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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Shinnok with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Mortal Kombat

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.
Created by Pokejedservo on Nov 20 2011
Mortal Kombat 4 (1997)
ShinnokSteve Beran
Steve Beran
Mortal Kombat Armageddon (2006)
ShinnokKnute Horwitz
Knute Horwitz
Mortal Kombat 9 (2011)
ShinnokKen Lally
Ken Lally


Today 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.  



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said at 4:29 PM on Tue Oct 11 2016
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I'm going with Knute Horowitz, he ticks all the right boxes by sounding aged, evil, and intimidating.
said at 1:12 PM on Tue Mar 8 2016
1. Troy
2. Knute
3. Ken
4. Steve
Dark Kuja
said at 8:57 PM on Sun Apr 26 2015
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Here's a sizable sample of Troy's voice work as Shinnok.
Dark Kuja
said at 8:54 PM on Sun Apr 26 2015
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I know he's not on here yet, but I'm really liking Troy Baker's take on Shinnok. He makes him sound like the god of evil sorcery that the character is.
said at 7:13 AM on Fri Mar 27 2015
1) Ken Lally
2) Steve Beran
3) Knute Horwitz
said at 3:51 PM on Thu Sep 26 2013
# 1 - Ken Lally.
# 2 - Knute Horwitz.
# 3 - Steve Beran.
said at 12:15 AM on Mon Apr 30 2012
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Steve Beran...yeah, he's not a voice actor at all and it shows, stilted, wooden, off, his tone and infliction changing all over the place, he should just stick with art direction and character designing.

Knute Horwitz sounds really deep and gruff, he sounds aged but at the same time really intimidating. He was really prominent and a memorable character in Konquest mode, heck I still remember his line just before Taven's mission started, mainly because I was stuck at that part and it auto saved.

"Demons have overrun my spire."

So yeah, Knute is great as Shinnok, one of the best performances in that game for sure, but I don't remember any of the performances being bad at all.

Ken Lally definitely sounds more higher pitched than the previous voices, I didn't really notice that when I played the game myself, mainly because I was just so relieved that I beat Shao Kahn who was CHEEEAAAAAAAAP AS HELLLLLL!

...*ahem* but anyways, it sounds pretty good but the higher tone sounds off immediately after hearing Knute's voice, but to be fair his acting is still good and much better than Steve's. It makes him sound fairly threatening, but a bit younger than the other voices. Not bad at all, but I prefer Knute's voice, he just has a more intense voice for Shinnok. Though Ken is much better than Steve, at least he can act.

So yeah, voting for Knute Horwitz, with Ken Lally at a decent second and Steve Beran dead last, as a performance I can only enjoy ironically.
said at 3:47 PM on Mon Nov 21 2011
I'll be honest: I really hate Shinnok with all my integrity. In the world of Mortal Kombat, such badasses like Shang Tsung, Goro, Quan Chi, and the mighty Shao Kahn are all entertaining villains with their cheapness (short of Quan Chi)overall personalities... it would seem that Shinnok just falls flat, in my opinion.

Regarding his voices, I like the most is Herman Sanchez. Ken and Steve are alright, as well..
said at 12:25 AM on Mon Apr 30 2012
@Ninjaman15 I do see your point, but I do think he serves as a nice change of pace compared to the other more muscular villains like Shao Kahn, Onaga and to a lesser extent Quan Chi. While I don't hate the former two I just like how he relies more on magic than pure strength.

I do like Shang Tsung more though, I prefer his powers and his personality.

I'm not really sure whether I prefer Shao Kahn or Onaga though, I'm always on the fence about that...I hate how cheap Shao Kahn is, but I do like his character. Though I do love Onaga's design and his role as Outworld's previous ruler...yeah, its a tough decision for me.

I hate Quan Chi though, he's just plain bland and I hated facing him multiple times in Mortal Kombat 9, the guy was such a pain...his voice was cool though, I will give him that, still out of both members of the Deadly Alliance, give me Shang Tsung over Quan Chi any day.
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