Seto Kaiba
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Seto Kaiba

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Seto Kaiba with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Yu-Gi-Oh!

Seto Kaiba is the older brother of Mokuba Kaiba. He is the president of Kaibacorp and his goal is to be the Duel Monsters World Champion. Kaiba was once the champion but when he suffered his first loss ever to Yugi Muto he has been fighting to reclaim his title and glory ever since.

Kaiba is a very selfish person and condescending to everyone he meets except for Mokuba. He considers all duelists but Yugi to be inferior to him. Kaiba's favorite card is the Blue-Eyes White Dragon which he has three copies of. He also was a proud owner of the Egyptian God card Obelisk the Tormentor for a brief period of time. Kaiba has also proven himself to be a physically strong person and a man of genius intellect.

In the English dub version of the anime by 4Kids Entertainment, Seto Kaiba was voiced by Eric Stuart.

In a lesser known English dub by Odex Ltd Seto Kaiba was voiced by Christian J. Lee.
Created by Jackson_H on Dec 9 2009
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (2001)
Seto KaibaChristian J Lee
Christian J Lee
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (2001)
Seto KaibaEric Stuart
Eric Stuart


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said at 2:07 AM on Tue Oct 3 2017
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Eric Stuart's just so iconic in this role, in fact incredibly iconic to fans that Christian J Lee is just weak by comparison but when the Odex dub is pretty weak does it even matter?

Stuart wins this one by a shot.
said at 2:08 AM on Tue May 1 2018
Yeah, Christian J Lee just sounds so wooden and lifeless in the role, he almost makes Kaiba sound like a generic thug.
said at 11:54 AM on Fri Feb 17 2017
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Now that I've seen the Dark Side of Dimensions dub...I can say that I think Eric Stuart has really proven himself to be the definitive English dub Seto Kaiba, from my viewpoint. I'd even go as far as saying it's the best vocal performance in the entire dub Movie, IMO.

His performance in this Movie has a very calm, intelligent vibe to it, and he doesn't shout words or overact when the character gets angry: he just lets the emotions come out completely naturally now, without forcing it. Eric can also sound compassionate, bossy, arrogant, snarky, yet also like an excellent public speaker who rallies people as Kaiba now: it's such a well rounded performance, giving the character so much weight and depth- he certainly redeemed himself here, in my book.

I do think it's an exaggeration to say "he's better than Kenjiro Tsuda," but I will say this is probably the closest Eric's come to matching the tone of the Original seiyu in this role, which is a good thing.
said at 1:23 PM on Fri Feb 17 2017
Well TBH, I haven't seen enough of the sub to completely form an opinion and I was kind of exaggerating, but I feel Eric performed incredibly in the role in DSOD, plus something about his voice really fits well.

Plus, I hate to get into sub vs dub debates, but I can't really identify with and truly understand Japanese voice performances because I don't speak the language.
said at 1:28 PM on Fri Feb 17 2017
I understand what you're saying: I happen to agree with every point you made on Eric's take on dub Kaiba in DSOD, it is excellent, but I just feel like the Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh DM Second Series is incredibly underrated on this site, as is Kenjiro Tsuda's performance as the character- he's also amazing in the part.

Yeah, I see what you mean, it is hard to understand it if it's not your native tongue, but IMO it's well worth the watch nonetheless.
said at 11:00 AM on Tue Jan 31 2017
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1. Eric Stuart (A)- He friggin' nailed it. There's just so much more complexity in his performance than "evil rich orphan".

2. Christian J Lee (E)- Very quiet and wooden. Not really much else to say.
said at 8:54 PM on Sun Jan 29 2017
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Okay, after watching DSOD... Eric Stuart is once again at the top of his game.

He has returned to a voice similar to what he did in DM's first season, using a more whispery voice instead of the forced yelling. And it sounds amazing. And his acting is (IMO) slightly better than he originally was, as he was able to be serious, menacing, sarcastic, and even comedic ("YOU FIGHT ME WITH FRUIT?!?!?)

Haven't heard a more fitting voice and performance for Kaiba since the very first season of Duel Monsters. Eric Stuart IS the character, in my opinion (even on-par or, dare I say it, better than Kenjiro Tsuda). Yep, I think he's better than his seiyu.

Well done, Eric Stuart and Darren Dunstan (the VD). Well done. So happy he got to reprise.
said at 12:34 AM on Tue Jan 31 2017
Really? This makes me want to watch the movie so badly, but sadly they didn't screen the movie in English here. Oh well, I could just hope that they release the English dubbed DVD here...

Yes, I do agree that Eric is great as Kaiba and he is the definitive voice of Kaiba in my mind. No offense to anyone who likes Kenjiro Tsuda, but I dislike it when people talk smack about Eric but praise Tsuda as though he is meant to be worshipped as a god. Yes, Eric had his low points, but so did Tsuda. So yes, I do think that Eric is just as good as Tsuda, maybe even slightly better than him.
said at 1:51 PM on Tue Jan 31 2017
I'm pretty even on Kenjiro Tsuda and Eric Stuart's performances as Kaiba, can go either way, but I'm glad to hear the forced yelling has stopped in Stuart's case: it's the script changes to Kaiba's character in the dub (this Movie included) I don't approve of, not Eric, his voice acting is excellent in this role (even though like heartbeat45, it's also not my favorite role he's done).

Although having said that on the script, apparently there was one instance in the Movie where the dub made Kaiba less of a jerk than in the Original, so it must've been opposite day or something- it was about dub Kaiba saying "you're not worthy" whereas Japanese Kaiba said "you're too poor" instead to Joey. So at least the dub writers got it right once there, from what some people who have seen the Movie dubbed have said.
said at 5:37 PM on Tue Jan 31 2017
@WrightWay For once, a script change that actually works, because the original Japanese line makes Kaiba seem like...well, a snob. And people say that English Kaiba is a bigger jerk than the original Japanese...well over here he's being an outright jerk by insulting Joey's social class!
said at 8:28 PM on Tue Jan 31 2017
It's the exception in this case, rather than the reality, but at least through some fluke that much managed to happen.

Either way, I like both Eric Stuart & Kenjiro Tsuda's voices for Seto Kaiba, so I won't take one over the other since to be they're both equally excellent in the role (for me, not stating it as a fact, since I realize it's just my opinion).
said at 10:53 AM on Wed Feb 1 2017
@GreenGoblin75 I think most people arent that interested in focusing on dub *voices* specificly, over the fit to the setting - which is why there a ton of people who don't like dubs, that think Bebop's dub is magicly perfect despite it having numerous tech issues (as a 1999 dub). To an extent it's similar for FMA, Hellsing, Baccano, & Black Lagoon.

One thing to notice is that the Japanese performance was much deeper & rough-sounding, whereas Eric Stuart's voice isn't really that sort of VA. I don't know what to think of it, I don't want to call a main character in a domestic cartoon "miscast", but at the same time I do feel that Eric Stuart sounds much more age-appropriate honestly. The personality & sense of character I get is mostly the same though.
said at 1:08 PM on Wed Feb 1 2017
Yeah, Kenjiro sounded like he had more of a smooth deep voice, while Eric was higher and raspier. They both kinda play the role the same though.
said at 5:18 PM on Wed Feb 1 2017
@GreenGoblin75 Really? I mean apart from the raspiness, I find that Eric's Kaiba is deeper than his natural voice, if not the same register.
said at 7:15 PM on Wed Feb 1 2017
I meant higher-pitched compared to Tsuda, not Eric's natural voice.
said at 9:40 PM on Wed Feb 1 2017
@GreenGoblin75 Ah I see. Still I think the voice Eric used worked for the character and so did Tsuda's.
(That said: had they asked Eric to do same thing as Tsuda (I.e. Smooth and deeper voice), Kaiba would have ended up sounding like another famous character he played and unfortunately turn Kaiba into somewhat of a joke...)
said at 9:45 PM on Thu Feb 2 2017
The deeper and rough-sounding voice Kenjiro Tsuda does for Kaiba matches his frankly bossy and snarky attitude pretty well, actually: at times, Eric Stuart also made his voice gruffer & deeper in the show, as well, he's quite capable of doing a rougher sounding voice- thankfully, I'm glad his approach to Kaiba has smoothed back out as of late, since I tend to enjoy smoother-sounding voices over really guttural & rough ones.

Having said that, I like how Eric Stuart did Kaiba's voice most in the first two dub seasons & from what clips I've seen in sneak peeks of, the recent DSOD Movie, where I'd say GreenGoblin75 has described how it sounds fairly well.

All in all, they're both fine to me, no need to compare them since they both work in different ways. If you want the man's performance I have an issue with here, it would be Christian J. Lee's (although I think it's still better than Lee's take on Mokuba Kaiba).
said at 3:58 AM on Thu Jan 26 2017
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1. Eric Stuart
There is a reason why a lot of people think that Eric Stuart's best role is Kaiba: because he is that awesome at it. He nailed Kaiba's sarcastic and snarky personality, but at the same time performed Kaiba's more tender moments beautifully. I also love how he interprets Kaiba as a rival who pushes Yugi to his limits and keeps him on top instead of an outright villain. While my favourite Eric Stuart role is not Kaiba, I enjoyed his performance as the character well.
2. Christian J Lee
Ugh no. He sounds way too growly and his acting is comparable to that of a wooden spoon.
said at 3:46 AM on Fri Oct 14 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Eric Stuart nailed Kaiba in the first season! The man's whispery and calm voice that he did there was pretty much perfect, and I recall not liking the more.....shouty voice that he did after that anywhere near as much. Although I still thought he was good in the role regardless!

Christian J. Lee is okay all things considered. But not really how I'd imagine a man like Kaiba sounding.
said at 4:13 PM on Tue Oct 11 2016
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A shame Eric's performance got more and more forced as the show went along. His acting got kinda stilted too.

Nevertheless, he was PERFECT in the first two seasons, and I'm getting the feeling he'll be just as good in the new movie.
said at 5:37 PM on Sun Oct 2 2016
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Eric Stuart makes Kaiba seem the most like an antihero of the two (which is Kaiba's character): you hate Kaiba's guts when he's being a jerk when Eric voices him, but you're also able to sympathize for the character when he's concerned over his little brother and genuinely being less selfish than he often is.

Christian J. Lee does a decent job, but he often sounds too much like a thug for association with the character and doesn't sound much like Kaiba at all.
said at 8:15 PM on Sat Sep 3 2016
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While I'm not into Yu-Gi-Oh! anymore, I will say this: Eric IS Kaiba.
said at 9:54 AM on Sat Sep 3 2016
Eric Stuart is better. He is also versitile and can do different accents than only the one.
said at 5:27 PM on Mon Jul 11 2016
 1 Shout Out!
1. Eric Stuart: Stuart suits Kaiba's malevolent nature, and his voice is very fitting for every scene.
2. Christian J. Lee: YOIKES! What is going on here, it's a stereotypical thug/bully voice. Not fitting.
said at 3:48 PM on Thu Apr 7 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Eric Stuart is awesome as Kaiba.
said at 1:09 PM on Mon Oct 3 2016
Also, I'd really like to hear him say Screw the rules someday.
said at 5:55 PM on Sat Feb 6 2016
 10 Shout Outs!
Eric Stuart IS awesome as Seto Kaiba. It's amazing just how darker and gruffer Eric sounds in this role, despite it not being too far off from his Brock or Ghourry I never feel like I'm hearing either of those two, I'm hearing Kaiba which is a great thing, this is how differentiating your voices and characters works perfectly. He sounds charismatic and cunning but is also able to make him (mostly) likeable and sympathetic at the same time.

Christian J Lee is one of the better Odex voices, though he lacks the charisma Eric has in the role to me he just sounds like a deep voice thug and not a young adult billionaire egotist.

In the end Eric Stuart screws the rules and makes Kaiba epic, and for that he's got my vote.
said at 2:40 PM on Wed Sep 16 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
Eric Stuart fits the character more: Christian J Lee sounds like a typical thug.
Silly Sally
said at 4:05 PM on Mon Jul 27 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
Eric Stuart nailed Seto Kaiba and Christian J Lee was bad with his gruff voice.
said at 10:57 AM on Wed Apr 22 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
Eric Stuart, but he sounds more like he's channeling Steven Blum than his Brock voice to me as Seto Kaiba.

Christian J Lee is okay, but a bit rough.
said at 9:34 PM on Fri Feb 20 2015
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Eric sounds like a darker Brock :P
said at 10:36 PM on Sat May 2 2015
Not hearing that at all.
said at 2:14 AM on Fri Oct 17 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
eric stuart is my favourite kaiba voice actor
said at 7:58 PM on Tue Aug 20 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
Eric Stuart really shined in this role. I'd say this is one of his best roles ever. "Ah, please, spare me all that bull about friendship will 'ya?"

Seriously, though, Eric Stuart really nailed this character. He wasn't Kenjiro Tsuda, but he certainly fit the part quite well. He could've toned down the ignorance a bit but other than that I'd say he was excellent in this role. He was able to capture Kaiba's sadness and anger very well, and I really felt sad for Seto at times. The scenes with Mokuba were also done very well.

Christian J. Lee is surprisingly very good. He sounds a lot like Martin Billany aka LK, actually. Regardless, his performance is rougher sounding and more forced (as is LK's, but that's just a parody he does for fun and for our entertainment).

Eric Stuart is the best actor for Seto Kaiba in the dub in my eyes.
said at 4:45 PM on Mon Apr 1 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
I think Eric did better.
said at 5:29 AM on Wed Jan 9 2013
 1 Shout Out!
wow I think Christian Lee sucks at everything
said at 12:26 PM on Tue Oct 2 2012
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I think everyone here just wants to say how awesome LittleKuriboh is for making abridged versions of these voices. lol
said at 9:53 PM on Mon Jul 23 2012
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I like neither. Martin Billany FTW!
said at 3:25 PM on Mon Aug 13 2012
@JSD Whatever. I'm not a big fan of anime based on card games. I just LOVE the abridged series.
said at 6:39 PM on Thu May 9 2013
@JSD You're right. Stuart is pretty good, as is LittleKuriboh, considering he can almost perfectly mimic the 4Kids cast.
said at 5:39 PM on Sat Dec 24 2011
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Eric Stuart was excellent as Kaiba in the first two dub seasons and the movie. Afterwards...not as much.

Christian Lee's good too; oddly enough, he sounds closer to Kaiba's Abridged Series counterpart.
said at 1:33 AM on Wed Sep 28 2011
 6 Shout Outs!
Eric Stuart FTW!
said at 10:23 PM on Sat Feb 19 2011
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