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Blair Flannigan
Blair Flannigan
  • Blair Flannigan
Japanese translated
  • Rei Saotome
  • 8.5 (debut in dub)
  • 11(debut in Japanese version)
  • Female
  • Education

Duel Academy

  • Duelist
Tournament Position
Genex Tournament Runner-up
Pair Duel Tournament Runner-up (with Tyranno Hassleberry)
Anime Deck
Anime debut

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 20: "The Maiden in Love"

Video game debut

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Duel Academy

Appears in
Game Boy Advance
Nintendo DS
PlayStation 2
Voice actors
  • Liza Jacqueline
  • Eri Sendai
Flannigan, Blair

Blair Flannigan, known as Rei Saotome in the Japanese version, is an underage student and the only girl in the Slifer Red dorm. Initially a minor character appearing in a stand-alone episode during the first season, Blair joins the central cast at the beginning of the third after proving her worth as a Duelist.



In the dub, Blair takes on a Brooklyn accent beginning with her reappearance at the second season's conclusion (though she seems to lose it later on). During her Duel with Chazz she also made some egg puns ("that's no yoke", "eggcelent"). In the original version of the series, she refers to herself with "boku," a word for "I" typically spoken by young males, though its use by females is not unheard of. Though in the Tag Duel against Jaden and Alexis, when speaking to Jaden, Blair called herself "watashi", a significantly more formal personal pronoun that females often use. She did this in order to show her respect to Jaden, since she has a crush on him. She also refers to Marcel (Martin) as "Marty" in the original version.


Her original Japanese name, "Rei" means "bell" or "lovely". It could be an allusion to the series "Neon Genesis Evangelion", a series in which the primary female protagonists were named Rei and Asuka. Her last name, "Saotome," means "fast maiden". It could also be a reference to the popular martial-arts romance manga "Ranma 1/2," which featured a gender-switching protagonist named Ranma Saotome. This is relevant since she first appeared in the GX anime disguised as a boy. Her English name, "Blair," means "plain" or "field."


Seven Stars


Blair as she appears in Season 1, disguised as a boy and when her identity was revealed.

Blair is a transfer student who enters Duel Academy during her first year disguised as a boy. She is placed in the Slifer Red dormitory, and guided by Jaden, Syrus, and Chumley. Behind her guise, Blair intended to get closer to Zane, with whom she was in love. While sneaking around Zane's room in Obelisk Blue, she is caught by Jaden, who discovers her secret and pursues her on the matter late at night after the confrontation. The two Duel, and although Blair is defeated, she finally has the opportunity to meet with Zane. He is flattered by her affections, but turns her down, telling her to go home. Being a fifth-grade elementary student (second grade in the English dub), she is forced to leave the school on the technicality that she is too young to stay. As she departs, her feelings shift from Zane to Jaden, much to the latter's horror.

Society of Light

Rei 2ndseason

Blair as she appears in Season 2, masked and unmasked.

During the second year, Blair returns near the end of the Genex Tournament and challenges Zane following his "rebirth," but he declines, and she instead Duels with Chazz to claim the champion title of the tournament and officially enter Slifer Red. Despite overwhelming improvement in her skills that allow her to push him into a corner, Chazz is able to claim victory in the end.

At that time, an integral part of Blair's personality becomes clearer. Her love interests are constantly changing, as evidenced by her brief admiration of Chazz, but that was due of Chazz saying the same lines as Jaden, whom she still have a crush.

Dimension World

Even though she lost to Chazz, Blair is admitted to Slifer Red, and becomes a member of the central cast at the beginning of the third year. She tries to befriend Marcel during that time, but mostly proves unsuccessful. She commandeers Chazz's room, forcing him to bunk with Jaden.

Blair and Marcel at Adrian's party

Blair and Marcel at Adrian Gecko's party.

When Duel Academy gets sent to the alternate dimension, she gets attacked by Yubel when she gets near Marcel and comes down with a mysterious illness. Jaden, Jesse, Axel, Jim, and Adrian get medicine from a submarine that Bastion saw. She gets healed by this medicine soon after. After recovering she later sees the Yubel-possessed Marcel Dueling Jaden and Jesse. She shows that she cares for Marcel when she demands the spirit release him, which it does, and then throws Marcel at her (Yubel willingly left Marcel because she didn't need him anymore).


At the start of the fourth season she gets promoted to Obelisk Blue, but she still wears her red jacket. Later on, Blair is teamed up with Tyranno Hassleberry in a Tag-Team Duel tournament. She eventually Duels the pair of Jaden and Alexis, during which she decides to take advantage of Alexis' frustration with Jaden and switches partners (wanting to be on the same team as Jaden because of her crush on him), allowing her to team up with Jaden. Jaden seemed to work much better with Blair than with Alexis. When Alexis noticed that Jaden had gone back to enjoying Duels, she switched back, much to Blair's chagrin, and frustration. She then lost the Duel. It is assumed she was later absorbed into the World of Darkness and was revived when Jaden defeated Nightshroud. She is returned upon Nightshroud's defeat, and runs to Jaden to give him a hug.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's

A cheerleader who looks like Blair is seen during Jack Atlas and Hunter Pace's Turbo Duel.[1]

Other Appearances

Tag Force

In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force, Blair initially appears in room 102 of the Slifer Red dorm. Three items belonging to her can be obtained from three other characters. When all three items are returned to her, she gives up her disguise and can be found outside the Slifer Red dorm, but only during class hours.

Tag Force 3


Blair in Obelisk Blue in Tag Force 3.

Blair appears Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 3 as a Slifer Red student. An Obelisk Blue version of her can also be unlocked.




Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Jaden Yuki 20 Lose
Chazz Princeton 103-104 Lose
Marcel Bonaparte 111-112 Not shown
Jasmine and Obelisk Blue male 161 Win (with Tyranno Hassleberry)
Mindy and Obelisk Blue male 161 Win (with Tyranno Hassleberry)
Jaden Yuki and Alexis Rhodes 162 Lose (with Tyranno Hassleberry)


  1. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 1: "On Your Mark, Get Set, DUEL!"


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 This card can be seen in her hand in episode 20.

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