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While gamers all enjoy video games with voice acting, they often tend to also take for granted the people behind the voices. As gamers progress from one game to the next, they may notice some similarity when it comes to characters’ voices, but they may not make the connection between, say, Yukari from Persona 3 and Sophia from Star Ocean: Till the End of Time.

It probably isn’t often gamers actually read the closing credits, search instruction books or take to the internet to discover who voiced their favorite characters. Many times, the voice actor for a character isn’t even credited or listed, so people might just think someone sounds familiar, but not bother to confirm it.

Gamertell has compiled a list of 10 prolific, famous and noteworthy voice actors who have lent their talents to video games. Not all of the games that the following actors have appeared in will be mentioned, just a few of the more famous entries as well as significant roles in TV series.

Persona 3 Yukari Takeba1. Michelle Ruff

In games she provided the voice for Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny‘s Viese Blanchimont, Baroque‘s Alice, Bleach: The Blade of Fate and Shattered Blade‘s Rukia Kuchiki, Disgaea 2‘s Etna, Persona 3‘s Yukari Takeba, Odin Sphere‘s Velvet, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time‘s Sophia Esteed, Tales of Vesperia‘s Rita Mordio, Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria‘s Alicia and Wild ARMs 5‘s Avril Vent Fleur.

She also does anime voice acting, and has voiced Bleach‘s Rukia Kuchiki, Blue Dragon‘s Kluke, Chobit‘s Chi and Freya, Disgaea‘s Etna and Lupin the 3rd‘s Fujiko Mine.

Ratchet from Ratchet and Clank2. James Arnold Taylor

In games he provided the voice for Final Fantasy X‘s Tidus, FFX-2‘s Tidus and Shuyin, Kingdom Hearts II‘s Jack Sparrow and Timon, Ratchet in almost every Ratchet & Clank game, Speed Racer‘s Jack “Cannonball” Taylor, Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror and Logan’s Shadow‘s Gabe Logan, and Tales of Symphonia‘s Lord Yggdrasill.

He also does cartoon and anime voice acting, and has voiced: The Boondock‘s Officer Frank, Drawn Together‘s Wooldoor Sockbat, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind‘s Muzu, Star Wars: The Clone Wars‘ Obi-Wan Kenobi

and Static Shock‘s Eddie Felson.

3. Paula Tiso

In games she provided the voice for: Atelier Iris‘s Vier, Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed‘s Mindy Peters, Disgaea‘s Jennifer, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem‘s Chandra, Final Fantasy X & X-2‘s Lulu, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots‘s Laughing Octopus and No More Heroes‘ Sylvia Christel.

Odin Sphere's Oswald4. Derek Stephen Prince
In games he provided the voice for: Bleach: The Blade of Fate and Shattered Blade‘s Uryu Ishida, Shino Aburame in almost every Naruto game, Odin Sphere‘s Oswald, Persona 3‘s Takaya, Radiata Stories‘s Cross Ward, Trauma Center: New Blood‘s Vakhusti and Xenosaga I‘s Chaos.

He also does anime voice acting, and has voiced:

Arc the Lad‘s Gene, Bleach‘s Uryu Ishida, Love Hina‘s Keitaro Urashima, Naruto‘s Shino Aburame and Paradise Kiss‘ Arashi.

Powerpuff Girls Bubbles5. Tara Strong

In games she provided the voice for: Blue Dragon‘s Kluke, Final Fantasy X & X-2‘s Rikku, Jak 3‘s Keira, Killer 7‘s Kaede Smith, Ninja Gaidan & Ninja Gaidan Sigma‘s Rachel, Bubbles in most Powerpuff Girls games, Psychonaut‘s Sheegor, Talwyn in both Ratchet & Clank Future games, Tales of Legendia‘s Norma Beatty and Tales of Symphonia‘s Presea Combatir.

She also does anime and cartoon voice acting, and has voiced: Ben 10‘s Ben Tennyson, Drawn Together‘s Princess Clara and Toot Braunstein, Fairly Oddparents‘s Timmy Turner, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends‘s Terrence and Powerpuff Girls‘s Bubbles.

6. Jamieson Price

In games he provided the voice for: Bleach: The Blade of Fate and Shattered Blade‘s Yasutora “Chad” Sado, Castlevania: Lament of Innocence‘s Walter Bernhard, Clive Barker’s Jericho‘s Xavier Jones, Disgaea‘s Seraph Lamington, Eternal Sonata‘s Legato, Radiata Stories‘s Gawain Rothschild, Rogue Galaxy‘s Narrator, Shadow Hearts: Covenant‘s Masaji Kato, Suikoden V‘s Georg Prime, Tales of Vesperia‘s Duke and Wild ARMs 6‘s Nightburn Acklund.

He also does anime voice acting, and has voiced:

Bleach‘s Yasutora “Chad” Sado and Fate/stay Night‘s Kirei Kotomine.

7. Stephanie Sheh

In games she provided the voice for: Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm‘s Nell Ellis, Bleach: The Blade of Fate and Shattered Blade‘s Orihime Inoue, Disgaea 2‘s Hanako, Eternal Sonata‘s Princess Serenade, Grandia III‘s Alfina de Palma, Mana Khemia‘s Nicole Mimi Tithel, Hinata Hyuga in most of the Naruto games, Odin Sphere‘s Mercedes, Persona 3‘s Metis, Radiata Stories‘ Ridley Silverlake, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles‘ Rebecca Chambers and Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria‘s Silmeria.

She also does anime voice acting, and has voiced:

Bleach‘s Orihime Inoue, FLCL‘s Mamimi, Tales of Phantasia‘s Arche Klein and Tenjo Tenge‘s Aya Natsume.

Naruto Itachi Uchiha8. Crispin Freeman

In games he provided the voice for: Balmung for most of the .hack// games, Atelier Iris‘ Delsus, Crisis Core: FFVII‘s Rude and Kunsel, Death by Degrees‘ Alan Smithee, Kingdom Hearts II‘s Setzer Gabbiani and Will Turner, Makai Kingdom‘s Overlord Zetta, Itachi Uchiha in many Naruto games, Nano Breaker‘s Jake Warren, Phantom Brave‘s Raphael, Rogue Galaxy‘s Gale Dorban/Jaus, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time‘s Albel Nox, Tales of Symphonia‘s Regal Bryant, Too Human‘s Baldur, Albedo and Gaigun Kukai in every Xenosaga game.

He also does anime voice acting, and has voiced: .hack//SIGN‘s Balmung, Chobits‘s Hideki Motosuwa, FFVII Advent Children‘s Rude, Ghost in the Shell‘s Togusa, Hellsing‘s Alucard, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya‘s Kyon

, Naruto‘s Itachi Uchiha and Ebisu, Revolutionary Girl Utena‘s Touga Kiryuu and Slayers‘ Zelgadis Greywords.

Soul Calibur's Xianghua9. Wendee Lee

In games she provided the voice for: Black Rose in every .hack// game, Ar Tonelico‘s Claire Branch, Atelier Iris‘ Lita Blanchimont, Brave Story: New Traveler‘s Tatsuya, The Bouncer‘s Leann Caldwell, Disgaea 2‘s Rozalin and Taro, Front Mission 4‘s Ines Torres, GrimGrimoire‘s Lillet Blan, Neverwinter Nights‘ Aribeth, Soul Calibur II-IV‘s Chai Xianghua, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time‘s Nel Zelpher, Tales of Vesperia‘s Karol Kapel, Wild ARMs 4‘s Raquel Applegate and Wild ARMs 5‘s Rebecca Streisand.

She also does anime voice acting, and has voiced:

Bleach‘s Yoruichi Shihouin, Tatsuki Arisawa and Ururu Tsumugiya, Cowboy Bebop‘s Faye Valentine, TK Takaishi in Digimon Adventure and Digimon: The Movie, Fushigu Yuugi‘s Yui Hongo, Lucky Star‘s Konata Izumi, Magic Knight Rayearth‘s Umi Ryuuzaki, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya‘s Haruhi Suzumiya, Sakura Wars: The Movie‘s Sakura Shinguji, Viewtiful Joe‘s Sprocket and Wild ARMs‘ Loretta Oratorio.

10. Yuri Lowenthal

In games he provided the voice for: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night‘s Alucard, Destroy All Humans 2‘s Dr. Go, FFIV DS‘ Cecil Harvey, the announcer for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Sasuke Uchiha in the Naruto games, Odin Sphere‘s Cornelius, Riviera: The Promised Land‘s Ein, Persona 3‘s main character, Ryoji and Pharos, Persona 4‘s Yosuke Hanamura, Suikoden V‘s Kyle, Tales of the Abyss and Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology‘s Luke fan Fabre/Asch, Trauma Center‘s Derek Stiles, Wild ARMs 4‘s Arnaud G. Vasquez, Wild ARMs 5‘s Dean Stark and Xenosaga III‘s Kevin Winnicot.

He also does cartoon and anime voice acting, and has voiced: Ben 10: Alien Force‘s Ben Tennyson and Alien X, Bleach‘s Keigo Asano, Blue Dragon‘s Shu, Naruto‘s Sasuke Uchiha, The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie‘s Prince Alexander and Saiyuki Reload & Gunlock‘s Goku

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  1. :) Don't forget Kari Walhgren the voice of Ashe from FF12 and Shelke from Dirge of Cerberus. :)

    Lucy Newman
  2. No David Hayter? Aww, that one hurts!

    I probably woulda put Cam Clarke on there, too.

    ShinChuck
  3. you forgot Jonny Yong Bosch He is the best!

    Jason
  4. You failed to mention that Yuri Lowenthal is also the Prince of Persia. :D

    Jan Panda
  5. Weird, I'd expect John DiMaggio to be all over this list.

    Sack
  6. Sorry. Didn't mean to stir the hornet's nest. But yeah… forgot about David Hayter. Snake is the awesomeness ! Gotta love a man who can sport a mullet and eye-patch for a mock interview in MGS4. And still look as hot as Snake in the game. Incase you guys don't know what I'm talking about. In the load sequence where your watching a tv commercial, hit the action button to change channels and catch the interview with David Hayter in it. He's dressed as snake for the interview. :p

    Lucy Newman
  7. No Jennifer Hale either? Wow…

    Martin
  8. Hi all –

    When I compiled the list, I tried to go for actors who appeared in multiple games. I also went by actors who I personally had heard a lot while playing games, to the point where I could say that actor provided all those voices, but couldn't name that actor..

    After looking up, Jennifer Hale would have been a fantastic addition to this list. (And I didn't know Yuri Lowenthal was the Prince of Persia. Cool!) The same goes for Kari Wahlgren and Johnny Yong Bosch as well. If the list had been 13, then all of them would have made it in.

    I considered John DiMaggio, but it seemed like his biggest video game roles were Wakka and Kimahri, Bender, Marcus Fenix and Juggernaut. David Hayter mainly did Snake for Metal Gear Solid. Other than that, Eternal Darkness was his only other video game credit. Since

    Jenni Lada
  9. well gee Jenni, you forgot to mention Cary Elwes who did the voice of The Bard in Bards tale!

    What were you thinking??

    Jessica Moen
  10. Not having David Hayter on this list makes it a giant bag of fail.

    wut
  11. I don't agree with the whole "Giant bag of fail" but I will say that you should have put Phil LaMarr. He's been in literally everything.

    Joe
  12. Seems to me that this article is not titled very well…

    I'm a gamer and I haven't even heard of most of the games mentioned.

    Looking them up they seem to be almost entirely Japanese made or inspired RPGs… kind of limits the article in scope, doesn't it?

    And I know they aren't *all* RPGs, but the fact that most of the artists have anime credits listed as well is kind of telling.

    Paracles
  13. Be nice. They're all great voice actors, I think Jenni did a good job. :) At least give her a pat on the back for trying.

    lucy newman
  14. @ Jessi – Ah, but Cary Elwes hasn't done any other video game voice work other than Bard's Tale. :D

    @ wut – As I mentioned before, David Hayter wasn't included simply because the only voice acting for video games he has really done is for Metal Gear Solid games (as Solid Snake/Old Snake/Naked Snake/Big Boss). He's an accomplished anime voice actor as well. But I wanted to address actors who you constantly hear over and over again, not actors who are famous for one particular role.

    @ Joe – I had no idea Phil LaMarr did video game voices! I loved his Reno 911! cameo and his work on Mad TV. When I looked up onlineI saw he only did voices for Metal Gear Solid 2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Ground Control II, Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines, Quake IV, Mercenaries, The Matrix, Condemned 2 and a whole ton of other games. I had NO idea! Thanks for bringing him up. I didn't realize how much voice acting he did (for video games and cartoons).

    @ Paracles – I'm surprised you haven't heard of some of the games, seeing as how I tried to pick out the most famous credits for each person (each one had at least 10 video game voice acting credits). When I researched the article, I was looking for quality and quantity. It wouldn't be much of a list if I just named actors who only did a voice for one or two big games. After seeing some comments from readers though, I can see there are quite a few other prolific actors who should have been named.

    The actors I did mention also did voices for quite a few 'non' RPGs or Japanese RPGs. Going through the list I can find references to them providing voices for the Ratchet & Clank games, Syphon Filter games, Destroy All Humans, Metal Gear Solid 4, No More Heroes, Assassin's Creed, Trauma Center, Ninja Gaidan, Psychonauts, Castlevania Clive Barker's Jericho, Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles, Death by Degrees, Nano Breaker, Soul Calibur and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.

    As for the anime voice acting, many voice actors do both. You'll notice James Arnold Taylor and Tara Strong both do voices for Drawn Together and Yuri Lowenthal did a voice for The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie.

    @ Lucy – Thanks.

    Jenni Lada
  15. Cant believe you guys forgot Jenifer Hale, look at her wiki and tell you haven't at least played 3 or more games shes worked on.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Hale#Video_games

    Sal
  16. Was Derek Stephen Prince REALLY Majd Addin in Assassin's Creed? IMDb and Wikipedia say it was a man named Richard Cansino. Only place saying it was Derek are Derek's wiki page and this list…
    Just mentioning, carry on with your biz.

    JohnnyFox
  17. I'll have to double check JohnnyFox. I know I saw it on 2 other sites when I was researching it (one was an Assassin's Creed fan site, and the other was a voice acting site). I'll double check and fix if necessary after I finish at my day job. :D

    Jenni Lada
  18. Another major one that you forgot was Michael Bell, who, in games, might be best known for his role as Raziel in the Legacy of Kain series (not to mention Tony Jay as the elder god, Simon Templeman as Kain, and Renee Auberjonois as Janos). He has been in so many unbelievable games as a voice actor, whether as a starring role, or just even backup voices (Heck, he's even in WoW as a blood elf!)

    Naiomi