|“||You see, I've found that, given the proper incentive, anyone can be made to play my game!||„|
|~ Pegasus's most famous quote, moments before he steals Sugoroku Muto's soul with his Millennium Eye.|
Pegasus J. Crawford (known as Maximillion J. Pegasus in the 4Kids version) is a major character in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.
He acts as the main antagonist of the Duelist Kingdom arc of the original manga series as well as the first season of the anime Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and later returns as a supporting character in its fourth season, the teteragonist in the 2004 film Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light and a supporting protagonist in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.
He is best known for being the creator of Duel Monsters and the CEO of Industrial Illusions, as well as being the former possessor of the Millennium Eye, enabling him to read minds or trap people's souls inside cards.
He was voiced by Jiro Jay Takasugi in the Japanese version of the anime, and Darren Dunstan in the English dubbed version.
Pegasus was in love with a woman named Cyndia (Cecilia in the 4Kids dub), who tragically died from illness. He searched for a way to bring her back, and found Shadi in the area where the Millennium Items were kept, discovering that with Kaiba Corp's technology and with all seven Millennium Items he could bring her back to life. Shadi gave him the Millennium Eye, saying that if he is destined for it, he will get to keep it, but if he is not, he will be condemned to eternal nightmares beyond his imagination. He was the one destined to possess the Millennium Eye, which replaced his left eye. He created the Duel Monsters card game based off the ancient Shadow Games people used to play in Egypt.
In the American Championship duel from New York City, Pegasus brought a boy to outsmart and humiliated Bandit Keith from his national title.
Pegasus then set out to collect all seven Millennium Items and take over Kaiba Corp. He was initially a good friend of Seto Kaiba, but soon attempted to take over Kaiba Corp by force, conspiring with the Big Five and kidnapping Kaiba's younger brother Mokuba when he was gone. Before he did this, he hosted a tournament called Duelist Kingdom in order to win Yugi's Millennium Puzzle. He defeated Yugi in a duel and trapped his grandfather Sugoroku's soul inside a card in order to get him to enter. The finals took place in Pegasus' castle, where Pegasus held Mokuba prisoner, and when Kaiba found him, he trapped his soul inside a card. Kaiba dueled Pegasus but lost, as his opponent could read minds with his Millennium Eye, and Pegasus imprisoned his soul inside a card. In Joey's duel against Bandit Keith, Pegasus revealed Keith stole Joey's card and cheated by hidden his "7 Completed" cards underneath his wristband and set up a trapdoor for Keith fall into the ocean.
After Yugi won the finals of Duelist Kingdom, he dueled Pegasus, and eventually gained the advantage against him by switching around between Yugi and Yami Yugi so Pegasus could not read his mind. However, Pegasus regained the advantage by taking them into Hell (or the Shadow Realm in the English version), which weakened Yugi and nearly killed him, but the power of Jonouchi, Anzu and Honda's friendship was able to overpower Pegasus' mind-reading power, and Yami Yugi defeated Pegasus. He released the souls of Sugoroku and the Kaiba brothers.
Pegasus was then attacked by Yami Bakura, who defeated him in a duel using their Millennium Items, as he was tired from his duel with Yugi, and he took Pegasus' Millennium Eye. Pegasus was last seen being taken away by his men, who told Yugi and the others that he was ill.
Pegasus was also shown to be interested by Ryuji Otogi’s Dungeon Dice game; after Yugi beat Pegasus and became the King of Games, Otogi was initially angry at Yugi, thinking he had cheated to win in his duel against Pegasus and blaming him for ruining his chances of selling his game, but then apologized after Yugi beat him, now realizing that Yugi played honestly and fairly. Otogi’s company then got an email from Industrial Illusions, which said that his game had been accepted after seeing the match on television.
Waking the Dragons
Pegasus never returned until Season 4, Waking the Dragons, where he made a card for Yugi that would help him defeat Dartz (by turning the legendary dragons into knights), but he was defeated by Mai Kujaku, who was under the influence of Dartz, and his soul was taken by the Orichalcos. He was released when the Orichalcos God was defeated, and later appeared in Season 5 during one scene before Yugi's duel with Yami. It is interesting to note that the left side of his face (which once had the Millennium Eye) always remains hidden by his hair.
Pegasus appears as a major character of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. He created the Crystal Beasts until he gave them to Jesse Anderson due to their bond for him. He created a replica of the "Winged Dragon of Ra" until one of his employees, Franz stole it until his defeat by Jaden Yuki. After Duel Academy was transfer to another dimension where duel monsters come to life, Pegasus founded a "Rainbow Dragon" stone tablet and created it to send it to the dimension for Jesse to use it to bring Duel Academy back to academy island.
A poster featured in episode 98 reveals that the World Racing Grand Prix was sponsored by several corporations featured in previous Yu-Gi-Oh! series. One such sponsor was the Pegasus J. Crawford Memorial Service, implying that by this time, Pegasus had passed away.
Pegasus was an eccentric and jovial man who in many respects was actually very polite and friendly in spite of his villainous nature, he was quite cynical however due to the loss of his lover. He was quite arrogant as well and somewhat overconfident and enjoyed toying with his opponent in battle, this became problematic after he lost the millennium eye however as he had became rusty at duelling after getting over reliant on its abilities.
Pegasus also had a love for cartoons especially Funny Rabbit, shown by the vast amount of toon based cards in his deck.
Pegasus was a handsome and fairly effeminate young man with fair skin and shoulder length white hair, who always wore a double breasted red suit with white piping and buttons, a white frilled shirt, black cravate and white shoes. He also had his right eye socket filled with the millennium eye until it was taken by Dark Bakura, after this he covered that eye with his hair and what it now looks like has never been shown on screen but judging from character reactions to it is likely ghastly.
Pegasus' deck is a famed of Toon monsters. His signature cards are Toon World and Mimicat. He turned monsters into Toon versions of themselves such as Kaiba's Blue Eyes White Dragon, Yugi's Dark Magician Girl and Summoned Skull and Crowler's Ancient Gear Golem.
List of Cards
- Parrot Dragon
- Toon Alligator
- Mermaid Archer
- Toon Mermaid
- Devil Box
- Copycat (refers it as "Doppelganger")
- Dragon Egger
- Toon Dragon Egger
- Jar Djinn
- Toon World
- Pot of Dragon-Tribe Sealing
- Thousand-Eyes Pagan God
- Toon Dark Magician Girl
- Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon
- Toon Summoned Skull
- In the original manga Pegasus was killed by Dark Bakura when the latter ripped the millennium eye from his face whereas in the anime adaptation he survived but was heavily injured and hospitalized until after the events of the Battle City arc, the reason he was kept alive was due to his popularity with audiences, this is why he returned for not only series four of the anime, but the first theatrical film in the series as well as GX.
- Additionally Pegasus' socket which once held the millennium eye has never been seen on screen however reactions from characters such as Seto Kaiba to the site of it have been seen.