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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Flint with sound clips and images.
Franchise: G.I. Joe

Flint is the codename for Dashiell R. Faireborn. Flint was a warrant officer on the original G.I. Joe series and was one of the highest men on the chain of command. Later he would be romantically linked with Lady Jaye. It was confirmed on the 20th Anniversary Transformers DVD release that Flint and Lady Jaye had a child together, which was Marissa Fairborne who appeared on the Transformers Series. Flint did not appear on the DiC series, Sigma Six (although he did have an action figure for that series), or the recent G.I. Joe video Game.

He did however appear on three parts of the G.I. Joe Resolute series, in which Charlie Adler supplied the voice as well as the Valor vs Venom and Spy Troops projects where Brian Dobson took on the role.

Finally, he has made an appearance, voiced by his original voice actor Bill Ratner on both Family Guy and Robot Chicken.
Created by OptimusSolo on Apr 13 2010
Transformers (1984)
Dashiell R. Faireborn / FlintBill Ratner
Bill Ratner
G.I. Joe (1985)
FlintBill Ratner
Bill Ratner
G.I. Joe Spy Troops (2003)
FlintBrian Dobson
Brian Dobson
G.I. Joe Resolute (2009)
FlintCharlie Adler
Charlie Adler
G.I. Joe: Renegades (2010)
FlintJohnny Messner
Johnny Messner


First of all, let's get it out of the way that Dobson is easily the worst Flint voice so far.  Flint is not supposed to be some punk member of the Joe Team he is supposed to be authoritative.  As far as the rest go, both Adler and Messner are completely awesome in this role and I really don't know if I could actually pick which one of those two I prefer. 

Luckily, I don't have to as Bill Ratner signed, sealed, and delivered this role like no one else could ever hope to do.  I am truly baffled as to how Ratner didn't do more voice work over his career in cartoons with as an epic voice as he has, simply amazing!

1st: Ratner, 2nd-A: Ratner, 2nd-B: Messner, 4th: Dobson



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said at 6:09 PM on Sat Oct 28 2017
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VC thoughts update

Bill Ratner's deep, commanding voice fits Flint perfectly. He really does sound like a leader and his performance is fantastic.

The VA from the DiC cartoon (I'm guessing it's Maurice LaMarche) sounds pretty good too despite the lighter voice.

Johnny Messner is also good.

Charlie Adler also works pretty well.

Brian Dobson has the right voice, but his performance is kinda generic.
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said at 8:41 PM on Mon Oct 16 2017
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Bill Ratner, without a doubt. His voice just fits Flint perfectly.
8000 Saiyans
said at 5:51 PM on Sat Oct 28 2017
Johnny Messner and Charlie Adler are fine, but they just don't compare to Ratner.

Brian Dobson could do much better.
said at 5:58 PM on Mon Sep 11 2017
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1. Bill Ratner
2. Johnny Messner
said at 8:25 PM on Wed Sep 6 2017
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1. Bill Ratner performance as the character is classic and holds up

2. Johnny Messner was great as Flint in Renegades
said at 1:06 PM on Sun Jun 19 2016
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1. Bill Ratner
2. Johnny Messner
3. Brian Dobson
4. Charlie Adler
said at 7:28 AM on Sun Apr 10 2016
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Definitely Bill Ratner, he has such an awesome commanding and authoritative voice. It's not see why he is Flint. The voice just fits perfectly.

Johnny Messner has a unique sound in his voice though at times he can come off across as generic.

Charlie Adler does a great gruff voice though I feel Flint is more of a deeper commanding kind of voice.

Brian Dobson....I'm disappointed with his take. First he sounds more like his Brother Paul and second the voice doesn't fit, like if Brian did something closer to his Red Alert or Principal Kirkpatrick that would be perfect, instead he sounds more like a gruff tough guy than a commander.

So yeah Bill Ratner wins this one, no contest.

BONUS: Brian Bloom as Flint anyone?
said at 7:59 AM on Mon Mar 16 2015
1) Bill Ratner
2) Maurice LaMarche (DiC series)
3) Johnny Messner
4) Charlie Adler
5) Brian Dobson
said at 8:06 AM on Mon Mar 16 2015
1) Bill Ratner
2) Maurice LaMarche (DiC series)
3) Johnny Messner
4) Brian Dobson
5) Charlie Adler
Polyester Funk
said at 11:30 PM on Wed Jun 4 2014
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I always loved Bill Ratner as Flint. He has such a great voice and he made Flint a fun character.

Charlie and Johnny both sound very good and seem good choices for him. I wish that Brian got more to work with and probably a better understanding of the character. I'm sure he could do very good work as well. He has the right voice, but not enough dialogue and the character is off.
said at 12:27 AM on Fri Oct 26 2012
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Dobson & Messner are good, but Ratner is the definitive voice.
said at 2:25 AM on Fri Nov 18 2011
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Bill Ratner is Flint. :)
said at 3:27 PM on Tue Sep 18 2012
@Celeste Gotta give the voice director of Family Guy for getting Mr. Ratner back for that brief cameo by Flint! =D
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said at 11:54 PM on Thu Jul 29 2010
Its Brian, all three Dobsons were in the show though. Brian voiced Flint, Paul voiced Barrel Roll and Michael voiced Cobra Commander
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