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Ray and Zarc
Ray (formerly Ray Akaba)
The titular Villain Protagonist of Zero Hour, a Duelist from the Original Dimension, Ray was the original form of Yuzu Hiiragi and her other doppelgangers Serena, Rin, and Ruri.
Ray was the daughter of Leo Akaba, who she later renounced as her father, and no longer associates herself with her family name. She and Zarc were Childhood Friends who confide with each other due to the neglect of their own respective parents, and their friendship soon blossoms into romance as they grew older. By the time Zarc had declared war on humanity in revenge for their Blood Lust, Ray joins him in an Unholy Matrimony, leading to the two transcending into Godhood by fusing with their four respective monsters.
As the two of them laid waste to humanity as Physical Gods, four Duelists from different times unite together and wage battle against the two by utilizing four special cards. This leads to the split of the Original Dimension and the two gods into four, ending their lives entirely.
However... through Yuzu and her counterparts, Ray guides them and offers each girl a portion of her power to reunite with her beloved, which jumpstarts the plot of the fic.
- Adaptation Expansion: The fic delves more into her life in the Original Dimension, and how she came to regard Zarc as her close friend and lover.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: From being arch-enemies with Zarc to villainous lovers in the fic.
- Adaptational Villainy: In canon, she was the Greater-Scope Paragon who manages to stop Zarc by defusing him, and continues to do so by allowing herself to be split into the Bracelet Girls to serve as Barrier Maidens. In Zero Hour, she joins up with Zarc to laid waste to humanity and seeks to reunite with him by having her counterparts serve as a Lady Macbeth to their respective Dragon Boy.
- Affably Evil: She may be hellbent on reuniting with Zarc and being revived in the physical world again to rule over the four dimensions with her beloved, she's quite kind and gentle to her counterparts and those who care for them.
- Beauty Is Bad: Unlike her beloved Zarc who gained power equal to a god at the price of his human appearance, it's implied that Ray retains her human appearance after becoming just as powerful.
- Chess Motif: The Queen, as Ray spends most of the time moving in all directions to revive her beloved.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Zarc.
- Clones Are People, Too: Well... her and Zarc's counterparts are technically incarnations of them both, but she treats them as their own individuals and acts as a motherly/sister figure to them.
- Cool Big Sis: To her counterparts and Zarc's.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- It's strongly averted with Leo Akaba, as any ties she had with her father and whatever love left for him is long dead by the start of the series.
- She genuinely loves Zarc, and constantly refers to him as her beloved.
- She also holds strong maternal affection for her counterparts, along with Zarc's as well. Acting as a Cool Big Sis to them whenever they interact in the mindscape.
- Good People Have Good Sex: Prior to her and Zarc's transcend into Godhood, they both enjoy a rather kinky sex life with each other.
- Ironic Name: "Ray" is often associated with "hope" and "light", but instead of being the Hope Bringer for others, she intends to revive both herself and Zarc to rule over the four dimensions.
- Light Is Not Good: She wears lighter colored clothing and her name is associated with "light", but isn't the Big Good and the Greater-Scope Paragon from the canon anime.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Her dynamic with Zarc in a nutshell, since they're not legally married.
- Mind Rape: When Rin got hypnotized by Professor Frank in their Duel, Ray got affected as well. It took both Yugo and Zarc to snap them out of it.
- Only One Name: Downplayed and justified. In her first appearance, she uses her full name to introduce herself to her counterparts but doesn't associate with Leo Akaba, as she cut off all ties to her birth father.
- You're Not My Father: Whatever little love or bond she had with her father Leo is long dead.
Zarc / "Supreme King Dragon Zarc"
The titular main antagonist from ARC-V, but serves as the Deuteragonist to Ray in Zero Hour. A Duelist from the Original Dimension who is the original form of Yuya Sakaki and his other counterparts Yuto, Yugo, and Yuri, as well as the original owner of the Four Dimension Dragons: Odd-Eyes Dragon, Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, Clear Wing Synchro Dragon, and Starving Venom Fusion Dragon.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Make no mistake, Zarc still waged war against humanity in revenge for their Blood Lust, but he's genuinely in love with Ray and proves to be much kinder due to their close bond. He also treats his counterparts and Ray's as their own individuals compare to his views of them being merely alter-egos in canon.
- Affably Evil: Like with his beloved, he's actually quite kind and fatherly to Ray's counterparts, as in her own words, sees them as his "princesses", and to his own counterparts as well. This also extends to people close to his and Ray's counterparts.
- Big Damn Heroes: Along with Yugo, he manages to get Ray and Rin to snap out of Professor Frank's hypnosis, allowing Ray to instantly repel him from the mindscape.
- Chess Motif: The King, as he generally waits to gather his strength with Ray doing the heavy work as the Queen.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Ray, as she in turn reciprocates.
- Clones Are People, Too: Like with Ray, Zarc also treats their counterparts as individuals and not alter-egos like his canon self. To which he acts as an affectionate father figure to Serena, something that she hasn't felt in a long time, and does the same for Yuto and encourages his homicidal vengeance against Academia.
- Deuteragonist: For all intends and purposes, he's the second most important character in the fanfic despite his limited scenes, as he's also the reason that drives the plot forward with Ray and her counterparts' attempts to revive him by awakening the inner darkness in the Dragon Boys.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- He genuinely loves Ray, and he fully respects her as his equal. Furthermore, he explicitly trusts her judgment despite being apart from each other for so long and would aid her in any way possible.
- He also holds a paternal affection towards their counterparts, as seen in his interactions with both Serena and Yuto. Also, while Yuri could only hear his voice, it was nevertheless encouraging.
- Good Parents: In a small span of time of his interactions with Ray's counterparts and his own, he proves to be a gentle and loving parent who would comfort them in their time of need, and encourages them to move forward.
- Good People Have Good Sex: Prior to his ascension with Ray, the two of them had a rather kinky sex life in the Original Dimension.
- Like an Old Married Couple: His dynamic with Ray in a nutshell, since they're not legally married.
- Only One Name: He's only known as Zarc, and it's unknown what his surname was prior to his ascension.
The Bracelet Girls
- Action Girl: Ray and her counterparts are all very skilled Duelists, capable of being equal to Zarc and his counterparts.
- Amazon Brigade: All of them uses decks composed of female monsters.
- Breakout Character: Compare to canon, Ray and her counterparts serve as the focal Villain Protagonist instead.
- Daddy's Girl: Yuzu, Serena, Rin, and Ruri are this to Zarc, as they're his "little princesses", according to Ray.
- Lady Macbeth: Each of the Bracelet Girls serves as this to their respective Dragon Boys, as they slowly confide in them to bring out their inner Darkness for Zarc's revival.
- Living Emotional Crutch: All of them are this to their respective Dragon Boys, and vice versa.
One of the protagonists of Zero Hour and Yuya's childhood friend, she is the daughter of You Show Duel School's headmaster. Where Yuya is energetic and upbeat, she is more rational, though rather quick to lose her temper. She has a habit of whacking people, particularly her father and Yuya, with a paper fan whenever she's annoyed with them. She is a "piece" of her original incarnation named Ray, a young woman who joins her beloved, Zarc, into destroying the world.
Yuzu plays a Melodious deck which largely relies on Special Summoning multiple smaller monsters to Tribute Summon her ace, Prodigy Mozart, which Special Summons more Melodious monsters, continuing the chain.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Yuzu and Yuya became a couple after the latter's victory over Strong Ishijima, compare to canon where they never tie the knot despite their feelings for each other.
- Adaptational Badass: In the anime, Yuzu only learns how to Fusion Summon through Sora after her defeat by Masumi in episode 10. In Zero Hour, she learns the other summoning methods from Ray and her other counterparts before Sora's arrival and was able to whittle down Yuya's LP to 2700 in their demonstration Duel in chapter 11.
- Adaptational Skill: Besides the upfront Fusion Summoning method, Yuzu also learns Xyz and Synchro Summoning as well, and then she gains Pendulum cards in her arsenal.
- Big Damn Kiss: She gives one to Yuya in chapter 9, much to the surprise of everyone around them, especially to the shock of her father Shuzo.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: She usually cooks for her father at times, and in chapter 10, she once stated that she would cook a big meal for the other girls when they crossover to the Standard Dimension.
- Relationship Upgrade: She and Yuya become a couple after his victory against Strong Ishijima.
Serena hails from the Fusion Dimension and has been held against her will inside Academia for about three years despite being on their side. After learning the Awful Truth of the true nature of her comrades and how she's nothing more but a sacrifice for The Professor, Serena joins Ray and her other counterparts in their efforts to revive Zarc.
Serena uses a Lunalight deck, which features female, animal-like monsters with a moon theme. Unlike Yuzu's Melodious deck, Serena's deck is very offensive.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the anime, she never once had a close bond with Yuri due to Leo's meddling, making the two enemies like Ray and Zarc's canon relationship. In Zero Hour, she starts to bond with Yuri after her revelation from Ray and her counterparts, and the two becomes closer after she felt Zarc's fatherly affection for the first time in her life.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Compare to how she visibly felt upon hearing the revelation of Academia launching a genocidal war against the other Dimensions from Shun in the anime, Serena becomes outright horrified and disgusted when the Awful Truth of Academia, Ray and Zarc, and her own role to be "sacrificed" hits her like a freight train in Zero Hour. This led to her questioning her purpose in life and eventually settle on helping Ray and her counterparts revive her and Zarc.
- Adaptational Nice Girl: She starts to loosen her serious demeanor after bonding with Ray, Yuzu, Rin, Ruri, Yuri, and Zarc, and becoming much friendlier and affectionate in the process.
- Adaptational Skill: Along with learning Xyz and Synchro Summoning, she later gains Pendulum cards from Zarc.
- Broken Pedestal: She once look up to Leo Akaba and saw him as a father figure, and often acts rebellious to prove her worth as a Duel Warrior. When she learns the Awful Truth from Ray and her other three counterparts, and that her own role in the Dimensional War is to only be sacrificed to resurrect a deceased loved one with no regard for her own well-being, it didn't take a week for whatever admiration she had for Leo to be dead.
- Cute Bruiser: She's quite easy on the eyes, but don't think for a moment that she's fragile like a china doll. Especially how her Lunalight monsters are basically "OTK enablers", according to Azure-Witch13.
- Cuteness Proximity: Her reaction to Mana's Kuribohs says it all.Serena: "It's... so... FLUFFY! IT'S LIKE A FLUFFY LITTLE KITTY!"
- Only One Name: Like with Rin, her last name is never revealed and it's implied that she doesn't remember it. Justified due to being an orphan as well, and being raised by Leo Akaba of all people in Duel Academia.
- Out-of-Character Alert: Played for Laughs. She's mainly known to be a No-Nonsense Nemesis of a soldier, with no indication of being "girly" in Duel Academia and can kick anyone's asses if she wanted to, leading Sora to be all the more shocked when he witnesses Serena's Cuteness Proximity with Mana's Kuribohs.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's the most boyish of the girls but she absolutely coos when Mana introduces her to Kuribohs.
- Will They or Won't They?: Whether or not her growing bond with Yuri becomes romantic is up to the writers.
A girl that comes from the same place Yuto and her brother Shun Kurosaki comes from, Heartland City. After being spied on by Dennis and having her home dimension be nearly destroyed by Academia.
One day during a mission, Ruri was contacted into the mindscape of where she meets Yuzu and her other counterparts. When learning of the Awful Truth of why her home was destroyed and her true purpose as a sacrifice for The Professor, Ruri became much more harden in her resolve to fight against the Academia Forces and aids Ray into reviving Zarc.
Ruri uses a Lyrical Luscinia deck, a Luscinia-based archetype that utilizes Xyz Summoning.
- Adaptational Badass: Ruri was no weak Duelist in the anime, but she was defeated by Yuri before the series, leading her to get brainwashed and gotten a "relatively mediocre" Fusion Monster from Academia. This version becomes one of the strongest Duelists in the Resistance and frequently fought on the frontlines alongside Yuto and her brother. She has also gotten bestow upon by Ray with the ability to manifest things into reality without her Duel Disk and used it to injure the Obelisk Forces in chapter 13.
- Adaptational Personality Change: From being the gentle and pacifistic girl to the cynical Pragmatic Hero in Zero Hour. Furthermore, she becomes much more open with her relationship with Yuto.
- Adaptational Skill: Along with Xyz Summoning, she also learns Fusion and Synchro Summoning from the others and gain Pendulum cards as well.
- Combat Pragmatist: Justified as she's fighting in a war, leading to her using any card advantages against the Obelisk Forces.
- Friend to All Children: Even after her attitude changed to be more pessimistic and stoic, she still cares about the children who were suffering in Heartland.
- Good Is Not Soft: She may be gentler and ladylike than her other three counterparts, but she's also ruthless after experiencing the invasion of Heartland.
- The moment Ruri saw Serena in their mindscape and deduced that the latter was from Academia, she quickly flare-up in anger when Serena innocently replies "Yeah, what of it?".
- Even then, she goes on an angry rant by calling Serena and the Obelisk Forces "heartless monsters" for invading her home and making them live in fear, which almost leads to a physical altercation between the two had Ray didn't intervene with her introduction.
- After Ruri learns of the Awful Truth about Leo Akaba and her own role as a "sacrifice", she hardens her resolve to protect her home and those she cares about, and no longer adheres to Yusho's Dueling Philosophy in favor of pragmatism to repel against the Obelisk Forces. This causes Yuto, Shun, Sayaka, and their friends to start worrying about this change in behavior.
- The Heart: She often serves as the gentle and reassuring member of the Resistance, and particularly to Yuto and her brother Shun.
- Irony: When compared to Yuzu, Rin, and Serena, Ruri is notably more gentle and ladylike than their Tsundere behavior. After the revelation of why Heartland's been invaded and her own role in The Professor's plans, she becomes much, much more ruthless and pragmatic than the others as a Duelist against the Obelisk Force. Hell, in chapter 10, she essentially had a mental breakdown when learning about the Fusion Parasites, leading to her spewing hate-filled rants of brutalizing Academia in tears as Ray and her other counterparts gave her a Cooldown Hug.
- Lethal Chef: Ironically, despite being more ladylike than her other three counterparts, Ruri is a terrible cook to the point that she was forbidden from entering the kitchen for burning water.
- Living Emotional Crutch:
- If wasn't obvious, she serves as this to Yuto, the boy who she loves and is connected to on a spiritual level, and feeling is very mutual in return.
- To her older brother Shun, the thought of living in a world without her in it is something he can't ever fathom or accept. So much as he was willing to become Ray's "knight" and help with reviving her and Zarc. If anything, Ruri only had Tears of Joy from her brother's conviction, and reciprocate their sibling bond with full-force.
- OOC Is Serious Business: After she Took a Level in Cynic, all of her close friends were worried over this change of behavior, as she once strongly adhere to Yusho's Dueling philosophy and was overall gentle and pacifistic.
- ¡Three Amigos!: She has this dynamic with her brother and boyfriend after the three of them are on the same page in chapter 13. This leads to Sayaka feeling uneasy by how the three "move and spoke with a strange union and synchronicity".
Yugo's childhood friend who also hails from the Synchro Dimension and grew up with Yugo as a part of the "Commons" in the slums of Neo Domino City. Like Yugo, she too dreamed of building a D-Wheel of her own and using her dueling skills to participate in the Friendship Cup to escape the hardships of her environment.
After coming into contact with Ray and her other counterparts, Rin joins them to revive Zarc and grew closer to Yugo in the process.
Her deck is a Wind Witch deck, themed after winter, wind, and bells, which focuses on Burn Damage and copying effects from the Graveyard.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: She reciprocates Yugo's feelings for her and the two became a couple, whereas it was ambiguous in the anime as she tended to be Out of Focus.
- Adaptational Badass: Rin was no weak Duelist in the anime, but she was defeated by Yuri before the series, leading her to get brainwashed and gotten a "relatively mediocre" Fusion Monster from Academia. This version is a good enough duelist to catch the attention of Akiza and Divine, and it's possible that she could've given Yugo enough trouble in their own duel had she really learn how to use Xyz Summoning properly. She has also gotten bestow upon by Ray with the ability to manifest things into reality, as shown with her duel against Frank, as cold winds and ice appear from her usage of the Wind Witches.
- Adaptational Nice Girl: In the anime, she often hits and scolds Yugo for his antics, with one particular scene as she knees him in the stomach for "not saving her sooner". After her first meeting with Ray and realizing her feelings for Yugo, she drops the habit of hitting him altogether and is much more openly affectionate towards him.
- Adaptational Skill: Along with learning Fusion and Xyz Summoning, she later gains Pendulum cards too.
- All Women Are Lustful: Compare to Ray and her other three counterparts, Rin proves herself to be a bit more aggressive in her relationship with Yugo, especially how she's constantly seducing him with her body and new outfits, and her scenes with Yugo being intimate with each other are sexually arousing.
- Bare Your Midriff: In her casual wear, she wore a green tube top that exposes her midriff.
- Battle Couple: With Yugo.
- Biker Babe: She is a Turbo Duelist after all, and her curves, especially her chest and rear, are accentuated with her new riding outfit, completed with a Spy Catsuit aesthetic and a slight Cleavage Window.
- Cleavage Window: She invokes this when showing off her new riding outfit to Yugo, and zip it up fully as they join Akiza for the day.
- Deadpan Snarker: She occasionally does this at times.
- Death Glare: She gives a very, very deadly one to Professor Frank. Especially when he nearly succeeds in his Mind Rape of her.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her duel with Professor Frank and how she gets slowly hypnotize to the point of letting him into the depths of her mind is disturbingly filled with rape allegories.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She often hit and scold Yugo a lot for his usual antics, especially when it's usually unnecessary. This becomes averted after her first meeting with Ray and realizing her own romantic feelings for Yugo, as she becomes quite gentle and affectionate to the latter after a few days.
- Hidden Depths: Apparently, she had an interest in learning about witches and spellcasters, which involves reading short stories about them, looking through grimoires, making notes of them, trying to make her own spells, and believing that the power and potential of magic hold new possibilities.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Despite learning the process of Xyz Summoning from Ruri, she hadn't grasped the lesson and made the error by sending her monsters to the GY instead of stacking them together. When Ruri heard of this mistake, she can't help but laugh in amusement.
- Interclass Friendship:
- Being born at the poverty line, she has one with Ray and her other three counterparts.
- With Akiza, as Rin is of lower-middle-class while the former is well off to the point of being able to shop at the mall district in the Tops.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: She really let Professor Frank have it for his near successful Mind Rape of her, by punching him in the face with her ice-laced fist after brutally defeating him in their Duel.
- Mind Rape: She undergoes this from Professor Frank. When Zarc and Yugo manage to snap both her and Ray back to their senses, Rin really didn't take it well...at all.
- Ms. Fanservice: She knows how much Yugo is attracted to her, so Rin milks this trope for all its worth to him, and her new outfits show off her curves in all the right places. Safe to say, Yugo is certainly not complaining here.
- Nerves of Steel: It says a lot that she doesn't even flinch when interacting with Akiza, who's infamous as the Black Rose Witch. Justified from her own experiences with Ray and her other counterparts, along with her own personal hobby of witches.
- Only One Name: Her last name is never revealed and it's implied that she doesn't remember it. Justified due to being an orphan in a highly competitive society of a lower class, even after the benevolent uprising of The Enforcers against Roget and the City Council. This is lampshaded with her counterparts.Ruri: Just Rin?
Rin: Just Rin.
- Out-of-Character Alert: You would forgive Yugo for being a bit weirded out by Rin's change in behavior, as she usually tends to scold him for acting out in certain ways and even hitting him if she feels particularly annoyed or embarrassed. That being said, he really can't complain that she now reciprocates his feelings for her and being quite gentler and arousing towards him.
- She's Got Legs: Along with Bare Your Midriff, Rin also wears black shorts that expose her legs.
- The Tease: What she does with Yugo by invoking a Ms. Fanservice on him to awaken his inner darkness. It's working more than ever.
- Took a Level in Kindness: As she realizes her own romantic affections for Yugo, she becomes much more openly affectionate with him and practically drops her usual rough tendencies to hit and scold him for his antics.
- Working Class Heroine: Along with Yugo, Rin is Common who lives in the lower class of Neo Domino City, and she aims to participate in the upcoming Friendship Cup to raise herself and her boyfriend out of poverty.
The Dragon Boys
- Living Emotional Crutch: All of them are this to their respective Bracelet Girls, and vice versa.
Yuzu's childhood friend and the son of You Show Duel School's founder. He aspires to become an Entertainment Duelist and bring laughter to people through his duels as his father did before him, at least before Yusho's mysterious disappearance three years ago.
He owns a good-luck charm pendant his father gave him when he was younger, which mysteriously glows during his televised exhibition match against Strong Ishijima. This unlocks the power of an entirely new Summoning method, Pendulum Summoning.
He uses an Entermate Deck, which features animals in costumes that focus on altering the ATK and DEF of monsters; he later starts incorporating the Odd-Eyes archetype. His ace is his Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, one of the four Dimensional Dragons.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Since Joey and his friends are in this fanfic, they keep him from becoming too much of a Stepford Smiler.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Yuya and Yuzu became a couple after the former's victory over Strong Ishijima, compare to canon where they never tie the knot despite their feelings for each other.
- All the Other Reindeer: Due to his dad disappearing, nearly every kid his age mocked him.
- Heroic BSoD: Played for Laughs. When Yuzu gives him a Big Damn Kiss in chapter 9, his brain short circuits as he wonders if he's dreaming at that point.
- Took a Level in Badass: Decides to start training and experimenting with Pendulum monsters sooner than in canon and doesn't take as much time to learn how to set a Pendulum Scale, to the point that he can beat Yuzu — who just learned Fusion and Xyz summoning — in a duel.
A member of Academia under the direct command of Professor Leo Akaba. He is Yuya's Fusion Dimensional Counterpart, due to them sharing the same face and originally being of one entity, "Zarc".
He was sent by the Professor to capture Yuzu Hiragi. However, doing so awakened Ray in Yuzu and the other Bracelet Girls made them aware as to what Akaba is planning for them and empowered them (along with Yuri becoming an ally with Ray).
He utilizes the Predator Plants, a legion of DARK Plant type monsters that can swarm the field, impairs and ensnares opponents with their effects, and sets up ideal conditions for his ace monster, Starving Venom Fusion Dragon.
- The Ace: He's known to be the strongest and smartest student in Duel Academia, and he's capable of defeating three Obelisk Blue students on his own, simultaneously.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: In the anime, he remained as a sadistic Jerkass enemy to the heroes to the very end, until his HeelFace Turn in the epilogue when fused with Yuya. In Zero Hour, he's the first of Zarc's counterparts to join Ray in reviving her and Zarc, and his sadistic tendencies are considered to be endearing due to coming from Zarc's own sadism.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- He does this to Yuzu in the very first chapter. He used a Fusion Spell Card to fuse two of her own monsters to Fusion Summon a monster of his own, and would have defeated her if it weren't for Ray taking control to invert this on him.
- He does this to three Obelisk Blue students off-screen in chapter 10.
- Only One Name: He's only known by his first name. Justified as he was an orphan who is raised by Leo Akaba of all people in Duel Academia.
- Purple Is Powerful: His hair color, eye color, uniform, and ace monster is all purple in color, and he's acknowledged as one of the strongest Duelists in Duel Academia along with everyone else fearing him as The Dreaded.
- Undying Loyalty:
- He had this for Leo Akaba at first since the man was the only one who acknowledged him whereas everyone else feared him.
- He later gains this for Ray and her counterparts, along with Zarc and his counterparts as well.
One of the survivors of the invasion on the Xyz Dimension, as well as a member of Resistance. He is Yuya's Xyz Dimensional Counterpart.
He uses a Phantom Knights deck that focuses on summoning Xyz Monsters, including his Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, and makes use of Spell and Trap Cards that can be activated from the graveyard.
Rin's childhood friend who hails from the Synchro Dimension and grew up with Rin as a part of the "Commons" in the slums of Neo Domino City.
He uses a deck with Speedroids, Wind-Machine Type Monsters that resemble toys or are references to games, primarily those centering on dice. Yugo also relies on luck as a powerful factor in his duel style and all his monsters lead up to supporting his ace monster, Clear Wing Synchro Dragon.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Rin reciprocates Yugo's feelings for her and the two became a couple, compared to the anime.
- Big Damn Heroes: Arrives just as Professor Frank as Rin in his clutches, giving her the mental strength to kick him out.
- Cuteness Proximity: Squees at Akiza's White Rose and Red Rose Dragons, wishing to just take him home and spoil them rotten.
- Only One Name: He's only known by his first name. Justified since he was born as a lower-class orphan in a highly competitive society, even after the benevolent uprising of The Enforcers.
You Show Duel School
Yusho Sakaki's duel school where the main focus is to entertain the audience. When Yusho Sakaki vanished, it fell into a decline until a group of duelists decided to spruce it up and bring in revenue again.
- Adaptational Badass: Didn't become a true duelist until Season 5 of his original series. Here he's capable of dueling on his own with Xyz monsters.
- Badass Adorable: Small, sweet, with big innocent amethyst eyes...and capable of defeating you in a duel while down to 100 life points.
- Covert Pervert: Had an Imagine Spot of Atem as a vampire, causing him to turn red and steam to release out of his ears.
- Identical Stranger: Champion of Illusion is specifically molded after him.
- Mythology Gag: His Illusion monsters are based on him and his friends in some way.
- Official Couple: With Atem in the fanfic.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: His Illusion monsters can shift their attributes from Light to Dark at a whim. His Xyz monsters gain special abilities depending on the number of Light and Dark monsters on the field.
- Casting a Shadow: Is capable of shadow magic, as Yuya and Yuzu note.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Dark and imposing with crimson eyes, but he's a good person at heart.
- Not a Morning Person: Hates waking up in the morning, especially if it's his sister doing so.
- Official Couple: With Yugi.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to his twin sister's red.
- Amazon Brigade: Mainly uses the Magician Girls archetype but she also keeps a copy of Dark Magician and Quintet Magician.
- Badass Adorable: She's adorable and she can kick your ass without breaking a sweat.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Yes she may be a Genki Girl with a love of Kuribohs but she is still a strong duelist with a powerful beatdown deck.
- Blood Knight: She loves a good duel and has gotten bored with the people she fights. That is, until her loss to Serena and even then she's so happy to find a challenge.
- Cuteness Proximity: Loves Kuribohs and wins Serena over by introducing her to them.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Most of her monsters are of the Dark attribute but she's a happy ball of sunshine.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Loses to Serena but is delighted to find a Worthy Opponent.
- Genki Girl: Is very, very hyperactive.
- The Glomp: She loves hugging others. She even tells Serena and Sora that "she's a hugger" before she embraces them.
- Identical Stranger: Her Dark Magician Girl and Apprentice Illusion Magician look exactly like her which many people lampshade.
The remaining Xyz duelists who haven't been captured by Academia; are the last remnants of a world that's gone to hell due to dimensional invaders. The Xyz dimension was originally a peaceful place to live in before they were attacked without warning. After repelling against most of the Obelisk Forces, duelists of the Resistance were able to procure the same technology as their enemies and can now inflict real damage on their opponents and sealed them away into cards.
Shun Kurosaki, along with Yuto, is one of the survivors of the invasion on the Xyz Dimension, as well as a member of Resistance. Originally a kind, if a somewhat stoic person, the invasion took its toll on his psyche. What makes this worse is learning that the true reasons why his home was destroyed and his younger sister Ruri, being planned as a "sacrifice" along with his best friend Yuto, being intended to get killed off by The Professor. He later joins up with Ray as her "knight" to ensure the safety of his loved ones and to make Academia paid for their transgressions.
Shun uses a Raidraptor deck, which is made for swarming Winged-Beast-Type monsters to Xyz Summon monsters with low base-ATK, but powerful effects. He also has many Spell and Trap Cards that can counter various situations and exploits his Rank Up spells to evolve his Raidraptors into more powerful forms.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the anime, Ruri being captured by Yuri causes Shun to really start losing it, and slowly going through He Who Fights Monsters. When being enlightened by the Awful Truth of the Dimensional War along with the fact that his sister and best friend are to be sacrificed and killed respectively, his thirst for vengeance and hatred goes past the point of no return. It later becomes inverted, as he's less brooding and kinder with Ruri still around.
- Adaptational Badass: He was already a powerful duelist in the anime, being capable of defeating the entire LDS Trio in a three-on-one duel, and is one of the strongest duelists amongst the Resistance. Zero Hour has him gaining powers like his sister and best friend, and his deck gains two more cards from Ray and Zarc respectively.
- Adaptational Villainy: Considering that he's helping Ray to ensure the safety of his sister and best friend puts him in this territory.
- Anti-Villain: Along with his sister and best friend, they are far from considered villainous despite their goal to revive Ray and Zarc, as their motives also lie in rebuilding their home and help those that they loved.
- Big Brother Instinct:
- He loves Ruri very much, and tends to be a very doting brother if a little overprotective. So much as he's willing to make a pact with Ray to revive her and Zarc as long as she ensures that Ruri will be still alive in the end.
- He also extends this to Yuto, and included his safety as well in his pact with Ray.
- Chess Motif: The Knight, as he serves as Ray's agent in chapter 13.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Played with. Despite his dark attire and joining up with Ray to revive her and Zarc, Shun cares more about protecting his loved ones and hurting those who try to harm them.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Yuto, as the two are best friends from thick to thin.
- Karmic Jackpot: A villainous example. His love for Ruri is recognized by Ray, who's very happy that her counterpart had such a loving family member and would anything to protect her and their friends. This leads to him being gifted by both Ray and Zarc with his own powers and gain new cards as well.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: It's what he intends to do to The Professor, as his brief fantasy shows, it involves grabbing the man by the throat and bashing his skull against his own throne repeatedly.
- Power Loss Depression: Inverted. As he gains power by accepting the two cards gifted to him by Ray and Zarc, he becomes much more lively.
- ¡Three Amigos!: He has this dynamic with his sister and best friend after the three of them are on the same page in chapter 13. This leads to Sayaka feeling uneasy by how the three "move and spoke with a strange union and synchronicity".
- You Are Worth Hell: "The only truth I know is that Ruri is my sister, my family. Nothing will change that, nothing could make her any less important to me."
Four duelists from the Commons banded together to bring peace between them and the Tops. Jack was originally sent into the Friendship Cup to become King, but after he was influenced by Roget, his fellow Enforcers intervened and placed Yusei as the head, and the four to help heal the divide between the two classes.
- Adaptational Sexuality: Compare to their heterosexual canon counterparts, all four of them are in a four-way romantic relationship with each other.
- Big Good: To the entirety of Neo Domino City, as they manage to bring order to the society by abolishing the City's highly competitive culture and threw a huge wrench into Roget's plans.
- Dark Is Not Evil: They either have dark looking monsters or appearances, and they also have edgy sounding nicknames, but they're all on the side of good.
- Polyamory: All of them are in a foursome of wholesome satisfaction.
- Red Baron: All of them have badass titles: Kallen is "The Shinigami", Jack is "Hell's Harbinger", Yusei is "Stardust Rider" and Crow later gets "Black Omen". Crow even lampshades the fact that everyone else got cool names before him.
- Straight Gay: None of them display any stereotypical behaviors of homosexuals, as their personalities are relatively the same as their canon counterparts.
- In-Series Nickname: He's affectionally called "King" by his fellow Enforcers.
- Must Have Caffeine: Inverted. Yusei is not allowed to have caffeine as it makes him even more of a workaholic. The last time this happened, it took Jack, Crow, and Kalin to..."play paddycake" with him to wear him down. The reader sees what happens first hand after Randsborgh accidentally leaves a cup out for Yusei.
- Shock and Awe: Has electrical abilities this time around.
- Tranquil Fury: When significantly pissed off, he's capable of making Jack Atlas fear for his life.
- Workaholic: Yusei will work himself to death if it means making sure others don't have to suffer. It gets to the point that Jack has to pull him away and make him get some sleep.
- Adaptational Personality Change: He's more humble than he was in canon.
- Lethal Chef: Cannot cook to save his life. The idea of him making something for Yusei to eat elicits an Anything but That! reaction from the latter.
- Only Sane Man: Acts like this when Yusei works himself too much, having to drag him away to get some rest.
- OOC Is Serious Business: It's noted that whenever Jack calls Yusei "King" that it's in a much more affectionate tone than when Kiryu or Crow says it.
- Running Gag: Always likes to bring up Lady Fate to the point that Yusei states that Lady Fate hates him. The author notes lampshade this by stating that no, Lady Fate doesn't hate him; she just likes screwing around with him.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Still loves his instant ramen and coffee.
- Insult Backfire: When Armstrong says that he can't tell why Yanagi is needed, Armstrong states that it would go over his [Crow] "boyfriend's little head". Crow retorts that, aside from Jack, Armstrong has to be more specific since he has three boyfriends.
- Only Sane Man: Compared to his fellow Enforcers, he's the most level-headed of the group, even lampshading why he doesn't get some badass title for his own.
- Adaptational Heroism: Was a Dark Signer in the anime, but a Crimson Signer in the fanfic.
- Casting a Shadow: Is capable of summoning darkness, as he demonstrates with Carly. He also uses the Infernity archetype which is filled with DARK monsters.
- The Dreaded: Just seeing him is enough for the patrons in Bootleg to run for cover and for Grady and Carly to realize they're screwed.
- Dub Name Change: Uses his dub name instead of his Japanese one (Kyosuke Kiryu).
The Crimson Dragon Crusaders
Five duelists from the Synchro Dimension who came together after seeing Rin dueling Professor Frank and Akiza's Crimson Dragon mark on her arm, diving into the mysteries involving their dimension.
- Ascended Extra: All five of them were secondary characters who had one duel throughout the entire series (barring Carly). Grady gets this the most since he had little to no personality traits at all (due to being brainwashed at the time)
- Five-Man Band:
- Hero of Another Story: Of the Synchro Dimension side of the fic, one where it involves the lore of the Crimson Dragon being unrelated to Ray and Zarc's revival, uncovering secrets of the Arcadia Movement, and subsequently learning that they're just one part of a bigger puzzle.
- Last-Name Basis: Randsborg, Armstrong, and Yanagi are usually addressed this way.
- The Quest: As Randsborg notes, their quest is to uncover the secrets of the Crimson Dragon, Zarc, and how Rin and Yugo are connected, and why the Arcadia Movement is so interested in them.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They consist of a knight, an archaeologist, a former member of Security, a street duelist with a fondness of milk, and a crossdressing reporter. Armstrong even lampshades that they're "a little ol' Breakfast Club".
- Adaptational Badass: He used LV monsters called Masked Knights in his only duel while the narration states he uses Infernoble this time around.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Was an utter buffoon and believed that Akiza was a real witch in the anime, losing to her in a humiliating fashion. In the fanfic, he acts like the Team Dad for the Crimson Dragon Crusaders.
- Adaptation Personality Change: He was Wrong Genre Savvy against Akiza in the anime, but he knows well enough not to start Bullying a Dragon against her.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Golden hair and is a gentleman.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Wears golden armor and is a chivalrous character through and through. Fittingly, he uses the Infernoble archetype.
- Large Ham: As befitting a knight, he likes to go on flowery tangents.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Played for Laughs. After he and Yanagi are allowed to bunk with the Enforcers to learn more about their powers, he left a mug of coffee for Yusei...not aware that Yusei must not have caffeine and has to see his fellow Enforcers dogpile Yusei before he works himself to death.
- The Nicknamer: Gives each of his fellow Crusaders different titles, "Valiant Grady", "She of Fair Eyes", etc.
- Playing with Fire: He is said to have used Infernoble monsters, which are FIRE type.
- Stroke the Beard: Does this as a Character Tic when in deep thought.
- Ye Olde Butchered English: Speaks in this as part of being a knight.
- Awesome by Analysis: Knew that Xavier Maxa was Carly in disguise by picking up on his habits: stating that being near Armstrong was like living in the Pits (Carly's boss was Mr. Pitt) and bringing up Blue Eyes Mountain Coffees (an expensive brand that Carly knew Jack liked in the anime)
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He and Carly are no the receiving end of one against Kallen.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Wears black and red and has black hair, but he's level-headed and has no malicious bone in his body.
- Establishing Character Moment: Comes in to save Xavier Maxa from getting a beatdown from Armstrong to showcase that he's a mediator. This becomes much more meaningful when the reader learns that he knows that Xavier is actually Carly in disguise.
- Guile Hero: Goads Commander Koda to spill the beans about Akiza by spinning a lie about how Rin could come and freeze his ass off.
- Hidden Depths: He trained under "Enjoy" Chojiro in diffusing fights.
- In-Series Nickname: Insists on being called "Grady" instead of his birth name.
- Like Brother and Sister: His relationship with Carly in a nutshell as he wants to make sure she doesn't go over her head in regards to her investigations into Arcadia.
- Only Sane Man: Compared to the knight, the eccentric archaeologist, the grumpy Security guard, and the crossdressing reporter, he's considered to be the normal one. Armstrong even calls him "a level head".
- Take Me Instead: Decides to take whatever punishment Kalin wants to inflict on him and Carly when Kalin accidentally touches Carly's chest — as she was disguised as Xavier at the time — but Kalin decides not to.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He loves drinking milk and states that it won't make you crash or jittery like coffee.
- You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Xavier calling Grady by his real name causes him to step back in fear. Especially since Grady knows that it's Carly saying that to him.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Upon seeing that Xavier had a Fortune Lady deck, he cackles at how he lost to a Fabled deck seeing as he would've had his ass handed if Xavier used the former.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Was a Hate Sink in the anime, to the point that Goodwin was disgusted by him. Here he's a bit of a grump and would rather not get involved with the chaos of the Synchro Dimension and his antagonism with Yanagi was more on poor communication than him being a jerk.
- Character Tics: Blowing nose hairs out in public.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has very snarky remarks to all of the magic and mysticism that the group faces.
- Debt Detester: Only helping out with the crazy investigations because he hates giving out favors.
- Dumbass Has a Point: During Rin and Professor Frank's duel, he questions what's so important about Rin that the Professor is trying to hypnotize her.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's an unpleasant jerk to be around but he has low esteem for Jean-Michel Roget and thinks that Professor Frank brainwashing Rin (a 14-year-old girl) is low. In fact, he personally was going to stop the duel himself if it continued. He also showed concern when Akiza's arm started to glow with her Crimson Dragon Mark.
- Mister Exposition: He knows the most about Rin and Yugo and later reveals that he has heard rumors about Security having Polymerization and Fusion Monsters.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Nearly gets Grady and Carly into loads of trouble when he antagonizes Yanagi without explaining why he was chasing after the old man. Not helping that Crow and Kallen were also chasing him down. He realizes his mistake when he learns how Crow has a Crimson Dragon mark.
- Sore Loser: Subverted; he got mad when he lost to Xavier, but is able to keep his cool and leave the arena without inciting a brawl.
She also has a disguise as "Xavier Maxa", see tropes below for him.
- Adaptational Badass: Only had one victory — back when she was a Dark Signer — but she was able to beat Armstrong and destroyed Akiza's Black Rose Dragons twice due to the effects of her cards.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Much more assertive as she was able to get her former boss fired, and also snarkier than in canon.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Does not have a crush on Jack Atlas in this setting — as he's in a polyamorous relationship with the other Enforcers — but has a sibling-like relationship with Grady.
- Berserk Button: Professor Frank using her catchphrase while he's brainwashing Rin causes her to snap.
- Catchphrase: "Everything has a dual nature".
- Curb-Stomp Battle: She and Grady duel Kallen to buy Armstrong some time to get away with Yanagi and get their asses handed to them.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: Dueled Akiza and destroyed her Black Rose Dragons. TWICE.
- Fortune Teller: Carries her Fortune Lady deck and uses it to read others' fortunes. Randsborgh draws Fortune Lady Past.
- In-Series Nickname: "(S)he of fair eyes" by Randsborgh due to her green-grey eyes.
- Interclass Friendship: She's a middle-class reporter who is friends with the fashion model Misty Lola.
- Intrepid Reporter: Just like in the anime, she's a reporter investigating Arcadia Movement.
- Must Have Caffeine: Is constantly drinking coffee due to how she was doing this for her old boss. Grady immediately knew that "Xavier Maxa" was her when he brought up "Blue Eyes Mountain Coffee".
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Dresses up as a guy but only so she can get close to Akzia and find out more about her.
Carly's identity when she dueled against Akiza in the underground tournament. Uses a Fabled Deck.
- Canon Character All Along: Xavier turns out to be Carly in disguise.
- Cool Shades: Overlaps with Sunglasses at Night, Xavier wears a pair of black sunglasses when dueling to keep his identity secret.
- The Gadfly: Most of his dialogue just amounts to "make witty remarks to piss off Akiza".
- The Glasses Come Off: Removes them when he tells Randsborg to stop living in the Middle Ages and think that all women are either princesses to be rescued, witches to be executed or lost souls who need to see the light.
- Light 'em Up: Used Fabled which are all LIGHT monsters.
- Light Is Not Good: Zigzagged; the Fabled monsters are a bunch of a-holes, as Xavier explains to Randsborgh, but Xavier/Carly is a good-hearted person.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Defeated Armstrong in the underground tournament due to using Fabled Leviathan and The Fabled Caitsith.
- Samus Is a Girl: Xavier is actually Carly in disguise.
- Shout-Out: He's named after a character from Green Phantom Queen's own story Between My Brother And Me Mors Omnibus.
- This Is Gonna Suck: His reaction to fighting Akiza is knowing that he's gonna die.
- Wig, Dress, Accent: Carly just wears a long white blouse, a leather jacket, jeans, a wig, and shades.
- Walking Spoiler: Xavier is thought to be an OC character in the story; he's anything but.
Arcadia Movement and Associates
- Anti-Villain: Deep down, she's a scared girl being manipulated by Divine who only wants to be loved.
- Composite Character: Is basically her anime self but she uses the cards that her manga counterpart had (White Rose Cloister and Black Rose Moonlight Dragon)
- Red Baron: "Black Rose Witch"
- Something About a Rose: The archetype she uses, has numerous Rose Dragons, she's called "Black Rose Witch", etc.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Constantly spouts "Everything has a dual nature" in his duel against Rin, causing Xavier to snap.
- Faux Affably Evil: Looks and acts like a calm professor...really is a sadist who doesn't mind brainwashing a little girl.
- Hate Sink: A sadistic man who would put a young girl into a vulnerable position, not unlike rape that causes Armstrong (who is not a nice man himself) to feel disgusted by this behavior.
- Light Is Not Good: His strongest monster is LIGHT attribute but he is not a nice man.
- Mythology Gag: He duels against a green-haired girl with spiritual powers and tries to put her in a trance, like he did to Luna in his original series.
- Near-Villain Victory: Nearly had Rin under his spell, but didn't expect her Duel Monster Freya to contact Yugo who sprints in just in the nick of time.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Is only for one duel against Rin, but this duel sets the stage for the Synchro Dimension as it brings the Crimson Dragon Crusaders together to uncover the mystery, Akiza's Crimson Dragon mark appears and it drives Rin to make Yugo close to her by any means necessary.
The Fusion Dimension's Duel Academia, who make it their life's mission of attacking other dimensions and sealing their victims into cards. A majority of people from this dimension are quite sadistic, treating their heinous actions as a "hunting game" and laughing about the destruction that they cause.
Professor Leo Akaba
Ray's father, who three years ago went to the Fusion Dimension, where he became the Professor, the head of Academia. He is the instigator of the interdimensional war with the intent to conquer all dimensions and unite them under his command.
The Professor originally hailed from the Original Dimension where his technology gave Duel Monsters the ability to interact with reality itself, as well as invoking in them actual feelings. This backfired spectacularly when he inadvertently helped create the "Demonic Duelist" known as Zarc and the fusion of all his dragons... with his daughter Ray joining him as they declared war on humanity.
Thus the entire reason for starting the war in the first place is his ill-guided attempt to "unite" the dimensions once again and revive his daughter Ray, who he believes Zarc "corrupted" into joining him.
- Parental Neglect: Deconstructed. Leo and his wife were never really around for his daughter, Ray. This caused Ray to lean on Zarc for support, and vice versa as he suffered from parental neglect as well.
- Parental Obliviousness: Leo Akaba only cares about resurrecting his "perfect daughter" while disregarding her four counterparts as merely "sacrifices", and believing that Ray was brainwashed by Zarc into joining him in the first place. To put it simply, Ray is disgusted by this delusion and had renounced Leo as her father long ago.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
- His research to enhance Real Solid Vision, which allowed Zarc and Ray to summon and then fuse with their monsters, leading to the end of the original world.
- On that note, his Parental Neglect of Ray is part of the reason she even joined Zarc in the first place.
- Sending Yuri to kidnap the Bracelet Girls, bringing the girls together which jump-starts the plot.
- He started the Dimensional War because of his unthinking selfishness, driving Yuto, Ruri, and Shun to the arms of Zarc and Ray very easily,
The Doktor is one of The Professor's closest aides. He is responsible for creating the Parasite Fusioners, to use them to control Yuzu, Serena, Rin, and Ruri.
The Four DuelistsA group of four Duelists from "different times" who battle against the recently transcendent Gods, Ray and Zarc. It led to the fracturing of the Original Dimension, along with the lives of them being sent throughout the Four Dimensions.
- Ambiguous Situation: According to Ray, the Four Duelists came from "different times", implying that they weren't born in the same timeline as her and Zarc.
- Four Is Death: The four of them battling against the godlike Ray and Zarc causes the Original Dimension to split into the Four Dimensions, as well as them being flung through and separated with no memories of their past lives.
- Hero Antagonist: They were the ones who oppose Ray and Zarc after the two wage war against humanity as gods.
- The Unreveal: Their true identities have yet to be revealed, but Ray and Zarc know who the four of them are and have shared it amongst their allies.
- The Unchosen One: Just like with Ray and Zarc, the Four Duelists went against them with their own Dueling skills and used four special cards that were made by Leo Akaba.