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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Punisher with sound clips and images.


Created by Pokejedservo on Tue Mar 8 2011, 60 Comments, Add Comment
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Spider-Man (1994) (1994)
Punisher / Frank CastleJohn Beck
John Beck
Spider-Man (2000)
Punisher / Frank CastleDaran Norris
Daran Norris
The Punisher: The Video Game (2005)
Punisher / Frank CastleThomas Jane
Thomas Jane
The Super Hero Squad Show (2009)
Punisher / Frank CastleRay Stevenson
Ray Stevenson
Iron Man: Rise of Technovore (2013)
Punisher / Frank CastleNorman Reedus
Norman Reedus
Marvel Super Hero Squad Online (2011)
Punisher / Frank CastleCrispin Freeman
Crispin Freeman
Marvel Heroes (2013)
Punisher / Frank CastleMarc Worden
Marc Worden
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (2013)
Punisher / Frank CastleRobin Atkin Downes
Robin Atkin Downes
Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher (2014)
Punisher / Frank CastleBrian Bloom
Brian Bloom

EDITOR'S OPINION

Today on the Marvel Universe VC section we have one of the most infamous personifications of the concept known as a "Anti-Hero" namely... THE PUNISHER! While the Punisher has been around since the 70's, the Punisher made his VA debut in a few episodes of the '94 Spider Man series (in which Punisher made his debut in Spider Man's comics about a couple of decades beforehand) voiced by John Beck. First of all yes there have been horror stories about how heavily censored the series is but to be fair the show does openly acknowledge how violent the Punisher can be and openly tried to show his love of lethal force (even if he is frequently told not to and doesn't get to actually kill anyone). Anyways with that said while I do notice that John Beck's voice for the Punisher is the lightest one here (at least compared to the others) but I actually don't think its that bad really as it still does work for the role pretty well. John's performance as the Punisher did work as well as it did reflect the Punisher's personality as a guy who on one hand is a little too willing to be an executioner but on the other hand values saving the innocent from evil more than his own well-being. John Beck's performance as the Punisher wasn't one of the best performances in the Spider Man '94 series but it was a good example of the voice work in the show nevertheless.

Punisher made his VA debut in Video Games much like his VA debut in general by being in the Spider Man (2000) game voiced by Darran Norris (who voiced several other characters in that game). Daran's voice for the role had a low and gruff tone which did work for the role pretty well as for Daran's performance well the Punisher was depicted as having a calmer personality than usual but Daran does a decent job in trying to get that to work. Basically while Daran's work as the Punisher is not one of his best performances but it is a good example of his work and one of his better performances in that game.

Now for the following 2 VA's here are the folks whom played Punisher from the 2 Hollywood Live Action Punisher movies released in the 2000's in which we shall start this off with THQ's Punisher game in which Thomas Jane reprises his role. Thomas' voice for the role was genuinely fitting as it had a deep rough edge which worked for the role well and Thomas' performance had a good mixture of being menacing yet somber as well. Basically to make a long story short Thomas Jane's performance in the Punisher game was easily one of the better performances in that game.

Last but not least is oddly enough when Punisher had a cameo role in a episode of the Super Hero Squad Show in which Ray Stevenson reprises the role of Punisher. Unlike his 2004 counterpart, Punisher's appearance in the show was a comical satire of his usual persona (in which in this case was the only way how the idea of getting Punisher in this show at all could actually work). Basically as you can hear in this clip that the show tried to spoof the Punisher's tendency to go into monologues about how crime-infested the city is and on how its up to him to get rid of crime. Ray had a fairly deep menacing voice that works for the role and I must say I liked on how despite that this is a light and silly spoof of the Punisher, Ray's performance still gives a great sense of menacing intensity yet still works with the show's comedic nature and could really admire Ray's acting skills for that. Overall I am not sure who to go with here as all of these guys did well in their own ways.

(Update: Norman Reedus' work as Punisher is not bad by its own merits but his voice for the role is kind of iffy as it doesn't feel so natural for the role here. Norman's performance does lack the ferocity of those such as Thomas Jane but it does have a suitable Anti-Hero feel though which is of course essential for the role here. But while Norman's work is not one of the best takes of the role but it is certainly not a bad one though. As for Crispin Freeman's work as Punisher in MSHSO it was very good as while his performance does suit the comedic nature of the game but I can quite easily picture Crispin being able to do a flat-out serious depiction of the role well enough here. Marc Worden's work as Puniher in Marvel Heroes is alright as while it does suit the Punisher's persona pretty granted the slight southern accent did seem a little strange at first but I got over that pretty quickly. Now as for Robin Atkin Downes as Punisher in Lego Marvel Super Heroes its pretty good as it does have a suitably gruff and raspy feel to it. While Robin's work as Punisher does suit the game's comedic nature but does suit the role pretty well. As for Brian Bloom's work as Punisher in Avengers Confidential it was really good. Brian's performance has a suitably gruff and brooding feel but I like on how he plays Punisher as a more symapathetic antii-hero and does it rather well. So in other words I do think that Brian's work as Punisher is a very fine example of his voice work and one of the better renditions of the role here. So in other words Norman is okay, Marc and Robin pretty good and Crispin is rather good and has quite the potential here while Brian's work on the role is VERY good.)


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Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:19 PM on Wed Aug 6 2014
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1. Thomas Jane: Not many can translate a great live action role to voice acting but Thomas does so greatly. He's dark and brooding but is able to convey sympathy. He mixes the gritty side without making him one note or over doing the "anti-hero" personality. He just IS the Punisher.

2. Brian Bloom: Much like Thomas, he just nails the rough and gruff personality but he is able to show the personality rather nice. The movie only had one scene of Punisher being sympathetic but Brian nails it without losing the gruffness.

3. Ray Stevenson: Yeah he's playing a spoof of Punisher but he makes it work (to be fair this is a better example than the live action movie Ray starred in). He showed he can work with a gruff voice but still able to show a range of emotion. He deserves another shot at Punisher to say the least.

4. Cripsin Freeman: Needs to be a little lower but he still fits the personality to a T. He's got a gruff enough voice and he is able to be funny when needed. Crispin has potential and I think in a non-comical material Crispin could be even better.

5. Marc Worden: The accent is a surprisingly good fit and works well with his suitabley deep and gruff voice however Marc is a bit one note in the personalty department. Though in his defense the game just has Punisher just do one liners and Marc just needed to sound cool (though I would love a version of a game where Punisher shouts out sad one liners: "Sometimes I cry myself to sleep!" "I wish someone ask me I how I really feel!"). Getting back on track, Marc just needed to sound cool and he does so nicely.

6. Norman Reedus: I'm sure those who saw Norman as Daryl they pretty much expected him to get a chance as Punisher and he does decently so. He's got a good gruff voice even if he could have been a little lower however each line almost seems flat, I know Punisher isn't the most emotional character but he just seemed monotone on some lines. I'll get Norman some slack as on-top of being his first voice acting job since it was an anime he probably had to try and fit the mouth flaps so the fact that he sounds that good despite that shows his potential.

7. Robin Atkin Downes: He gets the job done, it was a small role so he didn't get a lot to work with. Still he's just the generic idea of the Punisher, he's gruff and deep enough but that's about it.

8. Daran Norris: Too breathy but decent if not a little forgetable. I think he can do better if given a second chance.

9. John Beck: Too high and not gruff enough and doesn't always sound that menacing.
Comicfan117
said at 12:53 PM on Thu Jul 10 2014
Anyone think that George Newbern as the Punisher would be a success using his Sephiroth voice
WoodstockProd
said at 12:52 PM on Fri Mar 21 2014
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Basically, everyone on the left is great, and everyone on the right is terrible except Ray
Fairfieldfencer
said at 7:45 AM on Wed Mar 19 2014
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Jane's still my favourite, but Bloom has earned a well-earned second place. He deserves it on this compare to, so I'll toss him a vote.
Comicfan117
said at 10:26 AM on Tue Mar 18 2014
Brian was great, he was my third favorite Punisher in voice and overall
Lpfan120
said at 11:25 AM on Mon Mar 17 2014
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Brian, you make a badass Punisher, but I'm sorry, Thomas Jane IS Frank Castle!
BlackSwordfish2419
said at 10:14 AM on Mon Mar 17 2014
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I like to see more of Bloom as Frank, if this is Marvel's way of making the character popular, then they did well. since RCS is Cap, might as well make bloom the opposite side of cap.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 9:35 AM on Mon Mar 17 2014
Wow. Bloom really surprised me. Couldn't tell he also voiced Cap
WWEFAN12ization
said at 10:20 AM on Sun Mar 16 2014
Brian Broom was awesome as the Punisher. He's tied with Thomas Jane as my favorite.
LordofEvil96
said at 10:12 AM on Sun Mar 16 2014
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Brian Bloom was pretty friggin awesome as Punisher. I hope he gets more opportunities to voice the character.
Lion's Edge
said at 9:53 AM on Sun Mar 16 2014
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Brian Bloom was, without a doubt, THE PERFECT Punisher! He's got my vote, easily! Dare I say it, I actually prefer him as Punisher from Cap now!
VctrBnsn
said at 7:55 AM on Sun Mar 16 2014
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Brian Bloom is my new favorite, I'm glad Marvel is using him again.
pete
said at 9:54 PM on Sat Mar 15 2014
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Tying Brian with Thomas, they're both awesome.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:03 PM on Sat Mar 15 2014
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Brian was awesome, he's known for gruff voices so he was a natural choice. He was also great with making Punisher sound tragic when needed and drop some dry humor.

He makes a better Punisher than Cap
Comicfan117
said at 6:32 PM on Mon Feb 3 2014
Brian Bloom is going to voice him in Avengers: Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher
RevolverRikochet
said at 6:33 PM on Wed Jan 29 2014
why is John Beck tied for 3rd place he shouldn't be up there with Reedus thats a joke.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 7:50 PM on Wed Jan 29 2014
@RevolverRikochet Probably because there's a fair chunk of people who think Beck is a good voice for Punisher. That's probably why he's tied for third. :p

Plus, keep in mind that when this voice compare was FIRST made, there were only four choices (the first four, John, Daran, Thomas and Ray). So given the four choices, it's not surprising that Beck got a lot of votes - there were only four options to choose from. As time went on and more choices got added, yeah, votes might've switched around. Beck might've lost him, he might've gained some.
webmastersage
said at 4:31 PM on Wed Jan 8 2014
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Adam Baldwin should voice the Punisher!!!
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 4:51 PM on Wed Jan 8 2014
@webmastersage Only if he's wearing a red, orange and yellow beanie. :-P
VctrBnsn
said at 4:19 PM on Fri Nov 22 2013
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Robin doesn't sound bad, it could work for other projects.
partymonster411
said at 2:45 PM on Fri Nov 22 2013
Robin is ok but dat laugh in background tho
GothamRed
said at 11:17 AM on Fri Nov 22 2013
Who's laughing in the back of Robin's?
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:22 AM on Fri Nov 22 2013
@GothamRed Ghost Rider, when he's just standing he laughs.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:16 AM on Fri Nov 22 2013
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Robin is...kinda meh. he's just doing the basic idea of a Punisher voice, deep and gruff but there isn't anything to remember from it. Though I do find it funny of making the punisher being so "eco friendly"
Also funny "See this face, this is not a happy face" *the pic I went with is of him smiling*
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:27 AM on Fri Nov 22 2013
Also, Punisher should probably never say "tooting"
Silence
said at 9:47 PM on Sat Nov 9 2013
Thomas Jane NAILED his performance as the Punisher. Dark, intimidating and gruff which is absolutely what kind of voice the character needs. I also liked the takes of Ray Stevenson and Norman Reedus, they were very good as well and I wouldn't mind seeing any of these 3 voice the character again! The weakest link is John Beck, who I can only describe by saying this: WAY TOO HIGH.
bumblebeebug
said at 6:51 PM on Mon Oct 28 2013
I wonder what Adam Baldwin would be like as the Punisher.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 7:06 PM on Mon Oct 28 2013
@bumblebeebug

*holds up his biggest gun*

I call it "Vera". ;-D
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 7:02 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
I really don't like this character, but all these voice performances are good for him. Thomas Jane has the darkest voice for him, though.
RevolverRikochet
said at 8:38 PM on Sun Sep 15 2013
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If they do an animated Punisher movie (please Marvel!) i would love to see Thomas Jane voice Punisher again, Punisher needs some justice.
VctrBnsn
said at 5:09 PM on Thu Aug 22 2013
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
I actually think Crispin is better than Marc!!! I think Brian Bloom could do a good Punisher using his Daredevil voice from Marvel Heroes.
Comicfan117
said at 8:47 AM on Mon Mar 3 2014
@VctrBnsn /watch?v=4KVnRR5QIus
VctrBnsn
said at 10:10 AM on Mon Mar 3 2014
@Comicfan117 Just as I predicted.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:15 PM on Wed Aug 21 2013
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Unknown (who sounds like Crispin Freeman) does surprisingly good. It's a good deep gruff voice and it would fit in less comical stuff.

Marc surprised me, he gave a cool gruff and deep voice and made him sound like a solider in a way (if that makes sense). Shame he didn't appear in cutscenes or something with more dialog
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:39 PM on Wed Aug 21 2013
Actually Marc seemed more Sheriff from a Western, which isn't a bad thing to hear from the Punisher.

Still, I like neither are Thomas Jane good
Red524
said at 10:50 PM on Wed Aug 21 2013
The Unknown sounds exactly like Crispin Freeman. Not saying it's definitely him, but that's what he sounds like to me.
BatDevilSpawn
said at 3:24 PM on Wed Jul 17 2013
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John Beck: Beck does not sound very threatening or mean enough. He sounds a little too light, and is my least favorite out of these VA's. 5/10

Daran Norris: Norris goes deeper than Beck, though he still doesn't sound quite mean and ruthless enough. 6.5/10

Thomas Jane: Jane was a perfect Punisher in the movie, and that carries over into the video game perfectly. He sounds mean, threatening and ruthless. He definetly sounds like a murderous vigilante anti-hero and someone you definetly don't want to f**k with. 10/10

Ray Stevenson: Stevenson was also a really good Punisher in the film, and it again carries over into the cartoon. The voice is good, especially for the Super Hero Squad, though he lacks the raspyness that Jane had that I love. 9/10

Norman Reedus: Reedus is my second favorite in this role, as he sounds very similar to Thomas Jane. However, he is a little bit higher than Jane and does lack the meanness that Jane had. 9/10

Overall, Thomas Jane gets my vote, though Ray Stevenson and Norman Reedus both do a really good job as well.
Freaker
said at 1:51 AM on Thu Jun 27 2013
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if there is ever an animated series or movie, video game ect. i hope they get either Brian Drummond or David kaye to play the Punishers voice!
VGAfanatic
said at 12:46 AM on Sun Jun 9 2013
My vote definitely goes to Daryl Dixon himself.
LordofEvil96
said at 9:49 PM on Thu Apr 18 2013
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Norman Reedus is actually very good. I think we may have finally found a runner up who's close to Thomas Jane's level. Although he lacks the meanness that Thomas had.
katiexcore
said at 2:34 PM on Thu Apr 18 2013
Deff Reedus. He's a bad ass and so is The Punisher
Onisatsu18
said at 11:48 AM on Tue Apr 16 2013
Norman Reedus sounds a lot like the Thomas Jane.
VctrBnsn
said at 8:18 PM on Sun Apr 14 2013
I really like Reedus. Its cool to see an animated version of Punisher where they don't have to hold back his vigilantism.
pete
said at 1:24 PM on Sun Apr 14 2013
Jane, Stevenson Reemus, Beck, Norris in that order.
coolgeek176
said at 12:39 PM on Sun Apr 14 2013
I'm going with Thomas Jane. Norman Reedus and Ray Stephenson are good too.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:02 AM on Sun Apr 14 2013
Ray Stevenson sounds a little too angry, but Thomas Jane's whispering is also a bit annoying... these clips really don't give you a good enough idea of their performances. Thankfully, I looked up a little more of Thomas Jane's performance and as it turns out he did much better with the role than was shown here.
Thomas Jane is the best, but Ray Stevenson could probably turn in a performance equally as good if given more true-to-the-character material.
VC_Fan
said at 3:52 AM on Sun Apr 14 2013
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You know, if they ever try to cast "tv-celebrity" as Wolverine again, I think that they should cast Reedus. At least he would be better than Milo Ventimiglia.
UltimateCharm (Moderator)
said at 6:46 AM on Sun Apr 14 2013
@VC_Fan Blame Jeph Loeb for 'that' casting.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 1:11 AM on Sun Apr 14 2013
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Norman is good but not my favorite, Thomas Jane IS the Punisher. He gets the attitude down, the gruff and deep voice and makes him sound mysterious yet threatening without ever sounding evil.
pokemastanumba1
said at 7:51 PM on Sat Sep 29 2012
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#1 Thomas Jane
I normally don't like the celebrities from live-action adaptations, let alone their voices for video games, but Tom was amazing. His performance in the 2004 Punisher film is one of the greatest out of all leads in the Marvel Universe, not to mention one of the most highly underrated. I liked the darker, deeper tone he brought to the character, really bringing out the ambiguity of where the Punisher lies as the hero. Of course, his sharp looks and rough edges are great bonuses. In short, he IS the Punisher!

#2 Ray Stephenson
He's also very impressive for a celebrity performance, even more so for being in the SHS (which I personally don't care for). He's a great sense of humor, but can still get serious whenever need be. And again, he's best at making the Punisher sound even more menacing and intimidating. If Tom Jane isn't available, I'd like to see/hear Ray reprise the role sometime.

#3 John Beck
Like his live-action successors, he does a good job of bringing the Punisher's defining qualities as an anti-hero, and is definitely one of the best performances from his respective series. Still, he's a bit light, maybe too young-sounding, but he still suited the character well. I'm sure he could do better if given the chance though.

#4 Daran Norris
Not bad, but too breathy and forcibly gruff-sounding. It's not his best work. But again, he's a good actor, and I'm sure he could do much better.
SparklyShake12
said at 5:02 AM on Fri May 11 2012
Loved Ray in War Zone, but seeing as this isn't comparing live action actors, I had to give it to Tom Jane I forgot just how creepy his Punisher voice was.

The other guys just sounded goofy, granted that was the intention with Ray's clip, so I'll give him that, but the others were just plain awful.
Spider-Fox
said at 5:54 PM on Fri Apr 20 2012
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1. Thomas Jane... Forget the film reboot. About the "New Punisher". The Super Hero Squad show is for children who can't find a decent Marvel Ultimate Alliance game. John Beck is on helium... and where's Daran Noris now? But it's not Punisher. The real Punisher is laying just below the surface. Just because the role's been re-cast don't think the voice has changed. Not at the core... Not in the mind. Do not cross Thomas Jane. No one's gonna support you.

...What the hell was, aw forget it. Anyway in all seriousness...
2. Daran Norris (I actually really like his growly voice for Punisher)
3. Ray Stevenson (Ok I laugh my ass off everytime I hear his little rant, half because its the Punisher talking about mac and cheese and brussel sprouts like it's supposed to be serious and half because I HATE mac and cheese and love brussel sprouts. But I've seen Punisher War Zone and while I don't think Ray did as good as Thomas, he did do a good job)
4. John Beck... There's a reason Spider-Man the animated series gets some flack for the voice acting.
Anicomicgeek
said at 9:00 AM on Fri Apr 20 2012
All four are pretty good, but I'm gonna go with Ray Stevenson, even if his reprisal was in SHS.
Anicomicgeek
said at 8:29 AM on Sun Apr 14 2013
@Anicomicgeek

Norman Reedus is pretty good, but I'm gonna stick with Ray Stevenson.
Anicomicgeek
said at 4:25 AM on Thu Aug 22 2013
@Anicomicgeek

Marc Worden and the unknown is also good. Also, the unknown sounds like Crispin Freeman.
Anicomicgeek
said at 12:34 PM on Sun Mar 16 2014
@Anicomicgeek

Brian Bloom was pretty good as the Punisher.
Scorcher56
said at 3:25 PM on Sat Jan 14 2012
Ray Stevenson is BEAST man!!! He plays the best Punisher!!! his voice really makes him more menacing!!!
AWIG
said at 12:59 PM on Mon Dec 12 2011
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That Ray clip is GOLDEN but I had to go with Thomas Jane he does a real good punisher IMHO.
ryano2099
said at 8:02 PM on Tue Mar 8 2011
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I say Thomas Jane. He gives the Punisher that tough and confident sound without sounding to gruff or cartoonish like the others.
VocalChameleon
said at 7:55 PM on Tue Mar 8 2011
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I'm going with Thomas Jane as Number 1, then Ray Stevenson, then Daran Norris and finally John Beck. It was a tough call, though.


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