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Leo (Rua or Lua in the Japanese version) is a part-sadistic, part-insane 11-year-old villain in the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's manga. During his first appearance, he was a Turbo Duelist Eliminator hired by Rex Goodwin in the D1GP (a tournament organized by Goodwin). His twin sister, Luna (Ruka in the Japanese version) was also a villain and an Eliminator, who shared a Duel Runner with Leo. They always dueled together against the opponent, though Leo was mostly the one making the moves, sometimes borrowing his sister’s cards. This because of Luna’s fragile health.
Leo in the Manga is a sadistic and dark individual, already in his first appearance showing pleasure in torturing his helpless enemies. Wild in combat and malevolent to his opponents, Leo shows a tiny allusion of insanity, supported by the look of his eyes. This is shown when he crushed Aria, easily winning the Duel and laughing when his dragon almost killed two people in the audience. Though most of his cruelty must be related to his harsh Maniac Leo's insane look, when he's dueling with all his potentials, making him more like a Tragic Villain instead of an Insane Villain. Despite been twins, Leo and his sister have different personalities Leo’s outfit and physical appearance are similar to his anime counterpart, except for his eyes, which are wicked and slightly insane.
At the age of nine, Leo and Luna were abandoned by their parents. With Luna seriously sick and alone in New Domino City, life was harsh for both of them. That began to mold Leo’s personality into coldness and hatred against a World that seemed to be against him. The only thing he cared about more than himself was his ill sister. Leo and his sister before they were abandoned by their parents. Here is Leo giving a picky backy to his sister.
Luna required several extremely expensive medicines. To get by and pay for the medicines, they both had to enter Underground Turbo Duels, where there were no rules to prevent children like them from participating. Leo made a tag-team with his sister, against every opponent. During the next year, the twins made a great success, and with the large profit earned, they managed to survive and get the medicine to Luna.
Unfortunately, someone beat them and so began another tragedy for the twins: Luna became sick again. Only this time was even worse! Without is sister to assist him and nervous about her condition, Leo performed gradually worse in every next duel, until he began to lose. Angered fans of him, who lost money on him in bets, found him and beaten him up gravely. When he couldn’t take it anymore, Leo cried out and collapsed on the ground. When he woke up, he saw Lazar handing him a “Machine Dragon Power Toll” card, offering money to pay for Luna’s treatment, in exchange for Leo accepting to work for Rex Goodwin as an Eliminator in the D1GP.
At first, Luna was still recovering so Leo had to Duel alone, like last time. However since his twin was been treated and with his new Dragon, Leo’s duel abilities recovered from his fall and he defeated his opponents. Most of them were the former fans who'd beaten him up. Seeing a perfect opportunity of pay-back, Leo not only defeats them but also humiliates them (even injuring some of them with Direct Attacks).
More and more revenge duels made him gain a taste for making the others suffer. It was then that Leo acquired his sadistic behavior, seeing the other Turbo Duelists like easy prey. When Luna fully recovered, Lazar gave her also a Dragon card. She rejoined her brother and together, the two became the Elite Eliminator henchmen of Goodwin.
Leo makes his first appearance (along with Luna) riding on his Duel Runner in Ride 22: Duel Dragon!! of the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Manga, dueling Aria. Leo easily defeats the Duelist with "Machine Dragon Power Tool”. After his dragon's attack defeats Aria, some of the screws from the Screwdriver Missile shoot towards some spectators. That event simply amused Leo further. Before they can hit, Crow Hogan summons his "Blackwing Tamer - Hawk Joe the Pitch Dark" to intercept the attack and save the audience. He then starts to berate Leo about his disregard towards the audience. Leo ignores him and looks at Yusei, claiming that ‘they had found their next prey!’
When Goodwin announces to the public and Duelists, he reveals that Leo and his sister are his Elite Eliminators.
Leo Vs Yusei
Later, in Ride 23: Twin Duelists!! Leo and Luna meet up with Yusei to challenge him to a Turbo Duel. Crow tries to get them to duel him instead, but Leo claims they ‘don’t care about a broom-head, like him’. Yusei then asks Leo if he’s related to the Duel Dragons. Leo shows him his “Machine Dragon Power Tool”. Yusei ultimately accepts the challenge.
Leo's ace is 'Machine Dragon Power Tool'. In the English version, the dragon is named 'Power Tool Dragon' As the duel progresses, in Ride 24: Equipment VS Equipment Leo gains the upper hand by filling his field the field with his sister's Forest monsters, instead of his creatures. He ultimately called out his “Machine Dragon Power Tool”, and powering it up to 4800 ATK. Although the duel seemed to be in Leo's favor, Yusei always avoided losing in the last minute, over and over. This angered Leo, for he was ecstatic to finish him off and make him squirm.
In Ride 25: Hearts Overlapped he allowed his fury get the better of him and had his Spell & Trap Card Zone all filled with Equip Spell Cards and Continuous Trap Cards, preventing him from using the Dark Bribe in his hand, that would have allowed him to win, in the right moment. This allowed Yusei, with a “Synchro Nova” and a powered up “Gravity Warrior”. This defeat simply angered Leo even more, before he drove off with Luna.