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The Other Darrin: Videogames
  • Lara Croft of Tomb Raider has had four voice actresses over 12 years and 8 games, each one bringing a totally different spin on Lara's personality. She even changes in appearance, and has been played in live action promo shots by at least five different women, not even counting Angelina Jolie. She pretty much must be a Time Lord.
    • This is done deliberately so that no actress will be able to dominate the character.
    • Sofia Vergara played what is essentially the Jolie version of the character in this TV spot for Visa credit cards.
  • Max in Sam & Max Save The World had his voice replaced after the first episode, though the voices are so similar it's not really that important - some of the original actor's voice clips have even been retained.
  • In an extreme case, the entire English voice cast of the Sonic the Hedgehog series were replaced with the cast used for the anime Sonic X. Even the original cast didn't know they were being replaced until after the change. This came about because Yuji Naka, who was the head of Sonic Team at the time, made a comment that he would like for the voices for the characters to remain consistent across all media (as it was in Japan), either not knowing or caring that this meant firing the previous English cast.
  • The entire English cast of Valkyrie Profile changed between the first game and the second due to a switch in dubbing groups (TAJ Productions did the first game; Bang Zoom! Entertainment did the second). The only exception was Valkyrie Lenneth's voice actress, Megan Hollingshead, who voiced her in both games; this was actually because Hollingshead had transitioned from TAJ/4Kids Entertainment (New York) to Bang Zoom! (California) a few years after the first game was released. Also, Kikuko Inoue voiced Valkyrie Hrist in the first game, and Atsuko Tanaka in the second.
  • Dante of Devil May Cry has had three voice actors, four if you count the one in the Japanese version of the anime. Only between games 3 and 4 did his voice actor (who, incidentally, is also his Ink-Suit Actor) remain the same.
    • The same could be said of every recurring character excluding Lady (who has kept Kari Wahlgren as her voice actress since 3, though she too had a different voice in Devil May Cry: The Animated Series). The aforementioned Dante example is muddled further if one considers Dante's Special Guest appearance in the PlayStation 2 version of Viewtiful Joe. Although it came out a year after Devil May Cry 2 (where he was voiced by Matthew Kaminsky), Dante is instead voiced by his Devil May Cry voice actor (Drew Coombs). Thus, the voice actor progression went from Drew Coombs, to Matthew Kaminsky, then back to Drew Coombs, and then finally to Reuben Langdon, who has stayed as Dante's voice since the third game.
    • Devil May Cry 2 also features Dante's outfit from the first game as an unlockable mythology gag; when using this outfit, his voice clips in normal gameplay are replaced with those of Drew Coombs from the first game.
  • Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion replaced almost every voice actor since the game makers wanted to have a small cast. Only Grey DeLisle, Tara Strong, Keith Ferguson, and Yuri Lowenthal got to keep their roles. Some of the recasts were quite interesting. Grey DeLisle got to take over Blossom from The Powerpuff Girls, and Mac from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Tara Strong voice both Bubbles and Buttercup, and also took over Dexter. Quinton Flynn took over Billy from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (DeLisle reprised her role of Mandy), Lowenthal and Nolan North took over as the respective voices of Numbah One and "Father" from Codename: Kids Next Door, and Ferguson took over as Samurai Jack. The entire game only used a pool of eight voice actors.
  • Much to the chagrin of most fans of the franchise, the voice of Carmelita Fox in Sly Cooper was replaced in each game. She was played by Roxana Ortega in Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, then by Alesia Glidewell in Sly 2: Band Of Thieves, then Ruth Livier in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, and then by Grey DeLisle in Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time. It didn't help that each voice actress gave Carmelita a different accent.
  • Sarah Kerrigan, the penultimate Big Bad from the first StarCraft, is now voiced by Tricia Helfer for the ongoing StarCraft II sequel trilogy. Notably a flashback cinematic in the Wings of Liberty campaign, which featured Kerrigan's lines from the first StarCraft Terran campaign by her original voice actress Glynnis Talken-Campbell, were entirely redubbed by Helfer. Fred Tatasciore has taken over the role for Zeratul, as the original voice actor Jack Ritschel had passed away sometime before the production of Starcraft II. Patrick Seitz is the voice actor for Artanis in StarCraft II. All in all, only the voice actors for Jim Raynor and Arcturus Mengsk got to keep their roles from the original installment.
    • Jim Raynor had a different voice actor complete with a very pronounced Southern accent in the initial gameplay trailers released for StarCraft II. Interestingly, Blizzard eventually changed their minds and brought back the original voice actor, Robert Clatworthy. But in a bizarre twist, Talken-Campbell initially confirmed that she was supposed to play Kerrigan in StarCraft II all along, and a released trailer showcasing storyboard sketches for the flashback cinematic actually featured her voice (and the redubbed lines for Jim Raynor complete with the Southern twang). Sometime after Clatworthy announced his reinstatement as the voice of Jim Raynor, Talken-Campbell took to the internet and announced that Blizzard decided to replace her as the voice for Sarah Kerrigan. Subsequent fan backlash never swayed the developers to reconsider their decision.
  • Etna from Disgaea was originally voiced by Amanda Winn Lee (Gunsmith Cats, the Read or Die OVA), but Michelle Ruff (Ai Yori Aoshi, Kannazuki no Miko) took her place in pretty much every other NIS game.
    • However, Nippon Ichi games in general tend to avert this. The most notable example of this: Barbara Goodson played Laharl in Disgaea 1. Every NIS game since in which Laharl talks (that's the Disgaea 1 remakes, Disgaea 2, 3 and Disgaea Infinite; Makai Kingdom; and Phantom Brave), he is played by Barbara Goodson.
      • Goodson even voiced him in a ten-second cameo appearance in Soul Nomad & the World Eaters where Laharl wasn't even seen. It doesn't help that she voices another kid character with the same voice she uses for Laharl.
    • Also from the same series (and most other Nippon Ichi games as well) there's Asagi. She is voiced by a different voice actor in EVERY SINGLE APPEARANCE. This is done deliberately and the one time they reused a voice actor she outright says "I'm being voiced by the same person for the first time dood"
  • In an unusual inversion, when Lunar: The Silver Star, was being remade into Silver Star Story, the original five English actors who did the original returned (along with other local talent from the area the Working Designs studio was), while all four Japanese voice actors from the original were replaced with an entirely new cast. The most notable change was Alex originally having Kikuko Inoue, and then going to Akira Ishida.
    • This occurs again in the Silver Star Harmony remake for the PSP, which was localized XSEED Games instead as Working Designs had long gone out of business. The story as to why depends on who you talked to - Victor Ireland, the former head of Working Designs, claimed the entire voice cast was loyal to him, aside from Jenny Stigle who "broke rank". XSEED, on the other hand, stated that most of the old cast wasn't actually in the business anymore, hence they hadn't tried to find them. Accordingly, Stigle got involved because fans of the original games put her in touch with XSEED. So which story you believe depends on who you trust more, though it was no secret that Ireland had a very bitter falling out with XSEED during the localization process.
    • The sequel, Lunar: Eternal Blue, maintained consistent casts for both languages, on the other hand. The only change was Hiro's English voice going from Mark Zempel (Eternal Blue) to Chad Letts (Eternal Blue Complete), but they sound similar to the point that they're almost indistinguishable.
  • In the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time series, the Prince's voice actor went from Yuri Lowenthal in the first game, to Robin Atkin Downes in Warrior Within, then back to Lowenthal for The Two Thrones, but with a slightly different voice and accent. Other characters' voices/accents (Farah and the Vizier) also changed between the games, and Kaileena's voice was not just changed between games, but changed during the game in Warrior Within.
    • Interesting international tidbit: the voice actor for the Spanish voice track was changed between Sands and Warrior, and the one from Warrior remained for Two Thrones. But what's interesting is that the first voice actor sounds younger and more arrogant, while the second voice actor sounds grimmer and older... which fits perfectly with the timeline of the game, since Warrior happens after a noticeable Time Skip, while Two Thrones is immediately after Warrior.
  • In the 3D The Legend of Zelda titles, Ganondorf was voiced by Takashi Nagasako, but for unknown reasons was replaced by Hironori Miyata in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. This is notable because unlike Link, Zelda, and other recurring characters, Ganondorf is confirmed to always be the same person in each game. Then again, a lot of fans probably didn't notice due to the series' lack of extensive voice acting.
    • But they most likely noticed in the Super Smash Bros. series, where Ganondorf was voiced by Nagasako in Melee, and Miyata in Brawl.
  • Every Star Fox game has a different American (or in Star Fox Adventures's case, British) voice cast; in Super Smash Bros.. Brawl, however, Jim Walker voiced Fox as he did in Star Fox Assault, and in their cameos, Mike McAuliffe returned to voice Slippy, and Alesia Glidewell voiced Krystal (Glidewell also voices Samus in that game.)
    • The Japanese versions aren't free from this; unlike most examples, though, they extended the cast and made more diverse voices (Star Fox 64 had only six voice actors for its many roles). One example is that Shinobu Satouchi voiced both Fox and Leon in 64; in Assault and Brawl Satouchi keeps Leon, but Kenji Nojima voices Fox instead. The only seiyuus who stayed throughout were Hisao Egawa (Falco), Kyoko Tonguu (Slippy and Katt in 64), and Tomohisa Aso (Peppy).
    • When the Star Fox 64 remake for the Nintendo 3DS was released, the entire Japanese cast had been replaced, with Egawa, Tonguu, and Aso finally dropping out.
      • The American version of 3D also changed up the cast again, notably bringing back several members of the original 64 cast.
  • In between Condemned: Criminal Origins and Bloodshot, lab tech Rosa Angel dropped 30 lbs and 20 years.
    • This was pretty common. Ethan, the Vanhorns, and Ferrel also got new voice actors (notable in that two of these four have the same actor, Paul Eiding).
  • Many major WarCraft characters have gotten a new voice actor for their World of Warcraft incarnation(although a few have retained their original lines). The most notable example would be Illidan, the Big Bad of the first expansion and many others directly connected to him.
    • At least Illidan's new voice actor sounds quite like his old one. Arthas (the titular villain of Wratch of the Lich King and the focal character for much of Warcraft III and it's expansion) was abruptly replaced after the first teaser for the new expansion, with what sounds like Peter Cullen. His voice actor allegedly thought he was getting the screws put to him and walked away. This is especially notable as the Lich King had previously been represented by two separate voices, one for Ner'zhul and one for Arthas, but now speaks with one reverbed voice that sounds nothing like either of the previous ones.
      • Actually, they got an entirely new actor to voice the lines spoken by Arthas for Wrath of the Lich King. As for the Lich King himself, his new voice is Michael McConnohie, who already plays Kel'thuzad and, strangely, Uther the Lightbringer.
      • There is actually a bit of story to back this change up. A few of the quests in Icecrown show the Lich King basically destroying the part of the good Arthas that is still within him, so the voice change to one, solid voice makes a little sense.
    • Partway through the Wrath of The Lich King expansion, Sylvanas was abruptly re-voiced by a new actress who gave her a more prominent accent. Many fans of the character were upset with this, claiming the accent doesn't fit the character.
  • Ratchet was played by Mikey Kelley in the first Ratchet & Clank, and James Arnold Taylor for the rest of the series, which most fans of the series actually prefer anyway, as right when Taylor took over the developers toned down his attitude and laziness and made him far more willing to do the right thing and heroic.
  • The voice of Sparx in The Legend of Spyro series changes in each game, from David Spade to Billy West to Wayne Brady. In Dawn of the Dragon, when voiced by Wayne Brady, he tells Spyro that "[his] voice keeps changing" when Spyro asks how he feels.
    • Also Spyro himself has had many different voice actors as well: Carlos Alazraqui in the first game, Tom Kenny in the second through fourth game, Jess Harnell in the fifth and sixth games, and Elijah Wood in the sixth, seventh and eighth games.
    • Cynder also got different actresses for each Legend of Spyro game. First was Cree Summer, who made "possessed" Cynder sound menacing. Next was Mae Whitman, who sounded suspiciously older (despite Cynder being returned to normal - the same age as young Spyro). Last was Christina Ricci, who was higher-pitched and added Chickification to Cynder.
    • After Spyro left Insomniac, each new game got a cast change for pretty much every recurring character, and often along with it, changes in personality.
  • The Xenosaga games had three entries in the series, and mixed and matched their actors throughout; for example, Episode 2 replaced Lia Sargent as Shion with Olivia Hack; Bridget Hoffman as KOS-MOS with Colleen O'Shaughnessey; Sherry Lynn as MOMO with Christina Puccelli; and Derek Stephen Prince as chaos with Joshua Seth. Episode 3 replaced Shion and KOS-MOS with their original voice actors while keeping the rest of the main cast from episode 2.
  • Although most of the Final Fantasy VII cast is reused among the sequels and spinoffs such as Crisis Core and Kingdom Hearts, several actors have been replaced. Most notable is Aerith, who was voiced by Mandy Moore in Kingdom Hearts, Mena Suvari in Kingdom Hearts II and Advent Children, and Andrea Bowen in Crisis Core. Sephiroth was Lance Bass in Kingdom Hearts and George Newbern everywhere else. Yuffie was voiced by Christy Carlson Romano in Advent Children and Kingdom Hearts and Mae Whitman in Kingdom Hearts II and Dirge of Cerberus.
    • In addition, Robin Atkin Downes provided the English voice for Genesis Rhapsodos in Dirge of Cerberus, while Oliver Quinn played him in Crisis Core.
  • Speaking of Final Fantasy, the Dissidia series had Keith Ferguson and Keith Szarabajka respectively substitute for Michael E. Rodgers and John DiMaggio as Gabranth and Gilgamesh.
  • For Scarface: The World is Yours, Al Pacino could not reprise his role as Tony Montana as his voice had been altered by years of smoking, so he hand-picked André Sogliuzzo to do the voice acting, although the likeness remains Mr Pacino's. The difference in the voice is very difficult to notice.
  • Tales Series:
  • Jak and Daxter:
    • Jak's voice actor was replaced in The Lost Frontier (from Mike Erwin to Josh Keaton). Given that early-stage production footage exists in which he's still voiced by his original voice actor, the switch is quite baffling. It seems most fans much prefer the original voice, with some even saying they didn't bother picking up Playstation All Stars Battle Royale because Jak is voiced by "the replacement".
    • Keira, the hero's main love interest, changed voice for the third game (from Anna Garduno to Tara Strong). They decided to try and cover this by only giving her a handful of lines, and shifting Ashelin into the love interest position, despite Ashelin's obvious relationship with Torn providing a key plot pint in the previous game.
  • This has occurred with at least 3 characters in the Monkey Island series. Most notably, the character of Elaine Marley. In Escape from Monkey Island, she not only has a completely different voice actress, but she has also inexplicably dropped her British accent from the previous game. Oddly enough, she has both her original voice actress and her accent back again in Tales of Monkey Island.
  • In the first chapter of Tales of Monkey Island, LeChuck was voiced by skilled VG voice actor Adam Harrington instead of Earl Boen (who had been voicing the character for years prior), though they managed to get Boen back for chapters 4 and 5.
  • From Tekken 3 up until Tekken 6, the role of Heihachi Mishima belonged to Daisuke Gōri. Following Gori's suicide, the role was given to Unshō Ishizuka (which also corresponds to Heihachi becoming younger for the release of Tekken Tag Tournament 2).
  • Also in Kingdom Hearts II, David Warner was invited back to voice his TRON characters Sark and The MCP, and apparently was very enthusiastic about revisiting the roles, but was unable to do so because of previous commitments. The parts were instead voiced by veteran voice actor Corey Burton, with many fans not even realizing it wasn't Warner.
    • Like with Star Wars, Corey Burton also replaced Christopher Lee as DiZ for RE:Chain of Memories, though this imitations is not as good as others of his. Strangely, Christopher Lee came back as DiZ in 358/2 Days.
    • Also related to Kingdom Hearts, but not Tron, they had replaced Naminé's Brittany Snow and even Kairi's (of all characters) Hayden Panettiere, with Meaghan Jette Martin and Alyson Stoner respectively, in RE:Chain of Memories and 358/2 Days. Alyson Stoner also voices Xion (it's significant later in the game).
    • Perhaps most notable of all was the replacement of Ansem's voice actor Billy Zane with the decidedly less hammy Richard Epcar.
    • Plus in general, the characters voiced by big stars had their original voice actors not return such as Genie (Robin Williams), Mushu (Eddie Murphy), and Phil (Danny Devito) in Kingdom Hearts (or really any Disney property aside from the original film). Some of them such as James Woods (Hades), Angela Langsbury (Mrs. Potts), and David Ogden Stiers (Cogsworth) did return, however.
      • This became interesting in II, where two actors (Tate Donovan and Glenn Shadix) reprised roles they didn't do in the first game (Hercules and the Mayor of Halloween Town respectively). In other words, they became the other Darrins to their own other Darrins.
    • Almost the entire cast of The Lion King had new voices in Kingdom Hearts II with the exception of Pumbaa and Banzai and Ed who did have their original voice actors return. Young Simba and Mufasa had their original V As return by way of reusing audio from the original film. Also the entire cast of Pirates of the Carribean were replaced as the original cast was shooting the sequels and couldn't return (although they did want to).
    • All the Organization XIII members introduced in Chain of Memories (who were voiced by staff members), gained different voices in the remake and later appearances. The exception to this was Axel, but only in the Japanese version—since they didn't bother dubbing the voices, we have an interesting case where an English voice actor plays the other Darrin to his Japanese counterpart.
      • Though this is all justified as the original Chain of Memories had mostly Voice Grunting and small phrases recycled from the original game (hard to get a fully voiced Game Boy Advance game).
      • Though Kingdom Hearts II was in production about the time. Its likely the International voice actors for Kingdom Hearts II were hired too much later to be incorporated in Chain of Memories so the Japanese voice actors were used instead due to them likely already being available for Kingdom Hearts II.
    • Justified for the voice of Mickey in Kingdom Hearts. After the passing of Wayne Allwine in May of 2009, Bret Iwan took over starting with Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep.
    • The Japanese dub did quite a bit of this. As with the dub of Houseof Mouse, Tōru Ōkawa Darrined Akira Kamiya as Iago.
  • The 5 main characters of The World Ends with You appear in Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance and 4 of them are voiced by their original voices. They are Neku (voiced by Jesse David Corti), Shiki (Heather Hogan Watson), Joshua (Aaron Spann), and Beat (Crawford Wilson). That leaves Rhyme, who was originally voiced by Kate Higgins, but in Dream Drop Distance, she is now voiced by Ashley Rose Orr.
  • The English version of the spinoff series Dynasty Warriors: Gundam had to recast all the characters, since Bandai couldn't get ahold of the men and women at The Ocean Group to have them reprise their roles. Also, one of the actors had left a long time ago.
    • In the second game, the voice for Judau changed from Sean Broadhurst to Andrew Francis.
    • Most of the original Voices did return for DWG. The only notable replacements were Heero (who's VA refuses to reprise the role after bad convention experiences) Domon (whose VA is now a dentist and no longer does voice acting).
  • Between Halo 2 and Halo 3, the voice for Miranda Keyes changed from Julie Benz in the 2nd game to Justis Bolding in the third game. Although, they do sound pretty similar.
  • Princess Peach of Super Mario Bros. has had a multitude of voices, whereas Charles Martinet voices most of the male characters. For Peach, there is:
  • Princess Daisy from Super Mario Land has had Kate Fleming for her return in Mario Tennis, Jen Taylor for her first three appearances in the Mario Party series, and, starting with Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Deanna Mustard, her current actress.
  • Rosalina had been voiced by Mercedes Rose in Super Mario Galaxy and Mario Kart Wii, and she was voiced by Kerri Kane in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Golf: World Tour, and is currently voiced by Laura Faye Smith. There seems to have been a strange bit of flipflopping between Smith and Kane, as Smith voiced Rosalina in Super Mario 3D World, released before World Tour, but Smith has since gone back to voicing Rosalina for Mario Kart 8 and the fourth Super Smash Bros. game.
  • Mario isn't immune to this, either! His voice actors included:
  • Any Resident Evil character that has been in more than one game will likely have a different voice actor per game due to Capcom's habit of changing casting agencies. One exception is Claire Redfield, who has been consistently voiced by Alyson Court since her debut in Resident Evil 2. An exception was almost made with Resident Evil: Code: Veronica, when Capcom considered using a local talent agency from Japan, but the Canadian studio that provided the voice acting for RE2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis successfully lobbied for her return.
  • In Star Wars: Rebel Assault, Ru Murleen was originally played by an actress with the same name, but recast with Julie Eccles in the sequel.
  • Mortanius from Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain was originally voiced by Tony Jay, who would voice the Elder God in the sequels. To prevent confusion, they had Alastair Duncan voice Mortanius in Defiance.
  • After a contract disagreement with THQ, Richard Horvitz and Grant Albrecht were replaced as Pox and Crypto for the spin-off game Destroy All Humans!: Big Willy Unleashed. The fans did not take to well to the replacement actors, but the originals came back for later games in the series.
  • In the Metal Gear Solid remake for GameCube, all the English voice actors from the original game reprised their roles with one notable exception: the voice of the Cyborg Ninja was changed from Greg Eagles (who was credited as George Byrd in the original) to Rob Paulsen. Eagles still reprised his other role as the DARPA Chief for the remake.
    • In the Japanese version of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Ryōtarō Okiayu, the seiyu of Vamp from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, ended up being replaced by Shinya Tsukamoto, a film director.
    • When Solid Snake and Roy Campbell appeared in Ape Escape 3, the localization staff were too lazy to track down David Hayter and Paul Eiding to reprise their role, so they got Peter Lurie (incidentally the voice of Vulcan Raven) and Michael McColl respectively.
      • Similarly, in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Raiden in the Secret Theater's Metal Gear Raiden: Snake Eraser was voiced by Charlie Schlatter, the same voice actor who voiced his Expy, Raikov.
    • In Metal Gear Solid 3, EVA was voiced by Suzetta Minet (although, given the reveal that she was actually an alias for another actress, exactly who played her is a subject of debate). However, in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, her voice actress was replaced with Vanessa Marshall for some reason (although to be fair, she never actually got any actual voiced scenes and at best did grunts), and in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, EVA was voiced by Suzetta Minet again.
    • In Metal Gear Solid 4, Liquid Ocelot's voice actor in the Japanese version was Banjō Ginga (the voice of Liquid Snake), not because of the fact that he was possessed by Liquid (hint, he was faking all along), but because Revolver Ocelot's original Japanese voice (Kōji Totani) died before Metal Gear Solid 4 began production.
    • Master Miller was originally voiced by Cam Clarke, but the role was recasted to Robin Atkin Downes for Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. This could be forgiven, though, since it was a thirty-years-younger Miller and Miller died before the events of Metal Gear Solid, with Liquid Snake (whom Clarke also voiced) assuming his identity.
    • The Substance rerelease of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty includes a VR mission where you fight Meryl. For this fight, however, rather than recording new lines, they reused voice clips from Olga Gurlukovich's fight early in the main game. Though, since the two characters share the same seiyuu in the Japanese version, it's only a case of this in the English release.
    • Same for Rosemary's voiceovers in the above "Snake Eraser" short in MGS3, where her lines are all done by the same actor as The Boss - it works in the original because both characters are voiced by Kikuko Inoue, whereas in English it went from Lara Cody to Lori Alan. The Digital Graphic Novel version of MGS2 replaced Rose's voice again, this time with Kari Wahlgren.
    • In Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kiefer Sutherland takes over David Hayter's role as Big Boss.
  • Backyard Sports has had four voice casts: 1997-2001, 2002-2003, 2003-2005, and 2006-present. All except 2002-2003 were made up of mostly the same people, but playing different characters each time.
  • Tenchu: The series in general, in both English and Japanese; they constantly changed studios from game to game. To mention the English examples:
    • Rikimaru went from Paul Lucas in the first game, to Rino Romano in the second, to Daniel Dae Kim in the third and Liam O Brien in the fourth.
    • Ayame went from Terry Osada in the first game, to Debi Mae West in the second, to Michelle Krusiec in the third and an unknown voice actress in the fourth.
    • As for other characters, Onikage went from Seiichi Hirai in the first game to Paul St Peter in the fourth; while Tatsumaru went from David Moore in the second to Quinton Flynn in the third.
  • In the Syphon Filter series, Mara Aramov has had four noticeably different voice actresses, the latter two being American rather than native Russian. Lian Xing has been voiced by three actresses; Ava Fang in 1, Zoe Galvez in 2 and 3, and Kim Mai Guest in all subsequent games, complete with different looks and personalities. Gabe Logan also switched voice actors from John Chacon to James Arnold Taylor starting with The Omega Strain.
  • Magneto and Colossus lose their well-known voice actors (Tony Jay and Earl Boen) for the X-Men Legends sequels, in which they were replaced by Richard Green and James Ward respectively. Cyclops and Pyro (both voiced by Robin Atkin Downes) were also recast so Josh Keaton and John Kassir took his roles.
    • This trope carried through to the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games, though more noticeably in the second. Some actors stayed on from X-Men Legends, though by the second this became far less frequent and often actors staying on were cast in new roles. By Ultimate Alliance 2, the only actors reprising roles from previous games were Steven Blum as Wolverine, John Kassir as Deadpool, April Stewart as Ms. Marvel, Dawnn Lewis as Storm, and John DiMaggio as Juggernaut. Fred Tatasciore reprised his role as Hulk from elsewhere, replacing Peter Lurie from the previous game.
  • Al Pacino did not allow EA to use his likeness or voice for The Godfather game, so Michael Corleone's appearance and voice were replaced.
  • While Street Fighter does this frequently, the most notable cases are...
    • The Street Fighter Alpha series, where in between Alpha 2 and Alpha 3, Ryu went from Katashi Ishizuka to Toshiyuki Morikawa. In Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes, Ishizuka's sounds were used for grunts and most attack calls, but Ryu's cry of "Shin Shoryuken!" was Morikawa.
    • Street Fighter III. 3rd Strike replaced everybody save Akuma (Tomomichi Nishimura) and Ibuki (Yuri Amano).
    • In the Japanese version of Street Fighter IV, everybody is recast except for Ken (Yuji Kishi from Street Fighter III 3rd Strike onward), Blanka (Yuji Ueda as of Street Fighter Alpha 3), Makoto (voiced by Makoto Tsumura in both of her appearances), Yun (Kentaro Ito from 3rd Strike on), Yang (Masakazu Suzuki from 3rd Strike on) and M. Bison (Norio Wakamoto as of Capcom vs. SNK). Curiously, Yuji Ueda does not reprise his role as Vega, instead being replaced by Junichi Suwabe, and Toru Okawa is no longer Ryu, but his master Gouken.
  • In Koei's Samurai Warriors, Toyotomi Hideyoshi's American voice actor portrayed him with a screeching, annoying voice. In Samurai Warriors 2, with Hideyoshi's role in the story expanded, he was assigned a much better actor who was able to convey a great deal of depth and humor, making him much more tolerable. And then Warriors Orochi hit, they went back to his old voice actor.
  • Akoya Sougi voiced Mai Shiranui in both the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series. In the KOF: Sky Stage game, she's replaced by Ami Koshimizu, who takes over as Mai in the main series starting in KOF XIII.
    • Athena Asamiya is the uber-example of Darrining. She's had five seiyuus: Reiko Fukai (KOF '94) to Moe Nagasaki ('95) to Tamao Satou ('96) to Yukina Kurisu ('97) to Haruna Ikezawa ('98). They've seemed to have stuck with Ikezawa since, though.
    • Robert Garcia is an interesting example. His first voice actor (Eiji Yano in Art of Fighting) was replaced by Kazuhiro Inage for Art of Fighting 2, The King of Fighters '94 and '95. After that, Mantaro Koichi replaced him for Art of Fighting 3 and The King of Fighters '96, and provided Robert's voice for every game up to KOF 2003. Then in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, Inage returned to voice Robert and has done so ever since.
    • Geese Howard's first voice was Katsuhisa Namase in Fatal Fury Special. Kong Kuwata took the reins for Fatal Fury 3, and is now the voice most closely associated with Geese.
    • Overall, however, SNK is a large aversion of this trope, with most voice cast changes only happening when the company has lost contact with a seiyuu, the seiyuu retires, or (unfortunately) the seiyuu passes away. This means that a vast majority of their characters have been voiced by the same person on at least a semi-regular basis for a good period of time, some even approaching 10 or 20 years of voicework.
  • Mega Man Legends: Mega Man Volnutt's voice changed between the first and second games; from the then-child actor Corey Seiver in the first to Susan Roman in the second (in other words, they went from averting Crossdressing Voices to playing it straight). Seeing as how both games were recorded in the same studio (and the rest of the cast remained unchanged), it was probably due to Corey reaching puberty between the two.
    • Less notably, Glyde also suffered a voice change between The Misadventures of Tron Bonne and Mega Man Legends 2, going from Michael Daingerfield Hall to Toby Proctor. Tron Bonne herself remained consistent throughout the PSX games (being voiced by Caroly Larson), but was voiced by Tara Platt in Marvel VS Capcom 3.
  • Mega Man (classic): Ignoring the various cartoons (from both sides of the pacific) based on the franchise, only two games in the series featured voice overs: Mega Man 8 and Mega Man Powered Up, both recorded in two different studios. Thus, Mega Man has been voiced by Ruth Shiraishi in 8 and Cole Howard in Powered Up. Roll was voiced (respectively) by Michelle Gazepis and Angie Beers, Proto Man by Jack Evans then Jonathan Love, Dr. Light by Darryl Stogre and Randall Wiebe, and Dr. Wily by Douglas Kendall and Dean Galloway.
  • Mega Man X: The series has circulated through three studios, so:
    • X was voiced by Ruth Shiraishi in Mega Man X4, Peter von Gomm in Mega Man X7 and Creator.Mark Gatha from Mega Man X8 to Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X. Additionally, Michael Donovan voiced him in the Ruby-Spears cartoon.
    • Zero was voiced by Wayne Doster in Mega Man X4, Jack Merluzzi in Mega Man X7 and Lucas Gilbertson from Mega Man X8 to Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X. Additionally, in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, he is voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch.
      • In Japan, Zero was first voiced by Ryōtarō Okiayu in Mega Man X4, but when the first Mega Man Zero was released, he was voiced by Yuuto Kazama. This is a strange case, because Capcom hires either one of these actors depending on which form of Zero is being used (Okiayu for X series Zero and Kazama for Zero as he appears in his own series) and they have always reprised their roles respectively.
    • Sigma was voiced by Charlie Fontana in Mega Man X4, Walter Roberts in Mega Man X7 and Gerald Matthews in Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X. He was also voiced by Dave Pettitt in Mega Man X8, but it's debatable whether it counts (long story).
  • Mega Man Battle Network:
  • Rather irritatingly done within the same game in Heavy Rain for the DLC The Taxidermist, where the character of Madison Paige (the only returning character) quite blatantly has a completely different voice. This was because The Taxidermist had been created as a gameplay demo a couple of years before release, when the final voice actors hadn't been cast. Quantic Dream just decided to save the trouble of recording Madison's lines again with the actress from the main game.
    • Fans of Quantic Dream's previous games will notice that Madison's voice actress for The Taxidermist is the same as Carla Valenti from Indigo Prophecy.
  • Although James McCaffrey voiced the character in all three games, in Max Payne series writer Sam Lake modelled for Max in the first game, was replaced by the irreconcilably different-looking Timothy Gibbs in the sequel owing to the project's bigger budget, and then in the third game Max is modeled after his actor. Lampshaded in one of the second game's fourth-wall-breaking dream sequences, when one of Max's doubles looks at himself and says "I've been switched! I didn't use to look like this!"
    • Max was originally to have a different voice actor in the third game, due to the Time Skip. However, Rockstar bowed to fan outcry and cast McCaffrey again; it helps that, with the long period of development, McCaffrey had aged about the same rate Max had between the two games.
  • In the first Star Trek: Elite Force game, each of the main characters was voiced by their original actor from Star Trek: Voyager except Seven, who was voiced by Joan Buddenhagen. Then when the expansion pack was released, Jeri Ryan stepped in to provide Seven's voice, even going so far as to re-record all of Seven's lines from the original game so there wouldn't be an obvious change when going from original to expansion material.
  • In Star Trek DS9: The Fallen, most of the original cast is present to voice their characters, with the exception of James Avery as Captain Sisko. Instead, Sisko is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.
  • One of the changes made for GoldenEye Wii was to replace Pierce Brosnan's James Bond with Daniel Craig. To make the replacement less jarring, all of the other characters in the single player campaign have also had their appearances completely altered as well. They're all new designs (some based on the voice actors), but it does fail a little in terms of polish.
    • Most of the Electronic Arts-published Bond video games were only able to secure the likenesses of the film characters, but not their voices (the exception being Everything or Nothing, which managed to get Brosnan, Judi Dench, and John Cleese voicing Bond, M, and Q, respectively; this was notably Brosnan's last time playing the character). After Craig replaced him and Activision acquired the game license, however, it was almost guaranteed that Bond and the other MI6 staff would be voiced by the same people playing them in the films.
  • For Conduit 2, Mark Sheppard's Agent Ford was replaced by Jon St. John. Kevin Sorbo's Prometheus was also replaced.
  • Marty McFly in the newer Back to the Future video game is not voiced by Michael J. Fox (for understandable reasons), but by a voice-acting newcomer named AJ Lo Cascio. The story goes that when AJ first spoke his lines as Marty during a recording session, it was similar enough to Fox that it completely surprised Christopher Lloyd.
    • Later on however, Michael J. Fox voiced multiple characters in the fifth episode of the game ("OUTATIME") as cameo roles.
    • Biff Tannen and George McFly have been given new voices in the form of Kid Beyond and Michael X. Sommers (respectively, who also voice Kid Tannen and Arthur McFly), replacing Tom Wilson and Crispin Glover.
  • Ulala was the only major returning character in Space Channel 5 Part 2 to keep the same (English) voice actor (besides Space Michael).
  • Video game versions of Mobile Suit Gundam in America tend to go through Other Darrin moments. Among those were any game that used Heero Yuy (as his voice actor hated the character due to how he was treated during recording of the series) and Domon Kasshu (according to the voice actor of Mega Man X character Zero, his voice actor had disappeared off the face of the Earth; Wikipedia claims he's living in Canada as an orthopedic surgeon).
    • A noticeable change was in Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space, which had replaced the voices of everyone from Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket and Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory both in game and the 0083 cutscenes. This was because 0080 and 0083 were dubbed by Bang-Zoom and the game was using Ocean Group.
    • Also notably weird in Gundam vs. Zeta Gundam: the original series was dubbed by Ocean Group, while Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam was dubbed by Bluewater, the game uses both groups for their specific storylines, and there's a mission mode that can, if you play your cards right, initiate a What If? mode and bring characters from one timeline point to the other. Meaning returning characters will switch voices on the fly, depending on what's happening (Amuro initiating story dialogue in Matthew Erickson's voice, for instance, but then shouting about Char in Brad Swaile's).
  • In the Broken Sword series the main character George Stobbart's voice is always Rolf Saxon. But Nicole Collard, the second main character in most of them, has been voiced by a different actress in each game: Hazel Ellerby in "The Shadow of the Templars" (also known as "Circle of Blood"), Flaminia Cinque in "The Smoking Mirror", Sarah Crook in "The Sleeping Dragon" and Katherine Pageon in "The Angel of Death" (also known as "Secrets of the Ark").
  • Dead or Alive: Kasumi was first voiced by Sakura Tange. From Dead Or Alive 3 onwards, she is voiced by Houko Kuwashima - although Dead Or Alive Ultimate 2 had the option to choose between Tange and Kuwashima.
    • Tina also had a different VA in the first game before her current actress Yuko Nagashima took over. Bayman was voiced by Hisao Egawa in the first two games and by Banjo Ginga in all the following ones. Dimensions had numerous replacements, notably seeing Jann Lee, Brad Wong, Raidou, Leon, Bass, and Gen Fu all recast with new voice actors (though in the latter three examples, it's justified as their original voice actors tragically passed away before recording for the new game).
    • On the English side of things, almost all of the characters returning for Dead or Alive 5 from DOA Dimensionsnote  had different voice actors, with the only exceptions being Ryu Hayabusa (Troy Bakernote ), Hayate (Yuri Lowenthal), Hitomi (Eden Riegel), Tina (Kate Higgins) and Brad Wong (Grant George).
  • Castlevania: Rondo of Blood for the PC-Engine starred Jin Horikawa as Richter Belmont, Yoko Teppozuka as Maria Renard and Hiroya Ishimaru as Dracula. In its PlayStation sequel Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, they were replaced by Kiyoyuki Yanada, Chisa Yokoyama, and Norio Wakamoto in that order.
  • Between Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, a few characters were recast. Victoria Kruger replaced Mika Simmons as Isabela, because there were concerns about the vocal similarity between Isabela and Queen Anora being too obvious with Isabela in a more major role. Adam Howden replaced Greg Ellis as Anders because Ellis couldn't commit to the recording schedule for such a major character. Merrill was a bit part in the first game voiced by Erin Matthews, and when she became a full party member for Dragon Age II, she was recast with Eve Myles.
  • In Batman: Arkham City, Tara Strong replaces Arleen Sorkin as the voice of Harley Quinn, David Kaye replaces Tom Kane as Commissioner Gordon, and Grey DeLisle replaces Tasia Valenza as Martha Wayne. The latter two are puzzling, considering Kane and Valenza did return to reprise the respective roles of Quincy Sharp and Poison Ivy.
    • To reflect its status as a prequel, Batman: Arkham Origins sees Roger Craig Smith and Troy Baker as the younger versions of Batman and the Joker respectively, as opposed to getting Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill back (that and the latter having retired from the role). Similarly, JB Blanc replaces Fred Tatasciore as Bane, Brian Bloom replaces Nolan North as Black Mask, and Khary Payton replaces Steve Blum as Killer Croc. As with the recasting Gordon and Martha Wayne, the recastings of Black Mask, Killer Croc, and Bane are surprising, considering North returned to reprise the role of the Penguin, and Tatasciore and Blum returned to provide other voices. Speaking of Gordon, he's recast yet again, this time with Michael Gough voicing him, who ironically—despite voicing a younger version of Gordon—is older than both Kane and Kaye.
  • The first expansion pack for First Encounter Assault Recon has a brief section where you meet up with Norton Mapes again, who has a different voice actor than he did in the base game. What makes this especially odd is that the other major returning characters (Holiday, Jin, and Fettel) all kept their original voice actors, and the second expansion managed to bring back Commissioner Betters' actor as well (his only lines in Extraction Point were re-used from the original).
  • BlazBlue has a nasty habit of changing VAs every time there is a new Continuum Shift game. Some were quasi-identical (Julie Ann Taylor as Mu-12 sounds like Cristina Vee's Mu-12 and Spike Spencer as Hazama), others were quite jarring (Steve Kramer as Bang in place of Tony Oliver, and Laura Bailey as Rachel instead of Mela Lee) and Doug Erholtz makes a better Hazama than Erik Davies when back then, people thought it was Erholtz who plays him in Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift.
    • Keeping with Extend, the next game, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma has reversed almost all of the VA changes (which was due to time constraints causing a rushed localization effort), though the switches for Bang (Steve Kramer) and Hazama (Doug Erholtz) look to be permanent for the time being.
  • Bishop, Token Evil Teammate for Neverwinter Nights 2, was voiced by Asa Siegel in the first campaign. He, or rather his Wall of the Faithless-absorbed-soul, reappears in a Dream Sequence in Mask of the Betrayer voiced by Dave Walsh.
  • Between Prototype and Prototype 2, Alex Mercer's voice actor went from Barry Pepper to Shaun Paul Piccinino.
  • The voice actor of Mordin Solus was changed from Michael Beattie in Mass Effect 2 to William Salyers in Mass Effect 3. Urdnot Wreav also received a downgrade from Jim Cummings to...someone who was not Jim Cummings.
  • Don Jordan, who played Irving Lambert from Splinter Cell was inexplicably replaced by Dennis Haysbert for Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow and then inexplicably returned for the rest of the series.
  • The video game adaptation of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law had the entire cast reprise their roles except for Stephen Colbert as Phil Ken Sebben; he was instead voiced by Stephen Stanton.
  • Between Rainbow Six: Vegas 1 and 2, every voice actor except for Jung Park's was replaced. Michael Walters is the only other returning character who really sounds anything like he originally did, by way of having the only new actor who bothered retaining the character's distinctive accent - most notably, Logan Keller's Texan accent in the first game disappears entirely in the day or so between its missions and the final one of the second.
  • For Persona 4 Arena and Persona 4 Golden, Erin Fitzgerald voices Chie Satonaka in place of Tracey Rooney, who played her in the original game. Sam Riegel also took over for Dave Wittenberg's Teddie.
    • Likewise, Fuuka Yamagishi has her voice actress from Persona 3 (at the time of this writing, unknown. Possibly Paula Tiso) replaced by another (who is also, at the time of this writing, unknown. Probably Wendee Lee).
    • Also, in the second half of the anime, Kanji Tatsumi's lines are done by Matthew Mercer, as the dubbing was done when the original was in honeymoon. Baker reprised the role for Golden and Arena, but in the next Persona installments, Matt is chosen to reprise Kanji instead of the original.
    • Naoto is also getting a VA change for Q and Ultimax to Valerie Arem (her original VA, like Fuuka's, is also unknown, one possibility being Nicole Karrer)
  • Midway replaced half of the digitized actors from the first two Mortal Kombat games in Mortal Kombat 3. The only ones who returned were Tony Marquez (Kung Lao), Richard Divizio (Kano, Baraka and Kabal), John Parrish (Jax) and Brian Glynn (Shao Kahn).
    • Eddie Wong replaced Ho Sung Pak as Liu Kang.
    • Kerri Hoskins replaced Elizabeth Malecki as Sonya Blade.
    • John Turk replaced Phillip Ahn as Shang Tsung and Daniel Pesina as Sub-Zero. Turk would go on to play all of the masked ninjas in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 as well.
    • In Ultimate, Becky Gable was brought in to replace Katalin Zamiar as the female ninjas (Kitana, Mileena and Jade).
    • Johnny Cage would be the last character whose actor was replaced. Originally, Midway was planning to leave him out of Mortal Kombat Trilogy due to the Creator Backlash that resulted when Dan Pesina posed in character as Cage for an ad for BloodStorm. But then they decided to bring Cage by replacing Dan Pesina with Chris Alexander.
    • On the voice-acting side of the coin, series creator Ed Boon provided the voice of Scorpion for the series up through Mortal Kombat Armageddon. Starting with Mortal Kombat 9, the role was passed on to Patrick Seitz, although Boon still provides the voice-work for Scorpion when he says "GET OVER HERE!"
  • In the Japanese version of the Pokémon anime, Bianca is voiced by Shizuka Ito; in the trailer for Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, however, she is voiced by Ayana Taketatsu. This also happened in English: Bianca is voiced in the anime by Erica Schroeder/Bella Hudson, but in the trailer by Eileen Stevens. It's most likely because the aforementioned trailer and anime series are created by seperate teams.
  • Most of the returning characters from the first Dawn of War got new voice actors in DOWII. This is given an in-story justification for the characters of the Blood Ravens chapter, as one of their geneseed mutations is said to occasionally cause replication errors in the cells of their vocal cords that lead to their voices changing every few years. Eliphas the Inheritor, a member of a completely different Space Marine legion also gets a new VA, but this may be excused by the fact that he's been killed and brought back in a new body.
  • Beat from Jet Set Radio does not have any of his original voice actors in the Sega Superstars series. Instead, he has a voice that sounds like a 12-year-old boy (even in All-Stars Racing, in which he appears in his Future incarnation, who is older, but yet he still sounds like he's 12!).
    • On the topic of Sega Superstars/All-Stars, Wreck-It Ralph has a replacement VA in All-Stars Racing Transformed, because it would've cost too much to get John C. Reilly (most game developers not published by EA or Activision can't afford big-name actors). The Pyro, Heavy, and Spy (exclusive to the PC version) sound different too.
  • Perfect Dark: Joanna Dark's voice actress switched from Eveline Fischer in the original, to Laurence Bouvard in the prequel, also contributing to the loss of her accent (The former actress is British, the latter is American).
  • Due to the obvious affect of a ten year gap between it and the game before it, a vast majority of the characters from Marvel vs. Capcom 3 ended up gaining new voices, the Marvel side using voice actors from recent animated works such as Hulk Vs., The Spectacular Spider-Man, Wolverine and the X-Men, Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
  • The cast between .hack//Roots and .hack//G.U. shifted. Roots was dubbed in Canada by The Ocean Group, while GU's voice work was done in America (Bang Zoom!).
  • In the first Call of Duty: Black Ops, Jason Hudson was played by Ed Harris. However, for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, he was replaced by Michael Keaton. Doesn't sound too bad on paper, but Keaton's voice is considerably less deep and gravelly than Harris's, and since the character was supposed to be 20 years older in the second game, the transition is quite rough.
    • Black Ops has a single-game example in John F. Kennedy - in the singleplayer mission "U.S.D.D." he is voiced by Chriss Anglin, who attempts to realistically mimic JFK's voice, while in the Zombies level "Five" he's voiced by Jim Meskimen, who goes the So Bad, It's Good route of the stereotypical, comedic exaggeration of JFK's voice.
    • Modern Warfare 3 replaced the actors for Overlord and MacMillan, though that can be justified (someone new could have taken over as "Overlord Actual" between the two games, and MacMillan is twenty years older than he was when we last saw him). Less justifiably, Nikolai's actor has also been replaced.
  • Advanced Variable Geo: Chiho is voiced by Hekiru Shiina in the first game and Yoko Asada in the second. The Variable Geo OVA, produced in between the two games, features a completely different voice cast.
  • In Dark Seed Mike Dawson is portrayed by the creator of the same name, Mike Dawson. In the sequel, Mike is portrayed by Chris Gilbert and apart from the wardrobe, there's almost no similarity between the two.
  • 007: From Russia with Love recast almost the entire film, due largely to the fact that the game was made forty-odd years later and, for example, Bernard Lee (M) died in 1981. However, the game traded itself in part on the fact that Sean Connery was convinced to voice James Bond, reprising the role for the first time since Never Say Never Again.
  • Borderlands 2 replaced the voice actors for both Roland and Moredcai. Roland went from sounding less like Unreal Tournament III's version of Malcolm (complete with gangsta-isms) who took everything not very seriously, to a very straight-faced leader-sounding sort of person. Mordecai was given an accent and a bit of a slur.
  • Ace Attorney: From the first through the fourth games in the series, Phoenix Wright was "voiced" (in "Objection!" shouts and the like) by Capcom producer Ben Judd. For both Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Dual Destinies (where the character has actual lines), the part went to Sam Riegel. Also, Trevor White voices him in Professor Layton Vs Ace Attorney.
  • Star Trek Online has Cryptic going out of its way to try to obtain many of the original actors should a famed character be used in some way. So far, the only exception to this is the Guardian of Forver, who was voiced by the late James Doohan (TOS' Scotty). Whoever his new voice actor is, he's really Narmy.
  • Isabela Keyes went through three voice actresses in the Dead Rising trilogy, where she was voiced by Kim Mai Guest in the original, Venus Terzo in the Case West portion of Dead Rising 2, and Veronica Diaz in Dead Rising 3.
  • Super Robot Wars UX:
  • In Team Fortress 2 the Engineer is ordinarily voiced by Grant Goodeve, but when he was occupied Nolan North took over for the "Expiration Date" short. Likewise, the Soldier's voice actor Rick May came down with throat cancer and North had to do his trademark scream.

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