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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':The cast of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' have proved that, for a group that initially just consisted of a few guys screwing around on a web production, they can really act. For Burnie Burns, that's whenever Church is breaking down or the rare moments when he acknowledges his creator's influence as an Ai, for Joel Heyman it's when [[spoiler:Caboose is sobbing because he's lost his best friend]], and for Gus Sorola and Geoff Ramsey it's when it looks like Grif might die. And then there's Matt Hullum, who [[ManOfAThousandVoices has a lot of characters and they all sound different from each other]].
** On that note, Creator/ElijahWood deserves a mention. He'd been praised for an okay performance in ''Film/LordOfTheRings'', but they'd not been overtly positive. Then he played Kevin in ''Film/SinCity'' and scared the shit out of everyone. When he got into ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' as [[AIIsACrapshoot Sigma]], and he steals every scene he's in, making you simultaneously detest and love him at the same time.
** Miles Luna was hardly bad as Felix in the opening arc of ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheChorusTrilogy'', but the fact that Luna was head writer got him flack at the time, with others considering him a little generic. Come Season 12 and TheReveal [[spoiler:that Felix is the biggest KnightOfCerebus in the entire show, a terrifying sociopath and ManipulativeBastard]] has won him a ''lot'' of praise.
** Gray Haddock was previously known as just the voice of Roman Torchwick from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', a role he did alright in but didn't really push himself with. Then he got the role of Locus and got a lot of praise, particularly for the character's NotSoStoic moments.
* From the same people as above, ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' also pushed its cast further:



** Fans were quick to respond positively to Neath Oum's portayal of Lie Ren for Volume 3.

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** Fans were quick to respond positively to Neath Oum's portayal of Lie Ren for Volume 3. Even more in Volume 4, where Ren had a lot of screentime. And he has no acting background, only falling into the role because his brother who created the series died and Neath wanted to honor him.
** Another non-actor who got praised by the FNDM is Emerald voice actress Katie Newville, specially with the character's emotionally charged scenes in Volume 5.



* The cast of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' have proved that, for a group that initially just consisted of a few guys screwing around on a web production, they can really act. For Burnie Burns, that's whenever Church is breaking down or the rare moments when he acknowledges his creator's influence as an Ai, for Joel Heyman it's when [[spoiler:Caboose is sobbing because he's lost his best friend]], and for Gus Sorola and Geoff Ramsey it's when it looks like Grif might die.
** On that note, Creator/ElijahWood deserves a mention. He'd been praised for an okay performance in ''Film/LordOfTheRings'', but they'd not been overtly positive. Then he played Kevin in ''Film/SinCity'' and scared the shit out of everyone. When he got into ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' as [[AIIsACrapshoot Sigma]], and he steals every scene he's in, making you simultaneously detest and love him at the same time.
** Miles Luna was hardly bad as Felix in the opening arc of ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheChorusTrilogy'', but the fact that Luna was head writer got him flack at the time, with others considering him a little generic. Come Season 12 and TheReveal [[spoiler:that Felix is the biggest KnightOfCerebus in the entire show, a terrifying sociopath and ManipulativeBastard]] has won him a ''lot'' of praise.
*** He also nails Jaune's despair at the end of season 3 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. Lines that risked {{Narm}} come out absolutely heartbreaking.
** Gray Haddock was previously known as just the voice of Roman Torchwick from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', a role he did alright in but didn't really push himself with. Then he got the role of Locus and got a lot of praise, particularly for the character's NotSoStoic moments.


** Sean Schemmel in particular, though he always had a voice for screaming and his Goku voice is the most recognizable Goku voice in the English-speaking world if you never saw the Ocean dub, was never really that convincing as Goku until Kai, where he both got better scripts and voice direction than during ''Z'', his voice acting experience he gained in the intervening time didn't hurt either. As Goku now, he perfectly represents the character in English with a perfectly cool mix of his own more heroic portrayal from the old days, but with a more subtle and nuanced control over his acting that makes him more believable and sound more confident in the role. He's even picked up a few things that Masako Nozawa does in the Japanese version with his voice having a more up and down inflection with him going between high pitched and a more normal range to a more serious and lower register when things get more serious. His delivery of the "I am the . Super Saiyan, Son Goku!" speech during the Frieza battle really seals the deal on how badass he can sound. Then, during the Buu Saga of ''Kai,'' Goku saying goodbye to Gohan when Gohan has to go back to Earth to fight Buu is ''very'' subtle in how he voice acted the lines, but distinctly sad. You can truly feel Goku apologizing to his son for not being a bigger part of his life in that moment because of his acting.

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** Sean Schemmel in particular, though he always had a voice for screaming and his Goku voice is the most recognizable Goku voice in the English-speaking world if you never saw the Ocean dub, was never really that convincing as Goku until Kai, where he both got better scripts and voice direction than during ''Z'', his voice acting experience he gained in the intervening time didn't hurt either. As Goku now, he perfectly represents the character in English with a perfectly cool mix of his own more heroic portrayal from the old days, but with a more subtle and nuanced control over his acting that makes him more believable and sound more confident in the role. He's even picked up a few things that Masako Nozawa does in the Japanese version with his voice having a more up and down inflection with him going between high pitched and a more normal range to a more serious and lower register when things get more serious. His delivery of the "I am the . the Super Saiyan, Son Goku!" speech during the Frieza battle really seals the deal on how badass he can sound. Then, during the Buu Saga of ''Kai,'' Goku saying goodbye to Gohan when Gohan has to go back to Earth to fight Buu is ''very'' subtle in how he voice acted the lines, but distinctly sad. You can truly feel Goku apologizing to his son for not being a bigger part of his life in that moment because of his acting.


* [[SmallReferencePools Most viewers know]] Creator/RachaelLillis as [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Jessie and Misty of Pokemon]]; yet since neither character has much nuance beyond {{Tsundere}} FieryRedhead and IneffectualSympatheticVillain FieryRedhead, there wasn't much potential for her to showcase her abilities there. Her voice-work for PluckyGirl [[Manga/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Utena]] likewise offered little opportunity for much serious acting... until [[WhamEpisode the episodes]] leading up to the GrandFinale. ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And Ms. Lillis kills it]].'' [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming D'awws]] and [[TearJerker sniffles]] aplenty.

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* [[SmallReferencePools Most viewers know]] Creator/RachaelLillis as [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Jessie and Misty of Pokemon]]; yet since neither character has much nuance beyond {{Tsundere}} FieryRedhead and IneffectualSympatheticVillain FieryRedhead, there wasn't much potential for her to showcase her abilities there. Her voice-work for PluckyGirl [[Manga/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Utena]] likewise offered little opportunity for much serious acting... until [[WhamEpisode the episodes]] leading up to the GrandFinale. ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome And Ms. Lillis kills it]].'' [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments D'awws]] and [[TearJerker sniffles]] aplenty.



** While most of the Critic's proper woobie moments are just Doug putting his natural-born PuppyDogEyes to good use, his breakdown before the CrowningMomentOfAwesome in the "Commercials Special" wasn't just shouting, screaming or OTT crying, it was... genuinely sad.

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** While most of the Critic's proper woobie moments are just Doug putting his natural-born PuppyDogEyes to good use, his breakdown before the CrowningMomentOfAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome in the "Commercials Special" wasn't just shouting, screaming or OTT crying, it was... genuinely sad.


** As mentioned briefly below, Miles Luna has been absolutely NAILING Jaune’s most broken moments since the end of Volume 3. Special shout-out goes to his sobbing verbal smack down of Cinder in Volume 5, and the moment when he gets ’’very mad’’ at Ozpin/Oscar in Volume 6. He’s come a very long way from Vomit Boy.



** As mentioned briefly below, Miles Luna has been absolutely NAILING Jaune’s most broken moments since the end of Volume 3. Special shout-out goes to his sobbing verbal smack down of Cinder in Volume 5, and the moment when he gets ’’very mad’’ at Ozpin/Oscar in Volume 6. He’s come a very long way from Vomit Boy.

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** As mentioned briefly below, Miles Luna has been absolutely NAILING Jaune’s most broken moments since the end of Volume 3. Special shout-out goes to his sobbing verbal smack down of Cinder in Volume 5, and the moment when he gets ’’very mad’’ at Ozpin/Oscar in Volume 6. He’s come a very long way from Vomit Boy.



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** As mentioned briefly below, Miles Luna has been absolutely NAILING Jaune’s most broken moments since the end of Volume 3. Special shout-out goes to his sobbing verbal smack down of Cinder in Volume 5, and the moment when he gets ’’very mad’’ at Ozpin/Oscar in Volume 6. He’s come a very long way from Vomit Boy.

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* Geoffrey Whitehead's voice for Death in the BBC audio play of Discworld/{{Mort}} is chillingly soft and understated. This may surprise listeners used to Whitehead's more bombastic (and hilarious) voice in Radio/BleakExpectations or Rigor Mortis. In Mort, however, Whitehead is almost unrecognisable and he makes Death very detached and aloof.


* Corey Cott was best known for playing Jack Kelly in ''Theatre/{{Newsies}}'', who, while having a few dramatic moments, is still a mostly comedic character, and on top of that, a {{Disney}} character. So imagine theatergoers surprise when they saw Cott in ''Theatre/{{Bandstand}}'', delivering a heart-breakingly realistic and nuanced performance as Donny Novitski, a recently-returned [=WW2=] vet suffering from PTSD. The range of emotions he shows onstage, from grief to guilt to bitter determination to having a ''full on panic attack'' showed a depth to Cott's acting that surprised and delighted both audiences and critics.

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* Corey Cott was best known for playing Jack Kelly in ''Theatre/{{Newsies}}'', who, while having a few dramatic moments, is still a mostly comedic character, and on top of that, a {{Disney}} Creator/{{Disney}} character. So imagine theatergoers surprise when they saw Cott in ''Theatre/{{Bandstand}}'', delivering a heart-breakingly realistic and nuanced performance as Donny Novitski, a recently-returned [=WW2=] vet suffering from PTSD. The range of emotions he shows onstage, from grief to guilt to bitter determination to having a ''full on panic attack'' showed a depth to Cott's acting that surprised and delighted both audiences and critics.


* Although people already knew he was a great actor at this point, nobody was really prepared for how Creator/NeilPatrickHarris ''killed it'' as the title role of ''Theater/HedwigAndTheAngryInch''. He set a new high standard for the character, molding himself physically and vocally into Hedwig and absolutely owning the stage, earning a well-deserved Tony Award in the process.

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* Although people already knew he was a great actor at this point, nobody was really prepared for how Creator/NeilPatrickHarris ''killed it'' as the title role of ''Theater/HedwigAndTheAngryInch''.''Theatre/HedwigAndTheAngryInch''. He set a new high standard for the character, molding himself physically and vocally into Hedwig and absolutely owning the stage, earning a well-deserved Tony Award in the process.

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*** He also nails Jaune's despair at the end of season 3 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. Lines that risked {{Narm}} come out absolutely heartbreaking.


* Corey Cott was best known for playing Jack Kelly in ''Theatre/{{Newsies}}'', who, while having a few dramatic moments, is still a mostly comedic character, and on top of that, a {{Disney}} character. So imagine theatergoers surprise when they saw Cott in ''Theatre/{{Bandstand}}'', delivering a heart-breakingly realistic and nuanced performance as Donny Novitski, a recently-returned WW2 vet suffering from PTSD. The range of emotions he shows onstage, from grief to guilt to bitter determination to having a ''full on panic attack'' showed a depth to Cott's acting that surprised and delighted both audiences and critics.

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* Corey Cott was best known for playing Jack Kelly in ''Theatre/{{Newsies}}'', who, while having a few dramatic moments, is still a mostly comedic character, and on top of that, a {{Disney}} character. So imagine theatergoers surprise when they saw Cott in ''Theatre/{{Bandstand}}'', delivering a heart-breakingly realistic and nuanced performance as Donny Novitski, a recently-returned WW2 [=WW2=] vet suffering from PTSD. The range of emotions he shows onstage, from grief to guilt to bitter determination to having a ''full on panic attack'' showed a depth to Cott's acting that surprised and delighted both audiences and critics.

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* Corey Cott was best known for playing Jack Kelly in ''Theatre/{{Newsies}}'', who, while having a few dramatic moments, is still a mostly comedic character, and on top of that, a {{Disney}} character. So imagine theatergoers surprise when they saw Cott in ''Theatre/{{Bandstand}}'', delivering a heart-breakingly realistic and nuanced performance as Donny Novitski, a recently-returned WW2 vet suffering from PTSD. The range of emotions he shows onstage, from grief to guilt to bitter determination to having a ''full on panic attack'' showed a depth to Cott's acting that surprised and delighted both audiences and critics.

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* Khail Anonymous received universal acclaim for his voice acting as the sociopathic Adam in Machinima/ArbyNTheChief, particularly in the episode "Cradle To Grave".


** It might not have been intentional, but the Critic's "nasty-wasties" speech in WebVideo/{{Kickassia}} proved to a lot of people that Doug Walker can act legitimately terrifying whenever he wants to be.

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** It might not have been intentional, but the Critic's "nasty-wasties" speech in WebVideo/{{Kickassia}} proved to a lot of people that Doug Walker Creator/DougWalker can act legitimately terrifying whenever he wants to be.


* The [[SteamPoweredGiraffe Vice Quadrant]] album was a chance for David Michael Bennett and Isabella Bennett to show off their acting skills as the Astronaut and Commander Cosmo (David), and the Necrostar (Isabella). Compare [[TheComicallySerious The Spine]] to [[TragicVillain the Astronaut]], or [[CloudCuckoolander Rabbit]] to [[BigBad the Necrostar]]. Special mention should also go to the heartbreaking scene of the end of "Oh No", where the Astronaut [[spoiler: is separated from Cosmica, who lets him regain his sanity just long enough for him to see everything he did, before he dies.]].

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* The [[SteamPoweredGiraffe [[Music/SteamPoweredGiraffe Vice Quadrant]] album was a chance for David Michael Bennett and Isabella Bennett to show off their acting skills as the Astronaut and Commander Cosmo (David), and the Necrostar (Isabella). Compare [[TheComicallySerious The Spine]] to [[TragicVillain the Astronaut]], or [[CloudCuckoolander Rabbit]] to [[BigBad the Necrostar]]. Special mention should also go to the heartbreaking scene of the end of "Oh No", where the Astronaut [[spoiler: is separated from Cosmica, who lets him regain his sanity just long enough for him to see everything he did, before he dies.]].

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* Slightly invoked by Thomas "Creator/TomSka" Ridgewell in his video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=masJatBOsMU&t=0s The Confession 2]]. Most of the video is him, as a police rookie, trying to get a confession out of a criminal. His superior (Alice Ann Stacey) has assigned him to be the "bad cop" to her "good cop," which he misinterprets in several pun-y ways (Dad Cop, Sad Cop, etc.). However, the brief moment when he actually manages to intimidate the criminal with an extensive dive into his records and conclusive evidence that nobody else could have committed the crime is very well-done, and acknowledged by Stacey as so in-universe ([[spoiler:before he dons a tutu and begins rambling about how the government is bees - he's a Mad Cop now, you see]]).

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