Espio the Chameleon
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Espio the Chameleon

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Espio the Chameleon with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Sonic the Hedgehog

Espio is a member of Team Chaotix along with Vector the Crocodile and Charmy Bee. He is a stealthy, purple ninja and one of the few silent, serious characters in the Sonic series. It was commonly believed that Marc Biagi voiced Espio in Sonic Heroes. This has since been proven false; Biagi voiced Vector.
Created by NCZ on Aug 10 2010
Sonic Heroes (2004)
Espio the ChameleonBill Corkery
Bill Corkery
Shadow the Hedgehog (2005)
Espio the ChameleonDavid Wills
David Wills
Sonic Colors (2010)
Espio the ChameleonTroy Baker
Troy Baker
Sonic Forces (2017)
Espio the ChameleonMatthew Mercer
Matthew Mercer (NEW CLIP)

EDITOR'S OPINION

This is probably the only time I clearly favor one of the Sonic X voices. While Bill Corkery had a satisfactory take on the character and played his coolness well, he also sounded aggressive and on edge. David Wills' portrayal nailed the character, sounding cool and relaxed but still capable of emoting (with what little emotion Espio has, anyway). I like Troy Baker for the same reasons, and I hope he gets more to work with in the future. While they are all good, my vote goes to David.

NCZ

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8000 Saiyans
said at 1:21 PM on Sun May 20 2018
I found my new favorite Espio.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 5:20 PM on Sat May 19 2018
 1 Shout Out!
I honestly think Matthew kind of fits Espio a bit better.
HienFan
said at 9:31 PM on Wed May 16 2018
 2 Shout Outs!
I actually think I like Matthew more than Troy, second place easily

Bill was strange, things like the first cutscene was great, others like the beginning of the clip was really over the top
HienFan
said at 8:47 AM on Fri May 18 2018
@HienFan Been looking through Heroes, again it seems like Bill was very good in the cutscene(certainly what David Wills inspired his voice from) but a lot of his ingame lines sounds almost like an old man
Shaun Ince
said at 7:34 PM on Wed May 16 2018
Matthew Mercer is pretty good Espio.
TheDayman
said at 2:47 PM on Wed May 16 2018
1. Willis
2. Corkery
3. Baker
4. Mercer

Scott MacDonald would make a good Espio.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:23 AM on Wed May 16 2018
 11 Shout Outs!
"I like Troy Baker for the same reasons, and I hope he gets more to work with in the future."

Alas.
Soul-dragon
said at 8:35 AM on Wed May 16 2018
@NCZ Somethings are never meant to be sadly. I would've loved to see him reprise Espio as well but oh well.
8000 Saiyans
said at 2:59 PM on Sat Feb 24 2018
 2 Shout Outs!
I think Brian Drummond would be a great Espio.
TailwithaStripe
said at 12:04 PM on Tue Jun 27 2017
 1 Shout Out!
My opinion on Espio's VAs:

3. Troy Baker - I don't know, this voice doesn't sound very ninja-like to me. It's pretty generic for Espio and it makes him sound little light-hearted in places. Decent acting though.

2. Bill Corkery - I actually don't mind this voice. Sure it can be inconsistent at times but I like the tough attitude he gave Espio whilst making sound mysterious and ninja-like. The acting was a little forced with some lines but overall I kinda like this voice.

1. David Wills - This voice I feel took Corkery's performance and refined it more. David gives a much better balance of both tough and mysterious plus more ninja-like. The acting can be a little wooden but overall this was probably the best voice for Espio.
batcool
said at 5:51 PM on Sat Apr 1 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Dave willis for me i just like his performance in Sonic X and the later games

Side note i think Kyle Phillips would be good as Espio
wdf1
said at 1:54 PM on Sat Nov 5 2016
1. Troy Baker
2. David Wills
3. Bill Corkery
wdf1
said at 12:33 PM on Sun Oct 16 2016
 1 Shout Out!
1. Troy Baker
2. David Wills
3. Bill Corkery
WrightWay
said at 1:44 PM on Fri Oct 14 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
I'm going with David Wills on this one, actually: his soft, quiet ninja like voice really fit the role well to me. He was definitely one of the standouts from the mostly poor Sonic X & 2005-2010 Sonic game voice cast.

Troy Baker lacked consistency in his performance: I thought he was fine in Colors, but in Generations he did this incredibly forced preacher type voice, and it didn't work at all.

Bill Corkery lacks even more consistency than Troy Baker did: he goes from really gruff and deep to sounding intelligent and suave, all across the board. Having said that, he was alright when he adopted the latter pitched, and he's certainly not the weakest Espio.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but Matt Mercer is the weakest of the group from what I listened to of his performance in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games version of the character. His "ONWARD" reminds me of some bully at a school's voice.
ScraftyIsTheBest
said at 7:23 PM on Tue May 9 2017
@WrightWay

I think Matt did the absolute best he could with the very little he had to work with, to be honest.
WrightWay
said at 8:30 AM on Thu May 11 2017
@ScraftyIsTheBest
I'm just amazed how forced he sounds in the part, honestly: Matthew Mercer is a great voice actor, but I feel like the direction wasn't on his side here- it could very well be the lack of material, but I felt he could do better here.
ScraftyIsTheBest
said at 6:20 PM on Thu May 11 2017
@WrightWay

I do agree about that, and I was mostly just considering the likely circumstances of what he was given, given Matt's never one to phone it in really and is a very talented actor.

I agree that the direction was likely part of the issue, which is what I was thinking of, really. Given the circumstances, I'm pretty convinced most of the direction he was given was to basically "mimic Troy Baker", given he was likely hired to be a duplicate voice for Troy (Matt himself has a long history of being hired to voice match Troy Baker). I'm pretty sure aside from the lack of material, he was likely pretty much only called in to do an impression of Troy's take on Espio and only did pretty much that: copycat Troy.

That said, I'm sure he could be better if he were to hypothetically be cast as Espio again in a future appearance, and if he's given more material and more time to really make the role his own, then he could be quite solid. Especially since Matt's actually quite good at the cool, calm roles with his voice. But given he had so little to work with as of yet, I'd say he's yet to realize any of his full potential as Espio, especially since he does have a voice that can actually work quite well for him.
WrightWay
said at 6:36 PM on Thu May 11 2017
@ScraftyIsTheBest
Good points: I see what you mean now, so thanks for clarifying that.
GreenGoblin75
said at 12:10 PM on Fri Oct 7 2016
I'm changing my vote to Troy Baker.
ScottMyers
said at 5:24 PM on Fri Apr 8 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Troy Baker's my favorite. His voice sample from Sonic Colors doesn't do him justice; in Generations, he shows off a REALLY cool voice that channels Crispin Freeman in an effective way for this cautious ninja. David Willis has a solid voice, but it doesn't have a whole lot of personality, and he tended to be a bit quieter than he needed to be. Bill Corkery lacked any kind of direction in his performance, and this lost him several points in my book.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:03 PM on Fri Mar 18 2016
 7 Shout Outs!
Here comes a new challenger!

https://twitter.com/matthewmercer/status/711021943164522497
Shaun Ince
said at 8:15 PM on Fri Mar 18 2016
@NCZ That's the 6th role that Mercer shares with Troy Baker now. Seems to be a recurring thing from what I see.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:18 PM on Fri Mar 18 2016
@Shaun Ince I've seen an interview or a panel or something, memories a bit fuzzy, where Troy flat out says that if he's unavailable for something he will tell them to get Matthew Mercer.
Shaun Ince
said at 8:22 PM on Fri Mar 18 2016
@Nightmare Crusher Yeah.
Shaun Ince
said at 8:23 PM on Fri Mar 18 2016
@Shaun Ince Actually, after going through both pages, Matthew Mercer shares at least 10 roles at most with Troy Baker.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:37 PM on Fri Mar 18 2016
@Shaun Ince 1. Espio 2. Yamato 3. Pain 4. Kanji 5. Superman 6. Tim Drake 7. Two-Face 8. Probably Hawkeye(Avengers Confidential)

Who am I missing?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:39 PM on Fri Mar 18 2016
@Nightmare Crusher Sigma from Zero Escape and Valavatorez in PS Vita version of Disgaea 4.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:45 PM on Fri Mar 18 2016
@NCZ There we go, that makes an even ten. At least, if Matthew really did play Hawkeye, and I'm fairly sure that's the case.
Shiny Raticate
said at 11:52 PM on Mon May 16 2016
@Nightmare Crusher That's a cool thing for him to do. Voice acting bros for sure.
HylianBelmont
said at 4:32 AM on Sat Oct 15 2016
@taloula96 Was he really that bad?
WrightWay
said at 10:01 AM on Sat Oct 15 2016
@HylianBelmont
He...really wasn't that good, to put it lightly.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 11:05 AM on Sat Oct 15 2016
@WrightWay He'll definitely get better. He's a great actor.

If not, they should get Chris Smith.
WrightWay
said at 12:33 PM on Sat Oct 15 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed
I agree that Matt Mercer's a great actor, but I think an actor or actresses' performance in an individual role really depends on how good the voice director is, and how good the dialogue as well as material in general they're given to work with, is as well. There are great actors and actresses who can still give poor performances due to inept vocal direction or bad dialogue etc. to work with, so to speak.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 12:48 PM on Sat Oct 15 2016
@WrightWay I haven't played anything Sonic in ages, but Jack Fletcher is a phenomenal director.
WrightWay
said at 1:05 PM on Sat Oct 15 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed
He is, actually, I suppose it's that Mercer got very little to work with that may be the problem here.
HylianBelmont
said at 1:32 PM on Sat Oct 15 2016
@WrightWay I'll have to check out a playthrough or something. Because this is a character that Mercer should've NAILED honestly. Although not having much dialogue to work with was probably a factor as you said...
GreenGoblin75
said at 2:16 PM on Thu Mar 17 2016
 1 Shout Out!
1. David
2. Troy
3. Bill
Dr.Who
said at 8:24 PM on Sat Nov 14 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Going with Wills, Baker started out good but got worse in Generations, and Corkery is too gruff and deep.
sonicmechaomega999
said at 11:10 AM on Sat Jul 11 2015
1. Bill corkery. sound waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to deep and scary and sound like a evil villain when he did espio's voice. so i don't vote for him as being the voice actor for him.

2. David Wills. sounds like shadow when voiced by jason Griffith. and i love it! he sound like a badass and a ninja when he voices espio and did great the most in Sonic X and should really be famous.

3. Troy Baker. he sounds very calm and deep like scott drier and is second place for me.
Nigsonic
said at 6:25 PM on Fri Apr 3 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Who doesn't like Bill Corkery while David Willis was good and while I didn't think to much of baker's espio bill was the best expectantly his line "Died a lonely death"
BlazeHeatnix
said at 2:43 PM on Tue Mar 24 2015
1. Troy Baker. It actually shocks me that so many here aren't fans of him... He sounds beautiful and badass at the same time, and I love it. He has David's voice, but so much more emotion. What I especially like is that his delivery is so genuine, it ends up being funny. "Beware, for I have looked into the soul of our enemy, and I saw only darkness." "Uhhhh...yeeeahhhh."

2. David Wills. He played Espio like Jason Griffith's Shadow: cold and emotionless. However in Sonic X, he knew how to do comic delivery, so he could do more. He changed what Espio sounded like from what Corkery did, and that's a huge plus that he didn't try to sound like him.

3. Bill Corkery. Ehhhhh. It's cool that he interacts with Espio fans on Youtube, but I just don't think he was very good. He sounds way too deep, and... I dunno. Maybe he's just trying too hard?
BlazeHeatnix
said at 6:35 PM on Sat Aug 8 2015
@BlazeHeatnix Addendum: I now think David Wills is the superior Espio. He combines the reserved tone of Baker with the gruffness of Corkery.
SteelEthlan
said at 7:40 PM on Tue Sep 29 2015
@BlazeHeatnix David voiced him not very long before Troy Baker comes into play, so i think that well you get the idea.
FMAlchemistfan01
said at 3:13 PM on Fri Mar 13 2015
 1 Shout Out!
i liked Bill Corkery the best......
ZDak
said at 6:19 PM on Sun Nov 23 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
David Wills is easily the best Espio voice in my opinion. Perfect voice for the character. He makes Epsio sound very cool, mature, calm and collected which really fits his ninja like personality. He's also much more relaxed and gives a very natural and soothing delivery which was great to hear. I think he was very underated as Espio and it's a damn shame we didn't more of him in this role which was due to Espio's infrequent appearances throughout the series when the 4Kids voice actors were still involved in the Sonic series. I aboslutely loved his performances in Sonic X, Shadow The Hedgehog and Rivals 2, easily one of the best Sonic voice actors and I was personally very sad to see him go.

Bill Corkery in Heroes made Espio sound way too gruff and over the top. At times, he sounds okay but most of the time he sounded very harsh and angry and I don't know if it was intentional but it doesn't come across very well. He was very inconsistent on the tone of his voice as it keeps going from one tone to another at a strange pace which didn't mesh very well. It was ridiculously over the top and rather aggressive. It's like he was trying too hard when projecting dialogue or geenrally speaking in the character's voice.

Troy Baker sounds decent in the DS version of Colors however his performance in Generations was very unfitting and odd. It really doesn't fit the character. The type of tone that he gave Espio in that performance just didn't work for me, it sounded rather odd and strange which didn't suit Espio very well. I felt like that type of voice belonged to a non Sonic character. This is only based on his performance in Sonic Generations though, considering he hasn't been given much material like many of the current cast and I doubt we will hear much of him anytime soon. So overall, he's decent in Colors but he gives a very unfitting and out of character performance in Generations which leaves me having very uncertain feelings for him as Espio. Probably would have been better suited for another character.

1) David Wills
2) Troy Baker (Colors DS)
3) Bill Corkery
4) Troy Baker (Generations)
Funshutsu
said at 6:33 PM on Sun Jul 27 2014
 1 Shout Out!
#3: Bill Corkery: it's a good start for the voice acting for him and the Chaotix in general, but here is my honest opinion, his voice is a bit too gruff and somewhat harsh, and more like samurai than ninja, but it was a really good start. Bill did an ok job.

#2: David Wills: i personally think that he was probably the best 4kids voice actor for the anime show Sonic X. he sounds more calm and organized, but there were some downsides: sometimes, the effort is rather silly than serious and he makes Espio sound slightly deluded, but the silliness is supposed to be there, otherwise, well done, David.

#1: Troy Baker: ok the only reason as to why im choosing Troy as my #1 is because, you know, he's been a voice actor of a ninja before...and because hes kinda cute (im a girl, ok?), but otherwise, here's what i personally think: Troy makes Espio sound a bit more calm with some adjusted ninja and a "fitting" deep voice for his young age. "This is what you get when you have a (fairly) young voice actor: the character's voice sounds more "young". it's a bit like that with Bill Corkery: the older the voice actor is (i think he's somewhat old), the "older the character's voice will sound. anyway, i'd say Troy is my favorite voice for Espio because i think he makes Espio "Espio", you know, the quiet, yet serious ninja chameleon of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. otherwise, all 3 voice actors did a good job...i really do...well done...
HienFan
said at 10:35 PM on Tue Jul 22 2014
On a note why all the hatred for the Corkery family? Bill isn't good as Espio but his Nancy Drew work is much better
HienFan
said at 8:55 AM on Tue Dec 31 2013
Ryu Hayabusa... Hanzo Hattori... This guy... How many ninjas did Troy voice?

But anyway enough ninja talks
1 David Wills
2 Troy-A little bit too deep for me but it's okay
3 William Corkery- You are not as bad as your son's take on Tails but oh lord the acting is overdone
chaosincarnate
said at 5:45 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
 1 Shout Out!
1-: Troy Baker: He sounds almost the exact same as David Willis, but since I'm more biased to Troy's work.... Troy Baker FTW! He indeed sounds cool and relaxed, very ninja-esque.
2-: David Willis: A very good take on Espio, and a major step up from Bill. He really made the character sound cool, calm, and collected.
3-: Bill Corkery: He did a little better than in the clip, but good god was he really inconsistent. He didn't do too bad, but he made Espio sound way too gruff and angry at points.
austinslashlavaboy
said at 1:02 PM on Sun Dec 22 2013
@chaosincarnate WOW!! Looks like I'm not the only one to notice Bill Corkery's inconsistency.
austinslashlavaboy
said at 6:24 PM on Fri Dec 6 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Bill Corkery: IN-CON-SISTECYYYY!!!!!!!! Yes, I'm probably the only one to notice that he's inconsistent with his voice. It's hard to explain, but I do notice it. It's also too thick for me. This is technically the worst voice for espio.

*looks back at tails and charmy*

MAAAAAAN, I NEVER LIKED THE CORKERYS.

David Wills: Much more consistent. This is less menacing and deep than Bill. Much better.

Troy Baker: .....OH.....MY......GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ahem, THIS THE BEST VOICE ACTOR IN THE ENTIRE SONIC FRANCISE!!!!! He gives Espio the deepest, calmest, perfect ninja voice that fits PERFECTLY!!!!! When I first heard him in Generations, I was mind blown. WHO KNEW SOMEONE COULD SOUND THAT DEEP?!?!?! This guy was the reason why espio is my favorite character in the entire sonic franchise, and he just got better.

So who's my fav- oh come on, you know that I'm voting for Troy Baker. Once Again, this is the best voice actor in the ENTIRE SONIC FRANCHISE!!!
Adjeras
said at 5:37 PM on Mon Dec 16 2013
@austinslashlavaboy Actually, you're not alone. I tend to see the flaws the original actors had.
austinslashlavaboy
said at 1:08 PM on Sun Dec 22 2013
@Adjeras With the exclusion of Steve Broadie for E-102 gamma, your right. In fact, I think that the current voice cast is the best voice cast is the best sonic voice cast IMO. seriously, the only ones that I had problems with were Amy & shadow.
Adjeras
said at 8:19 PM on Sun Dec 22 2013
@austinslashlavaboy (I blame 4kids for the latter performance) I don't mind the new cast, but I prefer the 4kids cast.
Blaze
said at 4:39 PM on Mon Nov 4 2013
I'm going with David.
Adjeras
said at 5:47 AM on Sun Oct 20 2013
Bill: *facepalm. You do know that Espio is a ninja and a hero right?
David: Much better.
Troy: Actually quite good.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 10:06 AM on Mon Oct 7 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
Troy, hands down. David is also good but kind of bland at times. Bill, meanwhile, is too over-the-top at times. (EVIL MUST DIIIE!)
Soldierkei
said at 11:59 AM on Fri Sep 27 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
One of the awesome times when I don't think ANY of the actors were bad. Giving it to Troy though
E_Granderson37
said at 3:09 PM on Sat Aug 31 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Even Espio has the Best Voices I have to say Troy
TrueMyriad
said at 6:28 AM on Sun Aug 4 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
David Willis and Troy Baker were excellent.
Marusero
said at 5:30 PM on Fri Oct 16 2015
@TrueMyriad Glad to know that you liked Troy Baker as well as I did.
Ross123
said at 3:57 PM on Wed Jul 17 2013
Troy makes a good Espio though David wasn't too bad.

Bill was a little rough on the voice I thought.
Shiny Raticate
said at 2:00 AM on Fri Jul 12 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
All three of them are stellar, but Troy so far has been the greatest one. Having only first heard Troy's performance in Sonic Generations, I found that the new voice was a good step forward.
chaosincarnate
said at 8:17 PM on Wed Jun 19 2013
Bill Corkery: Bill is way to gruff for me. When I hear his voice, I don't picture a ninja.

David Willis: One of the best 4kids voices. He toned down the gruffness of Bill, and has the mysterious, silent personality of Troy. David earns my vote.

Troy Baker: He's a damn good replacement for David, in my opinion. To be honest, I find him more fitting than David, as he sounds the most ninja like, but like a lot of the new cast, he needs more lines before I can fully judge him.
Adjeras
said at 5:45 AM on Sun Oct 20 2013
@chaosincarnate You've got a point. Bill actually sounded more like a villain than a hero.
SpongeBat1
said at 2:42 PM on Wed Jun 12 2013
1. David Wills- He gives the perfect ninja voice.
2. Bill Corkery- I like him, but he just can't seem to decide what voice he wants to use.

I haven't heard enough of Troy, so I won't judge him.
WWEFAN12ization
said at 11:54 AM on Sat Jun 1 2013
 1 Shout Out!
1. Troy Baker- He's the best at what he does.
2. David Wills- Great voice. Probably one of the best voices in the 4kids cast.
3. Bill Corkery- Good. But too deep.
PhilHav
said at 9:42 AM on Sun Apr 21 2013
#1 David Willis- Cool ninja voice! Really sounds ninja!!!
#2 Troy Baker- Another cool voice! But it isn't so cool as David's... But still cool!
#3 Bill Corkery- Bill, you don't even sound like a ninja! NEVER VOICE ESPIO AGAIN!!! Your voice sucks... Like your daughter's at Charmy, and your son's at Tails... UGH!
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:40 PM on Mon Apr 29 2013
@PhilHav That seems excessively harsh.
Adjeras
said at 5:46 AM on Sun Oct 20 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 Don't talk like that. The original actors shouldn't be above criticism.
Metabad
said at 2:11 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Adjeras See now, there's a difference between critiquing an actor's performance and downright attacking the actor for his performance. Criticism is fine but PhilHav was doing the latter and quite unfairly too might I add, the moment he says someone's voice sucks along with their entire family and demands that they never come back is where I personally draw the line.
Adjeras
said at 2:28 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Metabad Okay.
coolgeek176
said at 8:56 PM on Mon Mar 18 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
I like Troy Baker the most. David is good too.
VctrBnsn
said at 11:28 PM on Tue Mar 12 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
I'll go with Troy, he almost sounds like Crispin Freeman.
Bryton
said at 1:12 PM on Wed Dec 5 2012
For the time being I'm going with Bill just because I found his over-the-top ninja voice in Heroes so funny (I especially love the way he said UNACCEPTABLE)! David was more relaxed and I guess fit the role better, I just found Bill more engaging.

I gotta hear more of Troy; he's still kind of new to me but I think he sounds cool.
Edork42
said at 11:47 PM on Fri Nov 9 2012
#1- Troy is such an over the top ninja I love him!
#2- David is by far the better of the 4kids actors. Just not very memorable.
#3- Bill sounds more samurai than ninja. I don't think he really understood the character he was playing, still decent though.
Edork42
said at 5:36 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@TheTrueYuma I say over the top because he's incredibly stoic and a lot of his lines are ninja cliches. Idk, I just appreciate Troy's subtlety. It counteracts the craziness of Vector and Charmy. Even as a kid I always saw them as the Aqua Teen Hunger Force of the Sonic games (Espio: Frylock, Charmy: Meatwad, Vector: Shake)
Edork42
said at 2:12 AM on Sat Mar 2 2013
@TheTrueYuma
Hmmmm, you do have a point. I may have to re-evaluate this.
Adjeras
said at 12:57 PM on Sun Oct 20 2013
@TheTrueYuma Well not to me. He sounded rather on edge, which is against the very nature of a ninja.
MrParadox
said at 8:27 PM on Sun Sep 30 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Bill's tone was all over the place from aggressive, to quiet, to normal. It was pretty jarring to hear him talk not to mention inconsistent.

David is quite a paradox, while he does sound very emotionless, at the same time you can hear his emotion pretty well. While it may sound like a bad thing at first, it allows him to have a really fluid performance and makes it an excellent take on our favorite ninja chameleon.

Troy sounds mighty zen, which is also a good thing. He really gives Espio a spiritual spin and it allows him to have a very calm performance. While I think David is better overall, I do think Troy is a worthy successor to Espio.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 12:03 AM on Wed Sep 12 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
My ranks for Espio....

# 1 - Troy Baker.
# 2 - David Wills.
# 3 - Bill Corkery.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 11:09 PM on Fri Feb 15 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 I can see that.
munsonx4
said at 12:53 PM on Tue Aug 21 2012
It's a tie betweem Bill Corkery and David Willis for me!
alyssaclaw123321
said at 2:42 PM on Sat Jun 9 2012
 1 Shout Out!
David Wills is the best in the whole world!! but troy is ok 2
bwaffles9
said at 3:31 PM on Fri Apr 13 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Troy Baker is the guy i vote 4 for voicing Espio
Cartoonguy133
said at 3:44 PM on Tue Feb 7 2012
David Wills is definitely my favorite. Troy Baker comes in 2nd.
Torak
said at 10:48 AM on Sun Jan 22 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Troy Baker, his voice is not only deep, but gets Espio's age right perfectly.
David Wills is my second favorite, he sounds similar to Bill Corkery, who sounded too old for Espio.
SonicRyan1992
said at 5:36 AM on Tue Dec 13 2011
personally I think Troy was screwed, he does an excellent Knuckles. but his Espio was good as well.
pokemastanumba1
said at 1:30 PM on Fri Dec 2 2011
 4 Shout Outs!
#1 Troy Baker
Troy is VERY stereotypical for this kind of character, but hey, it works! And yes I say it works very well. I knew that he already had potential as demonstrated in Colors; Generations is where he truly begins to shine. While his voice would fit Shadow as well, I think it brings out Espio's true character of a cool, calm, and collected ninja.

#2 David Wills
Very similar to Troy, and definitely one of the best 4Kids voices. But he sounds more generic, and quite a bit deeper than Troy, setting me off a bit. It worked perfectly in Shadow the Hedgehog, but probably not as much if it was in another, more kiddy (no pun intended) Sonic game.

#3 Bill Corkery
This is where it's very much unanimous; while Bill has an okay voice, it does NOT fit Espio at all. He sounded way too gruff and more "samurai" as opposed to "ninja" much like Kyle Hebert as Ryu.
HienFan
said at 5:27 AM on Wed Mar 5 2014
@pokemastanumba1 and I thought I was the only person who dislike Kyle's Ryu
Truesonic
said at 1:28 PM on Thu Dec 1 2011
You know after listening to Troy Baker I find Espio's new voice very unfitting ,the tone which was used it didn't suit Espio very well he sounded better in Colors (even if it wasn't much) I still prefer David Wills so much more than both.
Truesonic
said at 1:28 PM on Thu Dec 1 2011
In Generations*
Mephilez
said at 7:00 PM on Thu Nov 24 2011
David Wills

I feel that he was the silent serious ninja without going all noob like Bill Corkery or too "seductive" like Troy Baker

I actually think the troy Baker Voice would go better with Shadow than Espio
SonicRyan1992
said at 5:37 AM on Tue Dec 13 2011
@Mephilez or better, Knuckles.
Mephilez
said at 12:59 AM on Thu Dec 29 2011
@SonicRyan1992

hmm maybe
austinslashlavaboy
said at 6:06 PM on Tue Dec 10 2013
@SonicRyan1992 NO!! Sorry, it's just that it wouldn't fit for knuckles. I thought Scott Dreier would be too deep for Knuckles, but Troy Baker, oooooOOOHHHHH boy.
Aurora
said at 8:55 PM on Mon Aug 29 2011
I think I'd go with David Wills because I've heard his voice for Espio so many times since 2008 when I was 13 and 14 years old.
Truesonic
said at 8:34 PM on Thu Jun 23 2011
@NCZ

When you say this is the first time you clearly favour One Of The Sonic X (4Kids) Voices didn't you also favour Pete Capella as Silver? O.o
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:49 PM on Thu Jun 23 2011
@Truesonic Yeah, I did. Though that time, it was pretty close because I also liked Quinton Flynn, so I had to put some more thought into my opinion. Here, I knew that for sure David is the best.
TheBlackHawk
said at 12:24 PM on Sun May 15 2011
1. Bill Corkery - he seemed to give Espio the "lethal, careful ninja" sound best, in my opinion.
2. Troy Baker - his voice was similar to Bill Corkery's, though more casual.
3. David Wills - very similar to Troy Baker's.
myopinion1
said at 6:10 PM on Wed May 4 2011
 1 Shout Out!
1. Baker
2. Wills
3. Corkery
SmartyBoyboy
said at 1:05 PM on Thu Jun 30 2011
@myopinion1 Same here!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:49 PM on Wed Apr 27 2011
Bill Corkery clip updated!
BlueSkySlash
said at 10:01 PM on Sat May 7 2011
@NCZ

Good thinking. Bill Corkery's initial clip wasn't all that great in portraying what his Espio voice was actually like. This one's much better.
BlueSkySlash
said at 9:20 PM on Thu Apr 14 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Troy Baker

Its a bit hard to comment on only a few lines, but I think Troy Baker has potential. I'm going to vote for him since his voice sounds the most natural compared to the rest. It's calm and laid back it seems. I'd rather hear him more to judge him more fairly, but I think he's probably the best voice for Espio.


2. David Willis

Out of all the 4kids cast, David Willis was perhaps the best choice to do Espio's voice. He makes Espio calm and laid back, but also gives him a slightly aggressive tone at times too. I noticed that David sometimes made Espio sound a bit too quiet for his own good though, and not much emoting was heard from him either. But otherwise, he was pretty good. He's as good as Troy is actually, just in a different way.


3. Bill Corkery

He was okay, but he did make Espio sound more harsh compared to the other voices. I guess that's good for when Espio has some fighting spirit in him, but it may come across as him being old and gruff in other situations. Not much else to comment on this voice really. Not bad, but not that great either.
NintendoNate25
said at 2:41 PM on Fri Apr 8 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Troy Baker (He's the most convincing IMHO.)
2. David Wills (He was pretty good, although maybe a little too deep.)
3. Bill Corkey (WAY too gruff (Espio's supposed to be 16, not 60 :P) and over the top. Sounds like some guy trying to sound badass and failing miserably.)
Truesonic
said at 3:24 PM on Fri Apr 1 2011
@akmaldanish

I already knew That I actually meant the Character Espio not the other characters he never got to voice Espio as much due to his small and minor appearances....And I think he did a Good job voicing Duke too It was only Sonic X, Shadow The Hedgehog and Sonic Rivals 2 where he voiced Espio

I apologise if my comment mislead you there :L
akmaldanish
said at 11:43 AM on Fri Apr 1 2011
@Truesonic That's where you're wrong......David Wills played Elise's father in Sonic 06.
Truesonic
said at 12:19 PM on Mon Jul 11 2011
@akmaldanish

Read my comment above :)
Truesonic
said at 8:58 PM on Tue Mar 29 2011
@Annoymous

Yeah I just realised his only perfomrances were only Sonic X, Shadow The Hedgehog and Rivals 2 O_o

Anyway Yeah David Willis was the best Espio voice for me He gave him that Cool and smart attitude He was able to give The character a lot of emotion and He nailed The voice perfectly He was more Serious,calm and awesome I also agree He should of had more time voicing him but couldn't due to Espio's minor appearances...He will always be No 1 on my list David is a great actor no doubt :)

Troy Baker Shows some promise but doesn't have the charisma and spark that David did and I know it's only a few lines but i can't say he's good yet Hopefully we would be able to observe more if he gets to voice Espio with more dialogue in the future He comes second on my list

Bill Corkery was my least favourite was He sounded Way too gruff and violent, at most times he would take the voice a bit too strong and over the top which would sound a bit uncomfortable and hasty, he struggles then fails to project the tone Espio should have and then turns it into something a bit horrid It's also not as ninja-like and can also sound a lot deep at times while only a few times it sounds decent and okay

So here's my order

1) David Willis (Best)
2) Troy Baker
3) Bill Corkey
Sonic_Blaze
said at 6:15 PM on Tue Mar 29 2011
Bill Corkery is Espio's true and best voice. It was deep, it was the way you'd except a ninja to sound. The first voice actors are usually the best. BUt in some cases with 4kids fan geeks go with whatever they see on tv. All these other ones sound kinda like generic ripoffs of Bill's so I don't like the others.
Funshutsu
said at 5:04 PM on Sun Jul 27 2014
@Mephilesthelight358 you sure don't like to choose sides...
akmaldanish
said at 12:40 AM on Thu Mar 17 2011
I have no preferance over any of them. However, David Willis has my vote
Sarge Ray
said at 2:01 PM on Thu Feb 3 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Corkery: Not enough ninja, too much samurai. Oh, and he's ridiculously over-the-top about it.

Wills: Huh. Not bad. He definitely puts more silk and seriousness in his character. He's so under-the-top, and yet so likeable.

Baker: Um...I can't really give a grade to his performance due to lack of material. No offense to Troy, he's a good actor, no doubt.
Truesonic
said at 9:47 AM on Sun Jan 2 2011
1) David Willis
2) Troy Baker
3) Bill Corkery

David Willis was the true Espio voice for me he made Espio sound cool and silent but calm and relaxed at the same time which is how Espio should be and he still gave him some emotion which was good it's just a shame SEGA didn't give him much time and room to voice Espio more and missed a lot of main plots which was disappointing I think he did well in every Sonic game but his best work was in Sonic Rivals 2, Sonic X and Shadow The Hedgehog (His debut perfomrances)

@Tailsgirl I agree with Amt Troy does sound almost similar to David but really quite different he doesn't have that spark that David had with espio but i'd like to hear more of him in future games and I hope they don't do the same thing they did with David cause that was really unfair and I don't think David sounded fake

Bill Corkery was okay but he sounded too gurff like he was trying too hard at times he would sound okay but other times sound too strong like he's struggling to project that silent tone voice that Espio should have...

@Jonhardwick
He may have been okay but I think david was the better actor
AMT
said at 2:30 PM on Thu Dec 9 2010
 2 Shout Outs!
David is claearly the best. Troy's is very good,but it sounds very generic, ya know? A deep voice that MANY people can imitate, so its nothing special, but David has that certain jena se qua I dont know how to explain it
Truesonic
said at 8:10 PM on Wed Aug 18 2010
David deffo SEGA please dont replace him keep him :(
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:01 PM on Wed Aug 18 2010
Bill's the dad, Emily and William are the kids.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:32 AM on Tue Aug 17 2010
He is!
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