|Anime debut||Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 08787: "Awakening of Evil, Part 2"|
Madam Ishtar (イシュタール夫人 Ishutāru fujin) is a character in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. She was the matriarch of the Ishtar family, the wife of the Ishtar forefather, the mother of Ishizu and Marik Ishtar, and the adoptive mother of Odion.
Madam Ishtar married into the Ishtar family and became a grave keeper of the Tomb of the Nameless Pharaoh. One night, she found a nameless infant boy, who was abandoned by his biological parents. Madam Ishtar adopted him and named him Odion (Rishid in the Japanese version), and treated him as her real son. Her husband, however, refused to accept Odion as anything more than a servant.
As Odion grew, the couple became increasingly desperate to have a male child as the heir to the tomb-keeper clan. Madam Ishtar proposed that they should have Odion initiated if they do not have a boy by his tenth birthday (twelfth in the English anime), to which her husband reluctantly agreed. When Odion was six years old, Ishizu was born; Mr. Ishtar showed displeasure after her birth about still not having a male biological child. Four years after that, the Ishtars finally had a boy, Marik, to which Madam Ishtar died during childbirth. Her last words to Odion and Ishizu was for them to take care of each other and Marik.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 08787: "Awakening of Evil, Part 2"