Ishtar forefather (manga)

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Ishtar forefather
Ishtar forefather
English name
  • Ishtar forefather
Japanese name
RōmajiIshutāru-ka sendai
  • Male
OccupationTomb Keeper
Manga debutYu-Gi-Oh! Duel 214214 (Duelist Duel 155): "The Cursed Bloodline!"
Appears in
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Ishtar forefather (manga)

The Ishtar forefather (イシュタールせんだい Ishutāru-ka sendai)[1] or Marik's father (マリクのちち Mariku no chichi)[2] is a character in the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. He is the father of Ishizu and Marik Ishtar and adoptive father to Rishid. Although, he did not grant Rishid the right to call him "father" and instead treated him with low regard.


Little is known for Mr. Ishtar's early life, but as the first born son of the Ishtar clan, he had the Pharaoh's stone tablet symbol carved onto his back at age twelve. Sometime later, he got married.

When Rishid was adopted, Mrs. Ishtar, who loved Rishid as a real son, considered to allow him to become the heir of the clan if they did not have a son by Rishid's tenth birthday. Her husband, who did not share the same love for the boy, reluctantly agreed. When Ishizu was born, the couple was disappointed for not having a boy. However, four years later, Marik was born, and though Mrs. Ishtar died giving birth, the clan finally had its heir.

Rishid was then assigned as a carer for Marik, on his father's instructions. When Marik got bitten by a cobra, Mr. Ishtar was furious with Rishid's lack of carefulness, and ordered him not to leave Marik's bedside until he was fully cured, threatening him with death for any future failures.

When Marik was reaching his age of taking the clan's tradition of bearing the carvings on one's back through a ritual, Marik tried to refuse, and Rishid offered to take his place, but Mr. Ishtar refused, angrily stating that he was "just a servant", and threatened to cut off his tongue if he asked again. It was this point that he revealed that he never once considered Rishid as a full-fledged member of the clan, and even refused to accept him as a son.

Mr. Ishtar then proceeded to use the Millennium Rod's concealed knife to carve the Pharaoh's stone tablet symbol onto his son's back, ignoring his protests and cries of pain, which also spawned an alternate personality.

When Rishid cut his own face with his own carvings to ease Marik's anger, Mr. Ishtar finds them repulsive, and kept ordering Rishid to wear something over his face, and continued to refuse him as a member of the family.

About a year later, Marik convinced Ishizu to go see the outside world, while Rishid kept watch from letting their father find out. Unfortunately, when the siblings departed, they unknowingly triggered a silent alarm, which alerted their father. Mr. Ishtar was beyond furious, and punished Rishid by slicing him with heated blades.

When Marik returned, he tried to stop his father from hurting Rishid , but the man merely pushed him aside and proceeded to torture Rishid to a presumed death. He then proceeded to order his son to accept his punishment. However, as Rishid was unconscious, nothing was to stop Dark Marik from awakening. Dark Marik then sarcastically thanked his father for "killing" Rishid. His father, who was unaware of this split personality, was unamused and attempted to punish Marik.

However, when Dark Marik took the Millennium Rod, his father's indifference turned into fury, ordering him to put it down and accept his punishment. When Marik refused, he tried to lunge at his son. Dark Marik then used the Millennium Rod to slam his father against a pillar, and then proceeded to do the same to a protesting Ishizu. With his mobility disabled by the Rod's power, Mr. Ishtar's became horrified as he realized that his son is filled with intent of killing him. Stammering for Marik to stop, his last words were utterly ignored as Dark Marik approached him with the Rod's concealed blade, skinning the elder man's tattooed back and threw the skin onto the unconscious Rishid. As Mr. Ishtar screamed in agony at the torturous death he experienced, Ishizu could do nothing but look away as she could not intervene.

When Marik woke up, he saw, to his horror, his father's mutilated corpse tied to pillars, and believes it was the doing of the Pharaoh, as Shadi rose behind his father's body and told him the Pharaoh would be coming soon. Neither Ishizu nor Rishid had the heart to tell Marik the truth, thus leading Marik to abandon his clan to seek revenge and freedom. It was only 5 years later did Marik overhear the truth of this tragedy.


  1. Takahashi, Kazuki (2002). "Chapter 1: Character Directory". Yu-Gi-Oh! Character Guidebook: The Gospel of Truth (in Japanese). Shueisha. p. 69. ISBN 4-08-873363-0.
  2. Takahashi, Kazuki (2015). "Millennium Book – Chapter 7: Tournament Finals arc". Yu-Gi-Oh! Character Guidebook: Millennium Book (in Japanese). Shueisha. p. 173. ISBN 978-4-08-779722-0.