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Top 10 Times Yugi Cheated In Yu-Gi-Oh!

VO: Ashley Bowman WRITTEN BY: Alex Crilly-Mckean
Screw the rules, he’s got plot armour! Welcome to WatchMojo and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Times Yugi Cheated In Yu-Gi-Oh. For this list, we’ll be looking at the times across the original Yu-Gi-Oh series where our main protagonist obviously bent the rules of the game in order to secure victory. Honestly, it’s kind of shocking how many times he’s gotten away with this.
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Top 10 Times Yugi Cheated In Yu-Gi-Oh

Screw the rules, he’s got plot armour! Welcome to WatchMojo and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Times Yugi Cheated In Yu-Gi-Oh.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the times across the original Yu-Gi-Oh series where our main protagonist obviously bent the rules of the game in order to secure victory. Honestly, it’s kind of shocking how many times he’s gotten away with this.

#10: Bakura Helps Yugi Defeat Yami Bakura



It’s hard to really call this a duel given the whole supernatural aspect of it all. After Yami Bakura turns the gang into monster cards, it looks like its game over for everyone involved. That is, until the real Bakura takes the form of the magic card change of heart and somehow manages to disobey his masters orders, instead taking over Yami Bakura’s monster card instead of one of Yami Yugi’s. If not for this little bit of help, Yugi may have ended up taking a one way trip to the dreaded shadow realm!

#9: Mammoth Graveyard Fusion


Fusion. Doesn’t. Work. That. Way! Granted there are very few things that can ever hope to defeat the likes of the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon, but surely Yugi could’ve thought of something that wasn’t this convoluted. Faced with the overwhelming strength of Kaiba’s strongest monster, Yugi decides that the only way to defeat ol’ Blue Eyes would be to…fuse it with his Mammoth Graveyard, which then starts to weaken and decay it from within. Even with the whole Living Arrow schtick, the way this plays out is totally out of left field. Might have worked too, if not for Kaiba’s secret weapon – the suicide card!

#8: Lightforce Sword


Come on Yugi. Did you really think you could play a trap card on your first turn, right out of your hand, and no-one would notice? Even casual watchers who don’t know the intricacies of the game know you can’t do that. Using it against a Rare Hunter in order to stop him from summoning Exodia was a great idea on his part, but it doesn’t change the fact that using it right off the bat was a clear violation of the rules. Shouldn’t he have been kicked out of the Battle City Tournament for a stunt like that?

#7: Infinity + One


Forget about the rules of Duel Monsters, this is just basic math! Despite managing to outplay Dartz with his top tier monster cards, Yugi finds himself backed into a corner when the former resident of Atlantis summons Divine Serpent; a monster with infinite attack points. How does he manage to overcome such a beast? Simple; by having his monsters endlessly reflect attacks off of each other until they also reached infinite attack points, merging them together and then launch a brand new attack…which is somehow even stronger that infinity. None of this makes sense!

#6: Destroying the Castle of Dark Illusions


There were some brilliant examples of duelling dumbfoundery in the first season of Yu-Gi-Oh, though this one has a special place in our hearts. Mostly due to how it turns the whole thing into Anime Monster Hunter, what with how Yugi managed to break off “part” of an opponent’s card to win the day. We must have missed that in the rulebook. Either way, Yugi does indeed bring Panik’s life points to zero, by means of launching a monster via Catapult Turtle, which manages to break apart the floating device around the Castle of Dark Illusions, which then proceeds to plummet down and wipe out the remainder of his monsters. Yeah…that was a thing.

#5: Winning Slifer


Using both Brain Control and Revival Jam together in order to create an endless loop that would eventually result in the mind controlled Strings running out of cards was certainly one of the smarter ways that Yugi has won a duel. Too bad it shouldn’t have worked. Instead of constantly coming back each time to block Slifer’s attack, Revival Jam should have gone straight back to String’s graveyard, not Yugis, which would have meant Yugi would have lost possession of the card. We’ll let this one slide though considering it’s probably the most brilliant moment of the show!

#4: Attacking the Moon


There are so many things wrong with this winning move that it’s kind of hilarious. During the final stages of his match against water master Mako, Yugi finally turns the tide, quiet literally, by having his Giant Soldier of Stone destroy the orbiting moon in order to reduce the waterflow, leaving Mako vulnerable as a result. Okay, let’s rapid-fire this – field cards can’t be attacked by monsters, let alone ones on the player’s own side. You were robbed Mako, plain and simple.

#3: Kaiba Saves Yugi


Kaiba assisting Yugi is already unsettling enough, but watching him go out of his way to hack into a duel to aid his rival is just…unnatural. While facing off against the ghost of Kaiba’s ego, Yugi is put in a perilous position when the fraud unleashes the Blue Eyes White Dragon. No worries Yugi, Kaiba’s on the job, since he uploads a virus to weaken it. Oh, and he also cried Yugi’s name really loud and saved him from losing the duel. Somehow. Honestly, the only way Yugi could have topped this kind of foul-play would be if the useless Mystical Elf randomly got the ability to power up other monsters. Oh wait.

#2: Two Against One


This one is a little tricky since its not like the Pharaoh is going around and spiritually looking at the decks of his opponents ala Pegasus, but you can’t deny there’s some advantage to having two minds working in unison in order to win a duel. Think about it, Yugi could have lost that duel against Mai during the quarterfinals if not for Atem and him teaming up again. Point is, the duo clearly work in tandem to devise the best winning strategies, which is more than we can say for the other players!

#1: Grooming Joey for Defeat


Here us out. Yugi was the one who gave Joey his trusty Time Wizard; which would eventually become one of his most reliable monsters, saving his goose on multiple occasions thanks to its ability to help age his monsters into stronger forms, all the while making his opponents monsters weaker. When Joey uses this same strategy against Yugi in the Duelist Kingdom Semi finals, Dark Magician instead turns into the powerful Dark Sage, which paves the way to his victory. Yugi obviously knew about this effect as evident by the fact that he wasn’t surprised at all! And what makes this worse is he clearly neglected to inform Joey about it before hand. That’s cold Yugi.
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