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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Grim Reaper with sound clips and images.
Grim Reaper is a Marvel Comics supervillain who first appeared in The Avengers #52 May (1968). Eric Williams was considered the black sheep of the Williams family and grew up to be a gambler and professional criminal, eventually becoming a member of the Maggia. When his younger brother Simon (as Wonder Man) supposedly died at the hands of the Avengers, Eric swore revenge on them. With contacts from the Maggia, he hires the Tinkerer for his plot and he builds on his right arm a scythe which can cut through almost anything and can fire energy blasts and electricity shocks. The scythe also contained a device created by Ultron that could put any person into a coma. Eric then takes the pseudonym Grim Reaper and nearly defeats the Avengers on his first outing, but was defeated by the Black Panther. He then forms the Lethal Legion with the likes of the Living Laser, Man-Ape, and the Swordsman and the group fought the Avengers, but they were defeated by the Vision. The Grim Reaper has remained a constant threat to the Avengers ever since.

Created by UltimateCharm on Mon Aug 6 2012, 14 Comments, Add Comment
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The Avengers: United They Stand (1999)
Grim ReaperUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009)
Grim ReaperRick D Wasserman
Rick D Wasserman
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010)
Grim ReaperLance Henriksen
Lance Henriksen
Marvel Heroes (2013)
Grim ReaperRobin Atkin Downes
Robin Atkin Downes

EDITOR'S OPINION

For the Marvel Universe Voice Compare we look at the Avengers supervillain and Wonder Man's brother, the Grim Reaper

Unknown Voice Actor - (If anyone knows who voices the Grim Reaper in United They Stand, please let us at Behind the Voice Actors know) The voice for Grim Reaper in the show was fine. It gives Grim Reaper a personality of mania and arrogance but becomes over the top at times.

Rick D. Wasserman - The Grim Reaper here is a just a hired goon and Wasserman was serviceable for the part. He plays Grim Reaper with a sense of smugness and villainous professionalism.

Lance Henriksen - The Grim Reaper in Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes was reimagined as a psychotic mercenary-for-hire for HYDRA and who better to voice a character like that than Lance Henriksen. Henriksen gives the Grim Reaper a creepy, sadistic voice with a not-so-subtle hint of bloodlust and its one of the best performances of the show.

All three were great as the Grim Reaper, but I'm leaning towards Lance Henriksen.


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Polyester Funk
said at 12:12 AM on Tue Jul 8 2014
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Lance Henrikson. He has the perfect voice for a guy named Grim Reaper.

Rick Wasserman is quite good, too. And he sounds like Clancy Brown.

Robin sounds OK, but it's a brief clip so I can't really judge.
chaosincarnate
said at 9:40 AM on Sat Nov 30 2013
Rick D Wasserman and Lance Lance Henriksen are the only VA's that seem to fit the character IMHO. Lance sounds a little too old IMO, so I prefer Rick's voice. Still, Lance got much more than one line, and did sound genuinely threatening, so he earns my vote.
Fulgore2005
said at 2:43 AM on Thu Sep 5 2013
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Lance is the only one to do the character justice IMO.
VctrBnsn
said at 12:17 PM on Tue Aug 20 2013
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Lance was great, but her sometimes felt a bit inconsistent at times as well. He was still awesome though. His acting outshines pretty much everyone else here.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:58 AM on Tue Aug 20 2013
Robin's voice is a little inconstant, sometimes sounding raspier than other times. That said, he was pretty good.

He's not Lance good but I'd tie him with Rick
coolgeek176
said at 9:47 AM on Sun Nov 11 2012
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I like Lance Henrikson the most here. Rick D Wasserman is good too. I think the unknown voice actor is just awful.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 1:07 AM on Sun Aug 12 2012
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I want to like Unknown but his delivery is off, a bit too nasally and too over the top at times/

Rick is pretty good (sounds like Clancy Brown) and should have gotten more lines.

Lance hands down
Metabad
said at 7:50 PM on Tue Aug 7 2012
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The Unknown's voice is probably the most nasally and stilted voice I've ever heard. Honestly, he sounds more like Beavis than a professional criminal.

Rick Wasserman sounds pretty good and definitely shows potential, but if those were all his lines then he didn't really have a lot of material to work with.

I really like Lance Henriksen's gruff growling voice. It definitely fits the re-imagining of the character.

Overall I think I'm gonna go with Lance on this one, though Rick is a pretty close second. The Unknown voice actor just didn't do it for me at all, so he's dead last.
pete
said at 10:28 PM on Tue Aug 7 2012
@Metabad Well since he's called the Grim Reaper the unknown VA is kind of how the actual skeleton Grim Reaper should sound. A skeleton would have a nasally voice like that and Lance's is pretty good for a more menacing Grim Reaper(again actual skeleton) should sound with Rick sounding a bit like Lance so I'll say the same for him.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 1:50 AM on Wed Aug 8 2012
@pete I could be wrong, but I don't think Marvel's Grim Reaper is supposed to be an actual skeleton.
pete
said at 8:28 PM on Wed Aug 8 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight Didn't say that. I meant it's close to how the actual, fictional, skeleton Grim Reaper. Since that's where his namesake it would make a bit of sense for him to sound like that. Plus it's probably a voice changer and not the characters's actual voice judging by his suit.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 1:49 PM on Tue Aug 7 2012
My vote is for Lance.

Although, I find it interesting that Rick's version sounds similar to Lance's in a way, like a younger version of Lance's.
Anicomicgeek
said at 10:43 PM on Mon Aug 6 2012
I'm gonna go with Lance Henriksen. His Grim Reaper was really creepy.
NachoElephant
said at 8:20 PM on Mon Aug 6 2012
I vote for Lance Henriksen


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