Video games have grown in truly amazing ways since their inception. The industry has taken gigantic strides in its brief time. Graphics and hardware have seen major advancements, but the way in which characters can communicate has also evolved. Video games were at one point text-based adventures and even though some protagonists prefer to speak through text, many characters have moved on to impressive voice acting.
There are plenty of prominent voice actors in the video game industry, but Troy Baker is someone who’s snuck in over the past few decades and made a major dent. He’s voiced some of your favorite heroes in games, but also plenty of roles that will surprise you. Accordingly, Here Are 20 Game Characters You Didn’t Know Were Voiced By The Same Guy, Troy Baker!
20 Joel (The Last Of Us)
The Last Of Us has become quite the gaming phenomenon and its sequel is currently one of the most highly anticipated upcoming titles this generation. The Last Of Us deals with grand topics like the end of the world, but in the end it’s a story about its characters. Joel, the game’s male protagonist and surrogate father figure for Ellie, is such a fascinating, compelling hero. A lot of that has to do with Troy Baker’s touching performance, where he’s also responsible for the motion capture work.
19 Snow Villiers (Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy)
The Final Fantasy series has moved far from its roots. Now if a title catches on and is popular enough, it can spin-off into its own series. Such is the case with Final Fantasy XIII. They went all in with this universe and these characters with there not only being a conventional sequel with Final Fantasy XIII-2, but a finale game, Lightning Returns. The gruff Snow Villiers is present through all of these games and the tough ally highlights some of Baker’s more aggressive work.
18 Sam Drake (Uncharted 4: A Thief's End)
Naughty Dog have repeatedly hit home runs throughout their development career, but the Uncharted games have especially resonated with audiences. As the games went on, they expanded Nathan Drake’s universe and revealed more members of his family tree. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End brings Sam Drake into the fray and feels like a passing of the torch in many respects. Baker gets the honor of bringing Sam Drake to life, with his voice and through his motion capture performance.
17 Kanji Tatsumi (Persona 4)
The Persona franchise started off as a niche series of RPGs, but they’ve found their way to mainstream success. They even have a contender in the Super Smash Bros. series! All of the titles feature an eclectic bunch of high school students, but Persona 4 is especially satisfying in this regard. Kanji Tatsumi is a larger than life personality who finds success after taking down some delinquents and then milks it for all that it’s worth. Baker lends his voice to this lovably dark (and dorky) character.
16 Espio The Chameleon (Sonic The Hedgehog)
As the Sonic series has gone on, it’s introduced a wealth of friends and partners to help out Sonic. Some of these characters are fantastic, but others are major misses. Espio is a bit of an outlier and a member of Team Chaotix, who debuted back on the Sega 32X. This funky chameleon has gained popularity in recent years as the games have tried to find new things to do with him and his friends. From 2010 to 2016, Troy Baker was the one behind Sonic’s chameleon friend.
15 Booker DeWitt (BioShock Infinite)
The BioShock titles are some of the most satisfying video game experiences that you’ll come across. It’s a shame that the series has remained dormant, but also a relief that this strong series hasn’t been over-saturated and milked dry. BioShock Infinite is the series’ one attempt at a “reboot” or mixing up the formula, but it’s still as deep and rewarding as the previous games. The scrappy Booker DeWitt is the hero this time around and Baker is responsible for the character’s rough around the edges demeanor.
14 Ryu Hayabusa (Dead Or Alive: Dimensions)
Fighting games have become increasingly into the idea of including “guest characters” from outside franchises. This has led to some truly creative rosters for fighting games and honestly made them more surprising. For instance, Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa shows up in the busty Dead or Alive: Dimensions for some reason. This is a bit of a fluke since Baker voices a franchise’s main character, but in another series. However, if another major Ninja Gaiden comes out, it stands to reason that Baker would get to reprise his role as the character.
13 Tim Drake (Batman: Arkham City)
For a long time, superhero video games, especially Batman titles, struggled to be anything of substance or fully convey the complexity of comic book characters. That was all changed with the impressive Arkham series of games. These collection of games feature a slew of Batman heroes and villains, both big and small. Baker gets in on this action and voices Tim Drake in Arkham City, a role that he sticks with for other titles. He also voices Two-Face in the game, just to show off his range.
12 The Protagonist (Saints Row: The Third)
The Saints Row series is still going strong. They’re a great example of a bunch of games that get progressively more insane, but don’t go too far in that regard and break what works so well. Troy Baker gets a major honor here as the snarky voice behind the main character in Saints Row: The Third, only known as The Protagonist. Baker’s work was liked so much that he was brought back to do the same thing in Saints Rows IV with The President.
11 Kai Leng (Mass Effect 3)
The Mass Effect series is a sprawling space opera that’s famous for its level of interaction and customization throughout the series of games. Mass Effect 3 throws some especially crazy elements into the mix, like Kai Leng, an assassin that works for the evil Cerberus. Leng is a particularly exaggerated character and Baker does a great job highlighting the insanity of this psycho.
10 James Sunderland (Silent Hill 2 HD)
The Silent Hill games haven’t seen the same universal acclaim as the Resident Evil series, but they’re still one of the most successful survival horror franchises out there. Silent Hill 2 is widely considered the crown jewel of the series and it was very exciting when an HD remaster of the game was announced. Troy Baker gets to voice the game’s protagonist, James Sunderland, who finds himself having a very, very bad day.
9 Nightwing (Injustice: Gods Among Us)
Troy Baker is no stranger to voicing characters from the Batman universe, so it’s only fitting that he gets to lend his talents to the fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us. The title pulls from a dark alternate history in DC’s chapters and is the perfect setting for a grim fighter. Baker gets to voice Nightwing here, which is perhaps a nod to his work as Tim Drake in the Arkham games. However, he also voices Sinestro here, which is a decidedly different performance.
8 Yuri Lowell (Tales Of Vesperia)
Tales of Vesperia is one of the most popular Tales of games from the long-running RPG series. Vesperia features a nice mix of sensibilities and features a story that’s mature, yet not overly complicated. Yuri Lowell is the hero and heart of the game, with Troy Baker voicing the gentle hero. This is one of Baker’s first major roles and it’s an especially significant one that showed what he could handle.
7 Abaddon (Darksiders)
Some people like video games that are calming and easy to breeze through, and other gamers prefer punishingly difficult titles that are meant to frustrate. The Darksiders series definitely falls into the latter and they’ve become a mainstay for expert gamers. The titles feature a bunch of morbid monsters and creatures that pull from demonic lore. Troy Baker gives a fairly frightening performance as the intimidating Abbadon, although he also voices Straga in the game.
6 Vincent Brooks (Catherine)
Atlus is responsible for a lot of impressive and unconventional video games, but Catherine is one of their more extreme efforts. It’s a very unusual mix of puzzle and horror elements and despite its cartoonish appearance, it’s absolutely an adult game. Catherine has become a big hit and Troy Baker got a lot of people’s attention here by voicing the game’s beleaguered protagonist, Vincent Brooks.
5 Hades (Clash Of The Titans)
Video games that pull from Greek and Roman mythology are hardly anything new. Plenty of titles use these unbelievable creatures to great success. The Clash of the Titans video game adaptation falls as a bit of a dud, especially when there are games like God of War out there. In spite of the banality of the title, troy Baker still provides some memorable performances here, most notably Hades! He also voices Apollo and other various soldiers, but Hades is his most commanding performance here.
4 Jetfire (Transformers: War For Cybertron)
Transformers has had an interesting relationship with the public where their popularity has come and gone over the years. It’s strange to think that the original series could find new life due to Michael Bay’s flashy films, but that’s kind of what happened with the video games. Transformers :War for Cybertron and its sequel, Fall of Cybertron are excellent Transformers games. Baker gets to show off his range here by voicing both Jetfire as well as Zeta Prime.
3 Conan (Age Of Conan: Hyborian Adventures)
The Age of Conan video games are definitely products of their time and they may not be a series that anyone is clamoring for more titles from, but they served their purpose back in the day. Regardless of the quality of the Age of Conan games, they provided a major opportunity for Troy Baker. Baker got to voice the titular Conan which was a major role that could have turned into something bigger if the games were more successful.
2 Erron Black (Mortal Kombat X And 11)
Many fighting game series have come and gone over the years, but Mortal Kombat is one of the few that has persevered. These games specialize in excess, both when it comes to violence and their ridiculous characters. Mortal Kombat’s roster pulls from all corners, but Erron Black is a particularly fun character since he’s a renegade cowboy. Baker gives a very funny performance as this gunslinger, but he also voices Fujin and Shinnok, all of which sound different.
1 The Joker (Batman: Arkham Origins)
Many Batman fans are ride or die Mark Hamill advocates when it comes to voices for the Joker. Hamill does an incredible job and he gets to show off his skills in some of the Arkham titles, but Arkham Origins mixes things up a little and lets Troy Baker try his hand at a budding Clown Prince of Crime. Baker’s performance is appreciated just to see how different it is from his other Batman characters as well as how it doesn’t step on other performers' toes.
These are all of the Troy Baker video game performances that we thought were the most surprising, but he’s lent his voice to even more characters. Sound off over your favorites in the comments below!
Sources: GiantBomb.com, IMDB.com, Polygon.com