AcademiaThe Fusion Dimension's Duel Academia. They are the main antagonists of the series, who make it their life's mission of attacking other dimensions and sealing their victims into cards. A majority of the characters shown from this dimension are quite sadistic, treating their heinous actions as a "hunting game" and laughing about the destruction that they cause. Those who aren't overly sadistic are instead very adamant about fulfilling the mission they were given (Serena, Barrett). They are based off of the second Yu-Gi-Oh! series, with the school-like setting and their colored uniforms (Obelisk Blue, Ra Yellow, Osiris Red).
Tropes associated with Academia:
- Achilles' Heel: A lot of Academia duelists use strategies which restrict their opponents which usually give them a tremendous advantage in a duel. But usually these strategies can be overcome if their opponent uses Fusion Summoning.
- Academy of Evil: A school that teaches students to make war on other dimensions. However not all students take to the Academy's sadistic teachings and have been known to defect when given the chance.
- Adaptational Villainy: While the Duel Academy of GX wasn't without its dark secrets, neither its students nor its faculty outside of Kagemaru were evil by any measure; the worst of them were elitist Jerkasses, and those guys were the minority among the friendly teachers and students. Here Duel Academy collectively acts as the main antagonists of the series, training duel soldiers to conquer other dimensions.
- Ax-Crazy: A majority of the students here love pulling off disturbing facial expressions and screaming about how they're going to destroy their opponents. Thankfully, there are still some students like Serena and Asuka who came to their senses and rejected the school's draconian methods. Oddly enough, the Professor of all people is just The Stoic.
- The Cameo: While he doesn't appear directly, Episode 116 has Ryo Marufuji's name appear on a blackboard in an Academia classroom.
- Captain Ersatz: Episode 106 gives us two Osiris Red students who look very similar to Misawa (or Judai) and Kaiser◊ from GX.
- Character Tic: People from this dimension tend to clasp their hands together when they Fusion Summon. People from other dimensions who have been around them sometimes pick up this tic, such as Yuzu and Sergey. The only one who avert this so far is Barrett.
- There are two notable variations of the pose. Sora, while clasping his hands together during his first Fusion Summon of Frightfur Chimera, generally slams his fist into his palm. Yuri puts his palms together in a prayer-like pose, which Yuya also does when he gains ownership of Starving Venom Fusion Dragon.
- Clock Punk: The soldiers use the Antique Gear archetype used by Cronos de Medici.
- Color-Coded Characters:
- Many of them have color schemes that reflect their alignment to Fusion; either purple, the color of Fusion Monster cards, or orange and blue, the colors of the artwork on the Polyermization card. The Professor, Yuri, Roget, and Captain Solo, all wear purple, Sora and Dennis wear orange and blue outfits, and Serena has blue and orange hair.
- Their elite soldiers Obelisk Force wear blue, while lower-ranked commanders wear yellow and the grunt soldiers wear red.
- Cool Sword: The Hard Light blades projected by their Duel Disks take the shape of swords.
- Defector from Decadence: For some Academia Duelists, this is their reason for deserting the said school.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Episode 103 reveals that not only do parents willingly send their children to Academia but the children are excited to go. And if a child dares to escape, the adults refuse to listen to them and have them forcibly returned to the Academia.
- Dirty Coward: They're fine with carding defeated opponents or any survivors that come across their path, but beg to be spared when the shoe is on the other foot.
- Enemy Civil War: Not all Fusion Duelists are from Academia, since Asuka is the first of Yusho's agents who is against their cause.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Although five of them get thrown into a Battle Royale against five Lancers and will eventually have to card one another until there's a last man standing, they aren't stupid enough to try it before they take out the Lancers. This is one hint that there's something very wrong with BB.
- Evil Counterpart: Aside from being an evil version of GX's Duel Academia, Academia is this to LDS. Both are prominent Duel Schools with a rivalry against You Show run by members of the Akaba family with the intention of training soldiers, but while Academia aims to conquer the dimensions, LDS aims to defend them. Additionally, while Academia focuses entirely on Fusion while looking down on other Summoning methods, LDS gives education in all of them.
- Final Solution: Academia at the very least wants to do this to the Xyz Dimension. Subverted when Edo reveals the students are taught after the single world has been made, everyone that was carded will be freed and be allowed to live in paradise.
- Fluffy the Terrible: One wouldn't think an organization that commits (technical) mass-murder and aspires to conquer multiple dimensions would call itself a school synonym.
- For the Evulz: This group clearly gets off on destroying a dimension's way of life. They compare hunting down anyone from an alternate dimension to be a game.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: The beginning of episode 116 has the name "Ryo Marufuji" written on a blackboard, even in Roman letters.
- Fusion Dance: Duh! Every member uses Fusion Monsters and they are proud of them.
- Greater-Scope Villain: They take this role in the Synchro Dimension arc, while the protagonists are dealing with the Synchro Dimension, they hang over the arc as the enemies the Lancers will have to fight.
- HeelFace Turn: Any Academia member who gets humbled (Sora), horrified at the school's Awful Truth (Serena), bailed out (Asuka), captivated (the Tyler Sisters, Edo and his forces), or threatened (Noro) by the heroes will end up becoming renegades as a result.
- Humongous Mecha: Antique Gear Chaos Giant, which destroyed Heartland. They have several of them.
- Lack of Empathy: Most Duelists from Academia, particularly Yuri, Dennis and the Obelisk Force, enjoy what they do and have zero remorse for what their actions have wrought. Serena seems to be the one exception, clearly disgusted with what she heard from Yuzu and what she's seen from Sora's duel with Kurosaki. Other exceptions are Sora (who develops a sense of sympathy thanks to Yuya and Yuzu), Barrett (who is an Affably Evil Noble Demon at worst), Asuka (who is against sealing civilians in cards), and Edo (who is already morally conflicted when Yuya first met him).
- Laser-Guided Karma: Academia and the Fusion Dimension are proud that they get to invade other dimensions and turn their peaceful way of living upside down. So when Zarc's revival occurs right in their own dimension and he starts laying waste to their homes, this is karma coming back to bite them all BIG TIME.
- More Than Mind Control: The Duel Soldiers are heavily indoctrinated, to the point they have no problem with, and will encourage, their own allies being carded when they lose a duel, as they've been taught that falling on the battlefield is deserving of such punishment. Thanks to The Doktor, this is extending to direct mind control, too.
- Obliviously Evil: Some Academia members have no clue at all that their "hunting games" sparked an all-out war with the Xyz Dimension. Given what the Professor needs the carded people for, they might even truly think they're the good guys.
- Psycho for Hire: Several Academia officers have this attitude. Although their boss is against the Doktor's Uriah Gambit involving the Bracelet Girls as suicide bombers or Yuri's Omnicidal Maniac philosophy.
- Puppeteer Parasite: The Doktor's Parasite Fusioners can turn Serena, Rin, and Ruri into his Brainwashed and Crazy meat shields.
- Mythology Gag: They're based on the Duel Academy of GX. Antique Gear monsters and Obelisk Force for starters.
- Phantom Zone Picture: Their way of "killing" is sealing people's souls into cards.
- Player Killing: Their "Hunting Games" function as this.
- Resignations Not Accepted: Anyone who tries to leave is turned into a card, such as the girl that tried to escape with Asuka.
- War for Fun and Profit: According to Sora. The way the Obelisk Force and Yuri are obviously enjoying the destruction they spread only cemented it.
- Would Hurt a Child: They're not too picky about their prey. This means even infants are fair game.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Academia members believe they are creating an utopia by fusing the four dimensions, to the point that some members don't even believe they've started a war. That might be because the Professor's goal actually IS to create a utopia by recreating the Original Dimension.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Academia is loved in the Fusion Dimension, who don't know the truth about them.
Professor Leo Akaba
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (JP), Billy Bob Thompson (EN)
Reiji's father, who three years ago went to the Fusion Dimension, where he became the Professor, the head of Academia. He is the instigator of the interdimensional war with the intent to conquer all dimensions and unite them under his command.
Later the Lancers learn that the Professor originally hailed from the Original Dimension where his technology gave Duel Monsters the ability to interact with reality itself, as well as invoking in them actual feelings. This backfired spectacularly when he inadvertently helped create the "Devil Duelist" known as Zarc and the fusion of all his ace dimensional dragons, "Supreme King Dragon Zarc." In an attempt to right his wrongs, the Professor utilized the power of nature itself to try and take Zarc down but was stopped from doing so by his daughter Ray, who took his place and ended up splitting the Original Dimension into the current four existing ones.
Thus the entire reason for starting the war in the first place was an ill-guided attempt to "unite" the dimensions once again and revive his daughter Ray once again. Following Zarc's defeat, the Professor comes to regret what his actions has wrought upon the dimensions and seeks atonement.
Leo Akaba plays a Spirit Crystal/Spirit Tech Force deck, which is a Pendulum Archetype, and shuts down the rest of the summoning mechanics of his opponents who utilize either Xyz, Fusion and/or Synchro.
Tropes associated with the Professor:
- Affably Evil: The Professor believes that what he is doing is right. He doesn't enjoy doing evil things. Next to the Doktor, the Professor looks like a saint in comparison.
- Always Someone Better: To Reiji, Reiji spent 3 years trying to gather the skills and power to defeat the Professor. But their duel in episodes 128 and 129 showed the Professor countering every one of his moves.
- Ambiguously Brown: His skin is noticeably darker than most characters, although his younger self has kinked hair which suggests he is black. Oddly enough his biological children, Reiji and Ray have pale skin tones.
- Ambition Is Evil: When said ambition is starting a interdimensional war where the losers are sealed in a card, yes, it is evil.
- Animal Motifs: His first name associates with lions, which are symbols of kingship in European culture.
- Antagonistic Governor: Implied by his Ace Monster, Spirit Tech Force - Pendulum Governor
- Anti-Villain: He may be the mastermind behind Academia's attack on Heartland, but he finds no joy in Academia's sadism or Yuri's genocidal rampage, is clearly disgusted at the Doktor for shoving Parasite Fusioners on the Bracelet Girls, and wants his daughter back.
- The Atoner:
- After creating the technology that created Zarc, the Professor eventually created the cards that would become the bracelets to stop him as atonement.
- His Pendulum summoning chant implies he still this.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Reiji, who is explicitly trying to find duelists strong enough to defeat the Professor.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Throughout the series, the Professor has treated Reiji as a second concern to Ray's revival. So it was nice to see when Zarc was going to finish Reiji, he was very worried about his son.
- Bad Boss: Played with. He seems to treat his subordinates well enough, or at least doesn't harm them, but most Academia members are terrified of him. It's not clear yet if he actually is a Bad Boss, or if their fear is just indoctrination due to being raised as Child Soldiers.
- Badass Cape: Showing his authority in Academia.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: He steps in to face Zarc during Episode 139, though his intervention does nothing to prevent Crow and Sawatari from losing.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Downplayed. In the end, he's accomplished every one of his goals to some extent: Ray has been resurrected as Yuzu with the rest of the girls living inside her body, the Four Dimensions are connected via the left overs of Arc-V, and Zarc has been "defeated" once Yuya makes him laugh.
- Bald of Evil: With Tainted Veins to boost.
- Big Bad: He's the mastermind behind the interdimensional war and the one who started it by having the Fusion Dimension invade the Xyz Dimension. From the beginning, his agents (Sora then Dennis) would infiltrate and manipulate Yuya and the others. The Lancers were in fact formed as an opposition against his forces. The reason he's doing this is because Zarc's actions in the original world resulted with Ray being split into four pieces.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: With Jean Micheal Roget in Season 2. The Professor sends his agents while he prepares to invade the Synchro Dimension while Roget controls the city where the action takes place. As Zarc awakens during the final part of the series, he starts playing this to him.
- Birds of a Feather: The Doktor states that as fellow scientists they should be able to understand each other. The Professor actually agrees with his, but not in the way the Doktor intended. The Professor realized that the Doktor was just like how he was in the past and carded him as he felt that attitude was dangerous.
- Body Horror: The massive vein on the top of his head.
- The Chessmaster: In his duel with Reiji he completely plays and manipulates him, only about to lose because of Z-Arc's control over Yuya.
- Composite Character: He acts as a combination of several characters from GX, namely Chronos, Samejima, Yubel, and Cobra. His basic uniform is heavily inspired by Chronos', like Samejima he's the bald leader of Academia, like Yubel he's plotting to merge the dimensions with methods Powered by a Forsaken Child, and like Cobra he's doing it to try and revive his child that was taken from him.
- The Corrupter: Turned most of Duel Academy's students into genocidal soldiers and Yuri into the monster he's well known to be.
- Crazy-Prepared: Despite the Tyler Sisters' power, he has the Obelisk Force on standby in case they lose. They do.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Attempts this on Zarc, in the same manner as his daughter Ray, after Crow and Sawatari's defeat. It doesn't end well.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Is shaping to be this as of Episode 126, with Zarc being the biggest threat to the Four Dimensions and its original form. Played straight as of Episode 139 after he suffers a One Turn Kill at the hands of Zarc.
- Emperor Scientist: He's a scientist studying the technology of Duel Monsters, and one of the masterminds of giving Solid Vision mass that led to the creation of Action Duels.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: All he does is to attempt to be reunited with his daughter, Ray, after her soul was split across the four dimensions.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- He's uncomfortable having the bracelet girls being jerked around by the Doktor and his parasites and takes no pleasure in seeing them crush their opponents. Presumably because he sees them as Ray. Eventually, he cards the Doktor for this.
- He's genuinely disturbed by Yuri's sociopathic behavior during and after his duel against Asuka.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The majority of characters call him just "Professor", but it's likely that all of them know his name.
- Evil Former Friend: Apparently to Yusho, due to their work on Solid Vision and Action Dueling. Yusho believed he would be able to talk to him, but never had a chance.
- Evil Plan: His plan is to invade the other worlds to unite all of them. Though, even fully knowing his motivations, it's hard to tell if he is just selfish or a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- Evil Sounds Deep: A deep, booming voice to add to his growing list of evil tropes.
- Evil vs. Evil: Steps in to confront Zarc in Episode 139, before Crow and Sawatari are defeated. Zarc proves to be the superior one, however.
- Expendable Alternate Universe: The core of Leo's ruthlessness is the fact he sees the four dimensions and the people that live in it as a mistake due to his own hubris. Thus despite not enjoying any of his actions, he can still sacrifice thousands of people because he doesn't see the people living in them as real.
- Expy: His relationship with his oldest son is blatantly one for Seto and Gozaburo's from the Duel Monsters; the Professor founded Leo Corporation and then vanished while Reiji took over it and they became enemies.
- Fatal Flaw: Leo has trouble accepting opinion and ideas if they go against his beliefs. Leo remembered the old myth that duel monster cards had souls when working on real solid vision but ignored it as he couldn't believe it. This caused Zarc to rise and eventually go mad which ended in the Original Dimension destroyed and his precious daughter Ray being split in four. And despite living in the four dimensions for at least a decade, he only sees the four dimensions as a mistake and the bracelet girls and dragon boys as part of Ray and Zarc respectively. This eventually only speeded up Zarc's revival. This continued as his rush to revive Ray despite the continuous warning from his staff only prevented her revival. By 145 he admits his flaw.
- Family Theme Naming: Leo, like Reiji and Reira, has the kanji of zero (零) in his name.
- First-Name Basis: Yusho switches back from Full-Name Basis to this, calling the Professor just by his first name. Note that nobody else calls the Professor by his first name. Other characters either call him "Professor" or by his full name.
- Full-Name Basis: When he is not referred to as the Professor, people will call him "Leo Akaba" when he's not present.
- Gone Horribly Right:
- He took a young Yuri under his wing to get a powerful enforcer. Years later he realizes he turned Yuri into a complete psychopath that wants to card everyone.note .
- He improved Real Solid Vision to allow Duel Monsters to be real. When that happened, the ancient Duel Spirits began to manifest in them and cause real destruction.
- Icy Gray Eyes: His gray eyes symbolize his detached personality.
- He Who Fights Monsters: His goal to revive Ray and restore the Original Dimension is sympathetic but his actions and the collateral damage he caused (devastating the Xyz Dimension, sending Roger into the Synchro Dimension allowing him to install a dictatorship in the City and allowing the Obelisk Force to attack the Standard and Synchro Dimensions.) make him just as horrible as Zarc.
- Heroic Sacrifice: It is highly implied that the Professor intends to do this to stop Zarc, in the same way that Ray did, and using the same cards that became the bracelets, which were recreated when the dimensions were fused back together. Additionally, Ray tells Reira that the Professor intends to split the dimensions again. Considering the consequences such an act had for Ray, it's likely that the Professor would have met the same fate if he succeeded. However, having fallen victim to this tactic before at Ray's hands, Zarc swiftly defeats the Professor and puts a stop to it before it can be implemented again.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His speeding up of Ray's revival seems to have instead stopped it. For that matter, even if Zarc WAS going to engineer his own revival anyway sooner or later, his plan to revive Ray and re-combine the dimensions accelerated it significantly.
- Zarc specifically intended to invoke this trope (and outright states it) by sending the Natural Energy cards from his hand to his Graveyard and dealing him enough damage to defeat him.
- Holding Out for a Hero: The reason he doesn't attempt to stop Yuya and Yuri from dueling. He believes the best way to stop Zarc is the revival of Ray and the four cards that became the bracelets as such he focuses on speeding up her revival.
- Hypocrite: Because Yuya is a fragment of Zarc, he is designated as an important target to be defeated at all costs, and Leo chastises Reiji for siding with Yuya during their duel. He also stubbornly refuses to acknowledge that any of his own actions helped facilitate Zarc's revival, such as his inter-dimensional invasions allowing Yuya's counterparts to encounter each other, or breeding sociopathic behavior in Yuri, another one of Zarc's fragments.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: During their duel, Reiji locks down the Professor's ability to Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz Summon. Unfortunately, the Professor has something better: Pendulum Summons.
- I Hate Past Me: Episode 127 seems to imply he not too fond of his past attitude when he decided to card the Doktor when he realized the Doktor was too similar to how he was
- I Just Want to Be Special: Episode 126 has him admit he wanted to make a name for himself in the Original Dimension which lead to his research into Real Solid Vision.
- I Reject Your Reality: A shockingly justified example. Due to his memories of the Original Dimension, he sees the Four Dimensions as a mistake. He has trouble seeing the Bracelet Girls as their own people, simply calling them Ray and hates the Dragon Boys simply for being reincarnations of Zarc.
- Episode 145 shows he genuinely regrets this mindset, realizing the girls and the Dragon Boys are their own person, rather than the people who they were.
- It's All My Fault: How he regards Zarc. He always states that it was because of him that Zarc was able to gain unlimited power.
- It's Personal: Due to Zarc's actions, he loathes him.
- Karma Houdini: Besides Kurosaki almost punching him in the face, the Professor doesn't suffer any consequences for his actions. He's even allowed to remain free and continue his efforts to revive Ray.
- Kick the Dog:
- On the receiving end of this by the Zarc within Yuya and Yuto as a result of The Worf Effect in Episode 129. It doesn't help that the Dragon Boys are spawns of Zarc.
- The second this happens to him is against a resurrected Zarc in Episode 139, when Zarc OTKs him after denying him the chance to use the four cards that Ray used to defeat Zarc the first time.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Seals the Doktor in card without a second thought for using the People Puppets method on the Bracelet Girls.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Implied to have happened to everyone when the world was split in 4. Many years later, the Professor creates a machine that searches his own memories and that's what causes him to change.
- Light Is Not Good: The Spirit Tech monsters are all LIGHT.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Ray appears to be this for him.
- Meaningful Name: The Kanji characters which make up his name mean "Zero King."
- Moral Myopia: He's trying to save his own loved one by reviving Ray, but doesn't care at all that the people who are fighting him are trying to do the same thing, such as Shun.
- Mr. Exposition: In Episodes 126 and 127, he reveals his motives along with the back story of the series.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He has this reaction when in Episode 126, he realizes that his research allowed Zarc to summon four invincible Dragons and destroy the world. Happens again after Zarc's second defeat where he realizes that his son Reiji was right in saying that if he had left it well enough alone, reality itself would not have been placed in danger from Zarc's resurrection.
- Never My Fault: Despite Reiji pointing it out to him, the fact of the matter is that it is purely his fault that Zarc is as close as he is to being resurrected. He still refuses to accept it.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: It happens in the worst way possible with a spot of Irony. If he hadn't lead the war across the dimensions to get his daughter back, then the Dragon Boys wouldn't have interacted with each other and Zarc wouldn't have been reborn...which is exactly what happens in Episode 136.
- Not So Different: He criticizes Reiji's short-sightedness which makes him bad at business; but Leo never fully thought out about what enacting his plans would lead to himself.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: While he fancies himself a Well-Intentioned Extremist, his actions are purely selfish. He refuses to accept the Original Dimension is gone and considers the current dimensions to be nothing more than a mistake, and is perfectly willing to launch an interdimensional war, traumatizing numerous people and uplifting Ray's fragments from their own lives in the process, under the rationale it will be worth it once the Arc Area Project is complete. He also refuses to see any of Zarc or Ray's fragments as their own individuals, and is perfectly content trying to kill Zarc's fragments just to stop his rebirth, and just as content with ruining the lives of Ray's Fragments and their loved ones just to undo his daughter's own Heroic Sacrifice.
- Obviously Evil: Just look at the listed tropes.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Played straight, and keeps escalating the more we find out about his Dark and Troubled Past. Lets count the skill set that he needed in chronological order:
- Integrated the original dimensions Hard Light technology into Duel Monsters (programming and intricate knowledge of the game itself) and made it a viral phenomenon (business marketing),
- Studied various lifeform of the planet and its natural desire to survive (botany and zoology) while the planet was in an apocalyptic war with a dragon-god-demon (wilderness survival),
- Woke up in the middle of a Standard Dimension and built the same Hard Light system from scratch with no funding, Laser-Guided Amnesia involving his previous life, and no social security number. (insert skills here if details ever become available)
- Reversed his Laser-Guided Amnesia with a device that he invented for himself. (brain surgery as in literal brain surgery)
- Founded the Leo Corporation and monopolized the dueling school industry. (more business in addition to teaching)
- Invented the first inter-dimensional teleporter with no evidence that the Original Dimension did not just become the Standard Dimension, but in fact, became four separate dimensions (metaphysics),
- Made himself the dictator of the Fusion Dimension and raised an army of child soldiers (law and war tactics),
- Invented the technology to turn people into cards and absorb their life force (Pegasus needed magic for that, so let's say that it's Applied Phlebotinum. The Professor needed a Ph.D in Applied Phlebotinum.),
- Finally, he needed that life force to power another machine that he invented, the ARC-V (possible with a few more years of research into the metaphysics mentioned earlier.).
- Accurately predicated that the people made into cards would naturally be revived in the dimension integration (interactions between metaphysics and Applied Phlebotinum)
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He breaks his stoicness in full when seeing Yuri's true colors in his duel against Asuka, and then he cards her. It demonstrates just how shocked the Professor is at Yuri's actions.
- Orcus on His Throne: For the first two seasons, where he's rarely directly involved with the plot and Academia agents and/or independent characters act as the main antagonists while he lurks in the background plotting. Come Season 3 with the action moving to the Fusion Dimension, he throws off this status to take center stage as a more active villain. However he gets hit with this again in the second half of the season, sitting on his throne watching the Arc Reactor as Yuri duels Yuya to try and revive Zarc. Despite this being the very thing the Professor doesn't want to happen, he makes no effort to stop it.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Ray's sacrificed her life to keep him alive. But he is currently attempting to avert this by reviving her.
- Papa Wolf: Zigzagged. He may be a horrible father towards Reiji, but he's not above protecting the Bracelet Girls by backstabbing the Doktor.
- Parental Abandonment: Episode 41 reveals he abandoned his family three years ago.
- Parental Favoritism: Episodes 126 and 127 shows that he was willing to invade and tear apart dimensions in order to find and capture Yuzu and her counterparts, just so he could fuse them back together into his daughter Ray. However, he abandoned his son Reiji to do so and by Reiji's own admission, doesn't even care if something bad happens to his son. Later on, he is shown to be willing to crush Reiji in a duel when the latter rejects his offer to stand with him against Yuya. It's also implied Reiji and Himika were not his family in the original world, which would not help his attitude towards them.
- Parental Neglect: Reiji believes that the Professor wouldn't care if Reiji were kidnapped. Due to the above example, he has a point.
- Parental Substitute: The Professor became this to Yuri in his childhood years when he was shunned by all the students at school. He even encourages him to duel as he desires fit and to take pride in what he does. Sadly due to the Professor's own biases, this leads Yuri to become a second Zarc.
- Pet the Dog:
- Harming the Bracelet Girls through parasitic implants is NOT part of his moral code. Although this has something to do with them being pieces of his daughter.
- His "Oh, Crap!" expression at Yuri's Omnicidal Maniac speech proves that he still cares for Reiji and Yusho.
- In episode 125, he intends to tell Yusho, Reiji and Reira his plan and even has some of his students lead them to him.
- In episode 128, he actually spends a lot of time trying to convince Reiji to join him. He focuses on attacking Yuya and willingly complements his son when he feels he did good job like with Reiji's dueling skill or leadership.
- Playing Card Motifs: Like the rest of his family he's based on a suit. His is Spades, with his outfit's collar resembling one.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Reminds the Doktor to be careful with his parasites and not damage the bracelet girls, due to their importance. However, this is more of an emotional importance to the Professor than actual importance to the plan.
- Sanity Slippage: Regaining his memories is suggested to have taken a heavy toll on his sanity and happiness, as revealed through flashbacks showing a much happier the Professor working with Yusho.
- Slouch of Villainy: In episode 106, while talking to the Tyler Sisters, he slouches on his throne, this in stark contrast to how he was standing and polite with Sora and Barrett.
- Shoot the Dog: To stop Zarc's resurrection, he sent Sanders and BB to get rid of the Lancers, and later at the end of Episode 127, he declares that he'll personally kill Yuya himself, to Yusho's horror.
- Spanner in the Works: The rare villain to hero example. Because he didn't know about Ray's plan for her reincarnations to act as seals for Zarc's, he completely screwed it up. First by separating Serena and Yuri and then taking Yuri under his wing, he essentially created a second Zarc. Then by having Yuri kidnap the bracelet girls, this allows the Dragon Boys to meet, allowing Zarc to revive.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The problem is that his name is written in Kanji rather than Katakana. While it's pronounced "Leo", there's a few ways to romanize that into English.
- Start of Darkness: He really, really misses his daughter. Zarc is to blame for his crimes.
- The Stoic: Just like his son, he mostly only shows brief flashes of emotion.
- Tainted Veins: On his head.
- Tom the Dark Lord: Though Ambiguously Evil, the Professor's first name Leo doesn't impress people that much, especially the non-Japanese audience. It works better in Japanese, since his name is a pun to "Reiou" and his name actually means "Zero King", but since his name is highly promoted with the spelling "Leo" even in the original version, it is still this trope.
- Tragic Villain: Leo's a father who outlived his daughter and has one chance to get her back. Poor guy. Ray is his reason to live, and he'll commit horrible acts to bring her back. Beneath the stern look and cold approach is a grieving man who cannot heal or move on.
- Trauma Button: Seeing Yuya summon Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon in Episode 128, reminds him of when Zarc let Odd-Eyes Dragon loose on the Original Dimension.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
- His research to enhance Real Solid Vision, allowed Zarc to summon and then fuse with the four dimension dragons, leading to the end of the original world.
- His plans are the only reason the four pieces of Zarc ever began to encounter each other, Reiji even says he's the strongest if not the only reason Zarc may be resurrected.
- His hurry to revive Ray is this in spades. By focusing on Ray's revival, he allows Yuya and Yuri to duel letting Zarc to revive. But his plan to revive Ray has hit a snag when for some reason despite Arc-V fusing the dimensions together Ray isn't reviving. The final issue is by fusing the dimensions, he's pulling all of them towards a resurrected Zarc.
- Walking Spoiler: The Professor's motivations spoiler nearly the entire Myth Arc.
- We Can Rule Together: The Professor spends a lot of time in episode 128 trying to get Reiji on his side so they can defeat Yuya together.
- The Worf Effect: The Professor steps in to face Zarc just before Sawatari and Crow lose, only to be very quickly denied the opportunity to use the "En" cards, which contributed to Zarc's initial defeat at Ray's hands.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Considering his hatred of Zarc, it's strongly implied he's planning on doing this to Yuri.
Voiced By: Takayuki MiyamotoThe Doktor is an unnamed character and antagonist, a member of Academia. According to Sora, he is one of The Professor's closest aides. The Doktor is responsible for implanting Parasite Fusioners on Yuzu, Serena, Rin, and Ruri. The Doktor is implied to use a Parasite deck but duels through his victims instead of actually fighting himself.
As a result of his dangerous mindset, and seeing too much of himself in the Doktor, the Professor ends up sealing the former into a card to prevent any further damage, thus freeing the Bracelet Girls from the Doktor's control.
Tropes Associated with the Doktor:
- Animal Motif: Parasites and other creepy insects to symbolize his obsession of mind controlling. He has even a room full of experimental insects. He gives all of the Bracelet Girls his Parasite cards to empower their decks.
- Asshole Victim: Let's just say the only reason anyone in the show would have to not cheer for his carding is that they didn't get to do it themselves.
- Bald of Evil: Downplayed, his hairline is receded.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: His Parasite monsters are Insect-Type monsters and are usually large in size.
- Creepy Long Fingers: The Doktor's hands are long and huge, highlighting how wrong he is.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Possibly eyebags, but they are a very creepy reddish color.
- Dark Is Evil: His Parasite monsters are DARK monsters and corrupt the brains of his People Puppets, forcing them to do evil things.
- Evil Genius: His role as the Professor's aide, due to his use of Parasite Fusioners and other methods.
- Evil Laugh: The Doktor loves giving these out, accentuating his creepiness.
- Evil Is Hammy: He loves being dramatic and gets excited when his People Puppets do something that pleasures him, usually doing something evil.
- Expy: Resembles Rex Goodwin oddly enough, but he's one for Takuma Saiou/Sartorius due to his mind control.
- The Faceless: Shots of his face are avoided in their entirety, giving us a view from behind and later directly on his eyes. We see his face in Episode 117 though.
- For Science!: The Doktor isn't bothered at all by Ruri's loss, because it lets him gather more data. And he gets control of her later on, anyway.
- Giggling Villain: Constantly giggles the whole time.
- Gonk: His face is not a pleasant sight, bearing several protruding veins and sunken beady eyes
- Gratuitous German: His title is pronounced "Dokutoru" rather than "Dokutaa" (like in Doctor Faker) in the Japanese version, which indicates that his title is German rather than English.
- Hate Sink: One of the most despised characters in the series. Besides brainwashing innocent girls to fight for his cause, he ends up laughing sadistically as he gives orders and loves taunting his victims about their bonds being shattered. Episode 125 has him speaking directly with Yuya via a screen just to show that he has Yuzu under his thrall and even creepily caresses her face with his hand.
- Herr Doctor: His title is in German and he experiments on parasites and brainwashing, making him a large threat and a key member of Academia.
- Hive Queen: Parasite Queen, and although it appears in Serena's deck, he calls her his greatest Parasite creation.
- Kick the Dog: He not only corrupts the Bracelet Girls and forces them to fight their loved ones while controlled, but he causes a Hope Spot in Yugo's duel with Rin, making him think he had saved her only to continue with the duel. Taunts Yuya with the knowledge that he enslaved Yuzu with his parasite in Episode 125, driving the kid into a rage.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: A brilliant, but perverse scientist working directly under the Professor's orders.
- No Name Given: "The Doktor" is simply the name given in production.
- Non-Standard Character Design: From his hands to his features, the Doktor looks far more at home in Hellsing than he does here. (Coincidently, Millennium has its own Doc.)
- Obviously Evil: A creepy guy that uses parasites to control others, it's a given, not to mention the glee he takes at the girls' corruption.
- Oh, Crap!: His smile finally vanishes when he realizes that he's about to be carded by the Professor.
- Perpetual Smiler: 99% of the time he's shown, he's smiling creepily.
- Puppeteer Parasite: Implied, as his Parasite Fusioner card is used to activate the corruption, and appears in the decks of the corrupted.
- Slasher Smile: Gives a wicked one when he activates Rin's infection. Does it several more times when he does it to Ruri and Serena.
- Smug Snake: Very confident in his intelligence and his Parasite monsters means he can beat Yuya. He actually doesn't get a chance to find out, as Reo cards him without a duel.
- The Unfought: Downplayed, he is not fought in person before the Professor cards him, but his Parasite monsters are fought through the girls.
- Walking Spoiler: His existence spoils the reason for the girls' seeming defection.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It is unknown whether or not he was brought back after the final battle, though no one really cares.
- White Hair, Black Heart: What little hair he has is completely white, and he's despicable even by Academia's standards.
One of Academia's strongest students who utilizes Des-Toy monsters. Through various circumstances, he ends up becoming one of Yuya's most trusted friends and defects from his home dimension.
See The Lancers for more information.
Voiced by: Miou Tanaka
Serena's bodyguard, Barrett is a Duel Soldier from Academia. He uses a Beastborg deck based around fusing together Beast-Warrior-type and Machine-type monsters, and inflicting burn damage to the opponent. After his loss to Reiji, he returns to Academia, but not before calling in an invading force.
Later, Professor Akaba tasks Barrett with the mission of retrieving both Yuzu and Serena during the Synchro Dimension arc, a mission Barrett gladly accepts in order to redeem himself in the eyes of his home dimension due to his past failure against the Professor's son. Although he comes dangerously close to killing Yuya and succeeding in his mission, Sergey prevents him from doing so and causes the man's second loss but not before sending Serena back to the Fusion Dimension.
He hasn't been seen since, even in the series finale.
Tropes associated with Barrett:
- Affably Evil: He uses Keigo and shows no signs of evilness when dueling Reiji. Starting to become subverted when he duels Yuya in Episode 90 onwards. Then double subverted in episode 92.
- Anti-Villain: He's a polite Noble Demon type character.
- Ascended Extra: Professor Akaba plans to send him and Obelisk Force into the Synchro Dimension to capture both Yuzu and Serena, in an effort for Barrett to redeem himself after his loss to Reiji.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Serena took down Hokuto on her own, so we know she's at least a capable duelist. Barrett is still her bodyguard.
- Bullying a Dragon: Duels Reiji and Yuya, two of the most powerful duelists in the show out of loyalty to the Professor and Academia. Later he's forced to duel Sergey and ends up losing.
- Subverted against Yuya, since Barrett controls the whole duel until Sergey kicks in.
- The Captain: The Obelisk Force refer to him as Captain Barrett.
- Chain Pain: In his duel against Yuya, Barrett's trap cards utilizes chains to restrain monsters in place to protect his ace monster and continue inflicting burn damage.
- Crippling Overspecialization: His second deck is focused on defeating singular opponents. Considering that he's fighting in a war where anyone can jump into a duel for a 2000 Life Points penalty, it ultimately proves ineffectual.
- Cyborg: Not him, but his Fusion Monster, Beastborg Panther Predator, is one.
- Dark Is Not Evil: His Fusion Monsters are DARK monsters, but he seems to be a Punch-Clock Villain at worst.
- Dark Is Evil: He's far more brutal when he returns though ultimately he subverts this when he grows to respect Yuya's resolve to protect both Yuzu and Serena and actually offers to continue the duel despite holding a significant advantage.
- Deal with the Devil: Barrett's not a complete evil tool but considering who he works for, his offer to Serena was very enticing: if she gives herself up willingly, he'll try to convince the Professor on her behalf into letting her fight on the front lines as she originally wished. This fails due Serena's new experiences with the Lancers, plus her knowing what Academia really "fights" for.
- Duels Decide Everything: Subverted, despite losing to Sergey, as he landed next to Serena he decides to warp him and her away, to try to get back to the Professor.
- Evil Laugh: More like a chuckle than a laugh but chaining up all of Yuya's monsters and finding dark amusement at his predicament qualifies as evil.
- Eye Scream: In a flashback, he is caught in an explosion from an enemy Trap Card, Widespread Ruin, which pretty clearly destroyed one of his eyes, hence his...
- Eyepatch of Power: Experienced combatant variant.
- Foil: To Sergey, both serving as The Dragon or brute to their master, and look similar. While Barrett is a Noble Demon and Affably Evil, Sergey is Ax-Crazy and a Jerkass. Both interrupt their boss's plans, Barrett by letting Serena go to Standard, and Sergey by being Ax-Crazy.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: When he sends himself and Serena away from the Synchro Dimension, the audience can briefly see on his Duel Disk interface several options to transport to. Some fans thought at the time Barrett pressed the Xyz button instead of the Academia button, thus sending Serena to Heartland. This is subverted when Serena is shown later in the Fusion Dimension, infested by the Doktor's Parasite monster to keep in her line. Barrett himself is nowhere to be found.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His own cards have been huge factors in all his losses.
- Honor Before Reason: Reiji earlier surmised that, as a war veteran, he has a fascination or obsession with medals.
- He's trapped Yuya in chains and prevents him from summoning and activating Magic and Trap cards but rather than knock him out, he gives Yuya a fighting chance to turn his situation around after seeing Yuya's resolve.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Serena is normal sized, but he's huge.
- Idiot Ball:
- Even though Barrett was trying to take Reiji down with him, Special Summoning his monsters in Attack Position just cemented his loss. He notably learned from this one; he Special Summons his monsters in Defense Position against Sergey, though he still loses.
- Had he not used Medal of the White Sword's effect to increase Panther Predator's ATK and simply attacked Temujin, he would have won since both monsters would be destroyed, leaving Reiji defenseless and him with Dark Sentinel and Panther Warrior thanks to Predator's effect.
- In the Hood: When first seen in Maiami City, like Serena.
- Noble Demon: He's an Affably Evil Duel Soldier, legitimately respects his opponents and doesn't like Yuri because he has no respect for the lives of their fellow men. Later calls out Sergey for rudely entering his duel with Yuya.
- Old Soldier: Barrett's entire deck is military-based and he's an experienced Duel Soldier.
- Panthera Awesome: Uses Panther Warrior, and a cyborg variant in Beastborg Panther Predator.
- Sacrificial Lion: He's a cunning and experienced duel veteran that brings out seemingly unbeatable combos just so Reiji and Yuya can show how powerful they are by overcoming them. Subverted with Yuya, as it is instead Sergey that beats him.
- Savage Wolves: His second Beastborg monster, Beastborg Wolf Kämpfer.
- Scars Are Forever: Has a cross-shaped scar on his chest and a big burn scar around his left eye.
- Shounen Hair: His hair is like Antinomy's, but shorter.
- Shout-Out: He looks like a more muscular, scarred Orange-kun.
- Soldier vs. Warrior: Averted completely. Barrett is a soldier who refers to himself as a warrior and his scars and medals as evidence of his skills as a warrior. He seems to see the two as one.
- Smug Smiler: While dueling Reiji and Yuya, he's prone to these at times, despite his politeness over the other characters from Academia.
- Spanner in the Works: For Roget for taking away Serena while he was downed by Sergey.
- Taking You with Me: Tries to take out Reiji with him, though he fails miserably.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: While planning to eventually let him in on the hunt, Barrett requests to Professor Akaba not to send Yuri in with him and the Obelisk Force while they go after Yuzu and Serena, given that he doesn't really care for the man.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: While still a Noble Demon, he is far more brutal and scary when dueling Yuya in the Synchro Dimension than when he dueled Reiji. Subverts it when he offers Yuya a chance to actually try and win by offering to continue the duel next episode.
- Torture Technician: In episode 91 due to his traps, Yuya can't do anything which is shown by Yuya being bounded in chains. So he slowly lowers Yuya's life points yelling at him to reveal where Yuzu is.
- Undying Loyalty: Apparently to Serena, though it could also be to the Professor.
- Weak, but Skilled: His Beastborg monsters are level 6 and have low attack and average effects, yet are paired with lockdown tactics and the medal cards.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He hasn't been heard from since the end of Season 2 when he returned to the Fusion Dimension. Considering Season 3 takes place primarily in the Fusion Dimension with the Lancers fighting Academia's agents, his absence is rather noticeable. Even by series end, Barrett is nowhere to be found...
- The Worf Effect: Gets his (and Yuya's) ass kicked by Sergey's Earthbound Disciples in Episode 92, just to show why Sergey's reputation as the "Duelist Crusher" isn't just for show.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Reiji one, calling him brave for being willing to use cards that damage his own life points.
- Would Hurt a Child: Has no problem taking on Yuya or ordering Obelisk Force to go after Reira, though he takes no outright pleasure in it and says that he's just following orders.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is the same color as Bruno's.
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (JP), Daniel J. Edwards (EN)
Dennis is supposedly an exchange student from the LDS Broadway branch who takes the Xyz Summon course. After saving Yuya from Ryozanpaku's duel school students, he tells the young entertainer that he's an admirer of his father Yusho's dueling style, hence the flamboyancy in his duels. Later becomes one of the top 8 Junior Youth participants. He's later revealed shortly afterwards to be a mole for the main antagonists of the series: Academia, working directly with Yuri and spying on the Lancers. During the Friendship Tournament in the Synchro Saga, Kurosaki exposes Dennis for not only what he really is but got him to shed more details on the fall of the Xyz Dimension and his role in Ruri's disappearance. Similar to Sora, Dennis is now considered an enemy to Yuya and friends, and he was expelled from the Lancers for his betrayal and forced to return to Academia.
Since then, Dennis returns several times to impede the Lancers, even recruiting Kachidoki to fight against Yuya. Kaito later faces him in a climatic duel and defeats him. Believing that nothing exists for him anymore, and too overwhelmed with regret over his actions, Dennis tells the Lancers where the Bracelet Girls are on Academia before sealing himself in a card. After Zarc's defeat, Dennis is freed and resides back in the Xyz Dimension, still torn up with guilt over what he has done. It takes dueling with Yuya to bring his true entertaining personality to the surface and with his defeat, Yuya encourages Dennis to stay in the Xyz Dimension to teach kids the wonders of Entertainment Dueling, which the latter wholeheartedly agrees to do so, finally finding peace with himself.
He plays a somewhat balanced Entermage/Antique Gear hybrid deck, which brings out the potential of Pendulum, Xyz and Fusion Summoning. Later he abandons the Antique Gears and fully embraces the Entermage deck, though he has not given up Fusion Summoning.
Tropes associated with Dennis:
- Affably Evil: It's hard to tell just how much that goofy Broadway showman personality is a front, but while pretending to be a friend of the Lancers, he's pretty good at faking it. Dennis genuinely does love his Entertainment persona but is willing to set it aside for his mission, no matter how melancholy he becomes.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Dennis remains one of the most complex Yu-Gi-Oh! villains ever conceived. While he's clearly on the side of the bad guys, he legitimately came to enjoy Entertainment dueling. While he helped orchestrate the events that led to Ruri's kidnap and attempted to kidnap Yuzu several times, deep down, he came to regret his actions. While he's best friends with Yuri, he doesn't take outright sadistic pleasure in his actions. Which makes his "suicide" by carding all the more sad when Yusho offers him to join their side; Dennis believes that he's too steeped in this sin to ever be forgiven for what he's done.
- Ancient Grome: Along with Clock Punk. After his true colors are revealed, he starts playing Antique Gear monsters. Later abandons this and fully embraces the Entermages.
- Anime Accent Absence: He and Olga don't speak with an accent like Halil.
- Anti-Villain: He may be willing to get his hands dirty, but he values Entertainment Dueling and his friendship with Yuya more than anything else.
- Arch-Enemy: Similar to Sora, Dennis now considers Kurosaki this, since an already hostile rivalry between the two has devolved into outright hate for one another when Dennis' identity has been revealed thanks to the Xyz rebel. For exposing his mission, Dennis intends to fully pay back Kurosaki for tearing off his "mask". Unfortunately for him, he fails... hard.
- The same is true in reverse, though Kurosaki most likely considers Dennis more of an Arch-Enemy than Sora since Sora is just an arrogant hyped up kid who wants to prove his worth; Dennis actually orchestrated Ruri's kidnapping and fall of his dimension. And while Kurosaki was indifferent about Reiji having him spare Sora, he was beyond pissed when he stopped him from carding Dennis.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Dennis thinks that his Entertainment Dueling is the best. Yusho calls him out for it.
- The Atoner: After returning, he tries to make himself a scapegoat so Heartland can move past everything, however Yuya convinces him to duel as he meant to.
- Badass Biker: Becomes one in Episode 58, alongside Kurosaki.
- Bait the Dog: It looks like he will be the Johan to Yuya's Judai, as a kindred spirit with similar mannerisms and views on life. Then he turns out to be The Mole.
- Beauty Mark: Under his right eye.
- Becoming the Mask: He admits that he really loves being an entertainer in Episode 75, and unlike Sora, his true persona isn't very different from his false identity. This does not stop him from sticking with Academia and committing heinous crimes. It goes further when he tells Yusho to tell Yuya he really did enjoy being a Lancer. He becomes the mask completely when Yuya duels him a final time.
- Beneath the Mask: Underneath the wacky entertainer appearance is a sadistic Duel Soldier. Invoked by Entermage Trapeze Magician's destruction, where the mask is the last piece to fall...and he is exposed.
- Berserk Button: Implying that Dennis is not a good entertainer as seen when Yusho calls him out on it in Episode 112. According to his former teacher, Dennis is good at being flashy but not at getting the message of entertainment across to the hearts of his audience. Dennis takes offense at that and immediately wants to duel Yusho.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Beneath Dennis's goofy demeanor is a genuinely skilled Duelist. Plus, he's The Mole and he greenlit the invasion on the Xyz Dimension.
- Big Bad Friend: Though the audience at home already knew his allegiance, his outing as an Academia spy comes as a huge shock to all the Lancers. Yuya and Yuzu are especially horrified, though Kurosaki had his suspicions since their first duel and Reiji wasn't surprised that a spy somehow managed to make it on their team.
- Big Damn Heroes: He joins Yuya's duel against Takeda and Umesugi by saving Yuya. He receives 2000 damage as a penalty because he wasn't part of the duel yet when Takeda's Fuujin was about to inflict effect damage to Yuya. Sadly he only did this to get into Yuya's good graces; his actual personality is pretty rotten.
- Birds of a Feather: He's also an Entertainer duelist and idolizes Yusho Sasaki and his style. This helps him to connect with Yuya and show him how to overcome his fear towards Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon by showing him how to use it to give a great show. This personality is a front he put up in order to get Yuya to trust him.
- Bishie Sparkle: Sparkles are all over him and his monsters for the sake of being flashy.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's introduced as a kind and silly character, but that was an act to find Yuzu for Yuri. This is shown clearly in Episode 47 where he pretends to help Yuya and Gongenzaka find Yuzu, when he's really leading them into a trap.
- Break the Haughty: For all his smug taunts on Kurosaki on how he befriended Ruri and had her kidnapped, Kurosaki pays him back by blasting him all the way from orbit with Satellite Cannon Falcon. That shut him up pretty effectively.
- Call-Back: Yuya notes that the duel taking place between Dennis and Kurosaki in the Synchro Dimension has similar traits to the duel between Sora and Kurosaki in the Standard Dimension: a duel taking place in a tournament like setting that starts innocently enough, but then devolves into violence and hate, complete with shocking revelations about the "friendly" duelist.
- Casting a Shadow: Entermage Shadow Maker is a DARK monster. As is his Antique Gear Chaos Giant. And his Entermage Fusion Monster, Entermage Trapeze Force Witch
- Catchphrase: "The show must go on!" After being exposed, he falls back to what the Academia students love saying: "Let's begin the hunting game!"
- Chick Magnet: He has admirers in the Synchro Dimension. And Yuya's mother.
- Circus of Fear: Although his Entermages look nice, him being evil makes it this.
- Color Failure: Subject to this after face planting as a result of his penalty for helping Yuya, and for drawing Polymerization.
- Cover Identity Anomaly: Downplayed, he didn't knew that Reiji was able to use all Summoning Types and as Sawatari of all people points out, this is common knowledge for LDS Students, but doesn't comment on it any further, possibly justified in that he probably didn't plan on staying too long in Standard, only until he could confirm that Yuzu had been successfully abducted by Yuri, and later to try retrieve Serena himself.
- Cyber Cyclops: His true ace monster, Antique Gear Chaos Giant, sports a very Zaku-like glowing mono-eye.
- Dark Is Evil: Dennis is a mole from Academia, and his true ace is Antique Gear Chaos Giant, a DARK monster.
- Death Equals Redemption: Dennis appears to invoke this, carding himself after betraying Academia by telling Kaito where Ruri and Rin are.
- Death Is Dramatic: Invoked, he puts on one last show, to card himself dramatically.
- Deceptive Disciple: The reason why Dennis can Xyz summon despite being a Fusion Duelist? He was Yusho's student while spying in the Xyz Dimension.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He seems to think so, saying he and Yuzu are friends after he beats her. Subverted, because in reality he was just tracking her for Yuri.
- Didn't See That Coming: Kaito having Little Fairy in his deck threw him for a loop.
- Dirty Business: What Dennis thinks of his actions as a whole.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His Antique Gear monsters are EARTH monsters, with the exception of Antique Gear Chaos Giant.
- Driven to Suicide: Feeling he can no longer turn to the Lancers, and after betraying Academia, he cards himself.
- Dub Name Change: His "Entermage" monsters are called "Performage" in the English version. The same goes for his "Antique" Gear monsters, being called "Ancient" Gear.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After all he went through due to his guilt, he succeeds Yusho as the Entertainment duelist teacher in Heartland.
- 11th-Hour Superpower: Or more like thirteenth since the main plot was done but, In his final duel he finally uses a rank-up-magic to create Entermage Trapeze High Magician.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Dennis got to know Ruri for a bit when he was posing as an Entertainer and thought it poor taste to attack her so soon. He left that up to Yuri...
- Evil All Along: He was always The Mole for Academia. Played for Laughs in his duel against Gongenzaka, where he switches from the role of Face to Heel because Gongenzaka didn't want to be the villain.
- Evil Redhead: See his image, and he's evil.
- Evil Sorcerer: He uses the Entermage archetype, and is The Mole to Academia. Subverted in that, once he reveals his true colors, he drops the Entermages for Antique Gear monsters. Double Subverted. He keeps using them and even adds in an Entermage Fusion monster.
- Evil Sounds Deep: After being forced to reveal himself to Kurosaki, unlike Sora whose voice becomes higher and more deranged, complete with his leering smiles, Dennis' voice drops a few octaves and he abandons his entertaining persona.
- Expy: Seems to be another one to Johan, sharing some similarities with Yuya and both being in good terms with each other in a very short time. And Shingetsu, being a false Johan, even more so than Sora.
- Face Death with Dignity: When he thinks Kurosaki is about to card him, Dennis simply lies on the ground, saying nothing.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Wears a glove on one hand and is missing a sleeve on the other.
- Fatal Flaw: His Pride as an Entertainment Duelist. He couldn't accept the fact that someone else's Entertainment Dueling is better than his.
- He's one to fellow Lancer, Tsukikage. Dennis is a flashy mole who hides his vicious personality with kindness and smiles. While Tsukikage is a silent stoic that is absolutely loyal to his mission and is benevolent. They are both much more plot important than expected.
- He's also one to Yuya. Both are entertainers and have "Enter-"/"Performa-" decks. While Yuya's entertainer personality is an act, Dennis is a mole and is probably acting the whole time. Also he has a strong connection to Trapeze Magician, not unlike the one Yuya has with Odd-Eyes. Noticeably in his second duel with Kurosaki, Trapeze actually reached for an action card for Dennis and Dennis gave a Say My Name for the card when it was destroyed not unlike what Yuya does when Odd-Eyes was destroyed by Sora in their first duel.
- In addition, he's actually one to fellow Fusion Dimension duelist Sora. The two are initially presented as similar, being friends with the main cast with an affinity for entertainment, who then turn out to be associated with Academia. The primary difference is that Sora revels in the pain that he causes and hid his true personality, in addition to having MASSIVE Pride issues, while Dennis is not only "nicer" overall and genuinely regrets doing what he has to do (though it won't prevent him from doing it), he is far more humble, notably accepting his loss to Kurosaki when Sora turned into a blubbering mess after both went through an arguably similar Villainous Breakdown. A second point of difference is how well they mentally internalize their statuses as moles. Both Dennis and Sora are showing signs of Forced into Evil, but while Dennis shows no signs of revolting despite having spent an undetermined amount of time in the Xyz Dimension compared to Sora who's spent at best a few months in Standard, but is willing to defect from the Academia to protect Yuya and Yuzu.
- For the Evulz: Dennis' true ace monster Antique Gear Chaos Giant takes its sweet time destroying Kurosaki's Revolution Falcon, grabbing it in its claws and tossing/slamming it against the arena, eventually tearing its wing off. When the falcon finally disappears, a good section of the track and wall are now in ruins.
- Graceful Loser: After Kurosaki beats him, he simply says that Kurosaki won, and does not beg for another duel like Sora did. He is also a good loser against Kaito.
- Gratuitous English: He has a tendency to add English to his speech. Like Halil's, it is not bad. However, unlike Halil, Dennis does not pronounce the monsters' names in English, but with a Japanese accent.
- Harmless Electrocution: He suffers this in Episode 43 as a penalty when helped Yuya.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: When Yusho offers him to come back to the Lancers, he declines it, claiming that he's beyond saving, so he cards himself... but not before giving Kaito, Yusho, and Asuka the information about Rin and Ruri's whereabouts.
- HeelFace Turn: After coming back from the carding, he makes a true one, becoming an Entertainment duel teacher in Heartland.
- Hidden Depths: After initially seeming to just be a goofy and friendly entertainer, he's revealed as a mole for Academia and is much more intelligent and sinister than he lets on.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The devastation caused to the arena by his Antique Gear Chaos Giant, as well as the resultant debris, caused him to miss two Action Cards, leading to his defeat.
- I Did What I Had to Do: In regards to Heartland and Ruri.
- I've Come Too Far: He feels because he betrayed the Lancers he has no right make a HeelFace Turn.
- Keet: In a different vein than Halil. He's not overcheerful, but rather overdramatic, and likes to perform acrobatic stunts with his monsters.
- Kick the Dog: Subverted. While he did commit horrible acts, such us signaling Academia's attack on Heartland, having Yuri kidnap Ruri, and enlisting the aid of Kachidoki to deal with Yuya's group, he's doesn't enjoy what he's doing the whole time.
- Kick Them While They're Down: Has this trope nearly applied to him by Kurosaki after Dennis loses to the Xyz rebel. Injured and defeated, he was about to be sealed away into a card if not for Reiji altering Kurosaki's Duel Disk. Instead, Kurosaki settles for beating the living crap out of him but was stopped by Security before he could land a punch.
- Large Ham: Oh boy. He's even more dramatic and over-the-top than Yuya's Entertainer persona. Justified in that his cover is his own Entertainer Persona, and he's somewhat less hammy when using his true persona.
- Light Is Not Good: While the Entermages vary in Attributes, his Xyz ace, Entermage Trapeze Magician is a LIGHT monster, and he is The Mole. Later abandons the light when he starts using EARTH Antique Gear monsters.
- Loud Gulp: In Episode 50, he gives one (either out of fear or awe) when he was told (and watched himself) that Reiji specialized in all types of Summon (Fusion, Synchro, Xyz and Pendulum).
- The Mole: In reality, he's an agent of Academia, particularly Yuri, and is only pretending to be friendly to Yuya and company to better let their guard down; he's just as bad as his companions. Episode 75 reveals he was this in the Xyz dimension as well, pretending to be a street magician while he was looking for Ruri.
- Monster Clown: His Entermages are a combo of this and Stage Magician, since he is actually evil.
- Monstrous Humanoid: Dennis' true ace monster is not some silly creepy Xyz clown but a giant, horrifying mechanized Fusion abomination. The fact that it looks humanoid makes it worse since its joints are made up of Antique Gear Hound heads.
- Morality Pet: Trapeze Magician. When Kurosaki destroys it in battle, he is visibly crushed. He also seems to have a good relationship with it, not unlike Yuya and his Odd-Eyes.
- Multicolored Hair: Red on the front part of his hair, and brown/dark red on the back part of his hair.
- Negated Moment of Awesome: Downplayed; his Big Damn Hero moment was cool, but the 2000 life point penalty detracts from the awesomeness.
- Nice Guy: He willingly decided to help Yuya in the 2 vs 1 duel, and treated Yuzu with a great deal of respect during their Duel, including teaching her some tactics. Subverted in that it's all an act. Double subverted when he becomes the mask.
- Nice Hat: Pulls a top hat out of nowhere to be a Stage Magician.
- No-Sell: The Entermages do this to effect damage. Trapeze Magician can negate both effect damage and battle damage lower than its ATK.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He pretended to be a silly foreigner to get info about Yuya and Yuzu. He actively pretends to be ignorant of the interdimensional war.
- Oh, Crap!: He gets one in Episode 50 when faced with the possibility that his status as The Mole may have been blown, and that there may be witnesses of him talking to Yuri, or of the later taking Yuzu thanks to Reiji's Sinister Surveillance.
- He gets another one in episode 53 after Serena forces Reiji to reveal that Yuri didn't take Yuzu to Academia, and instead disappeared with Yugo.
- Gets his biggest one when Satellite Cannon Falcon is summoned before him, and it gets even more worse when he realizes his own monster is stopping him from reaching for Action Cards and that he is unable to prevent his defeat.
- One-Winged Angel: A mundane variant; when his true colors are exposed after his apparent ace card Performage Trapeze Magician was destroyed, he stops using Entermage monsters and instead uses the Antique Gear monsters used by Academia, with his true ace revealed as the gargantuan and monstrous Antique Gear Chaos Giant.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He wants to defeat Yusho Sakaki to prove that he's a better Entertainment Duelist than him.
- Pet the Dog: Giving the Professor's most classified information to Kaito, Yusho, and Asuka is the nicest thing he can do. Unfortunately, he doesn't have much time left to "live", since he's already aware that the Professor might get pissed off for it.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He uses Xyz monsters instead of Fusion, since his cover would be blown if he did. Notable since most Fusion Dimension agents look down on Xyz users. That being said, he seems to genuinely enjoy using his Trapeze Magician.
- Put on a Bus: Sora sends a reluctant Dennis home to Academia due the injures he sustained from his duel with Kurosaki, and because to prevent Dennis from contunuing to spy on Serena. Dennis is not even seen once during the fourth opening/ending.
- Reality Ensues: When you splash a secondary engine in that supports a different deck entirely, you're going to draw a card that you really don't want to see at the moment on a few occasions. Which is why the Antique Gears have apparently disappeared from his deck and he goes on to use Fusion Monsters based around the Entermages.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Or rather orange-red, while turbo-dueling Dennis has an orange visor that mimics this, especially in concert with summoning Chaos Giant.
- Regretful Traitor: He claims that he didn't want to stop being an Entertainer back in Heartland, but given that he found Ruri, he had no choice but to greenlight the invasion.
- Redemption Rejection: After losing to Kaito, Yusho suggests that he do good by rejoining the Lancers. As he still felt guilty over it, he refuses and cards himself.
- Sad Clown: Taken to tragic extremes, especially in Episode 114.
- Sexy Jester: Entermage Trapeze Witch, in a Harley Quinn sort of way.
- Ship Tease:
- Maybe it was just an act, but there's plenty of it in his duel against Yuzu; from him introducing himself to her while getting really close and offering her a rose, to the end of the duel when he saved her, all while talking suave to her.
- Turns out it was an act, since his actions in episode 62 mirrors his actions in the flashback during episode 75. He flirts with the target he's trying to capture to gain their trust then points them out to Yuri when they are vulnerable.
- Slasher Smile: He had one in Episode 45 during his duel with Serena. Later he has a few internal ones as he goes about spying on Yuya and his friends. In Episode 74 and 75, Dennis starts letting more and more of these out after his cover has been blown by Kurosaki.
- Sore Loser: Despite being a Graceful Loser to Kurosaki, he has no tolerance for Yusho's "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- Spell My Name with an "S": An official site gives us Dennis Mackfield while the English Dub uses McField. Fan spellings use the former and leave the K out.
- Spotting the Thread: Kurosaki notices something is up about him due to him being a little too good of a duelist for Standard, being more akin to a battle tested duelist.
- Stage Magician: His Entermages and he himself, though a few are circus clowns.
- Street Performer: When he and Gongenzaka are separated from the others in the Synchro Dimension, he puts on shows for children, to try to make enough of a scene so the others find him. He was also this in the Xyz Dimension, which was how he met Ruri.
- Suicidal "Gotcha!": He did this in Episode 43 as part of his performance while dueling. He does it again in Episode 44 to save Yuzu from falling.
- Surprisingly Good English: His seiyuu speaks fluent English, so Dennis's English is anything but bad.
- Terms of Endangerment: Refers to Gongenzaka as Gon-chan, just like Sora did.
- This Cannot Be!: When Kurosaki summons his Satellite Cannon Falcon and weakens Antique Gear Chaos Giant enough for him to destroy it, Dennis' attempts to get an Action Card to save himself are denied every time, leading him into his breakdown below.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: With his identity revealed to the world, he drops the nice guy act and reveals his true personality: a psychotic soldier who revels in the despair of his victims. In Episode 75, he's taunting Kurosaki relentlessly, saying that if he had more resolve and power, his dimension would still be in one piece. He then actually reveals to be the one who called in the invasion force for the Xyz dimension in the first place and had a hand in Ruri's capture. By the time he comes back in Episode 112, he's even more rotten than last time. Subverted later in Episode 114; turns out he regrets his actions deep down, misses hanging out with the Lancers and genuinely grew to like entertaining people. He redeems himself somewhat by informing Kaito, Yusho and Asuka where the Professor is keeping Rin and Ruri hostage... before carding himself.
- Tragic Villain: He's not a Sadist like Yuri and Roget, but a pathetic excuse of a Street Performer who has a very low opinion on himself for his past crimes, but he does it anyway because he has no other options.
- Villain Respect: Turns out Dennis truly respects Yusho Sakaki from the bottom of his heart even calling the man sensei.
- Villain Team-Up: Forms an alliance with Kachidoki to take out Yuya.
- Villain's Dying Grace: Before he cards himself, he tells Kaito where Ruri and Rin are.
- Villainous Breakdown: As his second duel with Kurosaki reaches its climax, Dennis enters a breakdown similar to Sora's; his ace monster is about to be destroyed and no matter what he does to prevent it, fate itself seemed to interrupt Dennis' efforts.Dennis (Trying and failing to get an Action Card) "Damn it! I already threw away my Entertainer persona, and now the Action Cards are abandoning me as well!?"
- Though after he's on the ground, he simply accepts the defeat instead of begging for another duel.
- Villainous Rescue: See Big Damn Heroes above.
- Walking Spoiler: His status as The Mole makes it hard to speak about his role in the series at length, since it adds an extra layer to everything known about him. And the fact that his cover is blown apart and what role he played during his time in Heartland. And his Antique Gear monsters.
- Wham Episode: Episode 75 is quite a doozy: in a flashback, Dennis reveals that he infiltrated the Xyz Dimension before the invasion and was posing as an Entertainer. His real mission was to locate Ruri and once he found her, he contacted Academia and gave the go-ahead to invade the dimension. It was due to Dennis' actions that the dimension fell into hell in the first place. If that wasn't enough, he actually met up with Yuri and pointed out where Ruri was so he could go ahead and capture her. This situation most likely repeated itself in the Synchro Dimension for Rin (though an invasion wasn't called in) and most definitely happened in the Standard Dimension for Yuzu (though this time Yuri failed to get his target).
- Wham Shot: A few of them. Two of them in quick succession.
- Episode 45: Dennis, who is from the Xyz Summon Course, has Polymerization in his Deck.
- Episode 46: He welcomes Yuri to the Standard Dimension.
- Episode 74: In-Universe, when he shows Polymerization in his hand to Kurosaki. This reveal gets blown out of the water a few moments later when he sends it to his Graveyard to activate an Antique Gear Fusion card that lets him Summon multiple Antique Gear Hounds, up to and including what was previously considered the Hounds' ace, Ultimate Bite Hound Dog. But a few moments later, Dennis summons the real ace: Antique Gear Chaos Giant, a Level 10, 4500 ATK behemoth of a monster.
- Wicked Witch: His Fusion Monster, Entermage Trapeze Force Witch.
- Worf Had the Flu: In Episode 45, he loses against Serena to show how powerful and hellbent she is. It turns out that the only reason he lost was to ensure that he did not blow his cover as an agent of Academia; Dennis deliberately did not go through with Xyz Summoning and despite getting lousy cards at the start, Dennis looked as though he had a backup plan to turn the duel around but was distracted by the arrival of the Obelisk Force, thus preventing himself from stopping Serena's direct attack.
- Worthy Opponent:
- He respects Yuya because he respects Yusho and has the same dueling style. He feels the same way towards Yuzu. Later found to be a lie, as he works for Academia, and they are known to look down on everyone.
- Shockingly enough, admits defeat after Kurosaki beats him.
Voiced by: Taisuke Nishimura
The deputy commander of the Arc Area Project. Slimy, conniving and cowardly, the man in obsessed with make sure everything is in order and loves to boss people around. With the defeats of the Tyler Sisters and Edo, Noro is forced to join the good guys or face the consequences.
Tropes associated with Noro:
- Berserk Button: Does not like being called "Noroma", and understandably so.
- Butt-Monkey: From the Arc Area Project falling behind schedule to being brushed off by Edo to getting nicknamed "Noroma-chan" by the Tyler Sisters, nothing ever seems to go this guy's way. Not that he doesn't deserve it.
- Control Freak: Tracks down how behind schedule stuff is to the second.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Noroma-chan" (little blockhead).
- Expy: He's more or less the ARC-V Academia's Chronos de Medici.
- Glory Seeker: Though in his case it is more of a refusal to let Edo have all of it.
- HeelFace Turn: Downplayed with this guy. It's more that he's forced to join the good guy's side or face the wrath of Kaito and the Resistance. Though later, it's shown that he grew used to being part of the good guys, even smiling naturally.
- It's All About Me: He's horrified that the Arc Area Project is slipping behind schedule, because he'll get a roasting from the Professor if it does.
- In episode 110, he wants Yuya to beat Edo because then it means he won't look bad.
- Jerkass: Like most of Academia, he doesn't care about the people that are being carded. He's actually worried about it not being fast enough.
- Large Ham: He is...not subtle at all.
- Last-Name Basis: Is called Noro by other characters or they give him nicknames based on his last name.
- Laughably Evil: Yes, he is a selfish jerk in charge of a project to commit genocide on an entire dimension, but he's just so over the top about it and is a No Respect Guy to boot. Plus, there's his Unfortunate Name and anal retentive tendencies.
- Mean Boss: Yells at his subordinates a fair bit.
- Mission Control: This seems to be his job. Nothing suggests that he might play a role in the frontlines. He is the one who reports the Lancers to the Professor who in turns sends the Tyler Sisters to them.
- Muggle: According to Gloria, he doesn't even know how to duel.
- The Napoleon: He's noticeably shorter than Gloria, who isn't exactly a Statuesque Stunner in her own right, but he makes up for it with a very large presence and a very short fuse.
- Non-Action Guy: He's not even a duelist, just a clerk.
- No Respect Guy: Edo blows him off on what he thinks is an important day and the Tyler sisters outright refer to him as "Noroma-chan" (blockhead) in the presence of the Professor.
- Not So Above It All: Just like Grace, he gets caught up watching Yuya's Entertainment Dueling. Although, in his case, nothing comes out of it.
- Schedule Slip: Worries about an in-universe example. Though in the case of the Tyler Sisters being late, it was more him not wanting Edo to find out that he called them.
- Smug Snake: Although not to Roget's extent, he is very smug and sure of himself, though it at least partially masks his fear over losing his job. However, he isn't even a duelist, making him even more so.
- The Starscream: He wants Yuya to beat Edo, because his job is at risk if Edo succeeds and wins the duel.
- Took a Level in Kindness: It is subtle, but in episode 144, he lets one of the Heartland kids sit on his shoulders to better see Yuya and Dennis's duel. A huge departure from what he used to be.
- Unfortunate Name: A minor case, but his name in Japanese is spoken as "Noro Mamoru", and the word "Noroma" means "blockhead". The Tyler sisters have picked up on this.
Edo Phoenix (Aster Phoenix)
Voiced: by: Akira Ishida (JP), Pete Zarustica (EN)
An alternate counterpart to Edo Phoenix from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. He is the Commander-in-Chief of Academia's military forces. A rising star in Academia, he begins to question his role and feelings after dueling against Yusho, becoming obsessed with finding him after the former handed the latter a defeat. This obsession then transfers onto Yusho's son, Yuya. After suffering defeat again, this time through Yuya's Entertainment Dueling, Edo comes to realize the folly of his actions and strives to rebuild the Xyz Dimension.
He later comes to aid Yuya in the final episodes of the series by battling against Yuri and Zarc. He later witnesses Yuya's final duels against Dennis, Jack and Reiji.
He uses a Destiny HERO deck, with a penchant towards Fusion Summoning his Ace Card, D-Hero Dystopia Guy, a powerful monster that can destroy other monsters if its ATK or DEF values is altered in anyway, including self-inflicted effects. Edo later evolves his monster into the stronger D-Hero Dusktopiaguy against Yuri.
Tropes associated with Edo:
- The Ace: There's a reason why he's the commanding officer of Academia.
- Adaptational Villainy: In GX, he could be a Jerkass sometimes, but Edo was an Anti-Hero. Here, he's a flat-out villain who commands the military forces of Academia. This is no longer applied as of Episode 112.
- Adaptational Wimp: Despite being Commander-in-Chief of Academia's army, he has lost almost all his duels on-screen, unlike his GX counterpart, and was only able to save himself from losing to Yuya/Yuto the first time by causing a DRAW. On the flip side, all of his opponents were Yusho, Yuya and his three counterparts and Zarc himself.
- Adaptation Personality Change: In contrast to the cool, suave Deadpan Snarker from GX, this Edo is much more hot-headed and prone to losing his temper. Especially when Yusho is concerned.
- Affably Evil: Before he finds out Yuya's background, and who his father is, Edo was willing to help a random stranger find their parent, boasting he could probably find them faster.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: And he's arguably even worse than Jack in many ways. Yuya sets him straight in their second Duel.
- Ascended Extra: He is the returning character that debuted the latest in his original series. note
- The Atoner: Decides to stay back in Heartland and rebuild it with the others. Deconstructed a bit later when it is shown that he and all those in Heartland decided that duel monsters wasn't something any of them could do anymore after all the destruction, but they are absolved of it by Yuya.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a variation of his trademark suit from GX, but the majority of it is covered by his Badass Long Robe.
- Badass Long Robe: Wears an intimidating one over his suit to reinforce his reputation as Academia's Commander-in-Chief.
- Berserk Button: Anything related to Yusho causes Edo to nearly foam at the mouth it either being the man himself, his son Yuya or Smile World. He grows out of it in the end.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: During his second duel with Yuya, he uses Wire Chain Deathmatch to tie his and Yuya's duel disks together and pulls on it so he can't get Action Cards. Naturally when Yuya figures out how to use the chain to his advantage, he has to get rid of it.
- The Coats Are Off: Takes off his Badass Longrobe as a symbol of cutting his ties with Academia. Grace finds it cool.
- Dark Is Evil: Like his GX counterpart, he uses Destiny HEROes. Unlike his GX counterpart, he's a full-fledged villain... until Episode 112.
- Dark Is Not Evil: After pulling a HeelFace Turn, he has no problems giving Yuya's group the needed resources to end the interdimensional war.
- Double Knock Out: His first Duel with Yuya/Yuto ends in a DRAW.
- Evil Brit: If we assume that the Fusion Dimension has its own Britain, he's this. His Gratuitous English is enough to show off how English he is.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Averted. Its because he does understand Entertainment Dueling and enjoys it that he's in such pain as it would completely refute the Academia which he spend his entire life believing, caused him to have a Villainous Breakdown and hatred of the Sakaki family. Thankfully, Yuya finishes what his dad started.
- Evil Hero: Uses a Destiny HERO deck like the original, and Academia believes that they are the good guys. Ironically, after his HeelFace Turn, he ends up becoming a real good guy.
- Fantastic Racism: In terms of Dueling styles, Edo thinks that his is better than Yuya's.
- Fatal Flaw: His Fantastic Racism, Might Makes Right, and Social Darwinist mentality as well as his arrogance and blind rage towards Yusho, which Yuya took advantage of during their second Duel.
- Foil: Like Kaito, Edo serves as this for Jack. Both of them are the top dogs of their own dimension who are initially presented as asshats to Yuya and their first on-screen Duels involve them using Kick the Dog methods on him. However, the only key difference between them is their attitude and mentality. While Jack is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and a firm believer of true Entertainment Dueling whose apparent Kick the Dog moment on Yuya in their first Duel is actually part of his Warrior Therapist modus operandi, Edo on the other hand is a genuine Jerkass and a Social Darwinist who is against Entertainment Dueling and has no problems attempting to hurt, kidnap, or kill Yuya for his own ends. Another trait between those two is while Jack is perfectly fine with his loss to Yuya in their second Duel, Edo takes his "loss" to Yuya very poorly despite their first Duel ended in a tie.
- Four-Star Badass: He certainly didn't make it to the top of Academia's chain of command through lack of talent.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Spends the Duel in Episode 130 getting through to an Awakened Yugo.
- Good Costume Switch: Downplayed, but he takes off his robe after his HeelFace Turn to show that he no longer agrees with Academia's ideals..
- Good Counterpart: His new ace monster Destiny Hero Duskutopia Guy is this to Destiny Hero Dystopia Guy. Besides the obvious naming difference, Duskutopia has a protective effects while Dystopia has offensive effects.
- Graceful Loser: When he loses to Yuya for real, he takes it calmly, now accepting Entertainment Dueling.
- Gratuitous English: Like his British GX counterpart, he uses English words and phrases like "Effect" or "Cemetery" or "another one".
- HeelFace Turn: Edo officially joins the Lancer's side when Yuya shows Edo how mistaken Academia's ideals are, spearheading the movement to restore Heartland to its former glory. He even hints that those victims turned into cards can be changed back to normal in Academia.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He and Kaito interfere in Yuri and Yugo's duel to snap them out of Berserk mode, and while successful with Yugo, Yuri still moves to beat all three. To stop it, Edo uses Duskutopia's effect to keep Yugo in the game.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Unfortunately Yugo loses to Yuri anyway.
- In the Hood: During his first appearance, he wears a hooded cloak over his robe. It makes you wonder how many layers of clothing he can wear. A cloak over a robe over a suit over what Ra knows.
- It's Personal: For him, everything about Yusho is Serious Business. This carries over towards Yuya, who is Yusho's son. He drops his vendetta later on though.
- Jerkass: Even more so than his GX counterpart. Finally dropped at the end of Episode 111.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Again, just like last time.
- Kick the Dog:
- Light Is Good: Destiny Hero Duskutopiaguy is a golden monster that radiates light. And it was able to free Yugo from Zarc's control.
- Light The Way: Destiny Hero Duskutopiaguy, while DARK is golden and associated with Light.
- The Magic Poker Equation: Averted. He's the first character in a few dozen episodes to draw a non-functional Action Card, forcing him to play a hand trap to tie.
- Meaningful Name: A phoenix is an ancient fire-elemental bird that represents regeneration. In this case, Edo was used to be a Social Darwinist, but after an encounter with Yusho, followed by his second Duel against Yuya, the old Edo has "passed away" and a new one is "reborn" from his "ashes" as a better person.
- Might Makes Right: What Edo thinks of Dueling in general.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: As Yuya puts it, Edo's heart is "like a pendulum", as he is emotionally distraught between Academia's way of Dueling and Yusho's beliefs.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: In Episode 109, he declares that he'll kill Yuya and no one is going to interfere. And episode 110 proves he feels the same way about Yusho.
- Pet the Dog: Forms an alliance with Yuya by convincing his forces to turn their backs on Academia and rebuild Heartland, giving Kurosaki medical treatment, and sending Yuya's group to the Fusion Dimension.
- The Phoenix: His role in the story reflects on the legend of the phoenix.
- Redemption Quest: A villainous version. Edo decides to stay in Heartland to redeem himself by finding Yusho and proving to him that Academia's Dueling is right. Yuya convinces him otherwise.
- Redemption Rejection: After Yusho defeated him, Yusho offered him friendship and a Smile World card. Edo angrily ripped it in half and dedicated his life to crushing Yusho and his Entertainment Dueling. Subverted later with Yuya, this time taking up the entertainment philosophy to heart.
- The Resenter: Edo harbors an intense resentment towards Yusho and challenges Yuya to a Duel because he's Yusho's son, given that Yusho's Entertainment Dueling goes against Academia's beliefs and yet he still somehow enjoyed it; unable to requite the two, Edo ended up in Villainous Breakdown mode and turned the blame to Yusho. He gets better after Dueling Yuya the second time though.
- Serious Business: He sees Yusho as this and takes it very personally.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Noro calls him out for aborting the Arc Area Project and "backstabbing" the Professor, he replies that he would gladly bear the stigma of being an Academia renegade.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: His response to Yuya's demands about Yusho.
- The Social Darwinist: Prefers brutality over Yuya and his dad's Entertainment Dueling.
- Sore Loser: He really doesn't take tying with Yuya very well, raging about "losing" the Duel in his office. And then there's his reaction to losing against Yusho, which was helped along by his Evil Cannot Comprehend Good-fueled Villainous Breakdown. Ultimately inverted with his actual loss to Yuya.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Edo or Ed. The anime uses the former.
- Taking You with Me: When the Action Card he draws winds up a dud* , he drops D-HERO: Dynamiteguy from hand to grave to deal 1000 LP in damage to both players. Since both he and Yuya had less than 1000 LP, they draw.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After figuring out what Yusho's My Country, Right or Wrong speech really mean through Dueling Yuya the second time, he finally drops his Jerkass attitude and becomes much nicer.
- Villainous Breakdown: Since losing to Yusho and being told the Professor was wrong, he's been in the middle of one.
- Warrior Therapist: Edo spends nearly all of episode 130 acting as one to Yugo. He was successful.
- When He Smiles: Regardless of what beliefs Academia instilled in him, Yusho's Entertainment Dueling did ultimately get him to crack a smile - and he's been in denial about it ever since. After losing to Yuya he smiles for real.
- The Worf Effect: Despite gaining the upper hand against Yuya in their first Duel, he ends up being overpowered by Yuto's Dark Requiem Xyz Dragon, forcing him to end the Duel in a Double Knock Out.
- Despite being a powerful duelist, not once in any of his on-screen duels, flashback or otherwise, has Edo ever won anything.
A pair of Tag Team Twins who arrive to the Xyz Dimension under the Professor's orders to eliminate the Lancers. They use Amazoness decks.
Tropes associated with the Tyler Sisters:
- Advertised Extra: The Tyler Sisters were promoted as major villains in the Heartland arc, but due to the fast pacing, it lasted for only 12 episodes, thus the sisters don't do anything significant or impactful to the story. They beat four characters that don't have much impact to that arc either and they simply serve as episodic villains that Yuya and Kurosaki have to beat in a team. It does not help that the Tyler Sisters are introduced in the second half of the arc and they spend the last third of the arc as bystanders.
- Amazon Brigade: The Amazoness archetype is back.
- Amazonian Beauty: While still attractive, the sisters themselves avert this, as they are slender and flat-chested, but their Amazoness girls fit this trope to a T. Most notable is Gloria's ace monster, Amazoness Empress who is basically a muscular, white-haired and dark-skinned version of Mai Kujaku.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Girls: They have no problems questioning Edo's military experience, and have a lot of confidence in their skills, remaining calm for the majority of their Tag Duel against Allen and Sayaka.
- Battle Aura: During their Tag Duel with Sayaka and Allen, they show both a purple aura that represents their lust for battles. It is so intense that even their unplayed ace monsters are visible. Whether this actually happens for real or if it is just symbolic is unknown.
- Blood Knight: They seek strong opponents that satisfy their lust for dueling. Bonus points for their dueling debut episode being named "The Duel-Starved Amazonesses'".
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Gloria's stuck as the tsukkomi to both Grace and Noro's boke, as shown by her irritation with both of their antics.
- Composite Characters: The Tyler Sisters seem to be a combination of the Meikyuu Brothers and Tania, the amazon among the Seven Stars Assassins. Their dueling style is also reminiscent to Masks of Light and Darkness. Gloria uses more monsters like Mask of Darkness, while Grace uses more Spell and Trap Cards like Mask of Light.
- Continuity Nod: The Amazoness archetype was originally used by Mai Kujaku from Duel Monsters, and later fully utilized by Tania in GX, an actual amazon. The Tyler Sisters are described as amazons as well.
- To strengthen the reference, their ace monsters also look similar to Mai and Tania. Gloria's Amazoness Empress has similar hair and an almost identical face to Mai's. And Grace's Amazoness Pet Liger is white and appears similar to Tania's true, tigress form.
- Dark Action Girls: A given for female Academia soldiers.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Many of the Amazoness are EARTH monsters.
- The Dreaded: They have a fearsome reputation in Heartland as the Tyler Sisters.
- Force and Finesse: In Dueling, Gloria is force and Grace is finesse.
- The Gadfly: To Noro, giving him a silly nickname based on his name.
- Hair-Contrast Duo: Downplayed, but the silver-haired Grace is more feminine and graceful, while the blond Gloria has a less feminine posture and has a wilder expression.
- Hero Killer: The nearly destroyed the Spade Faction of the Resistance by themselves and follow up by taking down Sayaka, Allen, Gongenzaka and Sawatari. And were able to push Kurosaki and Yuya into a corner.
- HeelFace Turn: Both sisters ditch Academia's side and join the Lancers thanks to meeting Yuya.
- Jerkass: They don't give much respect to their opponents or their colleagues. Which, frankly, is par for the course as far as Academia is concerned. Subverted later on with Grace where she is shown to be a bit more reasonable, even displaying a bit of faith in the Obelisk Force's abilities.
- Just Toying with Them: During their Tag Duel with Sayaka and Allen, the sisters focus their attacks more on the former because it's more fun.
- Kick the Dog: The first thing they did after arriving in Heartland was gang up on Sayaka, and then beat her up with Allen before setting their sights on Gongenzaka and Sawatari (off-screen).
- Meaningful Name: Their first names, "Gloria" and "Grace", reflect on their nature and personality:
- Gloria is a Glory Seeker who prefers to use offensive tactics, is very focused in finishing the job, and gets annoyed at losing to the likes of Yuya.
- Grace is a Proper Lady who prefers to use supporting tactics, has no problems losing a Duel, and gets easily distracted at "pretty" stuff, such as Yuya's Entertainment Dueling.
- Ms. Fanservice: Ironically, not the Tyler Sisters themselves, but their humanoid monsters are this. Grace does get a moment when she poses in front of her Amazoness Secret Hot Springs card.
- Pet the Dog: After their HeelFace Turn, they serve soup to the Heartland survivors.
- Put on a Bus: The sisters don't appear again after the Lancers had gone to the Fusion Dimension. They don't even show up when Zarc re-emerges in the Fusion Dimension and affecting all of the dimensions. They do appear in the 6th opening though.
- Rapunzel Hair: Both of them sport long, flowing hair that goes down past the waist.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: They are collectively known as "Tyler Shimai" in Japanese, which is a possible reference to the original Amazoness user, Mai Kujaku. "Tyler" also rhymes with "tiger", a possible reference to Tania, the first pure Amazoness duelist, who also later turned out to be a tiger.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Gloria is aggressive while Grace is a lot more calm and reserved, even a bit airheaded at times. While Gloria isn't happy about the loss, Grace accepts it because it was a fun duel.
- Smug Smiler: Subverted. They might toss backtalk the way of those they don't respect, but if they do respect you they are quite respectful.note
- Smug Super: Powerful Duelists who toss backtalk Edo and Noro's way and toy with Allen and Sayaka.note
- Tag Team Twins: So far all of their opponents they've fought have been in Tag Duels. Notably, they don't duel in Battle Royal style, but use classic Tag Dueling style, sharing the same field, Graveyard and Life Points and so do their opponents.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Gloria is the aggressive tomboy, while Grace is a girly girl being a Proper Lady that likes cute and pretty things.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Both sisters become noticeably nicer when they go on to help Edo with the restoration of the Xyz Dimension. It shows through more with Grace than Gloria, however.
- Vague Age: Their real age is unknown but are likely just a few years older then Yuya which would explain Grace's Womanchild tendencies and crush on Yuya as well as Gloria's more mature personality.
- Villain of the Week: They do appear in several episodes, but they only get two episodes to duel. They defeat two characters who are simply allied to the Lancers, and the next episode, they are beaten by Yuya and Kurosaki, spending the rest of the arc watching Yuya dueling the Obelisk Force and later Edo.
- Walking Spoiler: Due to their lack of screentime and their few number of on-screen duels, it's hard to avoid spoilers about their win, loss and their HeelFace Turn.
Voiced by: Yō Taichi (JP), Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld (EN)
The older sister of the two. Gloria is the more aggressive of the two and relies more on her monsters and their effects to maintain field control.
Tropes associated with Gloria:
- The Comically Serious: With Grace fangirling over Yuya and Noro being Noro, it's clear that Gloria would much rather not have to put up with any of it.
- Contralto of Danger: Gloria gives off a very vicious vibe and she has a deep voice to boot.
- Cute Bruiser: Dueling example, being a small-bodied young woman that uses aggressive dueling tactics, and her monsters can take a punch due to Queen and Empresses's ability to prevent Amazoness monsters from being destroyed in battle.
- The Empress: Amazoness Empress, the Fusion upgrade to Amazoness Queen.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: After their loss to Yuya and Kurosaki, while both were shocked at first, Gloria remains much more dismissive of the Entertainment Duel philosophy. During Yuya's winning move where many lights and sounds were filling the atmosphere, Gloria was confused by it, compared to Grace who enjoyed it. Subverted in Episode 112 when Grace calls out Gloria to stop being stubborn and admit that she had fun dueling Yuya and watching the guy duel Edo.
- Evil Virtues: Loyalty. Disloyalty such as Noro's desire for Edo to lose so he doesn't lose his job greatly displeases her.
- Glory Seeker: Her name says it all.
- HeelFace Turn: Both she and Grace join the Lancer's side after Yuya has proven that connecting with others through entertainment and smiles is much more important than waging war against others. In Gloria's case, she's egged on by her younger sister to stop being so stubborn and actually join Yuya's side since Gloria actually liked Yuya's dueling; very, very deep down.
- Jerkass: Gloria is very blunt and serious, but unlike other members of Academia does not go out of her way to be a jerk...at times. During her duel with Allen and Sayaka, both she and Grace constantly questioned their dueling skills, ultimately calling them worthless, though did praise them for a legitimately good move.
- Luminescent Blush: Gloria being called out by Grace of liking Yuya, or rather, the guy's dueling style to bring happiness to others through his battles. She's stuttering and tries to deny it but Grace, and the audience for that matter, know better.
- Only Sane Woman: Between Edo's psychotic hatred of Yuya, Noro's Starscream attitude towards Edo, and Grace's constant fangirling over Yuya's Dueling she is the only one that is focused on actually doing their job.
- Perpetual Frowner: When not giving a Slasher Smile, she is generally frowning.
- Pragmatic Villainy:
- She is pissed when the Obelisk Force summons a Chaos Giant, because she was worried the collateral damage was going to kill them all as the monster started to rage about.
- She had no problem with attacking Kaito and the injured party he was protecting as the latter attempted to fend off Academia Mooks. She was only stopped because Grace was more interested in Yuya than the other matters at hand.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Gloria has reddish pink eyes, which combined with her Slasher Smile makes them more creepy.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Gloria's the more aggressive red to Grace's more calm and reserved blue. In Duels, she prefers to go on the offense, while Grace takes care of defense.
- Slasher Smile: Gloria has a bloodthirsty smile for most of the time. Grace can also sports these, but not as intense as Gloria. Gloria's Slasher Smiles get more intense when she is excited.
- Sore Loser: Downplayed, but she is pretty irritable about losing and the Professor having the Obelisk Force on standby in case they did.
- Tights Under Shorts: Gloria wears white shorts and white leggings.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Both she and Grace join Edo's effort to help fix the damage they've done to the Xyz Dimension.
- Tsundere: Who would've thought that this Glory Seeker turned out to be a closet Fangirl of Yuya and his Entertainment Dueling? Grace teases her for it.
Voiced by: Mai Fuchigami (JP), Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld (EN)
The younger sister of the two. Grace is more calm and reserved and relies more on Spell and Trap Cards to protect their field. She also takes an interest in Yuya after their duel.
Tropes associated with Grace:
- Affably Evil: After their loss to Yuya, Grace shows a much more playful and polite personality, and she's very interested in seeing what he will do and forgoes the opportunity to jump in and help the Obelisk Force, since she has some trust in them.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Pesters her sister for just a few more minutes because she wants to watch the duel between Edo and Yuya, instead of going to do their job. Later she teases Gloria for liking Yuya's entertainment skills far more than she lets on.
- Badass Adorable: Grace displays a rather squeeful personality after her defeat, having cutesy excited faces and calling some of Yuya's cards cute or pretty.
- Badass Longcoat: Grace wears one with style.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Grace in the dub, where she's a Valley Girl.
- Cleavage Window: Grace's outfit sports one formed from the combination of her shoulder pads and the low neckline of her top. Downplayed by the fact that it doesn't really show any due to being farther up and her being flat.
- Contralto of Danger: Grace's voice is usually higher, but it can become deeper when she is more excited during a duel.
- Deadpan Snarker: Unlike Gloria, Grace is more sarcastic.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Or rather, interest, as Grace becomes very interested in Yuya's Entertainment Duel. Trope is played straight when she's given the option to join Yuya's side, finding him and his entertaining skills so much more appealing than Academia's strictness.
- Fangirl: Pretty much becomes Yuya's after losing to him, being far more interested in watching him duel than doing her job. This becomes her main reason in ditching Academia's side, since this will allow her to be closer to Yuya. By series end, she's effectively Yuya's "cheerleader" and the final group shot of the series shows Grace in the background with her arms raised in the air, smiling in happiness.
- Flanderization: To Gloria's annoyance, Grace descends to fangirl mode after losing to Yuya, fawning over him and his Duels every opportunity she gets.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: A Lady of War whose outfit makes liberal use of different shades of purple. Gloria would also qualify, except she lacks the "graceful" part.
- Graceful Loser: Pun possibly intended. She takes their loss well because it was a fun duel, and wants to see what Yuya will do next.
- HeelFace Turn: Both she and Gloria join the Lancer's side after Yuya has proven that connecting with others through entertainment and smiles is much more important than waging war against others. In Grace's case, it's more the fact that she gets to join Yuya rather than the Lancers.
- Lady of War: A graceful and elegant duelist and a Proper Lady.
- Luminescent Blush: Grace's crush on Yuya is highlighted during the final episodes during his duels against Dennis, Jack and Reiji, as she's seen smiling with a noticeable blush on her face.
- Not So Above It All: She's the one taken in the most by Yuya's Entertainment Dueling: calling Miraculous Rocket Show and Smile World "pretty" multiple times, laughing when when Rise Falcon and Dark Rebellion attack Liger in a rainbow explosion, and shouting a strangely giddy "No way~!" when Yuya wipes out all her Life Points. This continues in later episodes as she demonstrates a sillier side of her personality by voicing a louder and growing interest in watching Yuya's duels, to her sister's frustration. She and Gloria even ditch Noro and Academia's side with a quick farewell when given the chance, confusing the man immensely.
- Opera Gloves: Grace wears black ones.
- Panthera Awesome: Not only does Amazoness Tiger come back, Grace's ace monster is Amazoness Pet Liger.
- Proper Lady: She's a Graceful Loser after all.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Grace wears a lilac skirt and white tights.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Grace's more calm and reserved blue to Gloria's more aggressive red. In Duels, Grace focuses more on defense while her sister goes on the attack.
- Ship Tease: She gets really into Yuya and his Entertainment Dueling.
- This Cannot Be!: Grace's sing-songy "USOOOOOOO~!" upon losing to Yuya and Kurosaki. Both of them simply kneel in utter shock afterwards, disbelief written all over their faces.
- Valley Girl: In the dub, believe it or not, she's this. Not a lot less vicious though.
- Villain Takes an Interest: After losing, she takes an interest in Yuya and his Entertainment Dueling, to the point where she has little interest in accomplishing what she was sent to do, even voicing out loud for Yuya to show her an entertaining show, which he not only heard but smiled at Grace's enthusiasm.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Grace has silver hair and looks utterly terrifying in her duel with Sayaka and Allen. Partly subverted in that she is the more reasonable of the twins.
- Womanchild: She becomes increasingly interested in Yuya as the episodes progresses. When Yuya duels against the Obelisk Force, she shows disappointment on how short the entertainment part was. In his second duel with Edo, she evolved into a Genki Girl, knowing Yuya would both find a way to win his duel and entertain her; Yuya took notice of this. Granted, her actual age is unknown, but her twin sister Gloria generally acts a lot more mature than she does.
Captain Solo (Captain Cutter)
Voiced by: Daichi Hayashi
Captain Solo is the captain of the pirate ship that the Lancers use to travel to Duel Academy island. He is also a member of Academia. Sora notes how the man likes to cosplay as a pirate.
He runs a WATER Fusion deck with a Pirate theme.
Tropes associated with Captain Solo:
- Achilles' Heel: Captain Lock prevents monsters from being set or summoned from the hand. So if you use Fusion against him as Sora did, it is useless.
- Badass Longcoat: A purple one, fitting for a Fusion duelist.
- Beware the Silly Ones: In spite of his Gonk design and ridiculous outfit, he manages to give Yuya a hard time thanks to his Combat Pragmatist approach, simple but effective lockdown strategy and clever use of home field advantage, to the point Yuya needed Sora's help to defeat him.
- Carpet of Virility: His shirt is low enough to reveal his chesthair.
- Combat Pragmatist: His main threat to Yuya comes not from directly threatening him with huge monsters, but rather his ace monster's lockdown effect and his use of anything that comes to hand to prevent Yuya from getting Action Cards.
- Dressed to Plunder: A pirate captain uniform.
- Expy: Of Anacis from GX, though with a pirate instead of a naval theme.
- Gonk: A hideous SOB with a huge mouth and strange features.
- Making a Splash: Skull Mariner and his ace, Captain Lock, are all WATER monsters.
- Meaningful Name: His ace monster is named Captain Lock and his deck focuses on lockdown tactics. See also Punny Name below.
- Pirate: Although more like a privateer considering he works for Academia. His monsters follow the same theme.
- Pirates vs. Ninjas: Although they don't directly interact, Tsukikage does cause problems by releasing Sawatari and Gongenzaka and sabotaging his ship.
- Punny Name: His monster is named Captain Lock; Lock is a pun to "roku", which means "six". Captain Lock is a Level 6 monster.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Lets out rather unmanly screaming when Sora's about to finish him off.
- Smug Snake: A smug and arrogant bastard that only did well against Yuya due to him bricking, and cheating by making him trip on ropes and throwing barrels at him.
- Weak, but Skilled: Captain Lock has 0 ATK, but is useful in lockdown.
Apollo & Diana
Voiced By: Takahiro Fujiwara (Apollo), Azusa Tanaka (Diana)
The Keepers of the Eastern and Western Tower, respectability where Ruri and Rin are held. They use Guardian decks.
Tropes Associated with Apollo and Diana:
- Achilles' Heel: Their strategy is to stall their field while reducing the ATK of their opponent's aces which are forced to attack their Tokens. However, once the Tokens are gone, Sun Protector and Moon Protector can be attacked again, and their Trap Card that summons the Token are gone once the monsters they tried to counter leave the field.
- Continuity Nod: Both of them use Guardian monsters as their Main Deck monsters, most prominently using monsters as Fusion Materials that belong to Rafael's sub-archetype.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: They believe to be in advantage, but they are easily defeated by Kaito and Yugo, who only need one turn to defeat them.
- Dark Is Evil: Diana uses DARK monsters and is a member of Academia. She uses Moon Protector's effect to increase her Life Points and to take the opponent's hope of ever defeating her.
- The Dividual: Although they appear separately, they are basically the same character, their moves and dialogue being exactly the same. And their decks are nearly identical.
- Face Framed in Shadow: Both of their eyes are hidden by shadows, indicating how unimportant they are.
- Faceless Mooks: As a result of Face Framed in Shadow, they are this trope.
- Flat Character: Both of them have no interesting personalities whatsoever.
- Light Is Not Good: Apollo uses LIGHT monsters and is a member of Academia. He uses Sun Protector's effect to burn the Life Points of his opponent in a painful way.
- Mook Maker: Sun Protector and Moon Protector can summon Protector Tokens, and both, Apollo and Diana, use a Trap Card that let them summon two more Tokens. Destroying the Tokens in battle triggers the effects of Sun Protector and Moon Protector. And as long as one Protector Token is on the field, Sun/Moon Protector cannot be targeted for an attack.
- Ms. Fanservice: Downplayed, but you can't help but think that Diana's design was made to appeal to a few fans, with her Ancient Greek dress and sandals.
- Palette Swap: Sun Protector and Moon Protector are basically the same monster with different gender and colors. Their effects are almost identical, except that Sun Protector damages the opponent, while Moon Protector heals the controller.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: They are both named after the Ancient Roman Gods of the sun and the moon, respectively.
- Shout-Out: Their characters basically reference the upcoming Pokémon games, Sun and Moon. Both, Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, celebrate their respective 20th anniversary in 2016, the year both keepers are introduced.
- Smug Snake: Both are very smug and superior of their abilities, yet it only takes Yugo and Kaito one turn to take them down.
- Solar and Lunar: Their themes. Their cardinal directions also refer to their sun and moon theme. Apollo, the Keeper of the Eastern Tower, is located where the sun rises, while Diana, the Keeper of the Western Tower, is located where the sun sets and the moon rises.
- Additionally, they are dueling against people who also have relations to the sun and moon. Yugo has vowed to the sun before his duel with Serena, while Kaito's original counterpart had the most important duel of his life on the moon.
- Status Ailment: Due the effects of Sun Protector and Moon Protector, whenever a Protector Token is destroyed by the opponent's monster, they would reduce the ATK of the monster by 800. Additionally, Sun Protector inflicts 800 damage to the opponent, while Moon Protector adds 800 Life Points to her controller. The strategy is that the ace monster would be weakened enough so Sun/Moon Protector could destroy it easily.
- Stone Wall: Both of them use a defensive strategy that would weaken the ace monsters of their opponent. Diana's deck is even more defensive, since, unlike Apollo whose Sun Protector damages the player, her Moon Protector heals her own Life Points.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Basically how they lose. Yugo and Kaito don't waste their time to deal with them, and finishes them off as soon as possible. How? Yugo summons Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon, he adds 1000 ATK to Crystal Wing to ensure that Apollo would lose 4000 Life Points in battle. And Kaito summons Neo-Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon and Special Summons his original Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon from the Graveyard and attacks Diana directly with both dragons, inflicting 7500 damage, 100 more than Diana's 7400 Life Points.
- Villain of the Week: They appeared in episode 116 and never came back again, though Diana's unconscious body makes a cameo during Kurosaki and Ruri's duel.
- Villainous Breakdown: Both of them are reduced to begging when they are about to lose.
Voiced by: Yoshihito Sasaki
An instructor employed by Academia. In the series, he orders his students to fight the Lancers. After trapping five of them, he puts them into an arena where a Survival Duel is held. He uses a Gladiator Beast deck. His jerkish demeanor and outright abuse of his students, particularly BB, makes him one of the most hated characters in the series.
Tropes associated with Sanders:
- Bad Boss: Has shades of this, although possibly justified by Honor Before Reason or just for training. He sends his students to fight the Lancers, even though there is a risk of losing them. On the other hand, he is confident in his students' skills.
- Beard of Evil: His beard is very thick and bushy, giving him a nasty look.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: He also has very thick eyebrows to emphasize his stern nature.
- Dark Is Evil: Gladiator Beast Tamer Editor, which is a DARK monster who tames other Gladiator Beasts with his whip.
- Dishing Out Dirt: The Test monsters are EARTH monsters.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He gives off this vibe, although he doesn't appear to insult his students or to punish them, making him more of a Veteran Instructor. Played straight towards BB.
- Evil Counterpart: He's pretty much Leo's Shuzuo. Sanders and Shuzuo are both the hyper dramatic main teachers of their schools that are deeply loyal to their ideals. But Shuzuo is a kind teacher that cares for his students on a personal level while Sanders only cares about results.
- Fusion Dance: While this is usually a given for Academia characters, Sanders's case is a bit special, since the archetype he uses is well-known for their Contact Fusions, a type of Special Summoning that is not Fusion Summoning. However, with Test Fusion, Sanders can legally Fusion Summon a Gladiator Beast Fusion Monster from his Extra Deck while ignoring the Fusion Materials and summoning conditions. That makes Sanders the first character to introduce a way to Fusion Summon Contact Fusion Monsters.note
- Graceful Loser: He doesn't beg for his life and even orders BB to card him after his loss.
- Hair Antennae: He has very similar ones to Yuri's and they are in the same position. Is that a meaningful hint?
- Hate Sink: Utterly no redeeming qualities. Sanders only cares that his students were "carded" not because he cares about them, but because he's still failed to train a stronger Duelist than BB. By the end of Yuya and BB's duel, he's seemingly the only one who hasn't been changed by Yuya's idealism, remaining an unpleasant asshole to the end.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The effect of Gladiator Beast Tamer Editor (destroy 1 monster on the field and inflict its ATK as damage to its controller) can be activated by anyone who has two or more Gladiator Beasts on his or her field. BB uses this effect to destroy Tamer Editor, inflicting 2400 damage to Sanders (who only had 2000 LP due to taking the 2000 damage Intrusion penalty).
- Large Ham: With a No Indoor Voice and being a Drill Sergeant Nasty, this is a given. Takes Up to Eleven when he duels.
- No Indoor Voice: If not talking to a higher authority, he yells all the time. The way how he treats BB makes it only worse.
- Punny Name: He's Sanders, and one of his students is named Bernie, possibly after Bernie Sanders, a United States Senator who achieved media prominence in 2016 with a highly publicized but ultimately unsuccessful campaign for President.
- The Social Darwinist: He has no problem letting his students get carded to root out the weaklings.
- Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: Goads BB into "carding" him when BB turns on him, intending to use himself as a sacrifice to "strengthen" BB into the "ultimate" duelist. Fortunately BB doesn't go through with it.
- We Have Reserves: He doesn't seem terribly broken up about losing five of his best students. After all, he can always just push the rest harder.
- Whip It Good: He wields a crop to show off his authority, using it for silencing people or pointing at things. He doesn't seem to use it on his students though. Played straight with his Tamer Editor.
- Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Instead of carding the trapped Lancers immediately, he takes them to the Survival Duel arena, despite the chance of them surviving and the risk of his students being carded. Maybe Honor Before Reason or just Pride?
Battle Beast ("BB")
Voiced by: Taku Yashiro
A mysterious duelist who first appears in the Survival Duel; he is a vicious beast-like man who doesn't differentiate between allies and foes. This man is called "Battle Beast", or simply "BB" for short. He uses a Gladiator Beast deck which focuses on Contact Fusions and tagging monsters.
Although portrayed as a madman, BB himself does not like hurting people and only did so due to Sander's abuse. Following his defeat against Yuya and Jack, BB shows outright remorse for what he's done.
Tropes associated with BB:
- Awesome, yet Impractical: He's easily one of Academia's strongest duelists, but not only is he a Wild Card, he's also capable of being cowed.
- Ax-Crazy: So much that Academia couldn't keep him under control.
- Barbarian Long Hair: As a Wild Man with Wild Hair, his hair is also very long.
- Blood Knight: He viciously assaults everyone, sees everyone as foes and sees pleasure in dueling them.
- The Brute: The best example Academia has to offer. He is a Wild Man with a very preassuring dueling style and can take on several people at once. Before "carding" his opponents, he jumps on them to prevent them from escaping.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He shameless gloats about how he "kills" Crow in front of Jack's face!
- Death by Irony: A rampaging Wild Man who has no problems carding anyone, including Tsukikage and Crow, ends up being defeated by Yuya's "ridiculous circus act". He's also a Player Killer, no less!
- Desecrating the Dead: A variant, as he attempts to stomp on Crow's card after "carding" him.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Being a Wild Man, he doesn't wear any footwear.
- Dirty Coward: He attacks from the shadows, and as soon as Jack comes close to defeating him, he's clearly shaken. As soon as Sanders threatens to "card" him, he goes after the immediate threat rather than Yuya and Jack.
- The Dreaded: Academia's students are terrified of this guy.
- Easily Forgiven: By Yuya, no less! Though BB does demonstrate that he regrets what he's done and it helps that Yuya is aware that carded people can be turned back to normal.
- Expy: BB seems to be a reference Taizan from GX, being a Tarzan-like duelist who lives in the wild.
- Fiery Redhead: He has red hair and a very impulsive and wild personality to match.
- Final-Exam Boss: In-universe example for other Academia students.
- Flash Step: He can do these to prevent Yuya from getting Action Cards.
- Freudian Excuse: BB's behavior is due to being under the wing of Sanders, who abused him mentally day in and day out to the point that BB became what he is today to protect what's left of his psyche. In reality, he really doesn't like doing what he's doing, something Yuya picks up on.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: And they actually glow, being how Sawatari was able to see him while he was camouflaged.
- Guttural Growler: When he does speak, his voice is a very low growl.
- Hero Killer: He "cards" Tsukikage and Crow. He almost "cards" Gongenzaka as well.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Since his Gladiator Beast Assault Fortress can inflict effect damage on his opponents, Yuya uses its effect on him.
- Jerkass: ARC-V continues the trend of upping its Jerkass levels. If targeting his own allies wasn't a clue, he goes to stomp Crow's card after carding him. Subverted when it turns out that he's just putting a facade out of fear towards Sanders.
- Large Ham: A loud wild man with a hammy voice.
- Mook Horror Show: A walking one to his own side no less, striking indiscriminately from the foliage and sowing terror among everyone else in the Survival Duel and the Academia students watching the ordeal.
- Mr. Fanservice: Constantly goes back and forth from this to Fan Disservice. On one hand, he is a relatively good-looking, well-built young man roughly the height of Sanders (who is an adult). Also, the little clothing he wears leaves almost nothing to imagination, not to mention that he has a bit of Foot Focus going for him as he not only Does Not Like Shoes but whoever was in charge of his design seems to have been compelled to show that He's Got Legs. To wrap it up, he even uses the fan favorite Gladiator Beasts. On the other hand, he is an Ax-Crazy Jerkass who also has disturbingly animal-like behavior and ultimately has a short and lackluster role, bordering on outright Filler Villain territory, despite of pulling a HeelFace Turn.
- To be fair, if he had more screen time after his HeelFace Turn, he'd finally play this trope straight.
- My God, What Have I Done?: BB shows outright regret over his actions against his peers, Tsukikage and Crow, screaming that he's sorry over and over again to Yuya after their duel.
- Mythology Gag: The Gladiator Beast archetype was introduced in Gladiator's Assault, which came out in the tail end of the GX series. With his appearance, the Gladiator Beasts finally make their proper anime debut.
- No Name Given: Simply referred to by his nickname or "BB". He is most commonly referred to as "BB".
- Not So Different: He's essentially Yuya as a Wild Man instead of a Sad Clown, using his wild image to cover up his fear of being carded.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Referred to simply as "Battle Beast" or most commonly "BB".
- Player Killing: He only lives to kill and nothing else, which makes him a Serial Killer.
- Primal Stance: Fitting his feral nature. He noticeably takes a second to stand up straight when he switches from growls to proper speech.
- Slasher Smile: He is prone to doing them, showing how vicious he is.
- Smarter Than You Look: For a primitive guy, he is actually an intelligent and skilled Duelist. Which makes sense considering Gladiator Beasts are a more technical type deck that relies on countering and swapping monsters.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Arguably one for Isao Kachidoki. The main difference between them is in their fighting styles: Isao is engages in Eastern martial arts and uses conventional Polymerization-based Fusion summoning (most of the time, at least), while BB is more akin to either a gladiator or an outright barbarian and uses Contact Fusion.
- Stating the Simple Solution: He would've killed Crow (as a card) by stomping him if it weren't for Sawatari's Diving Save. Jack is not happy about this.
- The Speechless: In his initial appearance, he doesn't seem to be able to speak. He only makes unintelligible grunts. In episode 120, he is shown to talk just fine.
- Tom the Dark Lord: While "Battle Beast" sounds cool and malicious, "BB" just sounds silly.
- Trap Master: Aside from using the effects of his monsters, BB's excessive usage of Trap Cards make a huge part of his play-style.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His upper body is bare, showing of his muscular body. Of course, he is a Wild Man.
- When He Smiles: Gives a relieved smile when Jack reveals that he can't attack on the turn he uses Red Warg's effect, allowing him to remain in the duel. It's strangely refreshing compared to all the Slasher Smiles he's been giving out in the previous two episodes.
- Wild Card: Unquestionably skilled, but just as much a danger to his allies as he is to his enemies. Case in point, he takes out all five Academia students as opposed to a single Lancer before he finally sets his sights on these new enemies. And it's later revealed that he doesn't like being a Duel Soldier at all and he sees everyone as an enemy that can potentially harm him.
- Wild Hair: Fittingly, he has long, wild and red hair.
- Wild Man: He is a primitive and brutish duelist who grunts a lot and is under-dressed. As his nickname suggests, he is a beast... a wounded beast to be exact.
- Wrong Context Magic: The Fusion Monsters he Special Summons are summoned via Contact Fusion, but he doesn't use the term. Instead, he refers their summon as Fusion Summon, which is incorrect, since they are simply Special Summoned from the Extra Deck, not Fusion Summoned. Even the card text of the anime version states that they have to be Special Summoned, but the term "Fusion Summon" is not included. Additionally, the Gladiator Beasts have the same summoning animation as regular Fusion Monsters. To make things even worse, Sanders would later legally Fusion Summon a Gladiator Beast Fusion Monster with a Spell Card that specifically says that the Fusion Materials and Summoning conditions of the Summoned monster will be ignored.
Obelisk ForceThe Obelisk Force are an elite group of Duel Soldiers of Academia. They often duel in tag, using the advantages and loopholes of the Battle Royale Mode and take down their opponents with teamwork and burn damage.
All of them seem to run Antique Gear decks, particularly based on the Antique Gear Hound Dog archetype.
Tropes associated with the Obelisk Force:
- Ancient Grome and Clock Punk: Like many other Duel Soldiers, they use cards such as Antique Gear Knight and Antique Gear Hound Dog.
- Color Coded For Y Our Convenience: Their masks have gems of different colors set in them, which is generally the only way to tell them apart. Doesn't make too much of a difference because they're all basically interchangeable to begin with, but it does make their duels easier to follow.
- Combat Pragmatists: They duel in Battle Royal Mode rather than in regular 1-on-1 duel. Since the Battle Royals don't have specific rules, they attack their opponents before those even get their first turn.
- Cyber Cyclops: Antique Gear Chaos Giant, see Dennis's sheet.
- Elite Mooks: Played with. They are built up as a threat, and their invasion of Standard involves them defeating and carding many duelists. However, especially in Season 2, they're ineffectual against stronger professional duelists, making their threat level seem lower.
- Expressive Mask: Downplayed, their mouths are visible anyway, but the red lenses in the eyes move in ways they should not be able to.
- Faceless Goons: They all wear masks. The gems on the masks are colored differently.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Yugo wipes a trio of them out by dealing damage to them with their own cards.
- Humongous Mecha: They have an Antique Gear Chaos Giant to use in their decks.
- Jerkass: So far, every single one of them.
- Know When To Fold Them: Three of them in episode 92 decide to retreat after the four Yus almost merged, Yuri and Barrett are gone, and Tsukikage nearly stabbed them with his sword.
- Lowered Monster Difficulty: Zig-Zagged. The first time these guys showed up, a lot of people got carded. After that, the heroes started mopping the floor with them.note The third time though, they gave Yuya and Kurosaki such a hard time that Kaito had to step in and save their butts.
- The Magic Poker Equation: Their ability to reliably get two or three Antique Gear Hound Dogs and a Polymerization in their opening hands defies probability.
- Mooks: All of them wearing the same uniforms, wear almost the same masks, all share the same personality, and all of them seem to run Antique Gear decks. Unfortunately, they are also Elite Mooks.
- Mythology Gag: As they are called Obelisk Force, their masks resemble the usual Duel Monsters version of Obelisk the Tormentor (The Millennium World version of him has a slightly different head design). The elite students of GX's Duel Academia were from the Obelisk Blue Dorm.
- Pet the Dog: A rather literal example, one of them scratches his Antique Gear Hound under the chin.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The red lenses of their masks lend themselves to this effect.
- Sadist: They feel pleasure from hurting and carding people.
- Smug Smiler: All the time.
- Smug Super: They can come off as Smug Snake, but they're technically this since they're actually good Duelists. The primary reason they did so poorly against Yuya was likely because it was three-on-one and they underestimated him.
- Weapon of Choice: Every monster they use is either an Antique Gear Hound Dog or one of its Fusion forms.
- Would Hurt a Child: Their ages are unknown, but they card several 13-15 year old characters from the Junior Youth class (and 16+ old characters from the Youth class), and show no mercy to Reira.
- Zerg Rush: As mentioned in Combat Pragmatist above, ganging up on opponents is pretty much their go-to strategy.
A group employed by Academia, serving as a security force. They are introduced trying to capture Yuzu, and decimated by Asuka. They use the Armoredog archetype, attacking in three-man groups to overwhelm the opponent.
Tropes associated with the Juvenile Officers:
- Blow You Away: Armoredog Bull Copter is a WIND monster.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Armoredog Cannon Boxer is an EARTH monster.
- Mooks: They aren't soldiers, simply officers.
- Nice Hat: They wear berets.
- Right-Hand Attack Dog: The Armoredog archetype is based on Robot Dogs.
- Robot Dog: The Armoredog archetype consists of robotic dogs, similar to the Antique Gear Hound Dog.
You Show Duel School
You Show Duel School
You Show is a preparatory Duel school located in City Fusion Dimension it is the alternate counterpart to You Show Duel School in Standard. Its current owner is Yusho Sakaki who opened this school when he came to the Fusion Dimension. Among its students are Asuka Tenjoin and, according to her, many students who escape from Academia decided to enroll in this school.
Tropes associated with this branch:
- Badass Normal: Among the five students who duel Yuri in episode 106, the female student Fusion Summons Master of Oz, a non-Effect Fusion Monster with 4200 ATK, towering over Super Vehicroid Jumbo Drill's 3000 ATK, Ojama King's 0 ATK and VWXYZ-Dragon Catapult Cannon's 3000 ATK. However, these high ATK values eventually bite them in the ass.
- Butt-Monkey: The Ojama Duelist gives Yuri the most real trouble. This doesn't stop Yuri from mocking the hell out of him.
- Defector from Decadence: Made up of all the Academia defectors that aren't Serena or Sora.
- Fusion Dance: Of course, they use Fusion Monsters. Yuri mocks them for that.
- Gag Nose: The VWXYZ brothers have some kind of rodent noses.
- Good Costume Switch: The members of You Show use Duel Disks that resemble the Duel Disks from the original Duel Academia from GX. This is mostly likely invoked as the You Show members are not proud of their past.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The five Red Shirts who duel Yuri in episode 106 suffer a horrible defeat due to this trope. You can't blame them for Special Summoning their ace monsters since everyone does that, but it's because what kind of monsters they play and what they do. The first red shirt has Super Vehicroid Jumbo Drill, a monster with a Piercing Damage effect, allowing Yuri to defeat the Ojama duelist by copying its effect. The older brother of the VWXYZ brothers gives his VW-Tiger Catapult to his younger brother and leaves himself defenseless, while the younger brother clears Yuri's field which allows the latter to set up his counterattack to defeat them all (admittedly Yuri would have done this anyway). And of course, four of the five duelists end up with three monsters with at least 3000 ATK, especially the girl with her Master of Oz and its enormous 4200 ATK, unintentionally powering up Starve Venom Fusion Dragon's ATK to five digits with their three powerhouses. Only the Ojama duelist doesn't do anything that bites them back in the ass.
- Lethal Joke Character: Downplayed, but the Red Shirt from episode 106 who uses Ojamas is ironically the most troublesome of Yuri's five opponent's.
- Mechanical Lifeforms: A pair of brothers who duel Yuri in episode 106 use the VWXYZ archetype.
- Mythology Gag: The five students who duel Yuri in episode 106 use Fusion Monsters that were originally used by Judai's friends. They use Sho's Super Vehicroid Jumbo Drill, Hayato's Master of Oz, and Manjoume's Ojama King, VW-Tiger Catapult, XYZ-Dragon Cannon and VWXYZ-Dragon Catapult Cannon.
- Red Shirt: The five students who duel Yuri in episode 106 are all introduced and carded in the same episode. And they don't have names.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: A large number of the students are implied to be this, given their defection from Academia after serving in the Fusion Dimension.
- Sinister Scimitar: Their Duel Disks have curved Hard Light card plates resembling these, as opposed to the straight blades of Academia Duel Disks. The "Sinister" part is averted, though.
- Stone Wall: One of the members uses Ojama King and an Ojama deck.
- Walking Spoiler: Its very existence is this for where Yusho went.
- The Worf Effect: An interesting example. The viewers have no expectations for the five duelists who duel Yuri in episode 106 and everyone expected them to lose anyway. However, they all use boss Fusion Monsters that were originally used by Sho, Hayato and Manjoume in GX, which gives us an idea of what the five students are capable of. It also gives us the imagination that Sho, Hayato and Manjoume would lose to Yuri even if they would gang up on him.
Asuka Tenjoin (Alexis Rhodes)
Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (JP), Anna Morrow (EN)
An alternate counterpart to Asuka Tenjoin from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. Formerly an honor student in Academia, a fellow student who witnessed the invasion of Heartland changed Asuka's mind. Seeing how Academia cruelly cards people without regret, she joins Yusho's Duel School and becomes his student and aid.
She later assists the Lancers and Yuzu in getting to Academia where she tried to duel against Yuri and despite putting up a good fight, ends up being sealed away by the former. Fortunately she's freed by series end and becomes close friends with Sora.
She uses a Cyber Girl deck that also includes the Cyber Angel Ritual Monsters, focusing on a anti-Fusion strategy.
Tropes associated with Asuka:
- Action Girl: Her GX counterpart was the first heroine to be a true Duelist.
- Adaptational Badass: Her GX counterpart was a bit infamous for running Cyber Girls, a terrible archetype in the metagame that lacked much synergy or power, and she bordered on being a Faux Action Girl that lost most of her plot important duels. Here, Asuka's debut episode has her effortlessly OTK three Academia agents on her second turn, and her deck is more focused and cohesive. Later she puts up a good duel against Yuri, despite losing.
- Adaptational Villainy: Played with. She used to be an Academia student, but she's currently working for Yusho after becoming a renegade due to her high moral standards.
- Adapted Out: Her brother Fubuki is nowhere to be seen or mentioned here.
- Ascended Extra: Zigzagged. Unlike Edo, she was introduced in the first arcs of her show, but she was severely Demoted to Extra and Out of Focus in GX's later seasons and never achieved prominence of the other crossover characters like Kaito, Jack or Crow.
- Art Evolution: She wears a modified form of her Obelisk Blue uniform.
- Big Damn Heroes: Her first act in Episodes 103 is saving Yuzu (who got dumped into the Fusion Dimension by a wormhole) from a group of Academia students and bringing her to the You Show Fusion branch.
- Big "NO!": She does this just as Yuri seals her into a card following her loss to him. She is later freed by series end.
- Boobs of Steel: One of the strongest and bustiest female characters in ARC-V.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: She wears blue prominently and is one of the only two characters in the series to use Ritual Summoning so far, although her uniform belongs to a Fusion-centered Duel School.
- Composite Character: Her ace monster Cyber Angel - Vishnu is an odd combination of Cyber Angel - Dakini (Asuka's ace monster in GX) and Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon. Like Dakini, Vishnu is Multi-Armed and Dangerous and Vishnu's effect is very similar to Odd-Eyes Rebellion's, both of them also having 3000 ATK to boot.
- Continuity Nod: Asuka being a former honor student is a nod to her original counterpart, who was an honor student in every way.
- Cool Big Sis: Acts like one to Yuzu, who develops a bit of a Big Sister Worship for her. She also was this to other Academia girls.
- Death by Irony: Asuka's defeat by Yuri's hands is ironic in many means. Instead of using his own deck, Yuri uses an Ancient Gear deck that is built for honor students like Asuka, who would have received one herself if she had stayed in Academia. However, Yuri actually modified the deck instead of using the original recipe, something that an honor student wouldn't have done, as he's basically insulting the idea of honor student blindly following the teachings of the school. Additionally, despite Asuka's efforts of preventing Yuri from Fusion Summoning, Yuri does it anyway thanks to Super Polymerization, defeating her with a Fusion Monster.
- Defector from Decadence: After learning Academia was carding civilians, she attempted to escape Academia with an Osiris Red friend of hers. When patrols caught them and carded her friend, Asuka knew that Academia crossed a line too many and turned against them.
- Everyone Has Standards: She could still be an Academia student if it weren't for said school being rotten to the core and going on a carding spree in Heartland.
- HeelFace Turn: Once Asuka finds out about Academia's true colors, followed by Yusho bailing her out from a group of Juvenile Officers, she goes rogue in disgust.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Despite being natively from the Fusion Dimension and a former Academia student, Asuka is disgusted by Academia so much that she despises Fusions. She eventually builds an anti-Fusion deck; symbolically, she discards her own Polymerization for Polymerization Destruction to showcase how she's done with Fusions.
- In the Hood: Asuka is shown to be wearing a hood when she comes to Yuzu's aid.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: She's from the Fusion Dimension, and her GX counterpart is the "Queen of Obelisk Blue", but she's an Academia deserter who uses Ritual Monsters.
- Light 'em Up: Most of her monsters, and her Cyber Angels are LIGHT monsters.
- Man of Kryptonite: Asuka's Cyber deck is designed to counter Fusion duelists.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's still a busty and shapely young lady wearing a miniskirt and sleeveless shirt. Her monsters are likewise curvaceous females with very little clothing, if any.
- Mythology Gag: In GX, her first ace monster was the Fusion Monster Cyber Blader, but as her deck evolved, she stopped using her and switched to the Cyber Angel Ritual Monsters. In this series, Asuka is a former Academia agent that abandoned them and now fights for Yusho using anti-Fusion Cyber Angel Ritual Monsters and other anti-Fusion cards.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: She's the only character wearing her variant of the Obelisk Blue uniform.
- Number Two: To Yusho, being the co-founder of You Show's Fusion branch along with Yusho himself.
- One-Man Army: Cyber Angel - Vishnu can practically defeat any pure Fusion Duelist, and her effect and ATK make sure that she defeats every single Fusion Duelist in one turn as long as they are not other factors that would prevent her from doing so.
- Our Angels Are Different: The Cyber Angels are Fairy-Types, but they are Angel-Types in the OCG.
- Pink Means Feminine: In her younger days, she wore a pink outfit that would be later borrowed by Yuzu. Since Yuzu is heavily associated with that color, it is very convenient that Asuka, who is not very well known for having pink clothes, actually had those and kept them despite she has been outgrown of them.
- She's Got Legs: As before, she wears boots and a miniskirt that emphasize her long legs.
- Ship Tease: People like pairing her up with Sora of all people, though it helps that both get along pretty well with one another, especially against Yuri. By series end, they smile at one another and comment on the final duels taking place together.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Shares this dynamic with Sora, despite both being roughly the same age.
- Walking Spoiler: Not only is she another legacy character, she is a good character from the Fusion Dimension rather than being a villain.