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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Kabal with sound clips and images.
Kabal is one of the characters in the Mortal Kombat series (whom has been both a protagonist and a antagonist) whom made his debut in Mortal Kombat 3. Kabal was a member of the Black Dragon Clan until he was attacked by Shao Kahn's forces and was horrifically scarred and now is living due to the respirator mask on his face and joined the forces of good so he can get back at Shao Kahn. One thing that is somewhat inconsistent about Kabal is his alignment since over the course of the original timeline he went back to being evil and in the new timeline he was a former criminal whom became a good guy but lets just say now his future alignment is rather uncertain. However there are certain consistent aspects about Kabal such as he has abilities such as being able to run very fast and he uses weapons such as sawblades and his trademark Hook Swords.

Created by Pokejedservo on Wed Nov 23 2011, 6 Comments, Add Comment
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Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (1996)
KabalKevin Michael Richardson
Kevin Michael Richardson
Mortal Kombat Armageddon (2006)
KabalJarod Pranno
Jarod Pranno
Mortal Kombat 9 (2011)
KabalDavid Lodge
David Lodge

EDITOR'S OPINION

Today on the Mortal Kombat VC section we have a little something for this member/enemy of the Black Dragon... KABAL! Kabal appeared for one episode in the Mortal Kombat Defenders of the Realm series voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson. While I will admit that it is slightly disappointing on how the show didn't do any voice of vocal effect when Kabal was speaking with his mask but that was the only complaint I have as KMR's rather raspy voice for the role was rather fitting. Kevin's voice for the role did have a raspy feel as the scratchiness in his voice is a bit light in comparison but it is still works for the role pretty well. Back when the Defenders of the Realm series came in was back when Kabal was a good guy and Kevin's performance suited that well as he does a good job in trying to play Kabal as more sympathetic role and it is a good example of the voice work in that show.

In the Mortal Kombat games during the 2000's such as Mortal Kombat Armageddon Jarod Pranno does get to take over the role here. Jarod's voice is fairly suiting for the role as it does have a decent amount of raspiness (and I did like that they did do some vocal effects to his voice since Kabal wears that mask). However Jarod's performance for the role was alright but to be fair Kabal only had about a couple of lines and the writing was not terrible but it does come off as a bit generic though. So in other words Jarod's work for the role is decent and gets the job done but its not the most memorable performance here either.

In the 2011 Mortal Kombat game David Lodge gets to take over the role and let me tell you now he was a great choice for this role here. David Lodge's raspy and rough was VERY fitting for the role here (and the slight effects for his voice on the mask are a nice touch). David's performance was also very fitting as someone whom is definitely willing to take any bad guy down but is also still very much a good guy even after he was severely scarred, and David's work is easily a very fine example of the voice work in that game. Overall I am clearly going with David Lodge the most with Kevin Michael Richardson at a close second and Jarod Pranno at a decent third.  


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MilanTheVillain01
said at 4:02 PM on Thu Sep 26 2013
 1 Shout Out! [?]
# 1: David Lodge.
# 2: Kevin Michael Richardson.
# 3: Jarod Pranno.
Metabad
said at 12:45 AM on Mon Apr 30 2012
Kevin Michael Richardson sounds surprisingly soft for Kabal, definitely emotional but his voice might be a little too soft, I'm not entirely sure if it fits, especially since he lacks his mask in the picture. If that is his voice with his mask on (I've never watched Defenders of the Realm) then I'm sorry to say but I don't think it entirely fits.

I will say now that I LOVE the effects they added to Jarod Pranno's voice, it makes it sound synthesized and somewhat mechanical and it definitely fits him while he has his mask on. However he didn't get a lot of material to work with as most of the lines he says are rather generic, but he does deliver them well overall and even without the effects his voice sounds appropriately ruthless for a Mortal Kombat opponent. I like him a lot but he definitely needed more lines to stand out and maybe flesh out his personality a bit, I definitely wouldn't mind him coming back to voice Kabal for a second time.

There is no doubt in my mind that David Lodge gave Kabal the most personality, he really made him sympathetic and that made me want to get revenge against Kano even more. (Even though I like Kano.) but at the same time he just gave him this badass edge that totally worked for Kabal. He definitely has a good balance between emotion and cool effects added to his voice, sort of combining the other performances, but also makes it different enough from the other two to stand out on his own.

Also, its kind of eerie just how similar David Lodge and Jarod Pranno look, what with the beard, the mustache, the glasses, heck even the hair somewhat.

So yeah, I like both David Lodge and Jarod Pranno a lot. I think I liked David just a little more but Jarod had a great voice for him as well and the effects were good, so he's REALLY close, he just needed more material to work with, Kevin Michael Richardson was alright, but he probably could have done better.
NachoElephant
said at 2:53 PM on Sat Nov 26 2011
I vote for David Lodge
MammaMia64
said at 10:35 AM on Fri Nov 25 2011
I think I'll go David, Kevin fits Kabal as well.
Cartoon_fan87
said at 1:42 AM on Fri Nov 25 2011
Wow that sounds nothing like Kevin's other voices, I'm going either with him or David.
NightStarX
said at 11:57 PM on Wed Nov 23 2011
Personality-wise, I have to go with Jarod's from Armageddon.

Richardson plays Kabal too emo, and Lodge plays him too whiny. Jarod plays it more like a Darth Vader sort of character, which is what I always myself, sort of imagined.


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