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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 undiputed master. No one screams as lengthilly 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 Sean and his roles:

  • Approval of God: He has met Masako Nozawa, the Japanese voice of Goku, and been on panels with her at various conventions, and, while he considers her the true voice of Goku, she approves of him dubbing the character in English.
  • Hot-Blooded: Has a tendency to let his emotions come out, often without thinking about something before he speaks or does anything about it.
    • For instance, he doesn't like taking credit for another actor's works, and he really doesn't like it when someone takes credit for his, as stated in his interview with Geekdom101. This lead to him getting Peter Kelamis uninvited from Kamehacon in 2018 (Kalemis alluded to this on twitter), but soon had them reinvite him when they talked about it afterwards.
  • 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.

Apologies from stealing the Nobuyuki Hiyama joke from his page.

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