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Maiami City (Paradise City)

Maiami City is the city where You Show Duel School and Leo Duel School reside in the Standard Dimension.

  • Cosmic Retcon: After Zarc's second defeat, Standard became the Pendulum Dimension and no one remembers the duel against Zarc.
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  • Dub Name Change: Maiami City to Paradise City.

Sakaki Family

    Yoko Sakaki 

Yoko Sakaki

Voiced by: Ryoko Yui (JP), Saskia Maarleveld (EN)
Click here to see her Dueling attire. 

Yuya's mother and Yusho's wife, she raises Yuya on her own. According to Yuya, she takes in stray animals.

Tropes associated with Yoko:

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Which is pretty impressive considering how over the top Yuya is.
  • Amazon Brigade: Her monsters are only female bikers. And her old gang was made up of only girls.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: She asks one to Yuya in episode 52, where he says he'll defeat every enemy, she asks if that includes Sora.
  • Badass Longcoat: She used to wear one when she was a gang leader. She wore it again in episode 52.
  • Biker Babe: As revealed by Episode 52. Turns our her deck's theme is this as well.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: In Episode 44 she hilariously borrows both Shuzou's and Futoshi's catchphrases.
  • Cuteness Proximity: She's absolutely helpless against cute things, either stray animals or cute children wandering her house (i.e Sora). By Episode 16, she had collected four more pets.
  • Expy: Kind-hearted mother of the main character that turned out to have been a former motorcycle riding delinquent that grew kinder after meeting her future husband. Yoko obviously takes cues from Kyoko Honda
  • Fangirl: She's a Michio fangirl, to the point of being caught in between cheering for Michi or for her own son. And now she has become a Dennis fangirl too. She also appreciates Halil's "ethnic appeal."
  • Foil: She's one to Himika. They are both wives to a man that disappeared three years ago and are close to their sons who are Lancers. But while Himika is a business woman that is Ambiguously Evil, Yoko is a Friend to All Living Things and a stay at home mom. While Himika feels abandoned by Leo, Yoko isn't bitter at all and believes Yusho will come back. The final nail is that Himika's actions are extreme enough that even Reiji is unnerved by how far she'll go while Yoko dueled Yuya to not only reassure him but give him the advice he needed to move on.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She takes in stray animals.
  • Good Parents: The fact that she is a Recurring Character makes her one in comparison to other YGO protagonists' parents. She often appears when Yuya has his inner conflicts and provides encouraging and wise advice. Also, during the duel against Michio, she throws a prepared lunch at Yuya, who is starving at this point, giving her son enough energy to win the duel. And she has complete faith that Yuya will surpass Yusho. She was able to instantly know something was wrong with Yuya the moment she heard about the inter-dimensional war and quickly challenged him to a duel to teach him what he needed to know.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's one of the nicest characters in the series.
  • Hidden Depths: Episode 14 hints there's more of Mrs. Sakaki than she shows.
    Yoko: It's OK now. It's not my turn to chime in yet.
    • In Episode 52, she challenges Yuya to a duel and used to be a gang leader.
  • In the Blood: Yoko states that Yuya's straight forward and honest nature is just like her.
  • Meet Cute: Episode 52 shows how she met Yusho, her future husband.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not her but her monsters are attractive women in form fitting leather outfits.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Played With. Sora pretends to confuse her for Yuya's older sister to get in her good graces (she does look fine, though).
  • Red Baron: Shooting Star Yoko
  • Retired Badass: She used to be a gang leader, and an exceptional duelist, but now she's just a house wife.
  • Running Gag: In the Battle Royale arc, whenever she's talked to, she'll speak very low and serious to then start fangirling over Michio or Dennis while asking to see more of them.
  • Shipper on Deck: She's good friends with Yuzu to the point she comforted her when Yuzu blamed herself for Yuya ending up near comatose after his encounter with Yuto and Yugo. In the same episode this is played for laughs as they both work together to get Mieru to compete in the tournament again and get her out of the room while Yuya is resting.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She states in Episode 52, it was Yusho's ability to solve conflict without harming anyone that made her fall for him.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the past, she was a gang leader that happily defeated anyone in her way. But meeting Yusho calmed her down to the kind woman we see today.
  • Warrior Therapist: We can see where Yuya gets it from as in episode 52, she seems to play this part to get Yuya out of his BSOD.

    Sakaki Pets 

Sakaki Pets

Yuya's pet dog and cat, that were found by his mother. En used to be big enough to fit in his hand. They started with En and Core, and later added Watt (a poodle) and Kilo (a Bulldog), with two yet unnamed cats.

Tropes associated with the Sakaki Pets:

  • Cats Are Mean: Averted with Core, who greets Yuya when he wakes up. It's En who wakes Yuya by jumping on his face.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Core has a blue eye and a gold eye.
  • Mister Muffykins: Fortunately averted with En, who is a nice corgi.
  • Punny Name: Together En and Core's name is "encore", fitting for a family that runs Entertainment Duels. Kilo and Watt together are "kilowatt".
  • Running Gag: Whenever we see the Sakaki house, his mother had picked up more pets.



    Strong Ishijima (Sledgehammer) 

Strong Ishijima (Sledgehammer)

Voiced by: Atsushi Miyauchi (JP), Will Sasso (EN)

Strong Ishijima is a the champion of the Pro League. Ishijima was due to Duel the current Champion, Yusho Sakaki, but Yusho never showed up, much to his fury. He loses to Yuya when Pendulum summoning is created.

Tropes associated with Ishijima:

  • The Ahnold: His dub voice has this speech pattern.
  • Bait-and-Switch: He's a world champion duelist that Yuya has a grudge with because of what he did to Yuya's father, he apparently has never been beaten, his ace monster has 3000 ATK, and he's defeated by Yuya in the first episode. Sounds like he's gonna be our Kaiba Expy for the series, right? Nope, he's Put on a Bus after his defeat and doesn't appear again, save for a handful of silent cameos in the last few episodes.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: His Battleguards are fittingly called Barbarians in Japanese, so he also has barbarian hair.
  • Barbarian Tribe: His deck's theme.
  • Call-Back: Runs a Battleguard Deck, used last by Jonouchi.
  • Facial Markings: On his eyes.
  • Honor Before Reason: Even though it was an exhibition match, he resigns from the championship after losing to Yuya.
  • Horned Hairdo: His hair fits to his horned monsters.
  • Last-Name Basis: Like some other characters, he is credited by his last name on the Versus Character Splash.
  • Oh, Crap!: Gets one due to Yuya's Wonder Balloon and Odd-Eyes Dragon combination.
  • Put on a Bus: Goes overseas to retrain himself after losing to Yuya. Nothing comes of this, however, and he's seen by series end, witnessing Yuya's final duels against Jack and Reiji.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Considers Yuya a fool and a coward, until he is forced onto the defensive by him.
  • Victory Is Boring: He does not view himself as the real champion after his declared victory over Yusho who didn't appear to their duel. He really wants to defeat him in a duel to become a real champion.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair: The least weird part of his hair is the color.

    Nico Smiley 

Nico Smiley

Voiced by: Hajime Iijima

Nico Smiley is Strong Ishijima's, and later Yuya's, manager. He is responsible for inviting Yuya to duel Ishijima, and thus allowing Yuya to discover Pendulum summoning. He later comes back and is responsible for helping Yuya get into the Junior Youth Championship.

Tropes associated with Nico:

  • Adjusting Your Glasses: By the bridge, with a Just as Planned look on his face, after Yuya has completed all his duels.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Weird as hell, expert manager. He picked specific duelists to force Yuya to become a better duelist overall and outright told Yuya that he needs to go beyond his expectations instead of remaining within it to be a good professional Duelist.
  • Butt-Monkey: He becomes one in the Battle Royale, as the Academia invades, the feeds of the tournament are cut and he's forced to deal with an annoyed crowd till finally in Episode 47 every feed is cut and he's begging for work.
  • Camp: His appearance is very flamboyant.
  • Classy Cravat: A red one.
  • Combat Commentator: In the Junior Youth Championship.
  • First-Name Basis: Is called by his given name and without suffixes by Yuya and other characters.
  • Gratuitous English: Like "Oh My Boy," and others.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: After Yuya defeats Ishijima, he immediately runs over to him, smacking Ishijima's head along the way.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Opportunistic tendencies aside, he appears to genuinely value Yuya as a duelist, always trying to inspire the boy to improve himself as an Entertainer. He later expresses concern towards the safety of both the challengers and the audience during the most intense moments of the MCS, especially during Sora and Kurosaki's match.
    • Better shown during Episode 53, when meets up with Yoko and the rest of the You Show gang while they send their best wishes to Yuya who's heading to the Synchro Dimension. He confesses his dream of helping the boy become the best duelist in the world to them, while wishing his feelings could reach him across the distance. Throughout the whole sequence, he wears a visibly sad expression, in sharp contrast with his usual self, even shedding some tears over his beloved pupil's departure.
  • Large Ham: Loud and dramatic. Being an MC and all.
  • Last-Name Basis: As an MC, he calls all duelists by their last name, except the three LDS exchange students.
  • Making a Spectacle of Yourself: His sunglasses have pink, pointed rims and orange-yellow lenses.
  • Meaningful Name: Nico comes from "niko niko", a Japanese onomatopoeia associated with smiling, and Smiley is self explanatory. Naturally, he smiles pretty much all the time.
  • Only in It for the Money: Though he claims otherwise.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Most of the time, except for a few seconds after Ishijima lost.
  • Reality Ensues: In episode 19, he sits on top of the car in the bus - on top of the back of it. When the bus stops, he is of course, knocked off before the camera cuts to a sign that asks people to sit properly on their seats.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Although a little shocked at first that Yuya didn't take the first pass into the competition, he was more than happy to set up duels so Yuya could get into it normally. He even happily set up six duels for Sora as well.
  • Trickster Mentor: For Yuya, specifically picking duelists to force him to expand his dueling in new ways, often with odd antics.

    Mr. Sawatari (Curio Sawatari) 

Mr. Sawatari

Voiced by: Katsuhisa Houki (JP), Mike Pollock (EN)

He is Shingo Sawatari's father. He is a high-ranking official in Maiami City, and has been trying to get re-elected as the Mayor of Maiami City. He despises Yuya because his son's loss hurts his reputation.

Tropes associated with Mr. Sawatari:

  • Asshole Victim: Okay, so he doesn't get sealed in a card by Kurosaki. But it sure as hell was satisfying to see him utterly crap himself.
  • Bald of Jerkass.
  • Corrupt Bureaucrat: Obsessed only with getting elected. And considered that he's not mayor yet.
  • Exhausted Eyebags: Though he never seems to be tired.
  • Fat Bastard: He is fat and short as well.
  • Gonk: Short, fat, ugly, and the most deformed-looking character in the series so far.
  • Idiot Hair: He's bald, and has a curled hair at the front of his head.
  • Jerkass: Well, we know where Sawatari got it from, though his father takes it much farther, even being rude to the Akabas.
  • Muggle: Doesn't seem to be a duelist, himself.
  • The Napoleon: He's very aggressive and barely comes up to most of the adult casts' waists.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The dub gives him the first name "Curio".
  • No Indoor Voice: He's always yelling.
  • Parental Neglect: Mentioned offhand on not even speaking with his son after he got out of the hospital.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Another trait shared with Sawatari. Three LDS students only chase Yuya at his behest to make him stop irritating them. He also throws around his power as a mayor, though he's up for reelection.

    Ryozan Godagawa 

Ryozan Godagawa

Voiced by: Kirian Jō

The owner and master of the Ryozanpaku Duel School (Bandit Warrior Academy). He has been criticized for his forceful, strict Dueling style, which is based on the belief that winning is everything. Despite this criticism, his school has won several professional titles and is second to raise Pro Duelists, following LDS.

Tropes associated with Godagawa:

  • Combat Pragmatism: What he teaches in his school, with Kachidoki, Takeda and Umesugi being the best examples.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Not necessarily evil, but his cross-shaped scar on his forehead signifies that he's not a kind guy.
  • Karma Houdini: Never called out on for the abuse he puts on his students, especially Kachidoki, since the latter's insecurities against losing drove him to join Academia as an attempt to get revenge on Yuya.
  • Old Master: Unfortunately, not of the good kind.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: invokedThe mindset he forces on his students.


Others in Maiami City

Other members of the city.

Tropes associated with these characters:

Maiami Championship

Duelists introduced in the Qualifying sub-arc

    Michio Mokota (Reed Pepper) 

Michio Mokota

Voiced by: Yasuaki Takumi (JP), Jason Griffith (EN)

Michio Mokota is a student from Cuisine Duel School, who is arranged to duel Yuya by Nico Smiley. He uses a Cookmate Deck, and was known as Genius Chef in supplementary materials. Michio already has got a qualification before dueling Yuya.

By dueling him, Yuya (and by extentsion, Michio himself) learns that the perfect strategy is impossible and that a Pro needs to have a flexible mind in order to think solutions out of the blue.

Tropes associated with Michio:

  • And I Must Scream: He is sealed into a card in Episode 48. Later, he is freed by series end.
  • Attack Backfire: His "recipe" consists of Special Summoning as many small monsters as possible for then his opponent destroy them, to then use Food Cementery to Special Summon his Royal Cookmate monsters. "A combo that punishes me for destroying his monsters", as Yuya describes it. Michio also has one backfire for his opponent's Normal and Special Summoning, see Force Feeding below.
  • Berserk Button: Tranquil Fury variety, adding to his recipes.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has bigger eyebrows than others, but not as big as some other people like Yuri.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: On the surface Michio seems to a kind person, but in reality he is arrogant and looks down on his opponents, possibly due to defeating students from LDS' Top Class. He refers to Yuya as a light meal as a means to belittle him. Losing to Yuya makes him realize there is no such thing as perfection and drops a lot of his arrogance.
  • The Cameo: Shows up by series end to watch Yuya's final duels against Jack and Reiji.
  • Catchphrase: Whenever he gets an action card, he says "itadakimasu." He also is fond of his "perfect recipe." And hospitality.
  • Character Shilling: In his introductory episodes, the rest of the cast aside from Yuya and his friends go on at length about how "perfect" his dueling strategies and cooking recipes are.
  • Chef of Iron: He duels with a Cookmate Archetype.
  • Chick Magnet: Mentioned as being popular among housewives. And Yuya's mom.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After losing, he offers to cook for Yuya as well and says that he looks forward to a friendly rematch when they're both stronger. Shown when he willingly helped Yuya when he heard he was in trouble.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: All the Cookmates are Earth-attribute monsters.
  • Evil Laugh: After Force Feeding Yuya's monsters.
  • Eyes Always Closed: He opens one when he's being serious. He also opened both of them before receiving Yuya's final blow.
  • Force Feeding: Royal Cookmate monsters have effects that mimic this. Whenever Yuya Normal or Special Summons, the Royal Cookmates fill up Yuya's monsters stomachs until they burst.
  • Graceful Loser: After realizing that his recipe wasn't perfect, he takes Yuya's final attack with a smile. When his mother went all This Cannot Be!, he recognizes his defeat.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He joins an alliance with Fishing Duelist Teppei Tairyobata. To Michio's credit, he does eventually catch on.
  • In-Series Nickname: Michie.
  • Large Ham: As fitting of an Action Duelist. He's more subdued out of a duel though.
  • Morality Pet: Michie acts as Teppei's conscience over the course of Academia's invasion during the Battle Royale, and Teppei is shown to be really concerned for him after his defeat at Obelisk Force's hands and subsequent carding.
  • Multicolored Hair: Orange-red with fuchsia bangs.
  • Odd Friendship: Michio might be Teppei's first friend, motivating him to help others and being a better person. Their strategy also support each other to deal a lot of damage, with Michie calling it "The strongest combination".
  • Our Fairies Are Different/Our Angels Are Different: The cookmates are all Fairy-type (Angel-type in the OCG). Really.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Crosses between Smug Smiler, but he really does smile most of the time.
  • Red Baron: The Dueling Cooking Prince.
  • Stage Mom: Mrs. Mokota is pretty pushy about Michio's stage career.
  • Supreme Chef: It makes Yuya hungry. Though he loses because he ignored his dad's lesson that no recipe is ever perfect.
  • Teen Genius: He's already a famous Chef, with self-created recipes, and he's around Yuya's age.
    • He also manages to win over LDS students regularly.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: He powers up his monster to 4800 ATK and attacks directly while Yuya only had 500 life points. Ironically, if he hadn't done this, he would have won.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: After his character development, Michio is a kind, helpful person that is willing to risk his life for his friends. Even able to make Teppei a better person. His kinder nature spelled his downfall, as he willingly joined the duel against the Obelisk Force, where they carded him. Thankfully, he was freed by series end.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After his loss to Yuya. He also believes a lot in friendship and is shown to be a very helpful person.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His deck relies on low attack monsters with powerful effects.
  • Youthful Freckles: four on each cheek.

    Eita Kyuando (Pierre L'Supérieure) 

Eita Kyuando

Voiced by: Yūsuke Katayama (JP), Wayne Grayson (EN)

He is a student from the Cram Duel School, who is arranged to duel Yuya by Nico Smiley. He uses a Quiz Deck, which punishes the opponent if they cannot answer questions correctly.

By dueling him, Yuya learns to use disadvantages to his favor and that a Pro needs constant communication with his opponent and the audience in order to be entertaining. Eita also seems to learn that being an Insufferable Genius makes him dull and arrogant towards the audience, who will then cheer for his opponent instead.

Kyuando is the only of the four duelists who does not qualify in the Maiami Championship

Tropes associated with Kyuando:

  • Accent Adaptation: He's given a French accent in the dub, which now makes him a French Jerk.
  • Break the Haughty: "Eita Kyuando, you are incorrect!"
  • The Cameo: Shows up by series end to watch Yuya's final duels against Jack and Reiji.
  • Camp: His outfit is a really colorful quiz show host appearance.
  • Character Tics: Playing with his cowlick. After he correctly answers a question, he poses with his arms bent upward.
  • The Chessmaster: He uses combos that force his opponent to answer quizzes that they almost never answer correctly. And if they should answer it correctly, then the effect of Kyuando's cards would work for his favor.
  • Hate Sink: While by no means is he a major villain, he is outright designed to be hated. Not even his own classmates seem fond of him and they find Yuya much more entertaining.
  • Insufferable Genius: Due to his mastery of quiz shows.
  • Jerkass: The trend continues. Kyuando offers his hand to Yuya for a shake, and then takes it back and begins quizzing him. He can even make Hokuto look like a nice guy, since he at least didn't laugh at him.
  • Last-Name Basis: Another of the few characters who are referred by their last name by other characters and the Vs screen.
  • Morton's Fork: His Quiz Monkey's effect relies on the opponent correctly answering how many Quiz monsters will be on the field at the end of the turn. Except he has a Trap that can negate the destruction of a Quiz monster once per turn, so it doesn't matter how you answer because he can change the answer. It's the same with Sphinquiz, if you answer its question correctly, you lose your monster, if you answer it wrong, the battle phase ends.
    • This applies to his entire strategy. During the duel, he had Yuya make a guess on how many monsters were on the field; but it was a massive trick question. If he guessed right, he'd destroy his own monster to make Yuya wrong and suffer a penalty. If he guessed right, the effects of his monsters and traps go through regardless and Yuya still gets hurt.
  • Multicolored Hair: His hair is purple and blond. The blond part looks like a Q.
  • Punny Name / Meaningful Name: Following the Japanese convention of the family name preceding the rest of the name, it sounds like "Q & A," befitting his quiz theme.
  • Put on a Bus: Barely even mentioned after his duel.
  • Red Baron: The Universe of Knowledge.
  • Sadistic Choice: Sphinquiz's question is surprisingly easy: which monster in the field has the highest level? Yuya has the chance to finally answer a question right, but doing so will destroy his ace monster and give him 2500 points of damage, losing the duel. He had no other option than to answer that answer wrong, saving his life points but missing the Battle Phase, while losing Odd-Eyes and boosting up Quiz Monkey's attack.
  • Smug Smiler: Has his annoying, smug smile for most of the time.
  • Smug Snake: He completely breaks down when Yuya turns an incorrect question against him.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: His expression is really creepy.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Kyuando just loves to gloat about how smart he is and how dumb his opponents are.
  • Villainous Breakdown: While he isn't a villain, he starts to lose his composure after Yuya was able to turn answering a question wrong to his advantage and turns into a screaming lunatic during Yuya's winning move.

    Mieru Hochun (Aura Sentia) 

Mieru Hochun

Voiced by: Aoi Yuuki (JP), Sarah Natochenny (EN)

A young girl from Unno Fortune Telling Dueling School, who is arranged to duel Yuya by Nico Smiley. She's a fortune teller and uses a Sibyl deck, which focuses on Flip Effect Monsters and Ritual Monsters.

By dueling her, Yuya takes the first step in breaking the mold of Pendulum Summon, managing to make the audience (and Mieru herself) skip a heartbeat, a necessary track in a Pro. She eventually gets a qualification for the Maiami Championship.

Later she is eliminated from the tournament when she loses against Tsukikage but still does her best to support Yuya towards the end of Season 1 when the Obelisk Force attacks their city.

Tropes associated with Mieru:

  • Amazon Brigade: Her Sibyl monsters are all female.
  • Ascended Extra: Of the three duelists from the Qualifying Mini-Arc, she, along with Michio, made reappearances in future episodes while also being featured in the second opening. Despite losing in her first match of the tournament and not participating anymore, she still shows up, wanting to support her "Darling".
  • Because Destiny Says So: As a fortune teller, she's a firm believer. Though she's not so happy with Yuya being "her fated person". At first. Following her defeat, she can't get enough of the guy, saying that she's glad Yuya IS that "fated person."
  • Burning with Anger: When she sees Yuzu hugging Yugo, she assumes that Yuzu is playing around with other guys and Yuya.
  • The Cameo: Shows up by series end to watch Yuya's final duels against Jack and Reiji.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Of the kind that she can't take anyone outdoing her for Yuya's attention even if its in a nonromantic way like everyone thanking Michio for his cooking in cheering up Yuya.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Not only do her clothes have a blue-ish tint to them, but her crystal apple is also blue to match her Ritual monster cards.
  • Color Failure: Happens when Yuya dodges her attempt to glomp him in Episode 38.
  • Creepy Child: Downplayed. Though she's not as creepy as the textbook example, she still goes to a occult school and uses her fortune telling abilities in her daily life, things that would unnerve people around her.
  • Crystal Ball: She has a crystal apple that she use to predict the weather, find people and see that Yuya has a second soul (Yuto) and a darkness inside him.
  • Daydream Surprise: What may or may not have happened as Yuya performed his finishing move on her to win the Duel. She sees Yuya speaking very softly to her, referring to her as "Ojou-san", complete with sparkles and finally a wink in her direction while surrounded by a heart.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her way of dressing to empathize her childish personality and add an unnerving feeling around her.
  • Expy: Young duelist girl, more badass than she looks, a little arrogant and with a desire to romance the main character; Mieru seems to be an amalgam of Rebecca and Rei. The fortune theme also adds a parallel to Ishizu and Carly.
  • The Glomp: Tackles Yuya happily when she falls for him after their duel. This carries into the second opening.
  • Imagine Spot: She starts to fantasize about how her "destined person" would be; either a Bishounen, a hunk or a House Husband. This makes the real deal, Yuya, just more disappointing for her. At least until the end of their duel... Afterwards she does this quite a bit.....
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she was rude and slightly condescending to Yuya at first, she honestly wanted Yuya to forfeit for his safety, after she had a fortune that he would be in danger. Drops the "jerk" part towards Yuya completely when she falls for him.
  • Lap Pillow: When Yuya is recovering after being in Berserk Mode, she has his head rest on her lap.
  • Little Miss Badass: Despite being young and petite, Mieru is a powerful duelist.
  • Love at First Punch: She falls for Yuya and declares him her "fated person" after he managed to defeat her while looking so cool doing it.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Mieru" can be translated as "to be able to see" or "to be visible", which fits to her fortune teller character.
    • The kanji for "Sibyl" can be read as "Fortunetelling Princess". A sibyl is also a woman with prophetic powers in mythology.
  • Moment Killer: Kills a sweet moment between Yuya and Yuzu by jumping at him while calling him her "fated person."
  • Ms. Exposition.: Her fortune-telling reveals Yuya's darkness.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She's from a school that has heavy occultism imagery and she's a fortune teller.
  • Nosebleed: She suffers from this three times; after her prediction revealed to her that her next opponent will be her "destined person," imagining what kind of guy he would be and then losing to Yuya's impressive final move, causing her to fall for him.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Mieru is so happy that Yuya is her "fated person" that she hugs him almost immediately after the duel is over and won't let go, rubbing his cheek with hers all the while. Yuzu is not amused and chases poor Yuya with her trademark fan.
  • Older Than She Looks: Due to her short height, she looks more around Junior division note  age than Yuya or Yuzu's age. She's more likely around 11-12 years old.
  • Our Fairies Are Different/Our Angels Are Different: All Sibyls are Fairy-type monsters (Angel-type, in the original version, which also encompasses many fairy-like monsters) and are designed and named after different kind of fairies.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Her crush on Yuya is usually used as comic relief.
  • Punny Name: "Hochun" is a pun of "fortune". In Japanese, the H and F are pronounced similarly. With her first name meaning "I can see", her name sounds like, "I can see your fortune."
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Smacks Yuya on the head with her crystal apple after his Accidental Pervert moment.
  • Recurring Extra: She qualified for the MCS but was defeated in her first duel. That doesn't stop her of popping out sometimes in order to cheer and care for her Darling.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She is the girl who introduces the Ritual Summon in ARC-V.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: She becomes one for Yuya after he wins their duel. Even asking how many children he wants. Neither Yuya or Yuzu were happy.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She's the only girl Yuya duels in order to qualified for the Junior Youth.
  • Stealth Pun: She's a fortune-telling psychic who gets nosebleeds thinking about guys.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Her very reliable clairvoyance. If she was made a Lancer, her clairvoyance would have solved the 9 episode-long separation of the Lancers and prevented the introduction of some major characters.
  • Tarot Motifs: She uses a fortune-themed Sibyl deck and she also uses her cards as tarot cards outside of duels. She can even tell her opponent's fortune based in the monsters' position. Her ace, Tarotray the Sibylla also spawns tarot cards.
  • Third-Person Person: Fitting to her childish personality.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change: Her monsters' effects give this vibe.
  • Wing Ding Eyes: Mieru gets hearts in her eyes while imagining her possible "fated person." She also gets diamonds in her eyes when she's hugging Yuya, happy that her "fated person" is so cool.
  • Worf Effect: She was beaten in a one turn kill to show how powerful the other contestants are.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Like most fortune telling characters, she believes too much into her fortune telling and tries to convince Yuya to give up or he would die. The Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists have a habit of being able to Screw Destiny. Though to be fair, she was right in that something "horrible" would befall Yuya if he kept on fighting. (That being the collapse of the structure Yuya was standing on.) What she didn't predict was that he would get out of that one.

Duelists introduced in the Maiami Championship

    Gen Ankokuji (Grizzlepike Jones) 

Gen Ankokuji

Voiced by: Hiroshi Shirokumi

Gen Ankokuji is a participant in the Junior Youth Class of the Maiami Championship. He is also a fan of Strong Ishijima and belittles Yusho for running away and not facing Ishijima for the title of the Champion and thus bullied Yuya when they were younger. He was a former member of the Gongenzaka Dojo and knows Gongenzaka. Like Ishijima, he uses a Battleguard deck.

Tropes Associated with Ankokuji:

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Dueling example, though he does have practice in martial arts.
  • Barbaric Bully: He's enormous, the same size as Gongenzaka.
  • Barbarian Tribe: Like his idol Strong Ishijima, he also uses a Barbarian/Battleguard deck.
  • Break Them by Talking: His initial plan was putting Yuya into a trap in order to make Gongenzaka worry more for his friend's safety than for the duel and constantly taunt him about his inability to go to help Yuya, in order to make Gongenzaka easy to read. Not to mention that he actually enjoyed seeing Gongenzaka in such "pathetic" state.
  • The Bully: Was Yuya's because of his dad's disappearance before dueling Strong Ishijima, Ankokuji's idol.
  • The Cameo: Shows up by series end to watch Yuya's final duels against Jack and Reiji.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He first appeared in a flashback showing how Yuya and Gogenzaka met. In retrospect, his distinct design compared to background characters should have been a hint that this guy would appear again.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He prides himself on being one. But really he's just willing to use any dirty trick without actually cheating.
  • Dark Is Evil: His ace monster is DARK-Attribute, and gives off malevolent vibes.
  • Deceptive Disciple: He's one for the entire Gongenzaka dojo.
  • Fanboy: Of Strong Ishijima, refusing to believe Yuya could beat him.
  • Genius Bruiser: Not quite genius, but he isn't Dumb Muscle either, as he shows enough cunning to research Gongenzaka before their duel.
  • Gonk: Mostly because of his nose. And his goofy looking teeth.
  • Irony: He idolizes Ishijima, who is an honorable duelist that gives up his title due to his loss to Yuya, despite it not being an official duel. Ankokuji is a Dirty Coward and a Jerkass.
  • Jerkass: Like most on the show, he trumps all that came before him and is arguably outright evil. Bullied Yuya when they were younger, because his dad disappeared. It's pretty obvious why he was kicked out of the dojo.
  • Last-Name Basis: Another character referred by his last name.
  • Reason Before Honor: He states this as his reason he "left" the Dojo, saying he was sick of the Dojo focusing on being honorable instead of using any mean to win.
  • Senpai Kouhai: Was Gongenzaka's senior in the past, but no longer since he seems to have been kicked out of the Dojo.
  • Smug Snake: He completely underestimated both Yuya and Gongenzaka, leading to his defeat.
  • Straw Nihilist: Claims that nothing is worth believing in, so the means justify winning.
  • Witch Doctor: His ace monster, Barbarian/Battleguard Mad Shaman has this motif, even taking control of enemy monsters.

    Tsukikage & Hikage (Moon Shadow & Sun Shadow) 

Tsukikage & Hikage

Voiced by: Manabu Sakamaki (both)

Tsukikage and Hikage are brothers and participants in the Junior Youth class of the Maiami Championship. Tsukikage uses a stalling strategy while his older brother Hikage uses an offensive strategy. Both go to Fuuma Duel School and use Twilight Ninja decks.

For more information on Tsukikage, see The Lancers.

Tropes associated with Both:

  • Back from the Dead: Hikage returns in Episode 141, after the birth of the Pendulum Dimension.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: A typical Ninja pose
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Their ninja headbands.
  • The Cameo: Both brothers show up together by series end to watch Yuya's final duels against Jack and Reiji.
  • Casting a Shadow: The Twilight Ninja are DARK monsters.
  • The Comically Serious: Tsukikage does not bat an eye at Mieru's antics. Hikage also ignores Serena's angry complaining about him while he carries her over the shoulder.
  • Cool Mask: They wear typical ninja masks ála Kakashi.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Both dress in black armor, but they are rivals, not villains. They are Lancers. The Twilight Ninja cards are all DARK
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: They both have a single sleeve.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In Episode 45, when one pauses the fast action going on when Obelisk Force is about to attack Yuzu and Serena, one can see Tsukikage and Hikage taking them away from the scene, thus saving them.
  • I Have the High Ground: During Tsukikage duel with Mieru, fitting to his ninja character. Hikage eventually does this two when he observes the duel between the Youth Team and the Obelisk Force.
  • Meaningful Name: Tuskikage and Hikage mean "moon shadow" and "sun shadow" respectively, referring to their contrast as well as their Ninja theme.
  • Ninja: Their theme. They are also the third and fourth characternote  in the franchise to use a Ninja deck. And they are the most stereotypical Ninja duelists in the franchise, too.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: Hikage carries Serena in this manner after saving her from being attacked by the Obelisk Force, much to her displeasure.
  • Palette Swap: Visually identical aside from color.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hikage is the red oni while Tsukikage is the blue oni, as evidenced by their costumes. This is better illustrated with their strategies: Hikage focuses on quickly summoning strong monsters, while Tsukikage protects by forcing the opponent to skip the battle phase. Taken to their names as well. Hikage mean "sun shadow" and Tsukikage means "moon shadow". Their personalities are basically the same, though.
  • The Quiet One: Both of them rarely talk, though when Tsukikage is more of the type to simply not waste words.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Fitting to their Ninja outfit.
  • Sibling Team: Hikage is the older brother, and Tsukikage is the younger brother.
  • The Stoic: They are both very professional and serious in what they do.
  • Super Speed: Fitting their Ninja theme, both are incredible fast. Episode 68 reveals it's one of the basis of Tsukikage's stragety: quickly getting Action cards to deal effect damage before the opponent can react.
  • Undying Loyalty: As members of the Fuma clan, they are willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of their mission. As Hikage did against Sora, and Tsukikage almost does while trying to protect Serena and Kurosaki.

Tropes Associated with Hikage

  • And I Must Scream: Hikage is sealed in a card by Sora in Episode 48. Later he is freed by series end.
  • The Cameo: Shows up by series end to watch Yuya's final duels against Jack and Reiji.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Hikage is carded by Sora, which triggers Yuya's Superpowered Evil Side, though he snaps out of it.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: All we know of Hikage before he's sealed away by Sora is that his personality is similar to his brother's and he runs a ninja deck. Whether he was more stoic, more action-oriented, etc, the audience will never know.

    Isao Kachidoki (Iggy Arlo) 

Isao Kachidoki

Voiced by: Kenji Nojima

Isao Kachidoki is a participant in the Maiami Championship and is the Ace of the Ryozanpaku School. He is a martial artist with a very violent manner of dueling. Kachidoki was the runner-up of the last year's Junior Youth Championship. He is the second duelist Yuya faces in this year's tournament. He uses a Star deck and he is a Fusion user.

Following his loss against Yuya, Kachidoki became obsessed with revenge and Academia was more than willing to help out with this if it meant impeding Yuya. Thankfully, Yuya was able to triumph over Kachidoki a second time but this time actually restored Kachidoki's sense of fun and love for the game that his abusive master beat out of him.

Tropes associated with Kachidoki:

  • The Ace: The ace of the Ryozanpaku School as well as finishing second in last year's Junior Youth Championship and was the favorite to win this year. His ace monster is Idaten the Conqueror Star, a fusion monster.
  • Achilles' Heel: His ace monster, Idaten the Conqueror Star, can make the ATK of any monster with a lower or equal Level to his 0. Considering Idaten is a Level 10 monster, beating him seems at first impossible. However, it doesn't work with Xyz Monsters who have Ranks instead. Unfortunately for him, Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon just so happens to fit that bill. His new monster, Shura the Conqueror Star remedies this by causing all monsters' attack to become zero, and then gain attack based on their level.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: After his loss to Yuya, the Ryozanpaku school basically shunned and ignored him, excommunicating him in all but name.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Both dueling and martial arts example. Though, he's not too arrogant and lacks the Jerkass tendencies like his two schoolmates Takeda and Umesugi.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: Introduced as the favorite for the Junior Youth and when we seeing dueling, he's a ruthless opponent, able to traumatize some people. He gets beaten on his second round by protagonist Yuya, who just happened to unleash his own Berserker mode, like his other counterparts, and proved to be even more merciless than him.
  • Always Second Best: No matter how hard he trains or how ruthless he is towards his opponents, the guy just can't get to win the MCS. By his school's standards, it's quite a disgrace.
  • Bait-and-Switch: He is set up like yet another "guy who lost his enjoyment of dueling who will have it restored by the protagonist" type, but then Yuya snaps and goes full dark mode, beating Kachidoki down and probably leaving him in an even worse state.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He told Yuya to face the pitch black darkness, after putting him in a corner. Then Yuya went Berserk mode.
  • Bring It: He does the hand gesture as a way to taunt his opponents.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being defeated by Yuya, he just disappears for a good long while before resurfacing in the Fusion Dimension.
  • The Cameo: Shows up by series end to watch Yuya's final duels against Jack and Reiji.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Let's just say that his use of Fusion Summoning foreshadows where he ends up.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Kachidoki physically assaults his opponents when they are going for Action Cards. And he doesn't try to hide it.
  • Dark Is Evil: Kachidoki constantly talks about his path of darkness, and his new ace monster, Shura the Conqueror Star is a DARK type.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: The Earth Star monsters in his deck are EARTH attribute.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Slaps Yuya's hand away when Yuya tries to help him up after Kachidoki is sent flying as a result of an OTK.
  • The Dreaded: Yuzu and the You Show kids are naturally unnerved because of his actions on his duel against Yaiba.
  • Driven to Suicide: When his second duel against Yuya is starting to go bad for him, he states he would much rather die than lose to Yuya again and even attempts to do so while dragging Yuya with him. Luckily Yuya stops him
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: After gaining Shura and joining Academia, he goes off the deep end, losing much of his stoic facade and instead being Laughing Mad at times.
  • Dumb Muscle: A mild example. He is definitively not an idiot, but his school should have taught him that Xyz Monsters don't have Levels, not even Level 0, instead of teaching him how to beat the crap out of people.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Downplayed, he just starts using an Academia duel disk.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He's never a saint to begin with, but he's the first Standard Duelist who is not above joining Academia's ranks just to get rid of Yuya. Subverted later when Yuya manages to convince him to come back in the end.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Went from a bullying Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy to an Academia accomplice.
  • Funny Bruce Lee Noises: Makes them a few times.
  • Graceful Loser: Accepts his loss against Yuya in their second duel, and even acknowledges the worth of Entertainment Dueling.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Fitting to his serious and ruthless character.
  • Jerkass: The first of Yuya's opponents who doesn't give a crap about Entertainment first. Later Yuya is able to redeem him properly the second time around
  • Kick the Dog: He beats the crap out of Yaiba in their Duel, and attempts to do the same on Yuya, especially when they met again in the Fusion Dimension.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Whenever he shows up, things are going to go downhill from there.
  • Last-Name Basis: Another character referred by his last name.
  • Light Is Not Good: Despite talking about darkness, his Sky Star monsters and Idaten the Conqueror Star are LIGHT.
  • Martial Arts and Crafts: Turns out he uses his martial arts to physically attack his opponents to the point of needing medical care when he duels.
  • Mugging the Monster: He attacks Yuya continuously, not knowing about his Superpowered Evil Side, and gets beaten down himself.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: While he's more talkative than Shun Kurosaki, he still gives off this vibe.
    Kachidoki: "Fun? I'm only here to win."
  • Oh, Crap!: His expression seriously changes when he sees Yuya's Superpowered Evil Side.
  • Power Tattoo: Kaiki's effect appears as this as it drains his life.
  • The Resenter: He once saw Yuya having fun with his dad before entering his own school and resents Yuya's care-free dueling and bright attitute while he had to go down a pitch black path. He considered his duel against Yuya to be fate. Things get worse after Yuya got in Berserk mode and beat him, and then his sanity gets even worse by the time Yuya's group went to the Fusion Dimension.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Against Yuya for his earlier loss back in the MCS arc.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: His school's philosophy is that duels must be won. Imagine his ire when he ended second place on last year's tournament.
  • Serious Business: This guys goes so far that he physically attacks his opponents and sends them to the hospital without caring.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Part of his martial arts attire. His muscles are not for show.
  • Starter Villain: He's the first opponent Yuya encountered in the Fusion Dimension.
  • The Stoic: He has not shown many forms of emotion since he appeared.
    • Not So Stoic: When Yuya gets around his monster's ability by using an Xyz monster, he pitifully argues that this means his monster must have a level of zero.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: Kachidoki is an In-Universe example for the tournament, using unfair advantages like physically assaulting his opponents to prevent them from taking the Action Cards. His Duel School also taught him that he doesn't need fun, but only to win.
  • Taking You with Me: He attempts to do this with Yuya, make the duel a draw and kill them both. Yuya prevents it.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Big time! Since his loss to Yuya in the MCS, all he could think of is getting his revenge on the latter, so he teams up with Dennis in order to do so.
  • Tragic Monster: His second appearance makes him this. Kachidoki suffered a downright abusive childhood for his dueling skill, which changed his personality from a child not unlike Yuya to well him. Then due to his loss to Yuya, he was ignored and shunned by his school which only added to his resentment for Yuya. By the time he meets Yuya again, he is overwhelmed by his hatred and bitterness that he would rather die than lose to Yuya again
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Episode 39 reveals that he used to like the idea of dueling for fun, but his master's teaching about dueling being about winning make him the guy he is today.
  • Villain Team-Up: With Dennis.
  • Wild Hair: Has long, wildy looking hair that makes him look badass.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is purple.

    Yuzo Tanegashima (Trick Tagart) 

Yuzo Tanegashima

Voiced by: Sho Nogami

Yuzo Tanegashima is a participant in the Junior Youth class of the Maiami Championship and is the Ace of the Surprise School. He is Gongenzaka's second opponent and was defeated by him without us seeing Yuzo's deck.

Tropes associated with Yuzo Tanegashima:

  • The Ace: Of Surprise School (Abracadabra Academy).
  • Badass Longcoat and Badass Cape: A white long suit jacket, and a red cape.
  • Bait-and-Switch: His introduction alongside the most relevant contestants of the MCS made us believe he was going to get a whole episode's duel, but he was defeated 5 minutes after the episode began, without us even seeing him duel at all against Gongenzaka.
  • Gonk: Downplayed, though he does have buck teeth.
  • Man in White: Wear's a white suit.
  • Master of Disguise: His camouflage in order to avoid Gongenzaka was actually pretty good; Gongenzaka had to find him without using his eyes.
  • Nice Hat: A magician's hat.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a nice white suit.
  • Stage Magician: His theme.

    Mikiyo Naname (Micky Scarlett) 

Mikiyo Naname

Voiced by: Yō Taichi

Mikiyo Naname is a participant in the Junior Youth class of the Maiami Championship and is an Idol Duelist belonging to the Idol Group Duel Girls Club. She is the second duelist Yuzu faces. She runs a Fairy deck.

Tropes associated with Mikiyo:

    Shin Takeda (Taka) & Ken Umesugi (Nagi) 

Shin Takeda & Ken Umesugi

Voiced by: Takumi Watanabe (Takeda) & Yuuki Hayashi (Umesugi) (JP), Adam Wennick (Taka) (EN) & Daniel J. Edwards (Nagi) (EN)

They are students from the Ryozanpaku Duel School (Bandit Warrior Academy) and participants of the Junior Youth Championship. Takeda and Umesugi are Yuya's opponents in the third round. Takeda uses a Wind Star deck and Umesugi uses a Thunder Star deck. Both of them are Fusion users.

Tropes associated with Takeda and Umesugi:

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Probably even worse than Kachidoki, who is the ace of their school. It doesn't help that both of them are dueling Yuya at the same time, which makes their arrogance even more annoying.
  • Bash Brothers: Not only are they a duo, their ace monsters are also named and based of a Shinto God duo, Fuujin and Raijin.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Takeda is the short one, Umesugi is the tall one.
  • Blow You Away: The theme of Takeda's deck.
  • Bring It: Both do this to Yuya, just like Kachidoki. That brings bad memories to Yuya.
  • Bullying a Dragon: They continually beat up Yuya in their 2 vs 1 duel. Despite having seen Yuya's Berserker Mode And later they attack Yugo thinking he was Yuya...
  • Butt-Monkey: Not only they are OTK'd by Yuya and Dennis, Yugo defeats them off-screen.
  • Combat Pragmatism: What do you do when you want to defend your school's honor and your best duelist was beaten? Fight 2 vs 1. When one of them makes his turn, the other guy attacks Yuya to prevent him from getting Action Cards.
  • The Corrupter: In their duel with Yuya they continually taunt that his Berserker Mode is his true self and try to force him to succumb to it.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Umesugi's eyes are closed for most of the time.
  • Forehead of Doom: Umesugi; fitting to the Big Guy, Little Guy trope. Also as a contrast to Takeda, whose forehead is covered by his cap.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: At the beginning of episode 29, we see the names of participants who are dueling each other. Their names are shown, which indicates that they dueled against other participants at the same when Yuzu was dueling Masumi.
  • Hate Sink: They seem to be written to make Kachidoki look sympathetic in comparison.
  • Hoist By Their Own Petard: In their duel against Yuya, they continually belittled him and his dueling style. Saying his Berserker mode, his internal darkness was his true self. In the end they are defeated by Yuya using Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, which they consider the symbol of his darkness but instead of dropping his ideals, Yuya uses the Dragon to uphold his dueling style.
    • Also of note is that their use of Action Cards to attempt to finish off Yuya allows Dennis to simultaneously negate the damage and summon fodder so that he can summon Entermage Trapeze Magician, which helps Yuya win the duel.
  • Jerkass: A trend with this school. Even more than Kachidoki, who is much more stoic than them.
  • Last-Name Basis: Like Kachidoki, they are referred by their last names.
  • Nice Hat: Takeda wears a red cap with mouse ears. His eyes and nose fit to that cap.
  • Shock and Awe: The theme of Umesugi's deck.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They seem to stop appearing since after Yugo defeated them offscreen in Episode 46 and have not been mentioned ever since. Given their status, no one cares about their fates.

    Knight of Duels 

Charles, Carl, Ashley & Bram

Voiced by: Daiki Hamano (Carl), Kento Fujinuma (Ashley), Sho Nogami (Bram)

These four participants are students of Knight of Duels and they are all clad in knight armor. After Charles is defeated by Kurosaki in the second round, the other three try to get their revenge against him in the third round. They all use decks themed after knights.

Tropes associated with these four guys:

  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: Ashley, Bram, Carl.
  • And I Must Scream: The fate of Carl, Ashley and Bram, whose souls are sealed into cards by the Obelisk Force in Episode 44. It's implied that they are all freed by series end.
  • Asshole Victim: As stated above, Carl, Ashley and Bram were all sealed into cards. But at the same time, they were willing to seriously hurt Kurosaki and a completely unrelated Yuya simply to gain an advantage over Kurosaki.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Charles looks like he'd be important. He's instead beaten off-screen by Kurosaki. However, his three fellows become sort of important.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Ashley's name is girly.
  • Ironic Echo: When Yuya points out how vicious the Knights' actions are, they simply reply "it's in the rules." When the Obelisk Force curb-stomps and then card them, they repeat Yuya's words, only for the Obelisk Force to say "it's in the rules."
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Subverted, they wear knight armor. Though Carl, Ashley and Bram don't mind stooping to dirty tactics to get revenge on Kurosaki.
  • The Leader: Charles seems to be this for of the four, since he's the only one to wear a golden armor, while the other three wear silver armor.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Carl, Ashley and Bram are the first duelists in the Battle Royal to be carded by the Obelisk Force, causing Yuya to trigger his Superpowered Evil Side once again. Yuya gets revenge for them by obtaining Supreme King Black Dragon - Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon and defeats the three mooks who sealed them into cards.
  • Sore Loser: After Charles is defeated by Kurosaki, Carl, Ashley and Bram team up on Kurosaki and try to beat in a 3-on-1 duel. They lose. And then they try it again, but this time they duel each other while Kurosaki is inside their dueling space and keep attacking each other in order to force him to join the duel, so he would get the 2000 Life Points penalty.

    Teppei Tairyobata (Trout) 

Teppei Tairyobata

Voiced by: Koji Takeda (JP), Daniel J. Edwards (EN)

He is a Fishing Duelist, and his favorite catchphrase is "Let’s catch a big haul of fish!". He has qualified to the Final 16 of the MCS, and takes part in the Battle Royale challenge. He uses a Fisherman deck.

Rude, conniving and unpleasant to others, Teppei would rather pick on "weakened" opponents than face them head on. If he has to help out others, he expects something in return. It is only through his relationship with Michio that Teppei changes for the better.

Tropes associated with Teppei:

  • And I Must Scream: He is sealed in a card in Episode 48. Later, he is freed by series end.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has big eyebrows.
  • Butt-Monkey: In Episode 46, Berserker Yuya bites his hand, uppercuts him and then freaks him out. And finally when he tries to get a Pendulum Card from Yuya, everyone ignores him.
  • The Cameo: Shows up by series end to watch Yuya's final duels against Jack and Reiji.
  • Dirty Coward: He refuses to duel anybody during the Battle Royale (unless they have five ante cards) and instead convinces others to duel each other, then plans to crush the exhausted survivor, to ensure he has a place in the Top 8.
  • Famous Last Words: "What are you doing as a card? Aren't we supposed to be the strongest combination?" — To Michio's card, while being carded himself.
  • Fat Bastard: He's the fattest character among the top 16 participants, though his character is not as bad as Takeda and Umesugi or the Knight of Duels.
  • Go Out with a Smile: When he was about to be carded, he smiles sadly as he looked at Michio's card.
  • Gonk: He has a rather silly design.
  • Hate Sink: He seems to take Kyuando's place, as he's given a Gonky design, an annoying voice and is not really liked by anyone in and out of universe; that being said, he's not really a villain. However he is shown to not be without some redeeming qualities, and thus has not reached anywhere near the hatred held for Kyuando. He grows out of this.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He is convinced by Michio to help Yuya from getting out of his Superpowered Evil Side. He later shows concern when Michio lost and was carded.
  • Improbable Weapon: He has a fishing rod that allows him to collect Action Cards or Pendulum Cards easily. He also uses it to lead people into traps.
  • Jerkass: As mentioned in Dirty Coward, he was planning on doublecrossing Michio. However...
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After his Character Development, Teppei has grown to like Michio and helps him out with whatever he suggests, despite his complaints about it. He was later devastated when Michio was sealed away into a card by Obelisk Force.
  • Making a Splash: As an angler, his deck is all WATER-attribute.
  • Mythology Gag: Turns out his deck is focused on The Legendary Fisherman, Kajiki's signature card, which is also another one of Jonouchi's cards.
  • Nice Hat: A angler's cap that looks like a Wailmer.
  • Odd Friendship: Despite using him and thinking in backstabbing him at first, Teppei actually grows fond of Michio. This is best illustrated in how their very different decks actually work quite nice together.
  • Personality Powers: He is an angler, and uses his fishing rod to reel in opponents when they are exhausted.
  • Punny Name: His ace, The Legendary Fisherman III is pronounced so it sounds similar like "The Legendary Fisherman Sensei".
  • Redemption Equals Death: Ironically enough, he gets carded just as he was starting to become a better person.
  • Skewed Priorities: He tried to ignore injured people and the invasion of the Obelisk Force in favor of collecting more cards, until Michio puts him in his place.
  • Slasher Smile: He has a rather off putting one in Episode 43.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Michio's speech seems to have made him nicer as seen in Episode 47.
  • Younger Than They Look: As a participant of the Junior Youth division, he has to be between 12 to 15 years, but he looks far older than that.


Others in the Tournament

Tropes associated with others in the tournament:


Example of: