Creator: James Arnold Taylor
Square Enix's 2001 video game, Final Fantasy X, as the lead character Tidus (and again in Dissidia: Final Fantasy). In fact, judging by his Tweets, he is Tidus incarnate.James' other roles during this period include Ratchet in the Ratchet & Clank series (barring the original game), Leonardo from the 2007 TMNT film, Wooldoor Sockbat on the Comedy Central animated series Drawn Together, and voice-doubling for both Captain Jack Sparrow and Timon in Kingdom Hearts II.Today, he is perhaps best known for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in various Star Wars media as the voice double for Ewan McGregor. Taylor debuted as Obi-Wan in the Star Wars: Clone Wars micro-series, and later reprised his role in the video game adaption of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: Battlefront II, the Star Wars: The Clone Wars 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 voice double for actors such as David Spade, Johnny Depp, Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane, Billy Bob Thornton, Ewan McGregor, and Christopher Walken.Simply put it, he is truly the Man of a Thousand Voices. He is often compared to his fellow colleagues Tara Strong, Tom Kenny, Grey DeLisle, Frank Welker, Corey Burton, John DiMaggio, and Billy West; many anime voice acting regulars like Steve Blum, Crispin Freeman, and Vic Mignogna; and even the legendary voice actor Mel Blanc (who he often compares himself to). You can pretty much hear him nearly anywhere: from commercials to Western Animation and video games without you even noticing it.
Notable roles include:
- Ash in A Detective Story
- Captain Cold in Justice League: The New Frontier
- Cypher in Beware the Batman
- Eddie Felson/Speed Warp in Static Shock
- Young Emmett Brown in the Back to the Future TellTale game
- The Fallen in the video game version of Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen. He was originally cast as the role in the movie proper, but was replaced by Tony Todd.
- Fred Flintstone in any recent commercial featuring Fred.
- Gabe Logan in the later Syphon Filter games
- Gingerbread Man, Prince Charming, and Wolf in the video game version of Shrek 2
- Green Arrow and Guy Gardner in Batman: The Brave and the Bold
- Harry Osborn and Frederick Foswell in The Spectacular Spider-Man
- Himself in I Know That Voice
- Captain Jack Sparrow and Timon in Kingdom Hearts II
- Johnny Test in Johnny Test
- Leonardo from TMNT
- Obi-Wan Kenobi in nearly every piece of Star Wars media since Star Wars: Clone Wars (including some ADR in the movies proper):
- Overload in Teen Titans
- Pippin in the video game version of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
- Ratchet in the Ratchet & Clank series
- Ratchet in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale
- King Sandy in Codename: Kids Next Door
- Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, Spider-Man Battle for New York and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
- Topo, Neutron and Flash (as The Other Darrin to George Eads) in Young Justice.
- Tidus in Final Fantasy X and Dissidia: Final Fantasy
- Wooldoor Sockbat in Drawn Together
- Yggdrasill in Tales of Symphonia
Tropes relating to James Arnold Taylor:
- I Am Not Obi-Wan Kenobi: Subverted. Unlike Sir Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor (sometimes), James wholeheartedly embraces his role as the iconic Jedi Master.
- Large Ham: Can sometimes become this.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Virtually impossible to typecast, James has one of the largest vocal ranges in the voice acting industry. Here's a clip to boot. He even compared himself to Mel Blanc several times. This also means the following tropes also apply to him:
- One of Us: He's a self-proclaimed geek of many things like Anime, cartoons, Comic Books, and Video Games. But more particularly, he's a Star Wars fan (which lands him into the most iconic role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the cartoon series).
- Playing Against Type: Walker, Fred Flintstone, Yggdrasill, Cypher, and The Fallen.
- Promoted Fanboy: See One of Us above.
- Relationship Voice Actor: Often works with John DiMaggio and Tara Strong.
- Star-Making Role: Tidus, followed by Ratchet and Obi-Wan.
- The Other Marty: Recorded lines for The Fallen in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but was dubbed over by Tony Todd.
- Vocal Evolution: When he first started voicing Obi-Wan, he was going for an exact voice match with Ewan McGregor. By the time Star Wars: The Clone Wars 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 Poor Man's Substitute.