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Atticus Rhodes
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Names
English
  • Atticus Rhodes
Japanese translated
  • Fubuki Tenjoin
Personal
Gender
  • Male
  • Career
  • Education
Previous organization

Shadow Riders

School

Duel Academy

Dormitory

Obelisk Blue

  • Duelist
Tournament Position
Genex Tournament Did not place
Manga Deck

Sphere

Anime Deck
Appearances
Manga debut

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Chapter 24: "Alexis vs. David!!"

Anime debut

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Episode 5: "The Shadow Duelist, Part 1"

Video game debut

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force

Appears in
Manga
Anime
Nintendo DS
PlayStation 2
PSP
Voice actors
English
Japanese
  • Kouji Yusa
Rhodes, Atticus

Atticus Rhodes, known in the Japanese anime as Fubuki Tenjouin (天上院吹雪, Tenjōin Fubuki), is the missing brother of Alexis, who mysteriously disappeared into the old abandoned Obelisk Blue dormitory of Duel Academy.

His given name means "blizzard" in Japanese, from which he derives his self-appointed title, "Blizzard Prince" in the original version of the series. He writes his signature as "Fubuki 10 Join."

Design

Appearance

Darkness Linework

Atticus' design incorporates multiple layers of clothing and a wide range of expressions. Depicted here is the duelist in full Nightshroud regalia from front and rear alongside views of his head and mask from different angles.

Atticus' character design was overseen by Kenichi Hara. His usual outfit consists of the standard Obelisk Blue uniform, flowing out the costume's lower back. He will sometimes show up in casual beach wear and has worn the purple suit in episode 60 while dueling his sister. His brown hair is arranged sporadically in a fashion similar to that of his sister, with a large portion trailing the upper part of the nape of his neck. He carries an Academy-issued Duel Disk on his left hand.

Voice/Mannerisms

In the English version, Atticus distributes and subtracts "stars" from others based on their actions as a means of expressing his mood at any given time, while his original series counterpart instead gives out "munekyun points" (literally "strong beating points"). His name in the dub is derived from Roman orator and noble Titus Pomponius Atticus who was famous for his impartiality in political issues.

In Finnish dub Atticus is voiced by Samuel Harjanne.

Biography

As far as Atticus could remember, he and a few of his fellow Obelisk Blue students were under the impression that they would be attending a duel exam in the Abandoned Dorm, courtesy of Banner. In reality, he and the others were being lured into a trap (in the English version, they visit the Shadow Realm).

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Atticus while under the control of Nightshroud, alongside "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon".

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The Nightshroud mask card, in which Nightshroud's soul was sealed after losing to Jaden.

It was never revealed how many other students disappeared along with Atticus. He is forced to duel Gravekeeper's Chief and only survives by using the power of Nightshroud's mask, which it's later revealed he had received from Yusuke Fujiwara. For his victory, Atticus receives one-half of a Shadow Charm pendant. Then the leader of the Shadow Riders, Kagemaru, recruits Nightshroud (Darkness; ダークネス, Dākunesu) as one of his Shadow Riders. In his duel with Jaden Yuki, Nightshroud takes Jaden's friends prisoner and forces him to take part in a Shadow Game where the loser would have his soul sealed in a card. Jaden prevailed and Atticus is released from the dark power that controlled him. Placed in the medical ward, Atticus offered help by giving Jaden his half of the Shadow Charm pendant (Jaden had received the other half himself after being tested in a similar manner). This act was the key to Jaden's victory in his duel with Camula. He eventually came to his sister's aid during her duel with Titan, giving her the strength to win.

Atticus promptly reverts to his old self after the Shadow Rider fiasco. Frequently showing up dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and strumming a ukulele, he is incredibly optimistic most of the time, but is seen as an idiot of sorts by his sister. He is also an accomplished surfer, and is popular among women, a fact which leads Chazz to seek his advice on love-related topics. Atticus' antics are a constant source of irritation for Alexis, as he tries without end to set her up with duelists or get her to go into show business with him in a band called "Bro-Bro and Sissy" (in the original version of the series, he instead urges her to join him under the stage name, "Asuryn," whilst he recruits more followers for his "Bucky" fanclub to rival Kaiser's) and even takes embarrassing photos of Alexis during the costume duel in episode 42.

Because Atticus was absent during the previous term, he repeats the studies of his second year alongside his sister during the second season. He is among the few Obelisk Blue students who do not come under the influence of the Society of Light.

Following Zane's "rebirth," Atticus duels him using "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon" and again comes under the influence of Nighsthroud during the Genex Tournament. However, Zane defeats him and Nightshroud's lingering powers are dispersed again. Zane informs him that there is no darkness in his heart, and that he merely wishes to achieve victory through force.

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Atticus in his duel with Alexis, wearing his stage costume.

When Alexis is stripped of her free will in episode 93, Atticus gives Jaden a family card, "Swing of Memories", that meant a lot to Alexis when she was younger but it fails to have any effect on Sartorius' control over her.

In the third season, Atticus was not seen during the first half when Duel Academy is sent to an alternate dimension by Yubel. He does however accompany Jaden and the rest of his group through the alternative dimension. This is also the time in which he confirmed that he had not previously been sent to the previous alternate dimension with the others. He is later sacrificed alongside Alexis, Chazz and Hassleberry by Brron, Mad King of Dark World. He is later discovered to be alive, and held prisoner with everyone else who died in the Duel Spirit world in an alternate dimension by Yubel. He was then brought back home after Jaden fused his soul with Yubel's.

In the fourth season Atticus has a flashback, and even though he is not fit for it duels Jaden using "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon" in an effort to remember what happened. Jaden succeeds; as it turns out, Kagemaru wasn't responsible for Atticus' transformation into Nightshroud, but a student named Yusuke Fujiwara and a close friend of both Zane and Atticus, and fellow victim of the Abandoned Dorm. Before the incident at the Dorm, Atticus found Yusuke attempting to conjure up Nightshroud in the dueling ring underneath the Abandoned Dorm, hoping to gain ultimate power and immortality by becoming its host. Atticus witnesses this ritual, and Fujiwara gifts with the Nightshroud mask as a parting gift, stating he does not need it anymore. When he became one of the lost students, Atticus was forced to give into Nightshroud's influence in order to survive.

As Nightshroud and Trueman attack Duel Academy, Atticus is the last student standing, forgetting about all his friends one by one and wandering aimlessly through the halls. All the Truemans in the hall do not try to send him into the World of Darkness, probably because he has Nightshroud's mask card. Using the mask card, he is able to see his friends' experiences in the World of Darkness and then directly challenges Nightshroud himself outside Duel Academy. Nightshroud's host is Fujiwara, who ultimately defeats him. He is revived when Jaden defeats Nightshroud.

Manga

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Atticus in the manga

Atticus has built up quite a reputation in the manga. In Duel Academy he and Zane Truesdale are referred to as the "Twin Gems" of the academy. It is also revealed that he was originally the number one pupil the semester before his final year and he remarks that being first is "too much work" He is a star duelist in the United States, where he is studying abroad at the American Duel Academy. In the English version Reggie MacKenzie refers to him as Rhodie, and in the Japanese version, he goes by the moniker, "Fubu-king" (a portmanteau of his Japanese name, Fubuki, and king)

Decks

Dragon

Atticus uses a Dragon Deck focused around his "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" and other "Red-Eyes" monsters, using methods to easily Summon it such as "Red-Eyes Black Chick" and a combination of "Troop Dragon" and "Call of the Haunted" to quickly gather monsters to Tribute. He also uses cards like "Red-Eyes Wyvern" and "Swing of Memories" to Special Summon it from the Graveyard if it is destroyed, which he later Tributes for his "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon". Atticus also uses cards such as "Red-Eyes Burn" and "Inferno Fire Blast" to inflict large amounts of damage. As his monsters are focused on punishing the opponent through attacking, he uses "Mirage Dragon" and "Mystical Space Typhoon" to disrupt the opponent's strategies. Atticus later removes his "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon" and "Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon" from his Deck, making "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" the focal point, even calling it his "partner". This allowed Atticus to use the Deck without repercussions of being possessed by Nightshroud.

Dragon Deck

Idol

This Deck revolves around various strategies involving Beast-Warriors. He gains a continuous advantage with "Spotlight", powering up his "Panther Warrior", and supporting it further with cards such as "Path to Destiny" and "Stray Lambs". His signature card, "Ultimate Stage Costume", also provides his monsters with an extreme augmentation in terms of strength, but cannot be used for offensive purposes.

Idol Deck

Duels

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Alexis Rhodes 93 Win (flashback)
Lyman Banner 41 Lose (off-screen)
Gravekeeper's Chief 28 Win (off-screen)
Jaden Yuki 29-30 Lose
Alexis Rhodes 60 Lose
Zane Truesdale 89 Lose
Jaden Yuki 159 Lose
Various Obelisk Blue students 168 Not shown
Yusuke Fujiwara/Nightshroud 173-174 Lose

References

  1. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Episode 47: "Chazz-anova"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Episode 64: "Camaraderie Contest"
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Episode 48: "Rise of the Sacred Beasts, Part 1"
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Episode 60: "Pop Goes the Duel"
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Episode 41: "A Reason to Win"

Notes

  1. This card is discarded to activate the effect of "Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon" in episode 159.
  2. This card is sent from the top of his Deck to the Graveyard via the effect of "Clear Phantom" in episode 173.
  3. This card can be seen in his hand in episode 60.

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