George Gore

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George Gore
George Gore
  • George Gore
Japanese translatedGo Onizuka
  • The Gore
  • Goゴゥ おにづか
  • Dark Onizuka
  • Grim Gore (dub)
Other languages
George Gore
  • Male
  • Career
OccupationProfessional Duelist
  • Duelist
Anime Deck
Anime debutYu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 1: "Link into the VRAINS"
Appears in
AnimeYu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS
Voice actors
EnglishDaniel J. Edwards
  • Daiki Hamano
Gore, George

George Gore, known as Go Onizuka (おにづか ごう, Onizuka Gō) in the Japanese version, is a character appearing in the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. He is a Celebrity Duelist under the same name (this time stated as The Gore, but still often simply called Gore (written as Goゴゥ おにづか in the Japanese version)), in LINK VRAINS. Gore serves as a rival to Yusaku Fujiki, who he sees as usurping him of his status as the number one Duelist in LINK VRAINS. These feelings come to a head during the second season, where he becomes a Bounty Hunter for SOL Technologies in an attempt to defeat Playmaker. In both versions, Gore is usually referred to by his last name.



Full body view of Gore.
Young George.

Gore is a tan-skinned young man with a built and bulky body. He has two-toned hair, fashioned in a flattop/hi-top fade: brown from his forehead down, including a neatly trimmed brown chin beard, and blonde on top of his head, fashioned in the flattop style and featuring red-striped highlights. As a kid, Gore's two-toned hair had a small spiky crown on the blonde upper portion, sans the highlights, and the brown parts were that of a mullet. As a young adult, he wears a greenish-grey jacket with a separate collar that is lined with yellow (which glows when he uses his Skill) and a gold, animal-head-shaped necklace. Gore is shirtless, with only dark pants and a golden belt with a red stone in the center. His boots are buckled with gold plates. On his arms and abdomen. he also wears the gold plates and dark, finger-less gloves. The Gore's Avatar in LINK VRAINS remains the same as his appearance in reality.

When he takes on the appearance of Grim Gore, known as Dark Onizuka in the Japanese version, Gore wears the same outfit, but with added black shoulder pads with yellow outline, purple spikes on his knees and a black and white wrestler's mask that covers his eyes, ornamented with a purple spike, small yellow details, and a mop of long teal hair.

Gore after becoming a Bounty Hunter.

During the second season, Gore dons a different outfit as a Bounty Hunter for SOL Technologies. As with his first outfit, he wears this outfit both in and out of LINK VRAINS. His blonde hair loses its highlights and becomes messy, and he wears a green visor with a thin black lens. He wears a form-fitting forest green leotard with grey shoulderpads that is belted at the cuffs under olive green torso armor fastened with straps over the shoulders and the SOL Technologies logo over his heart, which is decorated at the torso with a grey plate in a similar manner to the "muscular" plate he wore on his abdomen. He also wears sand green leggings, and olive green boots and gloves with grey soles and hands that are lined by red. He uses a more standardized Duel Disk. After his loss to Soulburner, his appearance becomes more ragged and unkempt. He becomes thinner with sunken cheeks, and his hair lengthens slightly, and he discards his visor, outer shoulder pads, gloves and gauntlets; instead he wraps bandages around his forearms. He initially conceals himself in a charcoal hooded cape with a gold lining before revealing himself. When using Brain Hack, the veins around his eyes bulge and his eyes glow orange. Following his Duel with Earth, his condition deteriorates even further; his eyelids droop and the skin around his lips, eyes, and hands tightens, and he becomes even thinner.


Gore is shown to have a big ego and pride for being a popular Celebrity Duelist and was angered when Playmaker was (unwittingly) stealing his spotlight. However, this stems from his need to donate his winnings to his former orphanage. He has a soft spot for children, as he often volunteers and donates to them at the orphanage where he grew up. He repeatedly makes it clear that he doesn't Duel for money, as he donates most of it and lives in a rather small warehouse. He also vowed to protect LINK VRAINS in order to make the children smile. According to his manager, Gore prioritizes the audience's entertainment over winning Duels immediately, and subsequently doesn't mind losing, laughing after his defeat against Playmaker.

By the time of the second season, Gore has become bitter and resentful towards Playmaker for effectively claiming his title as the number one Duelist in LINK VRAINS, to the point of joining SOL Technologies as a Bounty Hunter. He has become frustrated by losing and a sore loser, as noted by Flame, refusing Soulburner's hand up after being defeated. He notes that one's true self is revealed after they lose. Despite this, Gore maintains some pride, furiously denying cheating during his Duel with Soulburner and protecting him from Hayami's attempts to attack them with explosives during the Duel.


His surname/stagename is an anagram of "ogre", keeping in with his Japanese name; "Gore" is also the name of a finishing move used by professional wrestler Rhyno, and the notation as "The Gore" is likely a reference to The Rock. His first name shares these letters. "Onizuka" (鬼塚) is written with the characters of "ogre" and "mound". "Go" (豪) can be translated as "strong" or "manly".


Gore can transform himself to look like other avatars in LINK VRAINS.[3][4]



When he was little, Gore lived in an orphanage. He met McKendrick Kellenbocker, another orphan, whom he protected from bullies. Gore wanted to convince McKendrick to stand up for himself, but McKendrick refused, being too kind for that. Despite their differences, Gore and McKendrick became good friends, and Gore was able to teach McKendrick Dueling skills to defend himself.[4] Gore became a Celebrity Duelist, using his own name and appearance in LINK VRAINS, and he became the number one Celebrity Duelist in LINK VRAINS.


The Gore's Duelist Data as per info extracted by Ai.

The Gore was set to Duel in LINK VRAINS when a Knight of Hanoi attacked.[1] He watched Playmaker's Duel against the Knight, and was angered that Playmaker was stealing his spotlight.[5] The Gore and Blue Angel approached Playmaker and challenged him to Duel after he defeated the Knight, but Playmaker expressed disinterest in them and logged off. Playmaker's rising popularity infuriated Gore, and he raged in his warehouse about it. Akira Zaizen, the head of security of SOL Technologies, showed up, offering Gore a Duel Board for his help in defeating Playmaker and explaining that Playmaker had stolen an Ignis from them. Gore angrily rejected the offer, claiming that he didn't take orders from anybody.[6]

The Gore is confident in his Duel against Playmaker.

Later, Gore visited his old orphanage with gifts for the children, only to find that the children were engrossed in videos of Playmaker, despite Gore having informed them that he was visiting. Shocked by this, Gore accepted Zaizen's offer, and he drew Playmaker out by using the Avatar of a Knight of Hanoi that Zaizen gave him. The Gore revealed his identity and he challenged Playmaker to a Duel, declaring that the true hero of LINK VRAINS would unmask Playmaker. SOL Technologies used a program to trap them and prevent Playmaker from logging out, and Gore announced that Playmaker could only leave by defeating him. Playmaker asked who hired him, and Gore replied that he wasn't telling a hacker that and that he just wanted to defeat Playmaker. The two began their Speed Duel, with Gore swiftly Summoning two "Gouki" monsters. Playmaker brought out two monsters of his own, amusing Gore, who compared the situation to a pro-wrestling tag match, declaring that he would win by the count of 3. Playmaker took out half of The Gore's LP, bringing him to his knees, but Gore got up before the count of three, staying true to his entertainment style of deliberately putting himself in danger to heighten his audience's emotions. He used the effect of his destroyed "Suprex" and his Skill, "Pain and Gain" to bring back "Suprex", replenishing his resources. On the next turn, he Link Summoned "Gouki The Great Ogre" and increased its ATK, confident that it was enough to finish off Playmaker.[3]

Gore raises the childrens' gift belt in the air.

As The Gore moved in for the finisher, Playmaker activated a Trap that allowed him to survive with 100 LP. An escape route opened before them, but despite the opportunity to leave, Playmaker stayed in LINK VRAINS, much to The Gore's satisfaction. Playmaker Link Summoned Link Spider, and Gore called it a weakling due to its low ATK, but he was annoyed when he realized that Playmaker took his attacks deliberately to satisfy the condition for his Skill, claiming that Playmaker was copying his entertainment style. To his shock, Playmaker performed multiple Link Summons to bring out a formation of three Link Monsters, including "Decode Talker", whose ATK he made equal to that of "The Great Ogre". "Decode Talker" and "The Great Ogre" clashed in the ring, but neither was destroyed due to the effects of Playmaker's "Honeybot" and "The Great Ogre" itself, who protected itself by sacrificing Gore's other "Goukis". Playmaker's newly acquired "Link Bumper" allowed him to attack multiple times, starving "The Great Ogre" of "Goukis" to protect itself and destroying it, costing Gore the Duel. He laughed as he got up, having enjoyed his Duel with Playmaker. When he logged out, he stumbled, feeling the fatigue from the Speed Duel. He was surprised and moved to see the children from his orphanage waiting and clapping for him despite his loss, and the reassured him that he was still their number one. He held up his champion belt that they'd made for him and roared happily with a big grin on his face.[7]

Tower of Hanoi[edit]

After his defeat against Playmaker, Gore studied Playmaker's tactics. He realized his battling style was outdated, and had to change. Regardless, he swore he'd still fight for entertainment, while his manager thought his fans would accept if he changed his battling style.[8]

Gore saved McKendrick, who had been knocked unconscious and fallen off a cliff in LINK VRAINS. Gore emerged from the data sea and attempted to wake him up, but the person that attacked McKendrick, a Knight of Hanoi called Dr. Genome explained that he had placed a virus into him, and if Gore wished to cure him, he'd have to join the Knights of Hanoi to hunt Playmaker down. Gore snapped that he wouldn't be their lackey, disgusted that Genome would let McKendrick stay infected. Genome ordered him to tell Playmaker that if he wished to stop people from being infected, he should surrender himself to Dr. Genome, before teleporting away, infuriating Gore.[4]

Gore meets Yusaku Fujiki.

Gore visited McKendrick at the hospital, explaining to his manager that someone called the paramedics for McKendrick. Gore blamed himself for McKendrick's condition, and his manager recalled their history together. Gore believed he should have stopped McKendrick from becoming a Duelist, but Gore's manager assured him McKendrick would not give up, and that it wasn't Gore's fault for his condition. As the doctors were unable to wake McKendrick up, Gore swore to save him by defeating Dr. Genome. Before leaving the hospital, Gore met Yusaku Fujiki, McKendrick's classmate who had called the paramedics for him. Yusaku told Gore his name before leaving.[4]

To lure out Dr. Genome, Gore logged into LINK VRAINS posing as Playmaker and confronted the Knights of Hanoi, tossing them from their Duel Boards and intercepting their programs. Dr. Genome arrived, seeing through The Gore's disguise and believing Gore would join their hunt after Playmaker. Gore replied that he only came for McKendrick, but that he knew Playmaker's identity. Genome doubted Gore knew Playmaker's identity, but agreed to Duel him, betting the virus-removal program in return. Before the Speed Duel began, Dr. Genome activated the Data Gale, conjuring black tornadoes that nearly threw Gore off his Duel Board.[4]

Grim Gore's intro.

Dr. Genome knew Gore's tactic was to let the weak gain the upper hand, then make a counterattack, like an entertainment style, which Gore confirmed. Genome summoned the powerful "Helixx Marmotroll", a turn that disappointed Gore, who swiftly Link Summoned "Gouki Thunder Ogre". He used the monsters he used as materials to search his Deck for more "Gouki" cards, which Genome claimed to have anticipated anticipated. Much to his fans' surprise, Gore equipped "Gouki Thunder Ogre" with "Gouki Dark Mask", and donned a mask himself, declaring that he would fight as a heel, dubbing himself "Grim Gore" and his monster "Dark Thunder Ogre". In addition, using "Gouki Poison Mist", Grim Gore spat out a purple liquid into Genome's face to damage him. He then summoned "Gouki Riscorpio", destroying it to power-up "Dark Thunder Ogre" and damage Genome via the effect of "Dark Mask", then using his "Pain and Gain" Skill to revive "Gouki Riscorpio" and repeat his tactic, destroying "Riscorpio", inflicting effect damage to Genome, and boosting "Dark Thunder Ogre's" ATK to 3000, allowing it to destroy Genome's "Helixx Marmotroll", though the latter's effect protected Genome's LP. Grim Gore claimed he had evolved after his defeat against Playmaker and changed his battling style to a dark, heel one, that would do anything to win. Genome ignored this story, believing that Grim Gore's destiny was preordained by his DNA as it could not be changed. Resurrecting two of his "Helixx Mamortroll" with "Graveyard Incubation", Genome Link Summoned "Helixx Gothiclone", and had it attack "Dark Thunder Ogre". Both monsters could not be destroyed, and fell to the ground in a double knockout. Genome recalled this happened in The Gore's Duel against Playmaker, when "Decode Talker" and "Gouki The Great Ogre" clashed. Using the effect of "Gothiclone", Genome Tributed "Helixx Dreadrat" to inflict its ATK to Grim Gore.[8]

Grim Gore swore to crush Genome for his belief that one's DNA imposed such limits, bringing out "Riscorpio" and "Gouki Twistcobra", then using the effect of "Twistcobra" to boost the ATK of "Dark Thunder Ogre" by Tributing "Riscorpio", and activating "Gouki Serpent Splash" to inflict the difference in ATK to Genome. Instead, Genome's "Regeneration Cure" prevented that damage, and Genome Link Summoned "Helixx Necro Darwin" on his next turn. He destroyed "Twistcobra", but this time, Genome was protected from Grime Gore's combo by the effect of "Necro Darwin", doubling its ATK. "Gothiclone" clashed with "Dark Thunder Ogre" again, then Tributed "Necro Darwin" to inflict its increased ATK to Grime Gore. To save himself, Grim Gore discarded "Gouki Octostretch", halving the damage and leaving him with 200 LP as he was blasted off his Duel Board.[8]

Grim Gore athletically clambered back on his Duel Board, but Genome revived "Necro Darwin" to active his "Minus Mitosis" Skill, cutting Grim Gore's LP and the ATK of "Dark Thunder Ogre" ATK in half and blasting Grim Gore through a wall with 100 LP left, barely able to stand on his Duel Board. As Grim Gore's AI reminded him of Genome's tactics and explained that his odds of winning were low, Playmaker logged into LINK VRAINS. He denied having come to help Grim Gore, claiming that he had come to mock him when he lost. Grim Gore's mask dissolved as The Gore used "Gouki Face Turn" to destroy "Gouki Dark Mask" and revive "Gouki Suprex", using it and "Thunder Ogre" to Link Summon "Gouki The Master Ogre".[9]

Gore obtains the virus-removal program before Genome disappears.

Gore revived "Twistcobra" and "Riscorpio", then returned them to his hand with the effect of "Master Gore" to negate Genome's "Hellix" monsters' effects, allowing "Master Ogre" to freely attack them and win The Gore the Duel. Gore cheered for his victory, claiming the removal program from Genome. Genome was unamused by Gore's evolution, but Gore stated that it was only to amuse the crowd,as he was the number one entertainer. Genome swore Gore would regret defeating him before disappearing. Gore talked with Playmaker, noting that he knew wanted to encourage him to win rather than mock him. Though Gore still swore to defeat him one day, he proposed an alliance to combat the Knights of Hanoi, and Playmaker agreed, as Blue Angel watched them. Later, Gore defeated a Knight of Hanoi with "Gouki The Master Ogre", and met up with Playmaker after he had defeated a Knight himself. He asked where Blue Angel was, but Playmaker did not know. Gore was at the orphanage when Kitamura's AI army confronted the Knights of Hanoi, and he watched as they were swiftly defeated when two more Knights joined the battle.[9]

Gore, disguised as a bear, went into an alley. A Knight of Hanoi pursued him, until Gore lifted his disguise off and declared a Speed Duel against the Knight, having "Gouki The Great Ogre" attack him. Later, Gore watched the Duel between Blue Angel and Baira at the orphanage.[10] He was pleased to see that Blue Angel had won against Baira.[11] Gore watched as an ominous tower appeared in LINK VRAINS, and wondered what was going on. Seeing avatars being absorbed, Gore asked of the children at the orphanage to stop watching this disaster. He watched Spectre erased Kitamura, and the former threatened to do this to anyone that dared entering LINK VRAINS. Gore decided to leave the orphanage when the kids were asleep, and logged in LINK VRAINS. He quickly met up with Playmaker and Blue Angel, the latter stating she was fighting for everyone, as those people look up to her. Gore exclaimed the same, since he was the hero that needed to protect LINK VRAINS. Ai noted how full of energy Gore was. Gore noted that was the Ignis, who yelled out he had a name, Ai.[12]

Playmaker explained he came to stop the Tower of Hanoi, rescue Ghost Gal and confront the mastermind, Varis. Blue Angel was shocked to hear Ghost Gal vanished, too, at the hands of Varis. Gore asked about the data Ghost Gal gave to Playmaker, who reported Varis intended to destroy LINK VRAINS, using the tower. Blue Angel realized if the network would be destroyed, then all the people absorbed would be destroyed, too, hence why Playmaker exclaimed the importance of stopping the tower's completion, and Ai added it would prevent him from being erased. Gore asked how to stop the tower, and was told Varis had to be defeated. Ai warned the time limit was six hours before the tower was completed. Gore and Blue Angel promised to go there, but Playmaker replied it was better if they stayed home, in safety. This actually motivated Gore and Blue Angel to protect the children and the absorbed people, including Ghost Gal. Playmaker did not care, but asked of them to be careful. He reminded them one of them had to defeat Varis, who, according to Ghost Gal, wielded a powerful card. The trio promised to meet up against and went in different directions.[12] Gore continued his way towards the Tower of Hanoi.[13]



Gore uses a "Gouki" Beatdown Deck[1] His strategy is similar to his attitude towards loyalty; he focuses on gathering his monsters together, both assembling them from his Deck and combining their respective might. His signature tactic in Duels is to start off passively, allowing his opponents to gain a huge lead before turning things around for a single powerful finish, all for the sake of amazing the spectators. In Speed Duels, his Skill, "Pain and Gain", assists with this, Special Summoning all "Goukis" that were destroyed by battle that turn from his GY. He runs few Trap Cards, largely using Spell Cards to support his "Goukis".

After losing his Duel against Playmaker, feeling that his style was outdated, Gore's tactics became more offensive, utilizing Burn tactics along with relentless attacks. It became deemed a "Heel" tactic as he would recklessly sacrifice his monsters on the field to gain advantage. Regardless, his strategy essentially remained the same, building up the might of his monsters through constantly fortifying his hand and face his opponents direct combat.

Gouki Beatdown Deck


During his tenure as a Bounty Hunter for SOL Technologies, Gore uses a "Dinowrestler" Deck.[14] This Deck focuses on battle-related strategies, restricting the opponent to a one-on-one battle either through gaining advantage if they control more monsters or through restrictive effects, and on protecting his monsters from being destroyed. During his first turn, he starts slowly, usually Summoning or Setting a single monster and keeping it on the field until his next turn, then Link Summoning his ace monster, "Dinowrestler King T Wrextle". His Skill, "Dinowrestle Revolution", allows him to activate his "World Dino Wrestling" Field Spell from his Deck. In contrast to his "Gouki" Deck, he includes a high number of Trap Cards.

After his loss to Soulburner, Gore undergoes Brain Hack to become stronger, and this is reflected in his Dueling. His Skill changes to "Anti-Skill", allowing him to negate his opponent's Skill and then draw two cards. He can also use Fusion and Synchro Summoning in addition to Link Summoning, and adds Earth's "G Golem Crystal Heart" to his Extra Deck after defeating him.

Dinowrestler Deck


Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Yusaku Fujiki/Playmaker 4-5 Lose
Doctor Genome 23-24 Win
Knight of Hanoi 24 Win
Knight of Hanoi 25 Win
Varis 39-40 Lose
Takeru Homura/Soulburner 51-52 Lose
Earth 74-75 Win
Yusaku Fujiki/Playmaker 81-82 Lose


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 1: "Link into the VRAINS"
  2. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 51: "Man Who Gave Up Charisma"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 4: "Pain and Gain"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 22: "The Deleted"
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 2: "Seize the Wind!"
  6. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 3: "Contact"
  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 5: "Down for the Count"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 23: "A Grim Tale"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 24: "To Gore Or Not To Gore"
  10. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 25: "Suture the Circuit"
  11. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 26: "Diagnosis: Deletion"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 32: "The Tower of Hanoi"
  13. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 33: "Once Upon A Time"
  14. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 52: "Hero in Name Only"


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 This card is seen in a flashback in episode 23.
  2. He acquires this card from SOL Technologies after defeating Earth, but the card is taken by Playmaker and given to Blue Maiden after his loss to Playmaker.