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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Xehanort / Ansem with sound clips and images.
Xehanort is a former apprentice of Ansem the Wise, the sage-king of Radiant Garden. Having a great curiosity about the true nature of the heart, especially the darkness that lingers within it, Xehanort, along with five other apprentices of Ansem, conducted horrible experiments on abducted people, resulting in the creation of the creatures now known as the "Heartless". Xehanort eventually took his master's name and wrote a detailed report on his findings. When Ansem the Wise discovers these inhumane experiments, Xehanort banishes him to the Realm of Nothingness with his newfound dark powers and used the Heartless to ravage other worlds.

His ultimate plan is to collect enough hearts to form Kingdom Hearts, the heart in which all that exist are evolved from. With Kingdom Hearts, he would obtain ultimate power, control and knowledge.

Xehanort gave in to the darkness and split into two beings: "Ansem", the main antagonist of the first game, and Xemnas, the leader of Organization XIII and the main antagonist of the second game. Xehanort, as "Ansem", is voiced by Billy Zane in the English version of the first Kingdom Hearts game. In all other appearances, he is voiced by Richard Epcar.
Created by CatsTuxedo on Fri Jun 11 2010, 52 Comments, Add Comment
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Kingdom Hearts (2002)
AnsemBilly Zane
Billy Zane
Kingdom Hearts II (2006)
AnsemRichard Epcar
Richard Epcar

EDITOR'S OPINION

I think Billy Zane delivers a more memorable and believable performance than Richard Epcar does; Epcar's performance sounds more like a typical "anime villain". [Cat's Tuxedo]

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IAMTHEVASTUNIVERSE
said at 7:05 PM on Sat Aug 23 2014
Billy Zane isn't half bad a fairly solid performance but I love Richard Epcar's performance here its quite different from what he usually does when it comes to his voice work. Richard simply stands out more in a positive manner if he could apply this type of gravitas to his anime voice work he would be a much better actor for it.
HienFan
said at 8:06 PM on Sun Jun 8 2014
Richard sounds better in ReChain of Memories, he sounds really bland in KH2

Zane seems unlikely to return(why did Square hire so many celebrities in 1 for anyway, they have a pretty pricey fee) and while he's memorable, Epcar sounds a lot darker
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:16 AM on Sat Oct 19 2013
I have finished Kingdom Hearts HD and watched a little of Richard in CoM, and I pretty much have to go with the consensus that Billy Zane completely mastered this character while Richard struggles to find his footing in the role..

Even when Epcar isn't hamming it up for all it's worth like in this clip (which was according to the others here due to bad direction), he doesn't have an ounce of charisma in comparison, he sounds absolutely generic. When I listen to Billy Zane, he's charismatic, mysterious, wise, and powerful. He practically lives and breaths this character. He gives Ansem a presence that's just perfect.

Billy Zane is a no-brainer, but Richard does at least manage to sound passable.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:17 AM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy *breathes
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 5:58 PM on Thu Oct 3 2013
I said it before but it's worth repeating. Billy Zane gives the character much more of a malevolent and theatrical "Disney Villain" flare, whereas Richard Epcar gives him the vocal performance he gives to many of his anime villains. And it's a really good vocal performance (though the one in the clip is atrocious, but that was the voice director's fault, not Epcar's) but it doesn't fit Ansem the way Zane did. I can hear Zane's voice coming from a villain in a major Disney movie!

Of course, Richard Epcar is fine at doing his own thing rather than try to copy Zane. But if they wanted a better Zane impression, I wonder why they didn't cast Jamieson Price?
MilanTheVillain01
said at 3:13 AM on Sun Nov 3 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus Ironically enough, even though Richard Epcar did his own take from Re: CoM onwards, in DDD, he ends up, to me, sounding (completely unintentionally) pretty damn close to Billy Zane.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 1:03 PM on Tue Nov 5 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 I haven't heard much of him in 3D (haven't played it, probably never will), but that's a sign that he has improved at making the character his own, even if he'll never be Billy Zane.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 4:38 PM on Tue Nov 5 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus That's the point I'm trying to make here.
The more Rchard Epcar does his own thing, the more it, ironically, sounds like a Billy Zane impression.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 1:03 PM on Sun Nov 10 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 And that's good!
MilanTheVillain01
said at 9:46 PM on Sat Sep 28 2013
It was nice hearing Billy Zane as Ansem again in the KH 1.5 HD ReMix, although I honestly would've liked to have heard how Richard Epcar would've done, if he were given the chance.
Ross123
said at 9:44 AM on Mon Sep 23 2013
Brilliant performance from both though I've got 2 go with Richard as Billy Zane only did 1 game but most of u think KH 1.5 counts but it's really just a re-release of old KH games & to me that doesn't count.
Dark_Fiction
said at 11:37 PM on Tue Aug 27 2013
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I think Clancy Brown woulda been a great Ansem/Xehanort as well
Azrael99
said at 3:12 AM on Sun Mar 24 2013
Yes and Zane also sounds far more like a younger Leonard Nimoy than Epcar does .
5glitchers5
said at 4:15 PM on Mon Mar 25 2013
@Azrael99 Not only that they are at least keeping Billy Zane's voice for 1.5 so we get to hear him in HQ!
MilanTheVillain01
said at 5:27 AM on Wed Mar 27 2013
@5glitchers5 No way! Are you serious? That's awesome!!

Although it's going to be really jarring hearing him again, after I've gotten so used to Epcar. But, it will be a change for the better, at least for now.
5glitchers5
said at 8:47 PM on Thu Feb 21 2013
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Another thing is ever time I hear Richard Epcar the first thing that comes to my mind is the Joker, and I loved Billy Zane as Ansem, his skin-ton, appearance, and his voice just added creepy-ness and truly sounds like a man obsessed with darkness, and he should've voice Ansem in all other appearances.
TheTrueYuma
said at 1:58 AM on Tue Jan 15 2013
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Billy Zane - treats Ansem The Seeker of Darkness like a character he's playing in a movie.

Richard Epcar - treats him like he's a villain from a Japanese anime.

Zane is the clear winner. I do wish that instead of Richard Epcar they used Patrick Seitz (Frederic Francois Chopin) or Keith David. Both of them would have been better choices for the role. Heck, I bet Square Enix was planning to use Epcar as Ansem The Seeker of Darkness all along, in other words, he didn't have to audition.
5glitchers5
said at 10:52 AM on Sat Feb 16 2013
@TheTrueYuma Your right he would've been a better replacement, ut I wouldn't mind if Zane only reprised his role for KH re:com because all of his battle uotes except a defeat quote are the same and he has the most lines in that game
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:01 PM on Thu May 16 2013
@TheTrueYuma I recall reading an interview where Richard talked about how he became Ansem. They actually didn't cast Richard right from the beginning, however it is true that he didn't have to audition. Square basically just decided to pick one of Otsuka's roles and cast his English voice as Ansem. They ended up picking Batou from Ghost in the Shell.
TheAtticus
said at 2:54 AM on Tue Sep 11 2012
It's close, it's really close, but I went with Zane because he's not quite as hammy as Epcar.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 12:37 AM on Fri Sep 7 2012
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Young Xehanort in BBS (David Gallagher) sounds like Richard Epcar, only younger.
While Young Xehanort in DDD (Ben Diskin) sounds like Billy Zane, but younger.
Does anyone else find that weird, or is it just me?
Azrael99
said at 10:55 PM on Sun Mar 24 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 I wouldn`t exactly say " weird " . It only makes sense one of the younger VAs would have been directed to sound like one of the older VAs and the other younger VAs would have been directed to sound like the other older VA .
MilanTheVillain01
said at 11:27 PM on Sun Mar 24 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 I only say weird because I thought I'd be the only one to make that connection.
Torak
said at 2:49 PM on Tue Aug 7 2012
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Zane is a lot more neutral, epic, and passionate than Epcar, but he has gotten better in Re:COM, while in KH2 she sounds very forced. I would rank them as:

Zane < Epcar (Re: COM, all other later games.) < Epcar (KH2)
GothamRed
said at 10:38 PM on Sat Oct 27 2012
@Torak so you rate Zane as the worst and Epcar in KH2 as the best?
Torak
said at 4:45 AM on Sun Oct 28 2012
@GothamRed Oops, no it's the other way around sorry! (Can't do crocodile clips lol!)
ConfusedPhantom
said at 2:44 PM on Tue Aug 7 2012
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Wow, Epcar really improved in KH3D. It won't change my vote, but wowzers.
Dark Kuja
said at 11:58 PM on Wed Aug 1 2012
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Persoanlly, I think Clancy Brown would make the perfect voice for Heartless Ansem, but out of the two, I have to go with Billy Zane.
xxLNPxx
said at 1:59 AM on Tue Jul 31 2012
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Kh one is when the event was actually happening and kh2 is the flashback. so i like both but because of the different use of the scenes its hard to say. both are good regardless tho
xxLNPxx
said at 1:57 AM on Tue Jul 31 2012
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I honestly think both were great but its hard for me to say because the background music makes the lines hit me different or I should say the mood is different.
immblueversion
said at 2:17 AM on Tue Mar 20 2012
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While I prefer Billy Zane as Ansem/Xehanort, I believe Richard Epcar does a far better job with the role in later games than he does in his debut in KH2, where he is clearly trying to find his footing while being expected to replicate Zane's performance, thus causing his own performance to suffer.
Thamauturge
said at 9:43 PM on Wed Feb 1 2012
I managed to extract absolutely everything that Billy Zane says as Ansem. I put it all into a five minute Youtube video compilation that you can view here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHqh3QmUkvc

Since it is taken directly out of the game, the quality is the greatest possible and there is no music to interfere. I highly recommend that you switch his clip to an excerpt from this.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 12:52 AM on Sun Jan 15 2012
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Richard Epcar does a great anime villain voice, but Billy Zane's more powerful and theatrical performance sounds more fitting for a Disney villain. Which, despite the "anime-esque" design, is what Ansem is. Epcar played the role MUCH better in "Re:Chain of Memories" than he did in KH2 (his forced performance in the sound clip was TERRIBLE due to bad direction and he admitted it) but still doesn't capture Ansem as well as Zane did.
Caley
said at 7:31 PM on Wed Jan 11 2012
Zane's performance is nuanced. Mr Epcar's just lucky that big, wooden guys came into vogue.

said at 7:02 PM on Fri Oct 21 2011
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to be honest Richard was going a little to strong on the ending with the "DARKNESS FILL ME WITH POWER" line :/
Thamauturge
said at 5:55 PM on Sat Oct 15 2011
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Honestly Billy Zane wins because of not only his amazing regular performance, but also his amazing battle quotes delivery which you can hear here.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7K-jvEzJto
ConfusedPhantom
said at 4:23 PM on Wed Sep 7 2011
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Gonna go with Billy Zane. His voice is just...so...epic sounding. It has so much passion to it, you can tell he had a lot of fun with it.

I love Epcar. He got better with time, but it can get forced at times. Not to mention, going from Zane to Epcar...it's a bit too big of a change.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:28 PM on Sun Jul 31 2011
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I dunno, I like Ansem with a much deeper voice and Epcar does provide that. Zane is very good though
MatthewC17
said at 1:28 PM on Fri Jun 24 2011
Billy Zane was amazing he's known for being a villain except in Pocahontas II in which he is John Rolfe
Rocket_Giovanni
said at 8:00 PM on Sat Mar 19 2011
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@Tomi: HUH? BBS revealed that Xehanort was an old man with a penchant for incredibly hammy delivery of his lines and actions. Billy Zane fit that MUCH better than Richard Epcar.
tomi (Guest)
said at 7:56 AM on Mon Jan 3 2011
I think Epcar,s voice , echoing heartless arrogance and monotone and nearly completely unemotional set simply suits better in my book than Zane,s. Zane,s voice was bit more gracious/flamboyant in my ears, and i think colder voice fits Xehanort more.
Especially now after seeing character,s true origins in Birth By Sleep( which i dont want say out loud here, to avoid spoilers to others), it just somehow fits better.
But that,s just my point of view, alas...
axel (Guest)
said at 11:33 PM on Sat Nov 20 2010
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I would have to say Richard Epcar, I think a lower voice for Ansem/Xehanort is more better. But thats just my opinion. More people like Zane, but I'm sticking with Epcar :)
jonhardwick (Guest)
said at 5:44 PM on Fri Oct 15 2010
Richard Epcar cant beat Zane. BUT Epar is the best voice of Mr. Noisy.
jonhardwick (Guest)
said at 5:42 PM on Fri Oct 15 2010
Zane rules!
ally (Guest)
said at 4:31 PM on Fri Oct 8 2010
No comparison. Zane. Epcar is wooden and shows little signs of craft.
danesoul (Guest)
said at 11:19 PM on Sat Sep 18 2010
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Richard Epcar is a much better Ansem/Xehanort he has a much Darker voice that fits his role as Ansem/Xehanort well..Zane was good but not as Good as Richard keep up the perfect work Richard
omegars (Guest)
said at 3:02 AM on Sat Aug 14 2010
Zane. Zane. Zane. Zane. Zane. Not only was Zane more believable, Epcar said all the same lines as Zane, and made them super over the top. Not one of Epcar's best performances.
ansonairre (Guest)
said at 5:56 PM on Thu Jul 15 2010
Oh comeon. . . Zane for sure.
jonhardwick (Guest)
said at 11:00 PM on Mon Jun 21 2010
mr. noisy (epcar) was a good ansem but zane takes the cake.
tomi (Guest)
said at 7:50 AM on Tue Jun 15 2010
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Sorry to disagree, but i personally like Epcar over Zane. Yet, both did decent performence, yet, alas, i think Epcar was the one whom crafted this villanous bastard into his true form. Then again, this might have something to do with my usual hatred of big stars making voice overs instead of real voice actors, with few exceptions, of course.
d20watt (Guest)
said at 9:13 PM on Fri Jun 11 2010
I like Richard Epcar. But his voice for Ansem just didn't suit him well.

Billy Zane had a much evil feel to his voice. Also much younger.
xattm (Guest)
said at 8:38 PM on Fri Jun 11 2010
zane is the best and i wished he'd continued voicing xehanort/ansem. while I admit i am starting to get use to epcar, zane is still my choice.


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