Sonic the Hedgehog has gone through many permanent changes over the years. Getting taller, Those GREEN EYES, Slimming down, and getting a new attitude. But I'll tell you what hasn't changed, the voice actors.
Whether you love 'em or you hate 'em, we've had many voice actors in the Sonic series, ranging from Steve Urkel to Ezio Auditore! But why not take a moment to look back on each of them, and credit them for their work as Sonic the Hedgehog. Whether they deserve it or not, is up to you guys! So let's begin with-
AoSTH, SatAM, Underground
What an odd voice choice. everybody's minds were blown once we realized "Urkel! Steve Urkel is going to be the voice of Sonic the Hegdehog! What?" But truth be told, he isn't half bad.
I mean sure, whenever Sonic fucks up, you do get that feeling he's going to say "Did I do that!?" But he surprisingly keeps the voice sense away from Urkel, sometimes, I don't even hear Urkel, I hear....Sonic? He was the main star of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM), and Sonic Underground (Where he also voiced Manic and Sonia....ew).
Many fans consider him the best and true voice of Sonic, though whether it's because of their nostalgia goggles being glued to their eyes, or that Jaleel manages to make him sound cool with a bad attitude, is still unknown. (Though I think it's the latter)
Rumor: He was suppose to be the voice of Classic Sonic in Sonic Generations, but apparently Sega was unable to make this so. He is the voice of Sonic in a fan film that looks promising (At least he's going to finish it. BURN!)
Um... not much is known about him. He was apparently the voice of Sumida in Dai-Guard, and Shiro Amakusa in Ninja Ressurection, but that's all I could really find of him. But hey, back on topic:
This one's....considered the black sheep of the VA's for many reasons, though mainly because of him making Sonic sound stuffy nosed, but it certainly isn't bad to say. He really makes Sonic sound badass and cool, though I don't know whether that's because of the writers, or him.
Uh...Fans like him I guess? Nobody ever really talks about him, so I dunno.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
Sonic Adventure, Sonic Shuffle, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes, Sonic Battle?
Pretty much every Sonic game between 1998-2005
AW YEAH, THIS IS HAPPENING! Ryan Drummond is the notable for being the first video game voice actor for Sonic. And....he's meh.
He's got the energy, which I certainly enjoy, as well as the charisma and voice of Sonic. But there's something about him that puts me off for some reason. I dunno. He's was also the voice of....oh sweet jesus christ, there's too many for me to name one-by-one. So I'll just put the ones I think you guys will show some interest of care about (most likely not)
He was Metal Sonic in Heroes, Knuckles in Sonic Adventure, Spider-Ham in Spider-man Shattered Dimensions, and his most important role of all, the Pizza Boy in Twisted Metal 4.
The fans sure do like him though. And I mean REALLY like him. So much that they've pretty much sheltered out Jason and Roger, in hopes of their online petitions being noticed by Sega, and getting him back as the voice of Sonic.
This whole Drummond vs Griffith thing has really taken the fanbase's respect down alot, being ridiculed by others for argueing over pointless things such as voice actors. But look at it this way, that's only a minortiy of the fanbase, so please don't blame it on all of us, mostly the ones who don't care.
Sonic X, Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic the Disaster, Sonic Unleashed, Smash Bros. Brawl, Other spin-offs I don't feel like mentioning right now.
Let it be known, for when a certain series aired, fans throughout the world cried their hearts out, with only one thing in mind....GRIFFITH!!!!
Okay let's be honest, Griffith was pretty bad early on. His work in Sonic X and Shadow were laughable, and downright OOC. Sonic sounded depressing, and....weird. To add more injury, it doesn't help that he the voice actor for both the main characters of both equally horrible games.
But luckily he caught on and made him sound Sonicy again in Unleashed. And right as he was getting damn good, he was replaced.
Mainly Sonic and Shadow in the series, he also did such voices as that Foot Ninja you killed in TMNT game, and is currently Cilan, in Pokemon Black and White.
I already discussed the fan thing before, so I'll just skip it. But ironically Ryan and Jason are quite good friends IRL.
Roger Craig Smith (current Voice actor)
Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations, more spin-offs I could care less about, and
Roger is pretty cool. When he was first revealed, many fans thought he would be too busy CHECKING OUT ALL THE CONSOLES to give Sonic a decent voice. But truth be told, he''s one of the best imo. He's energetic, charismatic, and unlike Ryan, has that deep voice for Sonic, which I love as it alludes to Sonic getting older.
He is also Ezio Auditore, Chris Redfield, and Sonic- oh wait....
Fans have gotten used to him, and I haven't seen much complaining about him which is good. Let's just hope he says with us for a little while longer.
So there you have it, through the bad and good, Va's have always tried their best for Sonic. And hey, if Sonic's career as a video game star doesn't work out, then maybe he can become a ventriliquist! Get it? Cause they have different voices and.......