Characters you never knew had the same voice actor

One is a pure, bubbly and pretty-as-pink princess who rarely reveals even the skin of her ankle. The other is a sassy, sexy and no-nonsense computer program who has spent her entire existence in the nude. Within the tightly linked and extraordinarily small world of videogame voice acting, however, these two women are the exact same person.

Such behind-the-screen crossovers are countless once you start searching for them. While a physical performer can be typecast or limited by looks, the vocalist is free to transform at will. Good guy or bad guy? Cartoon mascot or lethal assassin? Greek general or Jedi warrior? Human or lombax?

As these 21 strange and surprising matches prove, the best voices can do all of the above.

Common voice: Jen Taylor

The games: Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Super Princess Peach, Mario Kart, Mario Tennis, Mario Golf, Mario Party, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, Paper Mario, Mario & Luigi

Also known as: Zoey (Left 4 Dead), Cate Archer (No One Lives Forever 2), Toad (Mario series), Princess Daisy (Mario series)

Common voice: Reuben Langdom

The games: Street Fighter IV, Devil May Cry 4, Devil May Cry 3

Common voice: James Arnold Taylor

The games: Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, Ratchet & Clank (every entry but the original)

Also known as: Obi Wan (Star Wars: Clone Wars), Spider-Man (Friend or Foe), Gabe Logan (Syphon Filter), Fezzik (The Princess Bride Game), Jack Sparrow and Timon (Kingdom Hearts II)

Common voice: Jon St. John

The games: Duke Nukem 3D, Duke Nukem Forever (ahem), Sonic Heroes, Sonic Adventure

Common voice: Armin Shimerman

The game: BioShock
The TV show: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Also known as: Toad (X-Men Legends), Dr. Nefarious (Ratchet & Clank), Raz’s Father (Psychonauts), The Emperor (Jade Empire)

Common voice: Carlos Alazraqui

The game: Spyro the Dragon (PS1 original)
The TV commercials: Taco Bell, obviously

Also known as: Deputy James Garcia (Reno 911), Rocko (Rocko’s Modern Life), Grim Reaper (Maximo: Ghost to Glory), Dr. No (GoldenEye: Rogue Agent)

Common voice: Fred Tatasciore

The games: Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Mass Effect

Also known as: Hulk (The Incredible Hulk), Beast  (Metal Gear Solid 4), Loz (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children), Frost Tiger (Viewtiful Joe), Atlas and Poseidon (God of War)

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  • SleepingDragon7 - December 31, 2010 2:43 a.m.

    Most people don't realize, but Leon S. Kennedy and the Merchant (both RE4) are the same voice actor, Paul Mercier.
  • Foodperson - December 22, 2010 8 p.m.

    Ryan Drummond for the win!
  • lothvamp - July 17, 2010 5:34 a.m.

    Mark Hamill is also the voice of the head of the axis-of-evil or whatever Tribunal (Mr. Selatcia)and the mutilated chef Jean-Pierre, among others, in Metalocalypse
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - April 20, 2012 2:59 p.m.

    He's also the voice of three wildly different characters in Tim Schafer's Full Throttle.
  • archnite - April 23, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    Wow reply on over a year old article, that's classy. Gave it a re-read brought back nostalgia and some head slaps for not remembering some of these. The Boss is Pearl; I can't believe it.
  • quincytheodore - July 12, 2010 11:26 a.m.

    The Boss is Diane Simmons. I would never know that fact..
  • OrangeJews - July 11, 2010 6:42 p.m.

    Robin Atkins Downes voiced Rico Rodrigez, Medic from TF2 and that asian companion from Uncharted.
  • Nanook - July 10, 2010 3:36 p.m.

    "Bribe is such an ugly word. I prefer extortion. The X makes it sound cool." Thank you, Mr. Fenix, for that and SO many others.
  • SgtSlushy - July 10, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    that is hilarious that marcus fenix is bender
  • majorsuave - July 10, 2010 11:57 a.m.

    Mass Effect's Grunt = Dragon Age's Oghren = Singularity's Nikolai Demichev = actor Steve Blum
  • D0CCON - July 10, 2010 5:23 a.m.

    Tidus and Ratchet are the same guy? I don't believe it. Ratchet sounds fine to me while Tidus makes me want to rip my ears out. I also found quite a few of these interesting like Marcus/Bender, although I knew about (and was hoping for) a Mark Hamill reference with the Joker.
  • Eraserhead2416 - October 11, 2009 6:30 p.m.

    Gawd, Cam Clarke, there's a voice I can't stand hearing anymore. Leonardo and "weak, whiny guy voice" from Baldur's Gate was tolerable, but he's so horribly miscast as anything that's past puberty. He made Liquid Snake sound like a dorky drama major.
  • Arch27 - October 9, 2009 1:53 p.m.

    Brian Doyle Murray is the Mayor in Ghostbusters: The Video Game. He's also the voice of Captain K'nuckles on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.
  • Doctalen - October 9, 2009 2:12 a.m.

    Well goddammit seriously what the fuck? I have played nearly all these games and seen most of the shows and I didn't notice it at all. I now will not be able to play Gears without saying "bite my shiny metal ass"
  • CreeplyTuna - October 8, 2009 7:07 p.m.

    samuel l jackson is the beast and only mace windu
  • TinaBobina - January 21, 2009 3:34 a.m.

    Leslie Swan did the voice of Peach for Super Mario 64. NITPICKING Otherwise, awesome article.
  • Frozen_Crusader - January 20, 2009 11:29 p.m.

    Where was Liam Neeson?
  • Hayseyboy - January 19, 2009 10:39 p.m.

    this is really good, who'd of thought dan castellaneta voiced earthworm jim aswell as homer? earthworm jims a legend!!!!1!!
  • crossed23 - January 19, 2009 10:09 p.m.

    Is it just me but Armin Shimerman doesnt look much different as Quark than without all the make-up
  • Stuffgamer1 - January 19, 2009 2:58 p.m.

    I knew about James Arnold Taylor just from recognizing the voice and checking credits. Cam Clarke was also in the Veggietales movie The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, playing the villain. I vote that weirder than Simba by far based on knowing him from Metal Gear Solid. There were a couple others I recognized, but some of them were among their "Also known as" sections. Cool article all told, anyway.