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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Galvatron with sound clips and images.
Perhaps one of the more controversial Voice Compares due to the fact that a large portion of the fandom views Galvatron and Megatron as one in the same. However, for the sake of this compare you will notice that in all of the clips he refers to himself as Galvatron which signifies at least some level of individual difference from Megatron.
Created by OptimusSolo on Tue Mar 30 2010, 59 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to Pokejedservo for additional sound clips.
Transformers: The Movie (1986)
GalvatronLeonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy
Transformers (1984)
GalvatronFrank Welker
Frank Welker
Transformers Robots In Disguise (2001)
GalvatronDaniel Riordan
Daniel Riordan
Transformers Cybertron (2005)
GalvatronDavid Kaye
David Kaye
The Transformers
GalvatronJeff Manning
Jeff Manning
Transformers Headmasters
GalvatronRick Thomas
Rick Thomas

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said at 4:32 AM on Sun Mar 8 2015
Can someone please add Welkers performance from AOE
Shaun Ince
said at 3:32 PM on Sat Mar 7 2015
Leonard Nimory & Frank Welker are the standout performances.
said at 1:14 PM on Sun Mar 1 2015
Well after seeing Age of Extinction a while back, Frank used a different voice for Galvatron. He may not have said much but his voice sounds better in that movie compared to the cartoon.

However, he still remains 2nd place for me as my vote stays with Leonard. RIP to him.
said at 2:28 PM on Sun Mar 1 2015
@Ross123 I personally liked both the insane Galvatron and the AOE Galvatron.

I personally prefer Welker because, as much as I loved Nimoy in the movie, Welker had a lot more material in the cartoon.
said at 2:30 PM on Sun Mar 1 2015
@Ross123 And yes, I was extremely shocked when I found out about Nimoy's passing.

He didn't have as much material as Welker, but he still made Galvatron memorable.

RIP Leonard Nimoy.
said at 12:05 PM on Mon Mar 2 2015
@Starscreamsfan I like both of Frank's performances too, it's just that I prefer the one from AoE as I find to be a bit more menacing.

And couldn't agree more about Leonard's performance.
said at 6:14 PM on Fri Feb 27 2015
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Leonard Nimoy Of COURSE!!! R.I.P.
said at 7:41 AM on Thu Feb 26 2015
1) Frank Welker
2) Leonard Nimoy
3) Daniel Riordan
4) David Kaye
5) Jeff Manning
6) Rik Thomas
said at 1:59 PM on Fri Jan 9 2015
Why is Frank Welker's clip from AOE not on here?
said at 6:07 PM on Tue Oct 7 2014
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Frank Welker was pretty awesome and had some chilling delivery in Age of Extinction, but for the time being I'm gonna have to go with Leonard Nimoy. Just listening to his opening line nearly gives me chills! He was so intense and compelling in the role and his low gravelly voice worked wonders for Galvatron and made him sound like such a bada**! It was probably my favorite performance in the entire movie. However, I am really looking forward to hearing Frank's Galvatron in the next movie, though, and if he gets some really good dialogue I might change my vote to him.

David Kaye and Daniel Riordan sound alright too, but I haven't seen enough of their performances to say much.
said at 8:11 PM on Sun Oct 5 2014
Any chance of Welker's AOE take being added to this compare?
Polyester Funk
said at 11:44 PM on Sun Oct 5 2014
@Zillah I'd say that his voice is different enough to add, but I'm just a member so I don't know. His two Megatrons are both on as they sound quite different, I should think that his Galvatron should apply, too.
said at 9:51 AM on Sun Oct 5 2014
My Top 5:

1) Welker
2) Nimoy
3) Riordan
4) Kaye
5) Manning
said at 3:58 AM on Wed Oct 1 2014
I pick Leonard Nimoy, e sited Galvatron best, and supported the "reborn person" thing.

All the other Galvatrons were just recolors instead of reformats so they all had the same voice as the Megatron they came from.
said at 5:34 AM on Wed Oct 1 2014
@IamOptimusPrime2020 *He voiced Galvatron best.
said at 4:50 AM on Sun Aug 10 2014
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Frank would be better if he used his Megatron voice
said at 5:29 AM on Wed Oct 1 2014
@SideBurn He did use it in Age of Extinction.

Even then, I still liked Frank's Galvatron voice.
said at 11:18 AM on Sat Aug 2 2014
I wonder if Bruce Thomas could've voice Galvatron, If Galvatron appeared in Transformers Prime.
said at 8:31 AM on Mon Jul 21 2014
It would have been Awesome if Hugo Weaving voiced Galvatron in The forth Movie.
said at 3:24 AM on Wed Jul 2 2014
My favourite voice for Galvatron is Leonard since he sounds PURE EVIL & very threatening.

Frank is a close 2nd, I wonder if he uses the same voice or a different 1 in Age of Extinction.

Daniel is 3rd since he sounds similar to the previous 2.

Rick is just average.

Jeff sounds too much like an average bland robot while David sounds like an average bland guy instead of a robot.
said at 1:41 PM on Sat Jun 28 2014
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Frank Welker did a good job in Age of Extinction; too bad he didn't really have many interesting things to say or do.
said at 11:53 AM on Mon Jun 30 2014
@RabidSonicFan I know, but his first line about not having fear due to not having a soul was pretty cool...even though I admittedly don't remember it myself and just remember screaming on the inside, "WELKER WELKER WELKER!!!" Too bad that was his only fight scene...
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 5:46 PM on Mon Jun 30 2014
@loredragonmaster May have been his only fight scene, but there's more to him than just fighting... ;)
said at 7:46 AM on Fri Apr 4 2014
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To me Leonard Nimoy will always be Galvatron, his performance and the deep menacing vocal tone worked perfectly for the character and made him a very threatening presence.

Frank Welker as much as I love his work sadly does nothing for me, his high pitched tone really made me dislike the character as time went on.

David Kaye's take on the character sadly is no different from his performance as Megatron because it is Megatron only with a different color scheme, so nothing really different.

Same with D Riordan, same character/different colors.
said at 6:04 PM on Mon Mar 10 2014
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I wonder if Clancy Brown would make a good Galvatron?
Polyester Funk
said at 10:26 PM on Sun Mar 9 2014
Leonard Nimoy was wickedly awesome as Galvatron.

Frank Welker was great playing him as insane, but why did they alter his character so much? Probably to make him different enough from Megatron.

David Kaye is great even if it is still the same voice as Megatron. Galvatron has lately just been a recolored Megs.

Daniel Riordan could get another shot at playing Megatron/Galvatron and make them sound kind of eerie. I've heard him narrate a program about haunted hotels on the Travel Channel and his voice was pretty eerie.
said at 2:26 PM on Sun Mar 1 2015
@Polyester Funk They changed his character because, even though the show went into a different direction, it was still a kid's show. So they had to find an excuse as to why Galvatron can't kill a character the same way he killed Starscream in the movie.
said at 10:12 AM on Sun Jan 26 2014
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To me, Leonard Nimoy will always be Galvatron. What more is there to say.
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 12:36 PM on Sun Oct 27 2013
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Leonard Nemoy = the best Galvatron?

said at 6:11 PM on Wed Oct 9 2013
1. Leonard Nimoy
2. David Kaye
3. Daniel Riordan
4. Frank Welker
5. Rick Thomas and Jeff Manning
said at 1:41 AM on Sat Feb 15 2014
@Silence Out of curiosity, between Rick Thomas and Jeff Manning, who do you find worse?

Personally I found Manning to be worse since his performance was just plain boring, Rick Thomas was at least good for a laugh.
said at 7:06 AM on Sat Feb 15 2014
I'm gonna agree, since Thomas at least has the "so bad it's good advantage". Jeff Manning's was just... bleh.
said at 5:39 AM on Sat Apr 7 2012
I'm going with Leonard Nimoy on this one, though David Kaye was also good--even if it was still his Megatron voice.
said at 5:30 PM on Wed Jan 11 2012
apparently this is the unknown actor who voiced Galvatron: http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Rik_Thomas

He also voiced some other roles in the Headmasters dub like:

Predaking ("The Shadow Emperor, Scorponok")
Razorclaw ("The Shadow Emperor, Scorponok")

Just figured I'd share this info.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:52 PM on Fri Jan 13 2012
@Metabad Some of the characters in that dub were played by a native English speaker?! I think I need to go lie down.
said at 12:53 AM on Wed Jan 4 2012
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Nimoy. His voice just drips evilness
said at 11:15 PM on Sun Nov 27 2011
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1. Frank Welker
2. Leonard Nimoy
3. David Kaye
4. Daniel Riordan
5. Jeff Manning

In that order.
said at 7:47 PM on Sun Jun 29 2014
@Celeste....two reasons why I agree with F. Welker being the best.

1. His depict in "Age of Extinction."
...and 2. "IIIDIOT!"
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 12:16 AM on Sun Aug 14 2011
I know this may shock a lot of people but I like Riordan the most. I like the higher voice and how he really captures the sinister side of Galvatron. Nimoy is my close second choice.
Not sure who should be my third, I'd choose Kaye if he differed his voice from his Megatron voice.
said at 2:38 PM on Sun Jul 31 2011
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Hm, to be honest I like Nimoy the most here. He sounds the most like a cunning schemer with a slight sadistic streak.

Welker sounds...meh, I really don't like the effects they added to his voice, it sort of hurts my head. That and it sounds a little more high pitched than his Megatron voice which I don't really like. Normally I like Welker but here he just doesn't do it for me.

David Kaye sounds pretty good, but he doesn't really fit Galvatron, that and he sounds more or less the exact same as his Megatron voice, if only a little higher pitched.

Daniel Riordan actually sounds great, he gets Galvatron's sadistic insanity across really well. A being who cares nothing for the well being of his minions. That and he just plain sounds cool. He's my second favourite here.

Jeff Manning sounds pretty horrible, way too deep, little emotion...bleh, by far my least favourite.

The unknown voice actor is absolutely hilarious.

Overall my vote goes to Nimoy with Riordan as a close second.
said at 2:13 AM on Sat Jul 2 2011
Frank Welker is the man but in this case I have to go with Leonard Nimoy This is only my view I thiink he should have played megatron in the live action movies.
said at 1:19 AM on Wed Jun 22 2011
I'm voting for Leonard Nimoy. Frank Welker and David Kaye do a good job, but they sound the same as their normal Megatron voices (though Frank's is a bit higher pitched).
said at 1:01 AM on Tue Apr 30 2013
@RabidSonicFan Nimoy was pretty great, but I really enjoyed the insanity Welker brought to his Galvy. Just in that clip alone -- total mental breakdown. :D They were in two different places, mentally, so it works out.
said at 1:19 AM on Sun Jun 12 2011
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I'm going to say both, because I feel Nimoy's Galvatron signifies the being once known as Megatron fully under Unicron's control, powered up immensely, as shown in the deep and harsh tone of his new voice, but really no longer who he once was, no longer laughing maniacally or quietly contemplating how he will destroy his enemy like he once did as Megatron.

I feel that once Unicron was destroyed, his demonic control and influence over Galvatron's mind ceased, allowing Galvatron to kind of revert back into some semblance of the old Megatron. I think this is reflected in the way in which Welker chose to speak, seemingly depicting a younger, revitalized version of the old Megatron, who is unable to cope with the awesome power of his new body and becomes unhinged.

Welker's voice for Galvatron reminds me of an evil demonic Ray Stantz from "The Real Ghostbusters" or possibly John Lithgow from the "twilight Zone Movie".

I like how Welker's Galvatron says "decepticons!" in the clip.
It sounds full of malice and evil intent, Like old megs on steroids and gone insane!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:35 PM on Thu Jan 6 2011
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No, since he's officially Galvatron in English, he definitely counts.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:09 PM on Mon Oct 4 2010
Since Galvatron is insane during the third season, it was probably the voice director who decided to take Galvatron's voice in a new direction. In some of the older toy commercials featuring Galvatron, Welker uses his Megatron voice.
said at 2:53 PM on Tue Mar 30 2010
I'm also going with Nimoy
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:39 AM on Tue Mar 30 2010
yup, the gravelly-ness in his voice made him much more of a threat than megatron
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:37 AM on Tue Mar 30 2010
I am a HUGE Welker fan but I honestly have to give this one to Nimoy, he brought a little something different and darker.

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