"I know Grandpa, 'Bob and Weave' — a moving target is harder to hit."
The main hero of our story, Ray's a good-natured kid and a talented sketch artist, if a bit of a daydreamer. This nature doesn't lead to him making many 'normal' friends, but does make him subject for bullying. Once a string of fateful events leads to him discovering the art and world of Kaijudo, it's not long before all his latent potential starts unveiling itself.
The Ace: As the names of the first three episodes imply, Ray turns out to be a natural for Kaijudo. He himself feels like he belongs with the art. Not only does he catch on to the ways of said art, like quickly picking up perfect gateway summoning stances and perfect creature control, he also summons Tatsurion the Unchained, a powerful hybrid creature, after only a two second glance at his tablet. Certain creatures seem to take a shining to him as well. It turns out his mom's a former Kaijudo practitioner, his father was Suguru a.k.a. Ken Okamoto, and he was born in the Creature Realm.
Achievements in Ignorance: Being a talented sketch artist for his age, he managed to draw a "tablet" depicting a Rumbling Terrasuar perfectly, even though he'd never seen one before. Though we later learn he had seen one before when he was a baby in the Creature Realm with his parents; he even bonded with it. In a pinch with the bullies, he even correctly "made up" the creature's name, summoning it and scaring the bullies (and him and his friends) away.
Tatsurion, a half Nature Civilization Beast-Kin and half Fire Civilization Dragon hybrid creature, has lived a tough life which has made him into the strong and cynical warrior he is today. When first summoned by Ray, he is understandably upset with the whole affair, but it's not long before Ray's straightforward and earnest personality gets through his tough "outer shell", revealing a pretty stand up guy underneath. He and Ray turn out to have more in common then you'd think.Tatsurion got the nickname 'Bob' from 'Bob and Weave' when Ray tried to stress to him to dodge more often, and it just kinda stuck.
Badass: If there was one thing his father taught him, it was how to be badass.
A very intelligent, analytical, and logical young man and one of Ray's friends. He met Ray at a gamer's convention where he beat him in a tournament of some sort and they became fast friends. Similar to Ray, his overall personality doesn't allow him to make friends easily, though this doesn't really concern him much being a self-proclaimed nerd and all. He discovers Kaijudo alongside Ray and Allie. Said discovery may lead to him thinking about things that he never would have concerned himself with, thus changing his overall outlook.
A Water Civilization creature and heir to the Water Capital throne (but so far displaced that it doesn't really matter). When the Masters assigns the group water creatures, Master Nadia summons the Reef Prince for Gabe. They didn't get along at all at first until Gabe opened up to him and began listening to Gargle's advice. After which, they became pretty close, with Gabe summoning him anytime the gang needs something invented to help with their current situation.He gained the nickname 'Gargle' from Allie who said he looks like a spit cup at the dentist. Tellingly, he's not particularly fond of her.
"You do not command me. I am a Princess of the Light Civilization."
One day, when the gang are studying Darkness creatures, Gabe decides to study up on their anti-thesis — Light creatures, first and foremost being Angel Command, their ruling class. Later, when in a tough spot, Gabe decides to summon one. The one being Sasha, Channeler of Light. This Light Civilization Princess only came through the portal out of curiosity, and though rather stand-offish, she eventually helps with the problem a hand. She returns later on a mission from the Light Civilization to study the earth and its people, deciding to use Gabe as a chaperone. Under the guise of a foreign exchange student, she learns a few of the nice things in life on Gabe's side of the veil...as well as the not so nice.
MacGuffin Girl: In season 1, she holds the Light Civilization arfifact, the Heart of Light, inside of her as her power source. By season 2, though, she has been provided with a new power source and given back the Heart to Eternal Haven.
Robot Girl: Whom, predictably or not, Gabe has a crush on.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: Was sent out on a mission to earth to learn about it and its people, and when her home is under attack, she proclaims she will stay and defend is to the last, though Gabe talks her out of it in the end.
"Earth to Ray. Are you actually zenning out or in shock? Because I'm in SHOCK!"
Ray's other friend, the two have known each other since childhood. Since Allie's dad is the manager of a San Campion bank, her family is pretty well off. Despite having all the qualifications of a spoiled rich girl and occasionally slipping into the mindset (including having two meangirls she sometimes hangs with) she's actually pretty nice and kindhearted, even if she has a bit of dark side that stems from her mommy issues. She has no problem with and is often seen hanging out with Ray and Gabe, though she will often snark at Gabe when he frustrates her. Like Gabe, she starts out "out of her groove", but eventually finds her place, and her affinity for Darkness Creatures, upon finding her main partner Squeaky.
Flanderization: Her Tsundere traits became greatly exaggerated in the second season. As a result, she also begins to argue with Ray, which puts their childhood friendship in danger. Justified since both their families have been living together for some time and Ray keeps wanting to save Alakshmi, who she does not like.
Guile Hero: Proves to be a remarkably good one when dealing with Megaria. And later The Choten.
Half-Human Hybrid: Not-so subtly implied in Season 2 Episodes 12 and 13 that Megaria may not just be playacting the role of her mother after all. It would certainly explain Allie's natural affiliation for the Darkness element, the Cloak of Dark Illusion's attachment towards her, and her mother's mysterious disappearance.
Living Shadow: While under the Cloak of Dark Illusion's influence in Season 2 her shadow morphs into a fanged, tentacled monstrosity and eats Portia's shadow. It later detaches from her to attack Sykes and Nickles.
Lonely Rich Kid: Subverted, despite her mommy issues, she could use her general popularity to get any friend she'd want, but still sticks with Ray, Gabe, and later Lucy.
Missing Mom: She and Ray each growing up with only one parent is how they became such good friends. Later episodes hint, then confirm, that Allie's mom Piper ran away. Her dad, Artie, pines for her return and even named his boat after her, taking care of it lovingly.
The Nicknamer: With the exception of Bob and Shaw K'Naw, she is the one nicknaming all the creatures.
Save the Villain: She makes it no secret she thinks this is a terrible idea. She was proven right.
Ship Tease: It was hinted that she likes Ray in Into the Void.
Slumber Party: Has one in Night Moves with Portia, Maribel, and Lucy with the hopes the former two can learn to get along with latter. Unfortunately for her, "Sleepovers do not fix all", and the whole thing just goes from bad to worse.
Spoiled Sweet: Her father is rich, and she is shown to be friends (or at least have been friends; later episode show they don't get along well anymore) with at least two Alpha Bitchs. Yet, she is an extremely nice person and friends with both Ray and Gabe, and tries hard to help Sasha's blending-in when she comes to visit the human world.
Token Girl: Of the trio. Possibly subverted if you count Sasha later on.
Yandere: Unconsciously toward Ray when under the effect of the Dark Cloak of Illusion.
Scaradorable of Gloom Hollow / Squeaky
A rather adorable Koala-looking Darkness creature who doesn't show up until halfway into episode 6, Into the Fire, Part 1. She was somehow captured by the Fire Civilization and was being prepared as Lord Skycrusher's meal when a captured Allie happened upon her. They bonded right away, and once rescued, Allie was determined not to leave the newly dubbed Squeaky behind. After the ordeal, Squeaky became Allie's creature partner. She's the only one of the trio's creature partners that can't speak English, instead communicating in squeaks, hence her nickname.
"Welcome to The Temple of the Kaijudo Duel Masters."
Hector Chavez, the Fire Civilization's Duel Master, is the first Duel Master Ray, Gabe, and Allie meet. After following Ray and the others to Allie's house to return Ray's sketchbook and question him on the summoned Terrasuar, it isn't long before a looming threat necessitates Chavez to whisk the kids away to the Creature Realm. After a good scare, Chavez decides to bring them into his order.Out of all the Duel Masters, he is the most reasonable and compassionate of the bunch, alongside Kimora; he even gives Ray one last chance to convince his friends to join and try harder at being an acolyte, and he can often be found arguing on Ray and his friends behalf.
Character Development: Throughout the first season, Ray's positive influence makes a change in Chavez, and in fact all the Duel Masters. Though a more reasonable person then most, he still held the general belief of a Kaijudo practitioner like not touching creature. He softens to these things considerably as time went on. Jaha at one point state that Ray "is a bad influence on you" to Chavez.
Establishing Character Moment: He is the first character introduced in the show, with a scene where he summons Gigaflame and uses him to defeat a creature. Most importantly, this serves as the scene that introduces the very concept of Kaijudo.
In the Hood: When we first see him, though he generally doesn't wear it up.
The Lancer: Among the Duel Masters, he is the most likely to challenge and appose Nigel's opinion and has called him out on things more than once. Also, he is a pretty nice guy and close to the kids, in contrast with Nigel's jerkassery.
The Mentor: To the kids; they all have this role in a way, sure, but he is the first they meet, the first to get close to them, and by far the one who is the most friendly for most of the series.
Reasonable Authority Figure: He's the one who saw the potential in Ray, he was the one who listened to Ray when he asked to be given another chance to convince his friends to try harder in joining the order, and he also argued in favor of Ray joining in spite of Nigel and Nadia's doubts, bringing up the possibility that the Kaijudo way could be in need of change.
Ship Tease: With Master Nadia throughout the first season. Notable because romance between members of the order is against the rules. Becomes an official couple with her in season one's finale, with Jaha's kinda-sorta backhanded blessing, too.
Chavez: Until now I didn't even know he could speak!
The Stoic: Doesn't really have much reactions outside of battle.
True Companions: Seems to be his relationship with Hector; despite the rule to never touch or befriend the creatures, both seem to have a strong respect for each otherjudging by the way they bow to each other in the pilot, and he mentions that Gigaflame always answers his call.
Undying Loyalty: To Master Chavez. Proven when he's able to resist Alakshmi's command to kill him long enough to break the collar controlling Mighty Shouter, who is able to save them.
"I am the keeper of the Order's history and knowledge. I wasn't aware we had begun giving tours to children."
As the Water Civilization Master, Nadia is the logical one. She has a tendency to speak frankly about a situation and so comes off on blunt side. Next to Nigel, she is the most antagonistic to the acolytes and also was opposed to them joining. Even after the kids help them out early on, she only compliments there "promise" after pointing out their lack of "technique and talent". That being said, her logical mind is what leads her to trust and have faith in the kids due to their continued successes.
Character Development: She goes from being just as skeptical as Nigel about the kids to warming up to them as their methods continue to provide positive results.
She even seems to.grow out of the idea of touching Creatures being a bad thing, as she can be seen casually petting Rusalka.
Defrosting Ice Queen: In her first appearances, she was rather cold and just doing her duties without any reserves. She does displays concern however when she comes to save the kids from the Water Civilization. After that, she gradually warms up on them.
Ironic Echo: A slight variation on her early line towards the kids about lacking talent and technique but having promise is echoed by Alakshmi when she's training Carny.
Reasonable Authority Figure: She doesn't start out like this despite being the "Logical Duel Master", but after the kids prove themselves again and again, she eventually grows into this. She even points out to Nigel how the kids' way of befriending creatures has lead them to form strong ties, like with Light Civilization royalty.
The Smart Girl: Due to the Water Civilization being the one that is the most technology and knowledge oriented, she usually is the one who takes care of those kinds of matters.
The Speechless: Instead of talking out loud, Rusalka communicates telepathically. We of course only get the second hand interpretation from whomever Rusalka "talks" to.
Master Benjirou Kimora
Voiced by: Andrew Kishino
"Because of you, we learned much to help us, just as I learned — or finally excepted — that you were right, Ray. The creatures we duel with are intelligent, feeling beings, valued allies, and yes — friends."
Master Kimora, the Nature Civilization Duel Master. is the most down to earth of the bunch. When the Masters were arguing about newcomer Ray, Kimora was the one who pointed out that when Ray showed a willingness to share his creature's (Bob's) fate, it inspired it to let him aboard. H e believes in one of nature's creeds, that what will be will be, and it's not long before he has complete faith in the new acolytes.
Character Development: He starts out like the others Duel Masters, treating the creatures anywhere between pets and well-tended tools. Thanks to Mighty Shouter, he eventually comes around to see things from Ray's perspective.
Green Thumb: In Kimora's part of the temple, he keeps a beautiful garden where he is often seen taking care of the plants and flowers there.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Becomes this over the course of the series. Specifically, after realizing that Mighty Shouter is a real living being, with his own life and problems, and that summoning him all wily-nily can indeed lead to Shouter developing even more problems, he had an epiphany moment, realizing that Ray's way of treating the creatures an intelligent beings was the right thing to do.
Voiced by: Scott Wolf
"No! Shouter fight beside Kimora no more. Shouter protect tribe now. Others think Shouter's stories of Duels with Kimora are dreams of madness. Make Shouter live over there — alone." (echoing to tribesmen) "SHOUTER'S STORIES TRUE!"
Cloud Cuckoolander: He isn't one, but as mentioned in his quote, he used to be seen as one by other Nature Creatures, who believed him insane due to his stories about Duels and humans. After he proved he was right, though, they get a newfound respect for him and name him their shaman.
Handicapped Badass: He lost part his Tusks (which are the part of him that hold his mana), meaning he is severly weaker; he still manages to fight pretty well when duel alongside Kimora. He gets cured by Ray eventually.
The Speechless: Averted. Notably the only one of the Duel Masters primary creatures to ever speak. Even Kimora didn't know he could. Shouter tells Kimora he only chooses to speak when on his own world. This is one of the primary reasons that causes Kimora to begin seeing things from Ray's point of view.
War Elephants: Sort of; he is a giant anthropomorphic green elephant, after all.
"Those who use Darkness must operate in unexpected ways."
Darkness Civilization Master Jaha is a lot of things, above all, secretive. Though she and Master Nigel have a number of things in common, like their habit of keeping on top of things via spying and their fondness for the rules, in the end, she is the neutral Master; realizing that the old ways have served their Order well, but also that you'll never know what lies beyond the darkness of uncertainty unless you explore it. To that end, despite her fondness for Nigel, she's not quite in his camp, as the season finale shows clearly.Despite her wrinkled and frail appearance, she is quite able and agile when she needs to be. There are hints that she was quite the infamous individual in the Darkness realm in the past.
Big Good: Being the oldest of the current Dual Masters, she is usually the one in charge of things, and even the other ones tend to answer to her decisions. This pretty much solidifies after Brightmore betrays them.
Never Mess with Granny: Her stick actually is the arm of Megaria's brother; she apparently killed him by herself. Also, in the season 2 finale, she is reduced even more of an aged dusk by Megaria, and still manages to banish the Darkness Lord back to the Darkness Civlization.
Properly Paranoid: Sort of; according to the pilot, she has the habit to always spy and observe everyone from the dark. Proves to be a good thing when she surprises Master Brightmore, getting the call to help from their acolytes and forces him to call the other Masters before he can hide the message.
To Be Lawful or Good: Different from Brightmore, as while she does believe in following the rules for the most part, she will bend them if she has to. She'll also accept new ways of dueling for others even if she prefers and sticks to the old ways.
[[spoiler:Younger than They Look: It's implied in the season 2 finale she actually isn't that old, but was aged by a curse from Megaria, forcing her to use her stick as a mana source to retain her normal physical abilities. When the curse is lifted, her youth is restored.
Crazy-Prepared: Not only did he specialize in using Light Creatures, he also practiced how to use their weakness.
Played for Laughs when he comes to Ray's family reunion with umbrellas as gifts, even though it never rains in San Campion. A few minutes later, the Butterfly Effect causes geisers to erupt next to the house... giving him the opportunity to use said umbrellas.
Isao: Umbrellas; very handy.
Grumpy Old Man: In contrast to his brother, Grandpa Raiden. Jaha even refers to him as a "Stubborn old goat".
Jerkass: When first introduced, he is openly hostile toward Ray, constantly calling him rude or a savage for not respecting all the traditional rules and ethics in a Japanese home.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It later turns out he isn't as bad as he appears on the first look; after moving to San Campion, he genuinely tries to improve the relationships between his family.
"You need to see these monsters for what they are — batteries."
The primary villain of the show, The Choten was once a Duel Master until he defected their ranks because he felt their rules and way of going about things were to restrictive and archaic. To show this, he took some loyal acolytes, stole away to secret hideout, created new Tech Gauntlets as a more direct and efficient means to summon and control creatures, and began experimenting on creatures in order to use them as a viable energy resource and also to make them stronger. He even managed to obtain a financial backer help pay for all this.A sinisterly pragmatic man with values similar to, and yet different from, the other Masters, he and Ray end up developing into each others anti-thesis. Where as Ray only wants to work with and befriend the creatures, The Choten only wishes to see and use them as tools and resources in the utmost sense of the two words. And of course, with an end game goal in mind to take over the world -- both of them.For an, as of yet, unexplained reason, the Duel Masters and his minions only ever refer to him as "The Choten", including The Choten himself.
All Your Powers Combined: "The Rising" finale has him combines all the artifacts into one, thus getting the power to control all creatures of the five Civilizations.
Bad Boss: Played with; it seems he actually punishes his minions proportionally to how much it's their fault and how much damage their failures cause: Alakshmi, who failed several times but caused no major defeat that he couldn't turn into an advantage, got away with only gradually losing his confidence until she proved her value again, Saguru, who caused him to lose the Shield of Unity which dropped into the Darkness Civilization, merely got part of his stored memory destroyed, and Fingers, who caused him to durably lose a unique and powerful evolved creature, ended up sent to the Darkness Realm.
Beard of Evil: Inverted; he had a goatee when he was a Duel Master, but is clean shaven as a villain.
Beneath the Mask: When first introduced, he is portrayed as a rather Affably Evil character who reacts calmly to failures, forgives Alakshmi's errors easily (often because he has a Xanatos Gambit in mind to ensure he will end up winning something anyway) and generally stays almost phlegmatic, to the point you might be surprised to hear he is the villain. As the story goes on, he gradually starts displaying more and more sadistic and Not So Stoic moments, Kicking the Dog more often and acting more irritated, slowly revealing his true nature.
He is also portrayed at first as being friendly to Nigel and viewing him as a friend, but with the reveal of Teira being alive he speaks several times with spite towards Nigel about the event, suggesting his friendliness is just a act.
Also, in Bargain, he provides Ray with the tablet to summon Aqua Sceneschal so he can contact him for their deal. In Siege, Ray use the knownledge to summon Sceneschal and force him to help infiltrate his ship.
Lack of Empathy: Especially towards the creatures, whom he dispassionately refers to as "monsters" who's only uses are as a renewable source of energy (their recharging Mana) and warfare.
Mad Scientist: On the creatures of course. His experiments on them are what introduce the concept of "Creature Evolution" to the show.
Making a Splash: He used to be the Master of the Water Civilization before Master Nadia, and as a result, specializes in Water Civilization creatures. Also, the Helm of Ultimate Technology is the last Artifact he keeps at the end of season 1.
Utopia Justifies the Means/Well-Intentioned Extremist: In his mind, he's just doing the world a favor. Since the Veil is weak and could come undone at any time, he decides to use the Creature Monarchs to tear it done right away, and afterwords, rule over the new world order as supreme king. ...Well, he's not COMPLETELY self-serving.
Villainous Breakdown: Despite being usually calm, almost phlegmatic, he starts losing his self-control when he fails to get the Heart of Light and gets betrayed by Saguru.
He has a short one when Allie, disguised as Alakshmi, orders Infernus to attack him.
World Domination: Two of them; he intends to control both the Human World and the Creature's World.
"Today, the Light Civilization, tomorrow, the World... both of them."
Would Hurt a Child: Would be entirely willing to murder children if it gets him what he wants. This is the point when Saguru decides he is going too far.
You Have Failed Me: Averted with Alakshmi; she fails several times, but rather than get rid of her, he only loses faith in her.
Played straight with Fingers, who he sends to the Darkness Realm after his errors caused a powerful evolved creature to be lost.
Eventually played straight toward Alakshmi as well in The Rising.
An even crueler version when he has Sceneschal eaten by his creature for having been used by Ray to infiltrate his ship.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: While he does keep his promise to Saguru that he would give him his memory back, he immediately has him imprisoned after that, leaving him to the same fate as the creatures.
Evil Genius: He rarely fights, usually sticking to Butler roles, explaining how creature-related artifacts work and helping The Choten with technology. In fact, whenever he does fight, he proves to be rather ineffective.
Squishy Wizard: He is extremely intelligent, possess advanced knowledge on Artifacts and other materials, and can do fairly well in a fight, but his resilience seems rather limited; it took a single hit from Tatsurion to take him down in "The Rising".
"Kaijudo maybe your extracurricular activity but it happens to be my life."
"I compromised my values because I thought the Choten would restore our order, not attempt to make the most vile power grab in history."
The former Light Civilization Duel Master and former head of San Campion branch of The Order of the Kaijudo Duel Masters, Nigel is a traditionalist at heart. Like the Light Civilization creatures he is an expert on, he prefers structure, order, and tradition. He sticks by the Order's rules, and sees to it that the others stick by them as well. So you can imagine the kinds of conniptions Ray's mere presence gives to this stalwart old bean. Although he does listen to the words of the other Masters, especially Jaha, it never seems to be enough to sway him completely, as shown during the last handful of season 1 episodes when he switches sides to The Choten under the pretense of having some form of control when the Veil falls. That's what it boils down to for Nigel, control or be controlled. However at the end of season 2 Nigel defects from the Choten's side as he is unwilling to help or allow the Choten to enslave humanity. Nigel was unaware that the Choten wanted to take control of the human world along the Kaiju realm due to the fact that the Choten was deceiving him the entire time.
Anti-Villain: Not as bad as The Choten, but he isn't a good guy either.
Badass: He summoned two creatures and simultaneously dueled against Ray and Allie who as we know aren't push overs, not to mention he evolved both creatures into even more powerful forms using a spell.
Arch-Enemy: Isao seems to be this to Nigel given the animosity and a rivalry between them, especially now that Isao took over his position.
Control Freak: Nigel definitely has shades of this with all those Stalker Spheres he employs. In fact, Jaha comments on how the rigid structure and order of the Light Civilization ultimately consumes Nigel after he joins The Choten.
Disapproving Look: Nigel gives The Choten one at the end of "Unmasked" and again at the end of "Dueling Partners". He also expressed his disapproval at poaching Rumbling Terrasaur horns. He doesn't seem to be agreeing with the The Choten lately.
Even Evil Has Standards: When The Choten tests the Spell of Liquid Compulsion on Suguru, even he(And Tiera) are appalled at how he is treating their former friend.
In The Evolution Will Not Be Televised, he is disgusted when the Choten reveals his plan to take over Earth with evolved creatures, and promptly turns against him.
Evil Counterpart: He used to be this to Isao, however now that Nigel has defected from he villains side he can no longer be classified as such.
Face-Heel Turn: His belief that the Duel Masters have been "corrupted" leads him to joining The Choten out of delusion.
Justified: Nigel is actually not in delusion and in a sense the masters were "corrupted" seeing as how Kaijudo has been changed reparably by the kids and the other masters did in fact adopt their way except for Jaha, who simply accepts it but prefers the old ways, which is technically a perversion of what Kaijudo is and what it stands for.
The Last Straw: Sasha losing it at the San Campion High school dance is the last straw before Nigel defects.
Nominal Hero: He's not intentionally evil and really only wants to protect humanity.
Completely Missing the Point: But fails to understand that the Choten seeks to enslave humanity and has no problem killing everyone who defies his will, but seems to be getting the idea in recent episodes and is not happy with it. It is possible that the Choten may have been lying to Nigel throughout to make it seem like world domination wasn't his intention; this is hinted just before Nigel and Tierra duel.
Pet the Dog: Jaha sitting and comforting Nigel after he is run over by Heller. Especially when she puts her hand on his and then smiles at him; you can tell by his expression that it meant a lot to him.
Chavez thanking Nigel for saving them. Nigel then telling Chavez that while he doesn't show it he really does care.
Ignored Confession: Nigel has repeatedly stated why he betrayed the Duel Masters but no one ever seems to consider it, except Jaha.
In-Series Nickname/Affectionate Nickname: "Old Bean" used only by The Choten. This can be considered affectionate due to the fact that this British term is most often used an affectionate address by a friend. However given the animosity that The Choten showed toward Nigel in "Unmasked" this maybe only an act, especially since The Choten is a psychopath
In the Back: Master Jaha knocks him out when his back is turned in The Rising part 2. Also by Saguru in Duel Hard.
It's All My Fault: Nigel has blamed himself for last twenty years for what happened to Tierra, though she states that it was her own fault and not his. The Choten on the other hand disagrees and blamed Nigel fully for what happened.
Jerkass: Big time. Sometimes, it really feels like he thinks it's his responsibility to criticize and complain about the kids.
Jerkass Has a Point: Justified, however, when you realize that this behavior mostly only occurs when Ray and his friends are touching the creatures, or when they have traveled to the creature realm which is also forbidden; both of these things are something of which Nigel greatly disapproves of, obviously. Their constant disobeying and rule breaking is also a reason for Nigel's harsh attitude; this was a constant battle with the kids, especially seeing as how he himself lives for rules and order.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all his jerkassery toward the kids, he does mean well. He also has shown to care a lot about the other duelists as he only ever touched a creature in order to save them and he even states that while he doesn't' show it he does care. At least, until he joins The Choten, but even then he did try to get the others to join as well as The Choten had seemed to be winning, indicating some level of care was still there.
In season 2 Nigel showed great care and concern for Ken when the Choten took control of him also stating that he was their former colleague and friend. He was also worried when Ken was sent flying by Ray's mana shield due to possibly being injured. He was also appalled when the Choten began to attack San Campion with his evo-creature army thus his defection.
To Be Lawful or Good: Of all the Masters, he is the one who has the hardest time accepting the kids' interactions with creatures and would rather just follow the traditional policy of never touching the creatures. Sadly, he chooses to be lawful and join The Choten.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: He genuinely believes the Choten intends to bring order to both the Veil and the Human world by using drastic methods. When he finds out about the Choten's real plan, he immediatly defects again and tries to foil it.
We Can Rule Together: Tries to convince the other masters to join The Choten so they could have some positions of power.
My Master, Right or Wrong: Ra-vu has a shade of this as he does not outright try to disobey Nigel unless his orders conflict with his Undying Loyalty to Light Civilization which happened on only on one occasion due to Sasha; Ra-Vu also calls Nigel "Master".
An acolyte that the Ray, Gabe, and Allie meet during their tour of the Temple. He seemed harmless, if a bit skeevy looking, although it turns out that he was a moleplanted in the Temple by The Choten as a means of acquiring the tablets of powerful creatures. Thanks to the new acolytes to be, this didn't pan out (though he did ended up freeing Flametropus for The Choten to snatch up later).After that, he becomes one of The Choten's minions with a name, and also resident Butt Monkey for the villain's side.
The Mole: He started out on the Masters' side until it turned out he was working for The Choten all along
Red Right Hand: His right hand is missing two fingers, hence his nickname.
Smug Snake: As mentioned in Dirty Coward above. take away his creature, and he's nothing but a sniveling worm.
You Have Failed Me: On the receiving end when he caused The Choten to lose an unique, evolved monster. A non-lethal version however; he is merely sent to the Darkness Realm to retrieve it instead of getting killed, and Alakshmi saves him eventually.
"One night, I saw some goons using gloves like this in a alley, so I, uh, appropriated this for their truck — tried it on. Managed to snag Dodo bird here through some hole in the air. Turns out I got a knack for controlling the stupid thing."
Heller was nothing more than a two-bit thief and con artist. Then he stole a Tech Gauntlet and somehow used it to summon Shaw K'Naw. He then went on a crime spree throughout San Campion, and instead of getting while the getting was good, he robs a museum and is subsequently defeated by the acolytes and, after Ray takes his Gauntlet, is later thrown in jail. There, he meets The Choten, who admonishes him for pettiness before offering him a job.From then on, he becomes one of The Choten's underlings, used primarily as the muscle because of his uncanny creature control abilities. It's arguable whether he or Fingers gets the least respect at any given time.
Achievements in Ignorance: He had zero clues about Kaijudo when he stole the Tech Gauntlet, and even managed to summon Shaw K'Naw. It's why The Choten offers him a job.
He gets another in "Extracurricular Activities" when he begins to commit crimes using the tip of a Rumbling Terrasaur's horn to cut through the veil for quick entrances and escapes. The Choten admits to being shocked that Heller came up with the idea.
Bad Boss: The way he treated Shaw K'Naw…wasn't very pleasant. To the point that when finally freed, the creature was willing to kill him despite Light creatures ordinarily not being especially murderous.
A mysterious individual, covered head-to-toe in unusual looking armor. Her true identity is Tiera, former Fire Master for the Kaijudo Council. Encased in her armor for attempting to control the Fire Mystic.
Ambiguous Gender: Even though her voice is male while in the armor, she is eventually confirmed to be female during "Quest In Fire"
Unkempt Beauty: Aside from some frizzy hair and some small eye lines, she looks good for a woman stuck in armor for 2 decades.
Was It All a Lie?: Although she does stop Alakshmi from obtaining her revenge and protects the Choten, she does ask him to stop chasing her since she helped her and is implied to care about Alakshmi on some level.
Wild Card: Along with Alakshmi, now that the latter has freed her from Lord Skycrusher.
Face-Heel Turn: Once free of her armor, she joins the Choten, her lover.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Subverted; while she stops Alakshmi from slaying the Choten, she is genuinely grateful toward her for helping her get rid of the armor, and asks the Choten to stop chasing her.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is horrible with his son, but he does show alarm when Carny has seemingly been sent to the Fire Civilisation Realm, and he does negotiate to save him from the Choten later, so he has to care to some extent.
Self-Made Man: He is one if we can trust on what he said about building his fortune while fighting against Ray in "Gargle, Gargle, Toil and Trouble".
A bully who picks on Ray. Who just so happens to be the son of San Campion's Mayor, Alex. He and his dad don't have the best of father/son relationships.
Bait the Dog: In episode Brainjacked It looks like he change when he stop one of his friends from bullying a student, but it turns out he only pretends to have changed, and later in the episode he ask for his dueling gauntle back saying he can help but choose to just run away.
Politically Incorrect Villain: He outright mocks Ray's origins, and nearly everything out of his mouth towards Ray is an insult to his mixed race heritage.
Too Dumb to Live: He very frequently makes he idiotic decisions that end up putting him further into trouble. The most famous case being when he summonned a Creature in an aquarium and made it fire rockets just to show off in front of his friends.
Alakshmi was The Choten's top minion and right-hand female that he'd send out on all the important and sensitive missions....at least until Ray and his friends got into the swing of things and she kept presenting failure after failure, subsequently falling from her boss's good graces. She eventually lands a victory that makes it up to him big-time, until the season 1 finale where she fails to retrieve The Sword of Fiery Cataclysm from Allie and it ends up in Ray's/Infernus's hands, leading to The Choten tossing her off the tower platform they were on. She survives, going on to help Gabe and Gargle sabotage The Choten's Mana regulating device. When the Veil is reinforced, she willingly gets herself sent to the Fire Realm with Infernus and is last seen being carried away in a cage.Two thirds into season 1, she gets some handy advice she takes to heart that she really should be using Fire creatures, as they more befitting of her temperament.
Anti-Villain: Type II and Type III, having been sold to The Choten as a child and having to impress him for the sake of her own lifeand later going through one hell of a series of tribulations after she defects and believing that what she is doing will restore honour to her family and save the world respectively. She's still a jerk, though.
Dark Is Evil: Ultimately subverted, however, since her true alignment is to Fire, and she eventually "reforms".
Deadpan Snarker: Snarkiest of the human villains, including toward the good guys and her fellow minions.
The Dog Bites Back: After The Choten pulled a You Have Failed Me on her in The Rising, she helps Gabe to defeat him by shutting down his mana source while he is controlling the Monarchs. She then dedicates herself to get her revenge him.
Even Evil Has Standards: Even she is shocked when The Choten sends an army of Cyberviruses to brainwash all San Campion in The Rising.
Also, after leaving the Choten, she despises those who go back on their word and makes it a point to never break hers. She is utterly disgusted to learn about Moorna's treachery.
Freudian Excuse: Heart of Darkness reveals that she had a big issue with her mother, who kept calling her a "spoiled useless daughter". She was recruited by The Choten in exchange for the promise to be trained into being able to defeat a Light creature that caused problems in her country.
Humiliation Conga: Went from being The Choten's protegee to accumulating defeats, being told more and more of being a disappointment, being left in charge of the most degrading tasks such as cleaning the roof and mucking out the creatures pins, and eventually being downright referred by her boss as "increasingly useless". Then, when she once again tries to prove her value, she is betrayed by her creature, kidnapped by Megaria, forced to fight Allie who defeats her again, and gets a Reason You Suck Speech from Megaria.
Ironic Echo: Alakshmi echos a variation of an earlier line Master Nadia gives to Ray, Gabe, and Allie when informing The Choten on newcomer Carny's progress.
Alakshmi: No technique, no discipline — basically talentless...but he does have drive.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: Almost; in Unmasked, she ends up with the Choten at her mercy and tries to have him gutted by Razorkinder Puppet, only to be stopped in time by Tiera. Considering how many times the Choten has proven how awful of a person he is, you almost feel sorry she didn't succeed.
Laser-Guided Karma: She at least thinks her current situation as a slave in the Fire Civilization is the result of karma.
Made a Slave: At least this is what Alakshmi believes her mother did to her, that is, sold her to The Choten for a quick buck. Though the fact that it came from Megaria, who got it from Alakshmi's mind to use against her in the first place, leads one to believe that the "truth" given is highly suspect.
Happens to her after being caught by the Fire Civilization. Where she now works as a slave on Lord Skycrusher's volcano ship.
Ms. Fanservice: She is a rather attractive young woman dressed in a jumpsuit, and season 2 has her ending up dressed in a Skimpy Fire Civilization outfit, then in Allie's mother's jeans.
Playing with Fire: It's revealed after her travel to the Darkness Civilization that she actually is more competent with Fire Civilization creatures than Darkness Civilization ones; While she keeps using Razorkinder Puppet, she also starts following that advice, and indeed proves competent with it, to the point where The Choten entrusts her with wielding The Sword of Fiery Cataclysm.
Kill It with Fire: Plans on burning everything in her path in "Heavenly Creatures". She proceeds to do just that when the Heart of Light escapes her.
Reincarnation: She isn't one, but seems to believe in it, twice wondering if the constant intervention of the heroes and her imprisonment are punishment for a past life's misdeeds.
Revenge: She joined The Choten to be trained so she could exact revenge on the Light Civilization creature that allegedly attacked her homeland. After being betrayed by him, she now wants revenge on him.
Ship Tease: weirdly enough, to Ray; after he saved her from the Fire Civilization, he became something of a Morality Pet to her. By the time of Unmasked, she admits that he is the only person who has never betrayed her, in a very soft and gentle voice, and gives him a kiss on the cheek before disappearing.
Throw the Dog a Bone: She finally succeeds in coming back in The Choten's favors at the end of Heart of Darkness when she brings him back Fingers, the Shield of Unity, Magaria's cape, and his evolved creature. She also realizes, thanks to Megaria, that she is using the wrong type of Civilization creature and she should be using Fire Civilization creatures instead.
Villain Decay: An interesting case. She starts out as the menacing and competent henchwoman to The Choten and lasts that way until about episode 9 The Taken. After that, the losses start piling up until even Fingers starts making fun of her. Then The Heart Of Darkness, where she sinks even lower, being captured by Megaria and forced to fight, and lose, to Allie. Then the aforementioned Throw the Dog a Bone happens, and she's back to being menacing and competent again.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Choten finally tires of her for good during "The Rising", tossing her away down a ship hatch. She lives, assists Gabe, and sets off on her own. She's last seen being carried off in a cage in the Fire Realm.
Wild Card: She hates the Choten for tossing her aside and betraying her and wants revenge, but refuses to join Ray and the others. She and the Armored Duelist are on their own side, and no one knows what they will do now that they're free.
Now that Teira has betrayed her and joined the Choten, she appears to have given up completely, just wanting to be left alone.
"Ooh, what are we drawing tonight, Mr. Talent? Ooh, Ray, scary monsters. Again. What about, uh, Superheroes or one of those Change-O-Bot things?"
Ray's loving, doting mother. A single working mom who takes care of both Ray and her father-in-law, she tries her best to be supportive of whatever Ray does, even if she has reasons to be a bit wary. Turns out that her wariness is in fact well founded.
A girl in Ray, Gabe, and Allie's class. Although she comes from a very poor family, as is noticeable from her threadbear, thrift store-bought clothes and her "wear your hair as-is" style, she's quite sharp and surprisingly good under pressure. She managed to hold her own against the Dream Pirate that Ray was using to scare her, Allie, and Portia and Maribel at a slumber party by fending it off with a fireplace poker. She is endlessly and cruelly teased for her poverty by Portia and Maribel, especially Portia.
When Ray and Gabe travel to the Fire Civilization to rescue Allie, they are rescued by this strange man at the gates of Blastforge City. Believing himself to be a Nature creature, he was confused to find others like him. Very agile, with command of a Light/Nature hybrid creature who lives in his empty right eye socket, he helps Ray and Gabe get into the city.Who he really is and where he came from is a mystery, even form himself. Which is why he's doing services for The Choten in barter for his memories.
Affably Evil: He has nothing against either the Duel Masters or their acolytes; he only opposes them by necessity. In fact, he even once apologized to Ray and his friends for backstabbing them.
Back from the Dead: ...SORT OF. At the end of Season 1, Homunculon is forcibly evolved, he is pushed off a building, and lands on a crate, putting him in a coma and banishing him (because he's effectively fused with Homunculon at this point) to the Creature Realm. He is then found by Finbarr, who reunites him with Ray and the protagonists.
Body Horror: Happens to him when Homunculon is mutated by The Choten and fused to his body.
Fusion Dance: Due to the fusion Homunculon is continuing to fuse and spread with his body, along with their minds starting to fuse.
Giant Spider: Becomes a humanoid one as the result of his fusion with Humonculon with Spider Limbs as the hybrid's primary mode of locomotion.
Easily Forgiven: By Ray, regardless of the number of time Saguru betrayed him or his friends. Even when he tells himself and his friends that he won't trust Saguru again after he leads the kids into a Mana dead-zone and kidnaps Sasha for her Heart of Light, after learning the truth from his mom and figuring out Saguru is his dad, when next they meet, he forgives Saguru completely.
Even Evil Has Standards: He's truly shocked when The Choten has no scruples trying to kill children to get the Heart of Light.
Fallen Hero: He originally was the Nature Master before Kimora.
Wild Card: He makes it clear that he is not on The Choten's side, and only helps him so he can get parts of his memory back. At several points, he would team up with the protagonists, or even outright help them as a payment for a debt he has toward them or just because it's in his interest.
Now he's gotten all of his memories back, and is horrified by The Choten's plan and what he has been tricked into doing.
Homunculon The Blaster
Saguru's creature, a half Light Civilization and half Nature Civilization hybrid, that lives inside his empty right eye.
Body Horror: It's legs mutate into partial armor that covers some of Saguru's face and arm after The Choten used his evolutionary serum on it. Revealed in season two that the mutation is still spreading.
Noble Demon: He definitely isn't a nice person, but he does have some standards. During his negotiation with Lord Finbarr, he agreed to let him read his mind to confirm he wasn't lying, stating he had nothing to hide, and was pissed when still accused of lying. Similarly, when Tatsurion saved his life, he (very begrudgingly) reported it to Infernus to pay his debt. He also seems to truly care about the Fire Civilization's well-being, as its devastation pushes him into a Despair Event Horizon.
However his hatred of Tatsurion is enough to make him go against Infernus' decree of Tatsurion being freed of any criminality.
Megaria "the Collector", Empress of Dread
Voiced by: Rachel Robinson
"You're a very bad girl. Allison."
Refers to herself as Empress, Megaria is one of the powers vying for control of the entire Darkness Civilization, along with her sisters. To that end, she amasses anything that she feels will help her stake her claim, like a stray Kaijudo Duelist or two.As her name suggests, Megaria is a packrat of sorts, always collecting odds and ends that she finds valuable. The nearby natives are so scared of her that they often give her gifts (like Scaradorables to eat) and trinkets to appease her. And as one might guess, someone like her can never be appeased for long.
Badass Cape: She owned The Cape of Dark Illusions before it was taken from her by Alakshmi.
Bad Boss: "You let an imposter through. Report to the Dungeon for correction."
The Baroness: And since she's trying to lay claim to the entirety of the Darkness Civilization like her sisters, it's a pretty safe bet that they all are Baronesses too.
Berserk Button: Being reminded that Jaha apparently killed her brother and is now using his hand as a stick.
Corrupt the Cutie: Constantly tries this on Allie. Also implied to have been attempted on Jaha in the past.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: She immediately sees the Trojan Horse trick coming and merely crushes it into a small ball to ensure anyone inside it will die. Similarly, when Allie doesn't cry as a result, she knows something is wrong.
The Dreaded: By many natives of the Darkness Civilization.
Mind Rape: On both Allie and Alakshmi. Though Allie displayed a good resistance to it.
One Bad Mother: She likes to refer to herself as a mother and assume other people's mother's appearance to torture them.
Out-of-Character Alert: When posing as Allie's mother, she says exactly what Allie had always wanted to hear from her… which immediately allows Allie to see through the trick.
It's implied that the way Megaria manipulates her victims is by using what's inside their own heads, like their insecurities and their greatest wishes and fears, which is precisely how Allie saw through it. This in turn implies that when it happens to Alakshmi, there's a chance that what her "Mom" was saying to her wasn't true, but was what Alakshmi thinks is true.
Back-Alley Doctor: It's never stated as to whether he has any medical training or not, however after he was exiled he worked to stop Ken's increasing mutation with Light Civilization technology but only had limited success in slowing it down.
Badass Adorable: He looks like a little blue baby in a mech suit. He's also a very dangerous Creature, in a high position of power.
Blood Knight: It doesn't take much for him to resort to violence as the solution to a problem.
General Ripper: His position on the Council of Logos is that of a General. And he isn't afraid to break out the big guns.
Government in Exile: He was a member of the Council of Logos which governed the Water Civilization, until he be came a fugitive.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Blood Knight tendencies aside, he can actually be this. He is one of the first Cyber Lords to notice something is wrong when King Tritonus (actually controlled by the Choten) starts pushing the Water Civilisation in a pointless war.
Also, when he finds Ray's father in a comatose state at the end of Season 1, Finbarr saves him and manages to bring him back. He is then allowed to reunite with Ray early in Season 2, for the minor price of stopping one of the Choten's schemes.
The Spock: Like all Cyber Lords, he tends to always follow what he believes to be the logical choice.
"Countless moons have I searched for my people, fighting to survive until I can see them once more. My people must be in hiding, as I am. When I find them, together we will end this war in victory. Yes, I will find them."
A Nature Creature that was accidentally trapped in the human realm when the Veil was created and ended up living there for years. Believing himself to be the only survivor, he kept fighting the humans, unaware of the fact the war was long over. When confronted by the Duel Masters, he fought them initially, until Ray was able to convince him to let him show him the Veil and join with his kind. After this, he frequently appears as Ray's second favourite choice for a summon after Tatsurion.
Genius Bruiser: Almost as big as Tatsurion, probably just as strong and a fearsome fighter. Also a skilled tracker with strong Crazy-Prepared tendencies and perfectly capable of outsmarting his opponents.
I Shall Taunt You: Uses this strategy against Tatsurion during their fight in the Nature Tournament.
Last of His Kind: He thinks he's this, when in fact his people are just in another dimension.
Didn't Think This Through: She's too much of a hothead consumed by hatred of Bob to think up a good plan of trapping him, which Alaksmi points out.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She brought Tatsurion and his mother to Brutalus' lair, expecting her former betrothed to kill them and restore his honor. It didn't occur to her for a second that Brutalus didn't blame Tatsurion for the loss of his wing and considered revenge as pointless.
Evil Is Petty: Tricks Bob into going on a hunt as if she is finally accepting him as a brother. Turns out Moorna brought him to watch her burn down Bob's Quillspike home.
Fantastic Racism: Hates Tatsurian for dirtying her noble bloodline and looks down on anyone not a dragon.
More Dakka: Why do you think they call her Gatling Dragon?
Never My Fault: Yes, Moorna, it's completely Tatsurion's fault if he crippled your betrothed while trying to defend his family that you tricked everyone into attacking just to hurt him. You know it's bad when even said betrothed thinks she is wrong.
Even Evil Has Standards: Even before becoming a better person, he was genuinely shocked to learn Moorna had them raid Tasturion's Quillspike family. Later, he admits that, had he known sooner, he would have refused to begin with.
The Exile: He was forced into seclusion after losing a wing. A dragon who cannot fly is shamed by the community.
Handicapped Badass: Thanks to Tatsurion, his left wing is too damaged to allow him to fly, making him a cripple by Dragon standards. He still seems quite strong and capable of handling himself in a fight.
Misery Builds Character: His years in exile helped him realize the Dragon's "Code of honor" is a total crock. And made him a better (If still bitter) creature.
Non-Indicative Name: He is anything but a brute. In fact, he is probably the nicest full-dragon character in the show so far.
Aesop Amnesia: Even though they had learnt to respect him in their first appearance, Razorhide and Prickleback start mocking him again in his next appearance.
...not really. When they next meet, most of what they do in the way of mocking is nothing worse than a usual sibling relationship, until he reveals he has wings - very Dragony trait, not very Quillspiky trait.
Jerk Ass: Razorhide and Prickleback aren't the nicest guys with him...
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: ... but they still display a nicer side occasionnally, and, not matter how mean they can be, they are nothing compared to Moorna.
Good Counterpart: Debatably to Megaria. She is every bit as deceptive as her, but, unlike her, she seems to have Darkness Civilization's best interests at heart, and eventually teams up with the Duel Masters rather than the Choten.
A creature who was first sought in order to free the Armored Figure in the Fire Civilization. It appears to Raiden in many forms to teach him when he needs it.
Bullying a Dragon: Teira thought it was a good idea to try to control him. She learned the hard way how wrong she was.
Elemental Embodiment: Manifests as the element of the Civilzation he appears in. There was initially believed to be one Mystic for each element, when in truth there is only one Mystic who manifests through all five elements.
I Have Many Names: Though called the Fire Mystic when first introduce, he reveals to Raiden that he belongs to all Civilizations, but none of them.
Secret Test of Character: To Raiden who he teaches through his cryptic words. Also to Teira, who he imprisoned in the armor so that she could learn to be humble and not hunger for power.
Mind Control: All of them get this inflicted on them, even if for only a short time, in both episodes of The Rising.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: Not only are they all Bad Ass, but they also appear to be quite active in their role. As soon as they are freed and get back to their respective Civilizations, things are quick to move.
Mind Control: Unlike the other Monarchs, the Choten retains a control over him upon ending up in the Veil, and uses him to instigate a war between all civilization so he can make a profit of it.
Out-of-Character Alert: Sort of. When the Choten starts using him to manipulate the Water Civilization into a war against the Fire Civilization (and later other civilizations as well), the Cyber-Lords immediatly start questioning the logic behind his decisions. When they get arrested for this, Lord Finbarr quickly figures out the truth and asks for the Duel Masters' help.
Fertile Feet: A little too fertile, as his return overcharges the Nature Civilization with Mana. While this has positive effects on some of them, such as causing plants to grow and farming to prosper, it also causes vegetables-like creatures to grow stronger and more aggressive (though they eventually learn how to control it).
Obviously Evil: Invoked. She doesn't make any secret of the fact that Darkness Creatures are known to be deceptive, and frequently warns the other characters about it. Ironically, she actually is more neutral than really evil.
Reasonable Authority Figure: She can take quite drastic or brutal decisions, but she will listen to her subjects' opinion and consider following their suggestions if they give good enough arguments. In Clash of the Monarch, she tries to prevent Infernus and Tritonus from gutting each others before getting taken over by Brightmore.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: In "Exchange Program", she tries to help humanity to become more serene and orderly... by abducting humans and brainwash them to remove their free will. Sasha and Gabe eventually manages to convince her to go for a more peaceful approach to study humans.
You Will Be Assimilated: Attempts to make the human world "orderly". Though according to Sasha, this was option 2. Option 1 was destroying humanity.