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Highly popular voice actor known for his high, effeminate voice, Richard Steven Horvitz (born July 29, 1966) is usually type casted as very crazy and dimwitted characters who tend to do a lot of screaming. If they're small, nasal, manic, and slightly hammy, there's a good chance Richard Horvitz is involved somewhere.

His best known works include the voice of the original Alpha 5 in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo, and Power Rangers Turbo, Raz in Psychonauts, Billy in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Daggett in The Angry Beavers, Kaos in Skylanders, the Berserker in The Darkness video game, the title character Zim from the show Invader Zim, Rodney J. Squirrel in Squirrel Boy, and as Orthopox in the Destroy All Humans! series. He was also Alan Eakin in the obscure Carl Reiner film Summer School, one of his first (and few) on-camera performance.


While many of Horvitz's characters scream, he has said himself that the hardest role he's ever had to play was Zim, since Zim's speaking voice is screaming.

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Live-Action TV

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Tropes associated with Richard Steven Horvitz

  • Ax-Crazy: Several of his characters, most notably Zim.
  • He Also Did: He's played the Green Grapes Guy in many of the recent Fruit of the Loom ads.
  • Large Ham: About 80% of his characters tend to eat the sets.
  • Laughably Evil: He frequently plays comedic villains, Kaos being a particularly big example.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Despite his pigeonhole in terms of roles, Richard does have a moderately good vocal range. Case in Point: Compare Rumble/(new) Heimerdinger or the PMC Soldiers to any of his other roles.
  • No Indoor Voice: Many, many, many of his characters speak in screams. He had to work alternate days for Invader Zim so he wouldn't permanently damage his throat. This was best illustrated at a convention appearance in which he and other notable voice actors did a live reading of the script of The Avengers.
    Quinton Flynn: (as Raiden) You don't have to yell.
    Horvitz: (as Zim) HAVE YOU NOT SEEN MY SHOW?!
  • Pigeonholed Voice Actor: Mostly plays very crazy and dimwitted characters who tend to do a lot of screaming or are considered very obnoxious.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • As the PMC Soldiers in Metal Gear Solid 4, a bullying victim named Jimmy in Static Shock, and the subdued and intelligent Grey Matter in Ben 10.
    • He's normally known for playing Large Ham characters, but in the video game Kinectimals he voices a sweet and soft-spoken lemur fairy named Bumble.
    • Moxxie in Helluva Boss is the Only Sane Man who, while capable of hamming it up, apparently suffers from panic attacks from too much stress.
    • His role as Lani Loli in Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time also gets stressed very easily, acting like a pretty meek guy despite being an ancient artifact of untold power.
  • Talking to Himself: He usually voices several characters in series he works on, Billy and his dad Harold being a notable example.
  • Vocal Dissonance: He's actually made jokes about the fact that telemarketers who have called him have mistaken him for his wife.

Alternative Title(s): Richard Horvitz


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