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Yugi Muto is a not-so-average kid. Yugi is pure-hearted and child-like. He lives with his grandfather Solomon Muto and mother, although he never speaks of the latter in the English anime. In the Japanese manga, it's explained that Yugi's father is a businessman. Yugi is good at games and puzzles, especially Duel Monsters.
Yugi possesses the Millennium Puzzle, which allows his body to bear host to the spirit of the Puzzle, Yami Yugi. Yugi was initially unaware of his existence and control of Yugi's body would involuntarily shift to Yami, when Yugi or his friends are wronged.
Yugi is part of a close-knit group of friends: Joey Wheeler, Tristan Taylor, and Téa Gardner. Miho Nosaka is also one of Yugi's friends in the first series anime. Yugi's friends often cheer him on from the sidelines, and Joey has dueled at his side. Yugi has been friends with Téa since childhood and is in love with her. Téa has been shown to have feelings for both Yugi and Atem (Yami Yugi).
In Japanese, the first characters of "Yūgi" and "Jōnouchi" combine to form "Yūjō" (友情), which means "friendship." The "Yu-Jo Friendship" card is named after the word and the fellowship between the characters.
Yugi's character design was overseen by Kazuki Takahashi. His usual outfit consists of the standard male Domino Junior/Senior High uniform complete with a closed buckled collar. His extremely extravagant hair features multiple layers including long blond crooked, pointy locks for his fringe, the rest features a five large spikes colored black with a magenta sheen along the edges. He wears the Millennium Puzzle on a lace around his neck. In the manga and second series anime, the lace is later replaced with a chain. In the manga (post Volume 7) and in the second series anime, he often wears a KaibaCorp Duel Disk on his left arm.
When he and Téa took a day together to find out about the Millennium Puzzle, he wore a black linen shirt and several pieces of wrist-chains, along with a pair of leather pants. He is seen wearing the same outfit, except for the chains, when he met Jaden Yuki for the first time. However, in GX, Yugi's (present day) face is never directly shown.
Second series anime biographyEdit
Prior to pilotEdit
Joey and Tristan used to bully Yugi. Joey even went as far as taking a piece of Yugi's Millennium Puzzle and throwing it into a canel. However Yugi stood-up for Joey and Tristan, when they were attacked by Ushio, claiming that they were his friends, whereas Ushio claimed he was protecting Yugi in order to earn money. Joey and Tristan came to be Yugi's friends after the incident and Joey recovered the piece of the Puzzle.
Yugi and Joey once visited Burger World, only to find Téa working there. She fears that if they tell, she'll get expelled as it's against school rules to have part-time jobs. (In the English version, she worries about getting fired, as they could reveal that she's under 18; the required age to work there.) She splatters their burgers in ketchup, warning them not to tell. They disprove this by saying that they didn't even know that she worked there, and they wouldn't say a word.
Yugi later finds Téa in a warehouse, being filmed by a pervert, who threatens to reveal she's working at Burger World. (In the English version, he was a mugger who tricked her by writing a note, pretending Yugi and Joey had given her a dance studio.) Yugi tackles the man, but gets thrown against a wall. Téa is also knocked unconscious after trying to attack him. Yugi then transforms into Yami Yugi, who defeats the man in a card draw game and Mind Crushes him. Yugi came to believe he had saved Téa, although he doesn't remember how he did it.
Prior to the tournamentEdit
After beating Joey in Duel Monsters, Yugi invites Joey, Téa and Tristan to see his grandfather, Solomon's rare card, the "Blue-Eyes White Dragon", after school. Kaiba, who overheard, ends up kidnapping Solomon and forcing him into a Duel for his "Blue-Eyes", as he refused to trade or sell it. Yugi and his friends catch up after Solomon had already been defeated, and witness Kaiba rip the "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" in front of them. Outraged, Yugi challanges Kaiba to a Duel, and Solomon gives Yugi his Deck. Yugi duels Kaiba as Yami Yugi and discovers Kaiba has the other three "Blue-Eyes White Dragons" in his Deck but defeats him using "Exodia." After defeating Kaiba, Yugi becomes the Duel Monsters World Champion.
Since Joey has been having troubles with winning in Duel Monsters, Yugi asks his grandfather to help train Joey.
Pegasus sends Yugi a video inviting him to participate in his Duelist Kingdom tournament. Pegasus appears on the video and duels Yugi on the spot while freezing everyone else in the room. He places a time limit on the Duel. Pegasus only won because time ran out seconds before Yugi could lower his life points with his Summoned Skull. As a penalty for his defeat Solomon's soul is stolen.
Yugi meets Weevil Underwood on the ship to the tournament, who acts friendly to Yugi, including telling him that he knows of new rules that are going to be introduced in the tournament. Shortly after Weevil leaves, Yugi gives Joey the "Time Wizard" card, telling him how it can be useful in a tight situation. Yugi meets Weevil again later and shows him his "Exodia" cards, which Weevil tosses overboard, to hinder Yugi's Deck. Joey jumps into the water to recover them. After getting two of the cards, the current hits Joey and Yugi dives in to save him. Both of them are then rescued by the stowaways, Téa and Tristan, who throw them a rope ladder.
After the tournament starts, Yugi tracks down Weevil, determined to get his revenge, but Weevil flees, leading him into a forest. Yugi suspects this is to do with the new rules Weevil mentioned earlier. Weevil leads them to a meadow, where he accepts Yugi's his challenge, as his monsters now get Field Power Bonuses. Yugi switches to Yami Yugi, who bets both his Deck and Star Chip, earning him Weevil's 2 Star Chips after he wins.
While searching for food, Yugi and his friends, find fish Mako Tsunami had prepared. Unbeknownst to them, Mako had set it as bait to lure opponents, to where his monsters greatly benefit from the field. After sharing the food, Mako challenges Yugi. After switching to Yami, Yugi defeats Mako, winning 2 more Star Chips.
Yugi and his friends see a contestant, being forced to leave the island as he is out of Star Chips. The boy says they were stolen, along with his Deck and describes the thief and where he met him. Yugi promises to get his Star Chips back, before the boat leaves the island. Back at the sene of the crime, they meet the thief, who has his face disuised. He duels Yugi with 5 Star Chips on the line. Yami Yugi identifies the thief as Mokuba Kaiba. Mokuba tells them how Yugi humiliated his brother, causing him to leave, giving Pegasus an opportunity to take over KaibaCorp. Mokuba now seeks revenge on Yugi for this. Unable to win the Duel, Mokuba makes a grab for Yugi's Star Chips. Yami discourages Mokuba and promises to help him and Seto.
The group make their way back to the bay, but the boat has already left. Yugi shows Kemo that he won back the Star Chips, but Kemo slaps them into the water, including some of Yugi's. Kemo grabs Mokuba to take him back to Pegasus, but Yugi challenges Kemo to a Duel for Mokuba's freedom. Kemo doesn't Duel himself, but tells Yugi to come back in an hour (4 hours in the English version) and he'll have an opponent arranged for him.
Yugi returns to the spot, where he faces Ghost Kaiba. Ghost Kaiba pretends to be the actual Seto Kaiba and uses his Deck. With the help of the real Kaiba, who weakens Ghost Kaiba's "Blue-Eyes White Dragons", via a virus, Yami Yugi wins. Yugi retrieves Kaiba's Deck, but Kemo has already disappeared with Mokuba.
Yugi is unallowed to help Joey in his Duel with Rex Raptor. As the Duel starts Yugi goes to find Tristan, who left in a huff with Joey for accepting those conditions. Tristan reminds Yugi that he should still be at the Duel to offer Joey his friendship, so the two of them return to watch.
That night, Mai shares her food with Yugi and his friends, although she promises that they'll be enemies tomorrow.
Ryo Bakura appears at their campsite, shortly after Mai leaves for a walk. While the group talks about cards they own, that they an identify with, Yugi encourages Téa to pick one for herself. Yugi picks the "Dark Magician" as his. After everyone has exchanged, which cards they recognize with, Bakura suggests they play a friendly Duel, where Yugi includes the cards Joey, Tristan and Téa choose; "Flame Swordsman", "Cyber Commander" and "Magician of Faith" and he can show them how his card, "Change of Heart" works.
Bakura changes to Yami Bakura, who traps the group's souls in the cards they selected. He proceeds to take Yugi's Millennium Puzzle, but Yami Yugi emerges. Yami faces Yami Bakura, in a Shadow Game, to return his friends, but staking his Millennium Puzzle.
Yugi's friends appear in place of the monsters they selected as Yami Yugi Summons them. When the Dark Magician, Yugi is Summoned, the 2 Yugis meet. In the Japanse version, Yugi was aware of Yami's existance and the two of theme agree now is not the time to keep secrets. Yugi tells his friends of Yami's existance, that he is the spirit of the Millennium Puzzle and apologises for not telling them before. In the English version, Yugi admits to having felt Yami's presence while he duels and feels they can trust him.
Yami manages to win the Duel, with the help of Ryo betraying Yami Bakura, returning everyone to normal. Although Téa, Tristan and Joey believe the Duel to have been a dream, Yugi doesn't take time to explain as they hear Mai scream.
The group find the Eliminator, Panik, who has just beaten Mai and taken all eight of her Star Chips. Yugi accuses Panik of being a coward and duels him as Yami Yugi, winning back Mai's Star Chips. He offers them to Mai, who reluctanlty takes them back, saying she owes him one.
Later that night Kaiba arrives on the island and Yugi returns his Deck.
The next day, Mai leaves a letter explaining she's left and owes Yugi for winning back her Star Chips. Joey later gets seperated from his friends. They search a cave after finding his wallet outside. After running from many traps, they find Joey in a Duel with Bonz. But after Joey wins, Bandit Keith's gang trap Yugi and his friends in the cave, by sealing the entrance with a boulder.
Using Bakura's Millennium Ring as a guide, the friends find the Paradox Brothers guarding the exit. Yugi and Joey face them in a Tag Duel. After winning Yugi and Joey, each have enough Star Chips to enter the finals. Yami Yugi passes the brothers riddle test in order to exit.
At the stairs to Pegasus' castle, Téa ponders on Yugi's differing personalities and wonders if there could be two Yugis. Yugi admits to feeling as though there is someone else living inside him, but hopes he isn't going crazy.
At the top of the stairs, Kaiba blocks the way and talks Yugi into a Duel. Yami takes control and faces Kaiba, using his Duel Disk technology. As Yami is about to win, Kaiba stands up on the edge of the castle, such that the shockwaves from Yugi's attack may cause him to fall to his death. (In the English anime, Yugi speaks to Yami, telling him not to do it.) Yami contemplates, but overall decides to attack. Téa runs to Yugi insisting that this isn't like him and calls for the ordinary Yugi to come out. Yugi takes control in time to cancel the move. He falls to his knees, disgisted by what he's done. Kaiba takes his turn and wins the Duel, claiming 5 of Yugi's Star Chips.
Now fully aware of the other Yugi's existance, Yugi admits it to his friends, telling that he is afraid of him and consequently afraid to Duel. Kaiba calls Yugi weak, but Téa protests arguing that Yugi saved him and Kaiba is the real loser. After Kaiba leaves, Yugi continues to mope. Joey offers Yugi to take his Star Chips, so he may enter the finals, but Yugi ignores him. Frustrated Joey grabs Yugi by the shirt, asking him if he cares about his Grandfather.
Mai appears and is briefed in on what just happened. She offers Yugi her excessive Star Chips, as per her promise from earlier, but Yugi doesn't even acknowledge Mai's appearance. Annoyed Mai tells him to grow up and hangs on to the Star Chips. She accuses him of being afraid to Duel again and challenges him. Téa instead accepts the Duel, to win back Yugi's Star Chips.
Yugi begins to slowly snap out of his depression as he watches Téa duel. After Mai surrenders, Yugi approaches her about the face-down card she didn't use. Mai denies that she lost for him. (In the English version, she says that some cards just aren't worth playing.)
Inside the castle, the group are invited to watch Pegasus duel Kaiba. Seeing as Kaiba is dueling to save Mokuba, Yugi offers support to Kaiba. Kaiba is trapped in Pegasus' "Soul Prison" card, after his defeat. Yugi then shouts down to Pegasus' asking who he is to mess with people and their families like this.
The finalists, Téa, Tristan and Bakura are treated to a meal that evening, where the finalists get paired-up. After the meal, Yugi gives Joey his "The Glory of the King's Hand", as it is mandatory for each finalist to possess either it or "The Glory of the King's Opposite Hand".
That night, Yugi is woken by his grandfather's voce, calling him. He follows it and finds a "Soul Prison" card, with his grandfather's soul inside. Solomon warns him about Pegasus and is accompanied by the cards containing Seto and Mokuba Kaiba's souls. Yugi wakes up afterwards, wondering if it was a dream.
Yugi faces Mai in the first Duel of the finals. In the Japanese version, Yami Yugi gives little effort to the Duel, as he worries about facing Pegasus, whereas in the English version, Yugi refuses to let Yami duel, fearing how he may harm their opponent. Either way results in Yugi playing poorly. Encouraging words from Mai, return the Yugis to the top of their game and allow them to turn the Duel around and emerge with a win.
Yugi inevitabely faces Joey in the final round. Joey uses all he learned from Yugi, but is still defeated, by Yami Yugi. Afterwards, Joey offers to give "The Glory of the King's Hand" back to Yugi, so he may claim the prize money. However Yugi declines, as he had entered to tournament with the intent of saving his grandfather and now the Kaiba brothers. The money is not important to him, but Joey needs it for his sister's eye operation.
Yugi advances to duel Pegasus. At the start of the Duel, Yugi requests that the Kaiba brothers souls be released as well as grandfather, if he wins. Pegasus accepts but indicates that he plans on taking Yugi's soul if he wins. He learns of Pegasus motive to steal his Millennium Puzzle to try revive his deceased wife Cecilia. Pegasus uses his Millennium Eye to read Yami Yugi's mind during the Duel, but Yami Yugi and Yugi continue to switch minds so Pegasus cannot read the other's strategy. After the Yugis destroy Pegasus' "Toon World" card, Pegasus transports them all into the Shadow Realm. In the Shadow Realm, Yugi loses his life energy while doing the mind shuffle strategy, and Pegasus continues successfully reading Yami's mind until Joey, Téa, and Tristan block his Millenium Eye. Yami defeats Pegasus, returning them both back from the Shadow Realm.
Pegasus disappears after his Duel with Yugi. Determined to ensure the captive souls are returned, Yugi and his friends search for Pegasus. They find a number of Pegasus' men carrying him away after he was assaulted by Yami Bakura. Croquet explains that he was attacked. (In the English version, he says he has fallen ill.) Yugi and company head to Pegasus' tower, where they find a diary entry addressed to new King of Duelists who defeats him, explaining why he created Duel Monsters. Yugi then spots the 3 "Soul Prison" cards, which are now blank, meaning the souls are no longer imprisoned.
As he leaves the tower, Yugi bumps into Shadi, who uses his Millennium Key to enter Yugi's mind. To Shadi's surprise he finds two soul rooms; one for Yugi and one for Yami. Shadi ends up in a Shadow Game with Yami, but is rescued by Yugi. Yugi informs Shadi that he doesn't believe his other self intends to harm him and asks Yami to release Shadi from the game.
A door opens, leading them to a room lined with stone tablets of Duel Monsters. Yugi learns from Shadi that millennia ago, Egyptian kings played Shadow Games with real monsters and magic. After the games became a war that threatened to destroy the world, one brave pharaoh sealed the magic away. The duo are confronted by the Dark Magician. Shadi prepares to counter by Summoning the Blue-Eyes White Dragon. However Yugi insists that the Dark Magician would never harm him and asks the magician to let them past. To Shadi's astonishment the magician complies. Seeing Yugi's control over the Dark Magician, Shadi believes he may be the chosen one.
Shadi returns himself and Yugi to outside Yugi's soul. Before disappearing, he tells Yugi his name and claims to have not told it to anyone before.
After the group find Mokuba is back to normal, Croquet hands Yugi the other prizes on behalf of Pegasus, who has been taken to hospital. Yugi receives the card "The Ties of Friendship", is crowned the King of Games and also receives the 3 million dollar cheque, which he gives to Joey for Serenity's eye operation.
Kaiba thanks Yugi for saving Mokuba and insist that have a fair Duel someday to determine who is the better duelist. Yami Yugi congratulates Yugi on saving everyone. In the English version, Yugi points out that he doesn't even know Yami's name. Yami replies that he has been called many things such as Pharaoh, Yu-Gi-Oh and Yami. Yugi refers to him as Yami and says he is glad to call him his friend, while Yami is proud to be one.
As Yugi brings his grandfather home from the hospital, the group is confronted by Rebecca Hawkins. She accuses Solomon of stealing her grandfather's "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" and challenges him to a Duel. At Kaiba Land, Yugi faces Rebecca in the Duel, as his grandfather is unfit to play. The Duel turns out to be an exact repeat of the Duel, their grandfathers played long ago over a drink of water. Like how Solomon surrendered back then as Arthur needed the water more, Yugi surrendered to teach Rebecca about the Heart of the Cards. Just then Arthur arrived and showed that Yugi could have won and explained why he surrendered. After Rebecca apologizes, Yugi gives her the card, "The Ties of Friendship".
Prior to the tournamentEdit
Yugi replaces the lace around the Millennium Puzzle, with a chain. Yami Yugi appears to compliment Yugi on the change and offers him advice on impressing Téa, who is waiting for him. Embarrassed, Yugi asks what he's talking about. As Yugi leaves the room, his mother asks who he was talking to. He says nobody and dashs off, telling Yami to stop picking on him, as he offers to help make Téa love him. (The Yugis talking about Téa and the scene with Yugi's mother are removed from the English anime.)
Yugi meets up with Téa and heads to school with her. (In the English version, they were going to a soccer game) Yugi tells her about the other Yugi; that he lives in the Millennium Puzzle, is worried about his destiny and has no memory of his past.
On the way, Yugi bumps into a fortune-teller and reluctanly lets him hold the Puzzle in order to read his future. The fortune-teller knocks the table over at Yugi and Téa, while he runs off with the Puzzle. Yugi and Téa split-up in pursuit of the thief. Yugi follows a series of arrows. Despite knowing its a trap, Yugi had no other choice.
The thief, who turns out to be Bandit Keith in disguise, controlled by Marik Ishtar, must defeat Yugi in a Duel, before he can claim true ownership of the Millennium Puzzle. Without Yami's help, Yugi faces Keith to win back the Puzzle, while the Puzzle is bolted to a wall.
Yami Bakura senses an evil presence and pinpoints in to the Duel. Seeing Keith controlled, Yami Bakura uses the Millennium Ring to break Marik's control. Keith struggles to resist being repossessed, but Marik takes control long enough to have Keith smash the Puzzle. Bakura swings down from a rope, knocking Keith out. As Bakura collects a piece of the Puzzle, Yami Bakura seals a fragment of his soul inside it, before returning it to Yugi. Keith regains consciousness and continues to struggle with Marik's mind control, setting fire to the warehouse in his confusion.
Unable to remove the piece of the Puzzle connected to the wall, Yugi stays in the burning building to reassemble it. After inserting the last piece he collapses, but is rescued by Joey and Tristan.
Worrying about how the Puzzle almost got stolen, Yugi takes time to talk with Yami. He learns that Yami has no idea of who he once was, as he has lost all his memories. The duo suspect that their new enemy is in possession of a Millennium Item.
Yugi asks Téa if she could spend time with Yami to see if would help him regain his memories. He asks Téa out, but switches to Yami just before the date. Not expecting this Yami starts shouting into the Puzzle at Yugi, until noticed by Téa. On the date, Yami and Téa learn from Ishizu Ishtar that Yami was once an Egyptian pharaoh and that Yugi must enter the upcoming Battle City tournament to stop their new enemy.
While talking with Téa, about Duel Monsters at school, Téa asks which card best suits Yugi, assuming he'd pick "Dark Magician". However Yugi explains that while "Dark Magician" is powerful, "Maha Vailo" better suits him, as it's not the strongest card, but it had hidden power. He'd like to have picked "Dark Magician", but thinks it's better suited to the other Yugi.
Yugi spots Joey trying to talk the Rare Hunter, Seeker, who won his "Red-Eyes Black Dragon", into a rematch. Yugi notices his robes are the same as the ones Bandit Keith was wearing, while he was possessed. Seeker refuses to face Joey again, but challenges Yugi to a Duel. Yugi accepts and switches to Yami. After defeating Seeker, Yugi takes back Joey's "Red-Eyes Black Dragon". Marik then uses Seeker as his puppet to communicate with Yugi. He introduces himself, tells Yugi how he's after the power of the pharaoh and warns him that are more dealdy Rare Hunters. Yugi offers Joey back the "Red-Eyes", but Joey refuses and says he'll wait until he's a true duelist before earning it back.
Yugi is lured into a tent by a harlequin, where he faces the Rare Hunter, Arkana. As Yami Yugi, he faces Arkana in a Duel, where the loser's feet get cut off by a buzzsaw. (In the English version, they got sent to the Shadow Realm by energy disks.) Yami wins the Duel, but Yugi then takes over and saves Arkana from buzzsaw (energy disk).
At the canal side, while Yugi talks with Yami about recent happenings they are confronted by another Rare Hunter, Strings. Strings, who is under Marik's complete control, duels Yami Yugi using the Egyptian God Card, "Slifer the Sky Dragon". Yami manages to win the Duel, earning "Slifer the Sky Dragon" through the Ante rule. Kaiba challenges Yugi to a Duel on the spot, but Marik warns Yugi that he is going to take control of Joey. Yugi declines Kaiba's challenge as he must find save his friend.
Yugi is made duel Joey, who is possessed by Marik at the pier. Each player has their ankles chained to an anchor, which will drag them underwater to drown after the timer reaches 0. The only way for either player to save themself is to defeat their opponent, which will open a box, giving them a key. Yami takes the first few of Yugi's moves, but Yugi insists that he should fight this battle himself. Through talking to Joey and using "Red-Eyes Black Dragon" to remind him of his promise to become a true duelist and even giving him the Millennium Puzzle, Yugi manages to get Joey's subconsciousness to ignore Marik's commands. Yugi manages to fully snap Joey out of Marik's control shortly before forcing himself to lose. With Joey back to normal, Yugi tells Marik that he is the true loser of this Duel. Yugi lets his Life Points fall to 0 and collapses, releasing Joey's key. However Joey manages to force the Duel into a Draw, releasing Yugi's key too. Using the chain, Joey swings to Yugi's side of the field and grabs his key, before the anchor drags them both down. He unlocks Yugi, who floats to the surface and is brought ashore by Tristan. Serenity dives in with the other key to save Joey.
Afterwards Joey apologizes and returns the Millennium Puzzle. Yugi thanks Yami for trusting in him and Yami says that Yugi has taught him the strength behind kindness and that one day Yugi will surpass him in every way. Afterwards Mai gives Yugi and his friends a lift to the finals.
Yugi, Joey, Mai, Téa, Tristan, Duke and Serenity arrive at the KaibaCorp Stadium for the finals. Yugi is suspicious of the finalists Marik, who is under the guise "Namu", and Ryo Bakura, who should be in the hospital. Téa clears any suspicion of Namu, informing Yugi of how he saved her Joey and Bakura earlier. Shortly after Odion Ishtar, pretending to be Marik arrives, everyone boards the blimp, where the finals are to take place.
As Yugi prepares for the finals in his room, he adds "Slifer the Sky Dragon" to his Deck, thinking he's going to need it to face Marik. He also suspects Bakura has come into contact with the Millennium Ring again.
Yami Yugi faces Bakura in the first of the quarter-finals on the Stratos Dueling Arena. Yugi's suspicions are confirmed as they face Yami Bakura. When Bakura is one turn away from winning with "Destiny Board", the two Yugis agree they must use "Slifer" to defeat him. After Yami Yugi Summons "Slifer", Marik switches control of Bakura's body from Yami Bakura to Ryo, who is too weak to withstand the attack. However Yami Bakura disagrees with Marik's plan and takes control of Ryo's body and invited Yugi to attack him, refusing to let his host die. Yugi wins the Duel, knocking Bakura unconscious and in need of medical attention.
During the intermission before the next Duel, Yugi unsuccessfully tries to get Kaiba to make an emergency stop to take Bakura to a doctor. He then goes to his room, where while examining his Deck, he meets Shadi. Shadi tells Yugi how the Egyptian God Cards were created and why he must stop Marik from getting his hands on them.
After Joey defeats Odion, who was still pretending to be Marik, Joey exposes his opponent as a fake. With Odion defeated, Namu is exposed as the real Marik and Yami Marik takes control of his body. Marik confronts Yugi, saying the battle for the Pharaoh's power has now begun.
After losing to Kaiba, Ishizu Ishtar tells Yugi of the Ishtar family's history and gives him the Millennium Necklace, as he will be needing all 7 Millennium Items to recover the Pharaoh's memories.
That night Yugi is woken by Téa, who reports Bakura is missing. They discover he's dueling with Marik, but loses shortly after they arrive.
The Battle City blimp gets sucked into a mechanical fortress in the sea, by Noah Kaiba. Yugi, Joey, Tristan, Téa, Serentiy, Duke, Kaiba and Mokuba are greeted by a projection of the Big Five, who explain that they got trapped in the Virtual World, after they failed to trap Kaiba there, during the Legendary Heroes game. For that they hate Yugi and his friends for helping Kaiba. Having Kaiba as a common enemy, Noah uploaded their minds into his computer system. Using an altered form of Duel Monsters, they plan to face the gang in order to claim possession of their bodies, so that they may exist in the real world.
Yugi ends-up at a pond, where he is faced by Gansley, who has taken the form of "Deepsea Warrior". Before dueling Gansley, Yugi changes to Yami Yugi, who Gansley identifies as "Type-B". During the Duel, Yugi notices that their Deck Master, Kuriboh is trying to tell them something. As Yami is about to lose, Yugi takes over and uses Kuriboh's Deck Master effect to save them. Shortly afterwards, Yugi collapses and Yami finishes the Duel.
The Yugis enter a hallway. Although they are aware there are traps behind some doors, Yugi runs through one, after hearing Téa scream, but is thrown back by an attack. Yami draws the Level star of the door to Yugi's attention, so Yugi Summons a monster of a higher Level, "Winged Dragon, Guardian of the Fortress" and has it launch an attack into the doorway. They enter the doorway and end-up repeating the exact same process Realising it's because they keep chosing the Level 1 door, they start attacking different Levels. The final door has the 2000 ATK, Level 4 monster, "Flash Assailant", backed up with a series of face-down Magic or Trap Cards. Yugi uses "Heavy Storm" to clear the face-downs and "4-Starred Ladybug of Doom's" effect to destroy "Flash Assailant".
Yugi arrives at the scene of Téa's Duel, but is held back by a wall of ice. "Dark Magician" is taken from Yugi's Deck and Summoned to Téa's field, after she plays "Sage's Stone". Attacking with both "Dark Magician" and "Dark Magician Girl", Téa defeats Crump, causing the ice around her to disappear. Yugi rushes to her aid and gives her his coat. Together they walk though the ice region and enter a door, taking them to a courtroom, where Joey is dueling Johnson.
Yugi correctly suspects that Johnson has rigged the outcome of Joey's luck based cards. Although Noah attempts to disqualify Johnson, Joey insists that they continue with the game unrigged. After Joey wins, he, Yugi and Téa exit though another door.
The trio find their way to Duke, Serenity and Tristan's Duel against Nesbitt. After the Duel, the gang try to find Tristan, befor the Big Five take his body. They briefly meet up with Kaiba and Mokuba, but are attacked by Nesbitt in possssion of Tristan's body. The real Tristan in the body of a robot monkey helps them fight the imposter. However Nesbitt kidnaps Mokuba and Kaiba takes off after him, leaving the others think about what to do with the monkey, not knowing it's Tristan.
The group take a pick-up truck to go after Kaiba. On the way, they find out the monkey is Tristan, when he accidentally flips a switch, allowing him to speak normally.
After watching Kaiba duel Lector, Yugi and Téa go with him to help him find Mokuba. The others try to follow, but the tunnel disappears, before they can enter.
Inside the tunnel Yugi and Téa get seperated from Kaiba, and find themselves in a simulation of Kaiba's mansion back when Seto Kaiba got adopted. Yugi finds a picture of Kaiba's father with Noah, shortly before meeting up with Kaiba again. Noah then shows the three of them a projection of the past, where Gozaburo shows Noah a picture of Seto, who Noah must be able to compete with in order to run KaibaCorp.
Noah transports Yugi, Téa and Kaiba back to their friends, where they are confronted by the Big Five, now all in possession of Tristan's body. Yugi and Joey team-up to duel them in order to win back Tristan's body. Although Yugi and Joey win, the Big Five attempt to steal their bodies, but Noah takes them away, along with Tristan's body, before they can.
Since Noah designed the robot monkey, they search it for clues. Yugi pushes a red button, taking them to a virtual KaibaLand. From there the gang take a handcar througha a subway and end up on the scene of Noah and Seto Kaiba's Duel.
Noah wins and turns Seto and Mokuba to stone. This causes Yugi to get mad and change to Yami, who accuses Noah of foul play, as he used Mokuba as a shield to help him win. As Yami he combines his Deck with Seto's and continues the Duel. Noah gradually turns Yugi's friends to stone as Yami duels, until there are no more left. Yugi then offers Yami support and takes im to his soul room. Inside he takes Yami to a room containing his recent memories, where everyone turned to stone offers their support. Back in virtual reality, Yami imagines Yugi's friends giving him the cards drawn by "Card of Sanctity" and uses them to defeat Noah.
After the Duel, Noah attempts to steal Yugi's body and escape to the real world, but the power of the Millennium Puzzle forces Noah back. After Noah finds out, Gozaburo had been using him, he tries to help everyone escape the virtual world. He takes them to a virtual Domino City. The group get seperated and meet-up again, minus the Kaiba's. Having realized Noah double crossed them, Yugi starts to blame himself for trusting Noah.
Gozaburo has monsters attack Yugi and his friends as they look for a way out, but Yugi and Joey fight them off by Summoning monsters from their Decks. Noah, having stolen Mokuba's body and escaped to the real world, organizes a missile attack to destroy the fortress, including the servers for the virtual world. After having a change of heart, he contacts the group and explains that they must get out out quickly before the virtual world is destroyed.
Noah tells them to go the arcade. Yugi, Duke and Joey fight off more of Gozaburo's monsters, while Téa, Serenity and Tristan go there. When Yugi, Duke and Joey get to the arcade, Noah asks Yugi to go get Seto before returning himself.
Yugi complies and goes to the KaibaCorp building, catching Seto shortly after he beats Gozaburo in a Duel. Gozaburo takes the form of a monster and chases the two. Noah instructs them to jump off the building. With no other option they comply, but awaken in the real world, before hitting the ground.
Yugi, Kaiba and Mokuba run to escape the fortress before the missiles strike. Joey and Tristan help them get onto the moving blimp, as they leave Noah's fortress, before it gets destroyed.
Battle City finalsEdit
The KaibaCorp blimps takes the finalists to the Duel Tower for the Battle City finals. Yugi switches to Yami Yugi for the Battle Royale to determine match-ups and ends up with Kaiba as his opponent.
During the "Clash in the Coliseum", Yugi must face Kaiba in the rematch of the Millennium since their bout in Duelist Kingdom. Both Yugi and Kaiba summon the respective Egyptian God Card each of them possesses, but the Duel ends up in a heated stalemate, as neither Egyptian God is able to destroy the other. In the end, after a frightening flashback of Ancient Egypt, where Yugi and Kaiba see their prvious incarnations conduct a Shadow Game, both Gods are destroyed, so both Yugi and Kaiba fall back on summoning their favorite Cards (Dark Magician and Blue-Eyes White Dragon, respectively) to battle each other. When Kaiba summons his 2 other Blue-Eyes with The Flute of Summoning Dragon, Yugi considers forfeiting the Duel, but is convinced by Joey's spirit to look at all his options, and he discovers that there is something he can do. And so, he summons "Red-Eyes B. Dragon"—which Joey had given to him after he'd defeated the Rare Hunter—and activates "Magician's Selection" to destroy "The Lord of Dragons", leaving "Spellbinding Circle" free to weaken one of the Blue-Eyes White Dragons enough for Red-Eyes to destroy it. The Duel ultimately culminates and concludes after Yugi Fusion Summons "Dark Paladin" and combines him with "Diffusion Wave-Motion" to strike the final blow and win the Duel. As per the ante rule of the Battle City Tournament—and after Kaiba berates Yugi with his delusion that everyone in the world is alone—Yugi is given Obelisk the Tormentor before "The Final Face-Off" with Marik.
In "The Final Face-Off" between Yugi and Marik, Marik duels Yami in a Shadow Game where the loser ends up forfeiting his good side, but as Marik pointed out, no matter who won, an innocent soul would be lost forever—and if Yami Yugi lost, Yugi would vanish into the Shadow Realm, and the Pharaoh would cease to exist. Yami manages to summon both Slifer and Obelisk to attempt to win, but Marik manages to complete his Immortality strategy, locking down Yami's attacks by combining Egyptian God Slime with Jam Defender before reviving Monster Reborn and using it to summon his Winged Dragon of Ra. The Duel ultimately culminates and concludes with the destruction of both Ra and Yami Marik (thanks to Yami Yugi's "Ragnarok" card), and when Marik regains control of his body and mind, he forfeits the Duel to Yami Yugi, destroying Yami Marik, and gives him his Winged Dragon of Ra card, and, in addition, shows him the hieroglyphs tattooed on his back. According to Marik and Ishizu, the "Secret of the Pharaoh" is written somewhere in the hieroglyphs, and only the possessor of the Millennium Puzzle and the 3 Egyptian God Cards can unlock that secret.
Jaden Yuki, bumps into him on the way to the Duel Academy sign ups. Yugi gives Jaden the card "Winged Kuriboh". In the Japanese version he says the card is lucky. In the English version, he says that he feels the card belongs with Jaden.
While Lyman Banner was giving a history lesson and mentions Yugi and Kaiba. One of the girls in the class calls him a dream boat, and another girl says that he is one of the best looking.
During Jaden's last year, the person who had gained the most graduation points at the exam would get a copy of Yugi's Deck (excluding the God Cards). Chazz Princeton, Alexis Rhodes and Syrus Truesdale qualified, but turned down the prize in favor of their own decks. During the graduation party, Jaden is led by Winged Kuriboh to the room containing Yugi's Deck. Yugi appears and sends Jaden back in time to duel his younger self. Yugi seems to be taller and more muscular.
The two engage in a Duel. Yugi is impressed by Jaden's "Elemental Heroes". After Jaden gets the upper hand, Yugi switches to Yami Yugi, who Summons "Slifer the Sky Dragon", stating that the only worthy opponent for Jaden is a god. Jaden then remembers the important thing that he had lost - how to have fun in a duel regardless of its importance - and has Neos attack Slifer. No outcome to the Duel is shown, but before the end of the episode, Jaden said "Yugi-san, I'll become stronger. And when the time comes..." Suggesting he was unable to surpass Yugi.
The voices differ slightly between the different series and the English dub, although commonly the voice of Dark Yugi is stronger and more confident than that of Yugi.
In the first series anime, Yugi and Dark Yugi are voiced by Megumi Ogata. Yugi's voice is positively timid, rarely showing any strength and almost always being polite in his speech, using honorifics and "boku" as his personal pronoun. Dark Yugi's voice is much rougher, uses "ore" as his personal pronoun and rarely ever uses honorifics. He also has a catchphrase, saa, geimu no jikan da (It's game time), usually spoken immediately after the change.
In the Japanese version of the second series anime, Yugi and Dark Yugi are voiced by Japanese singer Shunsuke Kazama. Yugi has considerably more confidence than in his previous appearance, but is still very polite. It's harder to distinguish between his voice and Dark Yugi's, but Dark Yugi's tone is considerably sterner and has the same pattern of speech as his previous appearance. This series also established Yugi calling Dark Yugi mou hitori no boku (the other me) and Dark Yugi referring to Yugi as aibou (partner).
In the English version of the second series anime, Yugi and Yami Yugi are voiced by Dan Green. Yugi's voice is high pitched and sometimes strained in more emotional moments, and generally has a friendly tone towards everyone. Yami Yugi's voice, in comparison, is fierce and commanding. Yugi's last name is pronounced "Moto" in this version, although it is still spelled "Muto". In the Singaporean dub of the second series anime, Yugi and Yami Yugi are voiced by Chuck Powers. In this dub, Yugi's voice is soft and slightly high-pitched, while Yami Yugi's voice is near the total opposite. In the Singaporean dub, both Yugi and Yami Yugi speak with a slight drawl. In the first season, Yugi calls Yami Yugi "spirit", then in other seasons Yugi started to call him "pharaoh". Sometimes, he also calls him Yami. Yami Yugi always called Yugi by his name.
Téa has been Yugi's friend since childhood. Téa is in love with Yugi, but no one knows if she loves Yugi more than his other half. The fact that Yugi and Yami Yugi are two seperate beings causes her confusion as to who she really loves. She also does have feelings toward the original Yugi as it is shown in many episodes when Rebecca Hawkins hugs Yugi, Téa appears upset. She has also shown jealousy towards Mai Valentine for her initially flirtatious attitude towards Yugi during her first appearance at Duelist Kingdom, as well as Vivian Wong.
After putting the Millenium Puzzle together, a "walk-in" spirit entered his mind and bonded with him. Yugi was initially unaware of Yami's existence and control of Yugi's body would involuntarily shift when Yugi or his friends are wronged. After finding out about the spirit, he was afraid of him, but eventually grew to accept this revelation as well as Yami himself. The two develop a father-son bond, and Yugi begins to grow, becoming stronger as he remains in Yami's shadow. After winning the Ceremonial Duel, Yugi was upset to see him go, claiming that he was weak and wasn't ready. Yami, proud of him, tells him otherwise, and as he steps through the door to the afterlife, Yugi gives him a thumbs up, now ready to go on his own.
Joey initially bullied Yugi along with Tristan, but after he saw how Yugi stood up to Ushio, he became a close friend to him. When he was possessed by Marik, Yugi took Yami's place to get his friend back to his senses. After Joey's first Duel with Marik, Yugi couldn't believe he was dead, and was in grief. Joey, likewise, was upset when Yugi's soul was taken by the Seal of Orichalcos.
- Main article: Yugi Muto's Decks
Yugi's Decks are most famous for his "Dark Magician". Yugi's Deck probably has the most variety and balance of any other character's Deck in the series, and is sometimes referred to as a Strategy deck. His original Deck mostly composed of low Level EARTH and DARK monsters. The deck also originally had Exodia in it, which he used in the first episode to defeat Kaiba, but on the ship to the Duelist Kingdom, Weevil Underwood threw them overboard, and even though Joey Wheeler attempted to save them, only two of the five pieces were ever recovered, which were the head and the right arm.
During the Battle City arc, he keeps the theme of having EARTH and DARK monsters with dangerous effects. His Magnet Warriors become a major part of his Deck, as does his "Dark Magician Girl". His Deck from Battle City onward focuses more not only on his "Dark Magician", but also on his manipulation of his Spell Cards that are designed to destroy or negate the effects of his opponent's Spell Cards and Trap Cards. The rarest card in his Deck (aside from the previously lost Exodia) is "Dark Magician", of which he has only one (though during Battle City when he was challenged by Arkana, the rules specified that the winner of the duel would obtain the loser's "Dark Magician". Although Yugi won, it's unknown whether he actually took Arkana's "Dark Magician"; however, if he did, he never used it. It is unlikely, though, that Yugi would use Arkana's "Dark Magician" card, as he determines during the duel that it has been tampered with, having its edges trimmed. Arkana did have two "Dark Magicians" though, so it isn't known if Yugi took one or not).
During the Dawn of the Duel arc, Yugi uses a deck based around cards with a Toy theme and LV monsters such as "Silent Swordsman" and "Silent Magician". This deck represents the strength Yugi has without the help of Yami Yugi as well as his playful side.
When Yugi's Deck goes on tour at Duel Academy, the Copycat duelist Dimitri steals it and copies Yugi's voice, mannerisms and dueling style. While Dimitri copies Yugi's moves very well, he loses because he lacks the bond with the cards that Yugi has. This Deck is based around the "Dark Magician" and retrained Chaos varients of Yugi's Ritual Monsters.
In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, when Jaden travels to the past to duel Yugi, the deck Yugi uses is one of his Decks from after Battle City but before the Dawn of the Duel arc.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 003
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 022
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 001
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 002
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 004
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 005
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 006
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 007
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 008
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 009
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 010
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 011
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 012
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 013
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 014
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 015
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 016
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 017
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 018
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 019
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 021
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 024
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 23.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 025
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 026
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 027
- ↑ 26.0 26.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 028
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 029
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 030
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 031
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 033
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 034
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 035
- ↑ 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 040
- ↑ 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 041
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 042
- ↑ 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 050
- ↑ 37.0 37.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 051
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 052
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 053
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 054
- ↑ 41.0 41.1 41.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 103
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 055
- ↑ 43.0 43.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 056
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 057
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 060
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 062
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 065
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 067
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 068 to 075
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 075
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 076
- ↑ 52.0 52.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 078
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 079
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 081
- ↑ 55.0 55.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 082
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 084
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 085
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 089
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 095
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 097
- ↑ 61.0 61.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 098
- ↑ 62.0 62.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 099
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 101
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 102
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 104
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 105
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 107
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 108
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 109
- ↑ 70.0 70.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 110
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 111
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 113
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 114
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 116
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 118
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 119
- ↑ 77.0 77.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 120
- ↑ 78.0 78.1 78.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 121
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 122
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 124
|Yu-Gi-Oh! first series anime characters|
Jiro the Yellow Spider - Professor Kanekura - Kageyama sisters - Kaoruko Himekoji - Mr. Karita - Kokurano - Kujirada
Mayumi - Miyuki Sakurai - Playing Card Bomber - Shadi - Student Council Chairman - Tetsu Tasaki - Tetsu Ushio
Warashibe - Professor Yoshimori - Pokii
|Yu-Gi-Oh! R Characters|
Willa Mette - Ted Banias - Reiko Kitamori - Depre Scott - Richie Merced - Cedar Mill - Masumi Momono - "Bandit" Keith Howard