Favorite Voice Actors for Optimus and Megatron

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  1. Megatronus the Fallen

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    My favorite voice actor for Optimus Prime is Peter Cullen. To me, his voice is so iconic, and I'm just used to it. It also fits Optimus's attitude very well.

    My favorite voice actors for Megatron are Hugo Weaving and Frank Welker. Hugo Weaving's voice acting skills are impressive as it makes Megatron seem more menacing and scary (apart from his appearance). Same goes for Frank Welker. His voice is also very iconic to me.

    So tell me, what are your favorite voice actors for Optimus Prime and Megatron?
     
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    Optimus Prime is a tie between Peter Cullen and Jon Bailey. One is serious and one is funny.

    For Megatron it shall be and always will be David Kaye.
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    Megatron: Hugo Weaving, Frank Welker and Corey Burton
    Optimus: Peter Cullen, Garry Chalk, David Kaye and Jon Bailey
     
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    Peter Cullen. I'm sorry, it's a cliche answer, but some things are cliche for a reason. Peter Cullen is just the perfect voice actor for a character like Optimus Prime. Optimus is stern, but compassionate. He's wise, but sometimes impulsive. He believes in freedom for all sentient beings, but he will not tolerate threats to freedom and innocence. Peter Cullen just carries these qualities in his voice, and while I don't think we've had a bad official voice for Optimus yet (well, Neil Kaplan sounds just a little off to me), I don't think that any of them have been able to top Cullen. I know a lot of people aren't a fan of how his voice for Optimus has changed slightly as he's gotten older, but I think age has improved what was already amazing. I just get more of a sense of experience from his voice, which does help to better convey the more stoic portrayals of Optimus we've gotten in recent years.

    As for Megatron... It's close between Hugo Weaving and Frank Welker, but I like Welker's Prime Megatron voice enough that he surpasses Weaving's still excellent voice for the Decepticon leader. His voice in Transformers: Prime combines familiar inflections of the Generation One character with an older, more gravelly tone, just perfectly capturing an intelligent, experienced, and sophisticated leader, while still holding back a raging, blood-thirsty gladiator within. He just has an all around great voice. The G1 voice wasn't as good, in my opinion, but I did like Welker's delivery on some of the more evil lines for Megatron.

    Honorable mentions to Jon Bailey, who I do think captures a lot of the spirit of Peter Cullen's Optimus very well, and Hugo Weaving, who still had just a really amazing, gravelly voice. I'd love to see them do some more work as Prime and Megatron in the future.
     
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    Well said on Optimus Prime's voice actor.
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    Thank you. :D 
     
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    Cullen and Welker... nuff said
     
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    Optimus, a tie between Garry Chalk and David Kaye.

    Megatron, without a doubt David Kaye.
     
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    Optimus Prime - Peter Cullen and Garry Chalk

    Megatron - David Kaye and Corey Burton
     
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    Optimus Prime: Peter Cullen and Garry Chalk
    Megatron: Frank Welker (G1/Prime), Hugo Weaving (1st movie) and Corey Burton
    For both: David Kaye
     
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    Prime: David Kaye's

    Megatron: Frank Welker's
     
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    Peter Cullen, first and foremost. DOTM Bumblebee hits the nail on the head with why I think it's Cullen.

    As for Megatron, I really love Hugo Weaving's voice for him. I also love Welker's Prime Voice for Megatron...
     
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    In as much as I enjoyed Cullen and Welker in my childhood and think their Optimus and Megatron voices have aged fairly well, lately I find myself actually missing Gary Chalk and David Kaye.
     
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    I definitely miss David Kaye, and I'd love to see Garry Chalk get another shot.
     
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    For Optimus, Cullen in the 80's was great, but when I see the Prime/RiD talking with Cullen's voice, it feels weird... I think Chalk or Kaye would go great with Prime's/RiD's Optimus talking. Yet in WFC/FOC and in the (ugh.....) movies, it was fitting I admit. So I say Cullen, as long as the character model with his voice looks and feels fitting.

    For Megatron, Burton nailed it in Animated. Calm yet menacing. Welker's G1 voice wasn't the best in my opinion, but did great in Prime as a calculating yet cold warlord. Kaye was good as a hilarious at times and menacing leader in Beast Wars. He also did great in Beast Machines as a ruthless tyrant who's constantly plotting and trying to kill his enemies also in Armada where he was a leader focused on his goal yet cares about his comrades. So either Welker (for Prime), Kaye, and Burton are great for Megatron.
     
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    Optimus Prime - Peter Cullen, Garry Chalk, Neil Kaplan

    Megatron - Frank Welker, David Kaye, Daniel Riordan
     
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    Of course Cullen and Welker! But as far i can remember every megatron and optimus has perfectly cast for the show they're in. There's no way i'd want to switch cullen and welker into beast wars as Primal and megs!