jaden yugi

  • Yugi: I have a crazy alter ego who went around gaming people to death before he got over himself and became my best friend.
  • Yuma: My best friend is an artificial being created by ghosts that only I can see.
  • Judai: I have a demon fused into my soul who's obsessed with me and an alter ego who committed mass genocide in my name floating around in my head.
  • Yusei: ????
  • Yuya: Pfft, try having four other guys that look exactly like you, two of which slaughtered whole dimensions and one who's stuck in your soul.
  • Yusei: ???????????
  • Yusaku: *Breaks out into a nervous sweat*
More Duel Art stuff

I was reading the Duel Art book again and noticed new, interesting stuff ^^

  • Takahashi created characters first by deciding their personalities–are they fundamentally good or bad? Softer, rounded lines implied gentler personalities while sharper angles were aggressive.
  • Similarly, lines at the top of the eyes indicated egotism while lines at the bottom indicated cooperativeness and dependence on others, which is why Yugi has lines at the bottom of his eyes.
  • Atem has a strong Tutankhamen motif. Tutankhamen was named in part for Amun, while his father believed in Aten, and Tutankhamen’s tomb also had Aten symbols. Takahashi speculates that due to becoming Pharaoh at such a young age, Tutankhamen’s priests and advisers defied his will, seized his power, and forced him to promote a different god rather than following in his father’s footsteps like he presumably wanted.
  • Since YGO was a bit dark, Takahashi decided GX would be brighter, as Jaden doesn’t have a dark side, is cheerful, hot-blooded, and easy to read.
  • Takahashi also felt that GX’s cheeriness meant the protagonists couldn’t grow as much and would be unable to defeat someone like Marik, so he wrote in Jaden becoming the Supreme King, but then felt it was almost too dark. But he feels Jaden became a stronger character after that.
  • The 5Ds Duel Runners were mainly made so characters could travel the world and assemble pretty much anywhere. Originally only Yusei and Jack Atlas were going to have them, but it turned out everyone did.
  • 5Ds’ Dark Signer arc was partially inspired by a miniseries Takahashi had presented to Shonen Jump that got rejected, where 5 heroes with glyph birthmarks were killed by an ancient enemy, got reincarnated, and only had the glyphs to remind them of their past lives, which they’d gradually remember and join forces to take down the original enemy.
  • The main reason the above was rejected was because the sample oneshot ended right as they died. Aside from the geoglyphs and dragon marks, the Dark Signer arc was made by the staff, though Takhashi really enjoyed how exciting the finale was.
  • “Anything can become a dragon” is a central tenet of Yu-Gi-Oh, hence Stardust Dragon, Black Rose Dragon, Barrel Dragon, etc. Takahashi prefers drawing Western dragons but feels as long as it has recognizable dragon elements anything can be one.

Yugioh protagonists in a nutshell:

Yugi: Low self-esteem

Judai: Depression

Yusei: Autism

Yuma: ADHD

Yuya: Multiple Personality Disorder

Yusaku: PTSD


Yugi famously had low self-confidence and never believed in himself.

Judai always kept his real emotions to himself and let himself suffer.

Yusei has an extremely analytical mind and has trouble expressing himself to his friends.

Yuma is constantly getting distracted and missing crucial details.

Yuya literally has three alter-egos that manifested as other people.

Yusaku was kidnapped and tortured as a child for 6 months.

THIS is why people need to watch Yugioh. Not because “card-game anime” or “crazy hair”, but because the stories manage to cram so much real shit into their convoluted plotlines and still manage to keep a low age rating. If you haven’t been able to yet, you really should check one out.

YGO Protagonists and Parents
  • Yugi: My dad is away at business and my mom is always at home, but 4kids made everyone think both of my parents died.
  • Jaden: My parents are always busy.
  • Yusei: At least you actually have parents who care about you. My dad doesn't even love me.
  • Yuma: Well my parents are both stuck in Astral World.
  • Yuya: *was raised by two very loving and caring parents and his dad vanished a short time before Arc-V started* Uh... I can't relate?

Looking at “The Valuable Books”, a series of OCG Yu-Gi-Oh price catalogs! They go all the way up to Arc-V and the modern era. My favorite thing is the cover art ^^

Yu-Gi-Oh Protagonists in Love
  • Yugi: Tea and I might be miles apart, but I know she's going to be alright. We can still text and voice chat each other, so we'll be able to maintain the long-distance relationship.
  • Jaden: So what if I fell in love with another guy instead of a girl? Jesse's a great guy and he's a ton of fun.
  • Yusei: Akiza and I kissed once...I think.
  • Yuma: Tori and I are happily dating! :)
  • Yuya: *is too busy crying to actually speak properly because of what unfortunately happened to Zuzu*