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Full Circle Portraying

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"Is it any more ironic that the same guy that did the voice of Garfield [Lorenzo Music] did the voice of Peter Venkman in the Ghostbusters cartoon? While Bill Murray was the live-action Peter Venkman, and he also did the voice of Garfield in the movie!"

Full circle portraying is where two actors portray the same character on different occasions, and then do so again with regard to a second, unrelated character. Bonus points if a third or fourth actor does the same thing for the same set of characters, or the same actors do this for even more characters.

The fact that the same group of actors are cast for the same group of roles usually implies there is some similarity in the roles as well as the actors. Sometimes one actor might be considered the Poor Man's Substitute for the other. It could qualify as a Casting Gag, if Charlie was cast as the same character Bob originated, in part because Charlie and Bob were already known for both portraying some other role.

One character being portrayed by different actors may happen due to multiple installations of a franchise, reboots, adaptations or dubs. Often voice acting portrayals are elements of the full circle: the frequency of two actors sharing a character is higher since it's common to have the voice actor of a dub or adaptation be different from a contemporaneous live-action portrayal, or even to switch voice actors within the same series; the frequency of this happening twice is also higher due to the multiple roles one voice actor can play. A voice-acting studio may also have a Production Posse they cast from repeatedly, resulting in one voice actor becoming their "go-to actor" whenever adapting or dubbing roles by a specific live-action actor.

Works where it's common or specifically intended for an actor to play multiple roles don't count, especially in the case of voice actors playing multiple roles in single productions. For instance, Animal and Bunsen were both voiced by Howie Mandel in the first two seasons of Muppet Babies (1984), and they were voiced by Dave Coulier in every other season, but this is not full circle portrayal since the two roles weren't recast independently from each other.


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     Japanese Voice Actors 
  • 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.

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