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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Darth Vader with sound clips and images.


Created by Cypo on Thu Nov 11 2010, 89 Comments, Add Comment
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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
Darth VaderJames Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
Star Wars: TIE Fighter (1994)
Darth VaderScott Lawrence
Scott Lawrence
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds (2001)
Darth VaderTC Carson
TC Carson
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008)
Darth VaderMatt Sloan
Matt Sloan
Star Wars: X-Wing (1993)
Darth VaderUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor

EDITOR'S OPINION

The Dark Lord of the Sith: Darth Vader at last joins Voice Compare.  In the movies, Darth Vader was portrayed physically by David Prowse (save Revenge of the Sith, where he was portrayed by Hayden Christensen), while his voice in each appearance was provided by James Earl Jones.


This is a bit more difficult to choose from, as after James Earl Jones gave Vader his iconic voice in the films, each actor afterwords has been trying to replicate Jones.  Which honestly, each one does a pretty dead-on job with imitating the voice.

Though for me, you can't beat the original for my top favourite.


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Zillah
said at 5:38 PM on Thu Sep 25 2014
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Corey Burton as Vader anyone?
chaosincarnate
said at 4:40 PM on Wed Aug 27 2014
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David Kaye for Darth Vader please.
30Rockefeller
said at 3:03 PM on Thu Aug 7 2014
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I wonder if Peter Cullen could voice Darth Vader one day, Don't You?
Comicfan117
said at 6:08 PM on Wed Aug 27 2014
@30Rockefeller Storm troopers! ROLL OUT!
Jacob M. Keene
said at 10:56 PM on Fri May 23 2014
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My favorite is James Earl Jones of course! Also, if Phil LaMarr voiced Darth Vader once, then why not add his version to the voice compare?
Polyester Funk
said at 12:26 AM on Sat May 3 2014
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James Earl Jones is how everyone thinks of when they think of Darth Vader so he gets my vote. Matt Sloan does sound a lot like him. He does a really good job. Scott Lawrence and TC Carson do sound good and are suitable for the role. Unknown is so-so.

I think Jonathan Adams should voice Vader in something. He does sound a lot like Jones.
myopinion1
said at 5:32 AM on Wed Apr 9 2014
1. James Earl Jones
2. Matt Sloan
3. Scott Lawrence
4. TJ Carson
5. UVA
myopinion1
said at 2:06 PM on Sun Aug 10 2014
@myopinion1 Sloan is excellent.
Zillah
said at 4:48 AM on Tue Apr 1 2014
James Earl Jones, simply put, is Darth Vader (Yes I know he's not the guy in the costume).

Now for the replacements, they all work just fine for me, but Matt Sloan is my favorite as far as successors go for this role.
30Rockefeller
said at 6:44 PM on Mon Mar 10 2014
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What do you guys think of Laurence Fishburne as Darth Vader?
Metabad
said at 4:52 PM on Mon Mar 17 2014
@30Rockefeller Hmm...it could work, I don't think he could top James Earl Jones, but it could work...
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 10:25 PM on Thu Mar 20 2014
@30Rockefeller

http://www.reactionface.info/sites/default/files/images/YvEN9.png
chaosincarnate
said at 10:23 PM on Sat Dec 14 2013
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1-: James Earl Jones: Duh, he defined this character.
2-: Matt Sloan: The perfect successor to James, he sounds almost exactly the same as him.
3-:Scott Lawrence: Another surprisingly good soundalike.
4-: Terrence Carson: Not entirely bad, but you can clearly tell it's just TC's normal voice with deeper effects.
5-: Meh, alright I guess but the low quality effects are too distracting and he lacks presence.
CLG
said at 8:30 AM on Sat Dec 14 2013
1.James Earl Jones
2. Matt Sloan
3. TC Carson
4. Scott Laurence
5. Unknown guy
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 2:20 PM on Wed Nov 27 2013
Drake Bell for Vader, cause why not
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 2:48 PM on Wed Nov 27 2013
@Music Meister That's a good idea, but I think Adrian Pasdar would prefer to see Adrian Pasdar take a shot at it.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 2:49 PM on Wed Nov 27 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy I screwed this comment up. I think Adrian Pasdar would be good, cause why not?
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 2:55 PM on Wed Nov 27 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy This is when someone links a video to Vader going "Nooooooo"
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 2:56 PM on Wed Nov 27 2013
@Music Meister & @PsychicVoiceSpy

Troy Baker. Argument Invalid. :-)
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 3:15 PM on Wed Nov 27 2013
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uQ76qrlK78
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 6:47 PM on Mon Mar 10 2014
@DreamMaster08X

Benedict Cumberbatch.

BOOM!
GothamRed
said at 7:28 PM on Mon Mar 10 2014
@DreamMaster08X I'd cast Laura Bailey and make sure that she never comes close to an actual emotion.
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 7:36 PM on Mon Mar 10 2014
@GothamRed You know what? With the impeccable range she has, I bet she could even be completely unrecognizable if she made it into the role; vocal effects or not.

To that, I say: http://gifstumblr.com/images/bring-it-on_1090.gif
skeletonking1234
said at 4:55 PM on Mon Mar 17 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight Keith David NEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWW
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 2:45 PM on Tue Nov 26 2013
James Earl Jones. No doubt about it.
pete
said at 8:52 PM on Fri Nov 15 2013
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If Rebels doesn't give us KMR as Vader there will be great disturbance in the Force.
risingson
said at 2:40 PM on Tue Nov 26 2013
@pete I'm not against that but I think Jonathan Adams sounds more like James Earl Jones than KMR.
pete
said at 6:11 PM on Tue Nov 26 2013
@risingson It's not because I think he sounds like James Earl ones, it's simply that I think his normal voice is deep and Vader like. Especially when he plays Shreddr in the current TMNT. Though Johnathan Adams would be good too.
pete
said at 1:56 PM on Wed Nov 27 2013
@pete *does
risingson
said at 1:57 PM on Wed Nov 27 2013
@pete Ah gotcha.
Metabad
said at 12:14 AM on Fri Nov 1 2013
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSm9DDxQv8E

To think that his voice could have almost been this is both hilarious and terrifying.
Ross123
said at 1:27 PM on Mon Nov 11 2013
@Metabad it's David Prowse doing the voice before the voice over. It's actually pretty good. I read it in the book called "The Complete Vader" that the only reason for the voice over was because David's voice was muffled inside the mask. This is what he said to Lucas:

David: What are we going to do about the voice?"

Lucas: Don't worry we'll re-record all your lines."

David thought at first that he was going to re-record the lines & it wasn't until after the premiere did he realise that Vader's voice had gone to James.
Metabad
said at 8:06 PM on Sat Mar 8 2014
@Metabad Now that I think about it...after watching Spaceballs, I'm pretty sure David Prowse's performance inspired Rick Moranis' voice for Dark Helmet.

...annnnnd now I love that voice but for all the wrong reasons.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 11:06 AM on Mon Oct 7 2013
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The original Darth Vader wins this easily, but with Chad Vader as a close second. Scott Lawrence is also surprisingly good in the role. TC Carson, however, sounds TOO deep, and the UVA cannot act to save his life, thus there's no presence there.
Finister2
said at 2:25 AM on Thu Sep 26 2013
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I wonder if Keith David would make a good Darth Vader?
Ross123
said at 6:58 AM on Sun Oct 13 2013
@Finister2 nah don't see it. As much as I like Keith's voice but it's a bit of a soft. Well he can do deep voices but not that deep.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 9:28 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
@Ross123 I'd be curious to hear his James Earl Jones impression, though.
Ross123
said at 10:39 AM on Wed Oct 23 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus I suppose it would interesting to hear but I still don't it'll be good.
Ross123
said at 10:44 AM on Wed Oct 23 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus I missed out "think" inbetween "don't" & "it'll".
Finister2
said at 12:49 PM on Thu Sep 25 2014
@Ross123 Good point, what about, say, Jonathan Adams?
Ross123
said at 1:56 PM on Sun Sep 28 2014
@Finister2 Definitely 100% agreeing on this one.
Ross123
said at 12:08 PM on Sun Sep 22 2013
James is brilliant no matter who voices vader.

Scott & TC sound nothing like vader but Matt did an ok job.

The unknown voice actor is just Scott I bet.
Legacyman
said at 8:42 PM on Sat Sep 14 2013
I never knew Darth Vader was voiced by anyone other than James Earl Jones. Inspires me to make up my own Darth Vader parody. If different, it'd be like a dinosaur, say Vagaceratops because the first two syllables kind of sound like the word Vader. I bet it would be ironic to hear Mark Hamill play as Darth Vader, don't you think?
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 12:18 AM on Mon Jul 8 2013
I could sit here fanboying about James Earl Jones for hours, or I could just say I'm voting for him and that Matt Sloan does a good impression... I'll go with the latter.

Matt Sloan does very good, but this is one of the compares where it seems like no one will ever match the original. James Earl Jones was incredible, end of story.
FamilyFriendly98
said at 12:16 PM on Fri Apr 12 2013
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I wonder if Keith David could do Darth Vader
Aussieroth
said at 12:21 AM on Sun Jul 28 2013
@FamilyFriendly98 Well he did do Mufasa (and his JEJ impression was disturbignly accurate) another man who does a spot on impression is Fred Tatasciore. Not just the voice but the breathing too XD
VctrBnsn
said at 3:15 PM on Wed Apr 10 2013
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I think Jonathan Adams can voice Darth Vader. If Matt Sloan can't do it, he should be next. But of course, no one can beat James.
Lpfan120
said at 1:07 PM on Fri May 24 2013
@VctrBnsn I'd like to hear Ronald Banks (Quan Chi form Mortal Kombat 9) try Vader. That's the closest I've ever heard anyone come to sounding like James Earl Jones
VctrBnsn
said at 3:34 PM on Fri May 24 2013
@Lpfan120 I just looked him up on this sight. MAN HE HAS AN EPIC VOICE!!!
VctrBnsn
said at 3:34 PM on Fri May 24 2013
@Lpfan120 Site, I mean.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 9:28 PM on Wed Jul 17 2013
@Lpfan120 You're a genius.
Metabad
said at 2:19 AM on Thu Jul 18 2013
@Lpfan120 I always thought he sounded more like Christopher Lee, personally.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:45 PM on Thu Jul 18 2013
@Metabad IMO, his voice and speech pattern is like a mix of both JEJ and Christopher Lee, except he sounds younger. I think he could do a good job impersonating either one of them.
pete
said at 8:53 PM on Fri Nov 15 2013
@VctrBnsn KMR's my ideal Vader since he's doing so well with Shredder.
Ringworm128
said at 1:39 AM on Tue Feb 5 2013
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On the subject of Vader's voice I've always wondered what it would sound like Hayden Christensen voiced Darth Vader with his voice edited to sound deep.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 3:03 AM on Wed Mar 6 2013
@Ringworm128 It'd be interesting, but I'm not entirely sure if it'd work.
Silence
said at 6:47 PM on Sun Jan 27 2013
No one can beat the undeniable master: James Earl Jones
TheTrueYuma
said at 1:02 AM on Tue Dec 18 2012
So who voices Vader for the Star Wars ride at Disneyland and Disney World?
MilanTheVillain01
said at 11:09 PM on Fri Jan 18 2013
@TheTrueYuma I think it's Fred Tatasciore, but don't quote me on that.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 4:52 AM on Tue Jan 22 2013
@TheTrueYuma I'm 50% sure it's Fred.
Red524
said at 11:49 PM on Tue Mar 12 2013
@TheTrueYuma http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgfJrp_X8NY
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:04 PM on Fri Apr 26 2013
@Red524 He sounds pretty good. Wish I could hear how he did on the actual ride.
GerPer92
said at 5:17 AM on Sat Oct 27 2012
Nobody but James can deliver THE Dark Lord better.
coolgeek176
said at 8:11 PM on Sun Sep 30 2012
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There's no way you can't vote for James Earl Jones. Matt Sloane is pretty good too though
JSD
said at 5:24 AM on Wed Aug 15 2012
Obviously James Earl Jones...he's too iconic at the role.
Cheesyfeet106
said at 5:41 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
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While James Earl Jones can't be beaten, Matt Sloan was the most worthy succesor, but Scott Lawrence and TC Carson both gave good performances too. I'm putting UVA last, although I don't think he was too bad but the others are just better.
NintendoNate25
said at 3:52 AM on Tue Jun 26 2012
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You can't pick anybody other than James Earl Jones. You just can't...
Porchops
said at 5:38 PM on Thu May 17 2012
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They may sound similar to Jones, but they don't have nearly as much natural charisma or emotion. They all sound(with the exception of Matt Sloan) very robotic and uninspired. Vader may have lost a lot of his humanity, but he still has a personality and most of these voices are so wooden that it actually makes Darth Vader seem stereotypical. Sloan is the only one that actually sounds like he's trying and does a pretty good job, nothing on James Earl Jones of course.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 5:23 AM on Mon Mar 5 2012
Had no idea Mace Windu voiced Vader in SWGB! XD
Ringworm128
said at 5:13 AM on Mon Feb 20 2012
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James Earl Jones is the best IMO since he sounds really natural when speaking. The voice changes strait from Hayden C's voice to James Earl Jones's voice after he gets the suit in Episode 3 and then in episode 6 his voice changes again when his mask is taken off judging from that its obvious that the deep voice is supposed to be the result of some kind of voice filter in the mask. So by having James Earl Jones use a voice very close to his natural speaking voice it lets him give off a very natural performance, so when Darth Vader speaks even though his voice sounds deep almost robotic it still sounds like theres an actual person behind the mask speaking. As for the other voices their kinda meh to decent since it seems like the only character trait they put in is a deep voice.
Porchops
said at 7:36 PM on Tue May 8 2012
@Ringworm128 I agree everyone else makes it sound too robotic.
Bombermanp
said at 5:29 PM on Mon Dec 19 2011
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why even make a voice compare.
the guy was voiced by James E.J! thats a pure win already
RabidSonicFan
said at 7:57 PM on Thu Dec 15 2011
My favorites are James Earl Jones (obviously) and Chad Vader--I mean, Matt Sloan.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 4:50 AM on Mon Nov 14 2011
James Earl Jones and Matt Sloan.
Weirdperson31
said at 4:01 PM on Thu Oct 20 2011
Jones, Sloan, and Lawrence all sound pretty much the same to me. I'll admit, Jones has a quality the other two don't have, but still.
TC Carson and the unknown voice are off a bit.
StarShooter
said at 2:52 PM on Tue Sep 20 2011
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James Earl Jones of course, though Matt Sloan was a good replacement.
JTurner
said at 12:02 AM on Wed Mar 9 2011
James Earl Jones, definitely. Although I will admit that the other voice matches weren't half bad either. Sloan and the unknown guy were the only ones who sounded slightly off, but not by much.
Curt
said at 9:41 PM on Tue Feb 8 2011
You have the wrong picture for Matt Sloan, that's his filmmaking partner Aaron Yonda you have pictured now
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:32 AM on Wed Feb 9 2011
@Curt Fixed.
Curt
said at 9:29 PM on Tue Feb 15 2011
@NCZ Good work, nice picture too, Matt Sloan really does a great Vader, second only to James Earl Jones if you were to ask me
SM Scorx
said at 1:08 PM on Sat Jan 29 2011
This one's a no-brainer.
jakob997 (Guest)
said at 3:54 PM on Sat Nov 13 2010
I'll go with Matt Sloan, but he would never have been like that with JEJ.
stoiclion (Guest)
said at 7:32 PM on Fri Nov 12 2010
I didn't expect Matt Sloan to be so close to JEJ! He's darn good. And I think Scott Lawrence is a close second. Surprised!
moonarcher (Guest)
said at 3:15 PM on Fri Nov 12 2010
OH MAN Matt Sloan is so good, talk about an uncanny resemblance to James Earl Jones's voice(creeepyyy)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:01 AM on Fri Nov 12 2010
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while it's obvious to choose JEJ, I'm going to pick Sloan for doing the best impression. He's pretty spot on.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:49 AM on Fri Nov 12 2010
lol wow good point my bad :p
Cypo (Moderator)
said at 12:21 AM on Fri Nov 12 2010
I didn't think the clip of Prowse counted, as the footage there was him in costume during filmming, which technically wasn't voice work.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 12:08 AM on Fri Nov 12 2010
If you want you can add David Prowse to the VC. IIRC there's a youtube video in our news archive of his voice (a behindthescenes feature from the DVD extras).

While he never officially voiced him in any movies it's ok to bend the rules here.

e.g. Frank Frankson's Yami Yugi voice in a Yu-Gi-Oh! commercial or Mitchel Musso as Aang in Avatar: The Last Airbender original pilot
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:20 PM on Thu Nov 11 2010
All of them were great and similar, but James Earl Jones is the original so I've got to go with him.


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