Hiro Shimono is one of the newer seiyuus that seems to be set on very very meek young boys who're painfully shy, and [[BunnyEarsLawyer have artistic sense]]. The catch, however, is that the guys he voices may have a hidden streak of cruelty or [[HotBlooded hot-bloodedness]]. Often (at least in anime he stars in), the characters he plays become [[ButtMonkey subject to abuse]]... [[{{ChewToy}} lots of abuse]]. Also tends to have an UnwantedHarem.

Also interesting to note: He has voiced at least three {{Otaku}}s turned {{Ascended Fanboy}}s.

As of TheNewTens, Creator/YoshitsuguMatsuoka appears to be his SpiritualSuccessor in terms of [[NiceGuy characters played]], now that Shimono has decided to diversify his roles a bit.

Minus the hidden side, he is pretty much the Japanese SpearCounterpart of Creator/StephanieSheh.

Western counterparts? For Texas, Creator/ChrisPatton, Creator/JoshGrelle, Creator/JoelMcDonald, Creator/GregAyres, and Creator/MicahSolusod. For California, Creator/JohnnyYongBosch and Creator/BenDiskin.

!!Roles voiced by Hiro Shimono:
* Afin in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2''. PlayingAgainstType for being TheGenericGuy. For a while, anyway.
* Akihisa Yoshii in ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts''
* Alba in ''Manga/{{Senyuu}}''
* Allegretto in ''VideoGame/EternalSonata''
* Almaz von Almandine Adamant in ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice''
* Alone in ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas''
* Aoba Kuronuma in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''
* Ash in ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave''
* Asuka Tennouji in ''Anime/ZXIgnition''
* Ayato Kamina in ''Anime/RahXephon'' (debut role)
* Ayumu Kuronuma in ''VisualNovel/PrinceOfStride''
* Claude in ''VideoGame/SuperHeroineChronicle''
* Connie Springer in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''
* Daichi Muroto in ''Manga/KotouraSan''
* Dan in ''Anime/{{Basquash}}''
* Dean Stark in ''VideoGame/WildArms5''
* Emil Castagnier [[spoiler:(both normal and Ratatosk mode)]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld''
* Haruka Kasugano in ''VisualNovel/YosugaNoSora''
* Hero/Hiro in ''Manga/SoulEater''
* Hiro in the ''[[VisualNovel/EfaFairyTaleOfTheTwo ef]]'' games and anime.
* Hiro Oozura in ''VideoGame/DanballSenki W'' (Ascended Fanboy #1)
* Ikuto in ''Manga/NagasareteAirantou''.
* [[IdiotHero Ishut]] and [[PsychopathicManchild Ashley]] in ''VideoGame/GloriaUnion''
* Jaune Arc in the Japanese dub of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''
* Jin Mikuriya in ''Manga/{{Kannagi}}''
* Keima Katsuragi in ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' (''[[LargeHam definitely]]'' [[PlayingAgainstType not]] [[AGodAmI meek]] [[{{Asexual}} and]] [[{{Jerkass}} shy]], but fits in both the BunnyEarsLawyer and ButtMonkey status, and has an UnwantedHarem to boot. Also one of his more well-known AscendedFanboy roles)
* Kenneth "Ken" Robbins in ''Anime/KaleidoStar''
* Kiel in ''VideoGame/RuneFactory4''
* Lucifer in ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer''.
* Marcus Junius Brutus in ''Anime/NobunagaTheFool''
* Masaki in ''Manga/ShirokumaCafe''
* Prince Metcha Mocchimazzui in ''Anime/TamakoMarket''
* Misono in ''Otona Ni Natte Mo''
* Momo'o Inugami in ''Manga/BinboGamiGa''
* Nai in ''Manga/{{Karneval}}''
* Norifumi Kawakami in ''Manga/DiamondNoAce''
* [[spoiler: [[BigBad Orphan]]]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' (PlayingAgainstType big time!)
* Rakucho Takeda in ''Manga/DontenNiWarau''
* Rat/Jiro Nezu in ''Anime/TanteiOperaMilkyHolmes''
* Ryuuji Kisaragi in ''LightNovel/DragonCrisis''
* Ryuunosuke Naruhodou in ''VisualNovel/DaiGyakutenSaibanNaruhodouRyuunosukeNoBouken''
* Sasuke Tsubaki in ''Manga/SKETDance'', (PlayingAgainstType as a HotBlooded vice-president [[spoiler:[[StudentCouncilPresident (later president)]]]] of the Student Council who [[StylisticSuck has a significant lack of artistic skills]].)
* Satoshi Mochida in ''VisualNovel/CorpseParty''
* Satoshi Yabe and Gachiranger Red in ''Manga/{{Mitsudomoe}}''
* Shimada in ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret''
* Shin'ichi Handa and Fidio Aldena in ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven''
* Soujirou in ''LightNovel/LogHorizon''
* Subaru in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''
* Syo Kurusu in ''VisualNovel/UtaNoPrinceSama''
* Tadashi Karino, the resident BunnyEarsLawyer of ''Manga/SpecialA''
* Takuya Irei in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' (Ascended Fanboy # 3)
* Taro in ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories''
* Tatsuya Takatsuka in ''Manga/MeganeNoKanojo''
* Tenma Momoe in ''LightNovel/TokyoRavens''
* Tezhilov in ''Anime/AoiSekaiNoChuushinDe'' (PlayingAgainstType in that he's TheAce instead of a ButtMonkey)
* You Satou in ''Anime/BenTo''
* Yurick in ''VideoGame/TheLastStory''
* Yuuichiro Tajima in ''Manga/BigWindup'', which seems to be PlayingAgainstType.
* Zeno in ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn''
* Zephyr in ''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate'' and ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone''
* Haruhiko Ichijo in ''LightNovel/MyriadColorsPhantomWorld''

!!Tropes associated with Hiro Shimono:
* AscendedFanboy: Thee of his characters upon the course of their respective stories.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: He's inspired certain...well...reactions in some of his coworkers. Creator/KisshoTaniyama [[http://seiyuuplus.tumblr.com/post/752480537/start-of-queue-seiyuu-miscellaneous-june has outright kissed him, multiple times.]] Granted, they were both pretty drunk, but still...
* [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Hard-Drinking Party Guy]]: Known to get drunk frequently if fan statements are anything to go by.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Creator/KisshoTaniyama and Creator/YuukiKaji.
* {{Otaku}}: Three roles he played: [[VideoGame/DanballSenki Hiro]] (hero fanboy), [[Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows Keima]] (''[[DatingSim Galge]]'' fanboy), and [[Aniime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Takuya]] (Mobile Suit fanboy)
* SpiritualSuccessor: Having somehow managed to get himself casted as pretty much every {{bishonen}} and {{nice guy}} protagonist (bar those [[CrossdressingVoices voiced by female seiyuus]]), as well his characters being regularly voiced by Creator/ChrisPatton and Creator/GregAyres in English dubs from Houston, he could be considered the "successor" of Creator/AkiraIshida.
** And, as mentioned above, Creator/YoshitsuguMatsuoka seems to have become his successor in getting type-casted as a NiceGuy with a harem.