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


Created by Foxwolf on Mon Mar 30 2009, 231 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to Pokejedservo, NCZ for additional sound clips.
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Transformers (1984)
Optimus PrimePeter Cullen
Peter Cullen
Transformers: Beast Wars (1996)
Optimus PrimalGarry Chalk
Garry Chalk
Transformers Energon (2004)
Optimus PrimeGarry Chalk
Garry Chalk
Transformers Robots In Disguise (2001)
Optimus PrimeNeil Kaplan
Neil Kaplan
Transformers Animated (2007)
Optimus PrimeDavid Kaye
David Kaye
Transformers (2007)
Optimus PrimePeter Cullen
Peter Cullen
The Transformers (2003)
Optimus PrimeRobert Belgrade
Robert Belgrade
Transformers Universe (2008)
Optimus PrimeRon Hayden
Ron Hayden
Transformers: Cyber Missions (2010)
Optimus PrimeEric Edwards
Eric Edwards

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Starscreamsfan
said at 9:10 AM on Sun Oct 5 2014
My Top 5:

1) Cullen
2) Chalk
3) Kaplan
4) Kaye
5) Edwards
Bauglir100
said at 9:21 PM on Sat Oct 4 2014
Ron Hayden's clip makes me want to hear Wes Johnson voice Optimus Prime.
IamOptimusPrime2020
said at 3:49 PM on Tue Sep 30 2014
Though I have a question: Why is Optimus Primal even here when he's not another version of Optimus Prime and will never appear in subsequent Transformers Media?
Starscreamsfan
said at 4:23 PM on Tue Sep 30 2014
@IamOptimusPrime2020 He did appear in the Transformers Animated Allspark Almanac book under the name Primal Major. But that's pretty much it.
IamOptimusPrime2020
said at 4:33 PM on Tue Sep 30 2014
@Starscreamsfan Ok, but I mean Media that he would be portrayed in. And in the TF wiki, He doesn't have any other continuity he appears in.
Starscreamsfan
said at 5:08 PM on Tue Sep 30 2014
@IamOptimusPrime2020 Nope. He just appears in the Beast continuity and the TFA continuity as Primal Major (yep, the Almanac books are considered canon). And that's all.

By media, you mean TV shows or movies???
IamOptimusPrime2020
said at 5:13 PM on Tue Sep 30 2014
@Starscreamsfan Well, in the Books they name him Primal Major, not Optimus Primal, so that's my point. And yes, I mean TV shows, movies, games, anything he can get a voice portrayal in.
IamOptimusPrime2020
said at 3:28 PM on Sun Sep 21 2014
Peter Cullen IS and always will be Optimus Prime.

Garry Chalk is pretty decent too, as Unicron Trilogy Optimus Prime and fit Beast Wars Optimus Primal (Who is a completely different character and has not appeared in any TF media outside of BW).
Ka Yan
said at 7:51 PM on Fri Sep 12 2014
Peter Cullen,Autobots, transform and roll out!!!
Ross123
said at 11:30 AM on Fri Sep 5 2014
Even though my vote stands by Peter, I'll admit that Garry & David are pretty good at voicing Optimus.
Ikrani
said at 9:59 PM on Sat Aug 30 2014
For me, it's a tie between Peter Cullen and Garry Chalk. But only until Peter Cullen goes into anime.
Netherman14
said at 1:31 PM on Sat Aug 30 2014
Heh, how ironic.
Look at the image Optimus has for his live-action voice, then look at the image he has for his Transformers Universe appearance, it's nearly the same image.
PacoSlimee
said at 10:13 AM on Thu Aug 28 2014
 1 Shout Out! [?]
List time!

1. Garry Chalk: Blasphemy, I know. But I prefer Chalk over Cullen. But only by the SLIGHTEST. His authoritative voice complements the character well.
2. Peter Cullen: The man's a legend and Optimus shows why.
3. Neil Kaplan: Like someone else mentioned, it's almost like a mix of Cullen and Chalk. Very good.
4. David Kaye: While it's a little too young for my liking, it's still pretty good.
5. Eric Edwards: Decent Cullen impression. But not much else.
6. Ron Hayden & Robert Belgrade: Both are goofy and not that appealing to listen to. Can't really put one over the other. Neither do it for me.
skeletonking1234
said at 7:07 AM on Mon Aug 18 2014
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OH MY GOD! what if Kevin Conroy was Optimus?
Zillah
said at 9:38 AM on Mon Aug 25 2014
@skeletonking1234 Oh my.
Now that you mention it, I'd honestly love to see that.
Ikrani
said at 9:56 PM on Sat Aug 30 2014
@skeletonking1234 Yeah, he could probably pull it off. He has the right voice to do it.
Fairfieldfencer
said at 3:14 PM on Fri Sep 5 2014
@skeletonking1234 That idea SUCKS! Seriously, you'd need to be like... STUPID to think that'd work. Some STUPID guy with a ROBOT for an AVATAR. He he hehehe... Wait.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 7:30 AM on Wed Sep 10 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5kPUFxXYLs
Fairfieldfencer
said at 7:38 AM on Wed Sep 10 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight LOL No troll. I suggested Conroy to SkeletonKing over Skype, and he REALLY liked the idea.
AscendedVegeta
said at 5:33 PM on Fri Aug 15 2014
1. Peter Cullen - He is Prime like Conroy is Batman.
2. Garry Chalk - Grew up with him as Primal, and while his Prime is identical, it fits the character well.
3. Neil Kaplan - He sounds like a combination of Cullen and Chalk. I've not watched RiD yet, but from this clip, I really dig it.
4. Eric Edwards - Makes for a good Cullen stand-in when he's not available.
5. Ron Hayden - Not great, but it's almost a deeper Chalk, so it's fitting for the fact it's not a big budget thing.
6. David Kaye - I don't really like him as Optimus. Just doesn't have that authority, unlike his incredible Megatron.
7. Robert Belgrade - Just...no.
Transforce98
said at 1:05 PM on Sat Jul 12 2014
I've had that aching feeling that Steve Blum could be a good stand in for Optimus Prime's voice actor. However, I did grow up on Garry Chalk being my Optimus Prime. Peter Cullen will still be the original Optimus Prime, and one of the best, I hate to admit it (for some odd reason), but Peter Cullen is only a couple years younger than my dad. ^^'
Soldierkei
said at 12:17 AM on Wed Jul 9 2014
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Of course Peter is Optimus, so I'm not even gonna delve deeper into that. So I picked Garry Chalk. His Optimus was the one I grew up on, and I like how warm sounding his voice is. Peter's voice is great, and even intimidating as a leader of warriors should be. It's imposing. Garry's take had that leading tone to it, but also this warmth to it that made him sound more human than the first Optimus.
RabidSonicFan
said at 4:11 PM on Wed Jul 2 2014
Peter Cullen - He originated the character and to me, he's the definitive voice for the character (and given how many times he's reprised the role now, I'm pretty sure others agree). In fact, I think it's gotten even better with age; the older, raspier voice, fits perfectly with his "wise leader" image.

Garry Chalk - He's at a close second place. His voice has a great since of authority; like Cullen, he sounds like a leader.

Neil Kaplan - He's fine. There's nothing bad about the voice or his acting, there's just nothing that really stands out, to me.

David Kaye - His voice took a little while for me to warm up to, but I think he does a great job as a younger/inexperienced Optimus.

Robert Belgrade - ... I don't like it.

Ron Hayden - He's about as terrible as Robert, but I think the voice itself is okay.

Eric Edwards - He's an okay stand-in for Cullen; like Kaplan, he's adequate, so I don't really have anything to say.
Rain&Rainbows
said at 6:48 PM on Sat Jun 28 2014
Peter Cullen is wonderful, hands down my favourite. I mean he returns in the Transformers Movie Franchise, to me he will always be Optimus. I'm sure he thinks the same way too.
Darklion
said at 4:26 PM on Wed Jun 11 2014
Who do you guys think can voice a young optimus prime or Orion pax besides David Kaye
Finister2
said at 12:29 AM on Thu Jun 5 2014
1) Peter Cullen
2) David Kaye
3) Garry Chalk
4) Eric Edwards
5) Neil Kaplan
6) Robert Belgrade
7) Ron Hayden
MerlynTheGreat
said at 8:33 AM on Tue Jun 3 2014
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Garry Chalk will always be Optimus Primal. And Optimus Primal will always be his own individual character.
pete
said at 1:12 PM on Thu Feb 13 2014
I never knew Cullen was the original voice till after the first movie came out but I prefer that and his Prime voice than the original performance, it wasn't as good in the 80's then it is now, but it was still a decent performance, and I automatically hear that in the comics. Garry Chalk is the best replacement for having a firm commanding voice, and he always meant business, especially when he was yelling at a Maximal or Autobot, and was always strict and gentle while Cullen's 80's version was more of a gentle leader as a whole.
pete
said at 1:16 PM on Thu Feb 13 2014
@pete And sorry no one else lives up to these two.
pete
said at 8:05 PM on Tue Feb 18 2014
@pete You know, David's young Optimus voice reminds me of Garry.
Legacyman
said at 2:40 PM on Fri Dec 20 2013
Is there going to be another Transformers cartoon. If so, who will be Optimus Primes next voice actor? Knowing every Transformers show has a different show creator, it doesn't surprise me if he does get another voice. Hope either Peter Cullen or Garry Chalk get to reprise the role soon.
Aussieroth
said at 5:12 PM on Wed Jan 1 2014
@Legacyman or even Neil Kaplan for that matter. to me he ties in second place with Garry. The only thing that was against him was the consistency of Prime's character and that's more the director's issues.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:20 PM on Thu Feb 13 2014
@Aussieroth I'm getting a little more familiar with Neil's work and I wouldn't mind hearing him take another crack at Optimus. His Yamamoto, Tetsuzaemon and Zommari from Bleach are all very good. I don't know if any of those specific voices would be what I'd want. Just saying those are how I'm getting to know the guy more from when he played Optimus all that time ago.
Starscreamsfan
said at 3:59 AM on Fri Nov 22 2013
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Peter Cullen is the best. But Garry Chalk and Neil Kaplan are not far behind.
Zillah
said at 6:48 PM on Wed Nov 13 2013
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Peter Cullen's the obvious choice for me. And he got even better as the years went by. His Optimus voice will always be legendary.

I will say though that Gary Chalk is a nice alternative, and David Kaye's works very well with the younger version of Optimus Prime as seen in TFA.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:55 AM on Thu Nov 7 2013
Peter Cullen obviously. I do think Garry Chalk was a very good choice, too. He's not quite Peter, but he is very good.

I wonder what David Kaye would sound like doing an older-sounding voice for him? If he could make it sound different from his Megatron.

I'd kinda like to hear Kevin Conroy as Optimus Prime.
pete
said at 12:58 PM on Thu Feb 13 2014
@Polyester Funk Maybe David would something like his Professor X?
Polyester Funk
said at 11:17 PM on Thu Feb 13 2014
@pete Possibly. I'm sure he could pull off an older-sounding Prime.
30Rockefeller
said at 4:18 PM on Mon Jul 21 2014
@Polyester Funk I think Kevin Conroy would make a great Optimus Prime, If Peter Cullen is done doing Optimus.
skeletonking1234
said at 6:34 PM on Wed Nov 6 2013
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I could personally see Richard Epcar as Prime actually, that or maybe John DiMaggio, I feel if given the right direction and finding the right pitch, DiMaggio could really pull it off
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 7:27 PM on Tue Nov 5 2013
Dee Bradley Baker as Optimus Prime?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 12:57 PM on Wed Nov 6 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight I really can't picture. Now Fred Tatasciore, he would be awesome as Optimus.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:28 PM on Wed Nov 6 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight I don't think his voice is naturally deep enough, sorry.
lnytune1
said at 4:10 AM on Tue Nov 12 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Ehhhh....... his voice wouldn't be right.... too high and not really gruff.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 3:05 PM on Sun Dec 29 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight I'd rather see him try Megatron.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 4:12 AM on Wed Feb 12 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy What if they switched places? Have Frank Welker as Optimus Prime & Peter Cullen as Megatron?
MilanTheVillain01
said at 4:18 AM on Wed Feb 12 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight To me, Dee Bradley Baker would miss the mark by miles as Optimus. I could honestly see him fit perfectly as someone like Bumblebee, Sideswipe, Ratchet or Starscream, but not Optimus, not in the slightest.

However, Travis Willingham as Optimus? Now THAT, my friend, is an ENTIRELY different story!
lnytune1
said at 4:42 PM on Mon Oct 28 2013
Sorry I accidentally posted j. HAHA!!!

If I had to rank them, I would do this

Peter Cullen- Classic! I agree with skeletonking1234 about the raspiness thing.

Eric Edwards- Amazing Impression. I don't now how he did it!!!

Robert Belgrade- Yeah he sounds heroic and stuff, but it's too much like a regular voice and not an autobots leader

As for the rest of them, they all sound like regular voices and not, well, a robot!
pete
said at 1:01 PM on Thu Feb 13 2014
@lnytune1 Garry had some robotic effects added in Armada and Energon, but why should all transformers sound like stereotypical robots, just because they're machines doesn't mean they can't sound more unique and humanlike, and in Chalk's case he sounded like real military general in the Unicron Trilogy.
lnytune1
said at 3:44 PM on Mon Oct 28 2013
 5 Shout Outs! [?]
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Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:19 PM on Thu Jul 3 2014
@lnytune1 You're saying what everyone is thinking
skeletonking1234
said at 4:53 PM on Sun Oct 27 2013
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Peter Cullen- Peters original performance in the 80s series is quite good but where Cullen really shines is in the live action films, and especially in his role in Transformers Prime. When Cullen reprised the role his voice had aged and gotten somewhat raspier, and this helped his optimus role work even more and sounds even more wise and even more like a leader, and not only is he one of my favorite characters in Cartoon history, its one of the greatest portrayals in VA history IMO, and that's saying a LOT. 10/10

Garry Chalk- Like Primal is to Chalk as Prime is Cullen, and Chalk is definitely a worthy person to portray Prime in the Energon trilogy, and Primal in Beast Wars and Beast Hunters, and while I don't think this is better than Cullen, Chalk does capture the authoritative sound of Prime and the fantastic deepness of Primes voice plus he doesn't add the somewhat raspiness Cullen originally had making it more of an original portrayal of the character. 9/10

Neil Kaplan- While he doesn't have the great deepness that Cullen of Chalk had, he does capture the great authoritative side of Optimus, but I will admit the one problem I have with the performance is that it sounds more like a gruff general than it does Optimus Prime, and it is a bit too raspy for Prime. But it still is a good performance and one of the better performances in RID. 7/10

David Kaye- David is playing what seems like a much younger optimus as his voice does sound much more young compared to the past performances, but Kaye does play the role straight and calm which he does really well with the character and the way that he was portrayed in the show. 8/10

Robert Belgrade- Robert...eh. Its not horrible, but it does sound very forced in my opinion. Not just that but Robert sounds really bored and not that invested in the role. Its definitely the most mediocre prime performance, but coming from Tataki, there's not much to expect. 3/10

Ron Hayden- How do I put this? The only way I can really describe this performance is it sounds like how Optimus would probably sound if Transformers was made in the 1950s. Meaning that it sounds too chipper and light for the character which really doesn't work. Not only that but Ron really sounds kind of...I don't know what it is but he sounds like something. 3.5/10

Eric Edwards- from a series with many performances ranging from forgettable to just okay, Edwards is definitely the standout IMO. Eric has the great deepness that Cullen and Chalk had, (sounding more like Chalk in my opinion), and having the authoritative sound of Prime as well. Edwards is definitely the most underrated prime performance in my opinion and I kind of wish he would get more VA work with a voice like that. 8/10

1. Cullen
2. Chalk
3. Edwards
4. Kaye
5. Kaplan
6. Hayden
7. Belgrade
lnytune1
said at 5:21 AM on Thu Nov 14 2013
@skeletonking1234 YOU WRITE A LOT!!!! I couldn't agree more!!!!!!!!!
Ross123
said at 11:16 AM on Sat Oct 19 2013
Peter 4ever as he makes Optimus sound like the wise smart leader he is.

As for the rest... honestly don't think any of them are that good because Peter sounds more natural in the role. They sound think about getting Gregg Berger sometime, at least he sounds like Peter.
pete
said at 2:25 PM on Fri Feb 14 2014
@Ross123 Garry's definitely natural, considering that's his normal voice, only VA to my knowledge o use it. If Cullen's is I'll flip.
pete
said at 2:30 PM on Fri Feb 14 2014
@Ross123 Actually I think Cullen based it off his brother's voice, who died in Vietnam.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 2:35 PM on Fri Feb 14 2014
@pete His brother didn't die in Vietnam. The story is that his brother served in Vietnam, and when he came back Peter saw him as a hero and he inspired his heroic Optimus Prime voice.
pete
said at 2:38 PM on Fri Feb 14 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy Based it off another user's comments.
Ross123
said at 2:47 PM on Fri Feb 14 2014
@pete What I mean is that Peter fits the role perfectly to me while the rest don't. Peter's voice is what I'm used to hearing so that makes it natural.

Every1 else just isn't my cup of tea and I feel that when I hear them, it doesn't feel like I'm hearing Optimus but thats not saying their awful. Well I did say they weren't that good but that's mainly because none of them are what I imaged Optimus sounding like.
WWEFAN12ization
said at 10:57 AM on Fri Oct 11 2013
Peter Cullen is Optimus Prime!
lnytune1
said at 5:21 AM on Thu Nov 14 2013
@WWEFAN12ization Yes.
Silence
said at 6:06 PM on Wed Oct 9 2013
1. Peter Cullen
2. Garry Chalk
3. Eric Edwards
4. David Kaye
5. Neil Kaplan
6. Ron Hayden
7. Robert Belgrade
Finister2
said at 7:10 AM on Tue Sep 24 2013
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I wonder of John DiMaggio would make a good Optimus Prime?
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 10:05 AM on Sun Sep 29 2013
@Finister2 I don't doubt that DiMaggio could pull off Optimus, but when I think of what it might sound like, I imagine him being a better fit for a more comedic series - like if Transformers had something akin to Super Hero Squad Show.
Aussieroth
said at 5:24 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
@TylerMirage Yet don't forget his Kimahri voice in Final Fantasy X. That was one of his more dramatic roles. I don't know about Optimus but maybe either Ironhide or even Ultra Magnus.
lnytune1
said at 4:11 AM on Tue Nov 12 2013
@TylerMirage Soooooooooooo right!
30Rockefeller
said at 8:27 AM on Mon Jul 21 2014
@Aussieroth John DiMaggio would be Awesome as Ultra Magnus!
Legacyman
said at 7:30 PM on Tue Sep 10 2013
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I'd like to say something about Garry Chalk. He is perfect as the voice of Optimus Primal and I was quite surprised when he did the voice of Optimus Prime in the Unicron Trilogy. I hope he plays a character in Transformers again or, better, reprise the role of Optimus Primal if another Beast Wars is made.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:28 AM on Mon Sep 23 2013
@Legacyman Yeah, he's definitely one of those VAs who needs to have another crack at the franchise. While I liked his Optimus voice, his stern and commanding voice would be a good fit for so many other characters too. A different Prime, Ironhide, or heck, even have him do a "dumb" voice and he'd be a perfect Crumplezone.
Legacyman
said at 2:07 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@TylerMirage well put man! If only NCZ was cool like you! That dude or dudette needs to take a chill pill. He had me banned for 2 weeks because I was being honest about what happened to Pokemon. That guy or girl should show some respect. Good thing my bans been lifted today.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:15 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@Legacyman "If only NCZ was cool like you! That dude or dudette needs to take a chill pill. [...] That guy or girl should show some respect."

If this isn't a prime example of the pot calling the kettle black, I don't know what is.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 10:04 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
@NCZ "If this isn't a prime example of...", "...prime example...", "PRIME example".

Yes. That pleased me. That pleased me greatly.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 8:32 PM on Thu Oct 24 2013
@NCZ I for one think you and the other Admins are awesome.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:30 PM on Fri Oct 25 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy I love you too.
HienFan
said at 8:09 AM on Fri Nov 29 2013
@NCZ Agreed that user opinions on Pokemon is more like narrow minded flaming of the current cast and how no one likes them(if no one likes them how come every page with a comparison has a least one vote?) than trying to have an opinion

I mean I prefer most of the 4Kids cast that doesn't mean I want to see the current cast kicked out
Fulgore2005
said at 6:49 AM on Sun Dec 1 2013
@HienFan Unfortunately, that's the internet for you.

The Pokemon fanbase isn't the only scenario that has such stupidity present. Shows like Dragon Ball Z always have heated discussions of dubs, particularly on Youtube, where people unashamedly believe that their opinion is fact and pick on those who don't agree with them.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 7:55 AM on Sun Dec 1 2013
@Fulgore2005 Oh my gosh, seriously. The worst part is when you have those trolls who put up DBZ dub comparisons and respond to every single comment they disagree with with mom jokes, profanity, and the same two insults over and over again. It's literally madness.

I fear what will happen to the comment sections of this website when Ocean Kai comes out and it gives both Ocean and Funi fans fresh material to go after each other over! -_-' Hopefully it won't cause any fights...
Fulgore2005
said at 8:17 AM on Sun Dec 1 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy Gosh, I've seen some of those comments. I particular dislike the Kai fanboys that don't shut up about how Kai is closer to the manga and the japanese version, and claim their opinions are facts.

Thankfully, BTVA hasn't seen those type of comments for now.
HienFan
said at 12:47 PM on Sun Dec 1 2013
@Fulgore2005 This is why I hate dub wars some people acts as if their opinions are actual facts

And those who thinks only the Japanese voice actors is good and every dub stinks
Metabad
said at 1:25 AM on Mon Dec 2 2013
@HienFan @Fulgore2005 @PsychicVoiceSpy

I couldn't agree more even if I tried.
HienFan
said at 5:07 AM on Tue Jan 14 2014
@Metabad On a side note I like the Ocean dub voice of DBZ for the most part. Not that Funimation had crap voice actors but Funimation voice actors are not really my type and I like the voices from 4Kids and Ocean dub better
99-cells
said at 6:10 PM on Thu Jul 3 2014
@TylerMirage
Goddamnit Barbara!!!!!
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 7:37 PM on Wed Aug 28 2013
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In all honesty, how could you NOT vote for Cullen? He didn't just create the voice of the character: he IS the character. He's brought so much to the role that many others can't live up to. He's always been the hero that we've looked up to in our youth. And while I'm sad that I wasn't raised in the era of G1 and had only discovered him late in my childhood (thanks to Transformers Prime), he still is a character that I look up to. One of my most favorites of all time.

The one that I think is pretty close to Cullen is Chalke. While not on par with the original VA, He still has that heroic and commanding presence of the original, which I like. And while a LOT of fans would probably disagree with me, but I actually liked Kaye's performace. Since they tweaked around with the character, they couldn't have gotten a better actor for the job.
Legacyman
said at 2:35 PM on Wed Aug 7 2013
On a personal note, I think David Kaye is best doing Megatron rather than Optimus Prime. If Kaye did do Megatron's voice in Transformers Animated, then I'd get the feeling of watching Beast Wars again.
Legacyman
said at 2:32 PM on Wed Aug 7 2013
I don't have any opinions for Optimus Prime's original voice in the original series because I never knew of it until 2006. But I do like how Peter Cullen performed the voice of Optimus in the live movies and the Transformers Prime cartoon. The first Transformers I knew was Beast Wars, and I wasn't aware of voice acting back then.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 6:21 PM on Sat May 18 2013
Peter Cullen's voice is so awesome his lines make the movies worth at least one watch. I don't mind the movies that much anyway, (although I they aren't good enough to watch more than once in a blue mood) but Peter Cullen's voice is the most epic thing about them.

Naturally, he's the best. I can't imagine anyone surpassing him, heck, even matching his iconic status as Optimus Prime. One of the most iconic voices of all time.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 12:04 AM on Sun May 19 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy I was brain-dead when I wrote that, sorry. -_-'
VctrBnsn
said at 11:19 PM on Sun May 19 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy What was wrong with it? I agreed with every word.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 2:53 PM on Mon May 20 2013
@VctrBnsn (although -I- they aren't good enough to watch more than once in a blue -mood-)

Just a few typos, but I was quite embarrassed of them. Aside from messing up I did mean everything I said. :)
VctrBnsn
said at 3:28 PM on Mon May 20 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy I didn't even notice the typo. I checked over your comment a few times looking for something you may have regretted, but saw nothing. Maybe I was brain dead too.
lnytune1
said at 5:22 AM on Thu Nov 14 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy I .............so...............AGREE!!!
Torak
said at 8:51 AM on Sat May 11 2013
Optimus Prime...

1. Cullen (Movies/Games)
2. Chalk (Energon/Beast Wars)
3. Edwards
4. Kaye
5. Cullen (G1)
6. Kaplan
risingson
said at 5:44 PM on Fri Apr 26 2013
Peter Cullen obviously. He is Prime. But whenever he decides to retire I feel like Clancy Brown would be a very suitable replacement.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 3:05 AM on Sun May 5 2013
@risingson Clancy Brown as Optimus? I like the sound of that!

Oh, Gods of Voice Acting, make it happen!!
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 6:44 PM on Tue Aug 27 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 If they ever made Optimus a more strict "military commander/general"-kind of guy, then Clancy would definitely be good for it.
Darklion
said at 10:33 PM on Sun Mar 31 2013
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peters awesome overall
kaye's good as orion pax
chalk's voice sounds like a great leader but fits primal more than prime
Rial Vestro
said at 3:34 AM on Sat Mar 23 2013
Except for David Kaye there aren't really any new takes on this character. Everyone just sounds like they're doing an impression of Peter Cullen. Garry Chalk and Neil Kaplan are rather good impressions, the others are horrible.
Aussieroth
said at 7:08 PM on Sun Mar 24 2013
@Rial Vestro Really? Garry sounds nothing like Peter in my ears. Neil once said that he actually could do a near perfect Peter Cullen Optimus (and he can too) but they wanted it to be modeled rather than copied for that series.

Otherwise.... yeah it's a strange variety otherwise
TFfanatic88
said at 11:09 PM on Wed Mar 13 2013
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1. Peter Cullen (G1)
2. Garry Chalk (Beast Wars/Machines)
3. Garry Chalk (Unicron Trilogy)
4. David Kaye (Animated)
5. Neil Kaplan (RID)
lnytune1
said at 5:23 AM on Thu Nov 14 2013
@TFfanatic88 What about Peter Cullen in the movies?
pete
said at 4:35 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
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The best are Cullen(original) Chalk(SECOND BEST AND HE REALLY SOUNDS LIKE A LEADER) Neil Kaplan(Great voice for a lousy series)

Cullen maybe the original but Chalk has this very firm military like voice for the character. Chalk sounded like he meant business when someone messed up as you can hear in his clip while Cullen was just too forgiving mostly.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 6:03 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
@pete You don't think screaming GIVE ME YOUR FACE isn't forgiving? :-P
coolgeek176
said at 7:11 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
@pete Do you mean that you like Cullen's original performance the most or are you just calling him the original?
pete
said at 10:09 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight I reposted this from below just cause I felt like moving it up since it was posted two years ago and it was posted right when Prime began.
pete
said at 10:10 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
@coolgeek176 I prefer his Prime performance so I'm going with that.
pete
said at 10:11 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Oh and I think I posted before DOTM came put but thought his scream there were a joke.
pete
said at 10:19 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
@pete All caps was an accident I forgot to fix. Since this was supposed to be an updated opinion. I guess lousy is a bit too much. It actually had a decent amount of episodes. Since this post 2 seasons of Prime have passed so I like Cullen's Prime voice more than Gaary's voice in BW and TUT but still like it nonetheless. I think his Cullen's performance in G1 isn't bad but it doesn't have the emotion his movie and Prime voice does. It's at least better than the old, dry, hoarse voice Frank used for Megatron in G1 and if not for Prime he wouldn't be my favorite Megatron and it is one of the best voices and performances in an 80's cartoon.
Metabad
said at 12:53 PM on Tue Mar 12 2013
@pete I dunno if this is just me or not, but I thought RiD was actually pretty good and I really liked Daniel Riordan as Megatron.

Granted I haven't seen the series in a while and you're certainly free to your opinion, I'm just sorta left wondering what made it so bad. Especially when the Unicron Trilogy came out not too long afterwards.
pete
said at 2:48 PM on Tue Mar 12 2013
@Metabad RiD's page seems like it was received well and IA never watched it but instead watched the Unicron Trilogy. It had a decent number of episodes but I didn't like the Autobots vs. Predacons concept but Megatron looked cool. I had his toy which was awesome.
VctrBnsn
said at 5:18 PM on Sun Feb 24 2013
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The odds of someone surpassing Peter Cullen as the voice of Prime are about as high as Michael bay making a good movie. David, Garry, and Daniel are pretty good too. Robert Belgrade is probably the weakest.
VctrBnsn
said at 7:11 PM on Tue Mar 5 2013
I'm sorry, I mean Neil Kaplan. When I said Daniel I was thinking Daniel Riordan for some reason. Must of been the Megatron VC I was just on.
bumblebeebug
said at 5:31 PM on Wed Feb 20 2013
1. Peter Cullen (movie)
2. Peter Cullen (WFC)
3. Peter Cullen (Prime)
4. Peter Cullen (G1)
5. Garry Chalk (unicron trilogy)
6. Neil Kaplan
7. David Kaye

Beast Wars Optimus Primal, while great, is a separate character.

The rest aren't anything special.
MilanTheVillain01
said at 5:15 AM on Tue Feb 12 2013
# 1 - Peter Cullen (Movie version).
# 2 - David Kaye.
# 3 - Garry Chalk (Beast Wars version).
# 4 - Neil Kaplan.
# 5 - Peter Cullen (G1 version).
# 6 - Garry Chalk (Energon version).
BlankSlate
said at 11:49 AM on Tue Jan 22 2013
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David Kaye's Optimus is no Peter Cullen, but he does sound manly enough as the voice of reason and authority. Not as experience or rough as other incarnations, but still a calm, tactical leader.

Cullen is the best though; his character exudes authority, even with the silliest of lines.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 5:00 AM on Fri Jan 4 2013
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I'm currently watching Beast Wars, and I gotta say that Garry Chalk's doing a really good job as Optimus Primal. It reminds me a little of Tim Daly's Superman.
Nifredil
said at 5:16 AM on Tue Dec 18 2012
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Peter Cullen FTW !!!!
optimasprime1
said at 3:49 PM on Wed Nov 28 2012
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Peter Cullen is the best!!
coolgeek176
said at 1:40 PM on Sun Nov 4 2012
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Peter Cullen is the best Optimus Prime.Eric Edwards and David Kaye are fine too.
ConVito
said at 1:53 AM on Wed Oct 3 2012
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Cullen first, Edwards second. Chalk would be in there, but he seems to have trouble enunciating at times, and that really bugs me.
Aussieroth
said at 7:25 PM on Sun Oct 21 2012
@ConVito Actually that's more the vocal effects placed on him. When I hear him on his own his diction is IMPECCABLE!

He makes a great Optimus.... but one of his best characters is Mortis from Dragon Booster (a bit Reminiscent of your Golbez actually)
Patrick
said at 1:39 AM on Mon Sep 3 2012
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Peter Cullen is the only Optimus Prime to me. I noticed in the Transformers 2007 clip Peter is doing Optimus Prime which is great.. but while it sounds the same it is all so slightly different different from the original Cartoon.
BurtLancaster1913
said at 11:29 PM on Sat Aug 25 2012
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Peter Cullen defined the role, but Gary Chalk is a close 2nd, followed by everyone else. Now what we really need is Ron Perlman as Optimus Prime.
Onisatsu18
said at 10:09 AM on Sat Jan 12 2013
@BurtLancaster1913 That would be something.
Rooblakas013
said at 10:35 PM on Sat Jul 21 2012
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Peter Cullen always was and always will be Optimus Prime in my book.
DANGERRUSS
said at 8:44 AM on Wed Aug 22 2012
@Rooblakas013 Amen to that.
Cheesyfeet106
said at 7:33 PM on Mon Jul 16 2012
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Peter Cullen: He's good as the original voice, I really prefer him as Optimus in his later roles though. (Movie, Prime, WFC, FOC)

Garry Chalk: I like both his Primal and Prime voices, but are good as a younger, military leader like Optimus would be.

Neil Kaplan: He's a nice balance between Chalk and Cullen.

David Kaye: Who knew that he could pull off a Megs and a Prime? He's great as the younger, more inexperienced Optimus.

Robert Belgrade: Stiff and weak. Not completely horrible, but definitely the worst.

Ron Hayden: Good Garry chalk impression, really sounds similar.

Eric Edwards: He really nails the Peter Cullen impression. If for some reason, Cullen could not make an episode of Prime or something, Edwards is the one to call.

Overall Cullen is still the best although really only for his more recent voices, then Edwards for nailing Cullen’s voice, then Chalk, Kaplan, Hayden and finally Belgrade last.
Cheesyfeet106
said at 11:45 AM on Thu Sep 20 2012
@Cheesyfeet106 Oh, and Kaye is just above Neil.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 11:51 PM on Sun Sep 30 2012
@Cheesyfeet106 Agreed, especially in Transformers: Prime. :-)
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 10:18 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
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Peter Cullen IS Optimus Prime.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 4:49 PM on Thu Jun 14 2012
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Peter Cullin is the best, but Garry Chalk was pretty good too (especially in Energon)!
MegaMac
said at 3:42 AM on Thu May 31 2012
David Kaye to voice an Optimus as well as Megatron(s)...well, good lawrd.
finalCrystine
said at 11:11 AM on Fri May 25 2012
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Instantly voted for Peter Cullen. He is just amazing. I can listen to his Optimus Prime voice all day. xD
Aussieroth
said at 10:03 AM on Mon May 7 2012
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Peter Cullen Hands down. He revolutionised and perfected the role.

Garry though was also downright awesome and I'm surprised (even a bit disturbed) that Neil doesn't have any votes :|. He was a bloody awesome Optimus too.
BigBDawg
said at 12:29 AM on Thu Apr 26 2012
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Peter Cullen FTW! :) But I also gotta give it to David Kaye as well as Garry Chalk and Neil Kaplan.
SparklyShake12
said at 6:25 AM on Sun Mar 18 2012
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Peter Cullen wins by 30 country miles in my book.

Gary Chalk is pretty good, though his voice is different than I remember. He still sounds like Optimus though.

Neil Kaplan is OK. I think he was a little miscast, made Optimus sound a little too gruff for my liking, but it's not terrible or anything.

David Kaye isn't too bad either, considering his is younger version of Prime.

Robert Belgrade sounds incredibly stiff to my ears. His voice doesn't seem to fit the character at all.

Ron Hayden sounds like a weaker version of Belgrade's Prime. Definitely my least favorite of the bunch.

Eric Edwards was also surprisingly good, mind you not Cullen good, but darn close.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:09 PM on Fri Feb 3 2012
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Fun fact: Garry Chalk's voice for Optimus is actually his normal speaking voice.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 10:18 PM on Fri Feb 3 2012
@Nightmare Crusher

Kind of an obvious fact there don't you think ;)
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:38 PM on Fri Feb 3 2012
@OptimusSolo Considering what some actors can do with their voices it's not always too obvious.
Mr.Fennoy93
said at 1:23 AM on Thu Jan 26 2012
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I Think Clancy Brown should be the Next Voice of Optimus Prime.
Torak
said at 10:55 AM on Sun Jan 22 2012
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I can't say anyone else but Peter Cullen, Chalk and Kaye were ok the other were pretty medicore.
Patrick
said at 3:25 PM on Fri Dec 30 2011
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Peter Cullen-- end of story the BEST.

"DinoBots Destroy Devastator!!!!!
Gabe
said at 8:19 AM on Fri Dec 2 2011
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Peter Cullen is and always will be "Optimus Prime". Hands down one of my favourite voice actors and my all time favourite Transformer.

"Autobots... Transform and ROLL OUT!!!!!"
Xaayer
said at 2:42 AM on Sun Nov 6 2011
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Tie between Cullen and Chalk. I grew up on Beast Wars so Chalk is etched in as the voice of optimus. However, in the movie, I loved his deep peaceful voice. I never knew till now that it was the same as the original though.
ross murphy
said at 2:46 PM on Fri Nov 4 2011
i will be up there someday
Anicomicgeek
said at 2:11 PM on Thu Aug 18 2011
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Like everyone else said, Peter Cullen, hands down for Optimus, no question. That said, David Kaye does suit the still-new-to-the-game Optimus in Animated.
ROBERT
said at 7:48 AM on Mon Aug 15 2011
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PETER CULLEN AS THE VOICE OF OPTIMUS PRIME THE LEADER OF THE AUTOBOTS GARRY CHALK AS THE VOICE OF OPTIMUS PRIMAL THE LEADER OF THE MAXIMALS
KarlaFT
said at 3:49 AM on Wed Aug 3 2011
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wait what? I've always thought Peter Cullen was Optimus' human disguise.

said at 9:12 AM on Thu Nov 17 2011
@KarlaFT YEAH THATS WHAT I THOUGHT TO!
Metabad
said at 10:07 PM on Wed Jul 13 2011
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Peter Cullen is the best Prime.

Garry Chalk is the best Primal.

David Kaye does make for a good young Prime surprisingly.

Neil is alright, a little generic, but not bad.

Robert Belgrade and Ron Hayden are pretty bad.

Eric Edwards sounds pretty good to me, not my favourite, but there's nothing really outright bad about it.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:24 PM on Thu Jul 7 2011
I just started watching Transformers Animated and no offense to David Kaye because he is an excellent Voice Actor but his Optimus Prime voice does not fit the character at all!
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:21 AM on Tue Apr 3 2012
@OptimusSolo I respectfully disagree, OpSolo. :) Since his TFA incarnation is meant to be a younger, more inexperienced 'Bot, Kaye's portrayal is pretty good at portraying that. Obviously Kaye's voice here wouldn't mesh well with the live-action Optimus, but also vice-versa. Cullen wouldn't have been a good match for TFA Optimus, since he's better at doing the epic, deep, learned wise commander-aspect.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 11:36 PM on Tue Apr 3 2012
@TylerMirage I got through all of Animated and I personally don't like anything they did with Optimus in this show. I understand he is supposed to be a younger version etc etc, but it still doesnt mesh with me. The voice, the look, the personality are all just plain bad :)
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 6:38 AM on Fri Jan 25 2013
@OptimusSolo TRUKK NOT MUNKY! TRUKK NOT MUNKY! :-P
pete
said at 1:07 PM on Thu Feb 13 2014
@TylerMirage I think it would better for Cheetor, if Beast Wars was revived and had new voices, and an older voice would sound like his Professor X, but that's just me.
pete
said at 2:27 PM on Fri Feb 14 2014
@pete * be better for Cheetor.
Sonic_Blaze
said at 1:13 AM on Mon Jul 4 2011
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fun fact : Peter Cullens made his Prime voice like a tribute to his brother who did in the Vietnam war(I can't remember what the article listed it) that makes his version even more epic.
RabidSonicFan
said at 12:55 AM on Wed Jun 22 2011
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I'm definitely going with Peter Cullen, though I also like Garry Chalk and (to an extent) David Kaye.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:47 PM on Thu May 19 2011
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Unlike the Megatron voice compare I'm totally agreeing with the most popular. PETER CULLEN IS OPTIMUS PRIME!
Now Garry Chalk is a second to Cullen. He's voice just seems to fit and I always thought if, heaven forbide, Cullen couldn't make it then Chalk should be the guy to call.
Kaye's voice is...well...he is a different version of Optimus and I can't farily compare him to the others. I'll just say he's a decent version of that character.
Also Belgrade, Edwards, and Hayden are my leasts favorites. Some had voices that were forced while others just had bad voice acting.
Neil is...in the middle. Not bad but far from great.
ajhz
said at 8:05 PM on Tue Apr 19 2011
alright understandable
ajhz
said at 4:05 PM on Mon Apr 18 2011
why is Optimus Primal on this list isn't he a different character?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:38 PM on Mon Apr 18 2011
@ajhz He is the same general character idea, so he was included here as a "why not". If Primal gets another VA, he can be removed.
jON3.0
said at 6:57 AM on Fri Apr 15 2011
I really hope to make this list one day. :)

said at 8:22 AM on Fri Apr 15 2011
@jON3.0
Dude your second unto Peter, it is only time. ;)
pete
said at 10:57 PM on Tue Apr 12 2011
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The best are Cullen(original) Chalk(SECOND BEST AND HE REALLY SOUNDS LIKE A LEADER) Neil Kaplan(Great voice for a lousy series)

Cullen maybe the original but Chalk has this very firm military like voice for the character. Chalk sounded like he meant business ewhen over someone messed up as you can hear in his clip while Cullen was just too forgiving.
pete
said at 4:34 PM on Wed Mar 6 2013
@pete Don't know why I put that in caps.
Sonic_Blaze
said at 6:25 PM on Wed Feb 9 2011
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Peter Cullen. MOST MEMORABLE PRIME OF THEM ALL!
Starscreamsfan
said at 12:22 PM on Tue Feb 8 2011
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Re-Post:

My Thoughts (RELOADED):

1) Peter Cullen: He is Prime!!!!!!

2) Gary Chalk: Yep, he's great.

3) Robert Belgrade: Not bad, one of the best performances on that game.

4) Neil Kaplan: He makes a great Peter Cullen impression, making him memorable.

5) David Kaye: He sounds too young, but fitting for that version of Prime.
Starscreamsfan
said at 12:27 PM on Tue Feb 8 2011
Oh, almost forgot:

6) Ron Hayden: Great Gary Chalk Impression.

7) Eric Edwards: He really gives a good Peter Cullen impression.
balec (Guest)
said at 4:02 PM on Tue Dec 21 2010
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Peter Cullen is the best choice to play as Optimus Prime.
guillermo (Guest)
said at 8:29 AM on Thu Dec 9 2010
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My Thoughts (RELOADED):

1) Peter Cullen: He is Prime!!!!!!

2) Gary Chalk: Yep, he's great.

3) Robert Belgrade: Not bad, one of the best performances on that game.

4) Neil Kaplan: He makes a great Peter Cullen impression, making him memorable.

5) David Kaye: He sounds too young, but fitting for that version of Prime.
iceman (Guest)
said at 2:29 AM on Thu Nov 18 2010
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Peter Cullen all the ****en way
optimusprime86 (Guest)
said at 4:40 PM on Thu Nov 11 2010
No, no I haven't. But I will soon, OK?
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:05 AM on Thu Nov 11 2010
I get what you are saying but in all fairness G1 did have some legendary voice actors. I would put Gilvezan, Ross, Cullen, Welker and Bell not to mention a few others against anybody nowadays. I agree that some G1 voices werent as good but those guys are pretty solid. Have you checked out my top ten list for 80s male voice actors?
optimusprime86 (Guest)
said at 1:31 AM on Thu Nov 11 2010
Yes, I did. It IS the only good TF series, but it's voice acting is far from perfect. And I prefer Chalk's Prime best. And what I mean by "G1 fanboys" are people who, like me, believe that G1 is the only good Transformer series, but they also think that about the voice actors from G1, they pretty much hate anyone who doesn't favorite the original voice actor. Get it?
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 12:27 AM on Tue Nov 9 2010
Didnt you just say though that G1 was quote 'the ONLY good Transformers series."?? You confuse me yet again haha
optimusprime86 (Guest)
said at 5:46 PM on Mon Nov 8 2010
I guess you're right. Wasen't paying much attention when I wrote that. Sorry. But I do (slightly) prefer Garry Chalk over Cullen, nothing against him, though. Just my opinion.
But knowing the nature of G1 fanboys...I'll probably get flamed. -_-
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:13 AM on Mon Nov 8 2010
Peter Cullen voiced him in G1 not Garry Chalk so not sure what the heck you are talking about @optimusprime86
optimusprime86 (Guest)
said at 9:07 PM on Sun Nov 7 2010
Garry Chalk gets my vote. He is awesome at the role. He fits Optimus Prime perfectly.
Not to mention he voiced him in G1, the ONLY good Transformers series.
jakob997 (Guest)
said at 6:42 AM on Sun Nov 7 2010
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Wait, there's people that DIDN'T vote for Peter Cullen? Wow. He is THE Optimus Prime, his voice is so timeless and classic.
bladelight52 (Guest)
said at 2:31 PM on Tue Oct 19 2010
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Peter Freaking Cullen. That is all.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:23 PM on Thu Sep 30 2010
The artist is Don Figueroa, who is IMO one of the best Transformers artists.
rod (Guest)
said at 4:06 AM on Thu Sep 30 2010
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Peter Cullen is the best.. anyone knows who made (artist) the complete transformers banner above? Thanks
primefan (Guest)
said at 7:14 PM on Thu Sep 16 2010
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Peter Cullen hands down. i like his Prime in the live-action films the best.
His voice has gotten deeper, and it's even more kickass then in the 80's.
moonarcher (Guest)
said at 3:16 PM on Sat Sep 11 2010
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Who can beat Peter Cullen as Prime who.
He for Optimus Prime is just like Kevin Conroy is for Batman-Irreplaceable
guillermo (Guest)
said at 11:26 AM on Sat Aug 7 2010
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My thoughts:

1) Peter Cullen: The best of all. When I think of Optimus, I can't imagine him without this voice.

2) Gary Chalk: His voice takes some elements from Cullen performance but it's tougher, but it's still great.

3) Robert Belgrade: His voice reminds me of Ron Hayden (Voice of Prime in the Prime Voice Changer). His performance is not bad, but could have been better.

4) David Kaye: He makes a great younger Prime.

5) Neil Kaplan: I actually liked his Cullen Impression, but I like the others more.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 8:08 PM on Mon Aug 2 2010
I disagree with youbig time @wiiztec. I can't stand Chalk's Prime voice.
wiiztec (Guest)
said at 9:09 PM on Sun Aug 1 2010
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Garry Chalk is the best
dan (Guest)
said at 7:26 PM on Tue Jun 29 2010
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Cullen's original voice for Prime is my favorite. I don't know if it's been done on purpose, or some tweaking has been done, but the last few times he's done the voice, it just doesn't sound the same.
anonymous318 (Guest)
said at 12:11 AM on Sat Jun 26 2010
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I have to admit, Peter Cullen practically OWNS this character, so I'll give him my vote. But as for putting a new spin on the great icon, I say David Kaye did pretty well. Even though he sounds young and not quite as experienced as G1 O.P., he still has that commanding and heroic edge to his voice. All of the others I just couldn't get into.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 12:42 PM on Sun May 23 2010
I disagree, in essence they are basically the same character. I would agree with you if you made a similar argument on the Inferno compare where those two are nothing like the same character but here I think most TF Fans agree that Prime and Primal are basically the same character even if 'technically' they are not
optimuspot (Guest)
said at 1:25 AM on Fri May 21 2010
Optimus Primal shouldnt even be on the list. He chose the name and isnt a Optimus Prime. Primal isnt a Prime.

With that said I vote Cullen then Kaye.
ian (Guest)
said at 6:32 AM on Sat May 8 2010
i wanna see optimus
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 7:51 PM on Sat May 1 2010
All I can hear is the Toonami announcer when I hear Cullen's Optimus.
drewmerkel (Guest)
said at 2:40 AM on Thu Apr 15 2010
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Neil Kaplan FTW!
he'll actually talk to you, too! cool guy! Great Optimus! and he's got the best toy too...

I like all of them though... but I still think Kaye should have stuck with megatron. YEEEESSS!
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 6:09 PM on Thu Apr 1 2010
It is called Transformers: Prime
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 1:10 AM on Wed Mar 31 2010
there has to be. with TF Animated canned they gotta bring in something to keep the TF in kids minds between now and the next movie.
smarttamarr94 (Guest)
said at 7:09 PM on Tue Mar 30 2010
there's going to be a new series?
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 4:03 PM on Tue Mar 30 2010
Can't wait to see who voices him in the new Series. Glad to see it wont be Kaye!
d20watt (Guest)
said at 4:02 PM on Thu Mar 4 2010
I first grew up with Beast Wars. So I wasn't familiar with the old Transformers at the time.

I was more familiar with Gary Chalk's Optimus. When my big brother showed me the old Transformers. I thought it was weird at first.

When I got older, I started liking it.

Peter Cullen and Gary Chalk are my favorite voices for Optimus.

I like David Kaye more as Megatron.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 4:16 PM on Tue Dec 22 2009
Great to see you stop by TFG1 - I am jealous I didn't get in on all the Beast Wars interviews like I did with Lion-O!!! We will get on changing that spelling ASAP!
TFG1Mike
said at 4:13 AM on Sun Dec 20 2009
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First off before I even say what I'm gonna say personally for Optimus Prime Peter Cullen all the way.

Secondly the following is not a advertisement:

My friend Steve and I recently interviewed David Kaye, Mr. Kaye told us that the Transformers Animated crew wanted a younger sounding Prime. He did do the voice younger, but they didn't like it very much. So they had him use pretty much his own voice with a slightly higher pitch.

Thirdly to the web admins: Just so ya know it's spelled Garry with 2 R's for Chalk. He told me so. Also keep up the excellent work.

I think that's it for Prime from me lol
penguintruth (Guest)
said at 2:18 AM on Thu Dec 17 2009
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As if there's a reason to even debate.

Peter Cullen! One of the most epic voices of all time.
ryan (Guest)
said at 12:35 PM on Fri Dec 4 2009
Cullen and Chalk. Period.
maximaladyb (Guest)
said at 2:00 AM on Sat Nov 28 2009
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Peter Cullen hands down. He IS the voice of Prime. As much as everyone else is nice, Mr. Cullen just cannot be replaced as Prime.

~Lady B
stevemegatron (Guest)
said at 10:02 AM on Fri Nov 27 2009
I prefer out of this voice cast:

Cullen
Chalk
Kaye

They did the best renditions. I am not a fan of Transformers RiD at all.
jeric (Guest)
said at 6:21 PM on Sat Nov 7 2009
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peter culler is the original voice of optimus. from the classic animation back in the 80's to the big screen.
tomi (Guest)
said at 7:55 AM on Sun Oct 4 2009
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Peter Cullen is THE ONE Optimus Prime to me. His voice can,t be rivalred, not even by Garry Chalk.
Needless to say, Peter Cullen has a voice of Lord.
liquidvixen (Guest)
said at 8:00 PM on Sat Aug 29 2009
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Peter Cullen is a boss. The one and only Optimus Prime
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 7:34 PM on Thu Aug 13 2009
mobray im not sure you understand how voice compares work?? This is only for people who did Optimus Prime...
mobray (Guest)
said at 5:01 PM on Thu Aug 13 2009
You forgot Blue Mankuma who did the voice of Tigerhawk
Keldor (Guest)
said at 4:29 PM on Sun Jul 26 2009
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1. Cullen always will be no.1
2. David Kaye, atleast he doesn't sound like Megatron voice Prime.

Gary Chalk is awful, his Prime voice is exactly the same as his Primal voice in Beast Wars and Beast Machines, he's much better at playing villain characters.
yaspence (Guest)
said at 10:11 PM on Thu Jun 25 2009
Tie between Peter Cullen & Gary Chalk
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:57 PM on Thu Jun 25 2009
Shadow, Chalk did the voice in both Beast Wars and Beast Machines...
gjgjgj (Guest)
said at 12:44 PM on Wed Jun 24 2009
Prime and Primal aren't the same character. Same type, sure, but not the way the Primes are versions of the same character.
k9 (Guest)
said at 9:06 AM on Mon Jun 22 2009
Simply amazing and more than meets the eye
Mike M. (Guest)
said at 11:26 AM on Mon May 25 2009
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Why is this even up here...Peter Cullen is Optimus Prime....but disguised as a Human lol
paul (Guest)
said at 12:41 PM on Tue Apr 21 2009
Peter Cullen is the original. You simply have to love it, but David Kaye is great for the new incarnation of Optimus. I love all the voices on the animated series.
willow (Guest)
said at 3:29 PM on Mon Apr 20 2009
Can't choose between Peter Cullen & Chary Chalk. I 'em both too much as Optimus Prime.
shadow25 (Guest)
said at 2:14 AM on Sun Apr 19 2009
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I like Peter Cullen as Prime best, but in the film now, not in the original series. I think with age his Prime sounds so much better. Rating just these, I think Gary Chalk is the best, and Neil Kaplan is just way too generic. David Kaye is fine as a young Prime.
markstrange (Guest)
said at 5:10 PM on Fri Apr 17 2009
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Peter Cullen!
shadowwing (Guest)
said at 10:27 AM on Fri Apr 17 2009
Chalk actually did do the voice of Prime, but not in Beast Wars. There was a scene in the follow-up, Beast Machines, where Primal has a vision of Optimus Prime talking to him, and Chalk did the voice for that as well.
ateromen (Guest)
said at 8:48 PM on Sat Apr 11 2009
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Peter Cullen rulessssss.....
thomas (Guest)
said at 4:33 PM on Sat Apr 11 2009
Even so, in technical terms Optimus Primal still repesents The current Optimus Prime.
ob (Guest)
said at 5:40 PM on Wed Apr 8 2009
Optimus Primal isn't the same as Optimus Prime. They are two different characters. Primal and the Maximals are descendants of the Autobots.
TheOriginalMan (Guest)
said at 3:54 PM on Sun Apr 5 2009
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No contest. Peter Cullen hands down
john (Guest)
said at 11:49 AM on Wed Apr 1 2009
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I like Peter Cullen the best Gary Chalk and Neil Kaplan are also pretty good, as for David Kaye he sounds too young.
thomas (Guest)
said at 8:14 PM on Tue Mar 31 2009
Talk about IRONY!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 9:24 PM on Mon Mar 30 2009
he sure was. wot a full circle career. its not often u get to play both arch enemies :)

be sure to check out the Megatron page.
thomas (Guest)
said at 7:48 PM on Mon Mar 30 2009
Wasn't David Kaye the one who played Megatron in Transformers:Energon and Beast Wars?
batsy2 (Guest)
said at 3:26 PM on Mon Mar 30 2009
thanx for the request


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