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Sean Schemmel

Sean Schemmel

Date Of Birth: Nov 21, 1968
Birth Place: Waterloo, Iowa, USA
Voice Over Language: English

Popularity: 34th All Time, 64th This Week. *

Trivia & Fun Facts:

Favorite Roles: Goku and Onsokumaru

One of the roles Sean originally auditioned for in Dragon Ball Z was Captain Ginyu. He was disappointed at the time when he didn't get the role and was given the role of Goku, until he realized he was voicing the lead character several episodes into production. 

After years as a professional classical musician, Sean Schemmel began his career in voice acting by doing voice-overs for puppet theatres.

As the voice of Goku, Sean is a very popular draw for voice actor signings.

He was very excited about voicing Rick (Blue Gender) because he got to use his natural speaking voice for the first time.

First professional voice actor to comment on our Facebook page.


[As posted by Sean on our Facebook page]

"My favorite color was blue, but has shifted into Orange as of late. Long story.

My favorite junk food is Entenmenn's donuts, cookies, Doritos, and various sodas, (virgil's rootbeer is the best. period.)"

THE VOICES OF Sean Schemmel

Credits On BTVA: 217 Roles from 106 Titles  [ Only show characters with sound clips ]

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said at 3:09 PM on Sat Nov 21 2015
Happy Birthday Sean Schemmel!

Not only is he extremely underrated and underused but he's also the voice of one of my childhood heroes Son Goku! He is without a doubt the perfect English voice of Goku. Ok I didn't grow up with him exactly since I live in Canada and thus had the Ocean dub, I never saw the FUNimation dub till I was in my teens and once I did, I realized that childhood nostalgia be damned, I thought Sean was better than all of the Ocean voices "Kakarot" had over the years...sorry Kirby, Ian and Peter you guys were good but Sean's been the most consistent, having continued to voice him since he first landed the role. I mean Sean wasn't perfect at all first...I mean he really wasn't that great it also didn't help that Goku in the dub was change from a a grown man-child who loved a good fight to a wannabe Superman knockoff. However thanks to him and everybody else at FUNimation wanting to learn how to improve as VA's and the more and more they kept doing DBZ Sean eventually found his groove and since Dragonball Kai and on (which was around the time I discovered the FUNi dub), he has been absolutely perfect giving a perfectly youthful yet tough badass voice that I felt Goku's always needed. I think the best quality that Sean brings to Goku is the intensity of the screams he can pull off, especially in Battle of Gods. I think that has been the best outing thus far Sean's done as Goku. I remember getting chills when I heard the Battle of Gods dub trailer and even just thinking about it still does that to me and that's awesome.

With that said his King Kai is a mixed bag, you can really tell it's still an impression of Don Brown's version and it gets annoying real fast, however with that said Sean was awesome as Nail too.

I also loved his performance as Lucario, Katoran, Gaston, Conrad, Shigeru Murota, Roto, Mr. Akashi, Nobody and his numerous other roles on Gundam Unicorn and Pokemon, I did especially enjoy his Colress, Cyrus, Archie and even Hugh. He also does one hell of a spot on Christian Bale impression when he did Batman for The Dark Knight Rises IOS game.

It's pretty sweet he's now voicing in LA, he's gotten a few cool gigs doing some western cartoons and games but I've been wondering when is he going to voice in an anime dub recorded in LA? It surprises me that he hasn't already? I know he's not getting out of dubbing since he knows and we know he is Goku, then again in LA he doesn't really needed too....still it's awesome he's now working there and I await to see what future roles he can get.
said at 12:59 PM on Sat Nov 21 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Indeed. Happy birthday to Sean and big congrats on scoring roles in FO4. I hope he continues to land roles in these massive AAA games.
Shaun Ince
said at 7:46 AM on Sat Nov 21 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Happy Birthday Sean Schemmel. Always enjoyed your work as Goku.
said at 4:31 AM on Sat Nov 21 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Happy birthday, Sean.
said at 4:26 AM on Fri Nov 20 2015
 1 Shout Out!
I'm amazed he got to play Lucario again.
said at 10:34 AM on Fri Oct 30 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Does this mean we can here Son Goku play Superman now?! :D
Shaun Ince
said at 6:01 PM on Thu Aug 20 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Looks like Schemmel is getting into the pre-lay/ western cartoon stuff if he's getting cast in Sofia the First.
said at 5:31 AM on Sat Sep 5 2015
@Shaun Ince
As a voice actor, we can't JUST do anime… We audition for many shows and take what we can get. And we can't just be open to cartoons and video games. We're actors and we have to be open to many different forms of acting. Such as stage acting and on camera acting. And there are many different types of voice acting as well. Not just character work. There's Audio books, commercials, narration, industrial work, radio, documentaries, etc… So I'm not surprised that Sean is doing voice over work for Disney.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:33 AM on Sat Sep 5 2015

"We're actors and we have to be open to many different forms of acting. Such as stage acting and on camera acting. And there are many different types of voice acting as well. Not just character work."

These are pretty valuable things to keep in mind. The point about being an actor first, and voice actor second is especially critical. It's something that should be emphasized a lot toward anyone looking to get their foot in the door.

Though this site mainly focuses on the animation type stuff (for now), there's a lot more to the business than that. The books I've read tell me that things like narration, promos, and the like are pretty lucrative and open plenty of opportunities, so it's important to be well-rounded, equipped and glad to work for any kind of job, even if animation is the most "glamourous" or easily-visible for fans.
Shaun Ince
said at 3:01 PM on Sat Sep 5 2015
@TheMorganBerry I kinda knew that stuff already, but thanks for reminding me & expanding on it a bit further. Not only that, but in this business, you need to have pretty thick skin, cuz you lose more roles than you get. An actor will audition for something, then they won't get it. Then they move on to the next one. You're absolutely correct. Voice actors or just actors in general have to be open to various forms of acting.
said at 5:14 PM on Thu Aug 20 2015
@Troodon2 O...K!
said at 5:47 PM on Thu Aug 20 2015
@dcmarvelanime What?
said at 4:04 PM on Thu Aug 20 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Just got casted for Sofia the First. Wow!
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 2:06 PM on Mon Aug 3 2015
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I'm sure his comment about his favorite color was asked or came up in conversation but I like to imagine that Sean just likes to go to random Facebook accounts and says things like "I like the color orange. Man cookies are good."
said at 5:01 AM on Fri Jul 24 2015
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I love how his Funimation Dragon Ball role is his most well know stuff yet he voice mainly 4Kids stuff
Shaun Ince
said at 1:18 PM on Mon Aug 3 2015
@HienFan When 4Kids was in it's prime & Schemmel was living in New York, he pretty much took all the roles he could get.
said at 7:39 AM on Sat Aug 8 2015
@HienFan I was just going to say that. Actually, My favorite Schemmel roles are from Pokemom xD
said at 7:48 AM on Sat Aug 8 2015
@Pokeshipper9000 I prefer his 4Kids work over Dragon Ball period
said at 12:29 PM on Sun Jul 5 2015
said at 11:46 PM on Sat May 2 2015
Weird I didn't know he was that guy on kappa mikey but for some reason it clicked like that's for sure
Jared Delgado
said at 11:41 AM on Mon Feb 23 2015
Way to go on having 200 roles, Sean. Keep up the good work.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:22 AM on Sat Nov 22 2014
Happy belated birthday, Sean.
said at 7:12 PM on Fri Nov 21 2014
Happy Birthday Sean Schemmel awesome Goku and Lucario reprise SSB4
said at 12:57 PM on Fri Nov 21 2014
I'm surprised he hasn't done more stuff, given he voices one of the most iconic anime characters!!! Hearing that he moved to LA, It seems that shall change!!!
said at 3:39 PM on Fri Nov 21 2014
@DravenRoth994 Oh yes, Happy Birthday Sean!!
said at 5:50 AM on Tue Feb 24 2015
@DravenRoth994 Indeed. I know he was Nebula in Natural Doctrine and on a voice over podcast he did last December, he mentioned having a role in Naruto and several video games he couldn't discuss.
said at 2:30 PM on Thu Mar 6 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
I must be the only die hard DBZ weaboo that has any respect for Sean. Seriously. -_-
Even though I really don't like his Son Goku, I overlook that and see that all his other roles are absolutely outstanding. In my opinion, he was one of the better voices for the 4kids dub of One Piece and I LOVED that he returned for Funimation's dub of Strong World.
As for his Goku, what bothered me wasn't really as much as his voice as it was the fact that the original dub was horribly rewritten, and made Goku VERY out of character. Wasn't his fault in the slightest.
Once the dub for Dragon Ball Kai came around (which stuck to the original dialogue), I warmed up to it a lot more and noticed that it actually is a LOT better than what it was when he first started. :)
said at 4:24 AM on Fri Nov 22 2013
Forgot to say Happy Birthday to Goku yesterday. So, Happy belated birthday, Goku!
said at 9:12 PM on Thu Nov 21 2013
almost forgot Happy Birthday Sean Schemmel best Goku
said at 11:22 AM on Thu Nov 21 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
Happy birthday, Sean! You have truly made the most iconic anime character of all time your own throughout the years! And I can't wait to see the rest of Kai, and whatever else (Battle of Gods! Please Funimation, please!) the future of Dragon Ball has in store for Goku! I hope to see you get as many new roles as possible as well, you're a very talented person who deserves it!
said at 9:08 AM on Thu Nov 21 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Happy Birthday Sean Schemmel! Superb and fantastic job as Goku, King Kai, Dark Doom and Dr. Indigo.

Hope you'll get more roles soon in the near future.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:29 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
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Sean's Twitter account says he lives in LA. I really hope he gets more work now. He's got a lot of untapped talent.
said at 2:21 AM on Sat Oct 12 2013
@Nightmare Crusher Same here. At least he has reprised Gaston for the Berserk films, so that is a good start.
said at 9:22 AM on Thu Nov 21 2013
@Nightmare Crusher it's great that he's getting roles in LA but he should also be more suited in roles for funimation since his only role is goku most of the time and should get a number of roles in funimation. but, if sean moved to LA, I predict he'll get less roles in LA anime and some roles in video games
said at 7:13 AM on Sun Sep 15 2013
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Heard Sean's moved out to LA. Hope to hear him in even more western animation soon. =D
said at 12:52 PM on Thu Aug 22 2013
He has a very comforting voice and I grew up with him and the FUNimation cast. It's been awesome as a fan to see how much he's improved as an actor since then: he's really expanded his range in recent years as well. He's my favorite voice for Goku, and he was hilarious as Dr. Crowler and Gonard as well.
said at 11:14 PM on Wed Jun 5 2013
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Man, you can tell just by looking at this list and listening to some of these secondary characters that he has gigantic range that simply is not being used. He may mostly be known for his performance as Goku, but his range really is incredible and it's a shame there are a lot of people that haven't realized it.

I would compare him to the versatile likes John of DiMaggio and Daran Norris! To have that much range and the power to voice a character like Goku... dang.
said at 10:46 AM on Thu Jun 6 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy "likes of John DiMaggio"
said at 5:06 PM on Wed Nov 21 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Happy birthday, Sean.

To me, you can't go wrong with his Goku. His work on NY shows/games such as Berserk, Sonic are great too.
Madness Abe
said at 2:25 PM on Wed Nov 21 2012



Happy Birthday, Sean! :)
Darth Satsui
said at 9:19 AM on Wed Nov 21 2012
Happy Birthday Sean. Youre one of the best voice actors of all time and you along with many other voice actors inspire me to be a voice actor too and for that I thank you. Long Live FUNimation and Long Live DBZ.
said at 12:35 AM on Wed Nov 21 2012
Happy Birthday Sean Schemmel Best Goku
said at 9:48 PM on Tue Sep 11 2012
Viva Pinata, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Watched them religiously when I was a kid...AND I DIDN'T FLIPPING KNOW SEAN WAS IN THEM!?!? WHAT ROCK HAVE I BEEN UNDER!?!
said at 8:52 AM on Sun Jul 1 2012
Sean is totally awesome! love Goku! and Onsokumaru is the single most hilarious character on the planet!
said at 3:51 PM on Thu May 17 2012
If he voices a character of the One Piece Funimation Dub he should voice Jabra using his Archie and Cyrus voice from Pokemon. But unfortunately he not in more Funimation dubs.
said at 3:22 PM on Wed Sep 4 2013
@Andy15Tran Sean lives all the way up north in NY; it'd be difficult for him to commute between there and Dallas.
said at 4:24 PM on Fri May 4 2012
He's also the Goku from my childhood, same with the other two.
said at 3:09 PM on Tue Apr 10 2012
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Some great performances in other anime but he'll always be the voice of Goku (blessing and a curse). :P

Kind of cool how he's worked on both the 4Kids One Piece dub and the Funimation One Piece dub; the latter only being additional voices though.

Hopefully he actually gets to voice a character with an actual name in the future and then it'll be official!

I hope NYAV Post also gets dub the Berserk movies that VIZ Media unfortunately picked up... (would've preferred Sentai Filmworks or Funimation since they've outsourced dubs before)

VIZ usually keeps it local (L.A.) and only occasionally outsources to Vancouver.

Anyways although it wasn't the largest role I liked Schemmel's work as Gaston.

The interaction between Guts (Marc Diraison) and him felt very natural even though they record separately (like all dubs).

They really seemed like they were comrades with a great relationship.

I was really pissed when Gaston died. For a moment it seemed like he would survive but no!!!!

Why did Kentaro Miura have to kill a good character. :)
said at 8:09 PM on Tue Feb 14 2012
Sean Schemmel is a great Voice Actor, Nobody can voice Goku Better than him
said at 5:30 AM on Sun Jan 22 2012
it says his one of his favorite roles are goku. He loves goku too.
Madness Abe
said at 9:42 PM on Mon Nov 21 2011
Happy Birthday, Sean! You are the Light or the Hope of the Universe...CREATURE OF THE NIGHT!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:57 PM on Mon Nov 21 2011
Happy birthday, Sean!
said at 7:51 PM on Tue Aug 2 2011
Sean schemmel! OH he makes my heart thud in my chest! I love him!
HE plays goku really well.......I especially love his:

said at 8:32 PM on Wed Jun 15 2011
Wow he kind of looks like Gambit to me
said at 3:48 PM on Sat May 21 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:31 AM on Sun Nov 21 2010
Happy Birthday!

Thanks for being the best Goku and your great villain voices.
Faved by 305 BTVA Members
Favorite Role
Who's your favorite Sean Schemmel role? *
Goku Son / Kakarot
73.9% (102 votes)
8.0% (11 votes)
Black Doom
3.6% (5 votes)
2.2% (3 votes)
1.4% (2 votes)
Vellian Crowler
1.4% (2 votes)
King Kai / North Kai
1.4% (2 votes)
0.7% (1 votes)
0.7% (1 votes)
0.7% (1 votes)
Valtor / Baltor
0.7% (1 votes)
Dr. Indigo
0.7% (1 votes)
Ojama Yellow
0.7% (1 votes)
0.7% (1 votes)
Ricardo Gomes
0.7% (1 votes)
0.7% (1 votes)
0.7% (1 votes)
0.7% (1 votes)
138 Total Votes
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