Man of a Thousand Voices

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

"If we had some sort of machine which could imitate any voice, we'd only need one voice actor."
"We do; it's called 'Billy West'."

Characters known for a wide range of voices.

Bonus points if the person is able to avert Larynx Dissonance and Not Even Bothering with the Accent, but it's not vital.

The name Man of a Thousand Voices comes from a nickname given to Mel Blanc, who was responsible for nearly every classic Looney Tunes male character.

In Real Life, Voice Actors with this ability are known for voicing Loads and Loads of Characters. Basically if you can't say "Hey, It's That Voice!", odds are, it was one of these people. Fact is, the industry is incredibly small, and there just aren't enough actors to cover all the exponentially increasing amount of characters and projects created each year. Being versatile is required. The vast majority of voice actors and vocal work don't create "voices" but is largely using their own natural voice with slight tonal changes, pitched up or down. Thus it is still possible for a Pigeonholed Voice Actor to ironically also have "a thousand voices," just people aren't aware of their versatility. In fiction, this is not necessarily the case.

Can overlap with Talking to Himself, if the actor does multiple roles on the same show.

Compare and contrast with Voice Changeling, which involves having multiple people voice one character. Not to be confused with Voice of the Legion.

Examples of Man of a Thousand Voices include:

Real Life

Just choose a few key roles to give an idea of the actors' ranges. Save large lists for the actors' own pages.



[Caan *insane and giggly*] "I fleeeew into the wilds and fire! I danced and died a THOUSAND TIMES!"






  1. before anyone freaks out at this, it was before Executive Meddling (in the form of The Complainer Is Always Wrong) turned that character into, well, The Scrappy