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A character that looks strange in the context of their cartoon world. Often a result of Art Evolution, with earlier designs becoming The Artifact to a newer, more refined sensibility. It could be that a major character was designed independently and integrated without any changes. This could also be an intentional stylistic choice, indicating a descrepency between the odd one out and the rest of their world.

Crossovers often result in this, with an attempt at fidelity to both art styles rather than going for Off-Model. It's especially noticeable when the characters are from different franchises, showcasing distinctive character designs from their respective source material. A Gonk often utilizes this, deviating from the style specifically for the purpose of looking ugly. Same could be applied to an Eldritch Abomination to emphasize how alien it is.

Compare Art Shift (when the art itself shifts in style temporarily), Art-Style Dissonance (where the art intentionally clashes with tone of a work), Masculine Lines, Feminine Curves (women tend to be drawn more realistically than men in many illustrated works) and Flashy Protagonists, Bland Extras (when the major characters look non-standard compared to the background characters). Cartoonish Companions, No Cartoon Fish, and Realistic Species, Cartoony Species are subtropes. Sometimes Evil Is Angular can result in this if there's a heavily skewed hero/villain character ratio.

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    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: The pupils of Careful S.'s eyes are designed differently from the other Supermen of his team. His look more like real-life eyes, having an iris and a pupil, whereas the other Supermen have just a simple black pupil with a highlight inside.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Spy vs. Spy, only the two main characters are drawn with the well-recognizable pointy noses. Any disguises they wear have to include a mask for this reason (and the masks somehow fit right over their noses).
  • In Dick Tracy, Dick and the rest of the police are drawn fairly realistically — but his relatives B.O. Plenty and Gravel Gertie are like Popeye characters. The crooks that Dick pursues are also freakish, but they're supposed to be freakish-looking in-universe.
  • Played for Laughs in Beetle Bailey once when Beetle appears in what turns out to be a Dream Sequence looking like a character from a superhero comic. Another time, a bunch of characters from other comics appear briefly, drawn as in the originals.
  • In Priscilla's Pop, Hollyhock has a simple head and face design unlike the other humans.
  • Peanuts:
    • By the mid 1950s, the characters have became more detailed while Charlie Brown still has the simple design he had from the start. Later, the other characters got simpler designs and this was no longer the case.
    • Lucy was drawn with much more realistic eyes, however she got the Black Bead Eyes like everyone else later but with marks.
  • Tillie the Toiler: Mac is drawn rather cartoony compared to the semi-realistic style of the comic.

    Eastern Animation 
  • While the majority of the characters from Adventures of Captain Vrungel have exaggerated proportions mostly made up of circles, are very cartoony-looking, and are animated using paper-doll animation, the mob boss main antagonist, Chief, is almost always only shown with just the bottom half of his face, which is depicted as cel-animated lips and a cigar moving on top of a still painting rendered somewhat more realistically than the rest of the characters. This was done to hide his true identity as Archibald Dandy of the Yacht Club, and when the camera cuts from a close-up of his face to showing his full body, the design fits in with the rest of the cast.

    Fan Works 
  • The RWBY Loops has a few unique twists in comparison to the more general loops setting. For one, all loopers on Remnant activate in pairs, which is eventually explained as a result of their unique soul anatomy; for another, an early intervention by a hacker led to three nominally villainous individuals looping, alongside a pet dog and two teachers, which circumvented the usual way loopers were activated and had a number of consequences.
  • PostMU: Life's a Scream! has the sorority known as Exceeda Zeta, and its members consist of Laura Sharp note , Dot Pressler note , Colette Creouture note , Katy McCrea note , and Monnie Monstre note . They each stand out quite significantly from the other sororities/fraternities at Monsters University in that their designs are far more detailed and vastly different from each other.
    • Katy and Monnie stand out in particular as they seem to be the only monsters at MU who wear pants.
    • Dot is also different from the other blob-like monsters, seeing as how she has a more realistically slim body complete with curves.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Unusually for a highbrow live-action film, Akira Kurosawa's Ran includes two characters (Lord Ichimonji Hidetora and Lady Kaede) who are set apart by their Noh-inspired costume and makeup.
  • The villains in the French film Immortel are realistic CGI — all other characters are played by live actors.
  • Pacific Rim:
    • Most of the Jaegers are fairly humanoid, except Crimson Typhoon — who has three arms and digitgrade legs — and Cherno Alpha — who has, in place of a normal head, something that looks like a nuclear cooling tower.
    • In regards to the Kaiju, Onibaba sticks out like a sore thumb due to its crustacean body and four, centaurian legs as opposed to the bipedal, semi-reptilian Kaiju in the film.
  • A portion of the robots introduced in Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen seemed to have been experiments in out-there character design (specifically Demolishor/Scavenger, the Arcee triplets and Rampage, none of whom had real legs, though the Rampage toy could also turn into a centaur), especially since the later films went back to more traditional-looking and often exceedingly humanlike robot bodies.
  • Most of the title creatures in Gremlins have the same basic appearance but with different markings, skin coloring, and eye colors, but George, Lenny, and Daffy from Gremlins 2: The New Batch look much more cartoonish compared to the others with George being very fat and having big lips, Lenny being tall and skinny with big buck teeth and a dopey expression, and Daffy having googily eyes, a beak like mouth, and three yellow hairs on his head.
  • Zilla is the only kaiju in Godzilla: Final Wars to be portrayed entirely by CGI. Every other monster in the film is portrayed using practical effects. This was a nod to how Godzilla (1998) heavily relied on digital effects for its depiction of Godzilla.
  • In Team America: World Police, Trey Parker and Matt Stone intentionally made Kim Jong-il shorter and fatter than the other puppets, with more exaggerated facial features with his jagged teeth and sagging cheeks.
  • In The Howling, the werewolves have scraggly fur with long muzzles, long pointed ears and long clawed hands. However, when Karen White becomes a werewolf at the end, she ends up looking like a female Wookie from Star Wars. This is because Dee Wallace requested to have her werewolf form be beautiful and feminine.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020): Longclaw has a less stylized, more proportionate design compared to other anthropomorphic animals in the film series (who are as stubby as ever), resembling a human-sized talking owl in native garb. She would have stood out less in the original version of the film where Sonic had a more realistic design, but when he was redesigned to avoid the Unintentional Uncanny Valley, Longclaw went unchanged.
  • Most of the Whos from How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have exaggerated, somewhat grotesque, animalistic appearances, with the exceptions of Martha May Whovier and Cindy Lou Who who look like normal people.

  • The title character of Clifford the Big Red Dog, in both the books and the two cartoon adaptations, is the only character in the series that has visible sclerae. Averted in the movie, however.
  • In the Franklin books, most of the bird characters, such as Goose and Mr. Owl, are anthropomorphic, complete with Feather Fingers. The only exception is Hawk, who is a realistically-drawn red-tailed hawk.
  • The eponymous character of The Little Engine That Could, for some reason, has her face drawn on her funnel instead of the smokebox unlike all the other locomotives in the book. Averted in the film adaptation however, where the "Shiny New Engine"'s face is drawn on his cockpit, the "Broken Down Engine"'s and the "Big Strong Engine"'s faces are both drawn on their smokeboxes, and the "Rusty Old Engine"'s face is also drawn on his funnel.
  • In Magical Girl Raising Project, Snow White is the most traditionally Magical Girl-looking out of the magical girls. This is because she's a magical girl fangirl who aspires to be the best magical girl possible.
  • Mr. Messy from the Mr. Men series has no outline; he's just a bunch of scribbles with eyes and a mouth.
  • The art style of Precious Moments figurines and other media uses large heads, rounded faces, and teardrop-shaped Puppy-Dog Eyes, on both adults and children. In the Precious Moments Storybook Bible, the only two humans not depicted this way are adult Moses and adult Jesus, who are drawn much more realistically.
  • In Rainbow Magic, Flora the Fancy Dress Fairy has green and blue hair, making her the only fairy with a naturally-occuring unnatural hair colour (some other fairies, such as Frankie and Layla, have unnatural hair colours, but their hair is dyed).
  • Tatu and Patu: Veera has green almond-shaped eyes, while every other character has black-and-white Sphere Eyes.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer generally focused on the vampires who were humans with a reptilian true face, but would also spend a bit more effort to make full-body suits for really crazy designs. On a few occasions they would blend the styles that results in just odd-looking for the normal standards of the show, like the Loan Shark who had a literal shark head with flippers for hands, but dressed in a regular suit.
  • LazyTown: Ziggy looks much cartoonier than any of the other puppets. Whereas they have rather bulgy eyes and more realistic proportions. Ziggy has small, beady eyes and a bigger head than the rest.
  • American-created villains in Power Rangers sometimes tend towards this due to not exactly matching with the design aesthetics of the Super Sentai-sourced villains. Lord Zedd, for instance, had no hint of the "single-eye" designs that were the trademark of the Dairanger monsters he used.
    • Furio from Power Rangers Lost Galaxy is a strange example — since his suit was recycled from an unadapted Denji Sentai Megaranger villain (specifically the One-Winged Angel form of the Big Bad Dr. Hinelar), he doesn't match either the insectoid motif that the other American-original villains of the season had, or the four disparate groupings of the Gingaman-based villains.
    • The most notable example of this was Sledge, whose rough, green-and-grey design contrasts with the much more colorful Kyoryuger-based villains.
    • Scrozzle's design leans less towards the monsters of Go-Busters and moreso towards that of Go-Onger/RPM, more specifically his human-like face and hodge-podge armor. And since Scrozzle's master turns out to be RPM's villain reborn, this is a bit of foreshadowing.
  • In Star Trek the Starfleet ship designs hold to a fairly consistent pattern, specifically a saucer section, usually a secondary hull, with either two or four warp nacelles supported by pylons elevated away from the ship. A few ship designs ended up skewing away from this for one reason or another (several background ships across the franchise do break this pattern, if only to show greater fleet variety, but rarely placed in the foreground).
    • The Grand Finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation showed a future Enterprise with a third nacelle planted into the middle of the stardrive section. Being a quick modification to an existing model in a one-off episode, little was really said about it. In addition, there were other cosmetic additions made to the saucer section (a long underslung phaser weapon and what looks like sensor pylons near the bridge) that took away the traditional clean saucer design.
    • The Defiant of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was said to be a unique design In-Universe. There is only a hint of a saucer but has very small nacelles seemingly clamped to the main ship rather than protruding away. The whole concept was that of a cheaply produced warship with a minimal profile making it harder to hit in battle. The class had a lot of potential but violated a number of Starfleet safety standards to be operational.
    • The Discovery of Star Trek: Discovery has an overly large secondary hull and cut-out sections of the saucer. The nacelles are also bolted directly to the secondary hull rather than having separate pylons.
  • Ultra Series: A few monsters/Ultras have designs very far removed from most things in the franchise aesthetically speaking.
    • Ultraseven: Alien Wild is the only alien or monster in the series which is depicted with a full-body suit that doesn't covers the actor's face. Seven himself has an inversion of what would become the traditional color scheme, being red with silver accents, and lacks the Color Timer, instead having the Beam Lamp on his forehead flash when he's running out of time.
    • Ultraman Leo:Ultraman King is the only good-aligned Ultra with red eyes.
    • Ultraman: Towards the Future: Ultraman Great is the sole Ultra whose suit is made of spandex instead of rubber, therefore creating some rather obvious folds and creases when he moves. The white parts of his suit are much brighter compared to his fellow comrades, a trait that shows up in all his future appearances (even during cameos).
    • Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero: Ultraman Powered has blue eyes, which changes colour as he transforms.
    • Ultraman: The Next: As the first installment of the Project N works meant to reboot the franchise from scratch, its titular Ultraman (sometimes called The Next) has a very, very different design to past Ultras, looking much more organic and with many vessel-like red lines on his body.
    • Ultraman Nexus: As the evolved form of The Next, Nexus maintains a very distinct design from past Ultras, having no real resemblance to any beyond the original one. Kuutura, Lord of the Dead, resembles little the usual fare of Ultra Series Kaiju even more than any of the other Space Beasts, looking like a swelling mass of flesh with screaming faces that wouldn't be out of place in a David Cronenberg film.
    • Ultraman Ginga: Ultraman Victory is one of the few Ultras with a non-circular Color Timer, instead having a V-shaped one.
    • Ultraman X: X has an X-shaped Color Timer in place of the usual circular one. He also has many cybernetic parts on his body which no other Ultra has.
    • Ultraman Geed: Geed has curved triangles for eyes, and his Color Timer is shaped like the Ultra Capsules he frequently uses during his transformations.
    • Ultraman Taiga: Ultraman Titas differs from most Ultras by having a muscular body instead of a slim one like other Ultras, as well as having silver shoulder pads, gloves and boots with red/black coloration unlike the rest of the U40 Ultras, this is due to him being the son of 2 members of the Heller Army who was sent to U40 to have a good life.
    • Ultraman Z: Ultraman Z is the only Ultra with crystal-like textures on his eyes. Like Victory and X he also has a non-circular color timer instead having a a Z letter.
  • VR Troopers has this in spades, thanks to taking three different shows from the Metal Heroes franchise and stitching them together. None of the three Troopers have any unifying elements (or appear onscreen together outsides bits of US-exclusive footage); same thing goes for Grimlord's various henchmen (especially since in the first season he's got about 4 different categories of underlings who congregate in his dungeon).

    Music Videos 
  • CrazyCod: The King from "Keep Your Head Up, King" is shown as a wriggly blobbish shape, compared to other shapes being standard and very plain, to show he's unique.
  • The video for "Be Faithful" by Fatman Scoop mostly features characters who are floating heads with detached hands and feet. However, the stripper is the only one with a torso or limbs.
  • Cherry, lead singer of the animated band Studio Killers is CG animated, while the rest of the band and other characters are all 2D.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Muppet Show: The Swedish Chef and Dr. Teeth are the only Muppet characters with human hands, since they're required to pick up and manipulate objects and convincingly play the piano, respectively.
  • The characters of Potter Puppet Pals are naturally hand puppets. Except for Neville, who's a butternut squash (not a potato, learn your vegetables) on a stick, and Cedric Diggory, who is a face drawn on a foot.

    Tabletop Games 
  • BattleTech:
    • It had a hefty does of this due to Early-Installment Weirdness. About two dozen of the game's earliest BattleMech designs were licensed from Japanese studios (such as Robotech), whose thin and generally more graceful lines stood in stark contrast with the boxy, Walking Tank-style American original designs. The difference became even more magnified as the game adopted the chunky American aesthetic entirely. However, a legal fustercluck caused the designs to be dropped for almost a decade before being redesigned; they still look gangly, but not to the hilarious degree of the original designs.
    • There's also the very unusual Solaris: The Game World designs. They don't have the straightforward and functional war-machine look of most Battlemech designs, being more heavily decorated, detailed, stylized, and sometimes a bit bulbous. The reason for this is that, in a strange twist of fate, some of these designs are actually Studio Nue redraws of Battlemechs—many of which are designs based on Studio Nue's own Super Dimension Fortress Macross series! This leads to the somewhat surreal situation where the Battletech Colossus is actually the Japanese art for the Battletech Marauder, because the Battletech Marauder artwork was originally a Zentradi Officer Pod in Japan.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Due to the general shift of Daemon Engines having a more organic look (to emphasis their living nature) the Defiler now looks very out of place when compared to its brethren (due to its very boxy and mechanical design) as it was designed before the aesthetic was set. For a long while it was also the only example of a Daemon Engine, so this only became a problem when the newer codex introduced no less than 3 new Daemon Engines (and later they were joined by the Lord of Skulls Apocalypse unit).
    • As it was one of the first titans ever produced, the Lucius Pattern Warhound suffers from a similar problem as the Defiler; namely it was boxy and much more mechanical looking than the more rounded, dog-headed Mars Pattern Warhound. Functionally the two are identical, but the aesthetic set by the Mars Pattern Warhound would later go on to influencing the design of the Reaver Titan and the (much smaller) Imperial Knight Titans. While a Lucius Pattern Reaver was produced, it was in epic scale (a 40k scale one was never made) and thus the Lucius pattern warhound remains the odd one out in the imperial lineup of titans. This is made all the more evident as the Lucius Warhound is much more easily scratch built than any of the other ones (due to it's blocky nature) so most people will more likely own one than the Mars pattern variants.

  • LEGO:
    • Tim from LEGO Time Cruisers and the Indians from the old Wild West sets are some of the few original LEGO Minifig characters to have noses.
    • Certain characters in licensed LEGO Themes, such as the casts of SpongeBob SquarePants, The Simpsons, and the alien characters in Star Wars, have uniquely molded head pieces, which at times looks odd on the standard Minifigure bodies and alongside other, normally designed minifig characters. Certain characters, such as Scooby-Doo, Gollum, and the Angry Birds, have such nonhuman bodies that the standard minifigure template simply won't do for them, and as such have unique molds with prints that makes it almost look like they hopped straight out of whatever film or show they came from.
    • The original Pohatu figure was only one with an inverted torso, so that he had a kicking action whereas the other Toa swung their arms. This carries over to his first Nuva form. He was also the first Bionicle to come with an accessory, namely a Systems rock that acted as a soccer ball for him.
    • Besides the playsets, Tarakava are the only Bionicle sets to make extensive use of System bricks, namely in their brick-built midsection.
    • Whereas most Bionicle beings have tribal-looking masks, robotic faces or animalistic heads, the Piraka have organic faces made out of rubber and bear big toothy, cartoony grins. The Toa Inika stand out in the same fashion, having rubber masks and actual mouth openings, sans Matoro and Kongunote . In-Universe, this is due to the unique transformation of the Inika by the Red Star turning their masks into organic ones.
    • The Voya Nui Resistance Team, being a squad of deformed Matoran, each have at least one oddity in their design, such as Velika's uniquely built arms or Dalu's larger limb pieces, but none stand out like Kazi, who uses a forearm piece for his body, while the other five all have foot pieces for theirs, giving them significant hunches. He also lacks the usual head piece; his mask is mounted on a piece typically used for hands, and his legs are different pieces that lack hip articulation.
    • The titan set Axonn had an unmodified canister set body and individual fingers made from Matoran limbs. His short body, which looked like a Toa with more ornate armor, cartoonishly huge feet, and equally big Four-Fingered Hands stood out among other titan characters, which were taller and more evenly proportioned.
    • The Barraki sets were the first wave of canister sets without a uniform build, but Ehlek, Pridak, and Takadox stood out for their slim bodies that used no specific torso piece. Pridak in particular is the only canister set with waist articulation.
    • Several of the titans from the 2007 line:
      • Gadunka and Maxilos, had custom designed bodies. Maxilos, being a fully robotic character in a world of Biomechanical Lifeforms, had a hollow body with more articulation than most sets, and Gadunka, being an enlarged Rahi, had a huge head on a squat body made from three Toa torso pieces and a Matoran body piece arranged triangularly.
      • While not as much, Hydraxon has individual fingers similar to Axonn, this time made from a minifig arm piece common in the playsets and LEGO Exo-Force and the small claw/tooth piece as the fingernails.
      • Lesovikk contains the only Toa to use the light-up Piraka eye/brain piece instead of the usual Toa piece.
    • Whereas most of the sets from the reboot represent a natural progression of the standard action figure template, the Lord of Skull Spiders is instead a throwback to the franchise's Technic origins: it's built entirely around a play gimmick and has next to no useful articulation. It also has a printed-on face instead of a sculpt or a build, making it look more cartoonish than any other figure.
  • Mr. Game & Watch's amiibo is two-dimensional (accurately reflecting the character), and more unusually has several poses that can be swapped out.
  • Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls:
    • Milky Way and her little sister are the only characters with stars in their eyes.
    • Mars is portrayed as an alien instead of being human.
  • Transformers: Generation 1:
    • Plenty of Transformers have this going on, due to the original line being basically cobbled together from multiple unrelated lines. Ironhide and Ratchet's toys were originally intended to be Mini-Mecha and therefore don't have heads, infamously receiving heavy redesigns to make them look anything like the other characters. But no amount of redesigning could make Sky Lynx, who has two separate bodies, neither of which have humanoid forms (a space shuttle and its platform that turn into a bird-thing and a lion), which can combine into a single robot that looks vaguely like a four-legged dragon, look normal. Even odder, he's not a combiner - he just has two separate bodies that share a mind. Explanations for why he's like this are generally along the lines of "Sky Lynx is weird."
    • The Autobot Mini-Cassettes Grand Slam and Raindance. There have been Transformers that look more robotic than others, and some whose robot modes are animals instead of humanoids, but how many Transformers do you know whose "true" forms are vehicles? And they're not non-sentient drones, either — they have personalities like any other Transformer!
  • Kaya from the American Girls Collection was a departure from the doll line's trademark toothy smile, out of respect for the Nez Perce tribe she belonged to, though her face mold is no longer exclusive to just her with the introduction of Logan Everett, American Girl's first and so far only boy doll.note 
  • Gogo's Crazy Bones: While most Gogos have a front and a back, GoodyBaddy is a double-sided Gogo with faces on both his front and back. Due to this design, GoodyBaddy also lacks the Magic Box stamp that every other Gogo has to ensure they aren't a bootleg, which might confuse some people into thinking the real GoodyBaddy figure is a bootleg.
  • Squishmallows: Jingles the Cat's tail has stuffing inside, curves around to their front and is sewn on as to be unmovable. All other cats have unstuffed shorter tails that are only sewn on to the plush toy in the back.

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    Web Animation 
  • In The Legend of Zelda: The Light of Courage, Ganon actually has a very decent, almost professional-level model, which makes the blatant Stylistic Suck of every other character stand out even more than they already do.
  • The title character of Blockhead is drawn in a rather simplistic and cartoonish style while all other characters are drawn in a comparatively more realistic style.
  • Homestar Runner:
    • Crack Stuntman is the only character to exist in the "real world" of the main characters that actually looks like a normal human being. He is also drawn in the style of the cartoon he voice acts for rather than the style of the main characters.
    • In an April Fools' Day cartoon, all the characters are replaced by "revamped for the '90s" versions of themselves with black outlines and exaggerated jagged edges, except Homsar who doesn't change at all. The final scene shows all the characters together, with Homsar obviously clashing with the rest.
    • In Teen Girl Squad Issue #11, So-And-So's manager at the Shirt Folding Store has her hair, eyes, mouth, and feet taken from clipped-out magazine pictures of a real-life person (Mary-Kate Olsen, to be precise).
  • The Whites, in comparison to the Proles, in Lucky Day Forever. This trope is used to show that the Whites are completely inhuman.
  • Happy Tree Friends:
    • Lumpy is taller than the rest, and is one of the few characters to lack a heart-shaped nose. In addition, his hands don't turn mitten-esque like the other animals and has simple Black Dot Pupils rather than the traditional Pie-Eyed pupils. Furthermore, his popsicle stick head and bulbous nose sticks out amongst the rounded oval-esque faces of the other characters.
    • Sniffles, to a lesser extent. While he has the large oval head, Pie-Eyed pupils and short stature of most of the characters, he also lacks the standard heart nose and buckteeth. Instead, he has a trunk-like snout with his mouth at the tip.
  • The countries in Polandball usually take the form of spheres with their nation's flag emblazoned on it. However, several of them break this mold. Poland itself has its flag upside-down (a reference to the attempts on Drawball to flip the flag upside down), Israel is a tesseract rather than a sphere (because of Jewish Physics), Nepal is the actual flag with teeth added, Singapore is a triangle, and Kazakhstan and the Reichtangle are rectangles.
  • In Mario Brothers, all character sprites are from the original Super Mario Bros with the exception of the Toads, whose sprites are from Super Mario Bros. 2 and have a slightly different artstyle (most notably, being outlined in blue while no other sprites have outlines). This is likely due to Toad's only sprite in the original game not exactly lending itself well to all the action required by the Toads in this series.
  • All the Doctors in the Mashed spoof Time Traveller Boyfriend are drawn in a cute Moe style except for the Fourth, who is drawn as a Gonk. His dialogue is all in capital letters as well.
  • Most characters in Senpai Club are drawn in a cute, animesque style. The aforementioned "senpai" are drawn in a much more simplistic style with sharp angles, but are still treated as drop dead gorgeous.
  • In The Grossery Gang 2017 Christmas episode, the guest character PukieHurlC, being a parody of YouTube toy reviewer CookieSwirlC's logo, has eyes with green sclera, large black pupils, and white highlights, instead of the standard Grossery white sclera with a black pupil dot for an eye. She also has six eyelashes per eye, rather than three like the other female Grosseries.
  • SMG4
    • While everyone else's is either an edited Super Mario 64 character model or ragdolls that are contorted and positioned to look as ridiculous as possible, Meggy and other Inklings are animated using Henry's Animation Tool, resulting in unusually smooth, flowing animation compared to the rest of the cast.
    • The Genesis Arc introduces SMG1, SMG2 and SMG0. The former two look like an amalgamation of shapes akin to Super Paper Mario rather than something recognisable or humanoid like other original characters, and the latter’s model is far, FAR more detailed, gory and realistic than the cartoonish designs of the rest of the cast. All three of these are justified, as they all hailed from alternate universes.
  • Meta Runner contains Theo, who is more cartoonish in design than the rest of the cast, who look more realistically animated. Justified as he is from a Video Game.
  • Dreamscape: While it follows the same template as all the other human characters, there are a few differences in Melinda's design compared to others. Her chin and nose are vastly different, and her limbs are much skinnier.
  • Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures: everyone has simple dots for eyes except for Geoff, who has significantly larger eyes with visible lids and pupils. This is apparently because his model was created very early on and never "fixed" to match the others for the sake of consistency.


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