Purple Man
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Purple Man

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Purple Man with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Marvel Universe

Purple Man is a Marvel Comics supervillain who first appeared in Daredevil #4 (October 1964). Zebediah Killgrave was a European mercenary sent to infiltrate a chemical refinery, but while there, he was exposed to numerous chemicals that changed his skin and hair purple. After being captured by soldiers, he discovered he can release pheromones that can control the wills of anybody after he told his captors to let him go. A morally unrepentant narcissist, Killgrave changed his name to Purple Man and embarked on a criminal career where he has clashed with other Marvel superheroes such as Daredevil, Moon Knight and Luke Cage. He was once used by Doctor Doom to power a machine that gave Doom the ability to control the minds of everyone on Earth, but they were stopped by Wonder Man. He has also fathered a daughter who would go on to become the superheroine and Alpha Flight member known as Persuasion. Lately, Purple Man has been trying to build a criminal empire under his rule.
Created by UltimateCharm on Jul 29 2012
X-Men (1992)
Zebediah KillgraveCedric Smith
Cedric Smith
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010)
Purple Man / Zebediah KillgraveBrent Spiner
Brent Spiner

EDITOR'S OPINION

I like Cedric Smith's take on Killgrave. Smith gives him a charismatic, smooth voice when Killgrave needs to hide himself around people and when Killgrave is himself, Smith adds that arrogant angry tone as he concocts his plans.

However, I also like Brent Spiner's voice as well. Spiner gives Killgrave a narcissistic, manipulative voice where there's a hint of injustice and mania that feels unique and creepy.

Both actors did great in their version of Purple Man.


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GreenGoblin75
said at 3:12 PM on Fri Apr 15 2016
1. Brent Spiner
2. Cedric Smith
Autovolt
said at 4:43 PM on Sat Jan 16 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
The Jessica Jones version of Killgrave/The Purple Man was just a terrifying joy to watch, from the watch he uses and manipulates people to his funnier more comedic moments. David Tennant gave such an phenomenal performance and I really wish I could vote for him here but as of right now I can't.

Of the two options here Brent Spiner definitely pulled him off really nicely. Making him very controlling, smug, self-serving and really creepy and for that he gets my vote.

Cedric Smith has a good kind of manipulative and hypnotic voice but it doesn't have the same impact that Spiner or Tennant has.

BONUS: I could see Nolan North or Peter New being great at emulating David Tennant's performance if they decide to base future performances after his? For a totally different take on Killgrave.
Troodon2
said at 9:40 PM on Thu Apr 7 2016
@Autovolt I could see David Tennant reprising the role in animation, even in Ultimate Spider-Man or AA.
Silence
said at 10:52 PM on Sat Oct 10 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Brent Spiner is amazing in this role! My vote goes to him!
LordofEvil96
said at 11:32 AM on Tue Sep 15 2015
Cedric Smith isn't bad at all, his voice does sound a little awkward when he shouts, but it's a commendable performance.

Brent is perfect and nails the character down to a T.

I know someone said it below, but I can't help but feel that James Woods would make a great Purple Man. Either in voice or in live action.
Starscreamsfan
said at 12:17 PM on Fri Feb 20 2015
1) Brent Spiner
2) Cedric Smith
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:23 PM on Sat Oct 18 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Jeremy Irons as Purple Man?
Metabad
said at 1:31 PM on Sun Oct 19 2014
@Music Meister YES!
Metabad
said at 1:31 PM on Sun Oct 19 2014
@Music Meister I could actually see him being a good live action Purple Man, now that I think about it.
chaosincarnate
said at 11:10 PM on Sat Oct 18 2014
They're both splendid as Killgrave, but Cedric Smith's take reasons with me more. Something about how well he makes is voice sound so not distinct and unrecognizable for a guy who voices Professor X is to be applauded. He sells the dream-like persuasion aspect of Purple Man perfectly, although Spiner's unhinged version suits him to a tee as well.
30Rockefeller
said at 1:34 PM on Tue Mar 11 2014
 7 Shout Outs!
Do you guys think Michael Emmerson should do Purple Man?
Metabad
said at 4:43 PM on Mon Mar 17 2014
@30Rockefeller Umm...

Helllll YEAH!
DravenRoth994
said at 9:31 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
I could have sworn that was James Woods when I first watched that episode, I was surprised it wasn't. While I never watched Star Trek, this performance and his guest role on Alphas makes me want to see more from Brent Spiner. Regarding his Joker, that was my first exposure to him, and not a very good one at that.
RevolverRikochet
said at 4:10 PM on Wed Aug 28 2013
maybe its me but cedrics voice oddly sounds like brents joker voice
Smarttamarr94
said at 10:44 PM on Fri Feb 1 2013
 5 Shout Outs!
Am I the only one that feels that James Woods would make a good purple man? O.O
D.A.V.E.
said at 11:56 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
@Smarttamarr94 I actually thought it was Woods when I first watched the episode.
coolgeek176
said at 9:55 PM on Sat Oct 13 2012
I;m voting for Brent Spiner. I've only heard his Joker before and am a little surprised i'm voting for him.
pokemastanumba1
said at 11:15 AM on Mon Jul 30 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
Both were good, but I'm surprised that I also have to with Brent on this one (given that YJ's Joker was the only role of his I've heard before as well).
Anicomicgeek
said at 12:58 AM on Sat Aug 11 2012
@pokemastanumba1

I've heard good voice work from Spiner before; it was just his Joker that didn't work.
pokemastanumba1
said at 9:08 PM on Sat Aug 11 2012
@Anicomicgeek I'm personally not familiar with his other voice-over work, so I can't really speak from a different point of view.
Cartoon_fan87
said at 2:18 AM on Mon Jul 30 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
I like both of them, I think I'll with Brent he sounds scarier.
Anicomicgeek
said at 1:00 AM on Mon Jul 30 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Both are good, but Brent Spiner was really creepy as Purple Man, so I'm gonna go with him.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 10:51 PM on Sun Jul 29 2012
 4 Shout Outs!
Wow, Brent Spiner really can voice act.
Anicomicgeek
said at 12:58 AM on Mon Jul 30 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight

It was just his Joker that sucked.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 1:00 AM on Mon Jul 30 2012
@Anicomicgeek Well, that was the only voice acting he's done that I was exposed to. ;)
D.A.V.E.
said at 4:33 AM on Mon Jul 30 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight You poor man :P. You need to watch "Gargoyles". It's a great show, and he was good in it as well.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 9:44 AM on Mon Jul 30 2012
@D.A.V.E. It's on my list of stuff to watch. ;)
Fulgore2005
said at 4:29 AM on Sat Sep 28 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Try to watch South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. His Conan O'Brien is hilarious IMO.
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