Since 1977, Mark Hamill has been a household name. Widely recognized for his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films, there is a lot more to the man himself. If you’re unaware, Hamill does a lot of voice acting, some roles of prominent characters and some short appearances. Without a doubt, you’ve heard his voice in one of your favorite television shows or video games. Hamill has voiced more than 150 animated characters.
We have gone through the list and picked out the ‘Top 5 Characters Voiced By Mark Hamill.’
5. Senator Stampingston ‘Metalocalypse’
This role is extremely dark, mostly due to the shows content. However, that isn’t new for Hamill. Senator Stampingston is a character in the Adult Swim animation Metalocalypse. Stampingston isn’t the only role Hamill has played in this series, but it’s one of the best. Stampingston is serious and to the point. The series follows a legendary metal band known as ‘Dethklok’ and a governmentally run group of conspiracists that want Dethklok out of the way, claiming they have too much power. Stampingston is seen as the conspirators resource, giving multiple world leaders the latest leads to destroying Dethklok, and the majority of the time, concocts the plan. Although never successful, Stampingston and his fellow alliances stop at literally nothing, and without their extremely intelligent manager, Dethklok wouldn’t exist.
4. Firelord Ozai ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’
Avatar: The Last Airbender is a magnificent show, period. Winning multiple Annie’s, a Primetime Emmy and many other awards, it’s apparent that this show was highly successful. Avatar: The Last Airbender is based around an elemental war. The fire nation is trying to take over the world, but awakening from a 100-year sleep, The Avatar; Aang, is the only one who can bring peace. Of course, that means Hamill plays the bad guy, however, he plays a great one. Without needing many words, Hamill delivers a powerful performance as the Firelord Ozai, who seemingly relies on his daughter to accomplish a lot of the dirty work. It would be a lie to say that his character’s final scene isn’t beautiful and intense.
3. Arnim Zola ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’
This is one of Hamill’s sillier villain portrayals. Although extremely intelligent, Arnim Zola seems to have many faults as well. Zola is the leader of HYDRA, a very prominent terrorist organization of Marvel’s, who is bent on tearing apart S.H.I.E.L.D. and in this case, S.H.I.E.L.D. academy. He makes only a few appearances, but is continually returning throughout the series, building a few partnerships and always failing his own well-thought plans. A great adversary to the Web Slinger, Hamill gives us a goofy spin on a thick German accent and makes for an amazing Arnim Zola.
2. Skips ‘Regular Show’
Perhaps the only character in Regular Show to have a saddening backstory, Skips, formerly known as ‘Walks’ until losing the love of his life, is the wisest of the group. The show is about a few groundskeepers, following around five main characters and the not so regular things that happen to them. With all of the unnatural and somewhat mystical things that happen to the shows main slackers Mordecai and Rigby, they’d be lost without Skips. Having lived a life of immortality, Skips sort of fits in with the abnormalities and understands them better than anyone else. Mark Hamill chose to portray skips with a raspy, rough and deep voice, much fitting to his muscular yeti counterpart. Whether it’s because of his past or the fact that he’s one of the largest characters in the show, Hamill chose wisely on how the character should sound. However, it goes without saying that this show is seriously random.
And of course,
1. The Joker ‘Batman: The Animated Series’
Mark Hamill’s Joker is infamous. The thick, booming voice with a tinge of high pitched crazy is one for the ages. As if the voice wasn’t enough, his laugh is wailing and psychotic and depends on how The Joker is really feeling. It’s no doubt that Hamill takes care of this role. Returning to reprise the role time and time again in such things as the Arkham Asylum Rocksteady games and within a few months The Killing Joke, it’s certainly Hamill’s best voice acting performance. The greatest Batman adversary needs little to no introduction, and The Animated Series is where that all began. Throughout The Animated Series, The Joker is continually escaping Arkham, causing mischief for Bats and of course, introduces us to a character that would remain, Harley Quinn. Needless to say, this series remains a fan favorite and The Joker is certainly a highlight, all thanks to Hamill’s uncanny performance.
And just a few honorable mentions; Master Eraqus in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Captain Stickybeard in Codename: Kids Next Door and Wolverine in X2: Wolverine’s Revenge.
What is you favorite character voiced by Mark Hamill? I think it’s safe to say that we all appreciate his hard work over the years and can’t wait to see the incredible things he continues to dish out. Thanks, Hamill, for being absolutely awesome.