Voice Compare » Dragon Ball » Trunks
Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Trunks with sound clips and images.
EDITOR'S OPINIONThis particular voice compare will be for the Future (or as some would say Mirai) Trunks we saw in the Cell Saga.
Oddly enough his first English voice actually came out in 1997 with the rather obscure English release of Dragon Ball GT Final Bout for the PS1 back then. Before they became a known force in Anime English dubs in the 2000s Bandai had a small history of English versions of their games in the 90's but they didn't exactly have a good reputation of it either and this game is no exception. Sure this dub of DBGT Final Bout was way better than the likes of that Masked Rider game for the Sega CD, I know that's not saying much but still. Anyways to finally get to the point in this fairly old dub Skip Stellrecht voiced Trunks, what really made this an awkward miscast is when he pretty much slipped into his "Mighty Guy" voice from Naruto. But to be fair his Trunks voice did not always sound like that and it does get slightly better when that happens. Skip Stellrecht is a good VA but this isn't exactly the best example of his handiwork, though in all fairness its not the worst in that game.
Though in the early 2000's when FUNimation got to the Cell Saga of the series he was voiced by FUNi VA Eric Vale and this has what made him into a rather bit of a fan favorite amongst FUNimation's fanbase. And to be honest its rather understandable, Eric Vale's voice and performance for Trunks was rather fitting and its still deemed to be some of his best work in which I can understand why.
In the EuroCanadian dub of DBZ he was voiced by VA Alistair Abbell, now I am very much a fan of the Ocean Group and hold plenty of the VA's in high regard. But lets just say Alistair did not leave a good first impression to put it REALLY mildly. His voice and delivery seem kind of well strangely off, it wasn't the worst voice acting I ever heard but still. And while I am well aware that Kirby Morrow took over the role of Goku later on in the Cell Saga I did (and in way still do) feel that he would've been much more suiting for Trunks instead. But to be fair while Alistair didn't get to a good start he did improve over the course of the series once he started to really try to make the role his own he did get better.
And last but not least is Blue Water VA Matthew "Van" Erickson as Trunks in the Blue Water dub of DBGT. Unlike his Ocean Group counterpart Matthew's handiwork felt rather natural right from the start as his voice and acting did fit the young purple-haired Saiyan. Matthew Erickson's Trunks is easily one of the better performances in the Blue Water DBGT dub, but all things considered that does make sense.
Overall I am not quite who to prefer over Eric Vale and Matthew Erickson, I felt a bit iffy about Alistair Abbell at first but he did grow on me, Skip Stellrecht might be a good choice for Trunks if only his voice direction was a bit more consistent.