Blue
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Blue

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

Your rival himself from the original Pokémon games, Red and Green. The grandson of the esteemed Professor Oak and your next-door neighbour, there's no other way to describe Blue than as "kind of a douche". Smug, always one step ahead, and making a point to spit in your face at every opportunity, Red's motivation comes almost entirely from refusing to be second to someone as rude as him. Competing with you throughout the game in order to become the top Pokémon trainer in Kanto, by the end of the journey Blue has become the one and only champion of the Pokémon League. The only way to settle the score and determine who truly is the region's finest is through battle.
Created by NCZ on Mar 14 2017
Pokemon Origins (2013)
BlueLucien Dodge
Lucien Dodge
Pokemon Generations
BlueErik Kimerer
Erik Kimerer

EDITOR'S OPINION

Tricky call here. I actually prefer Erik's voice pretty strongly and feel he does a better job at making Blue sound like the cocky, smug a-hole we all know him as, but I thought the acting and delivery in some places could use polish. Of course this could just as much be an issue with the nature of the dialogue as it is with the direction and acting. Lucien Dodge is more well-rounded even if the voice doesn't immediately jump out to me as "that's Blue" in the same way as Erik.


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Lion's Edge
said at 12:03 PM on Sun Apr 16 2017
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I won't lie, I feel both of these VAs are nigh perfect for the role of Blue - as traditionally he is in the games - albeit for very different reasons each.

Lucien Dodge's delivery encapsulated the smug, cocky rival from the original games - as well as FRLG - but also could carry the performance as not only a smarmy jerkface but also the more humbled Blue after his defeat. As a performance, it is definitely the more balanced here, due to the greater material that Dodge got... buuuut... the voice is where I have an issue. Not that it is a BAD voice; on the contrary, it still fits. But... its also too similar to Bryce Papenbrook's Red. Maybe an odd nitpick to have, but it makes his Blue feel a touch less distinctive by comparison, when there are times I could close my eyes and not be able to distinguish his voice from his primary rival's. Does not detract from the quality of the performance, at all, it's more my own personal taste if anything; he's still a fantastic Blue.

Erik Kimerer got less material and a shallower characterization, focused more on the smarmy jerk... but by God he absolutely nailed it. In contrast to the cooler, smug delivery of Lucien, Erik got to play a more fired-up and determined Blue in the Pokemon League; some of his lines are cheesy at best, cringeworthy at worst, but the way in which Erik delivers it SELLS it as Blue. It's a shallower portrayal, but compensated with one of the best performances in Pokemon Generations imho; and his voice feels more distinctive, better fitting the character of Blue, imho.

My vote for this one goes to Erik Kimerer by a hair, but this is a really close comparison.

CASTING CALL: Off the top of my head? Todd Haberkorn actually sands out as someone that I think could nail Blue. He's got a voice similar in tone to Lucien Dodge, and has a talent for pulling off confidence as well as a smarmy coolness, but - as roles such as Natsu have proven - he can also pull the fired-up, more passionate battler that Blue was as well; I could see him as the sort of VA to strike a great balance of what these two have done.

Yuri Lowenthal could also work very well; he's sort of got a good balance, imho, of both Erik's and Lucien's voices and a youthful, confident air that'd work well for the rival, not to mention the acting talent to pull the different dimensions of Blue as a character. More specifically, if Pokemon Adventures ever got an anime adaptation, Yuri would have been a top-notch choice for its iteration of Blue I think.
Marusero
said at 7:29 AM on Mon Apr 17 2017
@Lion's Edge Pardon me for interrupting, but when Autovolt posted his dream cast for 'Origins', he cast Todd as Blue. Take a look at this to see what I mean: http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2896&page=3 (see #22)

I know this is off-topic, but I just wanted to let you know.
Lion's Edge
said at 7:53 AM on Mon Apr 17 2017
@Marusero ...huh. How 'bout that.

Nice to know it's not just me!
NitroEX
said at 2:03 AM on Thu Apr 13 2017
Lucian has a more fitting voice but his pronunciation and delivery is very sloppy IMO.

Erik gives the better performance so I'll give my vote to him.
Scrappy-Fan92
said at 1:36 PM on Mon Apr 10 2017
If you had told me that Bryce Papenbrook was doubling for Red and Blue/Green/Gary Sr., I would've believed you. With that said, I prefer Lucien Dodge.
RabidSonicFan
said at 7:31 PM on Thu Mar 16 2017
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James Carter Cathcart's Gary voice is generally what comes to mind whenever I see Blue/Green, but I guess he doesn't count even though he's basically the same character, so I'll go with Lucien Dodge; like everyone said, he's got a pretty good balance between the more smarmy jerkwad side he's known for and for when he's more humble later on. Erik Kimerer's not bad, but we don't really get to hear as much of him.
HylianBelmont
said at 12:46 AM on Fri Mar 17 2017
@RabidSonicFan JCC definitely would've been the guy who played Blue if either series had been dubbed in New York haha
heartbeat45
said at 4:46 PM on Wed Mar 15 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Lucien Dodge
Lucien has the right balance here: he makes Blue sound smarmy and cocky, but doesn't make him too condescending.
2. Erik Kimerer
While Erik is great at bringing out Blue's cockiness, I feel he may be doing it a bit too much. Maybe it's because I can't unhear Lucien's version, but Erik is not for me. But he still does a great job at the role nonetheless.
SNaG
said at 10:29 AM on Wed Mar 15 2017
 6 Shout Outs!
I like Erik Kimerer a tad more but it's a close call.

I feel that Lucien got more material to showcase Blue's personality, whereas Erik just got the Elite Four confrontation.

This compare is pretty tough.
Unknownsage13
said at 9:50 AM on Wed Mar 15 2017
 6 Shout Outs!
Gonna go with Lucien for this. But I bet if Erik had more than 5 minutes of material to work with i'd regard him higher.
RetroPokeFan
said at 9:20 AM on Wed Mar 15 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Both Lucien and Erik did very well with their roles, Erik being energetic and Lucien the cool one. But in terms of the best, Lucien nails it.
EPA Deane
said at 9:07 AM on Wed Mar 15 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
When I First Heard Erik Kimerer's Blue Voice, I mistook him for Being Johnny Yong Bosch....

Anyway, Lucien Dodge's more Nuanced Portrayal gets mt vote...

If Pokemon got a Canadian Dub, I think either Adrian Petriw or Richard Ian Cox would be Stellar voices for Blue.
Chocolate_Thunder
said at 11:25 PM on Tue Mar 14 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
Both are great in my opinion, with Erik nailing the energetic atmosphere of Blue and Lucien nailing the cool and cocky type.

But I'll go with Lucien because I always like to imagine Blue as a cool, smug overachiever who is supposed to opposite Red's patient, determination-driven character . It helps that he eventually becomes more likable following character development, which Lucien did a believable take on when the moments give him the chance.

Erik is a great choice to voice Blue, but Lucien polished the character.
HienFan
said at 8:40 PM on Tue Mar 14 2017
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No one is smelling you later, having your grandad forget your name and... *looks at generation picture* prettier than Blue/Green Oak

They are both decent enough I guess I'll go with Lucien, Erik sounds a wee bit too pretty boy for my taste
CelestialOuroboros
said at 7:07 PM on Tue Mar 14 2017
 9 Shout Outs!
1. Lucien Dodge
2. Erik Kimerer

It's Blue motherfrigging Oak. He's cocksure, unfriendly, and good ol' Samuel keeps on forgetting his own grandson's name every time the player begins his/her journey. He's the epitome of the word "douchenozzle", although when one really thinks about it, Blue (aka Green) is at least a very memorable example of the archetype on the whole and serves as a nice foil to the protagonist.

Of the two VAs in this battle, I'd say both these guys are really good. Technically speaking Erik Kimerer boasts the better voice for the character, although somewhat spotty direction combined with how unnatural the dialogue sounds *does* hinder what is otherwise a tolerable performance - and this isn't even getting into the relative lack of material Kimerer has compared to his predecessor. By the by, Lucien Dodge's acting is not only stronger than Erik's, the delivery he utilizes coupled with the bigger amount of overall stuff he has to work with puts him at an advantage. Dodge managed to make this snot-nosed punk sound arrogant without overdoing the particular aspect, yet reflective in the process. Also, whilst I said earlier that Erik's voice is a closer fit to the disposition courtesy of Asshat's, he doesn't really get to express the same sort of youthful vigor Lucien's got in the role.

So to make a long story short, consider me gravitating towards Lucien Dodge's take, even if Erik Kimerer wasn't too bad. Smell ya later!
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 6:46 PM on Tue Mar 14 2017
 5 Shout Outs!
Erik reminds me of Grant George at times
Shaun Ince
said at 11:51 AM on Thu Mar 16 2017
@Music Meister I can definitely hear the resemblance. He'd make a pretty good Ant Man ( Scott Lang)
Superfan
said at 6:07 PM on Tue Mar 14 2017
 6 Shout Outs!
Who's blue? He looks suspiciously like my rival Assclown
HylianBelmont
said at 5:37 PM on Tue Mar 14 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
Both are actually pretty good. But I feel Lucien Dodge's performance is, overall, more solid for the same reasons WrightWay mentioned.
WrightWay
said at 5:19 PM on Tue Mar 14 2017
 8 Shout Outs!
I prefer Lucien Dodge's performance, as I feel it does a better job of making Blue (aka Green) seem not just smug or cocky, but also well-rounded like the editor stated, in terms of making him also seem like a sympathetic yet contemplative rival and foil to Red, as far as Pokemon Origins goes for that particular dub- to be fair, Lucien was given more to work with, such as when Red defeats Blue and Blue reflects on his loss, as well as when Red holds him up against the wall asking him if his principles really correspond with being a true Pokemon trainer. I also feel Lucien's voice is a bit more youthful in comparison and a bit lighter, which really meshes well with his design to me.

Having said this, Erik Kimerer is still a decent Blue/Green to me, and considering the rather questionable VA work in Pokemon Generations' dub (at least, as far as I'm concerned), he did fine with the role in his own way, in terms of making the character sound pretty smug and snarky, without losing the smoothness of the voice itself.

So while neither take is bad here, my preference leans towards Lucien Dodge's portrayal.
wdf1
said at 7:06 PM on Tue Mar 14 2017
@WrightWay I agree Lucien Dodge is the best voice of Blue, but Erik Kimerer like you said is good in the role too.
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