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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Goku with sound clips and images.
Goku is the main protagonist of Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT. He is the father of Gohan and Goten, husband of Chi-Chi and grandfather of Pan.

Goku (also known as Kakarot) is a full-blooded Saiyan, and over the course of the series strives to become to strongest and most powerful fighter he can possibly be. He is usually the first character to achieve new plateaus of power and uses his abilities to uphold peace on Earth and throughout the Universe.

Besides being the most powerful fighter in history he is also pure of heart, naive, innocent, cheerful, energetic and has an incredible will power.

In the English dub of the Dragon Ball Z anime by Saban and Funimation Goku was originally voiced by Ocean Group voice actor Ian James Corlett for the first season until he left.

Goku's replacement was Ocean Group voice actor Peter Kelamis for season 2. Kelamis also voiced Goku for the original English dub versions of the first 3 Dragon Ball Z movies.

However when Saban parted ways with Funimation the role was recast and Sean Schemmel then voiced Goku from season 3 to the end of the Dragon Ball Z series. Sean Schemmel also voices Goku for the re-dubbed episodes originally voiced by Ian James Corlett and Peter Kelamis, the anime films, the re-dubbed films originally voiced by Peter Kelamis, and the Funimation version of Dragon Ball GT. Sean also voiced Teen Goku in the final saga of Dragon Ball. For Dragon Ball Z Kai Sean Schemmel reprises his role as Goku.

Peter Kelamis still voiced Goku in the Ocean Group version of the DBZ anime for European and Canadian broadcasts. However Peter Kelamis stopped voicing Goku during the Cell Games saga in order to focus on his career as a comedian. Kirby Morrow then voiced Goku until the end of the series for the Ocean Group version.

In the Blue Water dub of Dragon Ball Teen Goku was voiced by Jeffrey Watson.

In the Blue Water dub version of the Dragon Ball GT anime for European and Canadian broadcasts Adult Goku was voiced by Jermiah Yurk.

For the 1997 video game Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout Goku was voiced by Steve Blum.

Goku was also voiced by an unknown voice actor in a British English dub of DBZ movie 3.

Another unknown voice actor voiced him in a Malaysian English dub of DBZ movie 12

Another unknown voice actor voiced Goku for a Filipino English dub of DBZ movie 5.

Special thanks to Tommy for providing the Jeffrey Watson clip

Created by Foxwolf on Sat Apr 4 2009, 247 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to Pokejedservo, Jackson_H for additional sound clips.
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Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Goku Son / KakarotIan James Corlett
Ian James Corlett
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Goku Son / KakarotPeter Kelamis
Peter Kelamis
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Goku Son / KakarotSean Schemmel
Sean Schemmel
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Goku Son / KakarotKirby Morrow
Kirby Morrow
Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout (1997)
Goku Son / KakarotSteve Blum
Steve Blum
Dragon Ball GT (2003)
Goku Son / KakarotJeremiah Yurk
Jeremiah Yurk
Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might (1998)
Goku Son / KakarotUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor
Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn (2006)
Goku Son / KakarotUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor
Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge (2002)
Goku Son / KakarotUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor
Dragon Ball (1996)
Goku Son (Teen)Jeffrey Watson
Jeffrey Watson

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Han Solo Fan
said at 6:17 PM on Sun Sep 14 2014
I grew up with Sean Schemmel, so my vote goes to him, but it's not just because of that: I really like the balance between the child-like and adult mannerisms he gives Goku, and I find his laugh is really cute to listen to when he does it. I actually prefer his portrayal to Masako Nozawa's because when I see Goku, I imagine a strong man as opposed to...a little kid, I guess (even if he is a kid at heart).

I really liked Ian Corlett as well, I don't care much for Peter, Kirby was meh, and the rest of them are just forgettable for me.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 2:20 PM on Sat Aug 9 2014
As of said in the past, for several reasons, I'm not a fan of Schemmel Goku. But, coming back from Battle of Gods, he really nailed it. He really came a long way. And, thus my vote is changed to him.
Savate
said at 2:41 PM on Sat Aug 9 2014
@ConfusedPhantom
Wow, I was already excited for the Battle of Gods English dub, but hearing someone who wasn't a fan of Schemmel Goku as much as others saying he was THIS good in it makes me want to watch it even more now!
HienFan
said at 8:21 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
Okay now for my order
1 Peter
2 Ian
3 Sean KAMEHAMEHA!
4 Jeff Good voice, flat acting and the bad audio made it worse
5 Kirby Pretty OOC
6 Jeremiah
7 Steve
8 Unknown 2
9 Unknown 3
10 Unknown 1 That is so OOC I don't know where to start
Lion's Edge
said at 1:13 PM on Sat Jun 28 2014
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Favorite? Easily Sean Schemmel. He could sound warm, gentle and kind-hearted; jovial and child-like; and serious and matured... No matter what the scene required, he pulled off the exact emotional range to do so...

At this point, I'd say Sean IS Goku.

And...

...

I prefer him from Masako Nozawa. (readies self with flame shield)
Savate
said at 2:13 PM on Fri Aug 8 2014
@Lion's Edge
You're not alone: I prefer Sean's performance as Goku over Masako Nozawa's as well-- I really think his voice is much more age appropriate fit for the character. I mean, I get Goku is a man child at heart, but Sean still captures that perfectly while also striking all the right chords of the character: he's perfect for this character-- it's Sean's definitive role in my book!
BlankSlate
said at 4:45 PM on Tue Aug 12 2014
@Lion's Edge Prefer Nozawa but I respect your opinion. Wholeheartedly.
Savate
said at 12:17 PM on Sat Jun 21 2014
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#1) Sean Schemmel (DBZ Kai Dub > 2005-2010 FUNi Z Redub Saiyan and Buu Saga > Initial FUNi Z Dub Ep. 179-276 > Initial FUNi Z dub Ep. 54-178)- Perfect. He has this warm, gentle, kind hearted feeling to his Goku, with the man child feeling, but also sounds age appropriate while doing it and he just nails it. 10/10

#2) Peter Kelamis (DBZ Ocean Dub Ep. 38-53 > DBZ Ocean Dub Ep. 108-143 (?))- Pretty good, but the thick Surfer dude accent drags it down, but he nailed the child in a man's body feeling perfectly and he does sound a bit cute in the role. 8.5/10

#3) Ian James Corlett (DBZ Ocean Dub. Ep. 1-37)- He has a good tone for it and good delivery of his lines, but he's a little stiff voice wise and didn't get the goofy part down well. He is the first English Goku, though, and set a high precedent for others to follow. 8/10

#4) Kirby Morrow (DBZ Ocean Dub Ep. 148 (?)-276)- He sounds the most natural in the delivery of his lines and has the gentle, warm side of Goku down, but he's TOO relaxed, mature sounding, and lacks the child like side of the character. He's average/decent, though: I can stand it. 7/10

#5) Jeffrey Watson- I like his voice and it has this nice, gentle feeling to it, but his acting is absolutely terrible (e.g. "And NOW, I'LLSHOWYOUSOMEREALPOWAAAERRRR") and that ruins his performance...not okay. 5/10

#6) Steven J. Blum- I love Blum, but he just sounds like a surfer dude here and as generic and bland as paint. 3.5/10

#7) Jeremiah Yurk- Terrible voice, and terrible acting-- he sounds like a smug prick in this role. 2/10

The Worst: All of the unknowns-- one sounds like a Native American chief (e.g. "COME, MAGIC CLOUD!"), the other a Filipino man or something, and the other a Malaysian guy or something. 0.5/10
HienFan
said at 8:14 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
@Savate I think two unknowns are from Filipino and Malaysia
Savate
said at 8:16 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
@HienFan
Same: I'm almost 100% sure of it.
HienFan
said at 2:59 AM on Tue Jun 17 2014
Changing to Peter, Jeff acting is really awkward.

Jeff is still better than Kirby however
NoirNeko
said at 3:32 PM on Sat May 31 2014
He sounds like a flat Dan Green in Tree Of Might... Sean Schemmel is definitely the best. Corlett's second
RachaelLane1984
said at 9:00 AM on Mon May 26 2014
Sean Schemmel for the win!
PacoSlimee
said at 2:25 PM on Tue Apr 29 2014
Gotta go with Schemmel. I grew up with Corlett and I do really like his take. And admittedly when they changed to Sean I didn't notice. (I was in the third grade, sue me). Having listened to Sean get better and better in the role, it's kinda hard going back and listen to Corlett. It's not that he's not natural in the role, he actually sounds pretty good, just the hammy-ness and awkward delivery at times hurts him. For me it's Sean first, Corlett second. Not that familiar with anyone else.
whytmango
said at 3:08 PM on Wed Apr 23 2014
Fusion Reborn Unknown Voice Actor is clearly the best. #sarcasmroxx
Aussieroth
said at 4:29 PM on Mon Mar 24 2014
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Sean. Hands down. Though Ian and Peter are amazing as well, Sean just IS Goku.
HienFan
said at 4:05 PM on Tue Mar 18 2014
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For just those who voiced Goku in only the Z series
1 Peter
2 Ian
3 Sean
4 Kirby
RenoRebirth
said at 6:54 PM on Thu Feb 27 2014
John Cassese should be added to the VC.
He's clearly the best.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz1mV1CQ5Rg
Metabad
said at 7:22 PM on Sat Mar 1 2014
@RenoRebirth "When you were drunk drinking your Coca-Cola."

???
RenoRebirth
said at 7:57 PM on Sat Mar 1 2014
@RenoRebirth Watch my compilation vid.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbcDebGRdp4
skeletonking1234
said at 10:24 AM on Mon Feb 17 2014
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fusion reborn I think is Tommy Wiseau.
TheGreenSpeedster
said at 9:28 PM on Tue Feb 18 2014
@skeletonking1234
YOU ARE TEARING ME APART CHI-CHI!
Heartfilia Mage 721
said at 9:31 PM on Tue Feb 18 2014
@TheGreenSpeedster The Room reference!
GothamRed
said at 10:18 PM on Tue Feb 18 2014
@Heartfilia Mage 721 Don't worry about it...
Metabad
said at 11:34 PM on Tue Feb 18 2014
@skeletonking1234 In that case, I can't wait for the Malaysian remake of The Room!
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 9:05 AM on Wed Feb 19 2014
@skeletonking1234 I only came into this voice compare to find out what exactly prompted all of these Wiseau/"Room" references.

And I was not disappointed.
SpongeBat1
said at 3:58 PM on Sat Feb 22 2014
@TheGreenSpeedster I did naht kommyhommyha her! It's nawt troo! It's BOOLCRAP! I did not kommyhommyhaw her! I deed NAHT.

Oh hai, Krillin.
TheGreenSpeedster
said at 9:30 PM on Tue Feb 25 2014
@SpongeBat1
Chicken Yamcha, you're just a little chicken. Cheep, cheepcheepcheep Cheaughauhuag.
skeletonking1234
said at 6:56 PM on Fri Feb 28 2014
@TheGreenSpeedster NO ONE POORLY IMITATES MY FAVORITE FARM ANIMAL
TheGreenSpeedster
said at 6:37 PM on Sat Mar 1 2014
@skeletonking1234
Gohan, don't worry about it. Bulma loves you too, as a person, as a human bean.
SpongeBat1
said at 6:16 AM on Wed Mar 5 2014
@TheGreenSpeedster IT'S NAWT OVER! ERRYBODY BETRAY ME! I FEDDAP WITTIZ WORULD!
HienFan
said at 5:00 AM on Tue Jan 14 2014
I seem to have no standard at all from all the Malay voices I tend to over hear

I pick Jeff

However I don't like Steve, Jeremiah or any of the unknown
SombraMan
said at 11:41 AM on Fri Dec 20 2013
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No offense, but none of them are decent in my opinion. Peter is just mediocre at best, and Steve Blum sounds pathetic as Goku.
TheGreenSpeedster
said at 1:54 AM on Mon Dec 30 2013
@SombraMan

What about Sean?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:49 AM on Mon Dec 30 2013
@TheGreenSpeedster Yeah, and everyone else.
SombraMan
said at 12:06 PM on Fri Jan 3 2014
@SombraMan Mediocre at best. I don't care about him either.
SombraMan
said at 12:45 PM on Fri Jan 3 2014
I would rather mute the sound and watch this subbed than to watch this dubbed. No offense to people who like this dubbed.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 7:28 PM on Thu Oct 31 2013
I wonder how much the hits for these DBZ compares will go up once the Ocean Kai comes out... I'm guessing they will top the lists for weeks.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 4:17 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
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Oh boy, top ten!

1. Sean Schemmel - It took him a while, but by DBZ Kai we can clearly hear that he's grown into this role and made it his own. He captures everything about Goku's character and performs phenomenally.
2. Kirby Morrow - Voice direction is a bit off, but his voice is perfect for Goku and he shows great range in his serious and comedic tones. The best Ocean dub Goku.
3. Ian James Corlett - The first English Goku. His voice is awesome, but man is his acting hammy. Just listen to the end of that clip. Yeesh!
4. Peter Kelamis - He sounds pretty good in the clip, but he started off really awkward and "surfer dude"-ish. Ironically, he'd sound identical to Nozawa if he used his Rolf voice.
5. Jeffrey Watson - The voice is exactly like how teen/young adult Goku should sound. But the delivery? BAD.
6. Jeremiah Yurk - He makes Goku sound like a conceited *******.
7. Steve Blum - Just reading his name makes me know this is a miscast.
8. UVA (Cooler's Revenge) - The best of the UVAs, which isn't saying much.
9. UVA (Fusion Reborn) - He sounds almost Tommy Wiseau-esque.
10. UVA (Tree of Might) - This deep He-Man/Superman voice is a complete misrepresentation of the character.
pete
said at 1:43 PM on Tue Oct 29 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus UVA on Tree Of Might sounds more like Atem to me.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 3:09 PM on Tue Oct 29 2013
@pete Nah, Atem is way more emotive than that! XD
pete
said at 6:24 PM on Tue Oct 29 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus Mainly because it reminds me of Dan Green.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 9:48 PM on Fri Nov 1 2013
@pete Again, Dan Green is a better actor.
UltimateSSJ4GokouEX
said at 8:16 AM on Tue Sep 24 2013
Sean Schemmel without a doubt is by far the best voice for Goku to me.
EdAndAl2345
said at 7:04 PM on Sat Sep 14 2013
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
Sean Schemmel All the Way
OldSchoolFTW
said at 3:46 PM on Mon Aug 19 2013
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Sean Schemmel for me. He may not sound like Masako Nozawa but that isn't everything and so long as a voice character can find a voice that fits the character they play, it is fine not to sound like the original actor in Japanese.

Peter Kelamis is the second best to me. He has this great voice that really has the right childlike sound for Goku. He's all around a solid actor for Goku to me.

Ian Corlett is excellent as well. He's in third. He was a tad generic at times when he started but the man practically became Goku as he went along in the role. I wish he had more time as Goku: I think he did a wonderful job balancing Goku's childlike naviety and his battles. Meshed beautifully in my eyes.

Kirby Morrow is OK. I mean, he could act better but he could've been worse. His voice is very Schemmel-like but his acting was raw and that dragged him down in my eyes. Still a good actor for Goku.

The others...not really.

Blum is a VA god, but all wrong with that voice for Goku.

Jeffrey's voice is good but his acting is downright horrendous.

All the unknowns are terrible in every way but even so they are great for a laugh and so even they are likeable in that way. XD.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 4:18 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@OldSchoolFTW Agreed except that my Ocean dub voice actor preference is the other way around. Morrow's my favorite, Kelamis is my least favorite.

Also, you forgot to mention Jeremiah. Did he sound like a total jerk or what?
OldSchoolFTW
said at 4:23 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus
Kelamis' take on Goku was more of an acquired taste for me. At first, I thought Kelamis made Goku sound like a surfer dude a bit, but he really improved as the Ocean Dub went on and I like how child-like and enthusiastic he was in the role. He made Goku sound really innocent, and for that, he's my favorite of the Ocean Dub Goku(s). I do respect your opinion, though.

Oh god, HOW could I forget? Jeremiah did sound like a total jerk, and on top of that, he was rather generic, IMO.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 9:45 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
@OldSchoolFTW I did acknowledge that Kelamis improved. He's just not my favorite. Though none of the Ocean dub voices measure up to Sean.

Absolutely!
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:11 PM on Sat Oct 12 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus I can see someone liking the Ocean actors' voices or their acting better, but if there's one place where Sean without a doubt shines above the rest of them is the screams!
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 9:06 AM on Sun Oct 13 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy I don't think anyone can deny that.
MegaMac
said at 1:05 AM on Thu Aug 8 2013
I wish there were a better example here for Ian Corlett's Goku. Whenever I hear Sean's, it reminds me of Ian's. It's a weird phenomena in my head, but I think it could best be explained that Ian suited Goku so well, that Sean went the direction Ian was pointing and ran with it. So much so that if there were ever another Mega Man cartoon for example, I wouldn't mind Sean voicing the blue bomber one bit.
0dd1
said at 12:22 AM on Sat Jun 22 2013
Definitely the VA from Fusion Reborn. Best voice actor in any series of any character, really.
TheGreenSpeedster
said at 2:12 AM on Sun Jun 9 2013
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Sean Schemmel is easily the best. Just listen to that scream.
dbret12
said at 7:51 PM on Mon May 27 2013
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Well, Sean Schemmel wasn't good at first, but after the Frieza Saga, he started getting the hang of his character. Look at the Buu Sagas and his yells were an improvement. His work in Dragon Ball Kai is a major improvement and the acting is top notch. But the original dub of Dragon Ball Z is something fans will remember for a long time, including myself.
SuperSaiyanBillCosby
said at 5:58 PM on Fri Apr 26 2013
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Sean Schemmel has really good talent and really gets into his role as Goku, he is Dragon Ball Z and it wouldn't be the same without him! when I was a kid Goku was my role model I wanted to have powers and save the earth like he did lol no lie I even made characters in my head with powers n drew them and acted like them in my back yard n with my friends when I was a kid all thanks to Dragon Ball Z and even Pokémon lol but defiantly Dragon Ball Z!
VctrBnsn
said at 1:09 PM on Thu Apr 11 2013
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DRAGON DRAGON ROCK THE DRAGON DRAGON BALL ZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!

Any who, I'll go with Sean, he has the most power. BTW, who thinks Steven Blum could do a lot better now if given the role?
pete
said at 12:33 AM on Tue Jun 11 2013
@VctrBnsn Probably but I see him as Piccolo more.
RenoRebirth
said at 2:04 AM on Thu Mar 28 2013
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OW! GOD! Jeffrey was DEAFENING! Not his voice exactly. The quality is just TERRIBLE!
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 9:48 AM on Fri Mar 1 2013
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Sean Schemmel is definitely Goku. Also, yes, I prefer him over Masako Nozawa. *raises shield for flames* I just think that Sean Schemmel makes the character more enjoyable than Masako or any of the other dub actors so far. Yeah, his rendition of the character isn't the exact same thing as the Japanese, so what? Sean seems to play Goku as a grown man with the heart of a child, rather than a child in an adult's body and I highly prefer it to the Japanese version.

He can make him sound sturdy and tough, and innocent and fun loving on the appropriate occasions. Also, his screaming is primal and powerful, exactly what it needs to be to get you pumped up and know when things are getting serious. Meanwhile, Nozawa sounds like a cat... if you like that and you think it sounds great, more power to you, I don't care. It just doesn't work for me.

It also really helps in certain cases that he sounds like a grown man. As much as a lot of you love Masako Nozawa and will defend it to your grave because Toriyama wanted it that way, I can take scenes where Goku and Vegeta are having a serious moment like when he was Majin Vegeta and temporarily reverted back to a villain, or his father-son motivational talks with Gohan much, much more seriously because he sounds like a grown man and not a child. I just think making him sound like a man with the heart of a child and not a literal child fits better.

Sean Schemmel it is for me.
pete
said at 12:38 AM on Tue Jun 11 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy Masako's voice gives me a headache as do all female seyous withreally high voices. I also like the way Sean delivers his lines both in the original dub and Kai but the original dub more as some sound a bit ridiculous in Kai like the ALLY TO GOOD NIGHTMARE TO YOU speech and I don't care if that's the proper way to translate the lines or whatever Hearing him call himself Son Goku is just plain absurd to me.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 1:25 AM on Thu Jun 13 2013
@pete I know this doesn't have much to do with what you said, but I for one much preferred the Nicktoons version of the Super Saiyan transformation in Kai than the uncut one. Him calling Frieza a "monster" was a lot more effective than him using another obligatory "bastard". I just think calling someone a monster seems to have a bit more weight to it than calling someone a bastard. What do you think?
pete
said at 4:01 PM on Thu Jun 13 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy Seems on topic to me. I do think bastard seems a bit of a stretch and calling him a monster is similar to how Superman would call Darkseid. He'd say monster or murderer. Not bastard. A monster is also an appropriate term for an evil tyrannical ruler like Frieza or Darkseid.

With the exception of some scenes I prefer the original dub for the Goku and Frieza right. The swearing is a bit excessive regardless of what's in the manga. Vegeta is ok but everyone else doesn't need to swear for us to get the point they're ticked off.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 4:23 PM on Thu Jun 13 2013
@pete I agree, Goku swearing occasionally doesn't bother me too much, but when it happens too much it starts to sound off. And you said exactly what I was thinking with the monster/bastard thing, monster sounds like you are literally calling someone a sadistic, inhuman, force of evil. I thought monster was twice as effective.

Same thing kinda goes for when they were firing at Cell during his struggle against Gohan. In the Nickelodeon version of that scene he said "I'll blow you away!" and he sounded like a genuine, pissed powerhouse you wouldn't want to mess with. In the uncut version, he said "You're all going to die!" and that line, as well as Dameon Clarke's delivery didn't sound nearly as cool (it sounded like some ridiculous opera singing like YouTube commenters joke about) as the former. Just goes to show you that trying to make something sound "gritty" or "adult" doesn't always work and less is often more.
TheUltimatePhantom1
said at 3:03 AM on Tue Jul 22 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy To me, I just thought of South Park..

Oh my GoD! You killed Krillin!! You BASTARD!! xD
Warrior_Princess_Mia
said at 11:07 PM on Thu Jan 31 2013
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Sean Schemmel is by far the best Goku. No one else could do that yell when he is powering up. So intense. I love it.
VGAfanatic
said at 9:33 AM on Wed Jan 9 2013
 5 Shout Outs! [?]
It's no contest: Sean Schemmel wins.

Too bad Lawrence "MasakoX" Simpson doesn't count. He's even better.
BlankSlate
said at 12:48 AM on Wed Jan 15 2014
@VGAfanatic Yeah.
pete
said at 12:51 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
I think Kirby Morrow was miscast. It's basically his Cyclops which would have worked for older Gohan or maybe even Yamcha but made Goku sounds too young. If he voiced him in the Piccolo Jr. Saga that might be a different story.
pete
said at 12:53 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
@pete Wow I just checked the poll and where did all the votes for Kirby come from? When I first joined and voted here he had 0. Can't believe he's in 3rd over Peter.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:13 PM on Fri Jan 4 2013
@pete And now he's tied with IJC. I'm kind of shocked.
pete
said at 3:29 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@Nightmare Crusher Could this be a poll hack?
pete
said at 3:30 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@Nightmare Crusher They're not tied now. He's one vote behind.
Metabad
said at 4:43 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@pete Probably not, its not as absurd as some other poll hacks I've seen.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:48 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@pete Considering you joined nearly two years ago, which is more than enough time for 17 people to come and vote Kirby as their favourite (especially as the site gets more and more visitors), I highly, highly doubt this is a hack.
pete
said at 6:28 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@NCZ It might be their way of getting way with it. His performance is received in a pretty mixed bag so it makes me wonder.
pete
said at 6:28 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@Metabad The alleged hacker might think it will go unnoticed.
pete
said at 6:31 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@NCZ Also I've heard a lot and do mean a lot of people complain thins like Peter Kelamis should have stayed so it seems he would be in 3rd and not Kirby.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:42 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@pete Mixed bag =/= everyone in the world hates it. I really think you're making a mountain out of a molehill here.
pete
said at 6:46 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@NCZ Just stating facts as it seems out of nowhere. It seemed really odd and based on what I heard Kelamis should be above though since I had it explained it may be Kirby's passionate fans voting for him I'll shut up now.
Fulgore2005
said at 4:22 AM on Tue Jan 15 2013
@pete To be fair, the admins had recently caught out alternate accounts on this site, some of those had voted for Kirby. That could easily explain why he has so many votes.
Darth Bugs
said at 9:38 PM on Sat Dec 8 2012
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Sean Schemmel really has improved a lot over the years as the voice of Goku, especially in DBZ Kai. Thanks a lot for sticking with Goku all these years, despite the many movies and video games you've had to do as well!
JaredTaylor94
said at 6:41 PM on Sat Dec 8 2012
 2 Shout Outs! [?]
I'm going with Sean simply due to DBZ Kai. His voice acting in the original run is way too over the top.
Aja
said at 5:31 PM on Mon Dec 3 2012
Sean is the best, I really didn't like Orochimaru's sample too souless.
pete
said at 3:55 AM on Sat Oct 6 2012
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The Tree of Might guy sounds like either Cam Clarke or Dan Green.
SgmPlumley
said at 4:45 AM on Wed Sep 26 2012
Oops forgot to mention my fav, Sean has the best voice however I don't believe his voice would've worked for younge-adult Goku, it would've been too Masculine.
pete
said at 3:54 AM on Sat Oct 6 2012
@SgmPlumley It did actually. He lightened it a lot for the Piccolo Jr. Saga.
SgmPlumley
said at 4:44 AM on Wed Sep 26 2012
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I believe that all the Voice actors leading up to Sean worked perfectly in their respective order.

It made Goku sound like he was growing up as the show progressed.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:56 PM on Sat Feb 9 2013
@SgmPlumley Acually, only Ian James Corlett led up to Sean. Peter and Kirby were at the same time in an alternate dub for Canada.
Ringworm128
said at 1:53 AM on Tue Sep 11 2012
Ian Corlett had a few good moments but to me he sounds really wooden most of the time. Peter Kelmis sounds far more natural and fit's perfectly for Goku. Sean Schemmel is the best out of them all his voice is just perfect as well as his delivery especially in Kai.
Fulgore2005
said at 5:04 PM on Wed Sep 5 2012
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Sean had a great mix of cheery and seriousness to his voice. So my vote's for him.

As the first English Goku, Corlett set a very high standard. He did very well for the Ocean dub.

Peter Kelamis was exceptional as well. Not only was he a good impersonation of Corlett, he sounded the most age-appropriate. He also sounds closest to Nozawa's performance, more so in The World's Strongest.

I don't know how Kirby Morrow is getting so many votes though. He was really miscast IMO.
Torak
said at 4:44 PM on Fri Aug 24 2012
Sean is easily the best Goku, he has that strong voice that the others lack and he can pull off Goku's gentleness very well, not to mention his caring and peaceful side too.

Ian Corlett and Kirby Marrow did pretty well in this role too, in fact they pretty much had the same qualities as Sean, only thing they lacked was a strong and sturdy voice: as Goku is the most powerful fighter in DBZ.

As for Kelamis, I thought he did well on Goku's cheerful and goofy side, but other than that he didn't fit Goku's personality.

The rest... are not worth mentioning honestly (Sorry Steve Blum.)
jeddikah
said at 8:26 AM on Wed Aug 22 2012
Schemmel. No doubt. He portrayed Goku very well, I love the up-beat sound that vibes off Goku when he's voicing him. Cheery, happy-go-lucky yet very serious and deep. And if you've ever heard the screams while transforming to ssj3... The guy deserves a medal! Séan FTW
munsonx4
said at 11:14 AM on Fri Aug 10 2012
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I think Ian, Peter, and Sean all did a great job as Goku in DBZ!
akiha
said at 10:56 PM on Mon Aug 6 2012
Need a zen-so bean for this. Tough battle between Corlett & Schemmel. Corlett was definetely the choice especially one of the best fight scenes between Goku & Vegeta's first fight. I don't know the circumstances on why Corlett wasn't Goku again but did not enjoy Kelamis's performance. Felt foreign. Schemmel was a welcome relief & pleasure to the ear. Though sometimes his acting was lacking it got better and better. Why wasn't Schemmel in GT to make it a bit more descent to watch (even though the series wasn't good) I may not know?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:19 PM on Thu Aug 30 2012
@akiha Corlett didn't return after the Ocean dub began production again because he was frustrated with having to match up with the lip-flaps from the Japanese version.
YourBuddyDean
said at 7:17 AM on Thu Sep 6 2012
@Nightmare Crusher Untrue. It all came down to money, a scream doesn't count as a line so therefore the pay wasn't worth it, also he found the job rather grueling.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:23 PM on Thu Sep 6 2012
@YourBuddyDean I wasn't talking about the screaming. And I know he thought it was too hard, the lip-flaps were a part of it.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:40 PM on Fri Sep 21 2012
@akiha Oh, and Schemmel was in GT. Jeremiah Yerk only played him in the Blue Water dub of GT.
RafealxPhoenix
said at 4:30 PM on Sun Jul 22 2012
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Yes! Ahahaha! Sean Schemmel was voted the best Goku VA! Hahahahaha! Oh, happy day!
BoFerret
said at 9:29 AM on Fri Jul 20 2012
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My favourite English voice-actor as Goku is.......Peter Kelamis. I have nothing against Sean Schemmel’s performance as Goku, in fact I think his performance was good, he portrayed Goku as cheerful, goofy, and heroic. The thing that I love about Kelamis’ portrayal though is that he also portrayed Goku as such, but he also made Goku seem so much younger. He added a sense of childlikeness, energetic and youthfulness. Even Funi fans when they compare the voices admit that Kelamis’ Goku sounds younger than Schemmel’s Goku.
I’ve noticed that Schemmel fans will praise Schemmel for making Goku sound Stronger and ‘Manlier’ (which he does) and some of them will use that claim against Kelamis’ performance. Well Goku may be the strongest man in the universe, but his real charm was how he never appeared strong or grownup but he always seemed like a child, was very youthful, and always had a cheerful composure about him, and this is why Peter Kelamis is my favourite Goku.

So what do I think about Ian Corlett, well I think he got down most of the characteristics of Goku. Corlett can put on a pretty young voice, he did capture the youngish and laidback traits of Goku’s personality and being the first to play Goku in English he set the tone for the other actors who played Goku. I Do like Corlett’s version, but much like with Schemmel I just feel Kelamis came closer to the ideal Goku.

And for Kirby Morrow.......well what can I say that hasn’t already been said? He Is a good actor but yeah I too feel he was miscast as Goku, yeah I do feel he sounded ‘too cool’ for the part. But one character that I feel Morrow would’ve been great as was.........Trunks. Yeah cause Morrow Has played other characters that are similar, and Trunks Is really Cool.

So my opinion,
1st place. Peter Kelamis
2nd place. Ian Corlett and Sean Schemmel (tie)
last place. Kirby Morrow
BoFerret
said at 5:37 AM on Thu Aug 30 2012
Actually I should add something more about Ian Corlett. I don't feel that he added the same goofy persona which Kelamis and Schemmel did, Corlett was good but I felt he was more of a heroic Goku.
So I think I'll rank him in 3rd place, just a little after Schemmel.
YourBuddyDean
said at 3:06 PM on Mon Jun 18 2012
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1. Corlett - Perfect
2. Kelamis - Great
3. Schemmel - Nasally
4. Morrow - Not terrible
YourBuddyDean
said at 12:23 PM on Tue Oct 9 2012
@YourBuddyDean I should have put Morrow as 3 and Schemmel as 4. That's better :)
Zylphia
said at 11:37 PM on Wed Jun 13 2012
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Jeez! I didn't know there were so many different versions of Goku's English voice! But the minute I heard Sean Schemmel's voice, it was a no brainer who was my favorite. That man is my childhood right there. And it pained me to see Steve Blum's impression of Goku... it just wasn't good to me (And I hate myself for saying that, because he is such a legendary voice actor... but this just didn't work for me at all!).
GameMaster8229
said at 10:49 AM on Thu Jun 7 2012
The unknown voice actor of DBZ movie 3 is from the AB Group dub also known as the "Big Green dub".
MegaMac
said at 3:27 AM on Thu May 31 2012
You know, I'm sure FUNimation tried to emulate Ocean when they began their dubbing. A lot of times Ian may sound like Sean and Sean may remind me of Ian. Some lines may have been done better and vice versa. It's just a major sign of decisions made in the booth as well as the voice director's discretion. Overall, I think the general sound of Goku in English has been established by Ian and it has carried over pretty well. This is with a lot of characters. Scott McNeil's Piccolo is great and over time I feel Chris Sabat made a similar voice that stray's from his Vegeta. In fact, the Kai dub reminds me A LOT of the Ocean dub. I think that's a good thing and at this point, it's become the best of both worlds.

So lemme put it this way. If there was ever another Mega Man show, I would be A-OK with Sean voicing the Blue Bomber.
MegaMac
said at 3:32 AM on Thu May 31 2012
Oh and as for Peter Kelamis...when I first heard him after Ian left I was rather disheartened, but after seeing the movies and a few more episodes I have to say that his quality lies in the pitch of his voice and how he delivers his attack yells and the like. It is very close to the original Japanese voice actor and oftentimes, that is hard to come by. So don't count Kelamis out too much, I say.
Dillon Taylor
said at 1:43 AM on Wed May 23 2012
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Sean will always be Goku to me. He brings out the child in Goku when things get silly and the warrior in him when things get serious!

The other actors did a fine job for the most part but I just feel like Sean is the most refined and fitting for the role.
Aussieroth
said at 8:24 AM on Mon May 7 2012
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Ian revolutionised, Sean perfected.
YourBuddyDean
said at 2:12 PM on Tue May 1 2012
Corlett was the one, Schemmel is just too gooofy at times.
Jxman
said at 2:50 AM on Thu Apr 12 2012
Is it safe to say that everyone of Funimation's voice acting cast for this series was just perfect? they did such a great job. i Love Sean Schemmel's voice, he did that part so damn welll
pete
said at 6:01 PM on Sat Apr 21 2012
@Jxman Yes it is he is the best

said at 4:27 PM on Mon Apr 9 2012
Schemmel captures every aspect of Goku perfectly. The happy-go-lucky goofy guy we all love and the serious down-to-business fighter. To tell the truth, when I hear Goku's voice in my head, I always picture Schemmel's voice xD
YamiFangirlQueen
said at 9:43 PM on Wed Mar 14 2012
!. Ian James Crlett: Not to bad.
2. Peter Kelamis: Good.
3. Sean schemmel: Of the chart.
4. Kirby Morrow: Too Miroku-ish.
MalikShahrozAwan
said at 1:09 AM on Thu Mar 8 2012
1.Sean Schemmel
2.Ian James Corlett
3.Peter Kelamis
4.Kirby Morrow
Mstrom42
said at 1:03 PM on Mon Mar 5 2012
MasakoX from the TFS abridged series is the best Goku to me. It feels closer to the original Japanese voice actress' warmth and sincerity, and does it without sounding wierd in English. By that I mean, even though I love Nozawa's Goku for getting the naive and childlike nature of the character across (which is almost completely lost in English dub) it'd be too jarring if they cast Goku with a woman's voice in English.

Sean Schemmel got better in Kai, probably from the years of practice, and because of that I can stand him a bit more and accept his voice as Goku. Original dub's Schemmel grated my nerves like no tomorrow. Haven't heard much of the rest in context so I can't say.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:16 PM on Wed Jan 11 2012
1.Schemmel: His acting may have been raw in the beginning, but now he is the definitive Goku.

2.Corlett: *sigh* Too good to last.

3.Kelamis: He was pretty good, but the accent got distracting at times.

4.Morrow: He was okay, but some moments, especially his scream when going ssj3 were embarrassing.

5.Yurk:Not bad, but not very good.


6.Blum: The potential was there, the performance was not.

7.Watson: I'm not sure what it is, but the voice doesn't quite fit.

8.AB Groups/Big Green:Big Green dead?

9.Unknown(Cooler's Revenge):I can't hear it.

10.Unknown(Fusion Reborn):What the...
Gutsy Goat
said at 8:29 PM on Tue Dec 27 2011
Sean Schemmel
hands down
voiceactorfan
said at 4:03 AM on Sun Dec 11 2011
i already know who everyone whould pick for number one favorite Sean Schemmel.
Weirdperson31
said at 1:03 PM on Tue Nov 8 2011
Schemmel and Corlett are pretty good.
Kelamis is okay.
Yurk did an okay job, but being in GT just dragged him down.
The rest... Meh.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 5:00 AM on Sun Oct 30 2011
UPDATED LIST (minus the Unknown actors for obvious reasons):

1. Sean Schemmel
2. Ian James Corlett
3. Kirby Morrow
4. Steve Blum
5. Jeffrey Watson
6. Peter Kelamis
7. Jeremiah Yurk
Metabad
said at 8:22 PM on Fri Nov 4 2011
@PurpleWarrior13 You'd rate Jeffery Watson higher than Peter Kelamis?

Well to each their own, I guess.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 10:44 PM on Sat Mar 10 2012
@Metabad Both sucked, but I thought Watson was at least "tolerable" considering he was voicing a younger, teen Goku. Even though his voice doesn't compliment Zoe Slusar's Kid Goku at all, it wasn't a big distraction, even though his acting was pretty terrible.

I had problems with Kelamis' Goku from the beginning. His acting, while not as bad as Watson's, was still questionable. The voice he used was alright, but the combination of the forced performance and the thick Canadian accent, makes me dislike him worse than Watson. However, Kelamis is a decent voice actor. Some of his other roles are very memorable. I just think he was miscast as Goku.

Ian Corlett is the definitive Vancouver Goku. I almost like him as much as Schemmel. In fact, he could've probably been BETTER than Schemmel if he had continued to play the character longer than he had. His voice captured everything Kelamis and Morrow did, but expanded on it, and gave the character life. His voice is important in that it influenced all the other English Gokus, notably, Sean Schemmel.

Schemmel's at a huge advantage for being the English VA most associated with the role, and having by far the most experience in the character than any other English VA. He also left a huge impression on me and many other DB fans. When I see Goku, I automatically picture him with Schemmel's voice, and when I hear Schemmel's voice, I automatically link it to Goku.

Steve Blum's Goku is probably the most generic thing I've ever heard, and Jeremiah Yurk's acting is so bad, I can barely listen to his performance.
Metabad
said at 2:27 PM on Sun Mar 11 2012
@PurpleWarrior13 Huh...BTVA didn't tell me that you replied to me...weird.

Well anyways, thanks for shedding some light on that. I will say that I do feel Kelamis is probably the weakest of the Ocean voiced Gokus, something about his voice does sound off, but I'd take him any day over Jeffery Watson's Goku, but that's just me.

After rereading my old post, I think I should apologize, I probably sounded confrontational when really I was just curious, so sorry if I came across as condescending.

I might post my own list on what I think of all the Goku voices later on. But I'll just say that I do definitely agree with you about Ian Corlett and Sean Schemmel.
Gokufan23
said at 7:42 PM on Fri Oct 21 2011
Sean Schemmel FTW!!!
pete
said at 12:56 AM on Tue Oct 11 2011
Am I only one hearing Pharaoh Yugi in the Tree of Might one?
ConfusedPhantom
said at 3:08 PM on Tue Sep 13 2011
Rewatching the old Ocean dubs of the three movies made me reconsider my choice, Peter Kelamis is my favorite English Goku.
pete
said at 12:54 AM on Tue Oct 11 2011
@ConfusedPhantom Where did you get them?
ConfusedPhantom
said at 10:04 PM on Tue Oct 18 2011
@pete Old video tapes and there's some videos in Youtube with his performance.
itsover9000
said at 6:42 PM on Mon Aug 15 2011
the best is ....not Jeffery watson
Metabad
said at 3:14 PM on Tue Aug 9 2011
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For me it's a tie between Ian James Corlett, Kirby Morrow and Sean Schemmel. They're all just so iconic as Goku.
Downloadsbacon
said at 1:35 AM on Sun Jul 31 2011
SEAN

said at 2:11 PM on Sun Jul 24 2011
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Well I thought that Ian Corlett was the voice of Jusenkyo Guide, but it seems the unknown voice in Fusion Reborn has a great natural one for him to.

But in all seriousness of Goku, Sean Schemmel IS Goku to me. The only other ones that could even come close to fitting the role are Masako Nozawa and Masako X. Never liked his ocean dub voice much, but its not too bad either.

said at 4:06 PM on Thu Jun 9 2011
Hm I love Masako as the the only goku i can listen too, but i suppose the ocean and blue water ones are good too. sean is bad, and the unknown ones are bizarre
Torysama
said at 4:26 PM on Fri Jun 17 2011
@543re Masako? You mean MasakoX from the TFS abridged series? You know, I kind of agree. Muffin button XD
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:45 PM on Sat Jun 18 2011
@Torysama
I think 543re meant Masako Nozawa the Japanese voice
pokemastanumba1
said at 3:30 PM on Fri Aug 5 2011
@Jackson_H I think he most likely was referring to MasakoX. He was great! Masako Nozawa is ok, but being a woman, she doesn't sound anywhere near as natural.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 11:36 AM on Thu Sep 8 2011
@pokemastanumba1 Coming out of a grown man, no. But, that's a casting choice that Toei made, not Nozawa. Honestly, I think she gave the best performance, acting wise. She may not fit him, but her voice works for his personality.
pokemastanumba1
said at 6:38 PM on Sun Dec 4 2011
@ConfusedPhantom I completely agree; Nozawa definitely has the best acting, and brings out Goku's childish personality. But while it fits perfectly for Goku as a child, how it does for him as an adult, well, yeah...you know where I'm getting at.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 1:40 AM on Mon Apr 25 2011
Jeffrey has a great voice for Goku, but his acting is pretty bad. Jeremiah's voice just doesn't scream "Goku!" And neither do the Tree of Might and Fusion Reborn Unknown VA. The Cooler's Revenge one sounds ok. Steve Blum's Goku kind of sounds like a surfer.

Kirby Mirrow's probably the most natural performance, but his voice is just way too calm. Peter Kelamis has the best voice for the character, but he's pretty inconsistent, but at his best, he's fantastic. Ian James Corlett sounds kind of generic.

And now for Sean Schemmel. In DBZ, he was really lousy. In Kai, he understands the character more and his performance is a bit better now. HOWEVER, his performance is a bit strained, like he's damaged his vocal chords or something.

But, if I had to pick though, it'd be between Sean Schemmel or Peter Kelamis.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 1:28 AM on Sat Apr 16 2011
Compare Schemmel's early work to his acting in the uncut redub, Kai, the video games, the movies, etc. He used to be really lousy but now the guy IS Goku. He captures everything about Goku's character without making him sound like a child like in the Japanese version.
pete
said at 12:03 AM on Thu Apr 14 2011
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My only problem with Corlett is he's using his Cheetor voice which does fit young Goku but not older Goku. Imagine Cheetor lecturing Frieza
Truesonic
said at 4:31 PM on Sat Mar 19 2011
Sean Schemmel is the best Goku voice for me He's able to make Goku sound Cool and Enthusiastic but he's also capable of giving him different types of emotion from Serious and strong parts to the Comedy and High parts He's able to combine those together fuse them and create something better which is why He's my favourite out of all the Adult Goku Voices

He sort of multitasks it or something else related to that Media anyway He's the best and always will be for me :D
pokemastanumba1
said at 6:40 PM on Sun Dec 4 2011
@Truesonic I totally agree; thanks for explaining this so that I don't have to! You know...being too lazy of course. :P
BlankSlate
said at 10:52 AM on Mon Feb 17 2014
@Truesonic You're right. He's just the right balance between 'Monkey King' and 'Major Glory'.
penguintruth
said at 2:44 AM on Wed Feb 9 2011
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Sean Schemmel has improved, for sure, but his voice is far too heavy and he doesn't have the nuances in his voice Masako Nozawa has that makes Goku sound like the off-beat hick he's meant to be.

I'd wager that the people who dislike Nozawa's adult Goku haven't even watched much DBZ in Japanese. It's jarring to hear her at first, but after awhile, it becomes apparent why she's perfect. She just adds a kind of warm charm and sincerity that Schemmel and the rest are lacking.

As for blazingknuckle's comment about "realityland", Goku is supposed to be entirely different from everybody else. He's the stand out in the entire universe, the one apart from everyone else. He exudes personality over physicality. This is why it's more important to pick a voice that reflects that rather than a realistic adult voice.

Not to mention, Nozawa's adult Goku voice is a clear evolution of her child Goku voice, and only people who've never watched DB and DBZ in Japanese would miss that obvious detail. He sounds a lot more adult in DBZ than in DB.
SM Scorx
said at 11:52 AM on Thu Feb 10 2011
@penguintruth
Why are you even on the site? Do you even contribute?
penguintruth
said at 5:53 PM on Thu Feb 10 2011
@SM Scorx Do you?

I'm here as a fan of anime and anime VAs. The ones I like.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 1:31 AM on Sat Apr 16 2011
@penguintruth No, people who dislike Nozawa's adult Goku voice don't like it because it doesn't fit no matter how childlike his personality may be. If any non DBZ fan heard Goku speak in his Japanese voice, they'd think it was the stupidest show ever for giving a castrated sounding voice to a muscular grown man.

And Nozawa's "adult" tone for the voice is extremely forced, making Goku sound screechy and grating. It's bad for Goku and it was even worse for Bardock.
penguintruth
said at 9:54 PM on Fri May 27 2011
@Galactic_Cyrus It absolutely fits the character. You're coming at it from the wrong perspective. The entire concept of Goku is that he's unlike everybody else. It doesn't matter that he's a grown muscular man. His personality is so strong, it overpowers his physical structure.

Nozawa has NEVER sounded forced. She makes Goku sound warm, sincere, and charming. But I will agree it doesn't work as well for Bardock.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 5:54 PM on Mon May 30 2011
@penguintruth Goku is unlike everybody else 'cause he's a saiyan. As is Raditz, Nappa, and Vegeta and they all actually sound their age. Nowhere did Akira Toriyama say that Goku HAD to always sound young, the Japanese audiences just wouldn't accept him sounding any other way regardless of whether or not it fit.

She also makes him sound annoying, particularly when he has to scream. And yes, it was worse with Bardock. Shigeru Chiba who voiced Raditz probably would've been better for that part.
penguintruth
said at 7:15 PM on Tue May 31 2011
@Galactic_Cyrus If you think "Goku is unlike everybody else 'cause he's a saiyan", we have nothing else to talk about.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 1:08 AM on Thu Jun 2 2011
@penguintruth What, was I supposed to say "Goku is unlike everybody else because he's a freak?" or "because he's a Gary Stu?"

I'm not at all dissing Nozawa as a voice actress but my point still stands that keeping her as Adult Goku's voice wasn't for some personality related reason, but because audiences wouldn't accept change. We have no way of knowing if Toriyama envisioned Goku having a perpetually high voice or not.
Chaotic-Strike
said at 1:30 AM on Wed Jun 22 2011
@Galactic_Cyrus I agree with you Galactic. Her voice does come across as shrill and scratchy, which sounds incredibly forced when she emphasizes pain. I've watched the original Dragon Ball and Z in both languages throughout its entirety.

And each time I find myself going back to Sean's take. In my opinion, I find Sean take from Kai much more fitting and balanced. He just effortlessly strikes all the right chords of Goku's personality from his child-like antics and to his love of fighting.
blazingknuckle (Guest)
said at 5:12 PM on Sun Feb 6 2011
@capnbarfy

Sean schemmel does have the best voice, energy and delivery especially when he's transforming into ssj he makes goku sound both fun loving and childish but at the same time he can make him sound serious

sean schemmel's goku does not sound too macho he sounds like a man who is childish in nature like a big kid that enjoys life

his ideal voice should be sean schemmel because goku should have a man's voice since he is an adult though i guess goku could have a falsetto voice if he was kicked in the balls the only reason you like masako nozawa as adult goku is because she is the original voice actor and therefore you put her on a pedestal like she holds some prestige over everybody else which she does not if sean schemmel was the original then you would think that he was the ideal voice for goku's personality

sean schemmel does not sound like a hero of justice he sounds childish and immature which is the way he should sound the ab groupe dub is the one that makes goku sound like a hero of justice

as for comparing goku to bart simpson i would not want a deep voiced guy to play bart i would want a guy with voice appropriate for when bart makes the transition to adulthood but i could go either way on that one im more of a fan of homer anyway and he is voiced by a man even though he acts stupid and childish as well

i dont know where you live but in realityland boys' voices change when they hit puberty when they become men their voices get deeper puberty doesnt just pass over someone because they are childish in nature you dont see men walking around talking in high pitched voices just because they have a childish personality

also masako nozawa makes goku sound like a woman and goku sounds like an old lady whenever hes yelling

in conclusion:

sean schemmel = best adult goku
funnyman (Guest)
said at 2:47 PM on Sun Feb 6 2011
know*
funnyman (Guest)
said at 2:46 PM on Sun Feb 6 2011
tree of might goku: My voice gives me strength! i didnt john o' hurley did that voice of goku hahaha
supersaiyan09 (Guest)
said at 5:11 PM on Thu Feb 3 2011
The Tree of Might one am I the only one hearing Yami Yugi
perfect7en (Guest)
said at 10:13 AM on Mon Jan 31 2011
Sean Schemmel's Goku is best, I liked Ian's, but Funimation voice actors pwn all!
austinguy (Guest)
said at 4:36 PM on Sun Jan 30 2011
Jeffery's voice isn't bad, but lawdy is his acting crappy.
portgasdace574 (Guest)
said at 4:07 PM on Thu Jan 27 2011
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I vote for Peter.
Would have been either for him or Ian.
Sean Schemmel's Goku is just awful.
Not as bad as the UK voice, but still really bad.
Don't care for the other's either.

Jeffery Watson has a pretty good voice for Goku though, but his acting is terrible.
tommy (Guest)
said at 3:24 PM on Fri Jan 21 2011
Your welcome Jackson. I don't mind Jeffrey Watson's Goku at all. To me he's second behind Sean Schemmel. When I first heard Watson I honestly thought it was Nozawa speaking English in a more tolerable voice.
penguintruth (Guest)
said at 1:46 AM on Fri Jan 21 2011
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Jeffery Watson has the right sound to be a good Goku.

Too bad his acting is dreadful.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:06 AM on Fri Jan 21 2011
Jeffrey Watson now added!

Thanks tommy. :)
tommy (Guest)
said at 2:10 PM on Thu Jan 20 2011
Jeffrey Watson's clip should be on here soon since I sent one in to the site.
songoku (Guest)
said at 5:26 PM on Fri Jan 14 2011
I think sean schemmel played me perfectly :)
michiru95 (Guest)
said at 1:09 AM on Tue Jan 11 2011
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Sean is good, but I like Ian too.
dos (Guest)
said at 12:22 AM on Thu Jan 6 2011
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Peter Kelamis is the best of all, only the acting is stiff at times; usually in the TV show. The uncut movies he is just perfect! Get better voice clips for the guy!
purplewarrior (Guest)
said at 1:13 AM on Mon Dec 20 2010
I still can't understand how anyone can like Peter Kelamis. He sounds so....amature! His "Flying Nimbus" line in that clip was horrible, as was his spirit bomb chant in Movie 2. Sure he had a good voice, but his acting was awful. Pretty much every other voice (aside from the Unknown VAs of course) is better than Peter Kelamis.
huskydreams (Guest)
said at 7:45 AM on Sat Dec 18 2010
Peter, why do you sound like Yusei Fudo?
ichiron47 (Guest)
said at 11:18 PM on Tue Dec 7 2010
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Sean Schemmel and Kirby Morrow. :P
dragonballfan (Guest)
said at 1:28 AM on Thu Dec 2 2010
wow, I don't know any of these except Sean...and I really don't care about any of your opinions, Sean just makes Goku come alive on screen.
I didn't really watch any dragonball after Cell and I'm proud to say it.
austinguy (Guest)
said at 6:26 PM on Tue Nov 30 2010
Sean wins this round for sure. Ian also did a fine job and Peter was okay, but I really didn't like Kirby's voice. Steve is a really cool VO but he's definitely more fitted to lower voiced characters, as seen here where his Goku voice is very...ugh. Jermiah sounds SO fake, and Fusion Reborn guy is the worst voice here. Cooler's Revenge guy is...okay, but hard to tell with the horribly low quality voice clip, and the Tree of Might guy would be good (listen to that neato deep voice which isn't fitting but is SO COOL) if you were to remove the accent and improve the acting and make the dub he was in not completely horrible.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:06 AM on Sun Nov 21 2010
Sean Schemmel is my favourite. His voice is powerful and yet it still works for Goku's childish side.

Peter Kelamis and Jeremiah Yurk have good voices, but their acting leaves something to be desired. Ian Corlett sounds like he'd do well as a serious Goku, but for his immature moments, I'm not sure. Kirby Morrow sounds a bit strange, like he was miscast. I always thought he'd be a decent Yamcha.

Steve Blum isn't that bad, but the unknown VAs are by far the worst.
taylorchan (Guest)
said at 8:52 PM on Thu Nov 4 2010
sean schemmel is the ultimate goku vc
penguintruth (Guest)
said at 8:16 PM on Thu Nov 4 2010
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Also, Nozawa's Goku voice CLEARLY ages.
penguintruth (Guest)
said at 8:07 PM on Thu Nov 4 2010
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The Japanese version isn't entirely perfect, you're right.

But Masako Nozawa is.
tim (Guest)
said at 7:43 PM on Thu Nov 4 2010
@ capnbarfy

You make a good point about a future Bart Simpson voiced by a deep-voiced man, but the difference is that The Simpsons is a comedy while an anime (such as Dragon Ball Z) is intended to have more serious acting and writing.

40 year Bart Simpson with girlish voice = acceptable because it's just some funny cartoon

30 year old Goku with high pitched womanly voice = not as acceptable because it's suppose to be more "realistic"; basically a miscast voice.

Yes Dragon Ball/Z isn't realistic at all with all the fantasy and sci-fi, but in a show where the characters actually age (unlike Pokemon or The Simpsons) there should be changes in voices too IMO.

What I find disappointing is that some Japanese fans refuse to admit that the original version isn't perfect and has flaws. But unfortunately to some, the Japanese can do no wrong.

No doubt Nozawa has done much for the franchise and to some she'll always be the definitive voice.

However just because someone "created" the original voice doesn't make them the most fitting or the best.

If that were true then all others who came after Adam West for example, are terrible at voicing Batman because they're not campy like the 60's version.

Anyway I think Schemmel is the most fitting of this group and better than Nozawa too.

I'll admit the English dub is a bit guilty of making the character a bit macho but it's not like he's a complete wuss or anything.

He's a confidant, cocky guy who's also slightly childish and IMO Schemmel does that perfectly.
penguintruth (Guest)
said at 5:55 PM on Thu Nov 4 2010
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Ah, it's all right. People are just used to a certain voice. I found Nozawa's adult Goku jarring at first, too.

Schemmel's Goku has made some strides, at least.
capnbarfy (Guest)
said at 2:29 PM on Thu Nov 4 2010
And as for Goku not sounding like a man in the Japanese version, just imagine watching a Simpsons episode set in the future (there's a few of them) where the voice of Bart is done some random a deep voiced man instead of Nancy Cartwright.

Her voice is so iconic, that it'd be weird to hear someone else.
capnbarfy (Guest)
said at 2:20 PM on Thu Nov 4 2010
@ anon I think the thing is all of the western voice actors are guilty of making him sound a bit too macho... (it may be due to the character's appearance).

I think the ideal voice for Goku would be slightly falsetto, to match his original Japanese voice, while maintaining the character's man-child nature.

These 'Hero of Justice' type voices don't really do the character justice.
capnbarfy (Guest)
said at 2:13 PM on Thu Nov 4 2010
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penguintruth is pretty much on point. None of these guys should really be considered the best.

- Schemmel has the best energy, but the wrong voice and delivery.

- Corlett has the best delivery, but the wrong voice and energy (his Goku is a bit too intelligent).

- Kelamis has the best voice and about the right energy, but can't act worth sh_t.

- Blum and Morrow are just way too cool for school to play Goku. Though, I still admire their other works.

If Kelamis could just learn how to act and not sound like a John Wayne cybrog from the future, then he would probably be one of the best Gokus outside of Nozawa herself.
anon (Guest)
said at 12:12 AM on Wed Nov 3 2010
Sean for older Goku, Ian for teen Goku.

@ penguintruth
Goku not manly? Seriously? He may act childish at times, but he knows when to get serious.
purplewarrior (Guest)
said at 1:45 AM on Mon Nov 1 2010
Well, Nozawa is pushing, like, 80 something, so yeah it's great she's still active in voice acting. I'm surprised her voice hasn't totally given out on her. But it's cool hiro that you're Japanese, and you're watching. The English version with Sean Schemmel as Adult Goku, and Stephanie Nadolny as younger Goku is the United States/Australian version. All other English Goku voices are for the European/Canadian version, which had a number of frequent voice changes. They all seem to be holding up well.
hiro (Guest)
said at 7:18 PM on Sun Oct 31 2010
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I grew up watching Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT in Japan when I was a teenager.

I like Masako Nozawa voice too but I prefer it for younger Son Goku. I like Son Gohan voice best of all.

I like the anime but I always like manga better.

But Nozawa voice for older Son Goku never feel very natural for me. It a very unique voice but I always feel there should be a different seiyuu.

I think many fans of book feel same about Hollywood movie projects.

I know some Harry Potter fans who are not comfortable with actors in the movies.

I first start watching English dub of Dragon Ball Z a few years ago.

Very surprise to know there are many different voices in English!

I knew the English version wasn't completely faithful to Japanese but I watch for fun at time and to hear voices.

I also watch One Piece a long time ago in English but I am told it is a lot better now. Maybe I should watch the new version soon. :)

I personally think Sean Schemmel is actually better than Masako Nozawa.

After watching the English dub I was surprised how much he improved as it went on.

I'm now watching the English dub of Dragon Ball Kai on TV. Of course I still watch it in Japanese too. :D

Schemmel now perfect. Nozawa age make her voice weaker. Even for Son Gohan :(

All the voice actors for dub are very good and anime very faithful now.

It will be interesting what Goku will sound like in video games after Masako Nozawa retire.

Very good site behindthevoiceactors

I plan to watch more English dub anime and site info is very helpful. :)

Sorry I write a long message. I know this mainly an English site so most people don't care about Japanese stuff. That ok, in North America we a minority.

Also sorry if my English not perfect. Still not perfect after all these years. HAHA :D
penguintruth (Guest)
said at 6:05 PM on Sun Oct 31 2010
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Nozawa's Goku doesn't sound like a woman. He sounds like a child-like man. And her delivery masters every aspect of Goku's personality.

Schemmel may have improved, but he doesn't do any part of Goku "perfectly". He's still the wrong voice for the role.

But look, I'm not angry. You grew up with Goku being a certain way, you're accostumed to it, fine. Just realize that's not really what Goku is.
tommy (Guest)
said at 2:24 PM on Sun Oct 31 2010
So what Goku is Goku, and Sean Schemmel voices him perfectly especially in Kai. True He was bad in Season 3, but so was everyone else. Nozawa's Goku sounds like a woman, and doesn't fit the role just like Linda Young didn't fit Freeza.
penguintruth (Guest)
said at 3:35 AM on Fri Oct 29 2010
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@marthkoopa

Goku isn't manly.
marthkoopa (Guest)
said at 3:35 AM on Fri Oct 22 2010
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Sean Schemmel all the way. Manly Goku > pansy Gokus (Ian and Peter) > gay(not that there's anything wrong with gay people, it just doesn't fit the character) Goku (Kirby).

Though, Stephanie Nadolny will always be my favorite voice for Goku, because kid Goku > adult Goku.
kendall (Guest)
said at 12:39 AM on Tue Oct 12 2010
How can you not say anyone else but Sean for the average Dragonball fan all you hear is Sean's vocie in the cartoon ,the video games, almost any Goku clip has his voice He is the def.Goku for me
hlif (Guest)
said at 10:34 PM on Mon Oct 4 2010
Sean is far and away the best of all of them. I thoroughly enjoyed Ian James Corlette's version of Goku too, but it just doesn;t compare to Sean's. The rest, with the omission of Peter Kelamis, are atrocious.
purplewarrior (Guest)
said at 3:01 PM on Sun Oct 3 2010
1. Sean Schemmel
2. Ian James Corlett
3. Kirby Morrow
4. Unknown VA (Cooler's Revenge)
5. Peter Kelamis
6. Steve blum
7. Jeremish Yurk
8. Unknown VA (Tree of Might)
9. Unknown VA (Fusion Reborn)
tommy (Guest)
said at 7:26 PM on Fri Oct 1 2010
OK whenever I get any of the 133-153 episodes you will be notified.
Pokejedservo (Moderator)
said at 7:01 PM on Fri Oct 1 2010
That doesn't matter just send it to us soon so one of us could add it onto the site as soon as possible...
tommy (Guest)
said at 6:55 PM on Fri Oct 1 2010
Scratch that my 135 was mislabeled as 132.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:54 PM on Fri Oct 1 2010
Absolutely, send one of us administrators the clip in a PM or email on the forums and we can add it right away.
tommy (Guest)
said at 6:41 PM on Fri Oct 1 2010
I have Episode 135 of the Blue Water dub with Jeffrey Watson, so shall I send you the clip?
tommy (Guest)
said at 2:14 AM on Mon Aug 23 2010
Sean Schemmel is the best English Adult Goku.
Truesonic
said at 8:26 PM on Wed Aug 18 2010
Sean Schemmel FTW! XD
wiiztec (Guest)
said at 9:29 PM on Tue Aug 3 2010
1. Corlett
2. Schemmel
3. Kelamis

Kirby sucks

the rest are beyond suck
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:03 PM on Mon Jun 7 2010
We know this but can't find a clip. Do you own one?
diabloking (Guest)
said at 8:19 AM on Mon Jun 7 2010
in the blue water dub
diabloking (Guest)
said at 8:18 AM on Mon Jun 7 2010
you forgot jeffrey watson who voiced teen goku in dragonball
dubsrule (Guest)
said at 10:43 AM on Sat May 1 2010
1. Sean Schemmel
2. Ian James Corlett
3. Kirby Morrow
4. Jeremiah Yurk
5. Peter Kelamis
6. Steve Blum
7. Unknown voice actor Tree of Might
8. Unknown voice actor Fusion Reborn
lancemcclain (Guest)
said at 11:19 AM on Wed Apr 14 2010
Peter Kelamis!
His performance in Movie 1, 2 & 3 always gives me Goose bumps.
He fit's the character perfectly, gives a hell of a job and his voice is the best "translation" to Nozawa.
nmproductions (Guest)
said at 10:58 PM on Tue Mar 30 2010
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Though there are many valid points and critiques, I'm going to have to go with:

1. Sean
2. Ian
3. Kirby
4. Masako
5. Pete
6. Jeremiah
7. Steve

I thoroughly enjoy the voices and I've never felt that either suffer in different emotions and transitions. However, in my biased opinion, I'm going to have to go with Sean.

Now, I understand that Masako was Goku's most truthful voice actor, but it doesn't make much sense to me that a grown man of massive bulk has such a high pitch voice. There's little vocal transition between child and adult Goku as far as I've noticed, (I'd like to see an example if I'm wrong), which particularly bothers me. Her voice seems so unsuited for older Goku in my opinion. However, I DO enjoy Masako as a young, early Dragonball Goku.

With that explained, I'd say that:
IMO:
1. Masako is the quintessential young Goku
2. Ian does best as a later Dragonball/Early DBZ Goku
3. Sean sticks out as Goku after the Vegeta Saga to the End of the Cell Saga
4. Kirby for Buu Saga until Uub appears and possibly all of GT
5. Jeremiah (if at all) for GT

As far as the rest are concerned, Kirby also does an excellent Goku, though I think he lacks the total emotional range. Peter does, what I feel, as just another Ian. Steven comes across as nearly a complete miss. It could be that I've experienced the other voices much more, but, from what I'm hearing, he doesn't cut it for me; another miss. Jeremiah works as a SSJ4 Goku, but I can't see him as much else.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 5:42 PM on Fri Feb 19 2010
I have a clip for the AK Video European dub (AKA Big Green dub), but finding out just who the voice actor was is like trying to a marble buried beneath the ocean (maybe even a bit harder!)
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 4:17 PM on Mon Feb 15 2010
@ mrbean

I actual have the voice from that dub and the Malaysian dub too.

Only problem is I don't know who the voice actors are that voiced Goku in those dubs.

If you know let me know asap and I'll add them right away. :)
mrbean (Guest)
said at 6:33 AM on Mon Feb 15 2010
Hey! Where's the guy from the Big Green dub!?
johnson (Guest)
said at 1:58 PM on Wed Feb 10 2010
1. Sean Schemmel
2. Ian James Corlett
3. Peter Kelamis
4. Kirby Morrow
5. Jeremiah Yurk
6. Steve Blum

I hope to see Jeffrey Watson (teen Goku Dragon Ball blue water dub) on here someday but I guess a clip is hard to find.

I never cared for the Japanese voice. Sounds like a little girl. I think Sean Schemmel found the perfect blend.

Great clips too! Sean really is the best Goku based that clip; which is really 3 merged clips (childish/goofy, serious, heroic). :)

Hope he comes back for Dragon Ball Kai. The dub wouldn't be the same without him. He is the definitive Goku!
spencer (Guest)
said at 1:47 AM on Fri Jan 22 2010
Sean Schemmel FTW!
Fantastic Goku! Does an excellent job playing the gentle, funny, innocent and angry sides of the character. Awesome yells too!
jeff (Guest)
said at 3:00 AM on Sun Jan 17 2010
Sean Schemmel FTW
pw13 (Guest)
said at 1:10 AM on Sun Dec 13 2009
Sean Schemmel for me. The rest are all okay too except for maybe Jeremiah York and Steve Blum. I did think that Peter Kelamis had a few acting issues, but his performance was otherwise OK.
penguintruth (Guest)
said at 12:02 AM on Sun Dec 13 2009
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There's never been a great English dub Son Goku. Stop kidding yourselves. Goku is supposed to sound child-like and naive, which Masako Nozawa does perfectly. The closest any English voice has come to that is MasakoX from DBZ Abridged.

Now, that said, I think Peter Kelamis has come the closest of the professional voice talents (and I use the word "talent" loosely) assigned to the role. He captures a sort of light-heartedness in his delivery. He can be very uneven, however, which is why he still doesn't quite make it.

Ian Corlett just sounds too stiff in the role, like some generic Saturday morning cartoon superhero. Sean Schemmel is the same, doing a half-assed Corlett impression most of the time, and sounding very forced and unnatural. Schemmel's Goku isn't even as good as Corlett's, it's very gravelly at times, and Goku is a very light-hearted character, and even sounds so when he's mad. He's like a big kid. Neither of these two have that in their voices.

Kirby Morrow is a great talent, but he's no Goku. He just sounds a little too smooth and mature to be Goku. Steven Blum is the same. He's a great talent, one of my favorite voice actors in the business, but his voice just doesn't scream "Goku".

Long story short, Peter Kelamis is marginally better than the others. Sean Schemmel is the worst, though. I feel bad just hearing him as Goku.
domonique (Guest)
said at 1:53 AM on Tue Dec 1 2009
Sean Schemmel in a heartbeat he is goku if i had to get another it would be Ian
pw13 (Guest)
said at 7:04 PM on Sun Nov 29 2009
Sean Schemmel is by far the most iconic. I'd say it's even more iconic than the Japanese voice (which was just weird). Ian James Corlett was okay, Peter Kelamis was bad, Kirby Morrow was alright, Jeremiah York was very unfitting, and Steve Blum was a bitter disappointment.
linkdude20002001 (Guest)
said at 6:51 PM on Tue Nov 24 2009
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That's not a very good clip of Peter Kelamis. He's MUCH better in the movies than he was in the TV show.

#1. Peter Kelamis: Had a similar tone to Masako Nozawa and sounded the most "Gokuh-like". His "Kaio-ken" from movie two was AMAZING!

#2. Ian Corlett: Similar to Kelamis, but it's not as good in my opinion.

Listening to Sean Schemmel's Gokuh makes me wish for fingernails scratching on a chalkboard. Kirby Morrow's Gokuh bores me. Steve Blum's makes me laugh. Lol
michael (Guest)
said at 5:02 AM on Sun Nov 22 2009
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i like kirby's the best
number1fan (Guest)
said at 11:37 PM on Mon Nov 9 2009
Sean Schemmel is the only Goku. No one else compares to his greatness. He is Goku in mind, body, and spirit! He's the true Saiyan Warrior. Plus, he's always made me laugh So hard! "My rears on fire!!" LOL. He's freaking great, and I luvles him forever, and ever, and ever. He's super cute too! ;3
dbz (Guest)
said at 2:26 AM on Tue Oct 27 2009
Sean Schemmel is the one, has that strength and depth for his part + the silliness when goku is in a funny scene..
fixthespaceissue (Guest)
said at 4:54 AM on Wed Oct 7 2009
and caps. Please.

Sean for me. I'd like to hear the other guys lower their voices like Sean does and have them all say a super saiyan 3 line. That'd be interesting.

Not a big fan of Japanese Goku's voice... >_
czizzi (Guest)
said at 1:43 PM on Sat Sep 26 2009
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1) Ian Corlett
2) Peter Kelamis
3) Tie between: Kirby Morrow & Sean Schemmel
4) Jeremiah Yurk
5) Steven Jay Blum

Steve Blum is a fantastic voice actor but was totally miscast as Goku.
amber (Guest)
said at 10:27 AM on Wed Aug 19 2009
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Kirby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( cuz he also plays in inuyasha)
dos (Guest)
said at 12:02 AM on Sat Aug 8 2009
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that was a bad line with Peter. He's my favorite, he's like the English version of Japanese Goku. Damn his work in the uncut movies are epic. He lost it later in the rushed Ocean dub episodes. Man choose his Uncut lines damn it!
aaa (Guest)
said at 2:55 AM on Thu Jul 23 2009
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@ Jackson -

Yeah, actually, I did watch the FUNi "DBZ" episodes back in 2001/2002 when all I really had was the English dub that they played on Cartoon Network. But thanks for downplaying my opinion by asserting that I "haven't really listened to Sean" before.

And I think it's super fantastic that you have such great arguments to back up your own opinion, but I DON'T think that Sean does an "amazing job" with Goku's innocent and lighthearted side. Ian had that aspect of the character nailed. Sean didn't do a bad job with Goku, necessarily, he was just doing what FUNi instructed him to do; that is, to play his character as if he's on the toilet all the time. All FUNimation actors do is growl! There's no nuance in the voice acting at all! Every single character just GRUNTS their lines out.
ssj3panda (Guest)
said at 2:52 AM on Sat Jul 18 2009
Sean all the way
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 9:44 AM on Mon Jul 13 2009
aaa have u even watched any funimation episodes with sean schemmel?

I wouldn't be surprised if the only sean schemmel clips you've seen were on youtube and I'm guessing it was probably the ss3 transformation clip (serious side).

Sean does an amazing job doing the innocent and lighthearted Goku as well as the serious side.

Ian Corlett was fantastic also but Sean is slightly better overall.
aaa (Guest)
said at 11:23 PM on Sun Jul 12 2009
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I've heard "Sean puts more emotion!" from several other posters, and I just have to laugh at that. Grunting and straining your voice does not equal competent acting. Plus, he's simply too gravelly and deep for the lighthearted innocence of Goku.

Mr. Corlett all the way, guys. No contest. He WAS Goku.
rasenganfan2 (Guest)
said at 9:31 PM on Thu Jul 9 2009
Which one does the Ocean Dub?

Anyways, I'd have to say Schemmel. He does an amazing performance.
jeff (Guest)
said at 11:06 PM on Fri Jul 3 2009
Sean Schemmel. Mostly because that's what I.m used to. He even looks the part.
wynter (Guest)
said at 12:23 AM on Fri Jul 3 2009
I usually rate them by first apperence, or which came 1st.
1.Ian James Corlett/Sean Schemmel
These two did an amazing job, they did an amazing job of transition, form a younger Goku to an older more powerful one.

I can do without the othrs, even though Kirby Mirrow is one of my Favourate voice actors, i just did not feel it for Goku.
chris (Guest)
said at 6:32 PM on Mon Jun 15 2009
sean most people just seem to like Ian James because he was the first to voice him.

In all comparaisions ive seen sean just put more emotion into his voice
ace (Guest)
said at 9:29 PM on Sat Jun 6 2009
I'll always go with Sean, it's not about experience its about how much emotion goes into the voice.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:20 PM on Sat May 23 2009
Sean Schemmel FTW!
Ian James Corlett did a pretty good job too though.
defender (Guest)
said at 3:12 PM on Sun May 3 2009
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1. Ian Cortlett
2. Sean Schemmel

Ian as a younger Goku, Sean as the older Super Saiyan Goku.. Ian has it. All the way. His voice, he is Goku. You just can't compare, the others sound like poo. Ian Cortlett everybody, give it up.
hiohio (Guest)
said at 9:57 PM on Wed Apr 22 2009
Schemmel = Joyku.
duder (Guest)
said at 3:57 PM on Tue Apr 21 2009
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Ugh, Sean Schemmel. Ugh.
willow (Guest)
said at 3:14 PM on Mon Apr 20 2009
 1 Shout Out! [?]
1. Ian James Corlett
2. Sean Schemel
markstrange (Guest)
said at 5:11 PM on Fri Apr 17 2009
Sean Schemmel
thomas (Guest)
said at 7:55 PM on Tue Apr 7 2009
Once I heard Peter's voice I completeley lost it because I'm just too used to him Being Rolf
john (Guest)
said at 4:59 PM on Mon Apr 6 2009
I rate them this way
Sean Schemmel
Kirby Morrow
Peter Kelamis
Ian James Corlett
ultramagnus3786 (Guest)
said at 12:46 AM on Mon Apr 6 2009
this is a hard one, they're somewhat similar, but i'm going with sean.
Pokejedservo (Moderator)
said at 7:19 PM on Sun Apr 5 2009
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Personally I would rate it as...

1. Ian James Cortlett
2. Peter Kelamis
3. Sean Schemmel & Kirby Morrow (Tie)
thomas (Guest)
said at 5:11 PM on Sun Apr 5 2009
Sean Schemmel is the Definitive Goku


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