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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic is the protagonist of the "Sonic the Hedgehog" series, and the mascot of video game company Sega. He is a super-fast hedgehog capable of exceeding the speed of sound. Sonic has a laid-back, wisecracking personality and dislikes evil.

Jaleel White was the first voice of Sonic, playing him in the three cartoons produced by Dic: Sonic the Hedgehog, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, and Sonic Underground. In Underground, Sam Vincent was Sonic's singing voice. Martin Burke provided Sonic's voice in the English dub of the Sonic OVA, released by ADV Films.

In the video game world, Ryan Drummond played Sonic from 1999 to 2004, starting with Sonic Adventure and ending with Sonic Advance 3. Ryan wanted to play Sonic in Sonic X, dubbed by 4Kids Entertainment in New York, but because he lived too far away (in San Diego), he was turned down in favor of Jason Griffith. In 2004, Sega decided they wanted consistency across Sonic media, so Jason then replaced Ryan as Sonic's voice in the video games, starting with Sonic Rush and Shadow the Hedgehog in 2005 and ending with Sonic and the Black Knight in 2009. His voice clips from various games (primarily Sonic 2006) were recycled for Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing in 2010, the last time his voice was used for Sonic. In 2010, the voice cast was replaced yet again because the contract with the Sonic X voice actors expired, and opted not to renew it in favor of new voice actors. As of Colors, Sonic is currently voiced by Roger Craig Smith in all media for the franchise, including his cameo in the Disney film Wreck-It Ralph. In addition to the three main voices, Sonic was previously voiced by Meg Inglima for the educational PC game, Sonic's Schoolhouse.
Created by SeriouslyFunny on Jan 29 2010
Special thanks to Foxwolf, NCZ for additional sound clips.
Sonic the Hedgehog (1993)
Sonic the HedgehogJaleel White
Jaleel White
Sonic's Schoolhouse (1996)
Sonic the HedgehogMeg Inglima
Meg Inglima
Sonic Underground (1999)
Sonic the HedgehogSam Vincent
Sam Vincent
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie (1999)
Sonic the HedgehogMartin Burke
Martin Burke
Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)
Sonic the HedgehogRyan Drummond
Ryan Drummond
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
Sonic the HedgehogJason Griffith
Jason Griffith
Sonic Colors (2010)
Sonic the HedgehogRoger Craig Smith
Roger Craig Smith


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said at 6:36 PM on Fri Jun 29 2018
 1 Shout Out!

Wasn't happy with my old one so i made a new one with my thoughts more expressed. (i blame my younger self for not thinking).

Classic era:

Jaleel White
Not saying much but he's probably my own take for classic sonic Don't know why but this guy got me to impress as the sonic from when i was younger and still up to this day to potray as the character. He just brings this feeling on who i think what sonic sounds when he's a young boy. Kind of a shame he never voiced classic sonic in generations, would've loved it. Overall he's my personal pick for classic sonic.

Martin Burke
Even tho i LOVE the sonic ova, the voices never really bothered that much (except tails), burke's take on sonic is fine in my opinion. tho he makes sonic sound a bit to high pitch for my cases, i do think the delivery paid off with him. I even love the line where sonic and metal face off. again, not a big fan of him, but he's ok.

Sam Vincent
He's an okay singing voice. but like HylianBelmont said, i like to hear him voice sonic's actual character instead of singing.

Meg Inglima
The weakest take on sonic i ever heard. I mean.... Why???

Modern era:

Ryan Drummond
Ohhh boy, the fanboys are gonna give so much hell for saying this. Ok, you love drummond as sonic, good. more power to you. I can see why alot of people think he's the best sonic voice. He makes sonic sound young, energetic and even to sonic's big points. Me on the other hand, (i'm gonna need a flame shield for this). I kind of have few words to say about drummond.. OVERRATED. AS. HELL. Granted I DO NOT hate his take on sonic, he's a good actor and i respect him for doing that. It's just that sometimes i just get a bit annoyed by his take and i think he gets aggravating for me. In adventure 1 & 2 i think he's sound pretty raid and great (despite the crap moments and sound mixing/quality). Sonic heroes on the other hand....... Jesus christ never before i wanted sonic to keep his mouth shut so badly in this game. as much i like heroes's story, the cheesy writing and direction lani gave to ryan in the game.. ugggh. i wish sonic would stop saying that teamwork is this, that and everything (not as annoying as tails or charmy's voice in heroes but just annoying). FOR GOD SAKE SONIC WE GET IT. granted, as i said i do not hate his role as sonic, i found him awesome in the adventure games and shuffle, but just annoying in heroes.

Jason Griffith
Oh Jason. he was the very first sonic voice i ever heard in my life. Easily my second favourite voice of sonic. Yes we can all agree that he did have a weird/awful start. in the first season of sonic x he made sonic sounded like white and drummond mash up together but not in a good way, but you can tell as years went by he just nailed sonic. granted sure he may be a bit annoying in some certain cases (your too slow), but his best performance by far would have to be unleashed and the storybook series. He gave sonic so much character and so much emotion that it completely makes one of the reasons why i think sonic's best character handling is in those games. I freaking loved him in those games. So much nostalgia i have with his role (or maybe because i grew up with sonic x). Tho honestly tho i think Jason fits shadow more than sonic himself, but i still think he did well to near end of the deal.

Roger Craig Smith
OK i'll outright say it. out of all the voice actors sonic gotten, Roger would have to my favourite voice actor for sonic. Sure while he had his crappy moments due to the voice direction and writing, i just always have this smile on my face. Hell i rather listen to the cringy lines in colours than take the cheesy teamwork is everything s*** from heroes. my favourite performance would have to be the sonic boom show. He fits sonic's boom self and ego/personality perfectly considering that boom sonic (from my experience) is a more older incarnation of sonic and there were many moments i just find myself laugh in certain cases. Some of his lines were pretty weak tho, and some of his screams are grating. Despite some negatives i mentioned, Smith is my personal take on sonic.
8000 Saiyans
said at 2:18 PM on Sun May 13 2018
 6 Shout Outs!
Looking back on his performance, I think I'll change my vote to Ryan Drummond. There's something about his voice that clicks so well with Sonic.
said at 11:56 PM on Sun May 6 2018
 5 Shout Outs!
1. Ryan Drummond - He's still my favourite English Sonic voice, really. He makes him sound energetic and kinda cocky, but not to the point where he sounded unlikeable IMO. He started off shaky in SA1, but his performance in SA2 and Heroes is just perfect for the character IMO.

2. Jason Griffith - He started off kinda terrible in Sonic X, but by the time Sonic Unleashed came around his acting improved very much. I still don't think his voice fits "as well" as Ryan's, but he's definitely second place here IMO.

3. Roger Craig Smith - He gets third place for his take in Sonic Boom. Where his voice matches a lot more IMO. Definitely a BIG improvement over how cringy his delivery used to come off to me.

4. Martin Burke - His performance... honestly has a genuine charm to me? It's most certainly not perfect, but I can't claim it doesn't work for Sonic in that particular film however.

5. Jaleel White - I understand that his take is charming to some people, and I definitely respect the effort he put into it. But admittedly I've never really been a big fan myself, it's a tad annoying to me unfortunately.

6. Sam Vincent - Okay for what it is, but I would LOVE to see him do an original take on the character however.

7. Meg Inglima - This performance speaks for itself really, haha.
said at 7:25 PM on Mon Apr 30 2018
Martin Burke plays a damn good classic Sonic
said at 12:35 PM on Fri Mar 16 2018
 2 Shout Outs!
Roger Craig Smith is the best...when he's given proper direction, like in Smash Bros. and Wreck-It Ralph. Too often, he just uses his natural voice, which sounds too deep.
said at 1:46 PM on Tue Mar 20 2018
@Boss_Giovanni In the case of Smash Bros., though, that game simply recycles voice clips from Generations. But you know what? You do you, my friend.
8000 Saiyans
said at 11:57 AM on Mon Feb 19 2018
 2 Shout Outs!
It'd be cool if Sam Vincent got a second chance as Sonic, since I know he could be awesome in the role.
EPA Deane
said at 2:40 PM on Tue Mar 20 2018
@8000 Saiyans True, Though I would personally like to hear Richard Ian Cox as Sonic.
said at 4:22 PM on Tue May 1 2018
@8000 Saiyans @EPA Dance For an Ocean-based cast, I'd be okay with either Sam or RIC, but my top pick for Sonic would be Brad Swaile. My reason for saying this is because his Lan Hikari voice sounds like a fairly good middle ground between Ryan and Jason (at least IMO). That's just me, though.
8000 Saiyans
said at 10:58 PM on Mon May 21 2018
@Marusero Don't worry about it. Even though he wouldn't be my number one pick for an Ocean cast, Brad would fit really well with his Lan Hikari voice.
said at 5:07 AM on Tue May 22 2018
@8000 Saiyans Thanks, man.
said at 5:11 AM on Tue May 22 2018
I meant to say "Deane" instead "Dance", when replying 8000 Saiyans and EPA Deane; I just confused those words, for sone reason.
said at 5:12 AM on Tue May 22 2018
Meant to say "some" instead of "sone".
said at 9:14 AM on Sun Feb 18 2018
1) Martin Burke - He's just my favorite! He's just matching the 15 age and makes it sound so real!
2) Jaleel White- Pretty good but he sounds like his nose is clogged
3) Jason Grifith- Pretty cool and makes sonic sound tough but likes fun stuff (and he was the first voice I heard)
4) Roger Craig Smith- I usually got used to him and forgot all about the 15 age so for once he was my favorite, but then it was the 25th anniversary and i looked up how old he was and... well that's why he's in 4th place
5) Ryan Drummond- Same as Roger
6) Sam Vincent- Man! He sucked with the singing! He sounds like.... well.... I forgot the name but it's one of his charecters
7) Meg Inglima- God! She sucked, I think the life lesson that they learned was to NOT CAST A GIRL!!!

Overall Martin Burke is my vote.
said at 11:30 AM on Mon Feb 19 2018
but sam vincent is good at other charecters
said at 5:28 PM on Fri Jan 26 2018
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Roger Craig Smith- He did such a good job not to mention he nails the ego so I'm voting for him and no copyright law in the universe is going to stop me!
2. Jason Griffith- This is a close second TBH. Jason's portrayal was solid but I enjoy it no where as much as Rodger's.
3. Ryan Drummond- Same reason as Jason Griffith.
4. Sam Vincent- He has a pleasant singing voice and the performance in itself is solid but no where near as perfect as the first three.
5. Jaleel White- Dear god he sounded like a girl at times! However I do need to thank him for setting the overall foundation.
6. Martin Burke- Yet another annoying performance that hurts my ears. His take was way to shrill for my liking.
7. Meg Inglima- She sounded to girly not to mention her acting was painful to listen to.
said at 7:43 PM on Fri Jan 19 2018
 2 Shout Outs!
Favorites are Junichi Kanemaru, Ryan Drummond, Jason Griffith, and Roger Craig Smith.

Future VA Opinion:
I think Yuri Lowenthal can make a great Sonic.
said at 2:29 AM on Fri Jan 19 2018
I am wondering if it would be a good idea to switch clips to Roger's Boom performance.
said at 3:28 PM on Tue Dec 26 2017
This is an unpopular opinion but I think Roger does the best sonic voice. He has that fun attitude to him more than any other VAs. But I think we can all agree that Meg Inglima's Sonic was the worst.
said at 6:07 PM on Wed Nov 15 2017
Well, I decided to go with Jason now, although Ryan and Roger do have their merits.
said at 12:57 AM on Thu Nov 9 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
1. Griffith
2. Drummond
3. RCS
4. White
said at 9:07 PM on Thu Oct 26 2017
I've been critical of RCS as Sonic before, but I'll say this; he does Sonic Boom Sonic perfectly. He shows a great sense of comedic timing and delivery, and has really come into the role. He still doesn't quite fit game Sonic's design, and in dramatic moments he doesn't quite connect with me as much as Drummond or Griffith, but he's the best comedic Sonic since Jaleel, maybe even better. I'd place him in a tie with Drummond, second only to Griffith.
said at 8:37 PM on Thu Oct 26 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Avoided doing this for so long..

I'd honestly pick both Ryan Drummond and Roger Craig Smith for both of their take, but not quite. Ryan nails the energetic cheesy cocky yet passionate role, with even people arguing who was the best Sonic voice to this day! Though yeah, his delivery is pretty much corn incarnate. I can't help but have great nostalgia to him.

Roger Smith.. really doesn't fit the Modern Sonic design for me. Sure, Sega was looking for someone to make Sonic sound a bit older.. these days, he sounds like someone's dad trying to sound cool. With that said, he nails the Sonic Boom version the best. He's made this role his own with his dry comic delivery, that it would be tough to follow up on him.

Jason Griffith.. this guy. He was reaaaally bad. Like, so inexperienced. Especially with the wonky line readings (TALKing like thiiIIIIS). Yet he has a really good charm to the entire performance. He did get to hit a home run with Unleashed, so those years of him were like living and learning (hah). I'd love to see him back in the role after all these years, and some new acting chops.

Jaleel White is perfectly fine for this incarnation, fitting Adventures the best with his Bugs Bunny Urkel delivery. Only problems I have were that he was too annoying on occasions in SatAM and Underground (and that fan film... shiver)

Martin Burke is charming with his weird accent and youthful voice, but I really can't see this voice out of Sonic's mouth these days.

Sam Vincent. I'm so sorry Sam Vincent. He was brought in the voice match Jaleel in songs, and it just sounds like Double D being annoying. He deserves a lot better.

Meg Inglima no. Creepy. Ew.
8000 Saiyans
said at 6:17 PM on Mon Oct 16 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Honestly, most of these guys are good, but I'll go with Roger Craig Smith.
said at 4:12 AM on Sat Sep 30 2017
Honestly, I like Jaleel White the most here. His Sonic is tons of fun (especially in the syndicated cartoon), but he could also be quite emotional as well (like in the Saturday Morning cartoon). Honestly, I still think he's the perfect Sonic overall. "IIIIII'M WAIIIIITIIIIIING!!!"

Roger Craig Smith also sounds great in the role. He has a pretty fitting voice, some nice delivery and a cool laidback attitude.

Sam Vincent sounds like a rocker Jaleel White. His singing is great and I honestly wish he got another crack at Sonic someday.

Ryan Drummond does fit well. He has a pretty fitting voice, but his delivery could sound off at times.

Jason Griffith is on the same level as Drummond: pretty good, fitting voice, but his delivery can sound off at times.

Meg Inglima and Martin Burke don't sound fitting at all.
said at 10:30 PM on Thu Aug 17 2017
I think it varies from project to project in regards to voice direction and it cannot be definitely stated who is the single best voice for Sonic. Roger Craig Smith is fantastic in the Sonic Boom cartoon, but atrocious in Sonic Lost World. Likewise, Jason Griffith did better in Shadow the Hedgehog than in Sonic 06, despite having less experience with the character at the time.

I will say this though: Martin Burke's voice for the Sonic movie is criminally underrated. You don't really get a feel for his work until you've seen at least the first 20 minutes of the movie, something that cannot be done with a few voice quips.
said at 1:15 PM on Thu Aug 3 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
Changing my vote. Whilst Ryan Drummond remains as my favourite Modern Sonic voice, I find myself watching the cartoons more than playing the games, thus Jaleel White is the ultimate Sonic voice for me. He's just so cocky and full of energy (like in AOSTH) but also knows when to hit the emotional sweet spots (like in SatAm). He just fit the role like a glove. Plus he has excellent chemistry with the other actors as other characters like Christopher Welch as Tails and Kath Soucie as Sally Acorn. So Jaleel now gets my vote.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:57 PM on Thu Aug 3 2017

"Plus he has excellent chemistry with the other actors as other characters like Christopher Welch as Tails and Kath Soucie as Sally Acorn."

You have to give Jaleel some credit as an actor on that front. He was so busy with Family Matters at the time that he actually recorded AOSTH and SatAM separately from everyone else, on his own schedule.
said at 10:47 PM on Thu Aug 3 2017
@NCZ Really? Now that's amazing!
Ed Red
said at 4:40 PM on Sun Jul 23 2017
 1 Shout Out!
New ranking:
1. Jason Griffith, later work (9/10)
2. Ryan Drummond (8/10)
3. Jason Griffith, earlier work (6/10)
4. Roger Craig Smith (4/10)
5. Jaleel White (3/10)
6. Samuel Vincent/Martin Burke (1/10)
7. Meg Inglima (0/10)
Ed Red
said at 9:00 AM on Thu Jun 22 2017
 1 Shout Out!
1) Ryan Drummond (9/10)
2) Roger Craig Smith (6/10)
3) Jason Griffith (5/10)
4) Jaleel White (3/10)
5) Martin Burke (2/10)
6) Meg Inglima (1/10)
said at 9:42 AM on Mon Jun 19 2017
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I'm only counting the games here since Jaleel White is the only Sonic TV voice I feel is memorable.

3. Jason Griffith - I'm surprised to see that Griffith is winning. Not to say he's terrible, I just feel he had the roughest start and even when he got better he still felt a bit wooden and was awkward to listen to. He also doesn't seem to have the same energy and charm the character is known for. So while Griffith definitely had his moments, he's my least favourite of the three VAs.

2. Roger Craig Smith - Rather deep yes, but Roger brought back the right amount of energy and life to the character that Griffith lacked. His take on the character is definitely more "chill" than energetic but it works with the right moments and timing. He almost comes close to my favourite because of this.

1. Ryan Drummond - While not perfect, Drummond not only had the most fitting voice for the character but also truly captured the character's personality as a cocky yet compassionate hero with the timing, energy and memorable dialogue. He even managed to give a more serious side to the character (which is why I think Sonic Adventure 2 was his best performance). My only complaint is that he can be a little high-pitched at some points. But overall, he's gets my pick.
said at 8:41 PM on Thu Jun 15 2017
I think it's very dependent on the voice direction. For example, I think Jason Griffith did a better job as Sonic in Shadow the Hedgehog than Sonic 2006, even with less experience, and that Roger Craig Smith's voicing in Sonic Lost World is absolutely horrible while in Sonic Boom it's fantastic.
Ed Red
said at 10:39 PM on Sun Jun 11 2017
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Ryan Drummond is my favorite. He sounds exactly like what I think Sonic is supposed to sound like. He fits him like a glove. The worst... you know who it is. She does so bad of a job, it's worse than Marla's job doing Velma. Meg Inglima's voice as Sonic is so bad, all I can say is that it is supercalifragilisticexpialidociously bad.
said at 10:09 PM on Tue Apr 25 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Jason Griffith
2. Ryan Drummond
3. Roger Craig Smit
said at 2:22 PM on Sun Apr 23 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
1. Ryan Drummond
2. Jason Griffith
3. Roger Craig Smith
4. Jaleel White
said at 10:00 PM on Mon Apr 10 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Jason Griffith
2. Ryan Drummond
3. Jaleel White
4. Roger Craig Smith
5. Martin Burke
6. Meg Inglima
said at 9:33 PM on Fri Mar 3 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
Jason Griffith will forever be the definitive voice of Sonic for me i mean he voice him the longest and improve so much

Roger voice is bit to deep and not been the biggest fan of Sonic boom or any of the current games

Side note Max mittelman, Josh grelle, Blake shepard, or Austin tindle would make good choices for Sonic
said at 3:56 PM on Sat Jan 28 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
1. Jason Griffith- Jason IS Sonic! Sure, he may have sucked earlier on in Sonic X, Shadow the Hedgehog (2005), Sonic Riders, and Sonic 06 but I feel that he improved since Sonic and The Secret Rings. He not only sounds like a 15 year old (which is what Sonic should sound like) but he managed to convey the emotion put into the character. He sounded so natural for Sonic, and even with all of his confidence and cocky attitude, he captured Sonic's good nature and his performance is so heartwarming to listen to (especially in Sonic & The Black Night). Jason Griffith is to Sonic as Kevin Conroy is to Batman. He is, without a doubt, the perfect Sonic!

2. Roger Craig Smith- Yes, I did hate him early on, but looking at the Alton Towers ride TV commercial he did (not the one where his voice was pitch sifted to sound older but the TV spot for it) he sounded so much like Griffith in that commercial that I thought it was him at first, and in Lego Dimensions, he killed it. I'm mostly neutral with his Sonic performance (but blame the crappy voice direction for that, not Roger) but when he is not given horrible scripts by Pontaic and Graff, he actually sounds a lot better so, yeah, he has potential to do better as Sonic.

3. Ryan Drummond- I'm sorry people, but I kind of dislike him as Sonic. Yes, while he did improve in Sonic Heroes and Sonic Adventure 2, I feel that he was mediocre at best and especially by the quote he said in Sonic Heroes, "BECAUSE WE'RE DA SONIC HEROES!", his performance came off as cheesy as Sonic, but like I said with Roger, the crappy voice direction is the blame for that, not Ryan! If Lani Minella had been a better voice director, Ryan would've been pretty decent, but hey that's just my opinion! Overall, he's pretty good but not as good as Jason & Roger

(Since I insist that Classic & Modern should be ranked separately, I'll rank the Classic Sonic voices as well)

1. Jaleel White- He's pretty good for the Americanized classic Sonic, but he sounds too much like a combination of Steve Urkel and Bugs Bunny with braces. He's really annoying and cringeworthy in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon, but not as bad as he was in Sonic Underground. Ryan Drummond, as much as I sort of dislike his Sonic performance, Ryan showed Jaleel how it should've been done in the first place. Overall, I am giving this guy respect, since he's the one who had originated the voice for Ryan & Jason to mimic, and after all, besides the early cartoons, Sonic didn't have a voice during that time so it would've been difficult for Jaleel to sound perfect for Sonic but, hey, it could be worse!

2. Samuel Vincent- He doesn't really count since he didn't do Sonic's speaking dialogue, he only was his singing voice, but from what I saw, he's not so great in terms of delivery. He would be pretty good for a Canadian Sonic though.

3. Jason Griffith (Sonic X, first season) Ugh, he sounded too much like
Chuck E. Cheese and comes off as way too young for Sonic! He sounded too hard to impersonate Ryan Drummond! No wonder why he changed it later on!

4. Martin Burke- Awful! Just awful! He sounds too like a cowboy trying to impersonate Bugs Bunny! That, and he sounds cringeworthy to listen to, I can't even watch Sonic OVA all the way through due to his awful Sonic voice (though to be fair, if it wasn't for him, we wouldn't have "STRANGE ISN'T IT????!!!!")

5. Meg Inglima- Definitely a miscast! This is why Sonic should never be voiced by a woman, EVER! Sonic being voiced by a woman would suck, and this is, unfortunately, one of those cases. The only woman I could see doing Sonic justice is Keiko Utoku from Sonic CD, but that's about it. Hell, even Martin Burke is more oscarworthy compared to her.

Overall, I would have to go with Jason Griffith, with Roger Craig Smith at a decent second and Ryan Drummond at a distant third!
said at 8:23 AM on Sat Jan 21 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Jason Griffith
2. Ryan Drummond
3. Roger Craig Smith (earlier work)
4. Roger Craig Smith (Later Work)
5. Martin Burke
6. Jaleel White
7. Sam Vincent :-{
8. Meg Inglima. WHY IS SONIC A GIRL
said at 10:44 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Honestly, I've always thought Ryan and Jason sounded pretty much identical, even though Ryan was a bit less exaggerated. Either one of them is fine really, and Jaleel worked pretty well for the cartoons he was in. I like Roger too, though his deeper and more mature voice takes some getting used to. Martin's voice and delivery are both really odd.
Lion's Edge
said at 3:50 AM on Thu Oct 13 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
Time to open with the controversial opinion... I've never really been a fan of Ryan Drummond's Sonic. Not that it was bad, but I feel the quality of the performance does not consistently match the tone. Yes, his VOICE fit, but voice-acting is a two-pronged technique. The acting came off as forced and somewhat stilted, a problem I have with a lot of the pre-4Kids' VAs--and it fluctuated now and then, getting too squeaky.

My favourite for the role is actually... Roger Craig Smith. Yes, he does sound older, but I actually feel that he gets down a decent voice as well as acting. There's a dryer air to Roger's Sonic which, to me, makes the humour and delivery more natural; particularly in the Sonic Boom series, wherein some of his deadpan sarcasm has managed to consistently serve as a highlight of the series. He sounds so much more confident in the role and, to me, that should be Sonic's personality: a confident, bordering on cocky, daredevil out for the next thrill.

Jason Griffith, all in all, is a... bit of a mixed bag. At the start, there was this odd problem e had with emphasising certain words, which made the dialogue sound awkward at times; however, the voice itself did fit. And there was a gradual improvement; by Black Knight, he'd really come a long way in improving his Sonic voice, and it was a legitimately good performance. Voice direction really held Griffith down throughout his run but I'd say he's my third favourite. Right under...

Jaleel White. To me, Jaleel was a fantastic Classic Sonic. And, consistently, he put so much energy into his performance; there was confidence, there was confidence, there was a speed to his delivery that fit well. Sure, it doesn't fit with a modern Sonic, but for the character at the time, Jaleel fit like a glove.

Martin Burke is... weird... That's really all I can say, it sounds really weird; there's this accent to it that doesn't mesh well with the performance, and his delivery never quite pulled off that natural confidence. Don't care much for Sam Vincent's singing voice, but I'd take it over Burke.

And Meg Inglima was just a miscast. Really, all I can say on that one.

1. Roger Craig Smith
2. Jaleel White
3. Jason Griffith
4. Ryan Drummond
5. Samuel Vincent
6. Martin Burke
7. Meg Inglima

CASTING COUCH: Now, right off the bat, my top pick for Sonic? Alibaba Saluja himself, Erik Scott Kimerer. JYB, Spike Spencer, these are all VAs I've thought would fit in the past, and Erik's youthful voice (which sounds somewhat like a blend of the two), particularly in his work as Alibaba, carries a confidence and energy that I feel would be key to capturing the essence of a character like Sonic; it even sounds a little like a more natural Ryan Drummond Sonic at times, with delivery and consistency.
said at 10:28 AM on Mon Dec 19 2016
@Lion's Edge What a well-constructed opinion there, and I like how you chose a VA that could somehow improve on a take by a previous VA (even if you didn't like his take as much as others did). I think you should do more well-detailed opinions like this one.
said at 6:54 PM on Tue Sep 27 2016
 8 Shout Outs!
Thoughts on all of them (in no particular order):

Ryan Drummond:

I thought Ryan had the proper acting/delivery & a suitable voice right from the start. He just sounded very natural, and he never sounded forced to me. Granted, he wasn't perfect either, and could get a little squeaky at times, I always felt Ryan seemed to understand Sonic really well, and showed the most dedication. He brought a certain earnestness and down to Earth tone in his performance, and I feel that's why he's so enjoyable in the role.

Jason Griffith:

He just had this awkward EMPHASIS thing he did on WHATEVER lines he SAID as Sonic, and it was frankly really distracting: his voice was suitable, but I did not like his delivery, because it seemed extremely unnatural. The only time I; felt he ever sounded somewhat natural in the part was in his last two games, but that's far from enough to make him the best to me, considering how mediocre he was the majority of the time in the role. To his credit, I actually like Jason Griffith's work when he's not hindered by that forced delivery: I loved his performances in Chaotic and as Iron Man, respectively.

Roger Craig Smith:

He just sounds too old and strained in the role: I never really pictured a young teen sounding like a man, yet that's exactly what I've been hearing with his take. To be fair, I feel he can actually act in the part without sounding forced, unlike Jason Griffith...but at the same time, unlike Jason Griffith, he also can't get his voice to match Sonic's age well. Again, to his credit, I like Roger Craig Smith as Ezio, Deidara, and Batman from those respective franchises: to me, he sounds far more natural elsewhere than he does as Sonic.

Martin Burke:

He had a really strange accent as Sonic and was high pitched, and I honestly don't think it fit Sonic well at all. Also, his delivery of "I AGREE!" sounds forced in the clip.

Jaleel White:

He was nasally, but then again, I think for some reason it added to the charm of his take on Sonic: he seemed to have a lot of fun doing the role, if nothing else.

Sam Vincent:

His singing voice for Sonic is honestly painful to listen to, and it just doesn't sound right to me.

Meg Inglima:

A definite miscast, and clearly the weakest of the group: she sounds both effeminate and nasally at the same time, making even Sam Vincent's singing voice seem pretty appropriate and fitting by comparison.

Overall, my vote will go to...Ryan Drummond.
said at 8:33 PM on Tue Sep 27 2016
Agreed. Jason's Iron Man was awesome. MUCH better delivery and performance than his Sonic (which I still like).
said at 11:53 PM on Wed Oct 12 2016
@GreenGoblin75 To his credit, he had almost NO direction in most of the Sonic games, yet you could tell he was giving it his all. In his last games though, he was pretty much perfect.
said at 1:44 PM on Thu Oct 13 2016
Yeah, in the last couple of games, Jason got really good. It was just his earlier performances that were sub-par.
said at 1:14 PM on Mon Sep 19 2016
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I'm going with Roger because he has the consistently best acting skills. Ryan and Jason started out "eh", and became better over time. Roger's acting skills started out great and are still great today. (If you wanna know my 2nd place, that would be Unleashed/Black Knight - Jason.)
said at 3:45 PM on Tue Sep 13 2016
I could never get behind Roger. He sounded ok at first, but in his more recent roles, he began to sound a lot like Scott Menville. I'm calling it a tie between Ryan and Jason.
said at 9:34 PM on Tue Sep 13 2016
Do you mean Roger as Sonic, or his roles in general?
said at 2:56 PM on Sun Sep 18 2016
@GreenGoblin75 Roger as Sonic.
said at 2:27 PM on Mon Aug 1 2016
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My opinion, the best voices Sonic had were Jaleel White, Ryan Drummond, and Jason Griffith. The rest are okay (save for Meg), but Roger just doesn't quite cut it for me. I liked him for Generations, Lost World, and Boom; but I think it's time for either Griffith or Drummond to return for the new game coming up.
said at 6:54 PM on Sun Jul 24 2016
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1. Jason Griffith
2. Roger Craig Smith
3. Ryan Drummond
4. Jaleel White
5. Sam Vincent
6. Martin Burke
7. Meg Inglima
said at 3:47 PM on Mon Jul 18 2016
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1. Jason Griffith
2. Roger Craig Smith
3. Jaleel White
4. Martin Burke
5. Sam Vincent
said at 4:16 PM on Mon Jul 18 2016
@tmnisaac No offense, but where's Ryan Drummond?
said at 4:41 PM on Mon Jul 18 2016
@Marusero I do like Ryan Drummond, but i only compare voices from TV Shows and Movies.
said at 6:50 AM on Tue Jul 19 2016
@tmnisaac Oh, I see. I have nothing against. However, if Ryan was on your list, he'd be in what place?
said at 6:58 AM on Tue Jul 19 2016
@Marusero i would put Ryan Drummond in 4th while Martin Burke in 5th and Sam Vincent in 6th.
said at 7:25 AM on Tue Jul 19 2016
@tmnisaac Oh, okay. I just wanted to know.
said at 7:27 AM on Tue Jul 19 2016
@Marusero Your welcome
said at 5:07 AM on Sun Aug 21 2016
*against it
said at 10:17 PM on Mon May 9 2016
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Jaleel is great for a young Sonic
said at 10:16 PM on Mon May 9 2016
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Ryan Drummond was the best.
said at 11:11 PM on Tue May 3 2016
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I kinda like doing these, and I joined relatively recently, so forgive me if I'm late.

1. Jason Griffith- Like Ryan, but with better acting and a maturer voice. A good halfway between Jaleel and Ryan.

2. Ryan Drummond- Very good voice for the role, but he sacrifices the performance.

3. Jaleel White- Underrated performance, underrated voice, the guy is still worth the 90s kid nostalgia and is a better actor than the above two. Problem is that his voice will never do for latter-day Sonic.

4. Roger Craig Smith- Yes, he's a great actor, but his voice is just so adult and off that I thought Knuckles was sharing a voice.

5. Samuel Vincent- A great singing voice, but no acting. I'd kill to hear him play the role. It does sound like Tina Turner, tho, which is not a good fit for the Blue Blur, even back then.

6. Meg Inglima- Sounds like a better fit for Cream. Okay acting, but miscast voice.

7. Martin Burke- The worst of the bunch by far, even Meg Inglima can hold a candle- but this guy has as much staying power as phone service in an Amish community. He sounds like the Canadians on South Park trying to do their Chuck E. Cheese impressions after a painful helium bender. Nothing personal, Martin, but you've probably done better.
said at 11:47 AM on Mon May 2 2016
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I kinda like how Jason Griffith sounds, though they're all a little weird. XD

I still prefer Junichi Kanemaru in the Japanese version, granted it's near impossible to make a "comparison" of that since he's the only Sonic voice actor. XD (Unless you count Takeshi Kusao, Masami Kikuchi and that one woman. ...Kanemaru's been playing Sonic for 16 years, though I have no idea what he's been doing since 2014.)
said at 12:20 PM on Sun Apr 17 2016
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Allow me to show you my personal rankings.


1st. Jaleel White

2nd. Martin Burke

3rd. Meg Inglima


1st. Ryan Drummond

2nd. Jason Griffith

3rd. Roger Craig Smith

I will now show you how I'd rank them overall.

1st. Ryan Drummond

2nd. Jason Griffith

3rd. Jaleel White

4th. Roger Craig Smith

5th. Martin Burke

6th. Meg Inglima

(I did not count Sam Vincent since he was just a singing voice. However, I do think he'd have potential to be a great Sonic, if given another chance.)
said at 5:22 PM on Fri Apr 8 2016
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I grew up with Jason Griffith as Sonic, and to this day, he's still my favorite. His voice is pitch-perfect, conveying Sonic's cockiness, friendliness, and energy effectively. Some of his acting was admittedly weak, but his passion for the character showed through nonetheless.

Ryan Drummond's my runner-up. I REALLY didn't like his voice when I first heard it, but in retrospect, he has a lot of energy, and Sonic's headstrong nature really comes through in his performance. It's a shame his voice sounds a little bit put-on, and his acting quality was often poor.

Roger Craig Smith places third. While his acting is the most consistent of all of these, and he has a fair amount of energy, his voice is off for the Blue Blur. It sounds wry and sarcastic, rather than youthful and upbeat. Sonic Boom really extenuates these qualities of his, and that mars my opinion of his portrayal. He also lacks a little bit of the enthusiasm the other two have.

Jaleel White is a little grating, but he actually captures the Sonics he was cast as pretty well. He's upbeat, reckless, and super self-confident. However, his voice doesn't perfectly fit the role, and I'd grow tired of listening to his delivery before I would Smith's, so he places fourth.

Sam Vincent's just doing a younger Jaleel White, so I can hardly say anything about him individually. He's a good voice double and that's about it.

Unlike Jaleel White, Martin Burke's voice is EXTREMELY grating. It sounds more like a geeky teenager than the Blue Blur. He's also too sarcastic and downbeat for the role. At least he's delivery is generally decent.

Meg Inglima: she lacks energy, and she makes Sonic sound like a woman in her mid-thirties. 'Nuff said.
said at 9:01 AM on Fri Apr 1 2016
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1) Ryan Drummond
2) Jason Griffith
3) Roger Craig Smith
4) Jaleel White
5) Martin Burke
6) Meg Inglima

He's the Blue Blur who is way past cool. Sonic's the name, speed's his game. I'm most familiar with Ryan and Jason's tenures as the character, and they both do a nice job complimenting who the fastest thing alive really is; Drummond is especially tubular for the character in SA2 alongside Heroes, while Griffith is nothing short of great Unleashed onward. Roger's portrayal has been growing off me as of late, but I still do enjoy his performance even if it sounds a tad older than the guy's predecessors. Jaleel "Steve Urkel" White's take on that blasted hedgehog is also pretty charming, though I'm not crazy about the reprisal in the fan film. This just leaves Martin Burke and Meg Inglima: Burke sounds serviceable acting-wise, though the voice in and of itself is a little overdone and occasionally inconsistent, and Meg... ugh, what am I to even say about her? The idea of a woman voicing Sonic isn't too farfetched, but the VA for him in Schoolhouse came off as more obnoxious than endearing.

As for Sam Vincent, the only reason I didn't bother ranking him was because he provided Sonic's singing voice and didn't actually get speaking lines. However, I can totally see Vincent suiting the hedgehog's personality well if given another chance.
said at 3:47 AM on Thu Mar 31 2016
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No offense, but to be honest, it kinda jars me that Roger has more votes than Ryan. I mean, there are many fans who really like him. I guess people praise Roger because of how "cool" and "well-directed" he is (I'm looking at Maron). Guys, just because a certain voice is "well-directed", it doesn't really mean it's the best. That's just an opinion. To me, Ryan was more characteristic than Roger, and I like I said before, Roger lacks those certain traits that make Sonic an appealing character and has the least passion in doing it. Also, it's just ironic to me that people praise Roger as Sonic but criticize Kathleen Delaney as Rouge (don't get me wrong, I used to like Kathleen, but now I don't anymore). Kathleen made Rouge sound older, just like how Roger makes Sonic sound older, and it just makes no sense at all. If Sonic is 15, then he's supposed to sound like a teenager, NOT an adult. Same goes for Rouge, who is 18. Remember that age is an important factor when it comes to voice acting. Roger's not that bad, but like TrueMyriad said, he plays way too much like an impression of a hero instead of an actual hero.

As for Ryan, he had quite the passion in voicing Sonic. He really seemed to care a lot about the character, and still does to this very day. What a shame that he couldn't reprise the role for Colors, but maybe he will at a certain point. I know it.

So, with this in mind, how about you Roger fans think about what I said here and decide to change your vote to Ryan. That is, if you really enjoyed Ryan's Sonic voice back in those good old days. No offense.
said at 12:07 AM on Wed Mar 30 2016
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I find it a little annoying that the Japanese actors for this series are rarely acknowledged. Yeah, I know it's been Americanized to death (owing to popularity of course), but Takeshi Kusao (i.e. Trunks) was the *original*, & Kanemaru has been the LONGEST-running actor in all of the series.

That being said...I most heard Griffith's, & playing the games, I don't recall much difference between his & Drummond's.

People *recognize* JW due to Family Matters, but his VO work, while great, is no Drummond (or Griffith, as he developed).

Sam is let down by the show itself. Not a bad choice for Canadian SOnic, though.

Roger is not too shabby, I suppose. A bit too deep, thogh.

Overall, just for nostalgia+acclaim...Ryan Drummond.

I will always hold a soft spot for Griffith, though.

For English-language actors to play Sonic in the future...perhaps Bryce Papenbrook? Or Michael Sinterniklaas?
said at 2:04 PM on Thu Mar 17 2016
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1. Jason
2. Ryan
3. Roger
4. Sam
5. Jaleel
6. Martin
7. Meg

IMO, sonic fans get too upset about his voice. All of Sonic's actors are good in their own way.
said at 6:21 PM on Sun Jan 31 2016
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7. Meg, surprising no one. I don't think she's AS bad as a lot of people say. I can get an inkling of the Sonic charm, especially of Jaleel's style, but ultimately it's inconsistent, wooden, and unfitting.

6. Sam. He matches Jaleel well enough, and his singing isn't painful. As a singing voice, that's all I can ask for.

5. Burke's fitting enough. His acting is strange at times, but it's hammy and always entertaining. Almost but not quite of the so bad it's good variety.

4.Roger. I'm.. just not a fan. The voice is a little too deep and surfer-like. But most of all, it just doesn't feel real and genuine to me. Say what you will about Jaleel or Burke, they're earnest. With Roger, I don't feel the character or his heart, which is a big key of Sonic to me. It feels like a voice, and not one that really fits Sonic's face. No offence to his fans, but for me, he just doesn't feel like Sonic.

3 Jaleel. THE classic Sonic. He has a nice balance of attitude, smoothness, confidence, and heart. For the classic days, high pitched voice fit, and I don't think it'd even be that out of place today. Jaleel can pull off the kind hero and the jerk with a heart of gold RCS often aims for. I wouldn't mind him reprising the role sometime.

2.Ryan Drummond. My first Sonic, and the blueprint for all future 3D Sonics. His voice is a natural fit, and he oozes attitude and confidence. In the early days, his acting was a bit off at times, but experience weaned that off. By Heroes, he was pretty much pitch perfect.

1. But Griffith barely edges me out. Yes, he was a bit awkward at times in the beginning, but so was Drummond (Jaleel might be the only guy to easily slide into the role from the get go). And his voice was the perfect pitch of deep and high, not too young, not too old. And as time went on, he knew the ins and outs of Sonic perfectly. The biggest key to me is that even with all his attitude and confidence, there's almost always a note of good-naturedness and fun in his voice as well. He's always having the time of his life, being alive and doing what he loves to do. And in Black Knight's ending, he sums up Sonic perfectly, my personal favorite series moment. Griffith delivers it with softness and heart, and I don't know if anyone could have done it better. He is, and likely always will be, my Sonic.
said at 9:34 AM on Fri Jan 29 2016
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I decided to change my vote to Ryan. When I listen to him, I feel as if Sonic was natural. However, I still like Jason just as equally as Ryan. They're both top-notch as the Blue Blur. I might switch my vote back and forth.
said at 5:02 PM on Thu Jan 28 2016
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I'm going to re-evaluate what I said about Roger.

In my honest opinion, Roger's not bad, but not great either. It's just that he lacks what makes Sonic a great character. He doesn't have the same passion as Ryan and Jason. His acting's just fine, but there's something missing.

However, the biggest problem with his Sonic voice is that Sega wanted to make the character sound older, even though Sonic's always been 15 since Sonic Adventure, so it makes no sense to give a character who doesn't age a mature voice. His voice, while cocky/arrogant like Sonic, is forced and surfer-like. Like I said, he's not bad, but his Sonic voice just has that problem, where a middle-aged actor tries to sound all young and "cool", but doesn't quite fit the character well. Even at his highest pitch, I don't think he'd be able to provide Sonic's voice that well. He'd just strain his voice too much, and I don't want to see that happen to him. For those of you who think that Sonic should age eventually, I respectfully and strongly disagree.

Overall, I feel as if Roger was miscast as Sonic. He's a good voice actor, but I don't think this is one of his best roles, unfortunately. In my opinion, he'd be a lot more fitting for a character like Knuckles.

Not to be rude here, but if I were in charge of voice-acting and had to change some voices in the current cast, Sonic's would have to be one of them, sadly.
said at 4:08 PM on Fri Jan 29 2016
You see, due to the current direction that the series has, Sonic lacks his kindness. And that kindness is essential to his character. You might just want to be like, "What happened to Sonic after Black Knight?". What I'm trying to say is that, in the more recent games, Sonic's just half of what he should be.
said at 7:34 PM on Fri Feb 19 2016
There are some details that I want to add to Roger's portrayal of Sonic.

It's more like a "stereotypical '90s kid" portrayal that isn't inspired enough. Nothing much to it. As for the voice itself, it's just uninspired and doesn't scream "Sonic".

If Roger were to portray a more serious Sonic, I think it would be unnatural for him. And like I said, he'd strain his voice (a bit) too much and wouldn't work quite well.

Anyway, that's all I wanted to add.
said at 12:27 PM on Sat Mar 26 2016
On my first reply, I seemed to forget to type "taken" between "has" and the comma. Just pointing out.
said at 7:24 AM on Thu Jan 21 2016
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I don't really care about Sonic much, so my opinion is most likely nonsense in this case, but to elaborate on what I said earlier, here's how I see it:


1. Jaleel White- Yeah, his voice is a little nasally, but I like it on the character. Jaleel gave Sonic a lot of personality and he was fun to listen to, really, he's the most memorable of the classic voices for him.

2. Martin Burke- The definition of bland and forgettable, plus he overacts towards the end of his clip. I feel like there's an accent there as well, that in this case doesn't complement Sonic well to me.

3. Sam Vincent- Oh...jeez...annoying beyond words. I'm hearing a nasally fusion of Double D and Martin Mystery singing here, it's really bad.

4. Meg Inglima- Why...just why...does he sound like a nasally woman? I...can't even...understand this casting choice, it makes no sense.


1. Ryan Drummond- Funny story, I didn't actually grow up with him, I first heard Griffith as Sonic, in terms of his modern voices. Let me tell you, this guy's take simply amazed me, I feel he's a perfect fit for this character in my eyes. His cool 90s esque voice simply seems to match Sonic's design to a tee, and he didn't sound nasally or too deep, he's just pitch perfect to me. His acting seemed very natural as well, he never overacted or underacted, he just spoke normally and with emotion. He's just too memorable to pass up when I hear them all together, to me.

2. Jason Griffith = Roger Craig Smith- Here's my rationale for this choice: Jason's voice never actually bothered me much, outside of being a little nasally at the start, it fits fine...but he had no idea how to act or convey emotions in this role if you ask me. Like his Usopp (though to be fair his Sonic is nowhere near that bad), he always did this OVERemphasis on words, all the time. Like, "I'm Sonic the HedgeHOG," "YaHOO," "Leave it to ME," "You're too SLOW," and so on in his clip demonstrates this issue I had with his take, but yes, he did get better at least later on.

Roger has the exact opposite issue that Jason had for me: his acting is great, he sounds natural, and he talks like a normal person would...however, his voice doesn't fit very well to me. Sonic is 15, and as others have said, he sounds more like he's 25-30 years old now. What would help him is if he went a bit higher pitched with his voice, or at least, that's how I see it.
said at 11:18 AM on Mon Jan 4 2016
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In terms of modern Sonic, I'd rank them like this.

1. Jason Griffith

2. Ryan Drummond

3. Roger Craig Smith
said at 7:47 PM on Tue Dec 29 2015
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I wonder if I'm alone when I say I like Jason Griffith's voice the best for Sonic...heh.
said at 9:58 PM on Tue Dec 29 2015
@EchoExe It would seem at least 206 people would say you're certainly not alone.
said at 10:03 PM on Tue Dec 29 2015
@Zillah Hahah I totally just remembered to vote and seen that xD
said at 10:26 AM on Wed Dec 30 2015
@EchoExe Jason's my favorite Sonic as well.
Smash The Oni
said at 4:14 PM on Thu Dec 31 2015
@EchoExe I don't share your opinion, but it looks like a lot of other people here do.
said at 8:19 AM on Fri Dec 18 2015
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For some reason, I think Antony Del Rio should voice Sonic.
said at 10:32 AM on Wed Dec 16 2015
Much like how Jason Griffith improved with each iteration, Roger is improving with each one too. His performance in the Sonic Boom TV series is really awesome, and that's why he gets my vote.
said at 6:34 AM on Tue Dec 8 2015
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1. Roger Craig Smith - My favorite Sonic voice actor since his debut basically. His voice fits Sonic great in my opinion, he knows how to show Sonic's attitude and he's proven to have a great range in his acting chops.

2. Ryan Drummond - I like his voice for Sonic, moreso in the Adventure games vs. Heroes, where he kind of got annoyingly squeaky. His acting just doesn't compare to Roger though, unfortunately.

3. Jason Griffith - He got better as time went on, but his delivery was so flat all the time before Unleashed. The voice was also rather generic and didn't fit Sonic in my opinion.

4. Martin Burke - Wouldn't fit modern Sonic at all, but I kind of have a soft spot for the OVA voice actors. I can't imagine Sonic sounding any different in it lol.

5. Jaleel White - I always read classic Sonic in his voice, but overall I don't really care for it. The go-to Sonic voice of the 90s, but not anymore.
said at 4:36 PM on Mon Dec 21 2015
@kgarland707 How did you match my opinion exactly?
Smash The Oni
said at 7:57 PM on Thu Dec 3 2015
1. Martin Burke. While sounding like what you'd expect from 90s anime voice acting, he still manages to sound like what I'd expect from Sonic. Especially his classic version.

2. Roger Craig Smith. He's done a really good job with the character, and Sonic Boom shows that he's got a great range, and is able to use plenty of different motions while still sounding Sonic-like.

3. Ryan Drummond. Perfectly captured the upbeat, cocky nature that Sonic is well known for. Very nice to listen to, at least after SA1.

4. Jason Griffith. Slow and wimpy. Makes Sonic sound like a dweeb.

5. Jaleel White. Somehow sounds even worse than Jason.

6. Meg Inglima. No comment.
said at 12:10 PM on Sat Nov 28 2015
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Ranking the speaking voices by "Classic" and "Modern" eras:
1. Jaleel White
2. Martin Burke
3. Meg Inglima

1. Jason Griffith and Roger Craig Smith
2. Ryan Drummond
said at 11:30 AM on Sat Nov 28 2015
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Jason will always be my favorite.
said at 5:18 AM on Sat Nov 21 2015
I like both Ryan and Jason a lot, but I'm leaning more towards the latter.
said at 10:38 AM on Sat Nov 14 2015
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No disrespect or offense to Roger Craig Smith, but I don't think his voice works for Sonic. He sounds like a college-aged student trying to fit in as a high school freshman. His voice is too old for Sonic's age (which is 15).

Sure, he brought back Sonic's personality from Ryan Drummond's performance, but it's just exaggerated through the roof. Not only that, but I think the writing is letting him down. Ever since Roger took on the role, Sonic's become half the character he should be. I tolerated him in Generations, though.

I feel that he was a miscast as Sonic. No offense to anyone.
said at 5:27 AM on Fri Jan 8 2016
To be honest, I don't think Roger's bad, just mediocre-okay. It's just that I don't find his voice as suitable for Sonic as Ryan's or Jason's.
said at 9:35 PM on Thu Jan 21 2016
I personally disagree with you about Roger (he's actually my #1 pick) But I do commend you for actually giving a legit evaluation for why you don't like him, instead of just senselessly bashing him. (Like the majority of YT comments do.)
said at 8:36 AM on Fri Jan 22 2016
@Lpfan120 No offense or anything, but if Sonic's always been 15 since Sonic Adventure, then why does he have a mature voice? It makes no sense to me. His acting is okay, I guess, but it's just not that "Sonic" to me. I feel that there's something missing.
said at 3:01 PM on Fri Nov 13 2015
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Meg Inglima is just.......WTH.
said at 7:07 AM on Sun Oct 18 2015
My rankings for classic Sonic…

1. Martin Burke

2. Jaleel White

3. Meg Inglima
said at 4:38 AM on Thu Oct 15 2015
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I'm going with Ryan Drummond. Jason was also pretty good especially in Sonic and The Black knight, but there's always been something about his voice for Sonic that's just never made me go "That's Sonic" in the way that Ryan did.
Shiny Raticate
said at 11:21 PM on Sun Oct 11 2015
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I think I've left a comment here before, but... I've got to say that Jason's better for that more chill and mellow Sonic. Roger's getting better now that the Sonic Boom cartoon has been playing and puts Sonic in more laid-back situations.

I'm sorry, but Ryan... He was the first Sonic voice I've ever heard, and I liked him, but I look back at the role now and I can't say I feel the same anymore.
said at 12:10 PM on Thu Nov 19 2015
@Shiny Raticate Well then, who's your favorite?
Shiny Raticate
said at 6:02 PM on Thu Nov 19 2015
@Marusero Jason's my favorite. His voice is a little more softer and easier to listen to.
said at 3:12 AM on Fri Nov 20 2015
@Shiny Raticate Jason's my favorite as well.
said at 12:34 PM on Fri Mar 18 2016
@Shiny Raticate No offense by any means, but why don't you like Ryan anymore?
Shiny Raticate
said at 10:28 PM on Tue May 17 2016
@Marusero Sorry for the late reply! And no offense taken at all!
I don't think any of Ryan's portrayals have had any personality to them. And that has nothing to do with Ryan, I know, but SA to Heroes there was nothing much to go on. Also, his voice got kinda harsh a lot of the times when he yelled, which I understand plays into Sonic's brash character but it made it harder to listen to. Jason got to work with a lot more deeper material like Sonic Unleashed, Sonic and the Black Knight, even Sonic 06 opened up to his personality. And Jason's voice was just more... chilled, I guess. More laid-back.
I'm waiting for a good game like Unleashed for Roger to star in, but I don't think we'll get that anytime soon...
said at 2:51 AM on Wed May 18 2016
@Shiny Raticate No worries, buddy. It's alright.

Also and no offense, I think Ryan was more characteristic than Roger. You may not see it, but I do. Yes, his voice could be a little bit hard to listen to, but once you get used to it, you'd probably like it. And yes, his acting might a little bit off as well, but I think the voice itself is perfect. Don't get me wrong, I also love Jason. In fact, I love them equally. As for Roger... I think he's okay, but miscast, if you can understand what I mean.

Overall, I have nothing against your opinion, even though I disagree with it. Hope you can respect mine as well.
said at 7:51 PM on Fri Sep 18 2015
Roger has gotten better voicing Sonic but Jason is still my favorite
said at 2:10 PM on Wed Sep 16 2015
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Classic: Jaleel White

Modern: Ryan Drummond
said at 6:41 PM on Thu Aug 6 2015
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Sonic Voice Actors and My Opinions About Them.

Jaleel White: Captures the snarky, laidback attitude, but is too high-pitched and nasally.

Martin Burke: Nasally like Jaleel, but it's a lower pitch, which helps associate him with Sonic more.

Meg Inglima: SO MUCH WRONG!! SEGA, this is why game developers are almost never voice actors. All in all: Shut up, Meg.

Ryan Drummond: This guy gets the tone and attitude of Sonic perfectly as well as being rather skilled at acting.

Jason Griffith: He's a very close voice match to Ryan and he still makes the role his own. All points for Ryan apply here as well, except the acting is only a little worse than Ryan's.

Roger C. Smith: The pitch is more akin to an adult, but I suppose it works given how much Sonic has evolved over the years. He still captures Sonic's personality just fine.

We can say that Jaleel was Sonic when he was 8-10, Martin is when the Blue Blur was 11-14, Ryan was Sonic as 15-16, Jason was a 17-19-year old Sonic and Roger over here is Sonic from age 20 onward at this point in time.

Sam Vincent: The only difference between Sam and Jaleel is that Sam is a little more gravely and not as nasally.

1: TIE! Ryan Drummond and Jason Griffith.
2: Roger Craig Smith.
3: Martin Burke.
4: TIE AGAIN! Jaleel White and Sam Vincent
5: Meg Inglima.
said at 10:53 AM on Tue Aug 4 2015
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Classic: Jaleel White.

Modern: Roger Craig Smith.
said at 10:45 AM on Tue Aug 4 2015
I think Dan Kizler, who voiced him in the Hebrew version of AoStH, was almost as bad as Meg Inglima. At least he's actually male.
said at 7:48 AM on Tue Jul 21 2015
Jason, Ryan and Roger each have their own charm as Sonic to me, J Griffith and R Drummond did great and RG Smith keeps growing on me :)
said at 3:05 PM on Tue Jul 14 2015
My Top 3 on Sonic's voice actors in the games:

1. Jason Griffith

2. Ryan Drummond and Roger Craig Smith

3. Meg Inglima (worst voice for Sonic ever)
said at 7:57 AM on Wed Jul 15 2015
@Marusero This is actually a Top 4 for the character's voice actors in the games:

1. Jason Griffith

2. Ryan Drummond

2. Roger Craig Smith

4. Meg Inglima (worst VA for Sonic)

As you can see, Ryan and Roger are tied.
said at 4:55 PM on Wed Jul 15 2015
@Marusero I see you disliked Meg's Sonic voice so much you had to skip #3
said at 7:54 PM on Wed Sep 23 2015
Updating my rankings for Sonic's voice actors in the games.

1. Jason Griffith

2. Ryan Drummond

3. Roger Craig Smith

4. Meg Inglima
said at 10:32 AM on Sat Jul 11 2015
sonic voice actors.

1. Roger Craig smith. hands down to the best voice actor for sonic! he is truly a great voice for sonic and he should stay to keep his role as sonic the hedgehog! he is one of the best!

2. Jason Griffith. second place on my list. he was only good in sonic x, sonic unleashed and sonic and the black knight. and also, he is okay.

3. Jaleel white. third place for sonic's voice. he fits for classic sonic and done the cool quotes. Way Past Cool! Up Over and Gone! Juice and Jam Time! Mondo. it's very perfect!

4.Ryan Drummond. fourth place here. i don't think it's perfect or good for sonic's voice or fits either. so no. i don't think ryan is the best voice actor for sonic.

5. Martin Burke. Not good at all and way high pitch than ryan. but still does a good quote.

6. Samual Vincent. He's the Singing Voice for Sonic so give props for him. no opinion here.

7. Meg Inglima. no. just. god no.
said at 6:05 AM on Fri Jul 10 2015
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Jason is my favorite Sonic, because his voice is amazing.
said at 7:25 PM on Fri Jul 3 2015
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I really like Ryan and Jason. But you also have to hand it to Jaleel and Martin. Idk, they're all great voice actors. Roger's okay, I think. He's doing a great job at Sonic, but I still kinda miss Jason.
said at 11:06 AM on Fri Jul 3 2015
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Martin Burke For Classic Sonic
Ryan Drummond For Modren Sonic
Jacob M. Keene
said at 10:08 PM on Thu Jun 25 2015
Between Ryan Drummond, Jason Griffith and Roger Craig Smith I don't know which one I like best, they all sound good in their own ways. I'm not sure what to think of Martin Burke, and I'm sorry to say but I think Meg Inglima is one of the most unfitting voices I ever heard for Sonic, if it was meant to be a younger sonic then it could possibly work but since Sonic still looks like a teenager (I haven't played many Sonic games, is he supposed to be a teenager?) I think she was miscast.
said at 10:46 PM on Fri Jul 10 2015
@Jacob M. Keene If you mean that the way he acts like a teenager then yes.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 11:40 PM on Fri Jul 10 2015
@SteelEthlan Thought so!
said at 2:35 AM on Tue Feb 23 2016
@SteelEthlan No offense, but to be honest, I don't think Roger sounds like a teenager. Instead, he sounds more like an adult.
said at 11:04 PM on Thu Jun 11 2015
For my recap to the voice actors and actress from here:

#1) Ryan Drummond

#2) Roger Craig Smith

#3) Jason Griffith

#4) Jaleel White

#5) Sam Vincent

#6) Martin Burke

#7) Meg Inglima
said at 1:15 PM on Tue Apr 28 2015
I was never really a fan of Sonic games. I just got into it recently, so I've heard an awful of of Roger Craig Smith. For that reason, he gets my vote.
White gets second place, because Urkel Sonic.
said at 1:16 PM on Tue Apr 28 2015
an awful *lot* of Roger Craig Smith
said at 1:22 PM on Tue Apr 28 2015
@Sketch9988 an awful *lot* of Roger Craig Smith
said at 10:59 PM on Thu Jun 11 2015
@Sketch9988 It's alright we all made a mistake here.
said at 7:18 PM on Sat Apr 18 2015
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Ryan Drummond is the most memorable and fitting: he has this youthful tone to his voice but also sounds really cool and engaging doing Sonic's voice.

Roger Craig Smith acts very well as Sonic but his voice is a little deeper than I'd imagine for the character: he's been getting better, though.

Jason Griffith had a nice voice but his acting was dreadful and his delivery was really bad a lot of the time.

Jaleel White is of course the most classic but his voice was really nasally and grating at times.

Sam Vincent is just bad but hilarious.

Martin Burke is also equally grating like Sam Vincent.

Meg comment.
said at 5:38 PM on Fri Apr 3 2015
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No matter how much I like Jason Griffith's Sonic Ryan Drummond will forever be sonic.
said at 8:30 PM on Thu Apr 2 2015
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As much as I like Rodger Smith and some of Jayson Griffith's Sonic, Ryan Drummond will forever be Sonic's true voice actor to me.....Aaaand Jaleel White will forever be my Classic Sonic's voice actor.
said at 6:17 PM on Thu Mar 19 2015
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I'm going to break these rankings down into classic and modern categories, as I think both classic and modern Sonic are so different in design that a different voice would be more fitting. First let's do modern:

1.) Ryan Drummond. It was extremely difficult to decide between him and Jason Griffith, and I'm still questioning myself here. Drummond's last game was Heroes and he had only done 3 games, which didn't leave much time to improve. But even then, by Sonic Heroes, he had perfected what Sonic should be: Young, energetic, impatient and immature. It's STILL the voice that pops in everyone's head when they think of the character, and it's still what everyone bases their own performances off of in Sonic fan productions. He is also the closest to the Japanese voice, Junichi Kanemaru, who is my favorite Sonic.

2.) Jason Griffith. Like I said, it was difficult to choose between him and Drummond. It comes down to one factor: Sonic and the Black Knight. If you've never played the game, just watch the cutscenes on Youtube. In Sonic X, Jason was annoying. Same deal for every game up until Unleashed. He ALWAYS said SENTENCES with more EMPHASIS on EVERY other WORD. No emotion. Admittedly he actually sounds a bit better in Sonic X vs the games themselves, as it was during that time that SEGA's voice direction steered towards more serious-type performances, which made the whole cast suffer, as they were used to more comedy-centric type voices. So his god-awful performance in Sonic 06 is not *entirely* his fault.

I believe that, by 2008, all the criticism over his performances caught up to him, and he tried to improve. With Unleashed, he was actually pretty good. He eliminated his annoying speech pattern and tried to sound a bit more smooth and natural. And by Black Knight? He was fantastic. Sure he still didn't have the youthful energy Drummond did thereby making his voice a little more generic, but it was still pleasant to listen to, and at this point he certainly knew how to act appropriately for every scene he was in.

3.) Roger Craig Smith. *sigh* I just don't like it. He sounds too old, too generic, and he doesn't deliver any of the comedic lines written for the series as well as he should. I'll give him credit for bringing back that cocky, immature tone from Drummond's performance, but this voice just doesn't do it for me. He's had enough time to adjust by now, yet unlike Griffith, he's showing no signs of improvement so far.

Now let's move to classic.

1.) Martin Burke. This is my favorite classic Sonic. He sounds like a 15 year old trying desperately to sound like a hero and just wanting people to take him seriously, which fits really well with Sonic's character. It's very entertaining to listen to, especially since it actually sounds like a younger version of Drummond's Sonic. Sure, he might sound like Yakko Warner at a few moments, but this is most like the voice of Sonic in my head when I played Sonic 1 originally. The Sonic OVA actually had a pretty damn good English dub, especially for the time. It's better than most people think.

2.) Jaleel White. As cool as it is to think Urkel voiced Sonic at one point, I simply can't separate Sonic from Urkel. It sounds way too similar for it not to be weird. Don't get me wrong, it's good. Really good. And for the DiC cartoons, with their design for Sonic, it fits marvelously. But I would not want it as the official Classic Sonic voice, and I'm sure a lot of other people wouldn't either.

3.) Sam Vincent. Holy crap, Double D voiced Sonic?! This is just his singing voice, but I'd honestly like to see what he could do with the real thing. He'd probably just end up immitating Jaleel, but still, interesting.

4. Meg Inglima. Lolwut?
said at 1:14 PM on Mon Mar 9 2015
at first Roger Craig smith wasnt that good but now in boom and SSB for wii U & 3ds hes my favorite!
said at 10:12 AM on Fri Aug 28 2015
@FMAlchemistfan01 - You do know that his "performance" in Smash 4 was just recycled voice clips from Colors and Generations, right?
said at 6:35 PM on Sat Mar 7 2015
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Looking back for voting each of the games, movie and tv series voice actors i'm gonna number down which ones i liked the most here starting from the game voice actors:

#1: Ryan Drummond

#2: Roger Craig Smith

#3: Jason Griffith

#4: Meg Inglima (Peh, i can seriously care less about this voice because it feels like she could voice another character that is not sonic)

As for the TV and movie voice actors:

#1 Jaleel White

#2 Martin Burke

#3 Sam Vincent (For singing anyway he honestly sounds almost like Jaleel but i honestly wouldn't necessarily move him up higher than Martin himself)

Overall i vote for Ryan Drummond i wish i can vote both but only choose one voice actor oh well. Roger's voice for sonic is in my honest opinion is solidly great too.
said at 2:15 PM on Wed Feb 25 2015
I really like how they made Sonic sound older in Colors and onward.
said at 5:40 AM on Sat Feb 14 2015
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Sweet, Ryan's clips are lines actually from SA2 (before the clip was from Heroes iirc)! That's basically him at his prime of Sonic voicework.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:09 PM on Sat Feb 14 2015
@Fortenium I think I should explain why it was like that before. Will preface by saying that the initial seven Sonic VCs (Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Shadow, Eggman, Rouge) were made before I joined BTVA.

Before, there were a few game pages on the site that were simply "X Series". "Sonic the Hedgehog Series", "Super Mario Bros. Series", "Soul Calibur Series", etc., instead of having individual pages for each game in a franchise.

However, for various reasons, it was eventually decided that instead of this, every individual game in a franchise deserved its own entry on the site. In August 2010 (not long after I joined), I took the liberty of adding most of the Sonic games to the site.

Because many of the clips were tied to the "Sonic Series" profile, some characters actually do use lines from multiple Sonic games. I said that each clip should be transferred to whatever the most appropriate game was (typically, wherever most of the clip originates from).

You may also notice that in his clip above, Jason Griffith's lines aren't all from Sonic '06. There's also quotes from Sonic Unleashed, Sonic and the Black Knight, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Or Scott Dreier's Knuckles is 50% SA2, and 50% Sonic Heroes.

Now that I think about it, I could have updated the clips, but I didn't for whatever reason. I think I either forgot or couldn't be bothered for whatever reason. But now that I've made Ryan Drummond's clip more accurate (because it's the one that bugged me the most), I might do the same for some of the other characters and VAs at some point.
said at 4:01 AM on Fri Feb 13 2015
Looks like Ryan got updated to only show samples for one game

But in all honesty I prefer his voice in the first Sonic Adventure, it sounded like Jason's later take
said at 2:19 PM on Thu Feb 12 2015
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After Ryan has been added, I begin to realize all three of his main series have severe ups and downs.

Jason Griffith was just all over the place. Even with his extreme bright spots (Black Knight's performance blows all of his other work out of the water). It's just hard not to look back at his past performances and realize he's kinda lacking something, mainly in acting ability. He did get better though, and it's a shame him and the rest of the 4Kids cast got the boot after BK.

Roger is probably the best actor (aside from those death screams :0 My problem is that his performance doesn't sound very unique or click with me. On his own merits, Roger does a fine job. But his voice simply does not scream "Sonic" to me.

Ryan Drummond...... what a waste of great potential there. Don't get me wrong, his voice is by far the most fitting for a cocky hedgehog with an attitude, who lives life by his own rules. Yeah, his delivery was nothing to write home about in Sonic Adventure, but he had his share of good lines in the sequel. By Heroes, he was finally getting a grasp on it...

and then just like that, replaced. Looking back, I can see why people were angered by this change. Now, I grew up watching Sonic X, so obviously I have nostalgia for the 4Kids voice cast, but it's a shame Ryan was given the boot so soon. Even with his downsides, I find it hard not to agree with others that this is my imagined voice for the character, as cheesy and extremely 90's sounding he may be. At his core though, that's what Sonic is to me: a goofy yet cool character.

Is this going to be a recurring theme or something? Keep a voice cast that gets mocked quite a bit, only to take the hint too late and replace them the minute they reach their peak?

In any case, I think my ranking as of now goes Ryan>Jason>Roger. They're all capable of pulling solid performances, and each have at some point. But Ryan Drummond's voice is just the perfect fit.
said at 2:19 PM on Thu Feb 12 2015
@chaosincarnate *Main series voice actors.
said at 7:06 PM on Tue Jan 26 2016
@chaosincarnate No offense or anything, but now that you think Ryan's the best, are you going to change your vote to him or will it stay with Jason?
said at 6:25 PM on Wed Jan 27 2016
@Marusero I must have either forgotten to change my vote to him, or I keep going back and forth between him and Jason lol. I haven't visited this page in a few months, but yeah, my vote goes to Ryan until I probably change my mood on Jason and go with him, since they're both so dang good as this character.
said at 8:00 PM on Thu Mar 17 2016
@chaosincarnate I agree. Both Ryan and Jason gave Sonic very unique takes on him. In my opinion, they are ideal choices for the Blue Blur.
said at 7:55 AM on Thu Feb 12 2015
(I'm only gonna compare the game voices, since they're the only ones I care about)

Now I'm tied between between Ryan and Roger, I really like the both of them though for different reasons.

Ryan has a more natural voice, but his acting wasn't that good (to be fair that could be more a fault of voice direction than Ryan himself). Conversely, Roger I feel is a much better actor (especially in Boom) but his voice could be a bit higher and less forced. I think something along the lines of his Forge voice from WatXM would be a better fit than his current voice.

Jason was alright, and he was much better in Unleashed and Black Knight (the audio was the only good part about Black Knight IMO), but I still wouldn't call him great. He lacked that smart mouth quality Ryan and Roger had.

So if I had to pick I'd probably choose Roger with Ryan as a very close second.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:10 PM on Wed Feb 11 2015
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Ryan Drummond's clip has been updated to solely include lines from Sonic Adventure 2. Might do the same for Jason Griffith in the near future.

(You may have to clear your cache to hear the new clip)
said at 2:47 PM on Tue Jul 14 2015
@NCZ For Jason Griffith's Sonic, just include voice clips from "Unleashed".
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:03 PM on Tue Jul 14 2015
@Marusero There is a clip from Unleashed on his page:

Listening to it now (for the first time since I made it) it probably could be better though. Out of all the Griffith clips currently on the site I think the one I like most is probably the Black Knight one.

It's not easy to remove and swap out voice compare clips between multiple games. The first thing to do on my end would be to update the 06 clip to only include lines from 06. After that I'd have to think about whether to keep it or not, but for now I'm fine with having it be from 06.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:20 PM on Sun Jan 25 2015
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Hey everyone, if you want to discuss who you think would be an awesome Sonic voice, why not check out the Dream Casts section of the forums?

We love hearing your ideas, but the forums are a much more natural place to discuss them in. That way the comments here get to remain directly relevant to the VC, and you can have more in-depth conversations and have a better chance of getting your voice heard.
said at 2:10 PM on Wed Jan 21 2015
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1) Ryan: the best, perfect for Sonic.
2) Jason: really good.
3) Jaleel: not bad.
4) Roger: too deep for Sonic.
5) Sam: too anoying.
6) Martin: Sonic is Irish?
7) Meg: Holy crap! Sonic was kicked in the balls D=
said at 7:50 AM on Sat Jan 17 2015
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I hear that it's possible that 2015 is when the Studiopolis contract ends. Maybe Ryan Drummomd will return
said at 7:57 AM on Thu Feb 12 2015
@TrueMyriad - OR Sega would just renew the contract
said at 3:45 PM on Thu Feb 12 2015
@TrueMyriad I really wouldn't hold my breath over that, especially since he'd have to leave his union.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:34 PM on Thu Feb 12 2015

Bear in mind that the two major voice changes (the second one in 2010 especially) were most likely done for economics' sake, since especially in recent years, Sega's not exactly swimming in money. Non-union LA stuff is pretty much as cheap as you can get while maintaining professionalism, so I think RCS and co are here to stay.

At the very least I can't see them getting axed while Sonic Boom is still airing. Ryan Drummond coming back is definitely out of the question unless they jump through some series union and legal-related hoops. They tried doing that once and it failed due to the ridiculous conditions they set in his contract (requiring him to leave his union and work for very low pay).
said at 9:38 PM on Sun Dec 28 2014
I'd say Roger's the best.

Also, is it just me, or does Martin sound like Imaginary Gary?
said at 1:46 PM on Sun Dec 7 2014
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I'd say Jason's was the best with Ryan as the second best.
said at 7:19 PM on Fri Nov 28 2014
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Meg is obviously the best one there. :D
said at 9:01 PM on Mon Nov 24 2014
Chris Pratt could be interesting, if he does something more like his Cooper Daniel voice. only more in charge.
said at 9:03 PM on Mon Nov 24 2014
@Netherman14 I meant Cooper Daniels.
said at 6:27 PM on Mon Nov 17 2014
1) Jason Griffith
2) Roger Craig Smith- sounds very similar to Jason
said at 5:32 AM on Tue Oct 28 2014
Jason Griffith is my fav. Jaleel White was ok. I don't understand why Jason gets so much hate. Ryan's seemed rather nerdy and Roger's seems low and douchebaggish.
Slurpuff Prince
said at 2:07 PM on Sat Dec 13 2014
@Theearlystrike41 Because 4Kids, that's why.
said at 8:42 AM on Fri Feb 27 2015
@Theearlystrike41 Because he sounds like a younger Big the Cat.

said at 9:36 AM on Tue Mar 10 2015

I completely disagree.
said at 2:09 PM on Tue May 5 2015
@GF93 Says that; never played Sonic Unleashed..
said at 8:50 AM on Thu Sep 24 2015
@TheUltimatePhantom1 Actually, played it through. He is better there admittedly, but still nowhere near as good as Roger Craig Smith or Ryan Drummond.
said at 11:42 AM on Wed Oct 22 2014
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Ok, just heard Ryan in an interview where he answered questions in character, HE'S STILL AWESOME, and could totally still do the voice.
said at 11:39 AM on Wed Oct 22 2014
It's pretty shocking Jason's in the lead. I guess he was the Ryan Drummond to some, and Roger Craig Smith is to them what Jason was to people who liked Jason's voice. My personal favorite is Ryan and Jaleel, but I'm giving it to Roger. It has a lot to do with the writing, but he just sounds closer to a wise cracking, yet fun loving Sonic. I'll admit, Jason got better and less awkward by the time Black Knight came out, and I started to like him in the role at that point, but unfortunately for him, right when he got better, Roger came, and probably had a better director and definitely better writing to work off of.
said at 6:24 AM on Fri Oct 17 2014
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I have no idea why people are considering Jason Griffith the best. He was awful, just sounded like a younger Big the Cat.
said at 10:54 PM on Sat Oct 18 2014
@GF93 because some people hear him totally different and don't have the same opinion as you.

(And seriously, a younger Big the Cat??? Jason had his share of derpy lines, but nowhere along the lines of sounding near brain dead. O_O
said at 7:35 AM on Sun Oct 19 2014
@chaosincarnate I mean more in the sense of- Jason Griffith starts out as Sonic, nobody likes it. Then as soon as he's replaced, suddenly everyone thinks he's the definitive Sonic performance. How does he suddenly go from being so disliked to so revered at the drop of a hat?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:32 AM on Sun Oct 19 2014
@GF93 The way I see it... it's purely a cyclical thing. Younger people enter the Sonic fanbase, older members tend to mellow out or move on.

The people who favour Jason Griffith these days are likely the younger part of the Sonic fanbase, the ones who grew up on the 2005 - 2009 games and Sonic X, and probably didn't have as much exposure to the Dreamcast/GameCube era. (Man, I'm not even that much older than said generation, but that's a pretty sobering realization to think about.) To them, Jason Griffith *is* the voice of Sonic, in the same way that people who started on Adventure or Heroes consider Ryan Drummond to be *the* Sonic, or how people who remember the '90s cartoons consider Jaleel White to be *the* Sonic.

Meanwhile, Sonic Adventure came out in 1998 - 1999. The people who played it at launch and first knew Ryan Drummond as the definitive Sonic voice are adults and older teenagers at this point. The voice change debacle happened nine whole years ago. Sonic X has ended, and 4Kids is basically dead. In that time, the people who were formerly angry with 4Kids, Jason Griffith, and everyone else matured, got over it and moved on. Meanwhile, the people who grew up on the 4Kids crew are largely just recently gaining access to the internet, so their voices are the loudest and most outspoken. Most of the Adventure-era crew from my experience seemed to be unfazed by the second voice change because they'd been there before and it didn't bother them to much. The 4Kids people who weren't around for the first voice change were the ones who got really up-in-arms. In the end it's just a big case of deja vu.

It's also worth noting that the two best-selling voiced Sonic games are Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, which both featured Jason Griffith's voice. For comparison, the best-selling Ryan Drummond game is Adventure 1 with 2.5 million, and the best-selling Roger Craig Smith games are London Olympics (2.7 million) and Smash Bros 4 (3 million worldwide at this moment).

Maybe it's meaningless since I've only been paying attention casually, but hell, even a lot of the insanely pro-Jason Griffith stuff is starting to go away now that Roger's been well-established in the part. Obviously people still have opinions, but there seems to be a lot less vitriol. Here, at least...

As soon as Roger Craig Smith and co. get replaced, grab your popcorn so we can all bask in the wrath of the Sonic Colours/Generations/Boom generation.

Oh, as a heads-up--this is something I don't see people realise often, but just because Jason Griffith or any other actor has the most votes on the poll doesn't mean he's receiving the majority of them. Having 35.3% of the vote means that 64.7% of the votes are going to people other than him.
said at 6:34 PM on Sun Oct 19 2014
@NCZ I first got into Sonic in 2000 with Sonic the Fighter on the arcade yet somehow Jason is how I imagined Sonic to sound like when I played Shadow the Hedgehog on 2005(and for quite a while that and Heroes are the only Sonic games I have)

Although somehow back on 2008 I figured Jason wouldn't stick as Sonic eventually my guess came true two years later(same with Kate not sticking as Tails back on late 2012 fast forward to 2014 and same deal)
said at 7:30 PM on Sat Oct 4 2014
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Easily Jason Griffith. Roger Craig Smith is AWFUL to me.
said at 8:26 PM on Fri Oct 3 2014
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Vincent could be really good in this role given another chance.
said at 12:51 PM on Tue Sep 23 2014
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I have to give my vote to Roger Craig Smith,he gives quite a lot of personality to the character.

Jason Griffith is good,but he could be a bit bland at times, especially in Sonic X.

Ryan Drummond is too deep for my taste and I don't think his voice really fits the character.

Jaleel White is just incredibly annoying,sorry but his high, nasally voice is just unbearable to the ears.

Martin Burke is probably the worst of the bunch,and it doesn't help that he makes Sonic sound like he is 11 years old.
said at 12:37 PM on Sun Sep 21 2014
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Jason Griffith FTW
Han Solo Fan
said at 3:24 PM on Sun Sep 14 2014
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Jaleel White for me: I'm not really a fan of the others, but Ryan Drummond would be my second favorite.

I don't like Jason Griffith much as Sonic, or Roger Craig Smith, but I prefer the light-hearted, goofy nature of Sonic if it makes sense.

Meg Inglima is the worst, though, no doubt about it: it doesn't fit.
said at 9:53 PM on Sat Aug 30 2014
Jaleel White's my favorite. No, I didn't grow up with the '90s Sonic cartoons, but he's still my favorite. There's just something about him where you'd never suspect that he could hit Mach-20...
said at 6:30 AM on Sat Aug 30 2014
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Aw yeah, this is happenin'.
A quick & hilarious little interview I just found with Ryan Drummond, where he answers every question completely in character!
said at 12:39 AM on Mon Aug 25 2014
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I love both Jason Griffith and Roger Craig Smith, but I'm going with Jason on this one. Ryan Drummond is also pretty good too.
Shiny Raticate
said at 10:34 PM on Wed Aug 6 2014
I'm just going to make a judgement on the video game actors, since they're the most that we've seen of Sonic. And they're in no particular order, they're just listed the way they are:
1. Ryan Drummond was actually my first Sonic voice, so I didn't think too much of it. Listening back on it, it sounds good, but his SA/SA2 acting is cringe-worthy (Only because that game tended to have not so good acting in my opinion that was also shrouded by obnoxious music sometimes).
2. I remember the first voice switch to Jason Griffith, and I can remember being mad, because I was young and I didn't understand what happened. But after Sonic 06 (yes, I said it) and hearing Jason in more mellow lines and situations, the voice really grew on me, and he polished it to a quality level from there on, especially in Sonic Unleashed. Jason was my favorite.
3. Roger... I really do like his voice, but the games he's been in have had absolutely horrendous script writing. Everything is way too goofy and not serious at all, and I cannot stand it. It makes me dislike his voice, and I have to keep reminding myself that it's not him I dislike, it's his lines. I believe that, once he gets into the right game (hopefully Sonic Boom will be better), he'll shine through as Sonic.
said at 10:26 AM on Thu Jul 10 2014
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I think the greatest problem with Roger's voice as Sonic is that SEGA had him sound older, even though all of the Sonic characters ever since Sonic Adventure never aged, so it's pointless to make a character who doesn't age have a mature voice. Ryan Drummond had the adventurer voice, Jaleel had the cocky rebel voice, Jason had the light hearted teenage voice, but Roger has the jock voice, which, while cocky like Sonic the Hedgehog, is forced and surfer dude like. I have no problem with Roger Craig Smith, but I think his Sonic voice has that problem where a middle-aged actor tries to sound all young and "cool", but it doesn't quite work with the character. Each cast of the series is given a clip of the previous actor to work off of, but Roger sounds like neither of them, but I think he tries sounding like Jun'ichi, so I'll just cut him some slack here. Roger is not too bad, but he sounds way too much like an impression of a hero instead of an actual hero, and that's weird considering his other roles are awesome at times(Ezio, Chris Redfield, Captain America, etc.)
said at 7:11 PM on Mon Jun 30 2014
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1: Jason Griffith
2: Ryan Drummond
3: Roger Smith Craig
4: Jaleel White
5:Martin Burke
6:Samuel Vincent
7:Meg Inglima
said at 12:37 PM on Tue Jul 1 2014
@anthonysea *facepalm*Why didn't i double checked my post. It's Roger Craig Smith, not Roger Smith Craig
said at 3:07 AM on Thu Jun 19 2014
Still have to say Jason as my favorite i can tolerate all the others just not Roger I mean i tried viewing the Sonic Boom trailer and as soon as Sonic was about to say a line i clicked off it nothing about it interests me the same can be said by him and the new voice cast for some reason not to mention people only seem to care about them since there mostly in so called popular games or animes which are kinda overrated even the Sonic Adventure games are overrated.
said at 2:44 PM on Tue Jun 17 2014
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What song from Sonic Underground was used for Sam Vincent's clip?
said at 5:30 PM on Sat Jun 14 2014
I loved Sonic Underground
said at 4:37 PM on Fri Jun 6 2014
Rcs is my favorite but, the rest are good too. :)
said at 5:09 PM on Tue May 27 2014
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As far as voice actors go I will stick with the main 3.

1.Jason Griffith- His performance was honestly the best for me and I grew up off of SA2 and Heroes so I was growing with Ryan Drummond. I feel that Jason had a more sincere performance (his more recent of course). He gave that emotion to Sonic while at the same time retaining that cockyness, and he sounds, to me of course, very close to Ryan. So over all he is and forever will be my number 1 sonic voice.

2.Ryan Drummond- He was the original Sonic voice for me but he did not really offer much emotion to me, or at least was not given enough lines for me to judge him on it. But even so, any game that a cocky and cool sonic with minemal emotion is needed he will definitely be the number one.

3.Rodger Craig Smith- Honestly of the big 3 he is my least liked, not only because his voice is drastically different than Jason and Ryan's, but also because he offer no real emotion like Jason (need I even mention his Lost World Performance) while still not being as cocky as Ryan. His voice just sound to stereotypical surfer for me to really like, not to say he is all bad, he can be a nice cocky jokester but not cocky cool, and Sonic is and always will be the cool blue hedgehog in the games. Maybe he will make a good Sonic in the show (because I will definitely be watching it to find out) but as of now he's just not the Sonic voice I want, and really this whole voice line up for me is pretty weak (to me) save for Silver, Cream and maybe Rouge.

As for the other I can't judge them on a modern Sonic view point and honestly to me classic Sonic does not talk so I really could care less if he has a voice, but I suppose I was to pick one I would pick... Martin Burke, and before you kill me let me explain, In all honesty, while Jaleel White is a good cocky classic Sonic the we have in generations would not fit with how expressive Jaleel's lines are, that had he sound to nasally for any Sonic. Burke, while he does do to much, if toned down a bit would fit classic Sonic pretty well. I could see him doing a confident classic Sonic, who can also get a little cocky when he knows he has things under control but can also get serious if things are going wrong. Also if they did have classic Sonic talk when he met modern Sonic I could see him doing a Sonic get excited when he learns something new from his older self or is ready to learn, at least more than Jaleel.
Tails The Fox Fan
said at 5:26 PM on Fri May 2 2014
The current voice of Sonic "Roger Craig Smith"
I was like his voice sounds so familiar then it hit me (Thomas from Regular Show)
said at 2:06 PM on Sun Apr 27 2014
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I wouldn't mind seeing how Billy West would do if he voiced Sonic one day. The guy is such a versatile actor that I think it could work.
said at 7:40 AM on Sat Apr 12 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Ryan Drummond - I just think that he was great. He had attitude in his voice and sounded LIKE Sonic if you know what I mean.
2. Jason Griffith - To me, he was good but not great despite being my first Sonic. He sounded kinda 'airy' as he sounded like a teenager who just woke up from a hangover after sucking the air (not helium, just air or someone's breath) from a balloon.
3. Jaleel White - Sort of like my opinion on Ryan, just not as good.
4. Roger Craig Smith - He is a VERY good voice actor, just not good as Sonic. He just sounds like a regular middle aged man who has taken drugs. He doesn't really have that personality found in his voice like the others.
5. Martin Burke - He sounded kind of annoying like a child who has a cold (that's what Tails sounded like in the movie too). I'm surprised I managed to watch the movie several times without killing someone.
6. Sam Vincent - He was just Sonic's singing voice in the show with Jaleel White reprising the role of regular Sonic. Sam sounded annoying. End of story.
7. Meg Inglima - What the hell?
said at 5:07 AM on Wed Apr 9 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Smith was awesome in Sonic Boom Trailer.
1. Roger Craig Smith (Great)
2. Ryan Drummond (Good)
3. Jaleel White ( Good)
4. Jason Griffith (Good)

5. Martin Burke (Annoying)
6. Meg Inglima (What?)
7. Sam Vincent (Doesnt count)
said at 4:18 PM on Wed May 21 2014
@myopinion1 yay someone gives Roger GREAT credit
said at 9:23 PM on Wed Apr 2 2014
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My vote stays with Griffith, but gah, Quinton Flynn would have been absolutely perfect.
said at 9:44 PM on Tue Mar 18 2014
 1 Shout Out!
1. Jason Griffith
2. Jaleel White
3. Roger Craig Smith
4. Ryan Drummond
5. Martin Burke

Jason was the Sonic I grew up with, and I think he is the shiz. Jaleel is awesome because he is awesome. Roger Craig Smith is meh. He sounds like he's stoned all the time, and based on what I've heard from him on Sonic Boom, my opinion of his Sonic voice will only get worse.
said at 1:28 PM on Mon Mar 17 2014
Jason's clip needs to be updated so that it includes only cutscenes from one game, it's an amalgalm of three different performances of his from three different games, it may be confusing.
1: Sonic Unleashed
2: Super Smash Bros Brawl
3: Sonic the Hedgehog 06
said at 9:41 AM on Tue Mar 10 2015

Some clips from Unleashed or Black Knight would be a neat update.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:17 PM on Fri Mar 13 2015
@Truesonic That's actually a good idea. There are clips from Unleashed and Black Knight on Jason Griffith's page.

If it were easy to do I'd probably swap out the current Griffith clip for either the Unleashed or Black Knight one.
said at 6:14 PM on Fri Mar 14 2014
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Not sure if what I'm about to say makes sense, but here goes. Which actor is the best Sonic really depends on what you mean.

Of course Jaleel is the best classic Sonic hands down. I enjoyed his performance in AoStH and SatAM. Martin Burke sounded awkward at best, and I don't count Samuel Vincent as it was a singing voice. Meg is just... ew...

In terms of the actual voice. my favorite is Ryan Drummond, but I'd be lying if I said his acting was top notch (generally I blame the voice director rather than the actual actor in these situations). It was hit-or-miss, but again, I loved his voice.

Acting-wise, Roger Craig Smith has it down, but the voice itself never struck me as being "Sonic the Hedgehog", though I can't figure out why. I will admit that it has improved greatly since Free Riders and Colors. I'll need to watch Sonic Boom to get a better opinion on him.

Jason Griffith is in between. To be fair, he didn't exactly sound great in Sonic X and some of the earlier games with the 4Kids cast (namely Riders), he improved immensely by the time Unleashed and Black Knight came out, so I'll be judging him based on his more recent work. While I like how he gives Sonic a calmer, more mellow personality, I prefer Ryan's upbeat take. His acting was great for the most part, all around better than Drummond's, but not as consistent as Roger (it certainly comes close, though).

Overall, I'm going with Ryan for now, but I may change it to Jason or Roger somewhere down the line. Maybe I'll have it figured out when Sonic Boom starts airing.
said at 5:21 AM on Wed Mar 5 2014
What the heck I got a like for the Meg/Girl!Sonic comment.

But anyway I will admit Roger did improve since Wreck it Ralph not so old sounding, though still a bit too surfer dude for me

Jason will always be the best Sonic to me even if Roger if ever surpass him in votes

I have to admit I gotten used to Jaleel's voice over Samuel and Martin Burke
said at 8:10 AM on Tue Mar 4 2014
 4 Shout Outs!
Ryan Drummond all the way. His voice is still perfect for Sonic
said at 5:43 AM on Mon Mar 3 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
Gave my vote to Roger Craig Smith, I feel his portrayal fits Sonic personality more perfectly.
said at 11:27 AM on Sun Mar 2 2014
1. Ryan Drummond
2. Jaleel White
3. Jason Griffith
4. Martin Burke
5. Roger Craig Smith

Not counting Samuel Vincent, since he was just a singing voice. Or Meg Inglima for that matter, for obvious reasons.
said at 3:17 AM on Sun Mar 2 2014
I like Roger and Jason. :D
said at 8:03 PM on Sat Feb 22 2014
 4 Shout Outs!
Just from listening to Roger Craig Smith's Sonic, I gotta admit that's one of the best I heard ever "No copyright law in the universe is going to stop me!"

Roger's Sonic really I got use after awhile so my vote goes to him.
said at 11:17 AM on Sat Feb 15 2014
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I'm not quite the Sonic fan, but I happened to see the Sonic Boom trailer and I thought it looked neat, so I checked out this page. Again, since I'm not a Sonic fan, what makes you guys like Jason Griffith's interpretation the best. Just curious because, judging from the clips, I like Roger Craig Smith's. Just curious.
said at 1:36 PM on Sat Feb 15 2014
@lnytune1 Roger does a really good job IMO, and I'll admit that Jason's clips in this voice compare don't really do him justice. It's mainly his performance in Black Knight that tips the scales and makes me love him as Sonic so much.
said at 5:16 PM on Sat Feb 15 2014
@chaosincarnate THX, I'll look it up.
said at 5:22 PM on Sat Feb 15 2014
@chaosincarnate Okay, just looked him up on the Black Knight, GREAT performance. Also looked up some other Sonic works of his. Fantastic! THX!
said at 7:04 PM on Thu Feb 13 2014
"Every world has its end. I know that's kinda sad, but...that's why we gotta live life to the fullest in the time we have. At least, that's what I figure."

Black Knight, thanks for reminding me why Jason Griffith is the best Sonic VA, hands down. I'm amazed at how he took a complete 180 and started to clean up his act, I've never seen such passionate and emotional delivery for Sonic the Hedgehog.

I'm changing my vote back to Griffith on the sole basis on how pitch-perfect he sounded in Black Knight. Sorry RCS, I'm really digging your tenure as Sonic right now... but even you can't top that.
said at 12:39 PM on Tue Feb 11 2014
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David Humphrey as Sonic, would it be an interesting reversal of rules?
said at 10:38 PM on Thu Feb 13 2014
@Netherman14 Hmmm, it's funny that you mention that, because a while back, the Sonic fansite, Find the Computer uncovered some unused voiced from SA2 of Ryan Drummond as Shadow.

As heard here.
said at 1:31 PM on Fri Feb 14 2014
@MilanTheVillain01 I already know about that, thanks for informing me though.
said at 11:52 AM on Fri Feb 7 2014
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Even though I've kinda gotten use to Roger and the others, well maybe not Cindy... They still don't hit home like Jason and the 4 kids cast for me. Jason will always be my favorite Sonic.
said at 11:42 AM on Sat Feb 8 2014
@AMT Same here for Jason.
said at 2:56 PM on Tue Jul 14 2015
@AMT Jason's my favorite Sonic as well.
said at 10:22 AM on Fri Feb 7 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
Roger sounds pretty good in the Boom trailer.
said at 11:19 AM on Thu Feb 6 2014
 4 Shout Outs!
If Roger Craig Smith used his voice as Human Torch and Forge, then he would be the perfect voice of Sonic.
said at 11:58 AM on Thu Feb 6 2014
@TrueMyriad Agree.
said at 2:29 PM on Sun Jan 12 2014
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The best voice for sonic sadly isn't here, but if he was id definitely go with Steven page from Balena productions with Ryan Drummond right behind him.
said at 8:49 PM on Mon Feb 3 2014
said at 4:47 PM on Mon Feb 10 2014
@SteveP Thank you! and by the way what do you think of that hulk movie that came out just a few years ago?
said at 9:13 PM on Sat Jan 4 2014
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I have a prediction that maybe sometime this year, Roger Craig Smith will catch up to, and possibly even exceed, Jason Griffith's poll numbers. Ever since Roger was added to the comparison back in 2010, the percentage gap between the two VAs has slowly been getting smaller.

This should be interesting to see.
Jessica Marra
said at 8:36 AM on Sun Jan 12 2014
@BlueSkySlash I know right? Now, a lot of people have warmed up to Roger (including me) but still Jason will always hold a place in my heart. So for me, it's a toss up between Roger and Jason.
said at 6:47 PM on Wed Dec 3 2014
Well, turns out my prediction probably won't come to pass, as the gap between Jason Griffith and Roger Craig Smith has widened slightly since I posted it. Guess the preferences of who should voice who will always be decisive in the Sonic franchise.
said at 12:14 PM on Thu Dec 26 2013
OK, what's the big idea. Why is it that I read things saying that the fans of Sonic hate the 4Kids cast (I think they are really good in my opinion) on many different websites but here they seem to be winning most of the Sonic VC's. It seems crazy.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:49 PM on Thu Dec 26 2013
@Ross123 Lots of young fans voted here, I'm guessing. It's mainly the older fans who dislike them.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:51 PM on Thu Dec 26 2013
Also, I haven't really been part of the Sonic fanbase in a long time, but from what I can tell, most people got over it and so they've mellowed out about the 4kids cast.
said at 2:08 PM on Thu Dec 26 2013
@NCZ My bad, it's that you told me that story about how every1 hates (well used to hate now I guess) and I was noticing how the 4Kids cast were winning most of the compares. I think it kind of was a bit of a shock but like they say: old habits die away.
said at 3:23 PM on Fri Dec 27 2013
@NCZ I never asked this yesterday but is it true that most of the original Sonic cast haven't done voice acting since they got axed by Sega? I'm just wondering since I haven't heard many of their names put to anything else that's to do with voice acting.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:26 PM on Fri Dec 27 2013
@Ross123 Most of them have still been working. It's just that the San Diego scene isn't as high-profile as LA, so most people aren't aware of their work. A lot of them still continue to work on various games, radio, promo, or commercial work, and other forms of voiceover. I think Lani Minella and Jon St John have been probably the most visible to the casual observer.
said at 3:32 PM on Fri Dec 27 2013
@NCZ That's good. Mainly since I haven't heard them in anything else but Sonic. Knowing that they still do VA work is good as I hate to see people with good voice talent out of a job. Thanks for telling me that they still do stuff.
said at 12:17 AM on Sat Dec 28 2013
@Ross123 Ryan Drummond had an uncredited part in Spider-Man: Shattered Diimensions as Peter Porker/Spider-Ham in the post-credits scene.
said at 2:49 AM on Sat Dec 28 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 At least I have game so I'll obviously be checking that out.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:33 AM on Sat Dec 28 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 That's not him. I believe that's Chris Edgerly.
said at 12:36 PM on Sat Dec 28 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 After what NCZ just stated, it seems I won't be watching it. Nah, of course I will since I like Chris just as much as I like Ryan.
said at 2:06 PM on Sat Dec 28 2013
According to this thread (, Drummond had been contacted about it around May 2011, but deconfirmed it. Ironically, Drummond's website lists "Marvel Comics Online" as one of his voice-over clients.
said at 11:44 PM on Mon Dec 30 2013
@rosebr10 Well, I'm completely lost for words....
Whoever it was. It sounded just like him!
said at 2:36 AM on Wed Dec 25 2013
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I've sort of re-evaluated how I look at voice acting in general, and with it, how I think of the Sonic VAs.

I've come to the point in thinking that they haven't really found the right guy yet as far as the English cast goes (Junichi Kanemaru has always been perfect). I dunno. Listening back, the game VAs make Sonic sound like he's in his 20s, with Jason Griffith being the youngest sounding. I still think Roger has the right idea when it comes to acting Sonic's personality, but he's really pushing his voice lately. I think in the future they should probably go with someone with a younger sounding voice. I dislike the thought of recasting for this character [again (again)], but if they have to, they should probably consider that next time they do.
said at 1:24 AM on Thu Dec 26 2013
@ConfusedPhantom Reading this comment again, I probably could have said that first sentence better in a way that it doesn't seem as pretentious. I apologize for that.
said at 6:07 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
1-: Roger Craig Smith: When I first heard him as Sonic, I felt very mixed on replacing Griffith. I felt it was too deep and sounded like a surfer dude. Now, he's really grown on me after Lost World and is my favorite Sonic VA. The voice he's going for really fits some of the comical lines he's given, and he ain't no slouch when it comes to acting his lines out either, being the VA veteran RCS is.
2-: Jason Griffith: The voice I grew up with, and while he is a near perfect fit for Sonic, especially in the teenage aspect of the character, but a lot of his earlier performances( Sonic X, Shadow, 06) don't hold up well, because he sounded incredibly cheesy and his acting was awkward. However, starting with Secret Rings, he really grew into the role and delivered the most unique performance for the character.
3-: Jaleel White(ONLY for AOSTH): The voice is kind of cheesy, but it was a good start for Sonic any media. He really didn't fit in SATAM, but he suited AOSTH's comedic and zany nature quite well.
4-: Ryan Drummond: I like his hip and cool sounding voice for Sonic, but his acting just doesn't hold up at all. I'm confident he would have done better with better voice direction, and maybe would have even been my favorite. I'm curious to see how he would have sounded if he returned to voicing the character. Still, whenever I see promotional art of Adventure-era Sonic, his voice is in my head.
5-: Martin Burke: Painfully over acting, and the accent is just really odd for Sonic. Sonic also came off as a bit of a jerk in the OVA, but I blame the script material rather than him.
6-: Meg Inglima: Obviously miscast, sounds like a geeky girl.

I don't really feel the need to include Sam Vincent, as he only did the singing voice, although I'm not really a fan of it.
said at 2:22 PM on Wed Dec 4 2013
 6 Shout Outs!
Martin Burke: UGH! I hate this role for sonic. WAYYYYYY too snobby and awkward. I think this might be the worst voice for sonic.
Meg Inglima: Nope. I take it back. THIS IS THE WORST VOICE FOR SONIC!!! Ok, I'm glad sonic isn't loud like other junior friendly cartoons like dora, but GOD THIS IS ANNOYING!!!
Jaleel White: This might be the best 1st start for any character. He give sonic a cocky, young, and cool personality.
Ryan Drummond: If you're going to pelt me with "dislike stones" let me say this, I do like this voice, I really do. He gives him an energetic personality that made everybody love this voice, but there are much better voices
Jason Griffith: The sonic voice I kind of grew up with. He gives sonic a calm, yet cocky personality, and gives him emotions. I didn't like his role in sonic x (to nerdy), but he did great in games like sonic unleashed, sonic 06 (yeah I said it), and sonic and the black knight (his best role for me)
Griffith's sonic: "You're too slow!" (OHH I HATE THAT LINE!!!)
Roger Craig Smith: OH! MY! GOD! Thank you for Roger Craig Smith. This is pretty much the best sonic voice actor for me. Smith gives him a deep, cocky, and cooooool (multiple "O"s intended) personality that fits him perfectly. His voice screams "sonic the hedgehog" to me and I'm glad he still voices sonic today. Roger Craig Smith, you rock!

So, who's my favorite?

Shockingly, it's a tie between Jaleel White and Roger Craig Smith. Why Jaleel? Well, if anybody was the perfect voice of classic sonic from sonic generations, it would be Jaleel White.
But if I were to choose one, it's Roger Craig Smith.
said at 2:32 PM on Wed Dec 4 2013
Oh yeah I forgot to mention. I'm not going to talk about Samuel Vincent, because he's just the singing voice, so he doesn't count.

This isn't the only time I'm liking a current voice actor of the sonic team. You'll see me like the current voice actors A LOT!
said at 1:45 PM on Wed Dec 4 2013
OK. This is my first voice comparison, and being a smart 13 year old die-hard sonic voice actor fan, this will be easy. So with that said, (with a thick & loud voice) LET THE ASLB'S OPINION ON SONIC VOICE ACTORS BEGIN!!!!
said at 6:41 AM on Wed Dec 4 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
When it comes to the voices of Sonic both Jaleel White & Ryan Drummond gets my votes.
said at 3:49 PM on Sat Nov 23 2013
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Wanted to keep this out of my last comment: Do you know what, BTVA should have something like the razzies just like they have The awards for all for all the good voice acting. I'm only stating this because a lot of members keep saying that some VA's are miscasts in certain roles. I agree with them on certain things so has to be awards for bad voice acting. And the best part is, the voice actors aren't likely to come on & see it so there's nothing to worry about.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:35 PM on Wed Dec 4 2013
@Ross123 On the contrary, many voice actors are aware of and/or visitors of the site, and are also aware of the BTVA Awards. I think it'd be just a tiny bit disrespectful*, since we have such a close relationship with many of them, to be publicly and officially shaming voice actors.

*This may have been a slight understatement.
said at 1:54 PM on Wed Dec 4 2013
@NCZ I have to agree. I would say that it's because most of the time (being about 80-90%), it's the casting director, voice director, or the writer's fault. But seeing as the same rule applies to live-action works, and the Razzies give out Worst Acting awards, that would end up turning into a self-negating comment.

BTVA hosting a "Worst Acting" Award ceremony, however, is severely unlikely from my perspective. Any other site doing so might make a better ounce of sense (but not by much).
said at 8:48 AM on Thu Dec 5 2013
@NCZ it was more of a suggestion than a statement to be honest. I didn't really know that you guys had close relationships with the voice actors. I only thought that you could get in contact with them (if necessary) and I knew that very few voice actors come on this site. Like I said, it was only a suggestion and I didn't really mention any names. If you did find what I said offensive in any way, I apologise.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:45 PM on Thu Dec 5 2013
@Ross123 No worries, man.
said at 3:42 PM on Sat Nov 23 2013
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If there was an Award Ceremony for bad voice actors and one of the categories was "Worst Voice Actor for a Single Character". Meg Inglima as Sonic would get my vote.
said at 10:48 PM on Thu Nov 21 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
Roger's Lost World work was laughable. When he shouts "Tails! No!" I burst out laughing. I don't think he's fit for Sonic. Roger is for more gruff and older characters.
said at 4:49 AM on Fri Nov 22 2013
@SteveP I'd look at it this way, it's 1/4 his fault, 1/4 the voice director, 1/4 the script writer & 1/4 the individual listener like you or me.
said at 7:06 PM on Tue Dec 3 2013
@SteveP I am amazed that THE Steven Page from Balenaproductions is on this website. Now that that stupid comment is out of the way, you have a point on Roger's performance, I mean he sounds like an older Jaleel White if his voice constantly cracked. Who do you think would fit better to replace Ryan Drummond, because I think someone with real experience in teenage voices, like James Arnold Taylor, Lucien Dodge, or maybe Johnny Yong Bosch.
said at 11:22 PM on Tue Dec 3 2013
@MilanTheVillain01 Yet that voice director is Jack Fletcher, one of the best in the business. Yet I think even he knew that it should've stayed Jason. Roger, though he performs it well now, he just sounds too old for Sonic. At least "the games" Sonic.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:59 AM on Wed Dec 4 2013
@Aussieroth No, actually, Sega wanted to axe Jason Griffith and get Ryan Drummond back for Colours (I don't know if they were planning to get the other old voice actors back). They went with Roger because Ryan didn't want to leave his union and do all the contracted work for the little compensation they offered. A bunch of people at Sega Japan and Sega America actually preferred Ryan over Jason as Sonic's voice.
said at 9:02 AM on Thu Dec 5 2013
To quote 100P, "Yeah, you know how it is."
said at 2:07 PM on Tue Dec 10 2013
@NCZ But if they preferred Ryan, then why didn't they keep him in the 1st place or axe Jason straight away after 1 game or 2? To me it just seems crazy.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:17 PM on Tue Dec 10 2013
@Ross123 I think the desire for consistency was a decision pushed by Sega of Japan, since over there the game voices and Sonic X voices were the same. Checking over the source again, it was because people at Sega America were big fans of Ryan; I don't think it says anything about Japan's preference for him (that's what I get for going off memory). Sega of Japan I believe didn't care as much about the whole thing and was more concerned about the executive stuff. The change from the 4Kids voice actors was due to a combination of budget issues and fan backlash against them. They stayed on after Sonic X ended probably due to contractual obligations, but that's just my theory.
said at 4:14 PM on Tue Dec 10 2013
@NCZ I didn't think the 4Kids cast was that bad for fans to hate them. In opinion, they were the better cast. I can understand the budget issues part of it at least. I never really understood why fans hated them so much. Besides, Mike is still here after re-additioning back in 2010 so I'm happy with that.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:37 PM on Tue Dec 10 2013
@Ross123 Well, I think to truly understand the backlash against the 4Kids voices, one has to put themselves in perspective of the fanbase at the time.

In the mid-2000s, 4Kids was far and away one of, if not THE most hated dubbing companies of all time. Not only for Sonic X, but of course they had their infamous One Piece dub, which has been covered in detail enough already. Sonic fans hated the dub of Sonic X due to the numerous changes made from the Japanese version. 4Kids added lots of corny jokes and script rewrites to make it more "kid-friendly", cheesy and loud music, and hammy, badly-directed voice acting using a totally different cast from the games. Of course, the cast of the Adventure games weren't always 100% the best, but the general consensus was that for the most part they were much better than the voices in Sonic X; I don't think too many people were happy at the discrepancy between game and anime voices.

And then in the middle of the year, when Shadow the Hedgehog was on the horizon, the news broke. Fans found out that the entire original cast had been fired, without ANY of them being informed by Sega. Their replacements? The much-disliked voices from Sonic X. Ryan Drummond in particular was well-known and well-liked in the fanbase for his enthusiasm and love towards the franchise, and personally told some websites his story: he had heard about Shadow the Hedgehog and actually called Sega asking when they'd need him for recording, only to be told that he had been fired. The backlash was huge; it wasn't just the fact that they were replaced with the then-unpopular voice actors, but also because of the horrible way Sega treated the previous cast. It only made an already-controversial game even more controversial. Even in late 2007 when Sonic was announced to be in Brawl, there were campaigns to get Ryan Drummond back as the voice. They did slowly get better by the time of Unleashed and Black Knight, but by then the damage had been done and they too were axed.

So with all that in mind, hopefully it's easier to understand why there was so much initial outrage towards the 4Kids cast. Now obviously it's become much calmer since it's all in the past and there's a new group of voice actors, most of the initially-angry fans have mellowed out, and also the fact that the online fanbase is being joined by younger members who started out being exposed to the 4Kids cast (which makes a lot of people feel pretty old...).
said at 4:53 PM on Tue Dec 10 2013
@NCZ With that story told, I feel awful for the original cast. What Sega did was just... grrr it just makes me angry. I feel that what Sega did was wrong and totally unfair. I was told that Ryan didn't come back was because he was happy in his actors union but I think now it was mainly because he never forgave Sega for what they did but as I was told, he is happy there in his union. I said at one point he should have taken the role back but now I'm saying "Good on you Ryan, you did the right thing by turning it down." As for the 4Kids cast, well they did get better over time.

I must say my views have changed thanks to this story. I'm glad to know the true story behind Sega & 4Kids. But sad for Ryan and the original cast.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:03 AM on Sun May 4 2014
@MilanTheVillain01 I actually agree that Roger's performance in Lost World is probably his weakest so far. I'd probably attribute that to him and the VD being rusty, since there was a two-year gap between Generations and Lost World.

Most likely in Sonic Boom, he'll be back on form and have time to get even better due to the regular intervals of the recordings.
said at 1:21 PM on Wed Nov 13 2013
Meg: Uuuuugghhh...!! My ears have been soiled! X(
said at 8:46 PM on Tue Nov 12 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
Yep, Roger Craig Smith totally wowed me in Lost World, it's his best Sonic performance yet and he's my favorite voice for the Blue Blur as of now. I've finally gotten used to his deeper voice for the character which is a surprisingly good fit. Sorry Griffith... I still miss you as Sonic for your fantastic performances from Secret Rings all the way to your Black Knight departure, but you've been topped.
said at 9:01 PM on Mon Nov 11 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
Ryan Drummond once again gets my vote. he's my no. 1 favorite and 2nd fave goes to Griffith. all the others don't really fit. I saw Wreck-It-Ralph last year with my best friends and I loved that movie.
said at 5:22 PM on Fri Nov 8 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
Roger's Sonic in Lost Worlds, in my opinion, was his weakest performance, his line delivery was just way too hammy, and was not very believable. Kinda like a youtube parody dub
said at 8:29 AM on Sat Nov 9 2013

I'd hate to break it to you, but he's kinda been like that since the beginning.

I think that's mostly the writers. I don't think any of the other actors could even pull off what the writers have done to Sonic, so I guess in a way, Roger's great at the role. It's just that the role itself has changed too much since the writer change.
said at 10:09 PM on Sat Nov 9 2013
@SalaComMander & @AMT
I respectfully disagree, I think Lost World is Roger's best performance yet!
said at 12:46 PM on Sun Nov 10 2013
@AMT I knew it, Roger couldn't do a good Sonic no matter how hard he tries. Well that means I don't even need to get the game (I will get the game anyway) & listen to his performance.
said at 8:16 PM on Tue Nov 12 2013
@SalaComMander True. The writing is becoming very atrocious, and as a result, hinders the actors' performances.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:03 AM on Wed Nov 13 2013
@AMT Honestly, the writing in Sonic games has never been particularly good. It's always been on the cheesy side of things. At least now, the series doesn't take itself so seriously and revels in its own inherent cheese.
said at 9:36 AM on Sat Nov 16 2013
@AMT 100% Agree :-)
said at 11:57 AM on Mon Nov 18 2013
@AMT Ooh, disagree on the writing part as most of the Sonic games to me feel pretty much the same. Like NCZ said, the writing is not brilliant. Well at least I find the games enjoyable despite the story lines. I'm still with you on Roger's performance though so there's no need to go full headon at me.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:42 PM on Mon Nov 18 2013
@Ross123 Yeah, the appeal of the Sonic games is their fun gameplay and lighthearted, whimsical atmosphere. If anyone's playing Sonic for dramatic, thought-provoking, award-winning writing or storylines, they're playing the wrong series. After all, the series' target audience is 6 to 12 year-old children.

Adventure 2 came closest when it came to having a legitimately good, somewhat-dark storyline (although it still had plenty of corny moments), but part of what made '06 (and Shadow too, I suppose, but the latter had strong gameplay to make up for it) the disaster it was, was that the storyline took itself so seriously and replaced all the charmingly-corny fun of the series with melodrama played completely straight. IMO the Archie comics also suffered the same fate.

Ken Pontac and Warren Graff's new, humourous direction for Sonic is approved by me because it captures the lightheartedness, charm, and sense of fun that made the games great to begin with, not to mention that a lot of their humour is legitimately funny.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:57 PM on Mon Nov 18 2013
Addendum: By no means am I implying that a series meant for children can't have good writing. However, since Sonic is designed to appeal to children, the writing will of course reflect things that appeal to the target audience. As they've managed to do so and obtain plenty of adult/teenage fans, that means that the writing is successful.

The bottom line is Sega won't appeal exclusively to the minority of teenage/young adult fans who want super-dramatic writing if that means alienating everyone else (which it has in the past), but they're not going to "dumb down" the franchise either and give up on more mature demographics. Their goal is to find the perfect balance between fans young and old, and in doing so, having a dramatic storyline is proven to not be a priority as previous attempts have been received negatively by many fans.
said at 8:12 PM on Sat Dec 14 2013

I actually thought the writing in the storybooks games were spot on! I absolutely loved Sonic's personality, and the writing felt like a good mixture of serious stuff and small light heartedness which is good to balance. It's one of the reasons why I would welcome another storybook game with the writers for those games with wide arms. Mainly because the story and characterization was so great! :)

Or if there was to be another game with the story and setting storybook-like but also with the gameplay akin to the main 3D titles then that would also be a very interesting combo.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:18 PM on Sat Dec 14 2013
@Truesonic Yeah, the storybook games were pretty well-written, come to think of it. The dialogue between Sonic and Shahra in Secret Rings was really memorable. A shame there probably won't be another one. It was a nice little sub-series and alternative to the main games.
said at 3:50 PM on Wed Nov 6 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
"Shut up, Meg."

"I don't know what this Meg is, but it sounds disappointing..."
said at 4:32 PM on Mon Nov 4 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Ryan and Jason are good.
I don't hate Roger Craig Smith compared to other new voices but he doesn't really sound like that cocky,cool hedgehog we know.But I did like him in Sonic Generations.
said at 7:29 AM on Wed Oct 30 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Smith

2. Griffith

3. Drummond

4. White

5. Vincent

6. Burke

7. Inglima
said at 6:30 PM on Tue Oct 22 2013
 10 Shout Outs!
I love how we can all agree on how much we don't like Meg Inglima's Sonic voice.
said at 3:30 AM on Thu Nov 19 2015
@TrueMyriad Touché.
said at 5:39 AM on Sun Oct 20 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Jaleel White: Good for the time, butfar out of my league.
Martin Burke: Rather annoying.
Meg Inglima: No comment.
Ryan Drummond: Overrated. It sounded like he was shouting into the mic. Also, he showed very little emotion.
Jason Griffith: Underrated. He was calm and he delivered emotion very well.
Roger Craig Smith: Better than what people make him out to be.
My vote goes to Griffith.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 3:22 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Adjeras Jason is underrated in what way? His lead was monstrously large until Roger started climbing up the poll.
said at 4:06 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Nightmare Crusher I meant beforehand.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:13 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Adjeras Beforehand? I don't see how that explains my question or where it fits in with what you're saying.
said at 4:16 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Nightmare Crusher On second thought, forget it.
said at 12:45 AM on Sun Oct 20 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Top and best Sonic voice actors in my opinion: 1. Ryan Drummond
2. Jason Griffith
3. Martin Burke
4. Roger Smith
5. Jaleel White
6. Samuel Vincent
7. Meg
said at 5:05 PM on Fri Oct 18 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
After hearing Sonic Lost World's clips, I can say that Roger Craig Smith perfected the voice of Sonic.
Lion's Edge
said at 5:15 PM on Mon Oct 14 2013
 8 Shout Outs!
...I am not going to touch on Meg Inglima... -_-

But Roger Craig Smith takes this for me, followed closely by Ryan Drummond and Jason Griffith. All three of them did a MAGNIFICENT job each as Sonic... but Roger Craig Smith has had better direction, his voice his that perfect mix of cocky teenager and courageous hero, he doesn't sound too young nor (as some seem to say) too old, and he really does sound NATURAL in the role, like he is enjoying every second of it. Props to you Roger. Props to you...

Also, a bit off-topic, but I think Josh Keaton (Spider-Man, Wally West/Flash, Hal Jordan) could also make a good Sonic.
said at 3:53 PM on Sun Oct 13 2013
Meg makes Samuel Vincent as Sonic look amazing, but I voted for her anyway.
said at 10:45 AM on Tue Oct 15 2013
@chaosincarnate no offence or anything but Meg? Really???
said at 3:18 PM on Tue Oct 15 2013
@Ross123 Of course she is nowhere near my favorite, but I just had to vote for her.
said at 3:41 AM on Wed Oct 16 2013
@chaosincarnate why vote for some1 you don't like? It seems nuts really.
said at 3:52 PM on Wed Oct 16 2013
@Ross123 That's the point :D
said at 4:31 PM on Wed Oct 16 2013
@chaosincarnate Oh, got u now.
said at 8:29 PM on Fri Dec 6 2013
@Ross123 what do you mean?
said at 3:18 PM on Sat Dec 7 2013
@austinslashlavaboy I now see what chaosincarnate was meaning by voting for Meg.
said at 4:19 PM on Sun Dec 8 2013
@Ross123 I don't. At all.
said at 8:51 AM on Mon Dec 9 2013
@DreamMaster08X I didn't at start but I know now. He voted for her because she was the worst Sonic voice and felt that he had to vote her. Something along those lines anyway.
said at 9:27 AM on Mon Dec 9 2013
@Ross123 It makes sense, but at the same time, it doesn't. Don't try to explain any further, because I know exactly what you're getting across, and I understand that.
said at 9:29 AM on Mon Dec 9 2013
@DreamMaster08X I wasn't planning on explaining it any further anyway but as long as you understand it, that's fine.
said at 2:30 PM on Sun Oct 13 2013
My thoughts on this one
Jaleel White: While I haven't seen much of the 90's Sonic cartoons he does sound pretty good, not the best, but he is very good.
Jason Griffith: I hated him when I first heard him, but I have to admit, he improved vastly in Super Smash Bros Brawl. I'm kind of saddened though by how most of the Sonic fanbase hates him though.
Martin Burke: He sounds WAY too campy and snobbish.
Ryan Drummond: The Sonic voice I grew up with. He bought a lot of great energy to the character, although I don't think this clip does him enough justice, the game where he really shined was Sonic Heroes, but it's a pretty solid voice.
Roger Craig Smith: WhileI haven't played much of the more recent Sonic games but he gets it just right. He doesn't sound too kidish or too adultish. And plus it sounds like he's having a blast as the character.
Meg Inglima: Are... Are my? Yes, yes they are! My ears are bleeding now, thanks a lot Meg!
said at 12:40 PM on Sat Oct 12 2013
As much as I love Griffith's portrayal of Sonic, I might just change my vote to Roger Craig Smith after I see the cutscenes for Lost World. I always associate Griffith with the character, but Roger can definitely act his lines without never sounding awkward, and his deep voice is actually pretty cool.
said at 6:29 PM on Sat Oct 12 2013
@chaosincarnate Yet you have to admit, Jason is better suited... plus, Jason always had the bad end of the stick, he was always working witha a mediocre director. Roger works with one of the Greatest Voice Directors of all time: Jack Fletcher.

If Jason had Jack for his VD, he's probably would've dominated from the beginning rather than his last few games.
said at 8:41 PM on Sat Oct 12 2013
@Aussieroth I think Roger and Ryan are equally suited with Sonic as much as Jason is, but they all feel very different.
said at 3:43 AM on Sun Oct 13 2013
@chaosincarnate Indeed, though I still stand by Jason.

Plus... Jason literally had the worst, both in terms of direction AND treatment from the fans. GOD ALMIGHTY how I can't stand the Sonic fanbase sometimes! Seriously, who the hell sends death threats about not meeting expectations on voicing a character!? WHO DOES THAT!? I think George Newbern is weak as hell as Sephiroth but I don't send him mail saying "IMPROVE OR DIE!!!"

....................................................... I have no idea where that came from :|
said at 12:28 PM on Sun Oct 13 2013
@Aussieroth I know, it's hilarious looking at old Sonic topics from years ago all over the internet when Griffith got the role. It's true he started out pretty badly, but acting like voice acting mattered more than the games and giving death threats is taking it too far. I definitely do think Griffith fits the 15 year old aspect of Sonic perfectly, and it's amazing that his career as Sonic took a complete U-turn by the time he left, I was sorry to see him go as that was the voice I grew up with. But hey, it is nice to see what other actors have to offer too, which is why Roger Craig Smith has grown on me.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:00 PM on Sun Oct 13 2013
@Aussieroth The thing that prevents Jason from being my favourite is that even in his last games, his voice sounded too calm. I always think of Sonic as someone who is cool in the sense that he's wild, carefree, a bit reckless and impatient, but of course heroic on the inside. I know that in that sense, it comes down to how one prefers to interpret the character, but for me, I think Ryan and Roger were better at capturing the energy and enthusiasm that is innate for a superfast, superheroic hedgehog.
said at 4:23 PM on Mon Oct 14 2013
@chaosincarnate Indeed, and Roger is pretty good, it's just that Sonic is supposed to be 18 or there abouts, and Jason and Ryan suit that perfectly, where I see Roger as Sonic in his late 20's early 30's. I think that jason still had the right energy and all that but I see where you're coming from.

God I love this forum, the BTVA folk actually want to converse and analyze rather than argue XD

Also: Here's a bit of trivia. Sega are back stabbing bastards. Did you kjnow that before Roger was cast, RYAN DRUMMOND was approached to take the role once more? They said he could have it if he gave up his guild card. That would mean they would pay less and Ryan would have more trouble finding work, so he told them to bugger off. Now Ironically, Roger is a bit more expensive and the VD is Jack Fletcher whose directing skills are in the same league as Christopher Nolan. He don't come cheap XD
said at 4:26 PM on Mon Oct 14 2013
@NCZ Everything you just said about Ryan and Roger is exactly how I feel about Jason... Fascinating isn't it?
said at 6:21 AM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Aussieroth - Actually I think Sega are trying to make Sonic the same age as his franchise (as of my typing, 22)
said at 4:39 PM on Fri Oct 11 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
Posted an opinion regarding the Sonic VA's some time back, with Ryan Drummond in first and Martin Burke in last. Now let's see how this new take goes.

(after listening to it) My...god....someone call Martin Burke. Tell him he's been out-sucked
said at 11:37 AM on Fri Oct 11 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Sean Marquette would make a good Sonic if Sega ever consider him.
said at 7:56 PM on Wed Oct 9 2013
 14 Shout Outs!
Congratulations Meg, you made Samuel Vincent sound better in comparison.
said at 4:05 PM on Wed Oct 9 2013
 5 Shout Outs!
For me, Jaleel White is the best Sonic. I love how funny and goofy his take on the character was, even though most don't. lol.

Jason Griffith really sucked when he started out to say the least, but he grew into the role and really became great towards the end of his tenure. He's my second favorite.

Ryan Drummond was great and I think he showed a remarkable potential to nail all of Sonic's emotions.

Rodger Craig Smith is great as well.

Meg Inglima is by far the worst. xD.
said at 9:38 AM on Wed Oct 9 2013
WHAT??? Sonic voiced by a female? Sega must have been high that year.

Pretty soon we'll have a female Eggman voice or a male Amy voice.

But anyway Meg sucks really badly.
said at 9:19 AM on Tue Oct 8 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Arg Meg... easily the worst even Jaleel in the cartoon days is better

Looks like Roger is going up more and more.

Not too fond of his take too old and surfer like

Ryan and Jason will always be the best for me
said at 4:48 AM on Tue Oct 8 2013
 9 Shout Outs!
Alright, who's the nutjob that voted for Meg?!
said at 6:11 AM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@Fulgore2005 Okay I confess, it was me.

Nah just kidding.
said at 3:06 AM on Thu Oct 10 2013
@Metabad Hahahahaha.
Well played, Mr. Metabad, my good sir! Well played.
said at 1:12 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
@Fulgore2005 My bad. I partied a little too much then logged on here. Gotcha.
said at 9:45 PM on Fri Oct 11 2013
@Fulgore2005 Not sure, but I just did to "please" you >:)
said at 3:45 AM on Sun Oct 13 2013
@Fulgore2005 Don't worry. I know who voted for Meg. Have no intention of whistle-blowing him though.
said at 7:20 PM on Mon Oct 14 2013
@Fulgore2005 Well, now she has more than one vote...though there's almost always going to be an "odd man out" with voice compares.
said at 9:47 AM on Mon Oct 7 2013
 7 Shout Outs!
1. Jaleel White (Most iconic sounding voice for an iconic character, particularly old school Sonic)
2. Jason Griffith (Really grew into the role and sounds perfect for modern Sonic)
3. Sam Vincent (Great singing voice and has potential)
4. Ryan Drummond (Was a very decent take)
5. Roger Craig Smith (Could work with better voice direction like his bit part in Wreck-It Ralph, but not in that clip)
6. Martin Burke (Sounds more like Evil Sonic)
7. Meg Inglima (AWFUL AND MISCAST!)
said at 4:02 PM on Wed Oct 9 2013
My favorites are Jaleel White, Ryan Drummond, and Jason Griffith. Of them, I feel the best was the classic take on things by Jaleel White.
said at 9:08 PM on Mon Jan 5 2015
@OldSchoolFTW Ryan Drummond's okay to me. Roger Craig Smith has moved up to his place though since his performances in Super Smash Bros and Sonic Boom, where he's clearly starting to sound closer to Griffith's rendition.
said at 9:00 AM on Mon Oct 7 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Try saying Jason Griffith sucks now haters! :-P

Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:41 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
 8 Shout Outs!
Meg isn't horrible as a voice but it definitely is not a Sonic voice
said at 7:42 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
 7 Shout Outs!
Wow Meg, just, wow.
said at 7:06 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
Don't really have a problem with Meg honestly. Reminds me of Jaleel a bit.
said at 12:10 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
@pete Scratch except for the Jaleel part.
said at 7:01 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
Wait hang on, it's Keiko Utoku, my bad.
said at 6:58 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
 12 Shout Outs!
........And people are hating on Roger? i know it's meant for kids but Meg is easily the worst one here. She makes Martin (though I do kind of like him in a way) and Jason (pre Unleashed) seem oscar worthy. I know there is another woman who played him, Takeshi Kusao. She had only 3 lines, but they were still better than THIS!! Of course, I know she won't be added cause she's Japanese.
said at 6:56 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
 11 Shout Outs!
my GAWD! Meg makes martin Burke look like Mark Hamills Joker.
said at 5:35 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
 10 Shout Outs!
Meg is horrible. She is the worst Sonic voice.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:14 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
 5 Shout Outs!
NO! I do not want to play in your schoolhouse! I can't believe such a thing even exists. This Meg Inglima person is definitely one of the worst Sonic voices, if not the worst.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:16 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
@Nightmare Crusher
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:21 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
@NCZ ...
said at 11:29 AM on Mon Oct 7 2013
@Nightmare Crusher - And yet BalenaProductions would STILL prefer Megan to Roger Craig Smith
said at 6:11 AM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@HyperVoiceActing Wow.
said at 8:34 AM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@Metabad - Well considering how he hates Roger's Sonic voice with the seething passion of a hundred suns and a thousand toasters, it wouldn't surprise me
said at 7:08 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@HyperVoiceActing Who's he?
said at 6:56 AM on Wed Oct 9 2013
@NCZ 2 people on GameFAQs gave that a 10/10 rating.
said at 11:47 AM on Wed Oct 9 2013
@pokemastanumba1 - Popular YouTube voice actor and GMod movie maker. Likes to put Sonic in movies like Jaws and Jurrasic Park (the latter which as of me typing hasn't been released yet) and is one of the two people that hate Colors with a seething passion
said at 6:49 PM on Wed Oct 9 2013
@HyperVoiceActing Well, it just goes to show you that the Internet isn't always a safe and welcoming environment...hopefully RCS hasn't seen his channel (let alone read the comments on any video of Sonic Colors).
said at 7:38 PM on Wed Oct 9 2013
@pokemastanumba1 - I think he's aware of the haters and doesn't get bothered by them. Heck, he's aware of the Alton Towers haters and even makes fun of it
said at 8:53 PM on Sat Sep 28 2013
 7 Shout Outs!
Also, I don't see why Jason is the one with the most votes. Even after his improvements in Black Knight I still consider him one of the more bland Sonics
said at 9:16 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
@HyperVoiceActing I dunno, I heard his work in his last games and Brawl... holy hell. As I said to Soliderkei though, he had everything against him and was still trying to work with what he got.

Not to mention his voice is the best fit. Ryan, though great a little too nasal, Roger... though brilliantly performed, too old/mature sounding. Jason had the perfect balance.
said at 12:50 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
@Aussieroth - Funny, I never heard a nasal-y sound with Ryan. And I don't find it too odd for them to make Sonic sound older. He has to age eventually.

Also I don't know if I'd count Brawl as one of his better perfomances

Nightmare Crusher
said at 1:40 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
@HyperVoiceActing NOW I'LL SHOW YOU!
said at 8:11 AM on Wed Oct 2 2013
@Aussieroth Honestly, I always felt Jason was nasally when it came to voicing Sonic and I agree with HyperVoiceActing as far as Ryan goes, he never sounded nasally to me even at his worst.

In fact, the nasally sound was pretty much my only problem with Jason in the long run, even when he got better I still heard that in his voice and it always really just bothered me.

As for Brawl, I'd just consider him "so bad he was good" there, still bad but at least somewhat enjoyable. However I will admit that he did get better in Unleashed and Black Knight, so I will give you that. Still as far as personal preferences go, he was never my ideal choice for Sonic.
said at 4:23 PM on Wed Oct 2 2013
@Metabad Same here really... yet he started off as the worst... pretty much left as the Champion. He suited Sonic perfectly. Nasally... not that much really, plus that slight husk was a great touch.

Plus, the director was a lot more at fault than anyone else. Seriously, that guy made Dan Green weak as Knuckles at one stage.

Roger... he got the best end. Though Sega was trying to hold on to their precious money, they got him and voice Director Jack Fletcher in charge. XD
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:20 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
@HyperVoiceActing Technically, if it helps any, even though Jason Griffith has the most votes, there are 220 people who didn't vote for him. Take that as you will.
said at 11:45 AM on Fri Sep 27 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
Jason got better in Sonic and the Black Knight, I think that was the only time I felt he was really being Sonic. That might have to do with the writing and directing, but eh. Is what it is.
said at 9:14 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
@Soldierkei Jason was awesome in his final days... and yeah, it was the direction (and writing in some parts) that was heavily against him. Yet you can tell he wanted to get better at it, to the point where his voice was not only perfect but so was his portrayal, and just when he finally got the role down: Sega were evil ****wits and wanted to try and get other people in with less pay... which is ironic because Roger Craig Smith is in high demand and they now have Jack Fletcher as their VD... Jack freaking Fletcher, the Christopher Nolan of voice directors. Half of the Ghibli english dubs, Final Fantasy 10, 10-2, 12 and 13 and Spawn... So Roger gets the best end of the stick where as Jason had to fight against the worst.
said at 11:44 AM on Fri Sep 27 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
Eh this is always the hardest call.
1. Roger Craig Smith
2. Jaleel White
3. Ryan Drummond

Not in any particular order, I just think these 3 captured the spirit of Sonic more than anyone.
said at 8:56 PM on Fri Sep 13 2013
my quick ranking for my favorites
1. Roger Craig Smith
2. Jaleel White
3. Jason Griffith
4. Martin Burke
5. Ryan Drummond
6. Sam Vincent
said at 11:56 AM on Wed Sep 11 2013
I'm only going to compare the voices from the games.

Obviously everyone loves Ryan Drummond (with good reason mind you) and Roger Craig Smith has been getting a LOT of flack but I think Roger deserves a chance. It's not like anyone's gonna get the voice right off the bat. And I think Roger could very well be the best Sonic once he finds his groove. As he is now I like him but I do think he could polish the performance a bit
said at 12:40 AM on Mon Sep 9 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
I think Ryan and Jaleel are the best sonic's!
said at 3:12 PM on Sat Aug 31 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
Roger Has shown Sonic his true colors I Think Roger is The Best
said at 1:23 PM on Fri Aug 30 2013
Jaleel White, nostalgia or no.. I think he's the best
but I adore RCS and I think he does a badass older sonic
said at 9:54 PM on Tue Aug 13 2013
 1 Shout Out!
A bunch of us are going through a interesting dilemma, or at least i am.

The fact that Jason Griffith was around for so long, makes any other voice pale in comparison. this happened when he took over for Drummond as well.

All i will say is: if smith doesn't improve after lost world..... i will want an acting switch.
said at 7:06 AM on Tue Aug 13 2013
I love Griffith, but Smith takes the cake for me.
said at 10:44 AM on Sun Aug 4 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
Jason Griffith is the best voice of Sonic by far. Rodger Craig Smith and Ryan Drummond are tied for 2nd place.
Jaleel White is excellent as a young Sonic.
said at 7:09 PM on Mon Jul 15 2013
Jason the best for me.

Rodger is 1 of the worst voices for Sonic, Ryan should've just taken it back when offered.

Jaleel is pretty good cause he makes Sonic all cool.

Martin is ok.

Samuel does singing so he doesn't really count.
said at 7:55 AM on Wed Aug 14 2013
@Ross123 Ryan would have taken it back, but sega didn't offer it to him. they're pretty stubborn about it.
said at 10:25 AM on Sat Aug 17 2013
@Aimanfire No, they did offer it to him, but he would have to leave his work union, so he obviously declined.
said at 1:18 PM on Sun Sep 22 2013
thanks for correcting @Aimanfire for me I was gonna do it myself but never got round to it.
said at 9:16 AM on Mon Sep 30 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 I understand Ryan would have to leave his actors' union if he returned to the role but ever since Sega replaced him (which I think wasn't fair) he hasn't been doing a lot. Most of the roles he's landed in are either small or guest. I know it's not realistic for him to just come back but I personally think it would have been a wise option cause leading actors get more credit.
Shiny Raticate
said at 1:46 AM on Fri Jul 12 2013
 1 Shout Out!
What I've learned about Sonic VAs that portray him in the video games is that they've voiced him in some other media... sort of.
Ryan was a whole new voice for Sonic in the video games, so he was able to make his mark easily, and the fans came to love him.
Jason had a HUGE role to fill, and while he was familiar with the role of Sonic from Sonic X, he was really goofy and cheesy in Sonic Riders 1 and Shadow the Hedgehog, but was able to tone down the over-acting in Sonic 06, and he became stellar from there on out.
Roger did Sonic from the Spin Dash Sonic roller coaster (I forget where it was), and while I was a little wary at first, I learned my lesson from when Jason first became Sonic, gave him a chance, and warmed up to his portrayal as Sonic.
In terms of the Sonics that have been animated, Jaleel White easily takes the cake, but I absolutely adore Martin Burke's version as well, for some reason. It's just really distinct, and it captures the more snide personality of Sonic (Oh yes, it exists).

All in all, I like every Sonic voice actor, and if they were to hire another one, I bet Sean Schemmel would make a great Sonic.
said at 12:47 PM on Wed Jul 10 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
Jaleel White: Makes for a good young Sonic. Suits him in the TV series, but I can't imagine him voicing the games. But he does a good job nonetheless.

Jason Griffith: Really good, probably my favourite.

Martin Burke: Not fond of his performance really.

Ryan Drummond: Also does a great job. I think the voice is good but his acting could use a little work.

Samuel Vincent: No.

Roger Craig Smith: Does a very good job. Kinda the reverse of Ryan for me; his voice is a little too mature for Sonic but his delivery is great.

Overall, I'd say I prefer Jason, with Roger and Ryan tying for second. If Ryan was a better actor and/or if Roger had a different voice, I think all 3 would be tied for the best.
said at 6:25 PM on Wed Jul 10 2013
@DampOwl From what I understand, I think it was the direction that made Ryan sound a bit off at times, I felt he had a great voice too and he's a great actor for sure, but the bad direction was apparent especially in Heroes and in the first Sonic Adventure he was just starting out, although it might've been the direction there too...hard to say, really.
said at 10:18 PM on Mon Jul 22 2013
@Metabad It was definitely the voice direction, Ryan himself is actually a really good VA but even if you liked his Sonic oice you could barely tell from the games. He's even commented on the lackluster voice direction Lani Minella (also the original VA of Rouge) gave him in those days...Fortuneately SEGA's voice direction standards are much higher now than back then.
said at 11:54 AM on Wed Sep 11 2013
@Maron Some would argue at the cost of less than great voice actors, but I rather like the new actors (except for Amy and Vector)
said at 6:29 PM on Tue Jul 9 2013
for the TV shows/movies, i liked jaleel (as sonic was very goofy) and martin Burke just for the nostalgia factor.

For the games, i felt that these guys were all good, although Roger needs some more time on the stage before i can come to totally appreciate him. otherwise, bring back Jason.
said at 8:07 PM on Mon Jul 8 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
I'm voting for Jaleel White. I feel the others aren't as unique as they all lack the fun and youthful tone Jaleel had.

The others (excluding Martin Burke, but his laughably bad, it reminds me of this all make him sound quite a bit older, and I don't think that works as well.

While Jason, Ryan, and Roger do a good job overall, Jaleel is by far the most unique, IMO. If I had to pick one of the older sounding renditions, I'd go with Roger Craig Smith, as I feel he's the least obnoxious of the three older voices.
said at 8:11 PM on Mon Jul 8 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy "excluding Martin Burke, but his acting was laughably bad"
said at 9:53 AM on Thu Jun 20 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
Just heard Griffith's "Infamous" laughter from Sonic 06... o_O... changing my vote to Jaleel White. :/

...just watch:
said at 7:28 AM on Thu Jul 4 2013
@Torak Yeeeeeahhhhhhhh, please don't remind me of that....

Oh well, hence why I prefer Roger Craig Smith.
said at 11:23 AM on Mon Jan 4 2016
@Torak No offense, but in my honest opinion, Sonic's laugh in '06 wasn't as atrocious as others think. I think it was just okay.
said at 8:09 PM on Wed Jun 19 2013
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The next time the Sonic voice cast is replaced, I want either James Arnold Taylor or Josh Keaton to voice Sonic.
said at 9:46 AM on Thu Jun 20 2013
@chaosincarnate Oh Hell yeah! Both would make AWESOME Sonic voices! Particularly Josh Keaton :)
said at 3:19 PM on Mon Jul 29 2013
@chaosincarnate James Arnold Taylor would make an awesome sonic.
said at 10:14 PM on Wed Jul 31 2013
@Mrguy22594 What's that supposed to mean?
said at 11:04 PM on Wed Jul 31 2013
@Mrguy22594 So based on that awful laugh, you're say James Arnold Taylor would make a terrible Sonic?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:15 AM on Thu Aug 1 2013
@Mrguy22594 That is taken completely out of context and is deliberately meant to sound awful. The whole point of that scene is that Tidus's laughter is obviously fake and a hollow attempt at him cheering himself up. At the end of the scene, he laughs for real and it is very convincing. And even then, that one scene shouldn't discredit all the 10+ years of work JAT has done since then, or even his acting within the game itself...
said at 8:46 PM on Thu Jun 13 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
I guess I should contribute my full viewpoint and opinion, even though I don't care for Sonic very much. *gets pelted by rocks*

#1 Jaleel White
I don't understand why he isn't in the lead, he fits Sonic to a T (at least the classic one; I dunno about the modern one, but I don't care for him regardless). He's very entertaining to listen to, and captures Sonic's wisecracking personality flawlessly. I really wish he'd voice Sonic in a video game, I'm sure he'll do very well. However, it's one of the best performances in the 90s Sonic cartoons nonetheless, and a prime example of Jaleel's voice-over work.

#2 Ryan Drummond
He has a great voice for modern Sonic. His acting kinda sucks, though that's probably the voice director's fault. Still, I do think he could've toned down his line readings at least a bit. I mean, that last line of his in Sonic Heroes was by far one of the most cliché things I've ever heard in a video game. -.-' Regardless, he did pretty well with what he had to work with, and I'm sure he'll improve if given the chance (which is highly unlikely, but that's beside the point).

#3 Roger Craig Smith
Back when I first heard he was cast as Sonic, I thought it was nothing more than an April Fool's joke, only for me to realize that it wasn't the time of year. I mean, how the heck can one man be the voice of Sonic, Chris Redfield, and Ezio? o.0 But after playing Free Riders, I'm actually quite impressed with Roger. I like how he brings together a lot of the pros with the other VAs, and makes the voice his own, even if he does sound a tad mature for the role. Speaking of which, he'd be perfect if Sonic was a few years older (I don't know why Sonic hasn't aged at all in Generations, but I digress). He's still pretty decent regardless, and his Sonic is a great showcase of Roger's vocal versatility (quite the understatement in this case).

#4 Jason Griffith
Even though 4Kids has actually done quite a few good anime/video game dubs, Sonic wasn't one of them, and Jason is no exception. Back when he first started voicing Sonic, he was much worse than Ryan or Roger, and quite frankly, he hasn't improved very much at all since then. He just lacks the certain energy Jaleel and Ryan brought to the character. Jason's Sonic just sounds uninspired, too forced, too hollow, and not nearly as likable until Unleashed and the Black Knight came around. *runs for cover from an angry mob of diehard Sonic fans*

#5 Samuel Vincent
Eh, he's not that bad. His voice is a bit weird and quite scratchy, and he doesn't even sound anything like Jaleel. By its own merits though, it's not terrible. As with Ryan, I'm sure he'd do much better if given another chance, with proper direction of course.

#6 Martin Burke
He's pretty much the opposite of what the character is supposed to sound like: nerdy, cheesy, and waaaaay over-the-top; heck, his acting makes Ryan's and Jason's sound good. :-/ Though, I have to at least acknowledge him for the "Strange, isn't it?" meme. XD
said at 9:25 AM on Sat Sep 28 2013
@pokemastanumba1 Agreed about Jaleel White. Alot of people want Sonic to sound "cool" that they sort of forget he was originally designed as very cartoonish. The other voices are fine for the modern Sonic, but would not work with the old design. That'd be like hearing a deep voice coming out of Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny.
said at 6:39 PM on Fri Oct 11 2013
#7 Meg Inglima
What SpongeBat1 said. :-P
said at 5:27 AM on Thu Jun 13 2013
oh Jaleel White was Urkel in Family Matters but I never thought of him being Sonic O.O
said at 5:23 AM on Thu Jun 13 2013
ERKEL WAS SONIC!!!!!!!!!!!
said at 11:25 AM on Tue Jun 11 2013
To be honest, I like Ryan Drummond, Jason Griffith, and Roger Craig Smith all equally, mainly because they mostly sound the same (though Roger does sound noticeably deeper). However, I think Roger's approach is the most natural.
said at 8:35 PM on Fri Jun 7 2013
My Ranking, from Worst to Best:

Samuel Vincent: He doesn't have any acting material to work with, and I'm not fond of his singing voice. He's a great actor, and it's a bit unfair to compare a singer to several actors, but I still view him as the worst.

Martin Burke: He doesn't fit the role of Sonic to me at all. I don't enjoy hearing Sonic as a douche, and the voice is far to nasally. All that said, I find his angry voice as Sonic hilarious.

Jaleel White: Not Bad. He fits the 90's, Classic Sonic a lot. I haven't heard much of him, and I'm more attached to the game actors, but he did a decent job.

Ryan Drummond: I was torn between him and Roger Craig Smith, but I came to the conclusion that he's slightly worse. His voice for Sonic was perfect. He sounds like a hip, fun loving teenager, and that's who Sonic is. However, his acting in sa1 and Heroes, and to an extent, Sa2, brought him down a bit. I don't think it's all his fault, as he had to work with some pretty odd lines at times,but that's where he ranks with me.

Roger Craig Smith: Roger's performance is a bit of a mixed bag. I think he had a much better start than Drummond or Griffith, as his lines were acted pretty well. However, his voice is a bit too deep for the character, and is not really how I imagine the character to sound.

Jason Griffith: I know, I know. He started out bad, especially in Shadow the Hedgehog and 06, mainly because his acting felt forced and unreal. He started to improve in Secret Rings, and by the time I heard him in Black Knight, he was just about close to perfect. He handled sonic's heroic and wisecracking personality impeccably, and Sonic sounds like a youthful 15 year old. Easily my favorite Sonic voice actor.
said at 7:15 PM on Fri Jun 7 2013
Why exactly was my comment deleted?
said at 3:41 PM on Sat Jun 8 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 my comment was deleted earlier for sounding offensive with the whole sam vincent ranking. I insulted his singing voice.
said at 2:50 PM on Thu Jun 6 2013
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For some reason I think Benjamin Diskin should be voice Sonic.
said at 2:51 PM on Thu Jun 6 2013
@WWEFAN12ization "should voice Sonic."
said at 2:04 PM on Sun Mar 2 2014
Or Yuri Lowenthal.
said at 5:26 AM on Tue Apr 2 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Jason Griffith is still the best (Yes, it beacuse he had taken many roles of sonic, including the others so we used to).
But I'd like to hear the fame (Ryan Drummond) for the next title :D
said at 5:29 PM on Sun Mar 31 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Actually I'll take it back about Roger. He's alright. He would be a good pick for an older aged Sonic. So I'll take back what I said. :)

1. Ryan Drummond
2. Jason Griffith
3. Jaleel White
4. Roger Craig
5. Samuel Vincent
6. Martin Burke
said at 5:19 PM on Sun Mar 31 2013
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Ah Sonic, the lovable blue blur. I enjoy the character a lot. Anyway, if I had to choose a top 3, it would be Ryan Drummond, Jason Griffith, and Jaleel White.

I enjoyed Drummond's performance in Sonic Adventure 1-2 & Heroes the most. He just screamed "Sonic" to me. So I like him the best. Jason is good because he makes Sonic sound older but still youthful-like as well. Have to agree, 2006 wasn't his best but he was alright in Unleashed. And Jaleel because he's so iconic to me. I grew up with the cartoons and he fit him perfectly for a cartoon take.
If they ever make another Sonic cartoon, I would hope they choose Jaleel again. Samuel Vincent was a good choice for his singing voice. He sounds like Sonic in singing style and I did enjoy some of the songs on Underground. And seeing that he did voices like Martin Mystery & Aerrow, I think he would have been a good choice for Sonic in a cartoon if they couldn't get Jaleel.

I think my least favorite is Roger Smith. I never played Sonic Colors but I didn't know his voice changed but oh my gosh is it bad (to me). It's way too deep for my liking and I don't think of Sonic having a deep voice. So here's my listing.

1. Ryan Drummond
2. Jason Griffith
3. Jaleel White
4. Samuel Vincent
5. Martin Burke
6. Roger Craig
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:57 PM on Thu Mar 28 2013
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So I replayed a few old Sonic games to see how Ryan Drummond and Jason Griffith sound to me now. First I played the Sonic Adventures again and I still consider Ryan Drummond to be my favorite Sonic. And then I played Black Knight and I can't stand Jason's voice. It's like he alternates between trying to do several different voices at once and they're all annoying. Sometimes he sounds oddly deep, sometimes his voice is too scratchy and sometimes he just sounds nasally and annoying. I seriously just want to shut the game off sometimes.
said at 3:35 PM on Mon May 27 2013
@Nightmare Crusher The skip the game cut-scenes :P
said at 3:36 PM on Mon May 27 2013
@Nightmare Crusher *Then
said at 9:20 AM on Thu Mar 21 2013
So Burke's acting wasn't great in the movie, but as far as Sonic properties go I thought it was the most accurate portrayal of Sonic and his world in any medium outside the original 2D platformers, and his voice may have been "cartoony" and "high pitched", but he's a blue hedgehog with red shoes who runs at super speed, if anything a realistic voice just wouldn't suit him. And Griffith in no way deserves as much praise as he does, Smith actually has the best performance even if his portrayal of Sonic sounds older than the others. So I would probably put my order at 1. Burke 2. Smith 3. Griffith 4. Drummond and who cares about the last two. Seriously, not even worth talking about. Maybe if Sonic was like 8 years old, not a teenager.
said at 10:02 PM on Wed Mar 20 2013
I really wish the editor hadn't chosen the clip of griffith from sonic 06, seeing as how that's his worst performance in any sonic game. If I heard this audio clip and never heard griffith before, I would've voted for drummond. Thankfully, I've heard his fantastic performances in unleashed and black knight, so he gets my vote.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:11 PM on Wed Mar 20 2013
@chaosincarnate Actually, although the clip is attributed to Sonic '06, because of the way the Sonic games were set up on the site previously (each and every game was on one big "series" page), a lot of the clips aren't actually from '06.

For example, "showing remorse, Eggman?" is Unleashed. "I'm used to stuff like this" is Black Knight. "You're too slow!" is Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Likewise, a lot of the lines in Ryan Drummond's clip aren't from Sonic Adventure 2.
said at 10:21 PM on Wed Mar 20 2013
@NCZ thanks for the response. I was always wondering why this section used 06, but I guess it isn't fully the case. Makes sense that some of his clips sound like they weren't from 06.
said at 12:01 PM on Sat Mar 2 2013
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To me, Ryan Drummond is the best Sonic, but some of his acting could've been better. I think it was the fault of Lani Minella's directing. Jason Griffith started off kind of bad, but he improved greatly in Sonic Unleashed and the subsequent games so I like him the second best. Jaleel White is only good for classic Sonic, but not for modern Sonic. Roger Craig Smith's voice is OK, but his acting is definitely better than the other Sonic voice actors. His voice sounds like a typical surfer dude that you can hear in a Nickelodeon cartoon, which kind of puts me off. Martin Burke was completely unfitting for Sonic. His voice sounds ridiculously too high and cartoony. Not to mention, his acting isn't very good. Samuel Vincent doesn't really count since he only provided a singing voice for Sonic so no comment on him.

My vote goes to Ryan Drummond. Makes me wish Sega could pay his union fees to bring the guy back. He was supposed to return but Sega wanted him to leave his union, which is how he makes a living. So he rejected the role and then they cast Roger Craig Smith instead. Bummer.
said at 4:31 AM on Fri Mar 8 2013
@SonicTheVA I agree!
Ryan Drummond has the best voice, but Roger Craig Smith is the best actor.
& Jason Griffith is the perfect middle ground between the two.
said at 11:54 AM on Fri Mar 1 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
The comments on this VC scare me a little, but what the hay, this is my opinion of the Sonic voice actors.
Jaleel White - My first Sonic, and the voice that usually comes to mind when I think of the character. It might be nostalgia talking, but he is my favorite.
Jason Griffith - I haven't heard much of him, but what I have heard of him, I think he's good. He deserves the title of fan favorite Sonic VA.
Martin Burke - What?
Ryan Drummund - I've heard him do better than this clip represents, but he's good in my opinion.
Samuel Vincent - Again, what?
Roger Craig Smith - He's what I imagined Sonic would sound like older. I really like him.
said at 1:24 PM on Thu Mar 7 2013
Yah know, the more I listen to Roger, the more I like him. He gets my vote.
said at 2:32 PM on Fri Mar 22 2013
@VctrBnsn Recently, I've been listening to more of Jasons performances as Sonic, and now I REALLY understand why he's the fan favorite. But I still like Roger Better.
said at 1:27 PM on Fri Feb 22 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
I'm going with Roger Craig Smith. I don't really like the others.
said at 7:06 AM on Tue Jun 4 2013
@coolgeek176 Although Ryan was alright too.
said at 7:34 AM on Sat Feb 2 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
Jason... started off as the weakest, then worked his way to be the best. Then he left as the crowning sonic.
said at 6:19 PM on Tue Feb 5 2013
@Aussieroth Yeah, that's what I like about the 4Kids actors. They started out horrible, but got way better as time went on.
Sarge Ray
said at 9:52 PM on Tue Feb 5 2013

I agree with ya, 100%, Roth. Griffith started out weak, but left as the best voice of Sonic to date.

Smith has his moments, though.
said at 3:20 AM on Tue May 28 2013
@Sarge Ray Yeah true... I just hope one day Jason will come back from time to time. He worked SO HARD on Sonic that it's really unfair on the guy.
said at 11:11 PM on Sat Jan 19 2013
Ryan and Roger are the Best. The rest are mediocre.
said at 12:38 PM on Sat Jan 19 2013
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1. Ryan Drummond. He IS Sonic. Something about his performance got it just right.
2. Jaleel White-I just like the energy he puts into the role and I think he did incredible in the recent fan film. Comes really close to Drummond.
3. Jason Griffith-Started off horribly, but his performances in Unleashed in Black Knight were pretty good.
4. Roger Craig Smith-That voice......why?
5. Martin Burke-It just wasn't Sonic
said at 4:30 AM on Sat Jan 12 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Just watched the Sonic fan film. Man Jaleel did a great modern Sonic performance! I think I've finally found my tie breaker between him and Ryan!
said at 3:51 PM on Mon Jan 7 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
I think Ryan and Roger sound really cool, but Ryan probably gets more points for sounding closer to Sonic's age. I thought Jason was pretty good too, but not as much fun as R&R.
said at 11:51 AM on Sun Nov 25 2012
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This is too hilarious. I remember back when everyone did nothing but complain about Jason Griffith's Sonic and how he should be recast. Now, that Roger Craig Smith's taken over, all people do is talk about how Jason Griffith was the best Sonic.

Sonic's fanbase effin' sucks.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:54 AM on Sun Nov 25 2012
@Dannybee92 My point exactly.
said at 1:13 PM on Mon Nov 26 2012
@Dannybee92 True that! I honestly have no idea how we got to this point, either.
said at 9:04 AM on Sun Dec 2 2012
@Bryton .... because we suck? I don't know!
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:09 PM on Fri Dec 7 2012
@Dannybee92 You are so right. I remember all the complaining about 4Kids and now it's complaining about thelack of 4Kids.
said at 5:32 PM on Sun Dec 9 2012
@Dannybee92 I personally have to call bull **** on him being over forty points higher in the polls than Ryan and Jaleel. You must think I'm really gullible to believe an actor once as hated as Jason is the most liked Sonic actor! I know it's opinion but...well...come on something's up :/
said at 7:12 AM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@Dannybee92 You took the words right out of my mouth!
said at 8:35 PM on Fri May 10 2013
@Edork42 The gap between them is gradually closing, but for the most part, this VC is still not a very accurate representation of the Sonic fanbase as a whole, particularly considering how much backlash the 4Kids cast had received. It was actually being considered that the poll would have to be reset, but it seems that there's not much need for that now.
said at 9:25 PM on Thu Nov 22 2012
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Ryan and Jaleel both fit what I thought to be the perfect Sonic: extreme, cocky, goofball teenaged hero. I'm stuck on who I like more.

Eventhough I like Roger, I don't think he's the perfect fit. He plays Sonic less "teenaged hero" and more "college fratboy" if you get my dift. He's still funny as hell, though and I'm looking forward to hearing him in the future (PS: Wreck it Ralph was great, even though he was only in it for like 20 seconds).

Martin was really funny and I like him a lot (I may be baised since I grew up on the OVA).

Jason's biggest sin was that he was just boring. He never added any camp or epicness to Sonic until Black Knight, which is really disappointing since he's the longest running Sonic voice. I will say it was unneccessary for Sega to let him go just when he was finally starting to sound engaging. A loss I guess, but he's still my least favorite Sonic actor.
said at 12:24 PM on Sat Nov 24 2012
@Bryton Wait, Martin better then Jason?!
You give a fair enough reason though... each to their own I guess.
said at 12:26 PM on Mon Nov 26 2012
@Torak I wouldn't go so far as to say "better than". Like, if Black Knight was the only thing Jason ever did he would've easily smoked Martin and maybe even Roger! I do however have to take into consideration EVERYTHING he did before that; it just took him so long to fit in the role I really lost patience with him. In the words of Sonic, Jason... "You're too slow!"
said at 2:40 PM on Mon Nov 26 2012
@Bryton haha XD! Ok that makes sense, if only Jason started out good... oh well the directing wasn't excatly top notch either. :/
said at 6:52 PM on Wed Nov 21 2012
Am I the only one who thinks sonic the hedgehog 2006 and adventure 2 should have SEAN SCHEMMEL as their voice actor?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:42 AM on Thu Nov 22 2012
@chasegx Why only those two games?
said at 1:00 AM on Tue Nov 20 2012
Hmph, there's no competetion.

Isn't it obvious? JASON GRIFFITH! He literally just handed Sonic the voice of an angel. "You're too slow!" Aw, he sounded so adorable with that cutesy teasing tone he was playing there. :3

Roger Craig Smith is little off tune to what I'm usually accostumed to hearing from my Sonikku, and I have to admit it, when I first heard him, I flat out didn't like his new voice, but I heard some of Roger's new voice work with Sonic and I think he's improving!

Who's knows? Maybe one day, he'll sound as drop dead sexy as Jason's Sonic voice. I'm I right, ladies? ;D
said at 12:20 PM on Sat Oct 20 2012
 1 Shout Out!
So many different opinions... some interesting performances no doubt.

Well, there are two types of Sonic incarnations out there: One of them is or course modern sonic and I would have to go with:

1. Jason Griffith (He got better over time, matched his age perfectly and he just fitted for me)
2. Roger Craig Smith (So close to Jason: some great acting and very fitting for Sonic, maybe overtime I'll give him my vote?)
3. Ryan Drummond (He improved a lot in Sonic Heroes, sounds just a little forced but some good acting from him.)

For the cartoon Sonic it's Jaleel White, so funny and so memorable. :D

In the end I gotta go with Jason Griffith with Jaleel White and Roger Craig Smith at a close second.
said at 6:52 AM on Fri Feb 1 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 In your opinion my friend. :)
said at 1:55 AM on Fri Oct 5 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
Roger Craig Smith nailed it. Jason's a close second though.
said at 9:34 PM on Thu Oct 4 2012
 7 Shout Outs!
Drummond was the only one who made him sound extreme. Griffith was awkward phase Sonic, and Smith, though impressive in his own right as mature Sonic and cool sounding, just lacks the edginess.
said at 3:58 PM on Wed Oct 3 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Jason Griffith was and still is my Favorite voice for Sonic, with Ryan being a close Second and Roger third, Personally, Roger does not fit the role at all, and, save for Generations and Free Riders, he is awful
said at 7:16 PM on Thu Sep 27 2012
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Roger: I love this guy. Voice sounded a little deep in Sonic Colors but fits the role and reminds me so much of a better acting Ryan Drummond. Generations I think he made his voice higher making him sound more teenaged. In conclusion, Sega please don’t let him go.
Ryan: I thought he did a good job in SA1 and Shuffle being able to sound young, energetic, and overall fun. In SA2, though, I don’t know what he did to his voice but it sounded high pitched and kind of annoying. His acting was a little better but while that cartoony, over the top voice did not belong in that dramatic game, it did work in Heroes. Definite Ryan fan!
Jaleel: Started off kind of annoying in Aosth but got better in the other shows like SatAm and Underground. Really had the attitude and charisma down to a fault.
Jason: Boring, bland, and serious all the time. Honestly, by 2007 I was so done with this dude. After four games AND a 3 season TV show he had more experience and time in the role to get good than any of the other guys on this list. The only reason he’s not at the bottom is because he did get better by Unleashed and Black Knight, but it was still too late by that point and there’s no reason he shouldn’t have been GOOD (and I don’t mean descent either) sooner.
Martin: He’s below a 4kids actor. Do I have to say more?
said at 12:16 PM on Tue Sep 18 2012
 4 Shout Outs!
Ryan really gives out an extremely hyperactive performance to Sonic, its great for an early days Sonic and Sega should have hired him for Generations since I feel that would fit him the best as Classic Sonic.

Jason is a mixed bag for me, on one hand he was off as Sonic in Sonic X almost as if he was miscast. He has gotten better over the years and finally perfected the role in Unleashed. A pity the cast changed by the time he mastered Sonic but I guess all those years of criticism has caught up to Sega. It should be noted however that this was one of his first attempts at voiceover and that should be taken into consideration.

Roger voiceover as Sonic has somehow got me thinking maybe Sonic was reaching puberty at the time. He does a pretty good job as Sonic and it does show that he has a more wide variety of pitches than his usual role. I have high hopes for Roger, I think he will continue to do a good job voicing Sonic throughout the games.
said at 8:24 PM on Mon Sep 17 2012
1. Jaleel White
2. Jason Griffith
3. Roger Craig Smith
4. Martin Burke
5. Samuel Vincent
6. Ryan Drummond (his voice irritated me so much)
said at 11:39 PM on Tue Sep 11 2012
My ranks for Sonic....

# 1 - Roger Craig Smith.
# 2 - Jason Griffith.
# 3 - Ryan Drummond.
# 4 - Jaleel White.
# 5 - Martin Burke.
# 6 - Samuel Vincent.
Madness Abe
said at 7:06 PM on Mon Sep 10 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
My ranking for the Blue Blur:

1. Jason Griffith
2. Roger Craig Smith
3. Jaleel White (voice from the new Sonic fan-film)
4. Ryan Drummond
5. Jaleel White (voice in AoSTH)
6. Samuel Vincent
7. Martin Burke
Harvester of Sorrow
said at 9:18 AM on Fri Aug 31 2012
Jaleel White is my favorite but I would say the voice actor who did Sonic the best would be Jason Griffith.
said at 12:24 PM on Sun Sep 9 2012
@Harvester of Sorrow
I have to agree with you, Jason Griffith seems like the best voice for "modern Sonic" cus he gives Sonic a voice that just fits his personality better.

Jaleel was just awesome for the cartoons ;D
said at 8:49 PM on Thu Aug 23 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
Ok seriously, why are people still commenting on this VC? It's ridiculous how much lagging it takes for this page to load.

Here's the thread in the forums for this:
said at 11:24 AM on Fri Aug 24 2012
@pokemastanumba1 ...because its here and its easy to comment on?

I mean sure it takes a while to load for me as well, but it doesn't lag my computer nearly as much as Frank Welker's or Jim Cummings' pages.
said at 3:07 PM on Fri Aug 24 2012
@Metabad Or Mel Blanc's page... *shudder*

Anyway, I just think this VC is getting REALLY old, so much so that people are even commenting on the characters' pages, which just goes to show how much this got out-of-hand. It's completely ridiculous tbh.
said at 3:56 PM on Fri Aug 24 2012
@pokemastanumba1 Okay, now THAT I can agree on. Commenting on the characters pages when there's a perfectly good voice comparison to post on just sounds completely unnecessary and pointless.
said at 10:39 AM on Fri Aug 10 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Ryan was the best in my opinion! But I also enjoyed hearing the other voice actors performances as Sonic too while I was growing up!
said at 4:34 PM on Wed Aug 8 2012
I really like Samuel Vincent's singing voice of Sonic.
said at 1:43 PM on Wed Aug 8 2012
So, after all my three opinions. I would have to say Jason Griffith is the best Sonic voice ever! ;)
said at 1:40 PM on Wed Aug 8 2012
 1 Shout Out!
1. Jason Griffith gives Sonic a young teen voice witch I think he makes him sound awesome and cool!
2. Ryan Drummond I think gives Sonic a little hi pitch voice for him. So he does good also.
3. Roger Craig Smith gives Sonic almost and older young adult voice. In my opinion for Roger, not bad, not terrible, but pretty good and ok I have to say. ;)
said at 5:07 PM on Tue Aug 7 2012
1. jason again he has the best confident sonic voice
2 ryan he was a close very close second has the friendly voice of sonic
3. roger he was decent but no ryan or jason though sega picked so u cant blame him
4. jaleel he was not so good
5. samuel vincent he sings noone sould pick him
6. martin sams is even better than this crap martins is the worse by far
said at 3:49 PM on Thu Aug 2 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Jason Griffith was the best Sonic the Hedgehog voice to me. :)
said at 8:48 AM on Fri Jul 31 2015
@JDFlame20222 Same thing for me.
said at 1:21 AM on Mon Jul 30 2012
While I disliked Jason's take in the past, he grew on me when Sonic Unleashed came around. I was a bit suprised when they changed the voice actors again, but when I heard Roger's performance in Sonic Colors, he became my favorite easily. I got used to him faster than Jason or Ryan.
said at 6:37 PM on Wed Jan 30 2013
said at 7:06 PM on Thu Mar 14 2013
@keontaecanada I didn't even mention Jaleel, and I have nothing against his performance at all.
said at 12:18 AM on Mon Jul 23 2012
I played Shadow the Hedgehog first when it just came out so I might be a bit bias here
1 Jason Griffith-Love his voice
2 Roger Craig-Nice voice as but no Jason
3 Ryan-So so for me but compared to the other three...
4 Martin Burke-Too high
5 Samuel Vincent
6 Jaleel White-Hate that high rather sneering tone
said at 3:47 AM on Sun Sep 29 2013
@HienFan I'll switch Roger and Ryan after one too many Adventures playthrough but Jason is still first and the other three are pretty bad
said at 9:50 PM on Thu Jul 19 2012
I have a question for everyone if there was a third sonic in generations and it was dreamcast sonic and you could choose the voice actor and theme for each sonic what would it be
said at 9:58 PM on Thu Jul 19 2012
@AJW98productions I'll kick it off:
They call me sonic (sonic arcade 1996)
(this was tough) The band remix of the Zebrahead his world where it was the whole band and not just two members
(this was really hard) Either live and learn (SA2) or a remixed Sonic Boom
Voice actors:
Jaleel White
Either Rodger Craig Smith or Jason Grifith
Loads of people are going to kill me for this, but I don't particuarly like Ryan Drummond (except in Heroes) so my vote would be (suprisingly) Martin Burke
So there you have it, my pick of voice actors and themes for three Sonic's :)
said at 12:50 AM on Fri Jul 20 2012
@AJW98productions I think this discussion would be better suited for the forums, in all honesty.
said at 11:21 AM on Fri Jul 20 2012
@Metabad okay
said at 10:48 AM on Mon Jul 16 2012
I like most of them Jaleel got the chilli dog loving imature brat voice without overdoing it Martin burke has grown on me because at first I never liked him much Grifith was good for most of his games, but not in 06, he got it alright in some parts, but not good enough in that game Rodger Craig Smith I can't really describe except that I like him alot, I'm not that fond of Drummond or Vincent their alright but I'm not fond of the musical sonic tone of vincent and I don't know what it is about Drummond that I just don't like, tough choice but I think I'll go with Rodger Craig Smith on this.
said at 7:22 PM on Sun Jul 15 2012
Roger Craig Smith sounds like Duncan from Total Drama
Jaleel White sounds like Bladebeak from Quest for Camelot
Samuel Vincent sounds like a awkward version of Double D
Martin Burke sounds too high
Ryan Drummond sounds like Hugh Test
So I'm going with Jason Griffith on this one
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said at 7:58 PM on Sun Jul 15 2012
@MatthewC17 Jason Griffith sounds like Usopp.
said at 8:50 PM on Sun Jul 15 2012
@NCZ Then maybe I'll go with Roger Craig Smith
said at 8:55 PM on Sun Jul 15 2012
@NCZ With that being said I choose Roger Craig Smith
said at 2:30 PM on Sun Oct 21 2012
@NCZ Jason Griffith is Usopp
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:26 PM on Sun Oct 21 2012
@IblisAngel I know that.
said at 8:46 PM on Wed Oct 9 2013
Whoa, he was never that bad as Sonic, IMO.

If anything, Jason's Jet the Hawk sounds like his Usopp!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:49 AM on Thu Oct 10 2013
@OldSchoolFTW I was merely pointing out that it wasn't the best logic because Jason Griffith's Sonic also sounds like other characters he's played.
said at 2:58 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
True, but I just feel like Jason's Sonic voice was better than his Usopp voice myself. I thought his Sonic voice got more natural and less silly as he went along myself, but his Usopp voice kind of stayed more or less the same.
said at 1:21 PM on Fri Jul 13 2012
Although I grew up with Jason's voice, my favorite is Jaleel's - it's more fitting.
said at 10:58 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
I'm sorry, but Jaleel's Sonic reminds me too much of Steve Urkel
said at 7:16 PM on Sun Jul 15 2012
@akbar264 sounds more like Bladebeak from Quest for Camelot
said at 1:28 AM on Mon Jul 16 2012
@MatthewC17 na, i still hear steve urkel more
said at 2:38 AM on Thu Jun 21 2012
I kinda just realized this, but wasn't Sonic a spoken character in Sonic CD???
said at 10:06 PM on Sat Jun 23 2012
@PusoPimp That was Keiko Utoku, who is Japanese, so she's not included.
said at 8:49 AM on Tue Jun 26 2012
@pokemastanumba1 Wow, that's just a tad racist don't ya tihnk? I mean yeah she's Japanese and all, but the dialog is all English isn't it? Besides, they counted Mari Iiima's Minme on compare for Macross and she was Japanese, but her dialog was English.

I mean, I guess if her absence from this compare was due to her limited dialog that would be understandable, but that's really the reason????
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:59 AM on Tue Jun 26 2012
@PusoPimp No, that's not the reason. What he means to say is that she's not a fluent English speaker and only said a few small lines in English (just "yes" and "I'm outta here"). Basically, stuff like that is really stretching the definition of "English voice actor".
said at 2:31 PM on Fri Jul 6 2012
@PusoPimp plus she said one line, so im not sure if that really counts
said at 2:22 AM on Thu Jun 21 2012
 8 Shout Outs!
Ryan D for sure. He's the only one who fits the attitude and age. RCS and Griffith are way off of the mark.
said at 9:08 PM on Sat Jun 16 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Roger Craig Smith
2. Ryan Drummond
3. Jaleel White
4. Jason Griffith
5. Martin Burke
6. Samuel Vincent
said at 10:02 PM on Wed Jun 27 2012
@Toady_12 That's how I'd rank them too.
said at 6:45 PM on Tue Mar 5 2013
@Mephilesthelight358 My order has changed with time
said at 11:30 PM on Wed Jun 13 2012
Oh God.... I can't choose.... I like all of them... except Vincent's. It doesn't sound like Sonic very much
said at 4:56 PM on Sun May 20 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Jason Griffith's voice fits Sonic's image so perfectly, despite the weird speech pattern, but as time progresses, he does get better. Roger is the best ACTOR of these guys, his voice is a little deep, but a hedgehog's gotta' grow up sometime. Ryan... not bad. Seemed to yell too much, but he did sound like the japanese voice. Jaleel, for classic sonic, was perfect. I don't know if he'd do too well in a modern Sonic... Martin Burke.... was not the best. That's just my opinion.
said at 4:47 PM on Sun May 6 2012
 1 Shout Out!
1. Roger Craig Smith
Excellent voice for what is supposed to be an older Sonic.
2. Jason Griffith
He did a very good job of making Sonic sound like a rebellious teenager, and he did an amazing job in Sonic X. He sounds a little forced at times though.
3. Jaleel White
For a young Sonic, Jaleel White is the best choice. He did the wisecracking very well, but he could be serious when he had to be.
4. Martin Burke
I liked his voice in that movie.
I said it.
5. Ryan Drummond
I feel he was terrible. He always sounded like he was trying too hard.
6. Samuel Vincent
No comment.
said at 6:44 AM on Tue Jul 17 2012
@teamof1 (insert Martin Burke) "Well I agree" - To Metal Sonic
But yeah I agree with what all of that
said at 7:30 PM on Mon Nov 12 2012
IM HAPPY IM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO LIKES MARTIN BURKE!.. dude if classic sonic had a voice i always think of his voice. not jaleel.
said at 5:25 PM on Wed May 2 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Jason is a disgrace, Ryan gives sonic a much better voice with his personality
said at 1:08 AM on Sat Apr 28 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
I'm still used to the 4Kids dub doing Sonic, so Griffith gets my vote...
said at 10:56 PM on Tue Apr 24 2012
Roger Craig Smith BY FAR

Finally Sonic has a voice that sounds cool and is well-directed. Jason got better over time but I never would've been completely happy with him as Sonic. Ryan had a decent voice for him, but was given some cornball dialogue and bad-directing (partly to fit the lip flap I guess).
said at 11:36 AM on Mon Apr 16 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Jaleel White IS Sonic for me. His voice sounds most like how an iconic cartoon/video game character should sound. Jason Griffith and Ryan Drummond are both close seconds, though.

Martin Burke is terrible and do you really think "hedgehog" when you hear Roger Craig Smith's voice???
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:06 PM on Mon Apr 16 2012
@Galactic_Cyrus In all fairness, the only thing "hedgehog" about Sonic is the fact that he is a hedgehog.
said at 1:45 PM on Sun Apr 15 2012
jason and roger are great as sonic
said at 8:48 AM on Sat Apr 14 2012
Jason and Roger voices are way too COOL!!!
said at 3:30 PM on Fri Apr 13 2012
Jason and Roger have the best voices than the rest of the Sonic VAs
said at 9:10 PM on Mon Apr 2 2012
Jason vs Roger
said at 11:31 PM on Wed Mar 28 2012
You can totally tell Jaleel is holding his nose while acting, but that's what makes it funny! Martin's seems like a menagerie of several different accents with a coating of stereotypical superhero bravado. Ryan doesn't sound sincere in his acting, but did set a standard. Jason does the most iconic voice, in my opinion. Roger sounds too realistic, if that makes sense! Not cartoony enough for the character of Sonic.
said at 12:37 AM on Sun Mar 25 2012
It's a three way tie between jason, roger, and ryan.
said at 7:58 PM on Fri Mar 23 2012
Martin's was just...huh? Weird.
said at 4:16 PM on Tue Mar 20 2012
said at 8:19 PM on Sun Mar 18 2012
Roger has really grown on me.
Spider RedNight
said at 10:58 AM on Thu Mar 15 2012
I voted for Jason, but I think Roger did a pretty good job for what it was worth.
said at 9:56 PM on Sun Feb 12 2012
4.Roger(if Scourge had a VA it should be him)
said at 9:32 PM on Fri Feb 3 2012
I grew up with Ryan Drummond
said at 10:25 PM on Tue Jan 31 2012
jason sounds too stressed out.
roger sounds cheesy
ryan only improved from not so good
jaleel makes sonic sound cool and like a teacher
samuel sounds like he has something in his throat
said at 2:11 PM on Sun Jan 29 2012
By this, I mean Martin Burke. That's what Sonic should have sounded like!
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:36 PM on Thu Jan 19 2012
 4 Shout Outs!
1.Ryan Drummond: Yes he was annoying at times, but he will always be the Sonic voice I hear in my head.
2.Roger Craig Smith: I am very impressed. He makes for a very good older Sonic and I'll enjoy hearing him in the future.
3.Jaleel White: His voice was VERY annoying most of the time, but I do have reason for putting him in third place. Some time ago I found out that a group of people were making a CGI fan movie based on Sonic and actually got Jaleel to do the voice. He's only briefly heard in a trailer, but I like his voice in it enough to bump him up a spot.
4.Jason Griffith: I'd probably get torn to pieces for saying this on most sites, but I have never thought very highly of Jason's Sonic voice. I keep hearing a weird tone in his voice on occasion and it really bothers me. He got better later, but I still don't like it.
5.Martin Burke: Too nasally, I have nothing more to say.
I won't judge Sam Vincent here because it's kind of unfair to compare a singing voice to normal speaking roles.
said at 5:10 PM on Mon Jan 2 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Honestly, I can't favored one voice with the other. It's all in terms of preference and the idea of the character, and to be honest, I like them all minus Martin Burke, he didn't click with me during the movie, but then again, none of the actors really clicked.

Jaleel White- Sonic the Hedgehog t.v. series or as people call it, SATam, was my very first Sonic tv series and I enjoyed every episode I got see. In my eyes, he was the Sonic character I know and love growing up; he was fast, cocky, cool, arrogant, wise-cracking, caring of his friends, and funny. When I found out he was the voice of Jaleel White, I was shocked and hyped because I watched Family Matters, and knowing Sonic was Steve Urkel, I thought it was hilarious. I'm glad he got to be my childhood cartoon character otherwise I would have never been a big of a fan to the series than I am now.

Ryan Drummond- Ryan Drummond was childhood Sonic character in terms of gaming. I grew up listening to him from my very first owned Sonic game, Sonic Heroes, then it was Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, and finally Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. I thought he was great as Sonic, he portrayed that cool, wise-crack, heroism Hedgehog. And I know alot people say he and the rest of the Adventure cast wasn't all that great because they couldn't act well. While some of it is true, but to others they sounded natural and like 4kids they got better with each game I wish they did more games for them to get better but oh well. I think Ryan did an excellent job as Sonic, I wish he wasn't replaced, but you move on, though I wish others would do the same but oh well; thanks Ryan you did an awesome job as Sonic and you really showed that Sonic is the guy who loves adventures.

Jason Griffth- Jason really had a rocky start, not only was his first voice acting job was Sonic, but everyone hated him for replacing Ryan. I remember I would look at playthroughs and cutscenes of Sonic games and everyone hated him. I liked Jason's performance as Sonic, he gave Sonic that cool, calm, with a little cocky attitude. Even though his acting wasn't all that great from the beginning like Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic Riders, Sonic the Hedgehog 2006, and Sonic X, I gave him and the rest of the 4kids cast a chance to improve. As I thought, he improved in alot in Unleashed and Black Knight which made me happy because it sounded like he was actually enjoyed playing as Sonic. It's sad that he is gone, but I hope it doesn't discourage him from being an actor, and I wish him with the best of luck with his future endeavors.

Roger Craig Smith- After the announcement of the new cast, people were outraged with Sega's decision without ever thinking the reason why. Honestly I like Roger, he did great first performance as Sonic and it was the first time he made me crack a smile or laugh in awhile. He brought back the wise-cracking attitude that he had in the t.v. series as well as his cool attitude. Though alot fans say his voice way too deep and he shouldn't have got the job. Well Sega called him and asked him if he could do the voice of Sonic because they wanted him to sound older. It's really not that deep, I think it's the right kind of tone for Sonic to sound a little older, and it shouldn't matter if the actor voices the character different than the other, as long as they are portraying the character and enjoy doing it, then it's fine. I enjoyed his work in Colors and Generations, even though their wasn't alot dialog Generations, but it was fine none of the less. I hope he continues to stick around for a while and not quitting because of the fans. Welcome to the franchise Mr. Roger Craig "Console" Smith.
said at 9:41 AM on Sat Jan 7 2012
@Musicguy Thank you for that really long post.
said at 5:18 AM on Thu Jan 19 2012
@Musicguy I really liked your post. Especially the beginning paragraph and one about Roger. We can't exactly judge who's the best voice actor for Sonic when they all change drastically over the years as if by classification such as age. Jaleel White and Martin Burke are one comparison for Classic Sonic. Ryan Drummard and Jason Griffith are another for Modern Sonic. The moment I heard Roger Smith, it made me want to cringe. But you're right. Sonic is 20 now, and people need to know that even a hedgehog's voice will grow lower as an adult, haha. This makes me curious about who will come next in line after Roger though. So far, there may be a chance for a third comparison. Maybe name this one Adult Sonic or something around there.
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said at 7:51 AM on Thu Jan 19 2012
@Shadow No, Sonic isn't 20. The franchise is, but Sonic is still around the same age. They never say what birthday the one in Generations is for, and based on the fact that nobody looks any different, I highly doubt it's his 20th.
said at 6:24 PM on Thu Mar 15 2012
@NCZ Everybody in DBGT (With the exception of Vegeta and Videl) look the same as they did in its predecessor (DBZ) and that took place, like, 13 years later!
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said at 7:16 PM on Thu Mar 15 2012
@TheUltimatePhantom1 13? GT was only 5 years after Z. Furthermore, Pan, Gohan, Goten, Uub, and probably others looked different.
said at 9:20 PM on Tue Jun 26 2012
@Shadow Sonic is still around the same age that he has been since Sonic Adventure. It's the franchise that is 20 years old, not the character. Plus, none of the characters look any different. The characters do not age in real time.
said at 5:15 AM on Mon Jan 2 2012
 1 Shout Out!
you know, after seeing a lot of trolls on youtube who are Jason-sonic fans, I'm so glad I'm no longer a fan of Jason as Sonic. Most Jason fans who likes him as Sonic are really lame. They rigged the polls here and talk crap about Ryan and Roger and are even doing petitions to bring him back. It's getting stupid.
said at 12:26 PM on Mon Jan 9 2012
Don't you think you being a bit too judgmental? There are probably about 2-3 at the most who have rigged the polls here, 99% of the Jason fans would never do that. And if you remember back in 2005-2006, most Ryan fans sign a petition to get him back, so it is understandable for Jason fans to do the same. I for one am a huge Jason fan, I would love for him to come back, but I (like most Jason fans) are alright with the new cast. I think Roger is doing a fine job, and Ryan back then did... alright. So don't call us all trolls for liking Jason: Ryan fans were the same, and Roger fans will be the same once Sega replaces this cast.
said at 11:30 PM on Mon Jan 9 2012
@Werehog655 I love u~
said at 11:58 PM on Fri Dec 30 2011
Roger Craig Smith, 'nuff said.

Something that Sega/Sonic Team should've done in Sonic Generations (if there weren't so many missed opportunities, story-wise) would be if you were in Crisis City, if Roger Craig Smith was to randomly say, "The whole city's on fire!!" & "That tornado's carrying a car!"
said at 3:23 AM on Sun Dec 25 2011
 1 Shout Out!
1.Jason Griffith
2.Ryan Drummond
3.Jaleel white
4.Roger Craig smith
I didn't had time for reasons.
said at 1:20 AM on Wed Dec 21 2011
Roger Craig Smith's voice is too cheesy and American for Sonic. Jason Griffith was probably the best, and should still have the job.
said at 3:44 PM on Mon Dec 26 2011
@iimpulse NoW what's with the hate on Roger,he did a good job as sonic.
said at 1:08 AM on Sun Jan 8 2012
@iimpulse "Too American for Sonic"? Isn't that how Sonic is supposed to sound?
said at 10:08 PM on Sat Jun 23 2012
@iimpulse And that reasoning doesn't even make sense...
said at 11:32 PM on Fri Dec 16 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Blah. Blah, Blah we all have opinions , fighting over it just lame. I used to be one of those morons who thrash others for not having my opinions but I decided to grow up. Besides, I hardly even play Sonic anymore.
said at 5:05 AM on Tue Dec 13 2011
 1 Shout Out!
1.Ryan Drummond---9/10-he's got that spirit, energy and excitement and he's fun to quote. he's the kind of guy who can convince you to run a marathon without even bringing it up.
2.Jaleel White---8/10-he's quite the joker, and he's very fitting for a 90s kid rebel. he was pure positive entertainment.
3.Roger Craig Smith---7/10-very professional, and can emote very well, definitely a warm welcome for him.
4.Jason Griffith---5/10-this is very divided for me due to him being like Matthew Brodrick (no emotion) until 2007 where he became more like Roger, I have to keep his stupider performances in mind here.
5.Samuel Vincent---4/10 good singer but i find it uncomfortable to listen to as a Sonic singing voice.
6.Martin Burke---2/10 i could do better while hammered and with a bad cold, i'm not joking here.
said at 5:08 AM on Tue Dec 13 2011
@SonicRyan1992 okay. that was a bit harsh of me to say that about Burke but i hope those were one-take-only script-reading like Griffith in Sonic Riders.
said at 3:39 AM on Sun Dec 11 2011
As the years went by the voice changes matched Sonic's aging well everyone does a damn good job with sonic here (no disrespect to Mr. Burke but he wasnt all that great) But I think my favorite Sonic voice would have to be Jason Griffith he sound the most perfect. On a side note If you hear 4kids voice actors outside of 4kids tv they sound super excellent in my opinion so just blame 4kids tv for giving the 4kids voice actors a bad name.
said at 2:44 PM on Sun Nov 27 2011
1. jason griffith---there's no doubt he is the best sonic actor.
2. Roger Smith---he retains the coolness of sonic.
3. Ryan Drummond---pretty good.
4. Jaeel White---badass=good
5. samuel vincent---who knew sonic could sing? That's pretty cool.
6. Martin Burke---??? He stinks. Makes sonic sound slightly british.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:33 PM on Sun Oct 30 2011
Roger clip updated!
said at 2:37 PM on Sun Oct 30 2011
Jaleel White - Jaleel was great; especially considering that Sonic was somewhat of a wisecracking egomaniac at the time (because Sega Does What Nintendon't!).
Samuel Vincent - Well, he's just a singing voice, but if his job was to sound like Jaleel White... couldn't he, you know... sound like Jaleel White?
Martin Burke - I honestly can't really decide on my opinion for this voice. It's probably the worst Sonic voice... but it's so hammy that it's hilarious and I love the movie, SOOO...
Ryan Drummond - I know that everyone loves Mr. Drummond and as far as the actual voice goes, so do I, but... To be honest, I thought his actual acting was pretty bad (often horrible) until Sonic Battle and onward.
Jason Griffith - I like the voice, it definitely sounds... unique and I never thought his acting was all that bad except for Sonic 06 (but honestly, who was really trying during that game) and it got even better in Unleashed (as far as Normal Sonic goes) and Black Knight.
Roger Craig Smith - These clips are from Alton Towers, not Colors and even Roger himself makes fun of these later; he also uses a similar voice in Free Riders, where it sounds somewhat like he's trying to impress Griffith or something. Really hammy. In Colors and Generations he uses a deeper voice (which took some time to get used to, but it grew on me) and the acting is probably the best out of these, as far as the Video Game Sonics go.
said at 2:56 AM on Sat Oct 29 2011
Jaleel.......I am incredibly sorry....just watched some Sonic Generations Cutscenes.....RCS is perfect for the job.
said at 6:27 PM on Mon Oct 24 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Regardless of what I or what others think of his Sonic, I kind of think Jason Griffith being 20 votes ahead of Ryan Drummond and Jaleel White is kind of shocking. Guess Drummond and White aren't as popular as I would think (Roger's my favorite, though).
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:39 PM on Mon Oct 24 2011
@ConfusedPhantom Believe me, they are; it's just that people have been rigging the polls and attracting 4Kids fanboys to the site. Game-wise, I'm pretty sure Jason Griffith is actually the least popular Sonic voice.
said at 1:31 PM on Wed Oct 26 2011
@NCZ Sorry I don't want to start a fight, but you saying Jason Griffith is actually the least popular Sonic voice is your own opinion. Even if he's not the favorite Sonic all-in-all he I far from the least favorite.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:16 PM on Wed Oct 26 2011
@Werehog655 There is a difference. I didn't say that Jason Griffith was my least favourite (even though he is). "Least favourite" is an opinion. "Least popular" is fact. I can safely say that from visiting multiple forums, the 4Kids voice actors are easily the most disliked among fans.
said at 5:28 PM on Wed Oct 26 2011
@Werehog655 Or at least one of the least popular.
said at 8:31 AM on Thu Oct 27 2011
If you say so, I can respect that.
said at 3:29 PM on Mon Oct 17 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Ryan Drummond by far. Griffith did get better but never managed to get to his level. Roger is way too..uh...I just think I need to hear a script other than Colors in order to really decide on that. Colors had one of the most embarassingly kiddified scripts I'd seen in the series and Sonic's personality really got on my nerves in that game.

Jaleel is fine for the cartoon Sonic but I would never want him voicing Classic GAME Sonic. He is not the game Sonic at all.
said at 1:04 PM on Thu Oct 13 2011
 1 Shout Out!
For retro Sonic (like SatAM and Underground) definitely Jaleel White. He's classic and nailed it. For an older Sonic, Drummond. The clips here don't really do his work justice. Griffith didn't sound "cool" enough for Sonic and Smith lacked that certain nasally quality that all of the other Sonics had. As for, god no, never.
said at 1:17 PM on Tue Oct 4 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
Jaleel White rocks!
said at 3:52 PM on Mon Oct 3 2011
ok hold up yall!! its all about JALEEL WHITE! hes the original sonic voice!! nun of these guys doesn't even compare!! the other guys voices through the hole sonic feel off..
said at 7:57 PM on Wed Sep 28 2011
Now I'm just gonna say a few things.

I personally think that Jason Griffith was one of the best voice actors that SEGA ever had. Not only did he voice Sonic, but Shadow, and Jet too. He was just amazing for all of them.

Dummond was good, but he got annoying after a while..

Roger Craig Smith is really good, but not Griffith good. Sonic is 20 now, it's no wonder why he's ok as a voice actor
said at 1:22 PM on Tue Sep 27 2011
For me, it's a tie beetween Ran Drummond and Jason Griffith. Honestly, I can't decide beetween them. Ryan sounds more high pitched but still well fitting, while Griffith sounds more cool.

Roger Craig Smith sounds a bit too old for Sonic, but that does not mean he sucks.

Jaleel White were just perfect as the cartoony Sonic, he definetivly rocks.

Samuel Vincent is... okay. I really liked his singing voice, but he is not better than White.

Martin Burke is the worst, he sounds like a Big Joke.
said at 4:33 AM on Mon Sep 5 2011
Ryan would be great for the older Sonic, and Jaleel would be good for the younger cartoony Sonic. Griffith didn't do well at first, but improved over time. In my opinion, I think Quinton Flynn should take a crack at voicing Sonic
said at 2:39 AM on Sat Sep 3 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Ryan Drummond gets my vote. Jason Griffith was easily one of the worst voice actors for Sonic, and Roger Craig Smith is my second favourite voice actor listed for Sonic (makes Sonic sound a bit older than before). The worst is probably Samuel Vincent. I didn't think anyone could sink lower than Jason Griffith, but I was indeed wrong.
said at 7:14 PM on Thu Sep 1 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
said at 4:31 PM on Thu Aug 18 2011
 3 Shout Outs!
I thought I'd do a top 6 since that seems to be what everybody's doing:

1. Ryan Drummond: He plain and simply nailed this, the voice fit the character perfectly, and he did pretty well with the acting most of the time

2. Roger Craig Smith: To be fair, I haven't picked up Sonic Colors yet, but the more I hear of him, the better he sounds. He, along with the rest of the new cast are probably the best the series has seen in the acting department, the voice was a bit of a turn off at first, but like I said, the more I hear, the more I love it, maybe he'd have been number 1 on my list of I'd played Colors or Free Riders

3. Jaleel White: He did well in the role he was first given, the goofy voice fit well with the goofy series. I thought once he was given the role in SatAm though, it was a bit of a miscast, he voice made him tough to take seriously, and since unlike AoStH and Sonic Underground, it really did take itself very seriously, it was a bit of a bomb. Plus he really suffered the same problems most on screen actors do when they transition to the world of Voice, which is mainly why Sonic was his only voice role (I think) In short, he did pretty well, great fit in AoSth, and pretty good for a simple cartoon VA, but I wouldn't put him in the games.

4. Martin Burke: He did good too to me, he voice was a good fit, better than Jaleel his predecessor, and his acting was pretty good too, the only thing is, he sounds rather aged somehow, I don't know, but that's a bit of a turn off.

5. Jason Griffith: He nailed the voice as well as it can be nailed, sounds like he was attempting to emulate Drummond, and actually came out with a better voice, so the problem; HE NEEDS A DAMN ACTING CLASS, his acting was so god awful, at times I found myself blushing, because I was actually embarrassed to be playing the games, especially in Secret rings. Many great Voice Actors, including (but SERIOUSLY NOT limited too) Scott McNeil, Vic Mignogna, Richard Ian Cox, and even a man on this list, Sam Vincent have said this, it is called Voice ACTING, and the latter is a lot more important to be able to do, a lot of people think they'd be a good voice actor because they can do a lot of crazy voices, and while that is a great talent, it's not enough to make it, a lot of guys like Johnny Yong Bosch, Kirby Morrow, and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (my spelling there is likely off) have made some impressive careers for themselves and they don't have any voice but there own to use (except Kirby, who apparently has more but doesn't use them much), this is a fundamental rule about voice acting, in a podcast I listen too at times called voiceprint with Trevor Devall and guests where they interview VAs, there's a segment where he asks the VAs he interviews what advice they have for aspiring VAs, almost every one of them say this, and it's one of the first things they say, and Jason Griffith, along with most of the VAs 4Kids employs, seem to completely not only ignore this, the golden rule of voice acting, BUT THEY COMPLETELY DO THE OPPOSITE, in conclusion, Jason seems to have no foundation in acting, and that makes him damn near unlistenable. Obviously since the clip here is short, you don't really see that, which is likely why he's placed at number 1 in voting. To this day I still lay awake some nights wondering why in the hell 4Kids gave him the role of Sonic in Sonic X over Ryan Drummond

6. Sam Vincent: Now, I know what you're probably thinking, I just called him great in the previous, so why is he last, well A. He's a great voice actor, not really a great singer B. The idea of Sonic singing is absolutely repulsive. Much respect as I have for Sam, I can't honestly say here that he's even better than Jason.
Belial Edge
said at 3:32 AM on Fri Oct 14 2011

I think Drummond just needs to work on it more, cuz his voice in Sonic Heroes sounds HELLA cheesy to me in a lame superhero fashion, and the damn script is screwed up in SA2.

As by far, nearly NO ONE I've seen has made a bash at Jaleel White.

Also Griffith and Smith ironically have the most controversy on the voices by far. There's one side who hates Smith while the other just hates Griffith.
said at 9:03 AM on Tue Nov 1 2011
@Belial Edge You think so? To be fair I've only played Heroes a little because my disc got badly scratched.

Well, I wasn't really bashing Jaleel White, as I said, I thought he did well in AoStH and Sonic Underground, I simply think that voice was a little hard to take seriously, and in a series like SatAM that really took itself seriously that was a problem. But would you turn the job down? It's more the voice directors that screwed up there, and I wouldn't put him in the games, mainly because he wouldn't fit outside a campy 90s cartoon.

Yes they do, with Griffith that's deservedly so, the voices he put out for both Sonic and Shadow were pretty damn near perfect, as close to perfect as they come. If he had any acting ability at all he would have been great for it, but he didn't. The voice was so perfect though, that I would be surprised if there weren't people who disagree with the decision to replace him.

Personally I blame 4Kids a little more than I blame Griffith. If you've ever seen the Japanese version of Sonic X (if your a Sonic fan and you haven't I reccomend you check it out) you'll kinda see how much 4Kids altered it to seemingly purposely make it cheesy as hell. I'm also a pretty big anime fan, and I've seen a lot of the voice actors associated with 4Kids in Slayers, and one thing I noticed right away, they could actually act! Seriosly, they had VAs like Eric Stuart and Lisa Ortiz on that that I thought were horrible, but with the right directors they actually were pretty good.

As for Smith, I think 40% of the reason people hate on him is because he's very different from the rest, the does reming me of Martin Burke a little in some lines don't know why, but nobody's used to a voice like that. Another 40% are probably nostalgists who wouldn't exept anybody as the voice of Sonic, and 10% are people that pay more attention to the voice than the acting. He's not perfect, but I think he's good, and as I said, the more I hear of him the more I like him.
Belial Edge
said at 7:59 PM on Tue Nov 1 2011
@PusoPimp Indeed I can tell, but so far I find Griffith and Smith to be the best so far.

Griffith adds a "Serious Johnny Yong Bosch" touch to Sonic's voice(which doesn't fit Jun'ichi Kanemaru's tone much), but Smith makes the delivery of his lines match his seiyuu, only the voice doesn't.
said at 1:16 PM on Thu Nov 3 2011
@Belial Edge Well. Jason and Ryan used almost identical voices for him, I just think Ryan was better at acting him out.

Johnny Yong Bosch? Seriously? I guess kinda higher voice that Jason used is tough to compare to freakin' Ichigo (though unlike Jason, Johnny is like 10x better when playing the villain characters, Jason's Shadow was atrocious) but whatever, I sorta see your point, the problem there is, Sonic isn't the most serious character in the world.

Personally I think let Junichi be Junichi and let Roger be Roger. Truthfully I think the voice Roger uses is better, really captures that wise ass side of Sonic well, and is serious when it needs to be. Roger seems to be the first VA since Drummond that seems to get Sonic isn't the most serious character in the world, and it helps his performance well.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:04 PM on Mon Jul 11 2011
Hey guys, if you'd like to do any big discussions, I've started a thread in the forums for that purpose. You can still comment here if you want to state your opinion, but any huge conversations should go there.
said at 11:33 AM on Fri Jul 8 2011
Honestly, I grew up with both Drummond and Burke (don't yell at me :[) as a kid, so it can be more the merrier for even those who don't agree... But here's how I really rank all of them:

1. Ryan Drummond
2. Roger Craig Smith
3. Jaleel White
4. Jason Griffith: Don't get me wrong, I absolutely like Griffith's voice, but at times, some of his lines sound a tad bit cheesy (I tend to blame Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic 06, as I found both installments to be atrocious)
5. Martin Burke
6. Samuel Vincent: Does he truly count even by today's standards? He only does Sonic's singing voice, and some of us all know how Underground wasn't as good as AOSTH or even SaTAM...

But all and all, this is my opinion... Simple as that, correct?
Belial Edge
said at 3:27 AM on Fri Oct 14 2011
@Ninjaman15 I think outta all the voices for Sonic, White, Griffith, Drummond and Smith were the best.

Drummond I hafta admit fits Sonic's JPN voice quite well, Jaleel White did he own unique take, Griffith put up a more serious impact on Soinc's voice(sorta like hearing an angry Johnny Yong Bosch), Smith made Sonic sound as cocky as Jun'ichi Kanemaru once more, who's his seiyuu.
said at 11:44 PM on Thu Jul 7 2011
1.Jason Griffith: He is the Sonic I've grown up with. He made Sonic the cocky, smartass teenager (15 year old) that he should be. He (my opinion) is the perfect Sonic.
2. Roger Craig Smith: Not a bad choice by Sega, but I think he is the least fitting voice for sonic. He's in second place though because he is a good actor, and in Colors when Sonic attacks: it sounds like Jason.
3. Ryan Drummand: He was alright.... I give him credit of doing a great job in Adventures 2 but everywhere else was kind of iffy. Sonic shouldn't become my least favorite character in Heroes when i was 11 years old...
4. Jaleel White: Awesome job in AOSTH, but his "WOO"s sound fake. The clips above sound kinda annoying though....
5. Martin Burke: Did fine in the Movie, but still annoying, and it is best he isn't in the video games.
said at 5:14 AM on Thu Jul 7 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
Sonic's voice ages with him, in which i kinda admire about it.

Unlike Mario..... always the same..... kinda creepy


1 Ryan Drummond (Made sonic awesome, young, hip, and the positive show-offy hedgehog we all know and love)
2 Roger Craig Smith (nice mature, keeps the same positives Ryan had with out the teen-angst that Jason had)
3 Jason (Well........ not sure what to say, um he made sonic become the modern... no that was Ryan...)
4 Jaleel/Samuel ( Best old times Sonic's you can never forget)
5 Martin Brute (famous lines from the anime, but was a little jerk)
Belial Edge
said at 5:11 AM on Mon Jul 4 2011
I personality like how the VA changes effected Sonic through out these times, cause it feels like HE ACTUALLY grew up with us. Sorta like this:

Ryan Drummond' Sonic seems around 12-14 years old.

By the time Sonic hit 15-17, Jason Griffith's voice pops in.

Nowadays, Roger Craig Smith now makes Sonic sound 18-19.
said at 12:08 PM on Wed Jul 6 2011
@Belial Edge

Except Sonic is still 15 Years old he never ages....
Belial Edge
said at 3:24 AM on Fri Oct 14 2011
@Truesonic True thing XP
said at 3:03 AM on Sat Oct 22 2011
@Belial Edge According to the Sonic Generations interview, he's 20..
said at 12:30 AM on Sun Jun 26 2011
Although I like Sonic and his VA's work I like Ryan and Roger more than Jason. Reason being is that nowadays people are complaining about roger's voice reel and want Jason back but I think Jason's is a little overrated nowadays. that's why I choose to go with Ryan or Roger just to support them.
said at 12:04 AM on Mon Jun 20 2011
I haven't played any of the games that Roger's in but the clip here sounds decent. A lot like Jason's Sonic, actually.
said at 5:18 AM on Tue Jun 7 2011
OK, maybe Jason was annoying but I prefer him to the others. When I first heard Roger as Sonic I nearly threw up!
said at 5:40 AM on Thu Jun 9 2011
@enerjak Again, give Roger a better chance. After all, SEGA hand-picked him to voice Sonic. I don't think it's fair for people to hate him so much after just 2 measly games.
said at 2:22 PM on Sun Jun 12 2011
@pokemastanumba1 Nor was it fair for ppl to judge even the 4kids cast after the first episode of sonic X, but these things are gonna happen. Just gotta let it be, u cant change his mind for him.
said at 1:03 AM on Wed Jun 1 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Jason Griffith and Ryan Drummond both good just awesome

Roger Craig Smith bad that's horrible awful
said at 4:47 PM on Wed Jun 1 2011
@OmegaRider99 Care to elaborate on why you hate Roger Smith so much?
said at 7:57 PM on Wed Jun 1 2011
@NintendoNate25 yes I don't like because I hate 4kids and Studiopolis inc I know Jason Griffith is 4kids but Like Jason and Ryan also I hate Deidara from Naruto anime
said at 9:07 PM on Wed Jun 1 2011
@OmegaRider99 o_0 That still doesn't explain why you hate Roger the person though.
said at 9:47 PM on Wed Jun 1 2011
@NintendoNate25 yeah I don't like Roger sound awful and I hate Naruto anime I not watching anymore
said at 10:46 PM on Sat Jun 4 2011
Not really giving him or Studiopolis a fair chance just because you don't like the show.
said at 2:47 PM on Sun Jun 5 2011
@satoshi not I hate Studiopolis and just happen Digimon Data Squad why Bomber Nanimon change color called Citramon maybe is fake like 4kids also delete Riceball Pokemon also Sandwich is fake not real also I hate 4kids too this is for mr.Popo its Black not Blue and also I don't like Roger Craig Smith as Sonic that's awful better Jason Griffith and Ryan Drummond
said at 7:24 PM on Sun Jun 5 2011

Wait I'm confused do you hate Roger's Sonic Voice or the actor Roger Himself? o.O
said at 8:44 PM on Sun Jun 5 2011
@Truesonic yes I hate Roger as Sonic sound bad I don't like better Jason Griffith and Ryan Drummond as Sonic much better sound good
said at 5:03 AM on Thu Jun 9 2011
@OmegaRider99 Geez, Roger's only voiced Sonic for like, 2 games thus far. The least you can do is give him more time and a much fairer chance.

And Deidara's a completely different character that has absolutely nothing to do with Sonic. While Deidara has never been nor will ever be one of Roger's greatest VA roles, that's no good reason to hate Roger himself.
said at 9:02 AM on Thu Jun 9 2011

I like Jason's Sonic voice best too but I still don't understand why you hate Roger himself...I understand you don't like his Sonic voice but how come you don't like him in person as an actor I mean? o_O
said at 2:33 AM on Sat Jun 11 2011
@Truesonic yes I don't like Roger himself I don't buy the game also I like Jason and Ryan I have Sonic Adventure 2 Battle,Sonic Heroes I like Ryan Drummond and Sonic Riders and Sonic Unleashed I have Gamecube and Wii game disk also my favorite Jason Anthony Griffith I buy forgot Sonic and the Secret Rings and the Black Knight for Wii also I don't have Sonic Adventure DX and Shadow the Hedgehog 2005 I buy for eBay
said at 9:38 AM on Sat Jun 11 2011

Okay I understand now...It's opinion I'll respect that 0_o I like Jason too.
said at 4:05 PM on Thu Oct 20 2011
@OmegaRider99 Deidara is an awesome character. I hate haters like you. >.
said at 10:14 PM on Sat Jun 23 2012
@OmegaRider99 You still haven't explained why you don't like Roger himself.
@Truesonic You do realize that you're only encouraging people to hate on a certain actor(s) for no good reason, don't you?
said at 7:22 PM on Tue Aug 14 2012

Um...I'm not encouraging him or anyone else...I was just asking him why he didn't likeRoger? As for me I don't hate Roger...I may not like his Sonic voice but that doesn't mean I hate him, he is a good actor IMO. :/
said at 2:31 PM on Sun Oct 21 2012
@OmegaRider99 I totally agree roger craig smith sucks for sonic
said at 4:19 PM on Sun May 29 2011
Understandably, each actor has been providing his own take on the Blue Blur's voice. Here are my rankings for each:

1. Roger Craig Smith - There's been some controversy since the Alton Towers incident, but it got better over time. To me, he makes perfect sense for Sonic's voice. I like the energy and attitude he puts into the hedgehog.

2. Jaleel White - He gave him the hipster jive for the 90s cartoons, and is even returning for Sonic's voice in the live-action/CGI fan film, to much fanfare.

3. Jason Griffith - Now, I actually like this guy. I believe his voice added more attitude Drummond couldn't quite achieve and made it more teenage; his Werehog was great, especially in all the growls and screams. I have heard all the backlash surrounding this guy, just because of 4Kids' bad reputation in English dubs. I just wondering what the hell was going on with Sega when they decided replaced the voice actors without fair warning, and declined to tell them they got fired.

4. Samuel Vincent - What a singing voice, considering it coming from a guy who voiced "Double-D"!

5. Ryan Drummond - I haven't actually cared for Drummond's voice enough to notice the change. I mean, he provided the kickstart for Sonic's voice; I just think he's okay.

6. Martin Burke - This voice is pretty strange and unfitting for the role. I don't know what to say on this one; he's from Ireland, and he was around 15(?) when he voiced him.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:48 PM on Sun May 29 2011
To answer a few things:
1. Martin Burke's birthdate being 1984 is incorrect, unless he entered university at 3. I've updated it accordingly.

2. The 4Kids cast were replaced because their contract expired. They weren't just fired for no good reason. And, since (to be brutally honest) most Sonic fans disliked them (I thought they were all right; they weren't the best but I could live with them), clearly Sega decided it would be better to have a fresh start, since reverting to the old cast would have only caused further problems. They still could have told them first (repeating their mistake with the original cast), but hey.
said at 5:10 AM on Thu Jun 9 2011
@SmartyBoyboy You're saying that you dislike Drummond just because you never noticed he was the original? As a matter of fact, that's a reason why people SHOULD support him; the originals are (usually) the greatest, and you should feel bad for him that he was replaced. :'(
said at 6:46 PM on Sun Jun 26 2011
@NCZ They're not really that bad; I just ranked them really low.
said at 8:18 PM on Tue Jul 12 2011
@SmartyBoyboy Oh, If Paula Arundell (Sonic Sydney) and Keiko Utoku (Sonic CD) were on this list they'd be somewhere between Drummond and Burke.
said at 11:08 PM on Mon Jan 30 2012
@SmartyBoyboy no martin burke isnt irish. some wrong info
said at 12:54 PM on Wed May 25 2011
Sonic has been voiced by a lot of cool people. Jaleel I grew up with and he was awesome, I'd find it interesting to hear him in a game, grunts and all, it's hard to compare him to the rest just because he hasn't done a modern Sonic game.

I quite like Ryan Drummond and he was good for the role but I know he's not my favourite. Jason is awesome, I haven't got many of his games as Sonic, but he was awesome in Sonic X. It's a shame he was in a lot of games that got bad reviews.

I really like Roger Craig Smith and am looking forward to hearing more of him, I thought he was excellent in Colours and has fitted into the role very well. And I actually think he's my favourite in this very tough competition. So mine goes:
4) Ryan
3) Jaleel
2) Jason
1) Roger
said at 12:59 PM on Sun May 15 2011
 1 Shout Out!
1. Ryan Drummond - I feel that he was the absolute perfect Sonic voice actor.
2. Jaleel White - I grew up hearing this voice in the cartoon. "When it comes to speed, I can't be beat; I'm faster than lightning, faster than heat; I'm so fast, I burn up the street! Ain't that mondo sweet~?" (Sonic's poem for Sally)
3. Roger Craig Smith - I think he's turning out to be an awesome Sonic! "I did a little shopping, grabbed a bite to eat, and TRASHED a giant, killer robot."
4. Jason Anthony Griffith - I actually like this from the very beginning with Sonic X. While I don't think he's as fitting as Ryan Drummond, I still think he was very fitting.
5. Samuel Vincent - Wow! Sonic's a good singer!
6. Martin Burke - I don't think his voice was very fitting for Sonic, but, for some reason, I liked it.
said at 6:31 PM on Thu May 5 2011
Drummonds sounds best but though I noticed his was compiled of short phrases while Jason's has actual 3 full lines. Drummond has like choppy quick snarky attitude ones but only one or two full lines here and there. I think he should get one more line in to even the amount with Jason or so.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:06 PM on Thu May 5 2011
@Sonic_Blaze If you go to Ryan's page, he has some lines of full dialogue from Heroes and Adventure 1.
said at 8:22 PM on Tue May 3 2011
Im votin' for Burke just to give him a vote.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:18 AM on Thu May 5 2011
@myopinion1 It's not good to give out "pity votes"; please vote for your real favourite.
said at 4:42 PM on Fri May 6 2011
@NCZ OK then, Smith gets my vote!
said at 8:17 PM on Tue May 3 2011
The drummond clip doesnt do him justice. Replace it, so we can here a better voice!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:37 AM on Wed May 4 2011
@myopinion1 Why doesn't it do him justice? If you go to his page, you can hear more.
said at 4:52 PM on Wed May 4 2011
@NCZ Replace it with the original sonic adventure clip.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:28 PM on Wed May 4 2011
@myopinion1 There's nothing wrong with this one, as far as I can tell. The Sonic Adventure clip is on Ryan's page.
said at 7:46 AM on Thu May 5 2011
I HAVE THE GAMECUBE VERSION of this game! On multiplayer, The "Let's do this" sounds like Griffith, because it is good. On a different note, was Griffith copying drummond.
said at 12:12 PM on Thu May 5 2011

Jason didn't copy Ryan and ryan vocied Sonic From The Adventure Games - Advance

Personally I agree with NCZ There's nothing wrong with the clip :| it's clear,you can hear it properly ad you can vocie your opinion on whetever you like the voice or not, you can always have a listen to the Adventure one if you got to the video game section.
said at 7:11 PM on Wed Apr 30 2014
@Truesonic Again, don't even know what I was thinking back then.
said at 5:22 PM on Tue May 3 2011
Smith for the win!
Vincent for the loss.
Griffith for the save.
said at 1:30 AM on Wed Apr 13 2011
Roger Craig Smith was the only one who got Sonic right for me. It's ironic people say (and SEGA apparently) that he sounds older than previous actors. ...all I hear is a deeper voice than the previous actors. Oddly enough, he sounds younger to me compared to the likes of at least Jason Griffith, who sounds like a mellow 20 year old to me (and he sounds a lot higher than Roger). Roger's got the right energy, and above all else, his voice brings the best out of Sonic. He's spry, loose, confident, and just pretty comfortable with the role. For the first time, I don't have to worry about the quality of the voice work and watch Sonic be Sonic.
said at 5:48 PM on Tue Mar 29 2011
IF there are any Jason fans still here (that was stupid to even begin with since I'm surrounded with blatant Jason fans here) anyhow if you want to keep supporting him go watch his webseries Casters.
said at 8:20 AM on Sun Mar 20 2011
I'm still surprise that many are hatin on griffith. People should grow up. I didnt really like Jason at first. I felt like he was okay though. But I never whined about it. I was okay with him voicing Sonic. Ryan was the best for me until I heard Griffith in Black Knight and Unleashed. He was better than Ryan in my opinion. Even Spax3 himself now prefer Jason over Ryan( But now prefers Roger over Jason). My youtube firend said Sonic was never meant to sound like Jason because 4kids cast him, not Sega. How silly and ridiculous to say. Who is he to judge a character that's not his? Besides, from what I read, a producer and a representative from Sega had help 4kids cast most of the characters (Jason included). But whatever. That's not the problem here. To hate someone comepletely as a PERSON (Not saying my internet friend hated Jason as a person cuz he does not) is the most absurd thing anyone can do as a modern human being. It just shows their lack of rational thought. Besides, voices dont matter that much anyway. Gameplay does. And people are willing to go as far as to hate a person completely or even send DEATH THREATS! Than they shouldnt be Sonic fans. Face it people, Sonic characters are meant for us to PLAY! Not to listen to the voices. Voices are need simply for characters personality. And if you are ignorant enough to think you know if the voices does not belong to the character as if the chracters are YOURS!!! Then your greatly misinformed. Its not our decision to make people its Sega's. Ryan became my LEAST favourite Sonic voice prior to listening to Griffith performance in Unleashed and Black Knight. But even if he were to return, I see no point into crying over such a small matter. It just makes stuff worst. Now, ROGER is my most favourite, but even so Im still okay with ANYONE voicing Sonic. The only people who should be celebrating this is people like ME. Roger C. Smith fans, bcause we are his fans and are blessed to have him voice Sonic. Whenever the Ryan Stereotype fans celebrate this (or at least some or more of them) they are simply being cruel to Jason. Man, although Ryan is my LEAST favourite Sonic, sometimes I wish Sega never replaced him just for the sake of people to stop whining about the voices.
said at 5:59 AM on Sat Mar 19 2011
Okay, why is it everytime I login my account I suddenly get logged OUT of it, everytime I want to explore thie website, and have to login again and again and again?
said at 1:31 PM on Sat Mar 19 2011

I know the same thing is happening to me too :| and It's annoying Plus I use Firefox however if I don't interact with the website for a while or of I don't go to another page It automatically logs me off I'm not sure why...

But perhaps you should discuss and talk about this more on the Forums and The Moderators and Creaters may help you as well as others I plan to discuss about this too.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:49 AM on Tue Apr 26 2011
@akmaldanish This isn't really on-topic at all, but if you log into the forums it won't log you off. Yes, I'm certain this is a tactic to encourage forum use (and, looking over this page, it'd better work).
said at 1:12 AM on Thu Mar 17 2011
Appearantly more people like Jason the best. However, I prefer Roger more. But that's just my opinion though.
said at 8:16 PM on Tue May 3 2011
@akmaldanish I agree. Jason is second only to Roger.
said at 12:16 AM on Thu Mar 17 2011
Ryan Drummond use to be my favourite and I felt Jason as Sonic was okay. However, after I heard Jason in Black Knight and Unleashed, HE became my favourite. So many Ryan stereotype fans cant handle the fact that Jason has improved ALOT! It was far better than Ryan Drummond in my opinion. No wonder Jason is has so many votes. As for Roger, well, when I first heard him I thought his voice was too deep. But after awhile I got used to him to the point I LIKE him. Now, ROGER is my favourite Sonic voice and the best in my opinion XD
said at 5:45 PM on Tue Mar 29 2011
@akmaldanish Drummond is still my favorite because of this line only : TERIAAAAAAA!
~s1lv3rblaz3 was here
said at 8:45 PM on Wed Mar 16 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Here's my preference:

1. Roger Craig Smith

He seems to be the most suitable choice to do Sonic’s voice. He gives Sonic a suitable amount of energy, but sounds like he can deliver lines in a serious way when needed. And he can be sarcastic and cocky like he was in Sonic Colors, and while I don't prefer that style of Sonic, at least he can do a good job acting like that to please AOSTH fans. He hasn’t been in too many games so far and I can’t give him a final judgment. But overall, I feel he has great potential to be the best Sonic out there.

2. Ryan Drummond:

If it wasn't for Smith, I would immediately say Drummond has the best Sonic voice. However, while I love his voice, his acting was a little awkward and mediocre at times. This is noticeable in Sonic Adventure, where his talent was somewhat lacking. The same goes for Sonic Shuffle. He improved a little in Sonic Adventure 2, but he still had a few lines that needed more work. It was Sonic Heroes when he improved quite noticeably. This is where he truly shined in terms of giving Sonic an energetic voice. He can also say a few lines in a calm tone, such as the "I'll be waiting." line in the voice demo sample. He performed very good in the other games he was in until he was replaced. So overall, I feel he was a great Sonic voice, he just needed some improvement in the acting department.

3. Jaleel White:

White's Sonic voice was pretty good, though I always thought he made Sonic a tad annoying in some areas. But I have heard of clips of him sounding serious when needed, and he does an adequate job. He basically brings out the stuck-up cocky attitude of Sonic. Again, I never saw the appeal of that side of Sonic, but noneoftheless, Jaleel White did a good job as Sonic.

4. Jason Griffith

Now some of the things I'm going to say here are going to cause people to hate me. I never liked Jason as Sonic. His voice never did it for me. His performance in Sonic X was mediocre at best (this may be the voice directors fault on that though) and he did an awkward job as Sonic in Shadow The Hedgehog and Sonic Riders. His acting and tone was poor in Sonic 06 ("ThAT torNAdo's cARRying a CAR." and that infamous laugh of his with Elise...) and Sonic Rush. He sounded like he was talking in front of 4 year old kids in those 2 games. There was barely any emotion or character to his talent.

HOWEVER, he did improve a little bit in Secret Rings, and did a pretty good job in Sonic Unleashed. Not exactly Grade-A material, but his voice was definitely a step in the right direction for Unleashed. I never played Sonic and the Black Knight, so I can't comment on his acting there, but from what I heard he did fine there as well. Unleashed and Black Knight proves that he CAN be a decent Sonic voice. I think the main problem I had in regards to Griffith was his performance as Sonic in the early games, and Sonic X, was just not that good. It's probably the voice direction that caused this, but I also think his lack of experience with Sonic early on was another reason, same goes with Ryan Drummond.

Anyways, he's an alright Sonic voice, but there were some times when he sounded bland to me. This is just my opinion, and I'll respect anyone else who thinks more highly of Jason than I do.

5. Martin Burke:

Pretty much the weakest Sonic voice out there. His voice was very unfitting for Sonic, as he sounded a bit like a cowboy for some reason. To be fair, the actor is Irish, so its understandable that he's not going to sound American like all the other actors were. Still, his effort didn't really pay off if you ask me. His acting wasn't much better, as he sounded static most of the time. He basically wasn't the right choice for the job in the Sonic OVA English dub.

6. Samuel Vincent

I'm not really counting him since its a singing voice. But it sounds very bad and annoying. It just doesn't sound good period.
said at 4:42 PM on Wed Mar 9 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Drummond for the win! TERIAAAAAAA!
said at 5:46 PM on Tue Mar 1 2011
Wait...scratch that last comment All the polls have been restarted not just Sonic ones...Whoa It's definately real voice compares now O_o...Well not all cheating was involved I think completley just the amount of results high in polls espcially this and others too
said at 7:42 PM on Mon Feb 28 2011
1 - Roger Craig Smith
2 - Ryan Drummond
3 - Martin Burke
4 - Jason Anthony Griffith
5 - Jaleel White
6 - Samuel Vincent
said at 8:20 PM on Tue May 3 2011
@VSigma100 No, it's
1. Roger Craig Smith.
2. Jason Anothony Griffith
3. Ryan Drummond
4. Jaleel White
5. Martin Burke
6. Sam Vincent

Really? you think burke is better than griffith?
said at 4:35 PM on Mon Feb 28 2011
Oh the polls have been it's more fairer this time around....I've already casted some of my votes though so that's half of my job done :) now for the rest

To think cheating was used last time but now....It's a real voice compare!
said at 3:16 PM on Mon Feb 28 2011
Finally, the poll has been restarted! Whoever did it, I thank you... Now the users of this site can start anew with this voice compare! And by anew, I mean legit voting this time.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:03 AM on Mon Feb 28 2011
 6 Shout Outs!
I know I've said previously that I couldn't make up my mind, but it's still very close. Well I've finally decided... and #1 goes to Ryan Drummond.

In my eyes, Ryan is the best Sonic. His voice fits, and he brought in great performances for Heroes and especially Adventure 2, in scenes where Sonic was supposed to be heroic, wisecracking, and even dramatic. I saw the cutscenes for the first Adventure when I was getting his sound clip, and really, outside of "watch out. you're gonna crash.", his acting wasn't too bad. Also, I give him props in that even though he loves Sonic and was disappointed that he's lost the role, he's moved on since then.

Second is Roger Craig Smith. Sonic Colours had excellent writing, and Roger succeeded in pulling it off. There's something a little bit "off" about his voice at first, but I actually think he sounds the closest to Junichi Kanemaru (who is third, overall).

Jason Griffith comes third. He sounds like a cross between Jaleel and Ryan, but his performance could sound cheesy at times (the Werehog's gruffness sounded extremely forced, and then there's his infamous laugh in Sonic 2006). I still like him, but those things hold him back.

Fourth is Jaleel White. I don't know how he'd play the modern Sonic, but he nailed classic Sonic.

Martin Burke is fifth. Yeah, his performance was pretty bad, but it's still better than...

Sam Vincent, who comes sixth. No offense to the guy, but Sonic should not sing. One of the key reasons why Underground was the weakest series. :
Sarge Ray
said at 2:35 PM on Thu Feb 24 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
I'm giving the edge to J. Griff on this one. In my eye, he took a leaf from Ryan Drummond's book and yet managed to stand out on his own.

I'll give Roger credit for pulling a believable performance, but he just isn't Griffith.
said at 5:14 PM on Sun Feb 20 2011

I'm a big fan of Jason too and I didn't have any problems from the beginning but honestly I didn't care much about the VAs then I honestly couldn't tell the difference between them though I noticed that some voices sounded different till I did some research I'm now good at telling different voices now I had no problems with the 4Kids Cast Though I wasn't sure about Rouge and Vector but then later I ended up loving them The Original Cast were good but lacked a few things in early games I'd say Adventure and Shuffle were the weakest performances for the OC

I agreed with SEGA I thought it was time for a change but I didn't like the way they got rid of The Original Cast without even telling them that was really harsh and bitter I thought they would at least get to work on the acting a bit more if they had more of a chance but I'd say they did well in all other games except Adventure and Shuffle.....Adventure 2 and Advance 3 were probably their best performances Heroes wasn't so bad well except for the lines they put me off for some strange reason :/.

The reason why I preferred Jason and the rest of the 4Kids Cast was because they could actually act out more and transform their voices into different tones, types of elements within a range and they could capture different times of emotion and feelings

They got better and better as every game passed by but I think it was also unfair for firing them so suddenly because there were most voice actors who didn't get much of a chance to voice and work on their character more This goes for both casts This was one main thing I was really concerned about Mainly actors who played Espio, Charmy, Big and a few others...

Hopefully everyone in the new cast will get a chance in voicing and working on all characters as it was unfortunate for The others I only like Vector's V/A at the moment maybe in time or in future games they can improve and they might grow on me :) but A lot of them are suffering a few things...

But Overall I think 4Kids Cast were the most fitting voices for Sonic characters
said at 4:50 PM on Mon Feb 21 2011
@Truesonic Yeah I get what your saying and I agree with you in many ways I just wish most people would see that instead of being shallow and blasting the V/A where the actors are trying their best to get the tone, emotion, feel, and the enjoyment of the characters and they are professional actors doing the voices so I thought it was a good start and decisions but that's just me
said at 9:01 AM on Sat Feb 19 2011
@SonicJ202 I actually went back to the adventure series and you were right there were times that most of Ryan's lines could have been better he had the voice but not the acting chops though it's not his fault because he didn't voice Sonic alot to get better than Jason did. You are right about Jason though he had a rocky start but he really improved over the years and he was the better Sonic in the gaming franchise. I thought Roger had a very good start though like you said his voice doesn't exactly fit but the acting and the energy was there for the most parts and he will improve just like Jason did so at least give him a chance, he's doing his best
said at 10:29 PM on Fri Feb 18 2011
@Musicguy I loved Jason from the begining for sure Ryan was so ametur to me had little emotion had a crunchy voice it didnt convince me. Roger great as Ezio but just dosent fit Sonic even if Sonic was older he wouldnt sound like that
said at 9:35 PM on Fri Feb 18 2011
I have question for all Jason fans, did you like him from the very beginning when he played Sonic and gave him a chance or did you bashed and hated him first for replacing Ryan
said at 11:52 PM on Wed Feb 9 2011
Jason is the only one Who made Sonic be Sonic Smith is the only one who just does not feel right nor fit Sonic well the rest ok just not great IMO
said at 6:01 PM on Wed Feb 9 2011
 1 Shout Out!
I think Ryan was more on the lines of sounding like Sonic. Jason did do a good job later as he got better but the voice wasn't Sonic to me. Roger kinda was mixed as Ryan and Jason and that was okay . BUt Roger started and people are hating the voice. Instead of Sega going backwards now there are fans going backwards to when Sonic's voice changed the first time around. and the Fans are so broken up that it's kinda sad. Your not a Sonic fan unless you can appreciate the voices for their work.
said at 5:53 PM on Wed Feb 9 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Ryan is the best. Back in his Sonic Adventure days Sonic sounded more manly and then heroes the voice was still balancing out. It worked for me the best since I'm from that generation. Jason was good though the acting was much more improved down the line in terms of the Sonic 3d games, the voice wasn't like Sonic to me. Roger sounds as if he's mixed between Jason and Ryan which is okay with me though. Jason fans though are mostly the kids- pre-teens of the Sonic x Show and Jason game generation.
said at 5:15 PM on Tue Feb 8 2011
 1 Shout Out!
I could just kill myself from reading all of these comments... Sure it's fine to be bias, but just saying things like "JASON IS THE BEST!!" and "ROGER SUCKED" outloud is like trying to insult the voice actor, him/herself. Now it's your very own opinions and I can respect that, but honestly, remember the 90s? Best year of this entire franchise: no voice acting (probably except for the cartoons, Sonic CD, SegaSonic the Hedgehog and the OVA movie), no arguments, and the best of all: no cruelty on this very earth we live on. All of these voice actors right here are considered the best in what they do, and I myself should know that because I posted on here earlier when I was a guest (jared, of course). But this time, make things right, everybody. Some of these people don't seem to be this franchise's fans because they all happen to like Jason, who, may I remind you, has a crapton of votes due to being rigged or some other thing that caused all this. But here's how I vote:

1. Jaleel White, Samuel Vincent, Martin Burke, Ryan Drummond, Jason Anthony Griffith, and Roger Craig Smith.
2. No one
3. No one
4. No one
5. No one
6. No one
Everybody voicing Sonic up to this day did all of what they could, and I am proud!
said at 4:59 PM on Mon Feb 7 2011
Wow... new changes eh to the pages eh?

Anyhoo, I have to say ppl hate of Jason becuz he was the one to replace ryan. And some will never forgive him for that, so they were happy to see him leave. The 4kids got stuck in the middle so, theyre the most susceptible to hate becuz of the position they got put in. Thats what's sad.
said at 11:08 PM on Sat Feb 5 2011
@nzc Why dont you just reset the polls then? can you do that?
said at 11:06 PM on Sat Feb 5 2011
@jared I applaud you, brutha! =D
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:36 AM on Sat Feb 5 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
I'm not saying that a poll is rigged because someone has a much larger amount of votes. For example, look at Batman, or Joker's voice compare. It's basically completely in Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill's favour. However, that's not being rigged. Most of the fandom LOVES the animated series voices. The polls simply reflect that opinion. With Sonic, considering there's such a "large lead", as well as huge spikes in votes for certain voice actors, coupled with the fact that the fandom is extremely divided when it comes to voices, it's safe to conclude they're being rigged.

Plus, I've more or less confirmed that at least Sonic's is. Espio's is not, however. Yes, David Wills has a lot of votes, but even in 2004, many fans admitted that he was easily one of the best 4Kids voice actors, even better than Bill Corkery. So, yes, that poll really does reflect common opinion.

Most other Sonic polls do not. For example, prior to August, Scott Dreier was winning Knuckles' poll. I strongly doubt that hundreds of people came and voted solely for Dan Green, and all the other 4Kids voices.

Anyway, can we take this to the forum, if we need to discuss this at all? The comments section, which is getting long as it is, should really be about this VC only.
said at 10:41 PM on Fri Feb 4 2011
I think this suspicion is gonna ruin these polls... I mean, if a 4kids actor, or a studiopolis actor or SA actor cant have higher votes without suspicion of a rigged poll, is there really any need of a sonic voice compare?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:46 PM on Fri Feb 4 2011
@gemma Not sure on Silver or Cream, but I saw a gigantic spike of votes for Blaze before my eyes, so I can personally attest. Most fans really don't like Caren Manuel's Rouge, so I'm suspicious with that one.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:11 PM on Thu Feb 3 2011
Possibly, but I haven't been able to confirm. However, it is highly likely, because I saw Erica Schroeder gain nearly 100 "votes" on the Blaze poll very quickly, and Jet is just a matter of knowing the fanbase. Most of the fanbase HATES Jason Griffith's Jet. Yet he's winning by more than 100 "votes", again. Furthermore, I saw a huge spike in votes for 4Kids voice actors in every pre-existing poll during mid-August. I figured out by using Google to find people who linked to the poll. Some were fine, just linking to the poll and saying "hey, vote for your favourite Sonic voice". But I saw some others saying "vote for Jason Griffith in this poll". I appreciate this site getting more recognition, but not in such a poor-sport way.

The only ones that probably aren't being rigged are Omega (most likely scenario, Jon St. John has the most votes because people decide "they all sound similar, but he was first"), Vector, Metal Sonic, and possibly Charmy. And, despite having such a huge lead, Espio isn't either; Bill Corkery has few votes and David Wills has been winning since I made the VC.
said at 3:19 PM on Thu Feb 3 2011
Well I voted more than once for Jason Griffith, but thats becuz I was on a different computer

But Im pretty sure I didnt sky-rocket the poll that much XD
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:15 PM on Wed Feb 2 2011
 2 Shout Outs!

Actually, I did a bit of searching, and I found that somebody (whose name will not be disclosed) has been getting people to vote for Griffith repeatedly.

That, and I find it a little hard to believe that so many people would vote exclusively for Griffith in such a short time frame, especially considering that most of the fandom bashed him to hell and back when he was around.

Anyway, I think he was good, but he's not THAT great. Certainly not enough to be "winning" by a gigantic margin. I don't think he "IS" Sonic any more than Ryan or Roger.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:32 AM on Mon Jan 31 2011
They will be updated once I pick out some appropriate lines from Sonic Colours.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:29 PM on Sun Jan 30 2011
 1 Shout Out!
You're right; it doesn't represent everybody. I've actually managed to figure out that this poll is being rigged (however, it is VERY true that Jason fans became more vocal after he left). Worry not; we're investigating this problem and soon this (and many other rigged polls) can be corrected.
said at 5:41 PM on Tue Jan 11 2011
Based on voice alone:
1) Jason: 90%
2) Roger: 70%
3) Ryan: 75%
Based on acting alone: (Based on their last memorable roles as Sonic)
1) Jason: 90% (SATBK)
2) Roger: 90% (Colors)
3) Ryan: 60% (Heroes)
Based on Voice & Acting:
1) Jason: 95%
2) Roger: 90%
3) Ryan: 65%
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:16 PM on Fri Jan 7 2011
No worries, pal! It's perfectly find to like Jason more than the others. It's just that there's no need to get into arguments here, lol.
said at 6:42 PM on Fri Jan 7 2011
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@amt the problem with "letting those who want to vent and express their opinion about 4Kids" is that A: THIS IS NOT A "FORUM"...therefor not a topic of discussion that is preferred for Voice Compare sections, and B: Those who tend to vent about it tend to be the exact same people who for months have stalked this page to argue against others who don't share their opinion.

And what NCZ meant with his comment of "being selfish" seems to be more based around people who tend to have an obsessive hold over a certain group and refusal to look beyond it (like say... G1 fans of Transformers who hate everything after it, and Trekkies who hate Next Generation, etc.).

Let's put it this way... I adore SatAM, and I myself would LOVE to see the show brought back. Now, the show has been over for years and clearly it's not ever going to happen. Yet I spend all my time arguing and wishing on here or another website, constantly going on about how amazing SatAM is, and the cast and whatnot. Wouldn't you think that would get on people's nerves after awhile? Include turn people off SatAM given how obsessive I've been to the point one cannot enjoy it anymore?

Because... that's pretty much how it's been feeling like for the past couple months with the 4Kids cast comments.

You've gone and shared your thoughts several times in the past (as one can easily see scrolling through this page)... how about maybe moving on now? There are plenty of other Voice Compares we have on here, you know. It's not some exclusive website to appeal to the Sonic fanbase only.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:25 PM on Fri Jan 7 2011
 3 Shout Outs!
Actually, it really is selfish and unrealistic to want 4Kids back. It's okay to like them, and I'm not saying everyone should hate them. But the new cast has only just started. They've only been in two games so far, and yet for certain characters, people are already saying that the new voices are "inferior" and that the 4Kids cast should return, when some of the VAs have only said around five short lines. So yes, it is kind of selfish to hope 4Kids comes back despite the extremely low chances of that happening, and the fact that the new voice actors and directors haven't settled into character yet. For example, look at Pokemon. Despite years of petitioning, I think Giovanni is the only character whose voice actor has returned, and while I think the new voices still aren't as good as the original voices (for the most part), they are MUCH better than they were when they started.

Which brings us on to my next point. When Sonic X first started, the 4Kids voice actors were, for the most part, awful. The performances were subpar and as they were still newcomers, nothing like anything that had come before or after. But, after some time, I will admit that 4Kids improved, and many of them I admit were fantastic and on par with the original VAs (but that's probably due to my unwillingness to take sides in these admittedly silly debates). So, please, everyone. Just give the new voice actors time. Some of them, I've seen, are really excited about taking part in a high profile series like Sonic. Again, remember the voice actors for what they've done. Just move on, accept the changes, and hope for the best.
said at 10:25 PM on Thu Jan 6 2011
I don't think wanting the4kids cats back is selfish at all. Its a matter of preference. People like me, believe they were a good cast! Great voices! Very cartoon-ish and just specialized for these sonic voices. Aside from Vector, the new cast feels kind of unnatural and the voices just don't scream "SONIC!" to me, they scream "NARUTO!" "BLEACH!" and all that. Which is fine in general, but maybe not for sonic series.

To want your favorite is not at ALL selfish. In essence, that's like saying if one of your parents died and you got a step-parent and you wanted your dead parent back is selfish.

So let those who want the 4kids cast back vent and express ther opinions. Let's also not forget a difference between bashing and criticizing.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:15 AM on Thu Jan 6 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
Guys, just face it. 4Kids isn't coming back! Neither is the original cast. Regardless of what certain people think of them, if they come back, it'll just disappoint people who like the other casts better. The voices has been changed and for the meantime, they are here to stay. Not only that, but even though they're gone, each cast have taken part in a lot of respectable projects:

Original: Sonic Adventure and Advance series, called some of the best Sonic games
4Kids: All of Sonic X, plus five years of games
New cast: Sonic Colours, a pretty acclaimed game. And, they'll definitely have more to work with.

So really, hoping for 4Kids to return is selfish and it'll divide the fanbase even more. If we can just change the casts, why does it have to be 4Kids? The Sonic Adventure voice actors were classic and the original voices, why not change back to them? Just accept that 4Kids is gone. Most people accepted that the original voices are gone, so why can't everyone do that now?

NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:32 PM on Wed Jan 5 2011
 1 Shout Out!
THAT I can understand (since Sonic's one of the most popular video game characters ever). What I don't understand is how "unanimous" the votes are.
said at 5:25 PM on Wed Jan 5 2011
It could be more ppl vote on this poll than any other sonic character becuz hes the titular character.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:59 PM on Tue Jan 4 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Yeah, I noticed that too--I seriously find it extremely difficult to believe that Jason is winning by THAT wide a margin, and how he's accumulated that many votes so quickly. Same for every other Sonic poll here, except Omega and Vector (but the latter will probably change with time).

Before mid-August, Ryan was winning. Don't know how many votes Jason had, but probably around half of Ryan's. Now, it's like looking at the results of the Joker poll (even though Mark Hamill is fantastic). Yeah. I'm certain this poll is being rigged.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:07 PM on Tue Jan 4 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Sonikku, will you cut it out? Almost all of your comments have been accusing other people of being biased. People are allowed to like what they like. Furthermore, I've noticed something. People who favour Ryan and Roger have been commenting nicely and haven't attacked others who do not share their opinion or accuse them of bias. Whereas many of the people who praise Jason Griffith do both of those things. And, as has been stated in the past, it's almost always the same people.

If you continue, Sonikku, we WILL delete more of your comments. This applies to everyone else, too. I have nothing against the 4Kids cast, and to be honest I've always liked most of them, but after reading comments like these, I'm starting to like them less and less.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:11 AM on Sun Jan 2 2011
Yes, I do plan to do them, but really I consider them "low-priority". If I'm even going to continue doing Sonic VCs, I'm going to do more prominent characters like Gamma or Tikal first.
said at 9:17 AM on Sun Jan 2 2011
I'll admit I don't like Roger or the new cast either but like I said it will take time getting used to though Last time I couldn't tell the difference between Ryan and Jason but I got used to it quickly cause they had a similar tone and that's a good idea using one cast for the spin offs and then using the other cast for others but I don' think it would work like that so easily....We all have to accept The new cast are staying whether we like it or not there's not point complaining really and remember we've gone through this twice before

Also Another question Have you also considered making a comparision for Wave, Orbot and Storm?
said at 5:45 PM on Sat Jan 1 2011
I also thought he improved a bit on Free Riders ( I saw some scenes on Youtube and He wasn't bad) and I too also hope Him and the rest improve in time

It will just take some time getting used to obviously this has happend before with the previous V/As...
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:14 PM on Fri Dec 31 2010
As a matter of fact, I just got Sonic Colours for Christmas and I'm playing through the game. Once I'm finished, I'll pick out an appropriate sound clip for Roger.

BTW, I am really liking Roger so far. He sounds like Ryan and Jason in one. I hope he gets better with time.
said at 8:08 PM on Fri Dec 31 2010
Oh Almost forgot Happy New year Everyone lets hope 2011 is a better year for Sonic :D
said at 8:05 PM on Fri Dec 31 2010
Listen each actor brought something to the Blue blur (The Sarcastic mood, The funny mood, The Smart/Know It all and the strong mood) even if you didn't find the actor right for the part at least praise them for trying their hardest okay fine you can be bias but tone down the death threats and harsh statments please :/ it may upset or anger others who like the actor

For me Jason Griffith was the Truesonic voice in my eyes He but his heart and soul in to the character and cared a lot about him He also had a strep thraot at one point while recording a few pieces in one game which was (Unleashed) but kept going because he didn't want to let himself (or Sonic/SEGA for that matter) down and he improved as time flew by I'm really angry they SEGA got rid of 4Kids out of the blue but I'll never forget the last 5 Years ee had with them (I blame the Voice Director and Script Writers for the bad, cheesy and dire dialouge for the voice actors) I think his voice was perfect in all games but the last 3 games Unleashed, Rivals 2 and Black Knight were his best performances...

Jaleel White was really good back then for the young, caring and curious Sonic and he protrayed him (By voice) so well and I liked him but there were still some faults , Ryan Drummond's best performance for me was Adventure 2 only and I'll explain why (For once the lines were actually good except fora few but most were good and the voice fitted so well) I didn't like his Perforamnces in Adventure and Shuffle he and the rest of the Original Cast sounded a bit bland and slow and not enough passion and emotion but if Ryan had more time he could have been better

For Martin Burke to sum it up = Okay Acting but Bad voice

Ryan and Jason Have almost the same tone plus they are good friends in real life I didn't really get why everyone complained I couldn't tell the difference and I wasn't soo keen on V/As plus I was a bit younger then but now I know and it's quite interesing comparing one to another seeing the similarities and differences

Jason Griffith is a good and caring guy it just upsets how manypeople hated him not all 4Kids Actors were bad but of course your entitled to your own opinion but to me 4Kids Cast were the Truesonic voice cast so heres my order so far

1) Jason Griffith
2) Ryan Drummond ( The SA2 Version)
3) Jaleel White
4) Ryan Drummond (Adventure and Shuffle Version)
5) ...... (the voice which was deleted)
6) Roger Craig Smith (Just For Now)
7) Martin Burke

I may not have liked the Original Cast they were pretty lame but I hated the way SEGA went anf fired them like that and the same goes for 4Kids right now I'm not feeling it with the new voices I only like Vector's new voice but We will see if the cast improve in time...

BTW Is it possible to change the clip for Roger to a proper one or are you having difficulties at the moment?
said at 12:24 AM on Fri Dec 31 2010
 1 Shout Out!
Wow... wow, okay, just calm down...

For the past few months, this has been getting increasingly troubling. Particularly from those who (as stated above in commonsense's comment) have been stalking this page to continue to argue their frustrations with the voices or Sega in general.

This has to stop.

This page nor this website is some personal forum or blog to arguing your frustrations. Especially when it seems to be the same certain people arguing over something so juvenile.

I've already said this once a couple months ago, and I say it again. Could you please take your arguments somewhere more appropriate then continue to spam here?

Otherwise... NCZ, I fully support disabling comments for the Sonic section, if only to stop this craziness if this fighting continues.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:03 AM on Thu Dec 30 2010
To be completely honest, I have thought of disabling comments for this poll, but I haven't discussed it with any of the other admins. I've even considered to stop making Sonic voice compares altogether because some of the comments are quite frankly make me ashamed of being a Sonic fan. And most of them just lead to flame wars, anyway.

Also, Chaosblue, Ryan is in his 30s.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:29 PM on Fri Dec 24 2010
Yeah, but Sonic is 15. His voice should be reasonably deep. Having a female voice actor play him would be distracting.
said at 4:13 AM on Fri May 20 2011
@NCZ And how would it be distracting...?

Naruto is 16 years old in Shippuden and yet he is STILL voiced by Maile Flanagan. While there have been many children younger than Naruto that have had male VAs, Maile pulls off a pretty decent teenage boy voice. Maybe he SHOULD get a male VA like James Taylor or Brian Beacock, but what can I say? Maile gives a one-of-a-kind performance.

As for Sonic, Barbara Goodson, Tara Strong or even Laura Bailey would be fitting. I mean, if Keiko Utoku (from Sonic CD) made it work, why doesn't SEGA follow her lead?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:56 AM on Fri May 20 2011
Sorry, but I strongly disagree with the idea of Sonic having a female voice.
1. Naruto and Sonic are completely different characters. His voice would NOT work for Sonic at all.
2. Those voice actresses would be huge miscasts. I mean, they're fantastic and very talented, but I've heard their male roles and I doubt they can pull off a "Sonic voice" like Ryan, Jason, and Roger do.
3. It may work if a male character starts off with a female voice. Sonic didn't, so switching to a female one would be jarring. It'd be like reverse puberty.
4. Keiko Utoku was only acceptable because she said just a couple short phrases as Sonic, and they weren't easily accessed, so it wasn't really a "serious" role that requires lots of voice acting experience. (Here's an example of what I mean: Daisuke Ishiwatari plays Sol in battle in the Guilty Gear games, but for story modes when an experienced voice actor is needed, they get Joji Nakata.)
5. When women try to sound like teenage boys, it tends to sounds fake. Yes, it may work for Naruto, but again he's a different character. If Sonic's VA was changed to Tara Strong, Laura Bailey, or Barbara Goodson attempting to sound like a 15-year-old boy, I'd switch to Japanese immediately (not knocking them or anything). And if you give Sonic a female voice, what about the other characters? Will Shadow be voiced by Grey Delisle?

Sorry about all that text, but there's my answer.
said at 6:07 AM on Thu Jun 9 2011
@NCZ 1. Yes, they're completely different characters. Sorry if I missed something, but what's your point here?
2. They are VERY talented women, all of them having an extremely broad range of very different characters. Have you listened to all their different roles? Barbara has many years of experience, and Laura is already part of the new cast. Most of all, if Tara Strong can voice Timmy Turner, Bubbles AND Raven, voicing Sonic should be nothing more or less than easy pie for her! C'mon!
3. Well, I would say that this IS a very good point, but whatever.
4. I highly doubt that her past performance in Sonic CD is the true extent of her talents. I seriously think that she should've voiced Sonic at least a bit longer. Heck, with enough time and effort, she could've kept the role instead of giving it to Junichi Kanemaru.
5. Again, what's your point about Naruto and Sonic being different characters? Most importantly, those three along with Debi Derryberry and Mona Marshall have voiced mostly male characters, each and every one of them with great success. I'm very sure that if someone who knows nothing about VAing were to guess who voiced any of their roles, I'm pretty sure that they wouldn't pick a woman. They know what they're doing, and with all the experience and different roles all 5 of them have, I think that Roger will be the last male to ever play the role of the blue blur.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:00 AM on Thu Jun 9 2011
1. My point is that the voice may work for Naruto's personality and the way his character was portrayed, but using it for Sonic? No. Just no.
2. Those actresses are very talented indeed, but there's one difference. They only play YOUNG boys. Not teenage ones like Sonic. If Sonic is fifteen, he's expected to have a deeper voice. When women try to sound deep, it fails. Look at Kate Higgins' Tails, for example. Sonic having a female voice would not fit him at all.
4. She might, might have been okay for Classic Sonic, but as Modern Sonic, Junichi Kanemaru is a much better fit for his personality.
5. The "different character" point is because isn't Naruto supposed to be a little weird? The odd duck? Hence why I believe he's the only male in his age group with a female voice. All of the others have male voice actors, and they all sounded realistic. Sonic isn't that kind of character, and each of his voice actors have already given age-appropriate voices. If Sonic was a kid, or we were talking about Tails, I might agree with your next few points. But he's not.

Sorry if I was unclear in my previous post.
said at 9:00 PM on Thu Dec 23 2010
Actually I talked to Mike Pollock through an official chat on the release day of Sonic Colors. He said that they actually had re-audition for the role and they decided to keep him. I also heard that Roger was the ONLY who didn't have to audition, that he was given the role, which some fans felt was unfair.

Im sure 4kids haters would say that the 4kids cast did REALLY well in Unleashed and the Black Knight. I personally think Sonic did PERFECTLY in the Black Knight ("Stop calling me knave! I'm Sonic the Hedgehog!" That part always makes me giggle a bit.) I think people were really starting to like them.

As for SEGA... Well Sega has been known for making very stupid decisions, especially when it came to abrupt voice casting changes... just when things were starting to get better, they HAD to make a wave and cause a war through-out the fanbase. Jason vs Roger! And sometimes Ryan still...I for one am getting kinda annoyed by these new voices, they sound so... anime generic you know? And some of them are just ya know, ear-raping and unfitting (i.e Amy, Jet, Shadow, Rouge)
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:55 PM on Thu Dec 23 2010
It was probably more than location. Sega probably wanted a fresh start. Also, it's worth noting that while they were around, most of the 4Kids cast got bashed to death, except Mike Pollock. Compared to everyone else, Mike Pollock was pretty well-liked in the fandom. Sega probably noticed the criticism, and decided to recast everyone except him.

People only seem to appreciate things once they're gone...
said at 12:30 AM on Thu Dec 23 2010
I thought I read that Pete Capella who voices Silver actually resides in Los Angeles? I could be wrong. But If not, then ther must be some reason other than location for them to replace the voice actors

Let me say that yes, I think Jason was the best! Even from the beginning of sonic X until Sonic and the Black knight! In my opinion, hes the best and always will be! I dont like ryan drummond's voice but I will defend him about SEGA and ther careless voice talent replacements. No warning and just stirring up trouble. SO while I dont care for Ryan's voice, I understand and support him for what they did to him. And now it happen to Jason.

Roger's voice... Ok, look Iv said this many times. I dont hate his voice. I love his voice in general. He's one of my favorite VA's. BUT just becuz he has a great voice does not mean it fits as Sonic. His attitude, and inflection is fine, but the voice itself for sonic is unfitting. When I look at sonic and hear his voice, its just not the same.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:41 PM on Wed Dec 22 2010
Jason being the best is opinion. Not fact, opinion. And I don't whine about voices. All of the voices for Sonic are pretty good, even Martin Burke (for what he was working with). Lots of kids have probably started playing the games with Sonic Colours or Free Rider and they probably love Sonic's voice.

It's not solely the voice that's the problem. It's the fact that the Sonic voices have changed all of a sudden. If Roger was Sonic's voice from the beginning, I'm sure he'd get some criticism, but there wouldn't be as much complaining as there is now. Then, if Jason replaced him all of a sudden, everyone would whine about how Roger was the best and Jason sucks.

I think having a Californian cast would be somewhat convenient for Sega of America, because they're located in California. Then the staff doesn't have to travel as far for recording sessions.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 12:39 PM on Wed Dec 22 2010
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@ ncz

well I remember when this VC was first created.

Seemed everyone was hating on Jason but then when he's replaced he's suddenly loved.

I bet that in a few years when Roger is replaced with a new VA people will suddenly miss him too (even if they don't like him now).
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:03 AM on Wed Dec 22 2010
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Honestly, I'm beginning to think this poll is being rigged. I find it hard to believe that everyone forgot entirely about Ryan Drummond.

I could understand if Jason was winning by a smaller margin, but for him to get so many votes so quickly?

Not only that, but many of the VA changes are for the better, and this could be more convenient for Sega.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:04 AM on Wed Dec 22 2010
It hasn't backfired if lots of people like it.
said at 7:24 PM on Wed Dec 8 2010
Jason Griffith IS Sonic. Some of his roles were better than others, but its the same with EVERY other actor, just like how some people liked roger better in colors than in Free riders. However, Jason has NEVER disappointed me in delivering his Sonic role.

I think its funny when we first heard Roger's voice and it was all deep, people were angry and saying "His voice will be better in the games, it wont be like that. I hope" But now that it is, people are suddenly so fine with it, there's no doubt thers some bias people out there.

I for one will say Roger is not bad, he's not great, but not horrible. I like his inflection and attitude, but his voice itself does NOT fit Sonic. Ill even admit, Ryan (who I do not like very much) had a better voice tone than roger, but roger's acting and inflection is better than ryan's. Jason had... Im sorry, HAS both of those VA's skills and has been proven numerous times.
said at 5:13 PM on Mon Nov 22 2010
I like Naruto, and I love Roger's voice. But even Im not blind, or deaf in this matter, to know that while roger has a nice voice, it just doesnt fit the character.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:27 PM on Tue Nov 16 2010
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And it's kind of funny how you're talking about bias when your name is "4kidssonic"...
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:55 PM on Tue Nov 16 2010
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It doesn't have to do with who's getting bashed. Many of these comments are out of control, and whether we block them or not depends on how extreme they are.
said at 1:33 AM on Tue Nov 16 2010
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oh please guys enough with the melodramatic off-topic comments, and name calling
said at 6:49 PM on Sat Oct 30 2010
@chaosblue Nicely put! ;D
said at 12:20 AM on Sat Oct 30 2010
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@thetruevoice I never said Jason "couldn't" come back. I just seem to find it unlikely is all, given past comments from people towards Sega regarding Ryan Drummond (including an peition to try and get Ryan hired to reprise the role in Smash Bros. Brawl).

And I do respect people's opinions of who they enjoy best, whether I agree or not.

I however dislike seeing people fight about it as soo many comments above, between people going "@suchname you're wrong ____ is the best!", and overall using this page to rant about a change in casting like it's a forum.

It seems no other pages (other then the other Sonic compares) seems to have this same problem, hence my previous two comments from earlier.
said at 8:12 PM on Fri Oct 29 2010
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I like Jason Griffith best, but while I find roger's voice VERY unfitting, I do like his voice acting as the character, but I dont like his voice for the character... I dont care if your my favorite voice actor or not, but if your voice doesnt fit a character, you shouldnt be voicing it... if the replacement HAD to be done, Im sure ther were others who cudve done Sonic better
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:11 PM on Fri Oct 29 2010
Cypo, once again, I want to shake your hand.
said at 6:04 PM on Fri Oct 29 2010
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Guys... listen.

After almost 10 years, perhaps SEGA felt it was time to move onto a new cast. This is not something new to happen. No one voice actor remains attached to a role forever.

I know you feel disappointed with the new cast replacing the 4kids actors, but this is what happened in 2004 when the video game cast were replaced with the 4Kids actors. And in 1998 with the Sonic Adventure video game not acquiring Jaleel White to reprise the role he's done in the cartoons.

And you know what will happen? A few years from now, Roger will be replaced with someone else and EVERYONE will be doing the same you are doing right now with "How dare Sega replace Roger! Roger was the greatest ever!".

And the mention about hoping they created a new show just to get the 4Kids actors back... there's nothing to even guarantee Sega would rehiring that cast for a new cartoon. The reason they got hired for Sonic X in the first place was 4Kids acquired the rights to distribute it in english in North America, and therefor hired actors associated with their shows (aka New York based voice talent) to do said voices. Not wanting two separate voices of the characters, Sega agreed to hire them for the games.

By having a new show made, it doesn't mean Sega would rehire the same cast. It doesn't work that way. If it did, then Kevin Conroy would be Batman in The Batman, Batman: Brave and the Bold, and every DTV DC animated movie.

Hell, there's not even a guarantee 4Kids would be able to acquire distribution rights for a "new show" to begin with, especially considering the company is going bankrupt and barley lingering as it is.

Anyway, the point of all this is there's little point to complain when the action has already been done and Roger, Kate and however else new are now attached for future games.

I've gone on long enough with this. If you guys are just going to keep arguing and ranting about this, then could you kindly take it somewhere more appropriate then continuing to spam this page? This page isn't a forum.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:44 AM on Sat Oct 23 2010
Cypo, I want to shake your hand.
said at 11:41 PM on Fri Oct 22 2010
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wow... just wow. It's shocking to see something that's meant to appreciate the people behind the voices turn into an angry popularity contest. Particularly in this case being a fight between fans of Sonic of the 90s and new fans who like the current stuff.

For what it's worth, each actor brought something different to the character, being almost a new incarnation of the character. And unlike other Sonic characters,Sonic had one of the better ones in terms of casting. Why? Because all fit the description of a cocky teenager, some more then others.

In no way does one rein best above the other as so many have said above, as each voice is different and depends on those who we grew up with most, and which one we identify best.

Personally for me, I grew up with all of them... watching the 90s cartoons, playing the games, etc.

However if I had to pick a personal favourite... it would have to be Jaleel White. While you agree or not, It's just the one I enjoy the best.

However that said, I still really do like Ryan Drummond, Jason Griffith grew on me, and Roger Craig Smith I wish the best of luck with the character. I look forward to see what he brings.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:41 PM on Wed Sep 22 2010
I never had any preference between Drummond and Griffith. I like them both equally. When I saw Sonic X for the first time, I honestly couldn't tell the difference. Nowadays, I'm better at telling voices apart, but they both did well as Sonic.

I do know that Vincent and Burke are my least favourites. And fans, don't fear; when Sonic Colours comes out and better clips are available, we can get a new one for Roger.
said at 11:05 AM on Sun Sep 5 2010
@Guy Jason deserves being first ...after all the abuse by other fans he has had for the past 5 years

I like him only ...Im not a fan of the others (I respect Your opinion but I disgarre with you)
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 3:26 PM on Thu Aug 19 2010
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you know I'm not even going to bother try to explain simple logic anymore.

anything after mp40's ON-TOPIC comment will be deleted, even my own

(not including this post so at least people know the situation).

Unless people want to grow up and follow the rules.
said at 7:31 PM on Wed Aug 18 2010
Jason is the best in my opinion .....To tell you the truth i prefered the 4 Kids Cast than the Original Cast but I like Ryan 2(he makes sonic sound too high though) , Jaleel is okay.... but I have to say Martin Burke was terrible (sorry burke fans) But Jason Griffith was the best its too bad hes leaving but I also wish Roger good luck :) cant wait for Colors & Free Riders xD gonna miss you jason :(
said at 6:46 PM on Mon Jul 26 2010
Looks like a new compare will be added: Roger Craig Smith will voice Sonic in all future video games.
said at 3:47 PM on Fri Jan 29 2010
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Definitely Ryan Drummond. He put soul into his Sonic, and cared about the character very much, and still does. Jeleel White, I'd have to place second for capturing the character very well. I would place Martin Burke and Jason Griffith tied for dead last for giving such awful performances.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 3:27 AM on Fri Jan 29 2010
cool to finally see this VC.

Did you forget to add Samuel Vincent or just chose not to include him cause his role was only a singing voice in Sonic Underground?

I included Tara Strong for Meg Griffin VC as a singing voice. Your call I guess. :)
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