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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's first and most famous quote.|
|“||It appears my weak side doesn't know when to give up. Well, soon he'll be out of my way for good.||„|
|~ Yami Marik when the original Marik possessed Téa's body.|
|“||Yes! Shuffle well, Pharaoh! And hope with all of your soul that Ra ends up on the bottom!||„|
|~ Dark Marik to Dark Yugi when shuffling their decks.|
Dark Marik, also known as Yami Marik in the 4Kids version, is the secondary antagonist of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series.
In the manga, he appears the as overarching antagonist of the Battle City arc, the main antagonist of Tournament Finals, and a posthumous antagonist for the remainder of the series. In the anime Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duel Monsters, he appears as the main antagonist of both the second and third seasons and as a posthumous antagonist in the fourth and fifth seasons. He also acts as the main antagonist in the video game Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards, and a minor character in the anime filler Virtual World arc.
He is the malevolent split personality of Marik Ishtar, and the one responsible for leading them down a path of villainy, before taking over their body for their own plans. He is the archenemy of Joey Wheeler.
He was voiced by Tetsuya Iwanaga in Japanese and Jonathan Todd Ross in English.
Dark Marik's personality is the manifestation from Marik Ishtar's own hatred and trauma. 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 for his own amusement. He is also a masochist, reveling in the pain he experiences himself during his duels. He considered his original self to be his "weak side".
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.
Dark Marik is also a dirtiest trickster and a cheater. He tricked Mai to think she could use the Winged Dragon of Ra when she doesn't know of the ancient chant. He eventually tricked Dark Bakura when he summoned Winged Dragon of Ra in Dark Marik's advantage. In his duel against Atem, he created a shadow duel by his own rules either he and Yugi or his original self and himself will go to hell. In his verge of defeat, he tried to manipulate his original self to not surrender so that they would obtain both Atem's powers and the three Egyptian God cards.
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.
Dark Marik looks almost identical to his true self as expected since they share the same body however, he also appears to be far more manic with his facial expressions and strains his muscles to the point of his veins appearing like they're popping out of his face, his hair stands up on end in multiple places and has an eye of Anubis symbol on his forehead.
When he first took over Marik, he wore his original outfit but quickly ditched the former's hoodie and instead sported his black tank top in alongside a long purple cape with gold chains at the front, he also swapped his jeans for a pair of khaki combat trousers.
|“||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.|
Dark Marik was awakened out of Marik's hatred and anger at the pharaoh for having to be his tomb keeper, along with Card Majin's spirit in the Millennium Rod. He took over Marik's body and imprisoned his father in the Shadow Realm, but was contained by Rishid. In the original Japanese, Dark Marik murdered his father. He almost did the same thing to Ishizu before he was stopped by Rishid.
When Rishid was knocked out by the Winged Divine Dragon of Ra, Dark Marik was able to reawaken within Marik as he had no protection, and as such took over his body, and trapped him inside of his own mind. He then proceeded to duel in his true self's place 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 exhaustion, 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 were 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 unsuccessfully tried to convince him not to, and as Marik surrendered 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.
- He is the only antagonist in the original series who isn't defeated directly by Yugi, being destroyed by the other Marik instead.
- He doesn't refer to Ishizu and Odion in a familial matter, despite the two of them technically being his sister and adopted brother, respectively.
- 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:
- In the English anime, he wishes to acquire Yugi Muto's Millennium Puzzle and all three Egyptian God Cards in order to rule the world.
- In the Japanese anime and original manga, he only wishes to spread pain and destruction, merely for his own amusement.