This is a list of characters and associated tropes from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, the second sequel to the original Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga series. Characters are referred to by their names in the original Japanese version with alternative spellings/meanings with the Dub equivalent in brackets next to them.
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Here are some common tropes associated with various characters:
- Badass Biker: Most D-Wheelers qualify.
- Chosen One: Both for the Signers chosen by the Crimson Dragon, and the Dark Signers chosen by the Earthbound Gods.
- Cool Bike: Many D-Wheels are very cool motorcycles with very unique designs. They also are very robust.
- Facial Markings: Applies to anyone with a Criminal Marker, as well as the Dark Signers.
- Grey-and-Gray Morality: The majority of the villains are Well Intentioned Extremists, and while some of them Kick the Dog, they still ultimately have understandable motivations for what they're doing. The only ones who aren't are the Dark Signers, who suffer from With Great Power Comes Great Insanity, and some still held onto their humanity in the end. In contrast, the heroes are still good people, though the majority of them have participated in criminal activity, or sold people out.
- Orphan's Plot Trinket: Yusei, Jack, Crow, and most people from Satellite. West and Nico as well, following the death of their father.
- Out of Focus: Many characters, whether Demoted to Extra or suffering from Chuck Cunningham Syndrome.
- Power Tattoo: Signers and Dark Signers, in the form of a birthmark. Doubles as Mark of the Beast as well.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: The Signers and Team Ragnarok.
- See here.
A young boy who idolizes Yusei.
- Barcode Tattoo: The first one shown.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: He sports long hair, has a feminine voice, and wears what's basically a dress. Tag Force 4 drives the point home with Carly mistaking him for a girl, much to Rally's indignation.
- Expy: Of Mokuba.
- Heroic Sacrifice: During Yusei's first battle with Rutger, when things begin to go pear-shaped for the Dark Signer, he switches places with Rally. Rather than let Yusei be killed, Rally takes out Uru and his own life points to ensure that Yusei can continue.
- Not Quite Dead: Twice, sorta. Most victims of the Blask Mist are sacrifice to the Earthbound Immortals, but Rally isn't; instead he is kept around to duel Yusei. After his Heroic Sacrifice, he gets revived.
- She's a Man in Japan: The Latin American dub switched his gender.
A friend of Jin Himuro and a "Jack of all Trades", who helped Yusei reclaim his Deck and D-Wheel from Security after he was freed from the Detention Center. He was once a Tag Riding Champion, but an accident led to his partner Yuji being severely injured. His only memento of his friend is their burnt "Machiner's Sniper" card, which Saiga initially believed was sent to him out of spite. However, Yusei convinces him otherwise. He later sneaks into Satellite to check up on Yusei's friends. After Neo Domino and Satellite are connected, he stays in the Satellite area rather than heading back to his old home.
- Cynical Mentor: Teaches Yusei about Neo Domino, but seems distasteful of everything there.
- Grumpy Bear: Thanks to his friend's injury he became disillusioned with dueling.
- Nice Hat: Sports one when he sneaks into Satellite.
- Noble Fugitive: He does have a good heart, even when being jerked around by Security.
- Perma-Stubble: Check the image.
Yusei's foster mother who runs an orphanage in Satellite, and is regarded as a parental figure by the abandoned children there. She took care of Yusei after he was injured during his first duel with Kiryu, and later encouraged him to go to help Aki. He was reluctant to do so as it probably meant fighting a friend again and the duel with Kiryu had left him with fear and doubt, but Martha knew that this was necessary to open his heart up again. She also played a major role in Ushio's HeelFace Turn.
- Apron Matron: She can even order around Ushio.
- Cool Old Lady: Think Yusei and Jack are cool? Who do you think they got it from?
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Gives Yusei a good, stern talking-to in order to bring himself out of his funk after his loss to Kiryu.
- Mama Bear: To everyone in Satellite, likely where Crow learned the equivalent.
- Meddling Parents: Despite being a...
- Parental Substitute: For Jack, Crow and Yusei, as well as all the other orphans she cares for.
- Shipper on Deck: For Yusei and Aki, much to his annoyance.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Uryu uses a deck composed of Insect-Type Monsters.
- Graceful Loser: Uryu has no hard feelings losing to Yusei, but vows to defeat him someday.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Uryu loses to Yusei thanks to the effect of his own Retribution of the Ant Lion card.
- The Hyena: Uryu's right-hand man, Shizaki, communicates only with snickering.
- No Name Given: The two that hang out with Uryu aren't named in the anime itself. Instead, they're given names in the games and in Tag Force 4, where one of them shares Uryu's English name.
- One-Shot Character: Uryu's only full appearance is in Episode 2; he is much later seen cheering on Yusei during his Duel against Z-ONE.
- Posthumous Character: Robert Pearson, original owner of the Blackbird and Black-Winged Dragon, was killed by Bolger three years prior.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Uryu sports literal blue hair.
Jin Himuro (Bolt Tanner)
A respected inmate at the Detention Center, who was also a former Pro Duelist. However, after being crushed by Jack, he spiraled into drink and depression, getting involved in underground dueling and eventually ending up at the Detention Center. Little more than a bully at first, he became one of Yusei's allies after Yusei defeated him using Yanagi's seemingly 'worthless' Deck, getting him fired up for the first time in ages.
He uses a yokai-themed aggro deck.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Although his deck hasn't been seen much, it seemingly revolves around rapidly crushing his opponents with high-attack, easy-to-summon monsters.
- Brooklyn Rage: Dub only, given his accent.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After he loses he becomes Yusei's friend.
- Graceful Loser: Has no hard feelings losing to Yusei, and commends him for winning the Duel without utilising a strategy involving battling.
- Mr. Exposition: He's the primary commentator on Team 5D's early duels. He's later replaced by the WRGP announcer.
- Worthy Opponent: He recognizes Yusei as a skilled duelist after seeing his first turn, and he does not let his guard down for the entire duel.
- Youkai: His monsters are all based on various types of Youkai.
Yanagi Tenzen (Tenzen Yanagi)
An eccentric and enthusiastic old man who befriends Yusei on the way to the Detention Center after seeing the Crimson Dragon's appearance. Having traveled extensively, he has some knowledge concerning ancient treasures and the legend of the People of the Stars.
He uses an Ancient Treasure deck, which he assembled over the course of a long career in anthropology and archaeology. His deck is anime-only, but served as the basis for the real-life Chronomaly cards.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: His mannerisms make him come off as just a little bit senile...
- Collector of the Strange: Strange cards that is.
- Fanboy: Of the Signers in general, and Yusei especially.
- I Just Want to Be Special: He really does want to be a good Duelist, and he's very proud of his Hidden Treasure Deck, but he's long on ambition and short on talent.
- Lethal Joke Character: His monsters all have terrible stats and effects that deal damage to their controller, and being the borderly-senile old man he is, Yanagi gets demolished when he tries to play it. The deck however comes with Spell cards to redirect the damage, which Yusei uses to good effect.
- Mr. Exposition: Teaches Yusei about the Signers.
- Perilous Old Fool: He's a former explorer and he seems to be afraid of absolutely nothing. He's overwhelmingly cheerful and pretty sharp, and he stands by Yusei no matter what.
- Smooch of Victory: He tries to give one to Yusei early on.
- Too Dumb to Live: When it comes to playing the game. He doesn't even read the effects of his cards before playing them, and does not really understand the concept of Synchros.
Master of Ceremonies
- Anime Hair: His truly colossal pompadour.
- Catchphrase: "EVERYBODY LISTEN!"
- Combat Commentator: This is his job. He even comments Yusei's duel with Z-One, so people will concentrate more on evacuating.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The MC can be played against in some of the videogames, and he's usually a pretty tricky opponent... in fact, he's a lot more dangerous than plenty of the people he commentates on, particularly in Stardust Accelerator.
- Determinator: Even when the city is about to be destroyed and his chances of survival are slim, he will continue to commentate.
- Gratuitous English: His catchphrase "EVERYBODY LISTEN!!!".
- Large Ham Announcer: He provides the page image.
- Mr. Exposition: He often explains the rules or some card effects.
- Nice Guy: From his commentary, he's one of the nicest characters in the series. He's willing to play hypeman to widely-disliked figures or victims of prejudice like Yusei and Aki in the Fortune Cup, and he helps with the evacuation of the city.
- No Name Given: He's only known as the MC.
- Skewed Priorities: While Neo Domino City's fate is at stake at the hands of the Ark Cradle, the MC, on top of assisting with the evacuation of Neo Domino City's residents, decides to commentate on the Duel between Yusei and Z-one, admitting that he'd rather die than miss the opportunity.
- Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: A meta example. His Japanese VA, Bernard Ackah, is a German-born Ivorian kickboxer and mixed martial artist based in Japan, boasting fluency in Japanese (on top of a number of other languages).
Hideo and Setsuko Izayoi (Mr. and Mrs. Izinski)
The parents of Aki Izayoi. After an incident when she was young triggered her psychic power, they didn't know how to accept her anymore, eventually leading to her running away from home. After Aki was left in a coma after the attack on the Arcadia Movement, they visited her in hospital, blaming themselves for what had happened. With Yusei's help, they were able to reconcile with their daughter.
- Parental Abandonment: They come to regret this.
- Shipper on Deck: Both of them for their daughter and Yusei. When Akiza is about to leave for Satellite to stop the Dark Signers her father assures her mother that Yusei will be with her so she'll be in good hands. This is pushed in further in the final episode when she finishes packing her suitcase to leave Neo Domino City for medical school it's their idea for Akiza to try tell Yusei how she feels before she leaves.Setsuko: Have you said goodbye to him yet?Akiza: Huh?Hideo: To Yusei we mean. You're the way you are now thanks to him, you should go talk to himSetsuko: Go see him and burn his smile into your memory, you know it'll cheer you up even if you're far awayAkiza: I understand!!
- Strong Family Resemblance: Downplayed, but you can see that Aki got her red hair from her mother.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Because of his job as a politician, Hideo couldn't spend enough time with Aki, and she grew to hate his job. A call from his job while they're having a duel eventually triggers Aki's Psycho Power.
Yusei's father and the lead developer of Old Momentum. Rex and Rutger Godwin were his assistants. He had wanted to stop the project after realizing the risks involved, but ended up being replaced by Rutger. He managed to reclaim 3 of the cards needed to seal Old Momentum's Safety Controllers and entrusted them to Rex Godwin. He was killed in the Zero Reverse shortly afterwards, but was able to ensure his son's survival beforehand. His ghost shows up in a few episodes to assist Yusei or give him advice.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Delivered to Yusei when he intervenes during the battle with Z-One.
- Ignored Expert: He had wanted to stop the project after realising the risks involved, but ended up being replaced by Rutger.
- Improbable Hairstyle: One of the reasons for his son's hair.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The Momentum project.
- Peek-a-Bangs: The main difference to his son in their appearance.
- Posthumous Character: He died before the series started.
- Strong Family Resemblance: His son looks almost identical to him. Still, Crow does not recognize him as Yusei's father when he sees the Fudos' family photo, despite its obviousness.
A shy cafe waitress who has a crush on Jack, and is another rival for Carly and Mikage.
- Adaptational Badass: In the show, she's not a duelist. In the video game Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2011, she uses a Blue-Eyes White Dragon deck with Five-Headed Dragon.
- All There in the Manual: Her name was never shown or said on-screen until Episode 137, but was revealed earlier in the wiki.
- Cannot Spit It Out: To Jack.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Over Jack, thanks to her rivalry with Carly and Mikage.
- Muggle: She couldn't see the Hidden Knight - Hook's shadow that the heroes could. She is apparently not a duelist, either.
- Shrinking Violet: She is shyer than her two rivals, who already are shy to begin with (Mikage not so much, but Carly is a shy girl).
- When All You Have Is a Hammer...: She got past a security guard with a coupon for her cafe.
- Apron Matron: Zora (Yusei, Jack, and Crow's landlady in the third arc).
Jill De Lancebeaux (Gill Randsborg)
A duelist hired by Godwin to duel Aki and to awaken her Signer powers. Believing that she's a witch, he tries to fight her like a knight, but he fails and is defeated by her.
He uses a knight deck.
- Badass Beard: Subverted. He and his beard are not badass at all.
- Bullying a Dragon: He constantly insults Aki for being a witch, but unlike Kodo Kinomiya he never pushes her Berserk Button.
- Knight in Shining Armor: He wears golden plate armour and uses LV Monsters that are knights.
- Lord Error-Prone: He gets played like a fiddle by Yliaster, and Aki doesn't even break a sweat while crushing him.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: His Duel Disk has the design of a shield. It does not help that much.
- Oh, Crap!: Shortly before Black Rose Dragon finishes him. In the dub, he's so shocked by her finishing move that he completely breaks character.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He refuses to Duel Aki until he realizes she's a psychic.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: In the dub.
Shira the Duelist Reaper
A duelist hired by Godwin to duel Yusei and to awaken his Signer powers. However, before his match, Mukuro Enjo knocks him out and takes up his place instead.
- Black Cloak: His appearance.
- Death Dealer: He can throw a card hard enough to pierce a helmet.
- Expy: Of the minor character Fortune Salim in the original series, another hooded tournament participant that gets Mugged for Disguise by an uninvited guest.
- Giggling Villain: During his introduction.
- Goofy Print Underwear: As revealed when Mukuro takes his clothing.
- In the Hood: He wears a dark robe with a hood that conceals his face. This becomes handy, when Mukuro steals his clothes and takes up his place.
- Informed Ability: Pretty much everything we know about him.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: He notices that Mukuro is spying on him and throws a card at him without knowing his actual location. This does not stop Mukuro from knocking him out.
- Perma-Stubble: Is shown to have this.
- Red Baron: Duelist Reaper.
- Shinigami: Apparently every duelist he has dueled never duels again, with people calling him the Duelist Reaper.
- The Unfought: Shira was meant to be Yusei's first opponent in the Fortune Cup, but Mukuro Enjo knocked him out, stole his clothes, and took his place.
Mukuro Enjo (Hunter Pace)
The former World Champion of the Riding Dueling world until he was defeated by Jack. He constantly challenges Jack to reclaim his title, but fails every time. He eventually sneaks into the Fortune Cup, takes up the place of Shira the Duelist Reaper, and duels Yusei, but loses.
He uses a "Flaming Skull" deck.
- Accent Adaptation: Given a Texan accent in the dub.
- Anime Hair: Has hair that's similar to Crow's.
- Badass Biker: Mukuro knows how to use the high speed and Speed Counters in Riding Duels. He even gets the maximum number of Speed Counters during his duel with Yusei.
- Cool Shades: He's always wearing his sunglasses.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In both anime and manga, he finds ways to exploit the dueling format which haven't yet been repeated by others. In the anime, his Speed Accel Deck exploits the Speed World Field card and Speed Counters. In the manga, he runs a Stall Attack Deck, having figured out that he can exploit the first-to-finish-wins rule by simply attacking, as even if no damage is done his Feel will slow down his opponent.
- Dem Bones: His decks runs on Skullhead monsters.
- Expy: He is similar to Keith Howard from the original series, with both having a similar career and wearing sunglasses. However, he's more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Graceful Loser: Has no hard feelings losing to Yusei in the Fortune Cup, considering his Duel against him to be the best he's ever had. Not so much to Jack, to whom he was kind of a dick.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's abrasive and aggressive, but overall is a nice guy.
- Jive Turkey: Goes with the personality.
- Large Ham: And the audience love it.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In-universe. Apparently, in Z-One's original timeline, Enjo was not only a good friend of Aki and Yusei, but the three of them won the Pegasus J. Crawford Cup Trinidad Riding Duel Grand Prix.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: By all appearances, he's actually a pretty good duelist; he just keeps dueling Yusei and Jack.
- Playing with Fire: Burning Skull's are all fire-based, except for the ace, Supersonic Skull Flame, which is wind-based.
- The Remnant: Mukuro Enjo was once the World Champion with a long list of wins. Then Jack Atlas Atlas'd him, and since then, he's been a Jobber.
- Shout-Out: Many of his monsters reference Ghost Rider.
- The Worf Effect: Mukuro loses all of his on-screen Duels, but he puts up a good fight each time.
- Worthy Opponent: When Mukuro appears and steals Shira's place, Yusei still takes the challenge because Godwin found him a worthy enough match-up. And Yusei really enjoys the duel with him.
A duelist hired by Godwin to duel Luca and to awaken her Signer powers. He manages to hypnotize her and her soul travels to the world of Duel Monsters Spirits for the first time in many years. Professor Frank follows her there, where he reveals his true colors. He succeeds in awakening her power, but Luca manages to make the duel into a draw.
He uses a psychiatry-themed deck.
- All Psychology Is Freudian: Professor Frank is a psychologist and a hypnotist, whose cards (most notably Id the Superdemonic Lord, a.k.a. Ido the Supreme Magical Force) are a Shout-Out to Freudian psychology (specifically, psychoanalysis) especially easy seeing as he's dueling Luca, and his calm demeanor quickly leaves him talking like a lunatic when they both enter the Spirit World. On top of that his ace monster (the aforementioned Id) is in itself an extra Shout-Out to the monster of the same name from Forbidden Planet.
- Ax-Crazy: Revealed in the second part of the double episode.
- Back from the Dead: His ace monster, Ido the Supreme Magical Force, revives itself again and again whenever it is destroyed.
- Enemy to All Living Things: In the Spirit World, he seems to rot and corrupt the place simply by being there.
- Evil Laugh: A freakishly long one in the second part of the duel. You might be familiar with his laugh if you have watched Bleach and know Aaroniero Arruruerie.
- Faux Affably Evil: You can tell from his calm, friendly voice that he cannot be trusted, especially when he repeats his words over and over again. While in the Duel Monsters Spirit World, he drops the formal linguistics altogether and adopts a condescending tone.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to see the world of the Duel Monsters Spirits destroyed, for unknown reasons.
- Perpetual Smiler: He smiles for most of the time that he's dueling. Later, it turns into a Slasher Smile.
- Psycho Psychologist: He's even crazier than his boss.
- Psycho for Hire: By Yliaster.
- Slasher Smile: When his true character is revealed, he's sporting one the whole time.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: After he comes back from the world of the Duel Monster Spirits.
Kodo Kinomiya (Commander Koda)
A Duel Profiler who is hired by Godwin to duel Aki and to awaken her power. He has researched data of her to counter her deck and to confront her with her past. However, he suffers a lot of damage caused by her Psycho Powers and gets hospitalized when he succeeds in awakening her power.
He uses a detective-themed deck built around burn effects and LP gain.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He thinks he's this, with his ability to analyze an opponent and exploit their weaknesses. Ultimately, he just ends up Bullying a Dragon.
- Authority in Name Only: He's called "Commander Koda" in the dub, even though he doesn't command anything. (Probably meant as a stage name.)
- Bullying a Dragon: He confronts Aki with facts from her past several times during their duel. But when he says that her parents don't love her, he just unlocks some of Aki's sealed power.
- Clothing Damage: His clothes get torn a lot during the duel.
- Crazy-Prepared: Thinks he has something for everything Aki's deck can throw at him. He doesn't seem to realize she can improve it by switching the cards just as anyone else can.
- Greed: His sole motivation. He demands five times his salary for the duel. (Eventually, however, he realizes - not soon enough - it's not worth it.)
- Forgotten First Meeting: Dub only. He was beaten by Akiza during her first year at Duel Academy (he was a senior at the time) and wants revenge.
- Oh, Crap!: When Aki counters his strategy and unleashes her power on him.
- Only in It for the Money: While he's given something of a personal reason in the dub, in the original, this is his only motive, demanding three times his usual fee. That is, until...
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When he realizes that he's risking his life against Aki's Psycho Power, he doesn't care for the payment anymore and just wants to finish the duel as soon as possible.
- Too Dumb to Live: Despite the fact that he realizes that Aki's Psycho Powers are dangerous and that he's risking his life dueling her, he continues the duel to defeat her as soon as possible instead of just surrendering. Not to mention how he's insulting a powerful Reality Warper known to cause disasters when she's angry.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Aki finishes him off with her Psycho Power.
- Dark Skinned Blonde: Patty.
- Expy: Heitmann's attitude to low-level monsters and his Ancient Gear Deck are the same as Professor Chronos. In the dub, they also share the same voice actor.
- Hot Teacher: Maria, full stop.
- I Gave My Word: After Heitmann loses to Yusei, he revokes the expulsions he imposed on the students who possess low-level Monsters.
Rex Godwin (Rex Goodwin)
The director of Neo Domino's Public Security Maintenance Bureau and the leader of Yliaster. He is responsible for transforming Neo Domino into its current, hierarchical state, and for isolating Satellite (to act as the battleground for the war between the Signers and the Dark Signers, and as a decoy to protect Neo Domino). Cold, calm and calculating, he is perfectly willing to sacrifice innocent lives to achieve his goals and preserve his utopia.
It is later revealed that he was a former developer in M.I.D.S. and an assistant to Yusei's father along with his older brother, Rutger. Shortly before the Zero Reverse he was entrusted with 3 of the cards necessary to operate Old Momentum's safety switches, his brother's severed arm bearing the Dragon's Head, and the mission to bring together the Signers to defeat Rutger. He is also the Legendary D-Wheeler from the legend of the Daedalus Bridge, having flown from Satellite to Neo Domino and losing his left arm in the process.
Acting on his promise to his brother, he gathered the Signers and sent them to defeat his brother, while thinking of a way to break the 5000 year cycle. He eventually came to the conclusion that only a God's power could change fate, and decided to acquire the powers of both the Crimson Dragon and the King of the Underworld to become the Ultimate God and create an 'ideal' world.
He plays an Inca-themed deck based around using the effects of Sun Dragon Inti and Moon Dragon Quilla to maintain field presence. His Earthbound Immortal is Wiraqocha Rasca, the condor.
- Affably Evil: At least up until he acquires Wiraqocha Rasca, after which he loses it.
- Artificial Limbs: He lost his arm when riding off the Daedalus Bridge. Coupled with the fact that he had the severed Dragon Head, it led some to believe that he was the 5th Signer.
- Badass Biker: He was the Legendary D-Wheeler.
- Big Good and Big Bad: Both in the same arc.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: As the Legendary D-Wheeler he opposed the authority of Neo Domino, but would eventually become the authority.
- Cain and Abel: An interesting variant of this trope. Despite being the younger brother, Rex is the Cain to Rutger's Abel, but not in a classic sense. Rex loves his older brother, but to end the circle of battle between the Signers and Dark Signers, he tries to get the same powers Rutger once possessed. He already has Rutger's arm with the Dragon Head, then Rex lets himself get killed by his brother so that he will be revived as a Dark Signer.
- The Chessmaster: He has been playing everyone, even the Crimson Dragon and the Earthbound Gods.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: His attitude after gaining the power of both sides has heavy shades of this.
- The End of the World as We Know It: Plans on causing this, then rebuilding the world sans the Signer-Dark Signer cycle.
- Even Evil Has Standards: As mentioned below, even he was disgusted with what Takasu did to the Facilities' inmates and fired him when the truth came to light.
- Evil Is Hammy: After his ascension to godhood, his previously affable personality is replaced by a much more grandiose and bombastic one.
- Evil Mentor: To Jack, initially, and eventually to the other Signers.
- Expy: He is essentially this show's version of Pegasus.
- Fallen Hero: As the Legendary D-Wheeler he initiated the building of the Daedalus Bridge, which sparked the story, and eventually became viewed as a martyr by the Satellite residents because of it.
- Foreshadowing: That emblem on his suit that he showcases from his very first appearance? Totally insignificant, really.
- Gambit Roulette: You've got to have good planning skills of to play two gods in the process of becoming one.
- A God Am I: Intends to acquire the power of both the Crimson Dragon and the King of the Underworld, in order to become the Ultimate God and end the 5000 year cycle.
- Hannibal Lecture: His quote in the Dark Signer section is part of one which spans the Duel, with varying degrees of focus on each of his opponents, until Yusei finally shuts him up.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Until the last three episodes of the Dark Signers arc.
- Hypocrite: A strange example. He claims that bonds have failed and everyone is ultimately strongest when alone, but Yusei points out in his Shut Up, Hannibal! moment that both Godwin/Goodwin brothers were ultimately trying to fight fate, and:Yusei: "Isn't that what we call a bond?"
- Irony: Security tried to arrest him for attempting to build a bridge that would connect Satellite with Neo-Domino City. Yet after jumping from the unfinished bridge and miraculously arriving at his desired destination, he ended up being the head of Security himself.
- Kick the Dog: He's the Legendary Man from Daedalus Bridge and relishes in pointing out how he failed, with the result of absolutely hammering Crow (who had viewed the Legendary Man as an idol).
- Large and in Charge: He's the president of the Public Security Maintenance Bureau, and he's more than a head taller than Jack.
- A Love to Dismember: He worships his brother's severed arm, and 62 episodes in Rex forcefully removes his prosthetic left arm in order to make his brother's arm his own, becoming a Signer in the process.
- Mayincatec: Mostly averted. His deck is largely based on Inca mythology, with only "Fire Ant Ascator" being the lone exception as it's based on Azcatl from Aztec mythology.
- Mr. Exposition: Initially. Most of the plot of the first two seasons is told and explained by him.
- One Head Taller: Despite Jack already being a very tall man, he only reaches Godwin's shoulder. Mikage looks very small in comparison to him, and Jeager, who is a midget, looks even more like a midget when he's standing next to Godwin.
- Robotic Reveal: His prosthetic was revealed when he caught a spike that broke off Bommer's D-Wheel and it shredded his glove.
- Self-Made Man: While he used to be a professor from the Tops, after the Zero Reverse he ended up on Satellite and became a nobody. Despite not completing the Daedalus Bridge, he managed to arrive at Neo-Domino City, but in cost of losing his left arm. Afterwards, he somehow managed to become the president of Security, who ironically were trying to arrest him when he was building the Daedalus Bridge.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In the original version of the anime, his family name is spelled as "Goodwin". The Japanese pronunciation is "Gohdowin", but it's neither "Guddowin" nor "Goddowin" (for Godwin), so the double O is actually pronounced as a long O instead of a U.
- The Stoic: He's subdued in general.
- Temporary Bulk Change: Once he reveals himself as a Dark Signer, he gets much more muscular.
- Throwing the Fight: To become a Dark Signer he has to die first, so he lets Rutger defeat him in a Duel of Darkness.
- Together in Death: After he is defeated by Yusei, he walks into the afterlife with his brother.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Both in his plan to create an 'ideal' world and in his isolation of Satellite to act as a battleground.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Yusei's will causes him to lose the Full Dragon's Birthmark.
- Villain with Good Publicity: To the public, he was seen as at worst a stern authority figure, only the Signers being suspicious of him. (And while they were suspicious, it's doubtful even they realized the lengths of his goals.)
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Due to his Temporary Bulk Change, he ends up without wearing a shirt for the rest of his life.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Rather than risk an uncertain future in which the world is threatened with destruction every 5000 years, he decided to destroy the world and recreate one without the cycle of conflict between Signers and Dark Signers.
- White Gloves: Hides his prosthetic with these.
- Would Hit a Girl: The first clue to his true nature was in the fourth episode; when Mikage told him Jack and Yusei were dueling, he got angry and started to strangle her. He calmed down and let go after she squeaked out a frightened apology. (This was cut from the dub.)
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Becomes a Signer and a Dark Signer at the same time.
Godwin's right-hand man and the bureau's Head of Special Investigations in the first two arcs. Effeminate, slightly sadistic, and egotistical, his arrogance quickly gives way to cowardice when his life is in danger. He leaves his post after being left to die by Placido and goes into hiding with his family. However, Yusei's group flush him out in order to find out what he knows about Yliaster. After the Three Emperors leave their post in the Bureau to compete in the WRGP finals, Jeager becomes the Bureau's director.
He plays an anime-only Jester deck which revolves around having multiple Spell and Trap cards on the field at once.
- Adaptational Villainy: He's much more nefarious in the manga, sealing duelists into cards and supporting Goodwin's quest for power.
- Anything but That!: He doesn't care what happens to him, Jack threatening to take away all the ramen he gave him is what makes him cooperate.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In Episode 80 he breaks into Yusei's apartment, steals the engine program that Yusei and Bruno had been working on, and, while he's at it, he eats one of Jack's cup ramen.
- Balloonacy: Can quickly inflate a balloon and float into the sky with it.
- Big Good: Post HeelFace Turn, he's surprisingly the closest you can get from the human side. Best shown when, rather than evacuating with his family to escape the descending Ark Cradle, he sends them to Martha's group, while, along with Mizoguchi and the MC, remain at ground zero to help ensure the city evacuates. He also instinctively tries to catch Yusei when the latter falls from his airborned D-Wheel, Mizoguchi only holding him back from jumping off the building they're on to catch him. That Jaeger is completely different from the one we were introduced to at the beginning.
- The Cameo: An alternate version of him makes a very brief appearance in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, sipping champagne while a plate of sliced cheese and a bowl of cup ramen are laid out in front of him.
- Characterization Marches On: Jeager was more serious and composed in the Dark Signer arc, and would sometimes show Nerves of Steel. He also didn't have any fear of Jack having no problems belittling him to his face. These traits are completely gone in following arcs where he's a Dirty Coward prone to comical moments and is so scared of Jack he at one point contemplates fleeing the city with his family.
- Circus Brat: As a child, he was part of a third rate circus, until he - being the oldest son - realized he needed a better salary to pay the bills. (Seeing as his whole family pretty much lived on cup ramen, it implies business was even worse than he suggested.)
- Compressed Vice: For Episode 80, Jeager is given a insatiable weakness for cup ramen.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Not exactly a moron, but you wouldn't guess from his appearance that he's a talented duelist. Or that he is acrobatic and possesses the skills of a magician.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: He has a very high-pitched and annoying voice.
- Dirty Coward: Pretty much any time he's in actual danger - unless his family is concerned - his reaction is to dive for cover or make a run for it. (He went so far as to abandon his Duel Disk in one instance.)
- Evil Laugh: Hi hi hi~
- Hidden Depths: It took all of fandom by surprise when it was revealed he was the breadwinner for a family he would protect at all costs.
- Facial Markings: His red clown make-up.
- HeelFace Turn: Season 3.
- Large Ham: He is often overly dramatic.
- Lookalike Lovers: His wife and his son look like him!
- Ninja Log: Pulls a variation of this when Crow ties him up after mistaking him for a Dark Signer.
- Papa Wolf: He will do anything to protect his wife and son.
- Self-Made Man: He's from a poor circus family and gains a job in the bureau in order to support them.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After being used and left for dead by Placido, he disappears.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cup ramen. This bites him back in the ass when he eats one of Jack's ramen while stealing Yusei and Bruno's new engine data, leaving fingerprints behind.
- Villainous Harlequin: It's even the theme of his deck.
Mikage Sagiri (Mina Simington)
Godwin's meek secretary who watches over Jack. She does her best to be useful, but often unintentionally sparks her superiors' wrath. She has feelings towards Jack, and is jealous of Carly for the attention she receives. In Season 3, she is Head of Special Investigations.
- All Love Is Unrequited: She likes Jack, though he doesn't realize it or he just doesn't care.
- Cannot Spit It Out: In the first few seasons, regarding her crush on Jack.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: In her "Jack Atlas's harem member" incarnation.
- Fangirl: Of Jack.
- Ms. Exposition: Whenever something has to do with the city.
- Oblivious to Love: Doesn't realize that Ushio likes her.
- Office Lady: Works in an office and is a lady.
- Satellite Character: Doesn't have a whole lot of personality outside of liking Jack.
- Sexy Secretary: She was originally Godwin's secretary.
- Triang Relations: Mikage likes Jack, Jack is oblivious and likes Carly, while Ushio likes Mikage and also goes unnoticed.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A sort of dark blue.
Tetsu Ushio (Tetsu Trudge)
A member of Security who operated within Satellite. After losing to Yusei in the first episode, he developed a grudge against him and vowed to crush him. He fought Yusei two more times, once when Yusei escaped Satellite via the pipeline between the cities (which gave him a scar on his cheek) and again when Yusei attempted to reclaim his D-Wheel from a Security Warehouse - losing both times.
Later, he flew the Signers, Mikage, and Lua to Satellite on Godwin's orders. While at Martha's place he began to respect Satellite residents more after learning how one of the children, Takuya, admired Security for trying to save his father and wanted to become one someday (despite the fact that Satellite residents couldn't join Security). After Yusei's initial duel with Rutger, he became one of Yusei's allies and has accompanied his group during the fight against the Dark Signers. He has worked with Mikage on several occasions and has developed a crush on her, though he is aware of her feelings for Jack.
By Season 3, he is working as Mikage's partner and has been promoted to the position of Assistant Chief of Special Investigations.
He uses a standard-issue pursuit deck, a law-enforcement-themed deck with significant field control.
(For information on the version of Ushio from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, see the Original Series Yu-Gi-Oh! Domino High School character sheet)
- Ascended Extra: He's an alternate incarnation of the same bully Yugi faced in his first Dark Game.
- Badass Biker: Is a riding officer who continues a duel without caring that he and his target are falling down a lift badass enough?
- Beware the Quiet Ones: As one of Rutger's drones he is (ironically) much less talkative, but still a rather dangerous foe with an effective strategy.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Check the page picture.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: When under Rutger's influence, becoming a Dark Signer Drone for a short time. As a drone he uses a Deck Destruction deck. He gets better after being defeated by Jack.
- Cannot Spit It Out: He has a longstanding affection for Mikage, but it never goes anywhere (though it's popular enough in fanon).
- Car Fu: He likes to do this on his targets.
- Character Development: Starts out as a total jerk, eventually develops into something of a Reasonable Authority Figure.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He starts using a Hellway Deck, comprised of Dark Fiends, after his HeelFace Turn.
- Demoted to Extra: He barely shows up in the third and fourth seasons, after his Character Development was a major focus of the first two.
- Dishing Out Dirt: The vast majority of his Monsters are Earth-type, including Gate Blocker, Goyo Guardian, and Montage Dragon.
- Expy: Of Dr. Vellian Crowler from Yu-Gi-Oh GX. Both are notable figures of Authority who primarily weild Earth-Attribute Monsters and are the first opponents the protaganist faces in their respective series. They also hold an intense grudge toward the protagonist that fades as the series progresses.
- False Start: His feelings for Mikage, again, frequently result in this.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: A rare example of what could have been both. Ushio got his scar early on when he tried to stop Yusei's gambit to escape to Neo Domino City.
- HeelFace Turn: He starts to turn over a new leaf during the second season, and eventually becomes a sort of honorary member of the group.
- He can be counted as an example of a cross-series version of this, even if he may not be the same Ushio from the original series. The original was an unrepentant thug who had no hint of being scared straight by his Dark Game with Yugi, while this one definitely bettered himself, and on his own, at that.
- Implacable Man: Nothing, whether it be a tidal wave of garbage, a fall down an elevator shaft, or an evil deity, can divert Ushio from his job.
- Inspector Javert: To the point that many compared the first season of 5Ds to Les Misérables, mostly on the basis of his character.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a big jerk to Satellite citizens, but he's nice to people from the City and has a soft spot to children. Later he becomes a genuine Nice Guy.
- Love Hurts: He has an unrequited love for Mikage which isn't returned at all.
- Mighty Glacier: Ushio has a fairly slow and methodical style of play, but his Montage Dragon and Goyo Guardian both hit hard.
- Nice Guys Finish Last: Well, he's not exactly nice most of the time, but he is a good person and his feelings for Mikage are real... but as of the end of the series, she still hasn't noticed him.
- The Worf Effect: He has never won an on-screen Duel, though he does seem pretty talented from what we can see.
- You Rebel Scum!: He initially refers to Yusei as "Satellite Scum" and his cards as "trash" on every possible occasion. He stops this later after his HeelFace Turn (and learning Yusei was born in the city).
A terrible prison Warden in the Alcatraz-esque prison facility. He was ordered to find out more about Yusei's mark, resorting to various torture methods involving electrocution. Considering how he treats those who end up in his prison from Satellite, it's not too much of a stretch to imagine him as being pretty much the worst villain in the entire show for someone without powers. He's sick, twisted, and has a complete lack of care for his inmates, often cheating and scheming to get what he wants after stripping their decks from all of them.
He challenges Yusei to a Duel despite knowing that he's confiscated Yusei's deck, but Yusei constructs a new one from offered cards that each inmate had secretly saved. With this mish-mash deck, Yusei challenges and defeats the cheating warden, sending currents of electricity through his body that nearly knock him down for good. He is later removed by Godwin.
He uses an Iron Chain mill deck.
- Absurdly High-Stakes Game: He gets Yusei into an old favorite of "electroshock whenever you lose LP." However, he deliberately turns his off... but then the power goes out and on again...
- Chain Pain: His deck revolves around Iron Chain monsters.
- Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Despite his by all accounts massive advantage over Yusei, he still cheats like no tomorrow. As tends to happen in these situations, Yusei turns his cheating on him. Which results in...
- Dirty Coward: Prior to his Duel with Yusei, he made preparations to ensure that only his opponent gets electrocuted every time he loses LP. The inmates call out on Takasu for said act of cowardice, but he casually dismisses the accusations.
- Electric Torture: During their duel, he hooks Yusei up to a device that shocks him whenever he loses lifepoints.
- Establishing Character Moment: Walking up to a recently imprisoned Yusei, telling him he has no hope, and then doing the nose hair thing.
- Evil Laugh: He's got one.
- Fat Bastard: Hands down the fattest character in the entire series, and most certainly one of the most despicable.
- Gonk: Drawn much less flatteringly than most characters.
- Gross-Up Close-Up: He blows NOSE HAIR on people.
- Hate Sink: Takasu is easily one of the most vile characters in the series without supernatural powers, being a corrupt and underhanded warden who abuses his power to torment the inmates for his own sick pleasure. Takasu's humiliating defeat and dismissal from his job is definitely well-deserved.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Repeatedly; Yusei beats him because his Mill Deck gives Yusei a metric ton of material for Blasting the Ruins, and Yusei uses his cheating bastardry against him at one point by switching his set cards while he isn't looking, resulting in Takasu destroying the wrong card.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: This guy was a tyrant at the facility for years and thought he was untouchable, until Godwin himself got sick of his underhandedness and fired him.
- Kick the Dog: Doesn't so much Kick the Dog as Wade Through A Stream Of Dogs Kicking Them With Every Step, going all the way from base insults to outright torture. He doesn't even do it on Godwin's orders; Godwin told him to observe only.
- Sadist: His liking for torture says a lot, and his Deck seems designed to maximize the pain of the electroshock Duel.
- Scary Black Man: A very large, and considering his penchant for torture, fairly scary example.
- Torture Cellar: Oh, you bet he's got one.
- Villain of the Week: In Episodes 8-9, though he did appear earlier.
- Villainous Glutton: If his gut is any indication.
- You Rebel Scum!: His reaction to anything the prisoners do.
Soichi Kazama (Kaz)
An officer who rides a Duel Chaser like Ushio, and is described as one of the top chasers. When he is introduced, Jack is chasing Syd and his theft ring. Kazama, who was infiltrating the theft ring while undercover, protects Jack from Syd's laser gun and ends up getting hospitalized. To avenge him, Jack borrows Kazama's Chaos King Archfiend and defeats Syd and his theft ring with the card and his own brute strength. After receiving his card back, Kazama acknowledges Jack as a true D-Wheeler and they become friends.
Kazama later appears when Jack is framed for various crimes he didn't commit; Kazama doesn't believe the accusations, and he eventually confronts Fake Jack and witnesses Jack's victory over the imposter. He also appears chasing the Diablos when they cause trouble in the highways, later witnessing with Jack the birth of Shooting Star Dragon.
- Badass Biker: He's said to be a top chaser. When he and the other Security officers chase Fake Jack, he is the only one who doesn't crash.
- Dark Is Not Evil: His ace card is Chaos King Archfiend, a DARK Fiend-type Synchro Monster. Kazama, on the other hand, is a swell guy.
- Fair Cop: Actually looks good.
- Informed Ability: Supposedly, he's one of the top chasers, but without a full on-screen duel, viewers can only assume it.
- Reverse Mole: He was infiltrating Syd's theft ring, but Jack accidentally ruined his mission in his ignorance.
- Taking the Bullet: Kazama protects Jack when Syd shoots a laser gun at him, which ends in Kazama crashing when his D-Wheel is hit.
- True Companions: He doesn't believe that Jack permitted crash incidents and confronts Ushio about this (although Ushio himself doesn't want to believe that it was Jack).
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Literally.
- Mad Scientist: Akutsu. It gets kind of creepy when he's too caught up enjoying all the Momentum chaos and only calms down to reveal the Arc Cradle is slowly falling towards Neo-Domino. Then he goes back to spinning gleefully.
- Villainous Breakdown: Well, villainous and breakdown are both arguable, but regardless, whenever Momentum starts doing anything, he completely loses his shit.
The leader of the Arcadia Movement. His organization offers refuge for psychic duelists rejected by society, but conducts experiments on people with psychic potential at the same time. One of his goals is to raise an army to wage war on the world to take revenge on all the people who reject and revile the psychic duelists and made him what he is. He was the first person who ever accepted Aki and gave her a home, even if only because of her strong psychic powers.
He uses a Psychic deck, appropriately.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: He is the leader of an organization of Duelists with psychic powers. Despite this, he tells Carly he doesn't believe in the supernatural, including fortune-telling.
- Badass Longcoat: Keeps one in season 1, and when he returns at the end of season 2.
- Big Bad Wannabe: What he ends up being, as he's disposed of by the Dark Signers twice and doesn't execute any major plans.
- Conspicuous Gloves: Wears two black ones.
- Dark Is Evil: A lot of his monsters are dark-attribute
- Disney Death: While believed to be dead after he was swallowed by Ccarayhua, materials reveal that he is revived at some point after the Dark Signer arc, but is quickly arrested and brought to the Facility.
- Eaten Alive: By Earthbound Immortal Ccarayhua after an Accidental Public Confession.
- Engineered Public Confession: Falls victim to one of these in Episode 61, leading to his death.
- Evil Laugh: Does this sometimes.
- Evil Redhead: He's got a head of red hair, and while he never reaches Big Bad (or even Arc Villain) status, there's no denying that he's an amoral and ruthless man.
- Fatal Flaw: Overconfidence. Letting his guard down after Carly comes back as a Dark Signer costs him greatly, and he doesn't learn, making an unwise remark towards Misty when Ccarayhua is in plain view.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny: Uses a gold-plated duel disk.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: After losing to Dark Signer Carly he gains some crazy burns on the side of his face.
- Karmic Death: Twice. He survives his first one and is revived after the second.
- Kick the Dog: He tortured and killed innocent people with his experiments. He also kills Carly.
- Killed Off for Real: Subverted, twice.
- Last Words: "I don't need people I can't use". Spoken to Misty, who had just learned that Divine was the one who had killed her brother. And who also had Ccarayhua in play.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's manipulated Aki so much that he can mind-control her just by whispering a code phrase into her ears.
- Meaningful Name: "Sayer" is a good name for the guy controlling Aki like a puppet.
- Not Quite Dead: After his first, supposed death.
- Obstructive Zealot: Gets in the way of the Signer's plan for his own goals.
- The Power of Hate: His synchro chants reference his hate a lot.
- Psychic Powers: As a Psychic Duelist, he can manifest his cards in reality, and his duels can inflict actual damage. He's also the series' first user of Psychic-type monsters, carrying pretty much every one of the initial wave of Psychic cards.
- Sanity Slippage: After losing to Carly.
- Saying Too Much: After commenting that he'd never expected to go as far as trick Misty into becoming a Dark Signer, Yusei deduces that Divine was directly responsible for the death of Misty's little brother.
- Smug Snake: Far too assured of himself for his own good. It bites him in the ass hard.
- Straw Hypocrite: He didn't really care about the plights of psychic duelists, he just wanted power.
- Too Dumb to Live: Really not a good idea to insult the sister of a kid you murdered when she has a thousand-foot-tall lizard demon backing her up...
- Trigger Phrase: He used one of these to trigger Aki's 'Black Rose Witch' persona.
- Underestimating Badassery: Doesn't believe the Dark Signers to be a problem. Then he gets destroyed by one.
- Unexplained Recovery: Seeing as he appears after being beaten in a Duel of Darkness and No One Could Survive That!, it certainly qualifies, especially since it was never explained.
- The Worf Effect: Established as a good duelist with his defeats of Lua and Carly. He is then used to show how powerful Carly became upon revival.
Toby Lola (Toby Tredwell)
Misty's deceased younger brother and the main motivation for why she became a Dark Signer. Toby was a psychic who joined the Arcadia Movement because of his admiration to Aki Izayoi. He was killed by Divine during one of the experiments.
- Ascended Fanboy: He joined the Arcadia Movement because he admired Aki. Turned out to not be such a good idea...
- Big Sister Worship: Not much is shown about his relationship with his sister, but he really loved her.
- Death by Origin Story: His death led to Misty's death by car accident, who then became a Dark Signer to avenge him.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Despite the bad rumors about the Arcadia Movement he heard, he still joined it and assured his older sister that it wasn't a bad place. It ultimately killed him.
- Kill the Cutie: He was a cute little brother of Misty and an admirer of Aki, but Divine didn't care.
- Posthumous Character: He was dead long before the first time he was mentioned.
- Psychic Powers: He was a Psycho Duelist, but his Psycho Power wasn't strong.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the dub, Sayer simply shipped him off to a Greater-Scope Villain after he failed..
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Because his Psycho Power wasn't strong enough, Divine let him die during an experiment.
Here is a list of tropes that can be applied to all of the Dark Signers:
- Back from the Dead: All of them generally die before becoming a Dark Signer.
- Badass Cape: All of them have a cape and are badass duelists.
- Black Cloak: They all wear black clothes.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Their eyes turn black once they become Dark Signers.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Even if they're originally very kind people, such as Carly, they'll have no qualms about forcing people into a Duel of Darkness.
- Came Back Wrong: They are described as undead people.
- Dark Is Evil: Dark clothes, dark monsters, etc. All very evil.
- Death Is Dramatic: Kalin crumbles while held in Yusei's arms within Majestic Star Dragon, Devack and Rutger (to varying degrees) try Taking You with Me, Carly and Jack have an Anguished Declaration of Love, and the list goes on.
- Disney Death: After being defeated, the people they used to be come back to life.
- Evil Costume Switch: Becoming or revealing to be a Dark Signer changes their clothes.
- Evil Laugh: All of them are rather prone to this, particularly if their Earthbound Gods take over. Kiryu's takes the cake though.
- FaceHeel Turn: Most of them were good guys at first.
- Facial Markings: Aside from their Birthmarks, they also have patterns on their face similar to the criminal markers.
- The Fatalist: They follow fate as the Dark Signers.
- Instant Runes: When they duel, a huge flaming Geoglyph corresponding to their Earthbound God appears, tearing up the nearby scenery and trapping anyone who is too close - ripe for sacrifice to the Earthbound God.
- Near-Villain Victory: The Underworld King was seconds away from getting out.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To the Signers.
- Rainbow Motif: Each of them have a color scheme that corresponds to their respective Earthbound God; Rutger is red, Demak is yellow, Misty is green, Kiryu is blue, Carly is orange Bommer is indigo, and Rex is violet.
- Redemption Equals Death: Subverted. The second they become redeemed their Earthbound God will take over the duel instead and, should said God be defeated, the Signer will survive.
- Reset Button: After the Crimson Dragon destroys the King of the Underworld, most of the Dark Signers are brought back to life as they were before they were transformed.
- Revenge: The Earthbound Gods generally target people who are looking for revenge, and offer them that chance by becoming Dark Signers.
- Rule of Seven: A total of seven Dark Signers are seen throughout the show.
- Undeath Always Ends: The eventual fate of every Dark Signer is to crumble to dust, due to losing Duels of Darkness. However most of them got better.
- Villain Override: They can fall victim to this if they don't follow their Earthbound God's orders.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The powers of being Dark Signers and the power of the Earthbound God's makes them more and more insane.
Rutger Godwin (Roman Goodwin)
The leader of the Dark Signers, bearing the Spider's Birthmark. The older brother of Rex Godwin and, like him, the former assistant of Dr. Fudo, whom he replaced as lead developer on the Old Momentum Project just before the Zero Reverse occurred.
It is later revealed that he was the original bearer of the Dragon's Head (rather than his brother, as many fans suspected) who was driven mad by the Jibakushin after looking into Momentum's light. While he still had a small bit of sanity left, he severed his arm and gave it to Rex, telling him to gather the Signers to stop him. He then let Old Momentum run out of control, dying in the resulting explosion and being reborn as a Dark Signer.
He uses a Spider deck built around summoning his trump card, Earthbound Immortal Uru, the spider.
- An Arm and a Leg: He severed his left arm with the Dragon Head mark and gave it to his brother, telling him that he must stop him.
- Anti-Villain: After his body got corrupted by his dark birthmark, he decided to become a Dark Signer so his brother and the Signers could stop him. After losing more of his sanity, Rutger's personality is more typically villainous, but his original motivation is still this trope.
- Artificial Limbs: Like his brother, Rutger has a prosthetic left arm after severing his biological one.
- Big Bad Wannabe: You think he is the Big Bad, but he isn't.
- Cain and Abel: He is actually the Abel to Rex's Cain, but this trope is not played classically. Rex loves his older brother, but to end the circle of the battle between the Signers and Dark Signers, Rex desires the two powers Rutger once possessed. While owning Rutger's Dragon Head arm, Rex duels Rutger in a Duel of Darkness and loses on purpose, so he will die and be revived as a Dark Signer. That's right, it's the Abel who kills Cain.
- Demonic Possession: The spiders he controls can do this.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He dies before the Dark Signers arc is over, before it's revealed Rex was the Big Bad. Not only that, but Rutger is defeated before Carly and Misty.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has a very deep voice.
- Giant Spider: He has them as his superpower, his birthmark, and his deck type.
- Hades Shaded: He has a dark tan compared to his brother.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Before he became a Dark Signer, he was a nice blond man.
- Taking You with Me: After losing to Yusei, he detonates his arm and destroys the bridge they were standing on, sending Yusei falling into the depths of Old Momentum.
- Together in Death: After Yusei defeats Rex, the two brothers pass on together.
- White Hair, Black Heart: His hair turned white after becoming a Dark Signer.
The Dark Signer with the Monkey's Birthmark. Nothing was revealed about his past, but he was supposed to bear hatred towards the Signers for unknown reasons. He was responsible for the corruption of the Spirit World through his servant Zeman and held control over the seal on Luca's dragon. He was the first Dark Signer to fall, through the combined efforts of Lua and Luca.
He uses a Graveyard-centric Ape deck, and his signature card is Zeman the Ape King. His Earthbound Immortal is Cusillu, the monkey.
- Backstory: None whatsoever, though Word of God says he bore hatred for the Signers for some reason.
- Bald of Evil: Noticeable when the hood comes off.
- The Brute: For the Dark Signers, though his actual role appears to be Rutger's Number Two.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: His deck is based on apes and monkeys.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Similar to Rutger.
- Famous Last Words: "Rutger, forgive me, Demak, for being of no help. Glory to the Dark Signers!"
- Faux Affably Evil: Demak has a rather polite speech pattern and he is not much of a jerk, but he's not a nice villain either and wants to crush his opponents regardless if they're Signers or not.
- Flat Character: The least developed Dark Signer personality-wise, with no backstory to speak of. All we know about this guy is that he's evil and hates the Signers for some reason.
- In the Hood: Unlike the others, he keeps his hood up even while dueling.
- Not So Stoic: Sometimes he laughs a bit. During the climax of his duel, he is more emotional.
- Scary Black Man: He really is, though it's not addressed.
- The Stoic: Demak doesn't show that much emotion and keeps a serious face for most of his appearance.
- Undying Loyalty: To Rutger.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what becomes of him after he is brought back to life.
Kyosuke Kiryu (Kalin Kessler)
The Dark Signer chosen to bear the Giant's Birthmark, Kiryu was once the leader of Team Satisfaction, a group consisting of himself, Yusei, Jack and Crow. Together they managed to defeat every other Duel Gang around and 'conquer' Satellite. However, he wasn't satisfied with this and kept looking for more enemies to defeat, becoming more sadistic and eventually causing his teammates to desert him.
This culminated in him provoking Security, severely injuring an officer before being arrested. A misunderstanding led Kiryu to believe that Yusei betrayed him, when he was actually trying to take the fall for Kiryu. Kiryu later died in prison and became a Dark Signer to take revenge. His first duel with Yusei gets interrupted due to Yusei's D-Wheel crashing at the very moment that Kiryu is about to win with his Earthbound God Ccapac Apu's attack. His rematch ends with his defeat, with Kiryu realising that Yusei never betrayed him before dying in his arms. After the defeat of the King of the Underworld, Kiryu is revived as a normal human who begins wandering around the world.
He eventually remembers his sins as a Dark Signer and cannot forgive himself for all the things he has done. With Duel Monsters being the only thing that keeps him alive he reaches Crash Town, a place where the losers are doomed to die in hellnote , and he continues dueling for the Ramon family until the day he can "find his death". However, due to an intrigue of the Malcolm Family, Yusei ends up in Crash Town with the intent to save Kiryu. Yusei defeats Kiryu in a showdown duel, and both of them are sent to the mine.
Despite Kiryu constantly telling Yusei that he wants to die to pay for his sins, Yusei forces him to escape from the mine. Yusei and the two children who admire Kiryu, West and Nico, as well as the father of the children (Sergei) convince Kiryu to live, and he decides to protect the people in the town. After defeating Lotten, the new leader of Crash/Lotten Town, Kiryu takes over the town with the help of Team Satisfaction and renames the town Satisfaction Town.
He uses an Infernity deck, and his signature card is Infernity Doom Dragon. His Earthbound Immortal is Ccapac Apu, the giant.
- The Atoner: During the Crash Town arc.
- Ax-Crazy: Easily the most Ax-Crazy of the Dark Signers.
- Badass Biker: As a Dark Signer.
- Badass Longcoat: He wears one of these during the Crash Town arc.
- Bare Your Midriff: His Dark Signer outfit.
- Beard of Sorrow: A variation: Kiryu in the Crash Town arc is so depressed that he's not even bothering with cutting his hair; it's longer and has bangs that nearly cover his eyes.
- Blood Knight: Kiryu's search for satisfaction via dueling became like an obsession. Even after conquering Satellite he challenged every remaining team his team could find, regardless of whether the adversaries were jerks or not. It became the reason why Crow and Jack distanced themselves from Kiryu, and even Yusei left when he decided to try and crush Security. As a Dark Signer, Kiryu became an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight who enjoyed inflicting damage on Yusei. After being revived as a normal man, Kiryu lost his joy for Duel Monsters until Yusei reminded him of it.
- Came Back Strong: Kiryu's old deck was apparently a Beatdown deck with strong Level 4 monsters. After being revived as a Dark Signer he has an Infernity deck, a strong archetype that technically defeated Yusei and left Kiryu undefeated for a long period of time.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Kiryu got his Infernity deck when he became Dark Signer. He still uses it after he is revived as a normal human.
- Death Seeker: At the start of the Crash Town arc.
- Despair Event Horizon: After being brought to prison he endured every physical mistreatment, but he finally broke when Security took his deck from him. Before he died there he made a Deal with the Devil to get revenge on Yusei, who apparently betrayed him.
- The Dragon: Helped by the 'Ryu' (Dragon) in his name. Though technically Demak acts more like the Number Two.
- Evil Laugh: Probably the best example within this series. His laugh rivals Yami Bakura.
- Forgotten Childhood Friend: In part due to the Expansion Pack Past.
- It's All My Fault: He blames his actions for being a Dark Signer on himself.
- The Leader: Of Team Satisfaction, which included Yusei, Jack, and Crow.
- My Hero, Zero: Infernity Zero. Also, his Infernity monsters can only use their effects if he has zero cards in his hand.
- Near-Villain Victory: During his first duel with Yusei, he would have killed him if Yusei's D-Wheel hadn't given out from the damage it had sustained.
- Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: He possesses a special monster, Infernity Zero, that allows him to remain in a Duel even if his LP is zero. He uses it to survive Lotten's One Turn Kill.
- Numerological Motif: His three ace monsters, Earthbound God Ccapac Apu, One-Hundred Eye Dragon, and Infernity Doom Dragon, have all 3000 ATK.
- Promotion to Parent: At the end of the Crash Town Arc, for Nico and West.
- Redemption Equals Death: He did get better though.
- The Rival: To Yusei in the Dark Signer arc.
- Russian Roulette: His cards Infernity Randomizer and Infernity Death Gunman have damage effects that emulate this.
- Shinigami: What he is called by some of the people in Crash Town, and he calls himself this in the final duel of the arc as well.
- Shout-Out: When using Infernity Des Gunman; "To be honest, I've forgotten how many monsters there are in my Deck."
- True Companions: He deeply cares for his friends, and he risked his life to save Yusei during their time in Team Satisfaction. And Yusei tried to sell himself out as Team Satisfaction's leader to protect Kiryu, but he failed, which led to a big misunderstanding between Kiryu and Yusei. Yusei, Jack, and Crow still regarded him as their best friend even after he became a Dark Signer, and their friendship returned completely in the end of the Crash Town arc.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Shown in the manga to be caring towards the other kids trained under Godwin and even his stealing Red Demon's Dragon was more for Jack's sake. Then it went and started corrupting him...
- White Hair, Black Heart: While as a Dark Signer.
Carly Nagisa (Carly Carmine)
An unsuccessful, clumsy, and nervous reporter, who becomes tangled up in the events of the series after noticing the Dragon's Birthmark during Yusei and Jack's duel at the end of the Fortune Cup. In the process she learns many secrets, but something usually prevents her from writing a story about it. She uses a Fortune-Telling Deck to read her own fortune and decide on her actions.
She meets Jack Atlas when he is attacked by a possessed Ushio, and after helping Jack fend him off she safeguards him from the media at her home. During his stay with her she learns about his past and how foolish he has been, and gives him some advice that helps him to find his way. As events become more dangerous he leaves her behind for her own safety, but Carly, having developed feelings for him, follows his trail - with disastrous consequences.
She uses destiny-themed decks, which she uses to tell her fortune as well as to duel. She starts off using a Fortune Fairy deck, which is focused on swarming and powering up weak Normal fairies. After being reborn as a Dark Signer, this evolves into a Fortune Lady deck, comprising monsters that become more powerful as time passes plus spell and trap cards with stall effects. Her Earthbound Immortal is Aslla piscu, the hummingbird.
- Adorkable: Clumsy, romantically awkward, over-the-top, and oh so adorable.
- Affably Evil: As a Dark Signer she's still nice to Jack and tries to turn him over to her side. She only acts like an evil bitch to Divine, the guy who killed her, but he deserved it anyway.
- Alliterative Name: Her name is Carly Carmine in the English dub.
- Back from the Dead: Comes back to life after the final battle with Rex Goodwin, with no memories of her stint as a Dark Signer.
- Bare Your Midriff: In her Dark Signer outfit.
- Beautiful All Along: Without her glasses on (as you already knew).
- Biker Babe: As a Dark Signer. Carly is also the first female D-Wheeler of the series.
- Break the Cutie: Who can blame her for breaking down in tears at the end of Episode 39. She thinks she's killed someone, seems doomed to a future of evil that will have her fight her beloved, and on top of that, she's dead.
- Butt-Monkey: The poor girl is chronically incapable of catching a break.
- Came Back Strong: As a Dark Signer, she is revived with a stronger version of her old deck. She then gets to strut her stuff by beating down Divine, who absolutely massacred her a short time ago.
- Character Development: One of the more fleshed-out characters in the series. Until the Reset Button.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: After the Dark Signers arc.
- Contralto of Danger: Has a low voice as a Dark Signer.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: She trips a lot, though she is capable of jumping a fence when motivated.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Her Dark Signer outfit.
- Dark Action Girl: As a Dark Signer.
- Demoted to Extra: After being quite prominent in the Dark Signer arc, her character was dropped like a hot potato in the next season. She became just another one of Jack's fangirls, without any mention of their mutual love confession.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Jack's. She gets better.
- Disney Villain Death: Her first death is the product of Divine sending her out a window with his psychic powers; the impact is never shown, though her body is.
- The Dog Bites Back: After losing to Divine and being thrown out of a window, she accepts the offer of the Eartbound Gods and then she returns him the favor.
- Dramatic Irony: She snuck into Arcadia to try to get closer to Jack. She succeeded.
- Dying Declaration of Love: Even though she has dropped not-so-subtle hint about her feeling towards Jack, only when she was about to die did she let the L word out (in the original version, at least).
- Evil is Sexy: She loses half her clothing when she becomes a Dark Signer. At the same time, her monsters change from cute girls to adult women in heels and lingerie.
- Expy: With her glasses on, she seems like a female version of Mousse from Ranma 1/2.
- Fighting Your Friend: Against Jack.
- Fingerless Gloves: Part of her Dark Signer outfit.
- Foreshadowing: Though by then it was pretty obvious how screwed Divine was.
- A Friend in Need: In the dub, she is this to Jack.
- Going for the Big Scoop: As a part of her Intrepid Reporter status. She knows fully well that The Arcadia Movement is dangerous, but her curiosity and desire to understand Jack more won over. It led to her demise via Divine... for all of five minutes.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: Happens a lot in the Dark Signer arc.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Despite the emissary of the underworld having her under control, Carly still has enough of her own will to end the duel against Jack by activating a Trap Card that defeats herself, preventing Jack ending the duel in a draw that would kill both of them.
- Hidden Buxom: Though still visible in her normal outfit, her Dark Signer outfit shows how stacked she is.
- Hot Witch: Her Fortune Fairy deck are ones that were formerly Cute Witch. She herself looks like one as a Dark Signer.
- Intrepid Reporter: Her job. And apparently, she's not a good reporter either,
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: She doesn't remember anything about her time as a Dark Signer.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Inflicts this on Jack while in her Dark Signer mindset, showing him a future where he loses, is turned into a Dark Signer, and rules a world turned to hell with her at his side. He snaps out of it when he realizes that the Carly he knows wouldn't want that.
- Love Makes You Evil: The possibility of a future with Jack is what caused her to slip into her Dark Signer persona for a 2nd time.
- Meganekko: When her eyes are visible.
- Ms. Fanservice: As a Dark Signer she wears a Dangerously Short Skirt with a dose of Bare Your Midriff, and is also the first Biker Babe.
- Official Couple: With Jack, one of the most canon-supported pairings. Though the Reset Button was pushed after she came back to life and they both act as if their mutual love confession never happened.
- Opaque Nerd Glasses: Her trademark.
- Otaku: Hinted.
- She Knows Too Much: The reason Divine killed her.
- Slow-Motion Fall: Both times when she's defeated by Divine and Jack.
- Sparkling Stream of Tears: Does this at the start of Episode 47 when Jack finds out what she's become.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Her Dark Signer self is a much stronger duelist.
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Her Jack fantasies. Complete with roses, sparkles, and even a baby.
- Took a Level in Badass: Twice. First when she came back as a Dark Signer and gave Divine what was coming to him. Second when she became the first female D-Wheeler in the series and not only that, actually could have defeated Jack if she so chose. Considering her introduction at the start of the season, who could have seen it coming?
- What Beautiful Eyes!: Beautiful gray-blue ones visible without her glasses.
- What Have I Become?: Happens in quick succession after "What Have I Done" when she regains her senses after her battle with Divine, realizing that she (seemingly) just killed someone and is now undead.
Misty Lola (Misty Tredwell)
The Dark Signer with the Lizard Birthmark. She is a top model, and like Carly she practices fortune-telling (though she reads people by facial appearance rather than through cards). She became a Dark Signer after her brother Toby was killed. Misty fell into depression following his death, leading to her losing focus and crashing her car in the ocean. While in hospital, she was spared by Ccarayhua and instructed to kill Aki - the one believed to be responsible.
Misty is the last member of the Dark Signer group to be defeated, and during her duel against Aki she learns the truth about the circumstances behind Toby's death; in doing so, she's able to succeed in her revenge by killing the true murderer Divine. After her revival, she became pen pals with Aki.
She uses a Reptilianne deck, supported by an anime-only Sad Story lockdown. Her trump card is Dragon Queen of Tragic Endings. Her Earthbound Immortal is Ccarayhua, the lizard.
- Anti-Villain: She's one of the least vicious of the Dark Signers and only wants revenge against the person who killed her brother. She also doesn't care much about her mission, and tries to surrender her duel with Aki after she killed the true murderer.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Misty is the most popular model in the world. She is also quiet, reserved, and has little use for high society events.
- Cool Big Sis: Misty deeply loves her younger brother and doesn't despise him being a psychic. She also acts like one to Carly.
- Dark Action Girl: She's the first female Dark Signer.
- Foreshadowing: She sees the 'shadow of death' about Carly, predicting her death in the near-future. And sure enough, 8 episodes later...
- Gorgeous Gorgon: Some of her Reptilianne monsters are gorgons.
- Hall of Mirrors: Made her last stand in one, and has a Field Spell called Mirror Labyrinth.
- Lady of War: She's an elegant beauty and quite the deadly duelist.
- Near-Villain Victory: Not quite as terrifying as Kiryu, but she was in a position where all she needed to do was declare an attack with Ccarayhua to win. She was only delayed by Aslla piscu destroying the skyscraper.
- Revenge Before Reason: Misty in particular has tunnel vision focused squarely on Aki due to her belief that Aki killed her brother, in spite of Aki's repeated protests that she doesn't remember him. While it turns out that Aki did meet Toby, she'd never heard anything about his death.
- Taken for Granite: What her Reptilianne Gorgon likes to do to her opponent's monsters.
Bommer initially appears as a participant in the Fortune Cup - an honorable duelist, proud yet stoic, who is perfectly willing to admonish the crowd at the Stadium when they start to speak ill of Yusei due to his marker. He comes from a destitute village and, like Crow, learned everything he knows from Duel Monsters Cards.
He's in a deal with Godwin to expose the Signers in the tournament in return for financial aid for his village. However, before his duel with Yusei, Bommer learns that his village has been destroyed, apparently by one of Godwin's experiments to summon the Crimson Dragon. This leads to him attacking Godwin after he is defeated, only to be stopped by Yusei. Afterwards, he is arrested by Security. During the attack on the Arcadia Movement, he is freed from custody by Demak, who invites him to join the Dark Signers to get revenge on Yliaster for his village's destruction. Later, when Demak is defeated, Rutger hangs Bommer over Old Momentum in order to make him a replacement Dark Signer, giving him the Killer Whale Birthmark and a second chance at revenge.
Crow challenges Bommer before he gets a chance to duel Yusei again, and Bommer eventually realizes that his village was destroyed by the Dark Signers. Crow manages to defeat him and saves the souls of the villagers — making Bommer the second Dark Signer to be defeated. After he is revived, Bommer returns to his village.
He uses a Reactor lockdown deck built around summoning his signature card, Flying Fortress SKY FIRE. His Earthbound Immortal is Chacu Challhua, the whale.
- Anti-Villain: He is tricked by the Dark Signers to become a Dark Signer himself, and they make him believe that his village was destroyed by Godwin and the Crimson Dragon.
- Badass Baritone: His voice is low and he's a strong duelist.
- Badass Biker: Not only is he a very skilled duelist and D-Wheeler, he almost assassinates Godwin with his D-Wheel.
- Bigger Is Better: What he invokes with his D-Wheel.
- Cool Bike: His D-Wheel is ridiculously huge and puts a huge pressure on his opponent.
- Doomed Hometown: His home was destroyed by the Dark Signers, who made him believe it was Godwin's doing.
- Establishing Character Moment: He's introduced with a Pet the Dog moment where he stands up for Yusei, immediately revealing that he is an honorable duelist.
- Lightning Bruiser:
- His D-Wheel is huge, fast, and robust.
- His deck also relies on swarming monsters that can inflict effect damage to the opponent, and his boss monster is a very powerful card that can destroy other cards during either player's turn.
- Mr. Exposition: During the Crimson Devil sub-arc.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Becomes shocked when Crow informs him that he sacrificed his people to Chacu Challhua, hesitating and questioning his reasons for fighting.
- Not So Different: He realizes that he has a lot in common with Crow. Both came from a poor place, they learned reading and math from Duel Monsters, both shared their experiences with children, and they're both motivated by revenge when said children vanish.
- Pet the Dog: To Yusei. See What the Hell, Hero? below.
- Redemption Equals Death: After his battle with Crow, he rams into him into order to save him from falling debris. Like the other Dark Signers, however, he gets better.
- Revenge: Towards Godwin, which is why he became a Dark Signer.
- Sixth Ranger: He's the sixth Dark Signer, and Demak's replacement. He's also not assigned to guard one of the four towers or the Old Momentum, but to defeat Yusei, despite that already being Kiryu's "job".
- Slasher Smile: A little bit in the Fortune Cup arc. Definitely as a Dark Signer.
- Spiked Wheels: On his D-Wheel.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers a magnificent one to the crowd in the Fortune Cup when they start booing Yusei for being a Satellite citizen:Bommer: "This man is undoubtedly a duelist, selected under the same conditions as we were. If one has cards, marker or no marker, they are the same as everyone else, and the people standing here should be ashamed of nothing. It is all of you, looking at him through your trivial rose-colored glasses, who are nothing short of vicious."
- The Worf Effect: Despite his amazing strategy and powerful monsters, he has only won once on-screen (against Lua). He lost to Yusei, Crow, and Jack.
Rex Godwin (Rex Goodwin)
See Public Security Maintenance Bureau.
Dick Pitt (Grady)
Actually a normal street duelist, he is introduced as one of Rutger's Brainwashed and Crazy Dark Signer Drones. He's the first enemy who drags one of the main characters into a Duel of Darkness, mentioning the existence of the Dark Signers and introducing the Dark Tuner Monsters and Dark Synchro Monsters. Rutger sends him to test Yusei, but Dick gets OTK'd by the latter's Nitro Warrior.
He uses an ice-themed deck built around summoning his trump card, Frozen Fitzgerald.
- Anti-Magic: His ace monster Frozen Fitzgerald prevents the opponent from activating any Spell or Trap Cards when it attacks.
- Back from the Dead: His ace monster, Frozen Fitzgerald, comes back in Defense Mode whenever it's destroyed. Yusei uses this to his advantage by using Nitro Warrior's effect.
- Double Entendre: Probably the reason his name got changed in the dub.
- Evil Is Hammy: He sounds rather dramatic while brainwashed.
- Giggling Villain: It's not that bad, though.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The whole time, indicating that he's Brainwashed and Crazy.
- An Ice Person: His deck as a Dark Signer Drone is mostly built with ice monsters, notably his ace monster Frozen Fitzgerald.
- In the Hood: During his entire duel with Yusei, Dick wears a hood that conceals his identity and makes him look evil.
- Mook: He's just one of Rutger's pawns, and Dick is not even a real Dark Signer. And he doesn't have much personality either.
- Starter Villain: He's the Starter Villain of the Dark Signer arc. He introduces the Dark Signers, Dark Tuner Monsters, Dark Synchro Monsters, and the Duels of Darkness. Not bad for a minor villain.
- Took a Level in Badass: It's shown that his Dark Signer deck is much more powerful than his regular deck. Seriously, his normal deck has Karate Man in it.
- Villain of the Week: He comes directly after Yusei defeated Jack in the Fortune Cup, and his duel lasts two episodes.
A new D-Wheeler introduced during the third arc who challenges Yusei, intending to recruit him for her team. She reveals that Yliaster is involved in the Grand Prix, and her motivation for entering it is to get revenge on Yliaster for killing her parents.
Her deck has a French theme. Her monsters are all knights, and her spell and trap cards are based on the French Revolution. Her signature card is Chevalier de Fleur.
- Anime Accent Absence: Played straight in the original, but averted in the English dub by giving her a thick French accent.
- Biker Babe: The most prominent female D-Wheeler of the series.
- Break the Cutie: Finding her parents dead and being in a situation where people try to kill her broke the cute little Sherry.
- Broken Bird: Her parents were killed because of a single card (Z-Onenote ) and she became a vigilante as a result. Hunted for years, she also developed a psychological issue regarding her parents, and is quite obsessed with avenging them. Z-One uses this to his advantage by promising to "revive" her parents if she joins him, and her obsession changed to this goal.
- Cool Bike: Her D-Wheel "Sturm und Drang" resembles a horse.
- Deal with the Devil: She agrees to help Z-One's plan in exchange for having her past rewritten, so that her parents will not have died.
- Evil Costume Switch: After joining up with Z-One.
- Expy: Very reminiscent of Sherry from Zatch Bell!.
- FaceHeel Turn: After Z-One promises to bring her parents back to life.
- HeelFace Turn: After being defeated by Crow and Aki.
- Jeanne d'Archétype: Sherry is a French, blonde D-Wheeler, who invokes Samus Is a Girl and has a knight-themed deck based off of Joan of Arc. Her D-Wheel also resembles a horse, which contributes to her knight theme. After her FaceHeel Turn, she uses illusions and a witch monster.
- Ms. Fanservice: Also just Episode 93.
- The Ojou: Subverted; she was this until her parent's death, wherein she went into hiding with Mizoguchi and turned into a badass vigilante.
- Orphan's Plot Trinket: The card hidden inside her childhood teddy bear, Z-One.
- Rapunzel Hair: To take full advantage of the Samus Is a Girl reveal.
- Samus Is a Girl: She initially disguises herself as a man during her duel with Yusei.
- Shock and Awe: Her Duel Disk has a hidden stun gun.
- Her cards reference Joan Of Arc and the Hundred Years War.
- In Episode 117, after getting flung into a wormhole, Z-One confronts her in white space in the form of her father. He says that if she wants to know the truth, he will tell her, but she'll have to accept her fate being changed as a result. Doesn't sound familar at all, does it?
- Used to Be a Sweet Child: Sherry used to be a sweet ojou girl before her parents were killed. Hunted by people for years, she became a vigilante and a tough woman. Break the Cutie indeed.
- Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Seems to be more interested in beating the crap out of people than dueling them.
- Worthy Opponent: She and Yusei see each other as worthy opponents. She also describes their relationship in their duel as that of soul mates.
- You Killed My Parents: The reason why she wants to get revenge on Yliaster.
Sherry's butler, who has protected and raised her from childhood ever since her parents were killed by Yliaster. He will follow her at all costs.
He uses a defensive samurai deck.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Like Jack he's quite clever, with a deck that focuses on attacking relentlessly. He cites that samurai never hesitate or retreat.
- Badass Normal: One of the few characters who don't possess any special powers during the show, and yet he's equally or even more badass than them.
- Battle Butler: He lays a bunch of thugs flat with no effort.
- Crazy-Prepared: Seriously, a sword and a parachute in his Duel Disk?
- Determinator: He doesn't let a lot of things stop him, and even Sherry's disappearance doesn't prevent him from believing that she's out there.
- Everything's Better with Samurai: His deck. He also cites lessons from Bushido.
- Knuckle Cracking: As shown in the picture, when he's about to beat up the aforementioned thugs who had tried to drop a truck on Sherry, Yusei, and Aki.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Supports Sherry no matter what dangerous or illegal thing she does. Not hard to blame him, Yliaster are the real bad guys.
- Perpetual Frowner: He doesn't smile much.
- The Quiet One: He is not a man of many words.
- Seppuku: Has a card, Resolve Of The Lord And Retainer, that does this.
- Single-Stroke Battle: He's also got a card, Pause Of The Certain Kill, that does this.
- Shout-Out: Several of his cards reference Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro.
Team Unicorn (Andore/Andre, Breo, and Jean)
A strong Riding Team that were Team 5D's first opponents in the WRGP.
All three used Beast-Type Control Decks. Andre's deck is based on banishing, and his signature card is Thunder Unicorn. Breo uses a mill deck, and his signature card is Voltic Bicorn. Jean has a hybrid aggo/stall deck, and his signature card is Lightning Tricorn.
- The Ace: Andore is this out of the trio. Before dueling Team 5D's all of Team Unicorn's victories were achieved only by Andore, with Breo and Jean never getting their turn. They are also very skilled players though.
- Ambiguously Gay: All three of them.
- Badass Boast:Jean: "The more you try to defend against Breo, the more you'll be dragged into Hell with nowhere to escape."
- Badass Crew: Their teamwork is excellent, and they almost defeat Team 5D's with their strategy.
- Badass Normal: Some of the best in the whole series, as they managed to put Yusei in a situation in which he would unavoidably lose. Yusei, however, convinced Jean not to do it.
- Break the Haughty: Breo's backstory. He was an arrogant D-Wheeler who believed himself to be number one until he was defeated by Jean. Jean and Andore then convinced him to join their team after Jean noticed Breo's talent.
- The Chessmaster: Jean instructs his teammates on what they have to do, and he predicts most of Team 5D's moves. He's also capable of choosing the right decks for his teammates to properly enhance their skills, so that everything goes according to his plan. Team 5D's almost lose because of his strategy.
- They extensively study their opponents and adjust their decks to counter them. They also like to fool their opponents into thinking that they'll use a particular strategy, only to use a different one.
- As part of their crazy preparation, Jean instructed Breo to crash into Crow so they could get an occasion to duel Yusei and see his strategies. And then trap Team 5D's by letting them think that Andore would stick with his Power deck.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After losing to Team 5D's, though they were already pretty friendly to each other before.
- Didn't See That Coming: Even though they analyzed Team 5D's, Yusei's actions were quite unpredictable. Well, even the viewers couldn't see it coming when Yusei gave his Stardust Dragon to Aki, or when he used a Fusion Monster.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Andore's "Gracias".
- Hero Antagonist: They're friendly guys whose goal is to be the best team in the world, but they're not the heroes of the story.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: When Crow crashed with Breo, Jean acted like a jerk and taunted Jack for being the "former King". This was an act so that Andore could have a reason to duel Yusei.
- Horned Hairdo: Andore.
- I Let You Win: In Andore and Jean's backstory, they let other people win because they didn't want to make their opponents' upset. Jean suggested that he and Andore become a team so that both of them have a reason to win; not for the sake of themselves, but for the sake of the team.
- Ignore The Fanservice: Jean in Breo's backstory, when Breo's girlfriend flirted with him after he defeated Breo. Jean doesn't like "foolish women".
- Even though they're proud of their teamwork, Andore alone won all of their duels by himself before they met Team 5D's. This actually works to their advantage, since neither there were no recorded data about Breo and Jean before the duel with 5D's. Although, if the way they approach team 5D's is of any indication, this isn't just due to Andore's impressive ability, but because Breo's data analysis and Jean strategies tailor his deck to the opponents' ones. It must be noted that, while team 5D's assumes that the fast power deck was a decoy was a decoy and the banishing one was Andore's real deck, Jean and Breo actually talk about them as interchangeable and possibly part of a wider array, and Jean also describes Andore's genius as being able to do the best with any given hand, something that would not tie him to a specific deck.
- Despite their perfect teamwork, they lost because Jean's last egoistic move. What makes it truly ironic is that Jean was actually putting the team first, but Breo and Andore went out of their way to encourage him to do otherwise, meaning that the close bonds that allowed them to work so well as a team ended up sabotaging their team strathegy.
- Jean created the team because he was too concerned about his opponents' feeling and always let them win, so in order to win he needed someone else to fight for. But then loses because his teammates are more concerned about his feelings than about winning the duel.
- The Leader: It's Jean, the strategist, despite Andore being both The Ace and The Face of the team (with his horned unicorn-like hairdo).
- Near-Villain Victory: To the point where all Jean had to do was end his turn to win.
- Personality Powers: Each of their signature monsters reflect their (main) owner's personality.
- Thunder Unicorn represents Andore because, despite it being the weakest of the three Unicorn Synchro monsters, Thunder Unicorn's effects makes it a very versatile card (especially in the anime), which is reminiscent of Andore's genius card playing sense.
- Voltic Bicorn represents Breo because, although its ATK strength allows it to be used in a Beatdown strategy with relative success, its true potential lies in Deck Destruction. This may reference Breo's change in duel strategy after joining Team Unicorn (Breo was originally focused on using Beatdown strategies in duels, but after losing to Jean and joining Team Unicorn his strategies were changed to focus on milling his opponent's deck until they run out of cards).
- Lightning Tricorn represents Jean due to it being the strongest Unicorn Synchro Monster in the game, which in turn references Jean being the leader of Team Unicorn. Its ability to Special Summon either Thunder Unicorn or Voltic Bicorn represents Jean's appreciation of teamwork and unity.
- Photographic Memory: Breo.
- Shock and Awe: Even though they're Beast-type monsters, Thunder Unicorn, Voltic Bicorn, and Lightning Tricorn are associated with this trope.
- Smug Snake: Jean is confident with his strategies, but he doesn't expect that Yusei is moving beyond his expectations.
- True Companions: Their moves are all for the team, and they don't use moves that are done just for themselves. That is, until Yusei ignites Jean's fighting spirit.
- Unicorn: Their ace monsters are Thunder Unicorn, Voltic Bicorn, and Lightning Tricorn. They aren't named Team Unicorn for nothing.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: One of the most infamous cases of the Idiot Ball in the franchise; if Jean had simply ended his turn and not made a move, Yusei would have lost by deck out. Instead they Hand Wave that he feels the need to attack (in the Japanese his "fighting spirit" has been ignited, in the dub he doesn't want to win by deck out), and in doing so causes himself to lose.
- Worthy Opponent: They acknowledge Team 5D's as their strongest rival even before the start of the WRPG, especially Yusei. That's why they go so far for their crazy preparation.
Team Catastrophe (Nicolas, Hermann, Hans)
Team 5D's second opponents in the Preliminaries. They acquired a 'dark card' from Placido which they use to make their opponents crash.
Hermann uses an anime-only Hidden Knight deck built around stall and burn effects. His signature card is Hook the Hidden Knight, a 'dark card' received from Placido that uses dark magic to make opponents crash. Nicholas' deck is only seen briefly, and appears to be built on aggressive burn tactics. We never see Hans' deck.
- Combat Pragmatist: They use cards that do real damage and attack the D-Wheels from the shadows.
- Embarrassing Rescue: Nicolas' attempt to destroy Jack's D-Wheel with Doom Ray backfires and almost kills himself, but he is lucky enough to be saved by Jack.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: The Cards of Darkness are very dangerous. Nicolas' attempt to defeat Jack with the second card, Doom Ray, almost kills him, but Jack is nice enough to save him instead.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Nicolas attempts to make Jack crash with their second dark card. However, it causes damage to him as well, and Jack is protected by his Power Giant's effect. As a result, Nicolas' D-Wheel was destroyed and Team Catastrophe lost by default.
- Invisible to Normals: Their monster's shadow hook (which attacks their opponents' wheels).
- The Leader: Nicolas.
- Living Shadow: The majority of their cards, especially Hidden Knight - Hook.
- Mooks: They are Placido's mooks and Unwitting Pawns, and they don't have much personality.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Their undoing. Their abilities to deal real damage and attack their opponents' D-Wheeler (and the inclination to do so even if it's cheating) makes them able to defeat any muggle that doesn't see it coming, no matter how much of a Badass Normal they are. However, it's nothing than the Dark Signers didn't do before, and better. When facing someone who isn't surprised by their special powers, they aren't that much of a treath.
- Obviously Evil: They're not called Team Catastrophe for nothing.
- Outside-Context Villain: They are one to team Unicorn who, for all his great strategies, had no experience with the supernatural and was taken completely by surprise by what was effectively cheating. Team 5D's, however, proves to be one to them, since they did not expect someone who wasn't taken by surprise by their exploits and that could actually deal with the supernatural far better than they could.
- Smug Snake: They consider themselves the greatest threat to team 5D's and how they will show them "true despair". They end up being the less treathening challengers to team 5D's by far, being the only one defeated without even making it to Yusei.
- Taking You with Me: Nicolas tries to defeat Jack with Doom Ray, which inflicts 4000 damage to both of them. However, Jack is protected by Power Giant's effect, and Jack saves Nicolas from the explosion that nearly kills him.
- Too Dumb to Live: Nicolas trusting Placido and taking the Card of Darkness wasn't a good idea to begin with, but when he uses Doom Ray, that damages even himself, he realizes too late that the dark power works on him too.
- The Unfought: Hans never gets the opportunity to duel, since Hermann and Nicolas are defeated first and the team lose because Nicolas isn't able to push his destroyed D-Wheel to the pit.
- Unwitting Pawn: For Yliaster.
Team Taiyou (Taro Yamashita, Yoshizo Hayashi, and Jinbei Tanigawa)
Team 5D's third opponent. They only have one D-Wheel that Yusei fixes prior to their match, and they have classic cards from the first Generation of Duel Monsters that Yusei seems to recognize as being similar to Yugi's deck.
All three use stall burn decks consisting primarily of low-level Normal monsters and common Spell and Trap cards from early sets, all based around summoning Zushin the Sleeping Giant.
- Adorkable: Their over-the-top enthusiasm and status as the plucky underdogs makes them very endearing.
- All Your Powers Combined: Holding-Hands Majin's effect allows it to combine the defense points of every monster on the player's field, which allows Taiyou to create a Stone Wall with it.
- The Alleged Car: Their home-made D-Wheel, Machine Day Breaker, was created using a junk D-Wheeler and a lot of spare parts. Lua and the WRGP crowd don't think much of it, but Yusei and Bruno are impressed with Taiyou's handiwork and end up patching it up for them.
- Ascended Fanboy: Yoshizo is a fan of Team 5D's, and Yusei in particular. The reaction he gives when actually seeing Yusei in front of him can only be described as Squee!.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Their ace card, Zushin the Sleeping Giant, is this in-universe, most likely as a dig against the real game's tendency to churn out powerful monsters with impossible summoning conditions. Zushin has incredibly powerful effects that have been compared to the God Cards, but it has a ridiculous summoning condition that makes it impossible to summon in a serious duel.note Practically everyone has a copy of Zushin, at a Common rarity at that, shown when the audience members all whip out copies of the card from nowhere when Taiyou's copy is summoned. Even Team Taiyou themselves only managed to summon Zushin in their duel with Team 5Ds, having won their other matches with the burn effect of Speed World 2.
- Badass Normal: Even more so than Team Unicorn. They use a lot of very common cards without any sort of incredibly elaborate strategy, while riding a home made D-Wheel. Their ace card is extremely powerful, enough to contend with the 3 Egyptian God cards, but has such ridiculous summoning conditions that no one before them had ever gotten it onto the field. They came within spitting distance of actually winning, and unlike Team Unicorn they didn't do it with an incredibly cheap mill strategy.
- Beyond the Impossible: Summoning Zushin (i.e. keeping a Level One Normal Monster on the field for ten player turns) is thought to be near impossible for a regular duel. That Team Taiyou achieve it in the Grand Prix finals, while facing Team 5D's no less, is a miracle that makes Duel Monsters history.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Taro has a pair, which match his Hot Blooded Sideburns nicely.
- Boring, but Practical: Their stall-burn strategy isn't flashy and earns them the ire of the crowd for being boring, but it got them into the semi-finals.
- Chekhov's Gun: The Key Mace is summoned on the first turn of the duel, and seems to only be there to boost Majin's defense. Eighteen turns later, its actual purpose in summoning Zushin is revealed.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Taro is red, Jinbei is blue, and Yoshizo is green.
- Com Mons: Their deck is full of Normal Monsters and Trap Cards that can be found in any booster pack; even their ace card, Zushin, is owned by practically everyone in-universe.
- Country Mouse: Three unassuming guys from the countryside. Jinbei runs into some Upper Class Twits and is amazed to see how casually they throw around rare cards that would be impossible to find back at his home.
- Crash-Into Hello: Their introduction involves Yoshizo literally crashing their D-Wheel when Lua runs out in front of it.
- Determinator: Nothing was going to stop Taro once he set his eyes on the WRGP. Yoshizo and Jinbei are eventually persuaded too, and together they make it to the finals with nothing but their run-down bike, a deck full of common and weak cards, and their unwavering belief in their strategy.
- The Dreaded: Zushin is this for Team 5D's; they pull a collective Oh, Crap! when they realise that Team Taiyou plans to summon it.
- Fan Dumb: In-universe example; the WRGP audience thinks that their outdated cards and Stone Wall strategy is lame, even though they're undefeated and are giving Team 5D's a run for their money. Team Taiyou becomes an instant fan favorite when the audience realizes they are going to summon Sleeping Giant Zushin.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: The fathers of Jinbei and Yoshizo don't want them gallivanting off to the city for absurd reasons, and worry that their sons won't come back. They quickly change tune when they see Team Taiyou winning on national television, with the entire crowd cheering them on.
- Fireball Eyeballs: Taro gets these during his turn to duel, to show off his determination, which shocks Crow.
- Foil: To Team Satisfaction (and Yusei in particular). Both are groups of tight-knit friends from humble beginnings, using 'worthless' cards that others have thrown away. Despite their poor background, they have big ambitions to make a name for themselves. The main difference is that Team Satisfaction achieve their goal of being the best duelists in Satellite, but end up separating as a result. Team Taiyou, on the other hand, lose in their climatic duel but are still firm friends.
- Freudian Trio:
- Id: Taro, the leader, who wants to partake in the WRGP on a whim and won't let any number of disadvantages stop him.
- Superego: Jinbei, the more cynical one who (initially) decries the whole plan as an unachievable fantasy.
- Ego: Yoshizo, not as brave or pro-active as Taro, but more eager to believe in their chances than Jinbei.
- Friendly Enemy: To Team 5D's, with the slight exception of Jinbei.
- Group Hug: A joyful, teary-eyed one after they lose to Yusei.
- Grumpy Bear: Jinbei is the cynical one of the three.
- Hero Antagonist: They're just guys trying to prove their worth to the world. And they succeed.
- Hold the Line: It turns out they're Stone Wall strategy is just part one of their far more dangerous plan: to protect Key Mace for 10 player turns- 20 when you count the opponent's turns too- until they can use it to summon the super-powerful Zushin. And they succeed, even when 5D's catches on and tries to destroy the Key Mace.
- Impersonating an Officer: In order to save Jinbei from an angry biker gang, Taro and Yoshizo use a fake siren and a speaker to pretend that Security is arriving on the scene. They get found out, and all three end up getting chased around until dawn.
- In-Series Nickname: Jinbei and Yoshizo are mostly referred as Jin and Yoshi, respectively.
- Keet: Yoshizo gets excited and happy very easily.
- Large Ham: Both Yoshizo and Jinbei have a variety of wonderfully over-the-top expressions.
- The Leader: Taro.
- Lethal Joke Card: Their ultimate card, Sleeping Giant Zushin, requires the sacrifice of a Level 1 Normal monster that has been on the field for 10 player turns (a nearly impossible condition to fulfill in today's game). Once it hits the field, it can easily curb-stomp a God Card.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: For the first fifteen or so turns they're seen as nothing but a joke, mocked by the crowd for doing little else besides maintaining their defensive wall. Jack and Yusei start to get a bad hunch about it... and then Taiyou summon their god-tier card that KO's Crow in a single turn and forces Yusei into a corner.
- Line-of-Sight Name: They name themselves Team Taiyou/Sun while watching the sun rise over their countryside home.Taro: "Team Taiyou... That's gonna be the name of our team! It always rises with a bright and intense light every day. We are the sun!"
- Location Theme Naming: Their last names contain at least one kanji of natural locations. Yamashita has the kanji of "mountain", Tanigawa has the kanji of "river", and Hayashi has the kanjis of "forest".
- Loophole Abuse: How their Zushin is defeated by Yusei. Since Zushin cannot negate the effect of a monster that doesn't fight it, Yusei's uses Jack's Trap Card Monster Baton to use the effect of Crow's Blackwing — Boreas the Sharp, which protects Yusei's Shooting Star Dragon from Zushin and destroys it after damage calculation.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Jinbei gets mad at the other two for thinking they can get to the WRGP with low-level monsters, then ditches them to try and find better cards by himself. He only realises how much of a jerk he's being when he criticises someone else for also abandoning their friends.
- Not So Different: Like Yusei, they are poor and their decks are made of collected cards that others threw away.
- Open-Minded Parent: Taro's father supported their dream and gave them his D-Wheel.
- Personality Powers: Holding-Hands Majin is a card that's relatively weak on its own, but can become an impenetrable wall if other monsters combine their powers with it (which is illustrated by them all holding hands). This fits Team Taiyou quite well, as they practically run on The Power of Friendship.
- Pride: Jinbei's reason for initially refusing Team 5D's help; because Team Taiyou got to where they are through their own hard work, and don't need any help from pro-level duelists. He mellows out once he realises that Yusei is actually Not So Different in that respect.
- The Power of Friendship: How they managed to win all their duels until losing to Team 5D's.
- Purposefully Overpowered: Zushin's attack stat is always +1000 of the monster it's battling, it can't be targeted by card effects, and it negates the special abilities of the monster it's fighting, making it nearly indestructible. In exchange, its summoning conditions are so ridiculous that Team Taiyou are the only people to ever manage to do it in a proper duel.
- Small Town Boredom: Taro doesn't hate country life, but he does want to try something new and spectacular at least once.
- Stone Wall: Their overall strategy. Using Holding-Hands Majin (which forces the opponent to target it while getting its defense boosted by Defense Position monsters) and Speed World 2's effect (using accumulated speed counters to deal small amounts of damage), they chip down at their opponent's health while adding onto their impressive defense.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: After Zushin is summoned, the spotlight goes to them. It's even lampshaded by Lua.
- Tears of Joy: When they're able to summon Zushin, and again when the crowd cheers them on after the duel.
- True Companions: Friendship is a very strong motif with them.
- Weak, but Skilled: All they have are weak, common monsters (without even a single Synchro monster to their name) but their clever Stall/Burn strategy lands them in the finals. Even without Zushin they're able to take out Jack — who attempts a Taking You with Me on Jinbei and fails — and chip down half of Crow's life points.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Jinbei has literally blue hair.
Team Ragnarok: Dragan, Brave (Broder), and Harald (Halldor)
Team 5D's fourth opponents. They were shown to be very important when they were immune to Yliaster's changes to history, due to having a new set of God Cards (the Aesir, based on Norse mythology). They're notable for being the very first Divine Type Monsters since the 3 Egyptian god cards from the very first series, as well as the first Divine type of Synchro monsters.
All three use Nordic decks built around summoning Aesir. Dragan uses Nordic Beasts and swarming effects to summon Thor, Brave uses Nordic Alfars to Summon Loki supported by a large number of Trap cards, and Harald uses Nordic Ascendants to summon Odin coupled with a large number of burn effects.
- Anime Hair: The team with the most impressive, cool-looking and spikey hair styles, but all of them being impossible. Aside from Dragan and Brave's Multicolored Hair, Harald's hair is connected with his eyebrows.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Basically every single word that comes out of their mouth is either talking shit about Yusei and the others, or about how great they and the Nordic Gods are.
- Back from the Dead: Doubles as Death Is Cheap. This is the main effect of the three gods, which give a bonus when coming back. Brave, being the cunning duelist he is, exploits the hell out of Thor's effect in his duels with Jack and Crow.
- Background Boss: Odin, who is so absurdly huge that he's forced to stay in the background.
- The Berserker:
- When not dueling, Harald is perfectly calm and collected. During an actual duel... not so much.
- Of course, that says nothing about Dragan's idea of pounding Jack into the dust with Thor, and Brave repeatedly mentioning getting 'god killed' over and over.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Dragan, which is not quite obvious at first, since his eyebrows are also multi-colored like his hair.
- Colonel Badass: Before finding Dragan and Brave, Harald used to be a colonel and he was apparently part of the air force. He saved a subordinate and himself from crashing on a mountain by blowing the head up with missiles.
- Complexity Addiction: Harald seems to have one of these, and it cost him his duel with Yusei. Already having gotten rid of Majestic Star Dragon and having a massive field advantage with his team's three Aesir, Harald keeps playing cards that he thinks will completely ensure his victory over Yusei rather than just using the Gods and their powerful effects to just crush Yusei underfoot. Yusei ends up turning all of those cards against him to not only bring out Shooting Star Dragon, but to depower all of the Aesir and banish them.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After their defeat, they're a lot friendlier towards Team 5Ds and even help them invade Ark Cradle.
- Dub Name Change: Brave to Broder, and Harald to Halldor in the English dub. Oddly enough, Dragan keeps his name from the Japanese version.
- Expy: Team Ragnarok resembles the Doma trio from Duel Monsters as a whole, since each member of them is a rival to Team 5D's three wheelers. Like Amelda hated Kaiba, Dragan has his own grudge on Jack. Like Varon had a similar backstory and personality like Jonouchi, Brave has a similar backstory and personality like Crow. And like Rafael believed that Atem was an evil king, Harald believes that Yusei is connected with the destiny of destruction.
- The Fatalist: To be fair, when you're associated with Norse mythology, this is kinda your schtick.
- Freudian Trio: Brave is the Id, Dragan is the Ego, and Harald is the Superego.
- Gambit Roulette: Brave does this with Crow, thrashing him at every single turn for most of their match.
- Hero Antagonist: They want to stop Team New World (The Three Emperors of Yliaster), but are unwilling to work together with the Signers because of Yusei's father being the one who created Momentum (which led to Zero Reverse).
- Hero of Another Story: Harald especially, due to travelling across the world and being in the military.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In the end, it's their own card that defeated their gods.
- Large and in Charge: The most powerful of the Aesir, Odin, is probably the third largest monster to date, towering over the city and easily dwarfing the other two. To put it in perspective, Odin is in the background during the entire duel and is still bigger than the other two. To put it in further perspective, Odin towers over the Egyptian Gods and the Sacred Beasts as well.
- Large Ham: Brave likes to pretend that his opponent is doing a serious threat to his strategies before activating his trap cards. He's also the only one brave enough to stand up in the middle of a Riding Duel. Harald even notes how audacious he gets in trolling his opponents.
- The Leader: Harald.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Harald has very long hair and he's probably the most qualified bishounen among the cast. He used to have short hair, though.
- Magical Eye: Their left eyes have magical powers and are known as Rune Eyes. Not to be confuses with a certain monster from ARC-V.
- Meaningful Name: All three of them are meaningful in some way, but Brave stands out the most. He takes very bold actions in his duels, from standing on his D-Wheel to make a Badass Boast, to invoking an extremely reckless strategy that involves destroying Thor repeatedly and letting Crow take out large amounts of his life points to get part of his plan going.
- Multicolored Hair:
- Dragan has black and blond hair. Even his thick eyebrows are black and blond.
- Brave has red and orange hair.
- Norse Mythology: Most of their cards are based on this.
- Not So Different: Brave cares for a group of children and is a trickster duelist, just like Crow.
- Not So Stoic: Harald is usually very calm and has a very tranquil voice, but he suddenly becomes hammy and more emotional when he's dueling.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: The Aesir cards they hold protect them from temporal distortions.
- Throwing the Fight: During Jack's reign as King, Dragan participated in a fixed match against him in order to get financial aid for his injured father. He isn't happy about it (and neither is Jack when he finds out), so when the WRGP pits them against one another again, both give it their all to settle their match for real.
- Treasure Hunter: Brave's previous profession.
- The Trickster: Brave and his Aesir Loki (who is the actual Trickster God of Norse Mythology) are considered this. He even has a nickname in-universe because of it being his prominent dueling trait. He had Crow on his knees with nothing but well-placed traps and exploiting Thor's abilities
- Unexplained Accent: Harald, with his dub-only British accent, is supposed to be Norwegian.
- Walking the Earth: Harald did a journey around the world to see it in a different perspective. After completing it, he received Odin.
- You Fight Like a Cow: Brave does this a lot.
The younger brother of Malcolm, the head of the Malcolm Family. Lotten is a very skilled duelist who conquers Crash Town after Yusei defeats Kiryu of the Ramon Family. Despite that Yusei and Kiryu are sent to the mine and are doomed to work there for the rest of their lives, Lotten rides to the mine to ensure their death and ends up surprising them when they try to escape. Yusei challenges him to a Riding Duel, but in the end Lotten uses dynamite to try and kill Yusei and Kiryu.
Believing they died by falling into a canyon, he, Barbara, and Malcolm's subordinates betray Malcolm and take over Crash Town, renaming it Lotten Town. However, Yusei and Kiryu turn out to be alive, and they challenge him in a 2-on-1 Tag Duel. Lotten loses, and the town is saved by Team Satisfaction. He and Barbara are taken into custody by Security.
He uses an anime-only Ogre burn deck.
- Appeal To Dynamite: How Lotten ended his Riding Duel with Yusei.
- Badass Baritone: His voice is not only low, it sounds more impressive than any of the other guys from Crash Town.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Lotten is first mentioned by Malcolm, and then appears right after Kiryu's defeat and Barbara's betrayal.
- Combat Pragmatist: This guy throws dynamite at Yusei and Kiryu in the middle of his Riding Duel with Yusei to kill them. Later he tries to escape in the middle of the Tag Duel, but Kiryu follows him and defeats him.
- Cool Bike: His D-Wheel is huge, it can stretch its limbs, and it's equipped with several Duel Disks.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He's working for his older brother Malcolm, but Lotten is the best duelist in the family, is very competent, and the Final Boss in Crash Town. He eventually betrays Malcolm and takes Crash Town over.
- Dirty Coward: When Kiryu gains the upper hand in their duel, he uses his dynamite and runs the first chance he gets. Kiryu chases him down and forces him to continue the duel (or just has him arrested if you watched the English dub).
- Establishing Character Moment: After the viewers are told that he's a skilled duelist who might be able to defeat Kiryu, Lotten defeats Ramon with a First Turn Kill during his first appearance.
- Evil Laugh: Sometimes.
- Gatling Good: Lotten's Gatling Ogre, which is able to perform a First Turn Kill.
- It's All About Me: He eventually betrays even Barbara in order to escape.
- Jerkass: He doesn't care for anyone, even his own brother, and he forces his own men to duel against each other when there's nobody from the Ramon Family left.
- Meaningful Name: Lotten (which sounds the same as "Rotton" in Japan) is the obvious one.
- Numerological Motif: 800. His Gatling Ogre has 800 ATK and DEF, and it inflicts 800 Effect Damage for each face-down card sent to the graveyard. Also, the ATK and DEF of his Full Armor Ogre and Big Cannon Ogre are twice and thrice as high as Gatling Ogre's.
- One-Hit Kill: Lotten's Gatling Ogre can perform a First/One Turn Kill, inflicting 800 Effect Damage for each face-down Spell/Trap Card that Lotten sends to the graveyard.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Lotten/Rotten. The anime uses both variants, though it's only written as "Rotten" during the Riding Duel. The rest of the anime uses "Lotten". In the dub, it's written and pronounced as Lawton.
- The Starscream: Not only does he betray his older brother to take over Crash Town, everybody else of the Malcolm Family joins Lotten's side too.
- Stone Wall: His Longbarrel Ogre has 0 ATK and 3000 DEF. Despite this it's actually very destructive, since it can destroy the strongest monster on the opponent's field and inflicts Effect Damage equal to half of the destroyed monster's ATK. This effect can be used twice per turn.
- Weak, but Skilled: His monsters are not very powerful — his strongest has only 2400 ATK — but he's very skilled and inflicts mostly Effect Damage.
- Whip It Good: Uses a whip to prevent Yusei from saving Nico and West in Episode 91.
A florist who sent Yusei a letter so that he could come and save Kiryu from Crash Town, under the pretence of being his ally. However, she turns out to be a part of the Malcolm Family, and betrays Yusei right after he defeats Kiryu of the Ramon Family. Later, she betrays Malcolm with Lotten and takes over the town. After Lotten's defeat by Yusei and Kiryu, she and Lotten are taken into custody.
- Adaptational Badass: This is sort of zigzagged in the video game Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2011. While not as evil in the game, she does duel the player. (With a Mai Valentine-ish deck.)
- Bare Your Midriff: Part of her outfit.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She pretends to be a nice woman who cares for Kiryu and Yusei, but is actually an egotistical woman who doesn't care for anyone.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Betrays Yusei and then Malcolm. As a part of her karma, she's later betrayed herself by Lotten.
- Decoy Damsel: She pretended to be a helpless woman who wasn't able to save Kiryu from his up-coming "death", and asks Yusei for help to save him. She actually wanted Yusei to defeat him, so that the Ramon Family would lose their best duelist.
- The Dragon: To Lotten.
- Evil Laugh: Together with Lotten in Episode 92.
- Femme Fatale: She seduces Malcolm to take over the town legally, then she gives her right as the owner to Lotten.
- Gold Digger: She says that she's only attracted to men with power. Of course, she prefers Lotten over Malcolm.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Part of her outfit.
- Innocent Flower Girl: She's a florist who uses her flowers to cover her real nature. She also hides explosives and a shock gun with her flower bouquets.
- Jerkass: Probably worse than Lotten.
- Meaningful Name: The dub shortens Barbara's name to Barb, which is a word for something spiky or prickly (as in barbed wire).
- Ms. Fanservice: Her outfit is rather Stripperific, and she uses a whip during the climax.
- The Unfought: Possibly the most dangerous villain in the franchise who never duels even once; it's not even known if she can. (She does in video games, however.)
- Whip It Good: She's skilled with the whip.
- Would Hurt a Child: She constantly reminds Yusei and Kiryu that she's holding Nico and West hostage. Thankfully, Jack arrives and hits/pushes her for this.
- All Bikers Are Hells Angels: Both the Malcolm Family and Ramon Family. Though the members of the Ramon Family look more like actual bikers.
- Cowboy: Both the Malcolm Family and Ramon Family. Though the members of the Malcolm Family look and act more like cowboys.
- Determinator: The whole three-headed family (Sergei, Nico, and West) do not give up at any point.
- Fore Head Of Doom: Malcolm has a large forehead.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Nico and West's father, Sergei, falls to his death, but saves his children and Kiryu in the process.
- Mark of Shame: The members of the Malcolm Family have criminal markers, with the exception of Lotten and Barbara.
- Shock and Awe: The mine workers wear collars that give them electric shocks when their slave-drivers play a card on their Duel Disks. There are also shock guns that look like shotguns.
A mysterious duelist who has been infecting and destroying D-Wheels. It's actually a prototype 'Riding Roid' which was developed by Security to assist in tackling D-Wheel related crimes. Unfortunately it was purloined by Placido, who wanted to give his new cards a test drive, and programmed to hunt down any D-Wheelers holding Synchro monsters. Placido later uses Yusei's engine program to upgrade an army of Riding Roids similar to Ghost, the Diablos, which he later unleashes upon the D-Wheelers at the WRGP in attempt to complete the Circuit sooner.
The first Ghost uses Placido's deck. The Diablos use Ally of Justice decks.
- Bald of Evil: As seen in Tag Force 5, Ghost is bald underneath his helmet.
- Dark Is Evil: Ghost wears black, rides a black D-Wheel, and has a grey "skin".
- Evil Laugh: A rather creepy one thanks to its robotic voice.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Inverted. The first Ghost has a creepy high-pitched voice.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Justified, since the Ghosts are robots.
- Gratuitous Spanish: "Diablo" is Spanish for 'Devil'.
- Irony: Ghost's programmed personality was designed to express a hate for Synchro monsters. Its successor, the Diablos, use Ally of Justice cards, an archetype whose strongest monsters are Synchros.
- Mecha-Mooks: The Diablos are mass-produced Ghosts with the same evil personality.
- Robotic Reveal: After Yusei makes it crash and the lads come to help, Crow touches its shoulder and its arm falls off.
- Zerg Rush: The Diablos force people into Free For All Duels and then swarm them with monsters.
Fake Jack Atlas
A robot created by the three emperors who is disguised as Jack. His personality is based of the time when Jack was the King, but Fake Jack is much more ruthless. Fake Jack has his own Wheel of Fortune and has the same deck as Jack, with the only difference being that Fake Jack has three Red Dragon Archfiends. He commits several crimes on the highway and injures other D-Wheelers to hurt Jack's reputation, and to lure him out. Jack loses to him in their first match, but later he returns and destroys the imposter with Majestic Red Dragon.
He uses the same deck as the real Jack, but with three copies of Red Dragon Archfiend and no Majestic Dragon or Majestic Red Dragon
- Badass Biker: Pretty much the only thing to describe his impossible maneuvers.
- Car Fu: What he does with his Wheel of Fortune.
- Dark Is Evil: He has the same color scheme as the real Jack, only darker.
- Evil Knockoff: To Jack. His personality is based off of Jack from Season 1. (Jack even gives him a lengthy "World of Cardboard" Speech on that to boot.)
- Evil Sounds Deep: Inverted in the dub, where his voice is higher than the real Jack.
- Imposter Forgot One Detail: His deck contains multiple copies of Red Dragon Archfiend, which is impossible in-universe. This is what ultimately clears Jack.
- Jerkass: He's based off the old Jack after all.
- Large Ham: He is surprisingly a bit less hammy than the real Jack, but he's hammy enough to scare him.
- Mirror Match: With Jack, of course.
- Non-Indicative Name: His three Red Demon's Dragons are purple, blue, and yellow instead of red.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Fake Jack has red eyes instead of purple.
- Robotic Reveal: When his body is destroyed by Savior Demon Dragon.
- Rule of Three: He has three Red Demon's Dragons, which might be a nod to Kaiba's three Blue-Eyes White Dragons. However, his Red Demon's Dragons have different colors.
The Three Emperors of Yliaster
A mysterious trio from Yliaster who succeed Godwin as the Head of the Bureau, and the main antagonists of the third arc. Initially not much is known about them, but they apparently intend to use the power of the duelists competing in the WRGP to complete a "circuit" with which they can discover the 'location of god' and attain an even greater power. Their main goal, however, is to change the future by destroying Neo Domino City.
During Team 5D's confrontation with them in the W.R.G.P, it is revealed that they are, in fact, the same being divided into three, each of them representing a period of despair in the life of a man called Aporia.
- Big Bad Triumvirate: Later deposed in favor of a single Big Bad, their true form Aporia.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: Jose is big, Placido is thin, and Lucciano is short.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: They have "erased" so many people throughout the years that they can't recall any specifics, such as Sherry's parents.
- Despair Event Horizon: Each of them represent the three different times Aporia crossed it.
- Lucciano represents the time when he lost his parents.
- Placido represents the time when he lost the one he loved.
- Jose represents the time when he was the only person left alive (actually one of the last four people alive), slowly driven mad by the loneliness.
- Subverted when Aporia loses to Yusei. He believes this to be his "fourth despair", but after losing to Jack, Lua, and Luca he realizes that what he's feeling isn't despair, but hope.
- Dub Name Change: They are called Primo (Placido), Lester (Lucciano), and Jakob (Jose) in the dub, disrupting the Theme Naming the Japanese version employed (the Three Tenors).
- Expy: The trio are wearing white clothing with hoods, which makes them appear to be the Yu-Gi-Oh! version of the Gorgom High Priests. However, the Three Emperors later reveal themselves to be a single person during the final story arc.
- Eyepatch of Power: Sorta. Lucciano and Placido have metal plates with the Infinity symbol on them covering one of their eyes. Placido's covers his right eye while Lucciano's covers his left eye.
- Freudian Trio: Lucciano is the Id, being immature and overtly emotional. Placido is the Ego, prone to going rogue and doing his own thing simply because he wants to. Jose is the Superego, far more restrained and focusing on their objective rather than acting on his impulses.
- Fusion Dance: Jose and Placido can merge with their D-Wheels. It's also how Aporia was created. Even their D-Wheels and D-Board combine to a single D-Wheel when Aporia appears, following with him fusing with it.
- In the Hood: They wear white hoods most of the time.
- Knight Templar: They're trying to prevent a worse catastrophe.
- Knights of Cerebus: The WRGP arc is a lot darker when they're around.
- Master of Disguise: Both Lucciano and Placido do this to trick Lua and Luca.
- Major Injury Underreaction: After losing to Shooting Star Dragon for the first time, Placido is Half the Man He Used to Be. Jose and Lucciano don't see this as a big deal. Justified, since all of them are androids.
- A Million Is a Statistic: What's one city compared to the entire world?
- Numerological Motif: Infinity.
- Power Crystal: They each have one of these on their forehead.
- Robotic Reveal: Turns out Placido is an android with the compatibility to merge with his D-Wheel. Lucciano and Jose are later revealed to be the same.
- The Southpaw: They are left-handed, which is common among the characters from the future.
- Theme Naming:
- The three of them are named after the Three Tenors: Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and the late Luciano Pavarotti.
- Aporia breaks the theme but is part of another one with his peers, referring to a logical fallacy.
- Time Travel: They can rewrite history to a certain extent due to this, such as erasing Momentum Express and Lucciano's time at Duel Academy, and inserting themselves into the W.R.G.P.
- You Can't Fight Fate:
- They fiercely believe in this, and Placido even compares the humans' struggle to survive to the dance of worker bees. They don't dance because they want to, but because it is their role written by fate itself. And just to punch in some extra symbolism, the bee's dance describes the Infinity symbol.
- Jose also revealed that it's their task to make sure history stays on a predetermined course. As such they have a bone to pick with Yusei, because the discovery of Momentum by his father jacked up everything.
- You Have Failed Me: They erase Clark from history after his failed attempt to dispose of Yusei.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: They leave Jeager and Team Catastrophe to die without blinking an eye once they stop being useful.
The emperor who received the first Machine Emperor, Wisel. He gives his deck to the original Ghost to let him assault D-Wheelers, until Yusei defeats Ghost. Since then, Placido develops a grudge towards Yusei and he starts to develop his own plan to complete the circuit. He sends an army of Ghosts, the Diablo, to attack the participants of the WRGP, but his plan is foiled when Yusei discovered the power of Accel Synchro, defeating Placido during their duel. After he erased Clark Smith, Placido and his fellow emperors enter the WRGP as Team New World.
Placido represents Aporia's despair of the time he lost his lover. He uses an anti-Synchro deck built around Meklord Emperor Wisel.
- Arch-Enemy: Placido feels Yusei is his, for defeating the first Ghost. Yusei doesn't even know he exists until Placido confronts him directly.
- Berserk Button: He gets annoyed when his fellow Emperors suggest that he might not be able to defeat Yusei.
- Cool Sword: It also doubles as his Duel Disk. He can plug it into his D-Wheel in order to fuse with it.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Appear to have this reaction to Yusei even just showing concern over his having been ripped in half.
- Facial Markings: After being repaired, he has red markings on the left side of his face.
- Gratuitous Italian: Placido's upgraded form is called Placido Ripresa, with Ripresa being Italian for "recovery".
- Half the Man He Used to Be: He certainly came off worse for wear after his duel with Yusei. He's an android, so fortunately for him he gets better.
- He's Got Legs: Wears high-heeled boots that go nearly up to his crotch.
- I Hate Past Me: Well, more like "I Have No Respect for Past Me", seeing as he'll even steal from Lucciano.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: This is later carried over by Aporia.
- Revenge Before Reason: Placido is so obsessed with killing Yusei that Jose and Lucciano are worried that he'll screw up their plans.
- Spanner in the Works: Had Placido not messed with Antinomy, the latter would have not become Bruno and would have remained as an Z-One's ally and Team 5D's enemy and Bruno would have never taught Yusei Delta Accel Synchro or would have inspired him to surpass it.
- Spiky Hair: Pretty common in this series.
- Technopath: To a certain extent. Justified in that he's an android.
- The Worf Effect: In contrast to his fellow emperors, Placido never defeats a Signer; though he does lose his last duel on purpose. His losing streak seems to be carried over by Aporia.
The second emperor to receive his Machine Emperor, Skiel. Lucciano infiltrates the Duel Academia to test Luca's strength. Soon he challenges Luca to a Riding Duel, with Lua joining in to help his sister. Despite Lucciano defeating both of them, he fails to kill them due to the Crimson Dragon and Luca's Duel Monsters spirits saving them. Along with his fellow emperors, he participates in the WRGP as a member of Team New World.
Lucciano represents Aporia's despair of the time when he lost his parents. He uses an anti-Synchro deck built around Meklord Emperor Skiel.
- The Bad Guy Wins: He defeats Luca and Lua in their Riding Duel.
- Chick Magnet: As a transfer student he's pretty popular with the girls, especially Luca.
- Evil Laugh: Lucciano has a laugh very similar to Jeager's, only much crazier... and hungrier.
- Evil Redhead: Since he's modeled after Aporia's childhood, he has red hair. He also happens to be the craziest of the three.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Inverted. While it's justified that he hasn't got a deep voice due to being a kid, his evil voice is higher and shrill in comparison to his nice-guy voice.
- Fore Head Of Doom: His forehead is rather big.
- Giggling Villain: Holy crap.
- Gratuitous English: "Bye, bye!"
- The Hyena: There are very few scenes where he isn't letting out some shrill laughter.
- Large Ham: Even BRIAN BLESSED would tell the kid to tone down.
- Laughing Mad: Does this when Jose reveals a vision of the future, which causes him to relive the moment of his parent's death. It makes his constant giggling a lot more tragic in hindsight.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: What the female elementary school students think about him.
- Near-Villain Victory: A weird example. Despite the fact that he does defeat Lua and Luca, both of them are protected by Plot Armour when they are supposed to die.
- New Transfer Student: Disguises himself as a transfer student in Episode 77.
- Princely Young Man: As his transfer student disguise. He even has Placido as his butler.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Despite winning aganist Lua and Luca, he leaves pissed as his goal was to capture Ancient Fairy Dragon.
- Rollerblade Good: Lucciano wears rollerblades for no reason. He uses a D-Board which is invented by himself. For some reason he's allowed to participate in the WRGP with it instead of using a D-Wheel.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: He's certainly got the passionate part of it down, and the Duel Academia girls think he's very attractive.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is spelled with two Cs in the anime. Some fans spell his name with only one C.
The final emperor to receive his Machine Emperor, Granel. As the leader of three, he keeps the other two to stick with their main plan. Together with his fellow emperors, they participate in the WRGP as Team New World.
Jose represents Aporia's despair of the time when he was the only living (four) human(s) of the lonely world. He uses an anti-Synchro deck built around Meklord Emperor Granel.
- Bald of Evil: He doesn't have a hair on his head, but it grows long everywhere else. His bald head could also reflect his wise character in comparison to the other evil emperors.
- Beard of Evil: He's evil. He's got a long beard.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: That piece of hair sticking out from under Jose's hood? That's his eyebrow.
- Evil Sounds Deep: As the oldest of the three he has a deep and raspy voice, which sounds even more evil because of his mask.
- Genius Bruiser: He's the strongest and smartest of all three of Yliaster's agents. Episode 110 cements him as this when he easily defeats Sherry in a "fist" fight. And just in case anyone doubted his dueling prowess, in Episodes 132 and 133 he Curb Stomps Jack and takes out Crow without much trouble at all.
- Large and in Charge: Jose is the largest and most senior member of the group, and has referred to himself as the leader of the Three Emperors. In parallel to that, his Machine Emperor Granel also easily towers over both Wisel and Skiel.
- Mind over Matter: Used to retrieve Placido's remains and to stop a meteor (the tablet containing his Machine Emperor) midfall.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His right eye is covered by his eyebrow.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He chastises Placido for trying to complete the circuit by forcing the city into a battle royale, stating that this plan wouldn't complete it properly. Instead, Jose would rather take the slower but guaranteed approach of completing the WRGP tournament.
- Refuge in Audacity: Started his Riding Duel by running on the track. Too bad he fused with his D-Wheel shortly later.
- Super Strength: Displayed this when he and Lucciano were attacked by Sherry and Mizoguchi; he's able to effortlessly lift Sherry's D-Wheel with one hand. With her on it.
- Shout-Out: Combined with the above, Jose is one to The Six Million Dollar Man of all things, having a similar style of Super Speed and strength to said character.
- Would Hit a Girl: When Sherry attacked him physically, he punched her, chokes her and then threw her down from a tower. The last one would might not happen if Sherry wasn't trying to break his arm.
The true combined form of the Emperors (who are based on three different stages in his life), revealed in the WRGP final. Aporia is one of the few survivors in the destroyed future.
As a child, he lost his parents during the Machine Emperors' invasion, and later fought in the war against them where he lost his lover as well. After civilization was destroyed by Momentum going out of control, he wandered the world in despair, desperately looking for any other survivors.
Eventually he found Z-One, Bruno/Antinomy, and Paradox, and together they searched for a way to undo the destruction. However, Bruno/Antinomy and Paradox died of old age, and Aporia soon followed. Before dying he spoke to Z-One of the three despairs he had felt when alive, and entrusted the task of putting the future right to him.
He uses a combined Meklord anti-Synchro deck with extensive burn and field control effects. His trump cards are Meklord Astro Mekanikle and Meklord Astro Dragon Asterisk.
- All Your Powers Combined: Since he's the combined form of the Emperors, he naturally has all of their cards, not that it helps him against Z-One.
- Anti-Villain: His goal to erase Neo Domino City will kill everyone. But the sheer hell he went through in the war between the Machine Emperors and Humans, and the despair he felt through it all, can't help but give him immense sympathy points. Surprisingly, none of these qualities appeared in the emperors of Yliaster.
- Back from the Dead Let's see. Z-One initially revived him as an android. Then, he is reconstructed and returns good as new after losing to Yusei and exploding. Then, he loses to Jack, Lua, and Luca, and appears to die then. But, he returns again to challenge Z-One, although after losing that duel he dies for real. This is not even counting Placido, one of his three embodiments who returns good-as-new after being torn in half by Shooting Star Dragon.
- Catchphrase: Uses the word "despair" about as much as Kiryu uses "satisfaction".
- Climax Boss: Of the 4Kids dub.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Appeared to be the Big Bad, but he is later revealed to be this when the Ark Cradle descends.
- Despair Event Horizon: Crossed it three times.
- Final Boss: Of the 4Kids dub of 5D's, due to that dub skipping the last seventeen episodes.
- Fusion Dance: He's the result of one.
- HeelFace Turn: Makes one in Episode 146, and promptly challenges the Big Bad Z-One, his own friend, to a duel for the sake of Team 5D's. He's aiming to show Z-One the hope he has discovered.
- Hope Springs Eternal: Comes to believe this after losing to Jack, Lua, and Luca, which triggers his aforementioned HeelFace Turn.
Aporia: "I can assure you that the ending is worth the wait."
- He duels Jack, Lua, and Luca at the same time, and loses to them. Those three were once defeated by Jose and Lucciano respectively.
- In his Duel with Z-One, the last card he draws, the one directly responsible for making him lose, is Machine Emperor Granel Infinity.
- Also, just this line from the dub. The trick is that the 'ending' of the dub is actually seventeen episodes before the actual conclusion of 5D's.
- Kick the Dog: One very memorable one to Lua after laying waste to Luca and Jack in one turn, nearly defeating them.Aporia: "Young boy, this is despair." (shot of Lua in tears) "Turn end."
- Large and in Charge: He is the true form of the three Emperors, and he's so big that his cards look tiny in comparison. Even his D-Wheel resembles a giant car more than a motorcycle. Though in his human life, his height and build was average.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After all of his Hope Crusher actions against Yusei and Lua, Z-One crushes his hopes during their final duel.
- Light Is Not Good: His appearance is somewhat angelical, wearing all white, and with boosters on his back that sort of look like wings.
- Made of Explodium: Explodes magnificently after his defeat at the hands of Yusei.
- Meaningful Name. Aporia, referring to the issue of multiple pieces of evidence supporting different answers, reflecting his nature as three different takes on the same person.
- Multicolored Hair: His hair is a combination of his three embodiments' hairs.
- One-Hit Kill: Averted. He employs a self-milling strategy in his Duel against Z-one with intention to guarantee that he draws Afterglow during the Draw Phase and deplete all of Z-one's LP in one go, but it backfires on Aporia hard after his Graveyard is shuffled back into his Deck and doesn't draw the card he needs.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Just merely being fused together causes him to give off Red Storm Clouds, and causes lightning to strike everywhere in the whole city.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: From Placido.
- Redemption Equals Death: After being defeated by Jack, Lua, and Luca, he has a HeelFace Turn and duels Z-One to stop him. He loses and dies, but before his death, he gives his last power to Yusei's D-Wheel so that Yusei can duel Z-One.
- Rule of Three: Everywhere. Three embodiments, three despairs, three Machine Emperors, three Machine Imperial Soldiers. He duels three times (and also loses three times). And Granel screws him over three times; first by killing his parents, second by killing 'the one he loved', and the third time when he draws it at the end of his Duel with Z-One, costing him the game and his life.
- The Southpaw: Like the other characters from the future, he is left-handed.
- Theme Naming: Like Paradox and Antinomy, Aporia's name refers to a logical fallacy.
- Unusual Eyebrows: Absolutely.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has one when he finally realizes Yusei is about to defeat him. Has a bigger one after Lua becomes a Signer, and things go downhill very quickly for him.
- Walking Spoiler: The fact that the Emperors of Yliaster are one person is a pretty big reveal.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He intends to destroy a city and its millions of inhabitants, yes, but in doing so he will avoid The End of the World as We Know It.
- Wham Line: "The three of us are one. My name is Aporia."
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Thanks to him repeatedly crossed the Despair Event Horizon.
- The Worf Effect: He loses all three of his duels, despite being a very threatening duelist. Just like Placido. Let's face it, his duel with Z-One consists of him being curb-stomped by his boss' cards just to hype Z-One up for the Duel with Yusei.
A mysterious mechanical being that dwells within a cyberspace area, that has connections with Bruno and the Yliaster Trio (and possibly Yusei). It was first seen when Yusei, Sherry, and Bruno were brought to its world by the power of the 'Z-One' card. It later provided Yusei with a card with which to complete an Accel Synchro, after he achieved the state of mind necessary to use it.
It is later revealed that Z-One is the last known survivor of the destroyed future. Along with Bruno, Aporia, and Paradox, he had tried to find a way of undoing the destruction, but his allies eventually died of old age. When Aporia was on his deathbed, Z-One promised him that he would do everything he could to change the future.
He uses a Timelord deck.
- Achilles' Heel: Z-One's Timelord Deck may be a Superpower Lottery, but ironically his ultimate Timelord, Sephylon, is less indestructible than the lesser Timelords note , enabling Yusei to beat him when he managed to rise Stardust Dragon's ATK higher than it and continuously attack it until he had no other Timelords to sacrifice.
- Ascended Fanboy: Z-One is a Yusei fanboy, to the point that he decided to become Yusei in order the save the world. Then he becomes Yusei's archenemy.
- Big Bad: Not just to 5D's, but, due to the robot clone of Paradox he created that affected the time stream in the 10th anniversary movie, he is probably this for Duel Monsters and GX as well.
- Blatant Lies: Yusei refuses to buy Z-one's claim that he is Yusei from the future. Thus, Z-one instead elaborates on how he came to be Yusei.
- Broken Faceplate: His mask is cracked when Yusei manages to inflict some damage on him in their duel, and breaks away to reveal that his face is identical to Yusei's. The rest breaks away after Yusei deals the final blow and the device keeping Z-One alive shuts down, leaving him very little time left.
- Costume Copycat: He changes his own face to look like Yusei's in an attempt to bring people hope.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Effortlessly defeats Aporia while keeping his LP intact, after Aporia's self-milling strategy backfires hard.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: A flashback shows that a machine implanted in his head was damaged when he went through his Despair Event Horizon, which might have contributed to his extremism.
- Cyborg: Considering he's an old man, it's probably a life support system.
- Dead Person Impersonation: He underwent surgery to become Yusei long after Yusei himself had passed away. He even crammed data into a metal plate that he had attached to his head.
- Despair Event Horizon: He may not have run over the line three times, but his crossing was no less painful. Having tried to make himself Yusei, he was given a Hope Spot when it seemed he had discovered a way for people to get to safety without being slaughtered by the Machine Emperors. That all came crashing down when they went berserk and killed crowds of people quickly; people fell calling out for "Yusei" to help them and Z-One could do nothing. When he realised that even with Yusei's form, he was as helpless as anyone else, he gave up on that plan and decided to work on a Plan B.
- Dramatic Unmask: Part of his mask is destroyed during his duel, showing that he has the same face as Yusei.
- Faux Shadow: Despite the many hints, some more subtle than others, he is not Yusei from a Bad Future, rather just a normal man who assumed Yusei's appearance.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Appears to Sherry alone as her father.
- Giant Hands of Doom: Z-One's mechanical arms and hands are so huge that even the cards he uses are too large to be played on a conventional Duel Disk.
- A God Am I: The Three Emperors and Antinomy have referred to him as a 'God of Destiny', and he says this to Yusei at the start of their battle:Z-One: "Yusei Fudo, though you may have come this far with the intention to cut open the future with your own power... everything has merely traveled along the rails that I have laid out. To you, I am the equivalent of a God. [...] In order to change the future, Zero Reverse was caused and your lives were changed dramatically. You were orphaned, living in Satellite, and then rose up to the challenges in the WRGP. However, that victory was only a means to call out the Ark Cradle. [...] Do you understand? The meaning of me being your God? And if a God decides to take a path of destruction, then no one shall defy it."
- God Is Evil: He compares himself to God and is, if Knight Templar-ish, definitely evil.
- Grandpa God: He's an old man that certainly fancies himself a god.
- Greater-Scope Villain: The man behind Zero Reverse and the the entire Yliaster organization, and thus likely this show's answer to Zorc Necrophades and the Light of Destruction.
- Heroic Sacrifice: While Yusei's heading to the Momentum core of the Ark Cradle, Z-One, having just been beaten, grabs his D-Wheel and tosses it away, contributing to Yusei's getting out Just in Time and Z-One smashing himself into the core.
- Hope Spot: He deliberately invokes this trope in his duel with Aporia, who staked his strategy on drawing Afterglow from his deck (while deliberately depleting his deck to facilitate this), and using its effect to inflict 4000 damage to Z-One to win. Z-One thus decides to humor Aporia by opting to Summon Lazion, a monster with 0 ATK, when he could have easily chosen to Summon a monster with at least 500 ATK to deplete Aporia's remaining LP. Z-One then uses Lazion's effect to return every card in Aporia's Graveyard to his Deck, and then challenges the latter to pull off a miracle by drawing Afterglow under these circumstances. Aporia fails to do so and loses the duel as a result, leading Z-One to dismiss the notion of believing in hope and miracles as fallacious.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: The reason he so thoroughly trounced Aporia in their duel is because the latter believed that Metaion was his ace monster and had no idea that there were even other Timelords in existence. Z-One simply decided to play along with this and did nothing to dissaude that notion. As such, Aporia tailored his deck to getting around Metaion and was throughly blindsided when Z-One decided to Summon Lazion and use its effect to completely disrupt his strategy.
- Just a Machine: His view on the androids he made using the memories of his deceased friends.
- Lack of Empathy: Has lost all hope in humanity and decides to exterminate Neo Domino City rather than to trust the people solve the problem by themselves.
- Last of His Kind: Following the deaths of his friends, he is the last human alive.
- Man Behind the Man: Directly behind Aporia and Paradox, and through Yliaster is behind the Godwin Brothers and the first Zero Reverse that split the city apart. Thus, pretty much every major disaster and villain can be traced back to him.
- Man in the Machine: His monsters also fit this trope, seeing as how those are angels inside the armor.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: While things luckily didn't go exactly as he planned, his actions did alert the people of the present that a Bad Future was just around the corner, giving them a chance to fix things.
- Plot Twist: One of the most infamous in the entire franchise. After being hyped as a dark Yusei from the Bad Future, it instead turned out he was a random scientist who altered himself to look like Yusei.
- Shout-Out: Possibly to the Truth. He claims to be 'the one who knows the truth' and offers to tell Sherry the truth in exchange for her accepting her fate being changed.
- The Southpaw: Like the other characters from the future, he is left-handed.
- Super Power Lottery: His deck. Trap cards that can be activated directly from the hand. Any deck would get a big boost with just one of them, imagine a dozen or more! All of his monsters are totally indestructible and do varying types and levels of effect damage. One of them, Sandaion, does 4000 points of damage at the end of the Battle Phase. And that's not even his ace monster.
- Tarot Motifs: The four Hand-Traps he's used are based on the first four Major Arcana.
- Villain's Dying Grace: Sacrifices himself in Yusei's stead to stop the Ark Cradle so that the latter won't have to give up his own life.
- Walking Spoiler: His ultimate motives, the fact that he is the Big Bad, and the Red Herring plot twist surrounding his identity makes it very hard to talk about him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's trying to prevent a worse future by destroying Domino City.
- White Void Room: He resides in one of these.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Thanks to crossing the Despair Event Horizon.
- Your Days Are Numbered: He knows he doesn't have very long left to live.
The embodiment of the Red Star worshiped by the People of the Stars 5000 years ago. After sealing the Jibakushin within the Nazca Lines, its power was divided into 5 separate pieces and infused into the 5 individuals known as Signers as a Dragon's Birthmark. The 5 Dragons who protect the Signers are its servants.
A sixth birthmark later appears as the Crimson Dragon's "heart", and is given to Lua alongside a 6th Signer Dragon, the Life Stream Dragon. At the very end of the series, once Neo Domino City is permanently at peace, the Crimson Dragon takes back the six birthmarks and disappears, its duties having been fulfilled.
- All Your Powers Combined:
- When a Signer is fighting with great determination the Dragon's Birthmarks can unite onto their back, forming the Full Dragon's Birthmark and allowing them to draw Savior Dragon. Godwin later turns this on them when he gets the Dragon Head.
- Again with Shooting Quasar Dragon. It's summoned using all of the Synchro Monsters except Stardust Dragon as Synchro Material (although it is an evolution of Stardust Dragon anyway), its card artwork◊ features tuning rings the same colors as all the Signer Dragons, and as noted here, it has effects somewhat reminiscent of all the Signer Dragons.
- Because Destiny Says So: The Signers having to come together and face the Dark Signers and Earthbound Gods every 5000 years.
- Chekhov's Gun: Life Stream Dragon, appearing to Lua as the final Signer Dragon over two years after it initially cameoed in the second ED, Cross Game, and again in Luca's vision in Episode 30.
- Chekhov's Skill: Doubles with Chekhov's Gun above. At first, Lua's Life Stream Dragon being a Synchro Tuner monster and having the effect to manipulate the levels of other monsters on the field (in the anime) seems fairly random and a waste. However, after Lua lends it to Yusei for the final battle with Z-One, Yusei tunes it to all the other Signer Dragons (minus Stardust Dragon) to Synchro Summon Shooting Quasar Dragon.
- Deus ex Machina: Savior Dragon and the Synchro Monsters it summons, Savior Star Dragon and Savior Demons' Dragon. Aside from the two Synchro monsters being incredibly powerful (although the real life card game Nerfs them to a degree), Savior Dragon only appears after the Crimson Dragon adds it on top a Signer (in this case Yusei and Jack's) decks. This means that Yusei and Jack are battling using a card not even in their decks.
- Awesome, but Impractical: The Savior Dragons revert back to their original forms at the end of the turn, making them unfavorable in the actual card game. This comes up In-Universe where Yusei is aware that he cannot use Savior Star Dragon because Placido's setup makes it useless and would cause Stardust to get absorbed.
- Elemental Powers: The Signer Dragons and their attributes.
- Blow You Away: Yusei's Stardust Dragon
- Casting a Shadow: Jack's Red Demons' Dragon, and Crow's Blackfeather Dragon.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Lua's Life Stream Dragon
- Light 'em Up: Luca's Ancient Fairy Dragon
- Playing with Fire: Aki's Black Rose Dragon
- Making a Splash: The only attribute not represented by a Signer Dragon.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: The Savior Dragons, again.
- Evil Counterpart: The manga versions of Ancient Fairy and Power Tool look to be these. The Crimson Dragon gains one in Ultimaya Tzolkin.
- Foreshadowing: The Crimson Dragon showed the Signers a vision of Satellite being engulfed by the flames of the Spider Geoglyph.
- God: The Yu-gi-oh version of Quetzalcoatl to be precise. Its level of power is shown to be even stronger than the gods of the previous Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, especially in the 10th anniversary movie, where The Crimson Dragon is the being that allows Yusei to travel back to Judai and Yugi's time periods.
- Jesus Taboo: Because of this, the 'Savior' in the Savior Dragons is replaced with 'Majestic' in the TCG and in the English dub, and Savior Demons' Dragon being renamed Majestic Red Dragon. Also a lesser example, "Red Demons' Dragon" being re-named "Red Dragon Archfiend" like other Archfiend monsters.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When Rex Godwin grafts the head birthmark onto himself with the intent on abusing its powers, the Crimson Dragon simply takes it away from him without the protagonists having to do a thing.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Life Stream Dragon as a card is unique in several regards among the Signer Dragons. It's the only Signer Dragon to have a specific summoning condition (requiring another Synchro Monster, Power Tool Dragon), and it's the only Signer Dragon that is a Synchro Tuner monster.
- The Magic Goes Away: The birthmarks, at the very end of the series. The Crimson Dragon itself also leaves, its duties having been fulfilled.
- Mayincatec: Crimson Devil's mini-arc heavily hints that the Crimson Dragon is actually Quetza Coatl.
- Our Dragons Are Different: It's a gigantic red dragon that appears to be made of fire or light.
Earthbound Gods/Jibakushin (Earthbound Immortals)
Embodiments of evil sealed within the Nazca Lines by the Crimson Dragon and its servants. They were unleashed from the Underworld 17 years ago, after the Zero Reverse incident blew a hole between this world and theirs. They are the driving force behind the Dark Signers, and are as follows; Uru (Spider), Cusillu (Monkey), Ccapac Apu (Giant), Aslla piscu (Hummingbird), Ccarayhua (Lizard), Chacu Challhua (Killer Whale) and lastly Wiraqocha Rasca (Condor). Much like the 5 Dragons serve the Crimson Dragon, they serve the King of the Underworld (Meikai No Oh). There is another 'lost' Earthbound God, Scar-Red Nova, which was personally sealed by the Crimson Dragon 5000 years before the others, and was too violent for the Dark Signers to use. Its power was sealed by Jack to create Scar-Red Nova Dragon.
- Achilles' Heel: They're completely powerless without a Field Spell in play. Of course, when summoned in a Turbo Duel (as four of them were), this isn't an issue.
- Animal Motifs: Most of them are based on animals.
- Uru is based on a spider.
- Aslla piscu vaguely resembles a hummingbird.
- Cusillu possesses the appearance of a monkey.
- Ccarayhua moderately resembles a reptile.
- Chacu Challhua looks like an orca.
- Wiraqocha Rasca is modeled after a condor.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: They are absurdly large. Ccarayhua is about three-quarters to two-thirds the height of the Arcadia building.
- Awesome, but Impractical:
- Wiraqocha Rasca. It has 100 ATK and DEF and its effect is that when it's Normal Summoned, you can return up to three cards you control to your deck to have your opponent discard that many random cards from their hand and increase Wiraqocha Rasca's ATK by 1000 for each card discarded this way. Powerful, but it requires the player to have enough cards for both the Tribute Summoning and the effect and only works when Wiraqocha Rasca is Normal Summoned, so you can't use if you Special Summon Wiraqocha Rasca.
- Cusillu's unique effect is hard to use as well since it requires it to be destroyed by battle and for you to have another monster on the field. And since the Immortals cannot be targeted for an attack, you would have to let Cusillu attack a stronger monster on purpose just to use its effect when you could keep Cusillu on the field and keep attacking directly. Another way for it to happen would be for your opponent to negate Cusillu's effect and then attack it but that would require them letting you keep a monster on the field or using effects to make sure you still have a monster by the time Cusillu is destroyed.
- Beat Still, My Heart: When Earthbound Gods are summoned, a disembodied heart appears and starts beating as it absorbs people's souls.
- Breath Weapon: Wiraqocha Rasca, and the King of the Underworld.
- Cherry Tapping: Wiraqocha Rosca's 1 ATK, meant to compliment its key anime effect.
- Demonic Possession: They will do this if they are not happy with their Dark Signer.
- Early-Bird Cameo: They are first seen in episode 30 covered by a dark fog. Despite this you can make out which is which by their colored highlights. Also the condor geoglyph can be seen as well.
- Eldritch Abomination: All of them are ginormous embodiments of evil that eat souls en masse just by being summoned. They also have effects that bend numerous rules of the game to make themselves nearly unassailable.
- Evil Is Bigger: These things are Kaiju-sized in the anime and dwarf all of the Signer Dragons.
- Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: Chacu Challhua is a killer whale, but looks and moves in a shark like manner as well.
- Everything's Worse With Monkeys: Cusillu.
- Giant Eye of Doom: Ccarayhua, to the point of obscuring an entire full-floor window.
- Giant Flyer: Aslla piscu and Wiraqocha Rasca.
- Giant Spider: Uru.
- God of Evil: They are called Earthbound Gods in the Japanese variation.
- Greater-Scope Villain: The King of the Underworld is built up to be this until it is revealed that Rex Goodwin was using it the whole time.
- HP to 1: Wiraqocha Rasca's anime effect.
- Kaiju: They're an interesting variation - they cause plenty of destruction, but it's their geoglyphs rather than the monsters themselves most of the time.
- Made of Evil: According to Bruno, they were manifested from the evil in people's hearts.
- Mayincatec: They are all based on Nazca Lines.
- A Million Is a Statistic: Earthbound Gods' sacrifices require the souls of other people.
- Noble Bird of Prey: Wiraqocha Rasca, particularly as it's the most powerful of the seven.
- No Pronunciation Guide: The Earthbound Gods' names are in Quechuan, meaning that typical English pronunciation rules need not apply. Ccapac Apu and Ccarayhua in particular can throw viewers for a loop, as the double "C"s in their names are pronounced separately.
- Oh, Crap!: Prominent when they are summoned.
- Olympus Mons: They're utterly enormous monsters, in case you haven't figured it out yet.
- Our Dragons Are Different: The King of the Underworld, which appears as an Evil Counterpart to Life Stream Dragon. It represents Death, while Life Stream represents Life.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Old Momentum being the can-opener and the Nazca Lines, of all things, being the can.
- Spell My Name with an "S": No, that's not a typo, Aslla piscu really is spelt with a lowercase "p".
- Taking You with Me: In a flashback which Luca experiences as a dream, when the Earthbound Gods are destroyed by the Signer Dragons, the disembodied head of Uru uses its web strands to drag Ancient Fairy Dragon into the Nazca Lines causing her to be sealed alongside the Earthbound Gods.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Boy howdy. Firstly, when they debuted they were the biggest monsters in the franchise bar the Great Leviathan. Then there's their effects. Immunity to Spells and Traps are the norm for boss monsters in the franchise, but immunity to attacks and being able to flat-out direct attack is something else. Let's not even start around the brutal effect of Aslla piscu, which not only nukes the field, but also burns the opponent.
Machine Emperors/Kikoutei (Meklord Emperors)
A series of monsters used by the Three Emperors of Yliaster. They are: Machine Emperor Wisel, owned by Placido; Machine Emperor Skiel, owned by Lucciano; and Machine Emperor Granel, owned by Jose. Arriving on Earth one at a time via stone tablets, they have the ability to absorb Synchro monsters - and since most people in the series use them, this is a bit of a problem for anyone facing them. There is a fourth Machine Emperor, Aporia's, called Machine Divine Emperor Machinicle Infinity Cubic. Related are the three Machine Imperial Soldiers and Machine Emperor Dragon Asterisk. During the WRGP final, it is shown that an army of Machine Emperors attacked humanity at the height of its development, before Momentum went out of control and destroyed the world.
- Anti-Magic: Their deck style is against the use of Synchro monsters, culminating in their signature emperors. Although it's less "killer" and more like "absorb them into their monsters". The first time Yusei encounters them, he has nightmares about Wisel until gaining Accel Synchro, which basically teleports them before they can be snagged. Of course, Granel and Machinicle can counteract that too.
- Wisel itself can negate Spell effects.
- The Assimilator: All of them can absorb Synchro monsters.
- Cognizant Limbs: Each Meklord Emperor card only represents the machine's central core, with its limbs, base, and head all represented by separate monsters that can be destroyed separately.
- Combining Mecha: Each one is made up of 5 separate components with effects that support one another, and can be replaced or upgraded to make the Kikoutei more powerful, though only Placido used parts from another Emperor on his own.
- Cyber Cyclops: While some of them are more questionable cases, Granel & Infinity Cubic are definitely this.
- The Dreaded: Before Yusei got Shooting Star Dragon, he was terrified of them for their ability.
- E = MC Hammer: The fourth Emperor is called Infinity Cubic. How one cubes infinity is anyone's guess.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: Wisel has a pair of boosters on its upper legs that emit a trail of sparkles.
- Feathered Fiend: Skiel, which vaguely resembles some sort of winged creature.
- Gaia's Vengeance: They were created by Momentum to eliminate the cause of the system's instability, which was due to the human race becoming greedy, apathetic, and conceited with progress.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Ultimately, they can be considered this for 5Ds as a whole, being responsible for the cataclysmic event that started Z-one's whole scheme.
- Humongous Mecha:
- While Machine Emperors Wisel and Skiel aren't that humongous, Jose's Emperor, Granel, certainly is.
- And then there's the gigantic monstrosity that is Machinicle Infinity Cubic. Look at its size compared to Machine Imperial Soldier Skiel Ein◊.
- Killer Robot: They effectively wiped out humanity in the Bad Future.
- Knight of Cerebus: All of the Meklords are handled incredibly seriously, what with being The Dreaded and their terrifying presence. Granel in particular deserves special mention thanks to being directly responsible for at two of the biggest despairs in Aporia's past, and partially responsible for the third.
- Manof Kryptonite: Designed to kill Synchro Monsters.
- Meaningful Name:
- Infinity Cubic attacks by shooting a stream of small energy cubes. Its attack is also called "The Cube of Despair".
- Machine Emperor Dragon Asterisk has an asterisk on it's head.
- Mechanical Monster: Good lord, yes.
- Numerological Motif: They all have an infinity sign on their chest.
- Odd Name Out: Infinity Cubic. And Asterisk.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Asterisk looks more like an eastern dragon then the western dragons most dragon-type monster card resemble. Then again, it's a machine-type, not a dragon-type.
- Plot-Based Photograph Obfuscation: All of them appear in the opening credits, but until they have actually appeared in the show, they are mostly hidden by shadow.
- Shout-Out: The tablets that they arrive in are similar to the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not to mention the Ka Tablets from the original show.
- You Will Not Evade Me: Unlike Wisel and Skiel, Jose's Granel has the ability to prevent Synchros that it attacks from removing themselves from the field, as Jack found out rather painfully. Adding more is that it can drag out the Synchro from the Graveyard into its body.
Duel DragonsA series of Dragon Synchro Monsters that appear only in the manga. Six of them are dark versions of the Signer Dragons in fact, the Signer Dragons appear in the manga in alternate forms as Duel Dragons. They were used in ancient Turbo Duel rituals to seal darkness, or so Rex Godwin claims. In actuality they were worshippers of the Ultimate God, Ultimaya Tzolkin, the manga's equivalent to the Crimson Dragon. Rex Godwin intends to use the Duel Dragons to revive the God and claim its power.
- Adapted Out: Oddly enough, there never was a Duel Dragon counterpart to Life Stream Dragon.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the anime, the Signer Dragons and the Crimson Dragon are benevolent. In the manga, the Duel Dragons are tools of evil and the Crimson Dragon is re-imagined as Ultimaya Tzolkin, the Greater-Scope Villain of the manga.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Beelze.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: When a Duelist is completely controlled by them.
- Casting a Shadow: All of them except Stardust, Black Rose, and Dragoascension.
- Dark Is Evil: Even the Signer Dragon counterparts look much darker and more ominous compared to the anime, with the exceptions of Stardust, Dragoascension, and Black Rose.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Blackfeather Darkrage Dragon after Crow obtains it.
- Demonic Possession: They can do this to the Duelists that use them.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Tends to happen to those possessed by their Duel Dragon.
- Dub Name Change: All of the Duel Dragons names have been changed in the English manga and TCG:
- Machine Dragon - Power Tool > Power Tool Mecha Dragon
- Fairy Dragon - Ancient > Ancient Pixie Dragon
- Burning Demon Dragon - Red Demon > Hot Red Dragon Archfiend
- Flashing Karat Dragon - Stardust > Stardust Spark Dragon
- Demon King Dragon - Beezle > Beelze of the Diabolic Dragons
- Purgatory Dragon - Ogre Dragoon > Void Ogre Dragon
- Mysterious Winged Dragon - Black Feather > Blackfeather Darkrage Dragon
- Underworld Dragon Dragonecro > Dragonecro Nethersoul Dragon
- Dragoascension, the Supreme Dragon of the Heavens > Ascension Sky Dragon
- Moon Flower Dragon - Black Rose > Black Rose Moonlight Dragon
- Inconsistent Dub: Between Volumes 3 and 4, Power Tool has gone from Power Tool Mecha Dragon to Machine Dragon Power Tool, and Red Demon from Enma Dragon Red Demon to Jeweled Red Dragon Archfiend.
- Evil Counterpart: Meta-wise, they are this to the Signer Dragons, as plot-important Synchro Dragons. But where the Signer Dragons are good, the Duel Dragons are evil.
- Expy: Six of the Duel Dragons shown look exactly like the Signer Dragons, but with strange markings on their bodies. They also play a similar role to the Signer Dragons.
- Stardust is revealed to be a Synchro Tuner monster just like Life Stream Dragon.
- Stardust Sifr in appearance is very similar to Shooting Star Dragon though it has six wings instead of two. Also the way it is summoned is very similar to Shooting Quaser Dragon.
- Light Is Good: Stardust Spark and Moonlight Dragon Black Rose.
- Light Is Not Good: Dragoascension.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Red Demon can destroy every single other Attack Position Monster in play with just its effect.
- Shout-Out: Dragoascension has Osiris the Sky Dragon's signature effect.
- Super Mode: Demon King Super Dragon - Beelzeus for Beelze, Dragococytus the Impure Underworld Dragon for Dragonecro, Holy Spark Dragon God - Stardust Sifr and Stardust Chronicle Spark Dragon for Stardust and Burning Demon Dragon - Red Demon Abyss, Burning Demon Dragon - Red Demon Belial, and Burning Demon Dragon King - Red Demon Calamity for Red Demon.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Dragonecro and Power Tool are a Fusion monster and Machine-Type monster respectively.
The main antagonist of the movie Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time who comes from a destroyed future. Believing Duel Monsters to be the cause, he traveled back in time to kill Pegasus before he could create the game, requiring the main protagonists of the three series to team up to stop him.
It is later shown that he was part of a group of survivors including himself, Aporia, Antinomy, and Z-One, who sought to change the future. However, he, Aporia, and Antinomy eventually succumbed to old age and died, leaving only Z-One left.
- All Your Powers Combined: His deck is composed of Malefic monsters which, except for his three own cards, are evil, corrupted versions of the ace cards of friends and allies of Yugi, Judai and Yusei. They include Kaiba's Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Jonouchi's Red-Eyes Black Dragon, Kaiser and Sho's Cyber End Dragon, Johan's Rainbow Dragon, and Yusei's own Stardust Dragon.
- Anti-Villain: Like Aporia and Z-One, he's trying to prevent a Bad Future. Although he acts much more maliciously than them.
- Ax-Crazy: In contrast to his three stoic friends.
- Badass Biker: A D-Wheeler who travels through time with his D-Wheel, and steals dragons while riding it in the middle of a duel.
- Big Bad: Of the movie.
- Cool Bike: It can transform into a flying machine and also travels through time. It has a similar design to Dark Glass' D-Wheel, which foreshadows their connection.
- Cool Mask: He wears a white and black mask resembling his Malefic theme. It actually doesn't conceal his identity, since nobody knows him to begin with.
- Curtains Match the Window: He has yellow eyes to his blond hair.
- Evil Laugh: Does this sometimes, despite his claims to have a noble goal.
- Filler Villain: Averted. Despite being a movie villain, he is also a canon character of the series.
- Fusion Dance: When he summons Malefic Truth Dragon, he combines with it in a manner similar to that of Yami Marik and Ra.
- High-Class Glass: His older self, as shown in Episode 135, wears a monocle.
- I Have the High Ground: How he encounters Judai, and how Yugi sees him for the first time.
- Irony: Meta-example. Despite being a movie villain named Paradox, he is canon.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He is a handsome man with really long hair.
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: How the protagonists view his goal.
- Malevolent Masked Man: His mask has the Malefic theme. Is this Obviously Evil enough?
- Meaningful Name: Paradox, referring to a self contradictory proposition, reflecting his goal to influence the timeline.
- A Million Is a Statistic: His attack on Domino City killed a bunch of people, but what's their sacrifice compared to the entire human race?
- Multicolored Hair: He is mainly blond, but his bangs are purple. Also, his right eyebrow is red.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: It is never shown how he stole Cyber End Dragon, Rainbow Dragon, Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and Red-Eyes Black Dragon.
- Our Dragons Are Different: All his Malefic monsters are dragons, except for Parallel Gear. (Also Cyber-End Dragon technically, as it's a Machine-Type).
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: How he views his goal.
- Shoulders of Doom: Part of his outfit.
- A Sinister Clue: He is left-handed, which foreshadows his connection with Yliaster.
- The Southpaw: Like the other characters from the future, he is left-handed.
- Spikes of Villainy: On his arm wrists.
- Theme Naming: Like Aporia and Antinomy, Paradox's name refers to a logical fallacy.
- Time Travel: He travels back in time to kill Pegasus before he could create Duel Monsters.
- Unskilled, but Strong: His Malefic deck is extremely powerful, capable of instantly calling forth powerful high-level Monsters without any real cost. This is counteracted by the fact that Paradox tends to make rather novice mistakes in his duel against Yugi, Judai, and Yusei. He wastes his Malefic Force Trap Card when attempting to protect Paradox Dragon from Yugi's monster-stealing spell, without waiting for Yugi to mention that he was instead targeting his stolen Stardust Dragon. During his last turn, he has his dragons attack the Dark Magician Girl and Elemental HERO Neos that the protagonists have in Defense Position, which leaves them alive with enough Life Points to give them enough room to make a counterattack and defeat them. Had he instead attacked the Dark Magician or Stardust Dragon in Attack Position, he would have dealt enough damage to them to have taken the protagonists all out in one fell swoop.
- Unusual Eyebrows: His red right eyebrow has an impossible design.
- Watching the Sunset: One of his flashbacks shows him watching the sunset of the destroyed Earth.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His goal is to save the world.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Like Aporia and Z-One, he crossed the Despair Event Horizon and is trying to prevent a worse fate for humanity.
- Would Hit a Girl: While any duel is guaranteed to have this, Paradox's first attempt in defeating Yugi, Judai, and Yusei after summoning Malefic Truth Dragon is having Malefic Red-Eyes Black Dragon attack Dark Magician Girl. While it does benefit Truth Dragon's effect, the protagonists had 2600 life points, and the former's effect deals 800 damage based on how many monsters are destroyed by its effect. Dark Magician Girl was in defense mode and they had 3 other monsters on their field otherwise, dropping them down to 200; had he attacked Dark Magician, Stardust Dragon, or Neos Knight instead with Blue-Eyes or Truth Dragon, he would've won in a single move.
- Berserk Button: Looking down on him. It's played for laughs, but horribly subverted later.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Runs an Insect deck.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: From the Card of Darkness the Skeleton Knight gave him.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Due to Beelze's influence.
- Evil Costume Switch: Once Sect joins the Skeleton Knight, he trades in his biker outfit for some sweet looking medieval armor.
- It's All About Me: While Drunk on the Dark Side to ridiculous levels.
- Jerkass: It's only while he's evil, but damn, he's a massive prick at that point.
- Meaningful Name:
- His Card of Darkness, Demon King Dragon - Beelze, is named after Beelzebub, who is also known as the 'Lord of Flies'. Sect uses Insect-Type monsters.
- Also, since family names are placed before given names in Japan, Sect's name is Injuin Sect.
- No-Sell: You can't destroy Beelze or Beelzeus. Period.
- The Rival: Yusei has declared him this, although Jack kinda lives more up to the role.
- Super Mode: For his Duel Dragon, Beelze: Demon King Super-Dragon Beelzus.
- Took a Level in Badass: After gaining Beelze, and in the first chapter he'd come a long way from the fellow that we later see in the flashbacks.
The Skeleton Knight
- Affably Evil: He's not above complimenting his opponents, and he's sincere when he does so.
- Anti-Villain: All he wants to do is save his brother from the Ultimate God.
- Big Bad: Apparently. Later usurped by his brother.
- Deal with the Devil: Duelists can call upon him to obtain powerful cards, but those Cards of Darkness corrupt them into his service.
- Evil Counterpart: His ace monster, Underworld Dragon Dragonecro, specializes in creating these of any monster it battles.
- Hellish Horse: Skeleton Knight rides a skeletal one in place of a D-Wheel.
- Irony: Duelists make Deals With the Devil with him. He became said Devil in attempting to make one with the Ultimate God himself.
- My Horse Is a Motorbike: Inverted, as he uses a horse instead of a D-Wheel.
- No-Sell: A somewhat unusual example with Underworld Dragon Dragonecro, which cannot destroy monsters in battle. Played straight with its Super Mode form, Dragocutos, which can't be destroyed in battle.
- The Reveal: The Skeleton Knight is actually Rutger Godwin.
- Super Mode: For his Duel Dragon, Dragonecro: Dragocutos, the Impure Underworld Dragon.
- Urban Legend: His sunset salute, said to grant rare cards.
Priests of Light
- In the Hood: One of them wears one that covers his face. It is later revealed that he looks like Yusei.
- Identical Stranger: They all look like Yusei and his friends.
Dark Crow Hogan
- Mirror Match: Uses the same cards and strategies like Crow does.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The last time he was seen, Dark Crow had just summoned his duel dragon and was facing Crow. The next time Crow appears he's holding the duel dragon card, which implies that Dark Crow was defeated off-screen.
The Ultimate God
- Adaptational Villainy: As the Crimson Dragon of the manga.
- As Long as There is Evil: As it's about to be destroyed it warns Yusei it was born from the actions of humanity and as long as humans desire power it will always be revived.
- Eldritch Abomination: Sealed Evil in a Can? Check. Corrupts anything that comes close to it? Check. Has a true form that is more powerful and hideous than the last one? Check.
- Expy: Its original form resembles Obelisk the Tormentor. Its true form looks like the Crimson Dragon.
- Foil: It's one to Utopic Future in the OCG/TCG. Both have a level/rank of 0 and possess an attack and defense of 0. Both have effects that work the opposite of each other and both are used by a hero and villain in the final battle of their respective series.
- Fusion Dance: Merges with Rex Godwin to become Ultimitl Bishbalkin the Ultimate Legendary God.
- Identical Stranger: People who gotten the Ultimaya Tzolkin card might confuse it with the Crimson Dragon itself.
- My Hero, Zero: While not a hero it is the first level zero monster to appear and possesses an ATK and DEF of 0.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: It was sealed in a monstrous statue 5000 years ago.
Ish Kiq Godwin
- Back from the Dead: Revived by the Ultimate God which leads to...
- Came Back Wrong: Was corrupted by Shadow Miasma.
- Fan Disservice: A shot of her corpse is shown in the present.
- Ms. Fanservice: In her ceremonial outfit.
- Living Battery: Or Unliving Battery in this case. Her corpse was being used to harness the Ultimate God's Miasma.
- BFS: He has one as his Duel Disk.
- Norse Mythology: He is named after the fire giant that will set the world ablaze at Ragnarok.
- Tomato in the Mirror: He was unaware that he was actually a Transer-type robot.
- Turned Against Their Masters: He attacks Odin after learning the truth about him, breaking Odin's armour, but is promptly destroyed.
- Demonic Possession: He initially possessed one of the scientists who were investigating Yggdrasil. When he committed suicide in an unsuccessful attempt to take Odin with him, Odin possessed his daughter, Alina. Judging from a line after Surtr breaks his armour, there might be a little more to the second case.
- The Faceless: Until the end.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Norse Mythology: He is named after the king of the Norse Gods.
- Samus Is a Girl: Odin is possessing the body of Alina, the daughter of one of the scientists investigating Yggdrasil.
- Taking You with Me: Odin attempts to bury the group with him at the bottom of the ocean after his loss.
- Tin Tyrant: Apparently the armour is meant to prevent Odin's soul from escaping. Whether it is a Restraining Bolt or a Soul Anchor is unclear.
Player (World Championship 2009)
- Cloning Blues: It's implied that the player is a clone, but it's never made clear and is left to the audience to decide. Either way, there are four clones of the player that they have to take on.
- I Am Who?: He/She is actually a fake signer created by Rex Godwin in an attempt to summon the Crimson Dragon. He succeeds... but the Crimson Dragon quickly dissipates.
- Refused the Call: At the conclusion of the Fortune Cup, the Crimson Dragon removes their fake Signer Mark, with the implication that this is what they wanted.
Player (World Championship 2010)
- The Ace: Of Team Satisfaction. Kiryu even mentions that he/she would make a better leader than him.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: From Chapter 1 to Chapter 4
- 11th-Hour Superpower: Gains his/her Mark of the Dragon before the final boss duel.
Player (World Championship 2011)
- The Ace: Of Team Future Speed (Or whatever other name you chose in game).
- 11th-Hour Ranger: Temporarily joins Team 5D's near the end of the game
- 11th-Hour Superpower: Before the final three duels, he/she gets three special cards: Ally of Justice Decisive Armor, Trident Dragion, and Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier.
- Parental Abandonment: Later revealed that they both perished alongside Toru's parents on a D-Wheel accident.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Childhood Friends: With the player.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Uses a Scrap Deck
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Scrap monsters seem to have terrible effects that involve destroying themselves. Seemingly useless, but it helps the Scraps greatly out if used correctly.
- The Lancer
- Parental Abandonment: Later revealed that they both perished alongside the player's parents on a D-Wheel accident.
- Aborted Arc: She tells the main character to evolve their Synchro Summoning, alluding to Accel Synchro and Bruno's role in the anime. This doesn't actually lead up to anything in the story and is dropped entirely.
- Killer Rabbit: Her Watt monsters are very cute, cartoonish animals that are all out to get you. Averted with her boss monsters, though: Wattchimera and Watthydra are very fierce-looking.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Shock and Awe: Uses a Watt Deck.
- Shout-Out: Like Bruno/Dark Glass, one to Kamen Rider.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality
- Tsundere: Mostly to Toru
- Weak, but Skilled: Her Watt deck. Her monsters are weak, but can lock down your opponent's field. This is used to show how strategic and strong Misaki is.
- When She Smiles
- Wrench Wench: Like Bruno, she's good with machines.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- Zettai Ryouiki