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Full Circle Portraying
"Is it any more ironic that the same guy that did the voice of Garfield [Lorenzo Music] did the voice of Peter Venkman in the Ghostbusters cartoon? While Bill Murray was the live-action Peter Venkman, and he also did the voice of Garfield in The Movie!"

Think of it as a magnified Hey, It's That Voice!. Full circle portraying is where two or more characters have officially been portrayed by the same actor/actress in more than one occasion.

However, this might not count if both/all characters are from the same series. For instance, Animal and Bunsen were both voiced by Howie Mandel in the first two seasons of Muppet Babies, but they were voiced by Dave Coulier in every other season.

It's common that one is the Poor Man's Substitute for the other.

Examples:

Seiyuu
  • Ryu of Street Fighter fame was voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa in the late 90s and early 2000s, he also provided the voice of Jonouchi in the original Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. The second Yu-Gi-Oh series saw Jonouchi voiced by Hiroki Takahashi, and he is now the official voice actor for Ryu.
  • Son and father duo of Akio and Chikao Ohtsuka have both portrayed younger and older versions of the same character. Akio voices the younger version of Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and all tie in games, while Chikao voiced the older Big Boss at the very end of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Akio also voices Xehanort, the Big Bad of the Kingdom Hearts series. When prequel Birth By Sleep showed Xehanort in his original, older form, who voiced voiced him? Chikao Ohtsuka.

Japanese and English dubs

Anime English Dubs
  • When Dameon Clarke mostly retired from voice acting, J. Michael Tatum took over two characters he voiced in the original anime series when new shows were made and dubbed: Victor Hilshire in Gunslinger Girl and Scar in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
  • Ian James Corlett was the original English voice of Goku and Master Roshi as well as Shuichi Tataki in Key the Metal Idol. After he left both series, the characters were taken over by Peter Kelamis.
    • Adding to that, when Corlett quit doing anime dubs, the character of Dr. Tofu from Ranma ˝ was voiced by Kirby Morrow in the final few episodes he appeared in. Likewise, when Ocean Studios continued their respective dub of Dragon Ball Z in Canada, Morrow proceeded to voice Goku for the rest of the series.
  • In Digimon Frontier, Michael Reisz voices most of Takuya's forms, but when he got another upgrade, Reisz said his voice wasn't up for the constant screaming that had accompanied his other forms. David Wittenberg, therefore, plays him as Emperor Greymon only. Meanwhile, Ice Devimon was played by Michael Reisz in Digimon Tamers but by Wittenberg in Frontier. (Sadly. Reisz' sexy voice and Ice Devimon's sadism come together in a way that just isn't there with the second incarnation's deranged-surfer voice, which is said to be patterned after Christopher Walken.) This is poetic on two counts: One, Wittenberg has a habit of taking Reisz's characters, and two, as the original Digimon Frontier Greymon had no two forms played by the same actor, we continue that trend. (It's broken in Digimon Data Squad, though, where he keeps the same VA as Agumon, Geo Greymon, Rize Greymon, and Shine Greymon.)

Live-action films and Animated series

Western Animation
The Friends Who Never HangCharacters and CastingFunny Character, Boring Actor
Friday Night Death SlotTriviaFunny Character, Boring Actor
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