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* What do Creator/AmyAdams, Dan Lauria, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Brian Austin Green, Creator/DeanCain, Tori Spelling, Shawn Ashmore, and Creator/MaggieLawson have in common? They're all ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' villains, of course.

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* What do Creator/AmyAdams, Dan Lauria, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Brian Austin Green, Creator/BrianAustinGreen, Creator/DeanCain, Tori Spelling, Shawn Ashmore, and Creator/MaggieLawson have in common? They're all ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' villains, of course.


* Jenna Leigh Green is best remembered for playing Libby, a certain cheerleader who used to be the {{Trope Namer|s}} 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]].

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* Jenna Leigh Green Creator/JennaLeighGreen is best remembered for playing Libby, a certain cheerleader who used to be the {{Trope Namer|s}} 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]].

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* {{KidCom}} regular Keely Marshall can be a desperate StalkerWithACrush on ''Series/TheThundermans'' or a cruel AlphaBitch on ''Series/KirbyBuckets''. If you watch one of those shows regularly (but not both), seeing her on the other could be jarring.


** The ''Series/FamilyTies'' dad himself, Michael Gross, playing a man who murdered his wife and another random woman. The former because she discovered his infidelities, the latter because he wanted the detectives to think a SerialKiller was at work.

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** The ''Series/FamilyTies'' dad himself, Michael Gross, Creator/MichaelGross, playing a man who murdered his wife and another random woman. The former because she discovered his infidelities, the latter because he wanted the detectives to think a SerialKiller was at work.


* What do Creator/AmyAdams, Dan Lauria, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Brian Austin Green, Creator/DeanCain, Tori Spelling, Shawn Ashmore, and Maggie Lawson have in common? They're all ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' villains, of course.

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* What do Creator/AmyAdams, Dan Lauria, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Brian Austin Green, Creator/DeanCain, Tori Spelling, Shawn Ashmore, and Maggie Lawson Creator/MaggieLawson have in common? They're all ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' villains, of course.


* Creator/PhilSilvers, famous for playing fast-talking swindlers, appears in an episode of ''Series/KolchakTheNightStalker'' 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.



** 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).

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** Doug Hutchison Creator/DougHutchison 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).



** Comedic actor Creator/PhilSilvers, who was known as "The King of Chutzpah", played a mostly serious role as an elderly Jewish man trying to help Kolchak find a murderer in his neighborhood in "Horror in the Heights".

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** Comedic actor Creator/PhilSilvers, who was known as "The King of Chutzpah", played a mostly serious role as an elderly Jewish man trying to help Kolchak find a murderer in his neighborhood famous for playing fast-talking swindlers, appears in "Horror in the Heights".Heights" 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.

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* ''Series/PersonsUnknown'': Creator/KandyseMcClure has usually played heroic or at least neutral characters, who are generally quite mild-mannered. Her role as {{ax crazy}} {{psycho lesbian}} {{tattooed crook}} Erika on the show was thus very different from her roles before or since.

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** This is not the only time that has happen in the toku genre. Creator/MachikoSoga is known as the "Queen of Tokusatsu Villainy". What was her final role before her untimely death? Heavenly Saint Magiel in ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' who is a benevolent, if initially suspicious of the main characters, leader of the forces of good magic.


* Creator/RowanAtkinson is primarily known for his rubber-faced comic roles in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' and ''Series/MrBean''. In 2016, he took on the role of [[Series/{{Maigret}} Jules Maigret]], a serious and soft-spoken French detective who hunts down murderers in 1950's Paris.

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* Creator/RowanAtkinson is primarily known for his rubber-faced comic roles in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' and ''Series/MrBean''. In 2016, [[Series/Maigret2016 2016]], he took on the role of [[Series/{{Maigret}} [[Literature/{{Maigret}} Jules Maigret]], a serious and soft-spoken French detective who hunts down murderers in 1950's Paris.


*** Mitchell was also very much against type for Anderson, prior to that, he was known as the go-to BlackBestFriend or PluckyComicRelief.

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*** Mitchell was also very much against type for Anderson, prior to that, he was known as the go-to BlackBestFriend TokenBlackFriend or PluckyComicRelief.


** Creayor/JerryLewis played [[JustForFun/JohnMunch Detective John Munch's]] mentally impaired uncle Andy.

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** Creayor/JerryLewis Creator/JerryLewis played [[JustForFun/JohnMunch Detective John Munch's]] Munch]]'s mentally impaired uncle Andy.


** Creator/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 ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''.

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** Creator/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 Creator/AlanTudyk goes from the sweet, [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Pilot]] Wash in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' to [[spoiler: the remorseless serial-killer {{serial-killer}} Alpha]] in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''.



** Fred Savage also played an abusive boyfriend (stereotypically a wrestler) opposite ''Series/FullHouse'''s Candice Cameron in a LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek.

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** Fred Savage Creator/FredSavage also played an abusive boyfriend (stereotypically a wrestler) opposite ''Series/FullHouse'''s Candice Cameron in a LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek.



** Try and unhear [[Series/HappyDays The Fonz]] sneering "shut up, you stupid bitch" after being revealed to have plotted his wife's assault.

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** Try and unhear [[Series/HappyDays The Fonz]] Creator/HenryWinkler sneering "shut up, you stupid bitch" after being revealed to have plotted his wife's assault.



** Michael York as a metrosexual UsefulNotes/CharlesManson!

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** Michael York Creator/MichaelYork as a metrosexual UsefulNotes/CharlesManson!



** 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.
** The ''Star Trek'' universe ([[{{Pun}} tee hee]]) also has Dwight Schultz as the timid engineer Barclay, a few years after playing the clinically insane "Howling Mad" Murdock on ''Series/TheATeam''.

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** Speaking of TNG, you owe it to yourself to watch the episode of ''Extras'' ''Series/{{Extras}}'' with Patrick Stewart.Creator/PatrickStewart. He's got some wonderful ideas for a screenplay.
** The ''Star Trek'' universe ([[{{Pun}} tee hee]]) also has Dwight Schultz Creator/DwightSchultz as the timid engineer Barclay, a few years after playing the clinically insane "Howling Mad" Murdock on ''Series/TheATeam''.



* ''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.

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has Dominic Monaghan Creator/DominicMonaghan 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.



*** ...as her former one-time MTM "rival" Cloris Leachman did on ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' and the roast of Bob Saget.

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*** ...as her former one-time MTM "rival" Cloris Leachman Creator/ClorisLeachman did on ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' and the roast of Bob Saget.



* ''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:

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' enjoys casting former child and teen stars as crazed killers. James Van Der Beek Creator/JamesVanDerBeek (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 Creator/LukePerry and Creator/WilWheaton appeared as unsubs. As one cast member joked:



** 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.

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** The pilot episode features DJ Qualls Creator/DJQualls as one half of a serial killing partnership. Qualls had, to that point, mostly been known for playing awkward comic relief characters.



* Done to a large extent in ''Series/Roots1977'', 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 Creator/EdAsner, best known as the gruff, surly Lou Grant on ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', as a slave ship captain who is conflicted and tortured about his trade.

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* Done to a large extent in ''Series/Roots1977'', which largely cast actors known for positive, wholesome roles as its nastier characters, including Robert Reed, Ralph Waite, Lorne Greene, Creator/LorneGreene, Burl Ives, Sandy Duncan, and Chuck Conners. It also went the other way by casting Creator/EdAsner, best known as the gruff, surly Lou Grant on ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', as a slave ship captain who is conflicted and tortured about his trade.



* ''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''.

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* ''Series/TheShield'' is famous for its resurrection of Creator/MichaelChiklis's Creator/MichaelChiklis' 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''.



** ''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.

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** ''The Commish'' ''Series/TheCommish'' also to a point, as before that he was best known for his portrayal of John Belushi Creator/JohnBelushi in Wired, ''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.



* Creator/RikMayall, known in the UK for his insane and violent roles in ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' and ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', as well as ''Series/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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Jellabies}}[=/=]Jellikins'', which is a show aimed at '''2-6 year olds'''.

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* Creator/RikMayall, known in the UK for his insane and violent roles in ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' and ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', as well as ''Series/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 was also the narrator of a children's show called ''WesternAnimation/{{Jellabies}}[=/=]Jellikins'', which is a show aimed at '''2-6 year olds'''.



** ''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.

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** ''Series/BreakingBad'' creator Vince Gilligan Creator/VinceGilligan cast Cranston against type several years earlier in ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Drive" "[[Recap/TheXFilesS06E02Drive 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.



** DJ Qualls makes a guest appearance in the second season episode "Better Call Saul," with his character initially appearing to be one of the nerdy losers who he'd made a career out of playing. It then turned out that he was actually an undercover DEA agent, with a much tougher personality than you'd expect to see from the guy.
* 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.]]

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** DJ Qualls makes a guest appearance in the second season episode "Better "[[Recap/BreakingBadS2E8BetterCallSaul Better Call Saul," Saul]]", with his character initially appearing to be one of the nerdy losers who he'd made a career out of playing. It then turned out that he was actually an undercover DEA agent, with a much tougher personality than you'd expect to see from the guy.
* A memorable episode of ''Series/{{ER}}'' had comedian Bob Newhart Creator/BobNewhart in a very unfunny role as an architect who is losing his sight and contemplating suicide.
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suicide. [[spoiler: He didn't just contemplate it.]]



** 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.

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** Played with in the case of Brad Dourif's Creator/BradDourif'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.



* 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 from ''Dexter'' include John Lithgow, at the time best known for ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', as the ultra-disturbing Trinity Killer in Season Four (although as mentioned earlier, he had frequently played villains prior to ''3rd Rock''), and Jimmy Smits, known for playing noble heroes on ''Series/NYPDBlue'' and ''Series/TheWestWing'', as the increasingly unstable murderer-wannabe Miguel Prado in Season Three.

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* For five years, Michael C. Hall Creator/MichaelCHall 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 from ''Dexter'' include John Lithgow, at the time best known for ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', as the ultra-disturbing Trinity Killer in Season Four (although as mentioned earlier, he had frequently played villains prior to ''3rd Rock''), and Jimmy Smits, known for playing noble heroes on ''Series/NYPDBlue'' and ''Series/TheWestWing'', as the increasingly unstable murderer-wannabe Miguel Prado in Season Three.



** ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' is good at this. Peter Capaldi is best known for playing MagnificentBastard AntiHero Malcolm Tucker in ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' ó 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.

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** ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' is good at this. Peter Capaldi Creator/PeterCapaldi is best known for playing MagnificentBastard AntiHero Malcolm Tucker in ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' ó 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.



* Hannah Spearritt was previously in Music/SClub7 and the various TV series had her playing a quirky DumbBlonde version of herself. Then came ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' where she played an ActionGirl.

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* Hannah Spearritt Creator/HannahSpearritt was previously in Music/SClub7 and the various TV series had her playing a quirky DumbBlonde version of herself. Then came ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' where she played an ActionGirl.



* Subverted in ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' with the casting of Vinnie Jones. The more we learn about his character, the more the choice makes sense.

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* Subverted in ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' with the casting of Vinnie Jones.Creator/VinnieJones. The more we learn about his character, the more the choice makes sense.



* Billy Dee Williams in ''Film/BriansSong''; where he portrays the shy, soft spoken, Gale Sayers. Quite a change from his usual portrayal of the suave, smooth, ladies man.

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* Billy Dee Williams Creator/BillyDeeWilliams in ''Film/BriansSong''; where he portrays the shy, soft spoken, Gale Sayers. Quite a change from his usual portrayal of the suave, smooth, ladies man.



* ''Series/RedDwarf'' has a very interesting example. Chris Barrie had become best known for playing, in his own words, [[{{Jerkass}} "gits"]], especially Rimmer and had wanted to play something else. Rob Grant and Doug Naylor's solution was to create an alternate universe counterpart called [[TheAce Ace]] [[MemeticBadass Rimmer]], a dimension-hopping AcePilot who was essentially Rimmer's [[EvenTheGuysWantHim polar opposite]]. [[EnsembleDarkhorse Even now, the character is much beloved by the fandom]].

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* ''Series/RedDwarf'' has a very interesting example. Chris Barrie Creator/ChrisBarrie had become best known for playing, in his own words, [[{{Jerkass}} "gits"]], especially Rimmer and had wanted to play something else. Rob Grant and Doug Naylor's solution was to create an alternate universe counterpart called [[TheAce Ace]] [[MemeticBadass Rimmer]], a dimension-hopping AcePilot who was essentially Rimmer's [[EvenTheGuysWantHim polar opposite]]. [[EnsembleDarkhorse Even now, the character is much beloved by the fandom]].



** Jamie Chung typically plays an AsianAirhead. Her version of WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}} is TheStoic and a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Girl]].
** Robert Carlyle's characters tend to be the ButtMonkey of the story, rather than the ruthless Chessmaster Rumpelstiltskin is.
** Retroactively for Jamie Dornan. He's usually a VillainProtagonist or an extremely dark AntiHero. His turn as Graham is probably the most heroic role he's ever had.

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** Jamie Chung Creator/JamieChung typically plays an AsianAirhead. Her version of WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}} is TheStoic and a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Girl]].
** Robert Carlyle's Creator/RobertCarlyle's characters tend to be the ButtMonkey of the story, rather than the ruthless Chessmaster Rumpelstiltskin is.
** Retroactively for Jamie Dornan.Creator/JamieDornan. He's usually a VillainProtagonist or an extremely dark AntiHero. His turn as Graham is probably the most heroic role he's ever had.



* In the mid-90's, Peter Boyle was best known as the gruff, crass JerkWithAHeartOfGold Frank Barone on ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond.'' Audiences were shocked, then, when he was chosen to play the title character in "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," an episode of ''Series/TheXFiles.'' While there's definitely a bit of Frank (specifically the jerkiness) in the part, Clyde is also far more multilayered and complex--he's a genuinely psychic individual [[BlessedWithSuck cursed with the power]] to [[ISeeDeadPeople foretell how people will die]]. Boyle plays the role with a surprising mix of humor, pain, and vulnerability (he even kills himself at the end of the episode), and his turn as Clyde is often praised as the best guest star in one of the best episodes of the series.

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* In the mid-90's, Peter Boyle Creator/PeterBoyle was best known as the gruff, crass JerkWithAHeartOfGold Frank Barone on ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond.'' Audiences were shocked, then, when he was chosen to play the title character in "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," an episode of ''Series/TheXFiles.'' While there's definitely a bit of Frank (specifically the jerkiness) in the part, Clyde is also far more multilayered and complex--he's a genuinely psychic individual [[BlessedWithSuck cursed with the power]] to [[ISeeDeadPeople foretell how people will die]]. Boyle plays the role with a surprising mix of humor, pain, and vulnerability (he even kills himself at the end of the episode), and his turn as Clyde is often praised as the best guest star in one of the best episodes of the series.



* Voice actress Creator/JuneForay is most well known for lightweight roles throughout her lengthy 70-year career in entertainment. However, she undergoes one ''[[{{Pun}} hell]]'' of an unexpected turn in the original ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 Twilight Zone]]'' episode "Living Doll" as the frightening Talky Tina, a parody of the cheery Chatty Cathy doll (whom she also originally voiced). This marks what is far and away the darkest role June has ever portrayed.

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* Voice actress Creator/JuneForay is most well known for lightweight roles throughout her lengthy 70-year career in entertainment. However, she undergoes one ''[[{{Pun}} hell]]'' of an unexpected turn in the original ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 Twilight Zone]]'' episode "Living Doll" "[[Recap/TheTwilightZone1959S5E6LivingDoll Living Doll]]" as the frightening Talky Tina, a parody of the cheery Chatty Cathy doll (whom she also originally voiced). This marks what is far and away the darkest role June has ever portrayed.

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** Murray Matheson, who usually played {{Reasonable Authority Figure}}s and AffablyEvil and FauxAffablyEvil villains, played a stuffy antique dealer in "Horror in the Heights".


* Ben Browder of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' fame played an AxCrazy man on ''Series/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.

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* Ben Browder Creator/BenBrowder of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' fame played an AxCrazy man on ''Series/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.



* Fred Savage (yes, the Fred Savage of ''Series/TheWonderYears'', ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', and ''Film/TheWizard'') once played a charismatic rapist on an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.

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* Fred Savage Creator/FredSavage (yes, the Fred Savage of ''Series/TheWonderYears'', ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', and ''Film/TheWizard'') once played a charismatic rapist on an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.


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** Jim Backus, who was the original voice of WesternAnimation/MrMagoo and played Mr. Howell on ''Series/GilligansIsland'', played a motorcycle dealer and war veteran in "Chopper".
** Jamie Farr, best known for playing the wacky Colonel Klinger on ''Series/{{Mash}}'', played a bitter high school science teacher in "Primal Scream".
** Michael Strong, who usually played tough guys, played the cowardly head of a construction company in "The Energy Eater".
** Comedic actor Jan Murray had a serious role as a pimp in "The Vampire".


** 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..."]]

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** Martin Short, Creator/MartinShort, 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..."]]



** Mitch Pileggi as the shotgun-wielding remorse killer in "Normal". [[Series/TheXFiles No, not Skinner!]]

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** Mitch Pileggi Creator/MitchPileggi as the shotgun-wielding remorse killer in "Normal". [[Series/TheXFiles No, not Skinner!]]



* Ed Asner usually plays curmudgeonly older guy roles and his guest role as a Nazi hiding as a Holocaust survivor on ''{{Series/CSINY}}'' was rather surprising to many, at least when the character dropped the act near the end.

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* Ed Asner Creator/EdwardAsner usually plays curmudgeonly older guy roles and his guest role as a Nazi hiding as a Holocaust survivor on ''{{Series/CSINY}}'' was rather surprising to many, at least when the character dropped the act near the end.


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* ''Series/KolchakTheNightStalker'' had so many examples, itís easier to list the actors that played to their usual type.
** Comedic actor Creator/PhilSilvers, who was known as "The King of Chutzpah", played a mostly serious role as an elderly Jewish man trying to help Kolchak find a murderer in his neighborhood in "Horror in the Heights".
** John Fiedler, the original voice of [[WesternAnimation/WinnieThePooh Piglet]], played fast talking morgue attendant and informant Gordon "Gordy the Ghoul" Spangler.

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