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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Rouge the Bat with sound clips and images.
Rouge the Bat is a jewel thief, treasure hunter, and spy working for GUN. She is cunning and will do anything to get what she wants - even the Chaos Emeralds.
Created by Pokejedservo on Sat Oct 3 2009, 188 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to NCZ for additional sound clips.
Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)
Rouge the BatLani Minella
Lani Minella
Sonic X (2003)
Rouge the BatCaren Manuel
Caren Manuel
Sonic Free Riders (2010)
Rouge the BatKaren Strassman
Karen Strassman


Yes, believe it or not we shall kick off the Sonic the Hedgehog's Voice Compare with the infamous Rouge the Bat. Some might not like this idea since she much like the games she is in now is affected by a rather Broken fanbase. (But then again the series has been like that for the most part ever since the Sega Genesis was over with, much like Sega's success for the most part but that's a different story.) And of course much like how those such as Dragon Ball and Pokemon, the voice acting comparisons have caused a bit of... debate as well.

Anyways ever since the Sonic Adventure series she was voiced by Lani "Ivy Valentine" Minella. While I do prefer her work on the aforementioned Soul Calibur role, her work as Rouge is certainly not bad at all. While I do think that her Rouge voice probably should've been a bit lower it certainly did fit Rouge's "Femme Fatale" persona rather well.

In the English dub of Sonic X and her current voice in the games is done by Caren Manuel and I think she did just as well. While I admit Caren's work did earn some brownie points with me in how it is a bit lower but still her work is also very suiting for Rouge's persona as well.

Overall I must say that I like them both and both were indeed very good for Rouge indeed.


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said at 11:19 AM on Sun Nov 2 2014
Grey Delisle and Vanessa Marshall would be great as Rouge.
said at 12:40 PM on Tue Sep 23 2014
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I don't any of these 3 are quite perfect as Rouge.

The closest match would certainly be Karen Strassman ,her voice is quite fitting and natural for the character,but her delivery lacks any kind of strength and makes Rouge sound too flaunty and slutty.

Lani Minella sounds way too rough and boyish.

And then we have Caren Manuel....yeah there is no mystery as too why every one calls her Rouge a "40 year old hooker",i don't know what the casting director saw in her,cause obviously she sounds too old.I give her credit as she did try to play up both the characters strength and confidence,as well as her seductive side,but ultimately she is a miscast in my opinion.
said at 9:14 PM on Thu Sep 25 2014
@DVJ Each to their own, and to me Karen Strassman in my honest opinion sounds quite better she sounds an awful like lani's and caren's take on rouge but with slight different tone and material if only she'll get better and better at any time i'm sure of it.
said at 9:32 PM on Fri Jan 23 2015
@SteelEthlan Also, it's the writing.
said at 5:58 PM on Fri Sep 12 2014
Lani Minella, who is also known nowadays for voicing half of the Koopalings, was the only voice for Rouge that didn't sound sexual.
said at 10:26 AM on Sat Sep 20 2014
@CuriousUserX90 - Should that be considered a compliment towards her voice or not?
said at 10:19 PM on Sat Sep 20 2014
@HyperVoiceActing My Oppnions.
said at 10:41 PM on Sat Sep 20 2014
@HyperVoiceActing I was wondering about that too, but considering he voted for her, I think it's a compliment.
said at 1:53 AM on Thu Aug 21 2014
What Anime Episode is Manuel's clip from?
said at 6:44 PM on Wed Nov 26 2014

Episode 39. (Takes place right after the end of the Adventure 2 adaption).
said at 9:13 PM on Fri Aug 1 2014
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I think Lani and Karen Strassman did an amazing job but honestly Carmen Manuel bad casting job she makes Rouge sound like shes in her mid 40s at least and come on now Rouge is suppose to be in what her late teens to 20's right?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:41 PM on Fri Aug 1 2014
@tamercodi Rouge is 18.
said at 7:09 PM on Sat Jul 5 2014
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I honestly think that if Caren used her Stella voice for Rouge, not only would it sound similar to Karen and Lani, but it would actually give her more versatile material to work with.
said at 5:11 PM on Tue Jun 24 2014
My vote goes to Karen Strassman.

1st. Karen Strassman

2nd. Lani Minella

3rd. Caren Manuel
said at 2:52 AM on Thu Jun 19 2014
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If anything Karen Strassman makes Rouge sound more like a bad habited hooker then the previous one and also kinda funny since Caren Manuel is younger the both Karen and Lani.
said at 3:55 AM on Mon Jan 20 2014
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1 Lani Minella
2 Karen Strassman
3 Caren Manuel
Crystal Chaotix 3
said at 9:39 AM on Tue Jan 14 2014
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Lani Minella. She still sounds great to this day. Her acting in Heroes is indeed much better of course and comparing it to Karen's made this a bit tough. I still choose Strassman though.

Caren Manuel: Yeah, I really have no defense for this voice. It sounded okay at the start of Sonic X when she was going for a more natural sounding softer tone but then it just turned into a really old sounding voice that didn't fit that of an 18-year-old young woman. I

Karen Strassman. YES! I didn't even have to think about this one coming into this. Karen Strassman is the best Rouge voice in my opinion. One of the best actors to come out of the new cast. Tough call but I have to choose her.
said at 11:56 AM on Thu Dec 19 2013
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1-: Lani Minella: A perfect fit for the jewel thief. She captured Rogue's spunk and attitude the best, while sounding completely age appropriate for the character. Really under rated IMO, and one of the best VA's from the original Sonic voice cast.
2-:Karen Strassman: A worthy replacement to Lani, she once again sounds age appropriate but seems to be making Rogue sound more seductive than usual. I like it, but she sounds a little ditzy.
3-: Caren Manuel: I don't hate her as Rogue like so many others do, but she's ranking far too high on the poll. It sounds like someone took Lani's voice and aged it 20 years. It's too deep, and she only focuses on making Rogue sound sexy.
said at 3:45 PM on Wed Dec 11 2013
You know what? I take it back. Karen is the best. She combines both Lani and Kathleen but isn't OVERLY seductive. She's grown on me overall.
said at 3:40 PM on Wed Dec 11 2013
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Lani: Fine for the first voice. My favorite actually.
Kathleen: No, just no.
Karen: Sounds a little too seductive but not bad overall.
said at 6:26 PM on Thu Dec 5 2013
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Lani Minella: Nice start for Rouge. She gives her a type of emotional tone from her arguments with knuckles TO FALLING OFF A CLIFF!!!(ok it sound bland, but it's good)

Kathleen Delaney: THIS IS THE WORST!!! She sounds WAYY too deep. This does sound sexy, but it keeps rouge from having good emotions, ESPECIALLY WHEN SHE'S FALLING TO HER DOOM!!! Don't believe me? Fall into a bottomless pit as rouge in Sonic 06 to find out. Her deep voice is the main reason why people gave her vulgar names such as "Whore" and "40 year old hooker on drugs". I don't hate the voice actress herself, but she's the worst voice for rouge.

Karen Strassman: TAKE MY PHONE NUMBER!!!!!!
Ahem, sorry. I love this voice, I just think this is the most seductive voice for rouge. It really fits her perfectly, so it's no doubt that I'm voting for her. Seriously, this woman made me have the biggest crush on rouge (I'm a creep, But come on!!! Don't you think that Rouge looks hot?)
said at 4:24 PM on Mon Nov 4 2013
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Caren is the reason Rouge is called an S.L.U.T all the time.It changed her personality completely. She used to be a bit like Knuckles,selfish and a good leader of Team Dark.But then she became a flirtatous useless nuisence and now,Shadow is the leader of Team Dark?!Karen is WONDERFUL!
My overall,*sigh*I will get so much hate for this but Lani with Karen behind not by far.
said at 4:37 PM on Sun Oct 20 2013
Lani: Bland, 'nuff said.
Caren: Like Roger Craig Smith, it doesn't matter how old the character sounds, as long as the personality is retained, and I felt that Caren perfected it.
Karen: But my vote goes to Karen. I guess I'm just more used to her.
said at 12:38 AM on Wed Oct 9 2013
1. Karen Strassman - Love her take on Rogue, it's very fitting
2. Caren Manuel - Does a good job capturing Rogue's flirtatious personality. 4Kids out did themselves with Caren.
3. Lani Minella - I can't describe her performance
said at 4:22 PM on Sun Oct 20 2013
@MatthewC17 Let me. Lani sounded rather bland and like she was delivering her lines over the phone. Is that how you feel about her?
said at 9:55 AM on Mon Oct 7 2013
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Caren best fits the character. Karen with a K is also good, but a bit higher and younger sounding than necessary. Lani was the weakest. She was just average.
said at 6:38 PM on Wed Oct 2 2013
Caren sounds seductive
said at 12:02 PM on Fri Sep 27 2013
Got some major nostalgia love for Lani's take. Kinda made the character seem less obviously intentionally seductive. So for personal preference, Lani. But in terms of better voice period, Karen Strassman.
said at 1:25 PM on Fri Aug 30 2013
I dig Caren's Rouge voice
said at 7:05 AM on Tue Aug 13 2013
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Strassman definitely Strassman.
said at 3:35 PM on Wed Aug 7 2013
All of them were pretty awesome:
Karen Strassman is the best by far, but she could sound a bit older.
Lani Minella sounds like the great voice of Rouge, she would suit a younger version better, however, she tends to sound a little like a young boy at some points.
Caren Manuel would sound better as Rouge if she sounded younger, then she would sound like a true 18-19 year old teenage woman.
said at 3:52 PM on Wed Jul 17 2013
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Caren makes Rouge sound more like the master thief so i'm going with her.

Lani & Karen were both pretty awesome though.
Shiny Raticate
said at 2:07 AM on Fri Jul 12 2013
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I've liked all the voices for Rouge equally. Lani was definitely good at showing Rouge's demanding voice, especially when interacting with Knuckles. Caren marked the "sexy jewel hunter" part extremely well, but there were few (very few, though) times where she was just too apathetic (Sonic 06, when Eggman knocked Rouge out of the air while she was holding the Scepter of Darkness).
Karen Strassman does a fantastic job, and she gives Rouge a younger sounding (while still seductive) voice.
All in all, these three ladies are amazing at their role.
said at 3:34 PM on Sun Jun 16 2013
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I think my rankings are:

#1. Lani Minella - She made Rouge sound her age while still sounding like the sexy jewel huntress she is.
#2. Karen Strassman - One of the better voices of the current voice cast. She sounds sexy and greedy, though I suppose she might sound a tad young and higher-pitched than I'd like.
#3. Caren Manual - Let's not go there. Horrible. Casting. Definitely one of the worst voices of that generation.
said at 11:30 AM on Tue Jun 11 2013
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Lani Minella: She was good. She sounded a little too young for the character, but she was pretty good.

Caren Manuel: Probably the sexiest take on the character. Her deeper voice perfectly matched the character's appearance and personality.

Karen Strassman: Sounds kind of like a mixture of both.

Caren is my favorite, followed by Lani. I haven't heard enough of Karen to judge her.
said at 5:20 AM on Thu May 30 2013
Although....I did enjoy Lani's voice in Sonic Heroes....
said at 5:14 AM on Thu May 30 2013
I my opinion, honestly, I like them all. One more or less than the other but they all have something that fits Rouge.

Lani. She was the first and I honestly didn't favor her but I thought she was okay. She would suffice as a younger version of Rouge whereas she is still sexy, conniving and flirty. She's not my fav tho. Her scream was annoying -_-

Caren. I grew accustomed to her voice in Sonic X and as a child then I felt it fit her perfectly. She had the attitude and the sex appeal, but isn't really for kids. I feel that her voice matched her persona and her appearance overall. She seemed rather older and mature-sounding than Lani, which is probably what they were goin for, not sure. But, she did come off as whor-ish to me as a kid, but I suppose they meant to do that? Either way, she did come off as a whore but I only assumed it was because she was older.

Karen. I'm not used to her yet, but she seems to fit every aspect of Rouge. She has the personality, the sexy tone, and the attitude. Rouge's persona, I would assume, states that she's a thief who'll get her way however from whomever she wants and if she has to use flirtatious or conniving tactics then so be it. I can't say I'm not getting that from this Karen. She seems to be on point here. Could be my #1 girl.

Karen Strassman#1
Caren Manual #2
Lani Minella #3
said at 10:07 PM on Fri May 24 2013
said at 3:36 PM on Fri Apr 12 2013
Strassman is the best so far. Minella's delivery, to me, comes off too much like Elisabeth Taylor, and Manuel sounds too husky.

Keep in mind, I came here with a Rumi Ochiai mentality of the character.
said at 4:52 PM on Sun Mar 31 2013
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For me, Lani was my favorite. She sounded youthful yet seductive in a way and it was the perfect combination for Rouge I think. She definitely did improve in Sonic Heroes.

I enjoyed Caren's voice but I didn't find her fitting for Rouge. This is just me though. I do like her voice and she offers a unique deeper female voice but I just couldn't picture Rouge with a deep voice. Karen was alright but didn't really glue me in. She's a good actress though.
said at 11:59 PM on Mon May 27 2013
@Ratchetjak I was just about to comment on my thoughts, but you summed up my opinion perfectly.
said at 10:09 PM on Wed Mar 20 2013
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I have to say Lani, even though Karen is a pretty fitting replacement. I thought her acting could have used a bit of work in adventure 2, which she improved in heroes. Karen speaks a bit too slow, and only uses her sexy voice most of the time. I don't mind caren, I just think she's ranking too high on the poll. The only problem with her performance is that the voice is too deep.
said at 9:02 AM on Tue Mar 19 2013
I'm going with Karan. The others are good too.
said at 6:40 PM on Wed Mar 13 2013
if i had to choose the one i'm blinded with by nostalgia, it'd be Caren, but to be fair, she does lack the youthful quality that Karen has and Lani... oh don't get me started, she sounds like she's reading off a script, except for her very first cutscenes with Knuckles, which sounds kinda good.
said at 6:09 PM on Mon Jan 7 2013
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I like Lani's take on Rouge more because I think she had the most range, the other two are just sort of one note (skanky). I do enjoy them, though, and never understood why so many people hated Caren. I mean, yea her voice is pretty deep but I always thought she was still pretty fitting.
said at 12:35 PM on Sat Nov 24 2012
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I think Mary Elizabeth McGlynn would be perfect for Rouge. Still, I liked Karen Strassman the most.
said at 3:00 PM on Wed Jul 3 2013

Kallen Stadtfeld = Hell Yeah!! ^_^
said at 3:53 PM on Fri Nov 23 2012
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I love Lani's voice, Karen was OK in my book, then there was Caren, who soumded like a man high on helium.
said at 4:40 PM on Sun Nov 25 2012
@reeve2 *sounded
said at 12:11 AM on Fri Nov 23 2012
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Lani is my favorite because of how fun, campy, and narcissistic she made Rouge out to be. I also love how non-forced she sounded in the sexy department. I just find girls more attractive when they don't try so hard to be sexy and just naturally come off that way through their personality. That being said I think Karen is just ok. She lays on the sexy a little too thick making Rouge come off as vapid and pretentious at times, but it still keeps a classy secret agent vibe to it in the same vein as Mirage from The Incredibles so that's why I like it.
(PS: I am in no way a furry lol)

And then there's Caren. Oh baby, what happened? Sure you sounded older compared to Lani but you still kept that feisty, camp nature Rouge is known for in Sonic X. So why did you sound so lifeless in the video games? Why were you so forced? Why can't I defend you when people compare your voice to a 40 year old hooker on drugs? Why...just WHY?!
said at 1:44 AM on Fri Sep 28 2012
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Karen sounds so sexy yet very mysterious. She's perfect in the role and gives Rouge so much personality.

Lani's acting was pretty iffy but her voice fit the characer well.

I consider myself a pretty open minded guy, but I can't ignore this: Caren was awful! She sounded like a drag queen who smokes a lot, had no emotion in her voice, and anyone who thinks she was the most fitting Rouge actor has no taste.
said at 12:02 PM on Tue Oct 16 2012

To be fair, we all have different tastes.
said at 5:07 PM on Tue Oct 16 2012
@Truesonic And people like their women to sound like men? Odd taste, but ur right we're all different.
said at 1:45 PM on Mon Dec 3 2012
@Edork42 Trust me, Caren sounded WAY better on Sonic X than she did in the games.
said at 3:41 AM on Fri Dec 7 2012
@Bryton Eh, not really.
said at 5:22 PM on Thu Mar 14 2013

I agree with you.
said at 1:20 PM on Tue Feb 17 2015

How very rude of you. I know you made this two years ago but you have absolutely no right to insult people who think differently to you. That just comes as very shallow and patronising.
said at 12:55 AM on Tue Sep 18 2012
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Lani does a pretty good job as Rouge, she does give out that greediness and confidence that Rouge is known for. It does sound sweet but I do feel its a little too deep for her. Then again, this is one of Lani's higher pitches and she is not really known for having a high female voice.

Caren I felt was just terrible. She sounds way too old and I feel that some of her dialogue in the games were way too stiff. I almost felt that she was miscast and Sega was like "Screw this, lets just keep her as Rouge and hope for the best."

Karen is my personal favorite, she has a high enough pitch that I feel was like "This is how Rouge should sound like." Most people complain that she sounds too promiscuous but that's kind of the point. She is suppose to sound all flirty and sexy. Give her more time and she will be awesome.
said at 11:53 PM on Tue Sep 11 2012
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My ranks for Rouge....

# 1 - Karen Strassman.
# 2 - Lani Minella.
# 3 - Caren Manuel.
said at 9:29 PM on Sat Aug 11 2012
"Overall I must say that I like them both and both were indeed very good for Rouge indeed." Who are these 2 Women that you are refering to?
Pokejedservo (Moderator)
said at 4:53 PM on Sun Aug 12 2012
@JBJB1029 Lani and Caren
said at 11:19 PM on Mon Jul 30 2012
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Lani I feel fit the best. Rouge is an 18 year old girl who feels that she can and should get whatever she wants and competetive too. She is girly and can be snobby if she doesn't get what she wants. When she argues with knuckles in Sonic adventure you see that childish snobby side come out. But she is also cool, sexy, independent, and mysterious. Rouge is laid back but all about her buisness. Lani's hands down was the best cuz she captured all those elements. Brought a young cool feel to rouge while also bringing the serious. Caren's just sounds too old for rougue. Like late 20's early 30's, and karen's to me just did not fit.
said at 1:19 AM on Tue Jul 17 2012
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Ilike Caren Manuel best, followed by Karen Strassman
said at 11:53 AM on Sun May 20 2012
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I don't know why everyone likes Caren Manuel. To me, she's horrible as Rouge, totally ruined her character. Femme fatale my ass, she sounds like smoking cynical housewife. And Lani was sweet, young and sexy, and it match Rouge perfectly.
said at 9:14 PM on Sat Jun 30 2012
@Crocodilepineapple totally agree with you. This Sonic X was the only Sonic tv show that I watched, but I first grew attached to Rouge in Sonic Adventure 2. It was just an off-putting change to her voice. Heck, that show changed quite a few voices of the characters. DARN YOU, 4KIDS!! >:O
said at 1:14 AM on Tue Jul 31 2012
@Crocodilepineapple I agree completely
said at 5:03 PM on Mon Oct 15 2012

I wouldn't say everyone likes Caren Manuel, it's divided really.
said at 1:51 AM on Tue Jan 15 2013
@Truesonic Divided? Ha! I don't think so.
said at 9:23 PM on Sun Feb 24 2013

I'm sure it is. There are some people who like Caren Manuel as Rouge but there are also fans who really like Lani or Karen as Rouge.
said at 9:22 PM on Tue May 1 2012
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Caren had a nice attempt but she was definately my least favorite. Why does everyone like her???
said at 2:33 AM on Fri May 11 2012
@Serenityspazqueen I wouldn't say everyone likes her, but she does have some fans. Personally, I like Caren because her voice sounds more mature and befitting of a woman, something that describes Rouge perfectly. The other two are good, but the higher pitch makes rouge seem a little less mature and little more girly/young womanly. Even though Rouge is only 18, she, like other sonic characters, seem older than they really are.
said at 4:12 PM on Tue Mar 20 2012
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I like Carens :D
said at 11:08 PM on Wed Mar 14 2012
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Lani or Karen its a difficult one... I am definitely not voting for Caren though she's awful...
said at 1:06 PM on Mon Feb 20 2012
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caren as rouge creeps me out
said at 4:30 AM on Thu Jan 19 2012
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My vote's to Lani. Since I grew up with Sonic games that had Rouge's voice acting as Lani, I never got used to any other of the VAs for this character. I've only seen the first episode of Sonic X (back when 4Kids first started airing it) until watching some of it on youtube years later. And of course, Caren annoyed me out of watching it (or skipping to the end of all of Sonic X actually). Like I said, I'm use to Lani, so Karen is weird to me as well.
said at 9:27 PM on Tue Jan 31 2012
@Shadow I gotta say Im with you on this. Lani was what I grew up with. I dont know what the hell I was thinking casting my vote for Manual. But I liked her work to but its not right, in fact the closes thing to being right was done by some chick on you tube.
said at 5:35 AM on Tue Dec 13 2011
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Strassman was very enjoyable, so was Minella.
Belial Edge
said at 2:52 AM on Sun Nov 20 2011
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I think Caren Lyn Manuel's voice in Shadow the Hedgehog sounds better.

Karen Strassman makes Rouge sound a bit too young, and it does match her Japanese voice exactly.
said at 9:19 PM on Wed Dec 7 2011
@Belial Edge Yea your right she made rouge sound like she was some bratty tean
said at 6:07 PM on Sat Jan 14 2012
@DrMace Rouge is supposed to be 18 years old. Caren Manuel made Rouge sound like she was some 50 year old prostitute.
said at 9:24 PM on Tue Jan 31 2012
@PurpleWarrior13 I would not say 50 year old prostitute, but I would agree hat it sounds way to thick and even butch for an 18 year old.
said at 9:28 PM on Tue Jan 31 2012
@PurpleWarrior13 I meant to say that my bad bro
said at 10:12 PM on Sun Feb 5 2012
@DrMace Yeah she sounded deep for an average 18 year old girl, but so do a lot of the male characters fro their age. The reason I liked Caren was becuz she could sound alluring, mysterious, and her deeper voice added that to rouge's character being a spy/thief/agent... plus I also like her sarcastic side too, she made rouge funny, something Lani and Karen didnt seem to have covered (yet).
Belial Edge
said at 10:45 PM on Sat Apr 14 2012
@AMT Wow, that's a surprise for me. 18?! Rouge looks NOTHING like 18 to me.

I was thinking around 20-30, and why 50?! :P
said at 4:37 PM on Sun Oct 20 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 A little harsh don't you think?
said at 5:20 PM on Sun Oct 20 2013
@Adjeras In hindsight, yeah, that was a little over the top (even if I still agree with it). :P
said at 5:26 PM on Sun Oct 20 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 To me, she's like Roger Craig Smith. It doesn't matter how old the character sounds as long as the core personality of the character is retained, and I really like the seductive personality Caren gave (although my vote still goes to Karen IMO)
said at 5:31 PM on Sun Oct 20 2013
@Adjeras I agree, but to me, Caren sounded more than just old. She sounded too scratchy too, and her voice was enough to distract from her delivery (which wasn't really that good either). Karen is awesome though.
said at 5:39 PM on Sun Oct 20 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 I didn't really detect any scratchiness.
But yeah, Karen is awesome.
said at 5:39 PM on Sun Oct 20 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 Surprisingly, Caren is second in the polls.
said at 1:18 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 Really? Lani sounded more scratchy than Caren.
said at 6:01 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
@Adjeras Lani sounds pretty smooth. Caren's voice sounds much more heavy and deep, literally, like she's a regular smoker.

As for the polls, there was some bias toward the Sonic X VAs for a period before the new ones took over (there still is to some extent). Look at all the Sonic VCs.
said at 6:12 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 Maybe that's because I heard her in SA2.

I don't really mind the bias, I feel that the SX actors deserve some credibility (since most the SA/Heroes actors don't hold up that well)
said at 6:13 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 I do respect your opinion though.
said at 1:20 AM on Mon Aug 1 2011
After having played all the way through Sonic Free Riders, I now think Karen is the best; she just needs more proper material to work with. But I still say Lani was pretty good though.
said at 5:07 AM on Thu Jul 7 2011
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1 Karen
2 Lani
3 Caren

To make this brief, Rouge is an amazing female sonic character, less annoying than Amy at times and doesn't have a horrible temper like Blaze. Reasonable she is good in the middle.

I like Karen the best for she portrays Rouge the best by having her sexy attitude and flattery ways but also not sounding to deep like a hooker. She is like a mix of the other two, the Lani gave Rouge a great female voice in a playful pre-teen flattery, Caren gave her a flattery and sexy voice. But taking the best of the two, Karen brings the best out of each.

I like Lani for she is the original, you cant beat originals! She portrayed a playful teenage Rouge, a bit mistevious but also flattery, not so much as a sexy mid tone as Caren gave but still deep enough to not sound like a hooker. She is a good first impression of Rouge, and set a good bar for her.

Last is Caren, Caren had Rouge's sexyness but was too deep and just a bit disturbing. I mean it was like they intended Rouge to sound like a hooker, maybe deep smoker. I think it was too flirty too, you cant tell when she is being serious with out sounding s bit winy, and when she is trying to be flirty, it is pretty similar, she stays in that tone only. Caren needed to expand more.

This is my opinion and i always like the originals, i feel though that Karen did a good job and cant wait to see whats in store to come from her as Rouge.
said at 12:03 PM on Wed Jul 6 2011
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Now that I've thought about it....I think Caren did a better job as Rouge in Sonic X than in the games as Rouge got more on-screen time and episodes to appear on But I still liked her in the games too especially Riders/Zero Gravity and WG

I think 06 was the only part where she could of improved but at times she didn't put much emotion into the voice and that 1 scream but there were other times like she did for e.g at the final parts of Shadow's story her lines "HEY HEY HEY THAT DOESN'T LOOK GOOD!" and "IT'S DESTROYED!"

I've even saw Caren speak in Two videos and She sounds nothing like her Rouge voice maybe they wanted her to make Rouge sound a bit more older I dunno for sure :P It worked for me though Girls also tend to have raspy voices O.o at certain ages
said at 7:39 PM on Mon Jun 27 2011
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1. Karen Strassman - "I just feel bad for everyone watching. This won't even be close."
2. Lani Minella - This one is a little more authoritative, pretty standard generic feminist, but good nonetheless
3. Caren Manuel - Not that bad, but half the time sounds like a 60-something-year old chain smoker
said at 3:11 PM on Mon Oct 31 2011
@SmartyBoyboy No wait! UPDATE! Caren Manuel doesn't even sound that old! It's Lani Minella that makes on the bottom spot.
said at 4:39 PM on Sun Oct 20 2013
@SmartyBoyboy I agree.
said at 12:45 AM on Sun Jun 26 2011
Characterwise I thought Karen did a nice job. But it's only been like one or two games I mean it's like unfair. I'm gonna go for the underdogs than Caren's overrated off balance voice. No offense but Caren's version sounds off to me like it doesn't fit Rouge all the way. Plus her voice is kinda deep compared to the other two.

Karen sounds like Lani but a little off . Nonetheless a nice job though that it's worth giving it a chance. I almost want to go up to her and ask her to say a few lines from the other games like Adventure 2 or '06 or something.
said at 6:53 PM on Sat Jun 4 2011
To me, for a voice to HAVE to fit a certain age is kinda just BS, i mean how many 15 yo do you know that speak like shadow. Or better yet, a 16 yo sound like Espio. All his voices sounded like REAL mid-age man, but no one cares when it comes to him. THAT'S why I think the whole voice/age coincide thing is really just a bunch of crap, to me. Not just for the sonic series, but in ALL animated fictional universes.
said at 4:32 AM on Thu Jun 9 2011
@AMT Seriously, I'm only just telling you this fyi, but I think that you are really looking at this whole thing the wrong way and getting way too defensive.

First of all, Shadow may be physically/biologically 15, but he's chronologically 50 (that's how long ago Professor Gerald Robotnik created him before the series' beginning).

Second, Espio is a freaking ninja! What kind of person is he supposed to sound like? A wimp? Sports jock? Cheap hooker? Gangbanger? Didn't think so.

And last but most importantly, the age of a certain character is one of the major things that VAs have to keep in mind when voicing a certain character. It's just as important as bringing out the character's personality and emoting properly according to that. Age always drastically affects someone's vocal chords. That's why a certain person sounds different when he/she is 10 years old compared to how that same person sounds when he/she is 20 years old. A lot of VAs do put great effort into convincingly sounding like what you'd expect the character to.
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said at 3:50 PM on Fri May 27 2011
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Here's what I think.

1. Karen Strassman
Perfect. She makes Rouge sound classy and age-appropriate yet sultry. Fits both her appearance and personality like a glove. I really want to hear her saying some of Rouge's lines from Sonic Adventure 2, since she sounds the most versatile of the lot.

2. Lani Minella
Has many of the same qualities as Karen, but a little younger and she could sound a bit bratty/whiny at times in Adventure 2. She was at her best in Heroes, but she also did a great job whenever she's in a scene with Knuckles.

3. Caren Manuel
Way too deep. She works at making Rouge sound seductive, but didn't have much range. Her best performance was in Shadow the Hedgehog, when she toned it down a notch. She had her good points, but overall I felt the others were better.
said at 1:39 AM on Fri May 20 2011
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#1 Lani Minella
Lani is my pick. She's the original (can't beat the classics) and sounds a bit more natural and distinctive than the others. Being the first VA director as well, she also has better experience. Most importantly, I feel that she was the only one to have nailed the character.

#2 Karen Strassman
Well, she's okay. Not bad, but not great either. Maybe she'll improve in future appearances.

#3 Caren Manuel
There are many talented VAs (Veronica Taylor, Eric Stuart, etc.) on the 4Kids cast, but Caren is certainly not one of them.

Ever since I heard her Rouge voice in Sonic X...I've been hating this voice ever since. It sounds like a chain-smoking hooker and prostitute who never shuts up at the bar. Not only was her voice too horribly deep like a female Montel Williams, but her acting wasn't any better either. Caren sounded like she tried way too hard on making Rouge sound playful and selfish. And when she screams, or puts emotion into the voice, she sounded like she wasn't even trying at all (listen to her in Sonic 06 for proof).

I can't believe there are people that actually LIKE her voice for Rouge. But whatever, I understand that we all have our own differences and whatnot. Nevertheless, I always hated Caren's Rouge voice, and I'm glad she was replaced.
said at 6:48 PM on Mon May 23 2011
@pokemastanumba1 Didnt you make an earlier post with some of the EXACT same words?
said at 12:28 PM on Wed May 25 2011

This guy copy and pasted much of what I said earlier about Caren. I call that plagiarism...
said at 3:31 PM on Wed May 25 2011
@BlueSkySlash Sorry. :'(
I was really just trying to get the point across...
said at 12:26 PM on Sun May 15 2011
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1. Lani Minella - I think her Rouge voice was the most fitting for the greedy, manipulative, sly treasure hunter.
2. Karen Strassman - Her voice was similar to Lani's, though with more of a "show-off" tone that still fit Rouge very well.
3. Caren Manuel/Kathleen Delaney - her lower, cockier voice for Rouge wasn't quite as fitting for Rouge, but was still rather fitting.
said at 8:52 PM on Fri Apr 29 2011
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I am not going to put them in any real order. But I will say this about all the women that did rouges voices. When rouge first showed her beutifule self back in 2001 in sa2 she seemed like a very young lady. Im saying this becuse
the way they casted her disposition. Thats why Lani Minella was more than perfect for the part, she captured the young and full of life rouge that was needed. When Rouge made her TV dabute in Sonic x she was casted as smoledering temptdress that wanted to flurt with every one. I did enjoy Caren Manuel as this side of Rouge. But she trys way to hard to sound beutifule. She did ok. Sonic 06 was a down shift for all the sonic charectors.Manuel did not realy reach parr through, she seemed emotionless and unhuman more like a robot.Karen Strassman now that was a wild turn of events. She maid dear Rouge sound much like a lowed and very blightent. She did a good job as her through. But to tell every one the truth no one has realy hit the part on the head yet. Sure Strassman maid her bold,Manuel maid her sexy and Minella has put the wild young woman in her. But what she needs is some one who can do all of the above. I am not 100% satisedfied with any of them. All have amid me happy ever since I was a pup. I like Rouges voices, but I dont love them. Does any one agree?
said at 3:56 PM on Fri Apr 8 2011
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1. Karen Strassman

Karen is a voice actress whose work I really love. I was surprised when she was casted as Rouge. For the most part, she's pretty good. Not quite sure if she's performing the best that she could be as Rouge. She gives Rouge a relatively high-pitched voice, but at least she makes her sound like someone who's trying to get your attention. I'll be looking forward to hearing her more.

2. Lani Minella

Even back when I first heard Lani as Rouge, I didn't like it all that much. The tone she gives just doesn't sound like what I'd expect from a secret agent bat with sex appeal. Lani made Rouge sound like an ordinary woman with a relatively high voice. Her acting was alright, but nothing to write home about. She basically was an average voice to me.

3. Caren Manuel

Ever since I heard Caren's Rouge voice in Sonic X...I've been hating this voice ever since. It's terrible. She gives Rouge a voice that makes her sound like a 40 year old smoker who never shuts up at the bar. Not only is her voice annoying, but her acting wasn't good either. Caren sounded like she tried way too hard on making Rouge sound playful and selfish. And when she screams, or puts emotion into the voice, she sounded like she wasn't trying at all (listen to her in Sonic 06 for proof).

I can't believe there are people that actually LIKE her as Rouge. But whatever, I know people will like someone that another person doesn't, so I'll just leave it at that. Overall, I never liked Caren's Rouge voice, and I'm glad she was replaced.
said at 2:28 PM on Fri Apr 8 2011
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
1. Karen Strassman
2. Lani Minella
3. Caren Manuel
said at 6:03 PM on Tue Mar 29 2011
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Every one likes Caren Manuel so much because of her work as Rouge(not to mention she began as Mai Valentine in the original YuGiOh!) but any way. Rouge sounds mature but in some instances the lines sound childish but then again the voice itself sound older that 18 years old. but since there are so many little kids and teens that watched Sonic x they would care much about Lani.

Lani had a youthful ROuge voice and it sounded like ti fit better. BUt she was only in two or three games. It sounded younger thatn Carens and sweethearted kinda. but that worked for me.

As for Karen, she's a mix between of the two. It's kinda older but also young at the sametime. Since she's staring out she's doing really good right now even though it has only been what like one game and yet people are liking her performance in that game.

I think it all depends on how the voice would fit the character bets than to whine and complain to keep one and crap. SOme are better than others

TO be Honest at this point
1. Karen
3. Caren M. ( by now I've gotten fed up with these whiny lil fan geeks that like Caren's voice by now.)
said at 4:26 PM on Sat Mar 19 2011
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As I said in the past Caren Manuel is the best Rouge voice in my opinion making her sound Serious,Sexy and a little older (It didn't bother me much) She pretty much nialed the personality of Rouge Though She can make Rouge sound young if you listen to her Mai Valentine voice it sounds a little less older

I don't care though She's still the best for me She'll always be my Rouge to me I don't care I'm just glad we had her these past years Though a little part of me is still upset while Lani is second and Karen is a decent third...
said at 6:00 PM on Sat Mar 19 2011
@Truesonic Amen. AMEN!
said at 6:08 PM on Sat Mar 19 2011
@Truesonic Not to mention when Caren did the voice of Stella in Winx. I had to go watch a video to actually believe it, and she sounded different, with a deep voice like hers, it's amazing how well she can do a high voice too! But then again, Caren is a singer, so changing pitch is probably easy pie for her.
said at 6:50 PM on Thu Mar 24 2011

Definately agree with you....Caren does have talent and yes It's simply incredible she can change the pitch of her voice at any range and yes tops to her singing too :D I'm gonna try to listen to her Stella Voice to see how it sounds I've heard a few of her voices and I'm really impressed, I have yet to hear more. She was the best Rouge voice it's such a shame she got some much hate by by several fans :( I miss her Rouge voice a lot I think some credit goes to the voice acting directors too since they possibly wanted her to make Rouge sound like that It worked perfectly for me though :)

I also want someone to interview her since I have never heard or seen her being interviewed As well as Amy Palant and few other 4Kids Actors like (David Willis,Bella Hudson, Amy Birnbaum etc etc...)
said at 3:29 PM on Sun Mar 27 2011
@Truesonic Yeah I'd like to see like Amy Palant, Caren Manuel and them at like another sonic con, I know Jason, Lisa, Pete, Mike and Dan go to those things, but I dont think I've ever seen or heard of one with Caren Manuel and Amy Palant
said at 9:12 PM on Tue Mar 29 2011

Yeah hopefully in could happen again I can't be too sure though but possibly it could even be something else similar to Sonicon....I actually want someone to interview them All the others Especially Caren She had the best Rouge voice making her sound more mature,sly and lower gave her an Edge so she sounded a bit more closer or past the age

While Lani was too high pitched at most times very stroppy,Moany and squeaky sound a little younger than a 17 year old andKaren eh decent but she doesn't add anything special yet nor emotion

If that means all the rest of the cast who didn't attend Sonicon that would be...

Amy,Caren,David,Amy,Oliver,Rebbeca,Bella Hudson....and a few more guest stars and Sonic X exclusives Excluding Andrew Randells since he left and uh...Jimmy Zoopi was fired? but IDK We can dream :)
said at 12:36 AM on Thu Mar 17 2011
Lani Manilla and Karen Straussman sounds the same to me. I guess Caren was okay.
said at 5:54 PM on Tue Mar 29 2011
@akmaldanish If you were to listen to the voices Caren's sounded older which didn't work much. Karen though is working well nowadays. though I do miss Lani in the comparison
said at 6:13 PM on Wed Feb 9 2011
Lani started Rouge and she was great back then. Gave rouge the spy and playful and sexy attitude. Same with Karen though she sounds a little too sexy though.
Caren Manuel made Rouge sound sexy and mysterious and gives her that playful attitude. but the voice sounded a bit older than what I was expecting Rouge to sound.
said at 11:00 PM on Fri Feb 4 2011
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I'll give each ther pros and cons too

Lani: Ok... Um, she was an ok voice. I think her best was in Heroes. It wasn't as high as her SA voice and her voice had a more sarcastic tone in heroes, so that kinda fit rouge. I will say even though Rouge is 18, this tone fits her for being 18, but for the character Id have to say... eh, she's satisfactory. Not terrible, but not great.

Caren: This is my favorite voice and here's why. Caren has that kinda new york attitude in her voice and that fit PERFECTLY with Rouge's personality, and Caren executed her lines perfectly with that tone. Granted, she does sound much older than an 18 year old, but this doesnt make it bad. If anything, I think Caren matched Rouge the best. Plus I think her acting was better than Lani's so, she gets the win by voice and acting. I do wanna berate those who say she sounds like a man or a smoker, you have to be deaf if you REALLY believe thats a man. Iv heard deeper women before. Listen to Gina Torres as Wonder Woman in DC Universe Online... She'll make Caren sounds like a chipmunk. But yes all in all, I love Caren Manuel's Rouge!

Karen: Oh geez... Im sorry, I have to say this is the worst rouge voice for me. Don't get me wrong, Karen's voice is heavenly, sexy and just cool, but her tone and inflection is just a little too... well... ok, ill say it, down-right slutty. I mean, in some Free Riders cutscenes, she talks like she's having an orgasm which is just unnecessary and inappropriate. When I hear this voice, I don't think of a Jewel Thief, Secret Spy Agent, I think of a high-maintenance, spoiled brat, princess who has been stricken with the deadly sin of lust. I REPEAT its a nice voice, but it just does not suit Rouge as well as the other 2. Her voice is too high and promiscuous. Its not the worst voice ever, but out of the 3, its my least favorite for Rouge.

1) Caren Manuel
2) Lani Minella
3) Karen Strassman
Sarge Ray
said at 2:10 PM on Thu Feb 3 2011
Minella: Meh. Too pushy and grouchy.

Manuel: I'm gonna give her credit, she adds a sultry element to Rouge's voice, yet adds a bit of subtlty that Minella didn't quite get.

Strassman: Huh. Not bad. She takes the sultry tone of Manuel, but makes it sound younger. I gotta admire that. She takes this one.
said at 4:50 PM on Sun Jan 30 2011

I appreciate the comment mate :) and yes we do seem to have linked minds XD I've also seen your comments from the last couple of months and you have very strong points I definately agree on the what if Caren voiced Rouge first their would be some differences and people's opinions would change

As you see I made small comments earlier last year but I decided to reason, to back up my opinion and expand them to show why I like the fitting voice actor etc etc...
said at 2:28 AM on Sun Jan 2 2011
@truesonic Iv read all your recent posts on the other comparisons above rouge in the list to the left, and you and I must share the EXACT same mind @_@ You are now my favorite person here XD
said at 6:58 PM on Sat Jan 1 2011
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1) Caren Manuel
2) Lani Minella
3) Caren Strassman

Who says Rouge needs a girly/high voice for her age not all 17 Year old girls sound high pitched and loud some Girls have Bold husky and deep voices at times it don't always work out like that But I'm not saying Rouge has to have a deep voice but I'm saying she can be either and it doesn't make her sound like an old woman or hooker

I thought Caren's deep voice for Rouge added more to her and it connected plus it flowed with her personality and it fitted so well and it was just perfect and could have been better if it weren't for the bad dialouge but her best work was in Sonic X

Lani was okay good acting but for me the voice didn't really fit Rouge but it was listenable and better than nothing

Karen doesn't really add anthing special here i mean yeah she can act at least but there's nothing special really but again better than nothing

But I really wish they didn't fire Caren :/
said at 5:21 AM on Wed Dec 29 2010
Oh yeah we all know Caren sounds older then 18, but we cant really put age into the voices in sonic, I mean Shadow is physically 15 and yet he sounds in his 30s. Blaze is 14 and she sounds like shes in her 30's, Rouge is 18 yet Caren makes her sound in her 30's as well does lani and karen sounds like shes 13 etc. Some characters sound close to ther age, some dont and some we just dismiss
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said at 6:28 PM on Tue Dec 28 2010
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You have a point, but I'm sure that wouldn't stop complaints of Caren's Rouge sounding much older than eighteen.
said at 5:55 PM on Tue Mar 29 2011
@NCZ my point exactly
said at 6:00 PM on Tue Dec 28 2010
@al Why? Becuz her first voice was girly and elegant? Its like I say, if Caren was the first voice, we'd probably wouldn't like Lani or Karen doing the voice becuz we were used to caren's deeper voice. Its all about the change tbh. I think deep down we like ALL the voices, we just dont like the sudden changes to them so we resent them.
said at 12:41 AM on Wed Dec 8 2010
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Caren Manuel portrayed Rouge the best. She portrayed her as a mysterious, subtle, spy thief/agent with a hidden agenda. Her deeper sultry voice added to her persona, instead of just being the plain old sex symbol

Lani's was too elegant and girly

Karen's is... well, to say the least, slutty and way too girly. Doesn't add anything special to rouge
said at 1:08 AM on Sat Nov 13 2010
Well first of all, "if" is the operative word and despite her age, theyve never really referred to her as someone young, and someone of her age acting the way she does can be considered a slut, especially if theyre trying to sound like one, which Karen strassman sounds like shes doing. SEGA said they wanted to make sonic and tails sound older yet, they took a back words turn with rouge, and amy but thats a different story... if older is the main basis now, then it shud be caren hands down. She gave real character essence to rouge, instead of some elegant, promiscuous woman like Karen and Lani did.
said at 1:15 PM on Fri Nov 12 2010
IMO, those who think she sounds raspy and man-like are obviously deafened by the fact that lani, whos' voice was high pitched, was replaced and ppl seemed to have not gotten over it! You can clearly hear shes a woman, its just deeper, and thers no such raspyness in her voice, shes got more of that new york accent attitude to her voice which really adds extra to rouge, Caren's sounds more fitting to rouge, a grown woman whos a jewel theif and a tough chick, the other two make her sound like a girly, motherly, omg-sounding kinda girls which is just unfitting
said at 1:13 AM on Thu Nov 11 2010
Heres my order:

1. Caren Manuel
2. Caren Manuel
3. Caren Manuel

I really dont liek the other 2 very much
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:14 AM on Wed Nov 10 2010
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Karen Strassman added. She's the best, IMO.
said at 5:08 PM on Tue Nov 9 2010
I don't know why a lot of people hated Caren she gave rouge a edgy/sexy voice though she sounded a tad deep her best performance was in Sonic X shame she didn't get to voice her much in the Main Series but we will see how it goes with the new v/a in Free Riders
said at 6:58 PM on Mon Sep 27 2010
CAREN FTW!!!!! I think I remember reading when sonic X first came out the the director didnt know how old rouge was at the time of casting caren for the role, but i like hers WAYYY better! She can actually ACT while sounding mysterious and batty! Caren fits her persona and M.O so much more
said at 8:05 PM on Wed Aug 18 2010
I agree with Driuco IMO Caren is better than Lani she has more emotion and sounds very serious :) ugh but shes being replaced too bad :( ill miss Caren
said at 3:56 AM on Sat Jan 2 2010
Agreed. Though for me it, more on liking Lani, and less on disliking Caren. Lani sounded like the character should: an 18 year old Femme Fatale. Perfect!

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