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Sean Schemmel
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Biographical Information
Real Name:
Sean Christian Schemmel
21 November 1968
5' 11"
Originally From:
Waterloo, Iowa, USA
Melodee Lenz (ex)
Character Information
Dragon Ball - 22 Episodes
Dragon Ball Z - 439 Episodes
Dragon Ball Z Kai- 98 Episodes
Dragon Ball GT - 21 Episodes
King Kai
Goku Black

Sean Christian Schemmel (born on November 21, 1968, in Waterloo, Iowa) is an American voice actor, singer, ADR director, and scriptwriter who works with anime series at Funimation, NYAV Post, and 4Kids Entertainment. His most famous voice role is the adult version of Goku in the Dragon Ball franchise.



Sean Schemmel

Schemmel has provided voices for a number of English language versions of Japanese anime films and television series. Since 1999, he has provided the voice of adult Goku in the Funimation dub of the various Dragon Ball anime series, as well as in most of the franchise's films and video games. He has notably portrayed Goku longer than any other English voice actor has over the years. He also voices King Kai and Goku Black.

In addition to his voice acting career, Schemmel had a full-time position as an ADR director and script writer for NYAV Post, where he has directed and adapted several Japanese anime series into English.



Funimation roles

NYAV Post roles

  • Giant Robo - Tetsugyu
  • The Gokusen - Minoru
  • Hades Project Zeorymer - Gisou
  • Kakurenbo - Noshiga
  • Midori Days - Jigoru
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn - Flaste Schole
  • Munto - Munto
  • Negadon: The Monster from Mars - Ryuichi Narasaki
  • Ninin ga Shinobuden - Onsokumaru
  • Patlabor The Mobile Police: The New Files - Hiromi Yamazaki
  • Piano - Seiji Nomura
  • Sadamitsu the Destroyer - Junk/Helmet
  • Samurai Deeper Kyo - Nobuyuki Sanada
  • Shrine of the Morning Mist - Naonori Hieda

4Kids roles

  • G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 - Firefly
  • Ojamajo Doremi - Mirabelle's Father, Simon
  • One Piece - Helmeppo, Kuroobi, Wapol
  • Pokémon - Jimmy, Archie, Cyrus, Lucario, Christopher, Morrison, Hugh (Additional Voices)
  • Shaman King - Amidamaru, "Wooden Sword" Ryu, Nichrom
  • Sonic X - Black Narcissus
  • Tokyo Mew Mew - Ryou Shirogan
  • Ultimate Muscle - Bone Cold
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! - Karim, Bobosa, Leichter
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX - Dr. Crowler, Harpie's Brother, Professor Viper
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's - Greiger, MC, Zigzix, Dr. Heitmann
  • Yu Gi Oh Bonds Beyond Time - Paradox
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal - Bronk


  • Bionicle series - Makuta Teridax
  • Kappa Mikey - Gonard
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Nobody, Yukio Mashimi, Constable Aloysius Biggles, Sh'Okanabo (Additional Voices)
  • Turtles Forever - 1984 Raphael
  • Winx Club (4Kids edit) - Valtor

Video games

  • Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica - ELMA-DSRX
  • Bionicle: The Game - Makuta Teridax
  • Bullet Witch - Maxwell
  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice - Additional Voices
  • Dragon Ball series - Goku (adult), King Kai, Nail, Vegito, Gogeta, Goku Black
  • Shadow Hearts: From the New World - Ricardo Gomez
  • Shadow the Hedgehog - Black Doom
  • Smite - Sun Wukong
  • Star Ocean: Second Evolution - Additional Voices
  • The Dark Knight Rises (mobile phone game) - Batman


  • It was rumored that Sean passed out while dubbing Goku's transformation into a Super Saiyan 3 in Dragon Ball Z. In fact, Sean confirmed that he passed out while recording although it was in Dragon Ball GT, during a Super Saiyan 4 transformation or Kamehameha.[1]
  • Sean has stated that his favorite scene in Dragon Ball Z is in the Cell Games, when Goku fires his Instant Kamehameha at Cell. In 2013, he stated at Animazment that his favorite scene was the episode when Chi-Chi makes Goku get a driver's license.
  • Also at Animazement 2013, Sean revealed that his favorite character as a viewer of the show is Piccolo, even though he said he still loves voicing Goku.
  • Sean originally auditioned for the role of Captain Ginyu in Dragon Ball Z, but ended up being cast as Goku instead and was initially unaware that he was actually voicing the main protagonist of the series.
  • Sean once said in an interview that growing up as a child his grandmother always used to tease him and call him "monkey boy". Years later, he ironically he ended up being the voice actor of Goku - a Saiyan.


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