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John Michael Tatum (born May 25, 1976) is one of the most notable American voice actors and ADR directors working for Funimation. Notably breaking out with Kyoya of Ouran High School Host Club, his roles seem to have an academic, calm, cool, and collected theme...though that can break every once in a while. He was also one of the co-hosts of That Anime Show with Terri Doty.

Is known to be a huge nerd who is particularly enamored with classy things like Literature with a capital L. Namely, really thick books and William Shakespeare. He once read Beowulf in Old English. This works to his advantage whenever they need a script writer for a show with tons of intellectual content or sophisticated grammar (Hero Tales, Ouran High School Host Club, Steins;Gate). However, he is also a fan of many other considerably more intellectual things, such as Doctor Who. He is the only dub cast member of Axis Powers Hetalia who can actually speak the native tongue of his assigned character authentically; France (aside from America and England, of course).

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Has a Twitter account.


Notable roles from J. Michael Tatum:

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Video Games

Web Animation

  • Klein Sieben in RWBY


Tropes concerning Michael and his roles:

  • Absurd Phobia: Clowns. Even the non-creepy ones. It becomes a running joke on That Anime Show, and he cannot listen to Sonny Strait's scary voice for Drossel in Black Butler. He almost threatened Halloween fair staff members dressed as clowns who were following him.
    • At one panel at Another Anime Con 2016, Tatum said he is no longer afraid of clowns.
  • Adorkable: In real life. However, he tends not to play these characters very often in fiction because of the lower register of his voice.
  • Badass Baritone: Particularly as Scar.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: On That Anime Show, though it's a bit less noticeable with Terri as the co-host.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Kyoya and Tobias. Sebastian falls more under Affably Evil.
  • Fake Brit: Has a very good British accent, as Black Butler, Killing Floor 2, Borderlands 2, and Ouran show.
  • Large Ham: Eneru, William, Isaac, France, Okabe, and to some extent, Komui.
  • Gentle Giant: At 6'3ft and a 1/2, Mr Tatum is possibly one of the nicest people in the voice acting industry and he's super jolly, sweet, and incredibly friendly to his fans.
  • The Nicknamer: He gives all his guest-stars a nickname on That Anime Show.
  • Pigeonholed Voice Actor: Either The Stoic or the Villain. However...
    • Man of a Thousand Voices: Fans will argue that his voice work as France in Hetalia (which requires him to pull off a French accent) helped his vocal range greatly. The director of the dub said Tatum was the only cast member who could actually do an authentic accent of his character, even though he wanted him to go with an exaggerated, Strawman, funny one.
      • Compare his roles as Age and Kraft Lawrence and see if you can tell that's the same man.
      • If a character wears glasses and is the smart one of the group, chances are he's voicing them.
      • He had a speech impediment as a child and was trained to talk properly under a woman from the UK. Explains a lot.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Terri Doty.

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