The female counterpart of both Kevin Michael Richardson
and Phil LaMarr
Summer's voice-acting career began in 1983 when she was cast as the voice of niece Penny on the original cartoon version of Inspector Gadget
. Her unique, throaty voice was instantly recognizable to casting agents (as well as viewers even today), who began frequently casting her in animated programs.
In all, Summer has voiced over 100 animated characters since 1983, many of them African-American girls (she herself is half-white, a quarter African American, and a quarter Native American), though she has voiced her fair share of white girls, such as Elmyra Duff from Tiny Toon Adventures
(and the infamously bad Pinky, Elymra, and the Brain
) and Penny from Inspector Gadget
. These have spanned the realm of video games, cartoon television series, animated films and commercials.
Fun fact: her father is Jazz musician Don Francks
and her younger brother is Rainbow Sun Francks
. There was a time where she was credited as "Cree Summer Francks," but she dropped the last part, as she felt that name made her sound like a brand of hot dogs.
- Aka Pella in Histeria!
- Alison Crestmere/Magma in X-Men Legends
- Archangel Auriel in Diablo III.
- Blackarachnia in Transformers Animated
- Catnip, the blue Siamese cat Punch Clock Villain, in Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater
- Cleo the purple poodle, on Clifford the Big Red Dog
- Chilly Cooper in Slimer! and The Real Ghostbusters
- Chloe in Sabrina: The Animated Series
- Cookie BaBoom, the Mayor's deranged "exotic dancer" ex-girlfriend, from The Mask episode "Flight as a Feather"
- Dr. Penelope Young in Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Dr. Sinclair in Freelancer
- Dulcy the Dragon in Sonic Sat AM
- Elmyra Duff and Mary Melody (the black girl who looks like So White from Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs and is often seen as Furball's master — if she ever gets screentime at all) in Tiny Toon Adventures and Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain
- Evil Cynder from the first The Legend of Spyro game.
- First Citizen Lynette in Fallout 2
- Foxxy Love in Drawn Together
- Freddy in A Different World (her only significant live-action role)
- Granny May from WordGirl.
- The green M&M.
- Herself in I Know That Voice
- Hyena in Gargoyles
- Lady Macbeth in Project G.e.e.K.e.R.
- Madame Xanadu and Aquagirl in Young Justice
- Maxine Gibson in Batman Beyond
- Medusa in Kid Icarus: Uprising.
- Mindy in Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
- Miranda from As Told by Ginger
- Nefertina in Mummies Alive!!
- Numbuh 5 and her sister Cree Lincoln in Codename: Kids Next Door
- Panthera in Thundercats 2011
- Penelope the dragon from Barbie as Rapunzel
- Penny in early seasons of Inspector Gadget
- Pilgrim the dog, Kermit's star, and Kermit's mother in Kermit's Swamp Years
- Prince Louie from the later episodes of Jungle Cubs
- Princess 'Kida' Kidagakash in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, her first major role in an animated film
- Princess Kitana in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
- Princess Kneesaa in the first season of Ewoks
- Selendis in Starcraft II
- She-Hulk in The Incredible Hulk (season 2)
- Storm in The Super Hero Squad Show
- Susie Carmichael in Rugrats and All Grown Up!
- Summoner Belgemine, Calli, and young Tidus in Final Fantasy X
- Lenne and Calli in Final Fantasy X-2
- Tiff on My Life as a Teenage Robot
- Valerie Gray in Danny Phantom
- The offscreen singer for the "Tiger Prince" episode from Animaniacs.
- Bethanie Ravencroft in Beware the Batman
- Wuya in Xiaolin Chronicles
- Spitfire in Robot and Monster
- Frightwig in Ben 10