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21st Aug '16 12:50:22 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/ComingToAmerica'', EddieMurphy and Arsenio Hall play several different roles, including white or female characters.
** EddieMurphy is doing this a lot more nowadays.

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* In ''Film/ComingToAmerica'', EddieMurphy Creator/EddieMurphy and Arsenio Hall play several different roles, including white or female characters.
** EddieMurphy Creator/EddieMurphy is doing this a lot more nowadays.
20th Aug '16 2:41:24 AM Morgenthaler
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-->-- '''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Miles Antwiler]]''' [[http://moviemoses.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/diary-of-a-mad-black-woman-darren-grant-2005/ on]] ''DiaryOfAMadBlackWoman''

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-->-- '''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Miles Antwiler]]''' [[http://moviemoses.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/diary-of-a-mad-black-woman-darren-grant-2005/ on]] ''DiaryOfAMadBlackWoman''
''Film/DiaryOfAMadBlackWoman''



* A 2001 TV advert for the Yellow Pages in NewZealand featured Joel Tobeck (of [[Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules & Xena]], and later ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', fame) as not just himself, but also a taxi driver, a security guard, a fashion model, and an army of department store assistants.

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* A 2001 TV advert for the Yellow Pages in NewZealand UsefulNotes/NewZealand featured Joel Tobeck (of [[Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules & Xena]], and later ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', fame) as not just himself, but also a taxi driver, a security guard, a fashion model, and an army of department store assistants.
31st Jul '16 6:36:05 PM Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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See TalkingToHimself for what this can lead to with voice actors. YouLookFamiliar is this trope applied to characters over the course of a TV series. YouALLLookFamiliar is the video game character model equivalent. Compare with ManOfAThousandFaces. May or may not involve SignificantDoubleCasting.

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See TalkingToHimself for what this can lead to with voice actors. YouLookFamiliar is this trope applied to characters over the course of a TV series. YouALLLookFamiliar is the video game character model equivalent. If the characters are related, it's an UncannyFamilyResemblance. Compare with ManOfAThousandFaces. May or may not involve SignificantDoubleCasting.
27th Jul '16 6:50:38 PM Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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* Creator/MichaelJFox plays five roles in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'': three different versions of Marty [=McFly=] (the one who originally went to 1955 in the first film, the one who returned to 1955 to retrieve the sports almanac, and his future self in 2015), as well as his son in 2015, and his daughter in 2015.
19th May '16 4:09:35 PM nombretomado
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* On ''TheMightyBoosh'', dozens of prominent - and minor - characters are played by Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt and Rich Fulcher. Fielding (as well as playing the major character of Vince Noir) fills notable roles such as the Hitcher, the Moon, Old Gregg, Tony Harrison, Montgomery Flange, the Spirit of Jazz and Spider Dijon. Barratt (who plays Howard Moon) also plays Rudy van [=DiSarzio=], the Crack Fox, Mr Susan, Dennis the Shaman, Bryan Ferry, Sandstorm, and Jurgen Haabermaaster. Rich Fulcher, who is best known for playing Bob Fossil, has given ''many'' other very memorable performances over the course of the series, including Lester Corncrake, Kodiak Jack, Tommy the Cheese Priest, the Ape of Death, The Betamax Bandit, Alan (the Blue King of Xooberon) and "Eleanor", among others.

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* On ''TheMightyBoosh'', ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', dozens of prominent - and minor - characters are played by Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt and Rich Fulcher. Fielding (as well as playing the major character of Vince Noir) fills notable roles such as the Hitcher, the Moon, Old Gregg, Tony Harrison, Montgomery Flange, the Spirit of Jazz and Spider Dijon. Barratt (who plays Howard Moon) also plays Rudy van [=DiSarzio=], the Crack Fox, Mr Susan, Dennis the Shaman, Bryan Ferry, Sandstorm, and Jurgen Haabermaaster. Rich Fulcher, who is best known for playing Bob Fossil, has given ''many'' other very memorable performances over the course of the series, including Lester Corncrake, Kodiak Jack, Tommy the Cheese Priest, the Ape of Death, The Betamax Bandit, Alan (the Blue King of Xooberon) and "Eleanor", among others.
11th May '16 12:03:38 PM Sorio99
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* AGentlemansGuideToLoveAndMurder has one actor playing all eight main members of the D'Ysquith family [[spoiler: and one less important member right at the end]]. Doesn't sound as impressive as some of the other examples in this subheading, but considering how elaborate the costumes are and how often at least one member is on stage, it's still fairly impressive.
21st Apr '16 5:34:35 PM igordebraga
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* Every actor in the film adaptation of ''CloudAtlas'' plays multiple roles in order to get across the concept of reincarnation (the story spans six different periods of history). Many of the roles are in different genders and races; Halle Berry, for instance, plays a Maori slave in the 1800s, a Jewish German woman in the 1930s, a 1970's news reporter, an Indian woman in the present day, an old Korean man in the future of 2144, and a woman from a futuristic society in a post-apocalyptic storyline.

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* Every actor in the film adaptation of ''CloudAtlas'' ''Film/CloudAtlas'' [[http://azsunblogger.blogspot.com/2013/06/cloud-atlas-study-guide.html?view=sidebar plays multiple roles in order order]] to get across the concept of reincarnation (the story spans six different periods of history). Many of the roles are in different genders and races; Halle Berry, for instance, plays a Maori slave in the 1800s, a Jewish German woman in the 1930s, a 1970's news reporter, an Indian woman in the present day, an old Korean man in the future of 2144, and a woman from a futuristic society in a post-apocalyptic storyline.
12th Apr '16 8:31:07 PM PaulA
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* This trope taken to the extreme can be found in the theatrical adaptation of John Buchan's ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps.'' The show has over 100 roles. There are four actors.
-->'''BigBad:''' *is shot, with Hannay, a police officer and the girl looking on* There was only supposed to be a cast of ''four!''
** The lead man plays one role, the lead woman plays four, and the remaining two actors play ''all of the other roles'' between the two of them. HilarityEnsues, as does much switching of hats, when four or five of these characters are in the same scene. It prides itself in {{lampshading}} everything about this trope.

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* This trope taken Taken to the extreme can be found in ''Theatre/The39Steps'': the theatrical adaptation of John Buchan's ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps.'' The show has over 100 roles. There a hundred roles; there are four actors.
-->'''BigBad:''' *is shot, with Hannay, a police officer and the girl looking on* There was only supposed to be a cast of ''four!''
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actors. The lead man plays one role, the lead woman plays four, and the remaining two actors play ''all of the other roles'' between the two of them. HilarityEnsues, as does much switching of hats, when four or five of these characters are in the same scene. It prides itself in {{lampshading}} everything about this trope. [[spoiler:At the climax, while the hero, the love interest, and a police officer are confronting the villain, the villain is shot to ensure his silence by a gun-wielding arm that reaches in from offstage. This proves so shocking to the villain -- how can there be a gunman when all the cast are already on stage? -- that it takes him a while to remember to die.]]
11th Apr '16 1:52:27 PM KennyMan666
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* In the video for Ken Hirai's ''Pop Star'', all seven characters that appear are played by Ken himself: The three singers in the "band", their manager, two people in mascot suits and the janitor.
14th Feb '16 8:04:46 PM JeremySkunk
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*** And then there's Brent Spiner, who's played three different Soong-type androids (Data, Lore, and B-4) and two different Soongs (Noonien and Arik). The crowning achievement is in the episode "Brothers", where he plays Data, Lore, and Noonien Soong in the same scene ''at the same time'' (with the help of ChromaKey, of course).

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*** And then there's Brent Spiner, who's played three different Soong-type androids (Data, Lore, and B-4) and two different Soongs (Noonien and Arik). The crowning achievement is in the episode "Brothers", where he plays Data, Lore, and Noonien Soong in the same scene ''at the same time'' (with the help of ChromaKey, of course). Also worth mentioning is the seventh-season Masks, where Data is possessed by a succession of alien deities from a probe taking over the Enterprise.
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