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Two Voices, One Character

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"Like the other voices in the game, the Samus recordings were all handled by Nintendo. [...] Looking at the filenames from my ProTools sessions, the actress in question does have the initials “JH”. Could it be Jennifer Hale…? While I can’t confirm with utter certainty, I can say with 90% certainty that it probably is. However, to add to the mystery, I used a different actress for the death scream as I wanted a voice with a higher register for the game over screen. An actress with the initials of “VM”. Maybe the internet sleuths can figure this one out."
Metroid Prime audio lead Clark Wen on the voice(s) of Samus Arannote 

This item provides examples of two or more actors playing the same character within the same work.

Sometimes this is because the character does something that's supposed to change their voice in-universe (like using a voice modulator or changing form). Other times this is simply a practical matter, such as the usual voice actor not being able to say a line in a particular way, fluently speak a foreign language, or in more severe cases, the original voice actor dying before they could complete all of their lines and having to hire another voice actor to do the rest of their character's lines.

Related to The Other Darrin, but this applies to characters whose speaking voice is different in the same work, rather than in between movies or episodes. Also related to Cast as a Mask, where a character's disguise or alter ego has a different voice actor. This is the inverse of Acting for Two.

Super-Trope to Non-Singing Voice, Non-Dubbed Grunts, and Time-Shifted Actor.

Contrast Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor.


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  • Maxwell the Pig from the Geico commercials has two separate voice actors, when he's saying "whee!" it's provided by a woman and his speaking voice is done by a man, widely believed to be David Spade.

    Anime and Manga 
  • In Bleach, in pretty much every dub Yoruichi is voiced by a male actor while in cat form, and by a female in human form, in order to set up The Reveal of her true gender.
  • Digimon Adventure 02: Though DNA Digivolution was technically introduced in Digimon: The Movie with Omnimon, it became more prominent with Paildramon, Silphymon and Shakkoumon, and all three's voices are the ones of their component Digimon speaking simultaneously. In fact, Imperialdramon even uses the plural first-person pronoun "we" when introducing himself (before the Digimon Analyzer segment, where he uses "I" while alternating both voices).
    Imperialdramon: So, guys, be honest. How do we look?
  • In the English dub of Digimon Data Squad, Yggdrasil had three voice actors, Mona Marshall in its 2-9000WZ form, Johnathan David Cook in its 7D6 form, and Mari Devon as its Core form. (The original simply had one voice for all three forms.)
  • In the Dragon Ball series, fusions are voiced by the voices of their constituents talking together (for example, Gogeta is voiced by both Sean Schemmel and Chris Sabat).
  • In Mob Psycho 100, the leader of the 7th Division of Claw is voiced by two actors, one of which is female, while the other one is male. Lampshaded by one of the characters who says that he actually thought that Ishiguro was a girl, and justified, due to the voice distortion Ishiguro’s mask creates.
  • In the English dub of Naruto, the two halves of Zetsu are voiced by different actors. (In the original Japanese he only has one for both.)
  • Done by necessity in Discotek Media's release of Ninja Senshi Tobikage; they did the best they could to find the old English dub, but despite their best efforts, a few seconds were still missing. They made up for that part of the dub by dubbing those scenes themselves, using voice actors who imitated the originals as best they could.
  • In Ōkami-san's anime adaptation, Liszt is usually voiced by Hirofumi Nojima, but switches to Satomi Sato when in disguise as "the Mysterious Beauty".
  • Similar to the one above, in the English dub of Rosario + Vampire, Moka is voiced by two voice actresses based on her Split Personality (Alexis Tipton for Outer Moka and Colleen Clinkenbeard for Inner Moka). Both sides are voiced by the same VA in the original Japanese.

    Asian Animation 
  • Stitch & Ai: In the English version, Meiying was voiced primarily by Cherami Leigh in most episodes, but was voiced by Xanthe Huynh in the seventh episode "Dragon Parade". However, the show used the same English end credits for all episodes, which lead to both Leigh and Huynh being credited as the character for every episode, even the ones where the character did not appear at all.

    Fan Works 
  • In Scootertrix the Abridged:
    • Cris Galvez normally provides the voice of Princess Luna, but Luna's evil alter ego Nightmare Moon is voiced by head writer Jack Getschman.
    • Trixie has the power to change her voice at will, so her main voice is provided by James Gonzolez (in the first half of the series) and Greg Hoffman (in the second half), while she briefly switches to alternate voices by Jacob Goodey, Vic Bell, and Jack Getschman.

    Films — Animation 
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire: Jim Varney died while recording dialogue for Cookie, so Steven Barr voiced him in the scene near the end where he says goodbye to Milo.
  • Brother Bear has the elderly Denahi as the narrator in the prologue be voiced by Oscar Kawagley, with Harold Gould translating what Denahi was saying as he begins to narrate the movie's plot as a simultaneous voice over.
  • Fun and Fancy Free: For Mickey and the Beanstalk, Walt Disney recorded dialogue for Mickey when it was in production prior to the project being put on hold due to World War II. When production resumed after the war, sound effects wizard Jimmy MacDonald, who had become Mickey's voice by then, finished the mouse's lines.
  • Brave for some reason features both Sally Kinghorn and Eilidh Fraser as Maudie.
  • Fantasia: Some releases that use the extended introductions by Deems Taylor have sections of dialogue redubbed by Corey Burton, due to said sections not having the original audio available at the time of those releases.
  • Jetsons: The Movie:
    • After Janet Waldo, the normal voice of Judy Jetson, recorded her dialogue, Executive Meddling had pop singer Tiffany, who was to be just Judy's singing voice, be her speaking voice as well and rerecord over her lines lines. Despite that, one of Waldo's lines was kept in, which was most likely an oversight.
    • George O'Hanlon and Mel Blanc, the voices of George Jetson and Mr. Spacely respectively, both died during production, so Jeff Bergman filled in for lines they had yet to record.
  • The Lion King (1994): Jeremy Irons sung as Scar through most of the "Be Prepared" number, but after he threw out his voice during recording, Jim Cummings sang the rest of the song for him.
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action: Bugs is voiced throughout by Joe Alaskey, but one line ("Doesn't anyone knock anymore?") was read by animation director Eric Goldberg.
  • In Meet the Robinsons, child actor Daniel Hansen recorded all of his lines as Lewis, the film's lead. Then at one point, the script went through some changes and they needed him to re-record some lines. Unfortunately, Hansen's voice had broke and he didn't sound the same. So Jordan Fry was brought on. The result is that both Hansen and Fry voice the character at different points in the film. Luckily, this isn't obvious.
  • Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie:
    • John Fiedler, the voice of Piglet, died during production, so his current voice, Travis Oates, performed the rest of his dialogue.
    • Nikita Hopkins voices Roo in the same film, though his occasional stand-in Jimmy Bennett provides some lines as well.
  • In Scared Shrekless, Donkey is voiced by Dean Edwards instead of Eddie Murphy. Despite this, some of Donkey's screams are archived recordings of Murphy.
  • The Sword in the Stone: Wart/Arthur had three different voices: one prepubescent, one with an obvious crack, and one at a post-crack stage. The sudden switches between them can be a bit jarring to say the least.
  • In A Goofy Movie during the scene where Goofy takes pictures of a toddler girl, most of her lines were done by an actual little girl, however during the part where Pete takes the stuffed deer away from her, her crying and begging him to give it back were done by Elizabeth Daily, presumably because the girl couldn't cry convincingly.
  • In TMNT, Mako Iwamatsu, who voiced Splinter, died on July 20, 2006, prompting Greg Baldwin to finish his dialogue.
  • Yellow Submarine: Peter Batten was originally George's voice, but after he was arrested on military desertion charges, Paul Angelis (Ringo, Chief Blue Meanie) replaced him.
  • In Quest for Camelot, when Bladebeak is a regular rooster, his sounds are done by Frank Welker but when Ruber fuses him with an axe, his speaking voice is done by Jaleel White.
  • SCOOB! had Muttley voiced by his current regular voice actor Billy West, while his laughs use archive audio of the late Don Messick, his original voice actor.
  • Tarzan is voiced by Tony Goldwyn while his signature yell is done by BRIAN BLESSED!!!!!.
  • Toy Story 2: Jessie is normally voiced by Joan Cusack, but her yodel was done by Mary Kay Bergman. Cusack did her own yodeling in Toy Story 3 due to Bergman's suicide a few weeks before Toy Story 2 came out.
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker: Young Tim Drake was voiced by Matthew Valencia as usual, but after his horrific transformation into "Joker Junior", he doesn't speak and only laughs. Said laughs were provided by casting director Andrea Romano, presumably because Valencia couldn't pull it off.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney): Laverne, the female gargoyle, is primarily voiced by actress Mary Wickes throughout the film. Wickes passed away from surgery complications before she could attend her final recording session, so as a result, a few of her lines are instead voiced by Jane Withers. Withers would go on to voice Laverne full-time in the direct-to-video sequel and some video games.
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie: Bowser is voiced by Jack Black, but has archival grunts and roars from the games used at certain points. He is voiced by Kenny James in the games.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Gremlins:
    • While Howie Mandel was the voice of Gizmo, his singing was done by an unidentified young woman who was part of the choir.
    • Frank Welker did the voice of the gremlin leader Stripe, although a few lines were done by Michael Winslow.
    • In the sequel the Brain gremlin starts out voiced by Frank Welker, but after he drinks the brain serum and gains human intelligence, he's voiced by Tony Randall. His voice switches back to Welker during his death scene, hinting that he's lost his intelligence after being electrocuted.
  • The title character in Lorenzo's Oil is played by Zach O'Malley-Greenberg speaks in a majority of the film. But some of the parts where Lorenzo was crying were voiced over by E.G. Daily.
  • In Mortal Kombat: The Movie Kevin Michael Richardson was the voice of Goro, though his roars and growls were done by Frank Welker.
  • Star Wars:
    • While Darth Vader's voice is provided by James Earl Jones (who dubs over the physical actors), Vader's iconic breathing was recorded by sound designer Ben Burtt breathing through a scuba mask.
    • In Revenge of the Sith, General Grievous is voiced by Matthew Wood, but his coughing was done by none other than George Lucas himself, who was legitimately sick at the time. Wood does the coughs himself in Grievous' later appearances and the difference between the two is evident.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Donald Duck's dialogue is a combination of archived audio of original voice actor Clarence Nash and new lines by current voice actor Tony Anselmo.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Young Sheldon season two finale " A Swedish Science Thing And The Equation For Toast", Debbie Wolowitz from The Big Bang Theory cameos at the end. Her one spoken line ("Howard, turn off that verkakte game and go to sleep!") was a combination of archived audio from the late Carol Ann Susi and new recordings of Pamela Adlon.note .

  • A particular example happens with Gorillaz with 2-D, having two voices for the character, one for singing (Damon Albarn) and one for speaking (Nelson De Freita until 2017, being replaced by Kevin Bishop).

    Puppet Shows 
  • Muppet Classic Theater: In one scene, Rizzo is voiced by Dave Goelz instead of Steve Whitmire due the latter performing Kermit in the same scene. While it's the norm for a Muppet performer to sub for another during filming if the other is performing another character, the normal actor would usually dub the correct voice in post-production, but this didn't occur here for some reason.

  • In Jasper in Deadland, when Jasper's life flashes before his eyes, he sees Agnes appear multiple times, played by multiple actresses, allowing for her to speak in unison and/or sing in harmony with herself.

    Theme Parks 
  • In the original version of Journey into Imagination at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Chuck McCann was not able to record all of his lines as Dreamfinder for some unknown reason. Ron Schneider, who would play the meet and greet version of the character for 5 years, wound up filling in for McCann during the last few scenes starting with the Science realm.

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    Web Animation 
  • The RWBY episode "Tea Amidst Terrible Trouble" has Roman Torchwick voiced by both Billy Kametz and Christopher Wehkamp, as Kametz passed away before recording all his lines. This coincidentally ends up working in favor of the scene, as it emphasizes the fact that the Torchwick here is just an illusion.
  • The Team Fortress 2 short film Expiration Date has Nolan North subbing in for one of the Soldier's lines ("I teleported breaaaad!") because Rick May, his usual voice actor, had throat cancer and could not yell.

    Western Animation 
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Sussie's spoken dialogue is performed by one actor (which has changed several times between seasons), but her vocalizations are done by series creator Ben Bocquelet.
  • The Cleveland Show: Donna's Auntie Momma is actually her Uncle Kevin in drag. The Auntie Momma persona is voiced by Kym Whitley, while Uncle Kevin's real voice is provided by Kevin Michael Richardson.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • In Porky's Hare Hunt, the proto-Bugs rabbit was voiced by Mel Blanc, but the line "Of course you know, this means war!" was read by director Ben Hardaway.
    • In Wideo Wabbit, Bugs' voice switches from Blanc to Daws Butler when doing his imitations of Groucho Marx and Art Carney.
    • In What's Opera, Doc?, Elmer's yell of "SMOOOG!" was done by Blanc because his normal voice, Arthur Q. Bryan, couldn't say it powerfully enough.
    • Blanc would occasionally do some of Elmer's screams and yells in cartoons where he is otherwise played by Bryan. One such example are Elmer's screams in "The Wacky Wabbit".
    • In the 2003 short Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas, Bugs switches between being voiced by Joe Alaskey and Billy West.
    • Not a voice instance but still audible: during the production of 1962's "The Jet Cage", music director Milt Franklyn died. The cartoon's score was finished by William Lava.
    • In "An Egg Scramble", most of Miss Prissy's lines as well as her clucks and squawks were done by Mel Blanc, but a few of her lines were done by Bea Benaderet such as when she chases after the egg delivery truck.
    • In "My Generation G-g-Gap", most of Porky Pig's lines are done by Billy West but his screams of pain when he's getting electrocuted are done by Bob Bergen.
  • In the Mickey Mouse short Get a Horse!, the dialogue for Minnie and Pete is comprised of archival recordings of their previous voices, Marcelite Garner and Billy Bletcher, and new lines by Russi Taylor and Will Ryan.
  • In Phineas and Ferb, Candace is usually voiced by Ashley Tisdale, but in "Jerk De Soleil", her parsnip allergy-affected voice was done by Dan Povenmire.
  • Mike, Lu & Og: For a couple of lines in "Roller Madness", Lu was voiced by Kath Soucie instead of Nancy Cartwright.
  • The Owl House:
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: The episode "A Visit to Anthony" was in pre-production when John Kricfalusi was fired from the show; while he voices Ren for the majority of the episode, a couple of lines were done by Billy West.
    • West did a number of Ren's insane laughs, particularly in "Stimpy's Invention", as Kricfalusi was unable to get Ren's laughs to sound convincingly diabolical.
  • Animaniacs: Wakko's voice is normally done by Jess Harnell, but his loud belches are done by Maurice LaMarche.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "The Last Temptation of Homer", Bart, normally voiced by Nancy Cartwright, gets his throat sprayed and gains a whiny, Jerry Lewis-like voice courtesy of Dan Castellaneta. It's gone by the next scene.
    • In "Mother Simpson", Glenn Close voices Mona throughout, but her "D'oh!" at the end was shouted by Pamela Hayden. This was because Hayden did the temp recording for the character and Close couldn't get the "D'oh!" right.
    • The Simpson's dog Santa's Little Helper is usually voiced by Dan Castellaneta, but in a few episodes where he has a major role, Frank Welker (who specializes in giving non-humans the ability to emote) does it instead.
  • South Park: Loogie from "The Tooth Fairy's Tats 2000" was voiced by guest Richard Belzer. However, when additional dialogue had to be recorded and Belzer wasn't available, Trey Parker filled in for him.
  • Tangled: The Series:
    • Reg E. Cathey, who voiced Captain Quaid, died on February 9, 2018. His unfinished dialogue was provided by Keith David.
    • Jon Polito voiced the Griffon of Pitford in "Not in the Mood", but died before completing his dialogue, prompting Dee Bradley Baker to step in.
  • ReBoot: During the episode "Number 7", in which and AndrAIa enter a game based off of Mainframe and Reboot into Megabyte and Hexadecimal, which turns out to be an extended Nightmare Sequence, Paul Dobson and Sharon Alexander continue to voice them, with a few lines from the virus's voices (Tony Jay for three of Matrix's lines and Shirley Millner for about half of AndrAIa's dialogue) spliced in, which only adds to the surreal nature of the episode and it's overall theme Matrix's fears that he's becoming just like Megabyte.
  • Woody Woodpecker: Mel Blanc voiced the titular woodpecker for only 3 cartoons, however the laugh he did continued to be used in cartoons until the 1950's.
  • For Invincible (2021), Grey DeLisle voices Monster Girl as a human, while Kevin Michael Richardson voices her in monster form.
  • Red Hot Riding Hood: The wolf in the cartoon was primarily voiced by Frank Graham, while Kent Rogers voiced him in several scenes.
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh had Paul Winchell and Jim Cummings trade the role of Tigger throughout the series. While often only one actor did the role per episode, in a couple early instances such as "Things That Go Piglet in the Night", Cummings would fill in an odd line for Winchell. This was repeated in a few later projects, either due to Cummings providing odd lines or singing parts as Winchell's voice aged, or Winchell being utilised via archival footage.
  • The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder: Papi is normally voiced by Alvaro Gutierrez like in the original show, but his Signature Laugh is now done by Kevin Michael Richardson.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: Eustace was originally voiced by veteran voice actor Lionel Wilson, but he left the show midway through production due to illness. Starting with episode 34, Eustace is now voiced by Arthur Anderson. Episodes featuring Anderson as Eustace often continue to use archival audio of Wilson's performance, such as the character's Catchphrases ("Stupid dog!"), groans, screams, laughs and cries.
  • Space Goofs: Gorgious was originally voiced by Michael Sicoly during the first half of season 1, but midway into production, he's voiced by Danny Mann. There have been a few episodes leading up to this, where Gorgious is mostly performed by Scioly, but at least one or two lines of dialogue (or exclamations) have him voiced by Mann before the latter took up voicing the character full-time. Examples include "Gnome Alone", "Flora and Feast", and the end of "Sweet Tooth Blues". (However, some of Scioly's exclamations can be heard in a few episodes that followed, including "We Robot", "2000 Feet Under Home to Rent", "Flashman vs. Zork", and "Toon In, Drop Out".) In fact, in "Flora and Feast", Gorgious has a full line of dialogue with both of his actors voicing him.
    Gorgious: (in Mann's voice) Candy, if you're done crying, I'd appreciate it if you'd sashay your little bottom into the kitchen and fix my dinner. (in Scioly's voice) I'm starving!
    • Similarly, Bud was voiced by Jeff Bennett during season 1, but in one episode ("The Pro"), three lines of dialogue have him voiced by Louis Garneau, who would later take over voicing the character in season 2.
  • In Adventure Time, Princess Monster Wife's voices are provided by Hynden Walch, Steve Little and Pendleton Ward, due to having the three mouths of the characters they voice.
  • In Teen Titans Go!, one episode has Robin, Beast Boy and Cyborg doing impressions of various incarnations of The Joker to get inside his lair. While they're usually voiced respectively by Scott Menville, Greg Cipes and Khary Payton, Eric Bauza voices all of them in their impressions.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The episode "The Lawless" marks Ian Abercrombie's final time voicing Palpatine/Darth Sidious prior to his death. However, Sidious' final lines in the episode ("Do not worry, I'm not going to kill you. I have...other uses for you") were provided by Abercrombie's replacement Tim Curry, and were likely recorded later in production in order to confirm that Maul would survive to return in the future.
  • Steven Universe: Dee Bradley Baker provides the voices of the Gem Monsters. When they get uncorrupted, different voice actors are provided to voice their original forms.
  • In the Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures episode "In the Realm of the Condor", the native boy's screams and cries are done by Frank Welker, but his speaking lines are done by an actual young boy.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • In "Hero Hamton", Porky Pig for most of the episode is voiced by Bob Bergen but his first line was done by Maurice LaMarche with his voice sped up.
    • In "New Character Day", Daffy as Duck Twacy in the wraparounds was voiced by Joe Alaskey, but Jeff Bergman voiced him in "The Return of Pluck Twacy".
  • In 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Cruella is normally voiced by April Winchell. However one of her lines in the episode "The Fungus Among Us" was done by Tress MacNeille (who voiced her in the episode "Close But No Cigar").
    • In several episodes where Debi Mae West voiced Lucky, stock audio (such as yells or grunts) of Pamela Adlon's voice for him was still used.
  • In the Recess episode "Teacher's Lounge", an Imagine Spot of Miss Grotke and Principal Prickly boxing each other has Tress MacNeille doing Miss Grotke's grunting noises during the match, while Allyce Beasley performs her normally.
  • South Park: Kenny is normally voiced by Matt Stone, but when he talks without his hood on, he's almost always voiced by another actor, usually Eric Stough. One exception is when Kenny is in his Mysterion guise, where he's still voiced by Stone using a gravelly voice. One instance in "Mysterion Rises" has Kenny briefly break character and say "What the fuck?" in his "natural" voice provided by Stough before repeating the line in his gruff "Mysterion" voice provided by Stone.