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 201: "Memoirs of a Pharaoh"
Appears in
English voice
Japanese voice
Other language voices
  • Peter Groeger
Muran, Shimon

Shimon Muran, though not a priest, is a vizier of Pharaoh Atem. Solomon Muto is the modern day counterpart of Shimon. When Atem goes to the World of Memory, he initially confuses Shimon by calling him "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, and his present day self Solomon Muto plays an Exodia Deck in World Championship 2004.
  • In episode 201 of the English dub, he says the phrase "So let it be written. So let it be done." This was taken from a phrase used by Pharaoh Rameses II, played by Yul Brynner, in the film The Ten Commandments.