Characters: Yu-Gi-Oh! Other Characters
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Ishizu Ishtar (イシズ・イシュタール; ishizu ishutaaru)
Marik's older sister and Odion's adoptive sister, she's the owner of the Millennium Necklace, which allows the user to see into the past and future.
She uses a Sand Fairy (Fairy monsters with an Egyptian theme) deck, along with cards that cycle her opponent's cards into the graveyard and her cards into her deck. Her trump card is Reversal of Worlds (Exchange of the Spirit).
- Abusive Parents: Her father didn't treat her or her brothers particularly well, and cared more for his duty of guarding the Millennium Items than any of them.
- Adaptational Villainy: In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists Of The Roses, she's on the side of the Yorkists.
- Alliterative Name: Ishizu Ishtar.
- Because Destiny Says So: She was so obsessed with following her visions that she threw away a quicker victory against Seto just to achieve the victory she saw. Which fails when Seto manages to defy her visions and defeat her.
- Big Sister Instinct: Joins Battle City to try to save her brother.
- Break the Haughty: Tries it on Kaiba and to a degree, suffers it herself.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Marik's Cain.
- Combat Clairvoyance: Sees into the future to predict her opponent's moves.
- Dishing Out Dirt/Light 'em Up: She uses Earth-attribute Fairy monsters with a distinct Egyptian design flavor.
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: How she gets Kaiba's attention at the start of the second series anime.
- Foil: To Kaiba. They both had abusive fathers (biological in her case, adoptive in Kaiba's), have younger siblings they are protective of, and are part of organizing the Battle City tournament. However, Ishizu looks to the past and believes in destiny through her visions from the Millennium Necklace, where Kaiba looks to the future and is a skeptic about the ancient Egyptian magic going on. This is especially highlighted during their duel in the quarter-finals.
- Graceful Loser: In spite of the fact that it means she's out of the running of confront Marik herself, she takes her defeat to Kaiba rather well. In fact it brings her hope that the future can be changed and that either Yugi, Jonouchi, or Kaiba can save her brother.
- Herald: In Season 2.
- Japanese Pronouns: Uses "watakushi".
- Lady of War: Yeah she plays a children's card game instead of leading an army, but she's definitely got this vibe. She's quiet, feminine, and came this close to kicking Seto Kaiba's arrogant ass.
- Manipulative Bitch: In her duel with Kaiba she manipulates every move he makes, even allowing herself to take damage from him, in preparation to flip his strategy back on him. Lampshaded by Dark Marik, who snickers that it's fun to watch her work Kaiba over after she did it to normal Marik so often when they were children.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She had the chance to win against Kaiba, but didn't take it because it wasn't the specific victory she foresaw. Trying to get the win conditions she saw in her vision was what led Kaiba to be able to defeat her.
- Punny Name/Spell My Name with an S: Ishizu's name is not Isis, but it is meant to reference the name Isis. Kazuki Takahashi basically took the name Isis and converted the letters to Japanese characters, though he chose to use Ishizu instead of Ishisu. Further proof is the priestess Isis in the Millennium World arc is spelled more phonetically correct (アイシス; aishisu) as far as the English language goes.
- Reincarnation: Of the priestess Isis.
- The Strategist: Has her duel with Kaiba all planned out from the start.
- Woman in White: She primarily wears cream white gowns, which adds to her air of enigma as the Herald in the Battle City arc.
Shadi (シャーディー; shaadii)
A mysterious man from Egypt, he first makes his appearance in the manga after Yugi's Millennium Puzzle is taken away by Kanekura. An emotionless person who only seems to be interested in gathering the Millennium Items.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the second anime he's a little more noble than his other portrayals. He doesn't brainwash people like in the other versions, manages to save Honda and Otogi's lives at one point during Battle City, and in the final arc he gets the role Bobassa originally served in the manga, Heroic Sacrifice included though Bobassa reveals himself to infact be Shadi in disguise in the Manga.
- The Cameo: He gets one in Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In the second anime series only, where he doesn't make an appearance until the end of Duelist Kingdom. Until then, he's just a figure from one of Pegasus' paintings. In the manga, the cast recognizes him from the painting as they have met him before.
- The Chessmaster: Hasan in the Pharaoh's Memory being revealed as Shadi might have been because of Shadi himself interfering with the Dark RPG to save the Pharaoh. He also seemed to work behind the scenes to get the Pharaoh to the afterlife and destroy the Millennium Items. See The Unfettered below.
- Composite Character: An odd variation in the Millennium World story, as in the anime version he also serves Bobassa's role, though Bobassa himself still appears, albeit with a drastically different personality than his manga counterpart. It's revealed during his heroic sacrifice that the Manga Bobassa is Shadi in disguise.
- Dead All Along: Possibly.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: His eyes always look like this.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In the second anime series only, his portrait is briefly shown for the first time in episode 8 of the anime, and once again in episode 28. He finally makes his debut in episode 40.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Seeing the power of friendship in action practically blows his mind.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: He did this a few times with his Millennium Key, entering the "Soul Room" of the person of his choice. He's also capable of remodeling said rooms, thus altering that person's personality, up to making them into his puppet.
- Mind Screw: Shadi has the reputation for being the most confusing character in the entire franchise thanks to his enigmatic nature and for having four identities associated with him(Child Shadi, Adult Shadi, Hassan and Bobassa).
- Older Alter Ego: He appears to be capable of this - when Yugi meets him, he appears as an adult man. When Pegasus meets him in Egypt in the manga, he appears as a young boy.
- Reincarnation: Of priest Shada.
- Stealth Hi/Bye
- The Unfettered: He commits himself to his mission of assembling the Millennium Items. He kills Kanekura and the man who intended to buy the Millennium Puzzle, temporarily brainwashes Yoshimori and Anzu in order to get Dark Yugi out from the Millennium Puzzle and somewhat manipulates Pegasus.
Mr. Crocketts (Croquet)
Mr. Crocketts (Mr.クロケッツ; misutaa kurokettsu) (Croquet)
Voiced by: Yoshikazu Nagata (JP), Ted Lewis
Pegasus' right-hand servant.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the anime, he has gray hair, but in the video games he's shown with brown hair.
- Demoted to Extra: He has most of his role and appearances cut in the anime, including the briefcase scene and his explanation of Pegasus' plans to the group.
- Distressed Dude: In the manga, with his head held in a briefcase.
- Last Name Basis: He's only referred to as Mr. Crocketts.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He tries this with Kaiba in the manga. But because he's not Pegasus, it fails badly for him.
- Old Retainer: Pegasus' plans were very important for him, and was one of the very few who knew what was going on. In Yu-Gi-Oh! R, he addresses Tenma Yakou, Pegasus' adopted child, as Master Tenma.
- Sinister Shades
- Smug Snake: In the manga.
He is one of Pegasus' suits working for Industrial Illusions. Revealed to be spying Kaiba Corporation for Pegasus.
- Adaptation Induced Plot Hole: Saruwatari is shown to be working for Gozaburo, who was introducing the Kaibas (still kids at the time) to a young Siegfried, in a flashback during the KC Grand Prix arc. note
- Anime Hair: It's the source of his fame!
- The Brute: Oh, so very much.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Hey, remember one of the guards from Death-T? That's him, alright.
- Jerkass: Deliberately breaks promises such as getting Star Chips back for a duelist who had them wrongfully stolen by Mokuba, knocks both his chips and 2 of Yugi's out of Mokuba's hand, and refuses to release Mokuba even after Yugi beats the Monster Clown who disguises himself as Kaiba.
- Lightning Bruiser: A very huge and muscly bodyguard but when Tristan manages to throw him, he also showed amazing agility by recovering in midair and performing a flying kick on him.
- Meaningful Name: His name means monkey herder. Seeing how he's always running after or supervising kids...
- Sinister Shades
Cyndia (Cecelia Pegasus)
Pegasus' lover/fiancée (wife in the dub). Her death led to the creation of the card game and the Duelist Kingdom arc.
- Bit Character: She is one, although she is important to the plot. She also serves as a Foil to flesh out Pegasus' character through his backstory.
- The Cameo: In Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction, her portrait can be seen in a room in Pegasus' Castle. In Yu-Gi-Oh! R, Pegasus shows the card he made for her to Tenma Yakou in a flashback.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Her portrait is next to Shadi's in Duelist Kingdom. At first it isn't that significant, then Yugi's friends notice it in Pegasus' hall (or his sanctuary in the anime). Her significance to the story was revealed at the end of Duelist Kingdom.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Pegasus. They were around 10 years old when they met. Unfortunately, it didn't last for too long.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In episode 8 of the anime and chapter 73 of the manga, her portrait can be seen next to Shadi's for a brief moment. She is properly introduced when Pegasus tells about his story to Yugi (or, in the anime, when Anzu finds his journal and reads it out loud to the gang).
- Ill Girl: She died to whatever illness she had.
- Kiss Me, I'm Virtual: She would have been brought back in Solid Vision form if Pegasus' plan hadn't failed.
- Also during Pegasus' vision after he receives his Millennium Eye - she's just an illusion.
- The Lost Lenore: For Pegasus.
- Morality Pet: To Pegasus.
- The Muse: In the dub, she inspired Pegasus to paint. Somewhat more ambiguous in the original, but it's still obvious that Pegasus loved painting pictures of her.
- Ojou: Implied; she met Pegasus when they were children at a party his wealthy father held, which indicates she was most likely at the same social status as him.
- Only One Name: Her surname is never given in the manga or the anime. This is averted in the dub, where she has Pegasus's surname from being his wife.
- Plot-Based Photograph Obfuscation: In the manga, when the portraits of her and Shadi are shown for the very first time when Pegasus is reading his Funny Rabbit manga, the top half of her face can't be seen. Dialogue and other objects conveniently obscure the entire portrait on a few occasions, while Shadi's is perfectly visible.
- Posthumous Character: She only appears in flashbacks.
- Satellite Character: Nothing's known about her outside of her relationship with Pegasus.
- Spell My Name with an S: Her original name is シンディア, which can be transliterated as Cyndia, although some spell it as Cynthia or Cindia. Then there's her dub name, Cecelia Pegasus, which becomes Cecilia, despite the fact that the proper dub name was shown in episode 40.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Pegasus.
- Together in Death: With Pegasus in the manga only, according to Kazuki Takahashi.
- Woman in White: In the manga, her dress is white.
A classmate of Yugi's, who only shows up in the manga
and the first anime
. She is an one-chapter love interest for Honda in the manga and one of the main characters in the first anime.
- Ascended Extra: Only appears as a girl Honda has a crush on in one chapter of the manga, but is a main character in the Toei anime. However, she doesn't show up at all in the more well-known second anime (though her name shows up on a list of disappearing Domino residents in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX).
- Damsel in Distress: Gets kidnapped by Haiyama in the first anime series, and later has to be rescued from Warashibe when she's forced into playing Capsule Monster Chess with him.
- Fangirl: Towards Bakura.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a yellow ribbon with her ponytail. This leads to her "dub" name being Ribbon when she appears in the "Dungeon Dice Monsters" game.
- Kawaiiko: In the first anime.
- Shrinking Violet: Manga-only, where she's a meek and kind bookish type.
- Third-Person Person: Occasionally refers to herself in the third person in the first series anime.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Anzu's tomboy.
- Two Girls to a Team: With Anzu in the first anime.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
An Anime Chinese Girl
renowned in the world as an idol singer and martial artist.
She uses a deck with cards based on Chinese mythology and martial arts. Her trump card is Dragon Lady.
Ryota Kajiki (Mako Tsunami)
A fisherman by trade who duels in honor of his father, who was lost in a shipwreck (in the dub-version, he thinks his father is still alive). He faces Yugi in Duelist Kingdom and Jounouchi in Battle City.
He uses a Water deck filled mostly with sea monsters like sharks and krakens. His trump cards are The Legendary Fisherman, which he says is identical to his father, and the Fortress Whale (he loses both to Jounouchi via the ante rules of Battle City).
Voiced by: Maiko Itou (JP), Sebastian Arcelus (EN)
A duelist who claims to have ESP, but really cheats by having his younger brothers spy on his opponent's cards and relay the info to him via an earpiece. After Jounouchi defeats him in Battle City, he decides to turn his life around and go legit.
Roba uses a deck of cards that emulate psychic powers (this was before the Psychic type was invented in the game). His trump card was Jinzo, which Jounouchi won via the ante rules of Battle City.
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (JP), Eric Stuart (EN)
A High Priest in service to the Pharaoh, he is Seto Kaiba's past incarnation and the second wielder of the Millennium Rod. Intrigued by the idea of monster spirits (Ka) more powerful than the Pharaoh's Gods when Thief King Bakura attacks the palace, he finds a white-haired young woman said to house a very powerful Ka and begins seeking a way to extract it.
- Aborted Arc: The anime greatly reduced the level of antagnonism he has with the Pharaoh due to Kazuki Takahashi being pushed to wrap up the anime quickly and move on to his next project. Thus, the long-foreshadowed rebellion of Seto against the Pharaoh never happened.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the anime. The manga version of Seto is very much like Kaiba, an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy who prizes power and sneers on teamwork, and thinks he'll experiment on extracting Ka in order to learn to control Kisara's. In the anime he's comparatively more mellow and is almost a Nice Guy, never shows any such plans, and is disgusted when Aknadin tries it himself.
- Ambition Is Evil: He's seeking ever more powerful Ka, not content with the ones already captive.
- Badass: The most powerful of the Pharaoh's advisors.
- Friendly Rival: As Ishizu says in the dub anime, the High Priest was the Pharaoh's rival, but he was also his friend.
- Magic Wand: The Millennium Rod.
- Spell My Name with an S: His name can vary between "Seth" and "Set".
- The Starscream: Played with. While Aknadin thinks he should take the kingdom for himself when the Pharaoh vanishes, Seto thinks that even if he could wield power greater than the Pharaoh's Gods, he has no right to the throne.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In both the anime and manga, while his attitude towards such varies, he rationalizes that capturing civilians and extracting their Ka is something they must do if they wish to protect the Pharaoh from enemies like Thief King Bakura, a nobody who turned out to have a very dangerous Ka in him.
Voiced by: Rie Nakagawa (JP), Caroline Lawson (EN)
The white-haired, fair-skinned peasant woman whom Kaiba’s former incarnate saves and falls in love with. Her strange coloring marks her as the victim of discrimination amongst the Egyptian plebs. She is later revealed to be the holder of the Blue Eyes White Dragon. Near the end of the arc, she sacrifices herself to protect Seto from Akhenaden
. According to Takahashi
, Seto’s feelings for her are a major reason behind modern-day Kaiba’s fixation with the Blue-Eyes.
- Adaptational Badass: In the anime, Kisara fights Akunadin with the Blue Eyes White Dragon and dies protecting Seto. In the manga, she just gets attacked and dies.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Her white hair and pale skin made the Egyptians shun her.
- Badass: If you possess the power of the Blue Eyes White Dragon, one of the strongest monsters in the series, in your soul and can tap into it, then you're this.
- Blessed with Suck: Her power makes her a target for angry mobs and power-hungry rebel priests.
- Damsel out of Distress: Seto saves her life twice, once when they're children and again from a mob stoning her years later. In return, she unleashes the Blue Eyes White Dragon to protect him.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: She dies in Seto's arms.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She takes a hit from Akunadin meant to kill Seto, saving his life but dying in the process.
- Hero's Muse: She provides an almost literal light to balance Priest Seto's inner darkness, and her Heroic Sacrifice and death in his arms provides the inspiration for his reign.
- Light is Good: A firmly heroic character, with the Blue Eyes White Dragon as her ka.
- Love Redeems/The Power of Love: How she saves Seto from Akhenaden's Mind Control.
- Macguffin Girl: Her wielding of the Blue Eyes White Dragon's power is what makes her the target of mobs and power-seeking priests.
- Mysterious Waif: Homeless, quiet, vaguely psychic, and the mysterious keeper of the spirit of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and sacrifices herself to protect the only person who ever showed her kindness, High Priest Seto... even 3,000 years later.
- Mystical White Hair: As the holder for the Blue Eyes White Dragon, she has long white hair.
- Now Let Me Carry You: In the anime, Seto saves her twice, and in return, she sacrifices herself to save him from his father.
- The Quiet One: She's not very talkative.
- Reincarnation Romance: It's heavily implied that Kaiba's obsession with the Blue-Eyes White Dragon is because of Priest Seto's love for her and anguish at her death.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Timid, quiet, and reserved...as well as the holder of the Blue Eyes White Dragon, one of the most powerful monsters in the series.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: To Priest Seto in the anime. Less so in the manga.
In the manga, he's a tombkeeper and a servant of Shadi's who helps guide the Yugi and the others into the Pharaoh's memory. In the anime, he's an NPC who joins Yugi and friends after they follow Yami Yugi/the Pharaoh into his memories and helps them discover where the temple that holds his name is located.
- Big Eater: In the anime.
- Depending on the Writer: In the manga he's a fairly serious and intelligent character. In the anime he's mainly a source of comic relief and is fairly simple minded.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the manga.
- Mythology Gag: In the anime, he and Hasan are voiced by the same actor. This is because in the original manga they were infact the same character(specifically Bobassa's "master" Shadi), although in the anime only Shadi turns out to be Hasan's alter-ego. Possibly also serves as a case of Not His Sled.