Tien Shinhan
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Tien Shinhan

Comparison of the voice actors who have been the voice of Tien Shinhan with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Dragon Ball

Tien is a three-eyed member of the Z Fighters. He and his best friend Chiaotzu were formerly students of Master Roshi's rival, the Crane Hermit, and as such he acted as a rival to Goku and Yamcha, whom he fought in the World Tournament. Tien left the Crane Hermit and then became an ally to Goku after their fight. In Dragon Ball Z, he participates in the fight against the Saiyans, trains with King Kai, and distracts Cell with his Neo Tri-Beam, allowing the others to escape.

Eddie Frierson voiced Tien in the Harmony Gold dub of Mystical Adventure produced in the 80s. When Funimation dubbed the series with Ocean Group voice actors, Matt Smith provided the voice of Tien. Funimation then took over dubbing with their own in-house talent. Chris Cason voiced Tien for the third season, and was then replaced by John Burgmeier, who has played Tien ever since. In the Blue Water dub of Dragon Ball, he was voiced by Jonathan Love and Brendan Hunter.

Created by NCZ on Feb 5 2011
Special thanks to Nightmare Crusher for additional sound clips.


Overall, I think they all made good Tiens. Matt Smith had a fitting voice, though could use a bit more polish in places. Brendan Hunter was also quite good, and one of the standouts in the Blue Water dub. Chris Cason is also okay; not great, but not terrible either. I haven't heard enough of Eddie Frierson, so I can't really form an opinion on him, but from what I've heard he's decent. In the end, I rank John Burgmeier as my favourite Tien voice.



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Eddie Frierson
Matt Smith II
Chris Cason
John Burgmeier
Brendan Hunter
Brendan Hunter
Douglas Rand
David Gasman
Ray Chase