Created by Pokejedservo on Aug 4 2010
Special thanks to AMT, Music Meister for additional sound clips.
EDITOR'S OPINIONAlright folks today I shall give you this enormously fiery VA for a certain known member of Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants namely... PYRO! This Australian mutant with fiery powers had his voice-acted debut in the somewhat infamous 1989 pilot episode of "Pryde of the X-Men" voiced by Patrick Fraley. And say what you will about Pryde of the X-Men having an oddly Australian-accented Wolverine but needless to say its more than fitting and Pat pulls it off rather well. Not only does Pat do a fairly high Aussie accented voice but his performance definitely gave an energetic cockiness that certainly suited the role and was one of the better performances in that show. In the X Men Arcade game from Konami they apparently tried to hire "sound-alikes" and while the game itself is a renowned classic Arcade Brawler the voice acting on the other hand is not and this is no exception. Granted I admit I have heard a lot worse but the only nice thing I can say is that at least they tried to get Pyro to sound like he did in the show.
Pyro made a few occasional appearances in the early 90's X Men series voiced by Graham Haley. Now some have noticed on how it seems to be as if Pyro is depicted as a English man (such as some of his dialogue) and that his accent is probably Cockney than Australian (but in all honesty both accents sound a lot alike). But still Graham also delivers on the accent rather well and the show tries to depict him as a bit of a smooth talker (that's also a bit slimy) and Graham's performance reflected on that well. While its a rather above average performance in general, Graham's work as Pyro is another fine example of the quality voicework in that show.
In the early 2000s in the games X Men Next Dimension and X Men Legends he was voiced by Robin Atkin Downes. While Pyro has just about always had a rather secondary role he hardly any lines in those games which is a shame since Robin's work is pretty good as he too delivers an Aussie-accented voice and performance that suited this role. And as for X Men Evolution he was voiced by Trevor Devall, while Trevor is becoming a known VA in Vancouver Canada nowadays this is one of his earliest performances. While I admit I didn't think that Trevor was perfect for the role of Pyro but he has proven that he was a fairly good choice and this gave some viewers a pretty good first impression. While this is also another case of "Not one of the best performances in that show but a good one nevertheless" Trevor certainly did have some fun with how energetic and maniacal Pyro can be.
In X Men Legends II Pyro had a slightly larger role and John Kassir took over the role in which... yeah I will admit its pretty much his Deadpool voice but with a fairly good Australian accent. But to be fair John certainly does try to make it work nevertheless and he does do a pretty good job at it as while Pyro is not as maniacal as lets just say John's more prominent role in this series but John does give a nice energetic performance for this role. And about a year later there was the X Men the Official Game in which Steve Van Wormer took over the role and its a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand Steve did not even bother with the accent (I know much like the movies) but to be fair his performance certainly suited Pyro's persona so I guess its not that bad.
And in a few episodes of Wolverine and the X men he was voiced by Nolan North, whom like almost all the others also tried to do the accent and do it fairly well. While Pyro is still on Magneto's side his depiction in this show is a little more affable (which is understandable all things considered) but Nolan's work is still fairly fitting for the role nevertheless. And last but not least is Steve Blum whom voices Pyro in his occasional appearances in the Super Hero Squad Show. And while Pyro had a small role in the show Steve also did a pretty good job for the role but while its not one of Steve's better works its a fairly good performance nevertheless. Overall almost all of these guys have done well with this role but I am going with Patrick Fraley and Graham Haley (and to a slightly lesser extent Trevor Devall) the most here.
(Note: In the X Box 360/PS3 version of the X Men Arcade Game Kyle Hebert takes over the role and I must admit I am a little disappointed, for starters Kyle doesn't even bother with the accent which is a bit of a turn off for me. Granted under its own merits it is a decent enough performance but a bit generic, I know Pyro only had one line in that game but while it is better than the original voice Kyle's work was average at best.)