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

Oh my god.  Oh my god.  I'm gonna rage before the show even starts.
– 
Travis[1]

Travis Willingham (@willingblam) is a voice actor.  He plays the character Grog Strongjaw on Critical Role.  He also played a fictional version of himself in "Critical Role EXTRA – Liam's Quest!" (Sx12) and Tarvis in "Critical Role Extra – The Return of Liam!" (Sx15).

Pre-Stream Edit

Matthew Mercer's Pathfinder campaign, which evolved into Critical Role, was Travis's first time playing a pen-and-paper RPG.[citation needed]  Travis chose to be a goliath barbarian because he wanted to be a big character that liked to drink and fight a lot.[citation needed]

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Laura Bailey, who plays Vex'ahlia in Critical Role, is married to Travis in real life. During a campaign 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]

Critical Role Edit

Now, if you have any honor in you at all, you'll take me to Kevdak, and you will see what I have for him, and then maybe, just maybe, you can call yourselves warriors again instead of piss-pot squatters!

Travis's frequent, sometimes-calm and sometimes-dramatic, 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.[citation needed]  Other notable quotes include "I have an intelligence of 6; I know what I'm doing."[2]

Travis often plays 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 if he could be any character besides Grog, Travis jokingly said he would be Trinket.

Trivia Edit

  • On Talks Machina, the host Brian Wayne Foster likes to "#ThankMyGuests" with names that are either mispronounced or wordplay that sounds close to their names. Here are the names for Travis Willingham so far:
    • 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

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References Edit

  1. See "The Family Business" (4x09) from 0:02:17 through 0:03:06.
  2. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 0:41:21.
  3. See "Critical Role Q&A and Battle Royale!" (Sx08) from 1:13:38 through 1:14:05.
  4. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 0:41:22.
  5. See "Test of Pride" (4x13) at 2:13:00.
  6. See "Aramente to Pyrah" (2x06) from 1:08:45 through 1:10:20.


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