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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 Anime/YuGiOh TV anime (and the first Manga/YuGiOh series).

Five thousand years ago, the young Pharaoh killed and imprisoned Anubis after he tried to destroy the world using the power of the [[EvilIsNotAToy Shadow Games]]. In the present day, Anubis' tomb is uncovered by archaeologists, complete with his most valuable treasure, the [[SealedEvilInACan 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. [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou 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.

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!!The movie provides examples of:
* AccidentalMurder: 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.
* AcidRefluxNightmare: Pegasus' first explanation for his prophetic dream is too many white wine spritzers before bed.
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:When Anubis uses what power the Pyramid of Light has left to revive himself... ''again'']]. This is pretty much the attitude he has.
* BigBad: Seto Kaiba causes the plot with his desire to beat Yugi. [[spoiler:However, he's nothing more than a pawn of Anubis, who manipulated the duel to result in his own resurrection.]]
* BiggerBad: Anubis created the Pyramid of Light and the card version of the Pyramid results in the two Yugis' situation in their duel with Kaiba. [[spoiler:Subverted, as his spirit is revealed to be manipulation Kaiba the whole time to resurrect himself, making him the true BigBad the whole time.]]
* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn: [[spoiler:Averted with the Dagger of Fate, which landed hilt-first. Though it did manage to make a crack.]]
* BreathWeapon: The [[spoiler:Blue-Eye's Shining Dragon's]] ultimate attack is pretty impressive to watch.
* CanonForeigner: Anubis, who's made exclusively for the movie.
* ChekhovsGun: 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".
* ContinuityNod: The opening montage just before the main story kicks in.
* DamselInDistress: Téa has to be rescued from the zombies, though she kicks the heads off of two of them by accident.
* DarkerAndEdgier: In relation to the 4Kids dub, at least: Pegasus drinks wine instead of fruit juice, NeverSayDie is no longer in effect, characters are allowed to punch people, and typically-censored cards like Injection Fairy Lily are on full display.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: 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?
* DisproportionateRetribution: 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.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Anubis threatens this.
* EnemyMine: Assuming Pegasus still counts as an "enemy" to Yugi and Kaiba at this point, the scene where he helps them at the end counts.
* EverybodyHatesHades: 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.
* EvilIsHammy: Anubis must eat ham at every meal!
* EvilGloating: Kaiba does this all the time when he has Yugi on the ropes.
* EvilLaugh: Kaiba, Anubis, and Pegasus are all guilty of this trope.
* EvilPlan: Anubis's plan was quite clever, he certainly played Kaiba like a fiddle.
* ForTheEvulz: Seems to be the reason Anubis tried to take over ancient Egypt in the first place.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: A rare aversion for an Enlish dub by ''4Kids''; Pegasus' beverage is actually referred to as wine in this case.
* GoodIsNotNice: 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.
* GroupieBrigade: Early on, Yugi is mobbed and chased by a bunch of fans who ''really'' want to duel him.
* HeroInsurance: 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!"
* InTheBack: Peten the Dark Clown stabs Yami from behind as his attack.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Steel Dragon, The Blue-Eyes White, The Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, and last but not least... [[spoiler:The Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon]]!
* LargeHam: Both Kaiba and Anubis, and Pegasus and Yami of course.
* LifeDrain: 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.
* LightIsNotGood: The Pyramid Of Light itself.
* MacGuffin: The Millennium Puzzle and its counterpart, the Pyramid of Light.
* MindRape: Seto Kaiba is manipulated by Anubis throughout the entire duel, and doesn't take it well when he finally shows up in person.
* TheMovie: The very first (dub-wise).
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Anubis, the Egyptian God of the dead.
* NearVillainVictory: 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 NewRulesAsThePlotDemands than anything else.[[note]]At the point where Kaiba summons his Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon there should have been 6 dragon type monsters in his graveyard (3 Blue-Eyes White Dragons, 1 Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, 1 Rare Metal Dragon, 1 Paladin of White Dragon),each increasing Shining Dragon's attack points by 300 on top of it's base score of 3000 to a total of 4800. Paladin of White Dragon is treated as a type different that Dragon in this movie, keeping Shining Dragon's attack at 4500 instead. Without that point boost, Yugi would have lost all his life points after Kaiba attacked his Sorcerer of Dark Magic.[[/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 NewRulesAsThePlotDemands; in the real game, a player can't use Return from the Different Dimension to summon his opponent's monsters.)
* NeverSayDie: 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'''!
* NoMoreForMe: Pegasus' dream makes him swear off white wine spritzers. ''[[ExactWords Red]]'' wine spritzers, on the other hand...
* NonSerialMovie: It's non-canon to the anime.
* NotHimself: Mokuba notices that ever since receiving the Pyramid of Light, his brother's been acting more stubborn and revenge-crazed than usual.
* OneWingedAngel: Anubis' two monsters combine into one nasty creature.
** [[spoiler: Anubis himself transforms into a sort of giant jackal with spikes.]]
* ParentalBonus: Pegasus, waking up in the middle of the night from a nightmare, simply mutters, "No more white wine spritzers before bed..."
* ThePowerOfFriendship: This is a ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' movie we're talking about, of course someone's going to talk about friendship.
* PrecisionFStrike: As close as this movie gets to one, anyway.
-->'''Kaiba:''' Oh, please. Spare me your ''bull'' about friendship.
* RevengeBeforeReason: 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.
* SealedEvilInACan: Anubis was sealed away in the Pyramid of Light.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: 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.
* ShoutOut: Joey makes a reference to ''Film/TheGodfather'', calling himself "The Godfather of Games" while trying to do an impression of MarlonBrando.
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: Anubis shows Yugi, Joey, and Tristan visions of the world being destroyed, since they won't be around to see it themselves.
* StupidEvil: Anubis. How else would you describe someone whose plan involved manipulating Kaiba to get to Yugi, which, in effect, opposes both of them simultaneously?
* TailorMadePrison: The Pyramid of Light, only it didn't work out as well as it was supposed to after five thousand years have gone by.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: DoubleSubversion. 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.
* TitleDrop: The titular Pyramid of Light is mentioned quite frequently.
* TronLines: 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.
* TrueCompanions: It's a ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' movie, what else did you expect?
* UselessRare: In-universe example: the Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon is completely useless to anyone except Kaiba. Yet for some reason Pegasus has been keeping the only one in existence in case he ever had to face the God Cards, despite the fact that the criteria required to summon it make it impossible for him to use it.
** Subverted when you think about it; Pegasus owns and runs I2 who produces the cards, so he could ''indeed'' make more copies of Blue-Eyes & Blue-Eyes Ultimate if he cared or needed to.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: As Yami Yugi nears defeat, Kaiba and Anubis speak as one as they prepare to finish him off.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Anubis pulls this on Kaiba, knocking him out and taking his place in the duel against Yugi.
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