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Characters: Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds

This is a list of characters and associated tropes from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, the second sequel to the original Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga series. Characters are referred to by their names in the original Japanese version with alternative spellings/meanings with the Dub equivalent in brackets next to them.

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    Team 5D's 
The main protagonists, consisting of the Signers and their closest allies. Their teamname comes from the 5 Dragon's Birthmarks which helped bring them together.

  • Blessed with Suck: Signers.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Jack, Yusei, and Crow.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Aki briefly in season 3 with her psychic powers, all of the Signers at the end of the series when they lose their Signer marks (although Aki and Ruka should still retain their separate powers.)
  • Made of Iron: Yusei, Jack and Crow are quite resilient.
    • Averted with Aki; she spends several episodes unconscious after crashing her D-Wheel.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: The Dragon's Birthmark responds to other sources of mystical energy, including but not limited to other Birthmarks, Dark Signers, Rune Eyes, and more.
  • Power Trio: Yusei, Jack, Crow.
    • During the Dark Signer arc Yusei, Jack, and Aki seemed to be shaping up as the three primary duelists of the show, until Crow is elevated to main character status. In Season 3, Aki, Rua, and Ruka form a secondary Power Trio.

Yusei Fudo

Voiced by: Yuya Miyashita (Japanese), Frank Frankson (English)

The main character of 5D's and one of the Signers, bearing the Crimson Dragon's Tail (this is replaced with the Dragon's Head at the end of Season 2). He is much more calm and serious than the previous Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists before him, but he is just as protective of his friends and his cards. This and his considerable skills, earn him a great deal of respect and admiration from his friends.

At first, he lives in a slum named Satellite, although he escapes, looking to retrieve his rarest card from his old friend Jack, in Neo Domino City. He spends a brief stint in jail for his trouble, attaining a Criminal Marker, although he is later released. He participates in, and later wins, the Fortune Cup tournament held by Rex Godwin for the purpose of gathering the Signers.

Once all the Signers are gathered, he returns to Satellite to hold a battle with the Dark Signers. He eventually defeats three of the Dark Signers, helping to unite Neo Domino City and Satellite in the process.

In the W.R.G.P. arc, he works as a mechanic and general handyman, living in Neo Domino City with his friends. He participates in the W.R.G.P. with his friends as Team 5D's. At the same time he works to attain a state of Clear Mind so that he can perform Accel Synchro to defeat the Three Emperors of Yliaster. After winning the tournament he goes up onto the Ark Cradle to prevent the destruction of his hometown for the second time.

At the end of the series, Yusei remains in Neo Domino City, becoming a scientist like his father, and making sure the bad future Yliaster spoke of never comes to pass.
  • Badass: He's defeated a monster previously though to be unbeatable (Zushin), went head to head with all three Nordic gods and came out on top, defeated Yliaster, Dark Signers, and Z-One, who's basically a Physical God. Yusei's got badass cred to spare.
  • Barcode Tattoo: Those yellow lines on his face are criminal marks put there by the police.
  • Catch Phrase: "Is that so?" in the Japanese version, usually before making his game winning move.
    • "Let's rev it up" in the English dub, typically when summoning Junk Warrior.
    • His Synchro Chants can be counted as this, as they are all "Clustering [X] will create a new [Y]. Become the path that light shines upon."
  • The Chosen One: As a Signer, he was chosen by the Crimson Dragon.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In his duel against Takasu, he knew his hand was being watched by security cameras, so he took advantage of the blackout to switch his face-down cards. Technically, the move is illegal in the actual game, but it is a rule with minimal impact and Yusei's opponent was hardly playing fair himself.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: His tendency to rely too much on Synchro monsters bites him in the ass hard when encountering the first Meklord Emperor, to the point he couldn't create a counter until he achieved Accel Synchro.
  • Determinator: No matter how slim the odds against him are, he'll never quit.
  • First Name Basis: He calls Aki by her first name in their second duel to get her attention, a move typically considered disrespectful in Japan except under a few conditions.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Aside from Stardust Dragon, most of his cards are said to be collected from trash cans and have been thrown out by other duelists for being weak. And yet the deck Yusei builds around them is brilliant and able to match and overcome many professional duelists using storebought cards.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's an incredibly talented duelist and mechanic, and still capable of manhandling two of Godwin's bodyguards in a fight.
  • Genre Savvy: In a way. His deck is exactly how Real Life Top tier decks work at the time. The fact that most of his cards are considered broken by real life standards is an icing on the cake.
  • Golden Super Mode: LIMIT OVER ACCEL SYNCHRO!!
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Aki has a crush on him.
  • Hot Scientist: After the series he works to fix the problems caused by Zero Reverse so that Z-One's Bad Future can't happen.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Says this when Bommer attempts to kill Godwin.
  • I Know Karate: Shown in Episode 25 when he dispatches several guards with a Shoryuken.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Believe it or not, it's actually inherited.
  • Invincible Hero: Loses ONCE during the whole series, and once managed to beat an entire team of 3 skilled duelists all by himself (Jack and Aki had already damaged the first one, though).
    • Plot Armour: There is more than one duel where he's just about to lose, and the duel is interrupted.
  • It's All My Fault: He blames himself for what happened to everyone after Zero Reverse, which was caused by the Old Momentum designed by his father.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Justified by a tight budget.
  • Magnetic Hero: He bonds with three different groups of friends.
  • Mark of Shame: The criminal mark. At least in theory. Doesn't really come up after he beats Jack.
  • Meaningful Name: He is named after the Planetary Particle (Yuusei Ryuushi) which his father discovered. Like the particle, which joined every other particle together, his father wanted Yusei to be someone who could join other people together through bonds - which is exactly what he became.
  • Moses in the Bullrushes: His father saved him from Zero Reverse Superman-style.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Not only does he wear a muscle shirt as part of Team Satisfaction, he also gets a few Shirtless Scenes to his name.
  • Mr. Fixit: He did build his own D-Wheel after all. Fixing things is his trade after the Time Skip.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Jack and Crow's red.
  • Signature Card: Always changes across the series. Junk Warrior, then the entirety of the Stardust line, and finally Junk Warrior again. In the series' finale, it become apparent that they symbolize Yusei's current position. Back when he used Junk Warrior at the Satellite, he was focused on being the center of his friends' bonds. Throughout the series, his regrets and self sacrifices make him closer to the Stardust theme of self sacrifice, while still having the characteristics from Junk Warrior. At the end of the show, with every problem solved, he returned to be closer to Junk Warrior again.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: He feels guilty about the Zero Reverse, seeing as it was caused by his father's invention, and Placido exploited it, causing his first Accel Synchro attempt to fail. Team Ragnarok also refuse to work with Team 5D's because they believe Yusei's fate to be cursed due to this.
  • The Stoic
  • Technician Versus Performer: Appears to be the technician, being cool and calculated, but he is the performer because he mixes up his strategies and uses his cards in creative entertaining ways.
  • This Is Unforgivable: Almost a secondary Catch Phrase of his.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He finds Antinomy/Bruno's glasses after the end of their duel.
  • True Companions: He is very fond of this, which leads to.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Only his Synchro monsters are truly powerful in terms of attack, so he relies on his various monster effects for protection.
    • A major gimmick of his deck is that he uses so=called "weak" cards that were discarded as trash by the residents of Neo Domino City.
  • World's Best Warrior: He is considered the best duelist of his generation.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Bugs?: Dub-only and an Informed Flaw, at that, since he barely shown actually being afraid.

Jack Atlas

Voiced by: Takanori Hoshino (Japanese), Ted Lewis (English)

Yusei's rival and a Signer with the Wings of the Crimson Dragon. Two years before the series began, he stole Yusei's 1st D-Wheel and Stardust Dragon card, and relocated to Neo Domino City, becoming the 'King of Riding Duels'. Initially very arrogant and self-centered, caring little for others. However, after losing to Yusei in the Fortune Cup and meeting a special friend, he begins to realize where he went wrong and decides to take a different road than the one he took before.

Being a Signer, Jack helps defeat the Dark Signers, including his special friend-turned-lover Carly, and former mentor Rex Godwin.

In the W.R.G.P. arc, Jack lives in Neo Domino City with Yusei and Crow, with a spectacular inability to hold a job. He participates in the W.R.G.P. under Team 5D's as well, gaining a new power, Burning Soul, at the same time. After winning the tournament, he also goes onto Ark Cradle to fight Yliaster.

At the end of the series, Jack attempts to defeat his rival Yusei, but fails. He leaves Neo Domino City, traveling around the world to become a true Dueling King.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: He definitely isn't stupid, but his deck focuses on offense and packs several anti-defense strategies—most prominently with his ace card, Red Daemon's Dragon. He also has a tendency to accuse defensive players of being cowards.
    • Given that his deck is built around being nearly relentless in assault, it would probably be classified as the best defense is a good offense. The logic in it is that you can't really do anything to him if you have no cards to put up defense against his gigantic demons of terror. Then he steamrolls you in style while maintaining his flashy deck.
      • Also, since he is a showman, he really is not going to impress anyone by using the turtling strategy.
  • Badass Baritone: In the Japanese version, at least. His English dub voice is rather higher pitched.
  • Badass Biker: For a person who plays card games, he is very badass on that motercycle.
  • Badass Longcoat: In true Yugioh rival fashion.
  • Berserk Button: An easy way to annoy him is to refer to him as 'former king' or something similar. Oh, and eating his cup ramen.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Gets to do this when several kids' souls are about to be absorbed for Uru's summoning and Yusei has his hands tied.
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: He gave up his life in Satellite and turned his back on his friends just to become a publicity puppet to a fickle crowd that would mostly turn their back on him in kind when he lost his champion title. The ones who did not motivated him to change himself.
  • Celibate Hero: In the final episode, he tells Carly, Mikage and Stephanie that no woman will be in his way.
  • Character Development: Becomes significantly less haughty and selfish during the course of the series.
  • Chick Magnet: At least three characters have a crush on him.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: He doesn't have many skills outside dueling and fighting, and his Deck doesn't have many strategies other than offensive ones. In fact, an entire episode is dedicated to the premise that he couldn't hold a job due to his arrogance and lack of real world knowledge.
  • Deal with the Devil: In episode 112 with the Crimson Devil's servant, with the Crimson Devil being the most powerful Earthbound God. However, when he awakens his 'Burning Soul' in the next episode, he steals its power instead to make his new ace card.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: With Yusei, though in his case it was more like "Defeat Means Reconciliation".
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Betrayed his True Companions to get out of Satellite.
  • Evil Laugh: In Episode 76 after knocking out the leader of some D-Wheel thieves, before beating up the entire gang singlehandedly.
  • Expy: Of the original series' Seto Kaiba, as most YGO franchise rivals tend to be. However, Jack is a lot more over-the-top, and is rather more open about his friendship with the other protagonists after the time skip.
  • Face-Heel Turn: He used to be good friends with Yusei and co. but he threw it away when Godwin offered him a chance at making it out of the Satellite Sector.
    • Heel-Face Turn: After losing to Yusei he comes to his senses and rejoins the winning team.
  • Final Boss: Of the Fortune Cup arc. And also of the anime itself, depending on how you see it.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: He uses this on Yusei in Episode 43.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: He wears white and blue. It was a subversion during the first season when he was the main antagonist, but played straight in subsequent seasons.
  • Heartbroken Badass: When he finds out something bad has happened to Carly and he wasn't there to protect her from it, and then when they have to face each other as enemies.
  • Hot-Blooded: BURNING SOUL!
  • Incendiary Exponent: When he invokes 'Burning Soul' for the first time in Episode 113, his hand catches fire.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: This Jerkass who treats other people like dirt cries Manly Tears after he hears Yeager's story of only eating ramen because he was so dirt poor. He even offered him boxes and boxes of it.
  • Land Down Under: Has an Australian accent in the English dub.
  • Latex Space Suit: His dueling outfit.
  • Large Ham: After all, the king's duel must be entertainment for all! In addition, there's only one king, and IT'S HIM!
  • Lonely at the Top: Revealed by episode 25, which is titled "The Lonely King: Jack Atlas"
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Fall victim to one in Episode 58 but snaps out it due to Carly's glasses.
  • Made of Iron: Taken several D-Wheel spills that should have broken his neck in two by name. Two of those instances do land him in the hospital, though.
  • Mirror Match: When he faces an impostor who has a replica of his Deck (Red Daemon's Dragon included).
  • Monowheel Mayhem: His D-Wheel, the Wheel of Fortune (Phoenix Whirlwind in the dub).
  • No Indoor Voice: Maybe speaking very, very loudly is a requirement to be a king?
    • During Jack's first duel with Yusei, Yaeger somewhat justifies his hammyness and loud speaking voice as an actual strategy to pressure his opponents psychologically. Still doesn't explain why he talks like that when not dueling, though...
  • One Head Taller: Jack's already one of the tallest characters in the show, but he's practically a giant compared to Carly. Most noticable in these pictures.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When he uses his 'Burning Soul' powers and robs the strongest Earthbound God of its power, melding it with Red Daemons' Dragon to create Scar-Red Nova Dragon.
  • Red Herring Twist: The preview for episode 58 made it seem like Jack was going to become a Dark Signer, but it was actually a case of Carly's Lotus-Eater Machine.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's one of each.
    • Red: To Yusei's blue.
    • Blue: To Crow's red.
  • The Rival: To Yusei.
  • Scannable Man: Averted, as he's the only member of Team Satisfaction not to have a Criminal Mark.
  • Screw Destiny: Lampshaded by his card, Change Destiny.
  • Serious Business: Besides the obvious dueling, don't get between Jack and his cup ramen.
  • Technician Versus Performer: Appears to be the performer, but he rarely deviates from tried-and-true methods and he lacks Yusei's creativity, making Jack the technician.
  • Together in Death: Attempted. When is forced to defeat a possessed Carly during their Dark Duel where the loser perishes, he intended to use "Shockwave" to end the Duel in a tie so she wouldn't go down alone. However she realized this and quickly triggers "Earthbound Release" to ensure only she dies.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Taking only two episodes to turn the devil into his new ace card counts.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Blue-Eyes Mountain coffee and cup ramen.
  • Tragic Keepsake: After she dies (and unknown to him, becomes a Dark Signer), he carries around Carly's glasses (until she is revived).
  • Unwanted Harem: Has Carly, Mina and Meido Stephanie chasing after him like lovesick puppies after the Dark Signers arc.
  • Unexplained Accent: Dub only.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Crow.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no problem dueling Carly.

Aki Izayoi (Akiza Izinski)

Voiced by: Ayumi Kinoshita (Japanese), Bella Hudson (English)

A Signer bearing the Dragon's Foreclaw and incredible psychic powers, which enable her to manifest her cards in reality. In the past, her uncontrolled powers caused people to fear and reject her, leading to her becoming isolated from the rest of humanity. She initially hated her "wretched mark", believing it to be the cause of her powers and her suffering. When Yusei first met her, she was extremely unstable and violent, having developed a destructive split-personality, and was being manipulated by Divine, who intended to abuse her power. However, through Yusei's efforts, she gradually begins to open her heart to others again, reconciles with her parents who regretted rejecting her, and learns to control her psychic powers.

In the W.R.G.P. arc, Aki re-enrolls in the local Duel Academia, quickly rising to become the best student in her year. She uses her Psychic powers several times over to save herself and others from harm. She learns how to ride a D-Wheel, becoming part of Team 5D's pit crew and also serving as a benchwarmer, or substitute, for the team. Staying true to this role, Aki briefly substitutes for Crow when the latter crashes and is injury-stricken. She crashes herself on her D-Wheel and temporarily goes into a coma courtesy of Team Catastrophe. She gets better, although she appears to have lost her Psychic powers. She later comes to peace with this, saying she no longer needs them, although her powers re-manifest to save herself, Crow, and Sherry from harm, and discovers she can use them to heal.At the end of the series, Aki leaves Japan to study and become a doctor, in Germany.
  • Action Girl: She's one of, if not the, most active female duelists.
  • A Friend in Need: Yusei considers her one of these when he first helps her.
  • Ax-Crazy: While in her Black Rose Witch persona.
  • Biker Babe: As of Episode 75
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Post Heel-Face Turn.
  • Brought Down to Normal: She lost her powers while being attacked by Hidden Knight - Hook. The exact reason why has yet to be explained. Eventually subverted, as she gets them back.
  • Character Development: She makes peace with her two primary sources of suffering in her life and mellows out, although there is much debate about how well this was handled, including....
  • Cool Big Sis: Rua refers to her as 'Big Sis Aki' (Aki-nee-chan).
  • Dark Magical Girl: When she first appeared.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: It took two defeats and some of Yusei's Battle Therapy.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Gradually, after meeting Yusei in the Fortune Cup.
  • Demoted to Extra: Aki was initially the third-billed character of the series behind Yusei and Jack, appearing in such a role in the opening, ending, and being almost as important in the plot of the first season. Come Season 2 however Crow was the third hero, and Aki spent much of her time pre-occupied by school and/or convenient plot injuries. As a result her character arc for the season is only glossed over, and once Team Unicorn is defeated she's pretty much forgotten entirely.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap
  • Expy: Of Kallen from Code Geass.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Part of her usual attire.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Starts out as a villain, being manipulated by Divine, but joins the winning team after losing to Yusei.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She eventually comes to accept and control her powers, using them for good though. She appears to actually lose her powers, but later gets them back, and is revealed to be able to heal.
  • Kill It with Fire: Black Rose Dragon. It's attack is named "Black Rose Flare."
  • Latex Space Suit: Her riding outfit is rather form-fitting, as is pretty much mandatory for female characters.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Her Power Limiter is also her hairband, so when she goes all out in the first season, her bangs fall over to partially cover her face.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Even when she was villain, she still was sexy...
  • Of Corsets Sexy: ...and she wore a corset to boot.
  • Parental Abandonment: After her powers awakened, Aki's parents couldn't accept her anymore. It takes a while, but they eventually make up.
  • Perpetual Frowner: At first.
  • Power Incontinence: Like many Psychic duelists, she wasn't able to turn her manifestation power off, until her 2nd Duel with Yusei when her father was in danger.
  • Power Limiter: Aki's hairband supposedly acts as a restraint for her powers. It's not known whether it is a Magic Feather or not.
  • Psychic Powers: Can manifest her cards in reality.
  • Something about a Rose: Roses are a major part of both her and her deck's motif.
  • Split Personality: She developed one of these when she couldn't handle the guilt of hurting people anymore.
  • Tentacle Rope: A power of her 'Rose Tentacles' monster card. Use gratuitously during her first duel with Yusei.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Post-Heel-Face Turn.
  • White Mask of Doom: She wore one of these as the Black Rose Witch. It was broken after her first duel with Yusei.
  • Whip It Good: Another part of her deck. A particular example is Black Rose Dragon when equipped with Thorn of Hatred/Thorn of Malice.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: For episodes 40 and 41. After watching her friend and mentor Divine plunge to his horrifying death, while the only place she'd ever really felt at home in collapses in flames around her, she wakes up from a coma where she relived every single horrible moment of her life all at once to the face of Yuusei, who she already feels conflicted about - and her parents, of all people. Destroying the world from there, though, yes, seems like Disproportionate Retribution, is not that much of a stretch.
  • You Go Girl: Season 3. Episode 75 in particular, where she is discriminated against for being an aspiring female D-Wheeler.

Rua and Ruka (Leo and Luna)

Voiced by: Ai Horanai (Rua) and Yuka Terasaki (Ruka) (Japanese), Cassandra Lee (episodes 11-64), Eileen Stevens (episodes 65-123) (English)

Two twins hailing from the Tops, an especially luxurious area of Neo Domino City. They met Yusei after he recovered his D-Wheel from Security, giving him shelter and since then, they have supported him in every way they can. Since their parents were usually at work, they were usually alone together, educated via the Internet and spending most of their time indoors.

Rua is the lively and blundering older twin. He is generally overconfident (though this changes slightly after an incident at the Arcadia Movement) and is prone to crying when he loses. Ruka is more calm and collected of the two. She is a Signer, bearing the Rear Claw Birthmark. She has had the ability to speak to spirits since an incident at the age of 3, where she fell into a coma and her mind lived in the Spirit Realm for a month. This power peaks when she duels but it also tires her out.

Ruka has a tendency to point out the flaws in her brother's plans, which gets on his nerves, but despite this they both deeply care for one another - Rua was always by her side while she was comatose, and gave himself the task of protecting her, even going so far as to face a Dark Signer so she didn't have to get hurt. It's through this Dark Signer that Ruka finally receives her Signer dragon, Ancient Fairy Dragon.

In the W.R.G.P. arc, Rua and Ruka are more social, spending more time outdoors and attending the local Duel Academia. Both twins learn to ride the D-Boards, dueling boards equivalent to the D-Wheel being a dueling motorcycle. The twins become part of Team 5D's pit crew, mostly staying by the sidelines. They later go up upon the Ark Cradle, dueling Aporia with Jack. Despite his best efforts, every action Rua takes is thrown back up in his face, hurting Ruka and Jack, as Aporia attempts to visit upon him his own despair. Rua is briefly killed by Aporia, but manages to be revived with the help of Ancient Fairy Dragon and the Crimson Dragon, giving him a new birthmark bonded to the Rear claw, the "Heart" of the Crimson Dragon. Rua also receives a Signer Dragon, "Life Stream Dragon", which is the true form of Rua's Power Tool Dragon.

At the end of the series, Rua and Ruka leave Neo Domino City to live with their parents. Eight years later, Rua is working his way up to be Riding Duel Champion, and Ruka attends a university in London.
  • Action Girl: Though she doesn't really get any spotlight duels, and she's got fewer duels than the others, out of the duels she has had, so far Ruka has only lost a single duel, and that to one of Ylliaster.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Rua was completely burg-a-durg over Jack for a long time.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: In the Fortune Cup arc, it was noted that this was Rua's Fatal Flaw in terms of strategy; he devotes all his resources to big combos and leaves himself with no backup plan. A key example is his Duel with Yusei, where he assumed that his two Deformer Magnens were an unbreakable combo and Yusei would just let him burn down all his Life Points with Chakkan's effect.
  • Ax-Crazy: In the manga, very much so. The kicker - Ruka is far worse than Rua.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Rua may be silly, but he is protective of Ruka.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Rua (and possibly Ruka) is being influenced by a Card of Darkness in the manga.
  • Break the Cutie: Aporia towards Rua during their battle in the Ark Cradle.
  • Brother-Sister Team: They finally get to be one of these in Episode 50.
  • Chick Magnet: Rua & Ruka after the second post-time skip.
  • Creepy Child:
    • For those mindrape moments when Ruka is skirted off to Narnia.
    • They both count in the manga, especially Rua while they're dueling Yusei.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Whenever Rua's Berserk Button of seeing his sister being endangered getting mentally broken come up, his dueling competence suddenly spikes and proceeds to begin dueling effectively. Jack even lampshades how terrifying it is.
  • Determinator:
    • Rua is even brought up to Signer status by the Crimson Dragon because of his refusal to give in to despair and his Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Then there was the utter hell he goes through to get back his sister's signer dragon, even if it means taking a full blast from a Machine Emperor because of it.
  • Disguised in Drag: Rua impersonates Ruka to take part in the Fortune Cup.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Rua and Ruka are twins, though obviously not identical as they're not the same gender.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Rua, during the battle with Aporia
  • Hero-Worshipper: Rua for Jack.
  • In the Hood: Ruka in the manga.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: In the manga.
  • Mouthy Kid: Rua
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Rua, becoming the Sixth Signer.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Ruka is down to earth and very logical, and Rua is..., well. "SHA-KIN!"
  • Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: Rua/Leo (only in the american version).
  • Sixth Ranger: Rua becoming a Signer.
  • They Are All Grown Up: After the third timeskip.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Lua? Luka? Luca? Not helped by the anime itself flip-flopping on the issue or the dubs altering the names.
  • Stellar Names: Dub only.
  • Tagalong Kid: Rua
  • This Is Unforgivable: Done by Ruka, directed at Demak, who had been corrupting the Spirit Realm and **had hurt Rua during the course of their Dark Duel.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Rua in Episode 142. Two words: Sixth Signer. Even more in the manga for both of them from Tagalong Kid to Player Killers hired by Rex.
  • Transforming Mecha: Rua's decktype, Deformers/Morphtronics, are household items (Cell Phone, Lighter/USB Drive, Radio) that transform into humanoid robots.

Crow Hogan

Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma (Japanese), Christopher C. Adams (episodes 30-93), Tom Wayland (episodes 94-123) (English)

A friend of Yusei and Jack, who takes care of a group of children and steals in order to provide for them. Orphaned when his parents were killed during the Zero Reverse, he wandered Satellite alone for a long time, never receiving any care or a formal education. However that all changed after discovering some cards in a dump - from those he gained knowledge and skills as well as friends. Reckless and daring, he will rise to any challenge. He is a formidable duelist and rides a Custom D-Wheel, Blackbird, with various modifications (including wings inspired by the legend of the Daedalus Bridge, and an anti-theft shocker). During the climax of the Dark Signer Arc, he inherits Yusei's Dragon Tail, becoming a new Signer whilst Yusei gains the Dragon Head.
  • Broken Pedestal: After learning who the man from the legend of the Daedalus Bridge was.
  • Butt Monkey: Becomes this in season 3.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a lot smarter than he lets on.
  • Hot-Blooded: Not as much as Jack, but still pretty much.
  • Irony: Crow of all people becomes a cop after the second timeskip.
  • It's All My Fault: When Ushio comes to request his, Jack's and Yusei's help in taking down Ghost, Crow turns his request down. Because of this, Ushio takes on Ghost himself and is seriously injured. Crow was quite upset when he found out.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: He steals in order to provide for a group of children he takes care of.


Voiced by: Hiroki Tanaka (Japanese), Jason Griffith (English)

An amnesiac young man whom Mikage and Ushio have Yusei, Jack, and Crow look after. Despite this handicap, he possesses exceptional mechanical skills. Interestingly, he shares many characteristics with Dark Glass, such as hair and eye color, voice, and left-handedness. They are one and the same.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance
  • Continuity Nod: Yugioh have a tradition of making the name of the protagonist and his best friend spell the word Yuujou (friendship). For the original, there is YUUgi/JOUnouchi. For the GX, Juudai YUUki and JOHan. In 5D's, YUUsei and JOHnny.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Dies with a smile after helping Yusei escape the Black Hole.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Crashed while saving one from being run over, which lead directly to his memory loss.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: After Yusei beats him in a duel he dies.
  • Mr. Fixit: Like Yusei, he's an exceptional mechanic, and is able to develop a new engine with him for the WRGP.
  • Mysterious Protector: As Dark Glass.
  • Non-Action Guy: Unlike the others, he doesn't appear to be a duelist, despite his knowledge of the game mechanics. He's also not very assertive and claims to detest violence, so naturally he's been on the receiving end of physical abuse more than once. At least until he gets Glowing Eyes of Doom.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: There are noticeable similarities between him and Dark Glass.

    Satellite Residents 

Rally Dawson

Voiced by: Mika Itou (Japanese), Erica Schroeder (English)

A young boy who idolizes Yusei.
  • Barcode Tattoo: The first one shown.
  • Expy: Of Mokuba.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During Yusei's first battle with Rudger, when things begin to go pear-shaped for the Dark Signer, he switches places with Rally. Rather than let Yusei be killed, he takes out Uru and his LP to ensure Yusei can continue.

Saiga (Blister)

Voiced by: Hidenobu Kiuchi (Japanese), Tom Wayland (English)

A friend of Jin Himuro and a "Jack of all Trades", who helped Yusei reclaim his Deck and D-Wheel from Security after he was freed from the Detention Center. He was once a Tag Riding Champion, but an accident led to his partner Yuji being severely injured. His only memento of his friend is their burnt "Machiner's Sniper" card, which Saiga initially believed was sent to him out of spite. However, Yusei convinces him otherwise. He later sneaks into Satellite to check up on Yusei's friends. After Neo Domino and Satellite are connected, he stays in the Satellite area rather than heading back to his old home.
  • Cynical Mentor: Teaches Yusei about Neo Domino, but seems distasteful of everything there.
  • Grumpy Bear: Thanks to his friend's injury he becomes disillusioned with dueling.
  • Heroic Bastard: He's a good person, but he's not a nice person.
  • Perma Stubble: Check the image.
  • Nice Hat: Sports one when he sneaks into Satellite.
  • Noble Fugitive: He does have a good heart, even when being jerked around by Security.


Voiced by: Kimiko Saito (Japanese), Veronica Taylor (English)

Yusei's foster mother who runs an orphanage in Satellite and is regarded as a parental figure by abandoned children in Satellite. She took care of Yusei after he was injured during his first duel with Kiryu, and later encouraged him to go to help Aki (he was reluctant to do so as it probably meant fighting a friend again and the duel with Kiryu had left him with fear and doubt, but Martha knew that this was necessary to open his heart up again). She also played a major role in Ushio's Heel-Face Turn.


    Neo-Domino Residents 

Jin Himuro (Bolt Tanner)

Voiced by: Taiten Kusonoki (Japanese), Wayne Grayson (English)

A respected inmate at the Detention Center, who was a former Pro Duelist. However after being crushed by Jack, he spiraled into drink and depression, getting involved in underground duelling and eventually ending up at the Detention Center. Little more than a bully at first, he became one of Yusei's allies after Yusei defeated him using Yanagi's seemingly 'worthless' Deck, getting him fired up for the first time in ages.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Although his deck hasn't been seen much, it seemingly revolves around rapidly crushing his opponents with high-attack, easy to summon monsters.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After he loses he becomes Yusei's friend.
  • Mr. Exposition: He's the primary commenter on Team 5d's early duels. He's later replaced by the WRGP announcer.

Yanagi Tenzen (Tenzen Yanagi)

Voiced by: Bunmei Tobayama (Japanese), Marc Thompson (English)

An eccentric and enthusiastic old man who befriends Yusei on the way to the Detention Center after seeing the Crimson Dragon's appearance. Having traveled extensively, he has some knowledge concerning ancient treasures and the legend of the People of the Stars.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's a former explorer and he seems to be afraid of absolutely nothing.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's overwhelmingly cheerful and pretty sharp, and he stands by Yusei no matter what.
  • Fanboy: Of the Signers in general, and Yusei especially.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He really does want to be a good Duelist, and he's very proud of his Hidden Treasure Deck, but he's long on ambition and short on talent.
  • Lethal Joke Deck: His monsters all have effects that deal damage to their controller. The deck however comes with Spell cards to redirect the damage, which Yusei uses to good effect.
  • Mr. Exposition: Teaches Yuusei about the Signers.
  • Smooch of Victory: He tries to give one to Yuusei early on.
  • Too Dumb to Live: When it comes to playing the game. He doesn't even read the effects of his cards before playing them, and does not really understand the concept of Synchros.

Hideo and Setsuko Izayoi (Mr. and Mrs. Izinski)

Voiced by Tetsu Inada (Hideo) and Akira Nakagawa (Setsuko) (Japanese), Marc Thompson (Hideo) and Priscilla Everett (Setsuko) (English)

The parents of Aki Izayoi. After an incident when she was young triggered her psychic power, they didn't know how to accept her anymore, eventually leading to her running away from home. After Aki was left in a coma after the attack on the Arcadia Movement, they visited her in hospital, blaming themselves for what had happened. With Yusei's help, they were able to reconcile with their daughter.

Dr. Fudo

Voiced by: Daisuke Hosomi (Japanese), Wayne Grayson (English)

Yusei's father and the lead developer of Old Momentum. Rex and Rudger Godwin were his assistants. He had wanted to stop the project after realising the risks involved, but ended up being replaced by Rudger. He managed to reclaim 3 of the cards needed to seal Old Momentum's Safety Controllers and entrusted them to Rex Godwin. He was killed in the Zero Reverse shortly afterwards, but was able to ensure his son's survival beforehand.


Voiced by: Lyrian (Japanese), Sarah Natochenny (English)

A shy cafe waitress who has a crush on Jack, and is another rival for Carly and Mikage.
  • All There in the Manual: Her name has never been shown or said onscreen until episode 137, but was revealed in the wiki.


  • Anime Hair: The MC's truly colossal pompadour.
  • Apron Matron: Zora (Yusei, Jack and Crow's landlady in the third arc).
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Kodo Kinomiya thinks he's this, with his ability to analyze an opponent and exploit their weaknesses. Ultimately, he just ends up Bullying a Dragon.
  • Combat Commentator: The Master of Ceremonies.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Mukuro Enjo, in both anime and manga, finds ways to exploit format which haven't yet been repeated by others. In the anime, his Speed Accel Deck exploits the Speed World Field card and Speed Counters. In the manga, he runs a Stall Attack Deck, having figured out that he can exploit the first-to-finish-wins rule by simply attacking, as even if no damage is done his Feel will slow down his opponent.
    • The MC can be played in some of the videogames, and he's usually a pretty tricky opponent... in fact, he's a lot more dangerous than plenty of the people he commentates on, particularly in Stardust Accelerator.
  • Double Entendre: Dick Pitt. Probably the reason his name got changed in the dub.
  • Gratuitous English: The Master of Ceremonies with his catchphrase; "EVERYBODY LISTEN!!!".
  • Large Ham: The MC - part and parcel of the job, really.
  • Lord Error-Prone: Jill De Lancebeaux gets played like a fiddle by Yliaster, and Aki doesn't even break a sweat while crushing him.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In-universe. Apparently, in Z-One's original timeline, Enjo was not only a good friend of Aki and Yusei, but the three of them won the Pegasus J. Crawford Cup Trinidad Riding Duel Grand Prix.
  • The Remnant: Mukuro Enjo was once the World Champion with a long list of wins. Then Jack Atlas Atlas'd him, and since then, he's been The Jobber.
  • The Worf Effect: Mukuro loses all his onscreen Duels, but he puts up a good fight each time. Jill and Kodo are basically Aki food.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Jill De Lancebeaux refuses to Duel Aki until he realizes she's a psychic.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Jill De Lancebeaux in the dub.

    Duel Academy 

    Public Security Maintenance Bureau 

Rex Godwin (Rex Goodwin)

Voiced by: Shinya Kote (Japanese), Maddie Blaustein (episodes 2-13), Pete Zarustica (episodes 14-123) (English)

I am no more than a man who dreams of the evolution of Neo Domino City and peace for the world. However, I would not hesitate to sacrifice one capitalize on another for existential necessities.

The director of Neo Domino's Public Security Maintenance Bureau and the leader of Yliaster. He is responsible for transforming Neo Domino into it's current, hierarchical state, and for isolating Satellite (to act as the battleground for the war between the Signers and the Dark Signers, and as a decoy to protect Neo Domino). Cold, calm and calculating, he is perfectly willing to sacrifice innocent lives to achieve his goals and preserve his utopia.

It is later revealed that he was a former developer in M.I.D.S. and an assistant to Yusei's father along with his older brother, Rudger. Shortly before the Zero Reverse, he was entrusted with 3 of the cards necessary to operate Old Momentum's safety switches, his brother's severed arm bearing the Dragon's Head, and the mission to bring together the Signers to defeat Rudger. He is also the Legendary D-Wheeler from the legend of the Daedalus Bridge, having flown from Satellite to Neo Domino, losing his left arm in the process.

Acting on his promise to his brother, he gathered the Signers and sent them to defeat his brother, while thinking of a way to break the 5000 year cycle. He eventually came to the conclusion that only a God's power could change fate, and decided to acquire the powers of both the Crimson Dragon and the King of the Underworld to become the Ultimate God and create an 'ideal' world.
  • Affably Evil: At least up until he acquires Wiraqocha Rasca, after which he loses it.
  • Artificial Limbs: He lost his arm when riding off the Daedalus Bridge. Coupled with the fact that he had the severed Dragon Head, it led some to believe that he was the 5th Signer.
  • Big Good and Big Bad: Both on the same arc.
  • The Chessmaster: He has been playing everyone, even the Crimson Dragon and the Earthbound Gods.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: His attitude after gaining the power of both sides has heavy shades of this.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Plans on causing this, then rebuilding the world sans the Signer-Dark Signer cycle.
  • Expy: He is essentially this show's version of Pegasus.
  • Foreshadowing: That emblem on his suit that he showcases from his very first appearance? Totally insignificant, really.
  • Gambit Roulette: You got to have good planning skills of you have to play two gods in the process.
  • A God Am I: Intends to acquire both the power of the Crimson Dragon and the King of the Underworld to become the Ultimate God and end the 5000 year cycle.
  • Hannibal Lecture: His quote above is part of one which spans the Duel, with varying degrees of focus on each of his opponents, until Yusei finally shuts him up.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Until the last three episodes of the Dark Signers arc.
  • Hypocrite: A strange example. He claims that bonds have failed and everyone is ultimately strongest when alone, but Yusei points out in his Shut Up, Hannibal! moment that both Godwin/Goodwin brothers were ultimately trying to fight fate, and:
    Yusei: Isn't that what we call a bond?
  • Kick the Dog: He's the Legendary Man from Daedalus Bridge, and quite relishes in pointing out how he failed, with the result of absolutely hammering Crow, who held the Legendary Man as an idol.
  • Large Ham: After his ascension to godhood, his previously affable personality is replaced by a much more grandiose and bombastic one.
  • A Love to Dismember: He worships his brother's severed arm, and 62 episodes in Rex forcefully removes his prosthetic left arm in order to make his brother's arm his own, becoming a Signer in the process.
  • Mayincatec: Actually averted. His deck is strictly based on Inca mythology, not touching a single aspect of Mayan or Aztec mythology.
  • Mr. Exposition: Initially.
  • Robotic Reveal: His prosthetic was revealed when he caught a spike that broke off Bommer's D-Wheel and it shredded his glove.
  • Together in Death: After he is defeated by Yusei, he walks into the afterlife with his brother.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Both in his plan to create an 'ideal' world and in his isolation of Satellite to act as a battleground.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Yusei's will causes him to lose the Full Dragon's Birthmark.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Rather than risk an uncertain future in which the world is threatened with destruction every 5000 years, he decided to destroy the world and recreate one without the cycle of conflict between Signers and Dark Signers.
  • White Gloves: Hides his prosthetic with these.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Becomes a Signer and a Dark Signer at the same time.

Jeager (Lazar)

Voiced by: Tetsuya Yanagihara (Japanese), Marc Thompson (English)

Godwin's right-hand man and the bureau's Head of Special Investigations in the first two arcs. Effeminate, slightly sadistic, and egotistical, his arrogance quickly gives way to cowardice when his life is in danger. He leaves his post after being left to die by Placido and goes into hiding with his family. However Yusei's group find him in order to find out what he knows about Yliaster. After the Three Emperors leave their post in the Bureau to compete in the WRGP finals, Jeager becomes the Bureau's director.
  • Anything But That!: He doesn't care what happens to him, Jack threatening to take away all the Ramen he gave him is what makes him cooperate.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In episode 80, he steals the engine program that Yusei and Bruno had been working on and while he's at it, he eats one of Jack's cup ramen.
  • Balloonacy: Can quickly inflate a balloon and float into the sky with it.
  • Big Good: Post Heel-Face Turn he is surprisingly the closest you can get from the human side.
  • Compressed Vice: For episode 80, Jeager is given a insatiable weakness for cup ramen.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Not exactly a moron, but you wouldn't guess from his appearance that he's a talented duelist.
  • Monster Clown: It's even the theme of his deck.
  • Ninja Log: Pulls a variation of this when Crow ties him up after mistaking him for a Dark Signer.
  • Papa Wolf: He will do anything to protect his wife and son.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After being used and left for dead by Placido, he disappears.

Mikage Sagiri (Mina Simington)

Voiced by: Aiko Aihashi (Japanese), Carrie Keranen (English)

Godwin's meek secretary who watches over Jack. She does her best to be useful, but often unintentionally sparks her superiors' wrath. She has feelings towards Jack, and is jealous of Carly for the attention she receives. In Season 3, she is Head of Special Investigations.

Tetsu Ushio (Tetsu Trudge)

Voiced by: Koi Ochiai (Japanese), Dan Green (English)

A member of Security who operated within Satellite. After losing to Yusei in the first episode, he developed a grudge against him and vowed to crush him. He fought Yusei two more times, once when Yusei escaped Satellite via the pipeline between the cities (which gave him a scar on his cheek) and when Yusei attempted to reclaim his D-Wheel from a Security Warehouse - losing both times.

Later, he flew the Signers, Mikage and Rua to Satellite on Godwin's orders. While at Martha's place, he began to respect Satellite residents more after learning how one of the children, Takuya, admired Security for trying to save his father and wanted to become one someday (despite the fact that Satellite residents couldn't join Security). After Yusei's initial duel with Rudger, he became one of Yusei's allies and has accompanied his group during the fight against the Dark Signers. He has worked with Mikage on several occasions and has developed a crush on her, though he is aware of her feelings for Jack.

By Season 3, he is working as Mikage's partner and has been promoted to the position of Assistant Chief of Special Investigations.
  • Ascended Extra: He's the same bully Yugi faced in his first Dark Game.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Check the page picture.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: When under Rudger's influence.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He has a longstanding affection for Mikage, but it never goes anywhere (though it's popular enough in fanon).
  • Character Development: Starts out as a total jerk, eventually develops into something of a Reasonable Authority Figure.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He starts using a Hellway Deck, comprised of Dark Fiends, after his Heel-Face Turn.
  • Demoted to Extra: He barely shows up in the third and fourth seasons, after his Character Development was a major focus of the first two.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: The vast majority of his Monsters are Earth-type, including Gate Blocker, Goyo Guardian, and Montage Dragon.
  • False Start: His feelings for Mikage, again, frequently result in this.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: A rare example of what could have been both. Ushio got his scar early on when he tried to stop Yuusei's gambit to escape to Neo Domino City.
  • Heel-Face Turn: He starts to turn over a new leaf during the second season, and eventually becomes a sort of honorary member of the group.
  • Implacable Man: Nothing, whether it be a tidal wave of garbage, a fall down an elevator shaft, or an evil deity, can divert Ushio from his job.
  • Inspector Javert: To the point that many compared the first season of 5Ds to Les MisÚrables, mostly on the basis of his character.
  • Jerkass Fašade: When acting as an examiner in Episode 75.
  • Love Hurts: He has unrequited love for Mikage which isn't returned for far too long.
  • Mighty Glacier: Ushio has a fairly slow and methodical style of play, but his Montage Dragon and Goyo Guardian both hit hard.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last: Well, he's not exactly nice most of the time, but he is a good person and his feelings for Mikage are real... but as of the end of the series, she still hasn't noticed him.
  • The Worf Effect: He has never won an onscreen Duel, though he does seem pretty talented from what we can see.
  • You Rebel Scum!: He initially refers to Yusei as "Satellite Scum" and his cards as "trash" on every possible occasion. He stops this later after his Heel-Face Turn (and learning Yusei was born in the city).

Takasu (Armstrong)

Voiced by: Kouji Ishii (Japanese), David Wills (English)

A terrible prison Warden in the Alcatraz-esque prison facility. He was ordered to find out more about Yuusei's mark, resorting to various torture methods involving electrocution. Considering how he treats those who end up in his prison from Satellite, it's not too much of a stretch to imagine him as being pretty much the worst villain in the entire show for someone without powers. He's sick, twisted, and has a complete lack of care for his inmates, often cheating and scheming to get what he wants, having stripped the decks from all of the inmates. He challenges Yuusei to a Duel despite knowing he's confiscated Yuusei's deck, but Yuusei constructs a new one of cards saved by each inmate who offers him one. With this mish-mash deck, Yuusei challenges and defeats the cheating warden, sending currents of electricity through his body that nearly knock him down for good. He is later removed by Godwin.
  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: He gets Yusei into an old favorite of "electroshock whenever you lose LP." However, he deliberately turns his off... but then the power goes out.
  • Chain Pain: His deck revolves around Iron Chain monsters.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Despite his by all accounts massive advantage over Yusei, he still cheats like no tomorrow. As tends to happen in these situations, Yusei turns his cheating on him.
  • Electric Torture: During their duel, he hooks Yusei up to a device that shocks him whenever he loses lifepoints.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Walking up to a recently imprisoned Yusei, telling he has no hope, and doing the nose hair thing.
  • Evil Laugh: He's got one.
  • Fat Bastard: He's fat and he's a bastard.
  • Gonk: Drawn much less flatteringly than most characters.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: He blows. NOSE HAIR. on people.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Repeatedly; Yusei beats him because his Mill Deck gives Yusei a metric ton of material for Blasting the Ruins.
  • Kick the Dog: Doesn't so much Kick the Dog as Wade Through A Stream Of Dogs Kicking Them With Every Step, going all the way from base insults to outright torture. He doesn't even do it on Godwin's orders; Godwin told him to observe only.
  • Scary Black Man: He's scary and he's black and he's a man.
  • Sadist: His liking for torture says a lot, and his Deck seems designed to maximize the pain of the electroshock Duel.
  • Torture Cellar: Oh, you BET he's got one.
  • Villainous Glutton: If his gut is any indication.
  • You Satellite Scum!: His reaction to anything the prisoners do.


  • All Psychology Is Freudian: Professor Frank.
  • Mad Scientist: Akutsu. It gets kind of creepy when he's too caught up enjoying all the momentum chaos and only calms down to reveal the Arc Cradle is slowly falling towards Neo-Domino. Then he goes back to spinning gleefully.

    Arcadia Movement 

Divine (Sayer)

Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze (Japanese), Marc Thompson (English)

The leader of the Arcadia Movement. His organization offers refuge for psychic duelists rejected by society, but conducts experiments on people with psychic potential at the same time. One of his goals is to raise an army to wage war on the world to take revenge on all the people who reject and revile the psychic duelists and made him what he is. He was the first person who ever accepted Aki and gave her a home, even if only because of her strong psychic powers.

    Dark Signers 
The antagonists for the second arc of 5D's. Just as the Crimson Dragon chose the Signers, the Jibakushin chose the Dark Signers. Dark Signers are people who have been revived by the Jibakushin upon their death, usually because they have died harboring revenge towards one of the Signers, hungered for power or in one case, displayed a great will to live. According to Rex Godwin, this transformation is irreversible as they are already dead (he's wrong).

Here is a list of tropes that can be applied to all of the Dark Signers:
  • Dark Is Evil: Dark clothes, dark monsters, etc. All very evil.
  • Disney Death: After being defeated, the people they used to be come back to life.
  • Evil Laugh: All of them are rather prone to this, particular if their Earthbound Gods take over. Kiryu's takes the cake though.
  • Instant Runes: When they duel, a huge flaming Geoglyph corresponding to their Earthbound God appears, tearing up the nearby scenery and trapping anyone who is too close.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Subverted. The second they become redeemed their Earthbound God will take over the duel instead, and should said God be defeated, the Signer will survive.
  • Revenge: The Earthbound Gods generally target people who are looking for revenge, and offer them that chance by becoming Dark Signers.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Misty in particular has tunnel vision focused squarely on Aki for her belief that Aki killed her brother, in spite of Aki's repeated protests that she doesn't remember him.
  • Reset Button: After the Crimson Dragon destroys the King of the Underworld, most of the Dark Signers are brought back to life as they were before they were transformed.
  • Undeath Always Ends: The eventual fate of every Dark Signer is to crumble to dust. However most of them got better.
  • Villain Override: They can fall victim to this if they don't follow their Earthbound God's orders.

Rudger Godwin (Roman Goodwin)

By the time I even realized, my fate was in the hands of the Gods. I chose the darkness in my own heart. This world will soon be reborn! That is my answer!

Voiced by: Tora Take (Japanese), Marc Diraison (pre-Dark Signer), Marc Thompson (English)

The leader of the Dark Signers, bearing the Spider's Birthmark. The older brother of Rex Godwin, and like him, the former assistant of Dr. Fudo, whom he replaced as lead developer on the Old Momentum Project just before the Zero Reverse occurred.

It is later revealed that he was the original bearer of the Dragon's Head (rather than his brother as many fans suspected) who was driven mad by the Jibakushin after looking into Momentum's light. While he still had a small bit of sanity left, he severed his arm and gave it to Rex, telling him to gather the Signers to stop him. He then let Old Momentum run out of control, dying in the resulting explosion and being reborn as a Dark Signer.

Demak (Devack)

Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (Japanese), Scottie Ray (English)

The Dark Signer with the Monkey's Birthmark. Nothing was revealed about his past, but he was supposed to bear hatred towards the Signers for unknown reasons. He was responsible for the corruption of the Spirit World through his servant Zeman and held control over the seal on Ruka's dragon. He was the first Dark Signer to fall, through the combined efforts of Rua and Ruka.

Kyosuke Kiryu (Kalin Kessler)

Voiced by: Yuki Ono (Japanese), Marc Diraison (English)

The Dark Signer chosen to bear the Giant's Birthmark, Kiryu was once the leader of Team Satisfaction, a group consisting of himself, Yusei, Jack and Crow. Together they managed to defeat every other Duel Gang around and 'conquer' Satellite. However he wasn't satisfied with this and kept looking for more enemies to defeat, becoming more sadistic and eventually causing his teammates to desert him.

This culminated in him provoking Security, severely injuring an officer before being arrested. A misunderstanding led Kiryu to believe that Yusei betrayed him, when he was actually trying to take the fall for Kiryu. Kiryu later died in prison and became a Dark Signer to take revenge.
  • The Atoner: During the Crash Town arc.
  • Ax-Crazy: Easily the most Ax-Crazy of the Dark Signers.
  • Badass: He's the only person in the entire series to have ever beaten Yusei. In the manga, he's even more so, seeing as he has RED DEMONS DRAGON.
    • Technically Jack has won against Yusei once, but Jack didn't nearly kill Yusei with Ccapac Apu.
    • Badass Biker
    • Badass Longcoat: He wears one of these during the Crash Town arc.
  • Beard of Sorrow: A variation: Kalin in the Crash Town arc is so depressed he's not bothering with cutting his hair; it's longer and his bangs nearly cover his eyes.
  • Death Seeker: At the start of the Crash Town arc.
  • The Dragon: Helped by the 'Ryu' (Dragon) in his name.

Carly Nagisa (Carly Carmine)

Voiced by: Li-Mei Chiang (Dark Signer-WRGP pre Finals), Aki Kanada (Japanese), Veronica Taylor (English)

When I cheer on someone doing their best, I think I can do a little better myself. That alone makes me happy.

An unsuccessful, clumsy and nervous reporter, who becomes tangled up in the events of the series after noticing the Dragon's Birthmark during Yusei and Jack's duel at the end of the Fortune Cup. In the process, she learns many secrets, but something usually prevents her from writing a story. She uses a Fortune-Telling Deck to read her own fortune and decide on her actions.

She meets Jack Atlas when he is attacked by a possessed Ushio and after helping Jack fend him off, safeguards him from the media at her home. During his stay with her, she learns about his past and how foolish he has been, and gives him some advice that helps him to find his way. As events become more dangerous, he leaves her behind for her own safety, but having developed feelings for him, she follows his trail - with disastrous consequences.
  • Expy: With her glasses on, she seems like a female version of Mousse from Ranma 1/2
  • Foreshadowing: Though by then it was pretty obvious how screwed Divine was.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: She doesn't remember anything about her time as a Dark Signer.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Inflicts this on Jack while in Dark Signer mindset, showing him a future where he loses, is turned into a Dark Signer and rules a world turned to hell with her at his side. He snaps out of it when he realizes that the Carly he knows wouldn't want that.
  • Love Makes You Evil: The possibility of a future with Jack is what caused her to slip into her Dark Signer persona for a 2nd time.
  • Official Couple: With Jack, one of the most canon-supported pairings.
    • Though after she came back to life, the writers are acting as if Jack's and Carly's mutual love confession never happened.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: Her trademark.
  • Otaku: Hinted.
  • She Knows Too Much: The reason Divine killed her.
  • Slow Motion Fall: Both times.
  • Sparkling Stream of Tears: Does this at the start of Episode 47 when Jack finds out what she's become.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Her Dark Signer self is a much stronger duelist.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Her Jack fantasies. Complete with roses, sparkles, and even a baby.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Twice. First when she came back as a Dark Signer and gave Divine what was coming to him. Second when she became the first female D-Wheeler in the series and not only that, actually could have defeated Jack if she so chose. Now considering her introduction at the start of the season, who could have seen this coming?

Misty Lola (Misty Tredwell)

Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (Japanese), Carrie Keranen (English)

(to Aki) Nothing will make him come back now. But, I want you to apologize at the very least... by going to where he is and doing so!

The Dark Signer with the Lizard Birthmark. She was a top model, and like Carly, practiced fortune-telling (though she read people by facial appearance rather than through cards). She became a Dark Signer after her brother was killed. Misty fell into depression following his death, leading to her losing focus and crashing her car in the ocean. While in hospital, she was spared by Ccarayhua and instructed to kill Aki - the one believed to be responsible.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Misty is the most popular model in the world. She is also quiet, reserved and has little use for high society events.
  • Foreshadowing: She sees the 'shadow of death' about Carly, predicting her death in the near-future. And sure enough, 8 episodes later...
  • Gorgeous Gorgon: She uses a gorgon deck.
  • Hall of Mirrors: Made her last stand in one, and has a field spell called Mirror Labyrinth.
  • Near Villain Victory: Not quite as terrifying as Kiryu, but she was in a position where all she needed to do was declare an attack with Ccarayhua to win, only delayed by Aslla piscu destroying the skyscraper.
  • Taken for Granite: What her gorgon monsters like to do to her opponent's monsters.

Bommer (Greiger)

Voiced by: Keiji Hirai (Japanese), Sean Schemmel (English)

Bommer initially appeared as a participant in the Fortune Cup - an honorable duelist, proud yet stoic, who was perfectly willing to admonish the crowd at the Stadium when they started to speak ill of Yusei due to his marker. He comes from a destitute village, and like Crow, learned everything he knows from Duel Monsters Cards.

He was in a deal with Godwin to expose the Signers in the tournament in return for financial aid for his village. However before his duel with Yusei, Bommer learned that his village had been destroyed, apparently by one of Godwin's experiments to summon the Crimson Dragon. This led to him attacking Godwin after he was defeated, only to be stopped by Yusei. Afterwards, he was arrested by Security. During the attack on the Arcadia Movement, he was freed from custody by Demak who invited him to join the Dark Signers to get revenge on Yliaster for his village's destruction. Later, when Demak was defeated, Rudger hung Bommer over Old Momentum in order to make him a replacement Dark Signer, giving him the Killer Whale Birthmark and a second chance at revenge.
  • Doomed Hometown: His home was destroyed by Godwin.
  • Mr. Exposition: During the Crimson Devil sub-arc.
  • Redemption Equals Death: After his battle with Crow, he rams into him into order to save him from falling debris. Like the others however, he gets better.
  • Revenge: Towards Godwin, which is why he become a Dark Signer.
  • Spiked Wheels: On his D-Wheel.
  • What Have I Done: After he learns that his siblings are inside his Earthbound God and that the Dark Signers had a hand in his village's destruction.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers a magnificent one to the crowd in the Fortune Cup when they start booing Yusei for being a Satellite citizen:
    Bommer: This man is undoubtedly a duelist, selected under the same conditions as we were. If one has cards, marker or no marker, they are the same as everyone else, and the people standing here should be ashamed of nothing. It is all of you, looking at him through your trivial rose-colored glasses, who are nothing short of vicious.

Rex Godwin (Rex Goodwin)

Friends, bonds, legends, love - What good have they done? Have they managed to even put a ''dent'' in destiny!? Destiny merely scoffs at us, unchanged! However, I shall proceed upon the remaining path... I shall create a new world!!

See Public Security Maintenance Bureau


Sherry LeBlanc

Voiced by: Erika Nakagawa (Japanese), Emily Bauer (English)

A new D-Wheeler introduced during the third arc who challenges Yusei, intending to recruit him for her team. She reveals that Yliaster is involved in the Grand Prix, and her motivation for entering it is to get revenge on Yliaster for killing her parents.
  • Action Girl: She nearly defeated Yusei. It's left intentionally ambiguous whether she could have actually finished him off.
  • Anime Accent Absence: Played straight in the original, but averted in the English dub by giving her a thick French accent.
  • Bad Ass: Episode 93... just Episode 93.

Mizoguchi (Elsworth)

Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama (Japanese), Eric Stuart (English)

Sherry's butler, who has protected and raised her from childhood ever since her parents were killed by Yliaster. He will follow her at all costs.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Like Jack, he is quite clever, with a deck that focuses on attacking relentlessly. He cites that samurai never hesitate or retreat.
  • Badass: Does pretty well against Yusei.
  • Badass Normal: One of the few characters who doesn't poesses any special powers during the show and yet he's equally or more Badass than them.
  • Battle Butler: He lays a bunch of thugs flat with no effort.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Seriously, a sword and a parachute in his duel disk?
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: His deck. He also cites lessons from Bushido.
  • Knuckle Cracking: As shown in the picture, when he is about to beat up the afforementioned thugs who had tried to drop a truck on Sherry, Yusei and Aki.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Supports Sherry no matter what dangerous or illegal thing she does. Not hard to blame him, Yliaster are the real bad guys.
  • Seppuku: Has a card, Resolve Of The Lord And Retainer, that does this.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Has a card, Pause Of The Certain Kill, that does this.
  • Shout-Out: Several of his cards reference Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro.

"Dark Glass" ("Vizor")/Antinomy/Johnny

A mysterious rider who challenges Yusei when he is worrying about the incident concerning Ghost, telling him to "surpass his limit." He helps Yusei overcome his fears, and shows him an alternative way of fighting called Accel Synchro. He is the only D-Wheeler so far to be left-handed. Revealed to be Bruno as of Episode 107 (as many had suspected).
  • All There in the Manual/Word of God: Series Director Katsumi Ono revealed on his Twitter account that "Antinomy" is actually just a codename, and that when he was still human, in the apocalyptic future, his real name was Johnny.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His D-Wheel, which is one of the strangest designs to appear in the series. He must have a hard time keeping it balanced.
  • Badass: He's pretty good considering he's the only left-handed D-Wheeler we've seen.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Yusei from being overrun by the army of Ghost. Happens again in Episode 138, where he uses his suped-up D-Wheel to provide a slipstream for Yusei and Aki to accelerate enough to make it over the Bifrost Bridge before it collapses.
  • Cool Shades: So cool he's named after them.
  • Cute Kitten: Swerving to avoid a kitten caused him to crash.
  • Mysterious Protector: He was assigned by Z-One to look after Yusei and help him become stronger.
  • No Name Given: "Dark Glass" is only a nickname that's displayed on the duel scoreboard for the audience's benefit. In the show itself he's credited as "The Mysterious D-Wheeler." Later changed to Bruno.
  • Rule of Cool: His D-Wheel design is a monowheel talon that would be very hard to balance on. But who cares?
  • Shout-Out: To Kamen Rider.


Voiced by: Masahito Kawanago (Japanese), Jason Griffith (English)

A mysterious duelist who has been infecting and destroying D-Wheels. It is actually a prototype 'Riding Roid' which was developed by Security to assist in tackling D-Wheel related crimes, but was purloined by Placido, who wanted to give his new cards a test drive, and programmed to hunt down any D-Wheelers holding Synchro monsters. Placido later uses Yusei's engine program to upgrade an army of Riding Roids similar to Ghost, which he later unleashes upon the D-Wheelers at the WRGP in attempt to complete the Circuit sooner.
  • Evil Laugh: A rather creepy one thanks to its robotic voice.
  • Robotic Reveal: After it crashes and the lads come to help, Crow touches it's shoulder, and it's arm falls off.
  • Zerg Rush: They force people into Free For All Duels and then swarm them with monsters.

Team Unicorn (Andore/Andre, Breo, and Jean)

Andore voiced by: Rion Kako (Japanese), Darren Dunstan (English)
Breo voiced by: Yuki Masuda (Japanese), Tom Wayland (English)
Jean voiced by: Ryo Naito (Japanese), Wayne Grayson (English)

A strong Riding Team that were Team 5D's first opponents in the WRGP.

  • Ambiguously Gay: All three of them.
  • Badass Boast
    Jean: The more you try to defend against Breo, the more you'll be dragged into Hell with nowhere to escape.
  • Badass Normal: Probably the best in the whole series, as they managed to put Yuusei on a situation in which he would unavoidbly lose. Yuusei, however, convinced Jean not to do it.
  • Break the Haughty: Breo's backstory.
  • Crazy-Prepared: They extensively study their opponents and adjust their decks to counter them. They also like to fool their opponents into thinking that they will use a particular strategy, only to use a different one.

Team Catastrophe (Nicolas, Hans, and Hermann)

Nicholas voiced by: Tsuyoshi Kurosawa (Japanese), Marc Thompson (English)
Hans voiced by: Yoshiyuki Shimozuma (Japanese), Sean Schemmel (English)
Hermann voiced by: Kiyoshi Katsunuma (Japanese), Frank Frankson (English)

Team 5D's second opponents in the Preliminaries. They acquired a 'dark card' from Placido which they use to make their opponents crash.

Team Ragnarok: Dragan, Brave (Broder), and Harald (Halldor)

Dragan voiced by: Kenichi Miya (Japanese), David Wills (English)
Brave voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura (Japanese), Marc Thompson (English)
Harald voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (Japanese), Ted Lewis (English)

Team 5D's newest rivals as of Episode 118, these 3 duelists were shown to be very important, and immune to Yliaster's changes to history due to having a new set of God Cards, the Tripolar gods, all 3 based on Norse mythology. They are notable for being the very first Divine Type Monsters since the 3 Egyptian god cards from the very first series, as well as the first Divine type of Synchro monsters.
  • Freudian Trio: Brave/Broder is the Id, Dragan is the Ego, and Harald/Halldor is the Superego.
  • Gambit Roulette: Brave does this with Crow, thrashing him at every single turn for most of their match.
  • Hero Antagonist: They want to stop Team New World (The Three Emperors of Yliaster), but are unwilling to work together with the Signers, because of Yusei's father being the one who created Momentum (which led to Zero Reverse).
  • Hero of Another Story: Especially Harald due to travelling across the world and being in the military.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the end, it's their own card that defeated their gods.
  • Large and in Charge: The most powerful of the Polar Gods, Odin, wielded by Harald, is probably the largest monster to date, towering over the city and easily dwarfing the other two.
    • To put it in perspective, the entire duel, Odin is in the background, and he's STILL bigger than the other two.
    • To put further perspective, when Odin is paired with the Egyptian Gods and the Sacred Beasts, he towers over them as well. Loki, on the other hand ,is the shortest.
  • Large Ham: Brave likes to pretend his opponent is doing a serious threat to his strategies before activating his trap cards. Also he is the only one brave enough to stand up in the middle of a Riding Duel. Harald even notes how audacious he gets in trolling his opponents.
  • Meaningful Name: All three of them are meaningful in some way, but Brave stands out the most. He takes very bold actions in his duels from standing on his D-Wheel to make a Badass Boast and is noted by Harald to have invoke an extremely reckless strategy that involves destroying Thor repeatedly and letting Crow take out large amounts of his life points to get part of his plan going.
  • Not So Different: Brave cares for a group of children and is a trickster duelist, just like Crow.
  • Norse Mythology: Most of their cards are based on this.
  • Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: The Polar God cards they hold protect them from temporal distortions.
  • Shout-Out: One is obvious, the 3 polar gods being based on Norse Mythology, with Thor, Loki, and Odin. Another is that when Dragan summons Thor, he gains a green mark in his eye similar to another certain eye power.
    • Which the other two members share, having a different type of rune in each eye to represent their respective polar god.
  • Throwing the Fight: During Jack's reign as King, Dragan participated in a fixed match against him in order to get financial aid for his injured father. He isn't happy about it (and neither is Jack when he finds out).
  • Treasure Hunter: Brave's previous profession.
  • The Trickster: Brave is considered one, as well as his Polar God, Loki, who is the Trickster God of Norse Mythology. He even has a nickname in-universe because it was his prominent dueling trait. Then there is the fact he had Crow on his knees with nothing but using well-placed traps and exploiting Thor's abilities
  • Unexplained Accent: Harald with his British accent, dub only. Since he's supposed to be Norwegian.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Brave does this a lot.

Team Taiyou (Taro Yamashita, Yoshizo Hayashi, and Jinbei Tanigawa)

Taro voiced by: Naru Kawamoto
Yoshizo voiced by: Kotaro Atsushi
Jinbei voiced by: Suguru Inoue

Another new team and Team 5D's third opponent. They only have one D-wheel that Yusei fixes, and they have classic cards from the first Generation of Duel Monsters Yusei seems to recognize as being similar to Yugi's deck.



The Three Emperors of Yliaster

A mysterious trio from Yliaster who succeed Godwin as Head of the Bureau, and the main antagonists of the third arc. Not much is known about them, but they apparently intend to use power of the duelists competing in the WRGP to complete a "circuit" with which they can discover the 'location of god' and attain an even greater power. Their main goal, however, is to change the future by destroying Neo Domino City.

During Team 5D's confrontation with them in the W.R.G.P, it was revealed that they are, in fact, the same being divided into three, each of them representing a period of despair in the life of the man called Aporia.
  • Big Bad Triumvirate
    • Later deposed in favor of a single Big Bad, their true form Aporia.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Jose is big, Placido is thin, and Lucciano is short.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: They have "erased" a lot of people throughout the years, so many they don't recall specific people, such as Sherry's parents.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Each of them represent the three different times Aporia crossed it.
    • Lucciano represents the time when he lost his parents.
    • Placido represents the time when he lost the one he loved.
    • Jose represents the time when he was the only person left alive (actually one of the last four people alive), slowly driven mad by the loneliness.
    • Subverted when Aporia loses to Yusei. He believes this to be his "fourth despair", but after losing to Jack, Rua and Ruka he realizes that what he's feeling isn't despair, but hope.
  • Dub Name Change: They are called Primo (Placido), Lester (Lucciano) and Jakob (Jose), disrupting the Theme Naming the Japanese version employed (the Three Tenors).
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Played straight with Jose and subverted with Luciano's shrill, nightmarish wail of a voice.
    • Luciano's voice is justified since he's a kid.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Sorta. Luciano and Placido have metal plates with the Infinity symbol on them covering one of their eyes. Placido's covers his right eye while Luciano's covers his left eye.
  • Fusion Dance: Jose and Placido can merge with their D-Wheels.
    • Also, how Aporia was created.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: "Diablo", the name of the Riding Roid army headed by Placido, is Spanish for 'Devil'. Also, Jose is about as stereotypically Spanish a name as it gets.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Placido's upgraded form is called Placido Ripresa with Ripresa being Italian for recovery.
  • Knights of Cerebus: The WRGP arc is a lot darker when they're around.
  • Knight Templar: They're trying to prevent a worse catastrophe.
  • Master of Disguise: Both Luciano and Placido do this to trick Rua and Ruka.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: What's one city compared to the entire world?
  • Numerological Motif: Infinity.
  • Power Crystal: They each have one of these on their forehead.
  • Robotic Reveal: Turns out Placido is an android with the compatibility to merge with his D-Wheel. Luciano and Jose are later revealed to be the same.
  • Technopath: Placido, to a certain extent. Justified in that he's an android.
  • Theme Naming: The three of them are named after the Three Tenors: Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti (now deceased).
  • Time Travel: They have access to this allowing them to rewrite history to a certain extent, such as erasing Momentum Express and Luciano's time at Duel Academy, and inserting themselves into the W.R.G.P.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: They fiercely believe in this, and Placido even compares the humans' struggle to survive to the dance of worker bees. They don't dance because they want to, but because it is their role written by fate itself. And just to punch in some extra symbolism, the bee's dance describes the Infinity symbol. Jose also revealed that is their task to make sure history stays on a predetermined course, and as such they have a bone to pick with Yusei, because the discovery of Momentum by his father jacked up everything.
  • You Have Failed Me: They erase Clark from history after his attempt to dispose of Yusei.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: They leave Jeager and Team Catastrophe to die without blinking an eye once they stop being useful.

Placido (Primo)

Voiced by: Masakazu Nemoto (Japanese), Jason Griffith (English)

  • Arch-Enemy: Placido feels Yusei is his, for defeating the first Ghost. Yusei doesn't even know he exists until Placido confronts him directly.
  • Berserk Button: He gets a bit annoyed when his fellow Emperors suggest that he might not be able to defeat Yusei.
  • Cool Sword: It also doubles as his duel disk. He also plugs it into his D-Wheel in order to fuse with it.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: He certainly came off worse for wear after his duel with Yusei. Fortunately for him, since he is an android, he gets better.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Placido is so obsessed with killing Yusei that Jose and Luciano are worried that he will screw up their plans.

Luciano (Lester)

Voiced by: Hitomi Yoshida (Japanese), Tom Wayland (English)

Jose (Jakob)

Voiced by: Takayugi Sugo (Japanese), Matt Hoverman (English)

  • Bald of Evil: He's bald. He's evil.
  • Badass Grandpa: Episode 110 cements him as this when he easily defeats Sherry in a fight and just in case anyone doubted his dueling prowess, in episodes 132 and 133 he Curb Stomps Jack and takes out Crow without much trouble at all.
  • Large and in Charge: Jose is the largest and most senior member of the group, and has referred to himself as the leader of the Three Emperors. In parallel to that, his Machine Emperor Grannel also easily towers over both Wisel and Skiel.
  • Mind over Matter: Used to retrieve Placido's remains and to stop a meteor (the tablet containing his Machine Emperor) midfall.
  • Beard of Evil: He's evil. He's got a beard.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: That piece of hair sticking out from under Jose's hood? That's his eyebrow.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Started his Riding Duel by running on the track. Too bad he fused with his D-Wheel shortly later.
  • Super Strength: Displayed when he and Luciano are attacked by Sherry and Mizoguchi.
  • Shout-Out: Combined with the above, Jose is one to The Six Million Dollar Man of all things, having a similar style of Super Speed along with his strength to said character.


Voiced by: Masakazu Nemoto (Japanese), Jason Griffith (English)

I am Aporia, guardian of despair.

The true combined form of the Emperors (who are based on three different stages in his life), revealed in the WRGP final. Aporia is one of the few survivors in the destroyed future.

As a child, he lost his parents during the Machine Emperors' invasion, and later fought in the war against them where he lost his lover as well. After civilization was destroyed by Momentum going out of control, he wandered the world in despair, desperately looking for any other survivors.

Eventually he found Z-One, Bruno/Antinomy and Paradox, and together they searched for a way to undo the destruction. However, Bruno/Antinomy and Paradox died of old age, and Aporia soon followed. Before dying, he spoke to Z-One of the three despairs he had felt and entrusted the task of putting the future right to him.
  • Anti-Villain: His goal to erase Neo Domino City will kill everyone. But the sheer hell he went through in the war between the Machine Emperors and Humans and the despair he has felt through it all can't help but give him immense sympathy points. Surprisingly, none of these qualities appeared in the emperors of Yliaster.
  • Back from the Dead Let's see. Z-One intially revived him as an android. Then, he is reconstructed and returns good as new after losing to Yusei and exploding. Then, he loses to Jack, Rua, and Ruka, and appears to die then. But, he returns again to challenge Z-One, although after losing to Z-One he dies for real.
    • This is not even counting Placido, one of his three embodiments, returning good-as-new after being torn in half by Shooting Star Dragon.
  • Catch Phrase: Uses the word "despair" about as much as Kiryu uses "satisfaction".
  • Climax Boss: Of the 4Kids dub.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Appeared to be the Big Bad, but he is later revealed to be this when the Ark Cradle descends.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crossed it three times.
  • Final Boss: Of the 4Kids dub of 5D's, due to that dub skipping the last seventeen episodes.
  • Fusion Dance: He is the result.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Makes one in episode 146, and promptly challenges the Big Bad Z-One, his own friend, to a duel for the sake of Team 5D's.
  • Irony: In his Duel with Z-One, the last card he draws, the one directly responsible for making him lose is Machine Emperor Grannel Infinity.
    • Also, just this line from the dub. The trick is that the 'ending' of the dub is actually seventeen episodes before the actual conclusion of 5D's.
    Aporia: I can assure you that the ending is worth the wait.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After all of his Hope Crusher actions against Yusei and Rua, Z-One crushes his hopes during their final duel.
  • Light Is Not Good: His apparence is somewhat angelical, wearing all white, and with boosters on his back that sort of look like wings.
  • Made of Explodium: Explodes magnificently after his defeat at the hands of Yusei.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Just merely being fused together causes him to give off Red Storm Clouds and causes lightning to strike everywhere in the whole city.
  • Kick the Dog: One very memorable one to Rua after laying waste to Ruka and Jack in one turn, nearly defeating them.
    Aporia: Young boy, this is despair. (Shot of Rua in tears). Turn end.
  • Rule of Three: Everywhere. Three embodiments, three despairs, three Machine Emperors, three Machine Imperial Soldiers. And Grannel screws him over three times, first by killing his parents, second by killing 'the one he loved', and the third time when he draws it at the end of his Duel with Z-One, costing him the game and his life.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has one when he finally realizes Yusei is about to defeat him. Has a bigger one after Rua becomes a Signer, and things go downhill very quickly for him.
  • Walking Spoiler: The fact that the Emperors of Yiliaster are one person is a pretty big reveal.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He intends To destroy a city and its millions of habitants, yes, but in doing so he will avoid The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Wham Line: "The three of us are one. My name is Aporia."
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Thanks to him repeatedly crossed the Despair Event Horizon.
  • The Worf Effect: Let's face it, his Duel with Z-One consists of him being curbstomped by his boss's cards just to hype Z-One up for the Duel with Yusei.


Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (Japanese), Marc Thompson (English)

A mysterious mechanical being that dwells within a cyberspace area that has connections with Bruno and the Yliaster Trio (and possibly Yusei). It was first seen when Yusei, Sherry and Bruno were brought to it's world by the power of the 'Z-One' card. It later provided Yusei with a card with which to complete an Accel Synchro after he achieved the state of mind necessary to use it.

It is later revealed that Zone is the last known survivor of the destroyed future. Along with Bruno, Aporia and Paradox, he had tried to find a way to undoing the destruction, but his allies eventually died of old age. When Aporia was on his deathbed, Z-One promised him that he would do everything he could to change the future.
  • A God Am I: The Three Emperors and Antinomy have referred to him as a 'God of Destiny', and he says this to Yusei at the start of their battle.
    ZONE: Yusei Fudo, though you may have come this far with the intention to cut open the future with your own power...everything has merely traveled along the rails that I have laid out. To you, I am the equivalent of a God. [...] In order to change the future, Zero Reverse was caused and your lives were changed dramatically. You were orphaned, living in Satellite, and then rose up to the challenges in the WRGP. However, that victory was only a means to call out the Ark Cradle. [...] Do you understand? The meaning of me being your God? And if a God decides to take a path of destruction, then no one shall defy it.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Appears to Sherry alone as her father.
  • Ascended Fanboy : Z-One is a Yusei fanboy, to the point at which he decided to become Yusei in order the save the world. Then, he becomes Yusei's archenemy.
  • Big Bad: Arguably, not just to 5D's, but due to the robot clone of Paradox he created that affected the time stream in the 10th anniversary movie, he is probably this for the entire franchise.
  • Broken Faceplate: His mask is cracked when Yusei manages to inflict some damage on him in their duel and breaks away to revealhis face is identical to Yusei's. The rest breaks away after Yusei deals the final blow and the device keeping Zone alive shuts down, leaving him very little time left.
  • Costume Copycat: He changes his own face to look like Yusei's in an attempt to bring people hope.
  • Cyborg: Considering he's an old man, it's probably a life support system.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: He underwent surgery to become Yusei all but literally long after he died. He even crammed data into a metal plate that he had attached to his head.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He may not have run over the line three times, but his crossing was no less painful. Having tried to make himself Yusei, he was given a Hope Spot when it seemed he had discovered a way for people to get to safety without being slaughtered by the Machine Emperors. That all came crashing down when they went berserk and killed crowds of people quickly; people fell calling out for "Yusei" to help them and Zone could do nothing. When he realised that even with Yusei's form, he was as helpless as anyone else, he gave up on that plan and decided to work on a Plan B.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Part of his mask is destroyed during his duel, showing that he has the same face as Yusei.
  • Faux Shadow: Despite the many hints, some more subtle than others, he is not Yusei from a Bad Future, rather just a normal man who assumed Yusei's appearance.
  • God Is Evil: He compares himself to god, and is, if Knight Templar-ish, definitely evil.
  • Grandpa God: He's an old man.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: While Yusei's heading to the Momentum core of the Ark Cradle, Zone, having just been beaten, grabs his D-Wheel and tosses it away, contributing to Yusei's getting out Just in Time and Zone smashing himself into the core.
  • Just A Copy: His view on the androids he made using the memories of his deceased friends.
  • Lack of Empathy: Has lost all hope in humanity and decides to exterminate Neo Domino City rather than to trust the people solve the problem by themselves.
  • Last of His Kind: Following the deaths of his friends, he is the last human alive.
  • Man Behind the Man: Directly behind Aporia and Paradox, and through Yliaster is behind the Godwin Brothers and the first Zero Reverse that split the city apart. Thus, pretty much every major disaster and villain can be traced back to him.
  • Man in the Machine: His monsters also fit this trope, seeing as how those are angels inside the armor.
  • Plot Twist: One of the most infamous in the entire franchise. After being hyped as a dark Yusei from the Bad Future, it instead turned out he was a random scientist who altered himself to look like Yusei.
  • Shout-Out: Possibly to the Truth. It claims to be 'the one who knows the truth' and offers to tell Sherry the truth in exchange for her accepting her fate being changed.
  • Super Power Lottery: His deck. Trap cards that can be activated directly from the hand. Any deck would get a big boost with just one of them, imagine a dozen or more!
    • All of his monsters are totally indestructible and doing varying types and levels of burn damage. One of them, Sandaion does 4000 points of damage at the end of the Battle Phase. And that's not even his ace monster.
  • Tarot Motifs: The four Hand-Traps he has used are based on the first four Major Arcana.
  • Walking Spoiler: His ultimate motives, the fact he is the Big Bad, and the Red Herring plot twist surrounding his identity makes it very hard to talk about him.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's trying to prevent a worse future by destroying Domino City.
  • White Void Room: It resides in one of these.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Thanks to crossing the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: He knows he doesn't have very long left to live.

    Spirits and Monsters 

Crimson Dragon

The embodiment of the Red Star worshiped by the People of the Stars 5000 years ago. After sealing the Jibakushin within the Nazca Lines, it's power was divided into 5 separate pieces and infused into the 5 individuals known as Signers as a Dragon's Birthmark. The 5 Dragons who protect the Signers are it's servants.

A sixth birthmark later appears, the Crimson Dragon's "heart", and is given to Rua, with a 6th Signer Dragon, Life Stream Dragon, to accompany it. At the very end of the series, once Neo Domino City is permanently at peace, the Crimson Dragon takes back the six birthmarks and disappears, its duties having been fulfilled.
  • All Your Powers Combined: When a Signer is fighting with great determination, the Dragon's Birthmarks can unite onto their back, forming the Full Dragon's Birthmark and allowing them to draw Savior Dragon. Godwin later turns this on them when he gets the Dragon Head.
    • Again with Shooting Quasar Dragon. It's summoned using the all the Synchro Monsters except Stardust Dragon as Synchro Material (although it is an evolution of Stardust Dragon anyway), its card artwork features tuning rings the same colors as all the Signer Dragons, and as noted here, it has effects somewhat reminiscent of all the Signer Dragons.
  • Because Destiny Says So: The Signers having to come together and face the Dark Signers and Earthbound Gods, every 5000 years.
  • Big Good: Indeed.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Life Stream Dragon, appearing to Rua as the final Signer Dragon over two years after it initially cameoed in the second ED, Cross Game, and again in Ruka's vision in episde 30.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Doubles with Chekhov's Gun above. At first, Rua's Life Stream Dragon being a Synchro Tuner monster, and having the effect to manipulate the levels of other monsters on the field (in the anime) seems fairly random and a waste. However, after Rua lends it to Yusei for the final battle with Z-One, Yusei tunes it to all the other Signer Dragons (minus Stardust Dragon) to Synchro Summon Shooting Quasar Dragon.
  • Deus ex Machina: Savior Dragon and the Synchro Monsters it summons, Savior Star Dragon and Savior Daemons' Dragon. Aside from the two Synchro monsters being incredibly powerful (although the real life card game Nerfs them to a degree), Savior Dragon only appears after the Crimson Dragon adds it on top a Signer (in this case Yusei and Jack's) decks. This means that Yusei and Jack are battling using a card not even in their decks.
    • Awesome, but Impractical: The Savior Dragons revert back to their original forms at the end of the turn, making them unfavorable in the actual card game. This comes up In-Universe where Yusei is aware that he cannot use Savior Star Dragon because Placido's setup makes it useless and would cause Stardust to get absorbed.
  • Elemental Powers: The Signer Dragons and their attributes.
  • Everything's Better With Sparkles: The Savior Dragons, again.
  • Evil Counterpart: The manga versions of Ancient Fairy and Power Tool look to be these.
  • Foreshadowing: The Crimson Dragon showed the Signers a vision of Satellite being engulfed by the flames of the Spider Geoglyph.
  • God: Perhaps the most powerful god in the Franchise so far. Its level of power is shown to be even stronger than the other gods from the rest of the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, especially in the 10th anniversary movie, where The Crimson Dragon is the main being that allows Yusei to travel back to Judai and Yugi's time periods.
  • Jesus Taboo: Because of this, the 'Savior' in the Savior Dragons is replaced with 'Majestic' in the TCG and in the English dub, and Savior Daemons' Dragon being renamed Majestic Red Dragon. Also a lesser example, "Red Daemons' Dragon" being re-named "Red Dragon Archfiend."
  • Mayincatec: Crimson Devil mini-arc heavily hints that the Crimson Dragon is actually Quetza Coatl.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: Life Stream Dragon as a card is unique in several regards among the Signer Dragons. It's the only Signer Dragon to have a specific summoning condition (requiring another Synchro Monster, Power Tool Dragon), and it's the only Signer Dragon that is a Synchro Tuner monster.
  • Our Dragons Are Different
  • The Magic Goes Away: The birthmarks, at the very end of the series. The Crimson Dragon itself also leaves, its duties having been fulfilled.

Earthbound Gods/Jibakushin (Earthbound Immortals)

Embodiments of evil sealed within the Nazca Lines by the Crimson Dragon and it's servants. They were unleashed from the Underworld 17 years ago, after the Zero Reverse incident blew a hole between this world and theirs. They are the driving force behind the Dark Signers, and are as follows; Uru (Spider), Cusillu (Monkey), Ccapac Apu (Giant), Aslla Piscu (Hummingbird), Ccarayhua (Lizard), Chacu Challua (Killer Whale) and lastly Wiraqocha Rasca (Condor). Much like the 5 Dragons serve the Crimson Dragon, they serve the King of the Underworld (Meikai No Oh). There is another 'lost' Earthbound God, Scar-Red Nova, which was personally sealed by the Crimson Dragon 5000 years before the others, and was too violent for the Dark Signers to use. It's power was sealed by Jack to create Scar-Red Nova Dragon.

Machine Emperors/Kikoutei (Meklord Emperors)

A series of monsters used by the Three Emperors of Yliaster. They are Machine Emperor Wisel, owned by Placido, Machine Emperor Skiel, owned by Lucciano, and Machine Emperor Grannel, owned by Jose. Arriving on Earth one at a time via stone tablets, they have the ability to absorb Synchro monsters - and since most people in the series use them, this is a bit of a problem for anyone facing them. There is a fourth Machine Emperor, Aporia's, called Machine Divine Emperor Machinicle Infinity Cubic.

During the WRGP final, it is shown that an army of Machine Emperors attacked humanity at the height of its development, before Momentum went out of control and destroyed the world.
  • The Assimilator: All of them can absorb in Synchro monsters.
  • Combining Mecha: Each one is made up of 5 separate components with effects that support one another, and can be replaced or upgraded to make the Kikoutei more powerful. Only Placido used parts from another Emperor on his own.
  • The Dreaded: Before Yusei got Shooting Star Dragon, he was terrified of them for their ability.
  • E = MC Hammer: The fourth Emperor is called Infinity Cubic. How one cubes infinity is anyone's guess.
  • Everything's Better With Sparkles: Wisel has a pair of boosters on it's upper legs that emit a trail of sparkles.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: They were created by Momentum to eliminate the cause of the system's instability, which was due to the human race becoming greedy, apathetic and conceited with progress.
  • Humongous Mecha: While Machine Emperors Wisel and Skiel aren't that humongous, Jose's Emperor, Grannel, certainly is.
  • Killer Robot: They effectively wiped out humanity in the Bad Future.
  • Manof Kryptonite: Designed to kill Synchro Monsters.
  • Numerological Motif: They all have an infinity sign on their chest.
  • Odd Name Out: Infinity Cubic. And Asterisk.
  • Plot-Based Photograph Obfuscation: All of them appear in the opening credits, but until they have actually appeared in the show, they are mostly hidden by shadow.
  • Shout-Out: The tablets that they arrive in are similar to the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not to mention the Ka Tablets from the original show.
  • Synchro Killer/Anti-Synchro: Their deck style is against the use of Synchro monsters, culminating in their signature emperors. Although it's less "killer" and more like "absorb them into their monsters". The first time Yusei encounters them, he has nightmares about Wisel until gaining Accel Synchro, which basically teleports them before they can be snagged. Of course Grannel and Machinicle can counteract that too.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: Unlike Wisel and Skiel, Jose's Grannel has the ability to prevent Synchros that it attacks from removing themselves from the field, as Jack found out rather painfully. Adding more is that it can drag out the Synchro from the Graveyard into its body.

Duel Dragons

A series of Dragon-Type Synchro Monsters that appear only in the manga.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Beelze
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: When a Duelist is completely controlled by them.
  • Casting a Shadow: All of them except Stardust, Black Rose, and Dragoascension.
  • Dark Is Evil: Even the Signer Dragon counterparts look much darker and more ominous compared to the anime with the exceptions of Stardust, Dragoascension, and Black Rose.
  • Demonic Possession: They can do this to the Duelists that uses them.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Tends to happen to those possessed by their Duel Dragon.
  • Dub Name Change: All of the Duel Dragons names have been changed in the English manga and TCG:
    • Machine Dragon - Power Tool > Power Tool Mecha Dragon
    • Fairy Dragon - Ancient > Ancient Pixie Dragon
    • Burning Demon Dragon - Red Demon > Hot Red Dragon Archfiend
    • Flashing Karat Dragon - Stardust > Stardust Spark Dragon
    • Demon King Dragon - Beezle > Beelze of the Diabolic Dragons
    • Purgatory Dragon - Ogre Dragoon > Void Ogre Dragon
    • Mysterious Winged Dragon - Black Feather > Blackfeather Darkrage Dragon
    • Underworld Dragon Dragonecro > Dragonecro Nethersoul Dragon
    • Dragoascension, the Supreme Dragon of the Heavens > Ascension Sky Dragon
    • Inconsistent Dub: Between Volumes 3 and 4, Power Tool has gone from Power Tool Mecha Dragon to Machine Dragon Power Tool, and Red Demon from Enma Dragon Red Demon to Jeweled Red Dragon Archfiend.
  • Expy: Six of the Duel Dragons shown look exactly like the Signer Dragons but with strange markings on their bodies.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Red Demon can destroy every single other Attack Position in play with just his effect.
  • Shout-Out: Dragoascension has Osiris the Sky Dragon's signature effect.
  • Super Mode: For Beelze, Demon King Super Dragon - Beelzeus, and for Dragonecro, Dragococytus the Impure Underworld Dragon.


    10th Anniversary Movie 


Voiced by: Atsushi Tamura (Japanese), Sean Schemmel (English)

If I let history be, the world will be destroyed. I've come here to change that hopeless future

The main antagonist of the 10th Anniversary Movie who comes from a destroyed future. Believing Duel Monsters to be the cause, he traveled back in time to kill Pegasus before he could create the game, requiring the main protagonists of the three series to team up to stop him.

It is later shown that he was part of a group of survivors including himself, Aporia, Antinomy and Z-One, who sought to change the future. However, he, Aporia, and Antinomy eventually succumbed to old age and died, leaving only Z-One left.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: His attack on Domino City killed a bunch of people, but what's their sacrifice compared to the entire human race?
  • Anti-Villain: Like Aporia and Z-One, he's trying to prevent a Bad Future.
  • All Your Powers Combined: His deck is composed of "Malefic" monsters, which, except for three cards, are evil, corrupted versions of the ace cards of friends and allies of Yugi, Jaden and Yusei, such as Kaiba's Blue Eyes White Dragon, Jesse's Rainbow Dragon or Yusei's own Stardust Dragon.
  • Big Bad: Of the movie.
  • Cool Bike: It can transform into a flying machine and also travels through time.
  • Meaningful Name: He and his friends are all named after logical fallacies.
  • Time Travel: He travels back in time to kill Pegasus before he could create Duel Monsters.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His goal is to save the world.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Like Aporia and Z-One he crossed the Despair Event Horizon and is trying to prevent a worse fate for humanity.
  • Would Hit a Girl: While any duel is guaranteed to have this, Paradox's first attempt in defeating Yugi, Jaden and Yusei after summoning Malefic Truth Dragon is having Malefic Red-Eyes Black Dragon attack Dark Magician Girl. While it does benefit Truth Dragon's effect, the protagonists had 2600 life points, and the former's effect deals 800 damage based on how many monsters are destroyed by its effect, Dark Magician Girl was in defense mode and they had 3 other monsters on their field otherwise, dropping them down to 200; had he attacked Dark Magician, Stardust Dragon, or Neos Knight instead with Blue-Eyes or Truth Dragon, he would've won in a single move.

    Manga Only 

Sect Injuin

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: From the Card of Darkness the Skeleton Knight gave him.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Due to Beelze's influence.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Once Sect joins the Skeleton Knight, he trades in his biker outfit for some sweet looking medieval armor.
  • Meaningful Name: His Card of Darkness, Demon King Dragon - Beelze, is named after Beelzebub, who is also known as the 'Lord of Flies'. Sect uses Insect-Type monsters.
    • Also, since family names are placed before given names in Japan, Sect's name is Injuin Sect.
  • The Rival: Yusei has declared him this, although Jack kinda lives more up to the role.
  • Super Mode: For his Duel Dragon, Beelze: Demon King Super-Dragon Beelzus.

The Skeleton Knight

  • Big Bad: Apparently.
  • Deal with the Devil: Duelists can call upon him to obtain powerful cards, but those Cards of Darkness corrupt them into his service.
  • Evil Counterpart: His ace monster, Underworld Dragon Dragonecro, specializes in creating these of any monster it battles.
  • Hellish Horse: Skeleton Knight rides a skeletal one in place of a D-Wheel.
  • My Horse Is a Motorbike: Inverted as he uses a horse instead of a D-Wheel
  • No Sell: A somewhat unusual example with Underworld Dragon Dragonecro, which cannot destroy monsters in battle.
  • The Reveal: The Skeleton Knight is actually Rudger Godwin.
  • Super Mode: For his Duel Dragon, Dragonecro: Dragococytus, the Impure Underworld Dragon.

Shinto Priest

Dark Crow Hogan

  • Mirror Match: Uses the same cards and strategies like Crow does.

Ultimaya Tzolk'in the Ultimate God

  • Expy: It's original form resembles Obelisk the Tormentor. It's true form is the Crimson Dragon.

    Video Game Only 


  • BFS: He has one as his Duel Disk.


  • Demonic Possession: He initially possessed one of the scientists who were investigating Yggdrasil. When he committed suicide in an unsuccessful attempt to take Odin with him, Odin possessed his daughter, Alina.
    • Judging from a line after Surtr breaks his armour, there might be a little more to the second case.
  • The Faceless: Until the end.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Norse Mythology: He is named after the king of the Norse Gods.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Odin is possessing the body of Alina, the daughter of one of the scientists investigating Yggdrasil.

Transer (Transcender)

Player (World Championship 2009)

  • Cloning Blues: It's implied thatthe player is a clone, but never made clear and up for the audience to decide. Either way, there are four clones of the player that they have to take on.
  • I Am Who?: He is actually a fake signer created by Rex Godwin in an attempt to summon the Crimson Dragon. He succeeds... But the Crimson Dragon quickly dissipates.

Player (World Championship 2010)

Player (World Championship 2011)

  • The Ace: of Team Future Speed.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: Temporarily joins Team 5D's near the end of the game
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Before the final three duels, he/she gets three special cards: Ally of Justice Decisive Armor, Trident Dragion and Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier.
  • Parental Abandonment: Later revealed that they both perished alongside Toru's parents on a D-Wheel accident.




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