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Kite Tenjo, known as Kaito Tenjo ( (てん) (じょう) カイト, Tenjō Kaito) in the manga and Japanese version, is the son of Dr. Faker, a Number Hunter, and one of the main characters who was gathering "Numbers" for his father in order to help his formerly sick brother, Hart Tenjo, in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL. Assisted by a robot named Orbital 7, Kite was the most direct adversary of the first three arcs, but his "Numbers" are now in the possession of Yuma Tsukumo and Astral.

When Hart was cured, he became friends with Yuma and Astral and cooperated with them in the Interdimensional War between the Astral World and Barian World, becoming directly involved with the Legend of the Dragons of Light and Time. After defeating Mizar on the Moon, Kite deems Mizar the true Dragon Tamer and entrusts him to complete his quest after succumbing to the vacuum of space and dying (more subtle in the dub, but implied once his ghost appears). He was later revived by the power of the Numeron Code after Yuma's and Astral's final Duel.

An alternate universe version of Kite appears in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.[7][8]




Full body view of Kite in "Photon Mode".

Kite has light blue-grey eyes, pale skin and blonde hair that is curled up in a point with a dark green spiked front, also featuring dark green bangs. His attire includes a black trench coat with a high collar over a grey shirt, a finger-less black glove on his right hand, and white pants with black boots. He also has a belt with two purple deck boxes for his cards. In the past, Kite's attire included a pink shirt, brown pants and braces fitted around his belt.

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Kite's Lineart.

When Kite Duels, his black outfit converts to white through a process called "Photon Transformation", additionally, once his Duel Gazer tattoo appears, it changes the color of his left eye from blue-grey to red. When he uses a "Photon" card while in "Photon Mode", his body lights up. It is later shown that this transformation physically and mentally drains Kite, eventually hurting him when it is used.

Unlike any other regular D-Pad version of a Duel Disk (that had been seen up until that point), Kite's disk is a blue and single-bladed disk that curves outside. He can Duel without a Duel Gazer; however, his left eye turns red and several marks resembling a Duel Gazer are seen when he Duels. He can also do this independently of Photon Transformation for when he is a spectator.


Kite initially carried a pious and self-righteous demeanor as he aims to crush any opponent with a religious fervor in his duels. He also shares a brotherly bond with Hart similar to that of Seto Kaiba when it comes to protecting his younger brother, who is his "everything", from any danger.[9] Kite clearly cares more about Hart's safety than his own, as he keeps using the Photon Transformation to hunt "Numbers" not caring that it damages his body and constantly ignores Orbital 7's warnings because he needs the "Numbers" to heal Hart.[10]

Because of Hart's condition supposedly being caused by the "Number" cards, Kite Duels and acts ruthlessly when it comes to facing those whose possess such cards. He announces his arrival by whistling which tends to frighten the person he is about to Duel.[1] Before Kite Duels, he would always say his usual phrase, "Allow me to collect your "Numbers" along with your souls", and when he takes the "Number", he says "Numbers hunting complete". Kite is opposed to inflicting fear on his opponent, calling it an excessive and despicable thing to do.[3] He is however not above using the fear his opponents already have to make them doubt themselves as seen with Astral when he could have Summoned "Number 39: Utopia" against Kite, but the fear of "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" prevented him from thinking clearly.[11] He considers his hunting to be a job he has to do, not one he wants to do.[3] During the World Duel Carnival Finals, Vetrix notes he began his hunt with the ambition to cure his brother, but began reveling in stealing souls as a Numbers Hunter, shown most clearly when he steals two souls at once with a smile on his face[12], and his intent to take Quattro's.[2]

Kite doesn't trust and shows hatred towards Dr. Faker and Mr. Heartland, and tends to hide secrets from them. Whenever he speaks with Heartland, he tends to glare at him. He also accuses Dr. Faker of hiding the truth from him about the "Numbers", and only hunts them in order to heal Hart.[13] He also didn't tell them about his plan to find the origin of the "Numbers"[14], or about Yuma and Astral, and lied to Mr. Heartland when he asked about that day.[12] Besides Hart, Kite shows little compassion towards others, such as Nistro and Dextra. Kite has little interest in Nistro's one-sided rivalry, and told him if he gets in his way, Kite will consider Nistro an enemy[15]. Kite shows little consideration to Dextra, once told Dextra not to concern herself with him when they were young[16] or when she sacrificed herself for him, he bluntly claimed he doesn't care about anyone besides Hart.[5]

In the beginning, Kite despises those wielding the "Numbers" due to Hart's condition and the lies told to him by Mr. Heartland and his father as well. However, during the Duel against his own father, Kite found that his reasons for hunting the Numbers were all a lie, his perception of those using such cards was wrong as he states that all those he hunted were innocent souls.[17] After Hart was cured and having reconciled with his father, Kite shows a much lighter disposition, but remains feeling guilty about the actions he committed when he collected the "Numbers".[18] Although Yuma convinced him to move on, Kite admitted to Fender's Barian-brainwashed gang that his soul is still "guilty".[19]

The difference between the anime and manga version of the character is how they view their ace card, "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon": In the anime, especially episode 106, Kite makes it clear that his dragon is an inseparable part of his identity as a dragon tamer, and that he himself is part of his "Galaxy-Eyes", therefore refusing to destroy it.[20] In the manga, Kaito makes it clear that if his "Galaxy-Eyes" won't be at his side, he will destroy it without a second thought (saying it will humiliate itself at the hand of someone else) after it was taken by Hishakaku, Summoning "Galaxy Dragun" to take it down mercilessly with the intention of ending the Duel.[21]


In the Japanese version, Kite whistles a heavenly song, which can relate to how Kite sees himself as "the light that illuminates the darkness stagnating in the hearts of humanity", descending upon the wicked and delivering judgment. The actual tune of Kite's whistle is called "Haruto Tenjo's Theme", which is also featured in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Sound Duel 1.

In the dubbed version, the song he whistles is more of a Western theme, like a cowboy does when he is about to Duel, which may be a reference to Kalin Kessler.

Kite exhibits some level of religious affiliation in the Japanese version. When striking a finishing move against opponents, he asks them if they are "ready for [their] confession". When he showed a level of guilt over his "Number Hunting", Kite referred to his soul as being stained and having resigned himself to hell one day.[19]


An alternate rendering of his Japanese name, "Kaitou", can be translated as "Phantom Thief", referring to his taking of the "Number" cards with his Photon Hand ability. His family name, "Tenjou", uses the Kanji for "Heaven Castle". The ''Heaven'' in his last name can refrences his Photon deck being LIGHT and the Astral World being heaven in the Zexal universe in where his dragon came from.

"Kaito" is the Japanese pronunciation of the English word "Kite"; and given it is written in Katakana instead of Kanji, it can thus be correctly translated as either "Kaito" or "Kite".


Kite with Hart's powers

Kite obtains some of Hart's powers.

After he wins a Duel with a "Number" user, Kite uses his "Photon Hand" which enables him to extract the "Number" card from their users, though the process also steals their soul. Having lost their souls in this process, the original holders of each "Number" card ages dramatically.[1] Kite possesses a "Duel Anchor", which he uses to prevent a "Number" user from running away, until the Duel is over. Both of these abilities are technological in origin and were provided by Dr. Faker. His Deck comes from the same source.[1]

During the Duel against Trey and Quattro, Hart transferred the remainder of his Barian powers that Vetrix had not already absorbed to Kite. This caused Kite to acquire a red aura while using them, as well as being able to Summon "Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon".[15] He is later able to call upon the power of the Astral World to evolve his dragon into a Number, gaining a blue aura while doing so. After gaining Hart's power, he is able to see Astral.[10]

He is also able to read the alternate language the "Numbers" are written in, which only Astral and those possessed by "Numbers" can read. Kite's robot, Orbital 7, possesses other abilities which aids him in his hunt for the "Numbers".

When Kite summons any of his "Galaxy-Eyes" dragons, It manifests as a different weapon (A shuriken, a spear, or a sword) which he either throws into the air, the Overlay Network, or ground respectively, depending on which version of the "Galaxy-Eyes" he is going to play.[22][23][24]



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Kite and Hart in the past.

In the past, Kite lived with his brother Hart and Orbital 7 in a small, wooden villa where they would play all day while Hart drank his favorite drink, hot chocolate.[13][23] Kite and Hart eventually moved into the facility owned by their father, Dr. Faker, which was located in Heartland. There he met Chris Arclight, who was reminded of his own brothers by Kite. Kite revealed he wanted power to protect Hart and Chris taught him how to play Duel Monsters in order to suit that purpose. Chris eventually left after learning the truth about what really happened to his father, Byron Arclight, and Kite was very upset when Chris left. Faker gave Kite a card, called "Message in a Bottle" when he was a child.[9]

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Kite tested alongside Dextra and Nistro.

Years later, Mr. Heartland tested Kite alongside Nistro, Dextra and some other young Duelists to determine who the elite Duelist of that generation would be. They fought a Duel Robot, which Heartland cranked up to maximum level. The robot physically assaulted them, throwing Nistro against the wall. When the robot attempted to do the same to Dextra, Kite intercepted it, destroying it with his "Daybreaker", but having his face cut in the process. He told Dextra not to concern herself with him, or she was would lose herself. Sometime later, Kite showed Hart a butterfly, with Dextra secretly watching on nearby.[16]

One day, Mr. Heartland took Hart away by force and told Kite that he will never see Hart again unless he serves Dr. Faker. Kite became angry and tried to punch Mr. Heartland, but it was in fact only a hologram.[23] Some time later, his brother was acting very strange, Mr. Heartland informed Kite that he could only be cured if they obtained all of the "Numbers" cards. Using Heartland Tower as a base, they find and defeat the holders of the "Numbers". Using his Photon Hand ability, he stole the souls of the original owners, leaving them catatonic in the process. He wielded the "Numbers" himself to aide him in collecting more of them.[1]

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Kite caught by Heartland police.

During one night in Heartland, Kite tried to escape with his little brother. As they were hiding from Heartland police, knowing that Hart's powers would appear due to him being stressed, Kite gave him his favorite candy, caramel, to calm him down. However, they were found soon by the police and Mr. Heartland, Kite was subdued by the police while Hart was taken away from him. [25] By this point, Kite had rendered at least four people catatonic with Photon Hand[26] and obtained ten "Numbers".[1]

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL[]

Pre-World Duel Carnival[]

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Kite arrives at the mall.

When a thug was threatening people at a mall Kite watched from the roof of another building before entering the mall. He arrived with Orbital 7, and quickly defeated the criminal, capturing his "Number," the eleventh "Number" that Kite had acquired. Kite was feeling guilty about stealing the souls of the holders, but Mr. Heartland informed him that they had no choice, as all "Number" holders are evil (when in reality they are just victims of their card's influence). He then visited his brother Hart, asking him how he was doing and tried to cheer him up, but failed. Shortly after, he found Yuma Tsukumo, who became his next target.[1]


Kite's first Duel against Yuma.

During the Duel he easily outmatched Yuma with two "Numbers" and his true ace monster, "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon". When he saw Yuma using two "Numbers" as well, he claimed he is also a Number Hunter and looked quite pleased to have a rival. Just before he would have won the Duel, Orbital 7 showed him a hologram that Hart had collapsed. Therefore he stopped the Duel and went to help his brother. Before he left he revealed his name and told Yuma to remember it.[3]

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Fortuno meets the real Kite.

When Fortuno confronted Yuma while claiming to be Kite's servant, it appeared Kite watched.[26] This however, wasn't the real Kite. It was revealed that the Kite that was watching the Duels was only a statue as Cathy broke it. After Fortuno lost to Yuma, he was shown to have another "Number", but the real Kite appeared, and Fortuno begged him to be his servant, proving that he was also lying about that. Kite instead defeated him and took his third "Number", along with his soul.[27]

While looking after Hart, Kite complained that Hart shouldn't continue using his powers, as he could collapse again, but Hart said he wanted to continue using it as he was doing something good for the world. Mr. Heartland suggested Kite to hurry up and finish hunting the "Numbers" so that Hart can be healed. Kite suspected that Dr. Faker is not telling the truth about the "Numbers", so he ordered Orbital 7 to find the origin of the "Numbers". Orbital found that the Emperor's Key could be it.[13]


Shark vs. Kite

He sent Orbital to obtain it and it was found in the locker room of Heartland Academy, as Yuma had taken it for swim class. Shark tried to protect the Key and as a result, he and Kite Dueled. During the Duel, he allowed Shark to take his "Number 30: Acid Golem of Destruction", which inflicted damage to its controller. As a result, he won the Duel quickly. When he took Shark's soul and tried compressing a "Number" card out of it, he noticed that the soul didn't contain a "Number" card and absorbed it. He was unable to confront Yuma because Orbital 7 notified that Photon Transformation had already used 85% of its power and, therefore, there wasn't much left. He then took The Emperor's Key and flew off.[13]

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Kite and Orbital open the doorway into Yuma's key.

While analyzing the Emperor's Key back at his laboratory, Orbital 7 said that nothing from this world would react to it, so Kite suggested they use the Baria Crystal, which comes from another world. This allowed Kite to enter entered the dimension inside the Emperor's Key, where he confronted Astral, who is visible to Kite. Astral asked why Kite was after "Numbers", Kite doesn't tell him his real reason and only mentioned that he want to know about "Numbers", the Astral World, and the Barian World. Kite then proceeded to Duel Astral with all of their "Numbers" on the line.[14]


Astral vs. Kite

Kite quickly overpowered Astral and threatened him with "Galaxy-Eyes". When Astral was ready to give up, Yuma appeared with the ZEXAL power, which he uses to combine himself and Astral, shocking Kite. Yuma and Astral were able to use this new power to defeat "Galaxy-Eyes", so Kite was forced to use "Photon Shock" to end the Duel in a DRAW. Yuma asked Kite why he hunts "Numbers", Kite answered that he sold his soul to the devil for Hart's sake. Then, he returned Shark's soul and escaped once again.[11]

Some time later, he was seen watching over his brother who was sleeping. When the three suns appeared and time stopped, he entered his Photon mode and traced Yuma's memories of "Numbers" with Orbital 7. Kite later met up with Yuma and subsequently told him that they would meet again in the World Duel Carnival.[28]

World Duel Carnival Preliminaries[]


Kite steals two souls simultaneously.

Before the World Duel Carnival started, Mr. Heartland summoned Kite to watch all the people coming to the tournament. During that time, Kite helped Yuma enter the tournament with the intention of settling his Duel against Astral.[12] During the opening day of the tournament, Kite continued collecting the "Numbers", even taking on two "Number" holders at once in a two-vs-one Duel.[29] After Cameron Clix caused a giant plane engine to be destroyed, Kite with the assistance of Orbital 7 flew onto the plane, and managed to crashland it onto a highway, saving hundreds of lives in the process. Seeing this, Yuma thanked Kite, but in actual fact Kite was doing it for his own needs as if the plane had crashed and killed all of the passengers, the World Duel Carnival would have been cancelled due to the event causing mass panic within the city. He then flies off again, leaving Yuma confused.[30]

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Yuma and Kite vs. Trey and Quattro.

When Kite learned that Hart had escaped from Heartland, Kite panicked and frantically tried to find his little brother. Unbeknownst to him, Hart was kidnapped by Quinton.[25] Kite and Yuma teamed up to break into an abandoned gallery, to rescue him from Vetrix, whom begins a ritual to extract his powers and memories. Upon arriving, they began a Tag Duel against Trey and Quattro.[31] On his first move, he played "Photon World", not caring if Yuma was hurt or not by it. Although Yuma tried to reason with him, he refused to listen and fought on his own. After Quattro provoked Kite, he in a rage, Summons "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" just to attack Quattro's "Number", but he falls into their trap, which allows Trey to activate "Stonehenge Shield", rendering "Galaxy-Eyes" powerless and inflicting damage with "Number 33: Chronomaly Machu Mech".[22]


Kite is surprised as Yuma continues to protect him.

Yuma saved Kite from the damage, but Trey and Quattro continued to target him and Yuma continued to protect him at the expense of his own Life Points. However, after Quattro brought out "Number 40: Gimmick Puppet of Strings" and attacks Kite with it, he is on the verge of defeat with a mere 100 Life Points and seemingly given up. With some words from Yuma and remembering something from his past, he decides to fight to the very end. Hart then transferred his remaining power to his brother, forcing the ritual to end, and leaving Vetrix only some of the powers and memories he had intended to steal. This allowed Kite to obtain a new power from the bond with his brother and, using Yuma's monsters to Tribute Summon "Photon Caesar", he overlays it and "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" to Xyz Summon "Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon". With it, Kite defeats both Trey and Quattro in one turn.[23]

After the Duel, he attempted to take Quattro's soul, but his crest protected him and knocked Kite back. After Quinton returns an comatose Hart, Kite was devastated, thinking he did this to him. Later, Kite is seen trying to get past Nistro, but is unable to because Dr. Faker was in a meeting with Mr. Heartland. Just as Kite was about to try rushing in, Dextra told him that there was nothing he could do right now, even if he was by Hart's side.[32]

World Duel Carnival Finals[]


Kite confronts his former mentor, Quinton.

As the World Duel Carnival finals began, Photon Transformation had taken a heavy toll on Kite's body and tests that were ran by Orbital 7 revealed that if Kite continued the way he was going, he would die. When asked about his status by Mr. Heartland, Kite told him he was fine. Heartland told him he does have expectations that Kite will gather "Numbers" in the finals. Kite responded that that's fine, as long as Heartland keeps his promise to heal Hart. Heartland told him not to worry about that and instructed him to attend the finals party to scope out his opponent's "Numbers". At the party, Kite confronted his former teacher, Chris, now known as Quinton. He asked Quinton for the reasoning behind why he and his family had done what they did to Hart. Quinton responded that they only do what Vetrix tells them and Kite cannot hope to defeat them in his current state. Later, Dextra approached Kite with concern, telling him she knows that he needs to collect the "Numbers" for Hart, but urged him to stop Dueling and drop from the finals, which he refused. Yuma found Kite on his way out of the party and asked how Hart was. Kite told him not to concern himself with that and focus on the confrontation the two will surely have in the finals. Yuma agreed to that, but Kite then told him that it's not Yuma he's looking forward to defeating - it is Astral.[10]


Dextra intercepts Kite, blocking him from Vetrix.

During the opening ceremonies of the finals, Kite exchanged glances with Quinton, and told Orbital 7 to freeze time in order to scan for "Numbers" in the Duel Coaster Stadium. He then jumped into his cart and sped off of on the Duel Coaster with the other finalists, leaving Yuma behind.[33] Kite defeated another finalist with his "Reverse Buster", saying he has no time to deal with people who do not possess "Numbers", while Dextra whispered for him not to push himself.[34] Kite entered the underground section of the Duel Coaster, pursuing Vetrix and Quinton. He noticed odd behavior from Vetrix's coaster and asked Orbital 7 to investigate. Orbital discovered that Vetrix's movements had become erratic because he was avoiding Trap Cards another Duelist had Set - and all of those cards had "Butterfly" in their name. Kite realized it was Dextra who then blocked him from facing Vetrix. She claimed she wished to face Vetrix for Mr. Heartland. Kite told her not to get involved, but Dextra threatened him with "Butterfly Ballet", causing Kite to subconsciously switch lanes.[4]

Kite is then drawn toward the Space Duel Field, "Space Field" to Duel Quinton. During the first turn, Quinton managed to Summon his "Number 9: Dyson Sphere", which Kite attacked, not knowing what it truly is. When Yuma and Tori arrived with Orbital 7, Yuma informed him that Dextra sacrificed herself in an attempt to defeat Vetrix, but he responded that he didn't care. Even after hearing Dr. Faker's history with Vetrix and Kazuma Tsukumo, Kite said that he only cares about Hart, and continues the Duel by bringing out "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon", but is unable to attack due to the effects of "Dyson Sphere".[5] Quinton reduced Kite to a mere 100 Life Points with "Dyson Sphere", and then told Kite his family has thrown away their own name for revenge. He wished to save his father, but his heart was already filled with revenge when he returned. Kite told him that was wrong - he fights to oppose his own parent, Faker. Quinton was surprised at how strong Kite had become, and Kite told him he would inherit Quinton's feelings and settle things with Vetrix for him. Bringing out "Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" with the aide of the card Faker had give him, "Message in a Bottle", Kite defeated Quinton. Quinton left through a portal, leaving "Dyson Sphere" behind for Kite, and after a brief conversation with Yuma, Kite departed with Orbital 7.[9]


Kite vs. Vetrix

During the semifinals, Kite speaks to a comatose Hart and tells him he's leaving for the semifinals now and promises to defeat the remaining two Duelists to save Hart, even though his "Photon Transformation" is already damaging his body. Before proceeding to Duel Vetrix at the Duel Tower in the semifinals, Kite was greeted in the hallway by Yuma, and told him and Astral that he would meet them in the finals. The Duel began and Vetrix revealed an AR mask identical to Hart's face. Due to the connection forged between Vetrix and Hart during the ritual, Vetrix could inflict pain on Hart by hurting himself. Kite attempted to leave to help Hart, but Vetrix snared him with a Duel Anchor. Yuma and Orbital 7 departed for Heartland Tower in Kite's place. Continuing the Duel, Kite matched Vetrix's "Number 8: Heraldic King Genom-Heritage" with his own "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon".

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Kite's Numbers are taken by Vetrix.

Vetrix accused him of enjoying his actions as a Numbers Hunter, which Kite fiercely denied and justified it was only to cure Hart.[2] Yuma and Orbital reached Hart, and Yuma and Astral entered Hart's consciousness. There, Vetrix appeared to them in the form of the dragon, which Yuma slew with "Number 39: Utopia", severed the connection between Vetrix and Hart. Kite continued an aggressive strategy, bringing out "Neo Galaxy-Eyes". Though he nearly defeated Vetrix, the latter brought out "Number 69: Heraldry Crest", which absorbed the effects of "Neo Galaxy-Eyes" and defeated Kite. He was saved from further physical harm by Hart, who projected a shield to defend him. Vetrix used his crest to take Kite's "Numbers"[35], as well as his soul, leaving Kite in a comatose state and being looked after by Orbital.[36]

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Kite battling the Litterbots.

After Vetrix lost to Yuma, he released the souls of those he has captured, resulting in Kite awakening from his coma.[37] Finding Hart's room empty, Kite rushed towards the basement of Heartland Tower, knowing that Hart was in trouble when his "Neo Galaxy-Eyes" card began to glow. Due to the Sphere Field entering the tower, it began to collapse and Kite was trapped under fallen rubble. He was found by Tori, who was unable to get him out even with Orbital 7's help. When Shark arrived looking for Yuma, he agreed to help Kite out of the rubble. After some arguing, Tori convinced the two to work together to get to Yuma and Hart. When they reached the Sphere Field Cannon, Mr. Heartland, deployed an army of Litterbots to stop them. Orbital 7 destroyed several, enabling Kite, Shark and Tori to wield the litterbots weapons and destroy more. Orbital 7 finally shut down the reactor powering the litterbots, which interfered with the Sphere Field in the process. Astral released Yuma from the Sphere Field and he united with Shark and Kite to challenge Faker in order to save Hart and Astral.[38]

Faker immediately brought out what he called the strongest "Number", "Number 53: Heart-eartH". This card dominated the field and the trio barely survived via the effect of Shark's "Shield Fin". Each Duelist was able to bring out their ace card, and it appeared that "Galaxy-Eyes" had dealt the final blow. When the smoke cleared, a new "Number" stood in place of "Heart-eartH".[39] This new "Number", "Number 92: Heart-eartH Dragon" overpowered them once more. taking out the "Chaos Numbers" of both Yuma and Shark with ease. Yuma managed to defend their few remaining Life Points, while Shark left a trap that gave Kite that materials he needed to bring forth "Neo Galaxy-Eyes". It destroyed "Heart-eartH Dragon", causing damage to Faker's mechanical parts. Faker revealed the truth to Kite. Believing that Hart's illness was due to the existence of the Astral World, he made a deal with a being from the Barian World. Faker would collect the "Numbers" and Vector would save Hart. If Faker failed, Vector would take Hart for himself and use his powers to destroy the Astral World regardless. Not wanting to burden Kite with this knowledge, he never told him. Kite became a Numbers Hunter of his own volition, which Faker thanked him for. The Barian that Faker had made the deal with appeared at this point, possessing Faker and reviving "Heart-eartH Dragon". [17]


Kite catches Hart.

Wanting to help Kite and Yuma, Hart used his powers to lower the Sphere Field closer to the field, letting Yuma and Astral merge. They used "Neo Galaxy-Eyes" to help power up "Utopia Ray" and defeat the Barian. The Sphere Field Cannon began to explode, with Hart being lowered down to Kite slowly and Kite catch him and told him his nightmares gone now. With Heartland Tower crumbling, Kite somehow reactivated Orbital simply by telling him to get up, and ordered him to get Tori, Shark and Hart out of the area. Kite himself jumped down into the pit to try to save Faker, with Yuma joining him. He reached Faker, but the ledge beneath them collapsed. Kite deployed his Duel Anchor, which was caught by Yuma, who managed to keep them from falling. Vetrix emerged from a portal, looking like he was going to take his revenge on Faker. He launched his crest towards them and transported them out of the area, thus saving them. As Kite reconciled with his family, Yuma told Kite that as WDC Champion, he gets a wish granted - he wished for Kite to live happily with his family. Amused, Kite responded it that that was none of Yuma's business, but them Yuma revealed his true wish - to Duel Kite again. Kite accepted, wanting to finish his confrontation with both Yuma and Astral.[18]

While getting ready for his Duel, he thought about the fact that up until now, he had always fought as a Number Hunter for the sake of Hart, recalling the souls he has taken. When Hart came into his room, Kite smiles and promises he won't lose the Duel, but Hart can tell there's something wrong with his brother. Kite arrived to his meeting place by flying with Orbital 7 and signaled his arrival by whistling. As the Duel began, Kite Dueled seriously and managed to counter Yuma's moves and inflict damage, but lamented how Yuma loves Dueling and he never gives up. This saddened Kite, and he announced that he wanted to give up, hardly caring about it any more as he had lost his passion for Dueling since Hart is now cured. After Yuma and Astral did their best to encourage him to keep going, Kite reactivated his D-Pad and declared he'll open his own path and Duel for himself, continuing the Duel.[40] In the end, Kite defeated Yuma, with the help of both "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" and "Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" after countering Yuma's use of "Xyz Double Back" with his own copy. Afterwards, he helped Yuma to his feet as Yuma vowed to challenge him again someday. In response, Kite told Yuma he would always accept a Duel against him.[41]

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL II[]

Barian Invasion[]

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Kite vows to fight with Yuma against the Barian World.

Kite and Orbital 7 picked up signals indicating a gravitational disturbance near the harbor, which was Girag's appearance on Earth.[42] Kite rushed there using Orbital 7's motorcycle mode to intercept part of Fender's gang, while Shark arrived and intercepted another part of the gang. After Yuma defeated Fender, the two arrived to tell Fender of his gang's defeat and support Yuma in his fight against the Barian World.[19]

Sometime later, Kite and Orbital 7 learn about an "abnormal energy" similar to the Sphere Field was occurring outside the city, shocking him.[43] Kite and Orbital traveled there in glider mode, where they found Yuma too weak to continue his Duel with Mizar. Kite offered to take Yuma's place, keeping his current Life Point value of 2500, which Mizar agreed to, wanting to match their "Galaxy-Eyes" monsters against one-another.


"Neo Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon" is Summoned.

Kite battled Mizar's "Number 107: Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon" with his own "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon", but struggled to deal with its effects. He countered with "Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" and destroyed "Tachyon Dragon". Mizar revealed his Barian form and Summoned "Number C107: Neo Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon". Mizar canceled the Duel after this, as the power of his new monster threatened to destroy the Barian Sphere Cube. Before leaving, Mizar told Kite his name and his desire to control both "Galaxy-Eyes" monsters. Kite fell from the Sphere Field when it was disengaged, but was caught by Orbital. Kite then watched in horror as Yuma fell into a crevasse with Shark, who attempted to save him.[44]

In the aftermath his friends' surviving the fall, Kite spent his time in the lab in the partially rebuilt Heartland Tower, looking over the data about Mizar and " Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon" he gather from their Duel. Hart urged him to go the hospital to visit Yuma, although Kite didn't seem to hear him until Hart began to leave. Then Orbital 7 came in to remind Kite it was almost time for him to visit Yuma, which made Hart happy as Kite had planned to visit Yuma after all. Later, Kite witnessed the Duel between Shark and Yuma and was glad that Yuma's fighting spirit was revitalized.[45] Sometime later, Kite had ordered Orbital 7 to investigated the Barian and notice Orbital's odd behavior one day when checking on his progress, but let it slide. After Orbital returned from his Duel with Yuma, Kite was waiting for him and told him that his Dueling was still "soft" before leaving.[46]


Kite slaps Yuma.

After Ray Shadows is abducted to the Barian World by Vector, the Barian that had possessed Dr. Faker, Kite flew to the location where the Duel occurred only to find a distraught Yuma. After inquiring on what occurred, Yuma began to sob further, prompting Kite to slap him across the face out of annoyance, telling Yuma to calm down. He later invited Yuma and Shark to the semi-rebuilt Heartland Tower to discuss what happened. Yuma, wanting to save Ray, suggested they go to the Barian World, which Shark agreed to, but Kite informed them that they have no possible way to access it. Suddenly the tower began to shake, Orbital 7 appeared on a screen informing Kite that there was a distortion above the tower. Hearing this, the trio ran to the tower's summit, where they observed the Different Dimension Airship from the Emperor's Key landed. Astral then appeared, informing them that it would be able to transport them to the Barian World. Later that night, Kite informed Hart of his mission, bidding him farewell and promising to return soon. The next day, Kite along with Shark, Yuma, Astral and Yuma's friends climb aboard the ship and traveled through a dimensional portal only to be assaulted by an array of monsters. To protect the ship, Kite joined Yuma, Shark, Rio Kastle and Bronk Stone on the ship's exterior, Summoning their ace monsters to ward off the attacking monsters. They were pulled through another portal, this time arriving at "Sargasso the Different Dimension Battlefild", where Kite witnessed Vector taunt Yuma with Ray's corpse. He was then challenged by Mizar to a rematch, taking the first turn by Xyz Summoning "Starliege Lord Galaxion" only to be inflicted damage through the effect of the Field Spell Card that surrounded him and his friends.[47]

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Kite's second Duel with Mizar.

Although he was at an disadvantage, Kite remained confident and Summoned "Photon Dragon", taking more damage from "Sargasso". at the end of his turn. He noted right away when Mizar began Summoning monsters that he was bringing out Level 8 monsters, and his fears were justified when Mizar Summoned "Tachyon Dragon". He was quite surprised that Mizar chose to take the damage inflicted by "Sargasso" rather than avoid it with "Sargasso Lighthouse", but Mizar stated that he wanted to fight Kite equally as a "Galaxy-Eyes Master", something that pleased Kite. He also listened to Vector revealing that he was really "Ray" all along and boasting how it was so he could plan Yuma's downfall, which Kite showed visible disgust to.[48] As the Duel continued, Kite Summoned "Neo Photon", while Mizar responded by Summoning "Neo Tachyon" once more. When Yuma was blaming himself for putting his friends in danger, Kite told Yuma that he came on his own will and encouraged him to win his Duel, but was stunned when Yuma and Astral transformed into Dark ZEXAL.[49] After Yuma undid Dark ZEXAL, Kite helped inform Yuma of his status and paused his Duel with Mizar to watch Yuma and Vector's. When Mizar asked why Kite didn't seem concerned about Yuma, Kite said that he believes in Yuma as a Duelist. After the power surge of ZEXAL II caused "Sargasso" to self-destruct, Kite's Duel with Mizar was canceled, and he returned to Heartland with everyone else.[50]

Mythyrian Numbers War[]

Kite Saves Yuma

Kite saves Yuma.

After Orbital 7 detected a change in spatial mass, Kite flew to South America and wondered if the Barians were involved. He arrived at the deserted castle in time to rescue Yuma from falling into a pit, surprising him. Once everyone was safe, Kite was informed of the seven "Mythyrian Numbers" by Yuma.[51] The group then head to Spartan City, where Kite and friends went to see the Pro Duelist Spartancity Tournament and reunited with Nistro and Dextra. Kite told his former colleagues that he was happy about their careers to inspire children, comparing it to how he would Duel for Hart before. Kite and the group learned the tale of a warrior from the duo and deduced that "Number" was in the coliseum, which was under a lake. At night, Kite and the others were awoken by explosion coming from the ruins and rushed over there. When Yuma and Dextra began a Tag Duel against Alito, who brainwashed Nistro, Kite watched the Duel alongside Shark and Rio Kastle.[52] During the Duel, Kite was confident in Yuma's and Dextra's Dueling skills, despite their situation; unlike the Kastle twins, Kite had a better understanding about the way Dextra and Nistro behaved, which he explained to the siblings. After the Duel ended, Kite and the others returned to the airship the next day and listened to Tori and Orbital 7 complaining to Rio about being left behind.[53]

Draggluong summoned

Kite faces "Dragluon".

On the way to the next location, Kite waited outside of the airship when "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" was resonating with something. Upon arriving in an mountain range, Kite went with Yuma and Shark to climb a mountain to reach the ruins. While struggling to climb, the trio heard a dragon's roar that caused Kite's "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" to be excited and went out of Kite's control for a moment. The mountain then started to tremble sightly, causing rocks to down, making Kite lose his grip and nearly falling, but was saved by Yuma. When they came to the Number ruins, they met Jinlon, a Number Guardian who was very interested in Kite as he saw him as the Dragon Tamer. Jinlon mentioned that Kite was similar to "someone" who fought dragons and lived inside the palace long ago. This sparked Astral to ask Jinlon about Mizar, revealing to Kite and the others that the Barian were humans once, much to their surprise. Believing it was his destiny as a dragon master, Kite challenged Jinlon, putting his "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" for his "Number" up for stake. Before they started, Kite asked if Jinlon Dueled with Mizar and if Mizar won or not, but Jinlon didn't answer.


Jinlon tells Kite of Astral's legend.

Although Jinlon used "Number 46: Dragluon" as a means to Summon more powerful Dragons, Kite quickly overcome this strategy using "Book of Moon". Jinlon praised the young man, commenting how much Kite was like Mizar, but Kite angrily stated that he was nothing like Mizar. Kite was then was pushed into a corner when Jinlon brought out "Soul Drain Dragon", whose ATK was boosted to 8000.[54] Kite was able to get himself out of the dilemma and was ultimately able to defeat Jinlon. Jinlon then acknowledged Kite as a Dragon master and told him the legend about Mizar. He also told Kite was that he different from Mizar because he has the power to never give up on destiny regardless of desperate circumstances. Suddenly, Mizar arrived and challenged Kite to settle things, but the force of the "Neo Galaxy-Eyes" monsters began to destroy the ruins and Mizar retreated. Kite and his friends ended up on a mountain peak after the Number ruins vanished. Kite continued to listen to Jinlon explaining how when people searching for "Numbers" come to the ruins, huge changes will occur in the world and about the "two lights" battling in the sky long ago. Jinlon told that's was the reason he was testing Kite so he could lead this world on the right path and prevent any wars that will lead the world to destruction.[20]

Kite and Orbital 7 flies around Heartland as were abnormal phenomenons occurring all across the city

Kite and Orbital 7 search Heartland where phenomenons are occurring

When Yuma and the others were setting off to the last ruins, Yuma mention that Kite wouldn't join them this time because he was looking into some things.[20] Sometime later, Kite and Orbital 7 flew around Heartland as abnormal phenomenons occurred all across the city. He spotted Yuma and his friends being transported by Number 96 to another location and flown just in time to go along. Kite and the group listened to Number 96's goal of destroying all three worlds and observed Yuma Dueling against Number 96.[55] As events came to a climax, they witnessed Astral destroying Number 96 and forced to parted ways with a tearful Yuma. Kite and the others were transported back to Heartland and stood silently as a heartbroken Yuma cried for his lost friend.[56]

Kite Revels Asrite

Kite holding the coin that contains Astralite

At some point after meeting Jinlon, Kite returned to the ruins and located a tablet detailing a legend regarding the "Galaxy-Eyes" dragons. He detailed the legend to Quinton, informing it said that if the two dragons fought at the place of their birth, the true eyes of the galaxy would awaken and the winner would open the gates to a new world. He determined the birthplace was the moon and that the legend is related to the Numeron Code.[57]

In a arctic area, Kite worked together with Quinton to build a Interdimensional Teleporter to go to the Astral World to find Astral. As they made progress, Quinton thanked Kite for his efforts and told him that the experiment was extremely dangerous and they could not let Yuma be aware of it. However, Kite secretly went to get Yuma and heard the boy proclaiming that he would search for Astral forever until he finds him. Kite commended Yuma on his resolve and takes him onto a plane to the lab site. He summarized that they need to find Numeron Code if they ever wish to save their world and Astral World from the Barians. Kite explained to Yuma that he and Quinton found a a way to world to Astral World using the King's Coins, which he stole from Yuma. As Kite tells Yuma about the Astralite that the coins are made of and the device, he got bitten by a mosquito, but shrugged it off seconds later. At the lab site, Kite argued with Quinton about how he wouldn't "coddle" Yuma like him, even though he knows the dangers that Yuma would face. He stated that the coins are a message from Kazuma Tsukumo to summon Yuma to Astral World and convinced Quinton to let the boy go. After Scritch caused a blackout, Kite ordered Orbital to charge the device with his Baria Crystal as he and Quinton Duel Scritch to protect Yuma.[58] The poison Kite received from the mosquito bite begins to take effect and caused him to hallucinate, making him see Quinton as Scritch and vice versa, causing him to attack Quinton and protect Scritch instead. However, Quinton was able to awaken Kite's survival instincts and successfully made Kite fight the poison off. Together they power up "Galaxy Eyes" and win the Duel. Afterwards, the teleporter is successfully activated and Kite bid Yuma farewell as he was sent to the Astral World.[59]

After Yuma left, Kite and the others stayed to monitor the portal[60][60], but Orbital suddenly told them that the portal was discharged large amounts of energy. This caused Kite to worry that the portal would break down and Yuma would be trapped in the Astral World.[61] As the energy continued to overload the device, Kite and the others was forced to evacuated the laboratory before it explodes.[62]

Kite Falls

Kite collapses.

Kite and the others returned to Heartland, meeting up with Quinton's brothers and Yuma's friends to tell them what what happened with Yuma. Suddenly, Mr. Heartland appeared before them and revealed that he intended to use the energy from the Fake Numbers to merge the Barian World with the Human World; he realized the Barian World would be able to attack Astral World directly just like how Hart was able to attack Astral World if this was accomplished. To stop Heartland and protect his "Numbers", Kite challenged Mr. Heartland to a Duel. Kite was initially unimpressed by Mr. Heartland's "Number 1: Infection Buzz King", but the monster, as well as "Number 2: Ninja Shadow Mosquito", inflicted a lot of pain to him. Although Kite tried to remain strong, he was eventually overwhelmed and knocked to the ground. When he was about fall unconscious, Kite opened his eyes long enough to see that Yuma and Astral had returned from the Astral World.[63] Kite welcomed Yuma and Astral back before losing consciousness. He was looked after by Quinton as Yuma took his place in the Duel. After the Duel, he awakened and Orbital 7 informed him that Yuma won.[64]

Barian Emperor Onslaught[]

Kite Tells Yuma Shark is Their Enemy Now

Kite warns Yuma that Shark has sided with the Barians.

When the Seven Barian Emperors appeared in front of the group, Kite was struggling to keep his eyes open as he saw that Shark and Rio had sided with the Barians as Nash and Marin. After the group fled from the Barians, he fell unconscious again and Quinton asked Orbital 7 to bring him to the armored car before speeding away.[65] When both had recovered enough to speak, Yuma and Kite conversed about Shark. Kite said he was an enemy now and that a fight couldn't be avoided now. Yuma insisted they couldn't fight their friend, but Kite pointed out that Quattro was dead because of him and he was their friend too. When Yuma and Astral resolved to go to the Barian World to confront Don Thousand directly, Kite told them he couldn't go and that he had something to do. With his vision becoming blurry, he departed on Orbital's motorcycle form.[66] He and Orbital witnessed the destruction of "Number 9: Dyson Sphere", with Orbital showing concern for Quinton. Kite told him to remember that he and Trey must do what they need to do, just as Kite must and urged him not to look back.[67] Kite and Orbital used a space shuttle to head to the moon to further look into the Legend of the Dragons of Light and Time. Kite was saddened but not surprised when Orbital informed him he had lost track of Trey and Quinton's vitals.[57]

Kite arrived at the moon to find the ruins that described the "Galaxy-Eyes" monsters, though on landing, he crashed the shuttle and Orbital managed to turn into a space suit for Kite to breathe in outer space. When Mizar arrived on the moon, they engaged in their third Duel to determine the true "Galaxy-Eyes" master. Before their Duel began, Kite explained to Mizar about the legend of a dragon and how it created the Numeron Code.[68] Their Duel was fierce with both of them clashing with their respective "Neo Galaxy-Eyes" monsters. Mizar was able to destroy "Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon", thus pushing Kite into a corner. However, Kite was able to call upon the power of the "Numbers" to bring out "Number 62: Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon." Despite this, "Prime Photon Dragon" was destroyed and banished thanks to Mizar's "Tachyon Chaos Hole". Before Mizar was able to finish him off, Kite was able to Summon "Number 46: Dragluon" and have it clash with "Neo Tachyon," thus showing Mizar his true memories of his past life involving Don Thousand.[24]


Kite entrusts "Number 100" to Mizar before dying.

Mizar denied these claims, believing that his "Tachyon Dragon" would never betray him. Thanks to the efforts of Lillybot and Orbital, the people of Earth were able to see the Duel, including Yuma, Astral, Dr. Faker and Hart. Kite was aided by Orbital 7, who managed to keep his eyesight from blurring, but slowly began to lose his life support from Mizar's continuous attacks. As the Duel continued, Mizar was about to win until Kite revived "Prime Photon Dragon" and had it clash with "Neo Tachyon". He then reflected on how Mizar was the true Dragon Master and he had simply used dragons as a means to protect those he loves, though it had brought him his friends and his determination. After the Duel, Kite was able to witness the power of the ruins use "Number 107", "Number 62" and "Number 46" in order to revive the Numeron Dragon and turn it into a "Number" card. As Orbital 7 began losing power as a result of his sustained injuries, Kite bid a heartfelt goodbye to his father and brother, and he told Yuma not to lose hope. Kite entrusted Mizar with the "Number" and told him to follow the path he believed in, then he succumbed to the vacuum of space and died as Orbital's systems shut down (In the English dub, Kite declared that Mizar is the true Galaxy-Eyes master).[69]


Kite's spirit supports Yuma.

During Yuma's and Nash's Duel with Don Thousand, Kite's spirit appeared to support Yuma, light-heartily asking him if was really ready to give up and what had happened to his "kattobingu" spirit, calling him an "idiot". Kite reminded Yuma that he entrusted everything to them so they must win before disappearing. When Yuma brought out "Numeron Dragon" to aide in the fight, Kite's spirit stood along his friends to show their unity.[70] After Don Thousand was defeated, Kite gave Yuma one last smile as he vanished once again.[71]

After the ceremonial Duel between Yuma and Astral, Kite was revived via the Numeron Code. Returning to a peaceful life, Kite and his family, along with the Arclights had began to work together to research parallel worlds. Upon hearing about a crisis in the Astral World, Kite joined Yuma, Tori, Arclights and the Seven Barian Emperors to help Astral.[72]

Other appearances[]


Hart Tenjo[]

Kite loves his little brother, Hart, very much and he is "everything" to him. In their childhood, Kite and Hart lived together mostly by themselves and would play every day, from catching butterflies to playing hide-and-seek. Kite would do anything it took to protect Hart, even at the cost of his own life, pushing himself to hunt "Numbers" on his own and disregarding the dangers of his Photon Transformation.[10] Whenever Hart was in danger or pain, Kite underwent great panic and stress, to the point of not thinking clearly as his anger and worries took over.[31][22][2]

While Kite is normally cold and detached from others, Hart brings out Kite's gentle and caring side. Since Hart's "sickness" took a toll on him, Kite often tried to make him feel better, usually having a limited success. Kite also tried to spare Hart from being concerned about him, putting on a forced smile and assuring him that's he alright. Although he goes along with Kite's words, Hart can see through him and understands what Kite was doing for him. If he was able to, Hart would try to protect Kite as best as he can within his powers.[1][3][13][25][23][16][9][35]

Dr. Faker[]

As a child, Kite seemed to share a good relationship with his father, who gave him the card "Message in a Bottle", much to his delight.[9] Years later, lack of truth and trust strained the two, with Kite ceasing calling Faker "father" and addressed him as "Dr. Faker" only.

Simply trying to protect both his sons, Faker didn't want Kite to push himself more than he already did as a Number Hunter. During their Duel, Kite expressed nothing but anger towards his father until he revealed the truth about his deal with the Barian World to sustain Hart's lifeforce. Hurt, Kite told his father that he should have trusted him, and promised to deal with the Barians in his place and forgave him.[39][17]

Yuma Tsukumo[]

As rivals in hunting "Numbers", Kite and Yuma initially saw each other as enemies. Kite first thought Yuma was a regular "Numbers" Holder and tried to get his Number. During the Duel, Kite was surprised that Yuma used 2 "Numbers", and identified him as Number Hunter, but looked happy to have a rival.[3] After their first Duel, Yuma became depressed over his near loss and developed a fear of Kite,[73] though this was short-lived and Yuma become more confident when facing Kite, despite knowing the dangers.[26] Yuma was shown to respect Kite's Dueling skills, calling him "scary", but strong.[27]

When Yuma interfered in Kite and Astral's Duel, which ended in a DRAW, Yuma asked Kite why he is collecting Numbers. Kite only answers that he sold his soul to the devil in exchange of his brother's sake.[11] Determine to Duel Yuma, Kite told Yuma that they will settle their score in the World Duel Carnival.[28] Knowing that Astral helps Yuma, Kite saw Astral as his rival instead of Yuma, whom Kite considered as "just an idiot".[12]

Despite their differences, they joined up to rescue Hart from the Vetrix Family, which resulted is a Tag-Team Duel.[31] Kite seems to have grown to respect Yuma as he begins to call him by his first name, however he still doesn't see him as his rival and still dislikes him.[10] During the WDC finals, Yuma often made an effort to be friendly with Kite and cheered him on in his Duels, and even considered him as a friend.[16][5] During the finals, Kite seemed to gain greater respect for Yuma, letting him watch his duel with Vetrix.[2] Kite also appeared to soften up to Yuma due to the many times he showed concern towards Hart, though he never outwardly showed it.[37] During the duel with Dr. Faker, he began to value Yuma and Shark as his friends.[17] After their duel against Vector, Yuma proclaimed that his WDC wish was for Kite's family to live happily in peace. Amused and smiling, Kite says it was none of his business, but Yuma then revealed his real wish - to Duel Kite again to settle their score. Kite happily accepted the challenge, addressing both Yuma and Astral, while finally acknowledging Yuma as a rival.[18] Yuma greatly looked forward to Dueling Kite again, and openly showed excitement throughout their Duel. Kite also thought about Yuma's never-give-up attitude and how much he enjoyed Dueling. When Kite was about to surrender due to losing his passion to Duel, Yuma encouraged him to continue, calling Kite his "goal".[40] When Kite won the duel, Yuma promised to beat Kite one day, which the latter accepted, saying that Yuma can Duel him as many times as it takes to achieve that goal.[41]

Coincidentally, there is some resemblance between Kite's and Yuma's Dueling styles, as both seem to prefer a more offense-based strategy, and their Dueling styles were at least somewhat compatible when they Tag Dueled. This may have some relation about the similarities Yuma and Kite have that Astral himself has observed.[14] At first, Kite denied being compared to Yuma, but seems to have somewhat acknowledged this when he asked Astral for support during their Tag Duel.[23]


At first, Kite was unaware of Astral's existence, but left a great impact on him during his first Duel against Yuma. As Kite's Dueling skills surpassed Astral's and nearly beat the pair, Astral developed a great fear towards him.[1][3] This left Astral severely depressed for some time and was reluctant to face him again.[73] However, Astral eventually overcame his fears towards Kite as his bond with Yuma grew stronger.[27]

They officially meet each other when Kite stole the Emperor's Key and was able to enter it, making Kite able to see him. Astral voiced his respect to Kite and told him that he wishes to know about him, but Kite rebuffed all his attempts.[14] After learning of Astral, Kite saw him as his real rival instead of Yuma since Astral advised Yuma during his Duels.[12] Throughout the World Duel Carnival, Kite and Astral show silent, mutual respect for each other, but couldn't converse since he couldn't see or hear Astral.[23][10][2]

At the end of WDC, Astral told Kite, who could now see and hear him, that he considered him as a friend when encouraging him to continue his rematch with Yuma.[40]

Reginald Kastle[]

Kite's initial meeting with Shark is when he stopped Orbital 7 from killing him and demanded that Shark hand over the Emperor's Key. Having heard about the "Number Hunter", Shark figured out his intentions towards Yuma and lied about having a "Number" card. This resulted in a Duel between them, where Kite easily defeated Shark, taking the key and the latter's soul.[13] Shark bared a grudge against Kite since then, and meeting again in Heartland Tower, he was very hostile to Kite, though he did help free him from the rubble that had trapped him. However, Kite didn't care about it as Hart was in trouble and told Shark they could have a rematch later. After arguing, the two agreed to work together to save Yuma and Hart.[38]

During the Duel with Dr. Faker, they developed a friendship and worked well with each other.[39][17][18] Although Kite holds little contact with Shark, they come together if the Barian World poses a big enough threat, but they have a tendency to argue with each other.[19][44][47] Initially, Kite refered to Shark by his first name, but as they were around each other more often, he began using Shark's nickname just as others do.[54]

Despite their differences, both he and Shark are a lot alike, both do whatever they can to protect their siblings (Hart and Rio) and become quite vengeful and angry when both are in danger, as well as both seem to possess cool and distant personalities.

After Shark had sided with the Barians as Nash, Kite readily accepted that he was now his enemy and was resolved to fight him if he had to.[66] However, as of the final episode, they became friends and allies once again.


Kite first met Quinton when he came to live within his father's facility in Heartland, and they become very close. Quinton thought of Kite and Hart like his brothers and became Kite's Dueling mentor. Chris eventually left Kite when he learned about Dr. Faker's betrayal and was filled with anger and hate towards Kite's family. Wanting an explanation why he left, Kite chased after him, only to have Quinton toss him aside and leaving him very hurt in the rain. In his thoughts, Kite reflected how a part on him wanted to follow Quinton that day.[5][9]

Five years later, Kite met Quinton again when he returned a comatose Hart and was very shocked to see him.[15] However, both regarded each other coldly and in anger because of what their families did to each other. During the WDC, Kite pursued Quinton, hoping to get answers on the Vetrix Family's goals.[10][34] They confronted each other with a Duel, where Kite learned what happened between their fathers and promised Quinton that he will deal with their fathers for him. Quinton was impressed to see how strong Kite became and entrusted him with saving Vetrix.[5][9] Although he despised Vetrix, Kite did try to honor Quinton's wishes in his Duel against Vetrix by Summoning Quinton's "Number 9: Dyson Sphere" so Vetrix could remember his son.[2]

After Vetrix had reformed, Quinton returned to Heartland and repaired his relationship with Kite, becoming friends once again.[58][59]


Mizar is a Galaxy-Eyes user just like Kite, this created a rivalry between them as only one of them can be the true Galaxy-Eyes user. Their initial meeting was when Yuma was unconscious during the Duel against Mizar and Kite took his place in the Duel as Number 107: Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon was calling out to "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon". The Duel was put to a stop as the overwhelming energy of "Number C107: Neo Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon" began to break the Barian's Sphere Field. Since then Mizar and Kite have shown respect for each others skills as well as desire to control the others "Galaxy-Eyes" and prove himself the Dragon master.[48] During their final Duel, Kite admits to Mizar to being the true Dragon master for believing in his dragon. Kite becomes the true Dragon master, but dies from his injuries and entrusts the "Number" to Mizar, believing him to make the right choice in the end. After their revival, the two became allies with Yuma in his fight to save the Astral World.

Number Hunting[]

Yuma facing two Number monsters

"Number 10: Illumiknight" and "Number 20: Giga-Brilliant", two of the "Numbers" Kite had by the time he met Yuma.

Prior to his first Duel with Yuma, Kite had acquired eleven "Numbers", among them "Number 10: Illumiknight", "Number 20: Giga-Brilliant" and "Number 56: Gold Rat"[1]. Prior to the World Duel Carnival, he also acquired "Number 30: Acid Golem of Destruction".[13] He also won a "Number" from Fortuno.[27]


Kite with "Number 9: Dyson Sphere".

During the tournament, he acquired at least two more "Numbers" from his opponents[29], before winning "Number 9: Dyson Sphere" from Quinton during his first match in the finals.[9] In his next match, he lost his "Numbers" to Vetrix.[35]

Sometime later, he acquired "Number 46: Dragluon" from Jinlon.[20]

After defeating Scritch alongside Quinton, he obtained "Number 2: Ninja Shadow Mosquito"[59], but his card turned out to be a fake and was destroyed.[64]


"Number 46: Dragluon", the Mythyrian "Number" Kite won.

During a Duel on the moon, he acquired "Number 62: Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon".[24] This card and "Dragluon" resonated with Mizar's "Number 107: Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon" and netted him "Number 100: Numeron Dragon". Though he won the Duel, he succumbed to the vacuum of space and passed those "Numbers" to Mizar.[69]


Kite plays a "Photon" Deck[4], focused on swarming the field with LIGHT-Attribute monsters, which he can then use to Summon his "Number" monsters and/or his ace card, "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon". He also uses the "Galaxy" archetype to summon the upgraded forms of "Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon": "Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon" and "Number 62: Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon" easier. According to Mr. Heartland, Kite's Deck was created by him and Dr. Faker by using science from another dimension.[3]

Photon Deck


Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Duel Robot 54 Win (flashback)
Quinton 56 Lose (flashback)
Quinton 117 Not shown (flashback)
4 "Number" holders 17 (mentioned) Win (off-screen)
Number 56's holder 13 Win
Yuma Tsukumo 13-14 No result
Fortuno 18 Win (off-screen)
Reginald Kastle 22 Win
Astral/Yuma Tsukumo 23-24 DRAW
2 "Number" holders 31 Win
Quattro and Trey 42-43 Win (with Yuma Tsukumo)
Unknown Finalist 52 Win (Duel Coaster)
Dextra 53 No result (Duel Coaster)
Quinton 55-56 Win (Space Field)
Vetrix 63-64 Lose
Dr. Faker/Vector 69-71 Win (with Yuma Tsukumo and Reginald Kastle)
Yuma Tsukumo 72-73 Win
Fender's henchmen 75 Win (off-screen)
Mizar 83 No result (Duel taken over for Yuma Tsukumo)
Mizar 95-98 No result (Sargasso the Different Dimension Battlefield)
Jinlon 105-106 Win
Scritch 116-117 Win (with Quinton)
Mr. Heartland 122 No result (Duel taken over by Yuma Tsukumo)
Mizar 134-135 Win


  • Kite has used every type of summoning introduced up to the ZEXAL series, except for Synchro Summoning due to it not being featured.
  • Kite is the only primary rival to have never been defeated by the main protagonist of his series.
    • He is also the only non-Barian in ZEXAL to not have his death censored in the dub (while they tried to censor his death, his ghost subverted censorship).

Kite has many similarities with Seto Kaiba.

  • Both have little brothers (Hart and Mokuba, respectively) that they care deeply about.
  • Both are excellent with making machines.
  • Their ace monsters are Level 8 LIGHT Dragons with 3000 ATK and 2500 DEF that have the words "Eyes" and "Dragon" in their names. They also have an evolved Extra Deck counterpart that requires three monsters to bring out.
  • They have stoic and sarcastic personalities.
  • Both initially viewed their main rivals as the spirit partner of their respective protagonist duos in their series (Astral and Yami Yugi), but later gain more respect for the human hosts (Yuma and Yugi).
  • Both have few official losses (Kite only losing twice and Kaiba only losing officially to Yugi, Maximillion Pegasus, Dartz and Noah, Kaiba lost to Pegasus due to cheating also Noah used Mokuba as a shield to toy with Kaiba's relation with him thus only Yugi and Dartz have defeated Kaiba fairly).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 13: "The Number Hunter, Part 1"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 63: "The Hart of the Matter"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 14: "The Number Hunter, Part 2"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 53: "Test Your Luck!"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 55: "Portal of Doom"
  6. Calculated from "Main Character Comparison Sheet". http://40.media.tumblr.com/536927e46afc80f3421681c5b566354a/tumblr_n37ishvPTv1sitde3o1_1280.png.
  7. "Upcoming Info for ARC-V". YGOrganization. https://ygorganization.com/arc-v-upcoming-info-for-arc-v/.
  8. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 100: "A Warlike Welcome"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 56: "Cosmic Chaos"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 50: "Party Panic"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 24: "Hunting Down the Hunter, Part 2"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 26: "Let the Duels Begin!"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 22: "The Shark Hunter"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 23: "Hunting Down the Hunter, Part 1"
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 44: "Rock and a Hard Place"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 54: "Welcome to the Jungle"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 70: "A Trio's Challenge, Part II"
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 71: "A Trio's Challenge, Part III"
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 75: "Attack of the Barians, Part 2"
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 106: "Put to the Test: Part 2" Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "ep106" defined multiple times with different content
  21. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 27: "Guide Us, Deck!!"
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 42: "A Dubious Duo"
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 23.6 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 43: "The Dragon Awakens"
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 134: "Dragon Strife, Part 1"
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 40: "About Hart"
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 17: "It's in the Cards, Part 1"
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 18: "It's in the Cards, Part 2"
  28. 28.0 28.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 25: "Frozen in Time"
  29. 29.0 29.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 31: "Life Is a Carnival, Part 1"
  30. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 36: "Bad Developments: Part 2"
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 41: "Losing Hart"
  32. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 44: "Rock and a Hard Place"
  33. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 51: "Roller Duel"
  34. 34.0 34.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 52: "Roller Coaster Rampage!"
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 64: "Change of Hart"
  36. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 65: "Sphere of Fear, Part 1"
  37. 37.0 37.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 67: "Sphere of Fear, Part 3"
  38. 38.0 38.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 68: "The Countdown Begins"
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 69: "A Trio's Challenge, Part 1"
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 72: "Kite's Plight, Part 1" Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "ep72" defined multiple times with different content
  41. 41.0 41.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 73: "Kite's Plight, Part 2"
  42. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 74: "Attack of the Barians, Part 1"
  43. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 82: "Sphere Cube Calamity, Part 1"
  44. 44.0 44.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 83: "Sphere Cube Calamity, Part 2"
  45. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 84: "Playing Defense"
  46. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 90: "You Give Love a Bot Name"
  47. 47.0 47.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 95: "The Search for Shadows"
  48. 48.0 48.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 96: "Shadows of Deception"
  49. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 97: "Sinister Shadows"
  50. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 98: "Shadows End"
  51. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 102: "The Dark Mist Rises, Part 2"
  52. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 103: "Barian Vengeance, Part 1"
  53. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 104: "Barian Vengeance, Part 2"
  54. 54.0 54.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 105: "Put to the Test, Part 1"
  55. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 110: "A World of Chaos, Part 1"
  56. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 111: "A World of Chaos, Part 2"
  57. 57.0 57.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 128: "Settling the Score, Part 2"
  58. 58.0 58.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 116: "Now or Never, Part 1"
  59. 59.0 59.1 59.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 117: "Now or Never, Part 2"
  60. 60.0 60.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 118: "Mission: Astral World, Part 1" Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "ep119" defined multiple times with different content
  61. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 120: "Mission: Astral World, Part 3"
  62. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 121: "Mission: Astral World, Part 4"
  63. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 122: "Assimilation, Part 1"
  64. 64.0 64.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 123: "Assimilation, Part 2"
  65. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 124: "Battle with the Barians"
  66. 66.0 66.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 126: "Farewell for a Friend"
  67. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 127: "Settling the Score, Part 1"
  68. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 133: "Vector the Victor"
  69. 69.0 69.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 135: "Dragon Strife, Part 2"
  70. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 140: "A Thousand Ways to Lose"
  71. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 141: "The Fate of Three Worlds"
  72. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 146: "Forever ZEXAL"
  73. 73.0 73.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 15: "Training Days, Part 1"


  1. 1.0 1.1 This card is sent from his hand to his Deck via the effect of "Photon Veil" in episode 13.
  2. This card is not present in Kite's original Deck, but is created with the bonds of him and his brother in episode 43.
  3. He Sets this card in episode 134, but it is banished by Mizar's "Tachyon Chaos Hole".