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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Frieza with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Dragon Ball

Frieza is one of the most significant villains in Dragon Ball Z and one of the most powerful fighters in the universe.

Frieza has several forms of transformation which make him more powerful although these forms are actually used to conserve his vast power. Frieza had a huge galactic empire and was responsible for the enslavement and destruction of countless planets.

In the video game Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout Frieza was voiced by Kevin Seymour.

In the English version of the Dragon Ball Z anime, Frieza was voiced by Pauline Newstone for the Ocean Group dub.

In the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball Z Frieza was voiced by Linda Young. Linda Young reprises the role in the video games and the brief recurring role in the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball GT.

She also voiced Frieza in the re-dubbed episodes originally voiced by Pauline Newstone as well as the Dragon Ball Z anime films that the Frieza appeared in. She also voiced Frieza for episode 1 of Dragon Ball Kai.

Christopher Ayres later replaced Linda Young for the rest of the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball Kai.

In the Blue Water dub of Dragon Ball GT Frieza was voiced by Jennifer Bain.

In the AB Groupe dub of Bardock: The Father of Goku Frieza was voiced by Ed Marcus.
Created by Jackson_H on Jan 19 2010
Special thanks to ItachiIshtar, NCZ for additional sound clips.
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
FriezaPauline Newstone
Pauline Newstone
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
FriezaLinda Young
Linda Young
Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout (1997)
FriezaKevin Seymour
Kevin Seymour
Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku (2000)
FriezaEd Marcus
Ed Marcus
Dragon Ball GT (2003)
FriezaJennifer Bain
Jennifer Bain
Dragon Ball Kai (2010)
FriezaChristopher Ayres
Christopher Ayres


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Vocal Evolver
said at 10:34 AM on Sun Apr 8 2018
 1 Shout Out!
Chris Ayres IS Freeza. He captures perfectly the original intent behind the character, that of being an alien version of a classic nobleman - pompous, effete, and usually unfailingly polite and charismatic, but behind it all being a sadistic, psychopathic monster, which is probably where Ayres shines most - his screaming and ranting is glorious.

Pauline Newstone and Linda Young are fine and nostalgic, but they're just not Freeza, although Newstone came closer to the mark than Young did.
said at 11:07 AM on Sun Apr 8 2018
@Vocal Evolver Pauline was better in terms of getting the basic tone down and having better scripting for the character to work with, but I still think Linda Young in her earlier work was better in terms of sounding more natural in the role, and in changing the voice as Freeza changed form, which I cannot for the life of me imagine Pauline pulling off.
said at 7:53 PM on Wed Apr 4 2018
 5 Shout Outs!
Revisiting this.

Christopher Ayres is still the definitive English voice for Freeza, though Daman Mills is an eerily dead-on understudy/substitute for him. Hopefully clips of Mills' performance in Fighter Z can be added here so we can have him as well. Both Ayres and Mills (two different voice actors with the exact same voice for this character, so bizarre) perfectly translate the character as he was meant to be into English. The aristocratic, regal tone, patronizing pseudo-politeness, smugness, sadism, wickedness, rage and dementia of the character are all perfectly captured here.

Derek Stephen Prince from the Bang Zoom DBS dub is probably the second best English Freeza. He doesn't give as strong a performance that nails Freeza quite the way Ayres and Mills do, but he has the right voice for the part, usually manages a fitting tone, and does at most capture the unhinged evilness and sadism of Freeza very well.

Same as Boss Giovanni said, third place would go to Linda Young but ONLY Linda Young from the dubs of DBZ Seasons 3 through 6, Bardock: The Father of Goku, the first two Budokai Games, and DBZ Sagas. In everything afterwards she either was voicing the character in a shrill, in-your-face obnoxious, and almost sexual way with the voice sounding not remotely like how the character should sound and more like a "tranny granny" as some would put it, or she performed the part well again and it was just her voice itself that didn't fit the character anymore. And yes I do argue that she did used to fit Freeza, especially with the way she'd change her voice for each form in a way that was true to the original version (the first form sounds effeminate and deceptively benign while also possessing malicious undertones or overtones, the second form sounds deeper, gruffer and manlier, the third form sounds freakish, and the fourth sounds androgynous, sneering and sinister). And in addition to the voices she put on, her early performances hold up a lot better than Pauline Newstone's. The only thing "wrong" with Linda's early Freeza was simply that Linda's a woman and thus clearly sounds like a woman, but that was never her fault - Funimation specifically had to cast someone to be a knock-off of Pauline Newstone from their dub's previous season.

Speaking of Pauline, she was the first English Freeza and a pretty notorious miscast. I think that the casting agency only looked at images of Freeza's first form when they cast her, not realizing that the character was male until the scripts were done. While she performed the part the best she could (she even got a faux-British, aristocratic tone down that not even Linda Young could manage), the two big problems I have are that forced lizard-like rasp in her voice that she used to make Freeza sound more alien or whatever but it just sounded stupid and unnatural, and how when she had to raise her voice or emote, the old lady quality of her voice sounded ridiculously apparent and threw off the character's menace entirely. Apparently Lee Tockar was supposed to voice Freeza in the postponed indefinitely Ocean Dub of Kai, and I can imagine he'd do a fine job if he was given proper direction, but if his Freeza sounded like what's heard here: , then it'd pretty much just be a male version of Newstone.

Kevin Seymour was another victim of Final Bout's piss poor direction. Had he done a slightly higher pitched version of his Q Boss or Tongpu voices, he could've been passable and even accurate to Ryusei Nakao.

Jennifer Bain and Ed Marcus are both equally the worst, both representing the worst possible takes you could go with for Freeza's voice. Bain is ridiculously shrill and screechy sounding and doesn't reflect the character's proper gender or characterization, and Marcus is the snarliest and most generic sounding bad guy voice you could come up with, again not fitting the character's personality. Plus that dumbass laugh.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:09 PM on Wed Apr 4 2018
@Galactic_Cyrus "perfectly translate the character as he was meant to be into English."

Where'd you get that from? Freeza is primarily based on scummy Japanese real estate speculators. (So says Daizenshuu 2.)
said at 9:48 AM on Fri Apr 6 2018
@Nightmare Crusher Right and you need to find the Western world equivalent to that when translating Freeza into English, which would be a snobby elite nobleman or a jerky businessman who acts like a gentleman to conceal what a jerk he is.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:12 AM on Fri Apr 6 2018
@Galactic_Cyrus I just realized I misread your statement. I thought you meant English like from England. My bad.
said at 11:25 AM on Sun Apr 8 2018
@Galactic_Cyrus For a mainstream voice actor I'd cast as Freeza, it'd be Richard Steven Horvitz. The "terrifying and spooky" Zim voice from the Invader Zim TV movie teaser would fit his first form (basically his Adalgar Oldbank voice but evil), a voice like Billy's Dad's from Billy & Mandy for his second form, his Sublimino voice for his third form, and his Orthopox voice for his final form. The first and last form voices especially sound EERILY similar to Chris Ayres.
said at 8:02 PM on Wed Mar 21 2018
 3 Shout Outs!
1. Chris Ayres (and his stand-in Daman Mills, who literally replicates the voice perfectly). The best and most accurate to the Japanese version Frieza voice.

2. Derek Stephen Prince -

3. Linda Young - At least, in her prime. She was actually good for what she was - not accurate to the Japanese version, but still effectively creepy and sinister. Sadly, they let her voice the part for far longer than she should have, and her performance devolved into too high-pitched and grating.

4. Pauline Newstone - The acting is just fine, she does a good job with an aristocratic, polite tone, but good lord, that voice is so clearly an elderly woman's voice!

5. Everyone Else - They're bad. REALLY bad.
said at 8:04 PM on Wed Mar 21 2018
Whoops, forgot the description for Derek, which is simply this "Not quite as good as Ayres, but still perfectly suiting for Frieza. The second-best and one of the best voices in the whole BZ dub."
said at 1:45 AM on Wed Nov 22 2017
 6 Shout Outs!
Derek Stephen Prince is proving to be as great of a fit as I thought he would be.
said at 11:59 AM on Sun Nov 19 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
I saw the full resurrection f bang zoom saga by the time i post this and about DSP

Honestly this was really an anticipated casting to see from the bang zoom dub and Derek was a great choice to play freeza. I give him props for how he treated the character, knowing its importance and it`s history of being portrayed a great actor. he is not as refined as Ayres and Daman but he did nail the manical side of the character.

The only flaws I have is that he portrays him pshycho most of the way true even in scenes where freeza show his culture side and the dialogue he was given also affected his performance too but I blame that on direction and writing staff.

he is my 2nd to 3rd favourite
said at 9:26 AM on Tue Nov 14 2017
 5 Shout Outs!
Derek Stephen Prince is better than I was expecting (based on his FB video, at least). He's just terrifying in the torturing Gohan scene (although Chris Ayres is slightly more so). However, I want to see more of him as final form/Golden Frieza, where he stated he changed the voice, before I make a proper call.
said at 1:11 PM on Sun Nov 19 2017
@Kioea Revised order:

1. Chris Ayres
2. Daman Mills
3. Derek Stephen Prince
4. Pauline Newstone
5. Linda Young
6. Ed Marcus
7. Kevin Seymour
8. Speedy Dub
9. Jennifer Bain
8000 Saiyans
said at 4:27 AM on Mon Nov 6 2017
From the clip I've saw of him, Derek Stephen Prince is okay as Frieza.
8000 Saiyans
said at 7:05 PM on Mon Oct 16 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
Chris Ayres is absolutely perfection in this role. He steals every scene he's in. Sabat deserves kudos for casting him. Hope he gets better.

Pauline Newstone, while miscast, is actually good in this role. She actually makes Frieza sound creepy.

Linda Young doesn't fit Frieza at all. She's a good Genkai and Baba, but a terrible Frieza.

Kevin Seymour sounds too goofy and Ed Marcus sounds too deep and old. Ed's voice could fit another character, but definitely not Frieza.

Jennifer Bain manages to be even worse.

If Ocean Kai ever comes out, Lee Tockar could be worthy competition for Ayres.

So yeah, voting for the great Chris Ayres.
8000 Saiyans
said at 7:06 PM on Mon Oct 16 2017
*Jennifer Bain manages to be even worse than Young and that's saying something.
8000 Saiyans
said at 7:39 PM on Mon Oct 16 2017
*absolute perfection
said at 7:08 PM on Mon Sep 4 2017
 1 Shout Out!
Now that I think about it, had Dragon Ball's dub been composed of Western Animation actors, Charlie Adler might have been a good voice for Frieza (think of his Cobra performance, albeit with a more regal tone).
Shaun Ince
said at 10:11 PM on Mon Sep 4 2017
@OtiTheComicsGuy In terms of fan castings, he's the number 1 pic for Frieza.
said at 4:37 PM on Sun Aug 27 2017
 6 Shout Outs!
Damian Mills' Frieza is pretty one point with Ayres, but the way he says "Goku" makes me think of Don Brown.

DSP's Frieza sounds awesome, especially near the end of that clip when he goes full Chris Latta. I hope to see more of those BZ Super episodes soon.
said at 8:53 AM on Mon Nov 13 2017
@Ghosty404 ok wow, DSP as Frieza sounds bloody maniacal. It’s amazing how much maliciousness and insanity he put into Frieza. Still waiting for the rest of the episodes but jesus. He’s a close second to Ayres.

1. Ayres
2. Derek
3. Mills
4. Newstone
5. Kevin
6. Marcus
7. Linda
8. Bain
said at 2:16 AM on Sun Aug 13 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Yeh So Derek gave his version of Freeza in this video,
It is not fair to judge yet cus its not in the show but its preety good his first version was spot on however when he changes to golden freeza he aims for a reptilian like voice that does not fit.
I get what he was going for not as he was originally hired to imitate and chris ayres and changed it so he didnt have to be compared like that but his first version is alot better but still easily 2nd place Freeza
said at 11:11 AM on Sun Aug 13 2017
@Abdullab He has potential I'll admit, in fact at the last bit I got a Chris Latta's Starscream/Cobra commander impression from there.
said at 12:04 PM on Fri Aug 25 2017
I've got some real respect for Derek Stephen Prince for being so humble about his work and respecting Chris Ayres' performance: that humility makes me very willing to give him a chance right there.

That being said, I think he is pretty good in that video for the most part when it comes to his actual Frieza performance, but it could use a little work imo too.
said at 9:44 PM on Sat Jul 15 2017
 1 Shout Out!
I'll never understand why both Ocean and Funimation (90's) went with a female actress for this male character, maybe because the facial design gave the impression of an old woman?! Come to think of it Frieza sometimes did remind me of Ursula or even Wilhelmina Scharnhorst from Cadillacs and Dinosaurs. (though looking at him now he looks more like Claude Frollo)

But that said both Pauline Newstone and Linda Young did well with what they were given, though I think Pauline was more convincing, at least sounding similar in tone to Chris Latta's Cobra Commander voice.

However I think the real vote definitely goes to Christopher Ayres, who was both male and actually made Frieza sound very alien in his performance and intellectual, inhuman attitude, while conveying this self righteous, sociopathic feel, (again like frollo) a firm example of a truly malicious antagonist who you just cannot appeal on his good side.

BONUS: I would have loved if Mark Hamill voiced Frieza; would it be too similar to his Joker voice?! Yeah so it may... kind'a be typecasted, but still when it comes to villains Mark can do no wrong. I also think Richard Horvitz would have made a good choice, (since Ayres sounds almost similar to Horvitz) as well as John Kassir, Tom Kenny, JB Blanc, or even Derrick Stephen Prince.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:34 AM on Sun Jul 16 2017
@Troodon2 You kinda answered your own question, but yeah, Frieza is a diminutive, androgynous/somewhat feminine-looking character who is partially purple and looks like he's wearing lipstick, so the thinking was to get a woman to voice him.
EPA Deane
said at 2:40 AM on Sun Jul 16 2017
@Troodon2 Derek Stephen Prince will be voicing Frieza in the Toonami Asia Dub for Dragon Ball Super.
said at 8:49 AM on Sun Jul 16 2017
@Polyester Funk come to think of it, plenty other male anime characters tend to have similar features; then again Japan does tend to have different gender traditions from western countries, but that neither here nor there.
said at 8:51 AM on Sun Jul 16 2017
@EPA Deane something I just remembered after posting that, whoops. ^^;

But how are my other ideas?
said at 1:03 PM on Mon Jul 17 2017
@EPA Deane Didn't know about him til now.
EPA Deane
said at 1:36 PM on Mon Jul 17 2017
@Troodon2 Sigh......
said at 5:12 PM on Mon Jul 17 2017
@Troodon2 JB Blanc would probably better for Cell or Dabra tbh...John Kassir as Freeza, though...*brilliant*.

FWIW, btw, Ocean didn't cast any of the dubs, Saban paid for it, but FUNi made the decisions, & kept all the same sounds in the dub they paid for later. Anyway, they didn't have the Japanese audio for reference at all, and some really bad translations as well. So it's more understandable.

Still the interesting things about sly Japanese gender-bender villains is Orochimaru from Naruto is voiced by a woman in Japanese, but Steve Blum does a voice very similar to Japanese Freeza as that character.
said at 7:23 AM on Tue Aug 8 2017
@Troodon2 Barry Watson (of Funimation) was producing the Z dub at the time and was involved in Ocean's casting process. Neither him nor Funimation gave a damn about accuracy to the Japanese version at the time, they just wanted to adapt it for kids in the US. I suspect Watson may have been the one who approved the initial casting choice for Freeza, or Pauline was just genuinely the best audition at Ocean. To her credit, she was very good at making him sound quite sinister and creepy, and as others have said, Freeza's design is a little ambiguous in it's gender and very diminutive, so a lighter voice is what fits best. Plus he's an alien so the mismatched voice can achieve an appropriately unsettling effect on the audience.

Linda Young was merely cast to voice match Pauline, although Funi could have recast Freeza to a male actor from Texas in 1999 if they truly wanted to. I personally think Young's voice still achieved that unsettling feeling but wasn't quite as sinister or creepy as Pauline's, she was perhaps a better yeller, but it's hard to say since Pauline didn't get much time in the role.

I don't think Christopher Ayres sounds alien, as you say, but he does capture the character of Freeza from the Japanese version best, along with giving him a lively and engaging performance. For that reason, I think he is the best thus far. Mark Hamill could probably do a good job in the role - he can certainly do creepy, but I think his range might be a little deep at his current age to be ideal. I think Ayre's style of performance is very reminiscent of Hamill's roles anyway so I can't imagine there would be much of a distinct difference there, aside from having more of an older sounding/more menacing grit to the voice.
said at 1:37 PM on Wed Aug 9 2017
@NitroEX I mean if Mark Hamill voiced him back in the 90s.
said at 2:14 PM on Wed Aug 9 2017
@Troodon2 Lee Tockar's voice for Freeza in the Ocean dub of Kai was once described by someone as being similar to Mark Hamill's Joker, however that dub has not been broadcast anywhere. Derek Stephen Prince has also recently voiced Freeza in the Bang Zoom dub of Super (which is a Toonami Asia exclusive atm) so one of those interpretations could be closer to how you imagine him sounding... Unfortunately we might not get to hear those performances.
said at 2:26 PM on Wed Aug 9 2017
@NitroEX Like I said, I forgot DSP voiced him in an alternate dub, my mistake.
said at 9:31 PM on Sat Aug 12 2017
@Troodon2 I was gonna say, wait, DarkSydePhil voice Frieza? Then realized DSP meant Derek Stephen Prince.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 9:49 PM on Sat Aug 12 2017
@whyofbladez Bugged transformation mechanics.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:59 PM on Sat Aug 12 2017

Freeza enjoys a nice moment to himself without realizing the Z-fighters are watching.
Shaun Ince
said at 7:15 AM on Sun Aug 13 2017
@NCZ I'm glad I'm one of few people that knows exactly what you were referring to in that comment.
8000 Saiyans
said at 9:03 PM on Thu Nov 30 2017
@Troodon2 Given that they sound quite similar, I wonder if Ayres took inspiration from Horvitz for his Frieza.
said at 9:38 PM on Thu Nov 30 2017
@8000 Saiyans It's likely coincidental they sound similar to some degree.
said at 11:28 AM on Thu Jun 29 2017
 1 Shout Out!
OK I'm appranetly the 2ooth person to prefer Chris in the role, and it's appropraite given the natyure of this post meant to address Linda and Chris.

I preferred Linda over Chris for a while given how overconfident and sadistic she sounded, she might not have sounded posh but made up for that with the sadistic traits and evil laugh(oh such a great laugh). While her quips made Frieza too immature it gave him a sadistic sense of humor that I personally enjoyed.

Chris in Kai didn't have the best dialogue, yes the immaturity of Linda's version needed to be changed or replaced but the lines robbed him of his sadistic side(from what I remember) with lines like "That didn't do very good", replacing "Ouch that almost tickled" when Piccolo is stalling time for Goku. It took away the sadisticness and overconfidence that I really enjoyed, and his lines just sounded bland in comparison, as I preferred Frieza with a sense of humor or at least taunting his opponent.

That is until Resurrection F and Dragon Ball Super. In Resurrection F he enjoyed gloating about what he did on Namel and was much better than in Kai, and Super they got the perfect of humor, overconfidence, sadisticness, and blended it with the posh side perfectky. My favorite scene is when he tortures Gohan, I always envisioned him torturing "monkeys" for fun, and finally seeing that happen with Chris's performance sold me.

So Linda loved your performance and still do, but changing and staying with Chris.
said at 11:55 AM on Thu Jun 29 2017
I don't know, IMO most of Chris's lines were very good in Kai, his delivery really sold it. You could hear the sadistic glee in his voice without him getting juvenile.

Most of Linda's lines were kinda corny IMO.
said at 11:59 AM on Thu Jun 29 2017
@GreenGoblin75 I plan on going through Kai's Frieza Saga dub again, as I only saw the premiere of the episodes and comparing it to later on on.

He had elements sure but they didn't seem to try hard and replaced LInda's lines with the first they thought of. I have an older post from when back then, if you'd prefer I'd bump tht but it might be the same as here.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:48 PM on Thu Jun 29 2017
@SupremeTarantulas "He had elements sure but they didn't seem to try hard and replaced LInda's lines with the first they thought of."

I got the exact opposite impression. The lines from the original dub reek of the writers just throwing out random crap.

"Whatever turns you on, big guy."
said at 12:02 AM on Fri Jun 30 2017
@Nightmare Crusher I've always found that particular line to be the best/worst thing to ever come out of that dub honestly.
said at 9:43 AM on Fri Jun 30 2017
@Nightmare Crusher I prefer humor over blandness, and I didn't say Kai's lines were "random crap" but they subdued Chris too hard and threw out anything that didn't resemble Linda so he doesn't taunt anyone in battle from what I remember, and goes from "Ouch that almost tickled" to " That didn't do very good".

I really didn't think he sounded very overconfident and sadistic as a result in Kai and it is possible to improve what they originally without removing Frueza's humor.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:33 AM on Fri Jun 30 2017
@SupremeTarantulas There's a time and place for humor. Freeza is a businessman whose business is genocide. Fighting him is not something to be taken lightly.

Freeza is horrifying because he isn't overtly sadistic. Here you have this guy speaking in a calm, polite, matter of fact way while he's butchering people left and right. The constant barrage of bad jokes isn't scary, it ruins the mood. Executing Krillin, one of the most important moments for Goku's character, being punctuated with, "Pop goes the weasels" is probably the worst example of it completely ruining the tone of the scene.

The dialogue in Kai is mostly a straight adaptation of what's there in Japanese. They weren't going out of their way to avoid sounding like the old dub, that makes no sense. The old dub was the one that had to go out of its way to change everything, not that they had much of a choice with Toei's incomprehensible scripts.
Shaun Ince
said at 1:49 PM on Fri Jun 30 2017
@SupremeTarantulas There's a right & wrong way to deliver humor. Most of the humorous things that Frieza said in the old dubs weren't intended to be humorous. Scenes that are supposed to be serious turn into a complete joke. It's out of place & it sounds exceedingly cringy
said at 11:02 AM on Sun Jul 2 2017
@Shaun Ince But my point is Chris does it appropriately, or at least has this "really enjoys what he does" vibe that made me prefer him, that and how over the top he is in Super.
said at 11:55 AM on Sun Jul 2 2017
@SupremeTarantulas Not gonna direct this at anyone in particular but some replies are giving the impression I prefer Linda, this is saying I lost respect for her a bit and prefer Chris cause he's appropriately over the top and humorous.
Shaun Ince
said at 11:59 AM on Sun Jul 2 2017
@SupremeTarantulas That's not what we're getting at. Your comments come across as trying to justify the bad script writing in the old dubs. Maybe that wasn't your intention, but it looks that way.
said at 12:13 PM on Sun Jul 2 2017
@SupremeTarantulas I'm saying I prfer a humorous Frieza but Chris iis better than Linda at that. I might be defending her on accident, if we involve the comments when I did defend her though.
said at 1:19 PM on Sun Jul 2 2017
@Shaun Ince Something I forgot is, to attempt rephrase my original post, I thought Linda's lines sounded more arrogant, overconfident than from what I remember hearing from Chris in Kai. My original post has an example.
said at 6:16 PM on Sun Jul 2 2017
@Shaun Ince Oh another thing I realized is you're probably referring to me not liking Chris in Kai, and still preferring Linda there.

Chris's line didn't click in Kai because well from what I remember he doesn't come across as overconfident, arrogant, as sadistic as he does in the scenes Linda handled better than Chris did in Kai.

For Resurrection F and Super Chris is definitely better than Linda and improved from what I remember in Kai.
Shaun Ince
said at 6:53 PM on Sun Jul 2 2017
@SupremeTarantulas Where are you getting the impression that Ayres didn't come across as overconfident, arrogant & sadistic? He had lots of moments like that in the dub of Kai. Rewatch the Freeza arc & you'll see what I mean.

I won't deny that the old dub didn't have moments like that, but in my opinion, it wasn't done very well. FUNIMATION was so inexperienced they didn't really know what to do with the character

"Oh another thing I realized is you're probably referring to me not liking Chris in Kai, and still preferring Linda there"

I never said that. Don't put words into my mouth. Had nothing to do with preference in voice actors/actress. It was more about terrible dialogue & how FUNIMATION handled the character in previous dubs.
said at 7:30 PM on Sun Jul 2 2017
@Shaun Ince I was just guessing what you all meant not just you since you replied, referring to anything I posted.

And like stated I don't remember Kai to well but checking it again eventually, it's just that the performances are so different that I prefer Chris in Super since I don't remember Kai very well.

In my 3rd paragraph I gave an example of a line I prefer in the original dub vs. Kai.
said at 6:41 AM on Mon Oct 2 2017
@Nightmare Crusher Out of curiosity. Do you think that all the people who happen to like, or even prefer Linda Young's Frieza are "blinded" by nostalgia?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:50 AM on Mon Oct 2 2017
@HylianBelmont I don't like to make total blanket statements like that. I doubt that every single person who likes that performance is coming from a place of nostalgia.

That said, it is an objectively wrong version of what Freeza is supposed to be.
said at 1:54 PM on Mon Oct 2 2017
@Nightmare Crusher Eh,and you could say BTAS Mr. Freeze is an objectively wrong version of what the original comics Mr. Freeze was supposed to be. I can of course see the very valid reasons to dislike the original Funimation script, but adaptions change things all the time, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse, but if you're too beholden to what is supposed to be without any adaption or change, you can become a bit lifeless, as Kai occasionally was.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:16 PM on Mon Oct 2 2017

I do think there's a difference between a new interpretation of a character in an entirely different work, versus a new interpretation of a character within the same work. Like if there was a cheesy 60s comic where Mr. Freeze started angsting about his wife, that'd be weird.
said at 10:59 PM on Wed Oct 4 2017
@NCZ That depends on how you look at dubs within continuity. Are dubs within the same continuity as the original anime, or are they in a similar but separate one? Today, most anime falls in the first, but back in the 90s and even the early 200s, dubs changed lines, events, and even character motivations. By that point, you could call the dubs themselves adaptions. Now whether they are _good_ adaptions are up to debate, but I don't think a dub changing something from the orinal is inherently bad. IMO some of Young's lines work through her delivery. It's a different interpretation of Frieza, sure, and again, I totally see why some people don't like it, but I hope it's because of factors in that interpretation and not just because that interpretation is different.
said at 11:54 PM on Wed Oct 4 2017
@Bookman230 Potentially unpopular opinion incoming. But I always thought Linda Young made some of the "obviously dub added" lines work to be honest. It's one of the few performances from the original dub that still holds up to me.
Shaun Ince
said at 10:15 AM on Fri Oct 6 2017
@HylianBelmont Well, at least you found that those lines worked for you, I can't knock your opinion for liking it. Can't say the same thing for myself. A lot of the lines they gave to Freeza in the old dub, never sounded right to me, never will & the delivery of said lines just wasn't very good in my opinion.

The old dub isn't without it's charm, but the way Freeza was adapted is what I have the most issues with.
said at 10:24 AM on Fri Oct 6 2017
@Shaun Ince Don't get me wrong, chances are if you gave me a specific example I'd probably agree with you. I'm just saying that I felt Linda Young made them a lot more charming than they would've been otherwise.

Obviously you do disagree with that sentiment as well, but regardless I respect your opinion there as well.
Shaun Ince
said at 12:23 PM on Fri Oct 6 2017
@HylianBelmont I could probably bring up all of them. The very infamous one liners that the FUNimation dub of Z has for Freeza. Though just to save time I'll say this, I dislike every single one of them & I couldn't get anything positive out of it.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:16 PM on Fri Oct 6 2017

Yeah, it's true that technically a dub is a derivative work. But ideally, the goal of a dub should be to provide an experience as close to the creator's original intention as possible. By definition a dub will change dialogue, but if they want to remain completely faithful, they can't really change the visuals or overall storyline to match. So that doesn't create an ideal environment for taking too much liberty, since no matter what you're still contrained by a pre-written plotline. That's why changes to dialogue and characterization stand out a lot more - you basically have a totally different character going through the same events, and that winds up messing with how people perceive things. Ideally you'd want to prevent that sort of disorientation. It's better for the dialogue to adapt itself accordingly, than the other way around.

I don't think anyone here's argument was saying that change itself is inherently bad. But in a dub, changing too much of the dialogue will fundamentally alter how people perceive the storyline and its characters, and that's hard to reconcile with the other elements of a series.
said at 3:51 PM on Wed May 31 2017
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since Derek Stephen Prince announced he will play freeza, i wonder how he will fare against chris
EPA Deane
said at 2:53 AM on Fri Jun 30 2017
@Abdullab I could imagine him doing a more elegant version of his Vexen voice....
said at 2:30 PM on Thu Apr 20 2017
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1. Linda Young/Chris Ayres - I love them both about equally in the role. Linda Young gives Frieza a really distinctive and villainous sound to his voice that you definitely can't forget, and Chris Ayres plays up the more "posh" side of Frieza's character which works rather nicely as well. Plus you gotta love the different voices they have for each form! Overall they both did a great job with the character, but I'll give the edge to Linda for sounding a tad more unique.

2. Pauline Newstone - She sounds pretty regal and villainous as well, and it's a real shame she didn't have more time with the role. But still she did a nice job with the character for the little she had to work with (like in the clip for example)

3. Kevin Seymour - Decent, but a tad too nasally for my tastes.

4. Ed Marcus - The voice itself I like. But on Frieza? Not so much. Way too gruff for me.

5. Jennifer Bain - It sounds like she was directed to do an impression of both Linda Young and Pauline Newstone... And I'm sorry but it just doesn't sound good to me. Even as a kid I noticed just how forced her take was, but obviously direction is to blame here.
said at 7:43 PM on Thu Apr 20 2017
@HylianBelmont Although, you've got to give credit to them for using a male actor for Freeza at the time.
said at 12:31 AM on Fri Apr 21 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed I suppose they do?
said at 1:00 AM on Fri Apr 21 2017
@HylianBelmont Ah, if it weren't clear, I was referring to Kevin Seymour in Final Bout's dub. He did technically cast himself, but he's a pretty good fit vocally. Just missed a lot of materials; evidently, that happens with virtually every DB game dub. Just that Sabat & co., have experience & in-depth knowledge of the story, so they generally can handle it easier. This game had many appropriate castings, just wasnt the regular team & they werent really granted good resources & time.
said at 2:58 AM on Fri Apr 21 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed True! If he had gotten more material to work with then he could've been pretty good, but alas.
said at 9:29 AM on Mon Nov 13 2017
@HylianBelmont I've heard some of DSP's Frieza, and I'll say it ties with Pauline Newstone's for me.
Shaun Ince
said at 5:49 PM on Tue Mar 21 2017
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Whoever they have cast as Frieza in the Bang Zoom dub of Dragonball Super, I hope it's not a carbon copy of Christopher Ayres. From what I've seen of that dub, there are a few voices that sound like imitations of FUNimation's cast, but they also have voices that sound completely unique.
said at 9:58 AM on Tue Apr 4 2017
@Shaun Ince it could be a carbon copy of linda young you never know
said at 7:36 PM on Thu Apr 20 2017
@Shaun Ince I think Bang Zoom/Toonami Asia are largely taking their references off the Japanese VO. Wendee Lee has largely done directing for (branches of) Japanese companies who oversee their work directly, I'm sure she's used to that. There are definitely some vague "impressions" going on early on (mainly Vegeta & Piccolo), but objectively this is closer to a fresh start than a FUNi copy. Even Goku has regularly had a manly baritone voice in the non-English (& generally more accurate) dubs of DB.

&, for what it's worth? If there's any voice of FUNi's to copy, it's Freeza's. Chris Ayres is GOAT. Here's hoping someone like Keith Silverstein or Derek Stephen Prince voices Freeza in BZ's dub.
said at 7:59 PM on Wed Mar 21 2018
@huzaifa_ahmed: Your wish was BZ's command - Derek got the part!
said at 4:17 PM on Sat Mar 18 2017
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Pauline's rasp and slimy sound is very natural for the character. I think she also sounds pretty good sounding like a spoiled brat while at the same time, almost makes Freiza sounds like there's a bit of regality to the voice which sounds bizarrely fitting.

Linda is kind of on the same level as Pauline though I feel her delivery sounds a little more awkward or stiff at times which kind of takes me out of it a bit.

Kevin sounds almost Cartmanish in the performance, which I guess it's passable for one line, though I do feel if given more I would've found the performance a bit annoying.

I think Ed sounds too old for this type of character, not to mention the rasp he uses is incredibly distracting and makes Freiza sound more like an evil old wizard or something like that. Though the one thing I will give him is that his delivery is surprisingly okay for an AB dub.

Jennifer is way too high I think. And the rasp along with that voice makes it sound more forced than anything, almost like she's straining herself badly to sound like this. It just comes off as really unnatural to me, and kind of annoying.

Christopher drops the rasp for a more calculating and slimy voice, and I think it works very well. His delivery is very creepy yet at the same time you almost smile along with him just based on how much he sounds like he enjoys every single word he is saying.

1. Christopher Ayres
2. Pauline Newstone
3. Linda Young
4. Kevin Seymour
5. Ed Marcus
6. Jennifer Bain

I know this'll never happen, but if she ever did, I think Nika Futterman would make an amazing Freiza
said at 1:07 AM on Fri Apr 21 2017
@skeletonking1234 Nika is an odd person to suggest considering you preferred Chris Ayres (also the character is male).
said at 12:53 PM on Fri Apr 21 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed I'm very aware he's a male character. I'm wanting Nika, while I like Ayres, considering Nika's range I feel she could find a good way of adding the mannerisms of both Chris and Pauline while still making it her own.
said at 3:39 PM on Wed Dec 20 2017
@skeletonking1234 I recently heard Derek Stephen Prince, and he was just as good as I thought he would be when I heard about it. His traditional energy and high yet somewhat raspy voice work very well with the character, but he can get the more quiet and intimidating moments down very well too.

I'd put him above Pauline but below Christopher.
said at 7:33 AM on Wed Feb 22 2017
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Chris Ayres by default since not only is he the only good dub frieza voice, but just absolutely amazing in general, and even better than Ryusei nakao in my opinion.
said at 5:43 PM on Sat Feb 4 2017
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Ed Marcus would make a great Yoda for Star Wars!
said at 5:50 PM on Sat Feb 4 2017
Ed's take on Frieza would make a great old time prospector in another Series, I guess, I'll give him that.
Shaun Ince
said at 9:20 AM on Wed Feb 8 2017
@Kingytp Douglas Rand makes for a better Yoda, if you take a listen to his Tien.
said at 5:40 PM on Sat Feb 4 2017
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1. Linda Young's performance is my favorite. She sounds menacing, sinister, and at the same time, quirky. She also has the best delivery out of the other voice actors.

2. Christopher Ayres is amazing as well! He adds a chillingly sadistic timbre to his voice which exceptionally displays Frieza's personality.

3. Pauline Newstone's take as Frieza is guttural and raspy. She has the delivery and the oomph of malicious tones that make Frieza frightening to the other characters .

4. Kevin Seymour is decent. He's good. I can't think of much to say about him other than he did a good job as Frieza's voice and made the character unique with instances of comic wit.

5. Jennifer Bain sounds like a blend of Young and Newstone's voices. Her take sounds crazy and chaotic.

6. Ed Marcus is my least favorite. He is voice is too gruff for my taste but he still gives off a fine performance.
Shaun Ince
said at 10:06 AM on Sun Jan 29 2017
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Going to revamp my thoughts on this Frieza compare.

Right off the bat, Chris Ayres is my favorite Frieza performance. Captures the traits & personality of Ryusei Nakao without imitating him.
J.Michael Tatum's script writing in the Kai dub sometimes makes characters sound a little too intelligant, but in the case of Frieza it actually makes his perfomance better and stand out on it's own. He's also made the role his own in later reprisals as well as the Resurrection Of Frieza movie.
Also quick note, he's explicitly stated as a male so it makes more sense that a male should voice him. I can understand why other people would think otherwise, his effeminacy and his appearance would give the impression that he's genderless or female.

Pauline Newstone is my second favorite Frieza voice. She was actually one of the more decent voices in the Ocean/Saban dub. It sounds more androgynous compared to the others but there was potential here.
If given more time to shine, she could have been great in this role.

Kevin Seymour is third. The Final Bout game was the only game where the English dub went for a male voice for Frieza. Like Pauline he also had potential in the role. If he was still alive, he could have been a good choice for the Bang Zoom dub of Dragonball Super.

Ed Marcus is fourth. He sounds deeper than all the VA's in this role(even Nakao as well!) but I think it fits better than the last two VA's that I'll go into detail later. The nature of the Big Green dub & the dialogue actually makes it enjoyable from an entertainment perspective.

Onto Jennifer Bain & Linda Young. I strongly feel they are the worse Frieza voices in this compare, though in Jennifer's defense, despite the reptillian vibe I'm getting from her voice, it sounds like a Pauline Newstone impression at it's core. And thus there is less to criticize. Linda Young however has a lot to be criticized over.

Now I saw deeper into the comments that some people consider Ayres to be overrated. I strongly disagree in this case. Linda is definitely the more overrated voice in my opinion.

All I get from Linda's take is "raspy older woman" not a galactic tyrant. It sounds very unatural and it gets progressively worse later through the arc as well as the transformations. You can also tell it's been pitch shifted lower to give the impression that it isn't a woman voicing her, but I'm afraid it sticks out like a sore thumb to me.

As for her later reprisals she actually got worse there too. It sounded scratchier and more grating. While I can make the argument that most of the VA's in FUNimation's talent pool got much better in the roles over time, I can't say the same for Linda Young. And that is why I consider Linda's Frieza the worst in this compare. She's much better in other roles but Frieza is not one of them.

Unfortunately we won't get to hear Lee Tockar in the role as Frieza which is a shame. He could give Ayres worthy competition.
Now it's just a matter of who they'll cast in the Bang Zoom dub. Hopefully it's someone that sounds similar to Seymour or Ayres in this role.

From best to worse

said at 8:21 PM on Wed Dec 7 2016
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Christopher Ayres did really impressive as Frieza. In the Ocean dub, Frieza should have been voiced by Brian Drummond, because he would sound really menacing and unpredictable.
said at 11:58 PM on Wed Dec 7 2016
@Rutherspringsman Probably would've been a little distracting hearing him as both Vegeta and Frieza though.
Shaun Ince
said at 6:43 AM on Thu Dec 8 2016
@Rutherspringsman If he could make it sound more distinct from his Vegeta, maybe it could work.
said at 6:34 PM on Sat Nov 26 2016
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I remember playing DB games and watching the older dubs and always being unsatisfied with Frieza's voice... Until Christopher Ayres is cast. Man, he nails Frieza perfectly.
said at 9:29 AM on Sat Oct 29 2016
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Ed's voice wasn't fitting at all but it is at least a lot easier to listen to than Jennifer Bain's voice
said at 3:22 AM on Thu Oct 6 2016
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1. Chris Ayres:

He sounds the most posh, dignified, smug, menacing, and overall has the best performance as Frieza of the group.

2. Pauline Newstone:

Has the posh, dignified delivery and menacing tone down, but sounded way too effeminate and old, often like Eartha Kitt, most of the time.

3. Kevin Seymour:

He sounds too nasally and nerdy in the part, but at least he sounded a bit sinister and smug at the same time.

4. Linda Young:

Sad to say, this performance hasn't aged well at all. Even when I was a boy, I always thought Frieza was a raspy-voiced woman because of this performance, and I could never, ever take him seriously because of it.

5. Ed Marcus:

I never thought a man could do such a horrible Frieza take, but this performance really showed it could happen. He sounds like a senile guy at an old folks home, especially when Planet Vegeta is blown up.

6. Jennifer Bain:

Imagine Linda Young's Frieza, but far more forced, raspier, throatier, and screechier all at the same time, because that's basically what this take is.
said at 5:10 PM on Thu Sep 29 2016
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Didn't know the guy who voiced Inspector Zenigata voiced Frieza in Final Bout! XD
said at 9:36 AM on Wed Sep 7 2016
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I'm going with Linda.
said at 11:39 AM on Tue Sep 27 2016
@TEOL To be honest with you, Linda does better for Baba and Piza than she does for Freeza, and i say Chris made Freeza exactly what he was meant to be.
said at 6:43 AM on Mon Oct 2 2017
@SteelEthlan Her Frieza voice is a far more memorable voice than those two are. IMO
said at 6:57 AM on Wed Apr 6 2016
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Whatever Linda Young and Pauline Newstone revolutionized, Christopher Ayres perfected.
said at 9:11 AM on Fri Aug 26 2016
@Aussieroth I approve.
I loved Linda Young's performence.
said at 3:54 PM on Sat Apr 2 2016
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Hearing how Chris Ayres does it now, it feels like he made him sound more posh and a ruler than what others does.

For now my vote stands for Chris.
said at 6:05 PM on Fri Apr 1 2016
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Linda Young Is The Best After Christopher Ayres
said at 9:10 AM on Sat Mar 26 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
1. Ayres
2. Newstone
3. Young
4. Marcus
5. Seymour
6. Bain
said at 9:11 PM on Mon Mar 21 2016
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Ayres probably has the best combination of performance & proper casting here.

Newstone would likely have been the most talented, competitive actor, though, so she'd be my second.

"BONUS: Insert dream casting here"

Charlie Adler or possibly Steven Blum would be absolutely perfect here.
said at 7:47 AM on Wed Mar 9 2016
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1. Nakao
2. Ed Marcus
3. Chris Ayres
4. Kevin Seymour
5. Pauline Newstone
6. Linda Young
7. Jennifer Bain

I think Paul Bandey may have also briefly voiced him during a flashback in the Big Green dub of the first Cooler movie.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:54 AM on Wed Mar 9 2016
@Miscast You gave Ed Marcus the spot?(English-wise anyway.)

I've gone back and forth on who did that little bit in the Cooler movie. My gut instinct was that it was Paul, but Ed Marcus made similar sounds as Ebifurya.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:14 AM on Wed Mar 9 2016
@Nightmare Crusher *the TOP spot
said at 5:20 PM on Mon Mar 7 2016
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said at 10:02 PM on Sun Mar 6 2016
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A male voice for Frieza isn't a problem, I'd prefer it frankly, just not with Ed Marcus....

The thing that kind of sucks is, the AB Group voice actors aren't really that bad, they have good voices, it's just the voice directing and scripts sucked.
said at 11:15 PM on Fri Mar 4 2016
(After listen to Ed) Do you still want a man to play Frieza. I know Chris Ayres is pretty good but you can't tell me Linda didn't do a better job and had a more memorable voice.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:50 AM on Sat Mar 5 2016
@Nigsonic Yes, yes I still want a man to play Freeza. Or rather men, specifically Ryusei Nakao and Chris Ayres. They're work with the character still blows everyone else out of the water, regardless of what Ed Marcus did.
said at 12:30 PM on Sat Mar 5 2016
@Nigsonic And if we're talking from AB's talent pool, the answer is also yes. Namely, Allan Wenger. I feel he would've been a much better choice for a Ryusei Nakao-inspired Frieza.
said at 8:23 AM on Mon Feb 22 2016
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Ed himself sort of describes his performance for us here:
said at 4:40 PM on Sat Mar 18 2017
@Dr.Who Goddamn copyright laws...
Shaun Ince
said at 1:27 PM on Sat Feb 20 2016
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Ed does sound very "crotchety old man" in this role. On the upside however, it's not completely unbearable to listen to. That honor goes to Jennifer Bain.
said at 7:23 PM on Fri Feb 19 2016
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Ed sounds very bizarre in this role. It kinda makes me think of what a male Linda Young or Pauline Newstone would sound like. I actually think this is more like what his Dodoria should've sounded like, but it's just WAAAAY too deep and raspy for Frieza.

Still at least he's not ungodly annoying to listen to... (I'm looking at you, Jennifer Bain.)
said at 12:46 AM on Sat Feb 20 2016
@Zillah I get what you - and agree that this voice would suit Dodoria better - but I think I know what's going on here. I suspect AB were trying to get someone to match the French version. At any rate, I found this clip of French dub Frieza a while back, and he sounds very similar to Ed (2.45):

It also makes me see why they had David take the direction he did for Goku.
said at 11:22 AM on Sun Jan 29 2017
@Kioea Oops. Just looked at this again, and the French version starts at 4.25. How'd I get the numbers mixed up?
said at 6:46 PM on Fri Feb 19 2016
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Ed's voice is by far the weirdest of the group. It doesn't sound like Frieza at all, just a generic psycho villain. Say what you will about Linda, but at least you remember her voice.
said at 5:07 PM on Fri Feb 19 2016
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Ed Marcus' take: Frieza putting up fireworks for the Forth of July.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:07 PM on Fri Feb 19 2016
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Sorry, but that bit has always been a favorite of mine when it comes to the Big Green Dub.
said at 10:09 PM on Fri Feb 19 2016
@Nightmare Crusher He was really getting into it.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:12 PM on Fri Feb 19 2016
@Metabad His Freeza is pretty funny. I consider, "They would make a meaningless display" to be right up there with, "I will reek a terrible revenge."

Don't know why, but I always found those lines oddly reminiscent of each other. Maybe because they're brothers.
said at 6:01 PM on Sat Feb 20 2016
@Nightmare Crusher Now that I think about it, they kind of do deliver those lines in similar ways.
said at 4:20 PM on Sat Jan 9 2016
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Frieza might be my all time favourite villain in the entire Dragon Ball franchise as well as characters, he's such a pompous arrogant, he's effeminate and yet extremely deadly. As a child, I never cared much for Frieza mostly due to all the old lady voices she's had over the years.

I mean with no disrespect, I'm amazed that they made such a terrible mistake by assuming he was female or that he should have a female voice especially since he was voiced by a man in the Japanese version, the great Ryusei Nakao. I'm not much of a die hard purist but to me this is the one thing they really should have played straight. From what I've heard of Nakao's Frieza he is pretty much perfect, sounding wicked and refined, probably my favourite performance in the Japanese version of DBZ.

I was really glad when in Kai they recast Frieza with Christopher Ayres in the role and good lord he was the one who finally brought justice to this character. He has the right amount of posh, arrogance and menace in this role. I mean I sorta get the complaints that he does sound sterotypical and maybe overdid the voice a bit but personally I don't care. Ayres is the kind of voice we should have had from the get-go.

I'll talk about the other voices.

Pauline Newstone is probably my second favourite, even though with her being casting, this began the whole female sounding Frieza cycle. She does sound androgynous and reptilian-like, she even has the posh attitude and accent Frieza has. I have mixed feelings with her but she did well all things considered.

Linda Young's take on Frieza, I never cared for. She just sounded too old and rough for this role. She was plain miscast. Linda Young is awesome VA like as Genkai but her Frieza, I'm sorry I don't like it.

The late and great Kevin Seymour was OK. I'll give them credit for casting a male VA in English but at the end of the day, he wasn't that memorable as Frieza.

Jennifer Bain was just plain horrid sounding as Frieza. Literally the worst voice Frieza has ever had. It's just awful. Blue Water really should have picked a male actor....*sigh* even if the direction was mediocre as best, it'd be listenable.

So yeah Chris Ayres to me did justice to Frieza and made him sound like a true forced to be reckoned with, I'm glad FUNi made this change. This was a major aspect that really got me to fall in love all over again with DBZ when I was a teenager when I rediscovered the series with Kai.

and I'm very much looking forward to Lee Tockar's performance as Frieza in Ocean Kai, you know he could hypothetical out do Ayres as Frieza. His take has been described as a British Mark Hamill Joker which just sounds like an awesome approach for the role.

For now I'm going with Christopher Ayres.
said at 6:02 AM on Wed Feb 24 2016
Ed Marcus's Frieza is literally the exact opposite of the problems I had with most of the other English voices of Frieza, he sounds way too deep, gruff and old sounding.

The weird part is that at the beginning of the clip, he sounds almost similar to Mako Iwamatsu.

This voice would have worked so much better than the voice he used for Dodoria.
said at 1:05 AM on Fri Apr 21 2017
@Autovolt "I'm amazed that they made such a terrible mistake by assuming he was female or that he should have a female voice especially since he was voiced by a man in the Japanese version, the great Ryusei Nakao."

That's assuming they *had* the Japanese version to look at. They didn't; due to Toei's apathy/lack of respect, Sabat had to procure tapes from the Mexican dub, & since they weren't intending for accuracy, they totally ignored the Mexican voices (which, btw, were far, far more accurate than the ones FUNi was coming up on their own).
said at 11:50 PM on Tue Dec 1 2015
1 Pauline
2 Linda
3 Chris
4 Kevin
5 Maureen
said at 11:49 PM on Tue Dec 1 2015
I'll give Linda some slack here, she tried to be a bit more boyish instead of some generic high pitched old woman like she did with her Fasha
said at 10:48 PM on Sun Nov 29 2015
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Let’s try this again.

First off, I need to stress that, to me, Ryusei Nakao's performance in Z is THE definitive portrayal of the character. His polite, yet cold and unfeeling delivery flawlessly conveyed the businessman aspect that Toriyama was aiming for. What Nakao did for Frieza is equivalent to Dameon Clarke's work with Cell in the english version(s), in that he embodied the role in a way no one else could. Every transformation was given it's own distinct voice and nuances. A lower register and coarser speech to express the second form's brutal nature. A raspy, nasally tone along with high-pitched shrieks to accentuate the third form's predatory appearance. And the final form's mixture of several of the above elements. Nakao put his all into it.

The reason I'm choosing Nakao's performance in Z over Kai, despite the original Japanese track's admittedly poor sound quality, is because of a slight change in his acting. Frieza's first and final forms in Kai are pitched up slightly higher than in Z, likely due to the director wanting the voice to more closely fit Frieza’s androgynous appearance. While that seems like a rather arbitrary detail, it comes heavily into play a bit later in the compare.
said at 8:16 PM on Mon Nov 9 2015
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Chris Ayres is the best Frieza, he has an effeminate tone to it, while sounding male enough.

The other voices just add too much gender confusion to the character (apart from the design)
said at 10:42 PM on Thu Nov 5 2015
Ayres is a bit over the top for me. He is amazing though.

As a whole I prefer Linda young. Probably the nostalgia factor lol
said at 2:48 AM on Wed Nov 4 2015
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I'm torn on who to vote for between Chris and Linda. Both fit Frieza well in their own ways honestly.

That being said one thing I'm definitely sure of is that Maureen Jones is the absolute WORST, like I can't believe I actually thought that Frieza voice was cool back when I watched the Blue Water dub when I was younger.
said at 12:08 PM on Thu Feb 11 2016
With lines like:

"Yeehaw, giddy up, ride 'em cowboy!"
"Whatever turns you on, big guy!"
"Your shoelaces are untied!"
"Pop goes the weasel!"

Honestly, I don't think anyone could salvage that. I honestly don't care much for Linda's take (and she's the one I grew up with), but anyone else would sound bad too having to reading lines like this.
said at 1:37 AM on Fri Feb 12 2016
@Dr.Who Oh believe me I'm not defending the dialogue. But Linda's Frieza in the 1999 dub actually had a quiet intensity to it which was genuinely cool sounding in my opinion. An aspect of her performance that she sadly lost in the later redub of the first three sagas and the later video games.

It's not a GREAT performance but it does have some redeeming qualities. Well, that is when wasn't saying lines like "I'll just have to make a copy of that power because you never know when it might come in HANDY one day!" which as you said no actor could salvage.
said at 4:30 AM on Fri Feb 12 2016
Oh, I understand where you're coming from, honestly it's the awful dialogue that bothers me most of all- even Ayres would struggle to make that sound good to me.
said at 3:44 PM on Mon Oct 26 2015
I grew up with Pauline's and to a lesser extent via Budokai Tenkaichi 2 and 3 Linda Young's Frieza.
I just don't like Ayres' take.

Linda easily gets my vote due to nostalgia and being the most fitting imo.
said at 1:18 PM on Sun Oct 18 2015
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New order:

1. Chris Ayres
2. Pauline Newstone
3. Linda Young
4. Ed Marcus (AB dub)
5. Kevin Seymour
6. Speedy dub VA
7. Maureen Jones
Shaun Ince
said at 1:36 PM on Sun Oct 18 2015
@Kioea We definitely need a clip of the ABGroupe dub Frieza on here at some point. How did you figure out who it was?
said at 1:49 PM on Sun Oct 18 2015
@Shaun Ince We researched another show with the same cast, and his name came up in relation to half the voices we thought were Paul's. It was a complete surprise, as his name had never come up in discussion before. Compared to the others, he seems to be quite an obscure figure. At least outside the world of Paris-based English voice actors.
Shaun Ince
said at 2:17 PM on Sun Oct 18 2015
@Kioea Interesting.
said at 9:42 AM on Tue Oct 13 2015
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Listening to Kevin more didn't like it that much, prefer Pauline more
said at 12:57 PM on Fri Sep 18 2015
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1. Chris Ayres - He just nails the role. Sounding regal and sophisticated yet evil and sadistic, and when he finally meets his match, he portrays the loss of sanity in him amazingly. He even sounded similar to Ryusei Nakao who also nailed it.

2. Pauline Newstone - Now this one I feel kinda mixed on. She seemed to have the right idea for how to portray the character, showing Frieza's regal traits, and I do like her delivery. Unfortunately though, like many others have already said her take suffers from sounding too feminine. Honestly though I do like the rasp she had, and I do feel it could've MAYBE worked well, it's almost unfortunate that she didn't get to play the character when he REALLY started to get involved.

3. Linda Young - The voice itself is alright and I could certainly see it fitting another villain, but for Frieza, it just really doesn't hold up that well. Like Pauline, she sounds too feminine, and it's not that hard to tell that she's forcing it at many points. And, yeah, the dialogue didn't really help her either.

4. Kevin Seymour - I don't have any strong feelings towards his take. It just sounds more bland and generic to me than anything else. There's not much else I can say about it.

5. Maureen Jones - Yeah, Maureen just sounds EXTREMELY forced and screechy. She doesn't even sound that evil, but instead sounds just plain annoying, and on top of all that it sounds like she's trying WAAAAY too hard.
said at 8:13 PM on Wed Sep 16 2015
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Chris Ayres is really the only one who got the character right to me, but I thought Pauline Newstone had the right idea in her delivery, despite sounding way too feminine with her voice.

Kevin Seymour sounds too nasally and nerdy to me, but with better direction, could've proven to be a great fit.

Linda Young was too deep, too gravelly, and sounded like an old lady to me as Frieza. That said, she's still better than...

Maureen Jones, who is just doing a bad imitation of Young while sounding unbearably screechy and raspy.
Shaun Ince
said at 7:52 AM on Fri Sep 4 2015
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I give props to anyone who actually found out exactly who voiced him in Final Bout. Was not expecting it to be Kevin Seymour at all. The same guy who directed most of the legendary dubs of anime, voiced the tyrant himself.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:14 AM on Fri Sep 4 2015
@Shaun Ince Thank Brent Long.
said at 5:23 AM on Mon Jul 27 2015
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1 Eddie
2 Pauline
3 Christopher
4 Linda
5 Maureen
said at 10:42 PM on Sat Jul 11 2015
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Christopher Ayres is perfect as Frieza. The tone, the pitch, the emotion, it's all so great! No wonder Chris's Frieza is the best recieved take. Linda Young was good too, but the fact that it's a woman doing the voice is a little obvious if you ask me. Pauline Newstone was okay, but the pitch was off and the throatiness could be adjusted. Eddie Frierson has the same problem as Linda's voice. It's obvious that it's a man voicing him. As for Maureen Jones, she sounds more like Wendy Koopa from the Mario 3 and Mario World cartoons than she sounds like Frieza.

#1: Chris Ayers.
#2: Linda Young.
#3: Pauline Newstone.
#4: Eddie Frierson.
#5: Maureen Jones.
Silly Sally
said at 10:47 AM on Sun Jul 5 2015
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Chris Ayres has no competition especially with how much better he got in Resurrection F. Linda Young needs no explaining, Pauline Newstone really wasn't any better, Eddie Frierson is way too high-pitched and annoying and Maureen Jones is a worse version of Linda Young's already horrid take.
said at 3:19 PM on Sat Jul 4 2015
1. Chris Ayers
2. Pauline Newstone
3. Linda Young
4. Maureen Jones
5. Eddie Frierson
said at 3:20 PM on Sat Jul 4 2015
@Zillah *Ayres
said at 7:30 PM on Fri Jul 3 2015
Chris, Linda, and Pauline all, in my opinion, did great as Frieza. Maureen comes out as a close runner-up. Eddie's alright. He didn't quite cut it for me.
said at 8:14 PM on Sun Jun 21 2015
Ayres does the best job imo. He makes Frieza sound androgynous, sadistic, menacing, and aristocratic which I think is important as Toriyama made Freeza and his men represented the rich and powerful (Toriyama literally made him as a parody of property speculators in Japan, whom he called scum). In addition there's no unintentionally hilarious dialogue like "ride em cowboy" or "having these balls makes me feel something that resembles joy, I want to caress them".
said at 7:21 AM on Fri May 22 2015
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1. Chris Ayres - Insert evil laugh here.
2. Pauline Newstone - Has its shortcomings, but scores very high on the creep factor.
3. Linda Young - Her initial voice was a step down from Pauline's, but her final form voice more than made up for it. Shame it got dropped post-Android Saga.
4. Eddie Frierson - Reminds me of Philip Wilburn's Android 19.
5. Maureen Jones - Need I say more?
said at 5:38 AM on Wed May 20 2015
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My ranking.
1: Chris Ayres: He was pretty much perfect, sounding regal and sophisticated, but at the same time, sadistic and evil. The occasional British accent never bothered me. If people hate the accent so much, by that logic, they'd hate LittleKuriboh's Frieza, but I've never seen anyone call it bad. I've always seen everyone call it actually fitting for the real character, even if it's a parody.
2: Pauline Newstone: The voice is too girly but I guess it could've been worse. Not much else to say.
3: Eddie Frierson: Too nasally and whiny, but I wouldn't call it unlistenable.
4: Linda Young: I'm sorry, but I absolutely HATE her frieza with a passion. The voice is so raspy, grating and obnoxious that it has literally caused pain in my ears. No joke. Plus, the old lady voice is just completely unfitting, and the atrocious one liners don't help at all. Pop goes the weasel? Are you kidding me? Who can take a line like that seriously? I know a lot of people like it, but I just can;t stand it.
5: Maureen Jones: Kill it! Kill it with fire! Dear God, I have never seen a worse voice for this character and I doubt that I ever will. Absolutely horrific. Makes Linda Young sound good.
I'm also looking forward to Lee Tockar's take. I have a feeling he'll be great, especially if he uses this voice,
Seriously though, when the Hell is Ocean Kai coming out? It's been 5 years.
said at 3:03 PM on Sun Apr 19 2015
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Definitely Chris Ayres like the recent posters have been saying. He has this almost aristocrastic, sharp, evil tone to his Frieza while also being very polite in the way he speaks, which is really close to how Ryusei Nakao voiced him in the Japanese Version.

None of the others really fit the character to me but I guess of the other four Pauline Newstone had the right tone despite sounding too old and female, Linda Young had the same issue as Newstone but sounded too rough, Eddie sounded annoying at times, and Maureen is just the absolute worst and is way too shrill as well as rough.
Shaun Ince
said at 7:13 PM on Sun Mar 22 2015
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This one goes to Chris Ayres. His performance feels alot closer to what the original character was supposed to be, which is what Ryusei Nakao managed to do. Chris comes fairly close. I am curious about Lee Tockar's Frieza, and it would make for an even more interesting comparison, once his sound clip is eventually added. That's if Ocean Kai even get's a release. We're still in the dark about this.
said at 4:19 AM on Tue Mar 24 2015
@Shaun Ince Not to mention Richard Ian "Inuyasha" Cox as Goku. Let's hope for Paul Dobson as Cell and Mark Gibbon as Recoome with David Kaye no longer working for Ocean, sadly.
said at 10:10 AM on Mon Mar 16 2015
I just don't see how anyone could vote for Young. Her Frieza is so grating, obnoxious and sounds like an old lady. Ayres, on the other hand, is perfect.
said at 1:20 AM on Tue Mar 17 2015
@BioZero216 Because people have a different opinion to yours?
said at 9:59 AM on Tue Mar 17 2015
@Fulgore2005 Okay, I apologize. I was just getting annoyed since I was just reading nostalgia tard comments. If you like/perfer Young, that's fine, but show respect to Chris.
said at 10:53 AM on Tue Mar 17 2015
@BioZero216 That is fine. I love Chris's performance in this cutscene. One of the things I actually like about Ultimate Tenkaichi.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 3:27 PM on Mon Feb 23 2015
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When I decided to revisit the DBZ compares it was Freeza who I most wanted to comment on. I'm going to break my usual order just to get some things out of the way.

Maureen is awful. I don't even know how you can do a voice that forced without coughing up your own voice box. It is so irritating. I don't know what else to say.

Eddie is really weird. I'm not sure what exactly he was going for, especially with such limited material.

Now then, on to the main three.

Pauline seemed to have a decent idea, playing up Freeza's aristocratic qualities. Problem is her voice itself is pretty strained and she got cut off by the gap in the Ocean dub. Oh well, that's just how it is.

I know this is going to be controversial, but I've gotta say it. While Maureen is the worst Freeza, on a personal level I dislike Linda's more. As Freeza climbed up his forms her voice got more and more strained sounding. By the end she was so throaty and strained she could barely emote. What kills it though is the writing. The way FrReza was written in that dub was DREADFUL! All of the stupid, obnoxious, out of place jokes were awful. It turned Freeza into little more than a playground bully. No seriously can not tell me that pop goes the weasel or ride 'em cowboy are seriously threatening thing to say. I can't blame Linda. She was given crap and had to work with it. I just hate it, I can't help it.

Which brings me to Chris.What a breath of fresh air. He actually plays Freeza for what he is. A narcissistic aristocrat slowly losing his sanity as his empire is torn down by a single monkey. His middle forms have a unique voice that fits withe their size and brutality without sounding forced. The written compliments this with the kind of overly played up talk that is often seen in real world narcissists. And if you've seen videos of Chris doing the voice at conventions you can tell he really gets into character with his posture and even expression. When Revival of F inevitably gets dubbed then Chris Sabat ether make good on that tweet saying he would bring Chris Ayres back. He is the best English Freeza hands down.

I said something similar about Goku and I'll repeat it here. Lee Tockar, you've got big shoes to fill.
said at 10:26 AM on Thu Nov 6 2014
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Lee Tockar has officially announced he's excited to be playing the new voice of Frieza on Dragon Ball Kai and that it's coming soon!
said at 5:29 AM on Wed May 20 2015
@munsonx4 How soon?
said at 6:22 PM on Wed May 20 2015
@BioZero216 no idea, guess he probably thought the Toonami Dub of Kai was gonna be Ocean's Dub.
said at 10:18 AM on Tue Aug 4 2015
@munsonx4 I believe that Lee Tockar confirmed he would voice Frieza in the EuroCanadian English dub of Kai.
said at 1:24 PM on Fri Aug 8 2014
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Chris Ayres takes the cake, hands down: he nailed it perfectly: how Frieza is an pure evil, maniacal, posh, refined villain, more or less-- his voice suits Frieza to a tee.
said at 5:50 PM on Wed Jul 2 2014
If they ever tried to cast US actors outside of Funimation, I would suggest Seth Green using his Cobra Commander voice, because it's like a combination of what makes Chris Ayres and Linda Young great to me.
said at 10:24 AM on Sun Jun 15 2014
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Chris Ayres and Linda Young are my favorites.
said at 1:52 PM on Thu Jun 5 2014
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Frankly, I find Ayres to be overrated. His lines are overwritten, for one, but more than that he's just plain generic. Another posh conceited villain with an English accent. Never heard /that/ before. To me, it falls into the background of the many other generic English accent villains over the years.

Linda, on the other hand, is an unique, instantly rememberable performance. Each of her lines have passion flowing through them. Frieza's evil glee and distaste just emanates with everything Linda says, and it's her performance that has kept Freiza as a memorable, fearsome presence in my mind.
said at 5:29 AM on Wed May 20 2015
@Bookman230 I honestly can't look past the old lady voice. It's just so grating and ear-piercing.
said at 6:31 AM on Wed May 20 2015
@BioZero216 That's certainly fair enough, considering I can't look past Ayres' accent. Sure, LK did it too, and did it well, but that's because he had extra hamminess and expert comedic skill and timing to make his performance unique. Nothing about Ayres for me feels anything separate from generic smug English villain.

For me, the 'old lady' voice was androgynous enough and worked because Frieza was one, an alien, two, a fairly androgynous looking one, and three, technically a quite old one anyway, by human standards. And it was an unique performance that had every line drip with a chilling sadism only enhanced by the rasp.
said at 5:55 AM on Thu Jun 5 2014
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Pauline Newstone's voice is alright, and so is Linda Young's. But I don't think they really did Frieza's character justice, especially since they're partially what led to confusion regarding his gender.

Chris Ayres, on the other hand, really hit the nail on the head with his performance. He makes Frieza sound intelligent, sinister, and even a little ominous at times.

I especially like how his voice for Frieza sounds like LittleKuriboh's, especially when he's shouting.

Maureen Jones doesn't really fit Frieza at all. Her voice sounds like it would be more suitable for a giant spider or something.

Eddie Firerson's voice would sound about right for a character like Garlic Jr. or Guldo, or maybe even Chilled. Frieza...not so much.
said at 9:21 PM on Thu May 22 2014
If you want my opinion, Linda's voice clips for this comparison aren't her best for Frieza. I guess I'm just more used to the "space hag" Frieza, though I do agree that Chris' take is certainly good OMG!
said at 11:52 AM on Mon Apr 7 2014
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Though I'm going with... Chris Ayres. Billany was his inspiration, after all.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 1:14 PM on Mon Apr 7 2014
@BlankSlate "Billany was his inspiration, after all." No, he really isn't. Chris Ayres was basing his voice mostly off of the Japanese voice and Martin Billany's Freeza was just a throw away voice he did in an audition for Ginyu.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:37 PM on Mon Apr 7 2014
I would just like to say that the "saying your favourite is the voice from the abridged series" meme is getting old.
said at 3:37 PM on Mon Apr 7 2014
So you're saying they're not a naïve, cloud-covered people that number nearly 1.25 mil?
said at 5:26 PM on Sun Apr 13 2014
@NCZ Thank you so much for being the one to finally say it. It was starting to drive me bonkers.
said at 6:36 AM on Sat Apr 5 2014
Bahh Linda Young worked for me. Guess bc I was used to it O.o
said at 4:07 AM on Fri Jan 24 2014
I think Chris Ayres based his voice for Frieza on LittleKuriboh's performance, or so I heard.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:43 AM on Fri Jan 24 2014
@BlankSlate The chances of that are very low to nothing. If anything, they're both based on Ryusei Nakao.
said at 11:26 AM on Fri Jan 24 2014
@Nightmare Crusher But with an oily British accent to go with it.
said at 1:20 PM on Fri Feb 28 2014
@BlankSlate I think it's the other way around XD Littlekuriboh based is voice off of Chris Ayres
said at 3:17 PM on Fri Feb 28 2014
@Hinata47D Actually no. Dragon Ball Kai didn't even start in the US until late Spring 2010, whilst LK started voicing Freeza in the Bardock abridged special which was released in Winter 2009. :P
said at 3:23 PM on Sat Mar 1 2014
@BCHolbrook Told ya.
said at 2:12 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
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This is the most controversal one of them all I know. In my opinion Linda young was pretty terrible as Freeza and a huge miscast. I can't recall any good performances from her directed as Freeza especially in the Video games, her Burst limit delivery was just horrendous. Though I think most of the problem was the awful script she had.

Though her Dragonbox rendition was pretty tolerable. When they took out that effect on her voice and let her speak naturally. I watch it from time to time just out of her being the classic Freeza.

As I've heard others say, Freeza was never portrayed correctly in the dub to his character ever (at least until Kai fixed a lot of his characterization). Most of the time Freeza's voices before kai were actually what ruined his character in the American version. People thought he was gay or a female rather than one of the most classic villains in anime. The old Freeza just didn’t sound very smart at all and his dialogue probably what inspired all the dub parodies.

Chris Ayres on the other hand was indeed the perfect choice for him in Kai based on Funimation's casting. I'm honestly glad they got rid of Linda and speculate think they made that choice from the abridged version's Freeza whom he sounds just like.

Though, yes he sounds like Invader Zim but with a good reason in coincidence. He conveys the one aspect of Freeza that the old one didn’t seem to have, he makes him sound educated, proper and concieted which was actually believable as a tyrant who is supposed to have authority. Hes also the right pitch for Freeza as well, nearly sounding identical to the Japanese version which was what they should have been aiming for from the start. The ONLY thing I don't like about Chris Ayres is the English accent he gives Freeza. Sounds too forced and obviously stereotypical and distracting. He also suffers a lot from Kai's over articulate script definitely, but it's balanced by the fact it makes him seem more intimidating as it emphasizes a more clear reason why he's so stuck up while spoiled compared to Cooler.

Chris' evil laugh in Kai in general is why he IS Freeza.
said at 5:45 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
Reading Pete's comment I do have to give Linda for at least sounding actually pretty solid with the remastered version (final form), she does deserve some credit for having a more flexable sense of personality when Freeza is being casual, and toys with Vegeta because it actually feels like it comes naturally with the situation.

When Freeza went 100% and started to get more agressive thats when the preformance dropped for Linda. Though Chris' battle shreaks are kinda annoying. I'd rather Linda for the show but her video game Freeza voices were terrible.

Where as Kai's Freeza often comes off as having a lot of forced dialogue sounding too preplanned. Its like he has no sense of being casual at all which is what you are when you're toying with someone. Linda's fight with Vegeta and Goku in Freezas final form (No voice effect) is actually pretty good. Linda can do it when she uses her calm voice just sounded too feminine.

Kai's Freeza seems too planned and as if Freeza always has some jumbled speech waiting to use as each comeback.. and I agree with NightmaeCrusher to say Kai is overwritten. The dialogue sounds way too clunky at times and unnatural to a point where its out of place because of the fact most people; even the smartest don't talk like that.

If people remember Big-Green's Paragus' shakespere death speech (very similar to kai's overall villain dialogue) its clear that the awkwardness comes out of how pretetious it is that they add such convoluted amounts of complexity in areas that arent.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:47 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
@MicroPhoneBass I did say Kai is overwritten at times, but I also said that Freeza was the one character that I like being overwritten.
said at 6:07 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
@MicroPhoneBass It's quite a pleasant surprise to find another person who's critical of Frieza's (Freeza, whatever) Kai dialogue like I am. To me, his dialogue doesn't sound organic. It DOES sound like he's reading off of an overwritten script rather than naturally being the terrifying villain he's meant to be; with a cold demeanor, disturbing ideals, and absolute ruthlessness. His dialogue is just so fancied up that it takes me out of the moment.
said at 3:23 PM on Sat Mar 1 2014
@MicroPhoneBass "I'm sorry. I had something in my throat."
said at 7:32 AM on Thu Dec 12 2013
WHAT?!?!?! Why isn't LittleKuriboh an option. He's my favorite Frieza voice.
said at 11:01 AM on Thu Dec 12 2013
@LongLiveTheLionKing Because he's not an official voice of the character.
said at 5:14 PM on Thu Dec 12 2013
@LongLiveTheLionKing He also explicitly a parody of the character.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:35 PM on Thu Dec 12 2013
@LongLiveTheLionKing this is a joke comment, right?
said at 8:21 PM on Thu Dec 12 2013
@NCZ The part about LittleKuriboh being his favorite voice of Frieza or him not being a part of the compare? He hasn't even been on the site for a month yet, maybe he just doesn't know how it works that well.
said at 8:53 AM on Mon Dec 16 2013
@LongLiveTheLionKing As much as I love LittleKuriboh's take, it really doesn't count in this scenario.
said at 4:06 AM on Fri Jan 24 2014
@LongLiveTheLionKing I think Ayres based his voice on LittleKuriboh's take.

And being a parody of the character doesn't make him any less awesome.
Shaun Ince
said at 10:21 PM on Sat Jan 28 2017
@BlankSlate Old post I know, but I want to clear something up. Ayres isn't imitating LittleKuriboh or vice versa. I asked them both about this, and they've said that it's purely coincidnece that both their Frieza voices sound similar to each other.
said at 2:34 PM on Sun Apr 23 2017
@Shaun Ince @BlankSlate I think I've read a post by VegettoEX somewhere that both Ayres & LK's takes are inspired by Nakao's. I could easily see the former, of course, although I wouldnt be entirely certain about the latter. It does, however, make quite a bit of sense. It should also be noted that J Michael Tatum, a real-life gay guy, was in consideration to play Freeza in Kai. While I dont want to confuse Freeza's posh effeminate attitude with actual LGBTQIA+ folks, there is certainly more of an overlap there & I think it might add to the character.

(Also I think it'd be far more fitting than it was with Zarbon, who is not actually an effeminate character IIRC.)
Shaun Ince
said at 4:17 PM on Sun Apr 23 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed Yeah, both their voices for Frieza are more based off of Nakao rather than one imitating the other. LK did a Frieza voice in another parody that wasn't made with the main TeamFourStar group, but it wasn't quite perfected or refined yet. Based off of that notion, some fans believe Ayres copied LK even though FUNimation wasn't even aware of TeamFourStar until about 2011 And then in 2010 when they started to abridge the Frieza Saga, coincidentally, both LK & Ayres showcase their Frieza voices and they both ends up sounding very similar to each other. Because of this misconception, people believe that Ayres copied off of LK. It's very common opinion among some fans of the parody.
said at 10:22 PM on Sun Apr 23 2017
@Shaun Ince That's really weird that so many people think that. Guess that's in part because of people only watching the dub for DB (& DBZA because it's English-original), & also, more broadly, the language barrier in general.

While people tend to not criticize foreign (in this case Japanese) VA's, at the same time I think the positive aspects, & nuances in general, of their performances, pass over most people's heads. People are just comparing voices they understand, completely unaware they both come from the same foreign source.

I think that puts into perspective as to why so many people so oddly tend to assume that they're "copying" each other. People also, I think, respect LK (& TFS overall) more because he's creating original content.
said at 2:01 AM on Tue Nov 26 2013
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I actually can't vote for this one sadly. I'm tied between Chris and Linda.
said at 8:14 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
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1. Chris Ayres - He simply IS this role. He took it and defined it. The voice, pitches, inflections, mannerisms, and air of mock affability and sophistication all shine through. I love his high, soft, effeminate voice for his first form (that sounds somewhat like Invader ZIM at points when he emotes), his Chouji Suitengu voice for his second form, his deep, gruff voice for his third form, and his final form voice that sounds like a perfect English equivalent to Ryusei Nakao. This is just an epic voice performance.

2. Linda Young - One of the few who was actually great in the Season 3 dub and declined in performances that followed. Her early renditions of Freeza, shown in the clip, were very solid and hold up a great deal. She gets the sadism and arrogance down perfectly, and I loved her voices for the forms. Her first form voice is just an evil Genkai, but it's appropriate for the very feminine looking form, her second form voice is rougher and altered to sound deep, her third form voice is freakish and robotic to match the design, and her final form voice is an excellently creepy, raspy androgynous voice. It sounds both feminine and masculine, and it really works. Sad that Linda's Freeza took a decline into the "tranny granny" voice after a while, but she's still the second best here.

3. Pauline Newstone - She actually got the faux polite, regal, fancy characterization down in this performance, which Linda Young did not. Like Ayres, she has this semi-British accent. It's the voice itself that's the problem. It's either a raspy, throaty reptilian sounding voice or a borderline Ertha Kitt impression. People have problems with Linda Young (who was cast as a sound-alike) sounding like an old lady, but Pauline REALLY sounds like an old lady! This becomes even more apparent whenever she shouts. It's an okay effort and nostalgic, but it doesn't suit the character or hold up too well.

Eddie Frierson - His voice is too high-pitched and nasally, and the bad direction doesn't do him any good either. Weak.

said at 5:10 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
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Chris Ayres, oh my man, CHRIS AYRES BY A LONG SHOT!
said at 9:06 AM on Mon Sep 30 2013
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Chirstopher Ayres Nuff Said...
Dragon Warrior
said at 6:27 AM on Tue Sep 17 2013
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Christopher Ayres is the best ever he sounds like the Japanese
said at 8:57 PM on Sat Aug 24 2013
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As much as i like Linda Young, I have to give to Chris Ayres. Initially when I heard Frieza was being recast, I wasn't too pleased. However his performance is just eerie and when he gets angry I get chills. And unfortunately I can't say the same for Linda.
said at 6:44 PM on Fri Aug 16 2013
Chris Ayres is amazing as Frieza, he has every reason to make Fireza one of his favorite roles. Linda Young is also very memorable as she knew how to sound deep, cranky, and empowered.
said at 1:29 AM on Thu Aug 8 2013
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Combine Pauline and Linda's, and you'd get Chris's version. I think Kai's Frieza embodied the best of both previous version at his different stages. I still think Pauline's suited Frieza very well, especially in his first form.
said at 2:14 AM on Tue Jun 25 2013
I'll definitely pick Chris ayres for best frieza only out done by the legendary ryusei nakao
said at 3:50 PM on Tue Jun 18 2013
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Going to put in last two cents on this(at least for a while) well fans do complain about the script and Frieza's dialogue and voice in Ocean and the first FUNimation Dub at least Linda's toying, puns, and quips were in character. It gave Frieza a smug arrogant attitude and her version played around because Frieza was full of it in the original dub he actually thought he should have some fun with his enemies since he didn't believe in Super Saiyans and thought no one could top him. I love Linda's pun and quips and changing them to make Chris's version more realistic just came out as bland especially changing "Oops that almost tickled" to "Well now that didn't real good". I mean really that was so obvious the line was boring and bland one of many I had a problem with in Kai. They couldn't with something better like "Really is that the best you got" or something that would be taunting whoever he was fighting. Chris just acted a bit more sophisticated than he should and less arrogant than he could have been Well that is the writer's fault I prefer Linda more for acting more psychotic and arrogant like Frieza an all powerful evil being who supposedly can't be surpassed in power should plus throw in the evil laugh and that's as psychotic as Linda or any female VA could get in male villain role.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 9:17 PM on Tue Jun 11 2013
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I like how overwritten Frieza is in Kai. I imagine that he would try to make himself a lot more cultured than he really is as seen in his bursts of rage and to that extent he overdoes it.
said at 3:31 PM on Tue Jun 18 2013
@Nightmare Crusher Well Chris is more accurate Linda did the same things her puns, quips, and playing with and taunting her enemies gave her Frieza a smug and arrogant feel. I like how she lost after Goku went Super Saiyan and flipped out quoting "SEE WHAT HAPPENS YOU MESS WITH THE MOST POWERFUL BEING IN THE UNIVERSE".
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:27 PM on Tue Jun 18 2013
@pete I thought the short quips made him sound more brutish than arrogant. Being a sarcastic jerk is more like what I picture Cell doing.
said at 2:24 AM on Tue Apr 2 2013
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Keeping in mind I grew up hearing Linda Young V.A Frieza, and now Christopher Ayres V.A Frieza...I actually think Pauline Newstone makes Frieza sound absolutely like someone not to be trifled with. Christopher gives Frieza an almost "I don't care" feeling mixed with "Okay. Now you've done it".. And Linda gives frieza a "I'm just toying with you" sound though.
said at 3:27 PM on Tue Jun 18 2013
@al13nm4rc At least Linda's toying was in character. It gave Frieza a smug arrogant attitude and her version played around because Frieza was full of it in the original dub he actually thought he should have some fun with his enemies since he didn't believe in Super Saiyans and thought no one could top him. I love Linda's pun and quips and changing them to make Chris's version more realistic just came out as bland especially changing "Oops that almost tickled" to "Well now that didn't real good". I mean really that was so obvious the line was boring and bland one of many I had a problem with in Kai..
said at 5:53 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
@al13nm4rc I kinda like Pauline's Freeza as a stand alone. Not as a character reflecting the japanese version but she kinda gives him the voice based on what he actually looks like. An asexual alien, she gives Freeza that alien type voice that doesnt sound like anything Earth can compare him to.
said at 12:12 PM on Sat Mar 9 2013
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Christopher Ayres is in my eyes the best Frieza we have so far. However, he overdid it on the British accent and like Pgirts said the script was written in a way that he almost never got to savor his dialogue and made Frieza sound annoying and over the top instead reserved and cold like Ryusei Nakao.

The thing is though, there are a few moments when Ayres got it just right. When he killed Krillin his comment "I think the brat should go next" referring to Gohan was brilliantly done. There were several points where he had it right, cold, sadistic, and reserved. However, throughout most of it he is too over the top and laying the British on WAY to heavy for me to say he was perfect or even great... and his screaming is extremely annoying.

If he had portrayed Frieza as a more reserved and cold villain instead of flashing around his poshness and chewing the scenery so much, as well as use a slightly deeper voice and not as high-pitched on the screams he might have been perfect. Unfortunately, poor direction and script was standing in the way.

My runner up is Linda Young. I look forward to seeing Lee Tockar's take.
said at 4:52 PM on Wed Jun 19 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy I have some further thoughts for this which I feel express what I was trying to say in the first place much more clearly.

For a long time I just couldn't see what people saw in Linda's Frieza that was preferable to Christopher's, but now I do, somewhat. I just really, really can't stand how fast-talking and overwritten Frieza's dialogue is in Kai. It gets to the point where he sounds more in-love with the sound of his own voice rather than enjoying causing the others pain. His aristocratic, refined blabbing gets a little tedious to me. Linda's dialogue may often sound idiotic, but she delivered her lines in a way where it sounded like she was just soaking in their pain and enjoying it. Therefore, I think her rendition of the character deserves a bit more credit than it gets from some communities.

What I like about the Japanese actor is that half the time his manner of speaking made him sound as if he thought of himself as a God. His calmness gave me the feeling that he truly believed himself to be a higher being to the point he felt he didn't need to waste too many words on others. He saw himself as a God and took pleasure in causing inferior beings pain, that's what I gathered from his personality. He seemed almost serenely absorbed in himself. Sure, when his own mortality is presented to him he may start to lose it, but Chris' performance makes him sound so animated to the point it didn't represent what's so cool about the character, IMO.

Chris could have done this so perfectly if he had better material, but in my eyes, portraying Frieza correctly is a delicate thing and a lot of the time his over-the-top shouting and dialogue bulldozed over what makes Frieza a great villain.

Ryusei Nakao is the only one that really excelled at Frieza in my eyes, Chris came close, but he had just a few things holding him back.

Okay I'm done, I just felt like I didn't express my thoughts very well with my first comment.
said at 2:18 AM on Tue Jun 25 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy while i agree with the dialogue being over the top at times i think ayres was great as frieza he really captured his posh and arrogant attitude and cold and calculating persona while not as good as nakao i still think he was great as frieza definitely an improvement over linda young's performance who always sounded unatural and strained imo and her dialogue never really helped either
said at 9:45 PM on Sat Jan 12 2013
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It was so close, Christopher Ayres and Linda Young. Wow.
Darth Bugs
said at 12:21 PM on Thu Jan 10 2013
Though I did like Linda Young's Frieza voice for many years, despite the fact that Frieza isn't a girl, Chris Ayres has done an even better job in my opinion. Not only does he sound more like Frieza's Japanese VA, but he also makes Frieza sound more cunning and calculating.
said at 1:06 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
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Pauline was attrocius in the filler scene in Other World where she is knocked out by Pikkon. She always paused during her sentences. She sounds alright here though. I'm not so sure it was her there. I do like Linda and think her voice suited Frieza just fine. Her evil laugh was just awesome plus her anger and the way she delivered her lines was pretty suite.
said at 10:15 AM on Thu Jan 3 2013
I disagree. Frieza sounds the same there and even in the Frieza flashbacks during the Cell Saga, where all she did was a short chuckle or two in final form.

Also, if there are credits for the Outer World episode, you really should confirm their existence before claiming otherwise.
said at 3:26 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@rosebr10 I'm not big on Ocean Dub post Cartoon Network but just to how horrible she sounds there I didn't think it was her. I never claimed it wasn't just thought so. I never even said there were credits it was a guess. She sounds different but as Metabad explained below everything was rushed later on.
said at 2:35 PM on Fri Mar 8 2013
@pete I didn't mind Pauline's voice for the scene in Hell, but it did come across as a bit silly for a couple of lines. She was so much better in the Namek saga.
said at 10:57 PM on Sat Mar 9 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 Yeah I agree, maybe she was just misdirected.
said at 10:51 PM on Sun Mar 10 2013
@Metabad I am VERY curious to hear how she would've sounded in the Goku/Frieza fight. It's one of my greatest voice curiosities ever. Maybe they would've recast the character (Probably not seeing as the ones in charge of casting worked with both Pauline and Linda)? Too bad we'll most likely never know. If I ever meet Pauline one day, I will totally ask her to say some lines as Frieza from the Frieza saga. XD
said at 9:26 PM on Mon Mar 11 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 "If you were a dog I'd scratch your belly, if you were a cat I would give you warm milk until you started to purr."

"Having these balls makes me feel something that resembles joy, I think. I want to caress them..."

...Who wouldn't? XD
said at 10:20 AM on Fri Mar 22 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy Those lines are some of my favorite hilariously bad spoken words ever. The scene was thankfully rescripted for the FUNi redub though for obvious reasons.
said at 12:49 AM on Sat Dec 15 2012
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Chris was incredible. In a group of VA's that made the character sound so feminine, he made Frieza sound not only like his gender, but as his character. Very sophisticated that you wanna punch him in the face. Linda also did relatively well, so honorable mention, but Chris still gets my vote
said at 7:38 PM on Sat Dec 8 2012
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I like Chris Ayres the most. He made Frieza sound like a man. While the voice is still kinda feminine you can tell it's a man. After him are Maureen, Linda, and Pauline. They all make him sound so girly. Linda sounds like a smoking old lady. Pauline has an awful voice for Frieza. Maureen is just awful too. Her acting and voice are off. The less I say about Eddie Frierson the better.
said at 5:37 PM on Wed Nov 28 2012
They should have LittleKuriboh do the voice of Friezar! Even though he's from an abridged series, I just love his take on Friezar :) Of those 5 I think I prefer Pauline :)
said at 8:15 PM on Fri Nov 23 2012
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Actually, listening to Ocean Dub more, I used to not be a fan of Newstone, but now I'm actually enjoying it. I think she's tied with Young now for first form. Too bad we didn't hear her do 2nd and 3rd forms.
said at 9:10 PM on Fri Nov 16 2012
cont: I just find the British posh boyish accent so unfitting for Frieza he doesn't sound evil at all he sounds annoyed, bored and too calm. While Linda has that raspy chilling evil voice that makes Frieza sound so threatening (especially that laugh) and her sadistic asshole remarks.
said at 8:39 PM on Fri Nov 16 2012
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Honestly I don't know why so many people like Christpher Ayres voice as Frieza it sounds WRONG. He sounds too posh eloquent and dignified. Linda brings out a certain kind of sadistic/evil/coldness with her Frieza. Also will you please stop saying the Japanese voice actors are the best when you don't understand a single word of Japanese...
said at 8:46 PM on Fri Nov 16 2012
@Roxas People naturally prefer the Japanese voice actors in spite of the language barrier because they were the ones who originated the characters and thus what the English actors base (or rather should be basing) their performances on. Because Ayres is the closest to Nakao's performance (which was also posh, eloquent and dignified), he's naturally getting the most votes.
said at 8:56 PM on Fri Nov 16 2012
@CatsTuxedo Thats my point sir people ALWAYS have a fascination with Japanese dub even though they dnt know a single word if these ppl spoke perfect Japanese AND English then yes it whud make sense I just hate the way English voice actors get short changed.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:20 PM on Fri Nov 16 2012
@Roxas The thing about Frieza is that even though he's evil, he's also supposed to be polite and refined in his sadism. Chris manages to hit both the intelligent and sadistic sides of Frieza.
said at 9:24 PM on Fri Nov 16 2012
@NCZ Oh.... well I wasn't even aware of that I've never read any of the comics or watched the original Japanese dub all I know is when I listen to Linda speak as Frieza it just feels right to me
said at 12:56 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
@Roxas Might be the simple fact of the gender of the prevoius VA's.
said at 12:57 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
@pete previous.
said at 12:57 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
@CatsTuxedo Sure the VA's gender has nothing to do with it?
said at 3:03 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
@CatsTuxedo They are pushing it. English VA's should go for their own thing. Impersonating a seiyu is really hard to do. Copying their performance(or doing something inspired by it) is easier but I still think they should go for whatever voice they choose or think fits. The English version is the English version and the Japanese version is the Japanese version.
said at 10:28 AM on Fri Mar 22 2013
@CatsTuxedo Not necessarily. People are just voting for who they think is the best, not necessarily who did the best impression of another voice actor. Only certain parts of the DBZ fandom even WATCH the Japanese version. Besides, no voice actor should ever have to copy another's performance. What would happen if someone tried to copy the Japanese Goku? EVERY SINGLE non-Japanese version of the franchise has cast a male in the role (well, the adult version).
said at 8:00 PM on Fri Mar 22 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 I agree, if they aren't allowed some creative liberty with the material then what's the point? Anime, as well as any other form of entertainment is an art form, and this art when it becomes popular is spread out all over the world. Sure, being faithful to the original work is encouraged, but giving a respectful, adaptive, diverse take on it when dubbing Anime should be encouraged. Otherwise, it wouldn't have reached nearly as many people, or be loved by nearly as many people.
said at 11:35 AM on Sun Mar 31 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy Exactly! Besides, DBZ wasn't the only anime dub that tried some creative liberties. And I agree with PW13, the English actor doesn't need to copy the Japanese VA. If whether a performance is closest to the Japanese was important, then Peter Kelamis would be the most popular English Goku.
said at 12:37 AM on Mon Apr 1 2013
@Fulgore2005 Was Peter Kelamis actually trying to sound close to the Japanese VA or was that unintentional?

I see a lot of statements on how close he sounds to her and at this point and while I sort of doubt it was intentional I just can't help but wonder...
said at 7:46 AM on Mon Apr 1 2013
@Metabad I doubt it was intentional. But if you compare his performance in World's Strongest to Nozawa's, they don't sound too far off one another.
said at 7:52 AM on Fri Nov 9 2012
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After watching DBZKai, my favorite Frieza is Chris Ayers. I was quite impressed with his take on Frieza. He sounds the way I'd imagine a person like Frieza would sound; small, eloquent, slithery, demanding, even scary. And hey Frieza now has a male voice.
But if I had to choose between Linda Young from Funimation dub and Pauline Newstone from Ocean dub, I'd choose Newstone.
The thing I don't like about Linda Young's version is that she made Frieza sound like an old lady who smokes too much. Frieza's meant to be the All-Powerful Overlord of the universe, but they made him sound like that!
So why would I choose Newstone over Young when she too made Frieza an sound like an old lady. Well she at least made Frieza sound like a decent old lady. And Pauline also got down many of the same aspects as Chris; small, eloquent, slithery, and even intimidating.
said at 4:01 PM on Fri Nov 9 2012
@BoFerret Linda had a great evil laugh though pls I liked her sarcastic and witty remarks.
said at 3:03 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
@BoFerret Linda was intimidating as well.
said at 8:35 PM on Sun Nov 4 2012
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I like Linda personally, the others don't really fit that well. Though some of the others fit better then others.
said at 10:34 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
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listining to some of these are just painfull the best frieza IMO is achually Little Kuriboh from the Abriged series
said at 11:35 AM on Fri Sep 14 2012
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Everyone but Ayres sounds like ****.
But even he can't outshine Nakao =)
said at 9:50 PM on Mon Aug 27 2012
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My opinion about each of the voice actors

1) Chris Ayres: His voice for frieza in his 1st and final form were alright but it sounded too high. But his 2nd and 3rd form for frieza are outstanding! Overall he makes frieza sound the most evil out all these voice actors so far.

2) Linda Young: Her performance as Frieza in his 2nd, 3rd, and final form were good! But the 1st form voice was kinda annoying. But I loved how she made him sound like a comedian and a villian at the sametime. Kinda fit when he was fighting Goku.

3) Pauline Nestone: Her voice for him was actually alright. Wasn't great but it was tolerable. Loved the lizard like voice she gave him. Cause to me in his first form he kinda looks like a reptilian creature. Although its kinda sad she never got to do his 2nd and 3rd form. Would've been interesting to hear what she could've made him sound like in those forms.

4) Eddie Frieson: Not that great. But it honestly made me lol!

5) Maureen Jones. Sounded like a woman dressed as a pirate with a bad sore throat. It was bad.
said at 4:57 PM on Sun Jul 22 2012
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1. Chris Ayers, absolutely perfect, not only the fact that he makes him sound like a MAN , he captures the gentleman aspect of Frieza perfectly and makes him sound evil as well

2. Linda Young, she sounds like a chain smoking grandma, but you do sense the evil in her voice.

3. Pauline Newstone, she sounds WAY too much like a woman, but she does capture the polite nature of Frieza, but still doesn't sound sinister enough.

4.Maureen Jones, the raspiness of this voice is unbearable, she sounds more annoying than evil

5. Eddie Frierson, absolutely awful, horrible acting, nothing convincing at all
Pgirts (AYVO S1 Winner / Master Of Memes)
said at 3:40 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
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They are all pretty straight up awful, but overall I found Linda Young to be the most convincing in the role. She did the best job of making Frieza sound like an unrepentant mass murderer, which is what he is. Had she not been burdened with a truly awful script, she might have been able to really shine.

Pauline, Eddie, and Maureen are agonizingly bad. They all make me want to punch something.

Ayres really stinks in the role, too. Granted, the script he had to read was pretty terrible as well. While Kai's script was more mature and dramatic, it was also written in such a way that nearly all of his lines had to be delivered as though he were on an episode of Speed Racer, speaking as swiftly as possible without savoring the dialogue. Not to mention I find the idea of giving an evil character a British accent (and an inconsistent one at that) immensely lazy. There is no weight to his performance, no sense of an individual that is personally responsible for the deaths of billions of people. He just sounds straight up annoying, especially when he screams.

Really, Frieza's only good voice is his original Japanese voice, Ryusei Nakao, who is fantastic in the role.
said at 10:40 AM on Wed Aug 1 2012

Agree with this entirely. So far, I feel that Linda is most convincing dub-wise IMO.
said at 12:23 PM on Fri Aug 3 2012
@Pgirts Very well said man. :) I agree, Chris Ayers sounded a little over the top for me.

While Linda Young didn't sound natural, she was my favorite for truly sounding evil and a mass murderer like you said.

The rest just flat out sucked altogether! lol
said at 6:17 PM on Sat Aug 4 2012
@Torak I don't think Pauline Newstone was that bad, probably could've been better with more time in the role? Yeah, but certainly not bad.

Then again, that's just my opinion.
said at 5:02 AM on Sun Aug 5 2012
@Metabad I hear you with Pauline Newstone. I liked her slithery tone and that she had a very creepy voice for Frieza. But like you said, Frieza didn't have a lot of time in the Ocean dub. A shame because Ocean handled the Saiyan and Namek sagas at an incredibly professional level.
said at 1:02 AM on Wed Oct 17 2012
@Pgirts While I don't entirely agree with your assessment, you did bring up some interesting points, especially about Linda and Chris. Well said.
said at 1:08 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
@Metabad In the Other World filler she's terrible but doesn't sound bad here. See above.
said at 1:10 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
@Pgirts I liked the lines they gave Linda. Especially the quips. She delivered in a really evil and threatening manner. Made her sound arrogant and cocky as well and they were enjoyable to me.
said at 2:06 PM on Sat Dec 29 2012
@pete I don't remember that, do you have a clip of it?
said at 3:19 PM on Sat Dec 29 2012
@Metabad Of her quips?
said at 3:22 PM on Sat Dec 29 2012
@Metabad Here's one. I remember them being better but this one of my favs anyway. Copy the link.
said at 3:34 PM on Sat Dec 29 2012
@pete I meant of the Other World filler for Pauline Newstone.
said at 10:25 PM on Sat Dec 29 2012
@Metabad Oh.
said at 4:30 PM on Sun Dec 30 2012
@pete OH RIGHT now I remember!

Yeah, I remember hearing somewhere that the Ocean dub had a really rushed production in the later sagas, at least until the Buu one. Granted there are some voices in that clip I really liked but yeah, I can see why other people wouldn't like it.
said at 10:42 PM on Sun Dec 30 2012
@Metabad I did like Cell. He sounds better than his clip on here. The Ginyu Force really has no lines. Pikkon sounds good judging by his clip. Goku IMo is miscast and sounds too young. But Frieza and King Cold I mean WTF? Pauline just pauses between lines and King Cold sounds just not right. I'm not even sure it's Pauline there because as I mentioned above it doesn't sound like her clip on here but if she rushed/forced the voice then that maybe why.
said at 3:39 AM on Thu May 16 2013
@Pgirts I think the reason he was given a British accent was because Freeza spoke in a well mannered aristocrat like fashion in the original version, so a British accent would probably be the best equivalent to that. As for his fast way of speaking I personally like it as it gives his Freeza a very sinister Joker like vibe which works IMO especially when he looses it.
said at 6:19 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
@Ringworm128 Thats probably the case but I personally hate it. The British accent was just unecessary altogether. Its just a western stereotype that poorly transfers into this anime. The way he spoke was formal enough but the stereotypical rich boy attitude they gave him just over did it. Its like if they gave Recoome a Russian accent just because hes big and musclely + his dub voice. It isnt adding in anything but distraction only because they're adding nonexistant archtypes + the fact there was no remote hint that it was needed.

If we compare cooler in the same way HE is what Freeza should sound like imo. Cooler has the same stuck up arrogant personality (just a bit more agressive) but he conveys his personality with a natural tone without the added fluff. Aliens with accents just sound stupid.
said at 10:12 AM on Mon Mar 16 2015
@Pgirts Chris ayres matches Frieza flawlessly.
said at 6:39 PM on Sun Mar 22 2015
@Pgirts Also, don't you think you sounded pretty harsh? Calling all of them awful is a huge overstatement. I also highly recommend you listen to Ayres in Xenoverse, where his Frieza truly shines. Linda Young, however, just can't be Frieza IMHO. She was completely miscast and gave one of the most grating performances I've ever heard in my life. But that's just me.
said at 10:37 AM on Thu Jun 21 2012
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Chris was good, so was Linda, I have to agree. Pauline is my favourite though, just because it's the version I remember from being a kid and, I'm pretty sure, the original English dub. To me it is Freiza's voice.
said at 11:27 AM on Tue Jun 19 2012
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Chris Ayers but a mile. I can't believe it took the people at Funimation so long to discover...shock, a man can play Frieza. I read on Dragon Ball wiki that in the Ocean dub of Kai Frieza will be voiced by Lee Tockar. That will be interesting as well.
said at 8:42 PM on Fri Nov 16 2012
@PusoPimp Frieza kinda reminds me of a woman thats why they got so many women to play him
said at 3:46 AM on Fri Jun 1 2012
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Again with Ocean and Kai, the similarities are apparent. Although more so when Frieza is in his first form. I love the initial Ocean dub and I was pleased with how Chris did Frieza. Reminded me a lot of Pauline. I think Linda's Frieza good, but is a bit too rough. I suppose it works for some of his forms, but Frieze requires that slithery, regal tone IMO.
said at 7:11 AM on Sun May 27 2012
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Christopher Ayres.... need I say more?!
said at 10:32 PM on Sat May 5 2012
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Chris, Trunks (kid) wants his saying back. "Writing on the walls" is copyrighted. Thanks.
Linda's is so much better.
said at 10:12 AM on Mon Mar 16 2015
@Cat_Z No. She really isn't. She was horrendous, but Ayres was perfect.
said at 5:46 AM on Tue May 1 2012
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I'm going with Linda Young. I liked Ayres' Frieza too, but his shouting/screaming was incredibly annoying.
said at 10:14 PM on Mon Apr 16 2012
Out of all of them, Pauline, Chris, and Linda were the best. Maurine had a little too much high-pitch and Eddie absolutely did not cut it.
said at 6:09 PM on Mon Apr 2 2012
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Linda was great back in the day, but Chris just sounds better (plus he reminds me of LittleKuriboh from DBZ Abridged).

P.S. Frieza Rules You
said at 8:14 PM on Thu Mar 29 2012
funny that the one that is the highest is a guy :) ( I LOVE YOU CHRIS AYRES!
Starwind Amada
said at 7:59 PM on Thu Mar 22 2012
Chris Ayres. Conversation over.
said at 12:09 AM on Fri Mar 16 2012
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1st form Linda Young
2nd form Linda Young (still can't believe that's a woman voice in 2nd form!)
3rd form Chris Ayres
4th form Tie Young and Ayres.
said at 10:34 AM on Fri Mar 22 2013
@TommyBNSF To be fair, the voice filters helped out a bit with both Linda and Chris' voices in Form 2.
said at 5:21 AM on Sun Mar 11 2012
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I'll somewhat update my opinion (no particular order):

Eddie Frierson was too cartoonish and pretty generic.

Pauline Newstone was... interesting, to say the least. It was pretty feminine sounding, but pretty dark and mysterious to say the least. She never voiced Frieza when the character really got going, but she was decent for the little that she did.

Linda Young worked in the same way that Mercedes McCambridge worked as Pazuzu/the Devil in The Exorcist. Casting a female as a dark male non-human villain is not new, and can be extremely creepy if done right. While some of the voice filters got a little extreme (not Linda's fault), and her voice sometimes got a little scratchy, her delivery was spot on and her laugh was so deliciously evil. Her voice was also far from generic, was interesting to listen to, and was very memorable. While it's never been totally perfect, I've always enjoyed listening to her voice for this character.

Maureen Jones - Possibly the most god-annoying thing I've ever heard...

Christopher Ayres - His voice actually sounded the most feminine out of the bunch, very similar to Newstone. Even though he is a male, his performance is really not much different than Young or Newstone (especially Newstone). He got better as the series went on, but he didn't get as much of a chance to shine since Kai did cut out a lot of scenes with Frieza (including several memorable moments). His delivery was the best part of his performance. Sometimes his voice got a tad annoying and scratchy when the character yelled or got angry (just like Linda), but nothing too distracting. He's actually used that voice for several other characters (the same could be said for Young using a variation of her Frieza voice for Genkai). His performance was, once again, anything but generic, and it was very memorable to say the least.

Overall, I like Linda and Chris about equal, but I'll probably give Linda the slight edge since her voice was a tad more interesting and unique (although Chris's voice wasn't too far away). Newstone would've probably been good had she had more time in the role, and the least said about Frierson and Jones, the better.
said at 8:28 AM on Fri Feb 24 2012
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I grew up hearing Linda Young, but I absolutely LOVE Chris Ayres' take on him.
said at 9:53 PM on Wed Feb 22 2012
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Chris Ayers is the best IMO he takes all that was great about Linda Young's Freeza and ads a chilling elegant performance while showing just how much of a psychopath Freeza is. Linda Young is 2nd best IMO she may have lacked the elegance of Ayers performance but her voice was still great at showing Freeza's sadistic side, his arogant side, and to some extent his intelligent side. And over all its a great and memorable voice very few voice actors pull the raspy/scratchy villain voice off well IMO Linda Young is one of those few. And she did a decent job in the orginal season 3 dub considering she had no experience as a voice actor back then. Pauline Newstone is 3rd best her voice was good but because of the performance/direction it comes across to me as very generic, something you expect from a saturday morning cartoon. If she had of put on a more elegant performance like ayers with an over all better direction she may have made a good to great Freeza. In short I think she might of had potential but if she did it was never fully shown. Eddie Frierson his voice was fun very cartoon like. Not great but not bad either. Though I can't help but wonder what it would sound like with a more darker direction. Maureen Jones is the worst of the bunch her voice and performance are so over the top that it almost seems like a parody of Linda Young's or Pauline Newstone's Freeza voice. And I don't think a darker performance would have saved the voice, listen to the Chris Ayers audio clip then imagine Maureen Jones as Freeza delivering those lines.
said at 10:32 AM on Fri Mar 22 2013
@Ringworm128 Linda Young had been doing radio for a long time before hand, but I agree that it's impressive that Frieza was her first animated character voice.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:41 PM on Mon Jan 30 2012
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1.Ryusei Nakao: I know, he's not on the poll, but he has basically never stopped playing Frieza(or rather various ripoffs.) and it really came to fruition in Kai.
2. Chris Ayres: His performance both emulates Ryusei Nakao's performance and can stand on its own too.
3. Linda Young: I really like her Frieza, but the original script really held her back.
4. Pauline Newstone: This one is just kinda bland. It sounds like Frieza had just smoked 20 cigars at the same time.
5. Eddie Frierson: Not really special in any way.
6. Maureen Jones: MY EARS! THEY BLEED!
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:10 PM on Mon Mar 12 2012
@Nightmare Crusher
Andendum: I watched a little bit of the old English Funi dub and I have to say this, final form Frieza's voice is TERRIBLE! I often joke about how most of the characters sound constipate or have strep throat, but final form Fireza sounds like he has both. I'm so glad Linda did the voice differently in the video games.
said at 1:19 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
@Nightmare Crusher he had a pretty great laugh and delivered her lines in an evil and threatening manner. At least in the Frieza Saga afterwords it went downhill a bit.
Gutsy Goat
said at 8:31 PM on Tue Dec 27 2011
Linda Young
she has a way of speaking that makes it feel right
also not to change the subject but she was also the voice actor for gen kai on yu yu hakisho
said at 11:49 AM on Wed Dec 21 2011
 1 Shout Out!
I'm used to Frieza sounding like a woman, so I prefer Linda Young.
said at 1:33 AM on Tue Dec 20 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
Chris Ayres takes the Cake

Pauline sounds like a snake, so she's a good substitute with Linda
said at 6:51 PM on Sat Nov 26 2011
chris chris is really good
Madness Abe
said at 5:46 PM on Sun Oct 9 2011
Eddie's is the worst here. It just sounds too annoying here. Maureen's is only slightly better but not so great. Pauline and Linda's sound so similar to each other, and they're both equally great. But Chris's the best here by making Frieza sound more like a man, while adding a depth of being proud, cunning, and overconfident.
said at 11:22 PM on Wed Aug 31 2011
Just fyi for everyone here, Frieza is supposed to be a transvestite; the anime (including the original Japanese version, sadly) mistranslated the manga, which explains why Frieza is referred to as a "he" by every other character.

I mean, even if Frieza really is male, "he's" so feminine in SO many different ways (some of those ways being completely inappropriate) that it's just plain WRONG to acknowledge "him" as such.

Anyway, I can't really say which VA I like best.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:09 AM on Thu Sep 1 2011
@pokemastanumba1 No. Frieza is not a transvestite.

1. A transvestite is a person who enjoys wearing the opposite gender's clothing. Frieza is naked in his true form.
2. Where on Earth are you getting this from? Frieza is male and always has been.
3. Just because somebody acts or looks feminine doesn't mean they aren't male. All that matters is what gender they identify as. Since Frieza isn't a transvestite (there is NO PROOF to this theory) and clearly identifies as male (Cooler calls him "brother", his subordinates say "Lord Frieza" instead of "Lady Frieza"), referring to him with masculine pronouns is correct.
said at 5:37 PM on Sat Sep 3 2011
@NCZ and this is supposed to make it better?!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:47 PM on Sat Sep 3 2011
@Smarttamarr94 Make what better?
said at 3:34 PM on Mon Sep 5 2011
@NCZ By telling us that Frieza is naked in his true form now I feel like I'm gonna blow chunks
said at 12:32 PM on Tue Sep 6 2011
@Smarttamarr94 If you think Frieza is disgusting, you do NOT want to know anything about Orochimaru from Naruto. @_@
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:56 PM on Wed Sep 7 2011
@Smarttamarr94 Well, considering that he has no visible inappropriate parts, him being naked really isn't a big deal...
said at 9:35 PM on Thu Oct 20 2011
@pokemastanumba1 "Frieza is supposed to be a transvestite"

Where do you get this stuff?

No he's not.
said at 5:46 AM on Sun Feb 12 2012
@penguintruth (Reply to your comment you made before you made a profile) Being a gentleman wasn't the ONLY personality trait Freeza had, he was also sinister, sadistic and power hungry. And as the Freeza saga progressed he became less gentleman like. And Linda Young and Pauline Newstone did a great job at showing these personality traits.
said at 1:14 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
@NCZ I;m pretty sure he's a hermamphrodite. I read the same for King Cold.
said at 1:15 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
@pokemastanumba1 Proper term would be hermaphrodite.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:29 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
@pete Frieza is male, period.
said at 1:33 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
@NCZ It mightbe a rumor theory but I heard King Cold had male/female reproductive parts which is how he was born.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:24 PM on Sat Dec 29 2012
@pete That is definitely not true.
said at 6:21 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
@pete Nope. DB has never examined any secondart sexual characteristics on anyone but Bulma.
said at 12:10 AM on Fri Jul 22 2011
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I think it's a tie between Ayres and Young
said at 11:26 AM on Fri Jun 24 2011
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Chris Ayres. His portrayal is effeminate like the DBZ Frieza (Linda's) but the manner of speaking is a lot like the Japanese Freeza (spelled that way for a reason). Chris voices each form quite well (the 3rd form especially) it's really one of the best things about DBZ Kai.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 12:16 PM on Tue May 31 2011
I've grown up listening to Linda as Frieza so at first I thought I would always choose her as Frieza but when I heard Ayres was torn.
I like how both change their voices for each of Frieza's forms (at least Linda did for the first time but later for some reason they just used her 1st form Frieza voice, which is kinda disapointing) anyway I like Linda did a deep voice for the 2nd voice and the 3rd form had like a double voice effect but compared to Aryes much deeper voice for the second and even deeper for the third he does do better.
In their first forms both did a good job though Aryes did sound like Invader Zim but that's not all that bad. In all I'm going with Linda for the first.
Now the tie breaker, the final form. Aryes NAILS the parts of Friza when he talks calmly and cocky but when he gets mad and yells he kinda loses me. With Linda she doesn't play the cocky side of Frieza that I would have liked but I like she does play to Frieza angry side and I do like that. One problem I have with Linda's Final Form Frieza is that she has several moments where she sounds like she's forcing the voice. In all I guess Ayres gets my vote though I will always love Linda as Frieza.
said at 1:52 AM on Sat Apr 16 2011
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Chris Ayres is the definitive English Freeza; he nails the effeminate, sophisticated, cruel and psychotic tones for Freeza perfectly.

Linda's performance as Freeza was one of the best ones back in the poorly dubbed Freeza saga and I just loved the voices she had for each form, especially the final one. Afterwards however, she just started using this unfitting "tranny granny" voice for Freeza and sounded obnoxious in the role.

Pauline Newstone is too forced and womanly, Eddie Frierson doesn't sound right, and Maureen Jones is ear shatteringly horrible.
said at 2:07 AM on Wed Apr 13 2011
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Chris Ayres. BY A LANDSLIDE.
said at 2:33 PM on Sat Mar 19 2011
I voted Maureen by mistake She and Linda sounded a little similar but she was more deeper like a Woman but with a very-husky and bold voice

Linda was more edgy and threatening sounding wheras Chris makes Freeza sound exactly like a boy so They get my actual vote however I like Linda Young a bit I already voted so I can't change or vote again

But my proper vote is Linda Young with Chris comming in a close second while the other three are last :S
said at 9:14 PM on Sat Mar 5 2011
Probably gonna have some cyber whacks for this but I prefer Linda over Chris she had and delivered the best lines. Very well too. Chris was ruthless and menacing and did a good job but they took most of Freiza's best lines from Kai(which pissed me off to no end) so he never got a chance to deliver some of Lind's best quips like " Ouch that almost tickled" (my personal favorite). He did have few quips and them well a shame we couldn't him deliver them all.
said at 7:34 PM on Wed Mar 9 2011
@pete They took away those lines because Funimation just made them up and they don't suit the character at all.
said at 1:16 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
@penguintruth They make him sound arrogant and cocky.
SM Scorx
said at 11:48 AM on Thu Feb 10 2011
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Chris Ayres is the best for me.
said at 4:10 AM on Sun Nov 28 2010
Yay! If you notice, Chris Ayres and Linda Young's clips now feature the voices for all 4 main forms.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:32 PM on Tue Nov 16 2010
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Chris Ayres is awesome as Frieza. He makes him sound truly sinister yet also calm and composed. And while his voice sounds a bit feminine like Linda Young's, it's also got some male qualities to it. He's my pick, easily (and Linda's the one I'm used to).
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 2:56 PM on Thu Jun 24 2010
You do a have point. I'll consider changing the clip :)
said at 11:39 PM on Thu Jun 17 2010
I actually agree with Penguintruth on this one. I got the very same feeling.

@apex347 Frieza was a guy in the Japanese version too. He was even voiced by a guy.
said at 6:31 PM on Thu Jun 3 2010
Looks like someone else will play Frieza in DBKai. We will add him as soon as sound clips are made available.
said at 11:08 PM on Tue Jan 19 2010
I can honestly say that Linda Young's Frieza made me like DBZ. I remember being attracted to the show during Goku's battle with Frieza, and I was obsessed with Frieza because of his chilling voice. Pauline Newstone was also brilliant. Eddie Frierson wasn't all that great, and Maureen Jones was extremely annoying.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 6:59 PM on Tue Jan 19 2010
hey VC fans. I'm not 100% sure if Maureen Jones voiced Frieza in the Blue Water dub of GT. If anyone can confirm or proove that another VA did the role (providing a valid source) please tell me asap. thanks :)
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