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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Nail with sound clips and images.
Nail is a fighter and the personal bodyguard of Guru; the Namek elder. He is very strong and not including Piccolo he is the strongest Namekian on planet Namek.

Although defeated by Frieza he still managed to survive long enough to fuse with Piccolo. The permanent fusion with Piccolo caused Nail to lose his own body and drastically increased Piccolo's power level.

In the English dub version of the Dragon Ball Z anime series Nail was originally voiced by Michael Dobson when the Ocean Group worked with Saban and Funimation.

When Funimation dubbed the series Nail was voiced by Sean Schemmel for all future episodes and also for the uncut DVD episodes.
Created by Jackson_H on Thu Feb 25 2010, 18 Comments, Add Comment
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
NailMichael Dobson
Michael Dobson
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
NailSean Schemmel
Sean Schemmel


Both voice actors did fairly good work for this character.

I suppose I slightly prefer Sean Schemmel's voice which sounds more serious, tougher and younger (IMO).


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Shaun Ince
said at 8:35 PM on Wed Apr 1 2015
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Dobson was meh in this role. Schemmel back in the Original FUNimation broadcast dub sounded way too much like Goku, even in the redub back in 2005-2006 you can still hear Goku in his Nail performance. It wasn't that distinct back then. With Kai, it's way more distinct & it sounds 10 times better.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:18 AM on Mon Mar 2 2015
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In Z Sean clearly had no idea how to act properly and his voice sounded way too much like Goku. In Kai his acting is far, far better. His acting is good, he sounds NOTHING like Goku and the new voice was really cool. He even has some similarities to Piccolo's voice. It's another great example of how much Sean has grow as an actor.

Michael Dobson is just so strange. I don't know why the director thought Nail should sound so old.

Guess who I voted for.
said at 7:44 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
Sean Schemmel, definitely, although I prefer his Z Redub work over his Kai work, which I then prefer over his Z Initial Dub work.

Michael Dobson was very generic and flat as Nail, tbh.
Shaun Ince
said at 6:57 PM on Wed Oct 29 2014
@Savate That's only noticeable in the Original FUNi Z dub & the redub. At least in Kai, it strays further away from his Goku voice.
said at 5:37 PM on Sun Dec 22 2013
Sean sounds too much like Goku, it was too obvious at times and hard for me to see Nail as his own character.
said at 8:44 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
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Michael Dobson was really flat in this role. When the switch happened, Sean was a slight improvement but kind of overacted the part. However, by DBZ Kai, he has a great voice for Nail.
said at 12:57 PM on Thu Aug 22 2013
Michael Dobson was too old and feeble sounding at times, but he was a decent Nail.

I always felt that, even when the switch happened, Sean was an improvement over Michael as he was younger-sounding and more appropriate for the character. Sean's the best for Nail in my eyes.
said at 5:50 PM on Wed Jul 31 2013
Just curious if there's a clip of nail from the 1998 dub that Sean first did. I heard it was really different from his other Nail appearances.
said at 4:39 PM on Mon Nov 26 2012
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Sean Schemmel may had a rough start as Nail, but he did get better as time went by. Sean it is!
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:24 PM on Thu Apr 12 2012
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He sounded really forced and bad in Z, but by Kai Sean Schemmel finally seemed to know what he was doing. Michael Dobson just sounds old, really old.
said at 8:22 PM on Fri Oct 28 2011
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Schemmel IMO nails Big Green's voice down, totally.
said at 10:42 PM on Thu Feb 25 2010
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Schemmel was way better. Dobson sounded a little too old for the role. Even though now whenever I hear Nail's voice and hear Goku, I didn't know Schemmel had played him until I had read it somewhere. But I will say that his Nail voice has improved since he first began it.
said at 11:00 PM on Sat Mar 5 2011
@PurpleWarrior13 Being A Namek doesn't help. Me and my brother were watching Kai and I'm like Moori sounds like Piccolo and my brother's joked that maybe Chris Sabat does all the voices lol.
said at 11:03 PM on Sat Mar 5 2011
@PurpleWarrior13 ignore that ot was inted for the person below you clicked on you by accident whoops
Pokejedservo (Moderator)
said at 10:00 PM on Thu Feb 25 2010
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Yeah I have no idea why did Dobson's Nail voice hardly sounds any different to his Kami voice. (In fact when I first heard the clip I thought Jackson accidentally put in Dobson's Kami voice.) But to be fair I more blame the voice direction since I could actually picture Dobson doing something a bit more fitting than that. But yeah Schemmel is average as well, sure its a slightly lower version of his Goku voice but its not too horrid.
said at 11:02 PM on Sat Mar 5 2011
@Pokejedservo See my above comment intended for you whoops.

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