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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Shao Kahn with sound clips and images.
Shao Kahn is one of the main antagonists of the Mortal Kombat series whom made his debut in Mortal Kombat 2. Shao Kahn is known as the Emperor of Outworld whom is very much a savage conqueror whom aspires to rule over Earthrealm but the Elder Gods will not allow him unless his side wins the Mortal Kombat tournament. Shao Kahn loves to show off how powerful he is and is incredibly arrogant however while he has plenty of brawn but he is also able to fully organize his plans for conquest as well and is quite knowledgeable in the dark arts of magic. Shao Kahn is known for fighting with his Wrath Hammer and a lot of his subordinates have a tendency to betray him (Shang Tsung being the most known example) but Shao Kahn has also been treacherous in the past as well.

Created by Pokejedservo on Thu Nov 24 2011, 16 Comments, Add Comment
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Mortal Kombat II (1993)
Shao KahnSteve Ritchie
Steve Ritchie
Mortal Kombat (1995)
Shao KahnFrank Welker
Frank Welker
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (1996)
Shao KahnJohn Vernon
John Vernon
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (1996)
Shao KahnMichael Des Barres
Michael Des Barres
Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks (2005)
Shao KahnSteve Ritchie
Steve Ritchie
Mortal Kombat Armaggedon (2006)
Shao KahnNigel Casey
Nigel Casey
Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe (2008)
Shao KhanPatrick Seitz
Patrick Seitz
Mortal Kombat 9 (2011)
Shao KahnBob Carter
Bob Carter

EDITOR'S OPINION

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today we give this huge VC for the Emperor of Outworld himself... SHAO KAHN! Since this is such a huge VC I shall simply say that I liked Steve Ritchie and Bob Carter the most with Frank Welker and Nigel Casey close behind while the rest were just simply okay. (Though I think Michael Des Barres is probably the weakest here as his work on the role is not bad but it seems a bit too light compared to the others.) But still I am going with Bob Carter and Steve Ritchie (both clips) the most here.


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Lpfan120
said at 5:21 PM on Thu May 22 2014
Michael T Weiss for Shao Kahn. Now!
Lpfan120
said at 5:22 PM on Thu May 22 2014
or Rick Wasserman
Silence
said at 2:07 PM on Sun Oct 13 2013
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
1. Bob Carter
2. Steve Ritchie
3. Patrick Seitz
4. John Vernon
5. Frank Welker
6. Nigel Casey
7. Michael Des Barres
MilanTheVillain01
said at 4:17 PM on Thu Sep 26 2013
# 1 - Bob Carter.
# 2 - Patrick Seitz (sounds like TC Carson's Kratos).
# 3 - Frank Welker (sounds like Sean Schemmel's Black Doom)
# 4 - Steve Ritchie (his MKII take sounds like Jim Cummings, while his Shaolin Monks take sounds like Fred Tatasciore's Megatron).
# 5 - Michael Des Barres (sounds like Tom Kane).
# 6 - John Vernon (sounds like Tom Wyner's Death).
# 7 - Nigel Casey.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 8:52 PM on Mon Aug 12 2013
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
I really have to go with Steve Ritchie's original take. It sounds haunting, demonic, charming, and just freaking cool. Especially that laugh he did at the beginning. There are a few decent ones, Bob Carter being my second favorite, but I think Ritchie sounds by far the coolest.

I also think David Sobolov's Darkseid would be absolutely perfect as Shao Kahn.
LordofEvil96
said at 4:55 PM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy I agree completely. David would kick ass as Shao Kahn.
Ringworm128
said at 10:28 PM on Thu May 15 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy Yeah Bob Carter does have a more violent warlord vibe to him but the original just oozes arrogance and really stands out. I'd love to hear it now since voice acting and directing in video games has improved immensely in the last 20 years.
coolgeek176
said at 12:18 AM on Sun Mar 24 2013
I'm going with Bob Carter.
LordofEvil96
said at 10:39 PM on Wed Jan 9 2013
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
1. Bob Carter: A little Bojac-esque but he still sounds really evil and arrogant, almost as if Shao Kahn had the compassion sucked right out of him.
2. Steve Ritchie: He'll always be the original Shao Kahn, whether it's the early Mortal Kombat games or MK: Shaolin Monks he's a worthy second behind Carter.
3. Patrick Seitz: Patrick is pretty good at playing villain roles but here he's actually a little too low for Shao Kahn, the voice isn't bad but he's a little too deep.
4. Frank Welker: Despite what little screen time Shao Kahn had in the original Frank Welker did a good job, but what irritates me is that he rehashed his Dr. Claw voice. It's not bad at all, but Welker is a man of many voices, he could have tried something different or maybe try to impersonate Ritchie.
5. John Vernon: He has the evil part nailed but he doesn't sound very arrogant when compared to Carter or Ritchie.
6. Nigel Casey: Nothing special here, he sounds pretty generic and bored.
7. Michael Des Barres: He's too high for Shao Kahn and the accent he uses is unneeded.
Mrguy22594
said at 7:34 PM on Thu Sep 20 2012
Definitely going with Bojack here.
Bombermanp
said at 2:32 AM on Fri Sep 21 2012
@Mrguy22594 SAME
Cartergame
said at 9:54 AM on Thu Feb 2 2012
 7 Shout Outs! [?]
I'm truly honored to be mentioned in the same breath as these guys much less be someone's favorite. :) Thanks so much for your support and consideration! :D
Fulgore2005
said at 2:32 PM on Sat Feb 18 2012
@Cartergame Is that really you, Mr. Carter?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:40 PM on Sat Feb 18 2012
@Fulgore2005 Yep, that's him!
Fulgore2005
said at 3:47 PM on Sat Feb 18 2012
@NCZ Wow! It's so cool when VAs go on to sites like this.
Fulgore2005
said at 4:15 AM on Fri Nov 25 2011
Bob "Balrog" Carter is getting my vote here. He no doubt gives Kahn a strong sense of arrogance and an evil tone to go with.

I put him 1st with Steve Ritchie, Nigel Casey and Frank Welker close behind.


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