Voice Compare » Dragon Ball » Piccolo
Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Piccolo with sound clips and images.
EDITOR'S OPINIONAh Piccolo the Strongest Namekian, Quite possibly more of a father to Gohan than Goku was and one of the smarter tacticians amongst the Z fighters. He may not have the absolute prominence in battles that the Super Saiyans have but he is closer to it than most of the other Z fighters do. I suppose that does sound a rather bit fanboyish but still here is his Voice Compare!
Ever since the FUNi/Saban dub of DBZ we have VA Scott McNeil to voice Piccolo. And speaking of which Scott McNeil's voice-work of Piccolo is one of the reasons why he is such a fan favorite, and while Beast Wars is what REALLY got me into becoming a fan of his I can definitely see why his Piccolo voice-work is so renowned. Seriously I have always enjoyed Scott McNeil's Piccolo handiwork and it was at least definitely some of his best work on DBZ. (And that hilarious "I'm a Cucumber" song that Scott McNeil did in his Piccolo voice is also quite the fan favorite, even though Scott himself is getting a little tired of it but still.)
Though in 1997 Bandai tried to cash in on DBZ's popularity by releasing Dragon Ball GT Final Bout on the PS1 and surprisingly enough they used Californian Voice Talent for it. Now don't get me wrong that idea itself is by no means a bad one but they didn't exactly use that idea all that well. Granted Bandai was pretty new at doing English dubs at the time and it showed, anyways he was voiced by Daniel "Byakuya/Roy Fokker" Woren. And to be honest this didn't come out all that well as Dan's voice was a bit too high for Piccolo. Now I am not calling Dan Woren a bad VA, however I think I might actually blame the Voice Direction on this one as at least I know he could've made his voice deeper. Overall Dan Woren's voicework as Piccolo was not the worst in that game but it certainly wasn't the best. Though Bandai could have done better in this regard all things considered when it came to who should voice Piccolo. (Now when it comes to Californian Anime Dub VA talent Richard Epcar would be a great choice for Piccolo but that's another story.)
However in the late 90's after when FUNimation severed their ties with Saban and made their own in-house studio Chris Sabat has been voicing him since. Now I admit I am one of the fans whom was a bit iffy lets just say about the Voice change at first. (Well Chris was quite the newbie back then and some of the rather questionable lines he got didn't help either.) However as I have been watching the series more & more Chris Sabat's Piccolo voice started to grow on me. Oh sure I admit its still not my favorite Piccolo voice but Chris Sabat definitely made the role his own and became a genuinely good VA for Piccolo in his own right.
And last and kind of the least in the Blue Water dub of DBGT we have Ethan Cole voicing Piccolo and how do I put this nicely? Lets just say its not all that fitting, granted his acting is fairly decent but lets just say I seriously deem Ethan Cole miscast as Piccolo. After all Ethan Cole's Piccolo voice sounded like he tried way too hard to give Piccolo a deep voice but it just comes off as kind of awkward to me.
So overall my choices for Piccolo is easily Scott McNeil with Chris Sabat at a close second while the other two are pretty much dead last.