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I'm just a girl. What do I know about battling anyway?
——Runo being sarcastic to Tatsuya, , Runo Rules

Runo Misaki (美咲 琉乃 (ルノ), Misaki Runo?) is one of the characters in the anime series Bakugan Battle Brawlers. Runo is the Haos brawler of the Battle Brawlers, partnered with Haos Blade Tigrerra.

While she appears in subsequent seasons, her importance to the story is greatly reduced, as she is now the group's minor Haos brawler. She also appears in two video games: Bakugan: Battle Brawlers and Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Battle Trainer as a main character.


Runo has apricot skin, green eyes and long blue hair that she ties into pigtails.

Her outfit in Bakugan Battle Brawlers is a yellow midriff t-shirt with light red straps that exposes her shoulders and a white skirt with a pink belt. She also wears maroon fingerless wrist gloves, as well as orange and white striped knee socks and brown shoes.

In New Vestroia, Runo's outfit is a yellow shirt and white dress with pink designs.

In Mechtanium Surge, Runo wears a white shirt, a blue waistcoat, a red tie and khaki shorts.


Runo is very focused, not your typical pre-teen girl. She loves playing Bakugan with her friends and detests those who underestimate her for her gender. Runo is always arguing with her friend Dan and Julie. She has a close bond with her Guardian Bakugan, Haos Tigrerra, who is very obedient to her and powerful in battle. One of the things she hates the most is when people believe they're better at brawling than her, just because she is a girl. She loses a lot of her Bakugan to the Doom Dimension, to a point where she almost quit the game, but she then decided not to.

Runo is arguably the most headstrong heroine throughout the four series of Bakugan, as she always wants to have her own way in everything, wants attention from people, and often attacks head-on before carefully judging the situation. She is also very proud and is eager to go her own way.

Despite having certain, undeniable flaws, Runo is shown to be a caring, kind and cute girl who always tries her very best in everything and never slow to help her friends. As time passes between the seasons, she seems to have grown more mature even stopping Dan, Marucho and Shun from fighting in Mechtanium Surge arc 2.


Bakugan Battle Brawlers

Runo in Bakugan Battle Brawlers

Runo helps her parents run their family business, and when Alice Gehabich comes to visit, she helps Runo's family with their restaurant, which leads to Runo becoming jealous as boys came just to see her. But after she comes home from the Doom Dimension a group of boys are happy to see her. She has a severe crush on Dan Kuso, but she won't admit her love for him. Still, when Dan is acting inappropriately, Runo does not hesitate to get annoyed. She reached 6th in the rankings. She was first shown meeting Dan in person.

After Dan becomes unconscious during a battle against a Ventus Brawler, she and Marucho decide to recruit Shun Kazami to the team since they think he will be a big help. The two of them find Shun's House and battle Shun only to lose to him. Dan gets mad after finding out what they did and manages to get Shun on the team. Later she watches Michael Gehabich's video before he left for Vestroia and then travels with them to Bakugan Valley

When she arrives at the Doom Dimension and is being tested by Lars Lion she uses a younger, Illusionary Dan to brawl with Runo. It took Runo a while to realize that it was Dan since this was the first kid Runo met when she moved here but she never found out his name. It is shown she is not good at batting in baseball, but is a very good thrower, making younger Dan's hand hurt when she threw it at him. She learned through this that she needed to listen to her friends more and not to be so stubborn, which made Tigrerra evolve into Blade Tigrerra and defeat Lars Lion and Younger Dan. At the moment, Runo was with Apollonir when he challenged Drago for his test he was found by Dan when he pushed her down and took of her mask,She had used two Mock Dragonoids for that battle. At the moment, Runo, ranked sixth, battled Dan to help Drago further evolve. Shun was originally going to battle him before but Tigrerra wanted to brawl Drago first, to which everyone was okay with. Later she watches Drago evolve after beating Storm Skyress as well as Dan beating Masquerade for good.

When the Brawlers were in Vestroia, she didn't do much in the Ventus/Aquos world besides briefly helping Marucho and Shun fight Tayghen and Hairadee and went to the next world. In the Subterra/Haos world, Runo, Dan, and Julie were challenged to a race to the gate to the next world by staying behind in the race to slow down Tricloid and Rabeeder so Dan could win the race since Drago was the strongest Bakugan they had. She and Tigrerra were then able to defeat Rabeeder by using Velocity Fang. When Drago and Hydranoid thought they defeated Centorrior and Druman, Runo and the rest of the gang re-appear, although they never revealed how they were freed. Alice joins them and they find out Naga is in Earth.

Runo and Tigrerra join the battle against Naga and help Drago defeat him.

In the finale of the first season, she goes on a date with Dan.

Bakugan Battle Brawlers: New Vestroia

Runo in Bakugan: New Vestroia

In Invasion of the Vestals, she sees Drago, but is left behind along with Julie when Drago tricks them into turning around while he and Dan went to New Vestroia. Runo gets angrier and angrier by the day as Dan never returns. So in episode 10, "Surprise Visitor," she blows it and heads over to Moscow with Julie to meet up with Alice and go through the gate to New Vestroia. Although she did so, the process was incomplete, sending Runo to New Vestroia, but leaving her without a physical body.

This causes a great trouble to the Resistance, as they, although still willingly, had to help her and due to this, was separated as Dan, Mira, and Baron had to go to Earth, and Shun, Marucho, and Ace stayed behind in New Vestroia. This one action of her has caused the Brawlers to have lots of difficulties in taking Beta City where they're supposed to win quite easily.

When Dan, Runo, Baron, and Mira go through the portal to Earth, Spectra, Gus, and Lync follow them. Spectra proceeds to kidnap Runo, only to give her back to Dan, having kidnapped her to make Dan follow him. After Dan and the other's learn the Dimensional Transporter needed to be fixed, Runo and Julie accompanied Dan, Mira, and Baron to back to their home. During the time Dan was back he and Runo showed how much they matured from the last series as they didn't fight that much but when they did they would end up laughing in the end. She watches Dan get upset after he loses Drago to Spectra. Later he gets his Bakugan back. She gets ready to go back to New Vestroia with Dan in episode 19, but then has to stay on Earth as she needed a Gauntlet in order to go through Dr. Michael's dimensional transporter. She gets really upset by this but Dan promises he'll be back. At the end of arc 1 she got Blade Tigrerra back. When the Resistance became stranded on Earth, Baron once teased her about her baby pictures all over her parent's restaurant, however, she gets even by dragging Baron by the ear and stuffing him in the trash.

In Six Degrees of Destruction, Mira returns and gives Runo, Julie, and Alice Gauntlets while they chat about Zenoheld's plans.

In Earth Invaders, after she mishears Dan and thinks he insulted her brawling skills, Runo goes off on her own looking for the Vexos. Mira follows her to get her to come back but they are soon discovered and battle against Mylene and Lync. Runo was able to defeat Lync, but her and Mira were soon defeated by Mylene, having Magma Wilda lost the Subterra energy. After the Resistance were thinking of how to get to Mother Palace to defeat the Vexos Runo comes to Dan to let him know that dinner is ready right when Spectra transported Dan and Drago to his ship. After Dan defeated Spectra he transported the Resistance members who have or had an attribute energy to come with him. This left Runo angry as she wanted to help out, but prayed that Dan would be careful.

In All for One, Tigrerra told the Resistance that she decided to quit brawling, for it is putting Runo and Julie in danger. So they will only brawl if it is really necessary. Even though Runo wanted to go.

Bakugan: Gundalian Invaders

Runo never makes a direct appearance this season, only appearing in a flashbacks[2][3] and a picture along with Dan and Julie that Julie shows to Koji Beetle.[4]

Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge

Runo in Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge

Runo made her first appearance in Back In Sync, when she was shown in an image along with Julie and Dan when Marucho was reflecting on the good old days of the Battle Brawlers.

She appears in Enemy Allies, taking Mira's job after Mira overworked herself and collapsed, as she has been learning Vestal technology during the time gap. Kato picks her up, and she wakes Dan up during the battle. The suits allow the Brawlers to beat Mechtavius Destroyer.

In Battle for Bakugan Land, she joins with Dan and Julie to explore Bakugan Land. She also assists in sending Battle Suits in fighting Spatterix and Stronk.

In Gunz Blazing, she was going to the lab to send the Battle suits to Dan, however, she was electrocuted by Wiseman's baton, and he ended up stealing the Battle Suits. She assists in sending Battle Suits to fight Wiseman in Battle Suit Bash and Countdown to Doomsday.

She appeared in Jump to Victory along with her new partner, Aerogan. She brawled Wiseman alongside Dan, and they were victorious.

In Enemy Infiltration, she was told by Dan to stay in the HQ while the Brawlers go to Wiseman's hideout. In a deleted scene in Evil vs. Evil, she alongside Mira cannot detect the brawlers at the island due to them being sent to the Doom Dimension, worrying her.

In Doom Dimension Throwdown, she and Mira attempt to go to Volcano Island to search Dan and the others, and Julie wants to join them, but before they even have a chance to leave, they die due to Mechtavius Destroyer destroying Bakugan City. Because the Brawlers went through the Current of Time in Blast From the Past, this event was reversed. They were revived in The Beginning of the End.

In Beginning of the End, she was seen talking to Mira and Julie that she will stay back to send the Battle Suits just in case they need it. She does so. (In the Japanese version, Dan also asks a favor to her to cook curry for him and the Brawlers, once they defeat Mechtavius Destroyer, which she does in the next episode.)

In End of the Line, she is seen cooking curry for the Brawlers (this scene is cut in the English dub). She is then reunited with the rest of the gang and throw a party for Dan, but is upset when he doesn't show up.

Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Battle Trainer

Runo as she appears in Bakugan: Battle Trainer

In Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Battle Trainer, Marucho sends Dan to the Caring Zone after it becomes apparent that the transporter has given Dan temporary memory loss. In the training room, Runo gives him a tutorial on how to play and care for his Bakugan.


Runo is a Haos Battle Brawler. Her Guardian Bakugan is Haos Tigrerra, a white tiger-like Bakugan. When Tigrerra evolved, she became Blade Tigrerra. Runo often attacks her enemies head-on, which is sometimes a problem. She rarely works with strategy, but when she does her enemies are in serious trouble.

Bakugan Battle Brawlers

Bakugan Battle Brawlers: New Vestroia

Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge


  • Runo's name, "美咲 琉乃," means "Beautiful blossom like a gem." "美咲" means "beautiful gem", while "琉乃" is "Such as a gem."
  • Runo, Dan, and Julie are the second youngest out of the six original Battle Brawlers.
  • Out of all the Battle Brawlers' Haos brawlers, Runo is the only human.
  • Runo and Alice are the only original brawlers who never got involved in the Neathia-Gundalia storyline in Gundalian Invaders or the first arc of Mechtanium Surge.
  • Runo is similar to Fabia in several ways.
    • Both are Haos brawlers.
    • Both are the main female brawlers of their debut series.
    • Both of their Bakugan were owned by another Haos brawler.
    • Both have a crush on Dan.
    • Both have blue hair and green eyes.
  • Runo's hairstyle makes her resemble the Japanese Vocaloid Hatsune Miku.
  • Runo's first season outfit looks a bit like Zoe Drake's arcade outfit from Dinosaur King. They both have pigtails, tank tops, a yellow bare-shoulder jacket, and high socks. They are also the leading female protagonist in their respective show's first series.


Runo is overall a skilled Brawler. She was ranked sixth at the end of the first series, and has only lost five brawls, her first brawl with Masquerade (the best Brawler at the time), her second loss was against Shun (the sixth-best Brawler at the time), her third loss was against Masquerade again, in which she purposely lost and went to the Doom Dimension so she could help Dan, her fourth loss was against Dan (third best Brawler at the time) and her last loss was in Bakugan Battle Brawlers: New Vestroia, where she brawled against Mylene and Lync alongside Mira.

Runo's style of battling is not always bright or well-thought-out, as her personality is a little rash and stubborn, though during such times or when she carefully plans out her tactics, her strategies are effective often resulting in her victory.

Bakugan Battle Brawlers
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Masquerade 2 Lose (was not shown)
Tatsuya 5 Win (due to her strategy)
Kenta and Kenji (Tag with Dan) 6 Win (due to their teamwork)
Takashi and Kosuke (Tag with Marucho) 9 Win (wasn't shown)
Shun Kazami (Tag with Marucho) 11 Lose
Julio Santana (Tag with Dan) 18 Win
Klaus von Hertzon, Chan Lee, and Julio Santana (Tag with Dan and Marucho) 21-22 Win (due to Drago's evolution) (eliminated)
Shuji, Akira, and Nene (Tag with Dan) 25 Win (wasn't shown)
Masquerade 26 Lose (dream)
Masquerade (Tag with Shun, Juile, and Marucho) 28 Lose (on purpose to find Dan)
Illusionary Dan 32 Win (due to not being Stuberon)
Dan Kuso 36 Lose
Tayghen and Hairadee (Tag with Dan, Shun, Marucho, and Julie) 41 Win (retreated)
Tricloid and Rabeeder (Tag with Dan and Julie) 42 Win
Centorrior and Druman (Tag with Dan, Marucho, Julie, Klaus, Julio, Billy, and Komba) 50-51 Win
Hal-G (Tag with the Battle Brawlers) 52 Win (due to the power of Bakugan and humans)
Bakugan Battle Brawlers: New Vestroia
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Mylene Farrow and Lync Volan (Tag with Mira) 34 Lose
Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Wiseman (Tag with Dan) 38 Win (due to Aerogon being able to jump high)