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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Shockwave with sound clips and images.
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 Mon Sep 13 2010, 84 Comments, Add Comment
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Transformers (1984)
ShockwaveCorey Burton
Corey Burton
The Transformers
ShockwaveBarry Gjerde
Barry Gjerde
Transformers Energon (2004)
ShockblastBrian Drummond
Brian Drummond
Transformers: The Game (2007)
ShockwaveDaniel Riordan
Daniel Riordan
Transformers: War For Cybertron (2010)
ShockwaveSteve Blum
Steve Blum
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
ShockwaveFrank Welker
Frank Welker
Transformers: Prime (2010)
ShockwaveDavid Sobolov
David Sobolov


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 10:36 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.
said at 7:48 AM on Fri Feb 27 2015
1) Corey Burton
2) Steve Blum
3) Daniel Riordan
4) David Sobolov
5) Frank Welker
6) Brian Drummond
7) Barry Gjerde
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 12:34 PM on Wed Oct 8 2014
Could Corey Burton voice TP Shockwave with his Brainiac voice?
said at 7:22 PM on Tue Oct 7 2014
Would Corey's Brainiac voice work for Starscream
said at 11:55 AM on Wed Oct 8 2014
@Comicfan117 I mean Shockwave!
said at 10:08 AM on Sun Oct 5 2014
My Top 5:

1) Corey Burton
2) David Sobolov
3) Steve Blum
4) Isaac C. Singleton, Jr. (DOTM Wii Game)
5) Daniel Riordan
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 7:50 PM on Sat Jul 26 2014
If they gave Shockwave a different design in the Third Movie rather than the Official one, I think any David Warner or any Shockwave's other voices should be good for it.
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
Steve Blum got to reprise his Shockwave in Rise of the Dark Spark. Still pretty good, he actually got more dialogue.
said at 6:10 PM on Mon Mar 10 2014
I wonder if Sam Witwer would do good as Shockwave using his Darth Maul tone?
said at 7:50 PM on Tue Mar 25 2014
@30Rockefeller I would love to see that happen. Good choice.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:06 AM on Mon Dec 23 2013
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 2:28 PM on Wed Oct 16 2013
1. David Sobolov
2. Corey Burton
3. Daniel Riordan
4. Steve Blum
5. Brian Drummond
6. Frank Welker
7. Barry Gjerde
said at 1:03 PM on Wed Sep 25 2013
I wonder of Troy Baker would make a good Shockwave?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 3:59 PM on Wed Sep 25 2013
@Finister2 Something similar to Arlon from Kid Icarus wouldn't be a bad fit.
said at 10:50 AM on Tue Oct 1 2013
@Finister2 Hmm, his Pain voice could work for a DOTM/TFP-esque Shockwave.
DreamMaster08X (Moderator)
said at 8:20 PM on Wed Aug 28 2013
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.
Pokejedservo (Moderator)
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
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 8:39 AM on Sun Nov 9 2014
@skeletonking1234 Do y
said at 8:39 AM on Sun Nov 9 2014
@skeletonking1234 Do you think Corey could use his braniac voice for shockwave
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
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
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 10:29 AM on Mon Oct 15 2012
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Am i the only one, who think that Peter Weller could be an excellent Shockwave?
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 7:47 PM on Wed Nov 28 2012
@Dodgibishi Nope, you're not the only one. I think that would be awesome.
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
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 8:41 AM on Sun Nov 9 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight would his brainiac voice do
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
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
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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