|The World R:X Name(s)||Flügel|
|Real Name||Sogabe Ryuuji|
|Real Life Gender||Male|
|First Appearance||.hack//LINK: Twilight Knights|
|Age In First Appearance|| 29:Link|
|Japanese Voice Actor(s)||(杉田 智和) Tomokazu Sugita|
- "Kite, you are strong... But there is something no one can defeat, no matter how strong they are. Do you know what that is? TIME!"
- — Flügel —
Flügel appears as a grown man with a golden monocle covering his right eye. Initially he had long, white hair, and wore armored boots and a black trench coat adorned with clocks. After being Data Drained by Kite, his character has black hair, and wears only a dress shirt, slacks, suspenders, and tie. A single clock remains on the side of his collar. Because members of Schicksal use altered PCs, it is assumed this is how Flügel's character looked before it was altered. He wields a gun called Brieler Rössle, the Divine Spear of Nachtmart, and is often seen chewing candy.
Flügel has a carefree attitude, he doesn't seem to mind many things, but when he's interested in something, he shows more determination than anyone in Schicksal.
Sogabe Ryuuji (曽我部隆二)
- After suddenly appearing inside of The World R:X, Tokio finds himself caught in the middle of a battle between Kite and Flügel. During the fight, Kite uses his Data Drain to change Flügel back into his normal PC body, however, Flügel counterattacks with a freezing spell, freezing Kite for the time being. He spends most of his time in the Schicksal HQ, monitoring Tokio's progress.
- During Anno Domini 2021 Flügel recieves information that a distortion has appeared in The Akashic Records. After receiving his instruction Flügel enlists Tokio Kuryuu and Saika Amagi in correcting the error.
- In 2023, three years after the Immortal Dusk Incident. With the hacker-group Schicksal dissolved, having resigned from CyberConnect Corp., and the position of Network Trouble Consultant now vacant, Ryuuji Sogabe is forced to scrape together a living. However, after having visited Jyotarou Amagi, who, after surviving being in a coma and losing all memories past the year 2015, is in a psychiatric care facility, an unexpected request from a former colleague is put forward and an evil plot surrounding “The World” drags Ryuuji back into the fold as he balances trying to uncover the mystery behind Geist and Amagi's involvement in Immortal Dusk while trying to take care of Lilie, the orphaned relative of his deceased wife.
- After suddenly appearing inside of The World R:X, Tokio finds himself caught in the middle of a battle between Kite and Flügel. During the fight, Kite uses his Data Drain to change Flügel back into his normal PC body, however, Flügel counterattacks with a freezing spell, freezing Kite for the time being. He spends most of his time in the Schicksal HQ, monitoring Tokio's progress. The setting for his actions are much the same as in .hack//Link.
- Flügel first appears in the series as an announcer for the Arena and along with Tokio he desribes matches between each of the competitors.
- During the series Flügel is testing a special device under CC Corporation titled Yomitoru X that may permit users ability to read the hearts and minds individuals online. After the device is left with Tokio, he meets with different people including Kite to asks what they think of his horn and test the effectiveness of the machine. However although the device functions well from Flügel observations of Tokio's reactions, the experiment is eventually cancelled and Yomitoru X never reaches commercialization.
- "Flügel" is German for "grand piano". It also means "wing" in the same language.
- Flügel is the only member of Schicksal shown on the official Link site to not have his number revealed, although it is assumed that his rank is No. 1, being Schicksal's leader.