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->''"I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees!"''
-->-- ''Literature/TheLorax'', by Creator/DrSeuss

ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. When a speaking character speaks for a character or object who can't speak for itself. Can be PlayedForLaughs or played straight. The person/thing that cannot speak may be TheVoiceless, TheSpeechless, a CompanionCube, a ShrinkingViolet, a CuteMute, a HeroicMime, etc. This method of translating can be temporary or just a part of the characters' quirks. Compare MouthOfSauron.



* In ''Manga/YuruYuri'', Nishigaki-sensei does this for Rise Matsumoto, who moves her mouth but can't be heard. Nishigaki-sensei will then tell the other characters what she said, or if they're by themselves will comment on whatever discussion they're having at the time.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', Claire Stanfield picks up the habit of speaking for his fiancee [[CuteMute Chane]], who is unable to talk. Being [[AxCrazy Claire]], most people assume he's just making her responses up until she confirms that he does, in fact, know exactly what she's thinking.
* In an episode of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', Sousuke has to train a group of yakuza soldiers for an upcoming fight. But since he has to go disguised as the cute mascot Bonta-kun, who can only use PokemonSpeak, Kaname has to serve as his interpretor.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Since Team Rocket's Meowth is the only Pokemon that can speak human (more or less), he often fills this role when a Pokemon wants to speak to a human (usually the heroes). Sometimes he is a willing translator, and sometimes a psychic Pokemon will take over his body.
* Happens twice in ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'':
** Nozaki does this as a joke when Mikoshiba and Sakura first meet his quiet younger brother Mayu. Nozaki says Mayu will respond if one talks to him, so Sakura tries talking to him - and Nozaki is the one who answers her, and adds, "Through me."
** When Kashima catches the cold and is made to rest her voice, she talks by [[TalkingWithSigns writing in her notepad]] and having other people read in her stead. [[ShrinkingViolet Mikoshiba]] first talks for her but is too embarrassed half the time, and then Hori gives it a shot but ends up ThrowingOutTheScript and adlibs.
* Kyou often has to translate for her friend Makoto in ''Manga/{{Fullmapla}}'' since the latter communicates entirely via [[TalkingWithSigns numbered signs]].

* Creator/GabrielIglesias's wife once berated him for not answering his phone by theatrically describing his sins to the family dog in front of him. Since Iglesias's signature gimmick is his excellent mimicry, this proved to be a mistake.
-->'''Fluffy:''' ''[to dog]'' Mommy shouldn't have played this game, because we can play it too, and we can play it better, 'cause I can make you talk back to me!

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TheInhumans'': Blackbolt's voice is so powerful his [[MakeMeWannaShout whispers can destroy cities]]. Most of the time his wife Medusa does the talking in his stead.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Red in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' isn't exactly voiceless, but tends not to talk more than necessary, [[NoSocialSkills and since he has trouble socializing with others]], Yellow does most of the talking for him.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'':
** When Elsa and Anna first built Olaf as children, Elsa provided a funny voice for Olaf ("Hi, I'm Olaf and I love warm hugs!") to make Anna laugh.
** Kristoff likes to "communicate" with his pet reindeer Sven using a goofy voice and voices Sven's side of the conversation as well.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** There's an interesting take in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl''. The pirate Cotton had his tongue cut out, so he has his parrot talk for him. The other pirates then interpret what the parrot says.
-->'''Mr. Gibbs:'''...so he trained the parrot to talk for him. [[LampshadeHanging No-one's yet figured how...]]\\
'''Parrot:''' [squawk] Wind in the sails! Wind in the sails!\\
'''Mr. Gibbs:''' [[TranslationYes Mostly, we figure, that means "yes."]]
** In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', Sri Sumbhajee always whispers to his aides, who then speak for him. At the end of the council, perhaps to make the point more clear, he speaks up for himself... revealing an extremely high-pitched voice, explaining why he usually has others speak in his place.
* ''Film/{{Dogma}}'': The Metatron speaks on behalf of God, since His voice is so powerful that human beings cannot hear it without their mind caving in and their heart exploding ("We went through five Adams before we figured that one out").
* In ''Film/MysteryMen'', The Bowler does this for her father, the original Bowler, whose soul (and skull) resides in a bowling ball.
* In ''Film/MyFavoriteYear'', Alice is this, [[spoiler: for most of the film]], for Herb.

* Ender Wiggin in Creator/OrsonScottCard's Enderverse novels ''Literature/EndersGame'' and ''Literature/SpeakerForTheDead''. He speaks for the dead Buggers and several dead humans.
* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's [[Literature/TufVoyaging Haviland Tuf]] in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuf_Voyaging#Guardians "Guardians."]] He speaks for the mudpots of the planet Namor, who are secretly behind the planetary ecosystem's war against the human colonists (the colonists were eating the mudpots without realizing they were sapient).
* Alternately parodied and played straight several times in various Literature/{{Discworld}} novels, especially those with Vimes. In ''Discworld/NightWatch'', Reg Shoe thinks he's speaking for the People, but Vimes reflects that the People would "clip [him] round the ear if they found [him] doing it". However, Vimes is quoted as using this line straight himself in the earlier book ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' ("Commander Vimes says someone has to speak for those who have no voices!"), and in ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'', Tiffany Aching recalls her grandmother expressing a similar sentiment.
* Creator/DrSeuss' character, ''Literature/TheLorax''.
-->''"Mister!" he said with a sawdusty sneeze,\\
"I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.\\
I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.\\
And I'm asking you, sir, at the top of my lungs--"\\
he was very upset as he shouted and puffed--\\
"What's that THING you've made out of my Truffula tuft?"''
* In ''Literature/HarounAndTheSeaOfStories'', Rashid Kahlifa can understand Abhinaya, the Gesture Language, and thus interprets for Mudra the Shadow Warrior.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'', Matt is the only one who can understand his [[TheVoiceless silent]] friend Lanny.
** Although all but Matt consider Lanny to be TheVoiceless, Matt repeatedly [[InformedAbility tells]] others that he finds it hard to get a word in edgewise when conversing with his friend.
* Riva, a deaf mediator who appeared in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Loud as a Whisper," traveled with a telepathic "chorus" that spoke for him. When they are killed in an assassination attempt, he has no way of communicating until Data builds a library to interpret his sign language, and the episode ends with Riva intending to teach his sign language to the warring parties. Why Riva did not simply write what he wanted to say was never addressed (the script implies that he and his family are illiterate).
* Raj from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' literally CanNotTalkToWomen unless he's drunk. Thankfully for him, his HeterosexualLifepartner Howard has his back as the guy he whispers what needs to be said to...most of the time. Sometimes though Howard's annoyed come back is all the translation the audience needs.
** Other times Howard will blatantly lie about what Raj said since he knows Raj can't contradict him out loud.
* From the Mr. Bill segments of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', Sluggo hated Mr. Bill, but Sluggo himself never seemed to speak, so Mr. Hands would tell Mr. Bill what Sluggo says, as well as carry out whatever harm Sluggo wanted to befall on Mr. Bill.

* Rage Against The Machine have a song called "Voice of the Voiceless," which is about Mumia Abu-Jamal.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In the case of wrestlers who (as part of their gimmick) can't talk or have poor mic skills, it's very common to pair these wrestlers with a manager who cuts the promos on their behalf.
* CM Punk referred to himself as the "Voice of the Voiceless", saying things to Mr. [=McMahon=] that everyone else would ''like'' to say but can't. It made him ridiculously popular.

[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' dragons can use a form of telepathy but can't speak the way humans can. They will choose a metahuman to translate their thoughts into speech when necessary, such as television appearances.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy Battles'', the council of thirteen of the Skaven has the Grey Seers' seated member intercept their god's will; this really gives the Grey Seers a second vote in all matters.

* In ''Theatre/SundayInTheParkWithGeorge'', George gives his voice to the dogs he's painting, which are played by cardboard cutouts.
* In the Deaf West revival of ''Theater/SpringAwakening'', the characters who are played by Deaf or hard of hearing actors each have another actor acting as their Voice- that is, the actor playing the character will sign while the other actor, the character's voice, speaks what they are signing.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', the recurring villain Fassad receives an interpreter robot after [[spoiler:he's [[WeCanRebuildHim upgraded]] to some sort of half-mechanical nightmare out of the Book of Revelations. He can only communicate through horns]].
* There's a funny little side-story in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness]]'' that culminates in someone speaking for an inanimate object. Dugtrio is obsessed with the VAAAAST SEA, often shirking work to go talk at it. One day, it answers back, telling Dugtrio that it really wishes they would get back to work... which, of course, turns out to be Loudred throwing his voice at the request of Dugtrio's son.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', Amaterasu [[HeroicMime cannot speak to mortals]], so her sidekick Issun speaks for her. This leads to a comedic episode where Ammy must talk to the inhabitants of Ponc'tan without Issun at her side; during the conversations beats where Issun would usually interject, the camera instead focuses on the awkwardly silent Ammy, leaving the Poncles to try and guess what she is thinking.
* Caim from ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' forged a [[PowerAtAPrice spiritual bond with a dragon and lost his voice as the price]]. Fortunately, his dragon can communicate telepathically with him and is sometimes willing to voice his thoughts to others.
* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games, Link's [[ExpositionFairy Exposition Fairies]] tend to do most of the dialog for him (except for some question-answering).
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', where an ExpositionFairy is notably absent, there will always be at least two other people in the cutscenes, so the one closer to him can take over the talking.
** Link's fairy companion in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' is named [[MeaningfulName Proxi]]. Toon Link instead has his little sister Aryll speak on his behalf thanks to the Pirate's Charm.
* VideoGame/ChibiRobo can only communicate with simple Yes or No responses so his "manager" Telly does the talking when necessary.
* Classic Tails speaks on Classic Sonic's behalf in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''.
* This is what [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario's]] partners are for him in the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' games, especially in ''[[VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor Thousand Year Door]]'' where there's tons of dialog between characters in the story, it's different depending on which partner you have out as it always reflects their personality but the basic story and their and Mario's current goal stay same.
* Jonner is this for [[TheVoiceless Mr. Blix]] in ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'' while Trent is searching for von Klausen on New Berlin.
* Arngeir in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' speaks for the other three Greybeards as their voice is powerful enough that if they try to speak to a normal person, they might kill them.
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', Misha serves as an interpreter for the deaf-mute Shizune, who uses sign language. Some of Misha's own personality quirks occasionally get in the way, though.
* ''VideoGame/{{Payday2}}'' has [[VideoGame/HotlineMiami Jacket]], who lacks a voice in his original game, communicates via a tape recorder of an automated telephone voice.

* In ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'', there are supposedly specially trained telepaths meant to give people suffering from [[HeroicMime Silent Protagonist Syndrome]] the ability to answer questions for game shows. Supposedly because the only one we see is the "Dodongo Dislike Smoke" old man, who speaks exclusively in his indecipherable lines from the game.
* The ''Zelda'' examples above carry over to Link's appearances in ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'', wherein [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Navi]] either converses to him as exposition to his current mindset or, as seen above, speaks in his stead.
* In ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'', the GodEmperor Jadis gained [[TheOmniscient perfect knowledge of the Universe]] at the cost of her mind and body, and has an order of priests who interpret the [[http://killsixbilliondemons.com/comic/ksbd-4-77/ images and indistinct words]] that she can project from her [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport glass tomb]]. Notably, while her visions are infallible, the priests make [[ProphecyTwist one crucial error]] in delivering an important [[TheProphecy prophecy]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'', since the inhabitants of Mars are part of a collective consciousness, it is considered to be a GeniusLoci, and thus every citizen speaks for the planet as a whole. This gets interesting once one of the Martians takes an interest in the main character.
--> '''Caprice:''' Mars likes you.\\
'''Benjamin:''' That's like saying, "Brazil thinks you're cute."
** Mars can speak directly if it wants to, it just usually doesn't because most outsiders find their Martian friend suddenly becoming a [[MonochromaticEyes black-eyed]] [[VoiceOfTheLegion echo-voiced]] avatar of the HiveMind to be somewhat off-putting.
* Mako Tsunami from ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. Mako talks for (and [[CargoShip eventually marries, separates from and gets back together with]]) the ocean.
* After being shot in the throat, Maine from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' can no longer speak, so Carolina gives him her AI Sigma to speak for him. Whether or not Sigma's words accurately reflect what Maine means to say is an excellent question.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WebAnimation/ProjectVoicebend'', where Bolin provides a voice for Pabu which for some reason is more normal sound than his [[WebAnimation/ProjectVoicebend normal voice]].
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': After the events of the finale of Volume 3, [[spoiler:Cinder has to struggle to speak at all, barely managing a whisper. Emerald is shown acting as her mouthpiece in a meeting with the other villainous leaders.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Friend Bear speaks for Secret Bear in all appearances in the ''WesternAnimation/CareBears''. In "The Cloud of Uncaring", the only episode that Friend Bear doesn't appear alongside Secret Bear, Secret finds it most difficult to get the other bears to understand what he's saying. Lampshaded by Brave Heart in said episode.
* [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Soundwave]] uses something of a variant. When he has to say something, he plays back a recording of something another character said earlier.
* Deaf mermaid Gabriela in ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'' has her octopus friend Ollie translate her sign language.
* Phineas Flynn of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' does most of the talking for his brother Ferb Fletcher, who doesn't talk so often.
* Since B is silent, Dawn in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Revenge of the Island'' would speak on his behalf when he is communicating his plans to his team.
* [[WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers Bob]] gives speech to Lance, a Thanksgiving turkey.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Gorillas in the Mist" has a zoo gorilla's trainer translate his sign language. Likewise the gorilla's father is translated by the trainer's father.
* Pinkie Pie's youngest sister Marble Pie in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is so shy, she never says anything (except a quiet "mm-hmm"), leading Pinkie to do almost all of the talking for her.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The "voice for the voiceless" is sometimes meant metaphorically -- to say that someone will speak on behalf of an individual or group whose concerns are certainly capable of being voiced, but are ignored or disrespected by a more powerful group. The one doing the speaking will often refer to himself/herself (often accurately) as one who is more than capable of equaling if not more than equaling the opposing group.
* Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, though mostly silent, can occasionally become this.
--> ''"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsdHxUXf2CE It is requested that everyone maintain a level of silence and respect!]]"''
* It goes without saying that for those who are mute or are incapable of communicating in a way other than sign language, they'll most likely have someone who can translate sign language.