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

Created by Pokejedservo on Jul 18 2010
Transformers (1984)
SkidsMichael Chain
Michael Chain
Transformers (1984)
SkidsDan Gilvezan
Dan Gilvezan
Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2001)
Skid-ZMichael Lindsay
Michael Lindsay
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
SkidsTom Kenny
Tom Kenny


Ah Skids, not the most consistently characterized of the Autobots (but when it comes to the Transformers franchise there is far worse cases of overly different characters with the same name).

In the original Transformers series he was well to be blunt one of the more obscure Autubots in the whole series. Seriously he only appeared in a couple of episodes and only had about one line each in which he was first voiced by Michael "Inferno" Chain and Dan "Bumblebee" Gilvezan. While both actors barely had any lines to work with but to be fair Michael and Dan's Skids voices don't sound too similar to their more known roles so I suppose I can commend them for that at least.

Skids (Or should I say Skid-Z) didn't really appear until several years later until the English dub of Transformers Car Robots known as Transformers Robots in Disguise voiced by VA Michael Lindsay. While RiD Skidz certainly had a lot more screen-time than his G1 counterpart it is a more secondary role nevertheless mainly known as a well-meaning racer whom originally had a compulsive racing problem. In which Michael Lindsay was fairly fitting for the role as he delivers a fairly nice moderate youthful voice whom does try to struggle with his problems during his debut episode but I like on how Michael didn't overdo it as well IMO. Overall its a fairly above average performance and one of the better performances in that dub.

In Transformers Revenge of the Fallen he was voiced by VA Tom Kenny, in which well we all know on how Skids and Mudflap were deemed to be rather "controversial" namely some called them to be racist black stereotypes. But unlike those other people I didn't find them to be so offensive though however I only found Tom Kenny's performance to be average at best. I suppose Tom's Skids voice does suit on how goofy Skids was in the movie but still its kind of like his Wheelie voice only slightly lower and a bit goofier. So basically it was ok but its not one of Tom Kenny's best works.

Overall none of them were particularly bad to me but I liked Michael Lindsay the most here.



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said at 7:30 PM on Wed Nov 15 2017
1. Michael Lindsay
2. Tom Kenny
8000 Saiyans
said at 1:55 PM on Wed Oct 18 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
None of the are really amazing, but I guess Lindsay is the best.
said at 8:02 PM on Fri Jul 1 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Michael Lindsay is perfect as Skids.
said at 10:15 AM on Sun Jan 10 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Nobody here sounds like my ideal voice for Skids (which would be the IDW MTMTE version of the character) but If i had to pick I'll go with Michael Lindsay since he has the most enjoyable performance and depiction prior to MTMTE debuting.

Michael Chain and Dan Gilvezan leave little of an impression on me as they had one line each.

Tom Kenny....yeeeeeeah no. No offense Tom.

BONUS: Whenever I read the comics, I tend to hear Matthew Mercer's Kiritsugu Emiya from Fate/Zero as Skids. I could also see Roger Craig Smith fitting just as well.
Mark Johnson
said at 4:23 PM on Sat Mar 28 2015
 1 Shout Out!
1. Tom Kenny
2. Michael Lindsay
3. Dan Gilvezan
4. Michael Chain
said at 7:25 AM on Fri Feb 27 2015
1) Dan Gilvezan
2) Michael Chain
3) Michael Lindsay
4) Tom Kenny
Polyester Funk
said at 11:53 PM on Sun Sep 21 2014
Michael Lindsay sounds good as Skids, though he also kinda wins by default. I can't bring myself to vote for Tom Kenny and Dan Gilvezan and Michael Chain don't get enough to say to make a proper judgment. Dan seems pretty good even if he is just a little bit deeper version of Bumblebee and Michael Chain is also OK, but I think he sounds too much like his Hoist.
said at 11:52 AM on Fri Sep 5 2014
Michael L gets my vote with Dan a close 2nd.

Michael C was ok.

Tom's take as Skids is annoying but I don't think it's racist. Probably because the black actors in the film knew what the twins were like. Not to mention none of them complained.
said at 12:10 AM on Tue Aug 13 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
1: Michael Lindsay
2: Dan Gilvezan
3: Michael Chain
4:............. Tom Kenny's take doesn't exist and people wonder why I hate Michael Bay.
said at 5:23 PM on Sat Aug 4 2012
 1 Shout Out!
1. Michael Lindsay and Tom
2. Dan
3. Michael Chain
said at 3:44 AM on Wed Jun 6 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Going with Michael Lindsay for Skids, though Michael Chain and Dan Gilvezan were okay. Much like RotF Mudflap RotF Skids is an an annoying, racist caricature.
said at 1:09 PM on Tue Oct 25 2011
Here is Michael Chain's voiceover reel
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:57 PM on Thu Oct 6 2011
Lindasy is the clear winner to me. He got more screen time and made the character sound cool.

Both his G1 voices don't talk enough for me to judge so I'll tie them.

I don't like Kenny's version and no, not because it's "racist" but because it was pretty anoying. I know they were going for comic reilf but I just didn't like him.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:09 PM on Mon Jul 19 2010
47 votes and most of them are for Michael Chain? Already?

OK, now I'm positive that somebody's rigging the polls.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 7:03 PM on Sun Jul 18 2010
I can see why Lindsay is winning. I will say that IMO if Michael Chain would have had more lines he could be the pick here. I don't really like the other two at all though. @smarttamarr94 Cheer Up Charlie!! :)
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:05 PM on Sun Jul 18 2010
 1 Shout Out!
I like Michael Lindsay the best. G1 Skids didn't get enough lines to judge, and ROTF Skids... don't get me started. 0_0 Michael Lindsay brought in a legitimately good performance, so he's my pick.
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Michael Chain
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