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  • Ryoken Kogami
  • Varis
  • Revolver (リボルバー Riborubā)
  • Personal
    Age 18[1]
    • Male
    • Career
    Organization Knights of Hanoi
    • Duelist
    Anime Deck Rokket
    Anime debut Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 1: "Link into the VRAINS"
    Appears in
    Anime Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS
    Voice actors
    • Daniel J. Edwards
  • Shunsuke Takeuchi
  • Varis
    I don't trust AI. The internet world is a fiction. What's important are the breath and heartbeat of life.
    — Varis[3]

    Ryoken Kogami (こうがみ りょうけん Kōgami Ryōken)[4], known as Varis (Revolver in the Japanese version; リボルバー Riborubā) in LINK VRAINS, is the leader of the Knights of Hanoi in the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime and the primary antagonist of the first season.[5] Due to his role of leadership and his opposition to AI, he also serves as Yusaku Fujiki/Playmaker's main rival in the series.



    Full body view of Ryoken.

    Ryoken is a tall fair-skinned young man with lilac eyes and has white hair that spikes backwards at the sides, with purple-blue highlights, resembling that of Declan Akaba. On his right hand, he has a tattoo of a red triangle extending from the webbing of his thumb. He has at least two outfits, the first consisting of a white buttoned shirt and black trousers, while the second consists of a pink v-neck shirt underneath a light-grey suit jacket, with black trousers that end above his ankles. His eyes remained unrevealed until his identity was.

    Ryoken's avatar, Varis, in his initial appearance.

    In LINK VRAINS, Varis is a tan-skinned man with yellow eyes without irises or pupils, and black hair with orange and red highlights. His ears are pierced with Egyptian-style earrings with a blue diamond and a gold bullet "token". Varis wears a mask with yellow glass and a white casing with a diamond-shaped pattern of white dots with red centers, linked together by a white circle that surrounds a white dot in the center of Varis's forehead that suggests the barrel of a gun. The visor of his mask can be covered with a dark lens to protect him from bright lights.

    Varis wears a white jumpsuit with a black elongated "T" shape tracing to the bottom of his chest, red ovals overlaying black ovals on the sides of the torso, and a v-shaped line of green where a belt would be. He wears a white trench coat lined with green with golden lines patterning both the inside and the outside of the coat. The sleeves are green white shoulder-pads and red diagonal bands on the bicep, making it unclear whether or not they are part of the jumpsuit or the coat. Varis also wears a small white mantle with a black line tracing around the middle, and a green ornament attached at the front on either side of his neck and at the back by red gems. Varis wears white-elbow length gloves with red diamond shapes on his forearm, and black boots with green heels and red patterns on the front that may be part of his jumpsuit.

    Ryoken's current avatar.

    During the second season after rescuing Kyoko Taki, Varis changes his Avatar. While the overall form is largely identical to how it was previously, it does not mask his identity as much as it did previously; his visor peaks over his nose and his face beneath is unaltered, and his skin becomes sallow and his eyes become identical to his real ones. His hair turns silver, as in real life, and his highlights extend out from his mask and become orange, clustering at his temples. He retains the diamond pattern on his mask, but on a silver base diamond and becoming larger. His collar ornament becomes lime and fastened with red lines, and his coat and jumpsuit become white and black with lime accents. His gloves remain unchanged.


    Much like the other Knights of Hanoi, Varis is a ruthless individual that seeks Ai. For some reason, he bears a great hatred towards Ai and the Cyberse world considering them a threat to the real world, and wanted to destroy them both, even using ordinary people to achieve their goals. However Varis claims that his actions are so that he can fulfill his promise to his father.[6]

    Unlike most hackers, Varis distrusts Link VRAINS and the people that, to him, are dedicating their lives to it and make false relationships with other people. He values a person's life more. He distrusts Artificial Intelligence, to the point where he does not have one installed into his Duel Disk. Due to that, he looks down as on the internet world as false. Despite his hatred towards VRAINS, Varis isn't against using the Cyberse for his own benefit. When Ai called him out on that, Varis described it as "counteracting poison with poison".[3]

    Oddly enough, Varis shares Yusaku's habit of listing out three reasons for his observations, although he doesn't do it as frequently as Yusaku.

    While Dueling, with loads of personal confidence, Varis tends to belittle his opponents and lower their guard.


    "Varis" is a Latin name that means "bow-legged"; it is also possibly a corruption of the word "virus", invoking the term "computer virus", and bears some similarities to the Japanese name of the "Borrel" archetype; "Varrel". His Japanese alias of "Revolver" is a type of handgun; his "rokket" and "Borrel" monsters reference this.


    Varis can summon Data Storms at will.[7] He is also a professional hacker and can even infiltrate the system of LINK VRAINS, stating he could even destroy it. He shares the same Skill as Playmaker, "Storm Access" which allows him to add a random Link Monster from a Data Storm to his Extra Deck when his LP are 1000 or less.[3]

    Varis is also a cunning strategist, being able to predict his enemy's movements and lead them into a trap and counter them.[8] Varis can also regenerate his body inside LINK VRAINS.[2]



    A young Ryoken with Faust and Baira.

    Ryoken was a friend of Baira and Faust, and the latter considered Ryoken as his younger brother.[9]

    Varis launched an attack on the Cyberse with three of his "Cracking Dragons". The Ignis were all sealed off and could not retaliate, except for one. This Ignis claimed he was their "savior", noting others had been trapped. Regardless, he promised to save all of them. Varis and the "Cracking Dragon" chased Ai, who escaped Cyberse and severed the connection to it, much to Varis's fury. Varis's "Cracking Dragon" devoured the Ignis, though his eye was lost in the network. Varis had his team search for the Ignis's remains, for only he knew the location of the Cyberse.[10]


    Five years later, Spectre informed Varis that SOL Technologies' security were searching for the Ignis. Varis smiled, seeing that he could exploit the situation. He summoned Number 10, ordering him to capture the Ignis before SOL Technologies could, while dismissing Playmaker as a threat. He watched Number 10's attack on LINK VRAINS, and was intrigued when Playmaker arrived to challenge the Number 10, betting the Ignis on the Duel.[10] To his shock, Playmaker used a Cyberse Deck; Varis had thought them destroyed.

    After Playmaker won the Duel, Varis admitted he didn't expect his opponent to be that strong. Spectre arrived, explaining it was still better to let Playmaker have the Ignis than to be in possession of SOL Technologies. Varis knew that they were going to unmask Playmaker soon, noting Playmaker hated the Knights of Hanoi, was one of few people that had Cyberse monsters and eventually would come and seek him, as the leader of the Knights of Hanoi, out. Varis was nevertheless pleased, and actually wanted to prepare himself for the battle against Playmaker. Later, Varis sensed the location of the Ignis, and he flew over LINK VRAINS on "Borreload Dragon", but he was unable to track down the Ignis, as the connection was severed in the last moment. Varis returned to his base, displeased that he could not find the Ignis. He was approached by Dr. Kogami, who promised to make a new program, but needed more time. Varis stated that the ones holding the Ignis could not decipher him properly, but didn't want to give them too much time. Dr. Kogami said that they had to draw Playmaker out once more and defeat him properly. Varis heard an alarm, and logged off. In the real world, Ryoken approached his father, who was resting inside a pod. Ryoken promised he would make his father's wishes come true and tenderly touched his arm.[6]

    Varis orders Blue Angel to use the Hanoi card.

    Seeing how Blue Angel wanted to challenge Playmaker, Varis was amused by her. Spectre claimed they could use her, and went off to give her a special card.[11] During her Duel against Playmaker, Blue Angel fell in a trance and Varis told her she was a Knight of Hanoi, prompting her to activate "Dark Angel's" effect.[12]

    Varis summons the Data Storm to destroy the place.

    When Blue Angel was defeated, Varis was certain that Playmaker would have to comply to his demands. Dr. Kogami said Ai had to be destroyed and Varis was concerned about Kogami since he designed Ai. Kogami told Varis it was a painful decision to destroy the AI, while Varis reminded the importance of destroying Ai and Cyberse. When Akira Zaizen and Ghost Gal captured and interrogated Playmaker, Varis appeared before them and demanded him to be freed, as he was challenging him to a Duel. When Akira refused, Varis showed his power by summoning a Data Storm and obliterating the place. He also threatened to destroy LINK VRAINS, but stated that was not his intention, since he was interested in Ai that Playmaker had in his possession. When Akira refused to hand over Ai, Varis revealed they placed a computer virus inside Blue Angel as a hostage and only they had the ability to reverse it. Varis admitted they could've placed the virus into anyone, but Blue Angel was the most efficient target to draw Playmaker out. Varis also knew that Akira, as the Security-in-Chief, had to take Ai back, but doing so would make Blue Angel - Akira's sister - under permanent effect of the virus. Thus, he promised to hand over the program if Playmaker defeated him. Hesitant at first, Akira freed Playmaker while Varis left to wait for Playmaker to come and Duel him.[7]

    Varis faces Playmaker in the Speed Duel.

    As the two rode off on the Data Wind, Varis reminded Playmaker he interfered a lot of times in the Knights of Hanoi's plans. Playmaker promised to defeat him and uncover their identities while Varis didn't care much for Playmaker's since they had many enemies. He declared their mission was to retrieve Ai and was surprised that Playmaker had no knowledge of Ai as an AI. Ai promised to eat Varis's program and reclaim his body back, while Varis stated if he were to win, Ai would be his own. Varis admitted he didn't bring his AI for his Duel Disk, as he didn't trust them, claiming the internet was but a fiction. He valued the personal values of man, and didn't trust the fake relationships and dedications over LINK VRAINS; in his words, such ignorance would destroy the world, as would Ai and declared Playmaker as his enemy for helping Ai. Before the Duel began, Varis waved his hand causing the LINK VRAINS to be crushed and replaced with lava rivers and fiery lakes.[3]

    Varis uses the Storm Access skill.

    Taking the first turn, Varis used "Dragonoid Generator" to Special Summon two "Dragonoid Tokens" and Tribute Summon "Cracking Dragon". He then summoned the "Dragonoid Tokens" on Playmaker's field and used "Cracking Dragon's" effect to deal him damage. Despite this, the Playmaker managed to turn around the tables by Link Summoning three monsters and destroying "Cracking Dragon" with "Decode Talker", lowering Varis's LP to 1400. Despite having the advantage, Playmaker noted that Varis was vigorous and would not give up. Varis thanked Playmaker for clearing his field, as he brought out "Twin Triangle Dragon" and revived "Cracking Dragon" back, at cost of it unable to attack and shaving 500 LP off. Varis sensed a power inside the network, and summoned a Data Storm, showing off the Skill Playmaker has, "Storm Access". With such power, Varis used all of his monsters to Link Summon "Topologic Bomber Dragon", for he was amused to use a Cyberse monster against other Cyberse monsters. Using "Dragonoid Generator", Varis had "Bomber Dragon" use its effect to destroy "Dragonoid Token" and Playmaker's "Capacitor Stalker", albeit the latter's effect caused Varis's LP to be lowered down to 100. Despite this, "Decode Talker's" ATK were lowered down and Varis had "Topologic Bomber Dragon" destroy it. "Topologic Bomber Dragon's" effect caused Playmaker to take damage equal to "Decode Talker's" ATK. Varis claimed that Playmaker lost this Duel and smiled, as his dragon executed it's effect.[3]

    Varis obtains his father's card.

    To stop the effect, Playmaker activated "Link Restart", and even revived "Decode Talker". Varis noted how tough Playmaker was to avoid this situation, as "Dragonoid Generator" summoned another Token to Playmaker's field. As Playmaker had Ai conjure a Data Storm, Varis was glad they did that, since he expected them to do that. He mused how his goal for the Speed Duel was completed. After Playmaker used Storm Access, Varis was impressed, considering how mighty the Data Storm was. Playmaker went to Link Summon, but Varis stopped that with "Remote Rebirth", summoning a monster from Playmaker's field to one of zones "Topologic Bomber Dragon" pointed to, with the intention of using his dragon's effect to destroy every monster in Main Monster Zones. "Capacitor Stalker's" effect dealt 800 LP Damage, causing both Varis and Playmaker's LP to fall to 0. Ai suspected Varis wanted the Duel to end in a tie, but Varis denied this, declaring he could predict their every move. Suddenly, Varis and Playmaker were pulled to the Data Storm, as the latter realized Varis actually planned this. Varis and Playmaker were separated from their D-Boards, and entered the center of the Data Storm - a calm place, filled with floating rocks. Varis declared the place to be their new stage of battle, as a shining card Dr. Kogami sent to LINK VRAINS was added to his Deck. Varis explained they would have a Master Duel that had more Monster and Spell & Trap Zones, fitting for them to show off their Link Monsters' prowess.[8]

    Having the first turn in the Master Duel, Varis took on defense by playing "Fire Prison", "Twin Triangle Dragon" and "Beltlink Wall Dragon" to make it harder to Link Summon and attack. Playmaker was worried about these defenses, and suspected it could be a part of Varis's plan. Instead, Playmaker summoned "Encode Talker" and had it attack "Twin Triangle Dragon". Due to "Beltlink Wall Dragon's" effect, the attack was redirected to itself, making Playmaker's attack nullified. However, he did summon "Interrupt Resistor"; Varis realized Playmaker was preparing for a new Link Summon, but swore that strategy would cost Playmaker dearly. Varis Link Summoned "Triple Burst Dragon", surprising Ai, since Varis could've summoned "Topologic Bomber Dragon" instead, and was even more surprised he targeted "Backup Secretary" instead of "Encode Talker" for an attack target. Since "Triple Burst Dragon" negated "Encode Talker's" effect, Playmaker had "Interrupt Resistor" boost DEF of "Backup Secretary" to take less damage from Varis's dragon's piercing effect. Playmaker sensed that Varis would bring out a different monster than "Topologic Bomber Dragon". To stop that, Playmaker summoned "Decode Talker" to take out "Beltlink Wall Dragon". Varis anticipated this, and used "Fire Prison's" effect to negate every Cyberse card as if it didn't exist, causing "Encode Talker" and "Decode Talker" to vanish, and even make Ai disappear.[8]

    Varis's "Fire Prison" is destroyed by its own effect.

    Varis told Playmaker it was his fault for listening to Ai that made Cyberse cards unusable. Since Playmaker did not know about Ai, Varis told how there were tests to create life forms inside the network, but most attempts lacked free will. However, there was one person that succeeded, and that product was Ignis, the first AI with free will. Playmaker did not believe in this story, but Varis ignored him. He stated the most important thing was to capture and destroy Ai, who had created the Cyberse and wanted to conquer the network. In his next turn, Varis used "Triple Burst Dragon's" effect to summon more Dragons, all to bring out his ace, "Borreload Dragon". Playmaker recognized it as it was the same dragon Varis rode on when he was searching for Ai when Yusaku and Kolter hacked it. Varis, who placed a safety mask on, declared a direct attack with his dragon, causing 3000 points of LP damage to Playmaker, even causing the blast to come out of the Data Storm. Since Playmaker was knocked out, Varis smiled, seeing the match ended. However, Playmaker stood up, and Varis saw he failed to crush his confidence. As Playmaker played "Cynet Universe", Varis claimed it was a pointless move, since there were no Cyberse monsters. Playmaker denied this, since he could sense their pulses; Varis was greatly displeased, and shocked how he used two of his ace monsters to Link Summon "Firewall Dragon". Varis realized that was the card Playmaker had obtained from the Data Storm, and with its summoning, "Fire Prison" vanished. "Firewall Dragon" destroyed "Beltlink Wall Dragon", which frustrated Varis, as Playmaker's "Parallel Port Armor" made his dragon untargetable and undestroyable by battle. He took the next turn, replenishing his hand and brining back "Anesthrokket Dragon" and "Autorokket Dragon" back. By using "Borreload Dragon" to decrease "Autorokket Dragon's" ATK and DEF, then send it to the GY to destroy "Firewall Dragon's" defenses. Surprisingly to Ai and Playmaker, "Borreload Dragon's" attack caused "Firewall Dragon" to switch over to Varis's field. Varis, intending to have Playmaker's own Cyberse card defeat it, had "Firewall Dragon" attack directly, but the attack was canceled by "Cynet Refresh". Still, Varis boosted his defenses by reviving two of his "Magnarokket Dragons" back. Playmaker brought back his "Encode Talker" and "Firewall Dragon", declaring the true fight had only begun.[13]

    When Playmaker's "Firewall Dragon" used its effect to return "Borreload Dragon" from the field, Varis informed him that it couldn't be targeted by effects. Playmaker targeted "Magnarokket Dragon", whose effect caused "Firewall Dragon" to be destroyed. Instead, Playmaker's "Cynet Refresh" protected his dragon from destruction. Varis was amused, and ended his turn. Much to Varis's surprise, Playmaker had "Firewall Dragon", protected by "Encode Talker", attack "Borreload Dragon", who had more ATK. With "Battle Buffer", "Encode Talker's" ATK was raised, and impressed Varis for such a strategy. To counter that, Varis targeted "Encode Talker" with his dragon to reduce the ATK, causing "Encode Talker" to be destroyed and Playmaker's strategy to backfire. While "Firewall Dragon's" ATK was raised by "Battle Buffer", Varis's "Rokket" dragons regained their effects. Varis claimed the match was over, as Playmaker could not attack anymore. The latter made him doubt that, since he could not use "Magnarokket Dragon's" effect. Using "Recoded Alive", Playmaker revived "Decode Talker", whose ATK was boosted up to destroy "Borreload Dragon". However, Varis used "Borrel Refrigeration" to make "Magnarokket Dragon" destroy itself to blast away "Decode Talker". Varis smiled, seeing how close he was to his victory, with Playmaker having no cards nor attacks to execute. Playmaker refused to lose, and claimed he wanted to uncover the events that had happened 10 years ago, to recover the time he had lost and wanted to save the person that saved him. Varis was surprised about what happened 10 years ago involved Playmaker, who replied he was "that emissary of revenge". Varis claimed Playmaker was a fool to help SOL Technologies out without knowing the truth.[2]

    Varis defeated by Playmaker.
    Varis flees away from the scene.

    Playmaker refused to listen, and using "Parallel Port Armor", he had "Firewall Dragon" attack once more to perform a One Turn Kill. The attack destroyed "Borreload Dragon", and Varis was slammed to a rock as his LP fell to zero. He then lost his avatar's arm when Ai became vicious and tried to devour Varis. Varis was pulled up to be logged out, but as he promised, he threw a card that would remove Blue Angel's virus. Before leaving, Varis stated as long as Playmaker had Ai, their Duel would continue on. Varis returned to his base and Dr. Kogami was surprised how Varis let his guard down, seeing it was about that incident Playmaker spoke. Varis apologized to him as his father, and as his hand recovered, claimed next time would be different. His father stated that Varis didn't need to think of that, and seeing how they could not retrieve Ai, he went to execute the other plan, and needed time to make preparations for that. Varis nodded, and recalling Playmaker's speech pattern of three points of analysis, he wondered about his connection towards him.[2] Varis and Kogami went to a deep pit where Kogami showed him a seed shaped like a cube, which would grow into a "fruit" that would destroy the whole network, including LINK VRAINS. Varis watched Kogami release the seed, which fell into the pit.[14] Varis was still at the pit, with his father absent. He remarked the battle for humanity would begin soon enough.[15]


    Ryoken holding the flashdrive containing the footage of Yusaku.

    As the Another victims were being infected, Varis was worried if the Hanoi program was activated, the Lost Incident records would be deleted, and he'd never uncover Playmaker's identity. He was contacted by his father, who reported the Hanoi program would soon be finished. Varis was still sad, as he wished to settle things with Playmaker. He told he wouldn't move on until he defeats Playmaker, and his father permitted him the rematch, as long as it didn't take too much time. Later, Varis watched as the Knights of Hanoi forced people to Duel, preventing them from logging out. Varis was unamused, considering a thousand people that joined the Knights of Hanoi were mere grunts, who wanted self-promotion by opposing LINK VRAINS. He was visited by Faust and Baira, who informed him Dr. Genome was making his move, and gave him the Data Gale.[16] After Baira released the virus-removal program and logged out, she appeared next to Varis, who punished her.[17] With all three of his subordinates - Genome, Baira, and Faust - defeated and resting inside pods, Varis left his headquarters in LINK VRAINS. In the real world, at Kyoko Taki's apartment, Ryoken removed a flashdrive from its hiding place and looked at the video recording on it - Yusaku and Kolter in Baira's room witnessing Blue Angel defeating Baira. Ai appeared in the video and Ryoken smiled, as he learned that Playmaker was Yusaku.[18] Varis was at the pit, and proclaimed the time has come that he would risk the fate of the humanity on the Tower of Hanoi.[19]

    Ryoken looks at Yusaku, before proceeding with his plan.

    Ryoken was at Stardust Road, ordering food from the Café Nom food truck, his face still hidden. He told Kolter, who was still unaware of his true identity, that this would be the last time he would order from him. Kolter asked him if he was moving away; Ryoken replied that his reason was something like that before leaving. Varis returned to LINK VRAINS where he met up with Spectre, lamenting the loss of Dr. Genome, Baira, and Faust. He explained he was too focused on Playmaker. Despite this, Varis told the three were the core for his plan. Spectre asked if Varis was fine with the fact that they still didn't know Playmaker's identity. Varis proclaimed the plan had to resolve, even if it cost him his life, promising to defeat anyone that stood in his path. Later, he met Ghost Gal at the reprocessing plant, and was surprised to find her there. Varis noted Ghost Gal was snooping again, who promised to leave. However, Varis raised the barrier, stating he can't let her leave this place. Ghost Gal used the rope to reach a different exit, but Varis barred her. Ghost Gal asked Varis what would he do with her after she would be captured, suspecting she would be in trouble. Varis offered her a Duel to shape his Deck out, allowing her to leave if she would win. Ghost Gal attempted to leave, but Varis pointed out logging out was disabled. Thus, being forced to fight, Ghost Gal initiated her first turn in the Speed Duel.[20]

    Varis applied his swarming tactics to bring out monsters to his field. Ghost Gal noted Varis did not bring an AI for his Duel Disk, as Varis stated trusting an AI is foolish. Ghost Gal remembered Varis spoke that Ignis would destroy the world, but Varis ignored her, considering her as a mercenary that would not understand that. Ghost Gal reminded herself of Varis's ace, and noted the longer the Duel lasted, the more she would be at a disadvantage. Varis quickly brought out "Topologic Bomber Dragon", as Ghost Gal sensed Varis wanted to quickly end the Duel. Varis's dragon attacked Ghost Gal's "Altergeist Marionetter". To prevent this, Ghost Gal played "Altergeist Kunquery", and sealed off the dragon's effects. Ghost Gal questioned Varis about the energy sphere, and Varis simply replied something unimaginable was bound to happen. Ghost Gal brought out "Altergeist Primebanshee" and Kidolga". Her "Altergeist" monsters attacked Varis directly, dropping his LP to 400, and even took Varis's "Twin Triangle Dragon" to defeat him. Ghost Gal gloated in her victory, but Varis called her a fool. Playing a Trap Card, Varis blocked the attack by destroying all of Ghost Gal's Link Monsters. Ghost Gal realized Varis could've simply played his card earlier to avoid damage, and all of that was just so he could activate his Skill. Varis mocked her for not being able to predict that, while Ghost Gal returned her "Altergeist Marionetter" to her hand.[21]

    Varis smiles, having lead Ghost Gal into his trap.
    Varis uses his Trap Card to prevent his defeat.

    Activating his Trap Card, "Mirror Force", Varis destroyed all of Ghost Gal's Link Monsters. To prevent Varis from using his Skill, Ghost Gal activated her, Skill, Secret Cure, to at least raise Varis's LP. Much to her displeasure, she drew the 0 ATK "Altergeist Kunquery". Varis continued mocking her, stating luck has abandoned her. Ghost Gal planned her strategy to deal with Varis's effects and attacks, by using "Altergeist Protocol". Varis simply set Ghost Gal's card off with "Red Reboot", at the cost of halving his LP for using it from his hand. He also let Ghost Gal set a Trap Card from her Deck, but she was unable to play any Trap Cards during his turn. Ghost Gal still hoped in having the LP and field advantage, but Varis mocked her, claiming only darkness awaited her, from which she could not escape from. Varis, after bringing out three dragons, used Storm Access, taking out a Link Monster from the Data Storm, emitted from the purplish sphere. Varis Link Summoned his new monster, "Topologic Trisbaena", and revived "Defrag Dragon" at the position of former's Link Arrow. "Topologic Trisbaena" banished away all of Ghost Gal's Trap Cards and dealt her 1500 LP damage, and attacked her directly. Ghost Gal screamed, as she was defeated. Varis confronted Playmaker, who demanded to know Ghost Gal's whereabouts. Varis simply proclaimed she became a foundation for the Tower of Hanoi, which was activated. He stated should Playmaker wish to stop it, he'd have to confront him. With the purplish sphere emitting tentacles that destroyed the place, Varis jumped away.[21]

    Varis responded to Kitamura's calling, who asked to speak with the Knights of Hanoi's leader. Kitamura was startled to meet Varis, who threatened to erase Kitamura if he wasted his time. Kitamura pointed out there was no media reporter around, and since they were alone, he wanted to propose a secret deal. Kitamura proposed an alliance to rule LINK VRAINS, amusing Varis. Kitamura knew the Knights of Hanoi have the control of LINK VRAINS, and he explained he would maintain their domain, thinking they could even earn a fortune. Varis was intrigued, but in order to have Kitamura join them, he had him undertake a test. Varis went away, leaving Spectre to face Kitamura in a Master Duel.[22]


    Yusaku Fujiki (Playmaker)[edit]

    When first informed about a hacker named "Playmaker" who was defeating Hanoi members, Varis initially suspected Playmaker was an agent from SOL Technologies but rejected the idea because SOL would act more publicly and dismissed Playmaker. It wasn't until Playmaker captured Ai that Varis became interested in him. Varis then switched all his efforts into defeating Playmaker before SOL did, as doing so was the only way to capture Ai.

    Playmaker, on the other hand, hates Varis for being Hanoi's leader and vowed to defeat him and discover his true identity. During their first Duel, Varis claimed that he wasn't interested in Playmaker's identity and considered him to be just another of the many people who hates Hanoi. However, during second Duel, Varis recognized Playmaker's speech pattern of listing out three reasons and was disturbed when Playmaker mentioned about a certain incident that happened ten years ago. He chides Playmaker for siding with SOL Technologies without knowing the truth and, after the Duel, is eager to uncover Playmaker's true identity, to the extent of requesting more time from his father before the completion of Hanoi's program.

    Dr. Kogami[edit]

    A young Ryoken with Dr. Kogami.

    Dr. Kogami is Ryoken's father. He cares for him as he tends to him while he is comatose and promises to complete his ambition.



    Varis with his "rokket" monsters and "Borreload Dragon".

    Varis uses a "Rokket" Deck, which also features other DARK Dragons. His overall strategy centers on swarming the field with the effects of his Dragon monsters in order to assembles the necessary Tributes or materials to Summon his ace monsters and overwhelm his opponents through sheer force with their high ATK; many of his most powerful monsters commonly have 3000 ATK. Varis is a flexible Duelist who can shift strategies between Duels, making him an unpredictable opponent.

    Initially, Varis uses the Knights of Hanoi's signature monster, "Cracking Dragon", to debilitate the opponent through its ability to repeatedly inflict effect damage. Even if this monster is defeated, Varis can use "Twin Triangle Dragon" to re-utilize it as material for his stronger Link Monsters like "Topologic Bomber Dragon", whose destructive effects can allow him to defeat his opponents after having their LP depleted by "Cracking Dragon".

    When utilizing his ace monster "Borreload Dragon", he switches his strategy to utilizing his "Rokket" monsters as literal cannon fodder for "Borreload", using their self-destruction effect in tandem with the effect of "Borreload" to permanently weaken a monster by 500 ATK and DEF in order to disrupt whatever strategy his opponent may have.

    He also uses a number of cards to counter Link Monsters, such as "Mirror Force", as well as using "Fire Prison" to counter Playmaker's Cyberse monsters.



    During his childhood, Varis played a Deck full of LIGHT Dragon monsters and Dragon support cards. A few of his cards were shown when he purposefully knocked into a young Yusaku Fujiki in order to mislead him into being kidnapped.



    Opponent Episode(s) Outcome
    Yusaku Fujiki/Playmaker 9-10 DRAW
    Yusaku Fujiki/Playmaker 10-12 Lose
    Emma Bessho/Ghost Gal 30-31 Win
    George Gore/The Gore 39-40 Win
    Yusaku Fujiki/Playmaker 41-42 DRAW
    Yusaku Fujiki/Playmaker 43-46 Lose
    Windy 69-??? TBD


    • Varis's English name was mistakenly initially stated to be "Varus" by Daniel J. Edwards.[23]


    1. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 43: "Birth of the Ignis"
    2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 12: "Link the Circuit"
    3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 9: "Malicious Mayhem"
    4. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 43: "Birth of the Ignis" cast list
    5. "The Organization". YGOrganization. April 18, 2017.
    6. 6.0 6.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 3: "Contact"
    7. 7.0 7.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 8: "A Storm is Coming"
    8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 10: "Eye of the Storm"
    9. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 25: "Virus Deck Operation"
    10. 10.0 10.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 1: "Link into the VRAINS"
    11. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 6: "True Blue"
    12. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 7: "Fallen Angel"
    13. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 11: "Neutralized"
    14. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 20: "Unyielding Justice"
    15. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 21: "Embers of a New Battle"
    16. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 22: "Blackened Sun"
    17. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 26: "Three Draws Leading to Hope"
    18. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 28: "Final Commander of the Three Knights"
    19. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 29: "Kusanagi Report"
    20. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 30: "Doorway to the Abyss"
    21. 21.0 21.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 31: "The Final Trigger"
    22. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 32: "Tower of Hanoi"
    23. Daniel J. Edwards' Twitter


    1. This card is obtained via Storm Access in episode 9.
    2. This card is obtained via Storm Access in episode 42.
    3. This card is obtained via Storm Access in episode 31.