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A famous actor whose animated counterpart is essentially the actor themselves. Actors playing themselves is an admittedly common occurrence, but one that makes less sense in animation.

Some of this began with traditional 2D animated movies; Disney's Aladdin gave top billing to Robin Williams note , in a very successful example, partly because he was enough of a character to be funny on his own. Movie makers noticed they could bank on an actor's star power even if viewers never saw the actor.

Later, it became common to give voice acting jobs to actors who didn't traditionally perform voice acting, just to get their names on movie posters. One simple example is for the actors to play themselves, with the assumption that the audience will recognize them anyway. This can be taken to extremes when the animated character is modified to look like the actor, even if that requires a bizarre caricature that makes no sense in the story. This has a strange effect: The character feels less genuine, as if the writers just "stole" the actor to make into a character.


The transition from 2D cel animation to computer animated "3D" films, both in the stylistic and literal sense, in both movies and computer games, has made accurately ink-suiting actors much easier, therefore introducing an element of "because we can" to the proceedings. It's also become common practice, especially in video games, for an ink suited actor to be showing going through the motions and "acting," while someone else (usually a name actor) provides the voice.

Many animation purists (and voice actors such as Billy West) criticize the practice, calling it "stunt casting" and denigrating it as breaking Suspension of Disbelief or pandering to the actor. Some also insinuate that big names are cast instead of talented unknowns because the story couldn't support itself on its own, and the talent hired is not really relevant to the story or role anyway. In addition, the studios who do this often seem to assume that voice acting is a simpler facsimile of "real" acting; in fact, it requires a completely different set of skills.


The advantage to this is it can assist the animator in getting the details and mannerisms to look correct, since it is even easier to reproduce the mannerisms of an actor in three dimensions than in (the already commonly done) two dimensions. Also, there is more "acting" in voice acting than most people think; it is almost impossible to voice act properly without making facial expressions and gestures in front of the microphone.

Note that actors essentially portraying themselves, as on The Simpsons, is not an example of this trope; that's basically an animated Special Guest. Note also that sometimes animated characters in live-action films are intentionally made to look like their actors so that the character can "become real" for a scene or two; two good examples are Gollum from The Lord of the Rings and Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean.

Elements of actors' mannerisms and personality are often worked into their characters; while filming A Bug's Life, for example, Pixar often filmed big-name voice actors and then added a few of their gestures to their characters. This trope is for more severe cases, where the creators basically just took their voice actor and made him a bug/robot/genie/whatever.

See also Serkis Folk, where a motion capture suit is used to model an actor's movements which is then overlaid with the CGI character, and its traditional animation counterpart Rotoscoping where film of an actor is taken and the animation drawn on top of it. Compare "No Celebrities Were Harmed", where the celebrity caricature is voiced by an impersonator, and Comic-Book Fantasy Casting, which includes the modelling of a cartoon or computer character on an actor who does not voice them. Frequently Lost in Translation in dubs, since the animated character looks the same, but the voice actor is different. Not to be confused with Animated Actor, where an animated character is implied to be an actor and the artifice of the work is acknowledged.

Finally, this trope is not about the actors in a hypothetical live-action adaptation of Splatoon. We're sorry.


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  • Emporio Ivankov from One Piece is based off of Norio Imamura, an acquaintance of author Eiichiro Oda. Imamura ended up voicing Ivankov in the anime, initially, before erratic behavior took him out of the picture.
  • Kill la Kill's Mako Mankanshoku resembles her JP voice actress Aya Suzaki. Word of God states that this was intentional and came about when they picked her voice actress, opting to style her to match.
  • The Cowboy Bebop movie has a minor character voiced by Renji Ishibashi who looks like Renji Ishibashi and is even named Renji. However, this was unintentional — the writer was having trouble writing the scene, so they based one of the robbers off of Ishibashi. Shinichiro Watanabe later half-jokingly offered the part to Ishibashi, and he accepted.
  • Nabeshin from Excel Saga, Shinichi Watanabe's animated alter ego. Yes, Shinichi Watanabe does look like Nabeshin.
  • Patlabor has Shigeo Shiba, modeled after and voiced by...well, Shigeru Chiba.
  • Sgt. Frog: Dance*Man (real name Hideki Fujisawa) in the regular show; 'Dylan & Catherine' in the Fundari Kettari title theme.
  • Judai Yuki, of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, bears a fairly sharp resemblance to KENN. In a franchise where the protagonist normally has about fifteen shades of Anime Hair, he's almost conspicuously ordinary.
  • The manager of Franchouchou in Zombieland Saga, Kotaro Tatsumi, has quite a resemblance to his Japanese voice actor, Mamoru Miyano. So similar that even Miyano has made live appearances in-character as him.
  • Yasunori Kato from the Doomed Megalopolis OVA based on Teito Monogatari shares his voice actor Kyusaku Shimada's long face and jawline. Fitting, as Shimada also portrayed Kato in the previous, live-action, adaptation The Last Megalopolis.
  • This is more like a case of "Ink-Suit Mangaka": in the manga Vagabond, the monk Takuan is the manga's author, Takehiko Inoue, inserted in the story! Seriously, look how he was drawn with quite a resemblance to Inoue.

    Comic Books 

  • Despite its fixation on maintaining its iconic characters, Disney also used obvious caricatures of its stock company voice actors in many films — thinly-disguised versions of Paul "Tigger" Winchell and Buddy Hackett show up a lot. During the golden age of Disney Animation basing characters on their voice actors was virtually company policy. Some examples include:
    • Percival McLeach from The Rescuers Down Under is a caricatured George C. Scott, both for his face and mannerisms.
    • The Genie from Aladdin, possibly the textbook example of this trope, does bear some facial resemblance to Robin Williams. Except for the beard. And the muscles. And being blue, of course. Also, Iago's animator Will Finn admitted he tried to copy Gilbert Gottfried, down to the teeth. In a more unintentional case, [[|1024:auto&output-quality=90&crop=1024:auto;center,top Scott Weinger and Linda Larkin have some resemblance to Aladdin and Jasmine]]. (even if the latter was inspired by the animator's sister, who returned the favor by dressing as Jasmine).
    • Cassim from Aladdin and the King of Thieves was modeled after Sean Connery, who was originally considered for the role. Disney was afraid that Connery's fame would overshadow the rest of the movie, so John Rhys-Davies does Cassim's provides the voice instead. His impression of Connery is not badly done.
    • Hermes from Hercules is a direct caricature of PaulShaffer, even down to the glasses. Short, chubby, balding satyr Phil is the animated reflection of his voice actor, the short, chubby, balding Danny Devito, as you can see here.
    • According to the DVD Commentary for The Jungle Book, the characters were designed to resemble their voice actors. This is most apparent in Shere Khan... look at a picture of him and then look at George Sanders and it's obvious.
      • King Louie is Louis Prima — to the point where it raised legal issues when The Jungle Book's cast was adapted to TaleSpin (and Louie remains conspicuously absent from Disney's sequel). The vultures also bear a resemblance to The Beatles, who were originally planned to be their voices. Scheduling conflicts and such led to these roles having to be changed to other voice actors (but the Liverpudlian accents remained, and one of the new actors was even from a duo in The British Invasion).
      • Compare Baloo from that film, Little John from Robin Hood, and Thomas O'Malley in The Aristocats. All are practically an expy of the other and all were voiced by Phil Harris. Partly explained by the fact that these films were made during The Dark Age of Animation and Disney was cutting corners and retracing character designs from earlier movies.
    • Oliver & Company featured Billy Joel as Dodger. Despite being a dog, Dodger still manages to bear some resemblance to Billy Joel.
    • Pocahontas:
      • Irene Bedard was the speaking voice and the physical model for the title character. (The character's singing actress, Judy Kuhn, looks nothing like her.)
      • Christian Bale's character, Thomas, resembles the actor. Bale admitted as much in a 1995 interview for Disney Adventures, adding that Disney had even sent in an artist to sketch the actor's movements during recording.
      • Russell Means, an actual Oglala/Lakota Sioux Indian who voices Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas' father. (Jim Cummings, Disney's go-to guy for deep and/or mellow voices, took care of Powhatan's singing voice.)
    • The moose brothers Rutt and Tuke from Brother Bear, being animal versions of the McKenzie Bros. from SCTV, would bear some resemblance to Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas respectively. Rutt was modeled with Rick's rounded eyes and lower lip, while Tuke was drawn with Dave's eyebrows.
    • Pirates of the Caribbean: Davy Jones' facial features, especially his eyes and cheekbones, were modeled directly from Bill Nighy's head using motion-capture dots on his face.
    • Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, and Jerry Colonna as Alice in Wonderland's Alice, Mad Hatter, and March Hare, respectively.
    • Hans Conried as both Captain Hook and Mr. Darling in Peter Pan. Not only did he voice both characters, he modeled for them as well. This was one of the few things that the film had in common with the original stage play. Also, in the same film, Bobby Driscoll as Peter Pan himself and Kathryn Beaumont as Wendy.
    • In Sleeping Beauty, Merryweather bears more than a passing resemblance to her voice actress, Barbara Luddy.
    • Ving Rhames as Cobra Bubbles in Lilo & Stitch.
    • Eddie Murphy as Mushu the Dragon in Mulan. And Donkey in the Shrek films.
    • According to the DVD commentary for Beauty and the Beast, the producers mentioned that Richard White and Jesse Corti were the physical doubles of Gaston and Lefou.
    • Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame is pretty much a tanned version of her VA Demi Moore.
    • One high point of Home on the Range: Steve Buscemi as... well, Steve Buscemi.
    • Tiana in The Princess and the Frog took a lot from Anika Noni Rose, even her left handed-ness.
    • Pinocchio
      • When they were working on the film, the animators had a hard time trying to come up with a design for Geppetto until they cast character actor Christian Rub for the role.
      • A variant with Lampwick, who is an Ink-Suit Animator rather than Actor; he was designed as a self-caricature of his animator, Fred Moore.
    • All four main characters in Wreck-It Ralph resemble their voice actors. Check this image and you'll notice that their resemblance is pretty close: Ralph himself is a spot on version of John C. Reilly, while Felix's resemblance to Jack McBrayer is also pretty spot on. Calhoun looks like a slightly younger version of Jane Lynch (and in an interesting inversion of the trope, Lynch has subsequently cosplayed Calhoun in real life!), and Vanellope von Schweetz is a young caricature of Sarah Silverman.
    • Ralph Breaks the Internet in 2018 continues with this, and also adds Shank, who looks almost exactly like they just animated Gal Gadot.
    • Season 4 of Once Upon a Time became a lengthy crossover with Frozen, showing off flashbacks that expand on the backstory surrounding Anna and Elsa's parents and also Anna and Elsa's relationship following the events of the movie. Because it's live action, this trope is weirdly inverted in OUAT: Georgina Haig is a physical dead ringer for Elsa's animated counterpart. Elsa is a noticeable standout, but the actors who play Anna (Elizabeth Lail), Kristoff (Scott Michael Foster) and Hans (Tyler Jacob Moore) also bear great resemblance to their animated counterparts in both physical appearance and costume compared to the rest of the OUAT cast.
    • In The Lion King (1994), Jeremy Irons was pleased that he could "see himself" in Scar, as animator Andreas Deja watched Irons' movies to incorporate his tics and mannerisms, and the lion's baggy eyes made Scar even closer to the original. And despite being a hornbill, Zazu is immediately recognizable as Rowan Atkinson.
    • Justified in the traditional animation/live action crossover of Enchanted, where most of the live-action actors start off as traditionally animated characters in the fairy tale world, although your mileage varies as to how much the animated version of the character matches the actor playing them. Animated Giselle looks more like a generic princess than Amy Adams, but Timothy Spall as Animated Nathaniel is such a spot on caricature that you know it's him before he can open his mouth. Animated Edward's resemblance to James Marsden and Animated Narissa's resemblance to Susan Sarandon are somewhere in between.
    • In Big Hero 6, Fred's father is a direct animated version of his voice actor, Stan Lee. Then, Tadashi is basically an animated version of his voice actor, Daniel Henney.
    • In Zootopia: Gazelle is essentially Shakira as a gazelle. Both of them are pop stars, have blonde curly hair, broad hips, and wear similar outfits. The only difference being Gazelle wears shoes and Shakira Does Not Like Shoes, ironic as Gazelle is essentially one of the few characters to wear shoes in the film.
  • Pixar:
    • The Incredibles: Samuel L. Jackson animated as-is to create Lucius/Frozone.
    • The opening sentence of Roger Ebert's Cars review:
      I wouldn't have thought that even in animation a 1951 Hudson Hornet could look simultaneously like itself and like Paul Newman, but you will witness that feat, and others, in "Cars."
    • Anger, from Inside Out, has all of Lewis Black's characteristic physical gestures and tics that anyone familiar with his stand-up routine would recognize, such as speaking through gritted teeth, angry spastic hand gestures, Giving Someone the Pointer Finger, and the occasional Slasher Smile.

    Eastern Animation 
  • Winnie the Pooh in the Soviet adaptation bears a strong resemblance to his voice actor Yevgeniy Leonov. Blue-eyed thin-necked Piglet also has much resemblance to Iya Savvina (though more common version is that the character is an affectionate parody on famous Soviet poet Bella Akhmadullina).
  • Once Upon a Dog: Wolf's character was redrawn in already drawn scenes to better match the voice of Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, starting to look much like Dzhigarkhanyan.
  • Hare from Nu, Pogodi! has large blue eyes and pretty feminine features, like Klara Rumyanova. Probably, the backgrounds of Ho Yay in these series were not so homosexual.


  • Frederic Dorr Steele, the American illustrator for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes famously modeled Holmes after actor William Gillette, famous for playing Sherlock Holmes on stage.

  • For the single "Professional Rapper" by Lil Dicky, him and his featured artist Snoop Dogg play animated, exaggerated versions of themselves.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Muppet Show:
    • Three Muppet folk singers who appeared in skits on talk shows and the first season were Foam Suit Actor versions of Jim Henson, Frank Oz and Jerry Nelson. In one talk show appearance, the puppeteers wore identical outfits for the interview afterwards.
    • In the first couple episodes, the human guest stars were presented with Muppet version of themselves for the closing good-bye. This practice was quickly dropped, possibly due to expense, possibly due to it being slightly creepy. However, a few more people got Muppet lookalikes, both on the Muppet Show and afterwards, most notably Michael Caine and Tim Curry.
  • Cantus the Minstrel in Fraggle Rock also looks like Jim Henson.
  • Stiller the Elf, voiced by Ben Stiller in Elmo's Christmas Countdown.
  • Subverted with Dave the Human in The Animal Show with Stinky and Jake, who's a perfect caricature of Dave Goelz, except Goelz plays Stinky, so Dave the Human is played by Bill Barretta. The "wildife film" inserts of Dave and his family have the real Dave Goelz, though.
  • An adaption of Peter and the Wolf with Fluck and Law puppets was narrated by Sting, with a puppet version appearing on screen.
  • To promote themselves and their collaborative show Thunderbolt Fantasy with nitro+, Pili International Multimedia made a puppet modeled after Takanori Nishikawa for a Japanese convention. Series screenwriter Gen Urobuchi loved the design and decided that he should be promoted to cast member in season 2, where Nishikawa now voices the minstrel Rou Fu You.
  • Online trailers and other video publicity for The Infinite Monkey Cage feature puppet versions of Robin Ince, Brian Cox and Eric Idle. The Cox and Ince puppets also appeared in a web series called The Quest for Wonder. Although the Cox puppet isn't always an example.
    Puppet Brian Cox: Am I not Brian?
    Puppet Robin Ince: No, you're not Brian. You're me doing the voice.
    Puppet Brian Cox: Oh, yeah...

    Video Games 
  • Beyond: Two Souls entire cast falls under this category, since they have provided the voice, likeness, and full motion-capture performance for their roles.
  • BioWare has been doing this a lot in their games since they started using modern game engines:
    • Yvonne Strahovski's character in Mass Effect 2, Miranda Lawson, is basically her with, um, larger assets. Originally, Miranda was even a blonde, like her actress, but the team felt the character worked better with black hair.
    • The Illusive Man from the same series looks remarkably similar to Martin Sheen, only a bit younger.
    • Seth Green and Joker.
    • Mass Effect 3 also adds in Jessica Chobot, a real-life journalist playing fictional journalist Diana Allers, with her actual likeness, and Keith David as Admiral Anderson. The humanoid version of EDI also bears more than a passing resemblance, physically, to voice actress Tricia Helfer.
    • Tallis, from the Dragon Age: Redemption Web Series, is played by Felicia Day, who is serving as this for said character in the Dragon Age II DLC Mark of the Assassin.
    • An unintentional example is Bastila Shan from Knights of the Old Republic. When developers realised her official artwork greatly resembled Jennifer Hale, they decided to run with the idea and redesign the character to include these similarities.
  • Karl Bishop Weyland from Aliens vs. Predator (2010) game was modeled after Lance Henriksen who played the android Bishop in Aliens and Charles Weyland in AVP: Alien vs. Predator.
  • Star Wars:
    • The Force Unleashed:
      • Several of the characters are modeled after their voice actors, most notably Sam Witwer as Galen Marek (when he joined Smallville it can be a bit surprising), Nathalie Cox as Juno Eclipse, and Cully Fredrickson as Rahm Kota, as well as Adrienne Wilkinson as Maris Blood. As with the above example, it works rather nicely.
      • The use of motion capture to better animate the characters' faces (by capturing the facial expressions of the voice actors) was a huge factor in this.
      • Another notable example is the former Mandalorian turned Psycho for Hire Montross from Bounty Hunter who was rendered in the likeness of Clancy Brown.
    • Ink Suit Acting in LucasArts games goes all the way back to Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight with the main characters rendered in the likeness of the actors who portrayed them in the live action cutscenes. Jason Court hasn't been Kyle Katarn's voice actor for everything, but his appearance has continued on through several additional games. On a different note, the Star Wars Customizable Card Game's portraits for Talon Karrde and Corran Horn depicted their creators (Timothy Zahn and Michael J. Stackpole) in costume as their characters.
  • Brütal Legend: Eddie Riggs in was deliberately designed to look a bit like Jack Black, even before it was a done deal that Black was playing him. There's also Ozzy Osbourne as the Guardian of Metal, Lemmy as the Kill Master, Rob Halford as The Fire Baron, Brian Posehn as the Hunter, and Kyle Gass as the neurotic cannoneer.
  • Dead Space's major characters are modeled after their voice actors. Peter Mensah does Hammond, Tonantzin Carmelo does Kendra, Navid Negahban does Mercer, Keith Szarabajka does Kyne and Iyari Limon does Nicole. The biggest exception was Isaac Clarke in the original, who had no dialogue (beyond screaming and grunting) and whose face was only shown at the end. When he started talking and showing his face more in 2, they changed his model to look much closer to his voice actor, Gunner Wright; and as they recast Nicole, they changed her model to match her new actress, Tanya Clarke.
  • Agent 47 in the Hitman series of video games is closely modeled on the voice actor portraying him, David Bateson. He was originally considered to play 47 in the Hitman movie, but Bateson didn't feel he was athletic enough for the role.
  • Most characters in the first few games of Assassin's Creed are modelled after their voice actors.
  • Halo:
  • Spyhunter: Nowhere to Run had Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock, provide his voicework and likeness to main character, Alex Decker.
  • Many of the "talking heads" in Fallout bear at least some resemblance to their voice actors.
  • There's a mod for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion that replaces Uriel Septim's head with Patrick Stewart's head.
  • In Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Genesis was modelled after his Japanese voice actor, Gackt.
  • All over the place in Battlefield 3; Agent Gordon is clearly Glenn Morshower, Blackburn is Gideon Emory with shorter hair, Vladimir is Ilia Volok with extra scars...a weird case, though, is Dima, who is modeled after Oleg Taktarov, but voiced by Andre Sogliuzzo.
  • Heavy Rain: The four main characters basically look like their voice/mocap actors. Especially Scott Shelby looks exactly the same as the actor who plays him.
  • All three games in the Onimusha trilogy each featured a protagonist modeled after an actor: the first game stars Takeshi Kaneshiro as Samanosuke, while Jubei Yagyu in the second game was based on the late Yusaku Matsuda. Samanosuke returned for the third game, where he is joined by french soldier Jaques Blanc, based off none other than Jean Reno, who also did the French dialogue at start of the game before Translator Microbes forces him to speak with another voice. This reliance on the use on actors likenesses is part of the reason why Capcom took too long to re-release the series on modern consoles and even then, they only got the rights to re-release the first Onimusha
  • James Bond
    • EA's Everything or Nothing has almost every major character modeled on and voiced by a well known face. While Bond, M, Q, and Jaws resembling Pierce Brosnan, Judi Dench, John Cleese, and Richard Kiel was obligatory, Willem Dafoe, Shannon Elizabeth, Heidi Klum and singer Mya all have their respective characters based on them. As a result, EON is often looked upon as the fifth Brosnan Bond movie and his true swan song (it was made after Die Another Day but before he was replaced by Daniel Craig).
    • For the remake of GoldenEye Wii, in addition to Daniel Craig lending his likeness to James Bond, Alec, Xenia, and Natalya are modeled after their voice actors.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 features a New York senator named Lieber, which happens to be the real last name of his actor.
  • Granblue Fantasy: Nobuo Uematsu appears as "Nobiyo", one of the most famous composers in the sky and basically is just Uematsu in the Granblue art style, and he also does the voicework.
  • Grand Theft Auto:
  • Vin Diesel does this frequently. Wheelman, for instance, was labelled "Vin Diesel: Wheelman", as a pile of polygons arranged in a not-un-Vin-like shape 'played' Milo Burik, an undercover CIA agent.
  • Metal Gear:
  • L.A. Noire used Motion Capture technology, developed specifically for the game, to fully capture the actors' facial expression. Recognizable actors among the cast include Aaron Staton of Mad Men and John Noble of Fringe.
  • Call of Duty 4 has Staff Sergeant Griggs, who was voiced by, named, and modeled after Infinity Ward's lead animator at the time, Mark Grigsby.
  • Continued in Call of Duty: Black Ops: excluding the "named after" part, it's the same as above for Alex Mason (Sam Worthington), Jason Hudson (Ed Harris), and Joseph Bowman (Ice Cube).
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's entire principle cast falls under this category. Among the actors include Jack Mitchell (Troy Baker), Gideon (Gideon Emery) and Jonathan Irons (Kevin Spacey).
  • Same happens again for Call of Duty: WWII.
  • And for the single-player portion of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019). The multiplayer-exclusive characters rely on Comic-Book Fantasy Casting or more generic looks, with a handful of exceptions.
  • Three central characters in the 2012 Syndicate reboot look very much like their voice actors Michael Wincott, Rosario Dawson and Brian Cox.
  • inFAMOUS: Second Son basically let's you play as a super-powered Troy Baker. Also, Travis Willingham and Laura Bailey resemble Reggie and Fetch respectively
  • Flak in Fallout 3 appears to be modeled after voice actor Gus Travers. Likewise, James is modeled after Liam Neeson.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, Bruce Isaac looks like Gregory Alan Williams, and Sunny Smiles resembles Katherine Pawlak (when she's not wearing bangs). Likewise for Benny (Matthew Perry), Mr. House (René Auberjonois), The King (James Horan), Nero (Alex Mendoza), Julie Farkas (Laura Bailey), Arcade Gannon (Zachary Levi), Colonel Moore (Kirsten Potter), President Kimball (Monte Markham), Chief Hanlon (Kris Kristofferson), Ambassador Crocker (Emerson Brooks), Cass (Rachel Roswell), Caesar (John Doman), Vulpes Inculta (Jason Spisak), Aurelius of Phoenix (Yuri Lowenthal), Follows-Chalk (Christian Lanz), Waking Cloud (Misi Lecube), Trudy (Lora Cain), Doc Mitchell (Michael Hogan), Stella (Eliza Schneider), Father Elijah (Richard Herd), Samuel Cooke (Avery Kidd Waddell), and the Forecaster (Anthony Crehan), as seen here. And the default male and female Courier faces are modeled after Yuri Lowenthal and Laura Bailey, respectively.
  • Half-Life 2: Dr. Judith Mossman looks very much like Michelle Forbes.
  • Michael Rooker, who played Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead, had his appearance digitized and used in The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, a video game based on the show continuity, featuring Merle as an important character.
  • Basically the entire cast in Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening did both the motion capture for their characters as well as being their voice actors.
  • Vaas from Far Cry 3 is modeled after his voice actor Michael Mando, who also plays him in live-action promo clips.
  • Ditto for Joseph Seed and Greg Bryk in Far Cry 5 and its sequel.
  • And yet again for Anton Castillo and Giancarlo Esposito for the upcoming Far Cry 6.
  • Star Trek Online has appearances by (usually aged-up) versions of several characters from the live-action Star Trek series, with the original Trek actors voicing the characters. The game started out with Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and so far has added Denise Crosby playing Empress Sela and a once-again-time-shifted Natasha Yar, Michael Dorn playing Ambassador Worf, son of Mogh, and as of Season 10, nearly the entire cast of Star Trek: Voyager (as well as a few supporting characters) save for Janeway and Chakotay. Also, Captain Va'Kel Shon, CO of the Enterprise-F, is the spitting image of his voice actor Dave Rivas, except Andorian and clean-shaven instead of human with a goatee.
  • Need For Speed: The Run features accurate CGI representations of Sean Faris and Christina Hendricks, the latter even depicted accurately with regards to her, um, proportions.
  • Red Dead Redemption II: Arthur (Roger Clark), Dutch (Benjamin Byron Davis), Bill (Steve J. Palmer), Hosea (Curzon Dobell), Jack (Ted Sutherland), Leopold (Howard Pinhasik), Sadie (Alex McKenna), Susan (Kaili Vernoff), Tilly (Meeya Davis-Glover), Micah (Peter Blomquist), and Swanson (Sean Haberle) greatly resemble their real-life voice actors.
  • Rise To Honor: Jet Li provided his voice, likeness, and motion capture performance for this 2004 Playstation 2 game.
  • Batman: Arkham Series
  • Until Dawn: Entire cast of characters provide their likeness, voice, and motion capture performances for their roles.
  • Tachyon: The Fringe stars Bruce Campbell as the voice of protagonist Jake Logan. The resemblance is uncanny.
  • In Horizon Zero Dawn, the character Sylens looks exactly like his voice actor, Lance Reddick, but with a few extra tech additions to his face and body.
  • From Saints Row The Third onwards, Johnny Gat is almost a perfect match to his voice actor Daniel Dae Kim.
  • Silent Hill series:
    • James Sunderland, the main character of Silent Hill 2 was modeled after his voice and mocap actor Guy Cihi.
    • Claudia Wolf in Silent Hill 3 looks like an older albino version of voice actress Donna Burke, who also voiced and was the design basis for Angela Orosco in the previous game.
    • Henry Townshend and Eileen Galvin from Silent Hill 4: The Room are modeled after VA's Eric Bossick and Anna Kunnecke, respectively.
  • The Yakuza series is well-known for featuring the likenesses of its voice actors rendered realistically. Many of those actors include veterans of Japanese gangster films, such as Takeshi Kitano and Riki Takeuchi, as well as famous AV actresses portraying hostesses.
  • Fallout 4's characters who are modeled after their VA's include the Vault-Tec Rep (Paul Eiding), Nick Valentine (Stephen Russell), Preston Garvey (Jon Gentry), Mama Murphy (Maya Massar), Piper Wright (Courtney Ford), Travis Miles (Brendan Hunt), Magnolia (Lynda Carter), Desdemona (Claudia Christian), Deacon (Ryan Alosio), Glory (Chelsea Tavares), Tinker Tom (Byron Marc Newsome), Paladin Danse (Peter Jessop), Lancer Captain Kells (Tim Russ), Scribe Haylen (Jan Johns), Conrad Kellogg (Keythe Farley), Unmutated Brian Vergil (Matthew Waterson), Synth Shaun (Aidan Sussman), Father Shaun (Tony Amendola), MacCready (Matthew Mercer), Liam Binet (Fineas O'Connell), Rex Goodman (Richard Tatum), Swanson (Christopher Salazar), Honest Dan (Jonathan Roumie), Gwen McNamara (Cindy Robinson), Bobby de Luca (Brandon Bales), and Cait (Katy Townsend).
  • Seen so much in Spider-Man (PS4) that the only major ones who don't resemeble their voice actors are Spidey himself, Mary Jane, Yuri Watanabe, and the Kingpin.
  • Several characters in Destiny 2 look like their voice actors: Sloane (Cissy Jones), Ana Bray (Jamie Chung), Lord Saladin (Keith Ferguson) and the Drifter (Todd Haberkorn).
  • Odd case in Anthem (2019): Haluk is based visually on character actor L.J. Batinas, but voiced by Nick Tarabay.
  • In Hidden Agenda (2017), Katie Cassidy provided the voice, motion capture, and physical likeness for main character Becky Marney.
  • Mortal Kombat 11:
  • Tom "Rust" Bishop, a DLC character in PAYDAY 2 is modelled after his VA, Ron Perlman.
  • In Grey Goo (2015), Lucy Tak, the human commander, is closely modelled on her voice actor, Jing Lusi.
  • Mafia: Definitive Edition, the remake of Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, has many of the characters redesigned to resemble their new voice actors.

    Web Original 
  • There are several Doctor Who Expanded Universe webcast examples:
    • In the Doctor Who animated webcast Scream of the Shalka, Richard E. Grant voiced a now non-canonical ninth incarnation of the Doctor who looked almost exactly like him. In fact, all the major characters resembled their voice actors; the hope was that the webisode would get enough support to start up the TV show again with that cast, so making the characters look like the actors would make it possible to use the webisode as part of continuity for the new series. As it turns out, that plan fell over, as the renewal of the show had already been announced before it aired.
    • Similarly in the webcast Death Comes to Time. Apart from the Seventh Doctor and Ace (who obviously look like they did in the series), the Minister of Chance (voiced by Stephen Fry) looks like this.
    • In the webcast version of "Shada", all of the humanoid guest characters look like the actors who voiced them in the webcast rather than the actors who appeared in the unfinished live-action version. This was because some of the animation was done by rotoscoping to save money.
    • In the Bernice Summerfield webcast Dead and Buried, Bernice looks quite a bit like her voice acress, Lisa Bowerman. But then, she always did, long before Bowerman was cast.
  • The Bedfellows Animated Adaptation episode "Next Door" features a vaguely canid-looking Andrew W.K., complete with an allusion to his infamous "I Get Wet" album cover.
  • The BBC Radio 4 website has a trailer for the Audio Adaptation of Good Omens, featuring comic book panels of the Creator Cameo coppers Terry and Neil, looking very much like the writers.
  • The Radio 4 website's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy page is illustrated by a cartoon of the main characters of the Hexagonal Phase. Arthur, Zaphod and Trillian look the same as they did in the TV series (played by the same actors), but Ford is based on his voice actor, Geoffrey McGivern, and not his TV actor, David Dixon. Random Dent, who never appeared on TV, is drawn to resemble Samantha Béart, and Left Brain (formerly Zaphod's second head, which on TV was an animatronic that looked as much like Mark Wing-Davey as the FX team could manage) is Mitch Benn's head in a jar.

    Western Animation 
  • Gene Belcher from Bob's Burgers looks like an adolescent version of Eugene Mirman. Not only do they both share the same name, but they both have similar hairdos, builds and complexions. There's also Tina, who looks like a gender-flipped version of her voice actor Dan Mintz. Larry Murphy also resembles Teddy, albeit having more hair in real life.
  • Dr. Blight from Captain Planet and the Planeteers happens to resemble her voice actress, Meg Ryan.
    • Most of the villains resembled their voice actors.
  • Bruno the Kid has the title character use a CGI alter ego who resembles his voice actor, Bruce Willis.
  • Rick Moranis in Gravedale High.
  • John Candy in Camp Candy.
  • Arthur does this a lot. Examples: Fred Rogers as an aardvark (or as close to one as the Reads are), Art Garfunkel as a moose, Yo-Yo Ma as a rabbit, Neil Gaiman as a cat.
  • Ed Wuncler from The Boondocks animated series bears a striking resemblance to his voice actor, Edward Asner.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic has multiple examples, many bearing a strong resemblance to him as he looks in real life — so many that he recently tweeted a collage of most of them, which you can see here note :
    • The creators of Transformers Animated mentioned that their version of Wreck-Gar's facial features were partially modeled after those of his voice actor, "Weird Al" Yankovic. Chins were TFA's feature of choice and it helps that Al has a pretty impressive one of his own.
    • Yankovic also appeared in Lilo & Stitch: The Series as a minstrel at a medieval festival.
    • Yankovic also provided his voice for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. His character Cheese Sandwich is Weird Al himself as a cartoon pony.
    • Yankovic has appeared as himself on several iterations of Scooby-Doo.
    • He did voice acting for Dr. Screwball Jones on a second season episode of Wander over Yonder and the character design has many Al-like visibe traits.
    • He did voice acting for the Probabilitator, the villain from Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons in the season 2 episode of the same name for Gravity Falls. This is one example that averts the trope. Probabilitator looks less like Al than most of his voice acting guest roles.
  • In The Transformers episode "Only Human", the main Autobots are turned into humans and they resemble their voice actors, Dick Gautier (Rodimus Prime), Neil Ross (Springer), Jack Angel (Ultra Magnus) and Susan Blu (Arcee).
  • The Simpsons:
  • The Flintstones often had stars with slightly-altered names ("Ann Margarock", et al), though this shades over into Simpson-like Special Guest territory since the characters were so blatantly their actors.
    • Fred Flintstone was drawn to closely resemble original voice actor Alan Reed. This becomes obvious when one compares Reed's cameo appearance in Breakfast at Tiffany's, which was released the same year The Flintstones debuted on TV. Wilma looked a lot like her original portrayer, Jean Vander Pyl (who also had red hair).
  • Ricardo Montalbán as Armando Gutierrez in Freakazoid!. He even quotes some of his old lines from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
  • American Dad!:
  • The Warden of Superjail! looks suspiciously like his voice actor, David Wain. All he's really missing is the suit/hat combo and the yellow tint on his glasses.
    • Oddly, when he does get medium blended into live-action (at the end of "Dream Machine"), he's instead portrayed by the lead singer of the band Les Savy Fav.
    • In an earlier episode of Wainy Days, David Wain first ends up in prison, then appears dressed very similarly like the Warden. Draw your own conclusions.
    • In the second season episode "Ghosts", John Waters voices some Aztec shaman that looks like him.
  • Many characters (usually the narrators and main characters) in the mostly stop-motion Rankin/Bass holiday specials of the '60s and '70s were modeled after their voice actors. An example is Burl Ives as Sam the Snowman, in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, so much so that Ives is now more famous for that role than for his folksinging or his Oscar-winning turn in The Big Country, even though he only provides a voice here. Look at a picture of the guy, and then at the snowman, and you'll see why people think of the snowman as being him rather than simply being played by him.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures had a few examples.
    • In "Tiny Toon Music Television", the segment "Just Say Julie Bruin" featured a buxom Funny Animal version of Julie Brown in a parody of her MTV show who was voiced by another Julie Brown (American comedienne, singer, songwriter, etc) but not the British Actress that was on MTV. In the same episode, a They Might Be Giants song is played by Plucky and Hamton — both redrawn to be caricatures of the two Johns. Flansburgh, who is somewhat heavyset, was apparently offended at being drawn as a pig. In the DVD commentary, he wondered why he only watched it once, and on seeing it again commented that was why.
    • The first segment of the episode "New Character Day" had The Roches, a musical group consisting of three sisters, play themselves as anthropomorphic roaches.
  • This was the original plan for The Powerpuff Girls episode "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey". The Gnome was to have been voiced by Jack Black, and was even physically based on him, though by the time recording came around, Black was too busy to do his part, so they found the Poor Man's Substitute in the form of Jess Harnell, making it into No Celebrities Were Harmed.
  • Stripperella looks like her voice actress Pamela Anderson. Given that a major part of this series is about a well-endowed stripper turned crime-fighting Action Girl...
  • In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, most of the celebrity cameos are playing people, be it other celebrities, established South Park characters or new characters, who look nothing like themselves. The exception is George Clooney, who voices Dr. Gouache, who bears a resemblance to Clooney. This may be because Dr. Gouache is a parody of Clooney's ER character.
  • The creators of Kim Possible admitted that they created the character of "Motor Ed" to look and act like John DiMaggio because they thought his off-mike personality had great comedy potential.
    • And Ricardo Montalban gets his usual treatment as Senor Senior Sr.
      • Adam West was clearly the visual model for the Adam West expy Timothy North, aka The Fearless Ferret. The whole ep was an Affectionate Parody of the '60s TV Batman (1966), with West playing a delusional actor who thought he was the superhero he played and roped Ron into taking on the role as well.
    • Cheese and crackers, Barkin looks a lot like Patrick Warburton.
    • Monique bears more than a passing resemblance to Raven-Symoné.
  • There's a whole mess of this on The Venture Bros.:
  • Bruce Timm's toy store owner in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Beware the Gray Ghost". This episode also featured Adam West as an actor who can't get work because he was typecast by a costumed crime fighter show he did decades ago.
    • As the series itself wore on the characters started to resemble their voice actors more and more, it doesn't hurt that some of them already looked similar to those playing them, special mention goes to Richard Moll and Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Paul Williams as The Penguin, and Ron Perlman as Matt Hagan/Clayface.
    • The Joker had a lot of his mannerisms on the show inspired by Mark Hamill's gestures while in the recording booth, as the lead animator actually brought in the team to watch his delivery of lines for inspiration.
    • Harley Quinn, the Joker's lovable henchwoman, was based on her voice-actress, Arleen Sorkin (specifically on an episode of Days of Our Lives where Sorkin dressed as a Sexy Jester in a dream sequence). The producers are apparently amazed that she still talks to them.
  • A debatable case: is Amanda Waller in the DCAU modeled on actress C.C.H. Pounder, or is it just that to get the right voice they needed an actress the same physical type as the character?
  • Static Shock has the most celebrity guest stars of the entire DCAU, all of whom bare a striking resemblance; Shaquille O'Neal, AJ Mclean, Karl Malone, and Li'l Romeo. The villain Replikon also resembles his voice actor, the rapper Coolio.
  • Gargoyles:
  • Phineas and Ferb has Coltrane, who debuts without a voice in "The Best Lazy Day" as the guitarist in Jeremy's band and an apparent love interest to Stacy. Later, shortly after Corbin Bleu became his voice actor, Coltrane reappeared with a new look that gave him better resemblance to Corbin.
    • In addition, the manager of the Hawaiian hotel is modeled after Phill Lewis, who voices him. (Also an Actor Allusion, since the character is basically Mr. Moseby.)
    • In the episode "Live and Let Drive", The guys from the UK version of Top Gear make an appearance They even matched a typical wardrobe for the guys. Hammond is wearing a dark suit jacket over a white button up shirt, Clarkson has tan suit jacket and white shirt, and James May is wearing a loud Hawaiian shirt. An image can be seen here
  • Looney Tunes:
    • In the early 1940s, Elmer Fudd was temporarily redesigned for a few animated shorts to be more portly like his voice actor at that time, Arthur Q. Bryan.
    • June Foray provided the voice of Witch Hazel, and she was used as the model for Hazel's beautified form at the end of Broom-Stick Bunny.
    • The 1940 short Africa Squeaks features a parody of bandleader Kay Kyser called "Cake-Icer", and they actually got the Ol' Professor to voice himself.
    • The 1959 short The Mouse That Jack Built had the cast of The Jack Benny Program playing animated mouse versions of themselves.
  • Four on The Fairly Oddparents: Teen pop idol Chip Skylark is *NSYNC member Chris Kirkpatrick in animated form. Norm the Genie is modeled after, named after, and voiced by former Saturday Night Live member Norm Mac Donald. Superhero "The Crimson Chin" is modeled after and voiced by Jay Leno, whose most prominent feature is his chin. Finally, Dr. Rip Studwell looks like Butch Hartman, the series creator who also does his voice.
  • In the Justice League episode "Flash and Substance," Mark Hamill voices the Trickster, a Flash villain modeled on the actor who played him in the 1990s live-action series — Mark Hamill. The Trickster being an expy of sorts for the Joker. Who in the wider DC Animated Universe is played by (you guessed it) Mark Hamill.
  • Ricardio on Adventure Time is a rather creepy-looking example. Just takes George Takei's face with extreme detail and put it onto a cartoon heart.
  • King of the Hill's numerous celebrity guest stars occasionally played themselves, but whether or not they did, their characters looked like them the majority of the time.
    • Dale was drawn to look like Robert Patrick who was originally supposed to play him.
    • John Redcorn was also reportedly modeled on Victor Aaron, his original voice actor.
    • Octavio is essentially an animated clone of his voice actor, Danny Trejo.
  • Richard Simmons as Coach Salmons in Fish Hooks.
  • In Clone High, Larry Hardcore/The Pusher is Jack Black.
  • In Hey Arnold!, the gang's teacher, Mr. Simmons, is a dead ringer for his voice actor, Dan Butler. This is especially noticeable because the show has an extremely idiosyncratic character design, to say the least.
  • Jason Griffith of 4Kids Entertainment fame has joked that all of the voice cast for Chaotic look like their characters.
  • The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo features Vincent Price as "Vincent Van Ghoul", a sorcerer drawn as a near-exact likeness.
    • The New Scooby-Doo Movies used a number of celebrities in cartoon form, most notably Don Knotts (although Don Adams and Sonny And Cher aren't the most likely people to be seen on screen with Mystery Inc. either). Season two of Hanna-Barbera's Wait Till Your Father Gets Home had guest stars in cartoon form as well.
    • Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery features this for Kiss.
    • Frank Welker, Nicole Jaffe, and Stefanianna Christopherson bore more than passive resemblances to the characters they originated on the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (Fred, Velma, and Daphne respectively). Nicole Jaffe in particular would have looked just like her character if she didn't dye her hair blonde or wear contacts (notably, she even wore her hair in the classic bob style at the time as well). Also, Velma's quirk of loosing her glasses was even based on a real incident involving Jaffe that occurred during an early table read.
  • Many of the Recess cast happen to look like the characters they played. They commented on this on a documentary they did for the Disney Channel.
  • According to the Audio Commentary, Eunice from the Futurama episode "Proposition Infinity" is modeled after the episode's director Crystal Chesney-Thompson. The brief on the character apparently was that she should look "girly, but nerdy." Animator's response? "Oh, she should look like Crystal then!"
    • In the "Anthology Of Interest II" segment where Bender is turned into a human, his human form is modeled on his voice actor John DiMaggio.
  • Now-cancelled Arnold Schwarzenegger project The Governator blends this with No Celebrities Were Harmed, as the main character is a fictionalized version of his voice actor (basically Arnold if he decided he wanted to be Bruce Wayne)—but animated versions of Schwarzenegger's wife and children, who aren't in the acting business, will also be featured. Alas, the project was shelved due to Arnold's troubles in his personal life.
  • Benny the Ball in Top Cat, voiced by Maurice Gosfield, is modelled on Private Doberman in The Phil Silvers Show ... played by Maurice Gosfield.
  • Zhao from Avatar: The Last Airbender looks quite a bit like his voice actor, Jason Isaacs. Co-creator Micheal Dante DiMartino confirmed in an interview that when creating Zhao, he was inspired by Isaacs performance as a villain in The Patriot. He asked the casting director to get "someone like Jason Isaacs" for the role, and she ended up getting Isaacs himself instead.
    • Master Piandao does not look like his voice actor, Robert Patrick. He does look like Sifu Kisu, the martial arts consultant for the series. This was an intentional tribute by the animators: since Piandao is an expert martial artist and teacher, they took the opportunity to have Sifu Kisu appear more-or-less As Himself.
  • In Rick and Morty, Unity is acquainted with a different hive mind, this one a parodic Expy of The Borg from Star Trek. Its spokesman is voiced by Patton Oswalt and looks like a cybernetic caricature of him.
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy's designs are caricatures of their voice actors Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway, particularly of their roles in McHale's Navy.
    • While SpongeBob wasn't really designed to look like Tom Kenny, his thick-rimmed glasses were supposedly based off of Kenny's own pair.
  • Bud Abbott voiced a direct animated adaptation of himself for the 1966 Abbott and Costello cartoons, while Stan Irwin substituted for the late Lou Costello.
  • Jon Lovitz as Jay Sherman in The Critic is an interesting inversion. He insisted that the character design be noticeably different from how he actually looked, only to begin resembling the character more and more as he aged.
  • In Sofia the First:
    • Baileywick is a dead ringer for Tim Gunn.
  • In The 7D, the main antagonist, Hildy Gloom, bears more than a passing resemblance to her actress Kelly Osbourne, especially the purple hair.
  • In the Rankin Bass adaption of The Emperor's New Clothes, Danny Kay's character Marmaduke is made to look like Kay.
  • The Regular Show Whole Episode Flashback has Reggie, Muscle Man's college acquaintance, who looks like Danny Cooksey did as a teenager, specifically in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
    • In the episode "Benson's Suit", Travis Willingham voices a villain named Rich Steve, who could be his cartoon counterpart (albeit with longer hair).
  • In Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja, Coach Green looks almost exactly like John Oliver. Debbie Kang also bears more than a passing resemblance to Piper Curda.
  • The Cleveland Show has Gus, the otherworldly bartender who's voiced and modeled after David Lynch.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) has their incarnation of Casey Jones look eerily similar to his voice actor, Josh Peck, although this may be a subversion, because while this Casey Jones is considered Ugly Cute at worst, Josh is considered, well, cute cute.
  • Rachel Wilson, who provided voice acting for Heather from "Total Drama" looks quite similar to the character she is portraying.
  • In Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter's father J'son looks like an animated version of his voice actor Jonathan Frakes, specifically from Frakes' Will Riker period.
  • Done completely intentionally in Jackie Chan Adventures, the only real differences being that cartoon Jackie is younger and the stunts are slightly more over-the-top. The opening sequence even has Jackie shift back and forth between cartoon and live-action.
  • The Batman:
  • Mighty Magiswords: Jim Cummings voices a minor character named Buford, who looks quite a bit like him too.
  • The Loud House:
  • Miraculous Ladybug:
    • Class tomboy Alix Kubdel looks quite similar to Kira Buckland.
    • Luka Couffaine is basically his voice actor Andrew Russell with longer and more punk-ish hair. Funnily enough, both of them are skilled at playing guitar.
  • The character Gearhead (a.k.a. Revolio Clockberg Jr.) from Rick and Morty looks very similar to his voice actor, Scott Chernoff.
  • Thunderbirds Are Go: Gadgeteer Genius Tycho Reeves from the episode "Hyperspeed" looks exactly like his voice actor, David Tennant.
  • The Marvel's Spider-Man version of Max Modell resembled a bearded Fred Tatasciore. The Creator Cameo proprietor of Cup O' Joe looks like Joe Quesada.
  • A large number of guest stars during later seasons of Garfield and Friends, including but not limited to Rip Taylor, Ray Jay Johnson, and Eddie Lawrence doing his "Old Philosopher" routine in cat form. Most notable was adding Aloysius, a pastiche of voicing comedian Kevin Meaney (right down to his catchphrase, "That's not right!"), as a recurring character on U.S. Acres.
  • The Magic Adventures of Mumfie has The Queen Of Night, who bears a striking resemblance to her voice actress (and also the series' creator), Britt Allcroft.
  • Freakazoid!: Mad Scientist Dr. Mystico looks a lot like his voice actor Tim Curry, if somewhat bulkier.
  • Bill Dewey in Steven Universe was almost certainly modeled on his voice actor, Joel Hodgson.
  • In the Bob the Builder Christmas Episode A Christmas to Remember, John the piano player, voiced by Elton John, is modelled on Elton, at least to the extent that's possible within the show's Only Six Faces style (really, he's just got red hair and glasses, but the intent's clearly there).
  • The Star Wars cartoons do this a lot, likely in case they want to bring the characters into the movies and save the effort of finding an actor by using their voice actors. This is obviously played straight for live-action actors that reprised their roles in the cartoonslist 
    • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
      • Anakin Skywalker looks very similar to Matt Lanter.
      • So does Stephen Stanton (Captain Tarkin). Stephen took it one step further: At Star Wars Celebration VI, he actually cosplayed as Captain Tarkin. This is carried over into Rebels.
      • Duchess Satine looks like Anna Graves, but she's been noted to have a Comic-Book Fantasy Casting resemblance to Cate Blanchett.
      • Bo-Katan looks like Katee Sackhoff, except with short red hair. Her hairstyle is similar to Sackhoff's role as Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica. This is carried over into Rebels.
      • Prime Minister Almec shares some resemblance to Julian Holloway, but with a beard.
      • Korkie and his friends resemble their voice actors.
      • Queen Neeyutnee resembles her voice actress, Jameelah McMillan, although we never see her without her headdress and make-up.
      • Cham Syndulla has some resemblance to Robin Atkins Downes. This is carried over into Rebels.
      • Gobi resembles Corey Burton. This is carried over into Rebels.
      • Lux looks like a younger version of Jason Spisak.
      • Senator Mina Bonteri resembles Kath Soucie, except with short brown hair with greying streaks and a beauty mark near her mouth.
      • Steela resembles Dawn-Lyen Gardner, except with dreadlocks and blue eyes. This is carried over into Rebels.
      • Saw resembles Andrew Kishino. This is retconned in entries released after Rogue One such as in Rebels, with Saw now resembling Forest Whitaker, his actor in Rogue One. The Rogue One Marvel comic adaptation depicts The Clone Wars era Saw as looking more like Whitaker than Kishino.
      • The Father resembles Lloyd Sherr.
      • The Son and the Daughter resemble Sam Witwer and Adrienne Wilkinson, respectively. It may also be worth noting that Witwer and Wilkinson's roles as the Son and the Daughter is a Mythology Gag (and given the content of their story, this could also be a Call-Forward at the time of their episodes' release and a possible Discontinuity Nod post-Continuity Reboot) towards their roles as enemies Starkiller and Maris Blood in The Force Unleashed, who also apply to this trope.
      • Kalifa, Jinx, and O-Mer look like younger versions of Gwendoline Yeo, Sunil Malhotra, and Cam Clarke, respectively.
      • Weirdly enough, you can see a bit of resemblance between Gwendoline Yeo and one of her characters, Peppi Bow, who is a female Gungan.
      • Chairman Chi Cho resembles Brian George.
    • Star Wars Rebels:
      • In side material that depicts the characters realistically, Hera is sometimes modeled after her voice actress, Vanessa Marshall.
      • Ahsoka now resembles Ashley Eckstein. This is possibly a reference to when she cosplayed Ahsoka at a convention while The Clone Wars was airing.
      • The Grand Inquisitor resembles Jason Isaacs, but, you know, bald and alien.
      • During development, Agent Kallus was at one point considered to resemble his voice actor, David Oyelowo.
      • Since there was no official actor reference for Grand Admiral Thrawn (who originally appeared in novels and comics, with a variety of artists' interpretations of his appearance but no defined look other than 'blue skin, red eyes, humanoid'), the production team chose to model him after his voice actor, Lars Mikkelsen.
      • Fenn Rau looks like Kevin McKidd. Rau's hairstyle is similar to McKidd's character's hairstyle in Dog Soldiers.
      • Gar Saxon looks like Ray Stevenson, except for the hair. Interestingly, Saxon had previously appeared helmetless in Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir (or at least half of his face did, thanks to how the comic panels were arranged), he did share some resemblance to Stevenson bar the blonde hair and the hairstyle. It's currently unknown if Stevenson was selected to voice him in The Clone Wars before it was cancelled or if this was a coincidence.
      • Tiber Saxon looks like Tobias Menzies, except blonde and with a different hairstyle.
      • Numa grew up to resemble Catherine Taber, except with purple eyes (and obviously, lekku).
      • Governor Ryder Azadi looks like Clancy Brown, except Ambiguously Brown.
      • Erskin Semaj resembles Josh Brener.
      • Gold One/Dutch Vander resembles Yuri Lowenthal, as well as his late actor.
      • Gooti Terez and the Controller are based on The Star Wars Show host Andi Gutirrez and Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo, and though they don't voice them in the actual show, they were brought on as placeholder voices.
    • Star Wars Resistance:
      • Kazuda resembles Christopher Sean, except younger.
      • Tam resembles Suzie McGrath, albeit with darker skin and Tam's hair isn't curly.
      • You can see a resemblance between Neeku and Josh Brener.
      • Yeager resembles Scott Lawrence, except with dreadlocks and a beard.
      • Torra looks like a younger version of Myrna Velasco.
      • Synara resembles Nazneen Contractor.
      • Jace Rucklin resembles Elijah Wood, but with blonde hair and brighter-colored eyes.
      • Griff Halloran looks like Stephen Stanton.
      • Freya Fenris looks like Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, although like Duchess Satine and Governor Pryce before her, she's also be noted to have a Comic-Book Fantasy Casting resemblance to Cate Blanchett.
      • Hugh Sion, one of Kaz's teammates in the New Republic Navy, resembles Sam Witwer.
      • Mia Gabon, one of Kaz's teammates in the New Republic Navy, shares some resemblance to Cherami Leigh, though Mia appears to be Asian equivalent.
  • Scooby-Doo
    • In The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, Vincent Van Ghoul looks just like his voice actor, Vincent Price. The Mystery Incorporated continuity plays up their resemblance Up to Eleven, in which Van Ghoul is an actor and is also a good cook, like his late voice actor.
    • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated:
      • Mayor Fred Jones Sr. resembles his voice actor, Gary Cole, specifically in the late '90's and the 2000's. For reference, see Cole's roles in Dodgeball, One Hour Photo, and The West Wing. This is possibly a hint about Mayor Jones's false relation to Fred, as there is little to no familial resemblance between them.
      • Mayor Nettles and Principal Quinlan resemble Kate Higgins, except with darker hair.
      • Sheriff Stone resembles Patrick Warburton, except with a mustache. Case in point...
      • Hot Dog Water/Marcie looks like Linda Cardellini, further bringing her status as Velma's expy to full circle, as Cardellini played Velma in the first two live-action movies.
      • You can see a resemblance between Professor Pericles and Udo Kier, even though the former is a bird. Pericles specifically looks like this photo of Kier.
    • A Scooby Doo Valentine: The perps, who were doppelgangers of the gang, are unmasked to be caricatures of the cast's voice actors (Frank Welker, Grey DeLisle, Casey Kasem, Mindy Cohn).
  • The Hollow: Mark Hildreth is the only member of the cast to carry over his role to the live—action epilogue (and prologue)
  • Inverted in Godzilla: The Series with Mendel Craven and Mayor Ebert. Despite Malcolm Dunare and Michael Lerner coming back to reprise the respective roles, Craven was now blond with his hair in a ponytail instead of short brunet hair and Ebert sported a mustache instead of his original clean-shaven look and his hair was styled differently.
  • As mentioned below in Coincidences, this isn't actually the case with the main cast of Archer. However, this is played straight with pretty much all of the guest characters, including Len Drexler (Jeffrey Tambor), Cecil Tunt (Eugene Mirman), Alan Shapiro (Patton Oswalt), Conway Stern (Coby Bell), Katya Kazanova (Ona Grauer), Commander Drake (Bryan Cranston), Lemuel (Keith David) and Claudette Kane (C.C.H. Pounder), Edie (Allison Tolman), Lance Casteau (Anthony Bourdain), Lucas Troy (Timothy Olyphant), Captain Price (Jillian Bell), Noah (David Cross - just with hair), Captain Murphy (Jon Hamm - just with grey hair), Juliana (Lauren Cohan - just with red hair), Ziegler (Flula Borg - just with blonde hair)... basically, if there's a well-known guest star on the show, you can safely assume that their character will be this.
    • Also played straight with Ron Cadillac, who was directly based on Ron Liebman, and Slater, who was based on... well, you can probably guess who.
  • Disney's 2019 conceit that The Muppets (not the performers, the Muppets themselves) are guest voice actors on Disney Channel animated series leads to a weird metafictional example: Dr Enamel in Big City Greens looks a bit like a human version of Fozzie Bear (the show's Amazing Technicolor Population helps, since he's actually orange). Allowing for art style, Crumpet the Frog in Amphibia looks exactly like Kermit.

    Web Animation 
  • In gen:LOCK, a number of the characters appear to be physically modeled after their actors, most notably Cammie (Maisie Williams), Yasmin (Golshifteh Farahani), and Dr. Weller (David Tennant).
  • Given Monty Oum developed the four protagonists of RWBY based on his relationships with the women that would voice them, the physical resemblance is on point (specially Barbara Dunkelman as Yang), pushed one step further when they dressed as their characters.
  • In Red vs. Blue, once Chairman Malcolm Hargrove got a face, he looked exactly like his voice actor Jack Lee.
  • Aside from the difference in hair color and skin tone, it's easy to see foul-mouthed and cranky Max from Camp Camp as a child-sized version of Michael Jones, known for his foul mouth and Hair-Trigger Temper.



Comic Books

  • The graphic novel Joker, by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo, features a version of the character who, at times, strongly resembles Heath Ledger's take from The Dark Knight, including the facial scars, messy makeup, and Bad Ass Long Coat. However, production on the comic started in 2007, before the film was released, and Bermejo has commented that the resemblance was purely accidental (stating that the design was more a result of his feeling that "If you want to do a realistic interpretation of the Joker, there are only a few ways to do it.")


  • Mr. Incredible's unsympathetic boss looks like his German-dub voice actor, Herbert Feuerstein. The similarity is striking.
  • Carl Fredericksen from Up is based on both Spencer Tracy and Walter Matthau, but still manages to look like a caricature of Ed Asner. Not that Asner wasn't put into Carl: Pixar's crew declared that the title character of Lou Grant (also played by Asner) was an influence in the character, and Carl's lines were tailored for the actor.
  • Brazilian voice actor Mauro Ramos stated that as soon as the dubbing crew saw Al from Toy Story 2 looked just like him, he didn't even need to audition, the role was his.
  • Tim Burton claims this is what happened with the designs of Emily and Victor in Corpse Bride — the original sketches just happened to resemble Helena Bonham-Carter and Johnny Depp somewhat. Then again, considering that both end up in most of his films anyway...
  • Daniel Logan played a young Boba Fett in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. He has since grown up to a young adult with an uncanny resemblance to Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett, Boba Fett's father and progenitor, in Clones.
  • In the German dub of Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope looks a lot like her voice actress, Anna Fischer.
  • In the Japanese dub of Despicable Me, Agnes looks very similar to her voice actress, Mana Ashida. Vector also looks a lot like his voice actor, Kōichi Yamadera.
  • In a really bizarre version of this trope, as the character in question isn't even human, Hiroshi Iwasaki, C-3PO's current official Japanese voice actor, resemble quite a bit like him, a fact the voice actor himself lampshades in his own Twitter account and he even super-imposed his own face with C-3PO's. It helps a bit he is also bald.

Live-Action TV

  • The design used for the robots in the Doctor Who story "The Robots of Death" involves a mask that looks like a stylisation of Miles Fothergill, the actor playing the main villainous robot in the story, S7 - down to his distinctive hairline. There's no evidence that this was intentional.
  • Daredevil (2015):
    • Charlie Cox is a dead ringer for the comics renderings of Matt Murdock, aside from the lack of red hair.
    • Deborah Ann Woll bears some level of resemblance to the comics version of Karen Page.
    • When you look past the fact he's lighter in weight for practical reasons, Vincent D'Onofrio is a dead-ringer for the comics version of Wilson Fisk.
  • Jessica Jones (2015): Oscar Clemons is a very unique case. In the Punisher comic that he made his debut in, he was sketched with the likeness of Morgan Freeman. The casting crew for Jessica Jones picked Clarke Peters, who is similar in appearance, to play Clemons.
  • The Walking Dead: Cassius Romero, who voices Negan in the Brazilian Portuguese dub of the series, looks so much like Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the actor who portrays him. And both were born in 1966.
  • Island Princess from The Noddy Shop bears a resemblance to Alyson Court, her speaking actress.

Video Games

Web Animation

Western Animation

  • Archer:
    • The characters were based on local people that the creators knew, but some ended up looking like their voice actors anyway, like Malory and Lana.
    • It's also hard to say how much of a coincidence it is that Len Trexler looks so much like Jeffrey Tambor.
    • Kari Wahlgren also plays one of these in season 2.
  • David Xanatos, the main villain in Disney's Gargoyles, clearly resembles his voice actor, Jonathan Frakes. According to the official FAQ, however, the character's appearance was settled before Frakes was cast.
  • Batman does not resemble Kevin Conroy. Kevin Conroy just happens to look like Batman.
  • Likewise, Tim Daly looks like he could play Superman in live-action.
  • So does Patrick Warburton, who voiced Superman in some American Express commercials.
  • It's unclear whether it was intentional, but Grey DeLisle looks a lot like Azula in Avatar: The Last Airbender, what with the soft black hair and signature red lips. The only difference is that Azula is from the Fire Nation, who are modeled after East Asians. (Oh, and Azula is a teenager.)
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • Minor villainess Princess Mandie bears a resemblance to her voice actress, Tara Strong.
    • Likewise, Vicky's sister Tootie is essentially a cartoon version of Grey DeLisle as a child.
  • In Wing Commander Academy, the animated Admiral Tolwyn bears a close resemblence to Malcolm McDowell, who voiced the character, and also played the live action version of the character in Wing Commander III and Wing Commander IV.
  • The main six kids in Recess eerily resembled their voice actors (though it was coincidental). Ashley Johnson (Gretchen) lampshaded this in the DVD bonus features to Recess: School's Out. For example, Gus was a dead ringer for his voice actor, Courtland Mead, with the sole exception that the latter didn't wear glasses. T.J. was this even more so for his second voice actor, Andrew Lawrence (brother of Joey).
  • Legend of Korra:
    • Despite the baldness, Tenzin bears a striking resemblance to his voice actor, J. K. Simmons.
    • Asami Sato is exactly a cartoon version of actress Seychelle Gabriel (which is funny if you remember her actress played the live action version of Yue, the animated character she looks nothing like).
    • Kuvira looks freakishly like actress Zelda Williams, all except for the beauty mark on her cheek — but Williams has noted in interviews that her mom has a mark just like that in the same spot. It's surprising to find this is unintentional, given that her father is basically the Trope Codifier (see the Disney folder).
  • Ron Perlman, who voiced Slade/Deathstroke in Teen Titans, looks very similar to Deathstroke's alter-ego in the comics.
  • Ray Stantz is one for Frank Welker.
  • Robin Kohn, who voiced Lucy for most of the early '70s, (most notably in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving) looked a lot like her. She was even told it was one of the reasons she got the role.
  • Brazilian voice actress Fernanda Baronne is the local voice of Kim Possible, and always notes the similarity. She even dressed up as Kim once!
  • The Eds all bear striking resemblances to their voice actors; Ed has a long, rectangular face like Matt Hill, Edd has olive skin, dark hair, a strong chin and big dark eyes like Sam Vincent, and Eddy has Tony Sampson's build and combed-back hair.
  • James Garrett, the voice of Avatar Roku, also voiced Alfred in Batman: The Brave and the Bold and later films in the DC Animated Movie Universeand is a dead ringer for Mr. Pennyworth.


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