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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Dracula with sound clips and images.
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 Sun Oct 31 2010, 31 Comments, Add Comment
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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)
DraculaMichael G
Michael G
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (2005)
DraculaDouglas Rye
Douglas Rye
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)
DraculaPatrick Seitz
Patrick Seitz
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (2010)
DraculaRobert Carlyle
Robert Carlyle
Captain N The Game Master (1989)
DraculaGarry Chalk
Garry Chalk

EDITOR'S OPINION

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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PsychicVoiceSpy
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.
PsychicVoiceSpy
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).
PsychicVoiceSpy
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.
PsychicVoiceSpy
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.
Starscreamsfan
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
BlazeHeatnix
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.
HienFan
said at 5:50 AM on Sat Jul 19 2014
1 Douglas
2 Patrick
3 Robert
4 Michael
5 Garry
HienFan
said at 10:23 PM on Wed Feb 18 2015
@HienFan Actually I think Michael is worse than Garry now
HienFan
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
HienFan
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)
Guy110
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.
Torak
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).
Silence
said at 8:42 PM on Fri Jan 31 2014
Patrick Seitz and Douglas Rye FTW!!! Both are incredibly intimidating and have voices that scream pure evil. Michael G is incredibly hammy in the role and hard to take seriously, but is also incredibly fun to listen to! Robert Carlyle has a good voice for the role, and it does show potential. I don't know, I'd probably have to hear more of it. Garry Chalk... no comment.
FUNiman
said at 4:06 PM on Fri Jan 31 2014
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If only I could pick Seitz AND Rye...
Galactic_Cyrus
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.
Metabad
said at 10:10 PM on Thu Oct 31 2013
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.
PsychicVoiceSpy
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.
PsychicVoiceSpy
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.
ConfusedPhantom
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.
Bombermanp
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.
Metabad
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.
Metabad
said at 12:21 AM on Mon Jan 23 2012
@Metabad Whoops, I mean Michael G is pretty funny.
Sonic_Blaze
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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A miserable little pile of secrets!


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