|Yu-Gi-Oh! - Episode 125|
Yami no Junkesshō Jōnōchi Vāsasu Mariku
Semifinal of Darkness - Jonochi vs. Marik
The Darkness Returns - Part 1
|Japanese air date||
September 10, 2002
|English air date||
May 15, 2004
|Episode listing||Yu-Gi-Oh! episode listing (season 3)|
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- First Duel of the Battle City Semi-Finals.
- Many of "The Winged Dragon of Ra's" effects are revealed.
- This is a Shadow Game with upped stakes. Marik makes it so that "dark energy strings" connect Marik and Joey to each monster they summon. As a monster is destroyed or weakened, a corresponding amount of "damage" is dealt to the monster's owner. As it turns out, Joey is the only one whose physical energy is visibly affected, albeit not as badly as Marik had expected.
- Joey collapses from pain and exhaustion (almost dying) before he can make the winning move and thus, loses the Duel.
Featured Duel: Marik Ishtar vs. Joey Wheeler - Part 1
Turn 2: Joey Wheeler
Joey draws "Alligator's Sword". Joey's hand contains "Scapegoat", "Rocket Warrior", "Graceful Dice", "Foolish Burial", "Baby Dragon" and "Alligator's Sword". He then Sets a card. Next Joey Normal Summons "Alligator's Sword" (1500/1200) in Defense Position.
Turn 3: Yami Marik
Yami Marik draws. He then Normal Summons "Drillago" (1600/1100) in Attack Position. "Drillago" attacks and destroys "Alligator's Sword". "Gil Garth" attacks directly, but Joey activates his face-down "Scapegoat" to Special Summon four "Sheep Tokens" (0/0 for each) in Defense Position. "Gil Garth" destroys a "Sheep Token".
Turn 4: Joey Wheeler
Joey draws "Panther Warrior" and subsequently Normal Summons it (2000/1600) in Attack Position. He then Tributes a "Sheep Token" to allow "Panther Warrior" to attack. "Panther Warrior" attacks and destroys "Gil Garth" (Marik 4000 → 3800).
Turn 5: Yami Marik
Yami Marik draws "Hidden Soldiers". Marik's hand contains "Card of Last Will", "Tribute Burial", "Plasma Eel", "Helpoemer" and "Hidden Soldiers". Yami Marik activates "Tribute Burial" to remove from play "Alligator's Sword" from Joey's Graveyard and "Gil Garth" from his own Graveyard in order to Normal Summon "Helpoemer" (2000/1400) in Attack Position without Tributing. Yami Marik then sets a card.
Turn 6: Joey Wheeler
Joey draws "Jinzo". He then Normal Summons "Rocket Warrior" (1500/1300) in Attack Position. Marik then activates his face-down "Hidden Soldiers" to Special Summon "Plasma Eel" (500/1200) in Attack Position since Joey Normal Summoned a monster. Yami Marik activates the effect of "Plasma Eel" to equip the latter to "Panther Warrior". "Rocket Warrior" attacks "Helpoemer". Due to the effect of "Rocket Warrior", it is not destroyed and Joey takes no Battle Damage. After damage calculation, the final effect of "Rocket Warrior" reduces the ATK of "Helpoemer" ATK by 500 until the end of the turn ("Helpoemer": 2000 → 1500/1400).
Joey then Tributes a "Sheep Token" to allow "Panther Warrior" to attack. "Panther Warrior" attacks and destroys "Helpoemer" (Marik 3800 → 3300). Since "Helpoemer" was sent to the Graveyard as a result of battle, Joey is now forced to randomly discard a card from his hand at the end of each of his Battle Phases so long as "Helpoemer" is in the Graveyard. At the end of the Battle Phase, the effect of "Helpoemer" forces Joey to discard "Jinzo".
Changes to the English Dub
- The pincers on "Plasma Eel" are made glowy in the dub.
- Cut from the dub is "Plasma Eel" digging into "Panther Warrior"'s head and him twitching.
- The violence of the Sheep Tokens is obscured in the dub.
- Helpoemer's cross is changed to a slab in the English version.
- A shot of Yami Marik gagging after Helpoemer is struck by Rocket Warrior's effect is also removed from the dub.
The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.
- ↑ This was played as a Normal Monster. It is an Effect Monster in the TCG/OCG.
- ↑ This card can be seen, it was Set.
- ↑ This card can be seen, it was Set in the dub.
- ↑ This card can be seen in Marik's hand.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 This card can be seen in Joey's hand.