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Voice-Only Cameo

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"Allow me to introduce myself — I'm the Invisible Man!"
The Invisible Man (played by Vincent Price), Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

There are all different types of cameo. This is the type where a famous person or a lesser-known VA gives their voice to...The Voice (if it only appears fleetingly).

Their face is not shown and therefore they are easy to miss, or they are an Easter Egg for devoted fans if the person has some relationship to the universe of the story. As a result, please expect unmarked spoilers. It's also the vocal counterpart to You Look Familiar (when an actor or actress from a previous work plays another character).

This may be because the person would otherwise seem out of place or it's a small cast where there isn't a lot of room for walk-ons, or health or personal circumstances prevented the person from being able to participate in person. It may be a form of Stunt Casting, although will usually not be advertised due to the small role, a Creator Cameo, or I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine. See also Voice with an Internet Connection, when a character's voice is heard at the other end of the earpiece.


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    Film - Live Action 

    Live-Action TV 

    Theatre 
  • Tsukiuta Act 7: Cyber-Dive Connection, like most of the rest of the series, focuses on the male month representatives. About a year before they announced a series for the female side, Kurisu, the December goddess, made a voice-only appearance in this episode. Kakeru (the December boy) calls her on the phone and asks her to help them rescue Santa Claus. She ends up coming in at the end and saving the boys, and Santa. There was no stage cast for her at the time, so she's voiced by her seiyuu, Hisako Kanemoto.

    Video Games 
  • Assassin's Creed:
    • In Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Dai Tabuchi voices Japanese Assassin Kiyoshi Takakura, a member of the Altair II cell who is fighting off Abstergo's Sigma Team and working with Layla Hassan.
    • Assassin's Creed: Valhalla:
      • Octavian/Osbert's actor Simon Lee Philips voices Brendan of Clonfert when Eivor reads the carvings on the Standing stones that document his interactions with the Isu.
      • Abubakar Salim reprises his role as Bayek for a voice-only cameo appearance in the mission "A Brief History of the Hidden Ones" when Eivor finds the pages of the Magas Codex.
      • Ezio Auditore's voice is heard by Gunlodr/Minerva while trying to communicate with the future. Counts as a case of the Flashback with the Other Darrin since it is not Roger Craig Smith doing it but instead a soundalike imitator.
  • Dreamfall Chapters: In the first episode, April Ryan appears on screen and in voice... but never at the same time, since her on-screen appearance is during her funeral, while her voice is heard by Kian while delirious from the wounds he sustained escaping from Friar's Keep. Then, in episode five, April (or rather, her ghost) appears again and speaks... but it is painfully obvious that she isn't voiced by her original voice actress, Sarah Hamilton, in this appearance.

    Web Video 
  • Chris Ray Gun: A Running Gag in his videos is for one of his YouTube friends to cameo as the voice of his evil llama toy, Paul.
  • Demo Reel: Mara Wilson lends her voice to play Donnie's wife when he calls her in one episode.
  • Semi common in Lindsay Ellis videos, especially any that involve large extracts from literature, where Lindsay's collaborators and/or fellow YouTubers read different characters:
  • ContraPoints:
  • Very common in Kevin Perjurer's Defunctland videos, most notably the video on the failed "Disney's America" park, which features everyone from Lindsey Ellis, Quinton Reviews, and fellow amusement park-based content creators such as Disney Dan and Mark of Yesterworld fame reading relevant quotes like the video were a PBS documentary.

    Western Animation 

 
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt's brief cameo in the film is as the noise of the island's clock.

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