Troy Edward Baker
is a voice actor and musician from Texas whose forte seems to be playing assholes
, be they heroic or villainous. On the other hand, though, he's also good at playing comedic
characters, even though some of them just might end up being the former
Recently he has been doing voiceover work in California and with this change his forte has switched to playing Magnificent Bastards
. If he voices a character like this, expect a character voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch
to oppose him. Also seems to like playing a Fake Brit
, generally either the Evil Brit
or The Mean Britnote
. He has also, apparently, taken on the mantle of voicing The Joker
due to his near-perfect impersonation of the iconic Joker voice done by Mark Hamill
Troy married his wife Pam on October 13, 2012. Apparently, this is one of the main reasons why Matthew Mercer took over his role
as Kanji in the second half of the Persona 4
anime. By the time he's back from honeymoon, he's gone to become so well-known that he joins the ranks of Steve Blum
and Crispin Freeman
of legendary voice actors that he ends up as a union-only voice actor, meaning that for most of his roles, Matthew Mercer
would end up succeeding those.
Has a Twitter account
Notable roles by Troy Baker:
- Alec Mason in Red Faction: Guerilla
- Alex Taylor in The Crew
- Booker DeWitt in Bioshock Infinite
- The Boss ("Male Voice 1") in Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV
- Buck the Exile Human Spellslinger Explorer in WildStar
- Charles Gregory in Binary Domain
- The Dark Knight himself in LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, plus Sinestro, Brainiac and Two-Face, again.
- Delsin Rowe in inFAMOUS: Second Son
- Espio the Chameleon in Sonic the Hedgehog (2010-current)
- Jake Muller in Resident Evil 6
- He also sings the ending theme for Jake's campaign.
- James in the Xbox 360/PS3 version of Silent Hill 2
- Jetfire and Zeta Prime in Transformers: War for Cybertron
- Joel in The Last of Us
- Joseph Allen and random Army Rangers in Modern Warfare 2
- Kai Leng in Mass Effect 3
- Kanji Tatsumi and Shadow Kanji in Persona 4, which could also be considered a second Star-Making Role. More details below.
- Kul Tesska in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes video game
- Logan Thackeray in Guild Wars 2
- Lyndon the Scoundrel in Diablo III
- Markus Vaughn in Trauma Center
- Sgt. Matt Baker, appropriately, in Brothers in Arms
- Migrant AC, Zodiac #3 and the second computer voice in Armored Core 5
- Jack Mitchell in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
- Mitsunari Ishida in Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes and the anime
- Nathan Drake's Brother in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
- Nova in Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 and Marvel Heroes
- Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
- Orkos in God of War: Ascension
- Pagan Min in Far Cry 4
- Talion in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Pyrrhon and Arlon in Kid Icarus: Uprising
- Rhys inTales from the Borderlands
- Ryu Hayabusa in the Dead or Alive series (from Dimensions on) and Ninja Gaiden 3
- Sigma in the promotional anime for Virtue's Last Reward and Kyle Klim in the game proper.
- Simon Blackquill in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
- Sinestro (again) and Nightwing in Injustice: Gods Among Us
- Siris in Infinity Blade
- Snow Villiers in Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (STEELGUARD!)
- Sol Badguy in Guilty Gear 2: Overture
- Superman in Infinite Crisis
- Suzaku in Trinity Universe
- Terrance Brooks, and the Black Ops Multiplayer Announcer by proxy in Call of Duty: Black Ops. Also does some additional voices.
- Two-Face and Robin in Batman: Arkham City
- Valvatorez in Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
- Vincent Brooks in Catherine
- Yun in Mana-Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy
- Yuri Lowell in Tales of Vesperia, which was his Star-Making Role in the video game industry.
- Zenith and Theron Shan in Star Wars: The Old Republic
Tropes frequently used for this actor's roles
- Badass Baritone: Normally uses a deep voice in many of the characters he voices. This is especially true if the character is an Anti-Hero or a villain.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Whenever he plays a villain, expect them to have a deep voice.
- Fake Brit: He's really good at pulling off British accents. Compare November 11, Excalibur, Schneizel, Charles Gregory, Arlon, Van Kleiss, Sinestro, Loki, and Jetfire.
- Gentle Giant: He's 6'3, yet is very sweet and talkative to his fans.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Travis Willingham.
- Insistent Terminology: His opinion on the term "voice acting" is as follows.
Baker: "Voice acting", at least in the realm that I operate in, is just an archaic term, because it's just acting.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: As expected from a veteran Funimation voice actor residing in LA.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: While having some nasty character roles under his belt, Troy in real life is a very sweet and talkative goof.
- Nobody Loves the Bassist: Inverted; Troy is a talented player (to the point of playing a Silent Hill music concert with Akira Yamaoka, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Joe Romersa at SabotenCon in 2013), and he's also consistently noted as being extremely friendly to fans.
- One Head Taller: With his second wife Pamela (who even in heels can't reach his lips).
- One of Us: A few days after this page was posted on Troy's official Facebook fanpage, he mentioned at a convention the similarities between Ganryu and Kariya, and his PTSD whenever he sees Johnny Yong Bosch. Coincidence?
- Playing Against Type:
- Shadow Kanji. Actual YouTube comment: "Why, Troy Baker, why?"
- If flamboyance could count as against type, then Eikichi probably qualifies too.
- His performance as Michael Korvac seems to draw mostly from feelings of paranoia and fear.
- Snow Villiers is a famous example.
- Jazz is also a good example.
- A younger version of Mark Hamill's Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins.
- In recent years, Troy has completely avoided being typecast as he plays a wide variety of distinct roles; in Kid Icarus alone, his two characters are polar opposites.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Ashley Johnson.
- Promoted Fanboy:
- Relationship Voice Actor:
- He and Tomokazu Seki voice Kanji Tatsumi and Mitsunari Ishida.
- Also with another seiyuu and with his other Star-Making Role: He and Kosuke Toriumi voice Yuri Lowell, Eikichi Mishina, and Sigma.
- After Final Fantasy XIII, he and Ali Hillis have curiously been working together often. Snow and Lightning, Ryu Hayabusa and Mizuki, Palutena and Arlon/Pyrrhon, Dirk and Audrey Gassenarl, Pain and Karin, Kai Leng and Liara T'soni...
- He and Laura Bailey also seem to be working together on multiple occasions (Nova and Chun-Li, Mitsunari Ishida and Oichi, Kanji Tatsumi and Rise Kujikawa, Vincent Brooks and Catherine, Excalibur and Maka Albarn, Booker DeWitt and Lady Comstock, Hawkeye and Black Widow, Siris and Isaline, Espio and Blaze, Delsin Rowe and Abigail "Fetch" Walker, and Rhys and Fiona)
- Not to mention fellow Funimation veteran Travis Willingham. inFAMOUS: Second Son almost looks like a CG buddy flick with the two.
- He's also teamed up with Jennifer Hale many times.
- Serkis Folk: He does a good bit of mocap work along with the voice acting in many video games such as The Last of Us and inFAMOUS: Second Son . In fact, he's one of the many voice actors to promote this in the American video game industry thanks to the advancing technology in many video game consoles.
- Spiritual Successor: To Nolan North in terms of popular AAA video game roles and motion capture work (the pair are playing brothers in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End). Interestingly enough, his spiritual successor is Matthew Mercer in terms of Japanese video games and anime.
- Star-Making Role:
- He had two in 2008: Yuri Lowell in Tales of Vesperia and Kanji Tatsumi in Persona 4. However, arguably the former could be consider the most important one, since Tales of Vesperia came out several months earlier and most of the characters he's made ever since are more similar to Yuri than to Kanji. Still, with Kanji he proved his incredible versatility.
- Snow from FFXIII is arguably the third big one for him. After that, he started landing more and more game roles.
- 2013 turned out to be yet another year of star making roles, with highly acclaimed lead roles in three of the most critically acclaimed games of the year: Booker DeWitt in Bioshock Infinite, Joel in The Last of Us, and the Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins.
- Waistcoat of Style: Quite◊ a few◊ examples◊.