Star Making Role: Video Games
Video games and anime often share pools of voice actors, so finding a Star-Making Role
in one field can help gain recognition in the other, and vice versa.
Japanese Voice Actors (Seiyuu)
English Voice Actors
- Nolan North as Nathan Drake in Uncharted. His role as Desmond Miles in Assassin's Creed could also count as it came out a week before Uncharted. However, because Desmond is largely eclipsed by Altaïr whereas Drake is the main character in his game, Uncharted holds the advantage.
- David Hayter as Solid Snake and Kim Mai Guest as Mei Ling in Metal Gear Solid.
- Patrick Seitz as Ragna, Cristina Valenzuela as Noel and the Murakumos (Coupled with K-On!), and Lauren Landa as Litchi (coupled with Puella Magi Madoka Magica) in the BlazBlue series.
- Adam Howden as Anders in Dragon Age II.
- Simon Templeman as Kain in the Legacy of Kain series.
- Reuben Langdon as Dante in Devil May Cry 3 (he was mostly a Motion Capture actor before DMC3).
- Roger Craig Smith and DC Douglas as Chris Redfield and Albert Wesker, respectively, in Resident Evil 5.
- Around the same time, Smith also made a name for himself in Assassins Creed II as the voice of Ezio Auditore, and as the new voice of Sonic the Hedgehog as of Sonic Colors.
- Douglas' other SMR would be Legion in Mass Effect 2, which came out shortly thereafter.
- Charles Martinet in Super Mario 64 (which was actually his second game voicing Mario).
- Jesse Mc Cartney as Roxas in Kingdom Hearts II and Ventus in Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, sharing both roles with Kouki Uchiyama above. While Jesse was already a musical star, this gave him recognition as a voice actor.
- Ali Hillis as Liara T'Soni in Mass Effect and as Lightning in Final Fantasy XIII.
- James Arnold Taylor (coupled with the Ratchet & Clank series) as Tidus and Hedy Burress as Yuna in Final Fantasy X.
- Gideon Emery as Balthier in Final Fantasy XII.
- Troy Baker in Tales of Vesperia, and probably also Persona 4 (as the two games were released around the same time).
- Sam Witwer and David Collins in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
- Erin Fitzgerald (Parasoul) and Danielle McRae (Painwheel) in Skullgirls. The former had years of experience as a voice actress in anime and cartoons beforehand, but Skullgirls and her role as the new voice of Chie in Persona 4 Arena gave her more recognition among video game fans. The latter had some VO experience as Karma from League of Legends, but her role as Painwheel helped put her on the map.
- Ryan Drummond and Deem Bristow in Sonic Adventure.
- Antony Del Rio and S. Scott Bullock in Kid Icarus: Uprising. The latter had been a widely recognized cartoon voice actor for over a decade, but never had a big role to his name.
- Natalie Lander as Terra in Dissidia: Final Fantasy and Kinzie in Saints Row: The Third. The former role was of a heroine from a highly-successful RPG. The latter role was an overnight Ensemble Dark Horse.
- Amanda Winn Lee was already a star in anime dubbing for her role as Rei Ayanami, but after taking a hiatus from voice acting to care for her son, she found new fame as Yukiko Amagi in Persona 4, a role she has gone on to reprise for every appearance of the character in the west.
- Quinton Flynn as Raiden in Metal Gear Solid 2 and Axel in Kingdom Hearts II.
- T.C. Carson in God of War.
- Minae Noji in Tales of Xillia. She had done voice acting in video games before (despite primarily being a TV/film actress), but Milla was her first big role.
- Matthew Mercer (coupled with ThunderCats (2011)) as Chrom, and Amanda Celine Miller (coupled with the Viz Media re-dub of Sailor Moon) as Sully and Cherche in Fire Emblem Awakening.
- Charlie Schlatter in The Wonderful 101.
- Robin Atkin Downes (coupled with No More Heroes) in Team Fortress 2.
- Tara Platt and Karen Strassman in Persona 3.
- Helena Taylor in Bayonetta.
- Michael Wincott (as a voice actor) in Darksiders II.
- Keith Szarabajka in Mass Effect 2 and Fallout: New Vegas.
- Steve Downes and Jen Taylor in Halo.
- Matt Ryan in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
Mexican Voice Actors
- Sebastian Llapur in Gears of War as Marcus Fenix.
- Raul Anaya in Halo as Master Chief.