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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Toad with sound clips and images.
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 Wed Aug 31 2011, 37 Comments, Add Comment
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The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (1989)
ToadJohn Stocker
John Stocker
Mario Kart 64 (1997)
ToadIsaac Marshall
Isaac Marshall
Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
ToadJen Taylor
Jen Taylor
Mario Party 8 (2007)
ToadSamantha Kelly
Samantha Kelly
Mario is Missing (1992)
ToadUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor
Mario Kart 64 (1997)
ToadTomoko Maruno
Tomoko Maruno

EDITOR'S OPINION

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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Ross123
said at 11:32 AM on Mon May 26 2014
Tomoko is somewhat decent. Nevertheless, my vote stays with Samantha.
myopinion1
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
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
 6 Shout Outs! [?]
Egoraptor is right, there is no non-yelling Toad voice.
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 10:49 AM on Mon Dec 23 2013
*listens to Stocker's voiceclip*

http://youtu.be/Ty4bunYeJ9Y
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 10:51 AM on Mon Dec 23 2013
@DreamMaster08X (IGNORE THE LAST LINK!!!!!!!)

http://youtu.be/Ty4bunYeJ9Y?t=18s
HienFan
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 ?
HienFan
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.
Christopher10006
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
Bluzziku
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.
Ross123
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.
HienFan
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)
Ross123
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.
HienFan
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
Ross123
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.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 12:08 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
Isaac Marshall was "the best!" Jen and Samantha did great too, though. John Stocker and ESPECIALLY the UVA were total miscasts.
SpongeBat1
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?
ConfusedPhantom
said at 4:06 PM on Mon Jun 3 2013
Isaac Marshall is the only Toad that sounds pleasant.
MilanTheVillain01
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.
rosebr10
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.
pokemastanumba1
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.
Dogman15
said at 3:55 AM on Mon Nov 19 2012
Samantha Kelly's voice coming out my right ear.
munsonx4
said at 12:56 PM on Tue Aug 21 2012
Isaac Marshall gets my vote!
Singyousinner
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.
Axx
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
Patrick
said at 12:49 PM on Fri Dec 30 2011
John Stocker
ninjinister
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.
MaryKosmos
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 10:34 PM on Thu Dec 8 2011
Me? I like John Stocker and Issac Marshall's voices myself! I don't like Jen Taylor's voice at all! Oh no! Jen makes Toad sound annoying! Samantha... umm... idk. Never heard the voice before. So I'd go with the male actors.
pokemastanumba1
said at 7:51 PM on Mon Sep 5 2011
#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.
PurpleWarrior13
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!
pokemastanumba1
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).
PurpleWarrior13
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.
RabidSonicFan
said at 8:23 PM on Sat Sep 3 2011
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.
Ninjaman15
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
Ninjaman15
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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