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

Shockwave is a cold, logical, high-ranked Decepticon who serves as Cybertron's guardian. Shockwave has been interpreted as fiercely loyal to Megatron, or as someone who wants to ascend to the throne and take his place. For a brief period in 2004, he was known as "Shockblast" because of trademark problems.
Created by NCZ on Sep 13 2010
Special thanks to Foxwolf, Cypo for additional sound clips.
The Transformers
ShockwaveBarry Gjerde
Barry Gjerde
Transformers (1984)
ShockwaveCorey Burton
Corey Burton
Transformers Energon (2004)
ShockblastBrian Drummond
Brian Drummond
Transformers: The Game (2007)
ShockwaveDaniel Riordan
Daniel Riordan
Transformers: Prime (2010)
ShockwaveDavid Sobolov
David Sobolov
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
ShockwaveFrank Welker
Frank Welker
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (2014)
ShockwaveSteve Blum
Steve Blum
Transformers: Devastation (2015)
ShockwaveDarryl Kurylo
Darryl Kurylo


I do like the performances by Barry Gjerde and Daniel Riordan, and Steve Blum does a good job of following in Corey's footsteps. My least favourite is Brian Drummond's. It's okay on its own counts, but it's not as good as the others. As much as I like Frank Welker, the DOTM version of Shockwave is too monstrous, which is exactly the opposite of how the character should be. I have to say that in this case, there's no beating the original, so Corey Burton takes the trophy.



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said at 10:27 AM on Sun Mar 4 2018
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My personal number favorite is Corey Burton. He IS Shockwave. "Why?" you ask? Not because of his G1 performance because Shockwave in the cartoon was blindly loyal to Megatron and kept getting his butt kicked whenever someone comes through the Space Bridge. His performance as Shockwave I think is phenomenal. He sounds more like his inspiration for the voice, David Warner here but more menacing and calculating. Plus the character of Animated Shockwave is my personal favorite from the TV shows since his role felt more complete to G1 and Prime's who just disappear. Corey Burton, like I said, gets my vote. Plus whenever I read the comics, where Shockwave's a much better character compared to the cartoons (excluding Animated since that was a solid incarnation), where he's only loyal to his own version of logic and isn't even loyal to Megatron and gets his time to shine and Burton's Animated voice fits.

David Sobolov would've been better if they gave him the English accent plus while he sounds menacing, he speaks in the same tone a lot which is really not that interesting. I feel his voice fits the bulkier red-eyed version of Shockwave and makes him sound more like a scientist and more menacing compared to Frank Welker making him just a mindless monster who loves his pet Drill-Worm. Sobolov is OKAY or fine but he could do better with a better voice director and the English accent Burton has. He's my number three because I see potential with him.

Daniel Riordan is so underrated. He's my personal second favorite thanks to his performance in the PSP version of the first Transformers movie video game and is what I really wanted/expected out Sobolov's performance and Prime Shockwave's character. Riordan gives Shockwave more charisma and sounds interesting like Burton's Animated. Even though he doesn't have the English accent, I think Riordan did well with what he was given and is my number two.

Darryl Kurylo is fourth because he has the accent and voice, he just needs more material, better direction, and a much more interesting Shockwave to voice and we have someone who could be one of the best VA's for Shockwave.

Fifth, is Steve Blum because while he sounds intelligent, he sounds kinda' forced too and has the same tone of voice throughout. Burton gives more charisma and interest to the role I feel. Plus Blum is in almost every video game and uses the same different voices so this doesn't stand out personally. but at least he's much better as Shockwave compared to the latter three I have left.

Frank Welker, despite being the king of Voice Actors for nearly every VA, just doesn't stand out either and makes Shockwave like a blind raging Monster. With Sobolov and Blum, they sound more intelligent and calculating but Welker was just forgettable here.

Barry Gjerde is everything I didn't like about Sobolov, and Blum but tripled. Consistently monotone.

Brian Drummond I feel plays a different character since the character is named "Shcokblast" and is more homicidal and psychotic compared to Shockwave so I can't really say anything other than he fits Whirl more and even though the name is Shockwave without the trademark, he's still an entirely different character.
said at 9:36 AM on Fri Oct 20 2017
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VC thoughts update

Shockwave is one of Corey Burton's most memorable roles. His David Warner-esque voice just works perfectly for the character and I really love his cold, calculating delivery.

Darryl Kurylo does a really good job at emulating Corey. He has the same type of delivery and does sound quite intellectual.

Steve Blum does sound great in the role as well. The sneering mad scientist vibe works pretty well.

Daniel Riordan feels like a prototype of David Sobolov's version. He really sounds great in the role.

Speaking of which, David Sobolov sounds pretty creepy, menacing and badass as Shockwave. One of the best performances in TFP. As I said before, he kinda reminds me of Stanley Ross' Brainiac, and just for that, I want to hear him play Brainiac someday.

Barry Gjerde, Brian Drummond and Frank Welker just don't fit.
8000 Saiyans
said at 3:25 PM on Sat Oct 21 2017
@Starscreamsfan Sobolov as Brainiac? That should be interesting.
EPA Deane
said at 1:18 PM on Wed Oct 18 2017
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My Top 5 Favourite Shockwave Voices:

5. Brian Drummond
4. Darryl Kurylo/ Steven Blum
3. Daniel Riordan
2. David Sobolov
1. Corey Burton

Future VA Suggestions:

If he used a Modulated Version voice of his Magneto voice, Dwight Schultz would be a solid fit For Shockwave.

For a More Obscure Recommendation, I think Kevin T Collins would be another great voice for this Decepticon if he used a British Accented Version of his Griffith voice.

I also Recommend Christopher Gaze, Julian Sands, Stephen Stanton and Jason Issacs
8000 Saiyans
said at 11:41 AM on Tue Oct 17 2017
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Burton is the best Shockwave, but Sobolov is also great.
said at 3:36 PM on Mon Jul 10 2017
1. Corey Burton
2. David Sobolov
3. Steve Blum
4. Frank Welker
5. Daniel Riordan
Pat Rex 11
said at 2:38 AM on Fri Jun 30 2017
David Sobolov appears to be the most logical choice despite Burton's long lasting performance. I will vote for the more intelligent and imposing sounding shockwave in Sobolov
said at 6:00 PM on Tue Jan 24 2017
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According to my Calculations Corey is the best shockwave ever.
HK-47 master
said at 5:47 AM on Sun Jun 19 2016
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#1 Corey Burton: What can I say that hasn't been said before. Burton's David Warner inspired voice and cold calculating performance made Shockwave the Decepticon mastermind that we all know him as. It's a pit that he doesn't reprise the role more often as his voice is the definitive Shockwave voice for me.

2# David Sobolov: I was originally upset when I heard that Burton wasn't reprising the role of Shockwave for Prime, but perhaps that only made me more impress with David's take. His voice is very different from Burton yet he still has the same cold demeanor whilst doing his own thing. I wouldn't mind hearing him voice Ultron some time in the future.

3# Steven Blum: Whilst I prefer him as Starscream, he also does a very good Shockwave. Like Sobolov, he lacks the accent but makes up for it in performance.

4# Daniel Riordan: Essentially what David's take was before he got the role. Not bad, but not as good as the earlier ones either.

5# Darryl Kurylo: Not bad, but he seems more akin to Michael York than David Warner. It's a pity they didn't get Burton back.

6# Brian Drummond: Whilst I have not watched the Unicron trilogy, Drummond's take is such a departure from Burton's that I'm just not feeling it. I always imagined Shockwave as a cold blooded calculating scientist and he just sounds like a bad-tempered thug. Not a bad performance overall, but it's just not to my tastes.

#7 Frank Welker: Aside from the irony of voicing a Burton originated character when Burton had previously done a Welker originated character in Animated, there isn't much to this performance. He only gets a few lines and sounds like a generic beast. I don't blame him completely, Shockwave wasn't the best handled character in the films and I liked this version much more in Foundation and Rising Storm.

#8 Barry Gjerde: Monotone. Just...just monotone. If there's one saving grace, at least he attempted to do a Warner/Burton impression.
said at 12:47 PM on Tue Mar 8 2016
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1. Corey
2. Steve
3. David
4. Daniel
5. Frank/Brian
6. Darryl
7. Barry
said at 9:41 PM on Mon May 23 2016
It's weird, I prefer Corey, yet Steve is the voice I hear for Shockwave in my head.
said at 6:03 PM on Tue May 24 2016
@GreenGoblin75 ^ This but with Daniel Riordan for me.
Borax Joe
said at 11:47 PM on Sat Feb 20 2016
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Brian Drummond reminds me of Vegeta as a robot.
said at 3:59 AM on Sun Jan 31 2016
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David Solobov. He and Steve Blum are the only one who portrayed Shockwave as his really attitude should be: codly, logical and emotionless. However, Steve Blum sound too angry and evil. Solobov really sound emotionless, like a machine.
said at 7:07 AM on Sun Jan 3 2016
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Logic Dictates That I should vote for Corey Burton! I really love Corey as Shockwave especially for how he sounded in the G1 cartoon. It's a fantastic impression of actor David Warner and fits a loyal yet rather cold factual machine well and my favourite incarnation of Shockwave is the TFA version however I thought Corey sounded a bit too light and frail sounding. I wish he did something a bit lower sounding, like re-invent Shockwave's voice for the modern era like what Frank Welker did with his Megatron. Weirdly enough sometimes I think his TFA Megatron would fit Shockwave. Also Corey Burton totally fits the IDW Shockwave well especially if you imagine the Senator with Longarm Prime's voice.

David Sobolov is my second favourite, talk about an out of the box casting idea. The deep voice Sobolov as the cold logical Shockwave. It's awesome. it fits his more hulking massive size and sounds extremely unemotional for the most part. I sort of wish he had an English accent of some kind but it's still a really awesome performance.

My third favourite would be Daniel Riordan, that is an awesome deep English sounding voice. It's a shame he doesn't have more material to work with, he'd be really great.

Steve Blum is fourth. I prefer him as Starscream indefinitely but he does fit Shockwave to an extent and his voice does have a creepy indifferent vibe to him which is neat.

Darryl Kurylo does emulate Corey Burton somewhat well but I feel he's rather inconsistent with the accent. Again keep working on it Darryl, you're on to something there.

I love Brian Drummond's performance as Shockblast, he's a wicked and deranged psychopath which is awesome and fun to watch. My favourite character in Transformers: Energon however he doesn't really fit the traditional Shockwave but he would make for the perfect Whirl from the IDW MTMTE comics.

Barry Gjerde is all logic and no style and Frank Welker is just a generic monster voice. That is Not Shockwave.....*sigh*

BONUS: I think if Mark Oliver did a slightly lighter version of his Miles Dredd, it would make for an awesome Shockwave. Also I know it's typecasting but Tom Kane doing a variation of his Ultron would also be a perfect match.
Shaun Ince
said at 6:35 AM on Fri Nov 20 2015
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Liking the new clip you chose for Blum NCZ
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:43 AM on Fri Nov 20 2015
@Shaun Ince That wasn't me @_@
Shaun Ince
said at 4:51 PM on Fri Nov 20 2015
Shaun Ince
said at 4:58 PM on Fri Nov 20 2015
@NCZ Thinking about it now, it was probably one of the other admins or moderators that updated it. Initially I thought it was down to the mod or admin who made the VC that was allowed to change it, but judging by your response, that not the case. In comparison to the previous clip that was on here for Blum, this one sounds much clearer.
Dark Kuja
said at 2:40 PM on Wed Oct 7 2015
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I'd like to hear Corey Burton do a take that woud fit Shockwave's early comic portrayal or toy bio: logical to the point of wishing to usurp Megatron himself.

But then, it's sound like Corey's Brainiac to me.
said at 12:45 PM on Wed Oct 7 2015
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Darryl sounds eerily like Simon Broad as Sixshot.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 12:51 PM on Wed Oct 7 2015
@Zillah Oh good lord, I can hear it.
said at 1:46 AM on Thu Oct 8 2015
@Zillah It's like a strange cross between Simon Broad's Sixshot and Corey Burton's Shockwave...and wasn't Sixshot in Energon Shockwave's brother or something? That just makes this freakier...

Also, Darryl Kurylo as Sixshot please.
said at 9:37 PM on Sun Oct 11 2015
@Metabad Pretty much.
said at 7:16 AM on Mon Oct 5 2015
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1) Corey Burton: His Shockwave is just really absolute perfection. He nails the intellectual side and he also manages to sound menacing at the right times. Both his original take and his performance in Animated are excellent and perfectly fitting in their own way.

2) Darryl Kurylo: He sounds different compared to Burton, but his delivery is pretty similar to that of Burton and he hits the same buttons as his predecessor. Another solid performance.

3) David Sobolov: Another one of my favorite performances in Prime. Sobolov's Shockwave kinda reminds me of Stanley Ross' Brainiac, which is something that I really find great. He sounds cold, calculating as well as menacing. A great performance from a rather meh show.

4) Steve Blum: Very nice intellectual performance. He manages to add a mad scientist vibe to his performance, which fits this version of the character.

5) Daniel Riordan: A pretty cool performance. Riordan really nails the intellectual sound that is needed for the character.

6) Brian Drummond: Works for his version, but not for the military strategist version.

7) Frank Welker: A cold, brutal strategist with a devotion to logic sounds like a beast. How does that work???

8) Barry Gjerde: Yes, Shockwave is supposed to be a cold, calculating character, but THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!!!
Polyester Funk
said at 12:33 AM on Tue Oct 6 2015
@Starscreamsfan DOTM completely wasted Shockwave. Seems that just because fans wanted the character in movies that they threw him in there even though they didn't know what to do with him.
said at 5:28 AM on Tue Oct 6 2015
@Polyester Funk Oh, yes. They just seemed to put him in there just for the sake of it. :(
Polyester Funk
said at 12:06 AM on Mon Oct 5 2015
Darryl Kurylo is pretty good.
said at 11:56 PM on Sun Oct 4 2015
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Surprised Corey Burton didn't come back. Darryl Kurylo does alright, though.
said at 3:48 PM on Wed Jun 24 2015
Why don't you have Corey's Transformers Animated Shockwave, I know it's basically the same voice, but he's older now, sounds a bit different to his G1 version.

Solobov's voice sounds awful, he just sounds like an evil Depthcharge, but then all of the voice acting on Prime was terrible.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:07 PM on Wed Jun 24 2015
@Keldor I just didn't think it was different enough to really be worth including. It's not really radically different to the point that it would change most people's opinions, and it's not like Welker's Prime Megatron where he consciously did a different take on the character. It's just G1 Shockwave + time.
said at 10:36 PM on Mon Mar 9 2015
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... I can't decide between Corey Burton and David Sobolov. They're both just so great as Shockwave.
Corey is just classic and the british accent he used just fits him perfectly.
David on the other hand is a PERFECT fit for his version of the character, sounding big and tough while still being able to sound intelligent, like Shockwave should.
I also really liked Steve Blum's take.
Shaun Ince
said at 8:51 PM on Thu Jan 8 2015
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Druumond is a good VA, but that voice does not fit SHockwave. That voice would fit Starscream however.
said at 2:57 PM on Tue Sep 30 2014
Just to point out a character that clearly doesn't belong here: Shockblast. His name is ShockBLAST, not ShockWAVE, even though there's a bit of an appearance difference.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 3:08 PM on Tue Sep 30 2014
@IamOptimusPrime2020 They only called him Shockblast because Hasbro briefly lost the rights to the name Shockwave. He's intended to be Shockwave.
said at 3:34 PM on Tue Sep 30 2014
@Nightmare Crusher I wonder how they lost those rights, if they practically own the American division of the franchise.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 3:49 PM on Tue Sep 30 2014
@IamOptimusPrime2020 They just didn't renew the trademark it in time for Energon.
said at 7:08 PM on Wed Jul 2 2014
Corey Burton - I always thought he had a cool voice; though he was able to put it to more use in Animated, where he sounded much more sinister, unlike the overly fanatic follower of Megatron that he was in G1.

Barry Gjerde - Kinda bad.

Brian Drummond - NOT bad; but kinda generic.

Daniel Riordan - Once again, he's not bad, but it's just kind of a basic evil robot voice.

Steve Blum - His brief clip here doesn't leave much of an impression, but he does a good job in later games; giving a more calculating and monotone performance, much like David Sobolov would, only days after Fall of Cybertron was released.

Frank Welker - Other than the one line here (where he sounds very much like Megatron), he only speaks in Cybertronian; but as usual, he does the vocal effects very well.

David Sobolov - Like I said, this is very akin to Steve Blum's later performances, but much more deep and menacing.
said at 9:15 AM on Wed Jul 2 2014
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Steve Blum got to reprise his Shockwave in Rise of the Dark Spark. Still pretty good, he actually got more dialogue.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:06 AM on Mon Dec 23 2013
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Corey Burton is who I think of when I think of Shockwave. Although, I do sometimes have David Sobolov's voice in my head for him cuz he was also great. I'm going with Corey by a little bit.

Steve Blum sounds pretty good, but a bit recognizable. And Daniel Riordan sounds alright. Not much to go by, but he sounds interesting.

I'd like to hear Brian Drummond play a cold, logical Shockwave cuz the version he played was a crazy criminal.
said at 8:20 PM on Wed Aug 28 2013
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This is one of the hardest decisions to make on who's better: Burton or Sobolov. David really made such a surprise turnout for the reincarnation of Shockwave, giving him a cold-hearted, emotionally-detached outlook on life. However, Burton also provides such a memorable performance. It's so hard to choose.

On a side note, being a huge Blum fan, I wasn't sure what to think of him as Shockwave. When I finally played the game, I found his voice in FoC to be surprisingly fitting. It's a performance that manages to match both Burton and Sobolov in tone and reason.

But, sinec I have to make a choice..... While I love love LOVE the revamp of the character in TFP, I have to cast my vote on Corey. There's just a presence he emanates that's so entrancing. David comes in a VERY close second, with Blum following not too far behind.
SharpShot Shockwave
said at 6:42 PM on Fri Aug 2 2013
When it comes to my favorite Decepticon Scientist, Corey Burton Wins For Me. His G1/Animated British accent for Shockwave appeals to me the most (Partly because I'm British).

Pity he didn't Reprise the role in the Cybertron Games. Still Steve Blum Did Show Potential But He Sounded A Bit Too Generic while voicing The Cyclops Scientist along with some of the other Cons.

The Prime Series interested me more as it progressed, David Sobolov's interpretation did sound threatening and fitting, but to me, Corey's Voice... Is the most Logical.
said at 1:24 AM on Thu Jul 4 2013
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1. Corey Burton & David Sobolov- Corey's work is quite classic but David did a fine job in making Shockwave genuinely menacing. In other words Shockwave is a fine example on how a Transformers character having more than one characterization over the years is not always a bad thing.

2. Steve Blum- His work on WFC is pretty good but his work on FOC was much better as he did a good job in playing Shockwave as a cold and calculating scientist.

3. (Tie) Brian Drummond & Frank Welker- They both did well playing more monstrous versions of the role here.

4. (Tie) Barry Gjerde & Daniel Riordan- Decent "Evil Robot" voices but still kidn of generic.
said at 12:31 AM on Thu Jul 4 2013
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Even though Corey is the legendary and originating Shockwave, I have to give the Energon to David. He sounds like a scientist should along with an evil sense within the voice. He definitely fits Shockwave more than Corey Burton in my opinion.
said at 12:30 AM on Fri Jun 28 2013
I find the choice of the popular vote to be...illogical.

Sorry, just wanted to work the logical/illogical bit here somehow. :-P
said at 5:35 AM on Tue Jul 16 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Why? Because the Prime actor isn't winning. Oh wait. I think I just answered my own question.
said at 9:25 AM on Wed Jul 17 2013
@Fulgore2005 It's just a joke, dude Chill out. :-P
said at 3:17 PM on Wed Jul 17 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Well, I apologise for not seeing it that way.
said at 5:13 AM on Sun Jun 16 2013
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Corey Burton it is.
said at 8:53 PM on Sun May 26 2013
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Corey had a great snobby but coniving kind of voice and I loved his performance in the 07 series. 8.5/10

Barry Gjerde doesn't leave any impression in the slightest. Sounds not only dare I say it, robotic in his speech pattern, but just uninterested as well. 1/10

Brian sounds too high for my taste and a little too raspy and is a more forgettable performance in Drummonds history. 1.5/10

Riordan has a great deep voice for Shockwave but he didn't have anything really to work with in the game so I feel he was wasted potential. 5.5/10

As for Blum, if it wasn't for playing the FOC game I couldn't really give Blum a rating, but in that game he gives a great evil sound to his voice, but if they lowered his voice a bit or had a bit of a accent it could've worked a little better. But it isn't bad by Blums standards. 6.5/10

I love how Welker sounds, it just doesn't fit Shockwave in the slightest. Its too raspy, too deep, and Dr. Claw just doesn't fit how Shockwave and makes him sound more like a mindless monster. 3/10

David Sobolov just nails the part, he doesn't sound raspy, he has the perfect level of creepy deep voice, and he has that calculating style of speech pattern that Shockwave has always had, and as with most TF Prime characters, the voice fits the design absolutely flawlessly. 9.5/10

Overall I'll go with Sobolov as my favorite with Corey right behind him.
said at 3:45 PM on Tue Apr 9 2013
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Corey Burton needs to voice him in a modern incarnation. Going with David and Daniel.
said at 5:26 PM on Wed Apr 10 2013
@VctrBnsn Corey Burton voiced him in Transformers Animated and that isn't too old.
said at 10:26 PM on Wed Apr 10 2013
@coolgeek176 Holy crap, you're right. I even followed that series, how did I not know that? Oh well, my bad.
said at 12:43 AM on Thu Jul 4 2013
@VctrBnsn David just nails the role and knocks it out of the park. A superb job indeed.
said at 8:28 PM on Sat Mar 23 2013
What the heck were they thinking with Barry and Brian? In Barry's case I've heard better from Tataki and in Brian's case he could have went deeper and used his Venom instead of hos Vegeta or they could at least have added some effects to it. One of weaker performances in the Unicron Trilogy.
said at 2:35 AM on Fri Apr 5 2013
@pete They weren't, plain and simple. :-P
said at 9:41 PM on Tue Mar 5 2013
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David Sobolov manages to pull off the fact that Shockwave simply acts emotionless, and hasn't actually deleted his emotional programs like Soundwave. His Shockwave is the perfect balance between warrior and scientist, so he gets my vote.
said at 2:45 AM on Sat Dec 15 2012
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Steve Blum was better in Fall of Cybertron, probably 'cause he had more material to work with. I'm still going with David Sobolov, though.
said at 10:13 PM on Wed Dec 5 2012
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I'm going with David Sobolov but I really like Corey Burton too.
said at 10:10 PM on Fri Nov 23 2012
Corey Burton
said at 10:09 PM on Fri Nov 23 2012
corey burton ATW.
said at 12:50 AM on Sat Oct 20 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
1. David Sobolov
2. Steve Blum
3. Corey Burton

personally i think David Warner would be perfect for Shockwave
said at 11:44 AM on Sun Mar 31 2013
@Grimlock2814 Who doesn't. Burton based his voice on Warner's Sark character.
said at 3:54 PM on Wed Jun 24 2015
@Starscreamsfan It was David's Master Control Program voice he based the voice of Shockwave on, not Sark.

In the Transformers series, the voice of Shockwave was on a par in terms of iconic power with that of Frank Welker’s Soundwave. How did you come up with that style for the voice, and what is the process for inventing a new voice for a character?

Thanks for the compliment – I really enjoyed doing it. As far as inventing a ‘new’ voice goes, I must confess that I used the old voice actor’s tradition of “borrowing” the sound from an actor I thought would work well for the role: David Warner. As a cold and mysterious artificial intelligence, I was impressed with Warner’s characterization as the Master Control Program from an otherwise terribly flawed movie, “Tron”. I had already done some sound-alike work as that character, and looking at the design and description of Shockwave, felt it would be a good fit.
said at 4:11 PM on Wed Jun 24 2015
@Keldor Actually, the MCP is the same voice, just digitally enhanced and deepened.
said at 8:51 PM on Sat Sep 29 2012
Which episode is Corey Burton's clip from?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:14 PM on Sat Sep 29 2012
@VocalChameleon It's from "The Search for Alpha Trion", the episode with Elita One.
said at 9:37 PM on Sat Sep 29 2012
@NCZ Thanks.
said at 12:59 AM on Sat Sep 8 2012
Corey burton is the classic voice, david sobolov's was great since this shockwave looked giant and fearsome, and heck even daniel riordan did a decent job.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:32 PM on Tue Sep 4 2012
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David doesn't feel right for the role, it's too light fir a strong warrior but too deep for a scientist
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 1:01 PM on Sun Sep 2 2012
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David's Shockwave isn't bad. I think it definitely fits the "physical large and imposing" version of the character. Personally, I wouldn't have been a fan of Corey's typical Shockwave voice with that design.
said at 9:21 AM on Tue Sep 4 2012
@TylerMirage I... would mix it. David and Corey are awesome, perfect rather, for their performances with Shockwave, but if I was the VD and if I saw that picture, I would have cast Rick D. Wasserman and have him use an evil version of his Thor, keep the received pronunciation accent without the Shakespearean dialect. Or have David give him the RP accent... Then again, Shockwave is both a genius scientist and a warrior whose strength and skill is second only to Megatron so... David is perfect in Prime, Corey is perfect in G1 and animated... Verdict: my vote and heart is torn between the two XD
said at 7:53 PM on Tue Sep 4 2012
@Aussieroth I have envisioned David Kaye in his BM Megatron voice. sophisticated and also deep booming and somewhat posh sounding.

Both Corey Burton and David Sobolov did a great job as Shockwave.
said at 4:40 PM on Sat Sep 8 2012
I totally agree with you on the Rick Wasserman idea! Based on his performance in A: EMH, he could bring a distinct "flavor" to another iconic character.
But i must say i prefer David over Corey, as David made him a tad more believable with the deep booming monotone"esque" voice. Corey is and always will be great at what he does and the David Warner-thing he has going on in G1, fits this version of the character very well.
said at 10:08 AM on Fri Nov 23 2012
@Aussieroth I always thought Corey doing his Christopher Lee impression (a la Count Dooku and Hugo Strange) would be perfect for TFP Shockwave.
said at 6:29 AM on Sat Oct 4 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight Or the voice he used for Malware, which was monotone most of the time but still fit a character who was both intelligent and a warrior.
said at 6:46 AM on Sun Sep 2 2012
My Shockwave rank:

1.Corey Burton (Love his iconic British voice! Fits Shockwave perfectly.)

2.David Sobolov (Awesome voice for Shockwave! Really made him sound sinister and tough like a decepticon should be, a great example of the voicwork from Prime.)

Others aren't really special in any way.
said at 6:48 AM on Sun Sep 2 2012
@Torak On second though, gonna vote for David: his Shockwave just sounds too awesome to pass off! :D
said at 8:49 PM on Sat Oct 13 2012
@Torak Agreed.
said at 11:44 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
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1.They let Welker play Shockwave but not Megatron and he even gave a similar performance.

2. How many "wave" characters are in Decepticons? Soundwave, Shockwave, Tidalwave. Any others?
said at 11:39 PM on Sat Sep 1 2012
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After seeing the episode, I think I prefer David Sobolov's Shockwave more, though Croey Burton's still good. Steven Blum was also good.
said at 10:36 AM on Thu Aug 2 2012
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Corey's Shockwave sounds like a mix of Jeffery Combs and Maurice LaMarche's Mr. Freeze. Still, he gets my vote.
said at 12:54 AM on Sun Sep 2 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight Yeah, I'm changing my vote to David Sobolov as I thought he was better, though I do feel bad that Corey doesn't get to play him much in recent incarnations.
said at 6:14 AM on Sun Sep 9 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight I just realized that they could've had Corey Burton use his Christopher Lee voice, and that would've worked for TFP Shockwave. :-P
said at 9:20 PM on Sat Apr 28 2012
I like frank's Shockwave. Really changed the whole tone of the Character. Though I wished he would have a German accent.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:59 AM on Fri Jul 20 2012
@Mr.Fennoy93 Agreed. Although we really only got to hear one intelligible English line, I too like what he did. Was almost like a more monstrous take on his raspy G1 Megatron voice. Would've loved to have heard more. I always picture Bayformers Shockwave speaking in short. staccato. sentences. Nothing much, nothing elaborate, nothing fancy. Merely short phrases like "Let the culmination commence", "Insects!", "Cowards!", "Silence!", etc..
said at 1:50 PM on Tue Jan 31 2012
Can't ever go wrong with the classics, so yeah, I'm gonna go with Corey Burton on this one, though wasn't too bad. Really not digging Frank Welker's Shockwave.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 11:10 PM on Tue Jan 17 2012
Corey Burton is the obvious choice. The others are pretty unremarkable.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:17 PM on Fri Dec 7 2012
@Nightmare Crusher Okay, David was pretty good but I still see Corey Burton as the logical choice.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 1:53 PM on Thu Jan 12 2012
Shame we couldn't have heard more of Welker as Shockwave in "DotM". It may not have been the stoic English voice of Burton's portrayal, but that raspy, almost G1-Megatron-esque voice with more dialogue would've been so cool! :D
said at 7:47 PM on Mon Sep 19 2011
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I like Corey Burton the most of course, Brian Drummond I guess fits his version of Shockwave, but as far as comparing a brash stubborn transformer to a transformer running completely on logic...yeah its no contest here. That, and Brian sounds too much like his Vegeta performance.

Though I do think Daniel Riordan does make for a good replacement for Burton. He's probably my second favourite Shockwave voice.
said at 11:02 PM on Fri Jul 1 2011
man i cant wait to hear welker in dark of the moon
said at 12:52 AM on Wed Jun 22 2011
Definitely Corey Burton... who so far, has 100% on the poll, unsurprisingly.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:21 AM on Tue Nov 9 2010
Steve Blum clip updated.
said at 11:39 PM on Mon Sep 13 2010
I guess that depends, since he's a double-agent in Animated as Longarm Prime as well.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:03 PM on Mon Sep 13 2010
Kind of like how on our Batman voice compare, Kevin Conroy's clip is from the Animated Series, even though Conroy's been voicing Batman in other things like Justice League and Arkham Asylum.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:02 PM on Mon Sep 13 2010
I know, but I figured that since the voice is identical, I might as well only pick one, heh.
said at 8:55 PM on Mon Sep 13 2010
corey burton also voiced Shockwave in Transformers Animated.
said at 8:54 PM on Mon Sep 13 2010
even though Corey Burton voiced Shockwave in G1 he also reprised the role in Transformers Animated.
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