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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Helmeppo with sound clips and images.
Franchise: One Piece

Helmeppo is the bratty son of former marine Captain Axe-Hand Morgan. Now serving in the marines with Coby under the command of Vice Admiral Garp.

In the English dub of the One Piece anime, Helmeppo was first voiced by Sean Schemmel in the 4Kids version. In the Funimation version he was first voiced by Troy Baker and is currently voiced by Mike McFarland.
Created by Jackson_H on Oct 8 2009
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Troy Baker
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said at 5:00 PM on Wed Aug 2 2017
1. Troy Baker

Troy Baker's vocal range is very impressive for the various roles he works on, and his work for Helmeppo is no exception. He made the character appropriately irritating when he was being snobbish or whiny. So he's my favorite here.

2. Sean Schemmel

Sean has a fairly similar approach to the character as Troy, but he usually overplayed the snobbish behavior and made him downright cowardly when it wasn't really needed. He probably would sound better if he downplayed the playfulness a little.

3. Mike McFarland

I'll admit I did not notice a voice change at first when Mike took over Helmeppo in the later episodes, but hearing his take with the other voices compared here, it kind of sticks out like a sore thumb. He sounds a little unnatural performing with this voice, so I'm not really digging it as a result.
Shaun Ince
said at 3:44 AM on Fri Jun 16 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
I actually like Sean Schemmel the best here.
said at 9:55 AM on Thu Mar 9 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
1. Sean Schemmel - His voice for Helmeppo is easily the most memorable and entertaining here. You can tell he's having so much fun playing the "spoiled rich kid" character.

2. Troy Baker - He's solid as well, but his voice sounds a tad unnatural to me at points.

3. Mike McFarland - I think he does a pretty good job with his version of the character. But he's a bit... generic to me? Regardless. I like him a lot more as Buggy personally.
said at 6:51 AM on Thu Dec 28 2017
@HylianBelmont The funny thing about Mike's version was that the character was meant to be less bratty... yet I thought it sounded the other way around
said at 2:15 PM on Sun Jan 7 2018
@HienFan Listening to his clip again... I can hear it, yeah.
said at 7:22 PM on Sun Feb 26 2017
1. Troy
2. Mike
3. Sean
said at 9:03 PM on Mon Nov 28 2016
 1 Shout Out!
I did not realize Troy Baker was Helmeppo's original voice. Woah. I think he fits him best - flamboyant but believable.

Sean's actually my second favorite. His performance is pretty similar to Troy's, and I think it works well. He would have been a better replacement for Troy.

Mike McFarland isn't as good as the other two, but I still like his take nonetheless. He plays the part well, and that's really the most important thing.
said at 8:02 PM on Mon Oct 10 2016
1. Troy Baker:

Not sure if he took some inspiration for his take from Sean Schemmel's, but he sounds like a less flamboyant and more smug rendition of the character, which really fits the spoiled, bratty rich teen demeanor of Helmepoo nicely.

2. Sean Schemmel:

He was good, but sometimes he overdid it on the flamboyancy and the pansy behavior of the character.

3. Mike McFarland:

I get what FUNimation was trying to do, making him sound tougher since he was in the Navy training with Garp & all, but it comes off a bit too gruff at times compared to the other two.
said at 4:03 AM on Thu Sep 8 2016
Troy's voice definitely suits this sly and overly camp navy guy the best.

Mike's dreeb geeks voice didn't suit him well at all and Sean was decent but didn't put enough authentic camp delivery into this gay characters role.

Overall the Japanese wins it for me still with the perfect blend of sly guy and campness but we don't do international voice compares here for whatever reason probably because I would choose the Japanese every time on One Peice.
said at 8:35 PM on Tue Oct 18 2016
@TEOL Just another Japanese favorist, and sometimes we both know it doesn't count as a part of comparison.

FUNimation version is still faithful to One Piece as a whole, because it's not like they could do what Japanese can, but they still did each characters justice in their own rights by casting large variety of voice actors you don't even see that much often.
said at 2:49 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
I did hear Oda picked the FUNimation English dub cast himself based on the recordings FUNi sent him of their voice talent & he had to approve of them, and on the whole like you, I also feel FUNimation has done a good job of handling the property (especially compared to the alternatives), so I really don't see the point of preferring the Japanese Version that much in this case myself, but the user is entitled to their opinion & we have to respect that (believe me, I disagree with some stuff a few people say/have said sometimes on here, but that doesn't mean it makes my opinion any more valid than their own).

The only performances I personally have a strong preference towards Japanese vs. English when it comes to One Piece are Mayumi Tanaka's Luffy & Kazuki Yao's Franky, but with the rest, I'm equally pleased with the Japanese and English takes on the roles (and by no means does that mean I don't like Clinkenbeard or Seitz, because I do, I just love the Japanese voices that much for the two characters).
said at 5:21 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@WrightWay I have to agree with you on Franky. Patrick Seitz is still good as him don't get me wrong! But Kazuki Yao's voice is just far more fitting for his appearance in comparison.

I don't really have a preference between Luffy's english and JP voices however. Both work pretty well in my opinion.
said at 12:35 AM on Sat Nov 26 2016
@WrightWay Yeah, i got that.
said at 8:07 PM on Sun Jun 5 2016
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Mike sounds like he's channeling Chris Sabat's Yamcha voice.
said at 7:54 AM on Sun Apr 24 2016
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Looking back at Helmeppo It's quite interesting to see just how long ago and how far Troy Baker has come as an actor. Helmeppo is definitely not one of Troy's usual types of roles he would play, he brings a nice amount of flamboyance to the role.

Sean Schemmel also does the role well, he too sounds like a total brat, a part of me wishes they got Sean back after Troy left voice acting in anime.

Mike McFarland is decent but is kind of the weakest here.
Shaun Ince
said at 6:26 PM on Tue May 3 2016
@Autovolt Considering that Schemmel does voice for the FUNimation version, it would have made more sense to have him come back to voice him again.
said at 10:09 PM on Fri Jan 8 2016
Troy is the best, Sean was a good second, and Mike is an ok third.
said at 3:54 PM on Fri Aug 21 2015
All three did a great job but ranking wise.
1. Troy Baker: He sounded the most natural out of the trio.
2. Mike MacFarland: I have to say he sounds great in Helmeppo's later appearance even if at the beginning of his clip he sounds a little like Ussop
3. Sean Schemmel: Nothing against him he did a great Helmeppo voice and his acting was good but the script could have been better.
said at 11:58 PM on Sat Jul 25 2015
It's a three-way tie for me. Although I would like to hear Brian Zimmerman's performance, too bad no one was able to find a clip of it.

I wonder what Christopher Sabat's portrayal was like in FUNimation's original test pilot.
said at 4:56 AM on Fri Jul 24 2015
 1 Shout Out!
I prefer Sean listening more, he got a sillier more unlikeable spoiled snobbish aspect better, Troy sounded a bit mature but it was cool how out of the box it was for him
said at 6:13 PM on Fri Jun 12 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
I'm voting for Troy Baker for an impressive version with Sean Schemmel coming in second and Mike McFarland in good third.

For my results:

#1) Troy Baker

#2) Sean Schemmel

#3) Mike McFarland
said at 8:25 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
1 Troy
2 Sean
3 Mike
said at 5:29 PM on Thu Aug 22 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Troy Baker
2. Sean Schemmel
3. Mike McFarland
said at 12:01 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
@OldSchoolFTW Agreed. Well, Troy and Sean sort of tie, but Mike is definitely weakest.
said at 5:01 PM on Sun Jul 14 2013
1. Troy Baker
2. Mike McFarland
3. Sean Schemmel
said at 3:01 PM on Tue Sep 11 2012
I love them all. They did came from funimation
said at 12:54 AM on Tue Nov 27 2012
@Gekko_Amario Actually Sean was in the 4Kids version, in fact he is now based in NYC though he does still occasionally work for Funimation.
said at 8:10 PM on Sun Jun 16 2013
@MrParadox He also mentioned at a couple conventions recently that he's apparently making the move to LA.
said at 6:15 PM on Sat Sep 8 2012
Troy's definitely the best, sounding more crazy, and more unlikable. Though Mike was a decent alternative. It's a shame Troy was unavailable to record those episodes...
said at 4:21 PM on Sun Jul 28 2013
Oh, and Sean sounded a bit hammy for my tastes.
said at 12:01 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 Isn't Helmeppo SUPPOSED to be sort of hammy?
said at 1:19 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus There needs to be a balance between ham and seriousness in this character. I think Troy got that balance down. Sean sounded nothing but hammy, and Mike sounded too silly. I don't blame Sean for his performance though. Pretty much every voice in the 4Kids version was pretty hammed up, making it hard to take the show seriously.
said at 1:23 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 The seriousness mainly comes after the first arc he's featured in, doesn't it? I recall Helmeppo being goofy and exaggerated for all of his damn near screen time in the first arc, even when he's threatening a kid with a gun. For that, Sean's take really worked. Plus, the clip doesn't get to when Sean starts screaming at the top of his lungs, which he's REALLY good at doing.
said at 1:36 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus There were times when the character was really supposed to be angry or threatening. It's very difficult to sound threatening while sounding like a hammy jerk, but Troy did it. Sean wasn't awful, but there was no balance, much like the whole dub. :P

I believe Helmeppo only appears in the episodes with Koby after that first arc, not sure. Mike's voice worked for those, I guess, but it does bring back some overt silliness and wouldn't have worked in the character's original episodes with Troy.
said at 6:19 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
@PurpleWarrior13 I get what you're saying there. I know Sean COULD have balanced being cartoonish and threatening at the same time, but the 4Kids dub didn't really allow for that. So Troy does edge out for me, but Schemmel's take is VERY close to me.
said at 4:07 AM on Sun Feb 22 2015
@Galactic_Cyrus Well that's the only real reason Troy is on my vote as well but Sean is still very good, Mike sounds TOO grating despite the fact it's suppose to be more serious by that point
said at 11:48 AM on Fri Feb 27 2015
@HienFan I know. I wish Troy had stayed around to voice the character.
said at 8:39 AM on Thu Mar 5 2015
@Galactic_Cyrus I'm still questioning why was the character recasted in the Funimation dub, he did not look that much different from his debut, Colby look radically different to justify the change but not this guy
said at 2:00 AM on Mon Jul 23 2012
What happened to Troy after the Captain Morgan arc?
said at 4:47 AM on Mon Jul 23 2012
@MatthewC17 They wanted to make Helmeppo sound "tougher" as he was serving with Coby in the marines. Hence Mike McFarland taking over.
said at 6:19 PM on Mon Jul 23 2012
@Fulgore2005 Oh ok either way it sounds like Buggy
said at 2:13 PM on Fri Apr 20 2012
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Sean Schemmel's was definitely fitting when Helmeppo was whiny, bratty and weak. Troy Baker was a very convincing alternative though.
said at 9:15 PM on Wed Jun 22 2011
 4 Shout Outs!
Schemmel and Baker are equally great in this role. McFarland's version was a little bit TOO grating for me.
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