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Barbara Dale Goodson (born August 16, 1949) is a Brooklyn-born voice actor. Her best-known roles are either older women (or old ladies in general) or young boys (and back in the day, The Chick too). She is very well known as either Laharl or Rita Repulsa. Her capacity for ham knows few bounds.

She is notable for being one of the first actors to get regular work dubbing anime, being very prominent throughout the 80s and early 90s, appearing in many projects considered gateway drugs for anime fans at the dawn of the medium's popularity, and many titles regarded as classics today. She has also appeared in many older anime dubs that have since been redone over the years.


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Tropes associated with Barbara Goodson:

  • Large Ham: As Rita Repulza and Laharl.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: When she isn't voicing elderly characters, she occasionally voices non-human male and female characters with a notably cute appearance, with Baby Chirin, Katy the Caterpillar, and Unico being the most notable examples where she uses her "cute voice".
  • Silver Vixen: Even as she reaches age 73, not only does she still look rather young, but even with her being cast as elderly characters, her vocal chords still also lend the way for younger roles.
  • Woman of a Thousand Voices: While she's able to voice elderly characters, even at the age of 72, she's still able to pull off her younger sounding voice for characters such as Reu from Mugen Souls Z being the most recent example.


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