Matthew Mercer is an American voice actor born in Florida. While he mostly voiced extras in anime dubbing, he found more prominence in western animation voice roles and Japanese video game dubs, though as of late, he's been getting more prominent roles in anime slowly. In 2010, he directed and starred in the live-action web original series There Will Be Brawl
, which also featured friends and other voice actors such as Kyle Hebert
Texan counterpart? David Matranga
(which coincidentally enough, both Matthew Mercer and David Matranga worked on Attack on Titan
Notable roles done by Matthew Mercer:
Tropes associated with Matthew Mercer:
- Alliterative Name: His first and last name both start with the letter M.
- Awesome McCoolname: His name wouldn't be out of place in a comic book.
- Badass: Most of his roles.
- Badass Baritone: A lot of his roles have really deep voices.
- The Cameo: He has one in the Man at Arms episode where the Sword of Omens is forged, and gets to try it out.
- Deadpan Snarker: A lot of his characters can be sarcastic.
- Large Ham: He doesn't actually get to be melodramatic very often, but when he does...
- Jerkass: He himself has admitted he voices a lot of smarmy douchebags, though they fall more along the Jerk with a Heart of Gold side of things.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Boasts an impressive range. In cases of substitution, he's capable of sounding exactly like Troy Baker and even Roger Craig Smith (which makes it extra funny when they get together as the three main protagonists of Resident Evil 6).
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: He's a Nice Guy who likes interacting with his fans a lot, especially on Twitter. As for the characters he voices? See Jerkass.
- One of Us: Oh so very much. Just go on Twitter and comment about a game he was in, and chances are he'll comment exactly with the best thing to say.
- Pigeonholed Voice Actor: He 's unquestionably the go-to guy for serious and/or sarcastic badasses with deep voices. Bonus points of they're fairly young (a lot of his characters are either teenagers or young men in their twenties) and have troubled pasts.
- Playing with Character Type: Alvin from Tales of Xillia is probably Matt's most diverse role yet, as he starts out as a sarcastic badass until he starts betraying the party and goes through Sanity Slippage.
- Gets even more diverse as of Tales of Xillia 2 where Alvin goes through more character development and coming to terms with his pragmatic ways and their consequences, as well as genuinely trying to get along with the rest of the cast.
- Promoted Fanboy:
- He's a massive fan of Resident Evil, with Leon being his favorite character prior to playing the role of Leon himself.
- In 2009, he made a webseries based on Super Smash Bros. Five years later, he got to be IN Super Smash Bros.
- As mentioned above, he's a longtime Jojo's fan — and landed the role of Jotaro Kujo in 2014 version of Stardust Crusaders.
- Relationship Voice Actor: Increasingly with Sam Riegel. The two have starred together in K, Tales of Xillia, and Fire Emblem Awakening, all within about a year.
- Also seems to be becoming the American equivalent of Tomokazu Sugita, having dubbed for several of his roles (Chrom in Fire Emblem Awakening, Alvin in Tales of Xillia, Raidou Kuzunoha in Soul Hackers, and Chamber in Suisei no Gargantia) and with a similar specialty in deep-voiced Deadpan Snarker badasses.
- Also with Daisuke Ono, having dubbed four of his roles (Sinbad in Magi – Labyrinth of Magic, Kuroh Yatogami in K, Shukuro Tsukishima in Bleach and Jotaro Kujo in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure).
- In an interesting way with Troy Baker (see Spiritual Successor below) in that their voices sound incredibly similar and Matt Mercer has replaced Troy Baker at least twice. He's also admitted that he's been called back for a lot of roles that eventually ended up going to Troy Baker (though he doesn't bear the guy any ill will). Luckily he's not stuck being Always Second Best, because as of 2013 he's been able to carve out quite an identity for himself with a slew of awesome roles.
- As far as ladies goes, as of recent he got a lot of roles together with Lauren Landa, in Tales of Xillia, Dead or Alive 5, Soul Calibur V, Attack on Titan, and later Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS.
- Spiritual Successor: Can easily considered to be Troy Baker successor due to their similar Badass Baritone voices. He even officially took over some of Troy Baker's previous roles (Kanji Tatsumi and Valvatorez) since Troy Baker is now a union-only member and the Persona games are non-union note .
- Star-Making Role:
- While mostly known online for There Will Be Brawl, Matt got a lot of people to know his name thanks to his role as Tygra in the 2011 ThunderCats.
- 2013 easily jumped him up to one of the most noticeable VAs out there as his roles as Chrom in Fire Emblem Awakening, Kiritsugu Emiya from Fate/Zero, Kuroh Yatogami from K and Alvin from Tales of Xillia made him shine in most people's eyes.
- And now in 2014 he's been cast as extremely popular characters in both Attack on Titan (Levi) and Kill la Kill (Mikisugi), and he's had a chance to reprise his role as Alvin for the (debatably) Even Better Sequel. If 2013 didn't make him recognizable enough, 2014 will do it for sure.