Hakuno Kishinami (Zaizen)
The protagonist from Fate/EXTRA.
Hakuno Kishinami suffers from Amnesia Syndrome — a disease that makes the patient slowly lose all memories and cognitive functions before eventually leading to death. In order to save her, doctors put her into cryogenic stasis in the hopes that someday a cure would be made. As it happened, Hakuno found her consciousness drifting through a digital sea and became a participant in the "Moon Cell Holy Grail War", where she emerged the victor.
However, because her existence was irregular, Hakuno was going to be deleted from the Moon Cell. Before her eventual deletion, a "fragment" of Twice H. Pierceman, a previous victor of the Grail War, had offered her the means to escape. Using her wish and last Command Seal, Hakuno escaped the Moon Cell.
She now inhabits the body of her Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS counterpart, Hakuno Zaizen and assumes her identity. She is the younger twin sister of Aoi Zaizen, and the youngest of the Zaizen siblings.
- Action Girl: She is the protagonist.
- Adorkable: She has her moments. Just ask Saber.
- Alternate Self: To Hakuno Zaizen and HAKUNO Kishinami.
- Ambiguous Situation: How SOL Technologies views her unknowing acquisition of the Moon Cell archtype, which In-Universe was scrapped for various reasons. While they're certain that Akira had the cards without actually knowing, they do not understand why Hakuno would be able to use them. The cards are also seemingly important to the overall plot, as they and the Servants are part of Twice's experiment.
- Amnesiac Hero: Remembers nothing from before her time in the Moon Cell, due to having been infected with Amnesia Syndrome.
- Back from the Dead: She is a "cyber ghost" and it is implied that her physical body in the real world has possibly perished. In-Universe, the Zaizen siblings thinks that this was the case, as Hakuno Zaizen was comatose for three years and showed no signs of waking up.
- Bash Brothers: Well, more like bash sisters. Its an Offscreen Moment of Awesome, but she and Aoi have participated in numerous Tag Duels in order for her to be eligible for the LINK VRAINS International Tournament.
- Becoming the Mask: Since she slipped into the body of her VRAINS counterpart, she has been pretending to be Hakuno Zaizen. She's not very happy about doing this, though, and she wants to tell the Zaizen siblings.
- Break the Cutie: Her Duel against Julius was this, non-stop. Before she battles him, she had to watch as he destroyed Aoi in their duel. Julius also makes it clear that he is not holding back against her at all, giving her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech and brutalizing her near the end. She does manage to bounce back thanks to Twice, Nameless and Hakuno Zaizen.
- Chekhov's Gun: The Regalia, as anyone who have played Fate/Extella might tell you, is a major plot device, even more so in this story. Turns out Hakuno wasn't just named the Sovereign of the Moon Cell. Due to it sensing that Kiara was attempting to take control of every Moon Cell in existence, it locked down the Moon Cells and entrusted all of their functions to Hakuno. In short, she commands all the Moon Cells in existence, hence why Kiara wants her so desperately.
- Damsel in Distress: The whole point of the CCC Arc is to capture Hakuno Kishinami, since she has the Regalia that has been bequeathed all the functions of every Moon Cell in the Extra multiverse. BB actually manages in succeeding in capturing Hakuno, but it isn't take her to Kiara.
- 11th-Hour Superpower: Unveils the "upgrade" of Link Summon: Over-Link Summon.
- Determinator: No matter how dire the situation or hopeless a fight is, Hakuno always seems to find some way to stand back up, whether it's being encouraged by her Servant to keep fighting or finding a reason to keep fighting.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: She does this to herself during her duel with Kiara, after having lost all monsters in her Extra Deck. She headbutts herself into the ground so hard that she bleeds, doing so in order to clear her head.
- Good Is Not Soft: Yes, Hakuno is one of the nicest, most polite duelists you wwll find. She enjoys friendly matches just like any other character. However, if you are a threat to her friends, she will end you. Kiara found this out the hard way.
- Heroic BSoD:
- Suffers one in TURN-04, where Julius relentlessly wails on her while mocking her for her decisions. Hakuno thinks that she was foolish for trying to think she could replace Hakuno Zaizen, but she eventually snaps out of it thanks to Twice and Hakuno Zaizen herself giving her encouragement.
- Suffers another one in TURN-15 in the duel against BB. When she learns that BB's existence is tied to the Alter Egos, and their destruction will equal her death, she hesitates and thinks back to all the deaths she created in the Moon Cell Holy Grail War.
- In "FATED BATTLE II," she breaks down after Kiara banishes every monster in her Extra Deck. She bounces back thanks to Gilgamesh and Revolver giving her the means to bring back her monsters that he banished previously to boost her Life Points.
- Hero of Another Story: Her story takes place one year before Yusaku's battle against the Knights of Hanoi.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Hakuno ultimately decides that instead of running off to another dimension and fight another day, she's going after Kiara to finish her off herself.
- Mythology Gag:
- Her LINK VRAINS avatar, "Emiya", is modeled after her appearance in Extella Link, except she has white streaks in her hair — as homage to Nameless before she found out he came along for the ride — and wears gloves with her Command Seals printed on them.
- Hakuno "upgrading" Link Summoning brings to mind Accel Synchro Summon. Accel Synchro requires a Synchro Tuner and a Synchro Monster, while "Over-Link" requires a Link Monster and a Servant.
- Reality Ensues:
- Since Hakuno Zaizen's body was comatose for three years, much of her body as atrophied. Hakuno's spent nearly a year in the hospital undergoing physical therapy in order to get her body back into working order.
- Unlike most stories in the Yu-Gi-Oh fandom where characters are either an Instant Expert or rather competent, despite having never played Duel Monsters in their life, Hakuno is a total novice and makes a few mistakes in her first Turn during her first actual duel. She does learn quickly, though.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: She is the blue to Aoi's red, oddly enough. Aoi is much more lively than she was in the original series, while Hakuno is more calm and cool.
- Rule of Three: Hakuno's main defensive Trap is Rho Aias, which negates the destruction of her monster and halves battle damage. When its in the Graveyard, Hakuno an activate it even then, but after three uses, she has to banish it.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Averted. After being told by Leo and Rin that they have to flee because the damage Kiara has caused to the world of VRAINS is too severe to be repaired, Hakuno flat out tells them she isn't going to turn tail and run, deciding to kill Kiara herself.
- Tranquil Fury: Hakuno's response to Julius and BB dying? Refuse to join Rin and the others for a Kaleid Slide, and vow to kill Kiara Sessyoin herslf.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade B, at least in her LINK VRAINS avatar and on her left leg.
The older sister of Hakuno Zaizen, and younger sister to Akira Zaizen. She is a first-year at Den City High School and member of the Duel Club.
Unknown to her classmates, her online persona is the famous Charisma Duelist — Blue Angel. Initially playing so she could relieve the stress of her daily life, Aoi began using the persona more frequently to spend time with Hakuno and play Duel Monsters properly. She is also one of the Ranked Duelists in Japan, currently holding the Number 2 spot. She was also a Crowned Duelist before being dethroned by Go some years prior.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Downplayed. After Hakuno and Aoi are attacked by Julius, Akira forbids them from logging into LINK VRAINS until Julius has been caught.
- Action Girl: Along with Hakuno.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Early in VRAINS, Aoi was standoffish and distant because anyone who approached her mostly did so because her brother was the security manager at SOL Technologies. She also didn't seem to be very close with her friends in the Duel Club. Here, though, much of that personality seems to stem from the fact that Aoi was deeply concerned and depressed that her sister had been in a coma for three years. Since Hakuno came back into her life, she is noticeably more cheerful, with many remarking about the change.
- Bash Brothers: More like Bash Sisters in this case, It's an Offscreen Moment of Awesome, but Aoi and Haukno participated in Tag Duels to help Hakuno become eligible for the VRAINS International Tournament.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: My ass! You remember how Spectre demolished her in their Duel? Well, Julius one-upped him by using a similar strategy to hers, except instead of small effect damage akin to bee stings, Julius just wails on her with explosions.
- Berserk Button: Never, ever hurt her family. Not unless you want to fight a seriously pissed off idol girl and her Trickstars.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: How her overall playstyle works. Her deck revolves around effects that deal damage whenever cards are added to her opponent's hand, they summon monsters or when she uses a card's effect.
- Genki Girl: Much more prevalent here than in the series. This is mostly because Hakuno has regained consciousness and has become a Duelist, meaning she can catch up on lost time with her sister.
- Heroic BSoD: She nearly suffers one when Akira performs his Heroic Sacrifice to try and give Aoi a chance at victory against Run Ru.
- Knew It All Along: Akira confesses that he already knew that she was Blue Angel, much to her shock.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Elizabeth delivers a short, but impactful one to Aoi, stating that she hasn't been taking her assumed role as idol seriously and is just pretending.
The main hero of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS.
A troubled youth who seeks to reclaim his past, he begins his journey to fight the people who ruined his life: the Knights of Hanoi.
- Acceptable Breaks from Canon: His possession of the Cyberse deck and meeting with Shoichi Kusanagi were written before the episode detailing their encounter aired, though the story was considered to be an Alternate Universe to begin with.
- Adapted Out: Downplayed. Due to the Acceptable Breaks from Canon mentioned above, Playmaker's initial name "Unknown" and his starter deck are not featured in the fic.
- Amnesiac Hero: Not to the same extent as Hakuno, but because of the Lost Incident, Yusaku does not remember much of his own childhood.
- Anti-Hero: Unlike Hakuno, who is a typical shoujo heroine and ordinary player in LINK VRAINS, Yusaku is a hacker who will take some unsavory means to obtain the info he needs. This includes participating in Underground Dueling Circuits.
- Bad Dreams: Like in canon, Yusaku suffers nightmares from his time during the Lost Incident. His introduction scene in the story even has him suffer one where he gets a repeated "YOU LOSE!" sequence before waking up in a screaming fit.
- BFS: Similar to his ace "Decode Talker" early in VRAINS, Yusaku's initial ace at this point in time, Code Talker, wields a large sword.
- Break the Cutie: No better way to break a kid's spirit than to lock him in a room and force him to duel with other kids if he wants to eat, amirite?
- Call-Forward: In the series proper, Yusaku's go-to ace early in the show is "Decode Talker." In the story, he uses what's considered to be the "normie" of the Talker archtype: Code Talker, which is more or less a blue Decode Talker with weaker effects.
- Catchphrase: Wouldn't be Yusaku without his "three things" philosophy.
- Cyber Punk: Yusaku uses the Cyberse archtype, so he naturally fits the trope.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was a victim of the Lost Incident, which involved the kidnapping of young children. Afterwards, he and the others were forced to participate in duels. If they lost a duel, they'd receive little in the way of food, thus forcing them to duel aggressively and win in order to stave off the hunger.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Some of his Monsters are DARK Element and his avatar "Playmaker" wears a dark bodysuit. He's still a good guy, though.
- The Determinator: Even when he suffered a serious injury in his duel against Run Ru, which happened to be a High-Stakes Duel so the damage output is three times higher than normal (for context, Yuskau got slammed into an ELECTRIC FENCE!), kid was still willing to take a beating and push forward.
- Electric Torture: Whenever Yusaku or the other kids in the Lost Incident lost a duel, they'd suffer an electric shock. To add insult to injury, when they lost a duel, they'd only get a juice pack for food.
- Experienced Protagonist: The series has already shown that by the time Yusaku was introduced, he's been fighting the Knights of Hanoi for a while. The fic shows Yusaku being quite proficient in a duel, and is willing to go to great lengths to get the info he needs. Even if getting that info means participating in an underground duel where the pain threshold is cranked up beyond what should normally be allowed and his opponent is a nutjob who wants to eat people.
- Hero of Another Story: His story is brief, taking place in between the aftermath of Julius' assault on Hakuno and Aoi and before Hakuno's encounter with Emma Bessho and Rin Tohsaka.
- Heroic Second Wind: He looks ready to forfeit after getting struck with a pretty harsh attack by Run Ru. Keep in mind that this is an underground duel, more specifically a High-Stakes Duel, where the pain threshold is increased by three times. It's stated multiple times In-Universe that if the player's avatar in LINK VRAINS (or in any datascape, really) suffers too much damage, it can have some seriously bad side-effects on their body in the real world. He remembers the advice the person who taught him his "three things" philosophy gave him and invokes this trope, powering through the pain and taking down Run Ru.
- Pragmatic Hero: He may be one of the protagonists (Put on a Bus aside for the CCC Arc's climax), but he's willing to do some unsavory and otherwise frowned on methods. Among those is participating in an underground duel, which come with some serious risks.
- Put on a Bus: Yusaku's role in Fate/VRAINS ends rather early when he and Shoichi meet and decide to work together in order to find and defeat the Knights of Hanoi, as well as discover the truth behind the Lost Incident. He's since made only a brief appearance when the VRAINS International Tournament begins, and we don't see his reaction to things in LINK VRAINS going to hell when Kiara begins her assault.
- Revenge: This is what drives Yusaku to chase after the Knights of Hanoi.
- Rule of Three: His "three things" philosophy, which he inherited from the person who gave him the encouragement he needed to push through his time in the Lost Incident.
- Serious Business: As is the case in many life-or-death scenarios, Dueling is this. In his case, it's his tool to fight the Knights of Hanoi.
- Survival Mantra: The "three things" was this to him during the Lost Incident.
- Tron Lines: In his Playmaker avatar.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Literally.
Once, long ago, there was a hero in the modern era of magecraft. He dreamed of one day becoming a "hero of justice," but such lofty ideals had betrayed him. His fate was determined not out on the battlefield in pursuit of justice, but by courty system. Though his actions were questionable, he was remembered for his accomplishments and deeds. A hero who's name has been forgotten.
Yes, even now, he remains a nameless hero, meant to represent someone with no background of their own. It was almost as if these two were made for one another. Perhaps this time, he would live up to his ideals. Perhaps this time, he would truly be a "hero of justice."
- Aloof Big Brother: He's more or less adopted this role since his and Hakuno's arrival in the world of VRAINS.
- Alternate Self: Is this to his stay night counterpart.
- Anti-Hero: In life, he was this. He confessed that he had killed innocent bystanders and even children in pursuit of his dreams. This was ultimately what ended his career: his best friend, concerned that he was going down the path of a Knight Templar and couldn't be persuaded, turned him over to the police.
- Big Damn Heroes: Through the use of Hakuno's last Command Seal and the Regalia, Archer saved his Master from being deleted. The rescue also resulted in him being made into a Duel Monster card, and much of his abilities made into Spells and Traps.
- Born Unlucky: Subverted. Since being made into a Duel Monster card, Nameless doesn't seem to adhere to the classification and ranking system of Servants.
- Deadpan Snarker: Oh, come on. It's Archer.Nameless: (to Berserker): Hello, Li Shuwen. Miss me?
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": He does not appreciate being called by his former name. As far as he is concerned, Shirou Emiya and himself are two different people. That being said, he does acknowledge that he came to be because of Shirou Emiya's actions in life.
- Dual Wielding: He wouldn't be the red Archer if he didn't have his famous Kanshou and Byakuya.
- Field of Blades: Unlimited Blade Works, though it's been relegated to being accessible via a Field Spell, as per the rules of Duel Monsters.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He doesn't have a very good view of himself, despite Hakuno stating that he is a good person.
- Principles Zealot: Archer believes that he was guilty of this, the principle in question being justice. It was also why his best friend was so concerned about him, as they feared he might end up becoming a Knight Templar.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: He was capable of creating any weapon he saw through Tracing and Projection. All weapons he's since learned are now Equip Spells.
- Vigilante Man: This was how Archer was in real life.
- Would Hurt a Child: He was willing to kill even children in his pursuit of his ideals, but that didn't mean he had to like it.
The Roman Emperor who watched Rome burn as she played the fiddle...or so the story went. In truth, she was but a girl who loved and adored the people and wanted nothing more than to make them happy. Due to the machinations of her mother, however, the girl's life had become twisted. And so she became that which history remembers her.
Yet even now, she continues to sing and dance in her wondrous sanctum. That golden theatre, beloved by the gods themselves. With sword in hand, she will cleave a path to victory.
For her Praetor.
- Alternate Self: Downplayed. She is the Nero Claudius players of Fate/EXTRA remember, but she is HAKUNO's Servant, not Hakuno Kishinami.
- BFS: Her weapon of choice is a red sword that's almost as long as her body.
- Bi the Way: "Beautiful boys are a must, but beautiful girls are even better!"
- 11th-Hour Superpower: Her Moon Crux form in "FATED BATTLE, PART II." Whereas she raises her ATK when linked to a Link Monster, she can instead boost her ATK once per turn equal to the Link Rating of every monster on the field. Not only that, but she can also attack twice per turn.
- Gender Flip: The historical Emperor Nero was a man, whereas this one is a beautiful woman.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Has blonde hair, and she's easily one of the most heroic and passionate characters in the story, actively encouraging and providing comfort to Hakuno when she needs it alongside Nameless.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: We're quite sure that the original Nero Claudius wasn't capable of creating a flaming sword or wiping out hundreds of enemies. Much less summon a beautiful golden theater.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She's shorter than Nameless, who is taller than her and Hakuno.
- Last of His Kind: Inverted. As "Moon Crux - Nero Claudius" she is the very first Over-Link Monster to be introduced in the story.
- Large Ham: Given how she's a self-styled playwrite and singer, she'd have to be. She also be a bit flamboyant at times.
- The Lost Lenore: At the end of TURN-10, Saber's original Master has died. It was clear that Saber loved him dearly, and still does, even as she proclaims that HAKUNO and Hakuno are the same person. She's not exactly wrong.
- Playing with Fire: Some of her attacks have her utilize flames. She's also classified as a FIRE Duel Monster.
- Wreathed in Flames: Has flames around her forearms in her Moon Crux form.
- Red Is Heroic: She is the "Red Saber," after all.
- Something About a Rose: It wouldn't be Nero Claudius without this trope. She is known as the Emperor of Roses, and rose petals are part of her summoning.
However, the subject of Francis Drake's own existence is one of question. Some believed that Francis Drake was, in truth, Queen Elizabeth who pursued a life of adventure. Though she was a woman, Drake was not looked down upon and was even welcomed with respect, for her efforts and abilities demanded it.
During the Age of Discovery, when Spain and England came to blows, the former had suffered a terrible defeat at her hands, and for that she was known to them as "Teremoso el Draque" — The Devil.
Even after she has died and has joined the Throne of Heroes, she still sails across the sea. Together, with her new First Mate.
- Action Girl: Historically, Francis Drake was male, but Rider is female (possibly because she's Queen Elizabeth in disguise) and she was one of the most feared pirates of her time.
- The Dreaded: She was rightfully feared by the Spanish, and was practically called the Devil.
- Eyepatch of Power: Since her design is based off of her appearance in Extella Link, Rider wears an eyepatch over her right eye.
- Fiery Redhead: While she's not fiery, she's quite enthusiastic when it comes to her job.
- Flaunting Your Fleets: Due to Shinji utilizing the fan-made Scoundrel deck, which is supported by the Fur Hire archtype, Drake commands her own personal fleet of ships.
- More Dakka: When the Golden Hind is equipped to her, she and every monster on her field is armed with giant cannons.
- Pirate: Invokes this image more than her original appearance, and she even commands her own fleet in the form of the Scoundrel monsters that serve as their ships and the Fur Hire deck as her crew.
- Undying Loyalty: To Shinji, even though their relationship is more along the lines of crewmate and Captain.
- Unnecessarily Large Vessel: Her flagship, the Golden Hind, is quite large in comparison to the other ships at her disposal.
- Worthy Opponent: She considers Saber to be this, even referencing the events of her world by stating that the Emperor of Roses had promised her a rematch.
A member of the Knight of the Round, and one of the most loyal followers of King Arthur Pendragon.
The wielder of the sword that burns together with the sun, his loyalty to his king was without question. Alongside the other members of the Knights of the Round, they served Arthur and protected Camelot. It was believed that, should King Arthur fall, then Gawain was perhaps best suited to succeed the King of Knights.
In spite of his fierce loyalty, he was unaware of the plight that plagued Arthur's mind. When Lancelot's affair with Queen Guinevere had come to light, and war had ultimately broke out, Gawain remained at his king's side and served as his right-hand man until the end.
Now a Servant, he answers to another. One who has the capacity to rule as King. And like before, he would offer his sword to this person, and see that he obtained the throne.
- Badass Boast: When he prepares to use Galatine, he recites the same chant he would speak when he would activate his Noble Phantasm.
- Covert Pervert: Alongside Leo, he is very interested in comparing Nero's technique with Kiara's when Leo ponders whether or not they'll see a recreation of the Kiara Incident as Nero begins to flirt with Hakuno.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Like Leo, he has blonde hair. He's also one of King Arthur's personal soldiers; a Knight of the Round Table.
- Mythology Gag: One of Leo's Spells is "Lion King's Mantle," referring to Fate/Grand Order's Camelot Singularity, where Gawain served as a villain under the Lion King, an Alternate Self of Artoria that had become a Divine Spirit thanks to Rhongomyniad.
- Undying Loyalty: To Artoria when he was alive and presently to Leo.
- Acceptable Breaks from Canon: His meeting with Yusaku was written before the truth of their relationship was expanded on, though the fic was an Alternate Universe to begin with.
- Adapted Out: Possibly subverted. While Shoichi's avatar "No Name" isn't mentioned, he's still a hacker and was known as Kolter way back when.
- Big Brother Instinct: He's seriously pissed at the Knights of Hanoi for causing the incident that left his younger brother a miserable wreck.
- The Confidant: To Yusaku, as he was in the series.
- The Cracker: In the past, he was a skilled hacker known as "Kolter," and he's been digging up all sorts of information from all across the web. Nico Smiley seems to know him rather well, given that he gave Yusaku a cache of data that led him to Shoichi in the first place.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Implied. When Yusaku identifies him as Kolter, he looks weary, implying that his tenure as a hacker was not pleasant.
- Hacker Cave: Come on, be honest. Who expects a hot dog stand to be the base of operations for an ex-hacker and who is soon to be one of the most well-known duelists in LINK VRAINS?
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple works too, ya know.
Born into the era in which magecraft had entered into a state of decline, and had gone from an art to digital hacking, Rin wanted nothing more than to achieve her family's wish of reaching the Root. However, those plans had changed when the Harwey family had expressed an interest in utilizing the power of the Moon Cell for their own gain and ideals. This led to her joining a resistance movement and transferred herself to the Moon Cell, where she, like her ancestor, would participate in the Holy Grail War.
By pure chance, she met and befriended the cyber ghost that was Hakuno Kishinami. Though adversaries, she had imparted all that she could to help him. When it came time for him to decide who he would do battle with, he had sided with her. Together, they achieved victory and obtained the Moon Cell.
However, not all things had gone according to plan. The appearance of a great threat, one capable of traversing dimensions, has consumed her world and attempts to do the same, all for the sake of obtaining the Moon Cell. Now, Rin leads her own resistance against this threat, aided by other Masters who were saved by a "Hakuno Kishinami."
She is the Master of the Lancer-class Servant, Cu Chulainn.
- Action Girl: Well, duh. Have you met Rin? She is not a Spirit Hacker or Master for nothing. Sadly, she's forced to the sidelines when Kiara begins her assault on LINK VRAINS, as her deck is not yet complete. She's naturally pissed, but does her best to provide Mission Control.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: In her world, she and a male Hakuno Kishinami had won the Moon Cell Holy Grail War, making them the victors and likely inheritors of the Regalia. Unfortunately for them, Kiara came into the picture...
- Dumb Blonde: Defied! She is extraordinarily gifted, being a descendant from the original red devil and the leader of her own resistance movement. Hakuno also regards her as one of the best Spirit Hackers in the world.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has blonde hair, and she's willing to traverse to different worlds to fight back against Kiara.
- Heroic Lineage: Her ancestor is the original Rin Tohsaka from Fate/stay night.
- Info Dump: She informs Hakuno about the existence of Kiara, who has been traversing different dimensions in the hopes of consuming their Moon Cells, and that she leads her own resistance movement in the hopes of defeating her.
- The Leader: She is the leader behind the makeshift resistance movement, consisting of Alternate Self's from different worlds, each of whom had a bond with their respective Hakunos.
- Red Is Heroic: She wears a sleeveless red shirt, a variation of her typical attire.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Whenever Kiara damages a world beyond repair, Rin opts to utilize a Kaleid Slide, the Moon Cell's version of Second Magic and transfer her group to a different world, or a Quantum Slide and enter a different timeline. She advocates for this when Zepar has merged reality and LINK VRAINS to the point where it can no longer be salvaged and take the survivors with them. Hakuno isn't having any of it, however.
- Tsundere: Wouldn't be Rin if she wasn't. Just don't ever think or call her that where she can hear you.
A designer child of the Makiri Family, Shinji was both a gifted Spirit Hacker and a gaming champion. At eight years old, he had caught wind of a grand competition called the "Holy Grail War." The prize? To have your ultimate wish granted. His competitive spirit was sparked that day and sought to obtain this so-called "Holy Grail."
That day, he received more than he bargained for. He had been forced to participate in a repeating war, where 108 individuals would kill each other until one was left. Somehow, through all of this, he had found a comrade in Hakuno Kishinami. They were adversaries, but at the same time, they were friends. Not too long ago, Hakuno Kishinami saved his life.
And Shinji Matou will always repay his debts.
He is the Master of the Rider-class Servant, Francis Drake.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: He's still an egotistical jerk, but he is leagues better than his counterpart from the mainline visual novel. He might as well be considered to be a different person altogether, especially since he treats Hakuno with respect.
- Berserk Button: Hurt Rider in any way, and you will find yourself understanding that pissing off a Master is a very bad idea. This seems to a common button among all Masters.
- Call-Back: In Extra, Shinji was Hakuno's opponent in the first week of the Holy Grail War. In the first round of the VRAINS International Tournament preliminaries, Shinji is Hakuno's opponent in the first round. Hakuno lampshades how nostalgic it feels.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: In-Universe, he is this. He apparently spends several hours, if not almost the entire day, in LINK VRAINS to the point where he has the highest log-in time of any player in the virtual world. And much of this time is devoted to playing Duel Monsters, hence why he outmatches Hakuno in their Duel.
- Friendly Enemy: In the first preliminary round of the VRAINS International Tournament, where he faces off against Hakuno.
- I Owe You My Life: In his world, Hakuno Kishinami saved his life from Kiara Sessyoin and he seeks to repay the favor.
- Oh, Crap!: Has this reaction when he learns that BB is also in the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, knowing full well what she can do.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Francis Drake, who he sees as a genuine friend and partner. He even considers himself to be part of her crew.
- Pirate: This is part of his deck's motif, matching with Francis Drake's own history of being a swashbuckler.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Downplayed. He seems mature for the most part, but he's still just an eight-year-old kid.
- Younger Than They Look: His LINK VRAINS avatar is modeled after his appearance in the Moon Cell, when he's really just a child.
An Alternate Self of the Leonardo Harwey who appeared in Fate/EXTRA.
The heir to the prestigious Harwey household, and younger brother to Julius. Groomed by the Harwey family, he was meant to lead the world into a brighter future. The conglomerate would follow his lead as he would create a new world order, through the power of the Moon Cell.
However, as the Holy Grail War began, he encountered a mysterious person who had no history. No true desire, other than to survive in this battle. By all rights, this person should have lost and been eliminated. And yet, by some intense desire and the iron-clad will to fight, they pushed forward. As the weeks went on, Leo could only express admiration and interest in this otherwise unordinary combatant.
Ironically, despite being groomed to be the leader of the world, Leo lacked something vital. And only through defeat at the hands of this person did Leo finally obtain what he was missing. With his goal achieved, all that's left is repay this favor.
He is the Master of the Saber-class Servant, Gawain.
- The Ace: He was described as being one of the strongest Masters in the Moon Cell Holy Grail War. As a testament to this feat, he was fought by Hakuno before her fated encounter with Twice H. Pierceman.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Julius' Cain. Whereas Julius is working with Kiara to get his revenge on Hakuno, even though she's not the same Hakuno from his world, Leo works with Rin to protect Hakuno and to defeat Kiara.
- Character Development: It's implied he's from a world similar to the events of Fate/EXTRA CCC, so he's already undergone this development.
- Covert Pervert: When Nero flirts with Hakuno as they prepare to face Kiara Sessyoin, he becomes interested in seeing whether or not they'll be priveledged with another Kiara Incident.
- Cultured Badass: Leo was raised to be the heir of the Harwey family, and the overall head of the plutocracy, thus no expense was spared in his training. He's regarded as one of the strongest Masters in the Grail War. He also appears to be well-versed in certain mythologies, as he explains the theme of his Magibullet deck — which are based off the German Opera "Der Freischütz."
- Dark Is Not Evil: The Magibullet deck uses Fiend-Type monsters, though they're all LIGHT attribute.
- Foil: To Julius. His brother is working with Kiara Sessyoin under the pretense of getting revenge against Hakuno Kishinami, as they killed him in his world (despite the fact that the Hakuno we follow in the story is not the same one that killed him and is from a different world), while Leo is working with Rin to protect Hakuno, who in his world saved him, and is fighting against Kiara. Julius is a Dead Face that hates the world and the living, while Leo is a cyber ghost who has good relationships with his friends.
- This even extends to their respective decks. Julius employs a fanfic-original deck called Ultramarine and Cracked Cell, the former of which is a Death by a Thousand Cuts type, specializing in dealing damage to his opponents and even himself, whereas Leo uses an already established deck called "Magibullet", which locks down his opponent's moves.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He has blonde hair, and he works with Rin in their efforts to defeat Kiara and save Hakuno.
- Light 'em Up: Employs the Magibullet deck, which composes almost entirely of LIGHT Monsters. Naturally, his ace is the wielder of the Holy Sword of the Sun.
- More Dakka: Leo's Deck "Magibullet" features monsters who are almost always depicted using guns. Special mentions go to Magibullet Musketeer Wild, who has an assortment of rifles attached to his arms and rockets over his shoulders.
- Red Is Heroic: Wears a bright red uniform, and he's part of Rin's resistance movement against Kiara.
- Virtual Ghost: He's revealed to be a cyber ghost, having died at Hakuno's hands in his world. He doesn't hold it against them, though.
- You Killed My Father: Leo makes it clear that he knows full well that Julius was the one who killed his mother, but he doesn't show any active hatred towards his older brother.
A Homunculus from the Atlas Institute, Rani was created by Sialim Eltnam Re-Atlasia, to see whether or not it was possible for humans and alchemists to continue existing in the cyber world, even if it meant giving up their physical bodies.
At some point in time, Rani became affiliated with Hakuno Kishinami during the Moon Cell Holy Grail War, due to her interest in her peculiar existence. In Hakuno's world, she chose to protect Rani and fought against Rin, and as a result, Rani became even more infatuated with her.
The origins of this Rani VIII are unknown compared to the other Masters, but she serves as Mission Control with Rin.
She is the master of the Berserker-class Servant, Lu Bu.
- Absolute Cleavage: While she isn't developed in that particular area, Rani's shirt exposed a great deal of her chest and nearly reaches her naval.
- Alchemy Is Magic: She is an alchemist of the Atlas Institution, and practices astrology as well as spirit hacking.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's unclear what world Rani hails from, as she never mentions the events of her world and only mentions that she has met many different Hakuno Kishinamis. In "FATED BATTLE," it's implied that Rani is in fact the one from Hakuno's world.
- Artificial Human: She is a homunculus, but she was created with human DNA.
- Astrologer: One of her practiced forms of magecraft.
- Curtains Match the Window: She has the same-colored purple hair and eyes.
- Deadpan Snarker: To an extent, but nowhere near as proficient in the art as Archer.
- Emotionless Girl: Zigzagged. Being a homunculus, she can't really express very many emotions, but she can express what feelings she does know.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her stockings are different colors, and she ties part of her hair in a right-sidetail.
- Meganekko: Her glasses actually have scanner functions, and by god does she make them work.
- Mission Control: Rani takes over for Rin during the Zepar crisis and helps Hakuno out by trying to keep someone, actually Revolver, from hacking into her Duel Disk, believing that they are trying to sabotage her.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Barely averted. In her defense, she didn't know that the hacker trying to hack into Hakuno's Duel Disk was actually Revolver, who is trying to change the duel into a two-on-one match between him and Hakuno against Kiara. If she had continued to block his attempts and didn't get distracted momentarily, chances are Hakuno would have lost her duel and Kiara would have gotten her hands on the Regalia.
Unlike Hakuno, who is Aoi's sister by birth, Akira was made a brother by account of their parents marrying. Despite not being connected by blood, Akira loved his siblings dearly, and following the series of events that led to them roaming the streets, he's done whatever he could to provide them a happy life. Just seeing them smile is enough for him.
After Hakuno Zaizen's miraculous recovery, the Zaizen household becomes noticeably more cheerful, though this doesn't last long as Akira becomes alerted to the existence of Julius B. Harwey and his mysterious connection to Hakuno, who had been in a coma for three years.
- Adult Fear: He's naturally terrified when he learns that there's someone after Hakuno, and has viciously attacked several people in pursuit of her. One can only imagine the fear he had when he discovered Aoi and Hakuno dueling that same person and can only watch, as he's unable to log them out.
- Big Brother Instinct: He'll do whatever it takes to protect his sisters. Julius found this out the hard way when Akira brutally beats him with pain-enhancing gloves that bypass LINK VRAINS' damage filter. He LITERALLY breaks off pieces of Julius' avatar in the process.
- Dark and Troubled Past: After their parents' death, Akira was promoted to Parental Substitute and did what he had to in order to provide for his sisters. This included intensive hacking, made only worse when his employers put a gun to his head and had him work under intense pressure.
- Distaff Counterpart: Akira created one such card via illegal means, but it was never meant to be used. It's Tindangle Trickster, a Fusion Monster that was made to showcase the bond between the Zaizen family, with the shadow monster acting like a Tindangle monster (Akira) defending two little twin girls (Hakuno and Aoi). It also has an effect similar to a Trickstar Monster.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Pulls one in chapter 18, using one of his card effects to redirect Gergonne's End at himself, and nearly wipe out his Life Points in the process. In exchange, all of Run Ru's cards on her field are destroyed.
- Knew It All Along: He was fully aware that Blue Angel and Aoi Zaizen were the same person, much to Aoi's shock.Akira: Come on. You think I got to be Security Manager for show?
- Parental Substitute: Following the deaths of their parents, Akira Zaizen has more or less become a young father for the two girls.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Normally, anyone in his position would grill Hakuno for information, especially when it becomes clear that she shares some sort of history with Julius. Akira, however, doesn't and simply waits for her to tell him herself. He also forbids Aoi and Hakuno from logging into LINK VRAINS, at least until Julius has been apprehended.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is mostly blue, save for the dark green streaks.
- Batman Gambit: Her overall reason for allowing Hakuno to use the Moon Cell archtype, when SOL had previously scrapped it for unknown reasons involving the Father of LINK VRAINS. She's trying to find the Secret Area, which houses the "heart" of LINK VRAINS in the hopes that it would allow SOL to maintain total control. However, only someone with a "special coding" can access it. The Moon Cell cards were also developed using Cyberse data material, which SOL has been attempting to analyze for some time. Since Hakuno has the Moon Cell deck and the "special coding" — the Regalia in her possession, Queen figures it would be better to let her roam free, especially since it would work in her favor. Either way, no matter what Hakuno does, she gets something out of it.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has blue hair with green accents.
Twice H. Pierceman
Before his untimely death, Twice H. Pierceman was a brilliant scientist and doctor, said to have the means of curing even the mysterious illness known as Amnesia Syndrome. However, the man had unfortunately been killed in a bombing incident.
As fate would have it, however, Twice's consciousness had become a cyber ghost, chosen to participate in the Moon Cell Holy Grail War. He was also the one who designed the There Can Be Only One system, and was the final opponent Hakuno Kishinami had to face in order to access the Moon Cell. Twice would even serve as the means by which Hakuno had managed to avoid her fate of being deleted by offering her the Regalia.
Unknown to Hakuno, Twice himself had also been transported to the world of VRAINS — several years earlier, in fact. Working at SOL Technologies, he had been the driving force behind the creation of LINK VRAINS, though he had ultimately died young, just as he had before.
- Adaptational Heroism: Twice wasn't really that much of a villain in the first place in the game, aside from his role in developing the nature of the Holy Grail War's system. He does cement his change to heroism by saving Hakuno by giving her the means to escape the Moon Cell.
- Ambiguous Situation: Rook, Bishop and Knight discuss how Twice's "experiment" with the Moon Cell archtype is still ongoing and wonder if they should take the cards from Hakuno, only for Queen to intervene and let the girl keep her deck. Kogami adds further speculation to Twice's goals when it's revealed that he created what looks to be a Moon Cell and acts as the "core" of LINK VRAINS, all of which is hidden inside a blackbox that almost no one is capable of accessing — save for Kogami and Hakuno, the latter because she has the Regalia.
- Posthumous Character: He's stated to have died years ago, but his "fragment" somehow still exists, acting as a guide.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: While in his previous life he was responsible for the death gauntlet that was the Moon Cell Holy Grail War, he had nothing but the best intentions in his second life in Den City, as Kogami mentions that LINK VRAINS was originally intended with the use of medicinal purposes and military advancement in mind.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Subverted in the villain aspect, since his role had long since ended. In Den City, he is recognized for his work in developing LINK VRAINS and is widely proclaimed as its "father."
Knights of Hanoi
The leader of the Knights of Hanoi, the hacker group who seek to destroy the mysterious data world called Cyberse, as well as the highly advanced artificial intelligence known as the Ignis.
In the near future, his fate and Yusaku's become intertwined in ways neither can imagine.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Topologic Zerovoros, which made its first debut near the end of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS. In the duel against Kiara, Revolver obtains the monster through Storm Access.
- Archaic Weapon for an Advanced Age: Revolver's trump cards in modern dueling are cards that haven't been seen since the early years of the series, such as Mirror Force — a perfect counter for Link Monsters since it destroys any monsters that are in Attack Position. He also has Life Equalizer and Mystic Wok, one of which was crucial to lower Kiara's life points.
- Arc Welding: Hakuno's story takes place a year before the events of VRAINS, but Hakuno is the only person who can help Revolver get access to the Secret Area's databank, which has the data he and Kogami need to construct the Tower of Hanoi.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: He has surprisingly good synergy with Hakuno during her duel with Kiara.
- Badass Baritone: Has a surprisingly deep voice while assuming the role of the Hanoi's leader.
- Badass Longcoat: In his Revolver avatar, Ryoken sports a white coat that comes down to his calves.
- Big Damn Heroes: Shows up to save Hakuno from being defeated by Kiara.Revolver: I have arrived...to the stage of destiny!
- Bishōnen: Ryoken is quite easy on the eyes, though most of the time that face is otherwise masked behind his Revolver avatar.
- Char Clone: Well, more like a masked Kaiba expy than anything else, but he does fit the bill.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: Since his father's arrest, Revolver has been acting as the leader for the Knights of Hanoi. Keep in mind that he was only eight-years-old at the time.
- Cool Mask: In his Revolver Avatar, he sports a tinted visor that hides his features to the point where his eyes are completely yellow.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He may not care about the virtual world since it dulls the senses, but even he won't stand by and allow Kiara to run rampant and kill innocent civilians.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: His deck features DARK Dragon-Type monsters, and his ace is Varelload Dragon. He also has Varrelguard Dragon and Varrelsword Dragon in his arsenal, and during his battle with Kiara, he shows off Topologic Zerovoros.
- Light Is Not Good: As Revolver, Ryoken is dressed in white attire, and he's the Big Bad for VRAINS Season 1.
- Loophole Abuse: He exploits Kiara's own rules against her. She can't be destroyed by battle or by card effect, but none of her effects stop her from being banished. Something Topologic Zerovoros specializes in.
- More Dakka: His Rokket deck is chock full of monsters that reference firearms and ammunition. His ace monster is a dragon with a gun barrel in its throat for god's sake.
- Multicolored Hair: He has a two-tone hair-color as Revolver. In real life, Ryoken has white hair with blue highlights.
- Online Alias: His LINK VRAINS avatar is called Revolver.
- The Leader: He's the leader of the Knights of Hanoi, and he's been at this since he was thirteen.
- Simple, yet Awesome: His use of old-style cards are extremely effective when used against the current generation of Duel Monster cards. Case in point: Link Monsters do not have DEF, meaning they're always in Attack Position. Duelists in VRAINS use Link Monsters as their ace. Mirror Force destroys all monsters that are in Attack Position. Take a guess what happens next?
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Like his father, he believes that the Ignis and Cyberse have to be destroyed before war erupts between them and humanity. The lengths of which he'll go to include the Tower of Hanoi, which will enforce a massive EMP that will utterly destroy the network — which society is now fully integrated with. In short, he's willing to be remembered as one of the worst cyber terrorists in the world if it means he can destroy what he thinks is a major threat to humanity.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: As Revolver, he has a two-toned mane of hair. In real life, he has white hair.
The father of Ryoken Kogami, the leader of the Knights of Hanoi, he is the creator of the advanced AI Ignis life forms, and wishes to eliminate them due to the potential threat they possess.
- Alliterative Name: Kiyoshi Kogami.
- Anti-Villain: He ran countless simulations regarding the relationships between the Ignis and the Humans, and the results came back the same: the Ignis and humanity would go to war. He genuinely believes that destroying the Ignis is the only way humanity to be safe.
- Beard of Evil: Zigzagged, due to the Anti-Villain mentioned up above.
- Info Dump: Reveals the purpose behind the Secret Area - The Lunar Ocean to Revolver and what the initial intent behind the creation of LINK VRAINS was.
- Knight Templar: He's willing to go to some extreme lengths to eliminate the Ignis, which includes creating the Tower of Hanoi, which absorbs the conscious data of everyone in LINK VRAINS, prevents them from logging out, and enacts a powerful EMP that will destroy the network.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: He's always seen wearing a labcoat, and he was one of the most brilliant minds at SOL Technology, second only to Twice.
- Mad Scientist: Downplayed. He's quite calm and level-headed, but he's a Knight Templar who's willing to become one of the worst cyber terrorists in modern history.
- The Man Behind the Man: While Revolver is The Leader for Hanoi, it's Kogami's wishes that Revolver wants to fulfill.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He deeply regrets the creation of the Ignis when he discovers that countless simulations reveal that each scenario always ends with humans and Ignis going to war.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Unlike Revolver, Kogami's actions are simply research and developing the tools needed to destroy the Cyberse.
- The Stoic: Compared to his more passionate son, he's quite level-headed and reserved.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's willing to become the worst cyber terrorist in history if it means he can protect humanity from the Ignis.
The true Big Bad of Fate/Extra CCC and the primary villain of the CCC Arc.
The Beast III. She who represents All Evils of the World, twisted and reshaped for the desire of passion and love.
- Adaptational Villainy: Kiara's goals in CCC were to bring the world under the idea that, in order to reach salvation, they must reach enlightenment by way of "pure bliss." And by that, we mean one big orgasm. Here, Kiara is trying to find Hakuno and take her Regalia, which has been entrusted with the functions of every Moon Cell in existence. In her quest to find Hakuno Kishinami Zaizen, the holder of this unique Regalia, she's apparently conquered several different parallel dimensions, including Rin Tohsaka's. While her goal is still the same as her CCC counterpart, this Kiara has done more than a few horrible things to accomplish her goal.
- Alternate Self: This version of Kiara is more in line with her Fate/Grand Order incarnation than her CCC portrayal, evident by the fact that she has Zepar, the catalyst behind her transformation into Beast III in the former game. She even had EMIYA Alter as her Servant before he went against her after realizing what her plan was.
- Big Bad: Of the CCC Arc.
- Beyond the Impossible: She's accomplished this on two occasions in "FATED BATTLE." The first is accumulating a ludicrous amount of Life Points, as high as 50,000 in the first turn alone. The second is her Duel Monsters form, Beast III — Demon King Rapture, which is a Link 8 monster.
- Climax Boss: Kiara is stated to not be Hakuno's final opponent, and is instead the ultimate antagonist of the CCC Arc.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: Averted horribly. Unlike in CCC, Kiara managed to achieve her ascension as a Beast thanks to subjugating Zepar.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: This is pretty much the only way to describe how the first half of Kiara and Hakuno's duel unfolds. She practically No Sells everything Hakuno throws at her and only makes it harder for her by continuously increasing her Life Points to ludicrous amounts.
- Double Entendre: And you thought Shuten-Douji knew how to make something sound dirty. This woman is sex personafied.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Her huge life point pool is used against her thanks to Revolver having Life Equalizer.
- Horny Devils: She's a Beast of Gaia, one of the most destructive forces in the entire Nasuverse, and she's also a member of a religious sect that believed one could gain enlightenment through sexual pleasure. We sincerely doubt that no one could fulfill this trope straighter than Kiara.
- The Immodest Orgasm: Has one in the middle of hers and Hakuno's duel, much to Archer's disgust.
- Loophole Abuse: Kiara's effects ensure that no monster who is Link 7 and lower can't affect her, and even if they did, she can't be destroyed by battle or by card effects. What she failed to take into account, however, was that card destruction isn't the only way to get a card to leave the field. Something Revolver's Topologic Zerovoros is happy to exploit by banishing Beast III.
- Mad Love: As explained in Fate/Grand Order, all Beasts share a powerful, yet destructive love for mankind. Kiara herself is no exception.
- Meaningful Name: The "Spiritron" support archetype Kiara uses to back-up her "Mara" monsters are in reference to the selfsame Spiritrons utilized by Spirit Hackers — the building blocks of a person's soul.
- No-Sell: As Beast III — Demon King Rapture. Her effects make it clear that, unless Hakuno has a Link 8 monster at her disposal or uses Spells and Traps to deal damage instead, nothing she can throw at Kiara will work. This becomes subverted by Revolver, whose assistance proves vital in defeating her, and her No-Sell armor is shot to hell thanks to Hakuno summoning Gilgamesh.
- Oh, Crap!: The second Revolver gets involved in the duel, she starts having trouble. And just when she thinks she manages to get back control in the duel, Hakuno effectively pulls one over her by summoning Gilgamesh and taking her apart.
- Orcus on His Throne: She hasn't actively involved herself in her attempts to capture Hakuno and obtain the Regalia, instead leaving the matter to Julius and BB. She does become involved when she has Julius feed his blood to Zepar, which in turn causes it to spread throughout LINK VRAINS and begin merging the virtual world with reality. It isn't until the final duel that she battles Hakuno, and more than proves a match for her.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Kiara uses the "Mara" archetype. If you're familiar with Buddhist mythology, Mara is the name of a demon that embodies temptation, even at one point trying to tempt Buddha himself.
- Smug Super: Was extremely confident that with her being a Link 8 monster who could not be destroyed in battle unless the opponent was equal, she was untouchable. Revolver showed that it is possible to get around that, and Gilgamesh was able to outright shut her down.
- Villainous Breakdown: She starts having a panic attack when Hakuno summons Gilgamesh, and for good reason.
- When Trees Attack: When Kiara begins her assault on LINK VRAINS, she spreads demonic tree roots all over the datascape. What's worse is that the tree is actually this story's version of Zepar, which is not only fusing LINK VRAINS with reality, but is preventing everyone inside LINK VRAINS from logging out.
Julius B. Harwey
An Alternate Self of Julius Harwey from Fate/Extra Last Encore.
The older brother to Leonardo B. Harwey, he was born as the illegitimate child to the family and raised in secret, with few aware of his existence. By his own admission, if Leo was the light, then he is the darkness of the Harwey lineage. He is one of the strongest foes Hakuno had ever faced in the Moon Cell. In death, he was remade as a cyber ghost, still intent on completing his goals and ensuring Leo won the Holy Grail War. When he was defeated, Hakuno felt only pity, yet found herself unable to cry.
This Julius, however, is consumed by his own rage and hatred, devolving into a "Dead Face" — a cyber ghost that can only feel anger towards the living and the world around it.
For the sake of his revenge against Hakuno Kishinami, he joined Kiara Sessyoin in order to find and kill the counterpart of his world's Hakuno. He is the Master of Li Shuwen, an Assassin-class Servant. Similar to his existence as a cyber ghost, however, Li Shuwen is classified as a Berserker.
- Ambiguous Situation: Leo's Duel with Julius makes one question Julius' predicament when you consider a few factors. First, he expresses genuine respect, awe and joy at Leo's various counters and planning. And secondly, he never outright expresses hatred towards Leo, even telling him to leave lest he force Julius' hand. The latter is ESPECIALLY jarring, in that Dead Faces cannot feel any positive emotions and despise everyone, without exception. HAKUNO was able to develop some control over his existence, but that was due to his unique nature. The Duel overall makes it uncertain as to whether or not Julius is a Dead Face, or he's just consumed by his own hate for Hakuno that he's become something very close. Chapter 19 reveals that Julius is a Dead Face, but all of his anger was directed at himself for not understanding why Hakuno was crying for him, which resulted in a conflicted nature that was tearing his body apart.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Leo's Abel.
- Co-Dragons: With BB, though he eventually takes over her role at the start of the CCC Arc's climax.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: Like Aoi, Julius employs a burn deck, except whereas hers does small points of damage to her opponent when they add a card to their hand or summon a monster, Julius' deck revolves around destroying his own monsters and resummoning them. Not only that, but he also takes damage as well, demonstrating incredible pain tolerance as he can withstand his own effects. Aoi found this out the hard way.
- Death Seeker: Implied. He purposely didn't treat his older injuries and ultimately succumbs to his wounds, all in the hopes that he could be reunited with the Leo from his world, citing that he existed to be Leo's "shadow", and without him, there was no reason for him to exist.
- The Dragon: He was this to Kiara while also serving as Co-Dragons with BB. When BB kidnaps Hakuno and attempts to hide her away from Kiara, Julius performs a HeelFace Turn after his duel with Leo.
- Evil Counterpart:
- Similar to his portrayal in Last Encore, unlike the original Julius who only regarded Hakuno as an enemy simply because of circumstance, Dead Face!Julius is utterly overwhelmed by his desire for revenge and will do anything to make Hakuno's life a living hell, even going so far as to brutalize Aoi in their duel when she attempted to protect Hakuno.
- His Cracked Cell cards are later revealed to be this, too. As it turns out, they're actually the corrupted remnants of a Moon Cell archtype.
- Foil: To his younger brother, Leo. Julius is working with Kiara in the hopes that he can find Hakuno Kishinami and exact vengeance against her for killing him in his world. He also utilizes a fan-made deck consisting of Cracked Cell and Ultramarine Monsters. Leo is working with Rin to protect Hakuno, as they and other members of their resistance group all owe their respective "Hakuno Kishinamis" their lives, and defeat Kiara. Leo also employs a real-life Yu-Gi-Oh! deck called Magibullet. Further comparison between them is that Julius is a Dead Face that can feel nothing but hatred towards the world and the living — especially Hakuno. Leo, on the other hand, is a cyber ghost who has good relationships with his allies, including Hakuno, who he affectionately calls Hakunon.
- HeelFace Turn: Chooses to defend Hakuno from BB, at the cost of his own life.
- His Own Worst Enemy: The true reason why Julius became a Dead Face. In truth, rather than despise Hakuno Kishinami for killing him, he instead despised himself for being unable to figure out why Hakuno cried for him when she was forced to defeat him in the Holy Grail War. Since Dead Faces are meant to hate everything around them, Julius' existence contradicted his grudge against himself, which led to his body straining to maintain itself.
- The Power of Hate: This is what fuels each and every one of Julius' actions. It even overrides much of his own emotions, hence why Hakuno considers the existence of a Dead Face to be a Fate Worse than Death.
- Redemption Equals Death: Dies after succumbing to his wounds, having protected Hakuno from BB.
- Why Can't I Hate You?: As Julius quickly realizes, despite his existence as a Dead Face, he cannot express any sort of hatred towards Leo or his mother, the one person who showed him kindness.
- Vengeful Ghost: His existence as a Dead Face. Unlike HAKUNO Kishinami, he's resigned himself to his fate and possesses no other emotions. Or so it seems at first. In reality, he's a "failed" Dead Face who despises not the world and those in it, but himself due to being unable to understand why Hakuno Kishinami cried for him after she was forced to defeat him.
Class: Assassin (former), Berserker
A master of the martial arts, this individual did not learn a thousand techniques. No, he wished to finish his opponent in a single blow. Li Shuwen is one of the most famous martial artists in China, he was also skilled in utilizing the spear, having founded one of the many branches.
Due to his unneeded killing of his opponents, he met his death not out on the battlefield, but instead was poisoned by one of his challenger's relatives.
For a brief time, Li Shuwen, under the influence of his Master becoming a Dead Face, was corrupted and became a Berserker known as a Corroded Servant.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: His preferred fighting style. He's good with a spear, but Li Shuwen prefers beating someone to death with his bare hands over impaling them on a stick.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Symbolizing his corruption, Li Shuwen's eyes now glowing red and his sclera is totally black. He's since lost them after returning to form at the end of Julius' duel with Leo.
- Blood Knight: In life, he was a martial artist who challenged several foes over his long years. His lust for battle was what ultimately did him in when a challenger's family poisoned him in revenge.
- No Name Given: In his Berserker form, he is called "Corroded Servant — Berserker." That said, Julius and Hakuno know his True Name. This becomes subverted when his Duel Monster card is rebranded as "Servant Assassin — Li Shuwen."
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has glowing red eyes in his corrupted Berserker state, and he has some dangerous effects. He loses the red eyes after seemingly regaining his sanity, but that doesn't make him any less dangerous.
When she came to the Moon Cell, she wished to make everyone just like her. Lancer himself even seems to hold affection for her, affectionately calling her his bride.
- Berserk Button: She gets very angry when Akira prevents her from wiping out the last of Aoi's Life Points, signified by her speech font becoming bold. Normally, whenever she talks, her speech is written "lIkE thIS" so for her to talk normally, albeit ragingly pissed, is very telling.
- Cast from Hit Points: Her Vampire deck has monsters that require her to pay Life Points in order to use their Effects. Run Ru's main strategy is to use her Servant, which can give her LP based on the damage he does, in tandem with Vampire Bloodlust, which has a similar effect.
- Cool Mask: Or creepy, considering her appearance. She's always seen wearing her clown mask.
- Hidden Eyes: It's almost impossible to make out her actual eyes, since only the pupils are visible. This doesn't stop Yusaku and the Zaizen siblings from noticing how "crazy" she is just by looking at them.
- Horror Hunger: She can only eat things she loves. That includes "HUMANS." She ate her own pet, parents and her own child.
- I'm a Humanitarian: She ate her family, and chances are, they were hardly the only people she's eaten. She's also started to take bites out of people in the Underground Dueling Circuit, where she reigns as champion.
- Lean and Mean: She's tall and lanky, and she's out of her gourd. She's also pretty dangerous by using her Vampire deck.
- Monster Clown: She's a cannibal, and she dresses like she was the Joker's long-lost sister. This adds to her overall feel of danger as well.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Unike the other members of Kiara's group, Run Ru isn't really interested in Hakuno, the Regalia or anything else. She just wants to take bites out of people.
- Sadist: Takes some great pleasure in hurting Yusaku something fierce. When he's smacked up against an electric fence, she's outright screaming in glee and wants to eat him then and there.
- Shout-Out: Her attire is pretty similar to the mascot of the McDonald's food chain. Hakuno even notes in Extra when they face off.
- Tragic Monster: She's certifiably insane, but that's just because of her own disorder.
In Wallachia, Vlad Tepes the Impaler, was a Hero.
To the rest of the world, however, he was a monster. Due to the novel written by Bram Stoker, in which Vlad served as inspiration, his existence became tainted. He was remembered as a "vampire."
And as a vampire, his thirst for blood was only matched by his devotion to god.
- Ax-Crazy: Let's put it this way: when this man was alive, he put people on spears for a living, both as a punishment and preferred way of killing his foes.
- Blessed with Suck: Even when he's been converted into a Duel Monster Spirit-like creature, Divine Aegis is still in effect, meaning he's still as religious and bloodthirsty as he was in Extra.
- Blood Is the New Black: His armor is stained in crimson — no doubt all the blood he's spilled during his tenure as the Impaler.
- The Butcher: What, did the name "Vlad the Impaler" not give it away?
- Fangs Are Evil: His canines are absurdly sharp — one of the ways you can tell that this Vlad's summoning was effected by the novel "Dracula."
- Historical Villain Upgrade: As Fate/Apocrypha showed, Vlad's summoning is dependent on specifically where he's summoned. If he's summoned anywhere outside of Wallachia, the end result is the blood-soaked Lancer that our psycho clown has. The reason for this was because of Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" tainting Vlad's legend, and in turn, affecting people's perception of him. To everyone outside of Wallachia, Vlad Tepes was the template for Dracula, and was therefore seen as a vampire himself.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He did not earn his nickname "The Impaler" for nothing.
- Knight Templar: When he was still alive, Vlad impaled not only the noblemen who he believed were destabilizing Wallachia, he also impaled countless Turkish soldiers to discourage them from invading the Christian kingdoms.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are bloody red, and if you aren't careful, you will find yourself on the other end of his spear.
- Religious Bruiser: He was a devout Christian in life, and still remains as such. And you had better believe that he brings the pain in a fight.
As a Servant, Elizabeth is cruel, but developed a childish desire. She wished to become an Idol — a star that was beloved by everyone, just as she once was in life. Kiara would surely grant her wish, if she helped her obtain the Regalia from Hakuno Kishinami, she could truly become a star!
But first...she had to get rid of Aoi Zaizen.
- Actually a Doombot: The reason why Elizabeth is able to Duel, when she should be a Duel Monster like the other Servants. She's a Cyber Frame crafted to house one half of her Assassin counterpart, as well as her older historical version Carmilla.
- Adaptational Villainy: This version of Elizabeth lacks the one from CCC's Character Development, shown by the fact that she mercilessly tears into Aoi and comes dangerously close to actually killing her in their duel by tampering with the arena settings so her opponent takes more damage than what LINK VRAINS would normally allow. This may be due to her being one-half of Carmilla.
- Attention Whore: Oh boy, is she ever. Practically her whole motivation for joining Kiara is to more or less become an idol singer so that everyone will pay attention to her.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When it becomes clear that Aoi's about to defeat her, she panics and pleads with her not to deal the final blow. Having been nearly killed and with her pride hurt, Aoi isn't having any of it and delivers the final blow in thier Duel.
- Ambiguous Situation: She has some sort of connection to HAKUNO Kishinami, but it isn't explored. It is implied that she developed a good relationship with him, similar to her Character Development from CCC and sheds a tear when she feels that he's finally succumbed to his wounds, tearfully calling him a "stupid pig". The truth of their relationship is shown in Chapter 20, where Elizabeth, actually Carmilla, was the first Servant to be contracted by HAKUNO Kishinami.
- Animal Motifs: Dragons. Makes sense, since she's descendant from one.
- Berserk Button: She despises being touched. The only person she would allow to touch her was HAKUNO Kishinami.
- Beware the Silly Ones: She may act all ditzy and cutesy, but she can equally as cruel and merciless if you're unlucky enough to earn her ire for whatever reason. She drops all "silly" pretenses when she reveals herself as the Assassin-class Servant, Carmilla.
- Blade on a Stick: Her weapon of choice is a spear, which is natural since she's a Lancer-class Servant.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Thanks to her upbringing and mental illness, she just couldn't understand why it was such a big deal that she was killing peasants and draining them of their blood in the hope of preserving her youth.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: She has a wonderful singing voice...on the rare occasion. When she sings anything other than maybe soft humming, she's utterly atrocious. On the flip side, however, she can weaponize her voice. This is pretty much the only reason she's got a good voice at all, to be honest.
- Dark Is Evil: As Carmilla, she most certainly is.
- Graceful Loser: She takes her defeat surprisingly well, despite becoming enraged at Go's initial attack.
- Hates Being Touched: Her Berserk Button as Carmilla. By her own words, she only allowed one person to touch her.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: She has a wonderful singing voice, but her musical talent ranks right up there with Nero. She is THAT bad.
- Horned Humanoid: Due to her dragonic heritage, she's sporting a dragon's tail and horns, plus a spiffy pair of wings. This is subverted in the case of her true form, where the horns are part of her mask.
- Idol Singer: She wants to be this, and she's got the voice for it. The problem is that her singing leaves much to be desired.
- In Love with Your Carnage: In flashbacks, Carmilla is shown to be quite fascinated by HAKUNO's unique nature as a Dead Face, and is impressive by his vicious demeanor when he chooses to fight by her side.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: In her Duel against Shinji and Go, she exchanges her "Fallen Angel" deck for the forbidden archetype of "Dragon Ruler." Her Ace Monster is a Dragon-type monster, much like a few other characters.
- Little Bit Beastly: Courtesy of her tail, wings and horns. These are dropped when she reveals herself as Carmilla.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: While she's all for helping Kiara gain control of all the Moon Cells, her ultimate goal is to become an Idol. She has that chance in LINK VRAINS and challenges Aoi for the purpose of taking her place.
- Our Dragons Are Different: In life, she was believed to have mixed her blood with that of a dragon, and her family crest is modeled after one. As a Servant, she possesses the Innocent Monster skill, which gives is why she has dragonic features.
- Reality Ensues: Elizabeth pulls this on Aoi in their Duel, similar to her duel with Baira in the canon series. She had studied on Aoi's dueling technique and deck extensively in order to help give her the edge.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She delivers one to Aoi when she declares that she's going to take her place as the new Idol of LINK VRAINS. She states that Aoi is merely pretending to be one, and she isn't taking her job seriously. Aoi herself acknowledges this, much to her own displeasure.
- The Rival: She believes herself to be this to Aoi Zaizen, and thinks herself to be far superior since she thinks she takes her job far more seriously than Aoi currently is. She even wants to take her place as the Idol of LINK VRAINS.
- Sore Loser: After realizing that she was defeated by Aoi, she's reduced to a whining, sniffling mess and doesn't understand how she could have possibly have lost to Aoi.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The only thing that can make her beg and plead for her life more than anything else is being confined to a small, tiny space — no doubt because of how she died in real life.
An Alternate Self to the Big Bad of Fate/EXTRA CCC.
An aberration in an otherwise perfect system, BB is the result of Sakura Matou's feelings of affection towards the protagonist developing into its own separate entity after being hacked by Kiara Sessyoin. She orchestrated the Sakura Labyrinth in the Far Side of the Moon as an attempt to protect Hakuno Kishinami from his eventual fate from deletion.
Sadly, this was not to be. She failed to protect her Hakuno. Now she works with Kiara Sessyoin, aiming to capture the Hakuno Kishinami that possesses the Regalia.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: In CCC, BB could be quite condescending. Hell, her attitude made it hard for people to tell if she loved Hakuno or if she wanted to kill them, switching moods at the drop of a hat. Here, however, she's incredibly nice to Hakuno. She even tries to beg Hakuno to stay in her special datascape, just so she wouldn't have to fight Kiara.
- Alas, Poor Villain: BB's death is a somber affair for Hakuno, seeing her not as an enemy but someone who was driven to extremes because she couldn't afford to lose someone she cared about, Alternate Self or no.
- Ambiguously Evil: For someone who's working to capture Hakuno and take control of every Moon Cell in existence, her actions are subject to suspicion. She is very polite towards Hakuno while abrasive towards her own allies.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: BB's strongest card, "Alter Ego — Kingprotea" is easily one of the largest monsters in the game, dwarfing many of Hakuno's other monsters and is described as being gargantuan.
- Co-Dragons: With Julius, however...
- Fatal Flaw: BB's most powerful monsters, her Alter Egos, have specific effects that require an Alter Ego card to be present on the field, which helps fuel their combat ability. However, there is one downside to this: if someone manages to destroy all three of her Alter Egos, all of which are fragments of BB and are therefore linked to her, she will die. Kiara lampshades this flaw early in the story, mentioning that BB's cards haven't stabilized — meaning she was referring to this flaw.
- Literal Split Personality: The Alter Egos are all fragments of BB herself, though unlike CCC, they don't appear to exert any sort of emotion or activity besides being Duel Monsters. It's implied by Kiara that they aren't fully complete yet, which may also explain why if they are destroyed, then BB dies as well.
- The Lost Lenore: In her world, she watched her Hakuno Kishinami die right in front of her, courtesy of Kiara absorbing him into Zepar. This is the major reason why BB doesn't want Hakuno Kishinami Zaizen to fight Kiara — she doesn't want to see another Hakuno Kishinami die right in front of her.
- Theme Naming: Fitting for a woman who's Class is Moon Cancer, some of her monsters refer to medical conditions. Examples being "Moon Cancer — System Cyst"note and "Moon Cancer — System Abscess"note . The most obvious example, though, is "Moon Cancer — System Tumor," whose name speaks for itself.
- Together in Death: Implied. When BB is caught in the explosion caused by Li Shwuen's Noble Phantasm, she sees her world's Hakuno Kishinami.BBB: Senpai... You came...back...
- Villainous Breakdown: She...really doesn't take Hakuno's declaration to fight Kiara pretty well. What really breaks her is what Hakuno says that leads to their duel:Hakuno Kishinami Zaizen: I'm sorry, BB, I really am, but...I'm not your Hakuno.
- She gets arguably worse in her Duel with Julius, her mood constantly changing back and forth between mocking, agitated and terrified, not being able to understand why she's having so much trouble against what she believes to be someone who couldn't even become a Dead Face properly. It's implied that her connection to Meltlilith and Passionlip being severed after they're destroyed destabilizes her condition, hence her radical mood swings.
- The Virus: When Hakuno first meets BB, her consciousness regards her as an abnormality and a "cancer." BB herself also considers herself to be an infection of the Moon Cell, referencing her previous role in CCC.
- Yandere: Considering she is more or less the Dark Sakura of the Extra universe, she fits the trope. Can't get more yandere than trying to trap Hakuno for an eternity inside a digital space between dimensions, even if she is trying to save her.
- You Remind Me of X: Like nearly everyone from Extra, BB considers Hakuno Kishinami Zaizen to be the same person as her Hakuno Kishinami. She even notes that, despite being two different genders, they have the same features and "the same gaze."
The Alternate Self of Hakuno Kishinami from Fate/EXTRA: Last Encore.
He is "Frankenstein's Monster" — a collection of pieces made from all the grudges of the Masters killed by Twice H. Pierceman, with Hakuno Kishinami used as a base. He is a "Dead Face" — an existence different from that of a cyber ghost. However, he demonstrates remarkable self-control over his emotions.
- Alternate Self: Plays this trope straighter than Hakuno does, as he is her male counterpart. His possession of Suzuka Gozen is also implies that his world followed events similar to CCC Fox Tail.
- And I Must Scream: He's far more in control of his emotions than Julius seems to be, but he's still a Dead Face. Meaning all he should be capable of feeling is hate towards everyone and the world.
- Came Back Wrong: He's essentially Last Encore's Hakuno Kishinami, but mixed together with the grudges and hatred of the Masters killed by Twice. This normally shouldn't be possible, since all negative emotions are filtered and released by the Moon Cell. Thanks to Twice shutting the Moon Cell down, this allowed for Dead Faces like Hakuno to exist.
- Cloning Blues: This is the big reason why he's after Hakuno. He wants to determine whether or not he's just a flawed copy or his own person. As he lays dying, Hakuno tells him that he is "Hakuno Kishinami, and no one else."
- Dark Is Not Evil: As a Dead Face, his body is cloaked in black data that's constantly destroying and repairing itself. He is far from a villain, however, acting simply for his own interests.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Succumbs to his injuries, but ultimately accomplishes what he set out to do and dies beside Saber and Hakuno.
- Evil Counterpart: He uses the Dead Cell archetype, which is filled with Gemini monsters. It's all but stated to be the "Dead Face" version of the Moon Cell archetype that Hakuno uses.
- Go Out with a Smile: When Hakuno tells him that he is his own person, he smiles and finally passes on in peace.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Just as Hakuno cares about her Servant, HAKUNO cares deeply about Saber and entrusts her to his counterpart before he succumbs to his injuries. Saber has no qualms about this arrangement, as she considers both Hakuno Kishinami and HAKUNO Kishinami to be the same individual.
- Mercy Kill: HAKUNO's defeat at Hakuno's hands can be considered this, since it means he can get his answers and die while Saber helps him pass on with peace.
- Mythology Gag: Aside from Lu Bu, HAKUNO also employs a second Saber — none other than Suzuka Gozen, a character from the CCC manga adaptation Fox Tail.
- The Power of Hate: Subverted. HAKUNO is actually in better control of his emotions than Julius is, able to feel something besides the always present hate.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: While his Dead Face is active, his eyes are red, making him appear all the more menacing. He's not entirely evil, though.
- Vengeful Ghost: Downplayed. Unlike Julius, HAKUNO was naturally born as a Dead Face, but he lacks their overwhelming instinctual view of hatred towards the world and the living.
Presently, he is the Third Ranked Duelist in Japan.
- Attention Whore: Comes with being a Charisma Duelist, who practically live in the spotlight.
- Berserk Button: Never hurt any child in front of him, or you will understand what it means to face an ogre. Carmilla learned the hard way when Onizuka was able to see Shinji's true appearance, possibly due to the real world and LINK VRAINS emerging.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": He has a "G" branded on his belt.
- Childhood Friends: Despite their differing personalities, Go has been friends with Makoto since they were kids.
- Cool Big Bro: He's this to the kids at the orphanage. They're also the big reason why he became a Charisma Duelist in the first place.
- Dark Is Not Evil: His Fusion Monster, On-Gouki The Assassin Ogre, is a DARK Attribute Monster compared to the rest of his EARTH Attribute Gouki monsters, and is listed as being a Fiend-type.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His Gouki deck primarily consists of EARTH monsters.
- Fake Muscles: Despite having a Heroic Build, he wears a gold six-pack as part of his outfit.
- Friend to All Children: Became a Charisma Duelist to give kids like himself in the past a better life.
- Meaningful Name: "On-Gouki The Assassin Ogre"'s name likely comes from the Japanese oni known as Ongyo-Ki, believed the originator behind ninjutsu.
- Noodle Incident: Onizuka apparently owes Aoi a favor, which she cashes in by having him teach Hakuno how to duel and help her get actual field experience, being unable to do so herself.
- Online Alias: Averted. His Avatar name is the same as his actual name.
- The Rival: To Blue Angel, who is also a ranked Duelist. The two are on amicable terms despite this, and Onizuka even accepts the task of teaching Hakuno how to duel for the first time when Aoi cashes in on a favor.
- World's Strongest Man: He's seen as one of the best Charisma Duelists in Japan, which is supported by his status as the Third Ranked Duelist in LINK VRAINS. He even briefly made Second Ranked while Aoi and Hakuno were unable to log in.
- Wrestler in All of Us: His Gouki deck is structured and fight like actual wrestlers, befitting his motif. In Hakuno's first ever duel, he even makes a big show out of it and often makes wrestling references throughout.
The oldest hero known in human history, and one of the most powerful Servants in existence.
Prior to his inclusion in the Throne of Heroes, Gilgamesh was created by the gods in the hopes that he would one day lead humanity into the proper path. However, Gilgamesh had come to understand humans and gods in a way that neither side truly understood, and he became a tyrant. In spite of this fact, he had found a friend in Enkidu, an existence meant to keep a watchful eye on the king.
Due to his overwhelming power, Gilgamesh could not be summoned in the Moon Cell Holy Grail War, as the rules wanted there to be a Sole Survivor, not the strongest Master. Hence, he could only be called from the Far Side of the Moon.
- The Ace: His status as one of the strongest Servants in the Nasuverse translates very well into Duel Monsters. He is by far Hakuno's strongest monster, and he is very eager to show just how strong he is by fighting Kiara.
- Bishōnen: Have you seen him?!
- Bling of War: His usual attire has him dressed in gold armor.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has shades of this, as demonstrated by his reaction to Hakuno's Heroic BSoD in chapter 22.Gilgamesh: Ugh, must you continue with this sappy drama?!
- Gold-Colored Superiority: Befitting one of the most powerful Servants in the entire Nasuvere, Gilgamesh is almost always wearing his golden armor.
- Instant-Win Condition: As a Duel Monster, he's one of the few who has these. If Hakuno doesn't have any cards on the field except him while he's equipped with Ea, and doesn't have any cards in her hand or in her graveyard, she automatically wins the duel.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While his personality might be considered abrasive, he does seem to genuinely care about Hakuno, in his own way.
- My Rules Are Not Your Rules: Gilgamesh is stated in the author's notes to be a temperamental card in comparison to the other Servants that have become Duel Monsters in the story. According to the author, Gilgamesh will only allow someone to someone him when he wants to be summoned.
- No-Sell: He can't be destroyed by battle or by card effect, and he locks down the effect of any monster that's unfortuante enough to be next to his Link Arrow. He's also a Link 8, which means he can effectively lock down the majority of his opponents. And since he's Link 8, that means his effects can lock down Kiara.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red eyes that signify his godly heritage, and he is the last person you want to piss off.
- Rousing Speech: Gives one to Hakuno, in his own Jerk with a Heart of Gold style.Gilgamesh: Fool! Are you truly so blind? Have you learned nothing while participating in the rules of the World?! I would not show myself to you if I did not think you had the possibility of beating her. Answer me, mongrel! Who overcame all adversity and is standing before me? Who was it that achieved victory, despite having no history to call your own? Who was it that defeated that mongrel Saver? Who was it that fought with blood, sweat and tears to stand where she does now? Time and time again, you stood at a wall, and each and every time, rather than despair like some lesser fool, you chose to break down the wall with your bare hands. Your resolve is your most powerful asset. Now, tell me this. Do you still have it? The resolve and willingness to overcome this obstacle? Or will you spit on the faces and lives of those you swore you would protect? Are you so weak that you would break the one thing you hold dear?
- Story-Breaker Power: In CCC, Gilgamesh couldn't be summoned in the Near Side, since anyone who summoned him might as well have already won the Holy Grail War. Word of God also states this as much, hence why Gilgamesh will only allow Hakuno to summon him when it interests him, not too differently from his statement of him being her Servant in CCC as that of an observer, witnessing her story to its conclusion. As a Duel Monster, his effects makes him one of the most dangerous cards in existence and can destroy almost anyone Hakuno throws at him. That isn't even going into what he can do with Ea equipped, much less his Instant-Win Condition.
- The Unseen: Initially, Gilgamesh's presence was only alluded to in the author's notes, never appearing or even hinted at in the story proper until Chapter 15, though Hakuno only heard his voice. He finally appeared at the end of Chapter 19, and makes his full debut in Chapter 22.