Characters / Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS

Characters in the sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS. Characters are referred to by their names in the original Japanese version with alternative spellings/meanings with the dub equivalent in brackets next to them.

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Yusaku Fujiki/Playmaker

Voiced by: Shouya Ishige (Japanese), Kana Omuro (Japanese, young)

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A first-year high school student who doesn't like standing out and doesn't enjoy Dueling. In LINK VRAINS, he is known as Playmaker, one of the best duelists in VRAINS. He has a personal grudge against the hacker group, the Knights of Hanoi, and wishes to take them down. To this end, he captures Ignis, a mysterious AI program sought by both Hanoi and SOL Technologies. With the two knowing Playmaker has Ignis, Yusaku becomes their target to find and defeat.

Yusaku uses a Cyberse deck of low-level monsters, centered around a Beatdown play style, that swarm the field to set up Link Summon combos.
  • Aloof Ally: As Playmaker, he has been praised by the Charisma Duelists for his skill and talent. Not that he cares.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Male example; he has dark hair, and is very stoic and aloof most of the time.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Yusaku seems to have two; being high functionally autistic and suffering from post stress disorder. He has No Social Skills; he is very blunt and direct and doesn't seem to realize that he comes off as rude this way; his emotions don't show on his face or body language even when he verbally states he is enjoying himself; and he has a tendency to list things in carefully ordered categories (of three), going so far as to stretch two ideas to fit three bullet points. These are all symptoms of autism spectrum disorder. Said symptoms can also be caused by PTSD and PTED - less ambiguous in this case, since it's almost inevitable given his past. His Revenge Before Reason and Unstoppable Rage on the Knights of Hanoi, as well as the nightmares he is implied to have, also fall in line with this.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Subverted, he lost his memories long ago, but has lived long enough to have a stable personality, albeit one that's a Jerkass.
  • Anime Hair: Dark blue hair with light blue bangs and pink accents. Somehow, this isn't enough to make him stand out at school.
  • Anti-Hero: Yusaku is neither Hot-Blooded nor an All-Loving Hero, but a standoffish, serious, and distant No-Nonsense Nemesis whose sole motivation is Revenge against the Knights of Hanoi for ruining his past. He would even go so far as to give the Knight of Hanoi a very brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech, which is something that Kaiba archetypes would usually do.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Playmaker questions Spectre what he fights for. Spectre, however, is unfazed by the question, and shamelessly admits that he fights for Revolver's cause.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Said to be a genius duelist and hacker who excels at reading people. See Establishing Character Moment below.
  • Badass Back: His Powercode Talker pierces through Faust's Spreader Queen, not bothering to look back as the latter is destroyed.
  • Badass Baritone: Sports a deep voice.
  • Badass Boast:
    Playmaker: Knights of Hanoi! Wherever you choose to run rampant, I'll show up! My name is Playmaker!
  • Badass in Distress: Playmaker gets captured by Ghost Girl so he can be interrogated regarding Aoi/Blue Angel's comatose state.
  • Beginner's Luck: Justified. He knows how to use a hover board and do speed duels on his first try, but he figures out right away that he must've done both of these things prior to losing his memory.
  • BFS: His Decode Talker wields a greatsword.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Saves Blue Angel from being erased by Cracking Dragon when the Knight of Hanoi controlling it goes on a rampage in LINK VRAINS searching for Ai.
    • While in a Data Storm during his Duel against Ghost Girl, he saves her before she could be swallowed up by the storm, and tosses her back onto her D-Board.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Lonely Brave's deluded fantasy of a bishonen Playmaker is complete with white sparkles.
  • Bishōnen: Played for laughs. Lonely Brave's deluded fantasy of Playmaker depicts him with exaggeratedly fancy eyelashes and a deep but gentle voice, accompanied by white sparkles.
  • Blatant Lies: Discussed, where GO claims that Playmaker never intended to scoff at him should he have lost against Genome, and only made that remark to get GO more fired up and determined to defeat Genome. Playmaker doesn't give a straight answer and suggests that whether or not he is truthful about it comes down to what GO makes of it.
  • Broken Ace: Yusaku is a nearly invincible duelist who seen as near legendary by the internet community in-universe. Due to his Dark and Troubled Past, he no longer enjoys dueling and has trouble functioning in day to day life, being driven almost entirely by his Revenge.
  • Broken Bird: In a rare male version of this trope. The Hanoi Project has made Yusaku a very bitter, broken person consumed with revenge. No matter how much he wanted to interact with others and try to have a normal life his PTSD keeps on getting worse. He sees this world as a cruel place and he believes that his life is cut short and he doesn’t need future or friends and all he is consumed is revenge.
  • Brutal Honesty: Playmaker doesn't mince his words when he dismissively remarks that he is disinterested in GO and Blue Angel.
  • Cassandra Truth: Akira initially declines to believe that Playmaker was not responsible for planting a virus in Blue Angel until Revolver appears and confesses that the Knights of Hanoi were responsible for the act.
  • Catch-Phrase: Some variation of "three reasons" when analyzing situations or reading people.
  • The Comically Serious: When Kusanagi and Ai teases him for his poor social skills with womens he doesnt react in anger or embarrassment and maintains a deadpan expression as usual. He is frequently this when it comes to dealing with Ais antics he will always remain deadpan no matter what happens to him.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character:
    • To Yuya. Their attitude, deck themes, and appearances are opposites to each other: While Yuya is an entertainer and a All-Loving Hero who enjoys the limelight, Yusaku is an expert hacker and a Jerkass Anti-Hero who would rather sit on the sidelines. Yuya believes Dueling should be fun to both himself and everyone watching and never a war tool, while Yusaku doesn't enjoy it and uses it as a tool for his Revenge. Yuya uses a deck full of clowns, circus animals, dragons, and classic magicians, while Yusaku's deck is themed after VR beings, with the added difference of Yuya using a specific archetype with a large amount of monster types while Yusaku uses various Cyberse-type monsters that don't share an archetype. And finally, Yuya has a bright and colorful appearance, while Yusaku appears to be more bleak and realistic.
    • He's also this to all the previous main characters, because he has no personal interest in Dueling and only uses Duel Monsters as a weapon to use for eliminating the Knights of Hanoi. While the previous main characters would never think of turning down a challenge due to their honor as Duelists, Yusaku only accepts if it will achieve his goals and isn't concerned if his reputation suffers for backing down.
  • Cyber Punk: Yusaku uses the Cyberse archetype, which all fit this theme.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He and five other children were kidnapped by the perpetrators of the Hanoi Project and kept isolated in almost empty rooms, one child in each. The only thing there was in the rooms were the VR equipment used to duel against difficult opponents. Defeat wasn't an option. First, they'd be punished for their loss with an electroshock, then they'd be deprived of food, all while in isolation, for half a year. While he tried therapy after escaping, it didn't help. Worse, it's heavily implied that Yusaku may be the luckiest, as everyone else is broken even worse than him.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His Decode Talker is a DARK Monster.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Doesn't say much besides snark when he responds to the AI in Naoki's Duel Disk.
    AI in Naoki's Duel Disk: Hello there.
    Yusaku: Yeah, hi.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of Yusei. Both of them are cool and level-headed vigilantes with a penchant for technology (vehicles for Yusei, hacking for Yusaku—although Yusei is also proficient in hacking) and money problems (Yusei growing up in the slums, Yusaku living in a shabby apartment). But while Yusei is openly friendly despite his serious demeanor and enjoys Dueling to some degree, Yusaku is very standoffish and cold-hearted, treating it as weapons to eliminate those who are getting in his way and expressing downright brutal opinions to others.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: In a Speed Duel, he will allow his LP to deplete to 1000 or lower so that he can meet the prerequisite for activating Storm Access.
    • Playmaker gets a chance to block the attack-boosting power of one of GO's monsters and chooses one that contributes a lower boost, so that he can get down to 100 LP and use his Skill.
    • Ghost Girl defies this twice:
      • When a replay occurs in which Playmaker (who boasted 1900 LP at the time) Summons Lockout Gardna as Ghost Girl attempts to attack him directly with Altergeist Primebanshee, she does not continue her attack.
      • Playmaker pays 1000 LP by Balancer Lord's effect so he can again meet Storm Access's activation prerequisite, only for Ghost Girl to activate her Secret Cure Skill to restore his LP back to over 1000. Though played straight after Playmaker again pays 1000 LP (this time by Scan Doll's effect) to meet said prerequisite, and activates Storm Access without issue.
    • In his Duel against one of SOL's AI prototypes, he halves his LP by Cybenet Defrag's effect, then pays a further 1000 LP by Flick Clown's effect, bringing his LP down to exactly 1000.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Other than Kusanagi, Yusaku doesn’t want other people to help him or sympathize with him because he doesn’t want others to get involved in his fight against Hanoi and out of concern would prefer to keep everyone safe.
  • Electric Torture: Back when he was in confinement, he would be electrocuted every time he lost a Duel in the VR space and be denied food.
  • Emotionless Boy: Downplayed of The Stoic type. Yusaku does have emotions but he just doesn’t want to express them unless he is provoked
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: In-universe and lampshaded by Revolver, after Playmaker beats a Knight of Hanoi.
    Revolver: Playmaker, to think he'd be such a dark horse.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Yusaku's first appearance is when he's woken up by Naoki at the end of their class. In quick succession Naoki shows off his Duel Disk, quips that Yusaku's older model must mean he isn't a very good duelist, discusses LINK VRAINS, and asks Yusaku if he wants help improving his Dueling skills. Yusaku (who doesn't even know Naoki's name despite being in the same class for a month) replies by means of a Sherlock Scan to explain that he's already determined that Naoki isn't a good duelist, but is a good guy and also passionate about the game in spite of skill level. This works to quickly establish Yusaku as an intellectual and analytical thinker.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In spite of his vengeful spirit, he is unwilling to sacrifice uninvolved parties, as demonstrated when Spectre reveals an imprisoned Akira in front of him, who increasingly risks being infected by the prison's virus as Spectre takes damage.
  • Expy:
    • Appears to be this for Yusei, being a cool-headed economically troubled Teen Genius and all, but his Playmaker account resembles a Darker and Edgier version of Yuma's first ZEXAL form. In addition, his Dark and Troubled Past, extreme bitterness towards others, and refusal to participate in social activities brings Kaiba to mind.
    • His Decode Talker looks like an odd combination between Buster Blader, and Elemental HERO Sparkman. It also serves a similar role to Yusei's Junk Warrior, being a secondary ace monster with 2300 ATK.
    • Shares a few elements with Shark, both being orphans with a Mysterious Past to the audience, having someone they wanted to get Revenge on, and wanting so help/save someone who has a younger sibling bond with a main cast member.
    • Yusaku's Firewall Dragon is this to the previous main characters' ace monsters. A monster with 2500 ATK who has very strong utility. It also lacks a level like Number 39: Utopia, who is a Rank 4 Xyz monster similar to how Firewall Dragon is a LINK-4 Link monster.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Despite being so skilled to the point of overpowering Revolver in their first Master Duel, Yusaku has severe Revenge Before Reason and Unstoppable Rage issues.
    • His sense of justice tends to hinder him too, especially when someone else is caught in his path to revenge. When Akira is captured while Yusaku is fighting Spectre, Spectre states that any damage to him makes the cage Akira is in more dangerous as touching the cage would implant a virus. Thus Yusaku refrains from damaging Spectre.
  • The Fettered: Yusaku will DO whatever it takes to get Revenge on the Knights of Hanoi but at the same time, he's against getting others involved with it.
  • Frame-Up: Playmaker becomes a wanted man in NEW LINK VRAINS since its opening thanks to SOL Technologies, who has ordered a team of bounty hunters to go after him and acquire the Ignis in his possession.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Originally just some random kidnapping victim, who's since then become one of the biggest threats to Hanoi and possibly to S.O.L. Technologies.
  • The Gadfly: Claims that he appeared during Dark Onizuka and Genome's Duel so that he can scoff at the former when he loses, to Dark Onizuka's irritation.
  • Golden Super Mode: As Playmaker, Yusaku's hair changes color, with the dark blue part becoming magenta, the bright blue part becoming a yellowish gold, and the bright pink parts becoming hot pink.
  • Good Is Not Nice: To unbelievable degrees. He's a hacker, a No-Nonsense Nemesis, and a cold-hearted Anti-Hero who wants to make the Knights of Hanoi pay the price for their involvement in the "past incident".
  • Good Old Ways: Downplayed, but he uses an older modeled Duel Disk which requires physical cards, as opposed to Duel Disks which can utilize cards in data format. This is also a nod to some hackers in real life who have avoided detection by using outdated tech that is sometimes well over a decade old.
  • Heal Thyself: When a Link Monster co-linked to his Binary Sorceress battles an opponent's Monster and inflicts battle damage to them, he gains LP equal to the amount of damage inflicted.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Yusaku may be cold hearted most of the time but he does have a nice and compassionated side to his personality as well and he may be an Anti-Hero but he is not a bad person.
  • The Hero: Of VRAINS. Not that he wants the title though.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Multiple instances of aversions or subversions of this trope, which would've otherwise lead Playmaker to his loss:
    • In his Duel against a Knight of Hanoi, Playmaker's Summoning of Stack Reviver while Cracking Dragon is present on the Knight of Hanoi's Field only costed him 100 LP since his Monster boasted an original ATK of less than 400 (Playmaker had exactly 400 LP left at the time he Summoned it).
    • Revolver attempts to finish off Playmaker with the latter's Firewall Dragon while it was in the former's possession, only for Playmaker to activate Cybenet Refresh to destroy all cards in both players' Main Monster Zones.
    • Playmaker Summoning Security Gardna to the Main Monster Zone that the upper Link Arrow of Akira's Acute Cerberus pointed to costs him the Duel by the effect of Gergonne's End... except Security Gardna's effect negates all effect damage its controller takes on the same turn it's Special Summoned.
  • Human Sacrifice: Subverted. While Revolver forced a DRAW in his second Speed Duel against Playmaker, neither of them are absorbed by the Tower of Hanoi, and are forced out of LINK VRAINS due to a Data Storm shockwave.
  • Ill Boy, Ill Girl: Downplayed but he has severe PTSD. His methods of eating are unhealthy and he frequently looks tired and collapses after logging out of LINK VRAINS.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: One of his Link Monsters is Firewall Dragon, but it is a Cyberse-Type instead of Dragon-Type.
  • Irony:
    • He doesn't want to stand out, but his account name is "Playmaker" and becomes well-known in the Network World for dealing with the threat the Knights of Hanoi poses. Justified; he only cares about not standing out at school and in real life, since as a hacker he could get in a lot of trouble if anyone connected his online persona to his real identity.
    • Despite his solo tendencies, a lot of his best Link Monsters benefit from being linked to others.
    • To follow up with the above, he has made it a point that he wants others to stay away from his battles. However, as VRAINS as a whole is typically under attack, he ends up collaborating with Go and Blue Angel on several occasions.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Platonic aversion; Yusaku avoids making friends because he knows his enemies don't mess around and doesn't want anybody getting hurt.
  • I Work Alone: Prefers to keep everyone else out of his battle against the Knights of Hanoi, describing it as a life-or-death situation.
  • Jerkass: While he is not a bad person, Yusaku is easily the rudest and most violent out of the all the main characters by this point.
    • According to Naoki, his attitude is really "unpleasant" despite being indifferent to each other. He even attempts to use a certain purple Ignis as a bargaining chip during his first on-screen act as Playmaker.
    • While Playmaker saved Blue Angel from an attack by a Knight of Hanoi, he dismissively remarks that he is uninterested in her as she shows up to confront him in a Duel after he beats up the same Knight of Hanoi and logs out of LINK VRAINS.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Yusaku may be a cold-hearted Jerkass, he does have a number of noble and heroic moments.
    • Immediately after he tells Naoki how his analysis defines him as a weak Duelist, he also tells him how that defined him as a good person. Naoki is not pleased with him either way. He also later admits that Akira seems like a good person.
    • He admits he doesn't hate or dislike anyone other than the Knights of Hanoi. This seems to be due to how people around him don't seem to be bad people and he was taken care by numerous others after his dark and traumatic childhood incident.
    • He describes the battle against the Knights of Hanoi as a life-or-death situation, and out of concern would prefer to keep GO and everyone else from getting involved rather than recruit allies. When the Knights of Hanoi start attacking random duelists and turning them into Anothers, Yusuaku decides to enter LINK VRAINS and confront them, despite it being safer to stay away.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • What Go thinks of him showing up and "snatching" the spotlight (even if it's unintentional). In Playmaker's defense though, he didn't ask for fame in the first place. Played straight with his poor treatment of Ignis though.
    • Akira attempts to convince Yusaku to reconsider his Revenge Before Reason attitude. While Yusaku doesn't care, he advises Akira and Aoi against getting further involved in his personal war against the Knights of Hanoi out of concern for their future, so this is both zig-zagged and justified.
  • Kid Detective: Yusaku is described as "a hacker who has the sort of sharp mind that can solve mysteries". Best shown in the Another incident when he manages to find the leads he needed to track down one of the Three Lieutenants of Hanoi.
  • Light Is Good: His Firewall Dragon is a LIGHT Monster.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Apart from his digital avatar, he's only seen wearing his school uniform, possibly because he can't afford any other clothes.
  • The Magic Poker Equation: His Skill, Storm Access, allows him to randomly add a card found in a Data Storm to his deck. Naturally, the first time he uses it he gains Decode Talker, which is perfectly suited to winning him the duel. That said, Ignis did create the storm Decode Talker was in and kept trying to get Yusaku go into it, so possibly downplayed.
  • Meaningful Name: Yusaku's surname, Fujiki, is Japanese for "wisteria tree". Meanwhile, his first name is written by combining the kanjis for "Play" and "Make".
  • Me's a Crowd: Not intentionally but Playmaker has several impersonators who have the same avatar as him but none of the impostors do a good job impersonating Playmaker. Later during Spectre and Blue Angel's Duel, a boy posing as Playmaker confronts Frog and Pigeon, mistaking the pair for Knights of Hanoi, and attempts to engage them in a Duel.
  • Mr. Fanservice: While he doesn't have a very muscular physique (especially when compared to Go) he averts Geek Physiques for the most part being more slender than thin, he still has a deep voice, is a competent fighter, doesn't look half-bad and his Playmaker persona wears a skin-tight bodysuit.
  • Multicolored Hair: He has dark blue hair, complete with light blue bangs and traces of pink.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Has the power to "sense" things. Though he might know how it works, the audience doesn't. He's used it to:
    • Comprehend and decrypt parts of an extremely complex (and original) algorithm after just a few days of studying it
    • Sensed when Revolver's digital presence is nearby (while Yusaku is in the real world)
    • Determine that Go isn't a real Knight of Hanoi
  • Mysterious Past: To the audience. As of #6, what happened to him is a major mystery for the viewers.
  • Mysterious Protector: His role as Playmaker. He doesn't even bother revealing his secret identity to others.
  • Naďve Newcomer: He's far from naive and he uses Duel Monsters as his personal weapons, but he's likely new to Speed Dueling, which Yusaku himself lampshades by questioning whether or not he already knows how to do it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In his second Master Duel against Revolver. Had Playmaker not negated the Effect of Topologic Bomber Dragon, Revolver wouldn't have been able to perform multiple Link Summons due to Topologic Bomber's Effect, much less even Extra Link.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: He's not Dueling for fun, but for Revenge.
  • No Social Skills: Kinda. His idea of getting close to Aoi is stalking her around the school, and see Brutal Honesty.
  • Nothing Personal: Bears no mal intent towards Akira and doesn't hold it against him for being dismissive of revenge, but will take him down in a Duel regardless if he gets in the way of Playmaker's desire for revenge.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • In Episode #6, he gets a bit agitated as Ignis reads off the inflammatory internet comments about Playmaker not accepting Blue Angel's challenge. Ignis teases that contrary to his attitude, Yusaku does care what other people think of him.
    • Playmaker loses his cool and snaps at Akira in rage after the latter claims that he understands what it's like to lose a loved one.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In real life he acts like a lazy slacker who has no idea about dueling. Online as Playmaker he's a focused and strategic top duelist. He even carries around a decoy deck with him so anyone that looks at his cards will think he's an amateur.
  • One-Hit Kill: During his Duel with Spectre:
    • Defied in part two; Playmaker attempts to wipe out the entirety of Spectre's LP with the 4000 ATK Multi Sledgehammer, only for Spectre to negate the attack with his Sunavalon Glorious Growth Continuous Trap and redirect it to Sunvine Gardna.
    • Played straight in part three, where in addition to increasing Excode Talker's ATK to 4000, Playmaker's Link Atrocity reduces the ATK of Spectre's Sunavalon Dryatrentiay to 0, allowing Playmaker to deplete all of Spectre's LP with a single attack.
  • Online Alias: Playmaker.
  • Ordinary Highschool Student: Acts as one, but has been working as the Playmaker for a while.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Though the Archfiend archetype usually consists of Fiend-Types, Yusaku's Vector Square Archfiend is instead a Cyberse-Type.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: While it bears the appearance of a dragon and contains "dragon" in its name, Yusaku's Firewall Dragon is a Cyberse-Type instead.
  • Overworked Sleep: Has a tendency to doze off to sleep after returning from a hard fought Duel in LINK VRAINS.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Hardly seen with a non-serious facial expression. He does smile as he turns to face the rising sun at the end of ED1, though.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Spends his time in Episode #8 attempting to help Aoi/Blue Angel, from taking her to the hospital when he finds her comatose body to willingly walking into a trap to find the computer program that could cure her.
    • After Revolver and Playmaker's second Master Duel wraps up, Yusaku frees Ai from captivity, allowing him to freely return home back to the Cyberse World.
  • Price on Their Head: Since the opening of NEW LINK VRAINS, Playmaker is a wanted target with a bounty on his head worth ₽500,000, targeted by bounty hunters under the orders of SOL Technologies.
  • Rage Breaking Point: He and Kusanagi snap at Akira, who claims that he understands what it's like to lose a loved one.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Playmaker dismisses the Knight of Hanoi he beats up in #2, in that the latter has no right to call himself a Duelist.
    Playmaker: You don't deserve to be called a "Duelist"!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The quite and emotionless blue oni to Ai's bombastic red.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Dark and troubled past? Check. Unusually colored hair (blue with magenta highlights)? Check. Very stoic and comes off as emotionless? Check.
  • Relative Button: If you value your dignity, never, ever tell him to let go of his past hurts (which scarred him and Kusanagi's little brother) and live his present life in happiness. Akira learns this the hard way.
  • Revenge: Vows to avenge his and Kusanagi's little brother's past by getting back at those responsible for the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Akira attempts to convince Playmaker to abandon the idea of revenge, let go of his past hurts, enjoy his present life in happiness, and allow the former to responsibly bring a closure to the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project. Naturally, Playmaker refuses to relent. Later, as pointed out by Spectre, the trope is actually subverted, as despite his desire for revenge, he doesn't have the heart to be cruel and let people suffer for his revenge.
  • Rule of Three:
    • Has a habit of listing three things about a given situation or person.
    • His Three-Strike Barrier requires that his opponent controls exactly three cards as a prerequisite to activate.
    • His Powercode Talker requires exactly three Monsters as Link Summoning Material.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Go and Blue Angel attempt to confront Playmaker in a Duel after he defeats a Knight of Hanoi, but dismissively remarks that he has no interest in either of them, and proceeds to log out of LINK VRAINS.
    • Playmaker attempts to bolt when he finds out that the Knight of Hanoi he's chasing is really GO in disguise. Unlike last time however, GO gets the cooperation of SOL Technology Inc. and prepares a trap that prevents Playmaker from logging out unless he defeats GO in a Duel.
  • Serious Business: He treats Dueling as a means of hunting down the Knights of Hanoi.
  • Sherlock Scan: In his Establishing Character Moment, he deduces Naoki's personality and skill level in dueling just by listening to him talk about duel disks and VRAINS. This carries over into his duels, where he's very good at analyzing the field and makes moves that seem poor to onlookers, but serve a greater strategy Yusaku is working towards.
  • Shrinking Violet: Subverted; he actually doesn't want to expose the fact that he is a hacker.
    • Played a little straight in #6, where he has no idea how to approach Aoi, and gets nervous before entering the Duel Club room.
  • The Stoic: Prefers to distance himself from others due to his Playmaker business.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He may be ruthless, aloof and cold most of the time but he does have good heart deep down.
  • Survival Mantra: Since his time in captivity during the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project, the "three reasons/things" mantra taught to him by Revolver is what motivated him to move forward.
  • Teen Genius: Said to be an incredibly smart person, good at reading people, and quick-witted.
  • Theme Naming: As per series tradition, Yusaku's name has the kanji 遊. Unlike the previous main characters, however, his name has three syllables as opposed to two.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Subverted in his second Speed Duel against Revolver. Playmaker risks his life by activating Storm Access, sustaining injuries and a severed hand in the process. Had it not been for Ai saving him, Playmaker would potentially be dead by now.
  • Tron Lines: Playmaker's bodysuit sports golden trimmings.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Highlighting his aloofness. The sharpness of his eyes also highlights his determination for revenge against those involved in the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project.
  • The Unchosen One: Yusaku is neither The Chosen One (Yugi, Judai, Yusei, Yuma) nor an Apocalypse Maiden (Yuya): he has no special destiny or powers that make him The Hero. He just happens to be a normal civilian smart enough to swipe Ignis from the internet before his enemies can.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Downplayed, but he's really rude towards Blue Angel even after she saved him from falling during his Duel against a Knight of Hanoi.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Towards the Knights of Hanoi for ruining his childhood, specifically in regards to the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project.
  • Vigilante Man: Hunts down the Knights of Hanoi and is branded as an Ensemble Darkhorse by the Charisma Duelists, but SOL Technology Inc. sees him as a hacker. He also trusts only himself to uncover the truth about the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project.
  • When He Smiles: During his second Master Duel against Revolver. In spite of the face of adversity he's in after being overwhelmed by Revolver's Extra Linked Monsters, Playmaker manages to smile, to Ai's surprise.
  • You Are Too Late:
    • Fails to stop Makoto from being forcefully dragged into LINK VRAINS (and subsequently being turned into an Another victim).
    • Playmaker is powerless to do anything to prevent Ghost Girl from being purged and the Tower of Hanoi's activation.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has literal blue hair with some pink shades in it.

    Ai 

Ai

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese)

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A mysterious AI program, sought after by the Knights of Hanoi and SOL Technologies Inc., that Yusaku captures. Belongs to an AI species with free will, known as the Ignis.
  • Adorkable: His comic relief antics are really dorky.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Before he could escape, a Cracking Dragon devoured most of his body, leaving his memories heavily fragmented or outright gone. As of episode #41, this is subverted; Revolver reveals that in the fragments of data the Knights of Hanoi collected after tearing Ai apart, none of them contained his memories. Therefore, Ai had them all along and was lying to Yusaku about having no memories.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Belongs to a species of AIs with free will known as the Ignis, created by Kogami.
  • The Atoner: In episode #42, seeing Playmaker continuously fail to perform Storm Access and even getting a forearm ripped off, Ai stepped in and transformed into a larger version of himself to prevent Playmaker from falling. Ai then proceeded to sacrifice a part of himself to repair Playmaker's arm and shield him from the flying debris. He really could have been erased. Even if he could have been erased either by Playmaker losing or being destroyed by the debris and had the slightest chance of surviving by saving Playmaker, he still saved Playmaker from certain death while risking his own life. Ai may have been willing to sacrifice himself because he wanted to make it up to Playmaker for lying about losing his memories.
    Ai: "Shut up! This is how I repent!"
  • Attention Whore: When he gets his body back and shows off. Yusaku and Kusanagi couldn't care less.
  • Beware the Silly Ones:
    • After a Knight of Hanoi is about to blow himself up, Ignis transforms into an Eldritch Abomination... and devours him.
    • Later, when Revolver loses against Playmaker in their master duel, he does so again and tears his arm off.
    • In the duel with Faust, it was heavily implied Ai intentionally put Naoki in danger as an excuse to make Yusaku eliminate Faust. When Faust loses the duel he laments that Ai will bring about the downfall of humanity; this coupled with his actions in the episode heavilly implies Ai might be a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Butt-Monkey: You can't help feeling sorry for the poor thing after everything that happens to it. And that is after just one episode.
    • In #12 he finally gets some of his Data back so he can reform his original body!... But he's only big enough to be held like a doll and doesn't impress anyone, he didn't even get any of his memories back.
      • Subverted in that he had never actually lost his memories in the first place.
  • Captain Obvious: Often has a tendency to point out whatever happens in a Duel.
  • Cassandra Truth: Playmaker initially refuses to believe that a Knight of Hanoi has once again invaded LINK VRAINS, until Ai reveals that Blue Angel fell under the influence of Hanoi.
  • Casting a Shadow: All of the six Ignis are based on each of the Attributes of the card game (except DIVINE); Ai is based on DARK.
  • Catch-Phrase: Exclaims "Take hold of the wind, Playmaker!", usually every time he utilizes Storm Access.
  • Chew Toy: Literally! Barely escaped after being followed and almost devoured by a Cracking Dragon.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Dark Yugi, Yubel and Astral. Unlike any of them, he is much goofier and amiable. Also, his purpose is immediately made clear upon his introduction, unlike his more mysterious predecessors. His relationship with Yusaku also differs from the others, as Yusaku is aware of him but doesn't respect him and sees him as an annoyance. Also, the above three were invisible to everyone but the protagonist and a select few. Astral could only be seen by Yuma initially, with the others being able to see him due to special circumstances, Dark Yugi was only visible while in Yugi's body, and Yubel could only been seen by Jaden after they fused together. Ai is visible to anyone on and off LINK VRAINS, and has to take steps to hide himself in the real world so a Knight of Hanoi or SOL Technologies wouldn't see him with Yusaku.
  • Comic Relief: Of ALL the characters in this show, he has the least serious personality.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Despite dismissing the idea of prayer, is obviously hated by the Universe.
  • Cry Cute: A comical variant, where it tears up over being given an Embarrassing Nickname.
  • Deadpan Snarker: After witnessing Prototype Ai-A's cards' hand destruction effects, Ai snidely claims that Playmaker is terrible at old maid.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Is given the name Ai by Yusaku because he's an AI, and because when they meet his entire body is an eye.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: To his dismay, Yusaku and Kusanagi don't bat an eye when Ai regains and reveals his true form.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Shapeshifts into some sort of monstrosity to consume a Knight of Hanoi who was about to blow himself up to eliminate Playmaker.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Ai", courtesy of Yusaku. Later subverted when he openly embraces his nickname after Playmaker appears to confront Genome.
  • Foil: His goofy attitude is sharply contrasts Yusaku's stoicism.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Claims that its own people dislike it.
  • The Gadfly:
    • Being an AI doesn't make him any less capable of teasing Yusaku for being unable to talk to girls.
    • He also teases a miffed Yusaku after he requests that Ai stop reading hate comments posted after declining to Duel Blue Angel.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted during Playmaker and Revolver's second Speed Duel. Ai shields Playmaker from the debris as Playmaker enters the Data Storm and activates Storm Access, and appears to have vanished after Playmaker acquires Transcode Talker... but actually survives, as a miniature Ai reappears after Revolver begins his turn.
  • Hidden Depths: Yusaku suspects him of being the one who was responsible for sending and installing Cyberse Wizard's card data into Naoki's Duel Disk.
  • Humiliation Conga: The first episode alone has Ai go through all kinds of trouble, but being captured by Yusaku is definitely where the chain of humiliation after humiliation begins.
  • Living MacGuffin: To the degree that an AI can be considered "living" anyway.
  • Lovable Coward: After everything Ai has been through in just the first episode, this cowardice is entirely Justified.
  • Loveable Sex Maniac: Though not aggressive about it, Ignis had three sex-scenes on-screen in the first twenty episodes alone. His first guess as to why Yusaku is always busy is that he's making out with Shoichi.
  • No Name Given:
    • Was only referred to as a "mysterious lifeform" prior the series' premiere. In the voice cast list during the credits, he is still identified as such instead of his name (until #3, where his name is listed as "Ai").
    • SOL and the Knights of Hanoi refer to it as "Ignis" or "the Ignis" or "an Ignis" making it unclear whether Ignis is its real name or the name for the specific type of AI it is.
  • No Respect Guy: The target of everyone's attacks, but never taken seriously.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: He serves as the main comic relief in the show.
  • Price on Their Head: As Playmaker himself is a bounty target since the opening of NEW LINK VRAINS, Ai himself is also a target.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The self centered and talkative red to Yusaku's blue.
  • Saying Too Much: Ai's "panicking" in an attempt to goad Ghost Girl's Primebanshee into attacking Playmaker's Lockout Gardna fails after her AI informs her of Storm Access and the prerequisite to activate it.
  • The Slacker: Back in the Cyberse World, Ai was very carefree and wasn't the working type, and thus was deemed an annoyance by the other Ignis.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is the Embarrassing Nickname "Eye" or "Ai"? The anime goes with the latter.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Most people only see it as a tool. Yusaku's poor treatment of it comes from the fact that he doesn't think it can feel or actually think, just that it's programmed to keep itself out of anyone's control.

    Shoichi Kusanagi (Koulter) 

Shoichi Kusanagi (Koulter)

Voiced by: Subaru Kimura (Japanese), Sam Black (English)

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A seemingly ordinary man acquainted with Yusaku who runs a hotdog stand, he is in truth a skilled hacker who operates as Playmaker's Mission Control. He has a little brother, Jin Kusanagi, who remains traumatised thanks to a certain ten-year old incident.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While one of the most easygoing and friendly characters in the show, pissing him off by trivialising his past is a terrible mistake.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He seems to be involved in Yusaku's mission in order to help his little brother. Downplayed with Yusaku, as he helps him fight life or death battles.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Subverted. Kusanagi completes the LVSS in time and attempts to bring Akira out of a thorny prison... but it fails to work.
  • The Confidant: To Yusaku, as one of the few individuals who knows about Yusaku's abilities.
  • Cool Big Bro: Acts as one to Yusaku. Yusaku was also seemingly close to his actual younger brother.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His younger brother was in the same place as Yusaku, being one of the six children who were abducted during the Lost Incident.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Kusanagi serves as this to Kurosaki. They both are older brother characters who lost their younger sibling after they got kidnapped by the antagonist organization. Kurosaki's sister Ruri got kidnapped by Academia while his brother got kidnapped by Hanoi, making both Kusanagi and Kurosaki develop a grudge with them for kidnapping their siblings. Both also work with their close friends, Yuto and Yusaku, to save them. However, while Kurosaki became an extremely cold hearted and hot headed Jerkass after losing Ruri, Kusanagi still manages to be a friendly nice guy after losing his brother.
  • Dub Name Change: Is known as "Koulter" in the English dub.
  • The Gadfly: Show some shades of this, teasing Yusaku over his lack of social skills with women.
  • Hacker Cave: His hotdog van doubles as one.
  • Mission Control: Operates as Playmaker's, monitoring his activity and the goings-ons of LINK VRAINS from within his hotdog stand.
  • The Narrator: Narrates the episode previews (with the exception of the fourth Recap Episode).
  • Nice Guy: He seems to be very friendly and the only person Yusaku is most comfortable talking with.
  • Non-Action Guy: Doesn't do any Dueling himself, instead serving as Yusaku's Mission Control.
  • Parental Substitute: The closest thing Yusaku has to a guardian, though he acts more like a brother-figure.
  • Rage Breaking Point: He and Playmaker snap at Akira, who claims that he understands what it's like to lose a loved one.
  • Relative Button: A mention of his and his brother's past by anyone who is not Yusaku is enough to enrage the normally laid-back Kusanagi.
  • Revenge: While good at hiding it, it's shown that deep down, he has a deep grudge towards Hanoi for what they did to his little brother.
  • Secret Keeper: For Yusaku, being the only individual (other than Ai) who knows of Playmaker's true identity.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dark purple, in this case.

    Takeru Homura/Soulburner 

Takeru Homura/Soulburner

Voiced by: Yuuki Kaji (Japanese)

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A student of Den Academy. In LINK VRAINS, he is known as Soulburner. Like Yusaku, Takeru uses a Cyberse deck focused on a Beatdown strategy.
  • Badass Boast: Utters one to Bit and Boot before dueling them, accompanied by his crushing a ball of fire in his hand.
    Soulburner: I'm Soulburner. I'll burn you up with these flames!
  • Big Damn Heroes: After Haru sics Bit and Boot on Playmaker to keep him distracted, Soulburner arrives to deal with the pair so that Playmaker can focus on tailing Bohman and Haru.
  • Big Entrance: Soulburner appears from a whirling burst of flame, and confronts the Bit and Boot pair in Playmaker's stead so that he can concentrate on tailing Bohman and Haru.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: As Soulburner, his right hand is partly exposed, while on his left hand he wears a red gauntlet.
  • Keet: He seems to be this based on how he glomps Yusaku in the second opening.
  • Megane: His real life persona wears green glasses.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: As Soulburner he trades off his glasses for a flame-shaped scarf.
  • Online Alias: Soulburner.
  • Playing with Fire: Soulburner uses a fire-themed avatar.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His Soulburner persona's hair has two opposite shades of blue.

    Flame 

Flame

Voiced by: Taku Yashiro (Japanese)

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One of the six Ignis created by Dr. Kogami, and Takeru's partner.
  • Playing with Fire: He is an Ignis that named himself "Flame", and his physical appearance is flame-based. He is also based on the FIRE Attribute.

SOL Technologies Inc.

The organisation in charge of LINK VRAINS. They aim to capture Ai to regain access to the Cyberse world, and compete with the Knights of Hanoi to achieve their goal.
    In general 
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  • Big Bad: Their hiring of numerous mercenaries in season 2 firmly places them in this position.
  • George Jetson Job Security: Downplayed in that, while Kitamura has a habit of threatening to fire his subordinates, he never actually goes through with it. Lampshaded by his subordinates who ask how many times they are going to get fired.
  • Hidden Depths: It turns out that Dr. Kogami used to be a researcher for SOL Technologies.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Along with Kitamura, none of his subordinates are aware of the events of the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project, which affected Yusaku, Aoi, Akira, and Kusanagi's little brother.
  • Mega Corp.: They're in charge of LINK VRAINS, and can utilise technologies that overlook the cyberspace such as City Scan and Log-Out Prevention programs.
  • Only in It for the Money: SOL saw the Ignis as an opportunity for big money, and fearing that authorities would seize the Ignis, they covered up the Lost Incident and put an imprisoned Kogami into a comatose state.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Implied. They are a Mega Corp. whose main source of power comes from the Cyberse, their executives minus Akira (who is still lower in the company hierarchy anyways) are suspiciously unwilling to make any contact with the public and seemingly using Akira as an unofficial spokesman of sorts. The one and only other person they've contacted other than Akira is Emma, but she is a mercenary. Other than that they always show up as giant holographic projections of chess pieces and have yet to show their real appearances, despite such odd secrecy is obviously excessive. To wrap it up, Hanoi is explicitly referring to the Cyberse - the company's main source of power - as something dangerous and all of Hanoi's higher-ups shown are presented as fully committed to their stated goal of destroying it.

    Queen 

Queen

Voiced by: Megumi Koyama (Japanese)

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A high-ranking member of SOL Technologies Inc.
  • Chess Motifs: Is named after the queen chess piece, establishing her authority as a higher-up of SOL Technologies.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Basically her reaction to Akira's hesitation to go after Playmaker.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Her name - if the Chess Motifs are taken into consideration - suggests that she herself may be pretty dangerous.
  • A Glass of Chianti: Just to hammer in that she is a part of a very rich company.
  • The Heavy: While it is likely that the various bounty hunters will do the most of the dirty work, her presence in the 2nd OP and more aggressive approach to collecting the Ignis implies that she'll be the chief antagonist of season 2.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her very first appearance in person has her wear almost nothing but a swimsuit.

    Akira Zaizen 

Akira Zaizen

Voiced by: Shouma Yamamoto (Japanese), Barrett Leddy (English)

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Aoi's workaholic older step-brother and SOL Technology Inc.'s Security Chief, dedicated to protecting Den City from hackers on a daily basis. Later demoted to Chief and replaced by his former boss, Kitamura, after Playmaker's duel against Revolver. He duels using a Tindangle deck, DARK Monsters revolving around Flip Effects.
  • Adult Fear: Being responsible for a six-year-old at sixteen, and worrying about how he would provide for her or her getting kidnapped like Yusaku.
  • Aloof Big Brother: A deconstructed subversion. Initially described as indifferent towards Aoi, he advises her to quit Speed Dueling out of concern for her safety, and shows legitimate concern for her after she enters a comatose state. He is, however, overly protective of Aoi to the point that he locks her up in the house to prevent any further danger befalling her shortly after she recovers from her coma.
  • Animal Motifs: He is compared to a Hell Hound that protects his angel, i.e Aoi, which is lampshaded by Ghost Girl with his monsters, Tindangle Hound and Angel.
  • Back from the Dead: He is returned to normal after Playmaker defeats Revolver and the Tower of Hanoi is stopped.
  • Badass in Distress: As he reaches a defeated Blue Angel, he gets trapped in a thorny prison, installed with computer viruses, by Dr. Kogami. It gets worse after Spectre, who is disadvantaged thanks to Playmaker's Excode Talker sealing two of his Main Monster Zones, reveals an imprisoned Akira in front of him, gloating that he increasingly risks being infected by the prison's computer virus as Spectre takes damage. On the other hand, Kusanagi quickly gets to work to disable the thorny prison and free Akira.
  • Blatant Lies: While pursued by the media, he feigns ignorance that he was responsible for setting up a Duel between GO and Playmaker.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Is very protective towards Aoi especially after she recovers from her coma, going as far as preventing her from leaving the house in #16 and making her promise not to go into LINK VRAINS in #24.
  • Casting a Shadow: The Tindangles are DARK attribute.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Violently interrogates Playmaker, demanding that he explain Aoi/Blue Angel's comatose state and confess that he was responsible for the deed.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He and Aoi lost their parents in a car accident, and had their inheritance stolen, forcing him to hack for money.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: While the Tindangle mosters are eldritch appearing demons, at the time of his duel, Akira is the Hero Antagonist against Playmaker's Vigilante Man.
  • Digital Avatar: Averted; he sports the same appearance both in and out of LINK VRAINS.
  • Disappeared Dad: His biological father, alongside Aoi's biological mother, died in an accident during the Lost Incident.
  • Easily Forgiven: Even after a hostile interrogation, Playmaker doesn't resent Akira, likely because Playmaker's hatred towards the Knights of Hanoi outweighs any possible hatred towards him.
  • Expy: Of Reiji, as another cool-headed young man holding a very high ranking position in a company specializing in card-game related tech that has a hidden purpose. Both Reiji and Zaizen often send others to Duel for them while they analyze the situation from video surveillance. Time will tell if Zaizen takes after Reiji in other ways, though both are introduced to the audience as morally ambiguous characters with mysterious motives.
  • First-Name Basis: Emma is the only named character to address Akira by his given name at all times.
  • For Happiness: All he wanted was for Aoi to live a happy life; he endured many hardships to survive since their respective biological parents died so that she wouldn't have to go through similar struggles.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: After a failed attempt to bring Akira out of the thorny prison, he convinces Playmaker to steel his conviction, and to move forward in spite of the sacrifices made in an attempt to stop Hanoi's ambitions.
  • Gratuitous English: Addresses Go as "Mr. Onizuka".
  • He Knows Too Much: After Playmaker and Revolver's Master Duel, the higher-ups of SOL Technologies demote Akira to Chief and promote his former boss, Kitamura, to Security Chief, out of fear that he would get too curious about the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project.
  • Hell Hound: His animal motif, and his ace monster, Tindangle Hound. In general his deck is based upon The Hounds of Tindalos.
  • Hero Antagonist: While initially more of a straight-up Punch-Clock Villain, he evolves into this, seeking the truth about ten years ago and SOL, while offering to bring it to light responsibly, in contrast to Playmaker's desire for revenge.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After Kusanagi fails to bring Akira out of the thorny prison he is trapped in, Akira convinces Playmaker to steel his conviction and move forward regardless of the sacrifices made to hinder Hanoi's ambitions. Akira then touches the thorns and infects himself with the virus, and presumably gets absorbed into the Tower of Hanoi like Blue Angel did. Kusanagi does not respond to Akira's sacrifice well at all.
  • Improbable Age: He is 26 and he used to basically have Godwin's job from 5D's.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He makes an effort to reach out to Playmaker and get him to let go of his Revenge. Unfortunately, due to not understanding how painful and fundamentally different Yusaku's history is, he hits the later's Relative Button and is called out for thinking he understands him.
  • Justified Criminal: He was forced into hacking at 16 to provide for Aoi, due to asshole relatives stealing his and her inheritance.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Declines to disclose to Playmaker the name of the Hanoi Project's mastermind, but things fall apart for him after Playmaker defeats him and acquires the data from the data bank.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Is not above using pragmatic methods (such as attempting to interrogate Playmaker through Cold-Blooded Torture until The Reveal from Revolver) and making sure any hostilities are as good as dead for Aoi's sake.
  • Manly Tears: Gets very emotional after Aoi wakes up from her coma.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He is horrified when Revolver admits that Hanoi is responsible for Aoi's condition, not Playmaker.
  • Not So Different: He attempts to invoke it when he duels Playmaker. It fails.
  • Not So Stoic: Normally putting on a stoic front, he loses his cool when he is unable to forcibly terminate the Duel between Playmaker and Blue Angel.
  • Only in It for the Money: As a hacker, he was willing to undergo shady jobs while risking his life at the same time, so that he could acquire money to ensure his and Aoi's survival.
  • Our Demons Are Different: The Tindangles are Fiend-Type monsters that utilize flip effects.
  • Parental Neglect: Since their parents died, he's been Aoi's guardian, and while his job lets her live comfortably, he has no time to spend with her, so he doesn't notice her emotional problems, him being the major cause of them. Even after the issue with Playmaker is resolved, he STILL doesn't get it, deciding to protect her by locking her in the house and not letting her go to school. As of recent episodes Akira finally averts this trope as he goes home more frequently and allows Aoi to attend school again, but by that point Aoi has different issues.
  • Promotion to Parent: After their parents died, Akira took care of Aoi, gaining his job in order to support a stable life for her.
  • Rags to Riches: After enduring many hardships, he eventually worked up to the prominent and well-paying job at SOL to provide for Aoi.
  • Riches to Rags: He and Aoi had their inheritance stolen after their parents died.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: After the incident with his sister and Hanoi, Akira gets demoted to Chief, watching over data banks that he can't access. Justified as the higher ups are afraid that Akira might get too curious and conduct his own investigation, which he promptly does.
  • Rule of Three:
    • His Tindangle Delaunay trap requires that he have at least three Tindangle Monsters with different names in his Graveyard as a prerequisite to activate.
    • His Euler's Circuit Field Spell prevents his opponent from attacking as long as he controls at least three Tindangle Monsters.
  • Say My Name: Cries out for Aoi after she is defeated by Spectre.
  • Sinister Geometry: The Tindangles are shown with a lot of angles, the name being a combination of Tindalos + Angle.
  • So Proud of You: Praises Aoi for saving the Anothers, to her delight.
  • Technicolor Eyes: He has cold pink eyes.
  • Workaholic: Is dedicated to protecting Den City from hackers. Although the truth is that he worked hard to give Aoi a good and stable life, not realizing that she also needed brotherly love and support, which is sadly Truth in Television in Japan. This bites him hard when Aoi disobeys his order to stop Speed Dueling and challenges Playmaker to gain her brother's approval, resulting in her being mind-controlled by Hanoi.
  • You Are Too Late: By the time he logs into LINK VRAINS and rushes to a defeated Blue Angel, she already has a computer virus planted in her.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is teal and blue.

    Bishop, Knight, and Rook 

Bishop, Knight, and Rook

Bishop voiced by: IKKAN (Japanese)

Knight voiced by: Masaaki Yano (Japanese), Sam Black (English)

Rook voiced by: Koichi Makishima (Japanese)

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Left to right: Rook, Bishop, Knight

Three higher-ups of SOL Technologies.
  • Chess Motifs: They communicate with holograms of literal white bishop, knight, and rook pieces.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Rook shows concern over the possibility of civilians getting hurt by the Data Storm.
  • Super Gullible: Bishop quickly buys Kitamura's claim that his AI Duelist Squad effortlessly decimated the three Lieutenants of Hanoi.

    Kitamura 

Kitamura

Voiced by: Masayuki Kato (Japanese)

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Akira's former boss, and the new Security Chief of SOL Technologies, replacing Akira after Playmaker's Duel against Revolver.
  • All According to Plan: Subverted. For unknown reasons, he had plans to use the contents of SOL Technologies' data bank against the higher-ups and earn himself a promotion... only for things to fall apart for him after Playmaker acquires the data.
  • Asshole Victim: He's turned to data after being defeated by Spectre, after he tries to abandon SOL and join Hanoi.
  • Badass Boast: Subverted. He claims that his AI Duelists excel at the Death of a Thousand Cuts play style, only for one of his AI Duelists to be terminated at the hands of Blue Angel, whose deck also utilises said play style.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Comically freaks out when he is informed that Akira and Ghost Girl, too, have infiltrated the data bank.
  • Blatant Lies: Bishop buys his claim that his AI Duelist Squad wiped out the three Lieutenants of Hanoi.
  • Butt-Monkey: Constantly claims that his chances of earning a promotion go out the window when things don't go as he'd hoped.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Mean Boss as he may be, he bombastically loses it when things don't go as planned for him.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
    • To Roget. They have similar occupations, yet Kitamura is (intentionally) written to be funny and is a far cry from Roget's extremes when it comes to Ambition Is Evil. However, unlike Roget who was a Smug Snake and tried to strike out on his own, Kitamura is a straightup Slimeball that attempts to throw in his lot with the villains.
    • Also invoked In-Universe, as part of the reason he was promoted to Akira's position was because of the perceived personality differences between the two on part of the higher-ups who hoped to prevent the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project from being investigated.
  • Dirty Coward: After SOL Technologies loses control to Hanoi, he immediately tries to throw in his lot with them.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Threatening to cut his workers' salaries by 50% for lagging behind on the development of an AI duelist army paints him as a Mean Boss.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He was completely caught off guard by the very idea of SOL Technologies organizing (what later turned out be mass) kidnappings. This holds true for some part, given that Dr. Kogami used to be a researcher for SOL Technologies.
  • Gonk: Has a large nose and slanted eyes, and while not unrealistically gonky, he looks like a bit of a parody of Asian features.
  • Human Sacrifice: After failing to defeat Spectre, he like many others is turned into data and absorbed into the Tower of Hanoi, with the intent of power the Tower so the Knights of Hanoi can destroy VRAINS.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Begs not to be turned into data as he disintegrates and gets absorbed by the Tower of Hanoi.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Is clueless about the events that unfolded during the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project.
  • Mean Boss: Calls out on his workers for lagging behind on the development of an AI duelist army, and threatens to cut their salaries by 50% should they continue stagnating.
  • Multicolored Hair: Two shades of purple.
  • Oh, Crap!: Rather justifiably freaks out when he realizes that Playmaker has gotten very far in the SOL Technologies main computer before he was detected, but calms down and realizes he can test his Prototype AI's.
  • Only One Name: His given name is unknown.
  • The Quisling: After losing control over LINK VRAINS, Kitamura turns himself in to the Knights of Hanoi and offers to join their ranks to save his own skin.
  • Saying Too Much: Kitamura rants in his office over the fact that Playmaker acquired the data from SOL Technologies' data bank, and hopes that no one will find out, let alone question him, about it. Unbeknownst to him, two of his subordinates overhear him from outside.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: His AI Duelist Squad initially has the upper hand against Hanoi's mooks... only to shortly after be effortlessly decimated by Faust and Baira. Netizens hit him hard with hate comments for his incompetence.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Two shades of purple.

     SOL Technologies AIs 

SOL Technologies AIs

Voiced by: Manabu Sakamaki

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A series of AI Duelists created by Kitamaru and his team to combat the threat posed by the Knights of Hanoi. They use Tentaclusters, a series of DARK Machine-types based on prehistoric sea creatures and have the option of a mill strategy or a burn strategy.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The AI Duelist Squad initially has an advantage over Hanoi's mook army, defeating 30% of their members... only to be quickly overwhelmed by Faust and Baira shortly after.
  • Dark Is Evil: Downplayed; the Tentaclusters are creepy DARK monsters, but the AIs only follow their program.
  • The Dividual: They are this, even more so than the Tower Keepers.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Prototype Ai-A's hand destruction combo doesn't stop Playmaker, who utilizes card effects that activate in the Graveyard to make a comeback and deliver an OTK to his opponent.
    • Prototype AI-B specializes in heavy effect damage, Blue Angel's specialty. When the AI was unable to finish off Blue Angel with a high damage combo, it leaves itself wide open to her direct attacks.
  • Machine Monotone: They speak like this due to being AI controlled by a databank of SOL Tech.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: The Tentacluster are based on prehistoric sea creatures.
  • Million Mook March: The AI Duelist Squad appears in LINK VRAINS to confront Hanoi's mooks.

Bounty Hunters

A group of individuals hired by SOL Technologies to target Playmaker, who has a bounty on his head worth ₽500,000 since the opening of NEW LINK VRAINS, and acquire his Ignis.


    Go Onizuka/GO 鬼塚 (Gore) 

Go Onizuka/GO 鬼塚 (Gore)

Voiced by: Daiki Hamano (Japanese), Daniel J. Edwards (English)

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A Duelist who uses the Gouki Archetype in a Beatdown deck that punishes defensive players. His Ace Monster is Gouki the Great Ogre, a card that reduces the attack points of all monsters on the field by their defense points, crippling his opponent's monsters while leaving him safe as Gouki Monsters all have Zero Defense Points. His Skill, Fighting Spirit, allows him to bring back all Gouki Monsters destroyed last turn back onto the field once per duel. In LINK VRAINS, he is known as GO 鬼塚.
  • Attention Whore: His first spoken line in the series is to complain about Playmaker supposedly taking his spotlight, hinting that he has a big ego despite his friendly demeanor. This is also a Deconstruction at the same time - Go grew up in an orphanage and as thanks, decided to become a Charisma Duelist so he could earn money, repay their kindness, and make children happy.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • His Skill, Fighting Spirit, Special Summons all Gouki Monsters destroyed by battle in the same turn.
    • He is returned to normal after Playmaker defeats Revolver and the Tower of Hanoi is stopped.
  • Barbarian Longhair: As Dark Onizuka, he sports long and messy dark teal hair, as befitting of his role as a heel.
  • Blatant Lies: Discussed in regards to his claim that he knows of Playmaker's true identity, with Ai deducing that GO only made said claim to goad Genome into Dueling him.
  • Blown Across the Room: Gets blown out of the room he was testing Speed Dueling on by a Data Storm.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": The G on his belt.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns seventeen episodes after his Duel against Playmaker.
  • Childhood Friends: Despite their differences in personality, he and Makoto were on good terms since their childhood.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: He's very muscular compared to the Acrofatic Tetsuo and the rotund (though also still muscular) Gentle Giant Gongenzaka. In comparison to Gongenzaka's defense-based deck, Onizuka's deck is definitively attack-oriented, and actually punishes monsters with high DEF via the effect of Gouki the Great Ogre; Onizuka's own monsters either have 0 DEF or are Link Monsters, so they get around this.
  • Cool Big Bro: Acts as one to the orphaned kids.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He used to be an orphan with money issues and Playmaker stealing his fame by accident is Serious Business for him.
  • A Darker Me: Invoked in his Duel against Genome. GO equips Gouki the Dark Mask onto Gouki Thunder Ogre, turning it into Dark Thunder Ogre, and follows up by changing his wrestling persona into Dark Onizuka.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Go qualifies as a Deconstruction of Sawatari in regards to being Attention Whores. While Sawatari's desire of being in the spotlight is because of his ego and wealthy upbringing, Go's case involves around earning enough money for those who raised him in an orphanage as a way of showing his gratitude to them.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Twice; Dark Onizuka has Dark Thunder Ogre destroy Rising Scorpio with a hammer throw, depleting his own LP so that Dark Thunder Ogre can increase its ATK to surpass that of Genome's Helixx Marmotroll.
  • Digital Avatar: Averted; he sports the same appearance both online and offline.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His Gouki monsters are EARTH Warrior-Type Monsters.
  • Expy: He's basically a hunky Girag with Jack's Dueling playstyle. He also loves children and orphans, just like Kaiba. He's also an entertainer, and he purposely tries to bring joy to his opponents as well as his audience, which is a pretty direct reference to Yuya's Entertainment Duelist philosophy.
  • Dub Name Change: Is known as "Gore" in the English dub.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Invoked in his Duel against Genome. The moment he plays Gouki Dark Mask, GO discards his entertainment style and takes a more brutal Dueling style, changing his wrestling persona into Dark Onizuka.
    • Literally does this in season 2 for reasons unknown by becoming one of the Bounty Hunters.
  • Fake Muscles: Has a golden fake six-pack, but judging from the rest of his body, he doesn't need it.
  • For Happiness: Vows to protect LINK VRAINS so the orphanage children can continue to smile.
  • Friend to All Children: Don't let his looks and Attention Whore attitude fool you, as he's really nice towards children and doing his Charisma Dueling job to give them a better life.
  • Full-Body Disguise: Disguises himself as other avatars to goad others into duels — first as a Knight of Hanoi to duel Playmaker, then as Playmaker to duel Dr. Genome. He is also seen with other disguises when hunting the Knights of Hanoi.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite his stature and build, he has a friendly and kind-hearted demeanor outside of LINK VRAINS.
  • Go Out with a Smile: As he disintegrates and gets absorbed by the Tower of Hanoi, all GO can do is deliver one last smile and leave Playmaker to deal with Revolver.
  • Graceful Loser: Laughs as he acknowledges his defeat at Playmaker's hands.
  • Heel–Face Turn: A literal example, invoked towards the end of his Duel with Genome. Described as evolving into a new GO Onizuka, Dark Onizuka discards his mask, then follows up by activating Gouki Face Turn to destroy Gouki Dark Mask and turn Dark Thunder Ogre back into Thunder Ogre.
  • Human Sacrifice: Disintegrates and gets absorbed by the Tower of Hanoi after he is defeated by Revolver. He gets better.
  • Humble Hero: As a result of his orphaned upbringing.
  • It's All About Me: Boasts that he is the King of LINK VRAINS, and is not happy with the fact that Playmaker has become widely discussed after protecting LINK VRAINS from a Knight of Hanoi. To be fair, he's more concerned with repaying his debt to the orphanage than his reputation and ego as a Charisma Duelist.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames himself for being unable to stop Makoto from becoming an Another victim.
  • Manly Tears: Subverted, but he is moved regardless when the orphanage children continue to acknowledge him as the champion of LINK VRAINS even after losing to Playmaker.
  • Mr. Fanservice: His usual outfit shows of his entire body and he is shirtless.
  • Near Villain Victory: Exploited. He lets his opponents get the upper hand so that he can stage a comeback, which forms the basis of his entertaining Dueling style.
  • Nice Guy: The closest thing the series would get to a genuinely friendly character.
  • No-Sell: His Gouki the Giant Ogre is unaffected by the card effects of Monsters boasting ATK equal to or lower than it does.
  • Online Alias: GO 鬼塚.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Dark Onizuka blows up, provoked after Playmaker appeared during Dark Onizuka and Dr. Genome's Duel to claim that he'll scoff at Dark Onizuka when he loses. However, this was intended to get Dark Onizuka all the more motivated to defeat Genome.
  • Rated M for Manly: Boasts a well-built figure, and runs a Gouki deck.
  • Real Name as an Alias: His online handle is based on his real name, and is written in a way that it's homonymous.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Disguised as Playmaker, GO dismissively calls the Knights of Hanoi who confronted him garbage unworthy of Dueling.
  • Revenge: Vows to get back at Dr. Genome for turning Makoto into an Another victim.
  • The Rival: The Friendly Rivalry type, towards Playmaker.
  • Super Spit: Dark Onizuka literally spits poison mist on Genome's face after activating Gouki Poison Mist, which is modeled after the "Asian mist" maneuver in pro wrestling. Genome calls out on him for cheating.
  • World's Strongest Man: Has a reputation for being the strongest Duelist in LINK VRAINS. Even after losing to Playmaker, the orphanage children continue to look up to him as the champion.
  • Yokai: The Gouki Extra Deck Monsters are based on ogres, and all of them have "ogre" in their names.
  • You Are Too Late: Arrives too late to stop Dr. Genome from turning Makoto into an Another victim.

    Blood Shepherd 

Blood Shepherd

Voiced by: Takanori Okuda (Japanese)

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A ruthless bounty hunter hired by SOL Technologies.
  • Cool Plane: ED3 showcases several 'Battle Drones' alongside him (which also appear in OP2).
  • The Dreaded: According to Akira, Blood Shepherd has a reputation for being a ruthless bounty hunter who mercilessly hunts his prey.
  • Nice Hat: Dons a light purple hat with numerous pointy edges and green trimmings.
  • Only in It for the Money: Lampshaded by Ghost Girl; Blood Shepherd affirms that monetary rewards are what mark his status as a professional bounty hunter.

Den City

    Naoki Shima/Brave Max 

Naoki Shima/Brave Max

Voiced by: Chiharu Sawashiro (Japanese)

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A classmate of Yusaku's who enjoys Dueling, but lacks the confidence to Duel in LINK VRAINS. In LINK VRAINS, he is known as Brave Max, and uses a Baboon, Defender of the Forest deck.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Brave Max's helmet sports a yellow V in between his eyes, as well as a hot pink B on his chestplate.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Gets a good share of focus in Episode #27, where he becomes determined to protect the netizens of LINK VRAINS from the Knights of Hanoi.
    • Also gets this treatment in Episode #47; the first half of the episode focuses on him aexploring NEW LINK VRAINS and what it has to offer.
  • Distressed Dude: Was kidnapped in the real world and forced into LINK VRAINS by Faust to Duel for Cyberse Wizard's data and potentially lure Playmaker in order to take his Ignis.
  • Gonk: He's rather odd looking, resembling Teppei Tairyobata from Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Brave Max quickly returns Cyberse Wizard to Playmaker, believing himself to be unworthy of carrying on Playmaker's legacy.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: A huge fan of Playmaker, but he dislikes Yusaku for being a Jerkass.
  • Mr. Exposition: Explains to Yusaku about the Another Syndrome, a recent phenomenon where people are forced into Link Vrains and subsequently gone into a coma. Unfortunately for him, Yusaku was already up-to-date with the information, meaning Naoki didn't have to explain it to him but already did for the viewer's convenience.
  • Online Alias: Initially went by Lonely Brave, but changes it to Brave Max shortly after he is congratulated by a few netizens for defeating a Knight of Hanoi.
  • Saying Too Much:
    • Faust overhears Naoki boasting about being Playmaker's supposed chosen one, then punches him in the gut and holds him hostage.
    • Ghost Girl warns Brave Max not to openly admit that he is best friends with Playmaker due to Playmaker being a bounty target in NEW LINK VRAINS.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Episode #27 where he gets A Day in the Limelight, not only does he gain the courage to enter LINK VRAINS, he also defeats a Knight of Hanoi.
  • Troll: Scoffs at Yusaku's decoy deck, describing it as amateurish. The Duel Club president calls Naoki out for it, although Yusaku doesn't disagree with the latter.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dark green, in this case.

    Aoi Zaizen/Blue Angel 

Aoi Zaizen/Blue Angel

Voiced by: Yuki Nakashima (Japanese)

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A classmate of Yusaku's. In LINK VRAINS, she is known as Blue Angel.

As Blue Angel, she uses the Trickstar archetype, focusing on whittling down her opponent's LP bit by bit via card effects. Her Skill allows her to force an opponent to draw cards until they have three cards in their hand once per Duel. Her Ace Monster is Trickstar Holly Angel, a Monster that temporarily gains strength when her opponent takes effect damage.
  • Action Girl: She's a very skilled duelist, being considered one of VRAIN's best.
  • Amazon Brigade: All of her Trickstars are female.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Out of LINK VRAINS her lack of emotion and suspicion of others (if not for good reason) bring up a few possible ailments, among them depression.
  • And I Must Scream: Aoi described her experience as an Another as being crushed down by despair, unable to do anything but scream with all her might.
  • Angelic Beauty: Her Trickstar Monsters, which are Fairy-Types, as well as her VR form, Blue Angel.
  • Animal Motifs: Pretty Butterflies, as shown by her backup avatar being a simple butterfly.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Her blazer is designed to look like her tie has blue wings, and her stage name is "Blue Angel".
  • Back from the Dead: She is returned to normal after Playmaker defeats Revolver and the Tower of Hanoi is stopped.
  • Badass Adorable: A teen idol on VRAINS, she peppers her duels with a variety of cute mannerisms.
  • Big Brother Worship: Has a brother complex, and wants to admit to him that she Duels. Granted Akira is her elder step-brother.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Saves Playmaker by launching his D-Board back to him with an energy lasso after he falls off during his Duel against a Knight of Hanoi.
    • She gets a second one while Yusaku is plunging into the SOL Technologies databank, where she lightens the load for Playmaker and takes on one of the AI duelists.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Her hair reaches down to her lower nape.
  • Breast Expansion: Blue Angel has noticeably bigger breasts than Aoi in real life. She might have deliberately added a bigger buxom to her Blue Angel avatar to play better the Idol persona.
  • Broken Angel: After losing to Spectre, he causes her Blue Angel wings to break.
  • Clothing Damage: After her loss to Spectre, her skirt becomes tattered.
  • Color Character: BLUE Angel.
  • Color Motif: BLUE, fitting Aoi in her real name, Online Alias, and due to being blue, i.e depressed, for a long time.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Unlike Yuzu, who is a pink-haired Tsundere Girly Bruiser, Aoi is a brunette "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl.
  • Convenient Coma: Ends up in one after her duel with Playmaker.
  • The Corruption: Afflicted by this by the appropriately named Dark Angel card that Spectre slips into her deck, making her go berserk.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Light brown hair and eyes.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: It's as short as Kotori's.
  • Dark Action Girl: She became this temporarily after she was brainwashed by Spectre.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: One of the Trickstar's main focuses is dealing small amounts of burn damage under certain conditions.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Aoi is a deconstruction of both Asuka and Rio, as she goes into Charisma Dueling as a means to please her older brother instead of proving herself to be an independent and worthy Duelist like they did, which not only costed her the Duel against Yusaku, but also ends up humiliating her in front of the crowd, severely damaging her reputation as a Charisma Duelist in the process.
  • Escapism: Aoi's Blue Angel persona is revealed to be based upon a Blue Angel in a book her brother always read to her as a child, about a lonely angel that cried blue tears and pretended she didn't hate being alone, but eventually befriended other angels and fought against the forces of evil to find happiness. Her taking on this persona in Vrains is her own attempt to do so.
  • Expy: She's usually seen as a Magical Girl Idol Singer version of Rio, but her ruthlessness, wealthy background, lonely upbringing, and wanting to be acknowledged by a protective older sibling also brings to mind Mai, Sho, and Reira.
  • Face Plant: A dark example, where Blue Angel gets blown away before landing on the ground head-first, courtesy of Spectre. Ouch.
  • Facial Markings: As Blue Angel, Aoi has a clover on her cheek, as part of her idol image.
  • Fake Boobs: This piece of official artwork that has Blue Angel in a school uniform by Noah, one of the show's animators, shows that Blue Angel's chest is around the same size as Aoi's, meaning the top of her Blue Angel has cups designed into it, with the most likely reason for doing so is to make a better appeal for her Idol persona.
  • Feather Motif: White feathers fall and scatter while she is trapped in her mind due to Hanoi.
  • Flower Motif: Her Trickstar monsters are named after various flowers.
  • Genki Girl: As Blue Angel, she puts on a lively disposition.
  • Girlish Pigtails:
    • As Blue Angel, her hair is tied up like this.
    • She also used to tie her hair in this style as a child.
  • Hair Decorations:
    • Her twintails in her VR form are held up by dark blue bows.
    • As a child, she held up her twintails with light blue bows.
  • Hikikomori: Enforced by Akira, who is excessively concerned for her wellbeing to the point that he prevents her from leaving the house after recovering from her coma. She is allowed to go out again after Playmaker and Akira's Duel.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Averted in her Duel against Baira. Blue Angel, aware that she may lose should Baira draw a trap, takes the risky gamble of using her Trickstar Fraud Skill regardless to turn things around in her favour. Fortunately for Blue Angel, Baira doesn't draw a trap.
  • Human Sacrifice: After her loss to Spectre, she is converted into data and absorbed into the Tower of Hanoi. She gets better.
  • It's Personal: Double subverted. Blue Angel initially confronts Baira because she was in a bad mood and wanted to let off some steam. But after Baira suggests that she was responsible for the creation of the Another virus, Blue Angel takes back her words, and vow to take Baira down in a Duel.
  • Lady of War: Her Trickstar Holly Angel is this and Aoi is graceful and elegent is her duels.
  • Light 'em Up: Her Trickstar monsters are LIGHT Fairy-Type Monsters.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: She lives in a well-to-do apartment, essentially alone due to her brother's constant working. But there was a time they lived on the street.
  • Love Freak: Accused of this by Spectre, who mocks her for her Blue Love that she shares for others in her attempt to be Blue Angel.
  • Magic Idol Singer: Blue Angel's appearance is a blend of a Magical Girl and an Idol Singer, composed of blue hair with twintails and angelic wings marked with hearts and purple four-leaf clovers.
  • Meaningful Name: Her online handle, Blue Angel, references the fact that she uses a Trickstar Deck, which is composed of Fairy-Types, called Angel-types in the OCG.
  • Missing Mom: Her biological mother, alongside Akira's biological father, died in an accident during the Lost Incident.
  • Morality Chain: Her brother's sole reason for living, and he admits he would have given into despair without her.
  • Multicolored Hair: As Blue Angel, her blue hair sports light blue highlights.
  • Nice Girl: She may have a hard time trusting most people, but she is still a sweet girl.
  • No-Sell: Her Bella Madonna is unaffected by other card effects while its Link Arrows point to no Monsters.
  • Online Alias: Blue Angel.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After being bestowed Dark Angel by Spectre, the AI on her Duel Disk responds rudely to Ai when he greets it.
  • Reality Ensues: Due to Blue Angel being a popular duelist, her deck is well-known, characters such as Baira and Spectre to know how to counter her typical strategies.
  • Reflectionless Useless Eyes: While under the influence of Dark Angel, her eyes lose all luster, marking her possession.
  • Rule of Three: Blue Angel's Skill, Trickstar Fraud, makes the opponent draw until they have three cards in their hand, which also complements her Death of a Thousand Cuts play style.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: After her defeat by Playmaker and later Spectre, her twin-tails fall out as she falls.
  • Stepford Smiler: She hides her sadness with a cheerful deposition as Blue Angel, prominently shown in #6.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Is basically a younger version of her mother.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: It's hinted that she's just as ruthless as Yusaku beneath her Genki Girl attitude. This is reflected in Holy Angel's counterpart, Trickstar Black Catbat, who uses a staff lined with thorns to attack, but is a LIGHT monster.
  • Third-Person Person: As Blue Angel, Aoi does this as partly of her idol persona, and partly a bit from her Escapism
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Blue Angel initially challenges Baira of the Knights of Hanoi because she happened to be in a bad mood, only to harbor a grudge against Baira after Aoi finds out that she was responsible not only for her condition, but for the Anothers in general.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Basically the latter half of #7 is this for her. First, she learns that her Gradual Grinder strategy allowed Playmaker to use his game breaking skill to get the monster he needed. Then she starts feeling the effect of the "Dark Angel" card which messes with her mind. After that, she realizes that Playmaker is about to One-Hit Kill her and tries to reduce him to 0 LP before he can do so, only to be stopped and forced to use the "Dark Angel" card. This results in her getting Mind Rape from Hanoi's program. Finally, she loses anyway and is put into a coma in the next episode. To top it off, this was all streamed live to both her fans and her brother.
  • Vocal Evolution: During her Duel against Spectre, her voice is somewhat deeper, highlighting her determination to defeat him.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Strongly desires to be acknowledged by her older brother Akira.
  • Whip It Good: Uses an energy lasso to launch Playmaker's D-Board back to him.
  • Wings Do Nothing: Blue Angel sports white angelic wings, but are only there for show.
  • The Worf Effect: Is ruthlessly decimated by Spectre, demonstrating that his status as Revolver's right-hand man isn't just for show.
  • Worf Had the Flu: While Blue Angel gains the upper hand against Playmaker for most of the Duel, the reason why she ends up losing to him is because of Defect Compiler's anti-burn effect. Also her duel with Spectre didn't go her way precisely because Spectre's Stone Wall strategy made her Fragile Speedster Death of a Thousand Cuts tactics ineffectual as she couldn't deal enough damage to get past him.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: As Blue Angel, she sports blue hair with light blue highlights.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Blue Angel's socks reaches up to her thighs, complemented with a large, puffy skirt. Downplayed with Aoi's real life appearance, who wears a Dangerously Short Skirt and socks that don't reach her knees.

    Emma Bessho/Ghost Girl 

Emma Bessho/Ghost Girl

Voiced by: Yuna Kamakura (Japanese)

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A young woman hired by Akira to spy on Playmaker. She is known as Ghost Girl in LINK VRAINS, and plays the Altergeist archetype.
  • Alliterative Name: Her Online Alias, Ghost Girl.
  • Awesome by Analysis: She uses her skill and strategy to lock down Playmaker, using methods to keep Playmaker's LP above 1000 so he can't use Storm Access on her, only failing because he used an effect to lower his LP a second time, using her own Skill to stop the first time.
  • Back from the Dead: She is returned to normal after Playmaker defeats Revolver and the Tower of Hanoi is stopped.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Disguises herself as Blue Angel to lure Playmaker into LINK VRAINS and capture him for interrogation.
  • Biker Babe: Seen riding (and jumping off of) a motorcycle in the OP.
  • Blood Knight: Very interested in Dueling Playmaker, though Akira makes it clear she is to find his identity instead.
  • Bounty Hunter: Defied. Because of Playmaker's actions back during the Tower of Hanoi incident, she vows to repay him someday, and thus refuses to hunt him, a NEW LINK VRAINS fugitive, down.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Ghost Girl's NEW LINK VRAINS avatar has her wear a belt buckle with a yellow "G" on it.
  • Cool Mask: Ghost Girl covers her mouth with a black mask. She ditches it after the opening of NEW LINK VRAINS.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Ghost Girl may be very fascinated by treasure, but she has no intention of hunting down Playmaker, a fugitive in NEW LINK VRAINS, just to reap the monetary reward that comes with his capture.
  • Graceful Loser: Has no hard feelings losing to Playmaker, and hands over the backdoor to SOL Technologies' data bank to him as promised.
  • Heal Thyself: Her Secret Cure Skill has her excavate her deck until she reveals a Monster card (other cards revealed prior are sent to the Graveyard), which is then added to her hand, and she and her opponent both gain LP equal to that Monster's ATK.
  • Hired Guns: She's a mercenary duelist, hacker, and investigator that works for Akira, but also takes jobs for others in SOL Technologies.
  • Human Sacrifice: After losing to Revolver, Ghost Girl is converted into data and absorbed into Hanoi's seed, becoming the base power source for their tool to destroy VRAINS, the Tower of Hanoi. She gets better.
  • I Gave My Word: After she loses to Playmaker, she hands over the backdoor to SOL Technologies' data bank to him as promised.
  • I Owe You My Life: Due to Playmaker's actions back during the Tower of Hanoi incident, Ghost Girl refuses to become a bounty hunter.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Ghost Girl warns Playmaker of Revolver's unknown Trap card as she gets purged from LINK VRAINS entirely.
  • Multicolored Hair: Multiple shades of purple.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her outfit (both in and out of VRAINS) leaves little to the imagination.
  • Online Alias: Ghost Girl.
  • Only in It for the Money: Her only motivation for acquiring Ai for SOL Technologies is to sell him to them for a high price.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Although the actual archetype is made up of spellcasters, the Altergeists are made up of poltergeists from around the world.
  • Pointy Ears: Unlike the rest of the cast, she has slightly pointy ears, both in her civilian form and as Ghost Girl.
  • Proud Beauty: Certainly proud of her looks as she refers to herself as a mysterious beauty.
  • Something About a Rose: She throws a rose at Playmaker's feet to spring a trap on Playmaker.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The official transliteration of her given name gives her two "m"s as opposed to one.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Multiple shades of purple.

Knights of Hanoi

A mysterious hacker group that hacks in LINK VRAINS via Dueling.
    In general 
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  • The Atoner: While most Knights are just delinquents wearing a standard avatar as a banner, the top brass of the organization is composed by guilt-ridden people related to the Ignis' creation trying to undo their own mistakes at any cost.
  • Badass Longcoat: Although the level of badassery depends on the member, all of them wear white longcoats, with the exception of Spectre who wears a suit instead.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Implied. Their interests not only include destroying the LINK VRAINS created by the SOL Technology Inc., but they are also seemingly competing with the SOL Technology Inc. over a mysterious AI Program named Ignis. Given that Yusaku captured Ignis first, he will probably be targeted by both.
  • Convenient Coma: The three lieutenants of Hanoi all end up in these for losing and being purged by Revolver, leaving them comatose.
  • Cool Mask: The majority of its members wear masks.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: The effect of their Cracking Dragon involves reducing the ATK of a Monster Summoned by the opponent equal to their level multiplied by 200 (as long as exactly one Monster is Summoned at a time), and inflicts the lost amount to the opponent as Effect Damage. Needless to say, Link Monsters are unaffected by this Effect since they don't possess levels.
  • Five-Bad Band: The Five Generals of the Knights of Hanoi (composed of Revolver, Spectre, Dr. Genome, Faust, and Baira) correspond in this manner.
    • Revolver is the face of the Knights of Hanoi, serving as the group's leader and the main antagonistic force to Yusaku/Playmaker.
    • Spectre is Revolver's right-hand man, and often performs some of the more menial tasks in Revolver's stead like infecting Blue Angel.
    • Dr. Genome's character revolves around his belief in DNA being the defining quality of an individual, and his ability to analyse and counter it.
    • Faust adopts a more hands-on approach compared to Genome and Baira, such as using brute force to knock out Naoki and hold him hostage in LINK VRAINS to lure Playmaker.
    • Baira is the only known female Knight of Hanoi, who is the most sympathetic compared to the other Generals due to having reservations over what they're doing, and attempts to pull a Heel–Face Turn (after she is defeated by Blue Angel), only to be purged.
    • Dr. Kogami is the true mastermind of Hanoi, and the organisation exists to realise his goals of terminating the Ignis.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Knight of Hanoi who uses a Steelswarm deck loses 3000 LP thanks to Soul Charge's effect just to Special Summon three copies of Steelswarm Mantis from the Graveyard and use them as Tributes to Tribute Summon Steelswarm Hercules. It becomes his undoing after Lonely Brave draws Cyberse Wizard and uses its effect to inflict piercing damage and defeat him.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: The group's mooks utilize the Machine-type Cracking Dragon to attack the digital world.
  • Jerkasses:
    • They have no problem attacking anyone (and subsequently erasing their accounts) in their way of achieving their objective of capturing the Ignis.
    • Taken even farther with the Tower of Hanoi. Their victims are turned into data which is then absorbed into the Tower with the intent of powering it. They are turning people into Human Sacrifice's for the sake of destroying VRAINS. According to Kogami, once the tower is completed, all the data it is composed of will be destroyed along with Link VRAINS, killing all those sacrificed to it. Among the known sacrifices are Ghost Girl, Kitamura, and Blue Angel.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: A mook defeated by Playmaker is erased by Baira before he could reveal the whereabouts of the virus removal program.
  • Man in White: The Knights wear predominately white uniforms, but Light Is Not Good here.
  • Million Mook March: A large ensemble of Hanoi mooks appear to confront SOL's AI Duelist Squad in LINK VRAINS.
  • Mooks: They wear predominantly white robes and a gray mask with yellow linings fitted with a scanner which can be used to analyze objects in their sights, and utilize Cracking Dragon to attack LINK VRAINS. However, unlike the Obelisk Force and Security, individuals are shown to use their own archetypes, such as the Knight of Hanoi that uses a Steelswarm deck against Brave Max.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Revolver clarified that while there are about a thousand members of Hanoi, plenty of them are there just to make a name for themselves.
  • Rule of Three: Hanoi has three lieutenants: Dr. Genome, Faust, and Baira.
  • Sadists: They take pleasure in forcing random LINK VRAINS Duelists into a Duel, and subsequently turning them into Another victims after defeating them.
  • Smug Snake: The mooks serve as this, particularly the one fought in the second episode, being incredibly smug and assured of his victory due to Cracking Dragon.
  • Taking You with Me: A defeated Knight of Hanoi attempts to blow himself up to take out Playmaker, but Ignis defies this by transforming into some sort of monstrosity and consuming him.
  • Theme Naming: Their name comes from the Towers of Hanoi programming problem, fitting in with the setting's tech theme.

    Ryouken Kogami/Revolver (Varis) 

Revolver (Varis)

Voiced by: Shunsuke Takeuchi (Japanese), Daniel J. Edwards (English)

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The enigmatic leader of the Knights of Hanoi. Uses a Dragon Power deck, composed of (primarily) DARK Dragon-Type Monsters, and "rokket" Monsters, an archetype of DARK Dragon-Type Monsters that are mostly themed around firearms and ammunition.
  • Anti-Magic: A variant. His Fire Prison Field Spell functions as an anti-Cyberse card, in which it can negate the effects of all Cyberse-Type Monsters on the field, hand, and Graveyard, prevent them from attacking, and cannot be targeted for attacks (although this doesn't stop either player from attacking directly) or by card effects. At least two Cyberse-Type Link Monsters on the field are a prerequisite to activate this effect. As demonstrated in his Master Duel against Playmaker, this, too, affects Ai, causing him to malfunction and fade away.
  • Anti-Villain: Despite being the Big Bad main antagonist of the series, he is just trying to take care of his father and finish his plan of destroying the Cyberse and Ignis all for the greater good. His father created the Ignis to save humanity from a currently unknown threat only for the Ignis to turn on them and have the ability to lie and cheat. He feels like he has to destroy the Ignis to not make everything worse.
  • Arch-Enemy: Revolver appears to be the first openly villainous rival since Death-T Kaiba.note 
  • The Atoner: After realising that Revolver was the same individual who motivated Yusaku during the Lost Incident with the "three reasons" Survival Mantra, Yusaku tries to enforce this trope on him, attempting to convince him to amend his ways by stopping the Tower of Hanoi and walking a new path. Revolver declines, however, and will stop the Tower of Hanoi only when he's defeated in a Duel.
  • Badass Baritone: A deep-voiced man in charge of the Knights of Hanoi.
  • Badass Boast: Claims that he is capable of taking down the entirety of LINK VRAINS should he have a reason to.
  • Badass Longcoat: Revolver returns to the tradition broken by Reiji.
  • Big Bad: Is the face of the Knights of Hanoi, and the main antagonistic force to Yusaku/Playmaker. Behind the scenes though, Dr. Kogami is the real mastermind, while Revolver is merely his protege.
  • Blatant Lies: In episode #38, when Dr. Kogami (his father) asked him if he found out Playmaker's identity, Revolver denies knowing anything. Cue the flashback of Revolver seeing Yusaku in the footage taken from Baira's apartment and him slasher-smiling at the sight.
  • Blow You Away: He is capable of manipulating Data Storms.
  • But Now I Must Go: After losing to Playmaker in their second Master Duel, Revolver sails away from home to an unspecified location, vowing to fulfill his destiny someday.
  • Char Clone: He is a masked Kaiba Expy who not only is actively working with the villains, but is their leader.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: It's unknown how old Revolver exactly is, but he is much younger than Faust and Baira, who were already adults when he was a child, and he is the leader of the Knights of Hanoi. He recruited Spectre when he himself was still a child. In episode #43, it is revealed that Revolver was eight at the time of the incident. Therefore, in present day, he is 18. He's still quite a bit younger than Baira and Faust.
  • Composite Character: Aside from being a Kaiba Expy he has elements of Bandit Keith due to his gun-based dragon aces, and of Z-One's gang due to his desire to destroy the new type (Cyberse in place of Synchro).
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Subverted with him and Reiji. Both are actually well-intentioned extremists but their goals are polar opposite. Reiji's motivation is to stop his fathers plan while Revolver's plan is to finish what his father started.
  • Cool Mask: He wears a mask that looks like a visor of sorts.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Allowed himself to take damage from both of Ghost Girl's Altergeist Monsters so he can fulfill the activation prerequisite for Storm Access. Ghost Girl attempts to defy this trope with her Secret Cure Skill, but unfortunately for her, she excavates the 0 ATK Altergeist Kunquery, and thus neither player gain LP.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's the last major enemy faced in the first season of VRAINS.
  • Dub Name Change: Is known as "Varis" in the English dub.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Shown caring for his hospitalized father. He is on the receiving end as well; Faust and Baira, his two associates, clearly care for his well-being and see him as a younger sibling. Baira is even concerned that he will have to take on the burden of becoming the worst cyber terrorist in history should their plan succeed.
  • Evil Albino: His appearance in real life. He's not actually that evil though; he acts mainly to fulfill his father's wishes.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Physically to Yusaku and his Playmaker alter ego. Revolver even wears white clothing in stark contrast to the latter's black.
    • His ace monsters, Topologic Bomber Dragon and Borreload Dragon, are this to Firewall Dragon. While the latter is fueled by the Power of Friendship, with one effect that needs it to be linked to by another link monster and the other that replaces anything linked to it that gets destroyed, Topologic has an effect that effectively keeps it alone on your side of the field and Borreload can take control of the opponent's monster at the start of the Damage Step.
  • Expy:
    • Of Seto Kaiba, following the series tradition. He's the opposite of the main character, has dragon-like ace monsters with 3000 ATK and an opposite attribute, and is introduced as a villain. He also sports a white longcoat and becomes obsessed with facing the main character after his first loss against him.
    • His Topologic Bomber Dragon is one to Red Dragon Archfiend while Borreload Dragon is a combination of Barrel Dragon and Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon. Both are also this to Blue-Eyes White Dragon.
  • The Faceless: The top half of his real world identity's face is obscured. Until Episode #42, where a young Revolver's face is fully unveiled and in episode #43, where his face in present-day is completely revealed.
  • Graceful Loser: Downplayed. While Revolver calmly accepts his defeat to Playmaker in their second Master Duel and agrees to stop the Tower of Hanoi, he warns Playmaker that the Ignis remain a threat to humanity, and vows to fulfill his destiny someday.
  • Hero Killer:
    • He defeats Ghost Girl in a duel, where she becomes part of the foundation of the Tower of Hanoi. He also later goes on to defeat GO.
    • Subverted in his second Speed Duel against Playmaker in that he forces a DRAW, and appears as if both of them will be sacrificed to the Tower of Hanoi, but are forced out of LINK VRAINS instead because of a Data Storm shockwave.
  • Human Sacrifice: Subverted. While Revolver forced a DRAW in his second Speed Duel against Playmaker, neither of them are absorbed by the Tower of Hanoi, and are forced out of LINK VRAINS due to a Data Storm shockwave.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: Doesn't care that the Topologic Bomber Dragon he acquired is a Cyberse-Type, and gloats that it's fun to fight poison with poison.
  • Hypocrite: Despite his opinion on LINK VRAINS allowing people to lie to each other, Revolver also uses an alias and has an avatar that makes it hard to really get behind what he is trying to accomplish.
  • I Gave My Word:
    • He keeps his promise and gives Playmaker the removal program for the virus in Aoi's brain after losing to Playmaker.
    • After losing to Playmaker in their second Master Duel, Revolver remains true to his word, and stops the Tower of Hanoi, releasing everyone absorbed in the process.
  • I Have Your Wife: Holds Aoi hostage through a virus to force Akira into compliance and to a lesser extent, questioning Playmaker's sense of justice.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Uses a Rokket deck which is composed of DARK Dragon-type monsters. He also has his Cyberse-type Topologic Bomber Dragon.
  • Ironic Name: Revolver's real first name, Ryoken, can translate to "forgiveness/tolerance". He definitely can't tolerate AI and he doesn't seem to be very forgiving.
  • Irony: The Knights of Hanoi are out to destroy the AI World that is Cyberse, yet Revolver possesses Topologic cards, an archetype composed of Cyberse-Type Monsters. He claims it is because it is fun to fight poison with poison.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • Blames his obsession with uncovering Playmaker's real world identity for the downfall of the Three Lieutenants of Hanoi.
    • He also blames himself for getting his father imprisoned because he had reported the Lost Incident.
  • Just Following Orders: Dismisses the idea of fighting for others or for oneself, and acts only in accordance with Kogami's wishes.
  • Light Is Not Good: In contrast to Yusaku's Dark Is Not Evil attire, Revolver's outfit is primarily white.
  • The Magic Poker Equation: It is revealed during his first Duel against Playmaker that he, too, can utilize Storm Access.
  • Meaningful Name: Revolver may either refer to "revolt" or the six-rounded handgun. He also uses the Rokket archetype, a series of DARK Dragon-Type monsters that incorporate either bullet or gun elements in their designs.
  • More Dakka: He runs a Rokket deck, an archetype of DARK Dragon-Type Monsters mostly themed around firearms and ammunition.
  • Multicolored Hair: Two shades of red. His real world self has white hair with blue highlights.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Exposed the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project to the public... which he deeply regrets as his father gets imprisoned by SOL for three years in an attempt to cover up the incident.
  • My Greatest Failure: He deeply regrets reporting the Lost Incident because it led his father to being imprisoned for three years by SOL Technologies.
  • The Narrator: Instead of Kusanagi, Revolver does the narrating for Episode 38's preview.
  • New Media Are Evil: He holds this opinion, not liking how VRAINS basically lets people lie to each other, seeing it all as a falsehood before life and breath.
  • No-Sell: His Extra Linked Topologic Gumblar Dragon prevents his Link Monsters from being destroyed by card effects.
  • Not So Different: Playmaker attempts to invoke this on Revolver, stating that while they have both endured dark times, Revolver was able to help Playmaker out of it, and thus Playmaker vows to return the favour. Revolver, however, dismissively scoffs at the idea of befriending Playmaker (and Ai), claiming that he is only begging for his life.
  • Not So Stoic: When Ai eats his arm he looks visibly disturbed.
  • Online Alias: Revolver (or Varis, in the English dub).
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Interrupts Akira's interrogation of Playmaker, threatening to destroy the entirety of LINK VRAINS if Akira doesn't comply with Revolver's request to Duel Playmaker.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: In real life, he wears a pink v-neck shirt.
  • The Reveal: In his Duel against GO, Revolver uses a certain Trap Card which he also used against Ghost Girl to destroy all of her Monsters. It's Mirror Force.
  • The Rival: As opposed to Go's Friendly Rival, Revolver is actually Yusaku's main (and downright bitter) rival.
  • Saying Too Much: Had Revolver not mentioned Stardust Road, Yusaku wouldn't have been able to track down his whereabouts in the real world.
  • Signature Move: Two words: MIRROR FORCE. He even has cards that specifically synergize with it, with deadly results. Later however, he discards it in favor of an even more powerful strategy: Extra Linking.
  • Slasher Smile: Breaks into one after he discovers Playmaker's identity from camera footage.
  • The Stoic: Has an overall calm and collected disposition.
  • Taking You with Me: Invoked twice in his Speed Duels against Playmaker.
    • In the first, Revolver Summons Capacitor Stalker to the Main Monster Zone pointed to by Topologic Bomber Dragon's upper Link Arrow so the latter can destroy all cards in both players' Main Monster Zones, and take advantage of the former's effect to force a tie between him and Playmaker.
    • In the second (which also doubles as a justified case), after Revolver notices that Kogami's heart has stopped beating due to his sacrifice, he quickly finishes off the Duel between him and Playmaker by using the Effect of Drop Draco, in combination with his newly acquired Topologic Gumblar Dragon's Effect, to deplete his own and Playmaker's LP to 0.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Subverted in his second Speed Duel against Playmaker. As Revolver activates Storm Access, he, like Playmaker, also gets his hand severed trying to acquire a card from the Data Storm. However, with help from Kogami, who offers the last of his strength to Revolver and regenerates his hand, Revolver is able to enter the Data Storm without issue.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Has sharp-looking eyes in the real world, highlighting his stoic and no-nonsense nature.
  • The Unfettered: Revolver refuses to stop the Tower of Hanoi, and will do whatever it takes to ensure that his father's mission of terminating the Ignis is fulfilled, even if it means decimating the entirety of humanity.
  • Villains Never Lie: Has no problem admitting to Akira that his faction is responsible for Aoi's comatose state, as the whole thing was a hostage situation.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: His Fire Prison can't be destroyed by other card effects, but it destroys itself when the Cyberse monsters it traps leave the battlefield. Considering it doesn't prevent them from being tributed and also gives the opponent every reason to (since their monster zones still count as occupied), it's quite a flaw.
  • Weather Manipulation: While in LINK VRAINS he can control the Data Storm, and appears in a flash of lightning.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is very caring and loyal towards his father and his goal of destroying LINK VRAINS and the Ignis in order to ensure the safety of the greater good for humanity.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He is literally aiming to destroy a world (the Cyberse), not to mention the sheer collateral damage that would be done to the real world as well. However the woobie part is present because in the past, when he was trying to save the six children that were kidnapped for the Hanoi Project/Lost Incident, he succeeded at a horrible cost of starting a chain of events which led to his father getting bedridden due to SOL's manipulations. He barely enables him to return at least as an avatar in the LINK VRAINS. For a whole decade, Ryoken has dedicated his life to his father's well-being as a form of repentance, to the point that the idea of fighting for his own sake sounds nigh-alien to him.
  • Worthy Opponent: He expresses his desire to rematch Playmaker and defeat him after losing his first Duel against him. He admits to his father that he wants to track Playmaker down even though it could jeopardize their plans.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Two shades of red. His real-life self has very conspicuous white hair.
  • You Have Failed Me: He purges the three lieutenants when they lose, made worse in the case of Baira and Faust where they were like a big brother and sister to them, and yet he took them out. He felt remorse, but still.

    Spectre 

Spectre

Voiced by: Daiki Kajimoto (Japanese)

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The right-hand man of Revolver. Uses the Sunvine/Sunavalon archetype, a group of Dyrad-based monsters supported by the Sunseed archetype.
  • Achilles' Heel: Exploited by Playmaker, who uses Excode Talker to seal the Main Monster Zones pointed to by Spectre's Sunavalon Daphne so he can't take advantage of those unoccupied Zones. Spectre, however, gets out of it by revealing an imprisoned Akira in front of Playmaker.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: As a child, he had little interest in interacting with other children at his orphanage, and his closest attachment was to a tree. He considers his meeting with Revolver to be the point where his life first gained purpose, and acknowledges that Playmaker probably thinks he's weird for this. As a result of the Hanoi Project, Spectre becomes a sadistic excuse of a human being to the point of torturing Blue Angel in the cruelest way possible.
  • Blatant Lies: Zigzagged. When he and Blue Angel first meet, he calls himself a great fan of hers, a claim that Blue Angel doesn't buy and calls him out on it. During their second encounter, it turns out that he wasn't entirely lying, as he does like the Blue Angel book that she based her own online persona upon.
  • Break Them by Talking:
    • Engages in a lecture in his duel with Aoi, bring up her Escapism with the Blue Angel persona and the book it was based on, as well as her loneliness and misery when her parents died. She returns in kind by pointing out that if the book resonated with him he must have a similar past, which he admits.
    • Also looks down on Playmaker as weak-willed for being unable to sacrifice uninvolved parties in spite of his vengeful spirit. Playmaker doesn't receive it well at all.
  • Companion Cube: Since infancy, he grew attached to and was mothered by a certain tree, which was his only source of psychological comfort, and didn't take it well when the tree was gone by the time the Lost Incident concluded. This carries on through his duels towards his Sunavalon Link monsters.
  • Composite Character: Spectre resembles Edo in appearance, but his behavior and deck bring Yuri to mind. His deck's play style is similar to Aki's relying on control tactics.
  • Cool Mask: Averted; Spectre is one of the few members of the Knights of Hanoi that doesn't wear one.
  • The Corrupter: He places the Dark Angel card in Blue Angel's deck so she'll be darkened.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Effortlessly defeats Kitamura in a Duel, and has him disintegrate and get absorbed by the Tower of Hanoi.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A Mysterious Past that Aoi realizes must be similar to her own, and he owns up to it but doesn't elaborate.
  • Dirty Coward: Disadvantaged thanks to Playmaker's Excode Talker sealing the two Main Monster Zones pointed to by Sunavalon Daphne, Spectre, as a last resort, reveals an imprisoned Akira in front of Playmaker, who gloats that as he takes damage, Akira further risks being infected by the thorny prison's computer virus. Unwilling to put Akira in danger, Playmaker ends his turn after bringing out Excode Talker.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: The Sunavalon Monsters are all of the EARTH Attribute.
  • The Dragon: Is Revolver's right hand man, and will often carry out some of the more menial tasks in Revolver's stead, such as infecting Blue Angel.
  • Evil Counterpart: He is revealed to be one for Yusaku as they were both apart of the Lost Incident and were affected by it, however while Yusaku is haunted by his experiences and felt like time has stopped for him Spectre enjoyed the experience and felt like time moved forward for him. Yusaku is also hinted to have had a happy childhood before the Lost Incident while Spectre spent most of his time alone. Furthermore, Yusaku hates the Knights of Hanoi for what they did while Spectre joined them and pledged his loyalty to Revolver.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He finds Kitamura to be disgusting and turns him to data rather than let him join Hanoi.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: An... interesting variation; despite not knowing, nor caring for his biological mother, Spectre regarded the tree which took care of him with the utmost adoration. In duels, seeing his Sunavalon monsters (which represent said tree) destroyed/chopped down (which happened to the real tree) sends him into a fit of rage. Seeing them burn to cinders is even worse.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Bombastically breaks out an Evil Laugh as he stands in front of a defeated Blue Angel.
  • Evil Laugh: Lets one out after he defeats Blue Angel, highlighting his ruthlessness and sadism.
  • Expy: His overall role is similar to that of Yuri and Vector; particularly Yuri, given that they both use Plant decks.
  • Faux Affably Evil: A ruthless and sadistic Knight of Hanoi who communicates with formal and polite linguistics, he takes pleasure in breaking Blue Angel mentally, from tearing and incinerating the "Blue Angel" picture book in front of her, to parting with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech as he defeats her. It doesn't get any better when he briefly drops the formal linguistics and adopts a condescending tone after Playmaker destroys his Sunavalon Dryatrentiay.
  • Friendless Background: Because he had no family, he was unable to mingle with others and often spent time by his lonesome since his childhood days.
  • Green Thumb: Uses a Sunavalon deck, which is composed of Plant-Type Monsters.
  • Hate Sink: The atrocities he committed in the name of Hanoi's cause, lack of remorse for his actions, and shameless gloating makes you want to punch him in the face.
  • Heal Thyself: Some of his Monsters' card effects involve regaining LP equal to the amount of Battle Damage he takes from his opponents' Monsters.
  • Laughing Mad: All Spectre can do after he loses to Playmaker is laugh and walk away while apologising to Revolver for being incompetent... and watch in devastation as his Dryatrentiay dissipates in cinders and buries him in burning debris.
  • Light Is Not Good: Unlike Yuri's horrific looking plants, Spectre's Sunavalon are pretty and revered as holy. Despite this he is a brutal maniac and Psycho Supporter of Hanoi.
  • Nightmare Face: He makes several disturbing faces while mocking Kitamura and Blue Angel, highlighting his sadism.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Spectre went through the same event that lead to Yusaku's trauma and enjoyed every moment of it.
  • Not So Different: Blue Angel attempts to invoke this against him, stating that he must have had a Dark and Troubled Past as well if the Blue Angel picture book resonated with him.
  • Not So Similar: Like Yusaku, Spectre was one of the six children kidnapped during the Lost Incident. Unlike Yusaku, however, Spectre enjoyed every moment of his time in captivity, and felt as if time moved forward for him; his only concern being that he couldn't be with a certain tree who mothered him since infancy.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: You know something's wrong when Spectre completely loses his shit, addresses Playmaker condescendingly, and curses him for destroying Sunavalon Dryatrentiay.
  • Parental Abandonment: As an infant, he was left behind in a tree located behind an orphanage by his biological parents.
  • Plant Person: The Sunavalon archetype is based upon dyrads, some being a face on a tree, but others being humanoid plants.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Spectre is a Knight of Hanoi who revered a certain tree that cared for him since infancy as sacred and motherly; this trait carries on through his Sunavalon Link Monsters. He also has no problem sadistically torturing and toying with Blue Angel during his Duel with her.
  • Rage Breaking Point:
    • Playmaker's Excode Talker sealing the two Main Monster Zones pointed to by Sunavalon Daphne was the last straw for Spectre, who then plays dirty by revealing Akira, trapped in a thorny prison installed with a computer virus, in front of Playmaker.
    • The real last straw, however, was Playmaker destroying his Sunavalon Dryatrentiay. Spectre completely loses his shit and snaps at Playmaker for destroying what Spectre revered as sacred and motherly.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Mixed with Break Them by Talking, he disses Aoi for being an incompetent blue angel who can't even save him as he wipes out the rest of her LP.
    Spectre: Farewell, Aoi Zaizen. The worthless woman who will never be a blue angel.
    • He also dismissively labels Playmaker's sense of justice as lame, and calls him weak-willed for being unable to sacrifice others in spite of his vengeful spirit.
  • The Reveal: Spectre was one of the six children abducted during the Lost Incident.
  • Sadist: Takes pleasure in mentally breaking Blue Angel, tearing and incinerating the "Blue Angel" picture book in front of her eyes.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Specter" or "Spectre"?
  • Stone Wall: The Sunavalon archetype has a variety of life point recovery and Damage Reduction tactics to keep his lifepoints high, but can switch over into a Mighty Glacier depending on some of the monsters.
  • This Cannot Be!: Reacts in surprise to Akira sacrificing himself, something that Spectre did not anticipate Akira would do.
  • Token Evil Teammate: A rare villainous example. Among the upper echelon, where the Three Lieutenants and Dr Kogami are guilt-ridden atoners and Revolver is merely a bit of a smug Well-Intentioned Extremist with some Noble Demon tendencies, Spectre stands out as a Faux Affably Evil Sadist that enjoys corrupting and toying with Blue Angel, as well as making a variety of psychotic expressions.
  • Undying Loyalty: As he was offered a position to become Revolver's right-hand man, Spectre vowed to remain by his side until the end.
  • The Unfettered: Pledges his loyalty to Revolver and vows to remain by his side until the end, not giving a damn about what happens to the network world.
  • Villainous B.S.O.D.: After losing to Playmaker, Spectre joyfully says he regrets nothing and goes Laughing Mad, before freezing in horror at the sight of his Sunavalon tree burning. Remembering his childhood and shedding tears, he could only call it "Mother" before getting buried under the burning debris.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: After successfully using Akira as a hostage to deter Playmaker from winning, Spectre deduced virtue was his opponent's weakness.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Has no problem torturing and toying with Blue Angel during his Duel with her.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Inverted. Revolver vows not to allow Spectre's defeat to go to waste after the latter's downfall at the hands of Playmaker.

    Dr. Kogami 

Dr. Kiyoshi Kogami

Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo (Japanese)

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The enigmatic scientist that works alongside the Knights of Hanoi, and Revolver's bedridden father.
  • Alliterative Name: Kiyoshi Kogami.
  • Anti-Villain: He honestly sees the eradication of the Ignis as something needed to be done for the greater good, for he deems them savage creatures bent on destroying the world rather than saving it, and is not above erasing everyone solely to achieve this.
  • Back from the Dead: In a sense. He was said to have died seven years prior, but resurrected from the dead solely to bring an end to the entirety of the network world.
  • Beard of Evil: Zig-Zagged, as it is dubious how evil is he exactly.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: He breaks the pattern of all the previous villainous fathers in the franchise: Gozaburo and Mr. Ishtar in the original series, Dr. Faker and Tron (before their Heel–Face Turn), as well as Leo Akaba (who also had a Heel–Face Turn). Compared to any of them, his relationship with his son is remarkably stable, to the point of Intergenerational Friendship.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A former researcher for SOL who invented the Ignis, SOL saw the Ignis as an opportunity for big money, and, fearing that they would be seized by authorities, SOL covered up the Lost Incident and put Kogami into a comatose state. He would eventually be reconstructed as an avatar by his son, Revolver, with intent to terminate the Ignis.
  • Dead All Along: Died seven years prior, and presently exists only as an avatar in the network world.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Villainous version. In episode 42, he regenerates Revolver's arm and helps him complete Storm Access, as Ai did with Yusaku earlier. However, this takes his last energy and his heart finally stops beating.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He is Revolver's father, who has dedicated his life to fulfill Kogami's vision in his stead. Kogami on the other hand is respectful and supportive of his son, even after failure, and assists him when needed.
  • Knight Templar: Staunch supporter of the destruction of the Cyberse, namely the Ignis. He is willing to turn thousands of people into data just to construct the Tower of Hanoi, doing which will kill not only everyone made apart of the Tower, but also everyone in LINK VRAINS, including the Knights of Hanoi themselves, and himself.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Wears a white lab coat just to hammer in that his role in the plot is science-based.
  • Mad Scientist: Not really. He is calm and level headed but still believes that destroying the Cyberse is a necessity for humanity.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Appears to reveal only himself before Revolver, and the Knights of Hanoi exist to realize his dreams.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Facilitated the creation of the Ignis, and greatly regrets it in the present, for he views them as savages bent on world destruction rather than its saviours.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He is The Man Behind the Man for Hanoi and has yet to personally duel anyone.
  • Offing the Offspring: Invoked this trope when he metaphorically compared destroying the Cyberse to a parent killing its own child.
  • The Reveal: He was a former researcher for SOL who executed the Hanoi Project.
  • Revenge: Averted. Akira assumes that Kogami formed the Knights of Hanoi (after he is recreated as an avatar in the network world) as a means to get back at SOL, but Kogami corrects him by stating that he is only motivated to terminate the Ignis.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Yusaku. Both are calm, analytical people who rarely show emotion and want revenge on people who wronged them (i.e. The Knights of Hanoi for Yusaku, and SOL Technologies for Kogami). However, while Yusaku still cares about the well-being of others, it doesn't seem to phase Kogami much that people, both in and out of LINK VRAINS, will die when the network is destroyed because of the Tower of Hanoi.
  • Science Is Bad: Downplayed, as he specifically targets only one product of science.
  • The Stoic: Very calm, level-headed, and never shows emotion.
  • The Unfettered: Is not above risking everyone's lives to achieve his goal of the Ignis species' termination.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Genuinely appears to believe that the destruction of the Cyberse must be carried out for the greater good, and has no qualms erasing everyone to achieve this.
    • His creation of the Ignis AI, while he wanted it to be the successors of humanity, was created with the kidnapping and torture of six children, including Yusaku and Spectre.

    Dr. Genome 

Dr. Genome

Voiced by: Takuya Kirimoto

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One of the three lieutenants of Hanoi, responsible for turning Makoto Kimijima, a childhood friend of Go Onizuka, into an Another victim. Uses a Helixx deck.
  • Affably Evil: Speaks in formal linguistics, and is just as sadistic, if not more than, as any Knight of Hanoi.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a mask with a red lens which obscures his left eye.
  • Evil Genius: My be around the same intellect as Baira and Faust, but he emphasizes his intellect compared to the more subdued latter. His entire character revolves around his belief in DNA being the defining quality of someone, and his ability to analyze and counter it.
  • I Gave My Word: Doesn't bother resisting when GO acquires the virus removal program from him after their Duel.
  • Meaningful Name: As Dr. Genome points out, "genome", which refers to all genetic information in DNA, is a combination of "gene" and "chromosome", and notes the similarities to DNA and programming patterns. He uses this knowledge to expose a Playmaker-disguised GO.
  • No-Sell: Several of his cards, including one of his Link monsters, have the ability to negate battle or effect damage he would have taken.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Often seen with a smug expression, which highlights his sadism.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Claims that one's destiny, Duel, and everything else about them is predetermined based on their DNA. Dark Onizuka, however, dismissively remarks that only he decides his own fate.
  • Your Answer to Everything: He won't shut up about DNA.

    Aso/Faust 

Aso/Faust

Voiced by: Satoshi Mikami

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One of the three lieutenants of Hanoi who gave the Data Gale to Dr. Genome, and is the mastermind of the Another phenomenon. Uses a Motor Worm deck.
  • Anti-Villain: Like Dr. Kogami he wants Yusaku to understand that the Ignis has the capacity to harm humanity and they need to be stoped in order to save it.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Uses Motor Worms, an archetype of Insect-type Monsters.
  • The Brute: May be one of the scientists behind the Hanoi incident years ago, but he prefers a more hands on approach compared to Baira and Dr. Genome. This includes kidnapping Naoki/Brave Max in both the real world and in LINK VRAINS in order to lure out Playmaker.
  • Cassandra Truth: Ai declines to believe Faust's claim that the latter never stole Cyberse Wizard's card data and sent it to Brave Max.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a mask with a red lens which obscures his left eye.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He and Baira effortlessly defeat the entirety of Kitamura's AI Duelist Squad.
  • Insect Queen: Motor Worm Spreader Queen. It gains 700 ATK for every Insect Monster on the field, and allows Faust to Special Summon a Motor Worm Token to a Main Monster Zone it points to once per turn as long as its Link Arrows point to no Monsters.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Attempts to inform Playmaker that humanity's future will be in shambles thanks to the latter and the Ignis species, only to be purged before he could finish talking.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Motor Worm deck he uses is made of LIGHT attribute monsters, while he is one of the Hanoi's top members.
  • Multicolored Hair: Multiple shades of purple.
  • Mythology Gag: His ace, Motor Worm Spreader Queen is very similar to Insect Queen, Weevil/Haga's ace in Duel Monsters. He even used a trap, Egg Clutch to turn Cyberse Wizard into an Insect.
    • He also uses Motor Worm Bait, which is a nod to the almost identical spell cardnote  Worm Bait used by Tetsu Trudge while he was under the control of the Dark Signers.
  • Online Alias: Faust.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Multiple shades of purple.

    Kyoko Taki/Baira 

Kyoko Taki/Baira

Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu

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One of the three lieutenants of Hanoi who gave the Data Gale to Dr. Genome. Uses a Dark Mummy deck.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She was one of the doctors responsible for Aoi's comatose state.
  • Computer Virus: She was the one responsible for creating the virus that turns people into Another. Appropriately, her deck uses Crush Card Virus style Virus traps.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a mask with a red lens which obscures her left eye.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She and Faust effortlessly defeat the entirety of Kitamura's AI Duelist Squad.
  • Dark Action Girl: The only female member of Hanoi shown, she and Faust are shown wrecking Kitamura's AI Duelist Squad.
  • The Dark Chick: Is just as intelligent as Dr. Genome and Faust, if not more due to creating the Another Virus, she is the sole female of the five, and the most sympathetic of the five due to having reservations over what they are doing. Fittingly, she attempts a Heel–Face Turn, but is purged before she can complete it.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Her first actual appearance was back in Episode #8, where she is seen next to a doctor talking to Akira while he is watching Aoi in the examination room.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: Uses Dark Mummies, an archetype of undead Monsters.
  • Graceful Loser: Baira has no hard feelings losing to Blue Angel, and returns the Anothers back to their former state.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: After losing to Blue Angel and returning the Anothers back to normal, Baira is purged by Revolver, mostly because she lost because her counterparts were purged too.
  • Multicolored Hair: Has shades of light brown and orange.
  • Mythology Gag: Her deck features Temple of the Kings, a card used by Rishid in the Duel Monsters series, and Virus Traps, a tactic used by Seto Kaiba. She also carries Virus Mail, previously used by Ukyo Kitano against Yuma.
  • Online Alias: Baira.
  • Pink Means Feminine: The only shown female Knight, her secondary color scheme is pink.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is her Online Alias "Vyra" or "Baira"?
  • Woman in White: All the knights wear white, but she is the only female knight, her second color being pink.

Others

    Jin Kusanagi 

Jin Kusanagi

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Shoichi Kusanagi's younger brother and a friend of Yusaku's. Like Yusaku, he was also one of the children kidnapped during the events of the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project, and is still shook from the incident, unable to escape captivity.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He is heavily implied to suffer the same problem as Yusaku. Like Yusaku, he is still suffering from the shock of the incident and PTSD and hasn't recovered from it until the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project was brought to a closure.
  • Broken Bird: His Dark and Troubled Past in which he was imprisoned as a child and underwent a hellish experiment has made him this, unable to bring himself to escape from captivity due to the severe trauma he induced.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: His disappearance is what drove Yusaku to fight for him and become vengeful towards Hanoi.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Along with Yusaku, he was one of the six children abducted during the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project. Though the project's purpose remains a mystery, he remains traumatised in the present day.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Highlighting the trauma that he suffered during the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project. Even though he gets better after the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project was brought to a closure, his eyes remain dull and lifeless.
  • Emotionless Boy: Heavily implied to be more emotionless than Yusaku and the Hanoi project has made him an Empty Shell. He doesn't express any emotion at all every time he is seen.
  • Empty Shell: The Hanoi Project and all the hell and torture he went through made him suffer even worse than Yusaku, shaken over the incident and unable to leave. He gets better after he is informed that the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project was brought to a closure.
  • The Ghost: Initially, he was mentioned by Yusaku and Kusanagi multiple times since the start of the show and was seen only in flashbacks, until he finally makes his first direct appearance in Episode #47, when Kusanagi visits him for a checkup.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks a lot like a younger version of his older brother.
  • The Voiceless: While he gets much better after he is informed that the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project was brought to a closure, he doesn't talk at all.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Just when you thought things were getting much better for Jin after he is informed that the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project has been brought to a closure, an unknown yellow figure (later revealed to be Bohman) sucks his soul away and escapes into LINK VRAINS.

    Yamamoto/Frog and Saito/Pigeon 

Yamamoto/Frog and Saito/Pigeon

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese, both)

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Pigeon (left) and Frog (right)

A pair of LINK VRAINS reporters.
  • Accidental Misnaming: After Playmaker defeats Revolver and thus saving the network world, Frog calls Pigeon Sato to celebrate, but Pigeon then corrects him that his name is actually Saito.
  • Berserk Button: While you're in LINK VRAINS, don't address Frog as Yamamoto.
  • Blown Across the Room: During GO and Revolver's Duel, the impact of Giant Ogre and Borrelsword's blades clashing is intense enough to send Frog and Pigeon flying off into the distance, subsequently cutting out live footage taken by the duo.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nothing ever goes right for their journalism endeavours.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Frog will blast at Pigeon if addressed by his real name, Yamamoto, while in LINK VRAINS. There are, however, a number of instances where he doesn't.
  • Hidden Depths: During Ghost Girl and Playmaker's duel, Frog is able to keep up with and ascertain the strategies they are using, like Ghost Girl not attacking so Playmaker can't use his skill. This suggest that, despite his attitude, he has top notch duel skills.
  • Intrepid Reporter: They're willing to risk their lives for a story and stay in LINK VRAINS even while the Tower of Hanoi is nearing completion.
  • Noisy Nature: Pigeon occasionally coos like a pigeon.
  • Online Alias: Frog and Pigeon.
  • Only One Name: Frog's and Pigeon's real given names are unknown.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Frog is the "sempai" to Pigeon's "kohai", implying that the former is the more experienced of the two.
  • Skewed Priorities: In spite of the danger they're in while the Tower of Hanoi is on the verge of activating, Frog vows to obtain footage of Playmaker so that the pair's scoop will last a lifetime even if they get erased. Playmaker tries to warn them to leave for their own safety, but the pair decline to do so.
  • Those Two Guys: Rarely seen apart from each other.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • Due to a previous report which was supposedly successful, the pair are allowed to remain in LINK VRAINS to report on its goings-ons after the Tower of Hanoi emerges.
    • Also during the Tower of Hanoi incident, Kusanagi invokes this trope by anonymously sending Playmaker's coordinates, disguised as an opportunity for a scoop, to the pair so that Kusanagi can monitor Playmaker's Duel with Spectre.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: They just can't get the footage they need, no matter what.

    MC 

MC

Voiced by: IKKAN (Japanese)

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An unnamed LINK VRAINS commentator.
  • Combat Commentator: Reports on the events occurring in a Duel in LINK VRAINS, combined with bombastic delivery.
  • Large Ham: Wouldn't be an MC if it weren't for his bombastic delivery.
  • No Name Given: His real name is unknown.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: Wears a pair of yellow-framed eye-obscuring glasses at all times.

    Roboppy 

Roboppy

Voiced by: Minami Takahashi (Japanese)

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Yusaku's robot maid, and Ai's "minion."
  • Bowdlerise: Provides this in-universe, where she claims that "idiot" or some variation thereof is a forbidden word.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Idiot is a forbidden word."
  • Loveable Sex Maniac: It seems like her only reason for going against orders is so she can robo-bang Ai.
  • Satellite Love Interest: For Ai, though a more literal and justified example than most, since Roboppy's limited personality and independence only emerge through interacting with Ai in secret.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Roboppy" or "Roboppi"?

     Makoto Kimishima 

Makoto Kimishima

Voiced by: Ryota Suzuki (Japanese)

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Go's childhood friend and a student of Den Academy who gets turned into one of the Another victims by Dr. Genome.
  • Childhood Friends: Despite their differences in personality, he and Go have become close since childhood.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Used to be this to Go, to the point of enabling Go to overcome his former self's violent impulses.
  • Informed Ability: Stated to be a strong duelist, yet Dr. Genome managed to defeat him seemingly effortlessly.
  • Satellite Character: Everything revealed about his character is related to his friendship with Go.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Isn't seen again after waking up from a coma.
  • The Worf Effect: Easily defeated by Dr. Genome to establish Dr. Genome as a legitimate threat.

    Bohman 

Bohman

Voiced by: Kenji Matsuda (Japanese)

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A Duelist whose real identity is shrouded in mystery. Uses a Hydradrive deck, an archetype of Cyberse-Type Monsters.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Bohman will allow himself to take damage so that he can meet the prerequisite for activating his Skill, Marker's Portal, though at the same time, his LP need only be less than or equal to its original value of 4000, thus allowing him to activate it as he sees fit and making the need to take damage redundant, assuming his current LP doesn't exceed its original value.
  • Heal Thyself: His Property Spray Trap allows him to Tribute one of his Monsters and gain LP equal to its ATK.
  • Hunk: Has a muscular build, boasts a six-pack, and sports fancy facial features.
  • Identity Amnesia: After a diguised Bohman is exposed by Playmaker via Cyberse Magician's attack, Bohman questions his own identity, which he is quickly reminded of thanks to his little brother Haru.
  • No Name Given: His real name is unknown.
  • Sibling Team: Is working with Haru, his little brother, to regain their memories.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Bowman" or "Bohman"?
  • Your Soul Is Mine: A disguised Bohman sucks away Jin's soul and escapes into LINK VRAINS, leaving Jin an Empty Shell.

    Haru 

Haru

Voiced by: Ryoko Shiraishi (Japanese)

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A mysterious boy who works together with his older brother Bohman in order to recover their memories.
  • Child Prodigy: Let's see...he analyzed Playmaker's data to learn his strategies, coded Bohman with an anti-Ignis program, and seems to be under the age of 13 based on his avatar.
  • Sibling Team: Is working with Bohman, his older brother, to regain their memories.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Haru" or "Hal"? Official subs say the former.

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