->''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion This description of Akira Ishida is the greatest achievement of the TV Tropes culture. Don't you agree, Troper-kun?]] [[LightNovel/FateZero I mean, IT'S SO COOOOL!]]''

THE voice actor when it comes to {{Bishonen}} characters. [[DudeLooksLikeALady The girlier]], [[ViewerGenderConfusion the better]].

Unlike Creator/HikaruMidorikawa, who voices serious, stoic characters, Akira Ishida seems to be more on the laid-back side... and sometimes on the more enigmatic, sinister side. This makes him quite the fan favorite even today. It does help that his first well known voice was [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Kaworu Nagisa]], which gives him quite a good start, but it wasn't until later that his roles as [[Anime/GundamSEED Athrun Zala]] and [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Gaara]] shot him to great fame.

Has a lot of "[[RelationshipVoiceActor relationships]]" with fellow ''Gundam SEED'' voice actor Creator/SoichiroHoshi. And with Creator/RomiPark, Creator/MegumiOgata, Creator/MamikoNoto, Music/MegumiHayashibara, Creator/TomokazuSeki, Creator/RikiyaKoyama, Creator/JunichiSuwabe, Creator/JojiNakata, Creator/TakehitoKoyasu, Creator/MegumiToyoguchi, Creator/AkioOhtsuka, Creator/TomokazuSugita, and recently Creator/MaayaSakamoto. And some very rabid fangirls and fanboys.

Also for the record, he's one of the very few male voice actors to [[CrossdressingVoice voice a WOMAN]].

If his character is killed, expect it to be via head injury.

Western counterpart? For California, Creator/YuriLowenthal, Creator/ToddHaberkorn, and Creator/VicMignogna. For Texas, Creator/JasonLiebrecht, Creator/GregAyres, and Creator/ChrisPatton. For Canada, Creator/RichardIanCox and Creator/BradSwaile. Creator/HiroShimono seems to be shaping up to be his successor.
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!!Notable roles by Akira Ishida:
* Abe no Yasuaki in ''VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe''
* Alex Noah in ''[[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Lunar: Silver Star Story]]''
* Alfonse "Alf" Zena Meridia in ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia''
* [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha All the Machinery Children (Ansuz, Thurisuz, Uruz Egret)]] and [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars3 Mekibos]] in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''
* Alph in ''VideoGame/LuminousArc''
* Amane Nishiki in ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma''
* Apos in ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}''
* Aru Akise in ''Manga/MiraiNikki''
* Ashton Anchors in ''[[VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory Star Ocean:]] [[VideoGameRemake Second Evolution]]''
* Athrun Zala in ''Anime/GundamSEED'' and ''Anime/GundamSEEDDestiny''
* Badou in the ''[[Manga/DogsBulletsAndCarnage Dogs: Stray Dogs Howling in the Dark]]'' OVA
* Bobble in the Japanese dub of the ''[[Franchise/DisneyFairies Tinker Bell]]'' series
* Byakuya Togami in ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' and in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' [[spoiler:(Both Togami ''and'' his imposter)]]
* Cavendish in ''Manga/OnePiece''
* Cho Hakkai in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' (The mangaka had written "voiced by Ishida Akira" in Hakkai's profile as a joke, and the animated adaptations said "Why not?")
* Chrono in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''
* Cologne in ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure''
* Curtis Nile in ''VideoGame/ArabiansLost''
* Damiya in ''Literature/KemonoNoSoujaErin''
* [[PlayingAgainstType Dan-kun]] in ''Manga/BambooBlade''
* Delmore in ''Anime/QueensBlade''
* Edo Phoenix in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''
* Eiji Arashi in ''Anime/CaptainEarth''
* Ekoro in ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo 7[=/=]Puyo Puyo 20th Anniversary''
* Fate Averruncus in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
* Fisheye in ''Anime/SailorMoon''
* Gaara in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
* Count St. German Cassel in ''VisualNovel/AnimamundiDarkAlchemist''
* Gilgamesh and Rockman Juno in ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom''
* Hakuba Saguru in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''
* Hayato (Falkner) in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** Shadow Triad member in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' Promotional Trailer
* Head in ''Anime/StarDriver''
* Hyuga Ryght in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse''
* Inari in ''Anime/{{Kyousogiga}}''
* Inugamigyobou Tanuki Tamazuki in ''Manga/NurarihyonNoMago''
* Jack Dawson (Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio) in the Japanese dub of ''Film/{{Titanic}}''
* Judas in ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast''
* Judeau in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''
* Julia in ''Anime/{{ICE}}'' (who's a woman)
* Kagetsu in ''Manga/HakkendenTouhouHakkenIbun''
* Kai Nanami in ''LightNovel/{{Sukisho}}''
* Kanata Wakamiya[=/=][[spoiler:Reiga Giou]] in ''Manga/UragiriWaBokuNoNamaeWoShitteiru''
* [[strike:Zura]]Katsura Kotarou in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''
* Kaworu Nagisa in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion''
* Keiju Tabuki in ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum''
* Kent in ''VideoGame/AmnesiaOtome''
* Koichi Hayama in ''MoonlightLady''
* Kotarou Hoshizuki in ''StarrySky''
* Koyemushi (Dung Beetle) in ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}''
* Kuja (of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX's'' fame) in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''
** Kazusa Futahito in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0''
** Kumo in ''Anime/FinalFantasyUnlimited''
* Luke Skywalker (Creator/MarkHamill) in the Japanese dubs of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' original trilogy (and his ''defacto'' voice actor in Japan)
* Makoto Yuki[=/=][[FanNickname Minato Arisato]], Ryoji Mochizuki and Pharos in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''
* Manabu Kuchiki in ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' ([[PlayingAgainstType no, seriously]])
* Mikael in ''Anime/TenshiNiNarumon''
* Mikage from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss''
* Mitsuru Kamekura in ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai''
* Mysterious Youth in ''Anime/AngelBeats''
* Nagi Homura in ''Manga/MaiHIME''
* Naoji Ishizuki in ''VideoGame/MeineLiebe''
* Narumi-sensei in ''Manga/GakuenAlice''
* Purge in ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5 Part 2''
* Reid Hershell in ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia''
* Ryomou Shimei in ''Anime/KoutetsuSangokushi''
* Ryuuichi Araki in ''Manga/AreaNoKishi''
* [[PsychopathicManchild Ryuunosuke Uryuu]] in ''[[LightNovel/FateZero Fate/Zero]]''
* Saburo in ''Manga/KeroroGunsou''
* Samael in ''Manga/MakaiOuji''
* Saralegui in ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh''
* UsefulNotes/SarutobiSasuke in ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo''
* Satoshi Hiwatari/[[spoiler:Hikari]] in ''Manga/DNAngel''
* Seiya Uzaki in ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS''
* Shinkouhyou in ''Manga/HoushinEngi''
* Shuichi Natori in ''Manga/NatsumeYuujinchou''
* Shūsei Kagari in ''Anime/PsychoPass''
* Snails in the Japanese dub of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
* Soujirou Kusaka in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}: [[TheMovie The Diamond Dust Rebellion]]''
* The unnamed StudentCouncilPresident of Sanada North Prefectural High in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys''
* Takenaka Hanbe in the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' series
* Tatsulot in ''Series/KamenRiderKiva''
* Ted,[[spoiler: former bearer of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Soul Eater Rune]]]] in the RadioDrama of ''VideoGame/SuikodenI''
* Tom Riddle (Christian Coulson) in the Japanese dub of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''
* Tommyrod in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}''
* Tony Soprano Jr. (Dominic Chianese) in the first Japanese dub of ''Series/TheSopranos''
* Tsukasa Amakawa in ''Manga/ShugoChara''
* Un-oh in ''Anime/KiddyGrade''
* Vayne Aurelius in ''VideoGame/ManaKhemia''
* Victor in ''Anime/MajinBone''
* Virgo Asmita in ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas''
** Pisces Amor in ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega''
* Wesley Crusher (Creator/WilWheaton) in the Japanese dub of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
* Wizarmon in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and ''Anime/DigimonXEvolution''
* Wonrei in ''[[Manga/ZatchBell Konjiki no Gash Bell]]''
* Xellos in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''
** Jeffrey in ''Slayers Special''
* Xerxes Break in ''Manga/PandoraHearts''
* Yunan in ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic''
* Zeref in ''Manga/FairyTail''
* Zexion in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series
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!!Tropes relating to his roles:
* {{Badass}}: Basically be the {{Bishonen}} equivalent of Creator/NorioWakamoto.
* {{Bishonen}}: He's even one himself.
* CrossdressingVoices: Is one of the few male anime voice actors to voice a woman.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG3EqJizfkQ In this video, he voices seven characters, including the mother, teenage daughter and the grandmother.]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady: The [[ViewerGenderConfusion girlier]], the better.
* ImageSong: Usually has none for his characters. Ishida has an aversion of singing these kind of songs after an unpleasant experience with a certain rabid fan.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Taken UpToEleven in the Smartphone game ''Chain Chronicle'' where he plays ''fourty-six'' characters at once.
* MysticalWhiteHair / WhiteHairBlackHeart: Infamous for being cast as characters bearing this.
* {{Villains}}: His more recent more often are this.
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->''So the page ends and I'm off somewhere else. Where am I going, you ask? That's [[spoiler:[[LightNovel/{{Slayers}} a secret!]]]] So tropers, [[Manga/PandoraHearts *enters cabinet*]] [[{{CheshireCatGrin}} please take]] care!''

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