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    Haruto Tenjo (Hart Tenjo) 
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As of Zexal II 
Voiced by: Yuko Sanpei (JP), Rebecca Soler (EN)

Kaito's brother, whose illness can only be cured if Kaito gathers the Numbers monsters.

In the manga, he owns No. 28: Titanic Moth.


Tropes exclusive to him in the first half:

  • Berserk Button: Do not harm Kaito. Do not insinuate that you're going to harm Kaito. Do not remind Haruto of an event in which Kaito was harmed. He will find a way to utterly wreck you.
  • Creepy Child: Before he even appeared, fans were calling him 'Creepy Moon Child' for his appearance in the opening. When he finally did appear, he took the trope Up to Eleven.
    Haruto: I need more and more screams...
  • Creepy Cute: Sometimes; when he's acting creepy, he comes across as genuinely creepy, but his design also fits fairly squarely into a typical cute child design.
  • Creepy Monotone: Most of the time, though quite noticable in episode 40; even when he's panicking, his voice is still fairly monotone.
  • Cute and Psycho: Oh look, an adorable little kid who looks up to and loves his brother...and spends many of his days bombing innocent beings of another world.
  • Demonic Possession: The source of his "disease." Alien Possession would be more accurate; the possessor is Vector.
  • Designated Victim: Though he often finds ways to assist in getting himself out of these situations. Expresses guilt about this (and the fact that Kaito and Yuma often endanger themselves to help him) in episode 71.
    Haruto: Yuma...brother...always for my sake...for me...
  • Dissonant Laughter: In episode 13, when he starts giggling extremely creepily after we've just heard the screams of the beings victim to the trash-bomb attacks on the Astral World.
  • Double Consciousness: Is essentially split between his forcibly insane half, and his sweet, kind child half, which occasionally surfaces for a heartwarming moment before sinking again. The "sweet, kind child" half returns for good in episode 71, where it finally breaks through from where it had been locked away.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good
    Haruto: Brother, why are they laughing?
  • Fantastically Indifferent: Upon first seeing Astral (who is generally reacted to with shock, awe or similar), he doesn't ask anything about his ghostly appearance, why he's floating, or other entirely valid questions. No, Haruto has much bigger concerns.
    Haruto: ...Aren't you cold?
  • Flashback Nightmare: When he attempts to sleep at Yuma's house in episode 40, he has a nightmare about the time he and Kaito attempted to escape Heartland Tower. Needless to say, it didn't end well.
  • Improbable Age/Older Than They Look: A flashback Kaito has to five years ago shows Haruto looking fairly similar to what he does at present, giving the implication that Haruto is actually around Yuma's age or slightly younger as opposed to about 8.
  • It's All My Fault: Has a guilt-trip in episode 71 because he percieves that the danger Kaito and Yuma are in at that point is largely his fault.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Started off as just being this to Kaito, since whenever he goes missing Kaito tends to go into something resembling berserker rage until he's returned. As of episode 72-73, he also acts as this to Dr. Faker to a degree, making him the emotional crutch of the Tenjo family in general.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Though it may be down to his "disease".
  • Mental World: The house where he and Kaito lived as children, which he drags Yuma into several times to ask for his help in saving Kaito or saving his own mind from Tron's influence.
  • No Social Skills: During his time on the streets of Heartland, he crosses a busy road without traffic lights, sends parts of vehicles to another dimension, and is out of place at the Tsukumo household's dinner until Astral shows him to eat.
    • He really seems to be unaware of his surroundings entirely.
  • Now, Let Me Carry You: His speech to Tron in episode 43 demonstrates this fairly well.
    Haruto: You have no idea how much my brother protects me. How much he wants to protect me. This time...I will protect my brother!
  • Person of Mass Destruction: When he has a flashback-induced Freak Out! in episode 40, it's mentioned that he could potentially destroy everything with his powers.
  • Reality Warper: Is capable of tearing open portals between dimensions.
  • Sphereof Destruction: When he's angry, in danger or upset, he can create a sphere which transports anything within it that isn't in contact with him to another dimension.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Caramel is important to him, due to a significant event in his backstory involving it, but his actual favourite food/drink is hot chocolate.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has light blue hair.

Tropes exclusive to him in the second half:

  • Put on a Bus: Justified, given that there's no way in hell that Kaito would want him involved in the Interdimensional War again.
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    Orbital 7 
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Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (JP), Sean Schemmel (EN)

A robot who assists Kaito in Numbers hunting through the use of a variety of abilities, most prominent of which is the power to stop time.


    Mr. Heartland 
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Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP), Marc Thompson (EN)

The mayor of Heartland, Mr. Heartland works with Dr. Faker and is Kaito's handler. He is the holder of a fake Number card created by Don Thousand: No. 1: Infection Baal Zebul.

In the manga he owns No. 82: Heartlandraco and No. 52: Diamond Crab King.


Tropes exclusive to him in the first half:

  • Affably Evil
  • Catchphrase: "Heart Burning!", said during his public appearances.
  • Combat Commentator: During the WDC finals.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: He's a lot more cruel and evil than his outwardly happy and energetic personality would suggest.
  • Disney Villain Death: Plummets to his doom after the power to his flying platform is cut.
  • The Dragon: To Faker originally, then to Vector later.
  • Egopolis: He named the city after himself!
  • Expy: He is very similar to Pegasus from the first series. Like for example putting together a seemingly harmless tournament only for it to really have dark intentions behind it. Not to mention how Ambiguously Gay he seems, even more so than Pegasus did.
    • He's even more of an expy in the manga. His Heart Monster deck is reminiscent of Pegasus' Toon deck in terms of strategy, and his Mind X-Ray is similar to the Millenium Eye's Mind Scan ability. His fate also mirrors Pegasus' own in the manga: both are kiled by another antagonist who ends up being a bigger threat.
  • Gratuitous English: Heart Burning!
  • Insistent Terminology:
    "It's Mr. Heartland-sama."
  • Large Ham: When commentating.
  • Multicolored Hair: Two shades of green, similar to Kotori's, actually.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: In Gauche's flasback from episode 59.
  • Sissy Villain: In fact, in the dub version, when Yuma first meets him, he makes the same mistake that Judai first made when he fist met Professor Chronos in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, mistaking him for the wrong gender. (Heartland wasn't amused either, but he forgot about it when he saw Yuma's pendant, which he was very interested in.)

Tropes exclusive to him in the second half:

  • Animal Motifs: Flies.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Has been turned into a fly.
    • And now Vector gave him some of Don Thousand's power, resulting in him transforming back and becoming The Dragon
  • Berserk Button: Pretty much anything concerning Kaito or Kaito interrupting him/not acting the way he wants.
  • Catchphrase: "Fly Burning!" is his new one ever since he turned into a fly and after becoming a human again.
  • The Dragon: It appears he, rather than a Barian, has become Vector's chief agent, even commanding numerous other agents in the field. Including scary, memory stealing Semimaru.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: Not only is he Vector's Dragon, but he's also narcissistic and break downs into tears when a statue of himself is destroyed.
  • The Final Temptation: Not truly a straight example – as Yuma is wide awake – but right before Yuma duels Semimaru he makes an offer like this that he sees as a way for Yuma to avoid trouble, especially now that Astral is missing and presumed dead. If Yuma simply gives him the Numbers, he’ll release the hostages without a fight, and even tell Semimaru to delete everyone’s memories of Astral, forever, making their life the way it was before the fighting ever began. Still, Yuma can’t make himself agree, seeing those memories as priceless. (Clearly, Heartland didn’t understand the bond between them any more than Jin did.)
  • Fixing the Game: He tries to rig the duel between III and Yuma and Semimaru, halving their life points and adding it to Semimaru's.
  • From Bad to Worse: You thought it was bad when Astral vanished after the duel with Black Mist? Well, now Heartland is back, more powerful, and has made a nightmarish new scheme with Vector.
  • Killed Off for Real: This probably happened after he dueled Kaito during the Legendary Numbers War, and it was not a Disney Death this time. He was assaulted by a mob of the Fake Numbers he had used to overrun Heartland City, and was burned alive.
    • Pretty much confirmed in the final episode as he and the other members of the Fearsome Four are the only ones not to be revived.
    • Heavily implied to happen to him after losing to Kyoji in the manga.
  • One-Winged Angel: Eventually he assumes a Barian form, which is hideous, even when compared to other residents of Barian World. It's still insect-like, but hulking, muscular, and demonic, with a head that mutates into a bulbous thorax with jagged teeth and a set of jagged mandibles across his face. He also has seven red eyes along his abdomen and one at the top of his forehead.
  • Super Empowering: It appears Semimaru got his powers from Heartland.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: An Implied Trope, and a subversion. He thinks he's this, and admits he's one. In fact, before his duel with Kaito, he quotes the famous quote on the Trope page by Bernard of Clairvaux almost word-for-word. However, it's doubtful most would agree he does what he does for anything other than greed and lust for power.

    Dr. Faker 
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Voiced by: Shinji Ogawa (JP), Ryan Stadler (EN)

The man at the center of the Faker faction. The mad scientist who controls Heartland City from behind the scenes; he created the Photon series to hunt Numbers, as well inventing the D-Gazer contacts and Duel Anchor that Kaito, Gauche, Droite and the Tron brothers use. Bears a mysterious grudge against Xyz Monsters in general, and has bone to pick with the Astral World. The main antagonist to the first three seasons of Zexal. His deck theme is "Garbage," and based on getting out two main Number monsters; No. 53: Fake-Body God, Heart-eartH and No. 92: Fake-Body God Dragon, Heart-eartH Dragon.


  • Arch Nemesis Dad: To Kaito.
  • Big Bad: Of ZEXAL I, with Vector serving as the Greater-Scope Villain.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Tron.
  • Dead All Along: His fate in the manga turns out to be this. He died of natural causes a year before the story began, but Mr. Heartland covered it up to usurp his positions for his own ends.
  • Deal with the Devil: His deal with the Barians.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Of the first three arcs.
  • Expy: His Heart-eartH has several aesthetic and effect similarities to Pegasus' Relinquished from the original show in how it gains Attack Reflector properties after equipping monsters while confusing opponents with its initial paltry attack stats.
  • Good All Along: Everything he has done was all for the sake of keeping Haruto alive.
  • Mad Scientist: But not as mad as everyone thought.
  • Man Behind the Man: He's Mr. Heartland's boss, actually. The Barian World could be considered this to Dr. Faker.
  • Large Ham: Good god, does he ham it up.
  • Loophole Abuse: In the three-on-one duel against Yuma, Kaito, and Shark during the Season Finale of season one, he starts the duel with 12,000 Life Points (triple the normal amount) while his opponents share a pool of 4,000. (And this is his condition.) While it seems fair on the surface, it is not; it gives him a huge advantage. (If he had let his three opponents each use an individual Life Point total of 4,000, then him starting with triple the amount might have been fair.)
  • Love Makes You Evil: His love for Haruto, his son, has led him to commit several horrific acts over the course of the series. His betrayal of Byron and Kazuma, collecting the Numbers Cards, and the attempted destruction of the Astral World were all for the sake of keeping Haruto alive.
  • Obviously Evil: His name is "Faker".
  • Oh, Crap!: After a momentary Hope Spot, Vector says Faker's name, and you can practically see him crap bricks when he hears it.
  • Orcus on His Throne: For most of ZEXAL I. Justified since he's already done his part, there's nothing he can do to advance his plan at this point.
  • Puppet King: His role in the manga is... rather different, to say the least. He'd actually already died about a year before, of the same disease ailing his son, and Heartland locked up his mummified corpse in his lab and projected holograms of him to legitimize his own corrupt rule.
  • The Reveal: Fans were more then a little surprised to find out he's actually Kaito and Haruto's father.
    • Even more surprising is the revelation that he actually cares about his children, and in fact, has been doing everything for the sake of keeping Haruto alive.
    • In the manga, the fact that he was Dead All Along; all the times we'd seen him were ruses created by Heartland.
  • Robot Master: Presumably he designed and built the small army of robots used to collect the trash which is then used as ammunition in his assault on Astral World, which are later used by Heartland as Mecha-Mooks against Shark and Kaito.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Seems to believe that the 'Astral World' is a threat to the world as a whole, and so is doing all this to fight it.
    • That actually turns out to be a lie, but surprisingly, this trope is still played straight. The truth is that Faker made a deal with the Barian World; in exchange for keeping Haruto alive, Faker would destroy the Astral World.
    • Played straight in the manga, as his attacks on the 'Astral World' are his desperate attempts to cure Haruto, not knowing that doing so play straight into the hand of E'Rah, who cursed Haruto into being fragile since birth.
  • Xanatos Gambit: While Kaito's loss against Tron was unexpected and surprised him, it still didn't affect his plans. His real goal was for as many numbers as possible to be collected so that they could be used in the Sphere Field, the arena for the WDC finals which collects their energy for his own use. With Tron taking Kaito's Numbers, nothing actually changed.

    Gauche (Nistro) 
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Voiced by: Go Shinomiya (JP), Jason Griffith (EN)

A hot-blooded duelist and one of Heartland's assistants, he originally takes the role of administrator for the WDC. However, his duel with Yuma causes him to enter the tournament in order to settle the score with him. His first deck shown is a "Bounzer" deck, with the ace monster being Photon Strike Bouncer. His real deck is a "Heroic" deck, with the ace monster Heroic Champion - Excalibur.


Tropes exclusive to him in the first half:

  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: A major theme of his Heroic Champion deck is raw power, particularly Heroic Champion - Excalibur.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Butt-Monkey: At times, especially after swearing he will be the only one to beat Yuma/Astral.
  • Childhood Friends: With Droite.
  • Child Soldiers: A flashback he has in episode 59 strongly suggests Mr. Heartland took him and Droite in at a young age.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: See his image.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's basically an older Yuma who happens to be working for the first series' villains. Note, older, not necessarily grown-up.
  • Foil: To Droite.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Follow the Leader: Played with. After his Bounzer deck uses to Yuma, he digs out his old Heroic deck to facilitate a quasi-Mirror Match against the boy when they battle next.
  • Friendly Enemy: A bit of a side effect due to his mindset of being The Only One Allowed to Defeat You, but Gauche seems to be warming up to Yuma. So much so that after losing to him in episode 59, he gives him Heroic Champion - Excalibur.
  • Go Nagai Sideburns
  • Heroic Second Wind: His ace monster can't attack unless Gauche is about to lose, but when it can attack, it can double its attack to 4000, meaning it can take out almost anything it's aimed at. He also has a card called Heroic Chance which doubles a Heroic monster's attack, which he used in a pinch.
  • Hot-Blooded: He could give Jack Atlas a run for his money in this department and even uses cards that punish defending, forcing his opponent to meet him on the attack.
  • Honor Before Reason: Opts to restore Yuma's life points to 4000 so they can have a duel on equal ground despite it being suggested that Mr. Heartland rigged the duel coaster to give Gauche an easy win.
    • In addition, he blatantly asks Yuma to use Utopia in the duel when normally at this point in the series, Yuma doesn't use Number monsters against opponents to who lack Numbers of their own.
  • Multicolored Hair: Nistro has flame-shaped dark red hair with a lighter red fringe.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Droite.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Gauche is the red to Droite's blue.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: After fighting Yuma once, and discovering that Yuma has the "original Number", Gauche makes it his mission to beat Yuma and one-up Kaito.
  • Theme Naming: Gauche and Droite mean "left" and "right" in French, respectively.
    • You can also apply this to their dub names, as "Nistro" is short for "sinistro", which means "left" in Italian, while "Dextra" comes from "dexter", another term for one's right which also means female right-handed in Portuguese.
    • Also with his Heroic Champions, which are named after mythical weapons: Excalibur, Gandiva and Kusanagi.
  • Villainous Friendship: Type 1 with Droite.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Yuma this. He even heals him to 4000 Life Points in episode 59 so they can have a true duel, and gets annoyed when Yuma doesn't go at full strength. And after losing, he gives Yuma his Heroic Champion - Excalibur.
  • Years Too Early: Said to his first opponent on the Duel Coaster.
  • Younger Than He Looks: He's 19, but sure as hell doesn't look like it.

Tropes exclusive to him in the second half:

    Droite (Dextra) 
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Voiced by: Yumi Fukamizu (JP), Eva Christensen (EN)

One of Heartland's assistants alongside Gauche, Droite is quite calm, cool and collected, and administrates the WDC alongside Gauche. She joins the tournament with him, however, and eventually shows her own motivations for doing so. Her deck theme is the "Butterfly Assassin" monsters, with her ace being Photon Butterfly Assassin, and it runs on a combination of lockdown and burn tactics that allow her low-ATK monsters to deal a lot of damage.


Tropes exclusive to her in the first half:

  • Action Girl
  • Boobs of Steel: Has one of the largest chests in the cast.
  • Childhood Friends: With Gauche.
  • Child Soldiers: A flashback Gauche has in episode 59 strongly suggests Mr. Heartland took her and Gauche in at a young age.
  • Foil: To Gauche.
  • Ice Queen
  • I Owe You My Life: To Kaito who saved her once, which is why she's been so protective of him.
  • Light Is Not Good: While not evil, she is still an antagonist with LIGHT monsters.
  • Multicolored Hair: Dextra has black hair with lighter purple highlights, with several fringes coming down past her brown eyes.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Droite wears a lot of pink, purple, and white
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Gauche. Him just asking her to keep Yuma a secret from Heartland is enough for her to do so.
  • Pretty Butterflies: Droite's entire deck consists of them. Though, strangely enough, only one of them is actually an Insect-Type monster, all the others being Warrior-type.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Well mostly, since her hair has some purple in it.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Droite is the blue to Gauche's red.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Most notably in episode 50, where she shows a lot of concern about Kaito when she finds out he's slowly dying from his Photon Change.
  • Theme Naming: Gauche and Droite mean "left" and "right" in French, respectively.
    • You can also apply this to their dub names, as "Nistro" is short for "sinistro", which means "left" in Italian, while "Dextra" comes from "dexter", another term for one's right which also means female right-handed in Portuguese.
  • Villainous Friendship: If she and Kaito can be considered villains at all, they would be considered Type III. She holds a Type One with Gauche, her Platonic Life Partner.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Her monsters are lacking in attack and her ace monsters are a bit weak, but she uses many spells and traps to make them very dangerous.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or rather purple.
  • Younger than She Looks: Not as drastic as Gauche, but 19 year-old Droite looks like she could easily be a matured woman in her twenties.

Tropes exclusive to her in the second half:

  • Beat the Curse Out of Him: In the team duel between her and Yuma against Alito and a Brainwashed Gauche, she tried this to cure Gauche, powering up her monster to incredible levels and attacking his monster, which had an effect that dealt Battle Damage to both of them, but kept Gauche from losing all his Life Points. She didn't fully cure him, but he remembered his true fighting style, and switched to fighting offensively, letting Yuma win. (As a bonus, this beat Alito's true memories into him.)
  • The Comically Serious: At one point it is imagined that she is wearing the same costume as Gauche. It is hilarious.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: After becoming Gauche's manager, she is more noticeably friendly towards other people.
  • Light Is Good: Her Photon Butterflies.
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