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->''"It was [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]] playing Series/TJHooker, not Creator/WilliamShatner the actor. You're just thinking he's taken a month off... and come down to Earth and said 'I want to be a cop for a bit'."''
-->-- '''Creator/EddieIzzard''', ''Unrepeatable''

One of the most severe forms of [[TypeCasting typecasting]], in which an actor or actress is not only defined as a certain character archetype, but in a specific role.

This is most certainly a double-edged sword, as it often guarantees that the performer will be famous for some time to come, but on the other hand, that role may end up stifling the performer's future acting prospects, as he or she may get rejected for other roles that may be seen as being [[PlayingAgainstType against type]]. This can be tough on actors who, as artists, may have a strong desire to move on. As viewers and historians, it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between an actor who lucked out by getting one iconic role, and an actor whose career was hampered by an over-association with it.

This seems to disproportionately happen to actors from sci-fi and fantasy works, possibly because [[SciFiGhetto some casting agencies may feel their credibility as a "serious" actor has been hurt by working on such shows.]]

Outside live action, this may be a PigeonholedVoiceActor.

Typecasting may have been more common in the early days of television as a holdover from motion pictures. It was common in the 1930s and '40s for a movie actor who was not a leading man or lady to make a career out of playing the same type of character.

Named for the 1975 autobiography by none other than Creator/LeonardNimoy. An autobiography that, incidentally, didn't actually say what everyone thought it said because of the title.

See also ButIPlayOneOnTV. Compare AdamWesting and NeverLiveItDown. Contrast IAmNotLeonardNimoy. And see ContractualPurity for those trapped in kids' show wholesomeness. Finally, see JustForFun/RoleAssociation for the JustForFun version. Not to be confused with IAmNotShazam.

''Remember that ExamplesAreNotRecent''.

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!!Examples in fiction:

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* A major arc in ''Manga/SkipBeat'' revolves around the fact that Kyoko's portrayal of the character [[LoveToHate Mio]] in her major television debut defined the roles she was offered after the fact - to the point that the directors would tell her to "just act like Mio."
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* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' parodied the dilemma of the cast of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', where the entire cast of the [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe sci-fi series]] is known for nothing else. One of them - Alexander Dane, playing the Spock {{Expy}} Dr. Lazarus - laments that he was [[ClassicallyTrainedExtra a respected stage actor]] who'd earned acclaim starring in ''Theatre/RichardIII'' ("There were five curtain calls!") before he was cast in the series. Not only did several of the original ''Franchise/StarTrek'' cast act in Creator/WilliamShakespeare before their ''Franchise/StarTrek'' roles (including Creator/WilliamShatner and Creator/PatrickStewart), but so did Creator/AlanRickman, who plays Alexander Dane. And despite his hatred for the role, Dane is never seen without his [[RubberForeheadAliens make up on]], even when he's at home by himself.
* In ''Film/{{Soapdish}}'', everyone in the dinner theater washed up soap actor Jeffrey Anderson is working at calls him "[[Theatre/DeathOfASalesman Mr. Loman]]", whom he plays.
-->'''Theatre employee:''' Five minutes, Mr. Loman!\\
'''Jeffrey:''' Don't - call me - Mr. - ''Loman!'' My name is ''Anderson! '''Anderson! ANDERSON!'''''\\
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'''Theatre employee:''' Someone to see you, Mr. Loman!\\
'''Jeffrey:''' ''(steadily getting louder)'' Stop calling me Mr. ''LOMAN!''
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* A variant happens in the first Thanksgiving episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}''. Joey does modeling for a stock photo company and ends up on a poster for [= STDs=]. His family then thinks he actually has one. In [[Series/{{Joey}} the spinoff]], this is played with, with Creator/BrentSpiner, who's best known as Data from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. As we see Michael calling him Data, his agent just tells him to go with it. It's a bit of a TruthInTelevision parody as Spiner suffers from this in RealLife as well.
* ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' had a whole plotline in Season 2 where Larry tried, unsuccessfully, to pitch a show about one of the actors from ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' facing this, first with Creator/JasonAlexander, then with [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus]]. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption He fails with both attempts]].
* When Creator/RichardWilson guest starred in ''Series/FatherTed'' AsHimself, he beat Ted up for using [[Series/OneFootInTheGrave Victor Meldrew's]] catchphrase on him.
* In an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', a martial arts instructor is famous for a series of action movies called ''The Dragon Killer''. One scene has him arguing with his agent over the phone saying, "I just want to play the dad in the telephone commercial!" suggesting he suffers from this in-universe. For reference, the actor was Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Shang Tsung in ''Film/MortalKombat'', AdamWesting as an expy of himself.
* Parodied in a ''[[Series/MADtv MADtv]]'' HalloweenEpisode featuring Creator/RobertEnglund (best known for playing [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]]), where everyone, much to his growing frustration, keeps referring to him as "that guy who played Willie in ''Series/{{V 1983}}''".
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Fraiser and Niles tries to bring a Shakespearian actor from their youth back from being Spocked in a sci fi show. In a subversion, it backfired, not because no one could divorce him from the role, but because he's a [[BadBadActing dreadful actor]].
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** Parodied in an episode where Sheldon meets Creator/JamesEarlJones. Jones immediately realizes that Sheldon likely knows him as [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]], and not any of the other roles he had throughout his lengthy career. Though it seems at first that he is annoyed by this attention, he quickly reveals that he too is a fan of ''Star Wars'' and does not mind that so many people immediately associate him with the franchise.
---> '''James Earl Jones:''' Let me guess. You like Star Wars.
---> '''Sheldon:''' ''nods excitedly''
---> '''James Earl Jones:''' You know, Iíve been in other movies.
---> '''Sheldon:''' ''nods excitedly''
---> '''James Earl Jones:''' But you donít care about those, do you?
---> '''Sheldon:''' ''shakes head''
---> '''James Earl Jones:''' I have one thing to say to people like you. I like Star Wars, too. Care to join me?
** Deconstructed in another episode of ''The Big Bang Theory'' featuring "Professor Proton", a scientist who hosted a kids show that the main characters had been fond of in their youth. The unfortunate scientist, Dr. Arthur Jeffries (played by Creator/BobNewhart), has been so famously typecast in the role of Professor Proton that the scientific community now sees him as nothing more than a kids' show actor, rather than the serious scientist he actually is. As a result, he loathes the Professor Proton role, but has been forced to perform for kids' birthday parties just to pay the bills.
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* In ''Webcomic/TheEnd'', this was what defined the career of actor Victor Smart. It's also another ''Franchise/StarTrek'' parallel, as his most famous role was a starship captain.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** Actress Mary Dahl, a.k.a. Baby Doll, suffers a genetic disorder which keeps her from growing, leaving her trapped in a child's body, and went insane because nobody would accept her as anything but the lovable, troublesome tot Baby Doll. She strove to establish a legitimate acting career outside of the Baby Doll role, including starring in a stage production of ''Macbeth'', but it was largely panned and ignored. This echoes the real life case of Gary Coleman, who likewise suffered from a similar health condition and was typecast.
** Actor Simon Trent, a.k.a. The Gray Ghost, sank into poverty after typecasting kept him from getting other roles after the series ended. Things turned around for him after he helped Batman capture a criminal who was using an episode of the show as a template for a series of extortion bombings. Trent is voiced by Creator/AdamWest, and the episode is a [[AffectionateParody tribute]] to [[Series/{{Batman}} the 1960s]] ''Batman'' series.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Brian meets a reclusive singer who made a fortune singing advertising jingles. When she tried to branch out into opera, her debut performance of ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}'' was ruined because the audience kept shouting at her to sing their favorite jingles instead.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch parodying ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', Creator/HarrisonFord compalins that he doesn't want to go into space because he's just an actor, only for a fat nerd to shout "You go, [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo]]!" Later inverted in the same sketch, where Creator/MarkHamill says he should have gone up to space because he "destroyed the Death Star", only for the very same nerd to tell him "It's just a movie, dude."
** This wasn't the first time Hamill's done that - his appearance on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' had him crash-land as Luke Skywalker, and insist on fetching his "[[UncannyFamilyResemblance cousin]]" Mark Hamill whenever he was asked to perform in a sketch.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In one episode, Creator/MarkHamill, [[AsHimself voiced by himself]], gets quite annoyed by the fact that everyone wants to see him only as Luke Skywalker - even when he is playing a role in a work as far away from ''Franchise/StarWars'' as you can imagine, such as ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''.
** Parodied in the Treehouse of Horror segment "Desperately Xeeking Xena", in which everyone who encountered ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' star Creator/LucyLawless addressed her as "Xena", much to her exasperation. Eventually, at the end of the segment when Bart and Lisa have rescued her from The Collector (Comic Book Guy as a nerdy supervillian), she offers to take them home -- and so picks them up and begins to fly. "Xena can't fly!" Lisa exclaims. Lucy's response? "I told you, I'm ''not'' Xena. I'm Lucy Lawless."
* ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' has another Creator/MarkHamill AsHimself example. Milo lines up to get his autograph, but only because he confused him with ''Dorothy'' Hamill. As Mark Hamill tries to explain who he actually is, listing various roles he's played, someone in the back of the line screams that he was Luke Skywalker. Hamill immediately has security drag that fan away, then screams that he had that role ''twenty years ago, people,'' get over it.
* ''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.
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!!RealLife Examples:
* The entire cast of the original ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' suffered from this:
** Most have come to accept it with some degree of dignity; witness Creator/LeonardNimoy's later book, ''I Am Spock''. Though it should be noted that was written partly to counter the misconception that he hated the character, rather than just being annoyed by the association. The fallout from the book title almost cost him the director's chair in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', so it wasn't so humorous then.
** The title is taken verbatim from an encounter that Nimoy had with an eight-year-old fan in an airport; when the boy's mother introduced the actor as, "Your favorite character! Mister Spock!," the boy looked Nimoy up and down and couldn't see Spock in this loser stranger.
** When Nimoy attempted a recording career, his first album was ''Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock's Music from Outer Space'' with songs and recitations supposed to be by Spock along with a couple such as "Where Is Love" clearly meant to be by Nimoy. The second album, ''Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy'', was ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. His next three albums were all Nimoy.
** Creator/WilliamShatner has managed to escape this by now, if only by being typecast instead [[AdamWesting as a caricature of himself]], of which Kirk is just one example among many.
** Even diehard ''Series/BabylonFive'' fans had a hard time not thinking of Walter Koenig's MagnificentBastard, Alfred Bester, as "Evil Chekov".
*** Creator/JMichaelStraczynski stated that he hired Walter Koenig because of this. He wanted to give him a chance to show his range as an actor. Koenig later referred to Pavel Chekhov as his favorite role of his career for this reason.
*** Walter Koenig having played these two roles is spoofed in the Finnish ''Franchise/StarTrek''[=/=]''Series/BabylonFive'' {{Crossover}} parody ''Film/StarWreckInThePirkinning''. Janos Honkonen was [[ActorAllusion deliberately cast]] as both Sergei Fukov of P-Fleet (parodies on Pavel Chekov and Starfleet, respectively) and Festerbester of Babel-13 (parodies on Alfred Bester and Babylon-5, respectively) just to have the same face on these two characters.
** In his autobiography, Scotty actor James Doohan relayed stories of casting calls he got after ''Star Trek'' where he would read for a part only to be asked by the casting directors, "So where's the accent?" He expresses gratitude to producer Aaron Spelling, who, when he was hired for a guest role on the ''Hotel'' TV series, told Doohan he was hired for his acting, not the accent, and it was up to him whether he wanted to use it or not.
** Kirk Thatcher, a associate producer on ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', played a tiny, albeit memorable role in the film. He says his gravestone will read [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr82dZpCr48 "Punk On Bus - Star Trek IV"]] even if he wins the Nobel Prize.
** The cast of the modern ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series didn't do a lot better:
*** Creator/BrentSpiner wishes people would stop calling him Data. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in an episode of ''Series/{{Joey}}'' where he guest starred AsHimself. He saw it coming, too. In an interview with ''Magazine/TVGuide'' on the GrandFinale of ''The Next Generation'', he said that for the rest of his career, he would be "That guy who played Data!" He has also made a self-deprecating cameo appearance on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', trying to break even by selling Data collectible toys out of his car.
*** Creator/MichaelDorn's best remembered for his role as Worf. His Twitter account is even [=@akaWorf=], so he at least seems to have a sense of humor about it.
*** Creator/PatrickStewart couldn't escape from being Picard until he became [[Film/XMen Professor Xavier]].
*** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roxann_Dawson Roxann Dawson]] (B'Elanna Torres) looks very strange to Trek fans without her Klingon forehead. She has tried to avoid this by quitting acting in favor of (TV) directing. Same with Robert Duncan [=McNeill=] (a producer on ''Series/{{Chuck}}''), Creator/JonathanFrakes (producer on ''Series/{{Leverage}}''), Creator/LeVarBurton (TV director and [[Series/ReadingRainbow TV educationalist]]).
*** Burton has [[ZigZaggedTrope zigzagged around this]], since he's also famous for starring in ''Series/{{Roots}}'' and hosting ''Series/ReadingRainbow''. In fact, when ''TNG'' first premiered, ''he'' was the biggest name in the cast.[[note]]In the United States; in Britain, veteran Shakespearean actor Stewart was better known.[[/note]] He at least accepted his role fairly well and inserted his character into an episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' he was directing ("Timeless"), rather than having a stand-in. It made the audience more sympathetic to both sides of the dilemma. He has also made self-deprecating cameo appearances on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''.
*** Will Wheaton seems resigned to this and is prepared to send up his post-TNG life with his cameo appearances on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. In which the best acting gigs he can get are straight-to-video B-movies like ''Killer Gorilla'' and bit-parts like co-hosting Sheldon Cooper's internet podcast ''Fun with Flags''. Wheaton is also ButtMonkey for barbed jokes by Sheldon and others about his acting career after TNG.
*** Those who don't think of Will Riker when they see Jonathan Frakes probably think of [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} David Xanatos]] when they hear him.
*** Creator/JohnDeLancie is having a hard time escaping his association with the iconic Q. It doesn't help that he later voice acted a Q {{expy}}, albeit a villainous one, named Discord, in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. And [=DeLancie=] later voiced another benevolent scientist whose name begins with a "Q": Professor Quadrangle from ''VideoGame/QuantumConundrum''.
*** This has suffered Robert Picardo from ''Star Trek Voyager''; it's hard to see his character from ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' as anything but the EMH in a different uniform. (Of course, some of us remember him from Film/TheHowling, rendering the spaceman thing very, very weird. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLhFLStC4-Q Bright boy]].).
*** Andrew Robinson has admitted he hated the Season 5 ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Empok Nor", where Garak is accidentally exposed to an experimental drug that turns him into a xenophobic, psychopathic killer. Despite having a wide range, including as a Shakespearean actor, his breakout performance as the Scorpio Killer in ''Film/DirtyHarry'' was considered so convincing that he received both death threats and found himself typecast into "psycho" roles afterwards. After decades of struggling to throw off this image, he was very uneasy and disappointed to be thrust back into that kind of role and also felt it didn't make sense for a character who had become acknowledged as being one of the most complex creations in the franchise.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** The cast has accepted that this has happened to them with quite a bit of grace and alacrity. It helps that they ''all'' love the show and understand the affection the fans have for the it; to quote Jerry Doyle, "If I'm typecast as a space cop, well, that's fine, because I got to play a space cop on one of the best shows ever. What, should I prefer poverty?"
** Andreas Katsulas, who played G'kar, did manage to avoid this trap, by already being well known as a film bad guy. Although wildly famous among science fiction fans as ''Babylon 5''[='=]s G'Kar and ''ST:TNG''[='=]s Commander Tomalak, his most famous role is one outside of science fiction: he played Frederick Sykes, the one-armed man in the Creator/HarrisonFord film of ''Film/TheFugitive'' (he was right up there with his castmates, though, in not caring about typecasting either way because he adored the G'kar character).
** Bruce Boxleitner was already well-known for a variety of roles (and has continued to work steadily since). Creator/MiraFurlan is probably now better remembered as Danielle Rosseau from ''Series/{{Lost}}'', and like Katsulas was (and still is) tremendously well-respected in her native country (in this case, Croatia). She does gently remind interviewers that, yes, she has played characters not named Delenn or Danielle Rousseau, but like her castmates welcomes the adoration Delenn receives from fans and remains fond of the character and the show. Bill Mumy, however, will ''always'' remain [[Series/LostInSpace Will Robinson]] for most people, or occasionally [[Literature/ItsAGoodLife Anthony Fremont]].
* ''Film/HarryPotter'':
** Regarding Creator/AlanRickman, he took on the role of Severus Snape and so thoroughly claimed it that Creator/JKRowling has admitted she started to picture the character looking like him in later books. Only time will tell if he can escape that shadow, especially with his death in 2016. Later on, Rickman had declined interviews, realizing that reporters were only going to ask about Snape. Earlier than that, he was due to be forever remembered as "the bad guy from ''Film/DieHard''." Then again, his character's experience in the aforementioned ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' probably helped him realize what he was up against.
** Everybody began thinking of [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Marvin the Paranoid Android]] as "The Snape" after Rickman provided his voice.
** Nearly all the actors to play Hogwarts students, helped no doubt by the fact that prior to being cast in the series, all of them were either unknowns or had simply never acted before, and that many of them are still ''only'' known for "Harry Potter". So when Creator/DanielRadcliffe did ''Theatre/{{Equus}}'', it opened the floodgate for many "Harry shows his wand" jokes. The only exception is Cedric Diggory's actor Creator/RobertPattinson, though only because he's instead Spocked as [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Edward Cullen]], and also [[Creator/DavidTennant Barty Crouch Jr.]], as David Tennant is much more recognizable [[Series/DoctorWho in a different role]] (though still sometimes sports the same SlasherSmile). Parodied in ''Film/GetHimToTheGreek'', in which Creator/TomFelton had a cameo appearance as himself with Jonah's character attempting to impress him by making lame Harry Potter jokes. Tom walked away in annoyance after a few seconds of this. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9-8IjgM8so here]]. Creator/EmmaWatson nearly left the series between the 5th and 6th films due to this.
** Creator/EvannaLynch is worth of a special mention: Creator/JKRowling admitted that when she wrote the books none but one cast member of the movies' voice is heard inside her head and interfered with her writing process, and that cast member is Evanna. It is safe to say that instead of Evanna portraying Luna, Luna eventually became IRL Evanna.
** Due to having an AllStarCast play all the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in the series, almost any high-profile British film made since about 1990 can be turned into a game of "spot the ''Harry Potter'' characters."
** There is a generational aspect to it. If you're old enough to have known about Dame Maggie Smith before she was in ''Harry Potter'', you might see her in ''Harry Potter'' and think "that's Maggie Smith." If you're part of the generation which grew up on ''Harry Potter'', you might see her in another film and think "that's Professor [=McGonagall=]." In her case in particular, it works really well both ways since [[TypeCasting [=McGonagall=] is the sort of character she always plays]]. Although nowadays, there's also a sizable number of people who spock her as the Dowager Countess from ''Series/DowntonAbbey''.
** In a ''Toronto Star'' interview, Richard Harris, who played Dumbledore in the first two films, expressed concern that playing the role (something he hadn't initially wanted to do due to health issues, but was pressured into doing by his granddaughter) would overshadow the rest of his career. Following his death, whether or not that's happened is up for debate. His replacement Michael Gambon, like Maggie Smith, qualifies to the younger generation, although older audiences may know him from earlier works.
** Although she's fairly well-known in the UK, Creator/ImeldaStaunton can't escape being Professor Umbridge elsewhere.
** Creator/RobbieColtrane is Rubeus Hagrid to most people, although others may known him from his role in the Pierce Brosnan ''Bond'' films.
** Lucius Malfoy tends to overshadow the rest of Jason Isaacs' career, at least to Americans. Although previously Americans just knew him as "the bad guy from ''Film/ThePatriot''."
** 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 also starred in the live action remake of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* Creator/RobertEnglund has been permanently Spocked as [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmstreet Freddy Krueger]]. To a lesser degree, he has also become [[TypeCasting typecast]] as a creepy/evil/weird guy in [[BMovie B-grade]] horror films. But these movies often feature Englund, and promote his inclusion, solely because of his "horror icon" status - a status he gained from playing Freddy.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** David Duchovny as Fox Mulder. Although he's managed to become Hank Moody of ''Series/{{Californication}}'' since then.
** Creator/GillianAnderson as Dana Scully. She lived in England as a child and moved back after ''The X-Files'' finished its run precisely to avoid this. She's managed it quite well so far.
* Jaleel White suffers horribly from his inability to be separated from his character that he played in ''Series/FamilyMatters''. Since that show, he has held only a handful of very minor TV and movie roles due to this. He later attempted to radically change his appearance in order to disassociate with Steve Urkel. Though for a handful of gamers, he is remembered as [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM Sonic]] [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog the Hedgehog]]. Even then, there are a handful of people who referred that Sonic was voiced by "Steve Urkel" ''instead'' of Jaleel White.
** Even on ''Family Matters'', White tried to show that he wasn't just Steve Urkel. He played Myrtle Urkel, Steve's female cousin on a few occasions, and also a [[TheCasanova suave, ladies' man]] version of himself, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljt6RingEuk seen here]]. Although he ''has'' tried to distance himself from the character, including starring in a UPN show, ''Grown Ups'', which only lasted for one season, he doesn't resent the fact that he will forever be known as "Steve Urkel" and always speaks fondly about the role, which allowed him far more creative freedom than many of his later appearances. In the movie ''Film/BigFatLiar'', his AdamWesting includes screaming at someone:
--->How many times have I told you not to call me Urkel! My name is Jaleel White!
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Creator/TomBaker will forever be seen as the fourth Doctor no matter how much he wants not to (and he really, ''really'' doesn't want to). After playing the role he spent several decades only able to play crazy {{Large Ham}}s or spooky, otherworldly geniuses, or as characters who directly inspired the Doctor's character (Sherlock Holmes, Oscar Wilde, etc). He also came under pressure to perform these roles in the style of the Doctor ("in all but whipping out a Sonic Screwdriver"), because this was all people wanted to see him do and there was no point casting him to do anything else. Before he took the part he was considered unusually talented and was winning awards for being an up-and-coming star. After he left the part, he was (in the words of Creator/StevenMoffat) "a mad, sad, bad old ham locked away safely [[VoiceOfDramatic in a voiceover booth]]". Late in his life, with short, wavy white hair and ''Doctor Who'' remembered only by TV nostalgia shows and hardcore SF anoraks, he was able to get non-{{Expy}} roles in soap operas and sitcoms that allowed him to act in a different style, but interviews suggest he has a certain amount of bitterness over being forced to waste his talent simply because he was very good in one part.
** In fact, this applies to most of the actors who have played the title role, with the exception of Paul [=McGann=] and Creator/ChristopherEccleston, who both played the Doctor for very short periods, and Creator/PeterDavison, who had another starring role in ''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall'' at the same time, and has had a varied career since, thanks in part to taking Patrick Troughton's (Doctor #2) advice to leave the role after 3 seasons. Creator/DavidTennant seemed to be purposely doing a varied amount of side roles in other works in order to avoid this, despite the fact he was essentially [[PromotedFanboy living out his childhood dream of playing the Doctor]] - when the show took a break of sorts in 2009 he played Theatre/{{Hamlet}}.[[note]]Contrary to popular belief, the show didn't take a break so that he could play ''Hamlet''; it did so to ease the change of production teams in 2010 and Tennant simply put the massive gap to good use.[[/note]]
** Subverted with Patrick Troughton, the second doctor. He was a highly successful character actor before Doctor Who and became one almost immediately after leaving the program. He was always recognized as the Doctor for the rest of his life, and loved doing conventions, but he did more than enough stuff that he was often recognized for his other work too. A combination of being the most versatile and talented actor to play the part combined with always keeping a sharp distinction between himself and all of his roles probably both helped a great deal with that.
** Jon Pertwee got a double dose of the typecasting both as the Doctor and as scarecrow Literature/WorzelGummidge, but as both were roles he thoroughly enjoyed, he seemed to be more accepting of it. Jon Pertwee was, in fact, so fond of the Doctor that he rarely passed up an opportunity to appear in character, whether on TV, radio, or on stage at fan conventions. Most touchingly, his final formal television appearance just a few weeks before his death was on ''Cilla's Surprise Surprise'' where he granted a young boy's wish to meet his favorite Doctor. In the '60s and early '70s, he also got a small dose of it playing "CPO Jon Pertwee", a fast-talking con-artist of a Navy NCO in BBC Radio's "The Navy Lark."
** William Hartnell may have avoided the fate by default, as he left ''Doctor Who'' because of drastically declining health and was dying and knew it when he was called back to reprise his role in ''The Three Doctors''.
** Sophie Aldred, Sylvester [=McCoy=] and Colin Baker are also Ace, the Seventh Doctor and the Sixth Doctor.
** In Colin Baker's case, it's almost inverted. Despite the rough time he had during his tenure, Baker ''never'' lost his love and enthusiasm for Doctor Who.
** Creator/ElisabethSladen was, is, and will forever be Sarah Jane Smith.
** Inverted with Tony Ainley, the fourth Master's actor, who after a successful string of works retired from acting except to play the Master. He would answer the phone, write letters to publications, and make public appearances, almost invariably in character.
* The cast of ''Franchise/StarWars'' may NeverLiveItDown:
** Creator/MarkHamill could be said to suffer pretty badly from this. His role as Luke Skywalker in ''Star Wars'', while famous, wrecked his acting career in Hollywood, although he's done well in Broadway and theater since then. Some of the effect may stem from the facial scarring he picked up in an auto accident during the trilogy, which made him better as the maturing Luke in ''Empire'' and ''Jedi'', but less bankable as a leading man. He has gained recognition as a voice actor though, and has been Spocked into his role as ComicBook/TheJoker.
** Creator/CarrieFisher suffered from this. She once said that she didn't sleep around in her 20s because she didn't want guys running around saying, "Hey! I banged Princess Leia!" You couldn't call her a "victim" of it, though, since her fame as Leia almost certainly helped launch her successful writing career. In addition, she seemingly embraced being Princess Leia. When called back to reprise her role over 30 years later for the sequel trilogy, she stated, "No, Iím a female and in Hollywood itís difficult to get work after 30ómaybe itís getting to be 40 now. I long ago accepted that I am Princess Leia. I have that as a large part of the association with my identity. There wasnít a lot of hesitation."
** Creator/AnthonyDaniels (C-3PO) is another ''Franchise/StarWars'' victim, although you'd have thought being entirely invisible ''and'' altering his normal speaking voice would have saved him. In an interview for the biggest ''Star Wars'' fanzine, Daniels says that he doesn't get recognized too often, just often enough that "It's very pleasant and joyful and rather sweet, but I also have my privacy." He also notes that there was a time, somewhere in the late '90s, when he'd wanted to just stop doing the character, but he changed his mind; overall, "Threepio has been very kind to me all these years."
** And there's [[Creator/AlecGuinness Sir Alec Guinness]], who thought the script was terrible but did it [[MoneyDearBoy purely for the money]], and ''hated'' that people started identifying him entirely as Obi-Wan rather than acknowledging his vast film and stage career before the role. That said, Guinness is an aversion since his most prominent films with Creator/DavidLean (''Bridge on the River Kwai'', ''Lawrence of Arabia'') remain perennial favorites among general audiences while in England, he's still remembered for his early Ealing Comedies.
** This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the ''Star Wars'' parody episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy,'' when Peter Griffin, as Han Solo, introduces himself as [[Creator/HarrisonFord "the only actor whose career wasn't destroyed by this movie."]] This is because Ford has [[Franchise/IndianaJones one other very well known role.]]
** Even while he's pitching Colt 45, Billy Dee Williams will always be Lando Calrissian. This was even played for laughs in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', as Turk keeps calling him Lando, despite his insistent cry of "Billy Dee!". Funnily enough, though, he's also somewhat prone to AdamWesting in TV shows (he's appeared as himself in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and ''Series/ModernFamily'' in addition to ''Scrubs''), where he's fond of lampooning his image as an impossibly suave ladies' man.
** David Prowse is well known mainly for the role of Darth Vader, in spite of the character's all-concealing helmet. It "helps" that he made himself so obnoxious at conventions (he's apparently been banned from Lucasfilm-sponsored conventions for torquing off Creator/GeorgeLucas himself) that the Star Wars community only grudgingly acknowledges his part in the films. In the UK he is also well-known for being the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRUBMBi_lp4 Green Cross Code man]].
** Creator/JamesEarlJones was always more of a theater actor; he [[ClassicallyTrainedExtra did a lot of Shakespeare]], was one of the first African Americans to play Othello and debuted the role of Troy in August Wilson's ''Theatre/{{Fences}}''. While he will always be known as "the voice of Darth Vader (and [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa]])", Vader was always a side-bit for him anyway. There are some who say that he eventually ended up Spocking himself again as the voice of Creator/{{CNN}}.
* Creator/JamesVanDerBeek will probably be forever be known as [[Series/DawsonsCreek Dawson]]. It doesn't help that he [[AdamWesting parodied]] himself in that role on ''Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23''.
* The reported reason for Tiffany Brissette's early retirement from acting was her fear of being remembered only as Vicki from ''Series/SmallWonder'' and being cast accordingly.
* Creator/AdamWest:
** Will always be remembered as "the campy Series/{{Batman}}" (or, if you prefer, "the Bright Knight"), and [[AdamWesting 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 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).
** His role as the [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The Gray]] [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Ghost]] stars an actor who played a super hero on TV, and is typecast for it. At first, he hates the typecasting, but when he finds out Batman was his biggest fan and the Batcave is a replica of his home base from his TV show, he helps Batman catch someone who is imitating an episode of his show. Later on, Bruce tells him the same line he did as Batman, which clues him in on who he is. CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming ensues.
* Classic example: In the end, Creator/BelaLugosi ''was'' {{Dracula}}, no matter what he did. However, it was his son and his fifth wife, not Lugosi himself, who decided to have him buried in a Dracula cloak. Even Lugosi's friends and coworkers couldn't help but typecast him. Creator/VincentPrice wrote in his autobiography that at Lugosi's funeral, Creator/PeterLorre, observing the cape, turned to Price and asked, "Should we stick a stake in his heart just to be sure?"
* In the '60s and '70s, Creator/ChristopherLee ''was'' Dracula. In the mid' 70s, he decided that this was an undesirable thing and [[CreatorBacklash dissociated himself from the character]]. He has been fairly successful in this as time has passed - younger film watchers are more likely to think of him as [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Saruman]] or [[Franchise/StarWars Count Dooku]]. In the last years of his life, Lee traded this for TypeCasting as authoritative villains, including King Haggard and the grouchy bishop in ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride''. Lee's distaste for the Dracula character wasn't all due to this -- he also got fed up with Hammer trying to keep him in the role film after film with little to no pay raises by claiming they'd have to put all the crew and staff on the street if he didn't stay on.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' and ''{{Series/Frasier}}'':
** Creator/KelseyGrammer will probably always be identified with his eponymous role in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' (that, and [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Sideshow Bob]]). After all, he not only played it for 11 years in that show, but portrayed the same character for 9 years before that in ''Series/{{Cheers}}''. Though he has won a lot of acclaim (including a Golden Globe) for playing the main character in ''Boss''. Mayor Kane is certainly intelligent and articulate like Frasier, but is also extremely profane, violent, cruel and calculating. A far cry from the arrogant but ultimately lovable character he's so identified with.
** George Wendt has noted that he can't walk into bars without everyone calling out "NORM!" [[CaptainObvious It got annoying after a while.]]
** Creator/ShelleyLong has noted that a major reason her post-''Cheers'' roles in the '80s were limited to romantic comedies (despite her clear dramatic talent) was that studios assumed audiences wouldn't accept her in a role that wasn't at least a mild {{Expy}} of Diane Chambers.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'':
** Eriq La Salle held a press conference to talk about his TV movie, ''Relative Stranger'', but the only questions he was being asked were about his time on ''ER''. He'll be Peter Benton for the rest of his life. In fact, most of the stars of ''ER'' suffer from this somewhat, aside from the [[Creator/GeorgeClooney obvious exception]]. No matter what they're in, when people see Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Gloria Reuben, Abraham Benrubi, etc., they shout hey, they're from ''ER''!
** Alex Kingston decided to defy this trope by breaking out of being typecast as Dr. Corday... and breaking ''into'' being typecast as [[Series/DoctorWho River Song]].
* Creator/BasilRathbone's an interesting case as he also played a lot of [[AristocratsAreEvil evil aristocrats]] in various swashbuckler films and in fact did an AffectionateParody of this type-casting in the Creator/DannyKaye film ''Film/TheCourtJester''. While Rathbone might well have wanted to insist "I am not Literature/SherlockHolmes", if Sherlock Holmes could talk to us he'd equally be saying "I am not Basil Rathbone"! So much of what is widely regarded as 'quintessential' Holmes does not come directly from Arthur Conan Doyle's original books but either originated in or is widely recognized from Rathbone's many portrayals of him: the [[IconicItem iconic]] deerstalker hat, cape and pipe combination, as immortalised for instance in silhouette throughout the decor at Baker Street's London Underground station, are pure Rathbone-movie Holmes.
** So much so that a number of reviews of [[Film/SherlockHolmes2009 Guy Ritchie's movie]] criticized Creator/RobertDowneyJr for "not being faithful to the character", which 90% of the time translated to "he didn't play Holmes like Rathbone played him". If anything, Downey's Holmes is ''more'' faithful to the source material than Rathbone's, but more people have seen the films than read the original stories.
* A narrow escape: Before ''Film/TheMatrix'', Creator/KeanuReeves reportedly feared that his gravestone would read, "He played [[Film/BillAndTed Ted]]". Now it will read "He played Neo, he also played Ted". (Although he probably would have also been remembered for ''Film/{{Speed}}''.)
** Reeves now will also be remembered for playing Film/{{John Wick}}.
* To most other people, Terence Stamp '''is [[Film/{{Superman}} Zod]]!!!'''
* Jerry Mathers as "[[Series/LeaveItToBeaver The Beaver!]]" SCTV satirized this with the ''Leave it to Beaver'' 25th Anniversary sketch with John Candy playing the role of Jerry Mathers as the Beaver.
* Hervé Villechaize's suicide was heavily rumored to be in part caused by his inescapable recognition by fans as Tattoo from ''FantasyIsland''.
* Andrea [=McArdle=] as ''Theatre/{{Annie}}'', as well as most girls who played Annie on Broadway (except Creator/SarahJessicaParker). In fact, [=McArdle=] declined to be in the documentary ''Life After Tomorrow'', chronicling many of the women who played orphan roles on Broadway. This ran the gamut from fairly well-adjusted women to actresses still in the business to women who just can't shake their association, and it's likely she declined because she fell into the latter. Sarah Jessica Parker didn't have a problem with it; neither did Kristin Vigard, ThePeteBest of the musical.
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'':
** Bert Lahr will be always remembered as the Cowardly Lion despite every other role he played on screen and on stage.
** Margaret Hamilton had severe trouble getting another job after her role as the Witch in the same movie; everyone hated her.
** Creator/JudyGarland is kind of a retroactive example. She starred in many films during her lifetime, but most of them have since faded into obscurity. ''Oz'' has endured and now most people remember her only for Dorothy. If she's remembered for something other than ''Oz'', it's ''Film/MeetMeInStLouis''.
* Creator/LucyLawless is always going to be known first and foremost as ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''. Ironically, Lucy Lawless didn't typecast as Xena types - her later roles have been first on Roman epic "Spartacus", and in 2013 she plays a disappointed refugee from suburbia in modern-day New Zealand (''Series/TopOfTheLake''). Oh, and of course [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 a deeply religious quasi-human robot]].
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
** Michael Richards will forever be known as Kramer. [[NWordPrivileges If he's lucky]]. The rest of the ''Seinfeld'' cast is doomed in the same manner, save Jerry himself, who wisely stayed out of acting for a long time after the end of the show. For a long-time, there was the Seinfeld Curse, in which any show that starred a ''Seinfeld'' alum would be dead on arrival and cancelled after one season, which was true until Julia Louis-Dreyfus's moderately successful ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfOldChristine''.
** Creator/JasonAlexander has actually said he is thankful for ''Seinfeld'' typecasting him; before, he was known as the '[[Film/PrettyWoman Guy who tried to rape]] Creator/JuliaRoberts.'
** Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has found success as [[Series/TheNewAdventuresOfOldChristine Old Christine]] and [[Series/{{Veep}} Vice President Selina Meyer]].
** The "[[PhraseCatcher Hello Newman]]" thing has haunted Creator/WayneKnight throughout his career. One time after a series of not so fortunate events happened, someone went up to him and said that very line to him; he apparently got mad and punched the guy. Although Knight is known to play other {{Fat Bastard}}s.
* Paul Zaloom, political puppeteer, is quite fondly remembered as [[Series/BeakmansWorld Beakman]]. Woe be to any parent who brings their kids to his ''very'' adult-themed puppet shows.
* A less extreme example: It would seem that Richard Dean Anderson could not quite shake his old role in ''Series/MacGyver'' in the early days of ''Series/StargateSG1''. In one episode, Creator/AmandaTapping played a prank on him by going off script and began yelling at him for being unable to find a way out of the mess they were in, pointing out that [=MacGyver=] would have been able to do it easily. Given that Tapping reportedly got her role by ad libbing a small [=MacGyver=] reference into the scene they used for her audition (which made it into the final script: "It took us fifteen years and three supercomputers to [=MacGyver=] a system for the gate on Earth"), I think Anderson's not exactly unhappy about it." Anderson has since then managed to truly be O'Neill, which is referenced in a Simpsons episode where Patty and Selma kidnap "[=MacGyver=]", who they're obsessed with. He's in Springfield because of a Stargate convention.
* Subverted by Creator/BorisKarloff. While the falling quality of ''Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}'' films caused him to stop working in them, he always acknowledged the fact that the Frankenstein monster was sole reason he became a successful actor. He also took being typecast as a compliment, since it meant everyone thought he was better than anyone else in a specific type of role. Karloff did grow annoyed at the low quality of many movies offered to him, joking that Creator/ValLewton "rescued me from the living dead" by casting him in ''Film/TheBodySnatcher''. One of the last films he made, ''Film/{{Targets}}'', is in part a study on Karloff's career and the typecasting he faced; his character is Boris Karloff with the serial numbers filed off.
* Creator/BruceCampbell, a.k.a. "Don't call me Ash", what with being so firmly tied to one character that people have a hard time remembering his real name at conventions, despite having had excellent roles in several television series and having done a great deal of voice acting since. This has happened so often he's gone and made a movie about it. It's called ''Film/MyNameIsBruce'', and it features Bruce as himself, who everyone expects to save them from an ancient Chinese demon. He later got past this due to his role as Sam Axe on ''Series/BurnNotice''.
* Burt Ward had this forced on him. Director Mike Nichols wanted him for a movie, and Burt was quite keen to take it, but [[ExecutiveMeddling his bosses didn't want Robin's character diluted by seeing the same actor in a different role, so they wouldn't let him.]] He writes in his autobiography that every time he's seen that director since, the man laments that he wanted Burt for that role. As of writing said autobiography Burt's still annoyed. And the role? Ben Braddock of ''Film/TheGraduate'', the role that propelled Dustin Hoffman to stardom.
* William Boyd did this one to himself. Best known for playing the straight-arrow cowboy Hopalong Cassidy, Cecil B. Demille wanted to have Boyd play Moses in ''The Ten Commandments'' as the name recognition would be sure to bring in a large crowd. Boyd politely refused, fearing that nobody would take "Hopalong Moses" as seriously as the film demanded. The role went to Charlton Heston. And, at any rate, back in 1948, Boyd had bought all the rights lock, stock and barrel to the Cassidy character, and so for once typecasting was sort of in an actor's best financial interest.
* Anthony Perkins. "[[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman, is that you?]]"
* After ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'', Gary Coleman only played himself. This was likely due to the congenital kidney disorder which halted his growth in childhood as much as it's the result of his typecasting as Arnold.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Title star Creator/SarahMichelleGellar has said that she distances herself from the character and refused to do any spin-offs, because she was afraid of only being remembered for Buffy for the rest of her life. Her subsequent films (''The Grudge'', ''Scooby-Doo'', etc.) have made sure that her career isn't gonna help her [[NeverLiveItDown live Buffy down anytime soon.]]
** Creator/AlysonHannigan must say a prayer of gratitude every night for ''Film/AmericanPie'' and ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', the two roles that saved her from being typecast as Willow.
** Creator/CharismaCarpenter has had mostly AlphaBitch-styled roles ever since playing Cordelia.
** Creator/DavidBoreanaz has spoken of this type of problem. Fans had a tendency to ask him about ''Angel'' while he was trying to move on and play other roles, i.e. Booth on ''Series/{{Bones}}''.
** Creator/JamesMarsters is still very much associated with Spike.
* Ardal O'Hanlon, best known for playing Dougal in ''Series/FatherTed'', gets annoyed by people going to his stand-up comedy gigs expecting him to perform [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzYzVMcgWhg 'My Lovely Horse']].
* Josh Peck is well known for being the goofy stepbrother of Creator/DrakeBell's character in ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''. Although his new film ''The Wackness'' gave him the chance to break through the child star mold. He'll still be that cute kid from Nickelodeon to some though. Drake also fits, because while Josh Peck had some success with ''Red Dawn'', Drake hasn't seen any major roles since the show ended.
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'':
** Creator/MichaelJFox has starred on not one, but two successful sitcoms, ''Series/FamilyTies'' and ''Series/SpinCity''. He'll still be Marty [=McFly=] for all eternity.
** Averted with Creator/ChristopherLloyd, who seems to be remembered just as well for [[Series/{{Taxi}} "Reverend" Jim]], [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Judge Doom]], and [[Film/TheAddamsFamily Uncle Fester]] as he is for "Doc" Brown. It helps that "What does a yellow light mean?" is as big a meme as "1.21 gigawatts!"
** Stand-up comedian Thomas F. Wilson will always be best known as Biff Tannen. A 2013 comedy album released by Wilson starts out by invoking this trope, as he goes over all the [[CatchPhrase most well-known lines]] from the movie. He also sings a song called "Stop Asking Me the Questions", in which he answers the most common questions he gets asked by fans, including "''Back to the Future 4''? Not happening!", "Was that real manure?" "No, it wasn't." "Do those hoverboards really fly?" "It's a MOVIE."
* Linda Blair, [[IAmNotShazam the Exorcist]]. Especially tragic because she was a child when the typecasting happened, and later got into drugs. She later spoofed her ''Exorcist'' role in ''Film/{{Repossessed}}''.
* Creator/PaulReubens as Pee-wee Herman, which caused considerable problems when he was [[ContractualPurity busted for indecent exposure in an adult movie theater.]] Note that Reubens brought much of the typecasting on himself with years of rarely, if ever, appearing out of character in public engagements (talk shows, interviews, etc.) and acting jobs after the general public became aware of Pee-wee Herman; even his character in ''[[Creator/CheechAndChong Cheech and Chong's Next Movie]]'' is a thinly-veiled Pee-Wee Expy. Even today, Reubens is on social media such as Website/{{Facebook}} and Website/{{Twitter}} not as himself, but as Pee-wee.
* An even more unfortunate example in the same vein is Creator/AndrewDiceClay, due to his insistence on never breaking character and playing his stage persona in all public appearances, including one-on-one interviews. His career nosedived once his brand of vulgar TestosteronePoisoning fell out of favor, as audiences were unable to divorce the real Andrew Silverstein from the "Diceman" character he played for so long.
* ''Series/GilligansIsland'':
** The entire cast got this, with the possible exception of Jim Backus (who's best remembered as Mr. Magoo). Alan Hale and Dawn Wells embraced the recognition, but Tina Louise took it very, very hard. For years afterward, she blamed the show for ruining her "serious" acting career. This is [[AdamWesting Played with]] when Bob Denver guest starred on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' - "And another thing! When people come up to me and say, 'Hey, little buddy!', and hit me over the head with a hat, that's not funny. That hurts!" Cue oblivious, uproarious laughter. What's even funnier is that Bob Denver was notoriously known as Maynard G. Krebs from ''Series/TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis'' before ''Series/GilligansIsland''.
** Lampshaded in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000: TheMovie'' when they notice that Russell Johnson (a.k.a. The Professor) plays one of the characters in the old movie they're watching.
--->''"So, you say that you made this car out of coconuts?"''
* ''Film/AmericanPie'':
** To some, Creator/EugeneLevy is most known for being Jim's dad in the movies (partly because he keeps taking roles in that series). Jason Biggs too, will always be remembered as [[Film/TheViewAskewniverse "the dude who fucked a pie"]].
** Similarly, Jennifer Coolidge will always be Stifler's Mom.
** And Seann William Scott as Stifler.
* Jackie Gleason's most memorable role: [[Series/TheHoneymooners Ralph Kramden]]. Some might also remember him as Sheriff Buford T. Justice from the ''Smokey and the Bandit'' films.
* Back in the early '90s, when ''Nintendo Power'' magazine had a Celebrity Profile section, Joe Regalbuto recalled in the October 1991 article for that section:
-->''There I was, going berserk down the mountain, falling head over heels, and someone shouts, 'Hey, [[Series/MurphyBrown Frank]]!' It can be kind of embarrassing.''
* Candice Bergen will always be Murphy Brown. Especially because of a certain [[UsefulNotes/DanQuayle former Vice President of the United States.]]
* ''Film/TheKarateKid'':
** Pat Morita is known to most as Mr. Miyagi (before that, he was Arnold from ''Series/HappyDays''.). It is even played with in an episode of WesternAnimation/RobotChicken. "First of all, [I'm not Miyagi] I'm Pat Effin' Morita, you nutsack!". It was even lampooned in a ''Simpsons'' comic where Homer identifies Morita as "the little guy from ''Happy Days''" rather than Miyagi.
** Ralph Macchio will always be Daniel-San.
** There's also William Zabka, who will always be Johnny Lawrence - to the point where he made a career out of blond bullies. He has taken it quite well, though, and continues to willingly talk about Johnny. The last two seasons of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' featured him Adam Westing as himself after Barney revealed that he always saw Johnny as the hero of the film.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Jack [=DeSena=] will always be Sokka. That is, if you're too young to remember his time as [[Series/AllThat Randy Quench: Volunteer Fireman]] and other characters.
** Creator/DanteBasco, who played Zuko, barely escaped this. For 20 years he was [[Film/{{Hook}} Rufio]] (it didn't help that he looked and sounded the same age for over 20 years). Thanks to ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}''[='=]s *ahem* memorable treatment, however, he's still Rufio among its fans.
** Had Creator/MaeWhitman not landed ''Avatar'', she almost certainly was doomed to be remembered as..."[[Series/ArrestedDevelopment her?]]"
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': David Faustino, like Dante Basco above, ''escaped'' this through ''Korra''; until he became Mako, Faustino couldn't escape being [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Bud Bundy]].
* Creator/VeronicaTaylor, a.k.a. [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]], has apparently had a hard time getting other work and seems rather bitter about it all. At a panel, she said something along the lines of "Being 'the voice of Ash Ketchum' is a great party trick, but it's never gotten me a job." Still, she doesn't hold it against the character, and Ash is still one of her favorite roles.
* Christopher Mintz-Plasse has said in interviews that he is trying to avoid being only known for [[Film/{{Superbad}} McLovin]]. Not even Fogell. Only [=McLovin=].
* Creator/HaleyJoelOsment (as an actor) [[Film/TheSixthSense sees dead people]], and (as a voice actor) [[Franchise/KingdomHearts swings a Keyblade around]].
* Sean Marquette is always [[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Mac]], when he's not [[VideoGame/UltimateSpiderMan Spider-Man]]. Keith Ferguson is always Bloo, when he's not [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Basch]][=/=][[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Garbranth]] or [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Marluxia]].
* Jon Heder = Film/NapoleonDynamite or [[WesternAnimation/PickleAndPeanut a talking pickle]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Creator/TravisWillingham = Roy Mustang. And Creator/CaitlinGlass = Winry Rockbell.
* ''Film/{{Twilight}}'':
** Creator/KristenStewart is close to be permanently remembered as Bella Swan. Which is strange when you consider that the role was meant to be a place-holder for audience members. Ironically, the reason she may be remembered for it is because being a place-holder made the character look shallow and naive.
** Creator/TaylorLautner is either Wolf Boy (Jacob) or [[Creator/RobertRodriguez Shark Boy]] (or else just that hot guy from that one movie [[WalkingShirtlessScene with his shirt off all the time]]). He also seems to be the member of the trio most okay with the whole ''Twilight'' phenomenon.
* There is something called "The Superman Curse", which states that actors playing Superman either A.) Cannot get serious work after they stop playing the role, B.) befall horrible tragedies, or C.) all of the above. This also falls true to most of the cast of any adaptation:
** Christopher Reeve was just starting to escape his role as Superman. A new generation of moviegoers was just coming up and most of them hadn't seen [[Film/{{Superman}} that movie]]. Then he gets crippled and the newspapers can't say anything but "best known for his role as Superman".
** From ''Film/SupermanReturns'', Brandon Routh is rarely seen in any new movie because of this. For fans of Series/{{Chuck}}, Routh has become Daniel Shaw. Now he's the Atom.
** ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has a history of hiring actors who played roles in previous Superman roles, banking on their fame in fandom. All still living actors who played Superman at the beginning of the franchise have appeared in some form on the series. The Christopher Reeve movies' Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen also showed up. In a bit of a subversion, Annette O'Toole was was hired for the role of Martha Kent (Franchise/{{Superman}}'s adoptive mother) without the producers remembering she had played Lana Lang (Superman's childhood girlfriend) in ''Film/SupermanIII''. Even Reeve himself showed up, as a GeniusCripple scientist.
** Unsurprisingly, ''Smallville'''s Clark, Tom Welling has fallen victim to this. He specifically asked not to become Superman during the series' span to escape it. It didn't work. More surprisingly he isn't the worst example from the show: Allison Mack, who played Chloe Sullivan, has expressed on her blog that she had a much harder time escaping her most famous role than Welling has.
** Dean Cain will always be Superman of ''Series/LoisAndClark''; particularly after the cartoons and comics versions of the Man of Steel took on the big-muscle chested look he put into the role.
** According to Hollywood legend, George Reeves' (TV's ''The Adventures of Superman'') role in ''Film/FromHereToEternity'' was severely trimmed because audience members couldn't resist yelling "Superman!" whenever he appeared on screen.
* Meagan Smith will always be remembered as [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} Gwen Tennyson]].
* Christy Carlson Romano is either WesternAnimation/KimPossible, [[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Yuffie]], or [[Series/EvenStevens Ren Stevens]].
* Good luck finding a role from Minoru Shiraishi aside from [[Manga/LuckyStar himself]] or [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Taniguchi]].
* Harry H. Corbett, who played Harold Steptoe in the UK sitcom ''Steptoe and Son'', in the 1960s and '70s. Could be a trope definer; before Steptoe he was considered to be one of Britain's finest actors -- "The British Marlon Brando". But Steptoe was a smash hit, and he was unable to break away from it for the rest of his life, despite coming to hate the character, the show, and especially his co-star Wilfred Brambell (note for U.S. readers: "Sanford and Son" was based on Steptoe, if you didn't already know that).
* Creator/KevinBacon suffered from this to the point where he would dread the eventuality of being asked to dance to ''Film/{{Footloose}}''. During an appearance on ''The Graham Norton Show'' they were kind enought to let him sit and watch the entire audience do it instead. He was later associated with the SixDegreesOfKevinBacon, and any guest appearances of him on a sitcom will allude to this. To the extent that as of late 2012/13 he appears in advertisements on British television capitalising on this trope.
* While Creator/TimCurry may have gained a good-sized cult following for his roles as [[Creator/StephenKing Pennywise]] [[MonsterClown The Dancing Clown]] and [[Film/{{Legend 1985}} The Lord Of Darkness]], it's safe to assume that most people will automatically [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow picture him in fishnets, corset, and high heels]] whenever his name is mentioned. It even got to the point where [[CreatorBacklash he became]] ''[[CreatorBacklash very]]'' [[CreatorBacklash reluctant to talk about]] being in ''Rocky Horror'' for years since the fans started to creep him out, and he even went so far as to put on weight in order to distance himself from the role.
* ''Series/{{Mash}}'':
** Larry Linville, in particular, could never escape the shadow of Frank Burns.
** Alan Alda averted this. That being said, no matter how many corrupt, slimey old dirtbags Alda plays; no matter how fast he jumps to mind whenever a character of that calibre is created; "Alan Alda" will still always be a synonym for "sensitive guy".
** Wayne Rogers (who played "Trapper" John [=McIntyre=] on the show) seems to have avoided to some extent -- while he has had a spotty career record since ''M*A*S*H'' (though he did go three seasons as one of the leads of the TV series ''House Calls'' opposite Lynn Redgrave), his later TV appearances has been as a financial commentator on Creator/{{Fox News|Channel}}. Early on, he saved and invested his pay and ended up with sizable wealth and financial acumen.
* Creator/MeganFox will probably be remembered as "that hot chick from ''Film/{{Transformers}}''". At the very least, that's how she's known now and considering her attitude towards Creator/MichaelBay, she's probably not very happy about it. As it had turned out, her issues with Bay seemed to have been resolved (turns out she had offended someone higher up than Bay and Bay didn't have a choice but to fire her) and is starring in Bay's ''TMNT'' in 2014; so she'll probably remembered for being "the hot chick in those Michael Bay movies". She is also as "[[Film/JennifersBody the chick who made out with]] Creator/AmandaSeyfried."
* Ron Livingston will always be either "that guy from ''Film/OfficeSpace''" or [[Series/BandOfBrothers Captain Nixon]]. He even said in an interview once that he had trouble getting another acting job for several years after the former because producers thought he wouldn't be able to act differently than that character.
* ''Film/PulpFiction'':
** Perhaps not for the public at large, but for many nerds, "starring Creator/SamuelLJackson" actually means "starring [[Film/PulpFiction Jules Winfield]]". It's the entire reason why the line "Enough is enough! I've had it with these motherfuckin' snakes on this motherfuckin' plane!" [[AscendedMeme was inserted into]] ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane''. However, he has begun escaping this with iconic roles like [[Franchise/StarWars Mace Windu]] and [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Nick Fury]].
** Creator/VingRhames has played many roles in his career but he's all but synonymous with Marsellius Wallace.
* Creator/JohnCho:
** Though he's slowly but surely edging away from the association because of ''Film/StarTrek'', John Cho is still known by many as [[Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle Harold]]. His character is based on a real life Harold Lee, who was a friend of the writers. Cho became friends with the real Harold Lee, and has said that when they're hanging out in public, someone will yell "Harold!" and they'll both turn around.
** Cho has also stated in interviews that before he was known as "Harold," people would recognize him from ''Film/AmericanPie'' and shout "MILF!" He regarded it as an upgrade to be known by an actual name as opposed to a catch phrase. But Cho may turn it around, ironically, as the second Mr. Sulu in the new ''Film/StarTrek'' continuity, a role that is still forever associated with Creator/GeorgeTakei.
* Creator/HaroldRamis was a versatile comedy writer and director with a diverse career. When he died, headlines read "Harold Ramis, Egon from ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'', Has Died."
* 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''.
* Except for [[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody Ashley]] [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Tisdale]], everyone from ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' is bound to go through this eventually, with Zac Efron already showing signs of it.
* Phil Silvers < Sgt Bilko. More people know of the character than the actor who created him; many even forget the show was titled ''Series/ThePhilSilversShow''.
* Apparently, Christopher Plummer went back and forth on this. On ''Series/{{QI}}'' Creator/StephenFry told a story about how a friend of his met him and was told in hushed voices by the guy who picked him up at the airport not to mention ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'' under any circumstances, "...and half an hour later he was playing 'Edelweiss' at the piano." It doesn't help his case that Julie Andrews is, to this day, one of his closest friends. Kind of ironic when he reportedly said that working with her "is like being hit over the head with a giant Valentine's Day card."
* 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 Film/TempleGrandin and as a co-star of the Showtime series, ''Series/{{Homeland}}''.
* ''Series/EastEnders'':
** Any character from the British soap, but bonus points must be given to Shaun Williamson, otherwise known as [[{{Series/Extras}} Barry from]] ''[=EastEnders=]''.
** Except for Todd Carty who'll be remembered for his childhood role as Tucker Jenkins on Grange Hill.
** Wendy Richard could've played Pauline Fowler for another 25 years, and to some of us she would still be [[Series/AreYouBeingServed Miss Brahms]].
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** Creator/ZacharyQuinto, who plays Sylar, is starting to get this way. For his first appearance in the 2009 ''Franchise/StarTrek'' [[Film/StarTrek film]], you half expect him to unleash telekinetic whoop ass on the Vulcan council. He's a good enough actor that this effect fades away after the first hour or so and he becomes Spock. Of course, going home and watching an episode of ''Heroes'' after the movie results in ''another'' jarring effect of "Why is Spock evil if he doesn't have that goatee?"
** Also, Masi Oka is Hiro. To the point where in ''Series/GetSmart'', they had him use Hiro's voice. Note: That isn't his normal speaking voice, his normal voice sounds more like [[FutureBadass Future Hiro]]. He also sounds more like Hiro than himself as the coroner in ''Hawaii Five-O''. In interviews, he also admits that Hiro is basically himself [[{{Keet}} after several cups of coffee]]; later seasons and ''Series/HeroesReborn'' have a calmer, more mature Hiro, to the point that he's nearly AsHimself.[[note]]Certain online information also seems to indicate that he once rented an apartment under the name "Masahiro Oka", presumably because most fans know his full name is Masayori and at least one might be a LoonyFan[[/note]] In some early ''Five-0'' interviews, he seemed to distance himself from the character of Max, saying he bases many of his peculiarities on an old college professor, but as the EarlyInstallmentWeirdness faded and Max has become a beloved recurrent role, he's admitted that there's actually quite a bit of himself in ''that'' character, too. One might wonder if he isn't deliberately encouraging ActorRoleConfusion.
* Though he never had a major television or movie role since playing Arnold Horshack on ''Welcome Back, Kotter,'' Ron Palillo kept busy acting, directing, and writing for the theater, doing voiceover work, and writing/illustrating children's books for the remainder of his life. However, he will always be remembered as Horshack. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''Ellen'', when he played a season-long recurring role as "Ron Palillo, TV's Arnold Horshack." Gabe Kaplan had a similar problem, according to his stand-up routine:
-->When people see me now, they don't say, 'Are you Gabe Kaplan?' or, 'Are you Mr. Kotter?' They say [[IAmNotShazam 'Are you Welcome Back Kotter?']]
* Frankie Muniz is [[Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle Malcolm]]. His entire family has gone through this, but Bryan Cranston was re-Spocked later on as [[Series/BreakingBad Walter White]].
* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', Aaron Paul is often considered inseparable from Jesse Pinkman in the eyes of many TV viewers; most of the roles he's had since then have been Jesse clones since then.
* Michael Gross will either be gun nut [[Film/{{Tremors}} Burt Gummer]] or Steven Keaton from ''Series/FamilyTies''.
* Creator/SylvesterStallone was well on his way to being Franchise/{{Rocky}} forever and ever. Now he's Rocky and Franchise/{{Rambo}}, and maybe Film/JudgeDredd, otherwise known as "action guy who talks funny, (and isn't Ahnold.)" Ironically, he was initially touted as "[[HilariousInHindSight the next Marlon Brando]]" because of how well he played Rocky, the critics being unaware that he was playing himself.
* Soleil Moon Frye will ''always'' be Series/PunkyBrewster. And she'll always have GagBoobs, even after getting a breast reduction. To the tweens, she's known as [[Franchise/{{Bratz}} Jade]] or [[WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily Zoey]].
* Depending on who you ask, Creator/StacyKeach is either Literature/MikeHammer or [[Series/{{Titus}} Ken Titus]].
* Creator/PeterWeller will always be ''Franchise/RoboCop'', or, to a relatively small cross-section of fanboys, [[Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension Buckaroo Banzai]].
* ''Film/LordOfTheRings'':
** 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.
---> "I could lay you out and fill your mouth with your mother's feces. Or, we could talk."
** Creator/SeanAstin is Samwise when he's not [[Film/TheGoonies Mikey]].
** Creator/IanMcKellen has largely managed to escape being forever known as Gandalf by becoming forever as Magneto instead - a role, remarkably, that he was playing at the same time as the Rings films were coming out. He also nearly became Dumbledore after Richard Harris' death, which would have meant that he essentially cornered the market on some of the most iconic fictional characters ever, but turned it down partly for this reason and partly because Harris had criticised him and he didn't feel it would be right to take on the role.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** The cast have had mixed success since the show ended, but they are still remembered, first and foremost, as Monica, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, Ross and Rachel. Specifically Aniston fared the best with a good number of movies, and Cox and Perry are now heading their own shows (having done several others already), but they still fall prey to 'hey, is this a friends rerun?' But Kudrow's, who's been focusing on her family, has only had a few roles, and Schwimmer's disappearing behind the camera to direct (exception, Captain Sobel on ''Series/BandOfBrothers''). [=LeBlanc=] probably had to work hardest to escape this, as he not only played Joey for ten years on ''Friends'', but played the same character for a brief period afterwards on a positively ''disastrous'' spin-off in which he was the central character.
** [=LeBlanc=] played himself in the show ''Series/{{Episodes}}'', where he tries to distance himself from Joey. The jury is still out if it'll work, but at the very least, he picked up an Emmy nod for his AdamWesting performance, and won a Golden Globe.
** It also doesn't help that the cast, except possibly Kudrow, are eerily like their on screen counterparts. Courteney specifically asked to play Monica because she connected to her need to be in control, Matthew Perry admitted he could relate to Chandler's trouble with women and using humor as a defense mechanism, Schwimmer like Ross is the quietest and most intellectual of the gang, many stories about Matt [=LeBlanc=] ('the guys guy') could be about Joey, and Jennifer shares a lot of mannerisms and emotional reactions with Rachel. So, yeah shaking their characters off is hard.
** Cox is the only one who has successfully played characters outside of her friends persona, which makes sense as she was acknowledged as the most versatile of the gang, even before Friends. Aniston's romantic comedy roles have been very similar to Rachel, Kudrow normally plays a quirky {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, Perry is ''always'' a DeadpanSnarker character and Leblanc has resorted to playing himself. However Cox pulled off the {{Jerkass}} Gale in the Scream films and ditzy Jules on ''Series/CougarTown'' with aplomb. Aniston may be moving towards an aversion in TheNewTens with a drastically against type role in ''Film/HorribleBosses'' - even successfully fighting with producers to let them dye her hair a dark brown. In 2014 she won critical acclaim for her role in ''Cake'', something she had already won earlier with ''Film/TheGoodGirl'', so time will tell.
* Macaulay Culkin will likely never escape being known as "The Film/HomeAlone Kid".
* Creator/MichaelSheen will probably have to do a lot to avoid being seen as UsefulNotes/TonyBlair, considering he's played the former Prime Minister three times.
* Nearly the entire cast of ''Film/WithnailAndI'', much to Richard 'Uncle Monty' Griffiths' disgust (not so much that he dislikes the film, but more because sharp financial practices by the production company, Creator/HandmadeFilms, have meant that he never received money owed to him). The current generation will probably think [[Film/HarryPotter "Hey, it's Vernon!"]] whenever they see Griffiths nowadays.
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'':
** Jean Stapleton stated that she wanted to be a screen actress, but never wanted to be a star, because then she'd end up being typecast. Unfortunately, that's just what happened. Stapleton shot herself in the foot when she was offered, but declined, a role that would have saved her from typecasting as Edith: Jessica Fletcher on ''Series/MurderSheWrote''.[[note]]Ironically, this is Creator/AngelaLansbury's own example of this.[[/note]]
** Rob Reiner has claimed to suffer this, stating that if he won a Nobel Prize, all the headlines would read "MEATHEAD WINS NOBEL PRIZE". He may have actually averted this, however, as most may know him as a director, in particular as the director of ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' and ''Film/WhenHarryMetSally''.
** Carroll O'Connor is also remembered only as Archie. Not even a run on the television version of ''Series/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' was enough to break that.
** Sally Struthers is Gloria Stivic. Fortunately, she had a moderately successful career afterwards with shows like ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'', ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{TaleSpin}}''. Nevertheless, none of them hold a candle to the fame she has achieved as Gloria.
* Creator/PeterCullen, [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]]. Unless you grew up watching Franchise/WinnieThePooh, in which case he will always be Eeyore. For anyone who grew up in the late '90s and early '00s, he will also be remembered as the voice-over for many of Creator/{{Toonami}}'s promos.
* Henry Winkler will always be [[Series/HappyDays The Fonz]], and is, at the moment, okay with it. He's played against type quite well on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' and ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.
* 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]].
* 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.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'': Tony Robinson tends to get BumblingSidekick roles reprising his celebrated role as Baldrick. However, Baldrick's appearance in the show's first season is almost a preemptive case of PlayingAgainstType since ''he'' was the one that always came up with the [[CatchPhrase cunning plans]] and Blackadder was the bumbling idiot. He later deliberately cast ''himself'' against type as the Sheriff of Nottingham in ''Series/MaidMarianAndHerMerryMen''.
* Creator/ChristinaRicci = [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Wednesday Addams]].
* Anytime you see Ashton Kutcher, you'll see [[Series/That70sShow Michael Kelso]]. It doesn't seem to harm his career, though.
* Creator/RickMoranis is either [[{{SCTV}} Bob McKenzie]], [[Film/LittleShopOfHorrors Seymour Krelborn]], or [[Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids Wayne Szalinski]]. Others recognize him as [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} Dark Helmet]], while still more recognize him as [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} Louis Tully]].
* Most of the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** Creator/JohnnyYongBosch escaped this fate by becoming a well known voice actor.
** Although Creator/AmyJoJohnson is still doing well in showbiz, she feels that her role as the first Pink Ranger is something that she can never live down.
** 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.
** Dan Ewing appeared on ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' Australia - that proves how successful he is. The ''[[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM]]'' black ranger is better known now as a cast member in ''Series/HomeAndAway''.
** On the [[Franchise/SuperSentai Sentai]] side, Baku Hatakeyama, the [[Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger original]] Yellow Ranger, became unable to find work because of this. He ended up committing suicide as a result.
* Creator/WilliamDaniels gets this a lot thanks to his famous role as Mr. Feeny from ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. Little do most people know he had a very famous role as Dr. Mark Craig on ''Series/StElsewhere''. Even if he didn't get this treatment for playing Mr. Feeny, he certainly would have for being the voice of [[Series/KnightRider KITT]]. Meanwhile, Ben Savage is always going to be Cory Matthews -- or Fred's little brother. Danielle Fishel and Rider Strong haven't had much luck either -- but Will Friedle escaped it with a successful voice acing career, but he's still always Eric on camera.
* Creator/KristenBell will always be ''Series/VeronicaMars''. Fortunately, the role of Anna from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' seems to be changing that.
* ''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.