Zartan
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Zartan

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

Zartan is the infamous mercenary from the G.I. Joe series that is usually hired by Cobra to carry out some type of hit. He is also the leader of a group of renegades called the Dreadnoks. Besides being a ruthless hitman Zartan is also a master of disguise. He could not only change his color to blend into his background but he had excellent vocal impersonation ability. He usually stayed in dark areas as the sun would weaken his power. He also had a long running rivalry with Destro.
Created by OptimusSolo on Jun 28 2010
G.I. Joe (1985)
ZartanZack Hoffman
Zack Hoffman
G.I. Joe Spy Troops (2003)
ZartanColin Murdock
Colin Murdock
G.I. Joe Sigma Six (2005)
ZartanMarc Thompson
Marc Thompson
G.I. Joe Resolute (2009)
ZartanSteve Blum
Steve Blum
G.I. Joe: Renegades (2010)
ZartanBrian Bloom
Brian Bloom

EDITOR'S OPINION

This is unusual for me to say since I usually like the Resolute voices and Steve Blum but for this one he is easily my least favorite of the voices. He just comes across like an every day hitman and loses the dark mysterious sounding part that makes the character so cool. Zartan is easily one of my all-time favorite Joe characters and I need my Zartan voice to capture that essence.

The original actor, Zack Hoffman has one of the best bad guy laughs of all-time in my opinion and that almost makes me go with him as my favorite.

However, even though I usually don't like the Sigma Six voices, in this compare I have to give my vote to Marc Thompson. I can't believe I am not going with the original here but I just love what Thompson did with the voice.

OptimusSolo

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Autovolt
said at 9:03 AM on Sun Apr 10 2016
 1 Shout Out!
I actually really like Marc Thompson best as Zartan, the voice, the accent, everything it just sounds so cool and helps make Zartan a true force to be reckoned with.

Zack Hoffman is also deliciously evil and wicked in the role, the laugh is fantastic too.

Steve Blum *sigh* Resolute had it's share of issues and this is one, making Zartan too bloodthirsty and psychotic, I mean yeah he sounds great but I feel it hurts his performance, Marc could sound badass without going overboard.

Colin Murdock is really weak sounding in the role, too goofy and pathetic for my liking.

Brian Bloom I'm mixed with him, yeah he sounds pretty badass but the lack of an accent I think hurt his performance a bit, yeah him having a Southern accent since he and the Dreadnoks are southern biker gangs works for this version but when compared to the rest it sticks out a bit too much. Still it's a good performance.

Overall I'm giving this one to Marc.

BONUS: John Patrick Lowrie as Zartan anyone? I could also see Crispin Freeman (Imagine an Australian Alucard) or Brian Drummond fitting nicely as Zartan.
Anicomicgeek
said at 9:47 PM on Sat Apr 23 2016
@Autovolt

To be fair to Steve Blum's Zartan, that character was hardly the only one to become a complete psycho in Resolute.
GreenGoblin75
said at 9:38 PM on Sun Mar 13 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Marc (such a cool voice)
2. Steve
3. Brian
4. Zack
5. Colin
Starscreamsfan
said at 8:05 AM on Mon Mar 16 2015
1) Zack Hoffman
2) Brian Bloom
3) Colin Murdock
4) Steve Blum
5) Marc Thompson
Starscreamsfan
said at 9:37 AM on Fri Nov 7 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Michael Des Barres as Zartan, anyone???

I would definetly go for it.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 7:21 AM on Thu Feb 14 2013
I'll go with Steve Blum.
Anicomicgeek
said at 4:02 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
Colin Murdock aside, I liked everyone's version of Zartan, but I'm gonna go with Steven Blum.
Celeste
said at 9:20 PM on Wed Aug 31 2011
"As you wish Cobra Commander?"?

Zack Hoffman never had that "Cobra Commander's faithful sidekick" thing for his Zartan voice. :(
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:43 PM on Thu Sep 1 2011
@Celeste He's not supposed to be his faithful sidekick! Zartan is supposed to be a 'in it for himself' untrustworthy backstabbing greedy mercenary!
Celeste
said at 10:50 PM on Thu Nov 17 2011
@OptimusSolo I know he wasn't supposed to be a faithful sidekick. That's why I was astonished at Colin Murdok's Zartan saying "As you wish Cobra Commander!"
WTF? That's not how Zartan's character is supposed to be.
Starscreamsfan
said at 10:28 AM on Mon Jan 14 2013
@Celeste Yeah, but if you watch the movie, Zartan's reaction when he says that line is kinda like a "Curse you, Cobra Commander" expression, mainly because he didn't get paid XD
WannaBeVoiceActor
said at 9:07 PM on Tue Apr 26 2011
I'm with Blum!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:21 PM on Mon Mar 14 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
I'm going with Marc Thompson. He sounded really cool.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 10:31 AM on Mon Jun 28 2010
If anyone can help us with clips from SpyTroops/Valor vs Venom, we will add that actor to our compare.
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Who do you think has been the best from these Zartan voice actors?
Zack Hoffman
Marc Thompson
Steve Blum
Colin Murdock
Brian Bloom
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