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Thomas James "Tom" Kenny (born July 13, 1962) is an American voice actor and comedian perhaps best known for his work in the animated series ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', in which he is the voice of [=SpongeBob=] among others. Aside from voice acting, Kenny starred in the short-lived Fox sketch show, ''The Edge'' and was a cast member of the HBO sketch comedy program, ''Series/MrShow'', where he worked with Jill Talley, whom he subsequently married. He also hosted the show ''Funday Night at the Movies'' on TCM in 2007, which encouraged kids to watch "old movies".

Kenny voices many characters in many productions, and in his own words "a lot of sweet, kind of stupid yellow characters for some reason" (which would explain Heffer, Dog, and [=SpongeBob=]). When he doesn't play those, Kenny usually plays comically serious, authoritative types (usually doctors, businessmen, and game show hosts).

Kenny played his first set of voice actor roles for ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''. Joe Murray auditioned Kenny for voice acting roles for the series in a large casting call in Los Angeles, California, United States. On one occasion during the production, the producers required Kenny to fill the role of Creator/CharlieAdler, who was absent on that occasion. In addition, Kenny had to perform one song and learn how to play another song within ten minutes due to time constraints. Kenny achieved this goal. He said that this helped him believe that he could stand "toe to toe" with other voice actors.

Joe Murray chose Kenny for a voice acting position in ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' because Murray, after seeing Kenny's previous work for ''Rocko's Modern Life'', felt that Kenny "adds writing to his roles" and "brings so much".

He's been the announcer for Nickelodeon's annual Kids' Choice Awards for years; at the 2007 show he called himself the "Man of 1,000 Voices, all of them this one." He was featured as the Voice in a Box at the 2008 show, and at the 2009 show he claimed to be the only announcer who does all of his own stunts.

He and his wife, Jill Talley, played the couple in the music video for Music/TheSmashingPumpkins' "Tonight Tonight".

Starting in season 9B, Kenny became the voice director of [=SpongeBob=].

Aside from [=SpongeBob=], his most famous current role is that of The Ice King from Cartoon Network's ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
!!Notable roles by Tom Kenny include:
* Benjamin Bright in ''Anime/IGPXImmortalGrandPrix''
* Griff in ''Manga/RaveMaster''
* Sawada in ''Anime/TekkonKinkreet''

* Binkie in ''Film/ShakesTheClown.''
* Himself in ''Film/IKnowThatVoice''
* Rabbit in the 2011 ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' movie
* Skids and Wheelie in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' ([[ThrowItIn many of his lines were improvised]])
** Wheelie in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' and ''Film/TransformersTheLastKnight''.
* Reprised the roles of [=SpongeBob=] and Gary for both [[WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie theatrical]] [[WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater films]] based on the show
* Ed Vartis in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls''
* Rob Holdout in WesternAnimation/LegoScoobyDooBlowoutBeachBash''

!!!Live Action TV
* Various roles in ''Series/MrShow''.
* Tux in ''Series/OutOfJimmysHead''
* Uncle Howee, a loud, energetic kids' show host with a rabbit sidekick named Loomis (whom Kenny also voiced) and possible reality-warping powers, on ''Series/{{the Haunting Hour|TheSeries}}'' episode "Uncle Howee".

* The announcer voice on Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "[=TMZ=]."
* He and his wife Jill Talley are the married couple in Music/TheSmashingPumpkins video for "Tonight, Tonight."

!!!Video Games
* Spyro and several [=NPCs=] in early ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' games, ''[[VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage Ripto's Rage!]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon Year of the Dragon]]''.
** He will return as Spyro in the ''VideoGame/SpyroReignitedTrilogy'' as well.

!!!Web Animation
* Maury in ''WebAnimation/GothamGirls''
* Sunny Jim (Ep. 3-5), MBA Members, Major Snake, Snake, Stumpy and Sniff in ''WebAnimation/LoboWebseries''
* A Temp. Agent and a ladybug in ''WebAnimation/BeeAndPuppycat''

!!!Western Animation
* Asok and Ratbert in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'' cartoon
* Brick Jackson in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''
* Bullwinkle in an upcoming ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' short from Creator/DreamworksAnimation
* Buzz Harris in ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger''
* Carl Chryniszzswics in ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo''
* [[NewAgeRetroHippie Crunchy]] in ''WesternAnimation/DanVS''
* Cupid in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''
* Dog and Cliff in ''WesternAnimation/CatDog''
* Ed in ''WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers''
* Eduardo in ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''
* Eddie Lawrence III from ''WesternAnimation/ClassOf3000''
* Flain, Seismo, Teslo, Berp, Tungster, Booger, Screeno, Mysto, and Blip in ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}''
* Fixit and The Amazing Mumbo from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
* Guapo Flub in ''WesternAnimation/TheBrothersFlub''
* Mr. Hal Gibson in ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperForceGo''
* Harry in ''WesternAnimation/{{Stanley}}''
* Heffer Wolfe (and assorted others) in ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''
* The Ice King[=/=]Magic Man[=/=]Gunther in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''
* ComicBook/IronMan, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, and M.O.D.O.K. in ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow''
* Isaac Sumdac, Wasp, Starscream, and his clones in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''
* Jake Spidermonkey, Henry Armadillo, and others in ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey''
* Kevin and Special Agent 14 in ''WesternAnimation/{{Stripperella}}''
* Knightbrace in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''
* Mr. Lee and Spydah in ''WesternAnimation/AlphaTeensOnMachines''
* Leon in ''WesternAnimation/SquirrelBoy''
* Mr. Lopart and Pat in ''WesternAnimation/HandyManny''
* Scoutmaster Lumpus and Slinkman in ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' (He's cited the latter as his favourite role)
* Mandok in ''Niko and the Sword of Light''
* The Mayor, the Narrator, and others in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''
* Muhannad Sabeeh "Happy" Fa-ach Nuabar in ''WesternAnimation/SitDownShutUp''
* N.I.G.E.L. in ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries''
* Nute Gunray, Detective Tan Divo, and Greedo in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''
* Doctor Octopus in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' TV series
* Otto in ''WesternAnimation/TheHauntedWorldOfElSuperbeasto''
* Commander Peepers in ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder''
* The Penguin in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman''
* ComicBook/PlasticMan in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
** He also played the role in an unaired Plastic Man pilot that can be found online.
* Raimundo Pedrosa, Grandmaster Dashi, and Hannibal Roy Bean in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''
* Scaramouche, Chritchellites, Og, Monkar and Chitron 6 in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''
* [=SpongeBob=], Gary, the Narrator, Patchy the Pirate, and others in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''
* Sumo in ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}''
* Dr. Two Brains in ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl''
* Valhallen and many other voices in ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''
* Wally Langford in ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill''
* Wayne Cramp in ''WesternAnimation/TheCrampTwins''
* Woody Johnson in ''WesternAnimation/{{Brickleberry}}''
* Yancy Fry, Abner Doubledeal, and Adlai Atkins in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
* Zillius Zox, Salaak, Byth Rok and the Anti-Monitor in ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries''
* Reed And Bo Monkey in ''WesternAnimation/FreshBeatBandOfSpies''
* Leo Callisto, Ambassador Titus, Ruggles, Blobby Blop, and more on ''WesternAnimation/MilesFromTomorrowland''
* ARF on ''WesternAnimation/PuppyDogPals''
* Zeke, his grandmother, and Thurston on ''WesternAnimation/BillyDilleysSuperDuperSubterraneanSummer''
* Jim Gordon, Sinestro, and others on ''WesternAnimation/DCSuperHeroGirls''

!!Tropes associated with Tom Kenny:
* {{Adorkable}}: In pretty much any interview.
** Case in point, Creator/ErinFitzgerald told the the story of how he got his autograph because she was a fan of his work on [=Spongebob=], and how ''he'' got ''her'' autograph because his son was a fan of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddnEddy''. [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=u_-lIMpH2xc here's a link]].
* BleachedUnderpants: According to his interview with Marc Maron, the origin of his most famous voice, Spongebob, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtAOD96RXPE was a ticked off, swearing little person]] who was auditioning for an elf in a Christmas commercial. And apparently Nickelodeon does not like him telling that story.
* TheCameo: Appeared along with wife, Jill Talley in the movie ''Film/SkyHigh2005''.
* ChildhoodFriends: With Creator/BobcatGoldthwait.
* CloudCuckoolander: Frequently plays these.
* DisneyOwnsThisTrope: Nickelodeon currently owns the rights to his Spongebob voice, meaning he's not allowed to use it for any other role.
* HappilyMarried: With fellow voice actress, Jill Talley.
* {{Keet}}: Is very energetic.
* LargeHam: The characters he voices are inclined to to be theatrically comedic in an over-the-top manner. The delivery of Tom's voice reinforces this.
* ManOfAThousandVoices
* MonsterClown: As Binky the clown in ''Film/ShakesTheClown''.
* NamesTheSame: No, he's not one of the executive producers in charge of Creator/FourKidsEntertainment.
* NiceGuy: Unlike many of his characters, Tom is a genuinely friendly individual.
* PlayingAgainstType: As [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Fixit]], [[WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan Doctor Octopus]], [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Nute Gunray]] and [[WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries the Anti-Monitor]].
** As a loud, obnoxious children's show host with reality warping powers (and the voice of his rabbit sidekick, Loomis) on ''Series/TheHauntingHour'' episode, "Uncle Howee" in one of the few times Tom Kenny has done work on a live-action show that wasn't a sketch comedy show, like ''The Edge'' and ''Mr. Show'' or a behind-the-scenes documentary where viewers get to see the men and women behind the voices of their favorite cartoon characters [i.e., ''IKnowThatVoice''].
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] a bit in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. At first the Ice King seems like another one of his humorous roles, but then came [[spoiler: TheReveal of Ice King's past which showed that he was once an ordinary guy by the name of Simon Petrikov, and he seems to be quite serious]].
** Woody Johnson on ''WesternAnimation/{{Brickleberry}}''. While it is true that Tom Kenny has played a FatBastard (Heffer Wolfe from ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''), it was PlayedForLaughs and Heffer being a bastard is more due to social ignorance than being a sociopath. Not the case with Woody Johnson. On top of that, the voice Tom Kenny uses for Woody Johnson doesn't sound like any character he's played before.
** And then there's the [[spoiler: child rapist]] Mr. Jellybean on ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''.
** One of his earliest (not to mention only live-action) roles was as the evil, murderous Binky in ''Film/ShakesTheClown''. Could also count as EarlyInstallmentWeirdness.
** He was also the Sharper Image Chair in ''WesternAnimation/EightCrazyNights''.
* PromotedFanboy: Idolized Creator/MelBlanc as a kid and was obsessed with cartoons and voice acting.
** Is a big fan of ''Series/{{Svengoolie}}'', even shouting "[=SpongeBob=] loves you" at a Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. Upon recognizing who said that, Rich Koz managed to get him backstage to do an "On the Road" interview segment, so Kenny actually got to be on his show.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Once discussed on a podcast how he was mistakenly reported dead, and how he thinks that something like that is more likely to happen to someone like him, who's relatively well known but not super well known like someone like Creator/GeorgeClooney, so it takes longer to debunk.
* StarMakingRole: He was a complete unknown when cast for ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''. ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' pushed his fame further.
* RealLifeRelative: He and his real-life wife, Jill Talley, have worked together numerous times.
* RelationshipVoiceActor: Has worked alongside Creator/GreyDeLisle, Creator/TaraStrong, Creator/CarlosAlazraqui, Creator/CharlieAdler, Creator/BillFagerbakke and many others.
* TalkingToHimself: In several series.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen
** Kenny was in the running to host ''[[Series/DoubleDare1986 Double Dare 2000]]'' but Jason Harris eventually got the job.
** In the early '90s, he was in the running to be on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', going as far as to audition to Lorine Michaels himself. However, there were only two spots available at the time, and they wound up going to Creator/DavidSpade and Rob Schneider.

->''YouFool! [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Do you know who Tom Kenny is?]]''

->''[[Creator/JohnDiMaggio I know who Tom Kenny is.]] [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime A BIG NERD!]]''

->''([[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants An awkward but lengthy]] [[{{Beat}} silence]] [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants later...]])''