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If there's one voice actor who is extremely
, but is just so
at doing his pigeonholed job that it doesn't matter, this man is that voice actor.
Norio Wakamoto was an anti-riot squad officer who saw action in the student protests in the 1960s/70s before he became a voice actor (we assume he just had to yell "HALT, CRIMINAL!" and
they'd immediately stop while shouting "YES, YOUR MAJESTY!"
), well known for his
voice as a villain. So if you want a hammy, menacing
(or any other villainous role), contact him. And his range of villain roles is also quite wide, from manipulating and scheming to
type. Whether it's of a high position or as an underling (as long as it's no
, and sometimes even then). Beware...they can become
greater than the
Villains, however, aren't his only forte (though it's undoubtedly what he's really good at).
He is also capable of doing humorous, perverted roles or, rarely, heroic types. Or even soft-spoken characters.
Norio Wakamoto is an expert in martial arts, and he will
kick your ass
Also, thanks to his role as
Emperor Charles of Britannia
, he has reached a certain
status amongst Western anime fans (by that time, he'd already been considered one in Japan). There are people who state that any anime can turn instantly good if he is participating (or that any character he voices will always be perceived as
). It's even gotten to the point where, instead of having him "work his voice to fit a character", they work the character to fit his voice. The man is the
of Anime, with the voice of
Not just amongst the fans, but he is also very well respected amongst the seiyuu circle, to the point that many have tried doing a 'Wakamoto impression'. For example,
, as done by
. In fact,
there's going to be a competition in 2012 about imitating Wakamoto
, to be judged by Wakamoto himself!
Is known as 'Neta ni Ikiru Otoko' on Niconico Douga.
A sample of his voicing can be found
here Norio Wakamoto...
For his Western equivalent of villain roles, go see
Michael Mc Connohie
, and, occasionally,
. For the Western equivalent of memetically great voices, see
Norio Wakamoto can be heard in these works as the villain role: Renvolt Magashi in Phantasy Star Universe Cell in . It's said that while he was doing the voice of Cell, he would practice his lines at home. Children in the neighborhood would hear him, go up to his door, and yell "Cell, come out and fight us!", and in response, he would open his front door and shout "Who is that? Who wants to be drained?" Dragon Ball Z Vicious in . Sort of Cowboy Bebop Playing Against Type, as, while certainly a villain, he's the icy, stoic type, rather than a Large Ham. Alexander Anderson in , Hellsing Ultimate replacing the deceased Nachi Nozawa (RIP). ( If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accused! O Lord, come! Ahhhhhmeeennn!) Emperor Charles zi Britannia in and Code Geass . Probably his most Super Robot Wars Z2: Saisei-Hen memetic role in the West. Oda Nobunaga in the series. Singularly the most Sengoku Basara Obviously Evil villain in anime and gaming history. ( ) WARE WA DAI ROKU TEN MAOU, ODA NOBUNAGA NARRRRIIII!!!! High Max in . So that's why High Max was so difficult... Megaman X6 Taishakuten in RG Veda Dracula in the series (from Castlevania Symphony of The Night onward). This role utilizes his famous Evil Laugh better than most. He has a of them in VARIETY Dracula X Chronicle, depending on battle stage and how much Richter is going to get demolished if the attack connects. Igniz in . In 2002, he did Rugal Bernstein, but in 2002 Unlimited Match, Rugal's voice was reprised by the original actor, Toshimitsu Arai. The King Of Fighters 2001 M. Bison/Vega (Dictator) in the series ( Street Fighter Darrined the role from Tomomichi Nishimura). Barbatos Goetia in ( Tales Of Destiny 2 ). AITEMU NAZO! TSUKATTEN JA!! NNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! Shapiro Keats in . (First major villain role) Dancougar Moon Will in . He voices Earth Will as well, but only Moon Will is a villain. Dancougar Nova Tekkaman Omega in . Tekkaman Blade Denpa Shogun in , the Myself ; Yourself Big Bad of a sentai Show Within a Show. Overlord Zenon in . Disgaea 2 The narrator for the opening crawl in the original. "There exists a place they say is blacker than any darkness, deeper than any ocean..." Gene in . Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Hol Horse in the OAV of . JoJo's Bizarre Adventure He also voices Dio Brando in the obscure radio drama version. T-Bag (Robert Knepper) in the Japanese dub of . Prison Break Imran Zakhaev in the series. Modern Warfare Victoream. Yes, that one. Before that, he was a minor Canon Fodder villain, but was still awesome. Mr. Sinister in the Japanese dub of . X-Men Kagato in and Tenchi Muyo! . Tenchi Universe Xemnas in . Kingdom Hearts Neue Regisseur in and Super Robot Wars Original Generation . Rather Super Robot Wars Impact Hilarious in Hindsight, since both Kyosuke and Blade are voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa. He also did Maier V. Branstein. The episode preview hung a Lampshade Hanging on this. Chaos in Dissidia: Final Fantasy Golba in . Samurai Shodown: Edge of Destiny Shredder (James Saito) in the Japanese dub of the first two live action movies. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Black Shadow in ( F-Zero Legend of Falcon/GP Legend WATASHI WA SHINEN! ) SHINEN ZUU!!! Gntarl in the TV remake/expansion of . Munto Geist in (the original cut). MD Geist "BURYAAAAHHHHH!!!" Shurara in . The Keroro Gunsou resonance ritual has never been this creepy. Conrad Viscuess in . Infinite Ryvius Makuta Teridax in the Japanese dub of the movies. BIONICLE Vince McMahon in the Japanese-dubbed WWE. " MATASHI WA VINCE MCMAHON, DAMN IT!" Gambino from . Berserk He was Marller's sidekick, the Large Ham God of Poverty, Senbee, in . "SHAKKIN!" Ah! My Goddess Megatron in the Japanese dub of . Transformers Animated "All Hail Megatron" indeed... Movieverse Megatron in the video games based on the Transformers movies. (In the movies themselves, he's voiced by Kotaro Nakamura...) The Owl in . Yes, it was an evil owl. And yes, it was the most awesome character in the entire anime. Wolf's Rain Masaomi Houzuki in . Sharin No Kuni Sekidousai in Inukami! The Umibozu sea monster from episode 3 of . Mononoke A guest voice in the role of Zeibu of the Mummy in , a MotW whose plan is to mummify the world, with a TV broadcast. I kid you not. Tensou Sentai Goseiger Scarl in (2001 series). Cyborg 009 Sou-Banchou, alias , in Kaoru Ichimonji . Although, rather than a villain, he's a Tokimeki Memorial 2 Worthy Opponent antagonist, and a . Knight Templar Big Brother, if his sister Akane is your love target Mitsunari Ishida in Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams Both Arc Kivat and Rey Kivat in the movie Kamen Rider Kiva Biagio Busoni in To Aru Majutsu no Index II Youzou Torii in Oh! Edo Rocket Nikita Dragovich in the Japanese dub of Call of Duty: Black Ops Vampire Lord Zaharl and masked superman Gyallandou, in a little known Falcom game called Zwei 2. Zeikfried in Wild Arms Alter Code: F Dragless in Lightning Legend Daigo No Daibouken General Bat in and Shin Getter Robo Vs. Neo Getter Robo Super Robot Wars GC Mumkhar/ Metal Face in . Xenoblade The Yakuza with the white suit and sunglasses, in . Yarudora series vol.3: Sampaguita Ganzack in the obscure One Piece OVA Defeat Him! The Pirate Ganzack Dr. Josef Heiter in the Japanese dub of The Human Centipede Ivan Drago in the Japanese dub of Rocky IV General Iaron in . Ultraman Zero The Revenge Of Belial Aziz in the Japanese dub. True Lies General Baal in . Grandia Scorpius in Moira Zarok in . MediEvil: Resurrection For his non-villainous roles, here's a bit of his portfolio: The shapeshifter Nagamimi in . Kyogoku Natsuhiko Kosetsu Hyaku Monogatari Johnny in and Guilty Gear X XX. Al-Cid Margrace in . Final Fantasy XII Coach Ohta in . Gunbuster In what has to be a shout-out to this role, he plays look-alike rugby coach Akira Fuwa in the second episode of Madonna Chiyo-chichi (the yellow cat...thing) in . Azumanga Daioh The Narrator/Voice of Heavens in . Hayate the Combat Butler Onsokumaru in — a role which must have been written with him in mind. He's given license to steal the show, and does it with gusto. Ninin Ga Shinobuden Shigemichi Morimoto in . Soul Link Woodchuck in (but note that Wood Record of Lodoss War ends up a victim of a Karla-induced ). Grand Theft Me Diao Chan in . Koihime†Musou Matsudaira Katakuriko, the violent nutcase director of the Shinsengumi in . Gintama Lando Calrissian (yes, Billy Dee Williams) in the Japanese dub of the 2004 DVD Re Cut of . Also the narrator of the Japanese dub of Star Wars . Star Wars: The Clone Wars King Drake the Third in . Makai Kingdom In the Disgaea 3 cameo, if you talk to him, he'll say "There's only one voice actor in the universe that can voice me!" Mechazawa in . Cromartie High School General Winters Socalo in . D Gray Man In , he played a softspoken Sailor Moon Nice Guy ( bwuh?) named Yusuke Amade. He worked as a jazz artist and was in love with his co-worker, Akiko Yanagi, but was too shy to tell her. As Naru and Usagi attempted to get to know him more, since Naru was a major fangirl of him, Amade became a target of the youma and Sailormoon had to save him. His sexy voice (and piano playing) attracted all da ladies. Gargoyle the dog statue from . Gargoyle of the Yoshinagas Ooshima, the Kuroda group's second-in-command in . He's very funny. Gokusen He voiced the minor hero character Shuren in , though not for long, since storyline reasons demanded Shuren's failed Fist of the North Star Heroic Sacrifice against Raoh. He also did Raoh for a very short time in his silhouette debut. Duke Duffau in , leader of the demon pursuers. Interestingly, the character was an antagonist of sorts in the manga (although he mostly ignored the heroes and went straight for Aion), but in the anime adaptation, he got upgraded to an uneasy ally with the Magdalene Order. Chrono Crusade Oskar von Reuenthal in , one of his earliest (and best) roles. Legend of Galactic Heroes Yoshimitsu in , replacing Soul Calibur IV Nobuyuki Hiyama. This has cemented Yoshimitsu's status as an Ensemble Dark Horse. The voice of the nanosuit OS in the Japanese version of . And in very good Crysis Engrish, as well. Gustave St. Germain of . Baccano Taisou from . Giant Robo The unnamed father of protagonist Mito Yuuri, in . Tayutama Ashlay Barnbalt in Star Ocean: First Departure Gigalt Gangaragash in . Planetes The Nabuu brothers in . Ga-Rei -Zero- A Nevada sheriff in . Golgo 13 Raiden (Christopher Lambert) in the first movie. Mortal Kombat The narrator of Seijuu Sentai Gingaman 's Flame Convoy, Scourge in Transformers Galaxy Force TF Cybertron. Did the voice of Hiroshi from under a pseudonym. Family Project Amagumo, aka Rain Spider, in . More a rival than a villain, and pretty much everyone in that series is utterly reprehensible anyway. Desert Punk The Stellar Spirit King in . Fairy Tail Commander Paul Radhabinod in Muv Luv Alternative Narrator of the "Go-Driller" anime's previews in Tokimeki Memorial 2 "Big" Ed Hurley in the Japanese dub of . Twin Peaks Betcha' didn't see this one coming, did ya? The bartender "Master" in Catherine Another bartender only referred to as "Master" in , one of his earliest roles. Maison Ikkoku The Ancient One/Kaosu in Yoroiden-Samurai Troopers/ . Ronin Warriors Enma Daimaou-sama in Dororon Enma-kun Meramera Bontenmaru/ Date Masamune in Samurai Deeper Kyo General Godwin in Dog Days Gawn Brawdia in Wild Arms 4 Various characters in Sazae-san CV-Wakamoto in . Essentially, an original character that copies various voice clips and moves from Wakamoto's more famous roles. M.U.G.E.N Eternity Sword Wisdom in . Eien No Aselia Robert T. Sturgeon, the Special Forces operative from the series, gets voiced by him in the Ninja Gaiden OVA. Joe Hayabusa in the modern games (that's Ryu's father, btw). Ninja Gaiden Chu in , a Badass Yu Yu Hakusho Drunken Master and Boisterous Bruiser who fights Yusuke and befriends him. A Neutral role as Deus from (which makes the above Mirai Nikki Watchmen quote Hilarious in Hindsight). The Principal, aka Shining Saotome, in . Uta No Prince Sama The Former Prime Minister in , who Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai looks suspiciously like him. Very subtle, Minato Soft. Oko San, the high school track team captain and a pudding-obsessed bird, in the . This fulfills his wish to be a bird! Hatoful Boyfriend Drama CD Another such role is Garuda, a giant bird with humanoid hands. Mio's Wooden Cubes in . It's the reason why Mio is so powerful. Nichijou Philip Hughes in Mobile Suit Gundam: the Blue Destiny Tropes associated with Norio Wakamoto: : See Bad Ass Crowning Moment of Awesome. Cool Old Guy: Is one of the more favored old generation seiyuus in business. Evil Sounds Deep Gratuitous English: In , Azumanga Daioh , Code Geass , and probably others. Hellsing Guttural Growler Hilarity Ensues: If he's not being the bad guy and, instead, is landed with comical roles... this is guaranteed to happen. Large Ham Lemony Narrator: In the anime. Hayate the Combat Butler Man of a Thousand Voices: Surprisingly. Mean Character, Nice Actor Meaningful Name: The name "Norio" means "Man of Law" in Japanese, a rather fitting name for a former policeman. Pigeonholed Voice Actor: Pigeonholed, yes, but he is, to put it simply, the best there is at what he does, and what he does is AWESOME. Rated M for Manly Roll Your Rs: Up to Eleven Sure, Why Not?: Which explains why he supports boobs. Villain: Whether it's Big Bad, The Dragon, or anything listed there.
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