''Sometimes a talented person is hired to act talentless.''

Hey, you know that actor that plays that character? The one that can not sing? Turns out they are a classically trained opera singer. Ironic, isn't it?

Not really. Irony As She Is Cast happens when known skills of an actor and the displayed skills of a role do not mesh - and the fan ''knows'' this. If the fan didn't know the actor, then there would be no dissonance.

Their ability might even have been the reason for casting;
* The actor wants to break out of their [[AdamWesting defined role]]
* The ''type'' of ineptitude is enhanced by, or impossible without, the actor's knowledge
* ThePowersThatBe do not want to use a StuntDouble

Do not expect the character to ever improve in the talent - at least, [[StatusQuoIsGod not for more than one episode]]. The Character might only be as bad as they are due to the Actor being so good.

IronyAsSheIsCast might be reactionary in a long-lived role; extreme cases might try to counter what's RippedFromTheHeadlines.

Frequently implements: DreadfulMusician; HollywoodToneDeaf; or BadBadActing (or any of the tropes under StylisticSuck). Rarely implements HollywoodHomely (although it can be a subtrope of it, instead of talented playing talentless, it's beautiful playing ugly); that is more likely to be DyeingForYourArt. Contrast: BeautifulAllAlong, where improvement is part of the story; and TheCastShowOff, where a talent gets to be in the limelight.

Never requires a TalentDouble. Is not based of the beliefs of the actor - which tends to result in a ShallowParody - but may be as a result of observed reactions to that belief.

The TropeNamer is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_As_She_Is_Spoke English As She Is Spoke]], probably the first real-life example of MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels, and not really related to the trope at all. But it makes for a good trope name.
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[[folder: Advertising]]

* Windows started to use John Hodgman's PC character from the Mac ads even though Hodgman is actually a Mac user.

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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* Creator/RieTanaka, a voice actor well-respected for her singing abilities, has been frequently cast as tone-deaf characters:
** Yomi from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''.
** Xanthippe in ''SoraKakeGirl''.
** Eriko in ''Kimikiss''.
* Creator/HekiruShiina has a singing career. Guess which is the worst subject for her character in ''MagicKnightRayearth'', Hikaru Shidou... singing.
* MinamiTakayama, the Japanese voice actress for Conan of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', is actually a singer in the J-Pop band "Two-Mix"; before ''Conan'', her voice was what she was best known for. Naturally, in the series itself, Conan [[HollywoodToneDeaf cannot hold a tune to save his life]]. Two-Mix itself actually appeared on the show once and invited Conan to sing with them, [[LampshadeHanging as a wink to all her fans]]. They played with it, too: the episode in question makes it a plot point [[CelebrityParadox that Conan sounded like her]].
* Creator/TakehitoKoyasu, while not really a big name in singing career, also sings. Cue ''{{Macross 7}}'' where his character Gamlin Kizaki tried to 'outsing' Basara Nekki in singing despite his protests... only for Gamlin to have a ''horrendous'' singing tune.
* Creator/MaayaSakamoto is much better known for her singing career than her acting career, especially considering she's done quite a few anime songs, and worked with the famous YokoKanno for some of them. In ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' she played Fujioka Haruhi who is an atrocious actor, and apparently a horrible singer... so horrible we never actually hear her sing, but LIPSYNC a song by Chieko Kawabe (who sang the opening).
** Oddly enough, Haruhi's English voice actress, Creator/CaitlinGlass, also has a very nice singing voice.
* Kaere of ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' is sometimes joked to be a dreadful guitar player and awful singer. Her voice actress, Yu Kobayashi, plays guitar as a hobby and is clearly a quite good singer as evidenced by her singing in various music for the show. Kaere's character songs play around with this trope- at some points they are very discordant and Karere is HollywoodToneDeaf, but this is a reflection of the character's multiple personality disorder. When that's not in effect, the singing is very good.
* Creator/AyaHirano playing [[LuckyStar Konata Izumi]]. Anyone who's watched Hirano as [[SuzumiyaHaruhi Haruhi Suzumiya]] (also singing that series' themes) knows that she has a fantastic singing voice. Konata, on the other hand... [[CuteButCacophonic doesn't]] (her ''butchering'' of "[[Manga/DragonBall Cha-la Head Cha-la]]" is but an example).
** The same applies to Yuko Goto, voice actor of Mikuru: she sings very well in the theme songs, but her in-character rendition of Koi no Mikuru Densetsu is hilariously off-key
* The OP theme of ''MapleTown'' is sung by Satoko Yamano, who also does the voice of minor character Puriprin. As with many of the above examples, Puriprin is notable for being a ''horrible'' singer: her practice session before the school play is cacophonous enough to wake the entire town.
* This, combined with PlayingAgainstType, was the stated reason Creator/JunFukuyama was cast as the MagnificentBastard AntiHero lead in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', while Suzaku, the WhiteKnight, is played by Creator/TakahiroSakurai, known for playing {{Anti Hero}}es. The director wanted the dissonance since both characters are trying desperately to be something they're not. For the English dub Creator/JohnnyYongBosch, best known for being a former {{Power Ranger|s}}, and Creator/YuriLowenthal, best known for [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sasuke Uchiha]], were given the same respective roles, with the original director having a hand in their casting as well.
* In ''Manga/KotouraSan'', [[{{Telepathy}} Haruka Kotoura]] (played by Main/HisakoKanemoto) is severely HollywoodToneDeaf as shown [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybxurIDFvNY here]]. The irony is that Main/HisakoKanemoto also played [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Yayoi Kise/Cure Peace]] ''just months before'' and had sung [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rsk7OZQ94w her]] ImageSong ([[http://prettycure.wikia.com/wiki/100%25_Hero Lyrics here]]) [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic very competently]]! Need more proof of Hisako-san's singing talent? Look no further than ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'''s [[MemeticMutation infamously]] [[EarWorm addicting]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCcLrC4MuLI opening theme]] ([[http://www.animelyrics.com/anime/ikamusume/shinryakunosusume.htm Lyrics here]]) since [[DoItYourselfThemeTune she sang that one too]]!
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[[folder:Film]]
* Ricky Jay, the film's magic consultant, as an incompetent stage magician in ''Film/ThePrestige''.
** Also celibate UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, played by MemeticSexGod Music/DavidBowie.
* Creator/MadelineKahn - a classically-trained opera singer, among her other talents - playing the German Lili Von Schtupp in ''Film/BlazingSaddles''. Lili is extremely popular for her sex appeal, but her singing voice is deep, heavily accented, and mostly off-key.
* Creator/MirandaCosgrove (Carly on ''Series/ICarly'') needed lessons in how to sing badly to play Summer Hathaway in ''Film/SchoolOfRock''.
* Music/DavidBowie has played characters that sang off-key in ''Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth'' and ''Film/MerryChristmasMrLawrence''.
* Creator/MerylStreep playing hammy bad actress Madeline Ashton in ''Film/DeathBecomesHer''.
* Basil Rathbone was one of the best fencers in Hollywood, performing almost all of his own onscreen fights. As he was always cast as the villain in swashbuckling films, he usually lost against [[{{Flynning}} less skillful actors]].
* Ralph Garman, a radio host, voice actor, impressionist and a pretty damn good singer, was cast by his friend Creator/KevinSmith as the mute Caleb in ''Film/RedState''.
* Played with by Jean Hagen as Lina Lamont in ''Film/SinginInTheRain''. Hagen, actually a talented singer, plays Lina with a hilariously shrill and screechy Brooklyn-accented voice and no sense of pitch. However, when Cathy Selden (played by Debbie Reynolds) dubs Lina's voicework for her in order to salvage the studio's current film, it's actually Hagen singing, not Reynolds.
* Mia Kirschner plays Elizabeth Short in ''Film/TheBlackDahlia'', a struggling actress who can't get a part. Kirschner's performance was praised by critics as the best part of the film.
* At the end of the Creator/SteveMartin film ''Film/AllOfMe'', mystic and CloudCuckoolander Prahka Lasa is "playing" the piano as accompaniment to a saxophonist performing the eponymous song. This consists of him hitting a single note at the end of each musical phrase for the first verse of the song (and it's the same note each time, except once). Richard Libertini, the actor playing Prahka Lasa, was a professional musician before becoming an actor. Subverted in that a) it's always the right note to blend in with the song and b) at the end of the first verse, he looks at the rest of the keyboard as if in surprise and begins a quite talented accompaniment.
* The ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'' movie with John Travolta and Christopher Walken romantically singing together and dancing very, very badly. It's even funnier as both are well known as excellent dancers and are doing it [[StylisticSuck badly on purpose]].
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Film/MajorLeague'', where the big slugger for the Yankees is played by Peter Vuckovich, who ''did'' play in the Major Leagues, but was a pitcher who never hit a home run.
** Also inverted in ''Little Big League'': While the movie also featured numerous real life big leaguers playing themselves, the character of Pat Corning was played by Kevin Elster, who was on a hiatus from baseball at the time of filming, then made a big league comeback two years after the film's release (winning 1996 Comeback Player of the Year with the Texas Rangers).
* In a deleted scene in ''Film/LittleFockers'', Barbara friggin' Streisand's character sings "Happy Birthday" horrendously off-key.
* In ''Film/{{Ted}}'', MarkWahlberg does a very, very, very horrendous job of singing [[Film/{{Octopussy}} "All Time High"]].
** Also sang [[{{TransformersTheMovie}} "The Touch"]] poorly in BoogieNights
* In ''ThePinkPanther Strikes Again'', Michael Robbins is [[NonSingingVoice dubbed]] with a truly appalling singing voice courtesy of an uncredited... JulieAndrews!
* In ''{{Film/Goldeneye}}'', Minnie Driver is cast as terrible lounge singer Irina, whose rendition of "Stand By Your Man" is compared to "strangling a cat" by Film/JamesBond.
* In ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', George Bailey, played by Creator/JimmyStewart, is denied from military service during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII because of his deaf left ear. His little brother is accepted and becomes a medal winning pilot. The real Stewart was a bomber pilot and Lt. Colonel in WWII, later being promoted to Brigadier General after the war.
* ''{{Looper}}'' has a mild one where Joe is shown earlier studying French and isn't very good with it. His actor Creator/JosephGordonLevitt is quite fluent in French.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The characters of P.Howard (Jenő Rejtő) are supposedly illiterate pirates or otherwise simple folk, but when narrating in first person, they sound like schooled and literate middle class citizens trying too hard to pretend they are complete morons, because they reflect the style of the author.
* Isaac Asimov once stated that Mark Twain's real genius was in writing ''Huckleberry Finn'' as if Huck, who is uneducated and all-but-illiterate, were telling it in such a way that not once does the reader ask himself "How is this illiterate moron telling the story ''so well''?"
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In 'The Mole', the person playing the Mole purposely does badly at things at which they are highly skilled.
* Alfonso Ribeiro is actually a professional dancer (with an instruction video to boot), but Carlton Banks on ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' has a humorously goofy and unhip dance routine that serves as a RunningGag. But as unhip as his dancing may be, he is clearly performing the moves the way he intended i.e. he is an uncool dancer but not a ''bad'' one.
* In the original cast of ''Series/{{Glee}}'', before the character pool starting growing and flooding over, the cast's best dancer by a million miles was Kevin [=McHale=]. His character, Artie, is in a wheelchair.
** Later on, Matt Bomer is cast as Blaine's older brother, who can't act. (Also, interestingly, [[StraightGay Matt Bomer]] plays the heterosexual brother and [[CampStraight Darren Criss]] the gay one.)
* Broadway veteran Jason Alexander had to tone down his voice to convincingly sing badly as George Costanza in ''{{Seinfeld}}''.
* ''HogansHeroes''
** Colonel Klink is a horrendous violin player. His actor Werner Klemperer was apparently very talented at it. His father Otto was a famous symphony conductor who left Germany in 1933 when Hitler came to power and served in the US Army during WW2.
** Many of the actors who played Nazis were actually Jews.
* NeilPatrickHarris, an openly gay man, plays Barney, a ladykiller, in ''HowIMetYourMother''.
** Also, Peter Wyngarde playing skirt-chaser Series/JasonKing (although Wyngarde's homosexuality was not known to the general public at the time, it was common knowledge within acting circles).
* Same thing with Dan Butler on ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
* In "Take Me Out to the Holosuite", an episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' where Sisko recruits a baseball team to challenge a Vulcan rival, the actors portraying the inexperienced players were actually better at baseball than those playing the experienced players.
** Much of the episode's plot is driven by [[GeniusDitz Rom's]] utter hopelessness at baseball. His actor, Max Grodénchik, was a semiprofessional player before pursuing his acting career, and could only appear as bad as he was supposed to by playing left-handed.
* SClub7 did this a couple of times on the TV show. Hannah is said to be a horrible actress and bungles her lines as an extra on a TV show. In real life Hannah Spearitt studied acting for several years and had acted in numerous productions before joining the band. Another episode has Rachel failing at being a model. Rachel Stevens was part of a modelling agency prior to joining the band.
* Played with in ''Series/ThirtyRock''. In the ShowWithinAShow, Danny, a skilled singer, pretends to be a terrible one to avoid upstaging his costar Jenna. In an early episode, Jack was written into a sketch, causing [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity To Ensue]] when he turned out to be a really terrible actor. Of course, he's played by Oscar-nominated Alec Baldwin.
** Liz Lemon is pretty incompetent as a showrunner. Creator/TinaFey is not
* On ''Series/HannahMontana'', Miley's best friend Lilly is shown to have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbKrHQtunlQ&feature=related a terrible singing voice]]. In real life, Emily Osment [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8HpguNf6R0 is a capable singer]]. In the episode where her poor singing is demonstrated, the "edited" version of the song is actually Osment's real singing voice.
* In ''PowerRangers'', Billy was a triple-example: his characterisation started as that of a bumbling dork, who was also incredibly clumsy. His actor, David Yost, used to be a champion gymnast. He was also initially portrayed as quite hopeless at fighting while unmorphed and generally weak. Whether or not Yost was as skilled as his cast mates is debatable, but he sure was muscular for a supposedly wimpy teen. Finally, in a darker form of the trope, Billy was the ranger most consistently shown as getting the girl and winding up in romantic entanglements. In real life, David Yost was a closeted homosexual and claims that the people who wrote the show knew this and were trying to make fun of him. (The only people who didn't were his fellow ranger actors.)
* ''HiDeHi'': Gladys is known for her bizarre semi-off key opera singing. Ruth Madoc is a professional singer.
* ''{{Terminator}}: TheSarahConnorChronicles'': [[{{Garbage}} Shirley Manson's]] daughter notes that she can't sing.
* While Debra from ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' shows mediocre singing skills at the end of "Sweet Charity," Patricia Heaton is an accomplished singer.
* ''Series/ICarly'': Carly Shay cannot draw. MirandaCosgrove can, very well.
* Natalie Bassingthwaite did an impressive job playing a bad singer on ''{{Neighbours}}'' considering her success with the Rogue Traders.
* Both the [[Series/TheOfficeUK David Brent]] (played by Creator/RickyGervais) and [[Series/TheOfficeUS Michael Scott]] (played by Creator/SteveCarell) versions of ''The Office'' have extremely talented comedians playing a character that is not only not funny, but doesn't understand enough about comedy to understand that they are not funny. See, especially, Michael Scott's improv comedy classes.
* ''KathAndKim'': Kim is shown singing off-key in two episodes. Gina Riley, her actress, is a very talented singer who has appeared in several theater productions, and the theme song is also proof.
* On ''Series/LawAndOrder'', Lennie Briscoe describes himself as having no knowledge of music whatsoever. His actor (the late Jerry Orbach) was a veteran Broadway song-and-dance man.
* In an episode of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', the entire cast apart from April and Andy go on a hunting trip. As noted on the DVDCommentary, Chris Pratt, who plays Andy, is the only hunter in the cast.
* In ''MarriedWithChildren'', Peg is an awful singer. Katey Sagal is a talented singer who has recorded albums and was a backup singer for Bette Midler, amongst others.
* Moesha, who was played by the singer Brandy, could not carry a tune to save her life.
* In the TV-Movie ''Film/BriansSong'', real-life Michigan State football player James Caan portrayed scrappy underdog Brian Piccolo, while Billy Dee Williams, who did not have a sports background, played the supremely talented Gale Sayers. Caan had to consciously hold back in the training scenes to make Williams seem more believable as the superior athlete.
* One of the world's all time greatest violinists, Jascha Heifetz, whose name is synonymous with perfection, had a talent for imitating bad students playing the violin and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5SluQyVqWQ once did this on national television.]] In reality, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPcnGrie his playing]] was ''so'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21dsRBeIy8A awesome that]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPC5VU8sjDU it is close]] to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFaq9kTlcaY perfection in matters]] violin.
* Musician-turned-comedian VictorBorge made a routine out of this: he would play a piece from memory, but throw in a single off-key note, which gradually multiplied into three bad notes, then five, then an altogether unrecognizable mess. At this point he usually stopped, got hold of the sheet music, and played the song again while reading very carefully -- until he started hitting the same bad notes again... the implication being that he wasn't a bad player, he'd just learned the piece from a hopelessly erroneous transcription.
** Other jokes along those lines involved [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuWUp1M-vuM playing something that sounded oddly familiar but yet not, staring at the sheet music for a moment, then flipping it over]].
* In ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'', Wooster (played by Creator/HughLaurie) was, at best, a competent piano player, while Jeeves (played by Creator/StephenFry) was better. In real life, it's the other way around.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Alex Russo is a terrible singer. SelenaGomez, on the other hand, can sing pretty well.
* In a ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode, Joey tried to learn French, but he was only capable of speaking gibberish. His actor, Matt [=LeBlanc=] is a fluent French speaker.
* Similarly, on ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'', DS Matt Devlin completely butchers the French language when trying to interview a witness. In real life, Devlin's actor, JamieBamber, speaks excellent French (aside from an early childhood spent in Paris, it's one of ''two'' languages that he studied, along with Italian, for his Modern Language degree)
* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Timothy Hutton is this. While he is an Academy Award winning actor, the character Nate Ford is almost entirely a LargeHam when he plays roles in universe.
* In ''GomerPyleUSMC,'' Frank Sutton's Sgt. Carter is portrayed as completely hopeless at hand-to-hand combat. In real life, Sutton was an Army Veteran and a black-belt in Judo.
* ''[[Series/DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]'', likely the TropeCodifier for the "CoveredInGunge GameShow", was hosted by Marc Summers. Who has obsessive compulsive disorder. While it is hard to watch the reruns these days knowing this, it does explain why he had towels with him whenever the families got into the physical challenges.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': MarkPellegrino, an outspoken born-again Christian, plays [[{{Satan}} Lucifer.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Derek Jacobi, a classically trained actor with a long and tremendously successful career on stage and screen who has played in ''Hamlet'', ''Much to Do About Nothing'', and ''Richard III'', plays a one-time Shakespearean actor forced to slum it. Frasier and Niles try to bring him back to respectability, only it turns out that he's much more terrible at performing Shakespeare than they remember.
* While filming ''{{Roots}}'', Levar Burton's character, Kunta Kinte, was supposed to be chased down in a sprint by his future wife's father. The father was played by football Hall-of-Famer O. J. Simpson, and it was expected that Simpson would have absolutely no problem catching Burton. Problem was, Burton had been a medal-winning track star in high school and could leave Simpson in the dirt when running flat out. After six ruined takes, the director finally took Burton aside and instructed him to ''not'' run flat out.
* ''Series/AlloAllo'' Edith Artois is such a horrible cabaret singer that the patrons of Café René stuff cheese in their ears to avoid hearing her, but the actress who plays her, Carmen Silvera, was a talented singer. René Artois is forever uncomfortable with Lieutenant Gruber's infatuation with him, but the actor who plays René, Gorden Kaye, is an out gay man. Actor Sam Kelly is Jewish, and plays German Wehrmacht Captain Hans Geering.
* An early episode of ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' featured Martin Kove AKA [[TheKarateKid Master Kreese]] and a three-time Black Belt as a completely untalented boxer.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Everyone remembers the infamous skit where Wrestling/SantinoMarella tries (and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments fails]]) to do the splits on the ring apron[[note]]He was attempting to imitate [[Characters/WWEDivas Melina]]'s entrance. For Wrestling/BethPhoenix's reaction, go [[Radar/ProfessionalWrestling here]].[[/note]] Santino actually can do the splits, as he has demonstrated in other matches. Although there is a difference between a side-split (legs out on either side, which he was doing on the apron) and a front-split (legs forward and back, which he does in matches.)
* TNA's Joseph Park, a wrestling lawyer, was shown to be shockingly inept at wrestling, even not knowing how to get into the ring and winning by sheer luck despite being 6'8 and 300 pounds. Of course, he's played by Chris Parks, a 15 year veteran of wrestling who also portrays {{Wrestling/Abyss}}
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Part of comedian [[TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny's]] persona was his inability to play the violin, much less realize it. In real life, Benny was an accomplished violinist, often performing with Isaac Stern.
** As an amusing anecdote, Jack was at one point asked to dine at TheWhiteHouse, and while he was there he would play his violin. When he arrived, a Secret Service agent asked him what he was carrying in his violin case. Benny answered that he had a Thompson submachine gun in there, "the old Chicago typewriter". The agent sighed and said "Thank God, I was afraid you had your violin in there."
** Apparently, only a very good violinist can pull off playing badly for comic effect. A ''bad'' violinist doing it is just horrible.
*** This holds true for just about any musical or theatrical endeavor, resulting in this trope in the first place; someone who is very good can be far, far worse than someone who is actually bad or merely mediocre.
** Speaking of Benny, he often compared his skills to the legendary [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jascha_Heifetz Jascha Heifetz]] (see the live action TV folder), who himself occasionally recorded hilarious imitations of bad violin students for fun. Once one such imitation of Heifetz was actually rejected in a blind audition test. Heifetz's actual playing was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27n4rQ-VIT8 truly]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO032oAasec&feature=related spectacular]].
* In ''TheGoonShow'', Neddie Seagoon is portrayed as utterly unable to carry a tune in several buckets. His actor Harry Secombe had a successful singing career.
* Les Dawson and Eric Morecambe both used "playing the piano really badly" in their acts. Of course, both actually played very well, as is necessary to make playing badly comical rather than tedious, and in fact it can be harder to play the wrong notes while keeping the tune recognisable than to just play the tune right.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* A classic character type in musical theater is TheRival to the aspiring actor/dancer/singer protagonist. Of course, the rival is never as good as the protagonist at acting/singing/dancing. However, this is frequently IronyAsSheIsCast. For example in ''{{Hairspray}}'', the actress playing Amber Von Tussle has to be a good dancer, because it takes a lot of skill to trip consistently and safely.
** The girl playing Penny has an even harder job- she has to be awkward and a beat behind everybody else.
* In-universe example: In ''Theatre/TheMoonIsBlue'', the virginal Patty tends to play a tart on TV.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* During the saving skits in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX'', [[VirtualOn Fei-Yen HD]] (aka [[{{Vocaloid}} Miku]]) starts to speaks in a very robotic way, contrasting with her cheerful personality during the game. This is mostly [[SakiFujita her voice actress]] trying to sound like Miku just like in the original {{Vocaloid}} software, rather than Banpresto trying to use the software for that job. Ironically, she does a ''bad'' job doing that, even if that scene is supposed to be a TearJerker for the player.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Dr. Robotnik from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' is a horrible singer. However, his voice actor, the late Long John Baldry, was a blues and folk-rock singer.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} jokingly mentions that ComicBook/BlackCanary being gagged is for the best since she has a horrendous singing voice. Black Canary's voice actress, GreyDeLisle, is a Grammy-winning professional singer.
** Though in context the joke is a BaitAndSwitch, since Black Canary's "singing voice" superpower is not fun to hear up close.
** In the MusicalEpisode "Mayhem of the Music Meister," we get to hear her sing, and it's beautiful. (The whole cast - [[HeyItsThatGuy and]] [[NeilPatrickHarris Barney]] [[Series/HowIMetYourMother Stinson]], as the Music Meister - will surprise you, actually.) Apparently Catwoman was just having fun with her.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' SchoolPlay episode, ''Laughing Fit'', Ulrich gives a spectacularly bad performance as Romeo prior to the [[ResetButton Return to the Past]]...his [[CrossDressingVoices voice actress]] was on Broadway at one point.
* The ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Hidden Talent" reveals Kim as a singer who cannot hit high notes. Kim's voice actress is Christy Romano, an accomplished singer.
* Madeleine Peters, who voices Scootaloo in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is notorious for her rather bad singing in "The Show Stoppers." However, according to Daniel Ingram, Madeleine is actually a very good singer (as evidenced by her vocals during "One Bad Apple") and was told to butcher the song. He would also very much like an opportunity to record a version of the Crusaders' theme sung properly.
** ClaireCorlett grew into this trope. She only provided the speaking voice for Sweetie Belle in Seasons 1-3, with MichelleCreber doing the singing. On the one occasion that Claire sang in her own right, she turned in a screeching, off-key campfire song, going sharply against Sweetie's previous beautiful vocals. As of Season 4, she is doing both the speaking and singing; based on fans' reaction to the latter, she is doing an excellent job.
* Leela in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is played by Katey Sagal, who has worked as a professional singer. While during musical numbers, she gets to [[TheCastShowOff show off]] her chops, [[MusicalWorldHypothesis in-character]] Leela has a terrible voice, as seen when she attempts to serenade invading aliens with a horrific version of "I Will Always Love You," prompting them to scream, "The humans are attacking!"
* Creator/JessHarnell as [[ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Cacofonix]] in ''[[Recap/AsterixAndTheNormans Asterix and the Vikings]]''. In reality, Jess can sing quite well (he possesses a ''quadruple-octave'' vocal range).
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