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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Purple Man with sound clips and images.
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 Sun Jul 29 2012, 23 Comments, Add Comment
X-Men (1992)
Zebediah KillgraveCedric Smith
Cedric Smith
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010)
Purple Man / Zebediah KillgraveBrent Spiner
Brent Spiner


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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said at 12:17 PM on Fri Feb 20 2015
1) Brent Spiner
2) Cedric Smith
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said at 11:23 PM on Sat Oct 18 2014
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Jeremy Irons as Purple Man?
said at 1:31 PM on Sun Oct 19 2014
@Music Meister YES!
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.
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.
said at 1:34 PM on Tue Mar 11 2014
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Do you guys think Michael Emmerson should do Purple Man?
said at 4:43 PM on Mon Mar 17 2014
@30Rockefeller Umm...

Helllll YEAH!
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.
said at 4:10 PM on Wed Aug 28 2013
maybe its me but cedrics voice oddly sounds like brents joker voice
said at 10:44 PM on Fri Feb 1 2013
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Am I the only one that feels that James Woods would make a good purple man? O.O
said at 11:56 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
@Smarttamarr94 I actually thought it was Woods when I first watched the episode.
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.
said at 11:15 AM on Mon Jul 30 2012
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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).
said at 12:58 AM on Sat Aug 11 2012

I've heard good voice work from Spiner before; it was just his Joker that didn't work.
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.
said at 2:18 AM on Mon Jul 30 2012
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I like both of them, I think I'll with Brent he sounds scarier.
said at 1:00 AM on Mon Jul 30 2012
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Both are good, but Brent Spiner was really creepy as Purple Man, so I'm gonna go with him.
said at 10:51 PM on Sun Jul 29 2012
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Wow, Brent Spiner really can voice act.
said at 12:58 AM on Mon Jul 30 2012

It was just his Joker that sucked.
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. ;)
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.
said at 9:44 AM on Mon Jul 30 2012
@D.A.V.E. It's on my list of stuff to watch. ;)
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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