real-life-pine-tree: But Yugi was able to solve the Puzzle because he’s a direct reincarnation of Atem.

I’m pretty sure that was either dub-only or only implied. it’s implied Ryou is Thief King Bakura’s reincarnation but it’s not directly stated.

…It is pretty suspicious how they have almost the exact same hair, though. XD Not many people in history with that!

I wonder how Yu-Gi-Oh would be if the Item-wielders stayed the same but what Items they had were different, like Ishizu or Marik getting the Eye, Pegasus getting the Necklace, Ryou getting the Puzzle, and Yugi getting the Rod or something. Or maybe if Kaiba had the Rod like Priest Seto and Forbidden Memories Kaiba did.