Between the 3D models, the voice acting, and the motion capture performance, game developers these days need multiple human beings to fill a single onscreen role. Here are 12 memorable characters who were the work of more than just one person, with their physical model on one side, and their voice on the other.
Francisco was the physical basis for the most lovable/murderous Florentine since Machiavelli, he was also the face of Desmond Miles and Altair, which is obvious if you consider their family lineage. Fun Fact: Roger Craig Smith is the only man on Earth to play the voice of both Batman and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Rana has been seen attending gaming conventions dressed as Samara, thus giving her the most unfair advantage in the history of cosplay. Maggie Baird has released her own album of original folk songs, none of which have anything to do with biotic adept hottie space cops.
Bill Fletcher is more than just a pretty face; he's a director at Valve and helped create Source Film Maker. So think of him the next time you watch a weird animated Shrek cartoon on YouTube. J.K. Simmons won an Oscar for slapping Miles Teller, something we look forward to doing verbally after the Fantastic Four reboot is released.
Microsoft loves Jen Taylor's voice so much that they're going to add Cortana to every Windows 10 device on Earth. But when they needed the Rampant AI to act more emotional, erratic, and somehow naked-er, they enlisted Mackenzie to be her face and mocap performer in Halo 4.
Remedy Entertainment was so broke when they made the first Max Payne that they couldn't hire professional models to pose for the game. As a result most of the characters were portrayed by programmers, artists, and writers like Sam Lake, who made the iconic squinty photorealistic face that blew our minds back in 2001. James McCaffery has always been the smoky voice of Max Payne, but in the 3rd game they finally let him be the physical basis of the character as well.
It supposedly took Camilla 3 years to finish work voicing and mocapping Lara Croft for the big reboot in 2013, but that's nothing compared to the lifetime Megan Farquhar spent being so impossibly gorgeous that she was chosen as the new paradigm for "make believe beautiful murder woman".
Besides providing the face and animations for Valve's most appreciated deuteragonist, Jamil Mullen also did motion-capture work for Cate Archer in the cult FPS hit The Operative: No One Lives Forever. Merle Dandridge has also lent her voice to the international click-obsession Dota 2 as the Legion Commander and Winter Wyvern.
In the 90s Matthew Poretta starred in his own TV show about a badass Robin Hood, but is most well known these days as the voice of novelist and flashlight enthusiast Alan Wake. Finnish actor Ilkka Villi was responsible for Alan's visage in-game and during live-action sequences. Side note: the Alan Wake games were written by Sam Lake, who you might remember as the face of Max Payne, another game from Remedy Entertainment.
Chad Coleman was the voice of Left 4 Dead 2's most motivational survivor in 2009, only to be cast as Tyreese in The Walking Dead a few years later. So if you're going to be typecast, make sure you look like a badass zombie slayer while you do it.
Courtenay Taylor is a veteran voice over actress in the videogame scene, but you'll also be delighted to know that she plays the voice of Muscle Man's girlfriend Starla on Cartoon Network's Regular Show.
Mark Vanderloo is an iconic Dutch fashion model who has been the face of Armani, Hugo Boss and Calvin Klein. According to baseless rumors (aka Wikipedia) Vanderloo's name was partly the inspiration for Ben Stiller's Derek Zoolander. Mark Meer is best known for playing Shepard's male voice across 3 epic games and one desperately needed post-release ending retcon.