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Character name: Ryou Bakura
Fandom: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters
Timeline: After the Ceremonial Duel between Yuugi and Atem (AKA End of the Series)
~*Magical*~ abilities and strengths: He is skilled at tabletop RPG games, so that would imply that he is fairly skilled and quick strategist, especially shown early on in the series when he helps defeat the dark spirit that was in his magical artifact, the Sennen (Millennium) Ring. We see that he lives alone in canon, so it would imply that he knows how to take care of himself, so he knows how to cook and clean and basically be an independent adult despite his age. We are shown that he has some artistic talent in creating his tabletop characters himself from scratch, and probably some creative story-telling skills based on his role-playing experience.
How would they use their abilities?: To the greatest good, I assure you. *wink*
Appearance: Ryou is about average height, standing at about 5’7 with long white hair. He has doe brown eyes that, though not necessarily wide, do give him an innocent and naive appearance. With his height, he appears skinny, almost borderline anorexic
Ryou dresses fairly well. He wears tennis shoes most of the time with skinny jeans snuggly fitting his form. His tops are fairly modest, first seeing him with his school uniform buttoned up to the collar, to a white sweater with a green button-down shirt in Duelist Kingdom, to his blue and white striped shirt in Battle City onwards. He usually wears his long hair down and it looks a little unkempt (but who can tell whose hair is kept and whose isn’t in this series, oi.)
Personality: Ryou is distant, to say the least. Based on incidents in his past which will be explained later, distant and aloof is probably the best way to describe him. Outwardly, he appears friendly enough, always willing to answer questions and smile whenever he sees friends or a familiar face. However, there was always a distance to him. In his speech patterns, he uses respectable/polite forms of Japanese, using ‘-san’ and ‘-kun’ frequently with a person’s name, and usually keeps his language clean. He’s somewhat uncomfortable around people he doesn’t know
Once you can get passed his distance barriers, however, you will find that you have gained a warm and caring friend for life. Ryou treasures his relationships with gusto, being the dorky friend that you can show to your parents, and yet still share dirty secrets
Background: Since not a lot is known about him from canon sources, I’ll have to be going by theories and head canon to fill in the gaps. But, as far as I can tell, he started off normally enough. He was born and lived a somewhat normal life. He lived with his mother and younger sister, Amane, with his father seemingly distant from the family. His father, from headcanon, is an archaeologist that specializes in Ancient Egypt. This leads, I think, to Ryou learning how to be independent as he felt that, since he was the man of the house, it was his responsibility to look after his mother and younger sister when his father wasn’t around enough to do so.
To compensate for being away from his family, Mr. Bakura usually brought presents home for his children, sometimes unique toys or books, things like that. On his tenth birthday, however, Ryou’s father brought home a peculiar present: a large circular ring with a pyramid in the middle featuring the Eye of Horus. The ring also features five pointed prongs on the bottom rim, all equally spaced apart, with a hole in the top where it could be threaded and worn like a necklace or pendant. This ring, unbeknownst to anyone, housed dark magical powers along with an ancient Egyptian spirit bent on revenge. This spirit, though mostly silent throughout Ryou’s childhood, effectively took over the young boy’s life, even if he wasn’t aware of it.
Soon after he received the peculiar ring, his mother and Amane mysteriously died in a freak car accident, leaving young Ryou devastated. He wrote letters to his little sister in heaven to help him through the grief, but things were just beginning to snowball for the white-haired boy. Since the nature of his job prevented him from caring for his son, Mr. Bakura sent Ryou to live with relatives while he came home as often as he could to help his son in their heartache. However, it was around this time that Ryou started to have trouble in school. Sure, there was a minute drop off in grades because he was grieving for his lost family, but that was to be expected. What was unexpected, however, were the blackouts he was experiencing; long lapses in memory that usually resulted in comas and death among his fellow students and teachers. The comas weren’t discriminating either, both friends and bullies alike all ended up in this state, Ryou having no idea why all of this was happening. Because of these incidents kept repeating and repeating, the boy was forced to change schools several times, finally ending up in the protagonist’s (Yuugi’s) hometown, Domino City.
Ryou becomes a student at Domino High School where he meets Yuugi Mutou, a possessor of an ancient artifact very similar to his ring, only Yuugi has an upside-down pyramid with the Eye of Horus in the middle that he wore like a necklace. It looks pieced together, like a golden three-dimensional puzzle. Trying to make friends despite his apprehension, Ryou makes friends with Yuugi and his group. Once he touched Yuugi’s golden puzzle, however, the dark spirit within Ryou’s ring awakened, causing the Ring’s prongs to embed themselves into Ryou’s flesh. Once Ryou was alone, the Spirit made himself known, explaining how he was after the seven Sennen items and how he would do anything to get them, damn the consequences. To make a long story short, the spirit takes over Ryou’s body and takes the soul of a rude gym teacher, thus explaining Ryou’s blackouts and the comas of his previous classmates and teachers. The spirit takes over again when Yuugi and company come to visit Ryou and they play a Monster World RPG game, the spirit sealing Ryou’s new found friends into RPG figures. The spirit had thought he had won until the spirit of Yuugi’s puzzle took over the game. As the game progresses, the spirit of the ring sees that he is losing against the other spirit, forcing him to cheat through the game. Ryou’s soul, however, didn’t want anyone to be hurt because of him and the spirit, so he did what he could to fumble the spirit of the ring, including taking control of his left hand and fiddling with the player stats, and taking the game dice to throw the game in the spirit of the puzzle’s favor. The spirit of the ring is enraged by this. He tries to get rid of Ryou’s soul by stabbing the hand that Ryou was controlling on a castle spire on the board. Ryou finally does come back as an RPG character and helps turn the game around, thus defeating the spirit of the ring and restoring Yuugi and the group to their bodies.
Ryou is next seen with Yuugi and friends going to Duelist Kingdom, a tournament hosted by Pegasus J. Crawford (or Maximillion Pegasus for the dub fans out there), owner of Industrial Illusions and creator of the modern day Duel Monsters card game. Yuugi goes to the tournament to rescue the soul of his grandfather that Pegasus had trapped. The spirit naturally followed, seeing another chance to grab Yuugi’s item. He traps Ryou again, only this time in his favorite card, the Change of Heart. The spirit then tricks Yuugi and the others to play a friendly game, only trapping them within their own favorite cards. And, like the last time the spirit tried to take Yuugi’s puzzle, the spirit within it took over again and played the ring spirit with everyone’s favorite cards. Once Ryou’s favorite card was played, he took over one of the ring spirit’s monsters to try and stop him from destroying his friends, but Yuugi’s spirit steps in again, using his own powers to switch Ryou’s and the spirit’s soul so that the spirit’s monster, and him, are defeated. Ryou then joins up in their escapade to save Yuugi’s grandfather.The next major event in his life would be during the Battle City arc, the period in the series where Seto Kaiba, the gaming CEO of Kaiba Corporation, hosts a dueling tournament at the request of Ishizu Ishtar to get back the infamous Egyptian God cards, at the time considered some of the most powerful cards in the game. The spirit, up to his usual schemes, joins Malik Ishtar, leader of a group of thugs called the Rare Hunters bent on stealing rare and powerful cards, the God cards in particular. Malik, like Yuugi and Ryou, possesses an Egyptian artifact like theirs, the Sennen Rod. Naturally, the spirit wanted the Rod, so Malik makes a deal with him: Defeat Yuugi and his spirit, and the Rod would be his so long as Malik could get Yuugi’s newly acquired God card. The spirit agreed and also agreed to help Malik get close to Yuugi and friends by gaining their trust, and also throwing off the suspicion that he was the leader of the Rare Hunters. Ryou’s arm is then stabbed and Malik takes him to Jounouchi and Anzu, two of Yuugi’s friends. Ryou spends the majority of the tournament unconscious, the spirit in control and getting him qualified to go into the Battle City semi-finals. His next conscious moment, however, was in a duel with Yuugi’s spirit with his God monster about to attack. The spirit and Malik had thought that they could sway Yuugi’s spirit into surrendering with the ultimatum of losing, or winning and killing Ryou, since he was still weak from the stab in his arm. At the moment, however, the spirit takes over again, protecting Ryou. He realized that he still needed Ryou alive to keep using his body, so he protected the boy from most of the blast and the two fell unconscious again.
Ryou spent the next few months healing from his injury while the spirit planned his ultimate revenge, how he was going to end Yuugi’s spirit and get his item and the rest of them once and for all. He builds an elaborate plot to send everyone into an RPG game based on the events of Yuugi’s spirit’s past, including when the items were created and when the two of them were sealed in their respective items. Long story short, the spirit of the ring is defeated for good, Yuugi’s spirit is set free from his item and he is allowed, finally to rest in peace. Ryou is also set free from the ring spirit’s tyranny, and also witnesses Yuugi’s spirit ascend.
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Have you read up on how the game works?: I’m still a little confused on a few things, but I think I get the basic gist of everything. . And the Guide plug-in that allows people to communicate is the FlamingFerret, and the three ways to get money is working and earning the money, stealing, and mooching.
1st person sample: I don’t understand what is going on. First, there was a fish stuck in my ear and I could instantly understand whatever everyone was saying. Though some were already speaking Japanese, I can now understand other languages too, like English, and some others. But some I have never heard before in my life.
Everyone kept insisting that keep a towel with me. I don’t understand that either. Why do I have to have a towel with me at all times? Is it part of the rules here or is there some sort of special reason?
I’m so confused…
3rd person sample: It was one thing to wake up feeling stiff in the morning, but to feel out and out sore seemed a bit odd to Ryou. He admitted to feeling apprehensive whenever he went to sleep, but he never knew worries could cause pains like these; as if he had been out all night doing God knows what.
No, the spirit was gone, the boy reassured himself. He had no control over his life anymore. There was nothing that the spirit could do to him anymore with the Ring destroyed.
So then, why was he still aching all over, and why did he have a towel in hand? He didn’t remember falling asleep with it.
He froze. Was he having black outs again? He looked around cautiously, trying to sense use of his surroundings. He didn’t recognize where he was, which made him all the more antsy. He grabbed at his shirt, releasing a sigh of relief not feeling the cold metal that used to rest on his chest. He stood up, deciding to walk to get a better feel for his surroundings.
Questions?: I’m sure I’ll have them, but I think I’m okay for now.