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Name:   Yuugi Mutou (Yugi Moto)
Birthday:  June 4 (Gemini)
Grade:  11th (Sophmore)*
School:  Domino Senior High
Height:  153 cm (5.02' ft)
Weight:  42 kg (92.6 lbs)
Blood Type:  AB
Item:  Sennen Puzzle (Millenium Puzzle)
Favorite Food:  Hamburgers
Disliked Food:  Rakkyou (pickled shallots)
Nicknames:  Aibou (partner), Mou Hitori no Ore (other me-slang)-both used by Yami no Yugi/Mou Hitori no Yugi
Fandom Nicknames:  Omote (outer)-Japan, Hikari (light)-most all countries
Family:  Grandfather-Sugoroku Mutou (Solomon Moto), Mother-no name given, Father**-no name given

* ~ Japanese high schools run from grades 10-12.  So there are only freshmen, sophmores, and seniors.
** ~ according to an interview in Shonen Jump with Takahashi-sama, Yugi's father is alive.  He is away on business trips most of the time (like Hanasaki's father) which is why he's never seen in the manga or anime.

 

Small, 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 grandfather.

* ~ It's a joke.  If you've read the manga then you should remember this from the beginning of the series.

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