Best Yugioh Protagonist

Elaine Sutton
• Friday, 13 November, 2020
• 10 min read

Ranging from naively optimistic to Stoic and brooding, Yu-Gi-Oh protagonists vary in demeanor, but share several similarities. Yuma stars in one of the most poorly-received anime, and he definitely loses more than any other protagonist (he never did conquer his rival Kite Ten).

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Ironically, despite his numerous losses, Yuma had a pretty solid deck for its time, rapidly swarming XYZ monsters. Plus, some of his defeats can be chalked up to plot nuance (like his inability to XYZ summon without Astral by his side).

Even for a Yu-Gi-Oh anime, GO has a notoriously bad dub, so I highly recommend the subbed version for anyone interested. But despite his impressive win record, I've never found Jaden's “Elemental HERO” theme particularly strong, even at the time of its release.

The original hero himself, Yuri wins almost all of his duels with the help of ancient Egyptian Spirit Item (often called Yam). With his spellcaster-emphasizing “Dark Magician” deck, Yuri rarely loses, and half his “defeats” were technicalities anyway, like his forfeits against Rebecca and Kaaba.

In all of his shown battles, Lusaka either ties or defeats his foe, and he's an interesting deviation from past heroes, dueling out of necessity rather than the fun of it. Yuma's only official loss was one of those pesky flashback duels to Jack; he wins, ties, or has his match interrupted with every proper bout in the series.

To be fair, some inconclusive battles likely would have ended in Yuma's defeat (like his clash against Kali), but even if you count these, he's got a fierce win record. Also, remember that anime duels often have slightly different rules (like starting at 4000 life points and changing card effects), and you might find some themes work better in longer 8000-life matches.

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On the other end of the spectrum, Jaden can make almost any deck work thanks to his impossible luck. Most of us fantasize about being pulled into some grand quest to save the world, but we should be glad that probably won't ever happen.

By the time their meeting comes to an end, Jaden manages to impress Yuri with his Elemental Hero cards, as well as the bond that he shares with all of his monsters. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool geek who's into all sorts of comic books, video games, movies, and TV shows.

Has gone through multiple different anime series, each introducing new protagonists and summoning mechanics which either altered the game or started a whole new version of it. From a competitive standpoint, it’s hard to rely on Yuri’s deck to win.

His deck's greatest asset is its variety of spells and traps, with some of the more notable ones including his Swords Of Revealing Light and Magical Hats. As long as an opponent is wary of his back row and knows to expect a potential Turbo, his deck would be easier to beat compared to other protagonists.

Continue scrolling to keep readingClick the button below to start this article in quick view. At first, Jaden relies on a mostly Elemental Hero deck with some rare exceptions like Winged Turbo mixed in.

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Later on in the series, Jaden gains access to the Neo-pagan archetype and mixes them in with his Elemental Heroes. It's thanks to Stardust Dragon that Yuma has an extra layer of protection that earlier protagonists didn't have a lot of.

His synchro monsters have some flexibility with how they can handle certain problems, such as Junk Archer banishing cards on the opponent's side of the field and Junk Destroyer destroying cards with its effect. In addition, his deck adapts to be able to summon cards that rocked the dueling circuit when it was first printed such as Shooting Quasar Dragon.

Thanks to the scales that he makes he floods the field with his monsters, including his ace card Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon. Before Link monsters entered the scene, Pendulum decks held a special advantage over those that didn't incorporate them.

This allowed for these monsters to have extra floating potential, as long as the right scale was set in the pendulum zones. While arguably not the worst among the protagonists, his deck has been fairly hampered by the current rules of the game.

While there are several meta-related archetypes from this anime series, Lusaka’s Cybersex deck isn’t particularly known as a top runner. With the current dueling format, Link Monsters are crucial to using multiple cards from the extra deck.

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In the latest rules, there is only one extra deck zone that is automatically accessible to a player. If you have the right cards, then there is also the potential to completely block out the opponent’s use of the extra deck by summoning Link Monsters whose arrows connect to each other.

Yoga’s place in comparison to the other duelists of this collection is hard to judge. This change to the draw phase cancels out the need for search cards in Yoga’s deck.

In the couple of episodes that have aired, Yoga has not used any extra deck cards. He relies on Sevens Road Magician as his main ace card, but even comparing that to the other protagonists this monster is on the weaker end.

In place of a better base stat the magician’s ability does increase his attack on his user’s turn, but beyond that Yoga wouldn’t stand much of a chance. At the end of the day, Yuma's and Lusaka's deck have the best odds of survival in a competitive standpoint.

While the former is flexible enough to be able to have synchros with varying removal effects, the latter makes use of the latest card rules to storm the field with Link monsters. About The Author Michael Coll ado (80 Articles Published) Anime Features Writer for CBR.

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Most people who enjoyed the anime also developed an interest in the card game all those kids were playing, called Duel Monsters. Although no monsters popped up when you played, collecting cards, building decks, and dueling with friends was still tons of fun.

If you have to put on a Long Island Medium type of act to win at Duel Monster’s you’re probably not that much of a duelist. ESPN Rob was one of the Battle City competitors Joey Wheeler dueled and defeated pretty early on.

ESPN pretended to have ESP by having his four little brothers spy on his opponents and then tell him what cards they were holding in their hands. Appearing as the main antagonist of the “Duelist Kingdom” arc, Pegasus demonstrated the awesome power of his adorable, and at the same time chilling, too deck.

Back when the rules of Duel Monsters were as blurry as they can get, Yuri defeated a number of Duelist Kingdom participants with questionable moves. Against Make Tsunami, he literally used a monster to attack the moon, which was his own field spell card.

He used intimidation tactics to distract and even torture his opponents, so Yuri’s victory, tainted as it was, can be considered poetic justice. Dart was the main villain of a surprisingly good filler arc called “Waking the Dragons”.

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The spell card “The Seal of Orichalcos” ensured that the duelist who loses the duel would have their soul taken. The self-proclaimed ultimate Dark Magician user, Ar kana challenged Yuri during the Battle City tournament.

Rafael was the most powerful and intimidating of the Dome Swordsmen, and not only because he was a large muscular dude with sick sideburns. Rafael treated his monsters with respect and care and harbored no negative emotions in his heart, which prevented the Orichalcos from claiming his soul.

Rex Raptor was among the first duelists to leave Pegasus’ island upon enduring a crushing defeat from Joey Wheeler. Rex’s over-confidence had been evident from the very start of the tournament when he lost his room to Mai Valentine, thinking she’d be an easy opponent.

Rex came back during the “Waking the Dragons” arc together with his new best friend Weevil Underwood. She even held her own against Mark after he turned their duel into a Shadow Game and started erasing people from her memories.

Mai’s life hasn’t been easy, and she’s hard to learn to fend for herself, which is why she may seem a bit uncaring at the beginning. Bond likes to put on a tough guy act, what with his spiky hair, zombie aesthetic, and gross attitude, but he hasn’t proven himself to be much of a threat at all.

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During the Duelist Kingdom tournament, he became Bandit Keith’s lackey to obtain a few cards to even make his zombie deck useful. During Battle City, Bond continued playing dirty to advance in the tournament, but he came across Yam Sakura who showed him what real fear feels like.

At the start of the Battle City tournament, we’re introduced to the Egyptian God cards, as well as the main villain Mark Ishtar. The Keeper of the Pharaoh’s Tomb and the leader of the Rare Hunters, Mark proved to be quite the mastermind and caused a lot of trouble for our heroes.

But things took a sharp turn for the worse when an even darker aspect of his personality, Yam Mark, took control during the final stage of the tournament. His incredibly powerful deck included the mighty “Winged Dragon of Ra”.

In truth, Weevil was never confident in his abilities as a duelist, and he resorted to despicable tactics in order to ensure his victory. Sure, he’s loud, hot-headed, and sarcastic, but he’s more than capable of backing up the trash talk with his excellent dueling skills.

Because Joey doesn’t rely on special abilities and money to win, the creator Kabuki Takanashi considers him the strongest character. He came to the island to exert revenge on Pegasus who publicly embarrassed him by having a child defeat him in a single move.

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He beat up Bond and his friends to take their stars, he stole Joey’s entry card to prevent him from entering their duel, and when that didn’t work, he cheated during the duel by pulling out cards from beneath his wristband. During the “Dawn of the Duel” arc, our heroes found themselves in Ancient Egypt where Sakura waged war against Pharaoh Item.

Sakura proved to be a fierce opponent with a monster strong enough to stand alongside the Egyptian Gods. Oh, and during the final Shadow Game between Yam Sakura and Yam Yuri, Sakura fused with Zorn the Dark One, a creature so powerful that it took the combined power of three Egyptian Gods, The Creator of Light, to finally stop him.

She’s always there to cheer on both Yuri and Joey when they encounter difficult opponents, she cares deeply for her friends, and she’s always looking on the bright side. The smug, pretentious, and rude president of Albacore is the arch-enemy of Yuri Auto from whom he wishes to take the title of King of Games.

Much like Tea Gardner, Tristan Taylor never really displayed an aptitude for or interest in Duel Monsters. During the “Virtual World” arc, he was easily defeated by one of the Big Five and subsequently trapped in the body of a robotic monkey.

, the owner of the Millennium Puzzle and thus host to the spirit of Pharaoh Item, the King of Games, and overall just a bundle of joy and sweetness. But don’t be fooled by his tiny stature and those big kind eyes, Yuri Auto is a force to be reckoned with.

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Yuri may lack confidence in his own skill at times, but that’s never stopped him from doing the right thing, and that takes strength. One of the reasons Joey entered Pegasus’ tournament was to win the prize money for his sister’s eye surgery.

During the “Battle City” arc, Serenity officially joined Joey’s group of friends and cheered on her big brother from the sidelines. Yam Yuri has a strong bond with his monsters, especially his Dark Magician, he's the wielder of all three Egyptian Gods, and you can always count on him to have something up his sleeve.

She’s somehow had the immense fortune to find a job that actually allows her to spend her days thinking, talking, and writing about the things she loves so much, and it’s been an awesome experience. When she’s not working on articles for CBR and Screen Rant, this nerdy alien can usually be found glued to the TV screen with the latest episodes of her favorite shows, re-watching an all-time favorite, playing mediocre guitar, or curled up with a book.

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