Dr. Wheelo
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Dr. Wheelo

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Dr. Wheelo with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Dragon Ball

Dr. Wheelo is a scientist who specialized in bio-technology. His ultimate goal was to modify the human race using his research. He later was turned into a cyborg by his assistant Dr. Kochin. Wheelo wanted to later transfer his brain into the world's strongest fighter. Originally he wanted Master Roshi but later desired Goku's body.
Created by Pokejedservo on Nov 25 2009
Special thanks to NCZ for additional sound clips.
Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest (1998)
Dr. WheeloDouglas Rand
Douglas Rand
Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest (1998)
Dr. WheeloR Bruce Elliott
R Bruce Elliott
Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest (1998)
Dr. WheeloWard Perry
Ward Perry


The last time I did a DBZ VC it was for the 1st DBZ Movie Villain Garlic Jr., we shall do one for the 2nd Movie villain Dr. Wheelo.

In the old FUNi/Pioneer dub with Ocean he was voiced by Ocean Group VA Paul Dobson whom while known for lower villainous voices does something a bit more monstrous than smooth. (And it certainly did work and it seems natural for a disembodied brain of an evil Mad Scientist in a Massive Malevolent Machine like Dr. Wheelo but still all Alliteration aside Paul Dobson's work for Wheelo worked well.)

In the FUNimation redub of the 2nd Movie (and in Budokai Tenkaichi 3) he is voiced by FUNi VA R. Bruce Elliott whom I was pleasantly surprised with. I admit while I am not familiar with a lot of R. Bruce's handiwork in general I did feel a little uncertain about this casting decision at first but then I noticed on how his Dr. Wheelo was quite menacingly monstrous as well. (Though it does seem a bit obvious that some vocal modification was used, not that I am complaining since I use it in my amateur voice work but that's a different story.)

Overall I admit I do slightly prefer Paul Dobson's Dr. Wheelo voice a bit more but both VAs did do this role rather well.



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Vocal Evolver
said at 12:43 PM on Sun Apr 8 2018
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Ward Perry is chillingly good.
said at 10:28 AM on Wed Apr 4 2018
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Yet another Andross situation - Rand gets the scientist quality down but not the menacing villain, while Elliot nails the villain but not the scientist. Ward Perry, however, nails both.
8000 Saiyans
said at 12:36 PM on Thu Oct 19 2017
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Ward's the best.
said at 6:27 PM on Sun Feb 26 2017
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This is a rare case where I like an Ocean Dub actor more. That being said Elliott is a close second.
said at 10:19 AM on Sun Oct 23 2016
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Ward Perry and R Bruce Elliott are both phenomenal as Dr. Wheelo. I think I like Ward's voice and performance for the mad scientist just a tiny bit more. But regardless! They both work very well for the character.

Doug Rand however... Just kind of sounds like a normal guy, I suppose. Not much else to say about his take honestly.
said at 1:56 PM on Wed Oct 5 2016
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I think this (1.31) would've been the perfect AB voice for Wheelo:

Shaun Ince
said at 8:31 AM on Tue Jul 26 2016
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In most cases when it comes to the first 3 DBZ movies, Ocean is more or less better than FUNi in these roles. In the case of Dr Wheelo I feel R. Bruce. Elliot outshines Ward Perry ever so slightly. Mostly due the filter on his voice. That actually makes his take a bit more unique in that regard.

Doug Rand is just bland. Not much else to say.
said at 4:06 PM on Sat Apr 9 2016
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Doug can be quite sinister at points - "Tell me... Who is the world's strongest man?" - but overall, he falls flat compared to the other two. Personally, I feel someone like Allan Wenger or Christian Erickson would've been a better choice.
said at 10:29 AM on Tue Mar 8 2016
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I'd say Captain Ginyu wins this one. His more robotic take, especially in BT3, seems the most fitting for a giant robot brain. Ward's more suave performance sounds really cool and menacing, and is a close second.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 3:11 PM on Mon Feb 22 2016
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I like R. Bruce the most, he sounds perfectly inhuman which I think fits a giant robot with a human brain.
said at 5:29 AM on Mon Feb 22 2016
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I actually went with Ward Perry, he just seems to have the right amount of menace and cold-heartedness in his take.

R. Bruce Elliot is fine, he has a more booming tone in his take, but I just prefer the former a bit more.

Doug Rand's take is funny, at least, but he sounds so plain and ordinary. Either way you look at it, he's by far the weakest one here.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:52 PM on Sat Feb 20 2016
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Douglas Rand just sounds like a regular guy and not a brain in a robotic body. Some effects might have helped a bit.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:03 PM on Sat Feb 20 2016
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I personally think R. Bruce Elliot's Tenkaichi 3 performance was the best for Dr. Wheelo.

Ward Perry was still pretty good. Doug Rand spent most of the movie sounding uncharacteristically flat. What a shame.
said at 6:10 PM on Sat Jan 9 2016
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I actually prefer R. Bruce Elliot's deep filtrated voice over Ward Perry.

Yeah Ward Perry does sound like a human mad scientist who put his brain in a machine and in fact he sounds really good, I think he could have been great as a TFP Shockwave.

However R. Bruce Elliot sounds more detached and inhuman sounding as if he rejected his humanity away in an attempt to become the greatest scientist the world ever known. Plus it just sounds badass and even scary sounding.

I feel it's an excellent use of pitch shifting while with Ward's take, I just hear Ward with a little bit of effects. Still I like both performances, they're different yet they both work for me.
said at 7:44 AM on Wed Feb 24 2016
Douglas Rand is just plain ill-fitting as Dr. Wheelo.

Without any effects on his voice, how am I suppose to know he's a mad scientist in a robot body?

Besides Rand wasn't even right for this role, either Ed Marcus, Paul Bandey or David Gasman would have done Wheelo better.
said at 4:03 PM on Fri Oct 23 2015
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1. Ward Perry
2. R Bruce Elliott
3. Doug Rand
4. Speedy VA
said at 5:38 PM on Sun Sep 20 2015
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1. Ward Perry
2. R. Bruce Elliott
3. Doug Rand (AB dub)
Silly Sally
said at 3:23 PM on Sun Aug 9 2015
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The filter on R Bruce Elliott's voice is too heavy not to mention that growling he does neither sounds intimidating nor cool. Ward Perry ironically had the stronger performance even though he was in his 20s at the time.
said at 11:41 PM on Thu Jan 22 2015
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Anyone else think Ward sounds like Richard McGonagle?
Polyester Funk
said at 12:05 AM on Tue May 13 2014
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Both are very good, but I prefer Ward Perry. I just really liked that voice the moment I heard it when I watched that movie years ago.
said at 5:43 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
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I LOVE both these performances, but I get more of a mad scientist vibe from Ward Perry's take than I do Elliot's. However, Elliot's take IS terrifying, sounding like an evil old man who has become one with a machine. Cruelly tough choice here, but Perry edges out only slightly.
said at 11:58 PM on Tue Jun 25 2013
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Alright, so it was Ward Perry. I have no real idea who that is, but let me give my further thoughts on this now that there's been a change.

I love both of these performances. R. Bruce Elliott's sounds much more chilling and robotic, but Perry's slightly more maniacal take on the character is also freaking awesome.

After comparing both of them in other clips from the movie and rethinking my vote, I'm changing my vote to R. Bruce Elliott.

For me, Ward Perry seems just a little too maniacal. R. Bruce Elliott's version of the character gives me more the impression of an evil scientist who's had his brain put into a robotic shell for a long time. He sounds older, colder, and chilling.

Ward Perry is also good, but his more maniacal persona he gives to the character makes him a little less interesting in my opinion. His performance and voice is still awesome, but I feel Elliott's is a bit more true to the character.

If I had any complaints for RBE, it would be that they put the effects on his voice a little too thickly. Despite that small flaw, I'm changing my vote to him.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:04 PM on Fri Jun 21 2013
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I like R. Bruce Elliott's lower tone a bit better, but Ward Perry's not bad at all either.
said at 4:41 PM on Sun Jun 23 2013
Much preferred the effects used on Elliott's voice in BT3 myself.

BTW, thanks for going out of your way with the change. I would have addressed this properly but I was hoping to find proper Ocean credits for DZ and ToM so I could take all the Ocean movies out in one swing.
said at 3:57 PM on Thu May 23 2013
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Yep that's definitely Ward Perry voicing Wheelo in the Ocean Dub. Paul Dobson voiced Dr. Koichin in World's Strongest.
said at 12:57 AM on Sun Apr 21 2013
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They're both good but I prefer the stern robotic Unicron-esc voice that R Bruce Eliot gives, it just makes Dr Wheelo seem more cold, ruthless and emotionally detached.
said at 11:14 PM on Fri Mar 8 2013
I'm going with Paul.
said at 7:07 PM on Mon Jun 24 2013
@coolgeek176 I mean i'm going with Ward Perry.
said at 10:57 AM on Fri Mar 8 2013
Paul Dobson. I'm primarily a FUNimation fan and I have to say Paul Dobson is much better.
said at 3:17 PM on Sat Aug 27 2011
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I'm going with Paul Dobson here, though both voices are very good and Dr. Wheelo is one of the more underrated Dragonball Z villains.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 4:06 PM on Wed Nov 25 2009
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I've seen both versions and while I prefer the Funimation redub overall I agree that Paul Dobson did a slightly better job. I enjoyed his work on Inuyasha as well (Naraku, Myoga).
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Who do you think has been the best from these Dr Wheelo voice actors?
Ward Perry
R Bruce Elliott
Douglas Rand