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You may be surprised to learn that some of our favorite animated male TV characters are actually voiced by women! It's extremely impressive how well these actresses can manipulate their voices and transform into male characters. Let's take a look at 9 male TV cartoon characters voice by women.
Bart Simpson: The Simpsons (Nancy Cartwright)
Fox's The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom, having first debuted on December 17, 1989. The satirical show follows the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. Set in the fictional town of Springfield, the show is a beloved television favorite and the Simpson family even received their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000.
Bart is the eldest child and only son of Homer and Marge, and is infamous for his mischievous behavior. Nancy Cartwright has been the voice of Bart since its debut, initially wanting to audition for Lisa but instead finding Bart to be more interesting. She also voices other characters on the show, including Todd Flanders, Kearny and Nelson Muntz. Cartwright's other voice credits including Rufus in Kim Possible, Chuckie Finster in Rugrats and Mindy in The Animaniacs.
Bobby Hill: King of the Hill (Pamela Adlon)
Fox's King of the Hill is a sitcom that centers on the Hills, a middle-class family consisting of Hank, Peggy and their son Bobby. It takes place in the fictional city of Arlen, Texas and always attempts to find the humor in the mundane aspects of life. The show had a very successful run, having aired from January 12, 1997 to May 6, 2010. It earned two Primetime Emmy Awards and 4 Annie Awards.
Bobby Hill is the only child of Hank and Peggy Hill, and is often passive and very odd but has a kind-hearted and innocent nature. He was voiced by Pamela Adlon, who won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 2002. Adlon is also known for voicing Ashley Spinelli in Recess, as well as her portrayals in Californication, Louie and currently FX's Better Things.
Jimmy Neutron: The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (Debi Derryberry)
Nickelodeon's The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is a animated spin-off of the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The show follows a genius 11-year-old James "Jimmy" Neutron, as he embarks on adventures with his friends Carl Wheezer and Sheen Esteves in the fictional town of Retroville. The series ran for 3 seasons, airing from July 20, 2002 to November 25, 2006.
The titular character Jimmy Neutron is a scientific genius that creates unique inventions that often go awry. He is voiced by Debi Derryberry, a successful voice actress with other voice roles including Wednesday in The Addams Family, Jackie in Bobby's World and Coco Bandicoot in the Crash Bandicoot series.
Ash Ketchum: "Pokémon" (Veronica Taylor & Sarah Natochenny)
Pokémon is a beloved anime series that follows Ash Ketchum, a young boy who dreams of becoming a Pokémon master as he journeys through its world. Along the way he makes friends with Misty and Brock, and faces foes like Team Rocket. The Japanese series debuted on April 1, 1997 and currently has over one thousand episodes; it continues to air today.
Ash Ketchum is the show's main protagonist, and due to Pokémon's longevity he is one of the most well-known and recognizable anime characters of all time. In the English version of Pokémon, Ash was originally voiced by Veronica Taylor for the first 8 seasons, and since Season 9 (2006) he has been voiced by Sarah Natochenny. Taylor's other voice work includes Sailor Moon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Slayers. Natochenny also has provided work as Aura Sentia in Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V.
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Tommy Pickles: Rugrats (E.G. Daily)
Rugrats is a children's television series that focuses on a group of toddlers: Tommy, Chuckie, twins Phil and Lil and Angelica, as they experience adventures and use their imaginations in their day-to-day lives. The show premiered on August 11, 1991 and ran for 9 seasons, concluding on August 1, 2004. The beloved animated series has earned 4 Daytime Emmy Awards and 6 Kids' Choice Awards, and in 2001 it received its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Tommy Pickles is the leader and main character in Rugrats, and is voiced by the talented and successful E.G. Daily. She has voiced a wide array of animated characters including Buttercup in The Powerpuff Girls and Rudy Tabootie in Chalkzone. Daily herself has acted in live films like Valley Girl, The Devil's Rejects and My Sister's Keeper.
Dexter: Dexter's Laboratory (Christine Cavanaugh and Candi Milo)
Cartoon Network's Dexter's Laboratory is a show that follows Dexter, an inventor and boy-genius with a secret hidden laboratory in his bedroom that only his annoying sister Dee-Dee knows about. The show originally ran from April 27, 1996 to June 15, 1998, and once again for two more seasons from November 18, 2001 to November 20, 2003.
The bespectacled boy-genius Dexter was known for his impressive inventions and extreme smarts, and was voiced by Christine Cavanaugh in the show's first three seasons and by Candi Milo in its additional two. Cavanaugh provided voice work for Rugrats, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters and Sonic the Hedgehog, but retired from acting in 2001. She passed away in 2014. Milo has also lent her voice to various shows, such as Cow and Chicken, Codename: Kids Next Door and The Adventures of Puss in Boots.
Timmy Turner: The Fairly OddParents (Tara Strong)
Nickelodeon's The Fairly OddParents is an animated series that follows the misadventures of Timmy Turner, a 10-year-old boy with fairy godparents Cosmo and Wanda. The show first premiered on March 30, 2001 and ran for five seasons until November 25, 2006 but once again resumed production in 2008 until July 26, 2017. It earned 5 Annie Awards, 1 Primetime Emmy Award and 2 Daytime Emmy Awards.
Timmy Turner is the boy the show focuses on, who is given godparents to grant his every wish due to his neglectful parents and evil baby sitter Vicky. The character was voiced by the very talented Tara Strong, who has a huge resume of voice work. Her other animated roles include The Powerpuff Girls, Rugrats, Teen Titans and Ben 10.
Huey/Riley Freeman: The Boondocks (Regina King)
The Boondocks is a Cartoon Network adult animated sitcom that follows the Freemans, a black family that settles in the fictional and overall white suburb Woodcrest. The show focused on stereotypes, social classes and cultures through satire and humor. The series debuted on November 6, 2005 to June 23, 2014 with an upcoming 5th season set to debut in 2020.
The show featured the characters Huey and Riley Freeman, brothers who live with their grandfather Robert. The Boondocks won a Peabody Award in 2006 and has received much critical acclaim. Regina King provided the voice of both Huey and Riley in the series. She is a successful actress and television director, having appeared in films like Friday, Jerry Maguire, Boyz n the Hood and A Cinderella Story. Her television work includes Southland, American Crime, The Leftovers and currently on Watchmen.
Phil & Lil: Rugrats (Kath Soucie)
Nickelodeon's Rugrats focused on a group of toddlers with vivid imaginations that led them on fun adventures. The show featured many talented voice actors, and the twins Phillip "Phil" and Lillian "Lil" DeVille lived next door to Tommy Pickles and are fraternal twins. Kath Soucie provided the voice for both Phil and Lil, and has been consistently working in entertainment for decades. Her other voice work includes television shows like Dexter's Laboratory, Hey Arnold!, Pepper Ann and Futurama. Her films include The Tigger Movie, Clifford's Really Big Movie, Happily N'Ever After and most recently Zootopia.
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