Téa Gardner

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Téa Gardner
Téa Gardner
  • Téa Gardner
Japanese translatedAnzu Mazaki
OtherTéa Mazaki (uncut DVDs)
RōmajiMazaki Anzu
Other languages
تِيَا غارْدْنر
BirthAugust 18[1][2]
  • 1.65 m <br />5.413 ft <br />64.961 in <br />165 cm[1]
  • 103.617 lb <br />47 kg[1]
  • Female
Blood type
Favorite foodRamen[1][2]
Least favorite foodGrated yam[1]
  • Career
  • Education
Previous occupationFast-Food Waitress (Part-Time)[2]
Previous organizationBurgerpalooza
SchoolDomino High School
  • Duelist
Anime DeckFairy/Spellcaster
Other Decks
Magic Stage!
Deck MasterDark Magician Girl
Anime debutYu-Gi-Oh! episode 0011: "The Heart of the Cards"
Video game debutYu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters
Appears in
Game Boy Advance
Nintendo DSYu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour
PlayStation 2Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monster Coliseum
XboxYu-Gi-Oh! The Dawn of Destiny
Voice actors
  • Amy Birnbaum [4]
  • Alison Lester (Singapore)
Other languages
ArabicIman Bitar
GermanRubina Kuraoka
  • Park Sun-young[5]
  • Melissa Garcia
  • Samira Fernandes
  • Liliana Barba (Americas)
  • María Fernanda Morales (Americas; some eps.)
  • Angélica Villa (Americas; 1 ep.)
  • Marisol Romero (Americas; Capsule Monsters, 1st voice)
  • Mariana Ortiz (Americas; Capsule Monsters, 2nd voice)
  • Beatriz Berciano (Spain)
TagalogCeleste Dela Cruz
Gardner, Téa

Téa Gardner, known as Anzu Masaki[6][7] or Anzu Mazaki in the Japanese versions, is a childhood friend of Yugi Muto. Téa does not usually play games with Yugi and his friends, but in the beginning of the anime, she could beat Joey Wheeler in Duel Monsters, and was later shown to be more than competent against others. Téa is also very good at dancing and wants to be a professional dancer when she grows up.



Téa's design incorporates multiple layers of clothing and a wide range of expressions. Depicted here is the character in her Duelist Kingdom clothing, from the anime, from front, side, and rear views and alongside views of her head from different angles.

Téa's character design was overseen by Kazuki Takahashi.

In the manga, Anzu originally had a conventional, short hairstyle. Her first color image, seen in Duel 1, featured dark brown hair and amber eyes. As Takahashi continued drawing the manga, Anzu gained more feminine and cute facial features. Her hair style became longer and less conventional. Color images from Volume 3 and onward portray her hair as a lighter brown color. Sometimes her eyes are blue and sometimes they are reddish brown. By the final volume of the manga, Téa's hair touches her shoulders. The standard female Domino High School uniform, Téa's usual outfit, consists of a pink coat, a white oxford shirt, a blue tie, and a blue pleated skirt, though she does not stick to any usual casual outfit and wears several throughout the series.

In the Toei anime, her hair and eyes are of a reddish brown color. Her school uniform color differs; her coat is orange and her tie and skirt are green. In the amusement park episode, she wore a light-green bikini.

In the NAS anime, she has brown hair and blue eyes. On occasions she wore the school uniform colored in the same manner as in the manga. Her brown shoulder-length hair is sectioned into two layers, consisting of a darker shade of brown inner layer, with the outer layer of a lighter shade.

During the first season of the anime, her usual outfit is comprised of a yellow shirt, which flows like a skirt at her thighs, with a pink waistcoat over it, and a blue mini-skirt. A pair of brown knee-high boots completed the rest of her outfit.

In the second and third season, her clothes consists of a light green sleeveless buttoned shirt with yellow collar, pink and blue bracelets, navy shorts with a light blue belt, white thigh-high socks, and blue platform sandals. She also wears a yellow tank-top with the word "SPIRIT" on it (which was removed from the dub) and a red skirt on occasion in the second season.

She also wears another set of clothes: yellow tube-top, red choker, light pink shorts, black thigh-high socks, red platform sandals, and pink jacket. In the fourth and fifth season she wears a black sleeveless shirt that reveals her belly button, a red skirt and a pair of white high-heeled boots. During the trip to Industrial Illusions, she wears a white jacket over a red tank top, a pleated yellow skirt, and tan boots.


At the beginning of the manga, Anzu has a spunky, tomboyish personality and was able to scare away Joey (Jonouchi) and Tristan (Honda) after they bully Yugi. She's very kind-hearted, strong-willed and supportive.

In the NAS anime, she is usually shown to be cheering her friends and standing up for what she believes in; it is also shown that she will do anything to help her friends. She plays the role of the strong, down-to-earth, caring, compassionate voice of reason of the group.

She is also shown to have more affection towards Yugi than the Pharaoh in this series (hinted at during the final Duel, and during the Waking the Dragons arc). She is also shown to get easily jealous, such as when Mai (initially), Rebecca and Vivian flirt with Yugi — sometimes to the point where she has an explosive outburst.

Despite her strong bond of friendship, Téa is not above keeping the others, mainly Joey and Tristan, in line when they get out of control or act foolishly. She often says "I need more female friends", yet she loves them deeply.


Her Japanese name "Anzu" means "apricot" while her surname "Mazaki" means "Cape of truth".

Her English dub name "Téa" is a shortened form of "Dorothea" or "Theodora" means "gift of the god" while her surname "Gardner" could be a corruption of the word "guard" or "the one who guard", reflecting her role as Yugi's "guardian" to some degree. It's also possible that her name is a joke on Tea and Gardening.


Duelist Kingdom[edit]

Téa defeats Joey in Duel Monsters five times at school, with four of the Duels being offscreen.

Téa draws symbols on her, Yugi, Joey and Tristan's hands to symbolize their friendship before Yugi faces Kaiba, after Kaiba tears up Solomon Muto's "Blue-Eyes White Dragon".

Téa in her Duelist Kingdom anime attire.

Téa and Tristan sneak onto the boat to Duelist Kingdom to support Yugi and Joey in the tournament. Téa mostly stands on the sidelines giving the boys encouraging speeches.

Yugi and his friends faced Yami Bakura in a Shadow Game of Duel Monsters, where the players are trapped in cards similar to their Monster World pieces. Téa becomes the card "Magician of Faith" in the Duel. As she is upset over Joey's sacrifice, she uses her effect to return "Monster Reborn" to Yami Yugi's hand, which allows him to revive Joey.

Kaiba defeats Yugi in the tournament by standing on the edge of the castle, so Yugi's last attack would knock him off. Yugi relinquishes the Duel to Kaiba. Téa then argues with Kaiba over his strategy. Kaiba explains how Duelists are given one chip and must use it in whatever way allows them to win. Téa argues back that Kaiba only won because he couldn't live without the chip and insists that Yugi won the Duel.

After losing to Kaiba, Yugi no longer has enough Star Chips to enter the tournament finals. Mai offers Yugi her excessive Star Chips. Yugi initially refuses, feeling unworthy. Téa Duels Mai for the Star Chips. Using a combination of Magic Cards, Téa makes her "Shining Friendship" card defeat Mai's "Harpie Lady". Although Mai is able to turn the Duel around, using "Harpie's Feather Duster", she is impressed by Téa's performance and wants to give Yugi the Chips, so she surrenders saying "Harpie Lady" was her best monster and Téa defeated it.

Kemo doesn't allow Téa, Tristan or Bakura to enter the castle, where the finals are held, as they are not finalists, but Mai distracts him long enough for them to sneak in.

Inside they witness Kaiba and Pegasus Dueling. Pegasus was able to predict Kaiba's moves and easily win. Tristan suspects that Pegasus cheated, so that night he talks with Téa and Bakura on the subject. The three inspect the Duel arena and find a hole that shines moonlight directly at the Duel arena. Tristan spots a tower and the three head towards it. In the tower, they are confronted by Pegasus, who uses his Millennium Eye to transport them to another dimension. They wake up and enter a room, where a Shadow Game between two robed men is taking place while others are chanting. The winning man, Pegasus confronts the three and tries to take Bakura's Millennium Ring. Yami Bakura takes over Bakura's body and sends Téa and Tristan back to their rooms and erases their memories.

During the final rounds, Téa cheers on Yugi and Joey in their Duels. She is unable to watch the end of Yugi's Duel with Pegasus, as Pegasus takes the Duel to the Shadow Realm. Despite this Yugi feels his friends are with him in spirit and manages to defeat Pegasus.

Pegasus disappears after the Duel. The gang proceed to a tower, where they find Pegasus' diary, which Téa reads. She learns that Pegasus had a wife Cecelia, who died and Pegasus was trying to revive her using the Millennium Items and Kaiba Corporation technology.

Téa and her friends are taken home by Seto Kaiba in his helicopter.

Battle City[edit]

Téa Gardner during the Battle City and Virtual World arcs.
Téa on her "date" with Yami Yugi.

Yugi asks Téa to go out with Yami. After visiting many shops and attractions, they enter an arcade. Inside Téa beats Johnny Steps in a dance game. Not taking his loss too well, Johnny later catches up with Yami and Téa, and challenges Téa to another game with a condition: if she loses, she must become his girlfriend. Yami instead challenges Johnny to a game of Duel Monsters. If he wins, Johnny must leave Téa alone. If Johnny wins, Téa must go on a date with him. Yami reveals himself to be Yugi Muto, towards the end of the Duel Johnny recognizes Yugi Muto as the one who beat Pegasus, causing Johnny to surrender and run. Téa stops him to tell him how quitting isn't going to get him far, and he must keep trying to achieve his goals.

Afterwards Téa and Yami go to an Ancient Egyptian exhibition to find clues to Yami's past. Here they meet Ishizu Ishtar, who shows Yami some information about his past as a pharaoh and tells him he must enter the Battle City tournament to learn more.

During the preliminary rounds, Téa encourages Joey along the side lines for his Duels, before being captured by the Rare Hunters. Téa is possessed and used to lure the Pharaoh into a Duel with Joey, who is also possessed by Marik Ishtar. The Duel is set up, so the loser would drown. In the anime, Téa is made to sit on a chair under a large crate. A push of a button would kill her, should anyone else interfere. Téa is then released from Marik's control after she explains the provisions to the Duel and helplessly tries to help Joey break free of Marik's control several times while also doing her best to remain brave and cheer Yugi on, despite the fact that her own life was in danger. Mokuba frees her after Joey and Yugi end the Duel in a Draw.

Téa, along with Tristan, Serenity and Duke Devlin proceed to the KaibaCorp blimp to cheer for Yugi, Joey and Mai in the finals. Roland initially refuses to let them board, as they aren't finalists, but Mokuba talks him into letting them on. Despite Joey's objections, all of them take residence in Joey's room for the finals.

Téa in the yellow sleeveless shirt.

Téa cheers for Yugi and Joey, during their quarter-final Duels. When Joey tells Mai, she wasn't in his dream, which his friends appeared in and jokes about it, Téa seizes him after Mai leaves and tells him off.

During this time, Téa is sometimes being controlled by Marik, since Yami Marik took over his body, and he uses her to try to talk to Yami Marik and Ishizu.

Virtual World[edit]

As the blimp traveled to the Duel Tower, it was sucked into an underground lair, by Noah Kaiba. Téa, along with Yugi, Joey, Tristan, Duke Devlin, Serenity, Mokuba and Seto Kaiba emerge from the blimp to investigate. Here they are sucked into the Virtual World.[8]

The gang encounter Noah and the Big Five, all of whom seek revenge on Seto Kaiba and require a body to return to the real world. They then get separated, and Téa ends up being chased by a gang of Hitotsu-me Giants. She manages to escape, but passes out. While she's unconscious, Téa has a dream where she and Yugi went to see a show about Dark Magician Girl, where she is chosen as a member of the audience and gets dressed up in Dark Magician Girl's outfit. She is woken up by a penguin, who leads her across the Virtual World to a temple. Inside she meets Crump of the Big Five, who has taken the form of Nightmare Penguin.[9]

Crump imposes a Duel and takes her to an icy region, where both players stand on opposite icebergs in freezing water. Téa is made assemble a Deck, by selecting from a monitor of cards appearing before her. remembering her dream she chooses "Dark Magician Girl" as her own Deck Master, while "Nightmare Penguin" is Crump's.[9]

As Téa's Life Points lower, she becomes engulfed in ice.[9] Dark Magician Girl helps her during the Duel. Towards the end of the Duel, Téa was almost completely engulfed in ice. Using her Deck Master's effect and "Sage's Stone" to Special Summon "Dark Magician" from Yugi's Deck, Téa is able to defeat Crump as she attacks him with both Magicians.[10]

After the Duel, Téa is released from the ice and passes out. Yugi who had witnessed the last few moments of the Duel helps her to regain consciousness and, after Téa hugs him out of relief, offers her his coat to keep her warm. The two proceed to the courtroom, where Joey is Dueling Johnson.[11]

Afterwards everyone meets up with each other, while Tristan is trapped as a robot monkey because he lost a Duel. A few Duels happen between Kaiba and Leichter, Yugi (Yami) and Joey between all the Big 5 members, Kaiba and Noah which changes to Yugi (Yami) and Noah. After this Duel Gozaburo shows up. Then, they all try to escape with Noah's help, but he tricks them, eventually taking over Mokuba's body and getting out into the real world, first wanting to trap their minds in the virtual world. However, he then had a change of heart and realized he was wrong, and helped them out instead. When they were all out, they got back to Battle City.

Back to Battle City[edit]

Battle City continues right after the Virtual World. They arrive at KaibaCorp Island where the Battle City finals begin at Duel Tower. Téa supports Yugi and Joey in the battle royal to determine who faces who in the semi-finals.

Téa cheers for Joey in his semi-final against Marik and rushes to his aid after he collapses.

As Yugi prepares to face Kaiba, Téa informs Yami that she would rather he didn't Duel, as she is afraid of what might happen to him, but Yami tells her he needs to Duel Kaiba to Duel Marik so he can save the world and she understands and lets him go. She stays back with everyone to try and help Joey but is still cheering Yugi on.

Near the end of Yugi and Kaiba's Duel Joey wakes up and at first doesn't remember anything but slowly does. Then he asks Téa if Yugi started the Duel yet.She tells him he did and Joey wants to go immediately. Just then the doctors show up,but Joey demands to go and Téa tells him not to because so many people got hurt and he was just in critical condition. Joey says he made a promise to Yugi and he has to be there for him which reminds her of what Yami told her before his Duel. Then Joey, Téa, Duke and Tristan go to the Duel Tower just in time to see the ending of Yugi's Duel.

Since Yugi won he moves onto the finals to Duel Yami Marik but first Joey challenges Kaiba to a Duel to see who gets third place. Before the Duel starts Marik takes over Téa's body so he can go talk to Ishizu. He then tells Ishizu that he needs to confront Yami Marik and runs off to the Duel Tower to do so. Yami Marik is already up there trying to figure out what happened during Yugi and Kaiba's Duel then he gets annoyed and throws the rod, which lands near Téa. She picks it up and is holding it up at Yami Marik while Marik is talking to him. Yami Marik ends up getting the rod back, and he tries to get rid of Marik with the rod. Then Ishizu comes up just in time to stop him. Marik then tells Ishizu to forget about him and stops taking control of Téa. She is knocked out for a while, and Yami comes up to find out what happened to Téa and starts talking to Yami Marik, and he eventually leaves. Yami then talks to Ishizu about what was going on, and Téa wakes up, not knowing what happened. Yugi decides not to tell her about how Marik was taking control of her. They go back down to see how Joey's Duel was going, and they tell her that he lost, so they get ready for Yugi's Duel with Marik.

Yami's Duel with Yami Marik begins, and everyone is worried on how this Duel will turn out. Téa is cheering Yugi on the whole time but is worried because Yami Marik was able to stop Slifer the Sky Dragon and make a copy of Obelisk the Tormentor. Also, every time Yami loses life points Yugi is slowly being sent to the Shadow Realm and the same with the good Marik every time Yami Marik loses life points. During the Duel, Marik took over Téa again, this time so he could try and help Yami win the Duel, but he eventually went back into his own body, leaving Téa confused about what just happened, although she quickly got over that and focused on the Duel. Then Odion shows up, which gives Marik the strength to take over Yami Marik for a little while so Yami could win the Duel. Even though the Duel was finally over, Kaiba said they should get off the island because he was going to blow it up. Everyone went on the blimp, Mai was awake and they found Bakura but they noticed Kaiba and Mokuba weren't there so they went to go look for them but couldn't find them. So all of them went on the helicopter to go, and they all see Kaiba and Mokuba leave on a jet of their own.

Téa catches up with Yami Yugi.

They got back to Domino City and said goodbye to Marik, Ishizu, Odion, Duke, and Mai. The following day Téa was showing Serenity around town and remembering everything that happened during Battle City. Serenity eventually has to leave. Téa is sad at first, but Serenity tells her that it's ok and that they will always be friends. After Serenity leaves Téa is thinking about how she's not ready to say goodbye to Yugi and realizes that she should just enjoy the time she has left with him. Then she catches up with Yami.

Pyramid of Light[edit]

The movie starts out with Yugi, Joey, Téa, and Tristan at school. They were just leaving when the noticed a big crowd of people. When they went to see what it was all about, it turned out to be a group of people wanting to Duel Yugi. Joey tells Téa to get Yugi away from such a situation. They run out of the crowd and notice people are scattered everywhere looking for Yugi. Téa noticed the museum, thus they hide in there. She tells Yugi that no one would look there for them. Yugi notices his grandpa there so they go over to talk to him. They talk about a new artifact that was just brought to the museum, called the Pyramid of Light. After they look at that, they go over to one of the mummies, Anubis, and there was writing in the display. Yugi's grandpa reads it and as he finishes it there was a blinding light which showed Yugi a Duel with him and Kaiba. In this particular duel, Kaiba gets hurt. Téa wakes Yugi up and he asks her to stay with grandpa so he can go see Kaiba and they notice the mummy and the Pyramid of Light was gone.

The next time you see Téa and Grandpa, they are walking and they see the Kaiba Dome explode with a beam of light. They rush over to see what's going on, when they get there they see a huge blue pyramid. Mokuba tells them Kaiba and Yugi are in there Dueling. Téa hops they are okay. The ground begins to crack and just in time Pegasus comes with a helicopter and saves them. Téa feels that her friends need her help so she stands in the edge of the helicopter and looks into the eye of the Pyramid of Light which separated her mind from her body and she almost falls but Pegasus, Mokuba, and grandpa bring her back in. Her mind is sent into the Millennium Puzzle like Yugi's, Joey's and Tristan's. When she first gets there she is floating in the air and starts talking to them about there friendship symbol she drew on them in the first episode. There are mummies below her and she falls down. She is a afraid of the mummies so Joey and Tristan help her by beating them up but it doesn't work because they are already dead. Eventually they are surrounded but Yugi saves them by throwing a dagger at the eye in the wall.

Téa wakes up next to Joey and Tristan and Yugi is back with Yami. The card Pyramid of Light was destroyed by Yami so they could see the Duel. Téa, Joey, Tristan, Pegasus, Mokuba, and grandpa cheer him on. Yami is now facing Anubis because Kaiba is knocked out. Anubis loses but he sends out a real monster and Kaiba wakes up and they have to defeat it. Téa and everyone else has to leave because it was to dangerous. Yugi and Yami defeat the monster with a card of Kaiba's, he was unable to do anything because he was hurt so he gave the card to Yugi. Once the monster was defeated everyone started talking to each other. Kaiba and Mokuba leave and Yugi talks about friendship and lastly he talks to Yami.

Waking the Dragons[edit]

Téa is on the roof of the school wondering why Yugi left early. Joey and Tristan come up; they're wondering the same thing. They end up finding Yugi at the museum. Later they find out that someone stole the Egyptian God Cards. Yugi has a Duel with Gurimo, which is where they learn about the Seal of Orichalcos.

The next day they run into Rebecca, and she calls Yugi her boyfriend, which Téa doesn't like. She takes them to see Professor Hawkins,who starts talking about how the monsters coming to life could have something to do with Atlantis. After that, everyone heads home.

Later they're all at Yugi's house. Yugi gets a package from Pegasus with a video. Pegasus asks Yugi to come and see him right away. The next day they go on a private jet then in a limo. The limo breaks down so they have to walk for a while, Téa is able to get a driver to stop and give them a ride to Industrial Illusions.

Later on, they are on a train to Florida, but the train splits apart, separating Téa and Yami from Joey and Tristan. Most of the time Téa is trying to help Pharaoh from being upset about Yugi while she herself is also upset. After a while they just focus on finding Joey and Tristan. They are reunited later when Kaiba's plane crashes and then they are all taken back by Kaiba's helicopter to try and stop Dartz.

Kaiba's company was taken over by Dartz. Joey runs off to Duel Valon and Mai. While Joey Duels, Tristan, Téa, and the Pharaoh go to look for him, but when they find him he already lost his soul.

After Pharaoh's Duel with Rafael the gang goes to Dartz in Kaiba's helicopter. Kaiba and the Pharaoh Duel Dartz; after Kaiba loses the Duel the Pharaoh continues while Téa, Tristan, and Mokuba are unconscious.

The Duel is won by the Pharaoh. Yugi, Kaiba, and Joey come back and Mokuba, Tristan, and Téa wake up. Seeing Yugi back they have a group hug. Then they're off to finish off Dartz. Téa wishes Yugi good luck as he, along with Joey and Kaiba, have their final battle with Dartz.

Grand Championship[edit]

Téa does not have a prominent role in the Grand Championship arc, but as always, she is Yugi and Joey's cheerleader throughout their Duels.

Téa also meets and despises Vivian, because of her feelings for Yugi. She also develops a habit of saying the line "I need some female friends" whenever the others start getting on her nerves.

Capsule Monsters[edit]

Téa and Yugi playing Capsule Monsters

Téa played Capsule Monsters at school with Yugi and adored the cuteness of her "Happy Lover" piece, but Yugi insisted that she would need to use her best pieces rather than her cutest to win. When Tristan arrived, she offered to let him take her place before she got her "butt kicked", but they were soon interrupted by Joey, who struggled to contain his excitement over winning four tickets for a six-day holiday to India.[12]

Téa agreed to go on the trip, but had a strange feeling they could end up in some sort of trouble, given their group's history and hoped for once they could have a normal trip. At the airport she teased Joey over the amount of baggage he had brought. When they learned that they would be flying on their own personal plane, Téa noted that she had been hoping for something bigger. Téa soon forgot her previous reservations as she looked at the landscape from the plane.[12]

The plane suffered engine difficulties while flying over a forest and crash landed on the edge of a river. Everyone on board survived and the pilot sent a distress signal. Joey was not keen on spending his free trip waiting for the rescue team, so he began to explore the area was joined by Yugi, Téa and Tristan. Téa expressed concern in wandering around a forest with potentially dangerous animals, but Joey said that the animals would be more afraid of them.[12]

Téa and her friends happened upon Alex Brisbane, who was lying unconscious. They learned that he was a colleague of Yugi's grandfather, Solomon, and that Solomon had disappeared during their latest exhibition. Alex then led the group to where he last saw him.[12]

Alex led Téa and her friends to the Pyramid of Alexander, unorthodoxly located outside of Egypt. As Alex navigated them past the pyramids traps, Téa became suspicious of how knowledgeable Alex was of the internal workings of the pyramid, despite him claiming to have only been inside once before. The group were brought to a room with a giant map, near where Alex had been separated from Solomon. Joey disappeared after stepping on the map. Téa, Yugi and Tristan all decided to follow to save Joey and Solomon, despite Yugi insisting that he should go alone.[12]

Stepping on the map brought Téa, Yugi and Tristan to the World of Capsule Monsters. Soon after they were chased by a group of Gokibore and became separated from Yugi after running into Kamakiriman. Téa and Tristan escaped from the Gokibore by sliding through a tunnel.[12]

The tunnel took Téa and Tristan to a beach, where they were joined by Thunder Kid and Happy Lover. Téa initially got a shock when she spotted them, but thought they seemed harmless on observation. She recognized Happy Lover as a piece from the Capsule Monsters game. She asked if Tristan agreed that he was cute and scolded Tristan for joking about Thunder Kid's looks.[12]

Dawn of the Duel[edit]

Téa, Tristan and Joey accompanied Yugi to Egypt so they could help the Pharaoh figured out his memories. She also had noticeably had a change in clothing, and was now wearing white heels, a red skirt and a black sleeveless top. The Pharaoh presented the Egyptian God cards to the Tablet of Lost Memories, and was pulled into the Shadow RPG, where he would find out his memories. However, after discovering that Yami Bakura followed him, the gang went after Yami.

Later, Téa figured out that the key to stopping Bakura was to tell the Pharaoh his real name, as it was also the key to unlocking his memory. The gang was betrayed by Tristan, who was possessed by Bakura and almost killed, but jumped to a cliff and saved themselves. Téa pulled Yugi up, who was hanging onto Joey and then both her and Yugi saved Joey. When they found Tristan, he revealed that he had been possessed by Bakura and Dueled Yugi.

Téa noted that Yugi had to Duel without Yami. Yugi still won, though. When they found Yami, they gave him his name by thinking of the symbols and putting them on a necklace-like item. Yami then remembered who he was and revealed that his true name was Atem. Atem was then able to Summon The Creator of Light to destroy Zorc Necrophades. The gang then returned to the real world.

Battle Ritual[edit]

Téa is torn with the idea of Atem passing on the spirit world. As she believes that although he deserves to reunite with those in his past and finally achieve peace, she also does not want him to leave because of the feelings she has for him. Thus, she usually appears having this mental debate within herself, with the outcome ending in her crying. However, whilst dealing with this emotional turmoil, she displays a happy facade to the rest of the group, especially around Yugi and Atem.

During the beginning of the Battle Ritual, she outwardly supports Yugi to win, but inwardly wishes Atem to be victorious so that he cannot leave. However as the Duel progresses she increasingly cheers on Yugi to the point where she shocks herself on how she changed sides of who she wanted to win.

However, even though Yugi won the Duel in the end, her feelings for Atem had not weakened and she is saddened to such an extent of the possibility of him leaving, that just as the spirit of the Pharaoh is about to pass through the gates of the afterlife, she tries to run after him; however, her attempt is stopped by Joey.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX[edit]

Téa, Yugi, Joey, Tristan and Kaiba on the Battle City V2 Flyer

Téa is never mentioned in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, but for a brief moment, she can be seen on a flier that Jaden Yuki picks up, along with Yugi, Joey, Tristan and Kaiba.[13] As this is seen when Jaden Yuki had traveled to the past, it therefore places Battle City V2 after Battle City but before the Battle Ritual.

Other appearances[edit]

Other incarnations[edit]

Romance with Yugi and Yami Yugi[edit]

Téa is Yugi's close friend, but is uncertain if it is the Pharaoh or regular Yugi that she loves more. Even though in the manga and Toei anime she has been best friends with Yugi since childhood, she is unaware that he is in love with her.

During the first chapter in the manga, she hung out with Yugi instead of playing basketball like the rest of the girls. In another manga chapter (Duel 45: 13 O'clock Terror!), when on a date with Yugi, Téa tries to bring out Yami (thinking that if she goes to extreme measures and plays a joke on Yugi, he will change into Yami). She makes Yugi fearful for her safety by going on a Ferris Wheel when it was known that a bomber was in the park; she was "pretending" to be in danger so she could "make the Yugi she wants to appear", not knowing that she placed herself in danger of being blown up for real. She is rescued by Yami Yugi, so her ploy succeeds in the end.

In the manga and the anime for much of the series, Téa believes that Yami Yugi is a more mature personality of regular Yugi. While at Duelist Kingdom, Yugi tells Téa that he "knows" that she prefers Yami Yugi. When he offers to switch out with Yami Yugi to give them time alone, Téa stops Yugi and tells him that there's no need because Yugi and Yami Yugi are both Yugi, so there's no need for him to change, as she really cares for both "personalities". It is only later on in the series when Yugi is in the hospital after trying to save Yami Yugi that she finally accepts the fact that Yugi and Yami Yugi are two separate people, but in the NAS anime she knows they are two different people. This, then, causes confusion as to who Téa is really in love with: Yugi or Yami Yugi.

The last references to this in the anime are during the final Duel, when Téa wishes Atem to be victorious so she does not have to say goodbye to him, but also roots for Yugi without even realizing it. She also does have friendly feelings toward the original Yugi as it is shown in many episodes when Rebecca Hawkins hugs Yugi, Téa appears upset; though this is before she accepts that Yugi and Yami are two alter egos with separate personalities. Téa has also hugged Yugi on two occasions during the NAS anime - Once during the Virtual World Arc, after she beats Crump in a Duel after being nearly encased in ice and Yugi comes to her aid, and again during the Waking the Dragons Arc after Yami Yugi defeats Dartz, and Yugi's soul is returned to his body, along with Kaiba's and Joey's. Both of these cases occur during anime-only arcs in the story as neither the Virtual World arc or the Waking the Dragons arc are present in the manga. However towards the end of the fifth season though she is still seen unable to decide for her affections greatly reside in either Yugi or Yami, however after the Ceremonial Duel and Atem walks through the Gates of the afterlife she is seen trying to run after him however stopped by Joey. She does really care about Yami and has genuine and intense romantic affection for him too.

However, in the Japanese anime credits, the gang returns back home. Rebecca is seen embracing Yugi, and Téa is still annoyed. This shows that whichever Yugi it may be, Yami Yugi or Yugi, she has romantic feelings and affections for both of them, although she never has had the courage to actually confess her strong romantic feelings to either Atem or Yugi.

When asked if Yugi and Téa would ever be together, Kazuki Takahashi stated that the two might get married if Téa returned from studying dance in America and still felt the same, or even more strongly towards Yugi.[14]


Téa uses a Deck full of mostly Fairy cards, but in the Virtual World arc, she played with a Deck mostly made of Spellcasters. Like Mai Valentine, most of her monsters are female-related. She combines her Spell Cards with Monster Cards to boost the overall strength of her monsters and she uses Trap Cards like "Waboku" and "Mirror Force" to protect her monsters from harm. She Duels once in the manga and six times during the course of the NAS anime (four of which were off-screen).


  • Although Téa's Dueling skills are lackluster compared to others, she is the only character in the Yu-Gi-Oh! NAS anime who never lost a Duel she participated in, beating Mai Valentine alone and even besting Crump of The Big Five (though she had help from Dark Magician Girl when facing Crump).


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