I just had the worst/best AU idea for the anime’s Memory World arc
What if the Thief King sounded and acted like Ryou when Yami Bakura wasn’t in control…. because Yami Bakura put Ryou’s soul into that figurine
And that means everything after Zorc/Thief King/Yami Bakura was destroyed could have just been Yami Bakura acting as him, since Ryou’s real-life body still worked. He’d have what he wanted in Duelist Kingdom–a vessel without a mind of its own. AND he’d know where the Millennium Items were buried because he saw the Ceremonial Duel.
…Great, now I want a fanfic of this.