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Voice Compare » X-Men » Apocalypse

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 Nov 29 2009, 46 Comments
Special thanks to Pokejedservo for additional sound clips.
X-Men (1992)
ApocalypseJohn Colicos
John Colicos
X-Men (1992)
ApocalypseJames Blendick
James Blendick
X-Men VS Street Fighter (1996)
ApocalypseLorne Kennedy
Lorne Kennedy
X-Men Evolution (2000)
ApocalypseDavid Kaye
David Kaye
X2: Wolverine's Revenge (2003)
ApocalypseChristopher Corey Smith
Christopher Corey Smith
X-Men Legends (2004)
ApocalypseDan Hay
Dan Hay
X-Men Legends 2: Rise Of Apocalypse (2005)
ApocalypseRichard McGonagle
Richard McGonagle


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 11:10 PM on Wed Feb 10 2016
Oh, boy, there's a lotta hype for X-Men: Apocalypse, and I feel that I should probably dispense with the two cents in my pocket for this guy's voice actors.

John Colicos is probably the best Apocalypse voice, next to David Kaye, but we'll get to him later. Colicos just has this slow and deep way of speaking that gives him a grand and also aged vibe. His successor James Blendick ironically enough sounded a little more like Kaye's take on Megatron, which isn't a bad thing, and he was an adequate substitute for Colicos.

Lorne Kennedy...is he cast for anything OTHER than stereotypical villain voices? I mean, of course Apocalypse is meant to embody everything bad in mutantkind, but I don't think he'd be so on-the-nose about it. Sad to say, the worst performance.

David Kaye's Apocalypse is a truly intriguing performance. Of course, we all know that it's just Kaye turning the pitch of his Professor X voice down (sorry for the kids that are crying right now), but the scene where they have the ethical conversation just felt...right. Not only that, his gravitas matches Colicos, and though he speaks faster and sounds less ancient, his vocabulary (or lack thereof) gives him a good level of intelligence. My favorite performance from Evolution, next to Kaye's Xavier.

Holy crap, it's the voice of the Joker from Lego Batman 3! I was surprised to see Christopher Corey Smith pop up on this list now with the knowledge that he's LEGO's go-to voice for Joker. With that said, his Apocalypse was...well, I can at least say that it was better than Kennedy's! But what I don't understand is the vocoder effect they gave his voice, and sadly it makes the voice worse instead of enhancing it. I have respect for the actor, but not his performance here.

Dan Hay is a step up from Chris, but doesn't reach to the level of Kaye and Colicos. Again, too on-the-nose evil, and his voice was clearly heavily modified. The reason I'm lightly bashing the modulated performances is exactly that: they have to edit the actor's voice to make Apocalypse's voice work, which I feel shouldn't be the case. Could they add a little reverb here or there to emphasize his mechanical side? Maybe, if they need to. But not at the cost of the actor's natural performance.

Anyways, we've reached his so far last actor to give him a voice, Richard McGonagle. Richard does a pretty good job bringing a "muchness" to Apocalypse's voice, though your mileage may vary on how the growl goes with you. With McGonagle, he brings a brutish but intellectual tone to Apocalypse which in my book makes him a little closer to Colicos and Kaye's performances, but just not there. He's a step up from Blendick, though, I'll give him that.

1. John Colicos/David Kaye
2. Richard McGonagle
3. James Blendick
4. Dan Hay
5. Christopher Corey Smith
6. Lorne Kennedy

Now I have my fingers crossed for Oscar Isaac's portrayal in the upcoming movie. But going back to the realm of voice acting, I heard McGonagle was supposed to come back for Wolverine and the X-Men's second season...the reliability of this statement comes from Wikipedia, though I myself would have cast Kaye doing a slow rendition of his Beast Machines Megatron voice. In fact, why don't we bring David Kaye back as Apocalypse with that voice? That'd sound boss.
said at 11:15 PM on Wed Feb 10 2016
@loredragonmaster Oh, and by "lack of vocabulary" concerning Kaye's Apocalypse, I just meant that he didn't have much dialogue. Sorry, poor diction on my part. But he chewed the scenery like Christmas dinner, I can assure you of that.
said at 8:35 PM on Fri Feb 12 2016
@loredragonmaster Smith actually sounds like he's breathing inward while talking.
said at 10:47 PM on Mon Oct 5 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
1. David Kaye
2. John Colicos
3. Richard McGonagle
4. James Blendick
5. Dan Hay
6. Christopher Corey Smith
7. Lorne Kennedy
said at 3:17 PM on Wed Aug 5 2015
A tie between John and Colicos. Both displayed Apocalypse at his best. They were the ones that made me feel like Apocalypse was truly the living representation of the End of the World.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:19 AM on Tue May 5 2015
This was a tough one as I think John Colicos, David Kaye and James Blendick are all awesome, but I'm ultimately going with John. He has such a presence about him. I considered voting for James cuz he's a good mix of John and David as I was torn between them. All three of them are great.
said at 11:49 AM on Thu Apr 16 2015
 1 Shout Out!
1) David Kaye
2) John Colicos
3) James Blendick
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 1:18 PM on Tue Mar 31 2015
1) James Blendick
2) John Colicos
3) David Kaye
4) Christopher Smith
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
 2 Shout Outs!
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
 2 Shout Outs!
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
 2 Shout Outs!
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
 1 Shout Out!
Davis Sobolov
said at 3:42 PM on Fri Jan 10 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
John Colicos is PERFECTION in this role
said at 8:17 PM on Sat Dec 21 2013
 9 Shout Outs!
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 7:46 PM on Fri Feb 12 2016
@webmastersage How about Keith Szarbajka?
said at 1:01 AM on Thu Sep 12 2013
 1 Shout Out!
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
 2 Shout Outs!
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
 2 Shout Outs!
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
 6 Shout Outs!
You know you might make a good VA for Apocalypse? Keith David.
said at 4:39 AM on Wed Jan 9 2013
 5 Shout Outs!
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
 4 Shout Outs!
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
 3 Shout Outs!
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
 1 Shout Out!
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
 4 Shout Outs!
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
 1 Shout Out!
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
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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