Q: What are the full names/full
Japanese names of the characters?
A: Table taken (with permission)
(In Japanese order if a
(In Western order)
|"Yami Yuugi" (unofficial)*
|Pegasus J. Crawford
|"Bandit" Keith Howard
*This name is an invention
of Japanese fandom. He is not EVER called Yami in either the Japanese anime
or manga. The characters refer to him as 'Mou Hitori no Yuugi' and he is
listed in the info book as 'Yami Yuugi' His actual name is until very late
in the manga, unknown-- the whole point of his participation in Battle
City is so he can find out what it is, along with all his other memories.
In the video game 'Forbidden Memories' he is given the name 'Bel Um Fel/Fet'
but it's not canon for the series.
Q: What do the characters' names look like
in Japanese?/What are the kanji for the characters' names?
Q: But I saw it spelled Mariku/Marik,
can't it be spelled that way?
A: Because of how the Japanese language
is, there can be differences in rominazation. Malik is an Egyptian name,
and when it's written in Japanese, it becomes Mariku. Marik is an
improper combination of the pair.
Q: Isn't Marik/Mariku/Yarik/Yalik the name
of Yami Malik?
A: No. Yami Malik's only name is Yami Malik.
He's often refereed to as 'Malik no yami no jinkaku' (Malik's dark personality)
by the cast (mostly Isis and Rishid) or by just Malik.
Q: But Shizuka's Jounouchi's sister. Why
isn't her last name Jounouchi as well?
A: Their parents were divorced. One assumes
her mother either remarried or went back to using her maiden name, and
Shizuka's name followed.
Q: What are the names for the Memory World
/ Ancient Egyptian versions of the characters?
* The name is romanized Seto, but Set
is the name of an Egyptian God, and is what the name Seto was based on,
according to an interview with the manga's creator. Set can also be written
as Seth but the h is silent.
Modern day character
Ancient Egyptian version
||Priest Set *
||Thief King Bakura-sama**
** This is what he refers to himself as.
Others refer to him as just 'Bakura'
Q: I've seen the term 'Hikari' used for
the non yami halves of the characters. What does that mean/is that correct?
A: Hikari is a term meaning 'light' which
is a US fan-term. None of the characters use this term.
Q: So then what's the 'correct' term?
A: The Japanese fan-term (and the term
most often used in the show) is 'Omote' which means surface, front, face,
exterior or outside. In the series, Malik refers to nomad Bakura as 'Omote
no Bakura.' Almost everyone calls Yami Yuugi Mou Hitori no Yuugi.
Q: What do the yami and omote haves refer
to each other as?
A: Yuugi calls Yami Yuugi 'Mou Hitori no
Boku' ['The other me']. Yami Yuugi calls Yuugi 'Aibou' [Partner]
Yami Bakura calls Bakura 'Yadonushi' [Host or Landlord] and Bakura doesn't
really refer to his yami. The most he does is referring to him as 'koe'
Q: Who's that red haired woman in the hospital
alongside Yuugi's grandpa? Is that his mother?
A: Yes. She's listed in the guide book
as 'Yuugi Mama' and has brief appearances in the anime and manga.
Q: Does Yuugi have a dad?
A: Neither the manga or anime show Yuugi's
dad and he is never mentioned. In an interview, Takahashi comented
that Yuugi's dad is away on work.
Q: Do you get to see any of the rest of
the cast's families?
A: You briefly see the boots of Jounouchi's
father and hear him cursing in manga volume 2, and see his mother in the
anime, and Shizuka, his sister, is a character in the Battle City and Battle
Ship arc. You also see Honda's nephew, Georgie, in manga 4, and his
dog, Blankey in volume 16. Otogi's dad is shown in volume 16, and
Kaiba's adopted father, Gozaburo Kaiba is mentioned in various places in
the anime and manga. Also, in the anime, Bakura's father is mentioned
and shown briefly.
Q: I heard that Kaiba killed his father.
Is that true?
A: No. Kaiba indirectly caused the death
of his adopted father, but did not actually kill him. When Kaiba took over
Kaiba Corp., Gozaburo jumped out of a window.
Q: I heard that Shizuka won Kaiba over
with a song and they're dating. Is that true?
A: No. There is barely any interaction
between these two characters in the anime and none at all in the manga.
In the anime, their only interaction was when Shizuka asked Kaiba to stop
the Duel Ship after the first battle to get medical help for Bakura. Kaiba
didn't and instead had a doctor sent to Bakura's room. There was no song
and there was no date.
Q: Are any of the characters dating/couples?
A: No. The closest you get to established
couples are just implied. Yuugi has a crush on Anzu and Jounouchi likes
Mai, but they're far from being couples.
Q: Is Kaiba really older then the rest
of the cast?
A: No. Kaiba is in the same grade as Yuugi
and the rest of his group. They're all in their 2nd year of high school.
Q: How old is everyone in the show?
A: Yuugi, Anzu, Jounouchi, Honda, Bakura,
Otogi and Kaiba are all in their 2nd year of high school [no exact age
is given]. It should be noted that Japanese high schools are different
than American high schools, and 2nd year there is the equivalent of 11th
grade here, making the characters around 16 or 17. Sugoroku
is 72, Mokuba's age isn't listed, but in the manga, it was said he was
born when Kaiba was 5, which makes him 11 or 12, assuming Kaiba is 16 or
17, Mai is 24, Kajiki is 19, Haga is 14, Esper Roba is 17, Ryuuzaki
is 15, Bandit Keith is 26, Pegasus is 24, Malik is 16, Isis is 20,
and Shadi's is unknown. Rishid's age, while not listed or stated outright,
can be figured from the flashback in manga volume 24. He was 4 years old
when he overheard the Ishtar parents talking, and a year later, Isis was
born. Malik is 16, therefore Rishid is 25.
Q: What is [characters name]'s birthday?
Bandit Keith: 8/12
All dates are listed American order with
month first, then day.
Q: There's all these fanfics where the
yami and omote halfs are in separate bodies. Does that ever happen?
A: No. The closest they come is where Yami
Yuugi or Yuugi stand next to the other in a shadowy form. They have never
been shown to both be physical/solid at the same time.
Q: Why does Yugi suddenly grow when he's
inhabited by the spirit of the Millennium Puzzle?
A: He doesn't. When his yami takes over,
he stands differently, giving the illusion that he is taller, and the anime
tends to exaggerate this. Yuugi and his yami are the same height.
Q: Is there any evidence in the manga/Japanese
version that Yami Bakura abuses his host?
A: Not really. There are two instances
where Yami Bakura harms the body he's residing in in the manga, once in
the Monster World arc, and once in the Battle City arc. In the Monster
World arc, he impales
his hand on one of the towers of the castle because Bakura had been
controlling it to help Yuugi and everyone fight his yami. In Battle
City, he plunges a knife into his arm as answer
to Malik's question if he will work with him or not, then retreats back
into the Ring telling Malik he can 'borrow his host for a while.' There
it seem his aim is not so much to abuse Bakura, as it is to use his pain
to further his goals. [It can be argued that in the set up for the Monster
World arc, there is another instance in the part where the Ring's
pendants have embedded themselves in Bakura's chest, but it doesn't
seem to pain Bakura at all and is quickly forgotten in light of other events.]
Q: Is Bakura an albino?
A: No. Albino have no colour to their skin
or hair and their eyes are red from a similar lack of colour. Bakura has
brown eyes and his skin, while pale, has colour to it. And while there
are forms of albinism where the person does have colouration, an albino
will almost always have poor eyesight, be sensitive to brightness and will
need glasses. Bakura has never been shown any of these characteristics.
Judging by the variety of naturaly impossable hair and eye colours in the
anime, it is safe to assume there is no medical cause for the conditions.
Q: When did the stuff in the past actually
happen? 3,000 or 5,000 years ago?
A: The first installment of the manga listed
it as 5000 years ago, but it was changed to the more accurate 3,000 years
ago very soon in. The dub never picked up on this change, and kept it at
5,000 years ago, which places it in the wrong historical time peroid.
Q: If Yami Malik came from the Rod and
Kaiba's past self had the Rod, does that mean Yami Malik's Kaiba's past
A: No. Yami Malik was born from Malik's
pain and hatred and never lived in ancient Egypt.