Chris Niosi

Christopher Edwin Niosi (born December 31, 1988),[1] also known by his alias Kirbopher, is an American animator, producer, voice actor and Internet celebrity.

Chris Niosi
Christopher Edwin Niosi

(1988-12-31) December 31, 1988 (age 31)
Other namesKirbopher
Alma materSchool of Visual Arts
OccupationAnimator, producer, voice actor
Years active2004–present
RelativesAlison Fanelli (sister)

His voice-work includes Arataka Reigen in Mob Psycho 100,[2] Dezel in Tales of Zestiria, Khoury and others in the Pokémon series, Ernesto and others in OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, Pegasus in the Viz Media dub of Sailor Moon[3] and Therion and Mattias in Octopath Traveler.[4]

Early lifeEdit

Niosi was born in Northport, New York and raised in Long Island. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City.



Niosi began making numerous animations for Newgrounds under the name "Kirbopher" in 2004, mostly making Nintendo-based parodies.[5] His first professional animation job was for Eduware providing character design, animation and voices.[6] He has also worked as an animator for the video games A Hat in Time, Skullgirls and Cryamore.[6]

Terrain of Magical ExpertiseEdit

Niosi is the co-creator of the project Terrain of Magical Expertise, also known as TOME, alongside artist Mike Luckas.[6] The web series is known for its inclusion of several YouTube personalities and voice actors such as Yuri Lowenthal and Kyle Hebert. The series' concept was based on their experiences role-playing on internet forums. The series was eventually crowdfunded through GoFundMe to produce the remaining duration. The majority of the animation services were provided by Niosi himself, along with several guest animators and production assistants.[7][8] TOME was first released on Newgrounds on November 11, 2011,[9] and ran for fifteen episodes and nine shorts. The final episode released on July 7, 2015, while the final short released on November 11, 2016.

On September 30, 2017, a Kickstarter for a video game adaption was launched.[10] The game features a customizable avatar known as the White Hat Hacker joining the established characters. The campaign was fully funded on November 4, 2017, successfully funding $111,162.63 The game is produced by NEO-C Productions LLC., (a company in association with Niosi) with Niosi serving as the director, lead designer and character animator of the game.

Voice actingEdit

Niosi started his first professional voice-over job playing the role of Khoury and others in Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles after meeting voice director Tom Wayland.[11]

In 2014, he began voicing several anime characters, such as Yujiro Hattori in Bakuman, Taira in Queen's Blade Rebellion, and Dezel in Tales of Zestiria. In 2016, Niosi voiced Arataka Reigen from Mob Psycho 100.[12][13] In 2017, he was announced as the voice of Pegasus for the Viz Media dub of Sailor Moon SuperS.[14]

In 2016, Niosi became a series regular in Cartoon Network's OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, which started airing on August 1, 2017; he voiced characters such as Nick Army, Neil, Pird, Ernesto. These roles eventually lead Niosi to join SAG-AFTRA during a union strike. and be represented by Arlene Thornton & Associates.[15] In 2018, Niosi was cast as Therion and Mattias in Octopath Traveler.[16] In 2019, he was cast as the male version of player character Byleth in Fire Emblem: Three Houses and the mobile spin-off Fire Emblem Heroes,[17][18] but was recast following a breach of a non-disclosure agreement by Niosi prior to the game's release.[17][18]

Abuse controversiesEdit

In response to Tumblr and Twitter callout posts, on July 18, 2019, Niosi made a post on his Tumblr account revealing that he had been emotionally abusing colleagues, family and partners for over a decade. Niosi's post highlighted specific instances of abuse for which he issued public apologies.[17][19] In response to one of these incidents where Niosi violated a non-disclosure agreement about his role as Byleth in the Fire Emblem series while bragging to his ex-partner Liz Losey, Nintendo recast him with Zach Aguilar in Fire Emblem Heroes and Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Niosi's credit was removed from Heroes as of July 25, 2019, and the distribution of the character was delayed.[17][18][20] Aguilar would continue to portray the character in the 2018 crossover fighting game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

Niosi has one brother and two sisters; one of them is former actress Alison Fanelli. Niosi was also diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.[22]



List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Notes Source
2011[a]–15 TOME: Terrain of Magical Expertise Kirbopher / Zetto Also creator, animator and writer [23][24]
2017–19 OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Nick Army, Pird, Ernesto, Neil, others [25]


List of voice performances in anime
Year Title Role Notes Source
2009 Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles Khoury
2011 Bakuman Yujiro Hattori Facebook
2015 Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea Lord Uroko
2015 Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Garma Zabi
2016 Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Savarin Canele
2016 Tales of Zestiria the X Dezel [26]
2016 The Asterisk War Wernher
2016 Sailor Moon SuperS Pegasus Press[27]
2016–present Mob Psycho 100 Arataka Reigen [28]
2017 Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Susumu Yunokawa
2017 Kakegurui Kaede Manyuda [29]
2017 Fate/Apocrypha Lancer of Red / Karna
2018 Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World Julius Euclius
2018 Mr. Osomatsu Choromatsu [30]
2018 Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan Shirota [31]
2019 Dragon Ball Super Zircor [32]
2019 Sword Art Online: Alicization Volo [33]
2019 Fairy Tail Rung [34]


List of voice performances in direct-to-video, feature and television films
Year Title Role Notes Source
2014 Patema Inverted Lagos
2017 Napping Princess Morio Sawatari
2018 Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters Haruo Sakaki
2018 Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle
2019 Godzilla: The Planet Eater

Video gamesEdit

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes Source
2010–13 Jisei series Mikolaj Gurski [35]
2011 The EDUGame Various Also animator Press,[6] website[36]
2012 Skullgirls N/A Animator Website[37][38][39]
2012 Dust: An Elysian Tail Moonblood Soldiers
2014 Smite K-9 Anubis, Riftshaker Janus, Captain Quick Mercury
2017 A Hat in Time N/A Animator and voice director Website[40][41]
2018 Octopath Traveler Therion, Mattias [42]
2018 CREED: Rise to Glory N/A Voice director [43]
2018 MapleStory 2 Lennon, Rolling Thunder, Bobby, Jorge, Springer, Kakalp, MK 52, 50 Meso [44][45][46]
2019 Combat Core Zetto [47]
2019 YIIK: A Postmodern RPG Alex Eggleston [48]
2019 Death end re;Quest Arata Mizunashi [49]
2019 Fire Emblem: Three Houses Byleth (male) Version 1.0.1 and earlier; replaced with Zach Aguilar from version 1.0.2 onward [17][18]


  1. ^ Release date on YouTube


  1. ^ Christopher Niosi (December 31, 2016). "Kirb's Birthday/New Years Commission Stream!". Retrieved August 20, 2018 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ "Mob Psycho 100's English Dub Stars Kyle McCarley, Chris Niosi – News". Anime News Network. December 9, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "Anime NYC Interview: Fighting for Love and Justice – Talking with the "Sailor Moon" English Voice Cast". November 28, 2017. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ^ "English Voice Actors and Cast - Octopath Traveler". Shacknews.
  5. ^ "Game of the Year: Newgrounds". May 16, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d Oliver, Amy, ed. (December 2013). "Long Island born animation artist Chris Niosi". Aces. Long Island. p. 15 – via Calameo.
  7. ^ "Chris Niosi on Twitter". Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Christopher Niosi (October 7, 2014). "TOME Episode 12: Secret of the Netkings by Chris Niosi". Retrieved August 20, 2018 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ Niosi, Christopher (November 11, 2011). "TOME Episode 1: You've Gotta Virus by Chris Niosi".
  10. ^ "'Terrain Of Magical Expertise' Kickstarter Funded In 48 Hours; Stretch Goals Revealed". October 4, 2017.
  11. ^ Niosi, Christopher (May 10, 2014). "My experience in Voiceover – Kirblog 5/10/14". Youtube. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  12. ^ "ComicsVerse talks to Kyle McCarley and Chris Niosi about Mob Psycho 100 at Anime NYC 2017 - ComicsVerse". December 26, 2017.
  13. ^ "Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 Announced - ComicsVerse". March 19, 2018.
  14. ^ Inc., Otakorp. "Otakon welcomes animation artist, creator, & voice actor CHRIS NIOSI – News & Announcements". Otakon®. Webmaster. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  15. ^ "Welcome to Arlene Thornton Agency". Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  16. ^ "English Voice Actors and Cast - Octopath Traveler". Shacknews. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  17. ^ a b c d e Theriault, Donald (July 26, 2019). "Voice Actor Of Fire Emblem Three Houses Male Avatar Recast". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  18. ^ a b c d Khan, Imran (July 26, 2019). "Nintendo Replaces Fire Emblem Three Houses Protagonist Voice Actor Amid Sexual Assault Allegations". Game Informer.
  19. ^ McFerren, Damian (July 26, 2019). "Fire Emblem Voice Actor Gets Credit Removed Following Admissions Of Abuse". Nintendo Life. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
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  22. ^ Little Kuriboh (December 7, 2015). "We're Still Here #34 - Chris Niosi - Storytelling/Being a Good Person". Retrieved September 24, 2018 – via YouTube.
  23. ^ Niosi, Christopher (January 1, 2015). "You've Gotta Virus". TOME: Terrain of Magical Expertise. Episode 1. Event occurs at Closing credits. Retrieved August 17, 2018 – via YouTube.
  24. ^ Niosi, Christopher (December 20, 2014). "The Infiltration Mission". TOME: Terrain of Magical Expertise. Episode 13. Event occurs at 24m35s (closing credits) – via YouTube.
  25. ^ Cartoon Network Tumblrs:
  26. ^ "Christopher Niosi - 30 Character Images". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  27. ^ "Announcement: Chris Niosi (@kirbopher) will voice Pegasus in the English dub of #SailorMoon SuperS! #SDCC2017". July 22, 2017.
  28. ^ "Mob Psycho 100 English Dub Premiere + Cast Announcement". Funimation Blog. December 9, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  29. ^ Niosi, Chris (February 1, 2018). "I'm happy to announce that I play DAaaark Magician in Attack Mode!! #Kakegurui". @Kirbopher. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  30. ^ "Mr. Osomatsu Anime's English Dub Casts Matsuno Sextuplets". Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  31. ^ "Hear Me in Food Fantasy, Octopath Traveler, Dragon Pilot & Osomatsu!". September 29, 2018 – via YouTube.
  32. ^ Niosi, Chris (March 24, 2019). "Last night, a small dream of mine came true. I had the incredible honor of getting to cameo on Dragon Ball Super, voicing one of the fighters from Universe 10, "Zircor". Massively thankful I got to be a tiny part of one of my favorite childhood shows".
  33. ^ Caitlin (April 2, 2019). "These two episodes who voices them from Sword Art Online Season 3". @Kitsunes96. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  34. ^ Phillips, Kyle (July 8, 2019). "#FairyTail #SimulDub ep 313 is a special one! Irene tells her backstory, including where she got the name Belserion (a dragon by that name, voiced by #PhilParsons). We also meet Erza's father, General Rung, voiced by special guest @Kirbopher!". @KylePhillipsFUN. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  35. ^ "Jisei: A supernatural murder mystery visual novel by sakevisual". Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  36. ^ The EduGame! - Chris Niosi, 2018
  37. ^ Reverge Labs. Skullgirls. Marvelous. Scene: Closing credits, 1m2s, Animation Contractor.
  38. ^ Niosi, Chris (2012). "Kirb's Rumblin' N Tumblin'". Retrieved August 20, 2018 – via Tumblr. Ms. Fortune’s Dashing Heavy Punch. I’m remembering now that the Crouching Block was the first bit of animation I did for Ms. Fortune and this move was the last bit I worked on before moving to Painwheel. This WAS the first time I witnessed how um…bloody, her moves can be. When her first gameplay video came out, I was shocked!
  39. ^ Niosi, Chris (2012). "Tumblr post". Retrieved August 20, 2018 – via Tumblr. Here it is, everyone’s favorite (and mine)! The rough animation for Ms. Fortune’s victory. Ms. Fortune’s the toughest opponent in the game, but I can never be mad when I lose to her, because she always congratulates herself as displayed.
  40. ^ "A Hat in Time - Chris Niosi" Check |url= value (help). c. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  41. ^ Gears for Breakfast. A Hat In Time. Gears for Breakfast. Scene: Closing credits, 1m3s in.
  42. ^ Tucker, Kevin (July 13, 2018). "English Voice Actors and Cast – Octopath Traveler". Shacknews.
  43. ^ Niosi, Chris (September 25, 2018). "I had the esteemed pleasure of getting to voice direct this game...and yes, I did indeed get to work with th man himself, MBJ. Huge honor".
  44. ^ Niosi, Chris (October 23, 2018). "Hey I forgot to mention, I voice a bunch of characters in Maplestory 2! @PlayMaple2 - You can hear me as "Lennon", "Rolling Thunder" and about 7 other dudes! If you're playing, lemme know if you find any clips of me voice!".
  45. ^ Niosi, Chris (October 26, 2018). "Found a few more of the MapleStory 2 characters I voiced! I'm dungeon bosses "Springer", "Kakalp" and "MK 52"! Defeat 'em all, if you dare!!".
  46. ^ Niosi, Chris (October 26, 2018). "...yup, I'm definitely this guy too. Here's a clip of me being the whitest street rapper ever "50 Meso" in MapleStory 2. Chikachiakaaa~".
  47. ^ "Play as Zetto & Kizuna from TOME in "Combat Core" now on Nintendo Switch!". January 10, 2019 – via YouTube.
  48. ^ Niosi, Chris (January 17, 2019). ""YIIK: A Postmodern RPG" is now available for Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 and Steam! I had the great pleasure of voicing the lead character, Alex Eggleston. I'm super proud of my work on it- please pick up this incredibly creative and visionary game!!".
  49. ^ Niosi, Chris (February 19, 2019). ""You can hear me as Arata Mizunashi on "Death end re;Quest" on PS4. Yes, I voice another game dev trying to save his friend from getting killed in a virtual reality MMORPG he helped create. Stop me if you've heard that one before".

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