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

Created by Foxwolf on Jun 23 2009
Special thanks to Jackson_H, Pokejedservo for additional sound clips.
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
KrillinTerry Klassen
Terry Klassen
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
KrillinSonny Strait
Sonny Strait
Dragon Ball (1996)
KrillinMike Thiessen
Mike Thiessen
Dragon Ball GT (2003)
KrillinDan Gascon
Dan Gascon
Dragon Ball Z: Broly The Legendary Super Saiyan (2003)
KrillinSharon Mann
Sharon Mann


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Vocal Evolver
said at 11:36 AM on Sun Apr 8 2018
The acting could've been a lot better, but I think Terry Klassen has the best voice for Krillin.
said at 9:06 PM on Fri Apr 6 2018
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Sonny Straight is the only one here who's really, really, REALLY good in the role (like others in Funimation, he sucked at first but he improved so much that he really made this role his own by today), though I do like what little bit we hear of Mike Thlessen here too - he sounds alright and fitting for Krillin's character.

Terry Klassen was just okay as Krillin. He put on a fitting voice for a midget fighter, but his acting left a lot to be desired. So much of his line delivery was forced and overacted to the point where it got more than a little grating after a while. I like his take for the nostalgia, but he's far from the best Krillin and I'd much rather listen to Strait in the role.

Dan Gascon has got to be where Lanipator got his voice from, but Lanipator's performance is a lot funnier and better acted. Gascon just sounds too wussy and whiny and not knowing what the heck he's doing.

No comment on Sharon Mann. Her rendition of Krillin was just painful.
said at 9:10 PM on Fri Apr 6 2018
@Galactic_Cyrus For mainstream voices that I can hear as Krillin, Tom Kenny would be my top choice, doing a voice somewhere between his natural voice and Commander Peepers. But I can also imagine Justin Roiland in the role due to his similar voice to Dan Gascon and Lanipator.
said at 9:25 AM on Wed Apr 4 2018
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Sonny Strait, no question. He's got such a great down-to-earth quality.
8000 Saiyans
said at 4:55 PM on Mon Oct 16 2017
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Can't say I'm that big of a fan of Sonny Strait's Krillin, but still, I'll vote for him.

Klassen does fine, even if he's too nasal. The others, well...what can I say about them? They're just unremarkable.
said at 5:35 AM on Tue Aug 15 2017
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I never did like Sony Strait's Krillin. I always thought of it as, not horrible but just plain.

I like Terry Klassen's Krillin, because it gives me the impression of someone who is diminutive and always way in over his head in a comical way.

Mike Thiessen: I haven't heard much of his performance but I like what he did.

Dan Gascon: Before Lanipator from TFS did Krillin, there was this VA.
said at 11:04 AM on Fri Dec 15 2017
@BoFerret I`m curious what are your thought`s on Klassen`s chemistry with Enuka Okuma and Brian Beacock
said at 4:20 PM on Fri Dec 22 2017
@Abdullab I actually didn’t know about the Bang Zoom dub when I first posted my comment.

I like Brian Beacock’s take on Krillin. It gives me the impression of someone who is small in size, but who is always determined.

As with Klassen’s chemistry with Okuma, I think they both generally sound the way we’d expect Krillin and 18 to be together; an odd couple.
Of course Dragon Ball never dwells much on characters-in-love and so we never see much of any characters’ chemistry together anyway.
Borax Joe
said at 10:37 AM on Sun Apr 16 2017
1. Sonny Strait: The definitive Krillin for the present day--tough, funny and clever. Though I like his Krillin voice, I wouldn't say it's the best.

2. Terry Klassen & Mike Thiessen (TIE): While I do enjoy Thiessen's take on Krillin, which is rather so-so to me, I have a particular soft spot for Terry's Krillin voice. It always reminded me of Nathan Price as Meowth, and considering Krillin was quite the trickster as a child, it really clicks with all Krillin needs is the Brooklyn accent and he'll be good to go!

3. Dan Gascon: Consisering they didn't hire the original voice cast from the DBZ Ocean Dub, his take reminds me of a cross between Scott Menville and Justin Roiland.

4. Sharon Mann: No. Just....dear Lord, no. If there were ever a more unfitting voice for Krillin, then she definitely fits that category.
said at 2:40 PM on Sun Oct 9 2016
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Is it just me or does Dan Gascon sound like Morty from Rick and Morty?
Borax Joe
said at 10:37 AM on Sun Apr 16 2017
@Zillah Nah, sounds more like Scott Menville.
said at 12:36 PM on Sun Oct 9 2016
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1. Sonny Strait:

He was a bit rough when he started out, but he got better over time, and he makes Krillin sound like this earnest, humble sort of person who keeps trying no matter how many times he's completely out of his league.

2. Mike Thiessen:

He's good, but is a little flat and generic in his delivery & toon.

3. Terry Klassen:

He's OK, but he gets really whiny and nasally sometimes.

4. Dan Gascon:

Imagine Terry Klassen's take, but far higher pitched and goofier, because that's what this is.

5. Sharon Mann:

Absolutely obnoxious and ridiculous beyond words: it's funny, but I cannot take this seriously at all.
said at 2:05 PM on Tue Mar 8 2016
1. Sonny (Kai)
2. Sonny (Z)
3. Mike
4. Terry
5. Dan
6. Sharon
said at 2:36 PM on Sat Jan 9 2016
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Sonny Straight is by far the best English voice Krillin has ever had. He just makes Krillin more likeable and even cool sounding at times despite how often he jobs. I really started to like Krillin a lot more when I started watching the FUNimation dub. This is one of my favourite roles of Sonny (tied with Maes Hughes).

Mike Thiessen is probably my second favourite, he's actually pretty good, not as endearing as Sonny but still likeable sounding.

Terry Klassen is the reason I didn't like Krillin growing up. I feel he brought out the weaker and less appealing qualities in Krillin. He makes him sound like a nasally, wimpy nerd. I don't want to be rude but I do not want him at all to reprise in the Ocean Kai dub.

Dan Gascon, I want to thank you for inspiring the TFS DBZA Krillin voice. As an actual official voice, it's not that good. Lanipator definitely took this and made it work so much better. Also Dan sort of sounds like Scott Menville at times....

Sharon Mann, I sorta get what the Big Green dub was aiming for, trying to emulate the voice of Mayumi Tanaka, Krillin's seiyuu but much like Goku, Krillin is better off with a male voice in English. Still I want to believe she was having fun in the role even if her take is rather grating.

Sonny Straight wins this one, no contest.

I've heard a rumour that Sam Vincent is doing Krillin in Ocean Kai, personally I'd be alright with that, he'd easily be my second favourite voice Krillin has...when its finally released!
said at 4:46 PM on Wed Nov 9 2016
@Autovolt "much like Goku, Krillin is better off with a male voice in English. "

i might get lynched in certain...areas of db fandom, but I truly feel as if Kuririn/Krillin & Goku should be voiced by adult men as adult men.

Especially Krillin, as his personality as rather different from Goku's. In fact, I would say that while i appreciate the consistency, & I dont want to sound a sexist certain-famous-@sshole...i think it's difficult for women to voice adult men, while at the same time, i'm not opposed to grown men (tenors, mostly) voicing little boys.

I prefer Laura bailey over Takeshi Kusao, but at the same time, i wouldnt take away from, say, Simon (Gurren Lagann) or Sasuke or Sora/Riku get the picture.
Borax Joe
said at 10:38 AM on Sun Apr 16 2017
@Autovolt Double D as Krillin? How oddly fitting...
said at 11:14 AM on Thu Jan 7 2016
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Sonny Strait, 'nuff said.
said at 6:41 PM on Fri Oct 16 2015
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Sonny Strait (duh)! He's always had the right amount of goofiness and innocence, and is a great actor too. He's beyond perfect! Terry isn't bad, but always kind of got on my nerves a bit. Dan's even worse, and Mike sounds too "cool." Also, as weird as Sharon sounds, it does at least sound like she was having some fun, and that clip is freaking hilarious! LOL
Shaun Ince
said at 8:32 PM on Wed Oct 7 2015
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1. Sonny Strait is the best here. While it started off as a Klassen impression, eventually he developed his own signature voice over time. Like most of the other FUNimation cast members of Z, he's gotten nuch better over time.

2.Mike Thiessen is pretty solid as Krillin as well. One of the better performances from Blue Water's DB dub.

3.Klassen sounds rather nasally, but his Krillin voice is pretty good. The only problem, he doesn't pull off the serious moments quite as good as Sonny does.

4. Dan Gascon sounds too goofy and awkward. Not only that, but it was the inspiration for Lanipator's Krillin in the abridged version

5. Sharon Mann. I'm guessing casting a woman for Krillin was inspired by the Japanese version. Too bad it doesn't have the same charm as Tanaka. It sounds obnoxious & OTT.
said at 9:59 PM on Tue Oct 6 2015
And there's the Malaysian voice I heard somewhere, she's pretty flat but I will place her in between Mike and Dan because Dan and Sharon are just annoying to listen to
said at 11:41 AM on Wed Oct 7 2015
@HienFan Not forgetting Apollo Abrahams in the Philippine dub, but I haven't heard enough of him to form an opinion.
said at 11:47 PM on Wed Oct 7 2015
@Kioea I don't live in the Philippine to notice that dub too much while I at least live in Malaysia to actually consider looking out on it
said at 3:53 PM on Thu Sep 17 2015
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Sonny Strait is more or less how I imagine the character would sound- he has the down on his luck and goofy tone for the character down pretty well, as well as working for the more serious moments, too.

Mike Thiessen sounds pretty good as well, though a little awkward in his delivery.

Terry Klassen isn't bad at all, and he did capture the kind and goofy sides of the character, but I feel he did struggle when it came to more serious moments, though he's pretty decent.

Dan Gascon just sounds goofy and doesn't fit much at all- now that's a voice I can't imagine being able to stomach for Krillin.

Sharon Mann is extraordinarily obnoxious and forced.
said at 2:57 PM on Mon Aug 24 2015
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There is only one official Krillin, and that is Sonny Strait. Don't you forget it.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:49 PM on Sat Jul 25 2015
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I thought that Sonny Strait sounded awkward at first as Krillin, but he did improve as the series went on. I'll give him my vote for that.

I do like Terry, and I remember him being good in the first three movies and early parts of the series.
said at 7:04 AM on Sun May 17 2015
1. Sonny Strait
2. Terry Klassen
3. Mike Thiessen
4. Dan Gascon
5. UVA
said at 8:29 AM on Mon Jun 22 2015
@Kioea Just for a laugh, here's Sonny Strait prank calling Terry Klassen in character. I should mention, though, this is more a dig at the writing than the performance.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:15 PM on Fri May 15 2015
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Sonny Strait really seems to get the character and clearly has a lot of fun with the part these days. He brings the right balance of snarky attitude, genuine emotion and Krillin's down on his luck nature. He really shine swith aome of Krillin's more mellow stuff towards the end too.

Mike didn't have a whole lot to do as older Krillin, but he really did have a good voice for it. Can't complain.

Dan isnkind of funny although he really doesn't fit that well. He seems to be forcing himself to sound older when it really isn't that neccesary.

I can't stand Terry's Krillen. He's way too wimpy and whiny sounding. It feels like he doesn't have the rest of Krillin's personality down and is just annoying.

The unknown's take on "Clearin" manages to be a million times worse. Even outside of that song she's way too obnoxious and screetchy sounding most of the time. If they were trying to match Mayumi Tanaka then they failed miserably.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 9:44 AM on Tue Nov 7 2017
@Nightmare Crusher Brian Beacock is a great choice for Krillin. I don't think Bang Zoom could have picked someone better. Easily the best Krillin behind Sonny.
said at 1:40 PM on Mon May 11 2015
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Sonny Strait, no contest.
said at 6:38 PM on Fri May 8 2015
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I see a lot of the same people have made reposts swearing by Sonny Strait. I grew up with the Ocean dub back when Toonami was leading the air time '97 '98. A lot of younger guys I've noticed swear by the FUNi actors, or those DBZ fans who began getting into DBZ while it began to gain popularity for the first time.

IMO, those who say that Terry Klaisen sounded too nasally are pretty much copying other opinions. Just like the Ocean Group, FUNi recycle their finest voice actors for other animes. And some of their finest from DBZ sound similar to their DBZ characters. You could tell when you hear similar voices in different shows.

Terry Klaisen (et al) was also a voice actor in the original Mobile Suit Gundam 0079. He sounds the same, except in Dragonball Z there's more emotion, including a cheery or cowardly, depending, demeanor underneath the tones. So, I honestly don't see where this "nasally whine" is at. They sound similar if anything, especially when FUNi started. They were ordered to sound like the Ocean actors at first, so they really used other voice acting styles and slowly developed it as their own.
said at 7:10 AM on Sun May 17 2015
@Repentance I feel your pain, my friend, I really do. I personally feel Terry was superb in the first two seasons, plus most of the Android Saga. However, after watching the Buu Saga Ocean episodes, I'm going to have to go with Sonny. Terry's performance really went downhill in that arc.
said at 10:36 PM on Thu Jul 23 2015
@Kioea Sonny could sound rather whiny himself though both are way ahead of... everyone else
Shaun Ince
said at 4:27 PM on Sun Oct 11 2015
@Repentance "IMO, those who say that Terry Klaisen sounded too nasally are pretty much copying other opinions"

Or maybe that just how most people feel about Klassen's Krillin as a whole?

"They sound similar if anything, especially when FUNi started.

Yes, when they started, they sounded very similar. But Sonny's sound clip here doesn't sound like a Klassen impersonation, it sounds more like a standalone voice to me.
said at 5:29 PM on Sun Mar 15 2015
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Sonny Strait is the only good one to me
said at 9:23 PM on Thu Feb 26 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
1 Terry Klassen
2 Sonny Strait
3 Mike Thiessen
4 Dan Gascon
5 Unknown
said at 12:56 AM on Sun Jan 18 2015
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Eric Stuart as Krillin, anyone?
said at 5:08 PM on Wed Jan 7 2015
Eddie Deezen As Old Krillin.
said at 3:07 PM on Sun May 3 2015
@ArticleTheWasbi Hehehe, Just Kiddin.
said at 7:30 AM on Sun Dec 7 2014
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I don't get where people are coming from when they say Terry made Krillin sound wimpy, to me he made the character sound tough, Sonny Strait's Popeye on helium Krillin voice is a lot more wimpy sounding.
Shaun Ince
said at 6:35 PM on Wed Dec 10 2014
@Miscast How much of Klassen have you actually heard?
said at 7:36 AM on Sun Jun 22 2014
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#1) Don "Sonny" Strait- Like pretty much all of the FUNimation Cast when they started out (excluding Stephanie as Kid Gohan and Chris as Zarbon), he sucked badly when he took over the role initially. However, he improved dramatically as the Frieza Saga progressed, and that continued until in Kai's dub, he has established himself as the quintessential English Krillin/Kuririn, managing to capture the serious side, comedic side, and well mannered, polite, down on his luck character Krillin is. 9/10
#2) Mike Thiessen- He's good, but not great: I like him more as Krillin than as his Kid Krillin, though-- nice pitch and he delivers his lines fairly well. 8/10
#3) Terry Klassen- Okay, but too goober and wimpy sounding...not bad, but he exaggerates the weaker side of the character too much. Nice pitch of voice, though, but his delivery of lines/overacting was really awkward at times (e.g "Uhhh...thePOWER? Yes! It issss I who now possesses the POWEEEERRRRR!") 7/10
#4) Dan Gascon- Way, way, too wimpy sounding, and pretty much what Lanipator/Nick Landis based his interpretation of the character on in TFS. Too weak sounding, too gooberish, and just falls flat. 4.5/10
#5) UVA- Awful beyond words needed to describe this horror. 1/10
said at 12:43 AM on Wed Jan 15 2014
Sonny Strait (though on an unconventional level I'd say Nick Landis was my favourite. Even if he is a little whiny.)
said at 4:41 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
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1. Sonny Strait - He IS Krillin, no contest.
2. Mike Thiessen - Sounds like a good young Krillin.
3. Terry Klassen - Average at most. The voice is too nasally and wimpy sounding, and Klassen overacted the part to no end.
4. Dan Gascon - So that's where DBZ Abridged got their Krillin voice from! It's fun to listen to just for that.
said at 10:57 AM on Mon Feb 17 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus Unlike Dan Gascon, in my opinion Lanipator is actually GOOD. Extremely high pitched and goofy but oddly lovable.
said at 11:57 AM on Sun Feb 23 2014
@BlankSlate I agree. Lanipator uses a Gascon-style VOICE, but with better ACTING.
said at 5:26 AM on Fri May 16 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus Dan kinda reminded me of Lemongrab actually.
said at 2:53 PM on Wed Dec 10 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus His voice IS pretty Justin Roiland-esque.
said at 4:59 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
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Sonny. Sonny, Sonny, Sonny.
said at 6:44 PM on Mon Aug 19 2013
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Sonny. Terry Klassen was quite good, but Sonny has really nailed the part. Still, Terry was always a bit "goober" sounding to me and down on his luck, but he made Krillin too wimpy at times. Sonny has a lot of Terry's performance in him but carries it with an air of competence as well and does a wonderful job expressing all of Krillin's emotions.
said at 8:23 AM on Fri Jun 28 2013
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I have to say, I'm kind of disappointed that Sonny's clip doesn't contain the puppy song.
said at 11:04 PM on Wed Jun 5 2013
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Yeah, I have to go with Sonny Strait ten times over for this character. He sounded comical, likable, and his voice perfectly captures his "not the toughest of the bunch but a real scrapper" qualities as well. When I first watched some clips from the Ocean Dub, Terry Klassen was the first voice that really bothered me because to me he sounded far too nasally, and I don't know, he just doesn't have enough spunk.
said at 4:44 PM on Tue Jun 11 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy Also, watch the scene this scene and compare the two, Sonny Strait's talent speaks for itself. Terry sounds like he was just phoning it in.
said at 5:46 PM on Sat Apr 5 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy I like and respect Sonny Strait's Krillin and all. You may not agree. But I think Terry did a better job as Krillin for the first 3 movies and 53 episodes. Of course I was exposed to Sonny's Krillin first in DBZ Kai and remastered dub before I saw Ocean. I still think Sonny is pretty good. As for the comparison my only problems with Ocean was the music choice for that scene and dialogue. Not Klassen's voice acting.
said at 6:21 PM on Fri Apr 11 2014
@munsonx4 Yeah, I'm sorry, but I'm just not a fan of Klassen's Krillin in the slightest. However, I will say I think I was being a bit unfair to him, because it looks like the Ocean version of that scene was edited and shortened pretty heavily. So yeah, that might have had him at a disadvantage, but I just don't feel the same sense of urgency and raw emotion in his approach to that scene regardless.
said at 3:02 PM on Sat Apr 12 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy Haha well truth is. I used to think Terry was awful. But the more I listened to his performances the more I began to like him as Krillin. As for Krillin sparing Vegeta in the Ocean Dub. I didn't really like that scene because of the lack of emotion in it. So I went back found a sad track from One Piece that was appropriate and played it. Start the song at around 2:54 or 2:55 in the beginning of this scene for the Ocean Dub. I thought it was a better fit than the actual music they used.
said at 3:48 PM on Sat Apr 12 2014
@munsonx4 Yeah, you're right, that music was a better fit. Also, the script Ocean had for this scene really sucked a lot of the dramatic tension out of the scene. If Terry Klassen had a more dramatic script for that scene and it hadn't been shortened so much, he probably would have done a lot better.
said at 11:19 PM on Fri Mar 8 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
Sonny Strait easily.
said at 5:53 AM on Wed Jan 9 2013
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Sonny Strait ftw
said at 12:50 AM on Thu Oct 4 2012
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My vote is for Terry Klassen. He's got that comical 'down on his luck' performance which suits Krillin to a punch. While Krillin IS the strongest human in DBZ, he's also the underdog of the Z-fighters, the one who gets the bad luck, the one who provides the comical relief (even though most of the characters provide comic relief) and Klassen's higher pitched voice also goes well with showing Krillin's small size.
Sonny Strait I thought just sounded not terrible but too plain.
said at 10:24 AM on Fri Aug 10 2012
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I like Terry Kelassen's Krillin the best!
said at 10:38 AM on Fri Jul 27 2012
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sonny strait all the way.
said at 10:18 PM on Mon Apr 16 2012
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Sonny and Mike were the best by far. Terry was pretty good, but Dan and that unknown voice actor kinda sucked.
said at 4:52 AM on Sun Mar 4 2012
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Sonny Strait's voice makes Krillin both comical and a badass. My vote is for him.
Gutsy Goat
said at 8:45 PM on Tue Dec 27 2011
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Sonny Strait
im sorry but the other actors make krillin sound gay
said at 10:26 AM on Thu Sep 15 2011
 4 Shout Outs!
Terry Klassen is the best. Sonny's version sounds like they tried to make Krillin sound tough with a raspier voice.
said at 3:18 PM on Tue Sep 13 2011
 8 Shout Outs!
Gonna go with Sonny Strait's Kai performance.
said at 1:33 AM on Sat Apr 16 2011
 5 Shout Outs!
There's no contest here: Sonny Strait IS Krillin's US voice. He's the best of the bunch while (aside from the horrible Unknown Voice Actor) Terry Klassen is the weakest.

Also, I'm amused at just how much Dan Gascon sounds like Krillin's voice on DBZ:Abridged.
said at 7:59 AM on Fri Feb 11 2011
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Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 11:53 PM on Tue Jan 5 2010
Dan Gascon (blue water dub for GT) now added!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 12:21 PM on Tue Jun 23 2009
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lol, thanks for pointing out the mixup. theyre switched around now :P
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 10:43 AM on Tue Jun 23 2009
btw I think you mixed the voices up. You have Sonny's voice clip with Terry's and Terry's voice clip with Sonny's. :D
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 10:42 AM on Tue Jun 23 2009
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I've gotten use to Sonny Strait even though Terry Klassen voiced him first. Both are fantastic!
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