Do you think the kaibaman card was requested/commissioned by Kaiba? Or a joke Pegasus played on him? I'm torn because it's clearly an homage to Kaiba, but one could easily say it's a parody. And I'm not sure how Kaiba himself would react especially if he didn't commission it specifically. If Kaiba and Pegasus have reached a truce by this time, I'm inclined to believe it was a silly yet harmless joke. But you never know, maybe Kaiba wanted his own card xD seems like something he'd do actually
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I went back and forth between the two theories a lot before coming up with my own. I think there’s a saying for that, something about if you can’t pick a door use a window? But anyway
I tend to believe Kaibaman was designed about a year post-canon but wasn’t released to the general public for a while after that. We all know Seto has completed construction of Kaibaland, which is a theme park for underprivileged kids, but there was a theory floating around that I thiiiink was courtesy of @gamesetomatch but don’t quote me, saying Kaiba dresses up as “Kaiba Man” and plays with all the children, and I just…it’s so fitting and so perfect. I will never let it go.
Basically, my theory for Kaibaman’s existence is an extension of that.
Mokuba is the first one to suggest Kaibaland having a mascot, because so many of the children want to meet Seto but it’s a huge liability to have him there without tons of security to keep the press at bay. No one wants to have their children bombarded by pushy reporters. Seto folds his hands, knowing the mischievous look in his brother’s eye better than anyone.
“What are you proposing?”
And he just…whips out a costume.
At first Kaiba says absolutely not, but then he thinks, why not? It’s perfect, no one will ever suspect him doing something so silly. They’ll assume he hired it done, and under normal circumstances, who wouldn’t?
So they privately market the hell out of this. Rumors and second-hand stories of the elusive “Kaiba Man” fly everywhere. Eve-ry-where. People come trying to sneak a peak and are never successful. Reporters staking out the property for days on end start to deliriously question if the guy has actual super powers. Where the hell is he? How does he disappear into a crowd so fast?
Pegasus gets wind of this but recognizes it as a marketing ploy. Takes it at face value and says it’s all for show.
Then one day he gets a letter from an American child desperate to meet the famed Kaiba Man he keeps seeing on the internet. The only trouble is, there’s no way his family can afford the flight to Japan or the money tied up in staying there for a few days. So he asks Pegasus if he can make a Kaibaman card.
“Please, so he ca be with everybody and everybody can be happy!”
Without a word to Seto, Pegasus does this. When he sets it on Seto’s desk, after it’s been duplicated several thousand times and tucked away in the secret confines of his castle, he’s got a little boy in toe.
““You will re-name this card.”
“It went into circulation this morning.”
“It’s absolutely out of the question,” his long fingers reach down to trace the edge of the card, peeling it up from the desk, “But if you’d rather disappoint your adoring fans.”
The little boy doesn’t speak a word of Japanese and has no idea what they’re saying but he absolutely knows who Kaiba is and oh my goodness look out the window - look at the blue eyes statues - look at the rides - and holy shit the kid is vibrating with excitement.
Kaiba snatches it disgustedly, crouches down, and hands it to the little boy. In accented but passable English he says, “There ya go kiddo, make Kaibaman proud.” Turns to Pegasus and immediately points to the door, “Get out…and get a hobby.”
Pegasus tosses his hands up in mock-surrender, “As you wish, Kaiba-man.”