Zeta Prime
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Zeta Prime

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

Created by Pokejedservo on Aug 16 2010
Transformers (1984)
Zeta PrimePhilip Lewis Clarke
Philip Lewis Clarke
Transformers: War For Cybertron (2010)
Zeta PrimeTroy Baker
Troy Baker


For the latest Transformers VC we have the one and only Zeta Prime whom despite certain obvious differences the characterization is fairly similar and consistent. In the original G1 series he was one of the "Spiritual Guides" in the episode "Five Faces of Darkness Part 4" in which he was voiced by Phillip Lewis Clarke. This is kind of a mixed bad here as Phillip's voice for Zeta is pretty good and his voicwork for the role is decent... for what little there is. But to be fair the fault more lies with the episode than Phillip here as while all the "Pre-Optimus" primes were pretty much only glorified cameos in this show used for brief exposition at least they were generally given the chance to have some semblance of a presence in that episode, not so much for Zeta Prime. But to be fair while its not the most blatant case of this but I suppose one could respect Phillip Clarke's performance as it can make one wish that Zeta had at least a little bit more lines in that episode.

Zeta Prime doesn't get to appear again until about a couple of decades later in which apparently the 2nd Prime in Revenge of the Fallen is Zeta Prime in which he was voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson. Alike his G1 counterpart ROTF Zeta Prime was a rather bit of a glorified cameo as well but I will say that this Zeta prime was given the chance to have a bit more of a presence though. But one thing that sure helped was the fine handiwork from Kevin Michael Richardson though as his work does show a noble majestic feel to it. But while ROTF Zeta Prime's biggest accomplishment over his G1 counterpart is having more than a few second of dialouge, ROTF Zeta Prime does have a bit more memorable presence.

And last but not least is Transformers War for Cybertron Zeta Prime in which he was voiced by Troy Baker. Now Troy seems to be a bit more fortunate at least in quantity as unlike the other two, Zeta Prime's role here is actually not just a brief cameo, granted its still a rather secondary role but still. Anyways Troy does give a good dramatic feel to this role as well (in which I won't elaborate why due to a potential risk of spoilers). While not one of the best performances in that game is a good example of the voice acting in that game nevertheless. Overall all 3 did pretty well but I am going with Kevin Michael Richardson and Troy Baker the most here.  



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said at 3:58 PM on Wed Apr 6 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
To be fair, they're both good:
1. Troy Baker
2. Phillip Lewis Clarke
said at 11:47 AM on Sun Jan 10 2016
Troy Baker sounds amazing and deep as Zeta Prime, he can play him as both a pompous arrogant ruler who drove his people to war or a tired, sympathetic leader who relinquishes leadership to a young Optimus Prime.

Either way this is a fantastic example of Troy Baker's voice work and the range he's capable of.

Phillip Lewis Clarke sounds pretty good too, having a real cool voice and sounds greatly aged but Troy leaves more of an impact on me.

BONUS: I could see Gerard Plunkett making for a fantastic Zeta Prime, something like a mix of his Turaga Dume and Pontius Pilate. For a bigger budget someone like Patrick Stewart would be phenomenal as Zeta Prime.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:24 PM on Tue Sep 22 2015
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Troy sounds somewhat like David Kaye here.
Mark Johnson
said at 6:14 PM on Wed Apr 1 2015
1. Troy Baker
2. Phil Clarke
said at 7:44 AM on Fri Feb 27 2015
1) Phil Clarke
2) Troy Baker
Polyester Funk
said at 12:08 AM on Wed Jun 25 2014
Troy Baker sounds really cool as Zeta Prime. If I didn't know that was him, I don't know if I would be able to tell.

Philip Lewis Clarke does sound cool. Too bad that he had such a small role. Unless there is more, but I don't think so. I thought Zeta was just a brief appearance in a flashback.
said at 11:29 AM on Tue Mar 11 2014
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What do you guys think of Timothy Dalton as Zeta Prime?
said at 5:11 PM on Sat Oct 12 2013
 1 Shout Out!
I would love to see Baker take on the IDW [comic] version of Zeta from 'Autocracy' if that rendition of the character was translated into TV/Movie/VG form. It'd really do well for the character.

On the whole, DEFINITELY going for Troy on this one.
said at 1:23 AM on Thu May 3 2012
Both are good as Zeta Prime, but I'm gonna with Troy Baker for this one.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:51 PM on Wed Feb 1 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Troy Baker is one of few times where a Prime wasn't just a generic sage or an a filthy traitor who worships Unicron.
said at 12:22 PM on Mon Jan 23 2012
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I'm voting for Troy Baker, mainly because I don't know if that's Zeta Prime from ROTF. To me he just looks like an ordinary Prime.
said at 1:06 PM on Fri Oct 16 2015
@Torak What's the difference?
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 12:15 AM on Wed Aug 18 2010
BTW my vote goes to Baker on this one!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:35 AM on Tue Aug 17 2010
 1 Shout Out!
Yeah. Currently, the Prime franchise is pretty muddled. WFC is advertised as being in-continuity with the G1 cartoon (which it can't be), Exodus and WFC contradict each other, and there's Sentinel Prime and Zeta Prime both existing and having the same role. As the TFwiki noted, "This continuity was off to a great start!"
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 12:18 AM on Tue Aug 17 2010
Yeah, but to be fair NCZ the whole 'new' continuity in says basically that the game, the new cartoon, and the book 'Exodus' are all supposed to be 'cannon'. If that is the case there is no mention of Zeta in the book, only Sentinel which would seem to validate some of hikuro's comments. Just throwing that out there
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:50 PM on Mon Aug 16 2010
No, it is Zeta Prime in WFC for sure. WFC is a new continuity, so it doesn't have to adhere to what's already been done.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:33 PM on Mon Aug 16 2010
Was the one in ROTF really Zeta?
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 9:07 PM on Mon Aug 16 2010
KMR ftw!
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