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02 June 2010 @ 10:48 am
In Which Your Obedient Serpent Revisits an Old, Tired Meme  
(Yeah, I'm posting a lot today. I'm thinky.)

Every few years, I come back to this question; for the first time, though, I've got a different answer.

When they make an animated movie of FurryMUCK / Second Life / The Internet / Your Favorite Tabletop RPG, who should voice your alter-ego?

For years, I wanted Kelsey Grammer for Athelind, but I think Your Obedient Serpent has finally moved past mere self-conscious pomposity.

Just as jirris_midvale wanted someone who could swing between the two poles of his personality, I've found someone who can capture the full binary range of Athelind's psyche:

Peter Cullen.

When Athelind is up, he's impassioned, sincere, and inspiring, much like Cullen's most famous role.

And when he's not ... Cullen has that covered, too. You can just hear him say stuff like "any day where you don't have brain damage is a victory", "so far, so good", and other, similar gems from my Argot entries, can't you? Really, some of those only really carry their full weight as Athespeak when said in that voice.

As always, comments are open -- who's your voice?

Edit 05 June 2010: You know, when I think about it, Argot entries tend to be in Eeyore's voice, while Feed Your Head entries lean toward Prime.
leonard_arlotteleonard_arlotte on June 2nd, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
I want my Furry much character voiced by Sean McLane
Ursula Messerschmitt: Bear-Ursula von Wasserturm illosnobahr on June 2nd, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
Reese Witherspoon.
Your Obedient Serpent: Eye - VKathelind on June 2nd, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
For the record, some of my tabletop characters:

Lados Nightflame, Dinosaur Warlock: Tommy Shaw, from Styx. Lados has a very clear and distinct tenor, and his native language is very tonal: it's as much song as speech.

Lord Nikulai, Bat Diplomat: David Hyde Pierce, in his "I am bemused by this and every other situation" Abe Sapien mode.

KLDR-4077, Medical Droid: David Hyde Pierce, again, shifting rapidly between Niles Crane's "calm clinical analysis" and "utterly flustered" modes.

Vasimr Kayle, Human Gunslinger Pilot: Kurt Russell.
Tubetoob on June 2nd, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
For Rane: Simon Templeman
For Toob: Billy West
For Corrle: Ed O'Ross
For Jaeko: Fran Kranz

Edited at 2010-06-02 06:08 pm (UTC)
Reveille D'Giovanettireveille_d on June 2nd, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Still Brian Blessed!
Your Obedient Serpent: WARNING: TV Tropesathelind on June 2nd, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
ebony14 on June 2nd, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
Best TV Trope entry EVAR.
Reveille D'Giovanettireveille_d on June 2nd, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
You're quite right.

Stalbonstalbon on June 2nd, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
I was about to note this myself. Who better to voice dragons? Tony Jay, likewise, would have been an excellent choice.
Tubetoob on June 2nd, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Or, as I noted above, Simon Templeman. :)
Your Obedient Serpentathelind on June 3rd, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
Not to be confused with Simon Templar.
Cashew Lou: bob&dougcashewlou on June 2nd, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, this one's super easy for me.

Dave Thomas--and not the burger guy, either. Lou was originally based on Thomas' Doug McKenzie character, so this bit of casting is a no-brainer.
Hafochafoc on June 2nd, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
(sigh) I don't know who my voice is, but I sure pity the poor sonuvabitch.

Maybe you have a better idea of what I sound like than I do, but in my opinion I talk with a horrible nasality that's as if I tried to reshape a steering wheel with my nose... which I did. I've thought of taking some kind of remedial classes or something to try to fix that.
Hafochafoc on June 2nd, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
By the way, when I'm not self-pitying... you know, I have absofrickinlutely no idea who would be a good voice actor for me personally, wapta-me, or Flanker. The other character I've been writing a lot lately, Derrick Clydesbank (do you know him?) is actually based on somebody I know.

I had no idea why I could hear Derrick so clearly, or why he sounded familiar to me. It turns out that his voice is that of a co-worker I admire tremendously. It was from my friend Malcom-- see, even the Scots name coincides-- that I got Derrick's quiet voice, formality, and utter unflappability. Think, Abe Sapien, maybe, but softer and with a bit less inflection to things. Derrick's propensity to employ excessively extensive verbiage is strictly something I inflicted upon him, however.

Anyhow.. suggestions for voice actors welcomed.
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McGuffinhitchkitty on June 3rd, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Mmmm, it's a toss-up between Tim Curry and Alan Rickman.

As for my IronClaw character, Erestan Vano -- and yes, he wears an apricot scarf -- I could be talked into either Antonia Banderas or Anthony Hopkins.

Why, yes, I did just watch a certain movie again. Why do you ask?
McGuffinhitchkitty on June 3rd, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
Gah. Antonio. Not sure why my fingers wanted to give him a sex change operation.
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Your Obedient Serpent: lovedathelind on June 3rd, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
Re: Kitt and Kaboodle
You do a pretty good job of that yourself, my love.
Terminotaur: curiousterminotaur on June 3rd, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)
Hmmm, of my two main characters, if this is a fantasy thingie (seeing as one has passed away)....

Terminotaur: Andreas Katsulas somewhat in the role of G'Kar (maybe an octave lower)

Terminotter: A toss up here as I'm still trying to decide if I want him more fun or serious, but both voices are by James Arnold Taylor. Either a bit like his Obi Wan Kenobi from Clone Wars, or his Ratchet from the Ratchet & Clank games.
Araquan Skytraceraraquan on June 5th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Well, for most of my characters, the answers would be kind of obvious. c.c

But for Araquan... Hmm. I kind of imagined various types over the years, but these days I'm almost thinking Rob Paulsen in a sort of TMNT Raphael kind of vein. But, as ever, still fed through a vocoder to give the voice a sort of metallic but musical resonance. Figure something like the opening announcement for the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland rather than Soundwave's low monotone.
Your Obedient Serpent: Eye: RCA Magic Eyeathelind on June 5th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
I keep hearing some very subtle processing on David Hyde Pierce's voice for KLDR, even though Anthony Daniel's C-3PO is completely unprocessed. Of course, Threepio is a protocol droid, with the expensive, top-of-the-line translator unit; Kildare is a medical droid, and just has has stock vocabulator.

Besides, Kildare's entire character arc has become "Pinocchio gets dragged kicking and screaming into Becoming A Real Boy." When I role-play error messages for a character whose gestating free will keeps conflicting with his programed behavioral constraints, a slightly tinny overtone to his voice seems entirely appropriate.