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Katsuya Jounouchi (known as "Jounouchi" for the entire Japanese series, both anime and manga) is a relatively new duelist, known for incorporating chance/luck-themed cards (gambling) and warriors into his deck(s).

Katsuya Jounouchi
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Jounouchi over the Red-Eyes Black Dragon card, from episode 57.
Appears in manga:
Yu-Gi-Oh! (Original manga)
Yu-Gi-Oh! R
Yu-Gi-Oh! (1st series anime)
Yu-Gi-Oh! (Duel Monsters) (2nd series anime)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters
Yu-Gi-Oh! the Movie
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light
Debut Yu-Gi-Oh! (original and English manga) Volume 1, Duel 1
Birthday January 25, 1980
Deck Luck
Sign Aquarius
Age 16-17 at debut - 18-19 at the end
Height 178 cm (about 5'10")
Weight 62 kg (136.4 lbs.)
Blood Type B
Favorite food Curry and rice
Least Favorite food Nothing in particular
Status at debut Domino High School 1st year (10th grade)
Relations Younger sister: Shizuka Kawai/Jounouchi (Serenity Wheeler
in the English anime)
Seiyū 1st series: Toshiyuki Morikawa
2nd series: Hiroki Takahashi
Voice acting Wayne Grayson (US)
Dwayne Tan (Singapore)

Katsuya Jounouchi (城之内 克也 Jōnouchi Katsuya) is a fictional character in the manga and anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! He is known as Joseph "Joey" Wheeler in the English anime and video games as well as the Brazilian and Portuguese version of the manga.

Character design

Jounouchi's design incorporates multiple layers of clothing and a wide range of expressions. Depicted here is the duelist in the outfit he wears in the Duelist Kingdom Arc from front, side, and rear views and alongside views of his head from different angles.

Jounouchi's character design was overseen by Kazuki Takahashi.

In the first seven volumes of the original manga, Jounouchi's hairstyle changes drastically. Originally featuring two large fringes in front of his ears, the hairstyle changes to a sporadically arranged and unrealistic hairstyle. Jounouchi's first color appearance depicts him with medium brown hair and black eyes. Subsequent appearances lighten the hair color to dirty blond and blond. His eyes are portrayed as brown or hazel.

In the first series anime, Jounouchi's hairstyle does not change, and the sporadic hairstyle colored in a bright blond style is used. His eyes are brown.

In the second series anime, he has dirty blond hair in the sporadic hairstyle and dark brown eyes. His usual outfit from the second series anime consists of a long green open jacket with a raised collar, a white T-shirt underneath and blue jeans. He often carries a KaibaCorp Duel Disk on his left hand.

Character biography

16-year old Jounouchi, who is in class 1-B at Domino High School, is a hothead and his mouth gets him in trouble many times. Jounouchi starts out as a street thug and is part of tough-guy Hirutani's gang for long periods of time while they attend the same middle school. Upon entering Domino High School, he antagonizes Yuugi Mutou, who later defends him from a bully. This results in Jounouchi greatly respecting Yuugi and becoming his best friend. His other two good friends are Hiroto Honda (Tristan Taylor) and Anzu Mazaki (Téa Gardner). In the first series anime, Miho Nosaka is also one of Jounouchi's friends. The pronunciations from the first characters of "Yūgi" and "Jōnouchi" form the word "Yūjō" (友情), which means "friend" or "fellowship". The card, called "Yu-Jo Friendship" (友情 Yu-Jyo in Japanese) is named after the word and the relationship between the characters, especially Jounouchi and Yuugi.

In the manga, Jounouchi is poor, due to his father's gambling addictions and alcoholism. Jounouchi goes to great lengths to repay his father's debts, such as working at multiple jobs (he was the "lone paperboy" in middle school, meaning that he was one of the few that were permitted to work while going to school) and going on the "Get the Million" game show. Ironically, many of his cards contain a gambling theme, and often, his strong luck helps him win in the end.

Jounouchi's skill at Duel Monsters is somewhat near as good as that of Yuugi's, but he still duels as part of a tag team on occasions and he strives to improve his skill. This is a frequent subplot throughout the series, although it was muted somewhat in the English anime. Jounouchi is referred to by Pegasus in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX as, in Pegasus's opinion, the third-best duelist in the world, behind Yuugi and Kaiba.

Jounouchi has a sister named Shizuka Kawai ("Serenity Wheeler" the English anime; "Shizuka Jounouchi" in the first series Yu-Gi-Oh! anime). In the Japanese versions of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Shizuka's surname comes from her mother's maiden name, while her brother uses his father's surname. Their parents divorced when Jounouchi was 10. Their mother took custody of Shizuka, while Jounouchi's father retained his custody. In the manga and the Duel Monsters anime, Shizuka started to go blind, so Jounouchi entered the Duelist Kingdom tournament to finance her eye surgery. Jounouchi places second to Yuugi in the event, although Yuugi gives him the money to finance the surgery. In the first series anime, Shizuka is chronically ill and in the hospital. Therefore Jounouchi ensures that she gets the best care in the hospital.


In the original Japanese versions of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Jounouchi does not use honorifics, which means he has a "rude" speech pattern. When talking to people he doesn't like, Jounouchi uses the word "teme" (a rude form of "you" in Japanese, often translated as "you bastard") instead of his normal "omae" (a form of "you" that, in context, is used between friends, but can imply that the person being spoken to has a lower status than the speaker does if used incorrectly), especially to Seto Kaiba, who does not think highly of Jounouchi. The speech pattern translates into the English anime's Joey Wheeler having a Brooklyn, New York accent. In the movie, he refers to himself as "the Godfaddah of Games."


Originally, Jounouchi's deck is comprised of mostly Warrior-Type monsters. As the series progresses, Jounouchi begins adding more and more types of cards to his arsenal. He also uses luck based cards like "Question", "Graceful Dice", and "Skull Dice" in the series, mostly in the Battle City arc later on using monsters with power special effects such as "Gilford the Lightning" and "Blue Flame Swordsman". His dependency on luck (which works surprisingly well for him) started after he defeated Mai Kujaku (Mai Valentine) with "Time Wizard".

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