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Voices Are Mental
Jade-in-Jackie's-body: Why are there two of me?
Jackie-in-Jade's-body: Why is your voice coming out of my body?
Jackie Chan Adventures, "Sheep In, Sheep Out"

When characters swap bodies, get possessed, are cloned, or otherwise change form, there has to be some way to remind the folks at home which character is doing what. The solution? Base the voice off of the "mind" (when bodies are swapped/stolen) or make it relevant to the personality (in instances of cloning).

If the result of possession, it may be lampshaded with another character noticing that "You sound different...", but if so it will be shrugged off or explained away, and will generally otherwise be ignored. It will be noticed in body-swap cases only as the plot demands and most likely the audience is expected to believe that in-universe, the voices didn't switch over. Sometimes, however, the other characters will notice the change, and the swapped person will have to disguise their voice to sound like the person whose body they are inhabiting.

Very prevalent in animation, where its much easier to pull off since the animation comes after the voice dubbing and where trying to make the switch apparent through body language and mannerisms may not work as well. In film and live-action television, using a different voice to come out of someone's mouth requires redubbing and is less likely to appear unless the possessor is someone with a voice worth hearing, such as The Devil. In purely visual media like Webcomics, it's usually averted, but may be played with using the colors, fonts, and styles of the respective characters' Speech Bubbles if one or both characters normally use special dialog bubbles.

Of course, in a body switch one wouldn't expect the subjects to sound the same as their current body usually does anyway (slight differences in mouth shape, lung capacity and the vocal cords themselves would make differences when somebody new tried to control them without practice), but nor should they sound like their real bodies as this completely ignores the physical aspect of speech. The way your voice sounds depends on the shape of your vocal chords and the shape of your mouth. No amount of brain swapping is going to change that.

Worth mentioning too that, in cases where the voices DON'T switch, what should switch is the characters' accents, since that is mental. But that would require very good actors.

Voices Are Mental is the "sound" aspect of Morphic Resonance. See also Eyes Are Mental.

Examples

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     Anime & Manga 
  • Variation in Fullmetal Alchemist; Al sounds the same when his soul becomes affixed to a suit of armor, even though he doesn't even have a body anymore.
    • Played somewhat straight in the movie, where Al's voice has deepened, due to his growing up after regaining his body (at the same age he lost it), but when he transfers his soul through a suit of armor (that just happens to look almost exactly like the one he was in) to our world, his voice is back to being high-pitched.
    • In the second anime, Greed/Ling's voice sounds different depending on who's in control at the time (which is probably based on how the manga indicated it with which side of his face his hair covered).
    • Late in the second anime, Father takes a much younger form, but his voice remains the same.
    • Alphonse's voice in the second anime is actually playing this much straighter when you take into account the revelation that Al's real body is intact, connected to his armor-bound soul, and continuing to grow yet his voice remained the same.
  • In Episode 148 of InuYasha, we briefly witness an interesting variation: When Naraku takes Kikyo's form to make the protagonist think she betrayed him, his voice sure sounds like Kikyo's, but his internal monologue still sounds like himself, which leaves one weirdly surreal impression considering that you hear a deep male voice comming from a frail-looking girl. Something similar can be seen in a flashback when he transforms into a pretty girl to fool one of the protagonist's grandfather but stops bothering to disguise his voice when he finally confronts him and curses his family. This is averted both in thought and speech when he takes the form of a young nobleman, but this can be traced to Naraku's decision to permanently keep that appearance, and by extension, the voice, presumably because he liked them.
  • Originally averted in Cardcaptor Sakura's "Freaky Friday" Flip, but then played straight in the dub. Kero and Shaoran Li's voices remain the same, but their speech patterns and mannerisms are noticeably swapped.
  • Girls Bravo's Pool Episode not only had mental voices, but mental allergies.
    • The mental allergies were justified in that they really were mental allergies: They turned out in a later episode to be psychosomatic.
  • This was averted by a Hentai OVA, fittingly called Body Transfer. Plausibly enough the voices of Internal Monologues remain the same from one body to another.
  • Happens in Pokemon Ranger And The Temple Of The Sea, when the three members of the Team Rocket trio swap bodies thanks to Manaphy's Heart Swap attack.
  • Happens in Slayers Evolution-R: When Rezo got resurrected into Pokota's human body, his voice stayed just the same as it used to be. It's kind of distracting hearing his deep voice coming out of a Shotaro boy's mouth..
  • The Japanese version of Digimon Tamers gave the Biomerged Digimon unique voices, However, the American dub blended the voices of the two partners. Because the identities of those involved are well established, this doubles as Viewers Are Goldfish.
    • Both versions also have the Sleep Mode Size and combat forms voiced in exactly the same manner, ignoring the fact that (a) a tiny bunny/puppy hybrid and a Humongous Mecha will not have the same size/shape of vocal cords, and (b) Mega Digimon with Rookie voices really doesn't sound very good. Perhaps justified by Digimons' nature as living computer programs; they do have the same vocal cords if programmed to!
  • Dragon Ball Z: Used repeatedly with Captain Ginyu, who can switch bodies with people. First he switches bodies and voices with Goku; then with a frog (it actually said "ribbit" in Ginyu's voice), and finally with Bulma. Nobody seems to notice this big drill sergeant voice coming out of normally-sized woman. Making this even weirder is the fact that he needed to say the attack's name for it to work, and a frog being unable to talk is exactly why he was stuck that way.
    • The voice difference was only to distinguish him from Goku, as to the characters, the voice that came out of Goku's mouth was Goku's own. Maybe they thought we wouldn't be able to tell or something?
    • Played with in Dragon Ball GT: when Baby possesses most people, he talks in their voice, but when he settles on Vegeta as a permanent host, he speaks in his own voice.
  • In Darker Than Black, Intellectual Animal Mao is actually a Contractor with the ability to possess animals. He switches bodies a couple of times, so we get to see that he sounds exactly the same as a cat, a bird, or a flying squirrel - all of which sound like his original voice, as seen in a flashback.
  • Subverted in Bleach, where unlike the example with Mao above, Yoruichi's voice in human form and animal form differs even sounding like they have completely different genders. Hilarity Ensues once other characters (and the audience) figure this out.
    • One Omake in which Rukia and Renji swap gigai plays this completely straight.
  • Used in the second bonus OVA of Daphne in the Brilliant Blue when Maia and Gloria are switched. The switch in voices is brought up, but treated in such a way as though the other characters fully expect it to come with the territory.
  • Played with in Kämpfer, after the four wake to find themselves in the bodies of their messenger dolls and vice versa. Along with unusual ears and a tail this creates a Paper-Thin Disguise.
  • In Naruto all of the different bodies used by Pain except the female one have the voice of the first one we saw, even though that's not the same voice as the one controlling them.
    • Averted with Ino; when she uses her Mind-Body Transfer jutsu, she always speaks with her host's voice.
  • In original Japanese dub of Murder Princess Alita and Falis switch voices when they switch bodies. However, this trope was purposely averted in the English dub.
  • Inverted very creepily in Black Lagoon with Hansel and Gretel. Each takes turns being Hansel or Gretel, and when they switch identities, their voices switch too. When there is only one "twin" left, the voice switching is creeeeepy.
  • Inverted in the Japanese and Latin American versions of Detective Conan. "Conan's" young voice isn't just used when he's talking but also most of the time when he is thinking. In the English and European Spanish dubs, his thoughts are still in his older voice.
    • Also, in the Catalan dub, his voice while talking shifts between a child and an adult (two different voice actors) almost at random. Not only does this sound weird, but it creates a huge plothole unless we handwave it by invoking this trope and thinking that the other characters don't hear the difference.
  • Tony Tony Chopper from One Piece can take the form of a giant reindeer-man, but has the same little kid voice, albeit slightly deeper. The 4Kids! dub averted this, but it's generally agreed that the voice used for his large form sounded horrible.
  • Happens in RahXephon: Ernst von Bähbem takes over the body of his "niece" Helena in order to survive just long enough to see the end of the world that he orchestrated. While in the body of a thirty-something woman, von Bähbem still talks with his raspy old man voice.
  • Taken to another level in Yu-Gi-Oh!, with mental voices as well. Yami and Yugi normally have different voices, but this also applies when they're thinking; if the two Mind Meld, then their Inner Monologues have Yugi's voice. If it's only Yami, then it's his own voice.
    • Though this is complicated by the fact that they have the same voice actor, so it might actually be the "same" voice.
    • When it comes to mind control (especially done by Marik), things get a little...messy. For example, in the dub, his voice is used simultaneously with the controlled person's voiec; in the original, it's much more inconsistent. For example, Jounouchi (Joey) has the same voice as always when controlled, but Anzu (Téa)'s voice becomes 100% Marik's.
  • In the first OVA for the To Love-Ru first anime, Rito is turned into a girl, but has the same voice. Averted in the second anime, as "Riko" instead has a female voice (but the same voice actor) for speaking while his Inner Monologue remain in his male voice.
  • The ghost Amanojaku manages to retain his original voice in Ghost Stories even after possessing Kaya, a cat, despite the fact that cats don't even have a vocal tract capable of producing language, and Kaya appeared to be nothing but an ordinary cat before the possession.
  • This is averted in Kokoro Connect, where no indication is given of two characters switching bodies.
  • Averted in the "Freaky Friday" Flip episode of Fairy Tail, primarily because it's funnier that way.
  • Averted in Haiyore! Nyarko-san when Mahiro and Nyarko suffer a "Freaky Friday" Flip, but played straight in regards to handwriting when Mahiro-in-Nyarko writes a note, which he observes is still in Nyarko's handwriting.

    Comics 
  • In one story arc in Ghost Rider, a woman named Linda Littletrees is possessed by Satan, who uses her to seek out Johnny Blaze. The first time Satan speaks to someone, he thinks how he has to be careful to disguise his voice, since "the raspy tones of Satan" coming from a young woman would surely draw unwanted attention.
  • Archie Comics found a way to convey this in a medium with no sound. In a story from Riverdale High, Archie and Mr. Weatherbee switch bodies. Until they switch back, any speech bubble that comes out of Archie's mouth has a picture of Mr. Weatherbee inside, and any speech bubble that comes out of The Bee's mouth has a picture of Arch. The same motif applies to thought balloons.

    Fan Works 
  • Inverted in a "Freaky Friday" Flip fanfiction of X-Men: Evolution in which each body uses the right voices for each body — even the accents. So using the body of someone German automatically gives one a German accent.

    Films — Live Action 
  • Inverted in Face/Off. The swapped guys have the voices of the actors who play them — but not before and after...
    • Justified, though, as the characters don't switch bodies - their faces are surgically swapped, and a microchip-size voice changer is used. This is because the hero (John Travolta, but Nicolas Cage for most of the film) is infiltrating the villain's (Cage's original character) gang to get information while said villain is in a coma.
  • Happens on and off in the Harry Potter films, via the Polyjuice Potion, though its averted in the books and is most likely for the audience's benefit since in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Draco never catches on to Harry & Ron as Crabbe and Goyle, and in Deathly Hallows, when the potion is used, a disguised Ron briefly spoke in the voice of the person he was impersonating until he realized he was talking to Harry. In the fourth film, this is definitely confirmed when Mad-Eye Moody is definitely not voiced by David Tennant, because this wasn't revealed until after he was caught with Moody locked up in a chest.
    • It could be that most people who've just taken the potion instinctly try to speak in their normal voice, but with a bit of concentration they can properly immitate the person.
    • Harry and Ron speak in their regular actors' normal voices in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, they just don't say enough to Draco for him to notice, and ALL of them speak in their normal voices while impersonating Runcorn, Mafalda Hopkirk and Reg Cattermole at the Ministry, as well as Hermione as Bellatrix Lestrange in Deathly Hallows. The only instance of the imposter's voice not being used is the Mad-Eye Moody example above. In the books, however, they end up with the voice of the person they are impersonating and it is explicitly stated they only have to imitate the mannerisms.
  • Happens in The Movie of Scooby-Doo when the cast's souls were trying to find their original bodies.
  • Happens at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand after the credits when Prof. X reappears in the body of the mindless coma patient. It's Hand Waved by the fact that the coma patient was his twin brother.
  • In the 2006 movie It's a Boy Girl Thing, voices stay with the bodies, but the thoughts of the characters are given as voiceovers in the possessors' voice.
  • Day Watch has Anton and Olga switch bodies in order to avoid Anton being dragged in by the Day Watch for a suspected murder. The voices carry over with the personality, and they each have to perform a small glamour in order to sound like who they look like.
  • The Ur Example may be Universal's The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), in which the monster takes on the voice of Ygor (Bela Lugosi) after a brain transplant.

     Literature 
  • An inversion of this concept appears in Animorphs, where characters communicating mentally will pause frequently if they are out of breath, as if panting between words. Presumably this is simply because we're used to pausing if attempting to speak when out of breath, and the characters never trained themselves out of the habit for thought-speak.
  • In Galaxy of Fear, if someone's brain has been removed and replaced with another brain, they keep the body's voice, but speak differently.
    • This is probably consistent with what would happen in real life, due to the fact that everyone knows how they speak, so when they try and speak in someone else's body they would try to speak like they would in their own, so they would end up speaking different to the original owner of the voice speaks in the same body.
  • In Good Omens, when various characters get angelically possessed, Aziraphale speaks through them with his normal (genteel, British) voice. He ends up holding conversations aloud with the bodies' original inhabitants, each speaking in their own voice. Onlookers tend to be unnerved by this, and Hilarity Ensues when it happens to a televangelist on live TV.

    Live Action TV 
  • The Farscape episode "Out of Their Minds" begins with this, just so the viewers get what's going on immediately, by blending the voices of the two people involved. Later in the episode, though, the characters have all reverted to the body's voice, with each actor just using the other's body language and vocal patterns (or trying to).
  • Gilligan's Island episode "The Friendly Physician". Mad Scientist Dr. Boris Balinkoff takes the castaways to his own island for mind-switching experiments. Each castaway speaks with the voice of whichever character's mind is inhabiting it.
    • And by the end, a cat and dog are speaking with the voices of the scientist and his mook.
  • In the first episode of Now and Again, John Goodman's character is heard "speaking" to Dennis Haysbert who informs him that he's just a brain hooked up to a computer now. Still sounds like Goodman. However, this may just be the character's mental reconstruction of his own voice; when he wakes up in his new body, we still see him as John Goodman until he takes a look in the mirror, at which point he becomes played and voiced by Eric Close for the remainder of the series.
  • In the Red Dwarf episode "Bodyswap", Rimmer and Lister switch bodies and their voices also switch.
    • If memory serves, there's a special feature on the DVD to watch it without the dubbed voices. They actually did a pretty good job of capturing each other's speech patterns. A missed opportunity to avert this trope, really.
    • Especially given that Chris Barrie (Rimmer) did voices for Spitting Image.
    • And earlier, when Lister has the mind of Executive Officer Carol Brown put into him so he can stop an auto-destruct sequence, he speaks with her voice. It doesn't work, but that's okay; Holly got rid of the bomb long ago. He might've mentioned it, but they didn't ask.
  • In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Return to Tomorrow", several Enterprise personnel were (voluntarily) possessed by alien mental entities. When speaking, their voices were very different (louder and a different pitch, like in an echo chamber).
    • The trope is averted in the actual bodyswap episode "Turnabout Intruder".
    • In "Spock's Brain", the disembodied organ of the title manages to speak through the computer system it's plugged into. For some reason, it talks in Spock's voice without having his vocal cords. And this is actually not the biggest logic failure in the episode.
  • In the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, Mario gets his mind swapped with that of Frank N. Stein's monster. It's not exactly the best dub job out there, but they did follow the trope. A knock on the noggin with a hammer for each of them is enough to swap them back.
  • In the Dollhouse episode "A Love Supreme", Alpha downloads Ballard's personality into himself. When Ballard briefly manages to take control of Alpha, he speaks with his own voice.
    • The trope is averted when Victor is imprinted with Topher's personality, though the viewer might think it was followed: Victor's actor Enver Gjokaj manages an uncannily good impersonation of Topher's voice.
    • This is actually playing the trope straight - the person swapped (or in this case imprinted) into a different body sounds exactly the same as they normally do. The show's creators just accomplished this in an unusual way.
      • Actually, this is exactly what it should be. The body (that is, the actor) tries to talk like the soul (the character). Since Enver Gjokaj is a freaking genius we don't really notice it, but there is slight differences.
  • Subverted in the Mork and Mindy episode "Metamorphosis-The TV Show" where Mork and Mearth switch bodies. They talk in each other's voices but in this case there are no dubovers involved - instead Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters expertly imitate one another.
  • In an episode of Warehouse 13, Pete and Myka switched bodies (thanks to an artifact), but their voices remained the same. To emphasis the switch, the actors (rather impressively) mimicked the other character's mannerisms.
  • El Chapulín Colorado redubbed For the Lulz when swapping the High-Toned Damsel in Distress and the baritone Big Guy. And when everyone got better, they did it again with one scientific and the Right Hand Dog.
  • In Stargate SG-1, this trope was averted in the body-swapping episode. The various actors did a hilariously good job of adopting each others' mannerisms, so it was still obvious who was in whose body, though the character with the body swapping technology that instigates the plot shared an actor with the main cast member he swapped bodies with.
  • Averted in an episode of The Avengers when two enemy agents switch bodies with Steed and Mrs. Peel. Sort of unavoidable, since the bad guys were supposed to be infiltrating British intellence.
  • In Doctor Who In the episode New Earth when Cassandra possesses Rose and The Doctor (Constantly alternating between the two) Rose and The Doctor end up adopting Cassandra's accent.
  • Non-standard example in Kamen Rider Wizard that goes here more than anywhere else: Big Bad Wiseman and The White Wizard have different voices courtesy of different actors. Then we meet Sou Fueki who also has his own actor. But when Fueki first transforms into White Wizard onscreen, suddenly and from then on, the White Wizard speaks with the voice of Fueki. Later, when Wiseman is revealed to actually be Fueki as well, he suddenly spends the rest of the series speaking with the voice of Fueki. Different forms sounding different makes sense (vocal cords, muffling, etc. and perhaps deliberate disguising via magic), but it really doesn't make sense for them to change once the viewer knows who's behind the mask.
    • Similarly, in Power Rangers Ninja Storm, the evil vocal effect on the Thunder Rangers goes away once they reveal who they are to the Wind Rangers.

    Video Games 
  • Kingdom Hearts often uses this, though in this case, given the lore of the series, it's more "Voices are tied to the heart".
    • Kingdom Hearts" When Ansem possesses Riku. First he speaks with both voices their voices at once, then eventually only Ansem's.
    • Kingdom Hearts II: Riku has taken on Ansem's form. He has Ansem's voice till Sora discovers who he is, then suddenly he has David Gallagher's voice! It was more than a little bit unnerving.
    • 358/2 Days: One of their more effective usees of this trope is with Xion, a female Sora clone Using one of Kairi's voice actresses made The Reveal more shocking. The scene where she becomes physically identical to Sora while retaining her original voice makes effective for Nightmare Fuel.
    • Another interesting version of this trope is used in Birth by Sleep When Master Xehanort possesses Terra, becoming the Xehanort that is the main villain of the series. Now Master Xehanort and Xehanort have different voices, but in the Japanese version they are voiced by father and son Chikao and Akio Ohtsuka, with the implication that it's the same voice, only younger sounding. Alas, this little detail wasn't able to be replicated in the dub
    • Then, there's Vanitas, also from Birth by Sleep, who's the physical manifestation of all darkness within Ventus' heart. He shares Sora's voice actor in both versions, although it isn't noticeable at first, because they just do a that darn good job at sounding evil.
  • Played with to a certain extent in the Metal Gear series. In Metal Gear Solid 2, when Liquid possessed Ocelot, he'd speak with Liquid's voice. In the fourth game "Liquid Ocelot" always speaks with Ocelot's voice in the English version, and Liquid's voice in the Japanese version due to the unfortunate death of Kôji Totani.
    • It's revealed that in 2, Ocelot was legitimately possessed by Liquid, hence adopting Cam Clarke's voice. However, in 4, Ocelot was under self-hypnosis to believe he was Liquid (he replaced Liquid's arm with a prosthetic one so Liquid couldn't possess him). Hence he used Patrick Zimmerman's voice, as he was Ocelot pretending to be Liquid.
  • Averted and played straight in Nicktoons: Globs of Doom whenever Big Bad Globulous Maximus speaks through SpongeBob SquarePants. First, it's merely SpongeBob acting evil; the second time, we start with evil SpongeBob who switches to Globulous' voice mid-sentence (which is the cue needed for Jimmy Neutron to note that he's speaking through him and for Invader Zim to complain about Globulous being a larger ham than him. Yep.) and after that, it's a hammy Dee Bradley Baker "voicing" the yellow guy.
  • Averted in Relius' joke ending in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend, which is all about body switching. The voices actors of the characters don't change when they switch bodies, though their tone of voice does change accordingly.
  • Averted in the video game adaptation of Jojos Bizarre Adventure part five. Near the end of the game, everyone switches bodies, but they retain the voice of the bodies owner. Their Stands swap with them, though.
  • In response to the ninth Pokémon movie example above, strangely averted in Super Smash Bros. Brawl with Manaphy's Heart Swap attack when it comes out of a Poke Ball. Making Zelda sound like Donkey Kong and vice versa would be a little weird, in retrospect.
    • Also with Smash Brothers Brawl, this "could count" there is a way for fans to hack the game and swap movesets of the players(Peach inhaling the other players, Pikachu throwing "Falcon Punches") that's close to swapping minds in a sense, though doing so not only swaps the moves but also the shapes of the sprites. Which goes straight into pure Body Horror Nightmare Fuel.
  • When Momohime is being controlled by Jinkuro in Muramasa: The Demon Blade she still uses her own voice actor, but at a noticeably lower register. She also switches pronoun use to a pronoun commonly used by old men.
  • Remember11 goes back and forth on this. When Kokoro and Satoru switch bodies, they retain the same voice actors (ie. Kokoro in Satoru's body still has Kokoro's voice), but the fact that people have trouble telling them apart, as well as things such as recordings made by Satoru-in-Kokoro's-body having Kokoro's voice, imply that their voices do stay with the bodies in-universe, but the player hears them with the associated mind for convenience.
  • Both applied and averted in season 3 of Telltale's Sam & Max series, The Devil's Playhouse. In episode 3, They Stole Max's Brain!, Sammun-Mak keeps his own voice when Sam places his brain in Max's body, while Max retains his own voice as a brain in a jar. However, in episode 5, The City That Dares Not Sleep, When Grandpa Stinky and one of General Skun-ka'pe's minions swap brains toward the end of the episode, their voices (as well as Grandpa Stinky's Scottish accent) remain with their original bodies.
    • Also in Season 2, when Sam and Max swap bodies. Then there is the Monster, which can hold 2 souls simultaneously, switching between voices as (t)he(y) talk(s). The demons emulate the possessed's voice - but sometimes fail.
  • In Disgaea 2, any character that gets transformed into a monster by the Dark Sun retains their original voice.
  • It's hard to tell whether this applies to Prototype, since we don't know exactly how the main character's shapeshifting works. He can mimic other people's voices in cutscenes, but in gameplay, he always makes the same grunts regardless of who he's impersonating. (From a Doylist perspective, the explanation is that they didn't bother to program alternate grunts for him; a Watsonian one could be that Alex himself doesn't bother messing around with his vocal cords for every single form he ever takes.)
  • In Puyo Puyo 7, when Arle is possessed by Ecolo, she has her own voice. But when Satan notices the fact that Arle is possessed, her voice changes to Ecolo's.
  • Averted in Saints Row: The Third when the boss gets plastic surgery to look exactly like Cyrus Temple. The sound of the voice changes appropriately, but the mannerisms remain the same.
  • In Super Mario 64 DS, if your character lacks an ability required to complete the level, you can transform into a different character by finding his hat. Doing this does not change your voice.

    Web Comics 
  • In Gunnerkrigg Court, Speech Bubbles are colored differently to distinguish the different characters' voices. And Reynardine's bubbles are the same color regardless of whose body he's possessing. Word of God clarifies that his voice is always recognizably his own, but he doesn't sound exactly the same in different bodies.
    • Which is reasonable. Different people have different ways of speaking with their Verbal Tics and accents. Plus, vocal chords are different for every person and species of animal. It still doesn't explain how he can make a stuffed wolf toy talk, though.
      • Might it perhaps involve magic?
  • Also suggested in Looking for Group when Richard is summoned back from the Plane Of Suck and ends up in Pella's body. Richard's trademark speech bubble is there, clearly indicating who is supposed to be the one doing the speaking. This is also used when Richard takes over a stone golem.
    • Given that Richard is a lich of some sort, this might be justified in that he's using magic.
  • Averted in The Order of the Stick, Vampire!Durkon can replicate his host's voice easily, but has to replicate his speaking style to avoid suspicion.

    Web Original 
  • Red vs. Blue plays with this trope a few ways. The first time Church possess someone (Sarge) he speaks as Church pretending to be Sarge, later when possessing Donut, he speaks in his normal voice, who Tucker and Caboose hear as Church and Grif and Simmons hear it as Donut. Later, when Church possess Lopez, he speaks in his normal voice in a different language, apparently because Lopez is physically unable to speak English, Grif and Simmons still dont notice a change however.
    • The reason behind the first change is because the writers couldn't decide if Burnie (Church's VA) would pretend to be the character he was possessing or if they would have the possessed character's VA do their voice different or try to sound like Church. Ultimately Burnie decided that because his Donut impression sounded too much like another character, that they would do away with it and just have Church's voice.
    • Another curious example, Church's second robot body is seen only speaking French, yet Church speaks English in his normal voice when inhabiting it, inverting the Lopez example.
    • In universe, this can be justified by Church actually being an A.I., and using the armor of his host to project his own voice rather than using the vocal chords of the host itself.
  • Averted in Dragon Ball Z Abridged: When Goku and Ginyu swap bodies, they speak in their new bodies' voices, but keep their old accents. Goku still thinks in his normal voice, however.

    Western Animation 
  • Given that "Freaky Friday" Flip is one of many stock plots in Western animation, it might be easier to list the shows that avert or avoid this trope.
  • Played straight and averted in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron. When Jimmy and Cindy switches bodies, the "brains" retains their voices, but when Jimmy creates imperfect clones of himself, each has a different voice related to their personalities.
  • Danny Phantom has this happen whenever someone is possessed, leading at least twice to one character arguing with themselves with two distinct voices.
    • Like the temporary eye colour change of possessed people, it is somewhat confusing as to whether this is actually happening in the DP world or merely a cue to help the audience follow what's going on. The other characters never notice it, at any rate.
  • Happens in the pilot of Dexter's Laboratory, where Dexter and Dee-Dee end up in each others' bodies at the episode's conclusion.
  • The DuckTales episode where the Beagle Boys impersonate Huey, Dewey and Louie, thanks to Magica DeSpell's magic.
  • Happens in Lilo & Stitch: The Series, where the title characters swaps bodies in one episode.
  • Happens in Captain N: The Game Master.
  • Happens in Darkwing Duck.
  • The Tick vs. Science had a lot of fun with this, with human characters suddenly saddled with the vocalizations of a giant sentient tongue and so forth.
  • Teen Titans played this straight in "Switched".
    • A fun story from one of the writers: the voice actresses for Raven and Starfire were originally supposed to switch roles, with "Starfire" speaking in monotone and "Raven" speaking cheerfully. It then turned out that both actresses were so good at mimicking the other character's voice that they could barely tell a switch had been made, leading the writers to simply drop the idea.
    • An aversion (in a sense) from the same show comes in the form of Jericho, a Heroic Mime who only seems to be able to speak when he's possessing someone who can speak. As he has no voice of his own, it can be assumed that he uses their voice to speak (though this would be a more definite assertion if the only time the viewer was shown this wasn't when he was possessing Cinderblock...)
    • Briefly played with six ways from Sunday in the Larry episode "Fractured" - reality was broken, mouths were traded around, so characters talked with other voices. Particularly charming, Cyborg talking smack via Starfire's voice.
  • The Jackie Chan Adventures episode "Sheep In, Sheep Out" provides the quote at the beginning of this page. Although they averted this trope in the episode with the Chinese Vampire. Through a series of "Chi transfusions" Tohru acquires Jade's mannerisms and Jade acquires Uncle's, while everyone's voice actors stay the same.
  • At first averted, then played straight in the Ben 10 episode "A Change of Face". When Charmcaster switches with Gwen they keep their normal voices, but when Gwen and Ben wind up in each other's bodies, the voices go with the minds. Even Ben's alien forms get deeper female voices.
    • Again played straight in "Ghostfreaked Out" whenever Ghostfreak possesses someone. (Also, their eyes change.)
    • Later averted in Ben 10: Alien Force, when an alien is turned into a clone of Ben that's just has much more serious and stilted inflection. This was probably so it would be hard for the audience to figure out before The Reveal, and because the guy was apparently an alien like Greymatter before it would have sounded even more ridiculous than usual.
    • The largest aversion is that Ben's alien forms are voiced by several different voice actors, all of them different from Ben's normal voice actor but Upgrade (who seems to be synthesizing his voice). In contrast, Ben's Evil Counterpart Kevin 11 retained the same voice in all his forms when he was shapeshifting into several of Ben's different alien forms.
    • Played straight in an episode of Ultimate Alien where Kevin and Gwen are each turned into several of Ben's alien forms, all of which were their voice actors impersonating the voices those aliens normally had (including Gwen's VA impersonating Rath).
    • Also, since the Omnitrix aliens are derived from DNA samples, the voice really shouldn't change based on who uses the form. Four Arms, for example, comes from the same chunk of Tetramand DNA no matter who's wearing the Omnitrix - it's temporarily becoming a clone of one guy in particular. This is true even when it's not the same device: We eventually learn about the Codon Stream where all the samples exist. The original Omnitrix, Albedo's Omnitrix, and the Ultimatrix all access the same sample.)
    • Ben 10: Omniverse again goes back and forth on it. In "Arrested Development," a de-aged Ben is voiced by his original series VA. Two episodes later in "Ben Again," young Ben and teen Ben switch places via Mental Time Travel. The voices go with the minds, and other characters even hear the difference.
  • Averted in the Justice League Unlimited episode "The Great Brain Robbery", when Lex Luthor and Flash exchange bodies. They use the voices belonging to the bodies. The writing staff wrote the ep solely as an Actor Allusion for Smallville fans, since live action Lex and animated Flash are both played by Michael Rosenbaum. A significant portion of the episode's comedy also comes from the usually sinister vocal stylings of Lex's voice actor, Clancy "The Kurgan" Brown, playing the goofball Flash for an episode. Among the jokes that saved the episode:
    Luthor (In Flash's Body): If nothing else, I can at least learn the Flash's secret identity. (removes mask, Beat) I have no idea who this is.
    • It gets better, as Lex's regular voice actor performs a hilarious Flash in Lex's body trying very hard to sound evil but coming off as Poke the Poodle instead.
    ("Lex" tries to leave the men's room)
    Dr. Polaris: Aren't you going to wash your hands?
    Lex: No, because I'm evil.
    • Also averted in the episode "Dead Reckoning", where characters don't change voices when possessed by Deadman. They do, however, gain his accent and mannerisms.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls, when the girls were Freaky Friday Flipped with the Professor, the Mayor, and Miss Bellum, they not only retained their voiced but their powers, too. Granted, it was mainly because as the Professor's Techno Babble explained, they switched outer "layers" rather than their entire bodies being swapped.
  • Code Lyoko plays this straight. In "A Fine Mess", when a computer glitch in Lyoko switches Odd's and Yumi's bodies, they also switch voices. The same in episode "Nobody in Particular", where a disincarnated Ulrich still retain his own voice while possessing Jim — or Kiwi, actually talking through the dog.
  • Notably averted in Gargoyles; Coldstone has three different personalities, all of which use Coldstone's voice with minor inflections when they're in control of the body. The female personality, the first time she controlled the body, even said "My voice. It's different!" In a later episode, Puck switches the minds of various members of the cast (including all three of Coldstone's alternate personalities) and everyone's voice matches the body, rather than the mind, of the speaker.
    • This is worked into the plots of said episodes, as it allows them to conceal which personality is in control of a body until The Reveal.
    • Between those two it was sort of used, sort of averted when Wolf was possessed by the Viking Hakon, his ancestor. Both characters are voiced by Clancy Brown, and the ep was written to highlight his ability to talk to himself in the voice of either character, making possessed Wolf sound subtlely different from Wolf.
  • Averted similarly in Transformers Animated with Blitzwing, who also has three personalities and, bizarrely, associated faces; they use the same voice and accent (mostly, since Hothead actually has an Austrian rather than German accent), but have remarkably different inflection.
    • Averted again, later in "Where Is Thy Sting?": Wasp tries to switch places with Bumblebee and one of the things he does is switch their voice processors. So after the switch Wasp has speaks with Bumblebee's voice while still maintaining his weird speech patterns and Bumblebee has Wasp's buzzing voice by still talks normally.
    • Speaking of Transformers, played straight in the Beast Wars episode "Possession" where Waspinator is possessed by Starscream's spark; he consequently sounds like a G1 Starscream soundalike.
      • His Predacon insignia even becomes a Decepticon insignia.
    • Both averted and subverted in the original G1 series. Starscream's ghost possessed Cyclonus, and could do both his voice and Cyclonus' voice. When he cried out in surprise, however, his troops noticed that he sounded like Starscream.
  • Also averted in the "Freaky Friday" Flip episode of Pirates of Dark Water. Probably for the sake of hearing the monkey-bird's voice do Hulk Speak.
  • Partly averted in TaleSpin. Baloo and Kit switch bodies but don't switch voices. Instead, the voices stay with the bodies, but Kit's voice is pitchshifted down and Baloo's is pitchshifted up.
    • Notably, it's shown that it's not just a case of Rule of Perception but something other characters can notice, as they had to trick Rebecca into thinking there was something wrong with her hearing.
  • Subverted in an I Am Weasel short. Owing to a surgical mishap, Weasel and Baboon's brains are switched. Michael Dorn (Baboon-in-Weasel) imitates Charlie Adler's goofy way of speaking, while Adler (Weasel-in-Baboon) speaks with Dorn's dry precision. The effect is pretty hilarious.
  • Kim Possible did it with two different brain swaps in the "Freaky Friday" Flip episode. In both cases, Shego thinks it's just a hoot.
    • Lampshaded but handwaved by Kim, who explains away her regular voice as "puberty".
  • American Dragon Jake Long had a "Freaky Friday" Flip with his little sister, with this trope hard at work.
  • Averted in a "Freaky Friday" Flip episode of the 1980s version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Splinter and Shredder were swapped, but the voices stayed with the bodies.
  • Played straight and averted with Deadman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold: when he possesses Batman Deadman's VA speaks, but when he possesses Speedy, the same VA just imitates Deadman's New York accent.
  • In Batman Beyond, this trope serves as the Reveal that Ra's al Ghul pulled a Grand Theft Me on his daughter Talia.
    • It's a bit odd given that the body's real voice is also accessible.
      • Perhaps he practiced so as not to creep himself too much.
  • The Real Ghostbusters had Egon and Slimer switch minds and voices. On top of that, Egon's vision problems apparently transferred over with his mind, because Egon (in Slimer's body) insists on wearing his glasses.
  • Averted in an episode of 2 Stupid Dogs: the dogs switch minds, but they still have the same voices. It's their mannerisms and the way they talked that switched.
  • Happens in a Family Guy episode, where Peter and Lois accidentally switch bodies, when they try one of Stewie's inventions.
  • Averted in a Lloyd in Space episode where Lloyd and Francine switched minds. The voices stayed with their respective bodies and only their personalities and mannerisms switched. Possibly done because Lloyd's genius friend Douglas would have noticed the obvious change in voice.
    • Though oddly Lloyd admitting he switched minds with her, then through the rest of the episode acting like a 6 year old, then whining for his mother while in the fetal position did not tip Douglas off.
  • Used in the Jimmy Two-Shoes episode "Monster Mutt". Especially weird since one of the subjects was an animal.
  • Ditto in The Fairly Oddparents episode "Presto-Change-O", though you could just say it was due to the magical way they switched bodies.
    • An early episode where Timmy changed bodies with Vicky's dog averted this: when in Timmy's body Doydle sounded like Timmy and when in Doydle's body Timmy could only bark/"speak dog" and there's what's obviously a voiceover to let us know what he's really trying to say.
  • Shown in the Futurama episode "The Prisoner Of Benda", where virtually the entire cast, plus a washbucket and an Emperor, switch bodies but retain their voices. It's necessary, though, since the sheer amount of body-swapping would confuse anyone if they didn't keep their original voices. Additionally, it may be for the audience's benefit, since the characters still need to tell each other who's who. Considering at least 3 of the chars switching are played by Billy West...
    • Though it is worth noting that even without the voices switching, sharp-eyed viewers could see that each character does subtly change their body mannerisms to match the current mind. It's easiest to notice when Zoidberg is doing his signature crab-walk in Fry's body.
  • Men In Black once had Kay turned into a baby but retain the same voice. This wasn't just for the audience, he sounds the same to all the characters, which Frank finds weird.
    • Another episode takes this trope to its logical conclusion when Zed's brain is removed, and the disembodied brain talks with Zed's voice.
  • "Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?" was a switch-a-roo episode on Phineas and Ferb where Candace and Perry switch body. Cue Candace being able to talk and sound like herself in Perry's body and "Perry the Teenage Girl" chattering.
  • Averted in the sound recording of the incomplete Invader Zim episode "Ten Minutes to Doom". Which is to say, when Dib gets "possessed" by Zim he still sounds like Dib. Just... more evil.
  • Averted in the '90s Mega Man cartoon, when Mega Man and Snake Man were switched, but Mega Man even spoke Sssssnake Talk (Snake Man's Verbal Tic) rather than just getting his voice. Snake Man might have been chosen for the plot since he and Mega Man shared the same voice actor, though.
  • Subverted in Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures: Jeremiah Surd performs a "neural cyber-transfer" with Race Bannon. At first he talks in Surd's voice but then when he explains how he plans to sneak up on and kill Dr. Quest, he clears his throat, then finishes his sentence in the voice of Race Bannon, hammering home how perfect his possession of Race's body is. Race-in-Surd's body talks like Race but with a noticeable electronic echo, representing the breathing apparatus Surd's crippled body uses.
  • Superman: The Animated Series: When the Parasite absorbs Earl Garver's personality, Garver takes control of the Parasite's body and talks in his own voice. Makes sense since the Parasite already demonstrated the ability to copy the voice of a person whose energy he drains.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man averts this when Spider-man and Wolverine switch bodies. Listening to Steve Blum do the panicked and snarky Spider-man in his Wolverine's voice is hilarious.
  • Another aversion occurs in Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys. When Captain Simian and Shao Lin do their "Freaky Friday" Flip, each body keeps its own voice, but the voice actors imitate each others' distinctive cadences.
  • Averted in The Replacements episode "A Buzzwork Orange", where K and Dick switch bodies. As a result, Dick speaks with a British accent, while K sounds like Betty DeVille.
  • Referenced on Gravity Falls: when Dipper uses a potion to change his voice, Mabel immediately attacks the "body-stealing warlock" she assumes is possessing her brother.
    • Played straight in "Carpet Diem". For most of the episode, it's just Dipper and Mabel. But towards the end, almost all secondary characters switch bodies many times over, which makes this trope more justified. It even applies when humans are possessing animals.
    • Also played straight in "The Inconveniencing" with Possessed!Mabel.
    • Used again in "Sock Opera" when Bill Cipher takes over Dipper's body.
  • The first episode of Avengers Assemble features a brain/body switch between the Red Skull and Captain America. Both speak in their own voice (including the Skull's German villain accent) when their bodies are switched.

    Real Life 
  • Larynx transplants have been possible since 1998, and, in at least one case, the recipient sounded like he did before his own larynx was crushed, rather than sounding like the donor. So voices are partly mental.
    • The larynx actually has very little to do with how voices sound, but it's not much mental, either. The larynx is a bit like the mouthpiece of a brass instrument. All mouthpieces sound about the same alone, but the sound quality changes drastically depending on whether it's attached to a trumpet or tuba. In this case, the entire human head acts as the actual "instrument."
  • Any accent or Verbal Tic would not be removed if switching bodies was somehow made possible.


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