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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Jiraiya with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Naruto

Jiraiya is the one of the protagonists of the Naruto series and is the one whom is Naruto's mentor and godfather. Jiraiya has been known by many names such as the Toad Sage as he is the master of the Summon Beast Gamabunta and he is also known as the Pervy Sage/Ero Sennin as he has a lecherously voyeuristic streak a mile wide and is the author of the "Make Out Paradise" books. Jiraiya has taught Naruto certain skills such as the Rasengan, how to summon Gamabunta, and taught Naruto about seals (such as the seal that was placed on Naruto). Jiraiya is a well known Shinobi in the Konoha village whom has had quite the history with other characters such as Tsunade, Orochimaru, the 3rd and 4th Hokage and Pain. 
Created by Pokejedservo on Jun 8 2011
Naruto (2005)
JiraiyaDavid Lodge
David Lodge
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja (2006)
JiraiyaRichard Cansino
Richard Cansino
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress (2008)
JiraiyaWally Wingert
Wally Wingert


Today on the Naruto VC section we have a little something for the Toad Sage himself... JIRAIYA! We will actually start off with the US release of the Naruto Ultimate Ninja the first Naruto game for the PS2 in which Richard Cansino was the first to voice Jiraiya here. Apparently Jiraiya was one of the Naruto characters whom had a certain English VA for their debut but was replaced by a different VA (and generally stay that way) shortly afterwards and Jiraiya is one of those characters. (However this was also due to the fact that the English release of the first Naruto game for the PS2 came out before Jiraiya appeared in the English dub of the series.) Anyways Richard's brief work for the role is a bit of a mixed bag as he well to be blunt sounds a bit too young for the role. I mean I know that Richard himself was in his early 50's when he was doing voice work for the game but still I do feel that Richard's voice for the role did sound a little too young. However to be fair Richard's performance for the role wasn't bad as it did sound have a pretty good over the top feel which can be pretty suiting for Jiraiya especially in this case. So in other words its not the worst stand-in performance I have heard but its certainly not the best either.

Now for the English dub of the TV series (and the majority of Jiraiya's other appearances) David Lodge gets to take over the role here. David Lodge's performance as Jiraiya is quite possibly one of his most renowned performances and quite frankly I can understand why. For starters David's voice for the role is a bit more age appropriate and he can go from wonderfully over the top when Jiraiya is being a wacky pervert to a more somber performance when Jiraiya is being more of a serious mentor. David Lodge's work as Jiraiya is easily a great example of his work and one of the better performances in the English dub of the series.

While David Lodge did voice Jiraiya in a lot of his appearances after Naruto Ultimate Ninja, apparently he wasn't available for the US release of the Sony PSP game "Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress" so Wally Wingert gets to take over the role instead. While Wally's voice does seem a bit younger and different from David Lodge's voice for the role to be honest I do think that it still does work for the role pretty well. At least Wally did do a suitable fairly over the top performance for the role as his voice does work for the role in its own way. Overall I am going with David Lodge the most but I will go with Wally Wingert as a pretty good second place with Richard Cansino in third. 



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said at 3:26 AM on Fri Mar 23 2018
David Lodge is the only one in this compare that really fits Jiraiya.

The other two don't fit that well, Cansino sounding too young and Wingert too plain.
said at 9:47 PM on Mon Nov 30 2015
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David Lodge was a perfect fit for Jiraiya: he managed to sound wise, caring, perverted, and also hilarious in the role.

Wally Wingert is too gruff and plain in the role, and Richard Cansino sounds way too young.
Silly Sally
said at 8:23 PM on Sat Jul 4 2015
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David Lodge takes the trophy, Richard Cansino is too young and Wally Wingert is too plain.
said at 10:21 AM on Sun Oct 6 2013
 5 Shout Outs!
David Lodge. The other two don't even come close.
said at 3:58 PM on Thu Apr 5 2012
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i think Richard Cansino was the best. In two words, he revealed a youthful "perviness". It all comes down to this: when portraying a youthful geezer, would you rather have an older gentleman try to rekindle the youthful spark he had, or have a fresh, young, youthful voice?

David would be second for me. I didn't hate his; in fact, i actually liked it. The only thing was that it seemed like a more gentle Jiraiya to me.

I couldn't really understand Wally clearly, so yeah...
said at 4:55 AM on Thu Jun 9 2011
 3 Shout Outs!
#1 David Lodge
I completely agree with Pokejedservo on this one. David's voice for Jiraiya is the best here and one of the best performances from the show! Great range, full of energy, and definitely brings out Jiraiya's character. His fiery personality, bold demeanor, hot-headed attitude and pervertedness is very evident in his voice alone, remaining true to the manga depiction. He even does a better job of that than the Japanese VA! I daresay that this is most likely David's most famous VA role, and there's absolutely no wonder why it couldn't be. ;D

#2 Wally Wingert
He does a good impression of David, even though it's not quite the same. It doesn't even compare to what David has been working with, but on its own merits it's certainly a fine job he's done.

#3 Richard Cansino
As usual, Richard is pretty cool, but without much to go on, I can't really say that much.
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