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

Goku is the main protagonist of Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT. He is the father of Gohan and Goten, husband of Chi-Chi and grandfather of Pan.

Goku (also known as Kakarot) is a full-blooded Saiyan, and over the course of the series strives to become to strongest and most powerful fighter he can possibly be. He is usually the first character to achieve new plateaus of power and uses his abilities to uphold peace on Earth and throughout the Universe.

Besides being the most powerful fighter in history he is also pure of heart, naive, innocent, cheerful, energetic and has an incredible will power.

In the English dub of the Dragon Ball Z anime by Saban and Funimation Goku was originally voiced by Ocean Group voice actor Ian James Corlett for the first season until he left.

Goku's replacement was Ocean Group voice actor Peter Kelamis for season 2. Kelamis also voiced Goku for the original English dub versions of the first 3 Dragon Ball Z movies.

However when Saban parted ways with Funimation the role was recast and Sean Schemmel then voiced Goku from season 3 to the end of the Dragon Ball Z series. Sean Schemmel also voices Goku for the re-dubbed episodes originally voiced by Ian James Corlett and Peter Kelamis, the anime films, the re-dubbed films originally voiced by Peter Kelamis, and the Funimation version of Dragon Ball GT. Sean also voiced Teen Goku in the final saga of Dragon Ball. For Dragon Ball Z Kai Sean Schemmel reprises his role as Goku.

Peter Kelamis still voiced Goku in the Ocean Group version of the DBZ anime for European and Canadian broadcasts. However Peter Kelamis stopped voicing Goku during the Cell Games saga in order to focus on his career as a comedian. Kirby Morrow then voiced Goku until the end of the series for the Ocean Group version.

In the Blue Water dub of Dragon Ball Teen Goku was voiced by Jeffrey Watson.

In the Blue Water dub version of the Dragon Ball GT anime for European and Canadian broadcasts Adult Goku was voiced by Jermiah Yurk.

For the 1997 video game Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout Goku was voiced by Steve Blum.

Goku was also voiced by David Gasman in the French-produced AB Groupe dubs of the first few DBZ movies.

An unknown voice actor voiced him in a Malaysian English dub of DBZ movie 12

Nesty Calvo Ramirez voiced Goku for the "Speedy" Filipino English dub of DBZ movie 5.

Special thanks to Tommy for providing the Jeffrey Watson clip
Created by Foxwolf on Apr 4 2009
Special thanks to Pokejedservo, Jackson_H for additional sound clips.
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Goku Son / KakarotIan James Corlett
Ian James Corlett
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Goku Son / KakarotKirby Morrow
Kirby Morrow
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Goku Son / KakarotSean Schemmel
Sean Schemmel
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Goku Son / KakarotPeter Kelamis
Peter Kelamis
Dragon Ball (1996)
Goku Son (Teen)Jeffrey Watson
Jeffrey Watson
Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout (1997)
Goku Son / KakarotSteve Blum
Steve Blum
Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might (1998)
Goku Son / KakarotDavid Gasman
David Gasman
Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge (2002)
Goku Son / KakarotNesty Calvo Ramirez
Nesty Calvo Ramirez
Dragon Ball GT (2003)
Goku Son / KakarotJeremiah Yurk
Jeremiah Yurk
Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn (2006)
Goku Son / KakarotUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor


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said at 8:04 PM on Fri Jun 22 2018
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I'm sure there is room for more than one interpretation of Son Goku, but I definitely am in the Sean Schemmel camp. Without further ado:

0. Lexington Steele- Honestly, one of the best meme mashups i have seen in a long, thicc, hard time.

1. Sean Schemmel- The key part of Goku's character is how moderated and level headed he can be despite being virtuous and forthright. Schemmel nails this contradiction by having a rough voice that never steeps into gravelly or brutish territory. He may have not been the one who found that foothold first, but he does it best.

2. Peter Kelamis- I am quite positive that Schemmel emulated this guy not Corlett for the voice timbre, that was a smart choice indeed. It's a little "regular guy" sounding at points, but i find it pretty solid and smooth compared to a lot of other voices with decent acting to match.

3. Ian Corlett- He seems a bit more embarassed than concerned in these clips, but i've seen him elsewhere and it's frankly pretty cool how he manages a younger-sounding shallow voice that never feels like accidental Gohan.

4. Nesty Ramirez- A bit melodramatic and poorly recorded, but the voice itself is honestly one the better ones on the charts with this angry and indignant tone undercutting Goku's silly personality.

5. Kirby Morrow- This is where the voices start to sound bad, but he can actually pull of the decent acting requirements of Goku's range, but still has this "head cold" like sound in many lines.

6. Lex Lang- He sounds like some nerdy guy doing a Goku impression rather than a Goku performance. He also does this stupid undulating tone that drives me up a wall. A wall that has as many cracks as his voice.

7. Jeremiah Yurk- You have NO idea how hard it was for me to put this guy here, but it's happening. It's like he's putting on a play in Sarcasmland.

8. Steve Blum- It's one thing to cast an unfitting actor, but it's another thing to make him hold his nose the entire time. Also, hi unDUlaTING delivery, glad to have you back.

9. David Gasman- That's literally Superman. I mean, it's not like this guy lacks voice range, it just seems to prove his account it was rushed. Also, the screams were ineffective but not scene-ruiningly so.

10. Jeffrey Watson- WAY to young sounding and definitely as sarcastic as Yurk. Also, 10/10 to the nimrod who made the worst mixed clip of all time.

11. Unknown Voice Actor- He wasn't uncredited. They just redacted his name to protect his identity. I swear i hope he's better in Malaysian or something, because that accent and that monotony really make the dub a hard watch not just so-bad-it's-good.


Definitely Dave Bridges of House Animax Asia, i mean can you think of anyone better suited to the part aside from the people already casted and actors who are never going to do anime in a billion years? I think not.
said at 2:14 PM on Fri Jun 8 2018
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I like Ian James Corlett and Sean Schemmel in Kai, but Ian Corlett edges out for me, he sounds more natural as a person, whereas Sean Schemmel plays up his fighter side. He also wasn't odd sounding like Peter Kelamis (who has the best screams BTW), wasn't too reserved like Kirby Morrow & Lex Lang, and wasn't miscast/misdirected like the rest. Back to Ian and Sean, while Sean Schemmel's screams are much more intense, I think Ian Corlett does them more realistically; he builds up his screams, Sean Schemmel does the same raspy screams over and over much of the time as of recent. I also feel that Sean is too deep in battle now, so it comes across as if he's trying to sound "epic" as opposed to convincing.
Jared DiCarlo
said at 5:48 AM on Mon May 21 2018
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How in the world did Steve Blum end up voicing Goku?
said at 7:12 PM on Mon May 28 2018
@Jared DiCarlo the dub for the game was done in animaze if u are a hardcore 90s dub fan u would know Blum was a fan fav of the studio so that`s a huge factor of how he got the role
said at 1:18 AM on Fri Jun 8 2018
@Jared DiCarlo Was recorded by Animaze long before the GT series was even dubbed.
EPA Deane
said at 2:09 AM on Sun May 6 2018
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Which one of You is Gaston?
said at 4:35 AM on Sun May 6 2018
@EPA Deane i know that reference
EPA Deane
said at 2:24 PM on Fri Jun 8 2018
@Abdullab "Goku, You're Alive......... DAMMIT WHY AREN'T YOU DEAD YOU F*****!!!!!!!"
said at 7:15 PM on Sat May 5 2018
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Sean brings a lot to the role of Goku. Everyone else just lacks the same edge and power he brought to the role.

However I'm also going to bring up this for anyone who stumbles onto this site so just let me say it: Goku is a really hard character to play. It's hard to balance out the cockiness and goofiness and the angry fighter. So it's NOT a good idea to endlessly bash someone for their voice for Goku ESPECIALLY if all your going to do is put their face on the character and certain memes.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 1:05 PM on Sun May 6 2018
@Soul-dragon What are you talking about? Playing the exact same soundbite of a character saying what over and over again is the height of criticism! /s
Vocal Evolver
said at 10:18 AM on Sun Apr 8 2018
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As much as I admire how much Sean has improved in this role and his commitment to the part, I have to say that my favorite is Peter Kelamis due to his performance in the uncut movies. He's the definitive English-language Goku, able to perfectly capture Masako Nozawa's performance while also sounding more masculine.
said at 8:48 PM on Mon Apr 9 2018
@Vocal Evolver Gah, it's really tough for me to choose between Movies 1-3 Peter Kelamis and Kai dub and onward Sean Schemmel. I think they're both too perfect in the role.
said at 6:18 AM on Fri Apr 6 2018
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U know it`s a topic that`s rarely mentioned but I want to talk about why Kirby was the only actor who got to reaudition for ocean kai while Kirby Morrow alot of people will agree he is the weakest ocean Goku and I myself is not a fan of him in the role to put it nicely. I will respect Morrow for his Commitment to the role.

Goku is not a character u get right on the first try alot of actors have given examples. It will take time and the screaming and all that, u have to be patient with him. Don`t get me wrong the reasons for Ian and Peter leaving are totally justified and now they are willing to do whatever is needed but Kirby knewing the risks did the best he can in the end.

In the end he was the longest ocean goku and the 1 to conclude his story for the ocean dub whether we like it or not.
said at 5:18 PM on Wed Apr 4 2018
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Revisiting this.

Sean Schemmel from the Buu Saga and onward is the definitive voice of adult Son Goku, not just in English but in general. He just pulls off everything that the character is, every though process, every emotion, every silly and serious quality, all while maintaining a consistent voice.

Both Peter Kelamis and Kirby Mrrow are close seconds. Kelamis at his best (the first three movie dubs and some points in the Android Saga Ocean Dub) performs the part almost as good as Schemmel while also being the closest equivalent to Masako Nozawa we've ever had in English. Morrow, however, has the voice that sounds closest to Schemmel's out of all the Ocean dub voices for Goku. If he'd received better voice direction, he'd have been amazing.

Third favorite is, believe it or not, Jeffrey Watson. Clips of his other work on his page shows that he could pull off a very faithful take on Goku, and his voice sounds appropriate for the young age Goku was at during that time on Dragon Ball. Again, better voice direction could've worked wonders here.

Steve Blum is alright but no one was that good in that game and I can't imagine him pulling off the role elsewhere since he'd sound so recognizable. Similarly, Ian James Corlett is just alright but his tone of voice and style of acting was usually ill-fitting for the character, sounding too hamfisted and superhero-like. It's better than Schemmel's earlier work, but still not the best.

All the rest just suck.
8000 Saiyans
said at 12:23 AM on Wed Apr 11 2018
@Galactic_Cyrus How about Ian channeling his Cheetor performance for Goku? That would have been great IMO.
said at 5:39 PM on Tue Apr 3 2018
Sean Schemmel > Peter Kelmais > Kirby Morrow > Steve Blum >>> Everyone Else.
said at 4:58 PM on Wed Apr 4 2018
@Boss_Giovanni What about Ian James Corlett?
said at 8:13 AM on Fri Apr 6 2018
@Galactic_Cyrus I don't really care for Ian James Corlett as Goku. The voice and acting is fine, but it's just not GOKU. It's a standard action superhero, completely lacking in the goofiness and/or simplicity that the guys I listed bring to the role.
said at 8:47 PM on Mon Apr 9 2018
@Boss_Giovanni Same here, but I still think he warrants a name mention since he was the very first English voice of adult Goku. I'd also name Jeffrey Watson too since I feel his deal is similar to Steve Blum's - potentially good Goku but the voice direction didn't bring that out of them.
said at 6:41 AM on Mon Feb 5 2018
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In the case of Ocean Goku`s my fav is Peter Kelamis, yes his performance in the show was incosistent as the saban dub had a rocky start as imitating Corlett and the westwood dub highlights some of his worst work as the character but
said at 6:51 AM on Mon Feb 5 2018
the reason he is higher is cus he got to portray a faithful goku in the movies which highlights that not only Sean can potray a faithful goku

Ian for his first voice did very well and set a big standard of how goku should be portrayed in the west.

Kirby I tried but Goku is not one of his best roles in my opinion, I believe he totally could have done better given his replacing of corlett in ranma. I will say this though what makes him better than Peter and Ian was commitment.

Goku is not an easy character to potray given the screaming and whatnot those were factors in them leaving the role after a season or 2 ofcourse they now admit if they got another chance they would go through Goku`s whole story but Kirby knewed the risks and pulled through in the end. The fact that he was the only actor out of all 3 to get a chance to audition his role back for ocean kai is totally reasonable because of that fact.
said at 10:21 PM on Sun Dec 31 2017
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said at 3:24 PM on Tue Nov 21 2017
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I used to prefer Peter over Sean, but after listening to them years later I say my preference is definitely Sean now.
said at 2:16 PM on Wed Nov 15 2017
Guys, I will be honest he is not added to this compare for obvious reasons but Yuri Lowenthal is my 2nd favourite goku
8000 Saiyans
said at 3:44 PM on Wed Nov 15 2017
@Abdullab I think he's okay. I find Corlett and Kelamis more memorable than him.
said at 4:12 PM on Wed Nov 15 2017
@8000 Saiyans I`ll let u in on a secret. he still remembers
8000 Saiyans
said at 6:59 PM on Tue Nov 21 2017
@Abdullab He still remembers the Evolution game?

The reason why I don't think he's as good as Corlett and Kelamis is because of the material he had to work with. Besides, Peter's performances in those three movies were excellent, which is something I can't say for Yuri's performance.

That's not a knock on Yuri since I love the guy.
said at 12:06 AM on Wed Nov 22 2017
@8000 Saiyans jesus all i did was giving u a joke i made of how yuri and steve voiced ben 10 and vilgax and how they voiced goku exclusively for games based on what is considered the worst of db which he was kind enough to retweet.

did u look at the link, no I told u earlier u don`t gulit anyone for their opinions u don`t see me in voice compares criticizing opinions. u can try to defend the actor being critisized but don`t tell them why u think your choice is better, seriously!!
8000 Saiyans
said at 7:40 AM on Wed Nov 22 2017
@Abdullab Sorry about that.
said at 10:41 AM on Thu Nov 2 2017
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Catching up on BZ Goku.. I think Lex is a fantastic actor, but he’s just miscast as Goku for me. He does the funny moments competently, but the action scenes with Beerus just feels way too misdirected.

Sure, he can’t be Sean, but I know Peter and Ian James knew screaming meant letting loose. Lex just sounds like he’s trying to yell while not trying to wake up everyone else in the apartment.
said at 12:32 PM on Thu Nov 2 2017
@Ghosty404 I will give Lex this, Bad guys are his speciality so he will nail Goku Black if the direction allowed him too
Nightmare Crusher
said at 2:00 PM on Thu Nov 2 2017
@Ghosty404 I've got a lot to say about Lex's Goku, but I'm waiting until I've seen the full RoF dub to say anything really in depth. In brief, I get what you're feeling, but I think there might be more to it than a straight up miscast. There's a really good Goku voice in there, it just isn't coming out right.

In regards to the screaming I'm not sure how much of that is on Lex and how much is on whoever is in charge of sound mixing. The BZ dub suffers from severe audio dips in some of its loudest scenes. If you watch the "My Bulma" scene there's a very sharp drop in volume as Kaiji says Bulma. It's very jarring if you know to look for it.
said at 2:39 PM on Thu Nov 2 2017
@Nightmare Crusher Oh yeah, I hear that. Someone in the sound mixing department really should get fired.

On an unrelated note, Kaiji kinda sounded like Lani’s Vegeta when he says “MY BULMAAAA”.
said at 3:24 PM on Thu Nov 2 2017
@Ghosty404 Kaiji is a fan of team4star that he campaigned littlekuriboh for the role of frieza but team4star/Kai happened.
8000 Saiyans
said at 1:49 AM on Fri Nov 3 2017
@Nightmare Crusher I'm not sure if there's a really good Goku voice in Lex. Lex just doesn't feel right for a role like Goku, much like Steve Blum. He really should have been Tenshinhan or Piccolo.

But judging from his work as Dr. Doom, he'll be a better Goku Black than Goku.
8000 Saiyans
said at 8:14 AM on Wed Nov 15 2017
@Nightmare Crusher And say what you want about Corlett and Kelamis, but at least they sounded more fitting than Lex IMO. Hell, Kirby sounded better than Lex even if he wasn't the best fit for the role.
said at 1:42 AM on Wed Nov 22 2017
@8000 Saiyans Part of me feels like that's a big reason why he was cast as Goku to begin with. Perhaps they already had him in mind for Goku Black?
said at 4:56 AM on Wed Nov 22 2017
@Zillah that`s an interesting question. some fans suggested that other goku voice actors would be great in the role of black heck u can argue that they are more fit for black than goku himself given some of other voice actors have given great performances as villains in the past.

bang zoom can`t access these actors (Blum has the dub been union) so logically they would go to his son gohan whom Lex had played plus he is a regular at bang zoom so therfore goku black.

there are a number of reasons as to why Lex was cast but this question is interesting none the less
8000 Saiyans
said at 11:43 AM on Thu Nov 23 2017
@Zillah Probably.
8000 Saiyans
said at 4:50 PM on Mon Oct 16 2017
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While I prefer Masako Nozawa (don't kill me dub fans), I have to admit that Sean Schemmel has improved a lot since 1999. He's easily the best English voice for Goku now.

Kelamis and Corlett also did great jobs for the time, and even if Morrow wasn't the best choice for the role, I think he did fine.
8000 Saiyans
said at 3:19 AM on Tue Nov 7 2017
I'll also talk about the other Gokus.

Jeffrey Watson is probably the best out of the Blue Water guys, but his acting could need a little work.

Jeremiah Yurk's Goku is an impression of Kirby Morrow. Unfortunately, Jeremiah's acting is pretty wooden.

Steve Blum is painfully miscast as Goku. A great VA, yeah, but a great Goku? No. He really should have played either Vegeta, Frieza or Piccolo.

David Gasman doesn't sound like Goku should sound, but I'd be lying if I don't get a chuckle out of his performance. Judging from his Rayman voice, he could do better.

Nesty Calvo Ramirez definitely sounds better than the Unknown Voice Actor.

If the Ocean Kai dub ever comes out, I'm very looking forward to see how Richard Ian Cox will do as Goku, even though it's a shame that Corlett and Kelamis weren't informed about Kai, since they could have improved a lot.

1. Schemmel
2. Corlett
3. Kelamis
4. Morrow
5. Watson
6. Gasman
7. Blum
8. Ramirez
9. Yurk
10. UVA
said at 9:35 PM on Sat Jul 15 2017
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I can only say, Sean Schemmel IS Son Goku, energetic, upbeat performance pretty much fits this character's personality perfectly.

Ian James Corlett is a close second; he sounds kind'a similar to Sean though he is a little more calm and his delivery is more based on smart alec comedy, not that it's a bad thing since Goku can be a funny character.

BONUS: In an alternate scenario with Pre-Lay LA actors, I think either James Arnold Taylor, Jess Harnell, or of course Nolan North would make a great Goku.
said at 7:10 AM on Mon Jun 5 2017
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i was gonna say how sean is my favortie but there are already so manny comments saying the exact thing
said at 8:16 AM on Wed Feb 22 2017
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You know what's weird? Steve Blum sounds like Ian Corlett as Mega Man.
said at 4:11 AM on Thu Apr 27 2017
@Ghosty404 Not really.
said at 3:47 PM on Mon Sep 25 2017
@Ghosty404 Actually he sounds like most teenage/young adult roles which ironically Goku is and Steve sounds different.
8000 Saiyans
said at 1:53 AM on Sun Oct 29 2017
@Ghosty404 Don't really hear any similarities in his voice whatsoever.
said at 7:20 AM on Wed Feb 22 2017
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Sean is my fave even moreso than Nozawa san(don't kill me sub fans). Kelamis is 2nd best dub Goku.
said at 12:33 PM on Sat Feb 4 2017
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Regarding Lex Lang's portrayal of Goku, I'd put him on par with Kirby Morrow's performance right now: his yells are pretty flat & reserved so that's a similarity, but I think if Lex tweaks his performance going a bit higher, he could top Kirby- don't see him matching what Sean, Ian, or Peter have done with the role, though, but he's not a bad Goku by any means to me.
Shaun Ince
said at 11:51 AM on Sat Feb 4 2017
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Jeremiah Yurk as Goku reminds me of Douglas Rand as Yamcha. It sounds bland & rather uncaring.
said at 3:50 AM on Sat Jan 28 2017
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From what I've seen of Bang Zoom Super, Lex Lang is pretty much what David's take should've been. That said, his delivery feels a bit off, and I can't help but feel David would do it better. Revised order:

1. Sean Schemmel
2. Ian James Corlett
3. Peter Kelamis
4. Kirby Morrow
5. David Gasman
6. Lex Lang
7. Steve Blum
8. Jeffrey Watson
9. Jeremiah Yurk
10. Nesty Calvo Ramirez
11. Speedy Dub
said at 5:12 PM on Tue Jan 10 2017
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I'm not too keen on Lex Lang Goku (it really doesn't help that there's just one clip available, plus I'm too used to Sean), but it seems like he's making a better effort than AB Groupe, Malay, Philippines, and Blue Water Goku.

I'll put him on Ian and Peter's level.
said at 8:37 PM on Tue Jan 10 2017
@Ghosty404 .. I HAVE heard his yell in one of the trailers, though. He yells like a goddamn champ.
said at 1:33 PM on Sat Feb 4 2017
@Ghosty404 Okay, now that were five episodes in, and have more than just one clip of Goku, he's currently on Kirby Morrow's par for me, like WrightWay said.
Shaun Ince
said at 9:21 PM on Mon Jan 2 2017
I do wonder who they would have cast as Goku in the last saga of Dragonball with Piccolo Jr.
Shaun Ince
said at 9:22 PM on Mon Jan 2 2017
Had the Harmony Gold dub continued.
said at 2:26 AM on Tue Jan 3 2017
@Shaun Ince I can imagine someone similar to IJC's sound, honestly. Much as some folks bash Schemmel (not here, I mean on heavy-duty purist sites like Kanzenshuu & to an extent r/dbz)...his voice isnt really a deep one for adult Goku, considering the international dub voices of Goku (many of which had his character intact), & I dont think it's a bad voice for him. I'd sort of want someone like Greg Cipes (not plausible) or Yuri Lowenthal (wasnt there ATT) to voice Goku.

I think perhaps one of the Fahn brothers would work well, probably Tom. (A nice casting gag being Jonathan as Gohan). I know Nitro suggested Joshua Seth, & that's certainly an awesome choice, but I was thinking like 1995.
said at 3:17 AM on Tue Jan 3 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed Seth's still possible for that timeframe. After all, that may have been when they actually got to that point. They certainly hadn't dubbed that far in '89.
8000 Saiyans
said at 11:40 PM on Thu Nov 2 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed I don't think I would like Goku having Beast Boy's voice.
Shaun Ince
said at 10:08 PM on Fri Dec 30 2016
So any theories on who is voicing him in the Toonami Asia dub of Dragonball Super? I heard people say that it's Lex Lang, but I still not sure. One thing we do know is that it's being produced by Bang Zoom.
said at 2:28 AM on Tue Jan 3 2017
@Shaun Ince It's Lex, he did tell us.


Now I must deeply regret some of the stuff I write online "0_0'
said at 2:56 AM on Tue Jan 3 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed OK, that's interesting. And if that's to be believed, FUNi aren't doing the Euro English dub either? So who's going to do that one?
Shaun Ince
said at 6:21 AM on Tue Jan 3 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed Ah. Might as well submit this in the Dragonball Super Bang Zoom dub discussion page then.
said at 12:26 PM on Tue Jan 3 2017
@Kioea I do believe the implication is that the BZ dub covers Europe & Asia. I certainly hope that there wouldnt be *three* same-language dubs of the same show. But then again, this is Dragon Ball we're talking about here.
Shaun Ince
said at 4:13 PM on Tue Jan 3 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed I am pretty certain that another English dub of Super probably exists. There's about 6 individual dubs of the original Dragonball. I'd also count the ABGroupe versions of the movies in with it as well. Trying to follow each individual dub would be a nightmare to the casual viewer.
Shaun Ince
said at 9:50 PM on Mon Oct 17 2016
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It a shame the Ocean dub of Kai was cancelled. I was very interested in hearing how Richard Ian Cox would sound as Goku. The dub itself has the potential to out do FUNi's dub or at least be on an even playing field. Now due to reasons unknown, we may never get to hear it :(
said at 9:52 PM on Mon Oct 17 2016
@Shaun Ince
Agreed. I was actually really looking forward to seeing Brian Drummond approach Vegeta again & same goes for Scott McNeil as Piccolo with more years of experience under their belt and having the chance to work with better material, but it doesn't seem like it'll happen. :(
said at 11:48 PM on Wed Oct 26 2016
@Shaun Ince

I disagree. And I think the explanation behind that opposition should be pretty obvious in the results of all the voice compares.
said at 4:07 AM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Sk8erPrince Slightly flawed argument. The compare results currently only apply to the takes that were done in the 90s-early 2000s. FUNi raised the bar considerably with their Kai dub, so there's no reason Ocean wouldn't do the same. That could potentially change the playing field. In any event, it's impossible to say whether or not something isn't any good without having seen or heard it.

Besides, not all the compares have gone in FUNi's favour. It's the exception, I agree, but it has happened.
said at 4:09 AM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Kioea For clarity, I mean Ocean's compare results.
said at 5:43 AM on Thu Oct 27 2016

I'm sorry, but Richard Ian Cox's voice does not fit Goku. He's an excellent Inuyasha, but I can't see him as Goku. In fact, nobody even comes close to Sean when it comes to doing the best adult Goku voice.

Also, my argument is flawless. Have you even looked at the statistics? Most people picked Funimation's dub for these VCs. And for a freakin' good reason, too. Also, if I may be so bold as to say this: Ocean has, without a doubt, wasted resources in producing a separate Kai dub. Just... why? Is Funimation's dub not good enough? In any case, it ain't never gonna be out, so that's good. It would be a shame for Ocean to embarrass themselves, after all.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:54 AM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Sk8erPrince Your "flawless" argument is based on a logical fallacy, argumentum ad populum. Popularity has no bearing on quality, something that should be immediately obvious if you know anything about pop music.
said at 9:11 AM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Nightmare Crusher

(SMH) Do you honestly think I would comment without having compared the voices first? Sean IS Goku. Many people agree with me on that, and if you disagree? Well, your insigificant little disagreement amounts to nothing in the face of the whole English DB fanbase.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:25 AM on Thu Oct 27 2016

A - Telling people their opinions don't matter isn't cool.

B - As Kioea touched on, part of why the Funimation voice actors rank so highly in these pools is because by a longshot, they've been voicing the characters more-or-less nonstop for 17 years. They've had by far the most time to get themselves comfortable with the character, and the products featuring their voices (every anime, every movie, and every game) are the ones that have the most exposure in DBZ fanbase. It's only natural for people to like what they're familiar with. And of course while it doesn't hurt that the Funimation actors have only been getting better and better with their roles, it's true that this gives them a significant advantage over the other dub casts, who never had nearly as much time in the parts.

Even the original Z dub by Funi was, in all fairness, pretty rough. For the longest time in the DBZ fanbase, Ocean VS Funimation arguments were pretty evenly-matched. It was really only by Kai and the recent movies that gave Funimation the chance to show off how they would pull off a modern-style dub, and that's how they established themselves as the definitive versions. Of course the movie and game dubs leading up to that giving them plenty of extra practice too.

Ocean's dub was made 15-20 years ago. Since then, their actors have become far more experienced, and a lot of them are still busy working today. There's numerous western cartoons and anime where their actors are considered by many fans to be the definitive voice actors. If they were given the same chance as Funimation, I don't think it's unfair to suggest that a similar type of improvement is possible.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 9:31 AM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Sk8erPrince And my point has gome right over your head. I've never said anything about the quality of Sean's performance. If you actually look at my comments on this very page you'd see that I've praised him quite a bit. That doesn't make ylur argument good, a fallacy is a fallacy.
said at 9:55 AM on Thu Oct 27 2016

Some opinions really don't matter, though. Like, those from weebs for instance or certain irritating people that know nothing about the human voice, for instance (coughcoughtuxedocougcough).

I don't care about the original DBZ, TBH. Kai is what truly does the series justice by cutting out all the goddamn filler, besides having better acting. Kai is way more canon than DBZ, and is by all means a superior product. Given that the Funimation dub now is the definitive dub of Dragonball, whatever Ocean produces at this point is a waste of resources and a waste of time. There literally is no reason in producing a separate dub at all if the current dub is already excellent. Redubs should only be made to improve what is lacking from a previous dub and rectifying issues from it (eg. Akira, Escaflowne, Sailor Moon, etc.).

"If they were given the chance?"

Let's face it. They won't. At this point, just let Funimation do all the dubbing work, and Ocean should just forget about it. I'm not anti Ocean BTW - a lot of their dubs are pretty decently made. Inuyasha, Death Note, Powerpuff Girls Z, just to name a few. But I don't think Ocean could do the series justice more than Funimation.
said at 9:59 AM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Nightmare Crusher

Statistics do tell a lot regarding which voice is the most superior one out of the other ones, especially the ones on BTVA. That's all I have to say.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:02 AM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Sk8erPrince You still don't get it. For one last time, "popularity has nothing to do with quality."

If you can't understand that, there's no helping you here.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:17 AM on Thu Oct 27 2016

Who's the judge of whose opinions don't matter? You can disagree all you want but trying to shut down other people's two cents in a discussion just isn't beneficial. If you strongly believe in what you say then you should be able to discuss and debate your points with the other person respectfully.

Likewise even if you think an Ocean dub of Kai is a waste of time, which it probably might've been, that's the kind of thing that can't be judged by one person. Your personal thoughts on the matter shouldn't invalidate the other people who're curious about it, and may end up preferring it to Funi's Kai themselves.

Also an important thing to keep in mind is that the reason DBZ had multiple English dubs had nothing to do with quality concerns. Funimation actually began dubbing the show themselves, just outsourcing the voice recording to Ocean. Partway through, it became cheaper for them to move the recording in-house.

After a while, DBZ's European distributor contracted Ocean to record an alternate dub because it would've been cheaper for them to do that than to license out Funimation's dub.

Ocean dubbing Kai most likely had nothing to do with creative purposes and was probably just done for financial/real-world reasons. So in the real world there's a valid reason for an alternate dub like that to exist.
said at 11:15 AM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Sk8erPrince A reminder that directly insulting the site staff is a punishable offense.
said at 12:10 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Sk8erPrince All I can say is, Wow! Just wow! There is such a thing as a meaningful discussion, rather than immediately slamming people who may slightly disagree with you.

None of us are necessarily saying that Richard would better than Sean (who has practically made the role his own). We're just curious to hear how it would've gone. It's fine if you think Richard won't fit - it's your opinion, and I respect that. But that's no reason to tell someone they're flat our wrong and their opinion doesn't count. After all, if everyone had the same opinion, the world would be an extremely dull place. And that's actually what makes these compares fun in the first place.
Shaun Ince
said at 5:55 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Sk8erPrince OK first of all just because a voice actor in this voice compare has the most votes doesn't mean that it's always good. As someone that has gone against the popular vote numerous times on different compares, I can contest to this.The popularity=quality argument doesn't work in the context of these compares. I do find it funny that you imply that FUNimation has the highest votes in every compare yet some of the other VC's in the Dragonball section would convince you otherwise. Various compares have the Canadian cast in the lead(Ocean & Blue Water) & two of them have ABGroupe VA's in the lead. So the whole thing about FUNimation winning every poll in the Dragonball VC's is completely false.
Shaun Ince
said at 5:59 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Sk8erPrince "I'm not anti-Ocean BTW"

Really finding that hard to believe right now. Your comments suggest otherwise.
said at 6:00 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Shaun Ince

Never once said all the DB VCs have the Funi dub at the top. I just said, "Look at the statistics." And as a matter of fact, it is undoubtedly and irrefutably true that most of these VCs have the Funi dub at the top.
said at 6:05 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Nightmare Crusher

I know what quality is, and I don't need you telling me that. I'd like to think that the VA with the highest amount of votes on BTVA is generally the best performance out of all the rest. Not all, but most of 'em. That's my POV, but you are free to disagree with it.
said at 6:06 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016

You could stop being a feminist first before you tell me about rules.
said at 6:13 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016

Weebs are harmful in the development of dubs. Of course their opinions are effing garbage. Also doesn't help that people categorize a specific group of trash as weebs for a damn good reason, too. It's a derogatory term. So, as someone that only watches dubs and supports the development of dubs, I view weebs as my nemesis.
said at 6:15 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Shaun Ince

I just don't support Ocean's Dragonball dub, that's all. But a lot of their other dubs are good, as I've mentioned above.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:22 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Sk8erPrince Wow, you're not even consistent. Going from ,"your opinion doesn't matter" to, "feel free to disagree with me" and then right back to dismissing entire groups of people off hand. Truly amazing.
said at 6:25 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Nightmare Crusher

Even if your opinion doesn't matter, you could still disagree with me. That's very consistent, mind you. And weebs are wastes of human life. I don't think we even need to discuss that; I'm almost inclined to say that it's a fact.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:29 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Sk8erPrince Brilliant. Calling people wastes of life because they have an irrational taste in anime, of all things, when you yourself have demonstrated similar irrationality in the opposite direction. Do you do this on purpose or are you that lacking in self-awareness?
Shaun Ince
said at 6:38 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Sk8erPrince Weeaboos have no relevance to this discussion or even the compare. Why are you bringing them up?
said at 6:39 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Nightmare Crusher

There is no irrationality in watching only dubs. I've seen too many miscasts in Japanese castlists to even give a chance. It's biased, sure, but watching subs won't help me on my path in becoming a pro VA. That, and I dislike the Japanese language. Never liked it ever since I was a kid.
said at 6:41 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Shaun Ince

I'm citing the opinions of weebs as opinions that don't matter.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:44 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Sk8erPrince And a weaboo is essentially someone who watches only subs because they dislike their own language for whatever reason. So what's the difference between them and you?
said at 6:53 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Sk8erPrince If you want to keep your commenting privileges, stop throwing around rude names and spouting racist sentiment. This is your last warning.
Shaun Ince
said at 6:54 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Sk8erPrince "I'm citing the opinions of weebs as opinions that don't matter.

Thing is, you're doing the same thing these "weebs" are doing.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:04 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016

Go outside.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:15 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016

"You could stop being a feminist first before you tell me about rules."

Don't even know where to begin with this. You're going to ignore people if they think women deserve to be treated as human beings? What???

"And weebs are wastes of human life. I don't think we even need to discuss that; I'm almost inclined to say that it's a fact."

I mean, weeaboos and obnoxious anime fans in general aren't anything I want any part with, and it's really important not to take things like that too far, but man oh MAN, calling people wastes of human life over something as trivial as the language they prefer to watch anime in is wack. Doing that is no better than the boogeymen you despise so much. Please try to take a breather for a second and calm down.
said at 7:22 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Sk8erPrince You really are going to get banned if you keep this up.
said at 3:20 AM on Fri Oct 28 2016
@Sk8erPrince OK, I have to ask this - and I apologise to the admins if this is out of line - Are you trying to stimulate debate, or just annoy the Hell out of everyone? Because right now, you're doing a very good job of the latter.

Also, little word of advice. Insulting the admins - not a good idea! Certainly not if you want to stay here.
said at 4:34 AM on Fri Oct 28 2016
@NCZ What did CatsTuxedo's comment even have to do with Feminism anyway? Like that "Stop being a feminist" comment came completely out of nowhere lmao. And was also pretty silly to say in general really.
Shaun Ince
said at 6:34 PM on Sat Oct 29 2016
Kinda weird that this whole comment thread basically exploded into this mess because I was expressing sadness that the Oceab dub of Kai will never see the light of day & then we get this Sk8erPrince guy being disrespectful & behaving exactly like the people he despises. What triggerd him to act this way, we may never know.
said at 10:42 PM on Thu Nov 10 2016
Final clarification, then I will cease to reply any further regarding the matter.

"What's the difference between a weeaboo and you? How are you any different from them given that you don't watch anime in Japanese?"

Simple. Weeaboos denounce their own culture, and they have a seriously misconstrued view that all anime in the original Japanese are better than dubs. Not only is that false, but there are plenty of examples that could definitely prove that point wrong. Weeaboos will never watch dubs for enjoyment. And if they do watch them, they're trying to find the "bad aspects" of it to mock them.

I'm Australian Chinese. I know both English and Chinese. I love the English language. It is a part of my culture, and I don't denounce it. I'm also not on a high horse that all anime are better in dubbed format. In fact, there are plenty of anime that are better in Japanese. Little Busters, Special A, Nyan Koi, etc.

I don't watch anime in Japanese because I don't buy into Japan's philosophy that voice actresses are suited as male teens. America commonly rejects that doctrine, so it explains why a HUGE portion of male teen/adult roles voiced by Romi Park, Mitsuki Saiga and Megumi Ogata are cast to grown men in English.

On the other hand, I've also mentioned that I dislike the Japanese language. I've never liked how it sounds, and honestly? Whenever I hear a language that I don't understand, it comes off as noise to my ears. It's like that for all languages other than English and Chinese. You could thank the weebs for ruining the Japanese language for me. Not that I've had any intention to learn it in the first place, anyway. Mind you, Tuxedo, I'm ALLOWED to dislike a language; that doesn't mean I'm racist. Maybe you should learn what racism is before you go and lecture me.

So there you have it, I'm far from being like a weeb.

As to why I've called Tuxedo a feminist? Dudes and dudettes. Look at how he constructs his posts, and how much dedication he puts in defending Japanese casting choices on female seiyu playing as male adolescents or adults. And I quote, "There's always a reason why such a casting decision is made." Well, of course there is. It's called, "Even the author doesn't know what voice best suits the character, and it's truthfully ironic and the adapters (US/Canadian dubbing companies) make much more suiting choices for such characters." In any case, defending those miscasts to no end is definitely a promotion of feminism in my book. That's what I meant. I really, really dislike the fact that Tuxedo can't admit that Japan makes miscasts, too.

Also, one last point to assert: Weebs don't simply PREFER to watch anime in Japanese. They actively go out of their way to bash dubs and they have a corrupted POV that all anime are better in Japanese, and that dubs always fall short. Yeah, cool story. I know for a fact that it's false. On the other hand, I bash Japanese performances all the time; specifically on miscasts. But the main difference between weebs and I is that I do not claim superiority on any version. In fact, I believe that most dubs are on par with the original Japanese, if not better. Given that the above statement is true, what reason do I have for watching anime in Japanese, when I could just go for an equally well performed show in a language I actually understand? In any case - Japan makes miscasts, and so does Canada and America.

The end. I'm done.
said at 1:55 AM on Fri Nov 11 2016
@Shaun Ince Well, in an effort to get this thread back on track - and ignore the latest attempt to continue this incredibly stupid and ill-informed argument - I too am disappointed that Ocean Kai will no longer be happening. I was looking forward to hearing how the in-effect English language originators (actual is another story) would do with a better script, and more experience under their belts. Not to mention seeing who they'd recast for a particular role, and seeing if that person did it better.

I wasn't necessarily expecting it to be great - I'd be happy if it's just acceptable - but it's something I was still curious to hear.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:29 AM on Fri Nov 11 2016
"As to why I've called Tuxedo a feminist? Dudes and dudettes. Look at how he constructs his posts, and how much dedication he puts in defending Japanese casting choices on female seiyu playing as male adolescents or adults. "

I... wuh...

This is the WEIRDEST reason I've ever seen to call someone a feminist. I quit. It's over. I will never stop laughing.
said at 7:46 AM on Fri Nov 11 2016
@Nightmare Crusher I legitimately thought I was dreaming when I saw that response in the morning for the first time. I come back to the site later on however, and it would seem it was actually real....
Shaun Ince
said at 1:58 PM on Fri Nov 11 2016
@Sk8erPrince Your reasoning for calling CatsTuxedo a feminist are as pointless & long-winded as your whole comment. To put it simply, it makes no sense.
said at 4:47 PM on Tue Jan 10 2017
@Sk8erPrince Typical Ocean hater. Not a single good argument in sight, just keeps spouting the same old tired fanwank. "Sean ISsSss Goku!... Everyone else sounds stupid!" or some variation.

The fact that people like him fear an Ocean dub of Kai so much is laughable because it just goes to show how insecure he is in his beliefs. If he truly thought Ocean sucked at dubbing DBZ he wouldn't sweat another English dub from them because the actors that he prefers are CLEARLY superior in every way amirite?..

No, instead we have to stamp out the competition and prevent it from ever being seen (or heard, in this case) for fear of people actually preferring the alternative, God forbid!

This is the worst kind of conformist mentality and it really pisses me off knowing all the hard work that likely went in to Ocean's dub, not to mention the talent involved, all for nothing. I'm shocked his nonsensical ranting was allowed to go on for so long. The mods here are a lot more merciful than me, that's for sure.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:47 PM on Wed Jan 11 2017

Generally we try to give people the benefit of the doubt as much as possible, give people chances to better themselves, and outright banning is only ever a last resort after clear warnings.

That said it became clear after two further incidents like this that his behaviour had no intent of changing, so he was permanently banned.
Shaun Ince
said at 8:32 PM on Wed Jan 11 2017
@NitroEX You should have seen what happened on the other pages. He also had it out for CatsTuxedo. Something about CatsTuxedo's opinions just really annoyed him. Which is why he kept coming back.
said at 10:43 PM on Sun Sep 25 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
My favorite Goku is by Peter Kelamis.
Many fans credit Kelamis; even if he is not their favorite; for giving Goku a childlike, goofy, youthful performance. I Don't know if that's exactly what Kelamis intended, but that is often the impression that people get from his performance as Goku.
While a lot of fans praise Schemmel for giving Goku a childlike personality; which he does, I've seen fans also praise him for sounding 'age appropriate'. I take that to mean that Schemmel maintains Goku's goofy, childish personality while making him sound like a man. Schemmel is also known for his strong fearsome performance and loud booming screams whenever Goku is fighting. This is perhaps the biggest reason to why many fans favor Schemmel, since Goku is the strongest fighter in the universe.
But I feel that these reasons contradict Goku’s character. The reason being is that Goku was never meant to seem older let alone manlier, he represents youthfulness. And despite being the strongest fighter in the universe, Goku's real charm was even with his incredible strength he was always like a kid no matter the situation. Everyone who knew Goku could never see him as a strong fighter; or an adult for that matter; and because of that were always stunned at how powerful he could be. To further prove my point, Vegeta even states in the series that Saiyans age slowly.
The way I see it, Schemmel gave Goku a youthful personality while Kelamis made Goku youthful.
When Kelamis performed a serious or angry Goku, he retained his high voice. That may sound inferior but I feel that Kelamis using his higher pitched voice again shows how Goku retained his childlike personality and calm composure even when he was serious. And even if Kelamis didn’t sound as strong as Schemmel did, he sounded just as energetic.
And so Peter Kelamis is my favorite Goku.
Jeffrey Watson sounds very in line with Goku's character. I should hear more of his performance too. I sometimes think that the Abridged cast should be here too.
said at 1:02 AM on Tue Oct 4 2016
@BoFerret The reason that people (non-fans) seem to unversally prefer Schemmel (over all the English VA's) is...it's what they grew up with.

Many fans more in tune with the show outside of the FUNi dub, have respect for Kelamis's performance that was done in coordinance with references to the Japanese audio (none of FUNi's DB dubs pre-Kai referenced the original audio). Kelamis stated in an interview that he had to hit incredibly high notes for the movie dubs.

All of these guys are more-or-less Ian Corlett-alikes, but Kelamis takes that IJC & channels Masako Nozawa. Which is pretty cool...but I'd have preferred that from the beginning rather than various degrees of interpretation, if they had intended to do so.

Why is Schemmel the best version of all of these, regardless of how the voice type was chosen?

Because he's had the MOST quality material for the LONGEST time, & naturally adjusts to the character & has the best take out of all these guys.
said at 4:41 PM on Tue Oct 4 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Indeed, yes. Schemmel has had the longest experience performing Goku. And because of that, he's had the opportunity to gain a lot of different qualities and material and improve upon his performance.

But regardless of that, I enjoy what Kelamis did with the time that he had. I like the direction that he took. Had he stayed on the show for as long as Schemmel has, then his performance would have gained more material and quality as well.

I actually don't favor his performance because of its similarity to Masako Nozawa's, believe it or not. I enjoy his performance merely because I find it the most in-line with Goku's character.

Even though Schemmel has different adjustments to performing Goku, sometimes less can be more.
said at 4:15 PM on Tue Jan 10 2017
@BoFerret You've pretty much hit the nail on the head and mirrored my own thoughts on why I enjoy Kelamis' Goku so much.

Another thing that I also enjoy about his performance are his high octave martial arts kiai. It's something that I sorely miss in other English Goku performances. The fact that his yells just so happen to sound similar to Masako Nozawa's is just an added bonus in my opinion.

At the end of the day I still believe he was a fantastic casting choice all around. He had all the right qualities to eventually become the perfect English Goku. Schemmel might have improved over time but with the right direction, and with as many years in the role, I think kelamis would've ended up being been the better, and more faithful, performance.
Shaun Ince
said at 10:44 AM on Mon May 15 2017
@NitroEX Can't argue with that.
8000 Saiyans
said at 12:08 AM on Thu Nov 2 2017
@BoFerret I could have also seen Corlett doing much better if he had more time in the role, and had more energy in his voice.
said at 9:20 PM on Sun Sep 25 2016
 9 Shout Outs!
Many of these guys honestly did the role pretty well in their own ways, but if I had to go into detail about their performances and how I rank them from best to worst:

1. Sean Schemmel:

I'm sure it's honestly no secret to anyone that he had a pretty bad start when he began, by imitating both Ian Corlett and Peter Kelamis when FUNimation took over way back in 1999, and in hindsight, his acting...doesn't hold up that well for the Frieza and Cell Sagas of the old DBZ dub...at all. He sounded a bit nasally at first, and he struggled to emote to a laughable degree with poor dialogue like, "The pain's too strong and I can't go on!"

However, things changed for Sean around the Buu Saga, where he began to create his own unique, distinctive voice for the character. Things only got better & better for him over time, and his delivery & screams improved dramatically by the time he began voicing Goku in the video games. Kai onwards has Sean at his absolute best in the role, and he's proven himself to be an excellent fit for the part. He sounds like a goofy, endearing character when Goku is, but he also sounds menacing & fierce when in the heat of battle. Sean has come such a long way, and thankfully, he has actually improved over time. He gets my vote here.

2. Ian James Corlett:

He was the one here who set the standard for what Goku's English voice was more or less supposed to sound like, and he did a pretty good job, but his screams were a bit weak at times. The only real issue I have with his take is that he gave Goku a rather serious voice all the time, which didn't work too well with the comedic side of the character. Pretty good job, though, not bad at all.

3. Peter Kelamis:

Granted, he sounds the most like his seiyu, Masako Nozawa, and he actually managed to improve on what Ian Corlett started out with by combining his Corlett impression with Nozawa's pitch, so he was a very good choice for Goku.

The problem with his take was that he tended to lapse into this awkward surfer tone at times, so it was the inconsistency he had that made him come off a bit poor at times. Otherwise, he did alright, for the most part. He's at his best in the Ocean dub of the first 3 Movies, though, his screams were almost identical to Nozawa's there. He did a good job.

4. Kirby Morrow:

Sad to say, this is just too bland & generic a voice for the role: he does sound smooth and natural, but that's about all Kirby has going for him here. His voice really doesn't suit a man child like Goku of all people (it sounds a lot like Miroku from Inuyasha), and his acting was fairly dull in the part.

5. Jeffrey Watson:

His voice was alright, but his acting left much to be desired, and he could be rather inconsistent at times.

6. David Gasman:

Some people often say online that Ian Corlett and Sean Schemmel gave Goku a generic superhero voice, but I disagree with that: I'd say that applies perfectly to David Gasman's portrayal, which is also rather stiffly acted.

7. Nesty Calvo Ramirez:

His acting is pretty over the top and needs work, but his voice was alright. Tolerable, but not great.

8. Steven Blum:

I love his acting elsewhere, but...he really made Goku sound like a generic surfer dude & his delivery was very stilted: "YOU seem HAPPY." Definitely not one of his better roles, to say the least.

9. Jeremiah Yurk:

He sounds way too smug and smart aleck-y for Goku for my tastes: it doesn't match the character well at all.

10. Unknown Voice Actor:

No comment.
said at 3:06 PM on Sat Sep 10 2016
 1 Shout Out!
No Lexington Steele?
said at 4:20 AM on Mon Sep 26 2016
@martyyahar DON'T remind me about that video XD
said at 2:43 AM on Fri Aug 26 2016
Page is mising a lot of dubs. Theres Harmony Gold's Zero as well which is the same character different name.
Shaun Ince
said at 5:58 AM on Fri Aug 26 2016
@TEOL Actually, the Harmony Gold Goku(Zero) is actually in the Kid Goku voice compare on this site. There's two seperate compares for Goku. One when he was a kid & this one where he's an adult.
said at 1:17 AM on Mon Jun 13 2016
 1 Shout Out!
I haven't watched much Dragon Ball (though oddly enough, watching clips of the Big Green dub make me to check out the series again from the start), but even I have to go with Sean Schemmel! His take is easily the most endearing, and believable in portraying Goku's childlike innocence. Also, he can really scream! I remember watching the episode where he went SSJ3, and I was surprised at long that lasted.

The only other actor I remember hearing was Ian James Corlett, and possibly Peter Kelamis as well. I was pretty young when they were airing the episodes on Toonami, so my memory of it is vague (but I do know I did watch them, because of a scene with Brian Drummond's Vegeta). From what I do remember, I thought they were great. I especially like Peter in the uncut dub of The Tree of Might (though, I watched that more recently).

I can't really comment on the others at the moment, but I do know I never heard Kirby Morrow (though I do recognize the last part of his clip since I watched the Funimation version of that scene).
said at 1:20 AM on Mon Jun 13 2016
@DravenRoth994 "surprised at how long that lasted."

I made sure to proofread it, and I still missed something.
said at 1:08 AM on Wed Jul 27 2016
@DravenRoth994 Yep, I'm pretty sure this is the scene. Ocean Vegeta saying "It's all yours," before smashing the scouter.
Shaun Ince
said at 12:13 PM on Wed Jun 8 2016
 7 Shout Outs!
1. Sean Schemmel. Schemmel has come a long way since his earlier days as Goku. He went from imitating Corlett & Kelamis to forming his own unique voice for Goku. One thing that sets him apart from all the other Goku VA's is the screaming. It's legendary. No one really comes close when it comes to Schemmel screams. His VA work in Kai & the recent movies is Schemmel at his best. He represents everything that Goku is. He nails the young, naiveness without ever having to imitate Nozawa in the role. And he does a marvelous job in all the serious scenes.

2. Ian James Corlett. Another solid voice for Goku. Arguably the best when it comes to all the other Ocean dub voices for Goku. The only thing that holds him back is the stiff delivery. Also I don't think he nails all the quirps like Schemmel does.

3. Kirby Morrow. Most of the same criticism's about Corlett apply to Kirby as Goku. His screams are better than Corlett, but it just sounds too young. It fits Goku at the end of Dragonball much better than it does Goku in the middle & end of Dragonball Z. Guess that's the curse of having a naturally sounding young male voice.

4. Peter Kelamis. Kelamis is kinda inconsistent. Yes it sounds closer to Nozawa especially when you take into consideration all of his performances in the Pioneer/Geneon dubs of the first DBZ movies. But he can't seem to maintain the impression long enough and some scenes of him screaming tend to be grating.

5. David Gasman. The voice falls into the stereotypical Macho man voice. It would actually fit Superman much better. That being said, it's one of the more tolerable/enjoyable performances in the ABGroupe dub.

6. Jeffery Watson. The voice is decent, but the acting leaves a lot to be desired. One of the many Blue Water performances that hasn't aged particularly well.

7. Steve Blum. I like Blum as Wolverine, as for Goku he's pretty miscast. There is some potential though.

8. Jeramiah Yurk. Never really liked Yurk as Goku, makes him sound a bit douchey.

9. Nesty Calvo Ramirez. Pretty meh in this role. Not much else to say other than it's bland.

10. UVA. Oh the Malaysian English dub. The master of unfitting voices. The accent is really thick and the acting is really akward.

So yeah overall, Schemmel gets my vote.

Side note: If the Dragonball series ever decided to be dubbed by LA VA's again, I'd like Nolan North to take a shot at voicing Goku. He has a similar voice to Schemmel in some ways and could deliver a pretty good performance.
said at 6:39 PM on Tue Jun 14 2016
@Shaun Ince Referring to Kelamis in your comment. Kelamis wasn't actually trying to emulate Nozawa. He stated in an interview that he was trying to emulate the performance not the voice. That's just how his voice sounded when he screamed.
Shaun Ince
said at 4:57 PM on Fri Jun 17 2016
@munsonx4 That makes alot more sense now. I'd say it's coincidence as to how Kelamis sounds similar to Nozawa. Thanks for clearing that up btw.
said at 10:02 PM on Sun Jun 5 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Definitely Sean. What else is there to say? His performance is heaps better than the JP ver.
said at 1:52 PM on Tue Mar 8 2016
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1. Sean (Kai)
2. Kirby
3. Ian
4. Peter
5. Jeremiah
6. Steve
7. David
8. Jeffrey
9. Nesty
10. UVA
said at 11:33 PM on Thu Jan 21 2016
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Makes me cringe when i hear anyone other than Sean do his voice... Not because everyone else is bad, but just my history with Dragon ball Z has only included Sean's Voice acting.. I'd hate to see him ever replaced.
said at 1:28 PM on Sat Jan 9 2016
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One of the most iconic heroes in all of shonen history. Son Goku is a classic character, he's a goofy manchild who is an alien from outer space and one of the strongest fighters in the entire series.

I know it's probably blasphemous to say this but I don't find Masako Nozawa at all fitting as Goku. I get why she stayed on as Goku since Akira Toriyama himself always heard her voice for the character, it's just that looking at his design, would I have ever guessed that's how he could sound like....the answer is not really. I get that she brings a childlike sense of warmth to the role and she is a charming old lady but at the end of the day, personally myself I prefer how every other country's approach was to have a grown adult male actor for Goku. I have nothing against the idea of a woman voicing a grown adult man but the design really should reflect that type of voice better is what I mean.

For the voice that I myself consider the most fitting and how I'd imagine he'd sound like, it'd be exactly like Sean Schemmel. I didn't grow up with the FUNimation dub at all as a kid, I lived in Canada and had the Ocean dub but as a grew up and I discovered the FUNi Kai dub and I just fell in love with Schemmel's portrayal. I was always like why wasn't this the Goku I grew up with? Since he's started voicing him in the late nineties, Sean has always been voicing him in just about everything since then and his performance...OK he did not start out great, in fact everyone at FUNi was awful at the beginning but they learned from their mistakes and kept trying and learning more about voice acting and these characters and what they were really about. By the time Kai came out Schemmel had gotten so used to Goku that he understands the characters and his acting is top notch, the voice is pitch perfect (IMO) it's youthful sounding but still sounds like a grown adult, one who is a fighter and the screaming is good lord....not short of incredible. Especially in the Battle of Gods, the screams he did in that movie gave me chills. He's the definition of perseverance and coming very since he began. All of his performances since Kai and on are A+ performances, and one of my favourite dub castings of all time. Sean Schemmel IS Son Goku.

As I mentioned earlier, I grew up with the Ocean dub of Z and had three voices for Goku. They all have their strengths and weaknesses.

My favourite of the Ocean's Goku's is Kirby Morrow, while maybe not the most fitting actor for the role, I thought he gave the best performance. He does make Goku sounds maybe a bit too cool sounding, he does nail the comedic moments and I think some of his battle screams were mostly solid. I know he could have done this role so much better than he did but the reason he's my favourite is that I have the most memories of watching his Goku growing up in the early/mid 2000's. I get why many don't like his take but for me he did well then. I'm a little sad he's not reprising for Ocean Kai but I understand the decision. I just hope he's still in the dub as a new roles *cough*Future Trunks*cough*.

Ian James Corlett is my next favourite Goku. His voice screams Goku to me....however his performance always felt like he was playing a Saturday Morning cartoon hero which is unfortunate, that and the fact he left the role really early on over pay disputes which is a shame, I'd love to hear Ian do Goku again or any anime as a matter of fact. :(

Peter Kelamis is my least favourite of the Ocean Goku's. Yes he does sound the most like Masako Nozawa but I find he sounds too light and not really all that fitting. However He did give some excellent performances in the Pioneer dub of the first three DBZ movies.

I could just stop here but I'll take about the rest.

David Gasman sounds way too macho and sterotypically heroic for Goku but I also do really enjoy his performance for better or for worse. "ANIMALS GIVE ME YOUR STRENGTH". That line is just great.

Jeffrey Watson and Nesty Calvo Ramirez sound too young and weak IMO.

Steve Blum is miscast and really should have been Vegeta IMO.

Jeremiah Yurk sorta sounds like Sean Schemmel but I don't find him likeable or endearing in the least.

The UVA's accent is too thick.

Overall Sean Schemmel is getting my vote because in my heart, he is Son Goku.

also I'm really looking forward to Richard Ian Cox's performance in Ocean's dub of DBZ Kai if it ever does come out. That should be an interesting performance to say the least, not doubt he'll probably become my favourite Ocean Goku and second favourite English voice.
said at 3:01 PM on Sat Jan 9 2016
@Autovolt I think Steve Blum would've made for a great Turles, Ward Perry actually reminded me of him a bit at times in the TV dub of Tree of Might.
said at 1:59 PM on Wed Sep 28 2016
@Metabad Steve would also make an awesome Piccolo, better than Sabat honestly.
Darth Bugs
said at 7:10 PM on Tue Jan 5 2016
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I still prefer Sean the most as adult Goku's English VA, but Ian and Peter were each good in their own ways as well. Ian gave Goku the most manly voice I think, while Peter made Goku sound the most like Masako Nozawa (at least in the three DBZ movies he dubbed).
said at 11:41 PM on Thu Dec 10 2015
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(P.S. I'm including the Japanese voice) My Order is:
1. Sean Schemmel
2. Kirby Morrow
3. Peter Kelamis
4. Ian James Corlett
5. Jeremiah Yurk
6. Steven Blum
7. Jeffrey Watson
8. David Gasman
9. Nesty Calvo Ramirez
10. UVA
11. Masako Nozawa
(P.S. Don't get me wrong I think Masako Nozawa is a great voice actress, but I just don't feel she was right for Adult Goku)
said at 11:47 AM on Mon Nov 23 2015
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Been having a rethink, and now my order is as follows:

1. Sean Schemmel
2. Ian James Corlett
3. Peter Kelamis
4. Kirby Morrow
5. David Gasman
6. Steve Blum
7. Jeremiah Yurk
8. Jeffrey Watson
9. Nesty Calvo Ramirez
10. UVA
said at 6:38 PM on Tue Oct 20 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Sean Schemmel
2. Ian James Corlett
3. Peter Kelamis
4. MasakoX (TFS Abridged Parody)
5. Steven Blum
6. Kirby Morrow
7. David Gasman
8. Masako Nozawa (Japanese version)
9. Jeremiah Yurk
10. Jeff Watson
11. Nesty Calvo Ramirez
12. Speedy VA(s)(?)
said at 1:38 PM on Wed Sep 16 2015
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Sean Schemmel is the best Goku: I don't care that he doesn't sound like Masako Nozawa, because he sounds like an adult man-child, and when it comes down to it that is who Goku really is.

I liked Ian James Corlett second most as he had this everyday kind man voice quality to his Goku, like a sort of comforting voice to listen to. With time, I'm sure Ian could've been just as iconic as Sean was, but for his tenure, I felt his yelling was a little too subdued for my liking.

Peter Kelamis gets third place for me. I admit when he took over for Corlett, he had this weird accent that irritated me, but he improved a lot towards the end of the Saban/Ocean dub and in the three Pioneer movies, he did some great work.

Kirby Morrow gets fourth place for me. I think he had a nice voice, but his acting was so lazily phoned in that I'm not sure what to make of it. If he emoted better and had more energy, Morrow would've been much better.

I don't really care for the others at all, but the two weakest of the remaining actors to me are the Malaysian/Speedy Co. Goku for obvious reasons, and Jeremiah Yurk, who makes Goku sound like a sarcastic jerk.
said at 10:40 AM on Mon Sep 7 2015
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Excited to hear Richard Ian Cox as Goku, he did phenomenal as Ranma Saotome and InuYasha.
Shaun Ince
said at 10:12 AM on Fri Sep 4 2015
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So the voice for Goku in the aformentioned ABGroupe(also known as Big Green dub by most fans) dub of the movies voiced Rayman. That's cool & hilarious at the same time.
said at 7:55 AM on Fri Sep 4 2015
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Okay so the Goku I thought that was really bad is Rayman? I will say this he's not a complete miscast but the voice he gave is too deep
said at 8:22 AM on Sat Sep 5 2015
@HienFan He was much more fitting as Bardock. Something like his Zorro voice (see from 1.18) would've been better for Goku:

said at 9:16 PM on Sat Sep 26 2015
@Kioea I'll wait til Bardock has a compare then see who's better but this game has a better direction than Big Green
said at 4:33 PM on Mon Sep 28 2015
@HienFan Agreed. It shows what they can do under better direction.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:15 PM on Thu Aug 27 2015
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I was waiting for this update to happen. I did a list for Goku in the past, but those were early days and my thoughts have changed quite a bit.

1. Sean Schemmel: I've already talked about how much Sean has grown into this role, so I won't stay on him too long. Sean is by far the best man for the job and I look forward to many more years of his Goku to come.

2. Ian James Corlett: Ian really formed the foundation that most of Goku's other English voices came from. He set the bar and did a pretty good job at it too. There are certainly some awkward moments, but that's more of a reflection on the dub itself.

Now, I don't go into these compares with my list already thought up. I listen to the clips and let things fall into place naturally. And let me tell you, I shocked myself with this next one. You ready?

3.David Gasman:... I'm serious. I put David Gasman in the top three. Honestly, considering the dub he came from, his Goku is surprisingly competent. His voice is terribly unfitting sure, but it isn't unpleasant or forced. His acting is solid too. He doesn't fall into the same traps of many other Big Green actors where he rushestheendofhislineinordertojamthehorriblescriptwiththelipflaps. He genuinely manages to sell some funny moments too. I actually like that little exchange with Chi-Chi about taking Gohan camping. All in all, he is consistently competent. Which is more than I can say for most of Gokus voices, and that scares me.

4. Peter Kelamis: Peter is the most frustrating of Goku's voices. Sometimes he is really good, particularly in the uncut movies. The problem is that in much of the TV series he sounds sluggish is slurs words or his accent changes or something. The shifts in quality are so jarring that it hurts. I want to place Peter higher on the list, but I just can't justify it to myself.

5. Kirby Morrow: Kirby is in the same boat as Peter. His performance fluctuates in quality, only Kirby never quite reaches the same heights as Peter, with even lower lows. For example, that first part of his clip on here almost sounds like he's intentionally acting poorly. It's surreal, I don't know how it even came out that bad.

6. Nesty Calvo Ramirez: I really have no strong opinion on Nesty's Goku. I really just find him more bland than anything else. I just stuck him in the middle because I have no idea what else to do with him.

7. Steve Blum: I can kind of get what he's going for, but man was it poorly executed. Really, this is just a miscast. I could see Steve pulling off a decent Goku, but not a particularly great one. This is just obnoxious though.

8. Jeffrey Watson: Speaking of obnoxious, there's this. It sounds like he's shouting everything and it really gets on my nerves.

9. Jeremiah Yurk: While Steve and Jeffrey are annoying, I can at least see what they were going for. Jeremiah Yurk makes Goku sound like a meathead. It doesn't even come close to representing Goku's character. Do not want.

10. Unknown: I HATE the Speedy dub. I don't even find it funny like a lot of people do. It just sounds like one guy bashing out an incomprehensible script line by line with no attempt at actual acting. Good grief.
said at 12:25 PM on Sun Aug 9 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Oh, and just about all of the UVA's are pretty bad.
said at 12:23 PM on Sun Aug 9 2015
 8 Shout Outs!
1: Sean Schemmel: Was thereb ever any doubt? Now, at first, he sounded very stiff and flat, but he slowly improved as time went on. When Kai came around, he was downright perfect. And after seeing Battle Of Gods, I am 100% convinced that Schemmel IS this character. He sounds young, innocent and naïve, but still sounds age appropriate. And do I even need to mention the screams? I have never seen a single VA out there who can scream quite like this man. The screams sound so primal, powerful and downright chilling. He is simply perfect and was born to play Goku.

2: Ian James Corlett: His voice is very fitting and his acting is decent, but his screams can sound very stiff. Speaking of which, it's completely unreasonable that Ocean didn't pay their actors for their screams, which is why he left.

3: Peter Kelamis: His screaming is solid, but his voice can be a bit shrill and high. On the bright side, MasakoX based his voice primarily off of Kelamis's Goku.

4: Kirby Morrow: I'm sorry, but I can't stand his Goku. I can honestly see him being an amazing Goku, but the direction killed it. He sounds so whiny and childish. I'd say it's Morrow's weakest role in his otherwise admirable career.

5: Steve Blum: Really? Steve Blum, who is known for his deep, gruff voice as a character who should sound innocent and peaceful? Complete miscast.

6: Jeremiah Yurk: He makes Goku sound like an elitist jerk.

7; Wayyyy too whiny and high pitched, even more so than Morrow. Plus, that horrendous audio quality and disgusting puke noises at the end don't help.
said at 1:29 PM on Sun Aug 9 2015
@BioZero216 It seems you forgot to put Jeffrey Watson's name at 7 (assuming that's the one you were talking about anyway).
said at 11:28 PM on Sun Aug 9 2015
@Zillah Yes. My mistake.
said at 5:11 AM on Tue Aug 11 2015
@BioZero216 In fairness to Jeffrey Watson, I'm fairly sure the puke noises are meant to be a King Piccolo flashback (so not him). But I do agree with the assessment otherwise.
said at 1:57 PM on Wed Sep 28 2016
@BioZero216 "Peter Kelamis: His screaming is solid, but his voice can be a bit shrill and high."

That's kind of the point, you know. It's an emulation of Nozawa's voice but at the same time it can bellow without "cracking". Which is nice.
said at 9:44 PM on Tue Aug 4 2015
Sean is the bomb dot com. I prefer his over all. The others gave him a far to serious tone? Something about Sean is super playful- The Lowest voice, one of the unknown voice actors,y s also was pretty good for him, since he's a tough protag I could totally see him that voice as well, even though Sean's voice fits him best.
said at 3:33 PM on Sat Aug 1 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Here's my full ranking, incorporating the latest info:

1. Sean Schemmel
2. Ian James Corlett
3. Peter Kelamis
4. Kirby Morrow (I have to give him credit for that Super Saiyan 3 voice)
5. Jeremiah Yurk (Good voice - a smoother version of Kirby's - but acting and attitude are another matter)
6. Jeffery Watson / Steve Blum (I can't really call this one)
7. David Gasman (Big Green dub)
8. Nesty Ramirez (Philippine dub)
9. UVA (Malaysian dub)
Shaun Ince
said at 6:57 PM on Wed Jul 29 2015
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Schemmel's Goku has come a long way. Originally imitating both Kelamis & Corlett, to making the role his own. Thanks to his more recent stuff, he has this role in the bag & is now my favorite Goku amongst all the other Goku VA's.
Silly Sally
said at 3:43 PM on Mon Jul 27 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Sean Schemmel, Ian James Corlett, and Kirby Morrow are the only good ones here and I have to disagree that either IJC is "stiff" or that Kirby Morrow is "miscast".
said at 3:04 AM on Mon Jul 13 2015
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Just for a laugh, here's what has to be the most ridiculous line ever from Jeremiah Yurk's Goku (from the same flashback sequence):

said at 7:52 PM on Mon Jul 6 2015
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The first voices i heard were Peter kelamis and Ian James Corlett. After the huge hiatus in the U.S. to bring a dubbed version mid-ginu force fight (Recoome vs. Vegeta/krillin/Gohan) and Goku arrived on Namek, Sean Schemmel's voice (as well as the others: i think scott Mcneil >> Chris Sabat, Brian Drummond > chris sabat as vegeta (even though i think his voice was better for this than his piccolo voice). In general Ocean dub voices sound better and funimation voices make the characters sound constipated and its hard to take them seriously at times. Also, the score/musicals for ocean dubs trumps funimation, in my opinion. Sorry i just had to get that out but my list goes as below

1. Ian James Corlett
2. Peter kelamis (close second)
3. Sean Schemmel (distant third)

Everybody else is negligible. And This is my opinion and if you think otherwise i just won't respect you as a true dbz fan ;) , jk...or am i ...
said at 3:07 AM on Tue May 19 2015
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Top 4 (I can't really justify a 5th right now):

1. Sean Schemmel
2. Ian James Corlett
3. Peter Kelamis
4. Kirby Morrow
said at 1:18 PM on Mon May 11 2015
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Sean is clearly the best here. But to be fair, he's had WAY more time to learn the role inside out and make it his own. Seriously, anytime he says ANYTHING in another show and isn't doing a REALLY silly voice, I just go "Hey, what's Goku doing here?" (Berserk is especially bad for that, because not only does he voice Gaston, he's half of the background soldiers as well). When I look at a picture of Goku, I hear his voice in my head. Especially in Kai, he just nails every aspect of the character, from his childlike excitement and good nature to his serious moments, and all this without ACTUALLY having to sound like a little kid like in the Japanese dub. He's by far the best person to EVER play the character............

Except he's tied with Laurence Simpson, aka MasakoX from DBZ Abridge. Seriously, I know he's not an official voice, but he's the internet's Goku, and everybody loves him. His delivery of an even-less-serious-than-usual Goku is so spot-on, that whenever I see an image of Goku where he's really happy (and doesn't have his serious fighting face on), his voice is what springs to mind. I almost feel like, despite not being an official voice, he should have a spot on this page. He nails the character so much.
said at 6:56 AM on Fri May 8 2015
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Voting for Sean got nothing else to add.
said at 10:35 AM on Sun Apr 19 2015
Sean plays up both the serious side of Goku and the comedic sides of Goku really well and has this great feeling of energy to his take that makes him the most memorable.

Ian was the first Goku I knew and he was pretty decent, although kind of generic at times.

Peter had this surfer accent I couldn't get into, but I saw some of the later Canadian dub and yeah, he did get better in that.

Kirby sounded okay but kinda lacked emotion.

Jeffrey sounds okay but acting is bad.

Steven and Jeremiah are miscast.

Unknowns...once again, no comment.
said at 5:40 PM on Sat Apr 11 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
Sean Schemmel for the win.
said at 6:16 PM on Sun Mar 15 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
anyone else think Peter Kelamis got better and better, not worse?
Shaun Ince
said at 3:52 PM on Tue May 19 2015
@FMAlchemistfan01 I disagree. Kelamis's performance in the Android Saga is bad. Especially if you compare it to his performance in the 3 DBZ movies and the episodes where he was imitating Corlett.
said at 8:57 AM on Fri May 22 2015
@Shaun Ince his movies are okay but i didnt like his Ian Corlett impression with the weird accent
said at 6:19 PM on Sun Feb 22 2015
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For some reason I had a dream last night where almost everyone was taken off this comparison and the only ones left were Jeremiah Yurk and Steve Blum, and I had to choose between the two for some reason...

I don't remember who I ended up choosing, but I do know it was tough deciding which one of them was actually better.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:39 PM on Sun Feb 22 2015
@Metabad Better than John Dimaggio as Kid Gohan. Think someone else will have a DBZ compare dream after us?
said at 7:27 PM on Sun Feb 22 2015
@Metabad Oh that's easy, Jeremiah is the better of the two
said at 7:53 PM on Sun Feb 22 2015
@Nightmare Crusher Yeah, I think reading that might've influenced my dream, oddly enough. And yeah, maybe.
said at 7:59 AM on Fri Jul 1 2016
@Metabad Now that I think about it, it might've been comparing the GT Goku specifically. Not sure why that would ever happen though.
said at 10:47 PM on Thu Feb 19 2015
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Wonder how Richard Ian Cox will be like(and YET another new Ocean Goku...)

Still I will say this Masako Nozawa is better than all three unknown and Steve
said at 1:55 PM on Tue Feb 3 2015
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Kirby Morrow is underrated, his voice is clear and smooth and his screams are not too exaggerated. BEST GOKU VOICE

Peter Kelamis was good with confident and cocky Goku but that's really it. he also had this weird accent or something

Ian Corlett is okay to me but the voice it self doesnt stand out

Sean Schemmel is okay too but he's not balanced. either he underplays his reactions -in some serious scenes he sounds like his wife is chasing him or he exagerates certain scenes to make everything sound ((epic)), it doesn't work when he does it with almost everything

the rest of them suck and aren't worthy of being judged
said at 4:58 AM on Tue May 5 2015
@FMAlchemistfan01 Um, Kirby's SSj3 transformation just sounds like he's yawning violently, which isn't even a scream... Just saying, but I'm not judging...
said at 1:55 PM on Thu May 7 2015
@TheUltimatePhantom1 its better than how Sean Schemmel makes his voice raspy in Kai or how nasally he sounds in the original
said at 9:16 AM on Sun Dec 28 2014
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This just crossed my mine, how about Nolan North as Goku?
said at 9:17 AM on Sun Dec 28 2014
@Zillah *my mind*

This is one reason why I wish we could edit our comments here.
said at 1:54 PM on Wed Sep 28 2016
@Zillah I think someone like Chris Cox or perhaps Scott Menville would be a much better Goku actually. Sure, Nozawa is scratchy but we don't want Goku sounding like a "heroic everyman".

He isn't Superman y'know.
said at 9:44 AM on Sat Oct 1 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Well to be fair I wasn't implying he should sound like Superman (although coincidentally Nolan has played Superman before). It was mainly a random idea, but I still think he could pull off a more youthful, innocent and carefree sounding voice/performance that would fit Goku really well. Though now that you mention it, Chris Cox and Scott Menville would be excellent picks as well.
said at 4:15 PM on Sun Oct 2 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed It's not relevant how an English Goku sounds relative to Nozawa. Besides, the lady said that Sean fit the role anyway.

Shaun Ince
said at 5:28 PM on Sun Oct 2 2016
@Zillah Interestingly enough I also suggested Nolan North as Goku when I went into depth as to who my favorite voices for Goku were.
said at 9:18 PM on Sun Oct 2 2016
@AntiSabat666 "It's not relevant how an English Goku sounds relative to Nozawa."

Where did I imply that? I said Chris Cox & Scott Menville, not Mona Marshall or EG Daily.

Beyond that, this is a show that was developed entirely in Japanese, made by & for Japanese people. Son Goku is an Asian character, largely unknown amongst Western audiences.

While it's true that there are cultural differences between Japan & Hollywood as to handling young male character voices (in the Japanese dub, Ratchet from R&C is voiced by a woman)...

..A meager English-language release ideally *should* involve the creators' input, & even if outsourced I do think that those involved should respect the domestic castings.

* I'm not saying that an English Goku would be a female actress, but at the same time the dub's being handled by Saban early on & FUNi lacking translations & Japanese audio...definitely hurt it in the casting department.

(& that's before they ran out of money & had to use local bystanders)
said at 11:49 AM on Mon Oct 3 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Bebop's dub wasn't outsourced and it was superior to most of the Hong Kong Lupin dubs, which were Toho produced.

Your logic is messed up. Yes, the original dub sucked; anyone with ears can hear and not even Kai was perfect, but Sean Schemmel is now a fitting Goku. We don't need anyone to tell us otherwise. Whether or not Nozawa said so, it wouldn't matter. He became Goku.

Stop being obsessed with casting. If imitations work (Jamieson Price with Jouji Nakata, Lia Sargent as Dorothy in Big O with Akiko Yajima, the English voice of Andross with Daisuke Gouri and so on) then so be it, but voice acting is NOT imitation. Respect does not equal aping. Fitting does not equal aping. Yes, certain characters need deep voices or high voices, but they don't need the QUALITY of the original, they just need the fit the role.
said at 1:11 PM on Mon Oct 3 2016
@AntiSabat666 I never said dubbing was imitation. On the contrary, every performance is art on its own, & the individual decisions one makes as an actor are unique, so dubbing still requires you to perform as YOU feel is appropriate.

& I still dont think I mentioned that "English Goku MUST sound like Nozawa" at all. I was replying to a comment that said *Nolan North*, known for his "snippy heroic everyman" voice, should play Goku - & he sounds very little like either the orginal voice, or any of the dub voices.

* I think everyone here underestimates the influence the dub has had on English-speaking fandom. The old Ocean dub established that came to be what English-speaking fans *think* Goku should sound like - a buff-sounding Texan dude. & while stringently following the original casting DOES limit some interesting choices (I mean, Scott McNeil is an awesome Piccolo)...at the same time, it would be silly to disregard an *A-list domestic production of a Japanese show* & simply cast "what some college-age Texans think the characters should sound like.

I mean, it's true that every non-Japanese version had an *adult* male Goku, but at the same time, *at least they had proper translations & original audio references*. Which is why Mario Castañeda & the Mexican dub, to me - get ready for it - is far more legitimate than Gen Fukunaga's dub or the later dubs based on it.

Yes, it's all fiction in the end, but the FUNi dub doesnt feel "real" to me the way that the Mexican or many other dubs do. I dont even mind that Goku's a baritone in Spanish (tho Idve preferred a tenor), because *at leas they tried.*
said at 1:18 PM on Mon Oct 3 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed >I mean, it's true that every non-Japanese version had an *adult* male Goku, but at the same time, *at least they had proper translations & original audio references*. Which is why Mario Castañeda & the Mexican dub, to me - get ready for it - is far more legitimate than Gen Fukunaga's dub or the later dubs based on it.

The Mexican dub isn't that accurate, to be honest. Too many script/name changes. Besides, the Funi dub is based on that dub to some degree. It's "more" accurate, but it's no Animaze dub.

> mean, Scott McNeil is an awesome Piccolo)...at the same time, it would be silly to disregard an *A-list domestic production of a Japanese show* & simply cast "what some college-age Texans think the characters should sound like.

Again, we all know the old dub sucked a lot of straws. Who's denying that? But they DID improve. Besides, they DO use the JP version as a reference. I never said not to be accurate to the original SCRIPT wise. In fact, my issue with most Funi dubs are the liberal scripts. Even Kai is too liberal at times, but they're doing a decent job with the script.

But you probably didn't know this.
said at 2:01 PM on Mon Oct 3 2016
@AntiSabat666 @AntiSabat666 I was going to add that "Re-reading your comment, I DO think Sean is doing a great job w/recent performances, & the Kai dub is a serious improvement..but the dub's just so far down the rabbit hole at this point, & many of the "all animu subbed besides DB(Z)" fans dig the Kai dub to "have their cake" of nostalgic dub voices, & "eat it too" without worrying about translation accuracy.

& in fact, I do believe the reason we even HAVE a decent-scripted Kai dub..is the same reason that modern dubs are reviled - the ubiquity of Internet & pirated "fansubs". The Japanese companies have been pretty stingy & Hollywood not really that accepting, so it's hard to get, like, televised union simuldubs for anime, & so anime's mostly restricted to a niche underground (well, before CrunchyRoll). I think the Japanese companies are willing to take our money but dont really have the assurance (like JP-owned video game consoles) to invest properly in us with dubs & whatnot."

But my page re-loaded.

TBH, I havent really seen the Mexican dub (I mean, in a way that I understand) so its mostly hearsay, but to my ears, the performances & characterization sound very similar to the Japanese (besides Mario of course).

As for FUNi's scripts, they were based on extremely raw Toei translations, plus whatever they wished to insert. It wasnt till Steve Simmons circa 2000 that they got proper translations - which is why Buu arc translations are much better.

Chris Sabat mentioned in his Geekdom interview that they used the Mexican tapes for *picture*, so that the recording wouldnt be jarring - they didnt try to emulate or listen to the audio at all. "We heard it maybe 10 times throughout recording".

As for "denying the old dub sucked a bag of straws", I was indeed referring partly to casting as well. Overall story is most important, of course, but the way that FUNi's dub was CAST also reflects their lack of understanding of the characters. Toriyama's character designs are intended to be subversive as to what you *think* they sound/act like (& even that is pretty subjective), so dubbing w/out translation or audio is an incredible impossibility.

As for Kai's script.. I own the DVD's..I can only trust the subs & incredibly limited Japanese knowledge, but yeah, the dub is pretty liberal. It's mostly "naturally-flowing", but you are correct in that FUNi dubs are pretty liberal. As I said earlier, the anime industry being what it is, most licensors just want their show - VO & all - off their hands, they dont really care about what dubs do.

& FUNi is an American company who largely conducts dubs on their own. Tyler Walker describes it as "keeping the beats of the story intact", & while I prefer a smooth-sounding script, I do think the Japanese producers should care more for the casting, at least. It shouldnt be treated like a separate or inferior product, especially when English-language sales are a *decent* part of the money.

Honestly (dont crucify me, but) it often seems to me that the Japanese use expensive licensing+ultra-low-budget, outsourced dubbing as a way to subsidize their OWN expensive voice-overs. This, to me, is a nefarious practice.

Although, yes, an outsourced dub can be enjoyable, but Bandai generally reviewed auditions themselves rather than just leave it to a small studio. Obviously, they limited their own choice of actors by choosing to skimp on the dub..but they still did try to maintain the general tone of castings.
said at 3:32 AM on Thu Oct 6 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Funimation has had help from the Japanese from time to time with varying results. For the most part, they have not.

But even Bandai did not care; Tomino was involved in the 0079 dub heavily, but that's the exception. The Bebop dub did not have Bandai Visual/Sunrise/TV Tokyo, yet it still stands the test of time because of its acting and script (with some VERY minor gripes). Big O II was produced by Sunrise, but it wasn't much better than Big O 1999. Both halves of the show are amongst the greatest dubs of all time.

Again, if involvement was so important, then we should also be getting horrible Lupin dubs like we got in the 70s. There are two extremes. No Japanese involvement or too much. The former is not so bad; you don't trust the dub studios to do a good job, even though they do. They do a bad job, too, but they don't need the Japanese.

As for licensing, that's absurd. Japanese VAs are paid peanuts, too. Actually, relative to the cost of living, the JP VAs have it WORSE than our own, because Tokyo is more expensive than anywhere in the USA or Canada, including Vancouver, New York and especially the much cheaper Los Angeles.

said at 3:32 AM on Thu Oct 6 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Also, virtually all dubs are outsourced, just saying. Even Bandai Ent dubs.
said at 8:42 AM on Thu Oct 6 2016
@AntiSabat666 English dubs obviously aren't done in-house (& they don't *need* to be), but what I meant by "outsourced" is when they lack creator involvement.

For Naruto, Viz sends the auditions overseas so that everything can be reviewed. Same for Vampire Knight, & I'm presuming a lot of other Viz stuff too. Tiger & Bunny's creator mentioned at the AX 2013 panel that he recognized the VA's as he had a hand in their selection as well. Some of the bigger games, a lot of VA's mention the Japanese client (or even director) sitting in the booth with English-speaking directors. This, to me, is the best scenario, & it is only limited by how much the original producer cares for the dub. Kingdom Hearts, Street Fighter, Final Fantasy (X, & probably some others as well), others I forget. Jin-Roh is one anime that was dubbed the same way.

It's obviously limited by the dubbing studio's budget & most available actors, but it's something I'd prefer as a rule. & I would appreciate if FUNimation at least allowed producer/director input on casting. I'm not gonna lie, oftentimes when I watch dubs, I feel like I'm getting a cheap hand-me-down rather than the actual show, especially when you consider that many of the actors leave us & generally would rather be doing something else.
said at 9:48 AM on Thu Oct 6 2016
@AntiSabat666 By the way, here's my references on casting decisions.

Naruto/Vampire Knight:https://youtu.be/3zuhXmJ649Y?t=21

T&B: https://youtu.be/HYPDyvnULRE?t=342

Ben Diskin has mentioned that "if you like anything about my Xehanort performance, pin it on the directors over Skype in Japan"
said at 2:37 PM on Thu Oct 6 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Don't care. Don't need Saitou to tell me the obvious. Besides, he doesn't speak English, so his opinion should not be taken at face value. Though the dub is probably the best of all time with or WITHOUT him.

As for Ben, that's not true. There are English voice directors.
said at 2:41 PM on Thu Oct 6 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Best dub of all time is F/Z had no Aniplex Japan approval. Best dub in the 90s, Cowboy Bebop has no Bandai Visual involvement. Best dubs of the 2000s, the GITS SAC series was produced by the producers; Manga Ent and Bandai Entertainment that was, but not IG Port or Bandai Visual. No JP involvement.

Are you really a VO/dub fan? I don't think so. I think you're a purist/imitation fan.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 1:08 PM on Fri Dec 12 2014
 9 Shout Outs!
The thing that Sean's Goku represents to me is progress. It's incredible that the same man who once turned in acting as stiff and monotone as this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmfyp_4JpUE
Would end up giving a performance as good as this.
It also shows the growth of Funimation's writers and how they've learned to trust the original characterization instead of making up empty poetry like, "I am the light in the darkness." But that's another topic.
My point is that Sean has become the definitive Goku from the years of experience that has really shaped his acting ability.
Richard Ian Cox, you've got some big shoes to fill.
said at 1:53 PM on Fri Dec 12 2014
@Nightmare Crusher At least if Richard Ian Cox falls flat as Goku, he'll always have Inuyasha.
said at 2:43 PM on Fri Dec 12 2014
@Nightmare Crusher I think the same can be said about most (if not all) of the cast.
Still, I am interested in seeing how Richard does in this role.
said at 4:57 AM on Fri Dec 5 2014
 7 Shout Outs!
1: Sean Schemmel - He nails that goofy childlike aspect of Goku perfectly. Like every Funi cast member of DBZ he was asked to imitate the former Ocean group actors, although what started off as a Ian Corlett impression eventually evolved into the distinctive Goku voice everyone grew up with. My only complaint is that it is a bit hard to take him seriously as Goku when the character gets angry.

2: Ian James Corlett - He is pretty much tied with Schemmel for me, although he is second since his acting for Goku is a tad wooden/generic, he also failed at nailing down the goofy aspect of Goku, although other than that he is great as Goku. He was best at portraying the calm, laid back aspect of Goku. He was also better than Schemmel at doing Goku when he got serious. It's a shame we never got to see him play Goku as a Super Saiyan.

3: Peter Kelamis - Out of all the English VAs for Goku he definitely sounds the most like Nozawa, so a lot of the Japanese version fanboys praise him for that, although to me that's not a good thing. He sounds very awkward as Goku, his teenage stoner voice makes Goku sound like Shaggy from Scooby Doo or something. He is a decent Adult Goku, although Teenage Goku is definitely a better fit for him.

4: Kirby Morrow - A decent, albeit generic performance. Not terrible, but not great either. Sort of like a poor man's Ian Corlett/Sean Schemmel. If he had better voice directors who knows how good he could of been as Goku

5: Jeffrey Watson - Forget the awful acting and he is perfect for Teen Goku/early DBZ Goku, but not adult Goku.

6: Jeremiah Yurk - A very generic, bland take on Goku. As SSJ 4 Goku i think he is decent but he wouldn't work at all as Adult Goku in DBZ.

7: Steven Blum - Another unmemorable and generic voice that doesn't really fit Goku.

8: Masako Nozawa - I know she's not included here but i thought i'd rank her anyway. I think this casting decision symbolizes everything that's wrong with the DBZ Japanese version. The people in charge were obviously too lazy to hire a new actor when Goku hit puberty so they just got Nozawa to keep voicing Goku, just like how they still kept the outdated 50s score even when the show started getting extremely violent. Obviously the blind Japanese version fanboys will praise these decisions regardless since this is the original version of DBZ, which in their minds means it's perfect and how everything is meant to be. No Akira Toriyama didn't plan for Goku to sound like a screechy old lady trapped in Superman's body when he grew up, the people at Toei were just lazy

9: Unknown Voice Actor 3 - Couldn't really hear him, although i could sense a slight accent of some sort. Probably the best of the UVAs, although that's pretty much just saying he is the best of the worst.

10: Big Green dub voice actor - Goku is a lot of things, but he is NOT a muscle bound Superman/He-Man wannabe with an ultra deep & serious voice.

11: Malaysian-English dub voice 'actor' - Umm..yeah, no. Obviously the ultra thick Jamaican sounding Asian accent doesn't help this actors cause, but the acting is downright abysmal as well. Hearing this guy playing Goku in a couple of movies is good for a quick laugh, although i can't imagine having to deal with hearing him play Goku in the 291 DBZ episodes.
said at 8:05 AM on Fri Dec 5 2014
@Miscast Wow you really burned the Japanese version there.
Honestly though I agree with you on that, she may have fit the kid Goku, but she was horrendously miscast (no username references intended) as adult Goku. I personally always hated the idea of a full grown adult sounding like a woman. You know what, I'm just gonna flat out say that I hated the Japanese Goku voice. With that said, I can't say it's really Masako Nozawa's fault, more so the fault of the casting directors (or whoever) being lazy and stuff.
Most of the other Japanese voices aren't that fantastic either imo, I always thought they sounded really, how should I say it... generic, I think that's the word. Maybe I've just grown more used to the English voices, but eh.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 2:05 PM on Fri Dec 5 2014
@Miscast "Goku voice everyone grew up with"
[Citation Needed]
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:16 PM on Fri Dec 5 2014
@Miscast In general, please try not to be so inflammatory. Calling people you disagree with "fanboys" isn't the best way to introduce yourself, and your tangent about Masako Nozawa comes off as unnecessarily hostile.

Also, I seem to recall Akira Toriyama being involved in the decision to keep Nozawa as adult Goku's voice. I prefer Sean Schemmel over her for adult Goku anyway, but it's good to know all the facts.
said at 9:56 PM on Fri Dec 5 2014
@NCZ Ah, sorry, no offence intended. I was just trying to get my point across
said at 10:46 PM on Thu Feb 19 2015
@NCZ I don't really like Masako Nozawa's (adult) Goku despite my voting for Peter but I still thought she was better than half of the men so far
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:11 AM on Fri Feb 20 2015
@HienFan I like her as Kid Goku. She's a bit of an acquired taste as adult Goku, though now that I think of it, I've only heard her in the games and Kai, which she'd have recorded well after Z (i.e. her "prime", so to speak).
said at 8:39 PM on Fri Feb 20 2015
@NCZ She can still act however, not sure about the three unknown guys, Steve is a good actor but direction killed him here
said at 9:22 AM on Sat May 9 2015
@Zillah Ugh good lord, looking at this again I was being really harsh in that comment, like it kinda hurts to look at this comment. Sometimes I wish I could delete it.
Shaun Ince
said at 10:33 PM on Tue Oct 28 2014
The Unknown VA from the Tree Of Might is from the ABGroupe dub of those movies. It's commonly referred to as the "Big Green" dub as they refer to Piccolo as Big Green. Anyway back on topic. The Unknown VA in question, voices a majority of the other characters in said dub.
said at 5:04 PM on Wed Oct 1 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
Richard Ian Cox is going to voice Goku in the Ocean dub of Kai. This should be interesting.
Shaun Ince
said at 4:15 PM on Sat Oct 4 2014
@TheGreenSpeedster Very interesting indeed.
said at 10:41 PM on Tue Oct 28 2014
@TheGreenSpeedster Really? Where did you hear that?
Shaun Ince
said at 6:55 PM on Wed Oct 29 2014
@Pokejedservo Kazenshuu forums.
said at 9:25 PM on Mon Nov 17 2014
@TheGreenSpeedster Looking forward to his take.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:14 AM on Wed Oct 1 2014
Sean Schemmel: Man, he really nails Goku, from his funnier, man-child ways to his tougher more serious moments. He's my #1 choice.

Ian James Corlett: I liked him a lot, too. He was the first Goku I heard and I like him.

Peter Kelamis: Never really cared too much for him. He's good at the goofier aspects of Goku, but I didn't think he did his more serious stuff as well. I know he was supposed to channel Goku's Japanese voice which is high and squeaky and done by a woman, but I don't like him with such a high voice.

Kirby Morrow: He sounds OK. Based on some of his other work I'd say he's not a bad choice for him, but I'm not sure he sounds that great in these clips.

I don't know what to say about anyone else. Steve Blum doesn't sound good, which is not his fault as people have said that game was poorly directed. And the UVA from Tree of Might is too deep. The others I don't really care to talk about.
said at 8:11 PM on Tue Sep 23 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Sean is amazing and is the number one pick for most, but personally I'm a Ian Corlett fan when it comes to Goku. Ian had a charm for Goku that I never felt with Sean. Though I do see how people prefer Sean, he's been voicing the character the longest and is the first voice people hear.
Han Solo Fan
said at 6:17 PM on Sun Sep 14 2014
 1 Shout Out!
I grew up with Sean Schemmel, so my vote goes to him, but it's not just because of that: I really like the balance between the child-like and adult mannerisms he gives Goku, and I find his laugh is really cute to listen to when he does it. I actually prefer his portrayal to Masako Nozawa's because when I see Goku, I imagine a strong man as opposed to...a little kid, I guess (even if he is a kid at heart).

I really liked Ian Corlett as well, I don't care much for Peter, Kirby was meh, and the rest of them are just forgettable for me.
said at 2:20 PM on Sat Aug 9 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
As of said in the past, for several reasons, I'm not a fan of Schemmel Goku. But, coming back from Battle of Gods, he really nailed it. He really came a long way. And, thus my vote is changed to him.
said at 2:41 PM on Sat Aug 9 2014
Wow, I was already excited for the Battle of Gods English dub, but hearing someone who wasn't a fan of Schemmel Goku as much as others saying he was THIS good in it makes me want to watch it even more now!
said at 8:21 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
Okay now for my order
1 Peter
2 Ian
4 Jeff Good voice, flat acting and the bad audio made it worse
5 Kirby Pretty OOC
6 Jeremiah
7 Steve
8 Unknown 2
9 Unknown 3
10 Unknown 1 That is so OOC I don't know where to start
Lion's Edge
said at 1:13 PM on Sat Jun 28 2014
 14 Shout Outs!
Favorite? Easily Sean Schemmel. He could sound warm, gentle and kind-hearted; jovial and child-like; and serious and matured... No matter what the scene required, he pulled off the exact emotional range to do so...

At this point, I'd say Sean IS Goku.



I prefer him from Masako Nozawa. (readies self with flame shield)
said at 2:13 PM on Fri Aug 8 2014
@Lion's Edge
You're not alone: I prefer Sean's performance as Goku over Masako Nozawa's as well-- I really think his voice is much more age appropriate fit for the character. I mean, I get Goku is a man child at heart, but Sean still captures that perfectly while also striking all the right chords of the character: he's perfect for this character-- it's Sean's definitive role in my book!
said at 4:45 PM on Tue Aug 12 2014
@Lion's Edge Prefer Nozawa but I respect your opinion. Wholeheartedly.
said at 12:17 PM on Sat Jun 21 2014
 5 Shout Outs!
#1) Sean Schemmel (DBZ Kai Dub > 2005-2010 FUNi Z Redub Saiyan and Buu Saga > Initial FUNi Z Dub Ep. 179-276 > Initial FUNi Z dub Ep. 54-178)- Perfect. He has this warm, gentle, kind hearted feeling to his Goku, with the man child feeling, but also sounds age appropriate while doing it and he just nails it. 10/10

#2) Peter Kelamis (DBZ Ocean Dub Ep. 38-53 > DBZ Ocean Dub Ep. 108-143 (?))- Pretty good, but the thick Surfer dude accent drags it down, but he nailed the child in a man's body feeling perfectly and he does sound a bit cute in the role. 8.5/10

#3) Ian James Corlett (DBZ Ocean Dub. Ep. 1-37)- He has a good tone for it and good delivery of his lines, but he's a little stiff voice wise and didn't get the goofy part down well. He is the first English Goku, though, and set a high precedent for others to follow. 8/10

#4) Kirby Morrow (DBZ Ocean Dub Ep. 148 (?)-276)- He sounds the most natural in the delivery of his lines and has the gentle, warm side of Goku down, but he's TOO relaxed, mature sounding, and lacks the child like side of the character. He's average/decent, though: I can stand it. 7/10

#5) Jeffrey Watson- I like his voice and it has this nice, gentle feeling to it, but his acting is absolutely terrible (e.g. "And NOW, I'LLSHOWYOUSOMEREALPOWAAAERRRR") and that ruins his performance...not okay. 5/10

#6) Steven J. Blum- I love Blum, but he just sounds like a surfer dude here and as generic and bland as paint. 3.5/10

#7) Jeremiah Yurk- Terrible voice, and terrible acting-- he sounds like a smug prick in this role. 2/10

The Worst: All of the unknowns-- one sounds like a Native American chief (e.g. "COME, MAGIC CLOUD!"), the other a Filipino man or something, and the other a Malaysian guy or something. 0.5/10
said at 8:14 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
@Savate I think two unknowns are from Filipino and Malaysia
said at 8:16 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
Same: I'm almost 100% sure of it.
said at 2:59 AM on Tue Jun 17 2014
Changing to Peter, Jeff acting is really awkward.

Jeff is still better than Kirby however
said at 3:32 PM on Sat May 31 2014
He sounds like a flat Dan Green in Tree Of Might... Sean Schemmel is definitely the best. Corlett's second
said at 9:00 AM on Mon May 26 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Sean Schemmel for the win!
said at 2:25 PM on Tue Apr 29 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Gotta go with Schemmel. I grew up with Corlett and I do really like his take. And admittedly when they changed to Sean I didn't notice. (I was in the third grade, sue me). Having listened to Sean get better and better in the role, it's kinda hard going back and listen to Corlett. It's not that he's not natural in the role, he actually sounds pretty good, just the hammy-ness and awkward delivery at times hurts him. For me it's Sean first, Corlett second. Not that familiar with anyone else.
said at 3:08 PM on Wed Apr 23 2014
Fusion Reborn Unknown Voice Actor is clearly the best. #sarcasmroxx
said at 4:29 PM on Mon Mar 24 2014
 4 Shout Outs!
Sean. Hands down. Though Ian and Peter are amazing as well, Sean just IS Goku.
said at 4:05 PM on Tue Mar 18 2014
 1 Shout Out!
For just those who voiced Goku in only the Z series
1 Peter
2 Ian
3 Sean
4 Kirby
said at 6:54 PM on Thu Feb 27 2014
John Cassese should be added to the VC.
He's clearly the best.
said at 7:22 PM on Sat Mar 1 2014
@RenoRebirth "When you were drunk drinking your Coca-Cola."

said at 7:57 PM on Sat Mar 1 2014
@RenoRebirth Watch my compilation vid.
said at 10:24 AM on Mon Feb 17 2014
 8 Shout Outs!
fusion reborn I think is Tommy Wiseau.
said at 9:28 PM on Tue Feb 18 2014
Heartfilia Mage 721
said at 9:31 PM on Tue Feb 18 2014
@TheGreenSpeedster The Room reference!
said at 10:18 PM on Tue Feb 18 2014
@Heartfilia Mage 721 Don't worry about it...
said at 11:34 PM on Tue Feb 18 2014
@skeletonking1234 In that case, I can't wait for the Malaysian remake of The Room!
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 9:05 AM on Wed Feb 19 2014
@skeletonking1234 I only came into this voice compare to find out what exactly prompted all of these Wiseau/"Room" references.

And I was not disappointed.
said at 3:58 PM on Sat Feb 22 2014
@TheGreenSpeedster I did naht kommyhommyha her! It's nawt troo! It's BOOLCRAP! I did not kommyhommyhaw her! I deed NAHT.

Oh hai, Krillin.
said at 9:30 PM on Tue Feb 25 2014
Chicken Yamcha, you're just a little chicken. Cheep, cheepcheepcheep Cheaughauhuag.
said at 6:56 PM on Fri Feb 28 2014
said at 6:37 PM on Sat Mar 1 2014
Gohan, don't worry about it. Bulma loves you too, as a person, as a human bean.
said at 6:16 AM on Wed Mar 5 2014
said at 5:00 AM on Tue Jan 14 2014
I seem to have no standard at all from all the Malay voices I tend to over hear

I pick Jeff

However I don't like Steve, Jeremiah or any of the unknown
said at 11:41 AM on Fri Dec 20 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
No offense, but none of them are decent in my opinion. Peter is just mediocre at best, and Steve Blum sounds pathetic as Goku.
said at 1:54 AM on Mon Dec 30 2013

What about Sean?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:49 AM on Mon Dec 30 2013
@TheGreenSpeedster Yeah, and everyone else.
said at 12:06 PM on Fri Jan 3 2014
@SombraMan Mediocre at best. I don't care about him either.
said at 12:45 PM on Fri Jan 3 2014
I would rather mute the sound and watch this subbed than to watch this dubbed. No offense to people who like this dubbed.
said at 10:16 AM on Thu Jan 15 2015
@SombraMan Sean Schemmel mediocre? Baffling state of mind.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:55 AM on Thu Jan 15 2015
@CaineShaw They expressed it pretty rudely, but we are all titled to our own opinions.
said at 7:28 PM on Thu Oct 31 2013
I wonder how much the hits for these DBZ compares will go up once the Ocean Kai comes out... I'm guessing they will top the lists for weeks.
Shaun Ince
said at 6:54 PM on Wed Jul 29 2015
@PsychicVoiceSpy The DBZ VC's would probably get loads of traffic once they hit this site. The polls would be pretty interesting indeed.
said at 4:17 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
 14 Shout Outs!
Oh boy, top ten!

1. Sean Schemmel - It took him a while, but by DBZ Kai we can clearly hear that he's grown into this role and made it his own. He captures everything about Goku's character and performs phenomenally.
2. Kirby Morrow - Voice direction is a bit off, but his voice is perfect for Goku and he shows great range in his serious and comedic tones. The best Ocean dub Goku.
3. Ian James Corlett - The first English Goku. His voice is awesome, but man is his acting hammy. Just listen to the end of that clip. Yeesh!
4. Peter Kelamis - He sounds pretty good in the clip, but he started off really awkward and "surfer dude"-ish. Ironically, he'd sound identical to Nozawa if he used his Rolf voice.
5. Jeffrey Watson - The voice is exactly like how teen/young adult Goku should sound. But the delivery? BAD.
6. Jeremiah Yurk - He makes Goku sound like a conceited *******.
7. Steve Blum - Just reading his name makes me know this is a miscast.
8. UVA (Cooler's Revenge) - The best of the UVAs, which isn't saying much.
9. UVA (Fusion Reborn) - He sounds almost Tommy Wiseau-esque.
10. UVA (Tree of Might) - This deep He-Man/Superman voice is a complete misrepresentation of the character.
said at 1:43 PM on Tue Oct 29 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus UVA on Tree Of Might sounds more like Atem to me.
said at 3:09 PM on Tue Oct 29 2013
@pete Nah, Atem is way more emotive than that! XD
said at 6:24 PM on Tue Oct 29 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus Mainly because it reminds me of Dan Green.
said at 9:48 PM on Fri Nov 1 2013
@pete Again, Dan Green is a better actor.
said at 5:18 PM on Tue Apr 3 2018
@Galactic_Cyrus: Agreed save for your placement of Kelamis. His performance in the uncut movies was THE best out of the Ocean dub Gokus, so I'd place him above Morrow.

That said, I think Morrow gets way too much flak, since I find him superior to Ian James Corlett, who gets a lot of love due to nostalgia even though the whole way through he was the least fitting voice for Goku when compared to Schemmel, Kelamis and Morrow.
8000 Saiyans
said at 5:21 PM on Tue Apr 3 2018
@Boss_Giovanni You can't say that as if it was a fact.
said at 5:42 PM on Tue Apr 3 2018
@8000 Saiyans: But I can say it as if it's my opinion, which it is. The traditional superhero voice Corlett gave Goku is completely unfitting for the character. Schemmel (after a while, anyway), Kelamis, Morrow and even Steve Blum get the part down better.
said at 8:16 AM on Tue Sep 24 2013
Sean Schemmel without a doubt is by far the best voice for Goku to me.
said at 7:04 PM on Sat Sep 14 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
Sean Schemmel All the Way
said at 3:46 PM on Mon Aug 19 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
Sean Schemmel for me. He may not sound like Masako Nozawa but that isn't everything and so long as a voice character can find a voice that fits the character they play, it is fine not to sound like the original actor in Japanese.

Peter Kelamis is the second best to me. He has this great voice that really has the right childlike sound for Goku. He's all around a solid actor for Goku to me.

Ian Corlett is excellent as well. He's in third. He was a tad generic at times when he started but the man practically became Goku as he went along in the role. I wish he had more time as Goku: I think he did a wonderful job balancing Goku's childlike naviety and his battles. Meshed beautifully in my eyes.

Kirby Morrow is OK. I mean, he could act better but he could've been worse. His voice is very Schemmel-like but his acting was raw and that dragged him down in my eyes. Still a good actor for Goku.

The others...not really.

Blum is a VA god, but all wrong with that voice for Goku.

Jeffrey's voice is good but his acting is downright horrendous.

All the unknowns are terrible in every way but even so they are great for a laugh and so even they are likeable in that way. XD.
said at 4:18 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@OldSchoolFTW Agreed except that my Ocean dub voice actor preference is the other way around. Morrow's my favorite, Kelamis is my least favorite.

Also, you forgot to mention Jeremiah. Did he sound like a total jerk or what?
said at 4:23 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
Kelamis' take on Goku was more of an acquired taste for me. At first, I thought Kelamis made Goku sound like a surfer dude a bit, but he really improved as the Ocean Dub went on and I like how child-like and enthusiastic he was in the role. He made Goku sound really innocent, and for that, he's my favorite of the Ocean Dub Goku(s). I do respect your opinion, though.

Oh god, HOW could I forget? Jeremiah did sound like a total jerk, and on top of that, he was rather generic, IMO.
said at 9:45 PM on Thu Oct 10 2013
@OldSchoolFTW I did acknowledge that Kelamis improved. He's just not my favorite. Though none of the Ocean dub voices measure up to Sean.

said at 11:11 PM on Sat Oct 12 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus I can see someone liking the Ocean actors' voices or their acting better, but if there's one place where Sean without a doubt shines above the rest of them is the screams!
said at 9:06 AM on Sun Oct 13 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy I don't think anyone can deny that.
said at 1:05 AM on Thu Aug 8 2013
I wish there were a better example here for Ian Corlett's Goku. Whenever I hear Sean's, it reminds me of Ian's. It's a weird phenomena in my head, but I think it could best be explained that Ian suited Goku so well, that Sean went the direction Ian was pointing and ran with it. So much so that if there were ever another Mega Man cartoon for example, I wouldn't mind Sean voicing the blue bomber one bit.
said at 12:22 AM on Sat Jun 22 2013
Definitely the VA from Fusion Reborn. Best voice actor in any series of any character, really.
said at 2:12 AM on Sun Jun 9 2013
 8 Shout Outs!
Sean Schemmel is easily the best. Just listen to that scream.
said at 7:51 PM on Mon May 27 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
Well, Sean Schemmel wasn't good at first, but after the Frieza Saga, he started getting the hang of his character. Look at the Buu Sagas and his yells were an improvement. His work in Dragon Ball Kai is a major improvement and the acting is top notch. But the original dub of Dragon Ball Z is something fans will remember for a long time, including myself.
said at 5:58 PM on Fri Apr 26 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Sean Schemmel has really good talent and really gets into his role as Goku, he is Dragon Ball Z and it wouldn't be the same without him! when I was a kid Goku was my role model I wanted to have powers and save the earth like he did lol no lie I even made characters in my head with powers n drew them and acted like them in my back yard n with my friends when I was a kid all thanks to Dragon Ball Z and even Pokémon lol but defiantly Dragon Ball Z!
said at 1:09 PM on Thu Apr 11 2013
 5 Shout Outs!

Any who, I'll go with Sean, he has the most power. BTW, who thinks Steven Blum could do a lot better now if given the role?
said at 12:33 AM on Tue Jun 11 2013
@VctrBnsn Probably but I see him as Piccolo more.
said at 2:04 AM on Thu Mar 28 2013
 9 Shout Outs!
OW! GOD! Jeffrey was DEAFENING! Not his voice exactly. The quality is just TERRIBLE!
said at 9:48 AM on Fri Mar 1 2013
 17 Shout Outs!
Sean Schemmel is definitely Goku. Also, yes, I prefer him over Masako Nozawa. *raises shield for flames* I just think that Sean Schemmel makes the character more enjoyable than Masako or any of the other dub actors so far. Yeah, his rendition of the character isn't the exact same thing as the Japanese, so what? Sean seems to play Goku as a grown man with the heart of a child, rather than a child in an adult's body and I highly prefer it to the Japanese version.

He can make him sound sturdy and tough, and innocent and fun loving on the appropriate occasions. Also, his screaming is primal and powerful, exactly what it needs to be to get you pumped up and know when things are getting serious. Meanwhile, Nozawa sounds like a cat... if you like that and you think it sounds great, more power to you, I don't care. It just doesn't work for me.

It also really helps in certain cases that he sounds like a grown man. As much as a lot of you love Masako Nozawa and will defend it to your grave because Toriyama wanted it that way, I can take scenes where Goku and Vegeta are having a serious moment like when he was Majin Vegeta and temporarily reverted back to a villain, or his father-son motivational talks with Gohan much, much more seriously because he sounds like a grown man and not a child. I just think making him sound like a man with the heart of a child and not a literal child fits better.

Sean Schemmel it is for me.
said at 12:38 AM on Tue Jun 11 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy Masako's voice gives me a headache as do all female seyous withreally high voices. I also like the way Sean delivers his lines both in the original dub and Kai but the original dub more as some sound a bit ridiculous in Kai like the ALLY TO GOOD NIGHTMARE TO YOU speech and I don't care if that's the proper way to translate the lines or whatever Hearing him call himself Son Goku is just plain absurd to me.
said at 1:25 AM on Thu Jun 13 2013
@pete I know this doesn't have much to do with what you said, but I for one much preferred the Nicktoons version of the Super Saiyan transformation in Kai than the uncut one. Him calling Frieza a "monster" was a lot more effective than him using another obligatory "bastard". I just think calling someone a monster seems to have a bit more weight to it than calling someone a bastard. What do you think?
said at 4:01 PM on Thu Jun 13 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy Seems on topic to me. I do think bastard seems a bit of a stretch and calling him a monster is similar to how Superman would call Darkseid. He'd say monster or murderer. Not bastard. A monster is also an appropriate term for an evil tyrannical ruler like Frieza or Darkseid.

With the exception of some scenes I prefer the original dub for the Goku and Frieza right. The swearing is a bit excessive regardless of what's in the manga. Vegeta is ok but everyone else doesn't need to swear for us to get the point they're ticked off.
said at 4:23 PM on Thu Jun 13 2013
@pete I agree, Goku swearing occasionally doesn't bother me too much, but when it happens too much it starts to sound off. And you said exactly what I was thinking with the monster/bastard thing, monster sounds like you are literally calling someone a sadistic, inhuman, force of evil. I thought monster was twice as effective.

Same thing kinda goes for when they were firing at Cell during his struggle against Gohan. In the Nickelodeon version of that scene he said "I'll blow you away!" and he sounded like a genuine, pissed powerhouse you wouldn't want to mess with. In the uncut version, he said "You're all going to die!" and that line, as well as Dameon Clarke's delivery didn't sound nearly as cool (it sounded like some ridiculous opera singing like YouTube commenters joke about) as the former. Just goes to show you that trying to make something sound "gritty" or "adult" doesn't always work and less is often more.
said at 3:03 AM on Tue Jul 22 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy To me, I just thought of South Park..

Oh my GoD! You killed Krillin!! You BASTARD!! xD
said at 11:07 PM on Thu Jan 31 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
Sean Schemmel is by far the best Goku. No one else could do that yell when he is powering up. So intense. I love it.
said at 9:33 AM on Wed Jan 9 2013
 6 Shout Outs!
It's no contest: Sean Schemmel wins.

Too bad Lawrence "MasakoX" Simpson doesn't count. He's even better.
said at 12:48 AM on Wed Jan 15 2014
@VGAfanatic Yeah.
said at 12:51 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
I think Kirby Morrow was miscast. It's basically his Cyclops which would have worked for older Gohan or maybe even Yamcha but made Goku sounds too young. If he voiced him in the Piccolo Jr. Saga that might be a different story.
said at 12:53 AM on Fri Dec 28 2012
@pete Wow I just checked the poll and where did all the votes for Kirby come from? When I first joined and voted here he had 0. Can't believe he's in 3rd over Peter.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 6:13 PM on Fri Jan 4 2013
@pete And now he's tied with IJC. I'm kind of shocked.
said at 3:29 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@Nightmare Crusher Could this be a poll hack?
said at 3:30 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@Nightmare Crusher They're not tied now. He's one vote behind.
said at 4:43 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@pete Probably not, its not as absurd as some other poll hacks I've seen.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:48 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@pete Considering you joined nearly two years ago, which is more than enough time for 17 people to come and vote Kirby as their favourite (especially as the site gets more and more visitors), I highly, highly doubt this is a hack.
said at 6:28 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@NCZ It might be their way of getting way with it. His performance is received in a pretty mixed bag so it makes me wonder.
said at 6:28 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@Metabad The alleged hacker might think it will go unnoticed.
said at 6:31 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@NCZ Also I've heard a lot and do mean a lot of people complain thins like Peter Kelamis should have stayed so it seems he would be in 3rd and not Kirby.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:42 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@pete Mixed bag =/= everyone in the world hates it. I really think you're making a mountain out of a molehill here.
said at 6:46 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
@NCZ Just stating facts as it seems out of nowhere. It seemed really odd and based on what I heard Kelamis should be above though since I had it explained it may be Kirby's passionate fans voting for him I'll shut up now.
said at 4:22 AM on Tue Jan 15 2013
@pete To be fair, the admins had recently caught out alternate accounts on this site, some of those had voted for Kirby. That could easily explain why he has so many votes.
Darth Bugs
said at 9:38 PM on Sat Dec 8 2012
 6 Shout Outs!
Sean Schemmel really has improved a lot over the years as the voice of Goku, especially in DBZ Kai. Thanks a lot for sticking with Goku all these years, despite the many movies and video games you've had to do as well!
said at 6:41 PM on Sat Dec 8 2012
 4 Shout Outs!
I'm going with Sean simply due to DBZ Kai. His voice acting in the original run is way too over the top.
said at 5:31 PM on Mon Dec 3 2012
Sean is the best, I really didn't like Orochimaru's sample too souless.
said at 3:55 AM on Sat Oct 6 2012
 5 Shout Outs!
The Tree of Might guy sounds like either Cam Clarke or Dan Green.
said at 4:45 AM on Wed Sep 26 2012
Oops forgot to mention my fav, Sean has the best voice however I don't believe his voice would've worked for younge-adult Goku, it would've been too Masculine.
said at 3:54 AM on Sat Oct 6 2012
@SgmPlumley It did actually. He lightened it a lot for the Piccolo Jr. Saga.
said at 4:44 AM on Wed Sep 26 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
I believe that all the Voice actors leading up to Sean worked perfectly in their respective order.

It made Goku sound like he was growing up as the show progressed.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:56 PM on Sat Feb 9 2013
@SgmPlumley Acually, only Ian James Corlett led up to Sean. Peter and Kirby were at the same time in an alternate dub for Canada.
said at 1:53 AM on Tue Sep 11 2012
Ian Corlett had a few good moments but to me he sounds really wooden most of the time. Peter Kelmis sounds far more natural and fit's perfectly for Goku. Sean Schemmel is the best out of them all his voice is just perfect as well as his delivery especially in Kai.
said at 5:04 PM on Wed Sep 5 2012
 4 Shout Outs!
Sean had a great mix of cheery and seriousness to his voice. So my vote's for him.

As the first English Goku, Corlett set a very high standard. He did very well for the Ocean dub.

Peter Kelamis was exceptional as well. Not only was he a good impersonation of Corlett, he sounded the most age-appropriate. He also sounds closest to Nozawa's performance, more so in The World's Strongest.

I don't know how Kirby Morrow is getting so many votes though. He was really miscast IMO.
said at 4:44 PM on Fri Aug 24 2012
Sean is easily the best Goku, he has that strong voice that the others lack and he can pull off Goku's gentleness very well, not to mention his caring and peaceful side too.

Ian Corlett and Kirby Marrow did pretty well in this role too, in fact they pretty much had the same qualities as Sean, only thing they lacked was a strong and sturdy voice: as Goku is the most powerful fighter in DBZ.

As for Kelamis, I thought he did well on Goku's cheerful and goofy side, but other than that he didn't fit Goku's personality.

The rest... are not worth mentioning honestly (Sorry Steve Blum.)
said at 8:26 AM on Wed Aug 22 2012
Schemmel. No doubt. He portrayed Goku very well, I love the up-beat sound that vibes off Goku when he's voicing him. Cheery, happy-go-lucky yet very serious and deep. And if you've ever heard the screams while transforming to ssj3... The guy deserves a medal! Séan FTW
said at 11:14 AM on Fri Aug 10 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
I think Ian, Peter, and Sean all did a great job as Goku in DBZ!
said at 10:56 PM on Mon Aug 6 2012
Need a zen-so bean for this. Tough battle between Corlett & Schemmel. Corlett was definetely the choice especially one of the best fight scenes between Goku & Vegeta's first fight. I don't know the circumstances on why Corlett wasn't Goku again but did not enjoy Kelamis's performance. Felt foreign. Schemmel was a welcome relief & pleasure to the ear. Though sometimes his acting was lacking it got better and better. Why wasn't Schemmel in GT to make it a bit more descent to watch (even though the series wasn't good) I may not know?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:19 PM on Thu Aug 30 2012
@akiha Corlett didn't return after the Ocean dub began production again because he was frustrated with having to match up with the lip-flaps from the Japanese version.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:23 PM on Thu Sep 6 2012
@YourBuddyDean I wasn't talking about the screaming. And I know he thought it was too hard, the lip-flaps were a part of it.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 7:40 PM on Fri Sep 21 2012
@akiha Oh, and Schemmel was in GT. Jeremiah Yerk only played him in the Blue Water dub of GT.
said at 1:45 PM on Wed Sep 28 2016
@Nightmare Crusher I do believe he cited pay & working conditions rather than "matching flaps".
said at 4:30 PM on Sun Jul 22 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Yes! Ahahaha! Sean Schemmel was voted the best Goku VA! Hahahahaha! Oh, happy day!
said at 9:29 AM on Fri Jul 20 2012
 5 Shout Outs!
My favourite English voice-actor as Goku is.......Peter Kelamis. I have nothing against Sean Schemmel’s performance as Goku, in fact I think his performance was good, he portrayed Goku as cheerful, goofy, and heroic. The thing that I love about Kelamis’ portrayal though is that he also portrayed Goku as such, but he also made Goku seem so much younger. He added a sense of childlikeness, energetic and youthfulness. Even Funi fans when they compare the voices admit that Kelamis’ Goku sounds younger than Schemmel’s Goku.
I’ve noticed that Schemmel fans will praise Schemmel for making Goku sound Stronger and ‘Manlier’ (which he does) and some of them will use that claim against Kelamis’ performance. Well Goku may be the strongest man in the universe, but his real charm was how he never appeared strong or grownup but he always seemed like a child, was very youthful, and always had a cheerful composure about him, and this is why Peter Kelamis is my favourite Goku.

So what do I think about Ian Corlett, well I think he got down most of the characteristics of Goku. Corlett can put on a pretty young voice, he did capture the youngish and laidback traits of Goku’s personality and being the first to play Goku in English he set the tone for the other actors who played Goku. I Do like Corlett’s version, but much like with Schemmel I just feel Kelamis came closer to the ideal Goku.

And for Kirby Morrow.......well what can I say that hasn’t already been said? He Is a good actor but yeah I too feel he was miscast as Goku, yeah I do feel he sounded ‘too cool’ for the part. But one character that I feel Morrow would’ve been great as was.........Trunks. Yeah cause Morrow Has played other characters that are similar, and Trunks Is really Cool.

So my opinion,
1st place. Peter Kelamis
2nd place. Ian Corlett and Sean Schemmel (tie)
last place. Kirby Morrow
said at 5:37 AM on Thu Aug 30 2012
Actually I should add something more about Ian Corlett. I don't feel that he added the same goofy persona which Kelamis and Schemmel did, Corlett was good but I felt he was more of a heroic Goku.
So I think I'll rank him in 3rd place, just a little after Schemmel.
said at 11:37 PM on Wed Jun 13 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Jeez! I didn't know there were so many different versions of Goku's English voice! But the minute I heard Sean Schemmel's voice, it was a no brainer who was my favorite. That man is my childhood right there. And it pained me to see Steve Blum's impression of Goku... it just wasn't good to me (And I hate myself for saying that, because he is such a legendary voice actor... but this just didn't work for me at all!).
said at 10:49 AM on Thu Jun 7 2012
The unknown voice actor of DBZ movie 3 is from the AB Group dub also known as the "Big Green dub".
said at 3:27 AM on Thu May 31 2012
You know, I'm sure FUNimation tried to emulate Ocean when they began their dubbing. A lot of times Ian may sound like Sean and Sean may remind me of Ian. Some lines may have been done better and vice versa. It's just a major sign of decisions made in the booth as well as the voice director's discretion. Overall, I think the general sound of Goku in English has been established by Ian and it has carried over pretty well. This is with a lot of characters. Scott McNeil's Piccolo is great and over time I feel Chris Sabat made a similar voice that stray's from his Vegeta. In fact, the Kai dub reminds me A LOT of the Ocean dub. I think that's a good thing and at this point, it's become the best of both worlds.

So lemme put it this way. If there was ever another Mega Man show, I would be A-OK with Sean voicing the Blue Bomber.
said at 3:32 AM on Thu May 31 2012
Oh and as for Peter Kelamis...when I first heard him after Ian left I was rather disheartened, but after seeing the movies and a few more episodes I have to say that his quality lies in the pitch of his voice and how he delivers his attack yells and the like. It is very close to the original Japanese voice actor and oftentimes, that is hard to come by. So don't count Kelamis out too much, I say.
Dillon Taylor
said at 1:43 AM on Wed May 23 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
Sean will always be Goku to me. He brings out the child in Goku when things get silly and the warrior in him when things get serious!

The other actors did a fine job for the most part but I just feel like Sean is the most refined and fitting for the role.
said at 8:24 AM on Mon May 7 2012
 8 Shout Outs!
Ian revolutionised, Sean perfected.
said at 2:50 AM on Thu Apr 12 2012
Is it safe to say that everyone of Funimation's voice acting cast for this series was just perfect? they did such a great job. i Love Sean Schemmel's voice, he did that part so damn welll
said at 6:01 PM on Sat Apr 21 2012
@Jxman Yes it is he is the best
said at 9:43 PM on Wed Mar 14 2012
!. Ian James Crlett: Not to bad.
2. Peter Kelamis: Good.
3. Sean schemmel: Of the chart.
4. Kirby Morrow: Too Miroku-ish.
said at 1:09 AM on Thu Mar 8 2012
1.Sean Schemmel
2.Ian James Corlett
3.Peter Kelamis
4.Kirby Morrow
said at 1:03 PM on Mon Mar 5 2012
MasakoX from the TFS abridged series is the best Goku to me. It feels closer to the original Japanese voice actress' warmth and sincerity, and does it without sounding wierd in English. By that I mean, even though I love Nozawa's Goku for getting the naive and childlike nature of the character across (which is almost completely lost in English dub) it'd be too jarring if they cast Goku with a woman's voice in English.

Sean Schemmel got better in Kai, probably from the years of practice, and because of that I can stand him a bit more and accept his voice as Goku. Original dub's Schemmel grated my nerves like no tomorrow. Haven't heard much of the rest in context so I can't say.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:16 PM on Wed Jan 11 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
1.Schemmel: His acting may have been raw in the beginning, but now he is the definitive Goku.

2.Corlett: *sigh* Too good to last.

3.Kelamis: He was pretty good, but the accent got distracting at times.

4.Morrow: He was okay, but some moments, especially his scream when going ssj3 were embarrassing.

5.Yurk:Not bad, but not very good.

6.Blum: The potential was there, the performance was not.

7.Watson: I'm not sure what it is, but the voice doesn't quite fit.

8.AB Groups/Big Green:Big Green dead?

9.Unknown(Cooler's Revenge):I can't hear it.

10.Unknown(Fusion Reborn):What the...
Gutsy Goat
said at 8:29 PM on Tue Dec 27 2011
Sean Schemmel
hands down
said at 4:03 AM on Sun Dec 11 2011
i already know who everyone whould pick for number one favorite Sean Schemmel.
said at 1:03 PM on Tue Nov 8 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Schemmel and Corlett are pretty good.
Kelamis is okay.
Yurk did an okay job, but being in GT just dragged him down.
The rest... Meh.
said at 5:00 AM on Sun Oct 30 2011
 1 Shout Out!
UPDATED LIST (minus the Unknown actors for obvious reasons):

1. Sean Schemmel
2. Ian James Corlett
3. Kirby Morrow
4. Steve Blum
5. Jeffrey Watson
6. Peter Kelamis
7. Jeremiah Yurk
said at 8:22 PM on Fri Nov 4 2011
@PurpleWarrior13 You'd rate Jeffery Watson higher than Peter Kelamis?

Well to each their own, I guess.
said at 10:44 PM on Sat Mar 10 2012
@Metabad Both sucked, but I thought Watson was at least "tolerable" considering he was voicing a younger, teen Goku. Even though his voice doesn't compliment Zoe Slusar's Kid Goku at all, it wasn't a big distraction, even though his acting was pretty terrible.

I had problems with Kelamis' Goku from the beginning. His acting, while not as bad as Watson's, was still questionable. The voice he used was alright, but the combination of the forced performance and the thick Canadian accent, makes me dislike him worse than Watson. However, Kelamis is a decent voice actor. Some of his other roles are very memorable. I just think he was miscast as Goku.

Ian Corlett is the definitive Vancouver Goku. I almost like him as much as Schemmel. In fact, he could've probably been BETTER than Schemmel if he had continued to play the character longer than he had. His voice captured everything Kelamis and Morrow did, but expanded on it, and gave the character life. His voice is important in that it influenced all the other English Gokus, notably, Sean Schemmel.

Schemmel's at a huge advantage for being the English VA most associated with the role, and having by far the most experience in the character than any other English VA. He also left a huge impression on me and many other DB fans. When I see Goku, I automatically picture him with Schemmel's voice, and when I hear Schemmel's voice, I automatically link it to Goku.

Steve Blum's Goku is probably the most generic thing I've ever heard, and Jeremiah Yurk's acting is so bad, I can barely listen to his performance.
said at 2:27 PM on Sun Mar 11 2012
@PurpleWarrior13 Huh...BTVA didn't tell me that you replied to me...weird.

Well anyways, thanks for shedding some light on that. I will say that I do feel Kelamis is probably the weakest of the Ocean voiced Gokus, something about his voice does sound off, but I'd take him any day over Jeffery Watson's Goku, but that's just me.

After rereading my old post, I think I should apologize, I probably sounded confrontational when really I was just curious, so sorry if I came across as condescending.

I might post my own list on what I think of all the Goku voices later on. But I'll just say that I do definitely agree with you about Ian Corlett and Sean Schemmel.
Silly Sally
said at 5:25 PM on Thu Jul 9 2015
@PurpleWarrior13 I mostly agree, Peter would probably be a little higher but otherwise I don't like him either, he sounded like a total douchebag.
said at 7:42 PM on Fri Oct 21 2011
Sean Schemmel FTW!!!
said at 12:56 AM on Tue Oct 11 2011
Am I only one hearing Pharaoh Yugi in the Tree of Might one?
said at 3:08 PM on Tue Sep 13 2011
 1 Shout Out!
Rewatching the old Ocean dubs of the three movies made me reconsider my choice, Peter Kelamis is my favorite English Goku.
said at 12:54 AM on Tue Oct 11 2011
@ConfusedPhantom Where did you get them?
said at 10:04 PM on Tue Oct 18 2011
@pete Old video tapes and there's some videos in Youtube with his performance.
said at 6:42 PM on Mon Aug 15 2011
the best is ....not Jeffery watson
said at 3:14 PM on Tue Aug 9 2011
 4 Shout Outs!
For me it's a tie between Ian James Corlett, Kirby Morrow and Sean Schemmel. They're all just so iconic as Goku.
said at 1:35 AM on Sun Jul 31 2011
said at 1:40 AM on Mon Apr 25 2011
Jeffrey has a great voice for Goku, but his acting is pretty bad. Jeremiah's voice just doesn't scream "Goku!" And neither do the Tree of Might and Fusion Reborn Unknown VA. The Cooler's Revenge one sounds ok. Steve Blum's Goku kind of sounds like a surfer.

Kirby Mirrow's probably the most natural performance, but his voice is just way too calm. Peter Kelamis has the best voice for the character, but he's pretty inconsistent, but at his best, he's fantastic. Ian James Corlett sounds kind of generic.

And now for Sean Schemmel. In DBZ, he was really lousy. In Kai, he understands the character more and his performance is a bit better now. HOWEVER, his performance is a bit strained, like he's damaged his vocal chords or something.

But, if I had to pick though, it'd be between Sean Schemmel or Peter Kelamis.
said at 1:28 AM on Sat Apr 16 2011
 4 Shout Outs!
Compare Schemmel's early work to his acting in the uncut redub, Kai, the video games, the movies, etc. He used to be really lousy but now the guy IS Goku. He captures everything about Goku's character without making him sound like a child like in the Japanese version.
said at 12:03 AM on Thu Apr 14 2011
 1 Shout Out!
My only problem with Corlett is he's using his Cheetor voice which does fit young Goku but not older Goku. Imagine Cheetor lecturing Frieza
said at 4:31 PM on Sat Mar 19 2011
 3 Shout Outs!
Sean Schemmel is the best Goku voice for me He's able to make Goku sound Cool and Enthusiastic but he's also capable of giving him different types of emotion from Serious and strong parts to the Comedy and High parts He's able to combine those together fuse them and create something better which is why He's my favourite out of all the Adult Goku Voices

He sort of multitasks it or something else related to that Media anyway He's the best and always will be for me :D
said at 6:40 PM on Sun Dec 4 2011
@Truesonic I totally agree; thanks for explaining this so that I don't have to! You know...being too lazy of course. :P
said at 10:52 AM on Mon Feb 17 2014
@Truesonic You're right. He's just the right balance between 'Monkey King' and 'Major Glory'.
said at 2:44 AM on Wed Feb 9 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
Sean Schemmel has improved, for sure, but his voice is far too heavy and he doesn't have the nuances in his voice Masako Nozawa has that makes Goku sound like the off-beat hick he's meant to be.

I'd wager that the people who dislike Nozawa's adult Goku haven't even watched much DBZ in Japanese. It's jarring to hear her at first, but after awhile, it becomes apparent why she's perfect. She just adds a kind of warm charm and sincerity that Schemmel and the rest are lacking.

As for blazingknuckle's comment about "realityland", Goku is supposed to be entirely different from everybody else. He's the stand out in the entire universe, the one apart from everyone else. He exudes personality over physicality. This is why it's more important to pick a voice that reflects that rather than a realistic adult voice.

Not to mention, Nozawa's adult Goku voice is a clear evolution of her child Goku voice, and only people who've never watched DB and DBZ in Japanese would miss that obvious detail. He sounds a lot more adult in DBZ than in DB.
SM Scorx
said at 11:52 AM on Thu Feb 10 2011
Why are you even on the site? Do you even contribute?
said at 5:53 PM on Thu Feb 10 2011
@SM Scorx Do you?

I'm here as a fan of anime and anime VAs. The ones I like.
said at 1:31 AM on Sat Apr 16 2011
@penguintruth No, people who dislike Nozawa's adult Goku voice don't like it because it doesn't fit no matter how childlike his personality may be. If any non DBZ fan heard Goku speak in his Japanese voice, they'd think it was the stupidest show ever for giving a castrated sounding voice to a muscular grown man.

And Nozawa's "adult" tone for the voice is extremely forced, making Goku sound screechy and grating. It's bad for Goku and it was even worse for Bardock.
said at 9:54 PM on Fri May 27 2011
@Galactic_Cyrus It absolutely fits the character. You're coming at it from the wrong perspective. The entire concept of Goku is that he's unlike everybody else. It doesn't matter that he's a grown muscular man. His personality is so strong, it overpowers his physical structure.

Nozawa has NEVER sounded forced. She makes Goku sound warm, sincere, and charming. But I will agree it doesn't work as well for Bardock.
said at 5:54 PM on Mon May 30 2011
@penguintruth Goku is unlike everybody else 'cause he's a saiyan. As is Raditz, Nappa, and Vegeta and they all actually sound their age. Nowhere did Akira Toriyama say that Goku HAD to always sound young, the Japanese audiences just wouldn't accept him sounding any other way regardless of whether or not it fit.

She also makes him sound annoying, particularly when he has to scream. And yes, it was worse with Bardock. Shigeru Chiba who voiced Raditz probably would've been better for that part.
said at 7:15 PM on Tue May 31 2011
@Galactic_Cyrus If you think "Goku is unlike everybody else 'cause he's a saiyan", we have nothing else to talk about.
said at 1:08 AM on Thu Jun 2 2011
@penguintruth What, was I supposed to say "Goku is unlike everybody else because he's a freak?" or "because he's a Gary Stu?"

I'm not at all dissing Nozawa as a voice actress but my point still stands that keeping her as Adult Goku's voice wasn't for some personality related reason, but because audiences wouldn't accept change. We have no way of knowing if Toriyama envisioned Goku having a perpetually high voice or not.
said at 1:30 AM on Wed Jun 22 2011
@Galactic_Cyrus I agree with you Galactic. Her voice does come across as shrill and scratchy, which sounds incredibly forced when she emphasizes pain. I've watched the original Dragon Ball and Z in both languages throughout its entirety.

And each time I find myself going back to Sean's take. In my opinion, I find Sean take from Kai much more fitting and balanced. He just effortlessly strikes all the right chords of Goku's personality from his child-like antics and to his love of fighting.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:06 AM on Fri Jan 21 2011
Jeffrey Watson now added!

Thanks tommy. :)
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:06 AM on Sun Nov 21 2010
 3 Shout Outs!
Sean Schemmel is my favourite. His voice is powerful and yet it still works for Goku's childish side.

Peter Kelamis and Jeremiah Yurk have good voices, but their acting leaves something to be desired. Ian Corlett sounds like he'd do well as a serious Goku, but for his immature moments, I'm not sure. Kirby Morrow sounds a bit strange, like he was miscast. I always thought he'd be a decent Yamcha.

Steve Blum isn't that bad, but the unknown VAs are by far the worst.
said at 7:01 PM on Fri Oct 1 2010
That doesn't matter just send it to us soon so one of us could add it onto the site as soon as possible...
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:54 PM on Fri Oct 1 2010
Absolutely, send one of us administrators the clip in a PM or email on the forums and we can add it right away.
said at 8:26 PM on Wed Aug 18 2010
 2 Shout Outs!
Sean Schemmel FTW! XD
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:03 PM on Mon Jun 7 2010
We know this but can't find a clip. Do you own one?
said at 5:42 PM on Fri Feb 19 2010
I have a clip for the AK Video European dub (AKA Big Green dub), but finding out just who the voice actor was is like trying to a marble buried beneath the ocean (maybe even a bit harder!)
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 4:17 PM on Mon Feb 15 2010
@ mrbean

I actual have the voice from that dub and the Malaysian dub too.

Only problem is I don't know who the voice actors are that voiced Goku in those dubs.

If you know let me know asap and I'll add them right away. :)
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 9:44 AM on Mon Jul 13 2009
aaa have u even watched any funimation episodes with sean schemmel?

I wouldn't be surprised if the only sean schemmel clips you've seen were on youtube and I'm guessing it was probably the ss3 transformation clip (serious side).

Sean does an amazing job doing the innocent and lighthearted Goku as well as the serious side.

Ian Corlett was fantastic also but Sean is slightly better overall.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:20 PM on Sat May 23 2009
Sean Schemmel FTW!
Ian James Corlett did a pretty good job too though.
said at 7:19 PM on Sun Apr 5 2009
 2 Shout Outs!
Personally I would rate it as...

1. Ian James Cortlett
2. Peter Kelamis
3. Sean Schemmel & Kirby Morrow (Tie)
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