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This page is about the actor. For the character from a one-shot campaign, see Travis Willingham (character).

I would like to RAGE!
– 
Travis as Grog Strongjaw
[!h]

Travis Willingham is a voice actor, a member of the main cast of Critical Role, and the CEO of Critical Role Productions LLC. He plays Chetney Pock O'Pea in Campaign Three.

In previous campaigns, Travis played Grog Strongjaw and Fjord. He played Bertrand Bell at the start of Campaign Three. Travis was also the Dungeon Master for "Critical Role: Grog's One-Shot" (Sx26).

Critical Role Productions

Pre-Stream

Matthew Mercer's Pathfinder campaign, which evolved into Critical Role, was Travis's first time playing a pen-and-paper RPG.[1] Travis chose to be a goliath barbarian because he wanted to be a big character that liked to drink and fight a lot.[2] He agreed to play for Liam O'Brien's birthday and had no idea the game would become an ongoing campaign, let alone a publicly streamed one.

Laura Bailey, Travis' wife, played Vex'ahlia in the first campaign. During a session, the party encountered a room full of traps. Travis, as Grog, slapped Trinket's behind, sending Vex's beloved companion charging through the traps and suffering significant damage. Travis didn't realize how upset Laura would be or how attached she was to her imaginary bear, and she allegedly made Travis sleep on the couch that night when they went home.[3][4]

Travis Willingham at WonderCon 2017, by Gage Skidmore.[art 2]

Main Campaigns

Travis's frequent use of the phrase "I would like to rage" became an early and long-standing catchphrase for Grog and for all of Critical Role. It inspired multiple works of fan-made art and apparel. Other notable quotes include "I have an intelligence of 6; I know what I'm doing."[5] Travis often played Grog's low intelligence for comedic effect, such as when he tried haggling with a merchant in Vasselheim and ended up trading the merchant more than was asked.[6] When asked which Campaign One character he would prefer to play besides Grog, Travis jokingly said he would be Trinket.

Travis made the first roll of Campaign Two and rolled a natural 20.[7]

Travis wanted his Campaign Three character to join the party a little later in the story, but Matt wanted to have Travis at the table from the beginning. When given the option to create a new character to play during the campaign's first sessions, Travis chose to play Bertrand Bell, who he had created for "The Search For Grog" (Sx42). When they discussed the manner of Bertrand's exit from the campaign, Travis pitched a "grim end" for him, though he agreed that he wouldn't know when or how it was going to happen.[8]

Chief Executive Officer

Travis became the CEO of Critical Role Productions LLC when the company was incorporated in 2015 after splitting from Geek & Sundry. He often appears in State of the Role announcements alongside creative director Marisha Ray and chief creative officer Matthew Mercer.

Player Characters

See also: Player characters played by Travis Willingham

Main Campaigns

One-Shots and Miniseries

Games Played as Dungeon Master

Other Works

→ See also: Travis' IMDb profile
Travis began working in voice acting in the early 2000s by providing additional voices on Dragon Ball Z. His career took off after he portrayed Roy Mustang in Fullmetal Alchemist. He has since went on to voice numerous characters in television and video games, such as Knuckles the Echidna from the Sonic franchise and Thor in multiple Marvel video games and animated projects.

Personal Life

Laura and Travis giving each other a high five.

Travis is a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys and played football when he was younger. He credits his love of sports to his father, who he lost to cancer in his teenage years. His younger brother is active in the american military, which led Travis to his involvement with the Operation Supply Drop charity.[9]

Travis and Laura met through commercials and television during their college years. They briefly dated, then reconnected a few years later when Laura moved to Los Angeles, where Travis had moved earlier to pursue an acting career. They got married in 2011.[10]

In "Critical Role: Grog's One-Shot" (Sx26) that aired on 30 November 2017, Travis featured a green man (Fjord) and a blue lady (Jester)[11] with a baby,[12] alluding to Ronin.[13] Hours before the livestream of "The Gates of Zadash" (2x08), Laura tweeted a D&D character sheet for "Baby Willingham", announcing her pregnancy.[14] On June 28 2018, 4 hours before the livestream of "Divergent Paths" (2x25), Laura gave birth to her and Travis's son, Ronin. [15]

Travis has a tattoo on the inside of his arm of Nordic runics meaning "for worth" or "worthy" in reference to Thor, a character he portrayed numerous times.[16]

Trivia

Idiot's Guide to Sailing

  • Travis ties Liam for most player characters, with a total of 18.
  • Every Halloween, the cast of Critical Role dresses up in costume for one episode. Travis has dressed up as Helga, the angry tavern wench (2015), Sylas Briarwood (2016), Joel Miller (2017), Bargain Bin Cowboy (2018), Two-Face (2019), Orly Skiffback (2020), and Sam Riegel (2021).
  • Travis is known for his fear of horror and other spooky things. One of the rewards for The Legend of Vox Machina kickstarter involved him walking through a haunted house, with a camera filming all of his reactions.[17]
  • To help him roleplay Fjord's sailor backstory, Travis filled a binder with information like ship terminology, types of knots and sailing terms separated by alphabetical dividers. The binder is labelled "Idiot's Guide to Sailing".[18]
  • Travis' chosen drink for his Between the Sheets interview was an old fashioned.
  • About his role in Exandria Unlimited: Calamity, Travis said, "I'm a pretty stonewalled player. I'm not the most emotional at the table. I certainly haven't been over the past seven years but it cracked through in a way that I was not anticipating. ... I was just a wreck. It was a crazy thing being that vulnerable at the table."[19]
  • Travis has explained that he tends to start his character's building with an item.[20] Examples of this are Fjord (that came from forearm bracer greaves) and Cerrit (that came from his weapons, the hawks).
  • On Talks Machina, the host Brian Wayne Foster liked to "#ThankMyGuests" with names that were either mispronounced or wordplay that sounded close to the original. Here are the names for Travis Willingham:
  • Tarvis Wellingrod
  • Ravish Twirlingman
  • Ravish Twirlingham
  • Trap His Quilting Hand
  • Catpiss Woolyman
  • Kravitz Fillinghand
  • Krampus Thrillingvan
  • Bad Wrist Drilling Hand
  • Has His Quill in Hand
  • Ravish Hulkingslam
  • Travis Has Killed a Man
  • Trapeze in Nottingham
  • That Is Really Glam
  • Talking Sword in Hand
  • Texmex Warlockman
  • Have This Mustang Man
  • Dat Hex Killing, Man
  • Fjather to be
  • Badass Winning Hand
  • Backstory Stalling-man
  • That Eye’s Inside Me, Man!

External Links

References

  1. The World of Critical Role, Liz Marsham, p. 12, Ten Speed Press, 2020
  2. See "Wizard World Gaming Portland Panel" (Sx07) at 0:07:26.
  3. See "Critical Role Q&A and Battle Royale!" (Sx08) from 1:13:38 through 1:14:05.
  4. See "Wizard World Gaming Portland Panel" (Sx07) at 46:21.  Or "almost got a divorced".
  5. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 0:41:21.
  6. See "Aramente to Pyrah" (1x22) from 1:08:45 through 1:10:20.
  7. See "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) from 0:35:35 through 0:35:44.
  8. Twitter logo.png Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "A little look under the hood for Ep 3... #CriticalRoleSpoilers . . . . . . Sooooo that was fun! Another little bit of a glance at what led to the end if tonight’s session: (1/4)" (2021-11-05). First of a thread of four tweets.
  9. Between the Sheets: Travis Willigham
  10. How Laura Bailey and Travis Willigham met
  11. See "Critical Role: Grog's One-Shot" (Sx26) at 17:45.
  12. See "Critical Role: Grog's One-Shot" (Sx26) at 23:18.
  13. See "Talks Machina #56: 'The Gates of Zadash'" (TMx56) at 6:59.
  14. Laura tweeted a photo to announce her pregnancy (source).
  15. Travis tweeted a photo to announce the name of their son, which Laura retweeted (source).
  16. See "Talks Machina #132: 'Titles and Tattoos'" (TMx132) at 16:40.
  17. Travis Willingham's Spooktacular.
  18. See "Talks Machina #85: 'Dangerous Liaisons'" (TMx85) at 12:00.
  19. Twitter logo.png Critical Role (@CriticalRole) on Twitter: "Our #ExUCalamity chat is happening right now! 🔥 Join us:" (2022-06-22)., Twitter Spaces Q&A session held 22 June 2022. Full transcript here.
  20. See "Exandria Unlimited: Calamity Wrap Up" (Sx70) at 0:17:21.

Art:

  1. Photograph of Travis Willingham for Variety, by Robyn Von Swank (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  2. Travis Willingham at WonderCon 2017, by Gage Skidmore (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  3. Official portrait by Kit Buss
  4. Official portrait by Ari
  5. Official portrait by Hannah Friederichs
  6. Official portrait by Hannah Friederichs
  7. Official portrait by Kendra Wells
  8. Official portrait by Kendra Wells
  9. Official portrait by Kendra Wells
  10. Official portrait by Kendra Wells
  11. Official portrait by Hugo Cardenas
  12. Official portrait by Joana Carvalho
  13. Official portrait by Hugo Cardenas
  14. Official portrait by Kit Buss
  15. Official portrait by Kent Davis
  16. Official portrait by Aviv Or
  17. Official portrait by @tshortik
  18. Official portrait by Category:Art by Hannah Friederichs
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