Alter Egos: For Your Convenience
The huge amount of different characters in Yu-Gi-Oh! can get overwhelming, especially when at least three important characters have various incarnations of themselves. So WHO'S WHO?
**A note on names:
In the Japanese version, the name "Yami Yuugi" is hardly ever mentioned. Rather, he's called the "Other Yuugi" by friends, and "the Other Me" by Yuugi himself. Yami Yuugi, or just "Yami," is fan-speak used to more easily distinguish between Yuugi and his alter-ego/spirit friend. Therefore, this thesis has taken on a similar method, despite the name "Yami" not actually being canon.
Fantexts also play around with the names. To further screw things over, "Ryou Bakura" is often addressed as simply "Ryou" in fantexts, in order to distinguish him from the Spirit of the Millenium Ring... which the English fans call "Bakura"! Many of the English fans don't realize that it would be very odd for Ryou to address his very malicious spirit partner by his own family name. Still, whatever is common/popular in fandom tends to simply become accepted.
And, because of different fansubs that spell names differently, Marik will sometimes be called "Malik," while his evil counterpart Yami Marik --> "Marik." Screwy.
Also, "Yuugi" tends also to be romanized as simply "Yugi" in fantexts and many canon materials alike.
If anything, refer to this page for clarification! This thesis tends not to talk about whatever happened when Yu-Gi-Oh! went to ancient Egypt, so the more important people are the ones dressed in modern clothing.