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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Mandarin with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Iron Man

(Note: Ed Gilbert voiced Mandarin in the 1st season of the 90's Iron Man series while Robert Ito voiced Mandarin in the 2ns season of the 90's Iron Man series.)
Created by Pokejedservo on Apr 21 2011
Special thanks to Music Meister, TylerMirage for additional sound clips.
The Marvel Super Heroes (1966)
MandarinBernard Cowan
Bernard Cowan
Iron Man (1994) (1994)
MandarinRobert Ito
Robert Ito
Iron Man (1994) (1994)
MandarinEd Gilbert
Ed Gilbert
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (2006)
MandarinJames Sie
James Sie
The Invincible Iron Man (2006)
MandarinFred Tatasciore
Fred Tatasciore
Iron Man: Armored Adventures (2009)
MandarinVincent Tong
Vincent Tong
Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload (2013)
MandarinBarry Dennen
Barry Dennen
Marvel Heroes (2013)
MandarinFred Tatasciore
Fred Tatasciore
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (2013)
MandarinJohn DiMaggio
John DiMaggio


Today on the Iron Man VC section we do a VC for one of the most prominent villains in all of Iron Man history whom is none other than... MANDARIN! Since this is a fairly large VC I will just simply say that I liked Ed Gilbert, Robert Ito, James Sie and Vincent Tong the most as they did the role well in their own ways. Fred Tatasciore's work was a pretty good attempt at a monstrously evil voice but I dunno whether it would suit the Mandarin (that and he barely had any lines). As for Bernard Cowen well not too sound too PC but his attempt at the accent is a bit questionable (in which James Sie's attempt at the accent felt considerably better.) But still like I said before I liked Ed Gilbert, Robert Ito, James Sie and Vincent Tong the best.  



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said at 8:45 PM on Sun May 7 2017
James Sie hands down
said at 2:03 PM on Mon Apr 17 2017
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FWIW, I'm curious as to why they didnt get an East Asian to play this character, I know Ben Kingsley is technically Asian yes, but very different gene pool & Indian subcontinent was generally separated from East Asians. I do like that a few of his VAs are East Asian though.

As for the acting, I'm most used to Fred, I'll go with him for now. I think John is really silly here, truthfully I think so many of the DC games have terrible direction & it's a real shame because damn near every one of them gets awesome big-budget VO (when so many other projects that could really use that talent, *dont* have that), so why squander all that talent?

Anyways, I think Mugihito or Ken Watanabe would be an awesome Mandarin.
said at 11:56 AM on Tue Mar 8 2016
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I really enjoyed Vincent Tong in AA. He's my favorite. Fred, James, and Ed were also really good.
said at 5:35 PM on Fri May 27 2016
1. Vincent Tong
2. Ed Gilbert
3. James Sie
4. Fred Tatasciore
5. John DiMaggio
6. Barry Dennen
7. Robert Ito
8. Bernard Cowan
said at 2:04 PM on Fri Feb 12 2016
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Ed Gilbert had the best voice for the Mandarin, he fits the classic traditional version perfectly. It's such an awesome deep voice that also gives an awesome performance and delivery. It reminds me of a deeper version of Gary Krawford's Thanos. I think this might just be one of the best castings from the 90's Iron Man cartoon.

Roberto Ito is pretty good too but I think Gilbert's voice is more unique and less sterotypical.

Fred Tatasciore is good for that version of The Mandarin but I think he lacks the presence that Gilbert had that made it work out so well.

I loved Vincent Tong's performance as The Mandarin but as a voice, it's basically a pitch shifted deep voice so it's generic but still It's pretty awesome sounding.

Barry Dennen does an awesome job emulating Ben Kingsley's portrayal of The Mandarin from Iron Man 3.

John DiMaggio sounds very off in the role, I think he's trying to emulate Kingsley like Dennen but DiMaggio sounds nothing like Ben, is way too light, and lacks any real presence in his take. Honestly he's my least favourite voice here.

James Sie is serviceable sounding the role but I think he could have done better.

Bernard Cowan's accent doesn't sound that great IMO. The acting is fine though.

In the end I'm going with Ed Gilbert.

BONUS: I think someone like Eric Bauza would make an amazing Mandarin (imagine a deeper version of his Drift or Tiger Claw). Maybe George Takei, Ken Watanabe or Dennis Akiyama as well.
said at 7:26 AM on Wed May 13 2015
1) Fred Tatasciore
2) John DiMaggio
3) Bernard Cowan
4) Ed Gilbert
5) James Sie
6) Robert Ito
7) Vincent Tong
8) Barry Dennen
said at 1:49 PM on Wed Mar 25 2015
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I'm kinda surprised that most people here (including me) prefer Gilbert over Ito. I've seen a lot of fans that actually prefer the season 2 casting choices over the season 1 choices, but what I've seen here is a rare case of an exception to the rule.
said at 8:11 AM on Wed Dec 31 2014
Ed Gilbert and Fred Tatasciore are my favorites here.
The Doctor
said at 7:41 AM on Wed Dec 31 2014
Here's interesting question: If Iron Man 3 had tie-in video game that adapted the story 100% faithfully and all the actors reprised their roles, who would make it to this compere? Kingsley, Pearce or neither?
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:29 AM on Wed Dec 31 2014
@The Doctor
I'd argue Pearce
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 10:36 AM on Wed Dec 31 2014
@The Doctor I'd say BOTH. My thinking would that it'd be similar to the Ra's Al Ghul scenario from "Batman Begins".

Both Neeson and Watanabe are in there, since they both played the character. One was the 'face' of the character (Watanabe, Kingsley) while the other represented the 'ideal' of what the character stood for/was the one actually pulling the strings (Neeson and Pearce).
said at 1:22 PM on Tue Sep 23 2014
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Tie between Ed Gilbert and Fred Tatasciore. Both do a great job as the character
The Doctor
said at 7:25 AM on Thu Jul 3 2014
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No offence to anyone, but in my opinion Vincent Tong is overrated. It's just generic robot-bad-guy-voice. Nothing about it either stands out or makes you think Mandarin.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:42 AM on Thu Jul 3 2014
@The Doctor Voice wise I agree but Vincent had some really good moments as the Mandarin
said at 1:12 PM on Wed Dec 31 2014
@The Doctor I agree that his voice for the Mandarin doesn't have a definitive "Mandarin sound", but as the character behind the Mandarin in that show, Gene Khan, his performance was outstanding. He's a big reason why Gene was my favorite character in the show. I know you just meant that in terms of voice for the Mandarin he's kind of generic, but I thought his work was otherwise excellent and made him pretty compelling.
said at 1:27 PM on Wed Dec 31 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy Yeah it was indeed a great performance, but I don't really get a "Mandarin" vibe from it.
The Doctor
said at 10:22 AM on Thu Jan 1 2015
@PsychicVoiceSpy I just have to take your word for it, since I haven't watched IM:AA myself. Not saying that it's bad show, but de-aging adult characters into teenagers is huge turn-off for me. Not big fan of the whole high school setting either.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:09 AM on Thu Jan 1 2015
@The Doctor
To be fair the school setting appears less and less though out the show
said at 2:19 PM on Sun Jan 19 2014
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I agree with chaosincarnate. Ed Gilbert sounds very powerful, and his accent works well, and the only one who leaves an impression on me here. Fred Tatasciore's Marvel Heroes voice is a close second though, similarly good, just not quite as chilling and authoritative.
said at 1:59 PM on Sun Jan 19 2014
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To be honest, Ed Gilbert is the only VA who I really enjoyed. He seemed to capture that ancient, powerful feeling while still making him not sound like a cliche villain and having a distinctive voice.

Bernard Cowan and Robert Ito just sound really fake in the role, James Sie and John Dimaggio sound far too young(although it's a nice pace for John, I never would have guessed it was him), Barry Dennen's impersonation of Ben Kingsley, while humorous, comes off as forced overall, and the effects for Vincent Tong are just too thick.

I sort of liked Fred's take on Mandarin in Invincible Iron Man, but the effects were a bit distracting, and he's really over acting in Marvel Heroes.
said at 8:35 AM on Fri Nov 29 2013
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I laughed so hard the first time I heard Barry say "I never saw that coming." Not a perfect Mandarin, but probably the most entertaining.
said at 7:45 AM on Fri Nov 29 2013
Barry works good for this version, but I think I'm yet to hear a perfect Mandarin.
said at 7:55 AM on Fri Nov 29 2013
@VctrBnsn Really? Who do you think should voice Mandarin?
said at 8:16 AM on Fri Nov 29 2013
@LordofEvil96 Oded Fehr.
said at 8:18 AM on Fri Nov 29 2013
@VctrBnsn I actually never thought about that. Oded would make an excellent Mandarin. I also think that maybe Andrew Kishino would make a good Mandarin after listening to his Shang Tsung from Mortal Kombat.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 3:53 PM on Thu Nov 28 2013
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Barry's pretty fun and a pretty good impression of Kingsley. Not my favorite but decent known the less
said at 3:24 PM on Thu Nov 28 2013
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Barry Dennen kinda looks like Ben Kingsley. O_O
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 3:27 PM on Thu Nov 28 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight I know, right? When I added the role to him, I was like "Barry Dennen? Never heard of him." only to go to his page and pretty much have the same facial emotion. O_O
The Doctor
said at 12:44 PM on Wed Nov 27 2013
John DiMaggio's Mandarin is like his Dr. Drakken... without the charm and humor.
said at 7:29 PM on Mon Nov 25 2013
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John is just, strange.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 6:30 PM on Mon Nov 25 2013
John DiMaggio is a great actor but this is his second underwhelming performance in the game. I get what he was going for, a regal and affable voice, but it lacks power or menace and with no accent it comes off generic. Plus John's acting seems unnatural and stiff.

James Sie is a little too campy and his delivery seems off and his voice lacks power or command. Maybe given different direction he'd work better.

Fred's Invincible Ironman's voice worked for that version but not as good as the others.

Bernard is the weakest, he just feels off. His accent slips between being goofy, being racist, and sounding Elmer Fudd.

I like the way (Marvel Heroes), Ed, and Robert sound but Vincent really brought more to it.
Fred, Ed and Robert had powerful commanding voices with smooth accents but they were typical "I AM EVIL BECAUSE I AM" bad guy while Vincent actually got to show different emotions and made him more than just that but his voice was typical "deep and menacing bad guy voice with effect".
Not really sure who to go with
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:49 PM on Mon Nov 25 2013
What gets me every time is the awkward silence after James Sie laughs at his "attracted to you" pun. Really it's the only right way to respond to said joke.
said at 6:18 PM on Mon Nov 25 2013
Mandarin was also voiced by Barry Dennen very recently in the Lego Marvel shorts
said at 3:01 PM on Thu Oct 3 2013
James Sie is my pick. Something about his lighter, more "normal" sounding voice comes off as the most threatening. Close behind him would be Ed Gilbert, Robert Ito, and Fred Tatasciore (in Marvel Heroes.) Vincent Tong is generic, sounding more like Shredder than the Mandarin. And Bernard Cowan...what a cheesy stereotype!
said at 5:10 AM on Mon Sep 23 2013
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I'm going to be honest here... I never liked Fred Tatasciore's voice for the Mandarin.

Sure he has the accent down well but there's nothing that stands out about it, compare to the creepy whispery threat that Ed Gilbert had in his voice or just the downright deepness, power and threat that Vincent Tong had.
I'm sorry but even though his performance in Marvel Heroes is a step up: Fred was never that great as the Mandarin, in my opinion of course :)
said at 1:28 AM on Mon Sep 23 2013
It's amazing how things can change in a few days' time. Around this time last week, IIRC, Tatasciore was either tied or behind James Sie and now with his Marvel Heroes performace, he's in the lead.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:24 AM on Sun Sep 22 2013
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Listening to him as Shang Tusng, I think Jim Cummings could do a good Mandarin
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:36 AM on Sun Sep 22 2013
Wow Fred moved up in the polls really fast
said at 12:41 PM on Wed Sep 18 2013
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That akward moment when you go to change to Fred but already voted for him.
said at 8:48 PM on Tue Sep 17 2013
Wow, Fred is pretty awesome in Marvel Heroes. I'll go with him.
said at 8:11 PM on Tue Sep 17 2013
If I hadn't already changed my vote to Fred Tatasciore, I would now based on his Marvel Heroes performance. Having said that, now that Fred's MH's performance is up... *once again dances like an idiot*
said at 7:07 PM on Tue Sep 17 2013
Now that Fred's Marvel Heroes performance has been added I'm changing my vote to him.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 6:38 PM on Tue Sep 17 2013
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Knew Fred at it in him
said at 3:13 PM on Mon Jun 3 2013
Ed Gilbert for me. He sounds more imposing than Tong and doesn't even need a modulator.

Vincent Tong is good too, not quite as much as Ed but still he did pretty well.

Robert Ito does a decent impression of Ed but it's noticeably higher but is still menacing and fitting.

James Sie's accent sounds a bit iffy and coupled with his delivery makes the Mandarin seem a little camp and maybe over-the-top. That being said, I still enjoyed his performance.

Fred Tatasciore suffers from having his depiction speaking through someone else, leaving Fred unable to shine. He makes a fist of it though and could do really good if he reprised the role.

Bernard Cowan, I guess was OK back then, but now it isn't threatening or really fitting at all. The attempted accent is also just sorta...not right.
said at 8:16 AM on Wed Jul 10 2013

Tatasciore reprised the role for Marvel Heroes.
said at 8:35 AM on Sat Jul 27 2013

Oh awesome, thanks for the heads up
said at 10:29 AM on Fri Oct 18 2013
@Cheesyfeet106 Well, thanks to the new clip, Fred has been bumped up to second place! That means that my new listing is:

1. Ed Gilbert
2. Fred Tatasciore
3. Vincent Tong
4. Robert Ito
5. James Sie
6. Bernard Cowen
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 10:48 PM on Tue May 21 2013
Guys, let's keep the discussion of "Iron Man 3"-related things in the appropriate forum, shall we? ;)
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:00 PM on Tue May 7 2013
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I'm going with James Sie. Ed Gilbert and Vincent Tong were great too. Also, I won't spoil it here, but I love what they did with Mandarin in Iron Man 3
said at 5:01 PM on Sat May 4 2013
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tong should pay shredder
said at 4:18 PM on Mon Dec 3 2012
I'm with the other three people who voted for James Sie.
said at 3:29 AM on Wed Sep 26 2012
We Need George Takei as the Mandarin. Oh My!
said at 9:48 AM on Thu Jul 26 2012
Vincent Tong for me, but not by very much.

Ed Gilbert and James Si are at close seconds.

Robert Ito does an okay impression of Gilbert, but I don't really care about the other two in this role.
said at 2:55 PM on Sun May 20 2012
1. Vincent Tong
2. James Sie
3. Ed Gilbert
4. Fred Tatasciore
5. Robert Ito
said at 8:50 AM on Wed Apr 18 2012
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Going odd man out, but I'm going with James Sie for the Mandarin, though Vincent Tong, Robert Ito, Ed Gilbert, and Fred Tatasciore were also good.
said at 7:32 AM on Mon Mar 11 2013

Maybe this is because Ben Kingsley is gave the character a deeper voice for Iron Man 3, but I'm gonna change my vote to Fred Tatasciore since his voice is more imposing.
said at 9:34 PM on Thu Apr 21 2011
Tie between James Sie and Vincent Tong, though I'm leaning towards the latter.
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Who do you think has been the best from these Mandarin voice actors?
Bernard Cowan
Ed Gilbert
Robert Ito
Fred Tatasciore
James Sie
Vincent Tong
John DiMaggio
Barry Dennen