Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!
NO STORY LIVES UNLESS SOMEONE WANTS TO LISTEN
Time doesn't always heal, even though new skin grows over the wound. Some memories are a bruise buried deep under that skin. On the surface, I here is nothing to see, but if somebody touches it, however lightly, the pain comes back.
𝘽𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙣 𝙩𝙤 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙, 𝙮𝙚𝙩 𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙝𝙞𝙢 𝙖𝙣𝙮𝙬𝙖𝙮
I’ll hold the hand of the clock we used to play with, turn it back until we have time left, And tell you all the things I didn’t get to tell.
Everything that he loved faded, as though poisoned by his affection; everything he touched died.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
But I don’t bother to correct them. Because, frankly, I'd rather see someone happy because what they think about me is right than see someone upset because they know the horrifying truth about myself.
His greatest comfort was in hugging his torment ; and in feeling it.
❝We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we knew where it has lived all along, that it is inside ourselves.❞
"I just need not to fear anymore. I just need a nap and for once without nightmares. I need the old me back. The egoistic, workaholic, self-centered, heartless bastard. The cold one who never cared who would stay or who would leave."
Mighty Duelist, Former King of Game
A RIVAL'S OPPRESSION
➤ Kaiba is largely considered an anti-hero , as his motives are usually egocentric and his personality traits are selfish and arrogant, but he does sometimes help Yugi and his friends if it’s in his best interest
➤ (although there are a few occasions where he helps Yugi when faced with a common enemy).
Orphanage At a young age, Seto and his younger brother Mokuba's parents both died. Their relatives took everything from their will and sent Seto and Mokuba to the orphanage. (In the dub, it simply said that their parents died and there was no mention of their relatives).
On their first day at the orphanage, Seto comforted Mokuba, who was crying. He told him that he will be his father from there on and vowed to protect him no matter what. He advised Mokuba to always stay on his guard, as he will be finished if he shows any weakness.
Together at the orphanage, Seto and Mokuba would often play games, including chess, which Seto always won, but still encouraged Mokuba. When Mokuba was bullied by other kids, Seto would stick up for him.
One day they made a model theme park in the sandpit. Seto said that one day they would open real theme parks around the world, that everyone would want to visit and orphans would be allowed in free of charge.
The former head of KaibaCorp, Gozaburo Kaiba, arrived at the orphanage to perform a publicity stunt. Seto, who was 12 at the time, saw the chance to challenge him to a game of chess, with the stakes being that Gozaburo was to adopt Seto and Mokuba together, if Seto wins. Gozaburo refused at first, but when Seto threatened to tell everyone he backed down from a challenge with a child, he submits. Seto won since he had already studied Gozaburo's chess methods. Gozaburo then reluctantly adopted both brothers.
When he adopted Seto, Gozaburo planned to only use his body as a shell for his son, Noah. Noah had been injured in an accident and had his mind uploaded into a virtual world, as he was unable to survive in his real body. Gozaburo also wanted to use Seto to motivate Noah to work harder so he could head a company of that magnitude.
However, Seto proved to be more capable of running KaibaCorp than Noah and his experience quickly showed. Gozaburo abandoned his idea to transfer Noah's mind into Seto's body and focused his energies in training Seto through a rigorously accelerated education program to hone his business acumen and corporate management proficiency.
True to the terms of the bet, life with Gozaburo was the complete opposite of the luxury that Seto and Mokuba envisioned after their adoption, as Gozaburo forced Seto into a rigorously accelerated school program, forcing him to study several subjects including economics, social studies, foreign languages, and game theory. Seto was a conscientious student who often studied until he literally collapsed at his desk, determined to excel in his studies for the sake of securing a better life for Mokuba. Gozaburo was grooming Seto into preparing him for the future as a corporate sensation envisaging him at the helm of a colossal conglomerate company. Nonetheless, a naive Gozaburo also did not realize that he was not merely raising an heir, but a powerful apprentice that would ultimately outsmart him and take over his company.
When Gozaburo asked Seto what he planned to do with KaibaCorp after he inherited it, he said that he planned to build a Kaiba Land theme park for underprivileged children. Gozaburo called this boring, but Seto protested that games purify the soul. Gozaburo was not interested as games cannot be used to rule and ordered Hobson to confiscate all of Seto's toys, refusing to let Seto touch toys until he knew how to rule. (In the dub, Seto couldn't keep up with the pace Gozaburo wanted him to study at. Gozaburo disallowed him from having weekends off. As Gozaburo said that discipline is the only way to crush your enemies, Seto protested that he has no enemies. Gozaburo insisted that he does and he must learn that he can't even trust Gozaburo. He ordered Hobson to confiscate all of Seto's toys, so that they won't distract him from his studies.)
Mokuba hid Seto's Duel Monsters Deck in a hollowed-out book, including a drawing of a "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". He also left a note saying that their new family couldn't take everything away from them. Kaiba stepped out onto a balcony and vowed to get a real "Blue-Eyes White Dragon", one day.
Seto invented a virtual software for playing video games. However, Gozaburo intended to use it for war. Seto confronted him over this, but Gozaburo scolded him again for wanting to play games. Seto was to inherit the company one day, Gozaburo said, and the company is about beating enemies and rising to power, not making toys. Seto called him insane and Gozaburo had his guards take Seto away. Seto called out "Father" as he was dragged away. That was the last time he called Gozaburo "Father".
Not wanting his virtual system to be used by Gozaburo to kill countless people and make a fortune, Seto refused to let himself hand his system over to the evil man. He lost his respect for Gozaburo, and decided that he would take over KaibaCorp.
Seto made a deal with The Big Five, where they would try to overthrow Gozaburo. He told the Big Five that Gozaburo didn't give them the respect they deserved and he would treat them better once he becomes in charge.
Together they gained 49% of KaibaCorp leaving Gozaburo with 49% and Mokuba 2%. Seto made sure Gozaburo came to know of their plan and accused Mokuba of snitching on them. Seto and Mokuba were briefly turned against each other and Mokuba was given comfort by Gozaburo. Aware of Seto's plan, Gozaburo planned to use his remaining 49% with Mokuba's 2% to overrule Seto. However, Seto had planned a step ahead knowing how Mokuba was very supportive of Seto's dream to turn KaibaCorp into a gaming company compared to being a weapons manufacturing plant and as expected, Mokuba switched back to his side one last minute, giving Seto his 2%. With the 51%, Seto was able to take full control of the company. Unable to live with the defeat, Gozaburo committed suicide.
After taking control of KaibaCorp, Seto shifted its economic interest from manufacturing weapons of mass destruction to game-oriented equipment.
Kaiba started building an amusement park for orphaned and underprivileged children called Kaiba Land. At the start of the series, only one Kaiba Land had been built, in Domino (in the dub, none of the parks had been built, and Kaiba Land was touted as the KaibaCorp headquarters).
Kaiba began work on creating holographic technology to heighten the experience of playing Duel Monsters.
Who I'd like to meet: