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! anime.

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 Moto 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, the 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 Yugi and Kaiba engage in a duel while Anubis manipulates Kaiba into using the Pyramid of Light card, which covers the field in a huge replica of the actual pyramid and destroys the God Cards. Worse, a Shadow Game has taken effect, meaning when players lose life points they lose their life energy. It's up to Yugi to save Kaiba 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.
  • 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.
  • Bait and Switch: The Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon gets a very dramatic summoning animation before revealing itself as a wacky toon.
  • 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.
  • The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In: Averted with the Dagger of Fate, which lands hilt-first, but does manage to make a crack in what Yugi was aiming at.
  • Body Horror: As Anubis regains his human form, the Pyramid of Light protrudes from his flesh and grows out of his skin in a horrific, veiny closeup. He's also shown regrowing his skin in mummy form, which isn't pleasant at all.
  • Bond One-Liner: Kaiba gets one after defeating Pegasus.
  • Break Them by Talking: Anubis tries to get Yami Yugi to give up on the duel by saying his friends are already lost.
  • Breath Weapon: The Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon's attack, Shining Nova. It's pretty impressive to watch.
  • The Cameo:
    • Rex, Weevil, and Mai cameo early on as duelists watch old footage of Yugi's duels.
    • Marik briefly appears in footage of the aftermath of Battle City.
  • Canon Foreigner: Anubis was made exclusively for the movie and doesn't appear anywhere else.
  • Chekhov's Gun: We first see "Return from the Different Dimension" and "Attack Guidance Armor" in Kaiba's duel against Pegasus, and they become vital in Kaiba's duel against Yugi.
  • Continuity Nod: The opening montage just before the main story kicks in shows Yugi solving the Puzzle for the first time, which was only seen in flashback in the anime proper.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Kaiba beats Pegasus easily early on, only taking one hit from him.
  • Damsel in Distress: Téa has to be rescued from the mummies, 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: This movie is probably the snarkiest Kaiba has ever been in the series.
  • 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 just because Yugi defeated him before. Justified, as he was being manipulated by Anubis in the duel.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Anubis threatens this by summoning Duel Monsters into reality and siccing them on the world at large. He storyboards it for Yugi at one point.
  • 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. Since the movie mainly refers to him as a sorcerer, it's implied Anubis isn't the actual Anubis but was deluded into thinking he was.
  • Evil Gloating: Kaiba does this all the time when he has Yugi on the ropes.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Anubis and Kaiba are very hammy, especially when they're winning.
  • Evil Laugh: Kaiba, Anubis, and Pegasus are all guilty of this trope.
  • Evil Overlooker: Anubis appear as this as seen in the poster above.
  • Evil Plan: Anubis' plan was to manipulate Kaiba into killing the Pharaoh, using his life energy to restore his body and begin his conquest of the world.
  • 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 English 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.
  • Greater Scope Villain: 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 manipulating Kaiba the whole time to resurrect himself, making him the true Big Bad the whole time.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: As Anubis regains his human form, the Pyramid of Light protrudes from his flesh and grows out of his skin in a horrific, veiny closeup.
  • 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, Blue-Eyes White Dragon, 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: Anubis uses the Pyramid of Light's magic as well as shadow magic to accomplish his evil goals.
  • 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.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Pegasus' Toon Gemini Elf, which looks kind of like Jessica twins.
  • The Movie: While Toei's 30-minute movie came earlier, this was the first one that was dubbed.
  • 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 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. They even imply that this time, two main characters could have died because of the card game. Anubis also threatens to kill everyone in real life after the duel.
    Anubis: It is no longer time to duel. Now it is time to DIE!
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Anubis reveals to Yugi that when he completed the Millennium Puzzle, he also awoke Anubis. While Kaiba is technically one of the good guys in the movie, just about every other bad thing that happens is (both directly and indirectly) his fault.
  • Nightmare Face: Anubis spends most of the film as a rotted mummy. When he starts to come to life and regrow his skin and muscles, his face is even worse than when he was dead.
  • No More for Me: Pegasus' dream makes him swear off white wine spritzers. Red wine spritzers, on the other hand...
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: After Yugi defeats him in a duel, Anubis turns into a monster and decides to skip the card games, attacking his foes directly with intent to kill.
  • Non-Serial Movie: It's non-canon to the anime, taking place sometime post-Battle City but before the Memory World. Averted in the English dub, when The Bus Came Back in Season 4 for Pegasus and Tristan offhandedly mentions "the last time" they saw him after Duelist Kingdom.
  • Not Himself: Mokuba notices that ever since receiving the Pyramid of Light, his brother's been acting more stubborn and revenge-crazed than usual.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Joey is implied to beat every single duelist that tried to duel Yugi early on. He even takes an Injection Fairy Lily's direct attack (which can increase from 400 to 3400) and comes out on top.
  • One-Winged Angel: Anubis' two sphinxes combine into Theinen the Great Sphinx when destroyed, and a power boost gives it 35000 attack points.
    • Anubis himself transforms into a giant jackal that grows more powerful the more the fight goes on.
  • 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: Tea, Yugi, Joey, and Tristan cite this as the reason Anubis won't succeed, as nothing he can bring is stronger than their friendship.
  • Power Walk: A single-character variant, Yugi and Kaiba do this on opposite ends of the room before the duel begins. Holograms of Duel Monsters add to the effect.
  • Precision F-Strike: As close as this movie gets to one, anyway.
    Kaiba: Oh, please. Spare me all your bull about friendship, will you?
  • Revenge: Kaiba's motivation for dueling Yugi this time around is about payback for being beaten in the past, which lines up nicely with Anubis' goals.
  • 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, and is woken up when Yugi completes the Millennium Puzzle. He spends most of the movie orchestrating his rebirth.
  • 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.
  • Smug Snake: Even though Kaiba is this most of the time, here he's even more arrogant and sure of himself. He assumes that Yami's cries of pain are that of his pride or ego being hurt, even when Yami Yugi collapses right in front of him.
  • 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?
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Anubis' whole backstory is very similar to Zorc/Bakura's - he fought the Pharaoh in the past and was sealed into a Millennium Item, being freed at the same time as the Pharaoh was.
  • Tailor-Made Prison: The Pyramid of Light was made to imprison Anubis, only it didn't work out as well as it was supposed to after five thousand years have gone by.
  • Take Over the World: Anubis' secondary goal, after destroying most of the world, is to rule over what's left as the new Pharaoh.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Double Subversion. Yugi throws the Dagger of Fate at Anubis' 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.
  • Trampled Underfoot: Joey and Tristan get trampled by a mob of duelists who are looking to fight Yugi.
  • 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?
  • Villain Protagonist: The first part of the movie focuses on Kaiba and how he comes into possession of the Pyramid of Light card.
  • 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.