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Penguin

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


Created by Pokejedservo on Mar 6 2011
Special thanks to NCZ, Music Meister for additional sound clips.
Gotham Stories
Penguin / Oswald CobblepotRobin Lord Taylor
Robin Lord Taylor
Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder (1968)
Penguin / Oswald CobblepotTed Knight
Ted Knight
The New Adventures of Batman (1977)
Penguin / Oswald CobblepotLennie Weinrib
Lennie Weinrib
Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985)
Penguin / Oswald CobblepotRobert Morse
Robert Morse
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
Penguin / Oswald CobblepotPaul H Williams
Paul H Williams
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003)
Penguin / Oswald CobblepotDavid Ogden Stiers
David Ogden Stiers
The Batman (2004)
Penguin / Oswald CobblepotTom Kenny
Tom Kenny
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)
Scooby-Doo PenguinJeff Bennett
Jeff Bennett
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)
Penguin / Oswald CobblepotStephen Root
Stephen Root
DC Universe Online (2011)
Penguin / Oswald CobblepotDavid Jennison
David Jennison
Batman: Arkham City (2011)
Penguin / Oswald CobblepotNolan North
Nolan North
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (2012)
Penguin / Oswald CobblepotSteve Blum
Steve Blum
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (2014)
Penguin / Oswald CopplepotJB Blanc
JB Blanc
Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts (2015)
Penguin / Oswald CobblepotDana Snyder
Dana Snyder

EDITOR'S OPINION

Today on the Batman VC section we have a little something for this portly gentleman whom is known as one of Gotham's sanest criminals (though that's only compared to most of the evil-doers there). Due to how enormous this VC is I shall be brief here as this is actually a hard one as a lot of these performances are actually pretty good. (I was even pleasantly surprised by Ted Knight and Lennie Weinrib's respective performances in which it was probably their best Batman Villain performances in their respective shows.) The weakest of the Penguin voices is probably Jeff Bennett though (but to be fair his performance was alright.) Well as for the performances that tried to make Penguin sound like a elegant gentleman I suppose I would go for Paul Williams' classic take on the role (though David Ogden Stiers is not too far off). Now as for the performances that seem to try to be more like the late great Burgess Meredith's work on the 60's Batman series I will actually go with David Jennison here. (I rather liked on how despite trying to sound like Burgress Meredith, David Jennison's performance actually makes the Penguin seem kind of menacing. However Tom Kenney is close behind in that regard as well since Tom's voice for role was very Burgess Meredith-inspired.) Overall I suppose I will go with Paul Williams and David Jennison the most but these performances for the most part did rather well.


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octorox
said at 10:45 AM on Wed Apr 20 2016
A toss-up between Paul H. Williams and Nolan North for me. Two VERY different takes on the character but both very compelling.
Starscreamsfan
said at 4:28 AM on Wed Apr 13 2016
VC thoughts update.

Paul H. Williams is really good as the Penguin. He sounds sophisticated, flamboyant and bird-like. I love the way he delivered the squawks.

Robert Morse is also pretty great in the role. He's just so goofy and entertaining. I always get a crack out of his take and his chemistry with Peter Cullen is great.

Nolan North is also pretty awesome. I think the cockney accent adds a lot to the performance, plus, he does have the bird-like sound.

Ted Knight is pretty enjoyable. I really like his flamboyant delivery. He lacks the bird-like sound, but he's still solid.

J.B. Blanc is also pretty boss. I love the cockney accent and his delivery is just great. Another fun performance from the Lego games.

I also enjoyed Tom Kenny, Stephen Root, Jeff Bennett, Steve Blum and Robin Lord Taylor in the role.

David Ogden Stiers, David Jennison and Dana Snyder are okay, but they don't really click with me for some reason.

Len Weinrib is cool, but I don't know, he's a little bit slow in delivery. Still, his laugh is awesome.
Anicomicgeek
said at 12:09 AM on Wed Apr 13 2016
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Robin Lord Taylor, like the tohers, sounds flat, which is a shame as these actors did good jobs on the series.
GreenGoblin75
said at 12:21 PM on Tue Apr 5 2016
1. Nolan North
2. Tom Kenny
3. David Jennison
4. Paul Williams
5. David Odgen Stiers
Shaun Ince
said at 3:48 PM on Mon Mar 21 2016
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Gonna gove my thoughts on this compare.

Ted Knight- His voice is OK for the Peguin, nothing really huge or standout for him, but it's servicable at least.

Lennie Weinrib- This one's a huge step up from Ted Knight. It's sounds snooty & campy which works for this incarnation. The laugh he gives him makes his take somewhat unique too.

Robert Morse- Sounds way too gooberish for my taste. I don't think it works for Penguin.

Paul H Williams- It works for a much more classier Penguin, but I feel it's too calm. The laugh is pretty good though.

David Ogden Stiers is more or less in the same ballpark as Paul in this case, just somewhat blander when compared to Paul's take.

Tom Kenny- Tom is palying him on the more crazy side of things. It works prety well for this incarnation of Penguin. While the voice is more or less a direct inspiration for his Ice King voice, it definitely works for Penguin in this case.

Stephen Root-It sounds very Burgees Meredith inspired and that's not a bad thing. I like the snooty tone he gave for him & it doesn't come across as sounding too forced.

Jeff Bennet- Rather dissapointing. He sounds quite miscast in this role. Sounds too feeble & wimpy. If he wasn't limited to playing the Scooby Doo version of him & got a chance to voice him in the main show, I think he would have sounded great in the role & under better direction.

Nolan North- Now this was a pleasant
surprise. Pretty out of the box casting and I really enjoy Rocksteady's interperatation of Penguin in these games. Like Autovolt said he's a crude bloke masquerading as a high class socialite. And that's the perfect description for Nolan's Penguin. The Cockney accent he gave him was great &
gives him a bit of class. This was another role where I was initially shocked when I found out who it was, because it sounds nothing like Nolan's usual roles. This is the best example of how versatile Nolan North is as a VA. Definitely my personal favorite & a huge standout performance from Arkham City(and the Arkham games in general)

David Jennison- I feel this one is loosley inspired from the Arkham version(as in it's a much more serious sounding Penguin) The voice is decent, but the laugh is lacking.

Steve Blum- Lego versions tend to be hit & miss at times. This is a miss unfortunately in the case of Steve Blum. Which is a shame because I think he would be great under better direction.

JB Blanc- A step up from Blum in this role. The Cockney accent he gave him is definitely inspired from Nolan's take. Is it just me, or does JB sound like John DiMaggio at certain points?

Dana Snyder- Like I said previously down the page, he's the 60-80's incarnation of Penguin done right. It has the campiness of Lennie's take while adding a sinister edge to it. Definitely in my Top 3 voices for Penguin for sure


Overall, my vote is staying with Nolan North, with Dana Snyder & Tom Kenny taking 2nd & 3rd respectively.
Autovolt
said at 7:48 AM on Sun Mar 20 2016
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I've always thought of The Penguin as a crude bloke masquerading as a classy high society socialite so the voice that captures that is Nolan North. Penguin is not one of Nolan's usual roles. He isn't like cool or charming as most of his roles are and the Cockney accent he uses is rather fitting as it makes Penguin sound a little classy without making him sound too high class. Definitely one of the more inspired performances Penguin has had over the years.

Tom Kenny would be a close second. The Batman's Penguin is a funny enjoyable villain and Tom is hilarious in the role.

Dana Snyder is a surprisingly great fit for Penguin, he's perfect as the classic incarnation of the character, making him very campy and enjoyable.

Stephen Root's great for his Burgess Meredith inspired performance.

David Jennison is mostly good as he's very menacing and dark sounding though the laugh is weak.

JB Blanc is very similar to Nolan in portrayal which is good though he sounds a bit too deep and gruff.

Paul H. Williams - He's good though and I enjoyed his performance but I feel he sounds maybe a little bland at times. I feel he's too classy and relaxed in the role.

David Ogden Stiers is the same as Paul but I feel he sounds way too deep for my liking.

Lennie Weinrib is rather enjoyable all things considered, I love the way he delivered his lines.

Jeff Bennett works though he comes off as a feeble sounding and kind of grating at times, still I think he has potential as Penguin.

Ted Knight is actually somewhat fitting but I don't really care for his take much I'm afraid.

Steve Blum - that's not a usual voice you'd expect Steve to do but it doesn't fit Penguin at all.

Robert Morse is easily my least favourite, he just comes off as annoying and has no class whatsoever.

Overall Penguin has had a lot of great solid takes but I'll be giving Nolan my vote.

BONUS: I think someone like Trevor Devall or Don Brown could make for an excellent Penguin.
Borax Joe
said at 8:35 PM on Sat Jan 23 2016
Robert Morse sounds like Jess Harnell.
Shaun Ince
said at 8:11 PM on Wed Dec 9 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
Dana Snyder is basically the classic 60-80 style Penguin, done right. Listening to the sound clips again & watching the movie as well, he's easily one of my top 5 favorite voices for Peguin.
jonhardwick
said at 8:32 AM on Wed Dec 9 2015
Dana Snyder is just one of those voice actors that uses the same voice for all of his character's the only difference is the tone and emotion in his voice that's it.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:37 AM on Wed Dec 9 2015
@jonhardwick So he uses the same voice except for when he doesn't.
Shaun Ince
said at 11:22 AM on Wed Aug 26 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
So that wasn't Frank Welker as Penguin in Super Powers Team : Galactic Guardians huh? Well at least we know now.
Starscreamsfan
said at 2:10 PM on Tue Aug 11 2015
1) Paul H. Williams
2) Robert Morse
3) Ted Knight
4) Lennie Weinrib
5) Nolan North
6) J.B. Blanc
7) Steve Blum
8) Tom Kenny
9) Stephen Root
10) Jeff Bennett
11) David Ogden Stiers
12) David Jennison
13) Dana Snyder
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 5:21 PM on Sun Aug 2 2015
 7 Shout Outs!
I'm not a big Penguin fan but Dana is fantastic, he's like a perfect mix of the "classy" Penguin and the "classic" Penguin.
Great to see Dana show some range.
Shaun Ince
said at 5:17 PM on Sun Aug 2 2015
Dana Snyder's performance reminds me of Stephen Roots performance for some reason. It sounds very snooty. I'd rank it higher than Jeff Bennet, that's for sure. As of now, my vote remains with Nolan North.
Stare at the Sun
said at 5:09 PM on Sun Aug 2 2015
I gotta say i'm goin with Dana.
D.A.V.E.
said at 2:56 PM on Sun Aug 2 2015
Dana's performance was the only highlight in an otherwise dull movie.
Troodon2
said at 2:35 PM on Sun Aug 2 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
Dana Snyder feels new, while also feeling nostalgic.

His voice is very remanent earlier performances such as Frank Welker, or even Paul Williams himself.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:02 AM on Sat Jun 6 2015
Paul Williams is my favorite as the suave, more gentlemanly Penguin. David Ogden Stiers is pretty good too.

Nolan North is really good as a more sinister version. Great show of his range. David Jennison is not as good, but he's nice. His laugh is quite good.

Tom Kenny was also good.
Ross123
said at 11:30 AM on Tue Feb 3 2015
JB sounds very similar to Nolan's performance although he's more cheesy. But it's a Lego, what do I expect.

I never gave a full opinion on some of the other VAs when I announced my favourite.

Paul is pretty good so he's 2nd. Mainly because I found Nolan more menacing.

Tom is pretty creepy so he's 3rd.

Stephen & Jeff are pretty menacing.

David Ogen Stiers is alright.

Steve is average.

Don't enjoy the rest but I mention that in a previous comment.
pete
said at 7:33 AM on Sun Feb 1 2015
 1 Shout Out!
I wish Blanc went for a Devito based voice instead. He's decent, but I think asomeone should try to pull off a Devito impression. and since they use the Burton movies as inspiration somewhat in the Lego games, why not there?
Shaun Ince
said at 12:12 PM on Fri Jan 30 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Also I am getting some serious John DiMaggio vibes from JB Blanc's Penguin.
Shaun Ince
said at 12:11 PM on Fri Jan 30 2015
For the Elegant Gentleman Penguin, Paul Williams is the best. Although Arkham City made me take him much more seriously, and that Penguin is far more ruthless. Nolan North did a very good job with Penguin in that game, and it also shows his range. You can hardly tell it's him. My final vote goes to Nolan.
Troodon2
said at 10:14 AM on Fri Jan 30 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
Is it just me, or does JB sound like John Dimaggio here?
skeletonking1234
said at 9:17 AM on Fri Jan 30 2015
JB sounds decent in the role, my only problem is that I think he made him too cockney. Penguin had a sauve British accent (sometimes) but the raspy cockney that JB adds I just feel doesn't fit. It's kind of the same way I feel about North, I just don't really find the cockney kind of voice fitting for the character.
Anicomicgeek
said at 12:17 PM on Tue Jan 27 2015
Sticknig with Nolan North, but Steve Blum was also good as the Penguin.
Anicomicgeek
said at 11:23 PM on Fri Jan 30 2015
@Anicomicgeek

JB Blanc was also good as Penguin, though I'm sticking with Nolan North.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 1:26 PM on Thu Oct 2 2014
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For the more "gentleman-y" Penguin, I actually prefer David Ogden over Paul Williams. Partly because I heard and am more use to David's take before I heard Paul's.

Still sticking with Nolan though
Fairfieldfencer
said at 7:40 AM on Sun Aug 24 2014
What if Jason Statham played him?
ArticleTheWasbi
said at 11:37 AM on Tue Jan 27 2015
@Fairfieldfencer No
Ross123
said at 2:01 PM on Sat May 3 2014
 1 Shout Out!
So that's where Tom got his prefect voice for Ice King from. Forgot what his Penguin sounded like since I hadn't heard it for a while.
pete
said at 12:59 PM on Wed Apr 23 2014
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For the Burgess Meredith based Penguins, Tom Kenny is the best though Ted, Jeff, Stephen, and Frank are pretty good too. Paul is my favorite gentleman version, and like his laugh, plus it's original. though David is good too. Nolan and David Jennison are great, and I like his Burgess Meredith esque laugh at the end. Lennie is good for his own thing. I'll put Paul in 1st, Nolan 2nd, David Jennison 3rd, Tom Kenny 4th David Odgen Stiers 5th, J Ted,eff, Stephen, and Frank in 6th, 7th, and 8th, and 9th, in that order. Lennie is 10, Steve is 11, he was the weakest Burgess Meredith esque one.
pete
said at 7:40 PM on Thu May 22 2014
@pete
pete
said at 7:41 PM on Thu May 22 2014
@pete *Ted Jeff, then Stephen.
Archerboy58
said at 11:38 AM on Sun Feb 2 2014
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Corey Burton for Penguin anyone?
Ross123
said at 11:35 AM on Sat Feb 8 2014
@Archerboy58 Speaking of Corey, I haven't heard his voice in a lot recent stuff. Hardly anything recent has him billed, it's as if the casting directors forgot about him for projects in general.

But to answer your question, I think he would make a good Penguin.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 12:44 PM on Sun Jan 26 2014
 8 Shout Outs!
"What the hell is happening down there?! Hello! Is someone gonna answer me?! I give you one simple task: stick up a couple of freaking machines! And what?! You couldn’t even get that right?! I hope Batman broke every bone in you stupid bodies! I hope you lie in there, desperately trying to breathe through fractured ribs and punctured lungs! And if you’re not, you better summon whatever strength you’ve got left and run! ‘Cause after I’m done with the Bat, you’re all next!!!"
Fulgore2005
said at 1:57 AM on Fri Feb 21 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight "Oh man up, you numpty prats!"
MaskedMarvel89
said at 12:29 PM on Sun Jan 26 2014
 1 Shout Out!
1. Nolan North- Nolan really showed his range in this role. It's a really unique take on the character, and sounds more menacing than most of the others here. 9/10

2. Paul H. Williams- Did great as the calmer, saner, more gentlemanly Penguin. 8.5/10

3. David jennison- Another good job as a darker version of the character. 8.2/10

4. Tom Kenny- He was really good, but it sounds too much like his Ice King voice (and yes, I know he played Penguin first; it just fits Simon better). 8/10

4. (Draw) Steve Blum- I'd love to here him try a more serious take on the character. 8/10
Archerboy58
said at 3:52 PM on Tue Dec 24 2013
David Ogden Stiers was the best IMO. i also liked Paul Williams, Stephen Root, Ted Knight, Steve Blum, and Len Weinrib.
chaosincarnate
said at 1:31 PM on Fri Dec 20 2013
 1 Shout Out!
1-: Nolan North: Mainly for the Cockney accent that I can't get enough of, but the gruffer take on the character certainly makes Penguin a more credible threat. This is without a doubt one of Nolan's best roles, he really showcased how wide his vocal range is.
2-: Paul H Williams: A lovely take on Penguin, he really did a good job making Penguin sound like more of a mature gentleman.
3-: David Ogden Stiers: Deeper than Paul, but it still works in making Oswald come off as an experienced intellectual that does a good job hiding his criminal background.
4-: Tom Kenny: Fairly enjoyable to listen to, but he sounds a bit young for the character and feels more like Spongebob with a sore throat.
5-:David Jennison: Very creepy, and it's very intimdating, but comes off as forced sometimes.
6-:Stephen Root: Bland and generic but at least attempts an accent.
7-: Any pre DCAU performance and Steve Blum: Everyone is really high pitched, generic, and grating to listen to.
Ross123
said at 8:52 AM on Sun Nov 17 2013
Until the 90's onwards, Penguins voice was awful, the only good thing was his live action actor in the 60's.

My vote goes to Nolan as he sounds serious & menacing at the same time.

Every1 else did well.
llawliet159
said at 8:52 PM on Mon Oct 28 2013
1. Paul Williams=great Penguin portrayal
2. Tom Kenny - his Spongebob-like voice was good for a more Cartoony Penguin...but still, I constantly hear Spongebob's deep voice whenever i hear this Penguin talk LOL.......
3. Nolan North
Silence
said at 1:54 PM on Sun Oct 13 2013
1. Tom Kenny
2. Nolan North
3. Paul H Williams
4. David Jennison
5. Stephen Root
6. Ted Knight
7. David Odgen Stiers
8. Lennie Weinrib
9. Steve Blum
10. Jeff Bennett
11. Frank Welker
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 5:04 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
 1 Shout Out!
1. Paul Williams - The definitive voice for gentleman thief Penguin.
2. Nolan North - The sneering voice and cockney accent are just perfect for the character.
3. Tom Kenny - A very fun take on Penguin, putting some Meredith and Devito into the performance while still making it his own.
4. Stephen Root - Was very briefly heard in that clip, but his voice really works.
5. David Jennison - A creepy performance, one of the best in that online game.
6. David Odgen Stiers - He's okay, but it's no Paul Williams. He's just using his Human Cogsworth voice.
7. Ted Knight - A decent Penguin for his time, and it holds up reasonably well compared to other voices of the same cartoon.
8. Lennie Weinrib and Jeff Bennett - They both sound the same. Fancy, but high pitched.
9. Steve Blum - He REALLY put no effort into this, just imitating a caricatured Meredith voice.
10. Frank Welker - Frank, what were you THINKING here?
HyperVoiceActing
said at 4:52 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
North as Penguin REALLY surprised me. As much as I like the dude's voice, most of his characters use the same voice. His Penguin voice was not only really great, but really highlighted how his range can be real wide.
coolgeek176
said at 6:29 PM on Sat Sep 14 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Most of them are Great. Tom Kenny is my favorite with Paul H Williams and David Jennison right behind him.
bumblebeebug
said at 5:19 PM on Thu Aug 15 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
It's a real shame that Tom Kenny's clip doesn't include the laugh, that was the best part of his take on the Penguin!
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 7:20 PM on Fri Jun 14 2013
 1 Shout Out!
I like Paul H. Williams the best.
allthingsuper
said at 4:27 PM on Fri Jun 7 2013
Nolan North is great!!!
Spider-Fox
said at 7:10 PM on Mon Apr 22 2013
 1 Shout Out!
1. Nolan North (one of my favorite NN voices along with Nathan Drake and "Madara Uchiha". Hope he returns for Arkham Origins.)
2. Tom Kenny (probably the first time I heard Kenny doing something serious)
3. Paul H. Williams (If you prefer the genuinely high class Penguin, you can't get any better.)
4. Stephen Root (eloquent yet enjoyingly manic)
5. David Ogden Steirs (sounds like an aged Paul but still quite goo)
Special mention to Jeff Bennett for almost perfectly capturing the Penguin from the Scooby Doo/Batman team-ups I grew up watching)
VctrBnsn
said at 1:04 PM on Thu Mar 7 2013
Paul H. Williams, David Ogden Steirs, Tom Kenny, Stephan Root, David Jennison, and Nolan North are my favorites. Steven Blum suprised me too.
Grim Griefer
said at 1:05 AM on Tue Sep 11 2012
Although Nolan North's cockney accent was refreshing, unique and really menacing it didn't suit the Penguin's backstory. He's an American born trust fund baby who was spend much of his childhood in a rigid proper boarding school in England.

I still respect actors for giving their own takes on established characters and finding the soul of a character by self.
Anicomicgeek
said at 12:51 PM on Sun Nov 18 2012
@Grim Griefer

No offense, but but AC Penguin could've picked up the accent while in England and his AC bio stated that he learned from the criminal underbelly of London after his parents fell on hard times.
Torak
said at 9:01 AM on Sat Aug 11 2012
Paul H Williams was a great fit for Penguin, but I'm going with Tom Kenny since I feel he had a lot more character in this role.

David was surprisingly good considering DC universe online has received a lot if criticism, he has a great serious type of voice for Penguin.

I also liked Nolan North and David Ogden Stires in this role.
itsover9000
said at 4:55 PM on Tue Aug 7 2012
1.David Jennison
2.Tom Kenny
3. Paul Williams
AustinTheVoiceKing
said at 10:36 PM on Sat Jul 28 2012
I love Jeff Bennett's Classic Funny Penquin voice!LOL
But for the more serious type, I like these the most...
1.David
2.Tom and Paul
3.Nolan, David Ogden, and Stephen Root
anarky
said at 10:09 AM on Fri Jul 27 2012
tom kenny will always be penguin in my personal opinion..
pete
said at 4:29 PM on Sat Jul 21 2012
I like Steve Blum's Burgess Meredith impression though it can't top Tom Kenny's
AMT
said at 8:24 PM on Tue May 15 2012
I voted for Stephen Root because of the laugh! I mean come on, thats got penguin written all over it! XD
AMT
said at 5:49 PM on Tue Jul 17 2012
@AMT Now that I think about it, Paul's is much more iconic and even now I keep hearing that voice from that character style when I think of penguin... but I still like root's laugh!
pete
said at 4:29 PM on Sat Jul 21 2012
@AMT I agree it sounds just like Burgess Meredith.
Mr.Fennoy93
said at 12:08 AM on Sun May 13 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Nolan has my Darn Vote I tell you what.
Bombermanp
said at 3:45 AM on Fri May 4 2012
tom kenny cause he pulls penguin with voice that can really tell you that this guy is a bird obsessed freak
EmpireGrotesk
said at 12:14 PM on Sat Apr 21 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Paul H. Williams no question. Gave Penguin that dignity that the character needed. I've been keeping away from saying I outright dislike any of these voices but I'm just pointing it out there that I absolutely hated Nolan North's Cockney rendition.
SparklyShake12
said at 4:44 AM on Fri Apr 20 2012
Loved Paul Williams' version, but I grew up with his voice so there might be a definite bias there.

I also really like Nolan's Cockney accent in AC. So fun to hear him go outside his normal voice.
Spider RedNight
said at 2:15 AM on Tue Mar 13 2012
I actually voted for Paul Williams; I think he captured the right amount of class and dignity while still maintaining the fact that he's indeed a villain.

Tom Kenny and Nolan North jockey for second place, as I feel both of them were much more evil with the role and I love how North's was actually cockney. As for Kenny's, he was always visually appealing to me; he wasn't as unattractive as is usual for the Penguin and his gadgets were always awesome. Noting the Rock Hopper hairstyle, it was a nice touch.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 8:51 PM on Tue Jan 31 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
I really liked Tom Kenny's version of the character, though North comes a close second.
MatthewC17
said at 5:52 PM on Sun Jan 22 2012
Steirs sounds like Jumba sans the Russian accent
Wimbles
said at 4:07 PM on Mon Jan 9 2012
I absolutely adore Williams and Norths renditions of Cobblepot, they are far different but I like to think Norths is minus the facade of high society. I do hope he finds his way into the third Arkham game when it's made and he is seen playing nice round some rich socialites at a new Iceberg Lounge.

I feel no need to explain why I like Williams version, he very much speaks for himself.
Patrick
said at 11:42 AM on Fri Dec 30 2011
 1 Shout Out!
1: Ted Knight
2: Frank Welker
3: Lennie Weinrib
Scorcher56
said at 3:36 PM on Wed Nov 30 2011
Tom Kenny is the Best Penguin ever!!!
Pgirts (AYVO S1 Winner / Master Of Memes)
said at 1:17 PM on Thu Oct 27 2011
Gotta give it to Paul H Williams, who plays my favorite rendition of the character; physically deformed but still gives an air of sophistication despite his boorish nature.

Tom Kenny is really good as well; I would venture to say that he is the only voice actor that I enjoyed in "The Batman".

Not a fan of North; I find the accent very irritating, and I don't think it fits the character. The Penguin is a sophisticated monster, a very interesting combination, and that aspect of his character is totally lost in North's interpretation. Even Burton's Penguin was a character attempting to put forth a facade of being sophisticated in the public eye. North just makes him a brute.
Aquafox84
said at 6:45 PM on Wed Oct 26 2011
That is funny someone says Penguin shouldn't sound british when 90 percent of the voices ARE British 90's version included.
Anicomicgeek
said at 12:31 AM on Sun Oct 23 2011
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Despite completely loathing Burton's Penguin and the fact that the Penguin in Arkham City is basically that personality wise, I gotta give it to Nolan North on this one. I kinda like the accent, even if I don't like the personality.

That said, Paul Willaims, David Ogden Stiers, and Tom Kenny are good, too.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 4:28 AM on Fri Oct 21 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
Hmph. Can't decide between Tom Kenny and Nolan North. I'll go with North, since he has an accent (even if it isn't perfect British).
Weirdperson31
said at 1:43 PM on Wed Oct 19 2011
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As much as I love Nolan North's voice acting, I can't go with him on this one.
I'm picking David Ogden Stiers.
D.A.V.E.
said at 3:40 AM on Wed Oct 19 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
I gotta say, Cockney Penguin quite worked for him. Easily the best version of the character. For the first time, I took him seriously.
D.A.V.E.
said at 10:38 AM on Tue Aug 19 2014
@D.A.V.E. Finished Arkham Origins and still enjoyed Nolan as Penguin.

Too bad we'll never see Penguin in "Beware the Batman" since there planned for him in season two. A shame.
ghelba2
said at 9:25 PM on Tue Oct 18 2011
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No way should the Penguin have a British accent that is the worst thing ever
pete
said at 12:09 AM on Wed Oct 19 2011
@ghelba2 Why not he IS British
Aquafox84
said at 6:42 PM on Wed Oct 26 2011
@ghelba2 So you don't like David Ogden Stiers or Nolan North? Nolan didn't use a full british accent. Just Cockney.
Shrapnel Leader
said at 3:59 PM on Fri Sep 23 2011
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Paul H. Williams takes the cake for me, hands down. He has that sophistication that doesn't sound cheesy or over the top.

I can't take Tom Kenny seriously for two reasons;

1. His voice doesn't fit the Penguin's character
2. He's voiced by Spongebob / Patchy the pirate!
pete
said at 12:18 AM on Wed Oct 19 2011
@Shrapnel Leader He based his Penguin on the live action 60's version and at beginning of the clip when he says I LOVE THIS MOVIE you can almost hear Spongebob
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 4:26 PM on Wed Oct 19 2011
@pete
How does his Penguin sound like Spongebob?
Shrapnel Leader
said at 8:54 PM on Sun Oct 30 2011
@Music Meister

Because he is voiced by the same actor as Spongebob/Patchy the pirate.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 1:15 AM on Mon Nov 19 2012
@Shrapnel Leader His Starscream sounded more like Spongebob than his Penguin did. Probably why I can't take him seriously. :-P
multivoice
said at 8:19 PM on Tue Sep 13 2011
Tom Kenny for me
AMT
said at 9:51 PM on Thu Sep 1 2011
I like the laugh stephen root does for Penguin! =D
Blue Paratroopa
said at 11:38 PM on Sun Aug 14 2011
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I like David Ogden Stiers, since the Penguin always struck me as more of an upper-class, professional criminal. In that respect, Paul Williams and Stephen Root also sound quite good.
jrcarter
said at 10:35 PM on Fri Mar 11 2011
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I'm still not convinced that was Frank Welker voicing Penguin in Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians. It doesn't really sound like him. It sounds more like Robert Morse.
Xattm
said at 12:17 AM on Tue Mar 8 2011
i think it depends on how you want to portray the character. if you want him as a gentlemen, then I would def. go with Paul H. Williams. If you are going for the kinda goofy version of him I would say Tom Kenny hands down. Paul is my favorite here though with Kenny is second place.
ryano2099
said at 6:36 PM on Mon Mar 7 2011
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Paul H Williams. I much more prefer the "gentleman" version of the Penguin vs the freak of nature type and he has the perfect balance between villian and aristocrat for the role.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 11:30 AM on Mon Mar 7 2011
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Ted Knight's was the worst, in my opinion, and Lennie Weinrib's voice was where the character started to go in the right direction. I hate to say it, but Frank Welker's was...disappointing. :( I know, take me out and stone me for such blasphemy. It's okay, but it's just a little too campy for my liking. I had no doubt that he could pull it off, but there's just something 'off' about it, in my opinion. (Don't hate me, Mr. Welker). Paul H. Williams was good (though not too memorable), and David Odgen Stiers does the best "sophisticated" Penguin. Tom Kenny does a fantastic rendition, David Jennison's seemed too bland for my liking, and Jeff Bennett's was even adequate.

My top three choices would be:

1.) Tom Kenny
2.) Stephen Root
3.) David Odgen Stiers
Starscreamsfan
said at 6:47 AM on Tue Jun 23 2015
@TylerMirage You know, your comment made me think that Frank Welker's clip is not WELKER!!!

He sounds more like Howler from Pound Puppies (played by Robert Morse).
VocalChameleon
said at 10:16 PM on Sun Mar 6 2011
This is one of those rare instances where I actually don't have a strong opinion as all of these voices work well with the character!
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