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  • Christopher Sabat
    • Christopher Sabat of the FUNimation dub gets this a lot from their dub of One Piece with Zoro, who sounds a lot like Piccolo.
    • Speaking of DBZ, he also voices Vegeta and Yamcha.
    • Hilariously, in the manga crossover oneshot Cross Epoch, guess who Piccolo is teamed up with? Yep. Zoro.
    • He also does the voice of The Conqueror from The Last Remnant, who... also sounds a lot like Piccolo.
    • Easy enough to believe he did Shin Chan's narrator (which sounded a bit like Major Armstrong in episode 3), but then there's Yanro...
    • And then Garland in Dissidia Final Fantasy. Sounds like a more civilized Piccolo, but only a leetle bit more civilized.
    • Not quite as easy to notice, but if you listen hard enough you can hear little bits of some of his other voices in Rundas from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.
    • He's Ayame Sohma in Fruits Basket, and you can hear it when he goes low. Other than that, it's NOT his usual role!
    • Kuwabara from Yu Yu Hakusho, with the most distinctive voice ever...but also the ridiculously sexily-voiced Raizen, from the same anime. This troper (who hadn't seen DBZ at the time) nearly died when she heard the connections!
    • His voice as Giroro in Keroro Gunso is basically his Piccolo voice. It's even lampshaded a few times.
  • Katey Sagal
  • Chiwa Saito
    • This happens with Chiwa Saito in Samurai 7 with Komachi and in Pani Poni Dash! with Rebecca Miyamoto.
    • That voice however is similar with Rie Kugimiya's small-girl voice, so one may mistake that Rie Kugimiya's character is voiced by Chiwa Saito, and vice versa.
  • Daisuke Sakaguchi
    • Daisuke Sakaguchi, who also played Jacuzzi Splot and Usso Ewin.
    • He also does the voice of Shinpachi Shimura in Gintama and even LOOKS LIKE HIM.
  • Akira Sasanuma
    • Fans will be pleased to note that there is one similarity between Austria-san and Link, the Hero of Twilight; they both share the same seiyuu, the one and only Akira Sasanuma.
  • Raphael Sbarge
    • Carth Onasi is also a biotic.
    • And a total weaselly bastard on Star Trek: Voyager.
    • AND a certain archaeologist the Gaang runs into in the Earth Kingdom.
    • AND a Republic clone, Delta-62, "Scorch." Guess what his specialty is...
    • This troper referred to the character as "Carth" while playing Mass Effect because she couldn't remember the character's name but knew she recognized that voice.
    • This troper did a double-take when he saw a network-run reality show where an actor would pretend to be racist against an actress to see people's reactions. Playing the part of "racist Dunkin' Donuts (TM) counter man" was none other than Carth Onasi.
    • Spacebankers.
    • Not bad for a dead man.
    • It's really bad when Shep's Biote and the Ebon Hawk pilot are the sanest things the dude seems to have played. This Troper was doing her homework and not paying attention to the tube. Queue the episode of Journeyman where he's playing a deranged and probably developmentally disabled mass murderer. The instant "I'll blow your head off" came out of the guy's mouth, there went my homework. Likewise, just TRY watching the Cold Case episode "Thrill Kill" where he's also playing someone clearly deranged without a few inappropriate snickers.
    • While unconfirmed, if it was not him voicing the 2010 Disney Vacations DVD, it was someone who sounded remarkably like him.
  • Ted Schwartz
    • Thrasher on the 80's G.I. Joe, but best known as the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in his own solo, hardly-seen syndie show, the pre-cursor to Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. On an episode of Alice, Mel, dressed in a hero costume for a party, accidentally thwarts a bank robber played by Schwartz. You didn't even have to guess.
  • Stephanie Sheh
    • This troper swears that Stephanie Sheh's voice for Orihime Inoue is just her Hinata Hyuga voice with an attempt to sound three years older.
    • And her voice for Mikuru is her Orihime voice, except about five times more timid. (According to maths, this means Mikuru Voice = ((Hinata Voice) + (3(older)))/(5(timid)). )
      • While Future Mikuru sounds like a more confident Orihime.
    • Reading that Stephanie Sheh does the voice for both Hinata and Naruto's Sexy Jutsu was rather amusing
      • She also voiced Kin.
    • The fact that she voices Kyrie is also amusing, since it means her love interest is Ichigo.
    • What is just freaking weird is any scene in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, where Mikuru is being inappropriately touched by Haruhi, so any of them. It sounds for all the world like Hinata is being molested by Tatsuki from Bleach.
    • Stephanie Sheh sounds quite similar in her voice acting for Dub!Orihime in Bleach and Dub!Hinata in Naruto, and the similarity is especially noticeable in that Orihime and post-timeskip Hinata have similar appearances, both struggle with issues of self-confidence, and both are in love with the main character of their respective series.
    • Oddly enough, on my first viewing of Haruhi Suzumiya, this led to an inversion of the trope. I heard Mikuru speak and went "Holy crap, it's Tsukasa! Just a bit more timid." While Tsukasa's VA is in Haruhi Suzumiya, she voices Yuki. Stephanie Sheh actually has a major part in Lucky Star - as Akira Kogami (!). (Who, come to think of it, sounds like Mikuru being really, really cutesy. But only when being kawaii. Her Grumpy Bear personality sounds nothing like her.)
    • She clearly uses her Mamimi voice for Anya.
    • This troper was astounded at how well she played Eureka Seven. Even though it was her Mikuru voice.
    • Even though she is credited differently there is no doubt she is Illyasviel.
  • Kaori Shimizu
    • On Kaori Shimizu, when this troper watches Shinkon Gattai Godannar, she plays as the Loli Lou Roux, which obviously had her using her loli-ish voice (as shown in Serial Experiments Lain). Except when she starts her battle Kiai... whereas this troper suddenly get vibes that either Signum or Lamia possessed her and gives her some hot blood elements (of course, at that time, The Hero Goh was also doing his own Kiai, so it might not sound so obvious). Then again, that seiyuu also has Hiyori Tamura in her resume, and she sounded NOTHING like any of these mentioned roles.
    • This troper was also puzzled by the casting of Ms. Shimizu as Hiyori, even though she rose to the occasion admirably. A little research shows that she also played Motoko in Fruits Basket and Keiko in Genshiken, which goes a long way towards explaining it.
    • Then, taken on full throttle in Mugen no Frontier. Aschen seems to be a normal Genki Girl... but when she uses a certain move in her Genki mode... This Troper is pretty sure Shimizu Kaori uses the exact SAME voice she uses for Hiyori.
    • Again on Nanoha-related connections, when Signum came in, this troper thought, "I think I recall this tone of voice..." until he is reminded about Lamia Loveless from Super Robot Wars. But then, the VA uses a slightly softer tone so both the voices of Signum and Lamia are a bit distinct, while quite familiar (except when she is doing a battle cry, whereas the similarity with Lamia's voice become more obvious). But then, when Signum pulls out Sturm Falke, it was then this troper finally realized that she is one magnificent Expy of Lamia. And to add this Expying business further, as the series enters the third season, it looks like the seiyuu, Kaori Shimizu, uses exactly Lamia's voice tone (which is actually her current standard voice) as Signum's voice. Whether this means it's Executive Meddling to make the Expy-ness look more obvious, or it's a flaw in her voice-acting, this troper doesn't know.
  • Michael Sinterniklaas
    • For maximum WTF value watch a clip of the (short-lived) dub of GaoGaiGar and you'll probably wonder if Guy will ever spontaneously shout Go Team Venture!".
    • Everyone who's watched that might get that same deja vu when watching Slayers Revolution, as he's confirmed to be voicing Xellos.
    • When Jei in episode 9 of Burst Angel talks about breaking the shackles of tradition and obligation, I said, "Hey, he sounds like an evil Leonardo!"
    • He's also Luppi. Made it kinda hard to take him seriously.
    • And Nnoitra. It's now gone from "hard" to "impossible".
  • Yeardley Smith
    • A Running Gag in the TV sitcom Herman's Head involved office worker Louise (played by Yeardley Smith) being told by someone she was talking to on the phone that she sounded exactly like "that Lisa Simpson character".
  • Spike Spencer
    • Imagine the surprise when watching Code Geass R2 on the Adult Swim website, when Rolo had the voice of Shinji come out of his mouth.
    • It's kind of distracting since when he's introduced Lelouch sounded like Renton (as opposed to his usual, mostly adult sounding voice) when he's introduced, and since Rolo sounds like Shinji it makes Lelouch sound younger than him.
    • I SWEAR he voiced Milanor in Yggdra Union. The character may be more butch than Spike's standard fare, but just listen to him when he's yelling. I'd recognize that scream anywhere.
    • Spike seems to be all about the mechas: first, Evangelion, then Code Geass R2, and now Steambot Chronicles.
    • Recently played a Saburo Togusa of Durarara, a character that actually doesn't sound like Shinji for once. Oh, also Papillon
    • What? No mention of Arakune??? You failed me Internet.
    • He opted out of mechas and turned to cyborgs in the Battle Angel OVA of the Battle Angel Alita franchise. He played Yugo/Hugo, a maintenance worker for Dr. Ido.
  • Ben Stein
    • Ben Stein is well-known for his dull, drab monotone voice. So dull, in fact, that it's interesting, bringing mathematical paradox to mind. Among the roles in which he's alternately amused the audience/bored them to tears:
    • On Duckman, Stein plays Duckman's psychiatrist neighbor, who just happens to be named...Ben Stein.
    • On Animaniacs, Stein tormented the Warners as Francis "Pip" Pumphandle, a man prone to telling very long, very dull anecdotes in a monotone voice while following the Warners everywhere, no matter where they tried to run.
    • On The Fairly Odd Parents, Stein voiced the incredibly dull and boring Pixies, a race of Obstructive Bureaucrats who wanted to make Fairy World as drab and lifeless as they were.
    • Stein also counts as Hey, It's That Guy!, having played an incredibly boring teacher/authority figure in productions such as Ferris Buellers Day Off, The Wonder Years, and the film adaptation of Richie Rich that starred Macaulay Culkin. Stein is also the only person who could appear on Married... with Children dressed in a chicken suit and still be able to publish serious books and articles in financial and political journals.
    • He plays an elf tour guide in the CG special Santa vs the Snowman, giving the North Pole tour the excitement it merits.
  • Patrick Stewart
    • In The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion, you're pretty much sent on a world-saving quest by Captain Picard! Or as Morgan Webb put it, "When Picard says 'Quest!', I say 'How long?'"
    • Stewart also narrates, and sends you on a quest, in the Forgotten Realms console game Demon Stone.
    • Then again, Stewart does such a good job as the Emperor that it's actually easy to forget that it's him.
      • Stewart's stint in that role makes for an interesting case of Fridge Logic when one realizes the Emperor looked more like Patrick Stewart when he wasn't played by Patrick Stewart.
    • He also reprises the role of Professor X in a number of games.
    • He makes an interesting Great Prince of the Forest in Bambi II.
    • He also does commercials now such as one for Goodyear tires, and narrates the occasional documentary.
    • He did two Anime dubs: Lord Yupa in Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Grandfather in Steamboy.
    • And let's not forget his regular role as Bullock in American Dad.
  • Brad Swaile
    • Light has the same voice of Quatre of Gundam Wing. Oh, Quatre...(not to mention that insane follower Mikami's dub voice is Trowa; in the original Japanese, he's the Ohtori Kyouya to Light's Tamaki.)
    • Not really surprising, considering that Brad Swaile's done several notable Gundam characters, including the protagonist of the original series. And yet again, he's been tapped for more Gundam - he's the VA for Setsuna in the English dub of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 as well...
    • Rock could very well be mistaken for Light.
    • Swaile also played Nightcrawler in X-Men: Evolution. Try reconciling the fuzzy blue dude with Light Yagami.
    • I can top that. Brad Swaile also voices Lan from Mega Man NT Warrior. You can do a double take upon hearing that particular voice for Light, rather understandably as Lan is the ultimate personification of the Idiot Hero...not to mention twelve.
    • Equally weird: Mousse
    • The possible ultimate: Brad Swaile was the voice of Ace in My Little Pony. Reconcile that if you can.
    • Top this: Swaile is the voice of Maxwell from Hamtaro. Maybe one of his books is a Death Note.
    • Before being Lan, he dealt with another kind of artificial intelligence as Otaru in Saber Marionette J.
    • This troper was really looking forward to seeing The Story of Saiunkoku but couldn't bring himself to watch it when he found out the leading man Ryuki Shi was none other than Light Yagami!
  • George Takei
    • Does the warden of the Fire Nation's prison ship in episode 1x06 of Avatar: The Last Airbender sound a bit like Lieutenant Sulu, by any chance? It's no coincidence; that is indeed George Takei providing his voice.
    • "Sulu? What are you doing on Transformers Animated?" Answer: Voicing cyber-ninja master Yoketron.
    • How 'bout Ricardio on Adventure Time?
  • Yukari Tamura
    • While watching Clannad, one might mutter "White Devil? Is that you?" upon hearing Mei speak. Both characters were voiced by Yukari Tamura. This troper wonders if the Fan Sub's usage of "Speak of the devil" to refer to Mei in one scene was intentional or not.
    • Subverted Trope in that Mei Sunohara sounds nothing at all like Mai Kawasumi.
    • And then it goes around full circle when Yukari Tamura voices Rika Furude, whose regular cutesy voice sounds almost exactly like Mei, and her serious voice sounds almost exactly like Mai.
    • Now that deep voice sticks to her when she's voicing Frederica Bernkastel.
  • Junko Takeuchi
    • Watch the original version of Digimon Frontier and listen to Takuya's voice. Then listen to Naruto's Japanese voice and WHOA!
    • Hey, Cure Rouge too.
      • And in the Digimon Savers dub, the two newcomers to the series playing main characters also had ties to Naruto: Gaomon is Might Guy and Marcus is Iruka -- that is to say, Skip Stellrecht and Quinton Flynn respectively.
    • and Dieter is Naruto.
    • And Naruto is also Rainbow Mika.
    • Last but not least, Gumball (he's also Naruto in Mexico)!
  • Bill Thompson
    • Don't forget about Bill Thompson! He's the voice of Smee, The White Rabbit and Mr. Dodo, King Hubert, five different parts in Lady and the Tramp (including Jock the Scottish Terrier), Ranger Woodlore from the Humphrey the Bear series, and he even got the honor of playing Scrooge McDuck in the featurette Scrooge McDuck and Money before Alan Young came along. As for a non Disney example, Bill Thompson is also Droopy Dog and Spike/Butch!
  • Kirk Thornton
    • Two Words: Kirk. Thornton. This troper has just gotten into the Gungrave anime (where he is the dubbed voice of Brandon Heat/Beyond the Grave). All I could think was....Roland? JIN??? Is that you?
    • Kisame Hoshigaki? Yeah, he's Don Patch. When this troper mentioned this at GameFAQs, they couldn't believe it.
    • This troper had a nerdgasm when he realized Jade Curtiss was AWACS Thunderhead.
    • To add to the people from Ace Combat, he also played Schnee 1 in Zero and the Sgt. McKnight in 6.
    • This RPG loving troper spat out his drink upon hearing Saix speak with a deadpan snarker's tone.
      • This Troper will never look at Saix the same way again after Ken Sanada shouts passionately about the "chosen one."
      • Just when you though Saix couldn't get any crazier, it turns out he shares the same voice as Mad Pierrot.
    • And now he's going doing double-duty of Shadow and Orbot.

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  • Alanna Ubach
    • This troper was flipping past ABC one Saturday morning and came across a short-lived kids' show called Teamo Supremo, then heard Rope Girl speak up and yelled, "That's Josie!"
  • Eric Vale
    • The cool-headed and sexy Trunks
    • Also the loud, obnoxious and arrogant America and the more modest Canada from Hetalia
    • The soothing and soft-spoken Yuki Sohma! We didn't believe it either (this guy has an impressive range)


  • Frank Welker
    • Even versatile voice actors can have this happen when they voice a lot of characters. The prolific Frank Welker is, among other roles, recognizable as Soundwave in Transformers, Darkseid in the two "Super Powers" series of Superfriends, Freddy in Scooby Doo and Dr. Claw in Inspector Gadget.
    • The G1 Transformers episode "Roll For It" has a scene where Soundwave's "Excellent, Ravage!" line didn't get processed, so it sounds exactly like Dr. Claw.
      • And neither was it for the entirety of Revenge Of The Fallen, meaning he was pretty much Dr. Claw on a satellite. It's pretty damn effective though.
    • The above tropers have a talent for understatement. Frank Welker is arguably the most prolific voice actor of all times (over 90 movies, not counting TV shows). Known especially for his critter voices. Welker is listed as the number one "All Time Top 100 Stars at the Box office," not as a box office draw, but in terms of the total revenue the over 90 films he has participated in have generated. Slimer, Abu, Scooby Doo, G1 Megatron, Rumble/Frenzy, Scooter, Lord Nibbler (both his squeaking and talking versions), and Goddard are just some of the voices he's done. Odds are, if you've watched a cartoon in the last 40 years, you've sampled his work.
    • When the "critter" role on Gargoyles was being cast, another actor who was auditioning for the part said, "I'll just hold the script until Frank gets here."
    • And he was suggested as a cameo in the first live action Scooby Doo film, but the casting people didn't see the point, since they didn't have a clue who he actually was... Of course, when someone was needed for the creature noises, the first and only person the effects people went to was... Frank Welker!
    • You know you've watched way too many cartoons when you find yourself being able to recognize Welker by his animal sounds.
    • And speaking of Galvatron and Spock, there is one other man who has played both characters: the ever ubiquitous Frank Welker.
    • He was Totoro in the redub of My Neighbor Totoro (duh!) as well as the Cat Bus. Plus, he has a role in Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.
    • Some more obscure roles include Father Time and Fatch in Histeria! and Meat in The Schnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show.
    • In one of his most obscure roles ever, he played a demonic banana in DuckTales, who has Megatron's voice. That's right: Megatron as a killer banana.
    • Ooh! Ooh! What about me? Grr!
  • Billy West
    • This Troper noticed immediately when watching Futurama for the first time that Fry's voice sounded exactly like Doug Funnie's did (the original Doug, not the newer series).
    • As a kid, this troper couldn't get over the fact that Ren and Stimpy were the same person (see above).
      • In the post-Spumco era, that is.
    • Detention's Emmitt Roswell sounds a lot like Phillip J. Fry.
    • Dr. Zoidberg's voice was lent to a Stegosaurus in the Histeria! episode "The Dawn of Time".
    • Red M&M, the current Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig and Woody Woodpecker, some incarnates of Stitch and Rayman, Professor Farnsworth, Zapp Brannigan, Lars Fillmore, Leo Wong, Richard Nixon's head (during two commentaries he uses Nixon's voice to say "Rubber baby buggy bumpers,") know him?
    • Only two episodes, but no one else will do as Skeets. "My God, it was full of stars!"
    • He also played Skeets in Batman the Brave And The Bold.
    • I cracked up after hearing Ellyvan during an episode of Jungle Junction since all that was missing was a Fry style wisecrack thanks to who knows how many Futurama epsiodes.
    • Philip J. Fry is the Red M&M!
  • Jaleel White
  • Travis Willingham
    • After hearing him as Roy Mustang, Travis Willingham is very easy to spot as Darlton on Code Geass.
    • Not much of a difference with Portgaz D. Ace either.
    • Speaking of Travis Willingham, after realizing he was Roy Mustang, this troper couldn't take Takashi from Ouran High School Host Club seriously anymore, couldn't stop picturing Takashi suddenly shouting to the club "TINY MINISKIRTS!!".
      • That said, hearing Roy Mustang's voice angsting about cavities killed this troper with the hilarity.
    • Would you expect Ragna the Bloodedge to say something like that? No? Of course not.
      • Except that's not Travis Willingham, it's Patrick Seitz.
    • This Troper laughed his ass off when he heard a modified version of Roy Mustang's voice coming out of Ace's FUNimation-dubbed mouth.
    • TRAVIS SMASH!!
    • It really doesn't help that he plays a similar character on Ghost Hunt (well, similar to Roy Mustang), and he does it opposite of Colleen Clinkenbeard. Oh dear.
    • Hearing Roy Mustang's voice coming out of Kanda's mouth in the dub version of D.Gray-man was the funniest thing this troper had heard in a while.
    • Diagnostician Gabriel Cunningham's voice was eerily familiar to This Troper when she was watching Fullmetal Alchemist's Roy Mustang. You don't need a beaker to make scrambled eggs, Gabe - use alchemy.
  • Paul Winchell
    • One of the most iconic villain voices of all time. Did anyone ever wonder if Dick Dastardly and Gargamel were related?
    • And yet he was also Tigger.
    • Who would've thunk that it would be Tigger who invented the artificial heart?
  • Dave Wittenberg
    • Considering how many well-known roles Dave Wittenburg is, the fact that he wasn't already mentioned surprises me...but considering that some of his roles are drastically different sounding than each other...Not everyone can make the link.
    • Kefka sounds an awful lot like Teddie for a few moments, doesn't he?
    • Heeeeey...he's a narrator on I didn't know I was pregnant and Mystery ER.
    • He also does the English narration for Ninja Warrior. It makes sense.
    • Wait a sec, you mean Kakashi is HENRI?!
    • All twelve of us who played Persona 2: Eternal Punishment will also hear that Katsuya sounds a lot like a Grown-up Henri.
    • The Trailmon and EmperorGreymon are also secretly related to Yazoo.
    • Upchuck is secretly Jiro in disguise.
    • Commander Irving Vold Valeria on Wild Arms Twilight Venom sounds like a Smug Snake!Kaoru Hanabishi. Talk about your differing personalities. Wittenberg joins another AYA alum on this series; See Michelle Ruff's entry.
    • Take one look at Dave Wittenberg's Wikipedia page and see how many roles he plays you actually recognize as him before reading it. I dare you. This troper somehow didn't even make the connection between Henri and Katsuya before he read it up.
    • This troper started laughing once he figured out that Cliff Fittir was Kakashi, Allen, and Henry.
    • He also played a nameless extra of a scientist who talked to Alex Mercer during one of the Web Of Intrigue segments (specifically, the one where the real Alex mentions that he wasn't paid to feel) -- I was wondering what Kakashi was doing working in the Big Applesauce. I checked the very long credits list to be sure. He's actually not listed for that one.
  • Mayumi Yamaguchi
  • Ian Ziering
    • Back in the late nineties, this troper watched Beverly Hills, 90210, starring Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders. Fast forward to 2004, and he played Freelancer, starring Ian Ziering as Edison Trent -- this time with an older, deeper voice.

Notes

  1. While the First Lady moved on to playing an actual president.