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Solomon Muto
Solomon Muto
Names
English
  • Sugoroku Mutou (manga)
  • Solomon Moto (anime)
Other
  • Grandpa
  • Mask the Rock (original)/Apdnarg Otum (dub)
  • Trusdale (SDD, WC4 & DBT)
Personal
Birth
Age

71 (at debut)
72 (at series' end)

Height
  • 1.51 m
    4.954 ft
    59.449 in
    151 cm[1]
Weight
  • 136.686 lb
    62 kg[1]
Gender
  • Male
Blood type
Favorite food
  • Tamagoyaki[1]
  • Japanese style omeletes[2]
  • Career
Occupation
Previous occupation

Professional Gambler

  • Duelist
Tournament Position
Grand Championship Did not place
Anime Deck

Ancient, Strategy (Given to Yugi)

Appearances
Anime debut
Video game debut

Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories

Appears in
Manga
Anime
Game Boy Color
Game Boy Advance
Nintendo DS
Xbox
Voice actors
English
Japanese
Muto, Solomon

Dr. Solomon Muto, known as Sugoroku Mutou in the manga and Japanese anime and Trusdale in the video games The Eternal Duelist Soul, Stairway to the Destined Duel, World Championship 2004 and Destiny Board Traveller, is the grandfather of Yugi, who calls him "Grandpa" (Jii-chan). "Sugoroku" is a Japanese game similar to Backgammon. Solomon gave Yugi the Millennium Puzzle as a present. He owns the Kame Game shop, where Yugi and his friends get several of the games they play. Solomon is the present day counterpart of Shimon Muran.

Manga biography

See: Sugoroku Mutou in the manga

First series anime biography

Solomon 1st Series

In the 1st Series

Seeing Yugi still working on the Millennium Puzzle after eight years, Sugoroku said that the puzzle was beyond normal human understanding and reminded him that the archaeologists who discovered the puzzle all died mysterious deaths. However Yugi wasn't worried and ran away from his grandfather, who tried to take the puzzle, so he could sell it.[3]

Another day, Sugoroku noticed that Yugi was going to leave for a while. Sugoroku told him that his chores were not done, but Yugi replied that he would hang out with his friends. His grandfather was glad that Yugi was joining his friends since he rarely did so.

During Death-T, Kaiba holds Solomon hostage. Yugi and his friends defeat Kaiba and free Yugi's grandfather.

Second series anime biography

History

Valley of the Kings expedition

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A younger Solomon Muto while traveling Egypt

Solomon visited the Valley of the Kings in hopes of finding the Pharaoh's tomb. He hired two guides, Ahmet and Mushara to help him locate and navigate the tomb. The tomb was riddled with traps, which Solomon was able to discover. In one such trap, you had to walk with your left foot forward, as a sign of respect to the statues of the Pharaoh. Mushara failed to do so, and was attacked by the statues, and fell to his death. In the final room, Ahmet fell victim to a trap and was devoured by a monster. Solomon nearly fell victim as well, but was saved by the spirit of Pharaoh Atem. It was at the end of this room that he discovered the Millennium Puzzle.

Later life

At some unknown point in time, he lost a game and, as he promised himself, traded in his suit for overalls and began collecting games for years. Eventually, he opened up a game shop (the Kame Game) instead of continuing with his gambling days.

Yu-Gi-Oh!

Duelist Kingdom

Kaiba wants the "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" and decides to challenge Grandpa to a Duel. Grandpa loses, and his card is torn, because Kaiba has the other three "Blue-Eyes White Dragons" and unable to have a fourth copy, in his Deck, the card could only be used against him. Grandpa is sent to the hospital as Yugi Duels Kaiba. His soul is later sealed inside a card by Pegasus and freed after Yugi defeats Pegasus. Grandpa, Yugi, Tea, Joey, and Tristan later come across Rebecca Hawkins, who accuses Solomon of stealing her grandfather's Blue Eyes White Dragon card. Grandpa denies it, but Rebecca pays no attention. She challenges him to a Duel but ends up faces Yugi instead. Grandpa tries to convince her about what he said and tells her the tale of how he met Arthur Hawkins. She calls Solomon a liar, much to his frustration. When the Duel ended, Arthur reunites with Solomon. Rebecca finally believes Solomon's story, and he decides to face Arthur in a Duel.

Dungeon Dice Monsters

Grandpa doesn't play a very significant role in this arc. He is seen watching Yami Yugi play against Duke Devlin in a game of Dungeon Dice Monsters on a screen in front of the building in which the two are playing. He frequently gets distracted by Duke's cheerleaders, who sometimes appears on the screen.

Battle City

When the Battle City tournament started, Solomon was eager to see the event. He was present for Joey's three Duels against Espa Roba, Weevil Underwood, and Mako Tsunami, along with Tea and Tristan, offering support and advice for Joey. When Bakura was found injured, Solomon took him to the hospital. Grandpa got knocked out by Yami Bakura later on when he was checking on Bakura.

Virtual World

Grandpa briefly appears in a flashback where he meets with Tea on a bench.

Grand Championship

MasktheRock

Solomon as "Apdnarg Otum" (Mask the Rock).

Grandpa competes in Kaiba's KaibaCorp Grand Prix tournament under the alias "Apdnarg Otum"/ " Grandpa Muto (Backwards)" ("Mask the Rock" in the Japanese version), yet Joey manages to defeat him. The English name is "Grandpa Muto" backwards. The Japanese name is a pun of "Mask the Roku". Roku is six in Japanese, and "Sugoroku" means "double-six". The Deck used is an Ancient-themed Deck with consisting mostly of Rock monsters.

Dawn of the Duel

The season begins with Solomon telling Yugi how he found the Millennium Puzzle. During this time in his youth, he was a gambler searching for even greater trials to test his luck. However, he did decide to have a penalty for losing even a single game: he would turn in his gambling suit and wearing overalls instead with the intention of collecting years instead of chips. He found the Millennium Puzzle in Atem's tomb and was spared from the traps thanks to his analytical skills helping him overcome the man-made traps and his pure heart sparing him from being eaten by ka. He later was picked up from the airport in Egypt and was present for the Ceremonial Battle between Yugi and Yami Yugi. Solomon and the others later escape from the collapsing building where Yugi and the Pharaoh Dueled.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

Solomon in GX

In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, he appeared at the end of Season 1. When Kagemaru Summoned all three of the Sacred Beasts, and they were shown draining energy from cards around the world, two children were shown crying in his card shop as the monster card images were drained away. He was shown walking up to see the cause of the commotion. At that time his face was not shown, only his overall.[4]

Later, in Season 2, Duel Academy students went on a field trip to Domino City. He was visited by Jaden Yuki and his friends who wanted to see Yugi. He answered them Yugi had been upset, and that card pictures had been faded away recently, referring to the Sacred Beast accident. When Hassleberry told him that Jaden sort out that mess, he decided to guide them through the city in return. As they left him behind, he was kidnapped by Thunder and Frost. Jaden and his friends spread out in order to find him. While Hassleberry and Syrus were lured and ended up Dueling his kidnappers,[5] Jaden found him unconscious into a blind alley. Alongside Aster, they went to the place where the Duel was held, but came too late.[6] Later in the night, Solomon gave Jaden, Atticus Rhodes, and the Slifers hamburgers in the bag for one of each. He also watched Jaden's Duel with T-Bone.[7] Then he led Jaden and his remaining companions to Kaiba Land, where the latter Dueled Sarina with Aster.[8] After the Duel, he promised Jaden to speak with Seto Kaiba in order to restore Sarina's consciousness, who left stuck in the virtual reality.[9] Solomon's hair is now pointy on the top similar to the way it was shown in the Capsule Monsters. In the English dub, he is portrayed as senile.

Altered timelines

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

Although he wasn't shown when Jaden traveled back through time to Duel the younger Yugi, Yugi said goodbye to Solomon while heading to school.[10]

Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time

Solomon and Yugi

Solomon and Yugi.

In this movie, during Paradox's plot to kill Pegasus, Solomon gets in the way and is killed along with Pegasus and some other citizens leaving Yugi as the sole survivor. Yugi then finds his bandana and cries over his death. The Crimson Dragon however takes Yugi back 30 minutes before Paradox's attack. Thanks to Yami Yugi, Jaden Yuki, and Yusei Fudo defeating Paradox, Solomon's death had been prevented (therefore, he hadn't died at all.)

Non-canon appearances

Capsule Monsters

Solomon and Alex Brisbane

Solomon and Alex Brisbane

Solomon goes with Alex Brisbane to find the pyramid of Alexander the Great. However, when they split up, Solomon finds Shadi's Capsule Monster game board and accidentally gets sucked into it. During his time there, Solomon found a Summoned Skull and used it as his primary monster. Upon the arrival of Yugi and his friends, Solomon helped them through the five trials to test if the Pharaoh was a true king by translating the messages they received on how to accomplish them. However, he lost Summoned Skull during the trial preliminaries, but soon received Alexander the Great's Curse of Dragon as a replacement monster. After being victorious in the trials, Solomon allowed the good half of Alexander to use him as a vessel to return to the real world. However, Alexander's dark half had possessed Brisbane and trapped everyone in the room where the power to rule the world was held. However, after a final battle to decide which ruler deserved the power, Solomon was returned to the real world once again and fled the pyramid with everyone else when it collapsed after its purpose had been fulfilled. He then talked the pilots of Joey's vacation plane into taking him and Brisbane back to Domino.

Naming

  • In the English manga, Sugoroku's family name is usually spelled Mutou but is sometimes rendered as Mutoh. His family name is rendered Mutou in the uncut anime DVDs.
  • In the English anime his name is Solomon Muto. All of the versions of the dubbed anime of Indo-European languages use Solomon Muto.
  • The Spanish, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Italian versions of the manga use Sugoroku Muto.
  • The German version of the manga uses Sugoroku Mutô.
  • The Brazilian Portuguese version of the manga uses Solomon Muto.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Eternal Duelist Soul and its two successors, Sugoroku is known as Trusdale. In other video games and by most people in the anime and manga he is simply called "Grandpa".
  • In the ani-manga version of the movie he is Sugoroku Muto. In the English Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses video game, he is Jasper Dice Tudor.

Personality

Solomon Muto is Yugi's grandfather and with his father's absence, he is Yugi's ultimate provider. He is smart, kind-hearted, funny, silly, loving, resourceful, gentle, and, of course, grandfatherly. He is, however, attracted to beautiful women, such as Vivian Wong, which did get him in some trouble with the gang when he agreed to help her after she fixed his back. He is the one who taught Yugi and Joey how to Duel. He is a strong believer of the Heart of the Cards, having taught both Yugi and Joey that concept, which both follow proudly. When he taught Joey he was strict, giving all sorts of lessons and usually being tough on him, but still encouraging him on how much he has grown, and is proud of him. Chances are he was the same way with Yugi when he taught him. Solomon loves games of all sorts, which may be because of his former gambling nature, and is even willing to go to dangerous places, such as during the non-canon Capsule Monsters adventure, to see and experience new games first-hand.

Deck

Anime

Duelist Kingdom

Yugi's Duelist Kingdom Deck was once Solomon's, passed on to Yugi. In the manga, he uses one card that Yugi does not later use, "Hobbit".

The only card that Solomon didn't give to Yugi was "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". This card was destroyed by Seto Kaiba.

Grand Championship

During his participation in the Grand Championship, Solomon uses an "Ancient" Deck based around the "Ancient Dragon", which can be revived whenever it is destroyed as long as he has "Ancient City" in play. However, the card is very difficult to play, requiring a set of six other cards and several turns to set up. According to Arthur Hawkins, the Grand Championship was the first time Solomon was able to call the "Ancient Dragon", and in the dub is implied to be the only person Arthur knows to have ever done it. Besides his "Ancient" cards, Solomon tests Joey's reliance on luck with "The Legendary Gambler" and "Ordeal of a Traveler".

Grand Championship Deck

Capsule Monsters

In Capsule Monsters he uses some of the capsules that were cards in his old Deck he gave to Yugi.

Capsule Monsters

Video games

The Eternal Duelist Soul

Deck

Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel

Deck (Incomplete)

World Championship 2004

Solomon is the first opponent available to the player who uses an Exodia Deck (the other opponents are Rare Hunter and Simon whose Exodia Decks are much more potent). However, since he is a tier one Duelist, his cards are very weak, and he doesn't have many cards that enable him to draw, presenting himself with a very difficult challenge of acquiring all five Exodia cards in his hand. Still, he uses 1 copy of Blue-Eyes White Dragon, although he makes a habit of Tributing even this card to summon his Giant Turtle Who Feeds on Flames.

Exodia Deck

The Dawn of Destiny

Deck

Nightmare Troubadour

Decks
Casket Guardian
Ancient Pharaoh (Version 1)
Ancient Pharaoh (Version 2)
Deck Recipe
Apnarg Tactics

Duels

Opponent(s) Episode(s) Outcome(s)
Seto Kaiba 1 Lose
Joey Wheeler 187-188 Lose

Trivia

  • Prior to him settling down in his game store, Grandpa was a world class gambler and sported a hairstyle similar to Yugi's (although with a fedora). After acing every game of chance he ever competed in, he made a bet with himself. If he should ever lose a game, he'd retire, open a store and wear overalls for the rest of his life. That said, it would appear he eventually lost a game.
  • The man displayed on Solomon's "Legendary Gambler" is himself as a young man, meaning that Solomon is playing a card that refers to himself as a legendary gambler.
  • In the English version of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Grandpa has a "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" in his shop despite the fact that Seto Kaiba ripped his only "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" in the first episode of the second series anime. However, this is not a mistake, as that same card was shown taped back together following Yugi's Duel with Rebecca in episode 42, and was also later seen restored at the end of the episode.
  • A running gag in the series' dub is Solomon muttering "not again" when he is attacked before he faints. He mutters this line when attacked by Yami Bakura, and in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX when he is attacked by Thunder.
  • Because Maddie Blaustein died in December 2008, Wayne Grayson replaces her in the role of Solomon in Yu-Gi-Oh! 3-D Bonds Beyond Time! (Grayson also portrays Lyman Banner in the same movie).
  • When "Apdnarg" is introduced in season 5 Yugi says "Don't we know him". Yugi also knows who he is before "Apdnarg" gets unmasked.
  • Grandpa Muto might have a Ph.D, as one of the guides who led him to the Pharaoh's Tomb referred to him as "Dr. Muto" at one point.
  • Solomon is the last Duelist to be defeated by Joey Wheeler in a Duel.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Yu-Gi-Oh! Character Guidebook: The Gospel of Truth: Sugoroku Mutou's profile (Japanese)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Character". 4K Media Inc.. July 7, 2015. http://www.yugioh.com/characters/solomon-muto.
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! (Toei) episode 1: "The Violent Battle - A Game of Darkness"
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 49: "Rise of the Sacred Beasts, Part 2"
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 75: "Taken by Storm, Part 1"
  6. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 76: "Taken by Storm, Part 2"
  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 77: "J-Dawg and T-Bone"
  8. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 78: "Mirror, Mirror, Part 1"
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 79: "Mirror, Mirror, Part 2"
  10. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 179: "Farewell, Judai! A Tearful Graduation Ceremony"

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