If you watched Yu-Gi-Oh! as a child, you were immediately drawn into the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX when it aired back in 2004.
Sixteen years later, we’ve decided to put together a little top 10 list for our favorite characters from the series.
Best Yugioh Gx Characters
Also known as Judai Yuki in the Japanese version of the anime, Jaden is the star of the show in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.
We first meet Jaden as he’s running towards his exam test at Duel Academy, and he bumps into who we assume is an aged-up version of Yugi Moto. Yugi gives Jaden a Winged Kuriboh card, telling him that he feels that the card belongs to him.
Jaden is happy-go-lucky throughout the entire series. He duels with the same kind of passion that viewers remembered from Yugi and is as defensive about his friends as the first Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonist was.
However, Jaden’s story does follow a darker path in later episodes, and his character goes through a lot of development.
Unlike the other professors at the Duel Academy, he seemed to really like his Slifer Red students and was often seen talking to them.
He’s a supporting character for a while until we’re introduced to the storyline that he’s the antagonist for that season.
He’s an alchemist with an unhealthy obsession over the Philosopher’s Stone.
His journey led him to a tome where he discovered the Ancient Beasts’ tablets, and he was stuck with a curse.
To buy himself time when his body began to fail, he joined the Shadow Riders, the first big enemies of the show.
When he is later defeated by Jaden, his body dissolves, and his soul lives on in the body of his cat.
Jesse and Jaden have the biggest bromance of the series. They’re essentially the same person, both with a deep love of dueling and the ability to see duel monster spirits.
He’s as energetic as Jaden, and they become very fast friends. His crystal beasts are a huge part of the series, and they give Jesse as unique a dueling style as Jaden and his elemental hero cards.
Jesse’s disappearance in the series is the reason that Jaden starts falling into the darkness when trying to find and rescue him.
Jaden essentially becomes the Supreme King because he feels that he can’t save Jesse by himself.
Yubel comes off as an enemy for a large part of her storyline, until her past with Jaden is revealed.
Her card belonged to Jaden when he was a child, but after a few concerning events, she was sent away, and Jaden forgot about her.
She’s the one who holds Jesse hostage and possesses him in order to get to Jaden.
Her time away, which she spent alone in space, caused her to become insane and have a warped view of the world. Yubel later fuses with Jaden, and he gains some of her powers.
One of three brothers that want to take over the big three world industries, Chazz, is rich, arrogant, and one of Jaden’s main rivals.
The rivalry between Chazz and Jaden echoes the rivalry that Kaiba and Yugi had in the first Yu-Gi-Oh! series.
He’s a bit of a threat during his time at the North Academy, known for their tough and hardened duelists.
But after that part of the series is over and the Ojama monster spirits continuously bug him, Chazz becomes a more comical character.
The first mercenary-style character of the series, Axel, walks around like he’s just come back from the longest battle of his life and can’t let go of it. He’s treated a bit like a soldier by Viper, another of the antagonists of the show.
After Viper throws him in a prison because he feels that Axel is no longer useful, he escapes and joins Jaden’s side.
Axel’s duel disk resembles a gun, which can fire his cards. Why this was a function he felt he needed, we don’t know, but he does use it during the anime series.
Hassleberry is every dinosaur trope come to life. After losing to Jaden, he moves into the Slifer Red dorm rooms, despite being in Ra Yellow.
Everyone calls him by his last name, and he often says “Sam Hill” when surprised or angry, instead of saying “Sam Hell” or another curse word.
The bone fragment of a dinosaur fossil was used to replace part of the bone in his leg that he damaged in an archaeological dig.
Hassleberry believes that Jaden helped awaken the dinosaur DNA within him, which helped prevent him from being affected by the Society of Light later in the series.
The typical cool-kid of the show, Zane is quickly taken down a peg or two and teaches a valuable life lesson to viewers.
He starts off the show being arrogant and egotistical, but this changes in subtle ways throughout the show, and we leave with a Zane who is as dedicated to those he loves as other main characters of the anime are.
He’s also one of the edgiest characters of the series until Jaden goes through his Supreme King phase. If you’re looking for a tall, dark, brooding duelist to relate to, Zane Truesdale is your man.
Alexis is a very strong female protagonist, which isn’t something that the Yu-Gi-Oh! Franchise is known for putting out.
She’s shown as being aloof and uncaring at the beginning of the series but shows an interest in Jaden for his dueling skills; despite Jaden being in Slifer Red.
Even though Alexis and Jaden had chemistry on-screen, their relationship was never forced to evolve beyond being schoolmates and friends that had each other’s backs.
She wasn’t afraid to stand up for what was right and showed emotional vulnerability without seeming weak.
When it comes down to it, Professor Crowler did care about his students – but that’s not the reason he’s on this list.
His interactions with Jaden are comedy gold throughout the whole series, and it takes a particular type of teacher to hold a grudge against a student for four years.
That grudge, we remind you, was because Jaden showed up late to his exam and then beat Crowler with very little effort.
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