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

Created by Pokejedservo on Jan 20 2010
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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said at 4:23 AM on Sat Oct 28 2017
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VC thoughts update

Honestly, my ideal version of Bulkhead is a mix of both the old coot and the tough brawler with the heart of gold, and my ideal voice is George C. Scott, since I feel he would have been a good mix between the two.

Kevin Michael Richardson really does a good job as the brawler version of Bulkhead. He sounds tough, but he could also be pretty funny and warm. One of the best TFP performances.

French Tickner fits the old coot of Energon perfectly, having quite a lot of energy in the role.

Bill Fagerbakke is okay, but I always felt he sounded too soft and goofy in the role.
8000 Saiyans
said at 11:53 AM on Wed Oct 18 2017
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All of these guys work well, but I'll go with Bill.
said at 8:33 PM on Mon Sep 11 2017
Kevin Michael Richardson is great as Bulkhead and this easily one of my favorite roles he done he brings the tough solider side and a kind mentor and
said at 4:48 PM on Mon Jul 10 2017
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1. Kevin Michael Richardson
2. Bill Fagerbakke
3. French Tickner
said at 12:05 PM on Thu Apr 20 2017
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Tickner is the most different of the three, being played more like a kooky old man kind of character. For what they were going for with the character, it's entertaining. It's not anything amazing by Transformers standards, but Tickner makes the character fun to listen to.

Fagerbakke plays Bulkhead as the big, dumb, happy muscle and it also works pretty well. I like it's a bit lighter than the big dumb voices he's normally known for, and like that he's not just "ME BIG CRUSH THINGS" kind of character, and he makes him almost like if clumsy and hefty smurf combined into one. He's goofy, but knows how to kick butt when needed.

Kevin's a much more straight serious kind of character, while still taking some hints from Fagerbakke. It's not anything new for Kevin to play characters like this, and it comes off as very natural and very likable. I also like they didn't make him much more intelligent, but still has some of the big dumb guy tendencies at times. I feel like he took lessons from Bill's portrayal and with the serious writing was able to balance them both together very well.

1. Kevin Michael Richardson
2. Bill Fagerbakke
3. French Tickner

I'd say for a future VA, Travis Willingham
said at 6:38 PM on Fri Dec 9 2016
said at 6:34 PM on Fri Dec 9 2016
@TylerMirage well I'm not as framiliar with the emerging versions of the transformers so I woudnt have known.
said at 5:38 PM on Thu Dec 8 2016
French tickner's voice is not fitting at all.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 5:40 PM on Thu Dec 8 2016
@Voiceactorfan1 For Energon Bulkhead, it's actually very fitting.
said at 8:47 PM on Sun Apr 17 2016
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1. Keith David 2.0
2. Patrick Star
3. All-Father Odin
said at 10:36 AM on Sun Jan 3 2016
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I love Bulkhead, one of the best things to come out Transformers: Animated. He's a big giant green cuddly robot with a heart of gold.

I really love both Bill Fagerbakke and Kevin Michael Richardson as Bulkhead but I slightly prefer Bill Fagerbakke more.

I remember being excited when I found out that Bill Fagerbakke was going to voice a Transformer in Transformers: Animated. I thought Robot Patrick Star? Sign me up for that and Bill didn't disappoint as Bulkhead. He was a lovable, good natured if not clumsy robot but what I loved what was that Bulkhead was actual a genius, like hyper-intelligent when it came to space bridges, OK sure that was a major retcon but it really helped make him a more well rounded character, plus I loved his passion for art and his friendship with Bumblebee and Sari is adorable.

Kevin Michael Richardson is good too, I love it but not the same way I am with Bill's. He's a stronger, more experienced and little bit more jaded considering the shows much darker story. He does still have a lot of heart in the role much like Bill but it's not as much. For example his devotions to his friendship with Miko and Wheeljack is great and he had some really fun moments. Prime Bulkhead was a little bland I do feel maybe he should have taken up some engineering on the side to help him be a little more well rounded, and I know him being an ex-Wrecker isn't the most loved idea but I actually love the idea of him being one as well as being Wheeljack's old buddy. Still all things considered, I thought KMR did a good job voicing him, one of the better big guy roles he's played in the last couple of years.

French Tickner is a radically different Bulkhead, a crazy old man, a type of role he was often cast as, he was great at playing that version of the character.

BONUS: I really could see Ty Olson totally rocking the role of Bulkhead, just take his usual dumb sounding voice, pitch a bit lower and play him a bit smarter and we're good. I also would love to see Brad Garrett, Jeff Garlin or Jeremy Inman take a turn at voicing him.
Mark Johnson
said at 2:46 PM on Sat Mar 28 2015
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1. Kevin Michael Richardson
2. Bill Fagerbakke
3. French Tickner
said at 7:12 AM on Thu Feb 26 2015
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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.
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
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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.
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
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 9:27 PM on Sun Nov 11 2012
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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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Who do you think has been the best from these Bulkhead voice actors?
French Tickner
Bill Fagerbakke
Kevin Michael Richardson