Emperor Palpatine / Darth Sidious
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Emperor Palpatine / Darth Sidious

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

Created by Cypo on Nov 15 2010
Special thanks to Jackson_H, Pokejedservo, TylerMirage for additional sound clips.
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Emperor Palpatine / Darth SidiousClive Revill
Clive Revill
Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003)
Darth SidiousNick Jameson
Nick Jameson
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
Darth SidiousTim Curry
Tim Curry
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008)
Emperor PalpatineSam Witwer
Sam Witwer
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
Darth SidiousIan Abercrombie
Ian Abercrombie
Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (2011)
Darth SidiousRobert Martin Klein
Robert Martin Klein
Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles (2013)
Darth SidiousTrevor Devall
Trevor Devall


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said at 4:13 AM on Sat Dec 9 2017
VC thoughts update

I honestly think Paul Hecht is the closest we got to Ian McDiarmid reprising the role. Sure, he doesn't sound exactly like Ian, but his slow yet hammy delivery is very similar. I would love it if he could reprise the role outside of radio dramas.

Clive Revill is a solid early take on the character. I always remember his take creeping me out when I was a kid.

Sam Witwer does sound pretty good as well. A nice display of his vocal range.

Ian Abercrombie also works well in the role. It's a great performance from him and it's sad that it would be one of his final roles before passing.

Tim Curry is a nice stand-in for Ian Abercrombie, but you can really tell that they changed actors due to Ian's passing. Still, not bad.

The others were also good.
said at 7:30 PM on Fri Dec 8 2017
 1 Shout Out!
1. Jameson
2. Abercrombie
3. Witwer
4. Reevil
5. Curry
said at 11:26 AM on Tue Aug 29 2017
1. Ian Abercrombie
2. Sam Witwer
said at 1:02 PM on Wed Jul 19 2017
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Ian Abercrombie was brilliant as the Emperor in Clone Wars was able to emulate McDiarmid but make the role his

Side note: I feel Tom Kenny or Dwight Schultz would make interesting choices for the character
said at 5:36 PM on Mon Mar 13 2017
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I wish that I could vote for Ian McDiarmid, but since I can't I'll vote for Ian Abercrombie since he sounds a lot like McDiarmid as both Chancellor and Sidious.
said at 8:42 PM on Sat Jan 28 2017
 1 Shout Out!
Tim and Ian a are my favorites.
said at 5:52 PM on Wed Jan 11 2017
 1 Shout Out!
Ian McDermiarmid is the best.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 3:21 PM on Sun Aug 7 2016
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Clive Revill sounds interesting as Palpatine, and I wonder what it would've been like if he reprised his role more than once and if others tried doing an impression of his Palpatine voice over the years?

I'm not quite into Sam Witwer's take, he sounds kinda meh here, and when I listened to his Palpatine sound clip from BattleFront III, he still didn't really sound much like Ian McDiarmid and instead sounded like he was doing more of an original-ish voice for him and kind of had an undertone of an average-sounding Tony Jay impression in his take there. His take isn't bad by any means, it was more or less just meh.

Ian Abercrombie really sounds a lot like Ian McDiarmid when voicing Palpatine (and he kinda looks him in his profile pic too)! It only sounds a little bit different from McDiarmid, but not by much.

Tim Curry also does well at Palpatine, it may be a little bit deeper than both Ians, but still very cool IMO.

Robert Martin Klein sounds like he's putting a little too much focus on the rasp and sounds very snake-like here, in fact a little *too* snake-like and he doesn't sound like he's putting much focus on the bass level in Palpatine's voice.

Nick Jameson does well too, while his version sounds a little more cartoony than the rest and he also puts a lot of focus on the rasp in the voice, at least he doesn't overdo it like Robert and actually does put some focus on the bass as well.

Trevor Devall does well at Palpatine, especially since this is a more comedic take on him (now imagine him voicing him in a more serious take the rest of them).

01. Ian Abercombie/Tim Curry
02. Clive Revill
03. Trevor Devall
04. Nick Jameson
05. Sam Witwer
06. Robert Martin Klein
EPA Deane
said at 3:44 PM on Fri Aug 25 2017
@Jacob M. Keene Witwer's Palpatine Sounds Better in Rebels.
said at 1:25 PM on Tue Jul 26 2016
Sam Witwer looks like star killer
said at 2:48 PM on Tue Feb 14 2017
@MojojojoX That`s because "The Force Unleashed" games used Motion-Capture on the voice actors and lookalikes of The Actors from The Films to make The Game look more like a Live-Action Star Wars Film.
said at 7:50 AM on Sun May 29 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Overall, I think Ian McDiarmid is the best Palpatine. He hasn't done voicework though, so I will keep it to the voices.
1. Ian Abercrombie - The right blend of menacing and sophisticated, while being slightly over the top.
2. Trevor Devall - Wow, he's great!
3. Tim Curry - He doesn't sound much like Ian McDiarmid, but I love his take on Palpatine. Tim Curry's voice is just pretty cool overall.
4. Clive Revill - I know he doing a very different take from everyone else on the list, but I think his voice is quite scary and demands respect.
5. Sam Witwer - A pretty good imitation of Ian McDiarmid.
6. Nick Jameson - A very good and creepy performance.
7. Robert Martin Klein - Too hissy.
said at 6:16 PM on Mon Mar 7 2016
 1 Shout Out!
1 Ian
2. Sam (later performances)
3. Nick
4. Trevor (my favorite performance in Yoda Chronicles)
5. Tim
6. Clive
7. Robert
said at 10:02 PM on Sun Jan 24 2016
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Ok before I say my piece I'm I the only one who finds the scene Ian's clip is from funny in a meta sense considering it's Abercrombie's character battling Sam Witwer's... It's the battle of the two Palpatine voices xD

Out of the actors here I find Ian was the best replacement for Ian... See what I did there xD

Abercrombie was a very good match for the character and boy did his clip leave a strong impact on me, it which makes me wish he were still alive to preform.

The clip present here for Sam Witwer is admittedly not very strong. He does capture the mannerisms of Palpatine in it he does sound a bit young and is a bit deep... But to give him credit I heard him in Rebels and he does MUCH better in that, so maybe it would be good if someone could get a clip from Rebels for this it would give him a better representation.
said at 4:00 PM on Fri Jan 8 2016
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It really is a shame that Ian McDiarmid still has yet to voice Palpatine in a cartoon or a video game (I heard he was in Angry Birds) but I haven't followed up on that. If he did have a voice clip here I'd vote for him...alas. So I'm going with the next best person here and that is the late Ian Abercrombie. I mean he's even got the same first name as McDiarmid and he also sounds a lot like him too. I think he was the best voice match they could have made honestly. It's a shame he passed away before the Clone Wars ended.

Tim Curry replacing Palpatine was just weird, I feel he was too recognizably Tim Curry and has too much "Curry-ness" in the role, I did like some of his deliveries and he didn't perform bad at all but voice isn't right for the role of Palpatine I'm afraid.

Nick Jameson I think is my second favourite, he just has that old evil feeble feel in his voice that Palpatine needs. I wish he'd be the go to voice for Palpatine again.

I'm sorry but I think Sam Witwer is overrated here, he was far superior as Maul and I feel he's a bit goofier sounding than I'd like, like in the first part of his clip he sounds fine but his delivery later on feels too weird, even for Palpatine. I feel if he toned it down I'd like him better. In The Force Unleashed he sounds too young also. However I thought he was a lot better in Rebels.

Trevor Devall I friggin love as Palpatine. He might be the funniest non-Seth MacFarlene/Robot Chicken Palpatine yet. The way he's so blatantly evil and the way he switches from Palpatine to Sidious in the blink of an eye is hilarious too. I feel Devall was one of the major standouts in the Lego Star Wars specials and might have given the best performance of all the actors in that series.

Clive Revill was excellent in the original edition, though he does stick out like a sore thumb here since he was cast and voiced him before they cast McDiarmid who set the standard for how Palpatine was to sound like. Revill kind of ends up sounding like a generic evil old man which is a shame since the performance was really good. A part of me kinda wished Clive had played Palpatine in ROTJ but then Palpatine wouldn't have left the same exact impression that McDiarmid did.

Robert Martin Klein is the weakest of the bunch, he sounds too throaty for my liking, that evil laughing was great though.

If the great McDiarmid is to ever be added here, he'd be my favourite but until then Abercrombie shall get my vote.
said at 9:51 PM on Sat Jan 30 2016
@Autovolt For a while I've felt that Witwer captured McDiarmid's vocal inflections down the best, but Abercrombie captured the voice itself best. Sam Witwer does sound better in Rebels, though, so I want to hear more of him. He has potential to be as good or better than Abercrombie.

And I thought Clive Revill's performance was very wooden. It came out sounding like an evil Obi Wan Kenobi, which ended up not making sense since Vader already sort of serves that role - Palpatine is more of an evil Yoda.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:18 PM on Tue Dec 15 2015
Robert's laugh sounds like Dee Bradley Baker. He sounds alright, though he really emphasizes the "S's" and sounds quite serpent-like.
said at 10:56 AM on Tue Dec 15 2015
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Robert sounds too rough.
said at 9:20 AM on Tue Dec 15 2015
Personally, I think Paul Hecht was the best Palpatine performer. I really loved how he managed to sound unique while still keeping McDiarmid's essence. But Clive Revill also delivered a great performance.

1) Paul Hecht (NPR Star Wars Trilogy radio dramas)
2) Clive Revill
3) Sam Witwer
4) Ian Abercrombie
5) Tim Curry
6) Trevor Devall
7) Nick Jameson
8) Bob Klein
EPA Deane
said at 3:26 PM on Sun Jul 30 2017
@Starscreamsfan Honestly to my ears, Paul Hecht's Palpatine sounds closer to Clive Revill's Voice rather than Ian McDiarmid's voice.
said at 9:37 AM on Fri Oct 23 2015
 1 Shout Out!
1. Nick Jameson
2. Ian Abercrombie
3. Tim Curry
4. Sam Witwer
5. Clive Revill
6. Trevor Devall
said at 9:40 PM on Sun Oct 4 2015
I think Ian Abercrombie did it best.
DaveS (Training Moderator)
said at 2:49 PM on Sat Jun 20 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
Ian McDiarmid has finally revoiced the character apparently for Angry Birds Star Wars.
said at 11:41 PM on Sat Dec 5 2015
@DaveS So....he'll come back for Angry Birds but he won't reprise the role anywhere else?
DaveS (Training Moderator)
said at 10:28 AM on Sat Mar 5 2016
@skeletonking1234I don't know if he was ever asked to be honest. They often don't, particularly as Ian Mcdiarmid is based in Britain
said at 4:05 PM on Mon Apr 6 2015
I don't like my assessment from four years ago... So, I'll just make a new one!

Clive Revill – Considering that this is an earlier version of the character, I think he did a decent job; he’s somewhat monotone, but I think that that (along with his superimposed eyes) made him a bit unsettling

Nick Jameson – A decent impression of Ian McDiarmid; he sounds very slimy and villainous.

Ian Abercrombie (R.I.P.) – A great impression of McDiarmid; he had a very commanding presence.

Sam Witwer – Another pretty good impression; he does sound a bit younger than usual, but I think he has the mannerisms down pretty well.

Tim Curry – He [more-or-less] did his own thing, so he doesn’t particularly sound like the other actors; even so, his “own thing” is always fun to listen to, and I still think it’s a pretty fitting voice for the Emperor.

Trevor Devall – It fits for the LEGO cartoons; he did a pretty good impression and had great comedic timing.
said at 2:36 PM on Mon Apr 6 2015
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Who do I consider better?

Ian? Or Sam? Difficult choice...
said at 8:23 AM on Sun Mar 22 2015
I'd go for Ian Abercrombie (RIP) and Tim Curry :D

Ian Abercrombie - the closest to Ian McDiarmid's voice. And the most natural.

Tim Curry - Able to replicate Abercrombie's performance to such an extent that it's hard to tell between the two.

My kudos to Nick Jameson for sounding very evil. :D

But...no one can replace the great Ian McDiarmid as the voice and personification of Darth Sidious. :D
said at 3:56 PM on Wed Mar 18 2015
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1.Ian Abercrombie Did The Best! He Sound The Most Old,Sinster And Evil!
2.Tim Curry Did GREAT But He Sounds Like.... Himself Only.... Evil.
3.Nick Jameson Did Good, I Like The Snake Voice He Did!
4.Clive Revill Did Good But Sounds A Bit Too Young
5.Sam Witwer Did Fine, He Sounds Too Young
6.Trevor Devall Did Good, For The Lego Version.
said at 1:00 PM on Fri Mar 13 2015
You know what? Changing my vote to Sam Witwer. Despite speaking a bit faster than Ian Mcdiarmid, and not having the mannerisms down pat, he's the closest we'll probably get to anyone sounding like Ian.

For an actor to display such impressive range, he's deservedly getting a vote from me. I can't wait to hear him show up as Emperor Palpatine at some point in Season 2 of Rebels.
said at 6:38 PM on Sun Mar 8 2015
"YOU ARE ALL TRAITORS TO THE EMPIRE. You will be interrogated, tortured, you will give me the names of your friends and allies...ANDTHENYOUWILLDIE."

I must admit, Witwer's slightly comedic take on Sidious is getting to me. But I still keep hearing people say, "Oh, he's the best Palpatine voice ever, he could do both roles and you wouldn't recognize it!" The only problem with those assumptions is that we've never heard Sam Witwer do an Ian McDiarmid impression (as in the actual actor himself, aside from Sidious), so we don't legit know if Sam could've pulled it off in TCW to replace Tim Curry. But if Ian McDiarmid comes back as Sidious in Star Wars Rebels...I dunno, I already voted for Abercrombie, but if McDiarmid does come back, I would change my vote in a heartbeat. If I could figure out how to take back a vote.
said at 7:11 PM on Fri Jan 16 2015
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I'm very curious as to who will voice the character if he pops up in Rebels (which is very inevitable.) Maybe a Sam Witwer or Tim Curry comeback? What about???......

Ian Mcdiarmid himself?! With the actual OT actors returning (JEJ for Vader, Frank Oz for Yoda), I'd love to finally hear who is easily the best actor to come out of both trilogies finally lend his voice to the character.
said at 6:51 PM on Mon Jan 19 2015
@chaosincarnate Disney might try to get Mcdiarmid, but if they can't, then I hope Witwer comes back, since he plays the role perfectly.
said at 7:07 PM on Mon Jan 19 2015
@Galactic_Cyrus I like Witwer quite a bit, along with Tim Curry. He's good, but never sounded exact, at least to me.

It might be why I enjoy Tim the most out of all the VA's here, with Ian Abercrombie so close behind. He did his own thing and had a ball with it (though his senator Palpatine sounded a bit too much like a typical Tim Curry role, he worked great as Sidious, hamming it up and having a ball with it).
said at 10:47 AM on Tue Jan 20 2015
@chaosincarnate Witwer nailed the voice and mannerisms of McDiarmid, but the pitch is a bit deeper. The late Ian Abercrombie had a more accurate pitch and tone, but the performance was notably difference. I enjoy Tim Curry in the role because he's Tim Curry, but I'll always see him as number four behind McDiarmid, Witwer, and Abercrombie.
said at 6:31 PM on Sun Mar 8 2015
@Galactic_Cyrus One person on YouTube suggested that if TCW were to have continued (beyond the already-produced episodes), he would've had Witwer replace Curry. I replied that while Witwer made a good Sidious, he wasn't ever given material to do a normal Palpatine impression. But since Rebels takes place LONG after TCW (and if they can't get McDiarmid back), I would be all for a return for Witwer.
said at 9:44 PM on Sat Jan 30 2016
@loredragonmaster Witwer did indeed voice Palpatine in his one scene in Rebels so far and he does a spot on impression of McDiarmid.
said at 11:56 AM on Wed Jan 7 2015
Abercrombie did the best impression of McDiarmid.
said at 6:50 PM on Mon Jan 19 2015
@Bdub13 No, Witwer did. Abercrombie's a VERY close second, though.
said at 6:32 PM on Sun Mar 8 2015
@Galactic_Cyrus Witwer did a good impression of Sidious. Abercrombie was able to do credible imitations of both personas. This may be due to the fact that we may never see Sam Witwer do a Palpatine voice, but my vote goes to Abercrombie.
said at 9:45 PM on Sat Jan 30 2016
@loredragonmaster I still wonder why they didn't cast Witwer instead of Curry so that he'd have had a chance to show us how he would have done Chancellor Palpatine.
said at 5:18 PM on Fri Jan 2 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Tim Curry really did an amazing job in the Lost Missions seasons.
said at 7:28 PM on Sun Mar 16 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
Tim Curry never ceases to amaze.
said at 3:02 PM on Sat Mar 8 2014
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Loved hearing some more of Abercrombie in Season 6. Still not really digging Curry's take, I'm afraid.
said at 6:44 AM on Tue May 13 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight Give it time, trust me. He recently won me over... if only just XD
said at 6:53 PM on Mon Jan 19 2015
@Aussieroth The problem is that he's just way too recognizable. He does a good enough job, but I can't hear it as anything more than Tim Curry putting on a voice impersonation.
said at 12:59 PM on Sat Mar 8 2014
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John Noble as the Emperor.

I want to see this happen in the near future.
DaveS (Training Moderator)
said at 12:05 PM on Wed Nov 26 2014
@DreamMaster08X His bitter drawl as Denethor actually does sound similar to Palpatine...
said at 10:08 PM on Tue Mar 4 2014
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Ian's new clip is making me seriously consider switching my vote to him.
said at 6:49 PM on Fri Feb 28 2014
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Clive Revill- for a first portrayal of the character, it does sound good, and does sound a bit creepy, the only thing holding this performance back from being fantastic is that it was somewhat of an experimental voice until the current voice came around. But it still is a good performance for the amount of screen time he was given. 7/10

Nick Jameson- I don't know what it was about this voice, it just never really clicked with me. It sounds too reptilian and snake like for the emperor, and a bit too high. It's not bad, its just something about it that doesn't sit well with me. 6/10

Ian Abercrombie- A top notch and chilling performance, and a fantastic take on Ian McDiarmmids portrayal, which to be honest I thought that's who it was when seeing the film. One of the most creepy performances of the emperor IMO. 9/10

Sam Witwer- I never really thought it was the best Ian impression to be honest, because I could tell everytime I played the game it wasn't Ian. He seemed too low at points and I never really thought he got Ian's mannerisms down in the game or in any of his other performances. It still is a great performance, I could just always tell it was some young guy doing the voice, but I will admit that is a very impressive range that Sam has. 7.5/10

Tim Curry- I still think this is one of the most bizarre casting replacements I've ever seen. As I've said before, Tim sounds good in the role for the one line he was given, but my two problems are, 1, he sounds nothing like Ian Abercrombie, and 2 it's so obvious its Tim. I'm not saying I hate it, anything with Tim Curry in it, I will gladly take it, It's just so bizarre. Though I am curious if he does appear in the new star wars series if he will still play Sidious. 8/10

Trevor Devall- for a comedic portrayal Trevor definitely nailed it. Not only being one of my favorite Canadian voice actors, Trevor gets the mannerisms of Sidious down well but makes it very funny at the same time, switching back and forth between Palpatine and Sidious. It's a role I wish more people would give credit, but I can see why since it is a more comedic version of the character. 7.5/10

1. Ian Abercrombie
2. Tim Curry
3. Trevor Devall
4. Sam Witwer
5. Clive Revill
6. Nick Jameson
said at 5:07 AM on Thu Feb 27 2014
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I'm really loving Ian Abercromie's new clip!
If I'm not mistaken it's from the same episode as Tim Curry's clip.
said at 3:54 PM on Thu Feb 27 2014
@MilanTheVillain01 Yeah Ian didn't finish his lines, so Tim took over.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:28 PM on Thu Feb 27 2014
@MilanTheVillain01 He sounds really great in the new clip.
said at 11:07 PM on Sat Mar 1 2014
@Polyester Funk I know, right? It sounds just like Ian McDiarmid's prequel voice.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:39 PM on Sat Mar 1 2014
@MilanTheVillain01 After that performance I'm really going to miss Abercrombie as Palpatine. Don't know if they'll stick with Tim Curry or not. He's certainly not bad, however he is a bit recognizable and doesn't really sound like either of the Ians. Can't say I have a problem if they keep him.
said at 10:10 PM on Sat Dec 14 2013
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1-: Tim Curry: Deliciously sinister while still delivering a unique take on the character. I hope he sticks with this role.
2-:Ian Abercrombie: I like it quite a bit, he sounds unique from Ian Mcdiarmid's voice, but it wasn't threatening enough. RIP though, he was a great fit for the character.
3-: Sam Witwer: A nice change of pace for him, and while it's a good Ian impersonation, it comes off as forced at points, mainly because of the accent and some of his long emphasis on words.
4-:Nick Jameson: It's way too high pitched and raspy for me to fully enjoy, but he has his moments and does a good job as his alter ego Chancellor Palpatine.
5-: Clive Revill: Not a good originator of the role. OK as its own performance, but way more generic than anyone else here.
6-: Trevor Devall: He's trying his hardest to channel Ian, but good god is the accent just terrible.
said at 12:51 PM on Thu Feb 27 2014
@chaosincarnate You just managed to mimic my thoughts on the VA's. Congrats.
said at 2:24 PM on Thu Feb 27 2014
@pete I can read minds, doncha know....
said at 12:06 AM on Fri Nov 15 2013
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What?! No vote choice for Ian McDiarmid? For shame! Don't get me wrong, I do like some of the takes here, but Ian DEFINED Palpatine.
said at 5:32 PM on Thu Feb 13 2014
@JTurner Only because he hasn't chosen to voice him in a game or series.... thus far.
said at 8:22 AM on Sat Mar 1 2014
@JTurner Ian's not a VOICE actor.
said at 10:57 AM on Sat Mar 1 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus Too bad about that. He SHOULD be, though. He's got an AWESOME devilish badguy voice.
said at 4:50 AM on Mon Dec 29 2014
@JTurner He was always my first choice for Professor Hojo from Final Fantasy VII
said at 10:47 AM on Tue Jan 20 2015
@Aussieroth You think Sam Witwer or even Tim Curry could pull off Hojo?
said at 6:24 PM on Tue Jan 27 2015
@Galactic_Cyrus Sam can be anyone. I think he's somewhat under rated XD

Tim as Hojo........ That would be too good! (BTW: I'm still waiting for your private message with your e-mail address)
said at 11:55 AM on Fri Feb 27 2015
@Aussieroth Esra Weisz and Dwight Schultz are still my top picks for Hojo, but these voices would work too, as would Derek Stephen Prince. Or Paul Eiding using a better voice and performance than what he actually gave. xD

It would be too good to be true, you mean. (I actually got my Windows Movie Maker working again, so I don't need to do that after all. But all the same, what clips do I need for what now? xD)
said at 4:30 PM on Tue Mar 3 2015
@Galactic_Cyrus Agreed on the Hojo part and well... too good to be true and too good of a casting choice XD

Remember how we talked about the many ways of hearing Sephiroth redux? I remember talking about adding two new voices. One being Troy Baker (something close to his Schneizel el Britannia take from Code geass) and Jay Geoge's Mewtwo... God I'm so glad he's alive, and I hope to see him do more work, hopefully in Star Wars Rebels.
said at 10:02 PM on Sat Jan 30 2016
@Aussieroth Sam Witwer is voicing Palpatine in Rebels and he sounds awesome.

Re-watching Return of the Jedi recently made me realize how much of a Hojo-like quality McDiarmid had in his voice as Palpatine, especially in that particular film.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:53 AM on Sat Nov 9 2013
Sam Witwer sounds just like Ian McDiarmid!

Ian Abercrombie was very good, too.

Trevor Devall is quite good when he's more serious as you said Galactic.

Nick Jameson was alright. As was Clive Revill.

Tim Curry sounds better doing the Sidious voice than Palpatine cuz he is too recognizable.
said at 6:18 PM on Fri Nov 8 2013
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If he was still with us, I'd say Tony Jay would make an excellent Darth Sidious
Jacob M. Keene
said at 9:29 AM on Wed Aug 6 2014
@Lpfan120 Tony Jay was actually the first guy that George Lucas approached to play Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original trilogy (since they focused their money on making the special effects they had to hire actors who were lesser known at the time), but then of course Alec Guinness ended up with the role. But yeah, I think he would've also made a good portrayal of Darth Sidious.
said at 11:03 AM on Mon Oct 7 2013
1. Sam Witwear - It's like he IS Ian McDiarmid!

2. Ian Abercrombie - A perfect take on the character. Different from Ian, but still distinctive and age approrpriate.

3. Trevor Devall - When he's not going all out in playing it for laughs, he sounds surprisingly good!

4. Nick Jameson - It's an okay voice, but also sounds like a caricature of Palpatine. A bit too highy and raspy.

5. Tim Curry - Solid performance so far, but I'm sorry, his voice is way too recognizable. This was something of a miscast.

6. Clive Revill - He sounds like...just a guy. There's no menace or presence in that voice and performance. Thank God they changed the Emperor's character for the next movie.
said at 5:34 PM on Thu Feb 13 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus I don't know man, recognizable or not, his Sidous voice has really grown on me.
said at 11:58 AM on Sun Feb 23 2014
@Aussieroth I'd need to hear more of him to judge. I think he'd be very good as Chancellor Palpatine, but the Sidious voice in this clip could use working on.
said at 5:11 AM on Mon Sep 30 2013
Tim Curry is a favourite for me i thought it was ian who did the last line of the maul episode but that and his second and last time in the role makes him sound more darker.
said at 2:28 AM on Thu Sep 26 2013
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I wonder if Steven Blum would make a good Palpatine?
said at 8:49 PM on Thu Sep 26 2013
@Finister2 A bit of an out-of-the-box idea, but I think he could do it!
said at 9:35 PM on Sun Sep 29 2013
@Finister2 I think his Uatu The Watcher voice would fit Palpatine better than it fit Uatu.
said at 6:54 AM on Sun Oct 13 2013
@Finister2 Steven is not some1 I would have thought of to do the voice but there's a good chance he could pull it off.
said at 8:55 PM on Fri Nov 15 2013
@Finister2 he is in Rebels. I hope he's Palpatine. He's done voices like his before.
said at 11:23 AM on Mon Nov 25 2013
@pete Aren't they more likely to call Tim since he never really had a big shot at the role.
said at 12:34 PM on Mon Nov 25 2013
@Ross123 Steve Blum does work for Greg Weisman shows. Greg likes to use actors he's worked with before. Plus he's not a fans of reprisals so he'll most likely cast someone new. For someone else's take on the franchise, Tim would probably return but they're still releasing Season 6 of Clone Wars just not on CN or on television.
said at 8:52 AM on Tue Nov 26 2013
@pete I thought it was still uncertain about how Season 6 of The Clone Wars was going to be broadcast.
said at 12:18 PM on Tue Nov 26 2013
@Ross123 It is shouldn't have said the television part.
said at 12:29 PM on Sun Sep 22 2013
Ian was the best as he sounded more like the emperor in the films but it's ashame he died of kidney failure in 2012 before he could finish recording the final episode of the clone wars.

Nick is ok but isn't brilliant.

Sam & Trevor 2 me don't sound anything like Ian McDiarmid.

Tim only got 2 do the final episode of the clone wars so he really shouldn't get as much credit 4 the character as it was mostly Ian in that tv series though star wars Rebels is comin up soon so he might be in that.

Clive earns my respect 4 bein the original which makes it hard 4 him 2 know what the character is supposed 2 sound like.
Tyler Reznik
said at 6:19 PM on Fri Sep 20 2013
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I love Ian Abercrombie and Sam Witwer's performances. Tim Curry, I think, didn't really get a chance to strut his stuff before the series came to it's untimely conclusion.
said at 1:54 AM on Sat Sep 7 2013
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Tim's Sidious-Voice is great, but his palpatine-Voice just sounds......off.
said at 7:26 PM on Wed Aug 14 2013
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Trevor isn't bad at all but I only wish he voiced Palpatine in a more serious show (and with how much actually good and serious work Ocean is given these days there's a better chance of solving a rubix cube with a blind fold then that happening.)
said at 2:20 PM on Tue Aug 13 2013
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If Tim isn't available Trevor would be a great replacement in the next installment Palpatine appears in.
SharpShot Shockwave
said at 6:24 PM on Fri Aug 2 2013
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My vote goes to Ian Abercrombie. R.I.P.
His take on Both Sides Of Palpatine Live Up To Mcdiarmid's Live Performance uncannily.
I was surprised to find out Tim Curry Took Abercrombie's place in the Series 5 Finale, I'm looking forward to hearing more of Tim's Voice in the remaining Clone Wars Episodes...
said at 4:10 PM on Fri Jul 12 2013
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I'm blown away by Sam Witwir. Normally I can pick up traces of the actor, like mannerisms and such, but he really gave a fantastic impression.No clue it was him until recently.
said at 3:49 AM on Thu Jul 11 2013
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Personally, i thought Tim Curry was pretty meh... It's hard to judge with such small lines. On a side note, from the emperors voice in the episode I reckon Ian recorded most of the lines: but then was unavailable or something so Tim Curry was left with this.
What do you guys think?
said at 3:34 AM on Fri Jul 12 2013
@Torak Yeah that was pretty much the case. The late Ian Abercombie was not able to complete or redo some of his work in his final appearances so Tim Curry did the rest, and so far he has potential.
said at 9:53 AM on Fri Jul 12 2013
@Aussieroth I agree, he does have potential.
Thanks for clarifying the fact up by the way. :)
said at 4:58 AM on Tue Jul 16 2013
@Aussieroth I don't watch the series, so I wouldn't know, but do Ian Abercrombie and Tim Curry appear in the same episode? Or are they seperate episodes?
said at 8:48 AM on Wed Jul 17 2013
@Joop Technically, yes they do. As Aussieroth said in another comment, Curry did the lines that Abercrombie never finished.

For example, the first episode of Season 5, "Revival", is all Abercrombie, except for one line. Curry's only line for the episode is, "They're just petty crooks".

& in episode 16, "The Lawless", the same thing happened again.
Curry's voice clip that you hear on this site is from that particular episode.
said at 8:54 AM on Wed Jul 17 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 Wow, must be weird hearing that... I'm not sure if I would've used Curry for "missing lines" then. He does a good job, but you can tell it's him and not Abercrombie. I probably would've used a standin that sounded more like Abercrombie for those lines and Curry for a new season.
said at 12:57 AM on Thu Jul 18 2013
@Joop & the Season 5 finale, "The Wrong Jedi", is where Tim Curry makes his first appearance in full.
said at 3:51 AM on Thu Jul 18 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 It's too bad that Abercrombie's voice clip has that hologram filter over it. It takes all the bass out of the sound. I'd like to compare his and Curry's voice without the filter. Maybe I'll be more impressed.
said at 3:25 AM on Fri Jul 19 2013
@Joop In "The Lawless" you actually get to hear Abercrombie's Sidious voice without the hologram effect, at one point.
said at 4:48 PM on Sun Jul 7 2013
Tim Curry was alright with the little material he had. I still prefer Sam though.
said at 3:09 PM on Sun Jul 7 2013
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Tim Curry...really?
said at 7:52 PM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@VctrBnsn Are you saying that as a good thing or a bad thing?
said at 8:25 PM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@pete It just seemed like an odd choice because of how instantly recognizable his voice is. I never thought he would voice this character, I honestly thought they would get Nick Jameson back, or possibly Sam Witwer. But as is, it's A LOT better than I expected.
said at 11:02 PM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@VctrBnsn Tim's range is so impressive here and a few other roles I recently heard. I prefer him over anyone for being original while basing off Ian as well. He obviously knew what he was doing when he auditioned.
said at 1:13 AM on Tue Jul 9 2013
@pete What range? It's just Tim Curry being Tim Curry.
said at 1:20 AM on Tue Jul 9 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight He does a pretty decent job at disguising the signature twang in his voice.
said at 3:40 PM on Tue Jul 9 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 Thank you.
said at 3:43 PM on Tue Jul 9 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Maybe it's just how much I love some recent stuff I heard from him but like Milan says he does a pretty good job hiding his normal voice and this isn't the only time he's done this awesome with his normal voice either.
said at 12:32 AM on Wed Jul 10 2013
@pete His, er, Tim Curry-ness is much more obvious in his Chancellor persona. For that, I don't think he can work for the character.
said at 12:56 AM on Wed Jul 10 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight To be fair this set in the Clone Wars when he was hiding his identity. Altering his voice as Sidious but lightening his Chanccelor fits.
said at 1:19 AM on Wed Jul 10 2013

My problem isn't with Chancellor and Sith Curry-Palps sounding different. It's how Curry as Chancellor Palpatine sounds WAY too much like Curry does normally, and that's why I don't think he can work as the character.
said at 1:19 PM on Sun Jul 7 2013
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Never tracked my opinion so here it goes. Tim Curry for the win. Sure he's not imitating Ian but who says he's supposed to. I love him in roles like this where he can show off his range. Can barely tell it's him. He knows what he's doing, makes the character his own, still basing off Ian, not as obvious as the rest. gets to show off his range, go all out and get evil as he wants without going over the top or slipping into his normal/usual voice that much at least for the time being. Hope Season 6 comes out in DVD form or whatever fast so I can hear the rest. Ian Abercrmbie (RIP) is the best besides. him. Nick and Sam are good but do sound a bit forced. Clive is bland but good for a movie at the very start of the 80's before Palpatine became the version we know from from McDiarmid's portrayal.
said at 5:33 AM on Sun Jul 7 2013
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# 1: Sam Witwer - Much like Cypo said in the Editor's Opinion, I'm in shock & amazement at just how close Witwer nailed McDiarmid's voice.

# 2: Ian Abercrombie - Probably the most natural-sounding out of the Palpatine/Sidious VAs & he plays the role well enough.

# 3: Tim Curry - OK, I'll admit it. The decision to cast Curry after Abercrombie's passing (may he rest in peace) was completely out of left field. & listening to him as the Emperor for the very first time (after being so used to Abercrombie) was really odd at best. But after playing the clip through a few more times, I quickly got used to him. He's certainly got the "Ian McDiarmid gruffness" downpat. & even though the "Tim Curry twang" is still partially there, he does an admirable job at hiding it!

# 4 - Nick Jameson: Granted, he may sound really forced compared to the the others. But, I really gotta give Jameson props for that cool, slithery, reptile-like tone he has.

# 5 - Clive Revill: Again, like Cypo said in the Editor's Opinion. Revill gave a pretty damn decent take for its time, back in the mid to late 70's. But sadly, with the way that Palpatine's portrayed nowadays, Revill's voice seems pitifully weak by comparison.
But that's just my two True Blue Aussie cents on the matter.
said at 12:18 PM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 It was 1980 when The Empire Strikes Back came out.
said at 11:45 PM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@pete My bad.
said at 2:49 AM on Mon Jul 8 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 Easy mistake. When they were rereleased in the 90's I was little and thought that was when they actually came out. Only the original was the 70's.
said at 3:43 AM on Mon Jul 8 2013
@pete Yeah, I was thinking of the original too.
said at 10:30 PM on Wed Sep 4 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 The "Tim Curry twang" is more noticable in his non-Sith persona.
said at 1:29 AM on Fri Sep 6 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Yeah, I've gotta agree with you on that one.
said at 2:04 AM on Sun Jul 7 2013
Tim is one of my favs honestly. Sure he's not imitating Ian but who says he's supposed to. I love him in roles like this where he can show off his range. Can barely tell it's him.
said at 1:12 PM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@pete I'm changing my voe to Tim Curry. Most are Ian McDiarmid impressions or at least inspired by them that(Ian Abercrombie aside) sound pretty forced. Clive is bland but good for movie at the very start of the 80's before Palpatine became the version we know from from McDiarmid's portrayal.
said at 1:13 PM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@pete *vote could have sworn I corrected that. Oh well.
said at 11:43 PM on Sat Jul 6 2013
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You should've updated Abercrombie's clip
said at 12:24 AM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Yeah, that would be a good idea.
said at 11:13 PM on Sat Jul 6 2013
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Tim Curry is just a straight up bizarre choice for Sidious to me. It just seems odd because he doesn't sound any bit similar to Abercrombie. I mean anything with Tim Curry in it I'll take it, I just find it bizarre casting since he sounds nothing like Abercrombie did.
said at 12:26 AM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@skeletonking1234 Yet you have to admit, that is a surprisingly evil voice and performance. Makes me wonder what it would've been like if HE was Palpatine instead of Ian McDiarmid.
said at 2:04 AM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@skeletonking1234 Who said he was supposed to imitate Ian?
said at 2:06 PM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@Aussieroth of course its Curry he's one of the masters of evil voices
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:52 PM on Sat Jul 6 2013
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I'm not sure what to think of Tim Curry's Palpatine. It's weird hearing such a recognizable voice from Palpatine, but Tim gives his voice a really cool texture.
said at 10:47 PM on Sat Jul 6 2013
Uhhh I don't think that clip of Tim Curry's from the right episode. That was still Abercrombie, and according to the Star Wars Wiki he only played the role in the Season Five finale.

And I must say, he doesn't do a good Chancellor Palpatine. He might be good for a Sidious, but that wasn't seen either.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:51 PM on Sat Jul 6 2013
@loredragonmaster It sure sounds like Tim Curry to me.
said at 12:03 AM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@loredragonmaster Tim Curry did some uncredited additional lines for two other episodes in season 5. The first was the first episode (Revival), and the second was episode 16 (The Lawless). Which is what the audio clip is from.
said at 12:12 AM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@loredragonmaster Actually, Curry DID do that particular line, in some of the later episodes of season 5, he did the lines Abercombie wasn't able to finish.
said at 12:12 AM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@Cypo Yeah, I've been trying to find him in the revival episode.
said at 12:43 AM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@Aussieroth It's right at the end when Palpatine is dissuading the Jedi from pursuing Maul. Curry has the single line, "They're just petty crooks".
said at 3:18 PM on Wed Apr 10 2013
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....and then you will die.

said at 5:09 AM on Sun Mar 10 2013
Non of them are perfect, I suppose Sam Witwer is the best one but even he sounds like a cheap over the top impression of Ian Mcdiamid.
said at 11:18 AM on Fri Mar 8 2013
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Clive Revill is okay. The character wasn't really established at the time, so he sounds quite a bit younger than the others and more like a generic Evil English Guy.
Nick Jameson's voice is serpentine, old-sounding, and positively dripping with evil. I love it!
Ian Abercrombie sounds the oldest of them (probably because he is the oldest) and does a decent job, making the emperor sound mysterious and powerful in a subtle way.
Sam Witwer sounded like he was focusing too much on trying to do an Ian Mcdiarmid impression and it frequently sounds awkward.
I went with Nick Jameson.
said at 8:33 PM on Mon Jul 22 2013
@Red524 Switching to Tim Curry; he has the sinister edge of Nick Jameson's take combined with the age of Abercrombie's.
said at 7:39 PM on Mon Aug 12 2013
@Red524 Trevor Devall's sounds a lot like Seth Macfarlane's Palpatine, oddly enough. I like it.
said at 10:35 PM on Sat Dec 7 2013
@Red524 Switching back to Jameson.
said at 2:59 AM on Wed Mar 6 2013
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Allegedly, for Season 5 of the Clone Wars, Palpatine/Sidious is gonna be voiced by Tim Curry.

& I have to say, I think I'm OK with this....
Emphasis the word, "think".
said at 8:25 AM on Tue Mar 12 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 I wasn't impressed.
said at 9:26 PM on Tue Mar 12 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Again, my friend, emphasis on the word, "think"....
said at 3:58 PM on Wed Mar 13 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 Why couldn't they get Ian McDiarmid or at least Sam Witwer to replace him.
said at 8:51 PM on Wed Mar 13 2013
@jonhardwick That's for us to know & them to find out.
said at 6:36 PM on Thu Feb 7 2013
I'm going with Sam. Ian Abercrombie is good too.
said at 1:49 AM on Thu Jan 31 2013
Can't wait for the next episode of Clone Wars where Ian Abercrombie finally gets to let loose as Darth Sidious! XD
said at 11:08 PM on Mon Dec 17 2012
1. Sam Witwer: Of all these guys he sounds the closest to McDiarmid. The only problem with him is that he sounds a little like he has a speech impediment at points.

2. Ian Abercrombie: While he is a little high in range for the role he does sound a little like McDiarmid just higher.

3. Nick Jameson: He doesn't sound as Natural as Ian and Sam. Although he gets points for sounding almost snakelike.

4. Clive Revill: It pains me to say that while I do like this take it gets the number 4 spot because it sounds a little too generic. It's not bad but it's such a different take from the other 3.
said at 5:19 AM on Sat Oct 27 2012
Sam sounds closest to McKellen, which is impressive, if you look at his age.
said at 2:26 PM on Sat Oct 27 2012
@GerPer92 I think you mean McDiarmid, not McKellen.
said at 5:59 PM on Wed Nov 7 2012
@CatsTuxedo Yeah of course^^
I somehow always mix up these 2 names.
said at 5:48 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
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Also, I think Ian really works because he is the oldest.
said at 5:46 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
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Clive Reville: As the very first voice, he was menacing and sinister. However, after Ian McDiarmuid took over, Palpatine's depiction has completely changed.

Nick Jameson: As Cypo said, he is almost reptilian, which does fit Palpatine, or atleast when he's Sidious. He normal Palpatine was also awesome though.

Ian Abercrombie: I was a bit skeptical at first but now I really like his performance. RIP.

Sam Witwer: Although he did sometimes sound like he might have an accent, I think he really nailed the Ian McDiarmuid voice. However, I don't know what his Chancellor voice would sound like.

I think its a tie between Nick and Ian. Btw, does anyone know who will do Palps in S5 of Clone Wars as Ian has sadly died?
said at 1:11 PM on Sat Jun 16 2012
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said at 1:10 PM on Sat Jun 16 2012
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Clive Revill is decent, but the character hadn't really been developed enough at that point for him to really stand out. I think he might have done a better job if he was given the role today, but he gets an arguable last place (read on to find out who battles with him for the spot).

Nick Jameson sounds the most evil out of the actors here and delivers a good, sinister performance. Probably my favorite as he puts a lot of energy and evil into the voice without going too over-the-top.

Ian Abercrombie is also good and probably what Palpatine would sound like if he were a real old man in his situation (which makes sense given that his actor is the oldest at the time of the role). Still, Star Wars isn't a very realistic series and Darth Sidious should be a bit more... insidious. He gets my second place vote. (Also, I just learned that he has passed away. He will definitely survive in spirit through his time as Palpatine, but he will be missed...)

Sam Witwer is far too over-the-top and his performance is almost comical at time and it almost sounds like he has some sort of accent or speech impediment instead of sounding old. Still, it's passable as an impersonation of Ian McDiarmid, but he gets an arguable last place, either him or Clive Revill.
said at 12:56 AM on Thu May 24 2012
Clive Revill gets my vote. I'll admit that McDiarmid is really the best, but I feel that Abercrombie and Witwer try too hard to imitate him; they don't sound completely natural.
said at 2:26 AM on Sun Feb 5 2012
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Clive Revill - Eh...

Nick Jameson - His Palpatine voice is good, though his Sidious doesn't really do much for me.

Ian Abercrombie (RIP) - Both his Palpatine and Sidious voices work and fit the time period.

Sam Witwer - Works as a post-revelation Palpatine/Sidious
said at 1:25 PM on Mon Jan 30 2012
Clive Revill was...alright but didn't really fit for me.

Nick Jameson is probably my favorite here, he had a good evil and sinister voice without trying too hard.

Ian Abercrombe is ok, but doesn't sound evil enough really.

Sam Witwer is good but sounds a little odd to me, like he's trying to imitate Ian McDiarmid or something.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 11:24 AM on Sat Feb 4 2012
@Torak He was trying to sound like Ian McDiarmid. He mentioned the full story behind why he was playing Palpatine in an interview somewhere.
said at 3:21 AM on Mon Feb 4 2013
@Torak Watch the latest Clone Wars episode and see if your mind has been changed about Abercrombie. ;-D
said at 4:59 PM on Thu Feb 7 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Well, from what I heard: he sound pretty dam good! To be fair though, the show got darker just as he did! :D So I'll rank them as this:

1. Ian (Sounds closest to McDiarmid)
2. Nick (Has a quality to his voice that just fits)
3.Sam (Tries a bit too hard to sound like McDiarmid)
4. Clive (Not bad, just generic.) :)
said at 8:08 PM on Thu Dec 15 2011
My favorite here is Nick Jameson. Everyone else is okay, I guess.
said at 4:48 AM on Mon Nov 14 2011
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Sam Witwer's good, though it sounds a bit too over-the-top. Ian Abercrombie's is more subtle.
said at 11:00 PM on Tue Sep 27 2011
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I don't get why everyone loves Sam Witwer's performance as Sidious so much, I think he sounds horrible, he doesn't even make an effort to sound a thing like Ian McDiarmid and hardly fits the character on his own merits. His voice is more fitting for Starkiller than it is for Sidious.

Nick Jameson I think does the best job here, he sounds like Ian while sounding different enough to make the role his own. He sounds the way Sidious manipulative self should sound like.

Ian Abercrombie sounds alright, pretty fitting from what I hear but kind of hard to judge with the effects added to it.

Clive Revill sounds decent, but far too generic in the role. I do sort of like it but at the same time I can see why it never caught on when compared to Ian McDiarmid's performance in the sequel.

McDiarmid of course is the best Sidious overall, but as far as voice acting goes, I'm giving this one to Nick Jameson.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:43 AM on Wed Sep 28 2011
@Metabad Its not a voice actors job to try to sound like the person that came before him or played him in real life!!! Sam Witwer is the clear winner on this one, not sure what you're are hearing when you listen to him but he easily fits the character! I think you are confusing what real voice acting is all about - its not about trying to impersonate those who did the voice before you!!
said at 5:08 AM on Wed Sep 28 2011
@OptimusSolo I think you missed the part where I said that he hardly fits the character on his own merits, by that I meant on his own when not compared to the previous performances.

As far as fitting the character goes, I suppose that is only a matter of opinion but I REALLY don't think he fits the character, when I play his clip I hear a deep and far too young sounding voice trying too hard, or perhaps not trying hard enough to sound old and decrepit.

Again, imitating who came before him was not my sole argument. It might seem that way but it was not. Heck, the reason I like Nick Jameson is because yes while he does make a good effort to sound like McDiarmid he has a bit of a higher tone to his voice and his performance really made the role his own.

On another note I'm a bit offended that you said that I was confused about what real voice acting was all about, as I have been interested in voice acting for quite a while, looked into it, and even voice acted before in a flash animation and an RPG game that both sadly never got off the ground. I know its not all about impersonating others, you definitely have to work to make the performance your own. However on the other hand plenty of voice actors can sound very similar to those that came before them with great degrees of success such as Jim Cummings, Frank Welker, Billy West, etc.

I'm sure there have been voice actors before that have been praised for roles that you've certainly disliked.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 12:48 AM on Thu Sep 29 2011
@Metabad Wasn't meaning to offend at all but your comments did in fact make it seem like you would only appreciate those who sounded just like or close to McDiarmid. Sorry if that's not how you meant it but just try to be more clear next time :) - Of course impersonators can be highly successful as there is always a need to 'carry on' certain voices after others can't. But all of those actors you listed also have an uncanny ability to create original voices/characters as well.
said at 1:29 PM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@Metabad I second that sound the least McDiarmidish to me. Good but not McDiarmid or Abercombie good. Same with Nick.
said at 11:07 PM on Sun Jul 7 2013
@pete *Witwer. I had to rush because I was in a hurry.
said at 1:41 PM on Wed Sep 21 2011
Also, i found out the name of woman who weared played palpatine in phycical form in Star Wars IV. Her name is Elaine Baker (Found it at Wikipedia).
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:00 AM on Thu Sep 22 2011
@StarShooter this is pretty common knowledge to most star wars fans but thanks for sharing :)
said at 12:16 PM on Tue Sep 20 2011
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Normally Ian McDiarmid would take my vote, but too bad he is not here, so Clive Revill gets it, though i like Nick Jameson too. Ian Abercrombie is unfortuanley the worst in my opinon, with Sam Witwer taking third place.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:51 PM on Mon May 30 2011
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It's between Clive Revill and Sam Witwer for me.
said at 10:25 PM on Fri Nov 19 2010
I had checked while doing this, said games just used archive audio of Ian from ROTJ, specifically his laugh.

Which, I didn't think archive audio counted.
said at 10:47 PM on Fri Mar 4 2011
@Cypo Ian Mcdiarmid voiced him in the game version of Revenge of the Sith so he should be on here.
said at 9:41 PM on Sat Mar 5 2011
@pete No he didn't. Ian only appears in the ROTS game via cutscenes taken from the movie, while Nick Jameson (who is above on this list) did him in the actual gameplay and alternate "dark" ending.
said at 4:54 PM on Wed Apr 6 2011
@Cypo He dubbed him over for the rereleae of ROTJ so he should be on here
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 5:22 PM on Wed Apr 6 2011
@pete No he did not. He never 'dubbed' the voice. They shot NEW footage with him physically in the role, hence he was the actual actor in those scenes and NOT doing voice work!
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 12:11 AM on Wed Nov 17 2010
One problem this is for VOICE ACTORS not real life actors so sorry prgii
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 8:20 PM on Mon Nov 15 2010
Sam Witwer is a clear winner here although I do love the old Revill voice as well.
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Who do you think has been the best from these Emperor Palpatine / Darth Sidious voice actors?
Clive Revill
Nick Jameson
Ian Abercrombie
Sam Witwer
Tim Curry
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