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

Created by Pokejedservo on Fri Aug 7 2009, 38 Comments, Add Comment
Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout (1997)
TrunksSkip Stellrecht
Skip Stellrecht
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Future TrunksEric Vale
Eric Vale
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Future TrunksAlistair Abell
Alistair Abell
Dragon Ball GT (2003)
TrunksMatthew Erickson
Matthew Erickson


This 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.


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said at 9:55 AM on Wed Feb 25 2015
Voting for Eric cause he's obviously my favorite voice actor to trunks.
said at 1:35 PM on Fri Aug 8 2014
I like Eric Vale the best, personally: he has a really soft-spoken, polite tone to his Trunks I enjoy, although I liked him more in the Z dub than in the Kai dub voice-wise.

Skip sounds like his Might Guy: I find it amusing, but it's not the voice I imagine for Trunks.

Alistair Abell...meh is all I can say, really: he started off really bad but he was okay by the end of his run: too generic voice-wise to me.

Matt Erickson...sounds more like Krillin than Trunks...I've heard him do better VA work than this in other dubs, tbh.
said at 6:15 AM on Sat May 24 2014
I've watched dbz abridged and the person who plays trunks there sounds just like Eric. As a matter of fact the entire cast does a great job of playing the characters
said at 1:32 PM on Fri Aug 8 2014
That would be Scott F./KaiserNeko, and he does a good job, as do the rest of the TFS cast, but they're not the actual English VAs for the characters, if that makes sense (I love their VA work, though, don't get me wrong).
said at 4:07 PM on Tue Mar 18 2014
1 Eric Vale
2 Alistair Abbell
3 Skip Stellretch
4 Matthew Erickson
said at 10:30 PM on Fri Feb 14 2014
See, the problem I've found with Matthew Erickson is with good direction, he can be good, like with his voice for Shinn Asuka and the time he was Kai Shiden. However, times where the voice direction isn't so good, i.e. Zeta Gundam or this Trunks gig here, he's pretty awful.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:32 PM on Fri Feb 14 2014
@Damolisher Really, that's how it is for just about any actor, VO or otherwise.
said at 12:37 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
Eric Vale's Z-Trunks voice was indeed some of the original dub's best work. I've never heard a moment where he lacked emotion when needed.

His Kai voice on the other hand isnt bad at all but I think he got a bit too gruff now with it. Like he has a sore throat ALL the time; where as it was rare in his Z work. I think they were trying to make him sound more like "vegeta's son" in his voice but it just sounds forced like that. In Kai he sounds like a pubecent delinquient.

I liked his Z voice better where it was lighter, calmer and polite. Because thats how trunks is described to be.
said at 5:07 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
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1. Eric Vale - A perfect fit for Trunks. Sounds a bit like Reese from "The Terminator", which fits in so many ways.
2. Skip Stellrecht - Just sounds like a younger Might Guy there, but under better direction, he could have been something more.
3. Matthew Erickson - The voice is good, but the performance makes him sound more like Krillin than Trunks!
4. Alistair Abbell - Sorry, but I thought he was a HORRENDOUS Trunks. Easily one of THE worst performances in the Ocean Dub.
said at 11:20 AM on Sat Sep 28 2013
Eric Vale definitely.
His voice can get a little too gruff or rapsy at times, but overall his voice for Trunks was definitely one of the better voices for the dub.
said at 2:54 PM on Tue Aug 20 2013
Eric Vale is the best. He's still too rough sounding at times, but he fits the character the best of the four actors here. He has improved his delivery notably over the years and that shows in DBZ Kai's dub.

In second is surprisingly Alistair Abell. I'm not a fan of this voice (probably one of the worst voices ever in the Ocean Dub) but he got a heck of a lot better as the Ocean Dub progressed and became decent in his own right in his final few appearances as the character.

Third is Skip Stellrecht. He sounds just like Might Guy here, but the voice still somewhat fits Trunks.

Lastly is Matt Erickson. His voice is surprisingly close to Eric Vale's, but his delivery is awful, and he's my least favorite from this group.
said at 6:59 PM on Sun Aug 4 2013
I'm going with Eric Vale.
said at 5:38 PM on Sat Jun 1 2013
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Eric wasn't great, but he is far better than the others.
Having said that, I really loved his performance as one of the coolest characters in DBZ IMO. :)
said at 9:24 PM on Wed Mar 13 2013
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I think you should've used a clip from kai for eric, but overally eric is the best one even though in the clip you used for matt him and eric sound similar
said at 5:41 PM on Mon Dec 3 2012
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Matt sounds like Krillin more than he does Trunks.
said at 4:02 PM on Fri Nov 23 2012
said at 4:37 PM on Tue Apr 17 2012
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In order from best to worst: Eric, Matthew, Skip and Alistair (tied)
said at 4:09 PM on Mon Jan 16 2012
Skip sounds too...uh....normal? Uh...yeah. I'll stick with Eric, he's the one I think fits best.
I liked Alistair too, I think.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:20 PM on Wed Jan 11 2012
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Wow, that clip for Eric is terrible.
said at 7:17 PM on Fri Jun 1 2012
@Nightmare Crusher They definitely could have found a better one. That didn't do him justice at all...
said at 3:22 PM on Tue Sep 13 2011
None. They're all kinda bad.

I'd vote for Eric Vale, but...I hate the gruff he keeps putting on sounds terrible. Plus, there's no reason for Trunks to have that at all. =/
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:25 PM on Thu Mar 7 2013
@ConfusedPhantom It actually does make sense for Trunks to have a rough. The original King Vegeta's voice was very deep and throaty, his son's voice was still pretty deep, but less throaty and more rough. So now his son Trunks has a voice that's rough, but not all that deep. Whatever, it's your opinion, think what you want.
said at 4:29 PM on Thu Mar 7 2013
@Nightmare Crusher Fine, it makes sense for the English renditions of those characters. I still don't like it.
said at 4:20 PM on Fri Jun 17 2011
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Eric Vale's was the best! And if anyone else does Trunks' voice acting... it'll be the end of all of us.. Noooooooooooooo!!!!
said at 4:44 PM on Fri Jun 24 2011

I agree 100%. I love the FUNimation voice cast. =D
said at 6:00 PM on Mon May 30 2011
Whomever voted for Abell clearly don't know good voice acting; his voice and performance was AWFUL for Trunks. Possibly the worst voice in the Ocean dub.
said at 5:14 PM on Fri Jun 18 2010
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Eric will always be Trunks to me. His lines felt memorable and he put a lot of feelings into his performance. I really hate Alistair Abell's Trunks it feels too forced, and most the time pretty flat. I will admit the clip one this site however was one of his better lines.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 12:29 PM on Mon Aug 10 2009
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Eric Vale/Johnson just nails the role!
Others did pretty well too.

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Who do you think has been the best from these Trunks voice actors?
Skip Stellrecht
Eric Vale
Alistair Abell
Matthew Erickson