Best Yugioh Manga/Anime Characters

The Top Ten Best Yugioh Manga/Anime Characters

1 Yami Bakura

Though portrayed as the real true antagonist of the series, Yami Bakura has reason for his actions and hatred toward Atem. He is the fusion of the souls of Zorc Necrophades and Bandit King Bakura, and there are elements in the latter that may have caused Yami Bakura's personality to be the cold and crisp indifference as seen in the manga and anime. For one, in ancient Egypt, Bandit King Bakura was the only survivor of his village, Kul Elna. Everyone, even his family, was sacrificed to create the Millennium items. Now, taking into account his soul was combined with Zorc's, what the present day (when the series begins) is left with is a shattered individual with the mind of a dark adversary. Imagine this: your family and friends had all been killed for some powerful items, and later on you were fused with darkness that (at least to Bakura at the time) could possibly help you seek revenge on those connected to the ringleader of the tragedy. Yami Bakura harnesses the power of the ...more - SilverMelodies

In anime and manga, Yami Bakura is a top favorite of mine. He's crafty and elegant, speaks with class, wields the Millennium Ring, and looks striking with his long pale hair and sharp eyes. A character extraordinaire.

Awesome and intelligent villain. - KilMii

I don't know why I like him, he's just so col.

2 Seto Kaiba

I always loved this dude, but I gotta admit, I'm kinda surprised that Yami Bakura's above Kaiba. Anyway, I always loved how Kaiba treated Mokuba and his roasts.

To quote the abridged series "Screw the rules I have money! " He is the Batman of Yugioh. So many others have some kind of super power upgrades and he uses his cash and his wits. Like Yugi, you little cheater, using your millenium puzzle to win. Plus I like his snarky attitude. He's not all "the power of friendship" or "the heart of the cards." Come on really? I didn't realize I was watching My Little Ponies playing cards. He can be pretty ruthless but he's always looking out for his little bro, who for some reason likes to act like Princess Peach and get captured every other episode. - NerdBunny

I thought Kaiba was in second. What happened? Besides Yugi, Yami Yugi, and Joey, this guy's also one a' my favorites. Let's get him back up t' 2nd!

There is so much favoritism on him. The author pays unnecessary attention to him. We know everything about him and his past. Yugi who is the main character, doesn't have a full background. Joey doesn't have one too. Let's face it Seto Kaiba is OVERrated!

3 Yami Yugi

He is what started the whole yugioh franchise... shouldn't he be number 1

Why is he not in the top three? He is the main protagonist and at least top three

Needs more votes. Yami is awesome.

King of games, undefeated, can't be tamed, icon of Yugioh as a whole. will always be the best and every duelist knows him. Close to my heart forever.

4 Marik/Malik

Hi is skilled brave and had the toughest life ever as a kid I think Marik is amazing and the best character he is overall a very interesting character and face it he is one of the best characters!

He is awesome and when his mind control used slifer the sky dragon that was cool then the winged dragon of ra which I am watching right now

Yugi beat him

Malik he is the strongerst character in yu-gi-oh and with the god Ra he is unbeatable

5 Katsuya Jonouchi/Joey Wheeler

Do have to say anything this guy Is a legend without him I wouldn't be addicted to this game at all his dialogue and speeches are top notch and simple hilarious

Everyone says he's weak but he's not. He would have beated Yami Marik but because he felt the pain of his monsters he fainted. - KilMii

Kaiba is great, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would be Joey. I loved Yugi (and Yami Yugi, don't worry) for a long time, and he still is a favorite of mine, but I think I like Joey slightly more. He's so cool and he had quiet a bit of character development. He was so determined to go from an inexperienced duelist to an expert, and did he achieve that? Well, yes, kinda. Too bad he doesn't get the respect he deserves. He also never gives up.
I think Joey is a relatable character, and he has a good relationship with his friends and little sister. You go, man!

1.), He's not weak.
2.), He loves and cares for his friends (including his sister) and would do anything to help them.
3.), Joey's hilarious. End of story.

6 Yugi

Yugi was a great duelist before Atem, but when he had come, Yugi was being taught by him, and with his lessons, Yugi turned into the real King of Games. He made three impossible things in just one duel: Defeat the protagonist, defeat the three Egyptian gods and, the most impossible thing, made Kaiba admit that he was wrong to call him weak

Yugi is one of the best characters but he gets picked on by kaiba by saying he's not the true king of games, Kaiba puts him down and Yami doesn't do anything about it.

The successor of the King of Games.

Poor Yugi! We BARELY get to see him! Then, once a duel starts, POOF! He's forgotten about and replaced with YAMI. SERIOUSLY. I feel SO sorry for him. Yami's the main focus of the T.V. show, when in reality, it's called YUGI-oh.

7 Pegasus

I'm usually not a big fan of the dub, but dear Lord - have you heard Pegasus' original japanese voice? He Sound like a gay ghost on steroids... Well, I'm getting off topic. Pegasus was a good villain for the first season, because there was more to his actions than what could be seen in the first place. He always had a new trick up his sleeve, but I found it annoying, that he gave away his mind-reading ability right from the get-go. I would've never told my enemy about that!

I actually like his character. Though he was very malevolent in the first season, he afterwards loosened up and became more enlightened after Bakura stole his eye. I don't know if it was the creators intention, but I believe since the millennium items have such power, the eye was corrupting him and turned him into what we seen in season one. Additionally after season one, they went into his whole backstory(which was very tragic) we could see his true intentions and I think his true colors shown. He was an intelligent archaeologist with noble intent to try and save his wife from her inevitable demise. - Gamefreak23788

Creator of dual monsters - mew28221

He is evil - Patriotsdoodoo

8 Yami Marik/Yami Malik

Cruel person whos deck is created to make opponent feel as much pain as possible. - KilMii

Yami Malik is the most creepiest and craziness person you ever met. Sometimes he very sacrey. His really mess up

Not only was he a cool duliest. He was also a ssj3

Also evil - Patriotsdoodoo

9 Mai Valentine

Best Character of yugioh. Just got to love the harpies.

Extremly Powerful duelist. She held er own against Marik and Atem for a while and in both Battle City and Duelist Kingdom, she made it to the finals. Great duelist and great character.

Gotta love dem harpies

She great Murphy 6 adder of Joey wheeler

10 Atem

Has a very good if not great personality and caring nature

He is cool and a skilled duellist I prefer him to yugi definitely an awesome character

Atem is the best, so full of confidence and so many other admirable qualities

A 5000 year old spirit is surprisingly good at card games

The Contenders

11 Bakura

Why would people not like a cute British anime characters I ma torn between facing him or Yami bakura or Kaiba though

Cute love him! Although you can't say marik wasn't an adorable little kid and a cool duellist three of him to overall the British one is the best though! I agree tough decision between the bakuras and Kaiba but I do like Atem/Yami yugi though don't know out of these ones but I had to chose one right! So I say I like all on one!

Bakura, a beautiful Sakura

Bakura is the best!
He is coute!

12 Duke Devlin

I don't know why but he reminds me of Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy 7

He reminds me of Hidehiko/Brown from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona - Gehenna

He’s so underrated! Duke genuinely was probably one of the lighter characters and his more carefree attitude made it far more amusing to watch! He should have had more screen time cause a lot could’ve come from his past with his father like in the manga

13 Ishizu Ishtar
14 Yusei Fudo

At first it looks like he has weak monsters in his deck ,but wow, the way he uses them in battle is just incredible which makes his deck a force to be reckoned with. He is a phenomenal duelist, a skilful engineer and amazing when riding his bike!

He's great at thinking up tactical ways to beat opponents, has a great ace monster namely stardust, voice actor in both sub and dub sound great and cares a great deal about he's friends and new domino city.

Yusei is my favorite character, and is in my favorite generation, Yugioh 5d's. Cool deck, great tactics, good personality. He did have a sad life and tried to unlock his dream and save his city from danger. He is a great duelist.

Card games on motorcycles

15 Joey Wheeler Joseph "Joey" Wheeler is one of the main characters in Yu-Gi-Oh! known as Katsuya Jonouchi in the Manga and Japanese version and friend of Yugi Moto, Tea and Tristian, Joey started off as a bully along with Tristian who picked on Yugi at one point he threw a piece of the Millennium Puzzle into a pool more.

I added him on this list Murphy 6 voter of Mia valentine

Look at this dudes head - Patriotsdoodoo

So cringy!

So durpy - Patriotsdoodoo

16 Tea Gardner

Oh, come on! She's really not that bad like y'all say she is! At least she stands by her friends and doesn't abandon 'em like some a' mine did.
She even looks sad in the's okay, Tea. You might not have a lotta friends, but some of us out there like you, even if it's not a lot of people.

Compared to Mai she's actually won duels.

She won against Mai,Crump,and Joey too!
Plus she's supportive,kind, and very very passionate about those she cares about. Tea is all the qualities you need in a friend.

Tea should be lowest. All she does is talk about friendship.

Seto Kaiba is better

She is disgusting a disgrace to this "World"

17 Supreme King
18 Akiza Izinski

Better than Tea.

Best Yu-Gi-Oh protaginst:

My list for top 5 best female Yu-Gi-Oh protaginist goes:

1. Akiza
2. Zuzu
3. Alexis
4. Tori
5. Luna (from 5D’s)

I hate Tea.

19 Solomon Muto
20 Jaden Yuki

He should at least be top 5 because he save the world from the beast cards. But it is sad that he is the supreme king for some time

Come on it Jaden. Jaden saved the world like a million times

Why is he so low? He had the most duels and had a pretty good character arc. He should at least be 15

Why he's at 22?
He's "Flawless" character

21 Shark Castle
22 Zorc Necrohades
23 Mokuba Kaiba

He's an adorable little boi.

24 Aster Phoenix

Come on

25 Yuzu Hiiragi
26 Honda

Tristan/Honda might not be much of a duelist, but he's a good amigo.

Doesn't really play yugioh but still a great character - KilMii

I simply love how Honda/Tristan is so bland and forgettable - instead of his face, we get the logo of the Honda Motor Company, and info text on the company instead of Honda's/Tristan's backstory. Think about that for a second!

Come on guys, Honda is the best duelist ever!

27 Croquet
28 Zane Truesdale

Surely best duelist in Academy

He needs to be in top 10

Only character Jaden could not defeat

The next Kaiba. His Cyber Dragon Deck is the best. - scarey2243

29 Dark Magician/Mahad

This guys great he practically fought for Atem gave he's life up in the process then came back as dark magician and waited 3000 years and then still protected Atem I mean he's incrediblly loyal and a good friend.

30 Kisara

She is the best female character in all of yugioh

Blue Eyes White Dragon

31 Tristan Taylor

He is poop. Big idiot. All he does is walks around trying to act cool, and trying to impress girls he likes. Then he just bully's people, and is so annoying, and stupid.
And also what kind of a hair style is that. It looks like someone pooped on his big ugly head. Plus he never duels. And he basically just a loser and a big butt head walking around. I hope they kill the ugly smelly mutt.
Also he should GET A LIFE. (And cut that poop hair).

He Sucks

#He sucks

#he's trash

32 Jack Atlas

Jack Atlas! The Master of Faster! The Sultan of Speed! This supporting protagonist in the 5Ds series is one of the best for sure. He's not just a normal Kaiba clone. His arrogance and his pursuit philosophy; where that he would drive himself into his own pinches only to crush his opponents with his absolute comeback strategies, make him a far better character than the other supporting protagonists.

My favourite character is Luna and Leo, but since that's cheating and I don't like them nearly as much when they're on their own, I'm going with the King!
Jack got some good development in his series and while kaiba is badass, I feel like Jack had a bit more going for him. Red dragon Archfiend is cooler than blue-eyes, there, I said it. Jack's design is cool and his full-power strategy is awesome. I love his powerful Japenese voice and his Aussie accent in the English dub is incredibly endearing. Jack did some dirty things in the past, so to see him evolve so much over time is great. Vote for Jack so he may be the King of this List as well!


33 Rafael

Rafael owned Yami in their battle,enough said. - Tia-Harribel

34 Chazz Princeton

He is very good anyone who disagree can go live with yuma

He gave us the sacred words of "Chazz it up"

Chazz is the best!

35 Yuri

One Of The Counter Parts In The Show YUGIOH - ARC V

36 Primo
37 Dartz

He is so coo. - LiamMurphy

38 Jesse

Awesome character in my books and deserves better!

Crystal beast boss

I mean come on, he stars in one of the best BroTPs of the show.


39 Syrus Truesdale

He is horrible! Stupid! Dumb!

He’s adorable!


40 Mana

Deserves WAYYY more credit. She had a pretty big role in the 5th season.

41 Reiji Akaba

He's my favourite character

42 Quattro

Quattro is not only a very powerful duelist, but he is a very interesting character. He acts very kind infront of his fans but acts cruel and violent when dueling because of his ‘fan-service’ he is kind and brave when not working for Vetrix as he injured himself while saving sharks sister and he helps fight the Barians in Zexal II. His Gimmick Puppet Deck matches his brutal personality very well and he’s just one of my favourite Yu-Gi-Oh! characters ever.

43 Dark Magician Girl

Dark magician girl is a very popular card in yugioh in fact she's the next sailor moon and I also have a heroclix of her and I love it she's also the best

Best card/girl

Dark magician girl is my favorite character from yugioh and I have a t-shirt buttonpins two keychains and three cards of her and I think she should have her own show called the magical adventures of dark magician girl

44 Kalin Kessler
45 Kari Tsukumo
46 Kite Tenjo

A brilliant duelist using a photon deck.
Main Appearance: Yugioh Zexal

Kite tenjo is cool

Kit is really strong. He beat Yuma. He lost 2 duels. His only losses are to Vetrix and Quinton, if you have watched Yugioh Zexal. He is the best! Kite should be way higher than this. He should be number 7 or number 5.

Kite won all of his duels against Yuma. That is really good battling and winning against the protagonist of the yugioh decal series.

47 Yuma Tsukumo

How is yuma after kari? Yuma has the power when combined with astral to generate the exact card to win, therefore he could beat the best of the best lol.

I love Yuma

! He has Utopia! - Patriotsdoodoo

I find Yuma pretty underrated. I don’t know why, but he’s actually way better than Ash Ketchum.

48 Rio Kastle
49 Mako Tsunami

Mako hasn't won a lot of duels in the anime, but he is a cool character. He is pretty powerful and he isn't like other minor duelists like Weevil or Rex, he is very valiant and duels fairly.

50 Strings

He is one of Marik's slaves and he was about to beat Yugi but because of Kaiba's encouragement, Yugi won him.

Awesome duel mind control - LiamMurphy

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