Troy Baker is one of today’s most reputable and busiest voice actors. He’s relatively popular within the video game hemisphere, but some of the characters he’s played are definitely more recognized than others. In honor of the vocal chameleon that is Troy Baker, here are ten of his performances.
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Booker DeWitt (Bioshock: Infinite)
Booker DeWitt is the main protagonist of Bioshock: Infinite. As a main character, Booker DeWitt is special to the franchise since he’s the first and only main character to have a voice and personality. The main characters of the previous Bioshock games were silent protagonists.
Considering this, the game had to bring in a voice actor skilled enough to give life to a character that’s going to become a staple in the series. That’s why they hired Troy Baker. Troy successfully managed to give life to the tragic and complex Booker DeWitt, essentially making him a memorable and fantastic protagonist.
Rhys Strongfork (Tales from the Borderlands)
Rhys is one of the main protagonists of Tales from the Borderlands. The character has since appeared in Borderlands 3 and in New Tales from the Borderlands, although Troy Baker only lent his voice to the character during the first game. The character was then voiced by Ray Chase, another talented and prominent voice actor.
While Ray managed to capture what Troy gave life to, Troy’s vision and portrayal of Rhys is what makes the character so iconic. Rhys is quirky, energetic, and outright hilarious. There are multiple scenes of him where he takes the center stage mainly because of Troy Baker’s performance.
Pagan Min (Far Cry 4)
Far Cry is a series that’s loved by some and hated by others, but one thing that’s unanimously agreed upon is that their villains are always top-notch. In most cases, their villains are more interesting and complex than their heroes. Pagan Min is one such villain.
Pagan Min is the antagonist of Far Cry 4. He can be calm and collected in one instance and manically violent in another. His emotional range is as vast as they come. His dark and distinct voice is commanding, threatening, and oddly, loving when he needs to be. Troy Baker portrayed the complex villain with such finesse that he steals every scene he’s in.
Bruce Banner (Marvel’s Avengers)
Bruce Banner is a genius as a scientist, arguably the most powerful superhero as The Hulk, and psychologically compromised as a man. When he’s not wrecking buildings and smashing bad guys as a big green monster, Bruce Banner’s trauma and complete exhaustion are evident from his voice and interactions with other characters.
Bruce Banner is voiced by Troy Baker in the 2020 game Marvel’s Avengers. In most of the scenes Bruce is in, he is subdued and mild. However, Troy acts in such a way that it’s clear that Bruce is continuously fighting an internal struggle with a dangerous beast that can erupt at any time. Whenever Bruce does have his bursts of rage, Troy perfectly captures how Bruce holds back despite how angry he already is.
Magni (God of War)
Magni plays a minuscule role in God of War 2018. This is why a lot of people may not know that he is, in fact, voiced by one of the most popular voice actors in the industry. Magni’s, thus Troy Baker’s, role in God of War 2018 is so minor that Troy’s inclusion in the game can be considered an “a-ha!” moment for some who truly know what Troy sounds like.
Fun fact: Modi, Magni’s brother, is voiced by Nolan North. This game marks the second time where Troy and Nolan play characters that are brothers (the other being Uncharted 4). In God of War, Troy also voiced the Bitter Squirrel Runic Summon.
Higgs Monaghan (Death Stranding)
Higgs Monaghan is the antagonist of Death Stranding. He is a dark character through and through. His voice matches his malicious intent and charisma. He is charismatic, electrifying, and threatening all because of Troy Baker’s characterization of him.
Death Stranding has a star-studded cast. It features actors such as Norman Reedus, Lea Seydoux, and Mads Mikkelsen. The fact that Troy Baker can stand next to these talented performers, and in some moments, outshine them, is a testament to Troy’s prowess.
Delsin Rowe (Infamous: Second Son)
Delsin Rowe is Infamous: Second Son‘s main character. He is young and brash, and occasionally arrogant. His personality also changes depending on the actions of the player, considering the game’s Karma feature. That being said, when Delsin is chaotic good, Troy portrays him well. When he is evil, unsurprisingly, Troy portrays him well.
Even if the character can be led to be milquetoast, Troy will portray him well. A flexible character should be portrayed by a flexible actor and Troy is exactly that.
Samuel Drake (Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End)
Samuel Drake is the older brother of Nathan Drake. He plays a huge role in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End despite his absence from the previous games. Sam and Nate are very similar characters. They both have a penchant for sarcasm, they’re both charming, and lighthearted, and they’re both portrayed by talented voice actors.
In the game, it’s clear that Sam loves and cares for his brother. However, it’s also clear that he’s somewhat jealous of his achievements. Troy Baker dances around Sam’s compassion and envy for his brother quite well that it makes Sam very sympathetic.
The Joker (Batman: Arkham Origins)
Mark Hamill will always be the ultimate voice of the animated variation of the Joker. However, should he retire from portraying the clown prince of crime, Troy Baker is the next best actor to take up the role. Troy ultimately proved this right when played the homicidal clown in Batman: Arkham Origins.
Troy’s portrayal of the Joker is very familiar and respectful to how Mark Hamill portrays the character. Troy’s decision to keep the character’s voice similar to Mark’s isn’t a bad thing too, and it’s definitely not something everyone can just do. However, Troy does it spectacularly.
Joel Miller (The Last of Us)
Troy Baker is perhaps best known for portraying Joel Miller in The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part II. He was nominated and won several awards for portraying Joel, often alongside his co-star Ashley Johnson, who portrayed Ellie.
Joel is beloved by many because of how he is written. However, a lot of people also attribute Joel’s complexity, relatability, and likability to Troy Baker’s performance. Troy’s gritty and soulful take on Joel ultimately made him one of the most iconic and beloved pop culture characters of all time. Troy Baker also portrayed James in HBO’s series adaptation of the game.