Created By: spongeboy1985 on July 7, 2012 Last Edited By: Crossover-Enthusiast on March 10, 2017

Only Six Voices

What happens when the characters are voiced by the same few voice actors.

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This is the result of what happens when characters are voiced by only a handful of voice actors. Often you might hear characters that sound the same.

Related to Only Six Faces.

The Simpsons is probably one of the most famous shows to be voiced by a handful of voice actors for a majority of the main characters, though they're so good at changing their voices that the trope is subverted and all of the characters sound pretty distinct. Most of the adult male characters voiced by Dan Castellaneta, Harry Shearer, and Hank Azaria.

Played straight with South Park, as Matt Stone and Trey Parker voice most of the characters. Gets funny when a one shot character sounds just like Mr. Garrison.

Homestar Runner also plays with this trope, as The Brothers Chaps voice most of the characters (though somewhat Justified due to there only being a handful of main characters).
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  • July 8, 2012
    I have edited the OP above for spelling, grammar, punctuation and capitalization problems.
  • July 8, 2012
    • the asterisk is a very useful thing to add to examples. It lets people know where the description stops and the examples start.
  • July 8, 2012
    • Ur Example: with few exceptions, all the main Looney Tunes characters are voiced by Mel Blanc.
    • Animalympics had only four voice actors. Gilda Radner did all the female characters, a young Billy Crystal did his Howard Cosell and Muhammad Ali inpersonations for Rugs Turkel and Joey Gongolong, and you can hear early versions of Harry Shearer's Simpsons characters in the cast (particularly Kent Brockman as Keane Hacksaw).
  • July 8, 2012
    In Sweden, there are very many characters to dub and very few voice actors who do it. The same people do pretty much all the voices. Gunnar Ernblad is one of the most reoccuring ones. He did Kingpin in Spiderman The Animated Series and Koopa in The Super Mario Bros Super Show, among others. Another one is Johan Hedenberg, who does a voice in almost every single cartoon that's not a pure comedy and some that are, like X Men Evolution, X Men The Animated Series, and Quack Pack (where he did almost every single one-episode character). And then there's Pernilla Wahlgren, who does a buttload of voices in all kinds of cartoons and singlehandedly has provided pretty much all the female voices of Spongebob Squarepants, including every reoccuring one.
  • July 8, 2012
    Star Wars The Clone Wars generally averts this, with a fairly sizeable cast for the series. But the Clone Troopers are generally all voiced by the same voice actor, even when an episode focuses on a small group of individual Clone Troopers (such as Episode 1.05, "Rookies," or 3.02, "ARC Troopers".)
  • July 8, 2012
    • Matt Stone and Trey Parker do the majority of male voices in South Park a lot of which are blatantly similar if not outright identical (though they get around this with some voices due to modifying the pitch, eg. Stan is basically Randy's voice pitched up). Played with for female characters, since several female voice actresses have come and left the show following Mary Kay Bergham's death. During their respective runs however, they do similarly recycle voice roles for characters.
    • Family Guy uses a sizeable cast, but similar voices are prominant, especially due to the heavy use of background characters or one shots. Seth Macfarlene in particular, though having a plausible vocal range, has voiced a endless amount of characters, many of which sound similar. Outright lampshaded in one episode where Peter notes the similarities in voice to his doctor and Carter Peutershmit, leading to a conversation between the two ("Kinda lazy isn't it?").

    EDIT: Whoops didn't notice the South Park example already up.
  • July 8, 2012
    ^ The Family Guy example has been lampshaded at least once; when Peter points out that his father-in-law and his doctor have precisely the same voice, and the two characters have a conversation in the same scene to prove it.

    • Oblivion is somewhat infamous for having exactly 3 NP Cs with unique voices (Emperor Uriel, Martin and Mankar Camoran, voiced by Patrick Stewart, Sean Bean and Terence Stamp respectively), and the rest of the population of Cyrodiil being voiced by 10 actors, making absolutely no effort to hide it.
  • July 8, 2012
    I think this is already covered by Talking To Himself
  • July 8, 2012
    @Tony G: Mel Blanc wasn't quite as prolific as it appeared; he was the only one credited ("Voice Characterizations by Mel Blanc") because he managed to get the credit into his contract when he went exclusive with Warner Bros. Nobody else had that clause, so nobody else was credited.
  • July 8, 2012
    Astaroth's right; we already have this.
  • January 23, 2017
    No, "Talking to himself" is just characters talking to each other - there can still be a large amount of actors. Only Six Voices would be Talking to Yourself when it's inevitable, because the low number of Voice Actors is taken to the extreme, even with a large cast
  • January 28, 2017
    Fixed some punctuation, linked the examples to the correct pages, and fixed "the brothers Chap" misspelling.
  • March 7, 2017
    • Kantai Collection has many of its female cast being voiced by the same voice actor, the most of them being Rina Hidaka voicing 12 (mostly) different girls.
  • March 8, 2017
    We already have Talking To Himself (one VA voicing both sides of a conversation) and Man Of A Thousand Voices (for VA's who can convincingly portray a wide variety of characters).

    If we're going to distinguish this, I think the best way to do it would be to focus on cases where a small number of VA's results in some characters sounding a lot alike.
  • March 10, 2017
    • The English dub of Yokai Watch features this. It's usually used for a comedic effect, as there are only so many voices background characters can have and much of the time the voices are off-seeming and cartoony.