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James Rallison at Vidcon.jpg
Rallison in 2017
Personal information
BornRobert James Rallison[1]
(1996-05-14) May 14, 1996 (age 26)
RelativesJanette Rallison (mother)
YouTube information
Years active2014–present
  • 17.7 million (TheOdd1sOut)
  • 2.77 million (TheOdd2sOut)
Total views
  • 3.8 billion (TheOdd1sOut)
  • 135 million (TheOdd2sOut)
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2016 (TheOdd1sOut)
2017 (TheOdd2sOut)
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2016 (TheOdd1sOut)
2018 (TheOdd2sOut)
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2019 (TheOdd1sOut)

Updated: April 3, 2022

Robert James Rallison[1][2] (born May 14, 1996), known online as TheOdd1sOut, is an American YouTuber, cartoonist, animator, and author. He is known for producing storytime animations on his YouTube channel.

Personal life

Rallison (right) at MrBeast's YouTuber Battle Royale event in March 2019 with Anthony Padilla

Rallison was born in Chandler, Arizona[2] on May 14, 1996.[3][4] to a Mormon family. He attended Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona.[5] According to Rallison, he did not have any formal training in drawing, but had wanted to be a cartoonist as a child.[6]

In 2018, Rallison moved to Glendale, California.[2]



Rallison's first published illustrated works were webcomics, under the title TheOdd1sOut. He uploaded the first comic strip onto Tumblr in June 2012, when he was 16.[6] After 100 comics, he had amassed 100 followers, and it took him about a year to settle into his art style.[6] By September 2016 he had written around 400 strips. Rallison described the characters in his comics as "marshmallow people" because of their white, roundish look. His comics tended to focus on lighthearted themes, such as taking famous puns literally, or poking fun at social cliches.[5]


On August 30, 2014, just over two years after starting his webcomic, Rallison started his YouTube channel as theodd1sout comic. In his animated videos, which feature the same "marshmallow people" as the webcomic,[5] he talks about his life story, his thoughts, and opinions. His first video was titled "A Book I Made as a Kid", looking at a short story he made while in elementary school.[2] In April 2016, his channel gained over 278,000 subscribers, giving him a total of over 400,000 subscribers.[7] At some point, Rallison dropped out of college to make videos full-time.[2]

On December 2, 2017, Rallison created a second channel, TheOdd2sOut, in which he uploads extra content not involving animation, such as playing games with other people. TheOdd2sOut reached 1 million subscribers in April 2018, and the main channel reached 10 million subscribers in January 2019.[8]


Rallison has collaborated with others to produce two songs and their accompanying music videos: "Life is Fun" in July 2018 with David Brown from Boyinaband;[9][10] and "Good Person" in December 2020 with Joel Berghult from RoomieOfficial.

His animated character appeared in the credits scene of YouTube Rewind: The Shape of 2017 and in YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls Rewind where he has a speaking role.[11]

In March 2019, Rallison was in MrBeast's $200,000 YouTuber Battle Royale video. He was on a team with Jaiden Animations and Anthony Padilla and they won the first round.[12] Rallison gave the earnings he made from the YouTuber Battle Royale to #TeamTrees, a non-profit started by MrBeast that aimed to plant 20 million trees by the end of 2019.[13]

Other work

Rallison wrote a book titled The Odd 1s Out: How to Be Cool and Other Things I Definitely Learned from Growing Up, which was released in July 2018.[6] It was ranked No. 12 in the "trade paperback" category on Publishers Weekly's August 13, 2018 bestseller list.[14]

Rallison also worked on the board game Can't Catch Harry,[15] and on November 22, Rallison announced and released his mobile game named 'TheOdd1sout: Let's bounce!'[16]


As of January 7, 2021, Rallison's main YouTube channel had over 16 million subscribers, and his secondary channel had over 2.7 million subscribers.

Foodbeast writer Peter Pham called Rallison's three videos about working at Subway (which Rallison comedically refers to as "Sooubway") "amazing" and "hilarious".[17][18][19]

In 2017, Dave Trumbore of Collider named Rallison one of five YouTubers who were "poised for mainstream success".[20] In 2018, Kristin Brantley of Culturess reviewed his channel and webcomics favorably, writing, "You’ll be glued to the screen watching all of these hilarious clips and reading all his great comics."[21]

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Recipient Result Ref.
2016 Streamy Awards Animated Himself Nominated [22][23]


  • TheOdd1sOut: How to Be Cool and Other Things I Definitely Learned from Growing Up (July 2018)
  • TheOdd1sOut: The First Sequel (March 2020)




Voice acting


  1. ^ a b Dodgson, Lindsay. "These were the top 10 trending videos on YouTube in 2019". Insider. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e Waltz, Adam (November 19, 2018). "Chandler Native Finds Success as 'TheOdd1sOut' on YouTube". YourPHX. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Rallison, James (May 14, 2015). "Happy Birthday (To Me)". TheOdd1sOut. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  4. ^ TheOdd1sOut (May 14, 2018). "22 Years of Life Milestone". YouTube. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c Del Fosse, Sawyer (September 29, 2016). "James Rallison: Alumni taking self-made illustrative success to the internet". The Precedent. Retrieved January 31, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ a b c d Cappello, Nile (June 11, 2018). "James Rallison on TheOdd1sOut Comics, Animations & New Book". Crixeo. Archived from the original on July 7, 2018. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Cohen, Joshua (May 20, 2016). "Top 100 Most Subscribed YouTube Channels Worldwide • April 2016". Tubefilter. Archived from the original on September 5, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "TheOdd2sOut's YouTube Stats". Social Blade. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  9. ^ TheOdd1sOut (July 19, 2018). "Life is Fun – Ft. Boyinaband (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  10. ^ "Life Is Fun - BMI Repertoire Search". BMI Repertoire. Broadcast Music, Inc. Retrieved January 31, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ YouTube Spotlight, YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls Rewind | #YouTubeRewind, retrieved January 21, 2019
  12. ^ Griffin, Louise (March 12, 2019). "MrBeast unleashes hell on Caspar Lee, Anthony Padilla and JaidenAnimations in YouTuber Battle Royale". Metro. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  13. ^ Griffin, Louise (October 31, 2019). "PewDiePie donates $69,420 to MrBeast's TeamTrees as he brands himself 'boomer'". Metro. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  14. ^ Juris, Carolyn (August 10, 2018). "This Week's Bestsellers: August 13, 2018". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  15. ^ TheOdd1sOut (June 16, 2018). "A Book I Made as an Adult". YouTube. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  16. ^ Gregson-Wood, Stephen. "TheOdd1sOut: Let's Bounce is a casual game for mobile that sees players bouncing through YouTuber James Rallison's life". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  17. ^ Pham, Peter (April 12, 2016). "A Former 'Subway' Worker Recreates His WORST Customer Experiences in One Hilarious Animation". Foodbeast. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  18. ^ Pham, Peter (March 31, 2016). "Sooubway Worker Created An Animated Video Detailing His Experience There And It's Amazing". Foodbeast. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  19. ^ Pham, Peter (January 13, 2017). "A Former 'Subway' Worker Explains Why You Should Be Nice To Fast Food Employees in a Hilarious Animated Video". Foodbeast. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  20. ^ Trumbore, Dave (July 20, 2017). "5 Indie YouTube Animators Poised for Mainstream Success". Collider. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  21. ^ Brantley, Kristin (August 18, 2018). "10 hilarious webcomic artists you should check out ASAP". Culturess. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  22. ^ Haring, Bruce (October 20, 2018). "Streamy Awards Honor 24 Winners in Prelims To 8th Annual Event". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  23. ^ Schaffstall, Katherine (October 22, 2018). "Streamy Awards 2018: Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  24. ^ SMG4 (October 19, 2019). "Fast Food Fight (Ft. TheOdd1sOut & Arin Hanson) - Meta Runner Special". YouTube. Retrieved October 25, 2019.

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