Sideswipe
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Sideswipe

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


Created by Pokejedservo on Feb 7 2010
Special thanks to NCZ, Foxwolf, DreamMaster08X for additional sound clips.
Transformers (1984)
SideswipeMichael Bell
Michael Bell
Transformers Armada (2002)
SideswipeSam Vincent
Sam Vincent
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The Game (2009)
SideswipeNolan North
Nolan North
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
SideswipeAndre Sogliuzzo
Andre Sogliuzzo
Transformers: Cyber Missions (2010)
SideswipeBronco Jackson
Bronco Jackson
Transformers: War For Cybertron (2010)
SideswipeTravis Willingham
Travis Willingham
Transformers: Dark of the Moon: The Game (2011)
SideswipeFred Tatasciore
Fred Tatasciore
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
SideswipeJames Remar
James Remar
Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2015) (2015)
SideswipeDarren Criss
Darren Criss

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GreenGoblin75
said at 8:07 PM on Sat May 14 2016
 1 Shout Out!
What I like about Travis's Sideswipe voice is that it could fit all his different depictions. He definitely recieves my vote. I liked pretty much all the others though.
Autovolt
said at 10:22 AM on Mon Jan 4 2016
I used to think of Sideswipe as a really generic character but nowadays Sideswipe is starting to get more focus and characterization which is nice.

My favourite version of Sideswipe is the RID version and Darren Criss is fantastic as him. He's basically a robot teenager, he's irresponsible and kind of a cocky jerk sometimes but I find this characterization the most memorable and he has the funniest moments of all Sideswipe's.

My second favourite is Michael Bell. While Bell is a fantastic VA I didn't think he shined in G1 at all, it wasn't till he reprise for Devastation that I thought he was really impressive, Bell is in his late 70's, starting his early 80's and it blew my mind that he could pull off a still relatively youthful character at his age. I thought only VA's like Frank Welker, Cam Clarke or seiyuu's like Toshio Furukawa and Toru Furuya could pull off young sounding voices at their ages. He impressed me so much that now I hear Bell as Sideswipe in the IDW comics.

Before Bell became my new voice for Sideswipe when I read, the voice I used was Travis Willingham, who I do like in the role. He's a bit generic sure but for a long time Sideswipe was just that generic guy in the background. Not much else to say.

Of all the Movie Sideswipe voices, my favourite was James Remar, he sounds the coolest and most badass of them all. He had more lines in DOTM than Andre Sogullizo got to have. Andre was good for those few lines but he needed more time and material to work with. why he was recast, that I will never know.

Fred Tatasciore surprisingly fits this role well too, it was cool to see him as a Autobot who wasn't a deep voiced brute or intellectual. Bronco Jackson sounds kinda cool for the role, he almost sounds like he'd fit as Jazz or Blaster just as well though. Nolan North is my least favourite of the movie voices, he's not terrible but leaves the least of an impression.

Sam Vincent is fine for an Armada Sideswipe but Armada Sideswipe is my least favourite incarnation and he doesn't add much else to the role to make care for him.

Overall Darren Criss gets my vote, with Michael Bell as a close second.

BONUS: I think Matt Lanter could make an awesome Sideswipe, I imagine he'd do a lighter sounding version of his Anakin Skywalker, I'd also like to see Michael Adamthwaite (imagine a more cocky version of his Jay) and if the movie version ever came back in some form maybe Robert Patrick?
Starscreamsfan
said at 5:18 AM on Tue Oct 13 2015
1) Michael Bell: Despite of the fact that Sideswipe doesn't do a whole lot in the original show, Bell's performance is just so full of depth and energy that you can immediately tell that he's a young, impulsive warrior. Plus, he does have some great chemistry with Corey Burton's Sunstreaker. Another standout from the original cartoon.

2) James Remar: One of my favorite live-action movie performances, Remar sounds extremely cool as well as tough. There's something about his deep, raspy voice that I think fits the movie design up to a tee. Plus, he has some memorable one liners.

3) Darren Criss: "I like the NZA NZA parts!!!" Man, Criss not only nails the youthful attitude and the impulsiveness, but he also adds a moderately childish attitude which makes his take pretty endearing.

4) Travis Willingham: A pretty cool youthful performance. Willingham does nail the character's impulsiveness and youthful attitude. A pretty cool performance from the Cybertron games.

5) Fred Tatasciore: Tatasciore really got to show his range in here. He does sound tough, but he also sounds pretty youthful, which really surprises me. Another great performance from an enjoyable game.

6) Nolan North: He's really cool. I think the cockney accent adds a lot to his performance and it kinda fits the design, too. Another standout performance from that game.

7) Sam Vincent: He's kinda cool, though he doesn't sound very impulsive, but then again, it's a different version of the character.

8) Andre Sogliuzzo: His accentless James Bond type of voice is kinda cool, but he doesn't get a whole lot of material to work with. Though I do sense some potential for Green Lantern (especially since Michael Rye told me when I met him that he portrayed GL as an American Bond in space kinda hero). But at it stands, Sogliuzzo really needed more material to work with.

9) Bronco D. Jackson: Decent, but kinda forgettable.
Starscreamsfan
said at 7:35 AM on Thu Jul 2 2015
1) Michael Bell
2) James Remar
3) Darren Criss
4) Travis Willingham
5) Fred Tatasciore
6) Nolan North
7) Sam Vincent
8) Andre Sogliuzzo
9) Bronco D. Jackson
pete
said at 3:55 PM on Tue May 12 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Darren has the cocky rebel teenage sidekick type voice Sideswipe should have, and I like Sam for his young soldier and teenage sidekick attributes, and Michael has a good youthful voice for him. All the tough guy/Bayformers versions don't really stand out enough for me to individually rank them, so I'm gonna tie them all. DreamMastrer worded it better than I can. Bronco's not too bad either
Mark Johnson
said at 6:29 PM on Tue Mar 31 2015
1. Andre Sogliuzzo
2. Darren Criss
3. James Ramar
4. Fred Tatasciore
5. Travis Willingham
6. Bronco D. Jackson
7. Norlan North
8. Sam Vincent
9. Michael Bell

Why did James Remar replace Andre Sogliuzzo in DOTM? why did Andre not return?
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 7:39 PM on Wed Mar 18 2015
 6 Shout Outs!
Darren's Sideswipe is what I've been waiting for in a Sideswipe for a LONG time - something memorable. He's not just a generic tough-guy, but a snarky, sassy loud-mouth.

Also, his hair looks like mine, so...
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 7:40 PM on Wed Mar 18 2015
Sorry, James, you're now in second place.
DreamMaster08X
said at 10:36 PM on Tue Mar 17 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
With a name like Sideswipe, Criss is honestly the type of voice that I best imagine: both snarky and smooth-talking. He gets my vote.
Anicomicgeek
said at 9:59 PM on Tue Mar 17 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Sticking with Travis Willingham, though Darren Criss was also good.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 1:03 PM on Tue Mar 17 2015
 10 Shout Outs!
Darren reminds me of Sean Astin at times
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:56 AM on Wed Mar 18 2015
@Comicfan117
I'd say a good thing
septembermorn321
said at 7:22 AM on Sat Sep 19 2015
Me too
Starscreamsfan
said at 7:27 AM on Thu Feb 26 2015
1) Michael Bell
2) Travis Willingham
3) Fred Tatasciore
4) Nolan North
5) James Remar
6) Andre Sogliuzzo
7) Sam Vincent
8) Bronco D. Jackson
Starscreamsfan
said at 9:01 AM on Fri Feb 27 2015
1) Michael Bell
2) James Remar
3) Travis Willingham
4) Fred Tatasciore
5) Nolan North
6) Andre Sogliuzzo
7) Sam Vincent
8) Bronco D. Jackson
Starscreamsfan
said at 1:05 PM on Tue Mar 17 2015
1) Michael Bell
2) James Remar
3) Travis Willingham
4) Fred Tatasciore
5) Nolan North
6) Darren Criss
7) Andre Sogliuzzo
8) Sam Vincent
9) Bronco D. Jackson
Starscreamsfan
said at 2:23 PM on Tue Mar 17 2015
1) Michael Bell
2) James Remar
3) Darren Criss
4) Travis Willingham
5) Fred Tatasciore
6) Nolan North
7) Andre Sogliuzzo
8) Sam Vincent
9) Bronco D. Jackson
Starscreamsfan
said at 9:48 AM on Sun Oct 5 2014
My Top 5:

1) Bell
2) Willingham
3) Tatasciore
4) North
5) Remar
DreamMaster08X
said at 8:44 AM on Sat Nov 2 2013
 1 Shout Out!
I like Willingham's performance, but my biggest issue with WoF's voice directing is that nearly every voice feels the same: soldier-like. It shouldn't bug me so much since it IS a war game. But sometimes the voices don't do a thing for me (Epcar as Skywarp) Plus, compared to the voice acting in other Transformers-related media (G1, TFA, and ESPECIALLY TFP), I honestly think they could've done better.

Sideswipe is another one of those issues. It's a good warrior-like take, but it nevers leaves much of an impact on me. It feels rather generic compared to other renditions. I'm not big on Sideswipe in DotM, but I'll admit that Remar did a great job, and it DID leave a bit of an impact (not much, but it did).

Really, for me, it's either between James Remar or Michael Bell. Their takes on the character are the ones that stand out for me.
DreamMaster08X
said at 6:32 AM on Wed Nov 6 2013
@DreamMaster08X I mean *WfC. Drat, how did I mess that up!?!?
bumblebeebug
said at 11:28 AM on Mon Jul 22 2013
Just recently played the ROTF game again, and I am absolutely positive that Sideswipe's clip is actually Andrew Kishino voicing Jazz.

Nolan actually has an Australian accent for some reason. It's not bad, but it sounds very odd coming from Sideswipe.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:43 PM on Tue Oct 29 2013
@bumblebeebug Which would be strange, since Kishino's Jazz voice is NOTHING like Nolan's Sideswipe clip...
bumblebeebug
said at 3:23 PM on Wed Oct 30 2013
@TylerMirage Believe me, it's definitely Andrew. He was already in the game's cast as Breakaway, so I'm not surprised that they had him do an extra DLC character.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 6:50 PM on Tue Nov 5 2013
@bumblebeebug Well, since Nolan is credited as Sideswipe, it might just be a case that we have the wrong audio clip attached to the character. We'll have to look into that.

It still strikes me as strange that *if* Andrew was reprising his role of Jazz in the "RotF" game, why would they make it sound so VASTLY different than his voice in the first game?
bumblebeebug
said at 2:51 PM on Mon Nov 11 2013
@TylerMirage It seems like Jazz was just one of many characters in the ROTF game that had an overdose of vocal effects.

Starscream in particular, but also Bumblebee, Sideways, The Fallen, Long Haul, and the Protectobot.
Starscreamsfan
said at 11:33 AM on Mon Dec 23 2013
@bumblebeebug You're right. Nolan's clip is actually Jazz. Sideswipe sounds Aussie in that game. And yeah, this game was quite heavy on the vocal effects (but oddly enough, Soundwave's effects are not as heavily processed as the others).
Torak
said at 1:56 PM on Mon Nov 19 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Is it me, or does Travis sound like Sean Schemmel only deeper?
MilanTheVillain01
said at 11:22 PM on Sat Dec 8 2012
@Torak

Well the first part of his clip, "Optimus is right. We've been in tougher spots than this" sounds like Dan Green. Whereas the second half, "Wow! Megatron's gathered quite the army, hasn't he?" sounds like Sean Schemmel.

Overall, Willingham sounds a combination of Green & Schemmel. But yeah, I can definitely hear the vocal resemblance between them!
Torak
said at 12:27 PM on Sun Dec 9 2012
@MilanTheVillain01 Just goes to show the range Travis has!
MilanTheVillain01
said at 10:33 PM on Mon Dec 10 2012
@Torak Hence, why Travis Willingham is my favourite voice actor.
AustinTheVoiceKing
said at 6:15 PM on Sat Aug 4 2012
Why does Nolan's versionnot speak in the clip?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:13 PM on Wed Aug 22 2012
@AustinTheVoiceKing He does, he says "All right, let's punch these bots (?) down!"
pete
said at 2:41 AM on Fri Sep 7 2012
@NCZ actually it's put not punch. The full phrase "All right let's put these bots down"?
pete
said at 2:42 AM on Fri Sep 7 2012
@NCZ Ignore the question mark that was an accident.
pete
said at 2:43 AM on Fri Sep 7 2012
@AustinTheVoiceKing must be a glitch on your computer. It's happened to me.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 12:04 PM on Sat Aug 4 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
Willingham all the way, baby!
Mr.Fennoy93
said at 11:30 PM on Fri Jun 15 2012
James Remar is Dar great as Sideswipe.
Anicomicgeek
said at 12:22 PM on Tue Apr 17 2012
 1 Shout Out!
I'm going to go with Travis Willingham for Sideswipe, though Andre Sogliuzzo, Fred Tatasciore, James Remar, and Michael Bell were also good.
jonhardwick
said at 5:42 PM on Fri Aug 19 2011
to bad andre was replaced with james remar which remar was a good sideswipe.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 7:06 PM on Sun Jul 18 2010
 3 Shout Outs!
Dang! I wish Willingham's clip would have been on here from the beginning. I think his voice for this character is PERFECT!! He gets my vote easily!
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