The Wicked Gods, also known as either the Evil Gods or Jashin in the English VIZ translation, are a series of Level 10 DARK Fiend monsters who were originally featured in the Yu-Gi-Oh! R manga; these cards formed the dark counterparts of the Egyptian God Cards.
In Yu-Gi-Oh! R, these cards are revealed to have been designed by Maximillion J. Pegasus in secret some time after creating the God cards. He made the rudimentary designs for the three cards in an attempt to keep the Egyptian Gods in check, but feared their immense power, and never completed their production. Like their Egyptian God counterparts, the cards were never released to the public.
Yako Tenma later completed the cards based on what Pegasus left behind, and named them the "Wicked Gods", and used them to enact revenge on Yugi Mutou for the death of Pegasus. Once he touched "The Wicked Avatar", the card possessed him, damaging his mind and feeding that desire for revenge to the exclusion of all else; in addition to "Avatar" possessing Yako, it allowed Yako to possess others, such as his brother, Gekko.
Yako spent some time 'testing' the cards, including his first Duel against Yugi; he also possessed his brother, Gekko Tenma, to test "The Wicked Dreadroot". Yako also revived Keith Howard and presented him with "The Wicked Eraser" to use in his Deck; Yako himself also used both "The Wicked Avatar" and "The Wicked Dreadroot" at the same time against Seto Kaiba, and during his final battle against Yugi, Yako used both "The Wicked Eraser" and "The Wicked Avatar" in quick succession.
The Wicked God cards seem to be exceptionally powerful, and are stated by Yako to have been created solely to keep the Egyptian God cards in line; the Gods seemed to be able to revive the dead, since Yako was able to revive Keith Howard using the cards, and they were a major component of Yako's attempt to revive Pegasus by linking Anzu Mazaki to the Gods and using "The Wicked Avatar" as a medium. This plan ultimately failed when Yugi destroyed the "Avatar" using an enhanced "Obelisk The Progenitor".
Unlike the Egyptian God cards, the Wicked Gods were at least produced in duplicates, as both Gekko and Yako possessed one copy of "The Wicked Dreadroot" each, while Keith and Yako both possessed one copy of "The Wicked Eraser" each; this makes "The Wicked Avatar" the only Wicked God to be unique, specifically to Yako. Both Yako and Gekko tore up their copies after their final defeats; Keith is not seen destroying his copy of "The Wicked Eraser", but during his duel against Katsuya Jonouchi he would constantly complain that "Eraser" doesn't fit with his Machine deck and heavily implies that he only uses it because Yako has forced him to.
Comparison to the Egyptian Gods
In the manga, these cards were God-Type; they were released as DARK Fiend-Type monsters in the TCG/OCG. Their manga versions share the Hierarchy System with their counterparts (e.g., among the Egyptian Gods "Obelisk the Tormentor" and "Slifer the Sky Dragon" were Hierarchy 1, while "The Winged Dragon of Ra" was Hierarchy 2), with "The Wicked Avatar" higher than the other two. It is also known that they share the remainder of the Divine traits with the Egyptian Gods. Like the hierarchy of the Egyptian Gods in the manga, the Wicked Avatar (who is at the top) cannot be destroyed by the other two gods, as well as being invincible against "Obelisk" and "Slifer". Unlike the "Egyptian Gods" or "Sacred Beasts", the "Wicked Gods" do not have a fourth, combined member.
- The Wicked Dreadroot - A counterpart of "Obelisk the Tormentor". It is a winged humanoid giant akin to Obelisk and they share the same ATK and DEF. Its effects are also the reverse of that of "Obelisk". The effect of "Obelisk" that Tributes the controller's own monsters to destroy the opponent's, while the effect of "Dreadroot" affects all other monsters and instead lowers their ATK.
- The Wicked Eraser - A counterpart of "Slifer the Sky Dragon". It is a twin-mouthed dragon, just like "Slifer" (in the manga, both appear to have no hind limbs). It also has effects that are the reverse of that of "Slifer", while "Slifer" gains points for every card in its controller's hand, "Eraser," gains points for every card on the opponent's field (a trait which leads Seto Kaiba to insult it in the manga). In addition, the destruction effect of "Slifer" activates only when another monster is added to (the opponent's side of) to the field, and only targets a single monster, whereas the destruction effect of "Eraser" activates when it is destroyed and destroys all cards on the field.
- The Wicked Avatar - A counterpart of "The Winged Dragon of Ra". It closely resembles "The Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode". The effect of "Avatar" is the reverse of the effect of "Ra", which has several effects to gain ATK, while "Avatar" only has one, where the ATK of this card was only one point higher than the strongest monster, and "Ra" used all but one of your Life Points for its effect, as well as gaining ATK by sacrificing monsters (including its Tributes) in the anime and manga (both were changed to 100 for the TCG/OCG). In other words, "Ra" needs monsters and Life Points sacrificed to be stronger, whereas "Avatar" needs monsters alive to be stronger.
The "Wicked Gods" themselves possess nigh-unstoppable effects that can easily turn the game in your favor, but they are considerably harder to get out than their "Sacred Beasts" counterparts. While each God does have rather simpler summoning requirements, they are not Special Summons. They also require 3 Tributes each and cannot be used with "Mausoleum of the Emperor". Thus, monsters who survive battles, ones with high DEF, or those who you can Special Summon/Summon multiple copies of in a single turn should be used, or monsters that can not be destroyed by battle.
With the exception of "The Wicked Avatar", the Wicked Gods themselves lack Spell and Trap protection, and thus are quite a bit more vulnerable when used against an opponent who uses a lot of monster removal. "March of the Monarchs" and "Mound of the Bound Creator" can help.
"The Wicked Eraser" is designed to punish the opponent for swarming and setting cards, gaining ATK for each card under their control, and wiping the field if it's destroyed.
Premium Pack 2021 released support cards designed to aid in the Summoning of the Wicked Gods. "Angel O1" can be Special Summoned by revealing a Level 7 or higher monster in the hand, and also allows an extra Normal Summon/Set, while "Tellus the Little Angel" can quickly Summon multiple Tokens to aid in the Summoning of the Gods. "Divine Evolution" can be used with the three Wicked Gods in addition to Divine-Beast monsters, providing them with additional ATK and preventing their effects from being negated.
The Wicked Gods benefit from some Egyptian God support cards. "Reactor Slime" can be used to search and activate "Metal Reflect Slime" during the player's turn, allowing them to summon "Egyptian God Slime", which can be treated as 3 Tributes to Tribute Summon a Wicked God.