What’s this about Jake? You’re starting to do a bunch of Top # Lists now?
You bet I am! I don’t know why I didn’t start doing them sooner! What a great way of telling people about my favorite stuff in a way that clearly states I think my trash is better than your trash… wait did I say trash? I meant opinion ^_^. But don’t worry I’ll still be doing reviews and other posts as well!
Today’s list will be a top 10 favorite voice actors of all time. They could be in anime, cartoons, games, etc etc. Long as they’re a voice actor they’re liable to end up here. Well good voice actors anyhow. Now while I was thinking this list over I realized the number of voice actors I absolutely adore is probably in the triple digits, so this will NOT be the last you see of these lists, nor is the order especially important. I will make as many as it takes to give credit to these amazing voices, as well as a section towards the end for notable voices. I’m also only focusing on English voice actors on this list for convenience. Enjoy!
#10: Mako Iwamatsu
Most notable in my opinion for his role as Uncle Iroh in Avatar the Last Airbender, Mako’s voice was one of wisdom and sincerity. I still remember bawling my eyes out after it was revealed that he had passed away after his battle with esophageal caner. I do however greatly appreciate the tribute Avatar did with the song “Leaves From the Vine” in which Iroh sings for his dead son. And now I’m crying again.
#9: Morgan Freeman
Need I say more?
#8: Colleen Clickenbeard
I’ll be honest, I was not expecting that last name or the alliteration when looking up the voice for the famous Riza Hawkeye of Fullmetal Alchemist. However fans may also recognize her as the voice of Monkey D. Luffy and young Goku and Gohan from Dragon Ball Z Kai.
#7: Nick “Lanipator” Landis
If my love for TeamFourStar isn’t obvious by now it should be. Nick Landis does the voices of Vegeta, Piccolo, Krillin, Shenron, Mr.Popo and others in their series Dragon Ball Z Abridged. He’s also lent his vocal talents to MOBA-game Heroes of Newerth, and the anime series The Ambition of Oda Nobuna! Honestly, if I were better at lists he’d probably be higher on it.
#6: J. Michael Tatum
Famous for his work as Rintaro Okabe in Steins;Gate and Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, J. Michael Tatum quickly rose in the ranks as one of my favorites. He’s also done other great voices such as Scar from Fullmetal Alchemist, Dr. Gel from Space Dandy, Tenya Īda from My Hero Academia, and many many more!
#5: Tara Strong
I’d be crucified if I didn’t include the queen of voice acting to my list. Many consider her overrated, but I’ve only got one thing to say to those people.
Tara Strong has voiced so many great characters it’s actually hard to choose favorites. Timmy Turner, Ben 10, Raven, Harley Quinn — the list goes on and on.
#2: Lawrence “MasakoX” Simpson
Another member of the TeamFourStar crew who does the sillier voices of Goku and Gohan.
#3: Sean Schemmel
He’s the real Goku. I don’t know what else you want from me.
#2: Trina Nishimura
One of the lesser known VAs on the list is also one of the most impressive. Trina Nishimura made her debut as Namiko is Desert Punk. She then moved on to roles such as Rachel in Baccano!, Flora and Sophia in Claymore, and my favorite Kurisu Makise in Steins;Gate!
- Mel Blanc – The Man of a Thousand Voices
- Peter Dinklage – Destiny (game)
- James Earl Jones – Darth Vader
And now, the one you’ve all been waiting for. Considered by many to be the greatest voice actor to grace the mic with his presence,
#1: Steve Blum
Steve Blum is an American voice actor of anime, animation and video games known for his distinctive deep voice. He provides the voice of TOM, the host of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block. Most notable for his role as Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop, Blum has also starred as Mugen in Samurai Champloo, Eikichi Onizuka in Great Teacher Onizuka, both Guilmon and Mitsuo Yamaki in Digimon Tamers, and Orochimaru and Zabuza Momochi in Naruto. In animation, he provides the voices for Starscream in Transformers: Prime, Vilgax, Heatblast and Ghostfreak in Ben 10, Amon in The Legend of Korra, Wolverine in Wolverine and the X-Men, and Zeb Orrelios in Star Wars Rebels. He was awarded the Guinness World Record for being the most prolific video game voice actor in 2012, with roles in franchises such as God of War, Call of Duty, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, Naruto, X-Men and Transformers. He’s also not half bad in Expelled From Paradise.
So what’d you think of my list? Don’t worry if you didn’t see your favorite VA up there, because there are definitely more to come! I’d also like to say again that the order isn’t especially important here, except perhaps when it comes to Steve Blum. I mean anime wouldn’t be what it is over here without him. Anyways, hope you enjoyed and look forward to more to come!