Leon S. Kennedy
Resident Evil Resident Evil

Leon S. Kennedy

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Leon S. Kennedy with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Resident Evil

Created by Pokejedservo on Aug 6 2010
Special thanks to NCZ for additional sound clips.
Resident Evil 2 (1998)
Leon S. KennedyPaul Haddad
Paul Haddad
Resident Evil 4 (2005)
Leon S. KennedyPaul Mercier
Paul Mercier
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (2012)
Leon S. KennedyChristian Lanz
Christian Lanz
Resident Evil 6 (2012)
Leon S. KennedyMatthew Mercer
Matthew Mercer


For the 2nd VC for the Resident Evil series I figured it would make sense to do one for the 2nd main male hero of the series namely LEON SCOTT KENNEDY! His initial debut in the series was in the 2nd Resident Evil game in which he was voiced by Paul "90's X Men Quicksilver" Haddad. While not as reviled (and laughed at) as the voicework for the 1st Resident Evil game the voicework for the 2nd game was never all that well received. Personally I didn't think it was that bad and I always though Paul Hadded delivered one of the better performances in that game as Leon S Kennedy. I mean Paul's voice & performance did suit the role well as a young police rookie whom lets just say was at the wrong place at the wrong time whom does try to be strong while he figures out what is going on here.

In Resident Evil 4 (and all other appearances) his current VA is none other than Paul Mercier! And Paul Mercier's Leon voice is a bit lower and a bit smoother which does make sense considering how Leon is older and not actually a rookie anymore when it comes to dealing with hordes of evil monsters. And Paul Mercier's performance as Leon is his most known and quite possibly his most renowned and I can fairly understand why as while Leon may not have the best one-liners but Paul Mercier is still able to pull off an effective performance for Leon here. Overall both VA's have done well here in somewhat different ways for this role.

(Update: Leon had 2 new VA's in 2012 namely Christian Lanz and Matthew Mercer and they are both worthy alternatives to Paul Mercer's fine work. Christian does a fine job playing Leon as the heroic young cop while Matthew does a good job playing a somewhat more somber slightly older take on the role if I do say so myself. While I am sure plenty of folks will miss Paul Mercier's work as Leon and I can understand why but Matthew Mercer and Christian Lanz are fine alternate choices for Leon as well.)



Add a Comment

said at 9:12 PM on Mon Feb 26 2018
I love Paul Mercier as Leon!!! I think he's the best one. He did such an outstanding job in RE4. But I enjoy Matthew Mercer as Leon as well, he is great as Leon.
said at 7:32 AM on Fri Feb 2 2018
1. Haddad
2. Mercier
3. Mercer
4. Lanz
said at 10:15 AM on Sat Nov 12 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Paul Mercier nuff said.
said at 4:55 PM on Sun Oct 23 2016
 1 Shout Out!
1- Paul Mercier
2 - Paul Haddad
3 - Christian Lanz
4 - Matt Mercer
said at 2:56 PM on Mon May 30 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Absolutely going with Paul Mercier. He gives Leon this unique "feel" to him.
said at 7:39 PM on Tue May 10 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Two Pauls and Two Merc(I)ers
said at 5:57 PM on Thu Apr 7 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Paul Mercer are my favorite
Shaun Ince
said at 8:41 PM on Mon Nov 23 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Mercier is my favorite voice for Leon.S Kennedy.
said at 9:55 AM on Tue Apr 7 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
Paul Mercier makes a perfect Leon ever since I first heard him narrated the beginning of RE4, really disappointed when he got replaced. Mathew could have been better, I love the guy but he just doesn't fit to play Mr. Kennedy, or they should have changed Leon's character and give him better lines.
said at 1:20 PM on Sun Mar 29 2015
 1 Shout Out!
1) Paul Mercier
2) Christian Lanz
3) Matthew Mercer
4) Paul Haddad
said at 3:32 PM on Mon Mar 17 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
I prefer Paul Mercier as the voice of Leon. His work in RE4 and Resident Evil: Degeneration was outstanding.Even his work as Leon in Darkside Chronicles can't be ignored. Even his work on other video games makes him the best. I am huge fan of Paul Mercier.
said at 2:28 PM on Sun Dec 29 2013
 1 Shout Out!
I prefer the rookie cop version of the character, so I guess Paul Haddad gets my vote.
said at 5:37 AM on Mon Dec 9 2013
# 1 - Matt Mercer.
# 2 - Paul Mercier.
# 3 - Christian Lanz.
# 4 - Paul Haddad.
said at 8:52 PM on Sun Dec 8 2013
 1 Shout Out!
When I first heard they replaced Paul, who was, at that point, the "main" actor for Leon, I thought, "yep. Character's dead." More often than not, voice replacements tend to be for the worse.

I was VERY pleasantly surprised when Matthew Mercer knocked it out of the park. Nice emoting, and the voice is pretty close to Paul M's take on the character. Mercer's still my fave, but Mercier's just one letter off from him in terms of spelling and how I rate them.

I've yet to play RE2 or Umbrella Chronicles so I don't think I can give an informed opinion on them.
said at 9:25 AM on Tue Sep 17 2013
Hmm I like Paul Haddad's version

Though Mercier is a close second(Irony for two Paul before 2012)

I don't really like the other two but Christian Lanz is worse
said at 6:03 AM on Wed Feb 18 2015
@HienFan Actually listening closer are some of the clip from Roger C Smith's Chris? Still same order however, Paul Haddad is my favourite voice in the second game
said at 2:04 PM on Fri Aug 30 2013
4 and 6's leons both did really well, gonna vote for mercer. liked him alot in 6
said at 1:08 PM on Tue Mar 26 2013
 7 Shout Outs!
Most definitely Paul Mercier. No contest. His Leon sounded confident, serious, intelligent, and likable. He's intimidating to an extent, but more importantly he sounds heroic, has a good sense of humor, and he sounds a bit like an everyman without sounding indistinct. He's a likable hero without being silly, someone you can relate to and want to cheer for. None of the other actors have this quality and without Paul Leon is a fairly boring character.

Matthew Mercer makes him sound too much like a typical brooding, growling action hero with little personality, but he's not a horrible replacement. However, Capcom were being idiots for replacing Paul Mercier at all.

Paul Haddad isn't anything special, but I enjoy his corny acting in Resident Evil 2. I don't mind it and he gave a decent performance for back then.

Christian Lanz... once again they ruined a good character by making him sound like a generic action hero, and he's even less fitting than Matthew Mercer.

I really enjoy Paul Mercier and his voice, he needs more work. His performance is what made Leon an enjoyable character to me and I'm still a little pissed that Capcom didn't bring him back.
said at 1:48 AM on Mon Dec 31 2012
I loved all of Leon's VA's. They all played great parts and they seemed to work well with the different parts. Mercier does a great job of playing the a younger Leon in better quality games while Mercer is excellent as Leon after the time skip, with I think works great with his bigger figure, (which is hard to miss compared to his slimmer physique in the ALL of his previous appearances) older look, and more serious style.
said at 2:33 PM on Mon Dec 3 2012
I like both Mercier and Mercer, though I voted for Mercer on the poll.
said at 12:16 AM on Sat Oct 20 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
Lanz did a great job portraying Leon's 'green' days, he sounds how he would if Leon was a bit younger. Mercer is also a fine alternative to Mercier, as well. ...so...I can't really pick anymore. XD Mercier, Mercer and Lanz all do a fine job.
said at 4:33 PM on Tue Oct 23 2012
@ConfusedPhantom I can't pick either. LOL. If anything, I'd say that all three did an amazing job at capturing this character's voice as he aged through the line of games that came out. However, if I was forced to pick someone, I guess I'd pick Mercier, since he was the first one to give Leon the better voice. I can't say much for Haddad's performance because I wasn't really digging ANY of the character's voices from the first two RE games. lol
said at 2:23 PM on Tue Oct 16 2012
Lemme tell ya, I wasn't entirely sure the current Leon WASN'T Paul Mercier. Very similar nuances and such. I will say that Matthew does fit Leon due to the similarities allowing Leon to sound a bit older at times. In fact, I think all three VA's "escalate in age" in a nice way. Lol, I also think it's funny how all three of their names are similar too, Paul/Paul Mercier/Mercer...=P
said at 3:57 PM on Fri Oct 5 2012
Troy Mercer is going to voice Leon this time around in RE 6, but I'll forever enjoy Mercier's role as Leon.
Madness Abe
said at 5:38 PM on Mon Oct 8 2012
@Xenogeist You mean Matthew Mercer, right?
said at 8:14 PM on Fri Nov 9 2012
@Madness Abe
Yeah, that's who I meant lol
said at 11:25 PM on Thu Mar 29 2012
Lol.Me and leon have the same hair(resident evil 4)
said at 8:04 PM on Fri Mar 23 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Paul Mercier. Hands down.
said at 12:41 AM on Fri Aug 26 2011
 1 Shout Out!
I like Paul Mercier much more here, Paul Haddad just sounds whiny like he's complaining all the time.
said at 11:21 PM on Thu Mar 29 2012
@Metabad I may have been born in 1997 but I played Resident Evil 2 and my friends say that I sound like Paul Haddad's Leon voice.
said at 4:39 PM on Sun Aug 14 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
I think it's not that Paul Haddad did a bad job, up till RE 4 that was the norm and as good as it could get. It's just that Paul Mercier raised the bar sooo high. The feeling, emotion and intonations Paul Mercier put into his VA really brought Leon to life and I think was a major part in the success of Resident Evil 4 and all the rolls featuring Leon after that. (Degeneration,Umbrella Chronicles) Could anyone imagine Leon with any other voice. lol No, I wouldn't want to. He's perfect. I just hope that Paul Mercier's voice talents are used for ALL future rolls involving Leon. Thanks Mr. Mercier. Best character voice ever!
said at 11:40 PM on Sat Aug 13 2011
 1 Shout Out!
A little funny how both his voice actors' first names are paul, but I think Merceir did a better job.
Faved by 16 BTVA Members

Support Behind The Voice Actors on Patreon
What is Patreon?
Who do you think has been the best from these Leon S Kennedy voice actors?
Paul Haddad
Paul Mercier
Matthew Mercer
Christian Lanz