In my latest feature for Fanbyte I tracked hypothetical lineages of Yu-Gi-Oh!’s King of Games title throughout the first anime. I’m a big Yu-Gi-Oh! fan (both of the original anime and the card game) so this was especially fun to put together. Click the link at the end of the excerpt for the full article. Enjoy!

In the world of Yu-Gi-Oh!, becoming King of Games makes you the top banana in the contest of Duel Monsters. Protagonist Yugi Muto famously sits on that throne for almost the entirety of the series. However, when you look at how that accomplishment can theoretically change hands, there may have been more title holders than fans realize.

Canonically, King of Games can only be determined in officially sanctioned tournaments. The show has hinted more than once, though, that beating the champ in general, formally or otherwise, makes the winner the new top dog in everything but name. For the sake of fun, let’s run with that logic. Given that Yugi loses several duels outside of tournaments, what other characters can potentially claim to have been a King — or Queen — of Games at some point throughout Yu-Gi-Oh!? More importantly, who ultimately walks away with the title by the series’ conclusion? Let’s trace the hypothetical lineage of King of Games throughout the entirety of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and find out which duelists sit in the winner’s circle. (FULL ARTICLE)

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