Creator: Travis Willingham
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 by Vic Mignogna, one by Monica Rial, and one by the man himself.Recently he has begun 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.His New York counterpart is Dan Green. Kaiji Tang and Patrick Seitz could be considered his Spiritual Successors in terms of the similar vocal ranges and typecasting (especially the latter in both L.A. and FUNimation side of things), as Travis Willingham primarily does video game voice overs and western animation nowadays, rarely getting any new anime roles in recent years, 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:
- Amagiri in Darker Than Black
- Andreas Dalton in Code Geass
- Antonio Lopez/Rock Bison in Tiger & Bunny
- Christof Sievernich in Monster
- Free in Soul Eater
- Ginko in Mushishi
- Iggy in Ergo Proxy
- Jugo and Zetsu in Naruto
- The King of Gods in SHUFFLE!! (with Vic Mignogna as the King of Demons)
- Kojuro Katakura in Sengoku Basara
- Kugo Ginjo, Love Aikawa, Ashido, Charlotte Chulhorne, and Findorr Calius in Bleach
- Kokuto in Bleach Soul Resurrección, which he reprised in Movie 4
- Portgas D. Ace in the Funimation dub of One Piece
- Roy Mustang in Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Takashi "Mori" Morinozuka in Ouran High School Host Club
- Takigawa in Ghost Hunt
- Toga Yagari in Vampire Knight
- Tougou in School Rumble
- Yu Kanda in D.Gray-Man
- Bacchus D-79 in Star Ocean The Last Hope
- Cell in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, Raging Blast 2, and Tenkaichi Tag Team (replacing Dameon Clarke)
- Dan Marshall in Binary Domain
- Evan Bernard in Time Crisis 4
- Gabriel Cunningham in Trauma Team
- Gaius in Tales of Xillia
- Guile in Street Fighter IV
- Johnny Ariga in Catherine
- Jul 'Mdama (Not that you could tell by listening to him) and Paul DeMarco in Halo 4, and Frederic-104 in Halo 2 Anniversary and Halo 5: Guardians
- Knuckles the Echidna and Storm the Albatross (2010-current) and Zavok in Sonic the Hedgehog
- Lon'qu and Brady in Fire Emblem Awakening
- O'neil in Aliens: Colonial Marines
- Reggie Rowe in Infamous Second Son
- Shane in the DLC for that game, First Light.
- Relius Clover in BlazBlue (reprised the role in FUNimation's dub of BlazBlue: Alter Memory)
- Rell Nightwind in Worldof Warcraft
- Ryid Uruk in Final Fantasy Type-0
- Sideswipe in Transformers: War for Cybertron (also Hot Rod in the DS version)
- Sideswipe, Onslaught, and Slug in Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
- Superman, Bizarro and Gorilla Grodd in LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes
- Tadashi Nikaido in Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked
- Tahu in BIONICLE: The Game
- Talon and Azir in League of Legends
- Tayama in Shin Megami Tensei IV
- Theodore in Persona 3 Portable
- Xu Huang and Zhou Tai in Dynasty Warriors 7
- Yodai Higashizawa in The World Ends with You
- Gazlowe in Heroes of the Storm
- Satan in Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell
- The Incredible Hulk, Human Torch, Piledriver and Skurge the Executioner in The Super Hero Squad Show
- King Roland II in Sofia the First
- Thor in Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel
- Ganbat in Legend Of Korra
- 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.
- Plays as the goliath barbarian Grog Strongjaw in the D&D campaign currently running on Critical Role.
Tropes associated with Travis Willingham:
- Authority Equals Asskicking: With Roy Mustang and among others.
- Badass: A lot of character he voices fit into this.
- Badass Baritone: A good factor as to why his vocal performances are so effective for this type of character.
- Friendly Rival: 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.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: As he's 6'4", he is most likely to be this with his wife Laura Bailey, who is 5'5
- 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.
- 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.
"Relius: EXPERIMENTATION HO!"
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: See above.
- 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. Roy Mustang, Guile, and recently Knuckles. However, he's slowly moving away from his typecasting ever since he moved to California.
- Considering one of his most recent 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!
- Considering one of his most recent roles was Charlotte... mission accomplished.
- Promoted Fanboy:
- Though he got into it pretty late, he was a massive fan of Dragon Ball Z and therefore jumped at the chance to voice an anime character. ANY anime character. He eventually got to play Cell, one of the show's iconic villains.
- He's also a huge comic book fan; he got to play several characters in The Super Hero Squad Show and he also played Thor in Ultimate Spider-Man, a role which he reprised in Avengers Assemble. And then he got to play freaking Superman...
- 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.