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

Dracula is, of course, a vampire and the main villain of the Castlevania series. He is known as the "Lord of Darkness" and despises mankind. He is immortal and returns countless times to destroy humanity.
Created by NCZ on Oct 31 2010
Special thanks to Pokejedservo for additional sound clips.
Captain N The Game Master (1989)
DraculaGarry Chalk
Garry Chalk
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)
DraculaMichael G
Michael G
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)
DraculaPatrick Seitz
Patrick Seitz
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (2005)
DraculaDouglas Rye
Douglas Rye
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (2010)
DraculaRobert Carlyle
Robert Carlyle
Castlevania (2017)
DraculaGraham McTavish
Graham McTavish


All of them did a fine job in their own way, even though Michael was a bit more hammy than evil. Patrick Seitz and Douglas Rye are my favourites.



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said at 12:50 PM on Fri Nov 3 2017
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1. Graham McTavish
2. Patrick Seitz
said at 6:21 AM on Wed Jul 12 2017
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VC thoughts update

Just as Ian Corlett's Alucard, I feel Garry Chalk could pull off a more game accurate Dracula if given the chance. Nonetheless, he manages to be quite hilarious and he does have a great amount of ham. "OUT OF MY CASTLE, YOU DEADBEAT!!!"

Patrick Seitz is pretty good. He is close to what I think Garry would do if he reprised the role. He has a good amount of ham and presence in the role.

Graham McTavish is just amazing in the role. He has a great foreboding tone and I love his delivery. It has a great amount of ham as well as menace.

Michael G is pretty good. It's just a really enjoyable hammy performance.

Douglas Rye sounds really sinister and foreboding in the role. I really like his take.

Robert Carlyle just doesn't do it for me.
said at 4:51 AM on Wed Jul 12 2017
Doug is still top boss tier though Graham would be second, I did like Patrick as well he was one of the better roles in the PSP port, Robert was alright if a bit light, Garry was hilarious while Michael G... was weird
said at 8:46 PM on Sun Jul 9 2017
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Graham is just as fantastic as I hoped he'd be.
said at 8:37 PM on Sun Jul 9 2017
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When I learned that Graham was cast as Dracula, I just knew he'd slay it as the Lord of Darkness himself. This was perfect casting in every way possible. The accent was right, the voice and how he articulated was so rich and so entrancing, I loved his performance 100%. Graham McTavish IS Dracula to me now
said at 12:19 PM on Sun Jul 9 2017
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Graham sounds every bit as great as Dracula as I imagined he'd be. I'm torn between him and Douglas Rye.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:48 PM on Sat Jul 8 2017
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Graham McTavish was as awesome a Dracula as it sounds on paper. I think he and Douglas Rye have to be my top two. The main difference is Graham's Dracula is basically just starting out, while Douglas Rye's already has a couple years under his belt. So it's two different eras for him, but they both work EXTREMELY well for who they are. Graham gets to show off more of his vulnerability and raw angst, even a coy sense of playfulness when he meets Lisa, and rocked it. Great acting and voice from both of them.
Shaun Ince
said at 9:55 PM on Sat Jul 8 2017
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Graham impressed me a lot with his performance. My vote is on him.
said at 11:34 PM on Fri Jun 2 2017
Patrick Seitz is easily my favorite Dracula. He starts out so subtle, and then slowly grows angrier.

Douglas Rye and Robert Carlyle are my #2 and #3.
said at 1:59 PM on Wed Nov 16 2016
1. Patrick Seitz
2. Douglas Rye
3. Robert Carlyle
said at 8:17 PM on Tue Oct 18 2016
Garry Chalk - He did an amusing caricature of Bela Lugosi, but I think he has the range to pull off a more serious version of Dracula, if he ever got the chance.

Michael G - Need I say anything? His performance is infamously hammy... which is a good thing in my book, but maybe not for everyone.

Douglas Rye - His voice sounds very deep and powerful, which is exactly what I expect to hear out of Dracula outside of the usual Lugosi impression.

Patrick Seitz - He did a pretty solid performance overall and while he didn't really do anything wrong, I don't find him quite as memorable as the previous actors in this list; especially the actor he happened to replace in Symphony of the Night. I might change my mind after hearing him in other games, though.

Robert Carlyle - ... Okay, Robert is actually the least memorable one here. XD He's not terrible by any means, but it also doesn't help that he doesn't seem to play Dracula for very long.
said at 11:49 AM on Sun May 22 2016
Tough One:
1. Douglas Rye
2. Patrick Seitz
3. Robert Carlyle
4. Michael G
5. Garry Chalk
said at 3:04 AM on Fri Apr 29 2016
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I don't know who to chose between Douglas Rye and Patrick Seitz. Both are absolutely fantastic in the role!
said at 6:27 PM on Mon Nov 2 2015
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Michael G sounds EXACTLY like Trevor DeVall and Colin Murdock. I almost wonder if "Michael G" is actually a pseudonym for one of those two.

Also, I think Garry Chalk's performance is pretty funny, but I think he should play Dracula again in a more serious role. I'm sure he'd be awesome.
said at 12:40 AM on Sun Nov 8 2015
@Bauglir100 I don't hear that at all, besides, they're much better actors.
said at 7:26 PM on Wed Apr 29 2015
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Alright, here's my second go at this VC.

Douglas Rye - I have to agree with BlazeHeatnix and Galactic_Cyrus here. He seems to just embody the character. He makes him sound like a diabolical, ancient foe with great power and wisdom, and the way he sounds more European than the others (excluding Robert Carlyle) really helps.

Patrick Seitz - He sounds pretty decent, but there are a few things that hold his performance back for me, the main thing being that he doesn't sound old enough. Now don't get me wrong, I'm definitely a Patrick Seitz fan. He has a nice deep voice, and he has a lot of charisma and usually makes his characters very likable. But, one thing I've noticed from hearing his work so far is that while his voice is deep, it's a very youthful sounding deep voice. Whenever I hear him in a role, he sounds twenty-five to thirty-five at the most.

With Dracula, a character who's supposed to have been terrorizing mankind for a long time, sounding this young just feels off. With a voice like that, he doesn't have the presence and authority of an immortal being with years upon years of knowledge and experience. It's not bad, and it certainly sounds like he put a good deal of effort in and had fun, but he doesn't sell the character for me and make me think, "Oh yeah, THAT'S Dracula." like Douglas does.

Michael G - A fun, goofy, quotable performance. I don't have much else to say. If he had been a bit more low-pitched and subdued he might have been kind of decent as a serious portrayal.

Robert Carlyle - Just really forgettable and boring. He's also too quiet.

Garry Chalk - Very generic and boring, IMO. It's a very basic caricature, which can be kind of fun if it's hammy to the max, but it's just a moderate amount of ham. Nothing about it goes far enough to leave an impression. If his accent were thicker and he was absolutely over-the-top then it could have been funny, but it doesn't even have that going for it, IMO. It's just sorta... there.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:37 PM on Wed Apr 29 2015
@PsychicVoiceSpy Mm, I should point out that in Lords of Shadow, Robert Carlyle only got to play "Dracula" very briefly in the game's ending (for plot-related reasons). He got to properly play Dracula to a greater extent in Mirror of Fate and Lords of Shadow 2. I dunno if that'll change your opinion though.
said at 7:49 PM on Wed Apr 29 2015
@NCZ Unless his voice noticeably changed, it probably won't make much of a difference to me, but I'll keep an open mind if I ever play those. Lords of Shadow never really grabbed my attention, so I'm not that sure if I ever will. I might just look up some cutscenes.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:51 PM on Wed Apr 29 2015
@PsychicVoiceSpy Yeah, both of them had pretty middling reception, so that's what I'd do. There's a clip from LoS2 on Carlyle's page actually (technically, it's as Gabriel Belmont, but Gabriel in LoS2 is more or less the same as Anakin in the last half of Revenge of the Sith - he has his original form, but is basically his more well-known villain persona).
said at 8:05 PM on Wed Apr 29 2015
@NCZ I checked Carlyle's page and the clip from this voice compare is the only one I can find there. Are you sure he has another clip there? Maybe something's just wrong on my end.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:08 PM on Wed Apr 29 2015
@PsychicVoiceSpy Ah, silly me. I uploaded that clip for the Game Awards this year but didn't put it on the main part of the site. Try now.
said at 8:15 PM on Wed Apr 29 2015
@NCZ Ah, okay. Nothing sounded very Dracula-ish in that clip, but his acting was really nice. I'll have to look up some more of his Dracula scenes on YouTube later and see how I like it. Probably won't change my mind at all, but I'll give it a look.
said at 7:15 AM on Sun Mar 8 2015
1) Garry Chalk
2) Patrick Seitz
3) Michael G
4) Douglas Rye
5) Robert Carlyle
said at 1:32 AM on Thu Oct 23 2014
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It definitely comes down to between Douglas and Patrick. Douglas, however, sounds older, and a bit more European, if that makes any sense. He also has a naturally deep, chilling voice while Patrick sounds a bit forced at times.

It's a real shame they replaced Douglas for future Castlevania games.
said at 5:50 AM on Sat Jul 19 2014
1 Douglas
2 Patrick
3 Robert
4 Michael
5 Garry
said at 10:23 PM on Wed Feb 18 2015
@HienFan Actually I think Michael is worse than Garry now
said at 4:00 AM on Wed Feb 26 2014
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Douglas Cao Cao Rye is the best, the first time I heard him I knew he would be the best Dracula
said at 1:17 AM on Tue Oct 7 2014
@HienFan And it matches well with Robert Belgrade's Alucard(incidentally both voiced Cao Cao)
said at 11:58 PM on Sat Feb 15 2014
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Seitz and Rye are easily the best here, but Seitz edges out as my favorite for me.
said at 1:16 PM on Wed Feb 5 2014
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It's a shame Patrick and Douglas aren't playing Drac anymore. Robert is ok, but he sounds too much like Durza (Eragon). Douglas is my favorite however, I think the accent suits Dracula best given that he orginates from Transylvania (I think).
said at 4:06 PM on Fri Jan 31 2014
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If only I could pick Seitz AND Rye...
said at 9:52 AM on Fri Nov 22 2013
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1. Douglas Rye - Sounds the most natural, deep, and powerful in the role. Just one clip of that voice and I can tell that this is Count Dracula!

2. Patrick Seitz - He's the favorite in the poll, but I think he lacks a bit of something that Douglas had. I get "evil vampire" from his take, but there's less European nobleman charm. Still a fantastic villain performance, though.

3. Robert Carlyle - It's a great fit, but I'd rather Dracula not sound like Durza the Shade from the Eragon movie.

4. Michael G - He is not intimidating, just a hammy blowhard.

5. Garry Chalk - A cartoony, stereotypical Bela Lugosi impression for this butchered portrayal.
said at 10:10 PM on Thu Oct 31 2013
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I just realized something out of pure boredom!

If Michael G sounded more like the voice he used for Harry, he'd sound almost exactly like Patrick Seitz's take on Dracula.

...Minus the acting ability.
said at 11:09 AM on Fri Nov 1 2013
@Metabad Yeah, if he deepened his Harry voice a little he would sound quite a bit like Patrick Seitz.
said at 11:47 AM on Wed Mar 6 2013
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Douglas Rye. I wish Michael G would have stuck with voice acting, he has a great hammy voice and I think he could've gotten good. He was passable as Harry from Silent Hill as well, he could've improved a lot.
said at 2:25 PM on Mon Dec 10 2012
Douglas Rye, for sure. Though for Gabriel's Dracula, Robert Carlyle did a good job.
said at 4:57 PM on Sun Oct 21 2012
everytime i read something with dracula.. Seitz is who i hear when dracula talks.. it really is perfect.. he is the only one who fits the prince of darkness to a T
Belial Edge
said at 7:54 PM on Tue Nov 1 2011
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Dracula knows Inferno Divider? WE'RE SCREWED.
said at 7:17 PM on Mon Jul 25 2011
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Well anyways, I like Douglas Rye the most, with Patrick Seitz as a very close second and Scott McCulloch's performance is pretty funny.
said at 12:21 AM on Mon Jan 23 2012
@Metabad Whoops, I mean Michael G is pretty funny.
said at 7:05 PM on Tue Mar 22 2011
Seitz and McCulloch for the win in either case
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:50 PM on Fri Nov 5 2010
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