Sometimes, a character is too easily recognised when they're in disguise. The solution: bringing on a different actor to play the character whenever they're wearing their disguise, to wrong-foot the audience for a while.

This often happens when an actor is too famous to disguise their identity from the audience. The solution is to cast someone to be the mask; in other words, through the miracle of LatexPerfection, one character is played by two actors. Alternatively, TheRashomon shows hypothetical reveals of the subject, someone is known only as TheVoice before an in-person actor is cast, or there are AlternateUniverse counterparts who don't look exactly alike.

The hope is that this way the audience won't or can't guess the secret, at least not until you want them to.

'''Warning: This page contains spoilers! Read at your own risk!'''


* The Anime adaptation of ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' does this. To make the reveal that the pretty new girl in town is [[spoiler:not ActionGirl Nina, but Johan, her HalfIdenticalTwin (who is also the series' BigBad) in a disguise]] more shocking, the studio used [[spoiler:Nina's voice actress]] to play [[spoiler:Johan]] whenever they don this look. This is done both in the Japanese version and in the English dub.
* In the English dub of ''Anime/{{Noein}}'', [[spoiler:Creator/RichardEpcar plays the title character, while Creator/CrispinFreeman plays Karasu, an alternate future version of Yuu, the show's main protagonist. When Noein removes his disguise and reveals himself to also be an alternate future version of Yuu (being almost exactly like Karasu, albeit with more evil intentions), he's suddenly voiced by Karasu's voice-actor Creator/CrispinFreeman.]] The original Japanese used SignificantDoubleCasting for this case.
* The unnamed Shinigami in the first ''Manga/DeathNote Relight'' special. The ending hints that [[spoiler:he might be the reincarnation of Light Yagami, but he isn't voiced by Light's [=VA=] in either the English or the Japanese versions]]
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', the narrator is revealed at the end to be [[spoiler:an older Simon]], but in both English and Japanese they have different [=VAs=]...except in the epilogue, which is how it's revealed in the first place.
* In ''Anime/EdenOfTheEast'', Akira is informed about the Selacao by Hajime Hiura, Selacao number 5, who recreates for Akira the circumstances of his recruitment by Mr. Outside. On the recording, Mr. Outside's voice is the same as that of Hiura. This makes some sense as the series raises the possibility that any of the Selacao could be Mr. Outside/"The Supporer" and not know it due to LaserGuidedAmnesia. [[spoiler: and the movies clarify that Hiura and Mr. Outside are different people]]. Hiura was recreating his experience, we're even shown him with the phone.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Pain has six bodies, and all but the female one speak with the voice one of them had when he was alive. [[spoiler:Then it turns out, despite what we were initially lead to believe, he is not really in control either, he's just another corpse [[PeoplePuppets controlled by another person entirely.]]]]
** When [[spoiler:Obito Uchiha]] pretends to be [[spoiler:Madara Uchiha]], he is played by the same actor who would voice the later-shown real person. This is as much a deliberate use of this trope as a result of the creators of the anime not knowing that said character was a fake when the part was cast, but makes sense because it's established even the lowest ranking ninja are able to imitate voices flawlessly when using the Shapeshifter Technique (which also fits into this trope).
* The Japanese version of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' plays with this trope with the Masked Fighter. Judging by height and appearance, she is [[PaperThinDisguise very obviously Genkai]]...but then she speaks with the voice of Music/MegumiHayashibara, causing confusion even ''before'' [[spoiler:she's revealed to be a young woman. She is in fact Genkai, but using her technique reverts the body to its prime condition.]]
* Katsuhito Masaki, from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', in all the various incarnations of the series, has his own voice actor, apart from his alter ego of Yosho.
* In ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'', when supposed time traveler John Titor's text is read aloud he's voiced by Hiroshi Tsuchida in Japanese and Patrick Seitz in English, which hides the fact that he's actually [[spoiler:Amane Suzuha, who just to add even more of a mask is in reality [[GenderMisdirection female]]]].
* Similarly used in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' during scenes where characters' screen names in chatrooms are given voice overs, which doubles as a case of {{GIRL}} for one character in particular, especially since the actors are shuffled at several points just to keep things ambiguous. It turns out [[spoiler:"Setton" is Celty, usually played by a male actor when the character herself is female, "Taro Tanaka" is Mikado, "Bacula" is Masaomi; "Saika" is at first Saika-infected individuals then changes to Anri; and the main perpetrator of being a G.I.R.L., "Kanra," is Izaya]].
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' does this whenever Kaito Kid appears. Being the MasterOfDisguise, he usually spends most of the arcs that feature him impersonating someone before he reveals his identity, and often times it's even as one of the main characters. This means that, among others, Creator/WakanaYamazaki, Creator/AkiraKamiya, and Creator/KanetoShiozawa have voiced him up until TheReveal. The exception is whenever he impersonates Shinichi, since both of them are already voiced by Creator/KappeiYamaguchi.
* ''Anime/LupinIII'': Lupin (and other characters) are usually voiced by the character they're disguised as. Occasionally lapsing into lines with their regular voice actor, reminding the audience who it really is.
** Special note for ''Anime/LupinFamilyAllStars'', where the disguise of the "man in the iron mask" is voiced by Creator/ChikaoOhtsuka, who voiced Zenigata in the 4:3 version of the pilot film and Goemon in the 1971 "Green Jacket" series. Creator/MakioInoue and Creator/GoroNaya were voicing the Goemon and Zenigata characters, respectively.
* In the Italian dub of ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', the Blue Knight is voiced by Davide Garbolino, Ryo's voice actor, hinting that they're the same person. Later subverted when, 8 episodes before TheReveal, he was [[TheOtherDarrin suddendly recast]] to Patrizio Prata, Masaya's voice actor.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': [[spoiler:Shirou and Archer]] have different voice actors, despite one being a future version of the other. While it's conceivable that [[spoiler:Shirou]]'s voice could have deepened with age ([[spoiler:Archer]] is also about a foot taller than him), at one point on the phone Rin mistakes one for the other, implying they sound very similar.


[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The Skull Kid in ''WebVideo/TheLegendOfZeldaTheSageOfDarkness'' is voiced by Dan Hogan (who also portrays [[TheHero Link]]) to hide the fact that [[spoiler:he's actually [[EvilAllAlong Davik]], portrayed by Michael Stevenson.]]


[[folder:Film (Animated)]]
* In the film version of ''Film/AScannerDarkly'', Mark Turner plays "Hank", who is later revealed to be [[spoiler:Winona Ryder's character, Donna]].
* The writers of Franchise/{{DCAU}} Batman '''[=LOVE=]''' this trope.
** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', ComicBook/TheJoker (Creator/MarkHamill) is actually revealed to be [[spoiler:Tim Drake (Dean Stockwell) under some sort of Sci Fi DemonicPossession]]. To make it more surprising, there is [[spoiler:a RedHerring suspect who both [[PaperThinDisguise looks a lot like the Joker and is also voiced by Mark Hamill]]]].
** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'', the titular Phantasm is initially voiced by Stacy Keach, who also plays [[spoiler:Carl Beaumont]]. This is a red herring, however, as the Phantasm turns out to actually be [[spoiler:Andrea Beaumont - Carl's daughter - using a voice modulator to sound masculine. She even tells Bruce that her father is the Phantasm, but Carl was actually DeadAllAlong.]]
** And also in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman'', where Kyra Sedgewick voices the titular Batwoman, but none of the suspects for the identity. [[spoiler: This turns out to be because ALL of the suspects are the Batwoman, using a voice modulator to sound the same]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WeAreTheStrange'' does this. It's possible that the voice that speaks through the [=SinisteRRR=] game (which is actually the voice from ''VideoGame/{{Sinistar}})'', is also [[spoiler:[=HIM=] BigBad]] who is played by M dot Strange (the director), However, the film is [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible really really confusing]], so it's hard to tell if this really is an example or not. For all the viewer knows, [=SinisteRRR=] is [[spoiler:just TheDragon]] and is simply repeating a mantra that [[spoiler:[=HIM=]]] taught it.
* This happens in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWrestlemaniaMystery'' and its sequel. The original movie had the Ghost Bear voiced by Fred Tatasciore while [[spoiler: the culprit, Cookie, is voiced by Charles S. Dulton]]. The sequel movie has Inferno voiced by Steve Blum while [[spoiler: in an interesting twist, Triple H and Stephanie [=McMahon=] [[TwoDunIt posed as Inferno at different times]]]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooFrankencreepy'', Fred Tatasciore voices the Frankencreepy while [[spoiler: Candi Milo, Dee Bradley Baker, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Grey [=DeLisle=] Griffin voice their civilian identities: Lila, CL Magnus, Cutbert Crawls, and Mama Mione.]] This also applies to Mrs. Vanders. She's voiced by Diedrich Bader while [[spoiler: Mama Mione is voiced by Grey [=DeLisle=] Griffin.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooShaggysShowdown'' has the ghost of Dapper Jack voiced by Jack Schwab while [[spoiler: Rafe is voiced by Creator/GaryCole.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/LegoScoobyDooBlowoutBeachBash'', Captain Bash and Bingo Belle are voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson and Grey [=DeLisle=] Griffin. However, their civilian identities are [[spoiler: the entire Holdout family. Josh Keaton and Natalie Lander voice Chad and Chrissy while Tom Kenny and Creator/GreyDeLisle Griffin voice their parents.]]

[[folder:Film (Live-Action)]]
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainMarvel'': To keep audiences from figuring out which of the scientists is secretly the BigBad, the studio brought in Gerald Mohr to do the BigBad's voice all the way up to TheReveal. Really comes in handy when [[spoiler: the scientists start getting killed off and the # of possible suspects is eventually narrowed down to just two]].
* Spoofed in ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'', where [[spoiler:Creator/WoodyAllen's character Jimmy]] is revealed to be Dr. Noah, the Head of Smersh despite his voice not even remotely sounding like Valentine Dyall, who voiced the doctor all the way up until that point.
* In ''Film/{{Psycho}}'', [[spoiler:Creator/AnthonyPerkins]] doesn't play Norma Bates until the very end of the film. Up until that point, the role was assumed by several different actors.
* In ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' [[spoiler: Creator/ColinFarrell]] is cast as [[spoiler: Percival Graves]], who turns out to be [[spoiler: evil wizard Grindelwald, played by Creator/JohnnyDepp]] in disguise.
* In the 2007 David Fincher movie, ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'', no less than 3 different actors (Richmond Arquette, Bob Stephenson, and John Lacy) are used to play the titular killer (always seen either wearing a mask or as a silhouette). Late in the film, a potential suspect is revealed and is played by Charles Fleischer. Despite his looking nothing like the 3 Zodiac actors, the film never 100 % clears him. The last we see of him, the possibility that he '''could''' be the killer is still somewhat open.
** Also, John Caroll Lynch plays Arthur Leigh Allen, probably the most famous Zodiac suspect. However, Lynch matches the basic body type of the 3 Zodiac actors, so he's not as dramatic or as shocking of an example as Fleisher is.
* In ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', Keyser Söze is played by multiple people before being [[spoiler: revealed as Kevin Spacey's character]]. This is more a case of TheRashomon overlapping with UnreliableNarrator, though.
* A deleted scene in ''Film/SecretWindow'' (that was not from [[spoiler:Creator/JohnnyDepp]]'s perspective) shows [[spoiler: Shooter (played by a very recognizable John Turturro) starting a fire. Due to TheReveal, this means that, instead of playing Shooter, Turturro is actually playing Depp's character. The director thought having Turturro appear in a scene with an objective [=POV=] wouldn't make sense in this context, thus the scene was removed from the film. The only scenes where Turturro appears in the final cut are from Depp's perspective]].
* A twist near the end of ''Film/DungeonsAndDragonsWrathOfTheDragonGod'' is that [[spoiler:the old mage has been killed and impersonated by Klaxx]]. Until [[TheReveal he is unmasked]] (both to the cast and the audience), he is played by [[spoiler:the old mage]]'s actor.
* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Pat Welsh voices the Bounty Hunter, Boushh, who later turns out to be [[spoiler:Leia (Carrie Fisher)]] in disguise. At least two foreign language dubs of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' and ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' did this with Darth Sidious, probably because they didn't know better, even if [[spoiler:Palpatine being Sidious]] was revealed in the novelization for ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
* In ''Film/VelvetGoldmine'', [[spoiler:Jonathan Rhys Meyers' character, Brian Slade, reinvents himself as a music star by the name of Tommy Stone; a different actor is used to play Tommy Stone in order to hide the surprise]].
* A vocal variation of this was done in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' movies. In the scene where [[spoiler: Gandalf reveals himself to Legolas, Aragorn, and Gimli in Fangorn Forest, they took both Creator/IanMcKellen and Creator/ChristopherLee's voices saying the exact same lines and masked them over each other to hide just which of them it was.]] According to DVD bonus material, the two of them were asked to imitate one another for at least some of those lines.
* Every Creator/DarioArgento film features shots where we only see [[HandOfDeath the villain's hands]], which are actually [[InsertCameo those of Argento himself]].
* In ''Film/HighPlainsDrifter'', there is a deliberate ambiguity as to the identity of the Stranger played by Clint Eastwood. He might be the brother of the murdered marshal, or there might be a supernatural explanation including but not limited to him being the ghost of the marshal, Satan, or an angel. When the marshal's murder is shown in flashbacks, he's played by Buddy van Horn, a stuntman who doubles for Eastwood and looks a lot like him (but different enough to aid the ambiguity).
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmes'', the actor providing the voice for [[spoiler: Moriarty]] is uncredited, and it is unknown who it is ([[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] indicates rumors of it being Brad Pitt, although an Ed Tolputt is credited as "Anonymous Man", so it might be him). In the [[Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows sequel film]], the character is played by Jared Harris.
* In ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperHeroTaisen'', Series/KamenRiderDecade and [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Gokai Red]] disguise themselves as [[Series/KamenRider Kamen Rider 1]] and [[Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger Akaranger]] respectively, which is somewhat consistent with their usual powers (though Decade had never transformed into a Showa-era rider prior to that). What isn't consistent however, is that they also take on the ''voices'' of Kamen Rider 1 and Akaranger (as well as Decade copying Rider 1's belt, with the Decadriver only appearing when he reveals himself).
* Keeping with the theme of misdirection, ''Film/ThePrestige'' managed to avert this and still completely surprise everyone. [[spoiler:Turns out that Christian Bale plays identical twins, Albert and Frederick Borden, but both of them alternate being constantly hidden under a disguise, and never really say much or even stay in shot. When Bale without the disguise is in a shot with his disguised twin, a double is used. Thanks to a lack of dialogue for the disguised "Fallon" and his completely unremarkable nature and behaviour, no one suspected he had a secret at all, but then this is Christian Bale we're talking about.]]
* In the made for TV movie ''Film/FearIsland'', Haylie Duff plays Jenna and Lucy Hale plays Megan. The twist is that [[spoiler: Haylie Duff is really playing Megan telling the story, pretending to be Jenna. So anything Lucy Hale does in the flashbacks is really Haylie Duff's character, and vice versa]].
* ''Film/ScoobyDooMonstersUnleashed'' had Alicia Silverstone playing reporter Heather Jasper Howe. [[spoiler: It's all a mask (and some ''very talented'' voice work) by the true villain of the film]].
* Surprisingly averted with Mary Hobbes in ''Film/Session9''. While it seems believable that Mary, Billy and Princess are voiced by female voice actor Jurian Hughes, many viewers believed Simon to be voiced by a unnamed male voice actor. But Brad Anderson mentioned later that Simon is indeed Hughes voice, simply altered with a bit of digital sound work.
* In ''Film/SkyHigh,'' Creator/PatrickWarburton voices the armored villain Royal Pain, to hide the fact that the character is [[spoiler:a teenage [[SamusIsAGirl girl]]]] when out of disguise. The actor who plays Pain's true identity is also the suit actor though.
* In the Brazilian comedy ''Loucas pra Casar'' ("Crazy to get married"), this trope is used to hide a case of [[spoiler:SplitPersonality]]. The protagonist Malu, played by Ingrid Guimarães, finds out that her two rivals (Lúcia, played by Suzana Pires, and Maria, played by Tatá Werneck) for the love of her fiancé [[spoiler:are other personalities of herself]]. The OnceMoreWithClarity flashbacks show [[spoiler:Ingrid playing some scenes previously played by Suzana and Tatá]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Used for a plot twist near the end of ''Series/AGhostStoryForChristmas''[='s=] adaptation of Creator/MontagueRhodesJames's "A Warning to the Curious": the ghost (John Kearney) tricks both the protagonist and the audience by disguising as [[spoiler:Dr. Black]], and, for that scene, is appropriately played by [[spoiler:Black's actor, Clive Swift]].
* The first appearance of [[spoiler:Commander Sela]] in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Mind's Eye" had her standing in the shadows, and played by a different actress (although [[spoiler:Denise Crosby]] did provide the voice). Notably, [[spoiler:Sela has black hair in this first appearance -- at the time of filming they hadn't settled on making Sela blonde to emphasise her half-human heritage.]]
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' does this a lot. The human and MonsterOfTheWeek forms of the bad guy usually have the same actor [[note]]well, the human-form actor ''voices'' their character in their monster-form, but the monster-form's body is played by a stuntman in a rubber suit[[/note]]...except when PowersThatBe need to hide who the bad guy is. Never an in-story reason for the voice changing happening sometimes but not other times.
** A prime example comes in ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', where both [[MysteriousBenefactor the White Wizard]] and [[BigBad Wiseman]] were played by voice actors (the latter by Creator/ToshioFurukawa) for most of the series in order to hide their true identities. It's eventually revealed that they're both Sou Fueki PlayingBothSides, at which point Fueki's actor handles all three roles. Plus, given the series, AWizardDidIt could be seen as a perfectly valid explanation for the change.
** ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' likewise does it with the antagonist Blood Stalk, since his identity is a major point of speculation for the first quarter of the series. It's even expressly mentioned that the Blood Stalk suit has a built-in voice changer to protect the user's identity; since he's actually Soichi Isurugi, the (seemingly) kindly coffee shop owner who's been Build's ally since the very beginning, it's perfectly understandable. However, this ends up subverted later on when it's revealed that Isurugi is [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by an AncientEvil from Mars named "Evolt"...whose voice sounds exactly Blood Stalk's, suggesting that it might not have even been using the voice changer at all.
*** ''Build'' does it again with Sento Kiryu, the eponymous AmnesiacHero. His original identity Takumi Katsuragi appears as early as Episode 3, but in order to keep it from being too obvious, Katsuragi is played by an entirely different actor (and everyone thinks he's dead). Meanwhile the show introduces Taro Sato, who's played by the same actor as Sento, to act as a RedHerring. Once Blood Stalk demonstrated that he has the power to alter peoples' faces, the pieces quickly fell into place and fans rightly guessed that Sento was Katsuragi with Sato's face, while Sato's corpse (now with Katsuragi's face) was used as part of a FrameUp.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In "Logopolis", the Watcher, a character who turns out to be a metaphysical echo of the Fifth Doctor, is ''not'' played by Creator/PeterDavison. This would have ruined the twist if he had been.
** In the serial ''Remembrance of the Daleks'' [[spoiler:the Renegade Daleks use a young girl as the "imagination" component in their battle computer. When seated in the computer's chair, she is voiced by a Davros-impersonating John Leeson--the chair is very Dalek-like in its appearance, and the voice fooled viewers into thinking that Davros was leading the Renegades.]]
** In "Terror of the Autons", a man named Norman Stanley, who is noticeably shorter than Roger Delgado, plays a telephone engineer who is actually the Master in a LatexPerfection mask.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'': The episode "Fresh Prince: The Movie" had Will tell about John "Fingers" O'Neill (played by Brad Garrett) coming after Will and the Banks family after Will witnesses a mob killing. [[spoiler: It was all a BatmanGambit by Will and Carlton to hustle Jazz out of his poker money. While it works, Fingers returns to where Will is, and Will runs and screams in terror. "Fingers" reveals he was really Jazz in disguise this time, out for a little payback for Will hustling him.]]
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': In what may have been a simple recast, archenemy Root was played by one actress in the character's debut, with the camera only showing glimpses from odd angles, or her hands while typing. In the season finale she was played by a second actress [[spoiler: and pretends to be a [=PoI=] to get close to Finch. As both actresses are fairly well known it was most likely intentional.]]
* In early episodes of ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse'', actor Riley Schmidt was cast to play the mysterious Rubber Man to decrease the odds of the audience prematurely guessing that the character was actually [[spoiler: Tate Langdon]] in disguise.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'' [[spoiler: Cora]] is the Queen of Hearts. However the character appears in the series before [[spoiler: Cora]] is introduced. In the Queen's first appearance (though her face isn't seen) she is played by Jennifer Koening. Although [[spoiler: Cora's actress Barbara Hershey]] still supplied the voice.
* Done regularly in ''Series/MissionImpossible''. If the team needs Rollin or Paris to impersonate a Mr X who has already appeared in the episode before the impersonation begins, the actor playing Mr X will also play Rollin or Paris impersonating Mr X. Done especially well in the climax of "Illusion" [[spoiler: (where it's revealed that the master of ceremonies, who we've been led to believe is Rollin in disguise, is actually Barney - while Rollin is is another disguise!)]].
** "The Contender" has SpecialGuest Sugar Ray Robinson play both his own character, Wesley, and Barney wearing a latex mask disguised as him.
* ''Series/UglyBetty'' had cast Rebecca Romijn as Alexis Meade from the beginning, but the character did not debut as such until halfway through the first season, and was played by Elizabeth Penn Payne until then. This was mostly done as a RedHerring, as the audience was initially meant to believe she was actually the recently deceased Fey Sommers.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' cast Creator/TonyTodd to provide the voice for Season Two's masked BigBad, Zoom, to disguise his true identity as [[spoiler: Hunter Zolomon (Teddy Sears), who was posing as Jay Garrick, with the real Jay being the Earth-3 self of Henry Allen (Creator/JohnWesleyShipp)]]. In the following season, the same trick is used, with Tobin Bell providing the voice of Doctor Alchemy, who is actually [[spoiler: Julian Albert Desmond (Creator/TomFelton)]]. In a rare twist, the voice of the disguise has plot significance: [[spoiler: The voice actually belongs to [[BigBad Savitar]], who is using Julian (who wasn't even aware that he ''was'' Alchemy) as an avatar to serve his purposes.]] Then it turns out in 3x20 that [[spoiler: the voice is ''still'' a disguise, and "Savitar" is really an evil future version of Barry Allen (Creator/GrantGustin)]].
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', set in the same universe as ''The Flash'', uses the same dubbing trick in Season Five, casting Creator/MichaelDorn to provide the voice of Prometheus, who is actually [[spoiler: apparent ally Adrian Chase, birth name Simon Morrison, played by Josh Segarra]]. Vigilante is voiced by Creator/MickWingert, who voices no other characters on the show. [[spoiler: For bonus points, one comics version of Vigilante is named Adrian Chase. They wanted comic fans to realize Chase was a villain, but pointed them at the wrong villain.]]. Vigilante's true identity is that of [[spoiler:Vincent Sobel, Dinah's ex-partner and ex-lover, played by Clayton Chitty in Season 5 and Johann Urb in Season 6]].
* ''Series/MacGyver1985'': When [=MacGyver=] is disguised as [[spoiler:Lucky Charlie in "Jenny's Chance", unrevealed to the viewer]], he is played by [[spoiler:Ed Trotta]].

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Applied by Wrestling/{{WCW}}, when it was felt the Wrestling/{{Sting}}[=/=]Wrestling/RicFlair feud had run its course. Enter "The Black Scorpion", a new opponent for Sting whose face was concealed. {{The reveal}} was to be Wrestling/UltimateWarrior, but WCW couldn't contract him in the end. Still, it had a promising way to play the trope straight with Ole Anderson, but he suffered an injury. So they went with the [[AntiClimacticUnmasking anticlimactic]] but still straight option of revealing The Black Scorpion was actually, Ric Flair!
* {{Subverted|trope}} in Wrestling/{{TNA}}, where it became incredibly obvious Suicide was Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels, to the point commentators and other wrestlers started pointing out ''after'' Daniels had handed the suit back over to Wrestling/FrankieKazarian. In the end, none of the wrestlers of various fame who ever wore the Suicide suit ended up being Suicide for real, as he ended up being the player's main create a wrestler for TNA's video game. ItMakesSenseInContext.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In the Creator/SandraBullock episode of ''Series/MuppetsTonight'', the MadBomber who [[Film/{{Speed}} threatened to blow up the studio if the ratings dropped below fifty]] was a blue Muppet voiced by Jerry Nelson. At the end of the episode, the Bomber pulls off "his" entire Muppet form as if it were a mask, and is revealed to be Sandra Bullock herself.

* [=AREM=] (voiced by Bob Lutrell) is an alias [[spoiler:Robert Mitchell]] (voiced by Steve Burns) uses in ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey''. Justified in that [=AREM=] is a computer voice [[spoiler:Robert]] uses to hide his identity.
* The main [[DancingBear gimmick]] of the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio "The Maltese Penguin" is that the {{Shapeshift|ing}}er main character, Frobisher, takes on the form of the Sixth Doctor throughout the majority of the story, meaning most of his dialogue is performed by Sixth Doctor actor Colin Baker imitating Frobisher's exaggerated [[FakeAmerican Boston accent]]. It's especially obvious that it was done for the fun of it by the fact that no confusion between Frobisher and the Doctor ever comes up - everyone immediately knows who he is and the actual Doctor is comfortable with it, and even shows up as a DropInCharacter TalkingToHimself at times.

* Ingeniously played with in the stage version of ''Film/WitnessForTheProsecution''. [[spoiler:The cast list includes "The Other Woman," and the audience is led to believe that this is the old woman who gives evidence to the lawyers. Nope; the old woman is Romaine in disguise, and is played by that actress, while "The Other Woman" appears several seconds after that reveal.]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Drood}}'', Detective Datchery is always played by the same actress as Drood, despite the fact that another character of the audience's choosing will reveal later on that they were the detective in disguise the entire time.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The [=RED=] Spy when he's disguised as [[spoiler:[=BLU=] Scout]] in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s "Meet The Spy" video is voiced by the latter's VA until TheReveal. In-game, when a Spy is disguised, he also uses the same voice clips as the class he's disguised as.
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'', the leader of the Children of Arkham is voiced by Creator/SteveBlum, until the reveal that [[spoiler:she is really Vicki Vale]].
* A very odd inversion occurs in ''VideoGame/MystIVRevelation''. Pretty early on, it's established that [[spoiler:Sirrus]] (Brian Wrench) is still evil and that you'll ultimately have to fight him. While this is technically true, by the time you face off with him he's now [[GenderBender disguised]] as [[spoiler:[[DamselInDistress Yeesha]]]] and is thus now being played by [[spoiler:Yeesha's actress, Juliette Gosselin]]. It's also notable in that TheReveal is done without the non-mask actor being shown.
* In the first ''VideoGame/IcewindDale'' game, John Kassir plays [[spoiler:Belhifet]], while Creator/DavidOgdenStiers plays [[spoiler:the narrator, who is later revealed to be Belhifet]]. Then, for good measure, once TheReveal is made, the character breaks into a fit of demonic laughter and (for his remaining 20 seconds of screentime) is played by Creator/JimCummings.
* Another Creator/BioWare title, the first ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' game, does this too. When [[spoiler:Sarevok]], first approaches you as his alias, ''Koveras'', he just uses one of the stock voices you've already heard several times earlier in the game ("You need something, stranger?"). However, if you're fast enough to click on him as he is leaving, you'll hear Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson's very distinct voice instead.
* Done in-universe in ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople: [[StylisticSuck Dangeresque 3]]: [[ColonCancer The Criminal Projective]]''. Strong Sad plays five informants, one of which is actually Perducci (The King of Town) in disguise, but Strong Sad continues playing the role until TheReveal.
* In ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando Ratchet & Clank: Locked and Loaded]]'', the thief is voiced by Rodger Bumpass. That is, until his voice modulator falls off and he is revealed to be [[spoiler: Angela Cross, voiced by Creator/KathSoucie]].
* PlayedForLaughs in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}},'' where the thin, agile Phantom turns out to be the morbidly obese [[StrawCritic inner critic]] Jasper rather than the more obvious suspect, Becky. Of course, since this all takes place [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind in a crazy woman's brain]] this is somewhat {{justified|Trope}}.
* In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' [[spoiler:Atlas and Frank Fontaine are voiced by two different people]]. And in ''Videogame/BioShockInfinite'', [[spoiler:Booker [=DeWitt=] and Zachary Hale Comstock]] have different actors, despite the fact [[spoiler:they're [[AlternateSelf alternate reality versions of the same person]]. Justified since Comstock is a [[RapidAging prematurely aged]] version of Booker]].
** Reversed in the ''Burial at Sea'' DLC, [[spoiler:the player character has Booker's voice, but is actually a version of Comstock. This makes sense as he's prematurely aged somewhat through use of the Lutece device, but not as much as the Comstock from the main game.]]

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* In the full-voiced UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 remake of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', the "Man of 19 Years Ago" is voiced by [[spoiler:Creator/DaisukeOno, Battler's voice actor]]. However, the Man of 19 years ago is [[spoiler:[[ManySpiritsInsideOfOne Yasu]], whose [[SplitPersonality split personalities]] are Shannon (voiced by Creator/RieKugimiya), Kanon (voiced by Creator/YuuKobayashi), Lion (voiced by Creator/AyakoKawasumi) and Beatrice (voiced by Creator/SayakaOhara). That's right, this series has '''five''' examples of this trope... and all of them are about the same person!]]

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* Very much played for laughs in [[ this]] ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' cartoon, where [[spoiler:Missy Palmer]] voices a character who...turns out to [[spoiler:definitely not be Marzipan]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Creator/SteveBlum voices the Green Goblin, but not his civilian identity, [[spoiler:Norman Osborn, voiced by Alan Rachins.]] In the final episode [[spoiler:Norman Osborn has [[MasterOfDisguise the Chameleon]], who is also voiced by Creator/SteveBlum, impersonate Norman while he fights Spider-Man as the Goblin.]]
* An episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends U.S. Acres]]'' had a character who looked and sounded like Orson Pig (voiced by Creator/GreggBerger), but is later revealed to be [[spoiler:Lanolin (voiced by Julie Payne)]] wearing a mask.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
** The episode "Almost Got 'Im" focused on a meeting among various members of the rogue's gallery as they swap stories. Near the end, it turns out that [[spoiler:Killer Croc is actually Batman in disguise, despite Croc clearly being played by his regular voice actor up until that point]].
** At the end of "The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne" Hugo Strange gloats to Batman about discovering his secret identity as Bruce Wayne, and rubs it in his face that even if he kept his RoguesGallery from finding the truth out he'll still know and find a way to expose him. Strange immediately shuts up when Bruce Wayne suddenly appears next to Batman and reveals that the two have been working together in a sting operation to catch Strange. [[spoiler:After the scientist is carted off to prison, "Bruce's" voice suddenly changes and he pulls his mask off, revealing it was Dick Grayson impersonating Bruce, doubling as a ChekhovsGunman since Robin hadn't been seen since the first scene.]]
** In "Judgment Day", the Judge is voiced by Malachi Throne, concealing the fact that [[spoiler:he is a new personality manifested by Two-Face]].
* And for a DCAU trifecta, when Superman impersonated Batman in the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Knight Time", his disguise voice was provided by Creator/KevinConroy. The tongue-in-cheek reason? "[[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Precise muscle control]]." And when he says those words to Robin (Tim Drake) in explaining just how he'll get away with impersonating Batman while Batman himself is missing, he does so ''using Robin's voice''. Which creeps Robin right the hell out.
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''
** Usually villains will have their same voice actor, even when in disguise. There were a few exceptions; in the episode "A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts", when the female gypsy fortune teller (voiced by Creator/JuneForay) was revealed to be [[spoiler:a man named Big Bob Oakley (voiced by John Stephenson)]].
** In the "Scooby's Gold Medal Gambit" episode from ''WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyAndScrappyDooShow'', the MasterOfDisguise The Chameleon disguises himself as Scooby-Doo at one point in the episode, and his disguised voice was provided by Don Messick instead of his regular voice actor.
** As an effort to be as realistic as possible, ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' played this straight though, with the voice of nearly every monster (that was credited, anyway) played by someone other than the voice of the person in the costume.
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': The MonsterOfTheWeek (a vampire) is believed to be Daphne's mom. She even has the same VA, Creator/KathSoucie. From the same series, the Crybaby Clown, voiced by Creator/MarkHamill, is really [[spoiler: Baylor Hotner voiced by Creator/MattLanter.]] More than any previous series, ''Mystery Incorporated'' usually casts different actors as the disguised villains, as the series is more arc-based than previous ones and some identities ''need'' to be hidden to keep up the suspense. One exception is when the villains, both in and out of disguise, have the ''incredibly'' distinct voices of Creator/JamesHong and Creator/GeorgeTakei.
* Creator/HannaBarbera averted this with their FunnyOctopus character Squiddly Diddly. In the episode "Squiddly Double Diddly," an enemy spy disguises himself full-body as Squiddly to infiltrate Bubbleland. Creator/PaulFrees, whom voiced Squiddly, also voiced the spy (using his [[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Boris Badenov]] voice), thus enabling the spy to perfectly imitate Squiddly's voice.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "Pranksters", Filburt (voiced by Doug Lawrence) impersonates Rocko's grandmother as an April Fools' Day prank on Rocko and Heffer. When in the disguise, "Granny Rocko" is voiced by Creator/CarlosAlazraqui (essentially doing a cranky, higher-pitched version of his Rocko voice).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Played straight in "The Great Money Caper". Grampa Simpson, voiced by Creator/DanCastellaneta, disguises himself by means of a latex mask as a judge, and speaks in a Judge Snyder-esque voice by Creator/HarryShearer.
** In "The Frying Game", Mrs. Bellamy, the old lady Homer thought he killed, was voiced by Frances Sternhagen, until she [[spoiler:revealed herself to be Carmen Electra in a FullBodyDisguise]].
** Given the range of several of the actors, they also avert this a few times, such as when Otto disguised himself as the State Comptroller in "Lisa Gets an 'A'", Creator/HarryShearer (Otto's regular voice actor) still supplied the fake State Comptroller's voice, but it sounded radically different from Otto, meaning you likely wouldn't guess it's the same actor unless told, whereas the real State Comptroller was voiced by Creator/HankAzaria.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' Christmas special, Buster's guardian angel rabbit "Harvey" is voiced by Creator/DanCastellaneta, but at the end we see he is actually WesternAnimation/BugsBunny in a [[LatexPerfection rubber mask and suit]], voiced by Noel Blanc (the son of Creator/MelBlanc himself) in this special.
* Zig-zagged in the appropriately named ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "Masquerade" five Autobots impersonate the captured Stunticons due to "camouflage paint." Windcharger becomes "Wildrider," Jazz becomes "Dead End," Mirage portrays "Drag Strip," "Breakdown" is played by Sideswipe and Optimus Prime mimics "Motormaster." Before they go meet Megatron in disguise, "Drag Strip" is voiced by Creator/FrankWelker and "Motormaster" by Creator/PeterCullen (the respective voice actors of Mirage and Optimus). When in disguise around the Decepticons, "Wildrider" is voiced by his usual voice actor, Terry [=McGovern=], while "Motormaster" is played by Roger C. Carmel, Motormaster's voice actor.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' had a group session where Dr. Neuman had the villains who fought the Mask recount their experiences. However, it's revealed [[spoiler: the real Dr. Neuman was caught in traffic and unable to come, while the Dr. Neuman with them was actually the Mask. Ben Stein voiced Dr. Neuman before the reveal and with a smarm briefly returns as the Mask-as-Dr. Neuman says "Although I play one on TV" (earlier, the Mask admitted he may not be a doctor).]]
* The 1980s ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' used a FreakyFridayFlip to swap the minds of Shredder and Master Splinter in one episode. While they thought in their "real voices" with their appropriate voice actors, [[VoicesAreNotMental they still publicly "spoke in character"]]--Shredder was still voiced by James Avery and Peter Renaday still voiced Master Splinter.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episode "Scorn of the Star Sapphire!", Sapphire is voiced by Vicki Lewis (with an English accent), Carol Ferris is voiced by Rachel Quaintance, and there's also an English-accented reporter who wears purple voiced by Eliza Schneider. [[spoiler: As per the comics, Carol is Sapphire, although she uses the reporter as a decoy.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' episode "Hit the Road, Jack", "Asphalt" Jack [=McCyber=] falls for a woman named Angel Revson, who turns out to be a female Plutarkian named Romana Parmesana disguising herself as a human woman to manipulate Jack. Romana Parmesana is voiced by Tori Spelling, while Jeannie Garth provides the voice of Parmesana's disguise as Angel Revson.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', when Danny discovered his power to overshadow people, his host had his eyes and his voice. It's later demonstrated by other ghosts that those with more experience can hide their eye color and speak in the host's voice.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** We twice see Bill Cipher possess someone. The first time (Dipper in "Sock Opera"), the audience knows right away, and so [[VoicesAreMental hear Bill's voice when the possessed body spoke]]. The second time ([[spoiler:Blendin in "Dipper and Mabel vs the Future"]]), the audience [[VoicesAreNotMental hear the possessed body's voice]] until Bill reveals himself, maintaining the surprise.
** In the series finale, [[spoiler: Stan and Ford pull a TwinSwitch to fool Bill Cipher and, up until Bill sees that he accidentally dealt his way into Stan's mind instead of Ford's, Stan ([[DescendedCreator Alex Hirsch]]) and Ford (J.K. Simmons) swap voice actors -- Stan lampshading to Bill his ability to mimic his brother's voice.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "Planet of the Capes," Darkwing travels to superhero Comet Guy's home planet, to take the place of the planet's one powerless citizen Ordinary Guy, so the superheroes have someone to save. Throughout the episode, Darkwing and Comet Guy are unknowingly spied on by a shadowy figure with a deep voice provided by Creator/JimCummings. The figure eventually shows himself at the end of the second act and ditches his disguise and voice changer, revealing himself to be Ordinary Guy, now voiced by Rob Palillo, who grew sick of Comet Guy putting him in danger to save him all the time and has decided to become a villain.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'', this is usually done when the MasterOfDisguise of the episode (or one of the several regular ones with both GI Joe and Cobra) moves about under cover.
** In at least one case it is also played with. When [[spoiler: the Baroness impersonates Lady Jaye in "Lasers in the Night"]], her lines are spoken by the latter's voice actress, but she does the voice a little hoarser than usual, hinting at an imperfect imitation.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperheroSquadShow'' episode "Deadly is the Black Widow's Bite", Mystique is voiced by Lena Heady both in her real form and when disguised as Black Widow, but when she impersonates Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, the Falcon, the Silver Surfer, and Thor, she is voiced by the respective heroes' regular voice actors.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Pink Diamond's debut episode was a sort of dream/vision in "Jungle Moon". However, the flashback depicting her started off depicting Stevonnie, voice and all. This casting choice does not drop throughout the entire scene. [[spoiler:Later in "A Single Pale Rose", Rose Quartz and Pink Diamond are revealed to be the same person, and the prior choice was to prevent using Susan Egan (Rose's voice actress) before TheReveal.]]