Shimon Muran

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Shimon Muran
Shimon Muran
English name
  • Shimon
Japanese translatedShimon Muran
Japanese name
RōmajiShimon Mūran
  • Male
Previous organizationHigh Priests
Anime debutYu-Gi-Oh! episode 201201: "Memoirs of a Pharaoh"
Appears in
English voice
Japanese voice
Other language voices
  • Peter Groeger
Muran, Shimon

Shimon Muran is a character in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and a vizier of Pharaoh Atem.

Solomon Muto is the modern day counterpart of Shimon. When Atem enters the World of Memories, he initially confuses Shimon for Solomon, referring to him as "Grandpa".


Shimon was originally one of the Pharaoh Akhenamkhanen's guardians, and he was granted the Millennium Key to hold. His Ka (or his monster spirit) that he summoned was "Exodia the Forbidden One" and he swore to seal it and never use it again after he destroyed the force that was attacking the Egyptian capital. He apparently gave up his position of guardian to Shada, and to him he relinquished the Millennium Key.

He plays a largely minor role in the Millennium World arc at first, as he introduces much of the ancient ways and terminology to the Pharaoh Atem.

When Zorc Necrophades rises and begins to march on the city, Shimon takes up the Millennium Key that Isis brought back and he summons Exodia to combat Zorc. Although Exodia experiences some success, especially after Siamun demonstrates its ability to regenerate after its arm was torn off by Zorc, Zorc overpowers Exodia because its power is based on Siamun's, while Zorc can draw power from the darkness. Therefore, Exodia is destroyed and Siamun is killed.

Other appearances[edit]


  • His ka is Exodia. His modern-day counterpart, Solomon Muto, is notable for having "Forbidden One" cards in his Deck in the anime and manga, and often uses an Exodia Deck in video games.
  • In the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 201201: "Memoirs of a Pharaoh", he says "So let it be written. So let it be done." This was a quote by Pharaoh Rameses II, played by Yul Brynner, in the film The Ten Commandments.