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"'''Number'''", pluralized as "'''Numbers'''" ({{Ruby|No.|ナンバーズ}} ''Nanbāzu'') in Japan, is an [[archetype]] of prominent [[Xyz Monster]]s that play a major role of the story in the ''[[Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL]]'' anime and [[Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL (manga)|manga]] series. Three variants of Number cards exist: "Emperor's Key Numbers" have numerical values equal to or lower than 100, while "Over-Hundred Numbers" have numerical values of over 100 and "Legendary Number" which are part of the Emperor Key Number but are unique.
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"'''Number'''", pluralized as "'''Numbers'''" ({{Ruby|No.|ナンバーズ}} ''Nanbāzu'') in Japan, is an [[archetype]] of prominent [[Xyz Monster]]s that play a major role of the story in the ''[[Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL]]'' anime and [[Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL (manga)|manga]] series. Three variants of Number cards exist: "Emperor's Key Numbers" have numerical values equal to or lower than 100, while "Over-Hundred Numbers" have numerical values of over 100 and "Legendary Number" which are are not pieces of Astral's memory but are the [[signature card]]s of the [[Seven Barian Emperors]].
   
 
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<!--@@@Do NOT change this to an entire block quote. Satoshi did NOT say all of that word-for-word. When you quote, you quote what they wrote/said, and NOT what they didn't write/say.@@@-->As confirmed by [[Satoshi Kuwabara]], all "Numbers'" numbers are not chosen randomly but are decided "carefully with attention to details, so that [fans] can enjoy it in various places", along with many puns and second meanings for each "Number".<ref>[http://neoarkcradle.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=1070#p43321 neoarkcradle.net] (can be found in part 2 of the "Translated Twitter Segments Archive," near the bottom)</ref>

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"Number", pluralized as "Numbers" (No. (ナンバーズ) Nanbāzu) in Japan, is an archetype of prominent Xyz Monsters that play a major role of the story in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime and manga series. Three variants of Number cards exist: "Emperor's Key Numbers" have numerical values equal to or lower than 100, while "Over-Hundred Numbers" have numerical values of over 100 and "Legendary Number" which are are not pieces of Astral's memory but are the signature cards of the Seven Barian Emperors.

As confirmed by Satoshi Kuwabara, all "Numbers'" numbers are not chosen randomly but are decided "carefully with attention to details, so that [fans] can enjoy it in various places", along with many puns and second meanings for each "Number".[1]

So far, 78 of the original "Numbers" have been revealed. 50 are known by name, and 8 Chaos versions have also been shown.

Anime

Blank Numbers Sphere

Blank Numbers encircling Yuma within a sphere after being released.

When Yuma Tsukumo unlocked the door with his Emperor's Key, he opened a portal between the Astral World and his own, which allowed Astral to come into his world. Yuma found himself trapped within a sphere of blank cards, which shortly flew away.[2] By crossing into Yuma's world, Astral's memories were transformed into the 99 "Number" cards and scattered in unknown directions (Number 39 stayed with him though). In order to regain his lost memories, Astral cooperates with Yuma.[3] When Astral collects all of the cards, something else will happen besides his memory recovery. Astral thinks it will cause something troublesome,[4] while Dr. Faker claims Astral will obtain a great power and use it for taking revenge on him.[5]

Numbers

The different number symbols.

Usually, "Numbers" are blank cards that take the form of what whoever finds them desires the most, design themselves to fit their original owner's Decks, and keep that form forever. Some Duelists may have more than one "Number" card that fit their Deck. Their card text is written in a strange alien language that only those who wield them can understand (in the dub, all "Numbers" appear normally like other cards seen with the exception of episode 2 which "Number 39: Utopia" is blurred). When they are Summoned, their respective numbers are printed on their users, appearing in such places as the forehead, neck, left and right hands (in Cameron Clix's case, it appeared under his right eye and in Number 56's Holder's case, it appeared in his left shoulder). When Summoned, "Numbers" take on what appears to be a sealed form, and when the "Number" starts to transform into their artwork, the "Number" then appears. Also, they use a galaxy-like "Overlay Network" portal in contrast to regular Xyz Monsters, who use a red spiral portal.[2]

Astral stated that there are 99 "Numbers"[3][6][7], but according to Kite Tenjo, there are 100 "Numbers".[8] As Astral already had 1 of the "Numbers", "Utopia", it is possible Astral was referring to the other 99 "Numbers". However, Dr. Faker believes that, aside from 99 "Numbers" which are Astral's pieces of memory, Astral himself is "the Original Number" (ナンバーズのオリジナル, Nanbāzu no Orijinaru).[9][5] Later Astral corrected himself, stating there are one hundred "Numbers".[10][11]

Astral collecting the memories

Astral absorbing memories from the cards.

When a "Number" is defeated, they are absorbed into Astral, and can be used by any Duelist whom Astral is currently with. Each "Number" contains a piece of Astral's memory, which he recovers each time he absorbs one. After Astral absorbs a "Number", they are stored in a Different Dimension Airship within the Emperor's Key. Each has its own pillar within the structure, engraved with its number.

Numbers have been shown to be very dangerous, as they are able to easily amplify the darkness and desires of their user, whether these cause good[12] or bad. And easily possess their holder by their power, with the exception of Yuma due to the Emperor's Key, Kite Tenjo's Photon Transformation, and the Vetrix Family's crests. However, the power of Photon Transformation and the crests seem to be limited, and has fatal consequences and being used to wield a "Number" card will drastically exhaust their user.[13][14]

As Number holders have a high level of a certain emotion, Chaos Numbers start to appear. For example, Astral and Yuma obtained "Utopia Ray" after Astral was happy to know Yuma considered him a friend.[15] Reginald Kastle also obtained "Shark Drake Veiss" after his desire for revenge, brought on by "Shark Drake", overpowered him.[16]

Legendary Numbers

Seven "Numbers" surrounding the Numeron Code.

In the Barian Invasion arc, "Over-Hundred Numbers" are introduced as the signature cards of the Seven Barian Emperors. Astral cannot absorb them, as they are not part of his memories.[17] Later on, the "Legendary Numbers" were introduced by Vector and Don Thousand that are located in ruins across the world, protected by guardians. Each of these "Numbers" corresponds to a legend inscribed on the walls of the ruins, telling the story of the person who occupied that location in a previous era, before they became ruins due to the ravages of time.[18] Rather than take their form based on their holders Deck, they take a form relative to the legend that is described.

Manga

ZX2 - Yuma opens the door

Yuma releasing the Numbers.

In the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga, Numbers are held under the diabolical door along with Astral. As Yuma finally opens the door during his Duel with Shark, a huge light appears and numerous blank cards flow out of the door in every direction. Astral stated that "Numbers" are fragments of his memories, and that he shall collect all "Numbers" in order to retrieve his memories. Also, he says "Numbers" battle to absorb each other so, if he and Yuma lose, he will disappear. When Astral obtained a memory piece from "Number 17", he said his memory is divided into 100 "Number" cards.[19] This amount of number is later confirmed by both Kite Tenjo[20] and Mr. Heartland[21].

Number17 in manga

A Number symbol in manga.

Numbers are shown to be blank cards that the form of what whoever finds them first and desires the most, making themselves to fit their original owner's Decks, and keep that form forever. They have a "special" abilities that are unique, such as "Numbers" can only be destroyed by other "Numbers". However, the effect stating that "Numbers" can only be destroyed by another "Number" is a monster effect, and therefore, can be negated.

Yuma believes the power of the "Numbers" is not evil and that if a good person had them, it would be okay.[22] According to Luna, "Numbers" are mirrors that reflect the hearts of the people. For example, when Shark had "Number 17: Leviathan Dragon", his heart was full of darkness, but Yuma and Astral freed him from that darkness.[23] She believes that the very fact that "Numbers" can be good or evil means they should not exist, as people will fight over them regardless.

Members

Original

Each of these cards are stated to contain parts of Astral's memories.

# Monster Sealed Form Owner(s) Number Location
Previous Current
??? Unknown Don Thousand Mr. Heartland Unknown
??? Unknown Don Thousand Semimaru Right horn
Chronomaly Atlandis
Number6ChronomalyAtlandis-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Vetrix
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral
Trey Chest ring
Lucky Straight
Number7LuckyStraight-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Museum
Charlie McCay
May
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral Head of cane
Heraldic King Genom-Heritage
Number8HeraldicKingGenomHeritage-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Vetrix
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral Above left eye on mask
Dyson Sphere
Number9DysonSphere-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Quinton
Kite Tenjo
Vetrix
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral Two panels in the center sphere
Illumiknight
Number10Illumiknight-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Kite Tenjo, Vetrix, Dr. Faker (anime) Yuma/Astral (anime)
Kaito Tenjo (manga)
Right shoulder plate
Big Eye None Fortuno
Charlie McCay
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral Front of outer ring
Crimson Shadow Armor Ninja
Number12CrimsonShadowArmorNinja-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Kaze
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral Left side of chest
Cain's Doom None Shadow (manga) Kaito Tenjo (manga) Left shoulder plate
Gimmick Puppet Giant Grinder
Number15GimmickPuppetGiantGrinder-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Quattro
Vetrix
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral Headband
Shock Master
Number16ShockMaster-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
# holder
Fortuno
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral Right side of waist
Leviathan Dragon
Number17LeviathanDragon-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Reginald Kastle, Dr. Faker (anime)
Ryoga Kamishiro (manga)
Yuma/Astral Right horn
Freezadon
Number19Freezadon-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Chills
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral Right side of chest
Giga-Brilliant
Number20GigaBrilliant-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Kite Tenjo, Vetrix, Dr. Faker (anime)
# holder (manga)
Yuma/Astral (anime)
Kaito Tenjo (manga)
Right wing
Zombiestein None Cologne (manga) Yuma/Astral (manga) Left side of shawl
Force Focus
Number25ForceFocus-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Cameron Clix
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral Underneath lens
Acid Golem of Destruction
Number30AcidGolemofDestruction-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Kite Tenjo
Vetrix
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral Right leg
Abel's Doom None Shadow (manga) Ryoga Kamishiro (manga) Right shoulder plate
Shark Drake
Number32SharkDrake-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Quattro
Trey
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral
Reginald Kastle Left side of chest
Chronomaly Machu Mech None Yuma/Astral
Dr. Faker
Trey Bottom pillar
Terror-Byte
Number34TerrorByte-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Mr. Kay
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral Right shoulder plate
Utopia
Number39Utopia-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Bronk Stone, Dr. Faker (anime) Yuma/Astral Left shoulder plate
Gimmick Puppet of Strings
Number40GimmickPuppetofStrings-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Quattro
Vetrix
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral Top of wing
No.42
Starship Galaxy Tomahawk None Eviluder (manga) Yuma/Astral (manga) Top of left wing
Sky Pegasus
Number44SkyPegasus-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Mach Yuma/Astral Right shoulder plate
No.46
Ethereal Dragon - Draggluong Jinlong Kite Tenjo Right Wing
No.47
Nightmare Shark None Luna (manga) Ryoga Kamishiro (manga) Beneath dorsal fin
No.48
Shadow Lich None None Shadow (manga) Blade of scythe
Fortune Tune Unknown Unknown Unknown Top of branch
Blackship of Corn None Captain Corn (manga) Yuma/Astral (manga) Left side of sail
Heart-eartH None Dr. Faker Yuma/Astral Above right eye
No.54
Lion Heart
No.54
Number 54's guardian
Alit
Nistro
Yuma/Astral Left side of the chest
Gold Rat None # holder
Kite Tenjo
Vetrix
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral Round plate above head
Tri-Head Dust Dragon Unknown Unknown Unknown Center of main body
Volcasaurus
Number61Volcasaurus-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Scorch
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral Left chest spike
63
Shamoji Soldier Unknown # holder (manga) Ryoga Kamishiro (manga) Left side of forehead
No.64
Sandayu the Veteraccoon Ponta
Gilag
Yuma/Astral Frontpiece of helmet
No.65
Judge Buster the Adjudicutting Djinn Battle Ox
Number 96: Dark Mist
Yuma/Astral Right side of chest
No.66
Master Key Beetle
Number66MasterKeyBeetle-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Vector Yuma/Astral Right side of upper horn
Heraldry Crest None Vetrix
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral Left horn
Line Monster Chariot Hisha Unknown Hishakaku (manga) Kaito Tenjo (manga) Left side of chest
No.73
Abyss Splash the Roaring Waterfall Deity Abyss Reginald Kastle Right thigh plate
Master of Blades Unknown Unknown Unknown Left side of turban
Galaxy Queen
Number83GalaxyQueen-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
Nelson Andrews
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral Chest
Crazy Box Unknown Unknown Unknown Lower right hand corner of one face
Queen of the Night Unknown Unknown Unknown Left side of abdomen
Gimmick Puppet of Leo None Quattro
Vetrix
Dr. Faker
Yuma/Astral Right shoulder plate
Thunder Spark Dragon None Thunder Spark (manga) Yuma/Astral (manga) Left side of head
No.92
Heart-eartH Dragon None Dr. Faker Yuma/Astral Right side of abdomen
No.94
Crystal Zero the Polar Ice Princess Unknown Reginald Kastle Left side of dress
Dark Mist
Number96DarkMist-JP-Anime-ZX-Sealed
# holder
Yuma/Astral
Dr. Faker
Parker
Number 96: Dark Mist
Don Thousand Right side of head
 ?? 24 Unknown "Numbers" Unknown Fortuno
Kite Tenjo
Quattro
Vetrix
Dr. Faker
Unknown
Yuma/Astral Unknown
 ?? 2 Unknown "Numbers" Unknown Don Thousand Unknown Unknown

Legendary Number

Legendary Numbers are a group of special "Number" cards that are located in Number's Ruins. They are still part of the original 100 Numbers of the "Emperor's Key".

Over-Hundred Number

Over-Hundred Numbers are signature "Number" cards of the Seven Barian Emperors, whose numbering go over the limit of 100.

Number C (Chaos Number)

"Number C" (read as Chaos Number) are upgraded versions of the base "Number", which are Summoned by overlaying their base counterpart through Chaos Xyz Evolution, "Rank-Up-Magic" cards and "Chaos Field".

References

  1. neoarkcradle.net (can be found in part 2 of the "Translated Twitter Segments Archive," near the bottom)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 1: "Go With the Flow, Part 1"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 2: "Go With the Flow, Part 2"
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 25: "Frozen in Time"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 31: "Life is a Carnival: Part 1"
  6. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 3: "In The End, Part 1"
  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 10: "Shark Attack"
  8. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 13: "The Number Hunter, Part 1"
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 22: "The Shark Hunter"
  10. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 82: "Sphere Cube Calamity: Part 1"
  11. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 83: "Sphere Cube Calamity: Part 2"
  12. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 4: "In The End, Part 2"
  13. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 40: "About Hart"
  14. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 49: "Crestfallen"
  15. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 18: "It's in the Cards, Part 2"
  16. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 58: "Swimming With Sharks"
  17. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 86: "Counter Offensive: Part 2"
  18. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 99: "A Duel in Ruins: Part I"
  19. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 4: "The Light of Hope!!"
  20. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 7: "Numbers Hunter!!"
  21. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 9: "Kaito's True Skill!!"
  22. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 20: "A Three-Way Battle!!"
  23. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 19: "Messenger from the Moon!!"
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