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Creator / Sean Schemmel

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For Americans, he's Son Goku. Plain and simple.

Sean Christian Schemmel (born November 21, 1968 in Waterloo, Iowa) started dubbing in 1999. His first (and breakout) role would be the providing the voice for Goku in Dragon Ball Z (in other words, he became the English voice of possibly the most powerful and famous Shōnen hero of all time). He originally wanted one of the villain roles, since he only saw a few episodes of the series before being cast, and NEVER knew who Goku was before walking into the recording studio! Once he saw that he was pasted on all the posters on the wall, he realized he was cast as "The Guy"! With Kai, and new video game adaptations, he is still voicing Goku to this day.

He did some other roles for Funimation before moving to New York to work for 4Kids Entertainment. Under 4Kids, he got what may be his second most famous role — Lucarionote  in the Pokémon franchise and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U, who is often compared to Goku by English-speaking fans for that very reason. He still occasionally returns to FUNimation since Kai started being dubbed and 4Kids Entertainment has since gone by the wayside.


In 2013, he moved to California and currently is doing work there as well.

He has a MAJOR vocal range; no pigeon hole there.

And when it comes to screaming, he is the undisputed master. No one screams as lengthily and epically. His screams are often recycled any time any other character needs to scream in the same show!

Notable roles from Sean Schemmel:


Video Games:

Western Animation:

Tropes concerning his roles:

  • Badass Baritone: His voice can go low when the role calls for it, from the Guttural Growler Strong all the way to the sinister-sounding Black Doom.
  • Irony: Despite the fact voicing Son Goku is his best role ever, he really doesn't have a high opinion on Goku during Super and honestly thinks his actions there are really weird. He's not the only one, since there are others who have major problems with how Goku's portrayed in Super. That being said, Sean still gives it all in his performance.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: In Dragon Ball Z alone, Sean employs a wide range of voices, from the high pitches of King Kai to the Badass Baritone of Nail and Super Saiyan 3 Goku.
  • Playing Against Type: The voice of Son Goku once had voiced Black Doom, before.

Apologies from stealing the Nobuyuki Hiyama joke from his page.

Video Example(s):


Kaioken times ten!

Goku powers up using the Kaioken to multiply his power.. and you have to feel sorry for Sean Schemmel's vocal cords as he screams throughout.

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