Ever since I was a little girl, I always had a fascination with the voices of my favourite characters in television and movies. How they're pulled off, who's behind the voice and how it adds to a character in general. I always wanted to go into voice acting since I was younger, but it never really happened for me professionally due to my crippling fear of performing in front of an audience when I was in elementary school. I still feel bad for not being able to go into voice acting professionally, but with my love of certain VAs (voice actors and actresses) out there, I can't help but want to put my spin on it. I think what got me into doing voices was from watching Inspector Gadget
and listening to Dr. Claw's deep, ruthless voice. Dr. Claw was an interesting villain, not only because you never see what he looks like (only seeing his arm because his body is cut off by his massive desk chair) but his voice that sounds like what the boogeyman would sound like in your head. Just a deep, foreboding growl from the depths of the unknown. I even tried to imitate his voice when I was younger, with a bit of trial and error. Another factor that got me into doing voices was when my Dad would read me a bedtime story, he would do voices for the characters as he read them. Dad had gone through some drama classes in high school to improve his self-esteem and confidence (even though he was a giant among most of his classmates). Though rather humble, these two inspirational aspect that spawned during my childhood gave me the inspiration of doing voices whenever I read something or tried to act out a role.
Obviously, this is where I kind of liked going through video games, cartoons, anime, movies and such medias in general. A great actor or actress can really get you sucked into liking a character, be they good, evil or the massive grey area in-between. However, that doesn't mean all VAs are great. You still get ones that are either trying too hard, not trying hard enough or their voice makes you want to poke out your ear drums so you can't hear their awful voices ever again. Even a great character can be crippled by the actor or actress playing them. However, I know acting isn't easy, especially in such a competitive industry, but there are times when you just want to turn some people down because of lack of talent or ability. This is pretty much the same in voice acting, where range, talent and flexibility are crucial to pull off a role. In retrospect, anything in media that requires vocals or talking.
Any who, this is My Top Five VAs Who We Need to Stop Hiring
or My Top 5 Worst VAs
. Whichever one you want to go with is fine, I'm not picky. These are all English-speaking VAs, I really don't have enough knowledge on the Japanese language to criticize Japanese seiyuu (voice actors/actresses) for their performances. Just to be clear, this is all opinion based. Whatever your preference is, it's not my place to judge. Though I would recommend you for an ear exam later. Keep in mind, this is based on ability of the actor and actress in general. This is not based on if the characters they're playing are written badly or they're annoying as nails on a chalkboard. Such would be a different list on it's own. Annoying or rotten characters are one thing, a poorly written story is another. This is about bad VAs!5.
When I started this list, at first I only had four VAs to mention. However, thanks to my boo, Great Gastly
(get it?), I was able to add a few into here. In fact, this list is pretty much a sum of a Skype conversation we had over terrible VAs we've heard in the past and still continue to do for some reason. Anywhoozies, it resulted in a tie for fifth place between Scottie Ray
and Tiffany Grant
! Ray is pretty much a bland boy in this list, not to mention one of the actors hired by 4Kids during their blitz of destroying and neutering anime when they're around. They were dark times, indeed . . . dark times. Probably his most memorable role is doing the main protagonist's love interest in Mew Mew Power
, which probably cemented how much we done care for this character at all. Nothing Ray puts into a character he's acting makes them stand out from the others or makes us interested in them. Though, it's probably from his work in 4Kids that he hasn't done that much in other roles; which is a good thing. Now, I know you're asking me why the latter, Tiffany Grant is on here. After she did her work with Asuka from Evangelion
. . . and the other Evangelion
series (good grief Anno, how many times are you going to beat up that dead horse?). This is mainly because outside of Evangelion, she's just not that good. Due to the popularity of her role as Asuka, she feels the need to slap that voice onto any character she's given with. Forget the times when range and flexibility of one's voice was needed for voice actors! Why not just slap each character you're given with the SAME FREAKING VOICE! That's much easier! If you feel like I'm giving Grant to much lip, then why don't you take such an argument up with Bennett the Sage
. I'm sure he'll be sympathetic with you.
4. Lisa Ortiz
. Also going by the monikers Darla Chaney and Trina Hilbe (back when voice actors used pseudonyms), she is pretty much a must on this list. Why? Pretty much the idea that she be stuck voicing girls, even though her girly voice makes you want to punch her characters 'til they shut up. Amy Rose from the crappy Sonic
games and Sonic X
, Lina Inverse from the Slayers
franchise are pretty much what she's known for . . . all the more reason to cover their lips with duct tape. Not only that, she's pretty much landed with girl characters that are charming or adorable, but completely butchers them with her acting quality. Norma Beatty from Tales of Legendia
, although acts as the cute kleptomaniac of the group who gives everyone nicknames, her voice makes you want to konk her on the head. Hence why I like Will Raynard for disciplining much of the group. And let's not forget Oritz's Southern accent as Salsa in Eternal Sonata
. Before you get into it, I like Eternal Sonata
. It's a great game that doesn't get that much limelight despite Hideo Baba's seal of approval. But Salsa's voice . . . UGH! It makes you want to punch her little face for being such an asshole to Beat, especially since Beat is done by a great VA, Mona Marshall. Speaking of Eternal Sonata
. . .
3. D.C. Douglass
. This guy can't act for shit. There, I said it. I'm not taking it back. I'm staying true to it and that's final! This guy has a very drone-like voice that makes you want to fall asleep whenever you hear it. It's almost programmed to make you want to doze off, like an old teacher who can't shut up about anything but his voice makes you lull yourself to sleep . . . or Ben Stein's monotone voice. What's even weirder is that Douglass is cast as characters who are leaders! Albert Wesker in several Resident Evil
titles and Jazz from Eternal Sonata
are just a few. Both characters are leaders of prominent organizations in their respective worlds. A leader of an organization, in acting, should have a strong voice that motivates their followers and inspires them to fight for them. Even if a leader character doesn't start off as strong to begin with, they eventually can find the strength in their voice to motivate others. The best Douglass can do with his voice, is motivate his followers to sleep. He also does the voice of the President of Strahta in Tales of Graces
! Stop giving this guy leadership roles, for pity's sake!
2. Carrie Savage
. I was kind of split between who should be number 2 on this list between her and Oritz, but she's probably the worst. She has the most annoyingly sweet voice out of any woman I've ever heard. It's like her vocal range is in-between Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes. Almost all of her characters have a high-pitched girly voice that makes you wonder how much sugar she's crammed down her throat. Also, it's kind of hard to sympathize any character she takes over with her range. This is true with many of her characters like Shirley from Tales of Legendia
, Shima Katase from Stellvia
, the Modoka twins from xxxHolic
and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
. All of them rendered hated by her rank voice. Even my Mom, while I was watching the English dub for Stellvia
, said that her voice really sucks. You know you suck when my Mom judges you harshly. And my Mom likes to watch TBBT and Cars 2.
1. Vic Mignogna
. Everyone who's called it raise your hand! *Everyone puts up their hands*
Good. Do I have to go into detail about this guy? Almost everyone hates this guys voice and yet it is so instantly recognizable! After landing the lead role in Fullmetal Alchemist
, he's just been plastered everywhere with the near same voice and incomprehensible shrieking. Even Funimation is getting backlash from fans at how much their putting him into their dubs. Not to mention him as Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club
. We ALL remember Host Club
. We'll never forget what he did to butcher Host Club
. NEVER! Vic has pretty much become a laughable VA thanks to Little Kuriboh's teasing and the fact he's labeled as Funimation's poster whore. But please, Vic, die quietly so we don't have to hear your screams.