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Zorc Necrophades
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Names
English
  • Zorc Necrophades (manga)
  • Zorc the Dark One (anime)
Personal
Age

3000+

Gender
  • Male
  • Duelist
Decks
Appearances
Anime debut

Yu-Gi-Oh! Episode 204: "Makings of a Magician"

Voice actors
English
  • Mike Pollock
Japanese
  • Yoshitaka Kaidu
Necrophades, Zorc

Zorc Necrophades (called Zorc the Dark One in the English dub) is a demon who inhabits the Shadow Realm. He serves as the main antagonist in the Dawn of the Duel arc, the final villain of the original series and the central antagonist of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga although he and Yami Bakura (an enemy who appears often throughout the entire series) are really "one and the same."

Appearance

Zorc Necrophades lineart

Zorc Necrophades lineart

Zorc appears as a large, purple-skinned demon with huge, curved horns, bat-like wings, and a large dragon/snake appendage between his legs. The dub changes this appendage to protrude from his chest instead of between his legs, due to its likeness to the phallus. In the bunkoban of the manga, it is made spiral around him, rather than point out suggestively. He is very similar in appearance to Diabound (albeit much larger and more demonic), which is possibly due to his connection to Thief King Bakura.

Biography

Zorc Necrophades was born eons before the Millennium Items were originally created, by his own claim, from the darkness in the hearts of people (in the English anime, he is the creator of the Shadow Realm, and therefore predates the Items, though they were made using his power). He was summoned by Akhenaden who brought all seven Millennium Items together in an underground crypt in Kul Elna village 3,000 years ago (5,000 years ago in the dub). When he is summoned by Akhenaden in the manga, he reveals to Pharaoh Atem that he was the one who manipulated Akhenaden to translating the Millennium Spellbook (the Millennium Tome in the manga) in order to be resurrected with the power of the newly made Millennium Items.

Zorc's surgery

Changes made to Zorc in the bunkoban.

Zorc attempted to destroy the world, but was stopped by Atem. Atem sacrificed his life by sealing himself and Zorc (or at least, the memories of Zorc) within the Millennium Puzzle. Zorc managed to live on by sealing a fragment of his soul within the Millennium Ring. Zorc later resurfaces when he possesses Ryo Bakura as the villain Yami Bakura wishing to obtain all seven Millennium Items in order to resurrect himself, though he was unaware of his past until he visited the Memory World and began to regain his memories. Eventually, when Atem wished to regain his memories, Yami Bakura turned the event into a Shadow Game played in the world of the Pharaoh's memories, giving him a second chance to destroy the world.

Zorc was once again resurrected, following the events of the past (in the manga, Zorc is Summoned underground Kul Elna, though in the anime, Thief King Bakura was instead resurrected and he revived Zorc aboveground.) Only in the manga, Zorc transformed Akhenaden into the High Priest of Darkness, and then proceeded to attack the Pharaoh, who was unable to intervene due to Zorc using his powers to stop time. Unbeknown to Zorc, his awakening had triggered that of Hasan, who protected the Pharaoh. Zorc had put so much power into the attack, he capacity to stop time ended, and he was beheld by the Priests. They were transported aboveground to battle.

In this second face-off, though his legion of spirits was matched, Zorc easily decimated the forces of Egypt, resisting the attempts to stop him. In the anime only, Isis regathered the scattered Millennium Items, then attacked Zorc with a powered-up "Winged Dragon, Guardian of the Fortress." Zorc dispatched the monster with ease, killing Isis. Shimon next stood in Zorc's way, calling forth "Exodia" to battle Zorc. In sheer power, even Zorc was matched by the "Forbidden One," and the fight initially seemed even, with both combatants losing and regrowing arms. But Zorc's power was drawn from darkness itself, while "Exodia" drew its strength from Shimon, and Zorc ultimately dispatched "Exodia," killing Shimon as well. He also slew both Shada and Hasan as they protected the Pharaoh.

Following this, the anime expanded upon Zorc's clash with the Priests. Having reclaimed the Millennium Puzzle, the Pharaoh Summoned the three Egyptian Gods to battle Zorc. Yami Bakura and Yami Yugi reentered the RPG at this point, Yami Bakura having revealed to Yami Yugi that he was Zorc (he had revealed this much earlier in the manga). The Egyptian Gods clashed with the Great Evil God, and initially appeared to have defeated him. Despite the assault, including the Egyptian God Phoenix attack of "The Winged Dragon of Ra," Zorc survived and created a solar eclipse, robbing the Egyptian Gods of strength, and he petrified all three. Seto then opposed Zorc with the "White Dragon," and again, appeared to match Zorc, but Zorc petrified the Dragon as well, then destroyed it, taking Seto out of the fight. As he began to destroy the city, Seto Kaiba, Seto's modern reincarnation, stepped in, refusing to tolerate Zorc's atrocities any longer. Kaiba called out three "Blue-Eyes White Dragons, from himself, Seto and Kisara, and fused them into the "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon." The Ultimate Dragon clashed with Zorc, and for the first time, the battle was even. The ultimate clash between light and darkness began to break down the barrier between worlds. The Pharaoh then appeared to merge with Kaiba and the Ultimate Dragon using the Millennium Scale, becoming "Master of Dragon Soldier," and delievered an attack so powerful that it destroyed the Dragon Soldier itself. It still wasn't enough to defeat Zorc, and he prepared to destroy the Pharaoh. Shadi proceeded to intervene using the body of Hasan, saving the Pharaoh.

At that point, Yugi Mutou, Joey Wheeler, Tea Gardner and Tristan Taylor arrived, having discovered the Pharaoh's true name. They Summoned monsters to attack Zorc, including Mahad's spirit alongside Mana's ka, but he resisted even the most powerful of Mahad's magic and dispatched them with ease (in the manga, he was surprised to see ka sealed into "pieces of paper," the "stone slabs of the modern world".) It was at this point in the manga that he counterattacked, forcing Hasan to defend the Pharaoh, revealing that Hasan was actually Shadi before he was killed.

Tea then got the idea to cause the Pharaoh's name to appear on a cartouche she'd given him. As they did, Zorc tried to detroy them (in the anime) but Kaiba had recovered and used his "Ring of Defense" to protect them. Zorc broke through, but it was too little, too late, and the Pharaoh re-learned his name - Atem. Atem Summoned all three Egyptian Gods, and fused them together into "The Creator God of Light, Horakhty." Zorc was horrified that Atem had Summoned the "ultimate God," and he was consumed by Horakhty's attack, destroying both him and Yami Bakura for good.

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