Darth Vader
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Darth Vader

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


Created by Cypo on Nov 11 2010
Special thanks to TylerMirage for additional sound clips.
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
Darth VaderJames Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
Star Wars: X-Wing (1993)
Darth VaderClint Bajakian
Clint Bajakian
Star Wars: TIE Fighter (1994)
Darth VaderScott Lawrence
Scott Lawrence
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008)
Darth VaderMatt Sloan
Matt Sloan
Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (2011)
Darth VaderPhil LaMarr
Phil LaMarr
Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars (2014)
Darth VaderEddie Pittman
Eddie Pittman

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.


Cypo

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Aussieroth
said at 1:16 AM on Sun Oct 9 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
Yeah, James Earl Jones. No competition.

However... For the man who was the closest to imitate his performance: Scott Lawrence (God I hope he returns to doing work in animation someday soon).

The one who made it more his own and actually got it to work: Matt Sloan (I wouldn't mind to see him go outside of Star Wars and try characters for something like Final Fantasy or Dynasty Warriors).
Ben17
said at 5:42 PM on Sat Jul 9 2016
James Earl Jones. No competition
Marusero
said at 11:42 AM on Thu May 19 2016
 1 Shout Out!
James Earl Jones, 'nuff said.
wdf1
said at 9:39 PM on Wed May 18 2016
 1 Shout Out!
James Earl Jones is Darth Vader no one else.
TeridaxXD001
said at 4:04 PM on Mon May 2 2016
 1 Shout Out!
James Earl Jones. That's all I have to say about that.
legobatman3609
said at 9:43 PM on Fri Apr 29 2016
Matt Sloan has an amazing James Earl Jones impression. It's insane.
GreenGoblin75
said at 7:32 PM on Tue Mar 8 2016
 1 Shout Out!
1. JEJ
2. Matt Sloan (Lego and TFU)
3. Scott
4. Eddie
5. Phil
6. Clint
7. Matt (BF3)- still not bad
Francesco92e
said at 3:52 AM on Sun Jan 31 2016
 1 Shout Out!
As if there is competition: the other voices are insignificant next to the power of James Earl Jones' voice
Autovolt
said at 2:54 PM on Fri Jan 8 2016
 6 Shout Outs!
James Earl Jones's Darth Vader is one of...if not the greatest villain voices of all time. He's menacing, he has a commanding yet terrifying presence and the voice just sounds awesome. I like that he has a slight English accent thrown into the mix. It's not hard to see why Darth Vader was not only one of the breakout characters of the original trilogy but also the poster child of the franchise.

Darth Vader's voice is so iconic that its not hard to see why people love to imitate or parody it. The few other voices Vader has had are decent efforts, even if they aren't even close to JEJ.

Matt Sloan is usually a mixed bag IMO. Sometimes he sounds friggin' spot on and sometimes he sounds nothing like JEJ. I personally think his best performances were in the Lego Specials, he sounds great there....I wish he could keep up this level of performance more often.

I honestly find Scott Lawrence and even Eddie Pittman more spot on sounding.

Phil LaMarr is really enjoyable as Vader in the Padawan Menace even if he sounds more recognizably himself and he had some funny chemistry with Rob Paulsen's George Lucas.

Clint Bajakian is probably my least favourite. He's not awful but I find his take the least interesting to listen to.

I really want to hear more of the late Brock Peters as Vader in the NPR Radio Drama's. It's a shame he cannot be counted here as I feel he has more of a presence than most of the other actors here excluding James Earl Jones.

So in the end James Earl Jones will get my vote simply because he just makes...NO IS Darth Vader.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 11:05 AM on Wed Jan 20 2016
@Autovolt "I like that he has a slight English accent thrown into the mix." Maybe James has a midatlantic accent (or at least used it as Darth Vader).
Nightmare Crusher
said at 11:35 AM on Thu Jan 21 2016
@Jacob M. Keene Eh? James Earl Jone isn't from the Mid-Atlantic area. Like, not even close.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 5:48 PM on Thu Jan 21 2016
@Nightmare Crusher It seems that my comment was a little bit poorly worded. I'm fully aware that he's from Mississippi, but people can learn how to talk in a different accent. He did have a stuttering problem, so maybe he intentionally starting talking in a midatlantic accent most of the time as a way to try and get over the stutter (keep in mind I'm just guessing, and Darth Vader isn't really the only character I remember hearing portraying with the midatlantic accent).
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:51 PM on Thu Jan 21 2016
@Jacob M. Keene I don't see how speaking in a Mid-Atlantic accent would do anything to help with a stutter. Vader doesn't even sound like that. He has this slight, affected English accent. Quite a few of the characters in the original Star Wars do since they used a heavy mix of American and British crew.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 6:50 PM on Thu Jan 21 2016
@Nightmare Crusher Hmm, alright.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 6:47 AM on Sat Dec 19 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
Hmm, I do like Eddie Pittman's version.
Aussieroth
said at 2:31 PM on Wed Dec 16 2015
All that's left now is the guy who did him in that Masters of Teras Kasi game... UGH That game had SO MUCH POTENTIAL!
Nightmare Crusher
said at 2:47 PM on Wed Dec 16 2015
@Aussieroth That was Clint.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:49 PM on Wed Dec 16 2015
@Aussieroth

http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/video-games/Star-Wars-Masters-of-Teras-Kasi/side-by-side/
Aussieroth
said at 4:35 PM on Wed Dec 16 2015
@Nightmare Crusher Well... I'll be buggered.
Ghosty404
said at 12:00 PM on Wed Dec 16 2015
1. James Earl Jones
2. Matt Sloan
3. Scott Lawrence
4. Phil LaMarr
5. Clint Bajakian
6. Eddie Pittman
Lpfan120
said at 10:25 AM on Wed Dec 16 2015
 8 Shout Outs!
I like than in Phil's clip you can also hear Rob Paulsen's George Lucas.
Mega719
said at 5:24 PM on Fri Dec 11 2015
 1 Shout Out!
All do a pretty good job but James was the original. Cool he still does it for Star Wars Rebels
shadowlord
said at 4:01 PM on Thu Oct 22 2015
For those who are like me and don't have next gen consoles, here are some lines from Darth Vader from the Battlefront 3 demo at the very beginning of this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6A5vblLR6s
This one is alright he sounds a bit younger than what I expected, not exactly sure who it is but I'm sure we'll find out once the game is officially released.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:09 PM on Thu Oct 22 2015
@shadowlord I think if you have a decent computer you can run it since I heard the PC requirements are relatively modest.
shadowlord
said at 4:12 PM on Thu Oct 22 2015
@NCZ I'll have to look into it, but I don't really want to spend any money until the official game is released.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:16 PM on Thu Oct 22 2015
@shadowlord Makes sense to me. Just thought I'd mention it for reference's sake.

Anyway, yeah, we'll know who's voicing Vader by the next month.
shadowlord
said at 7:09 PM on Thu Nov 26 2015
@shadowlord IT'S MATT SLOAN!!! He sounds so different. Well I'm glad to see my second favorite Vader reprise his role again. Maybe as I see more footage of him maybe it'll sound more like Matt to me.
Kioea
said at 12:27 PM on Fri Sep 25 2015
1. James Earl Jones
2. Scott Lawrence
3. Matt Sloan
4. T.C. Carson
5. UVA
Kioea
said at 12:16 PM on Sun Dec 13 2015
@Kioea 1. James Earl Jones
2. Scott Lawrence
3. Matt Sloan
4. Clint Bajakian
firefly1
said at 5:08 AM on Sat Apr 11 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
I personally think James Earl Jones is the true Darth Vader no offense to the others.
BlueScarabGuy
said at 11:50 AM on Wed Apr 8 2015
 6 Shout Outs!
James Earl Jones IS this character, and all of the other actors are just trying to imitate him. Of course, that's the right thing to do. Unlike a character from superhero comics or cartoon characters like the Transformers, all of Star Wars takes place within one universe. There aren't numerous interpretations of Darth Vader, there is ONE Darth Vader, and when you can't get JEJ, you have to hire a soundalike.

That said, while JEJ is obviously the best one here, Matt Sloan takes the cake for getting the closest to JEJ's interpretation. When I played Force Unleashed, I thought JEJ had lent his voice to the game, it was completely indistinguishable. The rest, I would be able to tell.
ShadowPirateX
said at 11:12 AM on Mon Dec 15 2014
I'll be honest here, while I can't deny James Earl Jones truly set the standard for Vader's voice, I like Matt Sloan's performance a bit better. So my vote goes to him.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 8:59 PM on Sat Dec 27 2014
@ShadowPirateX If you haven't already, you should see a web series titled "Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager," which was created by Matt Sloan himself (and where he does the voice of Chad Vader)! And this series may also be the reason why he got to voice Darth Vader in some things too!
Polyester Funk
said at 12:26 AM on Sat May 3 2014
 4 Shout Outs!
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.
HK-47 master
said at 6:42 PM on Sun Jan 25 2015
@Polyester Funk Jonathan Adams as Vader; heck yeah!
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.
chaosincarnate
said at 10:23 PM on Sat Dec 14 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
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
DreamMaster08X
said at 2:45 PM on Tue Nov 26 2013
James Earl Jones. No doubt about it.
Metabad
said at 12:14 AM on Fri Nov 1 2013
 7 Shout Outs!
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
 3 Shout Outs!
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.
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
 1 Shout Out!
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.
VctrBnsn
said at 3:15 PM on Wed Apr 10 2013
 5 Shout Outs!
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.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 8:53 PM on Fri Nov 15 2013
@VctrBnsn KMR's my ideal Vader since he's doing so well with Shredder.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 9:32 PM on Sat Dec 27 2014
@Lpfan120 I looked up the Quan Chi voice compare to hear Ronald M. Banks' version, and I do agree that he sounds a lot like James Earl Jones! I don't exactly agree with @Metabad or @PsychicVoiceSpy on him also sounding like or having similar speech patterns to Christopher Lee, I don't know I just couldn't hear any similarities to Christopher Lee, I was only hearing a similarity to James Earl Jones, but you two are entitled to your opinions of course.
Ringworm128
said at 1:39 AM on Tue Feb 5 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
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.
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
 1 Shout Out!
There's no way you can't vote for James Earl Jones. Matt Sloane is pretty good too though
Cheesyfeet106
said at 5:41 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
 1 Shout Out!
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
 2 Shout Outs!
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
 1 Shout Out!
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.
Ringworm128
said at 5:13 AM on Mon Feb 20 2012
 4 Shout Outs!
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
 1 Shout Out!
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
 1 Shout Out!
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.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:01 AM on Fri Nov 12 2010
 1 Shout Out!
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
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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