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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Piccolo with sound clips and images.

Created by Pokejedservo on Thu Aug 6 2009, 87 Comments, Add Comment
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
PiccoloScott McNeil
Scott McNeil
Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout (1997)
PiccoloDaniel Woren
Daniel Woren
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
PiccoloChristopher Sabat
Christopher Sabat
Dragon Ball GT (2003)
PiccoloEthan Cole
Ethan Cole


Ah 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.


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said at 11:03 PM on Sun Mar 22 2015
It's true, McNiel really does have the most demonic voice. But honestly, I find that more pertinent in King Piccolo discussions, where the character is pure evil. The point and depth of Piccolo is that he becomes more than that; along the way, he becomes caring, loyal, affectionate, all under a gruff exterior. And Sabat delivers on that in spades. And at least from this clip, I'm not sure how the voice McNeil uses would work for the tenderness required with scenes with Gohan, for example.
said at 12:16 PM on Sun Mar 22 2015
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After i hear Piccolo from Dragon Ball Xenoverse (XV) he sounds clearly unique right now more diverse from his voices of Yamcha, Vegeta, Shenron, etc. And for votes i had to take is:

#1) Chris Sabat

#2) Scott McNeil

#3) Ethan Cole

#4) Daniel Woren
said at 2:25 PM on Mon Mar 9 2015
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somebody posted this comment to youtube:

[Sabat's Piccolo sounds like a pro-wrestler trying to emphasis how big he is. McNeil sounds like a demon king that'd rip someones head off in an alleyway.]

i agree
said at 9:06 PM on Wed Mar 26 2014
I have the Ultimate Budokai game and Chris Sabat sounds a lot better there than in this clip
1 Chris
2 Ethan
3 Dan
4 Scott
said at 11:21 AM on Mon Feb 17 2014
Scott sounds too breathy, and Chris shouts every line. I'm going with Chris.
said at 11:31 AM on Mon Feb 17 2014
@BlankSlate He stopped doing that in Kai and he uses something closer to his Zoro voice now.
said at 1:26 PM on Tue Apr 1 2014
@GothamRed I get that now.

First impressions are tough; that's why I come off sounding like such a NEEEEEEEEEEEERD!
said at 12:17 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
I think Chris' Z-Piccolo sounds better generally, to me by the end of Z it came off as a more practiced, cleaner version of Scott's Piccolo. I grew up with Scott but kinda don't feel like he did the best job consistantly. He had his ups and downs but did have a prime as well and that was in the sayian saga.

Id choose scott only because his slightly higher pitch sounded better and closer to the Japanese version.

However Piccolo's Kai voice from Chris really dropped the ball for me. In Kai he sounds rather underwhelming. People will argue the throatiness of Sabat's original voice wasnt good for piccolo at all but I disagree. In Kai Piccolo sounds real flat in his monotoned change and often just bored when he talks.

Considering that voice is drastically different from his original I think it should have its own audio clip.
said at 11:37 AM on Wed Jan 15 2014
@MicroPhoneBass I already expressed my opinion that Chris is not monotone in Kai below, but aside from that, I feel that Chris' Piccolo voice being much cleaner helps differentiate the voice from his King Piccolo and helps separate Piccolo and his father as being different people despite the fact that they are in essence the same being.

I respect your opinion though, I just wanted to give my thoughts on the throatiness thing you brought up.
said at 5:00 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
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1. Scott McNeil - His deep, rough voice is just EPIC and the performance really made Piccolo sound demonic, tough, intelligent, and even affectionate. I just don't think his awesomeness can ever be matched when it comes to this character.
2. Chris Sabat - Was a big step down from Scott for the rest of the series proper's dub. In the uncut redub of the first two sagas, the Kai dub, and video games, he vastly improved and now is an equally great fit for the character.
3. Daniel Woren - The pitch is the biggest problem here. That, and flat acting, just like everyone in that game.
4. Ethan Cole - No. That is not Piccolo. At all.
said at 8:06 PM on Thu Sep 26 2013
I seem to be the only one who likes Daniel Woren's voice. It fits Piccolo more than the others does to me, because it's not all gruff and scratchy. :P

Scott Mcneil's voice wasn't really "fitting" per say, but it was REALLY freaking cool sounding. :D

At first I really hated Chris Sabat's voice, but he's really improved over the years, especially in Kai. His voice is smoother and calmer now and not all monstrous like he was when he first started voicing him.

I like how Ethan Cole's voice sounds, but the acting is really off. :P
said at 2:30 PM on Tue Aug 20 2013
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One of the few times I gotta go with the Ocean Dub. Chris Sabat has never been that great as Piccolo. It's not one of his better roles.

I remember how horrid he was in the 1999 FUNimation dub of DBZ: "Yes! Yes! Yes! I can win: I feel GREAT! I. CAN. DO. THIS. Urrreeeahh." He always sounded perpetually irritated and angry at the world, and even though I grew up with Chris, I must say Scott won me over as I watched the Ocean Dub.

You can tell Scott put his whole soul into that performance, whereas Chris never really fit the character until DBZ Kai's dub. Now, Piccolo sounds bored silly out of his mind. Scott had the right voice, superb acting, and was all around best suited for Piccolo.

Chris is a decent second but not in Scott's league. Daniel Woren is a decent third but rather flat. Last place goes to Ethan Cole: I don't know what this is supposed to be, but it doesn't work.
said at 5:02 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@OldSchoolFTW Disagree about Sabat as Piccolo. I think he's done great as the character in everything past the dub of the original show. I don't think he sounds bored, he just changed the voice and performance up a little bit.
said at 6:44 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
I see your point. My problem with Sabat's Piccolo is that while Chris has vastly improved from the good old original DBZ dub days, he tends to lapse into a sort of bored and monotone voice at times in the Kai dub. Sure, I definitely liked Chris' Kai dub version of Piccolo, but I feel like McNeil got all aspects of Piccolo down pat and nailed it.
said at 9:09 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@OldSchoolFTW Yeah, I prefer Sabat's performance in the Vegeta saga redub. In Kai, he kind of changed the voice to be more like his Garland voice from Dissidia: FF. I agree that Scott McNeil is the perfect Piccolo.
said at 4:41 PM on Tue Oct 29 2013
@OldSchoolFTW I also have to say I disagree with this. To me, he just plays Piccolo as a little more calmly and in control. I don't know, maybe I just need to watch Kai again and I'll hear some of what you're hearing, but I always saw those moments as stoic instead of monotone.
said at 4:19 PM on Tue Jun 11 2013
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I don't know much about Scott McNeil's Piccolo, but he sounds pretty good. His delivery seems slightly uneven in places, but he captures Piccolo's confidence and intimidating qualities pretty well. Chris in the role up until Kai was fairly good, but as you can hear his voice was so rough he sounded like some angry ogre.

However, by the mid 2000s he had gotten very good at acting as Piccolo, only real problem was how rough he still sounded pretty rough in places. In Kai however (like his Vegeta voice) he's nearly perfected it. He makes Piccolo sound a little more brutish than the Japanese, (like with Vegeta) but the roughness is gone and he sounds just great.

I also think it's awesome how he can now voice both Vegeta and Piccolo and the only time their voices sound very similar is when they're screaming or whispering.

Chris is my favorite for the character and probably always will be, but I bet Scott will still knock it out of the park once the Ocean Kai dub comes out.
said at 5:03 AM on Sun Jul 28 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy I never remember reading anything about an Ocean Studios dub of Kai.
said at 12:10 PM on Sun Jul 28 2013
@AJW98productions Here's Scott McNeil himself talking about it. Why this dub isn't out yet, I have no idea.

said at 6:40 AM on Mon Jul 29 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy Thank you I shall check the links soon.
said at 10:21 PM on Fri Mar 22 2013
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This is a pretty tough one. Chris Sabat has become an old pro with Piccolo over the years. However....I think the fact that at first he seemed to try to emulate Scott McNeil a lot was a bit of a put off. Even in the re-dubbed version that seems to be the case oddly enough. I could say the same thing about his Vegeta, but I digress. Scott McNeil sounded TOTALLY BADASS as Piccolo. I wish they released more of the Ocean Dub in the US than they did. Of coarse the whole Dub was pretty hit and miss. Still....I may go with McNeil here.
said at 2:59 AM on Mon Feb 18 2013
Dan Woren's sounds like a really bad Jack Nicholson impersonation.
said at 12:45 AM on Tue Feb 5 2013
Christopher Sabat!
said at 9:47 PM on Sat Jan 12 2013
Before i even clicked on piccolo i knew it would be Christopher sabat.
said at 5:54 AM on Wed Jan 9 2013
Christopher Sabat no arguments
said at 1:11 PM on Wed Oct 3 2012
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I may have grew up with Chris's voice, but Scott is my favorite. He sounds real and engaging, like a really deep guy. Chris on the other hand was too gruff, his acting wasnt that great, and he always sounded like he was constipated.
said at 3:22 PM on Tue Aug 14 2012
Chris Sabat sounds more-so like a demon than Scott, so he gets my vote.

Scott was pretty good as well, he actually sounds like an eviler Piccolo, it is fitting considering Piccolo was once Goku's enemy.

Other two are horrible and completely missed the mark for me.
said at 3:46 PM on Fri Nov 9 2012
@Torak Daniel Woren was cast as the wrong Namek if he played Nail or someone else it might work.
said at 12:33 AM on Mon Jul 16 2012
Chris Sabat's Piccolo (from Z) will always be the best to me.
The thing about Kai is that everyone from the original dub changed how they voiced their character. Funimation tried to make the lines and character personalities in Kai as close to the manga as possible.
Kai just isn't the same as the original. In my opinion, I don't think that thats a good thing.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 1:17 AM on Mon Jul 16 2012
@Cat_Z Ummm, the manga IS the original; in fact, faithfulness to the manga is the whole point of the Kai show, especially since the first anime has a horrid reputation for endless powering-up and inaction scenes and a whole lot of yelling.
said at 11:43 PM on Mon Jul 16 2012
@CatsTuxedo Yes, I realize the manga is the original. Duh.
I meant the original Funimation anime dub. They fixed the mistakes in Kai.
If you look at the manga its not all fighting. There's plot build up.
The original version of the anime had a much better story line than Kai did.
In the end Kai got very poor reviews.
said at 3:18 AM on Fri Jul 20 2012
@Cat_Z Agreed as well. It's too bad that Kid Trunks' "Writing on the wall" quote was used by Frieza when they could have used better lines for that scene. But that is entirly my opinion.
said at 11:47 PM on Fri Jul 20 2012
@Fulgore2005 Thats exactly what I said in a comment on the Frieza voice compare. Lol. I love the Dragon Ball series. I didnt get into Kai. Yeah, it was cool at first, but once the show got to the Namek saga, it started going down hill.
said at 4:24 AM on Sat Jul 21 2012
@Cat_Z Really? Never knew that lol. Anyways, I liked Kai from the beginning too. But after Captain Ginyu's defeat, it just didn't grab me the same way the original anime did.
said at 12:45 AM on Sun Jul 22 2012
@JSD Exactly. I feel as though I dont really hate the show, its just it didnt turn out like a I expected it to be a little more similar to the greatest action anime of the late 90s and early 2000s.... A lot of crazy stuff went on before and during the Funimation dubbing of Kai.
When I saw what they did to Android 18 in Kai, not just her voice (eessshhh. 18's english Kai voice did NOT suite her), but her personality... I was shocked. I read the manga and watched the original Japanese dub of the show... and 18 is not that... uhmm.. girly.
said at 12:48 AM on Sun Jul 22 2012
@Fulgore2005 I didnt see the beginning of the original Funi dub, I didnt even know it was on. But one day after school at 3:30 I watched an episode in the Frieza saga. And from that episode on, I watched it since. At this point Ive seen every episode, movie, and TV special.
The Funimation voice cast of Kai was excited to the get the show because they knew how popular their original dub was, but I really think they expected too much of the themselves for the show. I remember watching a Kai panel on youtube, and Chris Sabat was talking about how excited he was and that hes happy its more correct to the manga and whatnot.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:36 PM on Mon Nov 5 2012
@Fulgore2005 Writing on the wall is a general expression. It's not something they thought of specifically for the show. That's like saying Darth Vader owns the word no after Revenge of the Sith.
said at 5:07 PM on Mon Nov 5 2012
@Nightmare Crusher Oh, perhaps that was poorly-phrased.

To correct myself, I personally wasn't sure what to make of the dialogue at times. You do have a point tof the general expression though.
said at 4:32 AM on Sat Jun 16 2012
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Chris Sabat's voice was good, but Scott McNeil really is pretty good as Piccolo too. So I like both actors voices for him.
said at 11:20 PM on Mon Apr 23 2012
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Chris Sabat is the best overall, however, Scott McNeil is great as Piccolo when he was evil.
said at 11:06 PM on Tue Mar 27 2012
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I still perfer Scott McNeil as Piccolo but I like Chris Sabet as Piccolo
said at 1:10 AM on Thu Mar 8 2012
Chris Sabat (Z)
Chris Sabat (KAI)
Scott Mcneil
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:47 PM on Mon Jan 30 2012
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1. Chris Sabat(Kai): He finally got it right here, much better.
2. Scott Mcneil: Very gruff and very good.
3.Chris Sabat(Z): He always, and I mean ALWAYS sounded constipated.
4. Daniel Woren: Very bland, like the rest of the acting in that game.
5. Ethan Cole: Oh wow, that clip sounded terrible.
said at 9:54 PM on Fri Feb 24 2012
@Nightmare Crusher I was thinking the same thing for 1-3! I mean Sabats original Piccolo voice sounded really forced!
Gutsy Goat
said at 8:43 PM on Tue Dec 27 2011
Christopher Sabat
makes piccolo sound evil and his voice fits perfectly
the others have feminen piccolo voices or they just sound strange
said at 1:45 AM on Tue Dec 20 2011
Sabat and McNeil are both great, but I grew up with McNeil so he gets my vote.
said at 10:20 PM on Sat Dec 3 2011
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I like both Sabat and McNeil. In fact, I kind of like McNeil a little more. Can't put my finger on why, but his sounds a little better somehow.
said at 6:47 PM on Sat Nov 26 2011
chris is best
said at 10:45 PM on Mon Sep 26 2011
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I think it depends on what side of piccolo. If its his evil side then McNeil, his good side then Chris.
said at 11:37 AM on Thu Sep 15 2011
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McNiel's Piccolo is better. Chris Sabat's just sounds too similar to his Vegeta and both (his Piccolo & Vegeta) sound a little too forced in my opinion.
said at 3:15 PM on Tue Sep 13 2011
Gonna go with Chris Sabat's Kai performance. Scott in second. Dan Woren kinda sounds like the Japanese VA. o_O
said at 10:16 PM on Thu Jun 30 2011
Chris Sabat.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:49 PM on Fri May 6 2011
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I'm biased with DBZ dubs because I grew up with the FUni dub and most of the games are Funi. THat being said Scott does do a really good job and I'm having a hard time picking. I must mention though that I can't bring myself to hate Daniel's voice, it's not perfect but I don't hate it.
said at 1:36 AM on Sat Apr 16 2011
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Scott McNeil and Chris Sabat tie: they're both perfect fits. Daniel Coren was miscast and Ethan Cole flat out sucked.
said at 7:00 PM on Sat Mar 5 2011
Daniel Coren's voice isn't that bad it hjust doesn't fit Piccolo. Nail or some other Namek is another story.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:57 PM on Sat Jan 29 2011
It's all just opinion, like how you think Scott is better. The poll reflects most people's opinion, and it would seem more people believe Chris Sabat is better (there are a few reasons; he voiced the character longer, he's more prominent, or they just plain like the voice better).
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 7:30 PM on Tue Jan 25 2011
See his profile page his Kai clip is there
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 3:23 PM on Fri Aug 7 2009
Scott McNeil and Chris Sabat are definitely the best of the bunch. :)

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