Kim Kaphwan
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Kim Kaphwan

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Kim Kaphwan with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Fatal Fury

Kim Kaphwan is one of the protagonists of the Fatal Fury series whom has been around since Fatal Fury 2 for the Neo Geo. Kim Kaphwan is a well trained Taekwondo practitioner from South Korea in which he is known as a Sports and National Hero from Korea and his official nickname is "The Crown Jewel of Taekwondo" and not only is he a renowned martial artist but is also a firm but loving husband and father. While Kim's home is of course South Korea but he frequently visits the US in Southtown as he is good friends with a good portion of the protagonists in Fatal Fury and King of Fighters (though a bit more on the former than the latter). Kim is also known for having a borderline obsessive love of justice especially in the KOF series as he often likes to "rehabilitate" criminals until they renounce their evil ways (the most known cases being Choi Bounge and Chang Koehan).
Created by Pokejedservo on Sep 14 2011
Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture (1999)
Kim KaphwanDavid Kaye
David Kaye
The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2 (2006)
Kim KaphwanBrett Beyer
Brett Beyer


Today on the SNK Universe VC section we have a little something for one of the original Taekwondo practitioners in Fighting Games... KIM KAPHWAN! In the Fatal Fury anime trilogy (namely the 2nd OVA and the Movie) Kim was voiced by David Kaye. David Kaye's voice and performance for the role was genuinely fitting for this take on the role of Kim Kaphwan. Granted the Fatal Fury anime did for the most part came in before Kim was known for his borderline insane love of justice (but to be fair I could picture David being able to handle that as he has done hammy performances before). Anyways David does some fairly solid work as Kim as his performance is pretty good as a serious Martial Artist, but David gets to really do well as a loving Father and Husband as he has a warm and caring feel for this role here. Granted Kim didn't receive a lot of lines in the 2nd OVA and the movie but still David was able to pull off some solid work for what he got. So in other words David's work as Kim is a good example of his voice work and a fine example of the voice work in the Fatal Fury Anime Trilogy's dubs.

In King of Fighters 2006/Maximum Impact 2, Kim was voiced by Brett Beyer. Brett's voice for the role is fairly decent but remember what I said earlier about Kim not having a lot of lines in the Fatal Fury anime he was in? Well this is an even worse case of it as Kim didn't have an ending and had barely any dialogue in the Special intros that he was in as Kim's role was very small in that game. However despite that Brett's performance for the role is somewhat decent enough for the role as I have heard worst in that game but I have heard better. Overall I am clearly going for David Kaye in this VC but at least Brett is not too bad for the role here.  



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said at 9:34 AM on Sun Sep 10 2017
1. David Kaye
2. Brett Beyer

Evil is unforgivable... Hah! I can't say anything bad about Kim Kaphwan as a character. He's just too damn lovable and amusing a design to hate, especially in regards to the KOF storyline; sure, his sense of justice there is exaggerated compared to his original portrayal, though I'd say Kim's a good example of character exaggeration (or flanderization). It doesn't hurt that the caring father aspect was carried over from Fatal Fury either. Also, if playing XIII or Capcom vs. SNK 2's anything to go by, he more often than not boasts a compelling playstyle.

So between the two folks here, David Kaye gives the best performance. Yeah, he's tackling a comparatively less hammy version, but he does do a great job with what he's given. Kim's bravery plus the aforementioned fatherly side to him are qualities Kaye conveys well, and I'd really like to hear him handle the OTT interpretation most people are familiar with. Brett Beyer... eh. He kinda sorta has the voice, yet the overall delivery and noticeable lack of material end up hindering the performance.

At the end of the day, David Kaye gives Brett a righteous Houou Tenbu Kyaku.
said at 9:35 AM on Wed Apr 1 2015
Both are okay, but David Kaye is a biiiit better
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:27 PM on Thu Sep 22 2011
I'm voting for David, but Brett is actually pretty decent.
said at 11:09 AM on Fri Sep 16 2011
Why isn't there a Japanese comparison? Because there's a new voice actor that provides his voice in the new King of Fighters games (KOFXII/KOFXIII).
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:51 PM on Fri Sep 16 2011
@-VEGA- At this time, we only do English-language voice compares.
Shaun Ince
said at 7:08 PM on Sun Jun 26 2016
@NCZ You'd have a field day with the Street Fighter compare's if they did Include Japanese voices. There are so many Ryu voices it's ridiculous.
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