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This page lists the characters from the Xyz Dimension, most notably from Heartland.

Beware of major spoilers, Late Arrival Spoilers and Walking Spoilers!

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    The Resistance 


The Resistance. The remaining Xyz duelists who haven't been captured by Academia; they are the last remnants of a world that's gone to hell due to dimensional invaders. The Xyz dimension was originally a peaceful place to live in before they were attacked without warning. Somehow, duelists of the Resistance were able to procure the same technology as their enemies and can now inflict real damage on their opponents and seal them away into cards. Only time will tell if their efforts against their enemies will pay off, though according to Sora, these duelists are fighting a losing battle. They are based off of the fourth Yu-Gi-Oh! series, with Heartland being their setting and their main summoning method being Xyz.

Tropes associated with Resistance:

  • Apocalypse How: Class 1, Civilization Disruption. A majority of the citizens have been sealed away and there aren't that many left. The once bright city of Heartland has now been reduced to a dying wasteland.
  • Arch-Enemy: The Resistance hates anyone associated with Academia. Can you really blame them? Kurosaki in particular is so filled with hate that he started attacking those associated with LDS in the Standard Dimension, not thinking of the consequences that could arise (bringing unneeded attention to themselves, innocent people who know nothing about the war sealed away, etc.) Even Yuto carries a grudge towards them, despite his pacifistic nature.
  • Big Good: Next to the Lancers and the Standard Dimension trying to oppose Academia, the Resistance is this as well.
  • Cardboard Box Home: Their base is made up of a hundred or so tents camped in the same area.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Yuto, Kurosaki, Kaito, and Ruri all wear prominently black or dark purple outfits, the color of Xyz monsters.
  • First-Name Basis: They all call Kurosaki by his first name.
  • La Résistance: It's in their name.
  • Playing Card Motifs: The duel schools, Spade and Clover are mentioned. Presumably to go along with Heartland.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Resistance fighters don't have any formal uniforms; aside from rather militaristic tattered clothing,the only article they have in common is a red scarf.
  • Red Is Heroic: All of its members have wear a red scarf somewhere on their bodies.
  • The Remnant: Academia considers anyone from the Xyz dimension to be this and make it a point to hunt them down. Yuto and Kurosaki get ticked whenever they are referred to this, as they believe that eventually, they will take back their homes and friends.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Possibly. Sora seemed to think they were thoroughly defeated and talked about them as though Kurosaki and Yuto were part of a tiny handful of survivors. Flashbacks in episode 75 reveal that they have at least one refugee camp filled with rows of tents, and the dialogue implies that this may be just one of several refugee camps. Nothing is currently known of the Resistance outside of Heartland, so their status is up in the air. Subverted in Episode 100. When Yuya asks a Heartland woman about the Resistance, she replies that most of them were already wiped out by Academia. Then it turns out it was Spade Group that was wiped out, Clover managing to survive.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: To fight back against Academia, the Resistance had to battle them the same way they do and it does work. However, Yuto has to keep Kurosaki in check, as he lets his personal feelings take their actions too far at times, especially in the Standard Dimension that doesn't know of the war.



See Yuya's counterparts for more information.

    Shun Kurosaki (Shay Obsidian) 

Shun Kurosaki (Shay Obsidian)

Another survivor of the Xyz Dimension, his all-consuming goal is to find his sister Ruri and destroy Academia for what they did to his home town. He later joins the Lancers, as he soon realizes that he needs to work with others in order to make accomplishing his goals a reality.

See The Lancers for more information.

    Ruri Kurosaki (Lulu Obsidian) 

See Yuzu's counterparts for more information.

    Kaito Tenjou (Kite Tenjo) 

Kaito Tenjou (Kite Tenjo)

Voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama (JP), Christopher Kromer (EN)

An alternate counterpart to Kaito Tenjou from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL. Prior to the invasion of Heartland, he was a Pro Duelist who was on-track to be Heartland's next Duel Champion and having fun doing it. Nowadays, he is consumed with wrath and has a deep hatred towards Academia and is kind of paranoid towards strangers. As one of the last members of Resistance, he does not hesitate from hostile methods and would card any enemy without mercy. He wields the "Cipher" archetype, a deck that revolves around having multiples of cards with the same name on the field, even if he has to manipulate them to fulfill his requirements.

Tropes associated with Kaito:

  • The Ace: Given all that was said about him prior to Academia's invasion it appears he was this and was believed to be well on his way to becoming Heartland's Champion. After meeting Yuya he constantly shows why he was the favorite in becoming Heartland's champion; handily defeating Gongenzaka and Sawatari at the same time, handily defeated Kurosaki and 3 Obelisk Force members, more than likely would've defeated Yuya if not for Kurosaki's timely arrival, and quickly figured out how to counter the foreign Extra Deck mechanics used by the Lancers.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Downplayed in the dub, where he clarifies during his duel with Shay that he fights alone both to prevent friends from letting him down and from letting them down himself since he's tired of losing them.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed, since he still has an excellent dueling record. However, this version loses twice in ARC-V unlike Kaito from ZEXAL who only lost once in the entire seriesnote .
  • Adapted Out: Haruto and Dr. Faker are no where to be seen or mentioned by him, though it's implied that they have alternate versions here that have been sealed into cards.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He claims that he has a knack for figuring out what he needs to counter specific play styles after witnessing them in action at least once. After he defeats Sawatari and Gongenzaka, he anticipates Yuya Pendulum Summoning multiple monsters at once in the following duel, and uses Double Exposure and Double Sensor Ship to take advantage of Yuya's swarming capabilities.
  • Badass Longcoat: Retains his trademark black duster, but he does not have his Photon Change ability, since he isn't hunting Numbers.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Academia's actions in Heartland leaves a sore spot for Kaito.
    • Not to the same extent, but he is not happy when he sees Kurosaki use Action Cards.
    • Being treated like a villain would definitely piss him off. Dennis gets his comeuppance for it.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Saves Yuya from the Obelisk Force's Chaos Giant after Kurosaki gets taken out by saving Sayaka.
    • With Kurosaki in Episode 136, stepping in to face Zarc. Subverted however as they are unable to do anything to prevent Sora and Edo from losing.
  • Blinded by the Light: When he flees from his duel with Yuya, the resulting flash cast by the Spell Card blinds everyone except Kurosaki.
  • Call-Back: Upon confronting Yuya, Sawatari, and Gongenzaka, he states his old ZEXAL Catchphrase: "Are you ready to repent?"
  • Catchphrase: "Are you ready to repent?" gets uttered once per episode with his dueling appearances.
  • Combat Pragmatist: The first thing he does when he sees three Academia soldiers is to immediately attack and card them before they can do anything.
  • Costume Evolution: A downplayed but meaningful example: the Fingerless Gloves he had in ZEXAL are swapped out for a red Resistance scarf tied around his hand. Also, the card plate on his Duel Disk is swapped for a Hard Light version in keeping with the rest of the ARC-V Disks, but retains its unusual crescent shape.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Kaito regularly deals these out as if it was going out of style whether it's FTKs or multiple OTKs at once. He loses only twice in the entire series, and even then, he thoroughly outplayed Yugo on his single turn.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Turns out he was pretty amiable before the invasion; he was a well-known celebrity in Heartland.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The reason why Kaito is extremely hostile towards Yuya's group is because his family got carded by Academia after Kurosaki and Yuto went to Standard.
  • The Dreaded: He's carded enough of Academia's soldiers for them to put a bounty on his head.
  • Expy:
    • For Kurosaki, though by the time they've met up during the series Kurosaki has become a Foil to Kaito.
    • His introduction also bears a significant resemblance to that of Tokumatsu, given that they're both celebrity Duelists who later Took a Level in Cynic, putting them at odds with Yuya's philosophy, with their fans attesting that they used to be kind individuals.
    • Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon is a composite of Kaito's ZEXAL aces: Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon, sharing its stats and appearance, and No. 62: Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon, being a two-material Rank 8 Xyz evolution of the former. Its kanji reads "Galaxy-Eyes Lightwave Dragon," furthering the reference to photons. Even the summon chant is nearly identical to that of the original Galaxy-Eyes. The biggest difference? He replaces "embody the light of hope" with "embody the wrathful God of retribution."
    • In addition, its status as a Blue-Eyes Expy is emphasized by the fact that he has at least two of them, and can have three if he uses its effect.
  • Fatal Flaw: He's so pissed off, he can't even think straight, even when more reasonable duelists like Yuya and Gongenzaka try to talk him first before engaging.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Duels against Kurosaki, a fellow Resistance member, in episode 105.
  • Foil:
    • He's one to Kurosaki. They are both highly skilled Xyz Duelists that lost their family to the Academia which resulted in them growing more vicious as a result and have/had a I Work Alone attitude. But while Kurosaki slowly got better due to the Lancers and Crow, Kaito's wraith grew to the point he very nearly carded Kurosaki for attempting to bring him back to the Resistance.
    • Despite both being past characters who were expies of Kaiba, ARC-V's versions of Kaito and Jack are nearly polar opposites in past, attitude and dueling style. Kaito lived a pretty regular life with his family before the Invasion, but grew vicious and cold during the war. He refuses to work with anyone and is willing to card anyone that gets in his way even former allies. Jack in comparison was an orphan living on the streets and personally compared his eyes back them to Reira's but retains a strong moral compass despite his past and is ultimately a pacifist who desires peers. A further difference is their dueling style while Kaito's strength is analyzing his opponents' dueling style and coming up with a perfect counter, Jack uses his overwhelming might and tactics to utterly destroy his opponents. But they are both seen as the strongest duelist that their dimension has to offer and use a Dragon, which they personally refer to as part of themselves, as their ace.
  • Friend or Foe: His first meeting with Yuya's group involves this. Thanks to Sawatari's idiotic antics and Kaito's own anger of Academia, he decided that Yuya's group are foes, until Kurosaki states that they are his comrades, and the fact that Yuya looks like Yuto and has the family name Sakaki confuses him even more.
  • Friend to All Children: Alongside Kurosaki, he was good with children prior to Academia's invasion.
  • Good Is Not Nice: And he's even worse than Kurosaki in Pragmatic Heroism.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Kaito went from a smiling ace duelist to being just as ruthless as the Academia soldiers who destroyed his home. It's to the point he's even willing to card former friends if he feels they're a hindrance.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Fitting his cold demeanor.
  • In Name Only: Aside from a similar ace monster and the broadest strokes of his arc, he has very little to do with the original Kaito, having a vastly different motivation, personality, strategy, operating procedure, and overall execution.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: His ace monster, Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon, the ARC-V variant of Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon.
  • Invincible Hero: Averted, after losing to Yuri alongside Edo.
  • I Work Alone: He had some previous relationship with Kurosaki, Sayaka, and Allen, but now refuses to work with them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Provokes Sawatari and Gongenzaka into Dueling him because he was just trying hard to protect what's left of his home.
  • Kick the Dog: He refers to "comrades" as just burdensome baggage when they inevitably are defeated and their losses would demoralize him. Thus, any attempts at friendship, even from his former allies, are slapped aside with a glare. When Kaito threatened to seal Kurosaki in a card, he wasn't joking, and he would've do so if it weren't for Sayaka.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Gives one to Dennis for his actions back in Heartland in Episode 114.
  • The Lancer: Temporarily takes over Kurosaki's role to Yuya's group in Episode 112.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Cipher Wing, Cipher Twin Raptor, Cipher Mirror Knight, Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon, and Neo Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon.
  • Leave Him to Me: Says this to Yuya before taking over his and Kurosaki's Duel in Episode 109.
  • Light 'em Up: Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon. Interestingly, the kanji is "Galaxy-Eyes Lightwave Dragon." His others Ciphers are also light-themed.
  • Light Is Good: After cooling his head off, he mellows out significantly and offers his services to Yuya's group in their quest to end the interdimensional war.
  • Light Is Not Good: While his Cipher monsters are LIGHT monsters, he's a rage-driven Jerkass.
  • Meaningful Name: Just like last time, his surname has heavenly and light themes and he's also "The Heartless Hunter".
  • My Hero Zero: "Cipher" is a term for the number zero, possibly used as a Call-Back to the other Kaito's occupation as a Number Hunter.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Yuya Xyz Summons Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon, Kaito has a minor freak-out. Seeing him summon two Monsters with the same Levels, then going into Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon just makes him freak out even more.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: He has no problems carding three Academia students in his appearance in Episode 100. When Yuya protests carding in general in Episode 102, Kaito responds very coldly that Academia's duelists have carded hundreds of people, so he'll card thousands of them in return.
  • Pet the Dog: His duel with Kurosaki eventually prompts him to begin having these until he eventually makes his Heel–Face Turn.
    • In Episode 109, Kaito bails out Yuya's group from the Obelisk Force, and then tells Yuya to worry about his comrades.
    • Later in Episode 110, when Yuya is about to Duel Edo while his group is taking their leave, Kaito gives the unconscious Kurosaki a piggyback ride.
    • His speech to Yuya's group in Episode 112:
    Kaito: "I realized it after my Duels against you and Shun. How important my comrades are, how wonderful smiles are, and how Dueling is supposed to protect these things. I'm sure he realized the same thing as well. That's why he came here, so that he can redeem himself for stealing away many smiles through Dueling. If he bravely admits the mistakes they have made, I have to do the same thing as well. I have inflicted fear upon countless Academia soldiers too."
  • The Power of Friendship: Which ultimately allows him to summon Neo Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon, thanks to Sayaka's Little Fairy.
  • The Power of Hate: Just like any other Resistance member.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Upon seeing three defeated Academia students, he cards them in seconds. You can thank Academia for blowing up Heartland.
  • Psycho Rangers: Non-villainous example: Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon is similar to Yuya's Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon, as both dragons are Xyz Monsters with 3000 ATK and 2500 DEF and they have special eyes and mechanical wings that can be activated, and both of them represent the wrath of their owners. Notably, they end up clashing and destroying one another.
  • The Rival: Was The Ace of the Clover Branch of Heartland Duel School, a rival to the Kurosaki siblings and Yuto's Spade Branch.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Does not approve of Yuya and Yuto's "Bring smiles with your Duels" philosophy.
  • Sixth Ranger: Appears to be one (unofficially) for Yuya's group, starting from Episode 109 onwards.
  • Stealth Pun: Aside from "Cipher" meaning "Lightwave" or "Zero", it also has something to do with the word "Lucifer", emphasizing his Fallen Hero status.
  • Tag Team Twins: His Cipher deck reinforces this trope. He runs multiple copies of the same monster, uses effects that support or weaken monsters with the same name, and he can even turn the opponent's monsters into "twins". His Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon's can steal another monster on the field and turn it into its twin. Additionally, Kaito owns at least two copies of Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Kaito's first line is stating how he'll never forgive Academia for their crimes.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He was already poised to become the Duel Champion of Heartland, and according to Yuto and Allen he's even stronger after the invasion.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Yuto states Kaito used to be a kind and warm individual before the invasion. Well, when your homeland is razed and your family and friends are carded in front of you, it's hard to be happy.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Downplayed, but he began to reconsider comradery after his Duel against Kurosaki back in Episode 105 and restrained himself from sealing the Obelisk Force in cards.
  • Unstoppable Rage: His dueling used to have more warmth, but is now fueled by his rage and hatred for Academia. Even Yuto is not happy with his current Dueling style, and Yuya is unable to get through to him due to his heart being closed off.
  • Up to Eleven: He's pretty much Kurosaki with every aspect of Kurosaki's character subjected to this trope.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Kaito used to be a smiling champion who clearly enjoyed the game, but Academia's invasion turned him into a vengeful Anti-Hero consumed with rage.
  • Vague Age: Possibly an Age Lift; Kaito was 18 in 'ZEXAL'', but looked younger. Here he appears to be the age he looks due to being in a duel school and being friends with the 14-15 year old Kurosaki, Allen and Sayaka.
  • Viral Transformation: His deck relies on this. Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon has the ability to take control of an opponent's monster, then change its name to "Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon" and give it its stats. The Continuous Spell "Double Exposure" can also change one monster's name into the name of another monster on the field once per turn during either player's turn.
  • The Virus:
    • Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon can seize control of an enemy monster and turn it into itself, albeit only until the end of the turn.
    • Neo Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon can permanently take control of all enemy monsters and turn them into itself. However, the copies cannot attack on the turn this happens and will return to their original forms and go back to their original owner if Neo Galaxy-Eyes is destroyed.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Or rather Friendly Rivals, but now he is willing to card Kurosaki.
  • You Remind Me of X: Seeing Yuya with Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon reminds him of Yuto in Episode 102.

    Allen Kozuki (Alan) 

Allen Kozuki (Alan)

Voiced by: Michiyo Murase (JP), Devon Talbott (EN)

Allen Kozuki is a resident of Heartland and a survivor along with his friend, Sayaka. Allen uses a Railway deck that uses Offensive tactics.

Tropes associated with Allen:

  • Anime Hair: He has very generic shounen hero hair.
  • Broken Pedestal: He has one for Yusho once considering him a teacher but now only sees him as a coward.
  • Continuity Nod: During the Tag Duel against the Tyler Sisters, when Allen draws a card by the effect of Fairy Cheer Girl, her Overlay Unit covers his card in light and Allen draws it like it is a Shining Draw.
  • Cool Train: He uses a Railway deck, referencing Anna Kozuki's deck.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: The displayed Railway monsters are EARTH monsters.
  • Expy: Presumably has no relation to fellow Fiery Redhead Anna Kozuki. He does use a Railway Deck though. He is also like Guache due to having an offense-based deck and being a Fiery Redhead to contrast his purple-haired, defensive partner.
  • Fiery Redhead: Most of his hair is red. While not particularly hot-blooded, he does get a bit upbeat during a duel.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Broken Pedestal aside, Allen is in general a kind and welcoming guy, showing great concern for Sayaka, and making sure she doesn't overwork herself. However, he tends to be a bit abrasive with a very casual manner of speaking and isn't trustful towards the Lancers.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: He uses a Railway deck, thus all of his monsters are Machine-Type monsters. He also has Limiter Removal to double the ATK of all of his Machine-Type monsters.
  • Mr. Exposition: He and Sayaka tell Yuya about Kaito's past.
  • My Greatest Failure: He doesn't outright say it, but it is clear he feels this way about his inability to protect the civilians during the invasion.
  • Multicolored Hair: Red and blond hair.
  • Rollerblade Good: He has self-built rollerblades that can project Hard Light wheels. He later gives them to Yuya.
  • Ship Tease: He blushes when Sayaka compliments him for his support during their Tag Duel in episode 107.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: His name "Allen Kozuki" is a Shout-Out to Anna Kozuki from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, the original Railway duelist.
  • Tsundere: When Kurosaki tells him that Yuya is their comrade, he's acting like one.

    Sayaka Sasayama (Saya Sasayama) 

Sayaka Sasayama (Saya Sasayama)

Voiced by: Ryoko Maekawa (JP), Laurie Hymes (EN).

Sayaka Sasayama is a resident of Heartland and a survivor along with her friend, Allen. Sayaka uses a Fairy Deck that uses defensive tactics.

Tropes associated with Sayaka

  • Action Girl: She and Allen put up a decent fight against the Tyler sisters all things considered. She made some glaring mistakes, but in the end she managed to make her monster strong enough that it could have beaten them had she gotten another turn.
  • Alliterative Name: Sayaka Sasayama.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Sayaka is a firm believer in the Duels with Smiles philosophy that Yusho taught her, and shared it with Ruri and Yuto by extension.
  • Badass Adorable: Although she and Allen lose to the Tyler Sisters, she pulled off an excellent move that impressed Gloria. Not to mention she did survive Heartland. It's later revealed that she once beat Ruri.
  • The Chick: Out of the Lancers that made it to Heartland and the Resistance remnant group, she is the only female duelist shown, and though she's not unskilled, she seems to be the least inclined towards dueling in the first place.
  • Composite Character: She is the quieter purple-haired girl to the louder redhead, similar to Droite and Gauche's relationship, is a shy Meganekko like Cathy, and finally uses Fairy Cheer Girl like Kotori. Her dueling style is defensive like Droite's.
  • Dirty Coward: Thinks this of herself, see My Greatest Failure. But see Lovable Coward below.
  • Fingerless Gloves: She wears them in her image.
  • Forehead of Doom: Downplayed. Although attention isn't really brought to it, Sayaka's forehead is noticeably large compared to the others females in the series.
  • Hair Decorations: Sayaka has orange and lime barrettes in her hair.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Sayaka has blue eyes to go along with her kind and trusting nature.
  • Light 'em Up: She uses LIGHT Fairy-Type monsters such as Fairy Cheer Girl.
  • Light Is Good: She uses a LIGHT deck and is a Nice Girl.
  • Lovable Coward: Despite she thinks of herself as a Dirty Coward, she has enough courage to duel the Tyler Sisters.
  • Meganekko: Always seen wearing glasses and she is kind of Adorkable.
  • Miss Exposition: Along with Allen. Specifically she tells Yuya about his father.
  • Morality Chain: For Kaito, her crying is the only reason he stops from carding Kurosaki.
  • Multicolored Hair: Three shades of purple.
  • My Greatest Failure: Witnessed Yuri kidnap Ruri, but was powerless to do anything about it.
  • Nice Girl: Rather soft-spoken, and tries to get Kaito to join them again with kind words. And its revealed she has a tendency to do chores around the base even when its not her shift.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: She uses a Fairy-Type deck.
  • The Power of Friendship: Sayaka giving Kaito Little Fairy allowed him to defeat Dennis and Shun getting it allowed him to save Ruri, all because she passed on the card.
  • Ship Tease: During the Tag Duel in episode 107, Sayaka thanks Allen for his support, making him blush. And in episode 109 she gets a Bridal Carry from Kurosaki after he saves her from debris.
  • Shrinking Violet: Soft-spoken, and referred to as shy by Allen.
  • Tired of Running: She decides to find the courage to duel and goes against the Tyler Sisters.
  • Trauma Button: Seeing the Obelisk Force Chaos Giant sends her into a state of panic.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Three shades of purple.

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