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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, 37 Comments, Add Comment
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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

EDITOR'S OPINION

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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HienFan
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.
BlankSlate
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.
PsychicVoiceSpy
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.
OldSchoolFTW
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.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 9:38 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
@OldSchoolFTW Yes, THIS!
Galactic_Cyrus
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.
OldSchoolFTW
said at 9:39 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus
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.
Galactic_Cyrus
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.
coolgeek176
said at 11:41 AM on Thu Jun 6 2013
I'm going with Phil Parsons.
PusoPimp
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.
pete
said at 4:01 PM on Tue Jun 18 2013
@PusoPimp That's all there is of him.
rosebr10
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.
pete
said at 12:11 AM on Thu Nov 8 2012
This is the second I tied when I changed my vote.
fan
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.
rosebr10
said at 10:46 PM on Thu Nov 15 2012
@fan
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?
rosebr10
said at 5:46 PM on Sun Dec 2 2012
@Nightmare Crusher
Quality control.
BoFerret
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
Fulgore2005
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.
pete
said at 12:11 AM on Thu Nov 8 2012
@BoFerret I just tied it haha.
TommyBNSF
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.
pokemastanumba1
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
BlankSlate
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...

SHUT UP, NAPPA!
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.
Weirdperson31
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.
Metabad
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.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 1:39 AM on Sat Apr 16 2011
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Dobson was the only one who actually sounded intimidating.
michaelkelley (Guest)
said at 10:40 AM on Fri Dec 10 2010
Phil Parsons is the clear winner here.
penguintruth (Guest)
said at 12:51 AM on Sun Dec 13 2009
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Michael Dobson sounds the most threatening, but I do like Phil Parsons' semi-accented version, too.

Chris Sabat's sounds like... like Chris Sabat in pretty much everything else he does. Like he's not even trying to seperate this voice from the host of others he plays in the show.
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.
czizzi (Guest)
said at 4:02 AM on Sat Nov 7 2009
Woops..shoulda read the preface before I commented (its ep. 89). My bad.

As for the Vegeta in the clip, after listening to it a couple more times, it seems to be Chris playing him. If so, its the closest interpretation of Drummond's Vegeta i've heard from him (closer than his pre-redub Season 3 stuff).
czizzi (Guest)
said at 3:54 AM on Sat Nov 7 2009
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Just curious, but where'd you get that clip of Sabat's Nappa? Can't remember hearing Chris in the role. Also, the Vegeta toward the end of the same clip sounds like a Drummond impersonator (doesn't sound like Sabat's Vegeta/Drummond impersonation though).

As for my preference, got to go with Mike Dobson.
jeff (Guest)
said at 1:22 AM on Sat Nov 7 2009
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I liked Phil Parsons because he sounds like a stereotypical wrestler. It's good that he redubbed all of Sabat's work because Sabat did sound like Piccolo!


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