Enter Travis Willingham.
Travis Hampton Willingham (born August 3, 1981) is a voice actor, originally starting out as Col. Roy Mustang in the 2003 anime adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist. After that, he started getting pigeonholed into voicing characters that are either badasses or have a high rank or status, be it military or some other thing (not to mention a few characters Playing with Fire). He is somewhat memetically popular thanks to his infamous "tiny miniskirts" decree and the fact that "HE LOVES DOGS!" (and he actually does like cute things — not hard to believe considering his role as Mori-senpai). Like Vic Mignogna and Aaron Dismuke's Risembool Rangers, his loyal Miniskirt Army follows him from con to con. He is among the few voice actors to also get many live-action roles.
In 2005, he become famous for his non-anime activities when he took on Monica Rial in a tequila shot contest after Anime Weekend Atlanta. Needless to say, the result was hilarious and has come to be known as The Travis Willingham Tequila Story. Multiple versions were told; one each by Vic Mignogna, Monica Rial, and of course, Travis himself.
He has been doing dubbing for many California-based works, as have many other Funimation voice actors such as Troy Baker and Laura Bailey. And now, he's even living there. He's married to Laura Bailey as of 2011, and thus he's now officially a family man. Even more officially when on March 1 2018, Bailey sent out a Tweet revealing that she is pregnant with their first child, a son named Ronin who was born on June 28, 2018.
Willingham primarily does video game voice overs and western animation nowadays, rarely getting any new anime roles, generally only reprising roles when he does anime. If he does get a new anime role, it's usually with Studiopolis.
Notable roles from Travis Willingham:
- BlazBlue: Alter Memory: Relius Clover
- Bleach: Kugo Ginjo, Love Aikawa, Ashido, Charlotte Chulhorne, and Findorr Calius. He also voiced Kokuto in both the Bleach Hell Verse film and in Bleach Soul Resurrección.
- Code Geass: Andreas Darlton
- Darker Than Black: Amagiri
- D.Gray-Man: Yu Kanda (first 51 episodes only; Darrin'd by Ian Sinclair for the 2nd half of the 2006 series and D.Gray Man Hallow)
- Ergo Proxy: Iggy
- Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: Roy Mustang
- Ghost Hunt: Takigawa
- Monster: Christof Sievernich
- Mushishi: Ginko
- Naruto: Jugo and Zetsu
- One Piece (Funimation dub): Portgas D. Ace
- Ouran High School Host Club: Takashi "Mori" Morinozuka
- School Rumble: Tougou
- Sengoku Basara: Kojuro Katakura
- SHUFFLE!: The King of Gods
- Soul Eater: Free
- Tiger & Bunny: Antonio Lopez/Rock Bison
- Vampire Knight: Toga Yagari
- Aliens: Colonial Marines: O'neil
- Batman: The Telltale Series: Harvey Dent
- Binary Domain: Dan Marshall
- BIONICLE: The Game: Tahu
- BlazBlue: Relius Clover
- Castlevania: Judgment: Death
- Catherine: Johnny Ariga
- Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, Raging Blast 2, and Tenkaichi Tag Team: Cell (replacing Dameon Clarke)
- Dynasty Warriors 7: Xu Huang and Zhou Tai
- Final Fantasy Type-0: Ryid Uruk
- Fire Emblem Awakening: Lon'qu and Brady
- For Honor: Male Raider
- Halo: Jul 'Mdama (not that you could tell by listening to him), Paul DeMarco, and Frederic-104 (replacing Andrew Love)
- Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft: Reno Jackson
- Heroes of the Storm: Gazlowe
- Infamous Second Son: Reggie Rowe
- First Light: Shane
- Injustice 2: Jay Garrick
- League of Legends: Talon and Azir
- LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes: Superman, Bizarro and Gorilla Grodd
- Mad Max: Lord Scabrous Scrotus
- Murdered: Soul Suspect: Javier 'Rex' Reyes
- Overwatch: Hal-Fred Glitchbot
- Persona 3 Portable: Theodore
- Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell: Satan
- Shin Megami Tensei IV: Tayama
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked: Tadashi Nikaido
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Knuckles the Echidna (2010-current, replacing Dan Green), Storm the Albatross, and Zavok
- Spider-Man (PS4): Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin
- StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void: Phasesmith Karax
- Star Ocean: The Last Hope: Bacchus D-79
- Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V: Guile
- Tales of Xillia: Gaius
- Time Crisis 4: Evan Bernard
- Transformers: War for Cybertron: Sideswipe (also Hot Rod in the DS version)
- Transformers: Fall of Cybertron: Sideswipe, Onslaught, and Slug
- Trauma Team: Gabriel Cunningham
- Virtue's Last Reward: K
- The World Ends with You: Yodai Higashizawa
- World of Warcraft: Rell Nightwind
- Critical Role: Grog Strongjaw (Campaign 1) and Fjord (Campaign 2)
- Avengers, Assemble!: Thor
- Batman: Assault on Arkham: Morgue Guy
- Batman: Bad Blood: the Heretic
- Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!: Lord Moldrad
- Elena of Avalor: Cuco
- JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time: Gorilla Grodd
- Justice League Action: Bizarro
- The Legend of Korra: Ganbat
- Marvel's Spider-Man: Sandman
- Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel: Thor
- Sofia the First: King Roland II
- Sonic Boom: Knuckles, Soar the Eagle
- Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Mackie Hand and Meat Fork
- The Super Hero Squad Show: The Incredible Hulk, Human Torch, Piledriver, and Skurge the Executioner
- Transformers: Robots in Disguise: Motormaster, Menasor
- Ultimate Spider-Man: Thor and Skurge the Executioner
- Surprisingly enough, one of the four young punks at the bar in the live action film Secondhand Lions. Surprising because instead of portraying an authority figure, he plays a rebellious youth with a lot of disdain towards authority.
- Also the source of one of his favorite stories to tell at conventions, as the director assumed Travis was a stuntman (given the fact that he's tall and quite buff), which resulted in Robert Duvall actually hitting him during the fight scene. After learning that Travis is a regular actor, Duvall apologized profusely and gave him some money to make up for it.
Tropes associated with Travis Willingham:
- Authority Equals Asskicking: With Roy Mustang, among others.
- Badass Baritone: A good factor as to why his vocal performances are so effective.
- Ink-Suit Actor:
- Paul DeMarco in Halo 4 is essentially him with a shaved head.
- Infamous Second Son uses motion capture performances so his character, Reggie Rowe, is directly modeled after him.
- Harvey Dent in Batman: The Telltale Series is also modeled on him.
- Kill It with Fire: The modus operandi of several of the characters he has been cast as in his career, something he himself is happy to point out.
- Large Ham: Oh YEAH!!! There's a reason why he's called Travis WillingHAM! Apparently he auditioned for Armstrong in the 2003 anime adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist, but got Roy's part instead.
- And then there's his performance as Charlotte, which is massively Playing Against Type but still manages to be so absurdly Camp Gay and FABULOUS it borders on ridiculous.
- Ironically he plays one of the less hammy characters in Code Geass as Darlton, a series otherwise known for being filled with them.
- Order Versus Chaos: If Authority Equals Asskicking rings a bell, a lot of his characters he voices will fall into the "order" side.
- Pigeonholed Voice Actor: Normally the high authority/military figure or law-abiding character who shows his authority by kicking some ass - e.g. Roy Mustang, Guile, and Knuckles. However, he's slowly moving away from his typecasting ever since he moved to California.
- Playing Against Type:
- Gazlowe. Seriously, Ratchet's Boss or whatever, do you actually expect Travis doing a goblin? Note: He's not using any sort of baritone he's known for, and he still pulled it off.
- Charlotte from Bleach is a very muscular and flamboyant Drag Queen which is a far cry from the other large, hammy characters he's played.
- Relius Clover is practically the furthest character from his pigeonhole, being a Mad Scientist and all. Unless you count that despite this, Relius is still one of the highest ranking members of NOL and one of the few people who can match Hazama in terms of power, thereby adhering to Authority Equals Asskicking.
- Brady, from Fire Emblem Awakening, is a huge softy who happens to look like a thug.
- Phasesmith Karax from StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void is a soft-spoken Khalai class (the lowest class of the Protoss caste system) Protoss, phasesmith being the Protoss equivalent of "engineer". That's about as far from Large Ham Badass Authority Figure as you get.
- Grog from Critical Role plays with this. On the one hand, the character is very much a Blood Knight who LOVES fighting and bloodshed. He even gets an Evil Weapon named Craven Edge that encourages violence on anyone it can talk him into hurting, which isn't tough since Grog's Intelligence stat is 6. On the other hand, Grog is very much the black sheep of his clan, having been beaten to shit and left for dead by his Always Chaotic Evil uncle Kevdak after defending a gnome from what would have been a fatal encounter with them. He also has a powerful attachment to the members of his adventuring party Vox Machina, especially Pike Trickfoot, cleric of Sarenrae and daughter of the gnome he risked his life to save.
- Loki, a weaselly, fast-talking Smug Snake and The Starscream, the polar opposite of several of his other roles.
- Promoted Fanboy:
- Though he got into it pretty late, he was a massive fan of Dragon Ball Z and therefore jumped at the chance to voice an anime character. ANY anime character. He eventually got to play Cell, one of the show's iconic villains.
- He's also a huge comic book fan; he got to play several characters in The Super Hero Squad Show and he also played Thor in Ultimate Spider-Man, a role which he reprised in Avengers, Assemble!. And then he got to play freaking Superman...
- Running Gag: A likely unintentional one is that Travis's and Laura Bailey's characters seem to wind up fighting or straight up killing one another quite often when they play competent fighters (See: Avengers Assemble, Infamous First Light and Fullmetal Alchemist).
- What Could Have Been: Was set to continue voicing Cell in Dragon Ball Kai, but Dameon Clarke (Cell's original voice actor), opted to rejoin the project.
- Vocal Evolution: There's a quite noticeable difference in his performances in the two Fullmetal Alchemist series. In the 2003 series he was just starting out and went through some growing pains, while in Brotherhood he'd racked up several years experience and was far more confident in his performance.