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Michael B. "Mike" Pollock (born March 9, 1965), sometimes credited as Herb Lawrence, is an American voice actor based in New York, where his distinctive voice makes him instantly recognizable. He has appeared as the narrator for 4Kids shows like Pokémon and some promos on the original Fox Box and 4Kids TV. He is also well-known as the current voice actor for Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

He is known for being genial and open with his fans. While the majority of the 4Kids Sonic cast is fairly secluded, Mike Pollock has conducted a number of interviews for those who have approached him. It is likely helpful to his friendly nature that he has avoided much of the backlash his colleagues, such as Jason Griffith, have received.note 

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As of 2010, the majority of the Sonic the Hedgehog voice cast was replaced, with the sole exception of Mike, as Sega felt that none of the other auditions could match his impression of Eggman.


His roles include:


Tropes associated with Mike Pollock:

  • Disney Owns This Trope: Mike has stated that Sega owns the rights to his Eggman voice, hence why he's not allowed to use it for fan projects or any other role.
  • Flip-Flop of God: He states that his Eggman voice can't be used in any fan projects for legal reasons but Big's Big Fishing Adventure 3 which, despite SEGA's marketing team promoting it, is an entirely independent fan project (but started as an Official Parody).
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: After he was hornswoggled into saying the infamous "Snooping as usual" line from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (infamous because Long John Baldry's infliction of the line made it sound like "Pingas") and nearly got fired from the role of Eggman as a result, he announced that he wouldn't do vocal requests anymore. He eventually lightened up on it, but added some rules to future requests.note  He later said the line in a Sonic Boom episode, though he didn't put the same vocal infliction on the "PINGAS" part.
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