Troy Edward Baker (born April 1, 1976 in Dallas, Texas) is a voice actor and musician from Texas whose forte seems to be playing assholes, be they heroic or villainous. On the other hand, though, he's also good at playing comedic characters, even though some of them just might end up being the former.
He has been doing voiceover work in California and with this change his forte has switched to playing Magnificent Bastards. If he voices a character like this, expect a character voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch to oppose him. Also seems to like playing a Fake Brit, generally either the Evil Brit or The Mean Britnote .
He has become a major presence in the Batman franchise, having voiced Batman, two Robins, along with various villains. Most notably, he showed that he was a worthy successor to Mark Hamill's iconic portrayal of The Joker by doing a near-perfect replication of Hamill's voice in Batman: Arkham Origins.
Troy married his wife Pam on October 13, 2012. Apparently, this is one of the main reasons why Matthew Mercer took over his role as Kanji in the second half of the Persona 4 anime. By the time he's back from honeymoon, he's gone to become so well-known and busy in the industry, Matthew Mercer would end up succeeding many of his roles in anime and Japanese games.
Troy is currently one of the most popular voice actors working out of Los Angeles today - you probably know him best for Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite, Joel in The Last of Us, the default male voice in the Saints Row series from 3 onwards, the first voice of Kanji in Persona 4 (he left halfway through recording of the anime adaptation because of his marriage and honeymoon, and has since been replaced by Matthew Mercer), Hawkeye in Avengers, Assemble! and Snow in the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy.
While he might not be able to reprise his Japanese-based works, he'll still appear in Western works, examples include World of Warcraft (Gul'dan) and Mortal Kombat X (Shinnok), or if said 'Japanese' work is extremely high profile, such as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Revolver Ocelot), and Death Stranding (he even got his name credited in Katakana: トロイ・ベイカー). However, sometimes he did have interest in reprising his old Japanese anime-style roles that he particularly likes, such as Yuri Lowell. When Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition was being localized, he wasn't even contacted to reprise much to his chagrin. While it is probable that his new fame might make the developers think that his lines were going to be super expensive and they wanted to cut cost, Troy made it clear he'd love to do it. This was further emphasized when in the following year, he confirmed he would be returning to voice Vincent in the remake of Catherine. Additionally, he has made a return to voicing anime in the form of the Netflix Baki the Grappler series where he plays the titular character.
On Thursdays, Baker co-hosts Retro Replay, a retro-gaming channel, with fellow voice actor Nolan North. In April 2019, Rooster Teeth partnered up with the show. Unfortunately in April 2020, after an apparent disagreement with the future direction of the channel, Baker left to form his own channel.
Notable roles by Troy Baker:
- Abel Nightroad in Trinity Blood
- Action Bastard in Crayon Shin-chan (the [adult swim] Gag Dub version)
- Akatsuki Kain in Vampire Knight
- Baki Hanma in Baki the Grappler 2018 (replacing Robert McCollum) (his first anime role after many years of doing video game and western animation voice work)
- Excalibur in Soul Eater (FOOL!)
- Frank Archer in Fullmetal Alchemist
- Greed Ling (The Second Greed) in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Gin in Case Closed
- Hoi in Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon
- Jenos Hazard in Black Cat
- Jin Kariya in Bleach
- Ganryu in the first film Bleach: Memories of Nobody.
- Kazkis Proxy in Ergo Proxy
- Kouga Gennosuke in Basilisk
- Madarao and Kaguro in Kekkaishi
- Makoto Kawazu in Desert Punk
- November 11 in Darker Than Black
- Ryosuke Morimi in Eden of the East
- Schneizel el Britannia in Code Geass
- Syam Vist in Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn
- Yamato and Pain in Naruto
- Zuuma/Radok in Slayers Revolution and Evolution-R
- Alec Mason in Red Faction: Guerrilla
- Alex Taylor in The Crew
- Batman, Sinestro, Brainiac, and Two-Face in LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
- Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman: The Telltale Series
- Booker DeWitt in Bioshock Infinite
- The Boss ("Male Voice 1") in Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV
- Bruce Banner/The Hulk in Marvel's Avengers
- Buck the Exile Human Spellslinger Explorer in WildStar
- Charles Gregory in Binary Domain
- Cole Rainsford in Cabelas Dangerous Hunts (2011)
- Delsin Rowe in Infamous Second Son
- Erron Black, Shinnok, and Fujin in Mortal Kombat X. He would reprise the roles of Black and Shinnok in Mortal Kombat 11.
- Espio the Chameleon in Sonic the Hedgehog (2010-2016)
- Ghaleon in Lunar: Silver Star Harmony
- Gul'dan in World of Warcraft (since Warlords of Draenor) and Heroes of the Storm
- Higgs Monaghan in Death Stranding
- Arlon and Pyrrhon in Kid Icarus: Uprising
- Jake Muller in Resident Evil 6 (he also sings the ending theme for Jake's campaign)
- Jack Mitchell in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
- James Sunderland in the Xbox 360/PS3 version of Silent Hill 2
- Jetfire and Zeta Prime in Transformers: War for Cybertron
- Jetfire, Kickback, and Jazz in Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
- Joel in The Last of Us
- Joseph Allen and random Army Rangers in Modern Warfare 2
- Kagan in Bloodrayne 2
- Kai Leng in Mass Effect 3
- Kanji Tatsumi and Shadow Kanji in Persona 4 (also for Golden, Arena and the first half of the anime, which could be considered a second Star-Making Role)
- Kul Tesska in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes video game
- Logan Thackeray in Guild Wars 2
- Lyndon the Scoundrel in Diablo III
- Markus Vaughn in Trauma Center
- Sgt. Matt Baker, appropriately, in Brothers in Arms
- Migrant AC, Zodiac #3 and the second computer voice in Armored Core 5
- Mitsunari Ishida in Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes and the anime
- Sam Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
- Nova in Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 and Marvel Heroes
- Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
- Olivier Lenheim and Bleublanc in The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (replaced by Matthew Mercer and Kirk Thornton, respectively, in Trails of Cold Steel)
- Orkos in God of War: Ascension
- Pagan Min in Far Cry 4
- Talion in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-earth: Shadow of War
- Rhys in Tales from the Borderlands
- Ryu Hayabusa in the Dead or Alive series (from Dimensions on) and Ninja Gaiden 3
- Sigma in the promotional anime for Virtue's Last Reward and Kyle Klim in the game proper.
- Sinestro (again) and Nightwing in Injustice: Gods Among Us
- Siris in Infinity Blade
- Snow Villiers in Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and World of Final Fantasy (STEELGUARD!)
- Sol Badguy in Guilty Gear 2: Overture
- Superman in Infinite Crisis
- Suzaku in Trinity Universe
- Terrance Brooks, the Black Ops Multiplayer Announcer by proxy, and additional voices in Call of Duty: Black Ops
- Two-Face, Robin, and Nightwing (technically, as his grunts for Robin were reused for Nightwing) in Batman: Arkham City
- Valvatorez in Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
- Vincent Brooks in Catherine & the 2019 remake
- Yun in Mana-Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy
- Yuri Lowell in Tales of Vesperia, his Star-Making Role in the video game industry (replaced by Grant George for the Definitive Edition)
- Zenith and Theron Shan in Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Klackon adviser and Psilon adviser in the 2016 remake of Master of Orion
- The Joker (again) in Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem and Batman Unlimited: Mech vs. Mutants, also voicing Two Face in the latter
- Loki and Hawkeye in Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers, Assemble!
- Steeljaw in Transformers: Robots in Disguise
- Van Kleiss and Biowulf in Generator Rex
- Whirlwind, Clay Quartermain, Grey Gargoyle, Blizzard, Ulik, Faradei, Groot, and Michael Korvac in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!
- Batman and Joker in Batman vs. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Kraven the Hunter in Marvel's Spider-Man
- Brion Markov/Geo-Force, Dr. Simon Ecks, and Sheriff Patrick Maguire in Young Justice
- Mortar in Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters
- Hawkman in Justice League Action
- Blue Falcon on Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
- Grime on Amphibia
Tropes frequently used for this actor's roles
- Badass Baritone: Normally uses a deep voice in many of the characters he voices. This is especially true if the character is an Anti-Hero or a villain.
- Deadpan Snarker: Some of the characters he had voiced tend to be sarcastic.
- He's Back: After a long time being absent in anime or anime-based video game voice acting, Troy slowly made a comeback to the genre where he started; with reprising Vincent Brooks, having a role in Baki the Grappler 2018 as the protagonist and reprising Schneizel el Britannia in the Code Geass Compilation Movie.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Whenever he plays a villain, expect them to have a deep voice. Especially in Middle-earth: Shadow of War When Talion goes evil.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: As expected from a veteran Funimation voice actor residing in LA.
- Taken to truly ridiculous levels in the Batman: Arkham Series, where he's played five (and a sixth for Two-Face) major characters, both heroes and villains, all of whom sound different. Rocksteady were actually able to use this in Arkham Knight to hide the fact that two of his characters were the same person.
- Another great example is in Tales from the Borderlands where his character has lines emulating characters played by Nolan North and Patrick Warburton. You can tell Baker is actively trying (And slips up a bit with Warburton) to not perfectly mimic the other actors' voices. Baker does another impression of Warburton in Young Justice while playing a character who is a reference to one of Warburton's characters.
- Serkis Folk: He does a good bit of mocap work along with the voice acting in many video games such as The Last of Us and Infamous Second Son. In fact, he's one of the many voice actors to promote this in the American video game industry thanks to the advancing technology in many video game consoles.