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

Perceptor is one of the most intelligent Autobots. He acts as a scientist and rarely engages in battle. Perceptor has a bad habit of using long, scientific words, which often confuses the other Autobots. He typically transforms into a microscope. The Animated version of Perceptor is so obsessed with information that he deleted his personality in order to make room for more, hence the monotone voice.
Created by NCZ on Mar 28 2012
Special thanks to UltimateCharm for additional sound clips.
Transformers (1984)
PerceptorPaul Eiding
Paul Eiding
Transformers Animated (2007)
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (2012)
PerceptorJim Ward
Jim Ward


I'm going with Paul for this one. I liked his English accent (reminiscent of C-3PO) and how he could made Perceptor sound intelligent but not stuck-up. I get that the Animated Perceptor is meant to be like a robot Stephen Hawking, but I'm not really a fan of that interpretation or voice. Jim Ward is another great voice for Perceptor. He's right up there with Paul in my mind.



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said at 7:32 PM on Fri Oct 27 2017
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VC thoughts update

Paul Eiding really makes Perceptor a really likeable character. He not only sounds intellectual, but he also has an earnest quality that really made the character memorable.

Jim Ward really does a good job at trying to emulate Paul while making the role his own.

MacInTalk... no... just no...
8000 Saiyans
said at 6:59 PM on Fri Oct 27 2017
Paul Eiding is the best here.

Jim Ward is decent and MacInTalk is monotone.
said at 5:30 PM on Mon Jul 10 2017
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1. Paul Eiding
2. Jim Ward
3. MacInTalk
said at 3:20 PM on Mon Mar 28 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
1. Paul Eiding
2. Jim Ward
3. MacInTalk
said at 10:28 AM on Mon Jan 4 2016
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I really love Paul Eiding as Perceptor. He makes Perceptor a really nice, likeable intellectual. Most intellectuals in cartoons tend to act all high and mighty and a bit too arrogant but Paul makes him sound humble yet cheerful and really invested in the work he does which makes him endearing to me.

Jim Ward is really good too however I feel he sounds a bit stuffy at times, he sorta sounds like he'd fit Brainstorm more IMO.

I really hated that in TFA they had Perceptor delete his emotions and use MacInTalk for his voice.

Paul Eiding said it best that 'I honestly prefer a human touch to Perceptor, no matter how obsessed he becomes. It's whats make the Transformers accessible to we humans".

That's what I love about the Transformers, they feel like real humans despite being robotic aliens from space.

Paul Eiding gets my vote for sure.

BONUS: I've always thought Ted Cole could make for an excellent Perceptor using his Glyde.EXE voice. He might sound a little posh but still bring out the polite and refined attitude he has. I can also see Jeff Bennett fitting for the more colder IDW version, Oliver Wyman or if they can get him David Tennant.
Mark Johnson
said at 2:56 PM on Sat Mar 28 2015
1. Paul Eiding
2. MacInTalk
3. Jim Ward
said at 8:13 AM on Fri Feb 27 2015
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1) Paul Eiding*
2) Jim Ward*
3) MacInTalk

*It's a tie. Both are PERFECT FITS!!!!
Polyester Funk
said at 11:47 PM on Tue Jun 10 2014
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I like Paul Eiding as Perceptor. He just gave a fun voice and performance. Jim Ward is good, too I must say. MacInTalk was an interesting idea, but Transformers are supposed to be humanized robots so it seems out of place.
said at 8:25 PM on Wed Aug 28 2013
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I have to agree with Mr. Eiding on this one: Perceptor is a character that should feel more human in nature. The idea of having a character talking through MacInTalk is a bit creative: it just doesn't work on Perceptor. Ward, on the other hand, is right up their with Paul. Some of the voicework on FoC wse iffy, but luckily Perceptor wasn't one of the downsides. A major improvement over TFA, and a great throwback to the character. However, Paul still gets my vote on this one.
said at 4:41 PM on Thu Jan 24 2013
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I think Paul does a good job and MacInTalk, while it is strange, I like the idea of literally losing all emotion and becoming this monotone robot and who else to play it but a computer? But I prefer Jim Wards performance the most. He makes him sound intelligent and I like the British accent he put on it
said at 12:04 AM on Fri Jan 18 2013
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I like Paul the best. He seems to have a nice balance between the two extremes: too much emotion (Jim, who still wasn't bad) and MacInTalk (not enough emotion).

Also, the MacInTalk was difficult to understand at times.
said at 8:13 PM on Mon Nov 5 2012
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Well... my heart is torn between Paul and Jim now
said at 5:18 AM on Wed Oct 31 2012
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Jim Ward :-D
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:51 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
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I really like Jim's version.

Now, if Tom Kane ever gets a whack at Perceptor (pleasemakeithappen), I'd probably change my vote to him. ;)
said at 5:17 AM on Wed Oct 31 2012
@TylerMirage OMG YES PLEASE. :-D
said at 12:22 PM on Sat Dec 1 2012
Or Tom Kenny.
said at 2:48 AM on Fri Sep 7 2012
I'm not sure this even counts since the animated voice is not an actual VA not a real performance at all.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:01 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
@pete It does count since it's still technically a voice performance, even if it's not human.
said at 10:21 AM on Sat Apr 7 2012
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I'm gonna side with everyone else--including Paul Eiding himself--on this issue and vote for Paul for Perceptor.
said at 10:29 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012

Jim Ward's good, but Eiding's better, so I'm gonna stick with him.
said at 2:28 AM on Fri Mar 30 2012
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I'm biased but, absolutely, prefer Paul to the MacInTalk. Perhaps because I'm Paul. But to be serious for a moment, I honestly prefer a human touch to Perceptor, no matter how obsessed he becomes. It's whats make the Transformers accessible to we humans.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:10 AM on Fri Mar 30 2012
@pauleiding Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment Paul! I absolutely agree with you. To me, one of the most appealing parts about Transformers is that they're so human, despite being robots.
said at 4:53 PM on Sat Mar 31 2012
@pauleiding That is precisly right Roy Campbell, I mean Mr. Eiding. The fact that the Transformers have a ssense of human feeling just makes them more interesting.
said at 8:08 PM on Sat Apr 7 2012
@pauleiding Did you ever appear in a production that contains the late Jonathan Harris besides A Bug's Life?
said at 1:51 AM on Fri Mar 30 2012
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There was something so emotionless about MacInTalk's performance, like as if he just phoning it in for pay. It was a pretty bad cast decision, money could've been spent on a better Voice Actor.

Paul wins.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:15 PM on Thu Mar 29 2012
I'm so torn. I'd vote Paul since he (obviously) gives a human heart and emotion to the character, but the TFA version also works quite well, in my opinion. In TFA that's what he is essentially: a talking computer. And what better 'actor' to get for a talking computer than, well, a talking computer? ;)
said at 3:35 AM on Thu Mar 29 2012
MacInTalk gives the appropriate robot sound, but it doesn't have quite the range for a performance such as one for Perceptor.
said at 1:55 AM on Thu Mar 29 2012
I'm gonna vote for the guy that's not a Speak & Spell.
said at 10:01 PM on Wed Mar 28 2012
............................. Really? Do I even need to say? XD.
said at 1:51 AM on Fri Mar 30 2012
@Aussieroth voted MacInTalk?
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Who do you think has been the best from these Perceptor voice actors?
Paul Eiding
Jim Ward