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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, 26 Comments, Add Comment
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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

EDITOR'S OPINION

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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MG1988
said at 3:42 PM on Fri Jan 10 2014
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John Colicos is PERFECTION in this role
webmastersage
said at 8:17 PM on Sat Dec 21 2013
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Tony Todd should voice Apocalypse someday...
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 8:50 PM on Sat Dec 21 2013
@webmastersage Holy... that... my brain... the awesome... words... fail me...
cyrax037
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!
LordofEvil96
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?
skeletonking1234
said at 6:10 PM on Thu Aug 29 2013
@LordofEvil96 I could see Keith David, Clancy Brown, or Fred Tatasciore play him.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 5:44 PM on Mon Aug 26 2013
Definitely David Kaye. It sounds like his Megatron if he were truly a straight-up dark and malevolent villain, and that's awesome.
chaosincarnate
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.
VctrBnsn
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.
Anicomicgeek
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.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 4:39 AM on Wed Jan 9 2013
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David Kaye, no question.
GerPer92
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.
pete
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.
coolgeek176
said at 10:58 PM on Fri Nov 9 2012
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I'm going with David Kaye.
pete
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.
Anicomicgeek
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.
Xanatos102
said at 7:53 PM on Fri Jan 20 2012
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.
pennymoore
said at 1:50 AM on Mon Nov 28 2011
He speaks very slowly and you almost believe it
pete
said at 2:13 AM on Wed Apr 11 2012
@pennymoore Who's he?
conker (Guest)
said at 2:59 AM on Wed Nov 17 2010
I honestly like John the best. I grew up hearing his voice be Apocalypse when I grew up watching that cartoon.
evilvoice (Guest)
said at 10:55 AM on Mon Oct 18 2010
I'm not at all keen on McGonagle or Kennedy's voices: McGonagle has that stereotypical cartoon villain sound, and Kennedy is too robotic. Blendick and Colicos brilliantly voiced him (granted, a little bit melodramaticly, but what are you going to do?). My personal favourite Apocalypse voice is David Kaye's - because he sounds a bit like the late Tony Jay.
aceofdeath (Guest)
said at 9:03 AM on Sat Oct 16 2010
Richard McGonagle definetly number 1. A classic villain voice, but well performed and memorable, plus in X-men Legends 2 he sounded a bit scary.
marvelman (Guest)
said at 3:40 AM on Fri Aug 13 2010
For me , it`s a tie between Kaye and McGonagle . I like the alien quality to Kaye`s voice and I also like how McGonagle gives him a slight Egyptian accent paying homage to The Character`s roots . For me , Colicos and Blendick are too melodramatic .
tomi (Guest)
said at 6:40 PM on Sat Jan 16 2010
Personally, i cast David Kaye as my favourite:
I like how his voice is both deep, manly, maybe even alluring, yet also threathing and almost like from another world. It proves that good badguy voice dosent always have to be raspy and shattered, Yessssss...


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