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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Nightmare with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Kirby

The first thing Kirby had to a real, straight-out, evil-for-the-sake of evil villain, Nightmare is the antagonist of the series's second game, Kirby's Adventure. A demonic being who poisoned the Fountain of Dreams, infecting all of Dream Land with horrible nightmares, the only way to contain him was by breaking up the Star Rod. Unfortunately, because the one who did that was King Dedede, Kirby wound up releasing Nightmare by reassembling the Rod, thinking Dedede had greedy plans of his own with it. Luckily though, they were able to quickly reverse things by using the Star Rod to vanquish Nightmare once and for all.

In the anime, Nightmare owns the mysterious, galaxy-spanning NME Corporation, which profits by selling monsters that destroy and claim worlds for him to conquer. Though usually represented by his trusty customer service representative, Nightmare himself appears in the series's final few episodes and reveals himself as the true mastermind.
Created by NCZ on Mar 27 2017
Kirby: Right Back at Ya! (2002)
NightmareAndrew Rannells
Andrew Rannells
Kirby 3D
NightmareMichael Sinterniklaas
Michael Sinterniklaas


I gotta say it's pretty rare to hear Andrew Rannells hamming it up in a villainous role like this. All things considered, he slips into the part pretty well, playing Nightmare just as the gleefully-wicked villain he is. Michael Sinterniklaas, just like as Takumi, is a pretty effortless replacement, sounding almost scarily similar.



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said at 12:07 AM on Fri Apr 21 2017
I realize I keep voting for the losing side on these Kirby compares... including this guy

THey are both good but I dunno I thought Michael was a bit better
said at 1:08 PM on Sun Apr 2 2017
1. Hisao
2. Andrew
3. Michael
said at 3:57 PM on Tue Mar 28 2017
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Andrew honestly sounded a lot like Mike, so getting him as a backup was pretty much perfect. Andrew honestly sounds more like Mike than Mike does! XD

Anyways, Andrew may be a tad young sounding, but his energy sure makes up for it. And that laugh was great! Almost Mark Hamill Joker-esque.

Mike has a pretty good impression, but he lacks the energy and wicked glee that made Rannels' portrayal so fun.

Personally, I think 4Kids could've used someone like J. David Brimmer if they wanted to get closer to the Japanese VA.
said at 1:02 PM on Mon Apr 3 2017
@GreenGoblin75 "Personally, I think 4Kids could've used someone like J. David Brimmer if they wanted to get closer to the Japanese VA."

Or FB Owens. Or Dan Green. Or even possibly someone like Scottie Ray. FWIW, btw, Liquid Snake has the same Japanese VA with a much softer voice in the English dub. & no one seems to complain there. Wonder why tbh.
said at 9:06 AM on Tue Mar 28 2017
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Andrew Rannells is pretty awesome in this role. While I may prefer his Japanese VA a bit more, I have to give Andrew credit for going in a different direction with the voice, but one that still sounds rather sinister and enjoyably hammy as well!

Michael Sinterniklaas does a great impression of Andrew though. It would be nice to hear him as Nightmare again with more material honestly.

But yeah I'm gonna have to vote for Andrew Rannells for this one.
said at 7:55 AM on Tue Mar 28 2017
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They're both a lot of fun to listen to I think.

I do think Rannells is clearly having a blast playing this character as he's hamming it up as much as he possibly could with a character like this. While I do think his delivery does come off as somewhat awkward at times, his energy and incredibly goofy voice make up for it.

Sinterniklaas is pretty damn good at imitating Rannells. It's not 100% perfect, but it does come incredibly close, and he sounds like he's also having a ton of fun playing the character as well.
said at 10:36 PM on Mon Mar 27 2017
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Neither of them are doing it for me. They're too light, especially with that design and who originally voiced him.
said at 5:38 AM on Tue Mar 28 2017
@CatsTuxedo - When you say "who originally voiced him" do you mean the Japanese dub?
said at 8:12 AM on Tue Mar 28 2017
@CatsTuxedo I'm pretty sure Dan Green or Ted Lewis could've played Nightmare better. Sure those are cliché choices, but it'll fit better than Archie/Harley.
said at 9:00 AM on Tue Mar 28 2017
@Ghosty404 Dan Green would've worked pretty well actually! Didn't Nightmare and Customer Service both have the same VA in the Japanese version as well?
said at 12:43 PM on Tue Mar 28 2017
@HylianBelmont I'd really love hearing Ted Lewis here, myself.
said at 12:54 PM on Tue Mar 28 2017
@Metabad He'd probably be great as Nightmare as well definitely. I remember he voiced a crow character on their show with a vocal filter I believe? If he used that voice for Nightmare instead, and made the delivery more sinister. Then I could see him making an amazing Nightmare!
said at 1:00 PM on Mon Apr 3 2017
@Metabad I think someone like J. David Brimmer or FB Owens would have basically brought the same attributes, I feel. Although Dan Green's a very good choice as well.
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said at 10:05 PM on Mon Mar 27 2017
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Andrew Rannells is really great in this role. One of his best roles. He does a good job hamming it up.

Michael Sinterniklaas is a good soundalike but he could be much better in this role.
said at 9:30 PM on Mon Mar 27 2017
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While I think Andrews could've casted someone better than himself for that design (I think he was the casting director too?), he does the sadistic pure evil angle quite deliciously.

Sinterniklaas sounds pretty decent, a good soundalike but I dunno, he could be hammier.. then again, it's more of the material. Would like him to take another whack at it, if Nintendo gives Kirby another anime.

Scott McNeil or Paul Dobson could give these two a good run for their money, as well as Chris Ayres. If we're going with young sounding voice actors, maybe Ben Diskin?

Also those two look so similar, seeing them together..
said at 9:20 PM on Mon Mar 27 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Andrew Rannells
2. Michael Sinterniklaas

Andrew Rannells kind of sounds like a sadistic version of his Harley performance from Pokemon as Nightmare, and I actually really love his take on the role: it's got such a creepy, yet hammy factor to it, like he's enjoying chewing up the scenery.

Michael Sinterniklaas is a pretty good replacement, all things considered, and does the role of Nightmare justice in his own right- an almost seamless impression, if a bit more reserved.
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