Characters: Yu-Gi-Oh! Minor Antagonists
The other antagonists of the anime and manga series Yu-Gi-Oh!
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Insector Haga (Weevil Underwood)
Haga was the Champion of the Japanese National Tournament, who then was invited to Duelist Kingdom by Pegasus. Despite putting Yugi at a disadvantage, he loses his first match. He later turns up in Battle City, as well as the Doma arc; he loses to Joey and gets a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown
after toying with Yugi too much. His last major appearance is in the last Tournament Arc
and stealing the God Cards before Bakura stopped them.
As his name suggests, he uses an Insect deck. His trump cards are Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth and Insect Queen (which he lost to Jounouchi via the ante rules of Battle City, but he quickly gains another one).
- Animal Motifs: Bugs.
- Berserk Button: Being laughed at angers him quite a bit, as shown in his first duel with Yugi/Atem. He'd been mostly calm and shown little more than irritation up until the Pharaoh started laughing at him. At first, he was confused, then enraged into shouting. Indeed, most of his jerkish behavior then on seemed to be motivated by the mocking he received from former fans after the events of Duelist Kingdom.
- Big Bad Wannabe: After Doma went and reminded everyone that both he and Ryuzaki could be legitimate opponents, the remaining arcs in the anime then had them repeatedly try to upstage things only to be immediately taken out of action by whoever the current arc's antagonist was (Siegfried in the KC Grand Prix, Yami Bakura in the Millennium World)
- Big Creepy-Crawlies
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When Yugi first met Haga, he seemed like a very nice guy, nicer than Ryuzaki ironically enough. He was very polite overall, gave some advice to both Yugi and Jounouchi, and seemed pretty tame to the Genre Blind. Yugi liked and admired him right after meeting him, which was why he trusted the complete stranger with handling his grandfather's cards despite their not being water-proof and a large body of water being nearby. It was more noticeable in the Japanese version than in the English dub, in which he sounded unbelievably sarcastic the entire time. Now, of course, fans know what he's really like.
- Breaking Speech: Gives one to Yami; it actually almost works.
- Cheaters Never Prosper
- Curbstomp Battle: The result of him (and Rex) attempting to duel Siegfried.
- Deal with the Devil: Joins Dartz to attempt revenge on Yugi.
- Determinator: Along with Ryuzaki, in the anime. Never gave up no matter how many times he got his ass kicked. Biked off of a cliff to catch the rope ladder from Raphael's helicopter. Just because he wanted a better chance at defeating the Pharaoh. Then, in the next tournament, they both beat up a duelist, tied him up, stole his clothes, and stood on top of each other just for another chance at fame. Yeah. They both qualify.
- Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Notably averted. His cheating, from what we've seen, is always clearly planned out and calculated prior to a duel. It never directly hinders him because, for all his flaws, he is a lot more clever than your average cheater.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- Freaky Is Cool: Adores insects, spiders, and all things creepy-crawly.
- From Nobody to Nightmare
- Giggling Villain: "Hyoi hyoi hyoi hyoi hyoi hyoi!"
- Hidden Badass: Apparently brave (or crazy) enough to bike off the edge of a cliff and grab onto a helicopter rope ladder for a chance at victory, despite his many flaws. And then, without skipping a beat, he convinces Raphael to give him and Ryuzaki a chance at joining the Orichalcos. While hanging from a rope ladder that Raphael was about to cut. The guy's got guts and he doesn't hesitate, that's for certain.
- High Collar of Doom: Part of his first season outfit◊. Less pronounced than most examples though.
- Jerk Ass: BIG TIME.
- Jerk Ass Has A Point: When Yami calls him horrible, Weevil points out that Yami had used the Seal of Orichalcos in order to win despite knowing that he'd be putting his friend in danger, and that Yugi paid the price, saying that while he was indeed an asshole at least he didn't use the seal despite knowing that he could endanger his friends. Even though he tries not to show it, Yami is visibly affected.
- Jerk Jock: For a guy who plays a card game, he is so clearly channeling this attitude.
- Kick the Dog: In his second duel with Yami, he pretended to tear up the card Yugi's soul was trapped in (the card he actually tore up was some random insect card) just to screw with Yami. It doesn't end so well for him.
- Let's Get Dangerous: His second battle with Yami.
- Meaningful Name: Aside from his obvious dub name, his Japanese given name roughly means, "Moth Wings." Particularly fitting given what one of his trump cards is.
- Nerd Glasses
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: You shouldn't have used Yugi to pull a cruel joke on Yami.
- Not So Different: Points out that Yami was as selfish and callous as he was when he unleashed the Seal and points out that technically Yami's worse since he knew he'd put his friend in danger, which even he didn't do. Overlaps with...
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: At first, the Blue to Ryuzaki/Rex's Red. Color-coded even, with Haga's hair and Ryuzaki's hat! Haga seems more calm and composed early on, relying on strategy over brute force. However, curiously enough, they keep to their respective tactics but switch attitudes over time. Ryuzaki doesn't exactly become "calm," but Haga seems to become more Hot-Blooded and irritable by the time the Doma Arc rolls around.
- Scary Shiny Glasses
- Smug Snake: His main attribute and, arguably, his principal weakness. He really is a great duelist and strategist but he is very over-confident and tends to underestimate his opponents, leading to his inevitable downfall.
- The only time he seemed to stop being so smug (at least at first) was against the Pharaoh during the Doma arc. He genuinely expected a big duel when he initiated it and spent about three-fourths of the duel utterly stomping the Pharaoh. He didn't really start doing badly until his smugness crept in again. Oh, and especially when the Pharaoh absolutely flipped out in response to his cruel joke, and got help from quite a few good draws in his final play.
- The Worf Effect: In the anime, he's introduced in the second episode as a professional duelist who wins a championship. Then Dark Yugi beats him within minutes of arriving in Duelist Kingdom and sends him home on the first boat back.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Rex.
- Token Evil Teammate: Along with Ryuzaki he briefly travels with Yugi's group during the Doma arc, up until joining forces with Dartz.
- Took a Level in Badass: A From Nobody to Nightmare play with this trope, after getting the Orichalcos Seal, Weevil in particular went from smug to being control of his duel with Yugi through clever strategy and almost won; a huge step up from his first duel with Yugi, in which his performance was stymied by over-confidence.
- Villainous Breakdown: Every time he loses.
- Villainous Crush: Shows a few signs of having one on Anzu in the original Japanese version only. He attempts to flirt with her at the Battle City tournament, calling her "a cute lady." Her reaction was less than interested. He apparently had some hard feelings about that because later, in the Doma arc, he tells her that she looks terrible despite saying that she shouldn't feel proud "just because she's cute" an episode later. He apparently doesn't take well to rejection.
- Warm-Up Boss: For the Duelist Kingdom Arc. He demonstrates to Yugi in their duel just what the new rules for the tournament are and how they work, such as the Field power bonuses.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In Battle City, he hired a kid to sabotage Joey's deck. When the kid demands his payment of a rare card, Weevil gives him a lame card. When the kid protests, Weevil sprays him with silly string and runs away (in the manga, it was a can of insecticide).
Dinosaur Ryuzaki (Rex Raptor)
Voiced by: Kin Fuji (JP, ep. 2-59), Yuuichi Nakamura
(ep. 131-224), Sam Riegel
(EN, ep. 1-144), Sebastian Arcelus (ep. 145-187), Anothony Salerno (ep. 188-224)
He lost to Haga in the finale of the Japanese National Tournament. Just like Haga, he was also invited to Duelist Kingdom. He loses to Jonouchi. He later appears in the Battle City and Doma arcs.
As his name suggests, he uses a Dinosaur deck, though his trump cards are all Dragons: Serpent Night Dragon (which he lost to Espa Roba via the ante rules of Battle City), Red-Eyes Black Dragon (which he lost in a wager to Jonouchi), and Tyrant Dragon, which he gains in the Doma arc.
- Adaptational Villainy: He may have been a jerk in the manga, but at least he was helpful and doesn't team up with Haga unlike in the anime.
- Animal Motifs: Dinosaurs
- Big Bad Wannabe: See Weevil/Haga's description. Unless you go by the manga.
- Deal with the Devil: Joins Dartz to attempt revenge on Jounouchi.
- Determinator: See Weevil/Haga's description for the trope. Downplayed in the manga.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Actually, it's reversed—Dragons Are Dinosaurs. He's a dinosaur duelist, but his strongest monsters are Serpent Night Dragon, Red-Eyes Black Dragon and Tyrant Dragon, as when the original anime was being made there were no high-powered Dinosaur cards and the type as a whole was very unsupported. This would be fixed several years later during the timeframe of GX's production, hence Tyranno Kenzan.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He has shades of this in the manga. He's not at all evil in the manga, actually, just pretty smug. He still has his standards and is above cheating, and he even warned Jonouchi not to duel Esper Roba.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Played straight with some of his monsters, subverted with Two Headed King Rex.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: In the anime.
- Hidden Badass: See Weevil/Haga's description.
- Jerk Jock: Not to the same degree as Weevil, but he's still very smug about his abilities and treats weaker players like garbage.
- Never My Fault: He's pissed off at Jonouchi/Joey for using his Red Eyes Black Dragon against him during their second duel and claims that Joey took it from him when in reality, Ryuzaki wagered the REBD out of his own free will during their duel in Duelist Kingdom.
- He still wants revenge on Jonouchi/Joey after causing him to lose his soul to the Seal of Orichalcos the second time. Even though it was Ryuzaki/Raptor who chose to play and activate the card in first the place then makes it pretty clear that he knew of the consequences for activating it being fully aware to what would happen if either duelist lost. Jonouchi/Joey even tries to talk sense into him about playing the card, only Rex continuously responding "knowing" the deal.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Haga/Weevil's Blue at first. They switch later. See Haga/Weevil's entry.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Haga/Weevil. But only in the anime.
- Token Evil Teammate: See Weevil/Haga's description. Is less of this in the manga
Player Killer of Darkness/Panik
Voiced by: Hari Kaneko (JP), David Moo (EN)
An enormous man with the soul of a thug, he serves as one of Pegasus' Player Killers/Eliminators. He defeats Mai and is in turn taken down by Yugi. His deck is based around using Castle of Dark Illusions to shroud the field. Most of his monsters gain field power bonus when played at night.
- Axe Crazy: Panik's violently insane, and gets worse as the duel progresses.
- The Brute: Of the Eliminators. He's probably the least talented of the four we meet, uses thuggish tactics to intimidate his opponents, is none too bright, and very violent.
- The Bully: How Yugi sees him.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: In the anime, his use of pyrotechnics has little effect on Yami, who disposes of Panik after his victory.
- Dark Is Evil
- Death by Irony: In the manga, after Yami offers to bet his life in return to make up for the number discrepancy between his and Mai's star chips, Panik ties a noose around his neck to make sure Yami dies after he loses. At the end of the game, in typical Yami fashion, he experiences a Penalty Game in which is is hanged by a noose.
- Deflector Shield: He combos Chaos Shield with Castle of Dark Illusions to make his side of the field impossible to attack.
- Dirty Coward: Pushes other people down in order to make himself feel braver. Yami isn't buying it. Carries into his duelist tactics — as Yami notes, hiding his monsters in shadows so opponents can't attack because they don't know how strong they are is a cowardly way to duel, and when they're revealed he switches them to defense and sets them up behind barriers to protect them until the shadows return.
- Dumb Muscle: One of Yugi's stupider opponents, Panik relies more on scare tactics and, in the anime, pyrotechnics than actual talent.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: In the Japanese version, he's only known by his title, "The Player Killer of Darkness."
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Yami Mind Crushes him in the anime and hangs him in the manga. Nobody cares.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- Player Killing: One of several meant to weed out weaker duelists still left on the island. When introduced, he's basically player killing Mai.
- Psycho for Hire: Joined up with Pegasus because he likes breaking people.
- Pyro Maniac: In the anime, at least. Uses flamethrowers to fry the opponent's seat during duels and throw them off their game. He later tries to kill Yugi with them.
- Sanity Slippage: When the duel turns against him.
- Slasher Smile
- Sore Loser: In the anime, he tries to burn Yugi/Yami to death after they beat him.
- Stone Wall: His Castle of Dark Illusions, which not only has incredible defense, but shrouds the field in darkness, making it impossible for his monsters to be attacked. The addition of his Chaos Shield further defends his monsters and his Life Points, at the cost of locking his cards in place, and preventing them from attacking.
- Villainous Breakdown: Completely loses it when he's defeated.
Keith Howard (Bandit Keith)
Voiced by: Hajime Komada (JP), Ted Lewis
The American Champ, called "Bandit" Keith due to him winning all the big prizes. He issues a challenge to Pegasus, but he's defeated. He turns to the darker side of dueling afterwards, until he winds up in Duelist Kingdom to get revenge on Pegasus. After his defeat by Jonouchi he is expelled from the tournament, and in the anime, ends up as one of Marik's first Mind Slaves.
He uses a Machine deck, which is later augmented with many rare cards by Marik. His trump cards are Metalzoa, Barrel Dragon, and Slot Machine; while under Marik's control Machine King and rare Fiend monster Zera The Mant are added to his arsenal.
- Adaptational Badass: In the manga Joey kicks his ass in a fistfight. In the anime, Keith hands Joey his rear end, and beats up Bonz, Zygor, and Sid all at once.
- Asshole Victim: In the manga, Pegasus' penalty game kills him. In the anime, Marik turns him into a mind slave. Either way, not very easy to pity.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He's played up as a major antagonist, but is clearly much less of a threat than Pegasus. Continues into Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction, where he leads the Neo Ghouls trying to take the Millennium Items, but is just a distraction from trying to stop Pegasus from reviving Reshef.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Blond and the biggest douche in the entire show. There might be more evil people out there, but nobody quite as punchable as Keith.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In the anime Marik does this to him at one point.
- The Brute: And lord, how. He even beats up Yugi, of all people! Contrast to Pegasus, who takes up the role of the Squishy Wizard.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: He walks Bonz through his duel with Joey, so that he can see every card Joey has. He beats up Bonz, Sid, and Zygor and steals their Star Chips after Bonz's defeat, and traps Yugi, Joey, and co. in an underground labyrinth. He steals Joey's entry card to try and avoid their duel. He hides his set of "7 Completed" cards inside his wristbands during their match. And yet he still gets his ass kicked by Joey and is unceremoniously expelled from the island by Pegasus when he tries to take the prize money by force.
- Cool Shades/Sunglasses at Night/Sinister Shades: Keith always wears his shades, and they do a lot to enhance both the sense of menace and assholery that he gives off.
- Eagleland: Type 2.
- Evil Laugh/Un Evil Laugh: Keith's high, girly laugh isn't especially menacing, but it does sound quite unhinged.
- Eviler than Thou: He never really gets the chance to act on it, but his objective is to payback Pegasus for humiliating him.
- Foil: Keith's short-temper, Smug Snakery, and use of physical force makes for a pretty strong contrast with Manipulative Bastard and Gentleman Snarker Pegasus.
- Also serves an Evil Counterpart for Jounouchi/Joey for being both duelist relying on gambling and offensive strategies.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: They're typically hidden by Sinister Shades, but when we do see Keith's eyes they're small, narrow and veiny.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Jerk Ass: Other characters may be more evil than Keith, but no one—except maybe Gozaburo Kaiba—is a bigger asshole.
- Jerk Jock: Keith's what happens when the captain of the football team from every teen movie ever made turns twenty-six and decides to play Duel Monsters.
- Kick the Dog: Stealing Joey's prize entry card and before that, trapping him and Yugi in a cave.
- Killed Off for Real: Pegasus' Shadow Game in the manga has Keith shoot himself in the head to kill him. Averted in the anime, where he survives his fall from the castle and is captured by Marik.
- Killer Robot: Pendulum Machine, Launcher Spider, Metalzoa, Barrel Dragon, and Slot Machine would all qualify, as does the Machine King he uses under Marik's control.
- Major Injury Underreaction: His ejection from the tournament in the dub. When he hits the water, he simply says "ouch."
- Mechanical Monster: Both Metalzoa and Barrel Dragon.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Or at least to distrust.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Towards Pegasus.
- Our Demons Are Different: Zera the Mant, which becomes his trump card while under Marik's control is a 2800/2300 eight starred Fiend summoned by the Zera Ritual. During his duel with Joey he uses Zoa, a 2600/1900 seven starred Fiend that can become Killer Robot Metalzoa under the influence of Metalmorph.
- Russian Roulette: Played it in his depression over his loss to Pegasus.
- Schr÷dinger's Cast: In the manga he's killed in his Shadow Game with Pegasus, but in R is revived by the Evil Gods. In the anime he's dropped into the sea instead of the Shadow Game and is found and brainwashed by Marik. Then in the video games Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards and Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction, he becomes the new leader of the Rare Hunters/Ghouls after Marik reforms and christens them the Neo Ghouls.
- Smug Snake: Lord yes. Keith thinks the world owes him something.
- Sore Loser: Does not take defeat well. "No one beats Bandit Keith!"
- Spared by the Adaptation
- Summon Magic: His Zera the Mant requires the Zera Ritual before it can appear on the field.
- Took a Level in Badass: Assorted adaptations are quite kind to him in this regard. In Duelist Kingdom he was a washed-up has-been who lost to a rookie in spite of cheating. In R he wields an Evil God, and in Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction he leads the Neo Ghouls in taking over Domino, kidnapping Ishizu, and seizing the Winged Dragon of Ra, which he then duels the player with.
- Underestimating Badassery: Does it to Joey and Pegasus.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: His Abridged Series counterpart is the Trope Namer.
- Yandere: For Joey in R.
Voiced by: Masami Suzuki (JP), Amy Birnbaum (EN)
A creepy midget who plays a Zombie deck, "Ghost" Kotsuzuka is first introduced as one of Bandit Keith's henchmen, alongside his friends Zygor and Sid. Seeking to scope out the competition, Keith sets Kotsuzuka and Jonouchi/Joey against one another; when Kotsuzuka is defeated, Keith beats him up and steals his Star Chips. Kotsuzuka resurfaces alongside Sid and Zygor at Battle City where he makes the fatal mistake of challenging The Spirit of the Millennium Ring.
His trump cards are Call of the Haunted (which is a lot
more powerful than its real-life counterpart), Pumpking the King of Ghosts, and Great Mammoth of Goldfine.
The Meikyu Brothers (The Paradox Brothers)
Kyu/Dox voiced by: Hitoshi Nishimura (JP), Marc Thompson (EN)
Two eccentric brothers of implied Chinese descent hired by Pegasus as eliminators. They take on both Yugi and Jounouchi in the series' first Tag Team Duel, threatening to leave the good guys trapped underground if they lost. They reappear in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
, facing Judai and Shou in a Tag Team Duel, but are defeated once again.
The brothers both use decks that turn the game into a labyrinth board game. Their trump card is Gate Guardian.
The Rare Hunter/Seeker
The first Rare Hunter encountered in the show (unless one counts a brainwashed Keith) he's never given a name. He beats Joey and takes his Red-Eyes and is in turn beaten by Yugi. He runs an Exodia deck that focuses on assembling Exodia and using it to defeat his opponents.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: In addition to loading his deck with three copies of Exodia, he also marks his cards in the dub (in the original, his cards are counterfeit). He still loses, and it's largely because his deck is so filled with Exodia pieces that he can't draw anything else.
- Curbstomp Battle: Against Yami Yugi, who handed his ass to him after Yugi activates a trap that destroys the same cards, rendering him unable to receive an insta-win with Exodia. To know how it's a curb-stomp battle, Yami Yugi never lost a single life point (upgraded to 4000 rather than the usual 2000).
- Egomaniac Hunter: Displays this attitude towards card hunting.
- Everybody Calls Him Barkeep: He's always addressed as "Rare Hunter" in the anime; the name "Seeker" is only used in one of the video games.
- Smug Snake: Seems to think that simply having Exodia makes him invincible.
- Stone Wall: Stone Statue of the Aztecs and Gear Golem, which he uses to defend his Life Points while he searches for Exodia.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: For the Battle City Tournament. He demonstrates how dogged and dangerous the Rare Hunters actually are in their pursuit of rare cards by beating the tar out of Joey after he defeats him in a duel.
- You Have Failed Me: Courtesy of Marik.
A former stage magician who either had his mother mother die at one point in his life and his lover dying in a magic trick gone wrong (in the manga) and joining the Rare Hunters in his despair, or lost his good looks to a fire and his girlfriend to the BSOD that followed and serves as one of Marik's Rare Hunters in the hopes of winning her back (in the anime). He runs a Spellcaster deck designed specifically to counter many of Yugi's best cards, and many of the cards emulate a magician's act. His trump card is the Dark Magician.
Masks of Light and Darkness/Lumis and Umbra
Mask of Darkness/Umbra voiced by: Kouji Ishii
(JP), Matthew Charles (EN)
Two of Marik's Rare Hunters, whom he orders to take on Yugi and Kaiba in a double duel. They run a Mask Deck that focusses on locking down the opponents' options and draining their Life Points. Their trump cards are The Masked Beast (3200/1800) and Masked Beast-Des Gardius (3300/2500).
- Acrofatic: Lumis is surprisingly agile.
- Bash Brothers: Before Kaiba starts screwing with them.
- Dark Is Evil: Most of Umbra's monsters are Dark.
- Early-Bird Cameo: While Yugi and Kaiba just dealt with a bunch of miscellaneous Rare Hunters in the manga before going up against the duo, the anime set things up by having them briefly duel the unmasked Lumis and Umbra before quickly meeting up in a deadly rematch.
- Light Is Not Good: Most of Lumis' monsters are Light.
- Mask of Power: Most of their cards are masks that make their monsters stronger or their opponents' monsters weaker.
- Mask Power: Far more competent with their masks on.
- Meaningful Name: Lumis and Umbra mean light and dark.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: In their first apperance, they don't wear their masks and are easily defeated. In their second they keep Yugi and Kaiba busy for four episodes.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: They play dumb the first time they run into Yugi and Kaiba. The second time, not so much.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: In the Japanese version—Mask of Light and Mask of Darkness respectively.
- You Have Failed Me: Marik pulls it on Lumis (Umbra had already fallen off the building).
Rishid Ishtar (Odion Ishtar)
Voiced by: Konta (JP), Michael Alston Baley (EN)
Marik's older brother by adoption and dragon
. He poses as Marik while Marik tries to infiltrate Yugi's gang.
His uses a deck themed on Egyptian mythology, which consists almost entirely of Trap cards. His trump card is Mystical Beast of Serket.
- Affably Evil: Is very polite in his duel with Jounouchi, in the dub referring to him as "Mr. Wheeler," and clearly respects Jounouchi's dueling skills even when Jounouchi is about to lose. It's what gives his Marik disguise away. In addition, he himself isn't so much evil as he is completely devoted to protecting Marik.
- Anti-Villain: He only follows Marik to protect him and keep his dark personality in check.
- Badass Cape
- Bald of Evil: On first appearance.
- Big Brother Instinct
- Cannibalism Superpower: His Mystical Beast Serket gains half the ATK of every creature it devours. This is a bad thing.
- The Dragon: To Marik
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Odion won enough locator cards for he and Marik to enter the Battle City finals, and would have defeated Joey in a fair duel had Marik not forced him to use the Winged Dragon of Ra. Conversely, Marik loses (or is in the process of losing when they are called off) all three of his duels with Yami & Yugi, despite cheating (while controlling Bandit Keith), having an Egyptian God Card on his side (while controlling Strings), and using Yugi's best friend as a shield (while controlling Joey). It's pretty clear who the better duelist is here.
- Jerkass Fašade: In his duel with Jounouchi, as he's supposed to be impersonating Marik. Jounouchi eventually sees through it.
- Large and in Charge: Downplayed as he is second in command, but not completely in charge.
- Morality Chain: He keeps Marik's dark personality in check.
- Noble Demon
- Noble Top Enforcer: Unlike Marik (and every other Rare Hunter), Odion forgoes cheating in favor of kicking ass fairly.
- Obvious Trap: His deck consists of almost nothing but traps, so when he ends his turn by just setting two cards, you know they're going to protect him, he isn't stupid. But you have to attack him sooner or later, and when you do, he's ready. Try to destroy his traps? He's got protection for them, though not foolproof.
- Red Right Hand: The scarring/tattoos on his face.
- Scary Black Man
- Tattooed Crook
- Trap Is the Only Option: His deck consists of almost nothing but traps, so when he ends his turn by just setting two cards, you know they're going to protect him, he isn't stupid. But you have to attack him sooner or later, and when you do, he's ready.
- Trap Master
- Scary Scorpions: His Mystical Beast Serket. 2500 ATK. 2000 DEF. Can add half the ATK of every creature it devours to its score. That's pretty darn scary.
- The Stoic: Contends with Raphael and Shadi for the title.
- The Unfavourite: His adoptive father never saw him as more than a servant, and it only got worse once Ishizu and Marik were born.
- Villain Ball: He had Joey beat. Then Marik forces him to grab this by summoning Ra.
- Worthy Opponent: Plays totally fairly and respects Jounouchi's skills as a duelist. The sentiment is returned by Jounouchi, who notes unlike a lost of his past opponents, Odion has played a fair duel and it's been one of the toughest yet. Which leads into problems since he's supposed to be impersonating Marik, who has shown no problems cheating and setting up unfair games.
The Big Five
Oshita/Gansley voiced by: Nobuyuki Saito (JP, Legendary Heroes), Eric Stuart
(EN, Legendary Heroes); Shintaro Sonooka (JP, Virtual World), Marc Thompson
(EN, Virtual World)
Otaki/Crump voiced by: Satoshi Tsuruoka (JP, Legendary Heroes); Ryosuke Otani (JP, Virtual World); Mike Pollock
Ooka/Johnson voiced by: Shin'ichi Yashiro (Japanese);, Wayne Grayson
(EN, Legendary Heroes); Andrew Paul (EN, Virtual World)
Oota/Nezbitt voiced by: Hiroomi Sugino (JP), David Willis (EN)
The Kaiba Corp board of directors, consisting of Oshita (Gansley), Otaki (Crump), Ooka (Johnson), Ota (Nesbitt) and Daimon (Lector). Played a part in Kaiba's takeover of the company when Gozaburo ran things, but once Kaiba took over he stripped them of their power and left them as figureheads. They've since tried various schemes to take the company for themselves, that ultimately result in them being locked in a virtual world; they must each defeat a member of the main cast in a duel in order to escape.
Oshita uses a Reptile deck that concentrates on locking down his opponent's options; his Deck Master is Deep Sea Warrior. Otaki uses a water/ice deck filled with penguins; his Deck Master is Nightmare Penguin. Ooka uses a Fusion deck along with cards that emulate a courtroom setting; his Deck Master is Judgeman. Ota uses a Machine deck that has Perfect Machine King as its trump card; his Deck Master is Robotic Knight. Daimon uses a Lockdown strategy that focuses on Injection Fairy Lily and Satellite Cannon; his Deck Master is Jinzo. During their joint duel with Yugi & Joey, the five utilise a combination of one another's cards, with Five-Headed Dragon and Lector's Berserk Dragon acting as their trump cards.
- All Your Powers Combined: Twice. The first time is when they all possess Tristan's body, the second is when they sacrifice all of their Deck Masters to summon Five-Headed Dragon.
- Ambiguously Brown: Lector. He's got dark skin, dark hair, and a six foot thick Southern accent in the dub.
- American Accents: Lector's a pretty straight up Dixie accent in the dub.
- Amoral Attorney: Ooka/Johnson. In the Japanese version he says outright he has no problem twisting the facts, and claims "the truth" is whatever tale he can spin for the court.
- Anime Hair: Lector.
- Anti-Villain: Crump is by far the most sympathetic of the Big 5, aside from his humiliating treatment in his duel with Tea. He had Abusive Parents and only found comfort in watching penguins at the zoo, jealous of their deeply paternal bonds with their children. He eventually worked up the ranks to gain enough authority to get his own penguin-themed amusement park, but Seto turned it down.
- Arc Villain: In the "Virtual World" and "Virtual Nightmare" arcs, though in the latter they're subordinate to Noah and Gozaburo.
- Ascended Extra: Went from a minor faceless group in the manga to some recurring foes each with a distinct personality in the anime.
- Badass Grandpa: They're all in their fifties at least, and can take on the likes of Yugi, Kaiba, and Joey. Special mention goes to Ganzley and Lector for nearly taking out Yugi and Kaiba without cheating.
- Bald of Evil: Ganzley in his real body, Lector as Jinzo.
- Beard of Evil: Lector.
- Bowdlerize: For some reason in the dub note , Injection Fairy Lilly's syringe is replaced with a rocket.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: They betrayed Gozaburo to Kaiba, and Kaiba to Pegasus, before trapping him in a virtual world. After they themselves were trapped there, they join up with Noah, but have no problems flaunting his rules and going behind his back in their desperation to get out of there. Finally, they violate the terms of their duel with Yugi and Joey, refusing to return Tristan's body despite having promised to.
- Combining Mecha: Nezbit combines Robot knight with Machine King to create Perfect Machine King
- Cool Mask: Ganzley as Deep Sea Fisherman. Lector wears one along with some Sinister Shades when he first appears; one could argue that the mask he wears as Jinzo counts too.
- Corrupt Corporate Executives: They worked for Gozaburo after all
- Cyborg: Lector as Jinzo; Nesbitt would desperately like to be one.
- Deadpan Snarker: Somewhat surprisingly, Ganzley, who keeps up a pretty constant barrage of understated sarcasm in the initial part of his duel with Yugi.
- Deal with the Devil: They cut deals with Pegasus and then Noah in hopes of gaining control of KaibaCorp. Lector's "A Deal With Dark Ruler" card simulates this, summoning Berserk Dragon in exchange for half his lifepoints.
- Death by Irony: All of them lose in ironic fashions:
- Ganzley spends the duel insulting Kuriboh and loses due to its ability.
- Crump declares Dark Magician Girl is useless without the Dark Magician, so Tea summons Yugi's and the tag team wins her the duel.
- Johnson loses because he can't tell if Joey's telling the truth about what cards he's drawn.
- Nesbitt picks Serenity as an opponent because she's inexperienced and it's her monster that finishes him off.
- Lector considers himself superior to Kaiba and loses when Kaiba pulls out a monster with a higher level than Lector's.
- In their combined duel with Yugi and Joey, they allowed Joey to duel with Yugi because they thought he would be weaker and hold Yugi back. It was Joey's cards powering up the Dark Magician that won the duel.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Their Five-Headed Dragon is supposed to be unbeatable, having the highest attack of any monster in the game at that time, and an immunity to Trap Cards, Spell Cards, and attacks by any monster that doesn't have the Light attribute. Yugi and Kaiba take it down with Master of Dragon Soldier in their first confrontation with it, while Yugi and Jonouchi/Joey use a Dark Flare Knight/Mirage Knight combination the second time.
- Dirty Old Man: Otaki/Crump makes many lewd comments about Anzu and the Black Magician Girl in the Japanese version.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Initially they're an Omniscient Council of Vagueness, with the collective goal of taking over KaibaCorp for unspecified, but undoubtedly sinister intentions. In the "Virtual Nightmare" arc, they're all given separate personalities, and objectives, and while they all share the goal of defeating Kaiba and escaping into the real world, their reasons for hating him are fleshed out, with them being gaining separate backstories and motivations. Ganzley and Johnson both are just greedy, Crump's mad at Kaiba for mocking his penguin obsession, Nesbitt's angry about his work being disposed of, and Lector's The Resenter par excellence.
- Dracolich: Berserk Dragon.
- Driven by Envy: All of them are envious of Kaiba, but Lector is probably the worst, as he feels he, and not Seto, should have been given control of KaibaCorp.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Crump certainly thinks so, and his Nightmare Penguin Deck Master and deck filled with penguin cards reflects that belief. In practise it doesn't work out so well for him, as his penguins are among the weakest cards in the game.
- Evil Old Folks: Ganzley, who actually needs a cane to support himself.
- Evil Sounds Deep: In the dub, they all have fairly low voices, with Ganzley and Nesbitt hitting the lowest notes.
- Faux Affably Evil: Johnson and especially Lector, who in the English dub at least, is incapable of addressing anyone informally, despite being the biggest bastard of the entire group. Also Crump for being Laughably Evil.
- Fat Bastard: Ganzley and Crump are noticeably portly.
- Five-Bad Band: If the name wasn't a tip off.
- Big Bad: Oshita/Ganzley (among the group at least), The Leader of the group.
- The Dragon: Daimon/Lector, who seems to be second-in-command, and is definitely their best duelist. One could argue that Five-Headed Dragon is this to the group as a whole, with Berserk Dragon being Lector's.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Lector is by far the most skilled duelist, and takes over for the group permanently in their unified duel.
- The Brute: Ooka/Johnson, his dueling "strategy" is to abuse his Deck Master's Kill 'em All ability to keep the opponent's field cleared, and he uses Judge Man, a large and imposing monster.
- Evil Genius: Ota/Nesbitt, robot engineer and weapons expert who uses Spell support to pump up his Machine King. Also overlaps slightly with The Brute since once he has Machine King powered up, he resorts to attacking since his power allows him to do massive damage.
- Dark Chick: Otaki/Crump, the most sympathetic and absurd, being a penguin fanatic and all.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Lector's Injection Fairy Lilly. She's a small cute fairy with only 400/1500. However, by paying 2000 Life Points he can raise her attack to 3400 until the end of his turn, making her very hard to get rid of.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Johnson's real body, Lecter's Deck Master body.
- Genius Bruiser: Subverted. Nesbitt thinks he's become one after fusing to create Perfect Machine King but he relies on brute power more than strategy, and costs the Big Five their duel with Yugi and Joey.
- Good with Numbers: Otaki/Crump is an accountant.
- Grand Theft Me: What they try to do.
- Greed: A motivating factor for all of them, but especially Ganzley and Johnson.
- Humongous Mecha: Nesbitt's Perfect Machine King, created by fusing Machine King and Robotic Knight.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Lector's a bad guy, no doubt, but he's entirely right when he calls out Kaiba for the way he used Mokuba and The Big Five during The Coup against Gozaburo.
- Knight of Cerebus: Subverted and then played straight. Gansley is a deadly strategist who nearly defeats Yugi and loses only to his overconfidence, Crump and Johnson are both ineffective with the former being portrayed comically, Nezbitt plays this straight by defeating Tristan and sending Serenity into a short period of depression and Lector plays this even further in both his duels with Kaiba, and Yugi & Joey, especially with his Five Headed Dragon and Berserk Dragon.
- I Lied: Lector's response when Yugi reminds him that he promised to return Tristan's body if the Big 5 were defeated.
- Kill Sat: Lector's Satellite Cannon, which remains out of reach of attacks, and gains 1000 ATK points every turn.
- Last Name Basis: Only Crump's first name has been revealed, and they are all addressed by their last names.
- The Load: Ota/Nesbit, who, in the duel against Yugi and Joey, totally blows the substantial lead that Ganzley, Crump, and Johnson had established, requiring Lector to step in in order to stave off defeat. Crump, perhaps surprisingly, isn't this; despite his humiliating loss to Tea he firmly establishes himself as a Not-So-Harmless Villain during the group duel.
- The Man Behind the Man: They think they're this to Pegasus; in reality he's just using them.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Crump. He uses a deck filled with penguins, which he's been obsessed with since childhood, and comes off as so pathetic in his duel with Tea that you almost feel sorry for him. Then in the duel between the Big Five and Yugi & Joey (in which most of the cards on the field belong to other Big Five members) he and his Deck Master, Nightmare Penguin, really come into their own, boosting the power of the WATER monsters Ganzley had played and establishing an enormous lead for the Big Five.
- Johnson as well. In his duel against Joey he only manages to stay in the game through excessive cheating and still loses. In the team match against Yugi and Joey, he manages to bring them to the brink of defeat, only for Nesbitt to muscle in and ruin everything for the team.
- Odd Name Out: Daimon in the Japanese, as the only one who's name doesn't begin with an "o". He arguably counts in the English as well, given that his name is a Shout-Out to Hannibal Lector, while the others are just made up names.
- The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: In their initial appearances.
- One-Winged Angel: Nesbitt (as Robotic Knight) gets an impressive one when he fuses with Machine King to create Perfect Machine King. 2700 ATK, 1500 DEF. It gains 500 ATK for every Machine monster on the field, including itself, and Nesbitt runs a Machine deck and has a Magic Card that turns opposing monsters into Machines - in Nesbitt's duel, this causes the King to rocket up to 5200 ATK the second it's summoned.
- The entire Big Five do this in their final match, when they summon Five-Headed Dragon.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Their Five-Headed Dragon is a Game Breaker with 5000/5000, that destroys all cards on the field through the act of being summoned and can only be harmed by a monster with the Light Attribute. After it's destruction in their duel with Yugi and Jonouchi/Joey, Lector summons the Berserk Dragon, a freaky undead monster with 3500/0 that can attack the entire field at once (but fortunately loses 500 ATK points every turn).
- Pungeon Master: All of them—Ganzley makes business puns, Crump accounting ones, Johnson legal ones, and Nesbitt machine related ones, while Lector makes most of his at Kaiba's expense.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Lector delivers a lengthy one to Kaiba in which he calls him out on his ruthless attitude and treatment of Mokuba.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Ganzley's deck is made up almost exclusively of reptile cards.
- The Resenter: They all resent Kaiba for his control of the company, but Daimon/Lector is the most classic example, feeling control of the company should have come to him due to his status as Gozaburo's right-hand man.
- Shout-Out: In the English dub, "Lector" is named for Hannibal Lector, and in the Jinzo body◊ looks the part a bit. It also fits he gives such speeches too.
- Sinister Silhouettes: In their initial appearances.
- Smug Snake: All of them. They range from very low-functioning (Crump and Nesbitt) to the far more high-functioning Ganzley and Lector. Johnson may be the most classic of them, with his condescending attitude, arrogance, and smarmy personality.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Ganzley vs Yugi and Lector vs Kaiba.
- Spikes of Villainy: Their deck masters have this to varying degrees, most prominently Deepsea Warrior◊ and Jinzo◊.
- Took a Level in Badass: Between their original appearances, and the Virtual World arc. Ganzley and Lector in particular have become capable duelists who can give the likes of Yugi and Kaiba, both world champions, a run for their money.
- Try To Catch Me Dueling Dirty: Johnson already had a huge game breaking ability, but added rigging the results of Joey's luck-based cards to his advantage. Noah didn't put up with it.
- Villain Ball: Oshita/Ganzley actually had Yugi beat, but decided to drag their duel out because he wanted to watch him squirm.
- Virtual Ghost: Their fates after the Virtual Game arc, which is why they need to do Grand Theft Me on the heroes to get human bodies again.
- Would Hit a Girl: Crump and Nesbitt would both trap a girl in the virtual world, and even specifically choose Serenity and Tea as their opponents because they think they'll be easier to beat.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: In the group duel, Yugi and Joey manage to do the near impossible and take down the Five-Headed Dragon, which served as the group's collective Deck Master and is all but undefeatable. They celebrate, they cheer—and then Lector activates A Deal With Dark Ruler to summon Berserk Dragon as their new Deck Master, even as Yugi and Joey's all powerful Mirage Knight splits back into the Dark Magician and Flame Swordsman that were used to summon it. Uh-oh.
A duelist working for Dartz, he duels Yugi to test out the powers of the Seal of Orichalcos as when combined when the Egyptian God Cards. He plays a Warrior deck designed to swarm the field. In his duel against Yugi, he added the stolen Obelisk the Tormentor. When he loses, he manages to pass Obelisk to Rafael before his soul is taken.
One of Dartz's henchmen, he lived a life of luxury until a shipwreck killed his family and left him stranded on a deserted island with only his deck for company. As a result, he's very attached to his cards and refuses to let them be destroyed.
He uses a Guardian deck, along with many cards that protect his monsters from going to the graveyard, and is so far the only one of Dartz's henchmen whose cards are mostly real. His trump cards are Guardian Eatos and Guardian Dreadscythe.
- Always Someone Better: To Rebecca, who mentions that after she became the US champion, there were rumors that she only won because Rafael doesn't compete in championships. Arguably to Yami himself, given that Rafael beat him in their first duel, and only loses the Heroic Rematch because he essentially surrendered after realizing the error of his ways despite still having the advantage in duel terms, though Yugi could still conceivably win.
- Batman Gambit: He goads Yami Yugi into playing the Seal of Orichalcos, and beating him while he is under the influence.
- Berserk Button: Calling his dead family meaningless. Dartz pushes it intentionally.
- Do NOT send any of his monsters to the graveyard, ESPECIALLY Eatos (which he considers his mother).
- The Chessmaster
- The Coats Are Off: Before his first duel with Yami Yugi he tosses his Badass Longcoat off. Notably, he manages to win.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- The Dragon: To Dartz
- Evil Counterpart: Is sometimes seen as Yami's.
- Excalibur in the Rust: Variation. His cards are so old that the ink is fading and the edges are frayed. That doesn't change the fact that he has one of the most powerful decks in the series.
- A Father to His Men: To his monsters. He absolutely hates it when a monster of him is send to the graveyard. In the rematch, he surrenders by sacrificing all of his Life Points to revive all of his monsters from the graveyard.
- Genius Bruiser
- Heel-Face Turn
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns: They point out.
- Knight Templar: A perfect counterpart to Yami Yugi, only more ruthless.
- The Magic Poker Equation: The series as a whole is an example of this trope, but Rafael's drawing abilty still stands out, seeing as how he discards his entire hand on his first turn in both his duels to draw two extra cards each turn, manages to pull out his Guardian monsters with ease, a feat that requires the respective equip card to be present on the field, and is still able to duel competently.
- Meaningful Name: It's quite possible he's named after Archangel Raphael; he has a guardian motif, and angelic wings appear before he duels.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Gives Yugi the Claw of Hermos before the rematch which Yugi uses to destroy Dreadscythe and open his eyes as well as defeat Dartz with later on.
- Noble Demon: The only one of Dartz's minions that isn't Ax-Crazy.
- Redemption Earns Life: After his loss against Yami Yugi.
- Spell My Name with an S: Rafael or Raphael?
- Start of Darkness: Heartbreakingly highlighted in his past flashbacks.
- Token Good Teammate: He's the least evil guy of Dartz's minions.
- Utopia Justifies the Means
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The only one who's not having a Slasher Smile or Smug Super, having a vendetta against a certain organization and fight anyone just because they're there. Also the only one that honestly believes that Dartz will inspire world peace.
- When He Smiles: Gives a beautiful one at the end of his second duel, after seeing the spirits of his family. It's a beautiful moment because he hasn't had anything to truly smile in years.
- Worthy Opponent: To Yugi. In their first duel he introduced himself as a true duelist, which Yugi finds ridiculous. In the Heroic Rematch, Yugi calls him a true duelist himself.
- The Worf Effect: As soon as he goes for the Heel, he gets defeated by Dartz himself.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Or so he believes, anyway. Ironically, according to Dark Yugi, his bonds with his family and monsters hold the power to change destiny.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Hates duelists who treat monsters this way, but resorts to this himself after Eatos is destroyed and Deathscythe hits the field. Dartz does this to him once he's no longer useful.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Yami assumes he has gained a great advantage when he finally manages to destroy Guardian Eatos in their rematch, sending Rafael into a near breakdown. But while Eatos is Rafael's favorite card and extremely powerful, destroying her summons Guardian Dreadscythe, which is even worse.
Voiced by: Yukinara Iemura (JP), Ted Lewis
One of Dartz's henchmen, he and his little brother were caught in a warzone in a city caught between two countries supplied with Kaiba Corp weapons. When his brother was killed in battle, Amelda developed a deep hatred of Kaiba Corp though it turns out to be Dartz who did it.
The first time he's shown dueling, he uses Pegasus' stolen deck along with fire cards focusing on Balrog. His true deck has a military theme, with soldiers, tanks, etc. His trump cards are Soldier Revolt and Air Fortress Ziggurat.
One of Dartz's henchmen, he was a street kid who befriended a nun in a church owned by a gang. When the church was set on fire, Varon beat up the gang and blamed them, and was sent to prison. He drifted through the system getting into fights constantly until Dartz recruited him who had that church burnt for the purpose of having him join in the first place.
He uses an Armor deck, in which the monsters are parts of cybernetic armor (like helmet, boots, gauntlet, shield, etc) that actually attach to him. Since the Seal of Orichalcos makes the duel real, he can attack the opponent personally and beat them senseless. His trump cards include Big Bang Blow and Buster Pyle.
- Accent Adaptation: Has an Australian accent in the dub.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: At one point, he even declares that he doesn't care if his opponent has an obvious trap card set, he would still attack.
- Ax-Crazy: He doesn't look very stable when he defeats Rebecca and Duke.
- The Berserker: Rushes into any situation where there's a battle without thinking of the consequences, and is willing to duel anyone, even if it means not taking their souls away.
- Blood Knight: The ONLY duelist in the series who isn't a Well-Intentioned Extremist, a certified Nice Guy or a psychopath obsessed with winning and killing everything that can duel. This love of a fight is what translates somewhat to Jaden Yuki in GX.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- The Brute: His deck literally allows him to win with just punching rather than complex plans that actually pay off.
- Compressed Hair: His helmet hair is something to behold.
- Evil Counterpart: Is arguably this to Joey. He's who Joey could have turned into if things at home had gotten just that little bit worse.
- Graceful Loser: After losing his duel with Joey, he calmly accepts his defeat and tells Joey it's up to the latter to save Mai, before having his soul taken away.
- Kick the Dog: His duel with Rebecca and Duke where he harms them repeatedly with his armor cards (duels in the Doma Arc cause realistic damage to players).
- Murder the Hypotenuse: He tries to do this to Joey, whom he sees as an obstacle to Mai.
- Not So Different/Worthy Opponent: He and Joey gain a lot of respect for each other over the course of their duel.
- Powered Armor: His deck motif.
- Shout-Out: His back story is a reference to Cyborg 009.
- Smug Super: What the dub makes him out to be.
- Start of Darkness: See Street Urchin
- Street Urchin: After his home at the church was burnt down by Dartz he pretty much lived on the streets until he joined Dartz.
- Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: His Psychic Armor Head has an AI that analyzes his opponent's cards and gives him advice.
- Yandere: For Mai, claiming that she's the only one who can understand him. He gets better, though.
Leonhart von Schroider (レオンハルト・フォン・シュレイダー; reonharuto fon shureidaa) /Leon Wilson (レオン・ウィルソン; reon wiruson)
An anime-only character.
The younger brother of failed corporate mogul Siegfried von Schroder, Leon dueled for fun under an alias until Siegfried found out about his hobby and recruited him to help him take down KaibaCorp. A cheerful kid, Leon loves his brother but isn't entirely on-board with his schemes.
He uses a fairy-tale themed deck designed specifically for him by Pegasus. His trump cards include Hex Trude, Globerman, and Princess of Thorns. Siegfried later gives him Golden Castle of Stromberg, an illegal Magic Card that's almost impossible to get rid of.
- Arc Villain: The Final Boss of the "KC Grand Prix" arc.
- Anti-Villain: Leon's barely a villain, and thinks he's just playing in a tournament on behalf of his family. Unfortunately for him, he's actually being manipulated by his brother, Siegfried.
- Big Brother Worship: Siegfried used this to his full advantage.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Toyed with. Cheating certainly doesn't help Leon, but that's because once he finds out the move he's used is illegal, he tries to throw the duel.
- Cheerful Child
- Child Prodigy: At dueling.
- The Cutie
- The Dragon: To his older brother. He isn't necessarily aware of this.
- Enfante Terrible: Downplayed. Leon's an angry kid out to destroy KaibaCorp, but that's more his brother's influence than anything else.
- Evil Counterpart: To Mokuba, although the "evil" part is quite a bit of a stretch. Both are the younger, happier brothers of driven, ruthless businessmen, who try to support their brothers no matter what. The difference is that Leon is actually a better duelist than Siegfried, and that unlike Mokuba he a) isn't entirely on-board with what his brother plans to do, and b) is being used by said brother.
- Final Boss: Of the KaibaCorp Grand Prix arc. Siegfried may be the Arc Villain and Big Bad, but Leon's the one that Yugi has to take down in the last duel of the arc.
- Foil: His relationship with Siegfried parallels the one between Kaiba and Mokuba.
- Heel-Face Turn: When he discovers the degree to which Siegfried was using him, Leon turns on his brother and helps Yugi destroy his own Golden Castle of Stromberg.
- Hero-Worshipper: Of Siegfried.
- Heroic BSOD / My God, What Have I Done?: When he learns of Siegfried's true plan and that Golden Castle of Stromberg is an illegal Game Breaker card, as he wanted to win fairly. Yugi cheers him up.
- Morality Pet: To his older brother Siegfried, though Siegfried isn't afraid to use him if it serves his interests.
- Nice Guy
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: His opponents and spectators have a tendency of assuming he's weak because he's a kid and his fairy-tale cards are cutesy... until he starts winning.
- Parental Neglect: His parents shut him out of their lives and Siegfried's for fear he would distract the older boy from his studies.
- The Unfavourite: Siegfried was the favourite, while Leon spent most of his childhood being completely ignored.
- Unwitting Pawn: In Siegfried's plan. He thinks that all Siegfried wants to do is have a von Schroeder crowned KC Grand Champion, to humiliate Kaiba and help publicise the launch of one of Siegfried's new gaming systems. Instead, Siegfried's using him to collapse KaibaCorp's computers and cost their rival vast amounts of time and money.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Like his brother, he has a weird hair color.