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Yuma Tsukumo

Voiced by: Tasuku Hatanaka (JP), Eli Jay (EN)

The protagonist of the series, Yuma is a thirteen year-old middle-schooler living in the city of Heartland. Despite, or because of, his energetic, peppy personality he's known amongst his peers as a screw-up who can't do anything right, whether it be at school or at Duel Monsters.

He possesses a pendant called the Emperor's Key, which turns out to be the key to unlocking a gate to another dimension, releasing the spirit Astral and the ninety-nine Numbers cards. With his own Numbers ace, No. 39: Aspiring Emperor Hope (a.k.a. Number 39: Utopia), Yuma and Astral must track down and collect the remaining Numbers cards.

Zexal I

  • Audience Surrogate: Started out as one, but quickly graduated from it by the start of the second season.
  • Anime Hair/Improbable Hair Style: As usual.
    • There's also the fact that he has the craziest hair out of all of the franchise's protagonists. That is really saying something.
    • Which is taken Up to Eleven with his ZEXAL II transformation. Not only does it have the size of a Super Saiyan 3's hair, but it's tri-colored.
  • Animal Motifs/Weapon of Choice: Zexal Weapons:
  • Break the Cutie: Occurs multiple times in Zexal I and Zexal II
    • Zexal I:
      • Episode 14: When Yuma is almost defeated by Kaito, he becomes wary of dueling and feels like he can't protect Astral.
      • Episode 47-48: Yuma's "kattobingu" spirit is stolen from him, leaving him depressed and scared.
    • Zexal II:
      • Episode 84: Yuma almost loses a duel to Mizael, and again becomes depressed over the fact that he's not a strong enough duelist to protect Astral.
      • Episode 96: Yuma is broken by the revelation that Rei Shingetsu was Vector all along, and that he had been faking his friendship with Yuma.
      • Episode 111: Astral is killed by Black Mist in order to save Yuma. Astral is able to give a heartwarming goodbye speech to Yuma before both he and Yuma's key disappear.
      • Episode 124: Shark reveals his true nature as Nasch, shocking Yuma. When Yuma's key and Nasch's emblem resonate and Yuma sees Nasch's memories, the shock knocks him out.
      • Episode 128: III and V lose to Mizael and are sacrificed to the Barian World. Yuma breaks down in tears as Mizael beats them down.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Catch Phrase: Kattobingu daze, ore! Often shortened to just "Kattobingu" when referenced or used by other characters. (Truthfully, it's a made-up word.)
    • Dub catchphrase: "Feeling the flow!", used less often. Also "High five the sky!"
    • In the English manga, it's "I'm Gonna Jet!"
  • Chained by Fashion: His Gagaga monsters.
  • Character Development: He becomes much more strategic in his duels, and relies on Astral's help a lot less.
  • Cool Down Hug: Delivers one to Haruto.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially in the dub.
  • Determinator
  • Deal with the Devil
  • Dumb Is Good
  • Expy: Mainly Judai and Yugi. With a healthy dose of the lack of dueling skill that Jonouchi had way back in the beginning.
  • Forgetful Jones: He forgot to register for the World Duel Carnival, forgot his invitation to the WDC Finals party, and forgot the Heart Pieces he spent a whole arc collecting when he went to the Finals. He's also misplaced his deck and Key more than once.
  • Fusion Dance: Can do so with Astral under extreme circumstances.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power
  • The Hero
  • Heroic BSOD: After his first encounter and near-loss to Kaito, Yuma utterly breaks down in the rain in front of Kotori, realizing he isn't good enough and even doing a Skyward Scream.
    • Skyward Scream
    • Also in his duel with III, where it's revealed that without the word "kattobingu," Yuma is terribly depressed and afraid of dueling and taking on challenges in general.
    • He suffers this again during his duel with Mizael, so much so that Kaito has to take over the duel in his place.
  • Honor Before Reason: Averted in his second Duel with Shark; despite promising not to use the Numbers, he summons Hope anyway, after Shark urges him to. Though given the reaction of his friends, it would seem that usually Yuma does play the trope straight.
  • Hot-Blooded: In direct comparison to Yusei.
  • The Hunter: Despite his denial of such a title, Yuma is very much a Numbers Hunter.
  • Hypocrite: Rare protagonist example, at least in the dubbed version; he freely claims that teamwork is the point of Xyz Monsters, even though he himself doesn't accept external help.
    • He gets angry easily at times yet does not approve of others dueling in anger, and at one point wanted to drop out of the WDC to find his father despite his promise to him about becoming a champion.
      • There is an episode that hangs a lampshade on this, with Yuma himself pointing out that he is indeed hypocritical and pointing out how that was wrong of him.
  • Idiot Hair: Albeit an exaggerated example.
  • Idiot Hero: To the point where Astral often Lampshades his dueling misplays.
    • He really seems to be the least intelligent out of the series's protagonists. He's actually closer to Jounouchi than he is to Yugi, both as a beginner and in his general personality.
    • It's also in stark contrast to the other mains though, who are all The Stoic. This leads to an amusing Not So Stoic moment when they are at Jinlong's ruins, and Yuma smells Jinlong's lunch. Shark thinks that Yuma's sensed a Barian, and when he and Kite see Yuma walking in a trance towards the food, their reaction is priceless. A look of disbelief that is very out of character for them, before shaking their heads in disgust ever-so slightly.
  • Invincible Hero: For once in this series, it's actually averted. He still wins most plot-important matches, but he actually does lose quite frequently.
  • Japanese Delinquents: His Gagaga monsters have this as their theme.
  • Keet
  • Kid Hero: The youngest main character thus far.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Hope and Hope Ray Victory
    • Black Knight: Hope Ray and Hope Ray V.
    • Dark Is Not Evil: Hope Ray. Up to Eleven with Hope Ray V, which due to the use of Rank-Up Magic - Limited Barian's Force to create it looks downright demonic.
      • Light Is Not Good: On the other hand, regarding Hope Ray V. Rei, the person that gave Yuma the Rank-Up-Magic card used to summon him, is revealed to be Vector. And he gave Yuma the card as part of a Batman Gambit. Despite the spoiler and its appearance, it's still the same attribute as Hope's other forms.
      • Light is Good: Hope and Hope Ray Victory.
      • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Hope Ray V again. Played with in that the person using the card isn't evil, but the person who made it possible for Yuma to summon it is.
    • Dual Wielding, Triple Wielding, Quadruple Wielding...
    • Good Wings, Evil Wings: White as Hope, Black as Hope Ray, psychedelic Purple as Hope Ray V and royal Gold as Hope Ray Victory.
    • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Moon Barrier
    • Meaningful Name: No. 39: Aspiring Emperor of Hope is so named because he is the last monster to appear when Yuma opened Pandora's Box.
      • Hope Ray's name can be taken as a pun on 'ray of hope', and the V in Hope Ray V could have any number of meanings. It can be taken as 'Victory', extending Hope Ray's name into a 'ray of hope for victory', and given that B and V are somewhat interchangable with Japanese phonetics, it could also be seem as Hope Ray Varian/Barian, fitting its origin as an evolution brought on via a Barian card. The fact that he later obtains more "V" cards, all of Barian origin, practically confrims this. It could also be V as the Roman numeral for five, reflecting the fact that Hope Ray V is Rank 5.
      • The Victory meaning is shared with Hope Ray Victory.
      • Hope Roots may come from the expression "roots of evolution," which states that a beginning or primordial stage of evolution is unbalanced, weak or strong, and as it evolves, it compensates by counterbalancing some traits it loses.
      • Beyond the Hope means it is the final hope, beyond all other hopes.
      • Future Hope (along with its rank of 0) means it is hope for the unknown future which is not yet set in stone.
    • Multi-Melee Master: Zexal Weapons
    • Shoulder Cannon: Hope Ray V gets four when equipped with V Salamander.
    • Shout-Out: Hope Ray V's V-no-Jigiri.
    • Sinister Scythe: When equipped with Chimera Cloth, Hope Ray V wields one.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: What his dueling style, at least to start out with, tends to lean towards without Astral's help.
  • The McCoy: To Yusei, Jaden, and Yugi.
  • Multicolored Hair: Red and black.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Yuma's a scrawny 13 year old kid whose primary form of exercise is standing still and playing card games yet he routinely pulls off athletic maneuvers that would put an Olympian to shame, typically in the process of getting up after being knocked down while playing that card game.
  • Next Tier Power-Up: He manages to set a new record among the protagonists for the fastest gained canon upgrade to an ace monster with Chaos Numbers 39: Aspiring Emperor Hope Ray. He got one three times faster than Yusei. He's gained two more in the anime, and another in the manga since. Subverted with Hope Roots though, which is a power-up, but is actually a downgraded version.
  • Oblivious to Love: Poor Kotori, Cathy and Anna. Lampshaded by Astral. The ending seems to have subverted this, as Yuma seems to have accepted Kotori's affections.
  • Powered Armor: In Zexal Mode, and it gets spiffier and spiffier with each new form.
  • Red Is Heroic: Yuma's hair, eyes and parts of his clothing aside, the number 39 on Hope/Utopia is also red and for a while Hope was the only Number monster with a number of that color. Hope Ray Vnote  and Hope Ray Victory also have some red parts on their armor. He even gets a red aura briefly while traveling to Astral World.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Astral's blue.
  • The Rival: To several people. Will definitely gain several more rivals before this series is over.
  • Shout-Out: To Pandora's Box. Yuma opened the door that unleashed 98 evils unto the world, but he also gained the power necessary to fight them: Hope.
  • Stepford Smiler: Take into account the gravity of the word "kattobingu" to him and he slips right into type A.
  • Super Mode: ZeXal, ZeXal II, and ZeXal III.
  • Telepathy: Yuma and Astral can communicate with each other this way, but they usually don't. After all, how else would Yuma embarrass himself in public by talking with himself?
  • The Power of Friendship: Played to incredible extremes. Yuma is able to become friends with ANYONE, ranging from stoic and seemingly emotionless characters (Astral), a juvenile delinquent which he helps reform (Shark), a Hunter who will stop at nothing to collect his Numbers and Soul (Kaito), a gentle boy driven to Ax-Crazy insanity and hatred (III) and even Rei Shingetsu, who despite revealing himself to be Vector and trying to hurt Yuma countless times, is still cherished by Yuma as a friend as seen when he attempts to rescue him, and his sincerity brings Vector to some sort of Heel-Face Turn. It is even hinted in more than one episode that Yuma and Astral are able to go Fusion Dance into ZEXAL partly because of the bond of trust between them, which Vector tries to sabotage. Shark even Dueled Yuma to snap him out (successfully) of his Heroic BSOD, despite not wanting to admit pout loud that he cares for Yuma a lot, and Kaito Opened up to Yuma gradually (Thanks to Yuma showing genuine concern for him and his brother) and finally considered him his rival (after calling him a mere idiot earlier), and promising him to duel him as many times as he wants in order for Yuma to achieve his goal (of surpassing Kaito). III even called Yuma his first true friend, and that's coming from an innocent soul who had to live in a broken family situation.
  • The Unintelligible: Kattobingu! There is no real translation for it. It is merely just a phrase Kazuki Takahashi came up with for Yuma when he created the character. "Katto" literally means "to flare up" ("bingu" is merely the Japanese spelling of the English word "bing").
  • Victor Gains Loser's Powers: Yuma can use any Numbers which he has defeated and Astral has absorbed, making his Deck expand with each victory. However, he uses very few of them, and generally defaults back to only using Hope. Though when he does, it's very staisfying.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Only his Xyz Monsters are truly powerful in terms of ATK, so he compensates by having various powerful card effects, if he uses them correctly.

Zexal II

  • Book Ends: Ends the series in the same place and using the same method he started it.
  • Knight, Knave and Squire: Forms this with Kaito and Shark. Is the squire due to his relative inexperience with duelling, optimistic attitude, and his status as The Hero. He also tends to look up to both Kaito and Shark.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Senses Girag first appearance on earth and later Don Thousand alongside Rio. Though what this means about him is currently unknown.
  • Reality Warper: In ZeXal II form, he can use Re-Contract Universe to change a card, for instance transforming Limited Barian's Force into its 'true form', Numeron Force.
  • Screw Destiny: In his final duel with Nasch, Yuma realizes that the price the Door claimed would come with the power that he obtained with Astral, would be to lose who he truly was (his idealistic ability to connect with others), which he ultimately managed to defy.


Voiced by: Miyu Irino (JP), Marc Thompson (EN)

A spirit being from another dimension who meets Yuma after he unlocks a dimensional gate. With no memory of who he is, Astral and Yuma must collect the ninety-nine Numbers monsters to reconstruct his memory. While living with Yuma he tends to make observations regarding daily human life, and possesses great insight into Duel Monsters. As only Yuma can see him, most others tend to think Yuma's going crazy whenever he bickers with him.

After regaining memories from several of the Legendary Numbers, he recalls his mission is to destroy the Barian World.

Zexal I

  • Alien Arts Are Appreciated
  • Amnesiac Hero: He arrives on Earth with no memories of his past life, and has to piece his memories together by collecting the Numbers.
  • Batman Gambit: Taking down the math teacher by knowing that he was obsessed with perfection and so would act to restore his LP to 4000 even though doing so was unnecessary. Nice Job Fixing It, Villain ensues.
  • Deer in the Headlights: Develops a phobia to Kaito, which causes him to freeze up whenever he hears his name. He gets over it.
  • Fusion Dance: With Yuma.
  • Heroic BSOD: The same as Yuma after their near-loss to Kaito.
  • The Lancer
  • Oh Crap: When Kaito uses Photon Cerberus to prevent the Trap Card which forms Yuma's last defense from activating, Astral freezes up completely.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Yuma's red.
  • Reverse Psychology: During Yuma's duel with Ukyo; Yuma gets so angry at him he tells Astral he will not do what he says, so Astral deliberately gives Yuma the wrong advice, and as he hoped, Yuma does the exact opposite, which is the what he should do.
  • Spider-Sense: Gets a 'bad feeling' when Kaito is nearby in episode 13.
  • Spirit Advisor: Astral is this to Yuma, and later Shark, Kaito, Kotori and Rio.
  • The Spock
  • The Stoic: Which contrasts quite starkly with Yuma.
  • Stop Helping Me!: In-universe. Yuma doesn't take too kindly to Astral trying to take control of his duels, though eventually he starts to realize that he's the main reason he's started winning in the first place. (Possibly owing to Astral's insults, though.)
  • Telepathy: As shown in Episode 28, Astral and Yuma can communicate telepathically. Regardless, they usually don't, which is really only noticeable on Yuma's end since, from most people's perspective, he is talking to air.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Cats?: Displays a phobia of Cathy's cats, but quickly grows out of it in subsequent episodes.

Zexal II

  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: In Dark ZeXal, he recklessly attacks Vector's Number even though doing so is only damaging his own Life Points.
  • The Berserker: In Dark ZeXal form.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Vector uses his suppressed jealousy and anger of Yuma being a closer friend towards "Shingetsu" than with him and Yuma not telling him he's a Barian to make him absolutely batshit.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: In the first half of Episode 98, both as Dark ZeXal and as himself.
  • Heroic Sacrifice/Taking the Bullet: Forces Yuma out of Zexal II mode so Yuma wouldn't be hit by Black Mist's attack. He almost does it again in Episode 139, only for Eliphas to take his place.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dark ZeXal uses a berserker strategy to try and overwhelm Vector with continuous attacks which increase in power, but due to Vector's Hundred Over Trap, the reckless attacks only damage Dark ZeXal himself.
    • Episode 121 shows that whatever Astral did during his battle against Don Thousand in the past ended up harming them both.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons:
    • Number 99: Aspiring Emperor of Hope Dragoon
    • Number 100: Numeron Dragon
  • Madness Mantra: When Vector corrupts him with darkness, he begins to chant 'ZeXal'.
    • In Dark ZeXal form, he constantly repeats the order for Hope Ray V to attack Shining, as well as the name of Chimera Cloth's power-up effect.
  • Slasher Smile: When he's Drunk on the Dark Side.

Ryoga "Shark" Kamishiro (Reginald "Shark" Kastle)

Voiced by: Toshiki Masuda (JP), Gary Mack (EN)

Known as the number one bully at Yuma's school, Shark is a duelist who once played at the national level, but was banned from the circuit due to looking at his opponent's deck before the championship match. Due to his skills, at first he is arrogant and merciless to his opponents, defeating Tetsuo and taking his deck through the ante rule and crushing Yuma's pendant, but upon being defeated by Yuma he shows that he does have some sense of honor by returning the deck without protest, and Yuma believes that one day they'll be friends.

During his first duel with Yuma his ace monster is No. 17: Leviathan Dragon, and afterwards he switches to Black Ray Lancer. After his duel with III he gains possession of No. 32: Marine Biting Dragon - Shark Drake. During his duel with IV, he is able to use Chaos Xyz Change, evolving Shark Drake into CNo. 32: Shark Drake Vice. In the manga he gains No. 47: Nightmare Shark instead.

He had a previous human incarnation as the king of an island kingdom. An enemy king (Vector's past incarnation) attacked said kingdom and, after having his Gorgonic Guardians defeated, summoned a deity (No. 73: Abyss Splash the Roaring Waterfall Diety) to smite the kingdom for good. However, his friend, a knight riding a Pegasus (Durbe) arrived to assist, giving the princess (Rio) the opportunity to sacrifice herself to summon another deity (No. 94: Crystal Zero the Polar Ice Princess) to counter. After that, Shark furiously attacked Vector's army and pursued the mad king to his kingdom, where he met a girl named Iris who looked strangely similar to Rio.

Shark decided to fight King Vector on his own to minimize the losses, but Vector started a Shadow Game, which meant the more monsters of a certain player's were destroyed, the more losses their army would have. Shark won the duel, but all the monsters in his deck were sent to the graveyard, meaning, his entire army died. An unspecified amount of time later, he died and was reincarnated as Nasch, the leader of the Seven Barian Emperors, but was killed by Vector, who had also be reincarnated as a Barian and was reincarnated again into his present life. After Durbe shows him his past memories, he transforms back into Nasch.

Zexal I

  • Badass Biker: Following his first loss to Yuma, he drove a rather cool motorcycle - or something like one - for a while. (Word of God has said that Shark's bike is "not a motorcycle but a futuristic vehicle that has yet to be named", which is why he can drive it, despite not being legal driving age, and they didn't go into further detail.)
  • Badass Normal: He's shown to be an excellent duelist even when he doesn't have a Numbers card and is able to hold his own against Kaito even if he loses.
    • Empowered Badass Normal: With No. 17: Leviathan Dragon and No. 32: Shark Drake and Chaos Number 32: Shark Drake Vice.
  • Battle Aura: Gets a dark purple one when he gives in to Shark Drake in episode 58.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: By Tron due to his actions in the duel with IV.
  • Big Brother Instinct
  • Black Knight: Black Ray Lancer, his first ace card.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Does this to Tetsuo in the first episode and Yuma in the 10th.
  • The Corruption: Shark Drake's effect on him. Just like Tron planned.
    • Achilles' Heel: Seems like Yuma is this to Shark Drake's effect on Ryoga.
  • Everything's Even Worse With Sharks: Starting from his nickname, shark monsters such as Jawsman and Aero Shark make up the main component of his sea deck.
    • Then you get something weirder like the Sharktopus, a Mix-and-Match Critter of a shark and octopus.
    • Up to Eleven with Shark Drake and Nightmare Shark. And finally with Shark Drake Vice.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He starts respecting Yuma and being friendly towards him, though not a member of Yuma's group by his own choice, after their tag match.
  • Ineffectual Loner: It's worth noticing that in the openings, in contrast to Yuma with Astral and his friends, Shark is often shown alone in dark places. But Yuma refuses to let him go, and insists that they're friends. He eventually begins to avert it, especially when Rio joins the cast.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Non-romantic example, towards Yuma as he excessively tries to push the latter away as to make sure that he doesn't end up hurt by IV.
  • Jerkass: He starts out as this at the beginning of the series but after Yuma defeats him, he begins to become more humble.
  • Kick the Dog: Upon their first meeting he steals Yuma's pendant and crushes it, saying that he obviously didn't care for it much if he couldn't protect it. Good thing Yuma's rather forgiving.
  • Large Ham: Once a duel begins he starts chewing scenery like there's no tomorrow.
  • Laughably Evil: Even before his Heel-Face Turn, people still find Shark's tenacity to be a Jerkass hilarious...until he smashed Yuma's pendent.
  • Making a Splash: His Deck is primarily Water-Attribute monsters and support cards.
  • Multicolored Hair: Purple and pale blue.
  • My Sister Is Off Limits: Type 5. Not by Rio's choice, however.
  • Nobody Calls Me Chicken: In the dub.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe example. Used to be a championship-level duelist, but he was tricked into cheating by a forced glance at his opponent's Deck pre-match and was disqualified from the championship. He went downhill after this.
    • Seems to think a bit of this about crushing Yuma's key, and in return tries to keep it safe from Kaito. It doesn't end well.
  • The Power of Hate: How he brought out Shark Drake Vice.
  • The Rival: To Yuma initially, then to IV after he and Yuma become friends.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: For Shark, this is very true. The first two times he lost to Yuma, he was Brainwashed and Crazy or under some other form of mind control. The times he was fully lucid and in control of his actions, however, Yuma didn't stand a chance. And this is usually the case with him overall, most of the time.
  • The Stoic: Outside of duels.
  • Super Mode: For Shark Drake, CNo. 32: Shark Drake Vice.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: When he fully embraces Shark Drake's power, he glows with purple aura and gets the power to summon Chaos Number 32.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Yuma to be this eventually.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Lost his soul after losing against Kaito after their duel. He got better, thanks to Yuma.

Zexal II

  • Ambiguously Human: Like his sister, he's started showing traits that provide a possible connection to the Barians. The first evidence was in episode 100, where he gets an aura that repairs Durbe's Barialapis bracelet, allowing Durbe to take his true form. The second (which pretty much confirms it) is in episodes 108-109, where he relives his previous life as a king who fought Vector's past human incarnation. Then he turns back into Nasch.
  • Bridal Carry: Gives one to his twin sister Rio in episode 78 after defeating Chitaro Ariga and freeing her from his imprisonment.
  • Dead All Along: It's revealed that Shark had died three times before the start of the series - first during his past life as King, next he's killed as a Barian by Vector and reincarnated as a human, then finally dies again in a car crash. Though that last one wasn't the Shark we've known.
  • Hates Being Touched: Behaves this way when Chitaro Ariga holds his shoulder.
  • Face-Heel Turn: After learning about his past as Nasch, he defects from the heroes and joins the rest of the Barian Emperors to protect his people.
  • Knight, Knave and Squire: Forms this with Kaito and Yuma. Is the knave due to his cold attitude, loner nature, and lack of care towards things other than his friends and dueling. At the start of the series, he also dueled for his own self-interest and mixed in with a gang as a mercenary duelist.
  • Memento Macguffin: Episode 78 reveals that he wore the two silver rings on his right hand throughout the first ZEXAL series as a reminder of his sister, Rio, who presented them to him when they were kids and suggested that they wear them to symbolize their bond as twins. When Shark dismissed it as a stupid idea, Rio threw the rings to the ground in anger and walked away, prompting him to wear them thereafter. He later gives one to Rio in the hospital. Their bond later helps to free Rio from Chitaro Ariga's imprisonment, with the rings now serving their original purpose.
  • That Man Is Dead: During his first meeting with Yuma after his Face-Heel Turn, he insists that he is Nasch, and no longer "Shark" or "Ryouga".
  • Not Brainwashed: Neither him or Rio have turned against their will. They chose to embrace their past lives and defend Barian World, which is why their human friends attempts to make them remember don't work.
  • Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: He attempts to goad those who duel him into hatred precisely because he doesn't want anyone to pull a "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight, like IV attempts on him.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Shark smashes the mirror when in his past life memories he sees the Barian pendant around his neck.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Durbe seems to be trying to convince him of this. After showing Shark the remaining memories of his past life, he succeeds, resulting in Shark transforming into Nasch offscreen.

Kaito Tenjo (Kite Tenjo)

Voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama (JP), Marc Thompson (EN)

A 'Numbers Hunter', Kaito is hunting down and capturing Numbers monsters to try and help his brother, Haruto, who allegedly can only have his strange disease cured if all one-hundred Numbers are gathered.

His Deck theme is the 'Photon' cards, with his ace being Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon. In addition, he also possesses around fifteen Numbers, five of which are known: No. 10: White Knight Illuminator, No. 20: Gig-Anto Brilli-Ant, No. 30: Acid Golem of Destruction, No. 56: Goldrat, and No. 09: Sky Canopy Star - Dyson Sphere. As of episode 43, he now holds the current strongest Xyz monster in the game, Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon. As of episode 64, he has lost all of his Numbers cards. He later gained a few more, though has apparently lost all of them as well, after his apparent death.

Zexal I

  • Anti-Villain: Aside from his sympathetic motivation, Kaito tries to keep the fact that those who lose to him will have their souls taken a secret, and even commends Yuma on his spirit.
  • Badass Boast: Gets one in his Rank 7 appearance before beating down a gun-wielding thug:
    Kaito: I am the light that illuminates the darkness stagnating people's hearts.
  • Badass Longcoat: Black most of the time, but it turns into a Kaiba and Jack-esque white one when he Duels due to his Photon Change.
  • Berserk Button: Hurt Haruto, and he will crush you.
  • Big Brother Instinct: His motivation is healing his younger brother Haruto, to the point he cancels a Duel with Yuma he was about to win when he finds out that Haruto has collapsed.
    • Even better in the tag duel with him teaming with Yuma against III and IV. His Big Brother Instinct and bond with Haruto manifests itself as the strongest Xyz monster in the game.
      • And during his duel against Tron when Tron begins to torture Haruto he was fully ready and actually tried to walk away from the duel and go to his brother. Unfortunately for him Tron won't have any of that....
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: No. 20: Gig-Anto Brilli-Ant.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Episode 36; he stops an airship from crashing with only himself piloting it and Orbital 7 pushing against it.
  • Conspicuous CG: Inverted; No.30: Acid Golem of Destruction.
  • Dark Reprise: After taking Kaito's numbers, Tron unleashes 3 powerful monsters in one turn...the first of which being Number 10: White Knight Illuminator. A bit too eerily similar of the first turn Kaito took on-screen, bringing out the same number to start off his combo.
  • Deadly Upgrade: The Photon Transformation puts considerable stress on his heart, to the point that his resting heart rate is well over 100 beats per minute.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Tends to take this attitude when Yuma shows concern about him, most notably in episodes 42-43, 55-56 and 69-71.
  • Expy: Kaito looks pretty similar to Paradox, to the point of fans referring to him as 'Kid Paradox'. As is typical for YGO rivals, Kaito is also to a degree an Expy of Kaiba with a 3000 ATK point ace dragon and a similar white coat.
    • Both also share similar motive in their quest: to rescue their brother.
    • And at one point in the manga, he takes Tetsuo hostage, making a similarity with Pegasus. Yes, he is an expy of at least 3 characters.
    • Make that four - His Photon Mode also makes him look like Jack Atlas of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's and when he summons Neo Galaxy-Eyes he calls it "my very soul", just like what Jack does when he summons Red Dragon Archfiend. He also called Galaxy-Eyes "my soul."
  • Genius Bruiser: The equivalent; his Deck hits very hard due to its ability to rapidly summon Numbers and Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon, but Kaito is a very good player noted to be more skilled than Astral, to the point he even takes into account the fact his Galaxy-Eyes can't destroy Numbers by using his Photon Wind card to capitalize.
  • Genre Savvy: He is smart enough to neutralize the threat of a face-down card rather than charging in, knowing full well that it would more-than-likely screw him over:
    Kaito: Did you really think I would attack carelessly when there is a face-down card on your field?
  • The Hunter: Introduces himself as "the Numbers Hunter," and certainly lives up to the title.
  • Killed Off for Real: After winning his duel with Mizael and unlocking the numeron code (Which takes the form of the 100th Number card), he dies due to asphyxiation because of the damage sustained on Orbital's spacesuit. What's notable is that this is the only death in the series when the deceased aren't disintegrated into Barian energy, and thus a lot more likely he won't be revived. He has, however, since appeared in spirit, because apparently, he's just that badass. (Most would concur on this one.)
  • Light Is Not Good: His 'Photon' cards are either Light-Attribute monsters or support Light-Attribute monsters, but he's at best a Well-Intentioned Extremist. And his above Badass Boast more-or-less cements it. Also, his dueling attire is white.
  • Man in White: Only when he Duels, due to his 'Duel Mode Photon Change', which aside from just screaming Light Is Not Good, may be what prevents him from being corrupted by the Numbers.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon is designed to take down Xyz monsters even going by its real-life profile, where it can remove itself and the monster it battles from play and return both to the field later. Due to the way Xyz Monsters work, this removes their Xyz Material Monsters, leaving them without the ability to activate their effects which need them to give up an Xyz Material. To add insult to injury, Galaxy-Eyes gains 500 ATK for each Xyz Material the other removed monster had when they jumped out of play. If it takes out an Xyz with five materials, this makes it stronger than F.G.D, one of the two strongest monsters in the game. And this is before it upgrades to Neo Galaxy-Eyes...
  • Mega Manning: Like Yuma, he adds the Numbers he defeats to his Deck.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon.
  • Morality Pet: His brother, Haruto.
  • Near Villain Victory: He almost beat Yuma, literally declaring a winning attack with Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon, but called off the Duel after discovering that Haruto had collapsed.
  • Older Than He Looks: He's actually 18 at the start of the series. Not uncommon given Yugioh's art style.
  • Pet the Dog: It's heartwarming to see Kaito with his brother, to say the least:
    Kaito: You're just dreaming... a bad dream...
    • Another example, he was clearly watching Orbital 7's duel with Yuma that Orbital 7 snuck off to do, proven by the small compliment he gave the guy when he got back.
  • Power-Up Full Color Change: Whenever Kaito goes into Photon Mode.
  • The Rival: Both to Yuma AND Astral. But he considers Astral to be his true rival, whereas Yuma is just an idiot.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: No.56: Goldrat
  • Say My Name: "HARUTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!" He does this many, many, MANY times.
  • Shout-Out: His Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon is a Call Back to Kaiba's Blue-Eyes White Dragon in Duel Monsters, with a similar name theme, appearance and the same stats (3000 ATK/2500 DEF).
    • Also, his ability to change his clothes to white and apparently duel without a D-Gazer is called Duel Mode Photon Change. Is Kaito a displaced 5D's character missing a D-Wheel?
      • Well, Orbital 7 CAN become a motorcycle...
    • His first appearance features him diving off a skyscraper, opening glider wings and smashing through glass to enter a building. Hm...
    • In one scene, he calls his Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon "Waga tamashii" ("My soul" in English). That's what Jack Atlas calls his Red Demon's Dragon / Red Dragon Archfiend.
    • And his Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon is an Expy of Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, and Paladin of Photon Dragon is the "Photon" counterpart of Paladin of White Dragon, Paladin of the Cursed Dragon and Knight of Dark Dragon.
  • Super Mode: He gains the ability to turn Red summon Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon. Neo Galaxy-Eyes itself counts as one for Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon. And we do mean SUPER, given that it's a serious contender for one of the strongest Xyz monsters in the game. Also gains an alternate upgrade for Galaxy-Eyes, Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon. Which is just as strong, but can get stronger far more easily and when it's destroyed, it comes back to BOOT.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Very well-intentioned, and very extreme in his methods.
  • White Knight: It's in the name; "No. 10: White Knight Illuminator", though the CGI makes it look like it's a knight on a Hellish Horse.
  • Worf Effect: Both him and Galaxy-Eyes in the second and third arcs, though they get some of it back in the next two. Neo-Galaxy Eyes gets this in the sixth arc, when it is defeated in battle for the first time by Neo Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon. And just in time for Kite's new ace...
  • Your Soul Is Mine: A side-effect of his Numbers collecting "Photon Hand" is taking the opponent's soul. Though, unusually, Kaito seems to have a problem with taking his opponents' souls.

Zexal II

  • The Atoner/Be All My Sins Remembered: Appears to have become this as of Zexal II, judging by his line to the thugs in episode 75 telling him they'll "send him to hell;"
    Kaito: I'm already headed there. It's where my guilty soul will end up one day. But I'm taking your Barian World with me! Are you ready to repent?
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: His final duel with Mizael has him creating an all new ace monster for himself, Number 62: Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon, out of just sheer willpower as he's slowly dying due to lack of oxygen on account of the duel being on the moon. Not only does he win, he ends up creating and earning the Numeron Code. Then he promptly dies shortly after, but not before passing on the code to Mizael, whom he admits is the better dragon tamer, showing an Always Someone Better moment.
  • Genre Savvy: Warns Yuma that the events surrounding Shingetsu's kidnapping were too convenient, and that it was likely that Yuma, Kaito and Shark were going straight into a trap. Yuma proceeds to ignore Kaito's warning. It bites them pretty hard in the ass.
  • Knight, Knave and Squire: Forms this with Shark and Yuma. Is the knight due to his gathering of the Number cards for the sake of curing his brother Haruto's illness, and his doing so under Dr. Faker's instructions. Additionally, the first Number card that he used is No. 10: White Knight Illuminator, which can be said to be a representation of that nature.
  • Meaningful Name: "Prime" means "Main" or "Important", which could show Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon is the "Main" "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" or important to Photon Dragon.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Defeated Mizael but died from suffocation due to the damage sustained on his spacesuit.

    Friends in Heartland 

Kotori Mizuki (Tori Meadows)

Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (JP), Eileen Stevens (EN)

A friend of Yuma's. She's much more sensible and down-to-earth than he is, so as a result she tends to have to constantly nanny him.

Zexal I

  • The Chick
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Shows some shades of this towards Yuma.
  • Damsel in Distress: She is often used as leverage against Yuma. Even in Zexal II where she does get a fairy deck, it really doesn't make any difference.
  • The Load: Insists on tagging along with Yuma on his adventures even though the situations can be quite dangerous and she can't provide much help or defend herself. She eventually gets a deck but has only used it once in the series (and that when when she was mind controlled).
  • Limited Wardrobe: Averted. In contrast to almost everyone else, she has at least eight outfits she cycles through in addition to her school uniform.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is the most prominently featured female character.
    • Magic Skirt: Her casual wear isn't as bad, but her school uniform's incredibly short.
    • Panty Shot: Averted, most blatantly in episode 13.
  • Multicolored Hair: Two shades of green.
  • Neutral Female
  • Only Sane Man: Especially in episode 97, where she snaps Yuma out of his angst between choosing to protect his firends and Astral, and then Takes a Third Option to save herself and her friends.
  • Say My Name: She's like Orihime basically in that her most used word is "Yuma".
  • Ship Tease: It is heavily implied she harbors a crush on Yuma.
  • The Smart Girl: Shows more than enough tech knowledge to qualify as this.
  • The Watson: When Duel Monsters is involved, allowing any of the more duel-savvy characters such as Tetsuo to explain the rules to her (and the audience).
  • Tsundere
  • Zettai Ryouiki: To varying grades depending on her outfit.

Zexal II

Tetsuo Takeda (Bronk Stone)

Voiced by: Makoto Shimada (JP), Sean Schemmel (EN)

Another one of Yuma's friends. He can be quite competitive and often finds humor in others' failings, particularly with Yuma, but he generally tends to be on Yuma's side. He uses a Clockwork Deck with his Ace Monster being Clockwork Shikigami.

Zexal II

Cathy (Cathy Katherine)

Voiced by: Yu Kobayashi (JP), Bella Hudson (EN)

A shy girl in Yuma's class who has a crush on him. Eventually joins the group when he starts paying attention to her after they duel. Uses a cat themed deck.

Takashi Todoroki (Caswell Francis)

Voiced by: Taishi Murata (JP), Jason Griffith (EN)

The class president and another one of Yuma's friends.

Tokunosuke Omoteura (Flip Turner)

Voiced by: Aki Kaneda (JP), Matt Hoverman (EN)

A clever if somewhat creepy boy who used trickery and cheating when dueling his opponents and believed everyone was a bad person underneath. Yuma defeated him and proved otherwise, and the two became friends in the process. After taking one of Don Thousand's Fake Numbers in the hopes of helping Yuma, he is sacrificed in order to merge the Barian World and Earth together.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Not completely deserved though, see below.
  • Easily Forgiven: Especially since he's still getting into trouble and his antics result in Yuma coming close to losing in a 2-vs-1 duel, though a major part of that is the fact that Astral is being kept captive by No. 96.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Baby Tiragon he snuck into Yuma's deck ends up allowing Yuma to win.
    • Thought that taking one of Don Thousand's artificial Number cards would allow him to help Yuma. Instead, he's converted to energy and is sacrificed.
  • Expy: Of Insector Haga, both in appearance and in tactics (sneaking your opponent a card just to cheat them).
  • Freudian Excuse: When he was younger, a bunch of kids cheated him out of his cards, breaking his faith in others and convincing him to resort to cheating to win.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Not well deserved.
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: His dub name, which reflects on his philosophy and dueling style. Strangely, his last name didn't turn up until a recent character bio on Nicktoons' website.
  • Nerd Glasses: But Yuma thinks they're cool. (In the dub.)
  • Pragmatic Hero: Even after he befriends Yuma, Flip retains his willingness to push moral boundaries, though he is firmly on the good side.
  • The Smart Guy: Street smart to the Rep's tech smart.
  • Snake Oil Salesman
  • Verbal Tic: "-ura," which results in a rather amusing scene in episode 66 when Yuma goes Zexal in front of the WDC audience and they mishear it as "Zexal-ura" due to Tokunosuke's tic.

Ukyo Kitano (Mr. Kay)

Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (JP), Darren Dunstan (EN)

The adviser of the protagonists' class and a teacher in their school. A kind hearted man that has a "small" hobby in hacking. Also the original holder of No. 34: Terror-Byte.

Fuya Okudaira (Nelson Andrews)

Voiced by: Yuichi Iguchi (JP), Wayne Grayson (EN)

A child actor who plays a superhero character called Different Dimension ESPer Robin. However, he doesn't initially enjoy the acting lifestyle all that much, and only performs out of love for his mother. After meeting with Yuma, he becomes more outgoing and willing to go against his rather controlling mother's wishes. The original holder of No. 83: Galaxy Queen.

Anna Kozuki (Anna Kaboom)

Voiced by: Rei Mochizuki (JP), Suzy Myers (EN)

A tomboyish and somewhat violent girl who confuses Yuma with an old crush of hers who she never got the chance to confess to. Even after the truth is revealed, she decides that she likes Yuma and comes to his aid every now and again. Her dueling style is very overpowering, but most of her cards require her to get rid of her backrow and/or hand to maintain, meaning she has few backup options.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: The opening and ending themes prominently feature her as if she is a main cast member. She appears in only eight episodes, with two of those only being cameos. Overall, she tends to appear once or twice an arc
  • Bokukko: Although she actually uses the male-only "ore".
  • Bouquet Toss: In a Flashback scene, she catches it at Tobio and Umimi’s wedding, and finds that Umimi has hidden a strange game card inside of it; the card is key to winning the tag duel with Yuma – against a brainwashed Tobio and Umimi – in the present time.
  • BFG: Her cannon, which has enough power to take chunks out of skyscrapers.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Pulls this on the Duel Coaster to save Yuma from being overwhelmed by a 3-on-1 duel. Then she fires blasts from her cannon at Mizael.
  • Boobs of Steel
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: She's strong enough to punch through concrete.
  • Cute Bruiser: After she develops her crush on Yuma, she tends to blush around him and act a bit less Hot-Blooded.
  • Cool Train/Siege Engines: Her entire deck is centered around them. Her ace card is the culmination of the two: the utterly ridiculous Super Dreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max, a rank 10 Xyz requiring two level 10 monsters.
  • Easily Forgiven: Yeah, Yuma and Tori don't seem to mind the little incident where she tried to kill them and blew up half of downtown Heartland in the process... Or the one where she beat up and tied up one of the Duel Carnival finalists in order to get on the Duel Coaster... (Maybe it's because she helped him with the Fallguys, but still...)
  • Forgotten Childhood Friend
    • Mistaken Identity: The reason Yuma doesn't remember her is because she isn't a childhood friend. Anna was mistaking him for someone named Yuya Tsukune. (Kumo Tsuyuma in the dub.)
  • For Massive Damage: She aims to do as much damage as possible with either high attack or effect damage, but she often tries to inflict more damage than necessary.
  • Gainaxing
  • Genki Girl
  • Glass Cannon: Her dueling style, as Astral notes. She has easy-to-summon monsters with insane attack, including one that rivals Five God Dragon, but they often require high costs to maintain or lock down her own spells/traps so she has virtually no protection if something goes awry.
  • The Gunslinger
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Non-lethal example on two separate occasions, making a move in a duel that has taken her out in order to help Yuma. (Neither duel had any lethal stakes involved - for her at least - so she survived both times. This seems to echo her reckless nature.)
    • Her defeat during the Barian Emperor Onslaught was almost a real one, but she and the others were restored due to Yuma's victory over Nasch.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: She's even worse than Yuma.
  • Played for Laughs: Her intro episode, which starts with her trying to murder Yuma with a giant cannon.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Witness.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Wields a giant cannon.
  • Shout-Out: To Kallen Kozuki of Code Geass.
  • Swiss-Army Weapon: A cannon that can turn into a flying machine. How about that?
  • Tsundere: A sterling example of one.
  • Woman Scorned: Thankfully she's also a tsundere.
  • Yandere: Not quite, but she came awfully close...

Rio Kamishiro (Rio Kastle)

Voiced by: Megumi Han (JP), Alyson Leigh Rosenfield (EN)

Shark's younger twin sister, and also a genius at dueling. She resents being seen only as "Shark's sister" or simply a decoration, and has therefore resolved to become strong enough to be both respected in her own right and able to defend herself against those who would use her against Shark.

She had a previous human incarnation as the princess of an island kingdom, while Shark was the king. An enemy prince (Vector's past incarnation) attacked said kingdom and, after having his Gorgonic Guardians defeated, summoned a deity (No. 73 Abyss Splash the Roaring Waterfall Diety) to smite the kingdom for good. However, a knight riding a Pegasus (Durbe) arrived to assist, giving Rio the opportunity to sacrifice herself to summon another deity (No. 94 Crystal Zero the Polar Ice Princess) to counter. She was eventually reincarnated as Merag, one of the Seven Barian Emperors, but was killed by Vector, who was also reincarnated as a Barian, and was reincarnated into her present life before regaining her past memories and turning back into Merag.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Dislikes it when Yuma calls her "Shark's sister" or variations of it.
  • Action Girl / Badass: Just watch her take on an entire soccer team by her lonesome and WIN.
    • Then she duels a Barian opponent who only saw her as a potential hostage. She wins again.
  • Ambiguously Human: Has been shown to have a power that allows to her sense Barians, as well as entering trancelike states that let her know when they're coming. Then we learn that she herself is a Barian.
  • An Ice Person: Uses ice monsters.
  • Ascended Extra
  • Badass in Distress: In Episode 114 due to being infected by Kurage's jellyfish poison.
  • Big Badass Bird of Prey: Uses an ice winged beast type deck.
  • Big Sister Mentor: To Kotori for dueling.
  • Child Prodigy: Said to be a duelist equal to Shark.
    • The Ace: Is good at pretty much everything and explains that she wants to be strong so she is recognized as something besides "Shark's sister" and so that no one will ever use her to get to Shark again.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Though alive, her injuries produce the same motivation for Shark.
    • The Faceless: Until ZEXAL II, she was always shown in the hospital, covered in bandages.
  • Demonic Possession: Done to her by Abyss in order to give Shark a Secret Test of Character through their duel.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Long-term Yu-Gi-Oh viewers probably expected her to be an Expy of Serenity from the first series. When she finally lost the bandages from her eyes, the first thing she did was...insult Shark for dueling badly before turning away in disgust.
  • Face-Heel Turn: After regaining her memories as Merag, she defects from the heroes and joins the rest of the Barian Emperors to protect her people.
  • Half-Identical Twins
  • Hello, Nurse!: Most of the school's male students instantly start swooning over her, including Tetsuo.
  • Ill Girl: Stuck in the hospital, she is this way after receiving extensive burns from a duel with IV, who was actually doing it on Tron's orders.
  • Magic Skirt: Somehow plays soccer, does martial arts, basketball, and a number of other activities that involve a lot of movement without her incredibly short school skirt causing any problems.
    • Ms. Fanservice: Episode 81 had a "beach volleyball duel" that was a well-crafted excuse to put her in a bikini.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling
  • Not Brainwashed: Both she and Shark willingly abandon their human lives to make up for the mistakes of their past lives. She defeats Tetsuo and continues to stand by Barian World even after he succeeded in reminding her of her human self.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Her past life wears a long, flowing white dress with plenty of decoration.
  • The Ojou
    • She is Ice Queen type and within that, the Iron Lady type, the former being a discussed trope (it helps that she has an Ice-themed deck)
  • She's Got Legs: The first shot of her return to school is a close-up shot of her bare thighs.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female Barian Emperor after transforming back into Merag.
  • Snake People: Uses a Gorgonic deck while possessed by Abyss.
  • That Man Is Dead: After returning to her identity as Merag, she tells Tetsuo "there is no Rio anymore".
  • Why Did It Have To Be Cats?: The end of episode 79 shows that she is very ailurophobic, squealing like a little girl and runs to hide behind Shark when she saw a cute kitten.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A in her school uniform, Grade B in her casual outfit.

Rei Shingetsu (Ray Shadows)

Click here to see him post-reveal 
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (JP), Billy Bob Thompson (EN)

A transfer student to Yuma's school in Zexal II. He is a huge fan of Yuma (due to him being the WDC Champion) and has the energy and exuberance to match him.

His true identity is Vector, one of the Seven Barian Lords and the one responsible for the events of the first season. In order to sabotage Yuma, he takes the identity of "Rei Shingetsu" and carries out an elaborate long con, including the fake "reveal" that he was a fictional "Barian's Guardian. Because of this, he is able to convince Yuma to include "Barian's" cards in his deck, after which he stages "Rei's" kidnapping to draw Yuma into the Barian World and reveals his true identity.

For tropes applicable to his true form, see Seven Barian Lords > Vector.
  • Anime Hair: It's considered ridiculous even in terms of the franchise.
  • Badass Adorable: A kind, well-meaning, friendly guy who makes a fool of himself in front of others with extreme regularity - and also makes a living out of leading evil Barians. Subverted to high hell after The Reveal, though.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: By the Barian's Force card for an extremely short time in episode 85. Subverted in that he was actually evil and crazy anyway.
  • Butt Monkey: In a similar fashion to Yuma. Case in point, during episode 87 he attempts to find a shortcut to school to stop he and Yuma from being late again - and then they both end up getting chased by a pack of dogs because of it.
  • Catch Phrase: "Yokare to omotte!" It was originally translated as "Let's think positive," but that didn't fit the context for most of his uses of it, and it's now translated as either "Meaning well"/"I only mean well," "With the best intentions," or "It's for the best."
    • In the dub, he likes to say that he does things "the 'Ray Way'".
    • As Vector, he's used the phrase "Yokarane koto o hajimeyou janai ka", which can be simplified to "With the worst intentions"/"Let's start something for the worst".
  • Crash into Hello: How he's introduced, though in a somewhat questionable fashion.
  • Distressed Dude: Subverted. Turns out to be a case of Faked Kidnapping in order to lure Yuma in. See Take Me Instead entry below
  • Establishing Character Moment: Introduced as running late to school and then tripping over Yuma because he didn't stop in time, pretty much cementing the fact that he's an energetic (and accident-prone) force to rival Yuma himself.
  • Expy: To a degree, he can be considered an expy of Johan and Bruno from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds; all three are new friends to the protagonist who appear a significant way into the series, and share enough similarities to the protagonist for them to hit it off as friends easily. Except he's actually legitimately evil, instead of forced evil like Johan or "evil" but very helpful like Bruno.
    • And to Jack Atlas. At least in hairstyle and looks.
    • He's a bit like Banner with the whole "innocent façade hiding the fact that he's one of the bad guys" thing.
  • Foreshadowing: The monsters he uses as Rei during the duel with Gilag are happy, cute creatures; however, when they attack or use an effect, they show slight hints of dark, shadowy intentions, providing a clue to Rei's true nature.
  • Hot-Blooded: Not surprising, considering this series.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: His hair has so many different spikes that it'd be practically impossible to maintain in reality.
  • Insistent Terminology: Yuma isn't his partner, Yuma is his subordinate.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Uses "boku," which contrasts with Yuma's use of "ore". Switches to "watashi" when he reveals his "true" self, and uses "ore" in his actual true form.
  • Knight Templar: Shows signs of this after attacking and injuring Alito for no apparent reason.
  • Large Ham: He's incredibly over-the-top for various reasons, to the point where the fandom's divided on whether it's annoying or endearing.
  • Light Is Not Good: Uses LIGHT-attributed monsters...while secretly being the Big Bad.
  • The Load: Considers himself this, as do the other characters to some degree. In reality, he's quite the opposite.
    Rei: I know. I'm terrible at dueling. I'm cowardly and useless.
  • Master Actor: Effortlessly switches between foolish, well-intentioned middle school student Rei Shingetsu, and his "true" persona of the Barian's Guardian, who is utterly serious, and somewhat cold and demeaning, to his actual true persona of Vector who is the Big Bad and a sadistic jerk who loves mocking people.
    Rei: Shingetsu Rei is an act this world must buy.
  • Meaningful Name/Incredibly Lame Pun: The kanji for "Rei" can also be read as "zero". The first thing we see him do in a duel a 0 ATK monster. In attack position, no less.
    • The Dub Name also qualifies. Ray can be used to refer to Light, the attribute of his Shining Monsters (And his Number: masquerade). While Shadows is a rather obvious tell for Darkness and is the attribute of the Umbral horror monster (and by extension his Chaos Number)
  • Nightmare Face: Done as part of The Reveal. Just before revealing his true form, Rei adopts a twisted face where his whole face seems to be twisted into a V shape.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: He's remarkably fine with chatting to Yuma while Yuma's head is still between his legs due to the position they fell in, gets rather huggy with him and drags him off with a piggyback at the end of 76.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Seems to have been the only one to really find Girag's Sports Duel Tournament suspicious.
    • Finally confirmed properly in episode 88, which reveals that he's part of a faction of Barians who protect rather than destroy, and his job is basically to get rid of the destructive Barians for the sake of protecting Earth and the Astral World.
      • And then turns out to be even more a case of this trope, since he's actually the villain responsible for the events of series 1.
  • Purple Eyes: Fits the "strange or mysterious talents/heritage".
  • The Reveal: When he tosses "Rank Up Magic - Limited Barian's Force" to Yuma, finally confirming that he's a Barian.
    • And then again in 96, when he begins to stand up from being "dead," much to Yuma's relief...and then laughs horribly and mockingly, tells Yuma he was "just kidding," and transforms into Vector.
  • Sixth Ranger: Joins the group in Zexal II.
  • Take Me Instead: Essentially pulls this in 94 when he dives in front of Vector's magical hand before it grabs Yuma and ends up getting kidnapped in his place. Turns out to be a case of Faked Kidnapping/Decoy Damsel.
  • Tender Tears: Episode 87, when he points out that while he may be useless and an awful duelist, he's still Yuma's friend and therefore doesn't want him to fight Girag alone when it was Rei he wanted to fight in the first place. May or may not have been Crocodile Tears.
  • Walking Spoiler: Take note of the number of spoilers. Let's just say there's more to him than meets the eye.

    Tsukumo Household 

Akari Tsukumo (Kari Tsukumo)

Voiced by: Nami Miyahara (JP), Rebecca Soler (EN)

Yuma's responsible older sister who works as a journalist.
  • Cool Big Sis: An odd example, seeing as she actually is the protagonist's big sister. Yuma is the first protagonist in the franchise to even have a sibling.
  • Cool Bike: An old, gas-engine motorcycle. Inherited from her father.
  • Hot Scoop
  • Intrepid Reporter: She'll take any risks she has to in order get the latest news; doesn't always work.
  • Tsundere: Towards Charlie.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Charlie. She lets him kiss her, but she always slaps him afterwards.

Mirai Tsukumo (Mira Tsukumo)

Voiced by: Eri Miyajima (JP), Veronica Taylor (EN)

  • Missing Mom: She is revealed to be in the Astral World and has been reunited with her husband.

Kazuma Tsukumo

Voiced by: Ichiro Mikami (JP), Sean Schemmel (EN)

  • Cut the Safety Rope: Does this to save Mirai in a flashback in Episode 19, when he is dangling over the edge of a precipice with only her holding him up. He survives, winding up in the Astral World, where a figure resembling Astral gives him the Emperor's Key and shows him a vision of the Astral World being attacked.
  • Disappeared Dad: Disappeared at the same time as Byron, due to Faker's actions, but hasn't resurfaced like Byron did as Tron.
  • Mysterious Parent
  • Spanner in the Works: As Eliphas reveals to Yuma, him coming to Astral World drastically ruined the plans of Astral World and Eliphas, with Kazuma altering Astrals programming and sent him to Yuma.

Haru Tsukumo

Voiced by: Ikuko Tani (JP), Kathryn Cahill (EN)

Obomi (Lillybot)

Voiced by: Yuko Sanpei (JP)

    Tron Family 
The Tron Family are a group obsessed with attaining revenge on Dr. Faker for destroying their family, and based on the technology they use it seems they once worked for him much like Kaito does now. Tron and V, when they were still Byron and Chris, did work for him for a time, resulting in Byron's transformation into Tron and the disappearance of Yuma's father.

All of them share the following tropes:
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Tron is sanguine, III is phlegmatic, IV is choleric and V is melancholic.
  • Knight, Knave and Squire: The three Tron brothers: V is the knight, IV is the Knave, and III is the squire.
  • Power Tattoo: The tattoos on their hands/foreheads prevent Kaito or Astral from taking their Numbers from them.
  • Revenge: Mainly against Faker and the Tenjo brothers, but IV also has a seperate vendetta against Shark.
  • Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Each of them cheated in some way.
    • Tron uses his crest's power to eliminate any trap cards caught in his way during the duel carnival ride (how far this is cheating is debatable as Droite was the one who placed most of them deliberately to stop Tron).
    • V had an incredibly broken monster on his field and he let Kaito know at last second.
    • lll erased the word "Kattobing" and killed Astral from Yuma's memories, severely diminishing his dueling skills.
    • IV tricked Shark into peeking in his deck to get him disqualified, and led Shark into a Magma field where his monsters are at a disadvantage.

Tron/Byron Arclight (Vetrix)

Click here to see what's under his mask. 

Voiced by: Sachi Kokuryu (JP), Sebastian Arcelus (EN)

Leader of the family due to being the father, and the one who is mainly seeking revenge against Dr. Faker, Tron is utterly ruthless in his quest for revenge, and breaks down several of the characters in the way of this quest before his eventual defeat by Yuma. Though he uses his sons as pawns, he does show genuine concern for them at times, leading to his regret and apology to them after his defeat. As of episode 71, he has reconciled with Faker, but it's unknown as to whether we'll see him again, as he seems to be trapped in either the Astral or Barian World.

Tron's deck theme is the Heraldic Beasts, based on creatures shown on family crests and coats-of-arms. In accordance with this, his ace Number is No. 8: Heraldic King - Genome Heriter, and later becomes No. 69: God Medallion Coat of Arms. His own abilities also display this somewhat, as the DNA strands shown when he uses his powers imply a theme of family ancestry and genetic links.
  • Abusive Parents: To III, IV and V, who he sees as nothing but pawns to further his revenge against Dr. Faker.
  • Big Bad: A serious contender at the very least, until he's defeated by Yuma.
  • The Chessmaster: As if his plans before the WDC weren't good enough, he manages to factor in Shark's newly acquired Chaos Xyz as a way to both gain control of Shark and get rid of Yuma, even though he'd been previously unaware of Chaos Xyz monsters.
  • Cool Mask: Even reflected by Genome Heriter. When it uses its power to 'become' another monster, the only part of its regular form which remains is its mask.
    • In episode 63 he takes it off to reveal an AR copy of Haruto's face.
    • In episode 66, he takes it off again and shows his true face; a black hole where his eye-socket would normally go, and a nebula floating beside it.
  • Creepy Child: Except he's not.
  • Enfant Terrible: Except he's not.
  • Evil Laugh: Very mocking and creepy at that.
  • Eye Scream: A black hole for an eye socket is hidden behind his mask.
  • Fountain of Youth: He's actually the father of III, IV, and V, but was left with the body of a child due to Dr. Faker.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Loves inflicting this upon his opponents by use of his Number cards, which steal the names and effects of their Xyz monsters for his own use. This is how he wins against Droite and Kaito.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Takes great delight in taunting Dr. Faker in episode 64 when he's about to beat Kaito with Coat of Arms.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates just about everyone, from Shark to his own sons, who he refers to as 'pawns'. In episode 58, he even says he only trusts himself and the `Barian World.
  • Mind Rape: To Droite in episode 54 by taking her memories of Kaito.
  • Not So Different: He compares himself to both Shark and Kaito. With Shark, he points out that both are motivated by revenge. With Kaito, he points that both would do horrible things for what's important to them; Tron's willing to sacrifice his sons and do other horrible things for his revenge on Dr. Faker, while Kaito is willing to hunt and steal souls for his brother.
    • He is also this to Faker, as both try to do what's best, but their methods are definitely questionable.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: That laughing joke of a kid with a mask? Watch him absolutely massacre Droite once he gets serious.
    • And then he one-upped himself and beat Kaito.
  • Power Copying: Genome Heriter's power allows it to take the form and name of another monster, while leaving that monster nameless.
    • His other Number, No. 69: God Medallion Coat of Arms, is also able to steal monster effects, but with the added effect of negating them as well.
    • He is also able to take a person's Numbers from them much like Photon Hand and Astral are capable of, as demonstrated after he beat Kaito.
  • The Power of Hate: Coat of Arms runs on this, so Tron was trying to create hatred and anger so that he could summon it. He finally succeeds in his duel with Kaito.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Is a Type C. Counts as one due to his chronological age.
  • Revenge: Sure, this is stated above, right? However, as it turns out, it's only really Tron who desires revenge against Faker. His sons, III, IV, and V, are only going along with the ride because they want their "real" father back, with all three actually asking their opponents after they're beaten to help save their family.
  • Scaled Up: In Haruto's mental world in episode 64, he turns into a monstrous dragon to oppose Yuma. However, Hope promptly kills it in two hits.
  • Sigil Spam: His Crest.
  • Sphere of Destruction: Can conjure one, but has yet to use it for any functional purpose.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Gets a minor one whenever Yuma keeps sabotaging his plan.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Is quite capable of this, as he was unaware of the Numbers' Chaos forms, yet was able to factor this knowledge in and use it to his advantage to gain control of Shark.
  • You Are What You Hate: What Faker did to him is bad, but his actions at the World Duel Carnival make him just as bad, or arguably worse.

III/Michael Arclight (Trey)

Voiced by: Kyousuke Ikeda (JP), Wayne Grayson (EN)

A kind young man who only wishes to see his family back together and happy again like they once were, III initially has little drive to seek revenge, and is visibly pained by several of Tron's acts. However, the sight of Yuma's happy family reminds him of what he's fighting for, and he comes very close to utterly crushing Yuma's spirit, killing Astral, and tearing open a doorway to the Barian World (unknowingly) before his defeat. He also becomes the first character to fall comatose due to overuse of the Numbers' power.

His deck theme is the OOPArts, a group of monsters representing historical anomalies, as III believes that they show the influence of other worlds on the Earth's development, and his favourite monster is OOPArts Aztec Mask Golem. However, his aces are both Numbers; No. 33: OOPArts Superweapon - Machu Mach, and later No. 6: OOPArts Atlanthal. He was also the previous owner of No. 32: Marine Biting Dragon - Shark Drake, before it was passed on to Shark.

Zexal I

  • Evil Costume Switch: To a gladiator during his duel with Yuma.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Certainly wasn't a good guy to begin with, but having dinner with the protagonist and his family and trying to kill him directly after probably qualifies III for this.
  • Friendly Enemy: With Yuma.
  • Shout-Out: He looks like a Spear Counterpart of Euphemia li Britannia.
  • Sacrificial Lion: The first major duelist to be bedridden and put out of commission due to abuse of the immense power of the Numbers.
  • Token Good Teammate: III is far more friendly and kind than his brothers. Although he did become the exact opposite during his duel with Yuma, it was only due to the power of Tron's crest and his extreme determination to save his family, so that really shouldn't count since it wasn't permanent; right after he lost, he reverted back to his original personality.

Zexal II

IV/Thomas Arclight (Quattro)

Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (JP), Darren Dunstan (EN)

The champion of the Asian Dueling Circuit, and responsible for Shark's fall from grace from said circuit, due to setting up his deck to fall over in the waiting room, IV shows a kind and humble face to his many fans, but acts with sadism and malice to all others. He has a personal grudge with Shark for various reasons, including his involvement in the hospitalisation of Shark's twin sister, Rio, and Tron's eventual use of Shark as an assassin against Faker rather than IV, but is also spiteful towards any others who have close family ties because of how he and his brothers have suffered in the past. He cares greatly for his family despite this, and asks Shark to save his father after his defeat.

IV's deck consists of Gimmick Puppets, an archetype mostly reliant on its Xyz Monsters, and has used three ace Numbers depending on the situation; No. 15: Gimmick Puppet - Giant Killer, No. 40: Gimmick Puppet - Heaven's Strings, and No. 88: Gimmick Puppet - Destiny Leo.

Zexal I

  • Ax-Crazy: Begins to lose it somewhat during his duel with Shark. Mostly attributed to Tron screwing with him during the duel.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While around fans, he pretends to be a friendly and noble person, but to those who know him, he's an evil manipulative jerk who enjoys others' pain.
  • Catch Phrase: FANSERVICE!!
  • Creepy Doll: His deck-type.
  • Expy: Bears an uncanny resemblance to Takuto Tsunashi (in his pilot form) from Star Driver; hair, coat, and all.
  • Fanservice: He won't stop talking about it...although his idea of fanservice is a lot different from what the trope is usually about.
  • Four Is Death: Easily the most sadistic of the brothers, though Tron does not think so, and it pisses him off to no end.
  • Freudian Excuse: Like all of the Tron siblings, he has suffered quite a bit thanks to Dr Faker's betrayal. It's implied during the Tag Duel with III that this is why IV insists on making other people suffer.
    • Not helped by the fact that he's Tron's least favorite.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Tron's abuse has made him insanely paranoid of anyone he values more than him.
  • Hidden Depths: With all of the vague Foreshadowing, one would be surprised if his character didn't take this turn.
    • Shown in episode 58. All he wants is for his father, Byron Arclight, to return from behind the mask of Tron. And he reveals that he didn't intend to hurt Shark's sister, and that Tron was responsible as he gave IV a cursed card.
  • The Hunter: Numbers Hunter. He collected most of the Numbers they're currently using.
  • Instant-Win Condition: Destiny Leo has one.
  • Jerkass: The biggest one of the siblings, doubles as a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk.
  • Kick the Dog: Even after defeating Tetsuo and Takashi with a One Turn Kill, he still attacks them with Giant Killer, hurting them even more.
  • Man in White: IV's standard clothing in the series. He has worn different outfits in the past, however.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Organized Shark's fall from grace and severely injured Shark's sister, Rio, in a duel.
    • Subverted. Tron was effectively the one that organized everything, while IV simply followed orders. In fact, IV did not even intend to hurt Shark's sister - it was actually Tron's intervention that caused it. IV had used a card, Flaming Hell Blessing, that was given to him by Tron, but he was unaware that it had the capability of inflicting real damage. As a result, IV had unintentionally hurt Shark's sister, and IV even went out of his way to save her from the resultant fire (started by the card) straight away, which also caused the scar on his face.
  • Marionette Master: His deck.
    • Goes into Irony since he's being used by a Tron as one, which is made worse since he's his father.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: IV is averse to being The Unfavourite, to say the least, which is why he tries the hardest out of all the brothers.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite usually being a complete sadist, he seems to genuinely care about his family a great deal. In fact, IV showed the most concern out of the Tron siblings when III was defeated by Yuma. In addition, when Tron openly called III and IV disappointments, IV's first reaction was to stand up for III, and he did not even bother trying to defend himself.
    • After his duel with Shark, he explains just what exactly happened to Shark's sister and entrusts his revenge to Shark.
  • Revenge Before Reason: In his duel with Shark during the WDC, he's so anxious to make Shark's defeat as complete as possible, that he makes a grave error, taking a gamble in order to activate an effect that would have done incredible damage if it had worked when he could have simply won by using an option that would have finished his opponent quickly. The gamble fails to pay off, and he loses as a result. (Of course, you could probably blame Tron for this one too. His cruel taunting made IV jealous of Shark, and want to prove himself in the eyes of his father.)
  • The Rival: Of Shark.
  • The Unfavorite: Tron trusts III and V a lot more than IV due to his recklessness and anger issues.
  • Say My Name: THHHRRREEEEEE! When Kaito beats III with Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon.
  • Slasher Smile: He along with Shark and Kaito.
  • Smoke Shield: Happens every time he uses Gimmick Box. Surprisingly, it doesn't happen in his duel with Shark.
  • Stepford Smiler: Type C, a face which he shows the world.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In episode 58, where he breaks down in front of Tron when he realizes his father doesn't care about him, III or V at all, protesting that he did everything Tron wished for with the hope of Byron Arclight returning.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Is the most willing and will go the furthest to please Tron, yet is also the least appreciated by Tron.

Zexal II

  • Cool Loser: V actually refers to Shark "as the only man IV ever called a friend".
  • I Know You Are In There Somewhere Fight: Tries this on Shark. Shark instead makes him give into hatred so he'll stop trying.
  • Story Breaker Power: Disaster Leo. A 3500 ATK behemoth that deals 4000 damage upon using a single overlay unit, without any side effects whatsoever. In most cases, this will certainly mean a One-Hit Kill, as duelists start with exactly 4000 Life Points. If that wasn't enough, this card still retains the automatic-victory effect of Destiny Leo, allowing the player to win the duel once it no longer has overlay units.
  • Super Mode: Gains "Rank-Up-Magic Argent Chaos Force", letting him Rank-Up his Numbers.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He was already one of the stronger duelists within Zexal I, but with the aid of Argent Chaos Force, he manages to become powerful enough to nearly defeat the strongest Barian Emperor. In fact, the only reason he lost was due to Nasch's deck being a natural counter to IV's. (Nasch's deck focused on Life Point and Overlay Unit manipulation, allowing him to survive the effects of IV's Disaster Leo.)
  • Took a Level in Kindness: MUCH nicer now than he was before.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Acts like this during his tag team duel with Shark.

V/Chris Arclight (Quinton)

Voiced by: Shouma Yamamoto (JP), Ted Lewis (EN)

The oldest of the Tron siblings, V is generally quite calm and reasonable, and takes the role of the responsible older brother to his younger siblings; however, his greatest loyalty is to Tron, and will berate his brothers for going against him. His drive for revenge is greater than that of the other two brothers, as he also worked for Faker at the time of his father's disappearance. Prior to the series, he was a mentor to Kaito and taught him how to duel, but then discovered that Kaito and Haruto were Faker's sons and abandoned them both, which Kaito has never truly forgiven him for. However, he eventually loses to Kaito, who explains that he doesn't have to be loyal to his father if he doesn't want to. He then expresses his affection for the Tenjo brothers before leaving and falling comatose due to his Crest. His deck theme switched from a "Hell" theme mostly based on Spells and Traps to a space Machine theme, and his ace monster was No. 9: Sky Canopy Star - Dyson Sphere.

Zexal I

Zexal II

  • The Smart Guy: He and Kaito build a dimensional transporter together. He also created a Rank-Up-Magic.

    Dr. Faker Faction 

Haruto Tenjo (Hart Tenjo)

As of Zexal II 
Voiced by: Yuko Sanpei (JP), Bella Hudson (EN)

Kaito's brother, whose illness can (apparently) can only be cured if Kaito gathers the Numbers monsters.

In the manga, he owns No. 28: Titanic Moth.

Zexal I

  • Berserk Button: Do not harm Kaito. Do not insinuate that you're going to harm Kaito. Do not remind Haruto of an event in which Kaito was harmed. He will find a way to utterly wreck you.
  • Creepy Child: Before he even appeared, fans were calling him 'Creepy Moon Child' for his appearance in the opening. When he finally did appear, he took the trope Up to Eleven.
    Haruto: I need more and more screams...
  • Creepy Child: Sometimes; when he's acting creepy, he comes across as genuinely creepy, but his design also fits fairly squarely into a typical cute child design.
  • Creepy Monotone: Most of the time, though quite noticable in episode 40; even when he's panicking, his voice is still fairly monotone.
  • Cute and Psycho: Oh look, an adorable little kid who looks up to and loves his brother...and spends many of his days bombing innocent beings of another world.
  • Designated Victim: Though he often finds ways to assist in getting himself out of these situations. Expresses guilt about this (and the fact that Kaito and Yuma often endanger themselves to help him) in episode 71.
    Haruto: for my sake...for me...
  • Dissonant Laughter: In episode 13, when he starts giggling extremely creepily after we've just heard the screams of the beings victim to the trash-bomb attacks on the Astral World.
  • Double Consciousness: Is essentially split between his forcibly insane half, and his sweet, kind child half, which occasionally surfaces for a heartwarming moment before sinking again. The "sweet, kind child" half returns for good in episode 71, where it finally breaks through from where it had been locked away.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good
    Haruto: Brother, why are they laughing?
  • Fantastically Indifferent: Upon first seeing Astral (who is generally reacted to with shock, awe or similar), he doesn't ask anything about his ghostly appearance, why he's floating, or other entirely valid questions. No, Haruto has much bigger concerns.
    Haruto: ...Aren't you cold?
  • Flashback Nightmare: When he attempts to sleep at Yuma's house in episode 40, he has a nightmare about the time he and Kaito attempted to escape Heartland Tower. Needless to say, it didn't end well.
  • Improbable Age/Older than They Look: A flashback Kaito has to five years ago shows Haruto looking fairly similar to what he does at present, giving the implication that Haruto is actually around Yuma's age or slightly younger as opposed to about 8.
  • It's All My Fault: Has a guilt-trip in episode 71 because he percieves that the danger Kaito and Yuma are in at that point is largely his fault.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Started off as just being this to Kaito, since whenever he goes missing Kaito tends to go into something resembling berserker rage until he's returned. As of episode 72-73, he also acts as this to Dr. Faker to a degree, making him the emotional crutch of the Tenjo family in general.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Though it may be down to his "disease".
  • Mental World: The house where he and Kaito lived as children, which he drags Yuma into several times to ask for his help in saving Kaito or saving his own mind from Tron's influence.
  • No Social Skills: During his time on the streets of Heartland, he crosses a busy road without traffic lights, sends parts of vehicles to another dimension, and is out of place at the Tsukumo household's dinner until Astral shows him to eat.
    • He really seems to be unaware of his surroundings entirely.
  • Now Let Me Carry You: His speech to Tron in episode 43 demonstrates this fairly well.
    Haruto: You have no idea how much my brother protects me. How much he wants to protect me. This time...I will protect my brother!
  • Person of Mass Destruction: When he has a flashback-induced Freak Out in episode 40, it's mentioned that he could potentially destroy everything with his powers.
  • Reality Warper: Is capable of tearing open portals between dimensions.
  • Sphereof Destruction: When he's angry, in danger or upset, he can create a sphere which transports anything within it that isn't in contact with him to another dimension.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Caramel is important to him, due to a significant event in his backstory involving it, but his actual favourite food/drink is hot chocolate.

Zexal II

  • Put on a Bus: Justified, given that there's no way in hell that Kaito would want him involved in the Interdimensional War again.

Orbital 7

A robot who assists Kaito in Numbers hunting through the use of a variety of abilities, most prominent of which is the power to stop time.

Mr. Heartland

Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP), Darren Dunstan (EN)

The mayor of Heartland, Mr. Heartland works with Dr. Faker and is Kaito's handler. He is the holder of No. 1: Infection Baal Zebul.

In the manga he owns No. 82: Heartlandraco and No. 52: Diamond Crab King.

Zexal I

Zexal II

  • Animal Motifs: Flies.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Has been turned into a fly.
    • And now Vector gave him some of Don Thousand's power, resulting in him transforming back and becoming...
  • Berserk Button: Pretty much anything concerning Kaito or Kaito interrupting him/not acting the way he wants.
  • Catch Phrase: "Fly Burning!" is his new one ever since he turned into a fly and after becoming a human again.
  • The Dragon: It appears he, rather than a Barian, has become Vector's chief agent, even commanding numerous other agents in the field. Including scary, memory stealing Semimaru.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: Not only is he Vector's Dragon, but he's also narcissistic and break downs into tears when a statue of himself is destroyed.
  • From Bad to Worse: You thought it was bad when Astral vanished after the duel with Black Mist? Well, now Heartland is back, more powerful, and has made a nightmarish new scheme with Vector.
  • Genre Savvy: Has counters prepared for Yuma's most commonly used combo and the power of ZEXAL. Neither ultimately works, but most opponents do little more than yell "What!?" when either of these things happen.
  • Killed Off for Real: This probably happened after he dueled Kaito during the Legendary Numbers War, and it was not a Disney Death this time. He was assaulted by a mob of the Fake Numbers he had used to overrun Heartland City, and was burned alive.
  • One-Winged Angel: Eventually he assumes a Barian form, which is hideous, even when compared to other residents of Barian World. It's still insect-like, but hulking, muscular, and demonic, with a head that mutates into a bulbous thorax with jagged teeth and a set of jagged mandibles across his face. He also has seven red eyes along his abdomen and one at the top of his forehead.
  • Super Empowering: It appears Semimaru got his powers from Heartland.
  • Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: He tries to rig the duel between III and Yuma and Semimaru, halving their life points and adding it to Semimaru's.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: An Implied Trope, and a subversion. He thinks he's this, and admits he's one. In fact, before his duel with Kaito, he quotes the famous quote on the Trope page by Bernard of Clairvaux almost word-for-word. However, it's doubtful most would agree he does what he does for anything other than greed and lust for power.

Dr. Faker

Voiced by: Shinji Ogawa (JP), Ryan Stadler (EN)

The man at the center of the Faker faction. The mad scientist who controls Heartland City from behind the scenes; he created the Photon series to hunt Numbers, as well inventing the D-Gazer contacts and Duel Anchor that Kaito, Gauche, Droite and the Tron brothers use. Bears an mysterious grudge against Xyz Monsters in general, and has bone to pick with the Astral World. The main antagonist to the first three seasons of Zexal. He's also Kaito's and Haruto's father. His deck theme is "Garbage," and based on getting out two main Number monsters; No. 53: Fake-Body God, Heart-eartH and No. 92: Fake-Body God Dragon, Heart-eartH Dragon.
  • Arch Nemesis Dad: To Kaito.
  • Deal with the Devil: His deal with the Barians was like this, definitely.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Of the first three arcs.
  • Good All Along: Everything he has done was all for the sake of keeping Haruto alive.
  • Mad Scientist: But not as mad as everyone thought.
  • Man Behind the Man: He's Mr. Heartland's boss, actually.
    • The Barian World could be considered this to Dr. Faker.
  • Large Ham: Good god, does he ham it up.
  • Loophole Abuse: In the three-on-one duel against Yuma, Kaito, and Shark during the Season Finale of season one, he starts the duel with 12,000 Life Points (triple the normal amount) while his opponents share a pool of 4,000. (And this is his condition.) While it seems fair on the surface, it is not; it gives him a huge advantage. (If he had let his three opponents each use an individual Life Point total of 4,000, then him starting with triple the amount might have been fair.)
  • Love Makes You Evil: His love for Haruto, his son, has led him to commit several horrific acts over the course of the series. His betrayal of Byron and Kazuma, collecting the Numbers Cards, and the attempted destruction of the Astral World were all for the sake of keeping Haruto alive.
  • Obviously Evil: Why the hell does Kaito trust the guy called Faker? How many clues does the guy need?!
    • It's revealed that Kaito doesn't really trust Faker at all. Kaito even calls Faker "The Devil" (though that's later implied to be Heartland he's talking about). However, Dr. Faker is still ultimately Kaito's father, and Kaito views it as a necessary evil until Haruto gets better.
  • Oh Crap: After a momentary Hope Spot, Vector says Faker's name, and you can practically see him crap bricks when he hears it.
  • Puppet King: His role in the manga is... rather different, to say the least. He'd actually already died about a year before, of the same disease ailing his son, and Heartland locked up his mummified corpse in his lab and projected holograms of him to legitimize his own corrupt rule.
  • The Reveal: Fans were more then a little surprised to find out he's actually Kaito and Haruto's father.
    • Even more surprising is the revelation that he actually cares about his children, and in fact, has been doing everything for the sake of keeping Haruto alive.
    • In the manga, the fact that he was Dead All Along; all the times we'd seen him were ruses created by Heartland.
  • Robot Master: Presumably he designed and built the small army of obots used to collect the trash which is then used as ammunition in his assault on Astral World, which are later used by Heartland as Mecha-Mooks against the Shark and Kaito.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Seems to believe that the 'Astral World' is a threat to the world as a whole, and so is doing all this to fight it.
    • That actually turns out to be a lie, but surprisingly, this trope is still played straight. The truth is that Faker made a deal with the Barian World; in exchange for keeping Haruto alive, Faker would destroy the Astral World.
  • Xanatos Gambit: While Kaito's loss against Tron was unexpected and surprised him, it still didn't affect his plans. His real goal was for as many numbers as possible to be collected so that they could be used in the Sphere Field, the arena for the WDC finals which collects their energy for his own use.

Gauche (Nistro)

Voiced by: Go Shinomiya (JP), Jason Griffith (EN)

A hot-blooded duelist and one of Heartland's assistants, he originally takes the role of administrator for the WDC. However, his duel with Yuma causes him to enter the tournament in order to settle the score with him. His first deck shown is a "Bounzer" deck, with the ace monster being Photon Strike Bouncer. His real deck is a "Heroic" deck, with the ace monster Heroic Champion - Excalibur.

Zexal I

  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: A major theme of his Heroic Champion deck is raw power, particularly Heroic Champion - Excalibur.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Butt Monkey: At times, especially after swearing he will be the only one to beat Yuma/Astral.
  • Childhood Friends: With Droite.
  • Child Soldiers: A flashback he has in episode 59 strongly suggests Mr. Heartland took him and Droite in at a young age.
  • Foil: To Droite.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Friendly Enemy: A bit of a side effect due to his mindset of being The Only One Allowed to Defeat You, but Gauche seems to be warming up to Yuma.
    • So much so that after losing to him in episode 59, he gives him Heroic Champion - Excalibur.
  • Go Nagai Sideburns
  • Heroic Second Wind: His ace monster can't attack unless Gauche is about to lose, but when it can attack, it can double its attack to 4000, meaning it can take out almost anything it's aimed at. He also has a card called Heroic Chance which doubles a Heroic monster's attack, which he used in a pinch.
  • Hot-Blooded: He could give Jack Atlas a run for his money in this department.
  • Honor Before Reason: Opts to restore Yuma's life points to 4000 so they can have a duel on equal ground despite it being suggested that Mr. Heartland rigged the duel coaster to give Gauche an easy win.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Gauche is the red to Droite's blue.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: After fighting Yuma once, and discovering that Yuma has the "original Number", Gauche makes it his mission to beat Yuma and one-up Kaito.
  • Theme Naming: Gauche and Droite mean "left" and "right" in French, respectively.
    • You can also apply this to their dub names, as "Nistro" is short for "sinistro", which means "left" in Italian, while "Dextra" comes from "dexter", another term for one's right which also means female right-handed in Portuguese.
    • Also with his Heroic Champions, which are named after mythical weapons: Excalibur, Gandiva and Kusanagi.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Yuma this. He even heals him to 4000 Life Points in episode 59 so they can have a true duel, and gets annoyed when Yuma doesn't go at full strength. And after losing, he gives Yuma his Heroic Champion - Excalibur.
  • Younger Than He Looks: He's 19, but sure as hell doesn't look like it.

Zexal II

Droite (Dextra)

Voiced by: Yumi Fukamizu (JP), Veronica Taylor (EN)

One of Heartland's assistants alongside Gauche, Droite is quite calm, cool and collected, and administrates the WDC alongside Gauche. She joins the tournament with him, however, and eventually shows her own motivations for doing so. Her deck theme is the "Butterfly Assassin" monsters, with her ace being Photon Butterfly Assassin, and it runs on a combination of lockdown and burn tactics that allow her low-ATK monsters to deal a lot of damage.

Zexal I

  • Badass: Almost beats Tron in episode 54 with a powerful combo. Sadly, Tron turns it around with his Number.
  • Childhood Friends: With Gauche.
  • Child Soldiers:A flashback Gauche has in episode 59 strongly suggests Mr. Heartland took her and Gauche in at a young age.
  • Foil: To Gauche.
  • Ice Queen
  • I Owe You My Life: To Kite who saved her once, which is why she's been so protective of him.
  • Pretty Butterflies: Droite's entire deck consists of them. Though, strangely enough, none of them are actually Insect-Type monsters.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Droite is the blue to Gauche's red.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Most notably in episode 50, where she shows a lot of concern about Kaito when she finds out he's slowly dying from his Photon Change.
  • Theme Naming: Gauche and Droite mean "left" and "right" in French, respectively.
    • You can also apply this to their dub names, as "Nistro" is short for "sinistro", which means "left" in Italian, while "Dextra" comes from "dexter", another term for one's right which also means female right-handed in Portuguese.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Her monsters are lacking in attack and her ace monsters are a bit weak, but she uses many spells and traps to make them very dangerous.
  • Younger than She Looks: Not as drastic as Gauche, but 19 year-old Droite looks like she could easily be a matured woman in her twenties.

Zexal II

  • Defrosting Ice Queen: After becoming Gauche's manager, she is more noticeably friendly towards other people.

    Numbers Duelists 

Jin (Fortuno)

Voiced by: Ken Narita (JP), Jamie McGonnigal (EN)

A very creepy fortune-teller, and also a Numbers Hunter who idolizes Kaito to an insane and stalkerish degree. Held three Numbers; No. 16: Ruler of Colours, Shock Ruler; No. 11: Big Eye; and one unnamed Number claimed by Kaito.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Averted to a degree. While he is honestly a Numbers Hunter like Kaito, in the end Kaito discards him and takes his Numbers, proving how unimportant Jin really was to him.
  • Femme Fatalons: Dear god, look at those things!
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: Kidnaps Yuma's friends and hangs them over a lava pit to convince Yuma to Duel him with their Numbers on the line.
    • Master of Illusion: Which promptly proves to be an illusion. He had them standing on a foot-tall table the entire time.

Kaio & Rikuo (Chills & Scorch)

Voiced by: Kenji Fukuda (Kaio) and Daisuke Kirii (Rikuo) (JP), Sam Riegel (Chills) and Eric Stuart (Scorch) (EN)

Brothers and joint leaders of a gang that Shark joins after his first loss to Yuma. Yuma and Shark confront them when they attempt to steal a rare deck from a museum with the intent to leave Shark to take the fall for it. Each held a Number based on their respective fire and ice themed dinosaur decks; No. 19: Freezerdon and No. 61: Volcasaurus.

Yamikawa (Kaze)

Voiced by: Shouma Yamamoto (JP), Sean Schemmel (EN)

A pupil of Rokujuro and works in the Duel Lodge. At the start of the series he betrays his master and (possessed by a Number) attacks him, but he has since returned to his senses and returns to work peacefully in the Duel Lodge which he once despised. Original holder of No. 12: Crimson Shadow Armor Ninja.

Charlie McCoy (Charlie McCay)

Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa (JP), Gary Mack (EN)

A friend of the Tsukumo family and a personal friend of Kazuma. He stole No.7: Lucky Stripe from a heavily guarded facility, but it was all in order to give his niece Mayumi the necessary luck to survive a dangerous surgical procedure.
  • Catch Phrase: Life is (a) Carnival!
  • Bargain with Heaven: He enters something like this inadvertently by using Number 7, sort of. A prophecy that comes with the card says that his luck will hold out until such time as the sun is split in two. No-one even knows what that means, not even Charlie (and he thinks the very idea that it's possible to destroy the sun is nonsense.) However, after Yuma destroys his "Scales of the Sun" Spell Card during their duel (it's card art has a rather large sun on it) the contract is indeed broken, and his lucky streak ends.
  • Cool Bike: Would love nothing more than to own his friend Kazuma's bike someday.
  • Lucky Seven: His Number is based around this trope.
  • Papa Wolf: Towards Mayumi.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Between Charlie and Akari.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change: The power of his Number, making him unbelievably lucky in games and life.

Shuta Hayami (Cameron Clix)

Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi (JP), Ted Lewis (EN)

Originally a modest and kind photographer and friend of Kotori, he returns during the WDC possessed by No. 25, which has given him the ability to see the future. He uses this power to take scoop photos of catastrophes that happen in the future, and becomes extremely famous and wanted among journalists because of it. Original holder of No. 25: Fullmetal Photoglide - Focus Force.
  • Magical Camera/Spooky Photographs: How he arranges his "scoops".
  • Slasher Smile: Dear god, so very much. They're featured quite prominently during his episodes. He out-smiles all the other slasher smilers in the series so far (and given IV's record with this trope, that's saying something!)
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: As Astral eventually figures out, this is why his predictions always come true - he manipulates events so they happen. (In other words, Astral calls him a false prophet in nice terms.) When Yuma figures this out, he's able to defy the prophecy and defeat him.
  • Sempai Kohai: Abused his relationship with Kotori.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When he noticed that Yuma did not summon Utopia on the fifth turn.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Takes this attitude towards duels, as he shows his opponents images of them losing in order to lead them into doing so. This contributes to his Villainous Breakdown when Yuma rebels against his predictions.
    "Impossible! A future beyond my imagination...I can't accept it!"

    Barian World 

Seven Barian Lords

The Seven Barian Lords are the leaders of the Barian world, and are its greatest warriors and generals. The Barian world is an alien realm at war with the Astral world, but due to both being energy worlds they have taken to using brainwashed mooks in the human world to further the destruction of the Astral world.

In truth, they were once humans. Each of the Legendary Numbers so far is related to one of them due to them being near the areas where Astral sealed the numbers away. They were reincarnated into Barians by Don Thousand because of this. The Barian World itself used to be one with the Astral World, but was separated from it when the Astrals attempted to expel chaos from their world in order to Rank-Up.


Click here to see his full Barian form 
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (JP) Billy Bob Thompson (EN)

The first being from the Barian World, Vector is the true instigator of the plot and the reason behind all of Dr. Faker's villainous actions. Everything from setting up Kazuma and Arclight for a fall to the collection of the Numbers was done on this being's behalf, as he promised Faker a cure for Haruto's illness. Was the holder of No. 66: Supreme-Key Beetle - Master Key Beetle and is the holder of CNo. 5: Perishing-Gloom Dragon - Chaos Chimera Dragon, No. 43: Soul Puppeteering Demon - Soul Marionetter, CNo. 43: Soul-Puppeteering Demon God - Chaos Marionetter, No. 104: Masquerade Magician - Shining, and CNo. 104: Masquerade Magician - Umbral.

His true identity is the prince of the ruined castle in the myth of No. 65: Adjudicutting Devil - Judge Buster, who executed a large amount of people, attacked (past life) Shark and Rio's kingdom, and then committed suicide when he was the only one left. However, this information is being hidden from him by Don Thousand, so his reaction remains to be seen, other than involuntary reactions of fear and occasional recognition within the ruins themselves. His main reaction was not caring until it was revealed just HOW much Don Thousand had screwed his life up.

For tropes applicable to his human form, see Friends in Heartland > Rei Shingetsu.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Played straight while he is possessing Faker, but averted in further appearances, where he maintains his form without a Barian's Sphere Cube. Later revealed that the form he took on earth was just a hologram, while the real Vector was in his human form, as Rei.
  • Ax-Crazy: Makes his entrance in episode 94 by smashing up some buildings and nearly killing Yuma and his friends.
    • Episode 96. You don't pull off ham like that without being this trope.
    • He's so ax crazy that he went to UNLEASH A GOD'S MIGHT ON THEM.
    • Taken to literal levels in Episode 101 when he traps Yuma on a platform where giant axe-heads on chains swing at him.
    • He manages to top himself in this department once he absorbs Number 96.
  • Batman Gambit: He pulls this off epically against Yuma and his friends. Using the guise of Rei Shingetsu, he was able to get Yuma and co. into the Barian World where he'd have a home field advantage, manipulate the construction of Yuma's deck by causing him to include Barian's cards into it, throw Yuma completely off balance (thus making his dueling sloppier) and drive a stake in between Yuma and Astral by forcing Yuma to withhold information from Astral, all at the same time, while using The Power of Friendship against him.
    • He gave the Fearsome Four of the Dark Dueling World fake Numbers and believed they would lose, which lead to Kaito and the others obtaining those Numbers. When they do he could then enact a plan that makes them harm anyone who has them once him and Don Thousand kickstart their Assimilation Plot.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Temporarily With No.96, as far as Yuma and co know. However, he is more closer to a Dragon with an Agenda since he is using No.96 as well.
  • Bigger Bad: Of the first series, and maybe is shaping up to be it for the second as well.
  • Body Horror: The things they make his eyes do in episode 96 are...quite unnerving.
  • Breaking Speech: Just when Yuma and Astral are going to Xyz Change ZEXAL, Vector gives Astral one, causing them to form into Dark ZEXAL.
  • Brainwashed: Plans on doing this to Girag and Alito once they are fully healed.
  • The Caligula: He was a insane ruler and killed his own people for fun in his past life.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: As more and more is learned about him and his past life as a prince it becomes clear that he's a sick individual who is evil for the sake of being evil.
  • Dark Is Evil: Use the DARK-attributed Umbral monsters while dueling.
  • Demonic Possession: Hijacks Faker's body when his duel with the three heroes starts going south.
  • Determinator: He just doesn't give up.
  • Dirty Coward:In his past life. The moment things aren't in his favor he would flee and burn down the places he fled to on the way.
  • The Dreaded: To Faker, given Faker's reaction the first time he showed up.
  • Energy Being: As with all Barian and Astral beings seen so far; however, Vector is the only Barian to demonstrate this as blatantly as Astral does.
  • Evil Costume Switch: As if Faker's usual wardrobe isn't evil enough already, Vector taking over his body grants him some sweet demonic armor.
  • Evil Counterpart/Palette Swap: Of Astral. Being the first Barian seen, the reason for this is fairly obvious.
    • Can also be seen as an Evil Counterpart to Yuma. Especially considering he has his own 'Astral', in the form of Don Thousand. And also Number 96, for a tiny while, who notably is a black Astral.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Is he ever.
  • Evil Is Petty: Holy crap, yes. The reason he betrayed Nasch and Merag? Nasch had scored 100,000,000 on a point system Vector had created, which was one point for every time Nasch spoke or did something that annoyed Vector. (On the other hand, one might say that Nasch had to have been pretty annoying if that was true, but then, it's not like Vector's word can be trusted.)
  • Evil Laugh/Laughing Mad: He sure likes his insane laughter.
  • Expy: His insane and malicious personality calls to mind Yami Marik from the original series, and Yubel from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, with his dual coloring of black and white also referencing the latter. His nature as an enemy who originally masquerades as a friend is extremely reminiscent of Bruno from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds too, with shades of Bakura with the seeming kindness of his false self contrasted by an incredibly vicious and sadistic true personality. And then we see him in the past, which calls the normal Marik to mind. He even calls his father by the same name Marik does.
  • Fighting a Shadow: In his first duel with Yuma, and the second up until Yuma blows up his Number with Hope Ray V, Vector was actually just a duplicate. The real one was Rei.
  • Freudian Excuse: He's an irredemable dick, yes, but after his past is fully revealed you can't help but feel sorry for him and think what might have been had Don Thousand not gotten involved. To elaborate, his father was a heartless conqueror much like he ended up being, but ended up injured. Vector seized this chance to propose peace talks, which his old man wasn't happy about, and this ended up with Vector's mother throwing herself in front of Vector to protect him from a sword slash. His father succumbed to his wounds and died, and THEN Don Thousand showed up and gave him his Over-Hundred Number, making him the heartless bastard we know today.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: An interesting example in his human form: as Rei, he wears the white and red school uniform all the time, but after he reveals himself as Vector, he switches to a mostly black outfit with some purple and white.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Does he ever. In his duel with Yuma after The Reveal, he torments both Yuma and Astral with one, and gets results. This is what ultimately brings out Dark Zexal, which threatens to corrupt Astral and Yuma to the darkness forever.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Episode 138 has Don Thousand being freed and trying to absorb Vector, who screams in terror and for help. This prompts Yuma to jump in to try and rescue him from this grim fate, despite the pleas of his friends that Vector cannot be trusted and shouldn't be rescued. This does not stop him however from grabbing Vector' hand to keep him from being absorbed, and calls Vector "Shingetsu", reminiscing on their times together as friends, and telling him it is his true self. Vector appears moved by Yuma, but then reveals his psychotic face and laughs, grabbing Yuma's arm with his other hand, to drag him with him to his demise. However, Yuma didn't seem to mind, and just smiled at Vector compassionately, telling him he will go with him. This time, Vector is truly moved by his rescuer, lets go of him and lets himself be absorbed by Don Thousand to save Yuma, calling him one last time,"Yuma-kun" with a sincere smile. Can be counted as Becoming the Mask, though it might just be the real Vector from before Don Thousnad's interference. Might also count as Dying as Yourself
  • Hell-Bent for Leather/High Collar of Doom: In his human form, after The Reveal.
  • He's Back: Mizael and Durbe were rather surprised to see him return, assuming him to have died after Faker's defeat.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In a roundabout fashion. He gave Yuma Limited Barian's Force, and it is that card's true form, Numeron Force, which leads to his defeat by Hope Ray Victory.
  • I Lied: As part of The Reveal, he makes it clear that he entirely made up the whole concept of the Barian's Guardian.
  • Jerk Ass: Mocks Alito and Girag after they are defeated and almost killed after dueling Yuma.
    • And then mocks Yuma when he arrives in Sargasso only to find out that Vector's already killed/mortally injured/comatose'd Rei (he's really not clear which it is).
    • After The Reveal in episode 96 it sure moves into disturbing territory seeing how he treats his allies. See The Reveal for details
  • Kick the Dog: His speech to Yuma in episode 96 when it turns out he was pretending to be his friend as Shingetsu and continues talking like him to taunt Yuma. Does it to other people as well.
  • Kid with the Leash: His past life enslaved Abyss by giving him blood. This made the God do his bidding until Rio's past life freed the God from his control. He's also this to Don Thousand, despite the indication otherwise.
  • Knight of Cerebus: His first appearance marks the Barians taking matters to into their own hands. Later, he becomes this again, see Kick the Dog above.
  • Large Ham: Coupled with his insanity, it's more than enough to strike (disgusted) terror into the viewers.
  • Light Is Not Good: Masquerade Magician - Shining.
    • Also see Yuma's and especially Rei's entries for the trope.
  • The Man Behind the Man: To Faker, in Season One.
  • Manipulative Bastard: And then some.
  • Medusa: Used Gorgonic monsters as minions and during his duel with Nasch in his past life.
  • Obviously Evil: After The Reveal, he doesn't even try to hide it.
  • Oh Crap: When he realizes Hope Ray Victory can destroy his Chaos Number and win the duel for Yuma.
    • Also in Episode 110, where he finds the Barian World is being attacked and it technically is all HIS fault. To elaborate, the attack is from Black Mist, who has become a god somehow after becoming a Chaos Number.
    • And in Episode 122 where he finds out that Nasch and Merag are back with all of their memories, and all of the other Barian Emperors seem ready to attack him for his actions.
  • The Reveal: Ever since the new season began he's been playing Yuma and co. like saps. You know Rei Shingetsu, that clumsy, nice guy introduced this season and who was revealed to be a Barian on the side of good? Yeah, no. Turns out that Rei's Vector's human form he used for his Batman Gambit.
  • Rule of Symbolism: His black and white coloring, and the massive difference between his Over-Hundred Number and its Chaos Number form both symbolize Vector effectively being 'two-faced', with the kind, humble Rei Shingetsu in truth being Vector himself.
  • Sadistic Choice: Another trick he pulls in his first duel with Yuma after The Reveal. When a black hole that appears above Sargasso threatens to consume his airship with Yuma's friends inside it, Vector offers to save them if Yuma gives him all his Numbers - of course, Astral will die if he does that. (Given how much a liar Vector has been up to that point, it is questionable whether he would have done that, or even if he had the ability. Still, the point becomes moot because Katori makes the decision for him, telling him to ignore Vector while she and the others manage to save themselves.)
  • Self-Made Orphan: Subverted. Don Thousand altered his memory. Thousand even references the trope Corrupt the Cutie, saying that past Vector was the ideal target: since he was so pure-hearted, the darkness born from killing his parents was much deeper than it would have been in anyone else. That is what made him such a powerful Barian.
  • The Starscream: Is currently working behind Nasch's back to get rid of him and obtain more power for himself.
  • Superpower Lottery: Thanks to him manipulating Yuma with "Shingetsu"'s friendship, he completely unbalanced his duel with Yuma. When Yuma directly attacked him with Hope Ray V, he used Vain - Sneer of Betrayal, which stops the attack and forces Yuma to not only mill the five V cards Shingetsu had given him from his deck, but also five additional cards for every one of those. This leaves Yuma with three cards left in his deck.
    • And then just to add insult to injury he summons a monster that can mill one more card from Yuma's deck every turn.
    • His deck after Don Thousand gave it an upgrade, which in his duel with Merag and Durbe forced them to wipe his Life Points out in one turn or he'd just gain them all back. He can also summon a monster that not only gains attack equal to the damage he took that turn but also deals the same amount of damage to his opponents. Bonus points by using the trope Powered by a Forsaken Child : the card that restores Vector's lifepoints at the end of each turn takes in fact the power it needs from the Imprisoned Nasch.
  • Taking You with Me: Attempts to do this to Yuma as he is being absorbed by Don Thousand, but decides against it at the last minute when he learns that Yuma still treasured their old friendship.
  • Token Evil Teammate:A ruthless and heartless individual who uses and manipulates others for both his goals and sick pleasure. His own fellow Barians despise him, but put up with him since they have the same goal of saving Barian World.
  • Troll: Especially notable in episode 101 in which he casually greets Yuma after imprisoning him, and teases him by feigning disappointment over the fact that Yuma doesn't refer to him as Rei Shingetsu anymore.
  • Verbal Tic: Occasionally adds "jyan" to his sentences. More prominent whenever he explains a plan that he has done.
  • Villain Override/You Have Failed Me: When Faker starts losing, Vector decides to revoke his free will privileges.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A glorious one when Yuma and Astral form ZeXal II, summon Hope Ray Victory, No Sell Sargasso, and use Ray Victory to win the duel.
  • Villain Team-Up: With Black Mist.
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: In Episode 98, he has Yuma on the ropes. He could win simply by activating Masquerade Magician's effect and ending his turn, so that Yuma won't be able to draw a card on his next turn and will thus lose. So, why in the world does he decide instead to summon his Chaos Number and send Yuma's life points to 25, instead of winning?
  • Winged Humanoid: While fairly similar to Astral in most ways, one thing Vector has that Astral doesn't is large, vaguely demonic wings. Turns out this is because his true form also has wings.

Girag a.k.a. Kiraku Souhachi

Click here to see his Barian Form 
Voiced by: Takaguchi Kousuke (JP), Marc Thompson (EN)

The first Barian Lord to appear on Earth, he brainwashes various characters using the "Rank-Up Magic - Barian's Force" card, which allows them to summon Chaos Xyz monsters. He's quite physically powerful, but doesn't strategise particularly well, which leads to the defeat of his various minions. Holds No. 58: Flame Pressure Demon - Burner Visor, No. 106: Huge Rock Palm, Giant Hand and CNo. 106: Lava Palm, Giant Hand Red.

He was known as Kiraku Souhachi and was a great warrior, known for being wise and benevolent, often sharing the spoils of his conquests with the populace. He befriended a tanuki, Ponta, while on the battlefield one day. Ponta became his body double. Much of his legend was Ponta's doing. As his body double, Ponta won many conquests. Eventually, he and Kiraku parted ways in order to protect Ponta and Kiraku was killed in a battle.


Click here to see his Barian Form 
Voiced by: Hikami Takahiro (JP), Tony Salerno (EN)

The second Barian Lord to appear on Earth after Girag, Alito believes that Girag's lack of progress makes him unsuitable to represent the Barians on Earth; however, shortly after arriving, Alito proceeds to fall in love with Kotori, distracting him from the Barian mission as well. Holds No. 80: Madness-Draped Supreme King - Rhapsody in Berserk, CNo. 80: Funeral-Draped Supreme King - Requiem in Berserk, No. 105: Burning Knuckler Cestus the Meteor, and CNo. 105: Burning Knuckler - Caestus the Comet.

His true origins lie within the legend behind No. 54: Rebellious Fighter - Lion Heart, which regards the strongest gladiator to ever exist who specialized in unarmed/unarmored combat. He was the prince's rival and friend, and was well respected in the kingdom. One day however, Don Thousand, in the form of an old man, brainwashed both the prince's council and the prince himself, and had Alito put up to death, modifying his memories in the process to fill him with hate, causing his rebirth as a Barian.
  • Ambiguously Brown: His theme music sort of implies he's meant to seem Mexican, but being an alien, he still really fits under the "ambiguous nationality" umbrella that fits this trope.
    • Then it's revealed he was originally human is supposed to be Roman.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Wants a good fight with Yuma and no other way of defeating him. This becomes less ambiguous after he recovers thanks to Don Thousand corrupting him.
  • Ax-Crazy: After his revival and up until Yuma defeats him in Episode 130..
  • Bi the Way: He claims that "if an angel were to descend" in front of him, he'd allow himself to be distracted by love. His "angels" have so far been Kotori and Yuma.
  • Blood Knight: A dueling equivalent at least. The thing he enjoys the most is clashing in a passionate and Exciting duel with a Worthy Opponent. He even sabotaged Gilag's plan of cornering Yuma with Brainwashed duelists in order to get a go himself with Yuma, One on One, as they did the first time. (Also uses the trope Let's Fight Like Gentlemen) He even describes his duels against Yuma and Astral during the final arc as "Intense, Red-Hot, The best!"
    • It can also apply to his past life as a gladiator. He wasn't a slave like real-life gladiators, He fought willingly, passionately and loved it, even becoming rivals with the prince.
  • The Brute: Appears to be one alongside Girag. He didn't even realize Yuma was the person he was supposed to find and defeat until after Astral appears during the duel.
  • The Casanova/KidAnova: What he'd like to believe.
  • Conspicuous CG: Subverted by No.105: Burning Knuckler - Cestus the Meteor. Played straight with its CNo. form.
  • Evil Costume Switch: After being attacked by Vector and being sent back to the Barian world, while Girag is still using a school uniform, Alito's outfit has changed to a red jacket. Not quite an evil vibe, per se, but...
  • Friendly Enemy/Noble Demon: To Yuma; not that he even realised Yuma was his world's enemy until he actually fought him.
    • Inverted in episode 104, most likely due to Don Thousand accelerating his healing process. He returns to his former status after his defeat in Episode 130.
  • Friend to All Children: Was this in his past life.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: The theme of his Burning Knuckler archetype. In his past life as a gladiator, he fought with nothing but his fists, even against armed opponents. Implies the trope Badass Normal in his past life
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Jealous of Kotori's interest in Yuma, and attempts to crush him in a duel (partially) because of it.
  • Heel-Face Turn: After Yuma succeeds in purging him of Don Thousand's influence, Alito agrees to join him in his mission to stop Don Thousand. Of course, whether he was ever truly evil to begin with is questionable.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Have himself lose the duel with Girag intentionally in order to recover the latter's memory.
  • Honor Before Reason
  • Hotblooded: All the time, but was considerably more violent about it after his initial revival.
  • Hypocrite/Hypocritical Humor: Chastises Girag for falling in love for a magical girl in a TV show, then proceeds to fall in love with Kotori in the next scene.
  • Imagine Spot: They're quite creepy.
  • Jerkass: After his revival and until Episode 130.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: His initial approach towards Yuma. But in the Legendary Number War, due to Don Thousand, this trope went up in a puff of smoke until his defeat in Episode 130 during the Barian Emperor Onslaught.
  • Love at First Sight: When he crashes into Kotori. Gets over her by the end of the episode.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Partially the "mysterious" variety, since he's a Barian Lord, partially the "seductive" since he enjoys trying to hit on people, and partially "vulnerable" since he's the youngest of the Barians and seems to be the least focused on their mission.
  • Powered Armor: Not for himself, but for his Ace cards: Number 80: Rhapsody in Berserk and its Super Form Number C80: Requiem in Berserk are humanoids that become a suit of armor for Alito's monster. Number 80 and C80 double as some sort of Artifact of Doom given to Alito By Don Thousand to amplify his control over him.
  • The Rival: Wants to become Yuma's rival.
  • Sacrificial Lion: After his loss to Yuma leaves him unscathed and he simply departs on good terms, he's attacked and badly injured by an unidentified enemy, establishing that the circumstances of the series are starting to get more serious.
  • Super Mode: His Number has one, CNo. 105: Burning Knuckler - Caestus the Comet.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Pick a scene, any scene where he's not at school (and even a few where he is) and he'll be shirtless and most likely sweaty from exercise.
  • Worthy Opponent: He considers Yuma this when he's not being brainwashed by Vector.

Mizael (Mizar)

Click here to see his Barian Form 
Voiced by: Genki Okawa (JP), Sean Schemmel (EN)

The third Barian to appear on Earth. After noting the lack of progress from both Girag and Alito, Durbe sends Mizael next with a special gift in tow: Barian Sphere Fields for each of them. Mizael wastes no time at all, and immediately confronts Yuma and Astral. He is feared by many due to controlling a being no-one else can control, No. 107: Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon. However, his true ace is his dragon's even greater form, CNo. 107: Neo Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon.

A long time ago, he was the tamer of a dragon who protected the land. However, when disasters struck the land, a shaman from another state declared the dragon responsible. Mizael pleaded with the public for the dragon's innocence, and threatened to commit suicide; however, the shaman's country launched an attack, killed Mizael and the dragon, and took over the state. Mizael became a Barian (and doesn't remember anything), while his dragon became Jinlong, the "guardian" of No. 46: Ethereal Dragon - Draggluong.
  • Berserk Button: Stealing his Tachyon Dragon is a pretty good way to piss him off.
  • Bishounen
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Even more notable because he's the first Barian to actually be a serious threat.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle/Wake-Up Call Boss: He was the first to come close to absolutely destroying Yuma, and only spares him when Kaito arrives to give him a better challenge. Also, the battle with Mizael (if one can call it that) drives Yuma into his second Heroic BSOD.
    • He finds himself on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle during his duel with Don Thousand. Thousand only needed to play two very powerful cards.
  • The Dreaded: Becomes this to Yuma after their duel.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Durbe had to stop him from attacking Vector after he insulted the fallen Alito and Girag.
  • Evil Counterpart: No. 107 is one to Kaito's Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon. Its name, Tachyon, and its effect which is clearly meant to parallel and counter Photon Dragon's. Additionally, it has an evolved form just like Photon Dragon, also called Neo Galaxy-Eyes.
  • Hidden Depths: His comments when examining Alito's injured body were extremely insulting, but the look on his face suggested he cared much more than that.
  • Honor Before Reason: His first duel shows strong signs of this. He has Yuma right where he wants him, but is only too happy to let Kaito take over simply to prove that his Galaxy-Eyes is better (even though this would gain neither him nor the Barians anything at that point), simply due to his pride as a Duelist who uses a Galaxy-Eyes dragon. This leads to his second big mistake, Ranking Up his Galaxy-Eyes to its Chaos form and assuming his own Barian form, which nearly causes the Sphere Field to rupture, nearly killing both of them and - possibly - resulting in a cataclysmic disaster which he only averts by fleeing. Clearly, letting Kaito take over simply out of pride was a bad idea.
    • This is also why he doesn't use Sargasso's Lighthouse as he wants to fight Kaito fairly in their second duel.
  • Large Ham: Seriously. More so in the dub.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: The only Barian to take the damage from Sargasso head-on without using "Sargasso's Lighthouse". According to him, it seems because he wants to defeat Kaito fairly as both control a Galaxy-Eyes monster.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • Man in White: In his human form.
  • Meaningful Name: For No. 107. A tachyon is a hypothetical particle which goes even faster than light; compared with photons which are the things light is made of.
  • Near Villain Victory: After the effect of Neo Tachyon Dragon was revealed, hell, after its ATK was revealed, it's clear that had he been able to continue, Kaito was screwed. YMMV on the second duel, depending on what Kite had left in his hand.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon looks rather more like a machine than a dragon.
  • Plot Irrelevant Villain: Seems to fall into this, given that he only apparently exists to fill in a Barian Emperor slot and to give Kaito something to do, but massively averted when it's revealed that their rivalry is the key to the Key of the Numeron Code. Which he now has, with a vengance against Don Thousand. Also the first Emperor NOT to be offed after being beaten in the sixth arc.
  • The Rival: To Kaito and his Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon.
    Mizael: There can be only one Galaxy-Eyes holder!
  • This Cannot Be!: Does not take any indication that he was once a human well, be it from Durbe or his own dragon in his past life. Finding Mizael angrier anywhere else would be hard.
    • And then we find him even angrier when III and V nick his Tachyon Dragon and prevent him Ranking it Up. Mizael gets PISSED.
  • Super Mode: For his Number, CNo. 107: Neo Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon.
  • Worthy Opponent: In spite of his immense pride, he views Kaito as this to the point that he sheds tears at the latter's death, following their final duel. He also accepts a duel with V and III solely because V was the one who taught Kaito how to duel. V even literally calls himself a worthy opponent and Mizael looked like he'd creamed himself.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Casually knocks Kotori to the ground with a sphere of energy just to get Yuma's attention.

Durbe (Dumon)

Click here to see his Barian Form 
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa (JP), Wayne Grayson (EN)

Seemingly the leader of the Barians that saved Tron and are now attacking Yuma. He is the most level-headed among them, though he intimidates them (namely Alito) into doing his bidding at times. Following the return of Vector, he's been following along with his plans and seemingly has abdicated his position as the group's leader. Wields No. 102: Holy Lightning - Glorious Halo and CNo. 102: Unholy Lightning - Noble Demon.

His true origins relate to the story of the Knight and Pegasus, which is told in the first set of ruins that hold one of the 7 legendary Numbers (No. 44: White Sky Horse - Sky Pegasus), as well as the pegasus' spirit, Mach. He is actually the knight that rode the pegasus, and a friend of (past life) Shark, whose kingdom he helped save once.
  • Even Bigger Bad: Was the highest-ranking Barian Lord, until Vector's reappearance and the return of their god, Don Thousand robbed him of this status. Him turning Shark back into Nasch also counts, since Nasch was their original leader
  • Big Damn Heroes: Pulls this off when he comes flying in to assist past!Shark against past!Vector.
  • Brought Down to Normal: After crashing into the Different Dimension Airship, he does not have access to any of his Barian powers until he saves Shark, who gets an aura that fixes his bracelet and restores his power.
  • Expy/Evil Counterpart: Looks like some horror movie version of Elemental Hero Neos from GX.
  • Exposition Fairy: He reads some murals about a Hero, his Pegasus and his treacherous knights. Note that at the time Yuma was dueling the spirit of the Pegasus for No. 44: White Sky Horse - Sky Pegasus.
  • Light Is Not Good: Uses the Holy Lightning archetype, which consists of LIGHT-attributed monsters.
  • Megane: In his human form.
  • Noble Demon: He is honestly quite noble despite his wish to do whatever it takes to save the Barian World. His Chaos Number's name even literally references the trope.
  • Self-Deprecation: Has little confidence in his leadership compared to Nasch's.
  • Sequel Hook: He appears at the end on the last episode of ZEXAL I..
  • Undying Loyalty: He is fiercely loyal to Nasch and Merag, due to his connection to them during his past life.
  • Villainous Rescue: Saves Shark just as a stone wall is about to crush him, and then urges Yuma to pay the cost and protect Hope, which eventually leads up to Yuma's win. Even though he is very focused on protecting the Barian World, he could have let Yuma lose and perished along with Shark, but he didn't. And even he doesn't know why.


The Seventh One
Voiced by Toshiki Masuda (JP)

One of two Barian Lords said to be missing. According to Vector, they just disappeared some time ago, and he speculates they are in the human world. The one image of Nasch shown featured him sat on a throne, and his silhouette resembled Shark's. At one point, Durbe used his name while he was trapped in the human world. Stated by Durbe to have been the leader of the seven when he was around. While Durbe believes Shark and Rio are Nasch and Merag, Don Thousand claims that Vector killed them at some point. Both turn out to be true. He is the owner of No. 101: Silent Honor's Ark Knight, and by extension, CNo. 101: Silent Honor's Dark Knight.

For tropes applicable to his human form, see Main Characters > Ryoga Kamishiro
  • A Father to His Men: Heavily implied by how much losing them affects him and it's the reason Shark embraces his past life as Nasch.
  • Back from the Dead: Silent Honor's Dark Knight's ability allows it to revive itself.
  • Badass Cape: Only Emperor to have one.
  • Black Knight: Silent Honor's Dark Knight.
  • Cool Ship: No.101: Silent Honors Ark Knight.
  • Determinator: No matter how hard Vector tried to escape from him and send him into despair during their duel, he never gives up and defeats Vector. And then he does it the second time around too.
  • Evil Counterpart: Chaos Xyz Aspiring Emperor of Hope Barian to Number 39: Aspiring Emperor of Hope.
    • Meaningful Name: The subtle differences in Barian's Japanese name puts it at odds with Hope. While both their names are pronounced exactly the same, the translation makes Hope the King of Wishes, while Barian the King of Aspirations.
  • Fun with Acronyms: His Over-Hundred Number's name is written on the card as S H Ark Knight. In other words, Shark Knight.
  • The Magic Poker Equation: His Barian's Chaos Draw seems to effectively be the Barian version of Shining Draw. He's also the only one to use it to draw a card other than The Seventh One.
  • My Greatest Failure: Being unable to save any of his comrades during his duel with Vector as a human.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Due to the fact that Astral World seeks Barian World's destruction, Shark chooses to lead the battle against them in order to protect his men who live on as part of Barian's World.

Merag (Marin)

Voiced by Megumi Han (JP)

The second of the two missing Barian Lords. As with Nasch, they vanished some time ago, and Vector speculates they are in the human world. While Durbe believes Shark and Rio are Nasch and Merag, Don Thousand claims that Vector killed them at some point. Both turn out to be true. She is the owner of No. 103: Laguna Zero, the Sub-Zero Funeral Maiden and CNo. 103: Laguna Infinity, the Sub-Zero Funeral Maiden.

For tropes applicable to her human form, see Friends in Heartland > Rio Kamishiro

Don Thousand

Voiced by: Haruhiko Jo (JP), Mitsuru Miyamoto (JP, True form)

The "God of the Barian World". Vector revives him in episode 99, after which Don Thousand merges with Vector.
  • Assimilation Plot: His goal is to merge Barian World and Earth together to make it powerful enough to destroy Astral World. And he succeeds in the merging part.
  • Bigger Bigger BIGGER Bad: The man behind the entire Barian World, and thus likely this show's answer to Zorc Necrophades, the Light of Ruin, and Z-one.
  • Bishonen Line:After absorbing Vector, he turns into his true form, which resembles that of Eliphas crossed with Number 96 (which both make sense).
  • Chaos Is Evil: To serve as a extreme Chaos counterpart to Astral World's extreme Order.
  • The Corrupter: His power, though it can heal other Barians, makes them susceptible to his influence, making them more malicious immediately, and allowing him to remove their free will.
    • In general, he is this to the Barians as a whole, as he was the one who set up the circumstances for their revivals in the first place.
  • Cutting the Knot: Since he has no clue where on Earth the Numeron Code is, he solves the problem by simply merging the Barian World with Earth to harness its power.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Eliphas, kinda. They're both extreme and villains who represent the worst of their alignment.
  • Evil Knockoff: He created a million and Four Fake Numbers to serve as The Virus. Besides the ones the Fearsome Four used, there is also an Evil Counterpart of Illuminknight
  • Evil Mentor/Treacherous Advisor: Vector absorbed him and draws power from him, but make no mistake, Don Thousand can kill him anytime he wants, and Vector is dancing to his tune.
  • Expy: Because of his role in the story, he might be this to Zorc Necrophades. Design-wise he looks quite similar to Mazinkaiser.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: He has one big eye in the middle of his waist.
  • God of Evil: God of Chaos.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen/Shadow Discretion Shot: Has so far only been shown in shadow. You can kind of make him out in the opening, but only just.
    • Then we finally see his full, unshadowed appearence in Episode 129.
    • Despite this, there was still a shadowed form in the openings which appeared to be his first form, but now seems to be his true form.
  • Large and in Charge: He's clearly the largest resident of the Barian World, twice as tall as even Girag. Gets far bigger after Vector is defeated by Nasch.
  • The Power of Hate: Used with Laser-Guided Amnesia to help reincarnate the Barians.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In his true form, his hair is extremely long.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Story Breaker Power: In true Yugioh villain fashion, Don Thousand's deck is utterly ridiculous. One trap let him force his opponent (Mizar, no less) to OTK himself, and another negated Utopia's summon and replaced it with Ganbara Knight with its effect negated. How did he use these? He activated them from his deck using a field spell he can play in your draw phase. Said field spell also allow him to use the effects of his Numeron Xyz monsters without having to detach Xyz materials. And his Ace Monster, Number C1000: Numerronius the Divine Giant, has 10,000 attack power, and powerful effects. To be slightly fair though, his Field Spell can only be used once per turn and requires him to have no other cards out. Plus, it was bad luck that Mizar had a card to OTK himself.
    • His Ace Monster with 10,000 ATK? It's got an upgraded form called Number CI1000: Numerronius Numerronia with 100,000 ATK! And one hell of an effect - a Catch 22: either you are forced to attack it and take massive damage, or, if you can't, lose.
  • Spikes of Villainy
  • Winged Humanoid

Fearsome Four of the Dark Dueling World

Comprised of Semimaru, Kurage, Mosquito Ninja and lead by Mr. Heartland, assigned by Vector to steal the Numbers now that Astral has died as well as eliminate Yuma, Shark and Kaito. These four serve their master, Vector, with absolute loyalty. All four have a great distaste for humans, seeing themselves as superior lifeforms.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: How all of them are taken out. Yuma and III finish off the duel against Semimaru by combining the use of Atlantal's effect and a few Spell Cards they deal an attack with over 20000 ATK. Shark and IV take out Kurage using Abyss Splash at 9600 ATK (justified, as they needed to take his Life Points out in one go to prevent his endless loop of jellyfish monsters.) And then Kaito and V take down Mosquito Ninja with Kaito's 12000 ATK Galaxy-Eyes, back with a vengance.
  • Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: While most villains try it, the Fearsome Four take it to a new level. Semimaru, Kurage and Mosquito Ninja all start their duels by taking half their opponents life points and adding it to theirs, just because. On top of that, Kurage and Mosquito Ninja handicap their opponents with poison and hallucinations respectively, while Semimaru simply discards a Battle Royal rule he doesn't like (not that he takes advantage of discarding that rule...) Thus far, however, all three who have dueled have lost anyway.
    • Semimaru actually did take advantage of it - because he wanted Yuma and Trey to attack him as soon as possible. Though aside from that, and the whole life points thing, he dueled reasonably fairly (for this lot, anyway).
    • And then we have Heartland's Barian field which only damages the opponent. Otherwise, Kite may well have still been able to win.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Their modus operandi. If they win their duels against their respective targets, they will obtain the Numbers of said targets. If they lose, and lose their Numbers to those targets, then it's no big lost to them, because their Numbers are merely four out of over a million fakes manufactured by Don Thousand. Additionally, those fakes would react negatively within their targets' decks when the Dimension Fusing devices are activated, weakening the targets. The fakes also serve as a means by which the Barians can track the heroes. Either way, it's a win-win situation for them. After the loses of the others, Mr. Heartland exploits the latter situation to his advantage when challenging Kaito, as the fake Number in Kaito's deck weakens him to the point where he is unable to finish the duel.

Mr. Heartland

  • See Dr. Faker Faction for more details.



  • Making a Splash: A water duelist and one of the reasons he wants Shark to call him sempai.
  • Poisonous Person/Poison Is Evil: Kurage can inject his victims with poison.
  • Sempai Kohai: Kurage insists that everyone call him "sempai". He wants Shark to call him it because he is older and considers himself the best Water duelist. In reverse, he also calls Shark kohai.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Kurage calls himself the best Water duelist. He chose to go after Shark because he also uses Water monsters. He even expects Heartland to call him sempai.

Mosquito Ninja

  • Big Bad Wannabe: Well, not quite, but the only reason that he even gave Kaito and V any trouble was due to cheating beforehand, and as soon as Kaito snaps out of his hallucination, he gets flattened.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Played straight for his true form, but interestingly subverted for his Number. It is certainly a creepy crawly, but it is most certainly not big - it's barely visible, being possibly the smallest monster seen in any Yu-Gi-Oh! series. Doubly Subverted when Mosquito Ninja makes the Number gain more attack, growing it into gigantic size.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's a Barian that is also a ninja whose true form is a mosquito.
  • Verbal Tic: "Ka".
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Kaito snaps out of his hallucination, Mosquito Ninja loses it more and more. And with good reason.


Rokujuro (Roku)

Voiced by: Shoichiro Akaboshi (JP), Mick Lauer (EN)

The caretaker of the Duel Lodge and a personal friend of Yuma's grandmother, he lives all alone in the mountains with his pupil, Yamikawa. How he manages to survive so long is anyone's guess. Grandma Haru periodically sends supplies to him via her grandson, Yuma. He uses a lot of Yu-Gi-Oh! era cards such as the Poker Knights archetype as well as the classic Mirror Force.

Door of Destiny

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (JP)

The Demonic door that only appears in Yuma's dreams. It warns Yuma of future dangers and gives him new powers in order to fight them, but all this help has a price to pay...

No. 96: Black Mist (Number 96: Dark Mist)

Voiced by: Miyu Irino (JP), Marc Thompson (EN)

A physical manifestation of the card with the same name. Tries to get Astral to become evil as he claims that Astral wants the same thing all numbers want: destruction.

As of episode 101, he became the owner of No. 65: Adjudicutting Devil - Judge Buster. In the following episode, he upgraded it into CNo. 65: Adjudicutting King - Judge Devil, and he himself was Ranked-Up into CNo. 96: Black Storm.

In episode 110, he swiped No. 69: God Medallion - Coat of Arms and No. 92: Fake-Body God Dragon - Heart-eartH Dragon. And then ranked them up into CNo. 69: Death Medallion - Chaos of Arms, and CNo. 92: Fake-Body Void Dragon - Heart-eartH Chaos Dragon.

Actually a fragment of power from Don Thousand, which was why he was different from the other Numbers.
  • A God Am I: Goes mad with power in episode 110 and declares himself to be a god.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Can absorb the powers of the other number cards to make himself more powerful.
  • The Assimilator: His field spell, Chaos Field, allows him to take Yuma's Numbers and Rank them up into Chaos Numbers at will.
  • Ax-Crazy: Slips into this territory in episode 110.
  • Badass Boast: It originally claimed to be "the most powerful Number". And it is, just not from a card effect angle. It has more direct control over things than any other Number though.
  • Corrupt Politician: Not technically, but after escaping from the Emperor's Key up to the point where it allies himself with Vector, he uses such a man as a host; whether the Congressman was corrupt even without it's evil influence isn't known.
  • Dark Is Evil: Oh, yeah.
  • Demonic Possession: He takes over Astral's body in his first appearance. He retains this form every time afterwards. Also, after Astral undid the seal on him in Zexal II, he escaped to the human world and uses a human host.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Black Storm.
  • Enemy Mine: Briefly calls a truce with Yuma and Astral to fight the Shadow Giant, a demonic creature sent by the Door to test Yuma.
  • Evil Counterpart: Becomes one to Astral. They even have the same VA in both the Japanese and English versions.
  • Expy: of Dark Bakura. It's impossible to not see the similarities.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There/Red Eyes, Take Warning: In chaos form, he has a big red eye on his abdomen. Also, a common trait with his ace card, No. 96: Black Mist and Black Storm. The former has eyes around his shoulders. The latter has eyes on his hind legs.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Pulls one in his first duel with Astral, telling him to abandon Yuma and fight back, trying to convince him that Yuma betrayed him anyway, and the reason he can't absorb Chaos Numbers is because he needs the power that he has. While Astral doesn't believe a word of this, he pretends to do so for a few minutes to make Black Mist thinks he's torn.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: This was the most vital part of his first plan (he forced his original holder to lose on purpose to trick Astral into absorbing his card, then waited until Yuma was separated from the Emperor's Key so he could strike. (He didn't count on Tetsuo, however.)
  • Improbable Weapon User: His "Malicevorous" cards in Zexal II wield giant kitchen utensils.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Becomes one in episode 110 - he wants to lay waste to all three worlds.
  • One-Winged Angel: When he ranks up his card self with Barian's Force, he turns into a tall hulking Winged Humanoid with an eye in his abdomen, gaining quite a resemblance to Don Thousand.
  • Obviously Evil
  • Palette Swap: Appears as a pitch black version of Astral.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over
  • Sadistic Choice: In his first duel with Astral, he pulls an even better one than Vector (given that he is actually capable of making good on his threat). The temple places Yuma in a Death Trap so that a bladed pendulum swings closer to him every time Astral inflicts damage upon Black Mist (in other words, Astral will kill Yuma if he wins, and losing would cause his own death, as the duel is over their Numbers). Fortunately, a third option does exist, but Astral has to get Yuma to figure out how to get to safety by himself, which he does.
  • Slasher Smile: Likes to flash it quite often.
  • Taking You with Me: Non-lethal example in his first duel with Astral; rather than lose the duel, he evolves into his Chaos form and uses a Trap that reduces both their LP to zero at once, forcing a draw. (Because Astral neither won nor lost, he survives unscathed.)
  • Tentacle Rope: Uses his tentacles to tie up both Yuma and Astral on separate occasions.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In episode 111, when he realizes he's going to lose to Yuma and Astral.
  • Villainous Rescue: In episode 89, when Astral and Yuma were in a tight spot and they needed his card to stretch out a victory.
  • Villain Team-Up: With Vector.
  • Winged Humanoid: In chaos form.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Tried to impale Tetsuo with tendrils to gain back No. 39 Aspiring Emperor Hope.

    Astral World 
The Astral World is Astral's home world, under threat from the attacks of the Barians. In truth, the Astral World and the Barian World were once one realm, but its inhabitants separated the two in an attempt to remove chaos from their world so that they could achieve Rank-Up. However, removing chaos has only led the Astral World to stagnate and decay, with its citizens falling prey to diseases and despair.


My name is Eliphas. The one who seeks this world's dream.
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada

The 'god' of the Astral World, Eliphas was created to protect the Astral World from chaos. By expelling any beings with chaos in themselves, Eliphas hoped to help the Astral World Rank-Up. He sent Astral to destroy the Barian World in order to erase chaos entirely, but he feels Astral has been corrupted and seeks to have him purified of the chaos Yuma has infected him with. Eliphas uses a New Order deck focused around the titular New Order monsters and Double Rank-Ups to summon stronger versions of his Xyz monsters.


  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: His goal is to have the chosen of Astral World Rank-Up.
  • Defeat by Irony: He's obsessed over constantly ranking up, even using a Rank 13 monster as his final ace, but he gets defeated by Hope Roots, a Rank 1 monster.
  • Egyptian Mythology: His motif is very Egyptian, and his New Order monsters are based on Egyptian deities.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Somewhat. After being defeated and seeing that he is no longer the right way for his people leads him to stop his actions, but Astral is still following his original missions to obtain the Numeron Code and destroy Barian World.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrificed himself in place of Astral to destroy the Numeron Field. He also gave Astral a card before that.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: A deconstruction, he utterly despises chaos to the point he sends Astral to destroy the Barian World, and then attempts to execute Astral when he feels he's tainted by chaos. As well as try to destroy Yuma since his mere presence spreads chaos. This is also causing the people of Astral World to become sick since there's no chaos to heal them.
  • The Magic Poker Equation: He can use Shining Draw whenever he feels like it.
  • Not So Different: He sent Astral to destroy the Barian World, much like Vector using Doctor Faker to try and destroy the Astral World.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Embodies the Order side of the equation at its worst.
  • Super Power Lottery: Notwithstanding his ability to draw any card he wants, his Xyz monsters are second only to Z-one in hax. The highlights are Rank 12 Mahes note  and Rank 13 Amun note 
  • Up to Eleven: Again. He uses a RANK THIRTEEN Xyz Monster, New Orders 13: Etheric Amun.

    Manga Only 

Dr. Faker's Number Hunters

Captain Corn

One of three people experimented on by Dr. Faker, Captain Corn once sailed the seven seas as a piece of corn a pirate dropped in his past life. Now he serves as one of Dr. Faker's Numbers Hunters and works as an entertainer at the Heartland Fairgrounds. He owned No. 50: Black Corn.

Thunder Spark

An artificial human created from electrons, Thunder Spark served as one of Dr. Faker's Numbers Hunters. He, Captain Corn & Princess Cologne served as Guardians of the Theme Park. He used No. 91: Thunder Spark Dragon in his riding duels.

Princess Cologne

Cologne was once the favorite doll of a rich girl. However, as children are wont to do, she became forgotten the moment the child got a new toy. Dr. Faker picked her up and experimented on her, giving her life. Since then she has guarded Heartland City's theme park along with her two partners. Adopted by Yuma in the end. Was the holder of No. 22: Fran Ken.


The fourth Numbers Hunter sent to attack Yuma. His deck has a deep-space theme and owns No. 42: Starship Galaxy Tomahawk

Kyoji Yagumo

The fifth Numbers Hunter to appear to Yuma, Eviluder's commanding officer and also the commander of Dr. Faker's Numbers Hunter army. In the manga, he takes the place of IV for making Shark fall from grace; he tried to steal the deck of a renowned duelist and fails, except Shark takes the blame for him.

He owns No. 70: Deadly Sin, No. 21: Frozen Lady Justice, No. 14: Greedy Sarameya, No. 23: Spirit Knight of the Underworld - Lancelot and 4 other Numbers. He was the former owner of No. 28: Titanic Moth before giving it to Haruto.
  • Animal Motifs: Spiders
    • Arc Number: 8, in companion to his Spiders theme. The total amount of Numbers he has are 8
  • Lucky Seven: All his known numbers (14, 21, and 70) are divisible by 7.
  • The Magic Poker Equation: Averted like with power of ZEXAL: Usually, Number Cards are blank and take their definitive forms when the "victim" touches one, based on that person's secret desires, and takes over them, making their desires uncontrollable. For Kyoji, it is different: the Numbers he possess are all blank, and only take form whenever he summons them during a duel, and their effects become just what he needs in order to get out of a tight spot. According to him, it is because his one and only desire is "a wish as insubstantial as a single spider's web drifting on the wind". See Straw Nihilist below for more info.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Although they are not siblings, he is the Light to Shark's shadow.
  • Straw Nihilist: Kyoji's true colors are revealed to Mr. Heartland at the end of their duel. He knows all about Mr. Heartland's heinous crimes, but he considers the true sin committed by Heartland stopping the attacks on the Astral World to protect Earth, which will be destroyed in the process. According to him, the world deserves destruction, and existence is meaningless.
  • Unhand Them, Villain!: In Rank 26, when Yuma asks him to let Haruto go while they're both standing at the top of a tall building. You get no points for guessing what he does next (though he does give the mercy of holding Haruto up by a thread rather than outright dropping him).


Another Numbers Hunter in service to Kyoji. Owns No. 72: Line Monster Chariot's Rook.
  • Anime Hair
  • Meaningful Name: "Hisha" is the Japanese "rook" piece of Shogi while "Kaku" is "bishop", reflecting Hishakaku's appreciation for Shogi.
  • Taking You with Me: After being defeated by Kaito, Hishakaku activates a bomb that causes the arena they were dueling on to explode.


The Third Numbers Hunter that serves Kyoji Yagumo. Was the holder of No. 13: Cain's Devil, No. 31: Abel's Devil, and No. 48: Shadow Lich.



Luna is a mysterious Numbers Hunter who opposes Dr. Faker. She has the ability to negate Kaito's photon abilities and gave No. 47: Nightmare Shark to Ryoga.

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