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Top 10 Hammiest Performances in a Video Game (with Videos!)

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Author: Neil Kapit  

The conventional wisdom will often tell an actor to play a character with a nuance and understated approach. However, sometimes the most memorable characters are the ones played by actors who threw subtlety to the wind and chewed up the scenery. This is especially true with video games, which often cast the players in outlandish situations and demand similarly over-the-top performances from their voice artists. Here are ten of the most memorably overacted roles in video game history, performances so hammy they nearly threatened to turn the game disc into a wedge of bologna.

10. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Michael G as Dracula

One of the most memorable performances in the PS1 age of video games comes from the actor known only as Michael G. In the opening sequence of the seminal 2D adventure, Mr. G absolutely tore up the scenery as the Dark Lord, giving some of the goofiest lines in writing history a completely straight delivery.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Michael G as Dracula

He spoke the lines "What is a man?! A miserable little pile of secrets!" as though he were attempting Shakespeare, not a poorly translated 1990s video game script. For that, the internet and its memetic mutations are eternally grateful.

9. Kid Icarus Uprising, Troy Baker as Pyrrhon

In a world where almost every character overreacts for comic relief, the sun-god Phyrron has the distinction of being the hammiest of all. In the middle of an alien invasion (yes, you heard that right), Phyrron comes out of nowhere screaming maniacally about delivering justice. Even the other characters are uncomfortable with Phyrron's lack of restraint, though that discomfort turns to hatred when the sun-god hijacks the aliens to boost his own powers.

Kid Icarus Uprising, Troy Baker as Pyrrhon

Ironically, Troy Baker also voiced Arlon the Serene, the one character in the game who doesn't over-emote (or emote period).

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Posted on: 02/13/2013 | ? Comments
Tags: Batman, Joker, Kefka, Nefarious, Bohan, Dracula, Pyrrhon, Mephiles, Ansem, Kratos, God of War, Castlevania, Ratchet and Clank, Kid Icarus, Heavenly Sword, Arkham Asylum, Dissidia, Final Fantasy, Resident Evil 5, Sonic, Hammy, Performances, Acting, Doblaje, Voces, Videogames, Videojuegos
Neil Kapit

Neil Kapit is a freelance writer, cartoonist, and "La Li Lu Le Lo" agent based in Los Angeles. His work can be seen on www.therubynation.com.

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