- "Ooooo, I'm so ambiguously camp!"
CEO and founder of Industrial Illusions and creator of the children's card game Duel Monsters. When his wife-to-be inexplicably exploded at the altar, he went to Egypt and received the Millennium Eye from Shadi. He hides his sorrows and true intentions behind a gay facade. And we mean that literally. He used the first tournament to gather souls to bring back Cecelia, but lost to Yugi. After releasing the people he turned into trading cards he was killed by Yami Bakura... temporarily. Surgery has made broad advances, and Pegasus is back and more fabulous than ever before.
- Affably Evil: He's just as silly, camp, and funny as in the canon, but is still a villain.
- Ambiguously Bi: Flirts with every man on the show and is extremely effeminate, but had a loving marriage to his wife Cecilia and doesn't trigger the Millennium Gaydar. This is entirely deliberate on his part: the one time people discovered he actually was straight, he tried to kill them to ensure nobody would know. Given his behavior towards Kaiba in The Movie (making obvious sexual passes and then feigning obliviousness), he seems to do it to Troll people For the Lulz. Little Kuriboh confirmed he's only pretending to be gay, but you wouldn't tell from the way he's been acting.
- Anti-Villain: Mocked; upon learning he was doing all he did to bring his dead wife back to life, Téa said it made up for all the horrible things he did. Yugi immediately notes it doesn't work that way.
- Armoured Closet Gay: Inverted. One episode has him attempting to kill Tristan, Téa, and Bakura so they can't tell anyone that his Dark Secret is that he is actually straight.
- Big Bad: Season 1's main baddie.
- The Cameo: In Bonds Beyond Time Abridged for a Death by Cameo. Lampshaded.Pegasus: (singing) "I'm making a cameo in this movie~ I'm much more fabulous in 3D~"
- Camp Straight: Repeatedly lampshaded. Kaiba for instance offers this insight:"Pegasus is ruthless. Camp, yet ruthless."
- Casual Danger Dialogue: In the Abridged movie after being told that they're about fly into a massive storm, he calmly suggests simply turning around. When he's told that the pilot only knows how to fly forward, he just tells him to turn the radio up then.
- Mentions many things as being "fabulous" (or unfabulous).
- When something grabs his attention, he usually starts his sentences with a high-pitched, long "hooo!" sound.
- Comedic Lolicon: The implication that Pegasus may be attracted to children is repeatedly Played for Laughs."Well, hello little girl, would you like to see my Funny Bunny?"
- Complexity Addiction: As Yami points out in episode 18:Pegasus: Excellent. Soon, my evil plan to steal an object from a small child will be complete!.
Yami: You mean you arranged this whole tournament just to steal my Millennium Puzzle?
Yami: Did you even consider just asking me for it? I mean, do you have any idea how much time and money you've wasted with this whole facade? PEOPLE HAVE DIED BECAUSE YOU WANTED A NECKLACE! I KILLED A GAY CLOWN, FOR RA'S SAKE!
Pegasus: Look, are you going to play a children's card game with me or not?
Yami: I suppose I might as well.
- Disney Death: In Bonds Beyond Time Abridged, he's crushed by a building, but it gets undone by the Cosmic Retcon the heroes bring about dueling Paradox.
- Eye Scream: Played for Laughs when Yami Bakura tries to extract his Millennium Eye."That's the wrong eyeball, you fool!"
- Fan Boy: Of the Spice Girls. He also seems to like ABBA.
- Guyliner: According with the second Marik's Evil Council, he wears make-up and takes his time to apply it in order to be "sufficiently glamourous".
- Harmless Villain: Yeah, no one takes him seriously except Kaiba. Yami notes how silly it is basing an evil plan involving corporate espionage and ancient magic around a children's card game. As Episode 35's clip show has Pegasus himself claim:"If I weren't so very camp, I'd probably make a credible villain!"
- Last-Name Basis: Except for his guards, who address him as Mr. Pegasus.
- The Lost Lenore: His wife/fiancee, Cecelia.
- Necromantic: Like in the original his goal is to bring his dead wife back to life. This gets taken to its logical extreme in Evil Council 4. With the help of Rebecca's satanic teddy bear, Cecelia is brought back to life...as a zombie.
- Put on a Bus: For the main series as he doesn't appear again until season 4; he's made appearances in specials and Bonds Beyond Time though.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Though he's nowhere near the level of Kaiba, Yugi claims that he couldn't just instead call the police when Pegasus stole Grandpa's soul because rich megalomaniacs such as himself are immune from the law.
- Shipper on Deck: He ships Bakura and Marik because it's obvious they have a thing. In Marik's Evil Council 5, after hearing Marik and Bakura arguing over a new and ridiculous plan, Pegasus said that they are so gay for each other. Marik and Bakura were not amused.
- Sissy Villain: And you thought the original was eccentric enough.Wohoohoohoo. If I weren't so very camp I'd probably make a credible villain.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: "Welcome to the Duelist Kingdom. Let me assure you that this tournament is 100% genuine and is (spoken extremely quickly) not in any way an elaborate ruse thrown together at the last minute so that I can get my hands on an Ancient Egyptian artifact."
- Troll: According to Little Kuriboh himself, his coming onto Kaiba is entirely to creep him out For the Lulz.
Yami Bakura / Florence / The Spirit of the Millennium Ring
- "I'm not British. I'm just gay."
The spirit within the Millennium Ring. Yami Bakura, whose name is actually Florence, is the definition of evil: sadistic, sarcastic, and trying to steal Yami's screentime. It is because of this, however, that he has a legion of fangirls at his beck and call. After Dueling Kingdom he lay dormant until Marik's arrival, where he struck a deal to assist him in his cause, since they shared similar agendas. After Melvin assumed direct control of Marik's body, he outed him as a spy for 4Kids and challenged him. He lost and died, but after Marik regained control, it seems Florence is back, albeit he will be swept aside to make way for Dartz and his Evil Motorcycle Riding Henchmen.
He's a prominent Breakout Character of the series with Marik, and the two star in several side projects including fanfiction and the Evil Council videos.
- Adaptation Name Change: A strange case; the Abridged series changes his name to Florence but the other characters continue to refer to him as Bakura, just like his host. Given how much he hates his real name, Florence is probably adopting a new name to get away from the one his parents gave him.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: The real Spirit of the Millennium Ring is a vile and ruthless villain who fully intends on bringing about The End of the World as We Know It. This version of him, while still evil, is a lot less cold and more willing to get along or converse with others, even Yugi's friends and family. What's more, Florence's reason for fighting Yami Marik/Melvin was to prevent him from canceling the show, while Yami Bakura only dueled him because he doesn't want any competition to ruling the world.
- Adaptational Villainy: Ironically, this version has a more petty reason to be evil. Yami Bakura had to watch his whole village get raided and dumped into molten gold as a child, while Florence decided to be evil simply because his parents try to force him to be more like a girl. What's more, Zorc is a separate character from Bakura in this continuity, meaning Florence was doing everything in his own free will instead of being influenced by him.
- A Day in the Limelight: Gets his very own episode in episode 37, "Bakuhazard." He even does the Previously On narration and gets his own intro and theme music for The Bakura Show!
- All Love Is Unrequited: He seems to harbor strong feelings of lust or possibly love towards Marik, but Marik is either completely oblivious or just interested in Bakura as an accomplice.
- Anti-Villain: He's a psychotic mass-murderer, but even he is creeped out by Marik and Melvin. He also fights Melvin to stop him from destroying the show, nudging his way to Nominal Hero for an episode.
- Ax-Crazy: He likes knives; they make him feel all tingly. He also likes saying the word "Die".
- Black Comedy Rape: According to Episode 16, he has a habit of taking over his host's body in the middle of the night and molest anyone nearby.
- Byronic Hero: In the latter part of season 2 where he goes up against Melvin. (In the end, he's the only one with enough insight to realize what Melvin's endgame was.)
- "Oh, bugger (me)."
- The word "bloody" also comes out of his mouth a lot.
- The Chew Toy: Nothing goes right for him in episode 83.
- Closet Key: All signs indicate that he's destined to become Marik's. If you consider Marik Plays Bloodlines to be canon, then it's already been confirmed.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Marik.
- The Comically Serious: Yep.
- Crazy Consumption: The one time he's shown eating on screen, he tears apart a steak like a rabid animal. Apparently this is a normal thing for him; a later episode has Marik Talking In His Sleep during what is apparently a dream about Bakura eating spaghetti with his mouth open and getting it all over the place.
- Deadpan Snarker: Along with Yami and Kaiba, 90% of the sarcastic quips come from him.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Type 2. He neither advertises nor conceals his feelings for Marik, and seems mostly content to remain Vitriolic Heterosexual Life-Partners.
- The Dragon:
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: His host is a young boy with a delicate appearance. Not that he's complaining.
- Embarrassing First Name: His parents named him Florence, which he is deeply ashamed of.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
Bakura: Marik, this hotel is the host of the local anime convention, Youmakon.
- He has evil aspirations but there are some things he won't do, for example catering to 4kids and cancelling the show.
- He's also terrified of Melvin.
- Also, Cosplaying.
Marik: Precisely! It's perfect! We're hiding in plain sight! Everyone will just assume we're cosplayers!
Baruka: Oh come on, we're not that evil.
- Evil Brit: Subverted; he's not British, he's just gay.
- Eviler Than Thou: In the second "Counseling Evil" video, he sends Dartz to the Shadow Realm and tries to take over Dartz's council, though he only succeeds in the first part.
- Evil vs. Oblivion: In "Melvin'd", he duels Melvin to stop him from cancelling the series, as he had yet to receive the screentime he was promised in his contract.
- Experimented in College: According to him in Concrete Giraffes, he and Slender Man "used to get drunk and pick up chicks" while roommates in college. If he was experimenting with heterosexuality or bisexuality is up to the Wild Mass Guessing.
- Face Death with Dignity: He and Marik sing a modified version of "Stand By Me" as Melvin vaporizes them and cancels their show.
- Foe Romance Subtext: With Melvin. Despite being terrified of him, Bakura still has Freudian dreams about hooking up with him.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason for him being evil is rather flimsy (though he was asked about it on the spot by Tristan):"Well, I suppose my parents never loved me enough. They were always dressing me like a girl. Did you know they wanted to call me Florence? Who names a boy Florence?! Idiots, that's who!"
- G.I.R.L.: Implied in Neko Porno charity video and then confirmed later in LK's spinoff fic, Midknight At The Oasis, that he trolls people regularly and tricks them into ridiculous cybersex situations. According to Marik he's very descriptive.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Attempts to usurp the role of Big Bad from Melvin with the help of Marik. Not only does it backfire, it results in the show's cancellation by 4Kids.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Marik in the Evil Council videos. He's so much more competent that everybody likes and respects him better than Marik. Until he decided to defect and joined Dartz's evil council. And even after that, he's still liked better than Marik.
- I Have Many Names: Bakura, Spirit of the [Millennium] Ring, Yami Bakura, Florence. This was inevitably lampshaded in episode 40.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: His given reason for wanting to find gay people is that he's secretly very lonely. For what it's worth, he did somewhat get his wish upon meeting Marik, seeing as Marik is the only person he really tolerates enough to hang out with and it's been implied again and again that Florence has feelings for him.
- Irony: Twofold. His parents always tried to raise him as a girl (even giving him a girly name), but Bakura is possibly the least flamboyant character in the series, and unlike Pegasus and Marik, lacks many traits belonging to a Sissy Villain. Also, he's the only character who is genuinely open about his sexuality, but doesn't possess any of the stereotypes that go with it.
- Knight of Cerebus: Played with. While he's just as comical as the other villains, it's usually because he's playing a snarky straight man, not because he's incompetent, stupid or Ambiguously Gay like the rest. In the Evil Council videos he's also the only one with a genuine interest in killing Yugi, and becomes increasingly frustrated with Marik's Felony Misdemeanor plans and the fact the council spends more time arguing with each other than actually trying to defeat Yugi.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: The Slender Man was his college roommate. For some reason, he can't remember most of it.
- Leitmotif: Ave Satani
- Mr. Fanservice: Like Marik, he knows it.
- Odd Friendship: With Marik. Although "friendship" may not be the best descriptive term.
- One Steve Limit: Played with. In Season 2, he notes he and his host are both called Bakura, as in the canon, but Yami says that's both confusing and unlikely. Then in some other videos he's called Florence. Much like Yami/The Pharaoh, it swings between the two.
- Only Sane Man: One of the saner characters in the series, which gets played up during the Evil Council videos.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm and sarcastic blue to Marik's hammy and silly red.
- Ridiculous Procrastinator: He mentions in Marik Plays Bloodlines that his fans incorrectly assume that his Evil Plan took 5 seasons because it was just that well though out. He's actually "just very slow".
- Sarcastic Devotee: Towards Marik, who he aids but mocks constantly.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Marik's Evil Council 5 he finally decided to leave Marik's council in favor of Dartz's. Dartz is willing to pay him actual money and let him do at least one evil deed per month.
- Screw Yourself: Zorc & Pals show him in a relationship with Zorc, his past incarnation.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: He and Marik join forces to get more screen time than Yugi and Yami. They kind of succeeded in this, at least outside the main series. Most of the spin-offs like Marik's LP of Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines and several of LK's fanfics as well as the "Leather Pants" music video focus on Marik and Florence, who are also arguably the most popular characters with the fans.
- Spot of Tea: "I'm going to go do British things, like drink cups of tea and eat bangers and mash, that sort of thing... Because I'm British."
- The Starscream: Though he ditches Marik's evil council to join Dartz's, the latter ends up pissing him off with the same idiocy and he ends up banishing Dartz to the Shadow Realm. Then he tries to seize control of the council, but the motorcycle-riding henchmen don't take him seriously and instead appoint Zombie Boy as their new leader.
- Straight Gay: To contrast Marik's Armored Closet Gay, Bakura isn't nearly as effeminate or flamboyant, but is quite open about his sexuality when it comes up.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Invoked in the Evil Council vids. He's pretty much the only person there who takes the meetings seriously.
- Talk to the Fist: He shoots Zombie Boy mid-rant with an Invisible Gun."It's the only way to kill an overacting zombie!"
- Tsundere: Towards Marik, both in spin-off fanfics and their Let's Plays. His sexual attraction towards Marik is extremely intense, but he hates his personally as a Brainless Beauty. The result is Bakura regularly insulting or snarking at Marik while also flirting or making sexual innuendos.
- Weaksauce Weakness: It's never come up in the actual show, but in one of the many audio clips that can be found floating on LittleKuriboh's Tumblr, Marik claims that Bakura is allergic to marshmallows.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: His parents named him Florence. He's not happy about it.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: According to Marik in his Let's Play of Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines, Bakura is immortal and thinks it's rather overrated.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: In the Evil Council 4, Melvin (and by extension, Marik) declared him his boyfriend, Zork & Pals gained another season and his name is declared the manliest name ever it all went down in flames when it turns out it was All Just a Dream.
Marik Sebastian Ishtar III
- "I don't want to kill you, I just want to destroy you a little!"
Marik is the successor to the tomb keepers of the Pharaoh and the leader of the Rare Hunters. Like Yami Bakura, he wants to take the Pharaoh's screentime, and so he sends his minions into the Battle City tournament to destroy Yugi a little (not kill, destroy). He possesses the Millennium Rod, which allows the user to brainwash anyone with "Steve" or any variation thereof in their name. When he was young, Marik yearned for a life better than one spent underground, and the trauma of living with an abusive father and undergoing ritualistic scarring created an alternate personality/imaginary friend, "Melvin." Melvin personality was sealed away for some time, but at the end of Season 2 he emerged and banished Marik from his mind. However, he reclaimed his body and reformed at the end of Season 3.
A Breakout Character of the series with Bakura, Marik is featured in numerous side-videos, most notably the Evil Council videos, where he annually (or did; the videos have seemingly been discontinued by Little Kuriboh) called together other villains to scheme against Yugi. None of them ever got anything does. He even has his own Let's Play, Marik Plays Bloodlines, where he plays Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines.
- Adaptational Heroism: He's not as bad a person as his original counterpart used to be even before his HeelFace Turn. Anime Marik was a physically* and psychologically abusive Bad Boss who either wants to inflict world domination over his hatred for the pharaoh (English dub) or is blinded by rage and willing to go to extreme lengths to fulfill his misguided lust for revenge (original Japanese). This Marik, while having the same motivations, is only evil to the point of pushing someone off a boat (which by Yu-Gi-Oh! standards is a mere slap to the wrist), and he at least allows Steve Umbra and Luna/Lumis (who have failed him in both continuities) to join his Evil Council Of Doom, whereas the real Marik allowed them to die for their failures.
- Adaptational Wimp: He is nowhere near as competent or evil as he in the original series.
- Ambiguous Disorder: In Marik & Bakura Go To Censored Town, the narrator says that Marik has what can only be described as "Melvin dreams".
- Arch-Enemy: He claims it's the Pharaoh, but in the spin-offs it's Slender Man.
- Armored Closet Gay: He insists he is 100% straight and gets angry whenever someone presumes he's gay, but everyone knows the truth that he's just in denial over. In the mentioned Let's Play, he has a freakout and admits he loves Yami Bakura, writes fanfics about them, and has fanart of them on his computer... which he then denies once the scares stop and he calms down."Oh, what, just because a man likes to dress effeminately, and hang out with another extremely attractive man, and read yaoi, and flaunt his gorgeous abs, and stroke a phallic symbol suggestively in every other scene, that automatically makes him gay?!"
- Bad Boss: He constantly invokes You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on minions. Hell, he even treats his stepbrother Odion like crap.
- Big Bad: Of Season 2, until episode 42 when Melvin broke out.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Not only are most of his "eeeeeeeevil plans" pretty tame, they also almost never work and he seems harmless against the likes of the other villains. He's blissfully unaware of this fact, of course.
- Bilingual Bonus: His pseudonym, Malik, is Arabic for "King".
- Brainless Beauty: Bakura certainly seems to think so.Bakura: You know, it's a good thing you're pretty. Otherwise I'd have to suffocate you.Marik: IGNORE ME!Bakura: Sometimes I wish I could...
- Bullying a Dragon: He has no problems with shouting or insulting members of his Council of Doom, including Zorc, the God of Evil.
- Camp Gay: If Marik really is gay, he is this.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He's pretty bad at not making his evilness apparent to everyone around him (though the main characters are completely oblivious to it).
- Catchphrase: He even combines them on occasion.
- "Foolish fools!"
- Oh, yes.
- His "evil plans" involve rearranging Yugi's sock drawer and trolling his Youtube account by spamming the comment section on his channel, and accents them with lines roughly following "Yugi will be so [insert negative mood or the word "ruined"] that he'll have to give us his puzzle!"
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: In order to become a tombkeeper, Marik had his back carved with a knife... and was forced to watch Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
- The Ditz: He's rather dim.Melvin: Say hello to the Shadow Realm, Marik!
Marik: *cheerfully* Hello, Shadow Realm!
Melvin: How did I even spawn from your mind?
- Divergent Character Evolution: In the canon, Dark Marik is the embodiment of the normal Marik's hatred and rage taken to the extreme of total world destruction. Here, Marik and Melvin are characterized so differently they barely resemble each other.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: His sexual subtext with Yami Bakura is made fun of this way.
- Marik's phrases after discovering Bakura is leaving for Dartz's council and that he was meeting with him for weeks sounds more like a break up for cheating.
- Another jewel:
- Double Entendre:
"Geez, I can't believe on my first day as a vampire I sucked off a hobo."
- Many regarding his Millennium Item's identity. LittleKuriboh milks the "rod" jokes all he can — Marik's real-life YouTube account is named "ObeyMyRod" for example.
- Marik Plays Bloodlines has even more, which are usually lampshaded by Bakura laughing while Marik is unaware of what he's said.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Make-up and all.Yami: Why wouldn't I hate women? I mean, they hate me. That Marik chick is always saying how much she despises me.
Joey: Guh, Yug, I don't know how to tell you this, but...Marik's a guy.
Yami: What!? That's crazy! But look at the way she dresses!
- Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: Marik loudly proclaims himself the most effeminate guy around, and generally disdains women and believes that Yu-Gi-Oh has no women.
- Evil Is Sexy: Invoked. Marik believes him self to be a nine out of ten and with his kick ass back tattoo he goes up to a nine and half out of ten. Marik wants to be evil so the sexiness on being evil raises him up to a Ten out of Ten.
- Face Death with Dignity: He and Florence sing a modified version of "Stand By Me" as Melvin vaporizes them and cancels their show.
- Freudian Slip: Has one in the Season 3 finale, though he immediately backpedals on it.Yami: (talking about Marik's back) It's a pretty sweet tattoo!
Marik: I know right, all the dudes love it.
Yami: What was that?
Marik: All the ladies love it.
- Gag Penis: If the Pharoah's reaction to it is any indiction.Yami: Oh my god, a giant cock!
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Initially downplayed; Marik definitely had a personality when first introduced but he had no real reason for wanting to defeat the Pharaoh and take over the world other than for the simple fact that he was evil. Subverted later on when he's actually given a backstory and motivation behind his deeds (albeit a vague one).
- Harmless Villain: Played straight or subverted depending on whether he's carrying the Idiot Ball. Generally he's the most ineffective villain around, no matter what he does, but he did kill a man in cold blood, so it's best not to drop your guard entirely.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: "I AM ONE-HUNDRED-PERCENT STRAIGHT!"
- He's Back: Returns triumphantly after Yami defeats Ra.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: He was forced to watch horrible Disney movies as a child and his father was insane and whipped him all the time.
- Hipster: Parodied. "It's me, Marik Ishtar! And for the record, I was possessing this girl way before it was cool.
- Imaginary Friend: Melvin, who later materialized as a Split Personality.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: His evil plans are as harmless as they are poorly thought out, but darn, he just tries so hard!
- Large Ham: He essentially channels the voice and acting abilities of both Skeletor and the Monarch.
- Late to the Punchline: Episode 46, after the previous episode when Melvin made a joke about Bakura wanting Marik inside him."OH, I get it! He was implying that you wanted me to sleep with you! That is pretty funny. After all, I'm way out of your league."
- Laughably Evil: He's constantly laughing and making jokes.
- Lust Object: It's painfully obvious that Florence wants to jump his bones.
- Maternal Death? Blame the Child!: Averted, his mother died giving birth to him, but Hank barely even noticed her death, caring only that he finally had a biological male heir.
- Medium Awareness: When Bakura suggests that they just murder Yugi and the Pharaoh, Marik shoots him down because 4Kids would just censor it anyway.
- Misapplied Phlebotinum: For having an all powerful ancient Egyptian artifact that can control minds and warp the fabric of reality, he really doesn't do much with it. Justified in that it can only control people named "Steve," and he knows it's an annoying limitation.
- Most Definitely Not a Villain: When he pretends to be "Malik Blishtar".
- Mr. Fanservice: And boy does he know it! Tea's reduced to a babbling mess when in his presence.
- Morality Pet: A bird he named Mr. Tweetums, his best friend ever. Bakura and Odion also bring out his softer side on occasion.
- Oblivious to Love: Or at the very least oblivious to lust. Or whatever the hell it is that constitutes his and Bakura's relationship these days.Marik: (playing Bloodlines) Paranormal activity: you WILL believe a door can slam very hard!
Bakura: I'd like you to slam me very hard.
Marik: Bakura, can you keep it down? I'm trying to play a video game.
- Obviously Evil: Hilariously played with. He's only obviously evil to the audience, as none of the protagonists seem to notice it, even when he BLATANTLY declares his evilness in front of them.Joey (thinking): I still think there's something fishy about this guy
Marik: WAHAHAHA!!! DESTROY YOU ALL!
Joey (thinking): Man, if I could only put my finger on it.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: His "Malik Blishtar" identity. In the original, Marik didn't actually need a physical disguise since the heroes had no idea what he looked like yet, and simply acted as a friendly duelist named Namu while Odion pretended to be the real Marik, but in this version, not only is his fake name painfully obvious, he constantly slips up and goes on evil rants, accidentally uses his real name, etc.
- Pet the Dog: As he's slowly dying, he visits Odion in spirit, admitting that Odion was the best brother he ever had - and he wasn't such a bad henchman, either. He also left some Gummi Bears in his room for Odion. It's a good thing he did, seeing as it snapped Odion out of his coma.
- Poke the Poodle: Most of his "eeeeee-vil plans" end up as this."We are going to sneak into Yugi's house under cover of darkness, and rearrange his sock drawer! His entire collection of socks shall be thrown into disarray! His world will be plunged into chaos! Sock-related chaos!
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Perhaps the one evil (or at the very least, bad) deed he can do right. He repeatedly makes misogynistic quotes at women, such as claiming that women don't exist in Yu-Gi-Oh!, and while possessing Tea, he claims he doesn't know anything cause he's possessing a woman. Ironic, when you consider how girly Marik himself is.
- Psychopathic Manchild: LittleKuriboh says in a few interviews that Marik is essentially a combination of his inner child and himself at 14. Except evil.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Apparently he only became a villain because he thought it would give him a 10 out of 10 in the sexy scale.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The hammy and silly red to Bakura's calm and snarky blue.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Bakura and Melvin's Manly Men.
- Silence, You Fool!: Goes a step further by "silencing the silence" at one point.
- Small Name, Big Ego: In "Marik's Evil Council" and "Concrete Giraffes". He's convinced that he's the most evil villain of all time in the former and that he's making a film that will put Citizen Kane to shame in the latter, when he's comically incompetent at both. By the time his movie finally gets released, he seems to have realized that he is not a great filmmaker.
- Sound-Effect Bleep: When uttering the F-word, a voice belching "EFF!!" is used in place of a regular beep. This trait has since been taken by Dartz, as Marik's character had evolved far beyond what LK had originally intended.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: His motive as opposed to killing the Pharaoh in the original show. Eventually works with Bakura to do so. Given they both became breakout characters, they succeeded.
- Sue Donym: Uses "Malik Blishtar" as an alias.
- Too Dumb to Live:
Ooo, I bet it's a bomb! Wouldn't that just be (EFF)ing awesome?!
- In the 2008 Christmas special, he seemed pretty excited about receiving a bomb as a gift.
- And in the last five seconds before the bomb goes off, Marik tries to think of a good They Might Be Giants quote when Bakura tells him to say something profound before they die.
- Transparent Closet: Mocked frequently for it. Everyone knows the truth, but he refuses to admit it.
- Unwanted Assistance: Has this trope about Odion when he's impersonating him; Odion insults "himself" (Marik) and accepts insults directed at him as passive-aggressive slaps to the real thing.Odion: I am Marik Ishtar. I like to take control of people's minds and dress in highly effeminate clothing. Also I have an irrational hatred for Gummi Bears. I'm pretty much the worst boss ever.
Marik: No, I'm not! I mean, er, who is this strange person of whom I've never heard of? He seems like a big, bald jerk!
Odion: Yes. I, Marik Ishtar, am a huge jerk.
Marik: Cut it out, you knobhead!
Odion: Yes. I, Marik Ishtar, am a knobhead.
Marik: (offscreen) I command you to stop agreeing with me!
- Villain Protagonist: For the eponymous Marik's Evil Council videos.
- Villain Song: Leather Pants (with Bakura)
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His evil alter-ego and messed up attitude towards life in general wouldn't even exist if not for his father's horrific abuse, and Character Development has shown he's really, desperately lonely
- Yaoi Fangirl: Well, fanboy, but still. When he finds a comic book lying on the ground:"This isn't like my scriptures at all! I mean, what is that guy doing to that other guy? I don't know what it is, but it gives me cravings!"
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: His M.O. throughout the first half of season 2.
Yami Marik / Melvin
- "Come over here and let me cut you, I mean hug you. Hugging is what I meant."
Marik's alter-ego-slash-imaginary friend, born from his childhood trauma of being tattooed during the tombkeeper initiation ritual. When Odion was struck by Ra's divine wrath, the mental seals on Melvin weakened, and he resurfaced. Unlike Marik who wants to destroy Yami, Melvin just wants a hug. And by "a hug" we mean "to stab you with a chainsaw or any other weapon on hand". And he loves hugging people.
At the end of Season 2 he is revealed to be a spy for 4Kids, sent to get the show cancelled. Bakura duels him to try and save the show, but is defeated. Melvin thus destroys the Fourth Wall and the show is canceled. However, boredom slowly starts to set in during The Cancelled Series due to him becoming a sub-character, and he goes on another destruction spree that inadvertently gets the show Un-Canceled. With his former employers now dead, Melvin was once again the main villain until Marik was able to regain control of his body and finally destroyed Melvin for good.
- Appropriated Appellation: Zigzagged Trope: In his first appearance reviewing X-Men Origins: Wolverine he refers to himself as Yami Marik, and it's Yugi who mocks him as 'Marik's imaginary childhood buddy Melvin' when he first comes out after Odion's duel with Joey. But then in the flashback in Episode 45, he refers to himself as Melvin as a child when he surfaces for the very first time to kill his father.
- Arch-Enemy: The code-locked door became his. He spent several episodes getting past it and cursing it out.
- Ax-Crazy: Just a warning—"Could I have a hug?" translates to "I'm going to take a chainsaw to you"."Come on, pick up the friggin' phone before I stab someone out of boredom! As opposed to the many other reasons for which I tend to stab people."
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's just this side of Pegasus for one of the silliest, hammiest, most ridiculous villains of the show, but he's arguably even more dangerous than his canon counterpart, since he helped get the show itself cancelled.
- Big Bad: For the second half both of Season 2 and season 3.
- Black Comedy: His whole shtick involves treating death and destruction like regular hobbies and basically just being a definite example of a Psychopathic Man Child.
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: In episode 61, he borrows Marik's "Silence!" a few times.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Literally. He destroys the Fourth Wall at the end of Season 2.
- Formerly "Mind Slave" and "Binky Boy," dropped when he appeared in the main series.
- "Could I get a hug?" and variations of such.
- "Kill your family! Kill your family!" from the "Kill Your Family Show".
- Chainsaw Good: "Ahhh, now that was a good hug!" And then there's Evil Council 4, where he chainsaws numerous villains at the drop of a hat.
- Characterization Marches On: Twice. In an Early-Bird Cameo in a vid where he visits Kaiba in a parody of A Christmas Carol, Melvin repeatedly refers to people as his mind slaves and "Binky Boy." Come Season 2/3 and his actual appearance, he drops the two catchphrases and becomes much more comical. Then, after 4Kids is defeated and Marik is out of work, he claims in Episode 61 he wants to avenge the Tomb Keeper's lineage.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Most of his antics come from the hilarious ways he hurts people. Again, there's the whole hugging deal.
- Cuddle Bug: He's almost always looking to "hug" someone.
- Deadly Hug: He makes it an art form, since asking for a hug for him means he wants to kill you.
- Deadpan Snarker: Unlike Marik, who wouldn't know sarcasm if it bit him in his leather-clad butt, Melvin is this when he's not just being Axe-Crazy. And sometimes when he is as well.Melvin: "Yay! Once again friendship saves the day. I love it when that happens. This calls for a group hug. Group hug, everyone!"
- Death by Irony: Defeated by the biggest bear hug of his life, courtesy of the other Egyptian Gods.
- Double Entendre: Inherits the "rod" jokes from Marik when he takes over his body.
- The Dreaded: Even Bakura is terrified by him.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appeared in a Christmas Special, had his own musical number, and eviscerated X-Men Origins: Wolverine all before his proper appearance in series.
- Enemy Without: He's Marik's Superpowered Evil Side.
- Eviler Than Thou: To both Marik and Florence, who try and fail to stop him from canceling the show.
- Evil Tastes GoodMelvin: I've been OMNOMNOM-ing on his soul for ten years and I happen to like the taste!
- Faux Affably Evil: He almost seems childish in how he acts, but he frequently sprinkles in random threats of violence in his speech."Geez, everywhere I go people are always fighting over which one of them gets to be murdered by me! Joke's on these guys, I'm gonna kill 'em both. My treat."
- For the EvulzYugi: Ask yourself: what would killing me accomplish?
Melvin: Other than making me laugh like a maniac, not much. But it's enough.
Ishizu: Why, Melvin? Why are you doing this to us?
- Also his response to Ishizu asking why Melvin wants to kill them all.
Melvin: Because shut up.
- Hostile Show Takeover:
- Since it came out during Season 3, he replaces Marik in Evil Council 4 as the leader. But not really.
- Done again, but more literally for Marik's Bloodlines LP.
- Hypocrite: Always cheerful about giving hugs to everyone, but he's reduced to screaming like a maniac when all of Yugi's monsters give him "the biggest hug of his life".
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Marik's father Hank Ishtar, who really deserved it after savagely whipping Odion and then trying to do the same to Marik.
- Freak Out: Several times during his duel with the Pharaoh.
- Knife Nut: His Millennium Rod holds a knife which he uses to give great big hugs. Sometimes the knife is a lightsaber.
- Knight of Cerebus: Parodied. He's just as Ax-Crazy and insane as his original counterpart, the other characters are terrified of him, and he does manage to be the most effective and dangerous villain yet when he gets the show cancelled at the end of Season 2. But all his antics are Played for Laughs, and he's so ridiculously over the top and silly that he's hard to take as a serious threat. Often characters will talk about how wicked and cruel he is, then the episode does a Gilligan Cut to Melvin being completely harmless and comical.Yami: No doubt he's already hard at work plotting his next evil scheme.
Melvin: (looking at himself in the mirror) Would you *beep* me? I'd *beep* me. I'd *beep* me hard."
- Laughably Evil: He wouldn't be as funny as he is if he wasn't a murderous lunatic.
- Large Ham: He's just as over-the-top as his canon counterpart, if not more so."Hello, Pharaoh! We were just about to play Twister! It involves me twisting your neck until it snaps. We were also going to play Snap. It has similar rules."
- Laughing Mad: Comes with the territory of being a comical and hammy madman.
- Leitmotif: His theme music from the dub.
- Lyrical Dissonance: His villain song "Villain", in which Melvin sings about torture and murder, is sung in tune to the calm and relaxing "Hero".
- The Mole: He's a 4Kids employee sent to get the show canceled.
- Moral Event Horizon: Parodied in-universe. When reveals that he is the one who suspended Team Four Star, nobody seems to think it's as big a deal as he makes out. In fact, Tristan has no idea who they are.
- Morality Pet: Mr. Tweetums, until he forgets him in a Shadow Game with Mai.
- The Nicknamer: Frequently refers to Mai as "Whore Biscuit", Yami Bakura by his real name "Florence," and Joey as "Susan". He even calls his own father "Doctor Scuzzbucket" just before murdering him. Also called the Pharaoh 'Nancy' on one occasion.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Lampshaded in Marik's Evil Council 4, where even Florence is terrified of him.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Sort of. He wants to destroy the fourth wall and get the show canceled, which would be this in a meta way.
- Only Sane Man: Manages to be this during his duel with Yugi. He's baffled by Yugi's slurred pronounciations, his offer to trade his Obelisk card for Melvin's Metal Reflect Slime (despite this being in his favour) and he loses his temper when he's suddenly ignored despite his Big Bad status.
- Out of Focus: The Cancelled Series. The only screentime he's had involves his misadventures of trying to find something to do. Once he uses 10,002 passwords to get through the so-known "bitchy door", he ends up screwing Noah over by breaking his missile control panel and gets the video feed to show an episode of the "Kill Your Family" show.
- Pals with Jesus: He's friends with Slender Man.
- Psycho for Hire: Once we find out he's working for someone. But all he cares about is destruction, and at the end of Season 3 he destroys 4Kids by hijacking Noah's self-destruct system.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Even more so than Marik."I am henceforth known as the ruler of all doors! Every single door shall bow before me and open at my command! I am the Master of Unlocking!"
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Marik's Sensitive Guy, and it shows. Marik is a Camp Gay who has trouble expressing his Transparent Closet and comes up with ridiculous plans that usually end in failure, Melvin is a hammy, psychotic villain who's not afraid to get his hands dirty, often succeeds, and openly expresses his feelings towards something.
- Show Within a Show: The "Kill your Family" show, which may or may not be all in regular Marik's head (it's implied that it isn't). It appears to be nothing but Melvin telling viewers to ''"Kill your family!" over and over and over again. Spawned a couple of Youtube adaptations, which stretches it out for several minutes.
- Split-Personality Takeover: He seizes control of Marik's body near the end of Season 2.
- Superpowered Evil Side: To Marik.
- Terms of Endangerment:
- He gives nicknames for most of the cast and uses them almost exclusively in place of their name. It does not make his death threats any less threatening.Joey: What happens when my life points reach zero?
Melvin: That depends. Have you been a good Susan, or a bad Susan?
Joey: My name is not- *screams as he gets electrocuted*
Melvin: A very bad Susan indeed.
- Somewhat averted with Ishizu and Yami, the former whom he calls 'chucklenuts' once but then refers to her as "sis" or other varied terms, and latter who he calls "Nancy" once but usually refers to as the Pharaoh.
- He gives nicknames for most of the cast and uses them almost exclusively in place of their name. It does not make his death threats any less threatening.
- Tom the Dark Lord: You wouldn't expect an Axe-Crazy Omnicidal Maniac to be named "Melvin". Of course, that's the joke.
- Troll: After trashing Noah's command center in Season 3, he leaves the "Kill Your Family Show" running on the last monitor he left intact for Noah to find.
- Villain Song: "Villain".
- Villainous Breakdown: Over the course of his duel with the Pharaoh. He go from taunting Yami as he usually does, to being increasingly annoyed by his antics (such as constantly pointing out the Shadow Realm should be called the "Purple Realm") to completely losing it out of frustration when Yami stops being afraid of him and starts arguing with Kaiba in the middle of their duel.
- Villains Want Mercy: Tries to keep Marik from banishing him to the Shadow Realm by saying that they can work together when he'd been nothing but cruel and abusive to Marik beforehand. Additionally, during the climactic duel, once the Pharaoh summoned Obelisk the Tormenter, Melvin immediately asked if they could play a different game, like Rock-Paper-Scissors instead. The Pharaoh obliged, and said that he picked "rock"...which he demonstrated by having Obelisk punch Melvin straight in the face.
- Voice of the Legion: Perhaps his most immediately recognizable trait.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Punctuality is his only weakness.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Indirectly lampshaded when he is confronted by robot guards."Well, howdy ho! Robots! You know what that means: I can be as hardcore as I want and it'll still be PG-13! Hehehe... Mmm, delicious ultraviolence."
- "Who's the green-haired, rich, spoiled brat, screwing the rules now, Seto?"
The biological son of Seto's and Mokuba's adoptive father Gozaburo, and CEO of 4Kids. In league with the Big Five to attempt to take down the show for good. Certifiable nutjob who wants revenge against Kaiba for stealing his life. Noah lived (somewhat) happily with Gozaburo until he was killed in a car accident. What remained of his mind was uploaded to the internet. Unbeknownst to him, Joey and Serenity are indirectly responsible for his death. Serenity, as it turns out, was the one who ran him over while learning how to drive. Regains his sanity — or something — upon hijacking Mokuba's body and returning with it to the real world. Then returns to the Internet to save the main characters, and destroy Gozaburo and himself.
- Affably Evil: He's rather friendly and polite, but he's no less evil for it.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Indulges in maniacal laughter, prone to physically touching other characters in a creepy manner, and is implied to have gone mad from isolation.
- Ambiguously Gay: His way of hugging Mokuba is not very sibling-like. Whether he means to be creepy or not isn't quite clear. He also tries to steal Yugi's body in a very sexual way.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the CEO of 4Kids. Clearly takes after his old man.
- Creepy Child: Has the appearance of a child, but frequently displays a Psychotic Smirk, has a quite creepy Evil Laugh, and taunts Kaiba with an Ironic Nursery Tune.
- Death Equals Redemption: Invoked and Deconstructed. Noah seems to think that sacrificing his life to save Mokuba and everyone else from an oncoming missile makes up for everything. Mokuba doesn't buy it, since Noah himself launched the missile to begin with. Ultimately played straight (see Easily Forgiven).
- Department of Redundancy Department: "Soon you will be face to face with the truth. The truth that I am truly the true successor to the Kaiba Corporation. The true-ness of it will be truly truthful."
- The Dragon: For The Cancelled Series, to Gozaburo.
- Easily Forgiven: Subverted when the gang are still upset with him after his immediate HeelFace Turn (even Mokuba calls him out). Played straight later on when, after sacrificing himself to save everyone, Yugi claims that Noah isn't such a bad guy after all, aside from the attempted murder.
- Enfant Terrible: Despite being a child (in appearance, anyway), he's still absolutely evil.
- Evil Laugh: Whenever the plan's going his way, he does this.
- Expy:Seto: "Who are you? And why do you look like me from Season 0?"Tristan: "Oooooo... the forbidden season...."
- Filler Villain: His original role, but subverted here seeing as Melvin was actually working for him.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Just like the canon version, but he's actually more passive about it.
- HeelFace Turn
- My God, What Have I Done?: It took him just 3 seconds to realize.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: Gives us particularly chilling renditions of "Hush Little Baby" and "Happy Birthday". Along with his disturbing evil smirk, a sign that he can be a genuinely creepy villain.
- Laughing Mad: Egregiously so. But then again, who wouldn't Go Mad from the Isolation?
- Leitmotif: His theme from the dub normally, same as Melvin. In Episode 55 he gets a new one while revealing his sob story: MadWorld.
- The Man Behind the Man: He's the one who sent Melvin to destroy the show in Season 2, and comes into focus as the villain of Season 3.
- Not So Different:Seto and Noah: "Shut up, Mokuba!"Seto: "That was weird."
- Out-of-Clothes Experience: When he stops Gozaburo from attacking the plane/Don't worry father. Now we can be together for all time. Also, for some reason, I'm naked.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Seto and Mokuba's Red Onis. Ironically, he's shown to be more emotional than they are in his own arc, going from being callous in one second to being regretful in the next.
- Reformed, but Rejected: Played for laugh; the protagonists still refuse to believe he has reformed even as he is warning them the place is about to blow up.
- Would Hurt a Child: Worse, he'll make them say Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and then Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL are their favorite spinoffs.
- Yandere: For Mokuba, it seems. When his bribing of maintaining Mokuba's loyalty through love and donuts fail, Noah responds by turning both him and Seto into stone.
- You Have Failed Me: Banishes Team 4kids to the darkest corners of the internet.
- "Listen, small person. There's no such thing as bad publicity."
Former CEO of Kaiba Corporation. Considers anyone beneath him a "small person" and will occasionally poke fun at their misfortune. Do not enrage him if you value your ears. Was fired by Seto and Mokuba and committed suicide in disgrace. But, just like in the source material he faked his death and actually inserted himself into the Virtual World in order to manipulate KaibaCorp from behind the scenes. At any rate his plan backfired and he was killed by his biological son Noah.
- Abusive Parent: "Whip [Kaiba] 'til his name's Toby". Incredibly, he actually treated Noah worse.
- Adaptational Villainy: Though it's not like Gozaburo wasn't a huge bastard in the original anime, here he's even worse; he revels in his admission that he made his fortune manufacturing weapons of mass destruction that threaten the world's stability, he plans to tear down an orphanage to build a theme park on the grounds and dismissives concerns about the orphans, and while he at least cared a bit about Noah in the original anime, here he has to struggle to remember he even exists and mocks his death to his face.Gozaburo: You ungrateful little runt! Seven years and not a single Father's Day card?
Noah: I thought you were dead!
Gozaburo: And I thought you knew better than to play in the middle of the f***ing road. Who's the idiot now?
- All Men Are Perverts: Makes suggestive comments aloud when Noah attempts to force his way into Yugi's body. Doubles as a Squick moment.
- And I Must Scream: His reaction to having his naked son fused to his back, with one particular part of his anatomy rubbing up against him for all eternity.
- Angrish: "SHUTYOURMOUTHYOULITTLEINGRATE!"
- Bad Boss: As Hobson can testify, he treated his employees and family terribly.
- Big Bad: For The Cancelled Series, as the one behind Noah's plans.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: "Screw the rules, I have your money". Kaiba doesn't take it well.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Acts like a ditzy buffoon most of the time, but he's a self-made billionaire and a very successfull, if ruthless and corrupt, businessman.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Seems to frequently forget the fact he only adopted Seto and had a real son (Noah) before. Also refers to the knight piece in chess as a "horsey."
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Especially obvious with his "Orphanland" bit. He also refuses to call people with less money than him by their names; He just calls them "small person". Not to mention he chooses to spend his money on "weapons of mass destruction that'll threaten the stability of world peace" over virtual holograms for children's card games.
- Filler Villain: A subversion seeing as he's The Man Behind the Man for Noah, who was The Man Behind the Man for Melvin.
- I Have No Son!: Played for laugh; he appears to use this trope toward Noah in a flashback, but as it turns out, he genuinely forgot he had a biological son, and remembers Seto and Mokuba instead.
- Insane Troll Logic: Blames Noah for not sending him either a "thank you" or a father's day card... even though Noah thought he was dead.
- Jerkass: Of the "tearing down an orphanage" variety.
- Laughably Evil: A bastard, yes. But thanks to Antfish's presentation, he's utterly hilarious.
- Mood-Swinger: He seems to be nice, but also seems to go in fits of rage as he chewed off an employee's ear off-screen.
- No Indoor Voice: He shouts a lot, and even his normal tone is pretty loud.
- The Sociopath: If the way he treated his kids wasn't enough, he tore down an orphanage to build a theme park, said the orphans "don't get a theme park", showed no concern for the children he was making homeless, and tore a man's EARS off because he "got mad".
- Too Dumb to Live: At least when it comes to chess. He refers to knights as "horseys," and when Kaiba corrects him Gozaburo mutters "Horses can't be knights, that's just silly."
- You're Just Jealous: When Kaiba says he's insane for building weapons that threaten world stability, Gozaburo says he's just jealous he didn't think of it first.
- "Den keep you mouf shut, mayan! Okay, mayan? Yeah."
The former king of Atlantis and Big Bad of Season 4. Dartz is biding his time by gathering his own cabal of villains to counter Marik's Evil Council; with both having yet to accomplish anything. He finally made his proper debut in the main series in episode 64, alongside his motorcycle-riding henchmen.
- Accent Adaptation: Unlike Bakura, this character's accent wasn't in the original dub.
- Antagonist Abilities: Parodied; just like his canon counterpart, his deck, means and powers are completely overpowered— and the characters are very much aware of this, constantly pointing out his abuse of New Powers as the Plot Demands.
- Bad Boss: The verbal abuse he hurls to his minions aside, he also rips out their souls if they fail him, and, like in canon, was responsible for all the events leading them to serve him in the first place. Alister flat out says "Master Dartz is a notorious douche."
- Berserk Button: Never insinuate you like tacos better than pizza.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Though he's treated as a comedic nuisance in most of his appearances due to his odd speech pattern, when he finally duels in Episode 81, none of the jokes in the episode diminish just how much of a Faux Affably Evil Jerkass he really is. He cruelly mocked Rafael for causing his family's death and him being stranded on a desert island (even if the reveal was a Contrived Coincidence), and manages to break Yami Yugi (something only Rafael had been able to do before) by pointing out he doesn't even need to reference his ancient past to show how much of an asshole he was to his friends. And that's on top of his canon counterpart's actions in the Duel, such as using Yugi's friends as faces for his monsters.
- Big Bad: Of the "Marik's Evil Council" series, toward Marik. He becomes the show's main antagonist in season 4.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Coiffio.
- Cassandra Truth: He straight up tells the Pharaoh his true name a season too early. Unfortunately, Dartz's bizarre accent distorts the word so thoroughly (he pronounces it as "AY-tum") that the Pharaoh thinks he's joking.
- Characterization Marches On: The first two Marik's Evil Council specials portrayed him as a serious villain Surrounded by Idiots with his henchmen. Since the third Evil Council and continuing into Season 4, he's been voiced by Takahata101 and is characterized radically different, being based on Coiffio in mannerisms and being a comical villain with a thick speech impediment that freaks out his henchmen, who became far less idiotic and are now disturbed by his poorly pronounced schemes.
- Death by Irony:
- Dartz's primary gimmick in this version (aside from his accent) is that his plan, henchmen and cards abuse Insane Troll Logic and New Powers as the Plot Demands, causing characters to constantly complain about all the "bullshit" he keeps pulling out of nowhere. Yami defeats him in their duel by pulling even more of exactly the same thing, while Dartz spends his Villainous Breakdown baffled that the Pharaoh manages to "out-bullshit" him.
- One of the first and most famous jokes regarding Dartz was his henchmen being unable to understanding if he was asking them to "do" or "duel" Marik. When facing his One-Winged Angel form in a Beam-O-War, Yami defeats him by asking him this very question, distracting him long enough to slay him.
- Deep South: He's got what sounds like the world's thickest Cajun accent, and apparently spent a lot of time in Abalamya. Er—Alabama. At least, until the finale.
- Dissonant Serenity: A surprisingly disturbing case, given the usually comedic nature of his character, but when revealing to Rafael he was responsible for all the tragic events leading his henchmen to serve him, he describes the whole thing while gleefully laughing as if he was telling a good joke.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He and his gang of motorcycle riding henchmen have had a subplot in all of the Marik's Evil Council videos to date. He and his henchmen made their proper debut in episode 64 (which makes sense, since their rival council likely got disbanded after Marik's HeelFace Turn)
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome/Porky Pig Pronunciation: He owften has twouble pwonun-unciati anan-on-ci anonymous sayin' words in da way they s'posed t' be said, mayan. In the season finale, this was revealed to be an effect of the Orichalcos, and he has a normal accent after being uncorrupted.
- Eviler Than Thou: He's on the receiving end of this in "Counseling Evil - 2" when Bakura banishes him to the Shadow Realm and tries to take over the council.
- Faux Affably Evil: Dartz is superficially pleasant and charming, but once he's suckered people into bringing him into their confidence, the abuses and manipulations start stacking up. Of note, like his original counterpart, he kicks off his arc by foregoing the whole children's card game aspect in favour of trying to get the Great Leviathan to destroy everything at the very start.
- Filler Villain: And pretty much counts as this for the Evil Council videos, too.
- Hypocritical Humor: Doesn't seem to notice his own speech impediment. Possibly subverted in later episodes where he seems aware that other people can't understand him."You gotta learn to e-nun-ci-ate, mayn. Speak plain English. It's a matter of coowatescourcourageoit's good manners, mayn!"
- Incoming Ham: His first scene in Season 4 must be seen to be believed.
- Innocent Innuendo: All the time due to his incredibly thick accent. Stand out examples include "Dick" and "Wank", as well as ordering his henchmen to "do" various characters. * Zombie Boy: Wait, is he saying "deck" or "d*ck"?
Valon: Eh, sometimes it's best not to ask.
- Jerkass: He loves to verbally abuse his henchmen, suck their souls should they fail him, and apparently once sucked out Channing Tatum's soul as a joke. Alister flat out calls him a douche because of this.
- Kaleidoscope Hair:
- His hair changes color every time the scene cuts to him. In Season 4, it doesn't even take a cut, his hair can actually be seen shifting colors in the same scene.
- In episode 73 this stops because he washed the dye out of it.
- Large Ham: He shouts a lot, helped by his speech impediment.
- Laughably Evil: As per the norm, but with an extra layer of hilarity added by that accent, mayan.
- Leitmotif: Judas Priest's Hellion plays just before any scenes with him, alongside Rob Halford's distinctive Title Scream heard in Brütal Legend's boot screen (DOUBLE FINE!!!).
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: "Gentlemen (his Motorcycle-Riding Henchmen) and YOU (Zombie Boy), zombie dooshbag."
- Parental Abandonment: He doesn't remember his daughter Chris. At all.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a quite impressive one to Yami, by pointing out how much of a Nominal Hero he is, to the point he doesn't need to remember his ancient past to show it.
- Serial Escalation: Deconstructed. As much as the series tries to make him look like a joke, he still has insane wealth, a small army of minions, and very dangerous magic powers comparable to Zorc's, the show's final villain. However, on top of the accent, the writing notes that while the scale of his arc is rather immense (including the heroes travelling to America on a cross-country exodus to defeat him) with plenty of enormous action beats (plane crashes, train derailments, Duel Monster rampages, etc.), it only barely makes sense what with the contrived separations, convenient distances, loads of Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?, and a plethora of other plot holes.
- Serious Business: How his sock drawer is organized. He likes to keep them alphabetized.
- Sound-Effect Bleep: Gets the [EFF!] sound effect from Marik after his shift to be based on Coiffio.
- The Unreveal: Parodied. When pressed by Yami to tell him his real name as proof that he actually visited ancient Egypt during his reign, Dartz blithely tells him, but his accent makes it impossible to discern that it's Atem.
- Verbal Tic: He's got one, mayan.
- Villain Has a Point: One that he's not entirely off-based with either. In his Breaking Speech, he points out that not only was the Pharaoh a tyrant in his own time, but tells Yami Yugi ever since he came back to life, he spent most of his second life insulting his own friends, and taking their friendship for granted, including the boy whose body he inhabits. Rather than appreciate that they have the patience to be around him, and even considered them his friends. In this case, Dartz is absolutely right. This point gives Yami Yugi much deserved Character Development from this.
- Vocal Dissonance: Part of Dartz's humor is that his silly voice and speech patterns don't fit his Bishōnen design at all.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair:
- And red, and green, and yellow, and... whatever color Little Kuriboh feels like making it at the time.
- Up to Eleven in the actual series, where his hair is constantly changing colors in real time instead of just between scenes...until episode 73, where he washes the dye out of his hair. The trope still applies, since it turns out he's "a natural turquoise-ee".
LeviathanThe great beast that Dartz unleashes after gaining three Egyptian God Cards. As opposed to the anime series, Abridged Leviathan is Dartz' attack-dog instead of his master.
- Ambiguous Gender: No info about its gender, if it has any, is mentioned. Dartz calls it a bitch, but he likely used it as an insult for failure instead of directing it towards the fact its a girl.
- As Long as There is Evil: According to Dartz, it will keep existing as long as there is evil in humanity.
- Bullying a Dragon: Dartz calls Leviathan a "widdle bitch" after getting beaten by Yugi.
- Captain Ersatz: Yami Yugi (and eventually Yugi) point out how his Great Eye form looks exactly like Sauron.
- Combat Tentacles: Its body distords in goo-like tentacles to grab Yami, Kaiba and Joey.Dartz: I am sure you've all seen enough hentai to know where this is going...
- Dragon-in-Chief: Despite being a Physical God, Leviathan is treated about the same as the rest of Dartz' henchmen
- Faceless Eye: In his earliest appearance.
- Fusion Dance: After failing to give it Yami's soul as a meal, Dartz gives it his own soul, causing both of them to fuse together.
Siegfried von SchroederA rich and flamboyant businessman with gorgeous long-flowing hair, who has taken a fascination with Kaiba and his company. And isn't Pegasus.
- Adaptational Name Change: Of a sort. In the original version, he entered under the alias Siegfried Lloyd to hide his true identity and motives. Here, he makes no such attempt and enters the tournament under his real name.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Shigfried von Schroeder shpeaks in shentenshesh where sho many shoundsh of the letter "S" are shpoken at the shtart of wordsh, ja!
- Funny Foreigner: He is a sterotype of EU cultural weirdness, speaking in an exaggerated high-pitched German accent and always being introduced with Europop.
- Shout-Out: His strange accent, cultural eccentricities, and being introduced with pop music are very reminiscent of Goldmember.
- Sissy Villain: He has long pink hair, speaks with a high-pitched lisp, listens to campy music and is highly eccentric.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He's an effeminate westerner with long hair who lives in a castle, has a rivalry with Kaiba and is constantly making innuendo-laden remarks at him. Kaiba repeatedly mistakes him for Pegasus, and even Siegfried admits that the similarities are there.
- Verbal Tic: He speaks with a lateral lisp.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: His exaggerated German accent is all over the place. The announcer at Kaiba's tournament even introduces him as being "from somewhere in Germany because his accent makes it hard to pin down."
- "And now it's time to destroy the world, again!"
A dark god and famous TV celebrity. Was at first the star of Zorc & Pals with Florence, but it got cancelled. However, Zorc bounced back by performing in The Suite Life of Zorc & Cody. He loves destruction, especially of the worldly kind.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: The canon Zorc is a God of Evil and an Omnicidal Maniac. This one is silly, childish, and Affably Evil.
- Almighty Janitor: The most powerful Yu-Gi-Oh! antagonist in the Abridged universe so far is treated as an absent-minded subordinate by Marik's Evil Council of Doom.
- Black Comedy: A Laugh Track is played whenever he mentions that he is busy with destroying the world.
- Catchphrase: Mentions "destroying the world" in some variation all the time.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He appeared as early as episode 9 in the Abridged series. In canon, he doesn't appear until the fifth season.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Yes, that dragon is his willy.
- Laugh Track: Provided in his show.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Wants to destroy the world. He's very enthusiastic about this.
- Screw Yourself: Zorc & Pals show him in a relationship with Yami Bakura, his future incarnation.
- Show Within a Show: Zorc & Pals, which was canceled after he destroyed the studio audience. Now he's on The Suite Life of Zorc and Cody.
- Simpleton Voice: He sounds rather dopey. Because he is.
- So What Do We Do Now?: After destroying the world in Zorc & Pals: The Movie, he goes to Disney World... and then he's going to destroy it. He had so much fun, however, that he decided against it. So he destroys Euro-Disney instead.
- Soap Opera Disease: Mocked in a fake commercial in episode 17.Zorc: "I have a terminal disease!"
Florence: "But you can't die, what about our adopted daughter?! Who's going to take care of her once you're gone?!"
Zorc: "She also has a terminal disease!"
- Straight Gay: In Zorc & Pals, he and Florence are a couple and they (apparently) have an adopted daughter.
- You Will Be Spared: He planned on destroying Disney World, but didn't because it was too much fun. So he destroyed Euro-Disney instead.
- "I'm a throwaway villain! Fear my generic motives!"
The villain of The Movie. He's a throw-away character with generic motives no one gives a damn about. He's going to defeat the Pharaoh and destroy the world because... reasons.
- And Then What?: Anubis has no idea what comes after the "Destroy the world" part of his plan. When Yami asks him what possible reason he could have for destroying the world, he is first stumped by the question, before hastily and lamely trying to claim that of course he has a reason, but he won't tell what it is because it is a "secret".
- Big Bad: Of The Movie.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "You're going to die, and then you'll be dead. Because I killed you!"
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: Yami calls him out for being a generic bad guy who just came out of nowhere.
- Filler Villain: The Movie is Broad Strokes canon anyway, and similarly has little influence on the main abridged series.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Mercilessly lampshaded by Yami. Anubis has no motivation or characterization besides being a vague evil force that must be stopped or it'll destroy the world.
- Stupid Evil: Yami points out how stupid it is to destroy the world for no reason or benefit. Anubis has no counter.
- Brought up again near the end where he attempts to "summon all [his] darkest powers to destroy the world once and for all." Yugi asks why he didn't just do that in the first place instead of wasting time playing a card game. He merely tells him to shut up.
- Vocal Dissonance: He's a burly man that definitely looks like he could be scary and threatening, but sports an extremely goofy voice identical to Marik's.
- Voice of the Legion: He has a noticeable echo in his voice.
The villain of Bonds Beyond Time Abridged. Basically the same as Anubis, but IN 3D!!!
- Anti-Villain: Parodied, he tells the heroes that he's traveled back in time to avert a Bad Future, but they note his methods for doing so are to massacre crowds of people, he made a stop in Venice to go on a rampage for no given reason, and does it all laughing evilly, wearing a mask, riding a sinister-looking motorcycle, and generally looks and acts Obviously Evil.
- Bad Future: He comes from one that was apparently destroyed by card games. Somehow. He himself admits that he doesn't know how it happened.
- Big Bad: Of the anniversary movie.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Mandark.
- Catchphrase: "Pwotagonists!""Ahaha, ahahahaha, ahaha, ahahahaha!"
- Characterization Marches On: Could almost be seen as a bit of reverse of what happened with Dartz. When he first appeared he was voiced by Semisoma1, now TheAzureCrow, and spoke normally. When Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time was properly adapted, he was instead voiced by LittleKuriboh and he spoke with a speech impediment. His motive also changed from wanting to destroy abridged series to it being more inline with canon where he wants to destroy card games.
- Designated Hero: Invoked — he seems to think he's the good guy, but, well...
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: "Humanity's ignowance has caused the planet to become wavaged and wifeless."
- Evil Laugh: He uses Mandark's.
- Generation Xerox: He is the descendant of Dartz. This explains a lot when you look at some of the others tropes.
- I Meant to Do That: "I totawwy pwanned that. My pwan is gweat!"
- Leitmotif: The theme from Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.
- Noodle Incident: How his future got destroyed by card games. All he knows is that "someone played a card game, and then BOOM! End of the world."
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Stole Cyber-End Dragon and Rainbow Dragon (which belonged to Jaden's friends Zane Truesdale and Jesse Anderson respectively) offscreen (though Jaden only mentions Jesse).
- Psychopathic Manchild: Acts and sounds like an overgrown kid inside of a grown-up's body.
- Serial Killer: He killed Yugi's Grandpa, Pegasus, the people of Domino City, the people of Venice, indirectly the people of Neo-Domino City in Yusei's timeline, and possibly Zane and Jesse (given that he holds their ace cards), all in a single movie. He has little reason for doing any of this beyond "my pwan is gweat!"
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He thinks he's this. In reality, it's pretty clear he's just randomly doing evil things and has no idea what the hell any of it accomplishes.