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

Wheeljack was the autobot inventor from Generation 1 who often times was responsible for different gadgets that were used as plot devices throughout the show, including the Dinobots. In Armada Wheeljack began as an Autobot but switched over to the Decepticon side after seemingly being left to burn by Hotshot and afterward rescued by Megatron.
Created by OptimusSolo on Mar 26 2010
Special thanks to Foxwolf, NCZ for additional sound clips.
The Transformers
WheeljackAlex Easley
Alex Easley
Transformers (1984)
WheeljackChris Latta
Chris Latta
Transformers Armada (2002)
WheeljackMichael Daingerfield
Michael Daingerfield
Transformers: Prime (2010)
WheeljackJames Horan
James Horan
Transformers: Dark of the Moon: The Game (2011)
WheeljackJamie Alcroft
Jamie Alcroft
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Que / WheeljackGeorge Coe
George Coe
Transformers: Devastation (2015)
WheeljackChristopher Swindle
Christopher Swindle


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said at 12:14 PM on Sat May 19 2018
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Ah Wheeljack... One of my top favorite Autobots. An inventor and/or scientist (depending in the continuity) who has a real spark of gold and his inventions keep blowing up but he never stops, not to mention some of those inventions helped his friends out.

I think Chris Latta did a great job with the character. New York-ish accent who sounds genuine and nice but also got the struggling tone of Wheeljack right.

Michael Dangerfield plays a much different, yet interesting version of Wheeljack, not an inventor nor a scientist, yet an Autobot who was accidentally left behind but was saved by Megatron then joined the Decepticons and had a rivalry with his old best friend Hot Shot until they seemingly made up near the end of the show. Dangerfield nailed the emotion. Good performance and character, but this just doesn't look nor sound like Wheeljack, he looks more like Sideswipe and I think that's who he should have been to be honest, the other "Side Swipe" could've been someone else...

Alex Easley just sounds too old and boring in the role...

Jamie Alcroft, who I know as the cool Colonel Victor Hoffman from Gears of War, does fine as an older and British Wheeljack (yes they said WHEELJACK NOT QUE) but isn't very memorable due to having just a few lines and appearances only being in radio comms.

Now for "Que"... George Coe was all right I guess. He did all right with the LITTLE material he was given but man... I get his design is Albert Einstein which should never have happened, but he sounded too old in the role yet doesn't sound boring like Easley. He did fine overall, God rest his soul.

James Horan... Not a big fan of the bland and generic "badass warrior" thing for Wheeljack... The character and performance was so... bland. Horan was OKAY but he doesn't even sound anything remotely to what I envision Wheeljack to sound like, he sounds more like he could be a Springer tbh. He could've gotten better direction but at least he's not as bad as Easley was.

Christopher Swindle got everything I loved about Chris Latta's take and put in a little more heart. He's my favorite Wheeljack or tied with Latta for me. He also nailed the curious and more cautious side of Wheeljack too!

If I were to make a placement list this would be mine:

1. Christopher Swindle

2. Chris Latta

3. Michael Dangerfield

4. Jamie Alcroft

5. George Coe

6. James Horan

7. Alex Easley

I love Wheeljack and can't wait to see him more in the future.
said at 8:13 PM on Fri Dec 15 2017
1. James Horan
2. Michael Daingerfield
3. George Coe
EPA Deane
said at 4:45 AM on Tue Nov 7 2017
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My Top 5 Favourite Wheeljack voices:

5. James Horan
4. George Coe/ Jamie Alcroft
3. Michael Dangerfield
2. Christopher Swindle
1. Chris Latta

Future VA Suggestions:

For a Cross between the Generation 1 and Michael Bay Versions, Dean Stockwell would be Excellent in the Part.

Mike Pollock would also be a natural fit, with him using a gruffer, Brooklyn Accented version of his Eggman voice.

I also recommend Hank Azaria, Brian Mathis, Clancy Brown and Nick Chinlund
said at 1:06 PM on Fri Oct 27 2017
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VC thoughts update

Christopher Collins really made Wheeljack sound like the mad scientist for the Autobots. He does sound pretty intellectual, but he could also be quite warm and friendly.

Christopher Swindle does a good job at taking over from the previous Chris. He sounds exactly the same and he hits the same buttons as his predecessor.

Jamie Alcroft sounds kinda like he's James Bond's "Q", which fits the DOTM incarnation perfectly.

Michael Daingerfield works as Armada Wheeljack.

George Coe really makes the character likeable and fun. Too bad he wasn't used much.

James Horan delivers one of the better performances of TFP, but I always found his version more Springer or Smokescreen rather than Wheeljack.

Alex Easley is bland.
8000 Saiyans
said at 11:23 AM on Wed Oct 18 2017
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I think I'll go with Chris Latta for this one. He sounds more unique to me than James Horan.
said at 7:01 PM on Tue Jul 18 2017
In my opinion, I'm thinking that James Horan did a really excellent job providing the voice for Wheeljack during "Transformers Prime", and also, I can hardly wait to finally see Wheeljack again during an episode of "Transformers Robots In Disguise 2015", along with James Horan finally coming back to reprise his role as Wheeljack! XD
said at 3:59 PM on Mon Jul 10 2017
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1. James Horan
2. Chris Latta
3. George Coe
4. Christopher Swindle
said at 5:42 PM on Sat Jan 14 2017
George coe worked for his version.

Jamie Alcroft is a decent impression of George, but he sounds too British and not Irish.
said at 12:45 PM on Tue Mar 8 2016
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I like Chris the most. James seems more like Springer
said at 9:33 AM on Sun Jan 3 2016
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I love Wheeljack...why because he's a gruff talking New Yorker inventor, mechanic and engineer who builds **** that doesn't usually work. He's a riot.

Chris Latta is my favourite here, he basically does a prototype voice of Moe Szyslak and you know what it fits perfectly. He comes off as scatterbrained and gets ahead of himself but he loves the projects he works on and just wants to impress. The voice, accent and profession are an unusual combination yet it works for the character. Wheeljack is one of the funniest character in the G1 cartoon.

Sadly Latta passed away over 20 years ago but luckily Christopher Swindle has stepped in to fill his shoes and he's an amazing voice match for him. He gets his overtly excited and passionate side down plus the accent is wonderful. I'm sure Latta would be proud. I hope he continues to voice him, easily the best new original casting of Devastation.

James Horan is honestly generic, like he performed the character well but the character and voice just feel generic for the role of Wheeljack. I feel like he would have made a better voice for (a G1 esque) Smokescreen IMO.

Michael Daingerfield Hall is awesome as the Armada version, I loved the character and his backstory, too bad he ends up vanishing once Energon happens.

George Coe and Jamie Alcroft are excellent as the DOTM "Que" Wheeljack, not the biggest fan of the incarnation but they get points for having some form of characterization and bringing Wheeljack back to his inventor roots.

Alex Easley is the worst of the bunch, G1 Wheeljack ain't that old.

BONUS: My dream voice for Wheeljack would be John DiMaggio, take his Sandman or Bender voice, make it a bit smarter but still as surly and it'd be wonderful. I also would love Scott McNeil to voice him too. He could do a deeper voice Rattrap.
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said at 10:57 AM on Sun Oct 18 2015
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I made a similar comment on the Alpha Trion VC, but I just haven't heard what I feel to be the "perfect" Wheeljack voice yet. It's kind of hinged on the fact that there's so many different portrayals of him, I admit. He's part inventor, part mechanic, part tinkerer, part scientist. And most versions seems to nail *parts* of the character, but not others.

Chris Latta / Christopher Swindle - A crazy, crackpot inventor. The N'York plumbah accent fits for a character that seems like he's always carrying around a wrench ready to fix and repair things. But doesn't quite jive with his portrayal as a "scientist" who is always inventing gadgets and devices.

Alex Easley - Pretty generic and forgettable.

Michael Daingerfield - Good for Armada's obviously-not-G1 version. His attitude fits the betrayed-Autobot-turned-Decepticon character. But again, not really what I hear when I think "Wheeljack".

George Coe - Reminiscent of 007's Q and Albert Einstein for obvious reasons, so he's pretty much "British inventor".

James Horan - I get what TFP was going for in their version of Wheeljack, and it's not like Horan is bad in the role, it's just...his voice could fit pretty much any other tough guy Autobot character. If they had actually played up the character as being, like, a grease-monkey who is constantly tinkering with his ship or weapons, then I'd be more willing to accept it. Just a few moments of characterization like that would've done wonders for him.

Jamie Alcroft - Sounds like George Coe's version, but with a deeper voice and a tougher attitude. Not much to go on, but he's not terrible.
said at 7:31 PM on Tue Oct 6 2015
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Constan exposure has me preferring me G1 actors now so changing to Latta, with Swndle, Coe, Horan, Alcroft, Daingerfield, and Ealey in that respective order.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:22 AM on Mon Oct 5 2015
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Christopher Swindle does a pretty good emulation of Chris Latta.
said at 11:58 PM on Sun Oct 4 2015
Sticking with James Horan, but Christopher Swindle does a good job emulating Chris Latta's performace and Jamie Alcroft.
said at 12:35 AM on Wed Oct 7 2015

I meant to say "Jamie Alcroft is also good."
Mark Johnson
said at 6:21 PM on Wed Apr 1 2015
1. George Coe
2. James Horan
3. Michael Daingerfield
4. Chris Latta
5. Alec Easley
said at 6:45 PM on Wed Jul 2 2014
Chris Latta - He had a very appealing voice; not EXACTLY what I'd expect out of a scientist, but it still fit the character.

Michael Daingerfield Hall - Kind of a generic voice, but he's pretty much Wheeljack in name only.

Alex Easley - Pretty goofy. Other than that, he's surprisingly not too bad.

George Coe - Not sure if he should really count, as he's called "Que" in the movie. But regardless, I enjoyed his performance; I thought he was likable.

James Horan - It's a different interpretation from the norm (being a lone wolf type character, instead of scientist), but he did a great job with it.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:02 AM on Wed Jun 25 2014
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I've always liked the scientist Wheeljack so my vote goes to Chris Latta.

James Horan was very good and I know that name slapping happens all the time with Transformers, it's just that I felt like he could have been a different character like Springer or Drift. It wasn't a big deal to me, I did enjoy the character and like I said James was very good, but I guess I'll always have an affinity to Latta's version.
said at 4:25 AM on Thu Dec 12 2013
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Definitely Latta. His Moe Szylak style voice is an interesting and unique fit IMO.
said at 1:16 PM on Wed Sep 25 2013
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I wonder of Fred Tatasciore would make a good Wheeljack?
said at 10:45 AM on Fri Aug 30 2013
This is one of the more tougher comparisons of the bunch. It's a straight-up tie between Horan and Latta for me. Latta brings a great sense of optimism to the character; Horan is the same but in a different but equally challenging manner (that's possibly more interesting.

Hall and Easely are both good, but neither have left lasting impressions on me.

DOTM......Oh, Primus. The VA is fine, but....WTH did they do to you, poor Wheeljack!?

For me, if I HAD to pick just one over the other.....I'd have to go with Horan.
said at 6:30 PM on Tue May 1 2012
Either James Horan or George Coe.
said at 7:50 AM on Wed Apr 18 2012
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James Horan, I like his style in TF prime because I find it more interesting IMO. Chris and Micheal aren't bad either.

But why is he in Dark of the moon?! Not complaining, I just don't really like it to be honest.
said at 7:38 PM on Wed Apr 18 2012
@Torak I... really don't count that as a "true" Wheeljack in DOTM. Especially since he was called Que throughout the movie. the only he's referenced as Wheeljack is in the credits as "Que/Wheeljack."

James for the win totally!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:13 AM on Thu Apr 19 2012
@Aussieroth I'm not big on TF lore but isn't the true Wheeljack a mechanic/inventor? So really, the DOTM version is closer to the "true" Wheeljack than the TF:Prime version.
said at 6:48 AM on Thu Apr 19 2012
@Aussieroth Oh I agree with you sir, I don't know why Que was even credited to be Wheeljack in the first place? I just wonder why that's all. :)
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 7:02 PM on Thu Apr 19 2012
@Torak It usually comes down to legal issues in what they can use as names etc.
said at 4:29 AM on Mon Apr 30 2012
@Foxwolf True... except he too was one hell of a warrior and he didn't look like a parody of Einstein... and he's meant to be a freaking racing car. Mechanic, inventor AND Combatant. Que is just.... not Wheeljack.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 11:55 PM on Wed Aug 15 2012
@Aussieroth So what *is* a "Wheeljack" then? Is he a cooky inventor that transforms into a red/green/white racecar? Or is he a brown/white car that was an Autobot-turned-Decepticon? Or is he a red/white/green racecar who's a Wrecker and has (as of yet) displayed no mechanical/engineering/inventor-ness skills? Or is he a crazy scientist/inventor who builds gadgets and weapons and transforms into a blue car? So tell me, which of these "Wheeljacks" should be the standard? Which of these is the "real" one? When does a character actually begin to be a "Wheeljack"? Where does being a "Wheeljack" end? What makes Que any more or less of a Wheeljack than Armada? Or TFP? They all have something in common with the original Wheeljack. Whether it's name, design, or overall function/characterization. That's the thing about these characters. Outside a few select characters, they've all gone through so many iterations throughout the decades. Changing certain things, keeping certain things the same. :)
said at 1:12 AM on Tue Apr 17 2012
For Wheeljack, I'm gonna go with James Hornan, though George Coe and Chris Latta were also good.
said at 10:26 PM on Mon Apr 16 2012
James Horan FTW
said at 10:10 PM on Thu Mar 29 2012
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Ok, My vote does go to Chris Latta... but at the same time, could SOMEONE tell me why James Horan's Wheeljack from TF:Prime is not in here?

And instead of deleting my comment, can I PLEASE get an answer!? I am not a freaking troll!!!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:38 PM on Sat Apr 14 2012
@Aussieroth Your comment's being deleted because stuff like this should be pointed out in the forums.
said at 10:26 PM on Mon Apr 16 2012
@Aussieroth It's on now. Not everything is added ASAP.
said at 9:15 AM on Tue Apr 17 2012
@pete Right, Thing is I posted this in the forums once and it was deleted too. So you can understand my frustration XD. Glitch or something, I don't know what happened.

I also understand not everything is added asap... but I did find it weird that James took so long, yet George was added practically a day after DOTM was released on DVD.

Anyway, I'm just bitching now. I'm grateful James is finally on here. :D
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:02 AM on Tue Jun 29 2010
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Chris Latta's Wheeljack is the best. Armada Wheeljack has nothing in common with the G1 guy and sounds like Shadow the Hedgehog. Tataki's is so bad it's hilarious what with making Wheeljack into an old guy for no reason, but Chris Latta brought in the best interpretation of Wheeljack. Great actor, shame he died.
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