A list of the Loads and Loads of Characters
in the Fan Fiction
series Yu-Gi-Oh! Forever
Currently under construction.WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD
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The lead protagonist and only son of famous duelist Yugi Muto. Following in his father's footsteps, he wields the legendary Dark Magician strategy, even though he's been nursing a years-old inferiority complex regarding his father's fame.
- Anime Hair: Pointy like his father's, but Yugo's is entirely blond.
- Badass Boast: An example in Chapter 241, made to James Truesdale.
I'll smash the crown of Duel Academy's Dueling Emperor into a million tiny pieces, too many for it to be reassembled—EVER.
- Big Eater
- Broken Ace: He's the main character and an expert duelist...with serious issues at the beginning of the story.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The Dark Magician strategy.
- The Determinator
- Dynamic Entry: Via Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu? at the end of the JUDAS arc.
- Fighting Your Friend: Does this with Jenna during the Intercontinental arc when she's less than pleased with him for underestimating her prowess. And he's later forced to do it with Seta during Dueltropolis.
- Fingerless Gloves
- A Friend in Need
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Seta.
- Hidden Eyes: Done to show when he's significantly upset or if his Berserk Button has been pressed.
- I Am Not My Father: It serves as a Berserk Button for him in early arcs, and he shouts the trope name verbatim at Odachi (who holds a grouse against Yugi and is using Yugo as a scapegoat) during Chapter 150.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: Pulls this on two thugs while in Egypt, by splitting a la Johnny Cage. Yes, he really does know kung fu.
- Missing Mom: She died when he was two years old.
- Not a Morning Person: The only way to get him out of bed is to remind him that he has to eat breakfast.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Because he's a Big Eater and never passes up on food, his friends take notice in Chapter 60 when he refuses to partake of the food they offer him (to be fair, he'd just overheard Miriam talking to Pegasus about her brother Malachi and their shared Dark and Troubled Past).
Jenna: Oh, hey, Yugo! We've got plenty of food to split among us! Wanna share?
Yugo: Sorry, guys, I'm not hungry. (goes to his own hotel room)
Kyo: Uh, okay...
Jenna: What's wrong with Yugo? He never passes up an opportunity to eat. Is he ill or something?
- Quest for Identity: Most of the story is about him seeking to be acknowledged for his own merits instead of being known simply as the son of the King of Games.
- Tranquil Fury: When he gets angry enough to start playing calmly, curb-stomping will commence. Chapters 62 and 241 provide immediate examples of this.
The son of Seto Kaiba and successor to the Blue-Eyes White Dragon strategy. His rivalry with Yugo is fierce but friendly, a huge moving away from their fathers' past rivalry.
The daughter of Joey Wheeler and, predictably, one of Yugo's closest friends. Like her father before her, she wields the power of the Red-Eyes Black Dragon.
The son of Ryou Bakura, and one of the voices of reason for Yugo's group. He uses an Archlord deck strategy.
Jenna's cousin, who moves to Domino City with her parents shortly after Seta arrives there. Her deck strategy revolves around a Knight theme.
Acquaintances and Allies
A world-renowned duelist who is famous for using Fire-attribute monsters. Has an ongoing rivalry with Wade Ocean.
Blaze Redman's chief rival, famous for his Water-attribute monsters and in particular his "Umi" style.
- Big Eater: Says as much in Chapter 265 to Luke and David, who are arguing with each other over who can eat more.
I can eat twice what you two can eat combined!
- Giant Wall of Watery Doom: His deck theme includes this.
- Making a Splash
- Manly Tears: When explaining how his sister died.
- Memento Macguffin: Wade's cards serve as a reminder to him of his sister, who was a marine biologist before her death. The cards themselves were given to him by his mentor, Mako Tsunami, who is still very much alive.
- OOC Is Serious Business: He's usually quite jovial and friendly, and is frequently smiling. Sure, he has his serious moments, but nothing completely beyond what one would expect of anybody. So any time he starts displaying a murderous attitude (as seen during his first duel, after Blaze destroys his Enchanting Mermaid), it will be noticed.
- Shipper on Deck: For Marcus and Flora.
- Stepford Smiler: Revealed to be one in the first arc. Wade himself comments on it in Chapter 13, while explaining about his sister's death.
Wade: Is it any wonder why I'm so jovial all the time? Because I carry such a burden on my back, a burden I never want anyone else to have to experience even for a moment...
- They Do: With Blaze.
A duelist who utilizes a combination of Insect-type and Plant-type monsters.
A duelist who specializes in Machine-type monsters.
A duelist who specializes in Ninja-themed monsters. He develops a rivalry with Miki.
The adopted son of Maximillion Pegasus, and Honey Pegasus' older biological brother. Unlike his father, his deck strategy revolves around the Different Dimension strategy.
Pegasus' adopted daughter and Raven's biological younger sister. Taking a page from her adopted father's book, she utilizes a deck strategy based on his legendary Toon monsters.
The British Intercontinental champion, and the main antagonist of the Intercontinental Arc. He experienced Defeat Means Friendship
, but never made a complete Heel-Face Turn
Malachi Jordan's younger sister and the sole female
in their specific group of True Companions
. Her deck strategy revolves around the use of Magic/Spell cards, both to prevent opponents from attacking and to drain their life points.
- The Alcoholic: Shown during her dinner meeting with Pegasus in the Intercontinental arc; Pegasus muses to himself that it must be because of the Jordan siblings' Dark and Troubled Past. However, this trait never shows up again for the rest of the series following Malachi's Defeat Means Friendship at Yugo's hands.
- BFG: Her Wave Motion Cannon card.
- Goth: She dresses the part.
- Official Couple: With Luke.
- Parental Abandonment: Shared with Malachi.
- Scars Are Forever: She has a burn-scar on the back of her neck, given to her by Abel Drake when she and Malachi were drafted into the Lightbearer cult. She shows it to Pegasus in Chapter 60, while outlining her story.
One of Malachi's personal entourage, Miriam's boyfriend and David's older brother. He utilizes a Rock-themed deck.
One of Malachi's personal entourage and Luke's younger brother. He utilizes a Beast-Warrior deck.
A 17-year-old girl who has been employed as a bodyguard despite her young age, and at the time of her debut is appointed as Seta Kaiba's personal bodyguard. Her deck strategy revolves around the famous Guardian monsters.
A computer program with sentience, introduced just prior to the start of the JUDAS arc. She's initially found by Miki one afternoon while wandering around the internet, and is (reluctantly) accepted by Kaiba after proving her capabilities as a super-computer program.
- Artificial Human: She is able to take on the appearance of a transparent humanoid in order to interact with people outside of the computer system.
- Chekhov's Gunman: After her introduction, she's reduced to a relatively minor role providing tidbits of information to help the protagonists during the JUDAS arc, but otherwise doesn't play a much larger role in the story after that. Until Tokyo Dome, where Kaiba uses her as an anti-virus program to stop the Zodiacs' Take Over the World plot.
- Fun with Acronyms: Her name is an acronym for Genetic Interface Network Android.
- Magical Computer
One of the two people in Forever
who canonically defeat Yugo, and a second-year student in the Osiris/Slifer Red dorm at Duel Academy. He is also the son of Jaden Yuki and Alexis Rhodes, and wields his father's Elemental Hero deck with astonishing proficiency.
- The Ace: When first introduced in Forever.
- Broken Ace: Revealed to be this in the sequel story, Eternal.
- Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: His Neo Space field magic card. The first time he plays it, the other characters comment on it.
- Badass Family: Having three of Duel Academy's most talented former duelists as his parents and his uncle, as well as having West Academy's two top duelists as his maternal cousins, works for him.
- Berserk Button: Harming his family or friends is one of the fastest ways to earn his wrath, as Fletcher in Eternal found out the hard way.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Big Eater: Rivaling Yugo and Kyo.
- Brilliant but Lazy
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- Elemental Powers: His Elemental Hero deck.
- Fun Personified: Inherited from his father.
- Fusion Dance: His whole deck strategy revolves around this.
- Graceful Loser
- Hurting Hero: In Eternal.
- My Greatest Failure: Being unable to save Racquel in his Eternal back-story.
- Next Tier Power-Up: During the finals of the Dueltropolis tournament, he broke out his previously-sealed Neo-Space monsters in preparation for a rematch with Yugo.
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- Remember the New Guy: A mild case in Forever. He's new to Yugo and his True Companions, but Yugi clearly knows who he is, by virtue of knowing Janus's parents.
- Stepford Smiler
- Super Mode: In Eternal, he gets a Yami-like personality named "Senshuken" after receiving the Shadow Charm Pendant. The Pendant's power actually unlocked a portion of Yubel's power that was imbedded in him fifteen years prior to the start of Forever.
- Warrior Therapist
One of Janus's Osiris Red classmates, she's got a bad reputation as one of the worst duelists among the students of Duel Academy. She's one of those students who get to enter the Dueltropolis tournament as a course requirement.
Another of Janus's friends who enters Dueltropolis to get his grade, he's in the Ra Yellow dorm at Duel Academy.
This list consists primarily of the parents of the main characters, unless otherwise indicated. Most if not all of these characters were main characters in their earlier respective canon series; here, they've been Demoted to Extra
for the most part. Tropes listed here concern their characterization specific to this fanfic; for more tropes from their previous series, see the relevant character pages.
The previous protagonist of the canon Yu-Gi-Oh!
series, and here the retired former Duel Monsters world champion. At the beginning of the story Yugi has been raising his son Yugo as a single father, with assistance from his mother (Yugo's grandmother) who lives with them. Yugi works as an archaeologist, historian and researcher alongside Ryou Bakura.
The well-known business mogul from the original Yu-Gi-Oh!
series, he's still the CEO of Kaibacorp in this story's time-line, as well as being a single father who's been raising his 16-year-old son Seta for quite some time prior to the start of the time-line proper, and he's also a member of the Duel Monsters World Tournament Committee. The years have given him some much-needed Character Development
from his younger days, though he's still recognizable as the Kaiba we all know and love (or hate).
Yugi's mother and Yugo's grandmother. She's residing with her son and grandson to give them support.
Yugi's best friend from the original series, and his next-door neighbor in this story's continuity. He's married to Mai Valentine, is Jenna's father, and is Tristan's brother-in-law.
Mai Wheeler (nee Valentine)
Joey's wife, Jenna's mother, and Serenity and Tristan's sister-in-law. She's the voice of reason in the Wheeler household.
- Happily Married: To Joey.
- Ms. Fanservice: Early in the story, both Yugo and Kyo are lusting after her briefly, and Joey has to remind them she's already accounted for.
- Only Sane Woman: Especially around Joey and Tristan.
Miki's father and Jenna's uncle, he remains one of Yugi's close friends. He's also in business together with his wife Serenity and their other friend Duke Devlin.
Serenity Taylor (nee Wheeler)
Joey's little sister is now also Tristan's wife, Miki's mother and Mai's sister-in-law. Like Mai, she acts as a voice of reason for her brother and husband.
- Action Girl: She's quite a bit more action-oriented here than in the original series, though she's still not a duelist.
- Happily Married: To Tristan.
No longer the recognizable Butt Monkey
of the canon series, Ryou Bakura here is an archaeologist and researcher alongside Yugi Muto. His family relations are...complicated, judging from his very different interactions with his two sons.
- I Have No Son: Had this attitude regarding Jan after the latter's Face-Heel Turn.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Toward Jan. As the latter reveals during his second confrontation with Kyo, this was because Jan's physical appearance reminded Ryou too much of the spirit of the Millennium Ring, leading to him treating Jan very coldly (albeit subtly so) in the past.
Téa Bakura (nee Gardner)
Wife to Ryou and mother to Kyo and Jan (before the latter changed his surname to Shimizu). Like Serenity and Mai, she acts as a voice of reason, although not to her own husband—but rather to Joey and Tristan.
Everybody's favorite childish (or not
) card-game creator from the original series. Here, he's also the head of the Duel Monsters World Tournament Committee, as well as the adopted father of Raven and Honey Pegasus, whose birth parents were close friends of his prior to their deaths in a plane crash.
- Agent Peacock: A bit more proactive in this story's continuity than how we remember him from canon.
- Anime Hair: Still the way we remember it, although it's not styled to cover up his injured eye this time; he's got an eye-patch for that now.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Yes, he still loves his Funny Bunny cartoons and acts like a big kid (to the point that in Eternal, he plays with Funny Bunny action figures when he's supposed to be working). However, this same man is capable of cowing a member of the Zodiacs by threatening him with just his words.
- Honest Corporate Executive
- Papa Wolf: He'd much rather sic his Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon on you than let either of his kids be mauled to death, thank you very much.
- Stepford Smiler: For a different reason this time around—he feels a deep sense of responsibility for Raven and Honey, as he'd promised their parents (prior to their deaths) that he would care for the children if anything happened to the parents. When Raven's sent to the infirmary following his duel with Malachi in the Intercontinental tournament, Pegasus has a Heroic BSOD, as he feels he's failed in keeping that promise.
Many years after the end of the original canon series, Duke Devlin has become a business partner alongside Tristan Taylor in their own corporation, Devlin and Taylor. He's also a member of the Duel Monsters World Tournament Committee.
- Ascended Extra: He's given a somewhat bigger role in this story as opposed to the main canon. Granted, it does take place long after the main series has ended.
The former leader of the Rare Hunters
from the first canon series, Marik in this story serves as Yugo's primary ally during the JUDAS arc, supplying him with a place to stay and sage advice, as well as rare cards to spruce up his deck.
- The Atoner: A case where his previous Karma Houdini status is revoked—he's serving a suspended sentence with the stipulation that he cannot travel outside of Cairo for a certain period of time.
- Happily Adopted: He has a daughter, Mariska, who he adopted after her parents died in a boating accident.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He's Seta's uncle. This is a case where both characters are aware of the fact, but The Reveal is made to the reader.
- The Obi-Wan: Toward both Yugo and Seta.
- Training from Hell: He subjects Yugo and Seta to this, in terms of teaching them special strategies geared toward effecting a One-Hit KO during duels.
The wife of Jaden Yuki and mother of Janus, vice-principal of the central Duel Academy, and a member of the Duel Monsters World Tournament Committee.
A member of the Duel Monsters World Tournament Committee. When first introduced, he doesn't have a very good relationship with his two children, due to events in their shared past.
Dr. Vellian Crowler
The head of the Obelisk Blue boys' dorm at Duel Academy.
Previously a contender in the KC Grand Prix in the original series, she has since become a member of the Duel Monsters World Tournament Committee.
- Ascended Extra: The KC Grand Prix was a filler arc in the first Yu-Gi-Oh series, and by extension Vivian was a filler character.
- Footsie Under the Table: Pulls this on Blaze on one occasion prior to Dueltropolis.
Zigfried von Schroeder
A member of the Duel Monsters World Tournament Committee, and now a good guy after his Heel-Face Turn
in the previous anime canon. He's also the creator of the Adventure Monsters game, which he introduces during the eponymous arc (the one before Dueltropolis).
The main antagonists of the JUDAS arc, this group consists of persons who believe (justifiably or not) that society or specific individuals have betrayed them in one way or another
, and have come together to get revenge for said betrayals. The core group consists of seven individuals who wield the power of the revived Millennium Items and wear robes corresponding to the Roy G Biv color scheme; they have at their disposal a gang of Mooks
who wear brown robes.
The Big Bad
of the JUDAS arc, he is the leader of the eponymous cult-like organization and harbors a grudge against the Muto family. He possesses the power of the revived Millennium Puzzle, which basically gives him the ability to draw just the right card during duels
, and he also controls copies of the revived Egyptian God cards.
A former lawyer for Kaibacorp, who attempted to use certain information against Kaiba for his own profit and was fired for it; as a result, he joined JUDAS to get revenge. He wields the power of the revived Millennium Rod, with which he has the power of Mind Control
- Amoral Attorney: When he was still employed to Kaibacorp. It's revealed that the Zodiacs had bribed him to blame Kaiba for the spate of virus attacks they instigated against various companies to steal their secrets.
- Bald of Evil
- Blackmail: Attempted this against Kaiba and was sued and then fired for it, leading to him joining JUDAS to get revenge. What he was trying to blackmail Kaiba about is revealed in the Dueltropolis arc, specifically in Chapter 186 namely, Seta's role in the Zodiacs' operations as Ophiuchus the Imperial; also see Amoral Attorney above.
- The Dragon: To Odachi.
- Mind Control
- People Puppet: He can turn people into this with the Millennium Rod.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: When he invokes his Superpowered Evil Side, his previously bald head gets covered in spiky black hair.
- Rainbow Motif: He wears a blue robe.
A former historian who was ridiculed by his peers for proclaiming that magic was actually used to fight wars in ancient Egypt (sound familiar
?) He wound up joining JUDAS, but also led his own cult called the Lightbearers on the side. He wields the revived Millennium Key, which allows him to unlock people's memories and shuffle them around as he wishes
. Word of God
gives his physical description as akin to Orochimaru
, albeit with a more normal skin tone and different hair color.
One of JUDAS's more bloodthirsty high-rankers, and the youngest of the seven, he wields the power of the Millennium Ring, which he uses to home in on the other Millennium Items. His deck strategy revolves around the Dark Scorpions.
The token female
among JUDAS's higher-ranking members, but far from the only girl in the group, she wields the power of the Millennium Necklace, which allows her to see both the past and the future. Additionally, she uses Harpie Lady monsters in her deck strategy.
One of the older members of JUDAS, and one of the more patient members of the high-ranking members. He wields the Millennium Scale, which allows him to weigh the heart of an individual against the Feather of Truth in order to gauge their honesty, and specializes in Trap cards.
One of the crueler members of JUDAS's seven leading figures, he bears a serious grudge against Flora Green's family, and later against Marcus Ironside. He wields the Millennium Eye, which allows him to read minds and predict his opponent's strategies.
Kyo's estranged older brother, he left home and changed his last name several years before the start of the series. Eventually, he joined up with JUDAS, becoming one of their more elite members.
A member of JUDAS with a serious grudge against Marcus Ironside.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: And very, very angry and bitter.
- Freudian Excuse: Several years prior, his village was razed by military troops. The reason he's angry with Marcus is that Marcus's troops, who were staying in the village at the time, fled the scene of battle and left the villagers behind.
Rodney and Reggie Rex
Two brothers who are lower-ranking members of JUDAS, they duel in a tag-team style with Reptile and Dinosaur-type monsters.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Reggie's half of the brothers' dueling strategy.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Reggie has a dual-scar over his right eye, but the eye itself is functional.
- I Have No Son: The brothers came from a rich family; however, they were disowned because their relatives looked down on Duel Monsters, seeing it as being below their moneyed lifestyle. The disowning is the reason the Rexes joined JUDAS.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Rodney's half of the brothers' dueling strategy.
Blaze Redman's adopted mother, previously thought to be dead but later turning up alive as a member of JUDAS. She wields an Amazoness deck.
- Amazon Brigade: Her deck strategy. (Though as of this update, the writer confesses that if he were to do a reboot of the story, she would get a Kill It with Fire deck instead, in the form of the Volcanic archetype, as a nod to her past as a firefighter.)
- Broken Pedestal: For Blaze. It's later revealed that Samantha's fire chief being this led to her Face-Heel Turn.
- Scars Are Forever: Has a scar on her back that she got while trying to put out a fire during her days as a firefighter. The fire chief was the arsonist.
A global organization with ties to all known governments
and enough firepower to start their own world war if they ever felt like it
. They serve as the main antagonist group of the Dueltropolis arc. The name of the organization also refers specifically to its special strike-force of twelve duelists (led by Zander Zabel
) who infiltrate the Dueltropolis tournament. Each of the twelve has a Meaningful Name
and a corresponding deck strategy. Their characterization was based on the Gung-ho Guns
The Big Bad
of the Dueltropolis arc and, as it eventually turns out, of the entire series
. Only those who are closest to him in the organization, like his personal butler and Zander Zabel, know who he is behind the shadows that frame his face
, or underneath the hooded cloak he wears whenever he goes out...
- Ascended Extra: Revealed to be this once he unveils his true identity.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a black overcoat in Chapter 300.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: A red suit with matching tie, accompanying the above-mentioned Badass Longcoat.
- The Chessmaster: Set his plans for world domination into motion from as far back as before the time-line of the canon series. Even his actions during the Virtual World filler arc in the first series' anime adaptation played a pivotal role in his overall plans.
- Combat Pragmatist: He's not above personally putting a bullet into the protagonists as a back-up measure in case his main mode of executing his overall plan fails. Also, his soldiers will shoot anyone who attempts to resist them, once he gives the word.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: He's the only villain in the story who isn't interested in playing a card game for the fate of the world, especially after having already achieved his objective in Dueltropolis—until Yugo plays on his pride to force him to do so anyway. But even then, he's still smart enough to fix up a Sadistic Choice that will give him the victory no matter which choice the heroes make.
- Face Framed in Shadow: Up until his true identity is revealed.
- A Glass of Chianti
- I Control My Minions Through...: Mutual hatred of Kaiba Corporation, promises of grandeur, and lots of weapons and corporate and political connections. Brainwashing microchips too.
- Jerk Ass
- Kick the Dog: It's his hobby.
- Machine Worship
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Manipulative Bastard
- Omnicidal Maniac
- Sadistic Choice: Gives one to the heroes after he agrees to let Yugo duel Ophiuchus the Imperial for the fate of the world. If Yugo wins, Seta will be freed from the Ophiuchus brainwashing but in exchange the Zodiacs' hostages at Tokyo Dome will die; if Ophiuchus wins, Yugo dies.
- Smoking Is Cool
- Social Darwinist
- Uber Mensch
- Visionary Villain
- Weapon of Mass Destruction: He's got several, one of the most prominent of which is a battleship-submarine that's armed to the teeth with high-tech weaponry to start war on a fairly decent scale.
- Wicked Cultured
- You Have Failed Me: Done through Zander to any of the Zodiacs who have been eliminated from Dueltropolis.
Zander Zabel/"Capricorn the Blitzflash"
He is a leading figure in the Zodiac organization during the Dueltropolis arc, and the head of the similarly-named strike-force of twelve duelist assassins sent to infiltrate the eponymous tournament. He holds a particularly deep grudge against Seta due to events that took place prior to the start of the story. As his code-name indicates, he utilizes Thunder-type monsters, but also wields forged copies of the Destiny Hero deck archetype.
Stephen Ingram/"Cancer the Scourge"
First mentioned during the Kaibacorp Challenge Cup arc as a bully who destroyed a painting meant for Kyo's mother just for giggles
, he's revealed in person at the start of the Dueltropolis arc over 200 chapters later. As per his Zodiac code-name, his deck centers on "virus corruption" through the use of cards such as Crush Card Virus and Deck Devastation Virus.
Cassius Princeton/"Scorpio the Venom"
Son of famous Duel Academy student Chazz Princeton. He was a proud Obelisk Blue student before Principal Jaden Yuki changed the acadmey's structure to make all students spend two mandatory years in Osiris/Slifer Red, then two in Ra Yellow before spending the final two years in Obelisk Blue. Of course, being an elitist, Cassius bears a grudge against the Yuki family because of this; Zander
used this to convince him to join the Zodiacs. He wields a strategy focusing on the Dark Scorpion monster strategy.
Regina Brissett/"Sagittarius the Vermillion"
The first Zodiac to engage any of the duelists in the Dueltropolis tournament. She loves to fight and will kill anyone if she feels like it. Her deck strategy focuses on the use of Amazoness monsters.
Angel Snow/"Virgo the Zephyr"
A classmate of Janus Yuki's in the Ra Yellow dorm. She wields the power of the Harpie Lady monsters, as per her epithet.
Kyle Welling/"Taurus the Gamekeeper"
A member of the twelve-man strike team who dresses in green and wears a ninja-like mask.
James Truesdale/"Aries the Everstrong"
A high-ranking Obelisk Blue student at Duel Academy, Zane Truesdale's son and Natasha Truesdale's older brother. However, he holds both his father and sister in contempt, and looks down on duelists weaker than himself. He wields an Exodia strategy (without using Exodia Necross, unlike Jude Lassiter).
- Aloof Big Brother
- Blood Knight
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Natasha's Abel.
- Calling the Old Man Out: He screams at an absent Zane (who's watching via video-camera feed), expressing his deeply-repressed rage at his father for making him put aside his grief at his mother's death in childbirth while delivering Natasha.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: A natural result of him wielding Exodia. On orders from Master Orion, he seeks out Victor Greaves and Chris Gear to silence them in case they might reveal information about the Zodiacs following their disqualification from Dueltropolis. When he finds them, they realize what he’s there for and summon their ace monsters to defend themselves. James, in turn, coolly summons Exodia the Forbidden One—an Eldritch Abomination which guarantees an instant win in the Duel Monsters game. Cue Oh, Crap expressions from Victor and Chris before the curb-stomping commences.
- Freudian Excuse: And a painful one it is.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Natasha when they duel in the Dueltropolis tournament.
- Red Baron: Aside from his Zodiac epithet, he's also known as the "Dueling Emperor" of Duel Academy, by virtue of his Exodia strategy.
- The Resenter: Toward his father and sister.
- Underestimating Badassery: Snidely dismisses Yugo as a worthy opponent, even when they're slated to fight each other during the second round of Dueltropolis. Apparently, nobody told him that Yugo had previously won the Kaibacorp Challenge Cup and the Intercontinental tournament.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has one while revealing his back-story as well as the reason why he's The Resenter.
- You Suck: His view of duelists he perceives as weaker than himself.
Forrest Wiles/"Leo the Wildmaster"
A member of the Zodiacs who specializes in Beast-type monsters. He was previously a world-class duelist with a notorious lecherous reputation toward women.
Felix Sanchez/"Libra the Blackjack"
A member of the Zodiacs whose deck strategy revolves around a gambling theme. He is also the national Duel Monsters champion in his native Spain.
- Being Evil Sucks: The reason for his Heel-Face Turn.
- Freudian Excuse: As he reveals in his back-story, he felt immense pressure from his family to take up their bullfighting tradition, even though he himself had no interest in the sport. The one time he participated, he was horribly injured and subsequently left home in shame.
- Friendly Enemy
- The Gambler: His deck consists mainly of cards whose effects involve coin tosses or dice rolling, as befits his Zodiac epithet.
- Scars Are Forever: He retains the scars he got from his ill-fated bullfighting attempt.
Chris Gear/"Gemini the Strife"
A member of the Zodiacs who uses two dueling strategies together—the Ancient Gears monster set in combination with a life-point restoration strategy.
Victor Greaves/"Aquarius the Tombstone"
A member of the Zodiacs who uses Zombie-type monsters and scare tactics to intimidate his opponents.
Laurel Strong/"Pisces the Coldblood"
A member of the Zodiacs, and the second one to fight in Dueltropolis. She wields a combined Dinosaur and Reptile deck strategy.
"Ophiuchus the Imperial"
The unofficial thirteenth member of the Zodiacs' dueling team, and the one designated to bear the organization's strongest monsters, copies of the Sacred Beast cards that were sealed underneath Duel Academy. Their purpose for infiltrating Dueltropolis is to make it possible to revive Ophiuchus to fighting form by reawakening his personality within a microchip implanted in Seta Kaiba's brain stem
A computer virus created by the Zodiac organization originally to serve as an information thief for Kaiba Corp
Characters in Yu-Gi-Oh! Eternal
The principal of the central Duel Academy. Mentioned several times but never actually seen during Forever
, he becomes a regular supporting character in Eternal
, where he's quite controversial for having changed the former hierarchical structure of Duel Academy to create a sense of equality amongst the school's three dorms.
Janus' primary rival in Eternal
, he's the son of Aster Phoenix and the successor to the family's fortune and his father's Destiny Hero deck.
A classmate of Janus' who often gets exasperated with his screwball antics. She later becomes the student editor of the school paper.
An Osiris Red student who utilizes the Six Samurai deck archetype. Initially starts out hostile to Janus, but soon becomes part of Janus's Five-Man Band
- Defeat Means Friendship: Or a Vitriolic Best Buds relationship with Janus, at least.
- Freudian Excuse: His grandfather, who spent years establishing himself as an able construction worker, lost his job to a less skilled but more "naturally gifted" co-worker, and was Driven to Suicide as a result—and Jiro had the misfortune of finding his grandfather's body after the fact. This turned him into a very bitter kid, as he blamed "geniuses" for contributing to his grandfather's death.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: He defies this trope as much and as often as he can.
- Never Heard That One Before: His surname comes from his father's side of the family, thank you very much.
- The Resenter: Toward "gifted" or "naturally talented" people, and Janus by extension, at least when first introduced. He loosens up after experiencing Defeat Means Friendship.
- Samurai: His Six Samurai deck.
One of the elite students of Obelisk Blue and the resident queen bee
of the student body. Has a rivalry with Cassara.
Another elite Obelisk Blue student and the resident Jerk Jock
. He's Vasha's boyfriend.
In the original Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
, she was a recurring character with a crush on Jaden. Here, she's a teacher at Duel Academy who's a hit with her students because of, well, non-scholarly reasons
A mysterious duelist who dresses in a hooded jacket with a mask that covers the lower half of her face. She possesses the power of the Crystal Beasts and uses her dueling abilities to fight crime.
The Big Bad
of the Duel Academy Takeover arc, he was a former teacher who resigned due to disagreements over Jaden Yuki being appointed principal of the institute. Since that time, he'd been operating from the shadows, waiting for his opportunity to overthrow Principal Yuki's administration.
A former Duel Academy instructor who quit alongside Park Fletcher because he disagreed with Jaden Yuki's new policies for restructuring the Duel Academy hierarchy.
A former Duel Academy instructor who quit alongside Park Fletcher in defiance of Jaden Yuki's appointment as principal of the institution.
A past Duel Monsters World Champion, he retired from dueling after an unfortunate (and unrevealed in-story) incident. Drake Phoenix seeks him out as a potential member of his House of Cards, and Gabriel agrees, albeit reluctantly (as Drake is using blackmail to coerce him).
Drake and Jessica Phoenix's father and Jaden Yuki's old rival, though the years have given him some much-needed Character Development
Drake and Jessica's mother, and Aster's wife. An originally-created character, she has a deep-seated hatred for Duel Monsters and anyone who plays it, only barely tolerating her children's indulgence in it.
- Berserk Button: The Duel Monsters game itself.
- Freudian Excuse: Although the reason why she hated Duel Monsters never got explained before Eternal's eventual cancellation, supplementary material says it's because her brother abandoned her to devote himself totally to playing the game on a professional level. Consequently, she believes that duelists are only wasting their money, time and lives on a pointless activity.
- The Resenter: As explained above.
The House of Cards
Drake Phoenix's Quirky Miniboss Squad
, who appear primarily during the Phoenix Herald Crown arc in Eternal
. The group consists mainly of Pro-League duelists who did not appear in the Dueltropolis tournament due to their contractual obligations; consequently, Drake has them participate in his tournament ostensibly to make up for their lack of invitation at Dueltropolis. (Real Life Writes the Plot
with this group—they all sport deck archetypes that were either not fully developed or had not yet been created or officially released at the time Forever
Drake's twin sister and the vice-president of the House of Cards. She wields a Frog deck archetype.
The previous World Champion before Seta Kaiba. He specializes in high-level Dragon-type monsters.
A duelist who is also famous as a fortune-teller. She utilizes the Arcana Force deck archetype.
Famous as the dueling wonder of the Southern United States. He wields a Venom deck archetype.
The daughter of Yu-Gi-Oh GX
character Axel Brodie, and a mercenary like her father before her. She wields a Volcanic deck archetype, as he did in the previous series.
Known as the "Ice Princess" of dueling, she fights using an ice-themed deck.
France's Duel Monsters champion, who wields a Lightsworn deck strategy.
The previous Intercontinental champion before Malachi Jordan. He uses a deck which focuses on chaining card effects together.
A duelist who is famous for his use of the Cu'Chulainn deck archetype.