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The trio of Yvonne, May and Dawn, these girls are the founders of its You Show Duel School and the driving force between Carroll City's team of duelists to fight off against Academia and Zarc.

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  • Amazon Brigade: A trio of girls who can kick ass, take names and duel with the best.
  • Action Girl: Each of them can kick ass in card games and in a regular fight.
  • Badass Adorable: All three are adorable and capable of kicking all kinds of ass.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: May is the Beauty being a sweet Gothic vampire who mostly wears dresses, Dawn is Brains with her hacking knowledge and status as Mission Control and Yvonne is Brawn with her muscle and fighting prowess.
  • Cute and Psycho: All three of them; Yvonne has no qualms slicing people's necks open and turning people into puppets, May uses her parasol to murder people and Dawn is happy to tear people's arms off with a smile on her face.
  • The Hecate Sisters: Dawn is the sweet bubbly maiden, May is the responsible mother with two siblings to take care of, while Yvonne is the snarky crone. Notably both May and Yvonne can switch their rules since May is also known to drink when annoyed with Dawn's antics and Yvonne is the mother as she's nurturing and loving to her puppets.
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  • The Three Faces of Eve: Yvonne is the wife role with her taking care of her puppets, May is the seductress with her black dress, alcohol drinking and how she "feeds" on Celina's blood while Dawn is the innocent child with her being a Genki Girl who is all about love and happiness (and bonus for being the youngest of the three).
  • Town Girls: May is the Femme, Dawn is Neither and Yvonne is Butch.
  • True Companions: They're all close friends and stick together no matter what.

     Yvonne Maxa/(Grand Lorde) Guignol 

Yvonne Maxa

Archetype: Shaddoll, Zefra

A version of Serena who is a puppeteer under the guild known as The Court of Strings and uses her puppets to host puppet shows and murder people.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the anime, Serena is sweet, girly and nice. Yvonne? She still has moments of sweetness underneath her remarks of being such a condescending snarky smart-ass.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Serena was well known for being Ashexual in the anime, but Yvonne's in a relationship with Dawn.
  • Adaptation Name Change: She goes by the alternate name of Yvonne instead of Serena to distinguish her from the other Serena.
  • Always Someone Better: When compared to Yuzu: she's the better duelist in Fusion Summoning, she's the one with the happy life with the puppet Yus, she's the one who defeated Sora, she's the one who encountered (and dueled with) Yusho Sakaki, she's the one who obtains Pendulum monsters, etc.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She's the girlfriend of Dawn, but she has a thing for teasing Yuya in their tag-team duel. Then again, she's probably trying to rile him up.
  • Animal Motif: Spiders. Her mask as Guignol has a spider-web design on it and she creates numerous puppet strings like how spiders weave webs.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Defeats Sora by using an archetype that thrives on Fusion.
  • Berserk Button:
    • DO NOT HURT HER PUPPETS. She was ready to slice Yuzu's throat for (accidentally) slapping Puppet Yuya. Yelling at them and making them cry is enough for her voice to get icy.
    • She has an utter dislike on Academia's idea of carding people; this is presumably because of what happened to her brother, being stuck in a coma before dying.
  • Bifauxnen:
    • As Grand Lorde Guignol, she looks like a boy which hides the reveal that they're a girl in the prologue pretty well.
    • She dresses up as Jason the Toymaker in her tag-team duel with Yusho. Justified in that this outfit used to be her brother's.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: On the surface, she is described as a snarky, proud Action Duelist and puppeteer ready to attack anyone who hurts her puppets and make jokes despite very traumatizing situations. But her talk with Lady Belladonna in 14th Show reveals plenty of things about her: how she likes science, how she once dreamed of being a pediatrician, and how she shows sadness and guilt about what her brother would think if he knew how she was a killer if he was alive. And despite her being very angry at Yusho's impulsiveness she's crying about how she must end up killing him for a Submerging.
    • 16th Show expands this on how she has seen her brother die, her best friend repurposed and is bitter at what life threw at her before she breaks down in tears at everything that's happened to her.
  • Bleed 'em and Weep: Yvonne's reaction to having to murder Yusho Sakaki is to drop her stiletto before breaking down in tears. This is a notable moment since prior to Yusho, she was seen killing people without any fear or hesitation.
  • Broken Tears: In 14.5th Show, she starts crying and screaming to the sky after she slices Yusho's throat.
  • Brutal Honesty: Part of her snarky demeanor is telling people her honest opinion of them, whether it's about their impulsiveness (Yusho) or the fact that they're absolute assholes (Sora).
  • But Not Too Foreign: Comments from the author on Archive of Our Own reveal that she's half-French and half-Japanese.
  • Byronic Heroine: She's a proud, haughty, loud and boastful snarky puppeteer that's grieving over the death of her older brother, is full of self-loathing issues in regards to her best friend's repurposing, sees nothing but the worst in people and can be quite cynical about Academia actually being redeemed, and really doesn't want to kill the closest thing she has to said older brother brother in Yusho.
  • Casting a Shadow: Wields the Dark attribute Shaddoll monsters and has a second affinity of darkness.
  • Catchphrase:
    • She likes saying how things are c'est magnifique!
    • She also borrows Uncle Howee's "Do you wanna be a friend?" before she turns someone into a puppet.
  • Childhood Friends: With Dawn.
  • Color Motif: Blue. Her Grand Lorde Guignol coat is blue and her puppet strings are a light blue color.
  • Composite Character: She combines the author's Ab Inito traits of Serena (being a blue-wearing Bifauxnen and a lover of creepy things) and Haruka (having four adorable living puppets whereas Haruka had four adorable living dolls).
  • Cool Mask: Wears them when in costume as "Grand Lord Guignol" and when cosplaying as Caiha or The Marionette.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: She's shown wearing cross earrings and a silver cross pendant. It's implied that the pendant belonged to her brother, given how she places a kiss on it and prays that her brother is keeping an eye on her.
  • Creepy Crows: She has a raven familiar who she calls Chloe. Word of God is that the name comes from Chloe Price, particularly her prequel iteration.
  • Creepy Good: She's a 14 year old girl who can kill people with a smile on her face all while singing a song and she's into a very macabre theater while dueling with the Shaddoll monsters. Despite this, she's one of the good guys albeit very snarky.
  • Cry into Chest: The flashback of 15th Show has her do this to Yusho when she reveals that she doesn't want to kill him.
  • Cry Laughing: Breaks down into this at the end of 14.5th Show after she kills Yusho and then sends his body to the Sunken Realm.
  • Cultured Badass: On the "Cultured" side, she's a 14 year old girl who quotes Shakespeare, gave herself a title based off of a surreal horror theater and knows about many tales from The Bible like the Tower of Babel and the fate of Lot's wife. On the "Badass" side, she can go toe-to-toe with a brainwashed Yuya in a knife fight, defeat an top Academia duelist without losing a single lifepoint and has the biggest kill-count of all the characters so far.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Duels with the Shaddoll monsters, wields deadly puppets and is named after a rather gory theater yet is one of the good guys.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She can be very snarky when the situation calls for it...which is nearly all the time. Lampshaded by Joey; when he confronts Specter and Takeru, he compares them doing nice without any strings attached to Yvonne "not using snark when she talks".
  • Death Wail: Unleashes one after she has murdered Yusho as she must sacrifice him in order to have any chance of stopping Zarc.
  • Distaff Counterpart:
    • Is considered one to Yuya: their decks reflect a type of performance (Yuya's Performapal are circus animals, Yvonne's Shaddolls are puppets), are very loud and dramatic and wish to attract their audience by any means necessary. Not to mention that they both idolize Yusho Sakaki.
    • When Dennis Macfield appears in the story, she'll be his too. Both are performers who idolized Yusho Sakaki's dueling style and both use Fusionnote . They have a flair for the dramatic and show that despite their smiles they're broken over the choices they've made in their life. Yusho's reactions to them are entirely different too: Yusho is proud of Yvonne and states that she'd pass his lessons with flying colors, but he's disappointed in Dennis's dueling being unpolished.
  • Dragon Rider: In her tag team match against Yuya and Zarc, she rides on top of the dragon half of El Shaddoll Winda — Pulao, Wind of the Yang Zing — when she chases Yuya in the Hall of Mirrors.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After she kills Yusho, she's shown in the next chapter gulping two bowls of oh no kaung swenote . She even asks Mallow if her restaurant serves noodles for said sorrows.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Twice.
    • In the prologue she and Dawn/Vision have a conversation in regards to her "stars" being in alignment before approaching members of Obelisk Force while being very melodramatic...before she reveals that it was all a set-up so her "stars" (her puppets) are ready to kill said Obelisk Force soldiers. She then acts sweet and loving to the puppets before they prepare to kill people.
    • When she duels Sora she shows a lot of her apathetic nature to Academia and her loving attitude towards her puppets: she hands her puppets pretzels for them to snack on, is munching on rice crackers when she sees Sora go through a mental breakdown during the duel and utterly trounces him (using a Fusion deck no less) without breaking a sweat.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Masumi Kotsu, surprisingly enough. They're females who mastered Fusion Summoning and are known to be pretty blunt with their observations. They also have an antagonistic relationship with Yuzu, but while Masumi eventually saw Yuzu as a Worthy Opponent, Yvonne doesn't consider Yuzu someone she should waste her time to duel against. Fittingly, Yvonne's signature monster — El Shaddoll Construct — is a corrupted version of Gem-Knight Lady Lapis Lazuli, one of Masumi's monsters and has the effect of destroying any Special Summoned monster it battles, similar to Bloom Diva the Melodious Choir's effect (barring that Yuzu's opponent gets the battle damage).
  • Eviler Than Thou:
    • She's this to Sora; while Sora is happy about carding people, she takes a more direct approach in slaughtering people and she wears her sadism on her sleeve in comparison to Sora with his cute demeanor.
    • In 8th Show, Yusho states that she's worse than whatever Academia can produce. Academia being the place that created students like BB and Yuri...
  • Evil Puppeteer: Subverted as she's an anti-hero rather than straight up evil...unless you're Yuzu, Rin and Ruri who immediately hate this bitch. She's actually a snarky, loud and bombastic puppeteer who is on the side of good even though she's also capable of slaughtering Academia students like it's a game.
  • Expy: Of Asuka Langley Soryuu, personality wise. Byronic Hero? Check. Passionate, boastful, haughty and perhaps arrogant? Definitely. Has (non)-romantic feelings for an older guy? Yes. Full of deep self-loathing issues? Absolutely. Yvonne even spouts German cuss words just like Asuka usually does.
  • Fatal Flaw: Dawn points out that Yvonne has a problem of putting people on pedestals, and if they don't match her expectations of them she becomes quickly disappointed. This is best shown in how she worshipped Yusho yet became cynical and jaded over how he abandoned his family for nothing and she dismisses Yuzu over the fact that Yuzu just recently learned Fusion. This dismissal of others makes it hard for her to actually gain meaningful allies, culminating in Rin allying with Zarc, thus leading to Dawn's soul taken by the Dragon King, and Ruri working alongside Ray to topple Academia.
  • Foil:
    • She is considered a dark mirror of Yuzu: a high-skilled female Action Duelist who utilizes Fusion monsters but the major difference (deck wise) is all of Yuzu's monsters can be Special Summoned easily from the hand while Yvonne's gimmick has her Shaddolls either Flip Summoned or sent to the graveyard to activate their effects. Plus all of Yuzu's monsters are LIGHT while Yvonne's main deck monsters are DARK.
      • Yuzu's Fusion monsters can only be summoned through the use of Melodious monsters, while Yvonne can Fusion Summon the El Shaddolls with one Shaddoll monster plus any monster with a different attribute. Yuzu relies on the bonds she has with others (symbolizing how Melodious monsters are quick to Special Summon themselves on the field), while Yvonne is about her use of puppetry to get what she wants (the Shaddoll Fusions use others to do their bidding).
      • Yuzu is a Tsundere who is usually known to show her annoyance with people she loves (Yuya and her father) with a harisen. Meanwhile, Yvonne is much more open with her feelings and her relationship with her mom is slight annoyance but they love each other.
    • She's one to Sora. Both are blue coat wearing people who have cheery facades that hide a huge streak of sadism beneath them. Sora gleefully states how people get carded, while Yvonne takes the Kill 'Em All approach (which freaks Sora out). Sora is shown to be cruel to Yuya and You Show Duel School when he reveals his true colors while Yvonne is nothing but loving to her puppets. All of Sora's monsters are DARK whereas only Yvonne's main deck monsters are Dark and her Fusion monsters are various attributes.
    • She's one to Yuya too. The two look up to Yusho Sakaki but while Yuya (initially) kept believing in his dad after he vanished, Yvonne has nothing but disdain for the dueltainer's lack of communication. They also wear outfits that are based off of Yusho's (Yvonne's is blue, Yuya's is red). Yuya hid his sadness by smiling, Yvonne hides hers with snark.
  • French Jerk: She's half-French and loves a surreal horror theater, states how things are "c'est magnifique" and is absolutely cold, snarky and condescending when she's not being sweet to her puppets or friends.
  • Friend to All Children: Her puppet shows attract lots of kids. She also tells Lady Belladonna that she once dreamt that she grew up to be a pediatrician, healing children with medicine and puppet shows.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: She is a puppeteer who has no qualms killing people with a knife in hand. Just ask that classroom of Academia students.
  • Good Is Not Nice:
    • She's a good guy, but her attitude is not befitting of one. She's not above making very snarky or sarcastic remarks on Yusho's brilliant idea to abandon his family without giving them a message about why he left, sees Academia as absolutely foolish and constantly gives Yuzu the nickname of "Zuzu" and belittles the girl whenever she has a chance.
    • She shows a heartless side to her in 14th Show: squeezing Sora's neck, kicking him down to the ground and stomping on his head with the heel of her boot and then telling him to stab himself indefinitely to apologize for his actions — Rin essentially states that Yvonne just made Sora a "stress reliever". And this is after she's brainwashed him to make him her puppet.
  • Gratuitous French: She states French phrases when she speaks; justified in that she is half-French.
  • Hammerspace: The only way she can carry a toy theater, a fake knife and a bag of seaweed crackers in her coat along with a bag of pretzel wands and sandwiches in her top hat. She's capable of summoning items through the use of the mark on her hand but the hat is unknown (and lampshaded by Yusho).
  • Harmful to Minors: She had to witness her brother get sent into a coma and then once he was pulled off life support a year later, she was kidnapped by the man who engineered said brother's coma and was going to be forced to watch as the man burned her puppets before murdering her. Then she sees her adorable puppets murder that man and his henchmen with the blood splashing over her hair.
  • Human Cannonball: In her Action Duel against Lillie, she launches herself out of a cannon to grab an Action Card.
  • Hypno Pendulum: She uses a pocket watch as one when she hypnotizes Sora, Yuri, and Yusho.
  • Important Haircut: Used to have long hair as a little girl, but after nearly murdered — and having the blood of the man who tried to murder on her hair — she cut it, signifying her desire to be strong and never let this tragedy happen ever again.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Puppet Bitch" by Yuzu, Rin, Ruri, the Yu-boys and Zarc. "Honeysuckle" by her brother, Xavier.
  • I've Come Too Far: In 14th Show, she admits to Lady Belladonna that she can't return to the sweet innocent girl that she was prior to Xavier's death after all the blood she has shed. When she meets her brother in the Sunken Realm, she states that she hasn't been living for his sake and feels like she can never be forgiven by Yusho for what she's done.
  • Irony: Her signature monster is El Shaddoll Construct, a LIGHT type. Meanwhile, her affinity is Water/Dark.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: The end of 14.5th Show has her kill Yusho so he can become the Dark Signer to Wiraqocha Rasca with the symbolism being that she saw her brother (who she loved so much) in him, essentially saying that she was killing Xavier. The next chapter confirms this: a Submerging only works if you kill a loved one and her admiration for Yusho is enough for this to work.
  • Knife Nut: Her weapon is a switchblade — the same switchblade Viren wanted to use to kill her. When dressed as Caiha, she uses two barbed daggers. When she's in her Toymaker outfit, she's carrying a stiletto which she uses to slice Yusho's neck open at the end of 14.5th show.
  • Large Ham: When dueling, she likes to be overdramatic.
  • Little Miss Badass: Around 14 years old and she's capable of murdering people with a grin on her face. Mors Tua, set 3 years prior, has her fight off a Frightfur Chimera with nothing more than a knife and winning.
  • Loving a Shadow: By her own admission, she sees Yusho so much in her beloved brother that it's enough for a Submerging — a sacrifice to send someone directly to the Sunken Realm that requires a loved one — to take place. Dawn points out that Yvonne is more enamored by her perception of people and not who they really are.
  • The Magnificent: "Grand Lorde Guignol" (and yes there's an 'e' at the end of "Lorde" as it's a reference to one of the Grand Guignol's playrights, Andre de Lorde)
  • Making a Splash: Her affinity is that of Water, every changing never being still for a minute.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Downplayed as she's teasing rather than being a full on jerk, but she always likes to call Yuzu "Zuzu", much to her annoyance.
  • Marionette Master: She calls herself a "Marionette Maestra" and she has the ability to hurl glowing blue strings. It's downplayed in that she doesn't use them to control her puppets — she did use them to manipulate Yuzu and they did first activate when they were connected to her puppets — but rather as a way to grab onto things or entangle opponents. Yusho's Performapal monster based off of her is called "Performapal Doll Maestra" which is essentially a 5-year-old Yvonne who can take control of an opponent's monsters with glowing strings on her back.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Yvonne is based off the French word for "Yew". The Yew tree was known as a symbol of death and resurrection; fitting for someone who uses the Shaddoll deck and is about "repurposing" people into puppets.
    • Maxa means "Blessed", and she's blessed with the abilities of a puppeteer, living puppets and Pendulum monsters. It's also a Shout-Out to a famous actress in the Grand Guignol, Pauline Maxa (see below).
  • Monster Clown: She's dressed as Caiha for the school festival.
  • Motif: Puppets. Her name comes from the Grand Guignol theater (Theater of the Grand Puppet), she uses strings in battle, she dresses up as a puppeteer, her Shaddoll monsters are reanimated corpses of monsters controlled by purple strings, and in 16th Show she dresses up as The Marionette.
  • Nice Hat: When performing as Grand Lorde Guignol or Xavier's Jason the Toymaker inspired outfit, she wears an elegant top hat.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She is a huge fan of the Grand Guignol (essentially a theatrical version of Surreal Horror that was made before Surreal Horror was even a thing) and doesn't mind the idea of killing innocent victims or transforming them into puppets like she does to Sora.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: While she doesn't go unconscious after dropping from about 20 feet, she does offer this to Yusho in 14.5th Show when she's asked by him to "say something from Ray Bradbury".
    Yvonne: Hey Yusho, I have an idea! Let's all kill Constance! (giggles)
  • Official Couple: She's in a relationship with Dawn.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • Yvonne can snark about anything and everything, but she shows panic and fear when Sora tries to save Yuri from Yuto and Yugo, having to use Sora's Trigger Phrase to stop him from getting hurt.
    • When it comes to murdering Obelisk Force, Yvonne thinks of it as playing a game and states to Yusho that they're all lost causes. When she has to murder Yusho? She's hesitating, apologizing for what she's about to do, she's downright shaking and breaks down in tears after the deed is done.
  • Personality Powers: She's a puppeteer who murders people with a grin on her face, which fits the Shaddoll monsters who are essentially reanimated corpses via purple strings.
  • Puppet Permutation: She can transform people into puppets; Mors Tua has her use a spell on Takeru, Specter and Yusaku as last-minute actors while Mors Omnibus just has her place her hand on Sora's face and it transforms him. Chapter 11 reveals that if she places her hand on his heart, then it becomes permanent.
  • Sad Clown: Underneath her snarky exterior, sadism, and love of puppets is a girl who has been crippled by her brother and best friend's death and having to be the one to kill Yusho so he can be repurposed. After she kills Yusho she asks Yuya who, we should note, does not react to Yusho's death at all if she's laughing or crying.
    Yuya: You're laughing of course! Why would a girl like you think that you're crying?
    Yvonne: Because...because I’d kill myself if I found myself crying in front of a lovely audience such as this. (starts laughing before bursting into tears)
  • Samus Is a Girl: Lampshaded in her talk with Yusho in that she wants to appear more masculine to get the drop on her opponents.
  • Secretly Selfish:
    • She "fashioned" Sora into a puppet to give to Dawn, but it's later revealed that she really wants Sora to herself. The narration justifies this by saying Dawn will be absolutely understanding in Yvonne's reasonings to keep him.
    • It's implied that the entire duel with Yusho in 14th/14th.5 Show and her desire to keep it going longer is so that she doesn't have to think about killing him.
    • The flashback to 15th Show has her tell Yusho that the You Show Duel school was built so that she could fight alongside him against Academia.
  • Series Mascot: The face of Mors Omnibus with Word of God stating that she was conceived first before even Zarc and his sons.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: She's based off the Grand Guignol theatre; her last name is based on actress Pauline Maxa, and the 'Lorde' in her Grand Lorde Guignol title is from Andrew de Lorde, one of the most well known playwrights of the theater.
  • Single Tear: Sheds one at the end of the tag-team duel of 14.5th Show when Yusho tells her that he's "ready for what happens next".
  • Signature Move: El Shaddoll Construct is her ace with her capable of destroying any monster it comes about, no matter how big or tough it is, without breaking a sweat. So significant that Zarc uses her as an analogy of how Yusho essentially made Yvonne his "child" instead of Yuya.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: She is known to mutter French curse words like "Merde" and isn't afraid to tell someone to go fuck themselves. She later drops German cuss words too.
  • Skyward Scream: Unleashes this at the end of 14.5th Show after she kills Yusho in front of a live audience!
  • Spider-Man Send-Up: She has the ability to use strings to swing, lash and be even used to create different types of constructs, carries the snarky attitude and taunting to mask a lot of the pain she feels, and is known to be a Hurting Hero after feeling like she couldn't save someone close to them (her older brother). Bonus points she references Peter Parker as a reference to her snarkiness.
  • Split Personality: A variant. The narration likes to switch between using "Yvonne" and "Grand Lorde Guignol" depending on the situation. It's more like Yvonne getting into her character when things get serious.
  • Stepford Snarker: She usually snarks at everything, but her snark in 14th Show shows that most of it is to show how utterly broken she's hiding on the inside because she has to kill Yusho and can't escape it.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Sweet and sugary to her mother, friends and puppets, but she can really be passive-aggressive and snarky when the situation calls for it.
  • Tragic Keepsake: It's heavily implied that the cross she wears on her is her brother's.
  • Training from Hell: The narrations makes note how she was beaten up by her mother's former biker gang in order to get tough — and this was after said mother told the gang to not go easy.
  • Troll: One of her trademarks.
    • When Yuzu gives her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech in the tenth chapter, Yvonne starts crying at how Yuzu is absolutely correct...before laughing at Yuzu's attempts of getting under her skin.
    • The following chapter has her annoying the living hell out of Edo Phoenix with a smile on her face.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: The flashback of the first chapter shows off the early signs that she's not mentally healthy; after seeing her puppets come to life and kill off the man who killed her brother and nearly killed her, Yvonne declares that she's going to fight back and asks one of her puppets to burn the warehouse that holds the bodies of the bastards that caused this mess. Keep in mind, this change of behavior came when she was eight.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She was just a sweet girl who loved playing with puppets before her brother died, she was nearly killed and her puppets then came alive to murder the man who caused her to lose her innocence.
  • Warts and All: From what we know of her, she was heavily inspired by Yusho Sakaki's dueling style when he accidentally landed in Carroll City...and their reunion in the main story shows that she's disgusted to see just what Yusho has done in the three years since they last met (which is nothing because he never trained the Heartland duelists to defend themselves) and she calmly notes that he had made a foolish error in leaving his family behind. At the end of their tag team duel, she and Yusho face defeat and it seems as if she begins to beg Yusho for forgiveness on how coldly she treated him. This makes her having to kill Yusho after the duel so heart-breaking and the flashback for 15th Show shows that she truly does worship him and still sees him as her idol.
  • Weapon Twirling: Is known to twirl knives in her hands while in spoken conversation.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Gets chewed out by Yuzu, Rin and Ruri over her stunt of murdering Yusho Sakaki, questioning why she would kill him if she idolized him so much. Yvonne is not in the mood to talk to them about it — because the reason she murdered him is so that he can be resurrected by Wiraqocha Rasca — and basically decides not to give any answers to their questions.
  • White Gloves: She wears a pair of these as Guignol.
  • White Mask of Doom: Wears one when she cosplays as The Marionette.

    May Lang/Willow 

May Lang

Archetype: Vampire / Evil Eye.

A version of May who is a vampire along with her brothers Max and Brendan. She is the heiress of an extinct Vampire clan who is the most level-headed one of the trio despite her love of alcohol.
  • The Alcoholic: When she duels Celina, she comments on wanting to drink wine and sake whenever it comes to imagining Yusaku and Ryoken "playing paddycake" even though she physically looks around 11. Brendan confirms this in his duel Yugo when he draws Shutendoujinote  and originally thought it was a joke because she constantly drinks upon hearing Dawn seeing the men in the manor "play paddycake".
  • Ambiguously Gay: When she goes and tries to drink Celina's blood, she gets...really close like licking Celina's neck and ear before eating. Ironically she's annoyed with Dawn's fujoshi tendencies.
  • Berserk Button: Gets absolutely annoyed whenever she hears that Dawn is letting her brother watch Yusaku and Ryoken "play paddycake".
  • Cast from Hit Points: When using her Evil Eye deck, she has to pay lifepoints to activate the effect of Evil Eye of Selene.
  • Casting a Shadow: Uses a Vampire deck which are all Dark attribute.
  • Catchphrase: She likes to state how things are "fang-tastic!"
  • Combat Commentator: She's a commentator during the You Show Duel School Festival, fitting considering her love of wrestling.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She's a vampire who dresses in black, yes, but she's friendly and absolutely lively when she's not murdering people.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Her parents have been dead for a long time and she's accepted that they're never coming back. Which makes Ruri suggesting that she could get them back a Berserk Button because May knows that it's impossible.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: She's really nice when you get to know her.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She's an elegant vampire who wears dresses but is a huge wrestling fan, given that her codename is one of Jeff Hardy's gimmicks and she tells Max to put Edo into one of Chris Jericho's "1004 holds" among other various wrestling moves.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Her reaction upon Dawn or Max squealing of seeing/talking about the parings of Ryoken/Yusaku or Takeru/Specter "playing paddycake". Played for Drama when she decides to drink after seeing Dawn's soul taken by Zarc as both Max and Brendan accuse her of drinking at a serious time.
  • Irony: She's an alcoholic with multiple references to Jeff Hardy. Any wrestling fan with knowledge about Jeff knows that he and alcohol/drugs absolutely don't mix.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Unleashes this when dueling Celina, complete with right arm positioned underneath the face for emphasis.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently the last time she was Mission Control for something called "Operation: Jabberwocky", things got in trouble because of a spelling error.
  • Older Than He Looks: She's a vampire but looks about to be in her pre-teens. Mors Tua states that she should be more than a hundred.
  • Parasol of Prettiness/Parasol of Pain: She caries a black and white umbrella when she fights.
  • Perky Goth: Dresses like she's about to attend a funeral but has a very energetic personality.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: If her eyes glow crimson, it's a good sign that she's out of mercy.
  • Schedule Fanatic: She makes references to schedules because vampires like to have everything organized due to their immortality and all.
  • Shout-Out: Her codename is one to Jeff Hardy's gimmicks, Willow the Wisp. She even screams his famous, "We love, we hate, we die forever late!" line.
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     Dawn Fujiki/Vision 

Dawn Fujiki

Archetype: Witchcrafters / Nekroz

A version of Dawn who is the younger sister of Yusaku Fujiki who has also been "repurposed" after dying.


  • Action Fashionista: She's mentioned that she wants to be a fashion designer and she can kick ass in an Action Duel all while wearing a dress.
  • Amazon Brigade: Her Witchcraft monsters are female.
  • Animal Motif: Penguins. She has a Penguin Torpedo Attack Drone, her favorite picture book is "And Tango Makes Three", which is about a male penguin couple having a child, and one of her fondest memories is going to see the penguins at the aquarium.
  • Attack Drone: She has a Penguin Torpedo named "Tango" who she uses to attack.
  • Berserk Button:
    • She doesn't like anything that could be a repeat of the Lost Incident; justified seeing as it ruined her life.
    • She's really insistent on Ryoken and Yusaku being together and being the one to wake them up in the morning. Upon learning that Rin entered their bedroom to hide from Puppet Yugo trying to get her into a new outfit, she's in tears before commanding her drone to attack Rin with fireworks.
    Dawn: You [Rin] ruined it! YOU RUINED EVERYTHING!!!
  • Big Brother Worship: Adores her big brother and just wants him to be happy.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While she is sweet and lovely and all about love and sunshine, chapter 8 of Mors Omnibus shows she can be really icy, like how she helps hypnotize Seto right in front of Sen with a cold look on her face and that she's also hypnotized Shoichi Kusanagi to work for the Knights of Hanoi.
  • Catchphrase: "How lovely!"
  • Companion Cube: Her Penguin Torpedo drone named "Tango"note ; Mors Tua reveals that he was a Christmas gift from Yusaku.
  • Cute Witch: Dresses up as one for her duel against Rin and one of her decks is the Witchcrafters, a brigade of crafting Spellcasters.
  • Dissonant Serenity: In 11th Show, she's absolutely cheerful while watching Cilan, Chili and Cress duel Obelisk Force and telling her brother that "The invasion is going on!" with a big smile on her face and having lunch.
  • Elemental Motifs: Ice. She wears a bright white dress that invokes snow, she duels Sen in a Wintery Action Field, and she duels Rin with the Nekroz Archetype. This invokes a beautiful girl of ice yet can also hold a coldness inside her.
  • Everyone's Baby Sister: In the Kougami manor, she is treated like a princess. Hurting her will bring the wrath of everyone in it.
  • Flower Motif: Shirobara calls her "Morning Glory" in Mors Tua and in Mors Omnibus, she wears a morning glory in one of her outfits. Morning glories symbolize love and mortality, the former the love she has for her brother and the latter because of how she died at the age of 11 before being repurposed.
  • Genki Girl: Bubbly, cheerful and energetic with a bright smile on her face.
  • Girly Bruiser: She's a cheerful girl who wears dresses and can rip out a person's arm like she's turning dough into noodles. As she states to the Obelisk Force member whom she pulled the arm out of...
  • Harmful to Minors: Came home one day and saw her mom's corpse on a noose, which probably stemmed from depression and despair over Yusaku's PTSD, was bullied and eventually died from a suicide bomber.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Tries ending her duel with Rin by reflecting an attack with Magic Cylinder, only for Rin to counter that with Reflect Barrier to return the effect damage back to Dawn.
  • In-Series Nickname: She's called "Morning Glory" by Shirobara in Mors Tura, Vita Mia. This later becomes a nickname.
  • It Runs in the Family: Like Yusaku, she has dark blue hair, goes through a ton of shit in her life and has a strong sense of justice.
  • Mission Control: Plays this role when Yvonne, May and Brendan enter Academia.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Her Penguin Torpedo references how Dawn's starter Pokémon was a Piplup.
    • Many of the outfits she wears are ones that she wore in the anime.
  • Older Than He Looks: Is physically 10-11 due to being repurposed but is chronologically 14.
  • Related in the Adaptation: She's the younger sister of Yusaku in this continuity.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has stitches on her wrists, arms and legs due to being "repurposed".
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: In a sibling sense, she's the tough strength-enhanced strong girl to her older brother's tech savvy smart guy. That's not to say she's dumb — as she also has her own techonlogical smarts — but she's shown being more active than her brother and capable of fighting people with her bare hands.
  • Super Strength: She's been augmented with this on her arms.
  • Trauma Conga Line: The Lost Incident really took a toll on her; she couldn't hug her brother, her mom committed suicide, she had low self-esteem issues caused by bullying, she came home one day to find Ryoken was hypontizing her brother, ran away, got kidnapped as part of a sex trafficking case and just as Yusaku finally hugs her, she gets killed by a suicide bomber. Thankfully, Ryoken and the Knights of Hanoi "repurpose" her. And then in 16.5th Show, she loses her duel to Rin and has her soul taken by Zarc.
  • Undead Child: She's a repurposed soul, meaning that she died then was resurrected into her body.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite her going against Sen, she gets defeated by Rin to show how powerful Rin became after her deal with Zarc.
  • Yaoi Fangirl:
    • She adores watching her brother and his boyfriend in bed and also that of Specter and Takeru. Max mentions that he and Dawn are making bets as to when the four above will have a "paddycake party".
    • She's shown to be making notes about the Zarc/Yusho dynamic during 14th Show.

Family Members

    Max Lang/Mèliés 

Max Lang

Archetype: Toon

May's younger brother who is energetic and wishes to tag along on his sister's adventures.


  • Badass Adorable: He's utterly cute dressed as The Little Prince and can kick your ass with Toon Monsters.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's a fan of Ray Bradbury stories and can duel with ease.
  • Berserk Button: When Edo insults his use of Toon monsters, Max calmly asks "You gotta problem with cartoons?" before kicking Edo's ass.
  • Circling Birdies: Has images of Toon Dark Magician Girl riding Red Eyes Toon Dragon during his duel with Edo.
  • Hidden Depths: He's into Ray Bradbury stories, since he seems to want to use "The City" as inspiration in "fashioning" Edo.
  • Hypocritical Humor: States how unfair for May to duel Ruri without using Action Cards...except many people point out that he technically did the same thing against Edo. Max retorts by stating Zarc put the pre-requisite for May and he himself chose not to use Action Cards in his duel.
  • Keet: Is very hyper, notably when he starts jumping on his sister's bed in excitement on getting to help Takeru and Specter with chores around the house. Best shown in his duel against Edo; whereas Edo looks like he would rather be anywhere but in the duel, Max is having a ball.
  • Magic Wand: His Weapon of Choice.
  • Older Than They Look: Dawn states that Max is 150 years old, despite being around 8.
  • Real Men Can Cook: He's really good at baking pastries, which his sister points out.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: In-Universe example. In his Action Duel against Edo, he announces that he will not play any Action Card that comes his way. He justifies this by stating that the Action Field (Toyland) is one of his favorites and that it gives Edo an unfair advantage. He wins despite the handicap.
  • Shout-Out: His alias is based off George Mèliés and his outfit for the school festival is The Little Prince.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: A Gender Flip but he apparently likes watching Dawn's brother and boyfriend "play paddycake", much to his sister's annoyance.

    Brendan Lang/"Brother Nero" 

Brendan Lang

Archetype: Shiranui

Brother to Max and May who is the bassist of a band called "The Obsolete Men". He wields a Shiranui deck and has the ability to cast fire.


  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Yugo uses a Change of Heart Spell Card to take control of him after their duel.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He dresses up as "Brother Nero" for the School Festival, but he's very energetic and acts more like Dante of Sparda than an obsolete mule.
  • Fanboy: Of Blue Angel. He even has a plushie of hers.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: His narrations for the eleventh chapter states that he was turned into a vampire in order to help vampire-human relationships. All he'll state about it was that this plan backfired. BADLY.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his rockstar appearance and attitude, he shows some insight as to his past prior to being a vampire and questions Yugo as to how Zarc was able to resurrect Yugo, Yuto and Yuya by stating that Zarc doesn't have the capabilities of resurrection. And it turns out that he's absolutely correct; the boys were never killed, just believed to think they were.
  • I Call It "Vera": He named his bass "Stardust".
  • Meaningful Name: Brendan aka Brother Nero.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • His rockstar outfit during the Academia attack is his contest attire from Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire
    • He has a Blue Angel plushie which references his love of cute things from the same game (where he was shown trying to obtain a Swablu plushie).
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: While May trounced Celina in two turns, he dueled and defeated Ryo Marufuji's Cyber End Dragon and three Cyber Dragons all while having 500 lifepoints left.
  • Out-Gambitted: The final turn of his duel against Yugo goes like this: Yugo's Xyz monster could return only one monster back to the deck (Brendan had both Shiranui Skillsaga Supremacy and Shiranui Squiresaga on the field); no matter what monster Yugo returned, he still had to face another. If Yugo attacked, Brendan would just activate "Ghosts From the Past" to reduce the attack to 0, giving him the win. Yugo then returns Shiranui Squiresaga to the Extra Deck just as expected. But what Brendan did not expect was Yugo playing Change of Heart to take control of Skillsaga Supremacy and then play Galaxy Cyclone to destroy Brendon's trump card. You can probably tell what happened next.
  • Playing with Fire: He uses the Fire attribute Shiranui deck, his weapon is a flaming naginata and he has the ability to cast blue fire.
  • The Power of Rock: He's a bassist for the band "The Obsolete Men" along with Hilbert and Hilda.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He has a Blue Angel plushie that he states is his greatest treasure.
  • Rock Trio: Forms one with Hilbert and Hilda as the bassist.
  • Shout-Out: His "Brother Nero" moniker is another one to Jeff Hardy; specifically it's what BROKEN Matt nicknames him. He even sings one of Jeff Hardy's opening themes ("Similar Creatures") as a reference.
    • His band is called The Obsolete Men which is a reference to Jeff Hardy's theme "Obsolete" (in his Brother Nero gimmick) and a Twilight Zone (1959) episode, "The Obsolete Man".
  • Unexpected Character: He's not the first person you expect in a Pokémon crossover.
  • Weapon of Choice: A flaming naginata.
  • The Worf Effect: At 500 lifepoints remaining, he wipes the floor with Ryo Marufuji. But at more than 5000 lifepoints remaining, he loses to Yugo to prove that the Carroll City duelists are not invincible.

    Yusaku Fujiki 

Yusaku Fujiki

Older brother of Dawn and boyfriend of Ryoken Kougami.


  • Adaptational Personality Change: He's not so aloof like he is in the anime, due to having more people in his life. However, he also has a very sinister streak considering how he joined Ryoken in brainwashing Seto and Sen...
  • Big Brother Instinct: If he hears anything about his sister in danger, run.
  • Blow You Away: Is capable of summoning a storm by shouting "Storm Access!"
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Downplayed on the crazy part, but he usually has hypnotherapy sessions with Ryoken, something that Dawn is a bit uncomfortable with but tolerates for her older brother's happiness.
  • Cool Big Bro: Dawn certainly thinks so.
  • Hates Being Touched: He didn't like physical contact in the past due to the Lost Incident. Some hypnotherapy from Ryoken — and seeing his sister in danger then killed — has changed that.
  • Official Couple: With Ryoken.
  • The Promise: When Dawn became repurposed, Yusaku swore that he would never reject any offer of the girl hugging him ever again.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: In a sibling sense he's the smart tech-savvy hacker smart guy to his little sister's augmented strength strong girl (although Dawn herself is also good at hacking).
  • Terrible Artist: When Dawn goes off to duel Rin, he holds up a sign that has morning glories painted on it that look more like puddles. The narration even notes that for all his computer skills, he sucks at art.

    Ryoken Kougami 

Ryoken Kougami

The head of the Knights of Hanoi who adopted Yusaku and Dawn into his life after their mother died.


  • Adaptational Personality Change: Zigzagged. He doesn't see Yusaku as his rival — although he does use hypnotherapy which is a bit of a grey area — and does show that he cares for Dawn despite Dawn believing that he'll eventually take her brother away from him. Then again, he does place a Mind Rape on Sen via Seto Kaiba and wants to have both of them become Knights of Hanoi...
  • Big Brother Instinct: Like Yusaku, he's shown to be very protective of Dawn as a way to forgive them for the Lost Incident.
  • Blow You Away: Just like Yusaku, he is able to unleash a powerful storm.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Can induce a calming effect using the "Eye of the Storm".
  • Official Couple: With Yusaku.

    Takeru Homura 

Takeru Homura

A resident in the Kougami manor who works as the maid in there.


  • Adaptational Sexuality: It's hinted in the anime that he has feelings for his friend Kiku. In this story he's boyfriends with Specter.
  • Adaptational Villainy:...kinda? He lives in the Kougami Manor after all and is presumably one of the Knights of Hanoi like Yusaku.
  • Berserk Button: Flirting with Specter is one of these (because the two are dating) as proven when Xavier openly hits on him.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Is known to wear dresses but it's not explain why.

     Specter / Daiki Maxa 

Specter

One of the Lieutenants of Hanoi who lives in the Kougami Manor.


  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: He rarely showed any signs of sadness in the anime — barring one scene when he shed a tear at Earth's death — but both 18th and 18.5th reveal that he had been battling depression for a while and also had to do a Submerging (or rather someone in his steed did it).
  • Battle Butler: In essence, this is his usual role.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has some very dry wit, especially when he's around Yvonne.
  • Has Two Daddies: Has his adoptive mother Lampetia but also sees Saki as his second mother. Helps that Saki and Lampetia are planning to get married.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite his aloofness towards Yvonne, he apparently cares enough that her puppets see him as an older brother, and he's willing to be a witness in the wedding between his mother and Saki not to mention that he helped Saki get Knightmare monsters for Xavier's deck.
  • In-Series Nickname: Saki calls him "Daiki-kun". Turns out this is because this is his legal name.
  • Light Is Not Good: Zigzagged; on one hand, he's part of the "villainous" Knights of Hanoi, on the other he does show a softer side reserved towards those he cares about.
  • Meaningful Name: "Daiki" can be written with the kanji for "Big" and "Tree", which reflects his use of the Sunavalon monsters and his original mother being a tree. It's also a reference to his seiyuu, Daiki Kajimoto.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Has no "official" name in the anime, but he's called Daiki Maxa by Saki.
  • Noodle Incident: He apparently also had to do a Submerging — or rather someone in his place did so — that caused him to fall into depression for a time. He also mentions something about being "possessed again".
  • OOC Is Serious Business: He's calm, snarky and never raises his voice...until Yvonne states that he has no idea what the hell she's going through and somehow switches to telling her that 1) yes he does know and 2) starts cheering her up when it's shown that Yvonne and he don't get a long. The latter one is significant because what he was doing were things Xavier did to Yvonne when he was alive, as Saki points out.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Discussed. His new name was originally going to be Xavier's and Specter notes that Saki probably saw him as a replacement to her own son. It's also pointed out that Yvonne has a somewhat cold relationship with him because of him 'replacing' her blood brother. Even Xavier calls him a "replacement".
    Specter: And truthfully, it sounds wrong. Daiki Maxa…every time I think about it or see it written out in front of me, I feel like I’m just a replacement to him [Xavier].
  • Servile Snarker: Can be very sarcastic when need be.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His relationship with Yvonne is...lukewarm at best. He most likely tolerates her because of her friendship with Dawn. It's a bit more complicated than that as seen in 18.5th Show as he was taken care of her and Saki for a time.

     Puppet Yus 

Four living child life-size puppets of Yuya and his dimensional counterparts who are essentially Yvonne's little brothers.


  • Adorably Precocious Child: All four of them are sweet innocent puppets who take their work seriously.
  • Badass Adorable: They're the Yu-boys at around age 5 to 6 and they're capable of murder.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Oh they're so sweet and cute and you just wanna take them home! But hurting Yvonne or each other will cause them to drop their cheerful smiles and prepare to kill you.
  • Big Brother Worship: They somehow see Specter as their honorary big brother.
  • Cheerful Child: They're child-like puppets who are usually sweet and happy go lucky that they make practically anyone who sees them fall into Cuteness Proximity.
  • Creepy Doll: Downplayed. They're usually sweethearts that want to help people...until they go into kill mode and they join Yvonne in slaughtering Obelisk Force soldiers.
  • Cute and Psycho: Cute? Absolutely. Psycho? They don't mind killing people and all of them are laughing when Yvonne is about to repurpose Sora or hypnotize Yuri.
  • Cuteness Proximity: They make everyone coo and fawn over them, with some exceptions (Yuzu but she was confused and disoriented at the time).
  • The Cutie: They're adorable puppets who lighten up the mood when they aren't pointing their weapons at anyone.
  • In the Hood: In their first appearance, they all wear white hooded cloaks to conceal their identities.
  • Playing Card Motifs: Yuya is the Heart, Yuto is the Spade, Yugo is the Diamond and Yuri is the Club.
  • Replacement Goldfish: They came to life to fill the hole in Yvonne's heart after the death of her brother.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Why does Yvonne have puppets that look like the Yu-boys? It's never given an answer; not even Yvonne knows for certain.
  • Say My Name: They're known to shout "YVONNE!!" out of excitement or worry for their big sister.
  • Sweet Tooth: They love sweets from chocolate dipped pretzels to pounds of candy to chocolate chip waffles.
  • Weapon of Choice:

    Saki Maxa 

Saki Maxa

Archetype: Dark World

Yvonne's mother, a former leader of a biker gang who is usually the one who keeps the puppeteer in line when things go out of hand. Wields a Dark World deck.


  • Action Mom: Upon seeing Yuto about to attack Ruri, she gives him a knee to the stomach and elbow to the neck before stating how she used to be part of a biker gang and practices Muay Thai. In the eleventh chapter, she defeats two Obelisk Force members in a duel before joining in a brawl with some brass knuckles.
  • Badass Normal: In comparison to her daughter, she beats up Obelisk Force soldiers with brass knuckles.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: Downplayed since she's not a bad person, but she works in one alongside her former gang.
  • Biker Babe: In her youth, she used to lead a motorcycle gang.
  • Butch Lesbian: She's a former leader of a bike gang yet she's shown to have fallen in love with the feminine Lampetia to the point of asking her for marriage.
  • Casting a Shadow: She uses the DARK type Dark World Deck.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She uses a Dark World deck, but she's one the saner residents of Carroll City.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She doesn't snark as much as her daughter, but she's known to make deadpan comments from time to time.
  • Expy: Essentially Carroll City's version of Yoko Sakaki.
  • It Runs in the Family: She notes that Yvonne had to get her snarky condescending attitude from somewhere.
  • Odd Friendship: She somehow gets along well with Specter, the most sadistic of the Knights of Hanoi. This is apparently because she helped him out when he was going through depression.
  • One Steve Limit: She goes by her Japanese name so there's no confusion between her and one of the Taiyou sisters.
  • Only Sane Man: She's the only person in Carroll City who can keep Yvonne grounded...but doesn't do anything to stop Yvonne from murdering people though.
  • Pregnant Badass: She was pregnant with Yvonne when she broke up her biker gang.

    Xavier Maxa 

Xavier Maxa

Archetype: Fabled, Knightmare

Yvonne's older brother whose death utterly changed Yvonne's life forever. From what is known, he was a prominent Turbo Duelist who was sent into a coma when his D-Wheel malfunction and he crashed into a wall, only to die one year later.


  • Ambiguously Bi: He comments how many of Yuzu's monsters are pretty ladies yet openly flirts with Specter (and also Yusaku, Takeru and Ryoken)
  • Animal Motif:
    • Rabbits. His Duel Disk has a rabbit decal, he mentions being part of the Rabbit Tribe, Yvonne meets with him at the Field of 400 Rabbits and was also born on the Year of the Rabbit.
    • Hummingbirds. His D-wheel was called "Violet Saberwing" (a type of hummingbird) and he apparently helped cheer Yvonne up by telling her to smile to "attract hummingbirds".
  • The Bet: Once he takes over his sister's body during the duel with Yuzu, he makes two bets. The first one is that Yuzu won't make a dent his lifepoints (2800) and some turns later adds that he won't play Action Cards for the rest of the duel. Despite the handicaps, he wins.
  • Big Brother Instinct: When Yuzu/Ray try to destroy Yvonne's soul, he stops her by destroying the gem on Yuzu's bracelet and warns Ray that if she ever tries to harm his little sister again, he will shatter her even worse than Humpty Dumpty.
  • Cool Big Bro: Yvonne holds him in high regards to the point that mentioning him is a Berserk Button.
  • Cool Key: He wields one of them as a weapon as shown in 17th Show.
  • Cool Shades: Is wearing a pair on top of his head when Yvonne meets with him in the Sunken Realm.
  • Ear Ache: Saki pulls on his ear — while he's possessing Yvonne — because of how he finally appeared in the land of the living and also because he won't stop making passes at Specter.
  • Family Theme Naming: He, his sister and mother have names that can translate into a tree (Yvonne = "Yew", Oliver = "Olive") or in relation to a tree (Saki = "Bloom").
  • Has a Type: Tall, Dark, and Snarky guys, Bandage Babes and hot mummies as he reveals to Yuzu during their duel.
  • Hidden Depths: 14th Show reveals that his favorite song was "Show Must Go On" and he was also into nightmarish things. He also has a like for ribbons if Yvonne has anything to go by.
  • Ironic Name:
    • His, and by his extension his mother and sister's, last name translates to "Blessed"...there is absolutely nothing blessed about him being sent to a coma and dying a year later.
    • One of his middle names, "Olivier" means Olive Tree which are usually symbols of longevity, healthiness and growth...but he's dead when the story begins.
    • His first name means "bright" but he has macabre interests like his sister.
  • It Was a Gift: Armades, Keeper of Boundaries was a Halloween gift form his sister.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Out of all the Fabled monsters, the one he was closest to was The Fabled Catsith. He named her "Dinah" and has tears in his eyes when she leaps into his arms.
  • Light 'em Up: His second affinity was of Light. Fittingly his first name means "Bright". Moreover, he dueled with Fabled monsters which are LIGHT attribute and later gains a LIGHT Knightmare monster in Knightmare Unicorn.
  • Meaningful Name: His full name, Xavier Chevalier Oliver Maxa holds a lot of significance.
    • Xavier can be translated as "bright". Yvonne reveals to Yusho that his base affinity was of Fire and a secondary affinity of Light, telling how he burned so bright before he died. He also used the Fabled monsters, whose attribute is Light.
    • Chevalier is French for "knight", which represents how he was a skilled Turbo Duelist and a knight in shining armor in Yvonne's eyes.
  • The Nicknamer: He named The Fabled Cerburrel "Tart" and The Fabled Catsith "Dinah".
  • Nightmare Fetishist:
    • He was into the creepypasta character Jason the Toymaker, even dressing up as him, and he and Yvonne had a game where he would "transform" her into a puppet to parade around. Yvonne is wearing his original outfit when she duels with Yusho whereas he wears an outfit based on Jason's current look.
    • He also liked Silent Hill as he quotes Mary's letter when Yvonne meets with him in the Sunken Realm.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Was going undercover in regards to an illegal Duel Monsters smuggling cartel. Unfortunately, he wasn't good at covering his tracks, leading to his D-Wheel to be tampered with, spin out of control during a duel at the Friendship Cup and landing him into a coma.
  • Noodle Incident: He mentions that he hasn't had so many ladies wanting to murder him since his first Pulque Party.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: When Yvonne gets thrown into a glass sheet during her duel with Yuzu, she gets thrown into the Sunken Realm. Thankfully Xavier, having been blessed by Yusho to become alive again for a short period of time, finds her and he possesses his sister's body to finish the duel.
  • Older Than They Look: Looks like a teenager but would've been in his early 20s if alive.
  • Playing with Fire: Yvonne tells Yusho that his base affinity was of Fire.
  • Posthumous Character: He's dead before the storie begins although he appears in 17th Show, encountered by Yusho so that he can enjoy being a live for a short period of time.
  • Shout-Out: His monikers are Mr. Badguy and Prince Poppycock.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His death is what caused Yvonne's puppets to come to life and for Yvonne to become the Grand Lorde Guignol.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Shouts "Shut your stinking mouth, bitch!" when Yuzu/Ray try to destroy Yvonne's soul and he retaliates by destroying the gem in Yuzu's bracelet.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: A loving older brother dreaming of becoming a Turbo Duelist who was trying to do a good deed before being sent into a coma and then dead a year later.
  • Walking Spoiler: He's originally just shown to give a backstory for Yvonne. He turns up 17th Show and becomes alive again in 18.5th Show.
  • Western Zodiac: He's a Virgo born on September 7th (which also happens to be the author's birthday).

Carroll City Residents

    Mokuba Kaiba/Moon Knight 

Mokuba Kaiba

Archetype: -tellarknight

Younger brother of Seto Kaiba and ally to YMD. Mors Tua, Vita Mia reveals that he and his brother are actually "repurposed" corpses and have the ability to transform into dragons by their mother, Lady Shirobara; for him, he can transform into Black Rose Moonlight Dragon.


  • Buried Alive: He likes sleeping in a grave and having dirt shoveled onto him.
  • Draconic Humanoid: Can transform into Black Rose Moonlight Dragon.
  • Driven to Suicide: Upon seeing his brother dangling on a noose, he ends up doing the same thing to be with him.
  • Irony: His codename and motif are based on the moon...but the theme of his deck, -tellarknight, is based on the stars.
  • Light 'em Up: He uses the LIGHT attribute tellarknights in battle.
    • Light Is Good: Uses LIGHT monsters, wears white and is on the side of good.
  • Lunacy: His main motif: his alias is Moon Knight and the dragon he transforms into is Black Rose Moonlight Dragon.
  • Meaningful Name: His alias Moon Knight just happens to have the same initials as his name.
  • Older Than They Look: Looks around 12 but he's been alive for centuries.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a white scarf with a black rose at the end in his outfit. Mors Tua reveals that it was a gift from Lady Shirobara herself.
  • Shipper on Deck: He ships his brother with Joey.
  • Stealth Pun: He sleeps in a grave. He likes taking dirt naps.
  • Shout-Out: His alias is named after the Marvel superhero of the same name.
  • Together in Death: In his backstory. Upon finding his brother being hung on a noose, he ended up doing the same thing so they could be together.
  • Undead Child: He's been dead for centuries and is alive thanks to being resurrected by Lady Shirobara.

    Seto Kaiba/Tadzio 

Seto Kaiba

CEO of Kaiba Corp. who helped fund the You Show Duel School of Carroll City. Just like his brother, he's also a repurposed corpse that can transform into a dragon — Black Rose Dragon, to be exact.


  • Adaptation Personality Change: He's...absolutely not like the Seto Kaiba from the anime or manga at all, known to be having signs of being out there like how he jokes about wanting to eat his brother alive while laughing maniacally.
  • Berserk Button: Touch his scarf and you better be ready for an ass-kicking. Harm his mother and he will KILL YOU.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Name another version of Seto Kaiba who likes to take naps by hanging himself on a tree branch!
  • Dark Is Not Evil: As Tadzio, his outfit is that of a Plague Doctor. He's not evil at all; kooky, but not evil.
  • Draconic Humanoid: Is capable of transforming into Black Rose Dragon.
  • Last-Name Basis: He goes by his last name in Mors Omnibus since another version of him is visiting.
  • Manchild: Physically 18 but shows a mindset of a 10 year old. Presumably this is because he died as a young boy before being repurposed. In one instant during the tag-team duel in 14th Show, while Yuya quotes "If I Ran the Circus", Kaiba reacts:
    Kaiba: Dr. Seuss? Really?! I wanted something dark and scary, not Seussical the Musical!
  • Mythology Gag:
    • He helped fund the Carroll City You Show Duel School; he did help build a Duel School in the GX era.
    • His Plauge Doctor attire might be a reference to how he used the Crush Card Virus Trap Card.
  • Older Than They Look: He's around 18 physically. Just like his brother he's supposedly centuries old.
  • Plague Doctor: His costume when he traverses outside Carroll City as Tadzio.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Just like his brother, but it's black with a white rose.
  • Shout-Out: His alias comes from a character in the short story Death in Venice.

    Shirobara 

Shirobara

Archetype: Rose, Rose Dragon

A kind woman who runs a foster home called "In the Night Garden" and is the adoptive mother of the Kaiba brothers.


  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: She looks like she's in her twenties and has both a 12 year old and 18 year old son. Justified in that it's a puppet body so it doesn't age.
  • Action Mom: 11th Show shows her defeating an Obelisk Force soldier with ease and it's implied that she defeated a lot more before unleashing her true plan.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Her Mors Tua story, "In the Night Garden" has Trip's story depict her as a cruel woman who buried children so that they could stay with her forever and Dawn is utterly creeped out by both Kaiba brothers. Yet when questioned about it, Lady Shirobara mutters that she truly did love those children and didn't want to hurt them. At the very worst, she's a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
  • ...And That Little Girl Was Me: The Mors Tua tale, "Karakuri Circus" reveals that the flower girl in Serenity's story of the Court of Strings is actually her.
  • Best Served Cold: Her revenge on King Leo in the Mors Tua tale, "Karakuri Circus" has her wait eleven years to the point that people forgot about her being burned at stake, then she helps lure children to a hut owned by her mother, Lady Belladonna, who fashioned them into puppets who lost all memories of their humanity, leading to parents going apeshit and King Leo sending soldiers to find the hut where the children disappeared to. Then, she has a puppet that looks eerily similar to his daughter, Princess Ray — who had been killed off long ago — that King Leo becomes smitten by her. Said puppet of the daughter does not talk at all and the only person who can communicate with her is a little girl who offered up her very soul so that "Princess Ray" could become alive. King Leo then prepares a feast in honor of being reunited with his daughter, only for the parents (who are pissed that he's celebrating while their children are still missing and realize that he does not care for them at all) to cause an outrage. King Leo takes Princess Ray out of the way...but he dies because all of the food was poisoned and his last dying moments was learning that the little girl he burned at stake transferred her soul into the puppet of Princess Ray. The last thing King Leo sees before he dies is Lady Shirobara smiling at how she has gotten her revenge.
  • Burn the Witch!: She was burned at stake a long time ago, as revealed in Mors Tua and only saved thanks to that of the Puppet Queen, Lady Belladonna. Take note that she was only a little girl when that happened.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She's based off the Garden Rose Maiden monster, which is Dark attribute, and associated with the night time but she's known to run a foster home and truly loves her sons.
  • Determinator: Her backstory had her determined to create a puppet-show to bring joy to the people in her village or else die trying. It ends with her captured and burned at stake.
  • Doting Parent: She loves her children very, very much.
  • Ethereal White Dress: Wears a white dress that invokes the a rose and is really the soul of a young girl inhabiting a puppet-like body.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She's cooking breakfast at the beginning of 5th Show and she brews a delicious dandelion wine.
  • Flower Motif: Her home is called the Night Garden, she uses a Plant-based deck, is symbolized with roses, can brew a delicious dandelion wine, was a flower girl in the past, etc.
  • Friend to All Children: She is really fond of children which is the reason why she runs a foster home and why she "repurposed" the Kaiba brothers.
  • Green Thumb: She has plant based powers, like summoning vines to entrap people and even has white roses that she can brainwash people with.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Has blond hair and she loves taking care of children and plants.
  • Happily Adopted: Was originally an orphaned flower girl whom was taken in by Lady Belladonna.
  • Innocent Flower Girl: Who she was prior to being burned at stake as revealed in Mors Tua.
  • Kill It with Fire: How she died. See Burn the Witch!.
  • Meaningful Appearance: She wears a white dress that looks like a giant rose. Fitting because her name means "White Rose".
  • Necromancer: She's the one who resurrected both Kaiba brothers.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: After puppet shows were banned in her past, along with children disappearing and converted into soldiers, she secretly began collecting objects to make her own puppet show. It ends with her hard work ruined and her burned at stake.
  • Something About a Rose: Her name translates to "White Rose" in Japanese, she uses a Rose Deck, and it's revealed that she used to be a flower girl in Mors Tua, handing three yellow roses to the wandering puppets.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: She's the one who made the scarves for Kaiba and Mokuba.
  • Younger Than They Look: She was a little girl when she died and her soul was transferred into the body of a young woman that has been alive for centuries.

    Lady Belladonna 

Lady Belladonna

The legendary Puppet Queen who founded the Court of Strings guild. She is the mother of Lady Shirobara, and thus the grandmother of the Kaiba brothers.


  • Color Motif: Red; she has long red hair and her puppet strings are colored crimson.
  • Cool Crown: Wears a crown carved from antlers.
  • Flower Motif: Wears a magnificent dress that is made out of flowers and her name is a reference to the plant known as "Deadly Nightshade".
  • Lady in Red: Has bright red hair, crimson eyes and wears a red colored dress. Her puppet strings are crimson colored.
  • Meaningful Name: "Belladonna" can be translated into "Beautiful Lady" (which she is) but it's also known the name of a plant that's known as "Deadly Nightshade" which relates to her backstory on helping Shirobara getting revenge on King Leo through the use of poisonous plants.
  • Older Than They Look: Described as a woman in her 40s but she is centuries old. According to Serenity, she's actually the granddaughter of one of the oldest figures in the Sunken Realm.
  • Red Baron: "Puppet Queen" Lady Belladonna
  • Silver Vixen: She's technically the grandmother to Kaiba and Mokuba and she's known to be quite a beauty.
  • Team Mom: She's shown in 14th Show trying to console Yvonne about something important and how she can Yvonne killing Yusho with Yvonne noting that they've

    Serenity Wheeler/Secret 

Serenity Wheeler

Archetype: Orcust

Younger sister to Joey Wheeler and a puppeteer like Yvonne who is known for telling long tales. She wields an Orcust Deck.


  • Adaptational Badass: She only dueled once in the anime and even then she needed a confidence boost after seeing Tristan lost and only had two tips on how to duel (Tributing and Fusion Summoning). Here? She's dueling Yuto with an Orcust deck and can handle her own with Yuto having to use a card to inflict direct damage to her in order to win.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Serenity in the anime was sweet, kind and a bit naive. She's snarky and cynical in this universe.
  • Animal Motif: The heron; a black and white one adorns her fans. They represent tranquility, determination and are said to be messengers sent by the gods. Serenity is known to be calm, somewhat cynical, and she is known for heavy bouts of exposition.
  • Blah Blah Blah: Does this, hand movements and all, when Yuto is about to rant about how Serenity's lifepoints won't be safe in their duel.
  • Casting a Shadow: She uses the DARK Orcust monsters with World Legacy support.
  • Characterization Marches On: Her first appearance in Mors Omnibus has her sweet and bubbly while she hugs Mokuba. Future chapters show her off as a cynical snarker.
  • Combat Hand Fan: She wields two of these as her Weapon of Choice.
  • Cultured Badass: She discusses the story of the Tower of Babel and Metropolis in her duel with Yuto and brings up a Ray Bradbury story "The Flying Machine" on the side. Fittingly the Orcust deck has a religious theme going on with them.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She uses Orcust and World Legacy monsters — both are of the DARK attribute — but she's on the side of good.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Heavy on the deadpan and light on the snark.
  • Graceful Loser: She knows that she's not going to win against Yuto and accepts her loss knowing that losing one battle won't be the end.
  • HA HA HA—No: States this in her narration to 13th Show in response to how the king and his sons in her story lived happily ever after.
  • In-Universe Nickname: Ash nicknames her "Ren".
  • Lady of War: In comparison to the other females who duel, she's calm, collected and graceful along her Orcust monsters.
  • Little "No": Whispers this at the end of 12th Show just as she's about to be hit by Yuto's dragon. The next chapter clears it up that she's taking direct damage to her lifepoints.
  • Pink Is Feminine: She wears a bright pink dress for the You Show Duel School Festival (the author's notes states that it's the same dress May wore in Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew)
  • Ship Tease: She's known to have good chemistry with Ash — who is the only one to call her "Ren" — but she's first seen in Mors Omnibus happily glomping Mokuba and handing him an ocarina as a gift.
  • Shipper on Deck: She ships her older brother with Kaiba.
  • The Storyteller: Just like Trip, she's known to tell long stories about the setting's history. Lampshaded in the opening narration to 13th Show which has Ash and Mokuba ask her to speed up her story. She also gets slightly annoyed if she's being asked to speed it up because to her, all of the stuff she narrates is important. Even omitting one tiny thing means losing an important detail for later.
  • Taken for Granite: She was capable of turning Yuto into a marble statue; however the spell doesn't last long and she and Ash have to make a run for it.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: She's about 14 but she acts and speaks like a woman at least three or four times her age.

     Joey Wheeler 

Joey Wheeler

Archetype: Karakuri

Older brother to Serenity Wheeler and a puppeteer; in fact, he's the reincarnation of a master puppeteer whose death would create the Court of Strings.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: Zigzagged in Mors Tua; Yvonne does feel sorry that Joey has the memories of Jonathan Blake and is desperate to reunite with his puppets — even praying that she could give him some solace — but she also pointed out that it gives him no excuse to brainwash other people to replace them or how he brainwashed her puppets to lure her out.
  • Anti-Villain: In the Mors Tua story "Karakuri Circus", he does brainwash Yvonne's puppets and even tries brainwashing Yusaku, Takeru and Specter — who were transformed into puppets, It's a Long Story — but all because he has memories of his past life as Jonathan Blake and wants to be reunited with his puppets at long last. He also gives his condolences to Yvonne's brother, Xavier, upon learning about the latter's death.
  • Color Motif: Gold. Aside from his gold hair, his puppet string color is gold and his eyes sometimes glow this color.
  • Cry Laughing: After losing to Yvonne in Mors Tua, he laughs at his loss before breaking down into tears.
  • Friend to All Children: He's shown to be good around kids as he's performing a magic show for them in Mors Omnibus and he consoles Illusion Defender when the boy is waiting for Sen to return.
  • Hero of Another Story: He had an adventure throughout the span of 13th Show to 15th Show'' in regards to the Arclight Manor and Sen's Illusion monsters.
  • Older Than They Look: He looks like he's in his teens, but it's hinted that he's much older.
  • Reincarnation: Of the legendary puppeteer, Jonathan Blake.
  • Shout-Out: His original self, Jonathan Blake, is a reference to the creepypasta puppeteer of the same name.
  • Stage Magician: Acts like one for the school festival. Bonus points, his outfit, a white suit and matching top hat, is a reference to Kaito Kid.
  • Sword Cane: His Weapon of Choice.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: He died in a fire and was repurposed into a puppet-like form. This shocks Yvonne at first since she thinks he's a moving puppet, not just someone repurposed.

     Trip Deckard/The Curious 

A boy who hails from a family of storytellers. Whenever a strange tale appears, he whistles to signal that it is about to begin. He is the narrator of the Mors Tua short stories.


  • Adaptational Personality Change: Trip was known to be aloof in the anime. While he's known to be quiet and reserved here, he's also more sociable than usual.
    • Instead of photography, Trip is more of a writer and into stories.
  • Character Tic: His whistle whenever a tale is about to begin.
  • Collector of the Strange: Every time a story ends, he leaves after taking a souvenir in relation to the story.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a stone-like mask whenever he announces his stories which is a trait passed down from his family. It's stated that whenever a story appears, the mask must be worn — he can remove it half-way if need be — else the wearer gains facial scars for going against their role. He's constantly seen wearing it.
  • Mythology Gag: His name is this to Shooti Hayami in the author's Ab Initio stories which is what he goes by in his phone chats.
  • Shout-Out: To Creeped Out seeing as he is named after the strange watcher The Curious, whistle and mask included.
  • The Storyteller: He's the one who states an opening narration for each tale in Mors Tua.

     Ash Ketchum 

Ash Ketchum

Archetype: Watt, -hunder

A boy who wants to be the very best, he has a strange connection to ravens and has the power of Aura on his side.


  • Adaptational Badass: In the anime, he doesn't show off a lot of his Aura powersnote . Since Pokémon don't exist in this world, he's mostly known for his ability to manipulate aura.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Instead of the Hot-Blooded personality of a shounen hero like he's usually portrayed, he's introspective and acts more like a seer.
  • Animal Motif: Ravens: he wears a hooded cape that morphs into a raven headdress and wings, he is surrounded by ravens, he states "The raven is to be respected, never trusted" and sometimes unleashes a loud "CAW!" like a raven when need be. He also mentions that he is a descendant of "The Great Raven".
  • Aura Vision: He can see the auras, and affinities, of other people.
  • Berserk Button: Insulting his skills with aura is one way to tick him off. When Mieru doubts his claim on using Aura, he shouts "BLASPHEMY!"
  • Blue Is Heroic: Appears in a blue outfit, his staff is topped with a blue gem, his eyes glow blue when he uses his Aura powers and his most powerful monster Wattaildragon has cyan scales.
  • Blow You Away: His Mist Wurm is WIND attribute.
  • Character Tic: Raising his head to the sky to shout "CAW!!!".
  • Creepy Crows: He's accompanied by ravens that act like his eyes and ears. He also wears a hooded cape that gives him a raven headdress with wings.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's associated with ravens, but he opposes Zarc's machinations. Moreover, he uses the Watt deck which is a Light attribute archetype.
  • Dragon Rider: Rides on Wattaildragon's back in his Action Duel with Mieru.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: In his confrontation with Sherry LeBlanc in 13th Show, he states some very impolite French phrases.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When he uses his Aura powers, his eyes glow an eerie blue.
  • Gratuitous French: Spouts various French phrases in 13th Show. Justified as he's learned these phrases by spending too much time with Yvonne and he's stating them to the French Sherry LeBlanc
  • Hidden Depths: 11th Show reveals that he's a big listener of Aurelio Voltaire as he lists many songs to Serenity as they chase after Yuto.
  • I Let You Win: The narration in 7th Show reveals that he lets Mieru win because he only wanted to see her resolve.
  • In the Hood: He wears a hooded cape with the hood similar to the head of a raven.
  • Late to the Tragedy: He's too late to save Mieru from being killed by Taking the Bullet for Yusho as he was forced to fight Sherry LeBlanc on his way to get to her.
  • Light 'em Up: Mostly uses LIGHT monsters in his deck (barring the WIND Mist Wurm).
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Mieru describes him as wanting to be "The very best, like no one ever was" for the preview for 7th Show
    • His use of aura powers, school festival outfit and his staff are huge references to Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.
    • He uses the Watt deck, most likely in a reference to his Pikachu partner in the anime.
    • The fact that he's repurposed is probably a jab at how he's forever a ten-year-old boy in the anime.
    • One of the ravens under his care is named "Annabel", one of the Frontier Brains who had a crush on him in the anime.
    • A subtle one, but the fact that he uses Wattrain (whose artwork has Wattlemur wearing a conductor's hat) is probably a reference to the Running Gag of Ash losing his hat to a monkey Pokémon.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In 7th Show, he's a calm prophet that shows he's a bit of gentleman towards Mieru and mostly smiles throughout their duel. When Serenity calls him out for giving her the warning that Mieru is going to be repurposed and said girl doesn't deserve it, Ash coldly replies, "None of us did" before revealing that he is repurposed too.
  • Older Than They Look: Looks ten years old but he's also repurposed, so he probably should be in his teens.
  • Rail Enthusiast: He has a love for trains, as shown with his Wattrain Spell Card and how he loved riding the Jubjub train in the park with his parents. Apparently he even took a job repainting the train with the help of his ravens.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has a huge scar over his heart, implying that he was repurposed. 11th Show confirms this.
  • Ship Tease: With Serenity; he gives her the nickname of "Ren" and kisses her cheek before he goes off to save Yuzu in 13th Show.
  • Shock and Awe: He uses a Watt deck with -hunder support, all of them composed of Thunder-type monsters, and he duels Mieru in the Action Field called Thunder Mesa.
  • Signature Move: Wattaildragon combined with Wattkey for 2600 points of direct damage.
  • Simple Staff: He wields a staff topped with a blue gem as his weapon.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sandwiches; he removes his hat and pulls out sandwiches from it.
  • Undead Child: He's repurposed just like Dawn, the only hint about it is that there's a large scar over his heart.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Serenity is not happy that Ash dueled Mieru just so he can give her that warning of the fortune-teller gaining "a new purpose".
  • You Fool!: Calls Sherry LeBlanc this in 13th Show upon learning how she essentially sold her soul to Zarc in order to reunite with her parents.

     Lillie Sekien 

Lillie Sekien

Archetype: Mayakashi

A student of You Show Duel School who is known for her rivalry against Yvonne.


  • Adaptational Personality Change: The games made her more of a pacifist and the anime had her interested in Pokémon battles but not participating in them, but here she's grinning and charging into battle against Yvonne without a care in the world.
  • Foil: To Yvonne. They specialize in a Summoning Technique whose Extra Deck monsters are different Attributes — Shaddoll (Fusion) for Yvonne and Mayakashi (Synchro) for Lillie — and share the same bloodlust for battle.
  • Friendly Rival: With Yvonne. May and Max comment that their rivalry is legendary around the school.
  • Knife Nut: She uses two karambit in battle.
  • Kitsune: The motif of her outfit in the school festival; her kimono has a white kitsune tail and her mask is modeled after a kitsune.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • When her brother, Gladion, hugs her, she mutters that he's "So warm" which is a memetic line she states early in the anime.
    • Her outfit probably references her Pokémon in the anime, an Alolan Vulpix.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She duels Yvonne in an Action Duel that ended in a draw.
  • Shout-Out: Her last name, Sekien is named after a famous Japanese artist Toriyama Sekien who was famous for creating various youkai. Fittingly, Lillie's deck is filled with youkai.
  • Undead Child: Cilan reveals that she and her brother are repurposed.
  • Youkai: She uses a Mayakashi deck.

    Gladion Sekien 

Gladion Sekien

Archetype: Vendread

A student of You Show Duel School and brother to Lillie. Uses a Vendread deck.


  • Big Brother Instinct: When Yugo is about to attack them, he instinctively wraps Lillie in his arms.
  • Casting a Shadow: He uses Vendread monsters which are all DARK monsters.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He uses the DARK Vendread monsters and wears black, but he's not evil at all.
  • Not So Stoic: Usually is a stoic person but is shown also caught up in the epic tag-team duel of Yuya and Zarc vs Yvonne and Yusho, joining his sister on cheering the latter on.
  • Undead Child: He's repurposed like his sister.

     Miette and Kelly Kingsleigh / Quartz (Miette), Holly (Kelly) 

Miette and Kelly Kingsleigh

Archetype: Aroma (Kelly), Weather Painter (Miette)

Sisters who are Rin and Ruri's opponents in the School Festival and servants to the Supreme King Jaden Yuki and Prince of the Dark Crystal Jesse Andersen. Miette uses a Weather deck while Kelly uses an Aroma deck.


  • Alliterative Name: Kelly Kingsleigh.
  • Ambiguously Human: They're human but they have some quirks — like how they finish each other's sentences or how Kelly mentions that they have new "purposes" — which makes one wonder how human they really are.
  • Badass Adorable: They're girls who use cutesy decks (Weather and Aroma) yet they mauled Rin and Ruri together by exploiting their decks' weaknesses.
  • Blow You Away: Kelly uses the Wind based Aroma deck.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Hinted at. A scene in 8th Show has Miette briefly have a flashback of a younger her and Kelly walking in a desolate wasteland wearing nothing but rags.
  • Lady in Red: Miette dresses as the Red Queen for the school festival.
  • Meaningful Name: Their last name is Kingsleigh and they apparently have connections to the Supreme King as shown in 11th Show.
  • Psychic Powers: Kelly can briefly see into the future. Yvonne makes this as an analogy to the White Queen of Through the Looking Glass.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Just like the author's Ab Initio stories, the two are sisters.
  • Shout-Out: Their last name is based off of Alice Kingsleigh from the Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland film.

     Cilan, Chili and Cress 

Cilan, Chili and Cress

Archetype: Kaiju (Cilan), Super Quant (Chili), /Assault Mode (Cress)

Triplets who work with Miette and Kelly at the café during the You Show Duel School Festival.


  • Ambiguously Human: All three of them are revealed to be repurposed due to the stitches on their necks and wrists and Cress's eyes briefly turn black when he commands Arcanite Magician/Assault Mode to attack.
  • And This Is for...: Chili and Cress state this in regards to Heartland and the Synchro Dimension when they unleash their direct attacks.
  • Hot-Blooded: Chili as usual, channeling his inner Toku-hero with his Super Quant monsters.
  • Kaiju: Cilan's deck of choice.
  • Large Ham: Cilan and Chili both get to ham it up, but Chili even more so, laughing in glee when he gets to summon the Super Quantum Mecha King Great Magnus!
  • Laughing Mad: Chili when he gets to summon the Rank 12 Super Quantum Mecha King Great Magnus.
  • Mister Exposition: Cilan is the one who explains what "repurposing" is to Yuzu in chapter 7.
  • Pungeon Master: Chili is known to make bad puns, which Miette and Kelly point out.
  • Shout-Out: When he states his Xyz Chants, Chili references different incantations for the monster based on the Super Sentai/Power Ranger series they originate from. For example, he shouts "Go galactic" when he summons Super Quantum Mech Beast Aeroboros and "Wild Access" for Magnaliger.

     Hilbert and Hilda Heath 

Hilbert and Hilda Heath

Archetype: Fire Fist (Hilda)

Brendan's fellow bandmates, and a pair of vampire siblings of the band "The Obsolete Men". Hilbert is the lead singer and guitarist while Hilda plays drums. Hilda uses a Fire Fist deck.


  • Alliterative Name: Hilbert and Hilda Heath.
  • Color Motif: Black (for Hilbert) and White (for Hilda): Hilbert wears a black jacket for the school festival while Hilda is dressed as Spider Gwen (whose outfit is predominantly white) and their duel disks are black and white respectively.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Their color motif is from the Pokémon games they come from.
    • Hilda using a Fire Fist deck is based on how she's usually associated with the Tepig line, whose evolutions are Fire/Fighting.
  • Playing with Fire: Hilda uses the Fire Fist monsters which are...FIRE attribute.
  • Rock Trio: They form one with Brendan — Hilbert is the lead singer and Hilda play drums although Hilda is capable of singing.
  • Sibling Team: They're brother and sister and fight off Obelisk Force members so Rin can chase after Yuri.
  • Shout-Out: The author's notes that their last name is based on the wrestler known as David Heath, otherwise known as "Gangrel". Bonus points, Hilbert's middle name is David.
  • Smoke Out: Hilda throws a smoke bomb so she and Hilbert can get Rin and Yuri to safety in the twelfth chapter.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Upon seeing Rin, Yugo and Yuri crash during their concert as they perform "Falling Away With You", Hilda's response is to question "this is why this song is never played in concert, right?"

    Mallow 
A girl who helps run her family's restaurant where they serve all sorts of Burmese cuisine. Also the girlfriend of Paul and does not like being kept out of the action.
  • Chef of Iron: She's a chef but she's not afraid to attack someone with a frying pan if need be.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Whacks the head of an Obelisk Force soldier with one.
  • Official Couple: With Paul.
  • Race Lift: She's the Pokémon equivalent of Polynesian in the games/anime, but changed to Burmese in the story. Word of God is because it reflects the author being half-Burmese herself.

    Lampetia 
A dryad who resided in the tree that would become Specter's mother.

    Aoi Zaisen 
Younger sister of Akira Zaisen who moonlights in VRAINS as the Celebrity Duelist Blue Angel.
  • Jumped at the Call: Joins Ryoken and Yusaku for some adventure after she's stuck at home recovering from a virus
  • Sixth Ranger: With Dawn's soul taken by Zarc, Ryoken and Yusaku ask her to join them to stop Zarc.

Dark Signers

Hailing from the Synchro Dimension and three from Standard, the Dark Signers are a group of duelists brought back to life by the Earthbound Immortals with one goal in mind: to topple down Academia by any means necessary.

Tropes pertaining to them.

  • Adaptational Sexuality: The Synchro Dark Signers were straight in the anime. In this version they're all bisexual and in a polyamorous relationship.
  • Anti-Villain: They're Dark Signers, yes, but they're very supportive of one another and are less villainous than that of Academia and Himika.
  • Berserk Button: The four main Dark Signers all hate Himika Akaba for her abuse towards Reira. Justified as three of them are older sibling figures.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: They're Dark Signers resurrected by the malevolent Earthbound Immortals, but they go after the nastier Academia and are really sweet and nurturing people when it comes to Ayu and Reira.
  • Papa Wolf/Mama Bear: Don't hurt children in their presence or they will maul you.
  • Polyamory: Yusei, Kiryu, Carly and Misty are in a relationship with one another, something that shocks Ayu (who is around 7-8) and Reira (also around the same age) to no end.

     Yusei Fudo 

Yusei Fudo

The leader of the Dark Signers and Dark Signer of the Spider.


  • Adaptational Personality Change: Usually a calm and stoic individual, here he's shown to be much more sadistic and gleeful at the carnage he causes on Reiji.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Yusei Fudo is a Dark Signer in this continuity although he seems to have most of his personality intact. 15th Show reveals that it's more of a mask, seeing how he coldly taunts Reiji before brainwashing him.
  • Casting a Shadow: He can use his shadow to connect to the minds of the other Dark Signers.
  • Facepalm: Does this during Kiryu's Too Kinky to Torture moment.
    Yusei: Oh Uru, no....
  • Laughing Mad: Lets out a mad laugh in chapter 9, when Ayu decides to challenge him to a duel, unnerving the other Dark Signers because he has never laughed like that before.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Hooo boy. 15th Show has him use one of his spiders to brainwash Reiji before he breaks Reiji down by stating that Reira is going to lose to Kiryu because Reiji was so self-absorbed in his work to even bother to look after her. Then he states that Reira could be saved if Reiji gave himself up along with brainwashing Reiji to align themselves with the Dark Signers so that when Reira lost — which she does — having a brainwashed loving Reiji by her side makes it more easy to accept her fate as a Dark Signer easier.
  • Mask of Sanity: Yusei of all people. While he's mostly calm and tranquil in normal conversation, he can be sadistic and cruel when he really wants to get into someone's skin.
  • Personality Powers: He was known to be about the bonds people have with one another; fittingly, he is able to uses his shadow to connect with that of his fellow Dark Signers and see through their memories.
  • Team Dad: Known to be calm, collective and is the one who helps Ayu practice Synchro Summoning.

     Kiryu Kyosuke 

Kiryu Kyosuke

Archetype: Infernity

The Dark Signer of the Giant and second-in-command.


  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He's absolutely not the maniacal Ax-Crazy Dark Signer (most of the time) in the anime with one reviewer calling him "gentle and sneaky".
  • Casting a Shadow: His Infernity monsters are all DARK attribute.
  • Composite Character: Is a Dark Signer but he mentions that he's the legal guardian of Nico and West — which happened in the Crashtown Arc — and wears the attire of his manga counterpart.
  • Friend to All Children: As stated above, he's been taking care of Nico and West and does his part to help calm Ayu down after it sinks in that she's committed murder. He even comforts Reira before he kills her with a Neck Snap.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: According to Carly, Kiryu fell in love with Misty after she kicked the asses of some bandits in Satisfaction Town.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Calls Yoko a "Mother he'd like to...duel".
  • That Came Out Wrong: After Ayu unleashed Chacu Challhua against Obelisk Force, he praises her on how she made her first kill. Cue Ayu about to cry and Misty giving him the mother of all death glares before he apologizes for his slip of the tongue.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: When Carly lashes out at him and slams him to a wall, all he does is moan "Oh, harder mommy!" to Carly, Misty and Yusei's discomfort.

     Misty Lola 

Misty Lola

Archetype: Reptilian

The Dark Signer of the Lizard who sees the future by reading someone's face. Uses a Reptilianne Deck.


  • Amazon Brigade: Her Reptilianne monsters are all female serpents.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts like this to the entire group, but mostly is this to Ayu and Reira.
  • Easily Forgiven: Ayu forgives Misty for Misty having to bring Ayu into the Dark Signers since, as the narration points out, it was Ayu who decided to chase after Celina and ended up dying.
  • Get a Room!: Shouts this to Kiryu and Yusei when they start making out, only for Kiryu to state that they'll "bring her too".
  • Mama Bear: Becomes very protective of Ayu and Reira once they become Dark Signers.
  • Tender Tears: Sheds these when Ayu forgives her.

     Carly Nagisa 

Carly Nagisa

Archetype: Fortune Lady

The Dark Signer of the Hummingbird and former reporter. Uses a Fortune Lady Deck.


  • Adaptational Badass: While she Took a Level in Badass when she became a Dark Signer in the anime, she's much stronger now that she has access to more Fortune Lady cards.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Much more assertive, confident and playful compared to being a klutz with low confidence in herself in the anime.
  • Amazon Brigade: Her Fortune Ladies are all female Spellcasters.
  • Berserk Button: Mentioning Jack Atlas is a quick way to get her angry as she grabs Kiryu and repeatedly slams his face to the wall.
  • Emo Teen: Apparently had a phase like this when she first became a Dark Signer, having a sullen attitude and listened to Kiryu's metal albums to get into the mood.
  • Mythology Gag: Her giving a fortune reading to Yuu Sakuragi and the card that he draws (Enlightenment) refers to how she became brainwashed by Ascilla piscu in the anime.

     Whale Dark Signer (SPOILERS

Ayu Ayukawa

Archetype: Mystological

A student in the You Show Duel School who only wanted to figure out where Yuya and Yuzu went off to. After accidentally bumping into Misty, who proceeded to give her a fortune, a new purpose awaits her, leading her to become the Dark Signer of the Whale. She obtains a new deck called "Mystological" which is based around offering Continuous Spell and Trap Cards to activate effects of her main deck monsters and making it easier to Synchro Summon.


  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Is shown to have little to low self confidence after being revived and really kicks herself about she forgot about the "person who goes first in a duel can't attack" rule. Given how she's just learned the sheer scope of what's going on and that she was killed then resurrected by a humongous whale, who can blame her?
  • Affectionate Nickname: Is called "Sweetfish" by her parents, the Dark Signers and the Earthbound Immortals as it harkens to her named based off of a real fish.
  • Ascended Extra: Was in the anime just to show off how skilled of a duelist Reira was. She now has a bigger role as a Dark Signer.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Is the youngest of the Dark Signers at around age 7-8 with Reira presumably being older than her.
  • Badass Adorable: When resurrected as a Dark Signer she defeats her opponent with skill.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Such a sweet and cheerful little girl; and she ends up summoning Chacu Challhua to destroy the man who killed her.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Bumps into Misty while searching for Yuya and Yuzu. This act would change her life significantly.
  • Creepy Child: She relishes in the idea of killing Reira to become the Dark Signer for Cusillu.
  • The Cutie: Even when a Dark Signer, she's shown to be absolutely cute!
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: She spotted a hooded Celina and, thinking that Celina was Yuzu, chased after her. It ends with her dead in an alleyway.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Gets lots of focus in chapter 6, culminating in her death and resurrection.
  • Everyone's Baby Sister: The Synchro Dimension Dark Signers absolutely adore her and treat her like their daughter. They also decide to card then duel the Obelisk Force members who killed her.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Was such a sweet little girl who became reborn as a Dark Signer and unleashed Chacu Challhua on the man who killed her.
  • Kill the Cutie: Had her throat ripped out by a Triple Ancient Gear Hunting Dog by a member of Obelisk Force then was resurrected.
  • Making a Splash: Uses an archetype called "Mystological" which are all WATER monsters.
  • Meaningful Name: She tells Misty that her name comes from a fish that is also known as a "sweetfish" because it smells like fresh melon.
  • Motif: Water and sea-life. Her nickname is "little sweetfish", her outfit has designs based off of fish — like stockings with whales, her headband has a scallop design — and when Yusei looks into her memories, they all show her having fun on the beach, playing with dolphins, eating seafood, etc.
  • Mythical Motifs: The "Mystological" main monsters are based off of aquatic mythological creatures while the Extra Deck monsters seemed to be named after water deities.
  • Nice Girl: After apologizing for bumping into Misty, she helps lead Misty to Central Park to wait for her "friends" (Yusei and Kiryu). And even when she meets Celina and Obelisk Force bullies her around, Ayu still does her best to defend Celina and even calls her a friend. Chacu Challhua states that it's one of the reasons why she was chosen to be a Dark Signer.
  • Personality Powers: Shown to be quite curious and has lots of questions in regards to what's been going on. Chacu Challhua translates this into able to see into the past.
  • Replacement Goldfish: She's seen as one to Misty's little brother, Toby.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She was shown to be a pretty good duelist in the anime, but becoming a Dark Signer and gaining a Synchro based deck caused her to become much more powerful.
  • Undead Child: A more prominent example compared to the repurposed souls of Dawn, Mokuba, Lillie, Gladion and Ash.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Tries to do this on an Obelisk Force soldier sent to take Celina back to Academia. It ends with her defeated and then killed by her opponent's Ancient Gear monster.
  • Walking Spoiler: Let's just say that no one was expecting this for her.

     Monkey Dark Signer 

Reira Akaba

Archetype: CC, CCC

A young girl adopted by Himika Akaba after losing everyone she loves. She is a very shy individual who has no personality to speak of due to the PTSD she's gone through. Chosen by Ayu to become the Dark Signer of Cusillu. Uses a "C/C" deck which utilizes her "C/C Critical Eye" to perform Extra Deck summonings by using tokens of her opponent's monsters.


  • Casting a Shadow: The "C/C" monsters are all DARK types and the Extra Deck monsters used in her duel against Kiryu are also DARK.
  • Creepy Child: She was originally one due to her emotionless gaze but she became creepier after her resurrection.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Like Ayu before her, she gets plenty of focus in 15th Show before she dies.
  • Neck Snap: How Kiryu kills her.
  • Rule of Symbolism: To show that she's completely gone, she destroys her stuffed teddy bear Barry and begins cuddling with the Fun Size form of Cusillu.
  • That Man Is Dead: Once resurrected she shouts, "SHE'S GONE!!!!" to Himika to state that the shy doormat afraid of Himika is no more.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Somewhat. Once revived by Cusillu she's much happier than usual, but it's implied to be because she's corrupted by the darkness.

     Condor Dark Signer (SPOILERS

Yusho Sakaki

Archetype: Performapal

Yuya's (adoptive) father. Founder of You Show Duel School. Pioneer of Action Duels in the Standard Dimension. Believer that duels are to bring people together. What more can be said?

Three years prior to the start of the series, he left the Standard Dimension in order to talk to Professor Akaba to stand down on his plans to unite the dimensions. However, in this world, a glitch in the machine somehow landed him in Carroll City first and his dueling influenced YMD to create a Duel School/Brigade to help fight off Academia. Staying only three days and nights, he then heads off to the Xyz Dimension where he is unable to stop Academia's assault before he gets hurled into the Fusion Dimension, creating a new You Show Duel School that takes turncoat Academia students and teaches them the fun of dueling. Unfortunately, he soon gets himself going down the Rabbit Hole once again...and what he finds there is enough to turn his world upside down.
He uses a Performapal deck like his son with his signature monster being Performapal Sky Magician. However, this version has also picked up a few tricks up his sleeve.


  • Action Dad: He's the adoptive dad of Yuya, and the best Action Duelist in the Standard Dimension. He's also capable of going toe-to-toe against Zarc in a sword fight.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Was a Nice Guy through and through in the anime and had no hard feelings when he lost to Yuri. In the story, he's shown to be stressed out and more emotional in regards to Academia, Zarc and Yuya.
  • Adaptational Badass: Was considered the best duelist in Standard but the story ramps it up with giving him two things: Pendulum and Xyz Monsters!
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Barring flashbacks, Yusho isn't shown in the flesh until Season 3. In this story, he shows up around mid-Season 1.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: As Zarc's Pendulum-Fusion monster is about to destroy El Shaddoll Construct, he does this to Yvonne as a means of comforting her...which doesn't help her out one bit since it's a reminder that she has to kill him.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Slaps Yuya across the face in order to get the boy to his senses in 11th Show. It does nothing.
  • Ascended Extra: For all of the lore and talk about him, he's essentially an extra character and doesn't make his true first appearance until the 3rd season. He gets a bigger role in the story as the end of 14.5th Show implies and the next chapter confirms that he's going to become the Dark Signer of the Condor.
  • The Atoner: His narration in 14.5th Show shows that he wants to undo all of his mistakes.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Shouts this at Wiraqocha Rasca in the flashback opening of 15th Show after being told of his mistakes for the upteemth time.
  • Break the Badass: The first time he sees Yuya in three years and he's learned that Zarc has messed his son up very badly, not to mention that he had to see a little girl be killed by knives to save him. By 16.5th Show, he's weeping in front of Yoko at everything he's seen and realizing that he's failed.
  • Broken Pedestal: His reputation of leaving his son for Reiji's crusade has made people remind him on how he left without never saying goodbye.
  • Cane Fu: He uses his cane to fight off against Zarc.
  • Catchphrase: "It's all about deception." (In regards to magic/tricking his opponents in a duel)
  • Combat Pragmatist: He distracts Zarc through the use of flash paper to get an Action Card.
  • Cooldown Hug: Attempts to do this to Yuya in an "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight. It works as Yuya starts sobbing...and then the sobs turns into laughter as Yuya is ready to kill Yusho with a knife to the back.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Yusho explains to Serenity and Mieru that he didn't want to tell his family about leaving them because he was concerned if Academia would go after Yuya and Yoko while he was gone. But even then, it seems like a lame excuse seeing as he never bothered to ask Reiji to tell them about his whereabouts or send a letter explaining everything.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When teamed with Yvonne in their duel against Yuya and Zarc, he becomes much more snarky in his remarks.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Once you see past Yusho's charisma and charm, you end up with a realistic view of what happens if someone of his caliber has to go through what he did and the very ugly parts of it.
    • Of the Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You variety. While the anime glosses this over, the story shows how psychologically damaging Yusho's crusade is for poor Yuya and Yoko is shown to not be so forgiving for Yusho never saying good-bye or even considering leaving for Academia after his match against Strong Ishijima. There's also implications that without Yusho there to make ends meet, Yoko had to obtain part time jobs to pay the bills. Yusho's abandonment also makes Yuya lose trust towards his father, not helping that Zarc uses this to convince Yuya that Yusho is an asshole.
    • Of the Big Good. While he's the top duelist of Maiami City, he felt like it was his duty to personally go to Leo Akaba alone while Reiji asked if Yusho could stay to train the Lancers instead. However, Yusho was much more than that top duelist; he was Yuya Sakaki's father. His foolish decision to pursue Akaba instead of staying behind leads to bigger consequences and psychological trauma on Yuya's side and many people look down on his decision with disdain; most notably Yvonne. And even if he was the strongest duelist in Standard, he's just one person against everything else thrown at him so all the work he has done is minimal.
  • Did Not Think This Through:
    • For all of the good that he's done as a loving father to Yuya, he never considered telling Yuya that he had to leave for something as serious as "stopping Professor Akaba from enacting chaos". Yvonne, Serenity and even Zarc point out that this was incredibly stupid on his part since there was no guarantee that he could even make it to Akaba, stop his plans or even return home safely.
    • Yusho went alone to stop Akaba, didn't bother to bring in back-up or make sure his wife and son will be financially okay until he returns.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Once it's revealed that Yusho was in the know of Yvonne killing him, his response to her of him ready for "what happens next" is seen at this...kinda. Considering Yvonne's reaction to Yuzu not giving Yusho his message — aka his Trigger Phrase — he doesn't remember what's actually going to happen just seconds before Yvonne slices his throat.
  • Failure Hero: He tells Yoko that he is nothing but a failure: failed to protect Heartland, failed at preparing a resistance group in Academia, failed at being a father and even failed at comforting Yvonne before she killed him.
  • Famed in Story:
    • Known as a pioneer in Action Duels in Maiami City, in Carroll City he's the one who inspired Yvonne, May and Dawn to create its very own Duel School.
    • If Wiraqocha Rasca wasn't playing around with him, Yusho is apparently talked about in the Sunken Realm, Carroll City's underworld.
  • Famous Last Words: "Wait, Yvonne!"
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • His impulsiveness; jumping into another dimension without giving a proper farewell to his family, not even considering that perhaps talking to a dictator wasn't quite the best way to go or even figuring out a way to get back to his own dimension after all was said iand done is what caused Yuya to be broken on the inside and him to be unprepared for the Invasion in Heartland. Even Wiraqocha Rasca notes that he's still "as impulsive as ever".
    • He tends to try to see the good people to the point of putting himself at risk. Again, he tries to go by himself to convince Professor Akaba to stand down, not realizing that Akaba isn't going to listen to reason at all. Dawn and May even bring it up that he has a good heart, but sometimes it's impossible to change everyone if their hearts are full of darkness and evil.
  • Get It Over With: During their tag-team duel against Yuya and Zarc, while traversing the funhouse, Yusho tells Yvonne to stop fooling around and "Do it. Now." Given what happens at the end, it probably had something to do with Yvonne killing him so he can become the Dark Signer of the Condor.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: For all of his good qualities, he just can't understand that Akaba and Academia are evil and no amount of dueling and telling them to "turn enemies into friends" is going to win them over easily. Even when facing his own (brainwashed) son, he keeps trying to reach out to Yuya but is unable to free him.
  • Guile Hero: Despite not having as good cards like Yvonne, Yuya or Zarc, he's capable of using his wits to make things go his way. As he states, "It's all about deception."
  • Handicapped Badass: Has a bad leg thanks to his encounter with Edo and has to walk around with a cane. That does not diminish his dueling or his fighting skills as Yuya and Zarc learn.
  • Hidden Depths: One of his favorite films is Ladyhawke which are the inspirations of his Xyz Monsters — Performapal Knightwolfe and Performapal Ladyhawke.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Since he came from the Standard Dimension, which was mostly focused on plain old Tribute Summoning, most people would just think that him summoning Performapal Sky Magician would be the best he could do. Then he reveals that he knows Xyz Summoning that pushes Zarc into a corner.
  • Innocently Insensitive: The whole "not telling Yuya that I'm off to stop Professor Akaba" was mostly to protect Yuya from being hurt; what it did instead was internally hurt Yuya since he had no idea what Yusho left in the first place.
  • Laughing Mad: At the end if 14.5th Show, he unleashes this after he was killed by Yvonne and realizing just what he's gotten himself into.
    Yusho: I'm ready, Yvonne...I'm ready...I'm ready to join in on the fun! A new purpose awaits me! (cue laugh)
  • Must Make Amends: His mindset after learning that his plans to stop Fusion Dimension have amounted to nothing and that Yuya is far too gone into Zarc's brainwashing even going as far as to let Yvonne kill him and be resurrected by Wiraqocha Rasca if it'll make things right..
  • My Greatest Failure: Him not saying a proper farewell to Yoko and Yuya before he jumped the gun and went on his traverse to talk to Professor Akaba. He also feels sorry for being teleported to the Fusion Dimension and making Ruri believe that he abandoned Heartland in their time of need.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Because he immediately teleported to Carroll City, he never went to say his goodbyes to his wife and son.
  • Not So Different: One reviewer said that he's this to Zarc, surprisingly enough; they both are fathers who failed their loved ones and desperately are trying to do everything they can to fix their mistakes...even if they are taking very drastic measures to do so.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: His well-meaning but foolish leap to the Fusion Dimension and him never telling his family about this.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • Yusho is usually calm, nice and well mannered. This entire situation — starting with him meeting with Yvonne up to him reuniting with his son and up to him seeing Yvonne tell Sora to repeatedly stab himself in the stomach — is testing his limits.
    • Him breaking down into mad laughter after Yvonne killed him at the end of 14.5th Show is what sets off signs that things are going to Hell.
  • Paint It Black: His Dark Signer attire changes his red ringmaster coat to black.
  • Parents as People: He's a loving father to Yuya, that we know for sure, but his own reasoning to keep his son in the dark about going to stop Professor Akaba and his impulsive decision to go stop the Professor made it present himself as a coward and ended up causing more trouble than it was worth since it prevented him from learning how hurt Yuya was by this mistake until they reunite.
  • Perpetual Smiler: His appearance at the end of 15th Show has him constantly smiling even after Yoko slaps him across the face. The fact that this is after he's been resurrected as a Dark Signer makes it all the more terrifying.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Seriously Yusho, you went off to do a good deed, but couldn't you at least give a message to your wife and son before you did?
  • Purple Is Powerful: As the Dark Signer to Wiraqocha Rasca, his Dark Signer attire has purple trim and he is the best Action Duelist in Maiami City.
  • Rage Breaking Point:
    • Yusho snaps at Mieru when she tells him that he should just try talking to Academia's generals, stating that for all that he's done, making Academia students change their minds isn't easy.
    • He's pissed off again when Wiraqocha Rasca tells him of the consequences of his actions, having gotten annoyed at everyone reminding him of what he's done.
  • Replacement Goldfish: A subtle one, but just as Zarc has destroyed El Shaddoll Construct, Yvonne briefly sees her brother in him. This makes her having to kill him that much harder. This gets referenced in the flashback of 15th Show where a Submerging can only occur by killing a loved one, and Yusho reminding Yvonne of her brother is enough to complete the ritual.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The Mors Tua stories have him like this: him landing in Carroll City influenced the creation of the first ever Duel School.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Him practically abandoning Yuya for Reiji's crusade was just enough of an influence for Zarc to brainwash Yuya onto his side. Best dad ever.
  • Walking Spoiler: Yusho's major role prior to 14.5th Show is essentially him learning of the chaos that is about to unfold. His role after that...
  • Weak, but Skilled: His strongest monster is summoned by Tribute Summoning, until he pulls out Xyz Summoning anyways, but the effects of his cards and his diversion tactics is enough to put Yuya and Zarc on their toes.
  • Weapon of Choice: When in a sword fight against Zarc he uses his cane.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gets called out by lots of people for his actions: from Rurinote  to Serenity and Yvonnenote  and even his wifenote .
  • Worthy Opponent: Despite his animosity towards Yusho, Zarc bows in respect after the end of their tag-team duel.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: According to Yvonne he has a dual light/dark Affinity — most people are born with a base Fire/Water/Earth/Wind affinity with a secondary light/dark one — which is very rare and the reason why he was the perfect choice to be Wiraqocha's vessel.

Zarc and his associates

The Supreme King Dragon Zarc has decided to wreak havoc a little bit earlier than expected.

     Zarc 

Zarc

Archetype: Dragon Vassal

The Supreme King Dragon who once laid waste to the world until Ray defeated him. It turns out that he's not dead, and instead has been biding his time until he can be reunited with his sons and he will do anything to get them back.


  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Doesn't appear till the end of Season 3 in the original show, whereas he appears at around the ending of Episode 37.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Unlike the Zarc who was afraid of losing, he doesn't show this trait when he has his tag-team duel against Yvonne and Yusho (and it doesn't matter as he wins anyway). Instead he's more concerned on making sure Yuya isn't traumatized by Yvonne's dueling.
  • Draconic Humanoid: When he goes all out, he shows off dragon wings and a tail to match. His Dragon Vassal monsters also showcase humansnote  with dragon appendages.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Absolutely adores his sons, but he's also very twisted in his desires to have them back.
  • Evil Counterpart: Is Yusho's. He is a skilled dueltainer like Yusho who wanted to make people smile but decided to do it by giving into bloodshed and violence compared to Yusho wanting to use dueling to make people smile without any malice on his mind. And while Yusho had good reasons to leave his son (but didn't explain just what he was doing), Zarc returns to Yuya, Yuto and Yugo and promises to not leave them. As emphasis, Zarc dresses up in his own version of a ringmaster outfit but it's colored grey and black in comparison to Yusho's bright red coat.
  • Facial Markings: While in his ringmaster outfit, he has three black stars on the corner of his left eye and a long slash going down his right eye.
  • Faux Affably Evil: At first you think he's a loving caring father to his "sons" despite being the Supreme Dragon King who nearly destroyed the entire world. As time goes on, that facade of said loving and caring father starts to fade and you find out he's a sadistic madman who loves showing off how he has Yuya, Yuto and Yugo under his control and will extract the soul of a girl just to prove a point.
  • Hypno Pendulum: He constantly uses Yuya's pendulum to Yuya, Yuto and Yugo.
  • Light Is Not Good: His Pendulum-Fusion monster, Supreme Dragon Vassal of the Soulless Heavens is a LIGHT monster...and the narration states that it's absolutely menacing. Serenity also notes that his affinity is of Light.
  • Kick the Dog: Stealing Dawn's soul — by ripping it out of her chest — is one thing, but he becomes a nasty piece of work when he tells Rin that a soul can be better either as a power source or a bargaining chip right in front of Yusaku (Dawn's brother) and Yvonne (her best friend).
  • Nice Hat: His ringmaster outfit comes with a top hat and a card with an ouroboros tucked in the ribbon.
  • Not Quite Dead: Ray didn't kill him completely. How it happened is one of the biggest mysteries of the story.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Hardly unphazed with everything that Carroll City throws at him until he realizes that Yvonne murdering Yusho was so that he could become the Dark Singer of Wiraqocha Rasca which makes him terrified as that means that Carroll City has made a pact with the Earthbound Immortals.
  • Pet the Dog: He holds up his end of the bargain and restores Yugo to normalcy after Rin wins against Dawn. What he does to Dawn, however, is another story.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He tells Rin that it's quite a waste to destroy a soul, instead it could be used as either a bargaining chip or a fuel source.
  • Repulsive Ringmaster: His outfit for the school festival and he fits this well considering how he's converted Yuya, Yuto and Yugo into his little playthings.
  • Rule of Symbolism: His facial markings in his ringmaster attire — three stars on the corner of his left eye and a diagonal slash down his right eye — represent his sons. The stars represent him successfully obtaining Yuya, Yuto and Yugo while the slash shows how he just needs one more (Yuri).
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Tall, has a dark aura on him and drips with snark.
  • Villain Has a Point: He's not wrong in stating that Yusho made a very stupid error on leaving his son without explaining just what he was doing.
  • Your Soul is Mine!: Takes Dawn's soul after her loss to Rin in their Action Duel.

    Yuya Sakaki 

Yuya Sakaki

Archetype: Performapal, Odd-Eyes, Nightmare Mirror.

Son of Yusho Sakaki and founder of Pendulum Summoning who hails from the Standard Dimension.


  • Body Motifs: The mouth: he's almost always shown smiling, Zarc adds make-up that makes it look like it's been stitched shut, and his Dragon Vassal is known as the Dragon Vassal of Silent Flames (depicted as the monster placing a finger over his lips).
  • Circus of Fear: His deck in his tag-team duel against Yuzu and Yusho is called "Nightmare Mirror" which contain circus themed versions of important people in his life (Shuzo, Yoko, Yusho, himself) or animals (En and Core). Its Field Spell is Nightmare Mirror Circus, a black and white striped tent. Fittingly, this was shown in the Carnival of Souls Action Field.
  • Eye Scream: At the climax of the tag team duel against Yvonne and Zarc, Yvonne stabs him in the eye. It's later revealed that Yvonne used a fake knife with a retractable blade as the narration revealed that he was using both eyes to glare at Yvonne falling to her doom.
  • Guyliner: His circus ringmaster outfit has him wear black kohl around his eyes.
  • Lack of Empathy: An utterly chilling version. As Yvonne is crying at having to kill Yusho, he stands there and doesn't react. The only time he does, it's to make Yvonne laugh through her tears not the fact that she just murdered his father.
  • Laughing Mad: It's as if he obtained Yuri's penchant for doing this.
  • Mismatched Eyes: After being brainwashed by Zarc, his left eye becomes green to match his Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon.
  • More Than Mind Control: Zarc's control over him is based on Yuya's love for his biological father, but now twisted by making him believe Zarc is his true father.
  • Mythology Gag: Someone's eye turns green after being in contact with a matching green stone? Are we talking about Yuya Sakaki or Dartz?
  • Playing with Fire: He can summon balls of fire and a constant stream of flames as shown in his tag-team duel and the Dragon Vassal card that represents him is Dragon Vassal of Silent Flames. Fittingly, Serenity states that his affinity is that of Fire.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over:
    • His ringmaster outfit is red and black, and he's been brainwashed by Zarc to be his exact opposite.
    • His dragon, Nightmare Mirror Pendulum Dragon, is mostly black with red crystal spikes on its body and a large red gem on its chest. It's a DARK type and ready to roast Yvonne and Yuso's monsters to a crisp.
  • Repulsive Ringmaster: His outfit for the school festival, especially since he's supposed to be "dressed" like Yusho.
  • Rule of Symbolism: His puppeteer ringmaster outfit is just riddled with this as Zarc states to Yusho that Yuya wanted to dress up like his former father. The puppet strings and crossbar represents either how Yuya is nothing more than Zarc's puppet. He has black make-up to resemble stitches over his lips, which represents Yusho's mistake on not telling his farewells to Yuya on the day he left to the Xyz Dimension along with Yuya's penchant to not tell people his feelings and masking it with a smile, and the stitches around his neck to represent how Yuya has lost his head.
  • Slasher Smile: Unleashes one of these at the thought of killing Yusho, which is amplified by how he has make-up that looks like his mouth has been sewn shut.
  • Stealth Pun: Yuya is known to be quite crazy with his mad laughter and the stitches on his lips and neck. When you laugh so hard, it leaves you in stitches.
  • Stepford Smiler: When he's introduced to Yusho and Yuzu, he's got a large smile on his face even as he states things like "You're Not My Father" to the former.
  • Visual Pun: Yuya has markings of black stitches over his lips to make it look like his lips are sealed.
  • You're Not My Father: States this to Yusho as a sign that he's been completely brainwashed by Zarc.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: When dressed in his ringleader outfit, he has black lines falling down his face like tears.

    Yuto 

Yuto

Archetype: Phantom Knights

Yuya's counterpart from the Xyz Dimension, originally entering the Standard Dimension with Shun Kurosaki to locate allies, he was last seen explaining the truth of the dimensions to Yuya before dueling with Yugo.


  • Ascended Extra: Essentially got shafted after his soul bonds with Yuya in the animenote , but gains a more prominent role in the story and duels Serenity in 13th Show.
  • Body Motifs: Eyes. His special ability has him cover someone's eyes and his Dragon Vassal is Dragon Vassal of Blind Storms. He also mentions that he only sees dueling as a tool rather than for fun.
  • Casting a Shadow: His DARK Phantom Knights monsters and his Spectral Wing Synchro Dragon.
  • Dark Is Evil: Usually falls into Dark Is Not Evil but being under Zarc's thumb made him flip morality.
  • Dragon Knight: His outfit for the school festival is knight armor modeled after Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon.
  • Irony: What glyph is he represented with? A heron, a large bird. Which of Ray's counterparts is he associated with? Ruri, En-Birds.
  • Making a Splash: The Dragon Vassal that represents him is the WATER Dragon Vassal of Blind Storms. Serenity also notes that his affinity is that of Water.
  • Mind Rape: One of his abilities is to transplant memories from one person to another. He gives one to Sora in 14th Show so Sora knows the extent of what Yuto has gone through.
  • Shock and Awe: Has electric powers, shown when he shocks an already having stabbed himself multiple times to death Sora in 14th Show.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Wasn't absorbed into Yuya in this iteration. Not that his fate here is much better...
  • Would Hit a Girl: Slaps Serenity across the face at the end of 13th Show. Serenity is unphazed by it, though.

     Yugo 

Yugo

Archetype: Speedroid

Yuya's counterpart from the Synchro Dimension, searching for Rin after she was captured by Yuri. Unfortunately his stubborness leads him to mistake Yuto as the culprit, leading them to brawl.


  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Brendan tries to end the duel early by brainwashing Clear Wing Synchro Dragon and by attacking directly but fails. Yugo does the same thing, brainwashing Shiranui Skillsaga Supremacy, and it works out successfully for him.
  • Body Motifs: Ears. He refuses to listen to reason — which is what caused him, Yuto and Yuya to "die" — and his Dragon Vassal counterpart is Dragon Vassal of Deaf Wind.
  • Blow You Away: Aside from his monsters being WIND attribute, the Dragon Vassal monster representing him is Dragon Vassal of Deaf Wind. And it's noted that his affinity is that of Wind.
  • Cool Mask: His harlequin outfit has him wear a white mask with three black diamonds.
  • Dark Is Evil: His Black Mirror Xyz Dragon is a black dragon that ends up being the key to Brendan's defeat. Stats-wise, it's a WIND monster.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: His duel with Brendan reveals his new Xyz monster, Black Mirror Xyz Dragon, which he uses to great effect.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames himself for causing him, Yuto and Yuya to end up dead in actuality they're fine; they're just made to believe they're dead since he ended up attacking Yuto because he mistook the Xyz duelist for Yuri (then again he wasn't himself at the time).
  • Monster Clown: His outfit during the school festival is a black and white harlequin outfit.
  • Rule of Symbolism: His harlequin outfit is a mixture of white and black. The former color is symbolic of his Synchro Summoning and the latter is added due to him having an Xyz Dragon also.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Becomes furious when Brendan uses Zombie Necronize to brainwash Clear Wing Synchro Dragon.

Ray and her Counterparts

     Ray 
Ray Akaba, the girl who stood up to Zarc in the previous dimension using the En-Cards. Her soul was split into the four girls with her face (Yuzu, Celina, Rin and Ruri) but she has found herself not satisfied with that and wants Zarc dead...no matter the cost.


  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Again, like Zarc she's not mentioned till the end of Season 3, but she makes her "appearance" in what would've been Season 1.
  • Adaptational Villainy: She was the savior who stopped Zarc in the original series, but she somehow has snapped and wants to murder Zarc and her father for their atrocities.
  • Sanity Slippage: Something happened to her that made her go crazy.

     Yuzu Hiragi 

Yuzu Hiragi

Archetype: Melodious

A compassionate fiery girl from the Standard Dimension and best friends with Yuya Sakaki.
  • Adaptational Badass: She's given Xyz monsters when Ray temporarily takes over.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Attempts this during her duel with Yvonne/Xavier by having a powered-up Bloom Prima attack Fabled Leviathan...but she sacrificed four very empowered Melodious monsters to do so and got suckered into Xavier's face-down Hate Buster which destroyed both of their monsters. Xavier even questions why Yuzu didn't just have the powered up Mozarta end things there and then.
  • Break the Cutie: Learning everything there is to know about what's going on with Yuya is not doing well for her. Seeing Yusho being killed by Yvonne is her reaching her breaking point.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She hates Yvonne for plenty of reasons — from being insensitive, brainwashing and torturing Sora and murdering Yusho — but she honestly doesn't want her dead. She feels sorry for Yvonne when she has to watch Dawn's soul be extracted by Zarc and is mortified when she learned about Yvonne crashing into a sheet of glass during their duel.
  • Light 'em Up: Her Melodious monsters are LIGHT type.
  • Light Is Good: She uses the LIGHT Melodious monsters and she's a sweet and compassionate girl. Except when she was brainwashed by Ray, then it's the opposite.
  • Revenge Before Reason: When possessed/brainwashed by Ray, she becomes all the more hell-bent to defeat Yvonne. Unfortunately this turns out to be her undoing when Xavier steps in, as she makes plenty of errors that Xavier capitalizes upon.
  • Running Gag: Smacking anyone she comes across with her harisen.

    Rin 

Rin

Archetype: Windwitch

A girl from the Synchro Dimension, she hails from the Commons, the poor and impoverished part of New Domino City, alongside Yugo.
  • An Ice Person: Her Windwitch monsters are all based on ice and snow and she gains the ability of ice and winter when she makes an alliance with Zarc.
  • Ascended Extra: Only had one duel in her name (while brainwashed) and most of her characterization was informed to the audience via Yugo. Here, she's her own character and decides to fuck Ray over by teaming up with Zarc.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Is the first duelist to really put a dent into Carroll City's duelists — Yugo brainwashed Brendan after their duel but May fixed it quickly — by defeating Dawn and having Zarc take her soul.
  • Blow You Away: Her Windwitch monsters are...WIND type.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a black dragon mask over her eyes once she allies with Zarc.
  • Deal with the Devil: After finding out that no matter what happens, she is going to be screwed over, Rin decides to say to Hell with it and makes a contract with Zarc.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Decides to ally herself with Zarc if it means she can be with Yugo.
  • Paint It Black: The white dress she was supposed to wear in 16th Show is dyed black to symbol her allegiance to Zarc.
  • Walking Spoiler: Notice all the tags here?
  • Witch with a Capital "B": Yusaku states this after Rin's victory against Dawn has made him lose his sister.

    Ruri Kurosaki 

Ruri Kurosaki

Archetype: Lyrilusc

A duelist from the Xyz Dimension and the younger sister of Shun Kurosaki. After her home was destroyed by the invading Academia students, she worked with the survivors to create the Resistance before Yuri kidnapped her. She uses the Lyrilusc monsters.


  • Achilles' Heel: While she has Xyz monsters that can deal direct attacks and their overlay units prevent her from being targeted from Spells and Traps, she is weak if the duelists have cards that can exploit effects that don't target, particularly during the Battle Phase. For example, Miette used The Weather - Thundery Canvas's effect to banish it and return Ruri's monster to the hand since this happens when Miette was battling. And May uses the effect of Evil Eye Repose to have Ruri's monster banished during the Damage Step along with how her Evil Eye Link monsters don't target, but their effects are based off of their Link Arrows.
  • Big Eater: She's shown eating copious amounts of food during the festival. The story explains that this is because there was so little to eat during the destruction of Heartland.
  • Blow You Away: Her Lyrilusc monsters are WIND attribute.
  • Deal with the Devil: Allies herself with Ray if it means she'll have the power to bring Yuto back and restore Heartland.

Academia

Hailing from the Fusion Dimension, this is the opposing force ruled under the thumb of Professor Leo Akaba.

     Yuri 

Yuri

Archetype: Predaplant

Yuya's counterpart from the Fusion Dimension and the loyal watchdog to the Professor. Unfortunately, that doesn't save him from Carroll City's machinations nor Zarc's desires to reunite with him...
  • Body Motifs: The heart. His Dragon Vassal is the of the Heartless Earth (who places his hands over the heart), Yugo stabs one of his feathers into his heart and he's constantly confused on the concept of love and positive emotions.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Yuri was essentially the last duelist Yuya duels before Zarc's resurrection and had an impeccable duel record meaning that if he was at full power at the start of the story, he'd be unstoppagle. Yvonne's mind manipulation on him is to prevent him from ending the story too soon.
  • Flower Motif: Zarc's new outfit for him has his outfit decorated with hyacinths; hyacinths represent Spring and rebirth and their bulbs are known to be poisonous. The former represents how he is 'reborn' under Zarc's manipulations and the latter reflect his Predaplant monsters.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: After weakened by the poison on May's umbrella, Yvonne hypnotizes him to make him think that what he's done under Professor Akaba's thumb were absolutely abominable.
  • Mind Rape: Yuto "transplanting" memories into his head causes him to scream in terror and beg for someone to save him. Considering this is Yuri we're talking about...
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Due to the hypnotism above, he realizes that what he did to Rin and Ruri was disgusting.
  • Rejected Apology: Due to Yvonne's hypnosis, he apologizes to Rin and Ruri for kidnapping them and tries to make amends. Neither girl are buying it.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Is utterly confused at people acting nice to him — he doesn't even know what a hug is when Saki gives him one. This also means that he is in utter pain when Yuto and Yugo flood him with happy memories of being Zarc's son and Zarc's "feelings" of love flowing through his veins.

     Sora Shiunin 

Sora Shiunin

Archetypes: Fluffal, Frightfur

A mole who was supposed to infiltrate You Show Duel School before showing his true colors. Then he encountered Grand Lorde Guignol....


  • Color Motif: Purple; aside from using Fusion monsters (which have purple borders), he gains the ability to use puppet strings which are also this color.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: On the receiving end by Yvonne — he summons his best Fusion monster against her but in the end, it ends with him not able to destroy a single monster from her nor reduce her lifepoints at all while Yvonne completely destroys him.
  • Easily Forgiven: Subverted; Yvonne states that just because she made him a puppet does not necessarily mean that he's off the hook...as proven when as she mercilessly stomps on his head with a boot before telling him to stab himself in the stomach to prove that he's done wrong.
  • Everyone Has Standards: When Yvonne makes the analogy that Academia is like Hitler and the concentration camps, Sora snaps and tells her that Academia are not that monstrous. He is also disgusted upon seeing how Yvonne is willing to commit murder compared to Academia just wanting to card people.
  • Fatal Flaw: His pride; he couldn't stand the idea of losing to an Xyz Duelist (Shun) and this mindset was what caused Zarc to gather his sons earlier than expected. Had he just stayed in the hospital bed and not chase after Yuto, none of the tragedy would have happened. This also causes him to challenge Yvonne as he assumed that she too was an Xyz Duelist when he saw the cards in her hands were puppets. This ends up badly for him when he learns that she's a Fusion duelist like him and a better one to boot.
  • Freak Out: Is screaming and apologizing to an angel statue during his duel with Yvonne as he's being swamped with visions of blood covered people and an image of Yuzu crying bloody tears screaming why he betrayed them.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: Yvonne does this to him after their duel, converting the Sociopathic Soldier to a cheery little-brother puppet.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his utterly sadist and apathetic attitude in regards to how he treated Yuya and Yuzu, it's revealed that he has some guilt for utterly betraying the two people that he considered his closest friends.
  • Knife Nut: Like Yvonne, his weapons for the school festival are a pair of knives.
  • Laughing Mad: Begins laughing like a loon when Yvonne forces him to repeatedly stab himself in the stomach in 14th Show.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Once Yvonne fully repurposes him into a puppet, he gains black cat paws, ears and a white tail.
  • Madness Mantra: When Yvonne has to restrain him from going after Yuri — who is being given "affection" by Yuto and Yugo — Sora starts talking like a malfunctioning robot about having to protect Yuri.
  • Mind Rape:
    • The effects of the "Gone Mad" Action Spell has him see bloodied people crawling on his legs and a crying Yuzu asking why he betrayed them all while he undergoes a Freak Out...and Yvonne is munching on seaweed covered rice crackers as if she's watching a movie.
    • 13 chapters later, Yuto does this so Sora knows just how much suffering Yuto went through. He ends up crying and begging for the pain to stop.
  • Monster Clown: His outfit for the school is him dressed as Cahin.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Sora learning that it was his fault that Zarc was able to obtain Yuya, Yugo and Yuto in the first place (See Unwitting Instigator of Doom) is what makes him realized that he fucked up BADLY.
  • Starter Villain: The first opponent to be dueled in the story.
  • Sweet Tooth: Still loves his sweets as he happily scarfs down pancakes, ice cream and anything sugary.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: As Yuya notes, if Sora didn't race off to Central Park after Yuto in a futile attempt to rematch Shun, it wouldn't have ended with Yuya learning the truth about the four dimensions, Yugo arriving and then Yuzu killing all three of them, making it easy for Zarc to resurrect and then brainwash them for his own purposes. Sora is absolutely horrified at the damage he caused.
  • The Worf Effect: Sora is a top-level Academia student skilled with Fusion. He's utterly trounced by Guignol to show that she, and Carroll City, mean business.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Assumed Yvonne was an Xyz user since he saw security footage that her draw puppets in her hands and Gimmick Puppet is an Xyz archetype. She's actually a Fusion user who uses Shaddoll and he ends up losing to her.

     Celina 

Celina

Archetype: Lunalight

Yuzu's counterpart from the Fusion Dimension, who wishes to prove that she belongs on the front lines instead of being held back like a princess. Unfortunately she ends up learning that Academia isn't as good as she thought it was. Uses the Lunalight deck.


  • Break the Badass: A powerful Fusion duelist traumatized from the murder caused by May and being defeated in their duel, and stands in horror when Ayu gets her throat ripped out by a Triple Ancient Gear Hunting Dog.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: At least when Sora dueled Yvonne, he had an attempt to attack. May utterly defeats her before Celina can even command Lunalight Cat Dancer to battle.
  • Dub Name Change: She goes by her dub name instead of her original one (seeing as there's another Serena in the story).
  • Heroic BSoD: Is suffering through one in the ninth chapter, after seeing Ayu killed off.
  • Identical Stranger: Looks similar enough to Yuzu that it causes Ayu to chase after her. It ends badly on Ayu's part.

     Edo Phoenix 

Edo Phoenix

Archetype: Destiny Hero

The Commander in Chief for the Invasion of the Xyz Dimension. After an encounter with Yusho Sakaki, he has been conflicted over the idea that Academia's teachings could be wrong. He's dead set on defeating Yusho the next time they meet.


  • Accidental Innuendo: In-Universe. He tells Yvonne that he has to "come with us" (go with Obelisk Force for her crimes on murdering Academia students) but Yvonne replies that she's not dressed for love-making nor has she kissed a girl (before stating that she's kissed plenty), causing Edo to turn red in embarrassment.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In the anime, he appears in the beginning of the 3rd Season whereas he makes his first appearance in the middle of the first in this fanfic.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After being defeated by Max, and just before being carded, he's begging for Max to spare him. Considering that Edo just insulted Max's uses of Toon Monsters earlier and how he proclaimed that dueling for fun is pathetic, it doesn't work.
  • Break the Haughty: Losing to Max makes him lose any sense of the proud commander he is and he is begging to not be carded.
  • Casting a Shadow: His Destiny Hero monsters are DARK attribute.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • His tunnel-vision in regards to Yusho. He believed Yvonne's words on him being at the duel stadium (when he was at the gardens) which lead him to Max and his subsequent carding.
    • His pride: if he just admitted that he liked the idea of dueling for fun against Max instead of chewing Max that dueling for fun is stupid, that Toon monsters are garbage and revealing the torn Smile World card he received from Yusho, he probably would've survived instead of being carded.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Why the hell trust Yvonne of people to guide you to Yusho?
  • Irony: He proclaims that he's helping to create a utopia — his strongest monster is Destiny Hero Dystopia and all his Destiny Hero monsters are DARK attribute.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: invoked He thoroughly believes that dueling is used as a tool, and not for fun even though the narration states that he was secretly enjoying being in an Action Duel against Max.
  • Super Gullible: He believed Yvonne of all people. This is after he learns how much she changed Sora.
  • The Worf Effect: He gets it even worse than Sora, being beaten by a boy who physically looks around seven. And this is after Max proclaimed that he wasn't using Action Cards!

    Ryo Marufuji 

Ryo Marufuji

Archetype: Cyber Dragon

One of the strongest duelists in Academia...who gets easily defeated by Brendan.
  • Ascended Extra: His name was briefly written on a whiteboard in the anime, whereas he's shown in the flesh and blood here.
  • Break the Badass: The torture he's gone through has made him become a screaming wreck, begging for the pain to stop.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He's been tortured with electric shocks while all of the school festival is going on.
  • The Worf Effect: From what little of the duel we see him versus Brendan, he had Cyber End Dragon and three Cyber Dragons out. Brendan flips this around with Shiranui Sunsaga and defeats him.

Standard Dimension

    Mieru Hochun 

Mieru Hochun

Archetype: Prediction Princess

A young girl who is a brilliant duelist and a fortune-teller, her crystal apple lets her see all.


  • Adaptational Badass: She was one of only two Ritual users in the anime, but here she also uses Fusion Summoning.
  • Ambiguous Situation: She was pierced with three knives and revived by Serenity and Ash but it's unclear if she's considered repurposed or not.
  • Ascended Extra: In the anime, she was mostly there to give predictions or swoon over her prince, Yuya. Here she gets thrown into the plot.
  • Crystal Ball: She has a special crystal apple that she uses to track people down and see what's hidden in their soul.
  • The Fortune Teller: She hails from a divination Duel School and is capable of reading people's fortunes.
  • Invisibility: Somehow obtained the ability to do this — or at least her apple gives her the ability — because she was invisible throughout Ruri and Yuzu's duels to the point that Zarc had no idea she was there at all.
  • Taking the Bullet: Gets in the way of three knives meant for Yusho, causing her to bleed out.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Three of Swords. This usually means stress, emotional pain and hurt. She not only has to witness Yuya being broken and Yusho learning how much he's hurt his son but, the image of the card is three swords piercing a heart; which is what happens when she takes three daggers meant for Yusho.
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