In the canon of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, (much like many other manga series) there have been a number of significant character deaths along the course of the plot. Unlike other "battle" manga/anime the number of character deaths is kept few and far between in keeping with Takahashi's original vision of a battle series where the heroes (though not their summons) didn't have to use violence to fight. However, in the 4Kids Entertainment and 4K Media versions of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, many of these deaths were edited out or stylized to make them less horrific, using the Shadow Realm as a euphemism. The following is a full list of all deaths that take place in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.


  • Millennium Ring thief: Failed the Millennium Ring's trial, causing flames to burst out of his eyes and mouth.
  • Amane Bakura: Car accident.
  • Escaped prisoner: Incinerated. This was changed to an illusion in the anime.
  • Curator Kanekura: Soul devoured by Ammit. This was changed to a heart attack in the anime.
  • Chopman: Incinerated.
  • Bakura Ryou: Sacrificed his soul to stop Dark Bakura from winning in the monster world. He was revived seconds later by the magic of White Wizard Bakura (manga and first series). Died as a Penalty Game by Yami Marik, along with Yami Bakura and the good Marik, because Yami Bakura lost a Duel. Sent to the Shadow Realm in the 4Kids Entertainment version.[1] Came back when Marik undid all of Yami Marik's Penalty Games (late manga and second series).[2]
  • Anubis: Killed by Yami Yugi in the past. Revived when Yugi Muto solved the Millenium Puzzle. Killed by Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon (non-canon; Pyramid of Light).
  • Cecelia Pegasus: Died as a result of an illness before the events of the manga and anime.
  • Keith Howard: Shot himself as a result of Maximillion Pegasus' Penalty Game, but brought back to life by Yako Tenma; only happened in the manga.
  • Maximillion J. Pegasus: Killed by Dark Bakura in the manga only. Killed in Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time by Paradox. This timeline was erased when the Crimson Dragon sent Yugi, Jaden and Yusei back in time.
  • Arkana: Manipulated into committing suicide by Marik Ishtar. Only happened in the manga.
  • Solomon Muto: Killed in Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time. This timeline was erased when the Crimson Dragon sent Yugi, Jaden and Yusei back 30 minutes before the event occured.
  • Bonz, Sid, and Zygor: In the original, they were pulled into Hell by hands reaching out of the ground. In the 4Kids Entertainment version, they were sent to the Shadow Realm.[3] In the manga, Bonz was killed on losing (Sid and Zygor were not present).
  • Gozaburo Kaiba: Committed suicide in the manga. This did not happen in the second series anime; he instead uploaded his mind into his Virtual World, and was killed when its servers were destroyed.
  • Mr. Ishtar: Stabbed to death in the anime, skinned alive in the manga. He was sent to the Shadow Realm in the 4Kids Entertainment version.
  • Unknown doctor: Stabbed to death by Dark Marik before the latter attempts to murder Rishid. Happened only in the manga.
  • Yami Bakura: Died as a Penalty Game by Yami Marik, along with Bakura and the good Marik Ishtar, due to losing a Shadow Game Duel. Sent to the Shadow Realm in the 4Kids Entertainment version. Part of him lived on in the Millennium Puzzle.[1] Came back when Marik undid all of Yami Marik's Penalty Games.[2] Later killed when Zorc was destroyed by the Creator of Light, as he was merged with Zorc at the time and losing Dark RPG. In the manga, he died by losing the Dark RPG, in the final arc.[4]
  • Marik Ishtar: Died as a Penalty Game by Yami Marik, along with Bakura and Yami Bakura, because Bakura lost a Shadow Game Duel. Sent to the Shadow Realm in the 4Kids Entertainment version. The part of him he planted in Téa Gardner still lived. Came back for Yami Marik's Shadow Game.
  • Noah Kaiba: Fatally injured and had his mind uploaded into the Virtual World. He was presumably killed when its servers were destroyed.
  • The Big Five: In the manga, The Big Five do not die. In the anime, their physical bodies were destroyed and their minds trapped in cyberspace after losing a Duel to Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba. In the Japanese anime, Noah deleted their minds when he ran out of patience with their Dueling failures. In the 4Kids Entertainment version, they were presumably killed when the virtual world's servers were destroyed.
  • Yami Marik: The majority of his body was destroyed when he merged with "The Winged Dragon of Ra". The remainder of his body was destroyed by Marik Ishtar after he surrendered during a Duel against Yami Yugi. In the 4Kids Entertainment version, Yami Marik is sent to the Shadow Realm.[2]
  • Mikey: Killed by a tank driven by a soldier who worked for Gozaburo Kaiba (who was actually Dartz in disguise). In the 4Kids Entertainment version, Mikey was kidnapped by the soldiers working for Gozaburo/Dartz.
  • Julian: Killed in a shipwreck that Dartz was the captain of. In the 4Kids Entertainment version, Julian survived, but he forgot about Rafael.
  • Sonia: Killed in a shipwreck that Dartz was the captain of. In the 4Kids Entertainment version, Sonia survived, but she forgot about Rafael.
  • Rafael's parents: Killed in a shipwreck that Dartz was the captain of. In the 4Kids Entertainment version, they survived, but they forgot about Rafael.
  • The Great Leviathan: Destroyed by Yami Yugi, which releases Dartz from its control.[5]
  • Yami Alexander: Destroyed by Yami Yugi with the "Armor of Unity" (non-canon; Capsule Monsters).
  • Ahmet: Was judged as not being pure enough by a statue, which transformed into a monster and ate him.
  • Mushara: Fell to his death. In the 4Kids Entertainment version, he fell into a Shadow Pit and became trapped in the Shadow Realm.
  • Mahad: Killed by Bakura with a trap in Pharaoh Aknamkanon's tomb. Merged his soul with his spirit, "Illusion Magician", to become "Dark Magician" to continue to serve his Pharaoh.
  • Shadi: Dark Bakura killed him before the events of the show, and became a wandering ghost. He was destroyed later when he possessed Hasan and took a hit from Zorc Necrophades.
  • Bandit King Bakura: His first death occurred when he was reduced to sand by Yami Bakura, then Yami Bakura revived him. He was later sacrificed to Summon Zorc Necrophades. In the manga, he only died by being reduced to sand, although these are changes by Dark RPG. In the original past he simply expired from his wounds.
  • Zorc Necrophades: Destroyed by the light from Holactie.[4]
  • Karim: In the manga, he is killed by Thief Bakura and Diabound. In the anime, he died from loss of energy as he gave up all his energy to Shada. In the English anime, his soul was trapped in the Shadow Realm.
  • Aknadin/Shadow Magus: Destroyed by the "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". In the 4Kids Entertainment version, his soul was trapped in the Shadow Realm.[6]
  • Kisara: She is killed by Aknadin and her soul becomes the "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". In the manga, she just dies,[7] while in the anime, she sacrifices herself by taking a blow intended for Seto.[6]
  • Hasan: Took a hit from Zorc to protect the guards in the anime. In the manga, Hasan is Shadi's alter-ego and is destroyed while shielding Atem.
  • Shada: DiaDhank energy depleted when he jumped in front of the Pharaoh and took a hit from Zorc. In the 4Kids Entertainment version, his soul went to the Shadow Realm.[8]
  • Isis: DiaDhank energy depleted when Zorc destroyed her "Winged Dragon Guardian of the Fortress", and as she fell. Died only in the anime. In the 4Kids Entertainment version, her soul was trapped in the Shadow Realm.[9] In the manga, she eventually died of old age.
  • Shimon: DiaDhank energy depleted when Zorc destroyed his "Exodia". In the 4Kids Entertainment version, his soul went to the Shadow Realm.
  • Priest Seto: Eventually died of old age.
  • Iona: Killed by Dartz.[10]
  • Ironheart: Passed on to the afterlife.[5]
  • Chris: Passed on to the afterlife.[5]
  • Dartz: Passed on to the afterlife.[5]
  • Pharaoh Atem/Yami Yugi: Died after sealing himself and Zorc inside the Millennium Puzzle. Later revived in Yugi Muto's body and eventually passed on to the afterlife.[11]

The Dark Side of Dimensions

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's




Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V





  1. 1.0 1.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 97: "Showdown in the Shadows, Part 2"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 142: "The Final Face Off - Part 5"
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 79: "Shadow of a Duel"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 219: "In the Name of the Pharaoh"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 184: "Rise of the Great Beast - Part 2"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 214: "Name of the Game"
  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World Duel 52: "The Guardian God!"
  8. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 215: "The Dark One Cometh - Part 1"
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 216: "The Dark One Cometh - Part 2"
  10. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 178: "A Duel with Dartz - Part 2"
  11. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 224: "The Final Duel - Part 4"
  12. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 33: "Field of Screams, Part 3"
  13. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 41: "A Reason to Win"
  14. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 46: "Amnael's Endgame, Part 2"
  15. 15.0 15.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 98: "Ultimate Destiny"
  16. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 97: "The Dark Light"
  17. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 114: "Win Mr. Stein's Duel, Part 2"
  18. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 116: "Trapper Keeper, Part 2"
  19. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 118: "A Snake in the Grass, Part 2"
  20. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 119: "A Snake in the Grass, Part 3"
  21. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 132: "A New World Order"
  22. 22.0 22.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 133: "Friend or Fiend"
  23. 23.0 23.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 134: "Dueling With the Dark Army"
  24. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 136: "Turning the Page, Part 2"
  25. 25.0 25.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 138: "The Darkness Revealed"
  26. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 141: "What Lies Beneath, Part 1"
  27. 27.0 27.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 142: "What Lies Beneath, Part 2"
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 143: "What Lies Beneath, Part 3"
  29. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 145: "The Forbidden Ritual, Part 2"
  30. 30.0 30.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 150: "The Ultimate Face-Off, Part 2"
  31. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 147: "Conquering the Past, Part 2"
  32. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 176: "Rainbow Neos, Protector of Bonds VS Clear Vicious Knight"
  33. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 178: "The Last Hope! Yuki Judai"
  34. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 57: "Destiny's Will, Part 2"
  35. 35.0 35.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 59: "Shadows of Doubt, Part 2"
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 117: "The Distorted Past"
  37. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 150: "Entrusted Feelings of My Father"
  38. 38.0 38.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 51: "A Whale of a Ride, Part 1"
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 39.4 39.5 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 64: "Signs of Doom, Part 3"
  40. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 55: "A Score to Settle, Part 2"
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 61: "Truth and Consequences, Part 2"
  42. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 60: "Truth and Consequences, Part 1"
  43. 43.0 43.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 38: "Digging Deeper, Part 2"
  44. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 37: "Digging Deeper, Part 1"
  45. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 53: "A Whale of a Ride, Part 3"
  46. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 113: "Burning, Seething Soul! Scar-Red Nova Dragon"
  47. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 62: "Signs of Doom, Part 1"
  48. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 70: "The Wicked Spirit"
  49. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 90: "The Race to Escape, Part 2"
  50. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 95: "Keeping a Promise, Part 2"
  51. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 134: "For Synchro's Sake"
  52. 52.0 52.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 135: "Fight for the Future"
  53. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 144: "Beginning of the End, Struggle to the Death for the Future!"
  54. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 145: "Faster than Light!!"
  55. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 110: "Primo's Plan, Part 5"
  56. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 147: "A Hope Bound for the Future!"
  57. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 142: "A Life-or-Death Battle! Machine Imperial God Dragon Asterisk"
  58. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 151: "Converging Wishes"
  59. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 17: "It's in the Cards, Part 1"
  60. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 18: "It's in the Cards, Part 2"
  61. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 13: "The Number Hunter, Part 1"
  62. 62.0 62.1 62.2 62.3 62.4 62.5 62.6 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 67: "Sphere of Fear: Part 3"
  63. 63.0 63.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 48: "Exit: Astral"
  64. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 111: "A World of Chaos: Part 2"
  65. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 121: "Mission: Astral World, Part 4"
  66. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 49: "Crestfallen"
  67. 67.0 67.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 128: "Settling the Score, Part 2"
  68. 68.00 68.01 68.02 68.03 68.04 68.05 68.06 68.07 68.08 68.09 68.10 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 144: "Last First Duel"
  69. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 54: "Welcome to the Jungle"
  70. 70.0 70.1 70.2 70.3 70.4 70.5 70.6 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 125: "Fight for a Friend"
  71. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 56: "Cosmic Chaos"
  72. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 58: "Swimming With Sharks"
  73. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 126: "Farewell for a Friend"
  74. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 64: "Change of Hart"
  75. 75.0 75.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 135: "Dragon Strife, Part 2"
  76. 76.00 76.01 76.02 76.03 76.04 76.05 76.06 76.07 76.08 76.09 76.10 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 146: "Forever ZEXAL"
  77. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 68: "The Countdown Begins"
  78. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 99: "A Duel in Ruins: Part I"
  79. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 123: "Assimilation, Part 2"
  80. 80.0 80.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 100: "A Duel in Ruins: Part 2"
  81. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 132: "Barian vs. Barian"
  82. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 101: "The Dark Mist Rises: Part 1"
  83. 83.0 83.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 138: "The New World"
  84. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 103: "Barian Vengeance: Part 1"
  85. 85.0 85.1 85.2 85.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 133: "Vector the Victor"
  86. 86.0 86.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 106: "Put to the Test: Part 2"
  87. 87.0 87.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 107: "Furry Fury"
  88. 88.0 88.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 109: "A Sea of Troubles: Part 2"
  89. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 131: "Power Play"
  90. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 22: "The Shark Hunter"
  91. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 24: "Hunting Down the Hunter, Part 2"
  92. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 143: "The Future of Three Worlds"
  93. 93.0 93.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 114: "Tentacles of Terror, Part 1"
  94. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 122: "Assimilation, Part 1"
  95. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 140: "A Thousand Ways to Lose"
  96. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 141: "The Fate of Three Worlds"
  97. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 34: "The Hour of Judgement!!"
  98. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 7: "Numbers Hunter!!"
  99. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 12: "Corn's Secret!!"
  100. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 15: "A Shared Bond!!"
  101. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 18: "Kaito Again!!"
  102. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 37: "A Dark Reflection"
  103. 103.0 103.1 103.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 146: "One Way Street to Defeat"
  104. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 95: "Martial Law"
  105. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 126: "An Evil Ascends"
  106. 106.0 106.1 106.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 127: "Revival Zero"
  107. 107.0 107.1 107.2 107.3 107.4 Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 135: "Time to Reunite!"
  108. 108.0 108.1 108.2 108.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 140: "A Ray of Hope"
  109. 109.0 109.1 109.2 109.3 109.4 109.5 Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 148: "That's a Wrap!"
  110. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 131: "Sibling Standoff"
  111. 111.0 111.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 132: "Sleight of Hands"
  112. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 133: "A Father's Finale"
  113. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 134: "Relentless"
  114. 114.0 114.1 114.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 14: "Where It Began!"
  115. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 35: "The Four Brothers' Bond!"
  116. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scale 22: "Immortal Beings!!"
  117. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 3: "Contact"
  118. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 7: "Fallen Angel"
  119. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 20: "A Piece of the Puzzle"
  120. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 42: "Storm Access"
  121. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 31: "A Ghost is Lost"
  122. 122.0 122.1 122.2 122.3 122.4 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 46: "A Journey's End - Part 2"
  123. 123.0 123.1 123.2 123.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 101: "Unwavering Instinct"
  124. 124.0 124.1 124.2 124.3 124.4 124.5 124.6 124.7 124.8 124.9 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 103: "Journey to the End"
  125. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 32: "Tower of Hanoi"
  126. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 35: "The Hollow"
  127. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 91: "Proud Maiden"
  128. 128.0 128.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 92: "A Great Trial"
  129. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 37: "Out on a Limb"
  130. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 40: "Gore at War"
  131. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 47: "Playmaker Returns"
  132. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 52: "Hero In Name Only"
  133. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 65: "Playmaker's Breath"
  134. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 75: "The Demon Possessing His Heart"
  135. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 77: "Siblings in Conflict"
  136. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 80: "Bounty Hunter's Duty"
  137. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 85: "True Tears"
  138. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 87: "Chain Destruction"
  139. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 89: "The Uniting Two Flames"
  140. 140.0 140.1 140.2 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 95: "Radiance of the Phoenix"
  141. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 93: "Promise With Each Other"
  142. 142.0 142.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 98: "The AI that Crossed the Line"
  143. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 99: "Door to the New World"
  144. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 100: "Twisted Utopia"
  145. 145.0 145.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 106: "Good Luck, Roboppy!!"
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