The Devil Malebolgia
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The Devil Malebolgia

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of The Devil Malebolgia with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Spawn

Malebolgia (The Devil) is one of the primary antagonists in the Spawn comic franchise. Typically portrayed as a massive, horned, flaming beast (not unlike other portrayals of hellish villains in most media). As one of the rulers of Hell, he is a powerful being, and one responsible for the creation of Spawn, whom he often tries to coerce into commanding his evil army. 
Created by TylerMirage on Jan 12 2018
Spawn (1997)
The Devil MalebolgiaFrank Welker
Frank Welker
Spawn: Armageddon (2003)
The Devil MalebolgiaDavid Sobolov
David Sobolov


The year is 1997. A simpler time. Hits such as The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Batman & Robin, Titanic, and Air Force One dominate the theatres and media alike. It is a time before the world was inundated with a half-dozen superhero movies every 12 months. A big-budget adaptation of the fan-favourite anti-hero Spawn is released. An ambitious film, perhaps a product before its time, is released to unfortunately negative reception. In it, a raging fire monster, with gaping jaws and a flaming throne growls orders at Michael Jai White's Spawn. The voice eminating from this creature is a familiar one: Frank Welker. His monstrous Dr. Claw/Soundwave/Cave of Wonders voices shakes the theatre seats. In the day-and-age of most big-budget movies casting celebrities or famous on-screen actors in voiceover roles, I commend Spawn for bringing in Frank, who was pretty much the go-to actor for any creature role in Hollywood from the 1980s to the 1990s. Despite Frank's talent and the overall intimidating nature of his voice, I felt like something was missing. While he did trade in some of the bass for a lighter 'wheeze', it needed a little extra enhancement to make it more than just his Dr. Claw voice. Not a bad performance, but just not outstanding, either. 

A few years later, Spawn: Armageddon hits the video game shelves, where David Sobolov lends his gravitas-laden voice to Malebolgia. David's suffers from the opposite problem of Frank's. While Frank's should've had some more enhancement, David's has too much. David's naturally deep and gravelly voice is a perfect fit for this character, but they pitch it down so much that I feel as if some of David's performance is lost.

All in all, I'm actually going to vote for David on this one, though I still think the perfect Malebolgia voice has yet to be tapped.



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said at 9:06 PM on Mon Jan 15 2018
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I don't think David even needed the effects, his voice is already naturally deep enough as it is, thankfully it's not enough to ruin the performance or anything though. That said he does get my vote.
said at 11:04 PM on Sun Jan 14 2018
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Both are good, but I'm going with Sobolov.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:00 PM on Sat Jan 13 2018
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I actually like how much David is pitch shifted, I think it gives him an other worldly feel.

Frank is sorta there, he doesn't have much to stand out from his other 'Dr. Claw' voices.
said at 3:48 PM on Fri Jan 12 2018
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David Sobolov has a lot of gravitas and menace in the role. His delivery is fantastic and the voice is pretty unique. My only problem is that I think they pitched him down just a little too much.

Frank Welker is rocking the Dr. Claw voice here, but I think the wheeze he adds makes Malebolgia sound a little too weak. Especially on "Then you will die..." I think if they pitched him down just a bit, it would've been better.

Voting for David here.
8000 Saiyans
said at 11:59 AM on Fri Jan 12 2018
 3 Shout Outs!
I like Frank and all, but David just sounds better in the role.
Shaun Ince
said at 11:15 AM on Fri Jan 12 2018
 2 Shout Outs!
While neither of them are perfect, David Sobolov sounds a bit better. Voting for him. this compare is a battle between the voice actors for Darkseid. And the voices they used here sound very similar to their voices for Darkseid.
said at 11:12 AM on Fri Jan 12 2018
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Welker just sound like Claw. It's not bad by any means, and it was cool they got him for the movie, but it is kind of distracting given it's literally just the Dr. Claw voice.

Sobolov just sounds incredibly powerful and intimidating. The pitching is a bit much, but the voice just oozes evil when I hear it. That's a lot closer to how I would picture something like that character would sound.

I'd say for a future choice, Peter Cullen or Clancy Brown would probably be pretty good.
said at 9:30 AM on Fri Jan 12 2018
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Frank is fitting, but yeah, I can’t help but feel he could’ve done better. David sounds so demonic and hellish, that I can’t not vote him. He REALLY needs to be Unicron one day.

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