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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Apocalypse with sound clips and images.
The world's first mutant. The longest living and most powerful. That certainly bodes a challenge to whoever has had the opportunity to voice this mutant god. A deep bravado voice is one you'd typically expect for a character of this stature, but also one that brings intelligence and a blindingly refined god like complex.

Created by Foxwolf on Sun Nov 29 2009, 37 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to Pokejedservo for additional sound clips.
X-Men (1992)
ApocalypseJohn Colicos
John Colicos
X-Men (1992)
ApocalypseJames Blendick
James Blendick
X-Men Evolution (2000)
ApocalypseDavid Kaye
David Kaye
X-Men Legends 2: Rise Of Apocalypse (2005)
ApocalypseRichard McGonagle
Richard McGonagle
X-Men VS Street Fighter (1996)
ApocalypseLorne Kennedy
Lorne Kennedy
X2: Wolverine's Revenge (2003)
ApocalypseChristopher Corey Smith
Christopher Corey Smith
X-Men Legends (2004)
ApocalypseDan Hay
Dan Hay


So in the Fox X-Men series, Apocalypse was voiced in the first 4 seasons by John Colicos. The strength and confidence in his voice was certainly there, and he made it obvious that Apocalypse had lived for thousands of years due to aged voice and at the pace in which he spoke.

For the final season, there were many changes made in both some recasting of voice actors as well as the animation style. For 2 episodes, Apocalypse was voiced by James Blendick. For the most part, his voice was pretty similar to Colicos', though he did make him sound younger. Both did great work.

In X-Men Evolution, "Xavier" David Kaye took dual duties and played Apocalypse. His voice was a little deeper and throatier and for any Beast Wars fans, his voice was very close to Kaye's Megatron. However, in this part, he played it more monotone and had less inflections and expression in his lines, which I'm sure was deliberate.

Richard McGonagle voice Apocalypse in X-Men Legends 2 and to me, played him more like a stereotypical villain. A little exaggeration and over-the-top-ness in his voice. I mean not too much, but kind of reminded me of the old fashioned superhero villains, only spoken much slower.

Can't really say much for the X-Men VS Streety Fighter voice Lorne Kennedy. He was the final boss in the game and had short typical video lines to taunt a player during battle. He had a good strong villainous voice with what little material he had.

In the X2 game, Christopher Corey Smith voiced Apocalypse in what I think was going too far in terms of deepness. To be fair though, he did make the voice god-like, but it had too much throat vibrations, which caused the voice to lose clarity which took a little away from his character. To compare, Smith's voice sounds very similar to Dragon Ball Z's Shenron dragon.


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said at 9:20 AM on Fri Feb 27 2015
1) David Kaye
2) Christopher Smith
3) John Colicos
4) James Blendick
5) Lorne Kennedy
6) Dan Hay
7) Richard McGonagle
said at 11:55 AM on Thu Mar 19 2015
1) David Kaye
2) Christopher Smith
3) James Blendick
4) John Colicos
5) Lorne Kennedy
6) Dan Hay
7) Richard McGonagle
said at 10:59 AM on Mon Nov 17 2014
My Top 5:

1) Kaye
2) Smith
3) Blendick
4) Colicos
5) Kennedy
said at 12:04 PM on Sun Nov 2 2014
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Since everyone else has already commented on how similar James Blendick's take on Apocalypse is to David Kaye's, I thought I'd note that John Colicos' take sounds an awful lot like Richard Newman. Either that, or Rick May as Andross.

Either way, I think both those actors would do a good job as Apocalypse if they were given the role.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:57 AM on Sun Oct 19 2014
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Man, I think this has got to be one of the most intriguing origin stories for a mutant ever! Love it! Can't wait to see what "X-Men: Apocalypse" does with it!

1.) John Calicos - Like cyrax037 pointed out, Calicos' theatre experience lends itself well to the character. It's almost OVERLY-dramatic, but it works. This is a character who doesn't suffer from a god-complex, he INVENTED it.
2.) David Kaye - My second favourite. His deep voice is a really good fit.
3.) Richard McGonagle - A great balance of intelligence and power.
4.) James Blendick - Reminds me a lot of Kaye's performance, especially the first line. They sound identical!
5.) CCS - That rumbling adds some uniqueness to it.
6.) Dan Hay - Sounds like it'd be better coming from a more robotic character, but overall not bad.
7.) Lorne Kennedy - Not really much to judge on, given the nature of the game and performances.
said at 3:49 PM on Mon May 19 2014
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Sorry Kaye, but you come off as less of an old world God and moreso a Supreme Intelligence (oh wait a minute...)

Colicos brings that defining features the others lack.
said at 5:54 PM on Sat Apr 26 2014
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Davis Sobolov
said at 3:42 PM on Fri Jan 10 2014
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John Colicos is PERFECTION in this role
said at 8:17 PM on Sat Dec 21 2013
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Tony Todd should voice Apocalypse someday...
said at 8:50 PM on Sat Dec 21 2013
@webmastersage Holy... that... my brain... the awesome... words... fail me...
said at 1:01 AM on Thu Sep 12 2013
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My favorite is the great John Colicos! His intensity, and performance where so strong! His Shakespearean experience really shows through. Apocalypse is so different from his normal voice (IE: Kor, Baltar, Mikos Cassadine, ect) idk how he did it but it was truly unique and amazing! My second fav would of course be David Kaye. A legend in his own right, in the VA world. He's the only one that really comes close to John in performance strength. Since John is sadly no longer with us, I would cast David in this role any day anytime!
said at 7:56 PM on Mon Aug 26 2013
I'm going with David Kaye. If Apocalypse appeared in WaTXM who do you think would have voiced him?
said at 6:10 PM on Thu Aug 29 2013
@LordofEvil96 I could see Keith David, Clancy Brown, or Fred Tatasciore play him.
said at 2:11 PM on Thu Aug 28 2014
@skeletonking1234 - Well for the argument of a WatXM voiceover, Clancy already voiced Sinister so I think that'd present a problem.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:03 PM on Mon Sep 1 2014
@LordofEvil96 I would've liked Keith David, Jonathan Adams or Tony Todd.
said at 1:07 PM on Fri Sep 5 2014
@Polyester Funk Probably. That or they'd probably bring David back.
Polyester Funk
said at 10:46 PM on Fri Sep 5 2014
@LordofEvil96 Would be nice to hear more of David as Apoc since he didn't get much to say in Evolution.
said at 5:44 PM on Mon Aug 26 2013
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Definitely David Kaye. It sounds like his Megatron if he were truly a straight-up dark and malevolent villain, and that's awesome.
said at 10:41 AM on Sat Aug 17 2013
David Kaye is good, sounding powerful and ancient, but he could have benefitted from effects added to his voice. Kaye, Blendick, and even Kennedy are good, but I vote for John Colicos.
said at 3:09 PM on Thu Apr 18 2013
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David is the best, but I think Richard would do better under better direction. I think John Noble would be a cool Apocalypse.
said at 3:31 AM on Tue Mar 12 2013
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You know you might make a good VA for Apocalypse? Keith David.
said at 4:39 AM on Wed Jan 9 2013
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David Kaye, no question.
said at 12:48 PM on Thu Nov 22 2012
David, hands down.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:55 PM on Tue Nov 20 2012
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Odd how James sounds more like David Kaye then David Kaye XD
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:24 PM on Wed Feb 27 2013
@Music Meister You're right, it's kind of freaky.
said at 1:18 AM on Sat Nov 10 2012
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Dan Hay was pretty good. Too bad he didn't reprise the role for the sequel.
said at 10:58 PM on Fri Nov 9 2012
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I'm going with David Kaye.
said at 3:26 AM on Wed Aug 15 2012
Richard McGonagle doesn't quite fit. His voice is too raspy and would suit someone else but not Apocalypse.
said at 8:06 AM on Fri Apr 20 2012
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Lorne Kennedy and Richard McGonagle are the only ones here I'm not fond of as Apocalypse, thoguh given his work as some of the Hgihbreed on Ben 10: Alien Froce, McGonagle could've work if he did something closer to that.

Outside of those two, though, I thought they're all pretty good, but out of them, I thought David Kaye was the best, even if it is a varation of his Megatron voice, so I'm gonna go with him.
said at 7:53 PM on Fri Jan 20 2012
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Gotta go with John, I grew up listening to his voice and like some of you have mentioned, the slow pace he speaks helps portray the ancient feeling given to the character.
said at 1:50 AM on Mon Nov 28 2011
He speaks very slowly and you almost believe it
said at 2:13 AM on Wed Apr 11 2012
@pennymoore Who's he?

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Who do you think has been the best from these Apocalypse voice actors?
John Colicos
James Blendick
David Kaye
Richard McGonagle
Lorne Kennedy
Christopher Corey Smith
Dan Hay