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|“||I'm the true Marik, and I'm not as kind as the one you've come to know.||„|
|~ Yami Marik|
|“||You're merely postponing the inevitable.||„|
|~ Yami Marik ending his turn in Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Yugi the Destiny.|
Dark Marik, also known as Yami Marik in the 4Kids version, is the main antagonist of the Battle City arc of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga as well as the second season of the anime adaptation Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, and the video game Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards. He is the malevolent split personality of Marik Ishtar.
He was voiced by Tetsuya Iwanaga, and by Jonathan Todd Ross in the English dub.
Dark Marik's personality is the manifestation of Marik Ishtar's hate. A cruel and malicious lunatic, Dark Marik lacks any form of empathy towards others. He's an extremely deceitful and treacherous sadist, to the point that it even extends to his dueling strategy, implementing torture-themed cards that his dark powers can manifest it into reality to make his opponents suffer.
Dark Marik places his self-preservation as a very high priority. He carries a strong hatred for Odion, whose presence was soothing for the original Marik and repressed his dark personality. Once free, Dark Marik made several attempts to kill Odion while he was unconscious so he couldn't be sealed away again (even threatening his sister Ishizu if she did not reveal his location). When threatened with death following his final match with Dark Yugi, Dark Marik became desperate and pleaded for his life – displaying none of his usual confidence.
In the Virtual World arc, Dark Marik was also shown to be quite headstrong and reckless, by destroying a computer that was the only means of stopping a missile launch that would kill him along with everyone else in the digital fortress.
|“||Now then, father, time to send you... to the Shadow Realm! THE FUTURE IS MINE!!!||„|
|~ Marik as he exiles his own father to the Shadow Realm in the 4Kids dub.|
When Rishid was knocked out by the Winged Divine Dragon of Ra, Dark Marik was able to reawaken within Marik, possessed his body, and trapped him inside his mind. He proceeded to duel as Marik Ishtar in the tournament.
Dark Marik's duels were all twisted Hell Duels. In the quarterfinals, he dueled Mai Kujaku in Hell, in which whenever a duelist lost a monster (to an attack by their enemy), someone would be erased from their memories. Unlike Mai, Dark Marik did not mind that at all, as there was no one in his mind worth remembering. He lost the memory of Pantomimer and Pandora the Conjurer during the duel. Mai managed to steal and summon the Winged Divine Dragon of Ra, the most powerful of the three Egyptian God Cards. But she was unable to control it, so she was defeated and trapped in Hell.
In the manga, the duel was even more disturbing as each contestant felt the pain that was caused by their loss of monsters and direct attacks as if they were real, along with illusions of blood and decapitation, and Mai was trapped in her mind, where she would ultimately die if Dark Marik was not defeated within 24 hours.
Later that night, Yami Bakura dueled Dark Marik on the request of Marik's spirit who wanted to regain his body. The two evil spirits dueled in Hell, in which whenever a player lost life points, their body would vanish. Dark Marik won and Dark Bakura was trapped in Hell (though a shard of him resided in Yugi's Millennium Puzzle).
Enter the Shadow Realm
The tournament was interrupted when Noa Kaiba made the blimp land at a station where his virtual world was located in. After Noah set the virtual world to explode, Dark Marik destroyed the control center so it could not be stopped.
Battle City continued from here, and a four-way duel between Yugi, Seto Kaiba, Katsuya Jonouchi, and Dark Marik was held to decide who would face each other in the semifinals. Dark Marik and Jonouchi both lost (as Jonouchi intended), so they dueled in the first round of the semifinals. Dark Marik took their duel to Hell, in which players would lose life energy as their monsters were destroyed. (In the manga, the contestant once again felt the pain of their monsters, just like any time Dark Marik would launch a Hell game.) Jonouchi held his own against Marik and resisted the Winged Divine Dragon of Ra's attack which should have reduced him to dust. Just as he was about to win, Jonouchi collapsed from the energy that he lost, and Dark Marik won by default. However, Jonouchi's soul did not go to Hell (because he survived and only fell into a coma).
Dark Marik dueled Dark Yugi in the final round, in which both Marik and Yugi, their original selves, would disappear whenever they lost life points (either to be destroyed or trapped in Hell, following the manga or the anime).
Eventually, Dark Marik's Winged Divine Dragon of Ra was destroyed, and Marik and Dark Marik have switched around, which made Dark Marik the victim. No longer evil, Marik decided to forfeit the match, so that the pharaoh could fulfill his destiny. Dark Marik tried to convince him not to but was unsuccessful, and as Marik lost the duel, Dark Marik was destroyed and Mai, Bakura, and Dark Bakura were released from Hell.
Waking the Dragons
An apparition of Dark Marik appeared as a lost soul alongside Bandit Keith, Pandora the Conjurer, the Rare Hunter, the Paradox Brothers, and the Player Killer of Darkness as Atem was trying to get to Yugi, whose soul was taken by the Orichalcos. It was unlikely that this was him (as opposed to some sort of illusion), however, as neither the Paradox Brothers nor Keith were in Hell or taken by the Orichalcos. He also appears in one of Mai's nightmares, where he is shown to trap her in an hourglass.
- Cause of his actions and clear lack of empathy towards anyone (including his good side), Yami Marik is often considered the evilest character within the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. He is other than villains like Zorc in avatar and true form.
- Yami Marik is the overall main antagonist of the Battle City arc cause he was far more evil and dangerous and had bigger plans than anyone else. Plus murdering Marik's father drove Marik to seek revenge against the pharaoh in the first place.
- He's the only antagonist who wasn't actually defeated by Yami Yugi but was destroyed by the other Marik instead.
- He doesn't refer to Ishizu and Odion in a familial matter (the two of them technically being his sister and adopted brother).
- He constantly refers to himself as the "true" Marik.
- Unlike Yami Yugi and Yami Bakura, he was spawned from Marik's pain, rather than being an entity that was sealed within a Millennium Item.
- Yami Marik goals are different in both the English and Japanese versions:
- English anime - He wishes to acquire Yugi Muto's Millennium Puzzle and all three Egyptian God Cards, in order to rule the world.
- Japanese anime and manga - He only wishes to spread pain and destruction, merely for his own pleasure.
- Yami Marik while strong is considered Weakling in PE standards due to extreme depending on Shadow games and Ra