Mad Hatter
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Mad Hatter

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Mad Hatter with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Batman

Created by Pokejedservo on Jan 30 2011
Special thanks to Cypo, Music Meister, TylerMirage for additional sound clips.
Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder (1968)
Mad Hatter / Jervis TetchTed Knight
Ted Knight
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
Mad Hatter / Jervis TetchRoddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
DC Universe Online (2011)
Mad HatterMatt Hislope
Matt Hislope
Batman: Arkham City (2011)
Mad Hatter / Jervis TetchPeter MacNicol
Peter MacNicol
Batman Unlimited: Mech Vs. Mutants (2016)
Mad Hatter / Jervis TetchUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor


In this Batman VC we have another member of Batman's Rogues Gallery and this time its for this Alice in Wonderland-themed villain generally known as Jervis Tetch... THE MAD HATTER! In the late 60's the Mad Hatter had his VA debut in Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder in which he was voiced by the late Ted Knight. Unlike the 2nd clip that we will go over later this take on the Mad Hatter is a simple good old fashioned silly comic book villain with a gimmicky theme. Is this take on the Mad Hatter a generic gimmicky comic book super-villain? Perhaps but Ted Knight's performance does help ensure that this take on the Mad Hatter does suit this show's light-hearten nature.

In the Batman Animated Series (and the DCAU) the Mad Hatter was voiced by the also late Roddy McDowall in which this take on the Mad Hatter is another example of why Paul Dini is known for making sympathetic villains. Granted the Mad Hatter did become a bit more of a conventional villain later on in his appearances in the DCAU but in his debut he was a fine example of a sympathetic antagonist in which Roddy's performance definitely captured the Mad Hatter's persona in the DCAU quite well. Roddy's performance worked very well for the Mad Hatter as it has a good sense of sympathetic shyness to increasing insanity in which to be honest I always found it to be one of my favorite performances from Roddy and it is another fine example of the voice work in the DCAU. Overall while Ted Knight's performance does work for the more simplistic take on the Mad Hatter but I am clearly going with Roddy McDowall here.



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said at 7:36 AM on Mon Oct 31 2016
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I prefer Peter here, but both his and Roddy's takes are different versions of the character.

The TAS version played up the mad scientist aspects of the character, but the Arkham games made him sound like the actual Mad Hatter from the story, except with creepy overtones. He truly sounds like a child rapist. The TAS version sounds a bit generic in comparison, and too similar to a lot of other villain voices in the show.
said at 12:41 PM on Fri Sep 2 2016
I know I'm going ahead and going this before he's moved, but whoever voiced Tetch in Mechs Vs. Mutants was also good.
said at 8:05 PM on Fri May 6 2016
Man this is a hard choice for me... Roddy and Peter work so well for their versions that are super brilliant that really my definitive favorite changes a lot. I guess technically ol Roddy is a tiny bit stronger since his version was a little bit more sane so he had more of a character that one could relate to, so I'll use that to justify going with him.

MacNicol is still so good though too, works super well as a... Well.... Mad man and deffinatly will give you a few chills.

Now he's not in this comparison as of posting this, but I would like to say my thoughts on Robin Atkin Downes. He was arlight, in fact it surprisingly worked.... But he wasn't given much to work with in the film so wasn't quite as memorable. Which makes me really want to see him again in the role... Which I know won't happen in that cartoon continuity since you know they KILLED HIM OFF.... My favorite Batman villain..... Screw you movie xD

But yeah would like to see him go at the role again... And further more I hope its a much better movie or what not xD
said at 4:28 PM on Sun May 8 2016
@MrFoxHatter I don't normally do this type of stuff, but if I were to say WHO I would like to play ol Jervis, personally I would love to see David Tennent the Tenth Doctor have a go voicing him.

Of course I could point at him playing the Purple Man from Jessica Jones as why he would fit the Hatters MO but also from hearing a few older clips of Roddy McDowall from different properties there where a few points where he sounded kinda similar to David's speaking patterns and tone as the Doctor, so I could deffinatly see Tennent playing s similar version to the TAS one (and because of purple man maybe even hint of MacNicol too xD)

Other actor I think could do it is Tom kenny. From listening to Mombo's master of ceremony song from Teen Titans for some reason in my head I could picture that voice matching Jervis, so it would be fun to see him try the role. I could see him maybe using his his Mombo voice with a hint of Doc Octopus with a little British thrown in.

Only other actor that comes to mind that I'd also like in the role is Corey Burton.... Not simply because he has voiced Disney's Hatter a lot but mainly because favorite VA of all time xD
said at 3:58 PM on Mon Apr 4 2016
1. RAD
2. Peter MacNicol
3. Roddy McDowall
4. Ted Knight
5. Matt Hislope
said at 11:37 AM on Sun Mar 20 2016
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I like Roddy McDowall best, he gives a very theatrical performance, one that conveys both obsession and passion. He could be sympathetic and unsympathetic at the same time which is rather difficult to do, plus he had some good humorous moments.

Peter MacNicol did really well as a really creepy and deranged version of the character.

Matt Hislope and Ted Knight are ridiculous sounding.

The late Roddy McDowall has my vote and may he rest in peace.
said at 10:28 AM on Sat Aug 8 2015
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1) Roddy McDowall
2) Chris Emmett (BBC DC radio dramas)
3) Ted Knight
4) Peter MacNicol
5) Matt Hislope
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said at 12:09 AM on Thu Jun 4 2015
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I like Roddy McDowall the best. Not sure that TAS used the character that we'll, but Roddy gave a great performance.

Peter MacNicol does sound good as a creepy, more deranged version.

Don't care for Matt Hislope.

Ted Knight, eh, well I don't really like it, but I guess it suited the timeframe that the show happened in.
said at 1:49 AM on Wed May 7 2014
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1. Peter MacNicol/Roddy McDowall: Both performances are quite different, yet they're both so good that I can't really say one is better than the other! Roddy is ridiculously passionate and all around fun to listen to, a great performance from an awesome actor in a superb cartoon! Roddy's Hatter is a better fit for a more traditional take on him! However, I also loved Peter as he was ridiculously creepy and really captured the feel of a guy consumed with an obsession with a book to the point of insanity. The way he channels Lewis Carol's Mad Hatter in the way he acts and speaks, the horrified anguish and sorrow he shows in Dr. Strange's interview tapes... he's just all around great for a much darker, twisted take on the Hatter. Both get a 9 respectively, both sound awesome for their different takes on the character.

2. Ted Knight: There's not a whole lot that can be said. He lacks the energy of Roddy and the eccentricity of Peter, but he's not bad either. He's just more of a generic silly villain with this performance, so I think it's fair that he gets a 5/10.

3. Matt Hislope: Eesh... I really can't say anything about this performance that's good. His delivery sounds forced beyond belief, and it's done quite awkwardly too. Really, it's just not good at all and I have to give it a 3/10.
said at 3:45 AM on Mon Mar 17 2014
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Going with Peter MacNicol, particularly for Arkham Origins.

"Blast you, Mr Wilson! Would you leave some for the party?!"
said at 3:26 PM on Tue Mar 11 2014
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Ted Knight- Ted sounds fitting for the mood and time period of when the show was made, but it's just a below average performance when looking at it nowadays that doesn't leave all that much of an impact. 3.5/10

Roddy McDowall- Being one of the best actors ever IMO, and he definitely shows it here. He has the emotional energy when playing the role and when he gets mad he legitimately sounds mad, and he's just as good at sounding evil and mean as he is sounding emotional as he shows before he becomes the Mad Hatter, and at the end of the episode when he is captured, and its not only one of Batman TAS best performances, it's one of Roddy's greatest. R.I.P. 9.5/10

Peter MacNicol- Peter is going for much more of the mentally unstable Hatter, which acts somewhat like a little more stable version of the Joker, and MacNicol like many other roles, does fantastically here. Peters high pitched voice works very well in the role and he gets the unstableness of the hatter down very well and the creepy lines come out very creepy with his voice. 9/10

Matt Hislope- Do I even need to say anything about this performance? Hislope sounds completely unfitting in the role. He sounds excited yet extremely bored at the exact same time, and his line delivery is just awkward at a lot of points. And as some people have said, he does sound like he would've fit the Joker better in that game than the Hatter. 3/10

1. Roddy
2. Peter
3. Ted
4. Matt
said at 11:39 AM on Sun Feb 2 2014
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Tom Kenny for Mad Hatter
said at 6:50 AM on Tue Jan 7 2014
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I wonder if Alan Tudyk would make a good Mad Hatter?
said at 12:01 PM on Wed Jan 1 2014
It's pretty obvious by the fact he starts with a riddle(and even sounding a bit Jim Carrey ish) that he'd be better for Riddler, so my thoughts on him are the same as others below.
said at 9:25 AM on Wed Jan 1 2014
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Matt sounds like he'd be better at voicing Riddler than Hatter. My vote stays with Peter.
said at 7:12 AM on Wed Jan 1 2014
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I think Matt did terrible.
said at 7:02 AM on Wed Jan 1 2014
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Peter for sure, but Roddy was great as well. Ted Knight was pretty good too, but I think Matt's voice would suit the Riddler more.
said at 3:44 PM on Tue Dec 24 2013
Roddy Mdowall was amazing as Mad Hatter
said at 3:45 PM on Tue Dec 24 2013
@Archerboy58 i mean Mcdowall
said at 10:04 AM on Thu Nov 28 2013
Peter wins this one for sounding the most creepy and making the Mad Hatter sound distinctive. Roddy was also good, while Ted isn't anything special.
said at 8:37 AM on Sun Nov 17 2013
Peter really makes the role as he makes Hatter sound as crazy as he should be.

Roddy was pretty good by making an intelligent version of Hatter.

Ted wasn't so great.
said at 4:39 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
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Roddy McDowell really made this character an interesting and entertaining member of Batman's rogue gallery. Peter MacNicol does a perfect job too: very creepy and deranged. Ted Knight...generic and forgettable.
said at 6:21 PM on Sat Sep 14 2013
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I'm going with Roddy McDowell. Peter MacNicol is good too.
said at 1:33 PM on Mon Jul 22 2013
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I like Roddy McDowall the best. He gave a great performance, but I actually thought Hatter's story in TAS was a little melodramatic and corny. Peter MacNicol is perfect for making him sound creepy though. I would have liked Roddy McDowall even better if he got a chance to be full-blown creepy and psychotic, but instead he was more of just a "misunderstood awkward guy" who had an unrequited crush (and an obsession with a book), and it didn't allow him to be as psychotic and funny as he could have been.
said at 6:49 PM on Mon May 27 2013
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Ted is very forgettable villain performance in my mind and almost nothing really sticks out about it.

Roddy Mcdowall is one of my favorite actors as with Peter Macnicol and both make the character a delusional lunatic but make him sympathetic at some points but I feel Macnicol did it a little better and that high pitched voice fits Mad Hatters personality a little more.
said at 9:14 AM on Tue Jul 31 2012
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The thing about Roddy is that he's playing a very different Hatter from the comics. It's a much more sympathetic take, and Roddy absolutely rocks it. Both "Mad as a Hatter" and "Perchance to Dream" have insanely great acting from him. He's still good in Hatter's later episodes (there are a couple priceless bits in "Knight Time" and "Over the Edge"), but the humanity had been drained from the character by then.

Peter, by contrast, is playing a much creepier Hatter closer to the comics; you definitely get more of a "child molester" vibe from him, and he does that excellently.
said at 6:33 AM on Fri Sep 28 2012

I totally agree with you a 100%, Roddy captured the humanity of the Hatter portrayed in the early BTAS. Which ended up being my favorite depiction of him through the series. I had issues with half the villain character development in Season Three of BTAS. Even Bruce seemed to fall flat at times. Maybe it's just me but there has to be a bit of humanity in each villain to relate or even like the character.

Now Peter MacNicol really got that "Holy ****" this guy is a creeper Mad Hatter aspect. The total this guy is a crazy pedo-bear! Which I like too. :P I like both depictions of the Mad Hatter maybe one day they can somehow intertwine both. Though Peter does and excellent job and should continue portraying him.
said at 10:22 AM on Fri Jul 27 2012
roddy and peter.
said at 12:09 PM on Sat Apr 21 2012
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Roddy McDowall was able to cover the all the different sides of Hatter from Jervis to his costumed persona. MacNicol was good but can only really do the creepy side. And unfortunately his voice gets a tiny bit irritating.
said at 9:39 AM on Fri Mar 9 2012
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Roddy McDowall
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said at 3:45 PM on Tue Jan 17 2012
I feel, given the character's bio, needs a creepy element which Peter delivers. Roddy was better in Gotham Knights where he was a little creepy. Ted is fine just not very rememberable
said at 11:33 PM on Sun Oct 23 2011
I'm gonna give this one to Peter MacNicol as I felt his Mad Hatter was really creepy. Roddy McDowall was good, too, but I just think MacNicol was creepier.
said at 6:10 PM on Thu Jan 19 2012
@Anicomicgeek Actually, considering the events. Why not say that Peter MacNicol does a good job of honoring Roddy McDowall's memory? It satisfies both aspects.
said at 3:50 PM on Sat Oct 22 2011
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Peter MacNiol's Doc Ock voice fits Mad Hatter more. Makes him sound just creepy and is great replacement for Mcdowall.
said at 9:34 PM on Wed May 15 2013
@pete Oh and to clarify I mean it's Mad Hatter WAY more than it suits Doc Ock.
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said at 11:40 PM on Sun Aug 14 2011
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Anyone else think Ted Knight sounds A LOT like Jim Backus?
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