Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (遊☆戯☆王デュエルモンスターズGX, Yūgiō Dyueru Monsutāzu Jī Ekkusu?, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX in the Japanese language version) is an anime spin-off and sequel of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime. It first premiered in Japan on October 6, 2004. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX follows the exploits of Jaden Yuki (Judai Yuki in the original Japanese version) and his companions as he attends Duel Academy
In the fictional universe of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Duel Monsters, a popular card game created by Maximillion Pegasus (Pegasus J. Crawford) is widely enjoyed. Referred to as a "duelist," a player of the game summons monsters and activates Spell and Trap Cards through Duel Disk technology to evoke various strategies to defeat his/her opponent in battle. A Duel typically begins with each contestant being given a life total of 4,000 Life Points, which can be decreased as opposing players "attack" him/her with their monsters or trigger the abilities of individual cards. The objective is to reduce an opponent's Life Points to zero, and therefore be declared the winner. Although conceived solely as a card game, Duel Monsters' roots are mythological in nature, and many exploit its otherworldly secrets for their own personal gain.
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX begins 10 years after the events of Yu-Gi-Oh! with the lead character Jaden Yuki obtaining a Winged Kuriboh card from Yugi Muto, the renowned Duel Monsters champion, while on his way to a Duel Academy (Duel Academia (デュエル・アカデミア, Dyueru Akademia?) in the original Japanese language version) entrance exam.
The Academy was founded by Seto Kaiba on a remote island in the Southern Seas, with its dormitories named after the three Egyptian God Cards, and is run by Chancellor Sheppard and his staff. The most elaborate dormitory, Obelisk Blue (オベリスク・ブルー, Oberisuku Burū?), is named after Obelisk the Tormentor. The Obelisk Blue dormitory can be graduated to, but the only way to enter the dormitory in the first year is to attend and do well at an affiliated junior school (English version only). As the highest ranked dormitory, Obelisk Blue's facilities are of the highest quality, on the level of the world's classiest hotels and restaurants. The center dorm, Ra Yellow (ラー・イェロー, Rā Ierō?), is named after The Winged Dragon of Ra. Those who were given the highest scores in the entrance exam, or who only did mediocrely in the junior school enter this dormitory, which, while not as extravagant as Obelisk Blue, still has incredibly clean and well-kept facilities and meals of a quality far above the lifestyle of the average salaried man. The lowest dormitory, Slifer Red (Osiris Red (オシリス・レッド, Oshirisu Reddo?) in the original Japanese language version), is named after Slifer the Sky Dragon. Those who failed completely or scored poorly are put into the shoddy quarters of Slifer Red.
There are four other branches of Duel Academy worldwide, in the North, East, South, and West. Most of the episodes only show Central Academy, although Northern Academy is shown in one episode.
For the first two years at Duel Academy, the main cast faces major threats including the Shadow Riders, who intend to revive the Sacred Beasts by creating a strong dueling presence on the island and obtaining the Seven Spirit Keys (held by Jaden Yuki, Zane Truesdale, Alexis Rhodes, Bastion Misawa, Chazz Princeton, Dr.Vellian Crowler and Lyman Banner) , as well as the Society of Light, which intends to enslave humanity with the mind control satellite of Misgarth. During the third year, Duel Academy is transported to another world–a desert plane with three suns and resident Duel Monster spirits–right into the hands of the Martin Empire. Upon returning home, Jaden and a select group of his partners dive into the rift left in their escape to recover their missing companion, and embark through second and third worlds where failure in duels sends losers to the stars ("killed" in the Japanese version, though they were actually sent to another dimension); in very dark times, they find themselves face to face with the vindictive Yubel. When Jaden realizes the connection between Yubel and his past self, he fuses her soul with his, giving him certain powers.
In their final adventure, Jaden and his friends deal with the mysterious Trueman, a dark agent who copies the identity of his defeated opponents and seemingly wipes out their existence then. When a solar eclipse draws near, Trueman is revealed to be working for the real mastermind behind the vicious plot around the entire season - the former Shadow Rider, Nightshroud. Using Yusuke Fujiwara as an avatar, Nightshroud explains that Trueman's adversaries were trapped in the hell-like World of Darkness, where they will ultimately give up on their own lives because while in the dark world they would be mentally tortured by visions of failing at their hopes and dreams. Jaden and Jesse form a tag team to defeat Fujiwara and later Nightshroud himself in order to save the rest of the humanity from his World. This concludes the Duel Academy senior's reign as students, and before the seniors graduate and go on their own separate paths, a farewell party is thrown. However, Jaden is not present because he dislikes sad events, and attempts to leave before anyone can notice he's gone. Before he leaves, Winged Kuriboh leads him to the room that holds Yugi Moto's legendary dueling deck, and he is encountered by none other than Yugi himself. They both are transported to the past, where Jaden duels a younger Yugi and in the process recovers what he had lost, his passion for dueling. The outcome of this duel is not known, but it's assumed Yugi is the winner given Jaden's promise to become stronger and duel Yugi again. As Jaden Yuki leaves, he discovers a note from his friends, who knew that he would probably attempt to leave early. The show concludes with Jaden, with Banner's spirit and Pharaoh running into the distance, awaiting their next adventure.
- Jaden Yuki / Jūdai Yūki (遊城十代, Yūki Jūdai?)
- Voiced by: KENN, Mariko Nagahama (young) (Japanese), Matthew Charles (English)
- Jaden is the main protagonist of the series, an energetic boy who comes to Duel Academy to learn to become the new King of Games. He enjoys seeking out new duel challenges and is known be quite lucky when it comes to his draws. He is capable of communicating with Duel Spirits, most often conversing with Winged Kuriboh, a card he received from Yugi Mutou on the day of his entrance exam. He specialises in using Fusion Monsters, his main deck being the Elemental Heroes deck before later obtaining a set of Neo Spacian monsters and his key card, Elemental Hero Neos. Following the third season, in which he entered an alternate dimension and confronted the duel spirit, Yubel, he has gained the powers of both The Supreme King, an evil alter-ego he temporarily took on, and Yubel, giving him powerful insight.
- Syrus Truesdale / Shō Marufuji (丸藤翔, Marufuji Shō?)
- Voiced by: Masami Suzuki (Japanese), Wayne Grayson (English)
- A timid young boy who enrols into Duel Academy with Jaden, quickly taking a liking to him (calling him 'aniki' in the Japanese version.) He often doubts himself, living in the shadow of his older brother, Zane, but has shown himself to be a talented duelist, managing to rise in the ranks from Slifer Red to Obelisk Blue. He battles using a Vehicroid deck, which in season four becomes a Cyberoid deck that he creates by implimenting Zane's Cyber Dragon deck.
- Chazz Princeton / Jun Manjome (万丈目準, Manjōme Jun?)
- Voiced by: Taiki Matsuno (Japanese), Tony Salerno (1-89), Marc Thompson (90 onwards) (English)
- Chazz is initially a selfish and arrogant duelist. Chazz is initially portrayed as an antagonist but eventually serves as one of Jaden Yuki's rivals throughout the series. However, it is revealed early in the first season of the series that his elitism stems from his older brothers who urge him to become a great duelist in order to have their family reign over the dueling world, as his brothers rule over the political and financial worlds. After becoming estranged with his brothers, Chazz decides to pursue a career in dueling without their help. It is revealed that Chazz has a soft side in the second season. When Alexis's brother arrives to take Alexis to make a band, they have a duel. During the duel, Chazz cheers on Alexis calling her "Lexi". Later during the second year in the Duel Academy, Chazz loses to a duel with Master Sartorius; duel manager of Aster Phoenix and becomes a member of the Society of Light.
- He initially uses a power based deck, focusing on powerful monsters such as the Armor Dragons. Later on, he becomes able to see duel spirits and starts using the Ojama Trio, a trio of brothers with zero attack points but several uses.
- His self-imposed nickname in the English version is "The Chazz" while his Japanese nickname is "Manjoume Thunder", which is spawned from the phrase "It's Manjoume-san!" ("Manjōme-san da!"?). In the manga, Chazz is a more serious character than his anime counterpart, and his main spirit card is Light and Darkness Dragon. Chazz's character design was overseen by Kenichi Hara. His usual outfit consists of a slightly tattered black jacket with grey trimmings and sharp edges flowing out the costume's lower back. He originally wore the standard Obelisk Blue uniform, but switched to the black outfit after the leaving the school temporarily midway through the first season. He also wore a white version of his standard black outfit during his time in the Society of Light. His black hair is sectioned in two layers, his black eyes positioned directly beneath the bangs of the layer closest to his face. He carries an Academy-issued Duel Disk on his left hand.
- Alexis Rhodes / Asuka Tenjoin (天上院明日香, Tenjōin Asuka?)
- Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese), Priscilla Everett (English)
- Alexis is an Obelisk Blue student at Duel Academy who quickly takes interest in Jaden's talent. She duels using a Cyber Girl deck.
- Bastion Misawa / Daichi Misawa (三沢大地, Misawa Daichi?)
- Voiced by: Yūki Masuda (Japanese), Eric Stuart (English)
- Bastion is a duelist residing in Ra Yellow. He is regarded as a duel genius and uses numerous decks built to take on any strategy, hoping to create one that can beat Jaden in a duel. At the end of season three, he stays behind in an alternate dimension to help out its inhabitants.
- Zane Truesdale / Ryo Marufuji (丸藤亮, Marufuji Ryō?)
- Voiced by: Takeshi Maeda (Japanese), Scottie Ray (English)
- Zane is a strong duelist and Syrus' older brother. As a third year Obelisk Blue student at the start of the series, he was one of the most respected duelists in Duel Academy. However, when he loses in a duel against Aster Phoenix following his graduation, he starts participating in underground duels and takes on a more aggressive personality, earning him the name "Kaiser" in the Japanese version. However, all the underground duels, in which he battles using shock collars, causes his heart to become weak. He uses a Cyber Dragon deck which he later passes on to Syrus.
- Vellian Crowler, Ph.D. / Professor Cronos de Medici (クロノス・デ・メディチ, Kuronosu de Medichi?)
- Voiced by: Hiroshi Shimizu (Japanese), Sean Schemmel (English)
- Crowler is one of the teachers at Duel Academy, who hopes to get high up in the ranks of the school. Crowler was defeated by Jaden during the latter's entrance exam to attend into Duel Academy. This earned Jaden Crowler's ire, and Crowler became determined to either show up or expel Jaden, though all his attempts only humiliated him (and his pawns) while making Jaden look better and better. Crowler grows throughout the series to appreciate all his students and in turn be respected for his noble actions.
- Crowler plays an Ancient Gear (Dark Medieval (暗黒の中世, Ankoku no Chyūsei?) in the Japanese version deck composed largely, as namesake implies, of Ancient Gear (Antique Gear (古代の機械 (アンティーク・ギア), Anteīku Gia?) in the Japanese version cards. The majority of his monsters have the ability to prevent an opponent from activating Spell and Trap Cards until the end of the Damage Step. Crowler often employs various methods to speed up the summoning of his signature card, Ancient Gear Golem, such as summoning (then subsequently sacrificing) the Trojan Horse card, whose special ability allows it to be counted as a double sacrifice whenever Crowler summons a high-level Earth-attribute monster. His strongest monster is the Ultimate Ancient Gear Golem which requires one Ancient Gear Golem and two other Ancient Gear monsters, when its destroyed you can special summon one Ancient Gear Golem from the graveyard.
- Lyman Banner / Daitokuji-sensei (大徳寺先生?)
- Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese), Wayne Grayson (English)
- Banner is one of Jaden's tutors in Duel Academy who, in the Japanese version, often speaks with a 'nyaa' at the end of his sentences. It is later revealed to be an alchemist who used a homunculus body to prolong his life whilst he joined the Shadow Riders in order to seek out the Philosopher's Stone. When he is defeated by Jaden, his body dissolves into dust, but his spirit remains with Jaden, offering him advice whenever possible.
- Jesse Anderson (Yu-Gi-Oh! GX) / Johann Anderson (ヨハン・アンデルセン, Yohan Anderusen?)
- Voiced by: Kanako Irie (Japanese), Christopher C. Adams (English)
- Jesse is a loyal, thoughtful, and kind student from North Academy. He became one of Jaden's allies during the series. During season 3, he receive the Rainbow Dragon card and awaken its powers to take back the Academy and the rest of students back to their world, leaving him behind, where he is possessed by Yubel but rescued by Jaden. In season 4, Jesse helps Jaden defeat Trueman to save everyone and the world. It is shown that Jesse was at the graduation party at the end.
- Aster Phoenix / Ed Phoenix (エド・フェニックス, Edo Fenikkusu?)
- Voiced by: Akira Ishida, Asako Yoshida (young) (Japanese), Pete Zarustica (English)
- A talented duelist who enters Duel Academy during the second season. When he was young, his father was mysteriously killed and he was taken in by Sartorius, being used as a pawn in his plans. Similar to Jaden's Elemental Hero deck, Aster uses a Destiny Heroes deck, symbollising his desire for vengeance.
- Tyranno Hassleberry / Kenzan Tyranno (ティラノ剣山, Tirano Kenzan?)
- Voiced by: Hiroshi Shimozaki (Japanese), David Wills (English)
- Atticus Rhodes / Fubuki Tenjoin (天上院吹雪, Tenjōin Fubuki?)
- Voiced by: Koji Yusa (Japanese), Jason Anthony Griffith (English)
- Axel Brodie / Austin O'Brien (オースチン・オブライエン, Ōsuchin Oburaien?)
- Voiced by: Naru Kawamoto (Japanese), Marc Thompson (English)
- Axel is initially Professor Viper's right-hand man introduced during the third season. Axel eventually joins Jaden as one of his allies. I
- Jim "Crocodile" Cook (ジム・クロコダイル・クック, Jimu Kurokodairu Kukku?)
- Voiced by: Naoya Iwahashi (Japanese), Tom Wayland (English)
- Adrian Gecko / Amon Garam (アモン・ガラム, Amon Garamu?)
- Voiced by: Saichouya, Saori Terai (young) (Japanese), Darren Dunstan (English)
- Adrian Gecko Obtains the full power of Exodia and defeats Aster Phonix in season 3: Into the Shadows
- Chumley Huffington / Hayato Maeda (前田隼人, Maeda Hayato?)
- Voiced by: Takehiro Hasu (Japanese), Ted Lewis (English)
- Chumley is a Slifer Red duelist who had to repeat his freshman year due to failing his exam. Although he had mostly given up on anything, he soon becomes more confident after meeting Jaden. He later leaves Duel Academy in order to work at Industrial Illusions as a card designer.
- Blair Flannigan / Rei Saotome (早乙女レイ, Saotome Rei?)
- Voiced by: Eri Sendai (Japanese), Lisa Ortiz (English)
- Initially a minor character appearing in a stand-alone episode during the first season, who wanted to enrol into Duel Academy despite being too young. Blair joins the central cast at the beginning of the third after proving her worth as a duelist. Blair in the first season had a crush on Zane, but later turns her affections over to Jaden. Blair uses a deck of girls to sway her opponent's male monsters in the first season and later uses a deck of "Egg" monsters that have monsters such as Mystic Egg and Mystic Dragon.
- Characters: Antagonists :Shadow Riders
Kagemaru (影丸?) is the leader of the Shadow Riders and former superintendent of Duel Academy. The "Kage" portion of his name is derived from the Japanese word "kage" (影), meaning "shadow". In the English version, Kagemaru is voiced by David Wills (older) and Marc Thompson (younger), while Mugihito (older) and Nobutoshi Canna (younger) take the role in the Japanese version.
In horrible health, Kagemaru hoped to attain eternal youth by sacrificing Duel Monster spirits to the Sacred Beasts. During his Duel with Jaden, his youth gradually returned. After being defeated, however, he returned to his aged state. He then asked forgiveness and promised to renounce his former ways, carried off to the hospital by helicopter. He appears again as his younger self in episode 84.
Kagemaru plays a Sacred Beast deck. He carries a basic Fiend deck to support Raviel, and plenty of Spell and Trap Cards to support Uria and Hamon.
Nightshroud, known as Darkness (ダークネス, Dākunesu?) in the original Japanese language version, is the first Shadow Rider. But in reality, Nightshroud is an entity of unknown origin tied to the darkness itself and the final antagonist in the series. He entered the body of Atticus Rhodes and took control. Nightshroud is voiced by Hozumi Gōda in the Japanese version. While possessing Atticus' body, Nightshroud is voiced by Jason Anthony Griffith in the English version, while Kouji Yusa takes the role in the Japanese version.
Being the owner of the other half of the Shadow Charm pendant in Jaden's possession, Nightshroud sets a Shadow Game for both of them where the loser has his soul sealed in a card. When defeated, Nightshroud's soul (represented by his mask) is sealed away, and Atticus is freed.
During the GX Tournament, Atticus uses Nightshroud's deck in hopes of convincing his friend, Zane Truesdale, that the dark path taken by a duelist is a terrible course. As a result, Nightshroud's influence (that lay dormant within his cards) is once again able to take control of Atticus, only to be banished following his defeat.
In the fourth season, Atticus again uses Nightshroud's deck to duel Jaden, revealing he still has nightmares about his alter-ego. During the duel, Atticus remembers that one of the missing students at the academy, Yusuke Fujiwara, was the original host of Nightshroud and before he vanished, he made Atticus into a temporary host for Nightshroud to inhabit. But Nightshroud eventually returns in the body of Fujiwara, and though he loses to Atticus in a one-on-one duel, he cheats reversing time and preventing Atticus from playing Red-Eyes Burn. But after losing to Jaden when he and Jesse double teamed Fujiwara, Nightshroud left his vessel and duels Jaden in a match with the world at stake. Jaden reverses all of Nightshroud's evil doings and finally destroys him. Though beaten, Nightshroud boasts that as long there's darkness in humans, he would return, but Jaden counters by claiming that as long as there are bonds between humans, Nightshroud won't return. In his final duel, Nightshroud is portrayed as megalomaniac or simply insane, once he claims he is God and the Savior.
Nightshroud, while possessing Atticus, plays a Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon deck, which focuses on quickly summoning the eponymous card and strengthening it by placing a large number of Dragon-type monsters in his Graveyard. Once within the body of Fujiwara, Nightshroud uses a Clear deck which shuts down the opponent's strategies based on the attributes of the monsters they summon. Once without a host, Nightshroud uses his personal Darkness deck, which controls the field through its "Darkness" field spell card.
Camula (カミューラ, Kamyūra?) is the second Shadow Rider. Her name is derived from the title of Joseph Sheridan le Fanu's novel, Carmilla. In the English version, Camula is voiced by Bella Hudson, while Kanako Irie takes the role in the Japanese version.
A vampire, Camula is very serious when it comes to dueling, as she hopes to revive her race from its destruction by the people of Medieval Times. She had been asleep within her coffin until Kagemaru uncovered it and invited her to join the Shadow Riders. She captures the souls of her opponents following their losses within dolls to fuel her cause, and uses the Shadow Charm strangler around her neck to bet the souls of others in conjunction with the Shadow Game-exclusive Illusion Gate to ensure victory. She manages to obtain the keys of Crowler and Zane, but during her Duel with Jaden, her Shadow Charm's power is negated by the completed item that Jaden possesses. Out of self-confidence, Camula places her own soul on the line, and it is dragged into the gate after she loses, leaving her body empty and turning it to dust.
Camula plays a Vampire deck. Several of her monsters (such as Zombie Werewolf and Vampire Bat) can feint revival by either summoning or discarding additional copies of themselves when destroyed through battle. Camula is also able to combine the recursion ability of Vampire Genesis with Genesis Crisis to repetitively raise her undead army from the grave.
A white tiger that assumes human form with her Shadow Charm gauntlet to find a worthy duelist to be her husband, Tania travels with another tiger named Bass, who resembles the Amazoness Tiger. She falls in love with Bastion Misawa, and after some sweet talking and showing off her amazing dueling skills, defeats him and makes him her bridegroom for a short time until she grows tired of him. Tania then fights Jaden in a soul match with the effect of Amazon Arena, and eventually resumes her true form and runs off. She appears before Jaden and his group during the third year as her human self, having been sucked into the second alternate dimension they visit since their last meeting. She serves as their guide through the first town they encounter, and stays behind with Bastion after Jaden liberates it.
Tania's Amazoness cards, based on the Amazons of Greek mythology, are divided into two decks: Courage and Knowledge (the former focusing on offense with more damage inflicted via Amazoness Arena, while the latter is more based on turning the opponent's battle strategies against them). She uses the Knowledge deck against Bastion, and the Courage deck against Jaden.
Don Zaloog (首領－ザルーグ, Shuryō Zarūgu?) is the fourth Shadow Rider. In the English version, Zaloog is voiced by Darren Dunstan who impersonates Christopher Walken, while Taiten Kusunoki takes the role in the Japanese version.
Zaloog is actually a Duel Monster spirit brought to life by the power of the Shadow Charm eyepatch he wears. He is also the leader of the band of thieves known as the Dark Scorpion Gang (Black Scorpion Graverobber Gang (黒サソリ盗掘団, Kurosasori Tōkutsu-dan?) in the original Japanese language version), who were also brought to life by the item. He masquerades as a detective named Detective Zaloog (Police Inspector Manguer), sent to assist the students in hiding the remaining Spirit Keys, while his posse work on taking the keys incognito. However, since they fail to obtain the keys in a Duel, they are unable to unlock the Spirit Gate of the Sacred Beasts. When Zaloog and his gang are discovered, he and Chazz Princeton duel with all the remaining keys on the line. In the end, he and his cohorts are defeated, and the power of his Shadow Charm is nullified. After reverting back to their spirit forms, the Dark Scorpions join the many weak monsters in Chazz's care, to the young duelist's annoyance.
Zaloog plays a Dark Scorpion deck, themed on bringing together the members of the Dark Scorpion Gang and triggering their five effects in unison, with support from cards such as Mustering of the Dark Scorpions and Dark Scorpion Combination. Like his card, however, in the English anime, he wields twin swords and in the Japanese version, he wields guns.
Abidos the Third (アビドス3世, Abidosu San-sei?) is the fifth Shadow Rider. His name is derived from the name of the ancient Egyptian city, Abydos. In the English version, Abidos is voiced by Darren Dunstan, while Mamoru Miyano takes the role in the Japanese version.
An ancient pharaoh who never lost a single Duel, Abidos regained physical form through the powers of the Shadow Charm headband he wears. With an army of mummies, Abidos gathers Jaden and company on his celestial yacht for a Duel. During the Duel with Jaden, Abidos realizes that the only reason he kept winning was because his opponents always lost on purpose, simply because he was pharaoh. Jaden, however, manages to give Abidos a real Duel in which the opponent actually tries to win. Satisfied with his defeat, Abidos departs for the afterlife, giving Jaden his Shadow Charm, the latter making a promise to meet him again in one-hundred years time, presuming that Jaden will be dead within that time.
Abidos plays a Servants of the Pharaoh deck, themed on gathering three Sarcophagus cards to summon Spirit of the Pharaoh.
A hitman originally hired by Crowler to deal with Jaden, Titan captured Alexis Rhodes to force Jaden into a Duel for her life. Despite his reputation of possessing the power of a Millennium Item, the "Millennium Item" turned out to be a fake Millennium Puzzle, and Titan used various tricks to mimic a Shadow Game. He became the victim of a real Shadow Duel, however, but was saved by Kagemaru, wearing a Shadow Charm mask to bind him to the real world. Taking advantage of Alexis' desire to restore her brother's memories, Titan challenges her in the abandoned dorm where they first met. He is ultimately pulled back into the pits of darkness when he is defeated.
Titan plays an Archfiend (Demon) deck, composed largely of monsters based on chess pieces, in his first encounter with Jaden, which is later supported by Fiend Bullfighter (Demon's Matador) cards in his Duel with Alexis; this last deck is inspired by Spanish traditions with names related to bullfighting, such as "Picador", "Matador" and "Banderillero".
Main article: Lyman BannerAmnael (アムナエル, Amunaeru?) is the seventh and final Shadow Rider. In the English version, Amnael] is voiced by Wayne Grayson, while Kappei Yamaguchi takes the role in the Japanese version.
A homunculus inhabited by Lyman Banner's soul. Unable to find Banner's Cat, Pharaoh, Alexis, Chazz, Jaden and the others start looking for him. While looking, Amnael challenges and defeats both Chazz Princeton and Alexis Rhodes in a duel, who then get sucked into Amnael's book as a result. Jaden gets lead to the abandoned dorm where he defeated Titan. There he finds a mummified body that resembles Banner, and Amnael who later reveals himself to be the spirit of Banner. Both Amnael and Jaden duel which results in Jadens victory. After giving Jaden his Emerald Tablet which previously held his Shadow Charm, Banner is reduced to dust along with his original mummified body. His spirit, however, lives on in the stomach of his cat, Pharaoh. His appearance is seen when the cat is clueless causing its body to revieve Banner's spirt for a short amount of time.
Society of light
Former Obelisk Blue studentsEdit
Lorenzo, known as Ryusei Gin (銀流星, Gin Ryūsei?) in the original Japanese language version, is the champion of the "Shooting Game" arcade game. His name in the original version means "silver meteor" when translated in Japanese order. In the English version, Lorenzo is voiced by Anthony Salerno speaking with the accent of a New York mafia member, while Kazuhiro Shindou takes the role in the Japanese version.
Lorenzo is employed by Alexis and Chazz to duel Jaden. Although he is defeated, he comes to understand his opponent's definition of a fun duel, but is punished by Sartorius for his failure. Leaving his hair stark white, Sartorius takes complete control of him and his future.
Lorenzo plays a B. E. S. (Giant Battleship (巨大戦艦, Kyodaisenkan?) in the original Japanese language version) deck. With the effect of Boss Rush, Lorenzo is able to continuously summon B.E.S. monsters as they are destroyed, causing extra damage with Cyber Summon Blaster. The flaw of this strategy, however, is that he is no longer able to summon in any other manner as long as Boss Rush remains in play.
The concept of Lorenzo's cards is derived from the Konami video game series, Gradius. The "Core" monsters are all based on signature Bosses from the games, and the term Boss rush is derived from a gameplay mode commonly found in the series.
Princess Rose (プリンセス・ローズ, Purinsesu Rōzu?) is a representative selected by Sartorius to duel Jaden in his place. In the English version, Rose is voiced by Veronica Taylor speaking with a Valley girl accent, while Hiroko Kasahara takes the role in the Japanese version.
Rose claims to have the ability to see Duel Monster spirits (manifested as three "princes" named Jeffrey, Roosevelt and Percival in the English version), but others do not believe her. Jaden, however, notices the spirit of a frog prince watching over her following their Duel.
Rose plays a Frog deck. Through the effects of her trump card Des Frog, as well as T.A.D.P.O.L.E., Rose is able to summon three copies of the former relatively quickly. With her assault team in play, she is able to neutralize all threats and constantly strengthen her monsters with various other cards.
Bob "Game Show" Banter, known as Tsugio Kanda (神田次男, Kanda Tsugio?) in the original Japanese language version, is the Quiz King who has feelings for Alexis. His name in the English version is a pun on the name of Bob Barker. In the English version, Bob is voiced by Matthew Charles referencing numerous existing game shows including The Price is Right, Whammy!, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, while Ryo Kubota takes the role in the Japanese version.
Saddened by the fact that Alexis considers him uninteresting (in the Japanese version, she instead never remembers his name), Bob duels Jaden in hopes of impressing her.
Bob plays a Game Show (Quiz) deck, which sets up the Duel as a game show, with Bob as the host. The majority of his monsters possess abilities that activate when they are flipped face-up, causing damage to opponent if he is unable to answer a posed question correctly, or inflicting damage to himself if he does answer correctly. Once his Quiz Panels are depleted, the summoning of Quizzer Panel 9 allows Bob to return all of them to his deck for another round.
Howard X Miller, also known in the English version and solely in the original Japanese language version as X (エックス, Ekkusu?), is Sartorius' lawyer. His name is meant to be a pun in English, as "mill" (a term borrowed from Magic: The Gathering) denotes a direct disruption of a player's deck. In the English version, X is voiced by Ted Lewis, while Yoshitada Otsuka takes the role in the Japanese version.
As a child, X dreamed of becoming a pastry chef, but instead grew up to become an attorney. In the Japanese version, he is instead a Pro League duelist associated with the Society of Light whose ranking is greater than Aster's. He successfully reduced the cards in Jaden's deck to zero, but lost when Jaden was unable to draw due to the effect of the Neo-Spacian Glow Moss he had summoned on X's field, causing him to discard his deck.
X plays a Deck Destruction deck. His strategy relies primarily on Monster Register, a card that, under normal circumstances would effectively demolish the decks of both players. X, however, cleverly protects himself with the ability of Trap Sluzer, while rendering himself almost untouchable with a wide array of Spells and Traps.
Prince Ojin I (オージーン王子, Ōjīn Ōji?) is a professional duelist and celebrity from Misgarth. His name is meant to be a pun, as "ōjin" is the Japanese word for "royal person". In the English version, Ojin is voiced by Darren Dunstan, while Hisayoshi Suganuma takes the role in the Japanese version.
Ojin dueled against Sartorius in the GX tournament. He gloated that he would defeat Sartorius with one attack, but was himself defeated before Sartorius' first turn even came. Upon his defeat, he fell under Sartorius' influence and provided him with the control switch to his mind control satellite. He returns later in the tournament to retrieve one of the switch's keys given to Jaden by Sartorius' good personality, but fails despite aid from the Dark Light. While Jaden and Sartorius face one another in their final Duel, Ojin falls under Sartorius' control once again, and is successful in arming the satellite.
Ojin plays a Satellite deck. His strategic preference involves devoting all his resources to performing a "One Turn Kill" with Satellite Cannon. In the case that this manoeuvre fails, he is also able to fuse three copies of said monster together to summon Satellite Laser Balsam by activating Debris Station for a final wave of destruction.
Dr. Eisenstein, known as Dr. Albert Zweinstein (アルバート・ツバインスタイン博士, Arubāto Tsubainshutain Hakase?) in the original Japanese language version, is a nine-time Nobeli Award-winning German medical doctor with an IQ of 173 specializing in duel physics. His name is a pun on the name of Albert Einstein. In the Japanese version, Zweinstein is voiced by Takeshi Aono.
Eisenstein arrives at Duel Academy under Prince Ojin's request, and is sent by Sartorius to eliminate Jaden and retrieve his key to the mind control satellite, though his underestimation of the young duelist's tactics results in his failure. Bastion idolizes him for his unified theory of the world.
He returns during the third year to communicate with those trapped in the other world, informing them that the key to their escape is to send the Rainbow Dragon card through a wormhole to link both dimensions.
Eisenstein plays a Relativity deck. Being a duel physicist, Eisenstein has researched extensively the interactions between Monster, Spell, and Trap Cards, coming to the conclusion that science overtakes any sort of "luck". As such, his deck exploits statistics and probability, yet in doing so, ignores alternative methods of achieving identical results, as with Jaden's use of Contact Fusion. References to Einstein's interests are made throughout his deck, including mentions of Pierre-Simon Laplace and Schrödinger's cat.
Sarina and the Light BrigadeEdit
During the Duel Academy field trip to Domino City, Sartorius enlists the help of his sister and her Light Brigade duelists in luring Jaden and Aster into KaibaLand's virtual world after being granted access to the system by Seto Kaiba. He was concerned with changing the progression of his fate, and wanted Sarina to determine which of the two duelists would be better suited to putting his Wheel of Fate (a metaphor for both Sartorius' destiny and the weapon of mass destruction he would later obtain) into motion.
Sarina, known as Mizuchi Saiou (斎王美寿知, Saiō Mizuchi?) in the original Japanese language version, is Sartorius' younger sister. In the English version, Sarina is voiced by Bella Hudson, while Tomo Sakurai takes the role in the Japanese version.
A miko, Sarina granted her assassins special abilities with her own powers, and erected a barrier around Domino City that prevented Duel Monster spirits from leaving the boundary while Frost and Thunder dueled Tyranno and Syrus. After disposing of her subordinates, she challenged Aster and Jaden to a Tag Duel in KaibaLand's virtual system, but was ultimately defeated. Sarina then revealed that she wished to save her brother from the influence of an evil aura housed in a Hero card that was shown to him when they were younger. In a final act of gratitude, she helped those trapped within the virtual world to escape, but was left behind in the collapsing program, digitizing herself to act as her brother's "guardian". While no mention of it is made in the English adaptation, the Japanese version further includes a promise by Sugoroku Mutou to speak with Seto Kaiba in hopes of restoring her consciousness. Sarina returns near the end of the second year, contributing to the mind control satellite's end. She is flown in to Duel Academy via helicopter by Kaiba's associates, and reunited with her brother.
Sarina plays a Mirror deck. Each of her Silver Spirit (Shikigami (式神?) in the original Japanese language version) monsters, is either sent to the Graveyard to activate Mirror Bind, or to use as fodder for Full Moon Mirror. Once a collection of ten counters has collected on the latter, she is able to play Infinite Fiend Mirror to summon nine copies of her powerful Dark Creator (based on an illustration by Toshiki Nakayama (中山俊希, Nakayama Toshiki?) submitted for a card illustration contest held earlier during the series) to the field. The concept of Sarina's cards is derived from onmyōdō, and she herself takes on the role of an onmyōji during episodes in which she makes appearances.
In Italian version she's called Sabrina.
The Light BrigadeEdit
- Thunder, known as Ikazuchimaru (雷丸?) in the original Japanese language version (voiced by Jamie McGonnigal / Takanori Oyama): The "Ikazuchi" portion of the his name in the Japanese version is derived from the word "ikazuchi" (雷), meaning "lightning".
- Frost, known as Kourimaru (氷丸, Kōrimaru?) in the original Japanese language version (voiced by Hidenobu Kiuchi): The "Kouri" portion of his name in the Japanese version is derived from the word "kōri" (氷), meaning "ice," and he sports a Hispanic accent in the English version.
- Blaze, known as Honoumaru (火丸, Honōmaru?) in the original Japanese language version (voiced by Masaki Ishikawa): The "Honou" portion of his name in the Japanese version is derived from the word "honō" (火), meaning "fire".
- T-Bone, known as Iwamaru (岩丸?) in the original Japanese language version (voiced by Toshiharu Sakurai): The "Iwa" portion of his name in the Japanese version is derived from the word "iwa" (岩), meaning "rock," and he has an Ebonic accent in the English version.
The first duo of the Light Brigade, Thunder and Frost, are Tag Duel partners sent to battle Syrus and Tyranno. Unlike Thunder, Frost valued victory above all else, and was not above eliminating his partner from the Duel.
The second pair, Blaze and T-Bone, were meant to be disposed of early on by Sarina. They escaped Sarina's lair and met up with Jaden, at which time Blaze revealed to him that he and T-Bone had themselves once enrolled at Duel Academy, but left after failing an exam. Although they befriended the boy, their master tracked them down and coerced T-Bone into dueling Jaden.
All four Light Brigade duelists were sealed in mirrors by Sarina when she no longer had any use for them, but they were freed after Jaden and Aster defeated her.
Thunder plays a Thunder deck, supported by Tag Duel-exclusive cards. His tactics are more upfront than his partner's in that he utilizes cards such as Rampage Condenser and Lightning Talisman to inflict damage directly, rather than through battle. Frost, on the other hand, plays an Ice deck with similar cards, but his tactics are less upfront than Thunder's in that he utilizes cards such as Mobius Castle and Mobius Glacier to weaken his opponents' monsters, then destroy them through the attacks of Mobius the Frost Monarch.
T-Bone plays a Rock deck, but the signature cards of his fellow Light Brigade duelists were forcefully placed in his deck by Sarina for his Duel with Jaden. His main strategy consists of the repetitive summoning of copies of his Rock-type monsters through Guidance of Ore. The Monarchs themselves fuel the summoning of T-Bone's greatest monster, Demiurge Ema (based on an illustration by Fumiko Kanai (金井文子, Kanai Fumiko?) submitted for a card illustration contest held earlier during the series), which has the ability to draw strength from Spells and Traps that have become "Homunculus Tokens".
Yubel (ユベル, Yuberu?) is a Duel Monster spirit. In the English version, Yubel is voiced by Cassandra Morris, while Hisao Egawa and Hiromi Tsuru take the role in the Japanese version. She is voiced by Eileen Stevens in the English version of Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time. She is female in the English version, but a hermaphrodite in the Japanese version. In the Dub, Yubel is often shown to be moody and arrogant, and its immaturity is shown through its speech and actions. In the Japanese version, her insanity overrides her logic to the point where she will disregard what people say to her, instead continuing with her own unstable dialogue.
Yubel is the mastermind behind the Survival Duels and the creation of the empire. At first, he was a male human who volunteered to protect the Supreme King (an early incarnation of Jaden) from the Light of Destruction. Doing so changed his form drastically, and the Supreme King was so touched by this that he pledged to love Yubel eternally.
Eons later, she was discovered as a card by Jaden's father and became Jaden's favorite card in childhood. She became both overprotective of the boy and jealous of his friends, however, as Jaden was the reincarnation of the Supreme King, she proceeded to harm and subsequently scare away all of Jaden's playmates. Under Jaden's request (hoping that Yubel would stop hurting his friends), Yubel was sent into outer space by KaibaCorp in a separate satellite from his contest-winning card designs after she put an acquaintance of Jaden's in the hospital with a mysterious illness, but the card was hit by the same force she swore to protect her friend from and the craft crash landed back to Earth, resulting in the near-complete destruction of her body upon re-entry into the planet's atmosphere.
Yubel thus enlisted Viper's aid in reconstructing her damaged form behind the false promise that his son would return to life. Later acquiring Marcel as a host, she absorbs the Duel Energy collected by the Duel Ghoul army to finally become whole again. Though she succeeded in regaining its physical form, Yubel was cast off into the alternate dimension by Jesse's sacrifice, whom she possessed to use him and his Crystal Beasts as hosts to act through. Around this time, she hid behind the scenes where she watched Jaden's descent into darkness so he may create the Super Polymerization card that she would use to bring its plan into fruition. Jaden, free from the evil influence, finally dueled Yubel to save Jesse and is successful, but Yubel escaped and snatched the Super Polymerization card from Jaden, causing him to give chase. After Jaden brought back Super Polemerization from her spell card Spell Chronicle which forced Jaden to choose one of 5 spell cards for every 2 spell cards he plays, Yubel attempts to destroy all 12 dimensions by fusing them together. Jaden stops her by using a trap so he could choose what was fused. Super Polymerization ended up fusing their souls together in episode 155, and Yubel, finding that she can be with the Supreme King forever as a result, willingly fuses with Jaden.
Jaden reveals to his friends that he fused their souls together in episode 160, just before Honest explains what's about to occur in the dimensions.
In the final duel against Nightshroud in episode 177, Jaden reveals that Yubel in his deck now, honoring what she has done for him in the past, and since her soul is merged with his. This honor is stronger as Yubel can be fused with Neos, to summon Neos Wiseman.
Yubel wields numerous powers, most of which came from her exposure to the Light of Destruction, including the ability to cast illusions, make herself invisible to detection (even to those who can see Duel Spirits), teleportation, and limited reality warping. She is also capable of seeing the darkness of a person's heart, and tempting one to do her bidding by playing off an individual's desires. She must have some degree of super strength, as she demonstrated by picking up and tossing Marcel to Blair with one arm. These powers were transferred to Jaden as a result of binding Yubel to him.
In the original version, Yubel's primary motivation was the promise that Jaden's past life made to her and as such, it was determined to see that promise through by eliminating those it perceived as competition. However, its corruption by the Light of Destruction caused it to believe that love was a mutual feeling of joy and pain between two people and therefore felt justified to physically and mentally harm Jaden to advance its own goals. In the English dub, Yubel instead desires to take revenge on Jaden for sending her into space. Though interesting to note, she expresses doubt or mock sadness that she won't be able to protect him anymore, and also still seems obsessed with going with him in both the English, and Japanese versions.
Yubel plays a deck focused on her own card and its power to turn damage inflicted to it back on the opponent. Yubel also utilizes Fiend Flower cards to support it and help in its evolution into stronger stages.
Marcel, known as Martin Kanou (加納マルタン, Kanō Marutan?) in the original Japanese language version, is a new student entering Ra Yellow in the third year. In the Japanese version, Martin is voiced by Asako Yoshida while Sebastian Arcelus takes the role in the English version.
Marcel is Vice-Chancellor Bonaparte's son, raised by the man's ex-wife. He grew depressed by the sight of his parents bickering and his father leaving their home in Paris, France at a young age though his dad thought he was doing it for him. After Professor Viper's defeat, he is possessed by Yubel and declares himself king of his newly-instituted empire. During a Duel with Jaden and Jesse, Marcel was set free from the creature's influence after Yubel regained physical form.
When possessed, Marcel could change his voice to sound like Yubel by glowing light blue.
Marcel plays an Exodia deck. Using cards such as Mad Reloader and Break the Seal, Marcel is able to quickly add the individual pieces of Exodia from his deck to his hand and declare an automatic victory. After retrieving the Sacred Beasts, he plays a Chaos deck, which exploits the ability of his Phantom of Chaos to mimic the beasts while in his Graveyard and also supports the summoning of their combined form, Armitael, Phantasm of Chaos.
Professor Thelonius ViperEdit
Professor Thelonius Viper, known as Professor Cobra (プロフェッサー・コブラ, Purofessā Kobura?) in the original Japanese language version, is a professor hailing from West Academy. In the Japanese version, Viper is voiced by Masaya Takatsuka, while Sean Schemmel takes the role in the English version.
While performing military services in a war-ravaged country, Viper came upon an infant who he believed saved his life by drawing his attention away from an area which was suddenly detonated. He adopted the child, Pierce (Rick in the Japanese anime), and came to regard him as the "angel" in his otherwise torturous life. Years later, Pierce was stricken with an illness (while in the Japanese anime, Rick is hit by a bus and killed). Viper enters Duel Academy in the third year in a desperate attempt to raise his son from the dead, and pits students against one another in Survival Duels. He is tricked into believing that Pierce/Rick never died upon losing to Jaden in a Duel, and seemingly falls to his death after stepping off the dueling platform. (most of this is cut in the English version).
Viper plays a Venom deck, themed on the distribution of "Venom Counters" through his Reptile-type monsters (such as Venom Snake and Venom Boa) to an opponent's monsters as means of weakening and ultimately destroying them. Several of his monsters are based on the nāga, a serpent-like race in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. One of these creatures, Viper's signature card Venominaga the Deity of Poisonous Snakes, is able to circulate poison in the opponent's body upon inflicting damage, declaring an automatic victory for its owner within three turns.
The Three Masked Knights (仮面の三騎士, Kamen no Sankishi?) are group of hungry students consisting of Harada, Yamanaka, and Teraoka. (They are unnamed in the English Dub, although close captions do reveal two of them as being named Slate and Riker)
Coming across Marcel in the library, they are seduced by promises of power (food in English dub) to join him in his cause. Through the magic of a Polymerization card, each of them is fused with a Duel Monster spirit which robs him of his free will. The Three Masked Knights simultaneously duel Jesse, Axel, and Jim, serving as decoys while Marcel makes his way to the area where the Sacred Beasts were sealed. They are returned to normal after being defeated.
- Emotionless Mask (「無表情」仮面, Muhyōjō Kamen?) (voiced by Yūki Fujiwara)
- Laughter Mask (「笑い」仮面, Warai Kamen?) (voiced by Daisuke Nakamura)
- Angry Mask (「怒り」仮面, Ikari Kamen?) (voiced by Kōichi Yokota)
The Three Masked Knights play decks reflecting the expressions on their masks. Emotionless Mask's strategy relies on the activation of several cards from his hand interacting with Silence's Pain in his Graveyard, Laughter Mask's on the synergy between Fool Clown and Rough Exploder, and Angry Mask's on the Direct Damage and resurrection abilities of Anchor Knight.
When Duel Academy is sent into the first alternate dimension by Marcel/Yubel, Yubel turned some of the students into Duel Ghouls (Duel Zombies in the Japanese version), a zombie that has an obsession to duel someone. When a Duel Ghoul's opponent loses all of their energy through Bio-bands, they become a Duel Ghoul themselves. Even when a Duel Ghoul loses energy through their Bio-band, they still never give up and keep dueling. There is no way to stop a Duel Ghoul unless their controller is defeated. A few of Jaden's friends have become Duel Ghouls, such as Chazz Princeton, Syrus Truesdale, Mrs. Fontaine, and Dr. Crowler. When the Academy was taken back to its own world, all of the Duel Ghouls returned back to normal.
Several Duel Monster spirits not directly linked to the main cast appear throughout the series.
- Alien of Light (光の宇宙人, Hikari no Uchiujin?) (voiced by Wayne Grayson / Takahiro Hirano): Alien of Light's Duel with Jaden, arranged by Neo-Spacian Aqua Dolphin, serves as a test of the boy's abilities to wield the powers of darkness. It plays a Different Dimension deck, primarily centered around Candelato, the Beast of Light. Although the card prevents its controller from drawing any additional cards during the Draw Phase, the Alien of Light takes advantage of its simple summoning conditions as a means of brute force.
- Dark Magician Girl (Blamagigirl (ブラマジガール, Buramajigāru?) in the original Japanese language version) (voiced by Bella Hudson / Yuki Nakao): A Duel Spirit towards whom Syrus Truesdale harbors feelings for, Dark Magician Girl surfaces during a school-wide festival to duel with Jaden. She plays Spellcaster deck, which centers around her own card (much like Yubel) and its related support.
- Dark World (暗黒界, Ankokukai?): A dictatorship of legendary monsters hailing from the world of the humans trapped in the third alternate dimension that Jaden and his companions visit. Its army is composed of numerous advisors and foot soldiers, and is headed by Dark World's king, Brron. None prevailed against Jaden.
- Freed (フリード, Furīdo?) (voiced by Yūji Kishi): The captain of the Steel Knight army which protects the humans trapped in the third alternate dimension that Jaden and his companions visit, including the daughter and son of one of his battalion, Lars. He leads the fight against the Dark World monsters, and sacrifices himself to give Jaden a fighting chance against its knight, Zure.
- Gravekeeper's Chief (墓守の長, Hakamori no Chō?) (voiced by Tom Souhrada / Bin Shimada): The leader of the Gravekeeper's who demands that all intruders seen as tomb robbers be buried alive. While searching for his friends in another world, Jaden meets a Gravekeeper's Assailant named Yasmin (Sara (サラ?) in the original Japanese language version) (voiced by Lisa Ortiz / Yūko Mizutani), who rescues him from harm, and Jaden develops a little crush on her, though he is ultimately captured and forced to duel the Chief in a Shadow Duel. He plays a Gravekeeper deck, which focuses on the wide range of abilities available with his "Gravekeeper's" cards, as well as preventing both players from activating cards that interact with the Graveyard.
- Supreme King advisors: consisting of Skilled White Magician, Skilled Dark Magician, Skull Knight, Chaos Sorcerer, and Guardian Baou, they serve as henchman to Jaden while under the guise of Supreme King. All but Baou are destroyed prior to Jaden's defeat, and Baou is dispatched by Jaden himself afterwards.
- Harpie's Brother (バードマン, Bādoman?, Birdman in the original Japanese language version) (voiced by Akio Suyama): A winged warrior who guards the power generator in the second alternate dimension that Jaden and his companions visit. He plays a Winged-Beast deck, which concentrates on the Direct Damage capabilities of Simorgh, Bird of Divinity and reflects his world's view that lower-level monsters are inferior to those of greater rank.
- Jinzo (Android -Psycho Shocker- (人造人間 サイコショッカー, Jinzo Ningen Saiko Shōkā?) in the original Japanese language version) (voiced by Sean Schemmel / Satoshi Tsuruoka): An evil Duel Spirit who seeks to become a real person, Jinzo takes the souls of those who summon him. This may be the case because Jinzo is a Dark-attribute monster. A group of three students including Torrey (Takadera (高寺?) in the original Japanese language version) unwittingly call him forth, but was defeated by Jaden in a Shadow Duel and forced to give up his ambition. He plays a Psycho deck, which includes spirit-related cards in addition to himself as a trump card.
- Kaibaman (Friend of Justice - Kaibaman (正義の味方 カイバーマン, Seigi no Mikata Kaibāman?) in the original Japanese language version) (voiced by Eric Stuart / Kenijirou Tsuda): A monster modeled after Seto Kaiba, Kaibaman duels and defeats Jaden after he and his friends happen upon the Duel Monsters world. He intended to quell Jaden's worries regarding Shadow Duels, and thus sarcastically threw around the possibility that he himself may have been initiating such a battle with Jaden. He plays Seto Kaiba's deck, complete with his three legendary Blue-Eyes White Dragon cards. The card that represents himself can be sacrificed to summon a Blue Eyes from his hand.
- Honest - An angel who belongs to Fujiwara Yusuke, before being put away in a box when Fujiwara goes to the darkness. At the beginning of Season 4, he disguises himself as Fujiwara and uses his powers to manipulate the memories of the others into thinking he's been there all along. However, Jaden's powers show his true form, and Honest later resides inside Jaden's body until he and Jesse face Fujiwara, in which Honest returns to Fujiwara's side following his defeat.
Fonda Fontaine, known as Emi Ayukawa (鮎川 恵美, Ayukawa Emi?) in the original Japanese language version, is a recurring character. In the English version, Fontaine is voiced by Bella Hudson, while Michiko Neya takes the role in the Japanese version.
Fontaine is the supervisor of the female Obelisk Blue dormitory, as well as the school's head medic and gym instructor.
During the third year, while trying to protect an injured Blair Flannigan, she is transformed into one of Marcel's zombie slaves and duels with Jaden, though she recovers after Duel Academy is returned to its proper place from an alternate dimension.
Fontaine plays an Anti-Cure deck, which focuses on the reversal of Life Point recovery into Direct Damage through the ability of her Nurse Reficule The Fallen One. She uses cards such as Dark Cure and Burning Algae to forcefully increase her opponents' Life Points for this purpose, while protecting her main monster from being destroyed easily in battle with Sadistic Potion.
Jasmine, known as Junko Makita (枕田 ジュンコ, Makita Junko?) in the original Japanese language version), and Mindy, known as Momoe Hamaguchi (浜口ももえ, Hamaguchi Momoe?) in the original Japanese language version, are recurring characters. In the English version, they are voiced by Lisa Ortiz and Suzanne Goldish, while Mariko Nagahama and Tomomi Taniuchi take the roles in the Japanese version.
Jasmine and Mindy are Alexis's boy crazy roommates in the female Obelisk Blue dormitory. They have almost no talent for dueling and would much rather gossip, shop, or fantasize about Alexis's brother Atticus.
Jean Louis Bonaparte, known as Napoleon (ナポレオン, Naporeon?) in the original Japanese language version, is a recurring character. His character is based on Napoleon I. In the English version, Bonaparte is voiced by Mike Pollock, while Naoki Tatsuta takes the role in the Japanese version.
Vice-Chancellor of Duel Academy beginning with the second season, Bonaparte is a stout man hailing from Paris, France who originally attempted to demolish the Slifer Red dormitory at every opportunity, but was repelled by Crowler. He later dueled alongside Crowler against Maximillion Pegasus for a job at Industrial Illusions, after they falsely believed themselves to be fired by Chancellor Sheppard. Following Duel Academy's arrival in an alternate dimension, he encourages the students to save his son Marcel from the Duel Spirit Yubel. Previously married, Bonaparte's son is in the custody of his ex-wife. After Marcel is rescued, Bonaparte apologizes for neglecting him and leaving his wife for his career, and the two return to France at the end of the season.
In both the English and Japanese versions, Bonaparte speaks French on occasion. In the latter, he also refers to himself with the archaic "wagahai," and ends the majority of his sentences with "de aru". In the English anime, he frequently uses the French terms "feux pas" and "au revoir".
Bonaparte plays a Toy Army deck, which includes cards that detail Napoleon I's conquests and coronation, such as the monsters Toy Soldier and Toy Emperor. His Toy Soldier cards are physically weak, but he supplements them through Forced March and Fife and Drum Corps, as well as a variety of Trap Cards.
Ms. Dorothy, known as Tome (トメ?) in the original Japanese language version, is a recurring character. In the English version, Dorothy is voiced by Veronica Taylor, while Mariko Nagahama takes the role in the Japanese version.
A school staff member who works in Duel Academy's card shop, Ms. Dorothy actually has very little knowledge of the rules of a Duel. In the English version, she is "Miss Duel Academy". There is an on-going romance between her and Chancellor Sheppard.
Satyr, known as Kabayama (樺山?) in the original Japanese language version is a recurring character. In the English version, he bears the alias "Don Simon," and in the Japanese version his alias is "Curry Mask" (カレー仮面, Karē Kamen?). In the English version, Satyr is voiced by Marc Thompson, while Ryuichi Nagashima takes the role in the Japanese version.
The professor heading Ra Yellow, Satyr has the sad honor of being the least featured of the three main professors of Duel Academy. The other characters do not recognize him immediately, and he is lonely due to most of his students either being promoted to the Obelisk Blue or staying with Jaden at Slifer Red. Although the characters do not recognize him, Satyr points out through a series of flashbacks that he had been a background character in several episodes in the first season as an in-joke about his character not being noticed.
Satyr plays a Spice deck. By removing his own cards from the game with Curry Pot, he is able to summon Curry Fiend Roux and increase its strength with cards such as Red-Pepper Spice and Spell Spice Caraway.
Sheppard, known as Samejima (鮫島?) in the original Japanese language version, is a recurring character. In the English version, Sheppard is voiced by David Wills, while Masami Iwasaki takes the role in the Japanese version. In the Japanese version, Samejima is usually addressed as Samejima-kōchō (鮫島校長).
The chancellor of Duel Academy, Sheppard watches over the students in his school, but is often directly responsible (though not always fully aware of it) for many of the incidents that befall Jaden and co.
In the second season, Sheppard left Duel Academy under the care of Crowler, and was sought by Zane, who wanted to obtain the Underworld deck that lay dormant within his dojo. He eventually resumed his position in time for the GX tournament, part of a plot devised by both himself and Pegasus to lure out the person possessing the famed Ultimate Destiny Card.
Sheppard plays a Cyber-Style deck, which focuses on various battle strategies including the manipulation of his opponents' monsters, or the powering up of his Cyber Ogre cards in battle.
Slade and Jagger PrincetonEdit
Slade, known as Chosaku Manjoume (万丈目 長作, Manjōme Chōsaku?) in the original Japanese language version, and Jagger Princeton, known as Shoji Manjoume (万丈目 正司, Manjōme Shōji?) in the Japanese language version, are recurring characters. In the English version, Slade is voiced by Jonathan Todd Ross and Jagger is voiced by Marc Thompson. In the Japanese version, they are voiced by Takahiro Hirano and Makota Tomita.
Chazz Princeton's two older brothers, Slade and Jagger, are tops in the political and financial worlds, respectively.
Slade plays a Rare Dragon deck, composed mainly of Parallel Rare cards. His deck relies on the quick summoning of powerful Dragon-type monsters.
Admiral, known as Anacis (アナシス, Anashisu?) in the original Japanese language version. In the English version, Admiral is voiced by Ted Lewis, while Kazuhiko Nishimatsu takes the role in the Japanese version.
A man who travels the sea in a submarine, Admiral docks at Duel Academy because of his interest in Jaden Yuki, who first thought he was one of the Shadow Riders due to his interest in the Sacred Beasts. He intended to recruit Jaden for the new Duel Academy he was building under the sea.
Admiral plays a Sea deck, which focuses on exploiting the effects of the Field Spell, A Legendary Ocean to summon powerful monsters like Levia Dragon - Daedelus and Orca Megafortress of Darkness without needing to sacrifice his monsters as he normally would.
Belowski, known as Mokeo Motegi (茂木 もけ夫, Motegi Mokeo?) in the original Japanese language version. His character in the English version, as well as the title of his debut episode, are based on the film, The Big Lebowski. In the English version, Belowski is voiced by Darren Dunstan, while Kei Watanabe takes the role in the Japanese version.
An Obelisk Blue pupil and the former top student of Duel Academy, Belowski has the power to communicate with Duel Monsters. Those in his presence gradually fall asleep without proper precautions, and he is therefore confined to his own personal dorm, a secluded paradise within the depths of the school.
Belowski returns during the second year as one of the few Obelisk Blue students left untouched by the Society of Light, and participates in one Duel of the GX tournament against Elroy Prescott, who becomes so tired from the boy's special ability that he forfeits the match.
Belowski plays a Mokey Mokey (Moke Moke) deck. With the Spell Card Mokey Mokey Smackdown in play, Belowski's naturally weak Mokey Mokey monsters are able to pose a formidable threat for his opponents. By combining this with Human-Wave Tactics, Belowski is able to keep up a supply of monsters as fodder to trigger Smackdown's effect, albeit at the cost of his own Life Points.
Brier and BeauregardEdit
Brier, known as Ohara (大原, Ōhara?) in the original Japanese language version, and Beauregard, known as Kohara (小原?) in the original Japanese language version. In the English version, they are voiced by Dan Green and Pete Zarustica, while Holly Kaneko and Chieko Higuchi take the roles in the Japanese version.
Beauregard, a Ra Yellow student who aspires to be a game designer, played the part of the duelist "Duel Giant," with Brier giving him instructions via a radio headset during Duels. The duo did this to win cards by bullying Obelisk Blue students into unauthorized Ante Duels. This trick was successful until Jaden convinced the two to battle him out in the open in exchange for not turning them in.
Brier and Beauregard together play a Goblin deck, which includes high-ATK strength creatures such as Giant Orc that can have its drawback removed by the Union Monster Second Goblin.
Damon, known as Taira Taizan (大山 平, Taizan Taira?) in the original Japanese language version. His character is based on Tarzan. In the English version, Damon is voiced by Frank Frankson, while Hiroshi Tsuchida takes the role in the Japanese version.
An Obelisk Blue student who left to live in the wild to perfect a strange drawing technique.
Damon returns during the second year as one of the few Obelisk Blue students left untouched by the Society of Light, and participates in one Duel of the GX tournament against Mattimatica.
In the English version, Damon replaces the word "I" with "me" when referring to himself.
Damon plays a Draw deck. His strategy centers primarily around powering up his Drawler monster by returning cards from his hand to the bottom of his deck, or inflicting Direct Damage through the effect of Miracle Draw.
A Ra Yellow student who tends to mimic other people's decks, Dimitri dedicates himself to impersonating the owner of the deck in almost every detail. After losing a Duel against Syrus with a copy of Vellian Crowler's deck, he decided to steal Yugi Mutou's deck from its display case during an exhibition at Duel Academy. Despite its possession, Dimitri is defeated by Jaden as he lacked the same heart that Yugi put into creating his deck.
In the English version, Dimitri refers to his Spell Cards as "Magic Cards," as this was the term used in the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series before the revised printing format of the TCG took effect. He also manages to convince himself that he is actually Yugi, an aspect that was not in the original version.
Foster, the chancellor of North Academy, aids Chazz Princeton in gaining access to the school to duel its top duelist Czar (Yuri Edogawa (江戸川 遊離, Edogawa Yūri?) in the original Japanese language version) (voiced by Sean Schemmel / Yoshikazu Nagano). He later places a bet on the outcome of the Duel between Chazz and Jaden with Chancellor Sheppard. The prize, however, turns out to be nothing more than a kiss from Ms. Dorothy.
Czar plays a Zoa (Devilzoa) deck, which focuses on the summoning of the eponymous card and its upgraded Metalzoa form.
A reporter who sneaked into Duel Academy in the guise of a Slifer Red student, Gerard intended on jumpstarting his career by ruining the school's reputation. He was originally a duelist who gave up the game after an encounter with Seto Kaiba, but after seeing Jaden and Bastion Misawa battle one another, his dueling spirit was rekindled and he decided to help find the missing students of the Academy.
Harrington Rosewood, known as Mitsuru Ayanokouji (綾小路 ミツル, Ayanokōji Mitsuru?) in the original Japanese language version. In the English version, Harrington is voiced by Jason Anthony Griffith, while Yuji Ueda takes the role in the Japanese version.
The head of Duel Academy's tennis team, Harrington wishes to date and possibly marry Alexis. He duels with Jaden to gain the right to take her as his fiancé,
Harrington plays a Tennis deck, which largely includes "Ace" cards that inflict Direct Damage to his opponents, and Ball monsters like Mystical Shine Ball and Mega Thunderball. His signature Deuce card turns the Duel into a tennis match by restricting the amount of times an opponent can attack, and giving the victory to the first duelist to inflict damage twice.
Mr. Huffington, known as Kumazo Maeda (前田 熊蔵, Maeda Kumazō?) in the original Japanese language version. In the English version, Mr. Huffington is voiced by Marc Thompson, while Daisuke Gouri takes the role in the Japanese version.
Chumley's father and a famous duelist, Mr. Huffington visits Duel Academy to have his son pulled from his studies to help out with his business. In the English version, he owns a hot sauce company, but instead has drinking problems in the Japanese version.
Mr. Huffington plays a Hot Sauce (Drunken) deck. He is well-known for the special technique he uses with the Spell Card Flipping the Table.
Pierre the Gambler, known as Mitsuo / "Boy" (ミツオ?) in the original Japanese language version. In the English version, Pierre is voiced by Marc Thompson, while Anri Katsu takes the role in the Japanese version.
A childhood classmate's of Alexis', Pierre is a world famous gambler who has mastered games from Blackjack to Poker. Disgraced as a child when Alexis became the first person to defeat him, he stole a scarf from her and returned to Duel Academy to defeat her and reclaim his honor. Upon losing, he admitted he had fallen in love with Alexis, but is rejected.
In the English version, Pierre has a French accent.
Pierre plays a Gamble deck. By combining the Continuous Spell Second Coin Toss with the ability of cards such as Gamble Angel Bunny and Sand Gambler, Pierre is able to decrease the possibility of calling a coin incorrectly, thereby causing the favorable effects of his cards to trigger.
Wheeler, known as SAL in the original Japanese language version. His name in the English version is derived from the family name of Joey Wheeler (Katsuya Jonouchi), who Seto Kaiba titled a "dueling monkey" during the second series Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. His name in the Japanese version stands for "Super Animal Learning," and is also pronounced "saru," which is the Japanese word for "monkey". In the English version, Wheeler is voiced by Andrew Rannells, while Hidenobu Kiuchi takes the role in the Japanese version.
An experimental chimpanzee that has the ability to duel, Wheeler escaped the facility where he was being held, but was set free after dueling with Jaden to live in the wild with the rest of his kind.
Wheeler returns during the second year to remind Jaden of his time spent at Duel Academy.
Wheeler plays a Monkey deck, which includes cards such as Acrobat Monkey and Berserk Gorilla.
Alice (アリス, Arisu?) Her character is based on the title character of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In the English version, Alice is voiced by Priscilla Everett, while Kumiko Nishihara takes the role in the Japanese version.
The spirit of a doll possessed by the vengeful Doll Chimera card, which was ripped in half by a duelist who saw it as useless, Alice posed as a transfer student of Slifer Red and sought out victims to plunge into darkness. She was finally quelled when Jaden destroyed Doll Chimera, thus freeing her from its influence.
Alice plays a Doll deck, composed of "Doll Part" monsters which strengthen Doll Chimera as the number of copies in her Graveyard grows.
The D (formerly Kyle Jables in the English version), known as DD in the original Japanese language version. His former name in the English version is derived from the surname of Kyle Gass and the nickname of Jack Black (Jables). His name in the Japanese version stands for "Destiny of Duelists". In the English version, The D is voiced by Marc Thompson, while Kazuhiko Inoue takes the role in the Japanese version.
The D is Aster Phoenix's legal guardian and the reigning champion of the Pro League of ten years. He is also the culprit behind Aster's father's kidnapping (murder in the Japanese version), having stolen the Ultimate Destiny Card. Because the card was corrupted by the Light of Destruction, The D developed a sadistic and uncaring split personality bent on destruction. After being defeated by Aster, he is killed in the explosion resulting from the Ultimate Destiny Card's purification.
The D plays a Plasma (Bloo-D) deck, which focuses on the summoning of the Ultimate Destiny Card which he stole from Aster's father. While The D never actually uses Destiny Hero - Plasma in officially-sanctioned Duels until his battle with Doctor Collector, he has played it in many Underground Duels.
A collector with an IQ of 202, Doctor Collector duels with The D to claim the championship title in the Pro League. He has the ability to read the minds of other duelists, and in the past, aided the FBI in solving card-related crimes while in jail because of his vast knowledge on the subject. While the whereabouts of his physical body after the Duel is explained as being absorbed by Plasma (showing Doctor Collector's face on the left wing of Plasma during the confrontation between The D and Aster Phoenix) in the English version, the fire caused by the Ultimate Destiny Card in the Pro League stadium is linked to his death in the Japanese version, though DD believes it was in fact the shock of being defeated that proved fatal.
Doctor Collector plays a Spellcaster Lock deck. By removing his own cards from the game with Dimensional Fissure, he is able to replay them through the Spell Card Dimension Fusion to simultaneously trigger the locking abilities of his three Magician's Valkyria cards in addition to the Direct Damage ability of Ebon Magician Curran.
Frantz (フランツ, Furantsu?) In the Japanese version, Frantz is voiced by Iori Hayashi.
A card designer from Industrial Illusions who is jealous of Chumley Huffington's talents, and whose own designs are looked down upon for they are too powerful for gameplay. He manipulates the only remaining copy of The Winged Dragon of Ra stolen from the company, avoiding god's punishment with a Spell Card of his own creation, Mound of the Bound Creator, but is defeated by Jaden and agrees to return to Industrial Illusions as a loyal employee.
In the English version, Frantz has a German accent.
Frantz plays a Ra deck, which focuses on quickly summoning The Winged Dragon of Ra and exploiting its vast destructive force.
Several Pro League duelists are invited by Chancellor Sheppard to participate in the GX tournament.
- Elroy Prescott (Sombre Guerrero in the original Japanese language version) (voiced by Frank Frankson imitating Elvis Presley / Kenji Iwama): Ranked ninth in the Pro League, Memphis champion (in the Japanese version, he is instead a Latin duelist) Elroy duels Belowski. His name in the Japanese version is Spanish for "shadow soldier".
- Gelgo (ゲルゴ, Gerugo?) (voiced by Takashi Matsuyama): His character based on Golgo 13, Gelgo duels Chazz.
- Maitre d' (Sommelier Parker (ソムリエ・パーカー, Somurie Pākā?) in the original Japanese language version) (voiced by Marc Thompson / Naoya Uchida): Ranked eighth in the Pro League, Maitre d' begins dueling Mindy and Jasmine 2-on-1, but Alexis Rhodes steps in to duel in their place. He plays a Wine deck, which includes references to the topic such as Dionysus and Château Mouton Rothschild.
- Mattimatica (マティマティカ, Matimatika?) (voiced by Darren Dunstan / Shinichiro Ohta): Ranked tenth in the Pro League, Mattimatica duels Damon. He plays a Math deck.
Linda, known as Lindo (リンド, Rindo?) in the original Japanese language version, is a recurring character throughout the second season. In the English version, she is voiced by Lisa Ortiz, while Noriko Namiki takes the role in the Japanese version.
The secretary and most trusted advisor of Prince Ojin, Linda reveals the secret behind the two keys given to Jaden and Aster by Sartorius' good personality. She also assists Tyranno in chasing after Ojin when he prepares to arm their country's mind control satellite.
Lucien Grimley, known as Ikaku Tachibana (橘 一角, Tachibana Ikaku?) in the original Japanese language version. In the English version, Lucien is voiced by David Wills, while Kazuhiro Nakata takes the role in the Japanese version.
A failing duelist originally from North Academy, Lucien makes a deal with the malevolent spirit of the forbidden and cursed Grim Reaper (voiced by Scottie Ray / Shinobu Matsumoto) card sealed by the school, selling his soul to obtain incredible draw power. Although he claims that his goal is to be victor of the GX tournament, his true wish was to experience a trusting bond with his deck. To that end, he threw the Reaper's card away, committed to winning without its assistance.
Lucien plays a One Round Win (One Turn Kill) deck. Using various Spell Cards to force his opponents to automatically play or set cards on the field, he builds up to a certain number before activating Slash Draw to instantly wipe out his opponents' Life Points after he draws another copy from his deck. As a back-up, Lucein's Demise Lord can revive itself with near invincibility to destruction, allowing it to survive the effect of Slash Draw, which would destroy it under normal circumstances.
Missy, known as Ran Kochou (胡蝶 蘭, Kochō Ran?) in the original Japanese language version. In the English version, Missy is voiced by Lisa Ortiz, while Naoko Matsui took the role in the Japanese version.
A lady of Obelisk Blue infatuated with Zane Truesdale, Missy duels Syrus in hopes of pursuing her love interest in the Pro League.
Missy plays an Insect deck, primarily centered around summoning her Insect Princess card and increasing its strength by forcing control of her weaker Insect-type monsters over to her opponent through the Field Spell Insect Garden.
A promoter, Shroud offers Zane the opportunity to participate in the Underground Duel against Mad Dog (Mad Dog Inukai (犬飼?) in the original Japanese language version) (voiced by Yoshihisa Kawahara) to redeem himself after his chain of failures in the Pro League.
Mad Dog plays a Slime deck, which focuses on various disrupting strategies meant to impede his opponents' ability to activate cards in addition to cards that gradually inflict Direct Damage under such circumstances.
Orlando, known as Kabukid (カブキッド, Kabukiddo?) in the original Japanese language version. In the English version, Orlando is voiced by Marc Thompson, while Kouji Ochiai takes the role in the Japanese version.
In the English version, Orlando is a Broadway actor who says that he starred in plays such as Deck Side Story and Duelist on the Roof. Kabukid is a professional cosplay duelist in the Japanese version. Orlando duels against Jaden in the GX tournament. Both Crowler and Bonaparte are adoring fans of Orlando.
Orlando plays a Kabuki deck, which includes references to the topic such as Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Saito Musashibo Benkei, Hatsune no Tsuzumi, and Genghis Khan. His "Kabuki Stage" Field Spells are interchangeable, and many of his cards utilize unique abilities that activate during battle.
Professor Einenstein, known as Professor Zweinstein in the Japanese version, is a scientist and a parody of Albert Einstein. He duels Jaden using a Science based deck, but is defeated. He later takes on Bastion Misawa as his apprentice, and later assists the others in sending Rainbow Dragon to the other dimension and getting everyone home.
Reginald "Reggie" Van Howell III, known as Houzan Gokaido / "Elite-kun" (五階堂 宝山 / エリート君, Gokaidō Hōzan / Erītokun?) in the original Japanese language version. In the Japanese version, Elite-kun is voiced by Shimika Ishiba.
An Obelisk Blue student, Reggie is an up-and-coming elite duelist at Duel Academy, who duels with Chazz.
In the English version, he insults Chazz without end, while in the Japanese version, he idolizes him instead.
Reggie plays a Warrior deck, centered primarily around the augmentation of his Warrior-type monsters through Equip Spell Cards.
Echo (エコー, Ekō?) is a recurring character throughout the third season. Her name is derived from the name of the nymph Echo in Greek mythology. In the English version, Echo is voiced by Julie Rath, while Yuki Nakao takes the role in the Japanese version.
Echo is Adrian Gecko's childhood playmate. She deeply admires Adrian for putting his younger brother's needs ahead of himself despite the fact that he will always be considered lesser than the true heir to Gecko family name, and sees that he is fit to rule the world as a king, though his responsibilities to his sibling prevent him from doing so. As an adult, she became captain of the Gecko Financial Group's spy submarine. In the third alternate dimension that Jaden and his companions visit, Adrian sacrifices her to the spirit of Exodia the Forbidden One to make it his servant. Her spirit later aids Adrian in his duel against Jesse when he is possessed by Yubel, but only ends up being used by Yubel to regain its power when the psychopath feeds off the darkness in her soul. She completely disappears after Adrian's defeat, causing him to mourn for her loss.
Professor Stein, known as Professor Kouji Satou (佐藤 浩二 / 佐藤先生, Satō Kōji / Satō-sensei?) in the original Japanese language version. His character in the English version, as well as the title of his debut episodes, are based on the game show, Win Ben Stein's Money and its eponymous host. In the Japanese version, Stein is voiced by Mitsuru Miyamoto and Marc Diraison in the dub.
A Duel Academy professor and former Pro League duelist, Stein fosters a grudge towards Jaden for ruining the interest of other students in his lectures due to the boy's lazy approach to lessons. He prevents Jaden from reaching Professor Viper in the lab where the monkey Wheeler was trained, but seemingly falls to his death upon being defeated. In the English version, his field of specialty is history, and he was urged by his parents to earn his degree, leading him to drop out of the professional dueling circuit, while in the Japanese version, he instead comes from a poverty-stricken family and dueled to support it. In the English version, Stein also makes numerous references to the fifth season of the original anime, which took place in ancient Egypt.
Stein plays a Scab Scarknight deck, which focuses on the abilities of the eponymous Evangelion-esque card to gain control of his opponents' monsters.
A ruthless Duel Spirit hunter, Trapper is hired by Professor Viper to duel Jesse Andersen in the lab where the monkey Wheeler was trained. Himself a victim of Duel Spirit theft, he seeks to attain the yet-to-be-created Rainbow Dragon card, and lures Jesse into a battle by sealing the spirit of Sapphire Pegasus in a capsule.
Trapper plays a Hunting deck, themed on the distribution of "Prey Counters" to his opponents' monsters to capture and immobilize them on his side of the field.
Yusuke Fujiwara (藤原 優介, Fujiwara Yūsuke?) is a mysterious new student attending Duel Academy. Jaden later discovers from Atticus Rhodes that Yusuke was a student with him and Zane Truesdale several years earlier, but vanished in the abandoned dormitory. Atticus later remembers that Yusuke was the original host of Nightshroud, and bestowed Nightshroud's powers and spirit to him before he vanished. The Yusuke currently at Duel Academy is later revealed to be the duel spirit Honest, Yusuke's spirit partner who has been searching for him. Honest is later destroyed by Trueman when he sacrifices himself to help Jaden, but Jaden adds him to his deck and uses him in his third rematch against Trueman. The true Yusuke later returns to Duel Academy as the leader of Trueman's invasion, now the leader of the world of Darkness and endowed with its full power. He is challenged by Atticus to a duel after defeating virtually everyone at Duel Academy and defeats him sending him to the world of Darkness. Yusuke is then challenged to a three-way duel with Jaden and Jesse. He defeats Jesse, but Jaden summons Rainbow Neos to defeat him and exorcise Nightshroud from his body.
Yusuke plays a Clear deck. By using the field spell Clear World, Yusuke is able to activate a variety of debilitating effects depending on what attribute his opponent's monsters are, and avoid having to suffer such effects himself through the effect of Clear monsters that are not treated as having an attribute. It is unknown if this is his real deck, or only his deck while possessed. However, it seems that deck itself is a reflection of either of Yusuke's (Nightshroud's) beliefs - individuality brings suffering while nullification relieves it. Only two of the cards in his deck are available in the US the first being "Clear Vice Dragon" his trump monster and "Clear World" his most used card.
He sports a standard season 1-3 duel disk and he is first shown whearing an obelisk blue uniform with a single large triangle coat tail and large shoulders on the uniform. He is later shown whearing a costume similar to his old friend Fubuki's Darkness clothing but with a blue rib cage like patern on the under shirt. He also uses a mask similar to Fubuki's but Fujiwar's covers the entire face and enficises the points more than Fubuki's. A piece of his mask breaks off during his duel with Fubuki and he removes the uper part of his mask leaving only the jaw line of his mask on his face for the rest of the time he is the avatar of Darkness.
Trueman (トゥルーマン, Turūman?), also called Mr. T (ミスターT , Misutā T?), is a mysterious being made up of dark energy that appears at Duel Academy to duel Jaden several times. There are more than one of him, however, so if the Trueman Jaden duels is the same one each time or not is uncertain. Trueman claims he is named as such because he speaks only the truth. Trueman eventually assaults the city of Domino and possesses or kidnaps most of its citizens as a ploy to lure Jaden Yuki away from Duel Academy, allowing him to assault the school by possessing the student Taigo Sorano. After the army of Truemen defeat all but Atticus Rhodes, Atticus uses the power of Nightshroud to undo the amnesia Trueman has inflicted upon him and challenges their leader, Yusuke Fujiwara. During Jaden's duel with Yusuke, all the Trueman clones are killed by Rainbow Neos.
Trueman plays a Dark deck, focusing on powerful Dragon and Fiend-type monsters and summoning them quickly at the cost of his own Life Points through the effect of Dark Archetype. He can also mimic the decks of others by consuming the darkness in their heart, like Axel Brody's dad's Volcanic deck and Sorano's Horus deck.
Makoto Inotsume (猪爪 誠, Inotsume Makoto?) is the successor to the dueling style of Psycho-Style, the rival school of Cyber-Style. Makoto thus challenges Zane Truesdale with the intent of declaring the superiority of Psycho-Style over Cyber-Style. However, when Zane's health fails, Syrus Truesdale duels Makoto in Zane's stead and defeats him.
Makoto plays a Psycho deck, centering on Jinzo (also called Android - Psycho Shocker) and its evolved form Jinzo Lord. As opposed to the direct and aggressive style of Zane's Cyber-Style deck, Makoto's Psycho-Style deck is subtler in its tactics, relying on disabling his opponent's ability to play certain cards and inflicting Direct Damage.
The Senrigan Group is a powerful corporation that sponsors Aster Phoenix. The Group manufactured the ultimate D card Destiny End Dragoon for Aster, and when it was thought stolen his career was threatened. However, when the Group later recovers the card, they agree to continue funding Aster.
Mike (マイク, Maiku?) is a television promoter who attempts to set up a promotional duel between Aster Phoenix and Jaden Yuki. Mike later recruits Chazz Princeton to duel in Aster's place after stealing the Destiny End Dragoon card in the hopes Aster's career will fail. After telling Chazz to purposely lose to Jaden for the sake of television ratings, he sets up a similar duel between Chazz and Aster. During the card is recovered from Mike and he is arrested.
Tsutomu (ツトム?) is a young boy residing in Domino City. He is frustrated that he is "not strong enough" at dueling, and is consoled by Trueman, who appears due to "the darkness in (Tsutomu)'s heart". He joins Trueman by his own accord in order to "become stronger", but later appears to be possessed by Trueman. He is used by Trueman to gain control over the rest of the residents of Domino City. It is also Trueman in disguise as him who corners Axel Brodie while the latter was investigating the city.
Taigo Sorano (空野 大悟, Sorano Taigo?) is a top-ranked Obelisk Blue student in his second year who duels Jaden in the graduation tournament. After losing, Sorano is possessed by Trueman and used to duel the rest of the Academy.
Sorano plays a Horus deck, relying on Horus the Black Flame Dragon. By combining the ability of Horus's Level 8 form with Royal Decree, Sorano is able to negate the opponent's ability to play spell and trap cards and then overwhelm them with Horus' high attack strength.
Koyo and Midori HibikiEdit
Koyo, once a three-time Duel Monsters champion, was tricked by a dark entity to become an elite duelist, although his memory of the incident was erased, and the entity declared that his health would fail each time he drew a card. Koyo decided to duel a young Jaden while in a Tokyo hospital despite his failing health. During the duel, Koyo barely manages to finish, and later falls into a coma. In a flashback it is revealed that Chazz received an autograph from him, and in the process, Koyo's Winged Kuriboh altered Chazz's Light and Darkness Dragon card. His sister, Midori, is the head teacher of first-year Slifer Red students at Duel Academy.
Koyo plays an nature-based Elemental Hero deck. Before the start of the manga, Koyo gave Jaden his deck, including the one-of-a-kind Elemental Hero Terra Firma card.
Seika Konihata (小日向 星華, Konihata Seika?) appears in Chapter 4.
A contestant in the Duel Academy beauty pageant, Seika becomes angered when Alexis wins the pageant. After forfeiting the pageant when Jaden defeats Alexis in a duel, Seika returns during a tournament to duel Jaden herself. She is defeated, and angrily rejects Jaden's suggestion that the duel was fun.
Seika plays a Serpent deck, which includes various snake monsters.
David Rabb and Reggie MacKenzieEdit
Rabb and MacKenzie are companions of Zane who follow him to Duel Academy. The two are aware of the existence of duel spirits and target Jaden for his Winged Kuriboh, although David later becomes aware that Chazz Princeton also has a duel spirit. The two of them become finalists in a tournament to celebrate Zane's return to Duel Academy, and they have some sort of connection to a mysterious entity who desires the energy of duel spirits to manifest itself. It is also revealed that the two of them each possess one of the Planet cards, although this has not yet been elaborated on.
Rabb plays a Big Saturn deck, relying on the eponymous card and exploiting its massive power to claim victory in a single turn. MacKenzie plays an Angel deck that relies on weakening opposing monsters, highlighted by The Splendid Venus.
Ryuga (龍牙, Ryūga?) appears in the Chapter 1.
Ryuga is teacher trainee assigned to duel fifty students. On the condition that he could pass them all, he would be recognized as an official professor of Duel Academy. He is rumored to take the cards of those he defeats. When he duels, he uses a special ring to emit an electromagnetic force that disables his opponent's Duel Disk, preventing their use of Spell Cards. He challenges Jaden, but the duelist defeats Ryuga with his Alternate Fusion card.
Ryuga plays a Dinosaur deck, which utilizes the brute force of monsters such as Cyber Dinosaur to defeat his opponents.