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.As with on the main page, please be careful when using Fanon-related tropes to edit this page.
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Multiple Character Tropes
Here are some common tropes associated with various characters:
Chosen One: Both for the Signers chosen by the Crimson Dragon, and the Dark Signers chosen by the Earthbound Gods.
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.)
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transforming Mecha: Rua's decktype, Deformers/Morphtronics, are household items (Cell Phone, Lighter/USB Drive, Radio) that transform into humanoid robots.
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.
Badass Normal: He defeats Dark Signer Bommer and helps beat Godwin both despite not being a Signer at the time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 byTetsu 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 side...to 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.
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.
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.
Yin-Yang Bomb: Becomes a Signer and a Dark Signer at the same time.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Big Bad Wannabe: What he ends up being, as he's disposed of by the Dark Signers twice and doesn't execute any major plans.
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:
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.
Artificial Limbs: Like his brother, Rudger has a prosthetic left arm, after severing his own arm.
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.
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.
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.
Break the Cutie: Who can blame her for breaking down in tears at the end of Episode 39. She thinks she's killed someone, seems doomed to a future of evil that will have her fight her beloved, and on top of that, she's dead.
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.
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?
(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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Episode 117, after getting flung into a wormhole, Zone confronts her in white space in the form of her father. He says that if she wants to know the truth, he will tell her, but she'll have to accept her fate being changed as a result. Doesn't sound familar at all, does it?
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.
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.
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)
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.
Why Don't You Just End Your Turn and Win: One of the most infamous cases of the Idiot Ball in the franchise, if Jean had simply ended his turn and not made a move, Yusei would have lost by deck out. Instead they Hand Wave that he feels the need to attack (in the Japanese his "fighting spirit" has been ignited, in the dub he doesn't want to win by deck out), and in doing so causes himself to lose.
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.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Nicholas attempts to make Jack crash with their second dark card. However it causes damage to him as well, and Jack was protected by his monster's effect. As a result, Nicholas's D-Wheel was destroyed and Team Catastrophe lost by default.
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.
Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Basically every single word that comes out of their mouth is either talking shit about Yusei and the others or how great they and the Nordic gods are.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
Ascended Fanboy: Yoshizo is a fan of Team 5D. The reaction he gives while seeing Yusei in front of him can be described as Squee.
Badass Normal: Even more so than Team Unicorn. They use alot of extremely common cards without any sort of incredibly elaborate strategy, while riding a home made duel runner. Their ace card is extremely powerful, enough to contend with the 3 Egyptian God cards, but is so hard to summon, no one before them had ever gotten it on the field due to the ridiculous summoning conditions the card has. They came within spitting distance of actually winning, and unlike Team Unicorn, they didn't do it with an incredibly cheap mill strategy.
Fan Dumb: In-universe example, the WRGP audience thinks that their outdated cards and Stone Wall strategy is lame, even though they are undefeated and are giving Team 5D's a run for their money.
Meaningful Name: Lotten (which sounds the same as "Rotten" in Japan) is the obvious one. The dub also shortens Barbara's name to Barb, which is a word for something spiky or prickly (as in barbed wire).
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A series of Dragon-Type Synchro Monsters that appear only in the manga.
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?
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.
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.
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.