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Nightshroud
DARKNESS
Names
English
  • Darkness
Japanese translated
  • Darkness
Personal
Gender
  • Male
  • Career
Organization

World of Darkness

Previous organization

Shadow Riders

  • Duelist
Anime Deck
Appearances
Anime debut

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Episode 28: "Grave Risk, Part 2"

Video game debut

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force

Appears in
Anime
Nintendo DS
PlayStation 2
PSP
Xbox
Voice actors
English
Japanese
  • Hozumi Gōda
  • Kouji Yusa (while possessing Fubuki)
  • Makoto Naruse (while possessing Fujiwara)
Nightshroud

Nightshroud, known as Darkness in the Japanese version, is a malicious spirit and the progenitor of the World of Darkness in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. He has the ability to possess humans, and is partially responsible for the Abandoned Dorm incident. He briefly appears as a minor adversary in the first season and second season, and later returns as the main antagonist in the fourth season and final threat of the GX series. He shares many similarities with Yami Bakura, in that he initially requires a host, and is a recurring villain who eventually turns out to be the series' final antagonist.

Design

DarknessArt

Lineart of Nightshroud

Appearance

Nightshroud's character design was overseen by Kenichi Hara. While possessing a host, Nightshroud wears a tight-fitting overcoat with raised shoulders and waistline and gold and green trimmings.

His dark dragon mask, similar to that worn by his signature monster "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon", is completely black with the exception of its blue eye-pieces and a red stone in the center of the forehead. In this incarnation, the bangs closest to his face are positioned in front of the mask.

Immediately before Yusuke's fall, Nightshroud's energy form is glimpsed as an immaterial spirit, with a body swathed in black smoke. He has two long, gangly arms ending in claws, and no legs. His true form is a cloaked skeleton with glowing blue eyes resembling a Grim Reaper. He wears grey and red robes with gold trim, and has a dragon-shaped skull for a head with horns at the back of it, with the same shape as the mask his previous hosts wore. In this form he does not use a Duel Disk - instead, he grows five wings, each serving as one Monster Card Zone and one Spell and Trap Card Zone apiece. His cards materialize directly into his hands - his Deck is unseen.

Personality

Nightshroud is a calm individual with the belief that individuality, hope, and bonds are what bring about people's suffering. He believes himself to be a "savior" and that complete peace can be brought into people through complete nullification (giving people no hope or despair). Nightshroud rarely loses his composure in conversations or Duels unless he is tricked or caught off-guard, especially if it relates to darkness within people. He sees people as beings that will eventually enter his world, but sees people with Duel Monster Spirits inside them as "foreign objects" that must be eliminated.

When individuals show fortitude against Nightshroud by using hope and bonds, he will become determined to use anything he has to destroy all hope and bonds that people have within themselves and give himself a better advantage such as using illusions to trick his opponents, using any darkness they have against them, or using his opponent's Duel Partners against them.

According to himself, Nightshroud follows the logic and truth of the world and thus has no actual desires.

Voice/Mannerisms

In the Japanese version, Darkness uses the word ware (我) to refer to himself and waga (我が) as a possessive pronoun, a very polite and business-like way of doing so. This also speaks to the age of Nightshroud, as this way of speaking is no longer widely used and has not been since Japanese Feudal times.

Biography

History

Yusuke Fujiwara learned about the Nightshroud before the incident at the Abandoned Dorm, heading to the Dorm's subterranean Duel arena in order to perform a ritual to free it and gain its power. However, Atticus Rhodes, Yusuke's friend, followed him and became caught up in the ritual. Yusuke disappeared, giving Atticus the Nightshroud mask as he no longer needed it. Atticus resisted Nightshroud's influence from then on, until he was forced to embrace it and become its host in order to survive the Dorm's events. He encountered and defeated the Gravekeeper's Chief, obtaining half of a Shadow Charm pendant.

Shadow Riders

Nightshroud is introduced as the first of the Shadow Riders to challenge Jaden Yuki, who had by that point become the owner of the other half of the Shadow Charm pendant (Nightshroud showed a desire to gain the Sacred Beasts, but it wasn't explained why). Transporting Jaden Yuki, Alexis Rhodes, Syrus Truesdale, and Chumley Huffington to the Academy's volcano, Nightshroud sets a Shadow Game in which the loser would have his soul sealed in a card, using Syrus and Chumley as insurance, trapped inside an energy bubble over lava that weakens as Jaden loses Life Points. Nightshroud uses his "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" to gain an early advantage, but when Jaden begins to counterattack, Nightshroud calls out his "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon," which grows stronger for each Dragon in his Graveyard, destroying Jaden's "Elemental HERO Tempest." Jaden is able to split Nightshroud's monster in two and reduce the ATK of the copies, then attack them both with "Elemental HERO Wildedge" to win the Duel. When defeated, Nightshroud's soul, represented by the mask he wore, is sealed away, and Atticus, who had been the dark personality's vessel, is freed.

Society of Light

Darkness

Nightshroud activates "Dragon's Gunfire" after taking control of Atticus Rhodes to Duel Zane Truesdale.

During the Genex Tournament, Atticus uses Nightshroud's Deck in hopes of convincing his friend, Zane, that the dark path taken by a Duelist is a terrible course. As a result of playing his "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon," Nightshroud's dark aura begins to resurface. Atticus is able to resist him and nearly win the Duel, but Zane protects himself with his "Power Wall" Trap Card, throwing most of his Deck out in disrespect. This action causes Atticus to believe that Zane can't be helped, and the influence influence of Nightshroud that lay dormant within the card is once again able to take control of Atticus. Nightshroud immediately destroys Zane's last monster, leaving him with three cards in his Deck, but Zane is still able to bring out his "Cyberdark Dragon," absorb the strength of "Red-Eyes Black Dragon," and destroy "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon" to win the Duel. As a result, Nightshroud is banished back to his prison following his defeat.

Darkness

However, he makes a subsequent return after Jaden accepts Atticus' proposal for a rematch to discover Nightshroud's secrets. Atticus also has nightmares about the day he became Nightshroud's host, which reveals he was not the first or only person to take up Nightshroud's soul. Adding to the mystery, while visiting the arena underneath the Abandoned Dorm, Atticus is attacked by the Duel Monster Spirit Honest, which is disguised as Yusuke Fujiwara, knocking him unconscious in the process. After he recovers, Jaden visits Atticus in the nurse's office and Atticus comes up with the idea of having Jaden Duel Nightshroud (despite the obvious dangers) in order to uncover the entity's origins, which he does. Despite the use of "Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon," Jaden wins again, so Atticus once more stays free from Nightshroud.

Yusuke under Nightshroud's control

Unmasked Yusuke Fujiwara under the control of Nightshroud.

Nightshroud later appears to Atticus during the final stages of Trueman's siege at Duel Academy, still in Fujiwara's body, who has completely fallen under Nightshroud's influence and adopted its doctrine. He reveals himself as the mastermind behind the Trueman attacks and is thus the main antagonist of the events. Here, too, his true intentions and motivations are revealed. Nightshroud wanted all humans to be taken into the World of Darkness where they will ultimately give up on their own lives, because while in the dark world, they would be mentally tortured by visions of failing at their hopes and dreams. They would then become a single entity, sharing all joy and all suffering. Nightshroud claimed his actions are justified in that, with no more individuality, humanity's suffering will finally end. He Duels Atticus, who uses Nightshroud's former "Red-Eyes" Deck after modifying it, and shows him a vision during the Duel that leads Atticus to believe he ended it in a draw, exploiting the darkness in Atticus's heart. In reality, Nightshroud had used the effect of his "Clear Vice Dragon" to prevent its destruction, allowing it to defeat Atticus and absorb him into the World of Darkness.

Nightshroud is then challenged to a Duel by Jaden and Jesse Anderson. He accepts on the condition that it be a Battle Royal, attempting to search for the darkness in Jesse's heart. Despite the attempts of the "Crystal Beasts" to prevent him from finding out, Nightshroud was able to gleam that Jesse wanted to defeat Jaden, and he appeared to have briefly turned the two against one another, but they instead used their attacks on one another to gain advantages against Nightshroud. Though he defeats Jesse when Jesse sacrifices himself to protect Jaden, Jaden summons "Rainbow Neos" and empowers it with "Honest" to defeat Nightshroud's "Clear Vicious Knight" as well as purge Nightshroud from Fujiwara's body and destroy it.

However, this did nothing to stop Nightshroud, as only part of it was destroyed, and Nightshroud then appeared in its true form. Nightshroud revealed that it created an artificial eclipse over the planet with its own dark world, blocking out the sun and pulling all humans into the dark world. This left Jaden, Pharaoh the cat, and the immaterial Lyman Banner as the last living things on Earth. Nightshroud challenges Jaden to a final Duel, viewing Jaden as a "foreign object" that didn't belong in either world because he held a human spirit and a Duel spirit (referring to Yubel), and thus should be removed. Nightshroud reveals its origins, saying that in every person there is insecurity and inner turmoil: hopes and dreams failing before fear and guilt, creating "darkness", and itself as well. Nightshroud adds a justification to its actions, saying that it's natural for its world to replace the human world. He begins locking Jaden down with his "Darkness," "Zero," and "Infinity" combo. Jaden is able to work his way around it, until Nightshroud Summons "Yubel" from Jaden's Deck. Jaden is able to reclaim Yubel with "Super Polymerization," fusing her with "Elemental HERO Neos" to create "Neos Wiseman," which turns the tables compltetly in Jaden's favour. Nightshroud is able to take control of the Duel again with "Darkness Seed," allowing him to continually restore his Life Points to 4000. He then calls out his 4000 ATK "Darkness Neosphere" and destroys "Neos Wiseman," but Jaden in turn permanently disables Nightshroud's "Darkness" combo. During the Duel, Jaden reaches out to the humans trapped in the darkness, and reminding them of all of their bonds with each other. The trapped humans eventually free themselves, after which Jaden defeats Nightshroud with "Elemental HERO Divine Neos." Though beaten and forced to return to the World of Darkness, Nightshroud claims that as long as there's darkness in humans, it would surely return, but Jaden counters by boasting that as long as there are bonds between humans, Nightshroud will never return.

Non-canon appearances

In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force, Nightshroud appears in part 3, possessing Atticus, while having brainwashed Alexis to be his partner. Both are returned to normal after the player defeats them.

Deck

Nightshroud plays a variety of Decks in the anime. While possessing Atticus Rhodes, He plays his "Red-Eyes" Deck, with which focuses on the Summoning and powering up of "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon and its upgraded form "Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon".

Through Yusuke Fujiwara, Nightshroud plays a "Clear" Deck, focusing on the negative effects caused by "Clear World" and disruptive Spell and Trap Cards using his Ace Clear Vice Dragon.

Nightshroud's true deck is a "Darkness" Deck while in his true form, which focuses on field control through a combo of "Zero" and "Infinity", which link out to "Darkness Destroyer" and "Darkness Neosphere" as offense.

Duels

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Gravekeeper's Chief 28 Win (off-screen)
Jaden Yuki 29-30 Lose
Zane Truesdale 89 Lose
Atticus Rhodes 173-174 Win
Jaden Yuki, Jesse Anderson 175-176 Lose (Jaden), Win (Jesse)
Jaden Yuki 177-178 Lose

Trivia

  • When Nightshroud describes the origin of the world to Jaden, he uses a single card as a metaphor. In Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, the Numeron Code, a card said to have created all of reality, is a major plot point, possibly what Nightshroud was referring to.
  • In addition, the ruined future world that he briefly shows Jaden closely resembles the alternate future in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's that Z-one, Antinomy, Aporia and Paradox hail from.

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