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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Mega Man X with sound clips and images.
X is a Maverick Hunter created by Dr. Light, and the main character of the Mega Man X side series. He is a Reploid and defends the world from Mavericks. Though he fights as hard as he can, he does so reluctantly, as X is a pacifist at heart.

Thanks to Bombermanp for the sound clips.

Created by NCZ on Apr 14 2011, 51 Comments, Add Comment
Mega Man (1994)
Mega Man XMichael Donovan
Michael Donovan
Mega Man X4 (1997)
Mega Man XRuth Shiraishi
Ruth Shiraishi
Mega Man X7 (2003)
Mega Man XPeter Von Gomm
Peter Von Gomm
Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X - The Day of Sigma (2006)
Mega Man XMark Gatha
Mark Gatha


Mark Gatha was the best. Mike Donovan was okay, but too deep. Ruth Shiraishi sounded too girlish, and doesn't really suit X's appearance or personality. Peter von Gomm spoke slowly, sounding awkward and thuggish. It's a shame; he has a strong, youthful sounding voice ordinarily, and could've been exceptional with better direction. Mark is the only one who I feel really nails the character, knocking it out of the park with his hot-blooded, committed, and strong-willed performance.



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said at 3:47 PM on Sun Nov 8 2015
Mark Gatha is the only one I like of the group, honestly, Donovan in second but he sounds a bit deep, Gomm sounds too old and stilted in delivery, and Shiraishi seems badly miscast and overly feminine here.
said at 1:35 PM on Tue Jul 7 2015
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I will obviously and gladly vote for Mark Gatha because he isn't just vocalizing X, he is X. Michael Donovan is quite alright, but the way he voiced is just too deep for my liking, Peter Van Gomm...ugh he doesn't voice nor feel like he was performing as X which he potentially got screwed over by a voice director know what you get the idea. And finally, Ruth Shiraishi her performance for X wasn't much better than she did for Mega Man but i'll do admit she sounds more expressive than what Peter has.

So far for my results i'm going to choose here:

#1) Mark Gatha

#2) Michael Donovan

#3) Ruth Shiraishi (Like i said not better than her mega man sorta, but still more expressive)

#4) Peter Von Gomm.
said at 9:14 PM on Fri Jul 24 2015
@SteelEthlan You too think Peter is worse than Ruth? I agree
Silly Sally
said at 7:42 AM on Sun Jul 5 2015
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Mark Gatha is the only one worth anything.
said at 6:10 AM on Thu Jun 25 2015
1) Michael Donovan
2) Peter Von Gomm
3) Mark Gatha
4) Ruth Shiraishi
said at 3:33 AM on Tue May 5 2015
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Mark Gatha is clearly the best... But I've always wondered how Quinton Flynn would deliver as X..
said at 12:27 PM on Mon Apr 13 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
1) Mark Gatha
2) Michael Donovan
3) Peter Von Gomm
4) Ruth Shiraishi
said at 8:24 AM on Thu Mar 26 2015
1) Michael Donovan
2) Peter Von Gomm
3) Ruth Shiraishi
4) Mark Gatha
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:44 PM on Thu Mar 26 2015
@Starscreamsfan I don't normally say stuff like this, but I'm honestly baffled as to why you feel Mark Gatha is the worst. Ruth Shiraishi doesn't fit at all and Peter Von Gomm has a good voice but extremely awkward acting. Mark Gatha is the only one of the four who manages to combine a fitting voice, good acting, and the hot-blooded passion X needs.
said at 1:04 PM on Thu Mar 26 2015
@NCZ I never said I disliked him. I just need to hear more of him, that's all.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 2:15 PM on Thu Mar 26 2015
His clip is just as long as Michael's
said at 2:27 PM on Thu Mar 26 2015
@Music Meister Yeah, but I've seen the seen the show before and heard more of the other two (so I'm one of those that rank a performance beyond the clip). This clip is actually the first time I've heard Gatha as Megaman X, which is really weird, because I always come prepared, but Gatha's clip took me by surprise. But after hearing the clip, I'm really tempted to hear more of him.
said at 2:54 PM on Thu Mar 26 2015
@NCZ Okay, you guys. Got to hear more of Gatha's performance and, as I expected, it's really awesome. He really deserves to be higher on my list.

1) Michael Donovan
2) Mark Gatha
3) Peter Von Gomm
4) Ruth Shiraishi
said at 10:07 AM on Sat Feb 14 2015
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1. Mark Gatha: People have said it enough, but I feel the need to drive it home as Mark IS X. He nails X's doubtful and reluctant yet heroic personality to a T, and he sends shivers down my spine whenever he's angry. I always get hyped for the final battle in Maverick Hunter X because he delivers "I'm going to finish this, right here, right now. I WILL DEFEAT YOU, SIGMA!" perfectly.

2. Michael Donovan: I can see what they wanted Mike to do with X, make him sound tougher and older than the current Mega Man. However, his voice sounds too deep and as a result comes off as unintentionally intimidating at times. Still, for the first voice of X he isn't horrible or anything, but he's merely decent with a lot of room for improvement.

3. Peter Von Gomm: Peter has an awesome name... but a not-so-awesome X voice. His delivery is incredibly slurred, whiny, and all around bad and non-emotive. He's still better than Ruth though.

4. Ruth Shiraishi: Completely and utterly unfitting for X. The high-pitched girl voice worked a bit for Mega Man, but it doesn't work AT ALL for X who is designed to look like an adult. I'd say that this is pretty much the western equivalent to adult Goku's infamous Japanese voice.
Long Winded
said at 7:07 PM on Sat Jul 12 2014
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Hands down, Mark is the definitive X
said at 4:03 AM on Sun Jun 22 2014
Oh hey so the man who voiced cartoon X is Guile.
said at 8:08 AM on Sat May 24 2014
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Let's comment below and say Thank You to Mark Gatha for providing the literal perfect voice of Megaman X and say how much we want/need him to come back to voice acting.
said at 3:54 PM on Tue May 6 2014
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Mark Gatha wasn't just the best voice of X.Mark Gatha IS voice of X.
said at 2:27 PM on Sun Apr 13 2014
Gatha, FTW. NOBODY gets close to matching him. I love on the sample when he shouts out, "SIGMA!"
As for the rest, I don't believe Ruth to be the worst, because Peter Von Gomm has terrible line delivery whereas at least Ruth sounds natural and I'm not laughing my ass off whenever she is talking.
As for Donovan, eh, it's ok I guess. Passable.
said at 8:37 AM on Mon Jan 13 2014
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1 The only one good here is Mark Gartha
2 Ian James Corlett
3 Ruth Shiraishi AKA 'Girl' Megaman sorry but you are just really miscasted for this one
4 Peter Von Gomm- I dunno what is this voice but it's the worst voice in X7
said at 9:59 PM on Tue Nov 19 2013
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My favorite is definitely Mark Gatha. I think he probably did his best work as X in "MegaMan X: Command Mission".
said at 6:08 AM on Sat Aug 17 2013
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No one can be better than Mark Gatha!! We need a way to get him back to voice acting.
said at 10:19 PM on Thu Aug 15 2013
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Mark Gatha without a doubt is by far the best one to me.
said at 12:34 AM on Sun Jun 9 2013
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Mark Gathat's the best. It fits the character and universe.

Ruth Shiraishi is way too high and girly, Ian James Corlett is too deep, and Peter Von

Can we have Chris Cason as X someday? He played "a" version of Mega Man in Street Fighter X Tekken. I think he'd fit X.
said at 10:20 PM on Thu Aug 15 2013
@VGAfanatic How about if Jason Spisak voice X?
said at 6:10 AM on Sat Aug 17 2013
@UltimateSSJ4GokouEX Jason Spisak is good, but he only did a good voice for Kid Flash, Bartz, and Geo Stelar, but would be too high pitched and young to voice X.
said at 8:24 AM on Tue Oct 1 2013
@TrueMyriad Yeah, I guess you got a point there.
said at 6:29 AM on Fri Oct 4 2013
@UltimateSSJ4GokouEX actually, after hearing his voice as Justin Hammer, I think YOU'RE right.
said at 4:32 PM on Tue Feb 4 2014
@UltimateSSJ4GokouEX He'd actually be very good.
said at 1:02 AM on Mon May 20 2013
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Ok, here's my opinion:
Ian James - I agree, his acting is great but his voice does not match the character on screen. That's a miscast in my opinion.

Ruth Shiraishi - Traditional higher-toned Japanese voice acting for a male character. For a western audience I don't think matched. So agreed - the pitch was just too high. Also, the acting was so-so - with words coming out at an awkward pace.

Peter Von Gomm - I also must agree here. His delivery of the lines were too slow. I also couldn't believe him as X.

Mark Gatha - Perfect.

I thought I was going to be able to give you a conflicting opinion but no... you're spot on on all of these.
said at 12:09 AM on Sat Mar 9 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Ian james Corlett: just ok.

Ruth Shirashi: I'm sorry, but this voice does not fit X at all. She makes him sound WAY too much like a girl.

Peter Von Gomm: I don't know who to blame for this, but why does he speak in such a flat and slow voice?

Mark Gatha: Out of all the voices for X, this guy suited him the best. He will truly be missed and I declare him as the winner!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:15 AM on Sat Mar 9 2013
@Silence I'm gonna say direction is the blame. Peter has a good, youthful-sounding voice. He actually could've been pretty impressive with the right direction.
said at 12:41 AM on Sat Mar 9 2013
@NCZ Agreed. Peter can give very energetic and lively performances and his talent was sadly wasted in what could have been a breakthrough role for him.
said at 5:58 AM on Mon Mar 24 2014
@Silence To be fair I heard some pretty good voices from Peter(and the others in X7) like the Zoids clip

These voice actors living in Japan were pretty good in Tekken 5 as well
said at 10:23 PM on Fri Jul 13 2012
 5 Shout Outs!
1. Mark Gatha
2. Ian James Corlett
3. Peter Von Gomm
4. Ruth Shiraishi
SM Scorx
said at 4:40 PM on Thu Sep 15 2011
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If X makes a future appearance *coughUMvC3cough*
Who would voice him now? If heard people say Yuri Lowenthal, but who could out do Mark Gatha!?
said at 4:24 PM on Tue Sep 20 2011
@SM Scorx I wouldn't consider any form of Megaman in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 to begin with, since Keiji Inafune already left Capcom and the company itself cancelled two of the franchise's titles. There's always some hidden hope, but then again, it might not come to be.

As for who could voice X in the possible future, I was thinking Yuri too, but for some reason, I can't help but either picture Vic Mignogna or Sam Riegel as well. Ehh...
said at 2:07 PM on Thu Nov 24 2011
@Ninjaman15 the thing is keiji really has nothing to do with megamans cancelation... in fact its capcoms own damn fault for screwing us over... keiji actually offered to finish the canceled megaman games.. sadly capcom said no >_
said at 5:04 AM on Fri Feb 17 2012
@Ninjaman15 Sam Riegal and Vic Mignogna I agree would be AWESOME the best we can hope is wait unfortunately to see wat becomes of poor Megaman... besides the SF x Tekken one yuk!
said at 3:00 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@SM Scorx i would like to hear Richard Cansino as X for some reason
said at 7:28 PM on Tue Jul 19 2011
#1 Mark Gatha
As usual, I'm with NCZ all the way for this VC. Mark was the definitely the best one out of the four here. He was the only one who sounded like a real teenage reploid with lots of internal conflicts yet dutiful leadership. More importantly, his performances in X8, CM, and MHX felt very lifelike and realistic, bringing out X's main virtues without any sort of problem doing so.

#2 Ian James Corlett
Yes, he's too deep, but not bad at all. It's a good voice, has some of X's vibes, and one of the better voices in that show. There's really no big problem here, just the pitch of Montel Williams needs to be adjusted.

#3 Peter Von Gomm
For the most part, I agree with both NintendoNate25 and Ninjaman15. Peter's voice wasn't quite as horrid as Metabad said. It's just that Peter sounded drunk in X7. It's a normal problem with a lot of teens, so I kinda get what Capcom was going for here. Still, it could've been much better.

#4 Ruth Shiraishi
I know for sure that ninjinister is right; Ruth's voice for a teenage boy was girly, which obviously does not work out at all. She was definitely the worst miscast here.
said at 8:55 PM on Thu Jul 14 2011
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I'm with everyone else here, Mark Gatha really was the best actor for X. A shame he won't be voicing the character any more.

Peter Von Gomm, to me, was so bad he was good. I couldn't help but laugh every time he fired a charge shot and yelled "STOP IT!"

Ruth was horrible, X should not sound like a girl.

I have never heard Ian James Corlett's X voice until now, not my ideal X voice, but not the worst. Sounds a little wooden in the role though, at least to me.
said at 7:31 PM on Tue Jul 19 2011
@Metabad Those are some good points you made.

I wouldn't worry about Mark having left voice acting though, as I doubt there will be another voice-acted X series game. I think that a possible X9 in the future would be made like the first three games.
said at 11:45 AM on Fri Jul 8 2011
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1. Mark Gatha - I can see why many people wanted Gatha as X in the first place... He is perfect, to be honest; SHINING FINGER!!!
2. Ian James Corlett - The more mature voice isn't as well-made as what the VA did for the original incarnation; in my opinion, it's still good
3. Peter Von Gomm - To me, he made X sound a little blasphemic and awkward sounding... But technically blame Capcom, as they hired the VAs, and most people did find X7 to be the worst of the series... I can simply agree to a fault... And even X's character was a bit wimpy, here.
4. Ruth Shiraishi - Her voice could fit for the original, but not for X... I guess Capcom USA saw Megaman X as the same of his original version at the time.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:37 PM on Sun Jun 26 2011
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I agree with everyone Mark is the best but to be fair is there a role where Mark Gatha doesn't nail? I wish Ian used his Megaman voice for X, would have fit more (Though I understand he needed to differ his voice and sound like a mature Megaman but still). Peter and Ruth are easily the worst. I don't even know which is worst that's how bad they both are.
said at 12:50 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
@Music Meister WEll Riuth was a big "WTF were they thinking" so I'd say her.
said at 6:31 AM on Wed Nov 21 2012
@pete I agree, Peter at least sounded so bad that he was hilarious. Ruth was just plain bad.
said at 11:40 PM on Thu Apr 14 2011
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1. Mark Gatha
2. Ian James Corlett - Like NCZ said, it's okay, but too deep.
3. Peter Von Gomm - Not good. He sounds drunk.
4. Ruth Shiraishi - My least favorite. Sounds like a girl. XP
said at 10:51 PM on Thu Apr 14 2011
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DR gatha FTW! oh and in my free time i will get Megaman out of the way..((not megaman voulnut/trigger. just the old one and his EXE counterpart. just like Protoman))
said at 10:43 PM on Thu Apr 14 2011
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I'm going with Mark Gatha
said at 10:07 PM on Thu Apr 14 2011
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While she could be a fine actress in her own right, Shiraishi was horribly miscast in this role.
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Who do you think has been the best from these Mega Man X voice actors?
Michael Donovan
Ruth Shiraishi
Peter Von Gomm
Mark Gatha