Yami Bakura

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is a fictional character and the main antagonist in the manga and anime series Yu-Gi-Oh!. In the English Duel Monsters anime, he is known as simply Bakura, and in the English Yu-Gi-Oh! The Eternal Duelist Soul video game, Bakura's name is given in the traditional Japanese order and is rendered Bakura Ryo.

Introduced as a new exchange student early on in the series, Bakura quickly befriends Yugi Mutou and his friends and remains their friend for much of the series. However, Bakura possesses the Millennium Ring, an ancient Egypt artifact that, unbeknownst to Bakura, houses an evil spirit that plots to steal Yugi's Millennium Puzzle. He is a secondary antagonist working behind the scenes in early seasons, before moving to the forefront as the main and final antagonist during the Memory World arc. Eventually, Bakura's good side is almost entirely suppressed and he is continuously controlled by the spirit, except in rare moments where he is separated from the Ring or able to overpower the spirit.

Bakura's character design was overseen by Kazuki Takahashi. In the Duelist Kingdom arc he wears a white wool jumper and green undershirt. His usual outfit in following seasons consists of a blue opened shirt over a blue and white horizontally striped t-shirt with matching pants. His white hair trails half way down his back and becomes more erratic as Dark Bakura. In the final story arc of the series, Dark Bakura wears blue jeans and a blue and white striped shirt underneath a long black trenchcoat. In the Memory World, Thief Bakura wears a long red robe with white trimmings, a navy blue kilt and golden anklets and armlets. His chest is bare and muscular, and he possesses a pale triple scar under his right eye.

Bakura is extremely polite, and uses honorific in his speech almost all the time; in the 4Kids English-language dub of the series, he speaks with a British accent to represent this (conversely, the Singaporean English anime gives him a Western/Southern US accent). By contrast, Dark Bakura speaks with no honorifics and refers to himself as "ore-sama" in the Japanese anime, a boastful and prideful way of saying "I". While the English dubbed Bakura retains his host's accent, his voice is deeper and his speech patterns are still more casual than his good counterpart. In all incarnations, Dark Bakura is able to mimic his host's voice and speech patterns to avoid detection when possessing him so Yugi and the others think think they are talking to the good Bakura (Ryou).

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Official Site: Kazuki Takahashi
Links:  Bakura's Wikipedia Article   Absolute Anime   Yu-Gi-Oh Wikia  


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Result Opponent A Score   B Score
Win Jessi XX 14 to 11
Loss X-Men 5 to 16