see their prior series.
** Betty White probably shocks a lot of people with her dirty mouth when she appears in skits on the ''TheLateLateShow with Craig Ferguson''.
*** ...as her former one-time MTM "rival" Cloris Leachman did on ''DancingWithTheStars'' and the roast of Bob Saget.
*** White's career has cycled through types a few times. The role of Sue Ann itself was playing against the type she'd established in various programs in the 1950s and 1960s. Then, having reestablished herself as the super-nice one on ''Golden Girls'', she's spent the 1990s and 00s playing against it: for example, in her guest appearance in ''{{Everwood}}'', where her character was slightly racist; or on ''BostonLegal'', where she killed a man; or on ''UglyBetty'', where she played herself as a manipulative gambling addict ("All that ''Golden Girls'' money went right down the nickel slots!"), or Kitty's JerkAss mother in ''Series/That70sShow''.
*** One of the drawing points of the film ''Lake Placid'' was the chance to see Betty White play a foul-mouthed role.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' enjoys casting former child and teen stars as crazed killers. James Van Der Beek (as a multiple personality stricken home invasion murderer) and Frankie Muniz (as an insane comic book artist turned gang member butcher) appeared in the second and third seasons, respectively. In the fourth season, Luke Perry and Creator/WilWheaton appeared as unsubs. As one cast member joked:
-->'''Matthew Gray Gubler''' ''(Spencer Reid)'': I'm always getting held hostage by teen idols - first James Van Der Beek was a guest star and held Reid hostage, and this time it's Luke Perry. I actually saw Scott Baio out front, and I swear he looked at me.
** Comedic actors are not immune, either: Jamie Kennedy played a cannibalistic serial killer in the third season episode "Lucky", and [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} George Costanza]] (Jason Alexander) played a mastermind manipulator in the fourth season episode, "Masterpiece".
*** Alexander also played against type with a surprisingly low-key turn as an [[StrawVulcan ice-cold]], utterly amoral supergenius on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
**** At the height of ''Seinfeld'', Alexander went way against type as a charming, charismatic mentalist on ''Remember WENN'', written by his longtime friend Rupert Holmes.
** The pilot episode features DJ Qualls as one half of a serial killing partnership. Qualls had, to that point, mostly been known for playing awkward comic relief characters.
** Jackson Rathbone played a janitor suspected of murdering a number of young men [[spoiler: and the janitor's ''female'' split personality who was the actual killer]]. He was [[GoMadFromTheRevelation absolutely brilliant]]. It almost makes you cry when you see what he was reduced to in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
** Try picturing Gideon delivering that immortal line: "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." This troper never even realised it was the same actor.
** Once again, Dean Cain makes the list by playing a murderer addicted to gambling in 'Snake Eyes'. Though portrayed as a sympathetic person, he is still is quite a ruthless killer.
** ''Series/CriminalMinds'' just had French Stewart as a serial killer. Bad [[Film/InspectorGadget Gadget!!]] Bad, ''bad'' Gadget!
*** Stewart also played a pretty skeevy informant in an episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}''.
** Bug Hall best known for his portrayal of Alfalfa in the 1994 {{LittleRascals}} movie played a schizophrenic serial killer who is haunted by the images of his friends who perished in a fire he accidentally started.
** Mitch Pileggi as the shotgun-wielding remorse killer in "Normal". [[Series/TheXFiles No, not Skinner!]]
* Prior to ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', John Lithgow mostly played serious villains.
** Except for the occasional transsexual ex-NFL player in the ''The World According to Garp'') or excitable airplane passenger (as originally played by Creator/WilliamShatner) in ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'', and a comedic role in ''Harry and the Hendersons''.
** And a DeadpanSnarker engineer in ''2010''.
** And then a serious [[SerialKiller psychopathic]] villain in ''Dexter''.
** [[TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension Lord John Whorfin]] was ''anything'' but a "serious villain."
** Also Barney's estranged father living a wholesome suburban life in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
* After playing a sugary-sweet, innocent maternal character in ''La Ninera'', Florencia Pena played the greedy, dysfunctional, politically incorrect mother in ''Casados Con Hijos''. Guillermo Francella, whose roles as fathers are always of the Greg Brady type, was cast as the drunken, idiotic and also greedy and dysfunctional father.
** The same happened in the Chilean version of ''Casado con Hijos''. Javiera Contador plays the mother, and she actually was known as TheIngenue heroine in several telenovelas...
* Another Chilean case in the 80's. Deceased lead actor Tennyson Ferrada was typecast as sweet and gentle grandpa-type mentors, but then ''La Ăšltima Cruz'' (''The Last Cross'') came... and he played the MagnificentBastard BigBad patriarch.
* Dianne Wiest, more usually known as the sweet, motherly type (for just a few among many examples, consider: the preacher John Lithgow's wife in ''{{Footloose}}'', the mother in ''TheLostBoys'', and conservative senator Gene Hackman's wife in ''Film/TheBirdcage''), instead gets to appear as the wonderfully menacing, insane, and monstrous Evil Queen in ''TheTenthKingdom''. As she put it herself in the behind-the-scenes featurette, "It's quite delicious really. I get to kill anybody who gets in my way, so you'd better stay away from me. Otherwise you might end up dead."
** She also then appeared as the hard-bitten D.A. in charge of Sam Waterson's prosecutor's office on ''Series/LawAndOrder''.
* John Glover is usually the actor of villains in movies and TV shows. The personality he exhibits seldom, if ever, changes.
** He acts out a scientist Dr. Jason Woodrue in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. Dr. Woodrue had no regard for ethics in his experiments, especially his super-serum.
** All throughout the TV series ''Series/{{Brimstone}}'' he acted out the Devil. Yet he also acted out an angel once in a while, as all the angels and demons were brothers who looked alike.
** He famously acted out Lex Luthor's father Lionel on ''{{Smallville}}''. Again, a villain just like the preceding. A twist of fate: Lionel meets with a [[HeelFaceTurn change of heart]] in Season 4 and becomes a ally to Clark Kent[[spoiler:, but not without having moments that make you seriously doubt his alignment. ''Promise'' and ''Traveler'' comes to mind. But after his death, the Lionel Luthor who escaped from the parallel universe is the Lionel who never changed, thus a revert to his former evil character.]]
* Michael Kostroff built his career with film after film where he played a heroic crusading lawyer. Then comes ''TheWire'' where he played Maurice Levy, Baltimore's go-to attorney for drug dealers and one of the most vile and unlikable characters in a show that deals almost exclusively with BlackAndGreyMorality.
* Michael Shanks' main role for the past decade or so has been the nerdy, courageous archeologist Daniel Jackson, in ''Series/StargateSG1''. Then you've got ''Series/BurnNotice'', where he's cast as Victor, a psychotic, amoral super-scary spy, who has it in for the protagonist. It's great to watch.
** Before that, he played the part of a psychopathic date rapist stalker in ''Judicial Indiscretions'', in which he is definitely ''not'' redeemed at the end, though he is (sort of) in ''Series/BurnNotice''.
** He was also a spy in ''Series/TwentyFour'', and a criminal in ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' who nearly destroyed the entire town through his arrogance. And let's not forget his role as the sociopathic Balance of Judgement and his insane avatars in ''Andromeda''.
** While still a heroic character, his role as [[{{Hawkman}} Carter Hall/Hawkman]] on ''{{Smallville}}'' is nearly the complete opposite of Daniel Jackson in terms of personality.
* Done to a large extent in ''{{Roots}}'', which largely cast actors known for positive, wholesome roles as its nastier characters, including Robert Reed, Ralph Waite, Lorne Greene, Burl Ives, Sandy Duncan, and Chuck Conners. It also went the other way by casting Ed Asner, best known as the gruff, surly Lou Grant on ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', as a slave ship captain who is conflicted and tortured about his trade.
* Creator/WilWheaton did this on not one but two CBS shows in the 2007/08 season, guest starring as a selfish comic book creator (who shoulders a cosplaying Klingon out of his way) in an episode of ''NUMB3RS'' and as the aforementioned baddie of the week in ''Series/CriminalMinds''. A few years earlier, he played a crazy homeless guy on ''Series/{{CSI}}''.
** Not to mention a (more comedic) douchebag version of himself on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' to the point where he is now Sheldon's arch nemesis.
--->"''[[SkywardScream WHEATON!!!]]''"
* Eric Peterson, famous for the series ''Street Legal'', spent most of his career playing wise, smarter characters. Contrast his role as the cranky, short tempered, yelling at butterflies Oscar Leroy on Corner Gas
* Similar to the Fred Savage example above, Alan Tudyk (who is probably best remembered as the adorable pilot Wash, from ''Series/{{Firefly}}''), played a child molester on ''Series/{{CSI}}''.
** Contrast his role as Doc in ''3:10 to Yuma'' with his appearance on ''Dollhouse''. Dude's got ''range.''
*** As mentioned above, ''{{Dollhouse}}'' averted this trope with Alan Tudyk. Tudyk's first appearance on ''{{Dollhouse}}'' was as a stoner architect not unlike Wash. [[spoiler: It turned out to be Playing Against Type after all, though, because he was actually the Joker-esque psycho Alpha.]]
** Also playing against type was SummerGlau, playing Bennett. While she had previous roles that solidified her as the TropeCodifier for [[WaifFu small, badass women]], Bennett was distinctly meek and un-badass. Of course, she still played up [[AxeCrazy other]] [[TheWoobie aspects]] [[{{Moe}} of]] Summer's previous characters.
* Creator/HughLaurie was known in England for his comedy, particularly his cheerfully stupid roles in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' and ''Series/JeevesAndWooster''. Then he adopted an American accent to play a cynical, near-SociopathicHero genius in the American drama ''Series/{{House}}''. Thanks to the different accents, some people still can't quite accept Bertie Wooster and House as the same actor. It was also lampshaded in some of the FOX promos for the series, when the announcer announces Hugh Laurie's name, he then says derisively "You idiot!" before announcing that he's the star lead of House.
** He played a cynic in ''Film/SenseAndSensibility''. The character is very similar to his ''Series/{{House}}'' character, but is actually a decent person. And he doesn't have an American accent, obviously.
** Don't forget that he also played an extremely loud-mouthed and scary [[InternalAffairs IAD]] officer in dirty cop drama ''Film/StreetKings''.
* ''Series/TheShield'' is famous for its resurrection of Creator/MichaelChiklis's career, let alone allowing him to pretty much escape being typecast as the "stern, but lovable father figure" after his previous long-running series ''Series/TheCommish''. It also re-energized the career of comedic actor Creator/AnthonyAnderson, whose tenure on the show as ruthless Machiavellian drug kingpin helped open up new acting opportunities for him, ultimately culminating in him landing a main character role on ''Law and Order''.
** Michael Chiklis later was in ''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily'' where he plays a nice guy once again. However, instead of a tough cop he now plays an insecure part time police sketch artist and it is the wife who is the successful scientist and breadwinner.
** ''The Commish'' also to a point, as before that he was best known for his portrayal of John Belushi in Wired, the ill-conceived bio of his life. In fact, many industry insiders considered his career over before it really started because of that movie.
* An in-show example of this occurs in the Christmas Special of ''TheWorstWitch'' where nasty, scary and mean Miss Hardbroom is cast as the kind and benevolent Fairy Godmother in the pantomime of "Literature/{{Cinderella}}".
* An example could be made of William Hartnell when he took on the role of ''Series/DoctorWho'' in 1963, after decades of playing "Hard Men" and Barking Sergeant Majors.
** Also Creator/ChristopherEccleston, better known at the time for his roles in serious dramas.
** Jon Pertwee was mostly known for ''[[TheGoons Goons]]-esque comedy roles before being cast as the suave GentlemanAdventurer-style Third Doctor.
*** Creator/CatherineTate was well known for being a catchphrase driven comic (which is played pretty straight in her previous appearance in the Christmas special)- she [[HeReallyCanAct surprised everyone]] by pulling off a serious role in the fourth series
** MarkSheppard is generally known for the following types of roles: either [[Series/TwentyFour outright]] [[Series/{{Chuck}} villains]], characters who aren't villainous but still [[Series/{{Firefly}} pretty]] [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined shady]] or something [[Series/{{Supernatural}} completely in between]]. So when he showed up in a [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut two episode]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon stint]] at the start of series six, it's outright shocking to learn he plays one of the definite good guys this time around.
* AshleyJohnson. [[Series/{{CSI}} Southern prostitute.]] That is all.
* Rik Mayall, known in the UK for his insane and violent roles in ''TheYoungOnes'' and ''{{Bottom}}'', as well as ''TheComicStripPresents'' and other similar shows, did a non-comedic and largely straight performance as a police detective in an episode of ''Series/JonathanCreek'', the first acting role he took after a serious head injury. He is also the narrator of a children's show called Jellikins / Jellabies, which is a show aimed at '''2-6 year olds'''.
* Creator/BrendaSong's breakout role was on Nick's ''Series/OneHundredDeedsForEddieMcDowd'' where she played an AsianAndNerdy character. Now she pretty much always plays {{Asian Airhead}}s. ''Way'' more bizarrely, she's a bitchy, sociopathic girlfriend of the lead of ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'', who goes to such extremes as ''lighting a bed on fire.'' And makes it believable. Whoa, SheReallyCanAct.
* Jenna Leigh Green is best remembered for playing Libby, a certain cheerleader who used to be the TropeNamer for AlphaBitch, on ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''. However, in the ''Series/ColdCase'' episode "Wednesday's Women", Green plays the younger version of an [[spoiler:undercover schoolteacher who taught African-Americans kids in the Jim Crow-era South]] who [[spoiler:[[ItsAllMyFault feels guilty]] in recruiting her [[WideEyedIdealist best friend]] who ends getting murdered after they're found out]].
* Creator/ClancyBrown is very often a villain, with roles including a sadistic guard in ''TheShawshankRedemption'', TheAntichrist in ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' and Lex Luthor in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''JusticeLeague'' - even his role as Mr. Krabs in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is a pretty big JerkAss. So, it's kind of surprising that in the legal drama ''The Deep End'', his firm partner character is the nice one who is benevolent to the associates, and it's the other partner who is the unpleasant AmoralAttorney.
** Don't forget ''Film/{{Highlander}}''. The Kurgan is the strongest - and nastiest - of all the immortals.
** He originally auditioned for the role of Superman himself in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''.
** In Earth Two he played one of the main protagonists... but found himself in frequent conflict with the other major protagonist.
** Brown was cast as ReasonableAuthorityFigure George Stacey in ''{{The Spectacular Spider-Man}}''. In the same series he also played the part of the dim-witted Rhino.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** Creator/BryanCranston was known for playing a BumblingDad on ''MalcolmInTheMiddle''. Now he's won the Emmy for Best Actor three times in a row playing Walter White, high-school chemistry teacher turned ruthless meth cook and drug lord.
** ''Series/BreakingBad'' creator Vince Gilligan cast Cranston against type several years earlier in ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Drive" as a racist jerk. It's also an example of Gilligan playing against type; see [[PlayingAgainstType/FilmWriting the Film Writing]] entry for this trope.
** Jesse Plemon, before ''Series/BreakingBad'', was known for his role on ''Series/FridayNightLights'' as the Adorkable NiceGuy Landry. In ''Breaking Bad'' he plays Todd, who is quite affable, but is also a complete {{Sociopath}} who is able to execute a child without hesitation.
* A memorable episode of ''Series/{{ER}}'' had comedian Bob Newhart in a very unfunny role as an architect who is losing his sight and contemplating suicide.
** [[spoiler: He didn't just contemplate it.]]
* AtsukoTanaka is mostly a seiyuu known for her deep voice, which goes along great with professional {{Badass}} ladies with no-nonsense personality (eg: [[GhostInTheShell Major Motoko Kusanagi]]). Her deep alluring voice is also sometimes used for villainess roles. But, in ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', she voiced the penguin-sensei Michelle Peng, who, while a professional in her own way, is very peppy and has a very high-pitched voice, you REALLY won't recognize her right off bat.
* What do [[Film/{{Enchanted}} Amy]] [[MissPettigrewLivesForADay Adams]], [[TheWonderYears Dan]] [[ShakespearianActors Lauria]], [[FormerChildStar Jonathan]] [[Disney/TheLionKing Taylor]] [[Series/HomeImprovement Thomas]], [[TeenIdol Brian]] [[BeverlyHills90210 Austin]] [[WesternAnimation/FantasticFour Green]], [[LoisAndClark Dean]] [[MythologyGag Cain]], [[BeverlyHills90210 Tori]] [[SavedByTheBell Spelling]], [[Film/{{X-Men}} Shawn]] [[Series/{{Animorphs}} Ashmore]], and [[{{Psych}} Maggie]] [[Series/PartyOfFive Lawson]] have in common? They're all ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' villains, of course.
* Allison Mack goes from the soft-spoken NiceGirl to a wild, drunk and very ClusterFBomb happy ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_(2011_film) Marilyn]]''.
* Character actor Kenneth [=MacDonald=], best known for playing smooth villains in Film/TheThreeStooges shorts and B westerns, had a recurring role as a judge on ''Franchise/PerryMason''.
* After decades of being mostly known for his role as the Enterprise's resident ButtMonkey on ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'', I'm sure it was a relief for Walter Koenig to portray MagnificentBastard Al Bester on ''Series/BabylonFive''.
** Played with in the case of Brad Dourif's character Brother Edward, a former serial killer before he was [[LaserGuidedAmnesia mindwiped]] and given a new personality. His former personality never emerges, and throughout the episode he is a kind, forgiving monk dedicated to doing the right thing.
* Creator/DickVanDyke, who usually plays the comic relief in musicals like ''Film/MaryPoppins'' or ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'', as well as ad exec Dick Burgess on ''The Van Dyke Show'', played the Murderer of the Week (a henpecked photographer who shoots his wife and the man he hired to make it look like a murder/suicide) on an episode of ''Series/{{Columbo}}''.
* ''Series/CallMeFitz'' is pretty much a perfect example of this.
* For five years, Michael C. Hall played the timid but well-meaning and likable David Fisher on ''Series/SixFeetUnder''. After it ended in 2005, he returned a year later as the cunning, monstrous, and sociopathic title character on ''Series/{{Dexter}}''. Further examples include Comic actor John Lithgow best known for ''3rd Rock From The Sun'' as the ultra Disturbing Trinity Killer in Season Four and Jimmy Smits, known for playing noble Heroes on ''NYPD Blue'' and ''TheWestWing'' as the increasingly unstable Partner in crime Miguel Prado in Season Three.
* The short lived 1991 series, ''Good and Evil'', had this trope as its selling point. Created by Susan Harris, the woman behind ''Soap'', ''Benson'', ''TheGoldenGirls'' and others, it was a soap opera spoof telling the story of two sisters, one good and one evil, and their families. The sisters were played by Teri Garr, known for her ditzy girl-next door roles, and Margaret Whitten, best known for her bitchy roles. Naturally, Garr played the bad girl, and Whitten the good girl.
* Creator/SharonSmall in the TV movie ''No Child of Mine''. She is most famous for sympathetic, genuinely good-hearted characters like Barbara Havers on ''TheInspectorLynleyMysteries'' and Trudi Malloy on ''Mistresses'', and is absolutely ''[[{{Moe}} adorable]]''. In ''No Child Of Mine'', however, she plays a pathologically, violently abusive mother, and does it so convincingly that the result can be ''nauseating''.
* Katie Couric did something between this and AdamWesting in ''WillAndGrace.'' She played herself, but poked holes in her reputation as a chipper, energetic GenkiGirl and turned it into a BitchInSheepsClothing facade.
* Before playing ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'s'' Castiel, Creator/MishaCollins mostly played creepy guys (the serial rapist/murderer in ''Film/{{Karla}}'') or Russians ("Vlad" in ''Series/{{CSI}}'') or creepy Russians (Alexis Drazen in ''Series/TwentyFour''). He probably only auditioned for Castiel because the part was advertised as a demon, rather than an angel.
** The humorless, uptight, conservative, virginal Cas is basically the opposite of Misha himself in every way. He has confirmed that the wildly altered future version of Castiel seen in the fifth-season episode "The End" is disturbingly similar to his real-life personality, noting that he [[SarcasmMode enjoyed preparing for the orgy scenes]].
* Creator/BillEngvall is mostly known for comedy (he's the "Here's Your Sign" guy). He plays Det. Jimmy Dupree in ''[=HawthoRNe=]'' [[KnightTemplar pretty damn vicious]], using tactics that would probably get an actual detective reprimanded at least.
* John Ritter is best known for portraying the happy-go-lucky [[ThreesCompany Jack Tripper]] and various comedic characters (plus, he had a RealLife reputation as a NiceGuy), so it was quite a shock to see him in LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek ''Lethal Vows''. [[https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-x_eIVUiLjfo/TWytlFLv5sI/AAAAAAAAAoY/sUlPXTkio7U/lethalvowstruestory.jpg Just look at the poster]].
** He plays a similarly evil role in a the ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode "Monogamy."
** He also plays a crooked cop in ''[[Series/ChildsPlay Bride of Chucky]]''.
* Bill Pullman normally plays good guys or at least aloof heroes. So seeing him as a pedophilic child murderer on ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'' is very disturbing and surprising.
** ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' is good at this. Peter Capaldi is best known for playing MagnificentBastard AntiHero Malcolm Tucker in ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' — a man with no scruples or shame over the corrupt government he works for. In ''[[Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth Children of Earth]]'', he plays John Frobisher, a ButtMonkey AntiVillain who is so ashamed of his governments' acts [[PaterFamilicide he commits suicide after murdering his family]] to spare them from being turned over to the 456.
* Most of Chevy Chase's most well-known and beloved roles -- such as {{Fletch}}, [[NationalLampoonsVacation Clark Griswold]], etc -- tend to be smooth, intelligent and swift-witted {{Deadpan Snarker}}s who, even if they're not always on top of the situation, are usually the cleverest and funniest person in the room. Then there's Pierce Hawthorne in ''Series/{{Community}}'' who can be most easily summed up as [[SmallNameBigEgo basically the exact opposite of almost every single one of these traits]].
** This is a debatable example since people familiar with Chase's off-screen antics (especially the ones that led to his permanent ban from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'') can reasonably argue that he's actually [[AdamWesting playing himself]].
** From the same show, [[Series/TheSoup Joel McHale]] typically plays shallow jerks. Though Jeff may start as one, over time he is portrayed as a begrudgingly selfless and deeply insecure and damaged man, far from his typical role.
* Whatever you might think about HaydenPanettiere playing Amanda Knox in ''AmandaKnoxMurderOnTrialInItaly'' - and there were [[BritishNewspapers some who definitely disapproved]] not only of her casting but of the film being made in the first place - you can't deny that it's a change of pace, to put it mildly. Then there's her playing a damaged AlphaBitch of a country singer on ''{{Series/Nashville}}'', resulting in plenty of [[HeReallyCanAct She Really Can Act]] reactions.
* In ''ShiningTimeStation'', the second Mr. Conductor is played by Creator/GeorgeCarlin. Mr. Conductor is a genuinely kind, supportive, and upbeat character, very different from Carlin's famous stage personality. In this case, George wanted to play against type very much, and this show gave him the opportunity.
* Will Arnett playing a loving, caring husband and father on ''Series/UpAllNight'' is far removed from the [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment selfish]] [[Series/ThirtyRock jerks]] he normally is known to play.
* Charlie Hunnam was known for playing {{Bishounen}} roles in shows like ''Series/{{Undeclared}}'' and films like ''NicholasNickleby''. That is, until he played the lead BadassBiker on ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy''.
* Rene Auberjonois got a rep for playing an effeminate wimp during his stint on ''Series/{{Benson}}'', but ended up played tough guy Odo on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', even making his voice more gravelly.
** And then there was his playing [[spoiler: a child-molesting priest]] on ''Series/SavingGrace''.
* Faran Tahir initially plays to type when he appears as an Al Qaida-aligned terrorist in the ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' pilot episodes on ''Series/{{JAG}}'', but makes a second appearance on ''{{JAG}}'' as a different character, a CIA operative who Harm manages to smuggle out of Libya.
* One episode of ''Series/TheGoodWife'' starred MirandaCosgrove as a washed-up teen singer on trial for a DUI and attempted murder.
* Creator/BuddyHackett, foul-mouthed and notoriously undisciplined comedian, once appeared on ''Make Room for Daddy'' as “Buddy Bruno,” taking over for two weeks at the Copa while Danny went on vacation. The episode had him as the (presumably) single father of a small girl whom he is raising rather irregularly, if lovingly. In the second half of the episode he has to tearfully plead with the child welfare people to let him keep the girl. Definitely against type!
** To say nothing of his starring roles later on in family-friendly films like ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'', ''Film/TheLoveBug'' and ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
* Can you say "Samantha Stephens took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks?" ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' star Elizabeth Montgomery played the title character of an Creator/{{ABC}} MadeForTVMovie titled ''The Legend of Lizzie Borden''.
* You remember Kate Capshaw? That annoying DistressedDamsel from ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' who was always screaming and getting into trouble and needed Indy to get her out. Among her lesser known roles is a 1987 made-for-tv film called ''The Quick and the Dead'' (nothing to do with the [[Film/TheQuickAndTheDead Sam Raimi film]]) where she actually plays a strong-willed, independent woman who becomes an ActionGirl by the end.
* Robbie Coltrane was (and arguably still is) known primarily as a comedy actor, or else [[Film/HarryPotter Rubeus Hagrid]]. First-time viewers of ''{{Cracker}}'' may be shocked to see Coltrane playing a character who, while allowing for flourishes of wit and ribald humor, is [[MrViceGuy extremely flawed]] and [[AntiHero borderline unlikeable]]. Coltrane won three {{BAFTA}}s for the role, proving himself a remarkably versatile talent.
* Amber Benson is best known as the wallflower LipstickLesbian Tara on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Needless to say ''Buffy'' fans got a bit of a surprise when Amber played a vampire in an episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
* Emilia Fox was either known as Dr Nikki Alexander on ''Silent Witness'' or else IllGirl yet kindly adoptive mother Sylvia in ''BalletShoes''. Then came her memorable role as BigBad LadyOfBlackMagic Morgause in ''{{Series/Merlin}}''.
* Hannah Spearritt was previously in SClub7 and the various TV series had her playing a quirky DumbBlonde version of herself. Then came ''{{Series/Primeval}}'' where she played an ActionGirl.
* The Olsen twins frequently had the TomboyAndGirlyGirl dynamic in all their projects. Ashley was always the GirlyGirl while Mary-Kate was the {{Tomboy}}. ''Winning London'' swapped their roles around as this time Mary-Kate played an uptight ChildProdigy Chloe while Ashley played the easy-going LadEtte Riley.
* Christopher B. Duncan: BlackAndNerdy UpperClassTwit on the TheJamieFoxxShow, {{Badass}} [[ConsummateProfessional Comsumate]] ProfessionalKiller of Series/VeronicaMars [[spoiler:who calmly disposes the BigBad]].
* Nicholas Brendon in mostly known for playing the {{adorkable}}, [[HollywoodNerd nerdy]], [[PluckyComicRelief funny guy]] (''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''Series/CriminalMinds''), so when he appears ''Series/PrivatePractice'' as the rapist of one of the main characters, it's quite shocking.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' with the casting of Vinnie Jones. The more we learn about his character, the more the choice makes sense.
* Say what you want about ''Film/{{Swindle}}'', but it's fun to see JennetteMcCurdy playing a girl as far from [[Series/{{iCarly}} Sam]] [[Series/SamAndCat Puckett]] as you can get without a sex change; ditto ArianaGrande cast as someone who unlike [[Series/{{Victorious}} Cat]] [[Series/SamAndCat Valentine]] isn't a CloudCuckoolander.
* Kaley Cuoco frequently plays quirky sitcom characters - [[DumbBlonde Bridget]] in ''EightSimpleRules'', [[OnlySaneMan Penny]] in ''TheBigBangTheory'', [[LovableAlphaBitch Brandy]] in ''BrandyAndMrWhiskers''. In the eighth season of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' her character Billie starts out seeming like her typical type - then [[DarkAndTroubledPast we learn the truth]] and [[CerebusSyndrome things really change]].
* In a case of a ''production company'' PlayingAgainstType, QM Productions (which specialised in law-and-order shows throughout its 27-year existence) made ''Series/TheInvaders'', the WWII series ''Twelve O'Clock High'' (based on the movie of the same name) and the horror anthology ''Tales Of The Unexpected'' ([[TalesOfTheUnexpected not that one]]). The company's only theatrical feature (1971's ''The Mephisto Waltz'') was more going against type, since it was a horror movie.
* Jason Biggs is best known for his work on the ''AmericanPie'' films, with the majority of his other roles basically being derivative of that performance, typecasting him as a nebbish loser with difficulty standing up for himself. His character in ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'' is a welcome change of pace, allowing to utilize a much wider range of emotions, be a bit more proactive as a character, and deliver a few WhatTheHellHero speeches whenever he feels wronged.
* The legendary Ned Beatty has made his entire career playing nice guys, loveable goofballs, and forgetful nudniks who wouldnt hurt a fly. Yet in the ''{{CSI}}'' episode "Sweet Jane", he turns in an [[AffablyEvil absolutely chilling, completely charming]] performance as Doctor Dave, a gentle pediatric dentist who not only was a kind and considerate dentist who made sure his patients first visit wasn't pain-filled and traumatic, but was also a vicious serial killer responsible for the deaths of at least five victims. (Like Buddy Hackett above, this also extends to animation - Beatty voices the avuncular and ''completely'' evil Lotso in ''Toy Story 3''.)
* Many guest stars on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' were given the opportunity to show off talents they were not known for, in addition to their well-known talents.
* Kevin Tighe has been doing this for a few decades now, because he is so connected with his ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' character Roy Desoto. With Roy being a big hero type, he has often played villains since then.
* Raphael Sbarge is an odd case. In a video game? He's usually playing the nicest guy on your team; [[StarWarsRepublicCommando Scorch]], [[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Carth Onasi]] (albeit, that one has a ProperlyParanoid streak), [[MassEffect Kaiden Alenko]]. In Live Action TV? He makes appearances as a [[ColdCase child-killing nut]], [[StarTrekVoyager a terrorist and spy]], [[{{Series/Journeyman}} another mentally-unhinged mass killer]], and [[BurnNotice another spy and terrorist]]. What is he playing in ''Series/OnceUponATime''? Jiminy Cricket, arguably the most moral guy on the show.
* Actor Creator/BrianThompson has spent most of his career playing villains. You need a huge, muscled barbarian? Check. How about any number of menacing aliens? He's your man. Crazed killers? You bet. Mafia thugs? Oh yes. How about a vampire who's also a crazed killer mafia thug. Sure, why not? How about a conscientious white knight law enforcement officer who is so cool he doesn't have to carry a gun and convinces most criminals to surrender just by talking to them and never has an unkind word for anyone? Yeah, well, he did that too, in ''Series/KeyWest'', just about the only heroic character he's ever played in his entire career.
* ''Series/MelissaAndJoey'' provides two type-breakings for the price of one - Melissa Joan Hart's best-known for the pretty sensible [[Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll Clarissa Darling]] and [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Sabrina Spellman]], while Joey Lawrence isn't renowned [[Series/{{Blossom}} for playing grounded characters]]. On this show she's the flighty one and he's the down-to-earth one.