Voice acting may be the most important element of a successful animated show, and though the voice acting in superhero cartoons of the '90s wasn't always the best, it was some of the most fun voice acting of all-time.
Voice acting may be the most important element of a successful animated show, and though the voice acting in superhero cartoons of the '90s wasn't always the best, it was some of the most fun voice acting of all-time.The majority of hero voices were bland, square-jawed, Anglo Boy Scouts, and most of the heroines were even more boring. Most male villains were either cackling high-pitched banshees or dumb thundering brutes, while the bad girls often took the sleazy seductress route.
Without strong voice work, everything else falls flat. Flavorless portrayals let the parade of muscle-bound hunks blend together into an unintelligible mush. For example, on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there is nothing aside from headbands and weapons that visually separates the main characters. It was left to the cast to differentiate the four unique personalities. Without delineated vocal stylings, they would have just been Turtles #1-4.
The voices that sounded truly unique to their characters are the ones that really stood out, and they usually did so by setting a baseline that referenced the key characteristics that had made the character popular in the first place. The best cartoon superhero voices of the '90s utilized accents, vernacular, tempo, pitch, timbre, and tone to craft a performance that fit their character, that could never be mistaken for another character, and let the audience know what that character was about from the moment they first spoke.
The following are the best voices from superhero cartoons of the '90s.