Top 10 Female Voice Actors: 1990s

Continuing our look at the best voice actors throughout the decades we turn our attention to the Top Ten Female Voice Actors of the 1990s! Before commenting please take a second to review the description written on both of the Top-Ten Pre-1980s lists to see the ground rules on how the list was compiled. Also, remember that you can not only leave comments below the list but you can also visit our forums where you can be a part of an ongoing discussion about this or any of our other Top Ten topics.

Going through the selection process for the 90s was especially difficult. Mainly because of the number of voice actors that were already used on the 80s list AND the number of actors I had to save for the future 2000s list.  For some voice actors, their 'prime' decade is very obvious but there are others that it is basically a flip of the coin as far as which decade to choose.  SO, PLEASE understand before you post 'How could you forget so and so" or "Where is whatchamacallit" that they could have appeared on a previous list (see 1980s) or they may be coming in a future list (2000s).

Finally, it is not enough to just voice one iconic character...usually. For the most part this list is dedicated to the most 'prominent' voice actors, or those whose resumes outclass the rest. It is rare for an actor to make our list based on only one or two major roles.

And now the Top 10 Female Voice Actors: 1990s
By OptimusSolo on Fri Feb 11 2011, 17 Comments, Add Comment


Susan Silo

Iconic Role: Dr. Karbunkel

Susan Silo actually spent most of the 1960 as an on screen actress. It was not until 1974 that she did her first voice work on the animated short, Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus. She appeared in a number of cartoons in the 80s including playing Sue in a number of Pac-Man works, Sandra Shore in the Inhumanoids, and both Compucore and Narra in the Robotix.

It was in the 90s though that Silo did the most of her work. She appeared in such cartoons as, TaleSpin, Captain Planet, ProStars, Darkwing Duck, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Garfield and Friends and the Extreme Ghostbusters.  Her most notable roles of the decade were probably when she voiced Jungle Janet on the Tick and Dr. Karbunkle in Biker Mice from Mars.

Since the 90s she has gone on to voice Wuya in Xiaolin Showdown, Santana of the Dead in El Tigre, and additional voices in Zatch Bell, Avatar, and Digimon just to name a few.

Venus Terzo

Iconic Role: Blackarachnia

Venus Terzo has quite the mixed resume of on-screen and voice-over work.  Her first voice work actually came in the mid-1980s when she worked on the English dub of a couple Project A-Ko titles.  She also did quite a bit of dubbing for the Ranma 1/2 franchise.  In 1990 though, she started a long string of original voice work when she appeared in the New Adventures of He-Man.

From there she went on to grab such roles as Princess Lana in Captain N: The Game Master, Patch in My Little Pony Tales, Blackarachnia in both Beast Wars and Beast Machines, as well as a number of voices in The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog series. Altogether she provided voice work for nearly 50 different projects over the course of the decade.

In the 2000s she continued building her resume with the likes of Diana Zurvis from Action Man, Jean Grey from X-Men: Evolution, Talia Gladys from Gundam Seed Destiny and Rainbow Dash on a number of My Little Pony projects.

Gail Matthius

Iconic Role: Shirley the Loon

An SNL alum from the 80s, Gail Matthius broke into the voice-over world with roles on the Challenge of the Go-Bots, Snorks, the Chipmunks, and Pound Puppies.  However, it wasn't until the 1990s that her voice career really took off.

It all began on a little show called, Bobby's World in which she voiced the character of Martha Generic.  From there she went on to voice Roxie Bear in Yo Yogi, Shirley the Loon in Tiny Toon Adventures, Lana in Animaniacs, and the Invisible Woman / Sue Storm in 1997s Spider-Man. Unfortunately Matthius has not done any further voice acting since the year 2000.

Elizabeth Daily

Iconic Role: Tommy Pickles

Appearing in over 20 on-screen acting roles in the early part of her career including, Laverne and Shirley, CHiPs, Fame, and Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, it wasn't until 1990 that Elizabeth Daily started doing voice work. 

In the first half of the decade she mainly provided additional voices and minor roles in shows like, Camp Candy, Darkwing Duck, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Gargoyles, Rocko's Modern Life and Timon and Pumbaa.

The second half of the decade was a whole different story when she landed such roles as, Bamm-Bamm in Cave Kids, Bagheera in Jungle Cubs, Wendy Elizabeth in Eek! The Cat, Louie Duck in Quack Pack, Mambo in Duckman, Buttercup in the Powerpuff Girls, and Tommy Pickles in a variety of Rugrats projects.

Daily did not slow down in the 2000s making it a very hard decision as far as which decade she fit in with best.  Whats with Andy, Lloyd in Space, Baby Blues, ChalkZone (Rudy Tabootie), and the New Woody Woodpecker Show are just a few of the titles she appeared in.

Christine Cavanaugh

Iconic Role: Dexter

For Christine Cavanaugh, there was no doubt as to which decade was her best. Her major roles in the 90s included, Gosalyn Mallard on Darkwing Duck, Bunnie Rabbot on Sonic The Hedgehog, Marty Sherman on the Critic, Bamm-Bamm on Cave Kids, Oblina on Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Wizzer and Dumping on the 101 Dalmatians series, Chuckie Finster on the Rugrats and Dexter on Dexter's Laboratory.

I could go into all the shows in which she played minor parts or various voices on, but I am pretty sure that is unnecessary at this point!

In case you need any more reasons though, Christine was nominated three times and won one Annie Award for her work on Dexter's Laboratory.

April Winchell

Iconic Role: Miss Finster

Daughter of legendary voice actor Paul Winchell, April Winchell did her first voice work in 1972 on a show called Kid Power.  She didn't reappear in the voice over world until 1988 but her work was worth the wait.

She provided the voice of Peg Pete in Goof Troop, Molly Mange in Swat Kats, Tanya in the Mighty Ducks, Cruella DeVil in the 101 Dalmatians animated series, Miss Finster in Recess, Clarabelle Cow in most 90s and 00s Disney productions, Lydia Pearson in Pepper Ann, and Dyl Piquel in Bonkers.

She has done quite a bit of work in the 2000s as well including Terk from the Legend of Tarzan.

April was nominated for two Annie Awards, one for her work on Recess and the other for her work on 101 Dalmatians the Series.

Mary Kay Bergman

Iconic Role: Daphne Blake

Mary Kay Bergman was another one of those actors that it was easy to pinpoint a decade for, since all of her work came between 1991 and 2002. 

Her first major role was as Arista on the Little Mermaid series. That same year, she played Dr. Blight on Captain Planet.  She was the original voice of Timmy Turner from Oh Yeah! Cartoons/Fairly Oddparents.  Her other major roles included Batgirl, Gwen Stacey, Liane Cartman, Shelley Marsh and Sheila Broflovski in the South Park series and movie.  My favorite of her roles would probably be as Daphne on a variety of Scooby-Doo projects though.

Bergman was nominated for an Annie Award for her voice work on the film South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.

Cree Summer

Iconic Role: Elmyra Duff

Cree Summer has done a ton of voice acting in the 80s, 90s and the 00s but I feel pretty confident about making her prime decade the 90s. 

Her first role may have been one of her most legendary, Penny on 1983s Inspector Gadget.  Other 80s credits included Orange Blossom on Strawberry Shortcake, a pair of princesses on both Ewoks and the Droids, Chilly Cooper from the Real Ghostbusters, and Robin from Camp Candy.

As far as the 90s we got to hear her as Elmyra Duff and Mary Melody on Tiny Toon Adventures/Animaniacs, Dulcy on Sonic the Hedgehog, Hyena on Gargoyles, Princess Kitana on Mortal Kombat the Series, Prince Louie from Jungle Cubs, Princess from 101 Dalmatians the Series, Susie Carmichael on Rugrats, Aka Pella from Histeria!, Max Gibson from Batman Beyond and Tessa/Vanessa James from Pepper Ann.

She has appeared in over 100 different projects in the 00s alone. My favorites from that decade include Storm from the Super Hero Squad, Blackarachnia from Transformers: Animated, Glory Grant from the Spectacular Spider-Man, Valerie Gray from Danny Phantom and Numbuh 5 from Codename: Kids Next Door.

Summer was nominated for an Annie Award, Emmy Award, Vision Award, and two Image awards for her work on various voice projects.

Kath Soucie

Iconic Role: Phil and Lil Deville

Kath Soucie was another one of those voice actors that was really tough to decide on a decade for.  Her 2000s resume is pretty impressive but in the end I think she truly belongs on this list.  Her first voice work was done on Smurfs in 1981. She was also the voice of Minx on Jem!, Casey on Denver the Last Dinosaur, and Janine Melnitz on the Real Ghostbusters in the 80s.

As for the 90s, Soucie's major roles included Tara Boumdeay on Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Brian and Kristine on Widget the World Watcher, Cindy Bear and Secret Squirrel on Yo Yogi!, Morgana MacCawber on Darkwing Duck, Fifi Le Fume and Little Sneezer on Tiny Toon Adventures, Bea on Mighty Max, Princess Sally Acorn and Nicole on Sonic the Hedgehog, Linka on Captain Planet, Princess Katherine in Gargoyles, Daisy Duck in Quack Pack, Winifred in the Jungle Cubs, Anita Dearly and Rolly in 101 Dalmatians the Series, Bubbles in the Powerpuff Girls, and finally, Phil and Lil Deville on the Rugrats projects.

I could list all her credits from the 00s as well but I think the above paragraph should suffice to warrant a number two spot for Kath Soucie!

Tress MacNeille

Iconic Role: Babs Bunny/Dot Warner

This was perhaps one of the easiest decisions out of all my Top Ten Lists. Tress MacNeille not only is the number one voice actor of the 90s but also one of the top All-Time. She has appeared in over 250 different productions in her career starting in 1979 on a Scooby-Doo project. I am going to attempt to spare you a non stop list of the hundred of roles that MacNeille has voiced by just giving you the most prominent ones.

She played both Haggar and Merla on Voltron, Martha Kent on Superman, Chip, Gadget and Zipper on Rescue Rangers, Lady Bane on Gummi Bears, Babs Bunny on Tiny Toon Adventures, Max's Mom on Mighty Max, Callie Briggs on Swat Kats, Shenzi the Hyena on Timon and Pumbaa, Mahra on Jungle Cubs, Dot Warner on Animaniacs, Daisy Duck, Chip and Dale on a variety of Disney projects, Charlotte Pickles on Rugrats, Agnes Skinner and Dolph on the Simpsons and Linda on Futurama.

I could list all of the other roles and shows she has worked on but I am pretty confident that the masses will agree with me with this Number 1 selection.

So, what do you all think? Where did I get it right and where did I go so awfully wrong? Did I forget a major female voice actor of the era in question, or at least your favorite? Can you truly change the self proclaimed, Expert's mind?

This was The, er, I mean My Top Ten...What's yours?


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said at 2:50 PM on Sun Jul 15 2012
Can't decide between EG Daily, April Winchell, Mary-Kay, or Cree. Someone help me!
said at 12:38 PM on Wed Nov 2 2011
i favor venus because she has a very recognizable voice. i definite remember captain n and i love her work in ranma
said at 4:48 AM on Sat Mar 12 2011
Marina Sirtis. Sure she only had one real role, but what an iconic role that was. Demona in "Gargoyles."
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:32 PM on Sun Mar 13 2011
@GregXB You can't honestly suggest she stacks up against those on this list though...
said at 5:06 PM on Thu Feb 24 2011
Good list,but where's Tara Strong?
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 7:17 PM on Thu Feb 24 2011
@Toonhead "For some voice actors, their 'prime' decade is very obvious but there are others that it is basically a flip of the coin as far as which decade to choose. SO, PLEASE understand before you post 'How could you forget so and so" or "Where is whatchamacallit" that they could have appeared on a previous list (see 1980s) or they may be coming in a future list (2000s)."
said at 1:40 AM on Sat Feb 19 2011
Of these, I like Christine and E.G. Daily the best. Christine, IMO, if one of the most amazing voice actresses of all time. She can do a variety of boys, older women, older MEN, etc. E.G. Daily was great as Tommy Pickles and Buttercup! She brought so much diversity to the table! I guess Kath is an honorable mention from me! She can voice a whole family if she wants! She can do little boys, little girls, moms, older women so distinctively!
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:48 AM on Sat Feb 19 2011
@PurpleWarrior13 No love for Tress? She easily has the most impressive resume IMO
said at 2:48 AM on Mon Feb 21 2011

Oh I like Tress too! She also has a lot of good voices that range from mothers, secretaries, older women, wicked witches, boys, etc. Her and Mary Kay Bergman are probably tied for third, with maybe Venus Terzo placed fourth on my list.
said at 9:38 PM on Wed Feb 16 2011
I am biased lol. I prefer Venus here but I also have to go with Tress and Cree. I know what the others did as well but I know a lot from these people.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 12:31 PM on Tue Feb 22 2011
@SCP21 Haha I should have been able to predict you would like Venus the best!! :)
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:15 AM on Sun Feb 13 2011
I agree with basically all of these!
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:02 PM on Sun Feb 13 2011
@NCZ Thanks man! Glad you think I got it right
said at 11:46 AM on Sat Feb 12 2011
I love your #1 choice! Tress is my idol!
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:01 PM on Sun Feb 13 2011
@LadyRose Thanks, like I said #1 on this list seemed pretty obvious to me!
said at 8:04 AM on Tue Feb 15 2011
@OptimusSolo Yah She to me is the best voice actress of the decade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 4:26 AM on Sat Feb 12 2011
I wish people would leave comments explaining their votes as well :( Hard to have a discussion otherwise ;)
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