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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Barricade with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Transformers

Created by Pokejedservo on Apr 20 2010
Special thanks to OptimusSolo, NCZ, Foxwolf, TylerMirage for additional sound clips.
Transformers (2007)
BarricadeJess Harnell
Jess Harnell
Transformers: The Game (2007)
BarricadeKeith David
Keith David
Transformers: Beginnings (2007)
BarricadeUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor
Transformers: War For Cybertron (2010)
BarricadeSteve Blum
Steve Blum
Transformers: Cyber Missions (2010)
BarricadeBronco Jackson
Bronco Jackson
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
BarricadeFrank Welker
Frank Welker


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8000 Saiyans
said at 4:57 PM on Sat Oct 21 2017
I'll go with Keith.
said at 5:06 PM on Thu Jul 27 2017
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VC thoughts update

I really liked Jess Harnell's portrayal in The Last Knight a whole lot. I'm glad that we finally got to hear Barricade speak calmly, whereas in the first flick, he was just yelling. Jess sounds pretty awesome and badass in there.

Steve Blum is the closest to my ideal voice for Barricade, which would be Kurtwood Smith. He does sound slimy and aggressive.

Keith David sounds cool, but I honestly wish they didn't pitch it down too much. Luckily, in the DS version, his recordings weren't pitch shifted and I really felt he sounded pretty nice.

The UVA is actually pretty boss too. He has a really nice deceptive tone, which fits the character.

Bronco D. Jackson is decent, but a little bit generic.

Honestly, it saddens me that Frank Welker's take is mainly the result of editing goofs (the same thing happened with the last few lines Barricade had in TLK), 'cause I could see him being pretty good. It seems that they just had Frank provide the voice of a drone, but they slapped it into Barricade in both DOTM and TLK.
8000 Saiyans
said at 4:56 PM on Sat Oct 21 2017
@Starscreamsfan Clarence Boddicker as Barricade, huh?
said at 5:38 PM on Sat Oct 21 2017
@8000 Saiyans Yup. I think it would be perfect!!! :D
said at 4:10 PM on Mon Jul 10 2017
1. Keith David
2. Jess Harnell
3. Steve Blum
said at 6:01 PM on Tue Mar 22 2016
1. Keith David
2. Jess Harnell
3. UVA
4. Bronco Jackson
5. Steve Blum
6. Frank Welker
said at 9:08 AM on Sun Jan 10 2016
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Personally I feel nobody 100% got Barricade down. Barricade should have a smooth yet gruff type of voice.

Steve Blum is sort of the closest to what I imagine for the role.

Jess Harnell is enjoyable but honestly he kinda just sounds like a generic monster, I do like him asking "Are You Ladiesman217". that gets me every time.

Keith David has an epic voice but I don't think his voice needed to be as low as that, his Tombstone is actually closer to how I feel he should have played him.

The UVA is pretty good honestly.

Frank Welker and Bronco Jackson are really generic monsters and nothing else.

I guess I'll go with Steve Blum even if he does play him as a grunt.

BONUS: My ideal voice for Barricade would be Keith Silverstein, he'd have the gruff yet smooth voice of Blum with the cool factor of Keith David. When I first heard his Yusuke Amade in Sailor Moon, I immediately thought yup that's my ideal Barricade voice right there. Brian Drummond would also be excellent too.
Mark Johnson
said at 6:16 PM on Tue Mar 31 2015
1. Jess Harnell
2. Keith David
3. Bronco D. Jackson
4. ? (UVA)
5. Frank Welker
6. Steve Blum
Polyester Funk
said at 11:57 PM on Sun Oct 5 2014
As much as I like Keith David normally, I'm going with Jess Harnell. Keith just doesn't sound quite the same to me, he sounds more like Dave Fennoy or someone else. It's not bad, but I expected something different I guess.

I was really excited when I heard that Keith was voicing Barricade, but it turned out that he wasn't in the movie. With what little he had to say I can understand why they didn't hire him and just used Jess, though.
said at 10:52 PM on Tue Sep 22 2015
@Polyester Funk Personally, I prefer Jess for Barricade. He definitely sounds terrifying.

I think they should've saved Keith for a more important Transformers villain, like Scourge.
said at 10:06 AM on Tue Sep 23 2014
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Keith gers my vote as he makes Barricade sound calm & collective but still very evil with that deep voice.

Jess is 2nd. He's threatening though he shouts his lines a bit too fast at times. I'm surprised he didn't reprise the role in the game.

Bronco is 3rd as he also delivers a dark, threatening performance but not as good.

Steve & the Unknown Voice Actor are average.

I can't make out what Frank's saying. Not to mention Barricade wasn't in the movie very long. In fact, what scene is he in as I can never find him?
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 11:18 AM on Tue Sep 23 2014
@Ross123 Frank-as-Barricade is in the final act, the battle of Chicago. The Autobots are taken prisoner. Probably 2 hours ish into the movie, give or take.
said at 2:34 AM on Wed Sep 24 2014
@TylerMirage Thank you.
said at 5:26 AM on Thu Nov 14 2013
What is IMO? Everyone is saying that and WHAT IS IT?
said at 5:32 AM on Thu Nov 14 2013
@lnytune1 IMO means "in my opinion".
said at 11:10 AM on Thu Nov 14 2013
@Fulgore2005 Okay...
said at 11:10 AM on Thu Nov 14 2013
@Fulgore2005 THX!!!
said at 9:51 PM on Sun Oct 27 2013
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I prefer Keith here, because he sounds more like what I imagine Barricade sounding like in the first place: cold, stern, and in control. Steve would probably be my 2nd choice. Sorry I didn't choose you Jess, but at least you fall right into 3rd.

1. David
2. Blum
3. Harnell
4. Unknown
5. Welker
6. Jackson
said at 11:44 AM on Fri Jul 5 2013
1) Keith Davis
2) Steve Blum (You have to remember this is the G1 interpretation and not the movie.)
3) Jess Harnell
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:00 PM on Fri Feb 22 2013
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The unknown actor is actually the only one I like
said at 12:32 AM on Wed Feb 20 2013
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Gonna go with Jess Harnell but I also like Bronco Jackson and the Unknown VA. I usually love Keith's David's work but this isn't one of his best roles IMO. I'm not sure if people are voting for him because of the performance or just because it's Keith David,
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 4:20 PM on Wed Feb 20 2013
@pete Keith kinda sounds like he has a cold
said at 7:23 PM on Wed Feb 20 2013
@Music Meister He either lowered his voice or it was altered by the developers. Ironically he sounds like KMR a bit who is known for impersonating him. He just sounds too light compared to his other roles.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:20 PM on Wed Feb 20 2013
@pete He does somewhat sound like KMR but he still just sounds stuffy to me.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 11:56 PM on Tue Feb 19 2013
The unknown VA from "Transformers: Beginnings" has been added.
said at 10:05 PM on Wed Dec 5 2012
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I'm going with Keith David.
said at 4:25 AM on Sat Sep 29 2012
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Keith David's Barricade sounds like Dave Fennoy. :-P
said at 5:37 AM on Sat Apr 7 2012
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Gonna go with Keith David for Barricade, though I also thought that Steven Blum and Jess Harnell did a good job.
said at 5:45 AM on Mon Apr 2 2012
I was expecting Bronco to go 'DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!' at any moment.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:58 PM on Thu Jan 19 2012
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When an actor in a movie doesn't play the role in a video game they usually hire a cheap substitute. Here they hired someone who is possibly more well know than the normal actor, it's a funny ol' world.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:55 PM on Fri Jun 21 2013
@Nightmare Crusher Funny thing is, Keith David actually was going to voice Barricade in the movie, but they used Jess Harnell instead. It probably happened late in production, which would explain why they got Keith for the game.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:40 AM on Thu Jul 1 2010
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Now, let's stop for a moment and think how awesome it would be to hear Keith David scream "ARE YOU USERNAME LADIESMAN217!?"
said at 7:46 AM on Fri Jan 4 2013
@NCZ OMG YES. Next time he goes to a con, someone ask him to say that. XD
said at 4:11 PM on Wed Feb 20 2013
@NCZ If Prime wasn't sadly being cancelled and Barricade appeared and Keith reprised the role but sounded like his usual deep voice instead of what he sounds like here he should say that to Jack.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:50 AM on Fri Jun 25 2010
I had to go with Jess Harnell on this one but @markmarino why should we not vote??
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:09 PM on Fri Apr 23 2010
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Keith David by far. He should have been Barricade in the movie.
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Jess Harnell
Keith David
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Frank Welker
Unknown Voice Actor