Spyro the Dragon Spyro the Dragon


Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Cynder with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Spyro the Dragon

Cynder is one of the primary characters of the Legend of Spyro trilogy of video games. She first appeared in "A New Beginning" as an antagonistic figure whose goal was to revive the Dark Master Malefor. After she is freed from Malefor's control, she plays a protagonist role alongside Spyro as an atonement for her actions in the first game.
Created by CatsTuxedo on Sep 11 2011
The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning (2006)
CynderCree Summer
Cree Summer
The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night (2007)
CynderMae Whitman
Mae Whitman
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon (2008)
CynderChristina Ricci
Christina Ricci


As a whole, I find the Legend of Spyro trilogy to be rather unengaging in terms of writing and characterization, and it feels like one of those instances in voice acting media where actor were cast based on the bankability of their names rather than distinct or memorable performance styles. While Summer doesn't have a whole lot to work with concerning her character, she does have a good enough villain voice that's somewhat pleasant to listen to. On the other hand, Whitman and Ricci just don't leave that much of an impression due to the genericness of their performances (which is a shame considering that I liked Whitman in Avatar). My favor's going to Summer here, though it isn't really saying much.



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said at 1:59 AM on Wed Aug 16 2017
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I agree with the editor. The Legend Of Spyro was really weak in its writing and characterisation. It could've been a solid reboot with a lot of depth but it just feels underwhelming.

Thus I feel these actresses didn't really do a particularly memorable performance. They could've done better had the series done better with writing.

Still I'll give it to Christina Ricci. She sounded more natural and emoted the character better. Plus she had a nice little sassy attitude.

Cree Summer does do well as an evil Cynder though. A little generic but it works with a slithery tone.

Mae Whitman is definitely the weakest. She's just so bland and generic. A perfect example of the writers being lazy.
said at 1:02 AM on Sat Apr 29 2017
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Cree Summer's take on Cynder is much more mysterious and dark as well as subtle, and I'll have to agree the villainess rendition of the character is the most memorable to me, too.

Mae Whitman's performance makes Cynder more sympathetic, but it's a bit generic at times, and hearkens back to her Katara performance in Avatar: The Last Airbender at times.

Christina Ricci's take is a bit too forced and bland- it makes Cynder sound gentle, but it also makes her sound too soft at times.
Shaun Ince
said at 1:40 PM on Thu Jul 7 2016
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Voting for Cree Summer. Cynder works better as a villianess than an ally.
said at 4:52 PM on Sat Apr 9 2016
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Don't know why they couldn't stick to one depiction/characterization for this character but I guess if I had to choose I'd go with Cree Summer, I find the evil villain more memorable than the cute dragon friend/ally.

Mae Whitman and Christina Ricci are alright but nothing that special IMO.

BONUS: Venus Terzo or Rebecca Shoichet I think could do well as Cynder.
said at 7:05 AM on Wed Jan 18 2017
@Autovolt You know, considering Rebecca Shoichet's repetoire, it would be amazing if Actvision and Blizzard got her to voice Cynder in the upcoming second season of Skylanders Academy.
said at 7:28 AM on Sat Jan 31 2015
So what I decided to do on my Fanfiction account was put who I believed would voice the characters in my stories best. I made some Legend of Spyro fanfics and Skylanders fanfics. One thing I thought of was how much I loved all three actresses (mostly Christina Ricci) in the role. So in my Legend of Spyro fanfics, I think of Christina Ricci as Cynder, but in my Skylanders fanfics, I think of Mae Whitman in the role, and when Cynder is under corruption during one of the Skylanders fanfics (or maybe more, you just might have to read them), I think of Cree Summer in the role. I love Christina Ricci as the best actress for the role, although I loved Mae Whitman (however, her Cynder didn't have as much screen time, if you know what I mean), Ricci has my vote, with Cree Summer being the third choice, because she only sounded evil until the post-credits scene. Tobie LeSalandra wasn't bad in Skylanders, but despite all the others, Christina Ricci is #1 for me. :)
said at 9:31 AM on Wed Jul 2 2014
1 Mae
2 Christina
3 Cree
said at 2:57 PM on Wed Dec 25 2013
I've never played the games, but I like the appearance of 2008 Cynder the best, and Mae Whitman's voice the best.
said at 4:13 PM on Wed Nov 20 2013
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This is especially hard considering that all three renditions having varying amounts of screentime and all of their personalities also shift into different gears. But in terms of what fit best to a character, I honestly am going for Summers here. She left the biggest impact on me.
said at 4:13 PM on Wed Jul 17 2013
Cree is evil Cynder while Mae & Christina are good Cynder.

I'm going with Christina as she got the bigger part of Cynder.
said at 11:19 AM on Thu Jun 6 2013
CS: Awesome voice for villainess
MW: Calm and relaxed Cynder.
CR: My vote. She make kind and gentle Cynder
said at 5:39 PM on Fri Jul 6 2012
1. Cree Summer - She just has a very good voice for a villian.
2. Mae Whitman - Sounds like she's putting a bit of effort into Cynder's voice. She sounds distressed yet somewhat caring.
3. Christina Ricci - Horror to my ears, she sounds like a spoilt little girl, and through her expression in her voice, it makes Cynder sound selfish and annoying.
said at 6:32 PM on Sat Jun 23 2012
1. Christina Ricci
2. Mae Whitman
3. Cree Summer
said at 10:48 AM on Mon Jan 16 2012
Christina Ricci was and always will be the best voice for Cynder. I wish that they would've kept her for Skylanders.
said at 4:14 PM on Wed Jul 17 2013
Who does her in Skylanders again?
said at 4:59 PM on Sat Sep 17 2011
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This ones a little hard for me, I think they were all good.

Cree Summer does a nice evil voice for Cynder,
it sounded slightly seductive and a little flat at some points, but still was good.

Mae whitman also did well: she was calm, relaxed and was also natural, it really suited Cynder's character well.

Christina Ricci did the same as Mae, only she had more gentle and kindness in her voice, also fits well with Cynder's character.

All in all, I'm going with Christina on this one, her voice sounded the most suitable for Cynder, and her performence was slightly better than the other two IMO.
said at 10:27 PM on Mon Sep 26 2011
@Torak I absolutely agree with you on that!
said at 3:44 PM on Fri Sep 16 2011
I actually liked all three voice actresses who voiced Spyro's beloved, Cynder, but Christina Ricci's is my favorite one on account that she gives Cynder a more gentler and kinder part of her personality.
said at 10:36 PM on Sun Sep 11 2011
you guys should of waited til ksylanders comes out cuz cynder is in it
said at 10:37 PM on Sun Sep 11 2011
@partymonster411 skylanders*
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:39 PM on Sun Sep 11 2011
@partymonster411 If she has a different voice in that game, we can add it when it's revealed. We don't have to wait for future media before making a VC.
said at 10:50 PM on Sun Sep 11 2011
@NCZ i know, but it literally is a month away from the game
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