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If there's one voice actor who is extremely
, but is just so
at doing his pigeonholed job that it doesn't matter, this man is that voice actor.
Norio Wakamoto was an anti-riot squad officer who saw action in the pro-leftist student protests in the 1960s/70s before he became a voice actor (we are forced to assume that he just had to yell "HALT, CRIMINAL!" and
they'd immediately stop while shouting "YES, YOUR MAJESTY!"
). He is well-known for his
his tendency to get picked for a villain role
. So if you want a hammy, menacing
(or any other villainous role), contact him. And his range of villain roles is also quite wide, from manipulating and scheming to
type. Whether it's of a high position or as an underling (as long as it's no
, and sometimes even then). Beware... they can become
Ensemble Dark Horses
greater than the
Villains, however, aren't his only forte (though it's undoubtedly what he's best at).
He is also capable of doing humorous, perverted roles or, rarely, heroic types. Or even soft-spoken characters.
Norio Wakamoto is an expert in martial arts, and he will
kick your ass
Also, thanks to his role as
Emperor Charles of Britannia
, he has reached a certain
status amongst Western anime fans (by that time, he'd already been considered one in Japan). There are people who state that any anime can turn instantly good if he is participating (or that any character he voices will always be perceived as
). It's even gotten to the point where, instead of having him "work his voice to fit a character", they work the character to fit his voice. The man is the
of Anime, with the voice of
Not just amongst the fans, but he is also very well respected amongst his fellow voice actors, to the point that many have tried doing a 'Wakamoto impression'. For example,
, as done by
. In fact,
there was a competition in 2012 about imitating Wakamoto
, judged by Wakamoto himself; the result remains unknown, however.
Uses the name "Hiruma Kyou-no-suke" when voicing for characters in Eroge. Check
for whom he voiced for.
A sample of his voicing can be found
For his Western equivalent in terms of number of roles, go see
, and, occasionally,
. For the Western equivalent in terms of memetically great voices, see
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Wakamoto's villain roles
Alexander Anderson in , Hellsing Ultimate replacing the deceased Nachi Nozawa (RIP). ( If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accused! O Lord, come! Ahhhhhmeeennn!) Both Arc Kivat and Rey Kivat in the movie Kamen Rider Kiva Augustus in Demonbane Aziz (Art Malik) in the Japanese dub. True Lies General Baal in . Grandia Father Balder in Bayonetta: Bloody Fate Barbatos Goetia in ( Tales of Destiny 2 ) AITEMU NAZO! TSUKATTEN JA!! NNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! Biagio Busoni in To Aru Majutsu no Index II Black Shadow in ( F-Zero Legend of Falcon/GP Legend WATASHI WA SHINEN! ) SHINEN ZUU!!! Cell in . It's said that while he was doing the voice of Cell, he would practice his lines at home. Children in the neighborhood would hear him, go up to his door, and yell "Cell, come out and fight us!", and in response, he would open his front door and shout "Who is that? Who wants to be absorbed?" Dragon Ball Chaos in Dissidia: Final Fantasy Emperor Charles zi Britannia in and Code Geass . Probably his most Super Robot Wars Z2: Saisei-Hen memetic role in the West. Charon in the Japanese dub of Dantes Inferno Conrad Viscuess in . Infinite Ryvius Denpa Shogun in , the Myself ; Yourself Big Bad of a sentai Show Within a Show. Dracula in the series (from Castlevania onward). This role utilizes his famous Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Evil Laugh better than most. Dragless in Lightning Legend: Daigo no Daibouken Gambino from . Berserk Ganzack in the obscure One Piece OVA Defeat Him! The Pirate Ganzack. Geist in (the original cut). MD Geist "BURYAAAAHHHHH!!!" Gene in . Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops General Bat in and Shin Getter Robo Vs. Neo Getter Robo Super Robot Wars GC Gntarl in the TV remake/expansion of . Munto Golba in . Samurai Shodown: Edge of Destiny Halja ( Grim Reaper Mooks) in Odin Sphere High Max in . So that's why High Max was so difficult... Mega Man X6 Hol Horse in the OAV of . JoJo's Bizarre Adventure He also voices Dio Brando in the obscure radio drama version. General Iaron in . Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial Igniz in . In 2002, he did Rugal Bernstein, but in 2002 Unlimited Match, Rugal's voice was reprised by the original actor, Toshimitsu Arai. The King of Fighters 2001 Imran Zakhaev in the series. Modern Warfare Ivan Drago ( Dolph Lundgren) in the Japanese dub of Rocky IV Dr. Josef Heiter (Dieter Laser) in the Japanese dub of The Human Centipede Kagato in and Tenchi Muyo! . Tenchi Universe Kessler in the Japanese release of . Infamous M. Bison/Vega (Dictator) in the series ( Street Fighter Darrined the role from Tomomichi Nishimura starting from Capcom vs. SNK). Makuta Teridax in the Japanese dub of the movies. BIONICLE He was Marller's sidekick, the Large Ham God of Poverty, Senbee, in . "SHAKKIN!" Ah! My Goddess Masaomi Houzuki in . Sharin No Kuni Megatron in the Japanese dub of . Transformers Animated "All Hail Megatron" indeed... Movieverse Megatron in the video games based on the Transformers movies. (In the movies themselves, he's voiced by Kotaro Nakamura...) Mitsunari Ishida in Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams Mr. Sinister in the Japanese dub of . X-Men Mumkhar/ Metal Face in . Xenoblade Neue Regisseur in and Super Robot Wars Original Generation . Rather Super Robot Wars Impact Hilarious in Hindsight, since both Kyosuke and Blade are voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa. Nikita Dragovich in the Japanese dub of Call of Duty: Black Ops Oda Nobunaga in the series. Singularly the most Sengoku Basara Obviously Evil villain in anime and gaming history. ( ) WARE WA DAI ROKU TEN MAOU, ODA NOBUNAGA NARRRRIIII!!!! The Owl in . Yes, it was an evil owl. And yes, it was the most awesome character in the entire anime. Wolfs Rain Renvolt Magashi in Phantasy Star Universe Shapiro Keats in . (First major villain role) Dancougar Moon Will in . He voices Earth Will as well, but only Moon Will is a villain. Dancougar Nova Scarl in (2001 series). Cyborg 009 Scorpius in . Moira Sekidousai in Inukami! Shredder (James Saito) in the Japanese dub of the first two live action movies. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shurara in . The Keroro Gunsou resonance ritual has never been this creepy. Sou-Banchou, alias , in Kaoru Ichimonji . Although, rather than a villain, he's a Tokimeki Memorial 2 Worthy Opponent antagonist, and a . Knight Templar Big Brother, if his sister Akane is your love target T-Bag (Robert Knepper) in the Japanese dub of . Prison Break Taishakuten in RG Veda Tekkaman Omega in . Tekkaman Blade The talking fish minstrel from episode 3 of . Mononoke Vicious in . Sort of Cowboy Bebop Playing Against Type, as, while certainly a villain, he's the icy, stoic type, rather than a Large Ham. Victoream. Yes, that one. Before that, he was a minor Canon Fodder villain, but was still awesome. Vince McMahon in the Japanese-dubbed WWE. " WATASHI WA VINCE MCMAHON, DAMN IT!" Xemnas in . Kingdom Hearts The Yakuza with the white suit and sunglasses, in . Yarudora series vol.3: Sampaguita Youzou Torii in Oh! Edo Rocket Vampire Lord Zaharl and masked superman Gyallandou, in a little known Falcom game called Zwei 2. Zarok in . MediEvil: Resurrection Overlord Zenon in . Disgaea 2 The narrator for the opening crawl in the original. "There exists a place they say is blacker than any darkness, deeper than any ocean..." A guest voice in the role of Zeibu of the Mummy in , a MotW whose plan is to mummify the world, with a TV broadcast. I kid you not. Tensou Sentai Goseiger Zeikfried in Wild Arms Alter Code: F
Wakamoto's non-villainous roles
Al-Cid Margrace in . Final Fantasy XII Amagumo, aka Rain Spider, in . More a rival than a villain, and pretty much everyone in that series is utterly reprehensible anyway. Desert Punk The Ancient One/Kaosu in Yoroiden-Samurai Troopers/ . Ronin Warriors Ashlay Barnbalt in Star Ocean: First Departure The bartender "Master" in Catherine Another bartender only referred to as "Master" in , one of his earliest roles. Maison Ikkoku Bontenmaru/ Date Masamune in Samurai Deeper Kyo Chiyo-chichi (the yellow cat...thing) in . Azumanga Daioh Chu in , a Badass YuYu Hakusho Drunken Master and Boisterous Bruiser who fights Yusuke and befriends him. CV-Wakamoto in . Essentially, an original character that copies various voice clips and moves from Wakamoto's more famous roles. M.U.G.E.N The Cyclone vacuum cleaner in , which mainly exists as another excuse to reference Haiyore! Nyarko-san , but also because it's an excuse to include Norio Wakamoto in the show. Kamen Rider Double A Neutral role as Deus from (which makes the above Mirai Nikki Watchmen quote Hilarious in Hindsight). Diao Chan in . Koihime†Musou King Drake the Third in . Makai Kingdom In the Disgaea 3 cameo, if you talk to him, he'll say "There's only one voice actor in the universe that can voice me!" Duke Duffau in , leader of the demon pursuers. Interestingly, the character was an antagonist of sorts in the manga (although he mostly ignored the heroes and went straight for Aion), but in the anime adaptation, he got upgraded to an uneasy ally with the Magdalene Order. Chrono Crusade "Big" Ed Hurley (Everett McGill) in the Japanese dub of . Twin Peaks Betcha' didn't see this one coming, did ya? Enma Daimaou-sama in Dororon Enma-kun Meramera Eternity Sword Wisdom in . Eien no Aselia The unnamed father of protagonist Mito Yuuri, in . Tayutama 's Flame Convoy, Scourge in Transformers Galaxy Force TF Cybertron. The Former Prime Minister in , who Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai looks suspiciously like him. Very subtle, Minato Soft. Gargoyle the dog statue from . Gargoyle of the Yoshinagas Gawn Brawdia in Wild ARMs 4 Gigalt Gangaragash in . Planetes General Godwin in Dog Days Gustave St. Germain of . Baccano! Did the voice of Hiroshi from under a pseudonym. Family Project Johnny in and Guilty Gear X XX. Lando Calrissian (yes, Billy Dee Williams) in the Japanese dub of the 2004 DVD Re Cut of . Also the narrator of the Japanese dub of Star Wars . Star Wars: The Clone Wars Matsudaira Katakuriko, the violent nutcase director of the Shinsengumi in . Gintama Mechazawa in . Cromartie High School Mio's Wooden Cubes in . It's the reason why Mio is so powerful. Nichijou The Nabuu brothers in . Ga-Rei -Zero- The shapeshifter Nagamimi in . Kyogoku Natsuhiko Kosetsu Hyaku Monogatari The voice of the nanosuit OS in the Japanese version of . And in very good Crysis Engrish, as well. The Narrator/Voice of Heavens in . Hayate the Combat Butler The narrator of Seijuu Sentai Gingaman Narrator of the "Go-Driller" anime's previews in Tokimeki Memorial 2 A Nevada sheriff in . Golgo 13 Coach Ohta in . Gunbuster In what has to be a shout-out to this role, he plays look-alike rugby coach Akira Fuwa in the second episode of Madonna Oko San, the high school track team captain and a pudding-obsessed bird, in the . This fulfills his wish to be a bird! Hatoful Boyfriend Drama CD Another such role is Garuda, a giant bird with humanoid hands. Onsokumaru in — a role which must have been written with him in mind. He's given license to steal the show, and does it with gusto. Ninin Ga Shinobuden Ooshima, the Kuroda group's second-in-command in . He's very funny. Gokusen Oskar von Reuenthal in , one of his earliest (and best) roles. Legend of Galactic Heroes Commander Paul Radhabinod in Muv Luv Alternative Philip Hughes in Mobile Suit Gundam: the Blue Destiny The Principal, aka Shining Saotome, in . Uta No Prince Sama Raiden (Christopher Lambert) in the first movie. Mortal Kombat Robert T. Sturgeon, the Special Forces operative from the series, gets voiced by him in the Ninja Gaiden OVA. Joe Hayabusa in the modern Ninja Gaiden games (that's Ryu's father, btw). Shigemichi Morimoto in . Soul Link He voiced the minor hero character Shuren in , though not for long, since storyline reasons demanded Shuren's failed Fist of the North Star Heroic Sacrifice against Raoh. He also did Raoh for a very short time in his silhouette debut. The Stellar Spirit King in . Fairy Tail Taisou from . Giant Robo Various characters in Sazae-san Victor Coste in the series. Splinter Cell General Winters Socalo in . D.Gray-Man Woodchuck in (but note that Wood Record of Lodoss War ends up a victim of a Karla-induced ). Grand Theft Me In , he played a soft-spoken Sailor Moon Nice Guy ( bwuh?) named Yusuke Amade. He worked as a jazz artist and was in love with his co-worker, Akiko Yanagi, but was too shy to tell her. As Naru and Usagi attempted to get to know him more, since Naru was a major fangirl of him, Amade became a target of the youma and Sailor Moon had to save him. His sexy voice (and piano playing) attracted all da ladies. Yoshimitsu in , replacing SoulCalibur IV Nobuyuki Hiyama. This has cemented Yoshimitsu's status as an Ensemble Dark Horse. General and Prime Minister Olfan Zairud of Melkia Empire in Madou Koukaku. Tropes associated with Norio Wakamoto: : See Badass Crowning Moment of Awesome. Cool Old Guy: Is one of the more favored old generation voice actors in business. Evil Is Hammy Evil Sounds Deep Gratuitous English: In , Azumanga Daioh , Code Geass , and probably others. Hellsing Guttural Growler Hilarity Ensues: If he's not being the bad guy and, instead, is landed with comical roles... this is guaranteed to happen. Large Ham Lemony Narrator: In the anime. Hayate the Combat Butler Man of a Thousand Voices: Mean Character, Nice Actor Meaningful Name: The name "Norio" means "Man of Law" in Japanese, a rather fitting name for a former policeman. Pigeonholed Voice Actor: Pigeonholed, yes, but he is, to put it simply, the best there is at what he does, and what he does is AWESOME. Rated M for Manly Roll Your Rs: He rolls them even when there are no Rs in the word at all! Villain: Whether it's Big Bad, The Dragon, or anything listed there. ALL HAIL BRRRRRRRITANNIA!!! ALL HAIL OPPAI!!!