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You asked me why I battle, Alice? I'll tell you: It's because I'm a winner and I need to win to survive, and what I hate most are losers! You see, I'm on a quest to become the best Bakugan gamer there is, and trust me, I won't let anything stand in my way. It is the will of Naga and it will be done!
Masquerade to Illusionary Alice, You Say You Want An Evolution

Masquerade (マスカレード, Masukarēdo?) was formerly a major villain in Bakugan Battle Brawlers before abandoning his evil ways and assisting the Battle Brawlers. He is a Darkus brawler and was a servant of Naga, the mastermind behind the Doom Beings.

After Dan defeated him during their final battle in Episode 38, it is revealed that Masquerade is the split personality inside Alice Gehabich after being affected by the negative energy of the Silent Core.

He initially used Darkus Reaper as his first Guardian Bakugan, but later replaced him with Darkus Hydranoid as his second Guardian Bakugan after deciding the latter had more potential.

He isn't a Battle Brawler, but helped Dan Kuso defeating Centorrior and Druman. Afterwards, he gave Alice his Hydranoid and mysteriously disappeared, but it's unknown that he is dead or alive.


Masquerade wears a purple and blue visor mask likely made out of glass (it seems to function like a Bakupod). He also wears a white cape-like coat. It is buttoned by straps on its chest however towards the waist it is unbuttoned. At the waist if you look carefully, you can see part of a blue shirt and two cross something that seem to go together. Underneath the jacket, there is what appears to be armor on Masquerade's upper chest. He wears purple jeans with three belts. The belt has a circular belt buckle. He had blond hair that is styled upwards. Masquerade also wears boots with small heels at the bottom. These boots have straps and buckles on them as well.


Obsessed with power and becoming the best Bakugan brawler around, Masquerade is ruthless in his objective to acquire the most powerful Bakugan. Despite having Alice for a host, Masquerade's personality is the exact opposite of hers. In each and every one of his battles, he would repeatedly show brutal, manipulative and borderline amoral behavior in the game. He had been shown to frequently banish Bakugan, even his own, into the Doom Dimension with absolutely no remorse or hesitance in order to obtain victory and would use brutal tactics that bordered on cheating, rationalizing his behavior as a constant state of life or death. As seen during Exedra's trial, he tells the illusionary version of Alice that he battles in order to gain strength due to deeming it the only way he could survive.

During his time working against the Brawlers, Masquerade also showed complete obedience and loyalty to Naga, having been shown to faithfully follow his orders and plans without question and stated that his loyalty to the destructive Bakugan is one of the major motivations for his actions.

Masquerade also showed a rather unique relationship with his alternate original personality of Alice Gehabich, where despite him taking advantage of her as a member of the Brawlers and using her for his own ends, he was stated to neither hate nor fear her. This is seen during his Trial, where he stated that he knew everything about her and thus felt no fear battling her.

However, despite showing no outward reaction to her, it's been shown that Alice is in fact something akin to that of a consciousness to Masquerade that embodies his secret hesitance and conflicting thoughts about helping Naga and his continued service to him. This is demonstrated when he showed obvious frustration at the illusionary Alice's constant inquiry to his true motivations and showed annoyance and loss of patience at being questioned for what he truly wanted.

When it came to his fourth match against Dan, Masquerade displays anger issues in not wanting to lose as he rips his coat telling Dan he viewed him as a thorn in his side.

Following losing a fair battle against Dan, Masquerade learned his lesson about playing the game rather than being obsessed with power and winning. He would redeem himself by helping Dan face Centorrior and Druman. Masquerade mentioned being glad that his final battle was alongside Dan and shaking his hand before departing. Prior to disappearing he no longer has a destiny and gave Hydranoid to Alice.


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Masquerade initially appeared to be stealing Bakugan all over the world by beating Runo Misaki and various other kids and manipulating his victims such as Tatsuya and the JJ Dolls whom he beat into using Doom Cards. When Dan battles him in an effort to halt this, Masquerade witnesses Drago's power and becomes interested in him. He has his minions battling the brawlers (lending his Guardian Bakugan Reaper to Darkus-using ones, notably Ryo and Kenji though reaper returns back to him). Later, Masquerade is shown to be working for a man named Hal-G, while they both plan to use negative energy to get the Infinity Core. Masquerade is then shown brainwashing Kosuke and Takashi and telling them if they win, their friend can see her brother again, and then he transports to a plane. Masquerade then talks to Hal G about how useless the kids he brainwashed are and said that with each battle his Bakugan power grows. He then decides to recruit Shun.

He is disappointed by Reaper and replaces him with the Bakugan of greater potential, Hydranoid, by sending Reaper to the Doom Dimension. Masquerade's goal was to make his Hydranoid evolve to make it the ultimate Bakugan, so he could acquire the Infinity Core and bring it to Naga. He did this mainly by using Doom Cards which send the opponent's Bakugan to the Doom Dimension. He was the Number One Brawler ranked online, which made this goal far much easier to attain, since everybody challenged him, trying to gain his spot.

Later, Masquerade arrives at Shun's dojo and convinces him to join his side right as Dan arrives. Dan gets angered to see Shun with Masquerade, and tells Shun to get rid of Dan. However, as he doesn't, Dan challenges them both to a fight, with Dan losing and being left with only Drago as his Bakugan. Masquerade brings out Hydranoid to fight Drago and ends up sending Reaper to the Doom Dimension, much to Shun's horror. Shun then uses Monarus to save Drago. Eventually, Shun turns on Masqerade and uses Skyress to help Dan beat him. Masquerade then tells the two that though he may have lost he will still send both of them to the Doom Dimension before departing.

To get rid of the Bakugan Battle Brawlers, who started to become a problem, he recruited the top ranked brawlers in the world: Klaus von Hertzon, Chan Lee, Julio Santana, Komba O'Charlie and Billy Gilbert. He appeared to them during their battle royal and brought them to Naga who brainwashed them. Later on he sees the Brawlers have infiltrated his castle after Marucho Marukura lost Preyas to Klaus. He confronted Runo and Marucho telling him that soon Hydranoid will be the ultimate Bakugan before sending out Julio to battle Runo and Dan. Later during Billy's battle with Julie Makimoto he appears and tells Billy that if he beats Juile he will rank him up to 9th place. Though Billy wins he breaks free of Masqeruade's infulence due to not wanting to send Juile to the Doom Dimension much to his anger. Later he appears to Komba telling him that he must battle to get strong. Him and Hal-G are called to speak with Naga who tells them that failure is not an option and they must beat Drago. Masquerade told Julio, Chan and Klaus that they must find the bralwers and beat them. After they all broke free, Masquerade told Naga that soon Hydranoid will evolve and then they will win. After all the top bralwers broke free from their brainwashing Masquerade punished them by battling them and sending each of their Guardian Bakugan to the Doom Dimension, which evolved Hydranoid into Dual Hydranoid. He is shown to be very cruel as he banished two of his Bakugan (Laserman and Reaper) to the Doom Dimension. Later he appeared in Dan's room challenging the hero to fight to setle their score. During their battle, he sent Dan to the Doom Dimension because Dan didn't want to lose Drago. Later, he battled Runo, Marucho, Juile, and Shun, though they lost on purpose so they could join Dan and Drago.

He also battled Joe Brown and Wavern for the Infinity Core, but lost. After that he went into the Doom Dimension himself to face the Darkus Legendary Soldier of Vestroia, Exedra, where he faced an illusionary Alice. He defeated her and Dual Hydranoid evolved into Alpha Hydranoid. He later lost to Dan Kuso and reformed, revealing Alice as his host/alter-ego.

Masquerade was born as Alice's split personality when the negative energy of the Silent Core affected Alice's body through Michael Gehabich's dimension transporter. Alice was unaware that she was Masquerade, though she often experienced periods of time wherein she would appear in a place with no memory of how she came to be there.

After that, he made one final appearance to help Dan defeat Centorrior and Druman, after which he leaves Alice, and his mask crumbles away. Before disappearing, he gives her his Alpha Hydranoid. However, the Japanese version of GAME OVER shows the silhouette of Masquerade's shadow instead of Alice's as she says goodbye to Hydranoid, indicating his presence is still inside of her.

Bakugan Battle Brawlers: New Vestroia

Masquerade appears in Alice's mind

He appears briefly in Shadow Attack, encouraging Alice to battle Shadow Prove instead of running away. It seems Alpha Hydranoid is aware of Masquerade's presence, telling Alice not to apologize as Masquerade will see it as a sign of weakness. During the battle, Alice often has brief visions of him.

At one point she says to Shadow, "Would you be so arrogant if you knew I used to be the brawler Masquerade?", suggesting that Masquerade's name may still carry some weight to the Vestals (who knew many of the Battle Brawlers' previous exploits). Then she and Masquerade together defeated Hades. However, after destroying Hades, they still ended up losing because of Shadow's new Mechanical Bakugan. Alice and Chan Lee would fall to Shadow's MAC Spider, but it is unknown whether Masquerade was assisting her against it.

Mechtanum surge Arc 2

Although not appearing, he is indirectly mentioned by Worton who thinks that Wiseman is using the transporter card Masquerade once used, which turns out false once his identity as Coredegon.

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Bakugan: The Evo Tournament

In the Evo Tournament manga, Masquerade is said to be the one responsible for sending Katie Lowery's original Bakugan, Chamelia, to the Doom Dimension. However, this was not shown.


Bakugan Battle Brawlers


  • He was ranked number one for the majority of Season 1 until losing to Dan in Behind the Mask of Masquerade.
  • He is the only character to defeat all of the Brawlers; granted, they also threw their battles to follow Dan into the Doom Dimension.
  • Dan mistakenly calls him "Marmalade" in A Feud Between Friends when Dan was talking in his sleep.
  • Every time Masquerade used Hydranoid's Ability Chaos of Darkness, there was a close-up shot of his mouth. This is also the same when he activated Black Is Darkness for Centipoid in Episode 5.
  • Several of Masquerade's traits are carried into other villains (or initial villains) in subsequent Bakugan Battle Brawlers anime seasons and games:
    • Spectra Phantom is another masked brawler who is close to someone in the Resistance (Mira Fermin), refuses her initial offer to join them, and wants his Guardian Bakugan to become the Ultimate Bakugan. He also ultimately turns to the side of good and helps Dan fight a major antagonist (Zenoheld).
    • Marduk, the villain of the Bakugan Battle Brawlers video game, is another Darkus brawler and the main character's main rival, wielding an incredibly powerful and seemingly evil Bakugan.
  • In Bakugan Dimensions, he was referenced to by Beckham.
  • His pride and constant attempts to be the best at the game resemble Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh! and Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z. It is also worth noting that Masquerade's hairstyle is similar to the Super Saiyan hairstyles featured in Dragon Ball Z.
  • Dan is the last person that Masquearde interacts with physically before leaving by shaking his hand.
  • While Masquerade was the best brawler until losing to Dan, he was never mentioned by any of the Vestals. Throughout Season 2 only Alice, Dan, and Alpha Hydranoid mention him. Even Spectra didn't even seem interested in battling him despite wearing a mask himself.
  • He is the only one of Dan's rivals who refers to him by his first name rather than his last name.


Masquerade used to be the best brawler until Dan beat him. He has an exceptional record, with only three losses, two of them only because of arguably unfair disadvantages. The first loss resulted from a two-on-one battle after Shun switched from his side to Dan's, while the second was because of the Infinity Core.

Bakugan Battle Brawlers
Opponent Outcome
Runo Misaki Win (was not shown)
Various Unnamed Brawlers Win (Offscreen)
Dan Kuso Draw (Due to sparing Drago)
Tatsuya Win (was not shown)
JJ Dolls Win (Offscreen)
Dan Kuso (Tag with Shun, who changed sides halfway through) Lose (Because Shun changed sides)
Julio Santana Win
Chan Lee Win
Komba O'Charlie Win
Runo Misaki Win (dream)
Billy Gilbert Win
Klaus von Hertzon Win (due to Hydranoid's evalution)
Dan Kuso Win (due to opponents gate card being nullified)
Shun Kazami, Runo Misaki, Marucho Marukura, and Julie Makimoto Win (Opponents lost on purpose to find Dan)
Joe Brown Lose (Due to the Infinity Core)
Illusionary Alice Win
Dan Kuso Lose
Centorrior, Druman, Pyrus Serpenoids, and Darkus Garganoids (Tag with Dan) Win (due to the darkus long range attack)