The Faces Behind the Video Game

Liquid Snake, the antagonist of the Playstation classic Metal Gear Solid, is the leader of a terrorist organization. Leonardo the Ninja Turtle is a humanoid turtle who eats pizza. These two characters? Voiced by the exact same person. Within the surprisingly small world of video game voice acting, many long-time gamers may be shocked to learn that the characters that they have grown so accustomed to are voiced by the most unexpected actors/actresses.

So, who are these people that provided the voices, and ultimately life, to these characters? Here, we will be unveiling the most talented video game voice actors, giving them recognition for their work in a mostly “behind-the-scenes” occupation.

Claudia Black

Most Notable Roles

1. Morrigan (Dragon Age: Origins)
2. Chloe Frazer (Uncharted 2)
3. Admiral Xen (Mass Effect 2)
Non-Video Game Roles
-Vala Mal Doran (Stargate SG-1)
-Aeryn Sun (Farscape)

Nolan North

Most Notable Roles
1. Nathan Drake (Uncharted)
2. Desmond Miles (Assassin's Creed)
3. Romeo (Halo 3: ODST),
4. Jason Flemming (Shadow Comolex)
5. Prince (Prince of Persia)
6. Enemy Soldier (MGS4)

David Hayter

Most Notable Roles
1. Old Snake (Metal Gear Solid 4: Sons of the Patriots)
2. Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
3. Naked Snake/Big Boss (Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater)

Charles Martinet

Most Notable Roles
1. Mario
2. Luigi
3. Wario
4. Waluigi
5. Baby Mario/Baby Luigi
6. Referee (Super Punch Out!!)

Cam Clarke

Most Notable Roles
1. Liquid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
2. Kratos Aurion (Tales of Symphonia)
3. Meathook (The Secret of Monkey Island)
4. Simba (Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+)
Non-Video Game Roles
5. Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

John DiMaggio

Most Notable Roles
1. Marcus Fenix (Gears of War)
2. Wakka (Final Fantasy X)
3. Craig Marduk (Tekken 5-6)
– Brute Chieftain (Halo 3)
Non-Video Game Roles
4. Bender (Futurama)

Debi Mae West


Most Notable Roles
1. Meryl Silverburgh (Metal Gear Solid)
2. Ayame (Tenchu 2)
– Atropos/Bathhouse Girl #1 (God of War)
Non-Video Game Roles
Gigi (Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law)

Ootani Ikue

Most Notable Roles


Tara Strong

Most Notable Roles
1. Rikku (Final Fantasy X)
2. Princess (Fat Princess)
3. Rachel (Ninja Gaiden)
4. Seth (Lost Odyseey)
5. Presea (Tales of Symphonia)
Non-Video Game Roles
6. Bubbles (Power Puff Girls)

Mark Hamill

Most Notable Roles
1. Joker (Batman: Arkham Asylum)
2. Wolverine (X-Men 2: Wolverine's Revenge)
3. Adrian Ripburger (Full Throttle)
4. Malefor the Dark Master (Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon)
5. Colonel Christopher Blair (Wing Commander)
Non-Video Game Roles
– Luke Skywalker (Star Wars Ep. IV-VI, duh!)

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