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Spike Spencer is a VoiceActor best known for playing Shinji Ikari in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.

He's probably ''the'' poster guy for PigeonholedVoiceActor. He's [[NeverLiveItDown never been able to live it down]], and up until 2009 had been voicing pretty much Shinji in a different form. We're looking at you, [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Hanataro]] (less emo, more timid) and [[Anime/CodeGeass Rolo]] (more emo, less timid, and [[AxCrazy psychotic]]).

However, that all changed when he was cast as the psychotic [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Arakune]]. This came as a shocking surprise to fans, and has finally broken him out of the pigeonhole. These days he's cast in all kinds of roles, though hilariously he's gravitating a bit more to suave, ladies-man-esque or wise person roles (due to his voice getting a bit deeper as he ages).

Noted for being an extremely funny guy who is very welcoming to his fans. He once referred to Creator/SamRiegel as "
"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDIjySyEfy4 the gay man with the fan]]". He's also a black belt (which makes him wonder why he's cast as the helpless kid). He also hates Creator/HideakiAnno for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL8pvC3mxGo running out of ink]] to [[GainaxEnding finish NGE]], [[YouBastard that bastard]]!

And remember, it's not a true Spike Spencer role without a good old-fashioned FreakOut. Incidentally, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PKSlMpkw28 this scene]] (starting at 2:03) (major ''Evangelion'' spoilers) is the only one he's specifically described as having made him uncomfortable to work on. He was formerly married to Kendra Benham, the first voice actor of Maya Ibuki. He's currently single.

Also, he once placed a grenade in [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic the Nostalgia Critic's]] pants.

Not to be confused with [[Anime/CowboyBebop Spike Spiegel]], a character from a show he wasn't in.

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!!Notable roles by Spike Spencer:
!!!Anime
* Akito Tenkawa in ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico''
* Ginta Toramizu in ''Manga/{{MAR}}''
* Goh in ''Manga/{{Pretear}}''
* Hanataro Yamada and D'Roy in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
* Koichi Tsuruuchi in ''Manga/KnightsOfSidonia''
* Mackie Stingray in ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis: Tokyo 2040''
* Majic Finn in ''LightNovel/SorcererStabberOrphen''
* Marth ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS Mars]]) in the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' OVA [[note]]The "Marth" in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is [[LegacyCharacter not the same character]], and is instead voiced by Creator/LauraBailey.[[/note]]
* Onion Boy in ''Manga/{{Gantz}}''
* Papillon in ''Manga/BusouRenkin''
* Rolo Lamperouge in ''Anime/CodeGeass''
* Saburo Togusa in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''
* Shinji Ikari in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' (and the re-image/reboot film series ''RebuildOfEvangelion'')
* Dr. Shiouji (and a Scottish terrier with glasses) in ''Anime/ExcelSaga''
* Takuma Ichijo in ''Manga/VampireKnight''
* Takuma Kugayama in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''
* Yugo in the ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel]]'' OVA

!!!Video Games
* Arakune in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''
** Also Hazama, during [[OneSceneWonder one scene]] - when he decides to test Unlimited Mu in Arcade Mode, and ''only'' in ''Continuum Shift II'' and ''Extend''.
* Atsuro in ''[[VideoGame/DevilSurvivor Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor: Overclocked]]''
* Attumen the Huntsman from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''
* Claude Kenni in ''[[VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory Star Ocean]]: [[VideoGameRemake Second Evolution]]''
* [[SissyVillain Excellus]] in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' [[note]]As stated above, he doesn't reprise his role as Marth.[[/note]]
* Guan Suo in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 7''
* Jack "Harmonica" Hamilton in ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia''
* Judah Singh in ''VideoGame/SoulHackers''
* Milanor in the PSP version of ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion''
* Nagamasa Azai in ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors 3''
* Nall in ''[[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Lunar: Silver Star Harmony]]''
* Ringabel[=/=][[spoiler:Alternis Dim]] in ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault''
* [[spoiler:Tyrann]] in ''VideoGame/NieR''
* Vanilla R. Beans in ''VideoGame/SteambotChronicles''
* [[JourneyToTheWest Wukong]] in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''
* [[AffablyEvil Yeager]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''
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!!Tropes associated with Spike Spencer:
* BlackComedy: If putting a grenade in [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic the Nostalgia Critic's]] pants in the Ponyo review is any indicator.
* ButtMonkey[=/=]TheChewToy: What he's often [[PigeonholedVoiceActor cast]] as, at least according to the consensus within this wiki.
** And if he's not voicing [[ButtMonkey some]][[ChewToy one]] like that, he's voicing someone who's [[AxCrazy insane]].
* {{Emo}}: The defining trope of his characters. Many of them tend to be ''very'' angsty. More particularly [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari]].
* HilariousOuttakes: The "Ran out of ink" NGE ending outtake.
* {{Keet}}: He's been described by Creator/AmandaWinnLee as one of the most hyper people ever, which makes his pigeonholing even more ironic.
* PigeonholedVoiceActor: One of the best examples.
** [[LightNovel/{{Durarara}} Saburo]] [[PlayingWithCharacterType is a subversion]]; the character's still a ButtMonkey, but {{emo}} is definitely ''not'' a defining trope of the character. [[TheChewToy His unlucky moments are still funny though]].
* PlayingAgainstType: As [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Arakune]], [[Manga/{{MAR}} Ginta Toramizu]], [[Manga/{{Spriggan}} Little Boy]], [[Anime/PokemonOrigins a blue-haired Team Rocket member]], [[Manga/BusouRenkin Papillon]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Excellus]] and most recently [[VideoGame/BravelyDefault Ringabel]].
* RealMenCook: The man can cook like you wouldn't believe. He also stars in his own cooking show, ''[[http://dontkillyourdate.com/ Don't Kill Your Date (and Other Cooking Tips)]]'', where he shows you how to cook ''and'' impress the ladies.
* RelationshipVoiceActor: Has done a lot of voice work with fellow ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'' alumni Creator/AmandaWinnLee and Creator/TiffanyGrant.
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