Have you ever listened to a video game character's voice and thought "I've heard that before"? The voice actors behind our favorite characters tend to be cast in many roles and yet are able to vary the sound of their voices enough to make it difficult to tell it's the same person. It's easy to appreciate the quality of the characters that appear in our favorite video games; however, more often than not it's the characters that get the appreciation rather than the voices behind them.
8. Charles Martinet
Charles Martinet has voiced perhaps the most iconic video game character in history: Super Mario. Not only has Martinet voice #Mario, but the entire Mario family including Luigi, Wario and Waluigi. He's also voiced other #Nintendo properties such as Little Mac and Donkey Kong. While Martinet has performed voice roles outside of Nintendo includes Paarthurnax in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, his legacy is, and will always be our favorite Italian plumber.
7. D.C. Douglas
D.C. Douglas has had a very successful career voicing several characters spanning many different franchises, including .hack, #ResidentEvil, Mass Effect, Tekken and Xenoblade Chronicles X. While many successful voice actors are rarely seen, Douglas has also appeared in front of the camera in popular TV shows such as NCIS, NYPD Blue, Castle and as a recurring character in Z Nation. Douglas lands on this list because he has such a large variety of great roles under his belt.
6. Patrick Seitz
Patrick Seitz stands out as having one of the deepest voices in video game voice acting. He often lends his lungs to some of the more vicious characters, such as Scorpion from #MortalKombat and Cervantes from Soulcalibur V. Seitz has professed to being somewhat of an expert when it comes to playing the Big Bad in games and #anime. His voice really lends itself to a convincing antagonist.
5. Liam O'Brien
What makes Liam O'Brien such a talented voice actor is the wide range he can portray with just his pipes. He tends to bring life to characters that go through dynamic changes. Playing Gaara in the Naruto franchise and #Gollum from Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, O'Brien shows these characters' torment by giving us their disturbed, monstrous sides before switching to their calmer, more humane sides and doing it with ease.
4. Matthew Mercer
What makes Matthew Mercer so amazing at video game voicing is not the amount of games he's been in, but his winning streak of popular game after popular game. This year alone he's been in #Overwatch, Titanfall 2, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 and Batman: Bad Blood. In actuality, he's appeared in more than 30 titles this year alone, but you get my drift. Mercer has a certain star quality that just works for a wide variety of characters, and with his popularity rising due to his knack for appearing in successful titles, he's sure to become a much more well-known voice actor in the near future.
3. Laura Bailey
As unfair as it is, oftentimes male characters are seen as the most independent and mighty characters in a game. However, Laura Bailey has played several female characters that can easily go toe to toe and likely best any male they encounter. Bailey can be heard as the voices of Chun-Li in the Street Fighter franchise, Lucina in Fire Emblem: Awakening and Serana from #Skyrim. Look out for her next playing #Supergirl in the upcoming game Injustice 2.
2. Nolan North
You'd be hard-pressed to find a gamer who hasn't played a game that's utilized Nolan North as a voice actor, he's been in that many games. He's perhaps best known as Nathan Drake from #Uncharted and Desmond Miles from Assassin's Creed, but he's done so much voice work that we simply don't have enough space to list all his credits. Heck, he's even played both sides of a phone conversation between #Deadpool and Nolan North. You can't get much more meta than that.
1. Richard Epcar
What makes Richard Epcar No. 1 on this list is the fact he is picked for so many high-profile roles, including Batou in the Ghost in the Shell franchise, Raiden from Mortal Kombat, Akuma from Street Fighter V and the #Joker from Injustice: Gods Among Us. Yep, Epcar has voiced more than 500 characters across anime and video games, and you best believe that with his vox in such demand, he's really good at what you do.
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