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

Metroplex is one of the various Autobots from the Transformers franchise whom made his speaking role debut in the original Transformers series. There are two different versions of Metroplex over the course of the Transformers franchise that will be covered here in this VC (but to be fair they are not REALLY different though). Metroplex is still known as a gigantic Transformer whom is genuinely heroic and will aid the Autobots to fight the Decepticons. However in the original G1 series Metroplex is the Robot form of Autobot City (whom has a rivalry with Trypticon) while in Transformers Cybertron he is the calm and intelligent leader of the Transformers on the planet of Gigantion.
Created by Pokejedservo on Jan 19 2012
Special thanks to UltimateCharm, TylerMirage for additional sound clips.
Transformers (1984)
MetroplexBud Davis
Bud Davis
Transformers Headmasters (1987)
MetroplexRick Thomas
Rick Thomas
Transformers Cybertron (2005)
MetroplexRon Halder
Ron Halder
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (2012)
MetroplexFred Tatasciore
Fred Tatasciore
Transformers: Combiner Wars (2016)
MetroplexMichael Green
Michael Green


Today on the Transformers VC section we take a look at one of the biggest Autobots of all... METROPLEX! Lets take a little look here...

Bud Davis- Bud's voice is a little bit too inconsistent, his voice that he used for the role at first was a rough deep voice that worked with the role rather well (as his performance for the role would follow suit). While Bud's voice for the role did sound suitably rough later on his voice got considerably lighter. But still Bud's work on the role was a pretty good example of the voice work in the show nevertheless.

Rick Thomas- Rick's voice for the role was WAY too high for the role here granted I suppose Rick's performance for the role was passable enough but his voice for the role just doesn't work.

Ron Halder- This was a fairly interesting change of pace for Ron Halder here as he does a fairly low, rough voice and does one of the better attempts at a Scottish accent in the show in which Ron actually makes a pretty good attempt at somehow making the idea of Metroplex with a Scottish accent work. Ron's performance does work with how Metroplex is portrayed in the show as a calm. intellgient, firm and caring leader pretty well. (That and Ron does have a slight advantage on how Metroplex is a lot more talkative in Cybertron than he was in the G1 series.)

Overall as far as G1 Metroplex goes I am clearly going with Bud Davis, but I also genuinely liked Ron Halder's take on the role as well.



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8000 Saiyans
said at 5:47 PM on Thu Oct 19 2017
1. Tatasciore
2. Halder
3. Davis
4. UVA
5. Thomas
6. Green
8000 Saiyans
said at 5:49 PM on Thu Oct 19 2017
1. Tatasciore
2. Halder
3. Davis
4. Thomas
5. Green
said at 8:32 PM on Mon Jan 30 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
I'm listening to the end of the UVA's dialogue and this is all I'm thinking right now
Shaun Ince
said at 6:01 PM on Mon Oct 24 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
You know what, at first I thought the Unknown VA was the worst in this compare. I change my mind. That goes to Rick Thomas.
said at 12:01 PM on Thu Nov 17 2016
@Shaun Ince Rick sounds silly, but I feel he's entertaining to listen to, and his acting, well...I guess he's at least trying, I can't say the same about the UVA, who just sounds boring to listen to.
Shaun Ince
said at 10:41 AM on Sat Nov 19 2016
@Metabad At this point I'm just super conflicted.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:59 PM on Sat Oct 22 2016
 8 Shout Outs!
Combiner Wars: "Return the slaaaaaaaaaab..."
Shaun Ince
said at 5:21 PM on Thu Nov 3 2016
@NCZ That made me laugh harder than I should have.
said at 6:22 PM on Sat Oct 22 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Just going to comment on this one, since I don't feel like I can vote without actually hearing the performances in full, but based on the clips what I'm hearing is that:

Fred Tatasciore has a pretty loud, booming, intimidating voice for Metroplex.

Ron Hadler is pretty good: I like the sort of Scottish accent (?) he gives Metroplex, and his voice is appropriately low pitched as well.

Bud Davis can sound really deep, gruff, and intimidating at some points but completely gargled and forced at others.

Rick Thomas is fairly high pitched.

The Unknown Voice Actor performance is hands down the funniest of them all: the performance is so completely monotone and dull. It's like they just slapped an echo filter on it or something as well. His voice is appropriately low pitched, but the acting is anything but fitting.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 6:02 PM on Sat Oct 22 2016
 1 Shout Out!
I'm actually going to go with Ron. He has strong yet friendly voice and the accent helps set it apart from other transformers. He could be a little deeper to show off the size more but I still prefer him.

Fred originally had my vote but looking back, he really doesn't stand out. There isn't much to differ this from other giant characters he plays (or even from his Omega Supreme from the same game). He still fits but feels a little too safe of a casting.

Bud's inconstant and I don't think either really fit that well. One sounds too evil while another sounds too normal.

Unknown sounds like he is just about to fall asleep. I'm sure its direction, based on the other performances of the series.

Rick is...well it speaks for itself honestly.
Shaun Ince
said at 7:32 PM on Sun Oct 16 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
Wow, they really dropped the ball with Metroplex in Combiner Wars. He sounds so bland to the point where it doesn't sound convincing & there is no weight or bass to his voice to where his voice can carry the entire performance.

Sticking with Fred.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:41 PM on Sun Oct 16 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
Is... is the UVA supposed to be serious? That sounds like a joke voice. They couldn't possibly have tried to pass that off as serious, right? Right?
said at 8:11 PM on Sun Oct 16 2016
@Nightmare Crusher I've seen the episode myself...I'm so sorry.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:27 PM on Sun Oct 16 2016
@Metabad Oh. Oh nooooooo.
said at 6:35 PM on Sun Oct 16 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
the UVA is ridiculously monotone, he reminds me a lot of Robert Belgrade.
said at 8:13 AM on Mon Oct 17 2016
@Metabad Robert Belgrade was FAR better than this I mean come on!
said at 8:30 PM on Mon Oct 17 2016
@HylianBelmont Yeah, he at least had charm in his voice.

You know what else this guy's voice reminds me of? The announcer in the Zoo Race:

I mean, wow.
said at 2:32 PM on Sun Oct 16 2016
Updated VC thoughts

I actually prefer Bud Davis. Yes, he is kinda inconsistent, but at least he does sound like an aggressive guardian, which is what I think Metroplex should be.

The UVA sounds kinda like he would fit Fortress Maximus more, but it's not bad.

Fred Tatasciore is good, but like the UVA, he sounds like he would fit Fort Max a lot better.

Ron Halder wouldn't fit the traditional version, but he fits the Cybertron version well.

Rik Thomas is awful but hilarious (as the entire Omni Productions dub tends to be).
said at 2:15 PM on Wed Jun 15 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Bud sounds strange IMO, and not the authority I would generally picture, which Fred has. I like Ron's Scottish version and Rick Thomas, does one if his better jobs here but going with Fred.
said at 3:39 PM on Thu Apr 14 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Fred Tatasciore, BY FAR
2. Ron Halder
3. Bud Davis
4. Rik Thomas
said at 2:04 PM on Sun Oct 16 2016
The UVA is my new second favorite, but something still seems a little off.
said at 10:02 AM on Sun Jan 10 2016
 1 Shout Out!
AS awesome as Fred Tatasciore is as Metroplex, sounding deep and emotionless, I think I prefer Ron Halder in Cybertron, There's something i enjoyed more about him with his Scottish accent, he sounded commanding yet caring and jolly.

Bud Davis sounds a bit too inconsistent for my liking.

Rik Thomas please stop drinking when you record. This is the most ill-fitting voice you could give to a baseformer.

My vote ends up with Ron Halder.

BONUS: Since Brad Garrett did Trypticon, I'd love to see Ray Romano voice Metroplex, because Everybody Loves Metroplex. For a Cybertron-esque Metroplex, John DiMaggio doing a deeper Scotsman could suffice.
said at 8:11 AM on Fri Feb 27 2015
1) Bud Davis
2) Fred Tatasciore
3) Ron Halder
4) Rik Thomas
Shaun Ince
said at 4:09 PM on Wed Feb 4 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Fred's voice embodies Metroplex, so my vote goes to him. I'd like to see Fred voice him live action.
said at 4:11 PM on Tue Jul 22 2014
 1 Shout Out!
I wonder if Fred should voice Metroplex in The Film Series?
Polyester Funk
said at 12:09 AM on Wed Mar 26 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Fred Tatasciore is definitely the best.
said at 2:43 PM on Mon Sep 23 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
Fred's voice alone just shouts 'Metroplex'. So I'm going for him.
said at 8:40 PM on Sat Mar 23 2013
 1 Shout Out!
I'm going with Fred.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:37 PM on Thu Nov 1 2012
 5 Shout Outs!
Fred is the most fitting, even though it's basically the same as his Omega Supreme voice. After that would be Ron, then Bud, then Rick.
said at 9:17 PM on Sat Feb 9 2013
@NCZ Actually I think it's a bit deeper. Of course it's been modulated a bit, but I think it is definately lower than his Omega.

DAMN Fred is the king depth alright XD
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:39 AM on Wed Oct 31 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Fred Tatascoire- He's known for doing booming voices and this is a good example. It sounds big and powerful plus didn't show emotion like a computer without going monotoned.

2. Ron Hadler- Different version but it's good. It's deep and caring and the accent is done well.

3. Bud Davis- The inconstantness is a turn off but when it's reallydeep it works.

4. Rick THomas- Sometimes I wonder what the casting director was thiking, did h even know who/what Metroplex was? Rick is too light and doesn't fit Metroplex at all.
said at 11:21 PM on Wed Oct 31 2012
@Music Meister I heard that Rick actually was the director, or at least the founder of the company that dubbed the series.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 12:18 PM on Thu Nov 1 2012
@Metabad That's even more questionable
said at 5:20 AM on Wed Oct 31 2012
 6 Shout Outs!

Freddy FTW. :-D
said at 10:41 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
I'm gonna go with Fred Tatascoire, though Bud Davis and Ron Halder were good for their versions.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:53 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
 8 Shout Outs!
Top choice identified: Fred Tatasciore. Conclusion: Awesome.
said at 8:20 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Fred Tatasciore.
said at 1:48 AM on Mon Sep 3 2012
Bud Davis
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Who do you think has been the best from these Metroplex voice actors?
Bud Davis
Rick Thomas
Ron Halder
Fred Tatasciore
Michael Green