When it comes to Yu-Gi-Oh!, there's no Duelist better known than series protagonist himself, Yugi Muto. The show took all kinds of funky liberties with the rules of the game as we know them, but that's not important. What really matters is that some of Yugi's 'signature' cards from the anime became incredible iconic.
Were 90% of them any good? Well, let's be honest with ourselves: no. Nevertheless, the legendary Yugi himself used them, so they have a special place in our hearts. Today, we'll be ranking Yugi's most iconic Monsters. Let's jump right into it with number 10.
10 Obnoxious Celtic Guardian
Yugi was a huge proponent of both Celtic Guardian and its obnoxious retrained counterpart through his time in the anime. He switched to the Exhausting variant after his time on Duelist Kingdom.
All-in-all, its Effect didn't come into play much, and Yugi played it less as time went on. However, he still carved in a spot as one of Yugi's most trusted cards, even if he was the most enraging Celtic Guardian there ever was.
9 Big Shield Gardna
Big Shield Gardna was another one of Yugi's cards that saw frequent play throughout most of the series. Fortunately, no-one ever bit the bullet and attacked this thing, as Big Shield Gardna switches into Attack Mode when hit. This probably only ever happened once, because people just don't know what card effects do, apparently.
Anyway, Big Shield Gardna was always used as a method of defense in Yugi's artillery, which once again, was a horrible idea, due to its Effect. Yugi would never win a single Duel in today's competitive landscape, would he?
8 Gaia The Fierce Knight
Gaia The Fierce Knight was another one of Yugi's monsters that saw a lot of play in Duelist Kingdom, with the retrained Swift Knight seeing a small amount of play through the rest of the series. The Swift variant is a lot better than the original, but the original worked just fine for Yugi in Duelist Kingdom, as Tributes weren't a thing back then.
Gaia got Yugi out of a lot of binds in the past, but he slowly phased it out (like a few others on the list) as the series went on. A new Gaia was introduced to Yugi's deck in the Dark Side of Dimensions, though!
7 The Royal Knights
King's Knight, Queen's Knight and Jack's Knight were a trio that Yugi used consistently throughout the anime's run, as when Queen's Knight and King's Knight are on the field, Jack's Knight is automatically summoned.
This could be used in a variety of ways, but the poor guys didn't even get to battle often. They were mainly used as a method to get the God Cards out quickly. There was also that one time that Royal Straight Slasher was Summoned and contributed absolutely nothing to the game whatsoever.
6 The Magnet Warriors
Valkyrion the Magna Warrior is one of Yugi's most powerful cards, with an Attack stat of 3500. The card is a combination of the other Magnet Warriors, Alpha, Beta and Gamma, who can combine and split apart depending on the situation.
Valkyrion was only Summoned a few times throughout the season, but always made an impact when he came out on the field. Yugi also used the splitting method as a way to Summon the God cards easily.
5 Gandora the Dragon of Destruction
Gandora the Dragon of Destruction is a card not used by Atem, but rather by Yugi Muto himself. This card was only ever featured when Yugi had to battle without Atem (a rare occurrence) and has the Effect of wiping out the entire field, including Gandora itself.
Yugi used this a few times throughout the anime, including during the final duel against Atem. Even if we didn't see this card much, it is notable for being the ace card for Yugi's non-pharaoh deck.
4 Slifer The Sky Dragon
Yugi's first God Card he ever obtained was Slifer the Sky Dragon. Forget the fact that it's a bad card, because this thing was used constantly during Battle City (and was prominently featured in the final few arcs as well).
While its most notable duel was the never-ending face-off against Kaiba and Obelisk the Tormentor, it appeared sporadically from Battle City onward. While it certainly isn't the best of the God Cards, it was the one that Yugi used the most throughout the series.
Kuriboh is shown throughout the anime to be one of Yugi's most trusted Monsters. Whether he's multiplying it to oblivion or having a bunch of Kurbioh eat each other to become Kuribablyon, it's always getting Yugi out of difficult situations.
It's also shown to be very animated too, as it reacts to things that other Duelists say, and also chose itself as Yugi's Deck Master in the Virtual World arc. Kuriboh has been a part of Yugi's deck from start to finish, and will go down as one of the most beloved creatures of Yugi's deck.
2 Dark Magician Girl
Dark Magician Girl first made her debut in the iconic Arcana and Yugi battle to win the Duel for Yugi (even if her Summoning condition was completely nonsensical), and went on to be one of the most important cards in all of Yugi's deck.
She was featured prominently as an actual character in the Waking the Dragons arc, and had a huge presence in every other arc as well. While Dark Magician Girl is by far one of Yugi's most important monsters, there is one card that beats her out from the top spot of the list.
1 Dark Magician
Did you really expect any other monster? The Dark Magician has been a part of Yugi's deck since the very first episode of the series, and has solidified itself as the true ace card of Yugi's deck. It has won him countless fights and duels, and always had a trick up its sleeve to defeat its opponents.
It was also often used in tandem with the aforementioned Dark Magician Girl to wreak even more havoc upon Yugi's opponents. No matter the bind that Yugi found himself in, he could always count on the Dark Magician to help fight his way out of it.