Storm Shadow
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Storm Shadow

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Storm Shadow with sound clips and images.
Franchise: G.I. Joe

Storm Shadow is most often portrayed as a Cobra Ninja. He is an expert martial artist and is often used as an assassin or a bodyguad. He has a long standing feud with Snake Eyes that traces back to their childhoods. He trained in Japan under the Arashikage ninja clan.
Created by OptimusSolo on Jul 29 2010
G.I. Joe (1985)
Storm ShadowKeone Young
Keone Young
G.I. Joe (DiC) (1989)
Storm ShadowScott McNeil
Scott McNeil
G.I. Joe Spy Troops (2003)
Storm ShadowTy Olsson
Ty Olsson
G.I. Joe Sigma Six (2005)
Storm ShadowTom Wayland
Tom Wayland
G.I. Joe Resolute (2009)
Storm ShadowEric Bauza
Eric Bauza
G.I. Joe: Renegades (2010)
Storm ShadowAndrew Kishino
Andrew Kishino


Well, to get things started we can quickly eliminate Scott McNeill's version as that, in my opinion, is hands down the worst version of Storm Shadow that we have seen thus far. McNeil was doing so many voices on that show that he must not have had enough time to turn in one of his usually great performances.

After that it turns into a tale of two takes on this classic character. Bauza and Young obviously give the character the Japanese accent that many expect to hear out of Storm Shadow while Wayland and Olsson provide more of a generic ninja tone to the character. That being said I prefer Bauza over Young and Olsson over Wayland. In the end I think I prefer Bauza's take though slightly over Olssons.

1st: Bauza, 2nd: Olsson, 3rd: Young, 4th: Wayland, 5th: McNeil

EDIT: I can't believe I am going to do this, but the new Storm Shadow Andrew Kishino to me has the perfect blend of the two versions of Storm Shadow I described above

NEW Winner: Kishino



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EPA Deane
said at 3:51 AM on Sun Apr 15 2018
My Top 5 Favourite Storm Shadow voices:

5. Tim Joe
4. Ty Olsson
3. Eric Bauza
2. Keone Young
1. Andrew Kishino

Future VA Suggestions:

Hoon Lee would be perfect as Storm Shadow if he used a Lighter version of his Splinter Voice

Johnny Yong Bosch could also work well if he added a Japanese Accent to his Adult Renton Thurston voice.

I also recommend Ian Anthony Dale, Will Yun Lee, Tim Khang and John Burgmeier
said at 9:32 PM on Wed Nov 22 2017
1. Andrew Kishino
2. Eric Bauza
3. Tom Wayland
said at 5:11 PM on Sat Oct 28 2017
VC thoughts update

Keone Young's take resonates the most with me. I feel the soft-spoken attitude fits Storm Shadow perfectly, making him a very disciplined and honorable warrior, yet he could sound pretty aggressive at the right times.

Despite the muddled accent, I do think Scott McNeil works as Storm Shadow after joining the Joe team. His performance really is quite energetic IMO.

Tim Joe, who played Storm Shadow in the Rise of Cobra game, does work quite well with what he's given.

Andrew Kishino sounds pretty similar to Tim.

Eric Bauza sounds good, but his delivery is kinda wonky.

Ty Olsson and Tom Wayland don't leave a big impression on me.
8000 Saiyans
said at 4:37 PM on Sat Oct 28 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
The best here has to be Andrew Kishino, but Keone Young and Eric Bauza are also very good.
said at 6:03 PM on Mon Sep 11 2017
 1 Shout Out!
1. Andrew Kishino
2. Keone Young
said at 9:24 PM on Mon Oct 17 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Andrew Kishino:

He brings the most depth and presence to Storm Shadow in his smooth as well as clear voice for the character, and he has a really authentic & great Japanese accent as well.

2. Eric Bauza:

Higher pitched than Andrew Kishino, but still manages to make Storm Shadow sound very intimidating and brooding at the same time- he's excellent in the part.

3. Keone Young:

His performance is pretty good, but he's far too soft in delivery in the role: still, his work holds up relatively well otherwise.

4. Ty Olsson:

Decent, but at the same time, he can be really bland and generic.

5. Tom Wayland:

Tolerable, but has inconsistent delivery quite a bit at times.

6. Scott McNeil:

Really, really entertaining, if nothing else: while he's not very fitting and lapses out of doing a Russian to a Japanese accent etc, it's really funny.
said at 9:06 AM on Sun Apr 10 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Andrew Kishino I feel nailed Storm Shadow, he has a great Japanese accent but also brings a lot of conviction with his take and can sound very anti-heroic also.

Eric Bauza sounds a bit too light and raspy still he gives a great performance, though I wish he played him a bit closer to his Drift.

Keone Young sounds kind of unrecognizable there, usually I find his voice very distinctive and noticeable but here I never would have guessed that was him without the credits, I'll give him points for that. With that said he's a bit too light and soft spoken for my liking.

Ty Olson is surprisingly good, I never thought he'd work as well as he does. Kudos Ty!

Tom Wayland surprisingly worked as well all things considered.

Scott McNeil sounds so out of place, it's not even funny. Definitely the weakest voice and performance here.

Overall I like Andrew best so I'm going with him.

BONUS: I think Vincent Tong doing a deeper version of his Junjie would be an awesome Storm Shadow. James Sie or Phil LaMarr could make an awesome Storm Shadow too.
said at 11:19 AM on Tue Mar 8 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Definitely Andrew. I wasn't a fan of his Storm Shadow's design, but his performance was excellent. Either Eric or Ty would be second.
said at 3:36 PM on Thu Apr 7 2016
1. Andrew Kishino
2. Ty Olsson
3. Eric Bauza
4. Tom Wayland
5. Keone Young
6. Scott McNeil
said at 8:10 AM on Mon Mar 16 2015
 1 Shout Out!
1) Keone Young
2) Scott McNeil
3) Tim Joe (Rise of Cobra game)
4) Andrew Kishino
5) Ty Olsson
6) Eric Bauza
7) Tom Wayland
said at 6:55 AM on Wed Feb 18 2015
 1 Shout Out!
1 Tom Wayland
2 Eric Bauza
3 Keone Young
4 Ty Olysson
5 Andrew Kishino
6 Scott McNeil
said at 12:09 PM on Sun Mar 9 2014
Even though all manage to pull off the role, I think Keone Young is the most epic sounding. I remember watching The Revenge of Cobra and seeing Spirit carrying the Weather Dominator piece and saying "I feel another presence". And suddenly, a japanese-accented voice utters "That presence feels you as well... COBRAAAAAA!!!!" I think Storm Shadow's Cobra Battle Cry is one of the most iconic things of the original show, along with Cobra Commander's battle cry and Zartan's laugh.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:58 AM on Mon Aug 26 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
As usual, all - or at least MOST - of them are great. Eric and Andrew are definitely my top picks. Poor Scott. Scott, why? It's almost like he was recording for another character and they put those lines with Storm Shadow. D:

Andrew's gonna' sneak ahead of Eric though.
said at 5:58 PM on Mon Dec 31 2012
 14 Shout Outs!
Oh man I had to log in after I wrote a post and it wiped it out.
But all I can reiterate is that I dont know how you can compare.
The technology back in 84/85 was much different today. Now you can digitally clean up all the flaws.
It was rugged and raw back then.
One thing I can tell you the Sunbow sessions with Wally Burr was like nothing that ever existed. With the old school guys like Mike Bell, BJ Ward, and of course my friend and the master Frank Welker. With new up and coming guys Corey Burton, Gregg Berger, Rob Paulsen. Add the extreme group which I was part of like Chriss Latta, Arthur Burghardt, and Kene Holiday. It was a gas.
Cig smoke would abound throughout the booth and I would recall one day walking in and seeing a fellow VA rolling on the floor. No one was noticing and I asked what was happening and nochalantly was told "Oh hes coming off a cocaine high, he'll be alright soon as we roll".
This wasnt all the time but it happened and was much more different in those days.
It was the wild west compared to today.
We would go from one to another, Transformer, Justice League, and Jem.
Then to Hanna Barbera or Disney and walla on a new film.
Running into guys like Phil Hartmann and Robin Williams. Learning new voices and sounds.
I dont know if you can compare it to today.
Storm Shadow/1985
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:05 PM on Mon Dec 31 2012
@keoneyo Man, that is so fascinating to hear! It's a real pleasure to have a professional voice actor like you on the site. That's a great story; it provides a lot of insight as to what the world of voice acting was like then. Very cool stuff!
said at 6:21 PM on Mon Dec 31 2012
Thank you Sir. Back then Voice actors were like the red headed step child of the acting business. But there were a lot of good people. I forgot to mention Dave Hall who voiced Col. Sharpe. Hes know as Robert David Hall now on CSI.
He lost his legs when an 18 wheeler slammed into his car. We had no disable access then and the actors use to carry Dave and his wheel chair up to the second story to Wallys tight fitting booth.
Dave was a champion and now heads the Disabled actors group at Screen Actors Guild.
He simply is amazing.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:45 AM on Tue Jan 1 2013
@keoneyo Continued great stuff sir. So glad to have you stop by the site, hopefully you got my recent email responses to your messages and you gave us a great idea as far as letting you guys provide input directly to the 'quotes' page! Would love to hear more from you very soon!
said at 12:04 PM on Sun Mar 9 2014
@keoneyo It's great to have the original Storm Shadow on this site. :)
said at 12:13 AM on Fri Jun 8 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Outside of Scott McNeil, they're all pretty good as Storm Shadow. Ultimately, though, I'm going with Andrew Kishino.
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