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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Toad with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Super Mario Bros.

Toad is the name of Princess Toadstool's loyal mushroom retainer whom has been around in the Super Mario Bros game series since the original Super Mario Bros game in 1985. However there have been certain stories where Toad is the name of one individual character who goes by that name and there are other stories where tall the Mushroom Retainers are called "Toads". Toad's initial appearance in the game series was the original Super Mario Bros as the Mushroom Retainer whom Mario kept running into at the end of each castle stage (of course except for the last one) but Toad's debut as a playable character was in the US version of Super Mario Bros 2. While Toad is only occasionally playable in the Main Mario Game series Toads are frequently playable in the Spin-off games (especially Mario Kart and Mario Party).  
Created by Pokejedservo on Aug 31 2011
Special thanks to CatsTuxedo, NCZ for additional sound clips.
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (1989)
ToadJohn Stocker
John Stocker
Mario is Missing (1992)
ToadBob Sorenson
Bob Sorenson
Mario Kart 64 (1997)
ToadTomoko Maruno
Tomoko Maruno
Mario Kart 64 (1997)
ToadIsaac Marshall
Isaac Marshall
Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
ToadJen Taylor
Jen Taylor
Mario Party 8 (2007)
ToadSamantha Kelly
Samantha Kelly


Today on the Super Mario Bros VC section we have a little something for these little Mushroom Retainers... TOAD! We shall actually begin with the Super Mario Bros. Super Show in which he was voiced by John Stocker. First of all yes John does play the role of Toad a bit grouchier than the folks whom voiced him in the games but Toad is still genuinely one of the good guys in the show. John's voice for the role does fit Toad as the short guy of the group in which John does give a lively performance as Toad as he gives the role a bit more of a sense of character and is a fine example of the voice work in the show.

Toad's VA debut in the games was Mario Kart 64 in which he was voiced by Isaac "N64 Peppy Hare" Marshall. Isaac is fairly notable as the first person to voice Toad in the games (and is the first guy and so far the only guy to have voiced Toad in the games). Anyways while its not too hard to tell that Toad was voiced by a guy in this game Isaac does a suitably high voice for the role which works for the role fairly well enough. While Toad only got a few lines in the game (much like everyone else) Isaac did some fairly good work for what little he got for this game.

After Mario Kart 64, Toad was voiced by Jen Taylor in the late 90's to the mid 2000's. Jen pretty much played the role of Toad as a cutesy little boy with a cutesy high voice but Jen did a decent job in making it work. While Jen has voiced Toad in plenty of the Mario Games, Toad generally gets only a small amount of dialogue in them but Jen does some decent work as Toad in the Mario games she was in nevertheless. In the late 2000's Samantha Kelly takes over the role of Toad and her Toad voice well sounds a lot like Jen's Toad Voice (I mean the voices sound VERY similar in which at least the difference in their Princess Toadstool voices was a little more apparent). But still as for Samantha's performance for the role well I can pretty much say the same things that I have said for Jen's work, but if anything else it is an impressive example of vocal mimicry. Overall I liked them all but I will go for John Stocker the most here.

(Update: An unknown VA voiced Toad in Mario is Missing and its a rather awkward miscast. Seriously Toad sounds more like a robotic A.I in this game than anything else and even when you hear this performance by its own merits its still fairly generic. Tomoko Maruno voiced Toad in the Japanese Version of Mario Kart 64 and I must say that Tomoko is probably the best actress to have voiced Toad so far. Tomoko's voice is endearing and her performance had a good sense of energy. Anyways while Tomoko was rather good I am still going with John the most here.) 



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said at 1:44 PM on Wed May 23 2018
1) Issac Marshall- THIS is the voice Toad should have. Cute and doesn't sound like someone choking. What's impressive is this came from a GUY. I wish Issac stuck around longer than one game.

2) Tomoko Maruno- Also very cute. The one major flaw with Tomoko is the broken English, but since she voiced Toad in the Japanese version of the game, I can let it slide. Also, a comment on her page says she's responsible for that (in)famous Toad scream. She gets a lot of points for that.

3) Samantha Kelly- A better version of Jen's acting. If they wanted to keep that "dying cat" voice, Samantha's good enough. Sounds pretty natural, unlike Jen, but I'll get to that...

4) Jen Taylor- She and Samantha are as annoying as the character, I'll give them that. I wouldn't be surprised if, before recording, Jen choked on water or something, her voice ended up sounding like that, and because Sunshine had so little production time, there was no time for a retake and it just stuck. Sounds forced in that sample clip on this page, but I don't know how well she did in later games. I'll give the two credit because I love making Toad impressions.

5) John Stocker- He was OK, I suppose. He worked for that incarnation of Toad, but I'm not personally a fan.

6) Bob Sorenson- ...Was this Toad a cyborg? Otherwise, this does not work at all. Also, that Toad image will haunt me forever.
Rocky Stone
said at 5:55 PM on Sat Feb 24 2018
Jen Taylor is slightly higher pitched than Samantha Kelly, Tomoko is adorable and Issac has a good voice too. The guy from Mario is missing sounds kinda creepy for Toad. Jen and Samantha still sound kinda cute too.
said at 3:10 PM on Sun Feb 18 2018
1) Issac Marshell
2) Jen Taylor
3) Samantha Kelly
4) Tomoko Maruno
5) John Stocker
6) Bob Sorenson
said at 7:37 PM on Tue Feb 13 2018
John Stocker worked in the cartoons for the more annoying type of Toad.

Issac Marshall was entertaining in Mario Kart 64. It would have been interesting if they had kept him for Toad's voice.

Tomoko Maruno also worked for the first two Mario Party games.

Jen Taylor and Samantha Kelly also sound very similar for Toad's modern voice. I think Samantha Kelly does sound slightly smoother, though.

Overall, I like Isaac's, and I'm used to hearing Samantha Kelly and Jen Taylor's takes on Toad. I could go with any of these three honestly.
said at 10:03 AM on Sun Mar 26 2017
If it don't have Mojo Nixon, your voice compare needs fixin'.

Sigh, i wish he voiced toad again, he was one of the few bright spots about that crummy movie.
said at 12:08 AM on Thu Jan 26 2017
Isaac Marshall made Toad the most endearing and pleasant to listen to for me: really a pity he only got one game to show his stuff, but he did it very well.
said at 3:14 PM on Mon Jan 23 2017
Samantha Kelly nuff said.
said at 11:36 AM on Sun Jan 22 2017
1. Samantha
2. Jen - heard it on a smg4 video
3. John
4. Issac
5. Tomoko
6. Bob
said at 9:34 PM on Thu Oct 13 2016
 1 Shout Out!
I've changed my tune since the last time I've commented on this VC, so I think a new comment is in order!

John Stocker - I can see that they were going for a Joe Pesci-type character, and he works well enough for the cartoon, but his voice can get pretty grating in large doses.

Bob Sorenson - He sounds like an alien or robot or something creeping around in a dark alley. I don't like 'im, and neither should anyone else.

Tomoko Maruno - "I AM THE BED!" XD Yeah, she's definitely Japanese. But she tried; aside from the thick accent, the voice isn't necessarily unfitting, and she had a good amount of energy.

Issac Marshall - He's the only masculine-sounding voice that I can completely recommend; he did a good job at sounding young and energetic without also being annoying. Too bad he only voiced Toad in one game.

Jen Taylor - Love it or hate it, this is the most recognizable Toad voice (which of course, was impersonated by the next VA). I'm... somewhere in the middle, I think. It used to really annoy me, but now I find her voice enjoyably goofy, and it's really fun to imitate.

Samantha Kelly - Just like with Peach, this is pretty much a smoother, quieter, and more polished version of Jen's voice. I like her voice about the same as Issac's, I think.
said at 12:03 PM on Fri Jun 17 2016
1. Isaac Marshall
2. John Stocker
3. Samantha Kelly
4. Jen Taylor
5. Bob Sorenson
6. Tomoko Maruno
said at 11:24 AM on Thu Apr 7 2016
Samantha's Toad voice is so much fun to imitate.
said at 5:30 PM on Fri Mar 11 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
Isaac Marshall, despite him doing him just once, really nails Toad. He sounds young and enthusiastic without sounding overly annoying. I dunno, I might just give it to him since his screams really made my childhood.. that, and how often they were used on Mario Newgrounds flashes. Heh.

Samantha Kelly comes close as runner up. Her take is like Jen Taylor's, although more smoothed out and natural while still remaining rough. It's a good fit, I just rather like Isaac more. She's as much of the character to me as Isaac, if that makes sense.

While I've had a ton of nostalgia towards Sunshine, I can still tell that Jen Taylor was really forcing Toad in general. Her voices for Toad and Peach.. weren't really good. Toad especially, since she sounds quite annoying as him. Still, I could hear Toad as a character from this, so it isn't too bad.

I've had a ton of experience with the Super Show, John Stocker's performance as Toad is.. well, pretty grating. He knows how to deliver the Joe Pesci-like angle they were going with Toad, but I don't think I can hear this guy as Toad from the games. He does perfectly well as animated Toad, though. I just don't think Toad in general would be this little pissy snark.

Tomoko Maruno.. yikes. That voice and performance has not aged well. I know she was a Japan native, but I have no idea why they left her performances in the US version, when they could've brought Isaac in. Oh well, she's still pretty funny to me in out-of-context moments (I AM THE BED!).

Bob Sorenson.. No. His take does not gel with me at all. His Toad sounds like a f'ing creep, or a robot even. I'm sure he had to make do with playing the "informal" role, but thank god that was in only one game.
said at 9:37 AM on Sun Nov 29 2015
Isaac Marshall for me.
said at 1:29 PM on Fri Jul 24 2015
I love how no matter how deep or high Toad's voice pitch is, there's always a screech to it
said at 7:00 AM on Fri Feb 6 2015
 1 Shout Out!
1) John Stocker
2) Isaac Marshall
3) Tomoko Maruno
4) Jen Taylor
5) Samantha Kelly
6) UVA
brad dinnan
said at 1:24 AM on Sun Jan 25 2015
when i think of toad i only think of my good friend Isaac Marshall he did it the best!!! they should have kept him on as the voice of toad!!!
said at 11:32 AM on Mon May 26 2014
Tomoko is somewhat decent. Nevertheless, my vote stays with Samantha.
said at 9:00 PM on Mon Dec 30 2013
1. Taylor, Kelly- the voice of toad. Annying, yes, but its what the character should be.
2. Stocker- Works for what hes portraying.
3. UVA- Works as a voice of helpfulness. Perhaps a different toad. Not terrible.
4. Marshall- Meh.
Element Riser
said at 11:40 AM on Sat Dec 28 2013
 1 Shout Out!
1st: Isaac Marshall: He really made Toad sound like cute and endearing.
2nd: John Stocker: The exact opposite of Isaac Marshall's Toad, but it works for an adult Toad.
3rd: Jen Taylor: Sounds forced, screechy, constipated, and just overall annoying.
4th: Samantha Kelly: Same as Jen Taylor, just worse.
5th: UVA: Isn't even trying...
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 1:08 PM on Mon Dec 23 2013
 8 Shout Outs!
Egoraptor is right, there is no non-yelling Toad voice.
said at 10:49 AM on Mon Dec 23 2013
*listens to Stocker's voiceclip*
said at 10:51 AM on Mon Dec 23 2013
@DreamMaster08X (IGNORE THE LAST LINK!!!!!!!)
said at 10:46 AM on Mon Dec 23 2013
1 Tomoko Maruno
2 Isaac Marshall
3 Jen Taylor
4 Samantha Kelly
5 John Stocker
6 ?
said at 6:36 AM on Tue May 27 2014
@HienFan Whoa Tomoko appeared I thought the site doesn't allow Japanese VA in here

Either way changing to her now
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:07 AM on Tue May 27 2014
@HienFan If Julien Bardakoff and Thomas Spindler are acceptable to include in the Luigi and Wario VCs, then logically Asako Kozuki and Tomoko Maruno as Peach and Toad are fine.
said at 8:08 PM on Sun Feb 15 2015
@HienFan Listening to more of the older games, I could appreciate Jen even more and she sounds so adorable when Toad is squealing, she gets my vote
said at 9:32 PM on Wed Mar 4 2015
1 Jen Taylor
2 Tomoko Maruno
3 Samantha Kelly
4 Isaac Marshall
5 John Stocker- good voice for his Toad but for game Toad eh not so much
6 Unknown- however this guy is completely unfitting
said at 6:38 PM on Sun Dec 1 2013
#1. Samantha Kelly
#2. Jen Taylor
#3. Isaac Marshall
#4. Kelsey Hutchinson
#5. Tomoko Maruno
#6. John Stocker
#7. ? Voice
said at 6:40 AM on Sun Dec 1 2013
I really don't like John Stocker and UVA's voices talk about miscast. Isaac Marshall is my favorite and I really wish he continued voicing Toad because his voice is just Awsome for the part and I thought Jen Taylor and Samantha Kelly were pretty good to just maybe a tad forced but still pretty good. I honestly thought Samantha Kelly was Jen Taylor at first, talk about a good imitation O-o.
said at 9:40 AM on Fri Oct 11 2013
Samantha & Jen both come close but i'm going 4 Samantha anyway.

Isaac did a good job while John earns my respect for bein the 1st voice of Toad.

The Unknown Voice Actor is 100% off the mark.
said at 7:17 AM on Mon Aug 11 2014
@Ross123 I would have complained about Toad's voice back then but that Unknown guy is so terrifying to listen to

Still everytime Toad has lines I like to read all of them with a Jen Tayloryesque voice(my voice is too high to do a Samantha imitation, I sound a bit like Deanna Mustard in real life btw)
said at 9:56 AM on Tue Aug 12 2014
@HienFan Who knows, maybe you could end up voicing Toad 1 day, if you're interested that is? Just a thought.
said at 11:03 PM on Tue Aug 12 2014
@Ross123 1 I don't live in America
2 Hardly anyone can understand what I'm saying
said at 9:20 AM on Wed Aug 13 2014
@HienFan That's ok, neither do I.

Also, I don't think many people in America would be able to understand me because of my accent, so yeah I can kinda understand what it's like when people don't know what you're saying.
said at 2:28 AM on Tue Jan 13 2015
@Ross123 Though I kinda like Jen better than Samantha here, I like her lighter voice
said at 3:32 PM on Thu Jan 15 2015
@HienFan That's why almost tied for me. I like both voices but I chose Jen in the end because I thought she was better and also, I hate myself for commenting on something without voting.

I usually do that way. Comment then vote as I find it to be easier.
said at 8:16 AM on Fri Jan 16 2015
@Ross123 Though it does get confusing when you change your mind and your vote doesn't match your comment(Hello Wario!)
said at 1:31 PM on Sat Jan 17 2015
@HienFan Is the "Hello Wario!" implying that my vote doesn't match my comment on that page? Just wondering.
said at 1:16 AM on Sun Jan 18 2015
@Ross123 No I meant for my words, I never mentioned I actually changed to Charles Martinet
said at 11:14 AM on Tue Jan 20 2015
@HienFan Oh that makes sense. I was getting confused for moment, I should read things more closely.
said at 9:45 PM on Fri Feb 13 2015
@Ross123 I changed my mind over my last word after watching Mario Tennis, I like Jen the most
said at 1:10 PM on Sun Feb 15 2015
@HienFan That's great then, more power to you for liking Jen the most as Toad.

After all, she's my 2nd favourite voice for him.
said at 8:07 PM on Sun Feb 15 2015
@Ross123 Yeah, I always imagined Toad with a high voice and she did sound rather cute when the character squeals
said at 12:08 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Isaac Marshall was "the best!" Jen and Samantha did great too, though. John Stocker and ESPECIALLY the UVA were total miscasts.
said at 1:43 PM on Wed Jul 24 2013
1. Samantha Kelly- She perfectly matches Toad's personality.
2. Jen Taylor- Same reason for Sam.
3. Isaac Marshall- Despite what little time he had voicing Toad, he did a great job.
4. John Stocker- Sounds way too old, but gives a good performance.
5. Unknown- Just... what?
said at 4:06 PM on Mon Jun 3 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
Isaac Marshall is the only Toad that sounds pleasant.
said at 12:04 AM on Tue Jan 13 2015
@ConfusedPhantom Tomoko Maruno sounds great too. Everyone else is kinda bleh.
said at 5:32 AM on Fri May 31 2013
# 1 - Isaac Marshall.
# 2 - Samantha Kelly.
# 3 - Jen Taylor.
# 4 - John Stocker.
# 5 - Unknown Voice Actor.
said at 11:00 PM on Sat Dec 22 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Shouldn't Tomoko Maruno be here? She says all the same words Marshall does.
said at 6:35 PM on Sat Jul 6 2013
@rosebr10 Probably not, since she's primarily a Japanese VA. But, this belongs in the forums.
said at 3:55 AM on Mon Nov 19 2012
Samantha Kelly's voice coming out my right ear.
said at 12:56 PM on Tue Aug 21 2012
Isaac Marshall gets my vote!
said at 6:54 PM on Thu Jul 5 2012
It's amazing how they used the american cartoons voice as the actual basis for toads voice.
said at 6:15 PM on Tue May 29 2012
In the show I like how he sounds kinda similar to the games in the gruff sound in his voice but it is still a different version of him.

in 64, that was an interesting voice. Gotta say.

In SMS, dear lawd that voice is AWFUL! Yet it's the start of his official voice... So technically it was good? Just the character was meant to sound horrible?

And Samantha Kelly did a great job impersonating it while bringing more power to it. While it's STILL a horrible voice, she does the horrible voice artistically.

In MIM... wtf? X__X
said at 12:49 PM on Fri Dec 30 2011
John Stocker
said at 4:41 PM on Tue Dec 27 2011
And people thought "Weegee" was scary. That Mario is Missing picture is going to replace SmileDog in my nightmares.
said at 8:52 PM on Thu Dec 22 2011
A tie between Isaac Marshall and Samantha Kelly. Samantha Kelly gives Toad the roughness in his voice, and Marshall's "I'm the best" is the best. I go with Marshall, because of the scream! >w
said at 7:51 PM on Mon Sep 5 2011
 1 Shout Out!
#1 Issac Marshall
He is (at least IMO) the only one out of all four of Toad's voice actors to have nailed the role. Despite being an adult male, he had lots of youthful energy and more importantly, a very sweet and childish tone! It's simply amazing how well he did with just a few short phrases and grunts. Besides Charles Martinet (obviously), I think he had the potential to become the series' most recognized voice. While Super Mario Bros. is still the most successful video game franchise and always will be, Nintendo really did hurt the character's popularity when Issac was replaced for God-knows-what reason.

#2 Jen Taylor
Unfortunately, Nintendo just couldn't find a good enough replacement for Issac, and it's usually women who do the voice of male children like Toad; both of those reasons are the only ones I can think of as to how and why Jen took over the role. Not that she's terrible; I just think that Issac should've been able to reprise his role, and there are lots of actresses who can do a boy voice MUCH better than Jen; she sounded quite forced and too throaty. She did improve over time, but then she started to sound too much like both her Peach and Toadette voices, and a bit too over-the-top.

#3 Samantha Kelly
Jen's departure from the series was quite a sudden change of things, and Nintendo really needed someone who could replace her in every role she voiced in the series; Samantha naturally inherited the role. Again, she sounds too nasally and foricibly high-pitched, and I think Nintendo could've gotten somebody else. Don't get me wrong, she's a great VA actress (her Peach and Toadette are the best), but her voice for Toad is easily the worst of the current cast for the Super Mario Bros' series.

#4 John Stocker
He made Toad way too grouchy and one-sided, and unlike Issac, he's an adult male who miserably failed at a young boy voice. I suppose it was acceptable for the TV series, but it just would not work out for a main series game at all.
said at 3:15 AM on Mon Oct 3 2011
@pokemastanumba1 Actually, I'm sure they applied a filter to his voice. Aside from that though, he was good. As for why he was replaced, it's possible he left on his own!

Overall, I think Samantha makes the character sound the cutest, but they were all good!
said at 6:58 PM on Fri Oct 7 2011
@PurpleWarrior13 idk, I'm not hearing any sort of added effects to his voice at all. Only saying, it's probably just you or the clip of him (sometimes MP3 recordings can sound "off" compared to actual rips from the game itself).
said at 1:30 AM on Fri Dec 30 2011
@pokemastanumba1 It sounds like the pitch has been altered slightly. It can be hard to pick up. Jen and Samantha's voices sound slightly pitch-adjusted too.
said at 8:23 PM on Sat Sep 3 2011
 1 Shout Out!
I like John Stocker and Issac Marshall. The female VAs sound like they're trying too hard... and honestly, a high screechy voice doesn't sound good to the ears.
said at 4:43 PM on Mon Sep 5 2011
@RabidSonicFan That I can agree on. John Stocker, however, is a bit of an exception, given the nature of Super Mario Bros. Super Show as being a pile of atrociousity... And will I ever defend something about it? Doubtful, but maybe in order to be a little more generous.

As for the voices, I had to pick Issac because in my childhood, his voice was the first I heard coming from Toad. Jen Taylor was also okay, despite the crack in her voice for the character... But Kelly made it worse, in my opinion!

1st: Issac Marshall
2nd: Jen Taylor
3rd: John Stocker
4th: Samantha Kelly
said at 4:46 PM on Mon Sep 5 2011
@Ninjaman15 Wait, after listening to the voice clips some more, I have to reverse this:

1st - Issac Marshall
2nd - John Stocker
3rd - Samantha Kelly
4th - Jen Taylor

Sorry for the self-reply, but a quick change in how I ranked needed to be in a more precise order.
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