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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, also known as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Pyramid of Light (Yūgiō Dyueru Monsutāzu Hikari no Piramiddo?) is the first film based on the second Yu-Gi-Oh TV anime (and the first Yu-Gi-Oh series).
Five thousand years ago, the young Pharaoh Atem killed and imprisoned Anubis after he tried to destroy the world using the power of the Shadow Games. In the present day, Anubis' tomb is uncovered by archaeologists, complete with his most valuable treasure, the Pyramid of Light. At the same time Yugi Mutou completes Atem's Millennium Puzzle, causing Anubis to awaken from his eternal slumber and begin his return from the dead...
In the present, Yugi has become the King of Games, being the world's greatest player of Duel Monsters. Yugi defeated Seto Kaiba and obtained the three powerful Egyptian God cards. Now desperate to beat Yugi, Kaiba turns to Maximillion Pegasus, creator of Duel Monsters, to gain any kind of advantage over the God cards. Kaiba ends up taking two cards, although Pegasus claims he only created one.
Yugi and Tea go to the local museum where Anubis' corpse and the Pyramid of Light are on display, meeting up with Yugi's grandfather who reads a prophecy describing a clairvoyant eye which will prevent the world's destruction if blinded. Anubis' spirit attacks the group, and Yugi has a vision of a monster manipulating and attacking Kaiba. Yugi awakens to find Anubis and the Pyramid of Light have vanished, and he races to warn Kaiba. He is taken to Kaiba's duel dome by Kaiba's little brother Mokuba, with Joey and Tristan in pursuit.
Yami and Kaiba engage in a duel, Anubis manipulating Kaiba into using one of the two new cards, namely the Pyramid of Light card which covers the field in a huge replica of the actual pyramid and destroys the God Cards. So once again it's up to Yugi, to save Kaiba (again!) and rid the world of the evil Anubis.
The movie provides examples of:
- A God Am I: When Anubis uses what power the Pyramid of Light has left to revive himself... again This is pretty much the attitude he has.
- Breath Weapon: The The Blue-Eye's Shining Dragon's ultimate attack is pretty impressive to watch.
- Continuity Nod: The opening montage just before the main story kicks in.
- Distressed Damsel: Tea.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Kaiba does all sorts of crazy and stupid things to try and beat Yugi in the movie.
- The End of the World as We Know It
- Evil Is Hammy: Anubis must eat ham at every meal!
- Evil Laugh: Kaiba, Anubis, and Pegasus are all guilty of this trope.
- For the Evulz: Seems to be the reason Anubis tried to take over ancient Egypt in the first place.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Anubis.
- Good Is Not Nice: While Kaiba is technically one of the good guys in the movie, just about every bad thing that happens is (both directly and indirectly) his fault.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Steel Dragon, The Blue-Eye's White, The Blue-Eye's Ultimate Dragon, and last but not least... The Blue-Eye's Shining Dragon!
- Large Ham: Both Kaiba and Anubis, and Pegasus of course.
- Light Is Not Good: The Pyramid Of Light itself.
- MacGuffin: The Millennium Puzzle and it's counterpart, the Pyramid of Light.
- Mind Rape: Seto Kaiba, poor shmuck.
- Monster of the Week: Anubis
- The Movie: The very first (dub-wise).
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Anubis.
- Never Say "Die": Unusually averted for the Enlish dub by 4Kids, since the English often uses the Shadow Realm.
Anubis: "It is no longer time to duel. Now it is time to DIE!!"
- Non-Serial Movie: Most definitely.
- One-Winged Angel: Anubis's two monsters combine into one nasty creature.
- The Power of Friendship: HELLO! This is a Yu-Gi-Oh! movie we're talking about, of course someone's going to talk about friendship.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Anubis.
- Tailor-Made Prison: The fore-mentioned Pyramid of Light, only it didn't workout as well as it was supposed to after five-thousand years have gone by.
- Title Drop: All of the time!
- Too Dumb to Live: Tea at points.
- True Companions: It's a Yu-Gi-Oh! movie, what else did you expect?
- Xanatos Gambit: Anubis's plan was quite clever, he certainly played Kaiba like a fiddle.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Anubis pulls this on Kaiba, knocking him out and taking his place in the duel against Yugi.