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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Joey Wheeler with sound clips and images.
Joey Wheeler or A.K.A. Katsuya Jonouchi in the manga and Japanese version of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime is a friend to Yugi, Tristan and Tea.

Joey was originally a bully who picked on Yugi with Tristan Taylor but soon they became his best friends. Joey is an enthusiastic duelist who learned Duel Monsters from Yugi and his grandpa. He cares deeply for his sister Serenity and his reason for dueling is to help the people you love.

Joey is often used for comic relief but is still an essential character. Over the course of the series Joey becomes a better person and a more experienced duelist. He is often mocked for being an amateur despite his accomplishments, and he has the unfortunate luck of dueling people who try to cheat. Joey's favorite Duel Monsters card is Red-Eyes Black Dragon.

In the English dub version of the anime by 4Kids Entertainment, Joey Wheeler was voiced by Wayne Grayson.

In a lesser known English dub by Odex Ltd Joey Wheeler was voiced by Dwayne Tan.
Created by Jackson_H on Thu Dec 10 2009, 24 Comments, Add Comment
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (2001)
Joey WheelerWayne Grayson
Wayne Grayson
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (2001)
Joey WheelerDwayne Tan
Dwayne Tan


I like both voices. Although Wayne Grayson has been criticized by some fans for use of a Brooklyn accent, I think it's still a good performance so I have no problems with it. Dwayne Tan's voice is probably one of the better Odex dub performances IMO. I guess I'm undecided which I clearly prefer so this Voice Compare is a draw for me.


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said at 3:46 AM on Thu Aug 28 2014
I can hardly hear Dwayne's voice through the music but all the same I will take Wayne over the blander Odex dub
said at 2:49 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
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Wayne Grayson's Brooklyn accent might have gotten a LITTLE bit overdone, but he's still better than the generic Dwayne Tan.
said at 12:18 AM on Mon May 27 2013
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Definitely Grayson. I personally think his voice and accent makes the character more memorable. Tan's voice isn't BAD per-say, but I do find the voice and delivery boring, and the character isn't nearly as memorable as a result.
said at 5:15 PM on Wed Aug 21 2013
Wayne Grayson is classic in this role. The Brooklyn accent is actually what 4Kids basically used to translate his honorifics into English. It works pretty well for the character, all things considered. He's supposed to have street language in a way so I can sort of see how they figured the accent out, and it does actually work in Joey's case to me.

Tan is actually decent, but like you said he's a tad bland and generic in the role, but he's still alright in the role.
said at 7:11 PM on Tue Mar 26 2013
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Wayne Grayson....
said at 7:40 PM on Sun Mar 17 2013
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I prefer Wayne.
said at 5:31 AM on Wed Jan 9 2013
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Wayne Grayson hands down
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said at 7:45 PM on Tue Aug 7 2012
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said at 5:45 PM on Sat Dec 24 2011
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Wayne Grayson. Dwayne Tan is okay but bland and forgettable.

Fun fact: Joey's SUPPOSED to have an accent. Even in the Japanese version, he talked with an Osakan accent, which was easily translatable as a Brooklyn accent in the US.
said at 8:46 PM on Fri Feb 10 2012
@Galactic_Cyrus Yeah I get annoyed when people complain about accents. A voice should be judged on its performance and tone not its accent. You might as well complain about the characters having American accents in the dub or Japanese accents in the original since a Japanese or American accent is just as much of an accent as a Brooklyn accent.
said at 6:23 AM on Fri Mar 9 2012
@Galactic_Cyrus It's the same story with Sailor Moon's Molly/Naru. A lot of fans moan about her Brooklyn accent yet she has a heavy Osaka accent in the original despite her seiyuu was from Tokyo. Personally, I don't have a problem with such accents and will vote for Wayne Grayson.
said at 2:51 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
@Fulgore2005 I think the problem with Molly/Naru was that her accent was very cartoonishly exaggerated. If she had a more natural accent, she'd sound perfect. Joey's accent went over-the-top sometimes but was mostly very appropriate and added to the vocal performance rather than detracting.
said at 2:52 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus That is true.
said at 1:37 AM on Wed Sep 28 2011
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I love the accent! Whats wrong with him having a Brooklyn accent? I think it fits his character and he sounds great!
said at 3:36 PM on Sat Nov 10 2012
@AshytaFang It also adds a bit more character to Joey, and people's perspective of him.

Wayne easily gets my vote, though Dwayne Tan wasn't bad either.
said at 12:35 AM on Wed Aug 10 2011
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I for some reason suddenly want to hear a conversation between Joey and the TF2 Scout...
said at 12:25 AM on Fri Jun 24 2011

yes, the odex dubs did use the japanese soundtrack
said at 7:40 AM on Fri Mar 11 2011
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wayne wins hes the best

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Wayne Grayson
Dwayne Tan