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Madeleine Joan "Maddie" Blaustein (formerly credited as Adam Blaustein and Kendra Bancroft, October 9, 1960 - December 11, 2008) was an American voice actress and comic book writer, best known for her long run as the voice of Team Rocket's Meowth on Pokémon: The Series. She was notable in her fields as a prominent transgender voice; though assigned male at birth, she was intersex (meaning she had both male and female biological traits) and transitioned later in life.

If you need proof of her talent, just look at how varied her roles just within Valkyrie Profile are; being a transgender woman allowed her to voice a wide range of characters from all genders (though Maddie specialized in voicing men who were tough, sarcastic, or cowardly). You could have a show with her as the only voice actor, and no one would notice.

She was also Creative Director for the Weekly World News and was herself a former writer and editor for Marvel Comics before moving to DC Comics, and later Milestone Comics, the latter of which saw her writing for flagship titles Static, Hardware (1993), and the latter's spinoff miniseries Deathwish, which is famous for featuring one of comic's first mainstream trans heroes in Marisa Rahm. She was also a content creator for Second Life under the name Kendra Bancroft. Translator and localization director Jeremy Blaustein is her brother.

On December 11, 2008, Blaustein died in her sleep from an untreated stomach virus she had a couple weeks prior. She was 48 years old.

Roles by Maddie Blaustein:

  • Author Avatar: Blaustein stated that Marisa Rahm was her. Her real-life abusive ex-boyfriend Ivan was Deathwish.
  • Died During Production: Sadly, she died prior to the completion of Dinosaur King. Other voice actors would take over her characters for the remainder of the show's run.
  • Woman of a Thousand Voices: She had quite the range in her lifetime, from Meowth to Omega to many others. It'd be very difficult to tell it even is the same person!


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Waddle Doo Fails At Counting

Escargoon asks Captain Waddle Doo for a body count of the Waddle Dees in Castle Dedede. While Waddle Doo has a high-pitched squeaky voice in the original Hoshi no Kaabii, the 4Kids dub gives him a tough, raspy voice courtesy of Maddie Blaustein.

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