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Here is the list of the characters introduced in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.

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Yuya Sakaki

Voiced by: Kensho Ono (JP), Michael Liscio Jr. (EN)

The main protagonist of ARC-V, an eighth-grader who attends You Show Duel School. He aspires to become an Entertainment Duelist and bring laughter to people through his duels like his father did before him, at least before his mysterious disappearance three years ago.

He owns a good-luck charm pendant his father gave him when he was younger, which mysteriously glows during his televised exhibition match against Strong Ishijima. This unlocks the power of an entirely new Summoning method; Pendulum Summoning, which quickly sets off a chain of events that may go well beyond his control.

He uses a Entermate/Performapal Deck, which features animals in costume that focus on altering the ATK and DEF of monsters. His ace is his Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon.

Tropes associated with Yuya:

  • The Ace: He's the best duelist of the You Show Duel School, though there are only six students there.
  • Accidental Pervert: In episode 22, he felt down the stairs to then falling right with his head in the perfect position to look up Mieru's skirt. Even though he didn't saw anything, she still whacks him on the head. What a great first impression.
  • All the Other Reindeer: Due to his dad disappearing, nearly every kid his age mocked him.
  • Animal Motifs: The Dragon, made clear with the title of Episode 39. "Reverse Scales": Gekirin (逆鱗), in Japanese and Chinese mythology, refers to one particular scale out of 81 scales covering the body of the dragon. This scale, unlike others, is inverted. It is said in Japanese legends that if one were to touch the dragon’s gekirin, it would result in the wrath of the dragon. Explained here.
  • Anime Hair: Like his predecessors in other Yu-Gi-Oh! installments, his hair is pretty out there. However, it's more subdued in comparison, and the "out there" part comes more from the hair colors; half red and half green.
  • The Artifact: His Discover/Hip Hippo was only really useful in his first duel. A monster with low ATK and DEF, and its effect (allowing Yuya to Tribute Summon it for a Level 7+ Tribute Summon) is pretty much useless when Yuya starts using Pendulum Summoning. His purpose in Action Duels (a steed) is diminished by stronger monsters being able to fulfill transportation purposes. The monster itself is somewhat of a mascot for the series, so it appears more outside of duels than it does inside. In episode 26 however, his friends were surprised to see it summoned and be used as a tribute for Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon since the monsters he used for the Pendulum Scales did not have scales going that high.
  • Badass: He nearly took down Strong Ishijima before he got his Pendulum cards and his badassery has only gotten up since then
  • Berserk Button: Don't threaten the You Show Duel School around him. It's the school his father set up. Sora in general is one too, though its Played for Laughs. Making fun of his father or hurting his friends are big buttons as well.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In episode 4, when Yuzu and the kids finally fall, Yuya has his newly returned Pendulum Monsters rescue them.
  • Bishie Sparkle: What Mieru imagines Yuya has when he defeats her. Afterwards she's head over heels for the guy, much to Yuya's confusion and Yuzu's anger.
  • Blade Brake: In episode 9, Yuya uses his Entermate Sword Fish to catch himself when he falls.
  • Book Dumb: Yuya mentions in episode 19 that he is bad at science and math.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: In Episode 39, his Superpowered Evil Side borrows Yuto's summon chant for Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon.
  • Break the Cutie: Yuya is a happy go lucky guy that wants to bring smiles and happiness to his audience which is why from episode 34 on he's had his ideals questioned from Sora turning out to be a lot more evil than previously thought, dueling being used as a weapon, Sora disappearing and finally Yuto disappearing because Yuto taking the hit for him. Finally culminating in his own Super-Powered Evil Side being released breaking his own ideals. The kid needs a hug.
  • Broken Pedestal: In episode 2, after finding out that Pendulum Summoning requires special cards, most of his fans begin thinking of him as a cheater.
  • Butt Monkey: Often. Especially in episode 20. He even uses it as a comedy routine. And in episode 22, Yuya has terrible unluck. He oversleeps, he hits his head under his desk, he trips and falls down the stairs, is accused as an pervert, gets wrong coin side, has a dead opening hand, is glared by thirteen black cats, he trips without any reasons, he draws a Action Trap named "Terrible Unluck", and his two strongest monster are switched to defense position.
  • Catch Phrase: He has two during duels: "Ladies and gentlemen!" and "The fun's just getting started!" The latter also appears frequently in the opening and ending songs.
  • Character Development: Nico Smiley chose the four duelists Yuya needed to beat to qualify for the Youth Dueling Circuit specifically to make Yuya become a better duelist all around. And it pays off too, with Yuya learning from the first three duels that there is no such thing as a perfect strategy and flexibility is important in duelling, that he can use disadvantages in his favour, that he can't be complacent in duelling, that a pro needs communication with their opponent and the audience to be entertaining and how to take Pendulum Summoning further. With the last duel, he takes the lessons from the previous three duels and applies it here as well as learning how to stand on his own two feet rather than constantly relying on other people for support.
    • This really shows in Episode 31, when Sawatari revealed his own Pendulum cards, sent Odd-Eyes and his other cards back into in his deck and was overall cornered. Yuya instead of falling in Heroic BSOD, smiled and enjoyed the challenge presented.
  • Characterization Marches On: The first two episodes shows Yuya acting like a clown and he makes fun of everybody and everything. Since the third episode, he's much more serious and his entertainer persona only shows up when he is doing some of his combos. While it's stated by his mother that Yuya used his duel against Ishijima to reinvent himself out of his Sad Clown persona into a more serious Entertainer, it doesn't explain why all pre-series media treated this attitude as his only personality.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The first time he used Pendulum Summoning, Yuya used the phrase "Ide yo, waga shimobe no monster-tachi wo" ("Come fourth, my monster servants) during his summon chant. Since then, he usually uses "Awarero, ore no monster-tachi" ("Show yourself, my monsters"). He does use the first variant again in episode 39, when his apparent Superpowered Evil Side is revealed.
    • His split personality become a lot more relevant when Yuto's and Yugo's are revealed hinting that his split personality is just as dangerous. Which was proven in Episode 39, when his dark side was shown.
  • Childhood Friends: With Yuzu and Gongenzaka. This is the reason why Yuzu's meeting with the Dark Duelist disturbs her so much, due to his resemblance to Yuya.
  • Coat Cape: He likes to wear his jacket this way. It never seems to fall away from him, even in situations were it reasonably should, like when he's performing all his acrobatic stunts.
  • Combat Pragmatist: His Dueling style is this. He summons a speedy animal and runs around to find Action Cards, allowing him to disable his opponent's attacks and such.
  • Conspicuous CG: Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon and its evolutions. Yuya is also made in CG whenever he's riding this monster.
  • Convenient Coma: He was in one for two days after the events of Episode 37.
  • Cool Big Bro: To the kids from the You Show Duel School.
  • Creepy Monotone: In Episode 39 when possessed.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Perfectly demonstrated during his duel against Ishijima. Yuya acts like a clown and apparently makes a fool of him while riding Performapal Hip Hippo. Ishijima and the audience eventually realize that Yuya's ride helps him gathering Action Cards all over the place.
  • Curtains Match the Window: He has red eyes, which match most of his hair.
  • Custom Uniform: Yuya uses the school's jacket as a Coat Cape and different kind of pants than the rest of the males in the school.
  • Determinator: Thanks to his father's advice to smile and laugh whenever he feels sad or in trouble, Yuya manages to gather the courage to get himself out of any pinch he finds himself in.
    Yuya: That's right. If I keep my heart in Defense Mode, there's no way I'll be able to enjoy my duels!
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His deck contains a number of DARK-Attribute Monsters, including Stargazer and Timgazer Magician, Entermate Trump Witch and Silver Claw, Odd-Eyes, and Rune-Eyes, and as of Episode 37, Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon. This is not surprising, considering that his four predecessors did the same.
  • Disappeared Dad: Yuya's father Yusho was a popular Duelist, but three years ago, he no-showed an event and hasn't been seen since. Mentioning anything about his father is one of the only times Yuya won't be smiling.
  • Distressed Dude: In episode 30, Ankokuji does this to keep Gongenzaka distracted. Yuya proves to be a Badass in Distress and Yuya defeats four people who are supposed to keep him in busy at once.
  • Dragon Rider: He can ride his Odd-Eyes Dragon and Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon in Action Duels.
  • Expy: Mostly of Judai with his surface personality and somewhat of his appearance, and Yuma with his backstory, with a dose of Yusei's dueling style, and his inner depression about what he thinks may be his fault. Also of Kaito Kuroba. His Superpowered Evil Side gives him another parallel with Judai, and his dragon resonating like the Signer Dragons is another parallel with Yusei.
  • Famed in Story: Yuya is very famous for defeating Strong Ishijima and having Pendulum cards.
  • Fighting Your Friend: In episode 25 he discovers that, in order to qualify in the Junior Youth and initiate his climb in professional dueling, he must defeat Gongenzaka.
  • Flung Clothing: Yuya does this in Episode 1 when he summons Odd-Eyes Dragon. How he took off a full body costume and keep his duel disk on is everyone's guess.
  • Foil: He has two, Gongenzaka and Reiji.
    • With Gongenzaka, they are both heirs to their schools with unusual decks. Yuya having a Pendulum deck and Gongenzaka having a deck without Spells or Traps. While Yuya hides his emotions, Gongenzaka is instead very expressive about them. This is best shown in their dueling styles. Yuya during a duel, runs about looking for action cards, compared to Gongenzaka refusing to move.
    • With Reiji they are both the aces of their schools and are Pendulum users. While Reiji is well respected as the head of the top duel school at the start of the series, Yuya is looked down upon because of his father and is a member of a duel school made up of only 5 people. They both hide their emotions, Yuya using laughter and smiles compared to Reiji's cold manners stoicism. Their relationships with their fathers are completely different as well. Yuya's father disappeared but Yuya still thinks very highly of him, while Reiji doubts his father even cares enough about him that he would be a useful hostage.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: After he bumps into Gongenzaka in the first episode and takes off his goggles, you can see tears in his eyes, hinting at his Stepford Smiler personality.
  • Fun Personified: Yuya lives to entertain people and bring smiles to their faces.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Just like Yuto and Yugo during his Superpowered Evil Side. Also crosses into Red Eyes, Take Warning, though his eyes were always red, this makes them terrifying.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: His goggles don't seem to have any practical purpose, though he does use them to hide his feelings.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: His deck's theme, bar Odd-Eyes.
  • Harmless Electrocution: He's fell victim to this a few times, in particular episodes 16 and 20.
  • Harmless Freezing: In episode 20 he is frozen in a block of ice following his Humiliation Conga.
  • Heir to the Dojo: In a fashion. His father set up the "You Show Duel School" that specializes in teaching Yusho's Entertainment Dueling sytle, being Yuya the only one that can pull it off being the founder's son and the ace of the school.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: He loves his mom's pet dogs.
  • Heroic BSOD: He is more prone to these than all the other protagonist, perfectly justified as his loving personality also masks three years of emotional pain caused by his father's disappearance and his attempts to cope with it. Has a big one after learning that Reiji can Pendulum Summon and was needed Shuzou to duel him out of it.
    • Becomes depressed after his disturbing victory against Kachidoki in #40. Fortunately, it took the audience's applause for Yuzu's duel and Yuto's words of wisdom that Yuya has finally gotten over it.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Gongenzaka.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Sawatari uses Yuya's Combat Pragmatist tendencies against him in their duel, by having all the Action Cards being traps instead. Afterwards, Yuya does the rest of the duel without Action Cards.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • A strange example. When given the opportunity to end his turn and win the duel against Reiji, he makes sure that he gives himself some defense just in case, and he turns out to be right. He admits that he wouldn't have liked to win the duel like that.
    • He also doesn't want to get into the Junior Youth Championship without having all the requirements, even though his defeat of Ishijima had made the Maiami City Committee more than happy to let him in.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Subverted. Even though Yuya decides to help Sora because he is his friend, Yuya soon questions Sora's behaviour about Xyz users being his preys.
  • Humiliation Conga: Episode 20. He fails to answer any quiz questions correctly, getting him zapped, slapped around, dragged through the mud and frozen.
  • I Am Your Opponent: He says this to Yuto in Episode 35, siding on Sora's side.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: When given the opportunity to get a free pass into the Youth Dueling Circuit, he instead gets Nico Smiley to arrange the four Duels that Yuya needs to qualify.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Being the one who discovers Pendulum Summoning is a bigger deal to Yuya than other people think. When Sawatari used his Pendulum monsters against him, he was shocked but managed to put himself together by getting the cards back and winning. But when Reiji created his own Pendulum Monsters, Yuya went into a Heroic BSOD because he realized that now, Pendulum Summon wasn't his anymore.
  • Idiot Ball: Yuya tends to do this a lot when he isn't thinking straight, which happens increasingly often. If he doesn't Pendulum Summon, he'll leave a monster on the field with little protection whatsoever. Notably averted in his Duel against Reiji, where he does this, but makes sure to leave sufficient protection.
  • Idiot Hair: He has a green one, to go hand to hand with his Idiot Hero status.
  • Idiot Hero:
    • Even accounting for unfamiliarity with it, there's no way it should have taken someone with average deductive abilities as long to replicate Pendulum Summoning as it took Yuya, especially not if they reviewed recordings of Yuya's duel as he himself did. Nonetheless, Yuya somehow takes nearly three hundred Duels to successfully perform another Pendulum Summon.note 
      • To be fair though in the story of ARC-V you can't just simply learn summoning methods and higher summoning methods like Fusion, Synchro and Xyz are only reserved for people who are inscripted for Elite class students of a different duel school. So Yuya teaching himself how Pendulum Summoning works without any form of teacher is probably impressive in universe.
    • He fails to correctly answer several Science and Math Questions on the Quiz Field.
    • However, he does Fusion Summon correctly on his first try, something Yuzu did not do (mostly because she's confused about Yuto's resemblance to Yuya).
    • Also averted when he, realizes the war with xyz and fusion users has to be bigger than two opposing schools. And he's right.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Yuya's ace, Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon. Which is odd, as the Monster with the "X-Eyes Y Dragon" name format is usually the rival's ace instead of the main character's.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Yuya usually uses the informal "ore", but when he is in his entertainer persona, he switches to the formal "watashi".
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: He loves his mom's pet cats.
  • Large Ham: He tends to treat Duels like a show, so he is very hammy and dramatic. He's much more normal outside of a duel though.
    • Incoming Ham: "LADIIIIIIIIIIIIES AAAAAAAAND GENTLEMEEEEEEN!!"
  • Laser-Guided Karma: His teasing of Futoshi in the first ending earns him a quick smack from Yuzu's fan.
  • Le Parkour: Yuya uses it the most, always jumping around for Action Cards.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: When Yuya is going to win he loves to say, "The Fun is just getting started" before executing his combo.
  • Light 'em Up: Rune-Eyes Pendulum Dragon's manner of attacking.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Well more like Dueling Emotional Crutch, but Odd-Eyes functions as this for Yuya. If Odd-Eyes is destroyed, Yuya is crushed.
    • After his character development, this is no longer the case.
  • Loser Son of Loser Dad: His father got a reputation as a Dirty Coward for his no-show and disappearance. Many people mock Yuya and suggest he must be a coward as well.
  • Made of Iron: Yuya has been thrown around like a rag doll on multiple occasions.
  • The Magic Poker Equation:
    • He always seems to have his two main Pendulum Monsters, Timegazer Magician and Stargazer Magician, and his ace monster Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon in his opening hand or after his first few draws.
    • Averted in episode 22, when he starts with a dead hand, having six useless high-level monster that he cannot Pendulum Summon at this point.
    • Averted again in his duel against Gongenzaka, where he doesn't draw Timegazer Magician at all, and has to use a more roundabout method and different Pendulum Scales to Summon his monsters.
  • Magnetic Plot Device: The Pendulum cards. The only known real ones are all in Yuya's Deck, with the chance that they're the only ones in existence, and they allow a powerful way of summoning monsters. No wonder why everybody wants them.
    • His Pendulum seems to be able to create new cards on the spot. Creating the Pendulum cards and Odd-Eye's evolutions.
  • Multicolored Hair: His hair is both red and green. It somehow mimics the Pendulum Card color scheme.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After he wakes up from his Super-Powered Evil Side in Episode 39
  • My Greatest Failure: Yuto taking the hit for him
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Named after Yuya , a powerful courtier during Egypt's 18th dynasty who married Tjuyu, a noblewoman who is referred to as the "Singer of Hathor", and had a daughter named Tiye, the "Great Royal Wife" of Amenhotep III.
  • Next Tier Power-Up: A Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonist staple. Yuya's favorite monster (Odd-Eyes) gets several upgrades throughout the story. First, from Odd-Eyes Dragon to Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon. Then, Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon gets two Fusion versions: Rune-Eyes Pendulum Dragon and Beast-Eyes Pendulum Dragon.
  • Nice Guy: He's shown to be fun-loving and relatively easygoing.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Arguably, his interference in Yuto and Yugo's Duel caused Yuto to lose.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: He was freaked out by Mieru's sudden interest. To be fair to the guy, everyone would be creeped out when a 12-year-old girl you met today asks HOW MANY CHILDREN YOU WANT.
  • Oblivious to Love: Fortunately, not to the extent of previous protagonists. note . Though in his defense, tsunderes can be confusing to deal with.
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: Yuya duels four people at once in episode 30. It's only shown that he's using his Hippo cards, but it is not shown how he defeated them.
  • One-Turn-Kill: Like other protagonists, Yuya often uses combos that allow him to wipe out the Life Points of the opponent in one turn, which is given a big helping hand by his Pendulum Dragon monsters and his Anti-Magic Magicians.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • When Yuya drops his cheerful persona, it usually means something is wrong with him.
    • In Episode 9, Yuya is noticeably angry in his Duel. This makes the main cast question why.
    • In Episode 35, Yuya becomes angry at Yuto, and even Yuto is a bit stunned by that.
    • In Episode 39, he brutally defeats Isao Kachidoki by using Yuto's Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: During his One-Turn Kill against Mieru, Yuya acts like a charming Bishounen guy. It is either this or it is part of his entertainer persona or it is just Mieru's imagination.
  • Pinball Protagonist: Yuya kickstarted the plot off with his Pendulum Cards, but so far, much of the plot literally disappears when he shows up. However, in episode 33, he catches up with the part of the plot he has been missing.
    • He completely averts this from Episode 35 on, where he learns everything Yuzu knows and even personally duels Yuto. He also demands to know what's going on so that he isn't left behind, and succeeds quite nicely in that regard.
  • Playing with Fire: Despite being DARK- and EARTH-attribute, respectively, Odd-Eyes and Beast-Eyes both utilize flame-based attacks.
  • Protagonist Power-Up Privileges: Subverted. While Yuya is currently the only one with Pendulum Cards, it's a plot point that others are making more and he won't be the only user. Played straight regarding the fact that he is the only duelist so far who can create new cards out of nowhere.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted, Yuya is a nice guy. Except in Episode 39.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Yuya is the protagonist and has almost completely red hair, notably being the first main character in the Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-offs to have it.
  • Red Is Heroic: He is the main character, he has red hair, red eyes, a red shirt, a red duel disk and his ace is a red dragon.
  • Sad Clown: Confirmed to be this by his mom in episode 1. She states he makes fun of himself before others can. This might be lampshaded when Yuya enters his match against Strong Ishijima dressed as a clown.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Inverted in his dynamic with Yuzu, with him as the energetic guy and her as the savvy girl.
  • Screw Destiny: Mieru says its his fate to lose to her. He tells her he'll simply have to change it. He does in fact do so. Later Played for Laughs when he says (or maybe only thought it) he'll change the fate of being Mieru's promised one.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: With Yuzu. She agrees at first, but he takes it too far. He also says this in Episode 18 when Sora suggests someone else might take Yuzu away from him.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Shows some signs of this after the events of 35 through 37
  • Ship Tease:
    • When Yuzu suddenly runs off in episode 15, Tatsuya, Ayu, and Futoshi teasingly tell Yuya to treat Yuzu better.
    • Happened again in 23, when they have a touching moment after Yuya gives her back her Fusion card. There were hearts in the background!
    • Happened again when Yuzu's duel was able to bring him out of his bsod
  • Shrinking Violet: Based on the flashback in episode 25, he was this as a kid after his dad disappeared.
  • Split Personality: Very subtle, but this is implied to happen in Episode 1, when Yuya created the Pendulum Cards in the middle of his duel. He doesn't seem to remember what he did after the duel either. Makes sense, considering the trauma of dealing with his missing father. After getting Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, it becomes an explicit Superpowered Evil Side.
  • Spirited Competitor: As a result of his character development, Yuya has become this. Even smiling in excitement in his duel against Sawatari when Sawatari sealed his Pendulum summoning.
  • Stepford Smiler: He's the "sad inside" type. According to Yuya's mother, he created his Fun Personified persona to cope with his father's disappearance and the negative stigma it brought him. It's the result of his father's advice to "laugh when you feel like crying". Episode 14, confirms that he is in fact a pessimist.
  • “Stop Having Fun” Guys: Inverted; he argues that the point of Dueling is so people can have fun. invoked
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Yuya's shows up in Episode 39. Becoming aggressive and horrifying even learning Xyz summoning, his eyes glowing, he becoming completely calm and his hair becomes even more messy.
  • Theme Naming: Like other protagonists, Yuya's name has the Yu syllable in it.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: To him, Dueling is all about having fun and entertaining the audience. He'll never forgive anyone who would tarnish it by using it as a weapon for conflict and hurting people.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Learning Fusion Summoning.
    • And beyond that. Starting with his duel with Gongenzaka, he starts to Pendulum Summon without both his -gazer Magicians, and displays more complex strategies. (Such as attacking an opponent with Odd-Eyes, then using Trump Witch's effect to create Beast-Eyes and attack the enemy again.)
  • Training from Hell: Well, the card game version, but between episode 2 and 3, Yuya and Gongenzaka dueled through the night and had at least 291 duels.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee:
    • Shows up in Episode 13. Yuya outlines his combo to defeat Reiji in detail to the audience, only to have it fail after the first step because of an effect of Reiji's monsters he didn't know about.
    • Happens again in episode 23, when he has Trap Card that can negate a direct attack and allows him to add a card to his hand.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He develops this with Sora eventually, getting him in a friendly headlock after explaining that no, they cannot celebrate Sora getting into the MCS, because Yuya still has to.
  • Warrior Therapist: Yuya's Entertainment Dueling eventually catches his opponent in his performance and he changes them in a positive way. Characters like Michio and Sawatari eventually become in better terms with him. Since Yuya's goal is to make people smile with his Entertainment Dueling, it backfires when his Superpowered Evil Side enters the scene and ditches the Entertainment style for a dark OTK, following with Kachidoki being really pissed at Yuya after losing to him.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He wants to prove he's being worthy of being Yusho Sakaki's son, both to himself, common public and to his father (wherever he is), by being a great Entertainer duelist like him. A flashback shows that while Yusho was flattered by his son's devotion, he encourage him to be himself instead of trying to emulate him. Yoko even comments that Yuya now is determinated in surpassing his father.
  • Wham Line: Episode 39 has Yuya's "Formed from pitch-black darkness, to fight those foolish enough to oppose it with its treacherous fangs! Descend now! Xyz Summon! Rank 4! Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon!"
  • Whip It Good: In episode 3, Yuya spends the first few turns using Entermate Whip Viper/Performapal Whip Snake to swing across the field quicker than he can move on foot.
  • Willfully Weak: Despite being the only person able to use a never-before-seen method of summoning capable of opening his dueling to several abusive combos, high level monster spam, etc., Yuya sticks to using his weaker Performapal monsters, often for his one turn finishes. Partly justified in how the Performapals reflect Yuuya's personality and due to the nature of duel schools in ARC-V, all other advanced summoning methods that aren't Tribute Summoning do not appear to be available to the general public.
  • Worf Had the Flu:
    • He started his duel with Michio while starving, which left him barely able to think straight and too weak to retrieve an Action Card. Once his mother passes him a snack, he easily retrieves the card and comes up with the winning strategy.
    • And with Kyuando, he started exhausted after watching quiz shows all night, which made his Idiot Hero problem much worse.
    • His duel with Mieru comes in a time when he's feeling very uncertain about his future and he feels stuck. Mieru's speeches about how his future is bound to failure makes him take very bad decisions out of anger.
  • Worthy Opponent: He sees Gongenzaka and Reiji as ones. And after Episode 32, Sawatari
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He initially presumes he can only Pendulum Summon when he's in a tight situation and about to lose. He's wrong, but given the franchise's history with these sorts of things, it's not hard to understand why he'd expect it.

Yuzu Hiragi

Voiced by: Yuuna Inamura

The heroine of ARC-V and Yuya's childhood friend, she is the daughter of You Show Duel School's owner. Where Yuya is energetic and upbeat, she is more rational, though rather quick to lose her temper. She has a habit of whacking people, particularly her father and Yuya, with a paper fan whenever she's annoyed with them.

Yuzu plays a Fantasia/Melodious deck which largely relies on Special Summoning multiple smaller monsters to Tribute Summon her ace, Prodigy Mozart, which Special Summons more Fantasia monsters, continuing the chain. After her loss to Masumi Kotsu, she decided to train in Fusion Summoning. The result is a deck that can take advantage of swarming and Fusion.

Tropes associated with Yuzu:

  • Action Girl:
    • She's a duelist in training, same as Yuya, and proves it in the second episode when she duels him and wins.
    • She proves her mettle again when she beats Masumi in their second duel.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When she asks Sora to teach her how to Fusion Summon.
  • Amazon Brigade: Her deck seems to contain mostly female, Fairy-type Fantasia monsters.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Sora especially stated she learned how to counter a Fusion deck by understanding a Fusion duelist.
  • Badass: She was qualified for the Junior Youth Championship before Yuya.
  • Badass Adorable: She has her cute moments.
  • Batman Gambit: During her second duel with Masumi, she counted on her doing another Fusion summon, allowing her to use a certain Trap Card.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Calling her a female Strong Ishijima is not a good idea, Yuya.
    • Judging by her reaction in Episode 27, Mieru has become one. Episode 38 is an exception, though this may be because she's more concerned about Yuya's coma.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Whenever Yuya or her father make her mad, she hit them with her fan, which is a classic manzai gag.
  • Bridal Carry:
    • Indirectly done by Yuya, since one of his Magicians saves her when she falls, and carries her like this.
    • Then she does an indirect one to Masumi in episode 29, when Bloom Diva saves her from a (possibly) fatal fall.
  • Burning with Anger: In Episode 27, she burst into flames when meeting Mieru. The reason why she does this? Mieru calls Yuya her "darling".
  • Call Back: In episode 28, Yuzu calls Sora and yells at him that he must hurry up to be in time for her first duel. Sora did the same to her in episode 22, about his last qualification duel. The animation style is even similar.
  • Characterization Marches On: The first few episodes played up her Tsundere side and made her seem like she had a very short temper. Considering how serious the story is and how inappropriate this comedy would be most of the time, she had to be mellowed out. By now, she's much more serious and mature, and her fan-smacks are usually reserved for her dad.
  • Childhood Friends: With Yuya, which is why her meeting with Yuto disturbs her so much. He looks like Yuya, making her question just how much she really knows about her best friend.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She was not happy that Mieru hugged Yuya, calling him her fated person. She looked very annoyed to see Mieru again, in Episode 27, calling Yuya her "darling" all the time.
  • Cool Big Sis: She acts this way to the younger students of You Show Duel School.
  • Designated Girl Fight: With Masumi, twice. Then again with Mikiyo.
  • Determinator: In Episodes 3-4, she refused to give up even as she was dangling from a tower. Also demonstrated by her will to fight for her friends and school.
  • Deuteragonist: While she still didn't get to duel as much as Yuya, she's been much more involved with the main plotline than him up to now, even taking an active role into unveiling the mystery behind the Dark Duelist. Some fans even joke that she's taking Yuya's place as the one and only protagonist of the show.
  • Epic Fail: Fails her first Fusion Summon, because she added it to her Main Deck instead of her Extra Deck while thinking about the whole Dark Duelist affair. Fortunately, it's just a training duel.
  • Explosive Instrumentation: In the first episode, Yuzu loses her temper and pounds on a keyboard, which damages the school's Solid Vision system and forces them to get a replacement.
  • Fiery Redhead: Of the fuchsia-haired kind. While normally a well-meaning Nice Girl, people's idiocy (especially Yuya's) gets on her nerves.
  • Genre Savvy: Her deck contains several copies of the same cards. For example, she has three copies of Fantasia Maiden Canon.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She wears her hair in this style, complete with blue barrettes.
  • Girly Bruiser: Both she and her deck are overtly feminine, and she's proven herself to be a capable duelist.
  • Girly Run: She runs like this in Episode 24, when chasing after Masumi.
  • Hair Decorations: A pair of blue clips over her pigtails.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Like any Tsundere, she has this.
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • She's very troubled by her encounter with Yuto and his resemblance to Yuya. A few episodes after that, her opponent Masumi could tell she was off her game, and she ends up losing because she wasn't thinking clearly.
    • Happened again in Episode 21, when she is completely confused over what is happening to her life after meeting Yuto.
  • Heel: She tried to invoke this trope in Episode 2. Like Father like Daughter.
  • Hidden Eyes: In Episode 23, she shows this when Mieru calls Yuya her fated person. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Card game version. But she runs a fusion deck that counters Fusions, as Masumi found out.
  • Identical Stranger: Seems to be one for a character Yuto and Kurosaki knew named Ruri. Kurosaki mistook her for Ruri in Episode 21, though Yuto knew they weren't the same person. Turns out to be the reason Yuto even helped her out in the first place.
    • She's also one for a member of Academia, as revealed in Episode 38. She even has a bracelet just like Yuzu.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Yuzu uses the feminine pronoun atashi.
  • Light Is Good: Her monsters are LIGHT-attribute.
  • Magic Skirt: Particularly noticable in Action Duels.
  • Magnetic Plot Device: Her bracelet serves as one for the Dark Duelist sub-plot. It hints a (yet unknown) connection between him, Yuzu and Yuya, as the bracelet glows whenever he's around, blinding everyone present, forcefully teleporting him out of the area just seconds before Yuya appears. Beyond that, her father says she has had it since she was a baby.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Her Melodious monsters' attacks are visualized as voices that materialize... As razor-sharp waves.
  • Morality Pet: To Yuto, thanks to her resemblance to Ruri. He'll always see she's safe and he's willing to stand up to Kurosaki for her. He also doesn't want to involve her in his affairs and his fight against Academia.
  • Musical Assassin: Her Melodious monsters are graceful divas that can charm their opponents with the sweet melody of pain.
  • Nice Girl: She's kind-hearted and shows it most of the time, though she won't hesitate to use her paper fan as a weapon when the situation calls for it.
  • Nonuniform Uniform: Yuzu wears a sleeveless shirt, different from the one other girls wear at the school and also is missing the jacket; still, nobody comments on it.
  • Not So Different: She gets mad at Yuya for failing to Pendulum Summon in their duel, and then several episodes later, she fails to Fusion Summon correctly (if only because she distracted reflecting upon her latest encounter with the Dark Duelist). Similarly both her and her father have tried to act as a heel.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Yuya suspects something is up in Episode 8 when Sora (who was "Fusion Summoning" a dessert during class) isn't hit by her Paper Fan of Doom.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: She smacks her father with a paper fan whenever he does something stupid. Her other target is usually Yuya.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Her hair has two different shades of pink and she's mostly a Nice Girl.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Inverted in her dynamic with Yuya; he's the energetic guy and she's the savvy girl.
  • Sanity Slippage: After her meeting with The Dark Duelist, Yuzu's perception has become a bit... flawed.
  • Ship Tease:
    • With Yuya. The prime among this is their hug after she loses to Masumi. Happened again in 23, when they have a touching moment after Yuya gives her back her Fusion card.
    • It is overall shown that she understands Yuya the best and knows how to cheer him up.
    • In episode 29, with Masumi. It doesn't help that Masumi goes Tsundere on her.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Says this in stereo with Yuya. Though she didn't like how much stronger he said it.
  • Standard Female Grab Area: Yuzu is taken away by Sawatari's friends this way in episode 3. Not a straight example, though, because both her arms were grabbed, instead of just one.
  • Suicidal Gotcha: In order to avoid Masumi getting an Action card and negating the trap card vital for her combo, Yuzu jumps out the bridge to retrieve it, knowing that Bloom Diva will catch her up.
  • Tomboyish Side Tails: See her picture.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Attempts this by asking Sora to teach her about Fusion Summoning. The results are finally shown in episode 29, 'The Fused Divas'.
  • Theme Naming: The first female character with the Yu syllable in her name. Time will tell if this was deliberate or not. However, her name uses a different Japanese character with a slightly different pronunciation (the "U" is shorter).
  • Trauma Conga Line: A long series of moments for her, especially Episode 21, though she hasn't quite broken... Yet.
  • Tsundere: Yuzu is generally kind, but Yuya's messing around annoys her.
  • Unknown Rival: She's one to Masumi. Masumi doesn't consider her a threat at all. In Episode 29, Masumi recognizes her as a Worthy Opponent.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Her Fusion Monsters don't go beyond level 6, yet their effects makes them deadly. In particular, Bloom Diva's effect means it actually becomes more deadly against Special Summoned monsters the lower its own attack points should become.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Well not hero, but she gives one to Yuto, saying it is wrong for him to protect her, but let Masumi be hurt.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Yuzu loses to Masumi because she has been confused by the existence of Yuto the entire time.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Yuzu is a Tsundere, has twin pigtails and wears thigh-high stockings (Grade A), making her a Grade S.

Noboru Gongenzaka (Gong)

Voiced by: Yohei Obayashi (JP), Billy Bob Thompson (EN)

One of Yuya's friends; he isn't actually a You Show student due to being the heir to his family's dojo, but seems to hang around there a lot. He's an advocate of a method of Dueling he calls "Steadfast Dueling", which is taught by his family's dojo; basically the exact opposite of Action Dueling, it discourages unnecessary movement. Reflecting this, Gongenzaka's Superheavy Samurai deck has no Spell or Trap cards at all, and many of his monster effects can only be activated when he has no S/T in his Graveyard.

Tropes associated with Gongenzaka:

  • Acrofatic: Well, he's more big than fat, but the sizable guy goes on morning runs. Episode 30 shows that he's actually pretty muscular.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Sora calls him "Gon-chan", but Gongenzaka does not like it.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Begs Yaiba to teach him about Syncho summoning, with his face on the ground, in episode 21. He actually references this trope in Episode 26, saying that if he can learn, he doesn't care if he has to beg.
  • Badass: Karate-chopped through Battleguard Mad Shaman's spike without flinching.
  • Badass Back: In his duel against Ankokuji, he goes into the arena and gives him the back in order to show his dislike for him as well as to show his new black belt. And damn, he looked badass.
  • The Big Guy: He is very definitely one of the bigger characters. His deck also runs a Stone Wall strategy.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has very bushy eyebrows like Might Guy.
  • Blindfolded Vision: Wears his bandana over his eyes in order to defeat Yuzo Tanegashima, who was camouflaged with the scenery.
  • Blush Sticker: The manly Gongenzaka always has some blush on his cheeks, and it does not detract from said manliness one bit.
  • Bully Hunter: He protected Yuya when they were younger, from those who wanted to beat him up for being a coward's son.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "Unforgivable, this is unforgivable, [person name]!"
    • Also some variation of "The man(ly), Gongenzaka!"
  • Childhood Friends: With Yuya.
  • Cleopatra Nose: His nose is bigger than the other characters', but not big enough to be a Gag Nose.
  • Color Failure: After Sora refers to him as an outsider.
  • Determinator: He never gives up, believing in his deck to the end. And if he get's hit by an attack, he'll keep himself on his feet and get pushed backwards, unless it wipes him out.
  • Does Not Like Magic: He doesn't have any Spell or Trap Cards in his Stone Wall deck and just relies on his monster effects. This proves to be more Crazy Awesome than people give it credit for; most of his monster effects require a Graveyard free of Spells and Traps to work. This is the other reason why he never uses Action Cards. He does however gain a monster whose ability allows him to activate magic cards from his opponent's graveyard.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He doesn't want Yuya pitying him for fighting him, and inverted because he feels the pity he held for Yuya after his dad went missing also made him weaker.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: His deck's motif.
  • Foil: He's one to Yuya. They are both heirs to their schools with unusual decks, Yuya having a Pendulum deck and Gongenzaka uses a deck without Spells or Traps. Yuya is a Stepford Smiler, while Gongenzaka is very open about his emotions. Even their dueling styles are the exact opposite, Yuya runs about using Action Cards compared to the steady Gongenzaka that refuses to budge.
  • Foreshadowing: Since the beginning of the Junior Youth Championship's qualification mini arc, Nico has been bringing Gongenzaka's training up for some reason, because Gongenzaka is Yuya's last opponent for the qualifier.
  • Fundoshi: Wears one while training under a waterfall.
  • Gentle Giant: He can be a bit stuffy, but he's a pretty nice guy.
  • Graceful Loser: He didn't really mind losing to Yuya and was simply happy to force Yuya to pass his limits.
  • Heir to the Dojo: And heir of said dojo's Dueling style that he uses with pride.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Yuya.
  • Hot-Blooded: Odd example; he's a very staunch and enthusiastic proponent of his own family's Steadfast Dueling style, which means that he doesn't care for the other Hot-Blooded characters running around during Action Duels, as "real men don't make unnecessary movements".
  • It's Personal: Against Ankokuji for bullying Yuya as a child and dissenting against the dojo.
  • Japanese Pronouns: The manly Gongenzaka uses the masculine pronoun ore.
  • Large Ham: The manly Gongenzaka is most definitely this.
  • Last Name Basis: His family name is used to refer to him both when he references himself and by all his friends. His father is the only person who calls him by his first name.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: The manly Gongenzaka values honor and mutual respect in duels.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Had no idea that there was much going on until Sora dueled Kurosaki. After that, the resulting infodump and conflicting evidence (a result of this trope) quickly frustrates him.
  • Manly Tears: The manly Gongenzaka is prone to crying when he's overflowing with happiness. Especially when Yuya wakes up from his Convenient Coma.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: His Superheavy Samurais are all Machine-Type.
  • Mythology Gag: He evolves his Steadfast Duel (Fudo no Dyueru) with Synchro Summoning. Yusei Fudo was the protagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, which had major themes regarding evolution, although it's a bit ironic since Synchro Monsters were associated with D-Wheels and speed (especially with Accel Synchro), but Gongenzaka's dueling style involves standing still.
  • Nice Guy: The manly Gongenzaka is loyal to his friends and respectful to everyone.
  • No Indoor Voice: He's loud most of the time.
  • Oh, Crap: His reaction to Yuya summoning Beast-Eyes Pendulum Dragon.
  • The Reliable One:
    • Called this by both Yuzu and Yuya, for having always helped them out.
    • Deconstructed in Episode 25. Yuya has relied on him since his father's disappearence, so Yuya needs to defeat Gongenzaka in order to stand in his own two feet.
  • Sixth Ranger: Gongenzaka isn't actually a member of You Show since he's going to inherit his family's dojo, but he hangs around a lot, and takes offense to being called an "outsider" by Sora (who only just transferred to the school himself).
  • Stone Wall: His deck, Superheavy Samurai, focuses on monsters with high defense points and other monsters that protect the monsters on the field. The manly Gongenzaka himself follows the same philosophy; he doesn't move an inch from wherever he stands during the duel. It's one of the reasons he never uses Action Cards.
  • Third-Person Person: Not only does he refer to himself by his last name, but adds "the manly" onto the front (or something around those lines).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Asks Yaiba to teach him Synchro Summoning for the purpose of invoking this trope. He finally learned it and shows it in Episode 25.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Is the victim of this from both Sora and Yaiba (though maybe "victim" isn't the right word...), but he surprises them with his unique strategy and manages to get a draw. Then he's a victim of it from everyone when he Synchro Summons.
  • Undying Loyalty: Without any knowledge of the circumstances, he refuses to believe that Yuya attacked Shingo Sawatari, and encourages the other students to do the same.
    • He's also irritated with Yuzu later for doubting Yuya about that.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He gives one to Yuzu for not standing up for Yuya during the LDS vs You Show arc when she met the real attacker. and later for not believing in Yuya.
  • Worthy Opponent: He sees Yuya as one.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Because of his heavy build, result of training in his family dojo since his early childhood, Gongenzaka looks older than other guys his age.

Sora Shiun'in

Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki

A mysterious boy who decides to become Yuya's apprentice, joining You Show Duel School. He uses his looks to charm the pants off everyone he meets, and constantly seems to know more than he lets on. He runs a Furnimal/Fluffal Deck, based on cutesy monsters fusing with a certain Fiend-Type to become horrifying mash-up creatures, the Des-Toys/Frightfurs. He has been revealed as a member of the faction that destroyed Kurosaki's and Yuto's home as of episode 34. He is revealed to be a Duel Soldier from the Fusion Dimension.

Tropes associated with Sora:

  • Anime Hair: Par for the course, closely resembling Rua's/Leo's, but blue.
  • Arch-Enemy: Ever since his loss to Kurosaki, Sora considers him this. Nothing will deter him from trying to defeat him, nothing.
  • Badass Adorable: He beat up Sawatari and his friends in an instant. With a lollipop stick. He also went ninja on us in episodes 6, 15 and 34.
    • Despite being injured from his duel with Kurosaki, Sora quickly knocks out two security guards to chase after Yuto. Note that the security guards are full grown adults while Sora is still just a kid.
  • Berserk Button: The idea of a Xyz duelist either being better or looking down on him is a major button. More specifically, thinking about Kurosaki and the way he humiliated him.
  • Big Brother Mentor: An age-inverted example; he ends up teaching Yuzu about Fusion Summoning.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has thick eyebrows.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Due to being a Child Soldier Sadist, though his Destoy/Frightfur Chain Sheep is a literal example.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Yuya is the only one immune to Sora's cute face and the only one that sees him as the annoying kid he is during episodes 5 and 6. Later episodes have characters previously enamored with Sora's cuteness being clearly annoyed by his actions.
  • Break the Haughty: As the duel with Kurosaki went on, this happened. And again against Yuto.
  • Brutal Honesty: He points out that Yuya was the only reason that LDS didn't get the You Show Duel School.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Does this to Kurosaki. At least Sora got to keep his soul.
  • Child Soldier: A lot of Sora's claims about his abilities and superiority to Xyz duelists, is eerily similar to the lies real child soldiers are told to get him to fight. Either a good case of Shown Their Work, or unintentional.
    • Episode 36 confirms he is a Duel Soldier from the Fusion Dimension.
  • Cute and Psycho: He plays off his cuteness blatantly, and partakes in hunting Xyz Duelists and destroying Heartland City for fun.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Sora plays his cuteness to the hilt, charming the pants off of Yuya's mother, friends, and teachers alike.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He's incredibly insulted when Yuto passes up a chance to One-Hit Kill him because he didn't want to hurt him. He says he'll never forgive Yuto for looking down on him.
  • Eldritch Abomination: His Des-Toy monsters, but Mad Chimera takes the cake: It is best described as the upper parts of variuos puppets and plushes attached to four anvils, with working tools jammed into their heads.
  • Evil All Along: Despite getting all buddy-buddy with the main cast he makes a sport out of hunting Xyz Duelists.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He adds chocolate fudge to a plate of sardine. It grosses out Yuya of all people.
  • Expy: A silly guy with cutesy monsters that turn into nightmarish creatures and is also a villain or at least a Token Evil Teammate. Shingetsu/Vector anyone?
  • The Gadfly: Enjoys teasing Yuya a lot. He also teased Yuzu over her interest in Yuto a lot while he tutored her.
  • Genre Savvy:
    • He is one of the few characters who has knowledge of the various advanced Special Summons and their monsters.
    • Sora knew that Yuya could cancel out his Trap Card's effect, so he set two of the same card and used the other when the first was negated.
    • When he sees Gen Ankokuji summon a Lv 10 monster with only 2000 attack points, he immediately realises that it has a good effect that makes it dangerous.
      • Averted against Shun Kurosaki, even though Kurosaki was countering Sora the entire duel, he underestimates the 2000 ATK Revolution Falcon and loses.
  • Fantastic Racism: Considers Fusion the best kind of summon, and actively looks down upon Xyz Duelists, using that as a justification to target them for fun.
  • Foreshadowing: His use of fusions and his influence on Yuzu and by proxy Yuya ends up foreshadowing the later plot of the Dark Duelist enemies using Fusions. This turns out to be more than a coincidence as he is revealed in episode 34 to have a hand in the destruction of what is implied to be Heartland, Kurosaki's home. And his nature is further foreshadowed by the cards he uses, cute little creatures that when fused take on a disturbing corrupted form.
  • For the Evulz: The reason Sora and his fellow Fusion duelists hunted Xyz duelists.
  • Hidden Depths: Initially, there were no hints as to what they were, but Sora's not just an annoying kid. Yuto especially stated Sora isn't from "around here" and considering Yuto and Kurosaki's enemy uses Fusion Summon, Sora's lack of background and his knowledge about dueling, it's possible that he's connected to them in some form. In episode 33, he reacts for a second at the name "Heartland". And in episode 34, he reveals himself to be part of the faction attacking Kurosaki and Yuto's hometown, saying that they do it for fun. In episode 35, he reveals what the Fusion faction do to their victims: not keeping them prisoners in holding cells, but in cards.
  • Homing Lasers: Courtesy of Des-Toy/Frightfur Wheel Saw Lion and Chain Sheep both.
  • Hyper Awareness: Realizes that Yuto is following him and Yuzu.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: A meta moment, but in Episode 33, we see Sora's extra deck and it is HUGE. Showing us he has a lot more Fusion monsters than just Des-Toy Scissor Bear.
  • Idiot Ball: Oh sure, Sora, mock the 2000 ATK Revolution Falcon after the 100 ATK Rise Falcon kicked your ass. And piss off Kurosaki by telling him what you did to his homeland and bragging about it after he's proven capable enough to knock you down. That'll end well. Possibly justified due to Villainous Breakdown. Doubly applicable when it's revealed that Mad Chimera could have prevented Kurosaki's use of Rank-Up-Magic Revolution force had Sora activated that effect, which he did not despite KNOWING that Kurosaki had a face-down card and once again shows off Sora's immense arrogance.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Uses the masculine pronoun boku, which is usually used by young boys.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sora is a Bratty Half-Pint with a Brutal Honesty and seems not to care much about You Show Duel School or other people. Though, he does willingly decide to teach Yuzu Fusion Summoning.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: What little gold he had turned to lead in Episode 34, when he revealed (with a shit-eating grin on his face) that not only was he part of the people who ravaged Kurosaki's home, but they did so for fun. Though time will tell on which side his heart is on, heart or jerk, since he's still somewhat nicer to Yuya and Yuto (who looks like Yuya).
  • Jerkass Has a Point: See Brutal Honesty above.
  • Killer Rabbit: His Funimal & Destoy/Fluffal & Frightfur Deck. Also a reflection of his own Badass Adorable nature and his Hidden Depths. Note that in the real game (but not in series yet) there is a monster called Fluffal Rabbit.
    • Killer Teddy Bear: Again, his deck. Bonus point for his signature card actually being named Scissor Bear.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: He sees most of his duels as just a plaything, since nobody (aside Yuya) has been able to pass his Des-Toy Scissors Bear. Until episode 33. Kurosaki outsmarts him and destroys his monsters with Raid Raptors - Rise Falcon. Sora, at the end of the episode, though a little surprised, gets up, pulls a Slasher Smile and the preview of episode 34 shows that he finally decided to get a serious fight.
  • Loose Lips: Was dragged back to Academia for revealing their plans to Yuto, but not Yuya (though he was there), since Standard Dimension isn't the enemy.
  • Mr. Exposition: Oddly enough. He is the only one in You Show that seems to know the mechanics of the advanced Summoning methods that are apparently not available for general public. Especially XYZ.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Sora likes to play the playful, cheerful and (sometimes) helpless child card in his duels, until he's pushed hard enough to get dangerous. Also, because he hardly finds people able to excite him enough to do it.
    • He also hides his hidden nature during the duel with Kurosaki until he is pushed to the edge and gleefully reveals his hand in the attacks on his hometown.
    • OOC Is Serious Business: Lets just say the You Show was greatly shocked by his true nature.
  • Pet the Dog: An odd version. He finishes up his final qualifier duel quickly, to ensure that Yuzu has time to see the end of Yuya's duel with Mieru. He then later gave Yuya an honest congratulations for fusion summoning perfectly on his first try.
  • Pride: BIG TIME.
    • Sora is so proud of his dueling skills, particularly Fusion, that he tends to not take other duelists seriously enough.
    • When Yuya mentions he needs to beat SIX duelists in a row to qualify for the tournament, he just shrugs it off and mentions it won't be a problem. Yuya calls him out on this, saying that Sora should stop underestimating his opponents or he's going to regret it.
    • He considers a rematch between Yuzu and Masumi will have a vastly different outcome, since he was the one who taught Yuzu the mechanics of Fusion Summoning. When Masumi calls him out on this, he merely dismisses her and tells her that LDS and its Fusion course isn't as great as she thinks it is. Angered, she immediately wants to duel HIM, which then causes Sora to lament what a waste of time it would be, since he'll end up hurting her confidence even more.
    • When Yuto suggests that Fusion doesn't fit Yuzu's dueling style, Sora considers that an insult and suggests a duel to show him his place.
    • When Yuya tries to warn him about Kurosaki, he insists that he'll be perfectly fine. When Kurosaki destroys his Des-Toy/Frightfur Scissor Bear, Sora finally shows his teeth.
    • Even then though, Sora acts extremely smug, not believing that Kurosaki will get past his Fusion Monsters. Each time they activate their effects or attack though, Kurosaki still has a counter towards them. Sora undergoes Sanity Slippage, yelling that Kurosaki won't survive the attack and effect of Destoy/Frightfur Mad Chimaera. Kurosaki uses the effect of Chimaera against Sora, using a Rank-Up card to summon Raid Raptors - Revolution Falcon, and wins the duel, on Sora's turn no less. After that, Sora begs Kurosaki for a rematch, only for Kurosaki to walk away as Sora faints.
    • The guy is still arrogant despite his loss to Kurosaki, claiming that "he wasn't going all out" and that if he did, he could've easily won. Notably, whenever he's being bested in a duel, Sora starts losing his cool.
  • Punny Name: Destoy, the Japanese name for his deck archetype. It's read as "Death Toy" and sounds like "destroy." Overlaps with Meaningful Name due to the monsters' appearances and offensive effects.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: When his act of cuteness isn't enough, Sora weaponizes the puppy eyes pout, and he can even add some Crocodile Tears for extra power.
  • Sanity Slippage: During the second half of his duel with Kurosaki, Sora gets more and more unhinged, until he's just a screaming mess.
  • Shipper on Deck: One for Yuya/Yuzu.
  • The Smart Guy: Sora is not only familiar with the different Special Summoning methods, he also judges most situations right, making him the smartest duelist among the four heroes.
  • Slasher Smile: At the end of episode 33. Does this repeatedly throughout the next episode.
  • Smug Smiler: Very confident in his reading of people and his dueling knowledge which allows him to be one step ahead of his opponent. This also serves as a hint to the audience about his his mysterious Hidden Depths.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Well, Duelist in any case, though this does entail actively harming his opponents and destroying their city. He believes Fusion Duelists to be far superior to Xyz Duelists, and targets them just for fun.
  • Sore Loser: Sora just can't accept the fact that he lost to Kurosaki and insists that he's the "stronger" of the two when he's not holding back, despite the audience clearly seeing that Kurosaki won fair and square.
  • Sour Supporter: Downplayed. Sora is more realist and knows how to choose his opponents. His attitude often clashes with the more optimist and idealist members of You Show.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Sora in episode 5 was more or less stalking Yuya.
  • Stepping Stones in the Sky: How he manages to avoid being caught under a collapsing building.
  • Sweet Tooth: Sora is always eating something sweet. ALWAYS.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Hoo boy. Sora spends half of episode 5 following Yuya. From his house to his school, from his classroom to his toilet break. And even after Yuya beats him in a Duel, he joins You Show to become Yuya's friend rather than his apprentice. Then he leaves after getting called out on being a dick in episode 14.
  • This Cannot Be!: Calm, confident, and a little bit smug, he nevertheless was astonished when Gongenzaka subverts his expectations. Twice.
    • Again during his duel with Kurosaki, as Kurosaki pretty much counters every single one of Sora's moves, even using the effect of Sora's strongest monster against him to win the duel.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Seemingly averted. Rather than be taken back to You Show by Yuya even after learning what a monster he is, Sora is warped back to the Fusion Dimension and placed in an experiment.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Sora completely underestimates Kurosaki and Yuto as they are Xyz users.
  • The Unreveal: In episode 36, he was going to reveal the ultimate fusion monster, before he got taken back home.
  • Villainous Breakdown: At the end of his duel with Kurosaki, he was reduced to an insane screaming mess. Yuto also dealt it to him in considerably less time, though he was still fresh from his last Breakdown.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: On the receiving end of this from the kids for his attitude, and later Yuya for when he revealed his true self.

Shingo Sawatari

Voiced by: Shogo Yano

An egotistical LDS student and The Rival to Yuya. At the start he equates rarity with power, filling his deck with the rarest cards in the game and attempting to steal Yuya's one-of-a-kind Pendulum Summoning monsters for his own use. After meeting Yuya, he is inspired by the "Entertainment Duelling" style and begins to incorporate showmanship into his duels, becoming a better person for it.

He frequently changes decks throughout the show. His first one is a Darts Shooter deck; his second is a Water Monarch deck; and his third is a Wind Pendulum deck.


Tropes associated with Sawatari:

  • Anti-Magic: Mobius and Mega Mobius are able to destroy Spell and Trap cards. Since Pendulum Monsters are recognized as Spell cards, it's likely he made his new deck with the purpose of destroying them as well.
  • Ambulance Cut: Inverted. After being stated to be in great pain by his friends, we cut to Sawatari happily chowing down on melons in his hospital bed.
  • Attack Backfire: His duel with Yuto. The latter starts off by setting five Spell/Trap Cards. Sawatari takes the bait and, using a new Deck he made, sends all of them to the Graveyard. This allows Yuto to win the duel, via Spell Cards with effects that activate from the Graveyard.
  • Attention Whore: He loved having the crowd cheering his name in Episode 31. Also in episode 32, when he got the spotlight of Pendulum Summoning.
  • Bishie Sparkle: In episode 15, while handing a napkin to Yuzu. Just look at him.
  • Bastard in Sheep's Clothing: Tricks Yuya into letting him see the Pendulum Cards, and then steals them by pretending to be his friend.
  • Blow You Away: His Yosenju monsters are all WIND Attribute.
  • Butt Monkey: Sawatari has lost both of his two on-screen duels despite painting himself as a great duelist. Whenever he tries to brag, people either don't listen to him, cut him off, or chew him out for his small talk being used to cover his incompetence whilst acting like a brat for losing. Even his loyal friends notice this sometimes.
  • Character Development: Noticable in the second duel with Yuya, he starts as an Attention Whore for the crowds attention, but has so much fun that he prompts Yuya to wow the crowd as well. Finally he takes his loss gracefully, and tells Yuya he'll duel him anytime.
  • Cool Board: He rides his Lightning Board his first Action Duel with Yuya.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Well, kinda. Whether he actually had any plans after playing up his injuries from his duel with Yuto isn't disclosed.
  • Discard and Draw: He seems to have the tendency to replace his Deck anytime he loses with it.
    • This may happen again with the Yosenjus, but against his will as Reiji has ordered their retrieval. Of course, this is so they can be mass-produced, so it's not impossible he'll end up with a copy after his performance with them.
  • Expy:
    • Of pre-Character Development Manjoume. Both Duelists are arrogant and believe that strong and rare cards can win Duels. They swore revenge on the main protagonists of their respective series after being defeated by them. Both were at one point also accompanied by a few toadies. Both lost in episode 4 of their respective series to the respective protagonists by cards they considered weak. They also both almost completely altered their decks with stronger cards the next time they dueled, only to also both lose these next said duels in turn. He also uses nothing but Parallel Rare cards (not counting his Yosenju cards), similar to Manjoume's brothers. He and Manjoume use new decks with WIND-attributed ace monsters (Mayosenju Daibakaze and Armed Dragon LV7, respectively) during their rematch with their rival, however, they lose to them, but they take their defeat better.
      • His new ace monster Mayosenju Daibakaze is not only a WIND monster, but has also 3000 ATK like Manjoume's Armed Dragon LV10.
    • During his first appearance, he acts like a friendly guy just to steal Yuya's two Pendulum Magician cards and then he puts Yuya's friends in danger. Pre-Duelist Kingdom Kaiba, anyone?
    • And his appearance looks very similar to Mamoru Jinguji/Carlyle Chesterton, one of the CXyz users from ZEXAL.
  • Flung Clothing: In episode 31, he flings away his samurai outfit to reveal his regular uniform underneath. Amusingly, he even has his shoes, even though he was wearing sandals just seconds before.
  • Foreshadowing: In episode 15, he tells Yuya that other people will perform Pendulum Summons as well, foreshadowing that he will using Pendulum Monster as well. Not only is this confirmed in episode 31, he with his lackeys were the narrators for the OCG Special Pack Tribe Force which introduced the Yosenju archetype, which was a much bigger foreshadowing.
  • Got Me Doing It: After being defeated by Yuya, Sawatari seems to have adopted some of his hamminess; even as his minions comment on it, he can be heard in the background saying "Ladies and Gentlemen!" while making a bunch of dramatic gestures.
  • Graceful Loser: After his second loss to Yuya, he takes it a lot better.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Twice.
    • In his Duel against Yuya, he lost due to Yuya using Block Spider, a card Sawatari gave him as an insult.
    • Against Yuto, Sawatari's new Mobius strategy ended up giving his opponent both the materials needed to summon Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon and the card that dealt the final batch of damage.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: His current deck is a Pendulum deck that counters Pendulum summoning
  • An Ice Person: In episode 7 he starts running Monarchs, specifically Mobius the Frost Monarch and its upgraded form.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: His dueling skills may be in question, but he is really accurate with darts, able to get all three he threw to stick to Yuya's nose.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: Yuzu calls Sawatari a "coward, sore-loser, and second-rate duelist". The last one is what causes Sawatari to react, especially when Yuzu says that he's not even on that level and calls him a "hundredth-rate" duelist.
  • Idiot Ball: It's shown very clearly that Sawatari has a copy of "Breakthrough Skill" in his Hand, which would have negated at least one of the effects Yuya used throughout the Duel, particularly at points where Yuya could have lost or where Sawatari could have lost. Pride is Sawatari's Fatal Flaw though, and he's later insulted by Yuto for bad duelling skills.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Uses the informal ore, but when he tries to get people's sympathy, he uses the less informal boku.
  • Jerkass: Sawatari steals Yuya's Pendulum Monsters and then forces Yuzu and the kids into danger so he can test the cards out. And after he loses, he tries to get his friends to help him steal the cards by force.
  • Large Ham: After Yuya Gets Him Doing It, Sawatari ups his hamminess.
    • Incoming Ham: In episode 31, even Yuya is driven to speechlessness.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Sawatari was defeated by a card he threw away and called trash.
  • Last Name Basis: With the exception of his father, everyone refers to him as Sawatari; even the Vs screen does, which usually refers most duelists by their first name.
  • Out of Focus: Despite being a main character, Sawatari hasn't really done much from Episode 7, being mostly absent for two mini-arcs, though that is likely to change once the tournament gets up and going. He may actually count as a Decoy Main Character., with Yuto being the actually sixth main character, though it is too soon to tell.
  • Pet the Dog: Warns Yuya and Yuzu that someone assumed to be either the Dark Duelist or the equally enigmatic Shun Kurosaki had attacked an LDS professor, and doesn't believe Yuya to be responsible anymore.
    • Bait the Dog: He lied, he still blames Yuya for Yuto's actions.
  • Power Equals Rarity: Firmly believes this. Eagle-eyed viewers will note that he plays nothing but Parallel Rares (a type of rarity where the whole card is shiny). This doesn't actually make them any stronger, so it serves no purpose other than to make his deck a lot more expensive. Just the way he likes it.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • After Sawatari loses to Yuya, he just tries to steal the Pendulum cards by force.
    • Sawatari often switches decks to find a one that might be perfect, something that most meta players do.
  • Revenge: Wants revenge on Yuya for defeating and humiliating him last time, which leads us to...
    • Revenge Myopia: Since Yuya only beat him because Sawatari stole his cards and put Yuzu and the children in danger. And he still blames Yuya for what Yuto did to him, and Yuya have to remind him that wasn't his fault. Then Sawatari tries to accuse him for attacking his father, only for Yuya to respond that it wasn't him either.
  • Samurai: He wears a samurai-like outfit during his entrance in Episode 31.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Big time.
  • Smug Snake: He images himself the best duelist in the world, but even with his Pendulum deck, he's just a test subject for the Pendulum cards and their counter strategy made by Reiji.
  • Stolen Catchphrase: In his MCS duel against Yuya, Sawatari performs a counter that manages to put him into a corner. All proud of managing to leave the audience speechless for putting Pendulum summon against the wall, Sawatari shouts "The fun has just started!". Ayu then says that's one of Yuya's lines.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After getting his new Monarch cards, he claims that he's done this, and given that the cards are fairly strong in the real game, it seems like he's actually right...until he gets curb-stomped in the next duel, almost immediately afterward. And when he duels Yuya again, he comes back with a Pendulum archetype of his own, Yosenju.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By the end of his second duel with Yuya, only time will tell if it sticks.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sweet Milk Apple-Berry Pie with honey. And he chokes at the moment he bites it.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Sawatari with his lackeys was narrating the commercial for the OCG Booster SP: Tribe Force, which introduced the Yosenju. The commercial was first aired in the end of September 2014, while the episode where Sawatari first used the Yosenju cards was aired in 9th November 2014.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He looks down on low Level and low ATK monsters and calls them trash, and never seems to consider their effects. Also does this to Yuya and Yuto, and doesn't seem to learn from it.
  • Wicked Weasel: Now he's running a Yosenju deck, the majority of them being based of the Kamaitachi ("Sickle Weasel")note . His new ace monster is Mayosenju Daibak(aze), a gigantic weasel creature made of green/turquoise fire and wind. However he actually becomes nicer while dueling Yuya with it.
  • Worthy Opponent: He appears in Episode 15, saying he will defeat Yuya.
  • Yokai: His Yosenju (often translated as "Hermit Yokai") deck is based on the Kamaitachi, the wind-sickle weasels of Japanese mythology.

Reiji Akaba (Declan)

Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (JP), Billy Bob Thompson (EN)

The 16-year-old CEO of Leo Corporation, Reiji quickly develops an interest in Yuya's Pendulum Summoning, working on finding out about it from behind the scenes. He uses a DDnote  deck based around looping through summons to bring out Extra Deck monsters quickly and utilizes Fusion, Synchro and Xyz Monsters, as well as his own manufactured Pendulum Monsters.

Tropes associated with Reiji:

  • The Ace: He's a pro and runs the largest gaming business in the world, all at the age of 16. He's the only duelist to have used Fusion, Synchro, Xyz and Pendulum all at once.
  • Adjusting Your Glasses: He adjusts his glasses by the bridge a lot in his duel with Yuya, showing that he has a well thought-out strategy and a few tricks up his sleeve.
  • All Your Powers Combined: His deck is based around performing every kind of summoning. So far he's displayed Fusion, Synchro and Xyz, and the elemental theme of his monsters makes it fairly likely he's also using an EARTH Ritual. Not to mention his Pendulum Monsters.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Towards Reira; he may be a little distant with him, but it's clear that he cares for his little brother.
  • Ambiguously Evil: He's an antagonist so far, but he seems like a much more polite Kaiba. Comes back in Episode 26, he seems very casual over the fact he altered Masumi, Yaiba and Hokuto's memories of Kurosaki. He seems to be up to something with the MCS.
    • Though in Episode 36, he is pissed to hear what Academia did
  • Antagonistic Offspring/Archnemesis Dad: The MCS is actually a way to distillate the strongest duelists in order to fight his father. He also flat out calls Leo Akaba his enemy. Neither character has been portrayed as a paragon, so it's unclear at this point who is the more evil.
  • Anti-Hero: Everything he does is to stop his father, Leo Akaba who started a war between the Fusion and Xyz dimensions and does seem to honestly care for his town. But he has done a lot of moral gray actions in his quest from manipulating his students to lying to his allies so he can experiment on their possibly dead ally's duel disk.
  • Awesome by Analysis: He was able to create a Pendulum counter deck based on his knowledge on Yuya's duels
  • Badass Bookworm: Being a CEO at age 16 and a professional duelist at age 15 certainly qualifies him even before we see what he can do.
    • He proves it even more when he duels, having mastered EVERY form of summoning. He proceeds to show this by summoning a Fusion Monster, a Synchro Monster, AND an Xyz Monster in just two of his turns.
    • It's pretty much explicitly stated that he managed to make his own Pendulum monsters. Granted, they malfunction, but that's still a pretty big achievement.
  • Big Good: In spite of his morally ambiguous ways, he's the closest thing the show has to one, as he's dedicated to protecting Maiami from the forces of the other dimensions, and is fundamentally opposing Leo Akaba, who's responsible for the war between Academia and the Resistance.
  • Big "Shut Up!": Shouts at Hokuto and Yaiba to make them stop trash talking Yuya's dad, declaring that he highly respects Yusho for being a pioneer in Action Duels.
  • Character Tics: Primarily adjusting his glasses.
  • Chick Magnet: As seen in Episode 27, he has a lot of fangirls.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: In spite of his Fiend-Type deck, Reiji is a polite and reasonable person. He does however have some more morally ambiguous qualities and is definitely a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Elemental Powers: His three ace monsters from the Extra Deck, who are each a different attribute.
  • Dub Name Change: Reiji to Declan.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: How "bad" he is is anyone's guess, but he's on very good terms with his mother Himika, though she's also bad and they're quite formal with one another (likely because of their positions within Leo Corporation, though).
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Though he is an antagonist, he's easily the nicest LDS associate so far, and yelled at Yaiba and Hokuto for badmouthing Yusho Sakaki.
  • Evil Knockoff/Flawed Prototype: Reiji created his own Pendulum monsters, with just the research he did on Yuya and his own experience with Pendulum Summoning through Sawatari. Still, these copies are not perfect and they sometime malfunction.
  • Evil Laugh: Delivers one in Episode 13 after he realizes the true potential of Pendulum Monsters.
  • Expy:
    • Sixteen year old CEO of a gaming corporation, eh? Kaiba called, he wants his gig back.
      • He takes one step further when his true ace monster is revealed: as with other previous rivals, it's a 3000 ATK Level 8 monster. Like Kaiba, and unlike the other rivals, though, he runs three copies of it in his Deck, and they are also the only ones that exist in the world. But unlike the others, it isn't a Dragon-type or something with "dragon" in the name.
      • Along with his CEO status and his Ace Monster, he also seems to targeting his Dad as an enemy. And if the second opening is to be believed with a rocket launching with LEO Corps insignia on it. It could be for similar motivations as Kaiba, who fought for control of Kaiba Corp from his adopted father, Gozaburo who used the Corporation to produce weapons for war.
    • He also mentions kings a lot in his summoning chants, and his monsters are named after famous conquerors. Jack Atlas, anyone?
    • On the other hand, he lacks the characteristic arrogance of such characters, and is quite respectful.
    • He also seems to be one for Rex Goodwin, with his morally ambiguous actions for some unstated duel, and keep an eye on duelists to bring out their potential.
    • He does have a little brother, drawing parallels to both Kaiba and Kaito/Kite, and hates his father like them too.
    • Outside the YGO franchise, he takes some cues from Gendo Ikari, with his stoic demeanor, moral ambiguity, manipulative nature, secrecy about his plans and motivations, role as the head of a mysterious organization dedicated to protect the world from external menaces through rather questionable methods, a pair of (at times) Scary Shiny Glasses as his Iconic Item - which he always adjusts by the bridge - and an older right-hand man. The similarities even extend to their headquarters' structure: an enclosed room with a large screen from where they watch over the whole city and conduct their operations with their army of Bridge Bunnies while comfortably sat on their huge desks, always with their most trusted subordinate standing by their side - they even have the same elevating work platform they use to move up and down through the various levels of the building! Reiji is also frequently seen doing the (in)famous Gendo Pose. Ironically enough, Reiji hates his neglectful - and ambitious - father, while Gendo IS one of these to his own son, Shinji.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Reiji has his father's same Purple Eyes.
  • Family Theme Naming: Reiji, like Reira and Leo, have the the kanji of zero (零) in their names.
  • Foil: To Yuya, they are both the aces of their schools and are Pendulum users. While Reiji is well respected as the head of the top duel school at the start of the series, Yuya is looked down upon because of his father and is a member of a duel school made up of only 5 people. They both hide their emotions, Yuya using laughter and smiles compared to Reiji's stoicism. Their relationships with their fathers are completely different as well. Yuya's father disappeared but Yuya still thinks very highly of him, while Reiji doubts his father even cares enough about him that he would be a useful hostage.
  • Frontline General: In spite of having command of an entire corporation, Reiji has a habit of confronting enemy agents in person, doing so with Kurosaki and Serena and Barrett.
  • Fun with Acronyms: His monsters, DD (Different Dimension) and DDD (Different Dimension Demon), which aren't technically named that due to archetype issues (on the actual cards, DD/DDD aren't considered acronyms) but are referred to as such in-universe.
  • Improbable Age: In a stunning homage to Kaiba, Reiji is the head of a corporation which practically owns Maiami City at just 16, as well as being a pro duelist at the same time. On top of that, he's basically leading the effort to deal with an interdimensional war.
  • I Own This Town: Positive example, "This is my city. And I will decide how to protect it."
  • Japanese Pronouns: The CEO of Leo Corporation uses the formal pronoun watashi, which also fits to his respectful character.
  • The Magic Poker Equation: Reiji's deck at first averts this trope, as many of his cards allow him to tutor from his deck (add specific cards from deck to hand) or draw several cards, which is standard in the current Yu-Gi-Oh! meta. It's only when he draws three of the same 3000 ATK monster and Pendulum Summons them that his draws look a little more than convenient.
  • The Man Behind the Man: It's quite clear that he's the one pulling Sawatari's strings.
  • Noble Demon: His DD deck contains Fiend-type monsters, but Reiji seems not to be evil or an actual villain, and his role as an antagonist starts to fade as well.
  • Oedipus Complex: Cares for his mother, not to a creepy extent, but Hates his father, Leo Akaba.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Subverted. His disguise using a hooded sweatshirt is probably more to avert suspicion, as the people he's hiding from don't even know about him.
  • Parental Neglect: Not his mother, but he seriously doubts his father, Leo Akaba, values him enough for him to be useful as a hostage.
  • Pun: The kanji in DDD Hell Armageddon's name that makes the "Great Death Lord" part is read as "Shi-i-ou", which sounds a lot like "CEO", Reiji's position in the Leo Corporation.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Subverted. While his Duel Disk is red and black, Reiji is morally ambiguous at worst.
  • The Rival: He is Yuya's "Kaiba".
  • Scarf of Asskicking: His scarf is more badass when you learn that he's been a duelist with the potential needed to be a pro since he was 15, owns the famous Leo Duel School at 16 and he specializes in all types of summoning.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Sometimes. Usually when he's doing something morally ambiguous
  • The Stoic: He's usually calm and collected and rarely shows emotions.
    • Not So Stoic: His big shut up moment. He exploded. Again in Episode 13, where he performs an Evil Laugh and while his face is covered by his hand, his eyes look crazy.
  • Theme Naming:
    • With the exception of DDD Hell Armageddon the Great Death Lord, Reiji's DDD monsters are named after famous conquerors: Caesar, Alexander the Great, and Genghis Khan (by his birth name, Temujin), as well as Kaiser the Conqueror in the manga.note 
    • In the manga, the two Pendulum Monsters he uses for Pendulum Summoning are both "Proud" monsters. In the anime, they are named after astronomers; Galilei and Kepler.
    • His other monsters are named after demons, like Cerberus, Lillith and Pandora. note 
  • Troll: Very subdued and somewhat serious example. He purposefully chooses the Heartland Field Spell to watch Kurosaki's reaction to it. And when he does react he casually jokes that "He seems to have taken a liking". And right before the fight he tries to have Nakajima hand him a single Pendulum Card.
  • The Ugly Guy's Handsome Son: Reiji really took after his mom if you compare him with his dad.
  • Unexpected Character: In Episode 40, he plays DD Proud Chevalier, which had previously appeared only in an one-shot manga chapter - a rather rare occurrence in the franchise.
  • The Unreveal: We still don't get to know what was Reiji's last card in his duel with Yuya. In episode 21, he's seem testing his cards, using the same hand from that time, and just when he's about to use the same last card, he's called out of the test for an news update.
  • The Watcher: After his duel with Yuya he has done little in the way of getting directly involved with the plot. Mostly observing Duels from his private room and having Nakajima run errands for him such as giving Shun a pendulum Card and Having him take Yuto's duel disk. This is justified since he's running the torunament. He's finally getting another duel as of episode 40 with a Mysterious Man from Academia.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He seems interested in gathering powerful duelists to fight for the world. But his actions have included manipulating his students and then erasing their memories simply to bait a powerful duelist.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Yuya one and doesn't even consider that he is the perpetrator attacking LDS students.
  • You Gotta Have Silver Hair: Aside from that, it's actually fairly subdued.

    You Show Duel School Characters 

Shuzou Hiragi

Voiced by: Mitsutaka Itakura

Yuzu's father and the current owner of You Show Duel School. He runs a Guts Master deck, which relies on swarm tactics and Special Summoning, just like Yuzu's Fantasia Deck.

Tropes associated with Shuzou:

  • Achilles' Heel: His Guts Master monsters can't use their effects in defense mode.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Embarrasses Yuzu before her duel with Masumi, by picking a field to highlight her 'cuteness.'
  • Bumbling Dad: Due to his Hot-Blooded nature.
  • Badass
    • Badass Teacher: As the principal of You Show duel school.
    • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's actually a skilled duelist, capable of executing a combo to snatch Yuya's Pendulum monsters from his hand, and then play them himself. He established a field that could have granted him victory, but since his combo involved skipping his battle phase, Yuya managed to secure victory on the next turn.
  • Catch Phrase: "Burning" and "hot-blooded."
  • Dare to Be Badass: Challenges Yuya to set the precedence for Pendulum summoning, just like his father did for Action Dueling.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Picks a star-based field for Yuya's duel with Hokuto... despite the meaning of Hokuto's name.
  • Doting Parent: He cares very much for his daughter.
  • Eccentric Mentor: He's pretty odd, though well-meaning.
  • Expy: His character has some parallels with Might Guy's.
  • Fiery Redhead: His hair color fits his Hot-Blooded personality
  • Good Parents: He is arguably the best parent in the series. Having the most screen time out of all the parents, worrying about Yuzu's odd behavior after meeting Yuto and happily cheering for her.
  • Hot-Blooded: Yuya looked subdued by comparision. Shuzou even screams the term.
    • His deck even has this theme, the Guts Master monsters.
  • Heel: He insulting Yuya while in their duel, just when Yuya feels very depressed, it's enough for Yuzu and the children to boo him all the time.
  • Large Ham: When you can make Yuya look quiet, you're definitely this. And then there's his "manly fainting noises". note 
  • Lovable Jock: All his Guts Masters also have a sports theme to them. He himself appears to be wearing a track suit. And he is a kind teacher and loving father.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Parodied in episode 14. Shuzou challenges Yuya to a duel in order to get him out of his blue and inspire him to become a better duelist; after a good lecture about how his fears have leave him paralyzed in one place, Yuya manages to pull himself together and win with a One-Turn Killer combo. As Action Duels actually hurt you, Shuzo gets knocked out and Yuya screams his name while cradling him in his arms and a very Kung Fu movie ending scene plays out... until Yuzu smack her dad's face with her paper fan to wake him up.
  • Opinion Flip Flop: Refused to have Yuya duel Strong Ishijima...until he offers a new Solid Vision system for him doing so.
  • Personality Powers: The Hot-Blooded coach that values team work has a deck of FIRE attributed monsters, based in different kind of sports and that have effects that increases the number of monsters at his side and protects them of being destroyed.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a critical one to Yuya for being a pessimist, not being able to accept another pendulum summoner, and for not coming close to his father's skills. He continues to mock him through their duel, provoking him to be better.
  • Secret Test of Character: Delivers one to Yuya in episode 14, to get him out of his Heroic BSOD.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The anime romanized his name as "Syuzou".
  • Training from Hell: In episode 21, he's shown vigorously practicing drawing using a machine that holds thousands of cards.
  • Willfully Weak: Yoko says that Shuzou has all the talent to be a professional duelist, but he considers there's things more important than winning.
  • Zerg Rush: None of the Guts Master monsters (as of Episode 14) have attacks over 1800, but their effects can summon a lot at once, to overwhelm an opponent. Though they have effects to protect each other from destruction in battle, and destroy the opponent's attacking monster.

Tatsuya Yamashiro, Ayu Ayukawa (Ally), and Futoshi Harada

Voiced by: Nanami Niide (Tatsuya), Kyouko Chikiri (Futoshi), Satomi Akesaka (Ayu) (JP); Alyson Rosenfeld (Ally) (EN)

The three children that go to You Show Duel School. At the beginning of the series, Ayu and Futoshi are already students of You Show Duel School. In the end of the second episode, Tatsuya joins the school as well, even after Yuya is accused for a cheater. The three of them accompany Yuya and Yuzu wherever they go and cheer them on. They're the representatives for You Show Duel School in the Junion division of the Maiami City Championship. Futoshi uses a Dinosaur-type "Sketch" Deck, while Ayu uses a Fish-type "Aqua Actress" Deck.

Tropes associated with these kids:

  • Alliterative Name: Ayu Ayukawa.
  • Art Attacker: Futoshi's Deck is a Sketch Deck, whose monsters look like they were drawn with crayons.
  • Audience Surrogate: Tatsuya, Futoshi and Ayu are the youngest students in You Show Duel School and need to be explained many things; like the difference between levels and ranks or the conditions of certain effects. Extra points for being an In-Universe audience for most of the duels.
  • Badass Adorable: Surprisingly, they're all quite talented duelists in their own right (if not on the same level as people like Yuya or Reiji). On top of being kids.
    • Both Futoshi and Ayu lose to Reira, however.
  • Berserk Button: Making fun of their onii and onee-chans. They were absolutely livid at Sora for making fun of Yuzu and Gongenzaka.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ayu, according to Futoshi.
  • Big Brother Worship: The three admire Yuya and Yuzu and add "-onii-chan" and "-onee-chan" on their names.
  • Big Eater: Futoshi remarked upon seeing Michio full bento, that even he couldn't finish that much food.
  • The Big Guy: Among the three, it's Futoshi.
  • Blush Sticker: Futoshi has this in the opening, and Ayu does it most often in the show.
  • The Chick: Among the three, it's Ayu.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Futoshi wears yellow/green, Ayu has red hair and wears pink, and Tatsuya has blue hair.
  • Catch Phrase: Futoshi and his 'shivers'.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Futoshi. No, really.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Futoshi's Sketch-Beasts are all dinosaur types.
  • Fat Idiot: Futoshi is not the brightest bulb, requiring more explanation during duels than the other two. Despite this, he can Duel, managing to beat his opponent in Episode 27 with a pretty good combo.
  • Freudian Trio: Ayu is the Ego, Futoshi is the Id, and Tatsuya is the Superego.
  • Good with Numbers: Tatsuya could math Yuya's winning rate percent pretty quickly.
  • Hair Decorations: Ayu has a cute bandana.
  • The Load: Futoshi does nothing but make it worse in Yuya's duel with Sawatari.
  • Making a Splash: Ayu uses an Aqua Actress deck, which are fish that look like actresses.
  • Nice Guy: And Girl. But all three are friendly.
  • Only Sane Man: Tatsuya seems to be one for the entire school.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "I'll give you shivers."
  • The Smart Guy: Among the three, it's Tatsuya.
  • "Silly Me" Gesture: Ayu does this in episode 28, when she forgets she can't attack on the first turn.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Ayu took a lot from her mother.
  • Sweet Tooth: Ayu seems to really like pudding.
  • Tag Along Kids: They are something like cheerleaders and follow the heroes everywhere they go, but they haven't duel in the first 26 episodes. Futoshi finally duels (and he wins) in Episode 27, and Ayu duels in Episode 28. She loses, but puts up a good fight at least.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: The ace monster of Futoshi's Sketch Beast archetype appears to be Sketch Beast - Tyrano
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Tatsuya and Futoshi are the boys, and Ayu is the girl. Platonic, by the way.
  • Undying Loyalty: Tatsuya believes that Yuya didn't cheat despite no proof. All three have this to Yuya and Yuzu.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Ayu's Aqua Actress deck monster have low attack, but are supported by an array of spells and traps to make them a threat. This doesn't stop her from getting beaten by Reira.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: They give one to Sora for not even bothering to duel against the LDS Students. And for daring to insult Yuzu and Gongenzaka for losing, since they tried their best to defend the school.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Tatsuya.

    Sakaki Family 

Yusho Sakaki

Voiced by: Hiroki Tochi

He is Yuya's father, Yoko Sakaki's husband, an Entertainment Duelist and the founder of the You Show Duel School. He was the Action Duel Champion until three years ago, he suddenly disappeared.

Tropes associated with Yusho:

  • The Ace: People who really respect him praise Yusho for his performances and skills. Reiji even describes him as a pioneer of Action Duels. Also, in the first episode, Strong Ishijima believes that he can only become the true champion after defeating Yusho.
  • Broken Pedestal: He was the Champion and went missing three years prior to the series' start on the night of the Championship match, and is now thought of as a coward.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: Yusho has been missing for three years but he's mentioned enough times to know that he'll show up eventually. Also, his disappearance is strongly suggested to be due to a kidnapping.
  • Disappeared Dad: He's been missing for three years.
  • Good Parents: Flashbacks indicate he was a good father to his son.
  • Hidden Depths: Himika and Reiji suspect that his disappearance might have to do with their enemies.
  • Nice Hat: His Ringmaster's top hat.
  • Punny Name: Yusho sounds a lot like You Show, his own Dueling school's name and hints at his flashy Entertainment Dueling style.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His names is romanized as "Yusyo" in the anime.
  • Spirited Competitor: He was really happy when his acrobatic style was catching on and decided to polish his abilities in order to become an example to newest generations.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Strong Ishijima, who even hoped to lure Yusho out by challenging Yuya.

Yoko Sakaki

Voiced by: Ryoko Yui

Yuya's mother and Yusho's wife, she raises Yuya on her own. According to Yuya, she takes in stray animals.

Tropes associated with Yoko:

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Played With. Sora pretends to confuse her for Yuya's older sister to get in her good graces (she does look fine, though).
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Which is pretty impressive considering how over the top Yuya is.
  • Cuteness Proximity: She's absolutely helpless against cute things, either stray animals or cute children wandering her house (i.e Sora). By Episode 16, she had collected four more pets.
  • Genre Savvy: Immediately recognizes Shuzo giving her son a Secret Test of Character.
  • Good Parents: The fact that she is a Recurring Character makes her one in comparison to other YGO protagonists' parents. She often appears when Yuya has his inner conflicts and provides encouraging and wise advice. Also, during the duel against Michio, she throws a prepared lunch at Yuya, who is starving at this point, giving her son enough energy to win the duel. And she has complete faith that Yuya will surpass Yusho
  • Friend to All Living Things: She takes in stray animals.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's one of the nicest characters in the series.
  • Hidden Depths: Episode 14 hints there's more of Mrs. Sakaki than she shows.
    Yoko: It's OK now. It's not my turn to chime in yet.
  • Shipper on Deck: She's good friends with Yuzu to the point she comforted her when Yuzu blamed herself for Yuya ending up near comatose after his encouter with Yuto and Yugo. In the same episode this is played for laughs as they both work together to get Mieru to compete in the tournament again and get her out of the room while Yuya's resting.

Sakaki Pets

Yuya's pet dog and cat, that were found by his mother. En used to be big enough to fit in his hand. They started with En and Core, and later added Watt (a poodle) and Kilo (a Bulldog), with two yet unnamed cats.

Tropes associated with the Sakaki Pets:

  • Cats Are Mean: Averted with Core, who greets Yuya when he wakes up. It's En who wakes Yuya by jumping on his face.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Core has a blue eye and a gold eye.
  • Mister Muffykins: Fortunately averted with En, who is a nice corgi.
  • Punny Name: Together En and Core's name is "encore", fitting for a family that runs Entertainment Duels. Kilo and Watt together are "kilowatt".
  • Running Gag: Whenever we see the Sakaki house, his mother had picked up more pets.

    LDS Characters 

Himika Akaba

Voiced by: Kikuko Fujimoto

The chairwoman of LDS, and Reiji's mother. Her job seems to consist of going around the world to claim other Duel Schools under the banner of LDS, creating a huge network which Leo Corporation controls. She sets her sights on You Show after the attack on Sawatari gives her an excuse to pin it on Yuya and propose a wager with You Show on the line.

Tropes associated with Himika Akaba:

  • Ambiguously Evil: She's a bit corrupt, but neither her or Reiji seem to be more grey than evil, not to mention her humanizing features such as caring for those that work under her.
  • Benevolent Boss: Though ruthless to other duel schools, she's shown to care about her employees.
  • Education Mama: A dueling example towards Reira. She wants to make another prodigy out of him, like Reiji, but all she got was traumatizing him until the point he's afraid of her and pushes himself to win in order to not enrage her.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She cares for her son, and she cares for Marco and Tio, and wants to see their souls freed.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She is appalled by the possibility that someone is taking and sealing away the souls of duelists.
  • Jerkass: She almost explicitly admits that she wants to punish Yuya for embarrassing LDS.
  • Morality Pet: Is on good terms with Reiji, though they interact formally, and also cares about Marco.
  • Xanatos Gambit: In her first appearance, she uses Sawatari's loss to her advantage. She quickly sets up a school match between her school and You Show, with the bet that if her group wins, You Show will be taken over by LDS, and if You Show wins, they'll drop the charges of Yuya attacking Sawatari. This allowed her to repair her school's reputation, gain further control of the Dueling world, and gain control of the Pendulum Summoning method while also studying Yuya to boot. And if they lose, they really don't lose anything, to say nothing of the fact that because it's three one on one matches, even if Yuya wins, he can't turn the tables for his fellow Duelists, especially as LDS has a monopoly on all advanced Summoning methods.

Hokuto Shijima (Dipper)

Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (JP), Daniel J. Edwards (EN)

Hokuto Shijima is is the representative for the Leo Duel School Xyz Summon course. He runs a Constellar Deck.

Despite being a very arrogant jerkass, he respects Xyz Summoning and was shown to be not amused after learning the fact that the one who attacked LDS uses Xyz Monsters. Episode 24 also shown him to have extremely strong bond with his fellow summon representatives from LDS.

Tropes associated with Hokuto:

  • And I Must Scream: He is defeated by Serena and sealed in a card.
  • Badass: He is the only member of the trio to make it into the second round of the tournament. However, he doesn't arrive on his second match due to being sealed in a card by Serena.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting his friends seems to be his button. He looks incredibly angry when Yaiba was taken away for medical help.
  • Color Failure: Prone to this when someone is dismissing of him.
  • Corner of Woe: He ends up in it twice during the LDS duels.
  • Genre Savvy: Plays more than one copy of Constellar Pleiades, as well as other cards that contribute to the deck's strength in the OCG/TCG.
  • Hair Decorations: His constellation circlet.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Being reminded of his failure by Masumi is enough to send him to his Corner of Woe.
  • Insufferable Genius: He is one of the favorites to win the Championship and the ace of the Xyz course, but he is overall arrogant and cruel.
  • Japanese Pronouns: He uses the masculine pronoune boku, which is less informal than ore.
  • Jerkass: Not quite on Sawatari's level, but he deliberately times his attacks to harm Yuya and to prevent him from getting Action Cards. Also, he and Yaiba badmouth Yuya's father until Reiji yells at them to shut up.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Maybe not quite gold, but he is concerned about Professor Marco and seems to be friends with Masumi and Yaiba as well.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: To keep Kurosaki's actions secret and he could enter the tournament to fight Reiji.
  • Light Is Not Good: Constellars are LIGHT monsters, and while not evil, he is a jerk.
  • Meaningful Name: "Hokuto" is the Japanese name of the Big Dipper constellation, so he naturally runs Constellars. When a space-themed field is picked for his Duel with Yuya, he comments that it's the perfect field for him. Cue Shuzou freaking out as he realizes that this is right, and Sora commenting that Hokuto's name should have given it away.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: He flips when Yuya makes him lose 500 Life Points.
  • Pet the Dog: He complimented Yaiba's X-Saber deck, though Masumi asks if that's just due to his loss. And another one, when he is concerned over Professor Marco's disappearance.
  • Plot Armor: Conveniently saved from having his and the others' souls stolen by Kurosaki thanks to LDS staff and Reiji showing up. And then he is sealed into a card by Serera.
  • Put on a Bus: Time will tell if he ever gets released from the card Serena sealed him into.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe. His loss to Yuya. He takes it badly whenever anyone, especially Masumi, brings it up.
  • Sanity Slippage: He freaks when Yuya damages his Life Points, and tries to hit him with a meteor shower from Constellar Tempest.
  • Serious Business: Doesn't like hearing that Xyz summons are being abused, such as the case with the perpetrator.
  • Star Power: He uses a Constellar Deck, whose members are based on stars and constellations.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Masumi and Yaiba.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Masumi and Yaiba
  • The Worf Effect:
    • In a 3-on-1 with Masumi and Yaiba against Kurosaki, in spite of collectively emptying Kurosaki's hand and field and reducing his LP to 10, he OTKs all three of them at once.
    • He later loses to Serena off-screen and is sealed in a card, showing that Serena is threat.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: He's the only member of the LDS trio to make it to the second round. He is then taken out by Serena and loses his planned match to Michio by default.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair

Masumi Kotsu

Voiced by: Arisa Kiyoto

Masumi Kotsu is the representative for the Leo Duel School Fusion Summon course. She runs a Gem-Knight deck.

She was shown to have learned Fusion Summon (and possibly dueling in general) from the LDS professor Marco and has grown attached to him ever since. Episode 24 also shown her to have extremely strong bond with her fellow summon representatives from LDS.

Tropes associated with Masumi:

  • Action Girl: The only female LDS duelist introduced so far.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Looks vaguely Egyptian.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: After having her memories wiped, she regards Kurosaki as just another duelist, when before she was terrified of and hated him.
  • Ascended Extra: Of the three LDS representative students, Masumi is shown the most, due to her being more proactive in trying to find Professor Marco's aggressor. She is also roped into Yuto's business, since she, along with Yuzu and Sora, keep witnessing his disappearance act with Yuzu's bracelet.
  • Badass: Is the only one of the LDS duelists to win their duel, and beats Yuzu in only two turns, the first of which she couldn't attack on.
  • Berserk Button: Yuto became one for her when she believed he kidnapped Professor Marco. Later on, her hatred passed to the real agressor, Shun Kurosaki. Related is insulting Fusion Summoning, because Professor Marco taught it to her.
  • Berserker Tears: She has them when she remembers Marco and how he might be missing when talking to Yuzu and Sora.
  • Brutal Honesty: To her allies and enemies, Hokuto is the most frequent target.
  • The Comically Serious: Most of the time, due to her Brutal Honesty, and her reactions to Hokuto going to the Corner of Woe.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Snarks about Hokuto's loss when the moment calls for it, all while keeping the same expression.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: With Yuzu after their second duel.
  • Designated Girl Fight: With Yuzu twice.
  • Fridge Horror: An in-universe example. When she sees the claw marks where three LDS students lost to Kurosaki, she becomes even more scared of what happened to Marco.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Most Gem-Knights have the EARTH-Attribute.
  • Graceful Loser: After losing to Yuzu, Masumi recognizes her as a Worthy Opponent and gives her her 'Crystal Rose' monster.
  • The Gadfly: Teases Yuzu and Yuyu for a touching moment.
  • Gemstone Assault: Gem-Knights.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Yuzu uses a Trap Card to summon one of Masumi's monsters to her own field, and then uses the monsters effect to do a fusion summon. Masumi was utterly shocked.
  • Hot for Teacher: What other reason it could be of Masumi's reminiscence of Marco having a lot of Bishie Sparkle and Love Flowers? It would also explain why she's so hellbent in finding him and his aggressor.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Thought Gem-Knight Master Diamond was Masumi's ace? Wrong. Her true ace is Gem-Knight Lady Brilliant Diamond.
  • I Shall Taunt You: "Your eyes lack luster".
  • Japanese Pronouns: Uses the gender neutral pronoun watashi.
  • Lady of War: The Gem-Knight Lady sub-archetype.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: To keep Kurosaki's actions secret and he could enter the tournament to fight Reiji.
  • Luminescent Blush: Gets one, after Yuzu saves her from falling in episode 29. Les Yay!
  • Meaningful Name: Masumi means beauty or purity, she is considered beautiful by Futoshi, and uses a Gem-Knight deck.
  • Not So Stoic: She's normally calm, but the incident with Kurosaki has her freaking out and a lot less composed, visibly showing fear.
    • She also screams like a girl at expected moments, like when the destruction of a monster knocks her over, of she is knocked off the bridge.
  • The Ojou: Implied. Her father owns a jewelry store, she goes to a prestigious (and maybe expensive) Dueling school and her Gem-Knight Deck gives her an air of nobility.
  • Oh, Crap: Two in episode 21. When she sees the gouge marks left by Kurosaki's attack, and when he himself appears.
  • Personality Powers: She has the noble-looking Gem-Knight Deck, and is the nicestnote  and calmest of the LDS students.
  • Plot Armor: Conveniently saved from having her and the others' souls stolen by Kurosaki thanks to LDS staff and Reiji showing up.
  • Precocious Crush: On Marco, considering he's likely in his twenties at earliest and she's fourteen.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: She is the only one to win her duel, though she is not evil by any stretch.
  • The Rival: For Yuzu.
  • Shipper on Deck: In a snarky way, for Yuya and Yuzu.
  • Signature Card: Hers is Gem-Knight Master Diamond.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only girl of the LDS students shown.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Normally cold, she is very concerned when her teacher Marco goes missing, and intends to find him.
  • Tsundere: Hilariously becomes one towards Yuzu after losing to her.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Hokuto and Yaiba.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Hokuto and Yaiba
  • The Worf Effect: In a 3-on-1 with Hokuto and Yaiba against Kurosaki, in spite of collectively emptying Kurosaki's hand and field and reducing his LP to 10, he OTKs all three of them at once.

Yaiba Todo

Voiced by: Kengo Takanashi

Yaiba Todo is the representative of Leo Duel School Synchro Summon course. He runs an X-Saber Deck.

He is the one who taught Synchro Summon to Gongenzaka. Episode 24 also shown him to have extremely strong bond with his fellow summon representatives from LDS.

Tropes associated with Yaiba:

  • Anime Hair: Is spiky and long, though the color is realistic.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: The Kid Samurai uses X-Sabers.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: Fitting to his Kid Samurai appearance.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: The end of his eyesbrows are very thick.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Has a fang sticking out of his mouth.
  • Genre Savvy: The cards with which he ran his X-Saber loop were actually rather popular due to their competitiveness in the OCG/TCG. He also runs three copies of XX-Gottoms, which he spams throughout the duel against Gongenzaka.
  • Japanese Pronouns: He uses the informal pronoun ore, but switches to boku when he is talking to a person in authority.
  • Jerkass: Less so than Hokuto, but still rude to Gongenzaka and mocks Yuya's father.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He was worried about Professor Marco, and ended up helping Masumi try to find him. Shown again in 23, he agreed to train Gongenzaka. And even, he's in Gongenzaka first duel and supports him.
  • Kid Samurai: He's a little older, but he gives off this vibe in appearance.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: To keep Kurosaki's actions secret and he could enter the tournament to fight Reiji.
  • Meaningful Name: "Todo" means "sword". Also, "Yaiba" means "blade" or "edge (of a knife)". He plays X-Sabers. Shuzou picked the "Sword's Graveyard" field because of it.
  • The Mentor: To Gongenzaka, surprisingly enough, in terms of Synchro Summon.
  • Messy Hair: Fitting to the modern Samurai character stereotype.
  • Oh, Crap: Looks about ready to soil himself when Gongenzaka first shows up to request assistance from him, seeing as Gongenzaka looked ready to commit grievous bodily harm. After it became a Flat "What.".
  • Pet the Dog: Worried about Professor Marco when he went missing. And he later agrees to Gongenzaka's request to teach him Synchro Summon.
  • Pride: Largely due to the remarks that he's getting from his friends, he's not happy when Gongenzaka doesn't initially do well with his Synchro Summoning.
  • Plot Armor: Conveniently saved from having his and the others' souls stolen by Kurosaki thanks to LDS staff and Reiji showing up.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Hokuto and Masumi.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: Of the Fiery variety.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Hokuto and Masumi.
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: He uses it to find Action cards by swinging it hard enough to make gusts of wind that blow the cards up.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • In a 3-on-1 with Masumi and Hokuto against Kurosaki, in spite of collectively emptying Kurosaki's hand and field and reducing his LP to 10, he OTKs all three of them at once.
    • It happens again in episode 38, where he lost to the physically assaulting Kachidoki and was literally beaten so bad he required medical care.

Nakajima

Voiced by: Yuuki Hayashi

Nakajima works at Leo Corporation for Reiji. He appears to work directly under Reiji and his mother.

Tropes associated with Nakajima:

  • Cool Shades: He always wears glasses that cover his eyes, even from the sides similar like Neo.
  • Expy: Serves a role similar to Kemo and Croquet or Roland in the original series.
  • The Dragon: Seems to serve as one for the Akabas' though his exact position is ambiguous.
  • Multicolored Hair: Has silver-white bangs and Darker hair in back.
  • Only Sane Employee: Verges into this at some points.
  • Pet the Dog: Deeply concerned about letting the LDS trio draw out Kurosaki, since they are just children.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He always wears a smoking suit.

Yamabe, Ootomo, and Kakimoto

Voiced by: Daiki Hamano (Yamabe), Sho Nogami (Ootomo), Takumi Watanabe (Kakimoto)

Shingo Sawatari's three lackeys, and members of LDS. Kakimoto appears to have a Darts deck like Sawatari, unless it was borrowed to show off Sawatari's Frost Monarch deck.

Tropes associated with these three guys:

Marco

The professor that teaches the LDS Fusion course. He mysteriously went missing during the LDS and You Show duels. He was discovered to have had his soul stolen by Shun Kurosaki.

Tropes associated with Marco:

Tio

Voiced by: Takahiro Fujiwara

He is an elite Duelist and employee of the Leo Corporation, and in charge of investigating Marco's disappearance, first making his appearance showing Marco's damaged duel disk. He is later defeated and sealed away in a card by Shun Kurosaki.

Tropes associated with Tio:

Reira Akaba

Voiced by: Yui Ishikawa

Reiji's little brother, introduced in the MCS arc as Ayu's first opponent. Reira is quiet to the point of no emotion, but seems to be constantly scared of something. He uses a CC deck and specializes in multiple types of Special Summonings, like Reiji.

Tropes associtated with Reira:

  • Big Brother Worship/Living Emotional Crutch: Reiji seems to be the only person he cares about in the world. This is made clear when it's shown that Reira sees everything dark except of the little space where Reiji is and he manage to win his duel after seeing that Reiji is watching him.
    • Reira seems more normal when his brother is with him. Being a shy kid compared to the emotionless creepy child he is when Reiji isn't around.
  • Broken Bird: The card he used to nullify the effects of Ayu's cards on her side of the field show that he sees the world as a cold, grey place.
  • Creepy Child: His emotionless behavior can make people uncomfortable around him. He also has his eyes constantly wide open and is always looking at the ground.
  • Ditto Fighter: His deck consist mostly in Spell Cards that allow him to copy an opponent's monster.
  • Emotionless Boy: He talks with a dull voice, and when Ayu tried to do the "Action Duel" speech, Reira's lines sounded very depressing.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: He has his mom's blue eyes.
  • Family Theme Naming: Reira, like Reiji and Leo, have the the kanji of zero (零) in their names.
  • In the Hood: Coupled with Hidden Eyes to emphatize his creepiness and brokeness. He also wears a cap under his hood.
  • Mommy Issues: It's made obvious that this little boy is afraid of his own mother.
  • Nervous Wreck: Reira seems to be scared of people; he jumped when the public in the stadium started to cheer for Reiji and also when the news reporter tried to talk with him.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a cap under his hood.
  • The Quiet One: He rarely talks.
  • Security Blanket: He only separates of his teddy bear when it's time to duel.
  • Shrinking Violet: When around Reiji. Ironically this is when he's more emotional.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The Versus Character Splash shows his name as "Layra". His name is actually written in kanji, so it cannot be anything else than a Japanese name.

Yuu Sakuragi

Voiced by: Takumi Watanabe

Yuu Sakuragi is a student from the Xyz Summon course. He was the previous year's winner of the Junior Youth Division and is currently a participant in the Youth Division of the Maiami Championship. He is Serera's second target, but Reiji intervenes before she can assault him. Sakuragi runs a Prophecy deck.

Tropes associated with Sakuragi:

  • Badass: He was the winner of the Junior Youth Championship from previous year, and it is known that Kachidoki was the runner-up. That means he defeated Kachidoki in the finale despite the latter's brutal dueling style. Also, Reiji praises him for his performance in the current tournament.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His Hierophant of Prophecy is a DARK-Attribute, though he seems to be a Nice Guy.
  • Nice Guy: He's soft-spoken for his screen time.
  • Tarot Motifs: His Prophecy Deck.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Has reddish purple hair.

    Maiami City 

Strong Ishijima

Voiced by: Atsushi Miyauchi

Strong Ishijima is a the champion of the Pro League. Ishijima was due to Duel the current Champion, Yusho Sakaki, but Yusho never showed up, much to his fury. He loses to Yuya when Pendulum summoning is created.

Tropes associated with Ishijima:

Nico Smiley

Voiced by: Hajime Iijima

Nico Smiley is Strong Ishijima's manager. He is responsible for inviting Yuya to duel Ishijima, and thus allowing Yuya to discover Pendulum summoning. He later comes back and is responsible for helping Yuya get into the Junior Youth Championship.

Tropes associated with Nico:

  • Adjusting Your Glasses: By the bridge, with a Just as Planned look on his face, after Yuya has completed all his duels.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Weird as hell, expert manager. He picked specific duelists to force Yuya to become a better duelist overall and outright told Yuya that he needs to go beyond his expectations instead of remaining within it to be a good professional Duelist.
  • Camp: His appearance is very flamboyant.
  • Classy Cravat: A red one.
  • Combat Commentator: In the junior Youth Championship.
  • First Name Basis: Is called by his given name and without suffixes by Yuya and other characters.
  • Gratuitous English: Like "Oh My Boy," and others.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: After Yuya defeats Ishijima, he immediately runs over to him, smacking Ishijima's head along the way.
  • Large Ham: Loud and dramatic. Being an MC and all.
  • Last Name Basis: As an MC, he calls all duelists by their last name.
  • Making a Spectacle of Yourself: His sunglasses have pink, pointed rims and orange-yellow lenses.
  • Meaningful Name: Nico SMILEY is smiling all the time.
  • Only in It for the Money: Though he claims otherwise.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Most of the time, except for a few seconds after Ishijima lost.
  • Reality Ensues: In episode 19, he sits on top of the car in the bus - on top of the back of it. When the bus stops, he is of course, knocked off before the camera cuts to a sign that asks people to sit properly on their seats.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Although a little shocked at first that Yuya didn't take the first pass into the competition, he was more than happy to set up duels so Yuya could get into it normally. He even happily set up six duels for Sora as well.
  • Trickster Mentor: For Yuya, specifically picking duelists to force him to expand his duelling in new ways, often with odd antics.

Mr. Sawatari

Voiced by: Katsuhisa Houki

He is Shingo Sawatari's father. He is a high-ranking official in Maiami City, and has been trying to get re-elected as the Mayor of Maiami City. He despises Yuya because his son's loss hurts his reputation.

Tropes associated with Mr. Sawatari:

  • Asshole Victim: Okay, so he doesn't get sealed in a card by Kurosaki. But it sure as hell was satisfying to see him utterly crap himself.
  • Bald of Jerkass
  • Corrupt Bureaucrat: Obsessed only with getting elected. And considered that he's not mayor yet.
  • Exhausted Eyebags
  • Fat Bastard: He is fat and short as well.
  • Gonk
  • Idiot Hair: He's bald, and has a curled hair at the front of his head.
  • Jerkass: Well, we know where Shingo got it from, though he takes it far farther, even being rude to the Akabas.
  • Muggle: Doesn't seem to be a duelist, himself, though he was called a professor at several points.
  • The Napoleon: He's very aggressive and barely comes up to most of the adult casts' waists.
  • No Indoor Voice
  • Parental Neglect: Mentioned offhand on not even speaking with his son after he got out of the hospital.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Another trait shared with Shingo. Three LDS students only chase Yuya at his behest to make him stop irritating them. He also uses his power as soon-to-be mayor, or rather, the mayor.

Ryozan Godagawa

Voiced by: Kirian Jō

The owner and master of the Ryozanpaku Duel School. He has been criticized for his forceful, strict Dueling style, which is based on the belief that winning is everything. Despite this criticism, his school has won several professional titles and is second to raise Pro Duelists, following LDS.

Tropes associated with Godagawa:

  • Combat Pragmatism: What he teaches in his school, with Kachidoki being the best example.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Not necessarily evil, but his cross-shaped scar on his forehead signafies that he's not a kind guy.
  • Old Master: Unfortunately, not of the good kind.

Others in Maiami City

Other members of the city.

Tropes associated with these characters:

    Duelists from the Qualifying Mini-Arc 

A group of three students from other duel schools organized by Nico Smiley for Yuya to duel. The fourth one is Gongenzaka.

Michio Mokota

Voiced by: Yasuaki Takumi

Michio Mokota is a Student from Cuisine Duel School, who is arranged to duel Yuya by Nico Smiley. He uses a Cookmate Deck, and was known as Genius Chef in supplementary materials.

By dueling him, Yuya (and by extention, Michio himself) learns that the perfect stragety is impossible and that a Pro needs to have a flexible mind in order to think solutions out of the blue.

Tropes associated with Michio:

  • Attack Backfire: His "recipe" consiste in Special Summoning as many small monsters as possible for then his opponent destroy them, to then use Food Cementery to Special Summon his Royal Cookmate monsters. "A combo that punishes me for destroying his monsters", as Yuya describes it. Michio also has one backfire for his opponent's Normal and Special Summoning, see Force Feeding below.
  • Berserk Button: Tranquil Fury variety, adding to his recipes.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: On the surface Michio seems to a kind person, but in reality he is arrogant and looks down on his opponents, possibly due to defeating students from LDS' Top Class. He refers to Yuya as a light meal as a means to belittle him.
    • Humble Pie: Losing to Yuya makes him legitimately a nice person.
  • Catch Phrase: Whenever he gets an action card, he says "itadakimasu." He also is fond of his "perfect recipe."
  • Chick Magnet: Mentioned as being popular among housewives. And Yuya's mom.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After losing, he offers to cook for Yuya as well and says that he looks forward to a friendly rematch when they're both stronger.
  • Evil Laugh: After Force Feeding Yuya's monsters.
  • Eyes Always Closed: He opens one when he's being serious. He also opened both of them before receiving Yuya's final blow.
  • Force Feeding: Royal Cookmate monsters have effects that mimic this. Whenever Yuya Normal or Special Summons, the Royal Cookmates fill up Yuya's monsters stomachs until they burst.
  • Graceful Loser: After realizing that his recipe wasn't perfect, he takes Yuya's final attack with a smile. When his mother went all This Cannot Be!, he recognizes his defeat.
  • In-Series Nickname: Mitchie, the cooking duel prince.
  • Iron Chef: He duels with a Cookmate Archetype.
  • Large Ham: As fitting of an Action Duelist. He's more subdued out of a duel though.
  • Multicolored Hair: Orange-red with fuchsia bangs.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Crosses between Smug Smiler, but he really smiles for the most of time.
  • Stage Mom: Mrs. Mokota is pretty pushy about Michio's stage career.
  • Supreme Chef: It makes Yuya hungry. Though he loses because he ignored his dad's lesson that no recipe was ever perfect.
  • Teen Genius: He's already a famous Chef, with self-created recipes, and he's around Yuya's age.
    • He also managed to win over LDS students regularly.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: He powers up his monster to 4800 ATK and attacks directly while Yuya only had 500 life points. Ironically, if he hadn't done this, he would have won.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His deck relies on low attack monsters with powerful effects.

Eita Kyuando

Voiced by: Yūsuke Katayama

He is a student from the Cram Duel School, who is arranged to duel Yuya by Nico Smiley. He uses a Quiz Deck, which punishes the opponent if they cannot answer questions correctly.

By dueling him, Yuya learns to use misadvanges to his favor and that a Pro needs constant communication with his opponent and the audience in order to be entretaining. Eita also seems to learn that being an Insufferable Genius makes him dull and arrogant towards the audience, who will then cheer for his opponent instead.

Tropes associated with Kyuando:

  • Bow Ties Are Cool: Subverted with this guy.
  • Break the Haughty: "Eita Kyuando, you are incorrect!"
  • Camp: His outfit is a really colorful quiz show host appearance.
  • Character Tics: Playing with his cowlick. After he correctly answers a question, he poses with his arms bent upward.
  • The Chessmaster: He uses combos that force his opponent to answer quizes that they almost never answer correctly. And if they should answer it correctly, then the effect of Kyuando's cards would work for his favor.
  • Hate Sink: While by no means is he a major villain, he is outright designed to be hated. Not even his own classmates seem fond of him and they find Yuya much more entertaining.
  • In-Series Nickname: The Universe of Knowledge.
  • Insufferable Genius: Due to his mastery of quiz shows.
  • Jerkass: The trend continues. Kyuando offers his hand to Yuya for a shake, and then takes it back and begins quizzing him. He can even make Hokuto look like a nice guy, since he at least didn't laugh at him.
  • Last Name Basis: Another of the few characters who are referred by their last name by other characters and the Vs screen.
  • Morton's Fork: His Quiz Monkey's effect relies on the opponent answering how many quiz monsters will be at the end of the turn but Kyuando has a trap card that can negate the destruction of his monster; no matter if Yuya have answered 0 or 1, Kyuando would just activate it or not to ensure that Yuya's answer was wrong. And again with Sphinquiz, if you answer its question correctly, you lose your monster, if you answer it wrong, the battle phase ends.
  • Multicolored Hair: His hair is purple and blond. The blond part looks like a Q.
  • Meaningful Name: Following the Japanese convention of the family name preceding the rest of the name, it sounds like "Q & A," befitting his quiz theme.
  • Sadistic Choice: Sphinquiz's question is surprisingly easy: which monster in the field has the highest level? Yuya has the chance to finally answer a question right, but doing so will destroy his ace monster and give him 2500 points of damage, losing the duel. He had no other option that answer wrong, save his life points but missing the battle phase, losing Odd-Eyes and boosting up Quiz Monkey's attack.
  • Smug Smiler: Has his annoying, smug smile for most of the time.
  • Smug Snake: He completely breaks down when Yuya turns an incorrect question against him.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: His expression is really creepy.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Kyuando just loves to gloat about how smart he is and how dumb his opponents are.
  • Villainous Breakdown: While he isn't a villain, he starts to lose his composure after Yuya was able to turn answering a question wrong to his advantage and turns into a screaming lunatic during Yuya's winning move.

Mieru Hochun

Voiced by: Aoi Yuuki

A young girl from Unno Fortune Telling Dueling School, who is arranged to duel Yuya by Nico Smiley. She's a fortune teller and uses a Sibyl deck, which focuses on Flip Effect Monsters and Ritual Monsters.

By dueling her, Yuya takes the first step in breaking the mold of Pendulum Summon, managing to make the audience (and Mieru herself) skip a heartbeat, a necessary track in a Pro.

Tropes associated with Mieru:

  • Amazon Brigade: Her Sibyl monsters are all female.
  • Ascended Extra: Of the three duelists from the Qualifying Mini-Arc. She made an reappearances in episodes 27 and 38 while being featured in the second opening.
  • Because Destiny Says So: As a fortune teller, she's a firm believer. Though she's not so happy with Yuya being "her fated person". At first. Following her defeat, she can't get enough of the guy, saying that she's glad Yuya IS that "fated person."
  • Color Failure: Happens when Yuya dodges her attempt to glomp him in Episode 38.
  • Creepy Child: Downplayed. Though she's not as creppy as the textbook example, she still goes to a occult school and uses her fortune telling abilities in her daily life, things that would unnerve people around her.
  • Crystal Ball: She has a crystal apple and, in one of her flashbacks, she use it to predict the weather.
  • Daydream Surprise: What may or may not have happened as Yuya performed his finishing move on her to win the Duel. She sees Yuya speaking very softly to her, referring to her as "Ojou-san", complete with sparkles and finally a wink in her direction while surrounded by a heart.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her way of dressing to enphatize her childish personality and add an unnerving feeling around her.
  • Expy: Young duelist girl, more badass than she looks, a little arrogant and with a desire to romance the main character; Mieru seems to be an amalgam of Rebecca and Rei. The fortune theme also adds a parallel to Ishizu and Carly.
  • The Glomp: Tackles Yuya happily when she falls for him after their duel. This carries into the second opening.
  • Imagine Spot:
    • She starts to fantasize about how her "destined person" would be; either a Bishounen, a hunk or a House Husband. This makes the real deal, Yuya, just more disappointing for her. At least until the end of their duel... Afterwords she does this quite a bit.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she was rude and slightly condescending to Yuya at first, she honestly wanted Yuya to forfeit for his safety, after she had a fortune that he would be in danger.
    • Drops the "jerk" part towards Yuya completely when she falls for him.
  • Little Miss Badass: Despite being young and petite, Mieru is a powerful duelist.
  • Love at First Punch: She falls for Yuya and declares him her "fated person" after he managed to defeat her while looking so cool doing it.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Mieru" can be translated as "to be able to see" or "to be visible", which fits to her fortune teller character.
    • The kanji for "Sibyl" can be read as "Fortunetelling Princess". A sibyl is also a woman with prophetic powers in mythology.
  • Moment Killer: Kills a sweet moment between Yuya and Yuzu by jumping at him while calling him her "fated person".
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She's from a school that has heavy ocultism imagery and she's a fortune teller.
  • Nosebleed: She suffers from this three times; after her prediction revealed to her that her next opponent will be her "destined person", imagining what kind of guy he would be and then losing to Yuya's impressive final move, causing her to fall for him.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Mieru is so happy that Yuya is her "fated person" that she hugs him almost immediately after the duel is over and won't let go, rubbing his cheek with hers all the while. Yuzu is not amused and chases poor Yuya with her trademark fan.
  • Older Than She Looks: Due to her short height, she looks more around Junior division note  age than Yuya or Yuzu's age.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: All Sibyls are Fairy-type monsters and are designed and named after different kind of fairies.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Her crush on Yuya is usually used as comic relief.
  • Punny Name: "Hochun" is a pun to "fortune". In Japanese, the H and F are pronounced similarly. With her first name meaning "I can see", her name sounds like, "I can see your fortune"
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Smacks Yuya on the head with her crystal apple after his Accidental Pervert moment.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She is the girl who introduces the Ritual Summon in ARC-V.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: She becomes one for Yuya after he wins their duel. Even asking how many children he wants. Neither Yuya or Yuzu were happy.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She's the only girl Yuya duels in order to qualified for the Junior Youth.
  • Stealth Pun: She's a fortune-telling psychic who gets nosebleeds thinking about guys.
  • Tarot Motifs: She uses a fortune-themed Sibyl deck and she also uses her cards as tarot cards outside of duels. She can even tell her opponent's fortune based in the monsters' position. Her ace, Tarotray the Sibylla also spawns tarot cards.
  • Third-Person Person: Fitting to her childish personality.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change: Her monsters' effects give this vibe.
  • Wing Ding Eyes: Mieru gets hearts in her eyes while imagining her possible "fated person". She also gets diamonds in her eyes when she's hugging Yuya, happy that her "fated person" is so cool.
  • Worf Effect: She was beaten in a one turn kill to show how powerful the other contestants are
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Like most fortune telling characters, she believes too much into her fortune telling and tries to convince Yuya to give up or he would die. The Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists have a habit to Screw Destiny.
    • Though to be fair, she was right in that something "horrible" would befall Yuya if he kept on fighting. ( That being the collapse of the structure Yuya was standing on.) what she didn't predict was that he would get out of that one.

    Maiami Championship Duelists 

Gen Ankokuji

Voiced by: Hiroshi Shirokumi

Gen Ankokuji is a participant in the Junior Youth Class of the Maiami Championship. He is also a fan of Strong Ishijima and belittles Yusho for running away and not facing Ishijima for the title of the Champion and thus have bullied "Yuya" on some ocassion. He was a former member of the Gongenzaka Dojo and knows Gongenzaka. Like Ishijima, he uses a Battleguard deck.

Tropes Associated with Ankokuji:

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Dueling example.
  • Barbaric Bully: He's enormous, the same size as Gongenzaka.
  • Barbarian Tribe: Like Ishijima, he also uses a Battleguard deck.
  • Break Them by Talking: His initial plan was putting Yuya into a trap in order to make Gongenzaka worry more for his friend's safety than for the duel and constantly taunt him about his inability to go to help Yuya, in order to make Gongenzaka easy to read. Not to mention that he actually enjoyed seeing Gongenzaka in such "pathetic" state.
  • The Bully: Was Yuya's because of his dad's disappearance before dueling Strong Ishijima, Ankokuji's idol.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He first appeared in a flashback showing how Yuya and Gogenzaka met. In retrospect, his distinct design compared to background characters should have been a hint that this guy would appear again..
  • Combat Pragmatist: He prides himself on being one. But really he's just willing to use any dirty trick without actually cheating.
  • Dark Is Evil: His ace monster has the DARK attribute.
  • Deceptive Disciple: He's one for the entire Gongenzaka dojo.
  • Fanboy: Of Strong Ishijima, refusing to believe Yuya could beat him.
  • Genius Bruiser: Not quite genius, but he isn't Dumb Muscle either, as he shows enough cunning to research Gongenzaka before their duel.
  • Gonk: Mostly because of his nose. And his goofy looking teeth.
  • Irony: He idolizes Ishijima, who is an honorable duelist that gives up his title due to his loss to Yuya, despite it not being an official duel. Ankokuji is a Dirty Coward and a Jerkass.
  • Jerkass: Like most on the show, he trumps all that came before him and is arguably outright evil. Bullied Yuya when they were younger, because his dad disappeared. It's pretty obvious why he was kicked out of the dojo.
  • Last Name Basis: Another character referred by his last name.
  • Reason Before Honor: He states this as his reason he "left" the Dojo, saying he was sick of the Dojo focusing on being honorable instead of using any mean to win.
  • Senpai Kouhai: Was Gongenzaka's senior in the past, but no longer since he seems to have been kicked out of the Dojo.
  • Smug Snake: He completely underestimated both Yuya and Gongenzaka, leading to his defeat.
  • Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: See Break Them by Talking above.
  • Witch Doctor: His ace monster, Battleguard Mad Shaman has this motif, even taking control of enemy monsters.

Tsukikage

Tsukikage is a participant in the Junior Youth class of the Maiami Championship. He is capable of defeating his opponents with One Turn Kill. He goes to Fuuma Duel School.

Tropes associated with Tsukikage:

Isao Kachidoki

Voiced by: Kenji Nojima

Isao Kachidoki is a participant in the Maiami Championship and is the Ace of the Ryozanpaku School. He is a martial artist with a very violent manner of dueling. Kachidoki was the runner-up of the last year's Junior Youth Championship. He is the second duelist Yuya faces in this year's tournament. He uses a Star deck.

Tropes associated with Kachidoki:

  • The Ace: The ace of the Ryozanpaku School as well as finishing second in last year's Junior Youth Championship and is the favorite to win this year. His ace monster his Idaten, the Star of Supreme Victory, a fusion monster.
  • Achilles' Heel: His ace monster, Idaten, the Star of Supreme Victory, can make the ATK of any monster with a lower or equal Level to his 0. However, it doesn't work with Xyz Monsters who have Ranks instead. Unfortunately for him, Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon doesn't have a Level.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Both dueling and martial arts example.
  • Always Someone Better: No matter how hard he trains or how ruthless he is towards his opponents, the guy just can't get to win the MCS.
  • Badass: He defeats Yaiba to the point of putting him in the hospital.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He told Yuya to face the pitch black darkness, after putting him in a corner. Then Yuya went Berserk mode.
  • Bring It: He does the hand gesture as a way to taunt his opponents.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Kachidoki physically assaults his opponents when they are going for Action Cards. And he doesn't try to hide it.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Slaps Yuya's hand away when Yuya tries to help him up after Kachidoki is sent flying as a result of an OTK.
  • The Dreaded: Yuzu and the You Show kids are naturally unnerved because of his actions on his duel against Yaiba.
  • Dumb Muscle: A mild example. He is definitively not an idiot, but his school should have taught him that Xyz Monsters don't have Levels, not even Level 0, instead of teaching him how to beat the crap out of people.
  • Funny Bruce Lee Noises: Makes them a few times.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Fitting to his serious and ruthless character.
  • Japanese Pronouns: He uses the gender neutral jibun as his first person pronoun, which is neither formal nor rude. Usually a reflexive pronoun, its impersonal nature fits to his character as a budding professional fighter and duelist.
  • Kick the Dog: He beats the crap out of Yaiba in their duel.
  • Last Name Basis: Another character referred by his last name.
  • Martial Arts and Crafts: Turns out he uses his martial arts to physically attack his opponents to the point of needing medical care when he duels.
  • Mugging the Monster: He attacks Yuya continuously, not knowing about his Superpowered Evil Side, and gets beaten down himself.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: While he's more talkative than Shun Kurosaki, he still gives off this vibe.
    Kachidoki: "Fun? I'm only here to win."
  • Oh, Crap: His expression seriously changes when he sees Yuya's Superpowered Evil Side.
  • The Resenter: He once saw Yuya having fun with his dad before entering his own school and resents Yuya's care-free dueling and bright attitute while he had to go down a pitch black path. He considered his duel against Yuya to be fate. Things get worse after Yuya got in Berserk mode and beat him.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: His school's philosophy is that duels must be won at all costs. He considers his defeat in episode 39 to be a great shame towards his master.
  • Serious Business: This guys goes so far that he physically attacks his opponents and sends them to the hospital without caring.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Part of his martial arts attire. His muscles are not for show.
  • The Stoic: He has not shown many forms of emotion since he appeared.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Episode 39 reveals that he used to like the idea of dueling for fun, but his master's teaching about dueling being about winning make him the guy he is today.
  • Wild Hair: Has long, wildy looking hair that makes him look badass.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is purple.

Yuzo Tanegashima

Voiced by: Sho Nogami

Yuzo Tanegashima is a participant in the Junior Youth class of the Maiami Championship and is the Ace of the Surprise School. He is Gongenzaka's second opponent defeated by him without us seeing Yuzo's deck.

Tropes associated with Yuzo Tanegashima:

  • The Ace: Of Surprise School.
  • Badass Longcoat and Badass Cape: A white long suit jacket, and a red cape.
  • Bait and Switch: His introduction alongside the most relevant contestants of the MCS made us believe he was going to get a whole episode's duel, but he was defeated 5 minutes after the episode began, without us even seeing him duel at all against Gongenzaka.
  • Gonk: Downplayed, though he does have buck teeth.
  • Man in White: Wear's a white suit.
  • Master of Disguise: His camouflage in order to avoid Gongenzaka was actually pretty good, that much that Gongenzaka had to find him without using his eyes.
  • Nice Hat: A magician's hat.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a nice white suit.
  • Stage Magician: His theme.

Mikiyo Naname

Voiced by: Yō Taichi

Mikiyo Naname is a participant in the Junior Youth class of the Maiami Championship and is an Idol Duelist belonging to the Idol Group Duel Girls Club. She is the second duelist Yuzu faces. She runs a Fairy deck.

Tropes associated with Mikiyo:

Others in the Tournament


Tropes associated with others in the tournament:

    Resistance (Xyz Dimension) 

Yuto — The Dark Duelist

Voiced by: Manpei Takagi

A strange masked man investigating LDS, he intervenes in a duel between Yuzu and Sawatari. For mysterious reasons, he shares the same face as Yuya and he has some connection to Yuzu, who resembles a friend named Ruri. He uses a Phantom Knights deck that focuses on summoning Xyz Monsters, including his Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, and make use of Spell Cards that can be activated from the graveyard.

Tropes associated with Yuto:

  • Alleged Lookalikes: They're not completely different, but he's different enough to Yuya that it's a bit of a headscratcher as to why Yuzu can't make herself believe they're really not the same person. That being said, he's the most alike out of Yuya's counterparts in terms of hairstyle, which probably wouldn't be to difficult for Yuya to pull off.
  • Badass:
    • Curb-stomps Sawatari in their duel. Using just his initial hand.
    • He is able to go ninja just like Sora, and can block a D-Wheel attacking him.
    • Speaking of Sora, it's pretty explicitly shown that had he not been merciful, he would have curbstomped him.
  • Badass Cape: Combined with Scarf of Asskicking during his first couple of appearances.
  • Berserk Button: Saying you'll hurt his friends, and Sora hits it deliberately to get him to duel him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: First he saved Yuzu from dueling Sawatari, and intervened to prevent Kurosaki from dueling Masumi.
  • Black Knight: Sawatari nicknames him "Knight-kun" when Yuto tries to protect Yuzu, and he seems to have a knight motif. His Spell Card monsters are black horse-riding knights, and Yuto's is a more noble person than his partner Kurosaki, but Yuto still supports him. His deck is later revealed to be a Phantom Knights deck, monsters covered in black clothes and/or armor.
  • Casting a Shadow: From what has been revealed, his deck is exclusively DARK-attribute.
  • Collared by Fashion: A small one, that brings Yugi's to mind.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He seems to have lived in a satellite-like area, and lost a friend named Ruri. It's later revealed that his home is the ruins of Heartland City, which was destroyed by Fusion Duelists hunting Xyz Duelists for no other reason than for fun. He and Kurosaki have lost comrades in the process, and they are determined to get them back.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Unlike his friend Kurosaki, Yuto doesn't assault people and he prefers to end conflicts peacefully if possible.
  • Determinator: He makes a comment in Episode 35 that echoes Kurosaki's words of getting up and fighting despite being knocked down.
  • First Name Basis: He's currently the only character who refers Kurosaki by his first name, strenghtening the fact that are best friends.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: He and Yugo get these while dueling.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He's smiling when he disappears in the light. He may not actually be dead though.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Wore Goggles with his facemask during his first appearance. Subverted, as they did protect his eyes from flying debris when he shielded Yuzu, but the lens broke. He abandons the goggles by the time of his next appearance.
  • Identical Stranger: To Yuya.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: His Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon is his ace, despite not fitting with his Phantom Knight deck.
  • Knight of Cerebus: His actions kicked off a best-of-three competition between LDS and You Show, with the latter at risk of being overtaken. He also hinted the existence of a Bigger Bad, Academia.
  • La Résistance: Alongside Kurosaki and his other comrades, he fights against Academia.
  • Made of Iron: Was thrown into a real wall with enough force to crack and leave a hole, and he just gets up and continues dueling like nothing had happened.
  • Multicolored Hair: His hair is both purple and black.
  • Mind Screw: A walking one for Yuzu for a while.
  • Mr. Exposition: He explains the Duel Dimensions to Yuya
  • Mysterious Protector: To Yuzu. Even Sawatari calls him "Knight-kun" for coming out of nowhere to save the princess.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Just like Kurosaki, he never responds to any trash talk and calmly plays his turn. He wasn't fazed at all, meeting Yuya, who is said to look just like him. However, he was going to leave Sora alone since he was injured, until he provoked him.
    • However he is a lot more merciful, trying not to hurt his opponent, and stops the duel with Yuya once Sora is taken away.
  • Not So Different: To Yuya, Episode 35 shows this the best. Yuto prepares his duel disk just like Yuya does. Also Yuya and Yuto have the same motivation, protecting their friends, something Yuto seems to note.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: A meta example. Nobody In-Universe knew his name (some don't even know he exists). His nickname, Dark Duelist, was given by the creators to the public. His true name is revealed in episode 21.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: Grabs Kurosaki this way after knocking him out in Episode 21.
  • Perpetual Frowner: In contrast with Yuya's Perpetual Smiler.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Has a pink-bladed duel disk.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He told off Sawatari for his lack of determination in their duel.
  • Reluctant Warrior: He only dueled to protect Yuzu and gather some information about LDS from Sawatari. After getting what he wanted, he was willing to step out of the duel, but Sawatari made him give the final blow. He also calls Sawatari out for not having the dueling experience gained by suffering, implying he has a dark past that has made him cynical. His line to Yuzu before he duels Sawatari in her stead, "I don't want you to get hurt again", supports this. Furthermore, his reluctance during his duels with Sora and Yugo demonstrate this further.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Combined with Badass Cape. Currently, he's wearing the scarf on his right arm.
  • Shadow Archetype/Foil: To Yuya, even down to their color palettes. While Yuya loves to entertain people and he's all smiles, Yuto never fools around and he's all serious. But both care for Yuzu. It's later shown that they are Not So Different, as Yuya believes that duels are meant to bring people their smiles, and Yuto agrees with him in his depth of his heart and he doesn't want to hurt people anymore with dueling.
    • Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon is one to Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon. Having their summoning method as the third word in their name, the same attack and defense points. But having mirrored poses, Dark Rebellion's card background is a dark starry sky while Odd-Eyes' is a bright starry sky.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Just like Kurosaki, though he appears to be taking it better than Kurosaki.
  • Shock and Awe: Strangely enough, Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon's modus operandi.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The Versus Character Splash spells his name as "Ute".
  • Spirit Advisor: He shows up in Yuya's duel against Kachidoki, which allows Yuya to summon Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon for the win, although Yuya's Superpowered Evil Side is unleashed inadvertently.
  • Split Personality: Just like Yuya, though his makes him more destructive, maybe even reaching Omnicidal Maniac.
  • Stalker with a Crush: While the "crush" part is debatable, we do see him following Yuzu around from a distance in Episode 15. She may be a Replacement Goldfish for Ruri, Kurosaki's little sister.
  • Super Speed: He showed incredibly high speed in Episode 35.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: His ace monster has a purple color scheme and his duel disk's blade is light purple. And he has some kind of power that allows a normal duel to hurt like an Action Duel.
  • Take Up My Sword: After his defeat against Yugo, Yuto gives to Yuya his Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon before he disappears because of Yuzu's bracelet.
  • Tap on the Head: Punch to the solar plexus variety, used against Kurosaki when the latter was starting trouble in episode 21.
  • Theme Naming: His real name is Yuto, making him the third person to have the friendship prefix.
  • The Unexpected: Not in the first OP or the ED, but crucial to the plot. He, along with Kurosaki and Yugo appear in the second opening.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Willing to do what is necessary to create a world without conflict, and to save his comrades.
  • The Worf Effect: Gets taken down by Yugo. Granted, Yuya's interference may have caused this.

Shun Kurosaki

Voiced by: Yamato Kinjo

He is an Xyz user and a comrade of Yuto, who is after the Leo Duel School as well. He has the same powers as Yuto, with one extra: the ability to seal souls into cards. He uses a Raid Raptors deck, and like Yuto, he uses cards that can be activated from the graveyard.

Tropes associated with Kurosaki:

  • Ambiguously Evil: All he wants is to find and get back his lost comrades but he's willing to step upon anyone that comes his way or he detects as an enemy.
  • Anime Hair: Bluish and a little spiky, but it is more subdued than the Yuto's.
  • Badass: Beats two of LDS' aces, and later three employees at the same time. Then he defeats the LDS trio with a 16,400 ATK beatstick.
    • He becomes even more so in his duel with Sora, where he Ranks-Up his ace monster twice
  • Badass Boast: Makes quite a fierce one to the LDS trio
    Kurosaki: That's right, because we were always badly beaten and fighting on the edge. But, we always had to stand up again! Then, we finally overwhelmed and eradicated our enemies!
    • His summon chant for Rise Falcon comes across as one too
    Obscured falcon, from adversity, raise your sharpened claws! Spread your wings of rebellion! Xyz Summon! Come forth! Raid Raptors - Rise Falcon!
  • Badass Longcoat: Wear a long blue-purple coat and looks tough with it.
  • Batman Gambit: He attacked LDS to lure out Reiji, so he can use him as a bartering chip against Leo Akaba.
  • Beam Spam: One of Raid Raptors - Blaze Falcon's effects.
  • Berserk Button:
    • LDS, any mention of the name. He nearly foams at the mouth.
    • Fusion Summon seems to be a delicate topic for him, too. He first goes against LDS' Fusion teacher and his eyes react when Masumi gets to fusion. The enemy that captured Ruri uses Fusion.
    • Heartland is one to him, which is his hometown. This is taken to it's logical extreme when the Field Spell selected for his duel with Sora is Future City: Heartland. You can tell by the look on his face he is NOT happy with this choice.
  • Big, Badass Bird of Prey: His Raid Raptors look like mechanical hawks and give off this vibe, especially his Xyz, with an example being Raid Raptors - Rise Falcon.
  • Big Brother Instinct: :Kurosaki is so intent on attacking LDS because he believes his little sister Ruri was captured by them.
    • Knight Templar Big Brother: He's steals the souls of teachers and elite students, who may not be into the whole thing, and is willing to duel students just to bring out LDS' boss, Reiji, in order to duel some answers out of him.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Doesn't even remember who Marco is, until Masumi brings up Fusion Summoning. It is possible however that he just didn't ask for his name. He's never asked anyone he duels for their names.
  • The Comically Serious: When Sora tries to do the "Action Duel" chanting, Kurosaki doesn't even open his mouth to say he's not fooling around.
  • Crazy-Prepared: As shown during his duel against Sora, Kurosaki manages to counter basically everything against him. Especially his last card Rank-Up Magic Revolution Force only works in a specific situation, yet Kurosaki gets the chance to use it.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He utterly annihilates Masumi, Hokuto and Yaiba in episode 24.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Metaphorically; his Raid Raptors monsters resemble robotic avian predators, which might also symbolize his desire to protect and rescue his sister slowly sliding him down the morality road.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: See the Dark Duelist's above.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Though morally ambiguous enough to steal the souls of LDS employees.
  • Death from Above: A recurring motif of his Raid Raptors, with Rise Falcon dive-bombing the enemy and Revolution Falcon burying them under a hail of bombs.
  • Determinator: He and his comrades had to get up again and again to defeat their enemies.
    • This is to the point all of his summon chants describe this trait
  • The Dreaded: Both Yuya and Yuzu are nervous about him due to past experiences.
  • Enemy Mine: With Reiji, to defeat Leo Akaba.
  • Extra Eyes/Red Eyes, Take Warning: The aformentioned Rise Falcon has 6 red eyes. It's just one of the things that make it a creepy card.
    • Blaze Falcon also has Extra Eyes, though green in color.
  • First Name Basis: Only Yuto calls him by his first name. The anime credits him by his last name.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Though considering what happened to Yuto, he might have the same reasoning.
  • Head Butting Heroes: Is a bit much, but he and Yuto argue about their methods.
  • Heroic BSOD: Goes through this briefly when the Action Field chosen for his duel with Sora resembles his destroyed hometown, Heartland. Then the BSOD is replaced by rage and determination.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He's Knight Templar in defeating his enemies and finding Ruri, but his actions are taking him further into the Moral Event Horizon.
  • High-Speed Missile Dodge: While riding Raid Raptors - Rise Falcon, he dodges Destoy/Frightfur Wheel Saw Lion's projectiles for enough time to grab an Action Card.
  • Irony: He hates LDS, yet is put among their numbers for the Maiami Championship.
  • Jerkass: Is rude and demeaning to everyone in his interactions, even his own comrade, Yuto.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Him :sealing away the three random LDS employees chasing Yuya in cards.
    • How he beats Sora, who gleefully reveals himself to be part of the faction attacking Kurosaki's home, saying how they do it for fun. Kurosaki responds with Revolution Falcon and crushes Sora underneath a building via bombing raid. Since it's Solid Vision, Sora isn't too badly hurt, but still.
    • Kick the Dog: On the other, doing the same to both Tio and Marco, who at least looked like pretty nice guys, probably counts as this.
      • He later insults Marco in front of Masumi, calling him weak and pathetic.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Like Yuto, his appearance has slowly darkened the series.
  • Knight Templar: Despite Yuto telling him LDS is not the enemy, he still attacks them, to the extent Yuto is forced to knock him out to get him away from Masumi, Yuzu, and Sora. It turns out that he attacked them because he wants to take Reiji hostage, because Leo Akaba seems to be the one holding Ruri hostage.
  • La Résistance: He strongly suggests he is part of one fighting the Fusion Faction of Academia during his duel with Sora.
  • Last Name Basis: The anime itself refers to him by his last name via the sponsor announces or the Versus Character Splash. Other characters (aside Yuto) also call him either only by his last name or by his full name.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: His love for his sister Ruri makes him very erratic in his willingness to get her back.
  • Love Makes You Evil: To get Ruri back, he is willing to do a lot of dark things.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: One of Raid Raptors - Blaze Falcon's effects
  • Moral Myopia: States in episode 34 that he'll do anything to protect his comrades... but when the LDS Trio went after him to do the same, he beat them down without even thinking about it.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: To him, duels are all about survival and winning. He has no interest in entertaining the crowd, making small talk, or having fun. He only talks when he has to.
    • In Episode 34, it's strongly suggested he sees dueling as war, to the point his winning move is to raze the Action Duel field to the ground.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Gives a speech to this effect after Sora takes his Raid Raptors - Blaze Falcon in Episode 34.
    Kurosaki: "We, the Resistance, have always fought with the worst case scenario in mind. While keeping in mind the friends we lost who used to fight alongside us. But even if they're taken from us, we will never abandon them. I WILL take back my friends!"
  • Not So Different: Hinted at by his duel with Sora when you consider that Kurosaki has hunted people in much the same way as the Fusion faction, albeit for a different reason, and he finishes the duel by bombing the virtual Heartland to the ground, which is exactly what the Fusion faction did to the real one. This is further when Sora revealed the Fusion faction would seal their victim's souls in cards.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: Is subject to this after being rendered unconscious by Yuto in episode 21.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Has no qualms mercilessly bombing Sora into the ground during his duel after Sora taunted him, revealing his true sadistic nature of hunting Xyz Duelists and destroying their city. Kurosaki was also ready to take his soul, but was stopped only by Reiji.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He repeatedly states that the LDS duelists he has dueled lack steeled resolve.
  • Second Hour Superpower: In only his second full on-screen duel, he uses a Rank-Up Magic spell card to upgrade his Rise Falcon to Blaze Falcon. And then again from Blaze Falcon into Revolution Falcon
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: He definitely shows signs of this in Episode 33 when Heartland is used as the field for his duel against Sora.
    • Taken even further in the next episode, where he is clearly reminded of his conflict with Academia.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: He has mysterious powers and gold eyes.
  • Taught by Experience: He says the reason for his strength is this.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Defeats Hokuto, Masumi, and Yaiba in their 3-on-1 by attacking every single monster they have at once with Raid Raptors - Rise Falcon after raising it to 16,400 ATK.
    • He goes even further in his duel with Sora by having Revolution Falcon bomb the Action Duel Field and drop the Heartland tower right on top of Sora.
  • True Companions: For all of Kurosaki's Knight Templar antics and craziness, it is immensely clear that he values his comrades greatly, as shown by his speech to Sora in Episode 34.
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • His ace, Raid Raptors - Rise Falcon only has 100 ATK. But its effect makes it deadly: it gains all the attack points of every monster that was special summoned. When he used it on his 3-on-1 duel, its attack was 16,400. This effect is nerfed in the real game.
    • Blaze Falcon continues this idea by only having 1000 ATK, but can attack directly and has two monster destruction effects. Revolution Falcon has a modest 2000 ATK, so it can be assumed to continue this trend despite only having one of its effects (destroy a Special summoned monster and inflict half its ATK as damage to the opponent) revealed.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no problem violently shoving Yuzu out of the way and knocking her down, and then was poised to steal Masumi's soul, had the duel not been interrupted before it could start.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He shows absolutely no reservations about having Revolution Falcon bring down a tower on top of Sora.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In two different shades.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Has the ability to seal souls into cards, Pegasus style.

Ruri Kurosaki

A girl that comes from the same place Yuto and her brother Shun Kurosaki comes from. Her whereabouts are unkwown.

Tropes associated with Ruri:

  • And I Must Scream: According to Sora, she's probably sealed in a card, like everyone else who lost.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: She is part of Yuto and Kurosaki's backstory and is missing, so there is only a matter of time when she finally appears.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Her disappearance is what drives Kurosaki's crusade against LDS.
  • The Ghost: Although she has been mentioned by Yuto and Kurosaki multiple times, she has yet to appear in person.
  • Identical Stranger: To Yuzu.

    Academia (Fusion Dimension) 

Sora Shiun'in

See Main Characters for more information.

Professor Leo Akaba

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa

Reiji and Reira's father, whom the former has an antagonistic relationship with. He is also the Professor and the highest authority of Academia.

Tropes associated with Leo:

  • Ambiguously Brown: His skin is noticeably darker than most characters. Other characters from Academia have lighter skin color.
  • Ambition Is Evil: When said ambition is starting a interdimensional war where the losers are sealed in a card, yes, it is evil.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To Reiji, who is explicitly trying to find duelists strong enough to defeat Leo.
  • Badass Cape: Showing his authority in Academia.
  • Bald of Evil: With Tainted Veins.
  • Big Bad: He is shaping to become this during the MCS arc.
  • Bigger Bad: He was hinted to be the Big Bad of the series or at least for before the MCS arc, Reiji actively says the war between the dimensions is his ambition.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: A deep, booming voice to add to his growing list of evil tropes.
  • Expy: His relationship with his oldest son is blatantly one for Kaiba and Gozaburo's from the original series.
  • Family Theme Naming: Leo, like Reiji and Reira, have the the kanji of zero (零) in their names.
  • Meaningful Name: The Kanji characters which make up his name mean 'Zero King'.
  • Obviously Evil: Just look at the listed tropes.
  • Parental Neglect: Reiji believes that Leo wouldn't care if Reiji were kidnapped.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Leo, Reo, Reiou, the list goes on. The problem is that his name is written in Kanji rather than Katakana.
  • Tainted Veins: On his head.

Yuri

A member of Academia under the direct command of Professor Leo Akaba. Like Yuto and Yugo, he strongly resembles Yuya.

Tropes associated with Yuri:

Serena

Voiced by: Yuuna Inamura

Serena is a dimensional counterpart to Yuzu and exists in the Fusion Dimension within the Academia. She appears to hold a dislike of Sora, as she smirked when he was getting held down by Academia doctors. In Maiami city, she is assisted by her bodyguard, Barrett.

Tropes associated with Serena:

  • Contralto of Danger: Her voice is deeper than Yuzu's and Serena is willing to hurt Xyz duelists, regardless whether they are from the Xyz Dimenion or not.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Yuzu. Serena hunts Xyz duelists and seals them in cards, including Hokuto.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: She and Yuzu share the same seiyuu, but Serena's voice is noticeably deeper.
  • Fantastic Racism: The strongest so far, she's attacking random Xyz users for no reason, not even Sora did that.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Wears a glove on one hand, a bracelet on the other.
  • Fingerless Gloves: The single left glove.
  • Multicolored Hair: Dark Purple, with two blue strands, in the same fashion like Yuzu with her pink and bright pink hair.
  • Hair Decorations: A yellow ribbon in contrast to Yuzu's blue clips.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Barrett.
  • Identical Stranger: The apparent Fusion Dimension's counterpart to Yuzu. And not only looks like her, she sounds like her too.
  • In the Hood: Keeps a black hood over her face, so she can walk in Maiami City more freely.
  • Japanese Pronouns: She uses the gender neutral watashi, in contrast to Yuzu's feminine atashi.
  • Jerkass: Rude to everyone she interacts with, such as Reiji and her own bodyguard, Barrett. She walks away when he loses to Reiji.
  • Magnetic Plot Device: Her bracelet is one, just like Yuzu's.
  • Modesty Shorts: Is wearing what looks like black biking shorts under a red skirt.
  • Mythology Gag: Wears a red jacket, similar to the ones worn by the Osiris Red dorm students. Her Duel Disk also resembles the ones from GX. The fact that she seems to be an Osiris Red girl who holds her hair with a yellow ribbon make some think of Rei's first design.
  • No Name Given: Supplementary materials first gave her name as Mysterious Girl.
  • Perpetual Frowner: In contrast to Yuzu, Serena is usually seen with a scowl on her face.
  • Tomboyish Pony Tail: To contrast Yuzu in appearance.
  • Tomboyish Side Tails: Also has these like Yuzu.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is primary dark purple. She also has two blue strands.

Barrett

Voiced by: Mio Tanaka

Serena's bodyguard, Barrett is a Duel Soldier from Academia. He uses a Beastborg deck based around fusing together Beast-Warrior-type and Machine-type monsters, and inflicting burn damage to the opponent.

Tropes associated with Barrett:

  • Affably Evil: He uses Keigo and shows no signs of evilness when dueling Reiji.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Serena took down Hokuto on her own, so we know she's at least a capable duelist. Barrett is still her bodyguard.
  • Cyborg: Not him, but his Fusion Monster, Beastborg Panther Predator, is one.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His ace is a dark-attribute, but he seems to be a Punch Clock Villain at worst.
  • Eye Scream: In a flashback, he is caught in an explosion from an enemy Trap Card, Widespride Ruin, which pretty clearly destroyed one of his eyes, hence his...
  • Eyepatch of Power: Experienced combatant variant.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Serena is normal sized, but he's huge.
  • Idiot Ball: Even though Barrett was trying to take Reiji down with him, Special Summoning his monsters in Attack Position just cemented his loss.
    • Had he not used Medal of the White Sword's effect to increase Panther Predator's ATK and simply attacked Temujin, he would have won since both monsters would be destroyed, leaving Reiji defenseless and him with Dark Sentinel and Panther Warrior thanks to Predator's effect.
  • In the Hood: When first seen in Maiami City, like Serena.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Uses the formal pronoun watashi which underlines his humble personality.
  • Old Soldier: Barrett's entire deck is military-based and he's an experienced Duel Soldier.
  • Panthera Awesome: Uses Panther Warrior, and a cyborg variant in Beastborg Panther Predator.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has a cross-shaped scar on his chest and a big burn scar around his left eye.
  • Shounen Hair: His hair is like Antinomy's, but shorter.
  • Shout-Out: He looks like a more muscular, scarred Orange-kun.
  • Soldier vs. Warrior: Averted completely. Barrett is a soldier who refers to himself as a warrior and his scars and medals as evidence of his skills as a warrior. He seems to see the two as one.
  • Taking You with Me: Tries to take out Reiji with him, though he fails miserably.
  • Undying Loyalty: Apparently to Serena, though it could also be to the Professor.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Reiji one.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair has the same color as Bruno's.

     (Synchro Dimension) 

Yugo

Voiced by: Shinpei Takagi

A mysterious D-Wheeler apparently responsible for desolating the home of Resistance. He's a Synchro user and is an agent of Academia, a faction of Fusion users. He is from the Synchro Dimension. In truth, he is not associated with Academia, with this being a misunderstanding on the Resistance's part. He claims he has lost someone precious to him, and is desperately trying to find them.

He uses a Speed Roid deck that also includes his Clear Wing Synchro Dragon.

Tropes associated with Yugo:

  • All There in the Manual: How his name and supposed crime are revealed.
  • Alleged Lookalikes: Similar to Yuto, Yuya comments that Yugo looks exactly like him. Anyone could easily tell them apart at a glance. Seems to have been noticed, given that Yuya later corrects himself to stating that their faces look similar, which they do.
  • Anime Hair: Blue and blond, with spiral spikes. The blond part looks like a banana.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Yuto and Kurosaki, at least.
  • Badass: He defeats Yuto.
  • Badass Biker: ARC-V's return of the D-Wheel is indeed awesome.
  • Berserk Button: He gets very annoyed at the Resistance mistaking him for an agent of Academia due to his name being the same as the Japanese word for Fusion. This becomes a little joke in the commercial of Crossover Souls.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He crashes his D-Wheel, has No Social Skills and is constantly irritated at his name being messed up. He's also a duelist capable of defeating Yuto.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Sort of. He might not even be a villain at all.
  • Blow You Away: His ace monster, Clear Wing Synchro Dragon, is WIND-Attribute, as are his Speed Roid monsters.
  • The Dreaded: Yuto does not talk about him lightly. Though he may have been an Unreliable Narrator since Yugo's first appearance in the main series is his accidentally crashing into a street light camera and then being surprised to see Yuto there.
  • Dynamic Entry: Subverted. He comes into the Standard Dimension with a flash of light but accidentally hits a street light camera.
  • Expy: His deck is one to Yusei's, being comprised mostly by Machine-Type monsters and having a WIND-Attribute Synchro Dragon as its ace, but also a little with Jack's using the same Power Deck tactics. In personality, however, he is a lot more like Judai or Yuma. He was instantly eager to duel upon seeing Yuto and doesn't even bother to introduce himself to Yuya, and he appears to be clumsy like Yuma, since he crashed into a street light camera.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: During his first appearance, his eyes are covered by the glass part of his helmet. The second opening briefly shows them, albeit covered by the tinted helmet visor.
  • The Faceless: Although parts of his face have been shown in flashbacks and the second opening, the whole of it has not. His face is first shown in supplements, here.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: He and Yuto both get this while dueling.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: His eyes are a cold blue.
  • Identical Stranger: To Yuya and by extension Yuto. He doesn't even seem phased by this, at least in Episode 36.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: His ace is revealed to be Clear Wing Synchro Dragon, similar to Yuya and Yuto.
  • Ironic Name: His name is an homononym to the Japanese word for Fusion, but he's a Synchro user which actually turns out to be a significant plot point.
  • Light Is Not Good: Dresses in white and rides a shining motorcycle - also a harbinger of desolation and ruin or so we thought. He also wields Clear Wing Synchro Dragon, which, although not LIGHT Attribute, is very brightly colored and was obscured by a white glow.
  • Lost in Translation: The Resistance madmistaking him for an agent of Academia is due to a Japanese wordplay which doesn't work in English: Yugo's name is pronounced in exactly the same way as the word for Fusion.
  • Man in White: Fulfilled both the "Color scheme" and "Dangerous fella" part of the trope.
  • Multicolored Hair: Has blue and blond hair.
  • Mythology Gag: This guy is a big one to Yusei Fudo, having a D-Wheel/Duel Runner, a similar helmet, and a white-and-blue WIND-Attribute Dragon-Type Synchro Monster with 2500 ATK and 2000 DEF as his ace card. However, his Dragon is Level 7 as opposed to Stardust's Level 8, probably to go along with Odd-Eyes. Clear Wing Synchro Dragon also has circuitry pattern Tron Lines running through its wings, referencing the use of circuitry motifs on most products in the 5D's era.
  • No Social Skills: Implied, since the first thing he does after crashing into a street light camera is challenging Yuto, not even bothering to introduce himself to Yuya.
  • Not So Different: To Yuto. Both of them have lost someone precious to them and are desperately trying to find them, and both possess one of the Odd-Eyes counterparts.
  • Red Herring: The claims of him being a fusion agent were false, and a distraction from the Academia reveal.
  • Shadow Archetype: Though a WIND monster, his dragon is another for Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, having effects that negates both effects of Level 5 or higher monsters and having monster effects that target a Level 5 or higher monster. Clear Wing Synchro Dragon is also one to Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, as Clear Wing gains the base-ATK of monsters it destroys with its effects.
  • Slasher Smile: During his first clash with Yuto.
  • Smug Smiler: In the second opening.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is romanized as "Hyugo".
  • Split Personality: It appears in his duel with Yuto, making him much more malevolent, and a borderline Omnicidal Maniac, just like Yuto. After winning, he snaps out of it, being unaware of what he did.
  • Theme Naming: Yugo, oddly enough, has the friendship prefix. Not so strange when you see just how silly he can be.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is blue in the back and blond in the front.