Master Roshi
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Master Roshi

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

Master Roshi also known as The Turtle Hermit is a wise and powerful martial arts master. In the beginning of the Dragon Ball story he was the strongest fighter on the planet despite his great age. Master Roshi is the original user of the Kamehameha attack.

He has also trained many pupils such as Goku, Krillin, Yamcha, Ox-King and Goku's Grandpa Gohan. Roshi is also a very perverted man who enjoys groping and spying on attractive women.

Master Roshi was first voiced in an English dub by Clifton Wells in the canceled Harmony Gold dub of the Dragon Ball anime series and Dragon Ball movies 1 and 3.

Roshi was then voiced by Michael Donovan in the 13 episode Ocean Group version of Dragon Ball and the first Dragon Ball Movie.

Roshi was also voiced by Dean Galloway for the Blue Water dub of Dragon Ball and the Blue Water dub of Dragon Ball GT.

Roshi was originally voiced by Ian James Corlett in the English dub of Dragon Ball Z for the first season until he left the series.

Corlett's replacement was Peter Kelamis who voiced Master Roshi in all season 2 appearances.

For the original Ocean Group versions of the first 3 Dragon Ball Z movies Roshi was voiced by Don Brown.

When Funimation Entertainment dubbed Dragon Ball Z from season 3 onwards the role was recast and Roshi was then voiced by Mike McFarland.

Mike McFarland also voices Roshi the Funimation version of Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball GT, all Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z movies. Mike McFarland also re-dubbed the episodes and movies originally voiced by Gregory Snegoff, Michael Donovan, Ian James Corlett, Peter Kelamis and Don Brown. Mike McFarland reprises Roshi for Dragon Ball Z Kai as well.

However the Ocean Group version of Dragon Ball Z continued for international broadcasts and for these episodes Master Roshi was voiced by Terry Klassen.

In the France-produced AB Groupe dub of Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle Roshi was voiced by Ed Marcus.
Created by Jackson_H on Apr 7 2010
Special thanks to Pokejedservo for additional sound clips.
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Master RoshiPeter Kelamis
Peter Kelamis
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Master RoshiTerry Klassen
Terry Klassen
Dragon Ball (1996)
Master RoshiClifton Wells
Clifton Wells
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Master RoshiIan James Corlett
Ian James Corlett
Dragon Ball (1996)
Master RoshiMichael Donovan
Michael Donovan
Dragon Ball (1996)
Master RoshiMike McFarland
Mike McFarland
Dragon Ball (1996)
Master RoshiDean Galloway
Dean Galloway
Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle (1998)
Master RoshiEd Marcus
Ed Marcus
Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest (1998)
Master RoshiDon Brown
Don Brown

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Ghosty404
said at 8:02 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
 7 Shout Outs!
1. Mike McFarland - Glorious. And he was only in his 20s when he started Roshi? That's some talent right there. He has both better material, direction, and better delivery on his side (as opposed to "sound like an old hick all the time")

2. Michael Donovan - Like Mike, really good range. Guile and Eggplant Wizard (don't ask why I associate those roles) as Roshi was pretty good.. no idea why he didn't keep his roles, but oh well.

3. Ed Marcus - God dammit, you did this to me, Kioea and Nightmare Crusher. :P I can't take him seriously at all, and his delivery and material is terrible, but the way he does his role is oddly fitting for a comedic Roshi.. if he became even more senile.

4. Ian Corlett - Aaaaand I'm starting to get into my dislikes. He sounds like an old hick, but he's probably better than any other of Donovan's replacements. Kinda mumbly at times, too.

5. Dean Galloway - A step up from the hickey voices, but the voice just sounds dumb. Not bad acting, though.

6. Clifton Wells - I get that this is Harmony Gold, and everything was weird, but maybe they should've got Woren to be Roshi. Clifton just sounds like a clown.

7. Terry Klassen - Urrrrgh, old man Krillin. They really botched this one.

8. Peter Kelamis - This too. They both sound fake and slow. A shame cause they're both great talents.

9. Don Brown - Old man King Kai does not make a good Roshi.
Kioea
said at 3:22 AM on Fri Oct 28 2016
@Ghosty404 Glad to oblige.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:14 AM on Fri Oct 28 2016
@Ghosty404 You go on and laugh - roll on the ground - split your sides laughing - laugh until it hurts - laugh go on - DIE LAUGHIN'!
WrightWay
said at 4:43 PM on Sat Oct 8 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
Mike McFarland sounds the most believable of the group as an old man, and is able to shift from being goofy, to serious and wise, in a heartbeat.
TEOL
said at 10:00 AM on Wed Sep 7 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Mike definiely does the job best here sounding old, wise and fun all at once.
GreenGoblin75
said at 12:04 PM on Tue Mar 8 2016
 7 Shout Outs!
Mike is somehow both hilarious and completely natural. He wins for sure.
GreenGoblin75
said at 2:46 PM on Sat Apr 2 2016
@GreenGoblin75
Full ranking (only ones I liked :p)
1. Mike McFarland
2. Ian James Corlett
3. Ed Marcus
4. Peter Kelamis
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:28 PM on Thu Feb 25 2016
 6 Shout Outs!
I think Mike McFarland is the only actor here to really nail the character. His old man voice, while not perfect, is fairly convincing and flexible enough for both comedic and serious moments.

Dean Galloway really isn't as bad as that clip makes him out to be. He doesn't just sound like an old dope all the time, though it does happen. He also slips into his Pilaf on occasion and it's really weird when it happens.

Clifton Wells is pretty similar, although he usually sounds even more dopey than Dean Galloway.

Ed Marcus is, of course, the most authentically old sounding. Though this being the Big Green dub his acting is way too ridiculous, even for this character.

The rest of them are terrible. All of them are doing the same kind of annoying fake old voice that just annoys me. It's the same kind of thing Chris Sabat does with most of his old characters and I can't stand it. Don Brown is by far the most obnoxious of the lot, although Terry Klassen gives him a run for his money.

1. Mike McFarland
2. Dean Galloway
3. Clifton Wells
4. Ed Marcus
5. Peter Kelamis
6. Michael Donovan
7. Ian James Corlett
8. Terry Klassen
9. Don Brown
Rutherspringsman
said at 5:58 PM on Sat Feb 20 2016
Mike McFarland does fit as Master Roshi. But, Terry Klassen also fits as Master Roshi, however he needs to sound partially deeper and also sounding like Mike McFarland.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 1:06 PM on Tue Apr 5 2016
@Rutherspringsman Why would he need to sound like Mike McFarland?

They didn't even HAVE a reference to the original voices of the characters when casting.

NO one did, until the Budokai games, & by then, we already had an (incorrectly) established voice.


I will say that McFarland has the best *performance* out of all of these guys.
Kioea
said at 1:27 PM on Tue Apr 5 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Well... in Terry's case that's not ENTIRELY accurate. When Ocean picked up the show again in Season 4, anyone freshly cast - i.e. not playing a role from the original run - based their performance on the FUNimation cast. So we had the bizarre situation where the originators had to imitate their own imitators! All I can say is, it explains quite a bit about those later seasons.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 1:56 PM on Tue Apr 5 2016
@Kioea mfw when...
unsupervised foreign-dub = "originators"

..Anyhow, both Roshi & Kuririn are very early characters, & were essentially just "whatever we want". Roshi I suppose is a bit better off due to most of the JP being tenors, as is Terry Klassen (McFarland has a much deeper voice).

In any case, I'm impressed with what Sabat's doing with the newer dubs, even stretching his own range to match the light weight of the Japanese actors, & casting close matches for the new characters - high, raspy-sounding voice for Freeza, medium baritone for Beerus, low t-high b for Whis, & high t for Jaco. Would've been nice to get a deeper voice for Shenlong, & the Armstrong voice for Reacoom, but otherwise, great casting, & I really feel like I'm watching Dragon Ball with the new English versions, even with the baritone Goku.
Kioea
said at 2:12 PM on Tue Apr 5 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed I think you know what I mean.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 2:18 PM on Tue Apr 5 2016
@Kioea
I misunderstood. You made a great point.

:)
Autovolt
said at 2:49 PM on Sat Jan 9 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Mike McFarland is so freaking funny as Master Roshi. He's the perfect mix of a wise old martial artist and a perverted old man. I'm amazed he was in his thirties when he was first cast as Roshi, and yet it's one of the best old man voices I've ever heard. He's friggin wonderful as Roshi and whenever the character shows up he's tons of fun to listen.

Michael Donovan is the only other VA who I feel kinda comes close to McFarland in the role. He sounds way lighter but still gives off the wise martial artist feel Roshi should have. I don't think he got to do the funny perverted moments which is unfortunate, what is more unfortunate is that he didn't voice Roshi in Z and because of that we ended up having numerous actors stepping in during the whole dub's run.

Ian James Corlett, Peter Kelamis and Don Brown all sound similar but sound way too goofy and like hicks.

Terry Klassen honestly sounds like an improvement from the three but still not the most fitting voice either.

Dean Galloway makes him sound like a dumb voiced old man.

Clifton Wells sounds way too deep and his clip sounds like its being cut from when it should.

Ed Marcus actually fits pretty well, under better directed he'd be better.

I really wish French Tickner had been Master Roshi's voice in the entire run of the Ocean dub, that would have been absolutely perfect casting....alas now he's getting too old in age, I don't think he'd be able to complete it now. I wouldn't mind if Michael Donovan came back for Ocean Kai. I know that he's a lot older so he'd be more fitting.

Either way the currently middle aged Mike McFarland gets my vote.
whyofbladez
said at 4:28 PM on Tue Dec 8 2015
1. Mike McFarland
2. Ian James Corlett
3. Ed Marcus
4. Michael Donovan
5. Peter Kelamis
6. Terry Klassen
7. Don Brown
8. Dean Galloway
9. Clifton Wells
Bauglir100
said at 2:36 PM on Thu Nov 26 2015
 1 Shout Out!
So is Michael Donovan's voice the one that MasakoX's Roshi voice in the abridged series was modelled after? They do sound pretty similar.
Shaun Ince
said at 10:40 AM on Fri Nov 27 2015
@Bauglir100 Yeah, MasakoX based most of his parody performances off of the Vancouver cast.
Dr.Who
said at 5:56 PM on Thu Sep 17 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
1. Mike McFarland- Perfect: sounds weathered, kind, and capable of performing both comedic and serious scenes well. The laugh only adds to his performance.
2. Ian James Corlett- Very good, though I really get the impression that's a young man trying to sound older than he is.
3. Michael Donovan- Good, though faltered at points where the character was comedic.
4. Paul Bandey- Decent, and actually his best role from the otherwise laughable Big Green/AB Groupe dub, but hereadshislineslikethis.
5. Don Brown- Poor, and clearly a young man trying to sound old, but decent acting.
6. Dean Galloway- Decent voice, but poor acting.
7. Clifton Wells- Bad acting and bad voice.
8. Peter Kelamis- Terrible acting and bad voice.
9. Terry Klassen- http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m32f85unf11rpn610o4_400.gif
Kioea
said at 3:16 PM on Sat Aug 29 2015
Full ranking, latest info:

1. Mike McFarland
2. Ian James Corlett
3. Michael Donovan
4. Clifton Wells
5. Don Brown
6. Dean Galloway
7. Terry Klassen
8. Paul Bandey
9. Peter Kelamis
HienFan
said at 4:32 AM on Sun Jul 26 2015
1 Ian James Corlett
2 Michael Donovan
3 Mike McFarland
4 Dean Galloway
5 Unknown
6 Don Brown
7 Terry Klassen
8 Peter Kelamis
9 Clifton Wells
HienFan
said at 4:28 AM on Sun Jul 26 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Ian is my favourite but unlike Goku, Peter is just terrible as Roshi
Silly Sally
said at 8:34 PM on Sat Jul 4 2015
I would vote for Mike Macfarland but I don't like what he did to his voice in the Resurrection F trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJEqgtaPxko See 0:50

So I'm giving it to Michael Donovan as he sounds more like a real old man than the others even though he's lacking the pervertedness a bit.
Bauglir100
said at 2:39 PM on Thu Nov 26 2015
@Silly Sally Then why not base his performance on the one already provided?
Kioea
said at 8:38 AM on Wed May 20 2015
Top 4 (again, I can't really justify a 5th):

1. Mike McFarland - "Never mind why! Yeeeeheheheheheh!"
2. Ian James Corlett - "NOW! ARISE, DRAGON!"
3. Michael Donovan - "Buffalo Gals, won't ya come out tonight, come out tonight, come out tonight..."
4. Don Brown - "YOU WANNA SEE HOW TOUGH I AM?!"
Kioea
said at 2:22 AM on Sat May 30 2015
@Kioea After some thought, I've now decided that the 5th place goes to Gregory Snegoff. Sure, his voice doesn't sound old, but he could be quite authoritative - more so than Mike, actually - and very funny when the situation demanded. So now:

1. Mike McFarland
2. Ian James Corlett
3. Michael Donovan
4. Gregory Snegoff
5. Don Brown
HeroRises143
said at 6:18 PM on Fri May 1 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Mike's too classic and I mean THAT LAUGH and it really resembles a kind wisely old man but he also nails the pervert Roshi is.
Kioea
said at 5:26 AM on Thu Apr 30 2015
Ian Corlett has the best speaking voice, but only embodies the "wise old master" aspect of the character. For the full package, Mike wins hands down!
Kioea
said at 8:17 AM on Thu Apr 30 2015
@Kioea Plus, the moment you hear that laugh, the discussion's pretty much over.
Shaun Ince
said at 1:06 PM on Thu Feb 12 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
Mike McFarland is the perfect balance between wise turtle hermit & a perverted old man. The laugh just completes the performance for me. I feel he succeeded in hitting all these traits while the other VA's fall short.
Savate
said at 5:02 AM on Sun Aug 10 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Mike McFarland's Roshi is the best, hands down: "1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2!" His vocal pitch was perfect, he's hilarious in perverted scenes, while he's also superb in emotional scenes and his tone works for serious scenes just as well as hilarious scenes...he's perfect for the part.
Plevak
said at 10:50 AM on Sun Feb 23 2014
If you listen closely in Terry's sample you can hear music from that 90s megaman show
Shaun Ince
said at 1:03 PM on Thu Feb 12 2015
@Plevak When Westwood Media & ABGroup produced the second half of Ocean's dub of Z, they recycled music from the 90's Mega Man cartoon & Monster Rancher.
Zillah
said at 4:01 PM on Thu Nov 21 2013
I agree withe pretty much everyone here about McFarland. He's definitely my favorite Roshi as well.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 9:02 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
 9 Shout Outs!
1. Mike McFarland - Agreed with everyone who says that his voice IS Roshi's. He puts a slight wheeze in his voice and uses the perfect pitch, and he sounds very convincing as both a wise old martial arts mentor and a goofy perverted old man. And you gotta love that laugh too!

2. Michael Donovan - The only one other than McFarland to sound convincing in the role. He sounds like a goofy, light hearted old man who also has much wisdom and experience too. Just a very good fit.

3. Don Brown - The voice sounds silly, but like with his King Kai, both the comedic nature and wise martial arts master nature or the character comes across in the performance.

4. Ian James Corlett - It's enjoyable to listen to, but you can really tell that it's a young guy trying to sound old with this voice. The slight hick accent is distracting too.

5. Terry Klassen - Terribly inconsistent. He sometimes sounds close to imitating McFarland, other times he sounds like a wheezy, raspy old Jewish man. His delivery also lacks light heartedness, making him sound grouchy instead.

5. Gregory Snegoff - A fine voice on it's own but he was barely even trying to sound old here. Also sounds a bit too stiff and serious.

6. Dean Galloway - He sounds like a big doofus character rather than a wise old man. Almost like Wil Ryan's Willy the Giant voice.

7. Peter Kelamis - As forced as it gets. A younger, higher, shriller imitation of Corlett's take. It just sounds too annoying.

8. UVA - Bleah!
HylianBelmont
said at 1:45 AM on Wed Oct 14 2015
@Galactic_Cyrus Can't really say I can hear a wise martial arts master in Don's take but other then that I agree 100%!
coolgeek176
said at 9:48 PM on Sat Sep 14 2013
I'm going with Mike McFarland.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 1:14 AM on Fri Jul 12 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
My opinion is pretty much the same as Rd524. It really is incredible how Mike McFarland so effortlessly captured both a generally realistic old man voice and every aspect of Roshi's personality. He can be very funny/perverted, or he can be a very wise and respectable hermit at the same time.

Heck, Mike McFarland IS Master Roshi. Can't praise his performance enough.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 5:40 PM on Sat Jul 13 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy "Red524"
Red524
said at 10:36 PM on Tue Jun 25 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
Mike Mcfarland is the only one who really captures Roshi in both voice and performance. The voice sounds more natural than any of the others and he really nails both the goofy and serious sides of the character. Most of the others focus too much on getting an old man voice, rendering their performances awkward and overly goofy-sounding. In my opinion, the worst is Gregory Snegoff who doesn't fit at all voice or performance-wise.
OnceABear
said at 7:03 PM on Sat Apr 20 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Mike McFarland is the only Roshi I've ever known in all my MANY years of watching the show. No other is fit to be him, in my eyes.
fightmusic94
said at 12:38 AM on Tue Feb 5 2013
Roshi is awesome!
SupremeTarantulas
said at 12:47 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
 4 Shout Outs!
Mike is really the only memorable for me. I'm going to retract from my comment below and say they're good but all needed improvement.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 4:14 PM on Thu Dec 27 2012
Mike is the only one who sounds wise and perverted. Michael Donovan, Ian, Peter, and Terry all sound wise but not perverted.
akiha
said at 3:13 AM on Tue Aug 7 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Hearing McFarland's clip brought memories of the old pervert master back, had me smirking and laughing. He's definitely Roshi with Corlett as a worthy replacement.
TheBlackHawk
said at 4:03 PM on Thu Jun 2 2011
 3 Shout Outs!
MiKe McFarland, hands down.

"Heh heh heh. Hey, my head almost hit the wall! I think you may have saved my life! I was thrown viciously just like this! I could have cracked my head open, but this is so soft and nice and- Geeak! L-let go! P-please I was only trying to tell you something!"

"No, I was just trying to tell you how these flotation devices saved my life!"

There's no bigger perv in all of the fictional world than Master Roshi. =D
Gutsy Goat
said at 9:00 PM on Tue Dec 27 2011
@TheBlackHawk
Mike McFarland
i 100% agree with you
TheBlackHawk
said at 6:10 PM on Tue Jan 3 2012
@Gutsy Goat
Thanks! I loved how he seemed like a nearly-useless character until he ripped his shirt off and everyone basically went, "Holy crap!" XD
akiha
said at 3:16 AM on Tue Aug 7 2012
@TheBlackHawk
Happosai & Ataru Moroboshi give Master Roshi a good run at that title.
TheBlackHawk
said at 3:12 PM on Tue Aug 7 2012
@akiha Oooh, very true. Very true, indeed.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 1:53 AM on Mon Apr 25 2011
 1 Shout Out!
I liked Gregory Snegoff best. But, Mike McFarland's Roshi is pretty fun.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 2:04 PM on Fri Jul 16 2010
 1 Shout Out!
I'd like to believe you, but could you provide a source?

Such as an email? Don Brown's resume?

(I really hate dubs that don't properly credit the voice actors and their characters. -_-)
satoshi
said at 4:17 AM on Fri May 14 2010
 1 Shout Out!
Mike McFarland for sure. Ian James Corlett is a close second though
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:16 AM on Sun Apr 11 2010
Majority of sources say Dave Ward and I mean actual sources that aren't user submitted like imdb, wikipedia, anime news network

If you can provide a legitimate source I'll have it change.
NachoElephant
said at 2:54 PM on Wed Apr 7 2010
I'm going with Mike McFarland
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