"You know what? You can't even sing! Your voice was dubbed!"
A trope most prevalent in Western Animation
, but it can occur elsewhere. An actor is often cast into a role for which they can provide a great voice, but not always do the casting agents manage to get someone that can sing as well. A second actor will be brought in to dub the songs, and this isn't always as noticeable as one might think.
If the actor is supposed to be playing a musical instrument while singing, two
doubles may well be used.
Most Japanese voice artists sing the Image Song
for their characters regardless of their talent, although again this isn't always the case.
Less frequently, concessions will be made to work around a voice actor with a less than pleasant voice.
Compare Talent Double
and Singing Voice Dissonance
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Live Action TV
- In The Partridge Family, only David Cassidy and Shirley Jones actually sang. The others all lip synched to session singers.
- One Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch features John Cleese as an archaeologist who randomly bursts into song. Cleese by his own admission is a terrible singer (he did sing "Eric the Half a Bee," but very little else), so his singing parts in the sketch were dubbed in by Terry Jones.
- In his pre-Python TV and radio shows Cleese sang "Rhubarb Tart" and "The Ferret Song", which must be heard to be believed.
- Willow has only a few lines in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Musical Episode for this reason, one of which was "I think this line's mostly filler."
- Averted with Buffy, whose songs were originally going to be dubbed (supposedly by Jewel), but Sarah Michelle Gellar decided she didn't want to be the only one not doing her own vocals.
- Similary in the Musical Episode of Scrubs, Elliot only has only a few sung lines throughout the episode, even during her and JD's friendship song, due to Sarah Chalke's apparent inability to sing. This inability to sing is later worked into Elliot's character as a running gag in Season 8.
- Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann in Gilligan's Island, couldn't even sing "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" along with the rest of the cast without ruining it, and couldn't sing a single note without being dubbed over.
- Her natural singing voice is used in one episode however, when Mary Ann believes that she's Ginger. IIRC it's what causes her to remember who she actually is, because the actual Ginger sings much better.
- In "The Bitter Suite," the first Musical Episode of Xena: Warrior Princess, Renee O'Connor and Hudson Leick (Gabrielle and Callisto) sang with the respective voices of Susan Wood and Michelle Nicastro; Miss O'Connor subverted this in the second one ("Lyre Lyre, Hearts On Fire"), as she did sing here - along with Miss Wood and Susan Calloway!
- Averted with Lucy Lawless (Xena) and Ted Raimi (Joxer) in both episodes, along with Kevin Smith (Ares) in the first one and Jay La Ga'ia (Draco) in the second.
- The early nineties TV movie Freeze Frame dubbed its male lead (Kids Incorporated alum Ryan Lambert) in order to save money.
- When the Anything People are introduced in the first episode of Sesame Street, they are all voiced by their performers, but when they start singing "Consider Yourself", some of their voices are sung by members of the human cast.
- Also happens in the rare performance of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. The lead-singing girl is voiced by Loretta Long (Susan), but after the song ends, her voice is done by Frank Oz. Almost an opposite of the trope, as her singing is a lot more prominent.
- Halle Berry won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for playing Dorothy Dandridge in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, but Dorothy's singing was done by Wendi Williams.
- In Jeff Wayne's Rock Opera adaptation of The War of the Worlds, Richard Burton is the narrating voice of the Journalist, whereas Justin Hayward is the character's singing voice.
- Also applies visually in the stage version, where they are portrayed as a floating head on screen and a live actor on stage, respectively.
- Inverted by the Gorillaz: 2D was originally played by real-life singer Damon Albarn, but had a second voice actor, (Nelson de Freitas,) hired to record his speaking voice.
- Milli Vanilli was an extremely popular, award-winning rap/pop group in the late 80s and early 90s that returned a Grammy after it was revealed that the people getting all the credit for the music were just models dancing and lipsynching to uncredited vocalists. They were the original Trope Namer for the acting version.
- They're just the most (in)famous example; several dance-oriented pop groups rely on attractive stand-ins lipsynching to others' voices.
- Probably the second most famous case after Milli Vanilli was the story of Martha Wash. A very talented but rather large woman, she recorded vocals for several famous songs in the early Nineties, mostly for dance groups such as Black Box and C+C Music Factory (That famous "EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!" at the beginning of "Gonna Make You Sweat?" That was her). Unfortunately, someone decided that because of her size, she was unmarketable, and was replaced by a model lip-synching the song in the video, without her knowledge or her permission. She took the record label to court, demanding proper credit and royalties, and there is now a mandate that all performers are given proper credit on recordings.
- Martha Wash did get some modicum of fame in her own right in the mid-80s as one half of The Weather Girls, best known for their iconic One-Hit Wonder "It's Raining Men".
- Belgian house band One-Man Band Technotronic recorded their hit debut album Pump Up The Jam: The Album with rappers Ya Kid K and MC Eric providing vocals in the studio, but used Congolese supermodel Felly to lip-sync Ya Kid K's rapping in the music video to the hit title track. A small controversy ensued, and Ya Kid K was featured in the band's followup videos.
- The Hamish And Dougal episode "Fame Idol", which hinges on Mrs Naughtie (played by Alison Steadman) having a beautiful singing voice (played by Jane Gilchrist). The series running on Rule of Funny, there was inevitably one scene where Mrs Naughtie sang in her own voice, for no reason whatsoever.
- Averted with Rosie from Valkyria Chronicles, who has her singing voice provided by the main actresses in both English and Japanese. Hedy "Yuna" Burress stands up pretty damn well with her Japanese counterpart, a rare achievement.
- Played straight with Hedy in Final Fantasy X-2, where the two main songs (real Emotion and 1000 Words) were sung by Jade Villalon. Though prior to this Koda Kumi sung both tracks in English, however, her pronunciation made the songs difficult to understand resulting in replacing. And if it counts, Hedy does a little "La la laa" while in Songstress mode.
- In Loco Roco, yellow and green one both have different voice actors - one for singing, other for talking.
- In Ape Escape 3, Pink Monkey is voiced by Debi Derryberry (speaking voice), and Anndi McAfee (singing voice).
- Dragon Age: Origins has Leliana burst into song. Not only does she sound absolutely nothing like her speech voice actress, for bonus points she also looks like an utter freak of nature while doing so.
- Possibly justified in-universe: Inon Zur's orchestra starts playing to accompany her, and based on her remarks afterwards, that's not what she actually sounded like, but the way she remembered "In Uthenera" being performed.
- While averted in the Japanese versions of the Ar tonelico series, the English versions fall squarely into this - because they use the same song, not even dubbed or covered.
- Similar to the above example, in Tales of the Abyss Tear's (Nicole Karrer) fonic hymns are treated as sound effects, and use the original audio (Yukana).
- Averted in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which is somewhat unfortunate because not all the voice actors who play bards can sing very well.
- In Lunar: The Silver Star, Luna's English voice actress was Rhonda Gibson in the Working Designs era and Kathryn Kirk more recently, but Jenny Stigile provides Luna's singing voice in all the remakes.
- Bruce Isaac's singing voice in Fallout: New Vegas is done by the project director and lead designer, Joshua Sawyer.
- The "Powered by the Cheat" versions of the Homestar Runner characters. Their speaking voices are provided by Mike Chapman, but their singing voices are provided by Matt Chapman (or Missy Palmer in the case of Marzipan); in other words, the same as their normal versions.
- Kim Possible: The Oh Boyz singing voices are not the same as their acting voices.
- Liz Callaway is easily the queen of singing animated princesses. In addition to her Disney credits listed below, she provided the singing voice for the title character of Anastasia (voiced by Meg Ryan) and Odette in The Swan Princess (voiced by Michelle Nicastro).
- Not only was the adult version of Anastasia given two voices, but so was the child version - for this one Lacey Chabert took over for Kirsten Dunst when it was time for the girl to sing.
- Jim Cummings performed Christopher Lloyd's singing voice in "In the Dark of the Night" in Anastasia.
- John Cusack was Dimitri's speaking voice, but his singing was done by Jonathan Dokuchitz.
- But Kelsey Grammer sings his own part.
- Bernadette Peters too.
- And the "additional voices" is a who's who of Broadway, including J.K. Simmons and Andrea Martin.
- As does Howard McGillin in The Swan Princess—after all, he's probably best known for playing the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's blockbuster stage musical, The Phantom of the Opera.
- The Disney Animated Canon is full of this trope nowadays (this isn't really the case though for older films in the series - i.e. pre 90's as they tended to virtually all be sung by their corresponding actors).
- Everyone in Mulan. The heroine's VA was Ming-Na Wen, but her singing voice was provided by Lea Salonga. Shang's speaking voice was B.D. Wong, and his singing voice was Donny Osmond while in the Chinese version, his speaking and singing voice was (awesomely) Jackie Chan. Not even Grandmother Fa was safe from this. Her speaking voice was June Foray, and her singing voice (for her brief solo) was Marni Nixon (who was very famous for doing singing voices for Deborah Kerr, among others, in the 1950s).
- Everybody in Aladdin had a different singing voice, save for Genie and Jafar (and in the sequels, Iago as well). Jasmine's singing was also performed by Lea Salonga.
- Pocahontas' VA was Irene Bedard, and her singing voice is that of Judy Kuhn.
- Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame was spoken and sung by Demi Moore and Heidi Mollenhauer, respectively. The rest of the cast did their own singing.
- More actresses Liz Callaway has pretended to be:
- Neve Campbell (Kiara in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride). Oddly enough if one watches an episode of Party of Five, Neve Campbell's singing voice is actually quite decent.
- Linda Larkin (Jasmine in both Aladdin sequels, replacing Lea Salonga from the first movie—which is perfect, seeing as it's ridiculously easy for someone to mistake Liz for Lea and vice versa).
- Hercules had no fewer than three voices - Tate Donovan as adult Herc, Josh Keaton when he's younger, and Roger Bart when he's younger and singing.
- Averted in the Mexican Spanish dub (see below).
- Matthew Broderick can sing, but due to being more of a Lyric Baritone than a tenor, Joseph Williams replaces Simba for singing in The Lion King (and Cam Clarke afterwards). Young Simba is also replaced (Jason Weaver instead of Jonathan Taylor Thomas- and Evan Saucedo for the extra song in the 2003 DVD release), and Jeremy Irons sings some of Scar's lyrics, but partway through, the harsher lyrics were replaced by that of Jim Cummings.
- An early draft of The Jungle Book was originally going to have Thurl "Tony the Tiger" Ravenscroft as the singing voice of Shere Khan. In the movie as actually produced, George Sanders refused to do Shere Khan's only sung line in "That's What Friends Are For."
- While not technically part of the Disney Animated Canon, A Goofy Movie has Aaron Lohr sub in for Jason Marsden as Max's singing voice.
- Disney/101Dalmatians is possibly the earliest case; Roger's speaking voice is done by Ben Wright and his singing voice by Bill Lee (which would explain his disappearing accent).
- In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Kathleen Turner provided the speaking voice of Jessica Rabbit, while Amy Irving supplied her singing voice. In a rare reversal to most of the examples on this page, it's Amy Irving that gets credit while Kathleen Turner is omitted (amusingly, her performance model is credited).
- The Nightmare Before Christmas has the main character, Jack, with a speaking voice provided by Chris Sarandon and singing voice provided by composer Danny Elfman. With no Burton/Elfman involvement in Oogie's Revenge, Chris Sarandon went on to sing all of Jack's songs in that game.
- Inverted Trope - when casting, Elfman was chosen to provide Jack's singing parts, and then Sarandon was cast because his speaking voice sounded close enough to Elfman's.
- In The Prince of Egypt, Val Kilmer's singing voice as Moses was provided by Amick Byram, Danny Glover (Jethro) was replaced by Broadway veteran Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Sally Dworsky dubbed the singing role for Miriam (Sandra Bullock). And proving that being a Dame is no barrier to such things, Helen Mirren has Linda Dee Shayne step in as the Queen's singing voice. (Averted, however, by Michelle Pfeiffer, Martin Short, Steve Martin and Ralph Fiennes.)
- Other notable aversions in animated musical films:
- Mel Gibson sings his part in Pocahontas - and would've sung a love duet, too, if they hadn't cut it for pacing reasons.
- Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Kline (voice actors of Miguel and Tulio, respectively) both sing "It's Tough To Be A God" in The Road to El Dorado. Additionally, they recorded many of their lines together in the studio, which is sort of unusual.
- Unusual, but it does happen. Animation voices are usually recorded separately because of scheduling issues, but sometimes actors are recorded together so they can bounce their performances off each other making the singing more Natural.
- The Mexican dub of Hercules naturally averts this one, as Megara is voiced by the famous singer Tatiana, and Hercules is voiced by Ricky Martin. This also had the bizarre consequence of making Hercules speak like a reggaetonner.
- Megara's English voice actress, Susan Egan, also did her own singing. She's an accomplished musical theatre actress, best known for originating the role of Belle in the stage adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
- All of the actors in Beauty and the Beast sing their own parts. In fact, Disney personnel went to New York to cast Broadway talent just to avert this trope.
- A lot of Swedish dubs seems to do this too, usually hiring people from the musical scene to do the voice-acting. (The Swedish versions of Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King all feature the voice actors singing... or the singers voice-acting, whatever way you'd prefer to look at it.)
- Iago doesn't sing in Aladdin, but he does in the sequels, and Gilbert Gottfried sings his part (but then, who could imitate Gilbert Gottfried's voice well enough to pass?). Broadway star Jerry Orbach also does his own singing as Saluk in the third movie.
- Funnily, Gottfried's character of the Beetle in Thumbelina is sung by Randy Crenshaw.
- Jodi Benson did her own singing as Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Granted, she was cast as her singing voice first...
- Interestingly enough, Jodi Benson has voiced Ariel in EVERY incarnation of the character - the sequels, the TV series, and video games. She provides the voice of Ariel in any Disney created production - she even provided her voice for the Ariel's Undersea Adventure Dark Ride at Disney Parks.
- A more recent aversion is the cast of The Princess and the Frog.
- Another aversion: the cast of Tangled. While the cast of The Princess and the Frog was almost entirely Broadway stars, Tangled featured great singing from TV's Zachary Levi, and character actors like Brad Garrett and Jeffrey Tambor.
- Disney wanted to avoid this when they made Oliver & Company, so they cast Billy Joel as Dodger.
- In Frozen, everyone, with the exception of 5-year-old Anna (where Livvy Stubenrauch was dubbed by Katie Lopez) provide their own singing parts. And ALL members of the main cast get at least one song to themselves.
- In Winnie-the-Pooh, all the singing is done by the main cast. Kanga is even voiced by one of the film's songwriters, Kristin Anderson-Lopez (who would go on to write for Frozen, with her husband Robert).
- In Cats Don't Dance, Sawyer's singing voice was provided by Natalie Cole, and the speaking voice was Jasmine Guy. Likewise, Darla Dimple's singing voice is by Lindsay Ridgeway, and her speaking voice by Ashley Peldon. Averted with main character Danny, spoken and sung by actual musical theatre actor Scott Bakula.
- Jem / Jerrica of Jem had a speaking voice provided by Samantha Newark, but a singing voice provided by Britta Philips.
- Rival Pizzazz was voiced by Patricia Albrecht when speaking, and Ellen Bernfeld (aka disco singer Menage) when singing.
- Ellen Bernfeld also did backing vocals for The Holograms and The Misfits, and was the singing voice of Roxy in her only solo song. Roxy's speaking voice actress was Bobbie Block.
- Riot of The Stingers spoke with the voice of Townsend Coleman and sang with the voice of Gordon Grody (who went on to become Lady Gaga's voice coach).
- The other two Stingers were also dubbed for singing. When speaking, Minx was Kath Soucie and Rapture was Ellen Gerstell. For singing, both of them were usually dubbed by Diva Grey, but for Rapture's two solo lines in the song "Destiny", she was dubbed by Vicki Sue Robinson, the disco singer of "Turn the Beat Around" fame!
- When Kimber and Stormer sang a duet, they were dubbed over by Florence Warner and Lani Grover respectively, though Cathianne Blore and Susan Blu perform their speaking lines. Interestingly enough, their singing voices don't match their speaking voices at all.
- All of this despite the fact that many of the speaking voice actors have done some singing, including JEM's speaking voice actress, Samantha Newmark, who is a professional singer.
- The Family Guy episode "Don't Make Me Over" saw the Griffins forming a family band fronted by Meg. Trouble is, Meg's voice actress, Mila Kunis, can't sing (unlike Lacey Chabert, who originally voiced Meg - see Anastasia above), so they called in Tara Strong to perform Meg's song. In Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, Ali Hills does Meg's singing voice.
- Mila Kunis actually sang a line in a Sound of Music parody in the episode "Mr. Saturday Knight". On the DVD commentary, she claims she sounds "like shit".
- The film adaptation of Coraline sees the Other Father (voiced by John Hodgman) sing a catchy little ditty about Coraline, in the voice of John Linnell of They Might Be Giants.
- Notably averted in Justice League Unlimited. Yep, that's really Batman singing there. The writers discovered that Kevin Conroy was trained as a singer, and figured that it was just too funny to pass up.
- It's not the first time Kevin Conroy has sung in the DCAU, either—in the Batman Beyond episode "Out of the Past", Bruce and Terry see a performance of "Batman—The Musical!". Kevin Conroy provides the singing voice for the onstage Batman (as does Adrienne Barbeau for the onstage Catwoman).
- Mark Hamill and Paul Williams also sing for the stage Joker and Penguin but you can just barely make them out because they sing in unison.
- Lady and the Tramp II Scamp's Adventure has three examples of this: Buster's speaking voice is Chazz Palminteri while his singing voice is Jess Harnell, Scamp's speaking voice is Scott Wolf and his singing voice is Roger Bart, and Angel's speaking voice is Alyssa Milano and her singing voice is Susan Egan.
- It's funny that the singing voice for Hercules and Scamp is Roger Bart, and Susan Egan the voice for Meg is the singing voice of Angel, Scamp's girlfriend.
- In the Baby Blues episode "World's Greatest Dad" the scantily clad big busted Birthday Lady's speaking voice was Kath Soucie and her singing voice by Elizabeth Daily.
- In the animated The King and I, as like its live-action counterpart, Anna had a separate voice actor as her singing voice.
- In an episode of King of the Hill the singing voice of Boomhauer, whose regular speaking voice is by Mike Judge, was performed by country singer Vince Gill.
- In Recess, Mikey's speaking voice is Jason Davis, but his singing voice is performed by Robert Goulet. A whole episode was dedicated to his newly discovered singing talent, and it's later revealed he can also speak in this voice when he uses it to spread a rumor. In this case, it's Played for Laughs, as his singing voice sounds absolutely nothing like his normal voice, being a ridiculously low, adult baritone. To quote a kindergartner in Recess: School's Out, after he sings his farewell to TJ, "Big kid sing good."
- When the main six perform "Green Tambourine" for the ending credits of the movie, the rest of the main six have different singing voices, with the sole exceptions of Vince (Ricky D`Shon Colins) and Spinelli (Pamela Segal). Interestingly enough, Gus (Courtland Mead) had his singing voice performed by Blake Ewing, the voice of Menlo, and Gretchen (Ashley Johnson) had hers by Anndi McAffee, the voice of Ashley A.
- Any other time the characters sing (aside from Mikey), they keep their regular voices. On one occasion, Miss Grotke even gets her time to shine, and...it's...adorable.
- Mr. Hyunh of Hey Arnold! has an inexplicable country singing voice, done by none other than Randy Travis.
- Sonic Underground had the three hedgehog protagonists (yes, even the girl) voiced by the same voice actor, Jaleel White. However, when it came to the Once an Episode singing segment, they were voiced by three separate Voice Actors: Sam Vincent for Sonic, Tyley Ross for Manic and Louise Vallance for Sonia.
- In the Danny Phantom episode "Fanning the Flames", the song sung by Ember was by a woman named Robin Kimissel while her main actress is Tara Strong. Strangely, this is the only incident of that happening. Ember sings another song in another episode which as far as anyone knows, Tara Strong does. Robin Kimiseel only does one episode and is never heard from again.
- Kimissel was also the singing voice for Penny Sanchez. Rudy and Snap kept their regular voices.
- Averted with pretty much every other Nicktoon.
- In The Fairly Oddparents Musical Episode, the pixies, normally voiced by Ben Stein, had their singing voices done by rappers Methold Man and Redman.
- In an episode of Rocko's Modern Life Filbert discovers he has a talent for lounge singing. His regular speaking voice was done by Doug Lawrence and his singing voice by Tom Kenny (Heffer), who in addition to voice acting is also a professional singer.
- There are a couple of examples of this in Rock and Rule. Depending on which version you watch, Omar's speaking voice is either done by Paul Le Mat in the film, or Gregory Salata in the TV version; in both versions, his singing voice is done by Robin Zander. Angel's speaking voice is Susan Roman while her singing voice is Deborah Harry, and Mok's speaking voice is Don Francks while his singing voice is Lou Reed.
- When Janet Waldo voiced Alice in Hanna-Barbera's TV adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, Doris Drew provided the singing voice. Waldo and Drew sound nothing alike. Waldo herself is actually a very good singer as evidenced in some early radio performances, so why they felt the need to replace her at all remains a mystery.
- Taken to the point of parody on Phineas and Ferb, where (British) Ferb will sing with completely different accents for reggae or rap songs. Most of the other characters sing with the voice actors' voices, however.
- And an in-universe example from the same, during the "Summer Belongs to You" special, Phineas hires Clay Aiken for his voice for one musical number, and Ferb gets Chaka Khan. It is obviously lampshaded.
- Also lampshaded with Linda, who admits that her "Lindana" career was done by lip-syncing. In real life Linda is voiced by Caroline Rhea while "Lindana" is performed by Olivia Olson, who also voices (and sings for) Vanessa.
- Stacy's voice is usually that of Kelly Hu, but here singing voice is that of Laura Dickinson. Strangely, Dickinson provided her speaking voice as well in "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!"
- In The Rescuers Down Under, the villain McLeach is voiced by George C Scott, but during the part where he sings his twisted version of "Home on the Range" his singing is done by Frank Welker.
- While SpongeBob SquarePants often sings in his normal voice, on special occasions he shows off a fantastic singing voice that sounds nothing like him, with him being voiced by a different guest singer every time.
- In Toy Story 2, Jessie is voiced by Joan Cusack, but her yodeling was by Mary Kay Bergman. Wheezy (voiced by Pixar Regular Joe Ranft) sings a reprise of the original film's "You've Got a Friend in Me" at the end, sung by Robert Goulet. The series has many first-person songs such as "When She Loved Me", "You've Got a Friend in Me", "Strange Things" and "I Will Go Sailing No More", but it's more of "music to fit the situation" instead of "character singing."
- Averted in Monsters, Inc., where Billy Crystal and John Goodman sing in character as Mike and Sulley over the end credits.
- In The Flintstones, Wilma and Betty both had several different singing voices. None of them sounded anything like their speaking voices.
- Notably averted throughout Total Drama World Tour. However, some autotuning was required to improve the quality of several characters, especially in "Come Fly With Us." The lack of this probably explains why Cody sings so little, despite lasting second-longest out of a team that was called to perform more than any other. Notably Ezekiel and Tyler, also voiced by Peter Oldring, don't sing much either. (Of course, you'll find plenty of fangirls who still like Cody's singing anyway...)
- All over the place in Quest for Camelot; also a major case of Hey, It's That Voice!: Kayley is voiced by Teri Schuester (speaking) and Andrea Corr (singing); Garrett is voiced by Westley (speaking) and Bryan White (singing); Kayley's mother is voiced by Jane Seymour (speaking) and Céline Dion (singing); King Arthur is voiced by James Bond (speaking) and Steve Perry (singing). (And I think we already know that Pierce Brosnan should never sing.)
- Otto the gorilla from The Haunted World Of El Super Beasto is voiced by Tom Kenny; his singing voice for his Schoolhouse Rock parody song is done by Chris Hardwick.
- Averted in Ed, Edd n Eddy where most (all?) of the regular voice actors do their own singing in the friendship episode.
- In the Animaniacs episode "Woodstock Slappy", the speaking voice of the Roger Daltrey caricature is voiced by Jim Cummings; his singing voice, however, is provided by Rob Paulsen.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic a lot of the characters get singing doubles: Rebecca Shoichet for Twilight Sparkle, Shannon Chan-Kent for Pinkie Pie, Kazumi Evans for Rarity and Luna, Michelle Creber for Sweetie Belle. Amusingly, Michelle also provides the speaking and singing voices for Apple Bloom, which sometimes leads to Sweetie sounding inexplicably Southern when she sings.
- Averted in the Season 3 episode "Sleepless in Ponyville". Claire Corlett, who only did Sweetie's speaking voice at the time, turns in a hilariously awful, pony-friendly rendition of "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall". The aversion is completed in Season 4; as of "Flight to the Finish", Claire is singing Sweetie's part and doing an excellent job of it.
- While Pinkie Pie's singing voice is normally provided by Shannon Chan-Kent, her speaking voice Andrea Libman still does her own singing as Fluttershy, and even Pinkie on occasion. According to Libman, this is because Pinkie's speaking voice can be very straining for her; one can only imagine doing the singing voice would be even harder on her vocal chords. Pinkie Pie's Smile Song notably has Andrea Libman providing backing vocals, making it a rare case where both singing and voice actors for Pinkie Pie are heard together.
- This is averted with Rainbow Dash and Applejack (both voiced by Ashleigh Ball, a professional singer). Amusingly enough, this briefly causes Applejack's singing voice to sound much closer to the voice Ashleigh uses for Rainbow Dash in AJ's solo on "At the Gala". She even lacks her accent, present any other time Applejack sings.
- In another odd case, Twilight Sparkle's speaking voice actress Tara Strong is more than capable of singing herself (heck, she's even been the singing double to other actresses before!), but her voice is recorded separately from other actors in the show; she's the only Hollywood-based actor while all the others record in Canada. One assumes that since all the songs are recorded as ensemble they prefer all the singers are there.
- While afflicted with a deep male voice in "Filli Vanilli", Fluttershy has two different male actors for her speaking and singing parts. This is averted in "Bridle Gossip", where Fluttershy is voiced by a different male actor who handles both parts.
- In the Italian dub, Applejack, Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo have the same singing voice. Their rendition of "Winter Wrap Up" makes the former two really obvious.
- In the Looney Tunes movie Daffy Ducks Quackbusters, Daffy's singing voice is provided by Mel Torme. Lampshaded though, in that Daffy swallows a bottle of mouthwash designed to give him Mel Torme's voice.
- This may have been the inspiration for the Duck Dodgers episode "Talent Show A-Go-Go", in which Dodgers uses some Applied Phlebotinum to swap voices with Tom Jones. In addition to Jones voicing Dodgers, we also get Joe Alaskey voicing Tom Jones trying to sing while "sounding like Daffy Duck".
- In Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Movie (1998) the villianess Stormella is voiced by Whoopi Goldberg her singing voice is done by Carmen Twillie.
- The 2001 sequel The Island of the Misfit Toys has the antagonist known as The Toy Taker voiced by Rick Moranis for speaking, but not for singing.
- In Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures, Strawberry is voiced by Anna Cummer, but her songs are done by Tracey Moore.
- Funnily enough, Shannon Chan-Kent, the singing voice for Pinkie Pie in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, voices Cherry Jam, a pop star, but her songs are done by Victoria Duffield.
- In Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire when the gang is singing at the beginning, that is obviously not Frank Welker doing Fred's singing voice, as the singer is much younger and sounds nothing like him.
- For Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire, Velma sings a solo song at the end of the feature, and it was obviously not Nicole Jaffe doing her own singing.
- This was averted many times over the course of the series, notably in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo where Don Messick, Casey Kasem, and Susan Blu do their own singing in-character as Scooby, Scrappy, Shaggy, and Flim-Flam respectively. In addition, Scott Innes did his own singing for several Scooby-related songs in the early 2000s as Scooby and Shaggy. It helps that he's a professional singer (he even WROTE some official Scooby-Doo songs).
- Averted for the Hex Girls' debut in Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost. All three of the Hex Girls' voice actresses performed the songs they played on stage.
- Averted again in the two Mystery Inc. episodes featuring the Hex Girls. Jennifer Hale (Thorn), Grey Delisle (Daphne), Jane Weidlin (Dusk), and Kimberly Brooks (Luna) all sing in the songs performed within the show. Especially Daphne, who gets a full songnote devoted to her shaky relationship with Fred.
- In the tv special Easter Fever the villain Madame egg was voiced by Jeri Craden, however her singing voice was provided by a man singing in falsetto.
- Zig-zagged all over the place in the Garfield specials. Lorenzo Music primarily voiced Garfield, and occasionally provided his singing voice as well (as he also was for Garfield and Friends). More often than not though, Lou Rawls, who also sang the opening numbers for each special, provided his singing voice instead. Sometimes both of them provided his singing voice for the same specials. For example, in "Garfield's Halloween Adventure, Music sings as Garfield for "What Should I Be," as well as a brief pirate song while later on Rawls sings as him for "I'm No Scaredy-Cat."
- Parodied in South Park in "A Very Crappy Christmas" with the song "The Circle of Poo" (a parody of The Lion King), with Mr. Hankey's son Cornwallis talking in a young child's voice (Trey Parker) but singing with a deep man's voice (former Temptations member Louis Price).
- Played straight in "Elementary School Musical" for some of the other students. A few of the girls, particularly Bebe, were voiced by Molly Pasuttinote for their singing parts. Pasutti's two children, Alexis and Dylan Dunlap, filled in for providing the vocals for the other boys and girls.
- An interesting variation occurs in the episode "Wing." Token sings "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" by Lou Rawls, but since the actor couldn't sing they sped up the Lou Rawls song instead. The sped up version sounds just like Token so it's pretty subtle.
- Big Gay Al, while usually voiced by Matt Stone, has his singing voice provided by Trey Parker in the movie.
- The Norwegian dub of Tiny Toon Adventures avoided this for the most part as almost all the characters has the same speaking/singing voices... except for Buster, whose voice actor apparently couldn't sing. As such, his singing voice was provided by the actor who voiced Gogo, Dizzy and Daffy, and sounded absolutely nothing like his speaking one.
- On Littlest Pet Shop (2012), Penny Ling is voiced by Jocelyn Loewen, but her singing voice is Laura Hastings. Also, Zoe Trent is voiced by Nicole Oliver, with Kylee Epp as her singing voice. Oddly, the singing doubles have no other TV credits whatsoever.
- In Rock and Rule, none of the characters who sing in the movie are done by their voice actors. Mok though, is a unique case because he has two, and they are done by none other than Lou Reed and Iggy Pop.
- In the House of Mouse episode "The Three Caballeros," Panchito is voiced by Carlos Alazraqui; his singing voice was done by Rob Paulsen.
- In the feature film Hey There, It's Yogi Bear, Yogi's singing voice during the gondola scene is that of James Darren, which Boo-Boo lampshades during the song.
- In Histeria often times during the songs the kids singing voices were dubbed by adults like Loud Kiddington who's regular speaking voice was Cody Ruegger his singing voice was often done by Rob Paulsen when he wasn't singing in character, Charity Baazar who's regular speaking voice was Lorraine Newman (who was already an adult) her singing voice was provided by song writer Julie Bernstein.
- Averted in The Book Of Life. The actors all sing their own parts, despite some of them having little musical experience.