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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Tristan Taylor with sound clips and images.
In the 4Kids English anime dub his Americanized name is Tristan Taylor but in the manga and original Japanese anime his name is Hirota Honda. One of the supporting characters of the Yu-Gi-Oh! and a friend to Yugi, Joey and Tea. He was originally a bully who picked on Yugi with Joey before they eventually became best friends.

He was originally voiced by Sam Reigel from episodes 1 to 10, and he was later voiced for the rest of the series by Greg Abbey.

In the rare English dub version by Odex Ltd, Tristan was voiced by Brian Zimmerman.
Created by Jackson_H on Fri Sep 11 2009, 41 Comments, Add Comment
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (2001)
Tristan TaylorSam Riegel
Sam Riegel
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (2001)
Tristan TaylorGreg Abbey
Greg Abbey
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (2001)
Tristan TaylorBrian Zimmerman
Brian Zimmerman


My personal favorite voice from this Voice Compare is Greg Abbey's. Brian Zimmerman was also fairly good and IMO Sam Riegel was miscast.


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said at 6:54 PM on Tue Nov 11 2014
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So that's where the Barney the Dinosaur voice came from!! I wonder what was on the director's mind when he had Sam Riegal do......THAT!!! Overall, Greg is the one I'm most familiar with, so I vote for him!! Brian wasn't too bad either, surprising given that most of his other performances were....lacking.
said at 11:33 AM on Sun Aug 31 2014
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Sami Riegel. Just because his voice gives him Super Strength!!!
said at 12:29 AM on Sat Jul 26 2014
1 Greg
2 Brian
3 Sam I'm surprised he sounds really bad in this role
said at 5:15 PM on Mon Apr 21 2014
Brian Zimmerman's voice sounds alright, but the acting's not really the best. Greg Abbey's voice sounds good too, but Sam Riegel's makes me think of Tristan's voice from Yugioh The Abridged Series. I mean, he sounds so whiny. XD
said at 11:36 AM on Sat Jun 28 2014
@YakkoBaby Well Sam Riegel's is the voice that Tristan's abridged voice is based on. LK even did a joke about when Greg Abbey took over by switching the voice he used, but then in the next episode he went back to doing the first voice because it was easier to make fun of :).
said at 2:50 PM on Wed Oct 9 2013
Frank Frankson was excellent as Tristan Taylor (or as I like to call him, Hirota Honda). The minute he replaced Sam Riegel in this role is the minute I began to take Tristan seriously.

Brian Zimmerman is good, too, but he sounds strained here and forced.

Sam Riegel is just...he's a great voice actor, IMO, but Tristan was just not the role for him. He sounds way too goofy and silly in the role.
said at 3:10 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
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Sam Riegel is clearly the worst voice here, yet I gave my vote to him just because it inspired the Abridged Tristan.
said at 8:52 PM on Mon Mar 18 2013
I'm going with Frank Frankston.
said at 11:20 AM on Tue Oct 2 2012
Question: Why isn't Martin Billany on this list?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:46 PM on Tue Oct 2 2012
@Zylphia Because Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged is both a parody and IMO extremely overrated. It relies way too much on forced running gags.
said at 2:45 AM on Tue Sep 4 2012
I'm tempted to make an abridged joke
said at 10:54 PM on Sun Aug 19 2012
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Frank has my vote, but really, how can anyone look down on Sam if they're so in love with YGOTAS? If it weren't for Sam's ridiculous Barney-like voice, there probably wouldn't be any "My voice gives me super strength" jokes.
Madness Abe
said at 7:41 PM on Tue Aug 7 2012
said at 3:10 PM on Tue Oct 1 2013
@Madness Abe Technically, that should be Sam Reigel, since that's what LittleKurriboh based his voice off of.
said at 3:59 PM on Fri Aug 3 2012
Frank. Seriously, who the hell are the other people anyway?
said at 6:15 PM on Tue Nov 5 2013
@RafealxPhoenix Let's see, a basis for a popular abridged character, and a man from a company that's even worse with it's talent pool.
said at 1:11 AM on Tue Dec 20 2011
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Ya gotta go with Greg Abbey (Frank Frankson) though I will say thank you to Sam Riegel for giving Martin Billamy inspiration
said at 2:48 PM on Wed Apr 6 2011
Frank's Tristan sounds like his Raphael
said at 3:05 PM on Tue Aug 28 2012
@pete Really? I know its the same guy doing both voices, but I don't hear it at all.
said at 8:18 PM on Tue Aug 28 2012
@Metabad Add a Bronx accent to his voice.
said at 10:17 PM on Tue Aug 28 2012
@pete His Raph voice is a lot more gruff than his Tristan voice though.
said at 11:07 PM on Tue Aug 28 2012
@Metabad Probably because he added the accent. You add it here they'd sound identical. I meant he sounds like it but minus the accent.
said at 10:15 PM on Sat Feb 19 2011
I don't know what anyone's saying, but Sam was pretty good as Tristan for me. Yet Frank was a lot better and seemed to improve Tristan more. And you know what just got me? The guy who did Tristan's voice in the Abridged Series sounds much like Riegel's performance.

said at 12:12 AM on Sat Aug 28 2010
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Sam Riegel wasn't really a miscast imo since I feel he could have been a decent Honda/Tristan, but yeah the voice he chose didn't work really well way too goofy and high picthed. Frank was great though glad he played Tristan for the majority of duel monsters
said at 2:06 PM on Wed Aug 25 2010
Greg Abbey (AKA Frank Frankson) mentioned at a panel a few weekends ago that 4kids didn't like Sam Regal's performance as Tristan, so he got recast. This happened when Greg moved back to NYC after being in LA for a while. He was originally gonna voice Yugi.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 9:34 AM on Tue Jun 29 2010
But Riegel still voiced Rex Raptor for Duelist Kindgom and Battle City. Plus he also voiced Donatello for TMNT.

I suppose we could always ask him on facebook. Chances are he'll either laugh and give the reason for his replacement or he'll ignore the message from embarrasment.
said at 2:47 PM on Wed Apr 6 2011
@Jackson_H Frank moved and later returned as Tristan
said at 12:34 AM on Tue Jun 29 2010
They probably switched to Frankson for that reason paired with Riegel's move to LA.
said at 2:46 PM on Wed Apr 6 2011
@PurpleWarrior13 It was Frank who moved to LA originally when he returned to New York he voiced Tristan
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 9:16 PM on Mon Dec 7 2009
just added Brian Zimmerman (Odex dub). Enjoy!
Pokejedservo (Moderator)
said at 4:26 PM on Fri Sep 11 2009
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Heh this will be too short for me to actually bother putting it in the description. Sam is not a bad VA in general but his work as Tristan was his worst performance ever. (Kind of sad really since he could've done better.) But Frank was alright though, at least he was fairly fitting for the role.

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Who do you think has been the best from these Tristan Taylor/Hirota Honda voice actors?
Sam Riegel
Greg Abbey
Brian Zimmerman