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

Created by Pokejedservo on Wed Jan 20 2010, 33 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to OptimusSolo for additional sound clips.
Transformers Energon (2004)
BulkheadFrench Tickner
French Tickner
Transformers Animated (2007)
BulkheadBill Fagerbakke
Bill Fagerbakke
Transformers: Prime (2010)
BulkheadKevin Michael Richardson
Kevin Michael Richardson

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Mark Johnson
said at 2:46 PM on Sat Mar 28 2015
1. Kevin Michael Richardson
2. Bill Fagerbakke
3. French Tickner
said at 7:12 AM on Thu Feb 26 2015
1) Kevin Michael Richardson
2) French Tickner
3) Bill Fagerbakke
Shaun Ince
said at 9:45 PM on Mon Dec 1 2014
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These were all pretty good voices, but I can't help but hear Patrick Star in Bill's take.
said at 7:43 AM on Thu Mar 19 2015
@Shaun Ince
Funny, considering he's talking to Tom Kenny in his clip.
Shaun Ince
said at 11:28 AM on Tue Mar 24 2015
@Lpfan120 Yup, Patrick & Spongebob as robots.
said at 4:46 AM on Fri Nov 7 2014
After watching Exorcist III, I think that if Bulkhead had appeared in G1, I think George C. Scott would have been the perfect choice. He had that old timer sound of Energon Bulkhead, the caring quality of TFA Bulkhead and that tough, no-nonsense warrior quality of Prime Bulkead in his voice. That would have been brilliant.
said at 6:48 AM on Tue Oct 7 2014
It's a tie between Kevin and Bill for me, so voting for which one doesn't really matter.
said at 12:35 PM on Wed Oct 8 2014
@Comicfan117 Basically, speaking I can't decide on which one of them is the best
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 12:04 AM on Wed May 21 2014
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Im excluding Tickner since his version is too different to compare.

Bill is really good and I disagree with it sounding too much like Patrick Star voice. His Pateick voice is much deeper and his Bulkhead has something that I felt was always missing from his Patrick, he sounds likable dumb and not just over the top dumb. Yeah he's not the brightest but he is so energetic and wants to help that you can't help but like the dumb lug. He may have been a little light to have a feel of a brawler but he was very likable and kind it almost makes up for it.

This is a better example of Kevin's deep voice, unlike Bill he has the deepness to sound like a brawler but not too deep to sound evil. I do like that he is able to make Bulkhead sound soft and kind to contradict his strong booming voice (even if it was with Miko, man I hated her) which made him likable, not as likable as Bill but likable enough.

I like Kevin and Bill a lot, both lacked something the other had. Kevin had the more powerful voice while Bill had the more lovable performance. I guess I slightly like Bill more but this is one of Kevin's more interesting use of his deep voice.
said at 10:58 PM on Wed Feb 19 2014
Yeah I'm gonna pretend the TFE version of Bulkhead doesn't exist.

Anyway, here's what I think of the other 2:
Bill Fagerbakke = younger (early 20's) Bulkhead
Kevin Michael Richardson = older (30-40 year old) Bulkhead
And they both did a very good job in this role, but KMR gets the edge imo.
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 5:08 PM on Sun Sep 22 2013
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While Kevin Michael Richardson has played that very deep kind of voice in several other roles, I think this role is the one the voice works best in. It really REALLY fits the chaaracter well, giving him that overdose of toughness that he needs.

I love Fagerbakke, and I like his take on Bulkhead, but I feel that he seems too timid at times, and it does get a bit distracting that he sounds closely similar to Patrick Star (I know it's the same actor). But I still think it's generally good.

Tickner:.........................No comment.....

Richardson takes this one.
said at 5:20 AM on Tue Jul 2 2013
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Personally, I prefer the personality and enthusiasm that Bill gives in his performance.
said at 10:21 AM on Wed Mar 27 2013
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Kevin certainly has the voice for the job, and I think he does great. But Bill gives a lot of personality al well, so I'll go with him.
Scattorshot Prime
said at 2:45 PM on Fri Mar 1 2013
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I think each voice fits the particular character very well. French does a good job of being a crazy old man, and Kevin is brilliant as a tougher, more battle-ready Bulkhead. But really, if there is a voice that fits a character to perfection, more than any other voice actor, it's Bill Fagerbakke with Animated Bulk. He just brings across a voice that makes Bulkhead seem big and powerful, but also soppy and innocent, which is exactly what Animated Bulkhead is. So they're all good, but Fagerbakke gets my vote by far
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 4:30 AM on Wed Feb 27 2013
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Fagerbakke by far, especially considering Tickner's characterization doesn't seem to be the canonical one (as far as I know) and Richardson's voice has been recycled so many times that it's just become a bore to listen to now (though I guess that's more to blame on voice directors who wouldn't know vocal versatility if it bit them in the face).
said at 10:32 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013

Considering Susan Blu (Transformers Animated) and Jaime Simone (Avengers: MH) are the voice directors, I'd say it's say it's more not doing anything too different with him than not knowing vocal versatility, considering EMH and Animated had some pretty diverse voices from actors.
said at 2:24 AM on Thu Mar 7 2013

I meant to say "Jamie Simone (Avengers: EMH)" and "I'd say it's more not doing anything too different with him."
said at 5:52 AM on Tue Feb 12 2013
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# 1 - Kevin Michael Richardson.
# 2 - Bill Fagerbakke.
said at 2:49 AM on Tue Dec 4 2012
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We Need Brad Garrett as Bulkhead.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:44 AM on Tue Mar 12 2013
@Mr.Fennoy93 Brad Garrett for another animated Bulkhead, and (prior to his death) Michael Clarke Duncan as a live-action Bulkhead. :D
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 2:41 PM on Sun Sep 22 2013
@Mr.Fennoy93 I SECOND THAT.
said at 7:45 PM on Sat Jul 26 2014
@TylerMirage Michael Clarke Duncan would've made an awesome Bulkhead, But with Him dead, I think Brad Garrett or Vinnie Jones should voice Him.
said at 9:27 PM on Sun Nov 11 2012
I like Kevin Miachael Richardson the most here. Bill Fagerbakke was good also.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 1:51 PM on Thu Nov 8 2012
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Funny how (excluding Tickner) both actors have appeared in How I Met Your Mother
said at 10:59 PM on Tue Sep 4 2012
Energon Bulkhead should have been called Springer, or even "Sprung".
said at 4:16 AM on Tue Sep 4 2012
Kevin Michael Richardson gets my vote. I love Bill Fagerbakke, but Bulkhead should not sound like Patrick Star.
said at 12:08 PM on Tue Dec 4 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight And the Fact that Mayonnasie is Not An Insturment.
said at 5:25 AM on Sat Apr 7 2012
Going with Kevin Michael Richardson for this one, though Bill Fagerbakke was also good.
said at 6:20 AM on Sat Jan 14 2012
1) Kevin Michael Richardson- His deep voice makes it perfect for the character

2) Bill Fagerbakke- His fan-faring, Seth Rogen-esque voice gives a different take on the character, but it somehow fits.

3) French Tickner- WTF?
said at 11:34 PM on Sat Jul 9 2011
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Kevin michael richardson gives life to characters of brute size. And his deep voice gives bulkhead a perfect fit with his body size.
said at 10:53 AM on Tue Apr 12 2011
French Tickner sounds like Don Brown's Cyclonus especially his laugh.

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