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Ryan Drummond (born 10 January 1973) is an American voice actor/entertainer who has voiced  Sonic, as well as Metal Sonic in and Sonic Heroes Knuckles in . He was the voice for Sonic from Sonic Shuffle to Sonic Adventure .
Sonic Advance 3
Roles in the Sonic the Hedgehog Series
Voice Actor Controversy
4Kids Entertainment acquired the US dubbing rights for the anime series . In the Japanese version of Sonic X Sonic X, all the video game voice actors ( Seiyū) reprised their roles. Instead of using the established US video game voice actors, 4Kids hired their own in-house actors to provide the voice over for Sonic X. After unprofessional and questionable lack of communication, Ryan was then contacted by 4Kids employee Michael Haigney who was the producer of Sonic X. He claimed 4Kids could not use Ryan and the other video game voice actors, because they did not live in New York where 4Kids is headquartered. Ryan replied that he would have gladly relocated to New York at his own expense. Instead, Ryan was replaced by  Jason Griffith who voiced Sonic in Sonic X. Despite this, Drummond continued to provide the voice of Sonic in the until 2004, when Sega replaced all their Sonic voice actors with their 4Kids counterparts, in order to keep Sonic's voice the same in all media forms.
Sonic the Hedgehog series Sega never made an official announcement about the replacement. Instead, Drummond had to contact Sega to inquire about the voice over work for . After hearing about his firing, Ryan informed fans via e-mail. His e-mail states that Sega of Japan hired the 4Kids voice actors in secret. Shadow the Hedgehog Former Sega of America (SOA) president  Simon Jeffery confirms Sega of Japan controls all voice actors including those in the US.
Adding to the controversy, Griffith's replacement in 2010,
Roger Craig Smith, was simply offered the job by Sega while Ryan and Jason auditioned and earned the role of Sonic the Hedgehog.   To this day, some fans are still angry about the voice actor change and want Ryan to voice Sonic again. Many fans still prefer Ryan’s more energetic style, as opposed to Jason’s calmer delivery and Roger’s older voice.
In an interview, Drummond states that Sega gave him another chance to re-audition the Sonic role during the development of
, but he rejected the role because he wouldn't leave his talent union. Sonic Generations [
] citation needed
He was to voice Sonic in before the cast switch.
Sonic Rush Despite sharing the same last name, Drummond is not related to Brian Drummond, another voice actor who worked on . Ryan Drummond has one brother, Aaron Drummond, who is a writer. Sonic Underground
 Ryan is a member of the A.Y.U. Quartet.
Ryan is good friends with David Humphrey, who was the voice of Shadow the Hedgehog. Ryan is even said to have helped David get the role.
Ryan has stated there is no tension between him and Jason Griffith, and he thinks that he's a great guy.
Ryan Drummond's voice was used for Sonic in the Sonic Anniversary - Through the Ages trailer.
Ryan said in an interview is his favorite Sonic game.
Sonic Adventure Ryan is also a clown and a mime in San Francisco.
Ryan graduates from Eastern Michigan University
Ryan Drummond at IMDb
ryandrummond.com Current Events July 2003, pages 2-4
Sonic voiceover cast replaced, Ryan’s e-mail
Simon Jeffery interview, Jeffery’s 1 st answer and closing statement
Roger at the London MCM expo, 3:10-3:25
Sonic-cult interview, Ryan’s 1 st answer
Jason Griffith's Panel @ Sonicon 2010 Part One ↑
Ryan Drummond's bio at IMDb
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Beta ( Mark II) | Gamma | Delta | Epsilon | ZERO | Zeta
Adventure Fields Egg Carrier | Mystic Ruins | Station Square
Chao Gardens Station Square Garden | Mystic Ruins Garden | Egg Carrier Island
Angel Island | Black Market | Chao Stadium | Tails' Lab
Emerald Coast | Windy Valley | Casinopolis | IceCap | Sky Chase | Twinkle Park | Speed Highway | Red Mountain | Sky Deck | Lost World | Hot Shelter | Sand Hill | Twinkle Circuit | Final Egg
Chaos 0 | Chaos 2 | Chaos 4 | Chaos 6 | E-101 Beta | E-101 Mark II | E-102 Gamma | E-103 Delta | E-104 Epsilon | E-105 Zeta | Egg Carrier | Egg Hornet | Egg Viper | Egg Walker | Perfect Chaos | ZERO
Climb | Dig | Flight Mode | Propeller Flight | Glide | Hammer Attack | Hammer Jump | Hover | Homing Attack | Homing Missile Launch | Jump Attack | Laser Gun | Light Speed Attack | Light Speed Dash | Lightning Bolt | Lure Attack | Maximum Heat Knuckles Attack | Punch Attack | Rapid Tails Attack | Spin Hammer Attack | Spin Dash | Spin Jump | Tails Attack
Level Up Items Ancient Light | Crystal Ring | Fighting Gloves | Jet Anklet | Jet Booster | Laser Blaster | Life Belt | Light Speed Shoes | Long Hammer | Lure | Power Rod | Rhythm Badge | Shovel Claw | Warrior Feather
English Voice Actors
Ryan Drummond ( | Sonic) Corey Bringas ( | Tails) Michael McGaharn ( | Knuckles) Deem Bristow ( | Eggman) Jennifer Douillard ( | Amy) Jon St. John ( | Big) Elara Distler ( | Tikal, Station Square Train Voice, Default Menu Voice) Steve Broadie ( | Gamma, Pachacamac, Mystic Ruins Train Voice) Tomoko Sasaki (
Japanese Voice Actors
Jun'ichi Kanemaru ( | Sonic) Kazuki Hayashi ( | Tails) Nobutoshi Kanna ( | Knuckles) Chikao Ōtsuka ( | Eggman) Taeko Kawata ( | Amy) Shun Yashiro ( | Big) Kaori Asō ( | Tikal) Jōji Nakata ( | Gamma) Tōru Ōkawa ( | Pachacamac) Kaho Kōda (Station Square Train Voice) | Nobutoshi Kanna (Mystic Ruins Train Voice) | Elara Distler (Default Menu Voice) | Tomoko Sasaki (
/ Original Soundtrack / Remix / Vocal Mini Album / 20th Anniversary Passion & Pride
Believe In Myself | It Doesn't Matter | Lazy Days | My Sweet Passion | Open Your Heart | Unknown from M.E.
Air Bubbles | Auto Running | Bumper | Cannon | Capsule | Chao Eggs | Chaos Emerald | Chao in Space | Chao Machine | Conveyor Belt | Corkscrew Loop | Dash Panel | Dash Ring | Debug Mode | Egg Carrier 2 | Emblem | Emerald Radar | Emerald Shard | Employee ID Card | Flipper | Gallery | Balloon | Hedgehog Hammer | Helicopter | Item Box ( Bomb, Extra Life, Invincibility, Lightning Shield, Power Sneakers, Shield, Super Ring) | Jump Panel | Key Stone ( Gold Statue, Ice Stone, Silver Statue, Wind Stone) | Mission Mode | Monkey Destruction Switch | Mr. Know-It-All | Pinball Shooter | Power cube | Ramp | Ring | Rocket | Sandboard | Shuttle Loop | Sky-Chase Dragon | Slot Machine | Snowboard | Sonic Token | Station Square Police | Switch | Target Dolls | Teleporter | Tornado | Tornado 2 | Twinkle Circuit Hover Car | Wind Path | Zip Line
. Sonic Adventure DX
Team Sonic Sonic | Tails | Knuckles
Team Rose Amy | Cream | Cheese | Big
Team Dark Shadow | Rouge | Omega
Team Chaotix Espio | Charmy | Vector
Team Super Sonic Super Sonic | Tails ( | Super Shield) Knuckles (
Eggman | Metal Sonic ( Neo Metal Sonic) | Chocola | Froggy | Shadow Android
Cameron | Egg Bishop | Egg Hammer | Egg Knight | Egg Magician | Egg Pawn | Egg Pawn (Casino version) | E-2000 | E-2000R | Falco | Flapper | Gold Cameron | Gold Klagen | Heavy-Egg Hammer | Klagen | Rhinoliner | Pumpkin-Head Ghosts
Stages 1P Stages
Sea Gate | Seaside Hill* | Ocean Palace | Grand Metropolis* | Power Plant | Casino Park | BINGO Highway* | Rail Canyon* | Bullet Station | Frog Forest* | Lost Jungle | Hang Castle | Mystic Mansion | Egg Fleet* | Final Fortress | Special Stage*
City Top | Casino Ring | Turtle Shell | Egg Treat | Pinball Match | Hot Elevator | Seaside Course | City Course | Casino Course | Road Rock | Mad Express | Terror Hall
2P Play Mode Action Race | Battle | Bobsled Race | Expert Race | Quick Race | Ring Race | Special Stage
Egg Albatross | Egg Emperor | Egg Hawk | Metal Madness | Metal Overlord | Robot Carnival | Robot Storm | Team Chaotix | Team Dark | Team Rose | Team Sonic
Manoeuvres Homing Attack | Kick | Light Dash | Propeller Hammer | Rocket Accel | Shuriken | Spin | Swinging Hammer Attack | Tornado Jump ( Black Tornado, Blue Tornado, Leaf Swirl, Tornado Hammer) | Triangle Jump
Manoeuvres Auto Homing | Body Press | Bubblegum Descent | Fire Combination | Fire Dunk | Fire Launcher | Fireball Jump | Forward Power Attack | Hammer Down | Jump Fire Knock | Jump Fireball | Remote Power Attack ( Fireball, Fire Knock) | Triangle Dive | Umbrella Descent | Wide Power Attack ( Big Fishing, Omega Arm, Vector Breath, Volcanic Dunk)
Manoeuvres Ascending Flight | Cheese Attack | Dummy Ring Bomb | Sting Attack | Thunder Shoot | Quick Ascent
Team Blast Sonic Overdrive | Chaos Inferno | Flower Festival | Chaotix Recital | Super Sonic Power
Grinding | Jump Dash | Lightspeed Attack | Spin Jump
English Voice Actors
Ryan Drummond ( | Sonic, Metal Sonic) Deem Bristow ( | Eggman) William Corkery ( | Tails) Scott Drier ( | Knuckles) David Humphrey ( | Shadow) Lani Minella ( | Rouge, Omochao) Jon St. John ( | Omega, Big) Jennifer Douillard ( | Amy) Sarah Wulfeck ( | Cream) Bill Corkery ( | Espio) Marc Biagi ( | Vector) Emily Corkery (
Japanese Voice Actors
Jun'ichi Kanemaru ( | Sonic the Hedgehog, Metal Sonic) Chikao Ōtsuka ( | Eggman) Ryō Hirohashi ( | Tails) Nobutoshi Kanna ( | Knuckles) Kōji Yusa ( | Shadow) Rumi Ochiai ( | Rouge) Taiten Kusunoki ( | Omega) Taeko Kawata ( | Amy) Sayaka Aoki ( | Cream) Takashi Nagasako ( | Big) Yūki Masuda ( | Espio) Kenta Miyake ( | Vector) Yōko Teppōzuka ( | Charmy) Etsuko Kozakura (
/ OST / Vocal Trax / Official 20th Anniversary Sonic Heroes | We Can | This Machine | Follow Me | Team Chaotix | What I'm Made of...
Ball Switch | Bobsled | Bomb | Bull Train | Bumper | Cage | Cannon | Capsule | Castle Key | Cell Key | Cervix Tunnels | Chaos Emerald | Character battles | Container | Conveyor Belt | Dash Panel | Dash Ring | Detonator Switch | Dummy Rings | Egg Fleet | Emblem | Engine Core | Fan | Flipper | Flower | Fly Type | Formation Change Gate | Gallery | Giant Frogs | Giant Switch | Glowing Mushrooms | Goal Ring | Grind Rail | Haunted Towers | Hint | Item Box ( Barrier, Fly Charge, High Speed, Invincible, Rings, Power Core, Team Blast Ring, 1-Up) | Kao | Laser Field Block | Light Spider Mark | Orb switch | Palm Plants | Pole | Power Gong | Power Type | Propeller | Pulley | Puzzle Game | Ranks | Ramp | Ring | Shuttle Loop | Slot Machine | Spear | Speed Type | Special Stage Key | Sphere | Super Hard Mode | Super Shield | Switch | Target Switch | Team Blast Gauge | Team Chaotix Missions | Torch | Vine | Warp Flower | Weight | Wide Spring
*Stage is also playable in 2P Battle mode.
Former English Voice Actors