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  • Spectre
Other languages
  • Male
  • Career
OrganizationKnights of Hanoi
  • Duelist
Anime DeckSunavalon/Sunvine
Anime debutYu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 1: "Link into the VRAINS"
Appears in
AnimeYu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS
Voice actors
EnglishBilly Bob Thompson[1]
JapaneseKajimoto Daiki

Spectre[2] (スペクター Supekutā) is a character appearing in the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime. He is Varis's assistant and a member of the Knights of Hanoi. He was one of the six children who were kidnapped as part of the Lost Incident.



Spectre is a fair skinned man with gray hair and light blue eyes. He wears a grey suit over a black waistcoat and a white collared shirt with no tie, and brown dress shoes. He does not use a separate Avatar within LINK VRAINS, retaining his normal appearance, but wearing a different outfit; a white suit with yellow outlines, and a black stripe on his chest, and white shoes.

As a child, he wore a green jacket over a dark shirt and khaki pants.


Much like Varis, Spectre is a villainous individual that will do anything to protect the goals of Knights of Hanoi, doubting anyone would truly understand their reason for executing their plans. Up to his name, Spectre briefly appears to do whatever Varis orders him. He has a habit of snapping his fingers to perform an action.

Spectre likes to know everything about his opponent before he Duels them. He then uses information of their past to distress them. When Dueling Blue Angel, he correctly ascertained she got her avatar name from the "Blue Angel" book, which her brother used to read to her when she was a little girl crying over the loss of her parents. Not only does the knowledge unsettle Blue Angel, Spectre also claims that she will cry like the Blue Angel in the story because when she loses to him, she will lose her connection with her brother and become mere data.

During his Duel with Blue Angel, Spectre was shown to be an extremely manipulative, deceptive and cold-hearted individual at one point going as far as feigning having seen the light through Skye's actions inspired by the Blue Angel story, only to later burn the book, causing her great distress. He also mocks Playmaker's self-proclaimed justice to be ridiculous.

A young Spectre walked a path of darkness, without love he struggled to find, which created a destructive hatred inside him.[3] While Playmaker said that incident caused time to stop for him, Spectre said that due to it, time started moving for him. He had fun during the incident and stated that if the incident hurt Playmaker then he must have led a happy life before it.



A young Spectre, distant from the other children at his orphanage.

When he was still a baby, his parents abandoned him inside a hollow tree in the mountain behind an orphanage. It took several days after he was abandoned for the orphanage to find him and during that time, the tree protected him from rain, wind, and wild animals. It closed its branches around the hollow where Spectre lay each time something threatened him. After he was found, he was raised in the orphanage for several years, though he only felt at peace near the tree and regretted that he couldn't spend much time with it. He grew up in the orphanage, but because he never had relatives he lacked the ability to mingle with others. Even among the other children, he was always alone and bored. As a child, he became one of the six children who were kidnapped in the Lost Incident. The incident entertained him, and he did not find it hell as Yusaku did. Even if he could go back to the orphanage, only loneliness and boredom awaited him. He had lived like a specter though, with no one to talk to and no one who cared about him.[4]

It was different during the Lost Incident. Someone was testing him and expected big things for him. When he realized that he felt the will to live for the first time. He was sad when the Incident ended and he was returned to the orphanage. The other adults at the orphanage forbade him to talk about what he experienced, least it scare the other children, and they treated him cautiously, keeping him at arm's length. He was more alone then before. Distraught, he ran away from the orphanage back to his tree only to find the adults had cut it down. That was when his attachment to society completely vanished. Instead of returning to the orphanage, he headed to the restricted area where the six kidnapped children had been imprisoned. It was locked after the incident and deserted, but he waited there. He thought about the Lost Incident and hoped those fun times would come back. The hope came true one rainy day when Varis approached him. When Spectre saw him, he instantly knew he had come for him. Varis gave him a place to belong among the Knights of Hanoi, something he had never had before. By saving him from despair, Varis earned his undying loyalty.[4] He participated in the attack on the Cyberse alongside his fellow Knights.[5]


Spectre appeared inside the Knights of Hanoi's base with Varis, informing him that they had found a lead on the runaway Ignis, who would allow SOL Technologies to revive the Cyberse. He admitted that he was concerned about Playmaker interfering with their plans. Since Playmaker deleted his record logs, the two concluded that he was a skilled hacker. Varis was interested, but asked of Spectre to keep the priorities on the Ignis. Spectre and Varis waited for SOL Technologies to begin a security scan, as this would lower their firewalls, and when they did, Varis sent Number 10 to attack LINK VRAINS and capture the Ignis.[6] Spectre watched the ensuing Speed Duel between Number 10 and Playmaker with Varis, which ended in Number 10's defeat.[7] After Number 10's defeat, Spectre told Varis that he had made some poor decisions in his attempt to capture the Ignis, but he noted that the sliver lining was that SOL Technologies had also failed to gain the A.I. Varis in turn stated that they were now closer to narrowing down Playmaker's identity.[8]

Spectre and Blue Angel meet.

Later inside the Knights' base, he and Varis watched Blue Angel's public announcement to Duel Playmaker. He told Varis that they could use her. Inside LINK VRAINS, Spectre appeared from the shadows to speak to a waiting Blue Angel. He told her how Playmaker hadn't showed up and she questioned if he was a Knight. Ignoring the question, he said hello to her and the section where they were meeting then turned into a darkened, digital area. Spectre, appearing bigger then his usual size, walked into Blue Angel before disappearing. The shock made Blue Angel shield her eyes.[9]

He appeared behind Blue Angel which shocked her and as she moved, he appeared before her. He said he was a fan of hers and she accused him of lying. He denied this and said he wanted her to beat Playmaker, while now appearing on the floor. Spectre then returned to standing and held up a glowing purple card. He fired it towards Blue Angel which hit her. He told her this card will open a door deep in your heart. He wished her luck and disappeared. The card seemed to be absorbed into her duel disk upon his exit. After he left, Blue Angel seemed to not remember why she was there.[9] Spectre and Varis watched the Duel between Playmaker and Blue Angel. Varis counted on the card Spectre gave to Blue Angel to control her.[10] Dr. Kogami was surprised how Playmaker wanted revenge for what had happened 10 years ago. Spectre arrived, noting how scary the fate can be.[11]


Spectre was with Varis, who noted his subordinates had been defeated by Playmaker and his allies. Varis noted despite this setback, his three subordinates would serve as the core for his plan. Spectre reminded Varis they still didn't know about Playmaker's identity, but Varis proclaimed the plan had to continue, even if it cost his life, and nothing would stand in his path.[12]

Varis let Spectre face Kitamura, to test the latter before letting him join the Knights of Hanoi. Spectre introduced himself and battled Kitamura in a Master Duel. Spectre defeated Kitamura, and thanked him, for due to his poor management, the takeover of LINK VRAINS was easy. However, he was disgusted to see Kitamura wanted to trick Varis into his bidding. Kitamura wished to join the Knights of Hanoi. Specter snapped his fingers, bidding his wish - as data. With that, Kitamura glowed with a red light before disappearing. Spectre turned to the journalists, Frog and Pigeon, declaring that anyone wishing to enter LINK VRAINS would suffer the same fate. Still, he dared anyone to log inside. Later, he faced Blue Angel, and introduced himself to her, noting it was the second time they met. With a snap of his fingers, Spectre reminded Blue Angel of the incident, when he gave her "that card". Blue Angel accused him of giving her that computer virus, as Spectre noted he was "her fan". She demanded an explanation behind this, but Spectre refused to answer, thinking she would not understand, like combining hobbies and ideals. He exclaimed an idol like her would not understand his noble ideals. Since Varis ordered him to crush anyone that wanted to stop their plans, Spectre let Blue Angel escape. She refused, swearing to defeat him and Varis. Spectre thought a weakling like her could not defeat Varis, and promised a far worse fate than a computer virus should she lose, alerting her she would not be able to return to the real world. Blue Angel nevertheless promised to protect LINK VRAINS from the likes of him. The two initiated a Master Duel. Spectre Normal Summoned "Sunseed Genius Loci", and used it to Link Summon "Sunavalon Dryas".[2]

Spectre explained his monster could not be targeted for attacks. Blue Angel suspected there was more to it than that, while Spectre set a card. She asked about Ghost Gal's whereabouts, as Spectre joked that he hoped he would be Ghost Gal's friend, with a name like that. Blue Angel demanded a serious answer, as Spectre proclaimed Varis had defeated her, and was a part of Tower of Hanoi as data. He assured Blue Angel she would be a part of the tower, too. Blue Angel swore she would not allow Spectre to do that, by defeating him, which amused Spectre. Blue Angel started her turn by summoning two "Trickstar" monsters, and played "Trickstar Light Arena" to prevent Specter from activating his Set card, and brought out "Trickstar Holly Angel". Spectre noted its effects can damage him and strengthen "Holly Angel", as Blue Angel noted being too popular had its drawbacks. She revived "Trickstar Lilybell" and inflicted 200 LP damage on Spectre. However, she saw the tree started reacting, but Spectre ordered her to continue. "Trickstar Lilybell" attacked Spectre directly, who announced his tree's effects have been triggered - Spectre Special Summoned a Link Monster, "Sunvine Gardna", which restored Spectre's LP back. Spectre took note that Blue Angel drew inspiration from the book named after her. Spectre admitted it was a good book, and read it out loud, claiming the character, "Blue Angel", shared the traits of Skye Zaizen herself.[13]

He continued reading, pointing out that Skye Zaizen also feels lonely and cries. To prevent that, Spectre knew Skye Zaizen became Blue Angel, a hero of LINK VRAINS, to become popular. Blue Angel was angry Spectre dug up her past, who was nevertheless amused. Blue Angel identified him to be like the evil monsters in the book, as a "sad excuse for a human". She swore to defeat Spectre, who claimed it would be an honor. "Trickstar Holly Angel" attacked "Sunvine Gardna", who protected Spectre by reducing 800 LP damage from that attack, as well as ending Blue Angel's Battle Phase. Blue Angel realized Spectre played a defensive Deck, who boasted it is an absolute defense. Blue Angel ended her turn with a Set card, while Spectre belittled her efforts. Blue Angel planned on using "Trickstar Reincarnation", which would make Spectre draw five cards and two of her "Trickstar Lycoris'" would inflict 2000 LP damage on him. His Set card, "Sunvine Burial", banished Blue Angel's "Trickstar Reincarnation" and all of her copies in her Deck. He predicted Blue Angel would use that to inflict a lot of damage on his LP through "Trickstar Lycoris". Spectre claimed he opened Blue Angel's heart, finding that loneliness when Skye was six years old, after the disappearance of her parents, soothed down when Akira read the "Blue Angel" book to her.[13]

Seeing Akira was her "treasure", Spectre knew Skye fears losing that "treasure" the most. He proclaimed Blue Angel would lose everything, after she loses to him in this Duel. Spectre drew a card and was inflicted 400 LP damage, and used "Sunavalon Dryas" to bring out "Sunvine Healer", which restored his 500 LP back. Using "Spectre Healer", Spectre's "Sunavalon Dryas" evolved into "Sunavalon Dryades", a Link-2 tree. He noted like Akira protects his sister, this tree protects Spectre. Blue Angel sensed Spectre was also alone, since he loved the book, but unlike her, he was not loved and became destructive, which is the source of his power. Spectre found Blue Angel a strange person to have noticed his traits. Still, this made to him clear that Blue Angel knew her purpose, and found it bad that she would not live up to that. He brought the "Sunseed Genius Loci", using it to Link Summon "Sunvine Thrasher", whose ATK was boosted to 2400. "Sunvine Thrasher" destroyed "Trickstar Holly Angel" in a double K.O., but Specter revived the latter to "Sunavalon Drydes'" Link Marker. "Trickstar Holly Angel" destroyed one of Blue Angel's "Trickstar Lycoris", and Spectre asked her how did it feel to be attacked by her own ace monster. Blue Angel wondered if there was a way to destroy his tree, and upon looking at her hand, found a new strategy.[13]

Blue Angel Link Summoned "Trickstar Crimson Heart" and regained a bit of her LP. To stop "Sunavalon Dryades", Blue Angel raised its ATK by playing "Trickstar Bouquet", then had it sent to the Extra Deck with "Trickstar Temptation". She noted Spectre bore love towards the tree, but hatred as well, which was covered by the tree. Spectre admitted he sought love, but that love was never fulfilled. He claimed he was fine, even if he was scarred. He tempted Blue Angel, who fought for those that were hurt, for him, too, by negating "Trickstar Temptation" by the summoning of "Sunvine Maiden". Blue Angel was greately displeased her strategy failed, a failure Spectre commended to her lack of desire to understand him. He claimed he felt alone, at the bottom of a canyon, walking on a path without sound or light, and told she would never defeat him if she does not understand that. His tree evolved further into "Sunavalon Dryanome", and Link Summoned a "Sunvine Thrasher", who attacked "Trickstar Crimson Heart". While the latter was revived to Spectre's field, Blue Angel used "Trickstar Light Arena" to reverse the damage, gaining LP to 5000. With no defenses left, Blue Angel took 4000 LP damage from "Trickstar" monsters Spectre stole from her GY.[3]

On her next turn, Blue Angel made three consecutive Link Summons to bring out "Trickstar Delfiendium". Returning the three banished "Trickstar Reincarnation" cards to her hand, Blue Angel's "Trickstar Delfiendium" gained 3000 ATK, though Spectre reminded her that his tree protected him. Blue Angel pointed out that all of "Sunavalon Dryanome's" Link Markers were occupied, and could not trigger its effect. Her "Trickstar Delfiendium" attacked, and Blue Angel realized she won. However, Spectre clapped for this strategy, with his LP intact, which shocked Blue Angel. He used "Sunavalon Dryanome" to reposition the attacked "Trickstar Crimson Heart" to a different Main Monster Zone and negated the attack. Since Blue Angel was unable to set "Trickstar Reincarnation" cards she obtained, Spectre noted she was unable to do anything and would finish her off and let her meet Ghost Gal soon. Blue Angel went defensive by returning "Trickstar Delfiendium" and "Trickstar Candina" to Special Summon two "Trickstar Lycoris". She bet on her strategy by playing "Trickstar Treat", which set the "Trickstar Reincarnation" from her hand, meaning Spectre would draw cards and take damage from "Trickstar Lycoris", at the cost of Blue Angel taking 1000 LP at the End Phase. Blue Angel noticed Spectre has been analyzing her, meaning he wanted some protection, too, from being alone. She declared the ultimate love was the blue love he sought out.[3]

A sadistic Spectre laughs at Blue Angel's defeat.

She swore to save Spectre, who dared her to just do that. Spectre took 1600 damage from Blue Angel's tactic, but he replenished LP by bringing out "Sunvine Healer". Blue Angel continued by setting a second copy of "Trickstar Reincarnation", halving Spectre's LP. Blue Angel noted even in cruelest hearts, people yearned for love, and played her final "Trickstar Reincarnation". Spectre started crying, demanding that Blue Angel saved her, but before that happened, Spectre played "Sunbloom Doom". Targeting "Trickstar Holly Angel", Spectre gained LP equal to the ATK of all monsters that shared the type, Fairy. Spectre noted Blue Angel didn't live up to her promise, who was terrified, as Spectre's LP raised and fell to 7200. He admitted that he did read the "Blue Angel" book, and found he had to defeat someone as pathetic enough to think that had to save him. He ripped the book, which was burnt down. Blue Angel questioned if tormenting her made Specter happy, who explained even if "Trickstar Treat" would deplete all of her LP, he would personally defeat her. Simply by banishing "Sunbloom Doom", Spectre destroyed Blue Angel's "Trickstar Lycoris" (whose Level equaled the number of Spell and Trap cards played during this turn), and inflicted 1000 LP to her. Spectre bid farewell to *Skye Zaizen*, a girl that failed to become a Blue Angel, whose wings shattered at her defeat. Blue Angel fell down, making Spectre laugh out maniacally.[3]

Later on, Spectre confronted Playmaker on a bridge in LINK VRAINS, and they began to Duel. During the Duel, Spectre revealed that he was a part of the Hanoi Project, but he believed that the incident had saved him from despair. He also revealed that as a boy, he grew up in an orphanage, but felt lonely, and only felt comfort with the tree that once protected him, until said tree was cut down. Spectre revealed that he pledged his loyalty to Varis for saving him from despair. [4]


Spectre and "Sunavalon Dryas".

Spectre uses a "Sunavalon"/"Sunvine" Deck that focuses around Plant Link Monsters with defensive effects, mainly in the form of Damage reduction. For offensive tactics, Spectre relies on stealing the opponent's Monsters. Spectre also puts a strong focus on continously increasing his LP to survive whatever strategy the opponent comes up with.

After watching Varis' and Playmaker's Duel, Spectre added the ability to perform an Extra Link as well as an Extra Link Full Mode, using cards such as "Sunseed Twin" and "Sunseed Shadow" to easily swarm the field with Link Monsters. He also added "Sunvine Plunder" to his Deck to combat the Ignis' "Judgment Arrows" to also use in his Extra Link strategy as well as to power up his beatdown strategy with "Sunvine Thrasher".



Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Kitamura 32 Win
Skye Zaizen/Blue Angel 32-34 Win
Yusaku Fujiki/Playmaker 35-37 Lose
4 Echo 69 Win
BitBoot 86 Win
Lightning 86-87 Lose


  1. Billy Bob Thompson Twitter
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 32: "The Tower of Hanoi"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 34: "Roots of Evil"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 35: "The Hollow"
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 68: "Secret Meeting"
  6. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 1: "Link into the VRAINS"
  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 2: "Seize the Wind!"
  8. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 3: "Contact"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 6: "True Blue"
  10. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 7: "Fallen Angel"
  11. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 12: "Link the Circuit"
  12. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 30: "Under VRAINS"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 33: "Once Upon A Time"