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"Every time I have ever encountered fans anywhere, like any convention I've ever gone to, it still staggers me. It still sends me reeling back when people are just like, "We like what you do!" Well, you know, it's just like... Really? That is so cool!"

Easily the most popular voice actor to work with The Ocean Group, Scott McNeil (born September 15, 1962 in Brisbane, Australia) is the Canadian equivalent to Steve Blum, Crispin Freeman and Patrick Seitz... IN AMERICA, and Banjo Ginga in Japan. He's usually cast as a big guy or a villain, but he also does some quirky and funny roles too. His most known roles are probably Dinobot, Waspinator, Silverbolt and Rattrap, Dr. Wily and Protoman, Piccolo in the early episodes, and Duo Maxwell. He reached Memetic Mutation status fairly quickly, faster than his U.S. counterparts.

Scott does a wide variety of voices in his work (again, see Beast Wars), but also tends to have two particular voices that are unmistakably his: a deep, gravelly, growling voice (ref. Piccolo, Koga), occasionally with snarl for particularly monstrous-looking roles (ref. Dinobot, Bale), or a snarky young, cocky-sounding voice (ref. Duo, Rattrap).

His favorite voice actors are Jim Cummings, Frank Welker, Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche, Mel Blanc and Garry Chalk (who voiced Optimus on Beast Wars). His favorite characters out of those he's played are Duo and Hohenheim, because they resemble himself as a young man and an adult, respectively. His favorite show he ever worked on is Beast Wars, which he claims is one of the few shows he's done where he actively made it a point to turn on the TV and watch every episode when it aired. In fairness, it probably helps that he voiced half the cast. In particular, he considers Dinobot to be his favourite character; and he takes no shame in admitting that he has two characters in the Transformers Hall of Fame (Dinobot and Waspinator). His panels at conventions are also quite entertaining; from the various disgusting concoctions that attendants have Scott devour to his overall very casual demeanor, the man does great stand-up and his panels tend to become very comedic.

Notable roles by Scott McNeil:


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  • Sleazy strip club owner/porn czar Mars and devout Qu'ran-spouting Muslim father Osama in Broken Saints

And now for certain tropes about how his roles usually go:

  • Acting for Two: Especially in the Beast Wars example, where those first two characters he plays tend to fight a lot. He also played both Sindri and Bale in Dawn of War, Carron and Boreale in Soulstorm, Dr. Wily and Protoman in the Mega Man (Ruby-Spears) cartoon, just to name a few.
  • Guttural Growler: Much like Steve Blum, many of his characters tend to have these kinds of voices. Examples include Hecarim, Maokai, Sion, and Lord Bale. And let's not forget Dinobot, who always sounds like he has a really bad cold.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: When it comes to Canadian voice talent, he is well known for having a great vocal range (Beast Wars being one of the bigger examples).
  • Playing Against Type: He played against characters he's typically typecast for a few times in the past- aside from the Pungeon Master tree and Grumpy Bear mentioned below, he also played the shy alektorophobic teacher Mr. Yoshi in Hamtaro
  • Promoted Fanboy: He played a lot of World of Warcraft before he ended up voicing a major character in it.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: His infamous Duo Maxwell scream originated from a real life event where he let out the same scream due to his wife backing up over his motorcycle.