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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Akuma with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Street Fighter

Akuma is the younger brother of Ryu's master, Gouken. His only desire is to fight strong opponents, and uses a fighting style intended for assassination.
Created by Pokejedservo on Jul 17 2009
Street Fighter (1995)
AkumaDale Wilson
Dale Wilson
Street Fighter (1995)
AkumaDavid Kaye
David Kaye
Street Fighter Alpha: The Movie (2001)
AkumaKeith Burgess
Keith Burgess
Street Fighter IV (2009)
AkumaDave Mallow
Dave Mallow


Akuma the infamous master of the Dark Hadou, while some of us may want to question his "mastery" in other skills he has always been known as one of the most menacing fighters in the series.

In the American Street Fighter series he was only in 2 episodes and had a different VA in each one. In the first one we have VA Dale Wilson as Akuma in "Strange Bedfellows", while his Akuma voice was for the most part altered there is a scene in which it wasn't and its for the the most part its his Perfect Cell voice. (Which seems kind of awkward, but the modified voice only sounds somewhat better.)

Dale Wilson did seem kind of miscast as Akuma but a more egregious example of that came in the 2nd Akuma episode "The World's Greatest Warrior" where he is voiced by David Kaye. Kaye is a perfectly fine VA but he seemed really miscast in this one as while I won't bash Richard Newman's handiwork this seems more fitting on Bison than Akuma for sure.

In both of the Street Fighter Alpha anime we have somewhat known Manga Entertainment VA Keith Burgess handling the role. He does give it a good shot in trying to do a deep menacing tone for Akuma, its not perfect but it is some of Keith's best handiwork.

And last but not least we have VA Dave Mallow voicing Akuma in SF4, while I can understand why he would do a tough gravelly voice its not deep enough. I don't think Dave's Akuma voice was that bad but its not his best handiwork either.

And so to me well known of these 4 voices are a seemingly perfect fit to me but I think the closest one to that is Keith Burgess though.



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said at 5:38 PM on Tue Nov 1 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Tomomichi Nishimura
2. Taketora
3. Keith Burgess
4. Dave Mallow
said at 8:06 PM on Sun Apr 10 2016
1. Tomomichi Nishimura
2. Keith Burgess/Taketora
3. Dave Mallow (MVC3)
4. David Kaye
5. Dale Wilson is
Hanzo Gamagori
said at 3:31 AM on Thu Dec 10 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Dale Wilson and David Kaye were both miscast (like most of the voices in that cartoon). I liked Dave Mallow only for a couple of minutes when I heard him for the first time, but soon thereafter, the more I listened to him, the more I realise how unfitting his voice is, and I thought "how could I like that voice at all?". It's not that much bad voice and he did improved a little in MVC3, but still it's not good enough. Keith Burgess's voice is IMO the only one I can develop liking and the only good among them and easily dominates them all, but it's still far from perfect. Nonetheless, I'm still waiting for Christopher Sabat or John Burgmeier (with his Nuova Shenron voice) to voice Akuma at some point, but that's just my opinion.
said at 8:37 PM on Wed Dec 9 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
None of them are quite perfect imo, but Keith definitely has the strongest performance here.

I'd like to hear Neil Kaplan take a shot at this role.
Shaun Ince
said at 8:00 PM on Wed Dec 9 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
I can't really get behind any of these English voices for Akuma. Though if I had to pick one person in this poll it would be Keith Burgess. I think he gets the closest to how Akuma should sound. Dale Wilson is hugely miscast. Same with David Kaye. Mallow sounds very forced, & even though he did get better in MVC3, I'm not a huge fan of his voice for Akuma.
said at 3:17 PM on Wed Nov 16 2016
@Shaun Ince I'd say David Kaye was more misdirected than miscast. I could honestly see him pulling of the role very well.
said at 10:43 PM on Sat Sep 19 2015
Keith's voice matches how I view Akuma's character perfectly: a mostly silent, mysterious warrior who only desires an honorable fight to the death like he was in SF2/Alpha.
said at 5:27 AM on Wed Apr 29 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Heard the episode Dale was in, his actual voice was okay
1 Keith
2 David
3 Dale
4 Dave- sooooo daaaaarrrrrrk and edgy what could possibly go wrong?
said at 12:18 PM on Tue Mar 31 2015
1) David Kaye
2) Dale Wilson
3) Dave Mallow
4) Keith Burgess
said at 2:38 PM on Tue Mar 17 2015
Who the **** thought Akuma should have a british accent?! Wilson is all wrong for Akuma
said at 11:33 PM on Tue Jan 27 2015
1 David Kaye
2 Keith Burgress
3 Dave Mallow
4 Dale Wilson
said at 4:11 PM on Sun Jul 6 2014
The guy that recorded the Dale Wilson clip should've included his voice for the false Akuma. Sure, it wasn't the real thing, but it was still featured loads more in that episode than the real Akuma's voice, and it would make for a much fairer comparison to hear more of the false voice along with the real voice.
said at 5:43 AM on Tue Sep 9 2014
@Bauglir100 I agree with you there
said at 2:49 PM on Tue Jun 24 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Dave Mallow is my favorite
said at 10:29 AM on Mon May 5 2014
Dale Wilson used two voices for Akuma, if you see the episode. The one in the clip is the high-pitched voice. The second season Akuma sounds more like Richard Newman rather than David Kaye.
said at 2:23 PM on Fri Mar 28 2014
 4 Shout Outs!
Dale Wilson: For Akuma, he was quite honestly miscast. I wholeheartedly did NOT think that that affably evil tone suited him. It certainly isn't a terrible villain-esque voice, but definitely not spectacular either... nor average.

David Kaye: With a properly-handled script and all-around better voice direction, David could've made for a grandiose Dark Hadou master. But, uhhh.... "I am superior... TO ALL MEN!" I think that infamous quote speaks for itself.

Dave Mallow: I appreciate much of his roles, especially Commander Amarao and the Anti-Spiral. Dave's performance as Akuma? I find myself a bit polarized: while he can pull off that powerful, gritty style adequately enough, the latter sounds CONTRIVED. Thankfully, I have no issues with Dave on Marvel vs. Capcom 3 vanilla and its update...

I suppose Keith Burgess is the clear victor, IMHO. Even without those slight effects that I noticed in his clip (not quite sure if the rest of y'all realized or anything), he can produce a nigh-perfect Akuma voice. Ominous, robust, and also depraved; that's EXACTLY what I got from Keith's performance.

On a side note, Tomomichi Nishimura is also responsible for making Akuma/Gouki (the latter being his original name, of course) iconic. Particularly speaking, his handiwork in the Street Fighter III series and the Capcom vs. SNK crossover are honorable mentions!
said at 12:28 PM on Sat Aug 10 2013
...Was Dale Wilson being serious with that performance? I'll admit it's not the worst villain voice I've ever heard, but it's a horrible Akuma voice. :-/ David Kaye is much more fitting for the role, even if it's not too different from his other villain voices. Dave Mallow isn't half bad either, though his acting, while better than Wilson's or Kaye's, is still questionable, and he sounds pretty forced at times.

Keith Burgess easily blows everyone else outta the water here.
said at 9:16 PM on Fri May 17 2013
Personally I thought Burgess worked best as his younger self ("Gouki") in Generations. His "Akuma" didn't transfer well, where it was his more typical appearance (Burgess' original performance was as a towering, statue-esque monstrosity and otherwise cameo fodder).

Mallow, meanwhile, really got into it later on. He was downright nasty come SFxT.
said at 7:32 PM on Mon Jan 21 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
Despite sounding a bit over the top Dave Mallow is the most fitting IMO because he sounds like he's consumed with rage and blood lust, the others sound too composed. IMO Akuma/Gouki should sound like someone who will Raging Demon you if you speak to him the wrong way Dave Mallow is the only one who pulls this off IMO.
said at 9:02 AM on Tue Dec 18 2012
 4 Shout Outs!
I personally don't like Dave Mallow as Akuma. I thought the voice is too raspy and old sounding for my taste. I imagined him with a deeper voice with a little gravel in it, but not so much gravel. I feel that Keith Burgess is the best English Akuma, while Tomomichi Nishimura is the best Japanese Akuma. Taketora is good but I like Tomomichi Nishimura better.
said at 1:27 AM on Thu Nov 29 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Keith, Dave, David, Dale.
said at 7:58 AM on Fri Jun 22 2012
Keith... just, Keith hands down.
Dark Kuja
said at 1:52 PM on Tue Feb 7 2012
This may sound weird, but I think Vic Mignogna would make a pretty good voice for Akuma.

If you've seen Yu Yu Hakusho, think Bui, with hints of Broly.

said at 12:43 PM on Wed Apr 11 2012
@Dark Kuja nope
said at 6:51 AM on Sun Dec 2 2012
@Dark Kuja I honestly would agree with you there Vic Mignogna would probably be a great akuma sometimes when he uses his Broly style voice I would mistake him for Peter Lurie(the current Sabretooth) who also would probably be a damn good akuma as well
said at 6:49 AM on Thu Jan 3 2013
@SLEDGERAID ........ Yeah I could see Peter Lurie as Akuma. Another choice would be Fred Tatasciore.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 9:27 PM on Tue Jan 10 2012
I honestly don't like any of them, they just all bug me in some way.

By the way, does anyone else think that Jim Cummings would make for a pretty good Akuma?
said at 12:44 PM on Wed Apr 11 2012
@Nightmare Crusher You do know they are all directed to sound like you hear them, right?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:28 PM on Wed Apr 11 2012
@Yeah, so is just about every acting performance EVER! What does that have to do with anything? If I don't like it I don't like it.
said at 12:11 AM on Thu Jul 19 2012
@Nightmare Crusher Either him or Fred Tatasciore. Peter Cullen wouldn't be a bad choice either. Jim however can just do anything XD.
said at 9:08 PM on Wed Mar 4 2015
@Nightmare Crusher Doubt that Cummings would work non-union.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:47 AM on Sat Mar 7 2015
@Caley It's hypothetical, doesn't matter.
said at 5:36 PM on Mon Dec 26 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Burgess without a doubt, but David Kaye did do a pretty different take of the character. Wilson's while not poorly acted sounded to campy and unthreatening. And Dave Mallow is a 50/50 balance of intimidating and hammy over acting.
said at 7:58 PM on Wed Dec 7 2011
 1 Shout Out!
1. Keith Burgess
2. Dave "Commander Amarao" Mallow
3. David Kaye
4. Dale Wilson (is he just saying part of his Perfect Cell voice or something?)

So let me say this, all and all: Keith Burgess is no doubt one of the best Akuma/Gouki voices you will EVER hear in English. That gravelly tone is just... OHHH!!! Other than the likes of Tomomichi Nishimura or Taketora, I'm tempted to say that Mr. Burgess (who does a rather good job as Chinko Drill in the psychotic trip Dead Leaves) is almost a true od at performing such an act.

As for Dave Mallow, I can agree to NCZ's opinion that he has improved around MvC3... but to my hearing skills, it's as if Mallow only improved just slightly. He's definitely alright on his own; however, I still hear that demonic Cookie Monster on some points. It's safe to say Mallow has had better roles, including the aforementioned Commander Amarao from FLCL.

And Kaye and Wilson... I honestly don't feel like wasting my breath on any of the two. David Kaye gets credit for using an appropriate amount of gruffness, but it's somewhat smug and (as NCZ pointed out) Megatron-ish. Dale Wilson loses all originality just for using a voice that looks like it doesn't fit this demon at all. {shrugs}

"I AM superior... to all men!"
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:34 PM on Mon Jun 13 2011
Keith Burgess is the best. Dave Mallow wasn't too good in Street Fighter IV, but he improved in MVC3.

David Kaye was certainly deep enough, but too smug and Megatron-ish. Dale Wilson just doesn't fit at all.
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