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English name
  • Strings
Japanese translatedPantomimer
Other names
  • Doll
  • Quiet One
Japanese name
Other language names
  • Male
OrganizationRare Hunters
Tournament Position
Battle City Did not place
Other Decks
Aqua Slime Deck
WC 2004High Defense
Anime debutYu-Gi-Oh! episode 06565: "Mime Control, Part 1"
Video game debutYu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel
Appears in
Game Boy Advance
Nintendo DSYu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour
Other language voices
  • Gerald Schaale

Strings, also known as the Quiet One, and known in the Japanese version as Doll (人形にんぎょう, Ningyō) or Pantomimer (パントマイマ, Pantomimer), is one of Marik Ishtar's Rare Hunters during the Battle City arc.


Strings lineart

Strings is bald, has pointed ears, and his perpetually wide eyes are surrounded by heavy black circles and have very small blue pupils. He has many piercings all over his head: three near his right eye, one on each ear, three near his lip, one nose ring, and one lip piercing. He wears a black shirt and red pants with yellow suspenders. He wears a green bag across his chest, which is used to hold his Duel Disk. He wears large black shoes and has a pair of studded cuffs on each of his arms, with one at his wrist and one near his shoulder. He also wears a chain around his neck with a keyhole pendant at the bottom. When he is under Marik's control (which is whenever he is not standing motionless), a gold Eye of Wdjat appears on his forehead.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters IV: Battle of Great Duelist, the Doll was shown in a different attire; a short-sleeved yellow shirt, and blue pants. This appearance was carried over for Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour.


Strings was a mime that went mad after killing his parents, and sealed his own conscience away out of guilt. Eventually, he fell under Marik's mind control, and was easily bent to his will due to his crushed mind. At first, he appears to be a stationary mime in the park and is a curiosity for many of the people there, but when Marik takes control of him, he goes to confront Yugi and Duel him.

Strings himself is entirely devoid of personality, and is merely a shell for Marik's will; Marik programmed Strings to kill Yugi at all cost should he win the Duel against him.

Marik using the God Five combo to overwhelm Yugi.

Strings has a huge advantage up his sleeve: the Egyptian God Card "Slifer the Sky Dragon". The Egyptian Gods normally do not obey one without a Millennium Item, but Strings' empty mind allowed Marik to bypass this restriction: he commanded the obedience of "Slifer" without having to be present. However, Strings' lack of mental awareness also served another end: he had no conscience and could feel no pain, and so would hold nothing back. After Strings' loss to Yugi, Marik decided to talk through Strings one last time, then released control of him as he collapsed.

Using a five-card combo involving "Slifer", "Revival Jam", "Infinite Cards", "Jam Defender", and "Card of Safe Return", Strings puts Yami in a tight situation. Every time he attacks, Strings can redirect the attack to "Revival Jam", which regenerates itself after being destroyed, and thanks to "Card of Safe Return", he draws three cards from his Deck whenever this happens; because of "Infinite Cards", he can hold as many cards as he wants. With the ATK and DEF of "Slifer" proportional to the number of cards its controller holds, and with "Revival Jam" able to absorb and reform from any attack Yugi is able to make with the aid of "Jam Defender", Marik boasts the strategy is unbeatable.

Yami is just about to give up until Kaiba arrives and encourages him to fight on. The two manage to figure out the weakness of this combo and turn it against Marik. Yami attacks "Revival Jam" with "Buster Blader", and then uses "Brain Control" to take control of "Revival Jam" as it regenerates - this causes it to regenerate under his control, forcing "Slifer" to attack and destroy it with its second mouth. As "Revival Jam" regenerates again, Strings is forced to draw three more cards due to "Card of Safe Return", before "Slifer" attacks "Revival Jam" again, since it reformed under Yami's control. This creates an infinite loop that only ends once Strings' Deck is empty, causing him to lose the Duel through a Deck Out. Yami obtains "Slifer" for his victory.

Marik's memory of Strings is erased.

Strings' only additional appearance was during Yami Marik's Duel with Mai Valentine at the Battle City Finals. After Marik's "Makyura the Destructor" was destroyed during their Shadow Game, Marik's memory of Strings was erased, though Marik declared that no one in his mind was worth remembering anyway.

Other appearances[edit]

The Doll appears under Marik's control, as in Battle City in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters IV: Battle of Great Duelist, in which the player will have to fight against Slifer the Sky Dragon. Strings also appears as a Duelist in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Eternal Duelist Soul, Yu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel, Yu-Gi-Oh! Dawn of Destiny and Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour (lacking "Slifer" in his Decks). When not under Marik's control, Strings is only capable of communicating basic sentences (sometimes not speaking at all).