“I Know That Voice!” – Final Fantasy X’s Voice Actresses and Actors
Recently, I’ve been getting re-acquainted with an old friend of mine. This particular friend was the first out of its siblings to actually speak all by itself to tell another journey of working together to save the world from almost certain oblivion.
Nowadays, it’s pretty hard to imagine what video games would be like without those extremely talented people giving our characters a voice (imagine if Mass Effect was text-based!). Yet Final Fantasy X was the first in the franchise to introduce the concept, mostly thanks to the extra disc space the DVD format permitted in the PlayStation 2.
Those people that gave the likes of Wakka and Rikku voices have either had quite interesting careers in the past, or went on to take on more roles that surprised me on my discovery!
So, if like me, you wondered who gave Tidus that ‘lovely’ laugh, then thanks to a cursory glance over the likes of IMDb , I can share such info with you:
(Mugshots also courtesy of IMDb)
Tidus – Voiced by James Arnold Taylor
This is the guy that brought you this. Thank him or not, the deed is done.
Besides that though, Mr Taylor can be found in a few surprising places. For starters, he plays Obi-Wan Kenobi in the long running CG series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He’s also been involved in a few more games in his career, including the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in Kingdom Hearts and Ratchet from Ratchet & Clank.
The curveball comes in with cult cartoon show Drawn Together, where he voiced Wooldor Sockbat – a character that parodies good ol’ Spongebob.
Yuna – Voiced by Hedy Burress
Hedy Burress took her talent in front of the camera here and there, appearing in shows like ER and Southland. In the gaming world, she gave Brigitte Stark from Valkyria Chronicles II a voice, and even supplied her vocal talent to another character in Final Fantasy X – the badass Aeon that is Anima. More specifically, she provided the voice for Anima’s fayth.
Rikku – Voiced by Tara Strong
Tara has been quite a busy bee. Her resume on IMDb is enormous and the places where she’s lended her voice is just as surprising.
For starters, she played Bubbles in all her appearances in The Powerpuff Girls and also had not just one, but two roles in Drawn Together, alongside James Taylor.
Perhaps one of her greatest sets of performances however (in my opinion) can be found in the DC Universe. Tara Strong plays none other than Harley Quinn in the likes of Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Origins. She’s even that role to the TV, by briefly appearing in TV series Arrow.
Harley is not her only appearance in the DC Universe, she’s also played the role of Batgirl/Barbara Gordon in a variety of Batman animated shows.
Wakka – Voiced by John DiMaggio
I can say with near certainty that if you haven’t played FFX, then chances are you’ve definitely heard John DiMaggio’s vocal skills in something else.
From Bender in Futurama, to Marus Fenix in Gears of War and even Jake from Adventure Time, you’d be hard pushed to have missed a show where he’s in the credits somewhere.
Just One More…
I’ll round this off with one more little surprise discovery I found with a character in FFX that isn’t part of the main cast, yet has had one quite special role in his career.
The character in question is this guy:
Maechen is your vendor of lore for anything and everything in Spira. He pops up relatively infrequently to treat you with interesting tidbits about particular areas of the game.
What is this big role he had before? Well, seeing as you asked, Maechen was voiced by none other than Dwight Schultz, most famous for his role as Howling Mad Murdock from the A-Team!
I hope this fun little article ticked you a wee bit. Let us know in the comments if this is something you’d like to see more of with other games!