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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Professional voice actors pride themselves on range. So, hiring a few good voice actors means you can take care of many, many characters with a small cast (especially if one or two actors are a Man of a Thousand Voices).
Oftentimes, this results in funny situations, like two characters played by the same person having intense conversations and heated arguments with each other. The talent is in making sure the audience doesn't know it. If jokes are made about this, it's Actor Allusion.
Sometimes this can happen in real life for technical or legal reasons where a person is required in one capacity to write themselves (in another capacity) a letter. For example, in most US states, for small corporations, a corporate officer can file an authorization to the board of directors to waive the corporation carrying workers' compensation insurance on that officer. Now, in the case of a corporation with a single owner (who therefore is both Chairman of the Board of Directors and President), the President of the corporation (who is the only officer) has to write a letter to himself, as Chairman of the Board, informing himself that he (as President) is waiving the Workers' Compensation coverage on himself (the letter being sent to the Workers' Compensation Board).
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })In voice acting, the process is fairly simple, with the actor just doing a different take (although some good voice actors can do it in real-time). The actor's vocal range is the only thing that might betray commonality.
This is sometimes actually invoked on purpose, as it can make you think, "Ohey, they're a clone? Why didn't I realize that before?".
In Live-Action this has historically been difficult, requiring split screen or otherwise splitting the image and requiring perfect synchronization between the different takes. Normally, the camera was stationary for this, but Back to the Future Part II pioneered a motion controlled camera that allows for complex panning shots that have the same actor in multiple roles. More modern works are able to do it a bit more easily due to advances in computer editing.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })See also Solo Duet, where a singer does two different voices to make it sound like a duet, usually Played for Laughs.
Not to be confused with Informing the Fourth Wall, Sounding It Out, Thinking Out Loud or Talking to Themself. Compare Holding Both Sides of the Conversation, which is an in-universe example of this trope, where a character is pretending to hold a conversation with another non-present (or non-existent) character, in order to maintain some kind of charade.
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In the Watchmen motion comic, ALL the characters are voiced by one guy.
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In A Midsummer Night's Dream Nick Bottom begs to play all the parts in the play-within-a-play, and acts out a scene between star-crossed lovers Pyramus and Thisbe before roaring to represent "the lion."
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Avenue Q features the same actress playing Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut, the same actor as Princeton and Rod, and the same actor as Nicky and Trekkie Monster. The conversations with themselves are particularly impressive because all the puppeteers are onstage and usually one of the puppets is being controlled by a completely different puppeteer who had to match the mouth movements to the other actor's words. Also, they sing too. Possibly lampshaded when you notice that the voice of Nicky/Trekkie Monster has the only puppets that require two people to work (can be used by one, but not as effective).
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Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice parodies the conventions of a medieval morality play by playing himself, his conscience, and the "fiend" who wants him to run away from his master.
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In one hilarious game of Dungeons & Dragons, one player simultaneously played an elf and a dwarf who were Vitriolic Best Buds on the best of days. He used hand signals to indicate who was who whenever they got in an argument (again).
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Feste in Twelfth Night stands outside the dark cell in which Malvolio is imprisoned and enacts a conversation between himself (Feste) and "Sir Topas", the minister supposedly sent to "cure" Malvolio of his insanity. Malvolio falls for it, of course.
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Launce in Two Gentlemen of Verona performs the scene of his departure from home for the audience, using a pair of shoes as his parents, his staff as his sister, his dog as himself, and himself as his dog.
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In The Wizard of Oz On Ice, Bobby McFerrin voiced all of the characters except for Dorothy. (Yep, even Toto.) In the TV special, he also voices Dorothy.
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ItsJustSomeRandomGuy does all of the male voices in I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC. Mostly, he's very good at making each voice different — with the exception of the strangely gentle Captain America voice, they're all similar, but distinct. However, when characters are worked up they all sound the same.
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As mentioned above, Game Masters do this often, so it's no surprise that the GM of Darths & Droids does this as a lot. There was also that one time when Jim was given control of his character's family, and found himself in a situation where he had to roleplay girl talk with himself.
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In Motu Patlu, Saurav Chakraborty provides the voice of both Motu and Patlu.
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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery features a three-way argument between characters played by the same actor. In addition, there are no props and everything is mimed. It gives the actor a great chance to show off his versatility.
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Random Assault: Whenever Mitch and Slabflapper talk to each other.
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In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, quite a few of the original Chinese actors voice more than one character at a time:
Zu Liqing as Weslie, Night Wolf, and White Handsomey.
Gao Quanshang as Slowy, Dark Handsomey, Master Paopao, and Brother Tai.
Liang Ying as Paddi and Wilie.
Deng Yuting as Tibbie, Jonie, and Fragrant Wolf.
Liu Hongyun as Sparky and Banana Wolf.
Zhang Lin as Wolffy and Yellow Wolf.
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The original Chinese dub of Happy Heroes features the voice actors and actresses voicing quite a few main/significant characters at the same time:
Liu Hongyun as Happy S., Careful S. post-Season 1, Doctor H. in Season 6, Headmaster Tele, Zelia in Season 1, and Ambassador Wang.
Deng Yuting as Sweet S. for most of the series, Doctor H. for most of the series, Kalo, Lightbulb Jr., and Lele.
Yan Yanzi as Smart S. and Little M.
Zu Qing as Sweet S. in Season 6, Careless S., Careful S. in Season 1, Kalo in Season 6 and the first film, Miss Peach, the mailman robot, Zelia for most of the TV series, Keke, and Fire S. in the TV series.
Li Tuan as Mr. Lightbulb, Teacher Know-All, Professor Limen, the Global Leader, Doctor H.'s father in the TV series, Planet Gray's Commander, Ambassador Miao, and Huo Haha.
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