Characters: Yu-Gi-Oh! Main Antagonists
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Dark Bakura/The Spirit of the Millenium Ring
Dark Bakura (闇獏良; yami bakura)
Thief King Bakura (盗賊王バクラ; touzoku'ou bakura)
"I am a thief and a stealer of souls. And I have done terrible things in my quest to possess the Millenium Items."
The evil spirit within the Millennium Ring, he possesses Yugi's friend Bakura throughout the series, and clashes with Yugi/Yami, Pegasus, and Dark Marik as he seeks to add all the Millennium Items to his growing collection. Like his host, he has a penchant for role-playing games, trapping his victims in figurines (or, in the anime, cards). A cold, calculating sadist, the Spirit sets his Evil Plan
in motion from very early on, eventually stepping up as the Big Bad
when it comes to fruition in the series' finale.
The final story arc of the original series introduces an alter-ego of sorts, Thief King Bakura, an ancient Egyptian form of Bakura that was a thief and a graverobber. The Spirit's
true identity, however, is not as simple as him being the Thief King's sealed soul, and is a major story spoiler.
He uses Bakura's Occult deck which focuses on the uses of Dark Necrofear, Dark Sanctuary, and Destiny Board. Then, he uses a deck that emulates the original monsters from the Shadow Games, focusing on Diabound Kernel. Finally, he uses an Undead Lock deck, which pins the opponent down while he slowly depletes their deck.
- Absurdly High-Stakes Game: He doesn't quite have Dark Marik's flair for this, but every match he plays in becomes one of these, with souls and banishment to the Shadowrealm on the line. In his first battle with Yami in Duelist Kingdom he places the souls of Yugi and his friends into their cards; if Yami loses the duel, they all get trapped in the Graveyard.
- Accent Adaptation: He was given a British accent in the North American dub and a Southern accent in the Singapore dub to reflect the real Bakura's polite speech patterns in Japanese.
- The Antichrist
- Anti-Villain: Thief King Bakura started out wanting revenge for the destruction of his village. After his Fusion Dance with Zorc to create the Spirit of the Ring, he loses this status and becomes an Omnicidal Maniac.
- Arch-Enemy: The Spirit is an ancient spirit, just like Yami, whose enmity with the former Pharaoh goes back 5000 years. He's also the series longest running, and final (sort of), antagonist.
- Artifact of Doom: The Millennium Ring, which is by far the most openly malevolent of any of the Millennium Items. Having a sociopathic tomb robber and the essence of a dark god sharing space inside of you will do that.
- Ax-Crazy: Less so than Dark Marik, but that ain't saying much. He's this to himself.
- Back from the Dead: In a sense. All of the other villains are defeated (or reformed) for good when they lose a Shadow Game. He simply goes away until the next story arc.
- Badass: Despite the fact he loses almost every duel he plays and is always getting defeated, he still shows himself as one of the most intelligent and cunning villains of the show, and is definitely the most persistent. While Yami Yugi always beats him, the Spirit still shows himself to be a great duelist every time, coming within a hair's width of winning, and in an anime-exclusive duel he's able to go toe-to-toe with Kaiba. The duel has no result, but when the Spirit takes off, he was winning.
- Badass Longcoat: In the last season, where he adds a black trench coat to his Battle City costume.
- Badass Long Robe: Thief King Bakura's long red robe is very badass.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Ryou Bakura is a genuinely nice, polite, sweet guy. His Superpowered Evil Side is a sadistic psychopath.
- The Big Bad: Though it doesn't become apparent until the final season, he's been working on his scheme the entire series, laying a series long plan that comes to fruition later on. It just happens that in the meantime, Pegasus, Marik, and Dark Marik (and Noah, Dartz, and Ziegfried) are more pressing threats.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Does an amazing impression of Nice Guy Bakura.
- In the manga, he tricks the gang into thinking he's switched sides after his defeat in the Monster World RPG. He helps Honda out of a bind while he was retrieving Mokuba's body during Duelist Kingdom (unlike the anime, he didn't desire to swap hosts) and helped Yugi defeat Ryuji Otogi/Duke Devlin in Dungeons Dice Monsters (only so he could get his hands on a piece of a puzzle so he could transfer his Mind parasite into it). This plot point was removed/changed in the anime.
- Cannibalism Superpower: This is what makes Thief King Bakura's Ka, Diabound, so deadly dangerous—every time it kills an adversary it gains that creature's raw power, if not its actual abilities.
- Cast from Hit Points: His Battle City deck relies on giving Life Points to use various cards, or letting opponents attack him while he sets up his strategy.
- The Chessmaster: Many of his plans are set up some time in advance, and all are hammered out to the last detail. This carries into his duels as well where he's a Manipulative Bastard who strings the opponent along while laying out an overarcing strategy to spring once he's got all his cards in place. He's also good at playing with his opponent's head to manipulate their actions, and using his cards to do the same when mind games don't work.
- Clingy MacGuffin: The Ring has been disposed of dozens of times. It always manages to make its way back to Bakura and possess him again.
- Really only happens in the anime, where filler gave the ring some weird transportation powers (after being chucked into the forest by Honda in an anime-only scene) and Yami Bakura's ability to come back from the dead after being offed by the Reaper of Cards (whereas, in the manga, the ring falls off of Bakura's neck after the tabletop battle and the spirit only comes back after Bakura decides to put it on again to save their asses during Duelist Kingdom).
- The Collector: He's collecting the Millennium Items. God help you if you get in his way.
- Composite Character: He's a combination of Zorc's soul with the soul and memories of Thief King Bakura, though exactly how the two ended up becoming the Spirit of the Ring varies between adaptations. The anime implies Zorc has been in the Ring since it was made and incorporated Thief King Bakura into himself when Bakura came into ownership of it, while in the manga, the two combined upon Zorc's defeat and sealing.
- The Corrupter: The Millennium Ring seems to have a pretty negative effect on whoever is holding it. See Artifact of Doom, above.
- Deadpan Snarker: His snarkiness, especially in the dub, is only rivaled by Kaiba, and even then it's a close call.
Bonz: Aw, what's wrong? Are you upset that you didn't get the card you need?
Bakura: No, I'm upset because I have to end this duel so quickly, and I was enjoying prolonging your suffering.
- Demonic Possession: Half the time Bakura doesn't even know what's going on, The Spirit has so much control over him. And that's leaving out The Spirit's possesion of its own past self, Thief King Bakura. There's also his various decks that involve this through certain means.
- Determinator: Beat him in almost half-a-dozen duels, many of which are Shadow Games, throw the Millennium Ring away. He always comes back undeterred.
- Disc One Final Boss: Thief King Bakura was this to Zorc in the past; in the current timeline he's essentially The Dragon to his own future self.
- The Dragon: Thief King Bakura becomes The Dragon to The Spirit of the Ring during the events of "Dawn of the Duel."
- Dragon with an Agenda: The Spirit plays this role to Marik during Battle City, dueling on his behalf, but only so that it can gain access to the rest of the Millenium Items.
- Evil Brit: In the English dub.
- Evil Counterpart: To The Pharaoh. They're both ancient spirits sealed in Millennium Items who use mortal vessels, but while Yugi and Yami are partners who change control when appropriate, Bakura is possessed by The Spirit who uses his body without permission. This is also reflected in their dueling styles, the two both rely on trickery and cunning to win by strategy rather than force, but The Spirit is a Chessmaster to Yami/Atem's Guile Hero, and thus in their duels The Spirit usually controls the duel until Yami pulls a move he doesn't see coming and reverses the situation.
- Evil Laugh: As both Thief King Bakura and the Spirit of the Ring.
- Evil Sounds Deep: At least when compared to his normal self.
- Eviler than Thou: With Pegasus and Dark Marik, whose Millenium Items he tries to add to his collection by force. He's successful with Pegasus, but his clash with Dark Marik ends very badly for him, with him being sent to the Shadowrealm for the entirety of Season 3.
- Evil Plan: Originally a bandit chieftain in The Pharaoh's time he wanted revenge on the Pharaoh for the destruction of his hometown. From his first apperance during the Duelist Kingdom arc to the Millenium arc he was primarily interested in killing off the Pharaoh.
- The Spirit itself has its own plan: Capture the other items.
- Face Death with Dignity: Although not really death, as he comes back. But The Spirit’s only reaction before having Slifer The Sky Dragon strike him down was laughing wildly and gleefully. No fear of death here, people. Likewise, when he loses to Marik's evil side, he simply taunts him and laughs while he fades away.
- Fake Brit: In the dub.
- Fair Play Villain: Despite being a literal Killer Game Master who claims victims through games, he's actually very fair about it. He never cheats in any of his duels, and in the two tabletop game arcs he participates in he explains the rules and gives the heroes a fair chance. In the Shadow RPG, he explains the rules to Yami Yugi and, in the manga, gives Yami Yugi a unique power to use during the game since he as game master has one of his own. The only time he cheats is during the Monster World RPG when he rigs his dice rolls.
- And even then, it's not so much rigging his dice rolls in the sense of what someone would do at a casino (such as shaving or loading) as it is spinning the dice in a certain way to increase the odds of the desired roll, which, while still giving him an unfair advantage compared to the others, probably isn't a violation of anything in the rulebooks.
- Faux Affably Evil: Polite and soft spoken, but still an irredeemable sadist.
- Final Boss: Of the "Dawn of the Duel" arc. He and Yami face each other in a tabletop RPG, he and Yugi battle it out in Duel Monsters, and the last part of his soul rejoins Zorc and rampages through Ancient Egypt. No matter where you look that season, the last battle that each group of characters fights is against the Spirit of the Millenium Ring.
- Final Boss Preview: In the manga, the "Monster World" game he plays with the four heroes in Bakura's introductory chapters is revisited for the Shadow RPG that serves as the final storc arc. The Spirit even says directly that he considers the Monster World game a warm-up for the Shadow RPG.
- Fixing The Game: In sharp contrast to almost every other major antagonist in the manga, he cheats like crazy in his first appearance. First by rolling the dice in such a way that he always gets the desired result, then by sealing souls into the dice to decide how it ends up after Yami manages to counter his first cheating technique. In the anime only, he gives himself Time Master abilities that basically ensure that he'll resurrect Zorc regardless of what the Pharaoh does (in the manga, he gives Dark Yugi a special skill of his own to balance it out, while Dark Yugi's ability in the anime is something out of left-field he didn't know about).
- Freudian Excuse: As a child, Thief King Bakura witnessed and was the only survivor of the massacre of his entire village. Said massacre was directed by the Pharaoh (Atem's father), albeit unknowingly, to create the Millennium Items. The Pharaoh died soon after, but Bakura wasn't satisfied with that and transferred his hate to Atem.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Thief King Bakura. He would have been just another peasant boy living a meaningless life in his village. Than the Pharaoh and his brother slaughtered that village and the rage and pain engendered by that experience transformed Bakura's Ka into the monstrous killing machine Diabound, which gets stronger as it devours other people's Kas. Things get messy from there on out.
- Genocide Backfire: Thief King Bakura's origin story.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: The Dark Bakura's eyes are cold and narrow to contrast Bakura's big open ones.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Thief King Bakura has a very ugly scar on his face, just below the eye.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: The Spirit's objective is to capture all of the Millennium Items for himself.
- Grave Robbing: How Thief King Bakura got his start. He began by robbing the tombs of the Pharoanic line that butchered his village, and it only gets worse from there. Eventually he stops caring whether his victims are dead or not.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Until Season 5. We know he wants all of the Millennium Items, but what he plans to do with them and even who/what he is remains a total mystery.
- In the manga, he actually reveals that he desires to gain the power of darkness by inserting all the items in their stone slab during the Dungeon Dice Monsters and Battle City arcs, although he doesn't know why he desires this.
- Hyde Plays Jekyll: The Spirit is infamous for this. It quickly gets to the point it's hard to tell which is which, especially since The Spirit can imitate the real Bakura's voice and mannerisms perfectly.
- Idiot Ball: During his duel against Yami Marik. Let's see. First of all, since Marik teamed up with Yami Bakura, Yami Marik knew that Yami Bakura would use The Winged Dragon of Ra against him, so Yami Marik just needed to pull a trap which stole all the ATK of all monsters Yami Bakura sacrificed to Tribute Summon Ra, resulting that Ra had 0 ATK. However, it was Yami Bakura who forced Yami Marik to draw Ra from his deck, so he could activate Exchange to get Ra from Yami Marik's hand. It was Yami Bakura who sacrificed Ra to Tribute Summon Dark Ruler Ha Des that had 2450 ATK while Ra had 3450 DEF and it was immune to most effects. Yes, Yami Bakura got rid of a Nigh Invulnerable Stone Wall for a monster with high ATK while he was summoning two other monsters with similar ATK anyway. And Yami Bakura's Exchange card allowed Yami Marik to get Yami Bakura's Monster Reborn, so he could Special Summon Ra from the graveyard, which wouldn't be there if Yami Bakura hadn't sacrificed it in the first place. That means Yami Bakura practically "helped" his opponent to defeat himself.
- He didn't know that Ra had the One-Turn Kill effect (and in the manga, never summoned it at all, just buried it from Dark Marik's hand). Though he certainly should have kept Ra on the field.
- Also when he dueled Yami Yugi in the Duelist Kingdom arc. If he waited for Yami Yugi playing a fourth monster, Yami Bakura had to activate "Just Dessert" and he would won.
- Incoming Ham: The way the Thief King Bakura introduces himself in the manga is so audacious, it can't be anything else then this.
Bakura: A King is robed in gold, isn't he? Then that must make me a king, too! A KING OF THIEVES! H-HA HA HA HA!'
- Kick the Dog: Trapping Yugi's friends inside of their R.P.G. figurines/favorite Cards was totally irrelevant to his plan to take the Millennium Puzzle. Jerk.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: He banishes Pegasus' goons to the Graveyard, steals Pegasus' Millennium Eye (and kills him/leaves him in a coma), and later kills Ghost Kozuka and his crew (Bonz and those other guys in the dub). Evil, yes? Unnecessary? Yes, especially Kozuka. Done to Asshole Victims? Absolutely.
- Killer Game Master: Both figuratively and literally.
- On the literal side, he's a murderer who claims his victims through Dark Games.
- For the actual definition of the trope, The Spirit plays two Tabletop Role Playing Games with The Pharaoh, and tries to rig the game so he can win and kill them. However, he doesn't actually create Unwinnable by Design scenarios even though he could, he just makes the game very difficult to win. In the final arc, though The Spirit doubts he'll find out how to use it, he informs the Pharaoh of an Instant-Win Condition he's set for him, since otherwise "it wouldn't be fair".
- Lack of Empathy: The Spirit of the Ring has none for anybody, no matter what the fangirls tell you. This extends even to his past self, Thief King Bakura, whom he cheerfully sacrifices as part of his game against Yami.
- Large Ham: Goes in and out of this in the manga, never with his first seiyu, and always with his second.
- Larynx Dissonance: Both of his voice actors in the second series, You Inoue and Rica Matsumoto, were female. Averted in English, where he's voiced by Ted Lewis and in the Latin-American dub, where he's voiced by Yamil Atala and José Gilberto Vilchis.
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Essentially, the point of the Shadow RPG in the final arc. He recreates the battles of the Pharaoh and his servants against Zorc and his minions, but stacks the game with insider knowledge the Pharaoh doesn't remember and special Game Master powers so he can change the outcome of the battle. It's ambiguous between adaptations and translations though if he's actually rewriting history, or if its just the backdrop he chooses for the shadow game to revive Zorc.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Mega Manning: In the Millennium World arc, his Ka, Diabound, steals the abilities of monsters it defeats.
- Me's a Crowd: Eventually during Season 5, there's The Spirit of the Ring running the Shadow RPG, Thief King Bakura fighting Atem in the Shadow RPG, and The Spirit of the Ring manifested in the Shadow RPG through Tristan to duel Yugi. And that's not getting into the fact that the Spirit is actually Zorc, the very being the three are all working to release in the game or that The Spirit overseeing the Shadow RPG is still controlling the body of Ryo Bakura.
- Mysterious Past: We know jack about Dark Bakura's past, up until Season 5.
- Taking the Bullet: At the end of his duel against Yugi in Battle City he decides to take Osiris' attack instead of letting it strike his host.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Has shades of this towards Yugi, since he wants the Millennium Puzzle and thus won't allow other villains to take it. This is most prominent in the anime when he frees Bandit Keith from Marik's mind control.
"Whoever is an enemy of Yugi Moto is an enemy of mine."
- This Cannot Be!: In the Memory World, when the shard of his soul is defeated by Yugi (as opposed to Yami), he has a remarkably restrained version of this, complaining that he never thought he'd "lose to a mere vessel".
- One-Winged Angel: (In the anime) Transforms into Zorc at the end of the Millennium World arc.
- The Other Darrin: You Inoue was Ryou's seiyuu before she died of lung cancer in 2003.
- No Name Given: He's never given a proper name or lays claim to one, though he answers to Bakura enough, since that's the name of his host and no one knows what else to call him. Even his true identity, a fusion of Thief King Bakura and Zorc, doesn't definitively assign him a name.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Dark Bakura, or Spirit of the Millennium Ring.
- Only One Name: In some depictions, it's apparently canon that his own name happens to be Bakura as well, and was in Ancient Egypt.
- Playing Against Type: Rica did double time by doing a White Hair, Black Heart and the main antagonist!
- Reincarnation: Although his version is more complicated...
- Revenge: Thief King Bakura wanted revenge for the destruction of his hometown.
- The Sociopath: The Spirit of the Millennium Ring hits all of the requirements.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: As played by You Inoue. Ted Lewis also does this for much of the dub.
- Soul Jar: The Millennium Ring is Thief King Bakura's soul jar; the Thief King himself is Zorc's. He's been shown to trap the souls of those he challenges into R.P.G. figurines, and in the anime, in their favorite cards.
- Stepford Smiler: Type C. Crossed with Bitch in Sheep's Clothing and Hyde Plays Jekyll (he's an Axe Crazy ancient spirit impersonating a Nice Guy who happens to be a member of The Hero's circle of friends).
- Superpowered Evil Side: To Bakura. Ultimately revealed to be the Big Bad, Zorc, merged with Thief King Bakura.
- Talking to Himself: In most the dubs, The Spirit of the Millenium Ring and his host share a voice actor (though this isn't the case in the Japanese).
- Token Evil Teammate: In the manga, he's almost considered part of the main gang, occasionally and openly helping them, and a couple of times he shows up then willingly gives Ryo back control of his body. He rarely has shades of this in the anime, where he's permanently in-control and impersonating Ryo, and the gang have no idea that the Spirit of the Ring is controlling him.
- Unreliable Narrator: For the Shadow RPG which supposedly recreates the events of the original battle between him and the Pharaoh. He claims they're recreated, but he's definitely changing things as he goes along, and in the manga he mentions his own memory of the events is cloudy, so it's hard to say how much of anything shown in the story arc is what actually happened.
- Unwitting Pawn: Thief King Bakura is used as a pawn by both Zorc and his own future self.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The Thief King.
- Villain Team-Up: With normal Marik.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Thief King Bakura in his shorts and wide-open robe.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He has white hair and is evil enough to count.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Thief King Bakura might count, given that he became what he was later because he survived and witnessed the gruesome killing of all the people in his village. Granted, they seemed to be a village of thieves, but still, he was an innocent child before this happened.
- Xanatos Gambit: His plans often involve foregoing the direct path to victory, yet he emerges as the final threat to Yami in the memory world. His plan to gather the Millennium Items himself fails; it's Yugi who gathers most of them, but they're all together so The Spirit can still put his plan for them into motion, thanks to an earlier contingency where he placed a piece of his spirit inside of the Millennium Puzzle.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: There is no plan from the start; he takes advantage of oppportunities as they appear. For instance, he exploits Pegasus's exhaustion to take his Millenium Eye and when a mind-controlled Bandit Keith steals and then breaks the Millenium Puzzle, he uses the opportunity to put a piece of himself inside for the Millenium World arc.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Spirit sacrifices Thief King Bakura to resurrect Zorc. That's right—he pulls this on himself.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Can trap souls inside of ANYTHING. RPG pieces, and apparently cards in the anime (though it doesn't work as well on those with Millennium Items).
Pegasus J. Crawford (ペガサス・ジェイ・クロフォード; pegasasu jei kurofōdo) (Maximillion J. Pegasus)
Voiced by: Jirou Jay Takasugi (JP), Darren Dunstan (EN)
"You must have a heart befitting enough to wield power. Power lacking heart will only bring about tragedy."
The Big Bad
of the first arc in the anime (the second in the manga), Pegasus is the enigmatic creator of Duel Monsters and the bearer of the Millenium Eye. He rarely appears before the public, many of whom have never seen his face. Shortly after Yugi defeats Kaiba, Pegasus duels with Yugi, who loses. Pegasus then steals his grandfather's soul and asks Yugi to come to his tournament, Duelist Kingdom. It is later revealed that he desires to take over KaibaCorp, and he needs to defeat Yugi in an official duel for that to happen. However, his real goal stretches beyond a mere company takeover...
He makes a reappearance in Yu-Gi-Oh! R
, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
, The Pyramid of Light
Movie and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tenth Anniversary Movie
. He also appears in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction
video game as the antagonist.
As the creator of Duel Monsters, he uses an exclusive and ridiculously broken
Toon Deck, whose monsters cannot be destroyed except by other Toon monsters. On the off-chance that his Toons are overcome, he then pulls out the even more broken
"Relinquished" and "Thousand-Eyes Restrict."
- Absurdly High-Stakes Game: During his first match against Yugi & Yami he puts Yugi's grandfather's soul on the line. During his duel with Seto Kaiba both Seto and Mokuba's souls are on the line. And during his final duel with Yugi & Yami their souls and the Millenium Puzzle are on the line, with the release of Solomon and the Kaiba brothers being the prize.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He has blue eyes in the manga, but they are brown in the anime. His white pants were also colored red in the anime.
- Affably Evil: He may seem like a carefree goof until he gets serious, but even then he's genuinely good mannered compared to most of the villains
- Agent Peacock: A fashionable gentleman, a vicious soul-stealer, and a very dangerous opponent.
- Almost Kiss: In the anime. Gets interrupted in a rather bizarre way.
- Ambiguously Gay: His childish, effeminate mannerisms give off this vibe, and yet he is very clearly identified as straight. This is a source of comedy in the Abridged Series.
- Anime Hair
- Anti-Villain: Type II. All that he wanted was to be with his love, but he doesn't care how many people get hurt in the name of his goal.
- Arc Villain: Of the "Duelist Kingdom" arc, though moreso in the manga where he's killed off afterwards. In the anime he makes several appearances later on, post-Heel-Face Turn.
- Artifact of Doom: The Millenium Eye isn't evil the way that the Millenium Ring is, but its power is hard to use for anything positive.
- The Atoner: During the anime continuity, where he tries to aid the cast during the DOMA arc and the film, and seems to have genuine regrets about his actions during Duelist Kingdom.
- Badass Longcoat: In GX, when he's fitted with the technology to paint Rainbow Dragon, he is given a black longcoat to wear with all the gadgets on.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Thanks to the Millennium Eye, being an artifact capable of granting a wish, Pegasus does get to meet Cyndia again... but only for a fleeting moment, and it wasn't even the real thing — just an illusion. It left Pegasus down an eye and in a very precarious mental state.
- Berserk Button: Don't mock Pegasus' Toon Monsters and don't try to take them down. Moreover, don't speak of his past and his plan in front of him.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He acts foppish, playful, and generally acts like his duels are a big joke. However, he's actually very clever and manipulative, and when he drops the silly act he shows you just how ruthless he can be when he starts taking things seriously.
- Big Bad: Of the Duelist Kingdom arc (Season 1 of the anime).
- Big Damn Heroes: In The Pyramid of Light, he saves Yugi's friends from death (or at least severe injuries) twice.
- Big "NO!": A few times, the most known one being the one when he is defeated by Yugi.
- Big "OMG!": When he discovers the Egyptian Gods' tablet, he shouts "JEEEESUS!" in the Japanese anime. Before that, he actually says "Oh my god!" when Shadi tells him he knows where to find the tablet with the Gods on it.
- Big "Shut Up!": To The Spirit of the Millenium Ring in the original anime.
Bakura: So your social status and your actions are in fact a mask concealing your true intentions. An extremely roundabout way of reaching a goal hidden in the depths of your heart. And this goal is—
Pegasus: SHUT UP! Shut your mouth!
- Big "WHAT?!": On a few occasions.
- Bishōnen: With the hair and the suits etc.
- Brainwashed: By the Millennium Eye to create Duel Monsters, according to Takahashi.
- Breakout Character: He returns in several cameo appearances in GX, even getting to duel again, he's the Big Bad of the Reshef of Destruction video game, and he features in both mainstream movies. By contrast, Bakura and Marik get very rare cameos in the occasional video game.
- Bring My Red Jacket: His eye related injuries were not pretty. He also wears a white shirt underneath his red suit. He is killed at the end of Duelist Kingdom (only in the manga; he's kept alive by the anime), and he is actually killed temporarily in the Tenth Anniversary Movie.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the Tenth Anniversary Movie, a building collapses on him thanks to Paradox's attack. It's undone by a Reset Button in the end though.
- Camp Straight: As foppish and well-groomed as he is, he had a wife he loved deeply and is doing everything he does to try and see her again.
- Chekhov's Hobby: We see him gleefully reading a comic book of Funny Rabbit. We later find out that Pegasus' love for the series and cartoons inspired his nigh invulnerable Toon Deck.
- Chekhov's Skill: While we don't actually see it, it was Pegasus' painting skills which may have saved him from dying horribly when he received the Millennium Eye. Namely, according to Takahashi, the Eye found Pegasus' abilities useful and used him to have Duel Monsters recreated in order to assemble the Millennium Items.
- The Chessmaster: Everything that happens on the island happens because he moved them there four turns ago.
- Childhood Friend Romance: He and Cyndia met when they were children and became attracted to each other, then they got engaged when they grew up (married in the dub). He doesn't get to cherish it for too long, however.
- Complexity Addiction: He organizes an tournament just to have a cover for taking over Kaiba Corporation! All he needed to do is defeat Yugi in an official duel. Granted, we do not know if Pegasus could have taken over the company in a different manner.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Played with; there's nothing crooked about his Game Company (the selling of Duel Monster merchandise, etc) but his Duel Island tournament is rigged to benefit himself only
- Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: Shadi told him that the village is full of grave robbers and that he should just leave the place, as he will not find a cure to his heartache. Pegasus thinks he had read his mind, which makes him curious and follows him instead. Needless to say, it does not end well.
- Dark and Troubled Past: As Anzu put it in the manga, "the death of his love was the beginning of his tragedy". Then he created the God Cards, which he considered his greatest mistake.
- Dead Man Writing: In the anime only, during the Doma arc. Pegasus has his soul taken away by Mai, but he leaves a message behind in the form of a Solid Vision projection of himself for Yugi and his friends.
- Death Is Cheap: He died/got sent to the Shadow Realm three times by the end of Season 2. Didn't slow him down much.
- Demonic Possession: In Reshef Of Destruction, he is gradually possessed by Reshef's evil powers, then the entity ultimately worms itself into his heart.
- Despair Event Horizon: After Cynthia's death.
- The Dragon: In Reshef Of Destruction, he is this to Reshef.
- Easily Forgiven: When he turns up in the film and the DOMA arc, the cast are wary, but willing to listen to him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Doubling as his Pet the Dog moment, in the anime when Jounouchi beats Keith, he reveals that Keith was cheating the entire duel, and congratulates Jounouchi on winning fairly while his guards haul Keith away.
- Evil Plan: Use the tournament and soul hostages to acquire Kaiba Corp and the Millenium Puzzle, with which he will revive his beloved finance/wife.
- Eye Scream: When he receives the Millennium Eye, he is heard screaming while having shown a Shadow Discretion Shot of him. Happens again when Bakura steals the Eye and kills him at the same time in the manga only.
- Fanboy: Of American cartoons, particularly Funny Rabbit. He also knows exactly how many episodes the series has and how many bullets were fired at the main character by the police.note And he is not happy whenever his Toon Monsters get destroyed...
- Final Boss: Of the Duelist Kingdom arc. For Yami to secure the release of all those Pegasus has abducted, he first has to beat the billionaire in a duel.
- Foil: His flair, smooth confidence, manipulative ability, and results contrast dramatically with the brutally direct failures of Bandit Keith, the season's other main antagonist.
- Four Is Death: His four enforcers.
- Freudian Excuse: Cynthiia is this to him; all his evil is for her sake.
- Friend to All Children: During the National Tournament, before dueling against Keith, he explains how to play the card game to the kids there. In Yu-Gi-Oh R, it was revealed that he adopted orphans from all around the world to tutor them as card designers and such.
- Gentleman Snarker: Especially towards Kaiba.
- A Glass of Chianti: He is fond of his wine. It is even listed as one of his favorite foods.
- Gone Horribly Right: If implanted, the Millennium Eye will kill the host if he is unworthy. Unfortunately for the Mutous and the Kaibas, Pegasus was very worthy.
- Graceful Loser: After he loses his duel against Yugi, he keeps his promise and returns his friend's souls.
- Gratuitous English: Nice idea deesu!
- Hidden Agenda Villain: In the manga. We first know he needs something from Yugi, no matter what. Later, we learn from Mokuba that Pegasus intends to take over Kaiba Corporation and must defeat Yugi in an official duel as part of his deal with the Big Five. We don't know why he needs Kaiba's company until the very end of Duelist Kingdom. The dub, and to a lesser extent the original anime, hints at Pegasus' real goal more clearly with giving more importance to Cyndia's portrait in episode 28 (in the manga, the group viewed it briefly, and that's it) and dub!Pegasus' Inner Monologue in episode 34 clearly reveals what he is fighting for.
- Homage: His Toon Monsters are this to American cartoons.
- Also, he prints cards for special events. Richard Garfield printed three special cards for his marriage and the birth of his two children.
- Hypocrite: Calls out Keith for cheating, while he himself uses his Millennium Eye and position as creator of Duel Monsters to full advantage.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate/Heroic Sacrifice: In Reshef Of Destruction, Reshef worms itself into Pegasus' heart, who then asks the main character to have him sealed away before Reshef takes him over.
- Icy Blue Eyes: He's cold and distant as an antagonist.
- I Gave My Word: Pegasus promises to release the souls of Kaiba and Mokuba if Yugi can defeat him. After he is defeated, Yugi tells him to fulfill his promise, which he does.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: In the manga - he is fairly innocent and naive as a teenager (he wants to help a stranger in Egypt who got into trouble, who is in fact a graverobber who stole a Millennium Item).
- Irony: When Pegasus also seals Kaiba's soul and looks at the two Soul Prison cards with Mokuba and Kaiba's souls in them, he mentions that the two brothers will never know the joy of restarting their relationship in this life. Then comes the end of Duelist Kingdom. where karma strikes back Pegasus - he fails to fulfill his dream of reuniting with Cyndia in his life. Upon learning about Pegasus' past, that particular quote becomes somewhat ironic, even.
- Kubrick Stare: In the anime, especially during his second duel with Yugi.
- Large Ham: In the original manga, anime, and dub versions he is a showman.
- Laughably Evil: During Duelist Kingdom. He may be amoral, but he's just so funny while he's doing it. Given that Yami and Kaiba are Stoic Straight Men in reponse, perhaps he just can't resist.
"What, no 'hello', no 'how are you'? I thought we were friends, Kaiba-boy. Don't tell me that my kidnapping Mokuba and seizing control of your company has put a rift between us. It was nothing personal."
- Leitmotif: "Illusion" in the Japanese anime.
- Let's Get Dangerous: He made the game, and has a Millennium Eye, yet it's still hard to take him seriously. His duel with Kaiba and especially his second Shadowgame with Yugi establish just how dangerous this man is.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has shoulder length hair.
- Love at First Sight: He and Cynthia became attracted to each other as soon as they met.
- Love Makes You Evil: His desire to reunite with Cynthia leads him to do rather monstrous things.
- Magical Eye: The Millennium Eye is a golden trinket in his eyesocket that gives him the power of mind reading and shadow games.
- Manipulative Bastard: Using his Millennium Eye, he often unnerves his opponents with his knowledge of their cards. Also happens when Kaiba tells him to duel him using his Duel Disk prototype, Pegasus gets a soulless Mokuba to duel Kaiba in his place. Kaiba, not wanting to fight against his own brother, goes on to duel Pegasus' way instead.
- Magitek: Thematically represents such as a contrast to Yugi and Kaiba's Magic Versus Science rivalry, having the Millennium Eye to combat Yugi's Puzzle while being Kaiba's business partner looking to take over his company. More apt in the dub, which states that Pegasus's plan to revive his wife was to combine the Millennium Items with Kaiba Corp's hologram technology.
- Meaningful Name: In Japan, a pegasus is often referred to as a "tenma", or "horse of heaven" (ten=heaven, ma=horse). However, there's another word "tenma". The same "ten" kanji is used for both, but the second tenma's "ma" kanji is the one that translates to "demon". Thus, we have a homonym meaning "demon of heaven"...or, to keep the actual, non-literal intent, "fallen angel".
- Missing Mom: In the manga, his father can be briefly seen, but nothing is known about his mother.
- Mood Whiplash: Oh boy. Pegasus often changes between a cruel villain and a goofy gentleman, but his duel against Yugi is the best example. Even his deck is this Trope, shifting from the silly Toon Monsters to the bizarre and creepy Illusion Monsters. See Villainous Breakdown below.
- The Mourning After: He was willing to do anything to reunite with Cynthia... In the manga, he goes to the grave with this wish in his heart. In the anime, the entire subject is dropped after Duelist Kingdom. note
- Mysterious Middle Initial: It has never been stated what the J. stands for.
- Necromantic: The means of his Evil Plan; revive Cyndia.
- Never Say "Die": The 4Kids dub averts this with Cyndia.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He uses this tactic against Kaiba and Yugi.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: He steals Yugi's grandfather's soul in order to force Yugi to come to Duelist Kingdom.
- Oh Crap: Gets this look after Yugi summons Magician of Black Chaos.
- Peek-a-Bangs: After he obtains the Millennium Eye.
- Posthumous Character: In Yu-Gi-Oh R.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He loves his favorite comic book and his Toon monsters, but there's a broken man under the childish exterior.
- Sarcastic Clapping: In the anime, when Kaiba finds Mokuba in the dungeon.
- Scars Are Forever: Post-Duelist Kingdom in the anime, much to the horror to those who witness his empty eye socket.
- Schrödinger's Cast: There's three continuities to his character—he's dead and gone in the manga following Duelist Kingdom, but in the anime he survived. The manga introduced his protégé Yako Tenma who took over his company, the anime eventually brought him back for Season 4 and GX, and the video game "Reshef of Destruction" (a sequel to the game "The Sacred Cards" which is loosely based on Season 2 of the anime) he gets possessed by Reshef after the events of Battle City and is the game's Big Bad.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Pegasus makes free use of cards like Toon World, Relinquished, and Thousand-Eyes Restrict that were considered too powerful to release to the general public.
- Sempai Kohai: Pegasus is the sempai to Tenma Yakou and Tenma Gekkou.
- Shower Scene: In the novelization of the Pyramid of Light movie. While we don't see it in the actual movie, it is lovingly detailed in the novel.
"Pegasus’ entire body is drenched with a cold sweat. Flinging off his silk pajamas to expose his naked white body, he took a hot shower."
- Slasher Smile: In the anime only◊, during his duel with Yugi.
- Spared by the Adaptation: dies to Dark Bakura in the manga after he steals his Millennium Eye; however he survives in the anime. This also creates an Adaptation Induced Plot Hole as the "future" card in Bakura's tarot reading was Doma the Angel of Silence, which loses significance when he survives.
- Squick: (in-universe) How people react to his empty eye socket, namely Kaiba in The Pyramid of Light.
- Squishy Wizard: While he's quite smart and manipulates people rather well, he's described as physically weak in the Pyramid of Light novelization and he tells Kaiba he's not good at physical sports in the manga. He's also a contrast to Bandit Keith, who takes up the role of the big, strong thug.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Cyndia. He tries to reunite with her twice, failing both of the times. But in the manga, they do reunite after Pegasus is killed by Bakura and atones for his sins.
- Start of Darkness: His backstory. The manga shows us he may have been quite naive... who then became the broken, twisted man we know from the series.
- Stepford Smiler: His silly and childish exterior hides both insanity and desperation.
- Talking to the Dead: In the anime, he addresses his beloved's portrait before realizing he's being watched by Bakura.
- Together in Death: With Cyndia in the manga, according to Word of God.
- Toon: His Toon World magic card transforms monsters into classic toons, complete with the ability to stretch out of the way of attacks. They include Toon Mermaid, Manga Ryu-Ran, Toon Summoned Skull, and the exceptionally powerful Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon.
- Tragic Dream: His desire to spend the rest of his life with Cyndia makes him a Tragic Villain.
- Troubled Fetal Position/Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: After Cyndia's death. His dull eyes can be seen better in the manga, whereas in the anime his eyes just look sad.
- Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Makes heavy use of his Millennium Eye to read the mind of his opponents, granting him a huge advantage in any duel. If that weren't enough, he makes two Game Breaker sets (his Toons and Relinquished/Thousand Eyes Restrict.) He can do that; he made the game after all.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In his flashbacks we see an adorable little boy.
- Verbal Tic: "Deeeesu!" "Maaaasu!" in the Japanese. In the dub, he tends to tack a person's gender onto the end of their name. "M'kay, Yugi-boy?"
- Villainous Breakdown: When Yugi and Yami manage to use their Mind Shuffle tactic to evade Pegasus' Mind Scan ability and destroy all his Toon Monsters. Pegasus immediately drops his silly persona and stops toying around, starting a Shadowgame where he even manges to take out Yugi, albeit temporarily.
- Villains Out Shopping: He is shown drinking wine and reading his Funny Rabbit manga during the Duelist Kingdom tournament.
- Villain Song: Face Up, Face Down
- White Hair, Black Heart: He's a cold and manipulative villain.
- Wicked Cultured: He's sophiscated, smart, drinks fine wine and dresses well.
- The Wonka: He's the creator of Duel Monsters, and is very rich. He's also fond of metaphors, cartoons and has an odd speech pattern. His only close friends are Cyndia (who died), or at the most, Mr. Croquet. He also has his adopted children in Yu-Gi-Oh R. Nonetheless, he has made his eccentricities, specifically his passion for toons, around which he created an entire archetype, work to his advantage as a game designer.
- Younger Than He Looks: Many people assume he's in his thirties or is much older. He's only 24 years old during Duelist Kingdom.
- Your Soul Is Mine: The Eye allows him to seal people's souls.
Marik Ishtar (マリク・イシュタール; mariku ishutaaru)
Why should I pledge my life to some Pharaoh?
The initial Big Bad
of Seasons 2, he's a former Tombkeeper charged with protecting the Pharaoh's secrets and preserving his name. An ancient ritual traumatized him so much he created an alternate personality to cope with the pain. This became his Superpowered Evil Side
, Dark Marik. He later betrayed his order and sought to defeat the Pharaoh, the reasons of which vary between adaptations and dub or original — in the dub, Marik wants to claim the Millennium Puzzle and become the new Pharaoh, in the japanese, he wants to kill the Pharaoh because he thinks the Pharaoh killed his father. He wields the Millenium Rod, which controls the minds of his victims.
- Absurdly High-Stakes Game: Every duel he sets up between Yugi and one of his minions.
- A God Am I: In the dub, his goal is to use the Millennium Puzzle and the Egyptian God Cards to become the Pharaoh and seize his full power, implying he would become a God Emperor.
- Arc Villain: Of the Battle City arc, up until the finals at least.
- Artifact of Doom: Carries the Millenium Rod, which can control the minds of his victims. Not a lot of positive ways to use that.
- The Atoner: During the last bits of Battle City. Knowing the damage he's caused and that he's unwittingly freed his much worse darker half, Marik tries to make sure in whatever way he can that Yugi defeats him, thus...
- Badass Biker: He rides a motorcycle, which is made somewhat more poignant by how it connects to his past: a motorcycle was the first thing he saw (on a television set) the first time he ever left his family's underground home.
- Bad Boss: He pulls You Have Failed Me on most of his minions when they lose.
- Bare Your Midriff: His pink tanktop.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Played with. Normal Marik is a Bishounen who nevertheless schemes to Take Over the World and has no problems brainwashing people into doing his fighting for him. His dark side however is far worse and is very grotesque, in addition to acting and sounding plain creepy.
- Big Bad: Of Season 2 until the finals begin.
- Bishounen: Marik is very pretty.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Marik brain controls Bandit Keith, Strings, and Joey during three separate duels with Yugi. He also uses mind control to punish the first Rare Hunter, Arkana, and Lumis when they fail, driving them insane.
- Break the Haughty: At the hands of his Superpowered Evil Side. After a season of floating around as a disembodied ghost, and being repeatedly victimized by Dark Marik when he tries to fight back, Marik becomes The Atoner, and looks to aid the Pharaoh.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Ishizu's Abel.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Wears black clothing in his appearances after his Heel-Face Turn. These contrast heavily with the light purple belly shirt that he used as casual clothes beforehand.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Has platinum blond hair and dark skin.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Toyed with. The real Marik becomes friends with the main cast after Dark Marik is defeated. This is following a season long Break the Haughty at his darker self's hands.
- Diabolical Mastermind: Marik has dozens of Rare Hunter minions working for him across the globe, gathering rare cards and hunting for Ishizu and the missing God Cards.
- Dirty Coward: Marik never confronts Yugi directly, preferring to send minions after him and speak to him through mental slaves even after he's arrived in the city, has Odion pose as him at first to avoid being found out, and relies on cheating and trickery in his plans, including turning Yugi's friends against him. This is lampshaded by Dark Marik, who outright declares the normal Marik was a wimp compared to him, and indeed he has no such problems taking care of things personally.
- Disc One Final Boss: To himself, being displaced by his own Superpowered Evil Side partway through the Battle City semifinals.
- Disproportionate Retribution: In the dub, he decides to conquer the world because he had a miserable childhood and was forced to swear fealty to a thousand-year dead spirit.
- Easily Forgiven: Although after a Season and a half of dealing with Dark Marik, normal Marik was probably looking pretty good.
- Empty Shell: Strings, one of Marik's mind slaves, has been left as one. When Marik isn't controlling him he is rendered comatose.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: How Joey manages to break free of normal Marik's mind control — he underestimates Joey's willpower to not hurt his friends.
- Evil Laugh: Very frequently.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Inverted in the dub. In Season 3 when Marik takes on a much more sympathetic role, his voice is lighter and softer than in Season 2 when he was a villain.
- Evil Vegetarian: The official stats lists his favorite food as koshary, a vegetarian Egyptian dish, and least favorite food as any kind of meat dish.
- Fair Play Villain: Though his minions cheat like crazy, Marik always lets Yugi duel for his life and lets him go when he wins. The dub gives a Hand Wave that to actually use the Millennium Puzzle's powers, he has to beat Yugi in a duel, just killing him and taking the Puzzle won't do it, so it's in his interests to let Yugi live once he wins and send someone else after him. Presumably, he'd just duel whatever minion eventually got the job done and take it from them in turn.
- Fanservice: As Normal Marik, in his tanktop and tight pants.
- Freudian Excuse: Marik was raised in absolute darkness and near isolation by his Abusive Dad, who cut a hideously disfiguring set of symbols into his back. This drives him around the bend, and leads to the creation of Dark Marik.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Marik's are narrow and snakey. Dark Marik's bulge constantly and are filled with red veins.
- Heel-Face Turn/Defeat Means Friendship: Once Battle City concludes, Marik has no problem being civil towards Yugi, who helped extinguish his Superpowered Evil Side once and for all.
- Human Shield: Is used as one during Dark Marik's duel with Dark Yugi—whenever he loses lifepoints, another part of the real Marik's soul fades away. This means that even if Dark wins the duel, he'll have been responsible for damning somebody who didn't have it coming to the Shadowrealm.
- Hypocrite: Marik considers it cheating when Yugi switches places with Dark Yugi during the duel with Jounouchi. During the Battle City finals, he has Rishid pose as him so his identity remains secret, and has Bakura switch places with his host during his duel with Dark Yugi to give Dark Yugi a Sadistic Choice and try and make him lose.
- I Just Want To Be Free: Little Marik, when finally getting his chance to sneak out of the underground tomb, quickly grows fond of motorcycles as they symbolize freedom. Really, all the guy truly wants is to live a normal, free life.
- Jerkass: Normal Marik, though he gets better.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Marik's dirty tactics end up backfiring on him, and trying to use Rishid as a minion unleashes Dark Marik.
- Knight of Cerebus: In the anime and especially the English dub. Duelist Kingdom was pretty light-hearted, with the only major Shadow Games all involving Pegasus—and even than, they only got truly ugly if you lost. Marik's arrival heralded an entire season of Duels designed to maim, kill, or banish the loser to the Shadow Realm, and his love of Mind Rape and mind control only made things worse. Then Dark Marik made things even worse.
- Lack of Empathy: Marik's empathy is limited.
- Large Ham: Though not as large as his evil side.
- Maniac Tongue: Yami Marik, big time.
- The Mentally Disturbed: Marik's an isolated and arrogant narcissist with a split personality.
- Mind Rape: His chosen variety of You Have Failed Me for use on his minions.
- Morality Chain: Rishid is the only thing keeping Dark Marik in check. It's unclear though if he actually did anything to try and ground Marik otherwise, his simple presence was enough to hold Dark Marik back.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Nearly states this word for word after learning that he was the one who killed his own father and that everything going wrong was his own fault rather than the Pharaoh's.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: When Marik forced Rishid to use Ra against Jounouchi he enabled Jounouchi to win the duel, once an angry Ra knocked Rishid out.
- Also, when he brought up the possibility of Dark Yugi attacking Bakura despite the latter's condition. Dark Bakura, fearing his safety, switched back with his host and told Dark Yugi to attack anyway, thus rendering the aforementioned Sadistic Choice useless.
- People Puppets: His Mind Slaves. Strings, the mime is the most extreme example, being an Empty Shell when not under Marik's control.
- Primal Fear: The manga describes Marik as having developed an extremely severe fear of the dark due to having to grow up underground.
- Psychotic Smirk: Frequently has one.
- Purple Eyes: Descendant of the tombkeepers with a mystical artifact and delusions of grandeur.
- Revenge: Marik's goal in the original sub and manga: he thinks Dark Yugi killed his father.
- Sadistic Choice: Normal Marik sets it up so that Yugi can lose his Millennium Puzzle or kill Joey.
- Siblings in Crime: Marik was one with his adoptive brother, Rishid.
- Sissy Villain: Normal Marik has some traits of this. Especially in the dub, he tends to angst over his past, wears a pink midriff-bearing hoodie, and prefers to have his minions do his work for him rather than dirty his hands personally. We actually never see Marik duel in the anime or manga at all, he's so hands-off.
- Smug Snake: Marik is eternally arrogant and confident that the Pharaoh will fall before him.
- Sore Loser: Neither Marik takes defeat well, though the real Marik is a Graceful Loser (and a grateful one) when he surrenders to Dark Yugi during the third season finale.
- Spell My Name with an S: Marik or Malik? Takahashi spelled his name in the bunkoban as Maric.
- Split Personality Takeover: Dark Marik successfully takes over their body following Rishid's collapse, and exiles normal Marik from his mind. The poor bastard's left as a disembodied spirit, wandering the real world and the Shadow realm until Dark Marik's defeat.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Marik has the same hairstyle like his father.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Dark Marik who's more vicious and far tougher than normal Marik ever was.
- Take Over the World: Marik's goal in the dub.
- Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Marik's mind slaves frequently cheat, and he uses trickery and deception to infiltrate the finals without his identity being discovered by the heroes.
- Underestimating Badassery: Marik underestimates Jounouchi's willpower and loses control of him when he pushes him too far trying to make him kill Yugi.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He really did.
- Villain Ball: Ordered Rishid to seize this by summoning Ra to defeat Jounouchi when Rishid' Serket could do it just fine on its own — Jounouchi has voiced suspicions that Rishid isn't the real Marik, so Marik wants Rishid to eliminate the doubt.
- Villain Team-Up: Allies with the Spirit of the Millennium Ring against Dark Marik to try and get his body back. It doesn't work out for either of them.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Sports white hair and little in the way of conscience. It's averted after his Heel-Face Turn, however.
- Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Despite having innumerable chances to kill Yugi, especially since he has legions of brainwashed minions around town stalking him, Marik always tries to do it via a duel and lets Yugi go when he wins. The dub excuses this, since Marik doesn't want to kill Yugi, he wants the Millennium Puzzle, and is only allowed to use its powers by beating the current owner in a duel. Killing Yugi without someone beating him first presumably wouldn't do the job.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Marik became cynical and evil from his father's abuse of him including a painful tattoo covering his whole back, and that's not getting into his alter ego attempting to destroy his spirit.
- You Killed My Father: His motivation in the manga and original dub; after his father was killed, Shadi appeared and said something which Marik assumed meant that the Pharaoh had murdered his father to punish him for leaving the tomb. He doesn't quite care for the fact that his family has been enslaved for three thousand years either. Of course, it was actually Marik himself who killed his father- or rather, Dark Marik, which sort of plays this trope straight when regular Marik becomes a disembodied spirit, though only in the original.
Dark Marik (闇マリク; yami mariku)
The shadows are hungry and they will be fed!
Marik's Superpowered Evil Side
, formed from the trauma, pain, and hatred Marik felt as a child. He performs a Split Personality Takeover
late in Season 2 to become the main Big Bad
of the rest of that season and the second half of Season 3. Unlike the original Marik who had actual goals and plans, Dark Marik only seeks to cause as much pain and misery as he can, to anyone he can, and enjoys doing it.
Dark Marik uses a Fiend deck which focuses on summoning and reviving the Winged Dragon of Ra and is meant to signify immortality. Many of his cards emulate torture devices; thanks to his ability to make the duel real, he tries to get the opponent to give up, pass out, or die from the extreme pain and injury before the game is even over.
Noah Kaiba (海馬 乃亜; kaiba noa)
Gozaburo Kaiba's biological son and Seto and Mokuba's step-brother, though they never met him. Initially intended to be Gozaburo's heir, he was in a car accident and died. What was left of his mind was digitally recreated as a computer program, and his father turned his attention to Seto as his new heir. Noah didn't take this well and kidnaps Kaiba and his friends to prove his superiority.
He uses a deck that emulates the stages of Earth's creation (the great flood, dinosaurs, the Ice Age, the dawn of man, etc) then switches to a Spirit deck. His trump cards are Shinato's Ark, Shinato - King of a Higher Plane, and Hino-Kagu-Tsuchi.
- A God Am I: Noah's deck master Shinato is a six-winged angel◊ with regal robes and a halo, and its Japanese name is actually "Shinato, King of Heaven." Noah merges with Shinato for a period of time, his face superimposing itself over its.
- Also beforehand when he explains the rest of his backstory to Kaiba, claiming that his massive capacity and compendium of knowledge makes him akin to a superhuman.
- Absurdly High-Stakes Game: Lose a duel in his world, and you'll be trapped there forever (though that's nothing compared to what Pegasus, The Spirit of the Ring, and Dark Marik will put on the line).
- Arc Villain: The Heavy of the Virtual Nightmare Arc.
- Bad Boss: Like Dartz afterwards, he tends to berate the Big 5 for their failures, and sends them to the far reaches of cyberspace after they're defeated the second time.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Kaiba's Abel.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: His cheating lets him beat Kaiba, but brings the wrath of Yugi and Yami down on his head. That's right—Yugi Moto wants a piece of this kid's hide. Smooth move jerkass.
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: He rescues the entire main cast from being trapped in the virtual world, complete with What Have I Done. There is no other reason for his sudden Heel-Face Turn other than this.
- Death Equals Redemption: He sacrifices himself to stall Gozaburo.
- Disc One Final Boss: It's not until his defeat that we know Gozaburo is even there.
- The Dragon: To Gozaburo. He's aware of it in the dub, not so much in the sub.
- Easily Forgiven: Mokuba in particular really seems take to this towards Noah, in spite of the fact that he essentially Mind Raped him, used him as a meat shield, turned him into stone, and then when he genuinely tried acting nice to him the first time was rewarded by having his body be briefly stolen.
- Enfante Terrible: He's actually around Kaiba's age, but is permanently stuck in childhood.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He stops Ooka/Johnson from cheating during his duel with Jounouchui, as victory through dirty playing won't prove their superiority. Then completely subverted when he uses Mokuba as a human shield to stop Seto from attacking him.
- Evil Counterpart: Kaiba's first one in the anime. See Foil below, for how.
- Expy: A Green haired Kaiba. Hmm...
- Faux Affably Evil: Moreso in the Japanese version.
- Filler Villain: The first notable one
- Final Boss: Subverted. It looks like defeating him is the last thing that Kaiba and Yugi have to do before they can break out from the virtual world. In reality he's only The Dragon to his father, who then steps in as the True Final Boss, who must be beaten in order for them to escape.
- Foil: Kaiba's a Self-Made Man and Self-Made Orphan who went from Rags to Riches. Noah's a Spoiled Brat and "Well Done, Son" Guy who's lost everything. The comparison is pretty obvious.
- Freudian Excuse: Like the Kaiba siblings, he endured some abuse from his biological father. Once he heard that Seto was the new heir to the business, he tried to enact his revenge on him to please his father. That and the fact that he was very sick at a young age.
- Gambit Roulette: The way his duel vs. Kaiba and subsequently Yugi carries out in how he improbably transitions through his deck's themes, including the (then) harder to play spirit monsters.
- Giggling Villain: Moreso in the sub
- Grand Theft Me: He planned to do this to Kaiba; he does do it to Mokuba for a while.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Hypocrite: Calls out the Big Five when they try to cheat or take bodies without having won a duel... then does it himself.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: For all the hypocritical cheating he does, when he actually gets to his Spirit monsters versus Yugi, he's a legitimately scary opponent. Spirit monsters (usually) return to the owner's hand on the turn they'e summoned or flipped, and Noah uses Spring of Rebirth to make sure all monsters that go back to his hand from the field give him 500 Life Points; it doesn't help that most of his Spirit monsters have some nasty abilities. This equates to Noah becoming a constantly-regenerating wall of Life Points with a legion of monsters that do their business and then flee before they can be attacked. It takes no less than a simultaneous attack from three Blue-Eyes White Dragons to finally put him down.
- It's All About Me: Even more so than Kaiba. Just for fun sometime, count the number of times Noah gets mad at someone for making him look bad.
- Jerkass: He's inherited from Gozaburo, and unlike Seto, it's genuine.
- Large Ham: For a little kid, quite a bit.
- Light Is Not Good: Temporarily fuses with Shinato, King of a Higher plane, an angel like monster. And his deck reflects the biblical story of Noah (duh).
- Meaningful Name: His deckmaster is the Ritual Spell Shinato's Ark, and the first phase of his deck's strategy emulates the Great Flood. Hmmmm....
- Mythology Gag: Noah's design is nearly identical to Kaiba's design in Season 0.
- Name's the Same: Coincidentally, 2002 saw the release of another Noah in cyberspace...
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Shinato's Ark and Shinato both manifest new abilities any time Noah is losing. You begin to suspect that he's changing the rules as they go along.
- Not So Different: From Kaiba.
- Older than They Look: Noah's actually in his late teens or early twenties, but is stuck as a child mentally and physically.
- Orcus on His Throne: Aside from when he stops Ooka/Johnson from cheating, Noah is content to sit back in his control chair watching the protagonists run around.
- Pet the Dog: With Mokuba, eventually.
- Psychotic Smirk: All the time.
- The Resenter: Towards Seto, who's body and life he wants.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Noah is essentially the ruler of the Virtual World, and enforces a strict policy of no-cheating on the Big Five, intervening when Johnson doesn't play fairly against Joey, and preventing them from stealing bodies unless they have fairly won a duel. When it's his turn to duel, though, he cheats like crazy, and after losing, bodyjacks Mokuba anyway to try and escape into the real world.
- Slasher Smile: Displays one during his duels with Kaiba and Yugi.
- Smug Snake: Good god is he ever.
- Sore Loser: He tries to possess Yami after he loses.
- Spoiled Brat: The source of his attitude. Kaiba and Yami both point this out.
- Surveillance as the Plot Demands: Justified, as Noah maintains and runs the virtual reality program the heroes are trapped in.
- Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Pretty much says, "no, I win," when Kaiba has him dead to rights, and ignores the effect of Kaiba's card.
- The Unfavourite: Believes he is this. In reality Gozaburo's too much of an ass to have a favourite.
- Villainous Breakdown: Upon realising that Daddy doesn't love him and possibly never did.
- Virtual Ghost: Like the Big 5.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Too bad Daddy is such a bastard in reality.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
Voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka
(Japanese Toei anime), Tetsuo Komura (Duel Monsters), David Willis (English)
The former head of Kaiba Corporation and Seto Kaiba's adopted father. When Kaiba took over the company, Gozaburo either fled in shame, commited suicide or was killed by Kaiba himself, depending on the adaptation. In the anime, he is the mastermind of the Virtual World arc and Noah's father.
He uses an Exodia deck, focusing on Exodia Necros.
- Abusive Dad: To his three sons.
- Arc Villain: He and Noah, as The Big Bad and The Heavy respectively, share this role in the "Virtual Nightmare" arc.
- Archnemesis Dad: Has reached this status with regards to Seto Kaiba by the time of the Virtual World Arc.
- Ascended Extra: In the manga he was just a part of Kaiba's backstory. The anime makes him the Big Bad of a Filler Arc and devotes a lot of screentime in it to fleshing out his past with the Kaiba brothers.
- Badass Moustache: A little bit badass, mixed in with loads of ruthlessness, but the 'stash is undeniably badass.
- Big Bad: Of the "Virtual Nightmare" arc.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: A mighty pair indeed.
- The Chessmaster: Not only is he good at setting up overarcing plans in advance, but this trope is a recurring motif for him — he's a master chess player forced to adopt Seto when Seto beats him, he uses a chessboard and pieces to summon monsters in the virtual world, and snickers he'll call out "checkmate" when he beats Seto in their duel.
- Death by Irony: He tries to pull this on Kaiba, intending to defeat him in duel monsters the same way Kaiba defeated him in chess, even using an undead version of Exodia, the card that handed Kaiba his first defeat in Duel Monsters, to do it. It didn't work out.
- Driven to Suicide: In the manga.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Played straight, then subverted. It seems Gozaburo really did love Noah when he was alive, spending time with him, making sure he had the best education his influence could get, and resorting to making him a Virtual Ghost to save his life when he died. After that though, Gozaburo realized that Noah could not be the heir he needed in his current state, and left him to wander the datascape while he turned his time to Seto.
- Evil Mentor: His grooming of Kaiba to be his heir was intended to make him a vessel for Noah's mind. In the dub he comes to decide why bother, when Seto is just as smart and capable as Noah, while in the Japanese he decided to take Seto's body for himself when he died.
- Fatal Flaw: His arrogance and pride — he thinks he's always in control of the situation and has thought everything out so there's no way he can lose. Kaiba beats him this way twice, first by manipulating Mokuba into spending time with Gozaburo so Gozaburo thinks Mokuba will support his control of KaibaCorp over Kaiba and thus allows Kaiba and the Big Five to buy up 49% of the company, ignorant to the idea that maybe Mokuba won't support him after all. Second, he believes Exodia Necross is completely invincible and will win him the duel to the point he never plays any other cards, never anticipating Kaiba might find a way to banish the Exodia parts in his graveyard and strip Exodia Necross of its powers.
- Faux Affably Evil: He shows up at Seto and Mokuba's orphanage to give out toys and donating a substantial amount of money to it, which is part of what makes Seto think he'd be a great parent for them. Gozaburo showed his true colors as an emotionally abusive and manipulative monster once they were home with him.
- Filler Villain: Although he at least has a legitimate reason for showing up, what with being a major part of Kaiba's backstory.
- Final Boss: Of the "Virtual Nightmare" arc, dueling Kaiba moments before the virtual world itself goes into meltdown.
- Glass Cannon: Exodia Necros seems invincible, but when Kaiba figures out its weakness, he tears both it and Gozaburo to shreds.
- Grand Theft Me: Tries it on Kaiba.
- Honest Corporate Executive: Despite his awful personality and treatment of his family, he seems to have been an honest and competent businessman, if in the morally dubious market of arms dealing. In-universe some believe he was double-dealing, but it was actually Dartz disguised as him.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns: His chops complete the trifecta that include his 'stash and his 'brows.
- It's Personal: With Kaiba.
- Jerkass: It says something that Gozaburo approaches the levels of The Spirit of the Millenium Ring and Dark Marik for how ruthless, cruel and manipulative he can be, without needing a Freudian Excuse to get that way. He's just that much of a bastard.
- Knight Templar Parent: About the nicest way to interpret his personality is that he's so harsh and strict to temper Noah and Seto into strong, capable businessmen. This is part of why he adopts Seto, he sees another intelligent and capable boy Noah's age and tells Noah the two will compete to see who is worthy to take over Kaiba Corp. This is pre-death though; by the time of the Virtual World he finds all three of his sons are failures or have turned on him, so he tells Noah You Have Outlived Your Usefulness, decides to get rid of Kaiba, and has no interest in Mokuba at all.
- Lack of Empathy: He's an Abusive Dad who considers his biological son expendable, and later returns to try and trap Kaiba and his allies in the Virtual World. He tells Kaiba that you can trust no one, including him, neglects Mokuba, abandoned Noah before using him for his own ends, and generally doesn't care about anyone beyond himself and his own legacy. He's not as over the top about it as the Spirit of the Millennium Ring and Dark Marik, but yeah—there's no empathy there.
- The Man Behind the Man/Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The dub included foreshadowing of his appearance, most notably that Noah acts all along as if he knows Gozaburo is watching. In the original though his arrival is completely unexpected and Noah is shocked to see him, thinking he was dead like everyone else.
- Multiple Choice Past: There's a lot of continuities to his fate. In the manga, Gozaburo leapt off Kaiba Corp's roof after Seto took over the company. The first series anime implies he had a heart attack and dropped dead in the board room when he found out Seto seized control of the company. The Japanese second series anime says he committed suicide through unsaid means, but in the English dub he fled in shame. Then of course came the anime-exclusive virtual world arc where it turns out he's a Virtual Ghost who digitized his mind instead of dying.
- Not Quite Dead
- Offing the Offspring: His objective by the time of the Virtual Nightmare arc.
- One-Winged Angel: Transforms into a corrupted virus after his defeat, and tries to first possess Kaiba, and then take the group with him.
- Parental Abandonment: Of Noah
- Parental Neglect: Of Mokuba
- Posthumous Character: In the manga. Subverted in the anime, when he turns up alive in the virutal world.
- Self-Made Man: According to Kaiba.
- Sink or Swim Mentor: A totally evil one. While the details vary between English and Japanese versions, he gives Kaiba ten million dollars and one year to pay Gozaburo back ten times that in order to prove he's worthy to take over KaibaCorp. If he blows it, he and Mokuba are going back to the orphanage.
- Smug Snake
- Social Darwinist: In the manga, this even applies to himself.
''"Seto! I lost my game with you! Burn this into your brain! This
is what a loser deserves! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!
- Taking You with Me: Tries it on the cast at the end, when he attacks their blimp.
- True Final Boss: Of the "Virtual Nightmare" arc. At first it appears that Noah is The Big Bad and the guy that Kaiba and Yugi have to beat in order to escape. Then Gozaburo shows up, and Kaiba has to fight one last duel against him in order to make good his getaway.
- Villain Ball: When he learns that the virtual world is set to be destroyed, he decides to take Kaiba's body by force and escape, but Kaiba convinces him to back off and finish the duel, since he was so intent on proving himself superior.
- Virtual Ghost
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Pulls it on Noah.
Dartz (ダーツ; daatsu)
Dartz is the former King of Atlantis and the head of the organization Paradius. His goal is to resurrect the Leviathan using the soul of Pharaoh Atem
, and millions of others he has gathered over his immortal lifetime.
10,000 years ago the mysterious substance called the Orichalcos rained down from the skies and allowed the city to make incredible technological advances, but also played on the darkness within their hearts. The people were turned into monsters and Dartz was brainwashed into believing all humanity was evil, and must be destroyed by being fed to the Great Leviathan.
He uses an Orichalcos deck.
- Absurdly High-Stakes Game: Lose a duel after Orichalcos has been played, and you lose your soul. Lose the final duel against Dartz, and the Leviathan returns and ends the world.
- Anime Hair
- Arc Villain: Of the "Waking the Dragons" arc.
- As Long as There Is Evil: Dartz claims The Leviathan was born from humanities' hatred, so as long as humanity exists, so shall the Beast. However, the Pharaoh says it was created by the Orichalchos.
- Bad Boss: Usually limited to insulting his subordinates for their supposed incompetence and stupidity; however, he clearly has no problem feeding them to the Leviathan if they lose their duels and probably planned to do so all along. But what really gives him this trope is how he recruited them in the first place- secretly sabotaging their lives, even killing their families, in order to make them hate the world as much as he does.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Himself, and all of his minions, are controlled or influenced by the Orichalcos.
- Breaking Speech: Nearly forced Yami to surrender, that's a accomplishment by itself.
- The Chessmaster: Has had 10 000 years to make his plan.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the president of Paradius Inc., a company that has bought shares in every major company in the world and has the funds to legally take control of those companies whenever he wants, as he demonstrates with Kaiba Corp. It's very telling that Kaiba nearly shits himself when he realizes his foe's occupation.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: In the Japanese original version Dartz was voiced by a woman, Yū Emao. Averted in the 4Kids English dub, which Dartz was voiced by Wayne Grayson.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dark Messiah: Portrays himself as a saviour to his followers.
- Death Equals Redemption: Is cured of the influence of the Orichalcos upon his defeat and is promptly reunited with the spirits of his loved ones, whom he goes off with presumably into the afterlife.
- Determinator: He's waited 10,000 years for one card game with the pharaoh.
- Easily Forgiven: Justified as he was Brainwashed and Crazy. Plus, he dies.
- Filler Villain: The second major one.
- Final Boss: Of the DOMA arc.
- Four Is Death: His henchmen.
- Gambit Roulette: Even with the constant revisions of his plans, his own soul proved to be enough to revive the Leviathan, when Yugi manages to beat him.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Yugi and the Pharaoh would've done their trip to the past a lot sooner and possibly even without The Spirit of the Ring's interference if it weren't for this guy literally blindsiding them by stealing the power of the Egyptian God Cards right before they did the time warp thing.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Brainwashed into believing this.
- Invincible Villain: Plunges right into Only the Author Can Save Them Now territory, with his Game Breaker deck.
- Kick the Dog: Reveals he's behind his minions' Freudian Excuse by instigating each disaster in their lives
- Knight Templar
- Manipulative Bastard: With a bit of magic on his side for good measure. So good he nearly talked the Pharaoh into surrendering his soul. Bought out Kaiba Corp purely to goad Kaiba into dueling him. His M.O. for recruiting his henchmen: Raphael's parents were killed by a storm he conjured; Alisters' brother and mom by tanks he sent in posing as Gozoburo Kaiba; and Valon was manipulated into a life of crime either by burning down his orphanage or framing him for his first crime, depending on sub or dub. Mai was preyed on after being traumatised by her duel with Marik. All were then given the Orichalcos to play on their inner darkness.
- More Than Mind Control: He uses it to control his subordinates. He himself is a victim of this by the Orichalcos.
- Near Villain Victory: His arc ends with the Pharaoh having to bend all the rules of the game to win.
- Outside-Context Villain: The Orichalcos is twice as old (read: at least 10,000 years total) as the Millennium Items, and for roughly three-quarters of the arc, all the main cast and even the side cast know about it is what Dartz and his minions demonstrate. Even Dark Magician Girl, the one who gives the gang the Legendary Dragons to fight back with, appeared sketchy on the subject. Needless to say the entire arc is an uphill battle.
- Really 700 Years Old: Though physically in his twenties, or maybe early thirties (we're told he took the throne at 21), he is actually over 10,000, kept alive by the Orichalcos, thus is the oldest character in the second anime
- Restart The World: His main goal.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!/Connections/Make Them: Dartz and his company have so much money, connections and influence that he can effectively control governments, making attempts to call the authorities against him useless. At best, they won't be allowed to do anything to him. At worst, they will be on his side.
- SNK Boss: Has the most broken dueling deck of any character in the regular series, period. His advanced forms of the Orichalcos grant him 500 Life Points each turn for every monster he controls, he can tribute monsters to negate attacks and destroy the attacker, and grant his monsters immunity to opposing magic and trap effects. And this is on top of the base effects of extra monster slots, +500 ATK for your monsters, and immunity to removal. His other cards have effects ranging from negating all battle damage, to destroying enemy monsters and inflicting their ATK as damage to the opponent, to having the same ATK as whatever monster they battle +500. And his ultimate trump card is a monster with infinite ATK points. Kaiba and Yami Yugi are on the defensive almost the entire duel, and Yami Yugi only endures and wins via several consecutive good draws.
- Time Abyss: He's 10,000 years old.
- Übermensch: He lives by his own rules, baby.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: His goal.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: As a complete contrast to The Spirit of the Ring and Dark Marik, his goal is to make the world a better place. Somehow.
- Xanatos Gambit: Even if his henchmen lose their duels, he still gets their souls, which feeds the Leviathan. The same goes for him, though that turned out a little differently.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: See SNK Boss above.
Siegfried von Schroider (ジークフリード・フォン・シュレイダー; jiikufuriido fon shureidaa)/
Sieg Lloyd (ジーク・ロイド; jiiku roido)
Voiced by: Eisuke Tsuda (JP), Pete Zarustica (EN)
Siegfried von Schroeder is the main antagonist of the KaibaCorp Grand Prix arc. Siegfried is the son of CEO who developed weapons...like Kaiba. When his father went insane, Siegfried took over the corporation and retooled it as a gaming company...like Kaiba. Siegfried hit upon a huge breakthrough with the development of holographic projectors for Duel Monsters...like Kaiba. That's where the parallels end, because Kaiba signed his business deal with Pegasus first, and Siegfried was left in ruins, his company falling into obscurity while Kaiba Corp became the Mega Corp.
we all know and love. His main goal now is to discredit Seto Kaiba and his company through any means necessary.
He uses a Valkyrie deck, based on Der Ring des Nibelungen
, and is loaded with cards that let him make extra draws, increase his life points, block his opponent's attacks, and remove his opponent's monsters from play. His trump cards are Ride of the Valkyries and Valkyrie Brunhilde.
- Always Someone Better: The dub almost invokes it by name with the phrase "always one step ahead" becoming Arc Words for how Siegfried sees Kaiba.
- Amazon Brigade: His Valkyrie deck, which doesn't contain a single male creature (at least that we see).
- Ambiguously Gay: Even moreso than Pegasus, what with his pink hair, pink clothes, effeminate mannerisms, Amazon Brigade cards and stereotypical German accent.
- Anti-Villain: Siegfried's not particularly sympathetic, but unlike the rest of the show's Big Bads (and many of its minor antagonists) he's not out to Take Over the World or even physically hurt anybody. He just wants to take down the man he holds responsible for his failures, and maybe save his company in the process.
- Arc Villain: Of the KaibaCorp Grand Prix arc.
- The Big Bad: Of the KaibaCorp Grand Prix arc, with his younger brother as The Dragon and Final Boss.
- Camp: AND HOW.
- The Chessmaster: Plans out his duels and his overall scheme for the KC Grand Prix down to the last detail. He even has a backup plan in case he's beaten or ejected from the tournament.
- The Cracker: Broke Gozaburo's computer security as a child, and repeatedly hacks Seto Kaiba's systems as an adult.
- Driven by Envy: Of Kaiba and his company.
- Evil Counterpart: Kaiba's third one in the anime, and the most obvious. He's the son of a weapons developer, who took his company into the gaming industry after his father's fall from power. He's also the older of two siblings, with the younger one being considerably kinder and friendlier. Where their characters diverge is in their success, and their treatment of the younger sibling in question—Kaiba's a successful businessman whose brother is his Morality Pet, while Siegfried's company has been reduced to obscurity, and he uses Leon as a pawn.
- Evil Is Petty: Pegasus steals souls to resurrect his dead wife. Marik and Dartz want to Take Over the World. Dark Marik and The Spirit of the Millenium Ring are planning The End of the World as We Know It. Even Noah and Gozaburo plan to steal the gang's bodies and abandon them in a virtual prison. Siegfried? He just wants to bring down KaibaCorp while making a killing himself.
- Filler Villain: The third major one and the last one before the final arc.
- Freudian Excuse: His father went mad trying to compete with KaibaCorp. He got out of the weapons' trade to avoid having the same thing happen to him, only for Seto to take KaibaCorp into the gaming industry as well and corner the market. He finally created an invention he thought would save him from fading into obscurity, only for Seto to have the same idea, and cut a deal with Pegasus first. His methods may be underhanded, but his resentment of Kaiba is understandable.
- Funetik Aksent: In the dub he's given a heavy German accent.
- Generation Xerox: A flashback shows that his father and Gozaburo had the same antagonistic relationship that he and Seto do now.
- Gratuitous German: "Auf Wiedersehen, Herr Kaiba." Also see Theme Naming below.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Siegfried's jealousy is his raison d'etre.
- Last Villain Stand: In an odd way, the entire arc is one for Siegfried. His company is going down, and despite his claims to the contrary, he knows it. The attack on the KC Grand Prix is an attempt to halt this or (metaphorically) die trying.
- Manipulative Bastard: Uses Leon's desire for the family's approval to force him into doing his dirty work.
- Never My Fault: Puts all the blame for the fall of the Schroeder Company on Kaiba and KaibaCorp, refusing to acknowledge that his own failings as a businessman may have played a role.
- Out-Gambitted: Attempts to pull a Batman Gambit on Kaiba should his brother lose to Yugi as a last ditch effort to defeat him. Kaiba was one step ahead of him, and thoroughly pulls his own Batman Gambit.
- One-Hit Kill: Specializes in using Ride of the Valkyries to do this, and was even able to defeat Weevil and Rex simultaneously in his first turn. He wasn't pleased when Joey and later Kaiba were able to survive it.
- Parental Favouritism: He was the favourite, his brother Leon The Unfavourite. However, as the show demonstrates, this didn't do Siegfried any good, as he now has all the family's hopes and grudges sitting on his shoulders.
- Promotion to Parent: For Leon, his younger brother and almost Morality Pet.
- The Resenter: Towards KaibaCorp, and Seto Kaiba in particular, seeing them as having ruined his family and his life.
- "Ride of the Valkyries": His signature card. In the Japanese version, the theme itself is used as Theme Music Power-Up for him. See here.
- Riches to Rags: Siegfried and his family are on their way there, and he knows it. His attack on the KC Grand Prix is equal parts a last ditch attempt at averting the collapse of his company, and him futilely lashing out at the man he holds responsible.
- Sissy Villain: Ragingly so.
- Smug Snake
- Something about a Rose
- Sore Loser: He doesn't take defeat well.
- Theme Naming: His name is derived from a character from Richard Wagner's opera, The Ring of the Nibelung. One of his cards is even called Nibelung's Ring! And he has a Valkyrie deck, which is a reference to one of the Ring operas, Die Walküre (The Valkyrie).
- The Unfought: The only time where The Heavy of the arc never faces off with Yugi or the Pharaoh. Instead he's taken down by Kaiba, while Yugi contends with his younger brother, Leon.
- This Means War!: He does not take his duel with Jounouchi seriously at all, until Jounouchi gets in a good hit on him with Jinzo. Things quickly change after that.
- Unknown Rival: Though he suspects Siegfried is the one who's hacking his computer systems, Kaiba has to dig through his family history before he realizes who the guy really is. And even then he doesn't take him seriously.
- Xanatos Gambit: Enters the tournament and acts obviously so that Kaiba will suspect him. At the same time his equally talented kid brother is also in the tournament. Because of his antics, by the time the truth is revealed Kaiba can't disqualify Leon or else he'll lose pr (he'd hyped the tournament up so pulling the plug on the climax and main event would be pr suicide.)
- You Gotta Have Pink Hair: To the point where people actually lampshade it in the show.
Tenma Yako (天馬夜行;Tenma Yakōu)
The main antagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh! R
. He is the protégé and adopted son (often mistaken, or mistranslated as younger brother) of Pegasus, and the biological twin brother of Gekko Tenma, who wants revenge for Pegasus' death and disappearance, although unbeknownst to him, it was actually Yami Bakura who killed him.
Yako uses a Wicked God Deck that focuses on Level modification tactics to bring out multiple monsters, which he can Tribute for the Summoning of the Wicked Gods, particularly The Wicked Avatar
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: He takes over Kaiba Corp to use it's vast tecnology in his plot.
- Avenging the Villain: Unfortunately, Yako's trying to get revenge on the wrong person; other than defeating him at the end of Duelist Kingdom, Yugi didn't have a thing to do with Pegasus' death. The real culprit never even makes an appearance.
- Big Bad: of Yu-Gi-Oh! R
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Yako is possessed by the Wicked Avatar. Gekko could also qualify during the period he is controlled by Yako.
- Cain and Abel: Inverted - Yako is the younger but evil brother, while Gekko is the older but good brother.
- Canon Foreigner: Due to having only appeared in a spin-off so far.
- Cherry Tapping: The Wicked Avatar is always exactly ONE attack point stronger then the strongest monster on the field, but as Yakou points out, that one attack point makes all the difference.
- Cloning Blues: Played with, as while Yakou and Gekko are natural identical twins, flashbacks reveal that Yakou always felt like an inferior copy of his twin brother.
- Evil Counterparts: The Wicked Gods for the God Cards, and possibly Yako himself for Gekko, depending on how you look at it.
- Expy: Yako could qualify as Pegasus' Expy. Goes crazy after losing a loved one? Check. Wants to bring said loved one back regardless of what it takes? Check. Takes someone close to Yugi as hostage? Check. Even lampshaded by Gekko when he mentions Yako is just like Pegasus (hell, he probably took Pegasus's will to do what he did as inspiration).
- I Have Your Non-Girlfriend: Yako kidnapping Anzu drives the entire plot.
- Mad Eye: So what was your first clue that Yako wasn't playing with a full deck? To elaborate, his right eye bulges very nastily when he's at his mst volatile.
- Revenge by Proxy: Yako targets Yugi by turning Anzu into a Human Sacrifice so he can resurrect Pegasus.
- Sempai Kohai: Yako is Pegasus' kohai. One of them.
- Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: During the final showdown against Yako, The Wicked Avatar takes Yugi's form. Yako says it's a manifestation of Yugi's hatred for his other self for being the true Game King and preventing Yugi from earning that glory himself. Yami almost falls for it, until Yugi briefly takes over and insists that he would never have been able to make so many new friends or broaden his horizons if it hadn't been for his other self.
- Took a Level in Badass: He went from being riducled as a "bad copy" of Gekko before the beginning of the series to a Duelist that defeated SETO KAIBA. And he claim damn close to beating Yugi as well, no less than three times. Even when he wasn't using the Wicked Gods, he still seems to have retained his newfound prowess.
- Twin Switch: Sort of - Yako pulls a Grand Theft Me on his twin brother, Gekko, in order to test his new deck against Yugi.
- The Un Favourite: Yako believed he was the worse duelist out of the two. Pegasus described Gekko as a perfect duelist, while Yako was "an unfinished rough diamond." Subverted by the end of the series, where it is revealed that Pegasus saw the potential in Yako to be a great duelist, hence the "rough diamond" metaphor, while Gekko had "perfected" himself and was incapable of growing any stronger.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Yako used to be a quiet, withdrawn young man. That all changed once he started creating the Evil Gods, which warped his grief over Pegasus' death into homicidal rage toward Yugi.
- White Gloves: Yako wears them, and they're quite noticeable when his coat falls open and he looks more casual...aside from those gloves..
The Great Evil God Zorc Necrophades (大邪神 ゾーク・ネクロファデス; daijashin zōku nekurofadesu)
Voiced by: Yoshitaka Kaidu (Japanese), Mike Pollock
The ancient enemy Yami Yugi defeated in the past and sealed away, and in the English dub is the creator of the Shadow Realm. A great evil demon that seeks to destroy the world and cover it in darkness, the tools for his release were accidentally created by the servants of the Pharaoh's father when they created the Millennium items. He's the ancient enemy the Pharaoh defeated centuries ago, but reviving him is the goal of the Spirit of the Millennium Ring.
- Artifact of Doom: The Millennium Items
- Big Bad: Of the second anime series.
- And of the entire series, if we're going by the manga.
- Bigger Bad: For most of the series, he is frequently but vaguely referred to only as a dark evil defeated by the Pharaoh in Ancient Egypt who destroyed that country and which the Pharaoh is prophesied to defeat again. However, it is not until the end of the last arc that we find out who and what he is, and its revealed/confirmed that Bakura was working to release him all along.
- The Corruption: To Thief King Bakura and Akhenaden. Anything that has a piece of his soul in it, as he will eventually consume and replace them. The Spirit of the Millennium Ring began as that of Thief King Bakura, but ended as Zorc.
- Either that or the spirit of Akhenaden who claims to be Zorc put a piece of his soul into the Millennium Ring and deliberately targeted Thief King Bakura's reincarnation out of spite.
- Chekhov's Gunman: His first appearence was as a generic Final Boss in a tabletop RPG made by Bakura, and then it's a long time before we see him again.
- Dark Is Evil: Red eyes, a dragon pe...I mean extra head and black wings, typical of an ancient demon.
- The End of the World as We Know It
- Evil Only Has to Win Once: Inverted. To win, The Spirit of the Millennium Ring/Zorc actually recreates the events of Zorc's original attack in an elaborate Role Playing Shadow Game, trying to rewrite history so that he never lost in the first place.
- Final Boss: Of the "Dawn of the Duel" arc.
- God of Evil: Technically an Eldritch Abomination created with the Millennium items, he's upgraded in the dub to the Ruler of the Shadow Realm, essentially Satan.
- The Heartless: Zorc was born when a village was sacrificed to create the Millennium Items, so he could be considered the collective evil of that village incarnate.
- The dub upgrades him to Satan or the closest equivalent of the Shadow Realm.
- Large and in Charge: Undeniably the biggest villain, if one does not count the Leviathan.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": Exodia the Forbidden One, the most well-known Instant-Win Condition in the game, is summoned to combat Zorc. Zorc bifurcates him. Cue this reaction.
- Made of Evil: Made of all the negative energy of humankind since the dawn of their creation.
- Made of Iron: The amount of punishment he can take from all of the series' heavy hitters, up to and including the Egyption Gods and Exodia, is insane.
- In the manga, he has three health bars in his RPG card.
- Playing with Fire: Zorc Inferno!
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Double example. He's trapped inside the Spirit of the Millennium Ring who is in turn—duh—trapped within the Millennium Ring.
- Ultimate Evil
Anubis (アヌビス; anubisu)
Voiced by: Koji Ishi (Japanese), Scottie Ray (English)
An ancient sorcerer serving Akunadin in Ancient Egypt, he used the Pyramid of Light to challenge Atem's power, but was defeated. He sealed his soul in the Pyramid of Light to one day be revived. He's the Big Bad
of the 4Kids movie.
Anubis uses a Sphinx deck.
- Animal Motifs: Look at his name and take a guess.
- Badass Cape: Part of his outfit is a long, flowing black mantle.
- Batman Gambit: He places the Pyramid of Light card for Kaiba to find relying on him to use it in his duel with Yami Yugi so he can start absorbing their powers to revive himself. Kaiba unknowingly Out Gambits him though when he tries to destroy the card to deal Yami Yugi a Death by Irony.
- Big Bad: Of the film.
- Canon Foreigner: And one not missed since the film created a lot of Continuity Snarls even without him or the Pyramid of Light.
- Cool, but Inefficient: In the real card game, his cards. Telia and Andro provide you two beatsticks Special Summoned for only 500 Life Points if you have the Pyramid of Light in play, and if your opponent destroys it to use its effect to destroy the Sphinxes, out comes Theinen. But like so many heavy hitters, they have no protection against monster removal, and even back in their day such cards were rampant. And then there's Inferno Tempest, which removes from play all monster cards in both decks and Graveyards from play. There's a lot of Cool, But Inefficient decks that could have fun with that.
- Everybody Hates Hades: The Egyptian Lord of the Dead is an evil and malicious spirit that wants to destroy the world. Subverted in the Japanese version of the film, as its clear that Anubis is actually a mortal who happens to be named for the god, but the English version omitted his backstory due to spoilers from the then-unaired Season 5, leaving viewers to assume he was the god Anubis.
- Evil Counterpart: To Seto, the one who was supposed to receive the Pyramid of Light and challenge Atem, but was completely loyal to him. The Pyramid of Light itself is this trope to the Millennium Puzzle, intended to give Seto the power he needed to challenge Atem on equal ground.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Has a very deep and booming voice.
- Fusion Dance: Andro Sphinx + Sphinx Telia = Theinen the Great Sphinx
- Hellhound: He turns into this after his human body is destroyed.
- Light Is Not Good: He wears the Pyramid of Light, uses the card of the same name, and his monsters are Light-attribute, but he is definitely evil.
- Obviously Evil: He's wears spiked pauldrons, a black cape, manifests from a pool of black liquid, and is named after the God of the Dead.
- Ominous Egyptian Chanting: Part of his leimotif.
- One-Winged Angel: Transforms into a Hellhound after losing the duel, dropping the whole duel premise to just kill the heroes himself.
- Only Mostly Dead: His state at the start of the film.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: Theinen the Great Sphinx.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The red eyes should also tip you off he's a bad guy.
- Soul Jar: The Pyramid of Light is his.
- Spikes of Villainy: His cape's clasp includes large spikes rising over his shoulders.
- The Starscream: To Akunadin and Atem.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Wears a cape and pants, but no shirt.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: His goal is to absorb the power of both Seto and Yami Yugi to gain their power over light and darkness.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Invoked by name when he tosses Seto aside to handle Yami Yugi on his own.
Heishin (aka Slysheen)
Only appearing in the early video games of the series, Heishin was the High Mage of Atem's rule, but betrayed him and took power for himself. Unable to defeat him, Atem shattered the Millennium Puzzle to keep its power from Heishin's hands, casting his spirit adrift until the Puzzle was reformed and he could return. In the meantime, Heishin conquered Ancient Egypt.
- Big Bad: In several video games.
- Canon Foreigner: Despite being a central enemy in several of the early video games, there is no basis at all for his existence in the anime or manga.
- Evil Overlord: When in power over Egypt. His counterpart in The Falsebound Kingdom is one as well, but over a medievalesque fantasy RPG world instead of Ancient Egypt.
- Evil Sorcerer: The High Priest and one of the most powerful users in Egypt.
- Expy: He's basically Priest Seto, having the same Millennium Item and the same backstory of Atem's High Priest who overthrows him. In Forbidden Memories, the only time they appear together, Seto is The Dragon to him.
- Faux Affably Evil: Always polite and personable even as he tells you he's going to destroy you and take over the world.
- Magic Staff: Wields the Millennium Rod.
- Orcus on His Throne: His Duelists of the Roses incarnation leaves the actual warring to Seto and his men, and is entirely incompetent and unaware that the player is his enemy, challenging them to a friendly duel to pass the time.
- The Starscream: The Pharaoh's high priest who tried to take the throne.
- SNK Boss: Gate Guardian, Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth, Meteor Black Dragon...and for those who haven't played the older video games, in those days these cards were standard tribute monsters. And in Forbidden Memories, they didn't need tributes either. Hope you have a Raigeki or three.
Another video game only character, he's an ancient evil spirit that brings disaster and misfortune wherever he goes. It's implied that the various DarkNites encountered through the games are the same being unleashed and re-sealed each time, with the exception of Duelists of the Roses
where the incarnation that appears is the normal DarkNite's brother. Thematically, they play the same role in each incarnation. He has an alternate form called Nightmare, his true form, which is even stronger.
- Beard of Evil: Just look at his picture and be in awe.
- Canon Foreigner: As with Heishin, there is no basis for his existence in the manga or anime, but he appears in several video games.
- Casting a Shadow: While his deck varies, it usually consists of Dark monsters, like Koumori Dragon, Skull Knight, Dark Elfe, Castle of Dark Illusions, etc.
- Deal with the Devil: The games usually involve the Big Bad making a pact for power with him.
- Expy: He was Zorc before Zorc debuted. Forbidden Memories is particularly blatant in this, saying he's the creator of the Shadow Games and was sealed using the Millennium Items, and can be released by bringing them together again.
- Final Boss: Every time he appears.
- The Man Behind the Man: Always is manipulating the villain or their goal is to release him.
- One-Winged Angel: His true form is Nightmare, who is more powerful and more heavily armored.
- Physical God: Implied by his Japanese name, Card Majin.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Is always sealed away and must be released.
- SNK Boss: While his exact dueling style varies, he always uses very powerful monsters like Meteor B. Dragon, Gate Guardian, and runs three each of cards like Raigeki, Change of Heart, Megamorph, and Swords of Revealing Lightnote . In The Falsebound Kingdom, he commands a God Card with much higher stats than you could hope to achieve on a standard playthrough
- Spikes of Villainy: His armor is very spikey, and gets spikier as Nightmare.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Whoever was responsible for releasing him is not going to last much longer. Only averted in Duelists of the Roses because it's the player who unseals him, and promptly sends him back.