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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Shinnok with sound clips and images.
Shinnok is one of the antagonists of the Mortal Kombat series whom was the main antagonist of Mortal Kombat 4 (which was also the game he made his debut in). Shinnok was once one of the Elder Gods but his fell from grace was caused by his lust for power and desire to rule Earthrealm so he can become a lot more powerful. However Raiden and the Elder Gods thwarted Shinnok's attempts to rule Earthrealm so he was banished to the Netherrealm and he was to be tormented there for all eternity until he was aided by the Netherrealm Sorcerer Quan Chi. Now Shinnok aspires to conquer worlds such as Earthrealm and the Outworld with anyone he can manipulate to serve him.
EDITOR'S OPINIONToday on the Mortal Kombat VC section we take a look at the Fallen Elder God himself... SHINNOK! We begin with Mortal Kombat 4 in which Shinnok was voiced by Steve Beran whom is one of the prominent artists for the Mortal Kombat series. While Steve has done some good artwork in the past his skills as a Voice Actor are average at best. Steve's voice for Shinnok was pretty good though as it does suit Shinnok's regal and arrogant tone pretty well. However Steve's performance for the role is a little iffy as the quality of said performance is a little inconsistent. Steve's performance for the role does sometimes sound somewhat decent but he can came off as trying too hard and fairly unnatural. Steve's overall work on Shinnok is not really bad but I have heard better in that game.
Nearly a decade later Shinnok was one of the various characters whom appeared in Mortal Kombat Armaggedon and was voiced by Knute Horwitz. I was pleasantly surprised at Knute's take on the role as like Steve he did try to give Shinnok a lower voice but Herman's voice for the role was a lot more natural and suiting for the role here. Knute's voice for the role had a aged and wise feel to it as it also suited on how Knute played the role of Shinnok as a more Affably Evil type of Villain rather well. So in other words I must say that Knute's work as Shinnok was very good and is one of the best performances in the "Konquest Mode" in that game.
Now for the new Mortal Kombat game (known as Mortal Kombat 9) in which Ken Lally gets to take over the role of Shinnok here. While it does seem a little strange at first to hear Shinnok have a higher voice considering on how his previous voices were Ken does a pretty good job in making it work. Ken's performance for Shinnok had a smooth, regal tone which is fairly suiting for the sinister Ex-Elder God whom is aspiring for world conquest. While Ken's work as Shinnok is not one of the best performances in that game it is a good example of that game's voice work nevertheless. Overall I am actually going with Knute Horwitz the most with Ken Lally at a close second and Steve Beran at an okay third.