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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Dormammu with sound clips and images.
Dormammu is one of the primary antagonists of the Doctor Strange series whom made his comic book debut in Strange Tales #126 in November of 1964. Dormammu is an immortal creature whom is the Lord of the Dark Dimension whom can not only manipulate mystical energy but also commands a horde of creatures known as "The Mindless Ones". Dormammu frequently tries to invade the Earth Dimension but is unable to unless he can manipulate a human to aid him in his attempts to leave his own dimension. Dormammu is an incredibly intelligent creature whom is actually very patient though he is also quite arrogant and is easy to frustrate if his plans ever go wrong at all.

Created by Pokejedservo on Sun Nov 27 2011, 51 Comments, Add Comment
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Spider-Man (1994) (1994)
DormammuEd Gilbert
Ed Gilbert
Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme (2007)
DormammuJonathan Adams
Jonathan Adams
The Super Hero Squad Show (2009)
DormammuRobert Englund
Robert Englund
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (2011)
DormammuMichael T Weiss
Michael T Weiss
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (2013)
DormammuTravis Willingham
Travis Willingham
Marvel Heroes (2013)
DormammuRobin Atkin Downes
Robin Atkin Downes
Hulk And The Agents Of S.M.A.S.H. (2013)
DormammuPhil LaMarr
Phil LaMarr

EDITOR'S OPINION

Today on the Marvel Universe VC section we take a look at one of Doctor Strange's most prominent foes... DORMAMMU! We will actually begin with the 90's Spider Man series in which Dormammu appeared for a few episodes voiced by the late Ed Gilbert. Ed's voice for the role was pretty good as it does seem to be suitably demonic enough (though I do think that it should've been at least a little deeper though). Ed's performance for the role does suit a prideful evil overlord pretty well, but while I do find Ed's work on the role to be above average at best but it does work with the role pretty well enough.

Dormammu didn't appear in adaptations until over a decade later in the Doctor Strange movie voiced by Jonathan Adams. Jonathan's voice for the role does have a suitably demonic feel to it (though the effects used on Dormammu's voice does sometimes feel a little overdone). Jonathan's performance does work with the role pretty well as it does suit a scheming demon lord pretty well. While its not one of the best performances from Jonathan Adams it is a fine example of his voice work nevertheless.

In the Super Hero Squad Show Dormammu appeared for an episode and was voiced by Robert Englund. While Robert's voice for the role is a bit lighter compared to the others it still works as it does have a suitably demonic feel to it. Robert plays up the "Arrogant Conquering Lord" aspect of Dormammu and does it rather well in which while it suit the show's light-hearten nature it is still pretty suitable to the role in general. So in other words Robert Englund's performance as Dormammu is a good example of his voice work and one of the better "special guest" VA performances in that show.

In Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (original and Ultimate) Dormammu was voiced by Michael T Weiss. Michael's voice also had a suitably demonic feel as well and as for his performance well Michael's work is good when Dormammu was shouting but I especially liked it when he was calmly talking as he sounds really sinister. Michael T Weiss' work as Dormammu is suiting for an arrogant demonic lord and to be honest I did feel that Michael's performance is the most menacing of the performances here. Anyways Michael's work as Dormammu is a fine example of his voice work and is a great example of the voice work in MVC 3. Overall I am going with Michael T Weiss the most here with Robert Englund and Jonathan Adams close behind with Ed Gilbert at a decent third place.

(Update: Travis Willingham voiced Dormammu in Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Robin Atkin Downes voiced Dormammu in Marvel Heroes while Phil LaMarr voiced Dormammu in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Travis does a decent attempt at sounding demonic but it doesn't sound quite menacing enough, though granted some vocal effects might've helped this voice out. But still Travis' performance is decent but his work on the role is slightly above average at best. Now Robin on the other hand his work on the role is very good. Robin's voice had a suitably demonic feel as while his performance is a tad bit mroe subdued compared to the others but Robin does a good job in making that work with the role well. As Phil's work as Dormammu it is pretty good as his voice does have a suitably demonic feel to it. However the quality of Phil's performance is a tad bit inconsistent as sometimes it can go from rather menacing to kind of forced especially when he is shouting. But still Phil's work as Dormammu is a pretty good example of his voice work and of the voice work on the show. So basically I am ranking Robin with Michael, Phil with Robert and Johnathan and Travis slightly below the late Ed Gilbert.)   


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Caped Crusader
said at 9:55 AM on Fri Aug 21 2015
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They are all good in their own way, but Robin wins for me. His voice cannot be matched.
First Avenger
said at 12:13 PM on Fri Aug 14 2015
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I couldn't agree more with Shaun Ince and Starscreamsfan. As long as Robin is in the lead, I'm okay with that. In my book, he is to Dormammu what is Mark Hamill to Joker. I liked Michael in the beginning, but immediately when i heard Robin, I was like "man, all the other ones were inferior to him". The main reason is the way how he is talking, plus the vocal effects added to his already good delivered lines made him even more menacing badass. Not only is that combination well suiting an ancient, arrogant demon from another plane, but it also gives you the feel that Dormammu is one of the most powerful entities that can give most characters a run for their money.
Shaun Ince
said at 11:31 AM on Fri Aug 14 2015
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Robin get's my vote. He's beats Michael T. Weiss just by a smidge. Robin has that demonic flare. Marvel Heroes has some pretty good casting for a lot of their characters & Robin here is no exception.
Starscreamsfan
said at 11:33 AM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@Shaun Ince My thoughts exactly. I really love the casting in that game.
Starscreamsfan
said at 5:05 PM on Thu Aug 13 2015
1) Robin Atkin Downes
2) Gary Martin (BBC Spider-Man radio drama)
3) Michael T. Weiss
4) Travis Willingham
5) Phil LaMarr
6) Ed Gilbert
7) Lou Krugman (Spider-Woman cartoon)
8) Jonathan Adams
9) Robert Englund
Archerboy58
said at 7:35 AM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@Starscreamsfan Lou Krugman voiced Dormammu?!!? Cool!
Starscreamsfan
said at 7:46 AM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@Archerboy58 Yes. Although I'm not too fond of the villain performances in Spider-Woman, but Krugman's performance is a real exception to the rule. He really surprised me, because he sounded pretty demonic for the time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x55IvB19QX8
First Avenger
said at 9:26 AM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@Starscreamsfan
We can't be sure if Lou voiced Dormammu, because the ending credits are only listing the actors who were involved in the episode, but they didn't listed which actors voiced which character. So I think that for now, until we find some good source that confirms that Lou voiced him, we"ll have to put that speculation under dispute, but that's just my opinion. I mean, I have watched Lou Krugman in many movies, and I can't recognize him at all in Dormammu's voice.
Starscreamsfan
said at 9:35 AM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@First Avenger Yeah, actually, Voice Chasers lists Lou as Dormammu, and even though there are some mistakes in there sometimes, I trust that site a lot more than Wikipedia or IMDb.

Lou was a radio actor, and most radio actors had a lot of range, so they could pull off voices that were almost unrecognizable (Matt Crowley's Batman sounds exceedingly different from his Der Teufel, you can't even tell they were the same person).

But I agree that it shouldn't be added until we're sure.
First Avenger
said at 10:32 AM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@Starscreamsfan
For radio voice actors, i am aware of their versatility and range, but still we will need to find some actual and reliable confirmation or see if someone (from cartoon staff or I don't know) can confirm that. Voice Chasers on the other hand (and some similar cites) can be very unreliable and untrustful, unfortunately. I know because I stumbled across several mistakes hat were unsolved for long time, like Toshiyuki Morikawa being the voice for Kazuya since Tekken 4 and onward, or Troy Baker being the voice of Bryan Fury (just to name a few) etc. Anyway, they can be very wrong, especially if it's about a cartoon that was released very long time ago, like Spider-Woman (1979) and if the voice actors were not credited to their characters, or if they aren't sure either who voiced who, so they are like "who cares, we'll just add that this actor voiced this character because that character sounds like him and call it a day" even if they aren't 100% sure.
Starscreamsfan
said at 10:44 AM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@First Avenger Oh, glad to hear that. And I agree about making sure of the source of the information.

I guess nowadays the only thing that seems to be reliable are radio encyclopedias (which do have some mistakes, but I've heard a lot of corrections on interviews with radio actors).
First Avenger
said at 11:02 AM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@Starscreamsfan
I agree. These days, if you want to know the truth about which actor was involved for which character, the only way to find out is to somehow ask the staff or someone from higher rank (in this case, Stan Lee :D because he was probabbly contributed to the show). But still, this case about Lou voicing Dormy is very low and far from the truth and is still very questionable. IMO , it can be anyone from those actors from that episode. Since they were all uncredited to their roles, it can be any actor that was the voice. Or maybe even, he wasn't voiced by anyone, maybe his voice was computer-made :D but that's just my opinion.
Starscreamsfan
said at 11:13 AM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@First Avenger That's right. A lot of people were credited at the end, but their respective roles were never listed. :(

LOL, computer-made voice!!!
Starscreamsfan
said at 11:18 AM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@First Avenger And even if it isn't Lou, I still think it's the best villain performance in that show (whoever it was).
First Avenger
said at 11:34 AM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@Starscreamsfan
I gotta say, that thing about computer voice can be funny, especially for a long-time cartoon, but hey if you can't be sure who the actor was, or if the voice can be too generic, then the computer-made voice can be the only option :D LOL
First Avenger
said at 11:37 AM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@Starscreamsfan
For that I must admit that whoever that actor was, the voice was certainly good for that time. BTW, nice to say that Robin (my favorite Dormy voice) is winning. IMO his voice fits Dormammu's character and nature much more than the others.
Starscreamsfan
said at 11:43 AM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@First Avenger I agree with you about Robin. I think his soft-sounding, seductive voice is a pretty excellent fit (plus he sounds pretty demonic thanks to the way he delivers his dialogue). One of my favorite casting choices from that game.
Starscreamsfan
said at 12:01 PM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@First Avenger Also, you may notice that I'm a big fan of old time radio and cartoons, which is why I tend to like a lot of vintage performances, but the Spider-Woman cartoon had some pretty crappy villain performances (I blame the direction for that), but Dormammu was definetly an exception and a stand-out. He sounds pretty demonic (which is pretty unusual for the time) and he does have some sort of regal sound to him, but I think I like the others better (with Robin being my favorite).
First Avenger
said at 12:17 PM on Fri Aug 14 2015
@Starscreamsfan
I completely agree with all of that.
pete
said at 1:47 PM on Tue Oct 28 2014
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Regarding Bendict Cumberbatch, I like it but I think he's more suited for Dormammu, with Joaquin Phoneix still doing Dr. Strange, although I fully support a dual role as both, and if he alters his Smaug a bit, it's potential Dormammu material.
LordofEvil96
said at 11:43 AM on Sat Oct 25 2014
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Maybe it's just me but I think Robert deserves a second chance as Dormammu, maybe using his Freddy Krueger voice.
pete
said at 1:47 PM on Tue Oct 28 2014
@LordofEvil96 Ic said that a while ago. Some others agreed as well so not just you.
pete
said at 2:22 PM on Tue Oct 28 2014
@pete I
chaosincarnate
said at 9:00 PM on Sat Sep 20 2014
I say all of them work well in their own ways, but Robin Atkin Downes is the only voice here who sounds distinct. If you ask me, he nailed the dude's frightening nature to a tee.
Ross123
said at 12:34 PM on Sat Jul 5 2014
Jonathan Adams is my favourite here, in my opinion he's just as amazing at voicing Dormammu as he is voicing Galactus. He seems to have a wonderful talent at voicing giant, unearthly creatures I guess.

Robin is 2nd while Michael is 3rd. Both did really well so be proud guys.

Robert, Phil & Travis are all average.

Ed does a decent job but my problem is that he just doesn't sound threatening enough.
skeletonking1234
said at 6:00 PM on Fri Apr 11 2014
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Ed Gilbert- The rasp he adds fits very well in his portrayal here, and the echo effect on his voice fits very well, and he does have a great sinister sound to his performance. 7/10

Johnathan Adams- While he is heavily vocally effected, again he does fit very well. His voice is hard to describe but it sounds almost like it is if fire could talk, because of the sizzles of flame in his voice, especially in that laugh. Not one of Johnathans better performances but still a great performance. 6.75/10

Robert Englund- Roberts energetic performance works very well here, being both hammy and sinister which fits extremely well with the tone and humor of the show. It's nice to hear Roberts voice in this role and it's nice that it isn't as heavily effected like many of the other performances yet still works incredibly well. 7.5/10

Michael T Weiss- I think this role is just okay at best. Liko Dino as Scarecrow, this is a voice that I always felt sounded very unfitting. I mean it's not as bad as Dino in my mind, and he does sound okay in the role, but there isn't really anything sinister to his voice, and it almost sounds like a thug voice with a vocal effect. Not bad, but not fantastic either. 6/10

Travis Willingham- Travis deep voice fits very well in this role, but he does sound a bit awkward in a few lines, especially with his yells, but at other times he sounds pretty good. It's a pretty mixed bag performance like Michael's but again, it's not bad, but I feel Travis could've done a little better, but to be fair it is a Lego game and it isn't supposed to be a completely seriously intimidating performance. 6/10

Robin Atkin Downes- Not only does Robin sound fantastically creepy, but the vocal effects are just fantastically fitting and are not completely overused, it's a perfect middle ground. This performance to me is exactly how Dormammu should sound to me, it's on the exact same level as Jeffrey Combs Scarecrow, it's chilling, fantastically delivered, and the effects on the voice are just at a perfect level. 9/10

Phil LaMarr- At time Phil sounds good, but at other times he sounds pretty odd, mainly that "THE WORLD BELONGS TO DORMAMMU" line. I feel that the effects put on his voice, and his voice in general is somewhat inconsistent. Not saying it's bad, it is just very inconsistent, and I just feel this is a kind of role that Phil just isn't used to, or it could've been the voice directing, and considering a show like this, that might've been what it was. 6.5/10

1. Robin
2. Robert
3. Ed
4. Johnathan
5. Phil
6. Travis
7. Michael
Polyester Funk
said at 11:29 PM on Tue Apr 8 2014
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Phil did quite well. He sounds deep and menacing and I didn't recognize him. I knew that voice seemed familiar and that I kept thinking I knew who it was, but that's not something I've heard from him before.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:04 PM on Tue Apr 8 2014
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Phil is a mixed bag for me. He's great in many moments, especially when his voice gets gravelly. It's the world will bow down line that sounds really plain compared to the rest of the clip. It's pretty jarring.
skeletonking1234
said at 5:24 AM on Wed Apr 9 2014
@Nightmare Crusher I personally think Keith David would've been a much better choice.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:39 PM on Wed Apr 9 2014
@Nightmare Crusher He sounds pretty flat on that part, but I think the rest is good.
Torak
said at 6:26 AM on Tue Nov 26 2013
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God, Dormammu always gives me chills, despite being... y'know, hot but anyway: Jon, Michael and Robin are my favourites. Ed and Robert are a little hammy, whilst Travis sounds like a generic tough guy.

Jonathan Adams's deep, whispery voice is very effective and suits a demon like Dormammu.

Robin has another cool whispery voice, perhaps a bit light but does sound threatening even though it is reminiscent of his Mum-ra voice.

However my favourite has to be Michael T Weiss, yeah I know it's predictable because he was in MVC3 but he is just great, he gets just the right balance between threatening and arrogant yet subtle and menacing, whilst also retaining a demonic feel to his voice.

1. Micheal
2. Robert
3. Jonathan
4. Ed
5. Robert
6. Travis
Torak
said at 6:27 AM on Tue Nov 26 2013
Oops I meant: *2. Robin :-)
Torak
said at 7:19 AM on Sun Sep 14 2014
@Torak I'll put Phil in 5th above Robert and Travis
spencermalley935
said at 5:43 PM on Mon Nov 25 2013
Robins neck in neck for second place with John
Polyester Funk
said at 11:41 PM on Mon Nov 18 2013
I'd say I like Robin, Michael and Jonathan. Don't know if I can pick between them.
LordofEvil96
said at 6:45 PM on Mon Nov 18 2013
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Does anyone think Tim Curry should voice Dormammu soon?
VctrBnsn
said at 3:00 PM on Mon Nov 18 2013
Michael and Robin for me. Jon and Travis are a bit generic, and while Ed and Robert were entertaining, they could have done better.
pete
said at 5:55 PM on Sat Nov 16 2013
Robin basically recycled his Mumm-Ra but it fits. Needs more material though.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:35 PM on Sat Nov 16 2013
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Robin is freaking scary. Much as I enjoyed MTW here, Robin takes this one. He NEEDS to reprise Dormammu.
skeletonking1234
said at 3:55 PM on Sat Nov 16 2013
I'm definitely changing my vote to Robin. That is exactly how I think Dormammu should sound and the finally got it right.
coolgeek176
said at 3:38 PM on Sat Nov 16 2013
Travis and Robin are good but I prefer Michael T Weiss.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 3:01 PM on Sat Nov 16 2013
Going with Robin Atkin Downes
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 2:31 PM on Sat Nov 16 2013
Nice change of pace for Travis, a little forced but it's good.

Robin does a cool whispery voice, not much power to it but he got limited screen time so he's at a disadvantage
Silence
said at 12:00 PM on Tue Apr 2 2013
Michael was great, but I think Jonathan's voice makes Dormammu more menacing.
TheAtticus
said at 6:45 AM on Thu Dec 20 2012
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As much as I love MvC3, listening to the clip of Jonathan Adams makes me think, "Damn, dis guy be evil."
coolgeek176
said at 4:39 PM on Mon Dec 3 2012
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I like all of them but Michael T. Weiss is the best.
Anicomicgeek
said at 9:15 AM on Fri Apr 20 2012
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I'm gonna go with Michael T. Weiss, though I also liked Jonathan Adams and the late Ed Gilbert as Dormammu.
pete
said at 10:40 PM on Sat Dec 3 2011
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I'll go with Ed Gilbert since he has no votes and I always liked his performance. Robert Englund used his Freddy Krueger voice and made it lighter which was probably due to the show being aimed at kids. I'd like to see him play a more threatening Dormammu with his Freddy Krueger voice sometime.
Avenger
said at 2:24 AM on Mon Nov 28 2011
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Tie between Jonathan Adams and Michael T Weiss
partymonster411
said at 11:14 PM on Sun Nov 27 2011
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Michael


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