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Prominent Duelists from the manga and anime series Yu-Gi-Oh.

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    Mai Kujaku (Mai Valentine)

Mai Kujaku (孔雀 舞; Kujaku Mai) (Mai Valentine)

Voiced by: Haruhi Terada (Japanese), Megan Hollingshead (English Season 1-3), Bella Hudson (English Season 4-5), Kathleen Delaney (English, Uncut), Yolanda Mateos (European Spanish)

One of the best duelists around. She once worked as a casino dealer before picking up the Duel Monsters card game, and became used to depending on only herself until she met Yugi and his friends in the Duelist Kingdom arc. Though she isn't around in every chapter/episode, she's mostly a good guy and helps the heroes out frequently.

She uses a Harpie deck in the Duelist Kingdom arc, and mixes it up with some Amazons in the Battle City arc. In the anime's season 4 she uses more Harpie cards, supplementing them with the Seal of Orichalcos.

  • Action Girl: She is a genuinely good duelist, even though she ends up getting put up and losing against the most important and/or powerful duelists in almost any given arc, but never without a fight.
    • Dark Action Girl: During the anime versions's Doma Filler Arc, after she becomes corrupted by the Orichalcos and starts working for Dartz.
  • Adaptational Badass: The duel with Marik is a lot more one-sided in the Manga. Also, her appearance in the Doma-Arc.
  • Amazon Brigade: Her deck, which includes her Harpies and some actual Amazons.
  • Badass Normal: No Millennium Item or connections with ancient Egypt, but she's skilled enough to make it into the finals of Duelist Kingdom and the top eight in Battle City.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Several of her outfits.
  • Be My Valentine: In the dub. The "Mai" adds to it as a pun.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The Brawn.
  • Biker Babe: She shows herself to be adept at riding a motorcycle in the Doma Filler Arc.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Blonde.
  • Break the Cutie: During the Battle City arc, when she fights against Dark Marik in his really, really painful Shadow Game and suffers through his Penalty Game.
  • Broken Bird: In the beginning, she's an ex-Lonely Rich Kid who had lived by and relied on herself since her parents had passed on (or in the dub, were always too busy to spend time with her), acting cynical and disenchanted until Jounouchi calls her out on her treatment of her opponents, Yugi wins back the star chips she lost due to the Player Killer, and (in the anime) Anzu duels her for Yugi's sake. After she defrosts, she reverts because Dark Marik put her into a coma where she was trapped in an hourglass, slowly forgetting everyone who ever loved her (only in the anime - in the manga, she was being eaten by scarabs and she actually managed to come back from that experience emotionally stable) and has recurring nightmares about the experience. Then, despite all her efforts to improve her skills (even winning tournaments), she is still unable to escape Yugi's and Jonouchi's shadows. This leads to her joining Doma, because the Orichalcos' power makes her feel more powerful.
  • Christmas Cake: Actually, by her own choice. She did have a Hopeless Suitor in an anime filler episode and blew him off, defeating him in a duel when he wouldn't give up.
  • Compressed Hair: She can somehow keep all of her hair into a normal-sized motorcycle helmet.
  • Cool Big Sis: She acts as the older and more experienced friend to the main characters, as well as Shizuka/Serenity.
  • Dark Chick: In Doma's Five-Man Band.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Her defeat at Jonouchi's hands starts to defrost her although she still acted as a Sore Loser that time, and out of all the antagonists Yugi and Jonouchi face during Duelist Kingdom, Mai plays a bigger role in later chapters than anyone except Seto Kaiba.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Jonouchi starts this when he beats her in a duel. Yugi continues the process when he duels Panik to get her star chips back.
  • Demoted to Extra: After Doma, she's relegated to just making a couple of silent cameos for the remainder of the anime. In the manga, Battle City was her last appearance, and leaves the story a bit more happy compared to the anime.
  • Designated Victim: Silly Mai, this is a Shōnen manga, girls at your time can't win fights yet.
  • Deus Angst Machina/Trauma Conga Line: From Dark Marik's Penalty Game to the anime's Doma.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: An implied reason for her choice of outfits is to try to distract her opponents.
    • She also uses her looks to sneak Honda, Bakura and Anzu past the security guard at Duelist Kingdom (in the anime, at least - the manga version just has Jonouchi beating the snot out of him), and to trick Dinosaur Ryuzaki into giving up his deluxe room on the cruise to her.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Developed a taste for black leather after joining the Doma cult.
  • Fanservice: She and her monsters are this.
  • Friendly Rival: After her defrosting, Mai is one of the duelists who thinks well of Yugi and Jonouchi despite losing to both of them.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Does this to Jonouchi during Battle City after his Brainwashed and Crazy period.
  • Harping on About Harpies: Her signature monsters, and they're ladies.
  • Idiot Ball: Gets a lot of this.
    • Has a run-in with it at the end of her duel with Marik. Despite having the means to win the duelnote  by just declaring an attack, she chooses to try and beat Dark Marik with the Sun Dragon Ra, despite the fact she has no idea how it works and a first-hand demonstration in the previous duel that using the card is highly dangerous.
    • It happens again in the anime's Doma Filler Arc: when she duels Raphael, Mai attempts to use Jonouchi's Helmos card despite not being one of the three chosen duelists. It doesn't go well for her.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In her first duel with Jonouchi, she points out that even if he and Yugi are friends, there can only ever be one champion, and they'd have to face each other in order to win. He also has to learn to step out from Yugi's shadow and duel on his own, and hopes that his defeat teaches that to him. And she's completely right except about the "defeat" part since he beats her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the very beginning of the series, she's pretty aggressive, sarcastic, and a bit mean-spirited, though significantly less so than other duelists like Haga or Bandit Keith. Mai softens up after hanging out with Yugi's gang a bit. During Duelist Kingdom, Mai lets Anzu use her portable shower unit and stands guard to rout any peeping tom's, she hands her copy of "Honor of Kings Right" note to Jonouchi when his copy gets stolen. During Battle City, she rescues Honda, Shizuka and Otogi who were fleeing the Ghouls.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Knowing that she doesn't stand a chance against Black Luster Soldier after it destroyed her Harpie's Pet Dragon, Mai surrenders immediately after her turn begins.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The dark to Anzu and Shizuka's light.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: In her backstory, at least in the anime. We see her as a little girl, all alone in a Big Fancy House...
  • Meaningful Name: Mai Kujaku means "dancing peacock."
  • Mind Rape: By Marik during Battle City. She was put into an hourglass filled with scarabs that slowly devoured her body, and she would have died after a set amount of time (in the anime, it's less nightmare-ish and more emotional - the longer she was in the hourglass, the more memories of her friends she would lose). In the anime, this lead to a Heroic BSoD and a Face–Heel Turn in the Doma filler arc.
  • More Than Mind Control: How Filler Villain Dartz got her to serve him.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Midriff-baring corset, miniskirt, knee-high (and in one case, thigh-high) boots, large breasts, and more.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After she beats Jounouchi in the Doma filler, causing him to lose his soul.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: She wears a corset.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She's sometimes treated as a Memetic Loser due to losing most of her onscreen duels, but she wins enough offscreen matches in both the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City arcs to make the finals.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: She's a very good duelist and strategist, but has the misfortune to be on the same team as Yugi and Kaiba (who have connections to the nameless pharaoh and some of the most powerful cards around) and ends up going up against Dark Marik in the Battle City semifinals.
  • Parental Abandonment: In the anime, her parents died when she was little (in the dub, they never had time for her) and left her alone to rely on herself.
  • Phony Psychic: She pretends she has these at the start of Duelist Kingdom with her "aroma tactics", which involves knowing what her cards are without looking at them because of having them sprayed with various perfumes. This backfires on her in her duel with Jounouchi when he figures it out, however, and she drops them later on.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Jounouchi's red. (One of three)
  • Sexophone: In the anime, new music always played whenever she showed up in Duelist Kingdom, and occasionally in Battle City. Stopped in Doma due to her change of sides.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In The Sacred Cards, a video game adaptation of Season 2-3, she duels Kaiba in the Battle City finals instead of Marik.
  • Statuesque Stunner: At 175 cm, she can easily stand eye to eye with Katsuya Jounouchi/Joey Wheeler.
  • Tsundere: Shifts from a Type A to a Type B over the course of Duelist Kingdom.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Jonouchi. The anime didn't do anything to help resolve this.

    Ishizu Ishtar

Ishizu Ishtar (イシズ・イシュタール; Ishizu Ishutaaru)

Voiced by: Sumi Shimamoto (JP), Karen Neil (EN), Adelaida López (European Spanish)

Marik's older sister and Rishid's adoptive sister, she's the owner of the Millennium Tauk, which allows the user to see into the past and future. Ishizu works for the Egyptian government agency, the Supreme Council of Antiquities - presumably to the public, she traveled to Japan's Domino City to oversee the dynastic exhibit, The Art of Egypt, which showcased stone slabs, depicting ka battles, from which the card game Magic & Wizards/Duel Monsters originated. She invited Seto Kaiba to the Domino City Museum to show him the slabs that also depicted the nameless king, who resembled Yugi. She told Kaiba about the three God Cards and tasked him with retrieving them from the Ghouls, through hosting a city-wide Duel Monsters tournament. To bait the Ghouls into coming, she gave him one of the God cards - "The God of the Obelisk."

With the Millennium Tauk, Ishizu had already predicted Yugi would visit the museum. When Dark Yugi arrived, along with Anzu Mazaki, and saw the slabs depicting the ancient ka battles and also of the pharaoh, she approached him. She told him that a large battle would soon be taking place, and that he must gather the seven Millennium Items to regain his memories.

In the Duel Monsters card game, she uses a Sand Fairy (Fairy monsters with an Egyptian theme) deck, along with cards that cycle her opponent's cards into the graveyard and her cards into her deck. Her trump card is Reversal of Worlds (Exchange of the Spirit).

  • Abusive Parents: Her father didn't treat her or her brothers particularly well, and cared more for his duty of guarding the Millennium Items than any of them.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses, she's on the side of the Yorkists.
  • Alliterative Name: Ishizu Ishtar.
  • Because Destiny Says So: She was so obsessed with following her visions that she threw away a quicker victory against Seto just to achieve the victory she saw. Which fails when Seto manages to defy her visions and defeat her.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Joins Battle City to try to save her brother.
  • Big Good: She is the player's mentor and general Quest Giver in Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards.
  • Break the Haughty: Tries it on Kaiba and to a degree, suffers it herself.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Marik's Cain before his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Sees into the future to predict her opponent's moves. Unlike the Phony Psychics who appeared beforehand (who Jonouchi mentions upon seeing this) her powers are real.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: She uses Earth-attribute Fairy monsters with a distinct Egyptian design flavor.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: How she gets Kaiba's attention at the start of the second series anime adaptation.
  • Driven to Suicide: Implied. Kaiba actually notes if Marik couldn't be saved, then she intends to stay on Alcrataz once it self-destructs note . The conversation takes place in the manga before the duel between Dark Yugi and Dark Marik starts.
  • Foil: To Kaiba. They both had abusive fathers (biological in her case, adoptive in Kaiba's), have younger siblings they are protective of, and are part of organizing the Battle City tournament. However, Ishizu looks to the past and believes in destiny through her visions from the Millennium Tauk, where Kaiba looks to the future while being more focused on modern-day technology and, in the English 4Kids dub, is a skeptic about the ancient Egyptian magic going on. This is especially highlighted during their duel in the quarter-finals.
  • Graceful Loser: In spite of the fact that it means she's out of the running to confront Marik herself, she takes her defeat to Kaiba rather well. In fact, it brings her hope that the future can be changed and that either Yugi, Jonouchi, or Kaiba can save her brother.
  • Keigo: In the Japanese version, she always communicates in very formal linguistics.
  • Lady of War: Yeah, she plays a card game instead of leading an army, but she's definitely got this vibe. She's quiet, feminine, and came this close to kicking Seto Kaiba's arrogant ass.
  • Manipulative Bastard: In her duel with Kaiba, she manipulates every move he makes, even allowing herself to take damage from him, in preparation to flip his strategy back on him. Lampshaded by Dark Marik in the anime, who snickers that it's fun to watch her work Kaiba over after she did it to normal Marik so often when they were children.
  • Mind Rape: Subverted. Even though she has a Millennium Item, she's the only character that never (never seen, at least) uses Shadow Game magic. No Penalty Games either.
  • Mysterious Veil: Appears with one during the Battle City blimp up until her first duel. It's not entirely clear why she's wearing it as the audience already knows who she is and she's stopped wearing it by the time she interacts with the main cast.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She had the chance to win against Kaiba, but didn't take it because it wasn't the specific victory she foresaw. Trying to get the win conditions she saw in her vision was what led Kaiba to be able to defeat her.
  • Our Angels Are Different: She uses Fairy-type monsters that are kind of, well, weird, being Earth Attribute (up to that point, most Fairies were Light) with odd names (which are not references to anything) and of odd shape. They stand out enough for fans to refer to them as "Ishizu's cards" instantly.
  • Reincarnation: Of the priestess Isis.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Quiet, polite, proper, and able to take a direct hit blow from Blue-Eyes White Dragon as if it were nothing, something that sent even Jonouchi to his knees.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Ishizu's name is not Isis, but it is meant to reference the name Isis. Kazuki Takahashi basically took the name Isis and converted the letters to Japanese characters, though he chose to use Ishizu instead of Ishisu. Further proof is the priestess Isis in the Millennium World arc is spelled more phonetically correct (アイシス; aishisu) as far as the English language goes.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: While dutiful and composed even as a girl, when Marik begged to see the world outside their underground home, she defied centuries of tradition to sneak him out for an hour.
  • The Strategist: Has her duel with Kaiba all planned out from the start.
  • Woman in White: She primarily wears cream white gowns, which adds to her air of enigma as the Herald in the Battle City arc.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Defied by Kaiba. Ishizu anticipates Kaiba's downfall when he attempts to attack directly with Obelisk, only for it to backfire thanks to her Sacrifice's Blast Trap. Kaiba, however, instead revives Gadget Soldier and uses it and Obelisk as Tributes to Summon Blue-Eyes, and attacks Ishizu with it directly, winning Kaiba the Duel.

    Insector Haga (Weevil Underwood)

Insector Haga (インセクター羽蛾; Insekutā Haga) (Weevil Underwood)

Voiced by: Urara Takano (JP), Jimmy Zoppi (EN), David Robles (European Spanish)

Haga was the Champion of the Japanese National Tournament for Magic & Wizards/Duel Monsters, who then was invited to Duelist Kingdom by Pegasus. He pretends to befriend Yugi, but in actuality his goal was to throw his grandfather's powerful Exodia cards into the ocean, inciting Dark Yugi's rage and making him the first of Dark Yugi's targets on the island.

Despite putting Yugi at a disadvantage, he loses the game and gets thrown off the island. He later turns up in the Battle City arc, as well as the anime's Doma arc; he loses to Jonouchi and gets a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown after toying with Yugi too much. His last major appearance in the anime is in the last filler arc and stealing the God Cards before Dark Bakura stopped them.

As his name suggests, he uses an Insect deck. His trump cards are Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth and Insect Queen (which he lost to Jounouchi via the ante rules of Battle City, but he quickly gains another one).

  • Adaptational Heroism: He's still a complete jerk in Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction, but he's on the protagonists' side.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the subs, he knew about the field power bonus rule in Duelist Kingdom because Pegasus told him about it as a "special preview" for winning the Japanese championship. In the English dub, he brags about "stealing" the secret to said rules.
  • Animal Motifs: Bugs are his favorite archetype, and go along with his name and general trickery.
  • Berserk Button: Being laughed at angers him quite a bit, as shown in his first duel with Dark Yugi. He'd been mostly calm and shown little more than irritation up until Dark Yugi started laughing at him. At first, he was confused, then enraged into shouting. Indeed, most of his jerkish behavior then on seemed to be motivated by the mocking he received from former fans after the events of Duelist Kingdom.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: After the anime's filler saga Doma went and reminded everyone that both he and Ryuzaki could be legitimate opponents, the remaining arcs in the anime then had them repeatedly try to upstage things only to be immediately taken out of action by whoever the current arc's antagonist was (Siegfried in the KC Grand Prix, Dark Bakura in the anime version of Millennium World)
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: His insect monsters are huge.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Much like plenty of the manga's early villains, when Yugi first met Haga, he seemed like a very nice guy, nicer than Ryuzaki ironically enough. He was very polite overall, gave some advice to both Yugi and Jounouchi, and seemed pretty tame to the Genre Blind. Yugi liked and admired him right after meeting him, which was why he trusted the complete stranger with handling his grandfather's cards despite their not being water-proof and a large body of water being nearby. It was more noticeable in the Japanese version than in the English dub, in which he sounded unbelievably sarcastic the entire time. Now, of course, fans know what he's really like.
  • Breaking Speech: Gives one to Dark Yugi in the anime; it actually almost works.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: And he gets kicked off the island and has his Star Chip glove taken by Jonouchi as the result of it.
  • Critical Research Failure: In-universe. He had no idea, it seems, that Jonouchi might have a monster that Parasite Paraside was ineffective against. ("What kind of Insect duelist are you?" asks Solomon, who clearly does know it.)
  • Curbstomp Battle: In the Grand Prix filler, this is the result of him (and Ryuzaki) attempting to duel Siegfried.
  • Deal with the Devil: The anime incarnations joins with Filler Villain Dartz to attempt revenge on Yugi.
  • Determinator: Along with Ryuzaki, in the anime. Never gave up no matter how many times he got his ass kicked. Biked off of a cliff to catch the rope ladder from Raphael's helicopter. Just because he wanted a better chance at defeating the Pharaoh. Then, in the next tournament, they both beat up a duelist, tied him up, stole his clothes, and stood on top of each other just for another chance at fame. Yeah. They both qualify.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Notably averted. His cheating, from what we've seen, is always clearly planned out and calculated prior to a duel. It never directly hinders him because, for all his flaws, he is a lot more clever than your average cheater. In fact, he never actually cheats DURING the duels that are shown, but he uses underhanded methods outside of them (sneaking an insect card in an opponent's deck, throwing out a future competitor's ace card while he had his trust) to gain an edge.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The moment he throws Yugi's Exodia cards into the ocean makes it clear what kind of a character he is.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears glasses and is one of the most scummy characters in the series, caring nothing for anyone but himself and constantly cheating to get ahead in duels.
  • Freaky Is Cool: Adores insects, spiders, and all things creepy-crawly.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: In the Doma arc of the anime, he gets his hands on the Seal of Orichalcos and access to Doma's endless supply of rare cards, forming a much more powerful deck.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: His ace card is Insect Queen, a horrific looking beast that looks like a Giant Spider with a monstrous woman's upper torso.
  • Giggling Villain: "Hyoi hyoi hyoi hyoi hyoi hyoi!"
  • Hate Sink: To the point where he's in a duel, you are actively cheering for him to lose.
  • Hidden Badass: In the anime. Apparently brave (or crazy) enough to bike off the edge of a cliff and grab onto a helicopter rope ladder for a chance at victory, despite his many flaws. And then, without skipping a beat, he convinces Raphael to give him and Ryuzaki a chance at joining the Orichalcos. While hanging from a rope ladder that Raphael was about to cut. The guy's got guts and he doesn't hesitate, that's for certain.
  • High Collar of Doom: Part of his Duelist Kingdom arc outfit. Less pronounced than most examples though.
  • Hypocrite: He fashions himself as a Weak, but Skilled strategist, with his little bugs being the countermeasure to everyone else's brute-force tactics. However, whenever he manages to bring out a strong monster himself, he invariably becomes just as reckless and overconfident as the people he lambasts, and finds his strength being used against him.
  • Informed Ability: Supposedly, he was the Duel Monsters champion before Duelist Kingdom, although he's only won once on-camera, to Rex, and he tends to be humiliated a lot.
  • Jerkass: BIG TIME.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: During the Doma Filler Arc, when Dark Yugi calls him horrible, Haga points out that Dark Yugi had used the Seal of Orichalcos in order to win despite knowing that he'd be putting his friend in danger, and that Yugi paid the price, saying that while he was indeed an asshole at least he didn't use the Seal despite knowing that he could endanger his friends. Even though he tries not to show it, Dark Yugi is visibly affected.
  • Jerk Jock: For a guy who plays a card game, he is so clearly channeling this attitude.
  • Kick the Dog: In the anime only. In his second duel with Dark Yugi, he pretended to tear up the card Yugi's soul was trapped in (the card he actually tore up was some random insect card) just to screw with Dark Yugi. It doesn't end so well for him.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: His first big mistake was a move like this during his first duel with Yugi. He was playing conservatively and building a solid offensive line of monsters as Yugi was defending, but then he got a little full of himself and was a little too eager to attack Yugi's Dark Magician, and ran straight into Yugi's Mirror Force while doing so.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: His second battle with Dark Yugi in the anime.
  • Meaningful Name: Aside from his obvious dub name, his Japanese given name roughly means, "Moth Wings." Particularly fitting given what one of his trump cards is.
  • Moral Myopia: Normally, his and Ryuuzaki's grief at having been called has-beens by the community would make the character sympathetic, especially with the way they tell their tale when they each confront Dark Yugi and Jounouchi in the DOMA arc. Unlike with Ryuuzaki, though, any sympathy you would have Haga would be squashed by him conveniently ignoring the fact that all we've ever seen of him is that he's a selfish, self-centered cheater, who treated everyone beneath him like dirt when he had his fame, and yet though of the masses as unfair for crapping on them for having not having gotten very far in the last two tournaments. Haga immediately proves after the tale is told that, unlike Ryuuzaki, he deserves every bit of that karmic mistreatment.
  • Necessary Weasel: The Exodia cards would have trivialized the plot for Yugi, so something needed to separate the two. Why not make it an Establishing Character Moment for the series' Hate Sink?
  • Nerd Glasses: He's very smart and cunning.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: You shouldn't have used Yugi to pull a cruel joke on Dark Yugi.
  • Not So Different: In the anime, he points out that Dark Yugi was as selfish and callous as he was when he unleashed the Seal and points out that technically Dark Yugi's worse since he knew he'd put his friend in danger, which even he didn't do. Even Dark Yugi can't deny that he's got a point.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: At first, the Blue to Ryuzaki/Rex's Red. Color-coded even, with Haga's hair and Ryuzaki's hat! Haga seems more calm and composed early on, relying on strategy over brute force. However, curiously enough, they keep to their respective tactics but switch attitudes over time. Ryuzaki doesn't exactly become "calm," but Haga seems to become more Hot-Blooded and irritable by the time the Doma Arc rolls around.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: His glasses often take on this appearance when he needs to look sinister.
  • Smug Snake:
    • His main attribute and, arguably, his principal weakness. He really is a great duelist and strategist but he is very over-confident and tends to underestimate his opponents, leading to his inevitable downfall.
    • The only time he seemed to stop being so smug (at least at first) was against Dark Yugi during the Doma arc. He genuinely expected a big duel when he initiated it and spent about three-fourths of the duel utterly stomping Dark Yugi. He didn't really start doing badly until his smugness crept in again. Oh, and especially when Dark Yugi absolutely flipped out in response to his cruel joke, and got help from quite a few good draws in his final play.
  • The Worf Effect: In the anime, he's introduced in the second episode as a professional duelist who wins a championship. Then Dark Yugi beats him within minutes of arriving in Duelist Kingdom and sends him home on the first boat back. Then on the Grand Prix, he is easily beaten by Siegfried in one turn.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Ryuzaki in the anime.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Along with Ryuzaki he briefly travels with Yugi's group during the Doma arc, up until joining forces with Dartz.
  • Too Dumb to Live: This guy falls for one of The Oldest Tricks in the Book during his duel with Jonouchi. Twice. (And he does it while calling Jonouchi the "unskilled amateur".)
  • Took a Level in Badass: A From Nobody to Nightmare play with this trope, after getting the Orichalcos Seal, Haga in particular went from smug to being control of his duel with Yugi through clever strategy and almost won; a huge step up from his first duel with Dark Yugi, in which his performance was stymied by over-confidence.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Falls into this trap the same way all of Jonouchi's opponents do. His goal was to draw Yugi to him by crushing his best friend, only to be trounced by said friend.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Every time he loses.
  • Villainous Crush: Shows a few signs of having one on Anzu in the original Japanese version only. He attempts to flirt with her at the Battle City tournament, calling her "a cute lady." Her reaction was less than interested. He apparently had some hard feelings about that because later, in the Doma arc, he tells her that she looks terrible despite saying that she shouldn't feel proud "just because she's cute" an episode later. He apparently doesn't take well to rejection.
  • Villains Want Mercy: And as Jonouchi tells him - before refusing to grant it - he really should have thought of that before cheating.
  • Warm-Up Boss: For the Duelist Kingdom Arc. He demonstrates to Yugi in their duel just what the new rules for the tournament are and how they work, such as the field power bonuses. He's also the first duelist we see to lean into archetypal play, something that becomes common as the arc continues.
  • Worthy Opponent: Surprisingly, Jonouchi seems to regard him as this during Battle City after their duel in the anime.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In Battle City, he hired a kid to sabotage Jonouchi's deck. When the kid demands his payment of a rare card, Haga gives him a lame card. When the kid protests, Haga sprays him with silly string and runs away (in the manga, it was a can of insecticide).

    Dinosaur Ryuzaki (Rex Raptor)

Dinosaur Ryuzaki (ダイナソウ竜崎; Dainasō Ryūzaki) (Rex Raptor)

Voiced by: Kin Fuji (JP, ep. 2-59), Yuuichi Nakamura (ep. 131-224), Sam Riegel (EN, ep. 1-144), Sebastian Arcelus (ep. 145-187), Anothony Salerno (ep. 188-224), Jorge Saudinós (European Spanish)

He lost to Haga in the finale of the Japanese National Tournament. Just like Haga, he was also invited to Duelist Kingdom, but he loses to Jonouchi and forfeited his Red-Eyes Black Dragon. He later appears in the Battle City arc when Jonouchi battles Espa Roba during the tournament, and in the anime, the filler arcs (most notably Doma).

As his name suggests, he uses a Dinosaur deck, though his trump cards are all Dragons: Serpent Night Dragon (which he lost to Espa Roba via the ante rules of Battle City), Red-Eyes Black Dragon (which he lost in a wager to Jonouchi), and Tyrant Dragon, which he gains in the Doma filler arc.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction, much like Haga is.
  • Adaptational Villainy: He may have been a jerk in the manga, but at least he was helpful and doesn't team up with Haga. In the anime he does team up with Haga and is a straight antagonist in the Doma filler arc.
  • Animal Motifs: Dinosaurs
  • The Bet: Looking to take Jonouchi's Time Wizard to use against Mai later in Duelist Kingdom, he bets all the cards both players have on the field on the outcome of the duel. This includes his REBD and several power-ups that make it more deadly. He winds up regretting it.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: See Weevil/Haga's description. Unless you go by the manga.
  • The Cameo: Was defeated by Kaiba in the Toei movie, but didn't have his Red-Eyes Black Dragon due to it going to Shōgo Aoyama instead.
  • Deal with the Devil: Joins Dartz to attempt revenge on Jounouchi.
  • Determinator: See Weevil/Haga's description for the trope. Downplayed in the manga.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Actually, it's reversed—Dragons Are Dinosaurs. He's a dinosaur duelist, but his strongest monsters are Serpent Night Dragon, Red-Eyes Black Dragon and Tyrant Dragon, as when the original anime was being made there were no high-powered Dinosaur cards and the type as a whole was very unsupported. This would be fixed several years later during the timeframe of GX's production, hence Tyranno Kenzan.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He has shades of this in the manga. He's not at all evil in the manga, actually, just pretty smug. He still has his standards and is above cheating, and he even warned Jonouchi not to duel Esper Roba.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Played straight with some of his monsters, subverted with Two Headed King Rex.
  • Informed Ability: Same deal as Weevil/Haga, but he has never won on-camera.
  • Jerk Jock: Not to the same degree as Haga, but he's still very smug about his abilities and treats weaker players like garbage.
  • Lost Him in a Card Game: He gets a little full of himself during his first duel with Jonouchi and wagers his Red Eyes Black Dragon, his most powerful card at the time, against Jonouchi's Time Wizard; seeing as most fans know what Jonouchi's favorite card is, it's easy to see how it turned out...
  • Never My Fault:
    • In anime filler, he's pissed off at Jonouchi/Joey for using his Red Eyes Black Dragon against him during their second duel and claims that Jonouchi took it from him when in reality, Ryuzaki wagered the REBD out of his own free will during their duel in Duelist Kingdom.
    • He still wants revenge on Jonouchi/Joey after causing him to lose his soul to the Seal of Orichalcos the second time. Even though it was Ryuzaki/Raptor who chose to play and activate the card in first the place then makes it pretty clear that he knew of the consequences for activating it being fully aware to what would happen if either duelist lost. Jonouchi/Joey even tries to talk sense into him about playing the card, only Ryuzaki continuously responding "knowing" the deal.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Combined with Hoist by His Own Petard. His bet against Jonouchi to take Time Wizard is what gave Jonouchi the idea to use the card against him, and win the duel.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Even though he never manages to make it to the same level of dueling fame that Yugi and Kaiba have reached, he and Weevil still manage to remain household names in the dueling world and never fade into obscurity.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Haga/Weevil's Blue at first. They switch later. See Haga/Weevil's entry.
  • Starter Villain: Ryuzaki is the first antagonist duelist Jonouchi defeats on his own. During his first match with Mai, Joey got some advice from Yugi, but when she arranged the duel between him and Ryuzaki Mai added the condition that Yugi couldn't intervene.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Haga/Weevil. But only in the anime.
  • Token Evil Teammate: See Weevil/Haga's description. Is less of this in the manga.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Seems meant to give off this - he rarely ever plays Spells or Traps (and doesn't use a single one in the manga), while his strategies are universally just brute-force beatdown. His monsters aren't particularly strong, despite being dinosaurs, but both times, he has a power boost backing him up.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: Never does anything particularly wrong in the manga but is treated like an antagonist despite being the fairest antagonist duelist the main characters face.
  • The Worf Effect: Every time he duels someone in the manga he's defeated either by cheating (Mai and Esper) or dumb luck (Jonouchi). While nothing says Haga cheated to beat him it's not unlikely that he did considering Haga's tactics. Since Rex is only ever beaten in the series by people who cheated or got lucky its possible he's a great duelist who has bad luck and it paints him as a worser duelist than he actually is.

    Ryota Kajiki (Mako Tsunami)

Ryota Kajiki (梶木 漁太; Kajiki Ryōta) (Mako Tsunami)

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (JP), Andrew Rannells (EN), Iván Muelas

A fisherman by trade who duels in honor of his father, who was lost in a shipwreck (in the dub-version, he thinks his father is still alive). He faces Yugi in Duelist Kingdom and Jounouchi in Battle City.

He uses a Water deck filled mostly with sea monsters like sharks and krakens. His trump cards are The Legendary Fisherman, which he says is identical to his father, and the Fortress Whale (he loses both to Jounouchi via the ante rules of Battle City).

  • Anime Hair: It makes him look straight out of a martial arts manga.
  • Day in the Limelight: Moreso than most Duelists of the Week, Ryota's appearance in the Battle City arc actually starts with him getting acquainted with the workers at an aquarium, before eventually getting hired as a central performer for them. Both of his primary appearances also do make the effort to explain his backstory and what his plans are for the future.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Mako doesn't accompany the protagonists during their journeys, but he becomes good friends with Yugi and Joey despite losing both his duels to them.
  • Disappeared Dad: Implied to be dead in the manga and Japanese versions of the anime.
  • Fish out of Water: The Battle City arc shows that he's a little naive about life on land. He tried to go fishing in the marine aquarium.
    "I am NOT a freaky fish guy!"
  • Friendly Rival: With both Yugi and Jounouchi.
  • Good Samaritan: During Battle City he volunteers to sub for an orca trainer at the aquarium who was sick.
  • Heroic BSoD: When Jounouchi manages to destroy The Legendary Fisherman, since he equates him with his father, though Jounouchi cheers him up.
  • Horse of a Different Color: His Legendary Fisherman uses a shark as a mount. Ryota himself can use a dolphin this way.
  • Identical Stranger: The Legendary Fisherman looks like him, only older. Ryota found the card before comparing it to his father, making it even more of a coincidence.
  • Javelin Thrower: Much like his ace card, he fishes using a harpoon.
  • Kraken and Leviathan: Some of Mako's most powerful monsters are these.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Well, the Legendary Fisherman is as "alive" as any duel monster (as in, artificial) but it still fits; the biggest reason he wants Jonouchi to have it is because he starts to realize it's a crutch.
  • Making a Splash: Several of Mako's trap and spell cards involve using the water to protect him and his monsters or to hinder his opponents.
  • Nice Guy: Notably, he's given a much more sympathetic backstory and characterization than most of the one-shot duelists that Yugi and Jonouchi face. He also never resorts to cheating or being a bully, even when taunting his opponents.
  • Sea Monster: Every monster in his deck other than the Legendary Fisherman, and he has quite a variety, including sharks, squids, jellyfish, and the gigantic Fortress Whale.
  • Summoning Ritual: His Fortress Whale is summoned via the Ritual Spell "Fortress Whale's Oath".
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Duelist Kingdom only, where he's introduced fishing in the sea without a shirt.

    "Bandit" Keith Howard

Keith Howard (キース・ハワード; Kīsu Hawādo)/
"Bandit" Keith (バンデット・キース; Bandetto Kīsu)

Voiced by: Hajime Komada (JP), Ted Lewis (EN), Carlos del Pino (European Spanish)

The former American Champion, called "Bandit" Keith and number one "Card Professor" due to him winning all the big prizes. He issues a challenge to Pegasus, but is defeated. Throughout Duelist Kingdom, his goal is to get his revenge on Pegasus. After his defeat by Jonouchi, he is killed by Pegasus, who inflicts a Russian Roulette Penalty Game on him. In the anime, he instead is expelled from the island and ends up as one of Marik's first Mind Slaves.

In Duel Monsters, he uses a Machine deck, which is later augmented with many rare cards by Marik. His trump cards are Metalzoa, Barrel Dragon, and Slot Machine; while under Marik's control in the anime, Machine King and rare Fiend monster Zera The Mant are added to his arsenal.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the manga, Jonouchi kicks his ass in a fistfight. In the anime, Keith catches his punches and beats up Kozuka, Takaido, and Satake all at once. He's even more awesome in the video games; in Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction, he takes over the Rare Hunters/Ghouls after Marik's Heel–Face Turn and leads them in invading and occupying Domino City. When you duel him as a boss, he even summons the Winged Dragon of Ra against you! Okay, he summons it stuck in Sphere Mode since he doesn't know the chant to unlock it, but it's the thought that counts.
  • Asshole Victim: In the manga, Pegasus' penalty game kills him. In the anime, Marik turns him into a mind slave. Either way, not very easy to pity.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He's played up as a major antagonist, but is clearly much less of a threat than Pegasus, the guy with the Millennium item. Continues into Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction, where he leads the Neo Ghouls trying to take the Millennium Items, but is just a distraction from trying to stop Pegasus from reviving Reshef.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In the anime only, Marik does this to him at one point.
  • The Brute: In the manga he beats up his henchmen and Yugi, while in the anime he beats up Jonouchi and sets a warehouse on fire.
  • Came Back Wrong: In Yu-Gi-Oh R, Keith was revived from his deck, which was missing a card that Jonouchi took. Because of this, he's a bit underweight, very unhinged, and it's heavily implied that he's still dead and lives on as an animate corpse.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Oh, so much...
    • First off, he brings dozens of different decks to a tournament where the rules specifically state you can only have one. When called out on this, he states he isn't in it at all. (Meaning he was never invited, which makes Keith a trespasser in a tournament he isn't even in.) This is left out of the manga.
    • He walks Ghost Kozuka through his duel with Jonouchi, so that he can see every card Jonouchi has. He beats up Kozuka, Takaido, and Satake and steals their Star Chips after Kozuka's defeat, and traps Yugi, Jonouchi, Anzu, Honda, and Bakura in an underground labyrinth. Keith then steals Jonouchi's entry card to try and avoid their duel, and hides his set of "7 Completed" cards inside his wristbands during their match. And yet he still gets his ass kicked by Jonouchi. All of this caused Pegasus to either kill him in the manga or eject him from the island and into the ocean, depending on the version.
    • This continues to when he's under Marik's control in the anime, using a mechanical device concealed in his loose sleeves to gain whatever card he wants when he draws.
  • Dark Is Evil: Most of his stronger cards, including Revolver Dragon, Zoa, Slot Machine, and Zera the Mant are Dark.
  • Eagleland: Type 2. He's thuggish, selfish, smug, and a total jerk.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Jounouchi, something that Pegasus explicitly points out in their Duel. They're both blonde, arrogant, short-tempered, lower-class, and strong-willed. They both use decks that rely on straightforward assaults. Both use gamble-based cards, time-based cards, and thief-based cards. Neither of them were official entrants into Duelist Kingdom, and had to obtain their entry passes from other people. Their Duel is essentially Keith using a strategy, and then Jounouchi copying it and doing it better, and they have monsters with the same ATK and nearly-identical LP at multiple points. The big difference between the two is that Jounouchi is completely selfless and has a sense of honor, meaning he's largely able to do what he does through the support of his friends, while Keith is completely selfish and has no scruples at all, meaning he cheats his way to the top and makes countless enemies along the way. Additionally, at the time of their duel, Keith was long past his prime and wallowing in hatred, while Jounouchi was stepping onto the world stage for the first time and more hopeful than he'd ever been.
  • Evil Laugh: Keith's high, girly laugh isn't especially menacing, but it does sound quite unhinged.
  • Eviler Than Thou: He never really gets the chance to act on it, but his objective is to pay back Pegasus for humiliating him, unaware that Pegasus really is more than a match for him.
  • Foil: Keith's short-temper, Smug Snakery, and use of physical force makes for a pretty strong contrast with Manipulative Bastard and Gentleman Snarker Pegasus.
    • Also serves as an Evil Counterpart for Jounouchi/Joey for being both duelists that rely on gambling and offensive strategies.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: They're typically hidden by Sinister Shades, but when we do see Keith's eyes they're small, narrow and veiny.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to make Keith angry.
  • Hate Sink: His main purpose is to be an asshole the audience can hate.
  • Hidden Depths: Keith's one of the few players who thought to make full use of the Arena itself to his advantage. Knowing full well that the hologram will at least show a monster on the field, he drops Zoa to bait Jonouchi into a trap. Likewise, because of the distance in the arenas, Keith knew his opponent wouldn't likely see Keith's 7 Completes or other hidden cards in his wristband. His degree of cheating is much more subtle and effective than Haga's.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In his duel against Jonouchi, he ended up losing because he played the Sword and Shield card, causing his and Jonouchi's monsters to have their attack and defense points swapped. But because Jonouchi had a trap card that allowed him to sent his Red-Eyes back one turn, it ended up with Keith losing the duel. For bonus points, that trap is Graverobber, which allows Jonouchi to play one of Keith's card in graveyard (Time Machine) which he used to sent back Red-Eyes.
    • After he loses the duel, rather than just walk away, he informs everyone that Jonouchi's entry card was not his own and that Jonouchi should be disqualified. When asked how he could possibly know this, Pegasus reveals that Keith was the one who stole Jonouchi's entry card in the first place. Depending on the version, this leads to Keith either getting killed or being shot out into the ocean.
  • Hypocrite:
    • He regularly stresses that nobody's ever beaten him without cheating (referring, of course, to Pegasus), in spite of... well, being Bandit Keith.
    • Also, in Yu-Gi-Oh! R he calls Jonouchi out claiming that Capture Summon (a card that lets the user take an opponent's monster and summon it) is a broken card; even though his Pillager card is an even more broken version of the same effect.
  • Informed Ability: He's known to be the American Champion (or Intercontinental Champion in the dub), making him the anime equivalent of World Championship Qualifiers like Sean Montague and Kris Ferber. He's never been shown winning on-screen, lost to Jonouchi, and seems to cheat rather frequently, putting his actual skill into question. That said, his actual deck and strategies seem to be very good by Duelist Kingdom's standards, and it's easy to imagine him beating most of the other competitors. He'd also been out of the tournament circuit for years and gone to some dark places, meaning his skills may have degraded.
  • Jerkass: Other characters may be more evil than Keith, but no one—except maybe Gozaburo Kaiba—is a bigger asshole. In Yu-Gi-Oh! R, he kickstarts the plot by telling Yako that Yugi killed Pegasus. He couldn't care if it was true or not as long as he could duel Jonouchi again.
  • Jerk Jock: Keith's what happens when the captain of the football team from every teen movie ever made turns twenty-six and decides to play Duel Monsters.
  • Karma Houdini: In the anime, he survives Duelist Kingdom and is set free from Marik's mind control after burning the warehouse down, almost killing Yugi in the process. Keith's never seen again despite all the trouble he caused. The games have him go even further and take over Marik's Rare Hunters, all without consequence to himself.
  • Kick the Dog: Stealing Jonouchi's prize entry card and before that, trapping him and Yugi in a cave.
  • Killed Off for Real: Pegasus' Shadow Game and Penalty Game in the manga has Keith shoot himself in the head to kill him via turning his hand into a gun and having him play Russian Roulette.
    • Back from the Dead: Revived by Yako in the R spin-off manga for his Evil Plan. It's implied that he's still actually dead, but his hatred was so strong he lived on as an animate corpse.
    • Spared by the Adaptation: He isn't killed in the anime, where Pegasus dumps him out a trap door, where he lands in the ocean and is presumed to have drowned by the heroes; he survives, however, and is captured by Marik before escaping.
  • Killer Robot: Pendulum Machine, Launcher Spider, Metalzoa, Barrel Dragon, and Slot Machine would all qualify, as does the Machine King he uses under Marik's control.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: His ejection from the tournament in the anime dub. When he hits the water, he simply says "ouch."
  • Mechanical Monster: Both Metalzoa and Barrel Dragon.
  • Mugging the Monster: In the manga, his attempt to pull a knife on Pegasus ends... badly.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Or at least to distrust.
  • Never My Fault: Bonz does exactly what Keith tells him to do through the whole duel, and is still blamed by Keith for losing. Seriously, that was low.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Towards Pegasus. He doesn't get to act on this in any continuity, but defeating Pegasus is what drives his motivation.
  • Our Demons Are Different: In the anime-only warehouse battle, Zera the Mant, which becomes his trump card while under Marik's control is a 2800/2300 eight starred Fiend summoned by the Zera Ritual. During his duel with Jonouchi he uses Zoa, a 2600/1900 seven starred Fiend that can become the Killer Robot Metalzoa under the influence of Metalmorph.
  • Perma-Stubble: In the manga Keith has quite a bit of stubble, while in the anime he's more cleanshaven.
  • Russian Roulette: Played it in his depression over his loss to Pegasus in the manga. Because of this, his Penalty Game involved his hand morphing into a gun and being forced to play Russian Roulette, shooting himself in the head and dying.
  • Schrödinger's Cast: In the manga, he's killed in his Shadow Game with Pegasus, but in the R spin-off, which is debated canon, he is revived by the Evil Gods. In the anime, he's dropped into the sea instead of being killed by Pegasus's Penalty Game and is found and brainwashed by Marik. Then in the video games Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards and Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction, he becomes the new leader of the Rare Hunters/Ghouls after Marik reforms and christens them the Neo Ghouls.
  • Sinister Shades: Keith always wears his shades, and they do a lot to enhance both the sense of menace and assholery that he gives off.
  • Smug Snake: Keith thinks the world owes him something and is confident he will be paid.
  • Sore Loser: Keith does not take defeat well. After losing, he tries to get Joey disqualified, then threatens to kill Pegasus if he doesn't give Keith the prize money. It doesn't end well for Keith.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the anime, he survives Duelist Kingdom and disappears from the story just before Battle City. He also survives in some video games.
  • Summon Magic: In the anime-only warehouse duel, his Zera the Mant requires the Zera Ritual before it can appear on the field. Keith cheats to get it into his hand.
  • The Power of Hate: In Yu-Gi-Oh R, his grudge against Jonouchi is so strong he came back from the dead and refused to die until his hatred was sated.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Assorted adaptations are quite kind to him in this regard. In Duelist Kingdom, he was a washed-up has-been who lost to a rookie in spite of cheating. He also gets beaten up by said rookie (in the anime, it's the other way around). In Yu-Gi-Oh! R he wields an Evil God, and in Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction he leads the Neo Ghouls in taking over Domino, kidnapping Ishizu, and seizing the Winged Dragon of Ra, which he then duels the player with. In Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour he manages to defeat Joey in a duel and plays deadly Shadow Games with the player, banishing their soul to the Shadow Realm should they lose.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Does it to Jonouchi and Pegasus.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: He gloats quite a bit during matches if he's in the lead. Should he win a duel against you in the games, he'll rub it in your face.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: His Abridged Series counterpart is the Trope Namer.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the anime, it's not clear what happened to him after he was freed from Marik's mind control.
  • Yandere: For Jonouchi in R. Keith really, really wanted to duel him and instigated the entire plot to do so.

    Ghost Kozuka (Bonz)

"Ghost" Kotsuzuka/Kozuka (ゴースト骨塚; Gōsuto Kotsuzuka) (Bonz)

Voiced by: Masami Suzuki (JP), Amy Birnbaum (EN)

A creepy midget who plays a Zombie deck, "Ghost" Kozuka is first introduced as one of Bandit Keith's henchmen, alongside his friends Satake and Takaido. Seeking to scope out the competition, Keith sets Kotsuzuka and Jonouchi/Joey against one another; when Kozuka is defeated, Keith beats him up and steals his Star Chips. Kozuka resurfaces alongside Takaido and Satake during the Battle City arc, where he makes the fatal mistake of challenging Dark Bakura in a Shadow Game.

His trump cards are Call of the Haunted (which is a lot more powerful than its real-life counterpart), Pumpking the King of Ghosts, and Great Mammoth of Goldfine.

  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: Gets killed by playing one with Dark Bakura, in which he and his friends get dragged into hell.. which surprisingly was in the anime of all things (he simply falls down dead in the manga).
  • Adaptational Heroism: Same deal as Haga Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction; he's more polite and helpful to the player than Haga is.
  • Adaptational Villainy: His Even Evil Has Standards characterization is only in the manga, and in the anime version of Battle City, he attempts to make it to the finals by cheating rather than dueling proper - which made him more of an Asshole Victim of Dark Bakura than an unfortunate one.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Only the last round of the duel with Bakura was shown in the manga; in the anime, the whole duel was shown.
  • Anime Hair: Being he was based on early Dark Yugi designs, not surprising.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: A skull-faced midget who runs a Zombie deck?
  • Back for the Dead: After a notable absence he reappears near the midway point of the Battle City arc to duel Bakura and winds up dead by the end of it.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: In the anime, rather than dueling, he, Takaido, and Satake spend all their time at Battle City scaring people into giving them their Puzzle Cards. This ultimately leads to them encounter Dark Bakura and literally getting dragged into hell via Penalty Game.

    Espa Roba

Espa Roba (エスパー絽場; Esupā Roba)

Voiced by: Maiko Itou (JP), Sebastian Arcelus (EN), Jesús Pinillos (European Spanish)

A duelist who claims to have ESP, but really cheats by having his younger brothers spy on his opponent's cards and relay the info to him via an earpiece. After Jounouchi defeats him in Battle City, he decides to turn his life around and go legit.

Roba uses a deck of cards that emulate psychic powers (this was before the Psychic type was invented in the game). His trump card was Jinzo, which Jounouchi won via the ante rules of Battle City.

  • Mechanical Lifeforms: His monsters are Machines with cybernetic themes (at least the ones he used).
  • Nerf: His version of Jinzo - which appeared in the manga first - is far more powerful that the real one, able to destroy Traps rather than simply preventing them from being activated. (Although the real life version is easier to summon, as it was Level 7 in the manga, but Level 6 in the anime and the real life card game.)
  • Not So Different: Mokuba compares him to Seto, while Jonouchi can relate too, once he finds out about his siblings.
  • Oh, Crap!: Comes very close to losing his nerve when Jonouchi figures out he's cheating.
  • Phony Psychic: He pretends to be clairvoyant, claiming he can see his opponent's cards; in truth, his brothers are transmitting the info to him using a telescope and microphone.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Justified, given his background in the circus.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's only a one-shot character Jounouchi faced in Battle City, but the Jinzo card he wins due to the ante rule ends up becoming a key card that he regularly uses, unlike the cards he won from Haga and Kajiki which only showed up in his fight with Rishid.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has bright green hair.

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