In episode 60, Arkana uses this card during his Duel against Yami Yugi. This card was shown to be in Arkana's opening hand. It is revealed that Arkana had cut his cards to insure that they're always on top of the Deck. Arkana then summons "Legion the Fiend Jester" and plans to summon this card on his next turn by tributing "Legion the Fiend Jester" and another monster. Yugi then activates "Card Destruction" to make both players discard their hand and redraw a new hand as Yugi quickly figured out that Arkana cheated. In the next episode, Arkana activates "Dark Renewal" to Tribute "Mystic Tomato" and Yugi's "Beta The Magnet Warrior" and Special Summon this card from the Graveyard. Later Arkana activates "Mystical Guillotine" to destroy Yugi's "Dark Magician", but Yugi activates "Magical Hats" to create 4 hats and hide "Dark Magician" in one of them. "Mystical Guillotine" then destroys a hat, but it's revealed to be empty. Arkana then activates "Thousand Knives" to destroy "Dark Magician", but Yugi activates "Cursebreaker" which negates and destroys "Thousand Knives" and "Magical Hats". This card then attacks Yugi's "Dark Magician", causing both monsters to be destroyed in a Double KO. Arkana and Yugi then both activates "Monster Reborn" to Special Summon their "Dark Magicians" from the Graveyard. Arkana later activates "Beckon to the Dark" to destroy Yugi's "Dark Magician", but Yugi activates "Mystical Refpanel" to negate "Beckon to the Dark" and use the effect of "Beckon to the Dark" to destroy Arkana's "Dark Magician", however Arkana activates "Nightmare's Chains" to negate "Mystical Refpanel" and render Yugi's "Dark Magician" unable to attack or defend for Yugi. This card then attacks directly via the effect of "Nightmare's Chains". After Arkana activates the effect of "Ectoplasmer" to select "Fiend" and Tribute "Doll of Demise" in order to inflict damage to Yami Yugi equal to half the ATK of "Doll of Demise", Arkana activates the effect of "Ectoplasmer" to select "Spellcaster" and Tribute this card in order to inflict half its ATK as damage to Yami Yugi, but Yami Yugi's "Dark Magician" is Tributed as well, causing the damage to be nullified. In the following episode, Arkana activates "Dark Magic Curtain" to Special Summon another copy of this card. Arkana then activates "Anti-Magic Arrows" to prevent Yugi from using his set cards. This card then attacks directly, but Yugi uses the effect of "Dark Magic Curtain" to Special Summon "Dark Magician Girl". This card continues its attack as Arkana assumed that this card was stronger, but "Dark Magician Girl" destroys this card instead. Yugi then reveals that his "Dark Magician Girl" gains 300 ATK for each Dark Magician in either player's Graveyard. Since both players had a Dark Magician (i.e. Yugi's "Dark Magician" and Arkana's first copy) in their Graveyard during this card's attack, the ATK of Yugi's "Dark Magician Girl" was 2600 at the timing and therefore it was stronger than this card.
In the first above-mentioned episode, Arkana plays this card when he reveals himself to Yami Yugi and reveals this card's hologram through his Duel Disk and a nearby computer.
In episode 74, this card appears all three times when small clips are shown going through a black background before we see a flashback of a Battle City Duel(s).
In episode 99, this card appears when Yami Yugi was building his Virtual World Deck for his Duel against Gansley.
Arkana's first copy of this card seems to have a mind of its own, transcending the Solid Vision hologram technology produced by the Duel Disk. It sneered at Yugi with taunting remarks when Arkana first introduced himself. When Arkana prepared to sacrifice it and made his cruel views on ruthlessness to one's own slaves for victory, the Dark Magician was visibly shocked and horrified; in the anime, it remained shocked and horrified until its soul was forcibly ripped out of its body, making it suffer in anguish, while in the manga, it became saddened when Arkana directly ordered it to give its soul to him before ultimately obeying reluctantly. Upon the Dark Magician Girl's rise, Arkana could see a vision of his first Dark Magician glaring at him coldly in retaliation as it empowered her.
In the anime, this card's hologram has a slightly different face from the actual card. This was done to make him look more like a stage magician instead of a powerful wizard and to further differentiate him from the real "Dark Magician".
In the manga, this card's art is the same as Yugi's, but the hologram produced by the Duel Disk is different, just like in the anime.