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Player (Tag Force)
|Video game debut||Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force|
|Player (Tag Force)|
The player character in the Tag Force games is the character controlled by the person playing the game. They choose the name of the character, control their actions and contents of his Deck.
The player enrolls at Duel Academy one month after the beginning of the school year during the month of May. As a transfer student, he is automatically placed in the Slifer Red dorm. The game is divided into three parts, each with different goals, all of which are ultimately accomplished through Dueling.
In the first part of the game, one must find a partner. During the first playthrough, the player may select Jaden Yuki, Syrus Truesdale, Chumley Huffington, Bastion Misawa, Chazz Princeton, Alexis Rhodes or Zane Truesdale as a partner. However, in order to convince them to team with you, one must build a relationship with them.
Whenever a conversation is prompted, you are given four options - to talk about "Duels", "The Academy", "Hobbies" or "Rumors". During each conversation one of the first three choices is randomly selected to harm affection, while the other two will improve it. This can be avoided by getting Pharaoh to follow you, should he be with you, all three choices will yield the best result. Affection can also be increased by giving the characters sandwiches that can be purchased at Duel Academy's card shop. Everyone has different tastes, though all seven characters love the Golden Eggwich. Affection is measured via a heart meter.
Once six hearts are obtained, the character will offer to become your partner. Filling the meter completely to seven hearts will result in the character gifting the player with cards that are hard to acquire elsewhere. One may attempt to get as many characters to six hearts as possible, and it is possible to get all seven to full before ending part one.
Each Sunday, Tag Duels are held at the Academy's Duel field. Of the seven characters, the one you have the best affection level with will be you partner for those Duels. Should multiple characters be equal, the one with the higher in-game number will partner with you. Due to this, should all characters be equal, the partner will be Jaden by default, as he is listed as Duelist #1. The SAL lab is unlocked as an visitable area, and may use the "Card Conversion" and "Rental" machines to expand their collection of cards.
At the end of July, the Tag Force tournament is held, and with it begins the game's second part.
When beginning this part, one may select any character with enough affection to be a partner for the duration of the playthrough. The player and their partner start with 10 GX Medals, and must bet them in Tag Duels with other Duelists. Up to five medals may be wagered per Duel, but the opponent decides the number. One may obtain the medals in singles or Tag Duels. One must acquire ninety GX Medals to make it the final round of the tournament, which takes place in a newly-built tower near Duel Academy that resembles Alcatraz. Defeating the four tag teams in the tower completes the part, and the tournament is won.
The game's third part is a conflict against the Shadow Riders. Each of the seven of them has brainwashed another character and they will function as the Riders' partners against the player and their partner. Should one of the characters involved in these Duels already be the player's partner, the Duel against them is simply skipped. Defeating all seven Shadow Riders forces the player into a Duel against their leader, Kagemaru. The player must Duel him twice in a row, in singles match. Defeating him ends the game. Once its been completed, one may select any of the game's Duelable characters as a partner after fulfilling certain conditions and several additional characters can also be unlocked.
Despite being a silent protagonist, various attributes of the player character's personality are alluded to by other characters in both the Tag Force series and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival. The player character is often described as a fiercely competitive Duelist to the extent that Reginald Kastle ended up in hospital simply after Dueling him in the World Duel Carnival finals. The player character has also shown to be very loyal, never ceasing to side with their partner regardless of who they are or what they intend to do, which has earned the respect of hero and villain alike. Due to the character's inability to speak, he is sometimes misunderstood, such as in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival where Yuma Tsukumo mistakenly believed him to be capable of destroying the world with the power of his hat.
The player begins each game with a number of pre-built Decks, and from Tag Force 2 onwards, they also come with specific cards set as Destiny Draws. Players are always allowed to edit their Decks in any way and to save their Deck Recipes.
Tag Force 2
Tag Force 3
The player begins the game with a Warrior Deck. Gillian also uses a copy of this Deck as his first Deck.
Tag Force 4
The player starts with a WATER Deck, seemingly assembled from cards picked up from various locations around New Domino city, as shown in the prologue.
Tag Force 5
Starting Deck 1 ★3
Starting Deck 2 ★7
Tag Force 6
Starter Deck 1 ★4
Starter Deck 2 ★3
Starter Deck 3 ★2
Tag Force Special
Starter Deck 1
Starter Deck 2
Starter Deck 3
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- In all incarnations, the player character's complete face has never been seen, though multiple angles of his head with hat on have been documented.
- In Tag Force 2, from conversations, it can be inferred that the player is a late riser, much later than even Jaden.
- Starting from Tag Force 4, the player character has gained a small silver earring on his right ear.
- In the player character's room in Tag Force 4-6, on a coat rack nearby the door, his baseball cap from the first three series (Tag Force 1-3) can be seen.
- His new baseball cap now bears the 5D's version of the KaibaCorp. Logo.
- In Dark Signer Kalin Kessler's storyline (Tag Force 4), it's revealed that the character was a member of The Enforcers along with Yusei, Jack, Crow and the leader Kalin.
- In Yusei Fudo's Marker-less storyline (Tag Force 4), Rally mentions that the player has, at one point, owned a Duel Runner that is so loud and fast, it had scared a young girl by roaring past her at top speed.
- In Luna's storyline (Tag Force 4), Luna berates the player character for trying to put on a shirt while still wearing his hat.
- In her Tag Force 5 storyline, the player character is revealed to also able to hear duel spirits, though not as passively as Luna (as the duel spirit in question was specifically trying to call him).
- In Tag Force 5, the various non-canon characters' photos reveal that the player character has chunky, nape-length dark brown hair.
- Primo's storyline reveals that the player character is actually a Duel Robot from his time and is the prototype of the Ghosts. This would explain why he hasn't physically aged between the GX timeline and the 5Ds timeline.
- In Tag Force 4 and 6, the player has a gold Duel Disk.
- In World Duel Carnival it is revealed that the player character can see Astral.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc V Tag Force Special, the character is revealed to have left his hat with Yusei Fudo as a memento of their memories together.
- In "World Duel Carnival" Yuma Tsukumo mistakenly believed the player's Hat to be capable of destroying the world.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc V Tag Force Special, the player character mysteriously disappears following a duel with Yuzu Hiragi against Yuya Sakaki and Yuto leaving their fate unknown.