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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Nappa with sound clips and images.
Nappa, the big bald bulky Saiyan whom was pretty much just the big guy that use to be Vegeta's right hand man and one of the few survivors of Planet Vegeta's destruction. He was also the General of the Saiyan army.
Created by Pokejedservo on Fri Nov 6 2009, 58 Comments, Add Comment
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
NappaMichael Dobson
Michael Dobson
Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku (2000)
NappaChristopher Sabat
Christopher Sabat
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
NappaPhil Parsons
Phil Parsons


In the old Saban/FUNi episodes Nappa was voiced by Ocean Group VA Michael Dobson, now we all know how much of a fan I am of Ocean so I may be a bit biased. But still I always did liked Michael Dobson's work as Nappa as it was a rather gravelly voice for a big dumb violent brute like Nappa in fact I found it to be one of Dobson's better performances.

In the 89th episode of DBZ namely in the (edited) FUNimation dub of the show (and of the DBZ Special "Bardock Father Of Goku") he was voiced by FUNi VA Chris Sabat. Now as for this performance Chris was often criticized on how lets just say this isn't one of his most original performances in fact it doesn't sound that much different from his Piccolo voice. But to be honest I didn't think it was that bad I mean I can understand why Chris would try to go with a remotely gruff deep voice for someone like Nappa. Its not the best of the Nappa performances here but I didn't think it was that bad.

And now for the last but not the least is FUNi VA Phil Parsons whom is his current VA now and he is by no means a bad one. Phil Parsons went with a rather gravelly tone for Nappa like what Michael Dobson did but gave it enough difference to make it his own and work fine as well.

Overall I liked them all but I am going with Michael Dobson at first, Phil Parsons at a close second and Chris Sabat at a not-so distant third.


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Shaun Ince
said at 9:58 PM on Mon Sep 14 2015
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I'm going with Parsons for this one. Mainly for his later performance in Kai, as it sounds much more refined. Like somebody said in the compare there is a line that sounds a bit awkward which does hold the performance back a bit, but it's still a great performance nonetheless. Probably his best perormance in the Ocean Dub.

Sabat is clearly the weakest here. If you had used the flashback clip in the edited broadcast FUNi dub of the show, you would hear how bad it was. While it sounds little better in the Bardock movie, it's still not great.
Shaun Ince
said at 8:49 PM on Fri Sep 18 2015
@Shaun Ince I can't believe I neglected to mention Michael Dobson's name in the comment. If anyone wants to know who I was referring to when I mentioned the Ocean dub, it was Dobson.
said at 7:43 PM on Thu Jun 18 2015
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Yeah I'm with anybody else that I voted for Phil Paraon the voice of Nappa. Following Michael Dobson at close second and Chris in below-decent third.
said at 2:05 PM on Mon May 11 2015
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I think we ALL know who the REAL voice of Nappa is...Curtis Arnott, aka Takahata101. Whenever anybody thinks of Nappa, that's the voice that comes to mind.
said at 2:12 PM on Mon May 11 2015
@BlueScarabGuy "Whenever anybody thinks of Nappa, that's the voice that comes to mind."

Yeah... no.
said at 4:34 AM on Sun Jun 7 2015
@BlueScarabGuy These days, I find Taka's voice makes me think of Dumplin' from their Xenoverse playthrough.
Shaun Ince
said at 7:16 PM on Fri Aug 7 2015
@BlueScarabGuy That's a mighty big assumption there.
said at 6:29 PM on Sat Sep 19 2015
@BlueScarabGuy Honestly, the TFS references have been done to death. Even TFS themselves are getting annoyed by it and have directly stated multiple times that their project is a parody.
Shaun Ince
said at 6:42 PM on Sat Sep 19 2015
@BioZero216 It doesn't matter. They'll still go on about it anyway. While TFS has re-ignited popularity with Dragonball Z at the same time I think a couple of people have sort of lost sight about what the parody is about. Not only that, but they believe a parody performance is on the same grounds as a serious legitimate performance. You can't really compare a fan parody to an actual production/dub of the show. Just doesn't translate that well to a site like BTVA which compares the many different versions from official companies/productions.
said at 8:58 PM on Sun Sep 20 2015
@Shaun Ince I'm also getting extremely tired of this, but I think I understand why so many of their fans do this. The people at TFS used to just be fans like any others who made videos that were well-liked and made them sorta popular around the internet, and once TFS was formed, their popularity took off so far that not only do each of their videos get millions in views, many people want to be like them, and they get their own packed panels at conventions; even real voice actors have recognized them and like them. Theirs is a story of fans who made fan content for something they like and not only got internet famous for it and approval of people they look up to, but they're even getting into official productions and making careers for themselves largely because their TFS stuff put them in the spotlight. It's a pretty nice success story.

With all this in mind, it's understandable that many of their fans would look up to them as their idols or something along those lines. I can understand that. But what gets annoying is how some of their fans put them on such a pedestal that they get it into their heads that EVERYONE who's interested in Dragon Ball, Hellsing, or whatever other stuff they made parodies of MUST love them too. They sometimes don't stop to think that not every Dragon Ball or Hellsing fan isn't necessarily a fan of TFS just because they made a popular fan video of it. It's true, people, not everyone (me, for example) in the world is a TeamFourStar fan.

And they also seem to assume that because everyone in the world apparently loves TFS, that means that they should shoehorn TFS references or go on saying, "They're better than the official voices!" and things like that in places where it isn't even relevant or warranted, like on these voice compares. I mean, I'm not against people bringing up TFS on these altogether, but some of them don't even seem interested in the actual comparisons being made and just want to use the comment section as another platform to praise TFS, and THAT gets annoying. REALLY annoying.

If you're not even going to contribute to the subject of the VC and you just want to praise TFS or one of their specific (parody) portrayals of a character some more, why even bother commenting here to begin with? It's just extraneous and irritating to people who want to read commentary related to what this page was made for in the first place.

I'm sorry for the really long comment, but this is something that I needed to finally get off my chest.
said at 4:51 AM on Mon Sep 21 2015
@PsychicVoiceSpy Took the words right out of my mouth.
said at 9:24 AM on Mon Sep 21 2015
@PsychicVoiceSpy I don't think you need to feel sorry about anything here. I'm with you on all of that.
Shaun Ince
said at 12:27 PM on Mon Sep 21 2015
@PsychicVoiceSpy No need to apologize. You said it way better than I ever could. I'm glad someone else here feels the same way as I do when it comes to how TFS are put on this huge pedestal. The worst thing is, it's gotten a lot worse the more popular they've gotten.

This TFS bias even exists in DBZ comparison videos on the internet. A user by the name of TeddyKGaming makes voice comparisons for the various DBZ characters, basically an direct inspiration from the format of voice comparisons on this site. There is at 20 or more people complaining about not having the Team Four Star cast in it. They're basically doing the same thing that you brought up other members on this site were doing, mentioning TFS members in a section where it doesn't concern them & not contributing to the actual comparison/discussion at hand.
said at 9:14 PM on Mon Sep 21 2015
@Zillah Well, one of the main reasons I was apologizing was because I was complaining about irrelevant TFS comments... and yet here I am writing the longest TFS comment here. Felt like I might have been throwing things even further off track by addressing it further, but I think these things needed to be said.
said at 6:15 AM on Tue Sep 22 2015
@Shaun Ince It's just ridiculous. Even if they're just kidding, they're using unfunny, overused jokes.
Shaun Ince
said at 7:12 AM on Tue Sep 22 2015
@PsychicVoiceSpy I talked to KaiserNeko on Kazenshuu about their huge influence. He says that he feels disheartened that some fans of the parody go out of their way to even insult or disregard the English dub voices that the TFS crew based them off of.

I know the discussion has derailed slightly cuz we're still discussing Team Four Star in a Dragonball VC, but considering stuff you & I have seen, I'd say your rant was justified.
said at 6:07 PM on Sat Apr 25 2015
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Pretty much a tie between Parsons and Dobson. I just wish Dobson's script didn't suck so much. :P

I actually can't wait to hear Dobson again for the Ocean dub for Kai (assuming they actually dub it correctly).
said at 5:06 AM on Sun Dec 7 2014
Michael Dobson and Sabat made him sound a little too dumb for my liking. Phil Parsons (who ironically looks the character in his photo) makes the character sound intelligent enough to realistically be a high ranking military member.
said at 7:19 PM on Thu Aug 14 2014
If a dub of DBZ was done with voice actors from the New York area, I think Mike Pollock should voice Nappa.
said at 9:08 PM on Fri Feb 20 2015

I could see him doing a decent Nappa, that being said it would probably sound too close to his Eggman voice and that's a big no no for sega. (I've talked to him, he's not really allowed to use any voice that sounds remotely similar to eggman for anything other than sega, or something along those lines)
said at 5:24 AM on Sat Feb 21 2015
@gaurdianaq Then I wonder what the heck Sega was doing when Dan Green was still voicing Knuckles/Yugi/Mewtwo.
said at 3:28 AM on Tue Jun 17 2014
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1 Michael
2 Phil
3 Chris
Polyester Funk
said at 10:30 PM on Sun May 4 2014
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Phil Parsons and Michael Dobson are pretty close, but I give Phil a slight edge cuz he sounds a little more natural. Christopher Sabat isn't bad by any means, but he does sound too close to his Piccolo.
said at 2:44 AM on Sat Apr 5 2014
Truth is, this is one of those characters where all the voices are good. It's honestly hard to pick one.

Naturally I'd mention Curtis Arnott, who gave Nappa his own distinctive voice as well as fleshing out the character into so much more than just some single-minded grunt who isn't really interesting outside of his interactions with Vegeta.

This is a tough one but in the end, Phil Parsons gets my vote. He nails all the emotions of this terrifying, mustachioed brute perfectly.
said at 4:08 PM on Tue Mar 4 2014
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Michael Dobson and Phil Parsons are close to even here. They both have a nice gruff, brutish voice and they both work pretty well.

There are two things that hold back Michael Dobson for me. One is that he is a little inconsistent and has some weird line deliveries like Nightmare Crusher said, and two is that he makes Nappa sound too stupid. Nappa isn't the sharpest tool in the shed for sure, but he's not exactly stupid. It's more that he's far too arrogant, impetuous, and quick to anger to the point that he practically caused his own demise.

Phil Parsons' voice would benefit from being a little bit deeper like Dobson's, but I feel he does a slightly better job at conveying Nappa's personality. He makes the character sound menacing and sorta crafty, but far too brash and angry to last when the chips are down and he's up against an opponent who can truly challenge him.

Christopher Sabat's voice is essentially Piccolo except deeper and not as raspy. It's not awful, but his delivery is pretty flat and the voice once again makes Nappa sound a bit too stupid, as well as sounding generally indistinct.

I prefer Phil with Michael at a very close second, and Chris in third.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 1:33 PM on Tue Mar 4 2014
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Much as I like Michael Dobson here, there are some lines he has as Nappa that are really weird. The best example I can think of is the infamous over 9000 scene. His voice sounds really unnatural, almost like there's a very light filter on it.

Phil Parsons is much more consistent and I especially like his voice in Kai where he lightened his voice a bit. It sounds more natural and it puts a little more emphasis on his accent, which I think is a really good fit for Nappa.

Chris is not very good. He sounds like he's in an awkward mid-point between Piccolo and Shenron.
said at 9:35 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
This one is very tough. I really like Michael Dobson and Phil Parsons' takes on this character very much. I'll admit that I grew up with Phil Parsons' take from the 2005-09 FUNimation redubbed Dragonball Z episodes before I go any further.

Nappa is definitely not one of Chris Sabat's better performances as a character in Dragonball, and is easily my least favorite from this group. That being said, he was satisfactory/okay in the role, and does fit Nappa.

Phil Parsons has this military general, very commanding, and gravely tone that fit very well for Nappa. I also like the Semi-Southern accent he gives to the character. His voice gives off the impression that he gleefully enjoys messing around with his enemies.

However, the winner for me is Michael Dobson. He sounds so ruthless, intimidating, and powerful as Nappa. Like he's ready to tear all the Z Warriors to shreds, and he doesn't care at all about the consequences. He was also pretty funny as well: that, or "You'd be in a bus stop somewhere in the next dimension!" line was so incredibly hilarious for how death was censored in the first Ocean Dub DBZ, that it left a nice impression on me.
said at 9:38 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
@OldSchoolFTW Yes, THIS!
said at 5:23 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
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1. Michael Dobson - The most powerful and intimidating sounding voice performance for Nappa. He really sounds like a total brute who's ready and willing to kill anything.
2. Phil Parsons - Plays up to militant aspect of Nappa's character, complete with a semi-Southern drawl, and the gravelly tone in his voice makes him a great fit.
3. Chris Sabat - In the clip, he's just doing a typical Chris Sabat voice: pretty much a variant of his Piccolo or King Vegeta voice. His one performance on the show in a filler flashback was even worse. The weakest Nappa whatever way you look at it.
said at 9:39 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
You mean the one in the Frieza Saga, right? "Can you believe how fast we blew up that planet...I'll bet Frieza will give us a HUGE reward!"

Chris Sabat was definitely better in the Bardock: The Father of Goku Special as Nappa than he was in that episode from the Frieza Saga. His Nappa sounded like the Cookie Monster in that filler episode! lol.
said at 9:50 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
@OldSchoolFTW Cookie Monster with this strange accent...I don't know what the heck he was going for there! XD He was better in the Bardock special, but still not right. That's why in the remastered uncut DVD version of the special, they had Phil Parsons redub his lines.
said at 11:41 AM on Thu Jun 6 2013
I'm going with Phil Parsons.
said at 3:53 AM on Sat Apr 6 2013
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They all sound pretty good except Chis. I usually like CS though. I'm not very familiar with his work as Nappa but based on this clip alone, I'm going with Dobson Sr.
said at 4:01 PM on Tue Jun 18 2013
@PusoPimp That's all there is of him.
said at 10:54 PM on Thu Nov 15 2012
I'm going to be the guy that saves the image of this compare and vote for Parsons. I used to be on the fence with this, but a very similar role of his made me see that he can pull off this type of character.

Anyone who spams TFS should be banned immediately.
said at 12:11 AM on Thu Nov 8 2012
This is the second I tied when I changed my vote.
said at 3:31 AM on Sun Nov 4 2012
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If Abridged VA's were allowed, Curtis Arnott (Takahata101) would definitely win. He would beat ANY of these guys in a Patty Cake game.
said at 10:46 PM on Thu Nov 15 2012
Begone, scum. You're not welcome here.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:35 PM on Tue Nov 27 2012
@rosebr10 And who are you to decide that?
said at 5:46 PM on Sun Dec 2 2012
@Nightmare Crusher
Quality control.
said at 3:51 AM on Mon Sep 3 2012
This has gotta be the first time I've ever seen an Ocean VA receive more votes than a Funi VA
said at 5:05 PM on Wed Sep 5 2012
@BoFerret There's also Dr. Wheelo, Guldo, Recoome, Nicky/Nikki, Daiz and the characters from The Blood Rubies film if you're interested.
said at 12:11 AM on Thu Nov 8 2012
@BoFerret I just tied it haha.
said at 11:50 PM on Fri Jul 27 2012
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Takahata by far, but in the case of official dubs, I go with Dobson. He sounds more sinister and evil.
said at 9:28 PM on Fri Aug 31 2012
@TommyBNSF I agree too. The abridged series can actually pass off as much of an official dub as that of Ocean's and FUNimation's. ;D
said at 8:38 AM on Tue Mar 4 2014
@TommyBNSF Taka's show-stealing performance really takes the cake, but I guess Dobson wins.
Madness Abe
said at 9:40 AM on Sun Nov 20 2011
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Hi, I'm Nappa and this is Vegeta. He was a prison...

Madness Abe
said at 4:13 PM on Mon Oct 10 2011
Phil Parsons is the best here. But I still say Lanipator, if the Abridged series can count, does a good job.
said at 1:36 AM on Sat Dec 10 2011
@Madness Abe He's voiced by Takahata101 in the Abridged Series, not Lanipator.
Madness Abe
said at 4:47 PM on Sat Dec 10 2011
@Weirdperson31 Oh...thanks for pointing that out. I keep getting both mixed up.
said at 12:31 AM on Fri Sep 9 2011
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Michael Dobson by far, his voice is really intimidating in the role yet has a bit of a comedic touch which I like. He's kinda serious but not too serious.

Chris Sabat...is just using his Piccolo voice...yeah, definitely not one of his more distinct performances.

I do like the slight accent that Phil Parsons has, he doesn't sound as intimidating or memorable as Dobson does, but he gets a close second place for me nonetheless.
said at 1:39 AM on Sat Apr 16 2011
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Dobson was the only one who actually sounded intimidating.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 9:46 AM on Sat Nov 7 2009
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I prefer the FUNi dub to the Ocean but for Nappa I'm going with Michael Dobson. I still really like Phil Parsons performance though. As much as I like Chris Sabat I'll admit Nappa wasn't his best work.

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