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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Wheeljack with sound clips and images.
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, 29 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to Foxwolf, NCZ for additional sound clips.
Transformers (1984)
WheeljackChris Latta
Chris Latta
Transformers Armada (2002)
WheeljackMichael Daingerfield
Michael Daingerfield
The Transformers
WheeljackAlex Easley
Alex Easley
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Que / WheeljackGeorge Coe
George Coe
Transformers: Prime (2010)
WheeljackJames Horan
James Horan
Transformers: Devastation (2015)
WheeljackChristopher Swindle
Christopher Swindle
Transformers: Dark of the Moon: The Game (2011)
WheeljackJamie Alcroft
Jamie Alcroft


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TylerMirage (Admin)
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.
said at 6:42 AM on Mon Oct 5 2015
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1) Christopher Collins: His take is just pretty enjoyable. I really like how he manages to sound nerdy, tough and friendly at the same time. Another great example of Chris' acting ability.

2) Christopher Swindle: A pretty good emulation of the previous Chris, he manages to sound nerdy as well as tough.

3) James Horan: Another fun performance from Prime, Horan's take is different, but also very refreshing. Although he doesn't sound as nerdy as I would like, he keeps a very important part of the original version's personality: his penchant to do the unexpected.

4) Jamie Alcroft: Pretty enjoyable. Perky, nerdy and fun, Alcroft's Wheeljack is just another enjoyable performance from a pretty enjoyable game.

5) Michael Daingerfield: A pretty different but very interesting take on the character. Daingerfield really does a great job as this version of the character.

6) George Coe: He's kinda fun. He kinda sounds like Alan Young's Scrooge. His performance was probably the most endearing one in DOTM.

7) Alex Easley: Forgettable.
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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Who do you think has been the best from these Wheeljack voice actors?
Chris Latta
Michael Daingerfield
Alex Easley
George Coe
James Horan
Christopher Swindle
Jamie Alcroft