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Crash Bandicoot

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

Crash Bandicoot is a mutated Eastern Barred Bandicoot who was created by the demented Doctor Neo Cortex to be the general of his growing army of super-animal soldiers and lead them to world domination.

However, when Crash was proven to be unworthy of Cortex's army, he was promptly ejected from Cortex's island castle and washed up on N. Sanity Island.

To exact revenge on Cortex and to rescue a female bandicoot named Tawna, Crash returned to Cortex's castle and destroyed it, foiling Cortex's dreams of world domination.

Crash is a very emotional character, quick to laugh and quick to cry. He loves a good tussle every now and then and is fearless and danger-loving by nature, but he rarely seeks out trouble and prefers a good bask in the sun.

Crash is not known for his grasp on the English language and instead communicates through gibberish vocalizations. In the first Crash Bandicoot game, his voice (including his trademark "Whoa!" that has been used as a stock sound effect in subsequent games) is provided by Brendan O'Brien, who voiced a handful of other characters in the game.

In Crash Team Racing, he is voiced by Billy Pope. In Crash Nitro Kart, he is voiced by VA Steve Blum, who also voiced the villainous Emperor Velo XXVII in the same game. From Crash Tag Team Racing onward, he is voiced by voice actor Jess Harnell.
Created by CatsTuxedo on Apr 11 2010
Special thanks to Foxwolf for additional sound clips.
Crash Bandicoot (1996)
Crash BandicootBrendan O'Brien
Brendan O'Brien
Crash Team Racing (1999)
Crash BandicootBilly Pope
Billy Pope
Crash Nitro Kart (2003)
Crash BandicootSteve Blum
Steve Blum
Crash: Mind over Mutant (2008)
Crash BandicootJess Harnell
Jess Harnell


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said at 5:45 PM on Fri Oct 2 2015
-Brendan O'Brien: The classic. Does anyone else think he sounds like Mario when Crash says "yeehaw!"
-Billy Pope: Decent impersonator for O'Brien, although I wonder why he voicing Crash when O'Brien was on hand voicing N. Gin, Tiny, and Pintsripe. Pope also sounds like Mario at points.
-Steve Blum: That vocal range.
-Jess Harnell: The most talkative (and ironically most incoherent) Crash to date. He should come back if there's ever a new game, but maybe with less gibberish.

My personal ranking:
1. Brendan O'Brien and Jess Harnell (tie)
2. Billy Pope
3. Steve Blum
said at 10:50 AM on Sat Oct 17 2015
@Scrappy-Fan92 "...why Billy Pope WAS voicing Crash...". How did I forget the "was"?
said at 4:13 AM on Fri Oct 2 2015
I like Brendan O' Brien and Jess Harnell's Crash voices. But I think Brendan gets my vote the most.
said at 5:23 AM on Thu Aug 20 2015
Brendan O' Brien I like him the most

Steve Blum Sounds Silly

Jess Harnell Gibberish

Billy Pope Sounds Just Like Brendan But Higher
said at 2:02 AM on Wed Aug 12 2015
If another Crash Game is made I hope they allow him to talk because he pretty much talks gibberish and makes sounds
said at 1:25 PM on Fri Jul 10 2015
Steve Blum's take sounds like Mickey Mouse, what? XD
said at 6:36 PM on Thu Jun 11 2015
It's been along while since i voted for Brendan for Crash so i'm gonna pull over the results i had:

#1) Brendan O'Brien

#2) Billy Pope

#3) Jess Harnell

#4) Steve Blum
said at 5:59 PM on Fri May 16 2014
Billy Pope sounds the best to me, his Crash is like Brendan O'Brien's but more defined.

Steve Blum sounded too high pitched and Jess Harnell sounded like baby talk gibberish and I don't like that style for Crash.
said at 8:15 PM on Wed Dec 11 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
The only voice I like is Jess so he gets my vote
said at 2:07 AM on Wed Feb 25 2015
@HienFan 1 Jess Harnell
2 Brendan O Brien/Billy Pope(Is that's someone else voicing Crash though? It sounds EXACTLY like Brendan)
3 Steve Blum
said at 11:18 AM on Sun Nov 10 2013
I haven't heard Brendan O'Brien in anything other than Crash. Is he still voice acting???
said at 6:55 AM on Thu Oct 31 2013
I don't think anyone will be able to top the simple, yet amazing sounds Brendan O'Brien provived!
said at 1:35 AM on Sun Oct 13 2013
I voted for Jess Harnell, even though I've never really played these games, because it sounds like Wakko Warner.
said at 12:10 AM on Mon Jul 29 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
It seems to me that Brendan O'Brien could be Billy Pope. They sound identical! Maybe he used a false name for that game. If he was three other characters in the same game and reprised the role for Wrath of Cortex, it doesn't make any sense to me that they randomly decided to not use him for Crash in CTR. Anyway, my vote's for O'Brien.

Jess Harnell's gotten a worm reception here, but Crash speaking this much gibberish is just annoying to me. What's the point? It's not like he's expressing a personality, it's like they're making him sound even dumber than he ever did.

Steve Blum sounds a little too animated, high-pitched and over the top.
said at 2:22 PM on Wed Jul 17 2013
 1 Shout Out!
I prefer it when Crash doesn't talk but i'm going 2 go for Jess.

Billy & Steve are both annoying.

Brendan was the original so he gets my respect despite being annoying.
said at 2:17 AM on Wed Feb 25 2015
@Ross123 I'm not going to say much about Jess other than the fact he's probably the least ear splitting voice out of everyone

Not sure if Billy IS Brendan or not since the credit on that game never said who voice Crash and it never says who Brendan or Billy voices but at least those two have funny value so I can laugh my ass out, can't say the same for Steve, he kinda over shot the mark and sounds downright girlish here
said at 12:29 PM on Sun Mar 1 2015
@HienFan I've always heard the rumours that Billy is just Brendan under a false name but I don't believe it's that the case.

Reason being because it doesn't make any sense for him to do such a thing considering he has been credited under Brendan O'Brian in the previous Crash games before Team Racing.
said at 6:25 AM on Sat Aug 1 2015
@Ross123 Looking at the credit, Brendan is credited with his role listed, but no Crash... Billy is one of the voice actors with no role listed

I will say that he and Billy are better than Steve either way, Steve was far too shrill
said at 5:30 PM on Sun Jun 2 2013
BoB: I growed up on his voice acting of Crash. He make great classical Crash
BP: He sounds little higher, but is still can be... he show Crash´s emotione
SB: Sorry, but is little high... but is kinda funny!
JH: Great gibberish! I actually like it
I decide for Brendan, because is first and original voice actor for Crash and he have not so deep and not so high voice.
said at 7:22 AM on Mon Feb 11 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
# 1 - Jess Harnell: Now, despite growing up with Brendan O'Brien. I put Jess Harnell in first place, purely for how wacky he sounds.

# 2 - Brendan O'Brien: As soon as someone even mentions the name Crash Bandicoot, I automatically think of Brendan O'Brien & his classic "Whoa!!" sound effect. Really iconic back in the day.

# 3: Steve Blum - I gotta hand to Steve Blum, that dude has range!

# 4: Billy Pope - Can't say I've heard much of Billy Pope's version, he's OK I guess, but the sound effects REALLY drown him out.
said at 2:08 AM on Wed Aug 12 2015
@MilanTheVillain01hey dude do you think Billy sounds just like Brendan
said at 10:26 AM on Sun Oct 7 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Listen to 00:32 of Jess Harnell's voice, it sounds like he said ''Yabba-Dabba-Doo''
said at 4:58 PM on Thu Sep 13 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
Crash Bandicoot, one of those hard to judge characters because he never speaks coherent English!:

Brendan O'Brien - His vocal effects really helped to bring Crash to life.

Steve Blum - I had no idea he did this voice! That being said, I really love how excitable and silly he sounds.

Jess Harnell - The closest to Crash actually speaking, which I don't really like, but with what he's been given, this is some good work by Jess.

Billy Pope - I think he can sound just a little too high pitched at times...

Well, I'm gonna say Blum as the top, then O'Brien at a close second, Jess at a semi-distant third and Pope in fourth and final place.
said at 1:08 PM on Tue Sep 20 2011
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Even though I don't play Crash games anymore, crash with a voice is like unusual for me to hear. Though I like steve blums for character and charaisma and that I do like Brenda O' Brien more though Crash. I can't same much for the others though, the others sound like generic at times.
said at 2:05 PM on Fri Jul 8 2011
I like Steve Blum's voice
It sounds more hyperactive
said at 3:55 PM on Thu May 19 2011
#1 Brendan O'Brien
Crash Bandicoot just wouldn't be Crash Bandicoot if it weren't for the trademark "Whoa!" provided by Brendan. While he didn't have much to work with at all (something you should be aware of if you've played the classic games), he did very well with what was provided. And he's the original, and as it (usually) goes, you just can't beat 'em. His performance is too classic to pass up. However, IMO he should've just stuck with Crash and leave the other characters in the series to the more experienced VAs.

#2 Jess Harnell
Even though the newer Crash Bandicoot games will never live up to the high standards of the originals, Jess's performance was just too comical to bottle up good laughs. Crash may or may not have changed for the better but what can I say? Jess gives a one-of-a-kind performance.

#3 Steve Blum
While his tone and sense of humor was very similar to that of Brendan's, Steve was much more grating to listen to. Don't get me wrong, he is a fantastic and very well-rounded VA, and his performances as Zabuza Momochi and Wolverine were amazing. He has been a VA for quite some time now, and he continues his great work as one today. As a matter of fact, he's one of my personal favorites! However, it's just that he kinda went way over the top when voicing Crash.

#4 Billy Pope
Not much to say here, except that he's in the same boat as Steve.
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said at 11:31 PM on Thu Apr 15 2010
I'm leaning towards Harnell on this one. He's the most entertaining to listen to out of the three.
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Who do you think has been the best from these Crash Bandicoot voice actors?
Brendan O'Brien
Steve Blum
Jess Harnell
Billy Pope