First of all, this is a morbid topic that just doesn't seem necessary... (we're not the only board posing this question, btw...)
How about we focus on positive things... ...h
robofreak wrote:While Peter Cullen is easily recognized as the voide of Prime, at the end of it, he's a voice actor in a successful franchise.
Optimus Prime is a symbol and really can't die just cause one of his voice actors passes on. The main reason we even got Cullen back as the voice of Prime was cause of the 2007 movie. Before that we has others voicing him.
It's important to not link the actor to the character.
Look at how many people have played Batman.
It's important in most things, but when you really look at it, well, they're definitely linked.
Throw out some V/A names and here's what happens:
"Peter Cullen?" Aw, snap dude, that's Optimus Prime!
"Mark Hamill?" Oh, you mean Luke Skywalker? Dude's BADASS as the Joker. Dat ish tiiiight.
"Kevin Conroy?" Duuuude, totes Batman. THE Batman. Like THE only Batman.
And I don't think any of them have a problem with being associated/linked to a character that's brought them notoriety. Optimus is a great character to be known for. The Joker? Iconic. Especially TAS Joker. TAS Batman? We ALL grew up watching him. Whether we were really little, teenaged, or early 20's...an entire generation grew up watching that show and his voice is the one we know.
I bet not a single one of them regret it. Hamill perhaps, simply because The Joker just rips his throat to shreds and he can't do it anymore.
NOTE: Realize that I am not a perfect Christian, nor do I profess to be. I apologize if anyone's ever offended by me, I'm not perfect. Don't hold my posts and opinions against other Christians.