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27th Jun '13 9:39:45 PM Ghost101
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[[caption-width-right:300:"This weapon is your life."]]

->''"[[ThisIsMyStory Listen to James Arnold Taylor's trope page.]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX This may be his last chance.]]"''

A Californian voice actor in video games and film. He rose to prominence by providing English voice work in {{Square Enix}}'s 2001 video game, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', as the lead character Tidus (and again in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''). In fact, judging by his Tweets, he ''is'' Tidus [[NiceGuy incarnate]].

James' other roles during this period include Ratchet in the ''RatchetAndClank'' series (barring the original game), Leonardo from the 2007 ''Film/{{TMNT}}'' film, Wooldoor Sockbat on the Comedy Central animated series ''DrawnTogether'', and voice-doubling for both [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]] and [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon]] in ''KingdomHearts II''.

Today, he is perhaps best known for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in various ''Franchise/StarWars'' media as the voice double for EwanMcGregor. Taylor debuted as Obi-Wan in the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' micro-series, and later reprised his role in the video game adaption of ''[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith]]'', ''StarWarsBattlefront II'', the ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' feature film, and the animated series with the same name. To date, he has portrayed Obi-Wan more than both Ewan and Sir Alec Guinness.

James has also worked as a [[PoorMansSubstitute voice double]] for actors such as David Spade, JohnnyDepp, MichaelJFox, Nathan Lane, Billy Bob Thornton, EwanMcGregor, and ChristopherWalken.

Simply put it, he is truly the ManOfAThousandVoices. He is often compared to his fellow colleagues TaraStrong, TomKenny, GreyDeLisle, Creator/FrankWelker, CoreyBurton, JohnDiMaggio, and Creator/BillyWest; many anime voice acting regulars like SteveBlum, Creator/CrispinFreeman, and VicMignogna; and even the '''legendary voice actor MelBlanc''' ([[LampshadeHanging who he often compares himself to]]). You can pretty much hear him nearly anywhere: from commercials to WesternAnimation and video games [[AvertedTrope without you]] [[HeyItsThatVoice even noticing it]]) The only thing missing in the list is {{Anime}} voice acting (but ah, [[UnionsInHollywood that's a whole different]] [[LoopingLines story]]).

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!!Notable roles include:
* Tidus in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and ''DissidiaFinalFantasy''
* Ratchet in the ''RatchetAndClank'' series
** Ratchet in ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale''
* Leonardo from ''Film/{{TMNT}}''
* Wooldoor Sockbat in ''DrawnTogether''
* [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]] and [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''
* Obi-Wan Kenobi in nearly every piece of ''StarWars'' media since ''StarWarsCloneWars'':
** Obi-Wan Kenobi and Eeth Koth in ''StarWarsCloneWars''
** Obi-Wan Kenobi, Plo Koon, Osi Sobeck, King Manchucho and Rako Hardeen in ''StarWarsTheCloneWars''
* Pippin in the video game version of ''[[Film/LordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]''
* SpiderMan in ''{{Spider-Man Friend Or Foe}}'' and ''Spider-Man Battle for New York''
* Harry Osborn and Frederick Foswell in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''
* Green Arrow and Guy Gardner in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
* Ash in ''ADetectiveStory''
* Eddie Felson/Speed Warp in ''StaticShock''
* Gingerbread Man, Prince Charming, and Wolf in the video game version of ''{{Shrek}} 2''
* Overload in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
* King Sandy in ''CodenameKidsNextDoor''
* Captain Cold in ''[[ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier Justice League: The New Frontier]]''
* Johnny Test in ''JohnnyTest''
* The Fallen in the video game version of ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen]]''. He was originally cast as the role in the movie proper, but was replaced by Creator/TonyTodd.
* Gabe Logan in the later ''SyphonFilter'' games
* Young Emmett Brown in ''VideoGame/BackToTheFuture''
* Yggdrasill in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''
* Topo, Neutron and Flash (as TheOtherDarrin to George Eads) in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''.
* Fred Flintstone in any recent commercial featuring Fred.
* Himself in ''Film/IKnowThatVoice''

!!Tropes relating to James Arnold Taylor
* AscendedFanboy (See OneOfUs below)
* [[IAmNotSpock I Am Not Obi-Wan Kenobi]]: Subverted. Unlike Sir Alec Guinness and EwanMcGregor (sometimes), James wholeheartedly embraces his role as the iconic Jedi Master.
* LargeHam: Can sometimes become this.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Virtually impossible to typecast, James has one of the largest vocal ranges in the voice acting industry. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5oLAff_oDo&feature=sub Here's a clip to boot]]. He even compared himself to MelBlanc several times. This also means the following tropes also apply to him:
** TalkingToHimself
** CrossdressingVoices/ LarynxDissonance
** And aversion of NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent whenever he voices Obi-Wan.
* OneOfUs: He's a self-proclaimed geek of many things like {{Anime}}, cartoons, ComicBooks, and VideoGames. But more particularly, he's a StarWars fan ([[AscendedFanboy which lands him into the most iconic role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the cartoon series]]).
* PlayingAgainstType: [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Walker]], Fred Flintstone, [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Yggdrasill]], and [[{{Transformers}} The Fallen]].
* RelationshipVoiceActor: Often works with JohnDiMaggio and TaraStrong.
* TheOtherMarty: Recorded lines for The Fallen in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', but was dubbed over by Creator/TonyTodd.
* UnionsInHollywood: He's contracted to SAG and AFTRA, which is one of the major reasons why doesn't get a lot of anime voice acting work (since most anime voice acting projects are non-union). He even got into some problems with the unions when he worked on JohnnyTest, which was a non-union project.
** Apparently, that doesn't really excuse him from not working in anime voice acting, since there are union studios that highly specialize on this (e.g. BangZoom), but he also said [[{{ADR}} that is a whole different experience]] and he's mostly a "pre-lay" voice actor. [[JustifiedTrope So it's somewhat justified]].
* VocalEvolution: When he first started voicing Obi-Wan, he was going for an exact voice match with EwanMcGregor. By the time ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' rolled around, he was allowed more free rein, allowing to put pieces of Sir Alec Guinness into his performance, making the character his own and breaking free from being just another PoorMansSubstitute.
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-->''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Remember, the Force will be with you. Always.]]''

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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/James_bg_5502.jpeg]]
[[caption-width-right:300:"This weapon is your life."]]

->''"[[ThisIsMyStory Listen to James Arnold Taylor's trope page.]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX This may be his last chance.]]"''

A Californian voice actor in video games and film. He rose to prominence by providing English voice work in {{Square Enix}}'s 2001 video game, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', as the lead character Tidus (and again in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''). In fact, judging by his Tweets, he ''is'' Tidus [[NiceGuy incarnate]].

James' other roles during this period include Ratchet in the ''RatchetAndClank'' series (barring the original game), Leonardo from the 2007 ''Film/{{TMNT}}'' film, Wooldoor Sockbat on the Comedy Central animated series ''DrawnTogether'', and voice-doubling for both [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]] and [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon]] in ''KingdomHearts II''.

Today, he is perhaps best known for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in various ''Franchise/StarWars'' media as the voice double for EwanMcGregor. Taylor debuted as Obi-Wan in the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' micro-series, and later reprised his role in the video game adaption of ''[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith]]'', ''StarWarsBattlefront II'', the ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' feature film, and the animated series with the same name. To date, he has portrayed Obi-Wan more than both Ewan and Sir Alec Guinness.

James has also worked as a [[PoorMansSubstitute voice double]] for actors such as David Spade, JohnnyDepp, MichaelJFox, Nathan Lane, Billy Bob Thornton, EwanMcGregor, and ChristopherWalken.

Simply put it, he is truly the ManOfAThousandVoices. He is often compared to his fellow colleagues TaraStrong, TomKenny, GreyDeLisle, Creator/FrankWelker, CoreyBurton, JohnDiMaggio, and Creator/BillyWest; many anime voice acting regulars like SteveBlum, Creator/CrispinFreeman, and VicMignogna; and even the '''legendary voice actor MelBlanc''' ([[LampshadeHanging who he often compares himself to]]). You can pretty much hear him nearly anywhere: from commercials to WesternAnimation and video games [[AvertedTrope without you]] [[HeyItsThatVoice even noticing it]]) The only thing missing in the list is {{Anime}} voice acting (but ah, [[UnionsInHollywood that's a whole different]] [[LoopingLines story]]).

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!!Notable roles include:
* Tidus in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and ''DissidiaFinalFantasy''
* Ratchet in the ''RatchetAndClank'' series
** Ratchet in ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale''
* Leonardo from ''Film/{{TMNT}}''
* Wooldoor Sockbat in ''DrawnTogether''
* [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]] and [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''
* Obi-Wan Kenobi in nearly every piece of ''StarWars'' media since ''StarWarsCloneWars'':
** Obi-Wan Kenobi and Eeth Koth in ''StarWarsCloneWars''
** Obi-Wan Kenobi, Plo Koon, Osi Sobeck, King Manchucho and Rako Hardeen in ''StarWarsTheCloneWars''
* Pippin in the video game version of ''[[Film/LordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]''
* SpiderMan in ''{{Spider-Man Friend Or Foe}}'' and ''Spider-Man Battle for New York''
* Harry Osborn and Frederick Foswell in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''
* Green Arrow and Guy Gardner in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
* Ash in ''ADetectiveStory''
* Eddie Felson/Speed Warp in ''StaticShock''
* Gingerbread Man, Prince Charming, and Wolf in the video game version of ''{{Shrek}} 2''
* Overload in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
* King Sandy in ''CodenameKidsNextDoor''
* Captain Cold in ''[[ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier Justice League: The New Frontier]]''
* Johnny Test in ''JohnnyTest''
* The Fallen in the video game version of ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen]]''. He was originally cast as the role in the movie proper, but was replaced by Creator/TonyTodd.
* Gabe Logan in the later ''SyphonFilter'' games
* Young Emmett Brown in ''VideoGame/BackToTheFuture''
* Yggdrasill in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''
* Topo, Neutron and Flash (as TheOtherDarrin to George Eads) in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''.
* Fred Flintstone in any recent commercial featuring Fred.
* Himself in ''Film/IKnowThatVoice''

!!Tropes relating to James Arnold Taylor
* AscendedFanboy (See OneOfUs below)
* [[IAmNotSpock I Am Not Obi-Wan Kenobi]]: Subverted. Unlike Sir Alec Guinness and EwanMcGregor (sometimes), James wholeheartedly embraces his role as the iconic Jedi Master.
* LargeHam: Can sometimes become this.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Virtually impossible to typecast, James has one of the largest vocal ranges in the voice acting industry. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5oLAff_oDo&feature=sub Here's a clip to boot]]. He even compared himself to MelBlanc several times. This also means the following tropes also apply to him:
** TalkingToHimself
** CrossdressingVoices/ LarynxDissonance
** And aversion of NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent whenever he voices Obi-Wan.
* OneOfUs: He's a self-proclaimed geek of many things like {{Anime}}, cartoons, ComicBooks, and VideoGames. But more particularly, he's a StarWars fan ([[AscendedFanboy which lands him into the most iconic role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the cartoon series]]).
* PlayingAgainstType: [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Walker]], Fred Flintstone, [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Yggdrasill]], and [[{{Transformers}} The Fallen]].
* RelationshipVoiceActor: Often works with JohnDiMaggio and TaraStrong.
* TheOtherMarty: Recorded lines for The Fallen in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', but was dubbed over by Creator/TonyTodd.
* UnionsInHollywood: He's contracted to SAG and AFTRA, which is one of the major reasons why doesn't get a lot of anime voice acting work (since most anime voice acting projects are non-union). He even got into some problems with the unions when he worked on JohnnyTest, which was a non-union project.
** Apparently, that doesn't really excuse him from not working in anime voice acting, since there are union studios that highly specialize on this (e.g. BangZoom), but he also said [[{{ADR}} that is a whole different experience]] and he's mostly a "pre-lay" voice actor. [[JustifiedTrope So it's somewhat justified]].
* VocalEvolution: When he first started voicing Obi-Wan, he was going for an exact voice match with EwanMcGregor. By the time ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' rolled around, he was allowed more free rein, allowing to put pieces of Sir Alec Guinness into his performance, making the character his own and breaking free from being just another PoorMansSubstitute.
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-->''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Remember, the Force will be with you. Always.]]''
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27th Jun '13 8:27:13 PM Ghost101
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* The Fallen in the video game version of ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen]]''. He was originally cast as the role in the movie proper, but was replaced by TonyTodd.

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* The Fallen in the video game version of ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen]]''. He was originally cast as the role in the movie proper, but was replaced by TonyTodd.Creator/TonyTodd.



* TheOtherMarty: Recorded lines for The Fallen in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', but was dubbed over by TonyTodd.

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* TheOtherMarty: Recorded lines for The Fallen in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', but was dubbed over by TonyTodd.Creator/TonyTodd.
2nd Jun '13 5:08:16 AM LordMortis
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* Fred Flintstone in any commercials featuring Fred.

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* Fred Flintstone in any commercials recent commercial featuring Fred.



** [[PoorMansSubstitute Voice Doubles]]



* PlayingAgainstType: [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Walker]], [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Yggdrasill]], and [[{{Transformers}} The Fallen]].

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* PlayingAgainstType: [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Walker]], Fred Flintstone, [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Yggdrasill]], and [[{{Transformers}} The Fallen]].
2nd Jun '13 12:59:09 AM LordMortis
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* Fred Flintstone in any modern ''Flintstones''-related media.

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* Fred Flintstone in any modern ''Flintstones''-related media.commercials featuring Fred.
1st Jun '13 10:36:59 PM LordMortis
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* Fred Flintstone in any modern ''Flintstones''-related media.
31st May '13 12:39:21 AM LordMortis
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Today, he is perhaps best known for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the ''StarWarsCloneWars'' series as the voice double for EwanMcGregor. Later, Taylor reprised his role as Obi-Wan in the video game adaption of ''[[StarWars Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith]]'', ''StarWarsBattlefront II'', and ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'', and the series with the same name. He has portrayed Obi-Wan more than both Ewan and Sir Alec Guinness.

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Today, he is perhaps best known for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the ''StarWarsCloneWars'' series various ''Franchise/StarWars'' media as the voice double for EwanMcGregor. Later, Taylor debuted as Obi-Wan in the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' micro-series, and later reprised his role as Obi-Wan in the video game adaption of ''[[StarWars ''[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith]]'', ''StarWarsBattlefront II'', and ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'', the ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' feature film, and the animated series with the same name. He To date, he has portrayed Obi-Wan more than both Ewan and Sir Alec Guinness.



Simply put it, he is truly the ManOfAThousandVoices. He is often compared to his fellow colleagues TaraStrong, TomKenny, GreyDeLisle, Creator/FrankWelker, JohnDiMaggio, and Creator/BillyWest; many anime voice acting regulars like SteveBlum, Creator/CrispinFreeman, and VicMignogna; and even the '''legendary voice actor MelBlanc''' ([[LampshadeHanging who he often compares himself to]]). You can pretty much hear him nearly anywhere: from commercials to WesternAnimation and video games [[AvertedTrope without you]] [[HeyItsThatVoice even noticing it]]) The only thing missing in the list is {{Anime}} voice acting (but ah, [[UnionsInHollywood that's a whole different]] [[LoopingLines story]]).

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Simply put it, he is truly the ManOfAThousandVoices. He is often compared to his fellow colleagues TaraStrong, TomKenny, GreyDeLisle, Creator/FrankWelker, CoreyBurton, JohnDiMaggio, and Creator/BillyWest; many anime voice acting regulars like SteveBlum, Creator/CrispinFreeman, and VicMignogna; and even the '''legendary voice actor MelBlanc''' ([[LampshadeHanging who he often compares himself to]]). You can pretty much hear him nearly anywhere: from commercials to WesternAnimation and video games [[AvertedTrope without you]] [[HeyItsThatVoice even noticing it]]) The only thing missing in the list is {{Anime}} voice acting (but ah, [[UnionsInHollywood that's a whole different]] [[LoopingLines story]]).
25th May '13 10:24:12 AM TVRulezAgain
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James' other roles during this period include Ratchet in the ''RatchetAndClank'' series (barring the original game), Leonardo from the 2007 ''Film/{{TMNT}}'' film, Wooldoor Sockbat on the Comedy Central animated series ''DrawnTogether'', and voice-doubling for both [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]] and [[TheLionKing Timon]] in ''KingdomHearts II''.

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James' other roles during this period include Ratchet in the ''RatchetAndClank'' series (barring the original game), Leonardo from the 2007 ''Film/{{TMNT}}'' film, Wooldoor Sockbat on the Comedy Central animated series ''DrawnTogether'', and voice-doubling for both [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]] and [[TheLionKing [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon]] in ''KingdomHearts II''.



* [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]] and [[TheLionKing Timon]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''

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* [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]] and [[TheLionKing [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''
25th May '13 7:55:06 AM LordMortis
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* Topo, Neutron and Flash (as TheOtherDarrin to George Eads) in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''.
3rd May '13 12:24:09 PM IchigoMontoya
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* TheOtherMarty: Recorded lines for The Fallen in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', but was dubbed over by Tony Todd.

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* TheOtherMarty: Recorded lines for The Fallen in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', but was dubbed over by Tony Todd.TonyTodd.
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