The Legend of Vox Machina, the new animated series based on the beloved tabletop streaming show Critical Role premieres on January 28th, and here’s every Critical Role character appearing. For longtime fans of Critical Role and newcomers to the franchise, the show will be the fan base’s collective first step into a brand-new version of the fictional realm of Exandria and the show’s extended universe. With the original cast all executive producing The Legend of Vox Machina, many characters (including the original core cast) from Critical Role are set to return for the new series.
Beginning in 2015, Critical Role first began streaming midway through their first Dungeons & Dragons campaign and became a staple for the D&D community, and the characters and storylines of that campaign provide the basis for The Legend of Vox Machina. In the first campaign, viewers follow the tale of the adventuring party known as Vox Machina (Latin for Voice Machine, a nod to the core cast’s voice acting roots), a group of mercenaries turned legendary heroes as they battle against evil on the fictional continent of Tal’Dorei. The party also included many auxiliary members played by guests on the stream and Critical Role’s resident game master Matthew Mercer.
The Legend of Vox Machina was announced with the entire key cast returning to reprise their roles from Critical Role in the new animated series, as well as new voice actors set to play various non-playable characters (or NPC’s) from the first campaign. With the original Critical Role cast being comprised largely of veteran voice actors, this was a natural fit. Here’s a breakdown of the cast and who they’ll be playing in The Legend of Vox Machina, as well as some supporting Critical Role characters who are set to appear.
Travis Willingham as Grog Strongjaw
Travis Willingham lends his voice to the tank of Vox Machina Grog Strongjaw. Grog is a goliath barbarian exiled from his clan for taking pity on a helpless gnome, who repaid Grog’s kindness by taking him under his wing. Willingham began his voice acting career in the early 2000s and provided voices on Dragon Ball Z. He is also well-known for portraying Roy Mustang in Fullmetal Alchemist, as well as Knuckles the Echidna in many Sonic: The Hedgehog franchise games.
Marisha Ray as Keyleth of the Air Ashari
Raised amongst the Air Ashari tribe, Keyleth is a half-elven druid voiced by Marisha Ray. When Keyleth was a child, her mother left on a journey to earn the title of headmaster of the Ashari, but never returned. Once she reached adulthood, Keyleth left her home to achieve the same goal, eventually coming to travel with Vox Machina. Marisha Ray is a voice actress known for voicing multiple characters in video games such as Metal Gear: Survive and Fire Emblem Heroes.
Sam Riegel as Scanlan Shorthalt
Scanlan Shorthalt, voiced by Sam Riegel, is a gnomish bard and a larger-than-life, yet short-in-stature member of Vox Machina. Shorthalt spent his early years traveling with a troupe of performers before eventually linking up with Vox Machina. Riegel is known for roles like Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man video games and Donatello in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series. He is also a voice director and has worked on both Elena of Avalor and Ducktales.
Liam O’Brien as Vax’ildan Vessar
One half of Vox Machina’s resident twins, Vax’ildan (voiced by Liam O’Brien) is a half-elven rogue born to a human mother and elven father. He and his twin sister Vex’ahlia left home in their early adulthood together, both unhappy with their elven upbringing. O’Brien is most well-known for voicing Gaara from Naruto. He also voice directs and has worked on games like The Last of Us.
Laura Bailey as Vex’ahlia Vessar
The other half of Vox Machina’s twins, Vex’ahlia is a half-elven archer voiced by Laura Bailey. In addition to traveling with Vax’ildan, Vex’ahlia also has an animal companion named Trinket, a bear cub that eventually grew to be Vex’ahlia’s loyal protector. Laura Bailey is most well known for her performance as Abby Anderson in The Last of Us Part II for which she won the 2020 BAFTA Award for Best Performer in a Leading Role.
Ashley Johnson as Pike Trickfoot
Ashley Johnson lends her voice to Pike Trickfoot, a gnome cleric and faithful Vox Machina member. Pike was raised in the city by her great-great-grandfather Wilhand Trickfoot, the same gnome that Grog Strongjaw protected from his clan. She originally joined Vox Machina to help them find Grog when he went missing. Johnson is known for her role in the 90s sitcom Growing Pains as well as the NBC drama Blindspot. She also provided the motion capture and voicework for Ellie in the video game franchise The Last of Us, for which she won two BAFTA awards.
Taliesin Jaffe as Percival de Rolo
Rounding out Vox Machina’s ranks is Taliesin Jaffe as Percival de Rolo, a human gunslinger and usurped noble. Percival (Percy for short) and his family once ruled the city of Whitestone, but they were overthrown by campaign 1 antagonists Sylas and Delilah Briarwood. He joined Vox Machina midway through his quest for revenge against the Briarwoods. Jaffe is a voice actor and director known for his work on Dragon Ball Z and Street Fighter IV.
Matthew Mercer as Sylas Briarwood
Critical Role’s veteran game master Matthew Mercer lends his voice to season 1 villain Sylas Briarwood in The Legend of Vox Machina. One of the co-rulers of Whitestone, Sylas is a necromantic tyrant who aids and abets evil forces beyond Vox Machina’s initial comprehension. Mercer is a gifted voice actor most well-known for contributing his voice to Overwatch’s Cole Cassidy. He has also written supplementary materials for Dungeons and Dragons’ fifth edition sourcebook.
The Legend of Vox Machina Supporting Cast & Characters
Stephanie Beatriz as Lady Kima – Lady Kima is a key ally to Vox Machina. She is known for her good deeds and strong resolve, and is a force for good in the Tal’Dorei city of Westruun. She is voiced by Stephanie Beatriz, known for roles like the magicless Mirabel in Encanto and Rosa in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Anjali Bhimani as Head Cleric – Anjali Bhimani voices the Head Cleric, a character likely allied with Vox Machina during their time in Emon. Besides appearing in the Critical Role series Exandria Unlimited, Bhimani is best known for voicing Symmetra in Overwatch and Rampart in Apex Legends.
Eugene Byrd as Jarett – Known to loyal fans as the captain of the guard at Vox Machina’s keep, Greyskull Keep, Jarett now takes on a new role as captain to the guardsmen of Emon. He is voiced by Eugene Byrd, who played Dr. Clark Edison on Bones and “Del” in Gears of War 4.
Esmé Creed-Miles as Cassandra de Rolo – Voiced by Esmé Creed-Miles, Cassandra de Rolo is the youngest sister of Percival de Rolo, and the only other surviving member of the de Rolo family. Creed-Miles is best known for her eponymous role in the recently completed TV series Hanna.
Felicia Day as Captain of Emon – Founder of Geek & Sundry Felicia Day makes a few cameo appearances as the Captain of Emon during The Legend of Vox Machina’s time in the capital city of Tal’Dorei. Day is known for her original web series The Guild as well as her role as Vi in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Darin De Paul as Kerrion Stonefell – Kerrion Stonefell is the captain of the guard for the Briarwoods and assisted in the seizure of Whitestone. He is also one of Percy’s main targets for revenge. De Paul is known for several of his voice-over roles in videogames, mainly J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man, Revenant in Apex Legends, and Reinhardt in Overwatch.
Grey Griffin as Delilah Briarwood – Wife to Sylas Briarwood, Delilah Briarwood is a powerful human wizard and co-ruler of Whitestone. She is voiced by Grey Griffin, known for her previous villainous portrayal of Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Tony Hale as Sir Fince – A rare character who appeared off-camera in the games before Critical Role began streaming, Sir Fince is a noble of Emon whose disappearance entangles Vox Machina in a growing scheme within the capital. He is voiced by Tony Hale, known for his role as Gary in Veep as well as Buster Bluth in Arrested Development.
Bobby Hall aka Logic as Palace Guard – Bobby Hall aka Logic voices several Palace Guards throughout the first season of The Legend of Vox Machina. Known primarily and professionally as Logic, Hall is a rapper and record producer who first gained popularity with his Young Sinatra mixtape series and albums like Under Pressure and The Incredible True Story.
Kelly Hu as Dr. Anna Ripley – A follower of the Briarwoods, Dr. Anna Ripley helped the Briarwoods overthrow and kill the de Rolo family in Whitestone. Unique to Critical Role and just like Percy, Ripley’s weapon of choice is also a firearm. She is voiced by Kelly Hu, a voice actress known for her work on Tangled: The Series as Adira as well as her appearance as Lady Deathstrike in X2.
Sunil Malhotra as Gilmore – Shaun Gilmore, more commonly referred to as Gilmore, is a merchant and a sorcerer who resides in Emon. He is a key sponsor and ally of Vox Machina and runs Gilmore’s Glorious Goods, a magic shop in the capital. He is voiced by Sunil Malhotra, who has appeared on Grey’s Anatomy, and is a prolific voice actor, known for roles like Prince Wu in The Legend of Korra.
Rory McCann as Duke Vedmire – Rory McCann, most well-known for his role as “The Hound” in Game of Thrones, will voice Duke Vedmire, a goliath hired by the Briarwoods in Wildemount to assist in the take-over of Whitestone from the de Rolos. McCann is also known for playing “Lurch” in Hot Fuzz.
Max Mittelman as Desmond – Desmond was the carriage driver for the Briarwoods until he was captured by Vox Machina, and taken prisoner. He is voiced by Max Mittelman, a prolific voice actor known for his work in One Punch Man and the video game Persona 5.
Dominic Monaghan as Archibald Desnay – Voiced by Dominic Monaghan, Archibald Desnay is a well-respected philosopher who resides in Whitestone. He was once the chancellor to Frederick de Rolo, Percy de Rolo’s father. Monaghan is a British actor who played Merry, one of the Hobbits from Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as Charlie Pace on Lost.
Khary Payton as Sovereign Uriel Tal’Dorei – The eponymous ruler of the continent of Tal’Dorei, Uriel Tal’Dorei resides on the throne from the capital city of Emon alongside his wife Empress Salda. Besides appearing in the second campaign on Critical Role, Payton is best known for his role as King Ezekiel on The Walking Dead.
David Tennant as General Krieg – General Krieg met Vox Machina in the capital city of Emon, and helped them investigate mysterious circumstances surrounding Uriel Tal’Dorei before the official Critical Role stream. Voiced by the gifted David Tennant, most well-known for his role as the time-traveling Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who, Krieg has a major role to play in the development of the show’s first season.
Stephen Root as Professor Anders – Professor Anders, another resident of Whitestone, was Percy’s former tutor. He aided the Briarwoods in the seizure of Whitestone. His name appears on Percy’s list of targets for revenge. Anders is voiced by Stephen Root, who is most well-known for his role as Milton in Office Space as well as Fuches in Barry.
Gina Torres as Keeper Yennen – Another figure in the struggle for Whitestone, Keeper Yennen is a head priest who helps Vox Machina in their attempts to overthrow the oppressive Briarwoods. Gina Torres is a film and television actress known for her role as Zoe Washburn in the prematurely canceled series Firefly, and in the legal drama series Suits.
Tracie Thoms as the Everlight – Known in official Dungeons & Dragons sourcebooks as Sarenrae, the goddess of redemption and temperance is also known as the Everlight and is patron to cleric Pike Trickfoot. She is voiced by Tracie Thoms, best known for her work in The Devils Wears Prada as Andy’s friend Lily. She has also appeared in many theatre roles, even playing Joanne in the film adaptation of RENT.
Indira Varma as Lady Allura Vysoren – Allura Vysoren is a powerful human wizard and key ally to Vox Machina throughout their Critical Role adventures, and will feature in The Legend of Vox Machina. She is a member of the Council of Tal’Dorei and resides in the capital city of Emon. She is voiced by Indira Varma, known most notably for her role in Game of Thrones as widow to Oberyn Martell, Ellaria Sand.
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