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Voice Compare » Sonic the Hedgehog » Shadow the Hedgehog

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Shadow the Hedgehog with sound clips and images.
Shadow was created 50 years ago by Professor Gerald as "the Ultimate Life Form". Shadow was originally evil, wanting to destroy humanity for taking his only friend, Maria, but has since become something of a reluctant ally to Sonic and his friends after realizing the error of his ways. He is a very popular character, but has something of a divisive fanbase.
Created by SeriouslyFunny on Sat Mar 6 2010, 365 Comments, Add Comment
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Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)
Shadow the HedgehogDavid Humphrey
David Humphrey
Shadow the Hedgehog (2005)
Shadow the HedgehogJason Griffith
Jason Griffith
Sonic Free Riders (2010)
Shadow the HedgehogKirk Thornton
Kirk Thornton

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Fairfieldfencer
said at 1:53 AM on Sat Aug 30 2014
I always thought it'd be interesting to have Shadow sound his age. In that sentiment, I've always wanted Ron Perlman to have a crack at him.
TheGreenSpeedster
said at 12:39 AM on Mon Aug 25 2014
Anyone else think Roger Craig Smith can pull off Shadow?
MilanTheVillain01
said at 5:25 AM on Sat Aug 30 2014
@TheGreenSpeedster I think his Chris Redfield/Batman voice could fit, if it was a bit darker.
SteelEthlan
said at 7:23 PM on Sun Aug 24 2014
I may think John Gremillion would pull off a brilliant shadow voice.
TrueMyriad
said at 8:48 AM on Thu Aug 14 2014
Some of Johnny Yong Bosch's roles sound similar to Shadow's actors:
Ichigo Kurosaki-David Humphrey
Lelouch, Nero, and Genma Shiranui-Jason Griffith
Sasori and Tohru Adachi-Kirk Thornton
superwplf
said at 6:50 PM on Wed Aug 6 2014
Kirk makes shadow sound like an emo, which he is. So, kirk is my fav.
SteelEthlan
said at 11:20 AM on Wed Aug 6 2014
Darren Dunstan would make an amazing Shadow The Hedgehog for me.
CuriousUserX90
said at 1:20 AM on Fri Aug 22 2014
@SteelEthlan Dunstan is a Voice of Robots. He did the Robots Rannels did not, as well as Tanaka the Butler. He may have some similar role.
SteelEthlan
said at 7:22 PM on Sun Aug 24 2014
@CuriousUserX90 Hmm sounds fair.
Coleiosis123
said at 6:02 PM on Mon Jul 28 2014
I never knew which was the real story in Shadow the Hedgehog.
HienFan
said at 8:06 PM on Sun Jul 20 2014
1 Jason- Really good, he perfected the role
2 David- Also good but he's a bit uneven as evident from the Fake Hedgehog line(really whiney)
3 Kirk- I love you as a voice actor Kirk but this is not one of your best you sound too old
anthonysea
said at 9:00 PM on Sun Jul 13 2014
 1 Shout Out! [?]
"Where's that DAMN fourth chaos emerald?"
The line instantly gives Jason Griffith my vote.
TrueMyriad
said at 7:54 AM on Sun Jul 13 2014
Chris Niosi would be an excellent option for Shadow.
Zillah
said at 5:08 PM on Wed Jul 9 2014
...I can't decide who to pick here.
TrueMyriad
said at 4:23 PM on Wed Jul 9 2014
If Aniplex dubbed Sonic the Hedgehog, I would chose either Johnny Yong Bosch(using his Lelouch, Zero, or Sasori voice), Matthew Mercer(using his Levi and Chrom voice), or Crispin Freeman(Alucard, Itachi, Red Arrow, or Kyon voice). Who would you pick?
TrueMyriad
said at 12:45 PM on Sun Jun 22 2014
Anybody else hear Shadowlink4321/Daniel Alvarez's voice as Shadow? To me, His voice is spot on as Shadow.
frostbittenseal
said at 12:16 PM on Wed Jun 25 2014
@TrueMyriad I have, he's really talented
TrueMyriad
said at 3:21 AM on Mon May 19 2014
Anybody else want Shadow759 to become the official voice of Shadow. His Sonic the Hedgehog videos are hilarious and well written.
SalaComMander
said at 12:11 PM on Fri Jun 6 2014
@TrueMyriad Shadow759 is hilarious, but he's not a fantastic actor.
TrueMyriad
said at 11:34 AM on Tue Jun 10 2014
@SalaComMander good point
Va5h19
said at 6:32 PM on Tue May 13 2014
David Kaye as the next Shadow! WHO'S WITH ME?!
TrueMyriad
said at 6:03 PM on Thu May 29 2014
@Va5h19 now trhat you think about it, David Kaye would be great as Shadow
TrueMyriad
said at 7:28 PM on Thu May 1 2014
Jason Griffith is going to voice Shadow again in Sonic Boom(TV Series). It's been on the imdb page for a couple of weeks now, but we'll need more proof. It also says that Blaze is coming back and Laura Bailey will resume her role as her.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:35 PM on Thu May 1 2014
@TrueMyriad IMDB doesn't prove anything. Jason Griffith will never be Shadow again.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:31 PM on Thu May 1 2014
@TrueMyriad IMDB is user-submitted and about as reliable as wikipedia. That information is simply false.
TrueMyriad
said at 3:52 AM on Fri May 2 2014
@NCZ I figured. But it's strange how SEGA is actually using imdb of all things to display it's crew and cast insteading of releasing info monthly like Super Smash Bros.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:00 AM on Fri May 2 2014
@TrueMyriad You've missed my point. It's not Sega sending that info. Some random fan is doing it just to screw with the fanbase and see if people fall for it.
TrueMyriad
said at 3:19 AM on Mon May 19 2014
@TrueMyriad now that's messed up for sure.
TrueMyriad
said at 5:50 AM on Sat Apr 19 2014
 1 Shout Out! [?]
What if Kirk Thornton sounded more like Jason or David? If he sounded like Jason, he would be using Saix's voice or his Batman voice from Catwoman in Shanghai, and if he tried sounding like David, he would change the deep voice in general and sound like Isa from Birth by Sleep instead of that Kisame voice he's using.
TrueMyriad
said at 7:12 PM on Fri Apr 18 2014
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
Matthew Mercer or Crispin Freeman would nail it as Shadow. Matthew was outstanding as Tygra, Tony Stark, Kuroh, Kiritsugu Emiya, and especially Chrom. Crispin has had experience in Digimon, and his voice really proves to fit his characters right like Electro, Kyon, Itachi, Roy Harper,Kirei, and Alucard.
Guy110
said at 11:33 AM on Sun Mar 2 2014
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
I like to think that Shadow, like many other Sonic characters, suffers from what I like to call trilogy syndrome. One entry is undoubtedly the best, one is okay, and the other is bad. And if you were to ask me, they go in descending chronological order. Sorry, Thornton, but you get nothing on Humphrey.
Netherman14
said at 2:32 PM on Fri Feb 14 2014
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
Will Arnett as Shadow the Hedgehog, maybe if he lightened his voice up a bit? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VeUoVKiyhE&list=WLK8XhOTYE3EAgdnbJBGhE_pjUQmvWlH9l http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65eDsGY5MTE&list=WLK8XhOTYE3EAgdnbJBGhE_pjUQmvWlH9l http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP81V2wwRfQ&list=WLK8XhOTYE3EAgdnbJBGhE_pjUQmvWlH9l http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHNlKyFtDdY&list=WLK8XhOTYE3EAgdnbJBGhE_pjUQmvWlH9l
Megnoman
said at 12:34 AM on Thu Jan 16 2014
Kirk is the best.
Crystal Chaotix 3
said at 10:15 AM on Tue Jan 14 2014
 6 Shout Outs! [?]
David Humphrey: I still think this is the best Shadow. Without a doubt, his voice, acting, and inflections in Heroes were all great and I can take him more seriously as someone who's got more of a character dynamic to him outside of being a super serious brooder. "Cool City", "Hmph. Too easy for me!", "Something's never change do they?" He sounds like someone you could actually approach and talk to in that game.

Jason Griffith: I don't know if its the dialogue or the direction they went with him but for some reason, I'm not all for his voice in Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic 06. All I got from him was this feeling of boredom whenever he spoke. The voice he's using sounds great on its own but when it comes to range (especially in 06 on that) and his ability to make Shadow convincingly sound like a somebody with inflections behind what they're saying, I was personally a little left in the dark.

Kirk Thornton: Kirk hear doesn't have that problem for me when it comes to being dynamic and having inflections and coming off as someone relatively approachable for conversation and what not. It's just the voice itself he's using doesn't fit the way it is. I've seen snippets of his voice that sound like they could make a perfect Shadow but his main one is that of his old Kisame Hoshigaki voice, which doesn't work here. His Saix voice would even fit better then this. He has to improve or the voice director needs to make a change on how they want him to say this stuff.

said at 4:39 PM on Sun Dec 22 2013
I'm knida at a tie with David and Jason, I think they both captured shadows personality well and both of them improved a lot! Maybe I'm with Jason a little more but David is a very close second!
and I know Kirk has had very little to work with so I have no idea if he's getting better, but come on, in free riders he sounded like he was doing a snake impression or something!! but i still wanna see more from Kirk as he is a really good voice actor!
chaosincarnate
said at 11:51 AM on Thu Dec 19 2013
 4 Shout Outs! [?]
1-: David Humphrey: One of the best starts for any Sonic character. He captured Shadow's emotional side perfectly, and could sound deliciously dark and sinister at times without sounding forced.
2-: Kirk Thornton: Quite under rated IMO. His voice is a good fit for the character, and the slightly monotone voice is great for Shadow. He sounded a bit over the top in Free Riders, but hearing him in the rival boss in Sonic Generations makes me know he's got a great Shadow in him.
3-: Jason Griffith: Painfully over rated. He sounded way too serious and gruff for Shadow, and comes off as a bit of an emo voice. The acting is fine, but it's not a voice I like for Shadow.
spencermalley935
said at 10:34 AM on Wed Dec 18 2013
 5 Shout Outs! [?]
Don't know if this has been suggested yet, but Crispin Freeman would kill it as Shadow
Ross123
said at 11:52 AM on Thu Dec 19 2013
@spencermalley935 Any1 can voice Shadow over Kirk Thornton anyday. I know I said Kirk was ok (in my opinion) but listening to him gets really boring after a while.
spencermalley935
said at 8:21 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
@Ross123 Fair enough, I don't really have any strong Feelings on Thornton (Personally, I think he's okay too, Just a little soft)
austinslashlavaboy
said at 3:07 PM on Thu Dec 5 2013
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
David Humphrey: Overrated. I can notice a smug accent in his voice & he is WAY to light for me. Might be the worst.

Jason Griffith: Nice dark tone that suits him well.

Kirk Thorton: kind of underrated. I love the darker tone than Griffith, but I can notice a slight accent in his voice.

I'm voting for Jason Griffith.
Adjeras
said at 8:28 PM on Mon Dec 16 2013
@austinslashlavaboy Wow, I agree. I can't even describe David's performance.
austinslashlavaboy
said at 3:29 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
@Adjeras thanks for agreeing with me.
austinslashlavaboy
said at 3:35 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
@Adjeras I actually think it would be the perfect voice for bass from the megaman series, but thanks for agreeing with me (I seriously thought someone might argue with me on Humphrey. WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE THIS GUY?!?!?!?!)
Adjeras
said at 5:22 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
@austinslashlavaboy No problem.
Adjeras
said at 5:22 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
@austinslashlavaboy He'd probably be perfect. People like him because he was the first Shadow voice.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:39 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
@Adjeras Or, alternatively, there's the off chance that people like him because he did a legitimately good job of portraying Shadow's personality, provided a unique and memorable voice, and delivered his lines well. But it's not as if we all have different opinions or anything like that.
Adjeras
said at 6:25 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
@NCZ While that may be true, I just don't like it. I couldn't detect any personality with David and his voice kinda annoyed me. I personally feel Jason Griffith provided a more defined performance.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 9:45 PM on Thu Nov 14 2013
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
To add to my list of suggestions of actors who could voice Shadow, how about Keith Silverstein (yes, I know he already voices Vector, but still).

If anyone here's played League of Legends, you'll know that Keith Silverstein voices Shen in that game. It's a lot Kirk Thornton's Shadow voiced but less rugged & a lot more refined.


So, on the off chance that Kirk Thornton doesn't improve (or gets worse, either/or), I think that Keith Silverstein should take his place.
Trite For Life
said at 9:17 PM on Tue Nov 12 2013
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Either this was a fault of the direction, or a fault of Thornton's voice-work, but he just sounds BAD as Shadow.

I personally think he should put a bit more Saix or Jin into his performance rather than Kisame.
Torak
said at 5:49 AM on Tue Nov 12 2013
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
My thoughts updated:

Well first off: I actually do agree with DreamMaster08X's views on Shadow, I honestly didn't get why David was so popular either. My guess is that he originated it, or people thought Shadow's "personality" change from Heroes to "Shadow the Hedgehog" was jarring for them.
Bottom line: I never liked David that much, in Adventure 2 he just sounds bland but he did better in Heroes even with smaller material.

Secondly: even though I liked Jason, I didn't think he was great either. I could see why people thought he couldn't act, but in some games like here, and The Black Knight for example, he can be a decent actor. Like most people have said so, I still think he fits Shadow and I still liked him.

Lastly: Kirk. Well, at first obviously I hated his voice. it sounded like Shadow was trying to be a 60s hippy or something and it just didn't fit, but then again Kirk has had very little to work with, so I'll defiantly give him a chance to improve, and being the actor that he is I'm sure he can.

So for now Jason has my vote, but I'll wait to see if Kirk's performance improves. Thanks for listening. :-)
DreamMaster08X (Probationary Moderator)
said at 1:13 PM on Mon Nov 11 2013
 5 Shout Outs! [?]
*Watches David Humphrey's performance*

*Looks at percentage of votes in poll and reads comments*

*This video comes to mind*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG2kFXDPot8

I honestly have to say... ...I don't get it. Looking into David's performance, I have a bone to pick with it: I can't get into it.

Looking deeply into these three roles before and after looking into this VC, Humphrey has not left a single impression on me. It sounds so monotone and rather blatant (not the good kind). Everytime he spoke, it felt much too underplayed. And while I understand that he is the original Shadow, I don't think that ALWAYS entitle to it being the absolute best.

Griffiths, on the other hand, left SOME form of an impression on me. I can't really say that it is undoubtedly perfect, but to me, it sounded right. Whenever I look and Shadow the Hedgedog, this is exactly how I imagined him to sound like. Sure, it's an anti-hero-type take, but in my honest opinion, it works.

Kirk, unfortunately, would have to fall dead last. While I'm not a big fan of David's take, I understand what he's try to get across; it just doesn't work for me. Here... I'm not too such WHAT Kirk was trying to go for. It's just rather
forgettable.

Sorry to be so harsh, but I could never get into it. Honestly, Jason would have to get my vote.
Adjeras
said at 8:29 PM on Mon Dec 16 2013
@DreamMaster08X I actually feel the same way.
IceElvenPrincess
said at 11:54 PM on Sun Nov 10 2013
 1 Shout Out! [?]
to me, David Humphrey is and always will be the original Shadow. he really made it clear on the sinister and evil side of him. he did excellent and he was great at voicing Shadow. and Jason Griffith, he gets second place in my books. he also brought something really unique to Shadow as well. Kirk, well he doesn't sound right for the role. just my opinion.
Blaze
said at 4:36 PM on Mon Nov 4 2013
 1 Shout Out! [?]
I liked his first one,Jason sounds a little emo and Kirk...Well,he is better than Cindy,I guess.
Aussieroth
said at 12:17 AM on Mon Nov 4 2013
I really can't decide, they're all too good.
TrueMyriad
said at 4:22 AM on Sun Nov 3 2013
 1 Shout Out! [?]
I think Kirk Thornton needs to sound like Harry Mason from Silent Hill and Saix/Isa to make the perfect Shadow, because he sounds more like Kisame Hoshigake but with no emotion or performance at all.
Adjeras
said at 9:53 AM on Sun Oct 20 2013
 1 Shout Out! [?]
David Humphrey: Okay, he is completely overrated. He's not a smug character. He is flat, monotone and unlikeable (referring to David) I hope David never returns to voice Shadow again.
Jason Griffith: Underrated. He actually gave Shadow a very decent personality.
Kirk Thornton: He could be great, but he just needs more time, yet somehow I like him better than David.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 6:29 AM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Adjeras - *looks at poll and almost every video on YouTube*

How is Jason underrated again?
Ross123
said at 10:05 AM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@HyperVoiceActing that's his opinion & it's ok for him 2 think that. Well after all every1 can't agree with everything.
Adjeras
said at 11:21 AM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@HyperVoiceActing Notice a huge spike in interest for David. People also still go by the belief that Griffith sounded emo.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 12:03 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Ross123 - I never said he was wrong, I just find it hard to believe he considers Griffith, who on almost every website I go to say he's the best Shadow, "underrated". If anything he'd be qualified as overrated (not say he is or isn't)

@Adjeras - Kinda deviating away from the two actors real quick, but most people I talk to actually WANT Shadow to sound emo. And I have to ask, why?
Adjeras
said at 12:09 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@HyperVoiceActing Most people hold that against Griffith whereas some praise David for it. I'm sorry, but I'll never prefer David, I hope you can accept that.

said at 7:56 AM on Fri Oct 25 2013
@HyperVoiceActing actually I find that people find David much better and find Jason awful, I think he's underrated as well, I like David but some lines he said sounded awkward where as Jason said it with more..meaning I guess, he made shadow more of a character too me.
TrueMyriad
said at 3:21 PM on Thu Oct 31 2013
@HyperVoiceActing I think both are ideal for Shadow an that both have a unique take at Shadow. David gives Shadow an isolated, mature yet young voice people wanted from an anti-hero. Whereas Jason's voice gave off the ideal voice for a wise, powerful Shadow. David gives the youthful voice that sounds like a guy who wants to rule with an iron fist, as well as a well written dynamic character, wehcich he is, and Jason sounds like a hero who, like Sagat from Street Fighter, doesn't. Show his heroic nature in feelings and expressions, but in the actions and nobility he gives off.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 10:04 AM on Mon Oct 7 2013
 4 Shout Outs! [?]
They're all perfect fits, but I have to go with David Humphrey for sounding so deliciously dark and sinister. Kirk Thorton comes second, doing a slightly higher version of his Saix voice. Jason comes last: it's good, but it's just a "dark Sonic" voice and way too over-the-top edgy anti-hero, which I do not like the character as.
Soldierkei
said at 11:53 AM on Fri Sep 27 2013
 7 Shout Outs! [?]
David Humphrey. No. Doubt. When I hear Jason, I basically just think "Evil Sonic" as opposed to him being his own character. Humphrey just sounds so friggin cool, smooth. Probably the only actor from the Dreamcast era that I'm still today going "NO WAIT COME BACK!" Even though I loved all the voice from the Dreamcast era. But I do prefer Kirk Thornton over Jason.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 6:08 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
@Soldierkei - I agree. I still think Kirk can be a great Shadow, he just needs more time to get into the character.

Then again people refuse to let him have that chance
T-Flow
said at 11:52 PM on Wed Oct 2 2013
@Soldierkei Completely agree. Humphrey also gave Shadow a bit of smugness that the other actors have yet to do.

"Faker? I think you're the fake hedgehog around here!"

Such an awesome line and I love Humphrey's delivery on it. Granted the reason why Shadow isn't like that anymore is due to how Shadow's character is written nowadays. Sega has pretty much turned him into Sonic's anti-heroish rival and outside of that he doesn't have much else going for him.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 10:04 AM on Mon Oct 7 2013
@Soldierkei Agreed!
Adjeras
said at 9:51 AM on Sun Oct 20 2013
@Soldierkei I don't think so. He sounded monotone and unlikeable.
Adjeras
said at 9:52 AM on Sun Oct 20 2013
@T-Flow Well Griffith did too.
HienFan
said at 9:41 AM on Tue Sep 17 2013
1 Jason- That's the first version I heard from the infamous damn chaos emerald game but whatever
2 David Humphrey
3 Kirk Thornton- Urg one of his worst roles
HyperVoiceActing
said at 3:22 PM on Thu Sep 12 2013
 6 Shout Outs! [?]
I think David Humphrey has a much better grasp on Shadow's character than the rest. Jason's Shadow is overrated, and I think Kirk could be good as Shadow if he had more time to get use to the character.

Also, to add onto the discussion of possible Shadow voice actors that's been brewing over here, is it weird to say that I think Jeff Bennett would make a good Shadow? I always thought his Brooklyn voice would fit Shadow well
WWEFAN12ization
said at 2:32 PM on Fri Sep 13 2013
@HyperVoiceActing Nah, I can't really see Jeff Bennett as Shadow especially with a Brooklyn. Him as Vector other hand, absolutely perfect!
HyperVoiceActing
said at 8:09 PM on Fri Sep 13 2013
@WWEFAN12ization I meant Brooklyn from Gargoyles
WWEFAN12ization
said at 8:30 PM on Fri Sep 13 2013
@HyperVoiceActing. Oh, sorry got confuse.
E_Granderson37
said at 3:04 PM on Sat Aug 31 2013
I Like All 3 Thornton Is ok his first Preformance was iffy but he improved in Sonic Generations and so Did Amy I hope to Shadow in Lost World and I cant Wait to Hear him as Orbot In Lost World
MilanTheVillain01
said at 8:45 PM on Thu Aug 22 2013
 5 Shout Outs! [?]
Reason for justifying our voice actor suggestions for Shadow:

Chris Sabat could bring out the stoic or grouchy side.
Mark Hamill just screams crazy & psychotic (God forbid, if Shadow ever goes down that path again).
D.C. Douglas has that cockiness & overconfidence down-pat.
Johnny Yong Bosch could have more of a smoother attitude.
Crispin Freeman's just a natural in roles like this.
Liam O'Brien can fit the pure evil part (if Shadow ever becomes a full-on villain again like he was in SA2).
Micah Solusod could make Shadow mysterious again.
Matthew Mercer could take Humphrey, Griffith & Thornton's perfomances & get the balance just right between them.
Richard Epcar can bring a gruffer sound for when Shadow gets angry.
Troy Baker captures the smug & competitive demeanor perfectly.
Travis Willingham would give us a more refined voice that's not overly forced.
& Roger Craig Smith would get to use a whole lot of range & completely different from Sonic.


Is there anything else I should add?
Smarttamarr94
said at 2:57 PM on Tue Aug 27 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 You should add something for Steve Blum
MilanTheVillain01
said at 5:11 PM on Tue Aug 27 2013
@Smarttamarr94 OK, fine.
& Steve Blum because he's friggin' Steve Blum, 'nuff said.
pokemastanumba1
said at 2:23 PM on Mon Sep 9 2013
@Smarttamarr94 *sigh* ...You just had to mention him didn't you?
Smarttamarr94
said at 2:25 PM on Mon Sep 9 2013
@pokemastanumba1 Nolan North?.... If it makes you feel any better :I
pokemastanumba1
said at 2:27 PM on Mon Sep 9 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 Hmmm...I think any one of them could work in one way or another, though I actually think Matthew Mercer, Liam O'Brien, and RCS would capture all the aspects of Shadow's personality best. Myself, I still stand by Micah Solusod, as I just think it'd be a nice change of pace for him. Besides, a lot of people suggested JYB, who naturally sounds very similar.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 7:50 AM on Fri Sep 13 2013
@pokemastanumba1 ...
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 7:52 AM on Fri Sep 13 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 Dee Bradley Baker, too, because he's friggin' Dee Bradley Baker
MilanTheVillain01
said at 8:33 PM on Fri Sep 13 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight I could imagine Dee Bradley Baker voicing Shadow with his Gravemind voice from Halo 2 & 3, just to troll us.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 9:59 AM on Sat Sep 14 2013
@MilanTheVillain01

I can't wait for the day where pokemastanumba1 starts feeling the way he does about Steve about Dee.

...BTVA should probably get a bomb shelter should that day ever come. ;-)
MilanTheVillain01
said at 3:28 PM on Sat Sep 14 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Same goes for me if I ever fangasmed over someone other than Travis Willingham.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 11:03 PM on Sat Nov 9 2013
Somebody get the bomb shelter ready. ;-)
DreamMaster08X (Probationary Moderator)
said at 11:05 AM on Tue Nov 12 2013
@pokemastanumba1 "*sigh* ...You just had to mention him didn't you?"

http://media.tumblr.com/f4abb8223f6dc5d9a5ec9b841de96e09/tumblr_inline_mp0bjqQQ2t1qz4rgp.gif
MilanTheVillain01
said at 3:05 AM on Wed Nov 13 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 To add to my list of suggestions of actors who could voice Shadow, how about Keith Silverstein (yes, I know he already voices Vector, but still).

If anyone here's played League of Legends, you'll know that Keith Silverstein voices Shen in that game. It's a lot Kirk Thornton's Shadow voiced but less rugged & a lot more refined.


So, on the off chance that Kirk Thornton doesn't improve (or gets worse, either/or), I think that Keith Silverstein should take his place.
TrueMyriad
said at 9:19 AM on Thu Aug 22 2013
I think we all need to give a reason why our choices are suposidly the best options for Shadow. I think Matthew Mercer is the best option, because he can give the personality and perfect pitch of his voice into Shadow like all of his other roles, like Chrom from Fire Emblem Awakening, Iron Man in Iron Man Rise of Technovore, Tygra from Thundercats, Kiritsugu Emiya from Fate/Zero, Z.W.E.I from Soulcalibur V, Atlas from Fullmetal Alchemist, and Leon S. Kennedy from Resident Evil.
Zekewars010
said at 9:04 AM on Thu Aug 15 2013
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
1. Humprhey sounds ok.

2. Griffith is perfect.

3. With a little more work, Thornton can improve upon.
Aimanfire
said at 8:02 AM on Wed Aug 14 2013
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
Okay, my review of these actors:

I don't care what anyone says, David Humphrey made a great shadow. out of all the actors, he actually gave shadow EMOTIONS. learn that Kirk.

Jason did alright, but he could have been better if it weren't for how shadow was in the games. his character development just made him darker and darker.

Kirk, OH HOLY CRAP. i can't describe it, but it's pretty bad. he makes shadow sound evil, while overall he's not doing anything evil. it's misplaced, and confusing.

David is the best, with Jason at a very close, down to the inch second place. Kirk is miles away.
Adjeras
said at 9:55 AM on Sun Oct 20 2013
@Aimanfire No, David gave no emotion whatsoever, he was just monotone. We'd be better off without him.
Netherman14
said at 11:55 AM on Tue Aug 26 2014
@Adjeras I hope you know that what you wrote is something called opinion, not fact, and in this case this is your opinion, and people are going to disagree with it.
That said, David Humphrey is an excellent Shadow.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 6:09 AM on Wed Aug 14 2013
Scanning through the comments, voice actors that could voice Shadow if Kirk Thornton doesn't improve (or God forbid, gets worse) are as follows.

- smarttamarr94 said, Chris Sabat.
- Two anonymous guests said, Mark Hamill.
- One anonymous guest said, D.C. Douglas.
- A lot of people said, Johnny Young Bosch.
- Zabel said, Crispin Freeman.
- NCZ said, Liam O'Brien.
- pokemastanumba1 said, Micah Solusod.
- TrueMyriad said, Matther Mercer.
- & I said, Richard Epcar, Troy Baker & Travis Willingham.


Anyone else you think could voice him? Anyone at all? Anyone, anyone?
WWEFAN12ization
said at 8:56 PM on Sat Aug 17 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 Roger Craig Smith.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 9:38 PM on Sat Aug 17 2013
@WWEFAN12ization Using something close to his Chris Redfield voice? Yeah, you bet!
Mephilesthelight358
said at 2:25 PM on Mon Sep 16 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 Bring David Humphrey back.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 2:40 PM on Mon Sep 16 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 Yeah, I'd like to see that happen, as well.
pokemastanumba1
said at 6:48 PM on Wed Sep 25 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 He's never going to come back.
Metabad
said at 9:12 AM on Thu Sep 26 2013
@pokemastanumba1 I bet if Steve Blum were voicing him now you'd be begging for him to come back too.

Okay NOW I'm done.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 10:34 AM on Thu Sep 26 2013
@Metabad WHOOOOOAAAAA!!! XD
Mephilesthelight358
said at 4:25 PM on Sun Sep 29 2013
@pokemastanumba1 Why did SEGA do this to us? I will never buy another Sonic game again.
pokemastanumba1
said at 7:44 PM on Sat Oct 5 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 In short, the original Adventure cast was replaced by the 4Kids cast for consistency with Sonic X, and then the now-current cast took over so that they don't have to fly all the way over to NY for recording. As a whole, SEGA is not directly responsible for either cast changes.
TheUltimatePhantom1
said at 2:20 PM on Tue Jul 22 2014
@MilanTheVillain01 May be a stretch, but...

Dee Bradley Baker!
WWEFAN12ization
said at 9:07 AM on Sun Aug 11 2013
After thinking about it I don't think Steve Blum would make a perfect Shadow, but I know who might be.
SpongeBat1
said at 11:41 AM on Thu Aug 8 2013
I cannot decide between David and Jason.
TrueMyriad
said at 6:16 AM on Sun Aug 4 2013
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If Kirk Thornton were to sound like a teenager or young adult insteead of an old man, he probably would have been an awesome voice of Shadow.
If I were to pick Shadow's voice, I would pick Johnny Yong Bosch or Matthew Mercer.
DravenRoth994
said at 5:49 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
@TrueMyriad I'm not sure about Johnny, but I definately agree on Matthew Mercer, I can see him doing that.
Ross123
said at 3:17 PM on Wed Jul 17 2013
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Jason is the best Shadow just like he is the best Sonic.

David & Kirk were pretty good too.
Shiny Raticate
said at 2:16 AM on Fri Jul 12 2013
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I like David Humphrey, but the voice was a little too monotone in Sonic Adventure 2. He got better in Sonic Heroes.
I really liked Jason Griffith's Shadow, because he was able to put a little more thoughtfulness into Shadow's character around Sonic 06. I just wish they played more sound clips from 06 for the demo instead of Shadow the Hedgehog. One last note about Griffith, though: There were parts that I found were really great, such as when Shadow's voice would increase in volume, almost surprising me (Sonic 06: "DON'T TOUCH THAT.")
Kirk Thornton will fill in eventually, but he's done pretty well starting off. My only issue was "YOU'VE GOT DISSANICK."
pokemastanumba1
said at 9:25 PM on Tue Jul 2 2013
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After listening to these some more, I'm going to go with David. He has a cool voice, great acting, and even had a little attitude. I didn't really notice it that much when I first played Heroes, but he even had a slight British accent, which is quite a nice touch. Definitely one of the standouts from the original voice cast of the Sonic series of video games.

Kirk sounded too old and monotone, but to be fair, he's hardly gotten much to work with thus far. I'm sure that he'd improve over time though.

Jason is a lot better as Shadow than he is as either Sonic or Jet, but his performances were still rather lacking, especially in the earlier games. In Sonic X, he would easily slip into his Sonic voice, he was even worse in Shadow the Hedgehog, where it's blatantly obvious that they (4Kids) tried to make him as bad@$$ as possible (but miserably failing to do so), and I have to admit that, in Sonic 06, he's little more than a sad emo. Of course, that all may have more to do with the poor writing/direction of those aforementioned TMGs, though it's still apparent that Jason wasn't really trying hard enough, even if he significantly improved in later games.

Overall, David is my favorite, but Kirk and Jason aren't too far behind.
Mephilesthelight358
said at 8:11 PM on Tue Jul 2 2013
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I'm going with David here because he gave Shadow an emotional tone and not an emo, or dark sinister tone like the others. If they had a poll for who out of all these actors to rehire or keep, I'd choose David.
chaosincarnate
said at 12:12 AM on Mon Jul 1 2013
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I still think Kirk Thornton was a brilliant casting choice for Shadow. His performance in Free Riders reminds me of Asimov from Cowboy Bebop. I just think he needs more lines and better direction, then he could easily surpass David Humphrey. In my opinion, the only questionable line from Kirk was "you gawt dis sanic" in Sonic Generations.
TrueMyriad
said at 6:38 PM on Fri Jun 28 2013
I personally think that Matthew Mercer(Chrom,Tygra,Iron Man/Tony Stark) or Johnny Yong Bosch(Yu Narukami,Sanada Yukimura, Zero) would be the best voices for Shadow, but David Humphrey and Jason Griffith are still the best voices as of now.
WWEFAN12ization
said at 11:04 PM on Wed Jun 26 2013
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We need Steve Blum as Shadow the Hedgehog.
Mephilesthelight358
said at 8:19 AM on Thu Jun 27 2013
@WWEFAN12ization Who's Steve Blum?
Mephilesthelight358
said at 8:20 AM on Thu Jun 27 2013
@WWEFAN12ization Yeah, or if he isn't avalible they should bring back David.
WWEFAN12ization
said at 1:08 PM on Thu Jun 27 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 How can you not know who Steve Blum is?!? He's one of the best voice actors out there.
Mephilesthelight358
said at 2:23 PM on Thu Jun 27 2013
@WWEFAN12ization Oh yeah, him. Yeah, he'd make a nice Shadow, way better than the current one, but they should bring David back if he isn't avalible or refuses.
pokemastanumba1
said at 9:00 PM on Tue Jul 2 2013
Hmmm... not that he's a bad VA, but I don't think I'd like Steve Blum. Acting-wise, he'd be a perfect fit for Shadow's personality; on the other hand, his usual voice(s) is way too deep. Not to mention that he's ridiculously overcast these days.
TrueMyriad
said at 7:36 AM on Fri Jul 19 2013
@WWEFAN12ization I think Matthew Mercer would be perfect as Shadow, he would be like a combination between David Humphrey and Jason Griffith.
WWEFAN12ization
said at 10:47 PM on Wed Jun 26 2013
I'm going with David Humphrey. However, Jason Griffth is good too. Kirk Thornton is a great Voice Actor but he was a miscast as Shadow.
chaosincarnate
said at 8:45 PM on Fri Jun 7 2013
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Huh. I went with Kirk Thornton, but I'll change my vote to David Humphrey I'm not a big fan of Humphrey's performance in SA2, but he grew on me in Heroes. If you look at Humphrey's overall performance as Shadow, he has the widest range of emotions to work with. He doesn't sound quiet and deadpan all the time, which is why I don't like Jason Griffith's take on the character. Thornton reminds me of Humphrey, for some reason. Can't place my finger on it. Again, once he gets more material to work with, he could become my favorite.
Mephilesthelight358
said at 3:23 PM on Sat Jun 8 2013
@chaosincarnate David's my favorite too.
Mephilesthelight358
said at 10:33 PM on Sun Apr 28 2013
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New opinion. Jason and David are tied for the best. David got the Shadow feeling and Jason got the badass tone, which Shadow is both. For Kirk, just no, just stop voicing Shadow and never voice him again.
Musicguy
said at 8:41 AM on Wed May 8 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 Sorry, but I never thought Jason's Shadow sound, "badass". Atleast Kirk brings the flare back from David.
Mephilesthelight358
said at 7:32 AM on Sat May 11 2013
@Musicguy First of all, Kirk was horrible. Second of all I meant a badass tone which made him badass and emo.
Mrguy22594
said at 7:32 PM on Wed May 15 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 But the question is, Do we always need Shadow to sound emo or badass which is not a word that describes Jason Griffith. The words I would use for Griffith are awful, terrible, forced, horrendous, and worst. David Humphrey at least showed that Shadow can be positive at times instead of always being deadpan and way too serious. Kirk Thornton has quite a lot of potential for Shadow since he can do that voice, he had some awkward lines to work with since Shadow has not been a main character recently. So yeah saying Kirk is horrible is like saying DBZ sucks, it just doesn't work like that.
Mephilesthelight358
said at 9:13 PM on Tue May 28 2013
@Mrguy22594 But DBZ does suck, the only part I like is where Vegeta goes, "IT'S OVER 9000."
Mrguy22594
said at 6:30 AM on Wed May 29 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 HOW DARE YOU SAY THAT ABOUT ONE OF THE GREATEST, IF NOT THE GREATEST ANIME CARTOON OF ALL TIME! You must be bias then towards Jason Griffith and his god awful performance. Also that meme is way to old.
Mephilesthelight358
said at 4:55 PM on Wed May 29 2013
@Mrguy22594 LOL, I just love arguing and making people mad! But it's like this. You know how you said about Jason's performance, "PUT OUT THAT FIRE WITH WATER"? Well Kirk's is pretty much the same but it is an electrical fire which can only be out out with an extinguisher.
Mephilesthelight358
said at 7:16 AM on Thu May 30 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 I'm not bias over Jason's performance, I'm just saying he did better than Kirk but way worse than David. David is clearly #1 for Shadow voicing.
Mrguy22594
said at 4:58 PM on Thu May 30 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 Well my opinion is Kirk Thornton who may be the best if he's given more to work with considering his performances. David Humphrey was really good and was once the best in my opinion until Kirk showed up. Jason Griffith, WHY DOES ANYONE LIKE THIS CHILDHOOD MOLESTING BASTARD!! I mean we all were in agreement that he sucked until the new voices showed up and then everyone was on the 4kids bandwagon for some unknown reason. Also when he voices Shadow, every time he tried to show emotion he was way too inconsistent and let's not forget his Usopp voice.
Mephilesthelight358
said at 2:41 PM on Fri May 31 2013
@Mrguy22594 Okay here's my final opinion!

1. David Humphrey

2. Kirk Thornton (only by 0.000000001)

3. Jason Griffith

That's it and that's final! No one can change my opinion and this is what everyone agrees about. Any disagreements in a harsh way will result in me reporting them for spam!
Mrguy22594
said at 4:04 PM on Fri May 31 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 Okay I'll give you that.
Mephilesthelight358
said at 4:50 PM on Sat Jun 1 2013
@Mrguy22594 I'm just saying I'm focused more on David as the best, because he was the best.
Mrguy22594
said at 9:17 PM on Sat Jun 1 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 At least he had talent when voicing Shadow like Kirk Thornton who has potential, Sega just needs to give him more stuff to work with other than "You've got this Sonic!" Jason Griffith when he voiced Shadow, he hurt me. He basically was deadpan and monotonous which with the inconsistency with his voice makes it feel like he's doing the same voice every time which begs the question, why do we want more of that? When we can have that sense of arrogance that David Humphrey and Kirk Thornton possess along with the emo voice.
Mephilesthelight358
said at 7:10 AM on Sun Jun 2 2013
@Mrguy22594 What everyone agrees about is David is best, Jason sucks, and Kirks in the middle only by a super low percentage.
Mephilesthelight358
said at 7:36 AM on Fri Jun 7 2013
@Mrguy22594 Exactly, but David will always be #1 because he also was the original Ultimate Life Form. Kirk might get better, but it'll take a while to come from a low second to a close second.
Mrguy22594
said at 9:21 PM on Sat Apr 6 2013
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Is it odd for me to prefer Kirk "Saix" Thornton over all of them including the somewhat forced "dark" Jason Griffith.
Mephilesthelight358
said at 10:33 PM on Fri May 3 2013
@Mrguy22594 Yes it is very odd. David started the awesomeness in Shadow and Jason Griffith gave him the badass and emo tone, but Kirk messed it up, now we wish that Jason came back.
Mrguy22594
said at 5:19 PM on Tue May 7 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 David Humphrey was cool, Jason Griffith.... KILL THAT AWFUL FORCED PERFORMANCE WITH FIRE!!!!!!! Kirk Thornton, Hell yes! We finally get "Actual" voice actors. So what if I'm bias towards 4kids, the majority of their actors except for Dan Green, Mike Pollock, Erica Shroeder and Veronica Taylor suck.
Metabad
said at 2:11 AM on Wed May 15 2013
@Mrguy22594 You're forgetting about Marc Diraison and J. David Brimmer, unless you're talking about JUST the Sonic series.
Mrguy22594
said at 7:28 AM on Wed May 15 2013
@Metabad Those are Media Blasters actors not 4kids actors. Get your facts straight.
Metabad
said at 7:32 AM on Wed May 15 2013
@Mrguy22594 Well, they have worked in a lot of 4kids productions.

Right, well sorry for the confusion.
Mrguy22594
said at 7:37 PM on Tue May 28 2013
@Metabad I also don't consider Carrie Keranan, a respected voice actor in media blasters a 4kids actor either. Also Michael Sinterniklaas is one of the best ADR directors I've ever heard of.
Metabad
said at 6:04 AM on Wed May 29 2013
@Mrguy22594 Okay, I get it already, I made a mistake which I probably shouldn't have brought up in the first place. The point is that they're great actors. Now let's just drop it, alright?
Mrguy22594
said at 6:28 AM on Wed May 29 2013
@Metabad Okay then.
Ratchetjak
said at 3:06 AM on Thu Apr 4 2013
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Gah oh Shadow. My favorite Sonic character of the franchise with Knuckles following close behind. Honestly, they all sound great! It's too hard to choose but if I had to choose, I'd go with Jason Griffith. It already astounded me that he did Sonic as well though I prefer Ryan as Sonic but Jason, he just screams "Shadow the Hedgehog" in my opinion.

1. Jason Griffith
2. Kirk Thornton (Dark and alluring but refined. I love the combination)
3. David Humphrey (He's classic for me. I'll always have a soft spot for his VA performance of Shadow)
VctrBnsn
said at 4:17 PM on Fri Mar 22 2013
Jason sounds the best I think, but Kirk is great as well. The only current Sonic franchise voice I don't like is Cindy's Amy Rose. David sounds a tad bit bored.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 9:21 PM on Fri Mar 8 2013
All three of them are really good, I can't choose.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:47 PM on Wed Jun 19 2013
@Nightmare Crusher After some I've decided to go with David, but I think Kirk could prove himself to be better if Shadow actually had more lines.
Musicguy
said at 5:49 PM on Fri Mar 8 2013
The more I hear Kirk's Shadow, the more it's growing on me.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 3:59 AM on Thu Mar 21 2013
@Musicguy I'm the complete opposite. But I will admit, he is improving.
coolgeek176
said at 11:59 AM on Sat Feb 23 2013
I'm going with Kirk. The others sound bored.
Mephilesthelight358
said at 7:07 PM on Sun Feb 17 2013
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BEFORE THIS IS ALL OVER, I'LL SHOW YOU THE TRUE POWER OF CHAOS CONTROL!
That is why David is the best for Shadow.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 1:53 AM on Tue Jan 15 2013
I gotta hand it to Jason Griffith, at least he voiced Shadow a lot better than he voiced Sonic.
VGAfanatic
said at 9:31 AM on Wed Jan 9 2013
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Each one is good, but has their own fault to the performance. David Humphrey sounds a little too hammy, Jason Griffith (in the earlier ones) sounds more like he's reading off the script, and Kirk Thornton has the age factor. All do action sounds and Chaos Control wonderfully, though.
TheTrueYuma
said at 1:32 AM on Sat Jan 5 2013
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How is Jason Griffith winning? His only good performance as Shadow is in Shadow The Hedgehog. In the anime, Shadow had an unfitting aristocratic quality to his voice which made a return in The Black Knight. And in '06 he just sounded like a sad emo. David Humphrey gave a Shadow a more natural voice that was dark, but not at all emo or even emo-like.
Nirvana
said at 5:39 PM on Mon Jan 7 2013
@TheTrueYuma I love David, too! I also like Kirk because he sort of sounds like David.
Jason sounds like he has asthma.
skeletonking1234
said at 10:54 PM on Sun Dec 30 2012
Thornton has a great kind of style to his voice making his performance much more memorable than Humphrey's performances to me. But.... Griffith gets my vote hands down. Griffith gave Shadow a fantastic quality to his voice that made him likable and actually emotional especially during the storyline and cutscenes in "Shadow the Hedgehog"
Mephilesthelight358
said at 2:07 PM on Sat Dec 22 2012
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Here are my opinional standings:
#1, David Humphrey
#2, Jason Griffith
#3, Kirk Thornton
LJ7117
said at 12:45 AM on Sat Dec 15 2012
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I believe David Humphery to be the best. I think the man gave Shadow, a very badass character, a very badass voice. The voice acting wasn't bad either. Jason Griffith sounded way too emo for my taste and far too generic. And Kirk Thornton....while I love his previous voice work, the man isn't a good Shadow. He sounds a bit too old.
DrewKid
said at 3:21 PM on Wed Dec 12 2012
I think Jason Griffith was the best.
Mephilesthelight358
said at 5:26 PM on Mon Nov 26 2012
Jason Griffith was the Best. David did alright, but Kirk stunk because he tried to combine Jason and David's so he is bad.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 9:54 PM on Sat Nov 24 2012
Here's a fun fact for you guys: Some unused audio clips uncovered from SA2 suggest that Ryan Drummond may have at one time voiced Shadow, before David Humphrey was brought in.
Netherman14
said at 9:01 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 Where can I get those clips?
MilanTheVillain01
said at 9:22 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
@Netherman14
Now, I know that links don't work on BtVA. But just copy & paste this link into the search bar.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151338680274282&set=vb.246145359422&type=2&theater
Bryton
said at 12:53 AM on Fri Nov 23 2012
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David all the way! Sonic Adventure 2's one of my favorite games and he definitely stole the show in that.

Kirk is pretty cool too, having this sinister aura about him yet cocky enough to make him more relatable and fun.

Jason was too boring and uncharismatic for my taste. There's being stoic, and then there's just being a bad actor.
reeve2
said at 3:44 PM on Fri Nov 23 2012
@Bryton I agree with that.
Mephilesthelight358
said at 11:44 AM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@Bryton I agree as well.
Anthonyiscool64
said at 7:00 PM on Sat Nov 10 2012
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Jason Griffith is the real Shadow voice! ;)
Edork42
said at 3:08 AM on Fri Sep 28 2012
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David is my favorite. He sounds really natural and fitting for Shadow, not to mention he earns brownie points for that cool British accent he'd slip into so often in the games.

I can see why Jason has so many fans. Unlike most (95%) of the 4kids cast, Jason's voice actually fit the character he was playing. My peave with him is that his acting was very much so "Christian Bale Batman-ish" (forced, unintentionally funny, screams "I have lung cancer"). Overall he was ok. Generic and not very memorable, but ok.

I can't really give a fair opinion on Kirk because I haven't heard that much from him. Everyone sucks on their 1st try in thier roles so I can't judge his Trent Lane-like performance in Sonic Free Riders. He had only one line in Generations so I really can't judge that. I need to hear him in more games to tell if he's good, ok, or just bad.
MrParadox
said at 1:13 AM on Tue Sep 18 2012
David does a decent Shadow voice as it does have that dark feel. One problem I have with him is that some of his lines felt a bit forced, I hope that was the case of bad directing since Sega is notorious for its bad voice acting in their fourth generation era.

Unlike his Sonic voice, Jason's Shadow was excellent from the start. He really sounds like a badass and gives out that anti-hero feel. While it is debatable if he is a good Sonic voice actor or not, he is definitely Shadow material and my own personal favorite.

Kirk I feel is underrated, while I do think his voice as Shadow is a bit too smug, I do feel that he has the best range of emotion for Shadow. I feel that given time, he would become a better Shadow voice actor and possibly match Jason's performance, he just needs more guidance. He is definitely not a bad VO though as shown with his Orbot performance.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 11:52 PM on Tue Sep 11 2012
My ranks for Shadow....

# 1 - Jason Griffith.
# 2 - David Humphrey.
# 3 - Kirk Thornton.
munsonx4
said at 12:39 PM on Tue Aug 21 2012
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Its a tie between Jason and David for me. I gotta say they both portrayed the character quite well in the games!
itsover9000
said at 5:00 PM on Tue Aug 7 2012
Jason is my favorite
David is 2nd but didnt have to much emotions
Kirk tried to mix jasons and davids shadow came out bad
JDFlame20222
said at 4:05 PM on Thu Aug 2 2012
Jason Griffith was also the best Shadow voice to me.
anarky
said at 10:35 AM on Fri Jul 27 2012
kirk thorton
AJW98productions
said at 10:15 AM on Mon Jul 16 2012
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1.Grifith maybe not all the voice samples picked where good but he is my favourite in other events if that makes sense
2. Thorton (captain kirk XD) he gets a good voice for shadow, there's not alot of lines I've heard to judge him on but Grifith is just that bit better
3. Humphrey its not that he's bad, just some of his lines sound to forced to me, that's all, but some he does really well like: "before this is all over I'll show you the true power of CHAOS CONTROLL
Mrguy22594
said at 9:11 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
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People honestly need to give thornton a chance. I mean all he was in was free riders and generations as a side character. He needs to be a main character again so thornton can give us the performance we're looking for.
Torak
said at 11:21 AM on Fri Jul 20 2012
@Mrguy22594 Absolutely agree with you on that one, after I heard his voice in Sonic Free riders I realized it's not just about the sound of his voice that matters and plus like you said we haven't heard much of him much. So your right, I say he needs a chance too. :)
Mrguy22594
said at 2:00 PM on Fri Jul 20 2012
@Torak Thanks for agreeing with me on that.
Zylphia
said at 8:58 PM on Sat Jun 30 2012
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Gah! I'm torn between Humphrey and Griffith's performance (Sorry, Thorton. I wasn't feeling it too much) I fell in love with Shadow's voice when he first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, but now that I hear his voice side by side with these other performances, Griffith just sounds better. However, the game Shadow the Hedgehog was GOD-AWFUL!! So now I have to pick: great game with an "okay" VA, or a terrible game with a great VA.
OH, I can't decide! D:
Mephilesthelight358
said at 11:46 AM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@Zylphia I feel the same, but I'm mostly leaning to David Humpherey.
Beaux
said at 9:20 PM on Sun Jun 10 2012
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Honestly, I don't like any of these voices... David Humphrey had the best voice and he's the voice I think of when I think Shadow the Hedgehog, but his acting was amazingly wooden. Still, he did sound very cool and left a lasting impression.

Jason Griffith is definitely an improvement in acting, but not by a large amount and it still felt stilted in places. I also don't like how Shadow went from arrogant yet serious to extremely troubled and insecure, but that was a fault of the writing rather than Jason Griffith's personal take on the character, I believe.

Kirk Thornton is a great actor, but I think he's miscast here; his voice is much too cocky and his arrogance feels too "fashionable", for lack of a better term, when he should sound darker. His acting is the most believable, though, even if it is a poorer match for the character.

Overall, I don't really feel like any of them are very good, but I would give my vote, by a small margin, to Kirk Thornton for sounding natural, at least, followed by David Humphrey for getting the voice down about perfectly.

Wow this was a long post for me.
CrossTrigger
said at 3:57 PM on Mon Jun 4 2012
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Kirk Thornton for me; Humphrey and Griffith aren't necessarily bad, but Thornton, I feel, gives a much more natural performance for the character. He sounds cocky, but not too evil or dark. I hope he gets the chance to shine with the character in a future Sonic game.

Humphrey would be my second choice, as his version was also natural, but he kinda got a little hammy at times, particularly in Sonic Heroes (though, that may be more the fault of the director). Griffith, while he improved during his time as Sonic, his Shadow always seemed forced and went TOO dark for my taste.
DravenRoth994
said at 11:51 PM on Thu May 31 2012
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Kirk Thorton just isn't doing it for me. I'd gladly take Jason or David back over him, anyone I feel would do a better job. I feel he and Cindy Robinson are the weakest of the new voice actors.
shadowvegeta
said at 2:45 PM on Sun May 27 2012
1. Jason Griffith
2. David Humphrey
3. Kirk Thornton
Zabel
said at 3:06 AM on Wed May 16 2012
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I think Crispin Freeman would be perfect as Shadow.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:35 AM on Wed May 16 2012
@Zabel Or Liam O'Brien.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 1:17 AM on Wed May 30 2012
@NCZ Or possibly, Richard Epcar.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:15 AM on Wed May 30 2012
@MilanTheVillain01 Nah, I can't really see him as Shadow. He'd be a good Vector or even Eggman, though.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 7:58 AM on Wed May 30 2012
@NCZ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcO6KwTB4HE maybe THIS will change your mind, NCZ.
pokemastanumba1
said at 6:39 PM on Thu Jul 12 2012
Don't forget Johnny Yong Bosch or Micah Solusod.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:06 PM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@pokemastanumba1 Hmm, they'd nail the acting aspect, but their voices are lighter than what I'd expect from Shadow.
AJW98productions
said at 1:29 AM on Tue Jul 17 2012
@NCZ I can actually imagine Dan Green as Shadow
MilanTheVillain01
said at 8:06 AM on Tue Jul 17 2012
@AJW98productions for some really odd reason, I'm now picturing either Troy Baker or Travis Willingham as Shadow....
AJW98productions
said at 9:34 AM on Wed Jul 18 2012
@MilanTheVillain01 eh, Dan Green is my favourite knuckles, and that is kinda strange that we can picture knuckles' voice actors as shadow..
MilanTheVillain01
said at 7:24 PM on Wed Jul 18 2012
@AJW98productions Well I'm picturing more-so Troy Baker than Travis Willingham, because Troy Baker's voice for Espio should &/or could &/or would just as easily be a perfect fit for Shadow.
DB123
said at 9:59 PM on Mon May 7 2012
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David is better, Jason was even worse.
LivChan45
said at 4:45 PM on Tue Apr 17 2012
David is pretty decent, but I really like Jason's voice for him the best. Kirk just kind of stretches his vowels to much so it sounds nothing like Shadow. He also is a little to high-pitched for him.
Musicguy
said at 9:36 PM on Mon Apr 23 2012
@LivChan45 Really? I think David had a more higher pitch than Kirk.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 11:42 AM on Mon Apr 16 2012
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David Humphrey sounds the most sinister, which is what Shadow OUGHT TO BE, as opposed to the emo anti-hero he is today.
bwaffles9
said at 12:08 AM on Sun Apr 15 2012
Jason Griffith and Kirk r good voice actors
RabidSonicFan
said at 11:16 PM on Fri Mar 30 2012
David Humphrey - I'm not saying he's bad, but he's trying WAY too hard to sound epic.
Jason Griffith - Jason's Shadow had the most awesomely stupid lines in the entire series. But in all seriousness, I think he's good; he got a lot better after Sonic X.
Kirk Thornton - Um... I'm still not sure what to say, except for: "YOU'VE GOT THIS SONIC!!!"
maggiexawesomeness
said at 4:17 PM on Tue Mar 20 2012
Jason
witswithme
said at 10:31 AM on Thu Mar 15 2012
No offense, but the fact that Shadow got a new voice (to me at least) makes no sense. According to what SEGA's been saying, Shadow never ages. Therefore, he shouldn't have this new voice. ...But that's just me.
Musicguy
said at 6:11 PM on Sun Apr 1 2012
@witswithme Then that rule would apply back at 2005.
starwolf95
said at 9:57 PM on Fri Mar 9 2012
I vote for Siax, I mean Kirk Thornton! LOL
YamiFangirlQueen
said at 10:00 PM on Tue Feb 28 2012
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
Shadow: "Where's that DAMN fourth Chaos Emerald?!"
Yakko: "*sighs* The stuff they're gettin' away with on kid's games these days."
Dot: "*To Shadow* You go to your room until you can clean up your language young man!"
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:59 AM on Wed Feb 29 2012
@YamiFangirlQueen In all fairness, Shadow's game was intended for an older audience. Admittedly, they tried way too hard and made it more cheesy than anything, but I wouldn't call it a kids' game.
Musicguy
said at 7:19 PM on Sun Feb 26 2012
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Is it true that David Humphrey already recorded the lines in Shadow the Hedgehog, but then when they changed the casts they redid the lines with Jason?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:45 PM on Sun Feb 26 2012
@Musicguy It's unlikely, but then again, if those "Chaos Control!" and "Chaos Blast!" soundbytes aren't David Humphrey, then Jason did a heck of an impression.
Musicguy
said at 9:21 PM on Sun Feb 26 2012
@NCZ O ok. Because I was told that they used his voice in one of the Japanese commercial of Shadow the Hedgehog.
Dannybee92
said at 2:35 PM on Mon Feb 20 2012
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Why is everyone acting resistant against Kirk Thornton??? He's easily the best Shadow. He's obviously the most skilled when it comes to acting, and his voice actually sounds NATURAL. Not like he's trying to purpose make himself sound breathy.

Jason was pretty good and David was bad at acting. People really need to stop putting the Sonic Adventure cast on a pedestal. Sure, they're nostalgic and a lot of us grew up with them. But, most of them were bad at acting, to be quite honest!
BlueSkySlash
said at 9:47 PM on Mon Feb 20 2012
@Dannybee92

To be fair, some of the original cast didn't have much experience in voice acting for video games (at least compared to the new cast). Some of them only did stage work or singing prior to voicing in the Sonic games. Also the voice directors sometimes had an impact on how the actors sounded behind the mic. I'm not saying you're wrong, as I do partly agree with you, but there are reasons on why they may have sounded like that.
Torak
said at 1:20 PM on Sat Jan 28 2012
It really depends on how you think Shadow should sound like, I mean he is kind of a hard character to voice in my opinion.

They may not all be perfect, but I vote for Jason Griffith: he may have started dodgy but got good after a while, and I always though he was more fitting.

David Humphrey was OK, he did sound a bit smug and arrogant but he was good in Sonic heroes.

When I heard Kirk Thornton as Shadow I was like "What the hell?!" but he just needs to get used to this role in my opinion.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:15 PM on Thu Jan 19 2012
 1 Shout Out! [?]
I don't know on this one. I think Jason's voice is a little more fitting, but David has more emotion. Kirk is kinda weird sounding, but I think he just needs a little more adjusting to the role.
Shadow
said at 1:11 AM on Thu Jan 19 2012
My top three of Shadow's voice actors are pretty much like many other people but some of these comments below got me thinking a lil here:

1) Jason- He sounds the best. But as some of you guys said, unlike David, he lacks some emotion or inner-Shadow-ness. I only like him better because he sounds most like Shadow.

2) David- As for David, I'll never change my mind on how brilliant Shadow's voice is with that british accent. It's something noone can forget! To me, it suits the hedgehog just fine.

3) Kirk- Like many others would say, Kirl is kinda the worst of all three. But I definitely agree that since he's newer at this voice acting role, he many not be so good until he gets more experience. He just needs practice!

P.S. I'm surprised at the username availability.
akmaldanish
said at 5:18 AM on Mon Jan 2 2012
I wish someone would delete my comment when I said, "Jason Griffith. Period!" because I don't like Jason Griffith in the Sonic franchise anymore.
akmaldanish
said at 5:18 AM on Mon Jan 2 2012
I wish someone would delete my comment when I said, "Jason Griffith. Period!" because I don't like Jason Griffith in the Sonic franchise anymore.
Musicguy
said at 8:41 PM on Mon Jan 2 2012
@akmaldanish So wait, why don't you like Jason?
akmaldanish
said at 9:38 AM on Sat Jan 7 2012
@Musicguy What's the big deal? I got bored of him.
Musicguy
said at 3:41 PM on Mon Jan 9 2012
@akmaldanish Not saying it is, just wondering why you don't like him is all.
XxDream
said at 3:25 AM on Sun Dec 25 2011
Jason was the best at sonic and shadow.
SonicRyan1992
said at 5:28 AM on Tue Dec 13 2011
Shadow - "Before this is over, I'll show you the true power of CHAOS CONTROL!!"
SonicG - "And I'LL show you what TRUE speed REALLY IS."
SonicD - "I found you! FAKER!"

said at 2:41 PM on Sat Dec 3 2011
 1 Shout Out! [?]
David-Ok (i kind of love the British accent)
Jason-Also Ok (i love his work in the pre-Sonic Colors games)
Kirk-Kind of getting used to (he's sounds like one of those arrogant bounty hunters who doesn't play by the rules)
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:21 PM on Fri Nov 18 2011
I like Thorton the most, and I know saying this will make people mad but I feel David and Jason are equally bad. I don't feel they fit SHadow that well and lacked a certain Anti-hero feel. Plus from David's clip I hear how bad his acting is and while I haven't heard Jason in everything as Shadow I felt his acting was better then David.

Thorton just felt like an anti-hero and I could tell he could act circles around the other to and with I know about Kirk, he can bring out more depth then either of the other two.
So Kirk in a clear first and Jason and David in a tied second place.

Thorton
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:22 PM on Fri Nov 18 2011
@Music Meister
Okay the word Thorton is randomly at the end and that's werid
PusoPimp
said at 9:21 AM on Fri Nov 4 2011
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
I'll do a little top 3 here:

1. David Humphrey- Personally I don't think these clips did him justice, he really got better at acting the role out toward the end.

2. Kirk Thornton- I'll put him at number 2 because he has the potential to be the best Shadow. Right now he feels like he's kinda finding the character, and since Shadow's appearences in these games have been limited, and even the ones where he's in there, he's usually on the side, and has no purpose for being there. I trully feel that one's Kirk Thornton is given the opprotunity to get Shadow when he's at the center of things, and he's really given Shadow's deeper personality to work with that he'll nail it like nobody has, he's an amazing voice actor, but sadly he has yet to have that opprotunity. So Humphrey get's my vote, but I have the feeling I'm gonna change it someday.

3. Jason Griffith- Now, a lot of people will definatetly disagree with me here, but Jason Griffith sucked, and here's why: While, I must concede he did perfect the voice for Shadow, much like he did for Sonic, he had little to no acting ability whatsoever. This clip they use are his highlights, but if any of you remember quotes like "Black Doom, you're evil plan ends here, and it ends now!" or "I am Shadow the Hedgehog, and I am the Most Powerful Hedgehog in the Universe, this is who I am!" you'll know what I mean. Fact is, Griffith had a 78 episode anime series, a spin-off game where Shadow was the main character, a game where he had is own story mode, and a bunch of token appearences to nail Shadow, but he was only sufficient at acting Shadow's surface, never his inner emotions. Kirk Thornton has only had token appearences, if he had those opprotunities I bet he'd be number 1 hands down.
Metabad
said at 6:18 PM on Fri Nov 4 2011
@PusoPimp Well said, I agree.
PusoPimp
said at 11:09 AM on Sat Nov 5 2011
@Metabad Thanks.
Belial Edge
said at 8:02 PM on Tue Nov 1 2011
Jason by far seems to catch Shadow's voice perfectly in terms of "getting straight to the point."

Thornton makes Kisame fun to imitate.

Humphrey just needs more time to get used to it.
Musicguy
said at 2:22 PM on Sun Oct 30 2011
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
David Humphrey: He's my favorite Shadow voice because his voice is very unique and something that was well put together. He captures Shadow's emotion, feelings, and sounds like he's enjoying voicing the character

Jason Griffith: I find his Shadow's voice a little lazy and uninteresting and when he's talking it's like there's no emotion being put into the voice; It's not that he sounds emo, it just sounds boring. He also sounds like he is forcing himself to yell and it would slip into his Sonic voice during his early performance, but he got a little better over time like Sonic. Even though he is not perfect, he was passable.

Kirk Thornton: Though he is the weakest of the two voices, I think he has the potential to be the best Shadow voice out of the two, I can't wait to hear his performance in Generations.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 12:46 PM on Sun Oct 30 2011
Watched some Generations stuff. ...I'm still pretty disappointed with Kirk Thornton's Shadow. He would have been awesome, but he missed the mark. :/ I'm giving it to Jason Griffith.
Werehog655
said at 8:38 AM on Thu Oct 27 2011
Jason by far for me, I really liked how he captured his dark, mysteries and smug sides. Plus he never had a bad performance.
David wasn't too bad, he did a good job in SA2 besides a few times where he sounded fake. I really didn't care for his performance in Heroes though....
I really don't care for Kirks Shadow whatsoever, but he does a great Orbot. He'll probably will get around David's range sometime in the future. I really can't image him ever saying "Chaos Control!".
CantiRockits
said at 1:07 PM on Thu Oct 13 2011
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
David Humphrey for me. Griffith isn't too far behind, but he never quite nailed the voices for me, he lacked a certain edge that the characters he played really required. As for Kirk Thornton...well, there's always that one person who just missed the mark completely, and for Shadow, he's the one.
TheUltimatePhantom1
said at 7:42 PM on Mon Oct 3 2011
Shadow the Hedgehog

1. Jason Griffith (King of Hedgehogs)
To those of you who say that he sounds like an emo Sonic, I'll say this once: HE'S LIKE A MIRROR REFLECTION OF SONIC!! It would make sense for Sonic and Shadow to sound alike! Plus, you already know this: They share a voice actor! What'd you expect Shadow to sound like? Darth Vader?! I mean, Vegeta and Piccolo share a voice actor and they sound almost EXACTLY alike! And I've never heard ANYONE complaining about that!! And FYI, people are NOT voting for Griffith out of pity, or going with the crowd! That just means that they're desperate! That's right! They're NOT giving him "pity votes"! They like Griffith! So, let them!


2. David Humphrey
He was okay as Shadow. He expressed his dark persona, but what I didn't like about his voice, though, is that he sounds like he's constantly flirting with other characters unintentionally... That, and he sounds like he's playing around EVERY SINGLE SECOND!! Like he's the freaking Joker!But, overall, he was okay...

3. Kirk Thornton
I'll give him time to improve, but he just sounds AWFUL!! Just plain AWFUL!! He sounds like a potential rapist, trying not to speak British. To me, he's just imitating Frank Frankson's voice for Specter, from the Ape Escape series! But, like I said, I'll give him time...
ShadowEpona
said at 8:33 PM on Mon Nov 21 2011
@TheUltimatePhantom1
i love ur comments XD and agree with them,
pokemastanumba1
said at 7:16 PM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@TheUltimatePhantom1 Okay, your argument in Jason's defense is SO illogical that I don't even know where to begin.

1) Vegeta and Piccolo may share a VA, but they sound totally different.
2) There ARE people who complain about the FUNi dub of DBZ.
3) Most 4Kids fans haven't gotten over the change of cast, hence why Griffith is in the lead.

There's more things I could point out, but those are the most important.

said at 7:39 AM on Tue Sep 27 2011
My favourite is Jason, I grew upp with him but I think he has much more animation and emotion in his voice than Humphrey or Kirk. Humphrey and Kirk are alright, but I think Jason has something special in his voice. Although I grew up listening to Jason as sonic and shadow, I enjoy listening to the passion in his voice.
StarShooter
said at 3:44 AM on Sun Sep 25 2011
Also, am i the only one who thinks Shadow is the only Sonic Character to swear?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:35 AM on Sun Sep 25 2011
@StarShooter Sonic, Espio, Knuckles, and the GUN Commander all swore in Shadow's game. And Sonic dropped the s-bomb in the Japanese version of Sonic X.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 10:13 PM on Sun Nov 6 2011
@NCZ Well, in Japan there technically are no "swear words" deemed inappropriate, but they usually get translated into English as words that are since they are the closest equivalents.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:07 AM on Mon Nov 7 2011
@PurpleWarrior13 True, but in the episode itself he said the line in Engrish.
StarShooter
said at 3:42 AM on Sun Sep 25 2011
OMG, this was a tough descision, it's really hard to choose, they all sound good.

But if i have to choose, i think i will vote for Griffith. He sounds good when he says ''Where's that damm fourth vhaos emerald.

David Humphrey comes 2nd and Kirk 3rd.
Aurora
said at 8:50 PM on Mon Aug 29 2011
Actually, I really like Jason's voice for Shadow better. It makes Shadow sound like he's a warm-hearted hero out there and because of his voice, I trust him.
Ninjaman15
said at 6:29 PM on Thu Aug 18 2011
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
To me, I personally like both David and Kirk. Humphrey started off Shadow as a likeable character (to which Shadow got pretty dull to me after Heroes, whereas makes me wonder: if he is meant to be the ultimate life-form as he claims, why would Sega make the opportunity to have him wield weapons and ride on transportation?) and his emotion is actually presented out well... In fact, I never actually got tired of hearing that voice at all.

As for Kirk, I like the presentation of him combining both of David and Jason's tones together, to make a pretty nice replacement for the latter... There is one problem: Thornton can sound a little too much like Kisame, and the gritty tone is nice and all, but some improvement can be looked forward to, maybe?

As for Jason "Hi! I'm Jason Griffith!" Griffith, I won't say he's terrible or miscast at all, or even emo in this case (if you fangirls wanna jump on me like the parasites you are), but with the actor previously voicing Sonic, Jet, and Shadow, it sounds a bit strained at times, making me feel uninterested.

And as for the rest of you who think Shadow may sound a bit dumb and pathetic with whoever was typecasted, I just wanna say that Shadow is pretty much ageless, being that it wouldn't matter if he sounded old or young. Appearance-wise, he's about Sonic's age, but in reality, he is WAY older than that, according to my theory.

Overall, I vote for David Humphrey, but if it's anyone who is a legend, credit goes to the all-seeing Koji Yusa!

said at 3:27 PM on Thu Aug 11 2011
Hee hee, where's that d*** 4th chaos emerald?! Defenitly Jason's for me!!! :)
Downloadsbacon
said at 1:38 AM on Sun Jul 31 2011
 1 Shout Out! [?]
I though Krik look like Nicholas Cage for a sec.
I think Jason or David. Hard to tell
ShadowFanGirl
said at 1:01 AM on Fri Jul 29 2011
i dont like Kirk Thornton. He makes shadow sound stupid.shadow used to sound sexy.well he still does kinda but not as sexy. they shouldnt have changed his voice in the first place.i liked David Humphery and Jason Griffith.
Ninjaman15
said at 5:15 PM on Fri Aug 19 2011
@ShadowFanGirl Tsk tsk, you fangirls/boys are too easy to judge, honestly. In fact, if you think anthropomorphic characters are all "sexy" because of their voice, then that's fine... But did I ever forgot to mention that these characters are 2D!? {facepalm} The majority of this world today is full of hypocritical people, even myself. Pretty easy to figure out you're not so much of a franchise fan when your name is "ShadowFanGirl".

Me personally, while I dislike Sonic 06 and Sonic Genesis to the fullest, I will still think of them as... Well, 'Sonic'. Shadow the Hedgehog, while atrocious, isn't totally bad, and the concept looks like it would've fit as an anime. If you diluted fangirls (boys also) are here being all like, "KAWAII DESU~" or "Sonamy forever!", it's kinda hard to take that seriously unless if it was a personal thought.

Overall, don't expect me hating whatsoever... I just feel sick of this kind of stuff happening. But hey, we can't like all the same stuff, as we'd be lifeless, then.
Truesonic
said at 6:30 PM on Fri Jul 8 2011
I've always wondered why do some fans think Shadow is emo?

Shadow was never emo except in one uncanon ending in his game I say the reason he's being labeled as Emo because most people don't even know what the word actually means and just brand to use the word with no specific reason what is up with that? :P
Werehog655
said at 11:55 PM on Fri Jul 8 2011
@Truesonic thats a very good question.
Shadow has been depressed mainly because he watched his best friend murdered. He never once wanted to kill himself except in that one ending, everywhere else he has never been emo.
Truesonic
said at 11:47 AM on Mon Jul 11 2011
@Werehog655

Exactly what you've just said is all true :) I just don't like when people refer to him as 'Emo' whereas like you said before he never was except one time which was uncanon....Shadow is a dark, cool and mysterious character at least that's what I think wouldn't it be weird seeing him happy or loud all the time O_o
Werehog655
said at 11:21 PM on Tue Jul 12 2011
@Truesonic

I can't even imagine him with that personality. I dislike it when people complain about Shadow being too silent or "whispering". Shadow is a serious character and should not be cocky. I like it that he is unemotional and smug.
Truesonic
said at 3:14 PM on Tue Jul 19 2011
@Werehog655

Yeah I agree with you...It suits him a lot too and another I don't like is when people use the "Emo" thing as a reason to hate a certain voice actor just bcecause of that instead of giving a more specific reason.
Werehog655
said at 9:17 AM on Tue Jul 26 2011
@Truesonic

I don't like that ether... It's a reaction of fans of the previous voice actor in order to find a way to insult the one afterward. It happens all the time and everywhere in voice acting. Your right about that people need a specific reason instead of a fake reason. But what can we do... :
Mephilez
said at 9:01 PM on Wed Jun 29 2011
 1 Shout Out! [?]
1 David Humphrey
2 Kirk
3 Jason

David is the best for one, he is the original actor for him. He made Shadow, Shadow! Not to mention he is the only one who actually gave Shadow emotion other than emo-ness. He expressed joy, sly, mad, dark, haughty, ect in Shadow by the mastery of his voice.
David Humphrey ALWAYS FTW.

Second Kirk is a mix between David and Jason.
Kirk adds more emotion to Shadow than just "i dont know who i am but i will do this and this, why am i always mad" like Jason did.
He has more of a snake like-ness to this with this voice but at least it adds more than one mono tone. And give him time, he will fit into Shadow in no time.

Jason in my opinion sucks the most, first of all since he does both Sonic and Shadow, if Shadow is too high it is Sonic, if Sonic is too dark it is Shadow. I hate that! Not to mention Jason gave no emotion to Shadow, only, "why do i hate myself, who am i, why do i hate the world". Talk about dumming down the bar that was set so high for Shadow with David. I hate that Jason didnt do so well with expressing Shadow.

Final Verdict
David will always be my fav. I curse the day the fan-ficed Sonic X was made, that changed the best Sonic voice cast to ever be chosen. Not to mention the stupidity that Sonic X is, it is sooo fake/cheap...

RIP David and Ryan
You were the best!

~Mephilez
Mephilez
said at 4:53 AM on Thu Jul 7 2011
As a side note, i dont go with popular vote, i stay with what i believe is right, most ppl ,move with the croud but who knows.

That is how i feel with Jason, even though he sucked and lacked in many areas of expanding his voice areas, everyone liked him just because the main population liked him.
and i hate that
BlueSkySlash
said at 9:25 AM on Sat Jul 9 2011
@Mephilez

I completely agree with that statement. While I don't dislike Jason's performances, he rarely was the best voice for any of the characters he did. For Sonic, I like Roger and Ryan better, and I like David and Kirk more for Shadow, and I definitely didn't like Jason's Jet voice very much. I feel the reason Jason is winning in popularity is either out of pity that he lost the job or because some Sonic fans like him for nostalgic purposes. I know this doesn't apply to everyone that likes Jason the best, but I'm sure there are some fans that do think this way.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:05 PM on Mon Jul 11 2011
I've started a thread in the forums for Sonic VCs. If you want to have big conversations and discussions, please come here.
http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=15222
Sonic_Blaze
said at 12:54 AM on Sun Jun 26 2011
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Humpherey because he was the original and I don't know but when I look back at it it sounded dark and ominus sometimes to a point where I liked Shadow's Character.
Jason's though it's famous to several and all I find it a bit too deep and it's ok but also an overrated one but he did a nice job . wish the direction with shadow's character didn't go that way.
Kirk I'm gonna wait and see and hope for the best
myopinion1
said at 2:38 PM on Sat Jun 25 2011
Jimmy Zoppi's James in pokemon would suit this character.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:57 PM on Sat Jun 25 2011
@myopinion1 Words can't describe my reaction to this, so I'll leave this picture of Megatron and let you figure it out yourself.
http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/8122/squintytron.jpg
myopinion1
said at 7:09 PM on Wed Apr 30 2014
@myopinion1 What the heck what I thinking when i posted this?
SmartyBoyboy
said at 1:30 PM on Thu Jun 16 2011
1. Griffith
2. Thornton
3. Humphrey
ConfusedPhantom
said at 6:10 PM on Mon Jun 13 2011
 1 Shout Out! [?]
I'll come back to this after I hear more of Kirk Thornton's Shadow because he has the potential to be the best Shadow. But, overall, I liked David Humphrey's the most. It's unique, and of all the old cast, he stood out being the best. He could have projected more, but I liked it.
enerjak
said at 5:15 AM on Tue Jun 7 2011
I have only herad Kirk and Jason and I think Jason is better.

CHAOS CONTROL!!!!!!!!!!!
Beau
said at 1:00 PM on Wed May 25 2011
Though David was cool I like Jason more. I think Jason was really cool as Shadow in Sonic X and love hearing him say, "CHAOS CONTROL!"
Metabad
said at 3:35 PM on Sat May 21 2011
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
I miss David Humphrey, the guy had such a unique performance back when Shadow was actually cool. Jason started out pretty bad, though he did get better later on. Kirk's alright so far, but my vote ultimately goes to David.
TheBlackHawk
said at 12:47 PM on Sun May 15 2011
 1 Shout Out! [?]
1. David Humphrey - I think he gave Shadow the most serious, mysterious, "ultimate life-form" voice.
2. Jason Anthony Griffith - I like that Griffith's Shadow voice was very similar to David's.
3. Kirk Thornton - I haven't heard enough of it to give a good solid opinion just yet, but so far, his Shadow voice seems really good.
Sonic_Blaze
said at 6:35 PM on Thu May 5 2011
 1 Shout Out! [?]
List:
1. David Humpherey.. (BEcause he was the orignal)
2. Kirk THorton ( though he's only been in one game his voice sounds closer to Davids version)
3. Jason Griffith it's different I'll give it that but the lines given made him sound all emotional almost all the time after Sonic Heroes to Sonic 06 It felt off .
ufoflash
said at 11:17 PM on Wed May 4 2011
 1 Shout Out! [?]
yea
1.David Humphrey
2.Jason Anthony Griffith
3.Kirk Thornton
mostly because i loved him in sonic adventure 2 and felt that that was his best voice actor but Jason is a close second.
myopinion1
said at 4:28 PM on Thu May 5 2011
@ufoflash agreed. -Now let me show you my REAL powerrr.-
myopinion1
said at 5:12 PM on Wed May 4 2011
 1 Shout Out! [?]
1. david Humphrey
2.Jason griffith
3. Kirk Thornton
DeadlyVenom
said at 2:53 AM on Fri Apr 22 2011
David:Great
Jason:Also Great
Kirk:.......not even gonna touch that one.
BlueSkySlash
said at 1:47 PM on Sun Mar 27 2011
 1 Shout Out! [?]
Here's my list:

1. David Humphrey

He's my favorite Shadow voice by far. David gave Shadow a very unique tone to it. To me, he was a very good driving force for Shadow's character. Compared to many of the actors in SA2, David was one of the better voices and managed to provide decent acting in some scenes, while sounding epic in other scenes. There were a few instances where his projection could've been improved, in both SA2 and Sonic Heroes, but overall, he did good for the role.

2. Kirk Thornton

I like how Kirk kinda sounds similar to David. However, the way he talks in that voice is kinda mixed with me. He sounds like he extends certain syllables longer then he needed to. I'd like to hear him talk a bit faster too, since he sounds a bit retrained when talking in his Shadow voice. But I'm willing to hear him in more games before I completely judge him. I think he has good potential.

3. Jason Griffith

Even though I rank Jason last on this list, that doesn't mean I think he's bad. He actually did a decent job as Shadow, just in a different way than how David and Kirk do theirs. He gives Shadow a more mellow and unenthusiastic type of voice. This can be a good thing, but can also have a few consequences. Jason didn't emote very much as Shadow, and when he did, he sometimes sounded a bit awkward. I remember him sounding like Sonic when he shouted a line in Sonic X. Not to mention, he has a whispering-like hiss when he speaks, and while that may work for some, it doesn't really do Shadow enough justice if you ask me. With all due respect though, Jason did pretty good as Shadow.

None of these actors were bad voices for Shadow. All had a few flaws in certain areas. It's mainly a matter of preference of who someone likes more.
akmaldanish
said at 12:22 AM on Thu Mar 17 2011
Definitely Jason Anthony Griffith. PERIOD!!!!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:13 PM on Mon Feb 21 2011
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
I don't have any preference between the first two. David Humphrey was just awesome in Sonic Adventure 2, making Shadow sound really evil, and it was a nice touch how he toned down the voice a bit in Sonic Heroes, reflecting Shadow's amnesia. Another thing I liked about his Shadow was the slight English accent. The flaw was that sometimes, he could sound a bit cheesy. Jason Griffith's is a bit smoother, more suave, and distinct from his Sonic (it took me until very recently to notice the similarities in the voices). The flaw? Sounds a bit generic, while David's was more unique. Kirk Thornton is also pretty good, but I prefer the other two.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:48 PM on Thu Feb 24 2011
@NCZ Following up, there's another bit I'd like to add. Jason Griffith's Shadow had another flaw; there wasn't very much acting. Instead of acting, his Shadow just sort of raised his voice. I didn't notice in Shadow the Hedgehog or other such games, since Shadow mellowed out (and there, it arguably worked), but it's quite noticeable in Sonic X, where Shadow sounds monotone most of the time.

Anyway, my final opinion is that David Humphrey is my favourite Shadow, but it is very close.
666Halen
said at 10:39 PM on Fri Feb 11 2011
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
1) David Humphrey
2) Jason Anthony Griffith
3) Kirk Thornton

David Humphrey has my #1 vote because his voice had the most texture and character. Jason made him sound not bad but somewhat bland. No complaints about Kirk just yet.
myopinion1
said at 4:29 PM on Thu May 5 2011
@666Halen Kirk's is grainy.
666Halen
said at 4:46 PM on Wed May 11 2011
@myopinion1 Grainy? Well it does sound kind of creepy, but in some wierd way that fits Shadow. Kirk can't top David or Jason but for me he passes. I will admit that it sounds kind of dry but it isn't that bad.
Sonic_Blaze
said at 6:03 PM on Wed Feb 9 2011
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I still ike David since that was the era when Shadow was starting to become kick ass. Griffith was great as well but the lines and setup for Shadow in late rgames made him sound all emo. which would bother me. Jason's voice was fine , the lines kinda suck and the plot with Shadow in some of the other games were weird to say the least. Kirk umm he just started so I'm gonna leave room for improvement and I am hoping he will do fine.
niawhite (Guest)
said at 11:02 AM on Sat Feb 5 2011
Jason is the best Shadow ever forget humphrey and thorton
Truesonic
said at 6:19 PM on Thu Feb 3 2011
Jason Griffith was the better and much more fitting Shadow voice for me he gave Shadow a strong bold voice but slyer and slow almost like a whisper he used the same tone as Humphrey but he was more serious and threatening in few games He was more realistic the voice connected to the character instantly like they were sort of related somehow

He also made Shadow sound more gruffer and louder in the last few games which featured the 4kids Cast I think he did well in all games but the top three games he did best was....Rivals 2, Black Knight as Lancelot and Shadow The Hedgehog (Game) I was also amazed how he could change his voice from the sarcastic,kind,serious mood he gives Sonic to a dark, deeper and sly mood to a cocky and annoying mood to Jet XD I think he fits the role for all three characters He definately goes first place in my list :) He also gave Shadow strong emotion

David Humphrey was actually good not bad at all He gave the silent tone which Jason did later then, he gave Shadow all different kinds of emotions, he sounded more sinister and evil but kind too the thing David lacked was in some parts and cutscenes he overused the sly voice a bit too much and some lines would sound a bit too weak and huffy overall He did an okay job but comes second I think Griffith is better though His best perfomrance I would say is SA2 and some quotes are good in Heroes but that had awful dialogue O_o

I also agree with Yo on the Emo thing yeah it's getting a bit too cliche and annoying to keep using that as a reason why you don't each voice actor was good for Shadow...seriously you can't keep saying that all the time think deeply about it ask yourselves some questions Why did you not like the voice actor?
Was it something Jason did that David didn't or was it something David did what Jason didn't ask yourselves these and try and have a more sensible or reasonable awnser or just do the asy way but don't try to annoy others who are fans of other voice actors you don't like Everyone is entitled to their opinion but the fighting and Harsh attacks on the voice actor have to stop!

Kirk Thornton...uh I'm gonna leave him out on this one he has captured the tone yes but I feel he is missing a few elements from what the others did maybe to improve he could be a bit more vertasile, bring a bit more what Jason had, bring more what David had or combine all those factors and elements or just try to work harder on the voice

I will leave him out because it takes time to crack on the voice

But for now Jason Griffith will always be my Shadow voice to me as well as Sonic and Jet :)
Sarge Ray
said at 1:36 PM on Thu Feb 3 2011
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My comparison of the three...

Humphrey: I will credit him that he has the right tone (silky and low), but he seems to be enjoying the role a little TOO much. I personally see him holding back a laugh in each line.

Griffith: Great. He has the tone that Humphrey has, only he's taking himself a tad more seriously and isn't quite as overly-dramatic about it.

Thornton: Again, he has the silky kind of voice he used with Saix, but he makes Shadow sound a tad too old and dry. No offense to Thornton, he is a good voice actor.

I, personally would have gone with Crispin Freeman, Johnny Yong Bosch, and (if all else fails) Steven Jay Blum. Don't tell me that Blum as Shadow is a bad idea!
perfect7en (Guest)
said at 8:00 PM on Sat Jan 29 2011
Jason Griffith did an awesome job as this character. Seriously, he was way better as Shadow than Sonic. David Humphrey was first and he was awesome! Hmm, Kirk Thornton, OMG it's Kisame from Naruto! While he is good, I'd rather have Johnny Yong Bosch, but I wonder if that would be asking for too much... idk.
yo (Guest)
said at 3:36 AM on Wed Jan 19 2011
Oh yeah, I also like Humphrey's better because it had STYLE!

Some call it mediocre but in fact Griffith's is mediocre.

For starters, not only is Humphrey's mroe recognizable if more people had actually heard it, but it's also unique and not many other voices usually sound like it except, so far, Sasori recently which was an amazing similarty that is so sad to have been passed up with the choice of Kirk... But Humphrey's was distinct.

JASON is the one that's mediocre. It wasn't bad, but there was nothing distinct about it. It was typical and cliche for Shadow's character type, especially the character type his traits were exaggerated to, which was also cliche.

Another result of these things that supports this is more people can mimmick Griffith's Shadow voice while not many can nail the Humphrey voice except those with talent. That alone shows the Humphrey voice is more valuable.

OTHERWISE, they sound at last similar to pass.
yo (Guest)
said at 3:23 AM on Wed Jan 19 2011
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I liked David Humphrey's best hands down.

WHY? Not cuz I hate Griffith's. No no. I like it just not nearly as much. Griffith's is cool but cliche. No he didn't make him emo, the lines and directing would've been at fault there and even that didn't make him emo. (It actually turned him into the kinda guy who'd smack an emo. 0.0 Does "Even if the world chooses to become my enemy I will fight like I always have." really sound emo? I think an emo's reaction would be "You're right. It's pointless. Everyone hates me anyways. I mine as well die. Just kill me now.". He didn't say that did he? lol)

And yes Jason IS very talented. People hate on him because he's 4kids. You know, if 4kids actors suck, it's most likely 4kids' fault. Jason is more talented than he was able to show and tho I liked Ryan's Sonic voice, his acting wasn't great. But that was probably also not his fault. This is why I can't really compare their acting unless I see more opportunity because I'm limited from seeing their full potentials.

I like Humhprey best cuz he's sly, calm, collected and most of all because he just had a nice voice. Like Scott for Knuckles. (Fans and non-fanes alike called Shadow and Knuckles' voices in SA2 "sexy" 0.0)

kirk Thorton is good with the pitch and accent but he talks too slow and adds a growliness like he's a smoker now instead of Rouge, like he's a WereHog Shadow, like he's trying to be SatAM Robotnik or something. XD

Personally, I wanted Johnny Yong Bosch to be Shadow. He's their company and sounded very similar to Humphrey as Sasori in Naruto. >.> Heck, his Sasori voice alone would've been at least a passable Shadow, and that's a totally different character speech pattern. XD
dawnshadowgirl (Guest)
said at 9:12 PM on Sat Jan 15 2011
In My opinion Jason Anthony Griffith did the best Shadow Voice ever. Kirk Thornton isn't to bad but I prefer Jason better and i hope SEGA will decide to place him back as the voice of Shadow.
ohmysonic (Guest)
said at 10:49 PM on Wed Jan 5 2011
Jason Griffith king of the beasts!
ldb (Guest)
said at 11:33 PM on Mon Jan 3 2011
Kirk is the best shadow we've ever had period !!! lol jk jk....
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:10 AM on Sun Jan 2 2011
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David seemed to make Shadow sound slightly English as well. That's one of the things I liked about him.
blackrose (Guest)
said at 5:47 AM on Sun Jan 2 2011
Jason FTW. To me he just makes Shadow sound more realistic, you can imagine a real person sounding like that, whereas David and Kirk make his voice sound too put on, like they're trying too hard to get the 'dark, emotionless' voice. I know they're characters, but I still prefer them to sound like they have at least semi-realistic voices (probably cos I take GCSE Drama, and we're taught to always be realistic with our vocals unless we're doing Brecht etc.)

Is Kirk British? Shadow sounds like he has a British accent now :/
Truesonic
said at 5:57 PM on Sat Jan 1 2011
1) Jason Griffith
2) David Humphrey
3) Kirk Thornton

Jason made Shadow dark and myserious but deep down kind and caring inside and the post amnesia in the game (Shadow The hedgehog) fitted perfectly he gave Shadow emotion and a lot of power He was the Best Shadow voice in my opinion he also put his dark sinister side into him and that's what made Shadow more special and interesting inside He was good in all games

David was ehhh at sometimes he was listenable but mostly Ehhh....I'll leave it at that

I'm not really into Shadow's new voice sounds a lot different from Griffith but similar to David but we will see how it goes in future games...
huskydreams (Guest)
said at 5:52 PM on Wed Dec 29 2010
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David. He sounded better in Heroes, though. Jason's okay, so is Kirk, but not as good. I hope he gets better. None of them sound quite so dark, so be evil, Kirk! EVIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mmm (Guest)
said at 9:04 PM on Sun Dec 26 2010
Griffith and Humphrey are tied for first. Thorton as Shadow speaks too slowly, draws out his sssss's, sounds too arrogant, and he sounds like he has a cold. Oh well, he'll probably get better with time.
a (Guest)
said at 3:07 PM on Sun Dec 12 2010
Kirk definitely. He can act. That's all I need to say.
michael (Guest)
said at 10:17 PM on Sat Dec 11 2010
We just need to give Kirk time. He did an excellent job as Orbot in Sonic Colors, and it also showed that he has range.

His Shadow voice might change over time, and start to sound less like Kisame.
jared (Guest)
said at 2:36 PM on Sat Dec 11 2010
I think I really am comin' down with a Street Fighter tumor... And seriously, you guys hate on a voice?! That is pathetic! It's just a voice. Yes, most of you want Jason back as Shadow, I can see that, but apparently you hate on Kirk and David at the same time since you know that they're terrible people. It was SEGA's fault for hiring Kirk, so we need either Jason or David Humphrey back! And when you play or hear voice clips after Sonic Free Riders and Sonic Colors, the voices will possibly grow on you.
sonicx (Guest)
said at 9:15 PM on Tue Dec 7 2010
now jason made shadow soud dark and dangerous all the things a good shadow actor should try to do but david was not as dark voiced as jason but kirk just awful that's it
princess daisy (Guest)
said at 6:19 PM on Sat Dec 4 2010
i think all of them fit shadow's role! so no dissing any of the voice actors!
inita (Guest)
said at 8:38 PM on Wed Dec 1 2010
Kirk Thorton reminds me of David Humphrey and at first, I thought they brought Humphrey back to SEGA... which was sorta stupid because he's probably a bit older by now...

All in all, I prefer Jason Griffith as Shadow. It's probably because I got into Sonic right as the 4kids cast took over the game universe. If I had played the games before they changed the voice cast, maybe Humphrey would have my vote.

I like Griffith as Shadow because he brings out his character more than the other two. Humphrey made him sound too arrogant (granted Shadow is arrogant, but it isn't expressed so... outgoing-ly) and Thorton's no different (thought I did like him as Minotaur in Blue Dragon).

Anyway, Shadow is just a dark and mysterious character and I believe Jason really hit him spot on. But that's just my opinion... From what I've seen, most prefer Humphrey, but what can I do about it?
satoshi
said at 11:37 PM on Thu Nov 25 2010
Kirk thornton's been playing the serious lone wolf archetype characters for years now, but no major complaints about it until he voices Shadow. Ah well
awd (Guest)
said at 4:23 AM on Sun Nov 21 2010
i think jason did the best shadow, david was good too, though kirk is ok for shadow they seem to making alot of the voice actors who voice naruto characters do sonic too, i mean jets now tobi for the love of god, i think they should of made the guy who voices gaara do shadow, that would of been pretty neat.
immortalgirl (Guest)
said at 11:55 AM on Thu Nov 18 2010
I vote Jason. He had the best shadow voice ever. Kirk thorton makes shadow sound like a creepy rapist. David Humphrey did a good job but Griffith was even better. I wish he'd come back.
shadowken (Guest)
said at 4:51 PM on Mon Nov 15 2010
Kirk's not so bad. I got use to ii faster then i did with sonic's new voice. (Im still not use to it as well as amy)
sasori5555 (Guest)
said at 6:24 PM on Sat Nov 13 2010
though i miss jason kirk does kisame on naruto atleast give kirk a chance
jared (Guest)
said at 3:44 AM on Fri Nov 12 2010
Ahahahahaha! I'm not technically a 4kids hater, my friend... There are some voice actors from 4Kids I actually like in general... And besides, I ain't insulting the voice actors themselves, but the tone of voice they're giving the characters. And as a matter of fact, almost everybody even said that they grew up with Shadow's old voice more than Jason. *facepalm* It's times like these that cause my brain to have a Street Fighter tumor... I don't know, it's up to you to really think all that
thetruevoice (Guest)
said at 11:24 PM on Thu Nov 11 2010
letme see now what is Shadow oh yeas a dark emotionless teenage hedgehofg and who fits thast jason Griffith. David too high but teenage kirk too old at at times sounds british *facepalm* seriouly people Jjust because Jason was also Sonic dosent mean you can be so hateful twords it. and jared Jasons shadow didnt sound emo from what Ive seen your just a bias 4kids hater so please quit wastin' our time
jared (Guest)
said at 8:37 PM on Thu Nov 11 2010
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Here's how I'll rank it:

1. David Humphrey (the ultimate Shadow)
2. Kirk Thornton (good replacement)
3. Jason Anthony Griffith (Really? All Sonic the Hedgehog characters aren't even emo... Quit wastin' time!)
satoshi
said at 1:55 AM on Wed Nov 10 2010
Being the fanboy I am, I always thought he'd make a good shadow, and I like what I've heard so he gets my vote
soniccd (Guest)
said at 9:46 PM on Tue Nov 9 2010
1 jason griffth 2 david humphery 3 kirk thorton thorton i just don't like jason is the best
Truesonic
said at 5:01 PM on Tue Nov 9 2010
Kirk Thornton is not that bad sounds so much better than David Humprhey

But for me Jason will always be the truesonic and shadow and jet

But looking forward to what kirk brings in the future
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:18 AM on Tue Nov 9 2010
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Kirk Thornton added. He's pretty good. And it amuses me that Shadow now has the same voice actor as Don Patch.
shanii (Guest)
said at 8:07 PM on Tue Nov 2 2010
Well, you all know that Sega has announced new voice actors for all characters right?

I wonder who Shadow's voice is gonna be now? DB

If he does get a voice change. o3o
royalflushgurl (Guest)
said at 2:13 AM on Tue Oct 26 2010
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I think David had a better voice since he had Shadow's voice on point to his character and persona :o Jason is alright but not the best :\ so wish they rehired David for Shadow's VA again =[
omg (Guest)
said at 8:57 PM on Thu Oct 21 2010
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Both of Shadow's voices are dark and sinister, but sometimes friendly.
The name, "shadow", that's my cat's name and the name of the temple, "Shadow Temple" from Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time.
chaosblue (Guest)
said at 8:28 PM on Sun Oct 17 2010
Jason No doubt he had a truly dark and emotionless voice just like Shadow humphrey made him soutd to high pitched and stupid not like shadow at all
shadow4eva (Guest)
said at 12:17 PM on Wed Oct 13 2010
Jason did a good job but I'm gonna have to go with David because he brings shadows voice to life by putting more feelings into it.
songbook (Guest)
said at 12:13 AM on Tue Oct 12 2010
I messed up my comment at the top but hey you my point
songbook (Guest)
said at 12:07 AM on Tue Oct 12 2010
Well i never was a classic sonic fan, i become a fan when sonic heroes came out so i have heard the first set of voice actors but I have to say i loved the 4kids vocie actors period Jason was a great Sonic and Shadow on Sonic x yes they did suck but they were first getting thier roles what could you expect,Then as soon as they master their roles Sega replaces them which I still can't get over bottom line Jason was a gt mean treat Shadow and Sonic, lol I really didnt mean to make a huge comment like this Lol
sonicth18 (Guest)
said at 10:06 PM on Thu Sep 23 2010
Honestly,Jason did a Fantastic job as shadow
thedanimator (Guest)
said at 6:29 PM on Sat Sep 18 2010
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David, although Jason isnt bad at all as shadow...sonic on the other hand...eek
layla (Guest)
said at 3:04 PM on Tue Sep 7 2010
DAVID BY A COUNTRY MILE!!!!!!!! jason made shadow turn emo! david was enough to make shadow seem somewhat evil, but not to the point where he sounded emo like jason. but... jason does make a pretty frabjous sonic. :)
Truesonic
said at 11:18 AM on Sun Sep 5 2010
@unfortuantely Hes not :( SEGA Is still looking for new voice actors for Free Riders
Its too bad I think He was Much more talented than David
soniclover (Guest)
said at 3:41 PM on Fri Sep 3 2010
@cdaoey I agree. JayJay Griff is awesome at Shadow!! XD I think he's going to stay for Shadow... :D
cdaoey (Guest)
said at 4:41 AM on Thu Sep 2 2010
I don't mind.... Jason did a good job... he and his characters are almost alike anyways. I vote for Jason Anthony...

"One day, you and I are settling our important meeting."
-cdaoey
danni (Guest)
said at 5:38 PM on Tue Aug 24 2010
jasons way better as shadow
mp40 (Guest)
said at 12:49 PM on Thu Aug 19 2010
I don't really like either of them. Jason is just "stereotypical mysterious character" voice, while David was...I don't know. Just didn't really like him for some reason. I guess I'll go with Jason.
Truesonic
said at 11:32 AM on Thu Aug 19 2010
@satoshi I agree David was too forced Jason makes shadow sound better more darker and a bit evil XD....david was really trying but it was a bit too much XD he tried too hard
satoshi
said at 11:20 AM on Thu Aug 19 2010
I don't like either. A lot of David Humphrey's delivery felt too forced and felt really awkward and unnatural. It wasn't terrible just a mediocre performance in general. Griffith really doesn't emote to much and whispers a lot, but it kinda works and isn't as painful to listen to so I guess hes OKAY.
Truesonic
said at 7:54 PM on Wed Aug 18 2010
David Humphrey was okay....:| but Jason did a better job with shadow its too bad hes being replaced :(
shadowx (Guest)
said at 4:05 PM on Wed Aug 18 2010
Shadow is A dark quiet person. Losing Maria By soldiers who invaded the colony. Left in suspended animation for 50 years and cant do aything about it. Having no idea who he is,either a clone or the original. He isnt supposed to be emotional. so im saying jason :)
sonicluver (Guest)
said at 1:01 AM on Wed Aug 18 2010
WHY DOES EVERYONE LOVE HUMPHREY!? Seriously he makes Shadow sound EMO.
hhhhdffgfddhgg (Guest)
said at 9:38 PM on Tue Aug 17 2010
I think they both did great!
marcellof (Guest)
said at 11:39 AM on Sun Aug 15 2010
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I like Humphrey more. Jason isn't bad, but I think humphrey sounds the part more.
driuco (Guest)
said at 9:27 AM on Sat Aug 14 2010
David Humphreymake Shadow sound younger, but Jason A. Griffith make him sound serious. Just as Shadow must be.
thatonechick (Guest)
said at 11:01 AM on Wed Aug 11 2010
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It's a tough decision, but I'll have to go with David. He just made Shadow sound like... well, Shadow! (No offense to Jason. His voice is pretty okay.)
sonicluver (Guest)
said at 9:26 PM on Mon Aug 9 2010
If Jason dosen't stay as Shadow, Matt Pieper should voice Shadow
sonicluver (Guest)
said at 9:23 PM on Mon Aug 9 2010
Jason Griffith TOTALLY fits the role. Haters of Jason don't have to post comments that he sucks. I hope he stays as Shadow
anonymous (Guest)
said at 4:34 AM on Sun Aug 8 2010
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Sega should have D.C. Douglas (the voice of Albert Wesker in Resident Evil 5) as the new voice of Shadow, since Wesker is arch-enemies with Chris Redfield (whose current voice actor is Roger Craig Smith, who is Sonic's new VA).
greenellow (Guest)
said at 6:54 PM on Tue Aug 3 2010
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liked david better but you know what if they had the guy who voiced lelouch (code geass)and ichigo (bleach)
anonymous (Guest)
said at 5:44 AM on Sat Jul 31 2010
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Since a new cast is on the way. I think it would be a brilliant idea to have Mark Hamill (who played Luke Skywalker in Star Wars and voiced the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series). Who's with me?
kaiserneko (Guest)
said at 2:17 PM on Tue Jul 20 2010
Yeah, gonna have to go with Griffith. Neither are all that fantastic, but Griffith is better recorded, is a better actor, and it's just a better voice as well.
dram (Guest)
said at 4:49 AM on Tue Jul 20 2010
@werehog665 and Pluto: Hahahahahahaha, nice one.

Oh wait, you're both serious?

...PFFFFTHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Thanks for the laugh, but no, Jason makes Shadow sound generic and quiet, all he pretty much does is whisper, David Humphrey actually gave EMOTION to Shadow and made him sound great.
pluto (Guest)
said at 7:07 PM on Mon Jul 19 2010
damn, im sick of ppl saying that jason griffith made shadow sound emo. shadow was a dark, mysterious character. David humphrey made shadow sound like a wimp. And for some reason, some of you have spent 7 years with a bur up your ass because humphrey isnt around anymore. jason is amazing at what he does. When will it occur to you that he is actually a fantastic voiceactor
cohen (Guest)
said at 12:18 PM on Sun Jul 18 2010
Some people still can't stop hating Griffith long enough to realize he is actually a very skilled actor, this being one of his best. I hope he keeps the role.
michael (Guest)
said at 7:44 PM on Sat Jul 17 2010
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I like them both. David Humphrey fit pre-amnesia Shadow better, and Griffith fits post-amnesia Shadow better.
artfenix (Guest)
said at 1:14 PM on Fri Jul 16 2010
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David Humphrey, no doubt! Griffith's Shadow was a lot worse.
werehog665 (Guest)
said at 11:26 AM on Mon Jul 5 2010
Maybe some of you need to get your hearing checked. Jason gave Shadow the best personality he has ever had, and will always be the best Shadow and Sonic
cloehedgehog (Guest)
said at 10:32 PM on Sat Jun 19 2010
yo!!! WTF WTF jason made shadow so messed up said hell danm and i love shadow but now wat ive heard about both jesus lord i dont love shadow well i do and love sonic and silver but i wont forget what they both freaken said
annathelioness (Guest)
said at 7:02 PM on Wed May 26 2010
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I'm voting David!
anonymous (Guest)
said at 11:04 PM on Sat May 8 2010
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I can imagine Shadow being voiced by Mark Hamill.
chaoscontrol (Guest)
said at 5:18 PM on Tue Mar 16 2010
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Definitely David. He fit Shadow like a glove.
Shadow was actually COOL when David voiced him.
smarttamarr94 (Guest)
said at 9:25 PM on Thu Mar 11 2010
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I think it would be a good idea to have Christopher R. Sabat voice Shadow. Who's with me?!
jonhardwick (Guest)
said at 4:04 PM on Sat Mar 6 2010
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david was bad ass and awsome, jason just made shadow turrn emo.
jonhardwick (Guest)
said at 4:00 PM on Sat Mar 6 2010
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i voting for david humprey.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 4:00 PM on Sat Mar 6 2010
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DAVID HUMPHREY FTW. Jason Anthony Griffith was HORRIBLE as Shadow! David put so much emotion into his performance. Jason made him sound annoying and one sided.


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