The many voices of Emma Frost

Emma Frost has had interesting voice-over renditions from evil granny voices to sexy, sultry tones found in later years. From video games to movies, she’s got American and English-like accents, and even speaks Japanese. It’s a big variety with a total of 12 voices and 10 different actors.

I had hoped I’d crunch out this post before Behind the Voice Actors got to it – which, by the way, prompted this idea – but I’ll post it anyway since they did leave out some other Emma voices. Enjoy!

Pryde of the X-Men (1989)

This short-lived television series lasted one episode because it was not received well by fans. Voiced by Susan Silo, the White Queen was a member of Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. She helped him escape a prison that temporarily disabled his powers. One of her weapons seemed to be a psychic energy spear that, yes, existed in a comic and included in an action figure.

X-Men Arcade Game (1992)

The White Queen was a boss villain in Konami’s classic arcade game that was found in Pizza Huts (remember Book It?!) and other arcade spots all throughout the 90s. She was voiced by Mela Lee.

The game has been ported for Xbox Live, the Playstation Network and, most recently, for iOS and Android, so check it out for some nostalgia.

X-Men: The Animated Series (1992)

The “X-Men” got a lot better with this series, which lasted 5 years. Emma Frost was the member of the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club, who played a major part in the Dark Phoenix Saga. She was voiced by Camilla Scott, who also voiced Lilandra.

Generation X (1996)

So, this TV pilot was certainly…interesting to say the least. Anyhow, Emma Frost was the headmistress and co-leader of Generation X, along with Banshee’s infamous Irish accent portrayed in the show. She was played by Finola Hughes.

The unrated version was not aired on TV, so some of Emma’s dialogue was edited to make the cut.
Kurt: Ms. Frost, how are we supposed to relax and concentrate at the same time?
Emma: Make believe you’re playing with yourself, Kurt (to “just imagine you’re sitting in the bathroom…”).

Interestingly enough, her English accent debuted in this series and didn’t come back in other media until Kari Wahlgren portrayed her with the faux-like accent.

X-Men Legends I (2004)

Emma got pretty flirty with the Professor X in this storyline! Voiced by Bobby Holliday, she was available as a playable character after players returned from Muir Island following the nuclear plant mission, and she was also a required character for a mission at the end.

X-Men Legends II (2005)

Again voiced by Bobby Holliday, Emma Frost was not a playable character this time, but she did help the X-Men with a mission when her Cuckoos caused some telepathic mischief. Later, she was captured with other heroes and put in a tube for Apocalypse to combine the power of the Horsemen. …I can’t remember how her fate turned out, however.

Wolverine and the X-Men (2008)

Although the series generated positive reviews by fans, it was canceled just before season 2 due to lack of funding. Emma Frost was voiced by Kari Wahlgren and joined the X-Men to help find the Professor. She developed a somewhat close relationship with Cyclops and exhibited romantic feelings for him but later revealed her true colors as a member of the Hellfire Club. In the end, though, she sacrificed her life and exploded into a rain of diamonds…

Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic (2009)

Erica Schroeder voices Emma Frost in Marvel’s animated rendition of Joss Whedon’s “Astonishing X-Men” Gifted arc. The series is available in the iTunes store.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Emma’s role in “X-Men: First Class” confused a lot of people when the ending credits to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” listed her as Kayla’s Sister, even though they had advertised her as Emma Frost. It could be assumed that at the time, she was Emma, but “First Class” took liberties and retconned her role in “Origins” – which Matthew Vaughn stated in an interview (that liberties were taken).

Aside from all the confusion, Emma was one of the prisoners in Weapon X and helped lead the mutants’ escape for a brief time. She was played by Tahyna Tozzi.

X-Men Anime (2011)

As a mentor to Hisako, Emma (and Hisako) was found in a tube captured by the U-Men. She joined the X-Men, much to Cyclops’ distrust, to help Armor harness her new powers. She developed a secondary mutation along the way – which, in the TV show, was actually a disease prone to mutants.

For those unfamiliar with Japanese, it might be hard to get the gist of her voice with this clip. She is voiced by Kaori Yamagata.

X-Men: First Class (2011)

January Jones’ soft voice is sure different compared to other renditions and startled a lot of fans, but she did receive a lot of media attention for the outfits she wore. As a Hellfire Club member, she sought to rule an all-mutant society with Sebastian Shaw at her side.

X-Men: Destiny (2011)

Kari Wahlgren makes her return as Emma Frost’s voice in this video game. Although she and the rest of the X-Men won’t be playable characters, Emma seems to be a leading member and has a knack for giving pep talks that’ll stick in your head.

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As always, check out the Media Gallery for various images of Emma Frost in other media…and tell me in the comments who your favorite Emma voice is!

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luis-Palacios/1455487401 Luis Palacios

    Bobby Holliday and Kari Wahlgren are my favorite “Emma Frost” in media, but the lady from the Astonishing X-men motion comic sounds cool too.
    Thanks for posting this… oh and by the way she was freed from Apocalypse at the end of XML2 ;)

    • Aimee

      You are welcome, and I’m glad to know that Emma made it out OK in XML2!! 

  • Deansquig21

    I agree Bobby Holliday and Kari Wahlgren really nailed Emma down with the voice perfectly!
    BTW which comic is it from where Emma throws a psychic spear at Cyclops???

    • Aimee

      The comic is called “X-Men: Madness in Murderworld.” It’s from 1989 – and was a free comic! It was actually a Madness in Murderworld mockup, thus the name. I think Emma was practicing her villainous moves on a robotic Cyclops, or it was the other way around with Cyclops practicing combat with the robot White Queen. 

  • Deansquig21

    Oh yeah and Aimee we never got your opinion on how you felt January Jones did in First Class! What did you think of the way she portrayed Emma there?

  • Erick

    OMG Bobby Holliday! While Emma was far from being the strongest character XML, I always played with her just to listen to that voice! Kari Wahlgren did a great job as well.

  • FrostFan

    Kari Wahlgren, hands down. She has a talent for capturing Emma’s dubious accent and droll wit that is unmatched by any of the others. Every inflection is perfectly how I’d imagine Emma sporting the line. She should be hired for any job requiring Emma’s voice!

  • T Koutoulas

    Kari Wahlgren #FTW

  • Natalie.

    Kari Wahlgren’s is the best. No argument there. Gotta love her smooth and sarcastic British voice. ;)