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Best Troy Baker characters

The best video game characters voiced by Troy Baker

When you think of a video game voice actor, there’s a very good chance Troy Baker will be the first name to pop in your head. He’s starred in a lot of video games, and he’s played some incredibly iconic roles. But what are the best characters voiced by Troy Baker?

The man is everywhere. But it’s understandable; Troy Baker is one extremely talented and versatile voice actor. From Joel in The Last of Us to Batman’s nemesis, The Joker, Baker’s played an extremely varied array of characters. Heck, he’s even voiced The President of the United States, for crying out loud.

Picking out our favourite Troy Baker roles has been no easy task, but we’ve tried. He brings talent to just about every role he picks up, but these are the best video game characters voiced by Troy Baker. In our opinion, at least.

1. Joel in The Last of Us

The Last of Us 2 Joel
Image: Naughty Dog

“Ellie, you’re treading on some mighty thin ice here.” – Joel

Hands down, the best video game character ever voiced by Troy Baker has to be Joel in The Last of Us. When you think of Troy Baker, you think of Joel, it’s as a simple as that. And while Joel’s character may be complex — he’s done some very bad things in his life, despite being our protagonist — you can’t help but come to care for him. His role as Ellie’s father figure throughout The Last of Us Part I touched our hearts. We’d perhaps go as far as to say he’s one of our favourite characters ever, largely down to the excellent acting from Baker. And that only makes the events of the second game even harder to swallow.

Read our review of The Last of Us Part I

2. Apollo in Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical

Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical
Image: Summerfall Studios/Humble Games

“This I know: once the Muse is dead, questions creep, they’ll burrow in my head.” – Apollo

Stray Gods is a rather unique game. Telling a story based around Greek gods living in a modern world, it’s a narrative-driven adventure — but it’s also a musical. Troy Baker takes up the role of Apollo, the God of Prophecies. Not only can his character be romanced in the game, depending on the options you make, he also sings. That’s enough to make this one of the best Troy Baker roles in our opinion. It’s not every day we get to hear the man sing in a game.

Read our review of Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical

3. Bitter Squirrel in God of War Ragnarok

God of War Ragnarok Bitter Squirrel screenshot
Image: Sony Santa Monica

“Bite me now and eternally!” – Bitter Squirrel

There’s a lot to love about God of War Ragnarok. It’s one of our favourite games of this generation — and that’s not just because it contains a badass talking squirrel. That squirrel is voiced by Troy Baker and, while he may not be a playable character, we’ve got a huge kick out of the insults he likes to hurl at Kratos and Atreus.

4. Higgs Monaghan in Death Stranding

Death Stranding Higgs Monaghan
Image: Kojima Productions

“But I wonder, when you look death in the eye, will you blink?” – Higgs Monaghan

Troy Baker plays a mean antagonist, and one of the best has to be Higgs Monaghan in Death Stranding. Not only does he look incredibly intimidating — whether it’s the gold mask or mysterious dark cloak — but his over-the-top, flamboyant personality is always enough to put you on edge. Baker does a fantastic job of bringing him to life, and he’s a villain we won’t forget in a hurry. We’re looking forward to his return in Death Stranding 2, that’s for sure.

Read our review of Death Stranding

5. Samuel Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Uncharted 4 Sam Drake
Image: Naughty Dog

“I always felt that we were destined for something great.” – Samuel Drake

Sam might be the less popular of the Drake brothers, but it’s hard not to admire Troy Baker’s rendition of him. At the side of the perhaps-too-likeable Nathan, Sam’s practically a true villain. Assumed to be dead, his arrival in Uncharted 4 is a surprise to everyone – not least Nate. He’s more rough around the edges than his baby bro, but that just makes his character seem that much more interesting.

Read our review of Uncharted 4

6. Delsin Rowe in inFamous: Second Son

InFamous: Second Son screenshot
Image: Sucker Punch Productions

“I’m gonna be different, Okay? I’m not there doing what they do, I’m there to save lives, I’m gonna be like Super Man.” – Delsin Rowe

How we wish we’d had another inFamous game. Alas, we’re left with the memories of the series at least. And key to those memories is Delsin Rowe, the protagonist in inFamous: Second Son. Voiced by Troy Baker, he’s spunky and a bit arrogant — in fact, we’d probably strongly dislike if we knew him in real life. But Troy Baker does such a great job of bringing him to life that it’s impossible not to come to like him.

7. Vincent Brooks in Catherine

Catherine screenshot
Image: SEGA

“I mean, I can’t claim to be the greatest guy in the world or anything… But I AM human! And I’m free to choose how I live!” – Vincent

It’s impossible not to like Vincent, the main protagonist in Catherine – even if he is cheating on his long-term girlfriend. He’s so unbelievably troubled, what with his constant nightmares and having to run around with loads of sheep whilst wearing his pink love-heart boxers. That’s what the stress of having an affair does to you, we suppose. And while he’s far, far from perfect, Vincent is somehow one of the most likeable characters voiced by Troy Baker. Even if we do want to get hold of him and shake some sense into him once in a while.

Read our review of Catherine: Full Body

8. Pagan Min in Far Cry 4

Pagan Min Far Cry 4
Image: Ubisoft

“I want him alive. With all the bits that count.” – Pagan Min

We might be on Far Cry 6 by now, but Far Cry 4’s Pagan Min might still be our favourite villain of the series. He’s flamboyant, completely mad and utterly evil — but somehow, we can’t help but like him. We’re not sure what that says about us, but Troy Baker does such a fantastic job of bringing this despotic villain to life that, even now, almost 10 years later, Pagan Min lives on in our heads.

9. The Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins

Batman: Arkham Origins
Image: Warner Bros.

“I present to you the death of the Batman!” – The Joker

When word got out that series staple Mark Hamill wasn’t cast as the Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins, we have to admit we were a little worried at first. But as soon as we heard Troy Baker’s take on the iconic role, our worries were appeased. Troy Baker brings on the full crazy train for his role as Gotham’s most unstable villain, and he totally knocks it out of the park.

10. Lyndon (the Scoundrel) in Diablo III

“Angry naked women are attacking me? This is my summer in Westmarch all over again!” – The Scoundrel

We we never particularly keen on Diablo III’s follower system — they were never that helpful at dispatching foes — so we didn’t miss the function when Diablo IV dropped it. There is one thing we miss about it, though, and that’s Troy Baker’s character, The Scoundrel. One of our favourite supporting characters in the whole of Diablo III (and one of our favourites voiced by Troy Baker), he constantly kept us entertained with his zany personality and witty one liners. Even if he was never that useful, he did amuse us so. Thankfully, he does pop up as a quest giver in Diablo IV, but it’s not quite the same.

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