The world of animation has never made much hay about the voice actors behind the characters. Usually the only people who know about the folks behind the microphones are the audio engineers, and nerds who keep up with that kind of thing, so it might surprise to learn about women cartoons with male voices. The practice of hiring men to play female roles goes back to Shakespeare, but in the modern era, men who voice women characters were likely hired just because it was easier to book them - and there were already a bunch of male voice actors hanging around the studio. If you’re curious about which of your favorite female characters are actually voiced by men, keep reading and prepare to clutch your pearls.
Some of the most surprising actors to voice female characters are those who have reputations for being old school men’s men - and you’ll see a couple of them on this list. But there are also a few voice actors on here who have given life to so many cartoon characters over the years that we would be surprised if they didn’t at least play a couple of gals. Whether you know all about the cartoon business, or you just like watching, there’s definitely something on here that will surprise you.
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This may have been a one time thing, but James Earl Jones gave the best line read in Simpsons history, "This is indeed a disturbing universe."2,517942Did this surprise you?
Edna ModePhoto: Walt Disney Pictures
Based on costume designer Edith Head, Mode is the designer of the Incredible's super suits and is voiced by Brad Bird - the director of a few little films called Ratatouille, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and yeah, The Incredibles.3,2231,365Did this surprise you?
SoniaPhoto: Vivendi Entertainment[
We don't know why the producers of Sonic Underground thought of Jaleel White, better known as Family Matters' Steve Urkel for the part of the Sonia, the high-pitched hedgehog that's prone to getting the guys in trouble, but it probably has something to do with him voicing most of the hedgehog-related cast. Do you get time and a half for extra characters?1,267598Did this surprise you?
Linda BelcherPhoto: Fox
If Linda Belcher, the upbeat wife of Bob Belcher, sounds like a loving mom to you - you're wrong. She's actually played by John Roberts, a comedian who started getting huge hits on YouTube when he played a few ladies. Who knew he was practicing for his greatest role ever?2,6191,491Did this surprise you?