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Playing Against Type:
The adventure games are one of the earliest examples, with Tim "Wasn't cast as Gabriel Knight The Joker because his audition was too frightening" Curry as The Hero and Mark Hamill as his bumbling sidekick.
Nolan North, the voice of Nathan Drake and Desmond Miles, plays The Penguin in .
Batman: Arkham City He also voices Edward Richtofen in .
Nazi Zombies He lent a vaguely nasal voice to the hilariously insane Steven Heck in .
Alpha Protocol His role as Captain Walker in Spec Ops: The Line starts out as a slightly more serious version of his typical role (Drake voice included) only to gradually morph into something entirely different over the course of the game.
He's also the voice behind 's El Jefe.
Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time He also stars in and its sequel, Transformers: War for Cybertron , as Brawl and Bruticus, the resident Decepticon Transformers: Fall of Cybertron brutes. In Fall of Cybertron, it's further highlighted by his more in-type role as Cliffjumper.
Not to mention Deadpool in , one of his highest-pitched and least serious roles he's ever had.
Marvel vs. Capcom 3 David in is probably one of the biggest examples. What makes this so shocking is that when you meet him, he actually seems like a kind gent who has people's best interests in heart... The Last of Us Then comes the fact that he's the leader of a bunch of raiders you killed earlier in the game. Oh, Hell, people didn't even know that Nolan even voiced him till the credits, practically like he and his boys happen to be cannibals. And David is also implied to be a pedophile. Kevin Spacey in .
Se7en His career being a recurring member of Valve has also seen him as two hyperactive nutcases and a self-parody, along with three absolute hams.
The Jedi Consular can be playing to type on Light Side or playing against it on a Dark Side run.
Rob Paulsen as Gray Fox in the remake . Basically, the fact that Rob Paulsen played a very serious character (a character who is implied to be driven insane from experimentation as well as at times remorseful of his past in war, and in one source was implied to have PTSD) and do so in-character is a very sharp turn against some of his more lighthearted and comical roles.
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes This was done with Naked Snake in . Motosada Mori, a martial arts expert who was hired to do the motion capture for Snake's fight scenes, was also made to do all the intimate scenes with Eve. This led to the Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater unintentional but absolutely Adorkable flinch away from her when she tried to kiss him, among other memorable scenes.
Adam Baldwin departs from his earlier psychotic roles to voice the polite, respectable, and intelligent ( though he insists otherwise) Quarian marine Kal'Reegar in .
Mass Effect 2 Kate Mulgrew as Flemeth.
From , the first game, we have Dragon Age: Origins Tim Curry as Arl Rendon Howe. While Howe is a villain, Curry is usually known for playing the likable Evil Is Cool and Evil Is Hammy type villains. Arl Howe, on the other hand, is incredibly subtle and downplayed and it ends up with Howe being one of the most despicable villains he's ever played.
Maurice LaMarche voices Calendar Man, a murderer who commits his crimes on certain holidays, in . Normally, he plays comedic roles.
Batman: Arkham City He also plays Mr. Freeze in the same game, a character who is definitely not a comedic role.
Spike Spencer plays Arakune in . He normally plays small and cowardly boys. Instead, here he plays a psychotic blob monster with a BlazBlue much deeper voice than what he's used to.
is one huge testimony to BlazBlue Tetsuya Kakihara Playing Against Type. The man who was known for his young, sometimes naive, but undeniably heroic roles like Simon or Shing Meteoryte plays the role of Jin Kisaragi, arrogant Jerkass extraordinaire, practically a Knight in Shining Armor Gone Horribly Wrong. If that wasn't enough, Tetsuya Kakihara also voices Jin's future self, Hakumen, who speaks in a deep and slightly mechanical voice, and a
booming Large Ham at that! Charlie Adler plays Super-Skrull in . While he's played Super-Skrull in some of the villain's animated appearances, he's way better known for playing small Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Funny Animal characters than intergalactic warlords.
Christopher Lee voicing DIZ in qualifies as a Kingdom Hearts II Playing Against Type, as the guy usually plays villainous roles, and yet in this game, he's actually a hero. Kind of.
Charles Martinet, who is best known for playing Mario, plays The Mentor Paarthurnax in , one of the most Skyrim complex and compelling characters in the history of the Elder Scrolls, not to mention someone who talks a lot, that alone is a huge contrast to Mario.
Before Paarthurnax, Martinet also played the villainous Gouji Rokkaku in .
Jet Set Radio Future And before that, he played the antagonistic, creepy, and androgynous Homunculus in .
Shadow Of Destiny Josh Keaton is well known as the voice of many a teenaged hero, such as Spider-Man. Then along comes , where he lends his voice to the No More Heroes Ax-Crazy superhero-themed assassin Destroyman.
Ali Hillis voices mainly stern, serious no-nonsense characters such as Lightning Farron, Liara T'Soni and Mizuki Mccloud. Then there's Palutena, who is anything but.
Aaron Spann is well known for voicing good boys like Onion Knight. Then there comes Joshua, where he lends his voice to an arrogant genius smiler.
Danny Jacobs is probably best known for being a Poor Man's Substitute of Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat and King Julien. In and its sequel, Batman: Arkham Asylum , he lends his voice to the creepy, knife-wielding psychopath Victor Zsasz.
Batman: Arkham City Liam O Brien is normally known for playing either outright villainous or Anti-Heroic roles. In , he voices a purely-heroic, not-angsty-in-the-slightest Fire Emblem Awakening Chivalrous Pervert who's secretly a bit shy.
And a far cry from the brooding, contemplative characters he tends to voice, he's Asura in . Still brooding and contemplative to an extent...but with a lot more Asura's Wrath Hot-Blooded screaming.
He also played troubled Nice Guy and hero Akihiko Sanada in .
Persona 3 When one thinks Christopher Sabat, one thinks Badass Baritone ( Vegeta, Alex Louis Armstrong, Garterbelt, Garland). sees Sabat as Innuendobot 5000, a Hyperion robot reprogrammed by Moxxi to only speak in Borderlands 2 Double Entendres in a strangely high-pitched voice.
Bryce Papenbrook is best well-known for his Kid Hero, Nice Guy, and Keet roles like Kirito, Zidane, Henry, Masaomi Kida, Rin Okumura, Asbel, Tiz, and Makoto Naegi. In , he voices Issachar, a friend of the main character who has an upbeat attitude until he got rejected by the Samurai's Gauntlet. Shin Megami Tensei IV Then later on, he transforms into a demon and the boss fight against Issachar is memorably
one of his creepiest roles. At least in the case of Henry, the creepy parts of him are usually Played for Laughs. Previously, Terrence C. Carson was best known as the smooth-talking stockbroker and ladies man Kyle on the sitcom . Nowadays, you'd probably know him better as the voice of Living Single Kratos, the vicious, murdering Spartan who razed Olympus and has no time for smooth talk. In spite of all this, Kratos is quite the ladies man himself!