Best Yugioh Manga/Anime Characters

The Top Ten
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

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.

Yami Bakura is the best of all...
Always liked him more than anyone in the anime... He is the greatest character in the yugioh franchise ever.

Bakura is awesome and I wish I had his hair.

2 Seto Kaiba

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.

I just wanna say Kaiba is my least favorite character for personality but good for dueling. Ever since he started the Battle City finals he mentions “Egyptian God Card” in every shot of him talking every episode. It annoying...

Seto Kaiba has a very complex past that it is no wonder that he turned out to be the person he is throughout the manga/anime series. In the orphanage, he acted selfless for Mokuba (his little brother), not accepting anyone's adoption unless they also adopted Mokuba. He was pretty much like a father to Mokuba, raising him as best he could (they were quite young then). Once they were adopted by Gozaburo Kaiba, Seto was forced to study day in and day out, which ultimately made him more stoic and colder. After he took over KaibaCorp, Seto worked endlessly to ensure the company's success. In the presence of Yugi's group, he acts very indifferent. Though this suggests his arrogance in some cases, I understand where he's coming from. Seto doesn't want anyone to ever take advantage of him again, like his stepfather once did, and thus projects an aloof personality to ensure nobody will underestimate him. By doing this, Seto can also appear a threat to those who try to harm Mokuba. It's a ...more

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.

3 Yami Yugi

Yami Yugi is stellar, like the tenor of the animation world. Very respectable and powerful in speech. Cool to be at least bronze for Yugi.

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.

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

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

4 Katsuya Jonouchi/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 ...read more.

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!

Ok I don't get why jonouchi gets so much hate I mean true he is not as great as yugi or kiba but at least he is trying to at lest be a good dullest.

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.

Joey like me grew during the series as a duelist, he also uses my favorite card the Red-Eyes B. Dragon!

5 Marik Ishtar

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!

Yugi beat him

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

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

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.

He's one of cute boi (If this is Muto),
He's one of handsome boi (If this is Yami).

The successor of the King of Games.

7 Pegasus

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.

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!

Creator of dual monsters

Creator of Yugioh. He kinda cheats because of 2 reasons. 1. Milleium Eye to see what his opponent is thinking. 2. Makes cards only for himself. that's why he's a great character.

8 Yami Marik

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

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

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

9 Mai Valentine Mai Valentine, known as Mai Kujaku in the manga and Japanese anime, is a recurring and supporting character in the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and anime.

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.

Mai makes me think of Rouge the Bat from Sonic the Hedgehog.

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

Planning to be mai valentine. For halloween

10 Atem

VOLUNTEERED to be imprisoned in a puzzle with no identity to save his people even if they forgot him. never complains about his lot in life!

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

Has a very good if not great personality and caring nature

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The Contenders
11 Bakura

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!

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

12 Duke Devlin

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

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

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!

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.

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.

Card games on motorcycles

15 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 picture...it'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

All she talks about is readership. What a loser.

16 Supreme King
17 Akiza Izinski

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.

Better than Tea.

18 Solomon Muto
19 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

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

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

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

20 Shark Castle
21 Zorc Necrohades
22 Aster Phoenix
23 Mokuba Kaiba

At least this adorable little cutie pie can see right through his big elder brotherly legal guardian's ice cold, distant exterior.

Baby brothers are cute, especially him (Mokuba Kaiba).

Another underrated character.

He's an adorable little boi.

24 Yuzu Hiiragi
25 Croquet
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