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3rd Sep '17 2:35:10 AM SeptimusHeap
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*** Creator/PatrickStewart couldn't escape from being Picard until he became [[Film/{{X-Men}} Professor Xavier]].

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*** Creator/PatrickStewart couldn't escape from being Picard until he became [[Film/{{X-Men}} [[Film/XMen Professor Xavier]].
2nd Sep '17 5:11:45 PM DarkHunter
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* Creator/KristenBell will always be ''Series/VeronicaMars''. Fortunately, the role of Anna from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' seems to be changing that. G

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* Creator/KristenBell will always be ''Series/VeronicaMars''. Fortunately, the role of Anna from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' seems to be changing that. Gthat.
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': Creator/MariIijima has certainly forever been labelled as Lynn Minmay, and for a while resented ever playing the character, since it meant that people would come to her concerts just to hear Minmay's songs, not ''her'' songs. This is said to be a major reason why she quit voice acting and focused entirely on her singing career. Fortunately, some decades later, she has come to terms with Minmay, and agreed to reprise her role for the English dub of ''Macross'' (she had been living the US for some time and could speak reasonably good, if accented, English) in part as a way of reconciling herself with the character.
13th Aug '17 12:41:11 AM jormis29
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** Although she's fairly well-known in the UK, Imelda Staunton can't escape being Professor Umbridge elsewhere.
** Robbie Coltrane is Rubeus Hagrid to most people, although others may known him from his role in the Pierce Brosnan ''Bond'' films.

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** Although she's fairly well-known in the UK, Imelda Staunton Creator/ImeldaStaunton can't escape being Professor Umbridge elsewhere.
** Robbie Coltrane Creator/RobbieColtrane is Rubeus Hagrid to most people, although others may known him from his role in the Pierce Brosnan ''Bond'' films.
10th Aug '17 5:37:16 AM Rabbidking
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* ''Series/BojackHorseman'' stars professional actor [=BoJack=] Horseman, who is only known as "the Horse from ''Horsin' Around''", a TastesLikeDiabetes 90s sitcom about a horse that looks after some orphans. Series 3 reveals that in 2007 he attempted PlayingAgainstType as an "[[DarkerAndEdgier edgy]]" character whose EstablishingCharacterMoment is a scene where he literally takes a dump on a VHS copy of ''Horsin' Around'' while shouting "wazzup, bitches!", but this was hugely unsuccessful and he regards it as an OldShame.



* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' stars professional actor [=BoJack=] Horseman, who is only known as "the Horse from ''Horsin' Around''", a TastesLikeDiabetes 90s sitcom about a horse that looks after some orphans. Series 3 reveals that in 2007 he attempted PlayingAgainstType as an "[[DarkerAndEdgier edgy]]" character whose EstablishingCharacterMoment is a scene where he literally takes a dump on a VHS copy of ''Horsin' Around'' while shouting "wazzup, bitches!", but this was hugely unsuccessful and he regards it as an OldShame.



* Creator/KristenBell will always be ''Series/VeronicaMars''. Fortunately, the role of Anna from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' seems to be changing that. Gamers may also remember her as [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Lucy Stillman]].
* Creator/GaboureySidibe used her monologue while hosting [[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]] to explain how she is nothing like her character Film/{{Precious}}, and that she does in fact live a normal, well adjusted life having grown up in a loving family with both parents. Fortunately she seems to be escaping it with ''Series/{{Empire}}.''
* This could possibly affect Creator/KieferSutherland for younger viewers who only know him as [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]]. While Sutherland was involved in numerous movies prior to ''24'' (mainly ''Film/TheLostBoys'' and cult hit ''Film/DarkCity''), he never really stood out in the medium, and was often in the shadow of his actor-father, Donald Sutherland. Even ''24'' co-creator Howard Gordon was initially hesitant to give him the role because of his former "Brat Pack" years. The movies he was involved in during ''24''[='=]s airing (i.e., the sniper in ''Film/PhoneBooth'' and a Jack Bauer Expy in ''Film/TheSentinel'') only served to exacerbate his former reputation. Nevertheless, despite the exhaustion Kiefer Sutherland felt during ''24'' (which might've attributed to his off-screen antics like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCiageqMHJc tackling Christmas trees]], and his constant drinking leading him to buzzed interviews and 45 days in jail)), he remains extremely grateful and humble for the years he spent on ''24'', and wouldn't want to take them away for the world. Sutherland did eventually shine in his voice acting performance as Boss/Punished Snake in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Metal Gear Solid V]]'', replacing Creator/DavidHayter.
* Jake Weber, a.k.a. Joe Dubois on ''Series/{{Medium}}''. Same for Sofia Vassilieva, a.k.a. [[EmbarrassingFirstName Ariel DuBois]].
* Inverted [[http://xkcd.com/578/ in this]] webcomic.
* In the radio world, some presenters live off this. Namely:
** Danny Matthews (well-known OopNorth as a presenter on British station Key 103, but he's also worked for 105.4 Century FM, UTV's Wave 96.5, Imagine FM 104.9, Tower FM, as well as Bauer Media's 97.4 Rock FM, 96.9 Viking FM, Hallam FM and Magic AM, plus stints at Dune FM in Southport, and Capital Gold (now Gold) in Manchester, and he's now presenting the breakfast show on The Bay 96.9 in Lancaster, yet if you mentioned his name people would see him as being [[NeverLiveItDown known only for being on Key 103 overnights in the 1990s or being on 105.4 Century FM, depending on your interpretations.]] Ironically enough, he [[{{Cameo}} did return for a spell between 2004 - 2006]].
** Dan Wood, invariably known for presenting on Viking FM and Radio Aire, despite doing a nationwide radio show on [=GCap=] Media's "One Network".
* Danny Smith, Brandon Quinn, and Aimee Castle are [[Series/BigWolfOnCampus Merton Dingle, Tommy Dawkins, and Lori Baxter]].
* Danny Bonaduce is, and always will be, [[Series/ThePartridgeFamily a partridge in a pear tree]].
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Creator/NathanFillion gets this along with most other members of the cast. It was [[http://xkcd.com/577/ parodied in this xkcd arc]]. Fortunately, he was successfuly able to transition from Malcolm Reynolds to [[Series/{{Castle}} Rick Castle]]. Given that ''Firefly'' didn't have a huge following, he was probably much better known for his time on ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' prior to starring in ''Castle''. As time went on and ''Firefly'' began to grow a more mainstream following, Fillion became just as well known as Malcolm Reynolds as he was as Castle.
** Creator/SummerGlau is alternately identified as River Tam or [[Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles Cameron Phillips]], depending on which show people are fans of. This was on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' when the guys actually meet Summer on a train and completely embarrass themselves by taking turns practically throwing themselves at her and refer to her by her character names just out of her earshot.
** Creator/AlanTudyk only escapes this when he's doing voice acting (especially for Disney).
* To a minor degree, Rand Miller (co-founder and CEO of Cyan Worlds Inc.) is identified with his role as Atrus, which he played in all of the live-action ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' games. He's not even an actor; he's a game designer and programmer. For bonus points, he dislikes playing the role and only kept doing it for four games (the others use CGI characters) because he could not possibly have been switched out without a major discontinuity and fandom uproar.
* Back in the heyday of pre-Christmas series on German TV, and actually even quite a while after those times, Tommi Ohrner ''was'' Timm Thaler, period. And Patrick Bach ''was'' Silas. Almost nobody ever called these actors by their real names. In order for this attitude to fade, these shows had to remain unaired for some two decades. Tommi Ohrner eventually shook off Timm Thaler when he became ''Thomas'' Ohrner. And Patrick Bach was too old to be Silas anymore when he played Rainer Hellweg in ''Anna'', while Silvia Seidel will remain Anna Pelzer forever.
* In spite of the many films in which he starred as someone entirely different, Götz George is and will forever remain Horst Schimanski, ''Series/{{Tatort}}''[='=]s most badass cop ever with a knack for insane stunts and [[ClusterFBomb Cluster S Bombs]].
* Applies to the whole ''Series/TheATeam'' main cast. Only sci-fi geeks would associate Dirk Benedict with the ace pilot under the command of the man otherwise known as [[{{Series/Bonanza}} Ben Cartwright]] (Lorne Greene), for the rest, he's Templeton "Faceman" Peck. Only a few '80s movie freaks remember that [[Creator/MrT B. A. Baracus]] once clobbered the snot out of Rocky in ''Film/RockyIII''. And seriously, who knows that John "Hannibal" Smith was the male main actor in the classic ''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys''?
** Creator/MrT will always be remembered by [[IAmNotLeonardNimoy his stage name]], [[CatchPhrase fool!]]
** Creator/DwightSchultz? You mean [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Lt. Broccoli.]]
** George Peppard who played Hannibal seemed to have been seriously bothered by this as he had been a big box office movie draw in the '60s and '70s.
* ''Franchise/JamesBond'':
** For most people, Roger Moore is James Bond - or at least one of several James Bonds - although he also played [[Series/ThePersuaders Lord Brett Sinclair]], and some older British viewers think of him primarily as Simon Templar from the '60s TV series ''Series/TheSaint''. Moore famously parodied this trope by playing obvious [[AdamWesting spoofs of his Bond]], such as in ''Film/CannonballRun'' where he plays a character who pretends to be Roger Moore and acts like James Bond.
** Creator/SeanConnery had to let his hair turn gray and grow a beard to not be Film/JamesBond anymore.
** Creator/PierceBrosnan went through it even before playing the role, as he was identified as far back as ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' as "the next/real James Bond" by his fans. He was offered the part for ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' after ''Remington Steele'' was cancelled, but the news about it revived interest and the show was renewed.
** On a related note of Bond henchman, Harold Sakata appeared in later films with the credit of "[[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Oddjob]]."
* Creator/EdONeill, a.k.a. [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy]]. That is, him and the rest of the cast. In O'Neill's case, he was so famous for portraying Al that when he appeared in ''Film/FlightOfTheIntruder'' as a JAG prosecutor in a court martial scene, [[{{Narm}} the test audience laughed at the sight of him]], yelling "Al Bundy!" [[TheOtherMarty The scene had to be reshot with Fred Thompson playing the part]]. He has since found success on ''Series/ModernFamily''. It helps that on ''Modern Family'', his character is extremely laid back, in contrast to the angry and bitter Al. Katey Sagal, who famously portrayed Peggy Bundy, will be remembered [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} for]] [[Series/EightSimpleRules different]] [[Series/SonsOfAnarchy roles]].
* Creator/WilliamAtherton will always be [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} Walter "Dickless" Peck]]. WordOfGod says this plagued him for a long time, as he'd have people yell "Hey, Dickless!" wherever he went. Unless you remember him as [[Film/RealGenius Jerry Hathaway]] or [[Film/DieHard Dick Thornburg]], who are both also {{Jerkass}}es.
* Creator/MichaelIronside recounts one time he was on a plane and a guy came up to him, immaculately dressed in a suit, and said, "Hey, you're [[VideoGame/SplinterCell Sam Fisher]]." Lost for a second his reply is, "No, I'm... wait a minute, yes I am."
* ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'':
** Clayton Moore (the Lone Ranger), although he was apparently comfortable enough with the role to maintain kayfabe that Moore was the Ranger in his personal life. He had a CrowningMomentOfAwesome with it which is recounted annually on Letterman where he was being giving a ride to his hotel by two young men in the '60s after a personal appearance when they were hit by another car. The driver of the other car insisted that he was not at fault and asked who the cops would believe, him or a couple of hippies. Moore reportedly then got out of the car, in full Ranger get-up and announced "They'll believe me, citizen!" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfpZsue5vas&feature=related This story]] was told on ''The Late Show with David Letterman'' by Jay Thomas, who is perhaps best remembered by many viewers as [[Series/{{Cheers}} Eddie LeBec]].
** In a 1969 interview with Johnny Carson, Jay Silverheels told him that he played Tonto for "thirty lousy years."
* Music/MileyCyrus was frequently referred to as Series/HannahMontana. Since the 2013 [=VMAs=], she's thrown that off and is now known as "that time when Miley twerked with her tongue hanging out."
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** When people say "starring Creator/MichaelCera", what they probably mean is "starring George Michael Bluth" Since then he's essentially become [[TypeCasting typecast]] in roles as "[[{{Adorkable}} quirky, adorable indie guy]]" ([[TrademarkClothing in a hoodie]]) in movies like ''Film/{{Superbad}}'', ''Film/{{Juno}}'', ''Film/NickAndNorahsInfinitePlaylist'' and ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld''. Which makes it more hilarious when he portrays himself as a total asshole in ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd''.
** Despite his success on ''Series/{{Veep}}'' winning two Emmys for Best Supporting Actor, Tony Hale is still destined to be remembered as Buster.
** Creator/AliaShawkat will ''always'' be Maeby. It certainly doesn't help that it's her only major role.
** Creator/WillArnett has had a big career renaissance in the 2010s. He's still GOB Bluth to most people.
** When she's not [[WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} doing voice work]], Jessica Walter will always be Lucille Bluth in the eyes of everyone.
* Creator/ReeseWitherspoon briefly had this problem after ''Film/{{Election}}'' -- her performance as the crazy, controlling Tracy Flick was so good that producers thought that that was her real personality, and she had trouble getting work for a few years afterward. Later roles helped her break out of that typecasting.
* Creator/JamesRolfe is almost always referred to as ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'', even though he has stated that the AVGN is not ''him'', but a ''character''.
* ''WebVideo/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'':
** Even after ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'', some fans of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic have a hard time accepting that he's a fictional character and nothing like Creator/DougWalker.
** The same has been going for WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick and Lindsay Ellis lately. The fans think that she really does treat Nella badly and that she really is a neurotic mess. Lindsay's even said that maybe she needs to go even more hyperbolic to hammer the differences in.
* Tom "Tiny" Lister, who was cast as Wrestling/HulkHogan's antagonist Zeus in the movie ''Film/NoHoldsBarred'', became so associated with the character that it was worked into a WWF storyline. All of his subsequent acting roles had him credited as Tiny "Zeus" Lister until he became [[Film/{{Friday}} Deebo]]. He was even credited in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' as simply "Zeus."
* Creator/CharlesMartinet will ''always'' be known as the voice of [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario (and Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi)]]. He also voiced one of the dragons in ''Skyrim''.
* The late Wrestling/CaptainLouAlbano thanks to ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow''. Other than, of course, being a legendary pro wrestling figure.
* Maria Antonieta de las Nieves will always be [[Series/ElChavoDelOcho La Chilindrina]], even in sketches where she does not play the character.
* Voice actors in the Spanish speaking fandom will always be remembered for their roles in famous series. Notable character roles in Mexico include:
** Creator/HumbertoVelez: [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]]. Made funnier when he became the voice of [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]]. Oddly enough, he even dubbed ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]]'' too in a TV special.
** Creator/PatriciaAcevedo: Manga/SailorMoon or [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Lisa Simpson]].
** Creator/JesusBarrero: [[Manga/SaintSeiya Pegasus Seiya]].
** Francisco Colmenero: [[MickeyMouse Pete]], and he's still voicing the character, currently. Also, SantaClaus, [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Papa Smurf]], [[Disney/TheLionKing Pumbaa]], and countless narrations.
** Esteban Siller: [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Gargamel]]. Brought up for laughs in an episode of Pokémon by...
** Creator/JoseAntonioMacias: [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} James]].
** Creator/GabrielRamos: [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]]. Even after moving to Argentina, he still managed to voice the character, to the joy of many fans.
** Creator/CristinaHernandez: [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Sakura Kinomoto]].
** Creator/MarioCastaneda. Creator/BruceWillis is taken to another level when he speaks with [[Manga/DragonBall Goku's]] voice.
* Similarly, Portuguese VA's suffer the same curse:
** The most notable example would be the whole cast of DragonBall, [[EconomyCast all ten of them]]. Out of these, two stand out:
*** Henrique Feist, always the voice of Goku, but also the voice of Trunks and Kid Gohan.
*** Then there's the first voice of Vegeta[[note]] Also Piccolo/[[DubNameChange Coraçãozinho de Satã]], but his voice was masked and distorted by computer[[/note]], João Loy, with an interesting story. When he asked the director what voice he should use for this character he replied: [[HilariousInHindsight "Just use your regular voice, he only appears for a few episodes and he's gone."]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMUzSBgalX4 This]] interview says it all.
** Diogo Neto was also somewhat hit by this. When he started doing a show about Portuguese grammar people started asking "Why is [[WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt Moses]] teaching me how to speak?"
* Joseph Mazzello: Most famous for playing Tim in ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', today he's found on ''Series/ThePacific'' and in ''Film/TheSocialNetwork''.
* Heinz Schubert, star of the German cult sitcom ''Series/EinHerzUndEineSeele'', could never escape his role as "Ekel Alfred" (Alfred, the jerk), despite having a varied and critically acclaimed career.
* Tommy Piper, German voice of ''Series/{{ALF}}'', will always be ALF to German viewers, no matter what role he plays. He was highly popular while the show ran (probably one of the most famous voice actors Germany has produced) but his career took a serious jump after ALF concluded, as people didn't accept him in any other role, especially not a serious one.
* Gethin Jones became solely associated with ''Series/StrictlyComeDancing'' to many people. They forget he was [[AnAesop promoting driving safety]] in PoliceCameraAction, and doing various other shows!
* Almost everyone involved with ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' will be remembered first and foremost as their characters, with Alfonso Ribiero (Carlton) likely being the most prominent example. It got to the point where Music/{{DJ Jazzy Jeff|and the Fresh Prince}} is better known nowadays for being "Jazz" than for being one-half of the rap duo that inspired the sitcom. Ironically enough, the Fresh Prince himself, Creator/WillSmith, is the lone aversion -- nevertheless it's still arguably his most iconic role.
** Smith has revealed that Alfonso Ribeiro was the one who gave him the advice to [[TheDanza name his character "Will Smith"]], because that's what people would be calling him for the rest of his life. Even on ''[[Series/{{Gambit}} Catch 21]]'', it's referenced.
-->'''Creator/WillSmith:''' When we go out together, people are like: "[[TheDanza Will, Will!]] Carlton!"
** Before ''The Fresh Prince'', Ribeiro had a memorable role on ''Series/SilverSpoons'', which you'd have to have been a kid in the '80s to remember.
** In addition to being Uncle Phil in ''Fresh Prince'', children of the '80s will also remember the late James Avery as [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the voice of Shredder]].
* Pauley Perrette (from ''Series/{{NCIS}}'') has stated that she was once called Abby by her ''dad''.
* Creator/VinceVaughn nailed his role in ''Film/{{Swingers}}''. Rave reviews, the next golden goose. Now he can't play anything else (except one creepy murder role). See also: ''Film/OldSchool'', ''Film/WeddingCrashers'', ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' and ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005''.
* Most of the cast of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' (though two managed to add and/or replace a role, ex-''Series/PartyOfFive'' Matthew Fox [replace] and ex-[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings hobbit]] Dominic Monaghan [add]; and two, Maggie Grace with ''Film/{{Taken}}'' and Ian Somerhalder with ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', did the reverse), but especially Jorge Garcia and Josh Holloway.
* Creator/SigourneyWeaver shall always be [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Ellen Ripley]], though ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' subverted it. A certain generation knows her well as [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} Dana Barrett]].
* Jack Webb ''was'' [[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} Sgt. Joe Friday]]. He even received an LAPD funeral on his death, though he never served, and Joe's Badge 714 was officially retired.
* Creator/CaryHiroyukiTagawa will always be [[Film/MortalKombat Shang Tsung]] for many people, no matter how many nice grandpas he plays. There's something about that fierce stare.
* Creator/MichaelCHall is ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', a sociopathic serial killer with a CreepyMonotone that sends chills down your spine. Now imagine him doing a car commercial in the same voice and not feel a little scared.
* For viewers old enough to see the original release of ''Franchise/StarWars'' without an accompanying parent, Creator/GeorgeBurns ''is'' {{God}}. For [[Film/BruceAlmighty moviegoers of a younger vintage]], Creator/MorganFreeman fills that role.
* Merle Dandridge, the voice actress of [[VideoGame/HalfLife2 Alyx Vance]] reports in the commentary saying that co-workers tend to peek out of the corridor when they hear her talk.
* It's generally agreed within the anime fandom that Creator/RieKugimiya [[PigeonholedVoiceActor will be always]] be associated with {{Tsundere}} characters (particularly flat-chested [[TokenMiniMoe little girls]] [[ACupAngst who are very]] sensitive about it). So much so that most of her non-tsundere roles have long been forgotten, ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist including Al]]''. Apparently, this could be Creator/JCStaff's part.
* John Laurie once lamented that, as much as he'd want to be remembered for his roles in Shakespeare plays, he'd always be remembered for playing Private Frazer in ''Series/DadsArmy''.
* Creator/GarySinise has been so strongly identified as Lieutenant Dan Taylor in ''Film/ForrestGump'' that he called his band "The Lieutenant Dan Band". [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He has also played Lt. Dan in PSAs for suicide hotlines aimed at military veterans.]] In fact, Taylor made such an impression on Sinise that he has become a notable and outspoken advocate for veterans' issues ever since. May be subverted by younger viewers of ''[[Series/CsiNY CSI:NY]]''.
* All the main cast of the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' franchise really suffer from the same thing. William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger seem to have left at least in part for that reason. And who thinks that David Caruso will be remembered for anything but ''Series/CSIMiami'', even with his role on ''Series/NYPDBlue''?
* Dennis Haysbert as President David Palmer on ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''. So much so that ever since then, he's mostly been cast in the "authoritative, deep-voiced leader" roles in projects like ''Series/TheUnit'', ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', ''[[VideoGame/SplinterCell Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow]]'' and the Allstate commercials. This, despite a good chunk of his earlier work being in comedic roles, most notably as Pedro Cerrano in ''Film/MajorLeague''.
* Amongst {{Tokusatsu}} fans, the prime example is Joe Odagiri, who played ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga''[='=]s Yuusuke Godai. After that show got him into more serious roles, Odagiri started looking back at his time as Kuuga as an OldShame, refusing to talk about it ever again. Presumably this was the primary reason that MilestoneCelebration ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' replaced Godai with an AlternateUniverse version, Yuusuke Onodera (played, ironically enough, by a PromotedFanboy of Odagiri).
* This is what happens to many Creator/DisneyChannel stars after they leave the network. For example, Music/HilaryDuff's career post-''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' has consisted mostly of box-office flops and DirectToVideo movies.
* Creator/JimCaviezel will always be known as Jesus in ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist''. However, he doesn't seem to mind. He considers the role his calling, and it changed him.
** Similarly, Ted Neeley in ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar''. He's still playing the role in stage productions, for crying out loud!
* This may be the case with Cliff Arquette who was more recognized as Charley Weaver from ''Series/TheTonightShow'' and ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares''.
* Lou Ferrigno is best known for being Series/TheIncredibleHulk of the '70s TV show; he's famous for signing autographs in numerous conventions mostly riding on that alone.
* Creator/KevinSorbo is Hercules. Even when he was on ''Andromeda'', he was still Hercules InSpace. This is another case where the actor doesn't seem to mind, since he also played Hercules for ''[[VideoGame/GodOfWar God of War III]]''. He found it interesting to play a Hercules who was so different from his Hercules. He even happily promotes the fact that he's doing ''another'' bonus Hercules work, this time his retro skin from ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}''.
* Frank Oz is an interesting case. He has refused to use his [[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet]] voices in public, and has for the most part refused to reprise his roles, the characters [[TheOtherDarrin Darrin'd]] by Eric Jacobson (with the exception of his ''Series/SesameStreet'' characters, which he has reprised on occasion). Beyond that and voicing [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]] for the prequels, he focuses on his directing career, but despite directing several excellent films, he will forever be known as Ms. Piggy and Fozzie Bear, much to his chagrin. This caused some problems when he filmed ''Film/TheScore'' with Creator/MarlonBrando, which Brando [[WagTheDirector kept mocking Oz]], such as calling him "Ms. Piggy" and other derogatory references to his puppeteering career. It got to the point where co-star Creator/RobertDeNiro had to step in to direct Brando's scenes. Needless to say, this was the last time Brando worked in Hollywood again. [[AuthorExistenceFailure But that doesn't mean he can anymore.]]
* Creator/AmandaTapping moved decisively to head this off by taking on the role of Dr. Helen Magnus on ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'', who is brilliant and a scientist but is otherwise quite different from [[Series/StargateSG1 Samantha Carter]]. Time will tell how well this works.
* Creator/NeilPatrickHarris will forever be known as [[Series/HowIMetYourMother Barney Stinson]], [[TheCasanova in spite of the fact that he's]] [[StraightGay completely different in real life]]. Interestingly, before this he was only known as Series/DoogieHowserMD. Subverted for Film/StarshipTroopers; he was cast as a character that was very much the opposite of Doogie Howser, counting on the audience's typecasting to have a jarring effect on the audience.
* The late Bill [=McKinney=] was so strongly recognized as the mountain man who sodomized Ned Beatty in ''Film/{{Deliverance}}'' that it cost him the opportunity to star as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in ''Film/FullMetalJacket''. Creator/StanleyKubrick didn't want to meet with him because he was ''that'' scared of him. Creator/RLeeErmey, however, remains Gunnery Sgt. Hartman. However, may not be a straight example because Ermey actually was in the military (Marine Corps) and lends his voice to other military-based roles (''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', cameos on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'').
* Time will tell if Creator/JimParsons, Sheldon from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', can break out of this. When Parsons guest hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' his opening monologue is a song called "I'm Not That Guy" about how he isn't Sheldon Cooper, along with cameos by (SNL regulars playing) other typecast actors such as Jaleel White from ''Series/FamilyMatters''.
* Thomas Lennon continues to play roles similar to Lt. Jim Dangle from ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'', although not as a police officer.
* Callie Thorne, who played Sheila Keefe in ''Series/RescueMe'', mentioned in an interview that fans act wary when they meet her, expecting her to be as crazy as the character she plays.
* Paul Gross will probably always be identified with ''Series/DueSouth'', and it was rather a shock to many fans when he played a completely different type of Mountie, real life accused killer Patrick Kelly- in the docudrama ''Murder Most Likely''
* The entire cast of ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''. A few got around it. Don Knotts is also remembered for ''TheIncredibleMrLimpet'' and ''Series/ThreesCompany'', and Ron Howard is known for ''Series/HappyDays'' as well as his directoral projects. Griffith himself got around it with ''Series/{{Matlock}}'', though he was catering to approximately the same crowd that watched him on ''The Andy Griffith Show''. Frances Bavier, however, was stuck as Aunt Bea.
* Dick Van Dyke and ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'', though he escaped it somewhat with ''Film/MaryPoppins'' and, much later, ''Series/DiagnosisMurder''.
** All the other main ''Dick Van Dyke Show'' cast members as well. Mary Tyler Moore was known so well as Laura Petrie that the producers of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' decided not to have Mary Richards be divorced, as fans would think that she was divorced from Rob.
* Ted Knight struggled with this quite a bit during and after ''The Mary Tyler Moore Show'' run. People couldn't separate him from Ted Baxter and he hated it.
** Creator/BettyWhite was known so well as Sue Ann Nivens that she was asked initially to play Blanche on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''.
** Creator/EdwardAsner as Lou Grant. It didn't help that he also played the character in a spin-off (where Lou Grant became a newspaper editor). He was so well-known for it that he even guest-edited at least one real life newspaper. Though people who were kids/teens in the 90s might think of him as [[WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}} Cosgrove]] or [[WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries J. Jonah Jameson]] (before Creator/JKSimmons [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy stole the character]] right out from under him).
* ''The Golden Girls'' itself has this. Betty White has gotten around it the most out of all of them, thanks to the aforementioned role of Sue Ann Nivens (plus her numerous other appearances). Meanwhile, Bea Arthur is also remembered for being Series/{{Maude}}.
* Creator/LeslieNielsen as either the doctor from ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' or [[Film/TheNakedGun Frank Drebin]]. Most people don't know he ever had a dramatic career.
* One television critic described a version of this phenomenon as "The Curse of UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor" -- once he'd seen an actor playing a member of the Royal Family, he'd still see them as that Royal in their subsequent roles.
* Calista Flockhart is Series/AllyMcBeal.
* It has been etched in a stone no amount of OscarBait can even so much as chip away at: Creator/ChristianBale is [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Batman]].[[note]]And, to a lesser extent, [[Film/AmericanPsycho the "Do you like Phil Collins?" guy.]][[/note]]
* Creator/MichaelKeaton is either [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} Betelgeuse]] or [[Film/{{Batman}} Batman]] to most people. ''Batman'' (and ''Film/BatmanReturns'') had more impact on his career, however, as he couldn't get any high profile work for years after he stopped playing the role. This is the reason he was cast as Riggan Thompson in Film/{{Birdman}}- [[AdamWesting a washed up actor known for playing a superhero years ago]]. Ironically, this role seems to have finally broken him out of it.
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'':
** No matter how hard he tries, Dustin Diamond will always be Screech. He has resented the role so much that he was the only major cast member not to show up in a ''Saved by the Bell'' reunion.
** Elizabeth Berkeley did ''Film/{{Showgirls}}'' to try to avoid this. [[GoneHorriblyRight She]] [[NeverLiveItDown succeeded.]]
** Lark Voorhies is still Lisa Turtle to most people. Same with Dennis Haskins and Mr. Belding.
* Fans of Creator/MaraWilson have been known to address her on Website/{{Twitter}} as "[[{{Film/Matilda}} Matilda]]" (despite her having also been in ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'', years after she quit acting. In August 2012, she [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded this fact]] by [[https://twitter.com/MaraWritesStuff/status/242352524068265985 pointing fans on Twitter to this very page]]. Somewhat ironically, Mara has said that she is very similar to Matilda in terms of personality, which is why she chose to play the role in the first place. Before playing Matilda, Mara also had to deal with people assuming she was as cute and sweet as her character Susan in ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet''.
* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory''
** Creator/GeneWilder seems to be an interesting case. He was well-known for memorable (and quotable) roles in ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' and the original movie version of ''Film/TheProducers'', and a series of films pairing him with Creator/RichardPryor, but his (currently) best known role, playing Willy Wonka, was not even a financial success at first. The film later became VindicatedByCable through repeat showings on HBO and TBS. The Wonka "[[CultClassic cult]]" seemed to grow enough by TheNineties that Wilder's role in ''Series/WillAndGrace'' [[ActorAllusion incorporated]] Wonka's "Strike that, reverse that" CatchPhrase.
** When he was still alive, Jack Albertson was best known for ''Chico and the Man''. More than 30 years after his death, "Chico" is largely forgotten and Grandpa Joe is the role he is now most remembered for.
* Dutch actor Joop Doderer became so famous as the character "Swiebertje" in the eponymous television series, that people kept adressing him with this name. Because of this, this trope is known as the "Swiebertje-effect" in Dutch.
* Over forty years after it was made, Creator/HannaBarbera's ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' is still called by its working title, ''Stop that Pigeon''. This was even lampshaded in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/YogisTreasureHunt''. And Paul Winchell will always be either Dick Dastardly, [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Tigger]] or [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Gargamel]].
* Some rare non-TV/movie examples comes out of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' video game franchise. Though none of the actors particularly seem to mind.
** Poor Brandon Keener will perhaps ''never'' escape the TypeCasting from his voice acting role as the turian badass, Garrus Vakarian. He hasn't been in anything major ever since aside from a few commericals and a few guest movie/show appearances, but anything you come across that Keener shows up in in any shape or form will have, no doubt, been overrun by Garrus jokes In addition, it doesn't help that Keener's actual real life voice sounds just like an in-game turian without the need of a voice-modulator. Seriously, just check out [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O6iaSoNsa0 this link]]. It sounds like he's doing a Garrus line reading. The voice is what connects people to Garrus everytime they hear Keener speak. Some ''Mass Effect'' fans even joke that it's acually Garrus that voice acts for Keener, because his voice is just ''that'' unique.
** Creator/SethGreen gets some TypeCasting due to his role as the ''Normandy's'' pilot, Joker, but because of how distinguished his acting career is compared to Keener's, it's a much rarer occurrence.
** Creator/JenniferHale has gotten some of this for her portrayal of female Shepard, though her already-established career helps matters.[[note]]She's had more video game roles than anyone else in the entire voice acting industry, save for Creator/SteveBlum.[[/note]]
** Creator/MarkMeer, on the other hand, once made a convention appearance cosplaying as male Shepard. Make of that what you will.
** Thanks to ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' and ''[[VideoGame/MassEffect3 3]]'', Creator/MartinSheen has become famous to a new generation of fans who know him as the Illusive Man.
* To many of his viewers, Larry Hagman will be fondly remembered as either [[Series/{{Dallas}} J.R. Ewing]] or [[Series/IDreamOfJeannie Major Tony Nelson]].
** The same goes for Barbara Eden (and Jeannie).
* Nearly anyone in ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' ended associated with their characters from the show. It's most notable with Creator/DavidJason (who said he didn't want to be only remembered as Del Boy) and Nicholas Lyndhurst (associated with Rodney), but it's also the case with just about everyone else who was part of the regular cast.
** David Jason has avoided this by playing Pop Larkin in ''The Darling Buds of May'', as well as [[Series/ATouchOfFrost DCI Jack Frost]] and WesternAnimation/DangerMouse.
** Nicholas Lyndhurst also may well be remembered as [[Series/GoodnightSweetheart Gary Sparrow]].
** Roger Lloyd-Pack (Trigger) has carved out a successful stage career, as well as being Owen in Series/TheVicarOfDibley. To younger audiences, Lloyd-Pack will be known as [[Film/HarryPotterandtheGobletofFire Barty Crouch Sr.]]
* While Creator/PeterSellers avoided this by playing famous roles other than [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Jacques Clouseau]], the same is not quite as true for the rest of the cast, save Creator/DavidNiven and Robert Wagner.
* Latin rap one-hit wonder Gerardo Mejia will always be known by the same name as his one hit, "Rico Suave." This was reflected in his music video for "We Want the Funk", where a cameo apperance by funk performer George Lopez calls out to Gerardo, "Hey, you're that Rico Suave guy!", as well as Gerardo appearing in the mockumentary Pauly Shore Is Dead as Rico Suave. Despite all this evidence that Gerardo is happy with his reputation, however, one song on his second album was named My Name Is Not Rico, very much mirroring the style of Leonard Nimoy.
* Long time fans of Creator/HughJackman know him as having a rich, established {{Theater}} career. Everyone else knows him as [[Film/XMen Wolverine]]. His [[Film/LesMiserables2012 attempt]] to become Jean Valjean/24601 has been met with comments about Wolverine singing.
* Even voice actors aren't immune. Mari Iijima, of ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' fame: "Every time I speak my mind about Macross or Minmay, people take it negatively. Like I don't like it / like her or I haven't accepted it as a part of my life. Maybe you guys have ''never'' been typecast as one thing for years and years in life?"
* Creator/DavidHayter has no shame of being known primarily for his role as the English voice of Solid Snake and the young Big Boss in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, and is actually quite proud of the fact (despite his extensive screenwriting work; most famously the ''X-Men'' film trilogy). In fact, when Konami announced that they would be replacing him with Kiefer Sutherland as the voice of Snake in ''Metal Gear Solid V'', Hayter wasn't too pleased.
* Creator/RobertDowneyJr as [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]]: "I am Iron Man". He seems to be okay with this, though. Enough that he once remarked that, "Someone should tell Creator/ChrisEvans NOT to take his role so seriously that he actually thinks he ''is'' Film/{{Captain America|The First Avenger}}. Like I think I'm Tony Stark right now. It's a problem. Ask my wife." Fortunately, being [[Film/FantasticFour the Human Torch]] saves Evans from this status.
* Creator/NoomiRapace doesn't want anything to do with Lizbeth Salander anymore. According to a ''New York Times'' article, as soon as she finished shooting her last scene in ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest]]'', she ran to the bathroom and vomited for 45 minutes straight as a way of purging the character from her body. Rooney Mara hasn't been affected the same way; then again, Mara has only finished one of the three films. Michael Nyqvist also falls into "I Am Not Spock" territory. Averted with Daniel Craig, as he is first and foremost Franchise/JamesBond.
* Creator/MelBlanc credited this as having ''saved his life''. A bad accident left him in a coma for months, and everyone feared the worst. Then, one day, his doctor thought to ask him: "How are you today, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny?" Mel answered back in Bugs' voice and went on to have a full recovery.
* Regardless of the character now being played by Andrew Garfield ([[InternetBackdraft and regardless of whether or not he's better at it]]), most people will automatically think of Film/SpiderMan1 when they see Tobey Maguire. Garfield himself also can be considered this. Time will tell what happens to Tom Holland.
* It doesn't matter how long his career goes on and what roles he plays, Creator/ShuichiIkeda will forever be [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Char Aznable]] to fans all over the world. Unlike many examples though, Ikeda actually revels in this, having said that "''Gundam'' has been very kind to me" and that he'll gladly return to play Char in any project (be it anime or video games) for the rest of his life. He's even had a bit of fun with it by playing Char [[{{Expy}} Expies]] in other ''Gundam'' shows, such as Gilbert Durandal in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny SEED Destiny]]'' and Full Frontal in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Unicorn]]''.
* Creator/RLeeErmey has made a decent career playing nothing but [[{{Expy}} expies]] of his first ever film character, [[DrillSergeantNasty Gunnery Sergeant Hartman]] from Film/FullMetalJacket.
* Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe will never escape their ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' roles as Johnny Gage and Roy Desoto. Kevin has distanced himself by playing villain roles and rarely speaking much of the show, although Randolph has both tried to move into other roles and ran with his role. He still works with EMS and firefighter groups and charities and is a frequent firefighter convention keynote speaker. He's also trying to find funding for an urban rescue series idea of his own.
* Creator/RaulJulia was a respected actor who had appeared in dozens of Broadway, film and television productions, but to much of today's audience, Julia will forever be remembered and recognized as [[Film/TheAddamsFamily Gomez Addams]] and [[Film/StreetFighter M. Bison]].
* Richard "John-Boy" Thomas. He actually left ''[[Series/TheWaltons The Waltons]]'' to avoid this. Though he has kept himself rather active over the years, needless to say, he's still John-Boy to many.
* Eric [=McCormack=] is more remembered for his role as Will in ''Will and Grace''. His starring role in a different series, ''Series/{{Perception}}'', where he plays a paranoid schizophrenic professor, may be his attempt to escape this. Interestingly, one of his co-stars in said series is Rachael Leigh Cook, also marked by this trope for a very infamous anti-drug ad involving eggs. He's gotten this to the point that the producers of ''Film/FreeEnterprise'' said they were glad that they ended up getting him '''before''' he made it big as Will, because they don't think he would've been believed as his character otherwise.
* Creator/JohnRitter will always be [[Series/ThreesCompany Jack Tripper]]. Ditto the rest of the cast: Joyce [=DeWitt=] is forever Janet Wood, Suzanne Somers is always Christmas "Chrissy" Snow, Norman Fell = Stanley Roper, Audra Lindley = Helen Roper, Richard Kline = Larry Dallas, Jenilee Harrison = Cindy Snow, Priscilla Barnes = Terri Alden, and Don Knotts, although he does hold the distinction of also being [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Barney Fife]], will be Ralph Furley till the end of time.
** Lampshaded as a joke in Film/StayTuned when he channel-surfs into Series/ThreesCompany, with him being Jack Tripper. He screams at the screen before switching the channel again (despite this being the only show where no one's trying to kill him).
** The next generation will probably remember John Ritter as the father on Series/EightSimpleRules and Suzanne Somers as the mother on Series/StepByStep, so they can be seen as [[SubvertedTrope subversions]].
* Lampshaded on Sorrell Booke's grave marker at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, CA - "Beloved Pa, Grandpa, Brother, and [[Series/TheDukesOfHazzard Boss]]".
* Until she became [[Film/XMen Rogue]], Creator/AnnaPaquin was a child star who couldn't escape the shadow of her Oscar from ''Film/ThePiano.''
* Creator/TatianaMaslany escapes this by playing at least twelve characters on ''Series/OrphanBlack.'' But instead, people see her as "[[IAmNotShazam Orphan Black]]" [[note]]"Orphan Black" is ''not'' a collective in-universe name for the clones, hence the pothole.[[/note]]
* Creator/CubaGoodingJr is best known as Rod Tidwell from ''Film/JerryMaguire'', or worse, the "Show me the money!" guy. Creator/ReneeZellweger also had a tough time escaping the shadow of the film until she landed ''Film/BridgetJonesDiary''. Nevertheless, "you had me at hello" remains her greatest cultural footprint.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''
** Creator/JackGleeson will always be remembered as Joffrey Baratheon, one of the most hated TV villains of all time. He was wise enough to quit acting afterwards because he knew he'd never be able to escape the role (and because he wanted no part of celebrity culture).
** Creator/PeterDinklage is often referred to as "Tyrion Lannister" even when referring Dinklage himself rather than his character. Before ''Game of Thrones'', Dinklage was often known as "the midget from ''Film/{{Elf}}''". Afterwards, Dinklage began to take on more Tyrion-esque characters with the "midget" aspect often downplayed.
** Most of the actors who were unknowns or relative unknowns are often associated with their character. Creator/SophieTurner was frequently called "Sansa Stark" by the media when discussing her part in ''Film/XMenApocalypse''.
* The talented Norwegian actor ''Henki Kolstad'' had a long acting career behind him, starring in many Norwegian movies and stage productions for ''decades'' (among other things a memorable performance as Willy Loman in ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' in 1962) before he took the role as a gentle cobbler in a Christmas Calendar series in 1979. Kolstad, being 64 years of age at the time, did a wonderful performance, and never lived it down afterwards. To a generation of Norwegians (possibly two generations), he was "cobbler Andersen" and almost nothing else. He admitted that he had appreciated the role, but in his last years, he made it quite clear that it annoyed him a lot that ''this role'' was the only one that would give him lasting memory.
* Alicia Silverstone is all but synonymous with [[Film/{{Clueless}} Cher Horowitz]].
* Despite Creator/RachelMcAdams' successful career, to most millennials she'll always be best known as [[Film/MeanGirls Regina George]]. Creator/AmandaSeyfried, Creator/LaceyChabert, Creator/LizzyCaplan, Jonathan Bennett, and Tim Meadows have also been hit hard with this. Even Seyfried's massive success in TheNewTens doesn't change the fact that her most iconic role is Karen Smith. Creator/LindsayLohan actually averts this; while Cady Heron is certainly her most iconic role, people still know her best as washed-up child star Lindsay Lohan.
* The epic failure of ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'' all but sealed this fate for two of its stars -- Creator/EmiliaClarke and Creator/MattSmith will forever be synonymous with [[Series/GameOfThrones Daenerys Tagaryen]] and [[Series/DoctorWho the Eleventh Doctor]], respectively.
* Creator/SeanBean is generally associated with two roles ([[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Boromir]] and [[Series/GameOfThrones Ned Stark]]) and one trope (ChronicallyKilledActor).
* Wrestler Terry Taylor, in his two-decade long career, hasn't been able to live down one infamous gimmick: the Red Rooster.
* Former TNA Tag Team champion Chris Harris. Despite his successful run with the company and as an indie circuit star, Harris is mostly remembered for his embarrassingly brief stint in WWE's revival of ECW as Braden Walker.
* Most of the actors in ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' have had a hard time escaping their roles on the show (with Creator/SteveCarell being a notable exception), but Rainn Wilson in particular has unable to distance himself from Dwight Schrute.
* The late Michael Jeter is always going to be [[Series/SesameStreet Mr. Noodle's brother Mr. Noodle]]. Even though he had a popular sitcom in the early '90s with ''Evening Shade'', it's not enough to shake off the Noodle. The same is true for Bill Irwin, the original Mr. Noodle.
* Steve Burns and Donovan Patton are ''always'' going to be [[WesternAnimation/BluesClues Steve and Joe]], respectively.
* Almost all of the actors on ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'', except for Michelle Trachtenberg. That being said, Toby Huss, who played Artie, is also known for his ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' voice work.
* Devon Werkheiser is [[Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide Ned Bigby]]. And although he avoids it with voice acting, it's impossible to see Creator/DaranNorris doing live action and not think of Gordy.
* While Creator/KeanuReeves certainly escaped the shadow of ''Film/BillAndTed'', Alex Winter did not. 25 years later and he's still synonymous with Bill S. Preston.
* Lee Majors = ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan''.
* Sir Creator/DerekJacobi has had an extensive career, having been the wimpy Emperor [[Series/IClaudius Claudius]] and two incarnations of [[Series/DoctorWho The Master]]. You may also remember him from ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''. But to many, he will always be the kindly [[Series/{{Cadfael}} Brother Cadfael]].
* David Suchet is to many the definitive Literature/HerculePoirot. Suchet is often unrecognizable in public due to the fact that he wore a hairpiece and a fat suit as the portly Belgian.
* Creator/JohnHurt is known for many things: ''Film/TheElephantMan'', [[WesternAnimation/WatershipDown Hazel]], [[Series/IClaudius a version of Caligula]], [[Series/DoctorWho The War Doctor]], and [[Film/VForVendetta Adam Sutler]]. But he will always be known as the most definitive version of [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Winston Smith]], the guy who gave birth to an Film/{{Alien}}, and, to younger generations, [[Film/HarryPotter Mr. Ollivander]].
* A tragic music example is Denise Matthews, the pastor [[Music/PrincesAssociates formerly known as Vanity]], a pop singer infamous for her hedonism. After a near-fatal drug overdose in 1995, she gave up show-business and the Vanity moniker and dedicated the rest of her life to evangelical Christianity, even refusing to collect the royalty payments from her [[OldShame previous albums and movies]]. Sadly she died relatively young in 2016 due to mounting health issues stemming from her OD, and worse, all the media headlines were "Vanity dead at 57," the exact kind of attention she DIDN'T want.
* Jim Varney was a classically-trained actor who'd been versed in the works of Shakespeare, but most people would probably only have recognized him if they heard him say these two words: "[[Film/ErnestPWorrell Hey Vern!]]" (or maybe [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Slinky Dog]])
* Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara = [[Film/SpyKids Carmen and Juni Cortez]].
* Some Conservative Americans don't seem to realize that Creator/BradleyCooper, who played Chris Kyle in Film/AmericanSniper, is not a Conservative American like Chris in RealLife as Bradley is a liberal and Democrat Party supporter and has done films that most Conservatives would balk like Film/WeddingCrashers and Film/TheHangover.
* Have you ever tried looking for an Wikipedia article on Joseph D. Kucan? If you do so, you would be redirected to a page about a villain character he's most famous for [[note]]which is [[VideoGame/CommandandConquer Kane]], of course[[/note]], instead of a note about the actor himself. It's not just Wikipedia though, fans of VideoGame/CommandAndConquer also refer to him by [[NameOfCain this name]].
* John Ratzenberger is forever known as Cliff Clavin from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' or "that guy who does voices in every Creator/{{Pixar}} movie".
* Creator/DavidBradley = [[Film/HarryPotter Argus Filch]] and [[Series/GameOfThrones Walder Frey]].
* This can sometimes affect actors who are part of separate franchises - where their character in one will end up [[CharacterizationMarchesOn changing]] to match that of the one in the more successful franchise:
** Chris Hemsworth as {{Film/Thor}}. Notably in ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'' he played a depressed brooder. By the time of the sequel ''Film/TheHuntsmanWintersWar'', Eric is suddenly a lot goofier and Thor with a Scottish accent. He also engages in some AdamWesting of his role as the DumbMuscle in ''{{Film/Ghostbusters 2016}}''.
** Jennifer Lawrence played Mystique in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' and Katniss in ''Film/TheHungerGames''. The latter truly made her a household name, and had an effect on Mystique's characterization too. Her performances between ''First Class'' and ''Days of Future Past'' are drastically different - where in the latter she's a far more heroic character than Mystique has ever historically been. By ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' she has even become an inspiration to young mutants, much in the same way that Katniss has. Jennifer's character in the film ''{{Film/Joy}}'' also undergoes an AdrenalineMakeover to become more Katniss-like.
* Both Creator/HollyMarieCombs and Creator/RoseMcGowan are best known as Piper Halliwell and Paige Matthews in ''{{Series/Charmed}}''. The show remains Holly's most high profile role to date. Despite Rose's work with Quentin Tarantino and her successes earlier in the 90s, all her post-''Charmed'' tyepcasting has been tied to Paige in some way. The former escaped this thanks to ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' but the latter wasn't so lucky. The other two actresses Creator/ShannenDoherty and Creator/AlyssaMilano have avoided this mostly because they already had other famous projects to their name; Shannen with ''{{Film/Heathers}}'' and ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', and Alyssa with ''Series/WhosTheBoss'', ''Series/MelrosePlace'' and ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''.
* Creator/DanStevens was stuck in this at first after leaving ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' - with most of his initial work being period dramas that evoked Matthew Crawley in some way. But as of the success of ''Film/TheGuest'' and ''Film/AWalkAmongTheTombstones'' and the upcoming ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017'' he appears to have slipped out of it.
* Creator/JamieLeeCurtis fell headlong into this in the early 80s. The success of ''{{Film/Halloween 1978}}'' typecast her as a FinalGirl, and all her roles in horror films were essentially Laurie Strode with a different hairstyle. Playing a HookerWithAHeartOfGold in ''Film/TradingPlaces'' helped her escape it and ''Film/TrueLies'' later got her out for good. Years later she would affirm that she and Laurie were virtually nothing alike - and that she had more in common with the character Lynda in the first ''Halloween'' movie.
* Creator/KateBeckinsale achieved stardom with the ''{{Film/Underworld}}'' franchise, and she later commented that this had the effect of making people assume she was either as cold and humourless as Selene or as dainty and fragile as some of her earlier EnglishRose characters. In reality, she's a notorious prankster with a wicked sense of humour.
* Creator/DeborahKerr is unique in that she got Spocked not necessarily for one role, but for a collection of roles. Her initial films in Hollywood all had her playing a ProperLady who, in her own words was "high-minded, long-suffering, white-gloved and decorative". It took a steamy {{Fanservice}} scene in ''Film/FromHereToEternity'' to show people that she did have more range than that. Still, a good portion of her roles after that were nuns, governesses and various {{English Rose}}s. While filming ''Heaven Knows Mr Allison'' Robert Mitchum assumed she would be as stiff and uptight as her characters - with the result than when Deborah [[PrecisionFStrike swore]] after getting a take wrong, he nearly drowned laughing.
* The success of ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'' led to this for Patricia Routledge. She had an impressive body of stage work and opted to end the show in its fifth season so as not to get typecast as the pompous, nagging Hyacinth Bucket. One driver was picking her up from the airport and expected that he would get henpecked to death - but was surprised to discover that she was nothing like Hyacinth at all.
* Creator/NeveCampbell is still synonymous with [[Franchise/{{Scream}} Sydney Prescott]] in the eyes of the public. Some people may remember her more fondly as [[Series/PartyOfFive Julia Salinger]], however.
* Creator/BenAffleck is a curious victim of this after signing on to play Batman in ''Film/BatmanVsSuperman''. His own son apparently was convinced that he was actually Batman - to the degree that whenever he left the house, the son asked "you're going to the Bat Cave right?" - and apparently frequently mistakes Fed-Ex delivery guys for the Joker (as the uniform is the same colour). Thus Ben has to pay the delivery guy $20 to stage a fight on the lawn for his son's benefit.
* Creator/AmyAdams is frequently recognised by young fans of ''{{Film/Enchanted}}''. While she claims to be a lot like Giselle in terms of personality, one thing she doesn't share is the UnlimitedWardrobe of {{Pimped Out Dress}}es. So when the children are disappointed to see her not in the finery, she tends to put on the Giselle voice and say "[[LiesToChildren I'm in disguise.]]"
--> "It's better than me getting down and saying 'it's not real, honey'."
* French actress Mathilda May is best known internationally as the infamous [[EvilIsSexy Space]] [[FullFrontalAssault Girl]] from ''Film/{{Lifeforce}}'' no doubt due to the nature of the character she played ([[OurVampiresAreDifferent a humanoid vampire bat-like alien]] that takes the appearance of an [[MsFanservice ultra gorgeous 19 years old girl that spends 90% of her screen time in her birthday suit]]. The [[JustHereForGodzilla usual]] [[BestKnownForTheFanservice tropes]] are in full effect here.) as well as the fact that May's movie career takes place mostly in the European market and specially in her native France, making her rather unknown globally).
* A large part of the regular cast on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' have no career beyond the animated sitcom.
* The entirety of the ''Series/{{Chespirito}}'' cast got under the influence of this trope, with their better known characters practically becoming their nicknames. With some exceptions, this is partly {{justified|Trope}} due to [[TheDanza some characters having the same name as their actors]]:
** Chespirito himself is the only one that, while still more identified by [[Series/ElChavoDelOcho El Chavo]], was also associated with Series/ElChapulinColorado. It helps that he was the only actor that always played the same character in the latter series.
** While not without character rights disputes with Chespirito, Carlos Villagrán (Quico) and Maria Antonieta de las Nieves (La Chilindrina) embraced the association to the point there were some unsuccessful series with their characters as lead stars. Later on they did circus shows all across latin america as their characters.
** Ramón Valdés is a {{justified|Trope}} case - other cast members described that Don Ramón [[AsHimself was essentially Ramón Valdés under poverty]]. After permanently leaving ''El Chavo del Ocho'' in 1981, he eventually joined Carlos Villagrán in ''¡Ah, qué Kiko!''... as Don Ramón. Interestingly, Ramón Valdés is often associated with how El Chavo often calls Don Ramón: [[{{Malaproper}} Ron Damón]] - when Ramón passed away in 1988, some newspapers titled the news of his death in the lines of "¡Murió Ron Damón!"[[note]]Ron Damón died![[/note]], and during his funeral, Angelines Fernández (who worked with Ramón before ''Chespirito'') called him "Rorro", just how Doña Clotilde, her character, called Don Ramón in the series. ''Chespirito'' also happened to be Ramón's jump to fame - out of the three Valdés brothers, Ramón was often stuck into minor roles before joining the series.
** Angelines Fernández originally had a bad case of this trope, with kids calling her a witch and generally being scared of her, which got her sad, but eventually got over it.
** Similarly, Florinda Meza has to cope with the fact her character in ''El Chavo del Ocho'', Doña Florinda, is mostly disliked. Some actions she took in-real-life did not ease her image with fans of the series, however.
** After the show was cancelled, Rubén Aguirre (Profesor Jirafales) and Edgar Vivar (Señor Barriga/Ñoño) did the same thing as Carlos Villagrán and María Antonieta de las Nieves, and played their characters in circus shows in latin america.
** María Antonieta de las Nieves and Edgar Vivar, before and after ''Chespirito'', respectively, performed voice acting. María Antonieta took part in dubs of several famous series of the 1960s, but her voice's often not recognized in those series, while Edgar Vivar performed voice acting roles in some animated films such as ''Film/{{Ratatouille}}'' and ''Film/{{Up}}'' - yet his roles tend to be considered as "Señor Barriga doing voice acting".
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* Creator/KristenBell will always be ''Series/VeronicaMars''. Fortunately, the role of Anna from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' seems to be changing that. Gamers may also remember her as [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Lucy Stillman]].
* Creator/GaboureySidibe used her monologue while hosting [[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]] to explain how she is nothing like her character Film/{{Precious}}, and that she does in fact live a normal, well adjusted life having grown up in a loving family with both parents. Fortunately she seems to be escaping it with ''Series/{{Empire}}.''
* This could possibly affect Creator/KieferSutherland for younger viewers who only know him as [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]]. While Sutherland was involved in numerous movies prior to ''24'' (mainly ''Film/TheLostBoys'' and cult hit ''Film/DarkCity''), he never really stood out in the medium, and was often in the shadow of his actor-father, Donald Sutherland. Even ''24'' co-creator Howard Gordon was initially hesitant to give him the role because of his former "Brat Pack" years. The movies he was involved in during ''24''[='=]s airing (i.e., the sniper in ''Film/PhoneBooth'' and a Jack Bauer Expy in ''Film/TheSentinel'') only served to exacerbate his former reputation. Nevertheless, despite the exhaustion Kiefer Sutherland felt during ''24'' (which might've attributed to his off-screen antics like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCiageqMHJc tackling Christmas trees]], and his constant drinking leading him to buzzed interviews and 45 days in jail)), he remains extremely grateful and humble for the years he spent on ''24'', and wouldn't want to take them away for the world. Sutherland did eventually shine in his voice acting performance as Boss/Punished Snake in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Metal Gear Solid V]]'', replacing Creator/DavidHayter.
* Jake Weber, a.k.a. Joe Dubois on ''Series/{{Medium}}''. Same for Sofia Vassilieva, a.k.a. [[EmbarrassingFirstName Ariel DuBois]].
* Inverted [[http://xkcd.com/578/ in this]] webcomic.
* In the radio world, some presenters live off this. Namely:
** Danny Matthews (well-known OopNorth as a presenter on British station Key 103, but he's also worked for 105.4 Century FM, UTV's Wave 96.5, Imagine FM 104.9, Tower FM, as well as Bauer Media's 97.4 Rock FM, 96.9 Viking FM, Hallam FM and Magic AM, plus stints at Dune FM in Southport, and Capital Gold (now Gold) in Manchester, and he's now presenting the breakfast show on The Bay 96.9 in Lancaster, yet if you mentioned his name people would see him as being [[NeverLiveItDown known only for being on Key 103 overnights in the 1990s or being on 105.4 Century FM, depending on your interpretations.]] Ironically enough, he [[{{Cameo}} did return for a spell between 2004 - 2006]].
** Dan Wood, invariably known for presenting on Viking FM and Radio Aire, despite doing a nationwide radio show on [=GCap=] Media's "One Network".
* Danny Smith, Brandon Quinn, and Aimee Castle are [[Series/BigWolfOnCampus Merton Dingle, Tommy Dawkins, and Lori Baxter]].
* Danny Bonaduce is, and always will be, [[Series/ThePartridgeFamily a partridge in a pear tree]].
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Creator/NathanFillion gets this along with most other members of the cast. It was [[http://xkcd.com/577/ parodied in this xkcd arc]]. Fortunately, he was successfuly able to transition from Malcolm Reynolds to [[Series/{{Castle}} Rick Castle]]. Given that ''Firefly'' didn't have a huge following, he was probably much better known for his time on ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' prior to starring in ''Castle''. As time went on and ''Firefly'' began to grow a more mainstream following, Fillion became just as well known as Malcolm Reynolds as he was as Castle.
** Creator/SummerGlau is alternately identified as River Tam or [[Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles Cameron Phillips]], depending on which show people are fans of. This was on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' when the guys actually meet Summer on a train and completely embarrass themselves by taking turns practically throwing themselves at her and refer to her by her character names just out of her earshot.
** Creator/AlanTudyk only escapes this when he's doing voice acting (especially for Disney).
* To a minor degree, Rand Miller (co-founder and CEO of Cyan Worlds Inc.) is identified with his role as Atrus, which he played in all of the live-action ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' games. He's not even an actor; he's a game designer and programmer. For bonus points, he dislikes playing the role and only kept doing it for four games (the others use CGI characters) because he could not possibly have been switched out without a major discontinuity and fandom uproar.
* Back in the heyday of pre-Christmas series on German TV, and actually even quite a while after those times, Tommi Ohrner ''was'' Timm Thaler, period. And Patrick Bach ''was'' Silas. Almost nobody ever called these actors by their real names. In order for this attitude to fade, these shows had to remain unaired for some two decades. Tommi Ohrner eventually shook off Timm Thaler when he became ''Thomas'' Ohrner. And Patrick Bach was too old to be Silas anymore when he played Rainer Hellweg in ''Anna'', while Silvia Seidel will remain Anna Pelzer forever.
* In spite of the many films in which he starred as someone entirely different, Götz George is and will forever remain Horst Schimanski, ''Series/{{Tatort}}''[='=]s most badass cop ever with a knack for insane stunts and [[ClusterFBomb Cluster S Bombs]].
* Applies to the whole ''Series/TheATeam'' main cast. Only sci-fi geeks would associate Dirk Benedict with the ace pilot under the command of the man otherwise known as [[{{Series/Bonanza}} Ben Cartwright]] (Lorne Greene), for the rest, he's Templeton "Faceman" Peck. Only a few '80s movie freaks remember that [[Creator/MrT B. A. Baracus]] once clobbered the snot out of Rocky in ''Film/RockyIII''. And seriously, who knows that John "Hannibal" Smith was the male main actor in the classic ''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys''?
** Creator/MrT will always be remembered by [[IAmNotLeonardNimoy his stage name]], [[CatchPhrase fool!]]
** Creator/DwightSchultz? You mean [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Lt. Broccoli.]]
** George Peppard who played Hannibal seemed to have been seriously bothered by this as he had been a big box office movie draw in the '60s and '70s.
* ''Franchise/JamesBond'':
** For most people, Roger Moore is James Bond - or at least one of several James Bonds - although he also played [[Series/ThePersuaders Lord Brett Sinclair]], and some older British viewers think of him primarily as Simon Templar from the '60s TV series ''Series/TheSaint''. Moore famously parodied this trope by playing obvious [[AdamWesting spoofs of his Bond]], such as in ''Film/CannonballRun'' where he plays a character who pretends to be Roger Moore and acts like James Bond.
** Creator/SeanConnery had to let his hair turn gray and grow a beard to not be Film/JamesBond anymore.
** Creator/PierceBrosnan went through it even before playing the role, as he was identified as far back as ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' as "the next/real James Bond" by his fans. He was offered the part for ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' after ''Remington Steele'' was cancelled, but the news about it revived interest and the show was renewed.
** On a related note of Bond henchman, Harold Sakata appeared in later films with the credit of "[[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Oddjob]]."
* Creator/EdONeill, a.k.a. [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy]]. That is, him and the rest of the cast. In O'Neill's case, he was so famous for portraying Al that when he appeared in ''Film/FlightOfTheIntruder'' as a JAG prosecutor in a court martial scene, [[{{Narm}} the test audience laughed at the sight of him]], yelling "Al Bundy!" [[TheOtherMarty The scene had to be reshot with Fred Thompson playing the part]]. He has since found success on ''Series/ModernFamily''. It helps that on ''Modern Family'', his character is extremely laid back, in contrast to the angry and bitter Al. Katey Sagal, who famously portrayed Peggy Bundy, will be remembered [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} for]] [[Series/EightSimpleRules different]] [[Series/SonsOfAnarchy roles]].
* Creator/WilliamAtherton will always be [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} Walter "Dickless" Peck]]. WordOfGod says this plagued him for a long time, as he'd have people yell "Hey, Dickless!" wherever he went. Unless you remember him as [[Film/RealGenius Jerry Hathaway]] or [[Film/DieHard Dick Thornburg]], who are both also {{Jerkass}}es.
* Creator/MichaelIronside recounts one time he was on a plane and a guy came up to him, immaculately dressed in a suit, and said, "Hey, you're [[VideoGame/SplinterCell Sam Fisher]]." Lost for a second his reply is, "No, I'm... wait a minute, yes I am."
* ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'':
** Clayton Moore (the Lone Ranger), although he was apparently comfortable enough with the role to maintain kayfabe that Moore was the Ranger in his personal life. He had a CrowningMomentOfAwesome with it which is recounted annually on Letterman where he was being giving a ride to his hotel by two young men in the '60s after a personal appearance when they were hit by another car. The driver of the other car insisted that he was not at fault and asked who the cops would believe, him or a couple of hippies. Moore reportedly then got out of the car, in full Ranger get-up and announced "They'll believe me, citizen!" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfpZsue5vas&feature=related This story]] was told on ''The Late Show with David Letterman'' by Jay Thomas, who is perhaps best remembered by many viewers as [[Series/{{Cheers}} Eddie LeBec]].
** In a 1969 interview with Johnny Carson, Jay Silverheels told him that he played Tonto for "thirty lousy years."
* Music/MileyCyrus was frequently referred to as Series/HannahMontana. Since the 2013 [=VMAs=], she's thrown that off and is now known as "that time when Miley twerked with her tongue hanging out."
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** When people say "starring Creator/MichaelCera", what they probably mean is "starring George Michael Bluth" Since then he's essentially become [[TypeCasting typecast]] in roles as "[[{{Adorkable}} quirky, adorable indie guy]]" ([[TrademarkClothing in a hoodie]]) in movies like ''Film/{{Superbad}}'', ''Film/{{Juno}}'', ''Film/NickAndNorahsInfinitePlaylist'' and ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld''. Which makes it more hilarious when he portrays himself as a total asshole in ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd''.
** Despite his success on ''Series/{{Veep}}'' winning two Emmys for Best Supporting Actor, Tony Hale is still destined to be remembered as Buster.
** Creator/AliaShawkat will ''always'' be Maeby. It certainly doesn't help that it's her only major role.
** Creator/WillArnett has had a big career renaissance in the 2010s. He's still GOB Bluth to most people.
** When she's not [[WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} doing voice work]], Jessica Walter will always be Lucille Bluth in the eyes of everyone.
* Creator/ReeseWitherspoon briefly had this problem after ''Film/{{Election}}'' -- her performance as the crazy, controlling Tracy Flick was so good that producers thought that that was her real personality, and she had trouble getting work for a few years afterward. Later roles helped her break out of that typecasting.
* Creator/JamesRolfe is almost always referred to as ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'', even though he has stated that the AVGN is not ''him'', but a ''character''.
* ''WebVideo/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'':
** Even after ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'', some fans of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic have a hard time accepting that he's a fictional character and nothing like Creator/DougWalker.
** The same has been going for WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick and Lindsay Ellis lately. The fans think that she really does treat Nella badly and that she really is a neurotic mess. Lindsay's even said that maybe she needs to go even more hyperbolic to hammer the differences in.
* Tom "Tiny" Lister, who was cast as Wrestling/HulkHogan's antagonist Zeus in the movie ''Film/NoHoldsBarred'', became so associated with the character that it was worked into a WWF storyline. All of his subsequent acting roles had him credited as Tiny "Zeus" Lister until he became [[Film/{{Friday}} Deebo]]. He was even credited in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' as simply "Zeus."
* Creator/CharlesMartinet will ''always'' be known as the voice of [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario (and Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi)]]. He also voiced one of the dragons in ''Skyrim''.
* The late Wrestling/CaptainLouAlbano thanks to ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow''. Other than, of course, being a legendary pro wrestling figure.
* Maria Antonieta de las Nieves will always be [[Series/ElChavoDelOcho La Chilindrina]], even in sketches where she does not play the character.
* Voice actors in the Spanish speaking fandom will always be remembered for their roles in famous series. Notable character roles in Mexico include:
** Creator/HumbertoVelez: [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]]. Made funnier when he became the voice of [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]]. Oddly enough, he even dubbed ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]]'' too in a TV special.
** Creator/PatriciaAcevedo: Manga/SailorMoon or [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Lisa Simpson]].
** Creator/JesusBarrero: [[Manga/SaintSeiya Pegasus Seiya]].
** Francisco Colmenero: [[MickeyMouse Pete]], and he's still voicing the character, currently. Also, SantaClaus, [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Papa Smurf]], [[Disney/TheLionKing Pumbaa]], and countless narrations.
** Esteban Siller: [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Gargamel]]. Brought up for laughs in an episode of Pokémon by...
** Creator/JoseAntonioMacias: [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} James]].
** Creator/GabrielRamos: [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]]. Even after moving to Argentina, he still managed to voice the character, to the joy of many fans.
** Creator/CristinaHernandez: [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Sakura Kinomoto]].
** Creator/MarioCastaneda. Creator/BruceWillis is taken to another level when he speaks with [[Manga/DragonBall Goku's]] voice.
* Similarly, Portuguese VA's suffer the same curse:
** The most notable example would be the whole cast of DragonBall, [[EconomyCast all ten of them]]. Out of these, two stand out:
*** Henrique Feist, always the voice of Goku, but also the voice of Trunks and Kid Gohan.
*** Then there's the first voice of Vegeta[[note]] Also Piccolo/[[DubNameChange Coraçãozinho de Satã]], but his voice was masked and distorted by computer[[/note]], João Loy, with an interesting story. When he asked the director what voice he should use for this character he replied: [[HilariousInHindsight "Just use your regular voice, he only appears for a few episodes and he's gone."]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMUzSBgalX4 This]] interview says it all.
** Diogo Neto was also somewhat hit by this. When he started doing a show about Portuguese grammar people started asking "Why is [[WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt Moses]] teaching me how to speak?"
* Joseph Mazzello: Most famous for playing Tim in ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', today he's found on ''Series/ThePacific'' and in ''Film/TheSocialNetwork''.
* Heinz Schubert, star of the German cult sitcom ''Series/EinHerzUndEineSeele'', could never escape his role as "Ekel Alfred" (Alfred, the jerk), despite having a varied and critically acclaimed career.
* Tommy Piper, German voice of ''Series/{{ALF}}'', will always be ALF to German viewers, no matter what role he plays. He was highly popular while the show ran (probably one of the most famous voice actors Germany has produced) but his career took a serious jump after ALF concluded, as people didn't accept him in any other role, especially not a serious one.
* Gethin Jones became solely associated with ''Series/StrictlyComeDancing'' to many people. They forget he was [[AnAesop promoting driving safety]] in PoliceCameraAction, and doing various other shows!
* Almost everyone involved with ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' will be remembered first and foremost as their characters, with Alfonso Ribiero (Carlton) likely being the most prominent example. It got to the point where Music/{{DJ Jazzy Jeff|and the Fresh Prince}} is better known nowadays for being "Jazz" than for being one-half of the rap duo that inspired the sitcom. Ironically enough, the Fresh Prince himself, Creator/WillSmith, is the lone aversion -- nevertheless it's still arguably his most iconic role.
** Smith has revealed that Alfonso Ribeiro was the one who gave him the advice to [[TheDanza name his character "Will Smith"]], because that's what people would be calling him for the rest of his life. Even on ''[[Series/{{Gambit}} Catch 21]]'', it's referenced.
-->'''Creator/WillSmith:''' When we go out together, people are like: "[[TheDanza Will, Will!]] Carlton!"
** Before ''The Fresh Prince'', Ribeiro had a memorable role on ''Series/SilverSpoons'', which you'd have to have been a kid in the '80s to remember.
** In addition to being Uncle Phil in ''Fresh Prince'', children of the '80s will also remember the late James Avery as [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the voice of Shredder]].
* Pauley Perrette (from ''Series/{{NCIS}}'') has stated that she was once called Abby by her ''dad''.
* Creator/VinceVaughn nailed his role in ''Film/{{Swingers}}''. Rave reviews, the next golden goose. Now he can't play anything else (except one creepy murder role). See also: ''Film/OldSchool'', ''Film/WeddingCrashers'', ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' and ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005''.
* Most of the cast of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' (though two managed to add and/or replace a role, ex-''Series/PartyOfFive'' Matthew Fox [replace] and ex-[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings hobbit]] Dominic Monaghan [add]; and two, Maggie Grace with ''Film/{{Taken}}'' and Ian Somerhalder with ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', did the reverse), but especially Jorge Garcia and Josh Holloway.
* Creator/SigourneyWeaver shall always be [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Ellen Ripley]], though ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' subverted it. A certain generation knows her well as [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} Dana Barrett]].
* Jack Webb ''was'' [[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} Sgt. Joe Friday]]. He even received an LAPD funeral on his death, though he never served, and Joe's Badge 714 was officially retired.
* Creator/CaryHiroyukiTagawa will always be [[Film/MortalKombat Shang Tsung]] for many people, no matter how many nice grandpas he plays. There's something about that fierce stare.
* Creator/MichaelCHall is ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', a sociopathic serial killer with a CreepyMonotone that sends chills down your spine. Now imagine him doing a car commercial in the same voice and not feel a little scared.
* For viewers old enough to see the original release of ''Franchise/StarWars'' without an accompanying parent, Creator/GeorgeBurns ''is'' {{God}}. For [[Film/BruceAlmighty moviegoers of a younger vintage]], Creator/MorganFreeman fills that role.
* Merle Dandridge, the voice actress of [[VideoGame/HalfLife2 Alyx Vance]] reports in the commentary saying that co-workers tend to peek out of the corridor when they hear her talk.
* It's generally agreed within the anime fandom that Creator/RieKugimiya [[PigeonholedVoiceActor will be always]] be associated with {{Tsundere}} characters (particularly flat-chested [[TokenMiniMoe little girls]] [[ACupAngst who are very]] sensitive about it). So much so that most of her non-tsundere roles have long been forgotten, ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist including Al]]''. Apparently, this could be Creator/JCStaff's part.
* John Laurie once lamented that, as much as he'd want to be remembered for his roles in Shakespeare plays, he'd always be remembered for playing Private Frazer in ''Series/DadsArmy''.
* Creator/GarySinise has been so strongly identified as Lieutenant Dan Taylor in ''Film/ForrestGump'' that he called his band "The Lieutenant Dan Band". [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He has also played Lt. Dan in PSAs for suicide hotlines aimed at military veterans.]] In fact, Taylor made such an impression on Sinise that he has become a notable and outspoken advocate for veterans' issues ever since. May be subverted by younger viewers of ''[[Series/CsiNY CSI:NY]]''.
* All the main cast of the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' franchise really suffer from the same thing. William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger seem to have left at least in part for that reason. And who thinks that David Caruso will be remembered for anything but ''Series/CSIMiami'', even with his role on ''Series/NYPDBlue''?
* Dennis Haysbert as President David Palmer on ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''. So much so that ever since then, he's mostly been cast in the "authoritative, deep-voiced leader" roles in projects like ''Series/TheUnit'', ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', ''[[VideoGame/SplinterCell Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow]]'' and the Allstate commercials. This, despite a good chunk of his earlier work being in comedic roles, most notably as Pedro Cerrano in ''Film/MajorLeague''.
* Amongst {{Tokusatsu}} fans, the prime example is Joe Odagiri, who played ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga''[='=]s Yuusuke Godai. After that show got him into more serious roles, Odagiri started looking back at his time as Kuuga as an OldShame, refusing to talk about it ever again. Presumably this was the primary reason that MilestoneCelebration ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' replaced Godai with an AlternateUniverse version, Yuusuke Onodera (played, ironically enough, by a PromotedFanboy of Odagiri).
* This is what happens to many Creator/DisneyChannel stars after they leave the network. For example, Music/HilaryDuff's career post-''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' has consisted mostly of box-office flops and DirectToVideo movies.
* Creator/JimCaviezel will always be known as Jesus in ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist''. However, he doesn't seem to mind. He considers the role his calling, and it changed him.
** Similarly, Ted Neeley in ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar''. He's still playing the role in stage productions, for crying out loud!
* This may be the case with Cliff Arquette who was more recognized as Charley Weaver from ''Series/TheTonightShow'' and ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares''.
* Lou Ferrigno is best known for being Series/TheIncredibleHulk of the '70s TV show; he's famous for signing autographs in numerous conventions mostly riding on that alone.
* Creator/KevinSorbo is Hercules. Even when he was on ''Andromeda'', he was still Hercules InSpace. This is another case where the actor doesn't seem to mind, since he also played Hercules for ''[[VideoGame/GodOfWar God of War III]]''. He found it interesting to play a Hercules who was so different from his Hercules. He even happily promotes the fact that he's doing ''another'' bonus Hercules work, this time his retro skin from ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}''.
* Frank Oz is an interesting case. He has refused to use his [[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet]] voices in public, and has for the most part refused to reprise his roles, the characters [[TheOtherDarrin Darrin'd]] by Eric Jacobson (with the exception of his ''Series/SesameStreet'' characters, which he has reprised on occasion). Beyond that and voicing [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]] for the prequels, he focuses on his directing career, but despite directing several excellent films, he will forever be known as Ms. Piggy and Fozzie Bear, much to his chagrin. This caused some problems when he filmed ''Film/TheScore'' with Creator/MarlonBrando, which Brando [[WagTheDirector kept mocking Oz]], such as calling him "Ms. Piggy" and other derogatory references to his puppeteering career. It got to the point where co-star Creator/RobertDeNiro had to step in to direct Brando's scenes. Needless to say, this was the last time Brando worked in Hollywood again. [[AuthorExistenceFailure But that doesn't mean he can anymore.]]
* Creator/AmandaTapping moved decisively to head this off by taking on the role of Dr. Helen Magnus on ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'', who is brilliant and a scientist but is otherwise quite different from [[Series/StargateSG1 Samantha Carter]]. Time will tell how well this works.
* Creator/NeilPatrickHarris will forever be known as [[Series/HowIMetYourMother Barney Stinson]], [[TheCasanova in spite of the fact that he's]] [[StraightGay completely different in real life]]. Interestingly, before this he was only known as Series/DoogieHowserMD. Subverted for Film/StarshipTroopers; he was cast as a character that was very much the opposite of Doogie Howser, counting on the audience's typecasting to have a jarring effect on the audience.
* The late Bill [=McKinney=] was so strongly recognized as the mountain man who sodomized Ned Beatty in ''Film/{{Deliverance}}'' that it cost him the opportunity to star as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in ''Film/FullMetalJacket''. Creator/StanleyKubrick didn't want to meet with him because he was ''that'' scared of him. Creator/RLeeErmey, however, remains Gunnery Sgt. Hartman. However, may not be a straight example because Ermey actually was in the military (Marine Corps) and lends his voice to other military-based roles (''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', cameos on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'').
* Time will tell if Creator/JimParsons, Sheldon from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', can break out of this. When Parsons guest hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' his opening monologue is a song called "I'm Not That Guy" about how he isn't Sheldon Cooper, along with cameos by (SNL regulars playing) other typecast actors such as Jaleel White from ''Series/FamilyMatters''.
* Thomas Lennon continues to play roles similar to Lt. Jim Dangle from ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'', although not as a police officer.
* Callie Thorne, who played Sheila Keefe in ''Series/RescueMe'', mentioned in an interview that fans act wary when they meet her, expecting her to be as crazy as the character she plays.
* Paul Gross will probably always be identified with ''Series/DueSouth'', and it was rather a shock to many fans when he played a completely different type of Mountie, real life accused killer Patrick Kelly- in the docudrama ''Murder Most Likely''
* The entire cast of ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''. A few got around it. Don Knotts is also remembered for ''TheIncredibleMrLimpet'' and ''Series/ThreesCompany'', and Ron Howard is known for ''Series/HappyDays'' as well as his directoral projects. Griffith himself got around it with ''Series/{{Matlock}}'', though he was catering to approximately the same crowd that watched him on ''The Andy Griffith Show''. Frances Bavier, however, was stuck as Aunt Bea.
* Dick Van Dyke and ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'', though he escaped it somewhat with ''Film/MaryPoppins'' and, much later, ''Series/DiagnosisMurder''.
** All the other main ''Dick Van Dyke Show'' cast members as well. Mary Tyler Moore was known so well as Laura Petrie that the producers of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' decided not to have Mary Richards be divorced, as fans would think that she was divorced from Rob.
* Ted Knight struggled with this quite a bit during and after ''The Mary Tyler Moore Show'' run. People couldn't separate him from Ted Baxter and he hated it.
** Creator/BettyWhite was known so well as Sue Ann Nivens that she was asked initially to play Blanche on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''.
** Creator/EdwardAsner as Lou Grant. It didn't help that he also played the character in a spin-off (where Lou Grant became a newspaper editor). He was so well-known for it that he even guest-edited at least one real life newspaper. Though people who were kids/teens in the 90s might think of him as [[WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}} Cosgrove]] or [[WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries J. Jonah Jameson]] (before Creator/JKSimmons [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy stole the character]] right out from under him).
* ''The Golden Girls'' itself has this. Betty White has gotten around it the most out of all of them, thanks to the aforementioned role of Sue Ann Nivens (plus her numerous other appearances). Meanwhile, Bea Arthur is also remembered for being Series/{{Maude}}.
* Creator/LeslieNielsen as either the doctor from ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' or [[Film/TheNakedGun Frank Drebin]]. Most people don't know he ever had a dramatic career.
* One television critic described a version of this phenomenon as "The Curse of UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor" -- once he'd seen an actor playing a member of the Royal Family, he'd still see them as that Royal in their subsequent roles.
* Calista Flockhart is Series/AllyMcBeal.
* It has been etched in a stone no amount of OscarBait can even so much as chip away at: Creator/ChristianBale is [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Batman]].[[note]]And, to a lesser extent, [[Film/AmericanPsycho the "Do you like Phil Collins?" guy.]][[/note]]
* Creator/MichaelKeaton is either [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} Betelgeuse]] or [[Film/{{Batman}} Batman]] to most people. ''Batman'' (and ''Film/BatmanReturns'') had more impact on his career, however, as he couldn't get any high profile work for years after he stopped playing the role. This is the reason he was cast as Riggan Thompson in Film/{{Birdman}}- [[AdamWesting a washed up actor known for playing a superhero years ago]]. Ironically, this role seems to have finally broken him out of it.
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'':
** No matter how hard he tries, Dustin Diamond will always be Screech. He has resented the role so much that he was the only major cast member not to show up in a ''Saved by the Bell'' reunion.
** Elizabeth Berkeley did ''Film/{{Showgirls}}'' to try to avoid this. [[GoneHorriblyRight She]] [[NeverLiveItDown succeeded.]]
** Lark Voorhies is still Lisa Turtle to most people. Same with Dennis Haskins and Mr. Belding.
* Fans of Creator/MaraWilson have been known to address her on Website/{{Twitter}} as "[[{{Film/Matilda}} Matilda]]" (despite her having also been in ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'', years after she quit acting. In August 2012, she [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded this fact]] by [[https://twitter.com/MaraWritesStuff/status/242352524068265985 pointing fans on Twitter to this very page]]. Somewhat ironically, Mara has said that she is very similar to Matilda in terms of personality, which is why she chose to play the role in the first place. Before playing Matilda, Mara also had to deal with people assuming she was as cute and sweet as her character Susan in ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet''.
* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory''
** Creator/GeneWilder seems to be an interesting case. He was well-known for memorable (and quotable) roles in ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' and the original movie version of ''Film/TheProducers'', and a series of films pairing him with Creator/RichardPryor, but his (currently) best known role, playing Willy Wonka, was not even a financial success at first. The film later became VindicatedByCable through repeat showings on HBO and TBS. The Wonka "[[CultClassic cult]]" seemed to grow enough by TheNineties that Wilder's role in ''Series/WillAndGrace'' [[ActorAllusion incorporated]] Wonka's "Strike that, reverse that" CatchPhrase.
** When he was still alive, Jack Albertson was best known for ''Chico and the Man''. More than 30 years after his death, "Chico" is largely forgotten and Grandpa Joe is the role he is now most remembered for.
* Dutch actor Joop Doderer became so famous as the character "Swiebertje" in the eponymous television series, that people kept adressing him with this name. Because of this, this trope is known as the "Swiebertje-effect" in Dutch.
* Over forty years after it was made, Creator/HannaBarbera's ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' is still called by its working title, ''Stop that Pigeon''. This was even lampshaded in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/YogisTreasureHunt''. And Paul Winchell will always be either Dick Dastardly, [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Tigger]] or [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Gargamel]].
* Some rare non-TV/movie examples comes out of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' video game franchise. Though none of the actors particularly seem to mind.
** Poor Brandon Keener will perhaps ''never'' escape the TypeCasting from his voice acting role as the turian badass, Garrus Vakarian. He hasn't been in anything major ever since aside from a few commericals and a few guest movie/show appearances, but anything you come across that Keener shows up in in any shape or form will have, no doubt, been overrun by Garrus jokes In addition, it doesn't help that Keener's actual real life voice sounds just like an in-game turian without the need of a voice-modulator. Seriously, just check out [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O6iaSoNsa0 this link]]. It sounds like he's doing a Garrus line reading. The voice is what connects people to Garrus everytime they hear Keener speak. Some ''Mass Effect'' fans even joke that it's acually Garrus that voice acts for Keener, because his voice is just ''that'' unique.
** Creator/SethGreen gets some TypeCasting due to his role as the ''Normandy's'' pilot, Joker, but because of how distinguished his acting career is compared to Keener's, it's a much rarer occurrence.
** Creator/JenniferHale has gotten some of this for her portrayal of female Shepard, though her already-established career helps matters.[[note]]She's had more video game roles than anyone else in the entire voice acting industry, save for Creator/SteveBlum.[[/note]]
** Creator/MarkMeer, on the other hand, once made a convention appearance cosplaying as male Shepard. Make of that what you will.
** Thanks to ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' and ''[[VideoGame/MassEffect3 3]]'', Creator/MartinSheen has become famous to a new generation of fans who know him as the Illusive Man.
* To many of his viewers, Larry Hagman will be fondly remembered as either [[Series/{{Dallas}} J.R. Ewing]] or [[Series/IDreamOfJeannie Major Tony Nelson]].
** The same goes for Barbara Eden (and Jeannie).
* Nearly anyone in ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' ended associated with their characters from the show. It's most notable with Creator/DavidJason (who said he didn't want to be only remembered as Del Boy) and Nicholas Lyndhurst (associated with Rodney), but it's also the case with just about everyone else who was part of the regular cast.
** David Jason has avoided this by playing Pop Larkin in ''The Darling Buds of May'', as well as [[Series/ATouchOfFrost DCI Jack Frost]] and WesternAnimation/DangerMouse.
** Nicholas Lyndhurst also may well be remembered as [[Series/GoodnightSweetheart Gary Sparrow]].
** Roger Lloyd-Pack (Trigger) has carved out a successful stage career, as well as being Owen in Series/TheVicarOfDibley. To younger audiences, Lloyd-Pack will be known as [[Film/HarryPotterandtheGobletofFire Barty Crouch Sr.]]
* While Creator/PeterSellers avoided this by playing famous roles other than [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Jacques Clouseau]], the same is not quite as true for the rest of the cast, save Creator/DavidNiven and Robert Wagner.
* Latin rap one-hit wonder Gerardo Mejia will always be known by the same name as his one hit, "Rico Suave." This was reflected in his music video for "We Want the Funk", where a cameo apperance by funk performer George Lopez calls out to Gerardo, "Hey, you're that Rico Suave guy!", as well as Gerardo appearing in the mockumentary Pauly Shore Is Dead as Rico Suave. Despite all this evidence that Gerardo is happy with his reputation, however, one song on his second album was named My Name Is Not Rico, very much mirroring the style of Leonard Nimoy.
* Long time fans of Creator/HughJackman know him as having a rich, established {{Theater}} career. Everyone else knows him as [[Film/XMen Wolverine]]. His [[Film/LesMiserables2012 attempt]] to become Jean Valjean/24601 has been met with comments about Wolverine singing.
* Even voice actors aren't immune. Mari Iijima, of ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' fame: "Every time I speak my mind about Macross or Minmay, people take it negatively. Like I don't like it / like her or I haven't accepted it as a part of my life. Maybe you guys have ''never'' been typecast as one thing for years and years in life?"
* Creator/DavidHayter has no shame of being known primarily for his role as the English voice of Solid Snake and the young Big Boss in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, and is actually quite proud of the fact (despite his extensive screenwriting work; most famously the ''X-Men'' film trilogy). In fact, when Konami announced that they would be replacing him with Kiefer Sutherland as the voice of Snake in ''Metal Gear Solid V'', Hayter wasn't too pleased.
* Creator/RobertDowneyJr as [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]]: "I am Iron Man". He seems to be okay with this, though. Enough that he once remarked that, "Someone should tell Creator/ChrisEvans NOT to take his role so seriously that he actually thinks he ''is'' Film/{{Captain America|The First Avenger}}. Like I think I'm Tony Stark right now. It's a problem. Ask my wife." Fortunately, being [[Film/FantasticFour the Human Torch]] saves Evans from this status.
* Creator/NoomiRapace doesn't want anything to do with Lizbeth Salander anymore. According to a ''New York Times'' article, as soon as she finished shooting her last scene in ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest]]'', she ran to the bathroom and vomited for 45 minutes straight as a way of purging the character from her body. Rooney Mara hasn't been affected the same way; then again, Mara has only finished one of the three films. Michael Nyqvist also falls into "I Am Not Spock" territory. Averted with Daniel Craig, as he is first and foremost Franchise/JamesBond.
* Creator/MelBlanc credited this as having ''saved his life''. A bad accident left him in a coma for months, and everyone feared the worst. Then, one day, his doctor thought to ask him: "How are you today, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny?" Mel answered back in Bugs' voice and went on to have a full recovery.
* Regardless of the character now being played by Andrew Garfield ([[InternetBackdraft and regardless of whether or not he's better at it]]), most people will automatically think of Film/SpiderMan1 when they see Tobey Maguire. Garfield himself also can be considered this. Time will tell what happens to Tom Holland.
* It doesn't matter how long his career goes on and what roles he plays, Creator/ShuichiIkeda will forever be [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Char Aznable]] to fans all over the world. Unlike many examples though, Ikeda actually revels in this, having said that "''Gundam'' has been very kind to me" and that he'll gladly return to play Char in any project (be it anime or video games) for the rest of his life. He's even had a bit of fun with it by playing Char [[{{Expy}} Expies]] in other ''Gundam'' shows, such as Gilbert Durandal in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny SEED Destiny]]'' and Full Frontal in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Unicorn]]''.
* Creator/RLeeErmey has made a decent career playing nothing but [[{{Expy}} expies]] of his first ever film character, [[DrillSergeantNasty Gunnery Sergeant Hartman]] from Film/FullMetalJacket.
* Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe will never escape their ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' roles as Johnny Gage and Roy Desoto. Kevin has distanced himself by playing villain roles and rarely speaking much of the show, although Randolph has both tried to move into other roles and ran with his role. He still works with EMS and firefighter groups and charities and is a frequent firefighter convention keynote speaker. He's also trying to find funding for an urban rescue series idea of his own.
* Creator/RaulJulia was a respected actor who had appeared in dozens of Broadway, film and television productions, but to much of today's audience, Julia will forever be remembered and recognized as [[Film/TheAddamsFamily Gomez Addams]] and [[Film/StreetFighter M. Bison]].
* Richard "John-Boy" Thomas. He actually left ''[[Series/TheWaltons The Waltons]]'' to avoid this. Though he has kept himself rather active over the years, needless to say, he's still John-Boy to many.
* Eric [=McCormack=] is more remembered for his role as Will in ''Will and Grace''. His starring role in a different series, ''Series/{{Perception}}'', where he plays a paranoid schizophrenic professor, may be his attempt to escape this. Interestingly, one of his co-stars in said series is Rachael Leigh Cook, also marked by this trope for a very infamous anti-drug ad involving eggs. He's gotten this to the point that the producers of ''Film/FreeEnterprise'' said they were glad that they ended up getting him '''before''' he made it big as Will, because they don't think he would've been believed as his character otherwise.
* Creator/JohnRitter will always be [[Series/ThreesCompany Jack Tripper]]. Ditto the rest of the cast: Joyce [=DeWitt=] is forever Janet Wood, Suzanne Somers is always Christmas "Chrissy" Snow, Norman Fell = Stanley Roper, Audra Lindley = Helen Roper, Richard Kline = Larry Dallas, Jenilee Harrison = Cindy Snow, Priscilla Barnes = Terri Alden, and Don Knotts, although he does hold the distinction of also being [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Barney Fife]], will be Ralph Furley till the end of time.
** Lampshaded as a joke in Film/StayTuned when he channel-surfs into Series/ThreesCompany, with him being Jack Tripper. He screams at the screen before switching the channel again (despite this being the only show where no one's trying to kill him).
** The next generation will probably remember John Ritter as the father on Series/EightSimpleRules and Suzanne Somers as the mother on Series/StepByStep, so they can be seen as [[SubvertedTrope subversions]].
* Lampshaded on Sorrell Booke's grave marker at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, CA - "Beloved Pa, Grandpa, Brother, and [[Series/TheDukesOfHazzard Boss]]".
* Until she became [[Film/XMen Rogue]], Creator/AnnaPaquin was a child star who couldn't escape the shadow of her Oscar from ''Film/ThePiano.''
* Creator/TatianaMaslany escapes this by playing at least twelve characters on ''Series/OrphanBlack.'' But instead, people see her as "[[IAmNotShazam Orphan Black]]" [[note]]"Orphan Black" is ''not'' a collective in-universe name for the clones, hence the pothole.[[/note]]
* Creator/CubaGoodingJr is best known as Rod Tidwell from ''Film/JerryMaguire'', or worse, the "Show me the money!" guy. Creator/ReneeZellweger also had a tough time escaping the shadow of the film until she landed ''Film/BridgetJonesDiary''. Nevertheless, "you had me at hello" remains her greatest cultural footprint.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''
** Creator/JackGleeson will always be remembered as Joffrey Baratheon, one of the most hated TV villains of all time. He was wise enough to quit acting afterwards because he knew he'd never be able to escape the role (and because he wanted no part of celebrity culture).
** Creator/PeterDinklage is often referred to as "Tyrion Lannister" even when referring Dinklage himself rather than his character. Before ''Game of Thrones'', Dinklage was often known as "the midget from ''Film/{{Elf}}''". Afterwards, Dinklage began to take on more Tyrion-esque characters with the "midget" aspect often downplayed.
** Most of the actors who were unknowns or relative unknowns are often associated with their character. Creator/SophieTurner was frequently called "Sansa Stark" by the media when discussing her part in ''Film/XMenApocalypse''.
* The talented Norwegian actor ''Henki Kolstad'' had a long acting career behind him, starring in many Norwegian movies and stage productions for ''decades'' (among other things a memorable performance as Willy Loman in ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' in 1962) before he took the role as a gentle cobbler in a Christmas Calendar series in 1979. Kolstad, being 64 years of age at the time, did a wonderful performance, and never lived it down afterwards. To a generation of Norwegians (possibly two generations), he was "cobbler Andersen" and almost nothing else. He admitted that he had appreciated the role, but in his last years, he made it quite clear that it annoyed him a lot that ''this role'' was the only one that would give him lasting memory.
* Alicia Silverstone is all but synonymous with [[Film/{{Clueless}} Cher Horowitz]].
* Despite Creator/RachelMcAdams' successful career, to most millennials she'll always be best known as [[Film/MeanGirls Regina George]]. Creator/AmandaSeyfried, Creator/LaceyChabert, Creator/LizzyCaplan, Jonathan Bennett, and Tim Meadows have also been hit hard with this. Even Seyfried's massive success in TheNewTens doesn't change the fact that her most iconic role is Karen Smith. Creator/LindsayLohan actually averts this; while Cady Heron is certainly her most iconic role, people still know her best as washed-up child star Lindsay Lohan.
* The epic failure of ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'' all but sealed this fate for two of its stars -- Creator/EmiliaClarke and Creator/MattSmith will forever be synonymous with [[Series/GameOfThrones Daenerys Tagaryen]] and [[Series/DoctorWho the Eleventh Doctor]], respectively.
* Creator/SeanBean is generally associated with two roles ([[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Boromir]] and [[Series/GameOfThrones Ned Stark]]) and one trope (ChronicallyKilledActor).
* Wrestler Terry Taylor, in his two-decade long career, hasn't been able to live down one infamous gimmick: the Red Rooster.
* Former TNA Tag Team champion Chris Harris. Despite his successful run with the company and as an indie circuit star, Harris is mostly remembered for his embarrassingly brief stint in WWE's revival of ECW as Braden Walker.
* Most of the actors in ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' have had a hard time escaping their roles on the show (with Creator/SteveCarell being a notable exception), but Rainn Wilson in particular has unable to distance himself from Dwight Schrute.
* The late Michael Jeter is always going to be [[Series/SesameStreet Mr. Noodle's brother Mr. Noodle]]. Even though he had a popular sitcom in the early '90s with ''Evening Shade'', it's not enough to shake off the Noodle. The same is true for Bill Irwin, the original Mr. Noodle.
* Steve Burns and Donovan Patton are ''always'' going to be [[WesternAnimation/BluesClues Steve and Joe]], respectively.
* Almost all of the actors on ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'', except for Michelle Trachtenberg. That being said, Toby Huss, who played Artie, is also known for his ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' voice work.
* Devon Werkheiser is [[Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide Ned Bigby]]. And although he avoids it with voice acting, it's impossible to see Creator/DaranNorris doing live action and not think of Gordy.
* While Creator/KeanuReeves certainly escaped the shadow of ''Film/BillAndTed'', Alex Winter did not. 25 years later and he's still synonymous with Bill S. Preston.
* Lee Majors = ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan''.
* Sir Creator/DerekJacobi has had an extensive career, having been the wimpy Emperor [[Series/IClaudius Claudius]] and two incarnations of [[Series/DoctorWho The Master]]. You may also remember him from ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''. But to many, he will always be the kindly [[Series/{{Cadfael}} Brother Cadfael]].
* David Suchet is to many the definitive Literature/HerculePoirot. Suchet is often unrecognizable in public due to the fact that he wore a hairpiece and a fat suit as the portly Belgian.
* Creator/JohnHurt is known for many things: ''Film/TheElephantMan'', [[WesternAnimation/WatershipDown Hazel]], [[Series/IClaudius a version of Caligula]], [[Series/DoctorWho The War Doctor]], and [[Film/VForVendetta Adam Sutler]]. But he will always be known as the most definitive version of [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Winston Smith]], the guy who gave birth to an Film/{{Alien}}, and, to younger generations, [[Film/HarryPotter Mr. Ollivander]].
* A tragic music example is Denise Matthews, the pastor [[Music/PrincesAssociates formerly known as Vanity]], a pop singer infamous for her hedonism. After a near-fatal drug overdose in 1995, she gave up show-business and the Vanity moniker and dedicated the rest of her life to evangelical Christianity, even refusing to collect the royalty payments from her [[OldShame previous albums and movies]]. Sadly she died relatively young in 2016 due to mounting health issues stemming from her OD, and worse, all the media headlines were "Vanity dead at 57," the exact kind of attention she DIDN'T want.
* Jim Varney was a classically-trained actor who'd been versed in the works of Shakespeare, but most people would probably only have recognized him if they heard him say these two words: "[[Film/ErnestPWorrell Hey Vern!]]" (or maybe [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Slinky Dog]])
* Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara = [[Film/SpyKids Carmen and Juni Cortez]].
* Some Conservative Americans don't seem to realize that Creator/BradleyCooper, who played Chris Kyle in Film/AmericanSniper, is not a Conservative American like Chris in RealLife as Bradley is a liberal and Democrat Party supporter and has done films that most Conservatives would balk like Film/WeddingCrashers and Film/TheHangover.
* Have you ever tried looking for an Wikipedia article on Joseph D. Kucan? If you do so, you would be redirected to a page about a villain character he's most famous for [[note]]which is [[VideoGame/CommandandConquer Kane]], of course[[/note]], instead of a note about the actor himself. It's not just Wikipedia though, fans of VideoGame/CommandAndConquer also refer to him by [[NameOfCain this name]].
* John Ratzenberger is forever known as Cliff Clavin from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' or "that guy who does voices in every Creator/{{Pixar}} movie".
* Creator/DavidBradley = [[Film/HarryPotter Argus Filch]] and [[Series/GameOfThrones Walder Frey]].
* This can sometimes affect actors who are part of separate franchises - where their character in one will end up [[CharacterizationMarchesOn changing]] to match that of the one in the more successful franchise:
** Chris Hemsworth as {{Film/Thor}}. Notably in ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'' he played a depressed brooder. By the time of the sequel ''Film/TheHuntsmanWintersWar'', Eric is suddenly a lot goofier and Thor with a Scottish accent. He also engages in some AdamWesting of his role as the DumbMuscle in ''{{Film/Ghostbusters 2016}}''.
** Jennifer Lawrence played Mystique in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' and Katniss in ''Film/TheHungerGames''. The latter truly made her a household name, and had an effect on Mystique's characterization too. Her performances between ''First Class'' and ''Days of Future Past'' are drastically different - where in the latter she's a far more heroic character than Mystique has ever historically been. By ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' she has even become an inspiration to young mutants, much in the same way that Katniss has. Jennifer's character in the film ''{{Film/Joy}}'' also undergoes an AdrenalineMakeover to become more Katniss-like.
* Both Creator/HollyMarieCombs and Creator/RoseMcGowan are best known as Piper Halliwell and Paige Matthews in ''{{Series/Charmed}}''. The show remains Holly's most high profile role to date. Despite Rose's work with Quentin Tarantino and her successes earlier in the 90s, all her post-''Charmed'' tyepcasting has been tied to Paige in some way. The former escaped this thanks to ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' but the latter wasn't so lucky. The other two actresses Creator/ShannenDoherty and Creator/AlyssaMilano have avoided this mostly because they already had other famous projects to their name; Shannen with ''{{Film/Heathers}}'' and ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', and Alyssa with ''Series/WhosTheBoss'', ''Series/MelrosePlace'' and ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''.
* Creator/DanStevens was stuck in this at first after leaving ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' - with most of his initial work being period dramas that evoked Matthew Crawley in some way. But as of the success of ''Film/TheGuest'' and ''Film/AWalkAmongTheTombstones'' and the upcoming ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017'' he appears to have slipped out of it.
* Creator/JamieLeeCurtis fell headlong into this in the early 80s. The success of ''{{Film/Halloween 1978}}'' typecast her as a FinalGirl, and all her roles in horror films were essentially Laurie Strode with a different hairstyle. Playing a HookerWithAHeartOfGold in ''Film/TradingPlaces'' helped her escape it and ''Film/TrueLies'' later got her out for good. Years later she would affirm that she and Laurie were virtually nothing alike - and that she had more in common with the character Lynda in the first ''Halloween'' movie.
* Creator/KateBeckinsale achieved stardom with the ''{{Film/Underworld}}'' franchise, and she later commented that this had the effect of making people assume she was either as cold and humourless as Selene or as dainty and fragile as some of her earlier EnglishRose characters. In reality, she's a notorious prankster with a wicked sense of humour.
* Creator/DeborahKerr is unique in that she got Spocked not necessarily for one role, but for a collection of roles. Her initial films in Hollywood all had her playing a ProperLady who, in her own words was "high-minded, long-suffering, white-gloved and decorative". It took a steamy {{Fanservice}} scene in ''Film/FromHereToEternity'' to show people that she did have more range than that. Still, a good portion of her roles after that were nuns, governesses and various {{English Rose}}s. While filming ''Heaven Knows Mr Allison'' Robert Mitchum assumed she would be as stiff and uptight as her characters - with the result than when Deborah [[PrecisionFStrike swore]] after getting a take wrong, he nearly drowned laughing.
* The success of ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'' led to this for Patricia Routledge. She had an impressive body of stage work and opted to end the show in its fifth season so as not to get typecast as the pompous, nagging Hyacinth Bucket. One driver was picking her up from the airport and expected that he would get henpecked to death - but was surprised to discover that she was nothing like Hyacinth at all.
* Creator/NeveCampbell is still synonymous with [[Franchise/{{Scream}} Sydney Prescott]] in the eyes of the public. Some people may remember her more fondly as [[Series/PartyOfFive Julia Salinger]], however.
* Creator/BenAffleck is a curious victim of this after signing on to play Batman in ''Film/BatmanVsSuperman''. His own son apparently was convinced that he was actually Batman - to the degree that whenever he left the house, the son asked "you're going to the Bat Cave right?" - and apparently frequently mistakes Fed-Ex delivery guys for the Joker (as the uniform is the same colour). Thus Ben has to pay the delivery guy $20 to stage a fight on the lawn for his son's benefit.
* Creator/AmyAdams is frequently recognised by young fans of ''{{Film/Enchanted}}''. While she claims to be a lot like Giselle in terms of personality, one thing she doesn't share is the UnlimitedWardrobe of {{Pimped Out Dress}}es. So when the children are disappointed to see her not in the finery, she tends to put on the Giselle voice and say "[[LiesToChildren I'm in disguise.]]"
--> "It's better than me getting down and saying 'it's not real, honey'."
* French actress Mathilda May is best known internationally as the infamous [[EvilIsSexy Space]] [[FullFrontalAssault Girl]] from ''Film/{{Lifeforce}}'' no doubt due to the nature of the character she played ([[OurVampiresAreDifferent a humanoid vampire bat-like alien]] that takes the appearance of an [[MsFanservice ultra gorgeous 19 years old girl that spends 90% of her screen time in her birthday suit]]. The [[JustHereForGodzilla usual]] [[BestKnownForTheFanservice tropes]] are in full effect here.) as well as the fact that May's movie career takes place mostly in the European market and specially in her native France, making her rather unknown globally).
* A large part of the regular cast on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' have no career beyond the animated sitcom.
* The entirety of the ''Series/{{Chespirito}}'' cast got under the influence of this trope, with their better known characters practically becoming their nicknames. With some exceptions, this is partly {{justified|Trope}} due to [[TheDanza some characters having the same name as their actors]]:
** Chespirito himself is the only one that, while still more identified by [[Series/ElChavoDelOcho El Chavo]], was also associated with Series/ElChapulinColorado. It helps that he was the only actor that always played the same character in the latter series.
** While not without character rights disputes with Chespirito, Carlos Villagrán (Quico) and Maria Antonieta de las Nieves (La Chilindrina) embraced the association to the point there were some unsuccessful series with their characters as lead stars. Later on they did circus shows all across latin america as their characters.
** Ramón Valdés is a {{justified|Trope}} case - other cast members described that Don Ramón [[AsHimself was essentially Ramón Valdés under poverty]]. After permanently leaving ''El Chavo del Ocho'' in 1981, he eventually joined Carlos Villagrán in ''¡Ah, qué Kiko!''... as Don Ramón. Interestingly, Ramón Valdés is often associated with how El Chavo often calls Don Ramón: [[{{Malaproper}} Ron Damón]] - when Ramón passed away in 1988, some newspapers titled the news of his death in the lines of "¡Murió Ron Damón!"[[note]]Ron Damón died![[/note]], and during his funeral, Angelines Fernández (who worked with Ramón before ''Chespirito'') called him "Rorro", just how Doña Clotilde, her character, called Don Ramón in the series. ''Chespirito'' also happened to be Ramón's jump to fame - out of the three Valdés brothers, Ramón was often stuck into minor roles before joining the series.
** Angelines Fernández originally had a bad case of this trope, with kids calling her a witch and generally being scared of her, which got her sad, but eventually got over it.
** Similarly, Florinda Meza has to cope with the fact her character in ''El Chavo del Ocho'', Doña Florinda, is mostly disliked. Some actions she took in-real-life did not ease her image with fans of the series, however.
** After the show was cancelled, Rubén Aguirre (Profesor Jirafales) and Edgar Vivar (Señor Barriga/Ñoño) did the same thing as Carlos Villagrán and María Antonieta de las Nieves, and played their characters in circus shows in latin america.
** María Antonieta de las Nieves and Edgar Vivar, before and after ''Chespirito'', respectively, performed voice acting. María Antonieta took part in dubs of several famous series of the 1960s, but her voice's often not recognized in those series, while Edgar Vivar performed voice acting roles in some animated films such as ''Film/{{Ratatouille}}'' and ''Film/{{Up}}'' - yet his roles tend to be considered as "Señor Barriga doing voice acting".
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** While Hermione will likely always be her most famous role, Creator/EmmaWatson took huge steps to avoid this as soon as the films wrapped, cutting her hair short and taking vastly different roles in ''Film/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower'' and ''Film/TheBlingRing'' to shake off any ContractualPurity. She's set to star in a live action remake of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.

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** While Hermione will likely always be her most famous role, Creator/EmmaWatson took huge steps to avoid this as soon as the films wrapped, cutting her hair short and taking vastly different roles in ''Film/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower'' and ''Film/TheBlingRing'' to shake off any ContractualPurity. She's set to star also starred in a the live action remake of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
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* Creator/JohnHurt is known for many things: ''Film/TheElephantMan'', [[WatershipDown Hazel]], [[Series/IClaudius a version of Caligula]], [[Series/DoctorWho The War Doctor]], and [[Film/VForVendetta Adam Sutler]]. But he will always be known as the most definitive version of [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Winston Smith]], the guy who gave birth to an Film/{{Alien}}, and, to younger generations, [[Film/HarryPotter Mr. Ollivander]].

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* Creator/JohnHurt is known for many things: ''Film/TheElephantMan'', [[WatershipDown [[WesternAnimation/WatershipDown Hazel]], [[Series/IClaudius a version of Caligula]], [[Series/DoctorWho The War Doctor]], and [[Film/VForVendetta Adam Sutler]]. But he will always be known as the most definitive version of [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Winston Smith]], the guy who gave birth to an Film/{{Alien}}, and, to younger generations, [[Film/HarryPotter Mr. Ollivander]].
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** Ving Rhames has played many roles in his career but he's all but synonymous with Marsellius Wallace.

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** Ving Rhames Creator/VingRhames has played many roles in his career but he's all but synonymous with Marsellius Wallace.



* Chris Noth. He was a cop for a long time (''Series/LawAndOrder'' and ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'') and Mr. Big (''Series/SexAndTheCity'') for even longer. He now plays another Mr. Big on CBS's ''Series/TheGoodWife''.

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* Chris Noth.Creator/ChrisNoth. He was a cop for a long time (''Series/LawAndOrder'' and ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'') and Mr. Big (''Series/SexAndTheCity'') for even longer. He now plays another Mr. Big on CBS's ''Series/TheGoodWife''.



* Claire Danes stopped the [[UnCancelled un-cancellation]] of ''Series/MySoCalledLife'' because she didn't want to be remembered for being Angela Chase the rest of her life. Now she's known for her award-winning portrayal of Temple Grandin and as a co-star of the Showtime series, ''Series/{{Homeland}}''.

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* Claire Danes Creator/ClaireDanes stopped the [[UnCancelled un-cancellation]] of ''Series/MySoCalledLife'' because she didn't want to be remembered for being Angela Chase the rest of her life. Now she's known for her award-winning portrayal of Temple Grandin Film/TempleGrandin and as a co-star of the Showtime series, ''Series/{{Homeland}}''.



** Elijah Wood isn't the only cast member to fall victim to this. Creator/ViggoMortensen will always be Aragorn. Before that, he played a pretty good [[Film/TheProphecy Lucifer]]. And watching him play opposite of Creator/ChristopherWalken was fun.

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** Elijah Wood Creator/ElijahWood isn't the only cast member to fall victim to this. Creator/ViggoMortensen will always be Aragorn. Before that, he played a pretty good [[Film/TheProphecy Lucifer]]. And watching him play opposite of Creator/ChristopherWalken was fun.



* Ricardo Montalban will always be remembered for [[Series/FantasyIsland wearing a white suit and waiting for "ze plane"]] or as [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Khan]]. Or for his Chrysler's [[BeamMeUpScotty reeeeech Corinthian leather]].
* Rowan Atkinson will always be Series/MrBean in the U.S. and Germany, despite an amazing career as the title character in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' and a variety of other film and stage roles. It's only the select few that knew ''Blackadder'' before ''Mr. Bean'' came out who know he did other work.

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* Ricardo Montalban Creator/RicardoMontalban will always be remembered for [[Series/FantasyIsland wearing a white suit and waiting for "ze plane"]] or as [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Khan]]. Or for his Chrysler's [[BeamMeUpScotty reeeeech Corinthian leather]].
* Rowan Atkinson Creator/RowanAtkinson will always be Series/MrBean in the U.S. and Germany, despite an amazing career as the title character in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' and a variety of other film and stage roles. It's only the select few that knew ''Blackadder'' before ''Mr. Bean'' came out who know he did other work.



** Jason David Frank will always be Tommy. Subverted by the fact that he's perfectly fine with that to the point where he had custom suits made of the White and Green Rangers for him to wear at conventions and photo ops. He also holds a Power Rangers boot camp and throws Green Ranger images on his merchandise. His dojos are also filled with memorabilia.

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** Jason David Frank Creator/JasonDavidFrank will always be Tommy. Subverted by the fact that he's perfectly fine with that to the point where he had custom suits made of the White and Green Rangers for him to wear at conventions and photo ops. He also holds a Power Rangers boot camp and throws Green Ranger images on his merchandise. His dojos are also filled with memorabilia.



* Kristen Bell will always be ''Series/VeronicaMars''. Fortunately, the role of Anna from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' seems to be changing that. Gamers may also remember her as [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Lucy Stillman]].
* Gabourey Sidibe used her monologue while hosting [[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]] to explain how she is nothing like her character Film/{{Precious}}, and that she does in fact live a normal, well adjusted life having grown up in a loving family with both parents. Fortunately she seems to be escaping it with ''Series/{{Empire}}.''

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* Kristen Bell Creator/KristenBell will always be ''Series/VeronicaMars''. Fortunately, the role of Anna from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' seems to be changing that. Gamers may also remember her as [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Lucy Stillman]].
* Gabourey Sidibe Creator/GaboureySidibe used her monologue while hosting [[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]] to explain how she is nothing like her character Film/{{Precious}}, and that she does in fact live a normal, well adjusted life having grown up in a loving family with both parents. Fortunately she seems to be escaping it with ''Series/{{Empire}}.''



** Alan Tudyk only escapes this when he's doing voice acting (especially for Disney).

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** Alan Tudyk Creator/AlanTudyk only escapes this when he's doing voice acting (especially for Disney).



* Ed O'Neill, a.k.a. [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy]]. That is, him and the rest of the cast. In O'Neill's case, he was so famous for portraying Al that when he appeared in ''Film/FlightOfTheIntruder'' as a JAG prosecutor in a court martial scene, [[{{Narm}} the test audience laughed at the sight of him]], yelling "Al Bundy!" [[TheOtherMarty The scene had to be reshot with Fred Thompson playing the part]]. He has since found success on ''Series/ModernFamily''. It helps that on ''Modern Family'', his character is extremely laid back, in contrast to the angry and bitter Al. Katey Sagal, who famously portrayed Peggy Bundy, will be remembered [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} for]] [[Series/EightSimpleRules different]] [[Series/SonsOfAnarchy roles]].

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* Ed O'Neill, Creator/EdONeill, a.k.a. [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy]]. That is, him and the rest of the cast. In O'Neill's case, he was so famous for portraying Al that when he appeared in ''Film/FlightOfTheIntruder'' as a JAG prosecutor in a court martial scene, [[{{Narm}} the test audience laughed at the sight of him]], yelling "Al Bundy!" [[TheOtherMarty The scene had to be reshot with Fred Thompson playing the part]]. He has since found success on ''Series/ModernFamily''. It helps that on ''Modern Family'', his character is extremely laid back, in contrast to the angry and bitter Al. Katey Sagal, who famously portrayed Peggy Bundy, will be remembered [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} for]] [[Series/EightSimpleRules different]] [[Series/SonsOfAnarchy roles]].



** Alia Shawkat will ''always'' be Maeby. It certainly doesn't help that it's her only major role.

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** Alia Shawkat Creator/AliaShawkat will ''always'' be Maeby. It certainly doesn't help that it's her only major role.



* Vince Vaughn nailed his role in ''Film/{{Swingers}}''. Rave reviews, the next golden goose. Now he can't play anything else (except one creepy murder role). See also: ''Film/OldSchool'', ''Film/WeddingCrashers'', ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' and ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005''.

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* Vince Vaughn Creator/VinceVaughn nailed his role in ''Film/{{Swingers}}''. Rave reviews, the next golden goose. Now he can't play anything else (except one creepy murder role). See also: ''Film/OldSchool'', ''Film/WeddingCrashers'', ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' and ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005''.



* Michael C. Hall is ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', a sociopathic serial killer with a CreepyMonotone that sends chills down your spine. Now imagine him doing a car commercial in the same voice and not feel a little scared.

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* Michael C. Hall Creator/MichaelCHall is ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', a sociopathic serial killer with a CreepyMonotone that sends chills down your spine. Now imagine him doing a car commercial in the same voice and not feel a little scared.



* Gary Sinise has been so strongly identified as Lieutenant Dan Taylor in ''Film/ForrestGump'' that he called his band "The Lieutenant Dan Band". [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He has also played Lt. Dan in PSAs for suicide hotlines aimed at military veterans.]] In fact, Taylor made such an impression on Sinise that he has become a notable and outspoken advocate for veterans' issues ever since. May be subverted by younger viewers of ''[[Series/CsiNY CSI:NY]]''.

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* Gary Sinise Creator/GarySinise has been so strongly identified as Lieutenant Dan Taylor in ''Film/ForrestGump'' that he called his band "The Lieutenant Dan Band". [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming He has also played Lt. Dan in PSAs for suicide hotlines aimed at military veterans.]] In fact, Taylor made such an impression on Sinise that he has become a notable and outspoken advocate for veterans' issues ever since. May be subverted by younger viewers of ''[[Series/CsiNY CSI:NY]]''.



* Jim Caviezel will always be known as Jesus in ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist''. However, he doesn't seem to mind. He considers the role his calling, and it changed him.

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* Jim Caviezel Creator/JimCaviezel will always be known as Jesus in ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist''. However, he doesn't seem to mind. He considers the role his calling, and it changed him.



* Kevin Sorbo is Hercules. Even when he was on ''Andromeda'', he was still Hercules InSpace. This is another case where the actor doesn't seem to mind, since he also played Hercules for ''[[VideoGame/GodOfWar God of War III]]''. He found it interesting to play a Hercules who was so different from his Hercules. He even happily promotes the fact that he's doing ''another'' bonus Hercules work, this time his retro skin from ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}''.

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* Kevin Sorbo Creator/KevinSorbo is Hercules. Even when he was on ''Andromeda'', he was still Hercules InSpace. This is another case where the actor doesn't seem to mind, since he also played Hercules for ''[[VideoGame/GodOfWar God of War III]]''. He found it interesting to play a Hercules who was so different from his Hercules. He even happily promotes the fact that he's doing ''another'' bonus Hercules work, this time his retro skin from ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}''.



* John Ritter will always be [[Series/ThreesCompany Jack Tripper]]. Ditto the rest of the cast: Joyce [=DeWitt=] is forever Janet Wood, Suzanne Somers is always Christmas "Chrissy" Snow, Norman Fell = Stanley Roper, Audra Lindley = Helen Roper, Richard Kline = Larry Dallas, Jenilee Harrison = Cindy Snow, Priscilla Barnes = Terri Alden, and Don Knotts, although he does hold the distinction of also being [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Barney Fife]], will be Ralph Furley till the end of time.

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* John Ritter Creator/JohnRitter will always be [[Series/ThreesCompany Jack Tripper]]. Ditto the rest of the cast: Joyce [=DeWitt=] is forever Janet Wood, Suzanne Somers is always Christmas "Chrissy" Snow, Norman Fell = Stanley Roper, Audra Lindley = Helen Roper, Richard Kline = Larry Dallas, Jenilee Harrison = Cindy Snow, Priscilla Barnes = Terri Alden, and Don Knotts, although he does hold the distinction of also being [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Barney Fife]], will be Ralph Furley till the end of time.



* Despite [=Rachel McAdams=]' successful career, to most millennials she'll always be best known as [[Film/MeanGirls Regina George]]. Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Lizzy Caplan, Jonathan Bennett, and Tim Meadows have also been hit hard with this. Even Seyfried's massive success in TheNewTens doesn't change the fact that her most iconic role is Karen Smith. Lindsay Lohan actually averts this; while Cady Heron is certainly her most iconic role, people still know her best as washed-up child star Lindsay Lohan.

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* Despite [=Rachel McAdams=]' Creator/RachelMcAdams' successful career, to most millennials she'll always be best known as [[Film/MeanGirls Regina George]]. Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Lizzy Caplan, Creator/AmandaSeyfried, Creator/LaceyChabert, Creator/LizzyCaplan, Jonathan Bennett, and Tim Meadows have also been hit hard with this. Even Seyfried's massive success in TheNewTens doesn't change the fact that her most iconic role is Karen Smith. Lindsay Lohan Creator/LindsayLohan actually averts this; while Cady Heron is certainly her most iconic role, people still know her best as washed-up child star Lindsay Lohan.



* While Keanu Reeves certainly escaped the shadow of ''Film/BillAndTed'', Alex Winter did not. 25 years later and he's still synonymous with Bill S. Preston.

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* While Keanu Reeves Creator/KeanuReeves certainly escaped the shadow of ''Film/BillAndTed'', Alex Winter did not. 25 years later and he's still synonymous with Bill S. Preston.



* Sir Derek Jacobi has had an extensive career, having been the wimpy Emperor [[Series/IClaudius Claudius]] and two incarnations of [[Series/DoctorWho The Master]]. You may also remember him from ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''. But to many, he will always be the kindly [[Series/{{Cadfael}} Brother Cadfael]].

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* Sir Derek Jacobi Creator/DerekJacobi has had an extensive career, having been the wimpy Emperor [[Series/IClaudius Claudius]] and two incarnations of [[Series/DoctorWho The Master]]. You may also remember him from ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''. But to many, he will always be the kindly [[Series/{{Cadfael}} Brother Cadfael]].
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** Try as he might, will always be "the campy Series/{{Batman}}". [[AdamWesting He seems to be taking it well]]. Judging from a lot of his [[OldSuperhero later roles]], he started appearing to be typecast as the guy who was typecast. He follows William Shatner's route of [[IAmNotLeonardNimoy "hey, it's William Shatner!" roles]] to the point of playing himself in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', in one of the most surreal characters this side of [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Homsar]] (Mayor West is probably his best known character besides Batman).

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** Try as he might, will Will always be remembered as "the campy Series/{{Batman}}". Series/{{Batman}}" (or, if you prefer, "the Bright Knight"), and [[AdamWesting He seems to be taking it well]].he ended up being just fine with that]]. Judging from a lot of his [[OldSuperhero later roles]], he started appearing to be typecast as the guy who was typecast. He follows followed William Shatner's route of [[IAmNotLeonardNimoy "hey, it's William Shatner!" roles]] to the point of playing himself in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', in one of the most surreal characters this side of [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Homsar]] (Mayor West is probably his best known character besides Batman).
1st Jul '17 1:03:17 AM erforce
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* Vince Vaughn nailed his role in ''Film/{{Swingers}}''. Rave reviews, the next golden goose. Now he can't play anything else (except one creepy murder role). See also: ''Film/OldSchool'', ''Film/WeddingCrashers'', ''Film/{{Dodgeball}}'' and ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005''.

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* Vince Vaughn nailed his role in ''Film/{{Swingers}}''. Rave reviews, the next golden goose. Now he can't play anything else (except one creepy murder role). See also: ''Film/OldSchool'', ''Film/WeddingCrashers'', ''Film/{{Dodgeball}}'' ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' and ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005''.
28th Jun '17 10:13:58 PM PaulA
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* Despite Rachel McAdams' successful career, to most millennials she'll always be best known as [[Film/MeanGirls Regina George]]. Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Lizzy Caplan, Jonathan Bennett, and Tim Meadows have also been hit hard with this. Even Seyfried's massive success in TheNewTens doesn't change the fact that her most iconic role is Karen Smith. Lindsay Lohan actually averts this; while Cady Heron is certainly her most iconic role, people still know her best as washed-up child star Lindsay Lohan.

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* Despite Rachel McAdams' [=Rachel McAdams=]' successful career, to most millennials she'll always be best known as [[Film/MeanGirls Regina George]]. Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Lizzy Caplan, Jonathan Bennett, and Tim Meadows have also been hit hard with this. Even Seyfried's massive success in TheNewTens doesn't change the fact that her most iconic role is Karen Smith. Lindsay Lohan actually averts this; while Cady Heron is certainly her most iconic role, people still know her best as washed-up child star Lindsay Lohan.
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