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Creator's Oddball

Creator's Oddball is a work which clashes with the rest of a creator's output. It can be much Lighter and Softer or Darker and Edgier, or even a different genre.

This might be related to Early Installment Weirdness, where the writer has just started their career, and hasn't settled on a genre yet.

If this occurs in an actor's filmography, that actor is Playing Against Type. If this occurs in an actor's filmography when it really shouldn't have, this is WTH, Casting Agency?.

In music, this might become a New Sound Album if the change in direction doesn't take and the artist goes back to their signature style. If it's a specific song, and it becomes successful, it's a Black Sheep Hit.

For Franchises instead of writers, this is Oddball in the Series. Sometimes results in Magnum Opus Dissonance in either direction.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 

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    Literature 
  • Ian Fleming, writer of James Bond, also wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a children's novel about a magical car.
    • His tenth Bond novel, The Spy Who Loved Me, is told from the First Person perspective of the woman in the story, rather than his usual third-person perspective focusing on Bond. (He didn't like the result, though fans of the books generally find it an interesting experiment.)
  • Steven Erikson is known for his gritty, serious work, most prominently the sprawling, complex fantasy epic Malazan Book of the Fallen. He also wrote Willful Child, an affectionate, over-the-top Star Trek parody.
  • The first novel V. C. Andrews ever wrote was a sci-fi/fantasy book called Gods of Green Mountain. It being so different from other works her fans are used to seeing is probably the reason why it took almost twenty years after her death to get published, and only in ebook format.
  • Robert Munsch often makes kids books with hilarious, over-the-top situations and cartoony characters and colours. But then along came Love You Forever, the biggest tearjerker of all kid's books...
  • David Ritz spends a lot of time writing (and ghostwriting) biographies about musicians, comedians, and atheletes. He writes the occasional romance novel, but his one true oddball is the 1981 Speculative Fiction sports/fantasy/romance novel The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn.
  • Roald Dahl's book Esio Trot, while still aimed at kids, featured neither a Kid Hero nor any kind of antagonist at all.
  • Mikhail Bulgakov is mostly famous for The Master and Margarita, a largery lighthearted and satiric novel with religious overtones, yet majority of his works are dark and realistic stories on par with works of Kurt Vonnegut and Charles Bukowski in terms of cynicism and desperation.
  • Dav Pilkey is best known for his humor books, especially Captain Underpants, or otherwise for his books for little kids like Dragon and the Dumb Bunnies. In 1996, he wrote and illustrated God Bless The Gargoyles.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Quinn Martin, the mastermind behind such shows as The Untouchables and The Fugitive, also served as executive producer for the sci-fi series The Invaders.

    Music 
  • Kanye West is normally known for rap music, but 808s & Heartbreak is a electropop album.
  • Almost every opera by Giuseppe Verdi is a tragedy or a strong drama. However, he also wrote two comedies, Un giorno di regno and Falstaff.
  • George Gershwin co-composed Song of the Flame, a 1925 operetta set in Glorious Mother Russia, writing tunes far removed from his usual jazzy style. This also represents his sole collaboration with Oscar Hammerstein II. (Three years later, George Gershwin was hired to compose another exotic operetta, East is West, this time to Ira's lyrics; this show was canceled in the early stages of production.)
  • Teen star Lesley Gore performed catchy pop songs in the Girl Group vein in The '60s, such as her Signature Song "It's My Party", balanced with more sophisticated ballads like "You Don't Own Me". Her sporadic adult recording career, in which she emerged in full as a singer-songwriter, largely consisted of downtempo or mid-tempo, stripped-down, jazzy ballads in the vein of Carole King's Tapestry. In 1975, however, she reunited with her Sixties-era producer Quincy Jones to produce...a very disco/funk/soul-styled album called Love Me By Name.
  • Filipino comedian, rapper, and singer Michael V is best-known for his novelty songs and literal English-to-Tagalog or Tagalog-to-English translations of popular songs. But in 2016, he went completely serious in the upbeat, yet relevant song "Dapat Tama", his parent TV network GMA's official song for the 2016 Philippine presidential elections.
  • Neil Young was best known for guitar-heavy folk rock until he released his 1982 album Trans, featuring extensive use of synthesisers, vocoder-distorted vocals, and Science Fiction influenced lyrics and artwork, quite unlike anything he released before or since.
  • Nickelback has always been associated with, depending on who you ask, the hard rock community since their debut in 1995. So it was a serious shock for many when their eighth studio album, No Fixed Address, was discovered to heavily feature, of all genres, Disco and Electronica... yes... you read that right.

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