Demon King Piccolo
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Demon King Piccolo

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Demon King Piccolo with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Dragon Ball

Demon King Piccolo is one of the antagonists of the original Dragon Ball series. Demon King Piccolo was a Namekian whom was released by first DB villain Emperor Pilaf to use as a tool for World Conquest but Demon King Piccolo ended up in control as he now plots to rule the world. Demon King Piccolo has created those such as Drum and Tambourine and later on in the story the Piccolo that DBZ fans know of.
Created by Pokejedservo on Jun 19 2011
Special thanks to Music Meister for additional sound clips.
Dragon Ball (1996)
King PiccoloMike Shepherd
Mike Shepherd
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
King PiccoloScott McNeil
Scott McNeil
Dragon Ball (1996)
King PiccoloChristopher Sabat
Christopher Sabat


Happy Fathers Day everyone! For this Dragon Ball VC we have one of the most menacing villains in the original Dragon Ball series... DEMON KING PICCOLO! In the FUNi dub of the original Dragon Ball series Chris Sabat is the one to voice King Piccolo in this dub of the series (among other things such as the Video games that Demon King Piccolo appeared in). One could easily notice that Chris Sabat's Demon King Piccolo voice is not that different from his Piccolo voice (though I suppose Chris' voice for the older version of Demon King Piccolo is a bit more different but not by much). However despite that I certainly wouldn't consider Chris' voice as Demon King Piccolo to be bad though (in which in retrospection it does kind of make sense why the voice would be similar) as Chris' performance for the role was very good. While Piccolo was a villain whom went from Villain to Hero, Demon King Piccolo was flat out evil and Chris' performance reflected pretty well. To make a long story short Chris Sabat's work as Demon King Piccolo was very good and a fine example of the FUNi dub of Dragon Ball.

In the EuroCanadian dub of DBZ there was a flashback scene of the end of Kid Goku's battle against King Piccolo in which Scott McNeil gets to take over the role here. While once again alike Chris Sabat, Scott McNeil is also well known for voicing Piccolo and his voice for Demon King Piccolo is not that different from his Piccolo voice. However alike his FUNi counterpart Scott's voice for the role works well for the role as his performance does have a good sense of a "Evil Demon King". Unfortunately unlike Chris Sabat, Scott McNeil has so far only voiced Demon King Piccolo for that one scene so far but still he definitely shown the potential that he would do well with the role if he had more lines. Overall both of these guys did well as while Chris may have had a lot more material to work with both of these guys did well in their own ways.



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Vocal Evolver
said at 12:21 PM on Sun Apr 8 2018
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Only voiced him in flashbacks, but I have to go with Scott McNeil. His voice is so epic.
8000 Saiyans
said at 6:53 PM on Mon Oct 16 2017
None of them are perfect, but I guess I'll go with Sabat.
8000 Saiyans
said at 11:26 PM on Mon Oct 23 2017
Scott could do much better if he used this voice:
said at 6:41 PM on Wed Nov 30 2016
While I prefer Sabat as Piccolo Junior, I actually prefer McNeil as Piccolo Daimo.
said at 2:30 PM on Tue Oct 11 2016
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1. Christopher Sabat:

The most demonic and smug sounding of the group.

2. Mike Shepherd:

He was good, and I'd probably have gone with him, but his screams are pretty embarrassing to listen to.

3. Scott McNeil:

Disappointing, considering it's him of all people. The Westwood dub really suffered from poor vocal direction, and this is a good example of that- he sounds very generic as well as growly here.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:30 AM on Wed Mar 30 2016
Having now seen Mike Shepherd's performance in its entirety I'm a bit conflicted. While his voice is often more natural sounding, the way they wrote Piccolo is really kind of weird. This is something that's a little hard to explain if you haven't seen the Blue Water dub, so bear with me.

They have Piccolo speaking in an unusually casual manner. He sounds less like a demon lord and more like a regular person having a casual conversation a lot of the time. It's just this very strange contrast and I don't think it works all that well.
said at 5:52 PM on Mon Mar 7 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Chris
2. Mike
3. Scott
Scott could've been soooooo much better.
said at 6:39 PM on Sat Apr 9 2016
1. Christopher Sabat
2. Mike Shepherd
3. Cam Clarke
4. Scott McNeil
said at 5:23 PM on Sat Feb 27 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
Christopher Sabat is the most fitting one here as Demon King Piccolo just like how he is with the Piccolo we all know and love.

Mike Shepard is surprisingly fitting in this role too, he's rather hammy and evil in the role which is nice.

Scott McNeil is sadly disappointing here. I know he could have done this role so much better, it hurts.

I'll go with Christopher Sabat on this one.
said at 12:28 PM on Sun Nov 15 2015
Chris Sabat has the most demonic and commanding performance, then Mike Shepherd in second, and lastly Scott McNeil.
said at 5:01 PM on Thu Jun 18 2015
 6 Shout Outs!
Mike's take is actually sort of what Scott's should have been. It sounds appropriately evil and hammy, a bit Jim Cummings-esque at some places too. That said, Chris still has a more fitting Demon King voice.
said at 1:42 PM on Fri Jun 12 2015
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Mike actually isn't that bad. Sticking with Chris though.
said at 10:28 AM on Fri Jun 12 2015
Mike Shepherd has the most fitting voice out of all of them really. ...its just that last part of that clip was extremely goofy.
said at 9:29 AM on Sat Jun 6 2015
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I had to imagine each doing Chris's "Rise and form to serve your master!" chant to make my decision. On that basis, it's:

1. Chris Sabat
2. Mike Shepherd
3. Scott McNeil
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:04 PM on Tue Oct 20 2015
@Kioea Here's Mike actually doing his version if you're curious.
said at 11:57 AM on Wed Oct 21 2015
@Nightmare Crusher That's exactly why I picked Chris's version as my measuring point. It's too silly. In fairness, though, it would've been hard to get a proper translation for the actual chant used in the original. It seems to be one of those things that doesn't really mean anything.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 12:03 PM on Wed Oct 21 2015
@Kioea The original chant is from a Japanese children's game. It's also racially insensitive towards the Chinese, but that's another matter altogether.

It's one of those things that really doesn't work to well in English. I suppose the closest thing would be to have King Piccolo sing ring around the rosy.
said at 8:19 PM on Fri Jun 5 2015
Mike is a bit better than Scott although Chris is still better
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:33 PM on Fri Jun 5 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Mike Shepherd isn't all that demonic sounding, but he's pretty good, especially considering the Blue Water dub isn't all that great. I still prefer Chris thiugh.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:32 PM on Fri Jun 5 2015
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I'm gonna give Mike the benefit of the doubt and say it was more than likely bad direction.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:48 PM on Fri Jun 5 2015
@Music Meister This clip isn't one of his better moments. I linked to another scene of his in the DB voice compare forum thread and I thought he was pretty good there.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:04 PM on Fri Jun 5 2015
@Nightmare Crusher
...that IS the clip you linked in the DB forum
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:13 PM on Fri Jun 5 2015
@Music Meister Oops. I forgot to specify that it was the other one I linked. The one with Pilaf.
said at 10:34 AM on Fri Jun 12 2015
@Nightmare Crusher There are some reads that were very goofy, and I kinda wish he sounded more sickly here (cuz he's really at his oldest here). But, I really like his voice for the character.
said at 7:32 AM on Sat Jun 13 2015
@ConfusedPhantom I agree. If he'd had better direction and writing - especially on the chant - that would've been an amazing take.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:35 AM on Wed Jul 30 2014
I kinda like both of them, yet Christopher Sabat sounds a bit more evil and powerful. It also doesn't help that Scott's clip isn't actual words. That must be the best someone could find, I don't want to nitpick.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:11 AM on Wed Jul 30 2014
@Polyester Funk Not actual words? He talks for most of the clip.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:03 AM on Thu Jul 31 2014
@Nightmare Crusher Gee, I don't know what I was thinking. I must have gotten distracted or something.
said at 7:28 AM on Thu Oct 10 2013
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Chris Sabat. Like others have said, it's a little surprising Scott McNeil didn't go for a more demonic sound, we all know how well he can do that. :/ Maybe it was just crappy direction.
said at 9:54 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy I'm sure it WAS crappy direction. It happened to Scott A LOT in that dub.
said at 12:28 AM on Sat Oct 5 2013
Christopher Sabat sound ruthless and intimidating as Demon King Piccolo. Very sadistic sounding: it's like he enjoys toying with his enemies. He's my favorite.
said at 10:05 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@OldSchoolFTW IKR? Scott sounded more demonic as Piccolo Jr. than he did here, which disappoints me. Sabat, however, sounds very much like a demon king. Perfectly evil, snarly, and baritone.
said at 3:40 AM on Wed Oct 9 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus A shame really. Because Scott McNeil can definitely sound demonic like in the Dead Zone movie, where he confronts Sansho.
said at 10:46 AM on Wed Oct 9 2013
@Fulgore2005 Exactly why I said his normal Piccolo voice sounded way more demonic than his King Piccolo here. It just shows what lousy voice direction that Ocean Cell and Buu Saga dub had.
said at 2:14 AM on Wed May 16 2012
 6 Shout Outs!
Their both really great Chris Sabat suits his more sadistic side and does a good job at making him seem tougher while McNeil is more suited to his sinister side and makes him sound more demonic side. But Sabat wins since the voice acting in Funi DB is much better then the Westwood Ocean dub of DBZ.
said at 11:07 PM on Sat Aug 27 2011
 3 Shout Outs!
said at 10:28 AM on Mon Jun 20 2011
 4 Shout Outs!
As much as I love Scott Mcneil, his voice in that clip just didn't sound demonic enough. Sabat gets my vote.
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