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Two Voices, One Character

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This trope 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 Talking to Himself.

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 the English dub of Digimon Savers (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.)

    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.
  • 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 Kinghotn and Eilidh Fraser as Maudie.
  • 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 them 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.
  • 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.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Gremlins:
    • 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.
  • In Mortal Kombat Kevin Michael Richardson was the voice of Goro, though his roars and growls were done by Frank Welker.

  • 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.

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    Web Video 
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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 Benederet such as when she chases after the egg delivery truck.
  • In 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 has two examples:
  • 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.
  • 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 episode 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.


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