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    Tetsuo Takeda (Bronk Stone)
Voiced by: Makoto Shimada (JP), Sean Schemmel (EN)

Another one of Yuma's friends. He can be quite competitive and often finds humor in others' failings, particularly with Yuma, but he generally tends to be on Yuma's side. He uses a Clockwork Deck with his Ace Monster being Clockwork Shikigami.

Tropes exclusive to him in the second half:


    Cathy (Cathy Katherine)
Voiced by: Yuu Kobayashi (JP), Bella Hudson (EN)

A shy girl in Yuma's class who has a crush on him. Eventually joins the group when he starts paying attention to her after they duel. Uses a cat- and Cat Girl-themed deck.

  • Action Girl: Outside of duels, she's surprisingly... cat-like in her reflexes and agility.
  • The Beastmaster: She can command a legion of cats to do her bidding.
  • Big Fancy House: One with a rather gothic, cat-like theme. In the manga version, it has a high-tech computer lab in the basement that the Numbers Club use for their headquarters.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Thanks to Girag in episode 81.
  • Cat Girl: Technically, it's cat ear-shaped hair, but it's close enough. She also meows occasionally, and can communicate with cats. Her deck has the Xyz monsters Twin-Tail Cat Lady and Cat Girl Magician, which are bona-fide Cat Girls.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Not as crazy as other examples, but she's still up there.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the second half of the show. Despite being the best duelist out of Yuma's friends, she only duels in one episode and spends the entirety of the series not really doing anything.
  • Engaging Conversation: In the manga, she shows off all her cool tech, and then casually points out to Yuma that if he marries her, all this will be his. Kotori was not pleased.
  • Expy: Of Kuroneko.
  • Femme Fatalons: Has a pair of gloves with cat-like claws on the fingertips.
  • Free-Range Children: Her parents have never been seen or even mentioned; how she supports herself - and she's clearly very well-off - is unknown.
  • The Glasses Come Off: When she duels so that she may fasten her duel gazer.
  • Gothic Lolita: Her dueling outfit.
  • Graceful Loser: Towards Dog-chan.
  • Hair Decorations: Her cat-ears are formed by triangular hair clips.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Literally pushes Tori to go with Yuma to Barian World, accepting that Tori is able to support Yuma better than she could.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: She's a rather nice girl (if rather timid), and gets along very well with cats.
  • Magic Skirt: Like every girl in school.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Cathy is, well, strange. Most of the time, her cat-like features are a costume or a hairstyle, but she does have a strange ability to communicate and control actual cats, and when angry, seems to turn feral for a brief few seconds, sometimes with claws. None of this was ever explained
  • Meganekko: Pun definitely intended.
  • Ninja: Perhaps not officially, but she's got plenty of the moves.
  • Not Brainwashed: She wasn't stalking Yuma because she was brainwashed, she just wanted his attention.
  • Shrinking Violet: Is incredibly shy and soft-spoken normally.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Early on towards Yuma, but eventually comes to openly follow him along with the rest of his friends.

    Takashi Todoroki (Caswell Francis) 

Takashi Todoroki (Caswell Francis)
Voiced by: Taishi Murata (JP), Jason Griffith (EN)

The class president and another one of Yuma's friends.

  • Catchphrase: "To sum it up..." The dub renders this as "In the end..."
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Referred to as "Class Rep" more than his actual name. He temporarily loses the position to Yuma, but he later gets it back because Yuma acknowledges that he is a terrible rep.
  • Lawful Stupid: Temporarily, when made the Disciplinary Commander.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Played for Laughs when he blackmails Ukyo, one of his own teachers, into helping them find Yuma's key.
  • Nice Guy: He can be a bit smarmy at times, but he's the class representative because he often goes out of his way to help people.
  • Playful Hacker: Runs a Debugger deck
  • The Smart Guy: Fills in as Mr. Exposition for a while.

    Tokunosuke Omoteura (Flip Turner)
Voiced by: Aki Kaneda (JP), Matt Hoverman (EN)

A clever if somewhat creepy boy who used trickery and cheating when dueling his opponents and believed everyone was a bad person underneath. Yuma defeated him and proved otherwise, and the two became friends in the process. After taking one of Don Thousand's Fake Numbers in the hopes of helping Yuma, he is sacrificed in order to merge the Barian World and Earth together.

  • Defeat Means Friendship: Not completely deserved though, see below.
  • Easily Forgiven: Especially since he's still getting into trouble and his antics result in Yuma coming close to losing in a 2-vs-1 duel, though a major part of that is the fact that Astral is being kept captive by No. 96.
  • Expy: Of Insector Haga, both in appearance and in tactics (sneaking your opponent a card just to cheat them).
  • Freudian Excuse: When he was younger, a bunch of kids cheated him out of his cards, breaking his faith in others and convincing him to resort to cheating to win.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Not well deserved.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Baby Tiragon he snuck into Yuma's deck ends up allowing Yuma to win.
    • Thought that taking one of Don Thousand's artificial Number cards would allow him to help Yuma. Instead, he's converted to energy and is sacrificed.
  • Meaningful Name: His dub name, which reflects on his philosophy and dueling style. Strangely, his last name didn't turn up until a character bio on Nicktoons' website. His Japanese name similarly references Omote-ura, roughly the concept of being two-faced.
  • The Millstone: Rarely if ever makes any positive contributions to the group's goal, and hinders them significantly at least three times (getting Yuma into trouble with Gauche and Droite, stealing Yuma's invitation, taking one of the Fake Numbers and not telling the others).
  • Nerd Glasses: But Yuma thinks they're cool. (In the dub.)
  • Pragmatic Hero: Even after he befriends Yuma, Flip retains his willingness to push moral boundaries, though he is firmly on the good side.
  • The Smart Guy: Street smart to the Rep's tech smart.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: Hands out fake Heart Pieces during the Duel Carnival. This later comes back to bite him in the ass when Gauche and Droite find out.
  • Verbal Tic: "-ura," which results in a rather amusing scene in episode 66 when Yuma goes Zexal in front of the WDC audience and they mishear it as "Zexal-ura" due to Tokunosuke's tic.

    Ukyo Kitano (Mr. Kay)
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (JP), Darren Dunstan (EN)

The adviser of the protagonists' class and a teacher in their school. A kind hearted man that has a "small" hobby in hacking. Also the original holder of No. 34: Terror-Byte.

  • Never Live It Down: invokedIs reminded several times in the series about how much unintentional havoc his hacking caused near the beginning of the series, and is even blackmailed by the main cast to do a bit more hacking because of it.
  • Playful Hacker: His normal behavior and his Numbers-possessed behavior.
  • The Perfectionist: What he was like when he was controlled by Terror-Byte.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Seriously, he never had any evil motive. He was just trying to complete a city-wide AR circuit through hacking!

    Fuya Okudaira (Nelson Andrews)
Voiced by: Yuichi Iguchi (JP), Wayne Grayson (EN)

A child actor who plays a superhero character called Different Dimension ESPer Robin. (The Sparrow in the English dub.) However, he doesn't initially enjoy the acting lifestyle all that much, and only performs out of love for his mother. After meeting with Yuma, he becomes more outgoing and willing to go against his rather controlling mother's wishes. The original holder of No. 83: Galaxy Queen.


    Anna Kozuki (Anna Kaboom)
Voiced by: Rei Mochizuki (JP), Suzy Myers (EN)

A tomboyish and somewhat violent girl who confuses Yuma with an old crush of hers who she never got the chance to confess to. Even after the truth is revealed, she decides that she likes Yuma and comes to his aid every now and again.

Anna plays with a Train deck which revolves around summoning ridiculously high-level monsters. Her dueling style is very overpowering, but most of her cards require her to get rid of her backrow and/or hand to maintain, meaning she has few backup options.

  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: The opening and ending themes prominently feature her as if she is a main cast member. She appears in only eight episodes, with two of those only being cameos. Overall, she tends to appear once or twice an arc.
  • Bokukko: Although she actually uses the male-only "ore".
  • Bouquet Toss: In a Flashback scene, she catches it at Tobio and Umimi’s wedding, and finds that Umimi has hidden a strange game card inside of it; the card is key to winning the tag duel with Yuma – against a brainwashed Tobio and Umimi – in the present time.
  • BFG: Her cannon, which has enough power to take chunks out of skyscrapers.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Pulls this on the Duel Coaster to save Yuma from being overwhelmed by a 3-on-1 duel. Then she fires blasts from her cannon at Mizael.
  • Boobs of Steel: Largest breasts of the female cast, and one of the better duelists among them.
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: She's strong enough to punch through concrete.
  • Cute Bruiser: After she develops her crush on Yuma, she tends to blush around him and act a bit less Hot-Blooded.
  • Cool Train: Her entire deck is centered around them. Her ace card is the culmination of the two: the utterly ridiculous Super Dreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max, a rank 10 Xyz requiring two level 10 monsters.
  • Easily Forgiven: Yeah, Yuma and Tori don't seem to mind the little incident where she tried to kill them and blew up half of downtown Heartland in the process... Or the one where she beat up and tied up one of the Duel Carnival finalists in order to get on the Duel Coaster... (Maybe it's because she helped him with the Fallguys, but still...)
  • Faux Action Girl: Sadly, loses every onscreen duel she's in; the closest she comes to a victory is losing a Tag Duel that her partner won.
  • Fiery Redhead: Well, it's more pink than red, but the point stands.
  • Forgotten Childhood Friend: The reason why she's quite literally gunning for Yuma. Ultimately subverted; turns out she had him mixed up with someone else.
  • Gainaxing: Happens a few times.
  • Genki Girl: A more aggressive one.
  • Glass Cannon: Her dueling style, as Astral notes. She has easy-to-summon monsters with insane attack, including one that rivals Five God Dragon, but they often require high costs to maintain or lock down her own spells/traps so she has virtually no protection if something goes awry.
  • The Gunslinger: With her cannon.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Non-lethal example on two separate occasions, making a move in a duel that has taken her out in order to help Yuma. (Neither duel had any lethal stakes involved - for her at least - so she survived both times. This seems to echo her reckless nature.)
    • Her defeat during the Barian Emperor Onslaught was almost a real one, but she and the others were restored due to Yuma's victory over Nasch.
  • Hot-Blooded: She makes Yuma look tame.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Pretty much none of her backstory is explained. Why is she so strong? Where did she get that cannon? Why is she so crazy? We may never know.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: She's even worse than Yuma.
  • Mistaken Identity: The reason Yuma doesn't remember her is because she isn't a childhood friend. Anna was mistaking him for someone named Yuya Tsukune. (Kumo Tsuyuma in the dub.)
  • Multicolored Hair: She has red hair on top and orange on the bottom.
  • Played for Laughs: Her intro episode, which starts with her trying to murder Yuma with a giant cannon.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Flashbacks show her in a nice white dress, and she pulls off the look quite well.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Wields a giant cannon.
  • Shout-Out: To Kallen Kozuki of Code Geass.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: A cannon that can turn into a flying machine. How about that?
  • Tomboy: To the point where she refers to herself with the very masculine pronoun "ore".
  • Tsundere: A sterling example of one.
  • Woman Scorned: Thankfully she's also a tsundere.
  • Yandere: Not quite, but she came awfully close...

    Rio Kamishiro (Rio Kastle)
Voiced by: Megumi Han (JP), Alyson Leigh Rosenfield (EN)

Shark's younger twin sister, and also a genius at dueling. She resents being seen only as "Shark's sister" or simply a decoration, and has therefore resolved to become strong enough to be both respected in her own right and able to defend herself against those who would use her against Shark.

She had a previous human incarnation as the princess of an island kingdom, while Shark was the king. An enemy prince (Vector's past incarnation) attacked said kingdom and, after having his Gorgonic Guardians defeated, summoned a deity (No. 73 Abyss Splash the Roaring Waterfall Diety) to smite the kingdom for good. However, a knight riding a Pegasus (Durbe) arrived to assist, giving Rio the opportunity to sacrifice herself to summon another deity (No. 94 Crystal Zero the Polar Ice Princess) to counter. She was eventually reincarnated as Merag, one of the Seven Barian Emperors, but was killed by Vector, who was also reincarnated as a Barian, and was reincarnated into her present life before regaining her past memories and turning back into Merag.

Rio fights with a Penguin deck. Her Xyz monsters focus on "freezing" the field and cutting off the opponent's resources.

  • Accidental Misnaming: Dislikes it when Yuma calls her "Shark's sister" or variations of it.
  • The Ace: Is good at pretty much everything and explains that she wants to be strong so she is recognized as something besides "Shark's sister" and so that no one will ever use her to get to Shark again.
  • Action Girl:
    • Just watch her take on an entire soccer team by her lonesome and WIN.
    • Then she duels a Barian opponent who only saw her as a potential hostage. She wins again.
  • Adaptational Modesty: The dub changes her black stockings and Zettai Ryouiki into Proper Tights with a Skirt.
  • Ambiguously Human: Has been shown to have a power that allows to her sense Barians, as well as entering trancelike states that let her know when they're coming. Then we learn that she herself is a Barian.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Likes to be one towards Ryouga.
  • Ascended Extra: Initially, she was just a part of Shark's backstory and only appeared on-screen bandaged up in the hospital. Come ZEXAL II, she becomes a lot more prominent.
  • Badass in Distress: In Episode 114 due to being infected by Kurage's jellyfish poison.
  • Big Sister Mentor To Kotori for dueling.
  • Child Prodigy: Said to be a duelist equal to Shark.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Though alive, her injuries produce the same motivation for Shark.
  • Dark Action Girl: Joins the Barians after regaining her memories
  • Demonic Possession: Done to her by Abyss in order to give Shark a Secret Test of Character through their duel.
  • Dead All Along: Rio and Shark both died in the car accident that killed their parents. Not only did they manage not to notice this, but Rio has been hospitalized twice since then. The fact that she's a Barian is obviously connected to the fact that nobody else noticed this, either.
  • Dude Magnet: Her appearance wins the attention of the guys, including Tetsuo's.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Doesn't like to be seen simply as "Shark's sister".
  • Establishing Character Moment: Long-term Yu-Gi-Oh viewers probably expected her to be an Expy of Serenity from the first series. When she finally lost the bandages from her eyes, the first thing she did was...insult Shark for dueling badly before turning away in disgust.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After regaining her memories as Merag, she defects from the heroes and joins the rest of the Barian Emperors to protect her people.
  • The Faceless: Until ZEXAL II, she was always shown in the hospital, covered in bandages.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Downplayed, But Abyss-possessed Rio is wearing a replica of the outfit worn by Merag/Marin during her human life. How did he change her into that outfit?
  • Hello, Nurse!: Most of the school's male students instantly start swooning over her, including Tetsuo.
  • An Ice Person: Uses ice monsters.
  • Ill Girl: Stuck in the hospital, she is this way after receiving extensive burns from a duel with IV, who was actually doing it on Tron's orders.
  • Magic Skirt: Somehow plays soccer, does martial arts, basketball, and a number of other activities that involve a lot of movement without her incredibly short school skirt causing any problems.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Episode 81 had a "beach volleyball duel" that was a well-crafted excuse to put her in a bikini.
  • Multicolored Hair: Her hair has darker and lighter shades of blue.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: She can sense Barians arriving on Earth, as well as what really happened in the Number ruins.
  • Noble Bird of Prey: Uses an ice winged beast type deck.
  • Not Brainwashed: Both she and Shark willingly abandon their human lives to make up for the mistakes of their past lives. She defeats Tetsuo and continues to stand by Barian World even after he succeeded in reminding her of her human self.
  • The Ojou: She is the Ice Queen type and within that, the Iron Lady type, the former being a discussed trope (it helps that she has an Ice-themed deck)
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Her past life wears a long, flowing white dress with plenty of decoration.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: In both considerable length and volume when in barian form.
  • She's Got Legs: The first shot of her return to school is a close-up shot of her bare thighs.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female Barian Emperor after transforming back into Merag.
  • Snake People: Uses a Gorgonic deck while possessed by Abyss.

    Rei Shingetsu (Ray Shadows)
Click here to see him post-reveal 
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (JP), Billy Bob Thompson (EN)

A transfer student to Yuma's school in Zexal II. He is a huge fan of Yuma (due to him being the WDC Champion) and has the energy and exuberance to match him.

His true identity is Vector, one of the Seven Barian Emperors and the one responsible for the events of the first season. In order to sabotage Yuma, he takes the identity of "Rei Shingetsu" and carries out an elaborate long con, including the fake "reveal" that he was a fictional "Barian's Guardian." Because of this, he is able to convince Yuma to include "Barian's" cards in his deck, after which he stages "Rei's" kidnapping to draw Yuma into the Barian World and reveals his true identity.

For tropes applicable to his true form, see Seven Barian Emperors > Vector.

  • Anime Hair: It's considered ridiculous even in terms of the franchise.
  • Badass Adorable: A kind, well-meaning, friendly guy who makes a fool of himself in front of others with extreme regularity - and also makes a living out of leading evil Barians. Subverted to high hell after The Reveal, though.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: By the Barian's Force card for an extremely short time in episode 85. Subverted in that he was actually evil and crazy anyway.
  • Butt-Monkey: In a similar fashion to Yuma. Case in point, during episode 87 he attempts to find a shortcut to school to stop he and Yuma from being late again - and then they both end up getting chased by a pack of dogs because of it.
  • Catchphrase: "Yokare to omotte!" It was originally translated as "Let's think positive," but that didn't fit the context for most of his uses of it, and it's now translated as either "Meaning well"/"I only mean well," "With the best intentions," or "It's for the best."
    • In the dub, he likes to say that he does things "the 'Ray Way'".
    • As Vector, he's used the phrase "Yokarane koto o hajimeyou janai ka", which can be simplified to "With the worst intentions"/"Let's start something for the worst".
  • Crash-Into Hello: How he's introduced, though in a somewhat questionable fashion.
  • Distressed Dude: Subverted. Turns out to be a case of Faked Kidnapping in order to lure Yuma in. See Take Me Instead entry below
  • Establishing Character Moment: Introduced as running late to school and then tripping over Yuma because he didn't stop in time, pretty much cementing the fact that he's an energetic (and accident-prone) force to rival Yuma himself.
  • Expy: To a degree, he can be considered an expy of Johan and Bruno from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's; all three are new friends to the protagonist who appear a significant way into the series, and share enough similarities to the protagonist for them to hit it off as friends easily. Except he's actually legitimately evil, instead of forced evil like Johan or "evil" but very helpful like Bruno.
    • And to Jack Atlas. At least in hairstyle and looks.
    • He's a bit like Banner with the whole "innocent façade hiding the fact that he's one of the bad guys" thing.
    • His biggest one, though, is Bakura: both are Sixth Ranger Traitors who appear later than the other protagonists, both use their initial friendships to lure the protagonists into a trap, both are sadistic, dirty fighters, and extremely clever, both are subordinate to an ancient dark being, both are reincarnations of a historical figure who was a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds, both lose frequently but usually manage to pull something out of it, and both are defeated right before the Big Bad. They even both ran mill decks at one point.
  • Fiery Redhead: Not too much, but he is Hot-Blooded. Played straighter after The Reveal, while also doubling as an Evil Redhead.
  • Foreshadowing: The monsters he uses as Rei during the duel with Girag are happy, cute creatures; however, when they attack or use an effect, they show slight hints of dark, shadowy intentions, providing a clue to Rei's true nature.
  • Hot-Blooded: Not surprising, considering this series.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: His hair has so many different spikes that it'd be practically impossible to maintain in reality.
  • Insistent Terminology: Yuma isn't his partner, Yuma is his subordinate.
  • Knight Templar: Shows signs of this after attacking and injuring Alito for no apparent reason.
  • Large Ham: He's incredibly over-the-top for various reasons, to the point where the fandom's divided on whether it's annoying or endearing.
  • Light Is Not Good: Uses LIGHT-attributed monsters...while secretly being the Big Bad.
  • The Load: Considers himself this, as do the other characters to some degree. In reality, he's quite the opposite.
    Rei: I know. I'm terrible at dueling. I'm cowardly and useless.
  • Master Actor: Effortlessly switches between foolish, well-intentioned middle school student Rei Shingetsu, and his "true" persona of the Barian's Guardian, who is utterly serious, and somewhat cold and demeaning, to his actual true persona of Vector who is the Big Bad and a sadistic jerk who loves mocking people.
    Rei: Shingetsu Rei is an act this world must buy.
  • Meaningful Name/Incredibly Lame Pun: The kanji for "Rei" can also be read as "zero". The first thing we see him do in a duel a 0 ATK monster. In attack position, no less.
    • The Dub Name also qualifies. Ray can be used to refer to Light, the attribute of his Shining Monsters (And his Number: Masquerade (Masquerade Magician - Shining in the Japanese)). While Shadows is a rather obvious tell for Darkness and is the attribute of the Umbral horror monster (and by extension his Chaos Number)
    • There's a Genius Bonus in there too: in mathematics, a ray is represented by the same symbol as... a vector.
  • Nightmare Face: Done as part of The Reveal. Just before revealing his true form, Rei adopts a twisted face where his whole face seems to be twisted into a V shape.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: He's remarkably fine with chatting to Yuma while Yuma's head is still between his legs due to the position they fell in, gets rather huggy with him and drags him off with a piggyback at the end of 76.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Seems to have been the only one to really find Girag's Sports Duel Tournament suspicious.
    • Finally confirmed properly in episode 88, which reveals that he's part of a faction of Barians who protect rather than destroy, and his job is basically to get rid of the destructive Barians for the sake of protecting Earth and the Astral World.
      • And then turns out to be even more a case of this trope, since he's actually the villain responsible for the events of series 1.
  • Purple Eyes: Fits the "strange or mysterious talents/heritage".
  • The Reveal: When he tosses "Rank Up Magic - Limited Barian's Force" to Yuma, finally confirming that he's a Barian.
    • And then again in 96, when he begins to stand up from being "dead," much to Yuma's relief...and then laughs horribly and mockingly, tells Yuma he was "just kidding," and transforms into Vector.
  • Shout-Out: His purpose in the plot (a supposed friend who is Evil All Along) is similar to Ren Krawler.
  • Sixth Ranger: Joins the group in Zexal II.
  • Take Me Instead: Essentially pulls this in 94 when he dives in front of Vector's magical hand before it grabs Yuma and ends up getting kidnapped in his place. Turns out to be a case of Faked Kidnapping/Decoy Damsel.
  • Tender Tears: Episode 87, when he points out that while he may be useless and an awful duelist, he's still Yuma's friend and therefore doesn't want him to fight Girag alone when it was Rei he wanted to fight in the first place. May or may not have been Crocodile Tears.
  • Walking Spoiler: Take note of the number of spoilers. Let's just say there's more to him than meets the eye.


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