An enigmatic, unnamed organization. During the Hanoi Arc, they've successfully destroyed the Cyberse world, but failed to capture the remaining four Ignis. They directly come in conflict with Playmaker after stealing Jin's consciousness. They all use pure Cyberse archetypes and combine them with the Link Spell Card Judgment Arrows.
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- Big-Bad Ensemble: With SOL Technologies Inc. in season 2.
- Cyberspace: Unlike the Knights of Hanoi, these guys are absolutely shameless about using the Cyberse monsters. Given their leader is an Ignis, this makes sense.
- Conflict Killer: Mirror Link VRAINS and Bohman are so dangerous that it forces everyone else except SOL technologies to stop fighting and join forces. And when SOL technologies realizes how badly they are outmatched they pretty much go sit in a corner and keep quiet.
- No Name Given: They are only referred to as a "mysterious organisation".
- No-Sell: Any Link Spell activated via the Marker's Portal Skill can't have their activation negated, and can't be destroyed by an opponent's card effect.
- Sigil Spam: All of their members have a star symbol somewhere on them.
- Signature Move: Bohman and BitBoot both have the Marker's Portal Skill which lets them play "Judgment Arrows" directly from their deck, prevent it from being negated and make it immune to destruction. Storm Access is another one for them and, unlike Playmaker and Revolver, they can even use it in Master Duels.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Link Spells activated via Marker's Portal can't have their activation negated, and can't be destroyed by an opponent's card effect. However, they can still be affected by card effects in other ways, such as when Soulburner uses "Salamangreat Heatleo's" Effect to return "Judgment Arrows" to BitBoot's Deck.
- Weapon of Choice: Cyberse monsters are their forte, but all of their members are shown to use "Judgment Arrows", with each archetype they use having different ways to benefit from it.
Voiced by: Kenji Matsuda (Japanese)
A Duelist whose real identity is shrouded in mystery.
Uses a Hydradrive deck, an archetype of Cyberse-Type Monsters. His deck focuses on manipulating the Attributes of his opponent's Monsters in order to use his Link Monster's effects which include allowing them to attack directly or negating his opponent's Monster effect.
His Skill, Marker's Portal, allows him to activate Judgement Arrows from his deck when his LP or lower then his opponent's LP. After getting new memories, his Skill is changed to Storm Access, the same Skill possessed by Playmaker and Revolver. Unlike Playmaker and Revolver, however, he is able to use this Skill during a Master Duel.
- Affably Evil: As of his third encounter with Playmaker, he generally adopts a less condescending tone when addressing his adversaries, contrasting the anger and resentment he harboured towards Playmaker during their second encounter.
- Artificial Human: In his third duel with Playmaker, he reveals that he is actually an advanced AI that was still in the finalization phase, and needs to duel Playmaker and Ai to finish his development.
- The Assimilator: He was created as a vessel by Lightning to unite all of the Ignis into one perfect body. He claims Aqua (along with Blue Maiden) as his first victim, and is also shown to possess the power of the Earth Ignis, though it's not clear how exactly he acquired it. He goes on to acquire both the powers of the Fire and Wind Ignis after he defeats Soulburner and absorbs him, and he, too, assimilates Lightning within himself after his Duel with Revolver. Come his fourth Duel with Playmaker, Bohman also assimilates the consciousnesses of numerous LINK VRAINS users within himself every time he powers up his Neuron Link to activate Master Storm Access.
- Badass Boast: He claims to be the very embodiment of LINK VRAINS itself, and that Blue Maiden is naught but a gnat compared to him.
- Big Little Brother: Even though Bohman considers Haru to be his little brother, Haru was the prototype for Bohman, making Haru the older brother.
- Costume Evolution: Every time he appears his wardrobe changes and the way they represent his current personality. The only thing that stays is the logo on his chest.
- In his first appearance he wore a leotard that only covered his legs and parts of the upper body. This represents that he was a blank slate at the time since he didn't have any memories. Boosting this fact is that this clothing is actually his undersuit under the other clothing he wears.
- In his second appearance he wore bulky armor that covers his body more. This represents that he's more ready to battle and the anger and resentment he has against Playmaker, because of the Fake Memories implanted inside of him.
- In his third appearance and beyond, he wears a robe that covers his body. This represents his completion as the 3rd generation AI created by Lightning and his calmer personality thanks to truly knowing his origins.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Of the multicolored Anime Hair variety.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: Bohman will allow himself to take damage so that he can meet the prerequisite for activating his Skill, Marker's Portal, though at the same time, his LP need only be less than or equal to its original value of 4000, thus allowing him to activate it as he sees fit and making the need to take damage redundant, assuming his current LP doesn't exceed its original value.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Invoked by Lightning, who had explicitly intended Bohman to surpass himself and the rest of the Ignis.
- Eldritch Abomination: In his third appearance, he also claims to be the monster that destroyed the Cyberse World. Come his Duel with Soulburner, Bohman's claim holds water, as he summons the very same monstrosity (i.e. "Paradox Hydradrive Atlas"), triggering Flame's memories of that very moment.
- Fair-Play Villain: Unlike the rest of his faction, he is surprisingly honorable and even intervenes to force Lightning to duel without using any hostages.
- Fake Memories: Playmaker buys none of Bohman's claims that he is the real Yusaku, deducing that Bohman was imprinted with fake memories pertaining to his true identity.
- Forgot About His Powers: In his final duel with Playmaker, he throws away the Power Nullification aspect of his deck in favour of using his LINK-5 boss monsters instead.
- The Gambler: Gains shades of this, of all things, in his third duel, with the debut of Rousing Hydradrive Monarch, a Link 4 with a mass destruction effect based on dice rolls. Ai actually discusses this development being quite odd for an AI. By the time he duels Soulburner, dice rolls are central to his strategy.
- Graceful Loser: After he loses to Playmaker a final time, Bohman congratulates him and bids him farewell without further complaint.
- Grand Theft Me: In episode 57, Bohman claims Yusaku unintentionally did this to him during the Lost Incident. Apparently, Yusaku was a backup made from Bohman's memories and an accident switched their places. In the following episode, however, Playmaker completely dismisses Bohman's claims that he is the real Yusaku on the grounds that Bohman was imprinted with fake memories.
- Heal Thyself: His "Property Spray" trap allows him to tribute one of his monsters and gain LP equal to its ATK.
- The Heavy: In season 2 he is this for Lightning, being the antagonist that Playmaker faces off against the most often and most directly (having dueled him three times).
- Hunk: Has a muscular build, boasts a six-pack, and sports fancy facial features.
- Identity Amnesia: After a disguised Bohman is exposed by Playmaker via Cyberse Magician's attack, Bohman questions his own identity, which he is quickly reminded of thanks to his little brother Haru. Made worse in episode 50 when the silhouetted figure had "reset" Bohman's memories.
- It's Personal: After awakening with new memories, Bohman bears a personal vendetta against Playmaker, and vows to push him into a state of despair in a Master Duel.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: While he is a major player of his faction, he's not nearly as evil or sadistic as Lightning and Windy are and even genuinely respects his opponents for showing him a good battle and even lets Blue Maiden meet her brother one last time before he assimilates her.
- The Magic Poker Equation: It's revealed during Playmaker and Bohman's Master Duel that Bohman, too, is capable of using Storm Access. Unlike Playmaker and Revolver, however, Bohman is able to activate it during a Master Duel.
- The Man in Front of the Man: While Lightning himself leads the rogue Ignis faction, he conceived Bohman purely to succeed his creator (and the Ignis as a whole).
- Manly Tears: When Bohman finds out that Haru was erased due to his loss to Blue Maiden, Bohman cries and vows to not ever forget his little brother.
- Multiple-Choice Past: His past and motives change in every appearance up to his third one.
- In his first appearance he is an amnesiac duelist who fought to regain his memories for himself and his little brother Haru.
- In his second appearance he is supposedly the real Yusaku Fujiki, who lost his body to the backup data that is currently the Yusaku Fujiki/Playmaker we know.
- His third appearance reveals his true origins: he is a third generation AI created by Lightning for the purpose of becoming the vessel for all the Ignis so that they would become one and he was the monster that destroyed the Cyberse World.
- My Rules Are Not Your Rules: Like the other Ignis, he's able to use Storm Access during a Master Duel. Taking it a step further, during his final duel with Playmaker, he can not only use Storm Access without any preconditons, he can use it every single turn.
- Noble Demon: While a member of a faction that's bent on manipulating humanity and eliminating them when their usefulness expires, Bohman at least has the sense to maintain an affable front when addressing his adversaries and compliment them on a well-fought battle. To further highlight his sense of honour, he allows Blue Maiden to see Akira one last time before she and Aqua are terminated and assimilated into Bohman.
- No Name Given: His real name is unknown. It actually is Bohman, as he isn't human; he's an AI.
- Pet the Dog:
- After he defeats Blue Maiden, he allows her to see Akira one last time before she and Aqua are terminated and assimilated into Bohman.
- Voicing his disappointment towards Lightning for using underhanded tactics to gain an unfair advantage over Revolver, Bohman steps in and preserves Jin and Spectre's consciousness data to prevent any more Hostage Situations.
- Power Nullifier: His "Hydradrive" deck boasts an arsenal of cards which revolve around negating the effects of his opponents' monsters depending on their attribute. It is less of a problem for Playmaker's multi-attribute deck, but crippling for Blue Maiden's WATER deck and Soulburner's FIRE deck. However, for the final duel with Playmaker, he completely throws away the strategy in favor of using the massively powerful Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid and Perfectron Hydradrive Dragon, his LINK-5 monsters.
- Sibling Team: Is working with Haru, his little brother, to regain their memories. Played with later on, as Haru was never his little brother; rather, he was Bohman's handler while Lightning was developing Bohman into a 3rd Gen AI. However they still sortoff count as siblings since they were both created by Lighting and he still considers Haru as his little brother.
- Signature Move:
- His Skill, Marker's Portal. When his LP is equal to or lower than its original value, he is able to activate a Link Spell (a Spell Card variant which possesses Link Arrows, like Link Monsters) of his choice from his Deck; in addition, the Link Spell activated by the Skill cannot be negated or destroyed the opponent's card effects.
- He later gets the Skill Storm Access, but unlike Playmaker and Revolver, he is able to use it in a Master Duel.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Bowman" or "Bohman"?
- Superior Successor: He was intended to be this by Lightning, who designed Bohman as a 3rd Generation AI in order for him to be the one who unites the six Ignis together. He was incomplete without an origin however, requiring to duel Playmaker and Ai in order to obtain their duel data.
- Taking You with Me: Invoked in his third Duel against Playmaker. He forces a DRAW between him and Playmaker by banishing "Hydradrive Scabbard", halving the damage he takes from "Quantum Dragon's" attack, and inflicting the same amount of damage to his opponent.
- Took a Level in Badass: While he already was a pretty strong duelist in his first appearance, he keeps getting stronger in every duel against Playmaker. In his second duel he gained the Skill "Storm Access" and in his third duel he managed to end it in a DRAW which is still a big achievement considering he's dueling against Playmaker.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left:
- Bohman is defeated by Playmaker in their Master Duel, but gets away scot-free thanks to the unknown figure responsible for manipulating his memories, and doesn't get the chance to return Jin Kusanagi's consciousness as he initially promised.
- He forces a DRAW between himself and Playmaker in their third Duel, and vows to settle their battle elsewhere for another day.
- Villainous Rescue: He voices his disappointment towards Lightning for using underhanded tactics to gain an unfair advantage over Revolver, and thus steps in and preserves Jin and Spectre's consciousness data so that Revolver can go all-out against his opponent without reservations.
- Villain Respect: He compliments Blue Maiden for not giving up until the very end despite knowing she had no chance of beating him.
- Xanatos Gambit: In his duel with Soulburner. Despite his claims that he was manipulating the results of the dice rolls, with the cards he was using there was no result that wouldn't have given him what he wanted anyway. In using a trap that rolls a die to determine effects based on the target's Attribute, if he rolled anything but FIRE, Soulburner's monster would lose all its ATK points and wipe out Soulburner's Life Points, but if he did roll FIRE, Bohman had a card set that lets him move his opponent's monster to a zone his Paradox Hydradrive Atlas pointed to, whose effect automatically changes the Attribute of monsters it points to its own Attribute.
- Your Soul Is Mine: A disguised Bohman sucks away Jin's soul and escapes into LINK VRAINS, leaving Jin an Empty Shell.
Voiced by: Ryoko Shiraishi (Japanese)
A mysterious boy who works together with his older brother Bohman in order to recover their memories.
Like Bohman, Haru uses a "Hydradrive" deck.
- Aloof Big Brother: Inverted. Haru vehemently denies sharing any form of brotherly bond with Bohman, prior to confronting Blue Maiden. When Haru loses, however, he recalls the memories he treasured most with Bohman, and apologises to him before getting erased from Mirror LINK VRAINS completely.
- Artificial Intelligence: He's the second generation AI created by Lightning.
- Becoming the Mask: Though Lightning originally only designated him to become Bohman's brother in order to control Bohman's emotional instabilities, over time Haru grew attached to Bohman and began to genuinely think of the third-generation AI as his brother. He even cried once Lightning told him he was no longer going to be Bohman's brother. Tragically, Haru himself failed to realize his feelings until the moment of his erasure.
- Child Prodigy: Let's see... he analyzed Playmaker's data to learn his strategies, coded Bohman with an anti-Ignis program, and seems to be under the age of 13 based on his avatar. Subverted later on since Bohman claims he's a second gen AI created by Lightning which actually makes it harder to know if it's true.
- Crazy-Prepared: Haru ensured that Bohman was equipped with an anti-Ignis program in the event that Bohman lost and would get his memories consumed by Ai.
- A Death in the Limelight: Haru has been out of focus for the majority of the season and when he finally gets an episode dedicated to him, he dies.
- Flawed Prototype: Falls under this category since he's not qualified to be the vessel of Ignis, which is why Bohman was created and lacks the amount of dueling skill his "older brother" has, which was later shown to be fatal since Blue Maiden didn't have any trouble defeating him. He wasn't lying when he put himself down as a failed AI.
- Foil: Of Aoi. Despite being different beings, both are people with siblings that aren't connected to them by blood. While Haru believes such a concept is ridiculous, Aoi believes it doesn't matter since feelings matter the most. Unlike Haru, Aoi had spent at least a decade with Akira, so she understands and holds her love for Akira strong. Haru did not understand his brotherly love for Bohman until he started dying.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: In the end, he truly viewed Bohman as his older brother despite the fact he was only created to be his handler and later on servant.
- Hidden Depths: Was okay with the silhouetted figure "resetting" Bohman's memories in episode 50. Just what is he hiding to be okay with someone doing such a thing to his older brother? It turns out he was just doing what he was programmed to.
- Little Big Brother: He's technically Bohman's older brother, being created first since Bohman is the third gen AI.
- Sibling Team: Is working with Bohman, his older brother, to regain their memories. Later on played with since it's revealed he's actually Bohman's handler, meant to make sure he gathered the Duel Data necessary to turn him into a complete 3rd Gen AI. However, they are still brothers since they were both created by Lighting and Bohman still considers him his little brother.
- Sorry That I'm Dying: Haru apologizes to Bohman and fully acknowledges him as his brother after the former loses to Blue Maiden and gets erased from existence completely.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Haru" or "Hal"? Official subs say the former.
- Tragic Villain: Haru was essentially nothing more than a pawn to Lightning, and was unable to understand that Bohman actually cared about him. And in the only episode where he was given Character Development and any kind of significance, he is curbstomped as unceremoniously as a Monster of the Week by Blue Maiden of all people. And at the end of the day, only Bohman, whose love for Haru was literally put into him by Lightning as a form of brainwashing, mourns his death as war breaks out around him.
- Too Dumb to Live: He declines to heed Bohman's warnings about losers getting erased from Mirror LINK VRAINS, and ultimately pays with his existence for confronting and losing to Blue Maiden by his lonesome.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Unfortunately, episode 85 is the only episode he gets focus and he dies rather quickly
- You Have Failed Me: He quickly fires Bit and Boot after the pair fail to defeat Soulburner.
Bit and Boot
Bit voiced by: Kento Fujinuma (Japanese)
Boot voiced by: Masaaki Yano (Japanese)
A pair of Duelists working for Haru's faction, summoned to keep Playmaker occupied. It later turns out that there aren't two of them, but many more. They are the first generation AI created to serve as the Mooks of said faction.
They use a D-Scale deck, an archetype of WATER Cyberse-Type Monsters focused on a play style revolving around Monsters moving from one Monster Zone to another. Just like Bohman their Skill is Marker's Portal, which allows them to activate "Judgement Arrows" from their deck when their LP are lower than their opponent's LP and since they are two duelists in one as BitBoot, they are able to use this Skill twice in a Duel.
- Artificial Intelligence: They are the first generation AI created by Lightning.
- Blame Game: After BitBoot's defeat, they separate back into Bit and Boot, and the two claim that the other is at fault for losing.
- The Dividual: As revealed in Episode #71, there are multiple Bits and Boots.
- Fusion Dance: Prior to Dueling Soulburner, the pair combine to form a single being, BitBoot. Their D-Boards also combine into one.
- Gratuitous English: The last thing the pair say to each other is "You are fired!" in English, just before Haru dismisses them for failing to take down Soulburner.
- Loophole Abuse: While Skills can generally be activated only once per Duel, BitBoot are able to use Marker's Portal twice since they are two separate individuals in one body. Lampshaded by Soulburner, who accuses them of cheating.
- Making a Splash: Both use D-Scale archetype, all of which are the WATER Attribute.
- Mooks: Like Echo, there are multiple Bits and Boots, as seen when Lightning summons them in Episode #71.
- Mysterious Past: Nothing about them is known, but their appearances suggest they may be AI in the same vein as Echo. Confirmed when it turns out there are many of them.
- Stealth Pun: The whole theme and the playing style of their D-Scale archetype practically ends up as a literal take on Always a Bigger Fish.
- Those Two Bad Guys: The pair work for Haru's faction, and operate in synergy with each other, which they take a step further by combining into two to form BitBoot. Things quickly fall apart for them, however, after they fail to defeat Soulburner and get fired by Haru for it.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The pair are both dismissed by Haru after they fail to defeat Soulburner. Or that version, as like Echo, it turns out there are also multiple Bits and Boots.
Voiced by: Issei Maeda (Japanese)
A previously unknown individual who leads an unnamed faction which Bohman and Haru are members of. He is revealed to be Lightning, the LIGHT Ignis.
He uses an "Armatos Legio" deck, an archetype of Ancient Roman military themed LIGHT Cyberse-Type Monsters which revolve around swarming his Field with as many Monsters as possible to set up multiple Link Summons in the same turn. Its main deck monsters are capable of giving Link Monsters whose Link Arrow points to them various additional effects, allowing for flexible strategy.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Bohman sympathizes with him before absorbing him, saying he was the most human Ignis for wanting to survive so badly. He even smiles to him.
- Antagonist Abilities: Downplayed with his deck in comparison to the brutally overpowering decks of past villains, but his Armatos Legio deck's card effects combine multiple effects that from cards banned in real life, and he draws overly well. And unlike the Curb-Stomp Battle actions that most overpowered decks dish out, Blood Shepherd came close to beating him.
- Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: He has no qualms about killing humans, but he never tried to kill Aqua, despite finishing Judgement Arrows while she was still imprisoned.
- Arc Villain: He holds authority over both Haru and Bohman (both of whom he created), and despite of Bohman being supposed to be the Dragon-in-Chief, most of Season 2 is orchestrated by him, except for the actions of the Bounty Hunters hired by SOL.
- At Least I Admit It: Downplayed. Lightning initially plays coy about whether or not he was directly responsible for the destruction of the Cyberse World, but after enough pressing from Ai and Flame, Lightning quickly relents and confesses that he was indeed responsible for destroying the Cyberse World.
- Bad Boss:
- Has been portrayed this way in spades. The six ignis created the Cyberse World and worked together to maintain order, even Ai though he was prone to goofing around more. According to Ai Lightning was their leader on top of being the most intelligent, however when he properly debuts he reveals that he was the one who destroyed the Cyberse World during the time Ai was initially in Playmaker's possession after he and the other Ignis escape the Knights of Hanoi.
- It doesn't stop there, After being rescued by Earth, Aqua reveals that Lightning was the one who locked her away after she caught him in the act of plotting against the Ignis and creating Judgment Arrows.
- After Windy is defeated by Revolver and is in the process of being terminated by a virus created by the Knights of Hanoi, despite Windy begging for help, Lightning just watches Windy slowly die and makes no attempt to help him until Ai calls out for him to do so.
- Lightning is the one who created Bit, Boot, Haru, and Bohman. Bit, Boot, and Haru are trial and errors to create the perfect AI which would be Bohman despite needing time to reach peak maturity. After Bohman's initial creation, Lightning tells Haru that he will Bohman's younger brother and later once Bohman's emotional maturity reaches it's peak, he tells Haru that he's now Bohman's servant instead and that the concept of brotherhood is just an illusion.
- Once Playmaker and his group make their move on Mirror LINK VRAINS, Lightning instructs Haru to duel Blue Maiden since she's in the process of the defeating the BitBoot army he sent out not too long ago, and to buy Bohman time. The ensuing conversation between the two just shows that Lightning has zero faith in Haru, viewing him as being expendable and that Bohman (aside from Windy) is the only notable ally in this faction, something even Haru realizes and is disappointed to hear about.Lightning: BitBoot won't last long. You go and fight Blue Maiden.
Haru: Do you think I can win?
Lightning: You don't need to win. You just have to buy time.
- After Windy loses to Soulburner and is being incinerated by Flame, Lightning ignores his pleas for help and abandons him to his fate, having no need for the foolish.
- During his duel with Revolver he uses Jin as a hostage, so that his opponent can't get the upper hand.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Delivering the final blow to Windy is definitely this. The same can be said for killing Spectre and Blood Shepherd since they were technically bad guys at the moment of their deaths.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Zigzagged. Lighting is in no way nice, but he is generally a calm, Faux Affably Evil villain with Ai describing him as the calm, controlled, and collected leader of the Ignis, however, when angered, he's absolutely terrifying with Ai noting he'd never seen him act in such a way and will distribute brutal retribution to those who anger him. Spectre was his primary example.
- Big Bad: He leads the faction responsible for the destruction of the Cyberse World, and intends to not only create a new Cyberse World beyond human reach, but also rule over humanity from within.
- Blatant Lies: Exploited. Due to Aqua's ability to discern between truth and lie, she doesn't buy his claim that he's creating "Judgment Arrows" just to protect the Cyberse World from humanity.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Initially presented as just another Ignis in the first episode. He is effectively responsible for all misery in the series after the Lost Incident.
- Control Freak: Lightning's end game is essentially having Bohman eat his fellow Ignis and use him to Take Over the World because he couldn't get them to Take Over the World with him instead.
- Before Aqua could team up with her Origin, Miyu, Lightning placed a virus on her that Aqua can't dispel just in case Aqua managed to escape, and so that it will be harder for her to interfere with his plans.
- During his duel with Blood Shepherd, Lightning anticipated that Blood Shepherd would try to destroy Judgement Arrows to gain an advantage, but Lightning instead uses this to his advantage to defeat him.
- Again displayed during his duel with Spectre when Lightning anticipated that Spectre would try to take control of Judgement Arrows and again turned this around by allowing Spectre to take his card, before taking it back and delivering a brutal defeat to Spectre.
- Dirty Coward: Lightning has no issue with invoking Sadistic Choices, involving his Origin's consciousness data, against his adversaries.
- He uses Jin's consciousness as a bargaining chip to coax Kusanagi into mercilessly confronting and taking down Playmaker. Lampshaded by Soulburner and Revolver, who both voice their disgust over Lightning's actions.
- He does it again during his Duel against Revolver. Before the latter can finish off his opponent, Lightning frees Jin's consciousness and holds him hostage; should Lightning be defeated, Jin's consciousness will also be erased. This alone dissuades Revolver from landing the finishing blow. If you thought Jin alone wasn't enough, Lightning reveals that Spectre's consciousness data will also be erased.
- Divide and Conquer: His plan for dealing with the Playmaker faction since his team is outnumbered. He takes out Blood Shepherd first before he can join with Playmaker or the Knights of Hanoi, and then aims himself at Spectre next, considering him the weakest after Blood Shepherd.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Aside from having the opposing Attribute to Ai, there was very little to suggest that Lightning was, in fact, the overall main villain of the series.
- Even Evil Can Be Loved: Despite his heinous actions, Ai misses him as much as he does the other Ignis, clearly remembering Lightning back when the Ignis were living in peace.
- Evil Counterpart: Naturally he is this towards Ai.
- They are both based on attributes that can be considered each others opposite. Ai is based on DARK and Lightning is based on LIGHT.
- The way they met their partners and the way they treat each other is pretty much the exact opposite of each other. Ai met Yusaku in the real world when Yusaku tricked him into getting caught in his trap. Yusaku then trapped Ai inside his duel disk and pretty much enslaved him, but aside from looking at Ai's data and telling him to shut up whenever he gets annoying, Yusaku doesn't truly mistreat Ai and actually worries about him sometimes, Ai even considers them friends despite Yusaku's denial about it. Lightning met Jin in the network when he made Bohman take his consciousness data and bring it to him forcefully. Lightning then imprisoned and enslaved Jin. Lightning also only sees him as a puppet for him to use in order to fulfill his goals while Jin doesn't have any right in any of this.
- Their stance on humanity is also completely different. Ai believes Ignis and humanity can live alongside each other in peace while Lightning doesn't trust humanity and wants to enslave and after they lose their usefulness eliminate them.
- In a way they both can be seen as the most human Ignis despite pretty much being polar opposites. Ai is seen as the most human, because of his "instinct" and free loving spirit while Lightning can be seen as the most human from his desire to survive no matter what kind of horrifying cost he has to make.
- Evil Is Petty: During his duel with Spectre, he mentions that he knows Spectre's ace monster Sunavalon Dryanome reminds him of the tree that was like his mother before he was taken to be a subject of the Hanoi Project, and Lighting defeats Spectre by completely nullifying and burning it to the ground after telling him he would destroy what he considered beautiful and pass divine judgement on him. Why did Lightning go so far just to beat Spectre? Simply because Spectre pissed him off.
- Faux Affably Evil: Despite being the overall villain and leader of the Evil Ignis faction, he is capable of praising his adversaries for their dueling ability, but is equally capable of genuine cruelty (see Bad Boss above) and throwing out some brutal insults. It doesn't get any better when he explodes after Revolver exposes him for his past crimes which motivated him to conceive Bohman.Lightning: So before the real fight begins, I've decided to chop some unnecessary weeds first.Lightning: To put it simply, I'll defeat our enemies, starting with the weakest.
- Despite of the emotional trauma they've suffered, all but one of the victims of the Lost Incident - Jin Kusanagi, from whom Lightning was made from - managed to eventually recover enough to interact with society on some level. That's because Lightning subjected the child to additional torture.
- The virus he used to render Miu comatose is suspiciously similar to the one used to do the same with Dr. Kogami. That's because it is the work of the same person - Lightning.
- In episode 68, he and Windy casually choose to alter the programs of Ai and Flame to make them comply with their plan. This is what Lightning already done to Windy.
- Gaslighting: At some point prior to his confrontation with Revolver, Lightning left a series of simulations for Ai, showcasing humanity's downfall in the future as a result of Ai's presence as the last remaining Ignis. While Playmaker suggests said simulations are a trap set up to drive Ai to a state of despair and tries to dissuade him from taking them to heart, Ai affirms that he thought of that and personally modified the simulations countless times, yet they always came out the same, and thus came to the conclusion that his presence in the world really is the problem.
- A God Am I: He doesn't outright say it, but at this point, it's clear that Lightning has a God Complex, believing humans to be beneath AIs and wants to enslave them to ensure the survival of AIs before killing them off for good once AIs learn to survive without them. During his duel with Spectre, he mentions bringing upon "Divine Judgement" upon Spectre for simply angering him and delivered a very brutal defeat to him because of it.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: As the least mature of the Ignis, Lightning was unable to comprehend the results of the billions of simulations he conducted regarding future relationships between humanity and the Ignis, refusing to accept that he's the only Ignis without any hope for a thriving future with humanity. Spectre was right all along when he pointed out that Lightning harboured some sort of complex as a result.
- Gratuitous Latin: The deck he uses is called Armatos Legio which roughly translates to Armored Legion and their attack names are also in Latin such as Centurion's Fortis Lux. It does makes sense as they are an archetype themed after Roman military.
- Greater-Scope Villain: By the start of the series, he is seemingly inactive. However, his actions are what caused the destruction of the Cyberse World, drove the Knights of Hanoi into targeting SOL Technologies and the Ignis through the Tower of Hanoi, Bohman's assimilation of numerous humans' consciousness data utilizing the Neuron Link and Ai becoming an enemy of the human race. He is likely this show's answer to Zorc Necrophades, the Light of Destruction, Z-One, Don Thousand and Supreme King Dragon Zarc.
- Hate Sink: Among the many atrocities he committed as leader of the rogue Ignis faction (which range from ordering Haru to stall Playmaker's entourage and not fixate on winning because he's viewed as little more than a disposable, to invoking a Sadistic Choice on Kusanagi involving his little brother's consciousness and Playmaker), coupled with his Holier Than Thou mentality, you're not gonna be convinced at all that Lightning wasn't written to be anything but despicable.
- The Heavy: Almost all the conflict in the series was started thanks to him infecting Dr. Kogami with a virus as well as creating the Judgement Arrows and Bohman.
- Holier Than Thou: He views the Ignis as morally superior compared to humans, and also claims that Kogami's motivations for creating them in the first place was to conceive a worthy, superior successor to humanity. Whatever the case, Lightning and Windy both view humanity as little more than dispensable tools to be brainwashed into doing the Ignis's bidding, and eliminating them when their usefulness expires.
- If I Can't Have You...: Why was Lightning so set on destroying Cyberse World, annihilating humanity, and unifying all of the Ignis into one via Bohman? Because he found out he was the only Ignis who would never be able to develop a good relationship with humans after running billions of simulations.
- I Lied: According to Bohman, the unknown figure supposedly promised to restore his and Haru's memories after turning in Jin Kusanagi's data. The figure quickly shoots him down by claiming that it's all in his head, and resets his memories.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Lightning is unable to accept the fact that he's the most immature of all the Ignis, hence his motivation for creating Bohman, who serves as a vessel to unite every Ignis into a single perfect body.
- Irony: As noted by Bohman, Lightning may have actually been the most human among the Ignis despite his hatred for them, because of his desire to survive no matter what.
- Karma Houdini: Refusing to be outright terminated, Lightning takes himself and Revolver out (with the former barely hanging on with 1 LP), and ultimately avoids comeuppance for his actions when he uses the last of his strength to reach out to Bohman, who then assimilates Lightning within himself.
- Kick the Dog: Exaggerated. Lightning does this practically every time he makes an appearance in an episode till a point it can be summed up that Lightning's appearance is just one Kick the Dog moment right after another, which includes:
- Destroying the Cyberse World that he and his fellow Ignis created while he was supposed to be their leader.
- Locking away Aqua upon her discovering his intentions to betray the Ignis.
- Ensuring that Aqua couldn't get in the way in case she escaped by implanting a computer virus in her Origin Miyu which put her in a coma.
- Sending Bohman to steal his mute/PTSD stricken originator's consciousness and effectively making him his slave to duel through.
- Giving Ai a chance to willfully join him and Windy in enslaving humanity due to his experience with humans, but after Ai refused, he attempts to capture him anyway and re-write his programming to force him to comply with his orders.
- Seemingly having no problem with ignoring Windy after he was defeated by Revolver and only helped him because Ai called out for him to.
- Sending Haru to face Blue Maiden in a duel while having zero faith that he'd beat her and because he needed Haru to stall for time for Bohman to finish preparing for the upcoming final battle.
- Separating Playmaker's group and dueling them with the intention of defeating them one by one while forcing the others to watch their companions be defeated in order to demoralize them.
- Going on to defeat Spectre in their duel by burning the tree Spectre considers to be his mother all because Spectre pissed him off during their duel and wanted to punish Spectre for it.
- Invoking a Sadistic Choice on Kusanagi to coax him into turning against and taking down Playmaker without mercy, or risk having his little brother's consciousness erased. Even though Kusanagi already predicted the possibility of a Hostage Situation a while ago and intended to leave things in Yusaku's hands after losing, his termination does no favours for Playmaker, who becomes devastated to the point that he falls unconscious.
- Confessing that his past actions leading up to the Cyberse World's destruction and Bohman's creation was the result of billions of simulations he conducted concerning human-Ignis relationships. While the Ignis as a whole were initially perceived to be a threat, the cause of the anomaly was Lightning himself, who, as the least mature of the Ignis, had no hope for a healthy future with humanity; he refused to acknowledge these results, and (among other atrocities) conceived Bohman so he could unite all of the Ignis into one "perfect" body.
- When he's about to lose to Revolver he fuses his program with Jin's consciousness data, ensuring that if Revolver goes through with his final attack and defeats Lightning it will kill Jin (and Spectre, too).
- Deluding Jin into believing help came his way during his time in captivity as a subject of the Hanoi Project... only to instead terrify him with nightmarish illusions; this persisted until it broke Jin so bad, he degraded into an Empty Shell.
- Revealing a shocking, brutal truth to Revolver about his father; it was Lightning himself, and not SOL Technologies as was initially believed, who installed a computer virus within Kogami which rendered him comatose.
- Lack of Empathy: He doesn't care to comprehend the concept of empathy, and delights at the sight of Playmaker and Kusanagi, two close allies, fighting each other, specifically set up such that things won't end well for either of them regardless of the Duel's outcome.
- Light Is Not Good: He's based on the LIGHT attribute, and he's up to no good since he intends to, alongside Windy, rule over humanity from within a Cyberse World beyond human reach.
- The Man Behind the Man: He's the one responsible for manipulating Bohman's memories.
- The Mole: He was directly responsible for the destruction of the Cyberse World; he claims that he did this to clarify all problems for the sake of progression.
- My God, What Have I Done?: A subtle example. He believes that by repeatedly giving Jin Hope Spot after Hope Spot, he overdid his suffering due to the latter becoming an Empty Shell.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: By using that last bit of Jin consciousness data he'd managed to hold onto to save his life, Lightning unwittingly erased Jin's memory of the Lost Incident, allowing Jin to finally recover from the trauma Lightning himself inflicted.
- Nightmare Face: In true Yu-Gi-Oh! villain fashion, Lightning can pull these off despite being an AI with no mouth, but with how distorted his eyes look when he's being overconfident or doing something devious.
- Not So Stoic: While he's described as calm, cool, and collected, there are moments where he loses his composure (albeit briefly), evidenced during his Duels with Blood Shepherd and Spectre, though it doesn't take him long to get out of it.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: He started having issues with humans once he predicted in a series of simulations that he was going to have issues with humans.
- She Knows Too Much: Aqua reveals the reason she went off of the radar and couldn't be found was because she caught Lightning in the act of creating Judgement Arrows and planning to turn on the ignis and as a result was imprisoned until she was found by Earth.
- Significant Double Casting: After Lightning debuted, people noted that his VA was the same as that of the mysterious figure who was Bohman's boss, long before the identity of the mysterious figure was revealed to be Lightning himself. The mysterious figure also took the form of a silhouette shrouded in light, similar to the disguise Lightning used to hide Jin's identity while controlling him.
- Sore Loser: He refuses to accept an outright defeat from Revolver, instead opting to take his opponent down with him and at the same time barely hang on with 1 LP since he converted part of Jin's consciousness data into extra LP to keep himself in the game.
- Super Prototype: What he ultimately was, at least according to Bohman. The Ignis were designed to be as human as possible, specifically designed with free will to distinguish them from other programs. Lightning is implied to be the first Ignis made and his sense of free will turned out to be far stronger than the other Ignis, to the point that he was unable to accept coexistence with humans in order to preserve his autonomy. This, ironically, is exactly something a human would do.
- Taking You with Me: Invoked. Lightning takes down Revolver with him using the co-linked "Eques Flamma's" effect, and at the same time barely hangs on with 1 LP (despite the fact that he, too, should've also been taken down completely by conventional means) thanks to Jin's consciousness data.
- This Means War!: After negotiations for humanity and AI to coexist peacefully fall apart completely following Windy's near-termination at the hands of the Knights of Hanoi, Lightning declares war on humanity.
- Token Evil Teammate: The true one among the Ignis, as he simply rewrote the once nice Windy's program into a copy of himself, and he is the only one that could not co-exist with humanity. All of Windy's bad personality traits, are in fact programmed by him, as revealed as his duel with Revolver continues, exposing the psychotic maniac within. This actually plays a lot into his motivations, since he set everything in motion out of spite at his own incapability to have positive interactions with humanity.
- Villain Has a Point: Deconstructed. The reason why Dr. Kogami attacked the Ignis in the first place was because Lightning interrupted the worrisome simulations Dr. Kogami made before the scientist could discover that there's only one Ignis to worry about - Lightning himself. As for SOL Technologies, they've been shown to be content with letting the Ignis do as they please for as long as the Data Material was produced in sufficient quantities and only became aggresive out of desperation after the Knights of Hanoi almost destroyed the Ignis; said attack being indirectly caused by Lightning concealing his inherent flaw from Dr. Kogami. Yeah, he raises a valid point, but being the main responsible for the woe simply out of sheer egoism greatly devalues it.
- Villain Respect: The haughty and unflappable Lightning is genuinely impressed by Revolver's skills, particularly on his ability to Synchro Summon. He also respects and enjoys talking to Playmaker, because of his strength and direct approach to talking while also seeing him as his biggest threat.
- Villains Want Mercy: A weakened Lightning crawls over to Bohman and begs for mercy, to the point of offering to be assimilated within him; despite Lightning's previous actions up to the conclusion of his Duel with Revolver, Bohman accepts. With the last of his strength, Lightning reaches out to Bohman, who then assimilates Lightning within himself.
- Walking Spoiler: Look at the voice actor who voices the unknown figure and Lightning; by now, you should've figured out these two are the exact same individual.
- Wicked Cultured: Quotes The Divine Comedy when he invites Blood Shepherd to his palace.Through me you pass into the sparkle of woe. Through me you pass into anguishing brilliance. Through me among the light lost for aye. All hope abandon ye who enter here.
- Would Hurt a Child: During the Lost Incident he has no problem torturing and playing mind games with his then 6 years old Origin Jin Kusanagi.
Voiced by: Ryota Suzuki (Japanese)
- And I Must Scream: Lightning reveals that Jin can still see and hear while he cannot talk.
- Brainwashed: He's manipulated by his Ignis, Lightning, to obey his every word after his consciousness in the real world was sucked away by Bohman and passed on to Lightning.
- Early Installment Character-Design Difference: In his first appearance his collar didn't cover the bottom half of his face. This could be justified since that way people could clearly see it's Jin.
- Evil Costume Switch: He ends ups wearing a white and gold outfit in Lightning's color scheme.
- High Collar of Doom: While he's not doing this out of his free will, his collar is long enough to cover the bottom half of his face.
- Human Shield: Since he's technically the one dueling, he takes all the damage Lightning would have taken in his stead.
- Quaking with Fear: Just before Revolver can defeat his opponent, Lightning unexpectedly releases his Origin's consciousness and holds him hostage. The poor guy can do little but helplessly shiver in fear when Lightning points out that his Origin's consciousness data will be erased permanently if Revolver goes through with the finishing blow.
- Walking Spoiler: He's the Origin of the LIGHT Ignis, the same individual who leads a certain unnamed faction which Bohman and Haru are both members of.
Voiced by: Chihiro Suzuki (Japanese)
An Ignis based on the WIND Attribute, he initially comes off as neutral in the conflict instigated in the second season. It's later revealed, however, that he is in cahoots with Lightning, the LIGHT Ignis, working together to bring humanity under their control from a Cyberse World beyond human reach.
Windy uses a "Stormrider" deck, an archetype of WIND Cyberse-Type Monsters which revolve around a Lockdown playstyle, preventing the opponent from using cards in their Spell & Trap zone by destroying or negating them and punishing them for summoning Link monsters with a higher Link Rating than Windy's own.
- Anti-Magic: The Stormrider cards revolve around destroying and negating spells and trap cards, and likewise don't let him have cards in the spell and trap card zones during some of his effects.
- An Arm and a Leg: Lightning saves him from being deleted by the Knights of Hanoi, however he still loses both his arms and legs, as well as his eye.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy:
- Windy scoffs at Revolver, claiming that he's all talk when it comes to terminating the Ignis, and stands zero chance at winning. Revolver proves him wrong, however, by bringing out and finishing him off with "Borreload Savage Dragon", and leaves it to the Lieutenants of Hanoi to terminate him.
- He also claims that he's targeting Soulburner not because he's weak, but rather, "super weak", quickly setting off Soulburner. Soulburner, however, successfully proves Windy wrong, and Windy can do little but to loudly complain about his loss, claiming he only lost because he lost his composure.
- Asshole Victim: Subverted. You'd think you won't feel sorry for Windy at all (considering what he did to his Origin) when Lightning abandons him after losing to Soulburner... until you find out Windy was never evil in the first place and only served as Lightning's right-hand because he was reprogrammed to express hostility towards humanity.
- Badass Cape: After recovering from his injuries, he starts wearing a ragged, survivalist cape to cover up his bandages.
- Death by Irony: After claiming multiple times he would snuff out Flame's fire like a candle in the wind, it is turned back on him, and he burns to death before being absorbed by Flame.
- Defiant to the End: Even while Flame is absorbing his data he maintains that he will never let go of his hatred.
- The Dragon: He serves as Lightning's right-hand man, working together to bring humanity under their control from a Cyberse World beyond human reach.
- Dying Curse: He curses Flame as he is absorbed and will never let go of his hatred. Flame only responds that AI's don't have curses. It turns out he does and during Soulburner's duel with Bohman, starts to absorb Flame from the inside out, with Lightning later admitting he added the curse to his code when he reprogrammed him.
- Eye Patch Of Power: After recoving from his injuries, he starts wearing one with a W.
- Gaslighting: He constantly calls the relationship between Revolver and his father into question, claiming that the latter never had any faith in his son in the first place and thus wasn't chosen as a test subject for the Hanoi Project. Revolver doesn't let Windy's taunts faze him, however, and hits back by saying that an AI as conceited as Windy couldn't possibly comprehend the bond Revolver shares with his father.Windy: Kogami's proudest achievement was to create excellent successors like us!
Revolver: Stop joking! By inheriting my father's regrets and desires, I'll defeat you!
Windy: Inherit? That's impossible! Kogami didn't believe in you. Why weren't you chosen as a test subject? He thought you wouldn't work. He expected nothing from you! And you're the one who'll kill us? Don't make me laugh! Deep down, you want to crush us because you're angry that Kogami didn't choose you.
Revolver: (scoffs) AIs have lame imagination. You'll never understand the bond between me and my father.
- Green and Mean: He is troublesome to deal with and is working with Lightning to subjugate all humans. He also caused his partner to be involved in a reckless driving accident.
- Hate Sink: Subverted. It was initially hard to see this guy as likable, considering his vehement animosity towards humanity (to the point that he offed his Origin just to highlight his extreme misanthropy), and even after losing to Soulburner and getting incinerated by Flame, Windy claims his hatred will linger on as a curse within Flame (who preserves his data). It turns out, however, that Windy's actions were the result of Lightning rewriting his programming solely to serve his goals of brainwashing humanity and disposing of them when their usefulness expires.
- Hidden Depths: Revolver reveals that Windy had the potential to have a good future with humans. Compared to how we've seen him act in the show, that might be a little hard to believe, but it implies that he could have grown into someone similar to Ai, Flame, or Aqua if Lightning hadn't gotten to him.
- Insult Backfire: He takes it as a compliment when Flame accuses him of cheating for using a Skill in a Master Duel.
- It's Personal: He's itching to get back at Revolver after he and the Knights of Hanoi nearly terminate him and leave him badly scarred, only to be restrained by Lightning and ordered to go after Soulburner instead.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Double subverted. Windy was close to being terminated by the Knights of Hanoi after Revolver defeats him, as comeuppance for his actions towards his Origin. However, Lightning saves him at the very last minute, and even after repairing him, his disdain towards humanity only gets worse and he is itching to get back at Revolver. Then he loses again, to Soulburner, and rightfully gets incinerated after his loss for his actions. It is subverted again, because he didn't deserve it at all, his real self having been reprogrammed by Lightning.
- Kick the Dog: As Revolver reveals, Windy was responsible for a certain car accident which crippled his Origin. Windy proceeds to gloat that he did this all because he had no use for them.
- Lack of Empathy: After getting his program changed by Lightning, Windy has very little care for the feelings of others, instead preferring to dance to his own tune unabated. While he claims to care for his fellow Ignis, he has no qualms trying to reset Ai so he'll join them and is actually glad when SOL Tech terminates Earth, as he felt Earth would have never joined them and they saved him the trouble of terminating Earth.
- Misblamed: In-universe. Windy's actions up to his termination were never his own fault in the first place, as Lightning rewrote his programming so that he not only exhibits hostility towards humanity, but also serves as his disposable right-hand man.
- The Power of Hate: When he is taken down by Soulburner, Windy claims that his animosity towards humanity will continue to linger on as a curse within Flame (who offered to hang on to Windy's data). Turns out he wasn't lying as he reemerged from Flame in episode 95, stealing Flame's data and almost completely absorbing him. If Flame hadn't managed to fight back and reabsorb Windy, Windy would have completely depleted Flame and would have engulfed Soulburner in slime. However, Flame—completely drained from being drained by Windy—ended up terminating.
- Rage Breaking Point: He momentarily loses his composure and snaps at Revolver after the former takes 3100 damage from the latter's counterattack (from "Speedburst Dragon's" Effect, and it battling Windy's "Rockbuster"). Windy reacts even worse when he hears of the news that Revolver's entourage effortlessly decimated the swarm of Echoes guarding Windy's palace.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Unlike the rest of the Ignis, Windy has red eyes, which also highlight his disdain and malice towards humanity in general, to the point that he triggered a traffic accident just to wipe out his Origin. Before his reprogramming by Lightning, he had rounder, purple eyes.
- Reforged into a Minion: Windy was inherently never hostile towards humanity since his creation, and only served as Lightning's right-hand man because Lightning reprogrammed him as part of his plans to assimilate all of the Ignis into one perfect vessel.
- Scars Are Forever: While Lightning manages to save him from the virus Hanoi used on him, Windy's body is left mangled in the process, half of it appearing to be burned, and the right half of his face covered in a shell.
- Sore Loser: He loudly complains about his loss to Soulburner, claiming that he only lost because he lost his composure.
- This Is Unforgivable!: His animosity towards humanity gets worse when he muses over the moment he was close to getting terminated by the Knights of Hanoi upon his defeat at Revolver's hands.
- Token Evil Teammate: Is presented as this for the Bohman's faction. This is subverted with the reveal that he wasnt actually born evil; Lightning imposed his own personality onto Windy, changing Windy from an Ignis with a possibility of having positive interactions with humans to being a fellow human-hating Ignis who wants to annihilate humanity.
- Toxic Friend Influence: According to Lightning's and Ryoken's countless simulations of each individual Ignis, it turns out that Windy—along with every Ignis except for Lightning—had the potential for developing a good relationship with humans. As revealed in the second part of Revolver and Lightning's Duel in episode 97, Lightning reprogrammed Windy to not only exhibit animosity towards humanity, but also serve as his disposable right-hand man.
- Troll: When he confronts Soulburner as ordered by Lightning, Windy claims to have a bone to pick with his opponent not because he's weak, but rather, "super weak", which quickly sets off Soulburner.
- Villainous Breakdown: He starts off cocky and calm, seeming in control of the entire duel, but as soon as Revolver unveils his new Synchro, Borreload Savage Dragon, he is reduced to babbling his frustration at how unpredictable humans are. It only gets worse when his animosity towards humanity is fueled as he recalls the moment he was closed to being terminated by the Knights of Hanoi.
- Walking Spoiler: As revealed in his Duel with Revolver, Windy is in cahoots with Bohman, the same exact individual who was able to activate a Skill in a Master Duel.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After he loses to Soulburner and is incinerated by Flame, Lightning refuses to help Windy despite his pleas, claiming that he has no use for the foolish.