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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Pyro with sound clips and images.
Note: While sites such as IMDb have claimed that Michael Dobson has voiced Pyro in the last episode of the series let me assure you all that this is false.

Created by Pokejedservo on Wed Aug 4 2010, 55 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to AMT, Music Meister for additional sound clips.
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Pryde Of The X-Men (1989)
PyroPatrick Fraley
Patrick Fraley
X-Men (1992)
PyroUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor
X-Men (1992)
PyroGraham Haley
Graham Haley
X-Men Legends (2004)
PyroRobin Atkin Downes
Robin Atkin Downes
X-Men Evolution (2000)
Pyro / John AllerdyceTrevor Devall
Trevor Devall
X-Men Legends 2: Rise Of Apocalypse (2005)
PyroJohn Kassir
John Kassir
X-Men: The Official Game (2006)
PyroSteve Van Wormer
Steve Van Wormer
Wolverine and the X-Men (2008)
PyroNolan North
Nolan North
The Super Hero Squad Show (2009)
PyroSteve Blum
Steve Blum
X-Men (1992)
PyroKyle Hebert
Kyle Hebert
X-Men: Destiny (2011)
PyroSteve Blum
Steve Blum
Marvel Heroes (2013)
PyroCrispin Freeman
Crispin Freeman

EDITOR'S OPINION

Alright 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.)


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Starscreamsfan
said at 11:09 AM on Mon Nov 17 2014
My Top 5:

1) Fraley
2) Freeman
3) Blum
4) Hebert
5) Devall

I also liked Downes and North.
Torak
said at 6:52 AM on Tue Oct 21 2014
Trevor Devall easily! - 9/10 He has the energy, the maniacal charisma and a passable voice. His acting sounds really believable while still going over-the-top which is tricky to pull off. His accent isn't completely natural but then again I don't think anyone's is here apart from Steve.

Graham, John and Robin - 7/10 All have pretty good voices minus the accents, and their acting is fine, however they sound a little older than what I imagined for Pyro.

Steve Blum - 8/10 I liked both his voices here, just shows Steve's incredible range once again: playing a more serious character in Destiny and a more light-hearted (albeit one line) one in SHSS. Perfect accent too.

Crispin Freeman - 7/10 Also really good, I just wish he was given more material to work with.

Kyle. Patrick and UVA - 4/10 Difficult to hear Kyle and UVA. Patrick is alright, nothing much to say about him.
Torak
said at 6:53 AM on Tue Oct 21 2014
@Torak Oh and how Nolan North is leading the pole bemuses me. He's alright but its tough to judge with one line. 5/10
rosebr10
said at 8:37 AM on Tue Oct 21 2014
@Torak
North had much more than what's here.

As for why people like it so much, it's because Pyro is an unusually hard character to cast, and North did him justice. Trevor Devall is definitely a close second, but for me personally, I find that kind of performance more at home as another pyromaniac, specifically a more Scottish-one.
Torak
said at 8:57 AM on Tue Oct 21 2014
@rosebr10 No hard feelings but, Trevor's performance sounds nothing like a Scotsman here to me.

Besides, Pyro is originally Australian in the comics, and he's portrayed as an American in the films so I don't know where that Scottish part even came from mate :3
I wasn't aware however that Nolan had more lines in WatXm, I'll be sure to go back through the show and find the episodes with Pyro in.
rosebr10
said at 9:13 AM on Tue Oct 21 2014
@Torak
I've taken all of that into consideration, trust me.

I'm not saying Evolution Pyro is Scottish, but that I just cannot get past another Devall role (Mr. Match) where I think the characterization worked more to his advantage, and it just so happened to be so stereotypically Scottish, with all the blarney you can handle (though this may all be bias, as Match is my first Devall role).
Torak
said at 9:26 AM on Tue Oct 21 2014
@rosebr10 It's clear Trevor can play crazed, maniacal and energetic characters really well. I'm totally all for actors showing off their ranges, but sometimes if voice actors are 'type-casted' for specific characters with some differences, why shouldn't they be cast? I'll listen to more of Nolan's lines to get a better idea of his performance as Pyro :-)
HyperVoiceActing
said at 2:18 PM on Thu Aug 28 2014
I don't think North had enough material as Pyro to convince me he's a good actor for the character.

Gonna stick with Trevor (although to be fair, he's the one I'm the most familiar with of all the actors here)
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 5:36 PM on Fri Jun 6 2014
Trevor and Crispin are my favorites but their accents aren't great. I do like their performances, making Pyro energetic pyromaniac that loves what he does. They both sound like they are having fun.
WWEFAN12ization
said at 10:26 PM on Sun Dec 22 2013
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
I'm going with Steve Blum.
Archerboy58
said at 2:36 PM on Mon Dec 16 2013
this is the first time i ever voted for Steve Blum in a voice compare
Fulgore2005
said at 3:39 AM on Thu Nov 28 2013
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
Can't really buy North as Pyro.

Freeman and Blum are convincing as Pyro, particularly with the aussie accent.
chaosincarnate
said at 5:45 PM on Mon Nov 4 2013
Steve Blum is the only person I truly like and feel fits Pyro the best here, the accent is flawless and sounds closest to what I imagine the classic version of the character to sound.
LordofEvil96
said at 3:33 PM on Tue Sep 17 2013
I'm going with Steve, his accent feels very natural and I could see the voice working for a traditional Pyro. Nolan isn't bad but I only wish they gave him more material. As for Trevor, I don't really like him as much. The accent makes him come off as more dorky then menacing, and the fact that this version of Pyro is de-aged is also what holds it back.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 2:34 PM on Tue Sep 17 2013
"You burned me out...mate
I like before he's defeated Pyro tries to remind everyone he's an Aussie
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 10:32 PM on Mon Sep 16 2013
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
They brought Crispin in for Pyro but not Electro?
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:38 PM on Mon Sep 16 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight they had Keith David but he didn't play Tombstone, they had Ben Diskin but he didn't play Venom, they had Steven Blum but he didn't play Green Goblin.
Is it that surprising
VctrBnsn
said at 6:10 AM on Tue Sep 17 2013
@Music Meister Looks like Marvel is purposely staying away from Spectacular VA's. Oh well, they were fun while they lasted.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:04 AM on Tue Sep 17 2013
@VctrBnsn To be fair I think Marvel Heroes just wanted to do their own casting. They weren't afraid of reprisals from other stuff
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:51 AM on Tue Sep 17 2013
@VctrBnsn They're not staying away from Spectacular VAs any more than they are VAs from the 90s series, Unlimited, the 60s series, or whatever. I think that a company should feel free to try something new every now and then and not have to be constrained by the older show.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 3:08 PM on Tue Sep 17 2013
@NCZ If so, they would've gone with an entirely new cast instead of selecting what reprisals to go with.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 3:15 PM on Tue Sep 17 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight why, clearly they wanted specific actors to be a role.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:52 PM on Tue Sep 17 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight Not necessarily. Plenty of factors to explain stuff like this.

Here's a hypothetical scenario. Maybe Liam O'Brien read for the part and impressed them enough to cast him as Electro. And then Crispin Freeman comes aboard the project after the fact. Are they going to say, "Sorry Liam, we're not going to use you as Electro because Crispin Freeman just booked a part in this game and played him in the past, even though you were excellent". No, that's ridiculous. They are not going out of their way to slight the Spectacular Spider-Man, they are merely going with whatever actors they think are best for the parts.

And then that brings us to the vision of the director. If the director likes what an actor has done previously as a character, then yeah, why not call them back again. However, that is usually done for the MAIN characters. You know, the all-stars, the big names. The ones who are expected to stay consistent or sound familiar because the fans expect it, or the company wants it that way, whatever. And you know, I bet this actually pleases the director. Now that some of the big-name characters are down and consistent to appease the fans, they have freer reign to experiment and try something new with the other characters. In franchises as long-running as this, it would be ridiculous to imply that a cast has to be either one extreme of familiarity or the other, and especially thinking that they should be forced to bend to the decisions made for a show that hasn't been on the air since quite some time before Marvel Heroes was released. The way I see it, a healthy mixture of tried-and-true castings and new blood is the way to go, both from an audience and a creative standpoint.
VctrBnsn
said at 7:30 AM on Wed Sep 18 2013
@NCZ Heck, and I think Liam sounded just like Crispin as Electro in the game.
VctrBnsn
said at 2:22 PM on Fri Mar 22 2013
I'll give this one to Trevor, with Steven and Nolan not far behind.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 3:40 PM on Tue Mar 12 2013
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
I can't see myself voting for Nolan North based on one line. If he had more I'd like to hear them.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 2:23 AM on Sat Mar 9 2013
 4 Shout Outs! [?]
I'm going with Devall here.

And the fact that North is leading by a landslide despite having only one line that doesn't even sound all that special while most of the others have several lines of material is pretty solid proof that users here only vote based on the show instead of the performance. :/
Anicomicgeek
said at 3:22 PM on Mon Mar 11 2013
@CatsTuxedo

It been a while since I've seen some peisodes, but I think he might've had a few lines. I could be wrong, though, so don't hold me to that. Besides, he did good with what little he had, so it is performance-based.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 6:38 AM on Tue Mar 12 2013
@CatsTuxedo How dare you, sir; Nolan North is awesome. ;-P
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 2:58 PM on Tue Mar 12 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight I'm very well-aware of that, but I simply have a hard time even considering going with him when he had so little to work with. That and I'd rather not give the faceless, lurking, opinion-less lickspittle anonymous voters here the validation or satisfaction ;)
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 6:59 PM on Tue Mar 12 2013
@CatsTuxedo Notice the ;-P face. :-P
Anicomicgeek
said at 1:44 PM on Fri Apr 12 2013
@CatsTuxedo

And I was right: He wasn't in costume yet, but Nolan North did have a few more lines as Pyro in the first episode, so it wasn't just one line; it's only one line in the clip.
pokemastanumba1
said at 9:21 PM on Fri Apr 12 2013
@CatsTuxedo Also, people could've voted for him purely for his hotness (sorry, couldn't resist). XD

Anyway, for a serious answer, he did indeed have a few more lines; not much, but it still holds some weight. And to be fair, Pyro never really had a big role in any TMGs he's appeared in (at least thus far); the clips here represent most of all of the VAs' performances. So yes, our preferences are entirely performance-based.
Smarttamarr94
said at 11:56 PM on Sun May 26 2013
@pokemastanumba1 It really does show how great a voice actor is when they either have so little material to work with or still sound amazing with bad direction or vocal filler effects. .-.
coolgeek176
said at 11:38 AM on Sun Feb 17 2013
I'm going with Trevor Devall. Nolan North, Steve Blum, Robin Atkin Downes, and John Kassir are good too.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 1:59 PM on Mon Oct 22 2012
 1 Shout Out! [?]
What is Steven saying in his SHSS clip?
pete
said at 2:05 AM on Fri Dec 21 2012
@Music Meister "All lit up here Timmy". That's what I heard anyway.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 1:12 AM on Sun Dec 23 2012
@pete I hear, do me down here Tony. I guess yours makes more sense XD
pete
said at 1:20 AM on Sun Dec 23 2012
@Music Meister Actually I hear Tony not Timmy the second time and I'm pretty sure SSS would have gone bye bye if it said that or at least go in trouble and had the episode pulled/banned.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 1:24 AM on Sun Dec 23 2012
@pete I know, that's why I had a doubel take first time I heard it XD
shadowvegeta
said at 8:09 PM on Thu Jun 7 2012
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
1. Nolan North
2. Steve Blum
3. John Kassir
4. Patrick Fraley
5. Trevor Devall
Bombermanp
said at 1:52 AM on Fri Feb 10 2012
 4 Shout Outs! [?]
again i say.."WHY DOES NORTH MAKE ANYONE SOUND GOOD" im surpised he even beat blum
pokemastanumba1
said at 9:53 PM on Sat May 12 2012
@Bombermanp Why is that a surprise? He's currently much more prominent in voice acting, and besides, he's also beating Blum (and Kassir for that matter) in Deadpool's VC.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 4:38 AM on Sun Aug 12 2012
@Bombermanp 'Cause he's that awesome? XD
pokemastanumba1
said at 9:57 PM on Wed Aug 15 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight Well yes, but not like anyone needed to be reminded of that. ;-)
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 4:09 AM on Tue Jan 17 2012
Sorry NN, Trevor Duvall's got you beat here. XD
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 4:37 AM on Sun Aug 12 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight Changed my mind; Nolan is indeed better. XD
Anicomicgeek
said at 3:10 AM on Fri Oct 14 2011
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
Nolan North as Pyro, though Steve Blum's X-Men Destiny version and Trevor Duvall work pretty well, too. Not digging Jhon Kassir's Pyro.

Robin Atkin Downes is all right, but is it just me or does his Pyro voice sound like he's trying to channel a young Malcolm McDowell?
pete
said at 1:06 AM on Sat Jan 7 2012
@Anicomicgeek It's not that bad one of the better voices in this VC but it sounds more Steve Irwin than Pyro.
Azrael99
said at 2:10 PM on Thu Nov 28 2013
@pete They are both Aussies , right ?
pete
said at 12:19 PM on Fri Nov 29 2013
@Azrael99 I mean mannerism wise.
chomper
said at 2:33 AM on Sat Apr 9 2011
Graham Haley's voice was annoying.
Mini Wolfsbane
said at 9:05 PM on Wed Mar 30 2011
Trevor Duval who? Um, what now?

As far as I know, Michael Dobson voiced Pyro for X-Men:Evolution. I have no idea who this Duval guy is. I am a huge fan of the show, so I'm pretty familiar with much of the cast. Next time you guys might want to double check these things. (I could be wrong however, but I'm pretty sure I'm right.) Since you're spending time and energy making lists like this, they may as well be correct. Just sayin'.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:09 PM on Wed Mar 30 2011
@Mini Wolfsbane Do you have some sources? I just checked Michael Dobson's website, and he lists Blob and a couple of other guys, but not Pyro. Trevor Devall's biography and a couple of his convention descriptions say that he played the role.
http://www.animeevolution.com/?p=1355
http://trevordevall.com/?p=13
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 1:41 AM on Thu Aug 5 2010
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
as an Australian, I can tell you none of the above voice actors were able to nail the accent 100%. there seems to be a habit of making the accent sound very heavy whereas the average Aussie has a much lighter sounding accent.

However Trevor Devall and John Kassir have the best attempts.


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