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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Brainiac with sound clips and images.
Brainiac is an extraterrestrial android from the planet Colu, but in some other forms of media Brainiac is from Krypton. Brainiac is a primary enemy of Superman and with his 12th level intellect is one of the most intelligent beings in the Universe. Even if destroyed he always returns since he has backup copies of himself and has the ability to transfer his consciousness.
Created by Jackson_H on Sat Feb 13 2010, 68 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to Foxwolf, NCZ, UltimateCharm, TylerMirage for additional sound clips.
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Challenge of the Super Friends (1978)
BrainiacTed Cassidy
Ted Cassidy
The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984)
BrainiacStanley Ralph Ross
Stanley Ralph Ross
Superman: The Animated Series (1996)
BrainiacCorey Burton
Corey Burton
Superman: Brainiac Attacks (2006)
BrainiacLance Henriksen
Lance Henriksen
Justice League Heroes (2006)
BrainiacPeter Jessop
Peter Jessop
The New Adventures of Superman (1966)
BrainiacUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor
Superman: Red Son (2009)
BrainiacCindy Robinson
Cindy Robinson
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)
BrainiacRichard McGonagle
Richard McGonagle
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (2012)
BrainiacTroy Baker
Troy Baker
Superman: The Man of Steel (2002)
BrainiacEric Francis
Eric Francis
Superman: Unbound (2013)
BrainiacJohn Noble
John Noble

EDITOR'S OPINION

All these voice actors for the most part had a good voice for Brainiac. My personal favorite voice is by Corey Burton.


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LordofEvil96
said at 6:07 AM on Thu Nov 6 2014
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I think McGonagle deserves a second chance to voice Brainiac with his General Grevious voice.
Slick
said at 3:52 PM on Sun Nov 9 2014
Yes he does.
Slick
said at 6:28 PM on Fri Oct 24 2014
Please give Corey Burton's Brainiac the 1st picture it had back.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 7:49 PM on Sun Oct 26 2014
@Slick The first pic wasn't from Superman TAS, it was from JL.
Slick
said at 2:04 PM on Thu Oct 23 2014
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Maybe Jim Cummings and Jeff Bennett should voice Brainiac in the future.
Archerboy58
said at 2:10 PM on Thu Oct 23 2014
@Slick i could see both of them
Slick
said at 6:28 PM on Fri Oct 24 2014
I'm glad you agree.
Lpfan120
said at 10:39 AM on Thu Jul 17 2014
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It seems in Lego Batman 3 we will be getting Dee Baker as Brainiac
HyperVoiceActing
said at 3:59 PM on Tue Sep 9 2014
@Lpfan120 - As much as I enjoy Dee, I can already tell from the trailers he's a MASSIVE miscast.
Ross123
said at 10:33 AM on Thu Jul 17 2014
Despite voicing Brainiac in a crap movie, I'm giving my vote to Lance as I thought he did a really great job in the role.

Corey isn't my favourite here but instead he's 2nd favourite.

John is 3rd as there was something really enjoyable about his take.

Peter, Eric, Richard, Stanley & Troy all did good jobs.

Cindy having her voice altered was just cool. And to think a woman voicing Brainiac was a bad idea, proved me wrong.

Ted & The Unknown Voice Actor were just awful in every way, shape & form.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:32 AM on Thu Feb 27 2014
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Corey Burton is the best Brainiac. His voice was so awesome for him.

Peter Jessop sounds quite close to Corey so he's definitely good.

John Noble sounds pretty intelligent and menacing.

Lance Henrikson was pretty good in the role, but that movie stunk.

Cindy Robinson having her voice altered like that sounds really creepy.

Based on his Cell, I wonder if Dameon Clarke would be a good Brainiac.
Archerboy58
said at 4:14 PM on Tue Dec 24 2013
Corey Burton is the best. but i also liked Ted Cassidy, Stanley Ralph Ross, Lance Henriksen, Peter Jessop, and Eric Francis. Troy Baker and John Nobel were okay. the rest were bad
WoodstockProd
said at 9:06 PM on Fri Jan 24 2014
@Archerboy58 no love for John Noble?
Archerboy58
said at 4:27 PM on Sat Jan 25 2014
@WoodstockProd i said he was okay
Lion's Edge
said at 8:10 AM on Sat Dec 21 2013
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...Tie between John Noble and Corey Burton for me. Both played Brainiac BRILLIANTLY and choosing a superior Brainiac between the two is too hard! As for someone who I think could play a great Brainiac...

What about David Kaye?
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 9:04 AM on Sat Dec 21 2013
@Lion's Edge David Kaye doing well in cold, calculating villain roles like this is pretty much a given. ;)
Lion's Edge
said at 10:14 AM on Sat Dec 21 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy Yeah! I'd love to hear something similar to his Apocalypse used for Brainiac.

David Kaye is just kickass for these kinds of roles...
Polyester Funk
said at 12:33 AM on Thu Feb 27 2014
@Lion's Edge Yeah, I think David Kaye would be a great Brainiac. He is playing JARVIS on Avengers Assemble so just imagine him evil.
skeletonking1234
said at 7:05 AM on Wed Oct 22 2014
@Lion's Edge I personally think Crispin Freeman would be perfect.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 2:59 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
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1. Corey Burton - The definitive Brainiac. Manages to sound monotone yet still have power and conviction in his voice. That's hard to pull off.
2. Peter Jessop - A bit softer, but almost identical to Burton's take.
3. John Noble - His performance is like Burton's but with a deep voice and slightly more emotion.
4. Cindy Robinson - A woman's voice digitally deepened makes Brainiac sound VERY creepy!
5. Stanley Ralph Ross - The first great voice Brainiac ever had. His voice and performance is memorable.
6. Lance Henrikson - Sounds appropriate at some points, but at others he just sounds bored and stiff.
7. Richard McGonnagle - Okay for what he is.
8. Troy Baker - Sorry, but I don't imagine Brainiac should sound like Van Kleiss.
9. Eric Francis - I sense little passion in this performance, and the filter sounds awful.
10. Ted Cassidy - Sounds like a generic dumb bad guy rather than a super genius.
11. UVA - Wait, that's Bizzaro, not Brainiac!
Zekewars010
said at 5:51 AM on Tue Oct 1 2013
1. Corey Burton

2. Cindy Robinson

3. Troy Baker
Lpfan120
said at 5:58 PM on Fri Jul 12 2013
1. Corey
2. John
3. Lance
4. Peter
allthingsuper
said at 4:02 PM on Fri Jun 7 2013
Corey. Lance and John Noble both do good work, but Corey Burton was born to play Brainiac.
Silence
said at 6:54 PM on Thu May 23 2013
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Ted Cassidy: It's the same voice he used for Black Manta minus the vocal effects. While his Black Manta voice was passable, the voice just doesn't work for Brainiac.

Stanley Ralph Ross: Much better than Ted, but nothing fantastic.

Corey Burton: Where do I begin?! The voice is perfect, while it is monotone, Corey knows how to make monotone awesome! The voice just perfectly suits Brainiac and he gets my vote!

Lance Henriksen: He was a good substitute for Corey, but why was his potential wasted in a movie like Brainiac Attacks?! He would have fared better in another form of media and it's a shame his performance is overshadowed by how much that movie sucked.

Peter Jessop: He's very very close to Corey. It reminds me of Albert Wesker (who he ironically also voiced) and it's just awesome to hear him voice Brainiac.

Unknown Voice Actor: Ehhh, no. It actually sounds like Bizarro.

Cindy Robinson: I know this was mostly modified, but this was very good!

Richard McGonagle: While some can make Brainiac's monotone awesome, unfortunately it's not the case with McGonagle. I know he can do better.

Troy Baker: Nothing special, I know he can do better as well.

Eric Francis: The voice isn't bad, but the constant pauses kind of hinder it.

John Noble: I like the slight diabolical tone he gives to Brainiac. he and Peter are neck and neck for second place.
skeletonking1234
said at 6:47 PM on Thu May 23 2013
Ted Cassidy- he has a deep calculating voice, the only problem is the voices sounds too deep and gruff to really find serious. 5/10
Stanley Ralph Ross- He gets down the calculating voice better than Cassidy and isn't as deep and gruff, but theres just something off about his performance to me and I don't know what it is. it's not bad though. 5.5/10
Corey Burton- What can I say? Burton not only took one of Supermans best villains and gave him a great voice, but gave him a fantastic personality, and it is one of Burtons best roles. 9/10
Lance Henriksen- While it isn't nearly the same as Corey, Henriksen has a great voice for the character, and he did a great job in the film. I thought his voice surprisingly fit well for Braniac. 8/10
Peter Jessop- Basically a Burton impression, but he did a top notch job at impersonating Burton, but it makes you wish Burton did the role again. 7.5/10
Unknown Voice Actor- Theres almost nothing I can say about the performance except the fact that it sounds like caveman like speech more than it does a intelligent robot. 1/10
Cindy Robinson- While I find it strange they got a woman to do Braniac, they edited her voice enough to make her sound decent in the role. I just feel her voice sounds a little too slow at points, and her voice does sound too monotone I think and sounds very boring to me. It's not a horrible performance, just not as memorable as some other performances. 4.5/10
Richard Mcgongale- Mcgongale could've done so much better I think. If they did the General Grievous effect they did in the 2003 Clone Wars series, I feel it would've worked better. 5/10
Troy Baker- The two lines seem very inconsistent and there isn't much to go off of as of yet for Braniac, so there isn't much to say. But Troy did a great job on the second line and I would like to see what he can do in the future. 8/10
Eric Francis- It isn't horrible I just feel it is waaaay to heavily edited and the actor sounds a little too calm and non emotional. Burton had the right mix of both same with Jessop, not too calm but not too non emotional. Francis just doesn't stand out among the crowd. 5.5/10
John Noble- His voice sounds very deep and gruff, but not as bad as Cassidy, and I do like the performance, I just feel the voice sounds too menacing for Braniac. 6.5/10

Overall I'll have to go with Burton on this one, with Henriksen at a 2nd place and Troy at a 3rd. but I would like to see what Troy could do with the role in the future.
Starscreamsfan
said at 10:07 PM on Fri May 24 2013
@skeletonking1234 Cassidy's voice is inconsistent. The voice clip is from episode 15. If you hear Brainiac in episode 3 of Challenge of the Super Friends, you'll notice the change.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 6:28 PM on Mon May 20 2013
Corey Burton and John Noble are tied for me, for the reasons others have stated below.

However, knowing Corey's range he could do the exact same thing that John did except better, only at the risk of sounding a little close to his Hugo Strange/Christopher Lee impression.

Yeah, Corey Burton pretty much owns this role however you slice it, but John Noble did a good job. Honorable mention for Peter Jossip, he was good too.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 7:21 AM on Mon May 20 2013
Tie between John and Corey.
pete
said at 3:51 PM on Sun May 19 2013
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Honestly it depends on the version of Brainiac with me. Corey and Peter is good as a evil emotionless machine while John is good as the one true Brainac who is more like a DC version of Galactus. I hear John in the graphic novel more than I do Corey. I'll make them my top 3.
pete
said at 3:41 PM on Mon May 20 2013
@pete are good
Anicomicgeek
said at 1:06 AM on Fri May 17 2013
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Sticking with Corey Burton, but John Noble is a close second.
Starscreamsfan
said at 6:32 PM on Sat May 4 2013
Even though Ted Cassidy's Brainiac was great, I have to give this one to Stanley Ross. Mainly because Cassidy's Brainiac started with an awesome, Dr. Claw-ish sounding Brainiac, to the somewhat generic brute voice that is present on the clip. Ross is more consistent.
Ethan
said at 6:27 PM on Wed Apr 10 2013
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Definitely Corey Burton! That guy is a genius voice actor
VctrBnsn
said at 4:06 PM on Fri Mar 22 2013
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Corey Burton FTW. Lance and Peter would be better if there material didn't suck, Heck, Lance may have been just as good as Corey if it weren't for that.
VctrBnsn
said at 10:11 AM on Thu Apr 18 2013
@VctrBnsn Eric Francis isn't bad either.
VctrBnsn
said at 10:04 AM on Fri May 17 2013
@VctrBnsn John Noble is probably second to Corey Burton to me.
GerPer92
said at 7:11 AM on Tue Feb 19 2013
Why nobody likes Lance? :(
He sounded pretty intimidating.
Metabad
said at 12:24 AM on Mon Feb 25 2013
@GerPer92 I personally LOVE Lance Henriksen in almost everything he's been in, but from what I've heard the movie he was in didn't give him the best material to work with.

Maybe he'd get more recognition if he reprised the role in something else, maybe something more accurate or something that doesn't involve the animated series design. But then again I haven't really seen the movie myself so...yeah.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 6:44 AM on Sun Mar 10 2013
@GerPer92 His delivery was off and didn't feel very robotic. Not his fault, though.
Anicomicgeek
said at 6:33 AM on Mon Mar 11 2013
@GerPer92

IMO, I think a lot of it has to do with theoverall quality of Brainiac Attacks, since that wasn't a good movie and the fact that--despite not being in canon with S: TAS--the return of the S: TAS cast outside of Corey Burton (and Clancy Brown and Lisa Edelstein). I don't think Lance is bad, but Brainiac Attacks wasn't a good movie.
Comicfan117
said at 9:52 AM on Sun Nov 17 2013
@Anicomicgeek So in basis good performance. Bad movie.
Anicomicgeek
said at 6:00 PM on Mon Nov 18 2013
@Comicfan117

More or less, yeah, or at least that's that's how I view it.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:39 PM on Thu Feb 7 2013
Oh man, this is tough. Other than Corey and Lance, the others just don't do it for me. I think I'll have to go with Lance on this one.
Lpfan120
said at 11:42 AM on Thu Jan 3 2013
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You know what's pretty cool about Burton's Brainiac? That's how he naturally sounds. Can you imagine him going through a Dunkin Donuts drive-thru and the person working there hearing Brainiac order coffee
coolgeek176
said at 12:03 AM on Sun Nov 4 2012
Corey Burton without a doubt. Peter is second in my book and Lance Henrikson was good too he just needs to voice him in a better movie or tv show.
Toady_12
said at 1:01 PM on Wed Aug 15 2012
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I'm going with Corey Burton but Cindy Robinson really impresses me as Brainiac
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:59 PM on Sat Jul 21 2012
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1. Corey Burton- Kinda hard to argue that Corey wasn't awesome. That calm robotci voice really has that "machine that doesn't think what he's doing is wrong" deal. Calm yet menacing, a good example of Corey's work.

2. Peter Jessop- A lot like Corey's, calm yet menacing with still keeping with the robotic feel.

3. Cindy Robinson- Wow, just wow. Yeah she has a lot of filter but still, she is great. She makes Brianic sound demented and less...slick as Corey and Peter but that's a good thing. Brings a creepy side to Brainiac.

4. Lance Henricksen- I think he should take another crack at the role, he was pretty good. People disliked that Corey wasn't the one voicing him but I think he sounds good but needs a different version.

5. Troy Baker- The best of the "human" looking Brianiacs, deep raspy voice yet a machine feel. He needs ore material (which he'll get in the sequel ;) )

6. Richard McGonagle- Good atmept at the monotoned feel but could have been better also could have used some effects.

7. Stanley Ralph Ross- Alright but a little bland.

8. Ted Cassidy- generic

9. Unknown- Awkward just awkward
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:04 PM on Fri Apr 19 2013
@Music Meister I'd put Eric Francis behind Troy, he's a bit too light and lacks a menacing feel
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:31 AM on Sun May 19 2013
@Music Meister John Noble is pretty good, I'd put him 4th. Ts not quite as threatening as the other ones but pretty good
Cheesyfeet106
said at 5:02 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
Ted Cassidy: A bit generic. That’s it.

Stanley Ralph Ross: Sounded a bit more threatening than Cassidy, but still very meh, overall.

Corey Burton: He made Braniac memorable and awesome. Pretty sweet.

Lance Henricksen: Sounds completely different from burton, but still cool.

Peter Jessop: Still makes Braniac sound calm, cool and calculating. I like it.

Unknown Voice Actor: Like Cassidy, preeetty bad.

Cindy Robinson: A girl as Braniac. Who knew that it would kickass? Not too sound sexist, though.

Richard McGonagle: Still sinister as the monotone, machine Braniac.

Of course it’s Corey Burton, followed by Henricksen and Jessop, then Robinson and McGonagle, with Stanley Ralph Ross just above Ted Cassidy and the UVA.
Cheesyfeet106
said at 7:16 PM on Sat May 18 2013
@Cheesyfeet106 Troy Baker I liked, but then again he's always good.

Eric Francis is also good, the voice acting was pretty inconsistent in that game but he worked for Brainiac.

For John Noble, I'm already a fan of this movie's cast and I've yet to even watch it. Chances are I'll like John even more once I do, but for now he's pretty awesome.
shadowvegeta
said at 8:35 PM on Sun May 20 2012
1. Corey Burton
2. Ted Cassidy
3. Lance Henriksen
4. Richard McGonagle
5. Cindy Robinson
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 11:16 PM on Fri Dec 2 2011
Corey Burton, easily. He's just so sinister sounding. Stanley Ross, Petter Jessop, and Cindy Robinson are good too. The others don't cut it. I usually like Lance Henriksen, but he was miscast and wooden as Brainiac.
Anicomicgeek
said at 1:28 AM on Sat Nov 19 2011
Corey Burton is the best Brainiac IMO, but Peter Jessop and Cindy Robinson are good, too. Personally, I felt Lance Henriksen was good, too; it's just he had the misfortune of being in a bad movie.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 2:07 AM on Tue Oct 4 2011
I like Corey the best.

Though I must admit. Cindy's version was actually pretty interesting. Brianiac sounded very disturbing and kinda like a science experiment. Casting a woman in the role is a very interesting concept, even if they did apply a lot of filter and leveling to her voice, even despite them having a lot of male voice actors on board!
Curt
said at 11:20 PM on Sun Feb 20 2011
Superman: Brainiac Attacks just disgusts me, I don't think it would have been as bad if they didn't recycle the S:TAS/JL/JLU character models. Just hearing Lance Henriksen instead of Corey Burton is unsettling and infuriating
stoiclion (Guest)
said at 9:19 PM on Wed Jan 5 2011
I love Corey Burton's version. If I could have a voice to my computer system, I'd hire him to do it.
moonarcher (Guest)
said at 9:25 AM on Tue Jan 4 2011
Lance Henriksen is the best.
Very good Terminator sound.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 6:05 AM on Sat Jan 1 2011
Cindy Robinson now added!

And I assure you all it's her, I confirmed the credit with Cindy in a PM.
curt (Guest)
said at 10:15 AM on Sun Dec 26 2010
Lance Henriksen puts too much emotion into the character
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 8:39 AM on Tue Nov 2 2010
Do you have any source that confirms that it was Jackson Beck?
guillermo (Guest)
said at 8:08 AM on Tue Nov 2 2010
Brainiac was voiced by Jackson Beck. Although he sounds different, I still feel it has some Luthor there.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 9:38 AM on Sat Mar 20 2010
really? Cause I got a pic and sound clip that prove different.

Check the Superman/Aquaman Hour TV Show page.

You'll see Brainiac. He's green in that show.
smarttamarr94 (Guest)
said at 1:42 AM on Sat Mar 20 2010
Braniac did not appear in either, Jackson
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 2:16 PM on Wed Mar 17 2010
Anyone know who voiced Brainiac on The New Adventures of Superman (60s) or The Superman/Aquaman Hour?

I have a clip and the character pic but I can't find any VA info. :(
pete
said at 2:51 PM on Tue Apr 5 2011
@Jackson_H Just put Unknown Voice Actor then change it if you find out
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 5:25 PM on Tue Apr 5 2011
@pete

umm you may want to check before posting comments.

I already did what you said, ONE YEAR ago. He's already part of the voice compare. :)
soulcrusher (Guest)
said at 7:26 PM on Tue Feb 16 2010
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You might want to add Corey Burton a second time because he voiced Braniac in Static Shock and the producers deepended his voice.


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