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Trunks

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


Created by Pokejedservo on Aug 7 2009
Special thanks to NCZ for additional sound clips.
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Future TrunksEric Vale
Eric Vale
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Future TrunksAlistair Abell
Alistair Abell
Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout (1997)
TrunksSkip Stellrecht
Skip Stellrecht
Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks (2000)
TrunksDouglas Rand
Douglas Rand
Dragon Ball GT (2003)
TrunksMatthew Erickson
Matthew Erickson

EDITOR'S OPINION

This particular voice compare will be for the Future Trunks we saw in the Cell Saga, as well as the adult version of Kid Trunks as seen in the GT timeline.

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. 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 90s--but they didn't exactly have a good reputation of it either and this game is no exception. Still, this dub of Final Bout was way better than the likes of that Kamen Rider game for the Sega CD, even though that might not be saying much.

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 later "Might Guy" voice from Naruto. But to be fair, his Trunks voice did not always sound like that and it does get slightly better in those cases. Skip Stellrecht is a good VA but this isn't exactly the best example of his handiwork; though in all fairness it's not the worst in that game.


In the early 2000s when FUNimation got to the Cell Saga of the series, he was voiced by Eric Vale, and this is what made him into a bit of a fan favorite amongst FUNimation's fanbase. And to be honest it's rather understandable; Eric Vale's voice and performance for Trunks was rather fitting and it's still deemed to be some of his best work, which I can agree with.

In the EuroCanadian dub of DBZ he was voiced by Alistair Abell. Now, I am very much a fan of the Ocean Group and hold plenty of their VAs in high regard. But let's just say Alistair did not leave a good first impression to put it REALLY mildly. His voice and delivery seemed somewhat off--while not the worst voice acting I ever heard, it still raised an eyebrow. 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 a way still do) feel that he would've been much more suiting for Trunks instead. But to be fair, while Alistair didn't get off to a good start he did improve over the course of the series. Once he really tried to make the role his own he did get better.


And last but not least is Matthew 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. 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 Abell 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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Darkness Dragon
said at 3:01 PM on Mon Jul 18 2016
Skip Stellrect as Trunks still shocks me lol. I Am a huge fan of Skip but I thought he sounded to gruff as Trunks.

Allister to me sounds like his voice would fit
Gohan more.

Matthew could of worked if working under better direction

I think We can all agree Eric is the best he captures everything about Trunks perfectly
WakaDub40
said at 8:19 PM on Tue Jun 7 2016
Damn...Matthew Erickson sounds like Eric Vale...now you know who to call when Eric taking a sick day.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 8:23 PM on Sun Apr 3 2016
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Eric Vale is the least unfitting here. Possibly unflattering, but it'd be nice to get something lower out of him; I know they had NO Japanese audio to reference, & generally still pick "what we think this guy sounds like" over an accurate English version...

but it'd probably be pretty close if it were lower, & one of the most accurate castings in this unfortunately bass-ackwards dub.
GreenGoblin75
said at 1:58 PM on Tue Mar 8 2016
1. Eric Vale (Kai)
2. Eric Vale (Z)
3. Alistair Abell
4. Skip Stellrecht
5. Matthew Erickson
6. Doug Rand
GreenGoblin75
said at 7:26 PM on Sun Mar 27 2016
@GreenGoblin75
1. Eric Vale
2. Skip Stellrecht
3. Matthew Erickson
4. Alistair Abell
5. Doug Rand
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:12 AM on Tue Feb 23 2016
 9 Shout Outs!
A single clip can't really show it, but Doug Rand's Trunks is all over the place. He has about three different voices for him and sometimes it changes within a single movie. Most notably the Broly movie where he goes from sounding way too much like Broly to something more like the voice in this clip.

A shame too since if he stuck to developing one voice he would actually be pretty darn good.
Dr.Who
said at 4:49 AM on Tue Feb 23 2016
Doug Rand's voice is surprisingly a nice fit for Trunks, but his delivery is a little off and his acting is a bit goofy at times.
HylianBelmont
said at 12:57 AM on Tue Feb 23 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Douglas Rand does have a fitting voice. It's just that his acting sometimes is way too over-the-top.
HienFan
said at 12:07 AM on Tue Feb 23 2016
Douglas Rand's acting is too restraint...
Dr.Who
said at 8:32 AM on Mon Feb 22 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Malaysian Trunks, everyone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8F47DMAKS0
Autovolt
said at 5:00 PM on Sat Jan 9 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Eric Vale is awesome as Trunks. He reminds me a bit of Kyle Reese from The Terminator and his voice has a bit of a gruff rasp that's similar to Christopher Sabat's Vegeta which is a neat little touch.

Alistair Abell wasn't the right person at Ocean to voice Trunks. Personally I feel it should have been Kirby Morrow but he ended up being Goku however I thought Abell was alright, a bit stiff but he did well I suppose.

Skip Stellrecht is pretty good, he wouldn't be my first choice at all for Trunks but his attitude and line delivery is really good.

Matthew Erickson is my least favourite and he sounds way too wimpy for Trunks, I know he isn't the cool Future Trunks but GT Trunks honestly sucked, I could see Matthew doing a less angrier version of his Shinn Asuka fitting really well for Trunks.

My vote goes to Eric Vale.
Autovolt
said at 4:13 AM on Wed Feb 24 2016
Douglas Rand is OK but I dunno there's something lacking in his take on Trunks.
Dr.Who
said at 8:26 PM on Thu Sep 17 2015
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Eric Vale- In the original FUNimation Z dub, he was the best Trunks. I feel he had a really smooth, teenage voice for the character, and was by far one of the standouts from that dub, but for some reason, his voice has taken a downturn in Kai, and now sounds really gravelly as well as gruff. He's still my favorite, but I wish Eric would go back to his original voice for Trunks.

Alistair Abell- Started off awful in the Ocean/Westwood dub sounding more like a 1960's superhero stereotype, but by the end of his run, as the clip here shows, he was decent and tolerable.

Skip Stellrecht- Sounds like Might Guy from Naruto, really, meaning too old, but he has the right delivery and tone for the character.

Matt Erickson- Bad delivery and poor acting, but he could do better under better direction.
BlueScarabGuy
said at 10:16 PM on Mon Aug 24 2015
 1 Shout Out!
I'm just going to repost what I said in a YouTube voice compare on this character, rather than try and remember all my points.

"Eric Vale is and will always be the official voice of Trunks. It's really up to debate which version of his Trunks, between the original Z and Kai, is better, though. His performance in Kai, in terms of acting, is obviously the better of the two, due to more experience playing the character, better direction, and far better scriptwriting. However, his voice CAN be a tad too rough at times in Kai, whereas it sounds a bit more natural to speak with in the original. Personally, though, the better direction and writing of Kai make that the performance I'd pick.

If I had to pick ANYONE at all to replace him, it'd obviously be Scott Frerichs, AKA KaiserNeko, the voice of Trunks in DBZ Abridged. Due to Trunks usually being portrayed as kind of a "straight man" to the rest of the cast's constant comedic antics in DBZA, his performance is by far the easiest to compare to the official one. KaiserNeko does Trunks equally as good as Vale does in pretty much all respects, and he generally combines the best of both worlds when it comes to the things I mentioned about Vale's two performances. His voice isn't as rough as Vale's well-acted but gruff Kai interpretation, and he can act his little heart out due to being able to personally edit the lipflaps however he chooses to best fit his lines (many of which he wrote himself anyway), rather than having to act around them like the official actors do.

Trunks' Japanese voice actor is one of the best in the show as well, be it in the original Z or in Kai. Overall, a great character with great actors performing him. While the other VAs aren't particularly good, none of them are cringe worthy like plenty of Ocean/Final Bout/Blue Water GT dubbed characters."
HienFan
said at 1:39 AM on Mon Jul 20 2015
I already said this on Android's 17 page but... the Big Green voice actor is very bad, congrats Skip you're okay but you're generic and don't fit the character but you're moving up one spot
Matthew is good but generic, Eric is less generic than the others but kinda scratchy, Alistair was also kinda generic but less so than Skip and Matthew(and call me bias but he sounded kinda like Trunks' japanese voice actor as well)
HienFan
said at 11:56 PM on Fri Jun 12 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Current order
1 Alistair
2 Eric
3 Matthew
4 Skip
Kioea
said at 7:46 AM on Fri May 22 2015
1. Eric Vale
2. Matthew Erickson
3. Skip Stellrecht
4. Alistair Abell
SteelEthlan
said at 9:55 AM on Wed Feb 25 2015
Voting for Eric cause he's obviously my favorite voice actor to trunks.
Savate
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.
Dante469
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
Savate
said at 1:32 PM on Fri Aug 8 2014
@Dante469
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).
HienFan
said at 4:07 PM on Tue Mar 18 2014
1 Eric Vale
2 Alistair Abbell
3 Skip Stellretch
4 Matthew Erickson
Damolisher
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.
MicroPhoneBass
said at 12:37 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
 1 Shout Out!
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.
BlueScarabGuy
said at 10:12 PM on Mon Aug 24 2015
@MicroPhoneBass Weirdly enough, I prefer his rougher voice in Kai to the one in Z. Though that's quite possibly because the voice direction and English translation/scriptwriting have improved so much since the original dub that I can ignore that one possible flaw for how amazing everything else about Vale's performance in Kai is.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 8:17 PM on Sun Apr 3 2016
@BlueScarabGuy Not to mention they can also reference the Japanese audio now (they also actually care about it now as well)

I do wish it were lower instead of throatier, as it'd be pretty damn Japanese-accurate if it were so.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 5:07 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
 5 Shout Outs!
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.
Kioea
said at 7:49 AM on Fri May 22 2015
@Galactic_Cyrus Personally, I think Alistair's best voice in the franchise was Sharpener. He really nailed it there. But his Trunks and Upa... yeah...
HienFan
said at 2:57 AM on Wed Jul 22 2015
@Kioea I LIKE it(Alistair's Trunks, now if we're talking about Skip...)
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 10:29 PM on Sat Jan 30 2016
@Kioea On the Subject of Sharpener, I've always wanted to hear Deidrich Bader's voice coming from him for some reason.
BCHolbrook
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.
OldSchoolFTW
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.
coolgeek176
said at 6:59 PM on Sun Aug 4 2013
I'm going with Eric Vale.
Torak
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. :)
animenerd99
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
Aja
said at 5:41 PM on Mon Dec 3 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Matt sounds like Krillin more than he does Trunks.
reeve2
said at 4:02 PM on Fri Nov 23 2012
ERIC VALE! ERIC VAAAAAALLLLLEEEEE!!!!
LivChan45
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)
Lucas3015
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.
hentercenter
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...
ConfusedPhantom
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.
ConfusedPhantom
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.
Torysama
said at 4:20 PM on Fri Jun 17 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
Eric Vale's was the best! And if anyone else does Trunks' voice acting... it'll be the end of all of us.. Noooooooooooooo!!!!
TheBlackHawk
said at 4:44 PM on Fri Jun 24 2011
@Torysama

I agree 100%. I love the FUNimation voice cast. =D
Galactic_Cyrus
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.
satoshi
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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