Yu-Gi-Oh is full of incredible moments and epic battles, but not all of them end in a victory for Yugi. And whether it’s careless, saving a friend or giving up, here we show you Yugi’s defeats in the anime.
The first of all and that unleashes Yugi’s first great adventure. Here he loses against Pegasus through a Shadow Game that they have through a VHS video.
Yugi loses because the duel was over time and he didn’t realize it was ending. At this, Pegasus steals the soul of Yugi’s grandfather and captures it in a letter.
Yugi’s second loss is against Seto Kaiba himself in one of the duels that earned Yugi the nickname “crazy traps” from the community.
Here Yugi decides to surrender because Kaiba threatened to commit suicide if he lost, as he was also trying to rescue someone, his brother Mokuba.
America’s greatest duelist challenges Yugi after the events of the Duelist Kingdom. She believes that Yugi’s grandfather stole the Blue-Eyes White Dragon from her own grandfather, so she challenges Yugi to get it back and defend his honor.
Yugi tries to make her see that the bonds of friendship are stronger than any card and that is why he decides to surrender before defeating her.
When Marik takes control of Joey and Tea’s mind, Yugi is forced to fight his best friend in a life and death duel.
Yugi tries to get Joey to regain control of his mind, so he decides to lose the duel to remind him that they are friends despite everything. Joey breaks the mind control and saves Yugi from certain death.
Vs Joey (out of frame)
In the previous duel, Joey rejected the Red-Eyes Black Dragon, assuring Yugi that he would win it again in a fair duel. That’s why the two face off in a friendly duel at the end of the Battle City saga.
We cannot see the duel as such, but in the following season Joey has his dragon back, which implies that the winner of that friendly duel was Joey himself.
This duel belongs to a filler arc but one of the most memorable. This duel shows us the Pharaoh letting himself be carried away by his dark side and using the Seal of Orichalcos.
By not thinking clearly, and since his rival treated his cards as his best friends, Pharaoh loses the duel and The Seal of Orichalcos claims a soul, so Yugi sacrifices himself so that Pharaoh can avenge him later.
Here it could not be otherwise, the final duel of the first part of Yugi is a very intense battle between Atem and Yugi. Yugi’s victory was necessary in order to free Pharaoh’s soul and finally let him rest in peace.
The battle becomes complicated when Atem summons the three Egyptian gods in one turn, but Yugi manages to destroy them and win the duel with a direct attack from the Silent Magician. Which finally frees Atem’s soul and ends the series.
Miguel Bravo is editor of MRT Latin America. Lover of everything that comes from Japan, video games and good stories. Engineering student in animation and Japanese language. You can follow him on social networks like @ElDetectiveMike