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Examples of Actor Allusions in Western Animation.

  • In an episode of Regular Show, an anthropomorphic hot dog is voiced by Tim Curry, known for his role as Dr. Frank-n-furter in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • In one episode of Futurama, Leela (played by Katey Sagal) meets and falls in love with a fellow cyclops called Alkazar... who insists she calls him Al... who then turns out to be a shiftless slob... and eventually the show has temporarily turned into an episode of Married... with Children, in which Sagal played Peggy Bundy, right down to the hooting FOX audience.
    • In Bender's Big Score, in the battle against the scammers, the Chanukah Zombie, voiced by Mark Hamill, flies a stereotypically Chanukah themed TIE Fighter.
      • "Hah — Billy West? What a stupid, phoney, made-up name." Fry's line might be one of the least subtle actor allusions in history.
  • One episode of The Simpsons, titled "Brother From Another Series" starred Sideshow Bob (Grammer) and his brother Cecil, voiced by, you guessed it, David Hyde Pierce. One scene becomes an obvious extended reference to Frasier, down to the incidental music and sarcastic dialogue. At one point when Bart jumped on his back and yelled "Guess who!" Cecil's first guess was "Maris?" Maris was the never seen/never heard wife of Niles Crane. A later episode starred Bob, Cecil, and their father Robert, voiced by John Mahoney. One extended Couch Gag had the Simpsons running through sets from different sitcoms; they sit in the bar from 'Cheers' (the show Frasier was a spin off of) and Sideshow Bob walks in, in homage to his role as Frasier.
    • Another episode features Lisa plotting against Bart and cackling evilly. When Marge asks her what's so funny, she quickly covers by saying she was just thinking about a joke she saw on Herman's Head, on which Yeardley Smith (the voice of Lisa) starred. Conversely, Yeardley Smith's character on the show once asked if she sounded like "that girl who voices Lisa Simpson".
    • Spoofed in The Simpsons. Mark Hamill, starring in a dinner-theatre production of Guys and Dolls, is forced to adapt everything to fit his role in Star Wars, climaxing with the "Luke, Be A Jedi Tonight" musical number and a few references like "use the Forks!"
    • The episode "Lisa's Substitute", guest starring Dustin Hoffman, features an extended sequence that comes out of nowhere in which Hoffman's character and Mrs. Krabappel do a shot for shot reenactment of the famous seduction scene from The Graduate. Ironically, Hoffman used a pseudonym in this appearance, so anyone who couldn't recognize his voice was probably completely mystified as to why the episode suddenly stopped dead in its tracks to do such a specific parody.
    • In the episode "Lard of the Dance", a character voiced by Lisa Kudrow says when meets Lisa: "Your name's Lisa? Shut up, I love that name!" Later, she tells her not to be "such a Phoebe".
    • In the Latin American version of The Simpsons, when Homer wants to prove that he forgot the name of Lisa's secret boyfriend, he incorrectly gives his name as "Beto V?z". Humberto Velez voices Homer. In another episode, when calling a photographer for an erotic photo shoot, he gives his name as "Humberto Simpson".
    • In the episode "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife", Homer meets Dan Castellaneta (who's Homer's voice actor).

 Tour Guide: Oh, why look! There's Dan Castellaneta from The Tracey Ullman Show.

Homer (leaning out of the tour guide tram): Hey, funny man! Say something funny!

Dan Castellaneta: Please don't lean out of the tram, sir. You might get hurt.

Homer (childishly imitating Castelleneta): "Oh, don't lean out of the tram!" * Homer hits his head on a statue of Mischa Barton*

    • In the episode "Apocalypse Cow", there's a CD called Anguished Animals III, recorded by Tress MacNeille. Tress MacNeille voices many female supporting characters on The Simpsons.
    • In the episode "The Bob Next Door", Bart thinks their new neighbor is his nemesis, Sideshow Bob in disguise, because he sounds like him. Homer and Marge tell him that lot of people sound like Sideshow Bob, like "Frasier on Cheers, Frasier on Frasier, and Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge in Down Periscope." Those roles were played by Kelsey Grammer, the voice of Sideshow Bob.
    • Combined with a Take That in a scene in which Fat Tony (Joe Mantegna) becomes emotional and says "I haven't cried this much since I paid to see Godfather III" (that movie being a favorite punching bag on The Simpsons.) The Godfather, Part III co-stars Joe Mantegna as Joey Zasa.
    • When Rodney Dangerfield voiced Mr. Burns' son Larry, he echoed his "I don't get no respect" Catch Phrase with "I tell ya, I don't get no regard. No regard at all. No esteem, either."
  • Kim Possible did this as a two-in-one parody. In "The Fearless Ferret", an aging TV star who played a superhero on TV is voiced by Adam West of the classic Batman. He coaches a successor via radio, in the form of series regular Ron. Ron's VA, Will Friedle, was the voice of the future Batman on Batman Beyond—whom the original Batman coached via radio.
    • On another episode, Señor Senior Sr. speaks of chasing someone "'round perdition's flames", in much the same way his voice actor (Ricardo Montalban) did in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
  • Will Friedle again invokes Batman Beyond by playing Bats' on-again, off-again partner Blue Beetle in Batman: The Brave And The Bold.
  • Adam West has practically made a new career out of this. On an episode of Batman the Animated Series he voices a washed-up has-been actor whose most famous role was playing a superhero in a television show. Later on, he voiced Mayor Grange in The Batman, and appeared in Lois and Clark. He has a steady role now as Mayor Adam West of Family Guy. (Yes, the names are the same and he's insane, but there doesn't seem to be an actual connection to Batman.)
    • Seth MacFarlane intentionally avoids allusions to Batman with Adam West because they're too obvious.
      • Though there was the Super Griffins short where he mentioned having past experiences fighting super-powered beings.
        • Also in Family Guy, in the episode "Believe It Or Not, Joe's Walking On Air", Peter notes the similarity between the voices of Dr. Hartman and Carter Pewtersmidt — both played by Seth MacFarlane — who do indeed sound nearly identical. Hartman and Carter then converse about this, with Carter noting it as being a bit lazy, whereas Hartman figures that there are only so many voices out there, with some bound to sound similar.
    • One should not forget West's role as Catman on The Fairly Odd Parents. He also appears in Johnny Bravo a few times. Fun fact: that episode was co-written by Seth MacFarlane, who of course is responsible for the "Mayor Adam West" character on Western Animation/Family Guy, mentioned above.
  • Also in The Fairly Odd Parents, the Crimson Chin is voiced by Jay Leno, a chin-themed superhero whose origin story comes when a "late night talk show host was bitten by a radioactive celebrity". In a later episode, the Crimson Chin crashes through a building during a fight scene...straight onto the filming of an episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
    • There's also Dr. Rip Studwell, voiced by series creator Butch Hartman himself. His over the top, soap opera style is a reference to Hartman's acting roles on soap operas before he made it big in animation.
      • His design is also based on Hartman himself, originally done as a joke.
  • In Megas XLR, recurring villain Magnanimous was voiced by Bruce Campbell. In one episode, Magnanimus gets a mech of his own... with a shotgun in one hand and a chainsaw in the other.

 Magnanimous: AHHHH! IT HURTS! ...Oh wait, no it doesn't...

  • From the cartoon series The Critic, there's this memorable exchange between title character Jay Sherman and his son Marty, the humor hinging on the fact that Jay is voiced by actor Jon Lovitz (and drawn to look more than a little bit like him, too):

 Jay Sherman: Don't worry son, if you think that only handsome musicians can get beautiful women, I have two words for you: Lyle Lovett.

Marty Sherman: I thought that he was handsome.

Jay Sherman: You're thinking of Jon Lovitz. With his good looks, he takes the cake.


 Stewie: How's it feel to be on a major network for 30 seconds?

Chris: * bleep!* YOU!!

    • In the second Star Wars spoof, Peter short-circuits the argument by bringing up Without a Paddle, which causes Chris to scream and run out of the room angrily. Without a Paddle was a horrible box office flop that starred Seth Green.
    • In the third Star Wars spoof, they simply go into outright bashing Seth Green by name, which naturally irritates Chris/Luke. At the end, Chris asks Peter what's his problem with Seth Green, then turn around and starts bashing Seth MacFarlane along with Meg and Lois, with Peter, Stewie, and Brian (all voiced by MacFarlane) trying to defend him.
    • In "Meet the Quagmires", where the timeline was altered, President Gore killed Osama bin Laden. Lois says: "Who woulda thought that bin Laden was hiding out in the cast of Mad TV?" Quagmire remarks: "Man, the perfect hiding spot. The one place no one would look!" Alex Borstein, the voice of Lois had a recurring role on Mad TV.
  • In The Incredibles, during his first scene with Buddy (voiced by Jason Lee), Mr. Incredible forgets the boy's name. Incredible's first guess is Brodie, a reference to Lee's character Brodie Bruce from Mallrats.
    • Later in that same movie, Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) tries to get a drink of water while a nervous cop holds him at gunpoint. It is nearly a shot-for-shot homage to a scene in Die Hard With a Vengeance
  • In Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Tim Allen, accidentally drops a Binford toolbox on Woody's head. Binford was the sponsor of "Tool Time", Tim Allen's Show Within a Show on Home Improvement.
    • Earlier in the movie, Mr. Potato Head says "What are you looking at, you hockey puck?" causing a puck toy to shrug. "Hockey puck" is a famous insult Don Rickles uses in his stand up.
    • In the second movie, after hugging Woody, Jessie yells "Sweet mother of Abraham Lincoln!". Tom Hanks, the voice of Woody, is a distant relative of Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks.
  • In an episode of Lilo and Stitch, Pleakley (voiced by Kevin Macdonald of "Kids in the Hall") is visited by his mother, sister and brother, voiced by Scott Thompson, Bruce McCullough, and Mark McKinney, respectively, three of Kevin's four regular costars from Kids in The Hall. The remaining costar, David Foley, appears as well, playing a priest at Pleakley's mock wedding.
    • Not to mention Pleakley is fond of crossdressing.
  • In an episode of The New Batman Adventures, the Joker is attempting to kill Commissioner Gordon while he is at the dentist. Batman manages to find out first and stops him, but before he leaves the Joker tosses a grenade in while making the pun "May the floss be with you!" This is an obvious parody of the line "May the Force be with you", and it is a reference to his voice actor Mark Hamill, famous for his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars trilogy.
    • A similar reference appears in the spin-off comic book Harley and Ivy which stars the Joker's henchgirl Harley Quinn and the villain Poison Ivy; the two are on a movie set beating up what look like Batman and the Joker, but turn out to be actors. Harley laments about some actor trying to impersonate the Joker and takes off his fake nose while the actor mumbles something about "Yoda" and the "Dagobah System". It is safe to say that this is a reference to Hamill again, probably suggesting that the actor is supposed to be him.
    • Likely not intentional, but in The Batman, Boss Zucco, voiced by Mark Hamill, kills John Grayson, who is voiced by Kevin Conroy. As Hamill voiced the Joker in Batman the Animated Series and Conroy voiced Batman, many noticed that, in a way, the Joker finally managed to kill Batman.
  • Sentinel from Transformers Animated physically resembles The Tick in both his blue color and huge chin. They have Townsend Coleman as a voice actor. The creators have confirmed that they had this in mind when designing Sentinel once they found out Coleman was cast. It's also been lampshaded a time or two, like when Sentinel has the line of "Energon-y goodness", referencing the Tick's odd manners of speech.
    • When Ratchet says Wreck-Gar wouldn't dare do something really, really moronic, he replied "I am Wreck-Gar. I dare to be stupid!", referencing his voice actor Weird Al Yankovic's song "Dare to be Stupid". This also counts as a Mythology Gag as it was the Junkions' theme (the Junkions being lead by Wreck-Gar) in the G1 movie. Another happens in "Human Error, Part 2", where he briefly tries to fight Soundwave with an accordion, an instrument Weird Al often uses.
    • A script-reading for Animated called "Bee in the City" actually had four:
    1. Beast Wars Megatron taking Sari's key and declaring that he has "a big boost of confidence", referencing the Enzyte commercials that David Kaye narrates.
    2. Optimus Prime (also David Kaye) saying waiting in a line "took longer than an Inuyasha story arc", which is punctuated with a fist pump. Kaye had a recurring role on Inuyasha as Sesshomaru.
    3. Bumblebee saying "My manwich!", a line Bumper Robinson previously said as Dwight Conrad in Futurama.
    4. Isaac Sumdac calling Sari "The joy and the laughter", referencing Tara Strong's previous role as Bubbles in The Powerpuff Girls
    • In the final season finale, Optimus dons a new jetpack in order to fly and be able to fight Decepticons more evenly. Upon takeoff he shouts Excellent!! YEEEESSSSS!!, two words frequently pronounced by the Beast Wars Megatron. Both were voiced by David Kaye.
    • Two toys based on Transformers Cybertron had Optimus Prime and Megatron temporarily turn into a gorilla and a Tyrannosaurus rex while still on the Jungle Planet according to their toy bios.
  • In Freakazoid, the title character's butler Professor Jones, voiced by Jonathan Harris, is pretty much a reprisal of Harris' role as Dr. Smith from Lost in Space — snotty and coward, with some lines directly lifted from LiS. A Running Gag involves everyone asking Jones if he was "on a show with a robot". Also, Sgt. Cosgrove and the villain Guitierrez resemble their voice actors, Ed Asner and Ricardo Montalbán, respectively.
    • In "The Chip", Guitierrez delivers a speech to Dexter that seems to have been taken from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Guess what actor portrayed Khan.
      • The first season's finale is titled "The Wrath of Guitierrez". One gets the impression that the writers really liked having Ricardo Montalbán on their side.
  • In Class of 3000 musician Andre "3000" Benjamin provides the voice of Sunny Bridges. In one episode, we learn that Sunny has Andre Benjamin on his cell phone speed dial.
  • According to Roger Ebert, Scar's answer to Simba's "You're so weird," from The Lion King is a reference to an earlier Jeremy Irons part in Reversal of Fortune where he played Claus von Bulow. Even the intonation is exactly the same.
  • The Boondocks has quite a few of these.
    • There are many allusions to Friday, both direct and indirect, which starred John Witherspoon, the voice of The Boondocks' Robert "Granddad" Freeman.
    • In the episode "A Date with the Health Inspector", the character Gin Rummy (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson) makes several statements pulled almost word-for-word from Pulp Fiction, including the iconic "English motherfucker, do you speak it?". Rummy also also seems to have a certain inclination towards "tasty beverages".
    • In one episode Mark Hamill plays a dealer who sells Granddad a strain of marijuana called "Skywalker."
    • Rev. Rollo Goodlove messes up while singing "Go-Go Gadget Gospel," a song originally performed by his voice actor Cee-Lo. Extra layers of funny occur when you realize Cee-Lo is purposefully messing up his song when he should be able to sing it perfectly.
    • Charles Murphy as Wuncler III had the line "I'm rich, bitch!"; a line from Chappelle's Show where he frequently performed on.
  • A neat version of this trope occurs in Odd Job Jack in which the episode's supposed guest star is none other then the voice actor of the main character who plays himself. Similar to the Lucky Star example but instead here the title character expresses his disapproval and criticism of the man and the two fight each other throughout the episode.
  • Captain Neweyes's last line in We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story is "And that's the way it is," referencing how his voice actor Cronkite signed off his newscasts back in the day.
  • A PBS childrens show called Liberty's Kids had Cronkite as the voice of Benjamin Franklin. Separate from the main storyline (having to do with a trio of preteen reporters during the American Revolutionary War), there would be anachronistic segments, including Franklin as a newscaster-an obvious nod to voice actor Cronkite. He would even end each segment with "And that's the way it was..."
  • A bit of an inversion in WITCH: during a scene in the second-season episode "L is for Loser", the girls wonder aloud why the Knights of Destruction have been able to feed off of their negative emotions, and why Cornelia hasn't been affected. Cornelia responds matter-of-factly with "I'm the only one here who's not starring in a soap opera". Her voice actress, Christel Khalil, plays Lily on The Young And The Restless, and is the only one of the five main voice actresses who is in fact starring in a soap opera.
    • The girls lampshade this by saying "This week".
  • A rather obscure one: Ben Tennyson from Ben 10 exclaims in one episode: "How stupid do you think I am?", a line uttered by Terrence of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends no less than 2 years beforehand. Both characters are voiced by Tara Strong.
    • Another episode where Ben and Gwen are drawn into a video game involves a scene where Grandpa Max notices that their game console has been left on, and drops into a deeper voice to complain, "I thought I told you to turn the game console off!" If you've played Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty to the ending, you will likely void your bowels at this exact moment — Paul Eiding plays both Grandpa Max and Colonel Campbell, and towards the end of Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty, the game abruptly shifts into a No Fourth Wall horror game. At the start of this downwards slide, the Colonel shouts at Raiden to "turn the game console off!"
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Mick Foley voices The Boulder, a parody of The Rock. The Rock and Foley's character Mankind formed the popular tag team The Rock and Sock Connection.
  • Rugrats:

 Quiz show host (voiced by Alex Trebek, of Jeopardy! fame): This automotive tool is used to tighten bolts.

Didi: What is a torque wrench?

Host: You're absolutely right, and Didi, you don't have to answer in a form of a question.

  • Pepper Ann: In one episode, Pepper Ann is watching a show suspiciously similar to The Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series; April Winchell, who voiced PA's mother Lydia, also voiced Tanya on MD:TAS.
  • In The Swan Princess, Rothbart (voiced by Jack Palance) is seen doing one-armed push-ups in a scene. Palance did the same thing when he won an Oscar for his role in City Slickers.
  • In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, during one musical number Quasimodo is briefly given a Mozart-esque white wig to wear. He's voiced by Tom Hulce, who played Mozart in Amadeus.
  • Sigourney Weaver's role in WALL-E is a deliberate nod to the Alien series (and perhaps unintentionally, Futurama).
    • Also Galaxy Quest, where her "one stupid job" was to be the mouthpiece for (and to) the ship's computer.
  • The bumper for the last broadcast of Toonami has TOM delivering a closing monologue and flying away, and while he's in the distance he says "Bang". This was a line said by Spike Speigel multiple times and was his last line in the series. Both are voiced by Steve Blum.
  • Justice League, especially when it entered its Loads and Loads of Characters phase, absolutely loved these. Examples include bringing in the entire lead cast of Teen Titans to voice the (first) Royal Flush Gang, bickering brothers Hawk and Dove being played by Wayne and Kevin Arnold from The Wonder Years, and Nazi-esque villain Virman Vundabar, voiced by Arte Johnson, saying "verrry interesting...but schtupid!"[1] — his Catch Phrase in his most famous role, Wolfgang the German Soldier on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Not to mention tapping Nathan Fillion to voice Vigilante, a cowboy that flies a spaceship.
    • And paired with Vixen, who was voiced by Gina Torres.
    • Keith David, who was Goliath in Gargoyles, voice acts Despero the cult-leader. When he's brainwashing the heroes one by one, he remarks about Hawkgirl: "The wings give her an exotic quality, wouldn't you agree?"
    • "The Great Brain Robbery" has a Freaky Friday Flip between Flash and Lex Luthor in which voices are decidedly not mental. Flash's voice actor plays Luthor in Smallville.
    • During "The Once and Future Thing, Part 2," as time itself starts to degrade and warp out of control, a group of redcoats suddenly appear. They see the Terry McGinnis Batman and one of them shouts, "Fire at will."
    • "Epilogue" features a new Royal Flush Gang and the Jack in this one is a samurai. When he's returned to normal, the animators made him look exactly like Phil LaMarr — the voice of Samurai Jack.
  • In Meet the Robinsons, a character is asked to describe the appearance of his father. Since the person asking him the question will grow up to be his father (it involves time travel) the character lies and claims his father looks like Tom Selleck. Later in the movie, the person meets himself as an adult, who is in fact voiced by Tom Selleck. (This was actually done in reverse: the line was written first, and that gave them the idea of offering Tom Selleck the role.)
    • Worth noting is that in at least one dubbed version of the movie, they changed the joke to reflect the voice actor, despite a visual of Tom Selleck in the film itself.
  • In Cars, Mater says of tractor tipping "I don't care who you are, that's funny right there," a catchphrase of his actor Larry the Cable Guy.
    • Also, when Lightning McQueen jets out of the pit in the final race, Mater shouts Larry's other catchphrase, "Git 'Er Done!"
    • In the sequel, Miles Axlerod apparently got his name from a joke his voice actor Eddie Izzard told involving the wheel and axle.
  • An episode of Roary the Racing Car has a racecar designer called Hugo Amarillo, apparently purely so Big Chris (voiced by Peter Kay) can say "Is this the way to Hugo Amarillo?", referring to the song he mimed to for Comic Relief.
  • In an episode of Danny Phantom where Maddie married Vlad instead of Jack, Jack mistakenly called Danny "Davy" at one point. Danny's voice actor is David Kaufman.
  • In the Gargoyles episode where the characters went to Ireland, a teenage wastrel remarked that there was "more to [Bronx] than meets the eye", a reference to the tagline for Transformers. Bronx's voice was provided by Frank Welker, who also did a lot of voices in Transformers Generation 1.
  • Shrek has a good number of these. Remember Antonio Banderas, who voices Puss in Boots, played the main role in The Mask of Zorro. And John Cleese.
  • In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Obi-Wan's love interest is the Duchess Satine. Ewan McGregor played Obi-Wan in the Star Wars prequels as well as the male lead in Moulin Rouge. His character's love interest was named Satine.
  • Batman Beyond villain Mad Stan is a psychopathic Luddite who very closely resembles Spider from Johnny Mnemonic, even going so far as to mimic his "information overload" rant (minus the profanity.) Actor Henry Rollins played both roles, and Stan was probably modeled after Rollins' performance.
  • In an episode of Phineas and Ferb, Candace (voiced by Ashley Tisdale) competes for a job at Mr. Slushy Burger with Wendy (voiced by Brenda Song). Both Tisdale and Song appeared on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
  • In Beast Wars, Silverbolt remarks that Venus reminds him of Blackarachnia. Blackarachnia was voiced by Venus Terzo.
  • The Venture Brothers featured Batman: The Animated Series voice actor Kevin Conroy as an avenging superhero mourning his dead sidekick. His reputation with teen sidekicks is suspect at best.
  • In one episode of Jimmy Neutron, Jimmy supposedly forgets Carl's name, calling him Rob — Carl's voice actor being Rob Paulsen.
  • Beast Boy of Teen Titans talks in stereotypical surfer lingo and won't touch meat. His VA, Greg Cipes, is a professional surfer, and has lived on a vegan diet since he was a kid.
    • Also, "You're just jealous 'cause I sound like a rock star."
    • Titans villain Mad Mod (voiced by Malcolm McDowell) claims that "nothing teaches discipline and respect like brain-erasing drugs." Not to mention at one point he has mechanical chairs that hold your eyes open.
  • In an episode of the short-lived series Sit Down, Shut Up, after hearing hot science teacher Miracle Groh sing, bisexual drama teacher Andrew comments "you sound good enough to be in Wicked". Miracle's voice actor is Kristen Chenoweth, who was indeed in said play. (Seconds later, Miracle because of her character, reveals she has never heard of either Wicked or The Wizard of Oz.)
  • Orson Welles attempted a series of radio commercials for several foods, probably sometime around the 1960s. Animaniacs did a Pinky and The Brain sketch built around Maurice LaMarche imitating fairly famous outtakes of that recording session almost verbatim (compare Welles and La Marche). If the entire cartoon wasn't enough of one long Actor Allusion on its own, it includes a line where the Brain storms off, saying, "if you want this done, you'll just have to find some actor who does impressions!"
    • One episode of Animaniacs featured a Game Show host called "Ned Flat", resembling Ned Flanders from The Simpsons not only in name but in voice—Harry Shearer's voice, in both cases.
  • One episode of King of the Hill (specifically "Arlen City Bomber") has Bobby state that his dream is to eat a corn chip right off the production line. Lucky tells him "I'm gonna help you run down that dream." Lucky's portrayer had a song titled "Runnin' Down A Dream".
  • In the animated short film Jonah Hex, attached to Batman: Under the Red Hood, Hex is voiced by Thomas Jane. Jane was desperate for the live-action role that eventually went to Josh Brolin, so much so that he hired a makeup artist to create Hex's scars before he went to screentest. Guess he'll have to make do with the voice of Hex.
  • Avengers Earths Mightiest Heroes managed to combine this with Talking to Himself. Fred Tasticore plays both the Incredible Hulk (reprising the role from... practically everything the Hulk has been in since 2003) and Graviton. Then Graviton lets loose one of Hulk's catchphrases:
  • Baron von Ghoulish in Billy and Mandy Save Christmas is introduced brushing his fangs and humming "Singing in the Rain". His voice actor is Malcolm McDowell, who infamously sang that same song in A Clockwork Orange.
  • Garfield and Friends had the titular orange cat voiced by Lorenzo Music, who had previously voiced Carlton the Doorman on the CBS sitcom Rhoda. Naturally, one of the Couch Gags featured the line, "This is Garfield, your doorman." (Doubles as a Parental Bonus, given that Rhoda aired during The Seventies.)
  • Whenever the children of South Park visited Chef's home, there was a photograph of Isaac Hayes on the wall. Hayes provided the voice of Chef.
  • At the end of The Jungle Book 2, Shere Khan (now voiced by Tony Jay) actually ends up being defeated by being plunged into a fiery pit.
  • Rapunzel from Tangled is always portrayed as being barefoot, much like her voice actress Mandy Moore.
    • Also from Tangled: in the campfire scene, Rapunzel tells Flynn "Don't freak out!" and then "It's complicated!" in short order. Both of those lines are from Chuck, starring Zachary Levi, the voice actor for Flynn.
  • In The Rescuers, Miss Bianca is portrayed as representing Hungary. She was voiced by Eva Gabor, who was Hungarian herself [2]
  • Joe E. Ross played at least two Hanna-Barbera characters (Sgt. Flint in Hong Kong Phooey, Botch in Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch), who used his trademark "Ooh! Ooh!" Verbal Tic.
    • This was later given a Shout-Out in the RubySpears series Fangface, where Fangs (and the title character; both voiced by Frank Welker) did it.
  • Near the beginning of Atlantis the Lost Empire, Milo complains about why he hated carrots before boarding the submarine. His voice actor also dislikes carrots.
  • Discord, the villain of the season 2 premiere of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic is played by John de Lancie, who once again plays a reality-warping, finger snapping, teleporting Trickster Archetype with a cruel sense of humor. This has lead to fans calling him DisQord and imagining mashups.
    • In the episode "Hurricane Fluttershy", Twilight Sparkle has a squirrel trying to tell her something, and on being questioned, replies, "Do I look like I speak Squirrel?" Twilight is voiced by Tara Strong, who also voiced Bubbles on Powerpuff Girls, who did in fact speak Squirrel.
  • In ThunderCats (2011), Claudus (voiced by Larry Kenney, the original Lion-O) announces that he'll show his son Lion-O what the Sword of Omens "is capable of in the proper hands." Old Retainer Jaga makes reference to how much like his son Claudus was in youth. Later, he gets to yell out "Thundercats, HO!" one last time.
  • From Batman Beyond: King is voiced by George Lazenby, who was known for his short stint as James Bond. He gets two significant lines: First, "we have all the time in the world"; a reference to one of his Bond roles. Second, "do you know what it's like living in another man's shadow?"
  • In universe example at the end of Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie: When Khalil appears and asks who needed a tow, Twippo says "Uh...have we met?" This was because Archibald was Jonah and Twippo in the film and Jonah meets Khalil in the Jonah story in the film.
  • The Dan Vs. episode "The Catburglar" is basicaly Curtis Armstrong (Dan) as his other famous character he played in the 80s.[3]
  • Minor villain Black Spider from Young Justice is played by Josh Keaton, who played another wisecracking person with arachnid themed powers in a Greg Weisman production.
  • An episode of Martha Speaks had an Imagine Spot that was a parody of My Little Pony, seen here. Martha's voice actress Tabitha St. Germain is pretty much the voice of My Little Pony, as she's done tons of characters in both the G3 era and Friendship is Magic.
  • "Barbie: Princess Adventure" has a two for one example with Barbie's lookalike Princess Amelia. She's voiced by Erica Lindbeck when she's speaking and Jordyn Kane when she's singing. Both filled the same roles as Barbie herself in the movies from 2016-2017.
  • On The Chicken Squad, a character named Captain Tully, an older dog with a sense of authority, is voiced by Yvette Nicole Brown. This alludes to the 2010 reboot of Pound Puppies, where she voiced Cookie the dog, who was in a similar position.
  1. he replaced the last word with futile, but close enough
  2. Moreover, there is at least one scene where Bianca mispronounces words; a reference to her Green Acres character Lisa Douglas.
  3. He played Bert Voila for the last three seasons.