Earl Baylon

Earl is an LA-born actor/improviser that wants desperately to be loved. Hah, not really. He'll eat all your leftovers if you're not careful. He's done it before. Tweets at @earl_baylon. Earl Baylons at earlbaylon.com. Tumblrs at Nerdoholic.

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So, over the past week, I’ve really been thinking about my fledgling voice acting career and what course of action I should take to further it every day. What classes should I look into? Should I even worry about cutting a demo at this point? How can I keep improving without having to dip into my non-existent coffers? Am I unrealistic to want to do mostly video games and animation? Do I really have to do commercial stuff? Yes, Earl I think you do.

Either way, it’s seeped into my little corner of Agents of GUARD, and now I bring you a short list of people I would like to be one day when I grow up. Everyone thinks about David Hayter, the voice of Solid Snake, when the subject of video game voice acting comes up, but there are a few other folks who have carved out a Star Destroy-sized resume when it comes to digital entertainment:

 6 Prolific Voice Actors in Video Games

… and where you may have heard them

 1. Jennifer Hale

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Two words: justin bailey.

In Game: female badasses Fem-Shepherd from the Mass Effect Series and Samus Aran from the Metroid Prime series.

Out of Game: Aayla Secura from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Jean Grey from the most recent X-Men animated series

Number of Video Game Credits: 152 – IMDb

 

2. Crispin Freeman

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It’s like Sagat and Deejay ran into each other at the speed of light.

In Game: Male Wizard from Diablo III and Bruce from the Tekken Series

Out of Game: Itachi Uchiha/Ebisu from Naruto Shippuden and Balmung from the .hack series.

Number of Video Game Credits: 112 – IMDb

 

3. Michael McConnohie

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Brrr. It’s cold in here, it must be Arthas in the atmosphere.

In game: Kano from Mortal Kombat and The Lich King from World of Warcraft

Out of Game: Dae-su Oh from the English Dub of Oldboy, D from Vampire Hunter D, and Cross Country from G.I. Joe

Number of Video Game Credits: 104 – IMDb

 

4. Tara Strong

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I. Um. Rawr.

In Game: Harley Quinn from Batman: Arkham City, Rikku from Final Fantasy X, and Rachel from the Ninja Gaiden Series

Out of Game: Almost everything… like Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony, Huntresss from Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls

Number of Video Game Credits: 102 – IMDb

 

5. Robin Atkin Downes

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I can’t help but see a giant glowing hypodermic needle. Travis Touchdown: Future-Nurse

In Game: Male Demon Hunter from Diablo III, Conrad Roth from the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, Travis Touchdown from No More Heroes

Out of Game: Mumm-Ra in the recent Thundercats reboot and Byron/Morann from Babylon 5

Number of Video Game Credits: 208- IMDb

 

6. Grey DeLisle

Oh, Nova. The magic that would have been StarCraft: Ghost.
Oh, Nova. The magic that would have been StarCraft: Ghost.

In Game: Selina Kyle/Catwoman from Batman: Arkham Series, Female Wizard from Diablo III, Nova from StarCraft II

Out of Game: Padme Amidala/Asajj Ventress from Star Wars: Clone Wars, Daphne from recent Scooby Doo releases, Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Number of Video Game Credits: 121 – IMDb

 

7. Yuri Lowenthal

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I haven’t played Saints Row, but this character looks like he needs to be slapped incessantly.

In Game: The Prince from the Prince of Persia Series, Matt Miller from the Saints Row series

Out of Game: Keigo Asano from Bleach and Ben from the Ben 10 Series

Number of Video Game Credits: 188 – IMDb

 

8. Nolan North

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I am jealous of a digital man’s hair.

In Game: Desmond Miles from the Assassin’s Creed series, The Penguin from the Batman: Arkham series, and Nathan Drake from the Uncharted Series

Out of Game: Deadpool from everything, The Kraang from the new TMNT series, and Conner Kent/Superboy from Young Justice

Number of Video Game Credits: 188 – IMDb

 

9. Fred Tatasciore

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Damon is like Cid from Final Fantasy 7 on roids.

In Game: Damon Baird from the Gears of War series, Saren Arterius from Mass Effect, and the Brutes from Halo 3

Out of Game: Most iterations of the Hulk and Bane, Samuel L. Jackson in Team America

Number of Video Game Credits: 237 – IMDb

 

This, of course, is not an exhaustive list of all the VA badassery in the video game world. There are at least… 3 more I can think of that I would call “prolific.” …enough for a second article? Wait! Is Agent Earl hoarding article ideas? Maybe.

Ok. Most likely.

Almost certainly.

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