Mad Moment (WC 2008)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 50: "Millennium Enemy 1: The Mysterious Transfer Student"
|Anime debut (Toei)||
Yu-Gi-Oh! (Toei) episode 20: "Come Out!! The Strongest and Final Trump Card"
|Anime debut (NAS)||
Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 12: "Trial by Red Eyes"
|Video game debut|
Yami Bakura is the evil spirit of the Millennium Ring. He appears as a reoccurring secondary antagonist for most the series, until the final arc where he's the main and final antagonist. Through the Millennium Ring, Ryo Bakura became host to the spirit, allowing him to possess Ryo; even able to mimic his host's personality almost perfectly that he's able to fool Ryo's friends. Yami Bakura is the longest running and most prominent adversary in the entire series, being an antagonistic counterpart and a great adversary to Yami Yugi.
Yami Bakura's character design was overseen by Kazuki Takahashi.
Yami Bakura usually wears whatever Ryo Bakura was dressed in.
His white hair is pointed downwards in various directions and trails half way down his back. His hair points in more directions than Ryo Bakura's and becomes noticeably more stiff and rigid rather than Ryo's smooth flowing hair. Part of his bangs angle upward like wings or horns when Yami Bakura is in control. He wears the Millennium Ring on a cord around his neck.
In the Duelist Kingdom arc, he wears a white wool sweater and green undershirt.
His usual outfit in following seasons consists of a teal short sleeved collared jacket worn over a blue and white horizontally striped t-shirt. In the manga, he wears just the t-shirt more often. In the Battle City arc, he often wears a KaibaCorp Duel Disk on his left arm.
In the Millennium World arc, Yami Bakura wore a black trench coat with the collar flipped up, as an addition to this outfit.
At some point 3,000 years ago, the Millennium Ring was sealed with a piece of Zorc Necrophades' soul, along with Bandit King Bakura's soul. Both souls merged together to form an entity. This demonic composite was reawakened in the present day when Ryo Bakura's father had acquired the Millennium Ring in Egypt and presented the artifact to his son. Unbeknownst to Ryo and his father, the Millennium Ring contained the malignant spirit and became known as Yami Bakura upon possessing Ryo. He lost many memories as Bandit King Bakura and Zorc Necrophades, due to Zorc's memories being sealed in the Millennium Puzzle. His goal is to obtain all seven Millennium Items so he can resurrect Zorc Necrophades, and reunite the shard of Zorc with Zorc so Zorc can be complete.
Although not a participating player, Bakura snuck onto the Duelist Kingdom island for the tournament.
Yami Bakura traps Yugi Muto, Joey Wheeler, Tristan Taylor, Téa Gardner and Ryo Bakura in their favorite Duel Monsters cards in an effort to take the Millennium Puzzle, however, faces off with Yami Yugi in a Shadow Game Duel instead. Bakura uses several "Morphing Jars" to discard Yugi's monsters while also using cards like "Man-Eater Bug" to destroy his opponent's monsters and "Change of Heart" to turn his opponent's monsters against each other. When Yami Bakura tried to use "Change of Heart" to turn Yugi (as the "Dark Magician") against the others, Ryo took the form of the card and interfered with the Duel. Ryo attempted to sacrifice himself so Yugi could win, but Yami Yugi switched the places of Bakura's two souls, resulting in Yami Bakura's defeat and subsequent trip to the Graveyard. Afterward, he was assumed to be dead, trapped in the Shadow Realm.
Ryo Bakura then stayed with the group until the night of the finals of Duelist Kingdom, at which point he, Tristan and Téa go on an adventure through Pegasus Castle. Maximillion Pegasus catches them and sends them to the Shadow Realm for a Shadow Game. Yami Bakura takes this opportunity to retake control over Bakura, then sends everybody back to their rooms, plotting to take both Yugi's Millennium Puzzle and Pegasus' Millennium Eye.
Later, at the beginning of Yugi's duel with Pegasus, Bakura hears Tristan's idea of trying to find the bodies Pegasus took souls from, and Yami Bakura is intrigued by this plan, taking over Bakura's body again. Ironically, he actually saves Tristan from Pegasus' guards while the two of them searched for a way to escape, utilizing the card "Man-Eater Bug" and the magic of his Millennium Ring. Tristan is still somewhat disturbed by Bakura's sadistic enjoyment from torturing the guards before killing them. After Tristan realizes who Bakura really is, Bakura revealed what he wants (in the Japanese anime, he wants the key to KaibaCorp, which is around Mokuba's neck, however in the dub, he wants to use Mokuba as a new host), and threatens to kill if Tristan tries anything. Tristan, however, manages to catch Bakura off guard, knocking him out. Tristan then throws the Millennium Ring into the jungle.
Somehow, however, the Millennium Ring still reappeared on Ryo, and Yami Bakura was still in control, which went unbeknownst to Yugi and company. After Pegasus' defeat at the hands of Yugi, Bakura challenged Pegasus to another Shadow Game. After using several of his cards as tarot cards, Pegasus is freaked out when Bakura revealed that he has lived for centuries, Bakura then tells his intentions to Pegasus and takes the Millennium Eye. As Bakura left with Yugi and the gang off Pegasus Island on the Kaiba helicopter, Yami Bakura licked the Millennium Eye.
Yami Bakura detected the Millennium Puzzle was in distress due to a possessed Bandit Keith. He used the power of his Millennium Ring to release Keith from the possession. Keith shatters the Millennium Puzzle in a rage before managing to run off. Impersonating his own host, he came to the rescue, knocking Keith back. Bakura took advantage of the opportunity to seal a fragment of his soul into a piece of the Millennium Puzzle.
The Millennium Ring later detected the Millennium Necklace, though Yami Bakura was distracted upon seeing the Tablet of the Pharaoh's Memories. Later, he sensed the Millennium Rod, and tracked down its owner Marik Ishtar. He agreed to cooperate with Marik in a verbal pact consisting of Marik's relinquishment of the Millennium Rod if Bakura defeated Yugi Muto for Marik. Bakura suggests to Marik to use Yugi's friends to get to Yugi, citing it as a huge weakness. As part of their plan, Bakura stabbed himself in the arm and then released his host. Marik (as Namu) pretended to rescue Bakura for Joey Wheeler and Téa Gardner.
While Ryo Bakura was sleeping in the hospital, Yami Bakura's mind encountered Marik. In the Japanese version, Bakura protested that he lent Marik his strength to get rid of Yugi, and Marik was supposed to hand over the Millennium Rod. Marik told Bakura that he needed to enter the Battle City finals in order to receive the Millennium Rod. Ryou Bakura was awoken by Solomon Muto, however, turned into Yami Bakura. Solomon told him that Yugi and Joey are qualified for the Battle City finals. When Bakura got up to leave to try to find them, he was stopped by Solomon because he was still injured. Bakura knocked out Solomon with his Millennium Ring and left the hospital.
Yami Bakura acquired a place in the Battle City finals by stealing another Duelist's Duel Disk and Locator Card, but disliked the Duelist's Deck and threw the cards back to the Duelist. He found out from a group of teenagers that Bonz's gang were in the cemetery; wanting to take their locator cards, he set out to find them. When he found them, Bonz's gang used scare tactics which worked previously on other Duelists, but Bakura was not fazed and saw right through the disguises, disarming Zygor with ease. Bakura then challenged Bonz to a winner-takes-all Duel, where the winner takes six Locator Cards. Without telling Bonz, Zygor and Sid, he turned their duel into a Shadow Game. Bakura launched his "Headless Knight" at Bonz several times but Bonz called out "Great Mammoth of Goldfine". Bakura summoned "The Earl of Demise" with twice its ATK and destroyed Bonz's monster. Bonz trapped Bakura in "Nightmare's Steelcage" but Bakura activated "Ectoplasmer" to attack directly and win. Bakura obtained six Locator Cards and claimed both that he was going to send the three to the 'Dark World' instead by summoning Grim Reapers inside of the Dark Game's space and that he was going to send the three to Hell. However, in the dub, he simply sends them to the Shadow Realm.
Battle City Quarterfinals
During the Battle City quarter-finals, Yami Bakura and Yami Yugi Duel each other. Bakura allowed Yugi to destroy four of his monsters, losing most of his Life Points in the process, but activated "Dark Sanctuary" to turn Yugi's monsters against each other, as well as "The Dark Door" to limit Yugi's attacking choices. He also used "Destiny Board" to allow him to declare an automatic win after playing all five "Spirit Message" letters. Before the final letter was placed on the field, Yugi summoned "Slifer the Sky Dragon", shocking Bakura. As Bakura was about to lose, Odion Ishtar (pretending to be Marik) released Bakura's host from the spirit, knowing that Yugi would not attack Ryou Bakura as Ryou was still injured. But when Odion mentioned that Yugi may still attack with the fate of the world at stake, Yami Bakura decided that leaving Ryou's vulnerable state posed too much of a risk, taking over his host's body, challenging Yugi to attack. When Yugi declared the attack, Yugi won the duel but left Bakura comatose. The Millennium Ring was lost in the Duel, but was recovered by Téa (controlled by Marik).When Marik (in Téa's body) later returned the Millennium Ring to its host, Yami Bakura then challenged Yami Marik to a Shadow Game; Bakura teaming up with the real Marik to vanquish the evil Marik despite doing so with evil intent and motive. Marik's Shadow Game caused the darkness to devour parts of their bodies as they lost Life Points. Bakura lost most of his Life Points but obtained "The Winged Dragon of Ra". Despite this, Marik weakened Ra to be useless. Bakura got rid of Ra as a Tribute to summon "Dark Ruler Ha Des", thinking that no one could use Ra buried in the Graveyard but Marik brought Ra back from the Graveyard with "Monster Reborn", revealing Ra's Point-to-Point Transfer abilities to win the Duel, resulting in Bakura's destruction. Before disappearing, Bakura vowed to return and claimed that he was the darkness, vanishing with a laugh, leaving only the Millennium Ring behind. However, the clone of his soul within the Millennium Puzzle allowed him to continue existing in secret, attempting to find the secret of the Millennium Puzzle's power.
Battle City Finals
The Millennium Ring appears as a trophy shown during Yami Marik's Duel with Yami Yugi. After Marik was destroyed by Yugi, all of Marik's Penalty Games were undone, allowing Ryou Bakura and the Evil Spirit's main portion to return. Although the Millennium Ring wasn't in its initial owner's possession, his splintered fragment was amused of being unseen.
Waking the Dragons
During a vision involving the Millennium Puzzle, Yami Bakura briefly appeared. In the English dub, Dartz mentions that the Nameless Pharaoh's revival brought along rivals.
Ryo Bakura was running away from the evil spirit of the Millennium Ring. Not wanting to be possessed again, Ryo attempted to hide in a church. However, the spirit cornered Ryo and told him that the Millennium Items were in possession of only three individuals. Ryo had to find the eight key, the secret of which was hidden somewhere in the Nameless Pharaoh's world of memories. As he possessed Ryo, the spirit claimed that the doors of the Nameless Pharaoh's memory opened as well as the Ultimate Shadow Game would begin!
He takes the Millennium Ring back when Rex Raptor and Weevil Underwood were trying to steal the Egyptian God Cards but mistakenly also took several Millennium Items, knocking the two out. After Yugi Muto eventually catches up with Rex and Weevil, Yami Bakura returns Yugi's Millennium Items and the Egyptian God cards that were in the box the Millennium Puzzle came in, chastising Yugi for failing to protect the various items. However, Bakura kept the Millennium Ring, as he wasn't ready to part with his own Millennium Item yet. He reassures Yugi that he'd return the Millennium Ring once Yugi has all seven Millennium Items to return to the Millennium Stone in Kul Elna to which Yami Yugi asks him what he's plotting. However, he merely responds that they are souls sealed in an Millennium Item; Yami Bakura doesn't know much more than that albeit much more than Yami Yugi does about being a king. Yami Bakura then challenges Yami Yugi to settle their 'pending scores' in a fitting place for them: the Ultimate Shadow Game RPG. Nevertheless, Yami Yugi accepts Yami Bakura's challenge. Yami Bakura departs by saying that it begins once the doors of the Memory World opened.
Yami Bakura next challenges Seto Kaiba to a Duel in an effort to obtain the power of the "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". He first abducted Mokuba Kaiba to get Kaiba to the top of the KaibaCorp building. With Mokuba's life at stake, Bakura repeatedly taunted Kaiba's denial. He almost beats Kaiba with "Diabound Kernel", giving his monster the power that can rival the Egyptian Gods. But when the sun begins to rise, Bakura leaves before they can finish their duel. He gives Kaiba the Millennium Eye that he took from Duelist Kingdom so Kaiba too may also enter the Millennium World. With his real purpose to gain the power to stand up to the Egyptian Gods accomplished, Bakura mockingly refer to Kaiba as Seto before leaving, resulting in draw.
Yami Bakura figures out that it would be easier to get all seven Millennium Items in the Memory World to revive Zorc Necrophades as he already knew what would happen as his memory was still intact unlike Yami Yugi's. When Yami Yugi enters the memory world, Yami Bakura followed along by reuniting with the clone of himself within the Millennium Puzzle and finally being complete; Yami Bakura controls the Dark Game from above while yet simultaneously possessing Ryou Bakura's past incarnate to fight against Pharaoh Atem. Although he initially didn't seem to care, his Egyptian counterpart's anger and hatred would sometimes motivate his actions. When Thief King Bakura's ka was destroyed at Kul Elna, he left the Thief King's body and reduced him to sand as he had served his purpose. He later resurrected Bakura, and had him sacrificed to summon Zorc. During the course of his Shadow Game, Yami Bakura uses an Hourglass Token to reverse time for Thief King Bakura and another Hourglass Token to freeze time for the High Priest of Darkness. Although the two Hourglass Tokens got destroyed by Hasan and despite the demises of both Thief King Bakura and the High Priest of Darkness, Yami Bakura is ultimately successful in Zorc Necrophades' resurrection via the third Hourglass Token. As Zorc Necrophades destroyed every thing and every monster that came along, Yami Bakura finally reveals that he's a portion of the ultimate evil's soul. He then makes himself and Yami Yugi join the Millennium World; Yami Yugi as Pharaoh Atem while Yami Bakura merges with Zorc Necrophades.Meanwhile, a fragment of Yami Bakura's soul ended up possessing Tristan Taylor and acted as a spy after Tristan's friends got into the Millennium World. To prevent the revelation of the Nameless Pharaoh's true name, the clone that possessed Tristan eventually reveals himself and challenges Yugi Muto to a Shadow Game Duel, where the loser dies (gets sent to the Shadow Realm in the dub). During the duel, Bakura utilises Necro monsters, limited Yugi's attacking options using "Narrow Corridor" and focused on a Deck Out strategy with "Cursed Twin Dolls" and "Counterbalance". He ultimately reduces Yugi to 1 card but that card turns out to be "Gandora the Dragon of Destruction" which destroys Bakura's Cards and his strategy. Yugi is then able to use "Silent Swordsman LV0" with 4500 ATK, defeating the clone and freeing Tristan.
When Zorc Necrophades is ultimately killed by the Egyptian Gods' divine fusion, the Millennium Ring's malevolent spirit is also destroyed once and for all, due to the fact that he had merged with Zorc at the time.
Yami Bakura appeared in a flashback after Franz stole the copy of "The Winged Dragon of Ra". When Franz told Jaden Yuki about the Egyptian God cards, footage from Yami Yugi's duel with Yami Bakura from Battle City was played.
- He and Yami Yugi have many similarities. They were both ancient spirits sealed in a Millennium Item for over 3,000 years. Also, both their past selves (in Yami Bakura's case it's Thief King Bakura, wheras in Yami's case it's Pharaoh Atem) are their modern-day hosts' ancient Egyptian past incarnates. Also, their ancient selves were rivals and enemies, similar to how Yami and Bakura are enemies and rivals.
Yami Bakura often uses cards that resemble ghouls or specters, undead creatures (though not necessarily Zombies), and demons of the underworld or undead. His Decks often perform locks, attempting to prevent his opponent from making many moves while trying to either instantly win through "Destiny Board" or through a mill strategy, like "Cursed Twin Dolls". He's also one of the few duelists who doesn't rely on his monster's strength to win, instead favouring the effects of cards like "Dark Necrofear" and "Zoma the Spirit" to turn his opponent's attacks against them.
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 217: "The Dark One Cometh - Part 3"
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World Duel 29
- ↑ http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GPZIzFGXhIE/U-3J0FJzX-I/AAAAAAABcs8/YEK1aQtTEIQ/s1600/015.jpg
- ↑ http://www.yugioh.com/characters/bandit-king-bakura
- ↑ Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 85: "Rah, Rah, Ra!"