Terra / Tara Markov
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Terra / Tara Markov

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Terra / Tara Markov with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Teen Titans

Tara Markov, the first person to use the name Terra, is a supervillain with the power of geokinesis. She is the illegitimate daughter of a promiscuous Eastern-European king and was covertly sent off to the United States to prevent a scandal. Sometime before that, Terra would receive dodgy medical treatment from the royal scientist Helga Jace that would grant Terra her superpowers, but also afflict her with a disposition toward being crazy and evil.

Having decided that she has a hankering for ruling over the weak and helpless rather than protecting them, Terra would make a steady living as a professional hitwoman. Her most notable client would come to be Deathstroke, with whom she struck up a romantic relationship with. For a time, she would operate as a spy for Deathstroke by joining the Teen Titans and secretly relaying vital information about them during the course of her "kinship" with the team.

Terra's treachery would inevitably result in the Titans' capture at Deathstroke's hands. However, some subsequent betrayal of Deathstroke's loyalty to Terra (whether it be through his son's body possession powers staging a display of heroism or a deliberate act of backstabbing on Deathstroke's part) would serve to drive Terra over the edge and compel her to collapse the immediate surroundings in a bid to wipe out every living being within the general vicinity. Needless to say, this would result in Terra's untimely death. Terra's reanimated cadaver would later go on to enlist in the Black Lantern Corps.
Created by CatsTuxedo on Apr 18 2017
Teen Titans Go! (2013)
TerraAshley Johnson
Ashley Johnson (NEW CLIP)
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (2017)
TerraChristina Ricci
Christina Ricci (NEW CLIP)

EDITOR'S OPINION

Johnson has a nice youthful sound going on and she does well in both the deceptively benign front and the callous villainy underneath it. Ricci feels relatively dry and probably a bit older-sounding than what the character calls for, but her take on the 'fake friend' and 'traitorous punk' aspects are adequate enough, and her hypocritical outrage at Deathstroke's brand of deceit does bring some extra range to the performance. Out of the two, Johnson feels more distinct, so I'm going with her.

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EPA Deane
said at 4:19 AM on Sun Apr 23 2017
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Right Off The Bat, I going to be honest.... I prefer the Animated Series Version of 'The Judas Contract'.

Anyway, Ashley Johnson's performance as Terra in the 2003 Series is so wonderfully Nuanced, Engaging, Haunting And Even Genuinely Intimidating at times (in ways that the Original Comic Version of Terra Wasn't). She easily Earns my Vote......

I do like Christina Ricci's Performance on its own merits, but the Youthfulness she's trying adjust her voice to feels....artificial....

Ashley Johnson gets my Vote.


Future VA Suggestions:

I think Cassandra Lee Morris would be solid as Terra. A more Youthful Version of her Yubel would be a solid fit for a Sympathetic or Sadistic Villain version of Tara Markov.

I also think Jessie Flower would be solid as Terra, if only for the casting gag from that choice.

I also recommend Anna Cummer, Olivia Holt, Erin Fitzgerald and Hailee Steinfeld.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 7:23 AM on Sat Apr 22 2017
 10 Shout Outs!
Ashley Johnson IS Terra for many people, myself included. Her voice and performance as the character in the 2003 Teen Titans series were incredibly well suited for the character and gave Terra depth that not even the writing on it's own could have given her. She could be friendly, casual, funny, sad, scared, conflicted, angry and downright evil in all the right moments without any contradiction in her overall personality.

Unlike some people, I actually really like Johnson's Teen Titans Go! performance as well. Terra's one of the better characters in that show whenever she's featured in an episode due largely to the voice acting.

Christina Ricci did as good a job as was expected of her and really sold the character's emotional moments, but as the editor said, the voice isn't as youthful or distinct as Johnson's.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 6:38 PM on Tue Apr 25 2017
@Galactic_Cyrus @Galactic_Cyrus I think Ashley Johnson could do better with more proper material, actually. Her voice is great, but as much as I enjoy the story of the 03 cartoon, & as much as, as many have stated, it solidified what Teen Titans *means* to them...Terra's character is pretty cool even when it isnt sympathetic.

Its not quite the same thing, but think how much a lot of the DB dub VAs improved with proper scripts. Originally they were cast to play very different characters, but with good material they began to represent those characters much more appropriately, & really carried the spirit of who those characters are & were meant to be.

Have yet to see Go, but if anything they do give her material that *is* "Terra". Great as the 03 show is, they do change a lot of the characters in ways I dont feel represent them that well. & this is coming from a huge nostalgic fan of that show.
Anicomicgeek
said at 1:24 PM on Fri Apr 21 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
I'm gonna go with Ashley Johnson, though both are good.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:42 PM on Thu Apr 20 2017
 11 Shout Outs!
Guys, this is a voice compare, not a clip compare. You should be focusing on the performance itself. It doesn't matter what clip the editor decides to use as a sample. The clips are just for reference.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 4:16 PM on Sun Apr 23 2017
@NCZ - Is that why a comment I posted earlier was deleted?

I'm not butthurt about it, I'm just curious
D.A.V.E.
said at 11:36 AM on Thu Apr 20 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
Ashley Johnson, but more for her performance in the 2003 show.
HienFan
said at 11:06 PM on Wed Apr 19 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Wait THAT Terra now has more than one voice?

Ashley was cuter and more memorable sounding for what's it worth I think Terra herself looks absolutely adorable and I liked her more than Starfire and Beast Boy, too bad for her ultimate fate in the Teen Titans cartoon
batcool
said at 4:52 PM on Wed Apr 19 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
1.Ashley performance in the series was great felt the tragedy of the character in that arc

2. Although I will say Christina was was good as well from her angsty and traitorous side in the beginning to her softer side near the end

Side note: Erica Mendez, Margaret Mcdonald, or Leah Clark would make good choices for Terra
HyperVoiceActing
said at 12:39 PM on Wed Apr 19 2017
 6 Shout Outs!
I personally prefer the more sympathetic version the original show had over the comic version. And John son's performance is a big reason for that. So she gets my vote
TherealRNO
said at 2:26 AM on Mon Apr 24 2017
@HyperVoiceActing: Terra is supposed to be a jail bait traitorous harpy. The cartoon sympathized a character not meant to have any sympathy. So, Teen Titans GO (2013-present) and the recent animated movie remake of the famous story (but replacing Jason Todd for Damien Wayne) that both show her as evil are truly accurate.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 6:19 AM on Mon Apr 24 2017
@TherealRNO - I never said the portrayal from the original show was accurate. Just that I preferred it over her comic counterpart.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:10 PM on Mon Apr 24 2017
@TherealRNO

"Terra is supposed to be jail bait"

I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt for a moment and hope that you don't know what that phrase means and are simply misusing it.
Shaun Ince
said at 4:48 PM on Mon Apr 24 2017
@TherealRNO "jail bait traitorous harpy"

Are you sure that's the right wording to describe Terra as a character? Cuz it doesn't give off that impression in both sound clips.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 7:22 PM on Mon Apr 24 2017
@NCZ One of the big deals made about Terra is that she seduced Deathstroke, who is not known to be a spring chicken. I'm fairly certain he didn't stutter.
Shaun Ince
said at 8:01 PM on Mon Apr 24 2017
@CatsTuxedo Oh. Now it makes sense.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:12 PM on Mon Apr 24 2017
@CatsTuxedo

......Well, hopefully he's referencing Deathstroke as the one being jailed....
Troodon2
said at 11:11 AM on Wed Apr 19 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
Ashley Johnson is the more definitive Terra, no contest. Ashley does legitimately sound like an actual teenager, and her performance really brings out some personality to the character.

I think the problem with Christina Ricci is that she doesn't sound like an actual teenager, and I also felt her direction was some what off, sometimes she'd talk very low and quietly, other times she'd be forced. That said, she wasn't bad with her performance, it's just that she needer better material to work with.

BONUS: Mae Whitman, Ashly Burch, Alyson Stoner, Lacey Chabert, Cristina Valenzuela and even Grace Rolek or Diamond White would also make good choices for Terra; I can even see Britt McKillip, Madeleine Peters, or Clarie Corlett for a Vancouver production.
TherealRNO
said at 2:56 PM on Mon Apr 24 2017
@Troodon2: Christina Ricci hasn't been a teen since she was Wednesday Addams years ago in 1991-1992, because she was an adult by the time she was Katrina Van Tassel in Tim Burton's version of Sleepy Hollow in 1999.

It's a case of irony, just as Tara Strong is Raven on the cartoon Teen Titans (2003-2006) and Teen Titans GO (2013-present) but was the snippy & snooty Claire on the Beetlejuice cartoon. Likewise, in the recent adaptation of Judas Contract, we have Christina Ricci, arguably best known as Wednesday Addams in the 1991-1992 live-action Addams Family movies, yet in this, she's stick-thin blond jail bait moll Terra.
Troodon2
said at 3:35 PM on Mon Apr 24 2017
@TherealRNO

It's not ironic in Tara Strong's case, especially when put in consideration she's an actual voice actress with years of experience and a broader range; (when properly utilized of course) so I don't really see a connection between Tara and Christina or what it has to do with Christi in particular as Terra.

Sure they both were in similar shows, and productions based on Tim Burton's direction, but not much else in terms of voice acting or role casting.
Shaun Ince
said at 6:48 AM on Wed Apr 19 2017
 5 Shout Outs!
Both of them are pretty good but Ashley Johnson edges her out in this case.
Starscreamsfan
said at 5:06 AM on Wed Apr 19 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
Ashley is more energetic and fun in the role. Christina is not bad, but she lacks energy.
thecartoonfan123
said at 4:48 AM on Wed Apr 19 2017
 1 Shout Out!
1. Ashley
2. Christina
HylianBelmont
said at 2:02 AM on Wed Apr 19 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
Ashley Johnson just brings more to the role overall IMO. So I'm voting for her.
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