~ Ottji's Yu-Gi-Oh! Musings ~
I do have a few headcanons about Marik.
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When Marik was a child, living underground, he rarely (if ever) wore shoes, so he grew accustomed to moving around barefoot. Because of this, he still prefers to go around barefoot whenever he can, and it took him a long time to get used to the feeling of wearing shoes.
When he left the Tombs with Rishid, he continued to go around without shoes, since he rarely interacted with people outside of his own Gouls. While prowling through cities at night, however, he learned the value of wearing shoes after stepping on shards of a broken bottle, needing several stitches (which Rishid provided assistance with). Afterwards, he worked harder to try and get used to the feeling of wearing shoes more often.
I think I have mentioned this one before, but I also believe that Marik is none too fond of elevators (along with his siblings, to varying degrees). He will use one if he needs to, but he much prefers to simply use stairs. Despite adjusting to living in cities and traveling around, he still gets a feeling of unease in elevators. Planes also trouble him in a similar way (being confined in an enclosed, metal-walled space), but he can sleep through flights if he needs to.
He will use elevators when he needs to; they don’t make him panic or leave him unable to function as he normally would, but he still prefers stairs if they are an available option.
Marik’s interest in ice cubes (or ice in general) does not branch into a sexual fetish in my headcanons. Rather they intrigue him, since the concept of ice was entirely foreign to him as a child. He enjoys the chill they create in drinks, as well as the texture they have when touched, and how an ice cube melts when held.
The first time he encountered ice cubes after leaving with Rishid, he was more than a little startled. He did not understand what it was, or why it was in his drink, and ended up spending most of that meal time holding an ice cube or pushing another around the table top as it melted. He got used to it over time, but it is still something he takes a secret kind of delight in toying with.
I suppose my last consistent headcanon would be that Marik frequently woke up with terrible headaches. These headaches were caused by his darker side, in a way, so they began when he was a child, and only stopped after the Battle City events. His darker side had no way to directly influence him while it was dormant, but it was eternally existing and stirring just beneath the surface of his mind, always watchful for the smallest opening, the slightest weakness, to give it the chance to ‘come out’ again. This alone would often give him headaches, particularly after a fitful night of sleep.
When Marik lived with Rishid after they left the Tombs, Rishid became accustomed to bringing Marik a glass of water and some pain medication every morning. It was not always needed, since Marik did not always get his headaches every morning, but it happened frequently enough that it became a standard practice for Rishid.
[I hope that answered your question! I have many headcanons about characters, but a lot of them vary depending on situations or other factors, so these are the main headcanons I have for Marik that stay the same across the board. Thank you for asking!]

I do have a few headcanons about Marik.

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When Marik was a child, living underground, he rarely (if ever) wore shoes, so he grew accustomed to moving around barefoot. Because of this, he still prefers to go around barefoot whenever he can, and it took him a long time to get used to the feeling of wearing shoes.

When he left the Tombs with Rishid, he continued to go around without shoes, since he rarely interacted with people outside of his own Gouls. While prowling through cities at night, however, he learned the value of wearing shoes after stepping on shards of a broken bottle, needing several stitches (which Rishid provided assistance with). Afterwards, he worked harder to try and get used to the feeling of wearing shoes more often.

I think I have mentioned this one before, but I also believe that Marik is none too fond of elevators (along with his siblings, to varying degrees). He will use one if he needs to, but he much prefers to simply use stairs. Despite adjusting to living in cities and traveling around, he still gets a feeling of unease in elevators. Planes also trouble him in a similar way (being confined in an enclosed, metal-walled space), but he can sleep through flights if he needs to.

He will use elevators when he needs to; they don’t make him panic or leave him unable to function as he normally would, but he still prefers stairs if they are an available option.

Marik’s interest in ice cubes (or ice in general) does not branch into a sexual fetish in my headcanons. Rather they intrigue him, since the concept of ice was entirely foreign to him as a child. He enjoys the chill they create in drinks, as well as the texture they have when touched, and how an ice cube melts when held.

The first time he encountered ice cubes after leaving with Rishid, he was more than a little startled. He did not understand what it was, or why it was in his drink, and ended up spending most of that meal time holding an ice cube or pushing another around the table top as it melted. He got used to it over time, but it is still something he takes a secret kind of delight in toying with.

I suppose my last consistent headcanon would be that Marik frequently woke up with terrible headaches. These headaches were caused by his darker side, in a way, so they began when he was a child, and only stopped after the Battle City events. His darker side had no way to directly influence him while it was dormant, but it was eternally existing and stirring just beneath the surface of his mind, always watchful for the smallest opening, the slightest weakness, to give it the chance to ‘come out’ again. This alone would often give him headaches, particularly after a fitful night of sleep.

When Marik lived with Rishid after they left the Tombs, Rishid became accustomed to bringing Marik a glass of water and some pain medication every morning. It was not always needed, since Marik did not always get his headaches every morning, but it happened frequently enough that it became a standard practice for Rishid.

[I hope that answered your question! I have many headcanons about characters, but a lot of them vary depending on situations or other factors, so these are the main headcanons I have for Marik that stay the same across the board. Thank you for asking!]

"I rarely work with literal ‘self-ship’ pairings."
(Thank you, I am very glad you enjoy my Musings! I always love to hear that!)
I have in fact heard of Sanityshipping, but I hardly ever see it, so I often forget about it completely!
And to be truthful I tend to not spend much time thinking about literal self-ships, separate from pairings like Puzzleshipping or Tendershipping, etc. With pairings like Puzzleshipping, it involves two different beings, two different minds and personalities that interact with each other, despite being hosted in the same physical form. (Or in separate bodies, depending on the portrayal.) Despite technically existing in the same body, or at least acting through the same body, they are different entities; their thoughts and souls / spirits / energies are distinctive to themselves.
So when it comes to pairings like this, I just… I cannot really picture it. It would be like imagining yourself in a relationship with the person you will have become five years from now.
Yami Yugi’s personality varies a bit throughout the course of the anime, as is expected with character development. But even in the early episodes he is, in some ways, different than the character we see portrayed in the ‘Season 0’ portion of the anime. In the manga, however, the transition is at least a little more gradual, as there is no gap in the timeline, like there is between Season 0 and ‘main’ anime series.
But despite the differences between the mad spirit that first awoke in the puzzle and the being we see by the Ceremonial Duel, they are still the same person. Time, experiences, and people all change who are and how we think, or act.
For instance, I look back at who I was five, or even just three years ago. I was very different then, but I was still me. Things just change as time goes on.
I guess my point here is that I, personally, have a hard time with pairings like this. I don’t dislike them, they just don’t really… happen, in my world of headcanons.
[Thank you for sending this Ask! If you have any other specific questions about Sanityshipping, go ahead and send them to me and I will see if I can work up any actual headcanons about it~]

"I rarely work with literal ‘self-ship’ pairings."

(Thank you, I am very glad you enjoy my Musings! I always love to hear that!)

I have in fact heard of Sanityshipping, but I hardly ever see it, so I often forget about it completely!

And to be truthful I tend to not spend much time thinking about literal self-ships, separate from pairings like Puzzleshipping or Tendershipping, etc. With pairings like Puzzleshipping, it involves two different beings, two different minds and personalities that interact with each other, despite being hosted in the same physical form. (Or in separate bodies, depending on the portrayal.) Despite technically existing in the same body, or at least acting through the same body, they are different entities; their thoughts and souls / spirits / energies are distinctive to themselves.

So when it comes to pairings like this, I just… I cannot really picture it. It would be like imagining yourself in a relationship with the person you will have become five years from now.

Yami Yugi’s personality varies a bit throughout the course of the anime, as is expected with character development. But even in the early episodes he is, in some ways, different than the character we see portrayed in the ‘Season 0’ portion of the anime. In the manga, however, the transition is at least a little more gradual, as there is no gap in the timeline, like there is between Season 0 and ‘main’ anime series.

But despite the differences between the mad spirit that first awoke in the puzzle and the being we see by the Ceremonial Duel, they are still the same person. Time, experiences, and people all change who are and how we think, or act.

For instance, I look back at who I was five, or even just three years ago. I was very different then, but I was still me. Things just change as time goes on.

I guess my point here is that I, personally, have a hard time with pairings like this. I don’t dislike them, they just don’t really… happen, in my world of headcanons.

[Thank you for sending this Ask! If you have any other specific questions about Sanityshipping, go ahead and send them to me and I will see if I can work up any actual headcanons about it~]

I do not really understand this idea, anon. It is nothing personal, I am just very confused about the details here.
My first problem with this idea is the notion of anyone else surviving the Kuhl Elna massacre. If the Thief King had any remaining family after that nightmare, I think his life would be very different. Sure, he could still be focusing on revenge for the others that were slaughtered, but I also think that being around any other survivors, especially a younger sibling, would be a very drastic change.
In the canon series, revenge was his purpose for living, his driving motivator. Having a little sister, someone he treasured and was connected to by blood, would leave him less time and energy to focus on vengeance, and instead he would spend much more time taking care of that remaining loved one. She would be all he had, he wouldn’t be so reckless or daring; he wouldn’t want to lose her, or risk something happening to her if he died.
That brings me to my second point. That night in Kuhl Elna, he lost everything. His friends, his family, all those that loved him and those he loved in return. If he had a little sister that survived along with him, that made it through that horror and escaped with him, why would he sacrifice her, his only living bond left in the entire world?
Vengeance is a powerful motivator, yes. There’s no denying that, as we see in the canon, with the Thief King’s interactions with the dark god. But that vengeance was driven, in part, by the bonds he lost in Kuhl Elna, and if even one bond still remained in the world, I think he would covet that almost desperately. That would become his priority, his reason for living, for fighting his way through the world.
Maybe he and his little sister would grow up and together try to find ways to plan revenge for the horror they witnessed. Or maybe they would both become so focused on supporting and protecting each other that vengeance wouldn’t be as important, and they would just focus on staying alive, and staying together.
Having a second survivor of Kuhl Elna, even just another young child, is such a drastically different detail that it could skew the resulting plot far away from the revenge and destruction we see in the canon.
And to be entirely honest, I have a hard time understand exactly what you’re asking after that point. Zorc ‘got a daughter out of her’? Did he somehow mate with the Thief King’s sacrificed little sister to create some kind of hybrid offspring?
That leads to my confusion about this Demigoddess of darkness that serves the Gods, the one that falls in love with Atem. Did she fall in love with him from a distance, like a stalker, without ever interacting with him, or did she somehow get close to the Pharaoh without any of the Priest’s sensing her presence / relation to Zorc? And how has she sworn eternal loyalty to the Gods if she is the product of an evil god breeding with a sacrificed mortal?
(Not to mention, as a ‘Demigoddess’ by name, does she even look human? Would she feasibly be able to get anywhere near the Palace itself without causing alarm, due to her evil heritage?) 
And I’m also not entirely sure what Marik has to do with any of the rest of the ideas you mentioned, since it was my impression that this storyline was taking place in the Ancient Egypt portion of the series.
[I’m sorry I couldn’t answer your question as clearly as you probably would have liked. If you wanted to clarify any of the points I did not understand, feel free to do so.]

I do not really understand this idea, anon. It is nothing personal, I am just very confused about the details here.

My first problem with this idea is the notion of anyone else surviving the Kuhl Elna massacre. If the Thief King had any remaining family after that nightmare, I think his life would be very different. Sure, he could still be focusing on revenge for the others that were slaughtered, but I also think that being around any other survivors, especially a younger sibling, would be a very drastic change.

In the canon series, revenge was his purpose for living, his driving motivator. Having a little sister, someone he treasured and was connected to by blood, would leave him less time and energy to focus on vengeance, and instead he would spend much more time taking care of that remaining loved one. She would be all he had, he wouldn’t be so reckless or daring; he wouldn’t want to lose her, or risk something happening to her if he died.

That brings me to my second point. That night in Kuhl Elna, he lost everything. His friends, his family, all those that loved him and those he loved in return. If he had a little sister that survived along with him, that made it through that horror and escaped with him, why would he sacrifice her, his only living bond left in the entire world?

Vengeance is a powerful motivator, yes. There’s no denying that, as we see in the canon, with the Thief King’s interactions with the dark god. But that vengeance was driven, in part, by the bonds he lost in Kuhl Elna, and if even one bond still remained in the world, I think he would covet that almost desperately. That would become his priority, his reason for living, for fighting his way through the world.

Maybe he and his little sister would grow up and together try to find ways to plan revenge for the horror they witnessed. Or maybe they would both become so focused on supporting and protecting each other that vengeance wouldn’t be as important, and they would just focus on staying alive, and staying together.

Having a second survivor of Kuhl Elna, even just another young child, is such a drastically different detail that it could skew the resulting plot far away from the revenge and destruction we see in the canon.

And to be entirely honest, I have a hard time understand exactly what you’re asking after that point. Zorc ‘got a daughter out of her’? Did he somehow mate with the Thief King’s sacrificed little sister to create some kind of hybrid offspring?

That leads to my confusion about this Demigoddess of darkness that serves the Gods, the one that falls in love with Atem. Did she fall in love with him from a distance, like a stalker, without ever interacting with him, or did she somehow get close to the Pharaoh without any of the Priest’s sensing her presence / relation to Zorc? And how has she sworn eternal loyalty to the Gods if she is the product of an evil god breeding with a sacrificed mortal?

(Not to mention, as a ‘Demigoddess’ by name, does she even look human? Would she feasibly be able to get anywhere near the Palace itself without causing alarm, due to her evil heritage?)

And I’m also not entirely sure what Marik has to do with any of the rest of the ideas you mentioned, since it was my impression that this storyline was taking place in the Ancient Egypt portion of the series.

[I’m sorry I couldn’t answer your question as clearly as you probably would have liked. If you wanted to clarify any of the points I did not understand, feel free to do so.]

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I really have a hard time working with this as a ship, frankly. But part of that is my own bias against threesomes of any kind; I have a hard time envisioning a functional threesome that does not result in at least one party feeling left out.
Not to mention the characters themselves would be hard to really… combine into a relationship like this. Ryou is a lonely, kind-hearted, devoted kind of person. ‘Yami Bakura’ is a cunning, manipulative, patient being. Thief King Bakura is an aggressive, confident, fuck-the-rules type. None of those really mesh together too well.
If anything, I can see Ryou getting caught up in a bad way between the other two. It wouldn’t be healthy. As we see in the series itself, Ryou is entirely used by the spirit of the Ring, as is the Thief King, to an extent. I am sure there would be some kind of alpha-dog cockfight going on between the Thief King and the spirit of the Ring, a kind of clashing of wills that Ryou would end up tossed into the middle of.
Not that Ryou isn’t strong in his own right. But his strength is much more quiet than the other two’s, and would likely be ‘unheard’ in the midst of all that was going on.
The spirit of the Ring obviously enjoys keeping things under his control. Even if they do not appear to be from the outside, he often has a way of manipulating things to go his way from the shadows. Thief King Bakura does not appreciate another person’s dominance being forced on him, something that I am sure stemmed from his hatred for the Pharaoh and those around him. So that creates a power conflict that neither would be willing to compromise on.
And truthfully I have no idea how Ryou would really feel about either of them in this situation. This is where my ‘left out’ issues comes into play; the spirit and the Thief King are so preoccupied with each other that they would likely pay little attention to Ryou himself. The spirit of the Ring might use Ryou as some kind of leverage; as I said, he is manipulative and knows how to use the tools around him, Ryou being one of them.
For the record, I have no idea where this relationship would take place, given that two share the same body and one is long dead. Not that things like that matter to the fans (myself included), but I thought it worth mentioning.
Overall, I feel like the Thief King and the spirit of the Ring are both too ‘alpha’ to find a way to compromise with each other about anything, leaving a lot of fighting or more subtle ways of making a point, and Ryou would either be caught in the middle, or essentially forgotten.
[Thank you for sending in this Ask! I hope I answered your question well enough~]

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I really have a hard time working with this as a ship, frankly. But part of that is my own bias against threesomes of any kind; I have a hard time envisioning a functional threesome that does not result in at least one party feeling left out.

Not to mention the characters themselves would be hard to really… combine into a relationship like this. Ryou is a lonely, kind-hearted, devoted kind of person. ‘Yami Bakura’ is a cunning, manipulative, patient being. Thief King Bakura is an aggressive, confident, fuck-the-rules type. None of those really mesh together too well.


If anything, I can see Ryou getting caught up in a bad way between the other two. It wouldn’t be healthy. As we see in the series itself, Ryou is entirely used by the spirit of the Ring, as is the Thief King, to an extent. I am sure there would be some kind of alpha-dog cockfight going on between the Thief King and the spirit of the Ring, a kind of clashing of wills that Ryou would end up tossed into the middle of.

Not that Ryou isn’t strong in his own right. But his strength is much more quiet than the other two’s, and would likely be ‘unheard’ in the midst of all that was going on.

The spirit of the Ring obviously enjoys keeping things under his control. Even if they do not appear to be from the outside, he often has a way of manipulating things to go his way from the shadows. Thief King Bakura does not appreciate another person’s dominance being forced on him, something that I am sure stemmed from his hatred for the Pharaoh and those around him. So that creates a power conflict that neither would be willing to compromise on.

And truthfully I have no idea how Ryou would really feel about either of them in this situation. This is where my ‘left out’ issues comes into play; the spirit and the Thief King are so preoccupied with each other that they would likely pay little attention to Ryou himself. The spirit of the Ring might use Ryou as some kind of leverage; as I said, he is manipulative and knows how to use the tools around him, Ryou being one of them.

For the record, I have no idea where this relationship would take place, given that two share the same body and one is long dead. Not that things like that matter to the fans (myself included), but I thought it worth mentioning.

Overall, I feel like the Thief King and the spirit of the Ring are both too ‘alpha’ to find a way to compromise with each other about anything, leaving a lot of fighting or more subtle ways of making a point, and Ryou would either be caught in the middle, or essentially forgotten.

[Thank you for sending in this Ask! I hope I answered your question well enough~]

I have no idea when this ask was sent to me (nothing in my Inbox is showing the dates anymore), so I apologize if this is redundant.
You can find my thoughts on Psychoshipping here, but feel free to send in another ask if you have any other questions about it that I did not cover there!
Thank you for sending me the question, I appreciate it~

I have no idea when this ask was sent to me (nothing in my Inbox is showing the dates anymore), so I apologize if this is redundant.

You can find my thoughts on Psychoshipping here, but feel free to send in another ask if you have any other questions about it that I did not cover there!

Thank you for sending me the question, I appreciate it~

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