Creator / Laura Bailey

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Girl power!

Laura Dawn Bailey (born May 28, 1981) is an American actress and voice actress. Best known for her anime roles (at first, FUNimation titles but she has definitely moved on), she has also supplied voices in video games and worked as staff on several anime series. If you've played much AAA games in the last few years, you've likely heard her voice, as she's become one of the most prolific female voice actors in the industry since 2010.

Some of her best known anime roles are Lust in Fullmetal Alchemist, Young Trunks in Dragon Ball Z, Maka Albarn in Soul Eater, Tohru Honda in Fruits Basket, Sana Kurata in Kodocha, Shin Nohara in the English dub of Crayon Shin-chan, and Rise Kujikawa in Persona 4.

As for video games, she is well known as Rayne in the BloodRayne video game series, the default voice for a female Boss in the Saints Row series from 3 onwards, Fetch in inFAMOUS: Second Son and inFAMOUS: First Light, Serana in the Dawnguard DLC for Skyrim, Fiona in Tales from the Borderlands and Black Widow in Marvel's Disney XD animation lineup. She is married to fellow voice actor Travis Willingham.

Has a website and Twitter account.

Her Japanese counterparts are Marina Inoue, Ami Koshimizu, and Mai Nakahara, as they are known to voice a lot of Action Girls and have similar vocal ranges with Laura Bailey. Same goes with Rie Kugimiya as both of them do voiced some Tsundere characters, yet the three roles that they both shared (Rise Kujikawa, Marta Lualdi, & Sabato Mihashigo) are not tsunderes! Her Texan counterparts are probably Brittney Karbowski and Alexis Tipton (which coincidentally enough, they used to work together in various anime titles before Laura moved to California). Lauren Landa, Alexis Tipton, and to a lesser extent, Erika Harlacher could be considered her Spiritual Successors in terms of the similar vocal ranges and typecasting (in both L.A. and FUNimation side of things), as Laura Bailey primarily does video game voice overs and some western animation nowadays, rarely getting any new anime roles in recent years, generally only reprising roles when she does anime. If she does get a new anime role, it's usually with Studiopolis.

Notable roles by Laura Bailey:

Anime

Film

Video Games

Web Video

Western Animation


Tropes applicable to Laura Bailey's work:

  • Action Girl: A majority of the characters she voices fall into this.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: She voiced many characters in video game and anime who happen to be Chinese. Across from the iconic Chun-Li, she also voiced Faye Lee, Pao-Lin Huang, and Xing Huo.
  • Contralto of Danger: Due to the number of Action Girls she voiced, many of her characters she voiced come out this way. That being said, she's capable for using a higher-pitched voice for cuter and younger characters.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A lot of her characters tend to be rather attractive, from Harribel, Homura, Lust, Christie and Rayne, to Chun-Li, Anko, Kira Carsen, Rise Kujikawa and Black Widow.
  • Running Gag: An unintentional one seems to be that, inevitably, should Bailey and Willingham wind up playing badasses, they will kick the crap or straight up murder each other (for example, Fullmetal Alchemist, Avengers Assemble and Infamous Second Son). At Metrocon 2015, Laura noted how odd it was that she always seemed to play close friends or love interests with Troy Baker, while her characters often butt heads with those played by Travis.
  • Screaming Warrior: She can scream. Memorable ones include Lust, Maka, and Lucina.
  • Tomboy: Had voiced several characters that fit into this trope.

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