Starting out as a manga by Kazuki Takahashi, Yu-Gi-Oh! tells the story of Yugi Mutou, a put-upon teenager who is pulled into a world of intrigue and high-stakes gaming after solving the mysterious and ancient Millennium Puzzle. The puzzle, an artifact from ancient Egypt, grants Yugi a mysterious alter ego, who spends much of the early series facing evildoers who threaten his friends in "Shadow Games," where mystic forces punish the wicked if they lose.
Slowly, the focus of the story turned towards the trading card game Duel Monsters, which was eventually revealed to be based on an ancient Egyptian game played by the previous owners of the Millennium Items. From then on, Yugi and his friends, find themselves facing bad guys seeking to use the power of Yugi's Millennium Puzzle for their own nefarious purposes, and always in games of Duel Monsters.
Yugi's story was eventually completed, but the francise continued in Spin Offs with new spiky-haired protagonists - the Shadow Games may be gone, but Duel Monsters still has a knack for channeling supernatural forces.
The works in this franchise so far are:
- Yu-Gi-Oh: the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga by Kazuki Takahashi; see also the recap page
- Yu-Gi-Oh First Anime Series: the first anime series, adapting the first 7 volumes of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: movie taking place in the original anime series' continuity
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duel Monsters: probably what you're looking for; the second anime that most people know Yu-Gi-Oh! by today
- Yu-Gi-Oh R: manga-only Interquel right after the Battle City arc
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters: anime mini-series set before the Millennium World arc
- Yu-Gi-Oh the Movie Pyramid of Light: movie taking place in the second anime series' continuity
- Yu-Gi-Oh GX: first proper anime spin-off starring Jaden (Judai) Yuki
- Yu-Gi-Oh 5 Ds: second anime spin-off starring Yusei Fudo and card games on motorcycles
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds: radically different manga adaptation of 5Ds, using the same characters
- Yu-Gi-Oh Tenth Anniversary Movie: Called Bonds Beyond Time in English; a three-way team-up between the Duel Monsters, GX, and 5Ds protagonists. Ties into 5Ds' plot through its villain, who comes from that series' Bad Future.
- Yu-Gi-Oh Ze Xal: third anime spin-off starring Yuma Tsukumo and Astral; the manga (that came first) follows almost exactly the same story
- Yu-Gi-Oh ARC-V: fourth anime spin-off starring Yuya Sakaki whose father disappeared 3 years ago and his main aim is to make people through duels
- Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS: the fifth anime spin-off starring Yusaku Fujiki, an Ordinary High-School Student and a hacker named Playmaker
- For Yu-Gi-Oh!
- Yu-Gi-Oh Forbidden Memories
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster Capsule GB
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists Of The Roses
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Falsebound Kingdom
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Power Of Chaos Series
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories
- Yu Gi Oh The Sacred Cards
- Yu-Gi-Oh Reshef of Destruction
- For Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds
- Tag Force
- World Championship
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