- This page is about the real-world actor. For the character from the "Liam's Quest" one-shots, see Ashley Johnson (character).
Ashley Johnson (@thevulcansalute ) is a voice actress and television actress who plays the character Yasha on Critical Role. She played the character Pike Trickfoot in the first campaign. She is also President of the Critical Role Foundation.
The first campaign of Critical Role was Ashley's first time playing a pen-and-paper RPG. She was one of the last players to join the game, and with few options left, she chose to be a gnome cleric because she thought it would be funny and interesting. She quickly realized just how valuable a character she was when the first battle began.
On her first appearance on Critical Role, "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04), her first and second dice rolls were both natural 20s. Her third dice roll was a natural 1.
After "Enter Vasselheim" (1x16), Ashley had to leave Los Angeles, California to live in New York City, as she was starring in NBC's Blindspot as the character Patterson. Ashley continued to play via Skype when possible, and she has returned to LA several times during Blindspot's production hiatus, allowing her to return to Critical Role in person. Production on Blindspot has since ended, and Ashley is back permanently as of "The Cathedral" (2x86).
During the times when Ashley was not available to play, Pike's absence from the story was usually explained as her staying to work on rebuilding the temple of Sarenrae in Vasselheim or helping to fortify Whitestone. Her appearing out of nowhere to join the group for one or two episode was explained by Pike using a divine projection to be with the rest of Vox Machina , although she physically remained in Vasselheim. Yasha's absences were justified by the character being more of a loner who does not like large groups, but will join up with the party on occasion, and eventually by her being mind-controlled by Obann.
Ashley's Player Characters
- Pike Trickfoot, Gnome Cleric of The Everlight (War Domain) (The Campaign of Vox Machina)
- Yasha Nydoorin, Aasimar Barbarian (Path of the Zealot) (Campaign 2)
One-Shots and Special Episodes
- Ashley Johnson (character), human rogue ("Liam's Quest: Full Circle" (Sx16))
- Nutmeg Gingersnap, christmas elf Wizard ("The Night Before Critmas" (Sx41))
- Peaches Silversong, honesty pegasus ("Tails of Equestria One-Shot" (Sx44))
- Damian Vadoma, half-elven fighter ("The Adventures of the Darrington Brigade" (Sx49))
- Cameron Solomon, infernal ("Cinderbrush: A Monsterhearts Story" (Sx51))
- On Talks Machina, the host Brian Wayne Foster (Ashley's fiancé) likes to "#ThankMyGuests" with names that are either mispronounced or wordplay that sounds close to their names. Here are the names for Ashley Johnson so far:
- Ashley's chosen drink for her Between the Sheets interview was a junglebird.
- Ashley made an appearance on the 2020 Halloween episode, "An Open Window" (2x114), her first time in costume for Halloween on the show. She was dressed as Henry Crabgrass.
- One of the upcoming rewards for the Kickstarter campaign of The Legend of Vox Machina is a one-shot DM'd by Ashley.
- Sotoodeh, Sarah. Jaimie Alexander shows off her incredibly sculpted back in a bold crimson dress for PaleyLive in New York City on Daily Mail. Published April 12, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
- See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 3:56:32.