Voices Are Not Mental

Sometimes, characters swap bodies. When this happens, these characters will often swap voices as well. This is especially common in animation, due to Rule of Perception.

This is when that doesn't happen. This is when voices do not switch with characters' minds, which results in their actors having to approximate each others' vocal range and mannerisms instead. Can double as The Cast Show Off, as they essentially get to do impressions of each other's characters, in character.

Contrast Voices Are Mental for when voices stay with the original mind.

Examples

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     Anime & Manga 
  • During Cardcaptor Sakura's "Freaky Friday" Flip episode, Kero and Syaoran's voices remain the same, but their speech patterns and mannerisms are noticeably swapped which has not gone noticed by both Meiling and Tomoyo.
  • This was true in a Hentai OVA, fittingly called Body Transfer. Plausibly enough the voices of Internal Monologues remain the same from one body to another.
  • In Naruto, when Ino 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, their voices do not swap in the English dub.
  • Used 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.
  • In the first OVA for the To Love-Ru first anime, Rito is turned into a girl, but has the same voice. However, the trope is used 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.
  • Happens in Kokoro Connect, where no indication is given of two characters switching bodies.
  • Used in the "Freaky Friday" Flip episode of Fairy Tail, primarily because it's funnier that way.
  • Occurs in Haiyore! Nyarko-san when Mahiro and Nyarko suffer a "Freaky Friday" Flip.
  • In Dragon Ball Super, when Zamasu switched bodies with Goku, his voice is also switched along with him much like how Goku in Zamasu's body speaks in his host's voice.

     Audio Drama 
  • In Big Finish Doctor Who drama The Curse of Davros, Colin Baker plays Davros in the Sixth Doctor's body, and Terry Molloy plays the Doctor in Davros's body. This is necessary for a couple of reasons, firstly to spring the Tomato Surprise that the Doctor isn't the Doctor, and secondly because if you hear Colin Baker's voice without visual cues, you visualise Colin Baker. Played with by the other mind-swaps: Humans who have the minds of Daleks swapped into them are played by their original actors, but the Daleks-with-human-minds are played by the same actors, given the ring-modulation Dalek voice treatment. Arguably, a Dalek voice, being generated by electronics within the casing, is more mental than a human one.

     Live-Action Films 
  • In Get Out, The Armitage grandparents take on the voices of their hosts, though they still use their old-timey slang and vocal mannerisms.

     Literature 
  • 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.

    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).
  • In the Star Trek: The Original Series, this trope is used in Turnabout Intruder".
  • In an episode of Warehouse 13, Pete and Myka switched bodies (thanks to an artifact), but their voicesremained the same. To emphasize the switch, the actors (rather impressively) mimicked the other character's mannerisms.
  • In Stargate SG-1, this trope was used in the first 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. But in later cases, like the intergalactic communication device that exchanges two people's bodies, they averted the trope and swapped out the actors, so the audience would see the person whose mind was in control, even though the characters were seeing the person whose body was being controlled.
  • Used 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 intelligence.
  • While not a body swap, this happens in Dollhouse when an Active is imprinted with the personality of someone else in the cast, such as when Victor is imprinted with Topher.

    Video Games 
  • Both played straight and averted 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.
  • Used 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.
  • Used 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, this trope is used 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.
  • Used 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.

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    Western Animation 
  • Used 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 used in the episode "Dead Reckoning", where characters don't change voices when possessed by Deadman. They do, however, gain his accent and mannerisms.
  • Used in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Criss Cross Conspiracy" when Batwoman (Katrina Moldoff) switched bodies with Batman to take revenge on the Riddler, who had previously unmasked and disgraced her. The voices stay with the bodies, and hearing Diedrich Bader voice Katrina is pretty entertaining (from calling Nightwing 'Darling' to ranting about how much he hates the Riddler), though the writers might have gone a bit overboard in reminding us that we were watching a woman in Batman's body, right down to a Does This Make Me Look Fat? moment.
  • Notably used 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 episode, as it allows them to conceal which personality is in control of a body until The Reveal. The only subtle change is that Brooklyn and Broadway, who developed American accents early in the series, revert back to their subtly mid-Atlantic gargoyle accents when possessed.
    • Between those two it was sort of used 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.
  • Used 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.
    • Used 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 but still talks normally.
    • Used in the Rescue Bots episode "Switcheroo" as well, where the characters retain the original voices of their bodies, yet change mannerisms and personalities of the ones they swapped with. The entire episode idea itself came from the cast goofing off and imitating each others' characters.
  • Also used 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 used 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.
  • Used in the I Am Weasel short "I Architect". 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.
  • Used 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.
  • Used in another "Freaky Friday" Flip episode of Pepper Ann where Pepper Ann and her mother switch but their respective voices stay with their bodies.
  • Used 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 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.
  • Used 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.
  • Used 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.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man does 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. It happens again later: Imagine Fred Tatasciore doing it in his Hulk voice! Also, in both these episodes, Drake Bell (Peter/Spidey, and not considered the best VA he's had, though it may be colored by fan reaction to the Denser and Wackier series in general) gets to show his range a bit.
  • Another instance 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.
  • Used 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.
  • Transformers Rescue Bots does this in "Switcheroo." The majority of the main cast swap bodies, everyone retains their original voices, and the voice actors simply imitate each other's characters and inflections. The results are stupendous.
  • Used in the "The Meteor" episode of Sonic Boom. Sonic and Eggman's bodies retain their voices after the Green Rocks swap them around.
  • Done in Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness when Shifu and his ex-girlfriend switch bodies. The voices stay the same which is what makes it hard for Shifu to convince Po and the Furious Five of his identity.
  • Played straight and averted at different points in Jackie Chan Adventures. While dealing with a Chinese Vampire that drains Chi and being forced to transfer a donor's Chi into a victim, the characters gain the donor's speech patterns while keeping their own voices. Thus Tohru talking like Jade, and Jade talking like Uncle. However in "Sheep In, Sheep Out", Jackie and Jade switched voices when they switched bodies.
  • In the Steven Universe episode "The New Lars," Steven accidentally astral projects into Lars' body and controls it for a day. Lars' voice actor, Matthew Moy, does an impressive job combining Lars' usually-sardonic tone with Steven's goofy, upbeat delivery.

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