Easily the most popular voice actor to work with The Ocean Group
, Scott McNeil
(September 15, 1962-) is the Canadian equivalent to Steve Blum
, Crispin Freeman
and Patrick Seitz
... IN AMERICA
, and Banjō Ginga
in Japan. He's usually cast as a big guy or a villain, but he also does some quirky and funny roles too. His most known roles are probably Dinobot, Waspinator, Silverbolt and Rattrap
, Dr. Wily and Protoman
in the early episodes, and Duo Maxwell
. He reached Memetic Mutation
status fairly quickly, faster than his U.S. counterparts.
Scott does a wide variety of voices in his work (again, see Beast Wars
), but also tends to have two particular voices that are unmistakably his: a deep, gravelly, growling voice (ref. Piccolo, Koga), occasionally with snarl for particularly monstrous-looking roles (ref. Dinobot, Bale), or a snarky young, cocky-sounding voice (ref. Duo, Rattrap).
His favorite voice actors are Jim Cummings
, Frank Welker
, Rob Paulsen
, Maurice LaMarche
, Mel Blanc
and Gary Chalk
(who voiced Optimus on Beast Wars
). His favorite characters out of those he's played are Duo
, because they resemble himself as a young man and an adult, respectively. His favorite show he ever worked on is Beast Wars
, which he claims is one of the few shows he's done where he actively made it a point to turn on the TV and watch every episode when it aired. In fairness, it probably helps that he voiced half the cast. In particular, he considers Dinobot to be his favourite character; and he takes no shame in admitting that he has two
characters in the Transformers Hall of Fame (Dinobot and Waspinator). His panels at conventions are also quite entertaining; from the various disgusting concoctions that attendants have Scott devour to his overall very casual demeanor, the man does great stand-up and his panels tend to become very comedic.
Notable roles by Scott McNeil:
- Tahu and Onua Nuva in the first BIONICLE movie
- Cain in Dragon Booster
- Dinobot, Rattrap, Waspinator, and Silverbolt in Beast Wars (which, given the amount the first two fight, leads to a lot of Talking to Himself)
- The latest incarnation of Grumpy Bear in Care Bears
- Hack in ReBoot (from Season 2 onwards)
- Jesus in the Animated Adaptation of Ben Hur (now you know why the aneurysm is funny)
- Ken, Blanka, Cody, and Rolento in the Street Fighter Animated Adaptation
- Mac Hopper in an episode of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
- Protoman and Dr. Wily in the Mega Man Animated Adaptation
- Rover the Diamond Dog, Chief Thunder Hooves and Flam in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- Sid Sycamore in Dragon Tales
- Stork, Repton, Leugy and countless minor characters in Storm Hawks
- Twin Masters in Hero 108
- Voltar in League of Super Evil ("VICTORYYYYY!!")
- Mr. White (The African-American MIB) in Johnny Test
- Wolverine in X-Men: Evolution
- Wrath-Amon in Conan The Adventurer
- Sleazy strip club owner/porn czar Mars and devout Qu'ran-spouting Muslim father Osama in Broken Saints
And now for certain tropes about how his roles usually go (and Scott McNeil himself)
- Badass: While Dinobot from Beast Wars is not the only example he is often deemed one of the best ones. Which would explain how their fanbase can be.
- Bishōnen: A very good portion of his young male roles can be like that (Duo Maxwell from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing easily being the biggest example.)
- Several fans see him as one too, but he's more of the rugged type of bishonen.
- Jossed: There have been rumors of him doing voicework in California in which all have been proven false (such as Resident Evil 5, Grimmjow in Bleach and Tobi in Naruto Shippuden).
- Man of a Thousand Voices: When it comes to Canadian voice talent, he is well known for having a great vocal range (Beast Wars being one of the bigger examples).
- Nice Guy: He's known for being incredibly nice and social with his fans, sometimes taking quite a long time to talk to a single one, take pictures with them, and even does voices for them. His popularity is so great that at many conventions there's a "Scott McNeil" line and an "Everybody Else" line. His is longer.
- Nice Hat: One of his most known features in his outfit is that cowboy hat he often wears in conventions.
- One of Us: Has admitted to being a gamer as WarCraft is one of his favorites, and joked about how he did had such a fanboy moment with Charlton Heston.
- He also once talked about how he has played Def Jam: Fight for NY before (though he does one of the character voices you can pick for your character). But he mainly commented on how he was surprised on how you get to do an awful lot of shopping in that game.
- Playing Against Type: He played against characters he's typically typecast for a few times in the past- aside from the Pungeon Master tree and Care Bear mentioned below, he also played the shy chicken-phobic teacher Mr. Yoshi in Hamtaro
- Pungeon Master: He was a tree with a Punny Name that told bad jokes in Dragon Tales (try to digest the name "Sid Sycamore" for a while) and Grumpy Bear...
- Promoted Fanboy: As stated under One of Us, he plays World of Warcraft. And now he's voicing a major character in it.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: His infamous Duo Maxwell scream originated from a real life event where he let out the same scream due to his wife backing up over his motorcycle.
- Running Gag: Many for his appearances at conventions;
- He always ends up eating some kind of odd food, which has been a running gag for a while.
- He's also mentioned laugh gas a few times, too.
- He always does at least one voice at a panel.
- The odd, bizzare things he's done and had happen also tend to come up (like him being the Grand Omnipotent Dictator for Life of his company...which was abbreviated, due to lack of space, as him being the G.O.D., and the almost amicable relationship he has with customs).
- Ship Tease: While he occasionally jokes around with the guys for the Yaoi fanbase, when it comes to Canadian Voice Actresses he does have a bit of a fondness for Venus Terzo (Beast Wars is easily one of the biggest reasons why this is mentioned).
- Ian James Corlett once joked about that on how he enjoyed seeing Scott squirm when there was a Cheetor/Blackarachnia/Silverbolt triangle later on in Beast Wars (though, of course, Ian does make it clear that he only likes Venus as a friend. And the fact that he's a happily married man does help).
- Shipper on Deck: Does occasionally do this in conventions such as this little quote of his on Koga and Ayame from InuYasha namely "I just wanna pull Koga aside and have a word with him... I would go... 'Koga... you got this thing in your head that Kagome will be your mate! SHE'S UNATTAINABLE DUDE!' Then you have beautiful sweet lovely Ayame going... 'Oh please will you marry me?' (At this point a fan shouts out "Yes!" and gets a laugh. Scott attempts to ignore it) and I am like dumbass... go there!"
- Talking to Himself: In addition to the Beast Wars example, he played both Sindri and Bale in Dawn of War, as well as Carron and Boreale in Soulstorm, Dr. Wily and Protoman in the Mega Man cartoon... So yeah, he's done it a little bit here and there.