Ken Masters
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Ken Masters

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

Ken is the best friend of Ryu. In contrast to his serious partner, Ken is laidback, cool, and fun-loving.
Created by Pokejedservo on Sep 6 2009
Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (1995)
Ken MastersEddie Frierson
Eddie Frierson
Street Fighter (1995)
Ken MastersScott McNeil
Scott McNeil
Street Fighter II V (1997)
Ken MastersSteve Apostolina
Steve Apostolina
Street Fighter Alpha: The Movie (2001)
Ken MastersSteve Blum
Steve Blum
Street Fighter Alpha Generations (2005)
Ken MastersSteve Cassling
Steve Cassling
Street Fighter IV (2009)
Ken MastersReuben Langdon
Reuben Langdon


Yes folks at last I can finally do a Voice Compare on the known Ken Masters, the more jovial of the two original "Shotos" of Fighting games.

We shall start this off with one of my favorite VAs namely Scott McNeil whom voiced Ken in the American Street Fighter Animated series. I know that the show is not exactly a fan favorite but while it did have its fair share of supporters it of course had its fair share of detractors as well but I always did have a soft spot for this performance.

(But then again this is the first time I remembered on how I was able to pleasantly recognize a voice as back then in the late 90's when I was watching the show I recognized the fact that Ken sounded like Proto Man from the American Mega Man series. And not too long afterwards when I started to get into using the Internet and learn more about Voice talent I soon saw why among various other things.)

But still I've always did enjoyed Scott McNeil's handiwork as Ken as it did fit Ken's rather playful personality (that can go serious when the situation calls for it as well.) And unlike his more serious White Gi Wearing Japanese counterpart Ryu, Ken had different English VAs throughout each of his Anime appearances.

In the highly renowned Fan Favorite film Street Fighter 2 the Animated Movie he was voiced by VA Eddie Frierson. I admit in retrospection this was a bit of a surprise but fortunately it turns out he was a rather suitable choice for the role as he too was able to capture more of his playful and serious sides well.

And for his other English Anime Dub VA's we will be seeing a trio of Steves here.

The first Steve we will mention here is VA Steve Apostolina (whom I heard is his actual name since he like many other Californian VAs have a history of using aliases). And well to be blunt this Steve's Ken was one of the better performances in II V's American English dub as he too does a good job at capturing Ken's persona well.

And for the next Steve which is easily the most known of the 3 Steves here is Steve Blum as Ken in the Street Fighter Alpha the Movie. Steve Blum was definitely a good choice that was definitely fitting Ken well and was one of the better performances in that movie.

The 3rd Steve is VA Steve "Tetsuzaemon Iba" Cassling in Street Fighter Alpha Generations and well this one is not as good as the others. I am not calling Steve Cassling a bad VA and his work here is not really bad but it seemed kind of off at first compared to the others here. (But to be fair Ken had a relatively small serious role in that movie didn't help either.)

And last but certainly not the least is his current VA Reuben "Current Dante" Langdon whom voiced him in the Street Fighter 4 game and anime. And alike most of the aforementioned VAs here Reuben was a definite natural in this role as well.

Overall I think all of them (except for Steve Cassling) were rather good for the role.



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said at 5:33 PM on Tue Nov 1 2016
 1 Shout Out!
1. Reuben Langdon
2. Steve Blum
3. Eddie Frierson
4. Steve Apostolina
said at 5:20 PM on Wed Jun 22 2016
 1 Shout Out!
1. Reuben Langdon
2. Eddie Frierson
3. Steve Apostolina
4. Steve Blum
5. Steve Cassling
6. Scott McNeil
said at 3:23 PM on Wed Mar 9 2016
 1 Shout Out!
1) Reuben Langdon
2) Steve Blum
3) Eddie Frierson
4) Scott McNeil
5) Steve Apostolina
6) Steve Cassling

Ken Masters: he is essentially the Red Oni to Ryu's Blue, fittingly enough; I would've said Akuma, but I digress. Anyway, I feel as if Reuben "Dante" Langdon is the best out of all the VAs who portrayed Ken alongside Yuji Kishi, and his performance is a highlight for the English voice acting in SFIV. Blum and Eddie are also really good, and I can see the former working just fine for this character outside of the Alpha continuity. Scott's not too bad ("Oh Guile, that color is YOU!"), but as for the other two, I'm not crazy about them to say the least.
said at 11:58 AM on Tue Mar 31 2015
1) Scott McNeil
2) Steve Apostolina
3) Steve Blum
4) Reuben Langdon
5) Eddie Frierson
6) Steve Cassling
said at 12:04 PM on Tue Mar 31 2015
1) Scott McNeil
2) Reuben Langdon
3) Steve Apostolina
4) Steve Blum
5) Eddie Frierson
6) Steve Cassling
said at 6:18 AM on Mon Apr 13 2015
@Starscreamsfan Lawl Apostolina is top three now?(he's my vote), I thought he did a good blend of youthfulness goofiness and seriousness, I know everyone else hates Cassling but it could be the material he's saddled with there were some point I know he could do better, Eddie Frierson was too over the top goofy for my side in a more serious material, Scott I can understand since the cartoon was pretty goofy to start with but not so much with Eddie
said at 7:12 AM on Mon Apr 13 2015
@HienFan As I said, I'm a big fan of the 1994 live-action film and the 1995 cartoon, and I personally think McNeil and Langdon gave the best performances.

Apostolina and Blum work for their version.

Frierson was good, it's just that, like everyone else in the anime movie, his performance is ruined by the extremely awful dialogue that movie had.

Cassling is almost the same as Frierson: awful dialogue and even more awful material ruins his performance. Maybe he could do better, but I still feel that he was a miscast.
said at 8:16 AM on Mon Apr 13 2015
@Starscreamsfan Considering Cassling has limited roles it's hard to tell how he's like as a voice actor to be fair
said at 8:24 AM on Mon Apr 13 2015
@HienFan Well, that's true.
said at 12:14 PM on Tue Mar 17 2015
Wow, tbh Reuben Langon is the only voice I actually liked. The others dont really seem the right fit for his personality.
said at 9:44 AM on Mon May 5 2014
McNeil is great as Ken. He definetly sounds like the arrogant black sheep of the Street Fighters. And the clip is taken from one of the best Ken and Ryu episodes. That being said, I also tend to like Steve Blum, mainly due to the cool attitude in which he plays Ken on that clip.
said at 7:52 AM on Wed May 7 2014

My Top 5:

1) Scott McNeil
2) Steve Blum
3) Reuben Langdon
4) Eddie Frierson
5) Steve Apostolina
said at 9:50 AM on Tue Sep 17 2013
I generally prefer the dub from Street Fighter II V that I will say
I take Steve Apostolina
2 Steve Blum
3 Reuben
4 Cassling
5 Scott
6 Eddie the cartoon's very funny but the voices not so much
said at 11:20 AM on Wed Nov 13 2013
@HienFan Opps switch out 5 and 6, still Reuben is one of the few SF4 voices I like
said at 3:41 AM on Thu Feb 26 2015
@HienFan Actually switch Scott and Steve Cassling, Steve sounds kinda awkward
said at 3:48 AM on Thu Feb 26 2015
@HienFan 1 Apostolina
2 Blum
3 Reuben
4 Scott- he does sound pretty funny
5 Cassling
6 Eddie
said at 7:36 PM on Fri Aug 9 2013
I think Reuben is most like the character, even if it's basically his Dante voice. Scott McNeil and Steve Blum are runner-ups; I particularly like how different their Kens were in comparison to their other character voices, I probably would've never guessed either of those clips were them in the first place! Eddie Frierson was pretty good too, if a bit too chappy and smart-alecky. The other two Steves weren't quite miscast, but they could've been a LOT better.

In short, my picks would have to be:

#1 Reuben Langdon
#2 Scott McNeil
#3 Steve Blum
#4 Eddie Frierson
#5 Steve Apostolina
#6 Steve Cassling
said at 8:35 AM on Sun Jan 27 2013
Reuben Langdon owned the role.
said at 1:26 AM on Thu Nov 29 2012
Eddie, Steve A, Scott, Steve Blum, Reuben, Steve C
said at 1:31 AM on Thu Mar 8 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
Steve Blum and Reuben Langdon are my favorites.
Belial Edge
said at 7:44 PM on Tue Nov 1 2011
Is it me, or does Rueben Langdon as Ken and Dante pave way for him being a good Kyou Kusanagi if given time?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:15 PM on Tue Nov 1 2011
@Belial Edge Hmm, now that you mention it, Reuben would be a pretty good Kyo. I have always imagined him being a good Robert too.
Belial Edge
said at 7:19 PM on Thu Nov 3 2011
@NCZ Huh, Robert. Now that's nice as well.
said at 10:10 PM on Thu Oct 6 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Well after watching all the Street Fighter anime I have to give it to Jimmy Theodore aka Steve Apostolina. Really captured his personality well, showed a lot of good emotional range.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:03 PM on Sat Aug 14 2010
 1 Shout Out!
I like Steven Jay Blum, Eddie Frierson, Scott McNeil, and Reuben Langdon the best.
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