An evil spirit that has possesed the Millenium Rod, created from Marik Ishtar to cope with the pain of being initiated as a Tombkeeper. He is completely ruthless and daring, and was always thirsting for destruction and power.
Yami was the second personality created by Marik Ishtar to cope with the pain of his early life, Yami is also known as Dark Marik. In the beginning, he murdered his own father and
attempted to do the same to Odion and Ishizu. Even though the personality of the character changed little between verions, in the Japanese Version Dark Marik simply had no other reason to exist than to enjoy destroying things and feeding off of anger and saddness. In the English Version, he stated his goal to be to take over the world. Yami was also very drawn to the dark side of the cards, being born of such anger and fear. His deck is actually made of dark or evil-themed cards, making hijm a powerful foe. Yami is considered to be one of the major villians in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.
Yami had two different debut's, one in the magna and one in the anime, though he appeared in both versions of the anime. His first appearence in the manga was Yu-Gi-Oh Duelist Duel 92, his first anime appearence being Yu-Gi-Oh Episode 89.
Aside from being a very powerful duelist, Yami posessed the Milennium Rod. With it, he could use powerful mind-controlling attacks, as well as various telepathy communication skills. With all Millennium Items, he could cast a duelist to a Penalty Game. There is also a concealed sword that comes from the base of the rod. Yami usually uses this item in times of greater need or when he feels he is losing control of a situation, the Rod is said to be one of the most powerful Millennium Items.
Even though Yami possesses the Millenium Rod for most of the series, he is also very power hungry. He craved for the other items so he could be that much more powerful.
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