Dan Kuso

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Dan Kuso

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Dan and Drago in Mechtanium Surge Arc 2.JPG

Race Human
Age 12 (BB)[1]

15 (NV)[2]
16 (GI)
17 and 18 (MS)

Gender Male
Brawling Information
Main attribute Pyrus Pyrus
Partner Bakugan Fusion Dragonoid (Drago)

Apollonir (Temporary) (Deceased)
Dragonoid Colossus (Deceased)
Reptak (Temporary)

Voiced by 20px-Japanese.png Yū Kobayashi
20px-English.png Scott McCord
For the character in the Battle Planet series, see Dan Kouzo.
We're in it to win it!
Dan Kuso, Various episodes

Daniel "Dan" Kuso (Japanese: Danma "Dan" Kūsō (空操 弾馬 (ダン), Kūsō Danma (Dan)?)) is the main protagonist of the anime series Bakugan Battle Brawlers and its three following seasons: New Vestroia, Gundalian Invaders, and Mechtanium Surge.

He is partnered with a Pyrus Dragonoid named Drago (who eventually evolved into Fusion Dragonoid). After his actions in the first season, he has become a legend among brawlers from Earth, Vestal, Neathia, and Gundalia.

For the first two seasons, he lived in Wardington with his parents, Miyoko Kuso and Shinjiro Kuso, near his friends Runo Misaki, Marucho Marukura and Shun Kazami. He moved to Bayview in Gundalian Invaders, as did Julie, who became his neighbor.

He was the #1 Brawler in Bakugan Interspace until he was disqualified in a brawl against Anubias. He moved to Bakugan City in Arc 2 of Mechtanium Surge, and now lives in the Battle Brawlers Headquarters.


In the first season, he is seen wearing a short red overcoat with black pockets over a bright yellow sleeveless. He has brown hair in which he wears hexagonal shaped goggles. He wears long red trousers with black stripes just below his knees, the ends of which are neatly tucked into his blue-tongued black sneakers. He keeps his Bakugan Gear on his belt. Lastly, he wore blue fingerless gloves. The left glove was longer and he wore an orange BakuPod on his left wrist.

In New Vestroia, he wears a gold-trimmed long sleeved overcoat and darker colored 'shoulder pads' on his shoulders. His sleeves go past his wrist forming a slight upward V-shape. He wears this over a light blue sleeveless shirt. He wears white pants with grey pinstriped patches on his hips that are outlined in blue. The bottoms of his pants are neatly tucked into his black boots and are supported by a white and blue belt with a square belt buckle and wears suspender-like straps on his waist with gold buckles. He wore black fingerless gloves nearly identical to the ones he wore in the first season.

In Gundalian Invaders, he wears a white-collared red jacket with the sleeves rolled slightly up his forearms. His goggles have become elliptical. His gold buckled belt is replaced by a normal buckle (silver or aluminum). He wears dark trousers with side pockets that are outlined in red and tucked into his blue and black sneakers with gray tongues. When he became a castle knight, he wore a high-collared form-fitting outfit similar to a stormtrooper's armor. It was trimmed in red and gold and had blue markings down the sides. However, he reverted to his former outfit at the end of the series.

In the First Arc of Mechtanium Surge, he wears his trademark red jacket with a black high collar and black pads on the sides of each of his shoulders over a white and blue T-shirt. He wears normal jeans which are held by a brown belt. He also wears red-soled black sneakers that have red tongues. His goggles became rectangular again

In the second arc, he wears a red jacket which has white-colored shoulders, black fingerless gloves, and dark red jeans. Under jacket Dan has a slim T-shirt in color black. On the foot he wears black and red sneakers which almost identical to the First Arc, except the white trim.

Occasionally, in the few episodes during his morning jog Dan wears a sporting outfit which mostly black with red-colored trims on the sides from the collar and down to shoes.


Dan is a boy who really loves Bakugan and aspires to be the best brawler to ever live, which he achieves in the last episode of Bakugan Battle Brawlers. However, he tends to be impulsive and rash, which often leads him to trouble when his overconfidence gets the better of him. He is easily frustrated, which combined with his eagerness to brawl, causes him to complain a lot when he has to wait around in hiding, as shown in the first and second season. By the third season, however, Dan has outgrown that habit, as shown in the episode Curtain Call when he was telling Jake to help rebuild the second shield generator after they had a successful victory over the Gundalians.

In the beginning, Dan played using raw power without any kind of strategy, only caring about winning and not the consequences that would follow. Because of this, he and Drago got into an argument that ended with Dan throwing Drago in the river. After losing a battle to Ryo and reuniting with Drago, Dan learned that there's more to Bakugan than just power. After that experience, Dan started using a little more strategy in his battles, allowing him to take on world-ranked Bakugan champions like Chan Lee.


Bakugan Battle Brawlers[edit]

Bakugan Battle Brawlers: New Vestroia[edit]

Bakugan: Gundalian Invaders[edit]

Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge[edit]

Arc 1[edit]

Arc 2[edit]

Bakugan Dimensions[edit]

Former Bakugan

Trading Card Game[edit]

Image Card Name Card Type Card Series
BA154 GA SM cardforce F.png
Card Force Copper Gate Card 22/48
BA162 AB SM danthrow F.png
Dan's Throw Red Ability Card 30/48
BA173 AB SM pyrus F.png
Pyrus Green Ability Card 41/48
BA223 AB SM unexpected guest.png
Unexpected Guest Red Ability Card 28/48b
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Teamwork Blue Ability Card BA7


Dan is a skilled brawler between Seasons 1-3, but takes a dip in his record in Season 4. He lost three brawls in Battle Brawlers, three in New Vestroia, three in Gundalian Invaders, and eight in Mechtanium Surge.

Bakugan Battle Brawlers
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Shuji 1 Win
Shuji 1 Win
Shuji 2 Win
Masquerade 2 Draw
Shuji 3 Win
Rikimaru 3 Win
Ryo 4 Lose
Ryo 4 Win
Kenta and Kenji (Tag with Runo) 6 Win
JJ Dolls (Tag with Marucho) 7-8 Win
Unknown Ventus Brawler 11 Win
Shun Kazami (Flashback) 12 Win
Shun Kazami/Masquerade 13 Win (vs. Masquerade)
Lose (vs. Shun)
Chan Lee 16 Win
Julio Santana (Tag with Runo) 18 Win
Klaus von Hertzon, Chan Lee, and Julio Santana (Tag with Runo and Marucho) 21-22 Win
Joe Brown 23 No Outcome (Joe faints)
Akira, Shuji, and Nene (Tag with Runo) 25 Win
Masquerade 27 Lose
Illusionary Runo 33 Win
Julie Makimoto 35 Win
Marucho Marukura 35 Win
Runo Misaki 36 Win
Shun Kazami 37 Win
Masquerade 38 Win
Tayghen and Hairadee (Tag with Shun, Marucho, Runo, and Julie) 41 Win
Tricloid and Rabeeder (Tag with Runo and Julie) 42 Win
Centorrior and Druman (Tag with Nova Lion, later Masquerade) 43-44 Win
Centorrior and Druman (Tag with Runo, Marucho, Julie, Klaus, Julio, Billy, and Komba) 50-51 Win
Hal-G (Tag with the Battle Brawlers) 51-52 Win
Bakugan Battle Brawlers: New Vestroia
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Volt Luster and Lync Volan (Tag with Mira) 1 Win
Baron Leltoy 4 No Outcome
Gus Grav 5 Lose
Marucho Marukura and Baron Leltoy 6 Not Shown
Spectra Phantom and Gus Grav (Tag with Shun) 6 Win
Spectra Phantom 16 Lose
Spectra Phantom 17-18 Win
Mylene Farrow and Shadow Prove (Tag with Baron) 20 Win
Gus Grav and Mira Fermin (Tag with Ace) 23 Win (Mira lost on purpose)
Spectra Phantom 24-26 No Outcome
Spectra Phantom (Tag with Mira and Marucho) 31 Win
Spectra Phantom 38 Win
Zenoheld and Hydron (Tag with Spectra and Mira) 41 Lose
Spectra Phantom 44 Win
Spectra Phantom 45 Win
Spectra Phantom 46 Win
Zenoheld (Tag with the Resistance) 51-52 Win
Bakugan: Gundalian Invaders
Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome
Ren Krawler 1 No Outcome
Sid Arkale and Lena Isis (Tag with Marucho) 2 Win
Fabia Sheen 3 Win
Jake Vallory 4 Win
Sid Arkale and Zenet Surrow (Tag with Ren) 5 Lose
Mason Brown and Taylor (Tag with Shun) 8 Win
Sein Pam and Lewin Pam (Tag with Jake) 9 Win
Sid Arkale 12 Win
Zenet Surrow 13 Win
Barodius 14 No Outcome
Stoica and Jesse Glenn (Tag with Fabia) 16 Win
Kazarina and Lena Isis (Tag with Shun) 17 Win
Gill and Zenet Surrow (Tag with Shun) 20 Win
Hypnotized Brawlers (Tag with the Battle Brawlers and the Castle Knights) 22 Win
Koji Beetle (Tag with Fabia) 22 Win
Gundalian Forces 23 Win (Tag with the Castle Knights)
Ren Krawler and Sid Arkale 23 Win
Gundalian Forces 24 Win (Tag with Shun and Jake)
Barodius 24-25 Lose
Jake Vallory (Tag with Shun) 28 Win
Dragonoid Colossus 29 Win
Gundalian Bakugan (Tag with Marucho and Shun) 30 Win
Barodius 31 Win
Kazarina (Tag with Fabia and Jake) 35 Lose
Gill, Kazarina, Stoica, and Airzel (Tag with the Battle Brawlers) 36 Win
Airzel and Stoica (Tag with Shun) 37 No Outcome
Barodius 39 Win
Koji Beetle 39 Not Shown
Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge
Opponent(s) Episode Outcome
Unknown Brawlers 1 Win
Ben 1 Win
Zenthon 2 No Outcome
Anubias 3 Lose (Due to Mag Mel)
Zenthon (Tag with Marucho and Shun) 4 No Outcome
Sellon and Chris (Tag with Shun) 4 Win
Anubias 6 Win
Amazon 8 Lose (Due to Mag Mel)
Anubias (Tag with Preyas and Amazon) 9 Win
Zenthon 11 No Outcome
Sellon 14 Win
Anubias and Sellon 16 Lose (Due to Mag Mel)
Chaos Bakugan (Tag with the Battle Brawlers) 17 No Outcome
Mag Mel (Tag with the Battle Brawlers) 17 Lose
Anubias and Sellon (Tag with Marucho and Shun) 18 Win
Cyclone Percival (Tag with Rafe) 19 Win
Mag Mel, Anubias, and Sellon (Tag with the Battle Brawlers) 19 Win
Cyclone Percival 20 Win
Chaos Bakugan (Tag with the Battle Brawlers) 20 No Outcome
Anubias and Sellon (Tag with the Battle Brawlers) 20 Win
Flash Ingram, Braxion, Miserak, and Rockfist (Tag with Paige and Rafe) 21 No Outcome
Iron Dragonoid (Tag with Shun) 22 Win
Cyclone Percival 22 Win
Anubias 22 No Outcome
Chaos Bakugan 23 Win
Mag Mel 23 No Outcome
Chaos Army (Tag with the Battle Brawlers, Team Anubias, and Team Sellon) 24 Win
Chaos Army (Tag with the Battle Brawlers, Team Anubias, and Team Sellon) 25 Win
Mag Mel 26 Win
Unknown Brawler 27 Win
Shun Kazami 27 Win
Gunz Lazar 27 No Outcome
Coredegon, Slycerak, Exostriker, and Mandibor (Tag with Marucho and Shun) 27 Win
Wiseman (Tag with Marucho and Shun) 28 Win
Wiseman 29 Win
Wiseman (Tag with Marucho and Shun) 32 Win
Wiseman 33 Win
Wiseman 34 Win
Wiseman (Tag with Marucho and Shun) 35 No Outcome
Wiseman (Tag with Marucho and Shun) 36 Lose
Wiseman (Tag with Marucho and Shun) 37 Win
Wiseman (Tag with Runo) 38 Win
Slycerak, Exostriker, and Mandibor (Tag with Marucho and Shun) 39 Lose
Gunz Lazar (Flashback) 40 Win
Wiseman (Tag with Marucho and Shun) 40 Lose
Coredegon, Slycerak, Exostriker, and Mandibor (Tag with Marucho and Shun) 41 Lose
Gunz Lazar 43 Win
Mechtavius Destroyer (Tag with Marucho, Shun, and Gunz) 45-46 Win
Gunz Lazar 46 Win


  • Dan is the first and only one to use a Double Ability in Gundalian Invaders.
  • Dan, Runo, and Julie are the second youngest out of the original Battle Brawlers.
    • Dan's age differs on older TV Tokyo sites, being listed as one year younger than his canonical age of 12.[3]
  • He is the second person to use a Triple Ability, after Spectra.
  • His goggles are similar to those worn by the main protagonists of Digimon seasons 1-4 and 6-9.
  • With a total of seven Bakugan Traps, he has the most Bakugan Traps.
  • In his Japanese name, 空操弾馬 (Kūsō Danma), his last name, Kūsō, consists of the kanji for "sky" (空) and "honor" (操). The first kanji in his given name, 弾 (dan), has a number of meanings: bullet, ball, pellet, and shell. The next one, 馬 (ma), is much simpler: it just means "horse."
    • There is a misconception with some English fans that "Kūsō" is pronounced the same way as the Japanese swear "kuso" (which is an equivalent of "damn"). However, in Japanese, the two words are quite distinct, as the hiragana for Kūsō would be spelled くうそう (the vowels are drawn out), while the swear word is くそっ (all vowels are short).