Anime: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, also known as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Pyramid of Light (Yūgiō Dyueru Monsutāzu Hikari no Piramiddo) is the first film based on the second Yu-Gi-Oh! TV anime (and the first Yu-Gi-Oh! series).

Five thousand years ago, the young Pharaoh killed and imprisoned Anubis after he tried to destroy the world using the power of the Shadow Games. In the present day, Anubis' tomb is uncovered by archaeologists, complete with his most valuable treasure, the Pyramid of Light. At the same time Yugi Mutou completes the Pharaoh's Millennium Puzzle, causing Anubis to awaken from his eternal slumber and begin his return from the dead...

In the present, Yugi has become the King of Games, being the world's greatest player of Duel Monsters. Yugi defeated Seto Kaiba and obtained the three powerful Egyptian God cards. Now desperate to beat Yugi, Kaiba turns to Maximillion Pegasus, creator of Duel Monsters, to gain any kind of advantage over the God cards. Kaiba ends up taking two cards, although Pegasus claims he only created one.

Yugi and Téa go to the local museum where Anubis' corpse and the Pyramid of Light are on display, meeting up with Yugi's grandfather who reads a prophecy describing a clairvoyant eye which will prevent the world's destruction if blinded. Anubis' spirit attacks the group, and Yugi has a vision of a monster manipulating and attacking Kaiba. Yugi awakens to find Anubis and the Pyramid of Light have vanished, and he races to warn Kaiba. He is taken to Kaiba's duel dome by Kaiba's little brother Mokuba, with Joey and Tristan in pursuit.

Yami and Kaiba engage in a duel, Anubis manipulating Kaiba into using one of the two new cards, namely the Pyramid of Light card which covers the field in a huge replica of the actual pyramid and destroys the God Cards. So once again it's up to Yugi, to save Kaiba (again!) and rid the world of the evil Anubis.

The movie provides examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: The side effect of summoning the Pyramid of Light is to have both duelists' life energy drained to feed Anubis whenever they lose Life Points in the duel. Kaiba isn't aware this is happening, but Yami Yugi is. Kaiba comes within 200 Life Points of killing Yugi without even realizing it.
  • Acid Reflux Nightmare: Pegasus' first explanation for his prophetic dream is too many white wine spritzers before bed.
  • A God Am I: When Anubis uses what power the Pyramid of Light has left to revive himself... again. This is pretty much the attitude he has.
  • Any Last Words?: After blasting Yami Yugi and preparing to finish him off, Kaiba asks if he has any last requests. Yami refuses to dignify that with a response.
  • Big Bad: Seto Kaiba causes the plot with his desire to beat Yugi. However, he's nothing more than a pawn of Anubis, who manipulated the duel to result in his own resurrection.
  • Bigger Bad: Anubis created the Pyramid of Light and the card version of the Pyramid results in the two Yugis' situation in their duel with Kaiba. Subverted, as his spirit is revealed to be manipulation Kaiba the whole time to resurrect himself, making him the true Big Bad the whole time.
  • The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In: Averted with the Dagger of Fate, which landed hilt-first. Though it did manage to make a crack.
  • Breath Weapon: The Blue-Eye's Shining Dragon's ultimate attack is pretty impressive to watch.
  • Canon Foreigner: Anubis, who's made exclusively for the movie.
  • Chekhov's Gun: We first saw "Return from the Different Dimension" in Kaiba's duel against Pegasus - it becomes vital to Kaiba's duel against Yugi.
    • Also, "Attack Guidance Armor".
  • Continuity Nod: The opening montage just before the main story kicks in.
  • Damsel in Distress: Téa has to be rescued from the zombies, though she kicks the heads off of two of them by accident.
  • Darker and Edgier: In relation to the 4Kids dub, at least: Pegasus drinks wine instead of fruit juice, Never Say "Die" is no longer in effect, characters are allowed to punch people, and typically-censored cards like Injection Fairy Lily are on full display.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Pegasus' final crack about Kaiba's losing streak.
    Pegasus: Anubis is gone. No one could return after suffering a defeat so thoroughly devastating as that. Well, no one but Kaiba, that is. I'm sorry, did I say that out loud?
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Kaiba does all sorts of crazy and stupid things to try and beat Yugi in the movie, justified as he was being manipulated by Anubis in the duel.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Anubis threatens this.
  • Enemy Mine: Assuming Pegasus still counts as an "enemy" to Yugi and Kaiba at this point, the scene where he helps them at the end counts.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: Anubis is not, by any means, a malevolent god in Egyptian mythology. Here, Yami's mere mention that he is the Egyptian god of the dead seems to be concrete proof that he's up to no good.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Anubis must eat ham at every meal!
  • Evil Gloating: Kaiba does this all the time when he has Yugi on the ropes.
  • Evil Laugh: Kaiba, Anubis, and Pegasus are all guilty of this trope.
  • Evil Plan: Anubis's plan was quite clever, he certainly played Kaiba like a fiddle.
  • Exact Words: After waking up from his nightmare, Pegasus swears to give up white wine spritzers. In a scene that takes place a little later, however, he's having a red wine spritzer.
  • For the Evulz: Seems to be the reason Anubis tried to take over ancient Egypt in the first place.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: A rare aversion for an Enlish dub by 4Kids; Pegasus' beverage is actually referred to as wine in this case.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While Kaiba is technically one of the good guys in the movie, just about every bad thing that happens is (both directly and indirectly) his fault.
  • Groupie Brigade: Early on, Yugi is mobbed and chased by a bunch of fans who really want to duel him.
  • Hero Insurance: Lampshaded. After Anubis' defeat, Kaiba leaves in a huff, and Grandpa says, "I'm glad he didn't bring up the damage you all did to his Duel Dome, because I really don't think his insurance is gonna pay for it!"
  • In the Back: Peten the Dark Clown stabs Yami from behind as his attack.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Steel Dragon, The Blue-Eyes White, The Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, and last but not least... The Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon!
  • Large Ham: Both Kaiba and Anubis, and Pegasus and Yami of course.
  • Life Drain: The side effect of summoning the Pyramid of Light is to have both duelists' life energy drained to feed Anubis whenever they lose Life Points in the duel.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Pyramid Of Light itself.
  • MacGuffin: The Millennium Puzzle and its counterpart, the Pyramid of Light.
  • Mind Rape: Seto Kaiba is manipulated by Anubis throughout the entire duel, and doesn't take it well when he finally shows up in person.
  • The Movie: The very first (dub-wise).
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Anubis, the Egyptian God of the dead.
  • Near Villain Victory: Kaiba comes closer to beating Yugi in this movie than he ever has in any adaption of the anime, to the point that the only reason he doesn't actually win is due more to New Rules as the Plot Demands than anything else.note  Also, Kaiba's own ego is partially to blame for this. He planned to deal what he believed a "perfect victory" to Yugi by summoning Yugi's own Egyptian Gods and using them against him; however, he had to destroy the Pyramid of Light card before he did that (and being the skeptic he was, he was ignorant of what it really did) and didn't know that there was no way Anubis would let that happen. (This was also a case of New Rules as the Plot Demands; in the real game, a player can't use Return from the Different Dimension to summon his opponent's monsters.)
  • Never Say "Die": Unusually averted, since 4Kids' dub often uses the Shadow Realm in place of death.
    Anubis: It is no longer time to duel. Now it is time to DIE!
  • No More for Me: Pegasus' dream makes him swear off white wine spritzers. Red wine spritzers, on the other hand...
  • Non-Serial Movie: It's non-canon to the anime.
  • Not Himself: Mokuba notices that ever since receiving the Pyramid of Light, his brother's been acting more stubborn and revenge-crazed than usual.
  • One-Winged Angel: Anubis' two monsters combine into one nasty creature.
    • Anubis himself transforms into a sort of giant jackal with spikes.
  • Parental Bonus: Pegasus, waking up in the middle of the night from a nightmare, simply mutters, "No more white wine spritzers before bed..."
  • The Power of Friendship: This is a Yu-Gi-Oh! movie we're talking about, of course someone's going to talk about friendship.
  • Precision F-Strike: As close as this movie gets to one, anyway.
    Kaiba: Oh, please. Spare me your bull about friendship.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Kaiba is so eager to take revenge on Yugi he ends up almost killing him, and refuses to back down when Yami Yugi explains how dangerous their duel has become.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Anubis was sealed away in the Pyramid of Light.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: There's a black-on-red silhouette when Kaiba launches his first attack on Yami and his monster appears behind him - and drives its dagger right through him. The only other thing that can be seen is the life energy flowing out of him afterwards.
  • Shout-Out: Joey makes a reference to The Godfather, calling himself "The Godfather of Games" while trying to do an impression of Marlon Brando.
  • Storyboarding the Apocalypse: Anubis shows Yugi, Joey, and Tristan visions of the world being destroyed, since they won't be around to see it themselves.
  • Stupid Evil: Anubis. How else would you describe someone whose plan involved manipulating Kaiba to get to Yugi, which, in effect, opposes both of them simultaneously?
  • Tailor-Made Prison: The Pyramid of Light, only it didn't work out as well as it was supposed to after five thousand years have gone by.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Double Subversion. Yugi throws the Dagger of Fate at Anubis's eye... and it lands hilt-first, barely denting it. Then the tiny crack it did cause saves the day.
  • Title Drop: The titular Pyramid of Light is mentioned quite frequently.
  • Tron Lines: When the Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon is first summoned, it's shown as a black silhouette with blue glowing lines.
  • Troll: Pegasus has a blast needling Kaiba over how many times Yugi's beaten him.
  • True Companions: It's a Yu-Gi-Oh! movie, what else did you expect?
  • Voice of the Legion: As Yami Yugi nears defeat, Kaiba and Anubis speak as one as they prepare to finish him off.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Anubis pulls this on Kaiba, knocking him out and taking his place in the duel against Yugi.