Obelisk the Tormentor (character)

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Obelisk the Tormentor
Obelisk the Tormentor
Corresponding cardObelisk the Tormentor
Other namesObelisk the Giant God Soldier
Japanese name
RōmajiOberisuku no Kyoshinhei
Other language names
Obelisk le Tourmenteur
Anime debutYu-Gi-Oh! episode 08585: "Rage of the Egyptian Gods"
Appears in
Obelisk the Tormentor (character)

Obelisk the Tormentor, known as Obelisk the Giant God Soldier in the Japanese version, is a character version of the card "Obelisk the Tormentor", in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. It is one of the most powerful monster spirits, the Egyptian Gods. Its corresponding Duel Monsters card is "Obelisk the Tormentor".


Obelisk is a massive muscular blue-skinned humanoid. Obelisk has simple, triangular wings that are about the same height as Obelisk itself. Obelisk's large shoulder pauldrons have two large spikes protruding vertically, its forearm armor has spikes protruding at the elbows, and its groin and knees are armored with diamond-shaped plates, while a shield-shaped plate covers the posterior. Obelisk's feet are anisodactyl, with three toes in front and a single one behind, its hands are fiendish, with spiked, sheath-like claws covering its fingertips and small diamond-shaped plates covering the knuckles.

Obelisk's head is covered in spikes; twin spikes jut from its cheeks, long spikes sideways from the back of the head, two from the temples, a short spike on the chin, and a tri-spiked crest on the top of its head. Obelisk's mouth is lipless, with pointed white teeth. Obelisk has red eyes, and the sapphire common to the Egyptian Gods in its forehead.


Ancient Egypt[edit]

Obelisk is one of the three Egyptian Gods, along with Slifer the Sky Dragon and The Winged Dragon of Ra. These monsters were only capable of being summoned by the Pharaoh.

When Thief King Bakura invaded the Pharaoh's palace after plundering Aknamkanon's tomb, he engaged in a ka battle with the priests. During the battle, Aknamkanon's son, Pharaoh Atem, heard his father's spirit uttering "justice lies in the name of the gods". With that, Atem managed to summon Obelisk to fight Diabound, forcing Bakura to retreat.

Battle City[edit]

The Egyptian Gods as cards.

3000 years later, Maximillion Pegasus created cards depicting the three Egyptian Gods, for his game Duel Monsters. However the souls of the Gods came to dwell in the cards, making them powerful weapons. Obelisk attacked the photographer who had discovered their tablets alongside Pegasus, materializing within his darkroom and defenestrating him. On realizing this, Pegasus regarded their creation as one of his greatest mistakes. He tried to destroy the God Cards, but could not bring himself to do it, so he had the Egyptian supreme council of antiquities bury the cards in different locations in the Valley of the Kings. The Rare Hunters managed to steal the "Slifer the Sky Dragon" and "The Winged Dragon of Ra" cards. However the Egyptian supreme council of antiquities was able to prevent them finding the "Obelisk the Tormentor" card. Ishizu Ishtar, from the council, later gave it to Seto Kaiba, so that he would host the Battle City tournament to retrieve the other two.

Kaiba used "Obelisk the Tormentor" in many of his Duels in the Battle City preliminaries. In his quarter final Duel against Ishizu Ishtar, Ishizu had used the Millennium Necklace to see in the future. She played the Duel in accordance to her foresight, which would result in her destroying "Obelisk the Tormentor" and winning. However after seeing a vision of Priest Seto and Kisara, Kaiba felt compelled to Summon "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" and did so by Tributing "Obelisk", allowing him to win the Duel instead.[1][2] During Kaiba's semi final Duel against Yami Yugi, they got their Egyptian Gods, "Slifer the Sky Dragon" and "Obelisk the Tormentor" to battle, which destroyed both of them, and caused Yami and Kaiba to see a vision of an ancient city. Here Slifer and Obelisk were turned to stone, while Priest Seto and Pharaoh Atem battled.[3] When Kaiba lost the Duel, he gave Yami Yugi the "Obelisk the Tormentor" card in accordance with the tournament rules.[4] Yami Yugi proceeded to use "Obelisk" in his final Duel against Yami Marik.


In order to regain his memories, Yami Yugi presented the three Egyptian Gods to the stone tablet in the museum. However, the God cards began to crackle with dark energy as Dartz drained their power. Yami was then interrupted as Duel Monster spirits began appearing throughout the city. Later that day, Dartz's men broke into Kame Game and stole the God Cards. Yugi and his friends chased after Dartz's men and Yami Yugi engaged in a Duel with one of them, Gurimo. Despite not being a chosen Duelist, Gurimo was able to Summon "Obelisk the Tormentor" and harness its power through "The Seal of Orichalcos".[5] After losing, Gurimo threw the "Obelisk" card to Rafael before Yami could take it back.[6] Rafael, Alister and Valon brought the Egyptian God cards to Dartz, who placed them in the mouths of three stone serpents in order to use their power to summon The Great Leviathan.[7]

After defeating Dartz in a Duel, Yami retrieved the Egyptian God cards, though their strength had already been drained.[8] After Yami Yugi's soul had been absorbed into The Great Leviathan, the other souls Dartz had captured were able to lend him their strength. With it, Yami called out, "In the name of the Pharaoh, awaken!" and summoned the three Egyptian Gods. By summoning them, Yami was also able to free himself, Joey Wheeler and Seto Kaiba from the Leviathan. Obelisk, Slifer and Ra engaged in battle with The Great Leviathan. The three were powered by the light of other people's souls, and managed to defeat it.[9] However the Leviathan reappeared in a different form within Dartz, which Yami managed to defeat.[10]

Pyramid of Light[edit]

Kaiba Dueled and defeated Pegasus to obtain a card capable of defeating the Egyptian God cards. Anubis added an extra card, "Pyramid of Light" to Kaiba's prize. Kaiba went on to face Yami Yugi in a Duel and used "Obligatory Summon" to force him to Summon the Egyptian God cards and then activated "Pyramid of Light". Out of curiosity, Obelisk touched the pyramid. He, Ra, and Slifer were then removed from play.[11]

Memory World[edit]

When Yami Yugi entered the Memory World, he relived some of his life as Pharaoh Atem, and fought the battle against Thief Bakura, in which he summoned Obelisk, again.

The Pharaoh used the three Egyptian Gods to battle Zorc Necrophades. However Zorc managed to overpower them and turn them into stone.[12] Upon relearning his name, Atem was able to summon the three Gods again, this time from the cards in Yugi's Deck. He then combined them into Holactie the Creator of Light, who defeated Zorc.[13]

Yugi and Atem constructed separate Decks for the Battle Ritual, which Atem needed to lose in order to pass on to the afterlife. Despite needing to lose, Atem gave the Duel his all. He included the three Egyptian God cards in his Deck and managed to Summon the three of them at once in the Duel. However Yugi was able to destroy them and win.

Other appearances[edit]


  1. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 09393: "A Duel with Destiny: Kaiba Vs. Ishizu, Part 1"
  2. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 09494: "A Duel with Destiny: Kaiba Vs. Ishizu, Part 2"
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 132132: "Clash in the Coliseum - Part 4"
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 135135: "Battle for the Bronze - Part 1"
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 145145: "A New Evil - Part 1"
  6. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 146146: "A New Evil - Part 2"
  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 147147: "Legend of the Dragons"
  8. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 182182: "A Duel with Dartz - Part 6"
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 183183: "Rise of the Great Beast - Part 1"
  10. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 184184: "Rise of the Great Beast - Part 2"
  11. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light
  12. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 217217: "The Dark One Cometh - Part 3"
  13. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 219219: "In the Name of the Pharaoh"