Full circle portraying is where two or more characters have officially been portrayed by the same actor/actress in more than one occasion.
However, this might not count if both/all characters are from the same series. For instance, Animal and Bunsen were both voiced by Howie Mandel in the first two seasons of Muppet Babies, but they were voiced by Dave Coulier in every other season.
It's common that one is the Poor Man's Substitute for the other.
- Ryu of Street Fighter fame was voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa in the late 90s and early 2000s, he also provided the voice of Jonouchi in the original Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. The second Yu-Gi-Oh series saw Jonouchi voiced by Hiroki Takahashi, and he is now the official voice actor for Ryu.
- Son and father duo of Akio and Chikao Ohtsuka have both portrayed younger and older versions of the same character. Akio voices the younger version of Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and all tie in games, while Chikao voiced the older Big Boss at the very end of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Akio also voices Xehanort, the Big Bad of the Kingdom Hearts series. When prequel Birth By Sleep showed Xehanort in his original, older form, who voiced him? Chikao Ohtsuka.
Japanese and English dubs
- In the Japanese dubs of Rumiko Takahashi's Ranma ˝ and InuYasha, the title characters are both voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi. In the English dubs, Richard Ian Cox did the voice of male Ranma in seasons 4 through 7 and he also did the voice of Inuyasha.
- In The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star, Haruhi and Konata are voiced by Aya Hirano in Japanese and Wendee Lee in English.
- In Final Fantasy VII and Kingdom Hearts, Reno and Axel are voiced by Keiji Fujiwara in Japanese and Quinton Flynn in English.
- They also share the same voice actor in French. And Spanish. And German.
- Speaking of Kingdom Hearts, Saïx is voiced by Ginpei Sato in Japanese and Kirk Thornton in English. They were the respective voice actors for Jin in Japanese and English dubs of Samurai Champloo.
- Son Goku from Dragon Ball Z and Morrison/Masamune from Pokémon have been voiced by Masako Nozawa in Japanese, and Sean Schemmel in English.
- Morrison's Brazilian voice actor was also the Brazilian voice of Teen Gohan. Since Gohan is also voiced by Masako Nozawa, the trope workes there as well.
- Masako Nozawa did the voices of Goku in Dragon Ball GT and Guilmon in Digimon Tamers, while Steven Blum provided the voices for Guilmon in the english dub and Goku's voice in Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout
- Speaking of Digimon, similar to the Ghostbusters example, Michael Reisz played Ice Devimon in Tamers and Dave Wittenberg played him in Frontier. Takuya of Frontier was played by Reisz also in most of his forms, but to save his voice from all the insanely over-the-top screaming, he didn't do the voice of Takuya's final two forms (which, ironically, didn't scream as much as the other forms did when they were introduced.) Instead, Wittenberg did those. Dave, why do you keep stealing Mike's parts?
- Light Yagami and Setsuna F. Seiei are voiced by Mamoru Miyano in Japan and Brad Swaile in the West, leading some (even on this Wiki) to declare Swaile the English equivalent of Miyano.
- YMMV on that considering Vic Mignogna and Todd Haberkorn also both share numerous Miyano roles. Vic voiced Tamaki in the dub of Ouran High School Host Club and Zero in Vampire Knight, while Todd voiced Death the Kid in Soul Eater, Ling Yao in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Kyrie in Sands of Destruction.
- Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass, Albert de Morcerf from Gankutsuou, and Yukio from Blue Exorcist are voiced by Jun Fukuyama in Japanese. Johnny Yong Bosch may very well be his dub counterpart, since he plays all three characters in English.
- Rie Kugimiya is the Japanese voice of Alphonse Elric, who was voiced by Aaron Dismuke in the English dub of the original series. Although growing up kept him from doing Al's voice in the second anime, Aaron did voice another character that was originally voiced by Kugimiya in Japanese: Izuno Endo in Linebarrels of Iron.
- Takeshi Kusao was the Japanese voice actor for Ryo in the original version of Ronin Warriors, and when it was dubbed into English Ryo was voiced by Matt Hill. Years later Kusao voiced Bankotsu in Inuyasha, and appropriately enough when he appeared in the English dub Matt Hill was his voice actor.
- A mix of Western Animation and Anime: In the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) cartoon, Leonardo was voiced by Michael Sinterniklaas, and in its Japanese Dub Leo was voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara. In Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn the character of Angelo Sauper was voiced by Kakihara in Japanese and Sinterniklaas in English.
- Kappei Yamaguchi was the voice of the Wind Shinobi Jin in YuYu Hakusho, with Jerry Jewell voicing him in English. Yamaguchi voices the adult Shinichi Kudo in Detective Conan, and when it was translated into English as Case Closed Shinichi (called Jimmy in the English version) was also voiced by Jerry Jewell.
- Incidentally, the Filipino and Italian voices for Shinichi, Robert Brillantes and Davide Barbolino, have also both shared another anime character: Son Gohan from Dragon Ball Z.
- Speaking of Conan, in the Japanese version Ai Habara is voiced by Megumi Hayashibara, who also voices anime icon Rei Ayanami. In the Case Closed dub, Ai (now called Sherry) is voiced by Brina Palencia, who also voices Rei in the Rebuild of Evangelion English dub.
- Daisuke Ono and Eric Vale are respectively the Japanese and English voices of both Kai Mikawa from My Bride is a Mermaid and Sion Astal from The Legend of the Legendary Heroes.
- Eiko Matsuyama voiced Fujiko Mine in the original pilot film for Lupin III, but was replaced by another actress when the series was picked up in 1971, though she did play occasional guest roles on the series. Flash forward to 1977, and the new Lupin TV series. Matsuyama was brought on to voice Fujiko, and would remain the character's only seyuu (with the exception of The Fuma Conspiracy) until 2012.
- Goku, Gohan, and Tetsuro Hoshino are all voiced by Masako Nozawa. Saffron Henderson does the English voice of Tetsuro and did the origional English voices of Goku and Gohan.
- When Dameon Clarke mostly retired from voice acting, J. Michael Tatum took over two characters he voiced in the original anime series when new shows were made and dubbed: Victor Hilshire in Gunslinger Girl and Scar in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
- Ian James Corlett was the original English voice of Goku and Master Roshi as well as Shuichi Tataki in Key the Metal Idol. After he left both series, the characters were taken over by Peter Kelamis. Adding to that, when Corlett quit doing anime dubs, the character of Dr. Tofu from Ranma ˝ was voiced by Kirby Morrow in the final few episodes he appeared in. Likewise, when Ocean Studios continued their respective dub of Dragon Ball Z in Canada, Morrow proceeded to voice Goku for the rest of the series.
- In Digimon Frontier, Michael Reisz voices most of Takuya's forms, but when he got another upgrade, Reisz said his voice wasn't up for the constant screaming that had accompanied his other forms. David Wittenberg, therefore, plays him as Emperor Greymon only. Meanwhile, Ice Devimon was played by Michael Reisz in Digimon Tamers but by Wittenberg in Frontier. (Sadly. Reisz' sexy voice and Ice Devimon's sadism come together in a way that just isn't there with the second incarnation's deranged-surfer voice, which is said to be patterned after Christopher Walken.) This is poetic on two counts: One, Wittenberg has a habit of taking Reisz's characters, and two, as the original Digimon Frontier Greymon had no two forms played by the same actor, we continue that trend. (It's broken in Digimon Data Squad, though, where he keeps the same VA as Agumon, Geo Greymon, Rize Greymon, and Shine Greymon.)
- Ricardo Tejedo and Takehito Koyasu share two roles with each other, Misurugi Hanagata, and Shigeru Aoba.
- Irwin Daayán shares two role with the late Jesús Barrero, Pegasus Seiya, and Jason Lee Scott
- Idina Menzel originated the role of Elphaba in the Broadway and West End productions of Wicked while Willemijn Verkaik did the same in Germany and The Netherlands.note Menzel also played Elsa in Frozen and Verkaik lent her voice to the German (singing only) and Dutch dubs.
Live-action films and Animated series
- As stated above, Garfield and Peter Venkman from Ghostbusters are portrayed by Bill Murray in the live-action movies and Lorenzo Music did their voices in their respective animated series.
- Michael J. Fox portrayed Marty McFly in Back to the Future trilogy and Stuart Little in... well, Stuart Little. David Kaufman did their voices in the animated series.
- Kamen Rider Dragon Knight dub: Kivat's voice actor plays JTC and Kiva-la's VA plays Kase. That makes their battles the Duel of the Cute Talking Transformation Trinket Bats. Also, Len is voiced by the actor for Len's Japanese counterpart Ren.
- Both Ryan Reynolds and Nolan North have played Deadpool and the Hal Jordan Green Lantern, the former both in live-action and the latter both in animation. For bonus points, they're both alliterative names.
- Ben Affleck portrayed Daredevil in the 2003 film and Batman in the DC Extended Universe. Frank Welker provided Daredevil's voice for an episode of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and portrayed a version of Batman (specifically, the version from The New Scooby-Doo Movies) for an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
- Mako did the voices of Aku From Samurai Jack and Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender. After his death, Greg Baldwin took over both roles.
- Shaggy from Scooby-Doo and the Dick Grayson Robin from Batman have both been voiced by Casey Kasem and Scott Menville.
- Many Starscream voice actors have also played the Cobra Commander - more than not, actually. Chris Latta was the original version of both, Michael Dobson was the Unicron Trilogy Starscream and the Commander in two OVAs, and Charlie Adler was movie Starscream and the current voice of the Commander. Tom Kenny (Transformers Animated) and Steve Blum (Transformers Prime) will have to wait their turns!
- Transformers' tendency to self-reference also leads to much homage casting. Several voice actors have played different incarnations of the same character, even when the new version is very different from the previous version. The current Optimus and Megatron are also the first Optimus and Megatron, Peter Cullen and Frank Welker. Beast Wars and the Unicron Trilogy also share their Optimus and Megs, with Gary Chalk and David Kaye, yesssss.
- Spider-Man: Friend or Foe saw Spidey voiced by James Arnold Taylor and Harry Osborn voiced by Josh Keaton (reprising his role from the movie games). When The Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon came out less than a year later the roles were reversed: Keaton voiced Spider-Man and Taylor voiced Harry. The two voice actors have provided the voice of Cyclops as well: Taylor in X-Men: The Official Game, which bridged the events of the second and third films, and Keaton in the second X-Men Legends game.
- Josh Keaton and Nolan North have shared the roles of Cyclops and Hal Jordan. Keaton voiced Cyclops in the aforementioned X-Men Legends game, while North voiced Cyclops in Wolverine and the X-Men. North voiced Hal Jordan in the DTV film Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, and Keaton currently voices Jordan in Green Lantern: The Animated Series.
- Rob Paulsen and Nolan North have both respectively voiced Snow Job and Raphael. Paulsen was the voice of both in each of their respective original animated series from the 1980s. North voiced Raphael in the CGI film and Snow Job in G.I. Joe: Renegades.
- Paul Winchell was the original voice of both Winnie the Pooh's Tigger and Zummi Gummi from Adventures of the Gummi Bears. After he stepped down from the roles, they were both voiced by Jim Cummings.
- Yuri Lowenthal and Jason Marsden have both portrayed a teenage Clark Kent and Iceman of X-Men fame.
- Quinton Flynn, who voiced Johnny Storm in the 90's cartoon, voiced Spider-Man in the video game Marvel Ultimate Alliance. In that same game, Johnny was voiced by Josh Keaton, who would go on to voice Spidey in a few other projects himself.
- Alan Tudyk and Neal McDonough have both voiced the Barry Allen Flash and Green Arrow. Tudyk voiced the Flash in Batman: The Brave and the Bold and McDonough voiced Green Arrow in DC Showcase: Green Arrow. Young Justice and Injustice: Gods Among Us would later see Tudyk as Green Arrow while the latter would also see McDonough as Flash.
- Kellie Martin was the voice of Daphne in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and would voice Max's girlfriend Roxanne in A Goofy Movie. Years later, Grey DeLisle would take over as the voice actress for Daphne starting in the film Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, and voiced Roxanne in an episode of House of Mouse.
- Charlie Schlatter and Michael Rosenbaum have voiced of Barry Allen and Wally West, starting with the DCAU version of Wally as Schlatter voiced him in Superman: The Animated Series and Rosenbaum replacing him in Justice League. They then went on to voice Barry elsewhere, with Schlatter voicing Barry in the last season of The Batman, as well as the Batman Unlimited films and Justice League Action and Rosenbaum voicing him in Justice League: Doom and Infinite Crisis.
- Wilma from The Flintstones and Rosie from The Jetsons were both voiced by Jean Van Der Pyl. After her death in 1999, Tress Mac Neille inherited both roles.
- Scooby Doo from Scooby-Doo and Astro from The Jetsons were both voiced by Don Messick. After his death in 1997, Frank Welker eventually took on both roles.
- Rino Romano and Robbie Daymond have both portrayed Tuxedo Mask and Spider-Man. Romano was the first voice of Tuxedo Mask in the original English dub of Sailor Moon, while he provided the voice of Spidey for Spider-Man Unlimited and the video games Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 – Enter: Electro. Daymond is the voice of Tuexdo Mask in the 2014 re-dub as well as Sailor Moon Crystal, while providing the voice of Spidey for the 2017 animated series.
- While it doesn't involve a specific acting pair, it does involve a Casting style on The Jetsons . It's very common for the actor playing Elroy to be older than the actress playing Judy despite Judy being older than Elroy. The original 60s and 80s runs had them voiced by Daws Butler (1916) and Janet Waldo (1920). Jetsons: The Movie had them voiced by Patric Zimmerman (1954) and Tiffany (1970). The 2017 WWE movie had them voiced by Trevor Devall (1972) and Danica Mc Kellar (1975).
- Pinto Colvig and Billy Bletcher respectively voiced Goofy and Pete in the Classic Disney Shorts, and as the Practical Pig and the Big Bad Wolf in The Three Little Pigs. On House of Mouse, Bill Farmer voiced Goofy and Practical, while Jim Cummings voiced Pete and the Wolf.