Mercenary Tao
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Mercenary Tao

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

Mercenary Tao was a recurring antagonist in the original Dragon Ball , originally seen during the Red Ribbon storyline. An infamous, powerful assassin who would kill anyone for the right price, the Red Ribbon Army can attest that his high prices are worth it. Though he was hired to eliminateGoku , he ended up becoming the bounty himself.

In the anime, Tao later returns as a cyborg to antagonize the Z-Fighters some more, and is revealed to be related to the Crane Hermit, Master Shen. 
Created by Pokejedservo on May 3 2012
Special thanks to NCZ for additional sound clips.
Dragon Ball (1996)
Mercenary TaoDoug McKeag
Doug McKeag
Dragon Ball Z (1996)
Mercenary TaoScott McNeil
Scott McNeil
Dragon Ball (1996)
Mercenary TaoKent Williams
Kent Williams
Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure (2000)
Mercenary TaoMichael McConnohie
Michael McConnohie


Today on the Dragon Ball VC section, we take a look at this infamous assassin who can kill a man with his tongue... MERCENARY TAO! Let us begin...

Michael McConnohie- Michael is known for doing "distinguished" voices, so naturally he suits Tao's arrogant persona well.

Kent Williams- Kent's rather high, nasally voice does actually work with the role pretty well. Kent's performance really suits the role as a cold-blooded assassin, and even fits for Tao's more comedic role later in the series.

Scott McNeil- I liked Scott's fairly low, gruff voice for the role because it makes Tao a bit more menacing again -- even if he'd become pretty obsolete at this point in the series. Sure, the accent that Scott occasionally slips into is a bit odd, but it's not that big a deal to me. Still, Scott's performance suited the menacing (and not-so menacing) sides of Tao's persona well enough.

Overall, I liked all 3 of these guys as they all worked in their own way.



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Vocal Evolver
said at 12:44 PM on Sun Apr 8 2018
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Kent Williams, as usual whenever he's voicing a character.
said at 12:44 PM on Sun Apr 8 2018
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1. Kent Williams - Perfection in this role, and the closest to Chikao Otsuka's original.

2. Doug McKeag - One of the best voices from the Blue Water dub. His take on Tao sounds fearsome and sinister.

3. Michael McConnohe - Would probably do better as Tao nowadays with more experience, but he sounds pretty generic in that clip.

4. Scott McNeil - Tao's got a Chinese sounding name, dresses in a Chinese style...McNeil plays him with a Russian accent? What?
8000 Saiyans
said at 8:30 PM on Mon Oct 16 2017
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I'll go with Kent.

Scott sounds like he should voice Kraven the Hunter.

The others are okay.
said at 6:29 PM on Sun Feb 26 2017
1. Williams
2. McKeag
3. McNeil/McConnohie
said at 12:15 PM on Thu Mar 10 2016
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1. Scott
2. Doug/Kent
3. Michael
said at 12:53 PM on Fri Mar 4 2016
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Kent did pretty awesome as Tao. As for Scott, he did pretty good as Tao, but his Russian accent does not fit as Tao.
said at 7:39 PM on Wed Mar 2 2016
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Kent Williams all the way. He simply nails the swarmy, merciless, cold-hearted nature of Tao, while also doing well when the character acts like a coward upon defeat. He channels Don Adams in his performance a bit, too, it's simply excellent.

Doug McKeag is pretty good himself as Tao, sounding quite intimidating, ruthless, and commanding, though he's not quite as swarmy in the role as Kent Williams.

Scott McNeil's take feels like he is channeling Kraven the Hunter here, and he does have the cold-hearted and villainous part of Tao down, but the Russian accent does bring it down just a bit. Still, it's a good and solid take on Tao.

Michael McConnohie is just so bland and generic in the role. He does sound fairly intimidating, but other than that, he doesn't really get Tao down much at all, easily the weakest of the group to me.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 2:52 PM on Tue Mar 1 2016
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Michael Micconohie is... there. Really just a generic voice for him. It's fine, but not particularly gripping.

Doug McKeag: I do like Doug McKeag a whole lot though. His voice is less memorable, but he does a great job at sounding arrogant and intimidating. He's a very close second.

Kent Williams: I always really liked Kent Williams as Tao. His voice is very memorable, but fits well for Tao, a character who is simultaneously stoic and completely crazy. His attempts at begging for his life are hilarious too.

Scott McNeil: What was the thought process here? You take a Chinese assassin and give him a thick Russian accent. On another character it would be fine, but for Tao it just does not work.

1. Kent Williams
2. Doug McKeag
3. Michael McConnohie
4. Scott McNeil
said at 6:17 PM on Sat Feb 27 2016
Kent Williams is perfect as Tao. The voice, the slight Chinese accent and cold blooded attitude just works so well.

Michael McConnohie is a little to gruff but under better direction, he could have worked just as well but as is he's generic.

Scott McNeil sounds awesome but it doesn't fit Tao that well, if anything he sounds like Kraven the Hunter with that Russian accent of his. Seriously why hasn't he done Kraven? I guess under different direction he could have maybe worked as Tao, doing something closer to his Ali Al-Saachez.

I'm going with Kent Williams on this one.
said at 6:47 AM on Wed Mar 2 2016
Doug McKeag is actually quite solid and while his voice isn't as distinctive as Kent Williams, he still is rather fitting.

He's My new second favourite voice for Tao.
said at 4:11 PM on Sat Nov 14 2015
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1. Kent Williams - The Perfect voice and accent for Tao. Really captures his cold attitude and self-confidence.
2. Scott McNeil - Not a bad performance, but the Russian accent isn't terribly fitting, as nice as it sounds.
3. Michael McConnohie - Forgettable performance, not terribly fitting.
4. Doug McKeag - last only because I haven't heard a sample of his performance.
said at 4:26 AM on Tue Jul 12 2016
@whyofbladez Now that Doug McKeag is up, what do you think?
said at 4:05 PM on Tue Jul 12 2016
@Metabad I'd put him as Number 3 now. Not a bad performance.
said at 4:46 PM on Sat May 2 2015
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Kent owns the character, as most have said, but personally, I think Scott's timing and delivery was better in "A Girl Named Lime." Just for that episode, though. Kent rules everywhere else.
said at 3:49 PM on Tue Oct 27 2015
@Kioea Full order:

1. Kent Williams
2. Scott McNeil
3. Doug McKeag (Blue Water dub)
4. Michael McConnohie
said at 2:59 PM on Sat Aug 9 2014
Kent Williams is perfect in this role: seriously, he sounds like a cold, ruthless, evil maniacal killer for hire who won't hesitate to swiftly kill anyone who gets in his way, and he's also amusing in parts where he gets freaked out (e.g. when Gohan said, "Close enough! I'm his son." back in the DBZ FUNi dub Era).

Scott's Tao is...really silly, mostly due to the Russian Accent: I'd be able to take it a lot more seriously if he dropped that accent, but it's a pretty good accent, but just doesn't fit Tao that well in general.

Michael's Tao is just plain forced and dry: he gets the "I'm holier than thou" part of Tao down right, but he's clearly not natural here.
said at 1:51 PM on Thu Dec 19 2013
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Scott's tao isnt bad preformance wise but he has the wrong accent for the character who is Chinese not Russian. I'll give him credit for sounding intimidating as a stand alone but I think Kent's voice just fits the character more. He gives Tao that arrogant, snobby old-man personality which I think best describes him rather than a simply evil paid criminal.
said at 10:16 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
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1. Kent Williams - He's just so PERFECT. It's the closest to Chikeo Atsuka's performance. The voice and accent he puts on is great and his delivery is dry and snarky while also cold and menacing. He embodies all aspects of the professional killer.

2. Scott McNeil - Good on it's own merits, but weak when compared to Kent's take. Plus, it's a bit too...Kraven The Hunter-esque.

3. Michael McConnohie - A weak performance from him. He gets the pompous air right, but for the rest he's clearly forcing it.
said at 1:22 PM on Sat Aug 24 2013
Kent Williams is excellent in this role. He has this snarky delivery that just fits Tao's assassin personality perfectly. He fits all aspects of the character and does a phenomenal job.

Scott sounds good but a little too Russian.

Michael sounds good too but a little forced.
said at 10:42 PM on Wed Apr 17 2013
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What I love about Kent William's Tao Pai Pai is that it sounds like some voice that comes from a cheesy dub of a 70's B kung fu movie yet it has an awesome delivery which makes him sound smug, ruthless and legitimately threatening. And it also works for when he pretty much becomes a joke character.
said at 2:35 AM on Sat Oct 6 2012
Scott should have used his Dinobot instead of modifying his Rattrap.
said at 1:00 PM on Mon Sep 3 2012
Definitely Kent but Scott sounds pretty good too.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:07 PM on Sat May 5 2012
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I didn't think Scott would be good as Toa but man he is really good, I'm actually going to vote for him
said at 9:58 PM on Sat May 5 2012
What exactly is Scott's Tao's accent supposed to be?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 2:02 PM on Sun May 6 2012
@Damolisher It sounds kind of Russian to me.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 9:25 PM on Fri May 4 2012
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Scott Mcneil sounds awesome, but I think Kent Williams is more fitting for Tao.
said at 3:33 PM on Fri May 4 2012
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Kent Williams is EXCELLENT as Tao Pai Pai. He has this really smarmy, almost Don Adams-like quality to him that suits the arrogant assassin. The other two are okay, but Williams suits him the best.
said at 5:56 AM on Fri May 4 2012
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Michael McConnohie sounds really good, somewhat gruff but it does fit very well. I hear that the Harmony Gold dub isn't entirely accurate, but this acting seems to be decent...and the script can't be as bad as Big Green...right?

Kent Williams' voice for Mercenary Tao sounds a bit snobbish and smug, but I think it fits and it sounds like he has his fair share of both comedic and menacing lines which is a plus for me, what's strange is that his performance is pretty high pitched, the opposite of McConnohie's deep voice, but I think its really good as well.

Scott McNeil...I don't remember him as Mercenary Tao, maybe I missed the episode...nonetheless it sounds like he mixed his Piccolo and Dr. Wily voices together, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, at least not to me. Its sort of a good balance between deep and high pitched.

Overall, I liked them all, I think they all did a fantastic job voicing the character. But I'll probably vote for Scott McNeil. Again though, I liked them all.
said at 2:38 AM on Sat Oct 6 2012
@Metabad Yeah it's basically Wiley,Rattrap, and Piccolo rolled into one. It was Ocean Dub though. Not sure where your from but it only aired in parts of Canada ad other countries as well because FUNimation had taken over at that point..
said at 3:07 AM on Sat Oct 6 2012
@pete I'm from Canada, I pretty much grew up with the Ocean dub as well as a bunch of other shows by them, Beast Wars, Mummies Alive, Inuyasha, Megaman NT Warrior, Reboot and such.

Which makes it kinda weird that I missed the episode that Mercenary Tao appeared in.
said at 3:18 AM on Sat Oct 6 2012
@Metabad It was 2 one with Gohan, the other with Goku, and it was right before The Cell Games.
said at 3:22 AM on Sat Oct 6 2012
@pete Dang...yeah, definitely didn't see it then.
said at 3:24 AM on Sat Oct 6 2012
@Metabad They exist online but it's only Funimation's dub as far as I know.
said at 3:30 AM on Sat Oct 6 2012
@Metabad Though if you dig hard enough you can probably find Ocean.
said at 3:34 AM on Sat Oct 6 2012
@pete A shame its become so obscure, you'd think a DVD of it would at least be released in this day and age, even if its only in Canada and the UK.
said at 3:38 AM on Sat Oct 6 2012
@Metabad I think it's a money issue. Ocean needs to save money on other things like paying actors, studio equipment, etc. so unlike FUNimation they can't release billions of DVDs across Canada and the UK.
said at 1:13 PM on Tue Mar 1 2016
@Metabad @pete Ocean do not distribute anime, they're just a studio that voices cartoons and anime.

Only the UK and Holland aired the pre Cell games episodes with the Ocean dub. Canada switched dubs after the episodes featuring Tao so that's why you have no recollection of it.

The reason Ocean's later DBZ episodes (and Blue Water's DB and GT dubs) never got DVD releases is because: 1) Funimation owns the rights to distribute the show and they're only interested in selling their version. 2) AB Groupe, the company who commissioned those episodes, never bothered to try and sell them in European territories. 3) The Ocean dub was incomplete in terms of number count and edited for TV.
said at 12:20 AM on Fri May 4 2012
........................ I..... Can't decide.
said at 11:43 PM on Thu May 3 2012
What about the Blue Water dub of DB?
said at 11:50 PM on Thu May 3 2012
@PurpleWarrior13 Oh yes I couldn't find that clip at all, unfortunately it doesn't seem to exist on the internet. (At least that might change unlike the Animax Dub of DB which footage doesn't seem to exist on the net at all.)
said at 12:11 AM on Fri May 4 2012
@Pokejedservo Which is strange because that dub is well known among British and Canadian fans (the Harmony Gold dub used to be labeled as "lost", but even that's been recovered in recent months). We did find several BW episodes on MegaVideo, but obviously, those can't be used anymore...

If ANYBODY knows where to find ANY part of the Blue Water dub of DB, please let our staff know.
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