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"When you're in a room with Steve Blum, you often think you're on a Shakespearian stage." *SNIKT!!!*
Simply put, the American equivalent of
(and lesser extent,
Steven Jay Blum is notable for his
versatile range, though his most well-known is his
voice. He can play just about any role from heroes, to villains, even to the just plain weird. One of his most notable roles is Spike Spiegel from
. He is also known for
working with Wendee Lee
. He is equally known for having a ludicrous number of roles in the
work at times, with some video games having him voice so many extras that it seems as if you have stepped into some bizarre world populated almost entirely with Steve Blums.
He has a
. In April and May of 2012, he used it to lead the charge to bring
back on the air, which was announced as successful on May 16, 2012.
Officially holds the
Guinness World Record
for being the
most prolific video game voice actor
, having 261 credited appearances as of May 10, 2012.
A few of the characters he has voiced are found
His Texas counterparts are
(Dallas), Brandon Potter (Dallas), and
(Dallas and Houston). He's also the Los Angeles counterpart to San Francisco's Erik Braa, and Canada's
is shaping to be his successor.
Notable roles from Steve Blum: Anime Comic Books Film Video Games : Captain Bartlett Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War : Monkey Yellow Ape Escape 3 : Otsdarva/ Armored Core: For Answer Maximillian Thermidor : Sergei Asura's Wrath : Corporal Buzz BattleZone (sequel): Joseph "Super Joe" Gibson Bionic Commando : Jon. Brave Fencer Musashi : Grayson Hunt Bulletstorm Call Of Duty franchise: : Numerous Allied units Command & Conquer: Generals : Voiceover for the American Commander Company of Heroes Dawn Of War series: DC: : Cliff Dead Rising : Zoltun Kulle Diablo III : Ludger Brink, Cocytan Leader, Borneo Space Observer The Dig : Digital Devil Saga Gale : Oghren, First Enchanter Irving, miscellaneous dwarves Dragon Age: Origins & Dynasty Warriors 4 5: Sun Jian and Xiahou Yuan : Lightning Alpha Earth Defense Force Insect Armageddon : Harry Fallout: New Vegas : David Raynes F.E.A.R.: Perseus Mandate : Vincent Valentine Dirge of Cerberus : Ba'Gamnan Final Fantasy XII : Valfodr, the Arbiter of Time Final Fantasy XIII-2 : Sid of the Vultures Full Throttle : Jim Skylark Gate Keepers : Ares God of War Guild Wars franchise: : Prophecies and Factions: male protagonists, Justiciar Habilon of the White Mantle Guild Wars : Rytlock Brimstone Guild Wars 2 Gungrave Overdose: Fangoram and Bunji Kugashira : Guan Yu Kessen II : Benjamin Keane Killer7 : Ranulph Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII : Jack Shepard LOST: Via Domus : Jack Cayman MadWorld : Magna Carta 2 Schuenzeit Baren : Wolverine and Taskmaster Marvel vs. Capcom 3 : Bullseye The Punisher : Grunt, Wilson, The Shadow Broker and about half the crewmen Mass Effect 2 franchise: Metal Gear : Master Contra Neo Contra : Dark Star No More Heroes : Walnut the Bounty Hunter Phantom Brave : Tiger, the horde of G-men in The Milkman Conspiracy Psychonauts : Almost all of the random Marine voices in the game, and this does indeed include Quake IV Steve-to-Steve conversations. : Captain Marshall and Phallinx Hagar Rage : The Thugs-4-Less Leader Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando : The Saboteur Father Denis : The Saints Row: The Third Zombie voice option : Keiji Maeda Samurai Warriors : Shadows Of The Damned Garcia Hotspur : Rioichi Cooper Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time : Andronikos Revel, Sergeant Boran, a Separatist Commander on Ord Mantell, Baron Deathmark, and many others Star Wars: The Old Republic : Rebel Alliance engineers Star Wars Battlefront : Galak Fyyar Star Wars: Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast : Rebel pilot Olin Garn Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance : Barricade, Shockwave, Cliffjumper, and the Narrator Transformers: War for Cybertron : Swindle, Sharpshot, and Shockwave in the sequel Transformers: Fall of Cybertron : Jericho Tribes: Vengeance : Brad Hawk Urban Reign : Zaka, Karl Landzaat, and Nils Daerden Valkyria Chronicles : Tzimisce Andrei and the Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines Sabbat vampires : Lieutenant Colonel Burns Vanquish : Supreme Overlord Jergingha The Wonderful 101 : Male World of Warcraft troll player characters : Cannan, The Professor, and Sellers Xenosaga Episode III Western Animation : Wolverine, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Red Skull, and Beta Ray Bill : Batman: The Brave and the Bold The Flash, Captain Cold, and Heat Wave : Heatblast, Vilgax, and Ghostfreak/Zs'Skayr Ben 10 : Justice League: War Darkseid : Duke, Roadblock, Zartan, Wild Bill, Ripcord and Doc. G.I. Joe: Resolute : Yakky Doodle, Clamhead Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law : The Legend of Korra Amon, Baraz : Jamie Megas XLR : Smytus My Life as a Teenage Robot : Several one-shot characters (most noticeably Utopia) Regular Show : Green Goblin and Chameleon The Spectacular Spider Man : Zeb Orrelios Star Wars Rebels : Transformers Prime Starscream and Darksteel : Heatwave Transformers Rescue Bots : Wolverine, Spider-Man in Wolverine's body, Doc Samson, and Beetle Ultimate Spider-Man : Vanisher Wolverine and the X-Men Other : Tom 2.0 - present Toonami : Recorded Vinesauce two blurbs for the stream Advertising: Currently does voice-over work for 7-Eleven's advertisements. Tropes relating to Steve Blum's work: Badass: A lot of the characters he voices fit into this trope. As mentioned in a Tekkoshocon panel, someone stated that he voiced "every badass character ever." Badass Baritone: He has a fairly good one naturally, but takes it to its limit as Amon from . The Legend of Korra According to him in an interview, should all the characters he voiced ever engage in a free-for-all, the winner would be Leeron since he would creep everyone else out. Doing It for the Art: The reason he still does anime dubbing, even though it pays nothing compared to doing video games and western animation. It's worth noting that despite being a union-only member, anime is how he entered the voice acting business (as opposed to his other fellow union-only voice actors like James Arnold Taylor and Nolan North who entered the voice acting businesses other than anime). Evil Laugh: Is a master of this. Guttural Growler: What got him a lot of attention and popularity. It should be noted that he talks like this in Real Life. Taken to its limit in Saints Row: The Third, where the Zombie voice option is just him making Tazmanian Devil-like noises. Surprisingly averted in his performance as Guilmon. It's Pronounced Tro-PAY: His last name rhymes with "gloom," not "plum." Large Ham: Some of his roles qualify. Man of a Thousand Voices: Has a wide vocal range, as he's capable of pulling off a higher-pitched voice (like Leeron) or an accent (like Garcia Hotspur and Red Skull) whenever it's needed. Mean Character, Nice Actor: Steve's known for his growly and deep voice which mostly fits with villains, but in real life, he's a really sweet and down-to-earth guy who promotes charity. Older Than They Look: Turned 54 this year, even though he doesn't appear to be any older than his early to mid-forties. One of Us: On top of being a comic book fan, he also led the charge to get Toonami back on the air, being as passionate about it as his many fans. Pigeonholed Voice Actor: Averted. He's played a large variety of roles and has a wide vocal range (including a and a gay mechanic ). cute Digimon It's the fandom that only remembers him for Wolverine and Spike Spiegel. However, he notes that at the start of his career, he was stuck as monsters or bad guys. Playing Against Type: Leeron and Guilmon would be the best examples. Also, he's nearly unrecognizable as Grunt and the Shadow Broker due to his voice being modulated, though if you listen closely enough to the former, you can tell it's him. Orochimaru, Green Goblin and Starscream require use of his higher register, higher than most of his roles. Played with in the Ultimate Spider-Man episode "Freaky". For a large portion of the episode, he's voicing Spider-Man trapped in Wolverine's body. has him, in addition to returning as Vilgax, playing Hobble, a weak, cowardly, Ben 10: Omniverse Butt Monkey Plumber who's pretty much the antithesis of Vilgax. Promoted Fanboy: He often talks about hanging out at his uncle's comic book shop and reading the comics. He's voiced numerous comic book characters, most notably Wolverine. Pungeon Master: Of the Amon type. Rated M for Manly: A lot of his best-known roles. Relationship Voice Actor: He's often worked together with Wendee Lee, Crispin Freeman, Nolan North, Fred Tatasciore, Beau Billingslea, Josh Keaton, Daran Norris, Yuri Lowenthal and Dee Bradley Baker.