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Started: 2/13/2014 Category: Entertainment
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This is for the nerd & fandom event of the DDO olympics.

This debate shall be about who is the best character in media created by the yu-gi-oh franchise, including comics, the TV show and the collectible card game. Whoever is the most convincing of whether their chosen character is superior ought to be who you vote for. Rebuttal is encouraged. Rules are simple - 4 rounds, with actual debating starting in round 2. The first round is for briefly presenting the character we each choose, and for clarifying rules. What makes a character best is itself a point of contention, not something we can define. Remember, actual debate rounds start in round two.

With those formalities out of the way, let me introduce my contender.


Seto appears throughout the original TV show as a major character and the show's main tritagonist. He also appears in Yu Gi Oh GX, "Season Zero", the first movie and as a prominent part of the card game itself.

Seto owns KaibaCorp, a former military contracter who now specialise in card game technology. Aside from this, he is also invariably one of the top ranked duellists in the world, his love for the game exceeded only by his love for his little brother, Mokuba. Adopted as an orphan, Kaiba eventually founds the Duel Academy school from Yu Gi Oh GX.


There are some characters I like (lots in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), but there is one in particular I like:


Alexis is a strong female Duelist from the Obelisk Blue dormitory at Duel Academy as well as one of Jaden's closest friends. She is the only female protagonist throughout the series, but Blair Finnigan has a slight role in the end of the series as well.
Debate Round No. 1


I thank my opponent for introducing his challenger.

Duel Skills

There can be little doubt Seto is the stronger duellist in this debate. In numerous tournaments throughout the series he placed in the top 3 every time. Alexis was still going to school to develop her duelling skills, while Kaiba is a national and international champion. He begins the yu-gi-oh TV series as the best in the world, unlike Alexis who isn't even the best in her school.

While intergenerational yu-gi-oh battles are hard to work out because new special abilities are invented and such, Seto Kaiba has shown himself able to hold his own and win even in duels against modern decks as recently as last year, long after GX finished ( Expert duel analysts tend to agree by a vast majority that Kaiba would destroy Alexis in a duel (


While Alexis is a good student, Kaiba's intelligence goes far beyond his studies of theoretical duel techniques. Kaiba was a master strategist in all kinds of games, winning his adoption through a game of chess against a chess champion while still a very young child, then taking over the company with his ruthless yet prodigal business skills. At just the age of 10 he managed to get a 10,000% return on a 2% share of KaibaCorp in just one day

Kaiba's real skill, however, is in his understanding of technology. He invented much of the duelling technology and such relied upon by Alexis. He created complex duelling computers and duel disks. He even had no trouble single-handedly hacking into the mainframe of Pegasus.


Kaiba is super wealthy, as the head of the KaibaCorp company. He also has an enourmous power of influencing people, such as the Big Five whom he decieved into handing over control of Kaibacorp without spending a penny on the effort. His ability to control others around him made him one of the most powerful figures in the world in general, even outside of duel monsters. Kaiba is the true definition of a self-made man as a former orphan with nothing. In addition, Kaiba has been shown to be so powerful he could change his own destiny, such as when he defied Ishizu's prophecy when they duelled on Kaiba's blimp to win the match.

While this power might be construed as being seen by others as dangerous, Kaiba time and time again attracts waves of supporters to his side at all manner of tournaments, proving his worldwide popularity and reknown.


Kaiba often comes across as brash or egoistic, but this is a simplistic view. As Eric Stuart, foremost authority on Seto Kaiba, said: "He's a pretty deep guy".

Kaiba does have some difficulty relating to people, which is understandable given his circumstances. On the other hand he is always honest and actually rather humble, perhaps symptomic of a low self-esteem (Kaiba readily accepts that he is not perfect but he does aim for self-improvement). It's incredibly obvious to the viewer that he really just needs friends, but unfortunately due to his upbringing Kaiba himself won't believe that. Kaiba has shown many times, however, that he himself would make a great friend, for example by helping out the entire cast when they were stuck in the VR world by the Big Five. If he had not stalled then the others would not have made it out.


Although he was capable of being ruthless and cunning, Kaiba from an early age actually challenged these things. He built theme parks and transformed his weapons company into a games company. KaibaCorp, once an instrument of destruction and death, was single-handedly transformed by Seto into an instrument of joy, happiness and laughter. He had a particular thing for helping orphans or disadvantaged children, due to his own past, and often helped them out. He also founds the academy for elite duellists. This kindness was reinforced by Yami Yugi performing a mind crush on Kaiba, ridding him completely of any lingering evil thoughts, essentially making him near-ommibenevolent. Later on this in shown continuously throughout the series, for example in showing compassion to Alistair (who was probably the least deserving person of compassion Kaiba ever met, except perhaps his father).

He weilds blue eyes ultimate dragon

Speaks for itself.


While Kaiba doesn't have much of a family, he remained loyal to his family relations throughout, in particular his younger brother Mokuba. He constantly risks his own life to protect his younger brother, travelling around the world without so much as a second thought about whether he should turn back. More often than not he is directly responsible for every aspect of his brother's welfare. Even in the orphanage he stood up for Mokuba against bullies who lived there.

Additionally, while perhaps not obvious, he is also loyal and obedient to his adoptive family. While Gozaburo, his adoptive father, always intended to exploit him, Seto obeyed his wishes to learn to become a ruthless business leader to the end. Gozaburo couldn't live with the fact Seto was more perfect than his own real but dead son, Noah, after Seto took over the Kaiba family company, and comitted suicide as a result.


Kaiba is physically capable of astonishing feats of agility and strength which would make a professional gymnast envious. As an example, after Pegasus makes a deal with the big five, two heavily armed guards are sent to kill Kaiba. Kaiba deflects all the bullets with a chair and a breifcase while simultaneously jumping out of a window that led to a high cliff. The guards dismissed him as dead due to the huge fall from the window (his adoptive father had died in a similar way), but forgot that this is Seto Kaiba we're talking about. Not only had he survived the fall from the window, but he had managed to hang on to the cliff some way down, and then rock climbed back to safety. A short time later a guard of Pegasus points a loaded gun at Kaiba, and Kaiba responds by grabbing the gun off him so forcefully he actually injures the guard's hand before he can fire the gun.


Kaiba is the modern reincarnation of Priest Seto, the loyal subject of Pharoah Atem. He holds a noble destiny from many generations back. This sets him apart from almost every other character on the show who does not possess a millenium item. Kaiba is not simply any old vessel for an ancient spirit, but a person who had that destiny already. Having an ancient destiny is definitely cool in any event.

He's a tritagonist

Come on, kids shows don't have enough of them. You've got to respect the writers for throwing a character in there who's not a good guy, not a bad guy, and super important to the story.

Fashion sense

Kaiba has the world's coolest coat-tails. While Alexis is content to wear the standard uniform of Kaiba's, in every adaption Kaiba has always gone out of his way to sport the best clothing out of all the characters. While this probably overlaps with the fact that he has the most money out of any other character except possibly Pegasus, the fact that Seto allocates his money in such a way proves he goes out of his way to be good looking.


Seto is one of the few characters to be able to keep a calm and reasonable head when crazy stuff happens, such as in the memory world. Kaiba even can keep his sarcastic sense of humor (some of the funniest on the show) and logical thinking skills (demonstrated by his duelling) on these occasions.

Seto Kaiba Motivational Quotes

"If you honestly think you can win, then stop talking about it and do it already!"
"When I'm about to lose, I always draw what I need. And this time's no exception."
"I don't run from anything. When I have a problem, I eliminate its source."
"I've never backed down from a challenge, and I'm not about to start today."
"Pharaoh or no pharaoh, no one tells Seto Kaiba what to do."
"This duel belongs to me!"

In conclusion, screw the rules, Seto Kaiba has money.


Thank you. I am a her, not a his. Thank you.


Alexis runs a Cyber Girl deck, whereas Kaiba runs a Power deck.

Alexis is generally very confident, brave and strong willed, yet she does not follow the crowd nor does she regard herself as better than other people like many of her Obelisk peers, though she does show some respect for them, (like during her duel with Chazz). Alexis has put herself in danger to help her friends many times. She has strong confidence in her Dueling skills, but she does not act vain about it, unlike Chazz and Aster, and sometimes Jaden. Alexis also tends to act more quiet and reserved than Jaden's other friends. She tries to stay alongside Jaden and support him in defeating evil throughout the series, but often finds herself in trouble and needing his rescuing. Unlike Seto, Alexis doesn't call people names a lot. For example, In the original Japanese version of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kaiba omits honorifics and has a "rude" pattern of speech. Kaiba uses the word "ore" to mean "I" instead of the usual boku; ore is a boastful way to say "I" in Japanese. Kaiba usually calls Katsuya Jonouchi (Joey Wheeler) names, such as "bonkotsu" (mediocre), "make-inu" (pathetic dog, loser), "uma no hone" (a nobody), and "zako" (insignificant person, weakling). This name calling was carried over to the English dub.
In the English version, Kaiba has a certain contempt for Yugi's group of friends; he refers to them constantly with derisive nicknames such as "the nerd herd", "the dweeb patrol", or "the geek squad". Plus, he is fairly condescending and scathing to everyone, with the exception of Mokuba, the only person he is consistently shown to treat with love and care. With the quotes you shared, Seto sounded rude.

Relationships and Appearance:

Alexis is considered attractive to most of her classmates. Alexis is known well for her beauty, and many male characters throughout the show demonstrate infatuation with her. Because she is the most beautiful girl in Duel Academy while also a great duelist, she has earned the names "Madonna" and Queen of Obelisk Blue. Alexis' interest in Jaden is shown more explicitly in the English version; in the original, Asuka never shows romantic interest towards anyone, which leads to her brother's repeated attempts to get her to notice someone. But in season 1, Alexis was shown staring, smiling at Jaden after he mocked Crowler. In episode 161 when she's seen thinking about him, and more strongly indicated in the next episode on two occasions. The first is when she's clearly frustrated with Jaden getting along with Blair during the pair Duel, and later after she tells him about her decision based on his influence; she just says she was glad she met him, but has a lot of trouble assembling her words, and blushes while she's speaking.
In the dub, Alexis' affections toward Jaden can be traced as early on asepisode 3. Her dormmate, Jasmine wondered if Alexis was "falling for that Slifer", the "Slifer" being referred to as Jaden. In the Japanese version, Alexis merely refers to Jaden as "interesting". Alexis consistently will respond to another female showing interest in Jaden. For example, in episode 106 when Blair give Jaden a flirty wink, she is clearly not pleased this is also present in the original version. Similarly, in dubbed episode 37, Chazz remarks that Tania might be Jaden's "type" after all. Alexis then vehemently denies this, retorting, " way Jaden would ever date that thing."


Debate Round No. 2


My sincere apologies for getting my opponent's gender wrong. I thank her for opening her case.

Rebuttal: Deck

This point is about what cards they own. I deal with how well they are able to play with these cards in my point.

Kaiba owns the best cards in the world. He has even destroyed powerful cards belonging to other duellists to make him the only one to possess them. Being wealthy he is able to pay any price for cards.

But more importantly Kaiba uses his deep strategic thinking skills to be able to construct his deck intelligently. He tends to use more complex combinations than other duellists, leading him to be able to snatch victory from almost any seemingly hopeless position. For Kaiba it isn't just about the individual cards, but how he can use them together to claim victory.

Kaiba runs a dragon-themed deck. It's not a simple beatdown deck, however, as Kaiba uses a variety of other spells to complement his strategy. Alexis' Cyber Girls and Seto's Dragons are both types primarily concerned with attacking their opponents, which is bad news for Cyber Girls because Dragons have the greatest attacking power out of any monsters in the game ( Cyber Dragons don't generally have any special abilities that make them better than Dragons in any way either. Dragons are superior to Cyber Girls hands down.

But as Kaiba knows, powerful cards alone don't win duels. For example, Kaiba was the one who taught Yugi how to beat Marik's Egyptian God Card with a much more low-level card. Because Kaiba knows how to integrate cards like this, adapt to his opp

Rebuttal: Personality

Most of the things con said about Alexis are true of Kaiba also. It is mostly just plagiarised from

Kaiba and Alexis are both confident, brave and strong willed characters. This is not a marginal advantage Alexis has over Kaiba in any way. Kaiba also is probably the character who plays less by others' rules than any other among his generation (he even personally changed the rules of the card game in season 2). Kaiba has no problem putting himself in danger to help his friends exactly like Alexis, for example during the aforementioned battle with the Big Five or during his battles to save Mokuba at massive personal risk during season 4.

Kaiba is also very quiet and reserved when he's not duelling. Kaiba actually tries to help Yugi throughout the series as best he can when the world is in danger (for example, in his fight with Ryou Bakura). Sometimes he simply feels he would be better placed than Yugi to do the saving, but they are essentially friendly rivals fighting on the same side throughout the series.

So let's focus on the differences con identified. And I think there's essentially only one.

It's true Kaiba often speaks of others' duelling skills in a derogatory fashion - however, he also demonstrates respect for his opponents who beat him, especially Yugi. There's an assumption of superiority he has towards other people, as a counterpoint to the assumption he has about himself that he does not deserve what others give him. But this doesn't prevent him being nice to them. It's like Muhammed Ali, the "world's greatest" boxer - sure he puts people down, but professionally as a duellist, not in any kind of personal sense. It really only makes Kaiba more endearing.

Rebuttal: Popularity/Relationships

Unlike Alexis, Kaiba is not very popular in school. For some reason, school popularity in the yu-gi-oh world seems to be based entirely on sex appeal (see also Duke Devlin). But being hot does not make you a better person or a better character. This point is emphasised many times within the yu-gi-oh franchise (again, see Duke Devlin). Kaiba makes a really strong effort to keep himself looking good, and no more can be expected of anybody than that.

Dating a boy only makes the character of Alexis weaker, not stronger. It reinforces gender-normative stereotypes and he idea that Alexis' sole reason for existing is to be a good future girlfriend for the main protagonist. Naturally this view is unfair to Alexis' character, as Alexis herself doesn't like herself to be seen as just a cute girl - she wants to be seen as a top duellist. In other words, Alexis herself aspires to be like Seto Kaiba, who is universally adknowleged as a great duellist throughout the series.

A character not defined by their relationships is a better character. Seto had a long history of bad relationships, but he's risen above that and is not afraid to give people chances, even occasionally teaming up with his arch-rival Yugi.

My points

The ONLY one of my points con could answer was that my quotes made Kaiba sound like a jerk. This is subjective - in fact, Kaiba is a strong source of motivation when the going gets tough. All of my other numerous arguments are dropped, conceded and extended.

My opponent has failed to answer my extensive case and I have throughly rebutted his. The fact remains Seto Kaiba is the only known person able to watch a God-card get summoned and not even flinch.

Or put another way, screw the rules, Seto Kaiba has money.


PeriodicPatriot forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3


Extend all arguments and rebuttals further.


PeriodicPatriot forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by MysticEgg 3 years ago
I love Yu-Gi-Oh. :') I follow Kaiba's "Screw the rules" approach, as I taught myself to play - and play well. It's the most complex card game in the world and anyone who can play well is awesome and deserves respect.
Posted by Zaradi 3 years ago
I'm not going to lie, I thought Alexis Rhodes was hot as f*ck as a kid, and I still think she's not that bad looking now.
Posted by Mikal 3 years ago

not voting on this because I just had a mangasm.
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