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Robin: So how did you do Batman's voice?
Superman: [in Batman's voice] Precise muscle control. [in Robin's voice] Plus, I have a pretty good ear!
Robin: Don't. Do that. Again!

So we've all seen a Shapeshifting. And we all know that when a shapeshifter shifts themselves into another entity, they usually assume the voice of the entity they are copying. Meaning, a perfect imitation of another character's voice is a Required Secondary Power of anyone who would change their physical form.

Being a Voice Changeling, however, requires the distinction between someone who changes their physical form and someone who merely changes their voice. Meaning, while any run-of-the-mill shapeshifter can copy a subject's voice, in order to be a Voice Changeling, you've got to perfectly copy a voice without changing your body.

It is important to realize that the Voice Changeling creates a perfect and flawless imitation - not one that is merely different from their own. So in other words, if Bob is annoyed with Alice, and decides to mimic her in his most obnoxious-sounding girl voice, that is not a Voice Changeling. If, however, Bob's imitation of Alice requires a voiceover from the actress who plays Alice, then the trope is in play. As a general rule, it is only a Voice Changeling if there is a momentary change in voice actors. That's the kind of ability we're talking about.


This ability can be a natural gift or an acquired talent. It can be gained through circumstance, magic or machines. But the important element is not to confuse this trope with Voices Are Mental. Therefore, if some magic turn of events causes a body switch, or if someone gets possessed, then this trope is NOT in effect, no matter how different the voices become. This trope strictly applies to a voluntary ability - Voluntary Shape Shifting, if you will - but only concerning the voice. It's that simple.

It's especially handy for a Master of Disguise that disguises him or herself in a conventional manner (i.e. not actually shapeshifting) and can accompany Latex Perfection really well (typically resulting in the use of Cast as a Mask).

Note: A character is only a Voice Changeling when they can imitate an actual voice/means of communication. Meaning, if some character can make non-human sounds that are not associated with a specific character, the trope is not in action. Only when their voice matches that of another character is this trope in effect.


Compare Voluntary Shape Shifting and Voices Are Mental. Not to be confused with Man of a Thousand Voices.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Kisaragi Saemon from Basilisk not only can take the appearance of other people using mud to take their shape, but he can also copy their voice flawlessly, though at one point he complains that it's tiresome to copy the voice of a woman (which he does anyway).
  • In City Hunter:
    • Ryo can make a flawless impression of any voice after hearing it once, often accompanying it with a pathetic disguise.
    • Silver Fox is implied to be one: he could imitate the voice of a professional photographer well enough to fool his model, and then imitated Ryo's voice well enough to fool Kaori. Kaori still saw through his disguise, but that's because she was expecting something like that and had a test ready (namely, her bra. Silver Fox faked being aroused, but Ryo wouldn't have been).
  • In Cyborg 009, Francoise Arnoul aka 003 has sound-related powers in the graphic novel, which she uses to defeat 0011+/- by mimicking each brother's voices so they'll be tricked into running into each other, causing them to suffer a fatal electrocution due to the polarizing nature of their electric powers.
  • Detective Conan has a voice-changing bowtie that does this, basically.
    • There's also Kaito Kid, who can change voices without any device or magic.
    • And there is Vermouth, while she does not show the huge repertoire as Kaito Kid, she pulls off acting as Dr. Araide, Jodie, and her own mother. It's basically in-lore that you can't trust any voice.
  • Dr. Stone: Gen is very talented at imitating voices. His Tsukasa impression appears to unnerve even Kohaku, and he can even do a woman's voice, like when he imitates Lillian Weinberg as part of a plan to pacify the Tsukasa Empire's army.
  • Japan does a spot-on impression of Italy in the Hetalia: Axis Powers 2007 Christmas Event.
  • In High School Debut, Asaoka shows the ability to imitate Koh's voice well enough to fool Haruna after they've been going out for some time.
  • Ritsu Tainaka in K-On! is able to copy just about anyone she knows, at one point tricking Azusa into answering a question she thought came from Ui. A Running Gag has her pretending to be someone's inner voice, which manga readers wouldn't be able to notice.
  • In Kamisama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama, the robotic Cocotama Picota has the power to copy people's voices, which he often uses so he can speak to troubled people while emulating the voices of their loved ones.
  • In Lupin III, this is one of the many talents of the titular protagonist.
  • In Magical Girl Raising Project, Cranberry has powers related to sound, which also allows her to imitate voices.
  • Shinso's costume in My Hero Academia has "artificial vocal chords" in it, allowing them to mimic the voices of others, which lets him easily use his Compelling Voice Quirk.
  • One Piece:
    • Usopp has a talent for mimicking other people's voices perfectly. He usually uses this just to joke around, but he shows in the Alabasta arc that it's quite useful in combat, using it to defeat Miss Merry Christmas by tricking Mr. 4 into whacking her with his 4-ton bat.
    • Vinsmoke Niji, one of Sanji's older brothers, has this power, which came in use by impersonating Charlotte Nusstorte and tricking Charlotte Mont-D'or into giving away the Straw Hats' rendezvous location on Cacao Island. The anime shows that as long as Niji is touching someone, he'll be able to mimic their voices perfectly
  • In Paranoia Agent, Kawazu imitates all of Tsukiko’s coworker’s voices and mannerisms (and makeup) when trying to turn her against them. It starts off as a gag and Tsukiko smiles in what looks like amusement, but as it goes on it gradually stops being funny and Tsukiko stops smiling.
  • Team Rocket from Pokémon have sometimes used voice-changing megaphones to imitate other characters, including Ash. When Meowth uses one, however, it fails to mask his Brooklyn/Joisey accent.
  • Beatrice of Princess Principal, despite being the team's Token Mini-Moe, can effortlessly mimic a man's voice thanks to a steampunk-esque voicebox in her throat. As she's a spy, this comes in handy.

  • In Auto Hunting, the Red Dragon Gale squad working with Oh Yunsung is understandably quite annoyed since he's paralyzing them and dumping them atop a plateau without explanation, due to Language Barrier, and fail to understand his motives... until they hear their own voices coming from below. Surprise! There's a Wicked Tricker in the area, known as one of "The Deadly Four" for a reason!

    Comic Books 
  • Taskmaster from Marvel Comics.
  • GloomCookie: Isabella imitates Lex's voice and tricks Damion into thinking that she hurt Lex. Later on Moon Raven is able to imitate Lex's voice and trick Vermillion into meeting her at his house.
  • Batman has the ability to perfectly impersonate many people's voices; his voice, in turn, can be perfectly impersonated by Alfred.
    • Damian Wayne uses this skill to fool the Batcave's voice-activated locks.
  • Superman as well, Depending on the Writer and franchise, either through "Super Ventriloquism" or just being an excellent actor.
  • Diabolik and Eva Kant. They usually combine it with Latex Perfection and very good acting, and between those Altea can't tell her fiancee Ginko from a disguised Diabolik, nor Ginko can tell Altea from a disguised Eva.
    • While they're the ones who do it most often, the ability is shown to be relatively common, with good actors being able to learn how to imitate at least one voice. Ginko himself has copied multiple voices, and Eva has been impersonated successfully enough to fool Diabolik at least twice.
  • From the Disney Mouse and Duck Comics have a few:
    • Miklos, alias the Grey Mouse, as part of him being a Master of Disguise. He's good enough that Mickey can't tell him from O'Hara, and the only one who can reliably tell Mickey from Miklos (his favourite disguise) is Pluto (Minnie too, but it takes her a while and isn't usually sure).
    • Paperinik, both in his classic stories and Paperinik New Adventures. What makes this funny is that he's actually Donald Duck.
      • Paperinik New Adventures adds One, Two, Solomon Hicks, Geena, the Raider, Grrodon, and Trauma. Most of them are Justified, as One, Two and Solomon are artificial intelligences, Geena is a droid from the 23rd century, the Raider uses 23rd-century technology for his disguises and Grrodon is a shapeshifting, alien, Super Soldier. Trauma, on the other hand, is just unexplained.
    • Fantomius the Gentleman Thief and his fiancee/accomplice Dolly Paprika.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): Artemis, Euboea and Io hunt down and recapture an escaped Leucrocota that tries manipulating them by imitating the voices of other Amazons.
  • Short-lived character Kylun of Excalibur fame from X-Men had this as his mutant ability, able to mimic any sound or voice he heard flawlessly (his favorites were birdsong). A childhood spent stranded in a magic dimension also afforded him a cat-like body and magic swords that would cut through anything that wasn't "pure of heart" to shore up the lack of combat ability this apparently provided.

    Fan Works 
  • This Bites!: Soundbite can mimic any sound he's ever heard, backwards, forwards, or any other way you can think of. This is, however, the only way that he can speak, which results in him using an amalgamation of different voices for his sentences. Chapter 17 reveals that he's fully capable of picking one voice and sticking with it, and he explains his reasoning for doing otherwise: when he gives animals the ability to speak with his powers, he determines their voices based on what/who they are. The voices he gives them suit them, but his own voice is all of the voices.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Disney's adaptation of Aladdin, Iago shows this ability when impersonating Jasmine and Jafar. His Jasmine impersonation is used to steal the lamp. Hand Waved by him being a parrot.
  • Disney's telling of Peter Pan has Peter perfectly replicating the voice of Captain Hook. This is used to trick Mr. Smee a number of times.
  • In The Little Mermaid, Ursula acquires Ariel's voice through a magic spell.
  • Miles Axlerod during the Lemon meeting in Italy in Cars 2.
  • Tarzan can do this as an extension of his ability to speak with animals. At one point he perfectly imitates a gunshot.
  • Bambi II eerily depicts a hunter's deer call this way, with Bambi hearing it as his mother's voice.
  • Soul Joe asks 22 why she sounds like "a middle aged white lady". She explains that, as a soul not born to Earth yet in a hypothetical world, she can sound like someone else if she wants, demonstrating when she uses the voice of an old man, a child and even Joe himself. She just choses the voice she has because it annoys people.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The killer robots in the Terminator franchise are capable of mimicking people's voices.
    • In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the T-800 uses John Connor's voice on the phone with the foster parents one of whom is actually the shape-shifting enemy Terminator, using the Required Secondary Power to impersonate the mom while on the phone. This is a throwback to the earlier film The Terminator, where it copies the voice of Sarah Connor's mother.
    • Also in Terminator Salvation, where a T-101 imitates the teenage Kyle to catch John Connor off guard.
  • In Diamonds Are Forever. Both Blofeld and James Bond use voice duplicating machines to fool other people.
  • In the movie Scream 3, the Ghostface villain uses a voice changer that mimics many of the other characters' voices. In the rest of the series, Ghostface just uses the device to put on a deep, creepy-sounding voice to mask his or her identity.
  • Sgt. Jones from the Police Academy series is so good at imitating sounds, he has been shown to foil his opponents using his voicebox alone. That's actually one of Michael Winslow's main real-life talents.
  • In Police Academy 6: City Under Siege, the Big Bad uses this trope, combined with Latex Perfection, to impersonate Commissioner Hurst. Unfortunately for him, his deception is foiled when the real Commissioner shows up, and one of the heroes figures out how to Spot the Impostor.
  • Michael Winslow also does this trick in Spaceballs, only he imitates "the bleeps, the sweeps, and the creeps," as well as imitating the sound of speaking through a speaker.
  • Juni from Spy Kids runs perpendicular to both this and imitating one's voice. Justified as he is just that good. That and he gets it from his mother (although we never hear her do such).
  • X2: X-Men United: Mystique imitates Colonel Stryker's voice to gain access to his secure files while in her natural blue form. She also mimics Nightcrawler's voice briefly during a conversation with him.
  • John Milton in The Devil's Advocate can do this. Justified. He's the Devil.
  • The entity in [REC].
  • The early Stephen Chow comedy Royal Tramp has a Rebellious Princess who's learned to imitate the voice of her brother ie. the Emperor for whichever schemes she had in mind. It's also a Chekhov's Skill.
  • In Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, the fact that Jane can perfectly imitate Blanche's voice is a Chekhov's Skill.
  • Len Parker in the Apocalypse film series movie Revelation imitates the voices of Thorold Stone's wife and daughter through a walkie-talkie in order to deceive Stone into thinking that he has them in his custody. He even "tells" them to be quiet.
  • In a throwaway gag in Dogma, Serendipity perfectly imitates Azrael. Justified in that she is a divine being.
  • This is one of Trantor the troll's abilities in Ernest Scared Stupid, first he imitates Ernest's voice to fool Joey, then later uses Elizabeth's voice to try to lure Kenny to him.
  • In Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Freddy Krueger imitates Tracy's voice while retaining his normal form to mess with the Doc.
  • In Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies, the Djinn lures Morgana to the casino over the phone by impersonating the Russian gangster he became acquainted with.
  • In The Last of Sheila Richard Benjamin imitates James Coburn's voice to make a snarky comment. That prank comes back to trip him up later.
  • In Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Evil Robot Bill and Ted imitate the real duo's girlfriend's voices to prank call them into believing they're breaking up with them - all in order to set the real Bill and Ted up for their demise.
  • Barty Crouch Jr. has this ability in the movie version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He doesn't have it in the book since Polyjuice Potion allows for vocal mimicry in the books but not the film.
  • In Men in Black II, Serleena mimics Frank the Pug's voice to fool J.
  • In the Mission: Impossible films, the standard-issue Latex Perfection masks also come with tiny circuitry patches that go over the masked character's throat, altering their voice into a perfect imitation of the target's.
  • In the Predator series, the titular alien hunters achieve this through recording and playing back human speech. While they are limited to specific phrases they tend to pick appropriate times to employ them, suggesting they know a bit of English.
  • Saturn 3. Alex and Adam watch helplessly as a passing spacecraft is convinced that everything is alright because the Killer Robot is imitating their voices on the radio. It also imitates the voice of the man from whom it got its psychotic personality.
  • In the "Kalahari" episode of the Nature Documentary series Africa, a fork-tailed drongo bird imitates the alarm cry of a meerkat sentry, tricking the foraging meerkats into abandoning their prey to retreat to their burrows. The drongo then scarfs down the abandoned meal.
  • In Little Voice, Shrinking Violet Laura develops the ability to mimic famous singers' voices from all her time spent listening to records which her greedy mother and boyfriend try to exploit to get rich.
  • Frank N. Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show was able to mimic Brad when doing his Bed Trick with Janet and vice versa.
  • A particularly horrific example from Annihilation, in which the protagonists are hunted by a mutant bear with the ability to absorb its prey's vocal cords into its own respiratory system, allowing it to mimic their dying cries to lure out or unnerve their allies.
  • In Silent Fall, Tim's "echolalia" is portrayed bizarrely - not only can he repeat what other people say, he can make his voice sound exactly like theirs. He can even come up with his own sentences using other people's voices. Jake explains that Tim uses other people's voices because he's afraid to be himself, which doesn't explain how he can reshape his vocal cords at will.

  • Several characters from the Discworld books have this ability:
    • TomJon from Wyrd Sisters has this as a result of the three witches' blessings; Nanny Ogg blessed him that he would "always remember the words", a handy ability for the adopted son of an actor.
    • Agnes Nitt from Maskerade and Carpe Jugulum has such amazing vocal ability that she can do this. The Vampires in Carpe Jugulum also demonstrate this ability when they're trying to coerce Magrat to unlock the door.
    • Mort when he was beginning to slip into Death's role, and his daughter Susan when she feels like it, have the ability to speak like Death.
  • Wayside School's substitute teacher Mr. Gorf steals the kids' voices through his third nostril. He's able to deceive numerous parents, but he gets found out by the lunch lady when he says something uncharacteristically nice using a meaner student's voice.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Tyson, like all cyclopes, can mimic voices and even entire conversations verbatim. It's considered incredibly creepy, so he doesn't use it that frequently.
  • Konrad Beezo from Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz has the ability to mimic other people's voices with frightening perfection. He's an insane clown with many tricks up his sleeve, and uses this ability, along with some good plastic surgery, to impersonate an FBI agent.
  • Erik in the original The Phantom of the Opera novel. He uses it against Carlotta and several other characters.
  • Gandalf in The Hobbit used this trick rather handily against a group of trolls.
  • In Book of the New Sun, the alzabo is a semi-sentient alien creature that gains access to the memories of anyone that it eats. It also gains the ability to perfectly imitate their voice. It uses these as a hunting technique to lure prey out of hiding, and it is especially effective when it has eaten somebody's loved one.
  • Tzigone from Counselors and Kings has this in her bag of tricks (in her youth, she was briefly part of a troupe of travelling entertainers who billed her as "the Human Mockingbird", though apparently there were problems with the feathers that were part of the costume). Throughout the trilogy, she mimics other characters' voices frequently and with an almost alarming degree of accuracy. It's unclear if this ability is purely mundane or if such precise vocal control is somehow connected to her Magic Music.
  • All the Wrong Questions has Hangfire.
  • In Horns, one of the powers Ig develops while transforming into the Big Red Devil is voice mimicry.
  • Richie Tozier from It has this ability, as one of the uncanny knacks all the kids get after defeating the monster for the first time. It's described as "not an imitation or even a likeness, exactly; it was more like an auditory painting."
  • In Alexei Pekhov's steampunk novel Mockingbird, the protagonist, Till, belongs to a Master Race called luchars. Each luchar is born with a unique superpower. Till's? Imitating other people's voices and sounds. This "talent" is deemed absolutely useless, but the author uses it as a Chekhov's Gun and eventually gives Till his A Job For Aquaman moment.
  • One of the Gasman's skills in Maximum Ride is the ability to mimic any sound.
  • In the Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan, Stefan is an excellent mimic. He's good enough to completely destroy the other team's tactics in a war game, just by calling out contradictory instructions in their leader's voice.
  • The wilderness-guide steamman Ironflanks from The Kingdom Beyond The Waves frequently mimics the cries of various jungle animals when he's excited, perfectly re-creating their vocalizations. His human companions take a while to catch on that this isn't just an affectation: he does this to vent excess steam from his boiler without betraying his position to enemies or rainforest predators, the way a normal steamman's pressure-release whistle would.
  • Vihrik, a mischievous warm wind in A Girl Named Glazastik, can perfectly imitate any voice. It comes in handy when he distracts a guard with the voice of the latter’s fiancée.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Scrubs, J.D. has the ability to perfectly mimic Turk's voice. In the solitary occasion we see it, Donald Faison voices over Zach Braff's lipsync. He justifies by having worked on the imitation for years, besides he loses the perfection later in the episode while trying to show off.
  • In Charmed a few characters are shown to have this ability, complete with actor voiceovers.
  • In one episode of Power Rangers Time Force, the Monster of the Week has this ability. He uses it to great advantage with Eric's Q-Rex; as is typical for a Sixth Ranger, his Zord was on par with the other five Rangers put together, but the technology controlling it was less advanced, relying on voice recognition rather than DNA recognition.
  • In the Power Rangers Ninja Steel episode "Monkey Business", the Monster of the Week is Phonepanzee, a monkey/telephone hybrid that can record voices once and then play them back saying anything he wants. He uses this to fool the other Rangers into ambushes, stealing their Ninja Power Stars. The Rangers eventually get the upper hand because It Only Works Once and destroy him. His Shuriken Sentai Ninninger counterpart was even the yokai Yamabiko, described in the "Myths and Religion" section below.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series:
    • In "The Savage Curtain", the fake Kahless is able to perfectly mimic the voices of both Surak and Lincoln.
    • In "A Taste of Armageddon", the High Council of Eminiar 7 uses a voice duplicator to imitate Captain Kirk's voice and order the Enterprise crew to beam down to their doom. William Shatner provided the imitated voice.
    • In "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", the android Ruk does perfect imitations of Kirk's and Nurse Chapel's voices.
  • In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Commander Data is shown doing this a few times. First seen in the pilot, when Picard asks him to repeat what he and Q just said.
    • Notable in that whenever Data imitates Picard (but not other characters), no voiceover from Patrick Stewart was needed, as Brent Spiner is able to do a near-perfect Patrick Stewart impression.
    • For a brief moment in time, Barash, the alien disguised as Commander Riker's future son in the episode "Future Imperfect", perfectly imitates Dr. Crusher's voice.
  • The Doctor in Star Trek: Voyager also is capable of this, being a computer program.
  • The '60s TV series Batman (1966) - One time Bruce Wayne was missing, so Alfred dressed up in the Batman outfit and talked with Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara. He used a special voice synthesizer to make him sound like Batman and stood at a distance so they couldn't identify him. "Batman" explained that he had a cold and didn't want them to catch it.
  • In Supernatural, angels have the ability to imitate voices. In "The Song Remains The Same", Anna uses it when she calls John Winchester posing as his boss to lure him away.
    • Castiel presumably employed this ability in "Death Takes A Holiday" when he calls the brothers with a job pretending to be Bobby. However, since the call is shown from Sam's perspective, we don't actually see him do it.
    • In the episode "Long Distance Call", the crocotta has the ability to perfectly mimic voices, which it uses to catch people to eat.
  • In Doctor Who, this is a Time Lord power:
    • In the story "The Time Monster", the Master tries to trick Sergeant Benton into leaving the TOMTIT device unattended by impersonating the Brigadier over the telephone. However, while the Master does produce a perfect imitation of the Brigadier's voice, he gives himself away by addressing Benton as "my dear fellow", something the real Brigadier would never do.
    • In "The Masque of Mandragora", the Doctor masquerades as Heironymous by imitating his voice perfectly. Impressively, Tom Baker isn't actually dubbed in the scene and was doing the impersonation himself.
  • Cameron from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles can do this. She uses this memorably in one scene, where she's talking to the principal about an emotional rant that a classmate had in the bathroom to Cameron. Cameron usually speaks with a Creepy Monotone, but in this one instance, Cameron recites what the classmate said, word for word, inflection for inflection. It's more than slightly unsettling.
    • She later makes John Connor cry by perfectly imitating the voice of his dead girlfriend, while trying to convince that girlfriend's foster father that she's alive and has simply run away.
  • The pilot of the Wonder Woman TV series shows Wonder Woman perfectly impersonating a German spy's voice.
    • She uses this ability a few more times in season one but never in the subsequent seasons.
  • In True Blood, a few vampire characters are able to do this. For example, Bill throws Eric into a pit of wet cement, then calls Pam while pretending to be Eric. At another point, Eric takes out a guard, then imitates the guard and says to his partners that he found nothing.
  • A mild example in the 2014 version of The Flash. When "the Streak" finally introduces himself to Iris, he disguises his identity as her best friend by keeping his face in the shadows (sometimes rapidly shaking his face to blur it), constantly zipping around, and disguising his voice by vibrating his vocal cords to create a heavy flanging effect. When he later demonstrates the voice to Joe, the latter is amazed that Barry can do it. The Reverse-Flash does the same thing, except he vibrates his whole body to blur it, somehow causes his eyes to glow red, and the voice is a lot more disguised.
    • Both of the above were achieved through voice changing software in Real Life. Played more straight with Zoom, whose voice actor as Zoom (Tony Todd) is different from the actor playing him, mostly to hide the eventual Reveal. The same thing is done with Savitar, whose voice actor (Tobin Bell) is completely different from Savitar's real identity (Barry Allen's future time remnant).
  • This trope was used as a one-off gag in an episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, when Zack is trying to get the two out of school by perfectly mimicking their mother Carey's voice. He does it again after Cody compliments him, telling him to tuck in his shirt.
  • Dorian in Almost Human can do this. John hates it when Dorian imitates him.
  • Person of Interest. The Machine and Samaritan are capable of this, despite usually communicating with either a mish-mash of assembled voice clips or via human avatars. A chilling example occurs in "QSO" when the host of a Conspiracy Theory radio show has stumbled on a secret that Samaritan would rather did not get out. During a live broadcast, his soundboard and phone lines go dead, yet he continues to hear his own voice talking over the radio, announcing that he intends to commit suicide.
  • The Angel episode "RmWAVu" had Dennis' mother, as a ghostly spirit mimicking Angel's voice to lure Cordelia inside the haunted apartment she built.
  • This is Suki Sato's power in Tower Prep, allowing her to perfectly copy any voice she hears.
  • Happy!: The voice of Very Bad Santa's sock puppet is female, making the already bizarre sock puppet ventriloquism scenes that much more surreal.
  • The 4400: In "Ghost in the Machine", one of Jordan Collier's followers has the ability to perfectly imitate people's voices. He lures Kevin Burkhoff into a trap using Tess' voice, allowing Kyle to capture him and bring him to Promise City.
  • Victorious: Jade pulls this off twice. First in "Prom Wrecker" where she imitates Tori well enough to cancel the band Tori had gotten for the dance. She pulls this off again in "Opposite Date" where she perfectly imitates Cat's voice when talking on the phone with Tori.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Echo in Classical Mythology was famous for having a gift with speaking and a beautiful voice — but one day she misused her ability, and Hera cursed her to only ever repeat the last thing that had been said to her. Eventually her heart was broken so that she faded away to nothing but her voice — and obviously, an echo can always reproduce exactly what was said before.
  • In Japanese legend, the ape-like youkai known as "Yamabiko" are known for stalking people in the mountains, terrorizing them by repeating everything they say back to them in their own voice. Now, guess what "yamabiko" means in Japanese...?
  • The Leucrotta or Crocotta, a hooved hyena-like creature with a lion's tail and jagged bone instead of teeth, is described in medieval bestiaries as capable of imitating humans to attract curious people or dogs to be eaten.
  • The Ahuizotl of Aztec Mythology is often credited with this ability. Its favorite tactic was to imitate the cries of a small child to attract the attention of sympathetic people who are then pulled to a watery grave by the creature.

  • One-Eye the talking skull from Bone Busters speaks in a variety of voices and pitches.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Baddacelli bloodline in Vampire: The Requiem compensate for their blindness with a Discipline that, among other things, lets them perfectly imitate any voice they have ever heard. It's how they hunt:
    "Mommy? Mommy, is that you? Please! I'm in here. It's so dark! I can't see you, Mommy... come closer."
  • Arduin RPG, The Compleat Arduin Book 2: Resources. The Greater Demon Gorog-Nor, the Hungry One, can mimic the voices of creatures he eats. He uses this ability to lure the victim's friends to him so he can devour them as well.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The monster known as the leucrotta can mimic the voice of any creature it has heard in order to lure its prey into an ambush.
    • The Kenku, a race of humanoid corvids, also do this in place of having an actual language of their own, since they can only mimic back voices or words they've heard before.
    • A Rogue Assassin sub-class ability, "Imposter", allows the character to perfectly mimic another's speech, as well as their writing and behaviour, after a few hours of close study.

  • The Oohnorak spiders of BIONICLE use Telepathy to read the minds of their victims, then mimic the voice of a person they know to lure them into a trap. Otherwise, they can't actually talk (aside from their own spider language, of course).

    Video Games 
  • Deadly Rooms of Death: One secret room reveals that the Pit Thing has this ability, though he only uses it that one time to Troll Beethro.
  • Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: This is how the HK-50 unit managed to kill nearly-everyone on the Peragus Mining Facility. Atris still refuses to believe the Exile's saying that pretty much everyone on the manned staff of the Peragus Mining Station was already dead, despite it being nothing but the actual truth.
  • Chisato of Suikoden V is known as The Woman of a Thousand Voices, and for good reason: she can do astounding things with her voice. Her range is so fantastic that, at one point, she perfectly duplicates the voice of a pirate captain to trick his crew into lowering their guard at a critical moment. As a member of the Loyalist Army, she also functions as the Voice Changer, enabling the player to alter the sound of the Prince's voice.
  • The Qurupeco from Monster Hunter Tri, it can mimic an array of monster cries. Which can turn a simple hunt into a nightmare
  • Peter Pan once again demonstrates this ability of his in Kingdom Hearts, drawing Captain Hook out of hiding by imitating Smee's voice from the other side of a door.
  • Both Alex Mercer from [PROTOTYPE] and James Heller from [PROTOTYPE 2] can use the voice of anyone they shapeshift into after eating them. Mercer uses this to call artillery strikes at desired targets. Interestingly, this apparently requires additional conscious effort (given both characters, while disguised, grunt and monologue in their default voices), leading, at one point, to this gem:
    Pilot: Doctor Carson, we're ready for your pickup, but we can't land until the, uh, disturbance on the ground is dealt with. Over.
    Heller (as himself): Roger th— [clears throat]
    Heller (as Doctor Carson): Roger that. Let's just hope someone can save our wuss asses from whatever the fuck is going on out there.
    Pilot: Uh, right... Over and out.
  • The Anzu in the upcoming dinosaur game Saurian will have the ability to do this.
  • In Ensemble Stars!, voice mimicry is among Wataru's many entertainment skills. He also taught it to his apprentice Natsume.
  • The wendigos from Until Dawn can mimic others' voices, although this ability is only displayed once, in the tunnels connecting the lodge with the asylum. If you fall for it, either Ashley or Chris can die.
  • In Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse, this can be done by stealing the original voice and bottling it (as opposed to simply duplicating it).
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda: Ryder manages to pull this off with a little help from SAM, imitating a kett goon to get through a door. Their teammates are a little creeped out by it.
  • The reworked Fiddlesticks in League of Legends absorbs the voices of people he kills, as demonstrated in his (teaser trailer).
  • In a few of her intros in Mortal Kombat 11, Mileena reveals that while she normally speaks with a slightly deep and occasionally guttural voice, she can perfectly imitate Kitana's refined Lady of War voice on command. This makes an amusing amount of sense given that Mileena is literally a clone of Kitana, as well as the fact that both characters are usually voiced by the same actress (in the case of 11, by Kari Wahlgren).

    Web Comics 
  • Last Res0rt has Spirit of the Murphy's Law, who can do this flawlessly enough to give orders to the players by imitating Cypress over the intercom.
  • Taffe Torbern of Pacificators is especially talented at imitating others' voices, and that's before you toss her Make Me Wanna Shout powers into the mixture. All this despite the fact that she's deaf.
  • Selkie: The lakes the sarnothi inhabit are also home to massive eel that mimic sarnothi voices to bring them into attack range.
  • Willis from Awful Hospital can "recreate almost any voice to perfection." Pretty good for someone with no discernible mouth.

    Web Original 
  • One of the powers Vox uses the most in the Whateley Universe. She's a Siren, so she can do a lot more than just Voice Changeling. Including perfectly imitating a pop singer and the singer's backup singers and the singer's background musicians, all at the same time.
  • In Worm, Screamer, a former member of the Slaughterhouse Nine, could mimic people's voices, which she used to sow chaos and disrupt communications.
  • The SCP Foundation holds several specimens of SCP-939, which that can perfectly imitate the voices of dead humans. This of their tools used to lure in prey. Naturally, this is one of their less creepy traits.

    Western Animation 
  • In The Powerpuff Girls, Grubber copies the Mayor's voice (and even Miss Bellum's voice to fool the Mayor!) to make fake crises and divert the Powerpuff Girls. What makes it doubly funny is that Grubber is usually The Unintelligible. Though in "Buttercrush", he did an absolutely terrible impression of Buttercup.
  • In an episode of Corneil & Bernie, after Corneil learns Bernie basically made him risk exposure solely to return a videotape to Romeo, he obtains a voice modulator to disguise his voice as the school's principal to make a call to Bernie by telling him they witnessed Corneil's secret, causing Bernie a Freak Out.
  • In one episode of Dexter's Laboratory, Dexter uses a machine to copy the exact voices of his babysitter and her boyfriend to sever their relationship, so that he could move in himself.
  • An episode of Futurama had Prof. Farnsworth invent a machine that made anyone sound like him (needless to say it was quickly borrowed by Hermes's son Dwight and Farnsworth's clone Cubert). His explanation?
    Dwight: What's this device's marketability? Who's its target consumer?
    Farnsworth: There is no target consumer, only targets. Targets who will tremble in fear, as their new masters hand down edicts in my GLORIOUS BOOMING VOICE!
  • DC Animated Universe:
    • Superman has this ability. It's explained as "precise muscle control."
    • The Parasite can mimic the voices of people whose energy he's absorbed. In his debut episode, he power-drains Clark / Superman and imprisons him so he can keep feeding. When Clark points out his co-workers will start asking questions, Parasite reveals he can perfectly mimic Clark's voice, allowing "Clark" to call in sick.
  • Subverted in My Life as a Teenage Robot, when Jenny provides a spot-on impression of her playing a tape she has recorded internally. She puts on her mother's glasses for full effect.
  • In an episode of Rugrats, Angelica steals an invention of Stu's which allows her to speak in the voice of her mother Charlotte and uses it to buy things and throw a party for herself, though it still contains her usual childish inflections such as "bestest" and "ezackly".
  • Arnold does a perfect impression of his grandpa over the phone as he calls in sick to school when he and Gerald cut class.
  • In the Donkey Kong Country episode "Kong for a Day", Krusha uses his imitation of DK's voice to insult Dixie and Diddy, making the both of them get angry at DK.
  • In the DuckTales (1987) episode "Armstrong", Armstrong perfectly imitates Gyro's voice to deter the triplets from coming to investigate.
  • An early Chuck Jones Merrie Melodies short, "Robin Hood Makes Good," had a small squirrel save his older brothers from a fox preparing to cook them in his cabin by perfectly imitating a group of human hunters and their hounds, complete with his voice going from sounding like a prepubescent young child (voiced by a woman, no less!) to sounding like adult males (with his imitations being provided by Mel Blanc.) The imitations are so convincing the fox gets so terrified that he turns all yellow and tries to get out the back door to the point where he loses his grip on reality and manages to break free, he's still panicky and banging on the door clinging to his body while running down a pathway. Even the older squirrel brothers are fooled, opening the front door and saying in unison, "Gee, fellas, thanks a lot," only to find no one there but their little squirrel brother.
  • A The New Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show episode had the Master of Disguise villain The Chameleon perfectly pull off Scooby-Doo's voice when disguised in a Scooby-Doo mask and body costume. The fake Scooby voice was even provided by Don Messick instead of the Chameleon's regular voice actor.
  • One episode of American Dad! had Francine do this to Stan during her "kidnapping" of Roger.
  • In "The Wild, Wild Goose Chase," Danger Mouse does an uncannily accurate imitation of Baron Greenback's voice in order to operate a device that will tell Greenback where his next hideout will be when present coordinates are entered.
  • In G.I. Joe: Renegades, Zartan has the ability to perfectly mimic any voice he hears. When he was just a gang leader, it was primarily a tool to torment his victims, but it becomes especially useful after he gains possession of a device that can project holographic disguises onto himself, making said disguises virtually flawless.
  • In Transformers Animated, Soundwave utilizes his voice-modulation systems to forge messages on the phone line and Autobot comlink.
  • In Transformers: Generation 1's third season, Starscream's ghost uses this ability when he possesses and poses as other Decepticons. He and Octane also joke about this trope, taking turns imitating each other.
  • The Fairly OddParents episode "Hassle in the Castle" shows that Timmy can perfectly imitate Wanda's voice.
    • In an earlier short that was presented on Oh Yeah! Cartoons, "The Really Bad Day," Timmy calls up Vicky to try and get a bad idea for Cosmo to carry out. He disguises his voice to pretend to be a "completely random survey", and pulls off a perfect deep, smooth adult male voice while doing so.
    • In the episode "Information Stupor Highway," when Cosmo and Wanda fool Timmy's dad into thinking Timmy is using the bathroom, Cosmo turns his head into Timmy's and does a perfect Timmy voice saying "Do you mind? I'm doing my homework." Though it's justified in that Cosmo is a fairy and could presumably change his vocal chords by magic.
  • In the Littlest Pet Shop (2012) episode "Gailbreak!", Blythe, Russell, and Sunil attempt to break their friends and Zoe's sister Gail out of Largest Ever Pet Shop's day camp, but can't get past Monban, the robot security guard that only responds to the Biskits' voice. They devise a plan in which they attach a pair of cordless headphones to Monban's auditory sensors, and Blythe, over a walkie-talkie, perfectly mimics the Biskit Twins' voice note  to command the robot to release the pets in the day camp.
    Blythe: [in the Biskit Twins' voice] Monban, can't you do anything right? You should totally go release the pets like, now!
  • In Camp Lazlo, Clam can mimic people's voices, as shown in the episode "Being Edward".
  • My Gym Partner's a Monkey:
    • In one episode, the gang tries to prank-call people by imitating Principal Pixiefrog. Adam and Slips do bad imitations, while Jake does it perfectly and manages to fool Pixiefrog himself.
    • Jake also does it in another episode, where he imitated Pixiefrog over the school's intercom, and again fooling the real deal.
  • In Stōked, Reef does a perfect impersonation of Mr. Ridgemount to distract Bummer away from the phone.
  • Cyborg on Teen Titans Go! once mimicked his own grandmother's vocal tones to taunt a villain, only to find himself adopting her personality when his voice got stuck that way for days.
  • The Super Mario Bros Super Show!: In "Hooded Robin and his Mario Men", the hero Hooded Robin can imitate any voice. When Mario and his friends get captured in the beginning, Hooded Robin imitates King Koopa's voice and orders the mooks to leave, then frees them. Later, he imitates a girl's voice to lure a guard away.
  • In a short web episode of Justice League Action, The Joker and The Trickster both kidnap famous (voice) actor Mark Hamill. Hamill (who actually voices both characters for the show) gets them to fight each other by imitating their voices. (They're rescued by, incidentally, Swamp Thing, who is also voiced by Hamill in this series!)
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: Played with in a "Fan Club" sketch, where Boris does impression act for a telethon and pulls off a perfect imitation of Bullwinkle. It turns out the "imitation" is his real voice, and that his "normal" voice is just a bad accent.
  • In Filmation's Ghostbusters, Belfry's cousin Beauregard is capable of deceiving the bad guys by imitating voices, flawlessly imitating Prime Evil's voice in the episode "Country Cousin" and that of Jake Kong in "Whither Why".
  • In The Crumpets episode "Pity The Prize", Cassandra mimics the voice of the Weather Girl as part of her disguise of her, though she accidentally speaks in her regular voice for a few times.
  • Hordak's Imp from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power can apparently repeat any conversation he overhears using the participants' actual voices. Very handy when your underlings are keeping secrets from you. Whether or not he can use the voices he samples to remix an original conversation is unknown, however.
  • On Ninjago, the second Samurai X has this ability, which she uses to obfuscate her real identity to Nya. The fact that she can alternate between voices on the fly so effortlessly foreshadows that she's the fembot P.I.X.A.L.
  • In Herself the Elf, Willow Song demonstrates this ability by mimicking Thorn's voice as a ruse, but this effect wears off quickly.
  • PJ Masks: Munki-Gu, a villain introduced in seaon 4, has this ability, and uses it to great effect to play pranks on people.
  • DuckTales (2017) is full of these. For example:
    • Mrs. Beakley is able to imitate Roxanne Featherly's voice perfectly to practice with Scrooge in "Jaw$!"
    • While possessing Lena in "The Shadow War!", Magica speaks with her own voice, Lena's voice, as well as Scrooge's voice.
    • Louie mimics Huey's voice while he's disguised as him twice in "GlomTales!" and "Beaks in the Shell!"
    • Webby demonstrates this ability in the episode “Escape from the Impossibin!” where she perfectly mimics Dewey’s voice to throw Huey off guard while also disguised as him. She also does this in the series finale while she's disguised as June.

    Real Life 
  • The Lyrebird can mimic almost any sound it hears. The more complex the better. It's not limited to other birds songs.
  • Impressions, when practiced, can be extremely accurate, or even spot on.


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