Aku
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Aku

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Aku with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Samurai Jack

Aku is the main antagonist of the TV series Samurai Jack and Samurai Jack's arch-nemesis. Aku is a powerful wizard demon capable of shape-shifting and sorcery. Aku first clashed with Samurai Jack when it went on a rampage of destruction, ultimately taking over the empire of Samurai Jack's father. During their first fight, Aku used a time portal to send him forward in time. When Samurai Jack reappears, Aku had already overtaken the world with his darkness. While Aku is treated as a truly serious, dangerous foe, he has shown to be snarky and over-the-top at times.
Created by UltimateCharm on Jan 2 2013
Samurai Jack (2001)
AkuMako Iwamatsu
Mako Iwamatsu
Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall (2009)
AkuGreg Baldwin
Greg Baldwin
Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion (2011)
AkuFred Tatasciore
Fred Tatasciore

EDITOR'S OPINION

Like the Samurai Jack Voice Compare, I prefer Mako, the original voice actor, as Aku. Mako gave a memorable performance, managing to be both menacing and hilarious at the same time. But Greg Baldwin and Fred Tatasciore were decent replacements.


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ConfusedPhantom
said at 2:48 AM on Mon May 22 2017
 7 Shout Outs!
Mako IS Aku, no question about it.

But, Greg Baldwin did an admirable job in season 5.
Ghosty404
said at 5:18 PM on Sat May 20 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
It took him a while, but holy crap did he really kill it as Aku. He managed to grab nearly everything Mako put down for his role, and channel it in the new season. He really does deserve a close second place, or even share first place with him.
Ghosty404
said at 5:23 PM on Sat May 20 2017
@Ghosty404 Greg really killed it as Aku*
Shaun Ince
said at 5:56 AM on Sun May 14 2017
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I know I voted for Mako ages ago when I visited this voice compare, but I have to give props to Greg in Season 5. He's gotten much better over the course of this new season of Samurai Jack. He's definitely a worthy successor to Mako Iwamatsu.
DeadpoolFool
said at 11:44 PM on Sat Apr 15 2017
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I wasn't a big fan of Greg Baldwin's Aku voice, at first. His first appearance on the show. I was kinda surprised how off it sounded. Especially after seeing how well Greg did as Mako's replacement as Iroh in The Last Airbender. I guess I'm just so used to hearing Mako's voice on Aku I was picking up the difference more. Like how Mako pronounced it "Sam-Moo-Ri" but Greg pronounced it "Sam-Mer-I"

But after watching episode 5 and seeing a bit more of Aku, I definitely think he's a worthy successor. There were still some lines where it sounded off, but the one line "I am sorry old man, I think you are lost" sounded so much like Mako is honestly kinda gave me nostalgic goosebumps.

Honestly Mako is such a tough act to top, and he's pretty difficult to replace. Especially on a role like this where he completely made it his own. But I definitely now think Greg Baldwin is doing a great job carrying the torch.
Shiny Raticate
said at 11:54 PM on Sun Apr 23 2017
@DeadpoolFool I thought I was the only person who noticed that line sounded really close to Mako's voice, glad to know someone else caught it too.
Given time, I think Baldwin will start cultivating the voice a little more. It's one thing to portray an actor's specific portrayal of a character, but to switch to a different character with the same actor's gotta be hard.
DeadpoolFool
said at 9:08 PM on Mon Apr 24 2017
@Shiny Raticate Greg may not always hit the right spots when he's doing his imitation, but when he hits it....he REALLY hits it.

I agree. I think they may have changed up Aku's personality and make him more depressed, for Greg's sake. So it was easier for him to kind of make the character his own....But like you said, it's gotta be difficult for him, because he's not playing Mako's Aku, he's play Mako's Aku acting a different way then we're used to seeing him. That can't be easy.

I'm willing to bet, that by the end of the series. Greg will absolutely nail it.
DeadpoolFool
said at 12:45 PM on Sun Apr 30 2017
@Shiny Raticate Just watched Episode 7, and behold we were right. Greg finally got to play The Aku we're more familiar with in the beginning flashback, and not the depressed Aku we've been seeing in other episodes.....and he nails it.
Superfan
said at 6:01 PM on Sat May 13 2017
@DeadpoolFool Woo, so angry. Be careful, samurai, so much stress will give you a heart attack. Oh, what am I saying? Please continue, never mind what I say.
Metabad
said at 6:13 AM on Sat Apr 8 2017
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Oddly enough I feel like there are moments in episode 2 where Greg Baldwin's deep voice reminds me more of Fred Tatasciore's normal voice than Fred Tatasciore himself here does.

It's a very surreal feeling.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 3:54 PM on Sun Mar 19 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
Greg did a pretty good job in Season Five so far. He's noticeably gruffer than Mako, but still an overall good impression
GreenGoblin75
said at 12:51 PM on Sun Mar 19 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Mako Iwamatsu was fantastic as Aku and Greg Baldwin is doing a fantastic job carrying on his legacy in Season 5.

Fred was pretty good too.
jonhardwick
said at 7:06 AM on Sun Mar 19 2017
 1 Shout Out!
Watched last night's episode. Baldwin wasn't that bad, not his best take on a Mako character but still way better than Fred.
jonhardwick
said at 10:13 AM on Fri Mar 17 2017
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Im hyped for this Saturday. Aku is finally going to make a full appearance and we finally get to hear Greg's potential.
SNaG
said at 10:30 AM on Wed Mar 15 2017
 7 Shout Outs!
I mean, you can't beat Mako, but Greg Baldwin does the character justice.
WrightWay
said at 11:24 PM on Tue Mar 14 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
1. Mako Iwamatsu
2. Greg Baldwin
3. Fred Tatasciore

The late, great Mako Iwamatsu just had the ability to make characters shine through under the proper vocal direction: would you ever guess the kindly, gentle, yet tea-loving Uncle Iroh would share the same voice actor as the evil, malicious, devious Aku? Mako was great here, too, he could sound threatening, intimidating, comedic, chilling, you name it (the clip used to represent his performance showcasing how funny he could be in particular)- just a memorable performance by & large that still holds up very well today.

As for the others...Greg Baldwin's impression, like with Iroh, is very good and just a slightly bit lighter in tone & delivery, but he still does his predecessor justice, and I'm sure he will (and has already) in the new season of Samurai Jack, too.

Fred Tatasciore's take is really the only weak one in the bunch here- he sounds very off from Aku's menacing performance and makes him sound a bit too goofy, as well as like a Caucasian male trying to imitate a Japanese man's performance, at several points.
HylianBelmont
said at 6:05 AM on Tue Mar 14 2017
 5 Shout Outs!
Mako Iwamatsu easily! Although out of the two replacements, I'd say Greg Baldwin is easily the better one.
darknessflamegeass
said at 6:07 PM on Tue Mar 14 2017
@HylianBelmont Ditto, though I do think Fred could pull off a pretty good Aku with a different approach. But Genndy said it himself no one can replace Mako RIP.
jonhardwick
said at 5:29 PM on Thu Mar 9 2017
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I hope once the new season premiere's Baldwin's Fusionfall clip will be replaced by the new season dialogue, Greg got so little material in Fusionfall I can't wait to hear him. He can do any Mako character, He did a good Master Splinter, He did a good Iroh and Im sure he will do a wondeful Aku, but no one can truly replace Mako 100%.
Kingytp
said at 10:10 AM on Sat Feb 25 2017
 1 Shout Out!
1. Mako
2. Greg
3. Fred
skeletonking1234
said at 11:29 PM on Sun Feb 5 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Mako is so definitive in the role. His energy is amazing, his delivery is fantastic, even his snark is really funny when he was.

Greg and Fred are decent replacements that both kind of lump together for me. They both come pretty close to sounding to Mako, they have the rasp and the energy, but I feel they don't really have the charm (or the material) to match.

I'd say if Greg or Fred isn't playing Aku in the final season, I think Mark Hamill or Eric Bauza would be perfect.
Ad23
said at 12:57 AM on Fri Sep 23 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Mako Iwamatsu
2. Greg Baldwin
3. Fred Tatasciore
VoicerofVoices
said at 4:12 PM on Mon Aug 15 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Mako is definitely my pick. Greg's an alright replacement though and Fred's average at best.

But I had an odd idea earlier: Does anyone think Brian Doyle-Murray could potentially be a decent Mako replacement?
Scarfan96
said at 7:53 PM on Sat Aug 13 2016
Mako IS Aku .
Dr.Who
said at 9:19 AM on Thu Dec 3 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
Mako, naturally, but Greg was the better stand in over Fred if you ask me.
Scarfan96
said at 8:53 PM on Sat Feb 21 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Oh this is so easy! MAKO!
HienFan
said at 8:46 AM on Fri Feb 28 2014
1 Mako
2 Greg
3 Fred
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 8:21 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
MAKO. NO EFFING CONTEST. As with Iroh, Greg is a good Mako stand-in. Fred's take was just...ew. No.
jonhardwick
said at 3:25 AM on Fri Mar 15 2013
Mako-A classic he was menacing memorable & comical he was aku
Greg Baldwin- A decent impression but he was was to minor to show off his true skills.'
Fred Tatasciore- Well.... he tried
JayGirl10
said at 3:54 PM on Fri Jan 11 2013
Yeah, Mako for sure. RIP.
VGAfanatic
said at 9:22 AM on Wed Jan 9 2013
Rest in peace, Mako. I'm curious who they'll get when Genndy Tartakovsky and JJ Abrams eventually do the Samurai Jack movie.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 12:23 PM on Thu Jan 3 2013
Mako.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:28 PM on Wed Jan 2 2013
 5 Shout Outs!
I can barley hear either Fred or Greg
PurpleWarrior13
said at 7:43 PM on Wed Jan 2 2013
Mako is definitely the best, but the others weren't bad substitutes.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 7:12 PM on Wed Jan 2 2013
Mako. Greg did a great rob taking over as Iroh but sounds off here and Fred is decent but still isn't quite on par.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 6:51 PM on Wed Jan 2 2013
 6 Shout Outs!
Mako is definitely my pick. Greg does a better impression of Mako's take than Fred does, in my opinion.
coolgeek176
said at 6:34 PM on Wed Jan 2 2013
 1 Shout Out!
I'm going with Mako. Th other two do good impressions.
skeletonking1234
said at 6:31 PM on Wed Jan 2 2013
 1 Shout Out!
sorry I meant MAKO
skeletonking1234
said at 6:30 PM on Wed Jan 2 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
Make made the role so definitive and creepy but also somewhat funny with his signature voice, that it's kind of hard not to vote for him
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:29 PM on Wed Jan 2 2013
 6 Shout Outs!
MAKO! MAKO! MAKO! Man do I miss this show.
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