Creator / Travis Willingham

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If authority needs to kick some ass, it needs a proper charismatic voice to do so.

Enter Travis Willingham.

Travis Willingham is a voice actor, originally starting out as Col. Roy Mustang in the 2003 anime adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist. After that, he started getting pigeonholed into voicing characters that are either badasses or have a high rank or status, be it military or some other thing (not to mention a few characters Playing with Fire). He is somewhat memetically popular thanks to his infamous "tiny miniskirts" decree and the fact that "HE LOVES DOGS!" (and he actually does like cute things — not hard to believe considering his role as Mori-senpai). Like Vic Mignogna and Aaron Dismuke's Risembool Rangers, his loyal Miniskirt Army follows him from con to con. He is among the few voice actors to also get many live-action roles.

In 2005, he become famous for his non-anime activities when he took on Monica Rial in a tequila shot contest after Anime Weekend Atlanta. Needless to say, the result was hilarious and has come to be known as The Travis Willingham Tequila Story. Multiple versions were told; one each by Vic Mignogna, Monica Rial, and of course, Travis himself.

He has been doing dubbing for many California-based works, as have many other FUNimation voice actors such as Troy Baker and Laura Bailey. And now, he's even living there. He's married to Laura Bailey as of 2011, and thus he's now officially a family man.

Has a Twitter account.

Willingham primarily does video game voice overs and western animation nowadays, rarely getting any new anime roles, generally only reprising roles when he does anime. If he does get a new anime role, it's usually with Studiopolis.


Notable roles from Travis Willingham:

Anime

Video Games

Web Animation

Web Video

Western Animation

Other

  • Surprisingly enough, one of the four young punks at the bar in the live action film Secondhand Lions. Surprising because instead of portraying an authority figure, he plays a rebellious youth with a lot of disdain towards authority.
    • Also the source of one of his favorite stories to tell at conventions, as the director assumed Travis was a stuntman (given the fact that he's tall and quite buff), which resulted in Robert Duvall actually hitting him during the fight scene. After learning that Travis is a regular actor, Duvall apologized profusely and gave him some money to make up for it.

Tropes associated with Travis Willingham:

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: With Roy Mustang, among others.
  • Badass Baritone: A good factor as to why his vocal performances are so effective.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: One of his online gamertags is "RapedBacon." A fan asked what this meant at a convention once, and he answered that since his last name is "Willingham," an unwilling ham is... raped bacon.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Travis in drag for a role on Nip/Tuck. He pulls it off pretty well.
    • The behind-the-scenes action with the bar fight in Secondhand Lions. Robert Duvall thought that he was a stunt man and kept hitting him over and over again.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Vic Mignogna.
  • Gentle Giant: Very tall, but is a gigantic sweetheart. Exhibit A: Playing Mori for a Honey cosplayer at Kawaii-Con. He looks like he'll beat you up but wouldn't hurt a fly.
  • Happily Married: To Laura Bailey.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Troy Baker, who's just as friendly with his wife.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • He's the current voice of Guile as of Street Fighter IV, who's famous for saying "Go home and be a family man." Since marrying Laura Bailey, Travis actually is a family man!
    • A more recent role of his, Relius Clover, is also considered by the fandom to be a family man. And yes, the jokes have already been made thanks to Dustloop.
    • Not to mention Fullmetal Alchemist, where Roy Mustang (voiced by Travis) is repeatedly told by his friend that he has to "find himself a good wife". Well...
      • Speaking of FMA, this makes Mustang's fight with Lust (voiced by Laura) much more hilarious.
      • Travis actually said that he watched this particular episode of Brotherhood before he and Laura even began dubbing it. When he saw what Mustang did, all he could do was call Laura over and give her a sly smile and nod as she bluntly asked, "Really?" Later, while Laura was recording the scene, she texted him and commented on how her voice hurt after all the screaming. Travis's response? "Ha ha ha ha ha." See the story here, complete with Travis's side of the story.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: At 6'4", Travis stands just short of a full foot taller than his 5'5" wife, Laura Bailey.
  • Ink-Suit Actor:
    • Paul DeMarco in Halo 4 is essentially him with a shaved head.
    • Infamous Second Son uses motion capture performances so his character, Reggie Rowe, is directly modeled after him.
    • Harvey Dent in Batman: The Telltale Series is also modeled on him.
  • Kill It with Fire: The modus operandi of several of the characters he has been cast as in his career, something he himself is happy to point out.
  • Large Ham: Oh YEAH!!! There's a reason why he's called Travis WillingHAM! Apparently he auditioned for Armstrong in the 2003 anime adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist, but got Roy's part instead.
    • And then there's his performance as Charlotte, which is massively Playing Against Type but still manages to be so absurdly Camp Gay and FABULOUS it borders on ridiculous.
      • Going further than that, there's also Relius Clover. Although given that he looks a lot like the The Phantom of the Opera, it was obvious he would be this. And thanks to some leaked footage of the English dub, his performance doesn't disappoint.
        Relius: EXPERIMENTATION HO!
    • Ironically he plays one of the less hammy characters in Code Geass as Darlton, a series otherwise known for being filled with them.
  • Memetic Badass: Thanks to his TINY MINISKIRTS!! line.
  • Order Versus Chaos: If Authority Equals Asskicking rings a bell, a lot of his characters he voices will fall into the "order" side.
  • One Head Taller: With voice acting wife/partner in crime Laura Bailey.
  • Pigeonholed Voice Actor: Normally the high authority/military figure or law-abiding character who shows his authority by kicking some ass - e.g. Roy Mustang, Guile, and Knuckles. However, he's slowly moving away from his typecasting ever since he moved to California.
    • Considering one of his most notable roles was Charlotte... mission accomplished.
      • And now he's Relius Clover, practically the furthest character from his pigeonhole, being a Mad Scientist and all. Unless you count that despite this, Relius is still one of the highest ranking members of NOL and one of the few people who can match Hazama in terms of power, thereby adhering to Authority Equals Asskicking.
      • Brady, from Fire Emblem Awakening, is a huge softy who happens to look like a thug, so kudos!
      • Phasesmith Karax from StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void is a soft-spoken Khalai class (the lowest class of the Protoss caste system) Protoss, phasesmith being the Protoss equivalent of "engineer". That's about as far from Large Ham Badass Authority Figure as you get.
  • Playing Against Type: Gazlowe. Seriously, Ratchet's Boss or whatever, do you actually expect Travis doing a goblin? Note: He's not using any sort of baritone he's known for, and he still pulled it off.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
  • Running Gag: A likely unintentional one is that Travis and Laura Bailey seem to wind up fighting or straight up killing one another quite often when they play competent fighters (See: Avengers Assemble, Infamous First Light and Fullmetal Alchemist).
  • Vocal Evolution: There's a quite noticeable difference in his performances in the two Fullmetal Alchemist series. In the 2003 series he was just starting out and went through some growing pains, while in Brotherhood he'd racked up several years experience and was far more confident in his performance.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: The now famous Travis Willingham tequila story.

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