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


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said at 9:44 AM on Mon Dec 11 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
Brent is the better Purple Man.
said at 9:51 AM on Fri Sep 29 2017
 1 Shout Out!
Both are great, but I'm leaning more towards Smith.
said at 6:23 PM on Thu Aug 24 2017
 1 Shout Out!
I pick Brent Spiner.
said at 4:28 PM on Sat Apr 29 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
1. Brent Spiner

He sounds perfectly cold, manipulative, smug and sinister as Purple Man: substantially better than his Joker performance, really, I had no idea he could pull off a role so well.

2. Cedric Smith

Decent, but he sounds bit too gargled and screechy when he shouts to me.
said at 3:12 PM on Fri Apr 15 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Brent Spiner
2. Cedric Smith
said at 4:43 PM on Sat Jan 16 2016
 8 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.
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.
said at 11:32 AM on Tue Sep 15 2015
 1 Shout Out!
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.
said at 12:17 PM on Fri Feb 20 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
1) Brent Spiner
2) Cedric Smith
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:23 PM on Sat Oct 18 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
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
 8 Shout Outs!
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
 6 Shout Outs!
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
 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).
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
 2 Shout Outs!
I like both of them, I think I'll with Brent he sounds scarier.
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.
said at 10:51 PM on Sun Jul 29 2012
 5 Shout Outs!
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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