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

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 Feb 25 2010
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
NailSean Schemmel
Sean Schemmel
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
NailMichael Dobson
Michael Dobson




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said at 1:43 AM on Tue Apr 17 2018
Sean Schemmel was very mediocre in the earlier appearances but has gradually improved and fits more than Michael Dobson who does sound intelligent but too old.
Vocal Evolver
said at 12:20 PM on Sun Apr 8 2018
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Sean was pretty bad at first, but he improved. Dobson was never right - sounds waaay too old.
8000 Saiyans
said at 12:27 PM on Sun Apr 8 2018
@Vocal Evolver Michael Dobson can do younger voices, you know.
said at 10:50 AM on Tue Apr 10 2018
@8000 Saiyans Like his Supreme Kai voice, which is closer to what he should have been using for Nail.
8000 Saiyans
said at 11:53 AM on Mon Apr 16 2018
@Galactic_Cyrus I'm not sure if his Supreme Kai voice is the right fit for Nail. Nail needs to sound more warrior-like.

There was this voice that he did in Gundam 00 that might work well for Nail.
said at 2:09 PM on Thu Feb 15 2018
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Man, I totally forgot what Nail's Ocean dub voice sounded like until I listened to his clip. :O

My vote goes to Sean. Michael's voice is too light and (what @8000 Saiyans said) old sounding.
8000 Saiyans
said at 7:24 PM on Sat Oct 28 2017
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I guess I'll go with Sean for this one. Michael Dobson sounds too old, but I'm sure he could do a much younger voice for the role.
said at 6:13 PM on Thu Oct 13 2016
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Michael Dobson did sound intelligent and appropriately calm as Nail, but he also sounded too old and weak at times.

Sean Schemmel was only a slight improvement when he took over in 1999 since he sounded more like a young warrior-like character would, but traces of his Goku slipped in very often into his Nail and vice versa, his performance got a little better in the Remastered dub, but still sounded really flat...and in Kai, he's finally got the right voice down for the role and sounds the most like a calm warrior would.

Overall, I'd say Sean Schemmel is the better Nail, though mainly for his Kai performance.
said at 1:02 AM on Fri Oct 7 2016
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Sean Schemmel was just sorta "meh" back in the 1999 dub and the remastered dub. Nothing particularly HORRIBLE mind you, but at the same time he wasn't particularly great either. It goes without saying that his voice for Nail in Kai is so much more fitting, so that take is what has my vote.

Although I do like Micheal Dobson's voice for Nail too however! He does sound a little old I guess, but at the same time I don't think he sounds THAT old, you know? He nails the "knowledgeable" aspect of Nail's character as well IMO.
said at 5:23 PM on Thu Oct 6 2016
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Dobson sounds less like a warrior and more like a butler. I'd say Schemmel wins this one.
said at 6:59 PM on Fri Apr 1 2016
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Schemmel beats Dobson here.
said at 10:11 PM on Sun Jun 12 2016
For his Kai performance.
said at 12:15 PM on Tue Jan 26 2016
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1. Sean Schemmel (Kai)
2. Michael Dobson
3. Sean Schemmel (Z)
said at 10:17 AM on Tue Jan 26 2016
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I'm in the tiny minority that prefers Dobson over Schemmel. Yes, it's a generic voice, but i feel he made the character sound more noble and warrior-like.

I also don't think Ocean were intentionally trying to make him old & feeble. They were probably going for a Native-American type voice, which makes sense since every other Namekian sounded like that in the Saban dub.
said at 4:51 PM on Sat Jan 9 2016
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Sean Schemmel nowadays is friggin great as Nail, he used to be bad in the role but now he's fantastic.

Michael Dobson was OK but I don't think he did as well as of a job. I think he could still work in the role, maybe in Ocean Kai he can do a better job.
said at 7:10 PM on Sun Nov 8 2015
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Dobson sounded very old and feeble as Nail, though did come off as wise and knowledgeable.

Schemmel started off sounding like his Goku, and sometimes his Goku slipped into his Nail voice (i.e. "Come on, give me your best shot you crazy kook." Schemmel sounded better in the 2005-2006 redub, but still not much different from his Goku.

However, in Kai, Schemmel nailed it: now Nail sounds like a wise, knowledgeable, young warrior, and that's really who he is, so my vote goes to Sean here.
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
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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
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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