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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Alpha Trion with sound clips and images.


Created by Pokejedservo on Oct 22 2009, 43 Comments
Special thanks to UltimateCharm for additional sound clips.
Transformers (1984)
Alpha TrionJohn Stephenson
John Stephenson
Transformers (1984)
A3Tony Pope
Tony Pope
Transformers (1984)
Alpha TrionCorey Burton
Corey Burton
Transformers Headmasters (1987)
Alpha TrionRick Thomas
Rick Thomas
Transformers Animated (2007)
Alpha TrionPhil LaMarr
Phil LaMarr
Transformers: Prime (2010)
Alpha TrionGeorge Takei
George Takei

EDITOR'S OPINION

Alpha Trion, one of the only Cybertronians in the franchise to show signs of aging.

Anyways in the original series he was originally voiced by VA John Stephenson. Our first AT voice here was very much an elderly voice (in which even back then Stephenson is very much an elderly man) while this AT voice wasn't in the series a lot it does suit AT's wise old persona quite well.

In the original series episode "War Dawn" Corey Burton was voicing Alpha Trion, though I am not quite sure how to classify his age since Corey's Alpha voice does strongly suggest young but the only difference in Alpha's looks is that he has a shorter grey mustache. Corey Burton's acting for the performance is not bad but it sounded a little too much like his Spike voice to be honest.

In the Season 3 episode "Forever is a long time coming" we definitely see him as a younger bot whom back then went by the name A3 in which he was voiced by the late Tony Pope. And after getting to see that episode again recently I must say I was pleasantly surprised by how cool Tony made Young Alpha Trion or shall I say A3 sound by giving him a determined manly voice that was an interested fit for Alpha's younger self.

Alpha didn't really have a speaking role again until Transformers Animated Season 3 and had a relatively small role in a few episodes in which he is voiced by Phil LaMarr. Its not too hard to tell that Phil is voicing him (in fact he kinda sounds like Jazz only older and without the Ghetto accent) but while its not one of Phil's best works but its not a bad one as it does fit Alpha Trion fairly well.

Overall I liked John Stephenson the most, Phil Lamarr at second and Corey Burton at third. (Though Tony Pope did make an interesting Younger Alpha Trion as well.)

(Update: Apparently George Takei and Rick Thomas have voiced Alpha Trion as well the former was a pretty natural choice as George's voice and performance does suit how much of a sagacious old man Alpha Trion truly is. While Rick's work on the role is okay as while he does occasionally slip into his Galvatron voice Rick does a decent job as Alpha Trion and while its not one of his better performances in the show its certainly not one of his worst. So in other words I rank George up there with John and Phil while Rick is not bad but not as good as John, Phil and George.)


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Francesco92e
said at 5:49 AM on Sat Jan 30 2016
Takei by far. I hope he'll voice him again
Autovolt
said at 6:07 AM on Mon Jan 4 2016
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John Stephenson is without a doubt the best Alpha Trion here, this actually might be my favourite role of his in the whole Transformers franchise. He has the perfect amount of age and wisedom in the role.

Corey Burton could have been a better voice for Alpha Trion if he was now voicing him (something like doing his Christopher Lee impression) but he works fine as a younger Alpha Trion.

However Tony Pope does the younger Alpha Trion (A3) far better and sounds like a real smooth talker too which is nice.

Rick Thomas does have the age down but he doesn't sound sagely or wise IMO.

Phil LaMarr is decent despite how very little material he had to work with.

George Takei I'm afraid sadly is overrated here. He worked far better as Yoketron in TFA than as Alpha Trion. He does sound rather sagely however I just find his voice too recognizable and distracting for Trion.

BONUS: I've always imagined either John Hurt or Malcolm McDowell voicing Alpha Trion and I could also see William Morgan Sheppard or Ron Halder being great fits for him too.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:53 AM on Thu Jan 7 2016
@Autovolt Had George Takei gotten to be an actual character as Trion I'd probably have liked it better, but as it was it just screamed: "Hey, that's George Takei!" instead of Alpha. That's why I also went with John.
Mark Johnson
said at 6:08 PM on Wed Apr 1 2015
1. George Takei
2. John Stephenson
3. Phil LaMarr
4. Tony Pope
5. Corey Burton
6. Rik Thomas
Starscreamsfan
said at 7:14 AM on Thu Feb 26 2015
1) John Stephenson
2) Tony Pope
3) Corey Burton
4) George Takei
5) Phil LaMarr
6) Rik Thomas
Polyester Funk
said at 11:04 PM on Fri Sep 5 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
I'm going with John Stephenson. I like is old, wise voice for Alpha Trion.

George Takei has a great voice for him, but AT wasn't really a "character" in TFP, he was just a ghostly voice that spoke with Optimus. I'm not faulting George for that, but that's why I can see some people have a problem with it.

Phil LaMarr is alright, but I don't find him great.

Tony Pope sounds good for the younger version.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 3:33 PM on Fri Sep 5 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
I kinda have to agree with DreamMaster08X, with George Takei I hear him a little more than I hear the character. On top of that, his performance from my memory was pretty much speeches like the one in this clip, and not a whole lot in terms of conversational dialogue. Phil LaMarr is alright, but I think he sounds like a generic, crotchety authority figure without a lot of presence. Don't get me wrong, he gave a great performance and was perfect for what Animated was going for, but he wasn't that memorable, IMO. So they're both pretty good for what they are, but not ideal.

I'm more familiar with John Stephenson for his deeper voices, so I expected him to sound hard-nosed and authoritative here, but his clip is a pleasant surprise. It's a kind and gentle voice that sounds aged and convincing. Overall, I like it.

I'm giving my vote to John Stephenson. Although, I'd like to hear a little more of Tony Pope as well.

I love the idea of Patrick Stewart playing him that was brought up down below, and I have three suggestions of my own for the character. I'd say Tom Wyner, William Morgan Sheppard and Jon Avner would all be excellent in the role as well.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:10 PM on Fri Sep 5 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy William Morgan Sheppard is a really nice choice for Alpha Trion. Tom Wyner is a good one, too, although I usually think of him in villain roles. Of course Patrick Stewart would be phenomenal.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 6:01 PM on Mon Jun 23 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
If there ever comes a time where Cullen doesn't voice Optimus in a show that features Optimus, I hope they cast Pete as someone like Alpha Trion (or Ultra Magnus, Sentinel Prime, a different Prime, whatever).
30Rockefeller
said at 7:52 AM on Mon Jul 21 2014
@TylerMirage I think Peter Cullen would make a great voice for Ultra Magnus, Alpha Trion, and Sentinel Prime.
DreamMaster08X
said at 12:06 PM on Sun Jan 5 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
Wow, a Transformers VC I forgot to look upon/vote on. How did I miss that?

I will be brutally frank: I'm not too big on Takei's performance like most people are. While this is a result of a pretty spectacular casting choice, and granted Takei has the best evocation of authority above all the other renditions of Alpha Trion, the reason I'm not voting for him is because I'm always aware that it's him and not just another character. I see more of George Takei playing a person playing Alpha Trion, not with the middleman cut out of the picture. Perhaps it's because I'm too used to his voice in general. But then I look at someone like Wayne Knight, who I KNOW his voice inside and out, and he goes and does a role like Emperor Zurg, and you know what? It DOES work. Unbelievably well. For Takei in this role, it doesn't really feel as strong as a performance should.

For me, I really haven't seen/heard that 'definitive' Alpha Trion voice, but the two that come the closest for me are Stephenson and LaMarr. I can't really decide which one I like better.
Fulgore2005
said at 6:09 AM on Mon Oct 14 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Voting for the late John Stephenson. R.I.P.
VctrBnsn
said at 10:02 AM on Thu Apr 11 2013
 1 Shout Out!
George Takei is awesome as always. I would of liked Phil LaMarr better if he sounded more aged. Sorry :-(
LordofEvil96
said at 10:05 PM on Tue Dec 18 2012
 9 Shout Outs!
We need Patrick Stewart as Alpha Trion.
Mr.Fennoy93
said at 2:10 AM on Sun Dec 30 2012
@LordofEvil96 Nah George Takei's the Best. Cause he's not only a Internet Personality, He's Takei. :p

Oh My!
LordofEvil96
said at 10:53 PM on Fri Jan 4 2013
@Mr.Fennoy93 I do know what you mean and much like you I am a fan of what Takei does on the internet. But like some of the other people I have a bit of a hard time taking him seriously. If Patrick Stewart voiced Alpha Triton he would bring a more commanding fitting voice to him.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:29 PM on Sat Feb 23 2013
@LordofEvil96 That would be AMAZING!
Fulgore2005
said at 5:22 AM on Tue Jul 16 2013
@LordofEvil96 Patrick Stewart would be perfect IMO.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:06 PM on Mon Nov 5 2012
 4 Shout Outs!
I like George Takei but I also have a hard time taking his voice seriously all the time. Sticking with John Stephenson.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:33 PM on Sat Nov 3 2012
George is pretty good, but he doesn't sound as aged as I'd like. Phil LaMarr is still my favourite.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:59 PM on Fri Nov 2 2012
My vote is still for John Stephenson, not sure why so many people prefer Takei honestly.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 7:25 PM on Fri Nov 2 2012
@OptimusSolo The answer is simple: because Transformers Prime is apparently the greatest Transformers show in the history of forever, any actor who voices the character in the show will automatically be the best.

I bet if Chris Tucker voiced this character in Prime instead of Takei, everybody, even the people who otherwise hate the performance, would be licking his feet in the poll anyway because the show's almighty godliness trumps all else.
Anicomicgeek
said at 3:58 PM on Sat Nov 3 2012
@CatsTuxedo

Because he's good in the role. Like the update to the "Editor's Opinion" said, he does suit the "sagacious old man" that Alpha Trion is.

And no, I don't think Chris Tucker would've gotten votes if he'd been cast as the voice of Alpha Trion in Prime.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 11:02 PM on Sat Nov 3 2012
@CatsTuxedo I understand what you are saying and there is a psychological/subconscious desire in people to either vote for the 'original' or 'current' voice depending on their personality which has been proven over and over again on our compares but I do believe you are going a bit overboard on the impact TF Prime the show has on individual compares.

Is TF Prime one of the best series we have seen from the franchise, absolutely but I'm not sure that has as much to do with the voting as you are saying it does.

In other words, I agree to a point with your 'point' but maybe not quite to the extent that you do.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 12:00 AM on Sun Nov 4 2012
@OptimusSolo I've just looked into all the TF voice compares that are connected to the Prime show and the only two VCs where the Prime actor isn't leading the poll are Unicron (because really, there's only so many people that are capable of voting against Orson Welles) and Shockwave.

I doubt your opinion will change, but I see this as pretty solid evidence that Prime has quite a lot to do with how our users are voting, consciously or subconsciously.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 1:35 AM on Sun Nov 4 2012
@CatsTuxedo I really don't think that TFP fans are letting their opinions be swayed any more than say, G1 or movieverse fans. They like a certain version of the character, so they vote for that. Nothing more, nothing less. The only psychological aspect of voting here is that you vote for what you like. I'm a movieverse fan, but most of my votes are for the TFP incarnations of characters. Why? Because I find many of them to be legitimately extraordinary performances. It's not because I didn't grow up with G1. It's not because I think TFP is awesome therefore I HAVE to vote for the TFP character. Sometimes I prefer the G1 versions, sometimes I prefer the movieverse versions, and sometimes I prefer the TFP versions. I remember before a lot of the TFP versions of characters showed up in VCs, most of the votes were for G1 versions. And no offense, but I find most of the G1 voices to be awful/not memorable at all. There are obvious exceptions, of course (Starscream, Shockwave, Megatron, Optimus and others are all great), and that made me think that a lot of people were voting for the G1 version because it was "the original". It's just that coincidentally enough, I like TFP as a show and many of the VCs with TFP characters have great performances.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 4:42 AM on Sun Nov 4 2012
@CatsTuxedo

So because my favorite voice for the character is from my favorite show means I can't vote to him? I'm supposed to LIE about who my favorite voice is? I don't think so. -_-
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:45 AM on Sun Nov 4 2012
@TylerMirage Couldn't have put it better myself.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 3:25 PM on Sun Nov 4 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight I never said anything of the sort. I'm simply under the assumption that a good number of users are simply voting for which voice is from their favorite show without actually listening to the other voices first. OptimusSolo just now brought up the scenario of users voting only for the "original" or "current" voice without any regard to the other options on the poll, so my assumption turning out to be true is quite possible.
Anicomicgeek
said at 11:43 AM on Mon Jan 28 2013
@CatsTuxedo

OptimusSolo also said that he doesn't think that people thinking TFP being one of the best TF shows deson't have as much of an effect on voting as you like to think it does.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 4:06 AM on Fri Oct 26 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
I actually thought Takei sounded really goofy on Trion. He didn't do a bad job, but yeah. I'm gonna give it to John Stephenson and Phil LaMarr
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 12:54 AM on Sat Oct 20 2012
 1 Shout Out!
George Takei was awesome as Alpha Trion. He gets my vote.
Mr.Fennoy93
said at 1:20 AM on Sat Oct 20 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight
OH MY!
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 3:37 AM on Mon Nov 5 2012
@Mr.Fennoy93
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 3:37 AM on Mon Nov 5 2012
@Mr.Fennoy93 It's okay to vote for Takei. ;-)
Mr.Fennoy93
said at 1:09 PM on Mon Nov 5 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight

Hahaha. It is. He should be Hanging out With Ricardio the Heart Guy.

Oh My!
GothamRed
said at 8:48 PM on Fri Oct 19 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Fire photon torpedos to vote Takei, captain.
Mr.Fennoy93
said at 8:20 PM on Fri Oct 19 2012
 5 Shout Outs!
George Takei.

OH MY!
NachoElephant
said at 8:19 PM on Fri Oct 19 2012
 1 Shout Out!
I vote for George Takei
Metabad
said at 8:00 PM on Tue Jul 31 2012
I think Rick Thomas voices Alpha Trion in the infamous Headmasters dub in this episode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iPcbYVLgBA&feature=plcp he's not credited on the TFwiki, but it does sound an awful lot like the narration...
Anicomicgeek
said at 12:31 PM on Tue Apr 17 2012
They're all good, though I'm going to go with Phil LaMarr for Alpha Trion.
Anicomicgeek
said at 6:41 AM on Sat Oct 20 2012
@Anicomicgeek

As I think he was better, I'm gonna go with George Takei for Alpha Trion.
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