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

Created by Pokejedservo on Apr 15 2011
Captain N The Game Master (1989)
Mega ManDoug Parker
Doug Parker
Mega Man: Upon a Star (1993)
Mega ManChristopher Gray
Christopher Gray
Mega Man: Upon a Star (1993)
Mega ManGregory Smith
Gregory Smith
Mega Man (1994)
Mega ManIan James Corlett
Ian James Corlett
Mega Man 8 (1997)
Mega ManRuth Shiraishi
Ruth Shiraishi
Mega Man: Powered Up (2006)
Mega ManCole Howard
Cole Howard


Today on the Mega Man VC section we have a little something for the original star of the whole Mega Man Franchise... MEGA MAN! Since this is a fairly large VC I shall simply say that I liked most of the performances here the most. I shall start this off by saying Ian James Cortlett was easily the best of the "Adult" Mega Man voices for sure (I admit I don't hate Doug Parker as Mega Man but his voice was way too nasally.) Oh yes and as for the "Kid" Mega Man voices I am going with Gregory, Christopher and Cole the most here. (Ruth's voice for Mega Man was still a little bit too "Girly" granted to be fair it did make more sense to cast Ruth as original Mega Man compared to Mega Man X but that is a different story. In other words aside of how effeminate Ruth's Mega Man voice was her handiwork was not the worst performance in that game but it wasn't the best either.) Overall I liked Ian, Gregory, Christopher and Cole the best here as the voices of Mega Man.



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8000 Saiyans
said at 3:53 PM on Tue Dec 19 2017
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Cole and Ian are the best.
Borax Joe
said at 5:45 AM on Mon Jul 24 2017
1. Chris Gray & Greg Smith (TIE)
2. Ian James Corlett
3. Cole Howard
4. Ruth Shiraishi & Doug Parker (Both Bad)

Potential Casting Choices:
-Collin Dean
-Sean Ryan Fox
-Grant Palmer
-Jake Tremblay
said at 12:37 PM on Sun Feb 12 2017
1. Christopher
2. Gregory
3. Cole
4. Ian
5. Ruth
6. Doug
said at 3:15 PM on Wed Jan 4 2017
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Doug Parker's Mega Man sounds a lot like Popeye- what a miscast.

Christopher Gray is appropriately boyish, and he has a good performance here.

Gregory Smith's performance is very similar to Christopher Gray's take, except higher pitched.

Ian James Corlett is great as the older Mega Man. Also, I can't help but laugh knowing the later Ocean/AB Groupe of Dragonball Z used the same music score as in the old Mega Man cartoon.

Ruth Shiraishi is too girly and high pitched- another miscast.

Cole Howard's performance strikes a good balance between not sounding too deep or too high pitched as Mega Man, also giving a pretty solid rendition of Mega Man in terms of his acting, so my vote goes to him.
said at 9:42 AM on Wed Dec 14 2016
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Cole Howard's take has the most charm in my opinion, Ian James Corlett does a fairly good job as the older Mega Man I suppose!

Don't have much of an opinion on the rest tbh. Except that Ruth Shirashi is sadly the one I dislike the most here...
said at 11:13 AM on Sat Nov 12 2016
1. Cole Howard
2. Gregory Smith
3. Christopher Gray
4. Ian James Corlett
said at 12:34 AM on Wed Nov 2 2016
1. Ai Orikasa
2. Hekiru Shiina
3. Yumiko Kobayashi
4. Cole Howard
5. Gregory Smith
6. Christopher Gray
7. Ian James Corlett
said at 6:33 AM on Mon Jul 18 2016
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1. Cole Howard
2. Ian James Corlett
3. Gregory Smith
4. Christopher Gray
5. Ruth Shiraishi
6. Doug Parker

Now I've got your power! Super Fighting Robot Mega Man! The Blue Bomber is essentially the poster boy for Capcom and has been for quite some time; well, assuming the company still even cares about MM after the cancellation of Legends 3, putting Bad Box Art Mega Man in SFxT, etc. Then again, those ain't news anymore.

Moving onto the voice compare itself, Cole Howard is the strongest of the six VAs who portrayed the character. Both the voice and general performance possess this endearing, youthful quality that flat-out works. Howard's take sounds fairly natural and stands as a great example of the fine voice acting via Powered Up. Ian James Corlett is handling a teenage-esque version of the character and does very well with the material he's given, for better or worse. He's fighting to save the world. Gregory Smith and Christopher Gray are honestly interchangeable; both their portrayals are neither weak nor outstanding, though they still get the job done. Ruth Shiraishi isn't offensively terrible in the role, but she's not exactly good either. Her Mega Man somehow sounds more feminine than Michelle Gazepis' Roll in that game, and the acting isn't doing her any favors. I can understand why Shiraishi was chosen, but that doesn't excuse the sub-par performance. Doug Parker as Mega reminds me of Beavis a little without the likability or Popeye if he smoked blunts instead of ate spinach. It's an all-around cringeworthy portrayal that just isn't right. Then again, what *was* right about the characterizations in Captain N? I'm drawing blanks...

I'd like to reiterate that Cole Howard easily wins this contest while Ian James Corlett also performed nicely.
said at 2:20 PM on Fri Apr 22 2016
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Ian James Corlett has a great neutral deep type of voice for the character. Makes him sound like a young adult. He did good, I vote for him.
said at 3:39 PM on Sat Mar 5 2016
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Cole Howard's my favourite Mega Man voice here, he has this Jeremy Shada esque quality in his voice and performance that really works for the blue bomber, plus he does sound rather endearing too. Considering how he was already in his late teens when he first recorded Mega Man Powered Up it's safe to say that he could actually reprise again in the future.

Ian James Corlett is excellent as a teenage version of Mega Man.

Christopher Gray and Gregory Smith are both excellent child voices for Mega Man in the anime OVA's.

Ruth Shiraishi sounds way too girly and feminine for Mega MAN. I know he's a boy but at least sound more believable.

Doug Parker's Popeye esque take is all wrong for Mega Man, just like most of Captain N's depictions.

I'm going with Cole Howard.
said at 3:38 PM on Sun Nov 8 2015
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I liked all of them except for Doug Parker, who sounds like a raspy Popeye, and Ruth Shiraishi who sounds too girly and has a screechy delivery.

The strongest to me are Ian Corlett and Cole Howard, but Cole does the most well rounded performance in my book.
said at 7:36 AM on Sat Sep 5 2015
Cike Howard and Christopher Gray are the best!
said at 5:24 PM on Wed Sep 30 2015
@RafaelDB Cole*
Silly Sally
said at 6:49 AM on Sun Jul 5 2015
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They're all good aside from Doug Parker and Ruth Shiraishi. But if I could only choose one I'd say Cole Howard!
said at 8:51 PM on Sat Jul 4 2015
Gonna go in current results i've been hearing these voice actors and actress afterwards:

#1) Christopher Gray

#2) Cole Howard

#3) Gregory Smith

#4) Ruth Shiraishi

#5) Ian Corlett

#6) Doug Parker
said at 1:08 PM on Wed Jul 8 2015
@SteelEthlan Re-changing the results and a vote from what i heard again:

#1) Cole Howard

#2) Christopher Gray

#3) Gregory Smith

#4) Ian James Corlett

#5) Ruth Shiraishi

#6) Doug Parker
said at 11:58 PM on Thu Jun 25 2015
Current order
1 Chris Gray
2 Ian Corlett
3 Ruth Shiraishi
4 Cole Howard
5 Gregory Smith
6 Doug Parker- It's a good Popeye voice and fit the very goofy tone but err as regular Megaman not so much
said at 6:12 AM on Thu Jun 25 2015
1) Doug Parker
2) Christopher Gray
3) Ian Corlett
4) Gregory Smith
5) Ruth Shiraishi
6) Cole Howard
said at 2:24 PM on Tue Jun 23 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Listen to Cole's first line, then remember that the guy voicing him is the new Ocean 17. You're welcome.
said at 10:41 PM on Fri May 29 2015
Cole, and Ian.
said at 9:38 AM on Sat Mar 28 2015
 1 Shout Out!
1) Ian James Corlett
2) Cole Howard
3) Gregory Smith/ Christopher Grey
4) Ruth Shirashi
5) Doug Parker
said at 8:27 AM on Sat Feb 14 2015
1. Christopher Grey/Gregory Smith: Thanks to them being actual young boys (At least when Upon a Star was made), they sound incredibly genuine as a young robot boy. They both do great at capturing Mega Man's youth and innocence and sound good when he's feeling pushy, though I feel Christopher is slightly better than Greg.

2. Ian James Corlett: His take isn't really a robot kid so much as it is a robot teenager, but it works incredibly well for what it is. I like how he can sound both heroic and a bit of a jerk, it's probably my favorite of Ian's roles.

3. Cole Howard: I can't help but feel that he sounds a tad flat compared to Gregory and Christopher, but he still sounds pretty good as a kid hero nonetheless and is a nice look into the overall feel of Mega Man Powered Up's voicework: Not fantastic, but still pretty good.

4. Ruth Shiraishi: Her delivery is INCREDIBLY off and shaky, and I do not see Mega Man ever sounding like a high-pitched girl. However, she at least still comes off as young and heroic, and I will admit that she sounds better during gameplay.

5. Doug Parker: Give it some polish, and he'd make a decent Popeye! As Mega Man though... yeah, little robot boys should NOT sound like gruff middle-aged chain smoking truckers.
said at 6:09 PM on Mon Jul 28 2014
Doug sounds like a pipsqueak.
It is ironic that Cole has the same name as me. Except my name is Cole Bezotte, not Cole Howard.
said at 10:01 PM on Sat Jan 3 2015
@Coleiosis123 That's not irony.
said at 4:07 AM on Sun Jun 22 2014
Changed my vote to Chris Gray but my opinion counting Japanese VA is more or less the game with Ruth at 7th
said at 9:43 AM on Thu Jun 19 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
Greg Smith for "Kid" Mega-Man

Cole Howard for "Adolescent" Mega-Man

Ian Corlett for "Late-teen/Adult" Mega-Man (And maybe Mega-Man X)

(And possibly Doug Parker if Mega-Man tries smoking, or cosplaying as Popeye.. xD)
said at 5:40 AM on Mon Mar 24 2014
Including the Japanese ones just because

1 Ai Orikasa She will always be THE Megaman for me
2 Hekiru Shina
3 Ruth though only during gameplay, the cutscene voice is like nails
4 Christopher Gray
5 Ian James Corlett
6 Cole Howard
7 Yumiko Kobayashi
8 Gregory Smith
9 Kaoru Fujino So kawaii urg
10 Cannon Spike VA Even more kawaii
said at 8:00 PM on Sat Jan 11 2014
Doug Parker's Megaman sounds like he got smoker lungs that is all

I see this Megaman with a girl's actress funny enough and Ruth Shiraishi sounds better during gameplay than in this clip

I'd like to see him with a girl actress again but it seems unlikely
said at 6:41 PM on Tue Nov 26 2013
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I love how virtually no one likes Doug Parker's performance. Then again, it's the show's fault for botching him up like that.
said at 6:28 PM on Tue Nov 26 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
Best: Cole Howard, Ian James Corlett
Good: Christopher Gray, Gregory Smith
Worst: Ruth Shiraishi, Doug Parker
said at 4:10 PM on Thu Feb 27 2014
@Toady_12 Pretty much. Corlett and Howard are the only real viable voices for me. Still, I feel MegaMan never really got the voice he deserved.
said at 4:23 PM on Wed Oct 9 2013
 1 Shout Out!
-Cole Howard definitely was the best.
-Ian James Corlett was ok, but a little too "teenage."
-Christopher Gray and Gregory Smith sound the same to me, and they get thirs place.
-Ruth Shiraishi was way too feminine and painful to listen to.
-Doug Parker was awful. Since when should he sound like Popeye and look totally different?
said at 2:20 PM on Sun Apr 13 2014
@ncovert Odds are, for legal purposes, they redesigned Mega Man for that series (not a 1st party character or series, further proof of theory: Simon Belmont).
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:09 PM on Sun Apr 13 2014
@Fortenium I doubt that; I'm pretty sure they were legally allowed to use Mega Man and Simon Belmont. The more likely assumption, which seems more in line with the show's overall modus operandi, is that they didn't care.
said at 3:12 PM on Sun Apr 13 2014
@NCZ And that sounds more likely actually. :P
said at 7:42 AM on Mon Aug 5 2013
To be honest, I prefer Shiraishi's take on Megaman. It makes him sound youthful...
said at 4:21 PM on Sat Jul 21 2012
I noticed that some of the voice clips used in Gregory Smith's voice were in fact the voice of a kid (I don't remember his name) in the OVA and few of those clips are from Mega Man, but since they both sound exactly the same, I'm fine with that
said at 11:29 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
1. Ian James Corlett
2. Cole Howard
3. Christopher Gray
4. Gregory Smith
5. Doug Parker (at least he sounds like aboy unlike Ruth)
6. Ruth Shiraishi
said at 6:16 PM on Sat Sep 7 2013
@Toady_12 I love Ian and Cole's voices
said at 4:24 PM on Wed Oct 9 2013
@Toady_12: I would swap Ian and Cole, as well as Shiraishi and Parker.
said at 5:13 PM on Sun Jun 3 2012
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i gust realised sith sounds like Aang from avitar the last airbender
said at 9:50 AM on Thu Jun 21 2012
i mean smith
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 1:54 PM on Tue Feb 21 2012
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1. Cole Howard- I freaking love Cole as Megaman. He pulls off a cute voice naturally (I know it's werid for a guy to say another guy's voice is cute) without over doing it. Though what really brings him to the top is his performance in cutscenes with the robot masters. In every Megaman related thing we over look that Megaman might be fighting robots he knows personally or might even be friends with but with Cole you really hear Megaman not wanting to fight but isn't given a choice. The caring in his voice when he encounters each Robot Master is a little emotional. Even when he encounters Dr. Wily and he's mad you get a feeling that he still doesn't want to fight. I know some people might think I'm overracting to those scenes but if the Robot Master's dialog was redone and some sad music played (like a piano playing) you would have an emotional scene. One of the best, if not the best, voice of the game and is one of the reasons why I love the game.

2. Gregory Smith/Christopher Gray- Both sound a lot alike, voice and performance wise. Pulled off the caring and innocent of Megaman but will still protect his loved ones and stop evil. I guess the only real problem I have is that with most child actors they lack a professional feel for their voice, though I understand that makes the voice more realistic but I thought it was distracting at times. However that's more of a nitpick as these two did very well.

3. Ian James Corlett- I don't know how to rank him. He plays not only an older version of Megaman but kinda a more violent version. He just accepts that he had to fight and is always ready for one. He does have a heroic voice and fits that version of the character but just barley makes my third place.

4. Ruth Shiraishi- I know a woman voicing a young boy is nothing new, hell some voice actresses are just known more playing young boys, but the difference between them and Ruth his they actually sound like boys. Ruth make your voice deeper, raspier anything that makes it sound like a boy in some way. It's bad when Megaman literally sounds like a girl. I guess putting that aside the performance is alright but he acting could use some polishing.

5. Doug Parker- Too deep, too raspy and all around a miscast. Though in Doug's defense out of some other characters in that show Megaman suffered the least.
said at 3:45 AM on Sun Dec 9 2012
@Music Meister Just like Kevin Murphy said on RiffTrax "Why is Mega MAN being voiced by a grade-school girl?" Not exactly grade school, but you get the idea.
said at 5:51 PM on Wed Jan 11 2012
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Whoa, Mega Man in Captain N defeated Popeye and took his voice.

Vote goes out to Cole Howard since he basically captured the character in perfection. It's too bad that Mega Man Powered Up was the one and only time he got to voice him.
said at 3:54 AM on Sun Aug 21 2011
#1 Gregory Smith/Christopher Gray
With soft-speaking voices yet lots of energy in their performances, both of them sounded like real children boys. I suppose I like Gregory the best but he and his replacement Christopher sounded so similar there isn't really any noticeable difference!

#2 Cole Howard
He also sounds like a real boy, just a bit more on the soft-spoken side. Still, he's VERY close behind both Gregory and Christopher and is one of the best performances from MMPU.

#3 Ian James Corlett/Ruth Shiraishi
Their voices are fine, but they just don't fit Mega Man in particular. Ian is too deep and Ruth sounds really girly.

#4 Doug Parker
Captain N The Game Master really lacked very much in the voice acting department, and sadly in this particular case it isn't hard to understand why. I mean, Doug was just outright terrible as Mega Man. A voice that nasally simply doesn't work out for anyone who is even remotely human, be it a child or an adult. Heck, I think that even back then they *could* have done better. As a matter of fact, I understand that some people would consider it to be "So Bad, it's Good" which I guess there's at least a few of you, but of course, I'm not one of these people, and that's something I won't ever seriously consider myself to become.
said at 3:52 PM on Sat Dec 17 2011
Actually, after playing more and more of Powered Up, I think Cole is tied for first place, but Gregory still gets my vote nonetheless. ;)
said at 3:26 PM on Wed Aug 17 2011
I sorta wish the Blue Bomber was in MvC3 or UMvC3 (damn you, Capcom, you money-grubbing fools), but then again, does it really matter? As for this voice compare, this is how I rank it:

1. Cole Howard (This one seems pretty solid to me, and is a fine example of the decent voice acting in Powered Up... Making this one my personal favorite!)
2. Ian James Cortlett (Another favorite of mine. Despite the cheesiness and overall factor of the show, which at its time, was alright, Ian did a pretty classic job here)
3. Gregory Smith (Not too over-the-top and actually child-like... For a boy. Meaning it's alright)
4. Christopher Gray (On the same level as Smith... Just about)
5. Ruth Shiraishi (The acting was pretty stupid and bland in Megaman 8 and X4, but overall, this one wasn't too bad for Megaman... Although these people need to know more English and better lines, in which the voice director is probably involved)
6. Doug Parker: "It's like if Popeye smoked an entire Marlboro factory!" Seriously, I can't keep a straight face after hearing this come out of Megaman's own lips... And better yet, Captain N as a whole is just awful, what with changing the characters around, lazy animation (at the time, it was probably decent), and no consistency... But at the same time, this was a cheesy show, so it was allowable, I guess.
said at 8:51 AM on Mon May 16 2011
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@Ncz thanks... well i tried to find the best scenes..

well i gotta go with Cole. i loved powered up!
said at 10:17 PM on Sun Apr 17 2011
whgat about exe? oh and so much for me suporting ya'll with the clips XD guess i did not act fast enough..V_V
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:24 PM on Sun Apr 17 2011
@Bombermanp It's okay, don't feel too bad. The clips you gave me for X were great!

I think Mega Man.exe is a different character, so he's not included here, since this one is just Mega Man classic. Would a VC for EXE be possible though? I'm not too familiar with that incarnation.
said at 12:22 AM on Mon Apr 18 2011
@NCZ Yeah but its mainly for the English dubs of the 1st two Mega Man Battle Network anime and in Onimusha Blade Warriors. (The former wouldn't be too hard to find, the latter is a different story.)
said at 1:28 PM on Sun Apr 17 2011
Ian is clearly the best makes him sound the most heroic and puts the man in Megaman
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:05 PM on Sun Apr 17 2011
@pete The "man" bit is just a name, though. Mega Man is basically a kid.
said at 11:06 PM on Sun Apr 17 2011
@NCZ True but Cheetor was meant to represent a teenager in Beast Wars. That's why he went from cocky to mature. Since Cortlett uses the same voice here he kind of still is a kid though he does have Cortlett's Goku in there as well which makes him sound part teen part man. Cortlett also in my opinion suits the character most because the others made him sound too young. The only other choice other than him is Andrew Francis and he's not even on here yet.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:40 PM on Mon Apr 18 2011
@pete Though my point is that Mega Man is a young kid, not a teenager. And Andrew Francis played EXE, who is a different character and will have his own VC.
said at 6:01 PM on Fri Apr 22 2011
@NCZ mybad I mistakenly read he played him in NT Warrior whoever did should be on here next
said at 12:41 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
@NCZ Didn't realize his name exe in that show. Oh well
said at 1:22 PM on Sun Apr 17 2011
Doug sounds like a nazal Terrosaur
said at 2:12 AM on Sat Apr 16 2011
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For me, it's a tie between Gregory Smith and Cole Howard.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:33 PM on Fri Apr 15 2011
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Gregory Smith sounds most real, like a kid. Chris and Cole are runner-ups. Ian is a bit old sounding, Ruth isn't as natural, and Doug is just awful.
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