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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Mermaid Man with sound clips and images.
Mermaid Man is a retired superhero who lives in the Shady Shoals retirement home. In his younger days, he appeared on an old TV show with his young ward Barnacle Boy. SpongeBob and Patrick are huge fans of this show, and consider the two heroes their idols. In his old age, Mermaid Man is rather slow-witted and laidback, though the slightest mention of evil sends him off the wall. His cynical, more intelligent partner Barnacle Boy is pretty much all that's keeping him in check. He's also ornery when his nap is disturbed.

Created by NCZ on Mon Jul 9 2012, 39 Comments, Add Comment
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SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)
Mermaid ManErnest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (2003)
Mermaid ManJoe Whyte
Joe Whyte
SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! (2005)
Mermaid ManJoe Alaskey
Joe Alaskey

EDITOR'S OPINION

I've can't not give this to Ernest Borgnine. His aged voice and withered-yet-enthusiastic delivery matched the character perfectly. I do appreciate that Joe Whyte and Joe Alaskey brought slightly different interpretations to the table, though Joe Whyte doesn't sound quite aged enough IMO. It's also kind of cool that Joe Alaskey is basically using a lower version of his Grandpa Pickles voice. When all is said and done, Ernest is the clear winner.


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Metabad
said at 11:46 PM on Fri Jun 27 2014
Ernest Borgnine is definitely the best, he gave Mermaid Man his old kooky craziness that everybody loved so much!

I'm a bit mixed on the other two...like others have said, Joe Whyte sounds WAY too young, but I think he gets the voice itself down fairly well. It's not a perfect impression by any means but he seems to capture some of Mermaid Man's craziness in his performance, which is fine and all, it's just the young light sound of his voice that's admittedly a pretty major issue. His voice also sounds a little too high at times.

Joe Alaskey gets Mermaid Man's old age down MUCH better than Whyte does, but I don't hear Mermaid Man's quirky craziness at all in that clip. Maybe that was just a bad example of his work as the character, but either way he definitely seems like he needed to work on it.

If Joe Whyte took some cues from Alaskey's aged sounding voice, or better yet Joe Alaskey took cues from Whyte's crazy sounding voice, we'd probably have the perfect successor to Ernest Borgnine. But as it stands Ernest Borgnine originated the voice and made the character who he is and given his unfortunate death I doubt Mermaid Man is coming back any time soon. Although considering what I've heard about the quality of the recent episodes of the show, then maybe that's for the best.

So yeah, Ernest Borgnine is of course the best Mermaid Man, I'm incredibly mixed on the other two as I don't even know how to rank them alongside him.
HienFan
said at 5:05 AM on Sun Jun 15 2014
I kinda like Joe Alaskey the most.

Joe Whyte sounds very meh
ryanruff13
said at 6:15 PM on Sat Feb 8 2014
1. Ernest Borgnine: I'm going to have to side with the majority here and vote for Ernest; his voice is simply great for the character, and manages to match his personality very well.

2. Joe Alaskey: He provides a pretty decent take as well. Impression-wise, it sounds quite different from Ernest - slightly more so than Whyte does - but by it's own merits, it's a different take that still sounds expressive and suits the character.

3. Joe Whyte: For a replacement, admittedly I didn't think Whyte was THAT bad. At least he has the weary line delivery down. Still, he's not nearly as easy on the ears as the other two are, and I don't think that he would be a suitable replacement for a larger role than he has in the Battle for Bikini Bottom video game. If there's ever another game or something that has Mermaid Man in it in the future, I feel that Alaskey would be a better choice for the role than Whyte would be.
TehRoblobsta
said at 9:43 AM on Sun Dec 15 2013
I prefer Joe Alaskey because of his voice and tone.

Joe Whyte voice doesn't convince me that it's Mermaid Man. It's a very poor impression.

My vote goes to Ernest.

R.I.P Ernest, Mermaid Man will never be the same without you.
DVJ
said at 4:37 AM on Sat Dec 14 2013
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Joe Alaskey while not perfet suprisingly sounds a lot like Ernest Borgnine,he only need to put on a bit nore of the `frail,senile oldman` tone that Borgnine gave to the character.

Joe Whyte,falls flat,not only does he sound decades younger,but just listening to his voice out of contexst would you ever guess that was mermaid man

Acording to the wiki Whytes gonna voice mermaid man in future episodes of the show,and i really hope that was false informacion,they need to get Joe Alaskey back!
Dogman15
said at 10:44 PM on Wed Dec 11 2013
Whyte is doing his voice in the show now, right? I haven't seen any of the new episodes.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:29 AM on Thu Dec 12 2013
@Dogman15 As far as I know, Mermaid Man hasn't appeared since Ernest Borgnine's death.
GothamRed
said at 9:13 AM on Sat Dec 14 2013
@NCZ Well he did, but Borgnine had already recorded those episodes beforehand.
Dogman15
said at 11:53 AM on Sat Dec 14 2013
@NCZ The only reason I ask is because the wiki reports that Joe Whyte has voiced him in the series in 2012 onward. http://spongebob.wikia.com/wiki/Mermaid_Man
Ross123
said at 8:10 AM on Mon Dec 23 2013
@Dogman15 I don't get it. Why are we being told information that's not exactly true? If Mermaid Man has not appeared at all since Ernest's death then they can't just say some1 else is currently voicing him when it's not even happening.
lnytune1
said at 3:26 PM on Fri Nov 15 2013
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Ernest- EEEVVVVVVVIIIIILLLLLLYYY awesome!

Joe Alaskey- Great impression, but a little too deep.

Joe Whyte- No no no no no no no non on on on on no no on on on on on on on no non on ono no no no no non no no no no no no no no no no no non on no no. I so messed up on all my nos. Anyway, Mermaid Man is OLD, you know that right, Joe?!?!?!?!?
lnytune1
said at 3:28 PM on Fri Nov 15 2013
@lnytune1 Oh..... and RIP.
DreamMaster08X (Probationary Moderator)
said at 1:37 PM on Fri Nov 15 2013
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I'm mildly disappointed here. Not because there's no good performance here (my vote's on Borgnine, BTW), but because they didn't use a scene for Borgnine's sound clip to where he says his most epic line of all:

EEEEEEEEEEVIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lnytune1
said at 3:23 PM on Fri Nov 15 2013
@DreamMaster08X AGREED!!!
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 10:32 AM on Mon Oct 7 2013
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OK, there's no contest here. Ernest WAS Mermaid Man. The two imitators don't even come close.
Ross123
said at 11:41 AM on Tue Oct 15 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus personally I think Joe Alaskey did not bad at impersonating Ernest. I know u say he doesn't come close but at least he did his best.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 9:40 PM on Wed Oct 16 2013
@Ross123 Joe's definitely the better imitator here. Joe Whyte didn't sound like an old man at all.
Ross123
said at 5:06 AM on Fri Oct 18 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus I totally agree.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 7:10 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Ross123 Totally!
Ross123
said at 4:50 PM on Mon Jul 15 2013
Ernest was and always will be Mermaid Man but last year he sadly died at the grand age of 95.

Joe Whyte however is not and never will be Mermaid Man even if he is Borgnine's replacement in which should have gone 2 Joe Alaskey cause he sounds more like Ernest.

Most of you say they should just retire Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy but that wouldn't be fair on Tim Conaway so that is way they got a replacement.
SuperSaiyanBillCosby
said at 6:13 PM on Fri Apr 26 2013
Joe Whyte doesn't sound like an old man, he doesn't fit the character, Mermaid Man is an old retired super hero but Joe sounds young the voice just doesn't match they should find someone like Ernest but Joe Alaskey sounded better then Joe W and nice coincidence for both having the same names lol
Moossey
said at 10:24 PM on Tue Sep 11 2012
Ernest was definitely the best.
curtis13
said at 2:09 AM on Wed Jul 18 2012
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Ernest Borgnine forever RIP Love him in Airwolf that was my favorite show.
JSD
said at 3:23 AM on Sun Jul 15 2012
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1. Ernest Borgnine
2. Joe Whyte
3. Joe Alaskey
MatthewC17
said at 7:42 PM on Fri Jan 18 2013
@JSD Whyte is now the new voice of Mermaidman
Cartoon_fan87
said at 8:58 PM on Mon Jan 21 2013
@MatthewC17 To me and probably many others that is an insult and very disrespectful, why did the crew do that? Joe Whyte is horrible he sounds nothing like Ernest, they should've just retired Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:52 PM on Fri Mar 8 2013
@MatthewC17 You got any proof of that?
MatthewC17
said at 8:55 PM on Wed Jul 11 2012
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Ernest Borgnine FTW! may he Rest in Peace
thomwim
said at 6:31 PM on Tue Jul 10 2012
Nothing better than the real thing, honey!
Cartoon_fan87
said at 5:17 PM on Tue Jul 10 2012
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Ernest all the way may he rest in piece now he was a great character actor, Whyte is terrible he doesn't even sound like an old man he just sounds like a wacky character.
JayGirl10
said at 3:11 PM on Tue Jul 10 2012
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Yeah, Ernest all the way!! Joe A was pretty good though. I wonder who will replace Ernest voicing MM...or will the SB people retire the character or just forget about him (and Barnacle Boy) as they do on lots of cartoons? We'll see. RIP Ernest.
Red524
said at 12:33 PM on Tue Jul 10 2012
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Sometimes you find a voice actor who delivers a performance that fits a character like a glove. Here, Ernest Borgnine did that voice. While Joe Alaskey did an adequate job for what it was, I felt Joe Whyte sounded like an obviously younger man trying to sound aged and it just came off as awkward.
MaryKosmos
said at 10:48 AM on Tue Jul 10 2012
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Borgnine. He IS Mermaid Man.

RIP Ernest Borgnine...
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 8:30 AM on Tue Jul 10 2012
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"YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE!!!"

Dear God, that clip was hilarious. XD
pete
said at 1:06 AM on Tue Jul 10 2012
Is Adam West's take not included since he played a younger version?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:51 AM on Tue Jul 10 2012
@pete Young Mermaid Man would have his own VC because he has more than one actor.
pete
said at 1:05 AM on Tue Jul 10 2012
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RIP Ernest Borgnine
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 12:41 AM on Tue Jul 10 2012
Joe Whyte kinda sounds like MasakoX
SparklyShake12
said at 8:36 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
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Ernest Borgnine is absolutely classic! Joe Alaskey was pretty good as well, but I think Joe Whyte really missed the mark. His tone is too high and has no edge or gruffness to it. Doesn't even come close to the others.


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