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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Master Roshi with sound clips and images.
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 Gregory Snegoff 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 a UK dub of Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle Roshi was voiced by an Unknown Voice Actor.

Created by Jackson_H on Wed Apr 7 2010, 34 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to Pokejedservo for additional sound clips.
Dragon Ball (1996)
Master RoshiGregory Snegoff
Gregory Snegoff
Dragon Ball (1996)
Master RoshiMichael Donovan
Michael Donovan
Dragon Ball (1996)
Master RoshiDean Galloway
Dean Galloway
Dragon Ball (1996)
Master RoshiMike McFarland
Mike McFarland
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Master RoshiIan James Corlett
Ian James Corlett
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Master RoshiPeter Kelamis
Peter Kelamis
Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest (1998)
Master RoshiDon Brown
Don Brown
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Master RoshiTerry Klassen
Terry Klassen
Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle (1998)
Master RoshiUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor


All of Roshi's voice actors were pretty good. Some took the approach of the "wise elder" or "goofy, perverted old man".

My favorite among this group is Mike McFarland. IMO it's the perfect mix of everything Roshi is and should be. Bonus points for that iconic laugh too.


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Shaun Ince
said at 1:06 PM on Thu Feb 12 2015
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.
said at 5:02 AM on Sun Aug 10 2014
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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.
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.
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.
said at 9:02 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
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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!
said at 9:48 PM on Sat Sep 14 2013
I'm going with Mike McFarland.
said at 1:14 AM on Fri Jul 12 2013
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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.
said at 5:40 PM on Sat Jul 13 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy "Red524"
said at 10:36 PM on Tue Jun 25 2013
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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.
said at 7:03 PM on Sat Apr 20 2013
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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.
said at 12:38 AM on Tue Feb 5 2013
Roshi is awesome!
said at 12:47 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
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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.
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.
said at 3:13 AM on Tue Aug 7 2012
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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.
said at 4:03 PM on Thu Jun 2 2011
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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
Mike McFarland
i 100% agree with you
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
said at 3:16 AM on Tue Aug 7 2012
Happosai & Ataru Moroboshi give Master Roshi a good run at that title.
said at 3:12 PM on Tue Aug 7 2012
@akiha Oooh, very true. Very true, indeed.
said at 1:53 AM on Mon Apr 25 2011
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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
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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. -_-)
said at 4:17 AM on Fri May 14 2010
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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.
said at 2:54 PM on Wed Apr 7 2010
I'm going with Mike McFarland

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Who do you think has been the best from these Master Roshi voice actors?
Gregory Snegoff
Michael Donovan
Dean Galloway
Mike McFarland
Ian James Corlett
Peter Kelamis
Don Brown
Terry Klassen
Unknown Voice Actor