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     Phantom (General) 

A mysterious Entertainment Duelist who hacked into the Leo Corporation's Solid Vision System. Leo Corporation is pursuing him because of this and also because of his ownership of Pendulum Summoning, a method never otherwise seen and which Reiji is attempting to study.

Yuya is the primary personality of the Phantom, but also shares his body with three others, one of those being Yuto. They switch out based on which personality is most needed at the time, or in Yuya's case, when he wants to entertain someone and won't take no for an answer.

Tropes Associated with Phantom

  • Anime Hair: It even changes according to whoever is in control.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Yuto, Yugo, And Yuri are not exactly related, but they feel this way to Yuya. One of them will take over if they feel Yuya is being threatened or endangered. Turns out to be more literal, as the four of them are revealed to be brothers rather than split personalities.
  • Cessation of Existence: Yugo begins to suspect that Yuya will soon be left alone due to the others fading away, an idea with merit as the others begin to feel weaker and become translucent. As such, they want to try and teach Yuya as much as they can before they disappear. It eventually happens at the end of chapter 38 after they gave the last of their power to Yuya.
  • Coat Cape: They all wear a modified version of Yuya's jacket over their shoulders like a cape. It's the only thing that doesn't change when they switch personalities.
  • Kid from the Future: All of them, were in fact, from twenty years in the future.
  • Mind Hive: What Phantom truly seems to be. A large amount of Yugo's memories with Yuya that were stirred up during and after his duel showed Yuya and Yugo as kids living as separate beings, and when Yugo erased them, he had tears in his eyes over Yuya possibly remembering them, claiming they would cause Yuya nothing but pain and sorrow. Both Yuto and Yuri agreed with him that memories of the three must be erased, and that they would never let anyone hurt Yuya.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Implied Trope. The final chapter of the manga has Yuya promise he and Yuzu will meet again, and when Yuzu is next seen, she's shown meeting a teenaged Yusho. The implication being that Yuzu is Yuya, Yuto, Yugo, and Yuri's mother; this is later confirmed in the Jump Victory Carnival 2019 official guidebook.
  • Sharing a Body: Like Yugi and Yami.
  • Split Personality: All four of them, with Yuya as the dominant force. Subverted as they are later revealed to be siblings.
  • Unperson: The ultimate goal of the other "personalities" in erasing Yuya's memories of themselves, to make Yuya forget just who they really are. They all agree that if Yuya remembered who they were, it would break his heart.



Yuya Sakaki

An entertainment duelist that is wanted by Leo Corp for hacking into their Solid Vision system. Yuya plays an Odd-Eyes and Performapal deck, with the ace monster being Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon, a Level 7 Pendulum Monster.

Tropes associated with Yuya:

  • Accidental Pervert: A drowning Yuya is prompted by Yuzu to grab onto her... and he accidentally gropes her. Yuzu elbows him on the forehead in retaliation and covers her chest in embarrassment.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Although still a showman, this Yuya in general is much more of a Deadpan Snarker and loner.
  • Adaptational Badass: While he still duels for fun, he doesn't have the Willfully Weak trait of his anime incarnation.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: This Yuya is an expert hacker, while Yuya is somewhat Book Dumb in the anime.
  • Amnesiac Hero: He mentions that his memory is full of holes. The other personalities had a hand on that.
  • Badass Biker: After being taught how to ride a bike by Yugo.
  • Bishōnen & Cute Monster Girl: Yuya's Performapals are humanoids in this continuity.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: An incredible Duelist and capable hacker, but easily distracted by the prospect of entertaining small children...or enemies trying to hunt him down.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Yuya ogles the two Performapal girls he summons.
  • The Chosen Many: According to Ren, Yuya possesses something called "The Adam Factor".
  • Composite Character: Yuya's Odd-Eyes and Performapals have additional features from his other counterparts:
    • Yuya's Odd-Eyes Monsters are influenced by Yuto.
    • Performapals Ballad and Barracuda are inspired by Yuri's Predator Plants.
    • Performapal Rolling Samber is based on Yugo's Speedroid Den-Den Daiko Duke.
  • Cosmic Plaything: It wouldn't be Yuya if he's not this.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Hinted at. He said that he's gone through a lot, and has a smile when he admits to have a lot of holes in his memories.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly to Yuzu.
  • Ditzy Genius: Badass Duelist and a hacker who is able to break into a massive corporation's key systems. Doesn't read the fine print when offered an "autograph" and lands himself an unwanted manager and teaching job because of it.
  • Experienced Protagonist: The Phantom is introduced as an established figure with what seems to be a fair bit of history behind him. Stands in contrast to the anime, where Yuya's father was well-known, but he wasn't.
  • Expy: Yuya is similar to Yugi and Atem, in that he and Yuto can both switch in and out of control over their shared body and can influence the other into action. Yuya is also similar to Yugi in that he's kind and thoughtful to others while Yuto is similar to Atem's stoicism and cautious nature.
  • Friend to All Children: Like his anime incarnation, this Yuya doesn't like children crying and will risk his safety to entertain a crying child.
  • Gratuitous English: Only in the Japanese version:
    • "Ladies and Gentlemen!!"
    • "It's a Show Time!!"
    • "See You Again!"
  • In-Series Nickname: Is known by the name "Phantom". Also Called several times "Destiny Factor" by Reiji.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: His ace Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon. Turns out, his deck is a Odd-Eyes/Performapal deck.
  • In the Hood: He usually keeps a hood up.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Yuto's blue.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The Wise Guy to Yuto's Straight Man, being the one who tends to get them into trouble by being obtuse, absent-minded or just plain too nice for his own good.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Yuya does not know how to swim. Yuzu even compares him to a drowning moth. Fortunately for him, thanks to Solid Vision, he can use his monsters to help him.
  • Technician vs. Performer: The performer, as he is in the anime.



Yuto is another of the Phantom's personalities, and the first one shown in the story. Contrary to Yuya, Yuto is a more serious and responsible figure, focusing on the Phantom's main mission and getting them in and out of danger unscathed. He is less known than Yuya is, to the point that Yuya's enemies are actually unaware prior to the first chapter that Yuto even exists.

While he treats Yuya something like a ridiculous charge whose antics he has to put up with, he worries about him when he's at risk, and chooses to fight Leo Corporation in Yuya's stead in the early chapters. When not in control of the body, he appears as a ghostlike figure alongside Yuya, visible and audible to nobody except him.

Yuto plays a Phantom Knights deck focusing on mostly reactive Trap Monsters, and his ace monster is once again Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, a Rank 4 Xyz Monster until he reveals the Rank 7 Dark Anthelion Dragon, an Xyz-Pendulum hybrid.

Tropes associated with Yuto:

  • Adaptation Personality Change: Unlike his anime counterpart, this Yuto is a talkative Deadpan Snarker.
  • Adaptational Badass: Dark Anthelion Dragon can gain ATK and heal its controller by draining the ATK of an opponent's monster. And not only it is Rank 7 compared to Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon's Rank 4 and has 3000 ATK, but it is also a Scale 10, which compliments Clear Fast's 4 and Venemy's 1 Pendulum Scales.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed. While he's still the same badass from the anime (complete with his Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon), he ends up being backed into a corner by Sawatari, and needed to have Yuya take over.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Pretty much rings as this in regards to Yuya; he's the one who has to constantly remind him they have more important things to be doing, like escaping crime scenes, than stopping to entertain that crying kid they just passed.
  • Combat Commentator: Serves as this when not dueling himself, but in-universe Yuya is the only one who can hear it.
  • The Comically Serious: Plays off Yuya as this, especially since he doesn't seem to appreciate Yuya's Entertainment Dueling style all that much, and often protests when Yuya sidetracks them because of it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has shades of this.
    Yuto (in reference to Kurosaki): Appearance-wise, he looks just like Dracula.
  • Expy: Of Atem, even more than the Main Series Yuto. See Yuya's entry above.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: When he wears a suit and glasses he looks like a completely different, more handsome person, mentioning how grown-up he feels. Lampshaded by Yuya, who tells him he looks like a sharp businessman.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: His aces, Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon and Dark Anthelion Dragon.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Despite the fact that by virtue of being one of Yuya's other personalities, he's just as much the Phantom as Yuya is, all their enemies seem to be entirely focused on capturing Yuya and pretty much ignore his additional presence in the body.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Yuya's red.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The Straight Man to Yuya's Wise Guy, commenting on the absurdity of his behaviour and dueling philosophy, admonishing him for getting them into trouble because of it, and such like.
  • Team Dad: Seems to be the one putting himself in charge of keeping Yuya and the other two personalities on track. To the point he's elected to cover for Yuri and Yugo as they journey off inside Yuya's mind.
  • Technician vs. Performer: The technician, as he occasionally comments on Yuya's failure to "properly" pull off a move or an escape.
    Yuto: You’re a magician and all, but I can’t say I like the way you made your escape. You just put up a smokescreen and then bailed out.
  • The Worf Effect: Dissimilar from Atem, Yuto finds himself having to let Yuya take the reins whenever he finds himself backed into a corner.


Yugo is one of Phantom's personalities. Like his anime counterpart, Yugo is a hot blooded guy who cares for Yuya, volunteering to chase down the person who invaded his mind. In his first appearance, he and Yuri journey off in Yuya's mind, erasing memories to keep him from remembering something.

Yugo uses a Speedroid deck like his anime counterpart but his ace monster is Clear Wing Fast Dragon, a level 7 Synchro Pendulum monster. Unlike his anime counterpart, his deck focuses on both Synchro and Pendulum Summoning rather than just Synchro.

Tropes Associated with Yugo

  • Adaptation Personality Change: His anime counterpart prefers to enjoy Dueling without even bothering about winning or losing. This Yugo, however, is a Glory Seeker.
  • Adaptational Badass: Clear Wing Fast Dragon is what Clear Wing Synchro Dragon would have been if it was a Pendulum Synchro Monster.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Averted. Unlike Yuri and Yuto, Yugo defeated his opponent without needing to have Yuya take over.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Played for laughs in his first meeting with Yuzu.
    Yugo: I'm Yugo! Are you Yuya's girlfriend?
  • Badass Biker: Like his anime counterpart, Yugo has a duel runner.
  • Big Brother Instinct
  • Big Damn Heroes: Took over Yuya when the latter loses consciousness due to the damage done in his duel against Sora and was able to drive both himself and Yuzu back to his hideout.
  • Bishōnen: Enough that Yuzu blushed when he flirted with her.
  • Declaration of Protection: He says that he would protect Yuya no matter what during his duel with Ren.
  • Drives Like Crazy: He drove so fast against his duel with Ren that he lost his grip in a corner, causing him to fall off a cliff.
  • Expy: He's obviously the D-Wheeler version of Jonouchi and Yuma.
  • Fatal Flaw: Refusing to let his opponent take the lead.
  • Glory Seeker
  • Hot-Blooded: Like his anime counterpart or even more so. Yugo even said that he gets worked up too easily. Unfortunately this and his opponent pushing his buttons causes him to drive so fast that he slides and falls of a cliff.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: His ace is revealed to be Clear Wing Fast Dragon, a Synchro-Pendulum Monster.
  • The Worf Effect: Unfortunately for Yugo, Ren has smartened up in their second Duel thanks to his White Aura Biphamet, which ends with him tagging with Yuya to solve this problem.



Yuri is one of Phantom's personalities. While he displays more concern for Yuya's wellbeing than some might expect of him, he continues to be ruthless to enemies, chiding Yuya for being "soft" and taking over when a colder hand is needed. Yuya doesn't see him as often as Yuto, but is obviously still familiar enough with him to complain the first time Yuri takes over the body in the manga - notable in that, like Yuya, he appears capable of taking control without permission from the current personality.

Like in the anime, he is shown to play a Predaplant deck spearheaded by powerful fusions monsters like his Starving Venemy Dragon, which also happens to be a Pendulum monster.

Tropes Associated with Yuri

  • Adaptation Personality Change: Went from being Professor Leo's Number Two to a gentleman.
  • Adaptational Badass: Starve Venemy Dragon is a Weak, but Skilled version of Starve Venom Fusion Dragon with the ability to gain 500 ATK by stealing an opponent's monster effect and inflict 500 damage to the opponent at the cost of being demoted to a Level 7 monster with 2500 ATK.
  • Adaptational Heroism: While Yuri is a psychopathic bastard in the anime, this one has a kind and caring personality. Zigzagged in Scale 8 when he states that he doesn't care about Sora's motives for winning the duel and that Sora and his sister can both die for all he cares. However, it's revealed in Scale 9 that Sora was lying to convince Yuya to forfeit and Yuri was just calling his bluff.
  • Adaptational Wimp: This is the side effect of his Adaptational Heroism. Despite being a badass in his first appearance, he comes very close to losing to Sora, forcing Yuya to take over again. He makes up for this in the rematch against Sora however, where Yuya is struggling against Sora before Yuri takes over and wins the duel.
  • Bishōnen: His "hottie" speeches makes him this.
  • The Comically Serious: Just like normal, he sweat-drops when Yuzu complains his monster isn't a hottie.
    • He also assumes that Yuzu would be disappointed if he switched back with Yuya, complete with blush sticker.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His Predator Plants are DARK and may look evil, but he's a Sociopathic Hero at best.
  • Establishing Character Moment: To separate himself from his more psychopathic counterpart, his first scene is with Yugo inside of Yuya's mind riding off to parts unknown and lamenting on erasing their memories to keep Yuya from remembering something.
  • Expy: Thanks to Adaptational Heroism, Yuri becomes a gender-flipped Aki with Atem's ruthlessness.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Yuri might not be a Jerkass in this version, but his first words to Yuya in the manga are to point out that Yuya is too soft, and Yuri's hand is needed to get them out of their current situation because of it.
  • Green Thumb: Predator Plants as normal.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yuri is merciless to his opponents and completely fine with hijacking Yuya's body against his will, but everything he does is to protect Yuya and he seems to have developed a soft spot for Yuzu.
    Yuri (to Sora): I told you! I don't care! I won't forgive anyone who hurts Yuya!
  • Keigo
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: He thinks Yuya is too soft and forcibly takes over his body to deal with the current situation.
  • Narcissist: Calls himself a hottie, and wonders if Yuzu would be disappointed by switching back to Yuya.
  • Power Copying: Starve Venemy Dragon can do this on an opponent's monster.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Not really a flat-out psychopath, but he has no problems taking over Yuya's body in an attempt to get rid of Sora.
  • Whip It Good: Carries a whip to grab action cards.
  • Would Hurt a Child: His response to Sora's "sick sister" story.
    Yuri: Who cares about that!? You can both die for all I care!


Shuzou Duel School

    Yuzu Hiragi 

Yuzu Hiragi

The daughter of the Shuzou Duel School's owner. She plans to recruit the mysterious duelist known as "Phantom" in order to attract more students. While coming off as a bit of a cheapskate given her father's tendency to drive their duel school's funds into the red on a monthly basis, she cares deeply about her father's situation, and her first order upon contracting Yuya unwillingly is for him to continue his mission. She still insists he teach at Shuzou Duel School on the side, though.

While not visibly a duelist yet, Yuzu is quite intelligent, having come second only to Kurosaki at a mental math tournament a few years prior to the series, and takes an interest in Yuya's mission as the Phantom.

Tropes associated with Yuzu:

  • A-Cup Angst: She's irritated when Yuya summons the buxom Performapals Uni and Corn.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: This Yuzu is greedier and more interested in boys. She tries to get Yuya to teach at Shuzou Duel School, while paying him less than minimum wage and charging him for management. She also drools at Ballad and Barracuda, calling them "hotties", but is disappointed when their fusion creates a disgusting plant monster.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: In regards to both her father and Yuya.
  • Good with Numbers: She won second place in the Mental Arithmetic tournament.
  • Money Fetish: This Yuzu cares deeply for money. But to be fair, her family is in a rough financial state.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: She goes after a drowning Yuya, who cannot swim, to save him, and when she prompts Yuya to grab onto her... he gropes her. Yuzu elbows him on the forehead in retaliation and covers her chest in embarrassment.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Implied Trope. The final chapter of the manga has Yuya promise he and Yuzu will meet again, and when Yuzu is next seen, she's shown meeting a teenaged Yusho. The implication being that Yuzu is Yuya, Yuto, Yugo, and Yuri's mother; this is later confirmed in the Jump Victory Carnival 2019 official guidebook.
  • The Scrooge: Tries to get Yuya to teach at the school for 500 yen per hour...which is less than minimum wage. And when she actually hires him by tricking him into signing a contract she attempts to charge HIM 1000 yen an hour for management, after trying to negotiate with her she begrudgingly offers him 100 an hour only AFTER their school becomes famous.

    Shuzou Hiragi 

Shuzou Hiragi

The owner of the Shuzou Duel School, who has all the enthusiasm of a good principal, but none of the business sense needed to keep his school open. When we first see him, his duel school is on the brink of shutdown due to lack of funds, and it's Yuzu who's the one to make him see sense and try to save the school.

While he seems to have accepted Yuzu's idea to have Yuya teach at his school, his attitude towards the Phantom's multiple personalities is less enthusiastic.

Tropes associated with Shuzou:

  • Adaptational Wimp: In the anime, he does well against Yuya; in here, he is curbstomped by Kurosaki.
  • Distressed Dude: He is kidnapped by Kurosaki.
  • Hot-Blooded: Just the same as the anime.
  • Manchild: Comes off as this a bit; it's Yuzu who has to take responsibility for the duel school financially, as well as scouting out new talent to bring students, while all he contributes is enthusiasm.


Leo Corporation

    Reiji Akaba 

Reiji Akaba

The head of the Leo Corporation. He wishes to capture the mysterious duelist "Phantom" for hacking into his company's Solid Vision System. Little is known about him as yet, but he is attempting to research the Phantom's summoning method, Pendulum Summon, and to this end has recruited a three-man special squad to track down and defeat him: Sawatari, Shun and Sora.

Like his anime counterpart, he plays a D/D deck but with a different aesthetic and playstyle. He focuses solely on using pendulum monsters whose effects allow him to reduce the stats of his opponent's monsters, the damage he would take or even his opponent's pendulum scales to zero.

Tropes associated with Reiji:

  • Adaptation Personality Change: In terms of leadership, he's more of a Bad Boss than his anime counterpart. He also sees Yusho as a Broken Pedestal for the loss of his father in the aftermath of the "World Illusion" incident.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: This Reiji didn't take his father's death very well.
  • A God Am I: After obtaining Adam's portion of the Adam Factor Reji decides to absorb Yuya's half and then use the power of Genesis Omega Dragon to become a god.
  • Arch-Enemy: His rivalry with Yuya is even more hostile than in the anime. This has something to do with the latter being Yusho's son.
  • Bad Boss: At times; he tells Sawatari not to make excuses for losing to Yuya and brushes him off to begin research into Pendulum Summoning and tends to be rather demanding in regards to the Phantom being brought in. However, he's also quite loose with his own rules if one of his specialists goes to get things done without proper clearance, such as when Kurosaki goes to fight Yuya himself.
  • Badass Biker: Rides a motorbike in Scale 14 while going after Yuya.
  • Berserk Button: Speaking ill about his father is a good way to get the normally calm Reji to snap at you.
  • Boring, but Practical: His DD deck doesn't have any Extra Monsters or the Deal with the Devil-based Covenant cards, but makes up for its zero-themed effects.
  • The Chosen Many: It is implied by Ren that Reiji might have "The Adam Factor" like Yuya.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As much as he can be while not having been on the field himself. When Yuya beats Sawatari, Reiji has his men prepare to ambush Yuya as soon as the Action Field drops, and when Kurosaki holds Shuzou hostage to make Yuya duel him, Reiji simply lets the duel continue with no comment.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Just like in the anime, Reiji has already ordered a large aircraft to Antartica by the time he went back from space.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Again, the DD monsters.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Reiji's Final Boss Monster is named "GO-DDD God Zero King Zero God Reiji".
  • Enemy Mine: When Reiji and Yuya are having a private talk over being time travelers, he makes it clear that he still doesn't trust Yuya in Scale 28. Unsurprisingly, Yuya has already expected this, since they're only teaming up to retrieve G.O.D. from Eve.
  • Expy: He's essentially Kaiba as a "Well Done, Son!" Guy. Justified, since his father is on a completely different level than Gozaburo.
  • Hunter of Monsters: He wants to stop Yuya from acquiring Genesis Omega Dragon and destroying the world.
  • Kid from the Future: Like Yuya, Yuto, Yugo, and Yuri, he's also from twenty years in the future.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Hasn't shown himself to Yuya directly yet, but has been responsible for all his opponents so far.
  • My Hero Zero: Reiji's deck has a zero motif.
  • Mysterious Past: Reiji appeared out of nowhere three years previous and took over the Solid Vision industry.
    • He also share's a connection to Yuya mentioned in Scale 7 when Sora questions Reiji about his true motives.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: "I have zero interest in your Entertainment Dueling!"
  • Not So Stoic: In comparison to his anime counterpart, he's much more easily surprised and wrong-footed by things such as Yuto's existence and Yuya's taking over for him during their duel. However, this allows him to make decisions on the fly.
  • Nothing Personal: Reiji tells Yuya that he's not to blame for Yusho's actions during the "World Illusion" incident, which might've costed Leo's life, but as "originals", they're destined to fight against each other. Yuya grimly agrees with it.
  • Numerological Motif: Fitting with his namesake, his deck is based on the number zero.
  • Overly Long Name: Divine GO-D/D/D Zero King Zero God Reiji. Its attack is even worse: God Force End Ending Epilogue Eternal Rest.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Zero God Reiji's appearance is shaped after Reiji himself.
  • The Watcher: Part of his DD deck theme.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He lacks the Oedipus Complex of his anime counterpart to the point of mourning and angsting over the loss of his father.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Seems to have benign intentions, given that his interest in Yuya also stems from them both being "one of a kind" duelists apparently capable of deciding the fate of the world, but expresses no fault with his agents using tactics like hostage-taking to lure Yuya out.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: He believes in this, as Yuya can attest.

    Shingo Sawatari 

Shingo Sawatari

A member of a special squad working for the Leo Corporation. Similarly to the anime, he thinks of himself as much tougher than he is and likes to show off, but also takes his work quite seriously and his response to losing to Yuya is to actually go and try to improve his skills for a rematch. His reasons for working for Reiji are unknown, but given his uniform, there's a chance he's simply a high-ranking student.

He runs a Monarch Deck, so far focused on DARK Monarchs such as Erebus the Underworld Monarch and Angmar the Witch Monarch, using cards that help with their summoning or allow for their effects to be re-used.

Tropes associated with Sawatari:

  • Adaptational Badass: During his duel against Yuto in the anime, every move Sawatari made ended up backfiring and benefited his opponent, resulting in his defeat by a One Turn Kill. Contrast with his manga incarnation who uses his knowledge of the Action Field to nearly defeat Yuto. However, he does have trouble with Yuya's Pendulum Monsters, which is justified as they hadn't been seen yet.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Although an antagonist at the start, he is more of a Punch-Clock Villain, also shown when he later interacts with Yuzu when Reiji and Yuya are missing, where both of them share information to help each other.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Downplayed, while he is still a Large Ham he isn't a Smug Snake and is instead more of his group's Only Sane Man and Punch-Clock Villain, and he is a lot nicer than he was at the start of the manga.
  • Casting a Shadow: The Monarchs he uses all have the DARK attribute.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He snatched Sora's gloves that had Reiji's fingerprints in them because he thought it would be useful, and it is when he and Kurosaki need to find out where Reiji went.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He is much nicer than his main counterpart, and is fairly polite to Yuzu when they meet.
  • Large Ham: It wouldn't be Sawatari without it.
  • Only Sane Man: Ironically, he is this on the squad, having the relatively minor flaw of being a Large Ham compared to Kurosaki's Blood Knight antics and Sora's psycho behavior. By comparison, he is the most level-headed, especially noticeable when he and Kurosaki are left alone due to Sora's defection and Reiji going off.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Erebus is a Zombie-type monster.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Unlike Blood Knight Kurosaki, when he's off the clock he's pretty amiable.
  • Tsundere: To Sora, who brushes off Kurosaki mocking him for his concern over Sora by claiming Sora owed him candy.

    Shun Kurosaki 

Shun Kurosaki

A member of a special squad working for the Leo Corporation. Is obsessed with serious duels and playing on the edge of defeat, stating that "coming back to life is the only joy I know!" He acts on his own to lure out and duel Yuya, as he loathes people who enjoy dueling and don't take it seriously, and is stated to have been picked up by Reiji on the underground dueling circuit. He doesn't care about Reiji's mission or tactics; he's only interested in playing "real" duels against powerful opponents. After his loss to Yuya, however, he seems to have softened slightly and reconsidered his attitude.

As in the anime, Shun runs a Raidraptor deck, but with cards that he's never played there. His ace monster this time is the Rank 4 Xyz Monster, Raidraptor - Blade Burner Falcon whose effects relies on him having less life points than his opponent.

Tropes associated with Kurosaki:

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inverted, in that he's never suffered terribly or struggled to survive like his anime counterpart, but still has the same level of "Stop Having Fun" Guys and Teeth-Clenched Teamwork.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His ace is Blade Burner Falcon and it's effect allows him to boost his attack if his attack points are below his opponent's by at least a 3000 point difference, not very useful for regular playing styles compared to his anime counterpart's but Shun's "On The Edge" Shtick allows him to make the most of it since he goes for OTK comebacks.
  • Berserk Button: Don't duel if you're not serious, and for the love of god, don't interrupt his duels.
  • Blood Knight: He loves being in combat heavy duels, and hates fun ones.
  • Challenge Seeker: Goes out of his way to find strong opponents who can put him on the brink of defeat before he comes back.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Justified. His ace monster, Raidraptor - Blade Burner Falcon, gains 3000 ATK (from its base 1000) if his Life Points are 3000 or more less than his opponent's.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: His response to Yuya trying to explain they're not so different - he calls bullshit and tells Yuya he'll become his sacrifice.
  • Good with Numbers: He beat Yuzu in the Mental Math tournament a few years back.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Most likely a matter of differing circumstances, but gets a moment of this in Scale 8 when he practically erupts with rage at the idea that Reiji might have taken Sora's "sick little sister" hostage, and Reiji won't answer as to whether it's true or not.
    Kurosaki: Taking hostages is inexcusable. It's inhuman! Answer me, Reiji Akaba! Depending on your answer, I may dispense justice!
    Sawatari: (thinking) But he took a hostage himself...
  • I Owe You My Life: Seems to take this attitude as of the end of his duel with Yuya, stating to himself that he'll repay his "debt" one day.
  • Large Ham: He's shoutier and more melodramatic than his anime counterpart, which is notable because this variation doesn't seem to share his counterpart's traumatic backstory to explain it.
  • Nightmare Face: Of the Psychotic Smirk and Slasher Smile varieties while he's dueling Yuya.
  • Not So Above It All: After spending two chapters decrying Yuya's Entertainment Dueling in the most brutal and angry ways known to man, his reaction to Yuya's shenanigans after the duel are a Blank Stare and Sweat Drop, followed by a reluctant snort of laughter.
    • Happens again in Scale 8, when Sora claims Reiji has his sister as a hostage.
    Kurosaki: (visibly distressed) What a rotten thing to do...
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: In-Universe example. He hates people that duel for fun.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Mentally complains about having to receive orders from Sawatari.
  • Terrifying Rescuer: Saves Yuzu and Shuzou from a potentially fatal fall during his duel with Yuya...and then immediately goes off on them for ruining his "serious duel".
  • This Cannot Be!: Expresses this just before losing to Yuya, but it's immediately followed up by a Graceful Loser moment where he admits to himself that Yuya did well, and won soundly.

    Sora Shiun'in 

Sora Shiun'in

A member of a special squad working for the Leo Corporation. His motives for joining Reiji are unknown, but he seems to have some suspicions about Reiji's goals and intentions, and thinks he might be lying to them about Yuya. He looks down on his fellow special squad members to some degree; Sawatari for his grandstanding and idiocy, and Kurosaki for his overly serious opinion on what dueling should be for.

Like in the anime, he plays a Frightfur deck specializing in Fusion summon using the Fluffal and Edge Imp monsters but with added focus on inflicting burn damage. Later on the story, his deck changes to include regular Frightfur monsters on top of his Extra Deck ones.

Tropes associated with Sora:

  • Adaptational Heroism: Here he is working under Reiji and alongside Kurosaki instead of being their enemy. He's still Cute and Psycho though. Even after his true allegiance is revealed, his motivation makes him more of an Anti-Villain.
  • Crocodile Tears: [[spoiler:Implied to have done this on Yuya during their Duel in Scale 8, only for a pissed off Yuri to show up. Though, it is ambiguous whether or not he has a sister. Turns out he does.
  • Cute and Psycho: Not to his main self's extent, but he still has smug and sharp-eyed faces, he is still sadistic, just a lot more composed about it.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Yuya defeats him by making his lifepoints zero exactly. This is what angers him more than anything, not that he lost but that he held back. Sora then uses Action Cards to MAXIMIZE damage to himself, and blowing up the building they were in.
  • Fake Memories: Sora manipulated his own memories in order to infiltrate the Leo corporation. His reason for doing so was that his actual personality was too "intense" and thus too suspicious.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Two of his Fluffal monsters, specifically his Pendulum Monsters, are this, being a chubby baby angel and a monkeyish devil.
  • I Lied: Claims this when Yuri doesn't buy his claims. Except, not completely as it turns out.
  • Manchurian Agent: Is one for Eve's group, having manipulated his memory so that he could infiltrate the Leo Corporation.
  • Sweet Tooth: As par for course.

    Leo Akaba 

Leo Akaba

A researcher on Solid Vision and Reiji's father. He was first mentioned, alongside Yusho Sakaki, for triggering the "World Illusion".

Tropes associated with Leo:

Eve's Faction

A woman who was watching Sora's duel with the Phantom. She orders Ren to retrieve him after his loss to Yuya and then enter Yuya's memories. She is currently in possession of the Genesis Omega Dragon card. She plays a Mystic deck which revolves around summoning powerful monsters withing a single turn.

Tropes associated with Eve:

  • Big Bad: Is shaping up to be this for the manga continuity.
  • Demonic Possession: Genesis Omega Dragon takes control of her after she summons it to avoid losing to Yuya.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Of Leo's anime counterpart, being the main antagonist of the story.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Ren mentioned that she and Adam used to have a romantic relationship with each other until G.O.D. came along.
  • Expy: Physically resembles E'Rah.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: At the end of Scale 18, her face is finally seen with a burnt scar on the left side of her face. When G.O.D. takes control of her, her scars expand to cover her entire body. They finally disappear completely after she is defeated by Yuya.
  • Ill Girl: She has an unknown illness that is killing her.
  • Meaningful Name: Eve is named after the first woman in the Hebrew myth and falls in love with a scientist whose name is Adam.
  • Mythology Gag: Eve's Extra Deck Monsters are based on the Sangemna/Sacred Beasts, Temporal Machine Gods/Timelords, and Numbers respectively.
    • Like Reiji's anime incarnation, she summons a Fusion, a Synchro and an Xyz monster in a single turn.
  • Mysterious Watcher: Eve was watching the duel between Sora and Yuya and not much is known about her so far.
  • Oblivious to Love: Averted. She is aware of Isaac's feelings for her.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Her Mystic Factor monsters are associated with the Three Wise Men.

A masked man who works for Eve. He rescues Sora after the latter's duel with the Phantom before investigating Yuya's memories. He is a Riding Duelist and uses a White deck that uses monsters resembling various sea creatures with the ability to become tuners when revived from the graveyard to perform Synchro summons.

Tropes associated with Ren:

  • The Ace: He paints himself as one for Riding Duels, and he has the skills to back it up.
  • Affably Evil: Heck, forget affable, he shows outright and sincere concern for Yugo during their Riding Duel. Still invading Yuya's mind though.
  • Back from the Dead: Due to his monsters' ability to become Tuner monsters when special summoned from the graveyard in order to Synchro Summon even stronger monster, which he calls Samsara Synchro, reviving them is a major element of his playstyle.
  • Badass Biker: Ren is not only a Riding Duelist but is a even better Riding Duelist than Yugo of all people! Considering who he really is, it shouldn't be a suprise.
  • Big Damn Villains: When Reiji is about to make his move on Yuya, Ren shows up, interrupting their Duel as a result.
  • Honor Before Reason: The D-Wheel that he uses during his first duel with Yugo is stated to be equal to Yugo's own; anything else would have been unfair.
  • Identical Stranger: Appears to be one for Reiji, especially his hairdo. Zig-Zagged once his mask breaks and he styles his hair. While he doesn't look like Reiji anymore, he looks like an older Yugo. The reason behind it is that he's a descendant of Yugo.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Without his mask, he's a Bishounen with very long hair. Once he spikes up his bangs though, you get what Yugo would look like in a few years.
  • Man in White: His outfit is predominantly white.
  • Meaningful Name: Ren means Lotus Flower, which is representative of resurrection and reincarnation. Guess what his deck does?
  • Moby Schtick: Referenced in White Aura Whale, which is themed after Moby Dick.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: His D-Wheeler career in a nutshell. Ren idolized a Riding Dueling prodigy implied to be Yugo, and strove to become a Pro to follow in his foot steps. While he had the skill, he didn't have the funding, tech, or the famous background to obtain good sponsors. He did eventually get invited to a famous tourney, but didn't have the necessary specs for his Runner, and while he did get the latest model, his father had to divert his entire fortune and deteriorate his health for it, and was slowly dying by time Ren found out. As he was about to make the winning move and fulfill both his fathers and his own wishes, he ran over a butterfly, causing his single wheel to skid, sending him flying, and the impact killing him. While Genesis Omega Dragon did resurrected him by rewinding time and allowing him to win, he had to serve G.O.D. once his mortal life ended.
  • Space Whale: While flying in the duel zone instead, White Aura Whale is one, in contrast to other whales in the game such as Fortress Whale and Earthbound Immortal Chacu Challhua.
  • Villainous Rescue: Goes to save Sora from falling after the room he was in was destroyed.
  • Xanatos Gambit: His true aim against Yugo is this. If he wins, he gains access to all of Yuya's secrets. If he loses, he merely confirms that Yuya possesses The Adam Factor.

Another member of Eve's faction, who is first seen taking care of an injured Sora. He plays a Mirror Imagine deck which focus on performing combos that involves using the effects of multiple cards in arow.

Tropes associated with Isaac:

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Issac has feelings for Eve who is in love with Adam.
  • The Atoner: For not being able to save Adam's life when he could have.
  • Evil Counterpart: Of Reiji. Even his Mirror Imagine monsters look suspiciously similar to Reiji's DD Magical Savants.
  • The Evil Genius: Seems to be this for Eve's group.
  • Expy: Looks like a bespectacled version of Christopher Arclight.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears glasses and he's a villain.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His defeat comes as a result of Reiji using the effect of Zero Paradox and his trap card Zero Gravitation in conjunction with one another to use Isaac's combo with his Reflector monsters against him.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Accepts that Eve has fallen in love with Adam and urges her to reunite with him.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Scar aside, Isaac is relatively good-looking and has long hair.
  • Mirror Monster: His Mirror Imagine deck are Pendulum Monsters themed after mirrors.
  • Stealth Pun: The name "Mirror Imagine" sounds like "Mirai Majin", which means "Future Demon" in Japanese.
  • Stone Wall: Stat-wise, his Mirror Imagine monsters have high DEF and either low or no ATK at all.
  • Villain Respect: He finds Reiji to be a genius. Impressive since Sora says Isaac actually is a genius.


    Yusho Sakaki 
Yuya's father. He used to work with Leo Akaba and was first mentioned alongside the former for being the ones who triggered the "World Illusion" incident.

Tropes associated with Yusho Sakaki:

  • Fling a Light into the Future: Inverted. He sent Yuya to the past so that the latter could have a chance at finding more about G.O.D.'s true nature in order to defeat it.
  • Nice Hat: Like in the anime, he wears a ringmaster's hat.

    Miu Shin'in 
Sora's little sister. He claims Reiji is using her as an hostage to force him to duel Yuya to ensure her safety but Yuri takes over and exposes the truth that he was lying about having a sister in order to make Yuya lose. But it turns out that Miu is real with Sora having lost his memories of her.

Tropes associated with Miu:

  • Expy: Being the Ill Girl little sister of another character who serves as said character's motivation, she is this to Shizuka Kawai/Serenity Wheeler from the original manga. Subverted when it turns out Sora lied about her existence, and then double-subverted when it turns out he didn't.
  • Ill Girl: Sora refers to her as being sick. He later explains that Miu suffers from an illness that couldn't be cured.
  • Real After All: Turns out Sora does have a sister.

A scientist who once worked alongside Eve and Isaac.

Tropes associated with Adam:

  • Big Good: Serves this role for the manga.
  • The Chooser of The One: He was the one who chose to give the Adam factor to Yuya and Reiji.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Absorbed most of Genesis Omega Dragon's energy which caused his soul to be scattered across space-time as the Adam Factor.
  • Meaningful Name: Adam is named after the first man in the Hebrew myth.
  • Spear Counterpart: Appears to be a dark-skinned male version of Ray Akaba from the anime continuity.

    Genesis Omega Dragon 
A dragon Pendulum Monster that is responsible for destroying various worlds.

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