In most series, anime or toku Shozo Iizuka does villain work using a similar tone and voice. Especially apparent in the Space Sheriff Trilogy, where he voices all 3 of the Big Bads, but in Gavan, only for 10 eps before he came down with bronchitis and called in Takeshi Watabe. In Sharivan, voice effects are applied to him whenever Psycho speaks.
Will forever be Chihaya Kisaragi, her most popular character. It doesn't help that she has a very distinctive singing voice and did a lot of singing for that part: any time she sings a song, this trope is very likely to come into effect.
I suppose she broke away from it. I mean, look at Tsubaki Yayoi...
Kurisu Makise is now her role that's competing with Chihaya as Imagine's best known.
In National Geographic's The Last Lions, Uncle Scar is telling us a (long, involved and sleepy) bedtime story.note If it's an old familial tale, it goes a long way in explaining why he's such a connivingManipulative Bastard.
As pointed out in one interview when someone recognized him. "No, no I'm not Sam Fisher, my name is...well...actually yes I am."
Michael Ironside was also on "The Most Evil Sorcerer," a two-part episode of RL Stines The Haunting Hour about two kids in medieval England who work together to dethrone the sorcerer Margolin who is keeping them prisoner.
The title character in American McGee's Grimm considers cats to be ideal pets, since his voice actor, Roger L. Jackson, previously voiced a feline of the Cheshire variety. Grimm also is a complete and total fanboy for the fairytale figure, GodFather Death...
And speaking of American McGee's Grimm], he does every single voice in the game. That guy has an impressive vocal range.
Happens within the Legacy of Kain series, where the late Tony Jay played at least three different characters (four if you include the demon possessing one of them), using more or less the same voice.
Of course Tony Jay has what some would describe as the "perfect" bad guy voice... so you can expect to hear him cast in a generic bad guy role for tons of other videogames and animated shows. Of course, he was Reboot's Megabyte!
"I shall write my name across the face of the moon!GIMME A C!"
The narrator of the modernized incarnation of The Bard's Tale.
Of the above mentioned examples, two of Tony's characters, namely Chairface Chippendale and the Elder God, were essentially faceless. This made it very, very easy to picture any of his other characters whenever he spoke.
For a time, Jones was also the official voice of phone company Verizon (and before the merger, Bell Atlantic), which meant that Darth Vader thanked you for using Verizon every time you made a long-distance call.
His Spanish counterpart, Constantino Romero, has been dubbing movies for decades and is instantly recognisable as the voice of the aforementioned James Earl Jones (and Vader), Arnold Schwarzenegger and Clint Eastwood, among dozens of other Hollywood stars.
In that movie Romero only dubbed Thulsa Doom, but he's dubbed Arnie in the three Terminator films.
This is referenced in The Simpsons in "Round Springfield". Bleedin' Gums Murphy, dies and later gives a speech to Lisa via a cloud (itself a reference to The Lion King), with the three characters above chiming in at the end.
Also played with in Kung Pow! with the Mufasa parody.
In Stargate SG-1, he gives his voice to one of the bad guys of the first-season episode "Thor's Hammer"... It gets odd when you can't shake the feeling that Col. O'neill and Teal'c are talking to Darth Vader.
Or for that matter the 'Causeway' mini-campaign in Company of Heroes. Hey, I didn't know Garrus fought in World War Two! And, appropriately enough, in the 'Normandy' campaign!
He also had a two-minute scene in The Pacific as a West Point graduate who missed the war. It was a particularly memorable scene too.
Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion is instantly recognizable whenever he steps into another voiceover role, such as his ads for Honda UK or that time on "Disney's Hercules" when he played the Norse god Odin.
From Transformers Animated. Tom Kenny generally has a very wide range, but it's still somewhat noticeable when he voices Starscream that it's also Sponge Bob Square Pants due to them both being high-pitched and grating. Oddly enough, it works... probably since the original Starscream's voice (Mr. Latta, noted below) was also high-pitched and grating.
While he sounds a bit like SpongeBob, he sounds a lot like the Penguin in The Batman.
Speaking of Transformers and Kenny, Wheelie in Revenge of the Fallen definitively sounds like a modified SpongeBob.
A particularly specific example: In an episode of Sponge Bob Square Pants, SpongeBob, voiced by Tom Kenny, becomes "normalized", and affects a new "normal" voice; one nearly identical to the voice used by Tom Kenny for one-shot character Adlai Atkins on Futurama, who also has a penchant for normalcy.
This "50's narrator-ish" voice was also used as many of the automated machines in Idiocracy.
In the prom episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, Heffer says, "Go wreck someone else's prom!"
Can you believe that the person who voices Spongebob is the same one who voices Hal Gibson?
Can you believe that the person who voices Spongebob and Patchy the Pirate are THE SAME PERSON?
On the other hand, the voice he used for Spongebob is almost exactly the same as the one he used for Carl in Johnny Bravo.
What no Powerpuff Girls mention? Tom Kenny voices the Mayor and the Narrator.
How can Dog be versatile when he's joined to his brother?
He appears to use an identical voice for SpongeBob's dad and Wally (the homosexual neighbor who used to be a film director, until he fell in love and the movie he was working on went to pot) from Mission Hill. If you've seen the show, you'll know that some of the things Wally's said would be both creepy and hilarious coming from SpongeBob's old man.
Rabbit in the new Pooh movie. This is either going to be really good, or really bad.
The Haunting Hour episode "Uncle Howee" (about a little girl whose favorite TV show character comes to life and gets revenge on her bullying older brother)...yeah, that's Tom Kenny as the episode's villain (a loud, energetic kids' show host with reality-warping powers), and you do hear a bit of his SpongeBob voice (when he says, "It's Mr. Clock!") and his Abner Doubledeal/businessman/game show host voice (when he tells Jared the rules to "Find Your Sister Before Mom Gets Home and Grounds You For the Rest of Your Life": Jared has one minute to find his sister, Cynthia. If he wins, Jared gets her fair and square, but if he loses, Cynthia vanishes and Jared will be left to explain to his mom what happened to her).
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Jin from LOST puts his DHARMA security guard training to good use on the streets of Stilwater as Saints lieutenant Johnny Gat.
Can you believe that in the Japanese dub of Avatar, Neytiri sounds just like Cure Passion? That's because they're both voiced by Yuka Komatsu. If you don't believe me, check this commercial (it's at 00:42).
It's hard to take all of the jokes about Meg being ugly, fat, and gross (even though Meg is just average-looking), when you realize her (second) voice actress actually looks like Mona Sax, Jackie Burkhart, and Solara
Best known for being The Brain, much of Maurice LaMarche's voice work sounds like he's doing an impression of Orson Welles (whom he's DIRECTLY impersonated at least four times), so it's very distinctive whenever it's heard.
This also means that Father is voiced by the Brain?
His work on Futurama ranges from distinctive (Morbo, Calculon) to almost unrecognizable (Kif Kroker, Clamps). (He's voiced 70+ different characters on Futurama alone. If you hear someone who sounds like Maurice LaMarche, it's probably him; if you hear a secondary character who doesn't sound like Maurice LaMarche, it's also probably him.)
A couple roles in the Knights of the Old Republic series as well - the good gangster Gadon Thek in the first, and Captain/Major Riiken in the second. Identical to his John Stewart voice in both cases, which makes playing the games a bit hilarious at times.
Was watching a Let's Play of the English version of Sengoku Basara 3 (also known as Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes) for the first time, and the moment Masamune opened his mouth, my jaw hit the floor as I realised "Hey, wait just a— that's Dante!" Seriously, it might be just me, but I swear to God Reuben's Masamune voice sounds almost exactly like his Dante voice. It's uncanny!
It came as a surprise to learn that the smooth-talking sabre from Ice Age is the same as the temperamental Francis "Just-because-I'm-a-ladybug-automatically-makes-me-a-girl?" Ladybug from A Bug's Life.
Christopher Lee; Dracula, Scaramanga, Saruman, Count Dooku... Ansem the Wise? Suprisingly not evil in Kingdom Hearts, though chillingly immoral to the point where there's more than a little fan speculation that DiZ is a Nobody himself....
One rather weird example of voice recognition will occur if you ever watch the German dub of The Last Unicorn. That King Haggard sure sounds familiar... because it's actually Christopher Lee doing the dubbing. And may I add, he's pretty damn good at it.
Hardly surprising— Lee speaks German, French, Spanish, and Italian fluently, and has some facility with even more languages.
Listen to a song from the second season of The New Adventures of Madeline where the titular character sings. Now listen to G4 Fluttershy singing in The Cutie Mark Chronicles with your eyes closed. If you have a visual image of Madeline being lifted by a flock of butterflies, congratulations! You have realized that Madeline is Fluttershy!
In a TalkingToHerself moment, she is also 4G Pinkie Pie, but Pinkie Pie has Shannon Kent-Chan (A fellow Madeline alumni) as her singing voice.
If you've played Half-Life 2 you know him as the voice of most of the male citizens: "Hey, it's Freeman! Let's follow him!" He's also John Slater in Left 4 Dead, the Sniper in Team Fortress 2, and Bruno Lawrie in the No One Lives Forever series. He also shows up in several roles in the two Suffering games; he's unmistakable as the first CO Torque meets after his escape. More surprisingly, in the first Suffering he's also the ghostly executioner Hermes and the perpetually stoned Russian prison guard Sergei.
Causes a lot of this on Family Guy, where in addition to his long list of major and recurring characters (below), he plays literally hundreds of one-line wonders and bit parts.
Good luck trying not to think of Stan Smith on American Dad! whenever Johann Krauss speaks in Hellboy II.
He does Peter, Stewie, Quagmire, Carter, Tom Tucker, Jake Tucker, Dr. Hartman, Seamus, and Brian on Family Guy and Stan and Roger the Alien on American Dad!. The guy has a surprising voice range.
Although the voice of Brian is pretty much MacFarlane's normal voice. Gee, I wonder why...
Also causes a lot of Hey It's that Singing Voice, because besides singing as all the above characters, he's heard on the sound track of his own shows and sometimes others, like when he sang "That Was Then (And This Is Too") on the Futurama movie Into the Wild Green Yonder.
Petrie's mom, Ducky's and Spike's mom (The Land Before Time), certain incarnates of Daisy Duck and Wilma Flintstone, Charlotte Pickles (Rugrats), and you forgot on Futurama: Hattie, the suicide booth, Leela's mom, Tinny Tim, Ndnd, Fanny, The Grand Midwife, and just about every adult female extra voice (unless voiced by Lauren Tom or, in some cases, David Herman). To name a few more...
If you watch Avatar: The Last Airbender and hear Hama, there's a good chance you'll do a double take and go "Agnes Skinner?" To this day I'm not sure if this makes the episode more or less creepy.
While Issei sounds nothing like Kon, Mitsuaki Madono does use practically the same voice for Kon's Image Song.
He also sounds exactly the same for Papillon. Characters could not be more different.
Strangely enough, I was surprised when I found out that Mitsuaki Madono played Prince Toma in the second Ranma 1/2 movie, and it was even stranger that when I found out Allesandro Juliani (Prince Toma's dub VA) played L in Death Note.
Maybe that's why I get nervous every time I see him as Jaime Reyes' buddy Paco. As deep as Batman: The Brave and the Bold digs, I'm nervous that Vibe is gonna show up some episode...
Adding to the list: a young Clark Kent (as well as Snapper Carr, another, unrelated reporter) in the DCAU and the annoying Dustil "Carth's Son" Onasi (and gang leader Brejik too) in Knights of the Old Republic.
If the cartoons Tiny Toon Adventures, Bump in the Night, Bobby's World, and Animaniacs were part of your childhood, then Gail Matthius was there. After her stint on the critically abysmal sixth season (from November 1980 to March of 1981) of Saturday Night Live, Gail Matthius went on to bit roles in movies, live-action TV shows (including two more sketch shows: Assaulted Nuts and Laugh Trax), and, in the 1980s and 1990s, animated TV shows.
Her voices for Shirley the Loon on TTA and Martha Generic on Bobby's World were first heard on SNL in the form of Valley Girl Vicki (though the Shirley the Loon version of that voice sounds higher and more polished compared to the voice Matthius did for SNL) and Roweena the hairdresser (which, these days, is mistaken for a vocal impression of Sarah Palin that's slightly better than Tina Fey's).
Matthius was also the voice of Molly Coddle, the patchwork comfort doll on Bump in the Night. The voice she uses for this character is her normal speaking voice (which can also be heard if you find yourself watching season six sketches of Saturday Night Live). On Animaniacs, she mostly played small roles, like Sasha Girlfeather from the "Goodfeathers" segment.
As mentioned above, her role as cute little boy Seere in Drakengard is instantly recognizable, but perhaps not so obvious—and considerably more brain-breaking—is the fact that she also provides the voice of Angelus, the huge, snarky red dragon in the same game.
In Transformers Armada and Transformers Energon, Jetfire sounds a heck of a lot like Duo Maxwell, who himself sounds suspiciously like Proto Man. The odd thing about this is that their shared voice actor, Scott McNeil, normally avoids this effect completely (see Beast Wars, where he voiced Rattrap, Waspinator, both versions of Dinobot, and Silverbolt!).
Still, he does seem to have a few favorite voices. In particular, if he's voicing a reptilian character, he will likely sound exactly like Dinobot. And Koga the feral wolfy guy sounded just like Evolution's Wolverine the feral wolfy guy.
Voice actor Don Messick was in dozens of Hanna-Barbera cartoons, most notably as Ranger Smith and Boo Boo in Yogi Bear and as Dr. Benton Quest and Bandit in Jonny Quest. If you were very young and watched both shows, you started expecting Race Bannon to show up in Jellystone Park with a picnic basket.
A minor role in Bleach for Vic Mignogna was a screaming character in the 11th squad (Ikkaku Madarame). The voice was the same as the voice used for the main character in Fullmetal Alchemist.
In Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Edward Elric in a quiet mood voices Fay D. Fluorite.
There is an exception where it's almost not recognizable at all: Broly. Unfortunately, Vic has made it clear at various cons that he loses his voice for a while afterwards and so doesn't like doing him (considering that the games aren't stopping...yeah.).
Though she's appeared in relatively few shows compared to some other VA's on this page, her distinctive syrupy, nasal voice is instantly recognizable to fans, no matter who she plays. She has had roles in shows such as Dragon Tales and Silverwing, but is perhaps most remembered as Hexadecimal from ReBoot.
Lampshaded in the English dub, during a Sailor Moon parody, where Excel claims "No fair! I wanted that part, but it was dubbed in Canada!"
Even more fun is the gag at the end of one episode where Hyatt, for whatever reason, starts saying lines from Omi Minami's past roles (Monica Rial's in the dub). Excel realizes this, of course. "Hey Hatchan... wrong character!"
One that goes against almost every other character she's done, and astonished it's not mentioned—Katsuragi Misato Hearing Usagi's voice in hers is... yikes.
It's nearly impossible to believe that the voice of Usagi voices cold-hearted assassin Christie in the Dead or Alive series.
Watch the cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts in Japanese, then. ... Or don't. Comparing Light and Riku kind of hurts my brain.
At first I thought it was just a coincidence, but then I realized it was a trend. Blond (bleached or not) happy-go-lucky good-looking guys (or at least seem happy on the outside and consider themselves good-looking) seems to be what Mamoru is known for - aside from his great singing voice, of course. His characters also seem to be oblivious and often have a 'best-friend' with black hair and glasses (Teru Mikami, Kyouya Ootori, Ichiro Takami, etc.)
Haruto Sakuraba from Eyeshield 21 is a male model trying to prove himself in football
Light-haired Light Yagami from Death Note isn't exactly 'happy go-lucky, but he gives off that image for his reputation to hide his true identity of an evil mastermind following in the footsteps of the angel 'Lucifer' whose name literally translates to 'Light' and, like Light, shone the brightest and best in Heaven before his fall.
Kida Masamomi from Durarara!! is a ladies' man blond who is actually the bad-ass leader of the Yellow Scarves color gang
Tamaki Suoh is a rich, seemingly naive bastard son of his school's chairman, but he tends to have some surprisingly deep insights, especially when it comes to bonds and romance - not to mention a tragic back story.
Kyrie Illunis, a happy-seeming oblivious blond young man who turns out to be a weapon to destroy the world in Sands of Destruction.
Kento Miura, a blond ladies man who has deep insights into relationships (like Tamaki) in the second season of Kimi ni Todoke.
Kind of odd how his English dub counterpart is almost always Vic Mignogna (not a big fan of him, but I'll admit I doubt any English actor would be able to come any closer to Mamoru's distinctive voice - singing or acting).
More serious characters - Kiba from Anime/Wolf's Rain is one of his more serious characters (like the twins from Vampire Knight & Riku from Kingdom Hearts), but still a leader figure - similar to Death the Kid from Soul Eater and Flynn Scifo (another blonde with a best-friend-to-the-main-character role, only this time HE'S the best friend) from Tales of Vesperia.
Also noticeable is the fact that Mamoru does the voice of Death the Kid in Soul Eater and does a fairly good job of changing from deathly serious son of the grim reaper to wacky symmetry obsessive at break neck speeds.
And even more recently, Dento in the latest season of Pokémon, which... at least, isn't too far from his roles as Tamaki or Masaomi.
One of his more distinctive roles is probably Okabe Rintarou from Steins;Gate. Unlike many of the other characters Miyano has voiced, Okabe is not a bishonen and has a deeper voice than usual for Miyano, which he pulls off very well. Also, while Okabe is quite lively like many other characters Miyano has voiced, there are plenty of times in the series where we really see how well Miyano can act.
The similarities between Hoshina Utau and Fate Testarossa are...a lot. Same VA? Check. Uses a lot of black clothing? Check. Blonde hair? Check. Twintails? Check! Wait, is this a Shout-Out?
It doesn't help that she is an Idol Singer and she sings Mizuki Nana's song. While Fate may not, every opening songs of the Nanoha series is sung by this very woman. Likewise, Yukari Tamura, Nanoha's seiyuu, sings every ending songs of this series.
I found myself watching Kashimashi, and I couldn't help but to suddenly like clumsy teacher Namiko Tsuki. Then I said: "Wait a minute!", I did a quick search on The Other Wiki to found something I should have noticed earlier: She's Excellen Browning!! (voiced by Yuko Mizutani) That's not so obvious with other of her characters, like Ill GirlMiyuki Aiba, but Namiko is so Excellen-like, down to the goofy voice and noisy persona.
While watching Barbie and the Nutcracker with my little sister, I immediately recognized the Nutcracker Prince's voice as the guy who did Miroku on the English dub of InuYasha! It's even more awesome when you realize that Barbie happens to be Sango from the same show!
Which as all the more fitting since Kirby is Van in the dub of Escaflowne... and likewise, Barbie/Sango's voice actress was Hitomi. It's like every respective character they voice is made for each other!
I swear, every time the granddad in The Goode Family speaks, I can't help but think of Captain K'Nuckles, though that can apply to any character he voices (though when Brian Doyle-Murray was a cast member on Saturday Night Live in seasons five and sevennote in the notoriously bad sixth season, he was a writer, his voice didn't sound like like a grizzled old sea captain, not even when he did Weekend Update (which was retitled SNL Newsbreak).
Mayor Jock Mulligan in Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
This person is possibly best known as Bleach's aptly nicknamed Captain Freakshow, Mayuri Kurotsuchi. Bet you didn't know he also provided the japanese dub voices for Buster Bunny, Yakko Warner, and Jon Arbuckle.
Also, since Skyrim was the only major release of 2011 without Nolan North in it, you should consider this mod a patch to fix that problem. You can now feel free to include Skyrim in the "Nolan North" section of your video game library, which is to say, your video game library.
And after all of that, he takes some time off to be a dad in Pretty Little Liars. It's...actually kind of hilarious.
While it's quite obvious that Liam O'Brien plays a very good Dist the Runny, Lezard in Silmeria, and Cumore, all characters who have that rather demented and arrogant sounds to them, you can also hear that he's Captain Utitake and that he doesn't always make his characters sound rather...demented.
For the single line that Red XIII speaks, it's him.
...You mean that Lezard Valeth and Dist the Runny, all insane geniuses, is actually of all people, GAARA?!?!?!?!
...And Akihiko?! (Well you shoulda guessed because several of his other roles are white-haired men.)
He's also Levin. The two roles are a little alike: he's a fistfighting tank who battles for his sister. Except for the bit where that was all a lie, and Akihiko isn't somewhere on the wrong side of the Moral Event Horizon. Perhaps I should have mentioned that he also plays Raksha?
She plays both Vanessa Doofenshmirtz on Phineas and Ferb and Marceline the Vampire Queen on Adventure Time. What's frightening is the similarities between both characters. They both have more than human powers (Vanessa has martial arts skills, Marceline's a vampire who can transform into an Eldritch Abomination / One-Winged Angel), daddy issues, a penchant for the goth culture and an incredible singing voice reserved for the best songs on both programs.
He also played some mercenary on Manaan in the first game. But he was a douche.
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Niles Crane as Abe Sapien in the first Hellboy. Doug Jones got to do his own voice in the second, though.
Because David Hyde Pierce was blown away by Doug Jones' physical performance, what with it being fucking incredible. Pierce refused to take credit for the VO work in the first movie and insisted Jones get full credit.
Wow, Halo 2 rocks! Wait, why is Donna telling me to move my ass?! She also showed up on the episode of King of the Hill where Bobby becomes a peer counselor at school instead of taking auto shop like Hank expects and was the voice of Hayley Smith in the pitch pilot of American Dad! until FOX decided that Seth MacFarlane's sister would be a better fit.
In Bleach, Uryu Ishida is voiced by Derek Stephen Prince who is sounds like Sasuke Uchiha. It doesn't help that Uryu looks like a cross between the two.
You can tell Attenborough is voiced by the same guy as Uryu Ishida, which is pretty weird even though he does a pretty good job, since Uryu's pretty much The Stoic while Attenborough is moderately Ax-Crazy (though his laugh sounds like a less evil Ken Ichijoji).
He's also Takaya. (He sounds like Vexen, only a lot creepier.)
Lampshaded in the movie Cars, where one of the characters, played by John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin on Cheers), is watching a bunch of movies and complains that the same guy is doing all the voices, and it's because he's the one who did those characters in those movies. (P.T. Flea in A Bug's Life, Hamm from Toy Story, and the Abominable Snowman from Monsters, Inc..)
In the Grand Finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender, you can easily tell that the Lion Turtle is Kevin Michael Richardson, using a similar voice as he did in Transformers Animated for Omega Supreme. However, his voice for Tyro (Haru's dad), while not quite as similar, is still noticeable.
Teen Titans season 4 leads to an interesting revelation: The voice, the glowing eyes, the omnicidal mania... Sarevok's back! Doing well for himself, isn't he?
He also played Lucius Fox in the Gotham Knights tie-in. And couple other guys too.
Think it was jarring hearing Flash's voice as Lex Luthor? Try the episode of Smallville where the spirit of General Zod possess Lex. Worse thing than hearing Flash's voice as Lex? Hearing the Flash say "Kneel Before Zod".
And Clancy Brown was a riot as Flash-stuck-in-Luthor: "Aren't you going to wash your hands?" "No, because I'm EVIL!"