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This is the character page detailing characters associated with the Knights of Hanoi, a mysterious hacker group that hacks in LINK VRAINS via Dueling.


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  • Anti-Villain: Of the Well Intentioned variety. The upper echelon of the Knights, consisting of their founder, his son, three former scientists, and one of their former victims, commit unsavory acts in the first season, but only in their quest to terminate the Cyberse, and with it, the Ignis. While they at first seem like radical cyber-terrorists, the actions of Lightning, Windy, Bohman, and Haru justify their hostility towards the Ignis to an extent, and that the remaining Knights are committed to eradicating the Ignis for the protection of humanity. The incoming war with Lightning's forces is concerning enough for them that they're willing to call a temporary armistice with Cafe Nagi and their Ignis for the sake of stopping Lightning. Even before that, the members held no direct hostility towards Playmaker nor Soulburner, rather just towards their Ignis Ai and Flame.
  • The Atoner: While most Knights are just delinquents wearing a standard avatar as a banner, the top brass of the organization is composed by guilt-ridden people related to the Ignis' creation trying to undo their own mistakes at any cost.
  • Badass Longcoat: Although the level of badassery depends on the member, all of them wear white longcoats, with the exception of Spectre who wears a suit instead.
  • Best Served Cold: Revolver wasn't lying when he claimed that he'll remain dedicated to his mission of terminating the Ignis even after his loss to Playmaker in their second Master Duel; the Knights of Hanoi are back with a vengeance as of Episode 59 after Revolver breaks Baira out of imprisonment, and remain dedicated to their mission of fulfilling Kogami's wishes of terminating the Ignis.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: At first. Their interests not only include destroying the LINK VRAINS created by the SOL Technologies Inc., but they are also competing with the SOL Technologies Inc. over the mysterious AI referred to as the Ignis. Given that Yusaku got one first, he's targeted by both. Whereas SOL Tech wants to use the Ignis for profit, Hanoi wants to eradicate all of them out of fear they're a threat to humanity. Their position as Big Bads is dropped once Lightning declares war on humanity, and they instead become the bad in The Good, the Bad, and the Evil, to Cafe Nagi's good and SOL Tech and Lightning's evil.
  • The Bus Came Back: Since the conclusion of the first season, the Knights of Hanoi have not been heard from, until Episode 59 where Ryoken, Spectre, Aso, Kyoko, and Genome all return.
  • Convenient Coma: The three lieutenants of Hanoi all end up in these for losing and being purged by Revolver, leaving them comatose. The intent was to protect them from being absorbed by the Tower of Hanoi, as Revolver revives them after losing to Playmaker, and the free members engineer Kyoko's escape so they can resume their fight with the Ignis.
  • Cool Mask: The majority of its members wear masks. Of the upper echelon, the three former scientists wear half-masks over their eyes, while Revolver initially wears a face mask before switching to a Knight's Helm like mask. The only members to not wear masks are Dr. Kogami and Spectre.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Revolver's subordinates all effortlessly decimate the Echoes guarding the entrance to Windy's palace.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: The effect of their Cracking Dragon involves reducing the ATK of a Monster Summoned by the opponent equal to their level multiplied by 200 (as long as exactly one Monster is Summoned at a time), and inflicts the lost amount to the opponent as Effect Damage. Needless to say, Link Monsters are unaffected by this Effect since they don't possess levels.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Knight of Hanoi who uses a Steelswarm deck loses 3000 LP thanks to Soul Charge's effect just to Special Summon three copies of Steelswarm Mantis from the Graveyard and use them as Tributes to Tribute Summon Steelswarm Hercules. It becomes his undoing after Lonely Brave draws Cyberse Wizard and uses its effect to inflict piercing damage and defeat him.
  • In-Series Nickname: Their name is often shortened to simply Hanoi.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: The group's mooks utilize the Machine-type Cracking Dragon to attack the digital world.
  • Jerkasses:
    • They have no problem attacking anyone (and subsequently erasing their accounts) in their way of achieving their objective of capturing the Ignis.
    • Taken even farther with the Tower of Hanoi. Their victims are turned into data which is then absorbed into the Tower with the intent of powering it. They are turning people into Human Sacrifices for the sake of destroying VRAINS. According to Kogami, once the tower is completed, all the data it is composed of will be destroyed along with LINK VRAINS, killing all those sacrificed to it.
    • Subverted after their reformation. The five remaining members are all Anti-Villain members, and are very cordial with anyone outside of the Ignis.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: A mook defeated by Playmaker is erased by Baira before he could reveal the whereabouts of the virus removal program.
  • Leitmotif: "Knights of Hanoi".
  • Man in White: The Knights wear predominately white uniforms, but Light Is Not Good here.
  • Million Mook March: A large ensemble of Hanoi mooks appear to confront SOL's AI Duelist Squad in LINK VRAINS.
  • Mooks: They wear predominantly white robes and a gray mask with yellow linings fitted with a scanner which can be used to analyze objects in their sights, and utilize Cracking Dragon to attack LINK VRAINS. However, unlike the Obelisk Force and Security, individuals are shown to use their own archetypes, such as the Knight of Hanoi that uses a Steelswarm deck against Brave Max.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The Lieutenants of Hanoi express remorse for targeting SOL Technologies in the first place because they were mistakenly believed to be responsible for installing a computer virus within Kogami which rendered him comatose. Lightning confesses that he himself was responsible for the deed.
  • Nightmare Face: All of the main members Revolver, Spectre, Baira, Faust and Genome have all done this, extra points go to Spectre who makes these faces constantly.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Revolver clarified that while there are about a thousand members of Hanoi, plenty of them are there just to make a name for themselves. After their reformation, these members are not brought back, leaving the only members apart of the Knights as the five Anti-Villain members.
  • Order Reborn: The Knights of Hanoi are back with a vengeance as of early season two, after Revolver and his subordinates free Baira from imprisonment.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: They're perfectly willing to let Playmaker and Soulburner chase after Lightning, hoping that their enemies will take out each other before they have to get further involved. Afterwards, for the sake of combating their mutual enemy Lightning, they put aside their hatred of Ignis in general and launch an Enemy Mine with Cafe Nagi.
  • Rule of Three: Hanoi has three lieutenants: Dr. Genome, Faust, and Baira.
  • Sadists: The mook members take pleasure in forcing random LINK VRAINS Duelists into a Duel, and subsequently turning them into Another victims after defeating them.
  • Smug Snake: The mooks serve as this, particularly the one fought in the second episode, being incredibly smug and assured of his victory due to Cracking Dragon.
  • Taking You with Me: A defeated Knight of Hanoi attempts to blow himself up to take out Playmaker, but Ai defies this by transforming into some sort of monstrosity and consuming him.
  • Theme Naming: Their name comes from the Towers of Hanoi programming problem, fitting in with the setting's tech theme.
  • The Worf Effect: Ai effortlessly mops the floor with Spectre and the three lieutenants, establishing the threat the former Ignis poses towards humanity.

    Ryoken Kogami/Revolver (Varis) 

Ryoken Kogami/Revolver (Varis)

Voiced by: Shunsuke Takeuchi (Japanese), Daniel J. Edwards (English)

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The enigmatic leader of the Knights of Hanoi, his goal is to destroy the Ignis, leading him to target Playmaker and Ai. In real life he is Ryoken Kogami, the son of Dr. Kogami. He is also Yusaku's savior and the one who reported the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project to the authorities, but this caused his father to get captured and put in an eternal coma by SOL Technologies. This drives him to follow his father's goal of destroying the Ignis and create the Knights of Hanoi.

He uses a Dragon Power deck, composed of (primarily) DARK Dragon-Type Monsters and "Rokket" Monsters, an archetype of DARK Dragon-Type Monsters that are mostly themed around firearms and ammunition. Like Playmaker, his skill is Storm Access, allowing him access to Cyberse-type Link Monsters from the Data Storm when his LP is 1000 or less. Unlike Playmaker, his Cyberse-Types are all "Topologic" cards with powerful destructive effects. Aside from those, his other Link Monsters include the "Borrel" dragons. A series of Link Monsters with 3000 ATK and powerful effects making them just as fearsome as the Monsters he gets from Storm Access. Another key card of his is Mirror Force, whose effect makes it fearsome against Link Monsters.


  • Anti-Magic: A variant. His Fire Prison Field Spell functions as an anti-Cyberse card, in which it can negate the effects of all Cyberse-Type Monsters on the field, hand, and Graveyard, prevent them from attacking, and cannot be targeted for attacks (although this doesn't stop either player from attacking directly) or by card effects. At least two Cyberse-Type Link Monsters on the field are a prerequisite to activate this effect. As demonstrated in his Master Duel against Playmaker, this, too, affects Ai, causing him to malfunction and fade away. Taken further with Imperial Order, which he added to counter the Ignis' Link Spells.
  • Anti-Hero: Come Season 2, although he still wants to destroy the Ignis, he holds a better relationship with Yusaku and acts cool and aloof, though ultimately helpful towards him, and puts aside his desire to kill Ai and Flame as he recognizes that Lightning and his faction are a much bigger issue.
  • Anti-Villain: Despite being the Big Bad main antagonist of the series, he is just trying to take care of his father and finish his plan of destroying the Cyberse and Ignis all for the greater good. His father created the Ignis to save humanity from a currently unknown threat only for the Ignis to turn on them and have the ability to lie and cheat. He feels like he has to destroy the Ignis to not make everything worse.
  • Archaic Weapon for an Advanced Age: In an era where battle traps are rendered useless due to how often cards come with effects that either negate said traps or outright destroys them, it comes as a shock to everyone that his ace in the hole is the one and only Mirror Force. He later adds Magic Cylinder to his arsenal. Revolver just really loves these types of traps now adding in Imperial Order to deal with Link Spells or at the very least, oppressive spells in general.
  • Arch-Enemy: As the Big Bad of Season 1, Revolver is the most openly antagonistic rival since Death-T Kaiba.note 
  • At Least I Admit It: Revolver doesn't bother hiding the fact that he remains dedicated to fulfilling his late father's wishes of terminating the Ignis, and shoots down Playmaker's suggestion of letting go of his past hurts, instead outing him as a hypocrite on the grounds that Playmaker was once filled with a desire for vengeance even if Playmaker claimed that he had changed.
  • The Atoner: After realising that Revolver was the same individual who motivated Yusaku during the Lost Incident with the "three reasons" Survival Mantra, Yusaku tries to enforce this trope on him, attempting to convince him to amend his ways by stopping the Tower of Hanoi and walking a new path. Revolver declines, however, and will stop the Tower of Hanoi only when he's defeated in a Duel.
  • Badass Baritone: A deep-voiced man in charge of the Knights of Hanoi.
  • Badass Boast: Claims that he is capable of taking down the entirety of LINK VRAINS should he have a reason to.
  • Badass Longcoat: Revolver returns to the tradition broken by Reiji.
  • Big Bad: Is the face of the Knights of Hanoi, and the main antagonistic force to Yusaku/Playmaker during the first season. Behind the scenes though, Dr. Kogami is the real mastermind, while Revolver is merely his protege.
  • Bishōnen: Masked and hidden for majority of the First Season until his face reveal in episode #43. He basically fits the bill with his pretty face, light-blue eyes, long eyelashes, and slender build.
  • Blatant Lies: In episode #38, when Dr. Kogami (his father) asked him if he found out Playmaker's identity, Revolver denies knowing anything. Cue the flashback of Revolver seeing Yusaku in the footage taken from Baira's apartment and him slasher-smiling at the sight.
  • Blow You Away: He is capable of manipulating Data Storms.
  • Boomerang Bigot: He condemns LINK VRAINS for enabling escapism by allowing people to hiding their true selves from others. However, while Ryoken Kogami is stoic and reserved, Revolver is bombastic and Hot-Blooded.
  • Break Them by Talking: He tears apart Lightning verbally during their Duel, exposing his opponent for the petty motives behind the atrocities he committed leading up to the Cyberse World's destruction and Bohman's creation. Lightning explodes and attempts, without success, to silence Revolver from saying any more.
  • But Now I Must Go: After losing to Playmaker in their second Master Duel, Revolver sails away from home to an unspecified location, vowing to fulfill his destiny someday.
  • Byronic Hero: Charismatic, elegant, attractive, introspective, idealistic, ruthless in the pursuit of his goals, tragically flawed who's making amends for his father's condition and carrying the guilt of his choices in the past.
  • Cassandra Truth: Time and time again, Playmaker fails to heed Revolver's warnings about what the Ignis are really up to. As revealed in the second season, Lightning and Windy are both working together to rule over humanity from a Cyberse World beyond human reach, and Revolver instigating a Duel against Windy only adds fuel to the fire, regardless of the outcome of the Duel.
  • Char Clone: He is a masked Kaiba Expy who not only is actively working with the villains, but is their leader.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: He has been carrying out his father's mission as the leader of the Knights of Hanoi ever since he was a child, frontlining an attack on the Cyberse World when he was just thirteen years-old. His three lieutenants are all grown adults and the rest of the Hanoi members are indicated to be hoodlums.
  • Composite Character: Aside from being a Kaiba Expy he has elements of Bandit Keith due to his gun-based dragon aces, and of Z-One's gang due to his desire to destroy the new type (Cyberse in place of Synchro).
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Subverted with him and Reiji. Both are actually well-intentioned extremists but their goals are polar opposite. Reiji's motivation is to stop his father's plan while Revolver's plan is to finish what his father started.
  • Cool Mask: He wears a mask that looks like a visor of sorts.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He often likes to feign weakness or appear to make suboptimal moves to lull his opponents into a false sense of security before completely turning the tables around.
  • The Cracker: A genius hacker capable of utilizing the Ignis Algorithm. Even Lightning acknowledges his skill.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Few opponents besides Playmaker have given him a real challenge, all of them playing right into his hands.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Despite claiming he would never be Yusaku’s friend and he still regretted being Yusaku’s voice of hope, in episode 73, Ryoken took the time to code a program that would protect Yusaku from being attacked like Jin had been attacked. He delivered it personally despite the risks of exposing himself since he knew Yusaku would trust him. Ryoken claimed he did this because an enemy of his enemy is his friend, but he seems to be starting to warm up to Yusaku.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: He allowed himself to take damage from both of Ghost Girl's "Altergeist" Monsters so he can fulfill the activation prerequisite for Storm Access. Ghost Girl attempts to defy this trope with her Secret Cure Skill, but unfortunately for her, she excavates the 0 ATK "Kunquery", and thus neither player gain LP.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Defied. Despite being at a significant disadvantage during his Duel against Windy after his LP was lowered to 100, he doesn't relent, and goes on to Synchro Summon "Borreload Savage Dragon", and subsequently finishes off Windy.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's the last major enemy faced in the first season of VRAINS.
  • Dub Name Change: Is known as "Varis" in the English dub.
  • Enemy Mine: In episode 73, Ryoken gave Yusaku a program that would protect Yusaku from being attacked by Lightning like how Bohman attacked Jin on the grounds that the enemy of his enemy is his friend.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Shown caring for his hospitalized father. He is on the receiving end as well; Faust and Baira, his two associates, clearly care for his well-being and see him as a younger sibling. Baira is even concerned that he will have to take on the burden of becoming the worst cyber terrorist in history should their plan succeed.
  • Evil Albino: His appearance in real life. He's not actually that evil though; he acts mainly to fulfill his father's wishes.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Physically to Yusaku and his Playmaker alter ego. Revolver even wears white clothing in stark contrast to the latter's black.
    • His ace monsters, Topologic Bomber Dragon and Borreload Dragon, are this to Firewall Dragon. While the latter is fueled by the Power of Friendship, with one effect that needs it to be linked to by another link monster and the other that replaces anything linked to it that gets destroyed, Topologic has an effect that effectively keeps it alone on your side of the field and Borreload can take control of the opponent's monster at the start of the Damage Step.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Downplayed, but unlike any other person in the entire series, he is the only character to have white pupils instead of black ones.
  • Expy: Of Seto Kaiba, following tradition, possibly the closest to the original's previous successors. He is obsessed with defeating the main protagonist, has three variants of his 3000 ATK dragon-like ace monsters, is a skilled hacker, wears a white longcoat, has a similar facial features and haircut, lives in a luxurious mansion, and has a habit of making dramatic claims and gestures. However he has two qualities that set him complete apart from Kaiba. First off, Kaiba despised his father and much of his actions are to be free of Gozaburo's legacy and to rise above him. All of Revolver's actions are for the sake of his father's wishes, even cancelling a match with Playmaker to be at his father's deathbed. The other is that Kaiba believes the advancement of technology, in particular virtual reality is the natural next stage of human evolution while Revolver believes that VR is nothing more than a means of escapism and judges certain advancements, especially sentient AI, to be a menace to humanity.
  • The Faceless: The top half of his real world identity's face is obscured. Until Episode #42, where a young Revolver's face is fully unveiled and in episode #43, where his face in present-day is completely revealed.
  • Foil: A surprising one for Blood Shepherd, of all people.
    • Both of their parents they've loved very much were rendered comatose as a result of an incident involving AI; Revolver's father after trying to create the Ignis in order to make the world a better place, unlike Kengo's mother who ended up hospitalized due to an AI malfunctioning.
    • Both of them detest AI, but wherein Ryoken is a Knight Templar who despises any and all AI and tried to destroy the world's network just to ensure the 6 Ignis would never be a threat (never mind the fact that he uses the Cyberse-type Topologic series of Link Monsters), Kengo is a Bounty Hunter who despises AI, but tacitly accepts that an AI that is under direct human control is still useful.
    • For all his talk about his comrades being sacrificed for the Tower of Hanoi, it is Revolver himself who rendered them in such a state. Blood Shepherd blatantly used Akira and Ghost Girl as bait during a mission, but ultimately protected Ghost Girl when their target tried to retaliate.
    • Even their parents, for that matter. Dr. Kogami is a scientist whose project to create AI that could solve any and every human problem ultimately resulted in the company that he worked for turning against him and using them to gain massive wealth. Kengo's mother is heavily implied to be a simple middle-class single parent near retirement.
    • Both of them caused their parents' downfall unwittingly. When he was just eight, Ryoken secretly reported the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project to the police, which resulted in the six children that were kidnapped to be released, but ultimately got the attention of SOL's higher-ups who infected Dr. Kogami with a virus that resulted in him getting bed-ridden; Kengo's mother was rendered hospitalized after Kengo convinced her to use an AI-driven taxi.
    • Both of them devoted their lives to their parents' well-being. Revolver spent his entire later childhood and most of his teenage years for the sake of making amends for his father's condition. Kengo was willing to give up on a chance for college just so he can take care of his mother.
    • Revolver had roughly a thousand underlings, Kengo on the other hand either operates solo or in very small groups.
  • Friendly Enemy: In season 2, despite Playmaker opposing him, he still makes a point to visit him in the real world and keep him apprised of recent developments in the Mêlée à Trois they're part of, such as when he informed them of Earth's death.
  • Graceful Loser: Downplayed. While Revolver calmly accepts his defeat to Playmaker in their second Master Duel and agrees to stop the Tower of Hanoi, he warns Playmaker that the Ignis remain a threat to humanity, and vows to fulfill his destiny someday.
  • Guilt Complex: He blames himself for pretty much everything that happened, because of his decision to save the victims of the Lost Incident, which eventually led to his father's condition.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: His hair is in the same style as it was in his youth.
  • The Heavy: Revolver functions as the major antagonistic force of the first season.
  • Hero Killer:
    • He defeats Ghost Girl in a duel, where she becomes part of the foundation of the Tower of Hanoi. He also later goes on to defeat GO.
    • Subverted in his second Speed Duel against Playmaker in that he forces a DRAW, and appears as if both of them will be sacrificed to the Tower of Hanoi, but are forced out of LINK VRAINS instead because of a Data Storm shockwave.
  • Hope Crusher: His main strategy. Revolver enjoys allowing his opponents to believe they hold the advantage in order to lower their guards and utterly crush them, as with Ghost Girl and Go. With Playmaker in particular, he employs a ridiculous Extra Link board comprised of FIVE powerful Link-4 monsters and tells him that no matter what he draws, he will seal all of Playmaker's moves.
  • Human Sacrifice: Subverted. While Revolver forced a DRAW in his second Speed Duel against Playmaker, neither of them are absorbed by the Tower of Hanoi, and are forced out of LINK VRAINS due to a Data Storm shockwave.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: Doesn't care that the Topologic Bomber Dragon he acquired is a Cyberse-Type, and gloats that it's fun to fight poison with poison.
  • I Gave My Word:
    • He keeps his promise and gives Playmaker the removal program for the virus in Aoi's brain after losing to Playmaker.
    • After losing to Playmaker in their second Master Duel, Revolver remains true to his word, and stops the Tower of Hanoi, releasing everyone absorbed in the process.
  • I Have Your Wife: Holds Aoi hostage through a virus to force Akira into compliance and to a lesser extent, questioning Playmaker's sense of justice.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: In his real-life form, and also as Revolver. His second-season avatar change takes the cake.
  • Insane Troll Logic: In episode 70, he claimed that just because Ai called out to Lightning as Windy was being erased, he was the same as all of the Ignises. Even though Ai wants to coexist with humans and not subjugate them.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Uses a Rokket deck which is composed of DARK Dragon-type monsters. He also has his Cyberse-type Topologic Bomber Dragon.
  • Ironic Name: Revolver's real first name, Ryoken, can translate to "forgiveness/tolerance". He definitely can't tolerate AI and he doesn't seem to be very forgiving.
  • Irony: The Knights of Hanoi are out to destroy the AI World that is Cyberse, yet Revolver possesses Topologic cards, an archetype composed of Cyberse-Type Monsters. He claims it is because it is fun to fight poison with poison.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • Blames his obsession with uncovering Playmaker's real world identity for the downfall of the Three Lieutenants of Hanoi.
    • He also blames himself for getting his father imprisoned because he had reported the Lost Incident.
  • Just Following Orders: He dismisses the idea of fighting for others or for oneself, and acts only in accordance with Kogami's wishes.
  • Light Is Not Good: In contrast to Yusaku's Dark Is Not Evil attire, Revolver's outfit is primarily white.
  • The Magic Poker Equation: It is revealed during his first Duel against Playmaker that he, too, can utilize Storm Access.
  • Meaningful Name: Revolver may either refer to "revolt" or the six-rounded handgun. He also uses the Rokket archetype, a series of DARK Dragon-Type monsters that incorporate either bullet or gun elements in their designs.
  • More Dakka: He runs a Rokket deck, an archetype of DARK Dragon-Type Monsters mostly themed around firearms and ammunition.
  • Mr. Fanservice: To a degree due to his Pretty Boy looks, which carried over to his second avatar.
  • Multicolored Hair: Two shades of red. His real world self has white hair with blue highlights.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Exposed the Lost Incident/Hanoi Project to the public... which he deeply regrets as his father gets imprisoned by SOL for three years in an attempt to cover up the incident.
  • My Greatest Failure: He deeply regrets reporting the Lost Incident because it led his father to being imprisoned for three years by SOL Technologies.
  • The Narrator: Instead of Kusanagi, Revolver does the narrating for Episode 38's preview.
  • New Media Are Evil: He holds this opinion, not liking how VRAINS basically lets people lie to each other, seeing it all as a falsehood before life and breath.
  • Noble Demon: He quickly shoots down Faust's idea of attacking Playmaker and Soulburner in the real world after Faust discovers their real world identities, on the grounds that matters in the network world should not cross over to real world matters.
  • No-Sell: His Extra Linked Topologic Gumblar Dragon prevents his Link Monsters from being destroyed by card effects.
  • Not So Different: Playmaker attempts to invoke this on Revolver, stating that while they have both endured dark times, Revolver was able to help Playmaker out of it, and thus Playmaker vows to return the favour. Revolver, however, dismissively scoffs at the idea of befriending Playmaker (and Ai), claiming that he is only begging for his life.
  • Not So Stoic: Normally he maintains a cold and calculating demenaor but once he starts enjoying a Duel, he begins to ham it up. During his climatic Duel against Playmaker, he begins to enjoy himself so much that he even begins to make ridiculous Kaiba-esque gestures.
  • Online Alias: Revolver (or Varis, in the English dub).
  • The Leader: He's been leading the Knights of Hanoi ever since he was thirteen.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Interrupts Akira's interrogation of Playmaker, threatening to destroy the entirety of LINK VRAINS if Akira doesn't comply with Revolver's request to Duel Playmaker.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He actually cares deeply for his lieutenants, even admits his regrets when they fell into a coma due to his obsession with Playmaker, and displays a level of concern for the victims of the Lost Incident behind the scenes. All the while seeming like an indifferent jerk in front of them.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With himself, as he is one of the few main characters who shares no resemblance to his VR self. Blue-haired Ryoken Kogami is the blue, always being stoic and reserved while the red-haired Revolver is a Large Ham.
  • The Reveal: In his Duel against GO, Revolver uses a certain Trap Card which he also used against Ghost Girl to destroy all of her Monsters. It's Mirror Force.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Playmaker tries to talk Revolver out of fulfilling Dr. Kogami's wishes of terminating the Ignis. Revolver refuses to relent, however.
  • The Rival: As opposed to Go's Friendly Rival, Revolver is actually Yusaku's main (and downright bitter) rival.
  • Saying Too Much: Had Revolver not mentioned Stardust Road, Yusaku wouldn't have been able to track down his whereabouts in the real world.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: He does absolutely nothing in his Duel against Soulburner, leaving himself wide open for a direct attack. Soulburner attempts to deliver a One-Hit Kill, but his hesitation holds him back, abruptly ending the Duel with no result.
  • Signature Move: His Vullet/Rokket monsters each come with a neat little ability that activates when targeted by a Link monster, that includes his own Link Monsters. Many of his Link monsters have a targeting effect that effectively turns his monsters into ammunition.
  • Simple, yet Awesome: His older trap cards fall into this trope. On one hand, they are incredibly basic cards. On the other hand, they are incredibly effective cards.
  • Slasher Smile: Breaks into one after he discovers Playmaker's identity from camera footage.
  • The Stoic: Has an overall calm and collected disposition.
  • The Strategist: Naturally. Aside from his sheer badassery in Dueling, he also demonstrates a lot of capacity for critical-thinking and a well-developed sense for tactics. As stated in Episode 69, he doesn't charge into an enemy's territory without a plan. He is leader for a reason.
  • Taking You with Me: Invoked twice in his Speed Duels against Playmaker.
    • In the first, Revolver Summons Capacitor Stalker to the Main Monster Zone pointed to by Topologic Bomber Dragon's upper Link Arrow so the latter can destroy all cards in both players' Main Monster Zones, and take advantage of the former's effect to force a tie between him and Playmaker.
    • In the second (which also doubles as a justified case), after Revolver notices that Kogami's heart has stopped beating due to his sacrifice, he quickly finishes off the Duel between him and Playmaker by using the Effect of Drop Draco, in combination with his newly acquired Topologic Gumblar Dragon's Effect, to deplete his own and Playmaker's LP to 0.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Subverted in his second Speed Duel against Playmaker. As Revolver activates Storm Access, he, like Playmaker, also gets his hand severed trying to acquire a card from the Data Storm. However, with help from Kogami, who offers the last of his strength to Revolver and regenerates his hand, Revolver is able to enter the Data Storm without issue.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He makes a triumphant return in the second season and demonstrates that Playmaker isn't the only one with new skills by showcasing the might of Synchro Summoning.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Has sharp-looking eyes in the real world, highlighting his stoic and no-nonsense nature.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Blood Shepherd treats Revolver like a pushover all because the latter only Set a single card on the first turn, and without Summoning any Monsters to protect himself from direct attacks. Blood Shepherd ultimately pays the price for trying to finish off his opponent as quickly as possible, unaware that Revolver deliberately left himself open to his opponent's attacks, combined with a setup that is ready to wipe him out on the following turn.
  • The Unfettered: Revolver refuses to stop the Tower of Hanoi, and will do whatever it takes to ensure that his father's mission of terminating the Ignis is fulfilled, even if it means decimating the entirety of humanity.
  • Villains Never Lie: Has no problem admitting to Akira that his faction is responsible for Aoi's comatose state, as the whole thing was a hostage situation.
  • Vocal Dissonance: He retains the deep voice even in his real life persona, contrasting with his appearance as a slender Bishounen which isn't unrealistic as he is an eighteen year-old man. However, he had the same voice as a thirteen year-old when he was attacking the Cyberse World five years ago.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: His Fire Prison can't be destroyed by other card effects, but it destroys itself when the Cyberse monsters it traps leave the battlefield. Considering it doesn't prevent them from being tributed and also gives the opponent every reason to (since their monster zones still count as occupied), it's quite a flaw.
  • Weather Manipulation: While in LINK VRAINS he can control the Data Storm, and appears in a flash of lightning.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is very caring and loyal towards his father and his goal of destroying LINK VRAINS and the Ignis in order to ensure the safety of the greater good for humanity.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He is literally aiming to destroy a world (the Cyberse), not to mention the sheer collateral damage that would be done to the real world as well. However the woobie part is present because in the past, when he was trying to save the six children that were kidnapped for the Hanoi Project/Lost Incident, he succeeded at a horrible cost of starting a chain of events which led to his father getting bedridden due to SOL's manipulations. He barely enables him to return at least as an avatar in the LINK VRAINS. For a whole decade, Ryoken has dedicated his life to his father's well-being as a form of repentance, to the point that the idea of fighting for his own sake sounds nigh-alien to him.
  • The Worf Effect: Lightning refuses to accept an outright defeat from Revolver, instead taking both himself and his opponent out. The Duel was thought to have ended in a DRAW... but Lightning barely hangs on with 1 LP due to what little he had of Jin's consciousness data remaining, which he converted to extra LP to keep himself in the game. Lightning's status as leader of the rogue Ignis isn't just for show, not losing a single Duel up to that point.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • He expresses his desire to rematch Playmaker and defeat him after losing his first Duel against him. He admits to his father that he wants to track Playmaker down even though it could jeopardize their plans.
    • Although he still considers him far beneath himself, Revolver is impressed that Go forced him to use his Borrelsword Dragon.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Two shades of red. His real-life self has very conspicuous white hair.
  • You Have Failed Me: He purges the three lieutenants when they lose, made worse in the case of Baira and Faust where they were like a big brother and sister to them, and yet he took them out. He felt remorse, but still.

    Spectre 

Spectre

Voiced by: Daiki Kajimoto (Japanese), Billy Bob Thompson (English)

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The right-hand man of Revolver and another victim of the Lost Incident. Whereas the others were afflicted with PTSD by the horrors of the incident, Spectre derived pleasure from it and sought to join his tormentors.

He uses the Sunvine/Sunavalon archetype, a group of Dyrad-based monsters supported by the Sunseed archetype. The goal of his deck is to summon Sunavalon Link Monsters as fast as possible in order to use its effect to summon Sunvine Monsters whose effects can be offensive or defensive whenever its useful.


  • Achilles' Heel: Exploited by Playmaker, who uses Excode Talker to seal the Main Monster Zones pointed to by Spectre's Sunavalon Daphne so he can't take advantage of those unoccupied Zones. Spectre, however, gets out of it by revealing an imprisoned Akira in front of Playmaker.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: As a child, he had little interest in interacting with other children at his orphanage, and his closest attachment was to a tree. He considers his meeting with Revolver to be the point where his life first gained purpose, and acknowledges that Playmaker probably thinks he's weird for this. As a result of the Hanoi Project, Spectre becomes a sadistic excuse of a human being to the point of torturing Blue Angel in the cruelest way possible. Which could suggest he has ASD (Anti-Social Disorder) seeing as he has next to no regard of the well being of others and was heavily amused with torturing Blue Angel and playing mind games with Playmaker.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: During his duel with Lightning, he mentioned that he watched the Season 1 finale duel between Revolver and Playmaker multiple times and took note of how Revolver created Extra Links and learned how to do so himself, but he took it even further by creating Extra Link: Full Mode something Revolver admitted he couldn't do.
  • Back from the Dead: Spectre was returned to normal at some point after Revolver lost to Playmaker in their second Master Duel, and remains dedicated to the Knights of Hanoi's mission.
  • Blatant Lies: Zigzagged. When he and Blue Angel first meet, he calls himself a great fan of hers, a claim that Blue Angel doesn't buy and calls him out on it. During their second encounter, it turns out that he wasn't entirely lying, as he does like the Blue Angel book that she based her own online persona upon.
  • Break Them by Talking:
    • Engages in a lecture in his duel with Aoi, bring up her Escapism with the Blue Angel persona and the book it was based on, as well as her loneliness and misery when her parents died. She returns in kind by pointing out that if the book resonated with him he must have a similar past, which he admits.
    • Also looks down on Playmaker as weak-willed for being unable to sacrifice uninvolved parties in spite of his vengeful spirit. Playmaker doesn't receive it well at all.
  • Companion Cube: Since infancy, he grew attached to and was mothered by a certain tree, which was his only source of psychological comfort, and didn't take it well when the tree was gone by the time the Lost Incident concluded. This carries on through his duels towards his Sunavalon Link monsters.
  • Composite Character: Spectre resembles Edo in appearance, but his behavior and deck bring Yuri to mind. His deck's play style is similar to Aki's relying on control tactics.
  • The Corrupter: He places the Dark Angel card in Blue Angel's deck so she'll be darkened.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Effortlessly defeats Kitamura in a Duel, and has him disintegrate and get absorbed by the Tower of Hanoi.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A Mysterious Past that Aoi realizes must be similar to her own, and he owns up to it but doesn't elaborate.
  • Demoted to Extra: As a result of Daiki Kajimoto being busy with theater work, Spectre was left The Voiceless in the beginning of Season 3, and was shortly after subjected to The Worf Effect by Ai.
  • Dirty Coward: Disadvantaged thanks to Playmaker's Excode Talker sealing the two Main Monster Zones pointed to by Sunavalon Daphne, Spectre, as a last resort, reveals an imprisoned Akira in front of Playmaker, who gloats that as he takes damage, Akira further risks being infected by the thorny prison's computer virus. Unwilling to put Akira in danger, Playmaker ends his turn after bringing out Excode Talker.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: The Sunavalon Monsters are all of the EARTH Attribute.
  • The Dragon: Is Revolver's right hand man, and will often carry out some of the more menial tasks in Revolver's stead, such as infecting Blue Angel.
  • Evil Counterpart: He is revealed to be one for Yusaku as they were both apart of the Lost Incident and were affected by it, however while Yusaku is haunted by his experiences and felt like time has stopped for him Spectre enjoyed the experience and felt like time moved forward for him. Yusaku is also hinted to have had a happy childhood before the Lost Incident while Spectre spent most of his time alone. Furthermore, Yusaku hates the Knights of Hanoi for what they did while Spectre joined them and pledged his loyalty to Revolver.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He finds Kitamura to be disgusting and turns him to data rather than let him join Hanoi.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: An... interesting variation; despite not knowing, nor caring for his biological mother, Spectre regarded the tree which took care of him with the utmost adoration. In duels, seeing his Sunavalon monsters (which represent said tree) destroyed/chopped down (which happened to the real tree) sends him into a fit of rage. Seeing them burn to cinders is even worse.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Bombastically breaks out an Evil Laugh as he stands in front of a defeated Blue Angel.
  • Evil Laugh: Lets one out after he defeats Blue Angel, highlighting his ruthlessness and sadism.
  • Expy: His overall role is similar to that of Yuri and Vector; particularly Yuri, given that they both use Plant decks.
  • Faux Affably Evil: A ruthless and sadistic Knight of Hanoi who communicates with formal and polite linguistics, he takes pleasure in breaking Blue Angel mentally, from tearing and incinerating the "Blue Angel" picture book in front of her, to parting with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech as he defeats her. It doesn't get any better when he briefly drops the formal linguistics and adopts a condescending tone after Playmaker destroys his Sunavalon Dryatrentiay.
  • Friendless Background: Because he had no family, he was unable to mingle with others and often spent time by his lonesome since his childhood days.
  • Green Thumb: Uses a Sunavalon deck, which is composed of Plant-Type Monsters.
  • Hate Sink: The atrocities he committed in the name of Hanoi's cause, lack of remorse for his actions, and shameless gloating makes you want to punch him in the face. Not the case after the Knights pull an Enemy Mine with Cafe Nagi, Spectre coming across less hostile and even sympathetic when he sheds a tear at Earth's deletion.
  • Heal Thyself: Some of his Monsters' card effects involve regaining LP equal to the amount of Battle Damage he takes from his opponents' Monsters.
  • Laughing Mad: All Spectre can do after he loses to Playmaker is laugh and walk away while apologising to Revolver for being incompetent... and watch in devastation as his Dryatrentiay dissipates in cinders and buries him in burning debris.
  • Light Is Not Good: Unlike Yuri's horrific looking plants, Spectre's Sunavalon are pretty and revered as holy. Despite this he is a brutal maniac and Psycho Supporter of Hanoi.
  • Nightmare Face: He makes several disturbing faces while mocking Kitamura, Blue Angel, and Playmaker, highlighting his sadism.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Spectre went through the same event that lead to Yusaku's trauma and enjoyed every moment of it.
  • Not So Different: Blue Angel attempts to invoke this against him, stating that he must have had a Dark and Troubled Past as well if the Blue Angel picture book resonated with him.
  • Not So Similar: Like Yusaku, Spectre was one of the six children kidnapped during the Lost Incident. Unlike Yusaku, however, Spectre enjoyed every moment of his time in captivity, and felt as if time moved forward for him; his only concern being that he couldn't be with a certain tree who mothered him since infancy.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: You know something's wrong when Spectre completely loses his shit, addresses Playmaker condescendingly, and curses him for destroying Sunavalon Dryatrentiay.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Spectre's real name is unknown, and everyone, even Revolver, just refers to him by his username.
  • Parental Abandonment: As an infant, he was left behind in a tree located behind an orphanage by his biological parents.
  • Plant Person: The Sunavalon archetype is based upon dyrads, some being a face on a tree, but others being humanoid plants.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Spectre is a Knight of Hanoi who revered a certain tree that cared for him since infancy as sacred and motherly; this trait carries on through his Sunavalon Link Monsters. He also has no problem sadistically torturing and toying with Blue Angel during his Duel with her.
  • Rage Breaking Point:
    • Playmaker's Excode Talker sealing the two Main Monster Zones pointed to by Sunavalon Daphne was the last straw for Spectre, who then plays dirty by revealing Akira, trapped in a thorny prison installed with a computer virus, in front of Playmaker.
    • The real last straw, however, was Playmaker destroying his Sunavalon Dryatrentiay. Spectre completely loses his shit and snaps at Playmaker for destroying what Spectre revered as sacred and motherly.
    • While it doesn't get as bad compared to his Duel with Playmaker, Spectre nevertheless loses his composure and curses Lightning for banishing "Sunavalon Dryanome" without a second thought.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Mixed with Break Them by Talking, he disses Aoi for being an incompetent blue angel who can't even save him as he wipes out the rest of her LP.
      Spectre: Farewell, Aoi Zaizen. The worthless woman who will never be a blue angel.
    • He also dismissively labels Playmaker's sense of justice as lame, and calls him weak-willed for being unable to sacrifice others in spite of his vengeful spirit.
  • Relative Button: As Playmaker and Ai find out, destroying Sunavalon Dryatrentiay was a terrible mistake, as Spectre completely loses his shit and snaps at Playmaker for destroying what Spectre reveres as sacred and motherly.
  • The Reveal: Spectre was one of the six children abducted during the Lost Incident.
  • Sadist: He takes pleasure in mentally breaking Blue Angel, tearing and incinerating the "Blue Angel" picture book in front of her eyes.
  • Single Tear: He sheds a single tear after Earth is terminated by SOL Technologies, uncertain of what it is he felt.
  • Slasher Smile: Ooooooh boy, does he ever. Normally in Yu-Gi-Oh! it's the Big Bad who does these, but Spectre's Slasher Smiles are on par with the likes of Yami Bakura, Vector, and Yuri.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: He can do little but apologise to Revolver before getting his consciousness data taken by Lightning.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Specter" or "Spectre"? The official English dub uses the former transliteration.
  • Stone Wall: The Sunavalon archetype has a variety of life point recovery and Damage Reduction tactics to keep his lifepoints high, but can switch over into a Mighty Glacier depending on some of the monsters.
  • This Cannot Be!: He reacts in surprise to Akira sacrificing himself, something that Spectre did not anticipate Akira would do.
  • Token Evil Teammate: A rare villainous example. Among the upper echelon, where the Three Lieutenants and Dr Kogami are guilt-ridden atoners and Revolver is merely a bit of a smug Well-Intentioned Extremist with some Noble Demon tendencies, Spectre stands out as a Faux Affably Evil Sadist that enjoys corrupting and toying with Blue Angel, as well as making a variety of psychotic expressions.
  • Undying Loyalty: As he was offered a position to become Revolver's right-hand man, Spectre vowed to remain by his side until the end.
  • The Unfettered: He pledges his loyalty to Revolver and vows to remain by his side until the end, not giving a damn about what happens to the network world.
  • Villainous BSoD: After losing to Playmaker, Spectre joyfully says he regrets nothing and goes Laughing Mad, before freezing in horror at the sight of his Sunavalon tree burning. Remembering his childhood and shedding tears, he could only call it "Mother" before getting buried under the burning debris.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Has no problem torturing and toying with Blue Angel during his Duel with her.
  • The Worf Effect: He's effortlessly defeated by Lightning, to once again demonstrate the threat that the latter and his organisation pose to humanity. Justified, as Spectre was classified the weakest out of the five members in Playmaker's group.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Inverted. Revolver vows not to allow Spectre's defeat to go to waste after the latter's downfall at the hands of Playmaker.

    Dr. Kogami 

Dr. Kiyoshi Kogami

Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo (Japanese)

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The enigmatic scientist that works alongside the Knights of Hanoi, and Revolver's bedridden father.


  • Alliterative Name: Kiyoshi Kogami.
  • Anti-Villain: He honestly sees the eradication of the Ignis as something needed to be done for the greater good, for he deems them savage creatures bent on destroying the world rather than saving it, and has no issue with staking humanity's future just to terminate them.
  • Back from the Dead: In a sense. He was said to have died seven years prior, but resurrected from the dead solely to bring an end to the entirety of the network world.
  • Beard of Evil: Zig-Zagged, as it is dubious how evil is he exactly.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: He breaks the pattern of all the previous villainous fathers in the franchise: Gozaburo and Mr. Ishtar in the original series, Dr. Faker and Tron (before their Heel–Face Turn), as well as Leo Akaba (who also had a Heel–Face Turn). Compared to any of them, his relationship with his son is remarkably stable, to the point of Intergenerational Friendship.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A former researcher for SOL who invented the Ignis, SOL saw the Ignis as an opportunity for big money, and, fearing that they would be seized by authorities, SOL covered up the Lost Incident and put Kogami into a comatose state. He would eventually be reconstructed as an avatar by his son, Revolver, with intent to terminate the Ignis.
  • Dead All Along: It was presumed that he died seven years prior, though in truth, SOL Technologies put him in a comatose state to prevent word of the Ignis spreading to the public. Nevertheless, Kogami has only existed as an avatar within the network world since then.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He is Revolver's father, who has dedicated his life to fulfill Kogami's vision in his stead. Kogami on the other hand is respectful and supportive of his son, even after failure, and assists him when needed.
  • Knight Templar: Staunch supporter of the destruction of the Cyberse, namely the Ignis. He is willing to turn thousands of people into data just to construct the Tower of Hanoi, doing which will kill not only everyone made apart of the Tower, but also everyone in LINK VRAINS, including the Knights of Hanoi themselves, and himself.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Wears a white lab coat just to hammer in that his role in the plot is science-based.
  • Mad Scientist: Downplayed in that he is calm and level-headed, but still believes that destroying the Cyberse is a necessity for humanity.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Appears to reveal only himself before Revolver, and the Knights of Hanoi exist to realize his dreams.
  • Moral Myopia: He holds immense guilt over creating the Ignis once he found that they would destroy the world. He holds no shown guilt over the act of torturing six children to create them in the first place.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Facilitated the creation of the Ignis, and greatly regrets it in the present, for he views them as savages bent on world destruction rather than its saviours.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He is The Man Behind the Man for Hanoi and has yet to personally duel anyone.
  • Offing the Offspring: Invoked this trope when he metaphorically compared destroying the Cyberse to a parent killing its own child.
  • The Reveal: He was a former researcher for SOL who executed the Hanoi Project.
  • Revenge: Subverted. Akira assumes that Kogami formed the Knights of Hanoi (after he is recreated as an avatar in the network world) as a means to get back at SOL, but Kogami corrects him by stating that he is only motivated to terminate the Ignis.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: His analyzing of the Ignis as a whole proved that as a group they would be a threat to humanity. He failed to study them as individuals which showed that while coexistence was possible for all Ignis save for Lightning, who singlehandedly leads the Ignis into becoming the threats with his corruptive influence on all other Ignis. His son eventually figures it out in his stead after his death.
  • Science Is Bad: Downplayed, as he specifically targets only one product of science.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Believes that humanity will see the Ignis as a threat and the AI will turn on them in response. If Flame is to be believed, then the Knights of Hanoi’s actions caused the Ignis to think just that. It's subverted. As Lightning is revealed to be fundamentally flawed and would have attacked humanity eventually.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Yusaku. Both are calm, analytical people who rarely show emotion and want revenge on people who wronged them (i.e. The Knights of Hanoi for Yusaku, and SOL Technologies for Kogami). However, while Yusaku still cares about the well-being of others, it doesn't seem to faze Kogami much that people, both in and out of LINK VRAINS, will die when the network is destroyed because of the Tower of Hanoi.
  • The Stoic: Very calm, level-headed, and never shows emotion.
  • Thanatos Gambit: In episode 42, he regenerates Revolver's arm and helps him enter the Data Storm without issue, as Ai did with Yusaku earlier. However, this takes his last energy and his heart finally stops beating.
  • The Unfettered: He'll do whatever it takes to ensure that the Ignis are terminated, even if it means putting the future of humanity at stake.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Tied into Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, Dr. Kogami wanted to eradicate the Ignis out of fear that they would rise up and spell the doom of humanity if he didn't. While four of the six Ignis ultimately either couldn't care less about humans or were pro Human-Ignis coexistence, two of them were looking for an excuse to get rid of them, and he ultimately gave them one. The Light and Wind Ignis, Lightning and Windy respectively, saw themselves as above humanity as per Kogami's intent for them to be the next stage in human evolution, and following the Knights of Hanoi's attempts at deleting them, felt justified in their beliefs. It's eventually subverted once it's revealed Lightning fundamentally can not coexist with humanity and his sense of superiority would have lead him to corrupt the other Ignis, which he managed to do by reprogramming Windy into sharing his toxic mentality.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Genuinely appears to believe that the destruction of the Cyberse must be carried out for the greater good, and has no qualms erasing everyone to achieve this. His creation of the Ignis AI, while he wanted it to be the successors of humanity, was created with the kidnapping and torture of six children, including Yusaku and Spectre.

    Dr. Genome 

Dr. Genome

Voiced by: Takuya Kirimoto (Japanese), Wolfe Scott (English)

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One of the three lieutenants of Hanoi, responsible for turning Makoto Kimijima, a childhood friend of Go Onizuka, into an Another victim.

He uses a Helixx deck which focuses on summoning high Level Monsters without tributing in order to use them for Link Summons. His Skill, Preserve Species, allows him to halve his opponents LP and one of their Monsters ATK when he summons a Link Monster from his GY.


  • Affably Evil: Speaks in formal linguistics, and is just as sadistic, if not more than, as any Knight of Hanoi.
  • Back from the Dead: Genome was returned to normal at some point after Revolver lost to Playmaker in their second Master Duel, and remains dedicated to the Knights of Hanoi's mission.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a mask with a red lens which obscures his left eye.
  • Evil Genius: My be around the same intellect as Baira and Faust, but he emphasizes his intellect compared to the more subdued latter. His entire character revolves around his belief in DNA being the defining quality of someone, and his ability to analyze and counter it.
  • I Gave My Word: Doesn't bother resisting when GO acquires the virus removal program from him after their Duel.
  • Meaningful Name: As Dr. Genome points out, "genome", which refers to all genetic information in DNA, is a combination of "gene" and "chromosome", and notes the similarities to DNA and programming patterns. He uses this knowledge to expose a Playmaker-disguised GO.
  • No-Sell: Several of his cards, including one of his Link monsters, have the ability to negate battle or effect damage he would have taken.
  • Our Demons Are Different: His Helixx deck is made up of Fiends that are based upon DNA.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Often seen with a smug expression, which highlights his sadism.
  • Signature Move: His Skill, Preserve Species, which halves his opponent's LP and one of their Monster's ATK when a Link Monster is Special Summoned from the Graveyard.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Claims that one's destiny, Duel, and everything else about them is predetermined based on their DNA. Dark Onizuka, however, dismissively remarks that only he decides his own fate.
  • Your Answer to Everything: He can't go on for a minute without making some mention of DNA.
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    Aso/Faust 

Aso/Faust

Voiced by: Satoshi Mikami (Japanese), Ryan Andes (English)

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One of the three lieutenants of Hanoi who gave the Data Gale to Dr. Genome, and is the mastermind of the Another phenomenon.

He uses a Motor Worm deck. His deck focuses on by turning their monster into Insect-Type Monsters. This allows him to disrupt his opponents plays or give his Ace Card Motor Worm Spreader Queen more ATK. His Skill, Double Bite, allows one of his Insect-Type Monsters to attack twice in the same turn.


  • Anti-Villain: Like Dr. Kogami, he wants Yusaku to understand that the Ignis have the capacity to harm humanity, and that they need to be terminated for the sake of humanity's future.
  • Back from the Dead: Faust was returned to normal at some point after Revolver lost to Playmaker in their second Master Duel, and remains dedicated to the Knights of Hanoi's mission.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Uses Motor Worms, an archetype of Insect-type Monsters.
  • The Brute: May be one of the scientists behind the Hanoi incident years ago, but he prefers a more hands on approach compared to Baira and Dr. Genome. This includes kidnapping Naoki/Brave Max in both the real world and in LINK VRAINS in order to lure out Playmaker, though Revolver bans him from repeating this in season 2.
  • Cassandra Truth: Ai declines to believe Faust's claim that the latter never stole Cyberse Wizard's card data and sent it to Brave Max.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a mask with a red lens which obscures his left eye.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He and Baira effortlessly defeat the entirety of Kitamura's AI Duelist Squad.
  • Insect Queen: Motor Worm Spreader Queen. It gains 700 ATK for every Insect Monster on the field, and allows Faust to Special Summon a Motor Worm Token to a Main Monster Zone it points to once per turn as long as its Link Arrows point to no Monsters.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: He attempts to inform Playmaker that humanity's future will be in shambles thanks to the latter and the Ignis species, only to be purged before he could finish talking.
    "Playmaker! Due to your actions, humanity's future will be-" [gets purged]
  • Light Is Not Good: The Motor Worm deck he uses is made of LIGHT attribute monsters, while he is one of the Hanoi's top members.
  • Multicolored Hair: Multiple shades of purple.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • His ace, Motor Worm Spreader Queen is very similar to Insect Queen, Weevil/Haga's ace in Duel Monsters. He even used a trap, Egg Clutch to turn Cyberse Wizard into an Insect.
    • He also uses Motor Worm Bait, which is a nod to the almost identical spell cardnote  Worm Bait used by Ushio/Tetsu Trudge while he was under the control of the Dark Signers.
  • No Name Given: Downplayed. Official Japanese subtitles list his real world identity's name as "Aso" (麻生), but it is never mentioned In-Universe.
  • Online Alias: Faust.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Upon learning of Playmaker and Soulburner's true identities, he immediately suggests attacking them in real life to steal their Ignis, but Revolver quickly puts a stop to that plan, insistent on keeping matters between reality and the online world separate.
  • Signature Move: His Skill, Double Bite, allows an Insect-Type Monster he controls to attack twice during the same Battle Phase.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Multiple shades of purple.

    Kyoko Taki (Clarissa Turner)/Baira 

Kyoko Taki/Baira

Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese), Syndi Szabo (English)

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One of the three lieutenants of Hanoi who gave the Data Gale to Dr. Genome.

She uses a Virus deck which focuses on disrupting opponents plays by activating a Virus card as soon as possible. She uses the card, "Temple of the Kings", which allows her to immediately activate a Trap card without having to wait for her opponent's turn. She also uses other card effects in order to make her own Monsters immune to her own Virus cards. Her Skill, Forbidden Surgical Operation, allows her to banish two Level 2 or lower Monsters with the same name from her GY in order to summon two other Level 2 or Lower Monsters that have the same name from her deck.


  • Ancient Egypt: Her deck is mummy themed and she uses Temple of the Kings, and some of the surgical elements her monsters are based upon surgical instruments used in the mummification and embalming process.
  • The Atoner: Subverted. Even after she bears no hard feelings for losing to Blue Angel and freed everyone affected by the Another phenomenon, she remains dedicated to the Knights of Hanoi's mission of terminating the Ignis after she is freed from imprisonment by Revolver and his subordinates, although it helped that Revolver had opted to operate in a gentler manner that wouldn't affect the real world like they did last time.
  • Back from the Dead: Baira was returned to normal at some point after Revolver lost to Playmaker in their second Master Duel, and remains dedicated to the Knights of Hanoi's mission.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She was one of the doctors responsible for Aoi's comatose state.
  • Computer Virus: She was the one responsible for creating the virus that turns people into Another. Appropriately, her deck uses Crush Card Virus style Virus traps.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a mask with a red lens which obscures her left eye.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She and Faust effortlessly defeat the entirety of Kitamura's AI Duelist Squad.
  • Dark Action Girl: The only female member of Hanoi shown, she and Faust are shown wrecking Kitamura's AI Duelist Squad.
  • The Dark Chick: Is just as intelligent as Dr. Genome and Faust, if not more due to creating the Another Virus, she is the sole female of the five, and the most sympathetic of the five due to having reservations over what they are doing. Fittingly, she attempts a Heel–Face Turn, but is purged before she can complete it.
  • Deadly Doctor: Thematically, she is a doctor that uses a deck based upon mummies and surgical implements and virus cards.
  • Dub Name Change: She is known as Clarissa Turner in English dub.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Her first actual appearance was back in Episode #8, where she is seen next to a doctor talking to Akira while he is watching Aoi in the examination room.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: Uses Dark Mummies, an archetype of undead Monsters.
  • Graceful Loser: Baira has no hard feelings losing to Blue Angel, and returns the Anothers back to their former state.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: After losing to Blue Angel and returning the Anothers back to normal, Baira is purged by Revolver, mostly because she lost because her counterparts were purged too. And then she remains dedicated to Hanoi's mission of terminating the Ignis after she is broken out of imprisonment by Revolver, which subsequently fuels Hanoi's return.
  • Hospital Hottie: An attractive doctor, which was noticed by her guard while in prison, who was enamored with her beauty.
  • Multicolored Hair: Has shades of light brown and orange.
  • Mummy: Baira uses a Dark Mummy deck, with elements of Plague Zombie due to her use of Virus cards.
  • Mythology Gag: Her deck features Temple of the Kings, a card used by Rishid in the Duel Monsters series, and Virus Traps, a tactic used by Seto Kaiba. She also carries Virus Mail, previously used by Ukyo Kitano against Yuma.
  • Online Alias: Baira.
  • Pink Means Feminine: The only shown female Knight, her secondary color scheme is pink.
  • Signature Move: Her Skill, Forbidden Surgical Operation, allows her to banish two Level 2 or lower Monsters with the same name from her GY in order to summon two other Level 2 or Lower Monsters that have the same name from her deck.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is her Online Alias "Vyra" or "Baira"?
  • Woman in White: All the knights wear white, but she is the only female knight, her second color being pink.

    Pandor 

Pandor

Voiced by: Hyang-Ri Kim (Japanese)

An AI with free will developed by the Knights of Hanoi to combat the Ignis.

Pandor uses a "Topologina" deck, an archetype of DARK Cyberse-Type monsters which work in conjunction with the "Topologic" series to control the field and deal effect damage to the opponent.


  • Bee Afraid: Her Topologina monsters are all bee-themed, and appropriately have effects which allow her to summon them in large numbers to set up Link Summons.
  • Casting a Shadow: The Topologina and Topologic monsters all share the DARK attribute.
  • Hunter of Their Own Kind: An AI designed to hunt other AI.
  • Ironic Name: "Pandor" is derived from "Pandora", the name of a woman in Greek mythology sent by Zeus to wreck havoc upon humans in retaliation for Prometheus gifting humanity with stolen fire. Pandor, however, is developed to combat the Ignis rather than humanity.
  • Restraining Bolt: Pandor is built with safeguards that wipe her memory if she tries to turn against humanity.
  • Self-Duplication: Pandor can split into four copies. Anything learned by one is immediately shared with the other three, letting them gather data about their opponents and adapt even if they lose. Three of her copies are defeated by Ai, with the last residing in Aoi's duel disk.
  • Start X to Stop X: Revolver reasons that sapient AI is an inevitability, so rather than try to prevent it, he'll make his own that he can control.

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