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|“||Facing yourself no matter how tough things get, and keeping up the fight, that's what games are really about!||„|
|“||The game?! Yugi may have lost one lousy Duel Monsters game, but at least he hasn't lost his heart! Not like you, Seto Kaiba. You've spent so much time with your machines, you've forgotten what being human is about! Yugi has a heart, Kaiba. Yugi has us. Friends that will stand with him to the end, no matter whether he wins or loses some lousy game. And what do you have, Seto Kaiba? What do you have at the end of the day? Tell me. Tell me!||„|
|~ Tea to Kaiba, scorning him for mocking Yugi, despite the latter sparing the former's life.|
Tea Gardner (known as Anzu Mazaki in Japan) is one of the two tritagonists (alongside Tristan Taylor) of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. She is a close friend of Yugi Muto and harbours a secret crush on both him and the spirit living inside his millenium puzzle. She is a duelist like her other friends although prefers doing it casually.
However, she is rarely seen dueling anyone in the manga, as she seems to be more of an escort. She's often by Yugi's side along with Joey Wheeler, Tristan Taylor and Ryou Bakura as part of his regular group of friends and alongside Joey and sometimes Kaiba, the assistant of the group.
Though Téa has only ever participated in a grand total of seven duels, she has, in fact, won all of them, though the risky ones were close calls. She has had a crush on Yugi Muto and Yami Yugi ever since.
In the English dub, she was voiced by famous voice actress Amy Birnbaum, who also voiced Melody (second film of Pokémon), Molly Hale (third film of Pokémon), Max on Pokémon during the three seasons of its Hoenn saga as well as Chip on Cubix: Robots for Everyone.
Tea was first introduced when she confronts Joey and Tristan over stealing Yugi's Millenium puzzle. She was Yugi's elementary and only friend for years til shortly post series start.
Throughout the manga she deals with numerous delinquents at school and tries to help Yugi avoid the wrong sorts of students. Tea has been taught about how to play the Duel Monsters game by Yugi however she has less skill for it than he does and similar to her friend Bakura views it as little more than an amusing hobby at first.
Over time, Tea comes to the conclusion that the duels Yugi and Joey play are not just games, tests of skill or even mystically importance as much as they are vital tests of character based on the choices one can make and how quickly things can shift.
Téa spends her spare time watching her friends practice Duel Monsters at Solomon Muto's game shop and has picked-up a little just from the experiences. Though at first, Tea's primary concern was to figure out the identity and nature of Yami Yugi she has long since become primarily focused on Yugi's safety instead.
As the story progresses and Yugi's adventures take him to more far-out locations such as around the city, to private islands and even to Egypt, Tea always make's sure to remain by Yugi's side to watch-out for him.
Like Ryo Bakura, Tea is often the voice of reason and councils her friends to approach a situation with great care so as not to put themselves in unnecessary danger.
Tea have a crush on Yami Yugi, but it appears to have some-what shifted to Yugi Muto instead. Despite her usual trepidation, Tea will throw caution to the wind if one of her friends is in trouble which at point, she's all too glad to endorse a decisive course of action even if it means with all her courage risking her life