gentle, and shy by nature, Yugi found it much easier to bury himself in his games than
attempt to reach out and interact with others. Not that he wouldn't have welcomed
the chance to share and play with others, he just didn't have the nerve to ask.
Yugi has a very strong sense of
wrong and right. But not so strong as to be overly moralistic, he is a normal,
hormone-driven, teenage boy after all. Though he is incredibly smart and has an
amazing talent at games(he almost never loses), his grades don't reflect it, since he tends to play his
games rather than study.
After an incident with a school
bully earns him the friendship of one Jonouchi Katsuya (Joey Wheeler)
and later Honda Hiroto (Tristan Taylor), Yugi's life takes a turn for the better. These
two, along with his childhood friend, Mazaki Anzu (Téa Gardner) prove to be true
friends. Sticking by his side throughout all the weird and dangerous events that
seem to follow him and his Sennen Puzzle.
The Puzzle itself was a gift from
his grandfather. Given to Yugi when he was eight as a memento of his Grandpa (who isn't dead yet!*) it took Yugi eight frustrating years to finish it. Upon its completion,
Yugi released the spirit of a Pharaoh who had been sealed within who bonded with the teen,
becoming a "dark" side to Yugi's normal personality. As his time with
"Yami" progressed, Yugi grew. Not so much physically as emotionally.
Gaining a confidence and strength to bolster his personality.
Whether Yugi is simply a physical
reincarnation of his yami or truly is a reborn part of the Pharaoh's soul is never
explained. We're simply left to puzzle over the fact that Yugi and the Pharaoh were
both born with the same crazy hair. At least Yugi's can be partially blamed on his
* ~ It's a joke. If you've read the manga then you
should remember this from the beginning of the series.