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.
That's the way life goes, Joey... Never as you've planned. The world is a very arbitrary place, isn't it? It's a place where you can be locked in a battle with your dearest friend for stakes neither can afford to lose. Oh, I know you'd like to think that your friendship would be enough to sustain you through any mishap of misfortune. But that's not the way the world works. No, the world is a place where fate intervenes when you least expect it, with consequences that can turn your world upside down. Just when you think you've etched the perfect portrait of your future and your life couldn't get any better... Just when you let down your guard at last and open your heart... When against all odds, you've found that one special person in all the world that fills your heart with joy... The person you know you're destined to spend the rest of your life with... That's when tragedy strikes, when fate hits you with a cold slap of reality and shows you who's the boss. Yes, the world has taught me that only the strong and the ruthless survive. In memory of all I have lost, I fight on with all I possess, and I intend to win!
~ Pegasus' internal monologue, explaining his motives for duelling and hinting at his backstory.

Pegasus J. Crawford (known as Maximillion J. Pegasus in the 4Kids version) is one of the main characters in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.

In the manga he is the main antagonist of the Duelist Kingdom arc and a posthumous antagonist for the remainder of the series. In the anime Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, he is the main antagonist of season 1, a flashback antagonist in both seasons 2 and 3, the tritagonist of the 2004 film Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, a supporting protagonist in season 4, a minor character in season 5, a major protagonist in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, a major character of Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time and a posthmous character in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds.

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.

History

Duelist Kingdom

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.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

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.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's

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.

Personality

Who would have thought you even had a heart — let alone one so easily broken?
~ Yami Bakura mocking Pegasus for his hidden sympathetic nature.

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. He also had quiet the temper and was greatly obsessed with both bringing Duel Monsters into the world as well as resurrecting Cecelia, the latter of which being his primary motivation for everything he did, much to the surprise of nearly everyone around him.

Pegasus also had a love for cartoons especially Funny Rabbit, shown by the vast amount of toon based cards in his deck.

Appearance

Pegasus was a handsome and fairly effeminate young man with fair skin and collarbone length white hair that sometimes looks blue, lavender or grey depending on the lighting. He always had a fairly youthful appearance, even in Yu-Gi-Oh GX where he would have been in his mid 40s.

He mostly wore double breasted red suits with white piping and buttons (and trousers in the manga), a white frilled shirt, black western cravat (green in the manga) and white shoes. In his first duel with Yugi in the shadow realm however he wore a red turtleneck and black double breasted suit instead. On occasion (such as in the 2004 movie) he wore a slightly darker almost plum coloured version of his original suit which had, yellow lapels alongside a black shirt and shoes instead of white and a navy blue cravat. He also wore navy blue slacks with this particular outfit.

He also had his right eye socket filled with the millennium eye until it was taken by Dark Bakura, after this his eye was always obscured by his hair, and it has never been shown what it looks like on screen but judging from character reactions to it is likely ghastly. In the manga when his eye was removed it simply left a bloody hole where it once was.

While travelling in his Egypt exhibitions he wore traditional safari style clothing, as well as a red ascot. While painting and during some of his time with Cecelia he wore brown trousers, a yellow dress shirt and purple suspenders.

Deck

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.

Gallery

List of Cards

  • Parrot Dragon
  • Toon Alligator
  • Mermaid Archer
  • Toon Mermaid
  • Devil Box
  • Mimicat (refers it as "Doppelganger")
  • Dragon Egger
  • Dragon Capture Jar
  • Toon Gemini Elf
  • Card of Sanctity
  • Toon Dragon Egger
  • Toon Table of Contents
  • Jar Djinn
  • Toon World
  • Toon Kingdom
  • Pot of Dragon-Tribe Sealing
  • Thousand-Eyes Pagan God
  • Toon Dark Magician Girl
  • Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon
  • Toon Summoned Skull
  • Toon Ancient Gear Golem
  • Shadow Toon

Trivia

  • 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.
  • Pegasus is one of the most popular and well known villains in the series, perhaps due to him making his debut quite early in both the anime and manga.

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