15 at debut, currently 17
Third year student
Episode 1 - The Next King of Games
15-year old Jaden joins the Duel Academy - a school established bySeto Kaiba sometime after the events of the Duel Monsters season.While on his way to the entrance duel, he runs into his idol, YugiMuto, who, in the ten years since we last saw the character, hasbecome a worldwide celebrity and duelist sensation. Jaden receivesfrom Yugi the Winged Kuriboh card, which he uses to defeat Dr.Crowler in the entrance exam. This stunt gains Jaden the immediaterespect and admiration of his classmates, and he becomes one of thegreatest duelists in the school (though occasionallyunderappreciated, due to his status in the "Slifer Red" dorm, thelowest dorm). Jaden's Joey-like enthusiasm for dueling makes him avaluable asset in the fight against the threats that he faces in Season1, including the Shadow Riders and the Sacred Beasts.
After passing all of his end of year exams, Jaden and friends return toDuel Academy for a second year. Jaden still has his enthusiasticpersonality, but regains much character development in Season 2,especially after meeting Aster Phoenix, a new first year who seems tomatch his calibre in dueling. Although, things quickly take a turn for the weird, and Jaden, after losing to Aster, becomes depressed andloses the abilty to see his cards. After returning from Neospace withnew monsters, he manages to defeat Aster and rediscovers himself,continuing a fight against the evil and mysterious Society of Light.
Although still a carefree duelist, Jaden appears to have more serious