Known for her contralto tones, Canadian voice actress Jennifer Hale has had a prolific career spanning over 450 roles. She has long been the go-to actress for action heroines who are both hardened and brave. Hale is particularly known for her voice work in video games, such as Bastila Shan in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the female version of Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect series.
Beyond video games, Jennifer Hale also voiced Avatar Kyoshi & June on Avatar: The Last Airbender, Cinderella in Disney animation, and more than its fair share of comic book characters. She’s played dozens of comic book characters for Marvel and DC animated shows.
11 Poison Ivy in Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Jennifer Hale was the first of three actors to voice the Batman: The Brave and the Bold version of Poison Ivy, succeeded by Vanessa Marshall and Tara Strong. While Hale only had a few lines during her appearance as Ivy in “Chill Of The Night!” she makes the most of her limited screen time and leaves an impression. Beneath layers of seduction, Poison Ivy has a quick temper and Hale’s fiery delivery is perfect for that side of the villainess.
ten Silver Sable in many Marvel video games
The characters voiced by Jennifer Hale tended to be women of action, usually with a military background. A single example is his recurring voice work as Silver Sable, beginning on Ultimate Spider-Man video game. Hale voiced the anti-heroine ahead of Ultimate Silver Sable’s comic debut in the pages of Ultimate Spider-Man #86. She then reprized the role in three successive Spider-Man games: Battle for New York, friend or foe, and Broken dimensions. Hale uses an Eastern European accent, matching Sable’s roots in the fictional nation Symkaria, but underplays it and never turns into an over-the-top nerdy.
9 Dark Siren in Justice League
Like her Justice Guild Of America comrades, Black Siren is technically an original character. In spirit, however, she is a loving but satirical tribute to a member of the Golden Age Justice Society, specifically Black Canary/Dinah Drake. Justice League the episode “Legends” features the long-dead guild recreated in a 1950s setting, prevented from progressing in any way. Reflecting the values of the times, Black Siren is the team’s cook and resident damsel in distress. Hearing Hale voice such a submissive character can be a weird experience, but it works.
8 Spider-Woman in Iron Man (1994)
In a seamless attempt at brand synergy, the 1994 Iron Man The cartoon had Tony Stark leading The Force Works, a team of superheroes who had just made their comic book debut that year. Among the team’s roster in the comics and series was Julia Carpenter, the second Spider-Woman. The cartoon made Julia a composite with Pepper Potts as Tony’s red-haired sweetheart. Voiced by Casey DeFranco in season one, Spider-Woman was one of the only members of Force Works retained for season 2. The role was recast with Jennifer Hale, who delivered the most memorable performance.
seven Jean Gray in Wolverine and the X-Men, the X-Men anime and Marvel Vs Capcom
The Phoenix Saga is the story of a once gentle woman realizing her power. Considering Jennifer Hale’s forte of voicing powerful women, it’s fitting that the two most recent animated renditions of the Phoenix Saga feature Hale as Jean Grey.
Jean is absent for long periods of Wolverine and the X-Men, but the season ends with a coward dark phoenix adaptation. the x-men the anime opens with the climax of The Dark Phoenix Saga and Hale singing Chris Claremont’s epic dialogue (“I am life incarnate! I am Phoenix!”) like she was born.
6 Star Sapphire In Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Hale oscillates between the voice of heroes and villains; sometimes she even does it in the same game. In Green Lantern: The Animated Series, she plays Carol Ferris, aka Star Sapphire. She gains her costumed identity during “In Love And War”. Some confusion and the influence of the Sapphire Ring briefly puts her at odds with Hal, but it doesn’t take long before she returns. Hale doesn’t do much tonal differentiation between Carol and Star Sapphire, but she amps up the aggression in her delivery while playing the latter role.
5 Ms. Marvel in Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
Hale first appears as Carol Danvers in Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Season 1 episode “459”, before returning in Season 2’s “Welcome To The Kree Empire” as the super-powered SWORD agent Ms. Marvel. She joins the Avengers full-time during the Secret Invasion arc and remains on the team until the end of the series.
Between military background, energy powers, and connection to the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe, Ms. Marvel is the comedic character in Hale’s filmography closest to her vision of Commander Shepard. She even shares the “romance with an alien” storyline, as the emotional crux of Carol’s arc is her relationship with Captain Mar-Vell of the Kree.
4 Killer Frost in various DC adaptations
Ever since he voiced Killer Frost on Justice League, Hale became the default voice of the ice-themed villainess, reprising the role in Batman/Superman: Public Enemies, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Injustice: gods among us, and Batman: Assault on Arkham. This frequency isn’t surprising as Hale’s cool, understated yet sharp delivery fits the role like a glove. She rarely voices outright villains, especially ones as sadistic as Killer Frost. Unlike the rest of the Secret Society, she has no specific vendetta against the League or loyalty to Grodd; she just likes killing people.
3 Giganta in the DC Animated Universe
Of her roles in DC Animation, Giganta is the closest Hale to playing against type. While mean and far from helpless, Giganta was truly a girly girl and the polar opposite of Killer Frost. Hale enjoyed playing such a stark contrast to his usual roles, especially when his two characters played each other like Giganta and Frost did during “Secret Society.” While Frost was pure sadism 100% of the time, Hale got a chance to be charming and sexy as Giganta. But if she is offended, she could also take revenge.
2 Zatanna In Justice League: Unlimited + Batman: The Brave And The Bold
Zatanna as a guest star in a self-titled episode of Batman: The Animated Series was one of the few times the show delved into the wider DC Universe. In her episode, the witch was voiced by Julie Brown, but the role was recast with Jennifer Hale when she returned to Justice League Unlimited.
Hale was more sardonic to Zatanna than Brown had been, not to mention she took over the schtick from her comedic counterpart who was talking backwards. So good in the role, Hale voiced another Zatanna on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, with an identical design to its DCAU counterpart.
1 Felicia Hardy/Cat Noir in Spider-Man (1994)
One of Hale’s earliest comic adaptation roles is also her best: Felicia Hardy/The Black Cat on Spider Man. Unlike most versions of the character, Felicia is introduced as her civilian identity long before she became Black Cat. In this incarnation, his Black Cat persona was treated not just as an alter ego, but as a physical transformation wrought by a recreated super-soldier serum. Hale delivered some subtle but important differences in the way she voiced Felicia and Cat, giving the latter a more mature and sultry edge.
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