History Anime / YuGiOhGx

15th Nov '16 12:39:27 PM lalalei2001
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[[{{Spinoff}} Ten years after]] ''Anime/YuGiOh'', ''Duel Monsters'' has skyrocketed in popularity all around the world, to the point where [[SeriousBusiness dueling is a professional spectator sport of equal importance to politics and the economy]]. Like any other athletes, duelists start training at a young age, and a good place to start is Seto Kaiba's boarding school, Duel Academy, a high school where kids come to learn how to duel with dreams of [[ToBeAMaster becoming the next King of Games]].

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[[{{Spinoff}} Ten years after]] after ''Anime/YuGiOh'', ''Duel Monsters'' has skyrocketed in popularity all around the world, to the point where [[SeriousBusiness dueling is a professional spectator sport of equal importance to politics and the economy]]. Like any other athletes, duelists start training at a young age, and a good place to start is Seto Kaiba's boarding school, Duel Academy, a high school where kids come to learn how to duel with dreams of [[ToBeAMaster becoming the next King of Games]].



''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' is the story of a group of Duel Academy's students thwarting the plans of these new threats while dealing with the dueling school in general. It particularly focuses on Juudai Yuki (Jaden Yuki in the dub), a [[AlmightyJanitor Osiris/Slifer Red student]] [[note]](The school is divided into three dorms named after the [[OlympusMons ancient Egyptian cards]]: the opulent Obelisk Blue, Ra Yellow, and [[DustbinSchool the lowest]], the run-down Osiris Red (Slifer Red in the dub). These reputations correspond to Kaiba's opinions of the monsters- which is really just because Obelisk was the card Kaiba had and Osiris/Slifer was the card ''Yugi'' had in Battle City, in other words EvilIsPetty.)[[/note]] who happens to be TheHero and Yugi's replacement protagonist, and his friends and rivals.

For more details, see the [[Characters/YuGiOhGX Character Sheet]]. '''''Remember character related tropes go on that page'''''.

Before going any further, readers should know that the [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga]] completely differs in plot and CharacterDevelopment (especially Jaden's) from [[AnimeFirst the anime that came before it]].

The Anime seasons go like this:

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''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' is the story of a group of Duel Academy's students thwarting the plans of these new threats while dealing with the dueling school in general. It particularly focuses on Juudai Yuki (Jaden Yuki in the dub), a [[AlmightyJanitor Osiris/Slifer Red student]] [[note]](The school is divided into three dorms named after the [[OlympusMons ancient Egyptian cards]]: the opulent Obelisk Blue, Ra Yellow, and [[DustbinSchool the lowest]], the run-down Osiris Red (Slifer Red in the dub). These reputations correspond to Kaiba's opinions of the monsters- which is really just because Obelisk was the card Kaiba had and Osiris/Slifer was the card ''Yugi'' had in Battle City, in other words EvilIsPetty.)[[/note]] who happens to be TheHero and Yugi's replacement protagonist, TheHero, and his friends and rivals.

For more details, see the [[Characters/YuGiOhGX Character Sheet]]. '''''Remember character related tropes go on that page'''''.

Before going any further, readers should know that the [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga]] completely differs in plot and CharacterDevelopment (especially Jaden's) from [[AnimeFirst the anime that came before it]].

The Anime seasons go like this:are as follows:



Season by season, as {{Story Arc}}s pass, the cast grows into LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, as different students graduate or arrive and villains are defeated and replaced. The [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga]], which came [[AnimeFirst after the anime]], uses the same characters and the same setting but includes none of the arcs covered in the anime. So far, it's not entirely clear whether this will turn out to be [[FanService a good thing]] or not.

The anime has a very [[PostModernism Post Modern-esque]] tone, blending elements of GamingAndSportsAnimeAndManga, MindScrew, and DeconstructorFleet. The absurdity of the SeriousBusiness of Duel Monsters is taken UpToEleven, with entire educational and athletic industries centered around the game, to make you repeatedly say, "You have ''got'' to be kidding me." Meanwhile, the plot has serious, painful, traumatic psychological effects on everyone involved, particularly Jaden, whose psyche collapses under the pressure and power and responsibility he's burdened with. "[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries I've lost a card game! I have no reason to live!]]" suddenly isn't funny anymore, particularly for the Truesdale brothers. In short, it's a very self-aware GenreBusting series that plays some tropes absurdly straight and others painfully realistically.

The things that fans love about the show tend to be the same things critics hate about it, from the lack of anything in common with the original series (aside from the card game) to the utter lack of CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds. Many fans also feel the existence of Shadow Games [[RetCon Ret Cons]] the end of the first series and the destruction of the Millennium Items. The dub was, predictably, as badly {{Macekre}}d as the original, with severe [[NeverSayDie awkwardly censored references to death]]. There's also a strangely sharp similarity in the LampshadeHanging and [[NoFourthWall fourth wall breakage]] of some episodes in the dub's third season to that of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. Observe -- [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2bml9_is-littlekuriboh-writing-for-yu-gi_fun a parody of a parody of your own work]].

'''The manga has its [[Manga/YuGiOhGX own page.]]'''

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Season by season, as {{Story Arc}}s pass, the cast grows into LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, as different students graduate or arrive and villains are defeated and replaced. The [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga]], which came [[AnimeFirst after the anime]], uses the same characters and the same setting but includes none of the arcs covered in the anime. So far, it's not entirely clear whether this will turn out to be [[FanService a good thing]] or not.

anime.

The anime has a very [[PostModernism Post Modern-esque]] Post-Modern]] tone, blending elements of GamingAndSportsAnimeAndManga, MindScrew, and DeconstructorFleet. The absurdity of the SeriousBusiness of Duel Monsters is taken UpToEleven, with entire educational and athletic industries centered around the game, to make you repeatedly say, "You have ''got'' to be kidding me." game. Meanwhile, the plot has serious, painful, traumatic psychological effects on everyone involved, particularly Jaden, whose psyche collapses under the pressure and power and responsibility he's burdened with. "[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries I've lost a card game! I have no reason to live!]]" suddenly isn't funny anymore, particularly for the Truesdale brothers. In short, it's a very self-aware GenreBusting series that plays some tropes absurdly straight and others painfully realistically.

The things that fans love about the show tend to be the same things critics hate about it, from the lack of anything in common with the original series (aside from the card game) to the utter lack of CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds. Many fans also feel the existence of Shadow Games [[RetCon Ret Cons]] the end of the first series and the destruction of the Millennium Items. The dub was, predictably, as badly {{Macekre}}d as the original, with severe [[NeverSayDie awkwardly censored references to death]]. There's also a strangely sharp similarity in the LampshadeHanging and [[NoFourthWall fourth wall breakage]] of some episodes in the dub's third season to that of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. Observe -- [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2bml9_is-littlekuriboh-writing-for-yu-gi_fun a parody of a parody of your own work]].

'''The manga has its [[Manga/YuGiOhGX own page.]]'''
realistically.



It was followed by Anime/YuGiOh5Ds. Jaden also appears in ''Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime'' that [[BatFamilyCrossover teams him up with Yugi and Yusei.]]

'''''Note: If you see a character referred to by their Japanese name, please help out by changing it to their English dub name.'''''

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It was followed by Anime/YuGiOh5Ds.''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''. Jaden also appears in ''Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime'' that [[BatFamilyCrossover teams him up with Yugi and Yusei.]]

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1st Nov '16 1:06:16 PM Frem3
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* EvilCounterpart: Elemental Heroes/Evil Heroes, Gem Beasts/Advanced Gem Beasts, Cyber Dragon/Cyber Dark Dragon, Egyptian Gods/Sacred Beasts. Need we go on?

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* EvilCounterpart: Elemental Heroes/Evil Heroes, Gem Beasts/Advanced Gem Beasts, Cyber Dragon/Cyber Dark End Dragon/Cyberdark Dragon, Egyptian Gods/Sacred Beasts. Need we go on?



* ISeeDeadPeople: Plot important characters can see and interact with monster spirits.
20th Oct '16 2:08:29 PM Frem3
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* DustbinSchool: The Slifer Red dorm, where go the students with the weakest Decks.

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* DustbinSchool: The Slifer Red dorm, where go the students with the weakest Decks.students are.
15th Oct '16 12:11:11 PM JujuP
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''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' is the story of a group of Duel Academy's students thwarting the plans of these new threats while dealing with the dueling school in general. It particularly focuses on Juudai Yuki (Jaden Yuki in the dub), a [[AlmightyJanitor Osiris/Slifer Red student]] [[note]](The school is divided into three dorms named after the [[OlympusMons ancient Egyptian cards]]: the opulent Obelisk Blue, Ra Yellow, and the lowest, the run-down Osiris Red (Slifer Red in the dub). These reputations correspond to Kaiba's opinions of the monsters- which is really just because Obelisk was the card Kaiba had and Osiris/Slifer was the card ''Yugi'' had in Battle City, in other words EvilIsPetty.)[[/note]] who happens to be TheHero and Yugi's replacement protagonist, and his friends and rivals.

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''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' is the story of a group of Duel Academy's students thwarting the plans of these new threats while dealing with the dueling school in general. It particularly focuses on Juudai Yuki (Jaden Yuki in the dub), a [[AlmightyJanitor Osiris/Slifer Red student]] [[note]](The school is divided into three dorms named after the [[OlympusMons ancient Egyptian cards]]: the opulent Obelisk Blue, Ra Yellow, and [[DustbinSchool the lowest, lowest]], the run-down Osiris Red (Slifer Red in the dub). These reputations correspond to Kaiba's opinions of the monsters- which is really just because Obelisk was the card Kaiba had and Osiris/Slifer was the card ''Yugi'' had in Battle City, in other words EvilIsPetty.)[[/note]] who happens to be TheHero and Yugi's replacement protagonist, and his friends and rivals.


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* DustbinSchool: The Slifer Red dorm, where go the students with the weakest Decks.
6th Oct '16 5:15:25 PM Frem3
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** The "Super Polymerization" card is this in the third season. It first appeared as blank card being used by Brron with hopes of summoning it by using all of Jaden's friends as sacrifices. Although only 4 of them fall victim to it. Jaden acquires it after defeating Brron, [[SplitPersonalityTakeover with the Supreme King taking control of him]] and completing it, who would go on defeating countless duelists [[KickTheDog including Jim and Axel who also fell victim to it.]] Jaden, [[HeroicBSOD after much turmoil]], is able to use this card to purify Rainbow Dragon and [[DemonicPossession free Jesse from Yubel's control]], [[BatmanGambit but lost this card to Yubel who intended to steal it at that moment.]] In their final duel, [[OmnicidalManiac Yubel attempted to fuse all 12 dimensions to destroy reality]], but [[FusionDance Jaden was able to thwart their strategy and instead fuse himself and Yubel to end the conflict.]]

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** The "Super Polymerization" card is this in the third season. It first appeared as a blank card being used by Brron with hopes of summoning it by using all of Jaden's friends as sacrifices. Although only 4 of them fall victim to it. Jaden acquires it after defeating Brron, [[SplitPersonalityTakeover with the Supreme King taking control of him]] and completing it, who would go on defeating countless duelists [[KickTheDog including Jim and Axel who also fell victim to it.]] Jaden, [[HeroicBSOD after much turmoil]], is able to use this card to purify Rainbow Dragon and [[DemonicPossession free Jesse from Yubel's control]], [[BatmanGambit but lost this card to Yubel who intended to steal it at that moment.]] In their final duel, [[OmnicidalManiac Yubel attempted to fuse all 12 dimensions to destroy reality]], but [[FusionDance Jaden was able to thwart their strategy and instead fuse himself and Yubel to end the conflict.]]



* BookEnds: Jaden's adventure in Duel Academy started by meeting Yugi, the King of Duelists himself, and giving him the ''Winged Kuriboh'' card. It ended with Jaden going back in time and dueling Yugi himself as his true ''Graduation Duel''. Jaden lost, but not before realizing that the whole point of the duel was to return his lost passion for dueling.

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* BookEnds: Jaden's adventure in Duel Academy started by meeting Yugi, the King of Duelists Games himself, and giving him the ''Winged Kuriboh'' card. It ended with Jaden going back in time and dueling Yugi himself as his true ''Graduation Duel''. Jaden lost, but not before realizing that the whole point of the duel was to return his lost passion for dueling.



* CharacterDevelopment: More or less everyone gets some character development, but most noticeable are Jaden's, Syrus's, and Chazz's development.

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* CharacterDevelopment: More or less everyone gets some character development, but most noticeable are Jaden's, Syrus's, Syrus', and Chazz's development.



* CharacterWitness: On the day of an important exam, the Duel Academy's card shop got a shipment of newly released cards; but Professor Chronos got their first and bought them all. Then he gave them all to Chazz, and said he would manipulate the match-ups in the field exam so that he and Jaden were opponents, hoping Jaden would not only fail, but be humiliated. Meanwhile, Jaden overslept, and while running to class, met an old lady struggling with her stalled truck. Knowing he'd be late anyway, he stopped to help her with it. Later, when he finally got to the card store, he found out she owned the place, and saved one of the new packs of cards for him; Jaden was actually able to win the duel against Chazz with it, gaining a promotion. (Which he turned down.)

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* CharacterWitness: On the day of an important exam, the Duel Academy's card shop got a shipment of newly released cards; but Professor Chronos Crowler got their there first and bought them all. Then he gave them all to Chazz, and said he would manipulate the match-ups in the field exam so that he and Jaden were opponents, hoping Jaden would not only fail, but be humiliated. Meanwhile, Jaden overslept, and while running to class, met an old lady struggling with her stalled truck. Knowing he'd be late anyway, he stopped to help her with it. Later, when he finally got to the card store, he found out she owned the place, and saved one of the new packs of cards for him; Jaden was actually able to win the duel against Chazz with it, gaining a promotion. (Which he turned down.)



* ClassTrip: To Domino City in Season 2 for a handful of episodes, where the academy students visit the iconic sites of the first Yu-gi-oh series.

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* ClassTrip: To Domino City in Season 2 for a handful of episodes, where the academy students visit the iconic sites of the first Yu-gi-oh Yu-Gi-Oh series.



* ComesGreatResponsibility: Inverted, as Satou observes—Jaden's great responsibility gave him great power, since those who see him as an AllLovingHero want to help him.

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* ComesGreatResponsibility: Inverted, as Satou Mr. Stein observes—Jaden's great responsibility gave him great power, since those who see him as an AllLovingHero want to help him.



* ContinuityNod: The series first tag duel is played against the Labyrinth Brothers, who were also the opponents in the first tag duel featured in Duel Monsters. In Season 2, Syrus and Hassleberry tag duel two opponents on top of the same building that Yugi and Kaiba did in the original, and in Season 4, the dock Jaden and Jesse meet on in Domino is the one Yugi and Joey dueled on in Battle City of the original YGO. Then there's the various nostalgic appearances of Black Magician and other signature monsters of the Duel Monsters characters, including a replica being offered as a prize in Season 4.

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* ContinuityNod: The series series' first tag duel is played against the Labyrinth Paradox Brothers, who were also the opponents in the first tag duel featured in Duel Monsters. In Season 2, Syrus and Hassleberry tag duel two opponents on top of the same building that Yugi and Kaiba did in the original, and in Season 4, the dock Jaden and Jesse meet on in Domino is the one Yugi and Joey dueled on in Battle City of the original YGO. series. Then there's the various nostalgic appearances of Black Dark Magician and other signature monsters of the Duel Monsters characters, including a replica being offered as a prize in Season 4.



* CooldownHug: At the end of the Jaden vs Yubel duel, the pair embrace as Yubel's BrainwashedAndCrazy finally comes to an end.

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* CooldownHug: At the end of the Jaden vs vs. Yubel duel, the pair embrace as Yubel's BrainwashedAndCrazy finally comes to an end.



** [[EldritchAbomination The Light of Destruction]] a malevolent celestial entity. Scientific evidence suggests for billions of years a white hole released a mysterious energy and when it reached Earth it caused several calamities such as dictatorships and wars. Season 2 largely revolves around [[DemonicPossession Sartorius being possessed by the Light]], and later attempting to use a KillSat to wipe out humanity. In Season 3, Yubel was also AzCrazy because they came into contact with the Light. By series end, the Light remains active in the universe. Although a flashback reveals that [[TheChosenOne Jaden is the reincarnation of the Supreme King]] who holds the power of the [[TheSacredDarkness Gentle Darkness]] to extinguish the Light.

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** [[EldritchAbomination The Light of Destruction]] a malevolent celestial entity. Scientific evidence suggests for billions of years a white hole released a mysterious energy and when it reached Earth it caused several calamities such as dictatorships and wars. Season 2 largely revolves around [[DemonicPossession Sartorius being possessed by the Light]], and later attempting to use a KillSat to wipe out humanity. In Season 3, Yubel was also AzCrazy AxCrazy because they came into contact with the Light. By series end, the Light remains active in the universe. Although a flashback reveals that [[TheChosenOne Jaden is the reincarnation of the Supreme King]] who holds the power of the [[TheSacredDarkness Gentle Darkness]] to extinguish the Light.



* CueTheSun: The end of The Supreme King's reign and after Jaden vs Darkness.
* {{Cult}}: The Society of Light

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* CueTheSun: The end of The Supreme King's reign and after Jaden vs vs. Darkness.
* {{Cult}}: The Society of LightLight.



* CuteMachines: Syrus's Vehicroids.

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* CuteMachines: Syrus's Syrus' Vehicroids.



* DenserAndWackier: It's quick downward spiral into DarkerAndEdgier territory in later seasons aside, the first several episodes of the series can get ''really freaking weird'', especially in comparison to [[Manga/YuGiOh the original series]]. Not only are some of the duelist Jaden duels ''very'' quirky in nature, at one point, he even ends up dueling a ''literal dueling monkey!'' While it ''does'' start to take itself more seriously later on, it can be a ''bit'' hard to press through at points because of it.

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* DenserAndWackier: It's quick downward spiral into DarkerAndEdgier territory in later seasons aside, the first several episodes of the series can get ''really freaking weird'', especially in comparison to [[Manga/YuGiOh the original series]]. series. Not only are some of the duelist duelists Jaden duels ''very'' quirky in nature, at one point, he even ends up dueling a ''literal dueling monkey!'' While it ''does'' start to take itself more seriously later on, it can be a ''bit'' hard to press through at points because of it.



* DespairEventHorizon: Jaden, from about midway through his duel with Brron. Also, Zane in episode 65.
* DestructionEqualsOffSwitch: hassleberry learns (slightly too late) that technology does not work this way in the climax of the Society of Light arc.

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* DespairEventHorizon: Jaden, from about midway through his duel with Brron. Also, Zane in episode Episode 65.
* DestructionEqualsOffSwitch: hassleberry Hassleberry learns (slightly too late) that technology does not work this way in the climax of the Society of Light arc.



* DigitalBikini: Done very obviously in episode 4 when several of the girls are in a hot tub. Even without the obvious edit, nothing even remotely suggestive would have been visible.

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* DigitalBikini: Done very obviously in episode Episode 4 when several of the girls are in a hot tub. Even without the obvious edit, nothing even remotely suggestive would have been visible.



* DoubleStandard: All girls who enter duel academy are placed in the luxurious Obelisk Blue regardless of talent, wealth or connections. Whereas a boy who who lacks those same things can find himself living in the shed they call the Slifer dorm. It can takes years of hard work for a boy to reach the same level of living standard the girls get automatically on entry.

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* DoubleStandard: All girls who enter duel academy Duel Academy are placed in the luxurious Obelisk Blue regardless of talent, wealth or connections. Whereas a boy who who lacks those same things can find himself living in the shed they call the Slifer dorm. It can takes take years of hard work for a boy to reach the same level of living standard the girls get automatically on entry.



* EnemiesWithDeath: The Reaper
* {{Engrish}}: Jim. Oh god, Jim. All over the place. At least Yubel's VA does a great job correctly pronouncing their German card names - but it's a shame the [[GratuitousGerman German itself is completely ungrammatical]].

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* EnemiesWithDeath: The Reaper
Reaper.
* {{Engrish}}: Jim. Oh god, God, Jim. All over the place. At least Yubel's VA does a great job correctly pronouncing their German card names - but it's a shame the [[GratuitousGerman German itself is completely ungrammatical]].



* EvilCounterpart: Elemental Heroes/Evil Heroes, Gem Beasts/Advanced Gem Beasts, Cyber Dragon/Cyber Dark Dragon, Egyptian Gods/Phantom Demons. Need we go on?

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* EvilCounterpart: Elemental Heroes/Evil Heroes, Gem Beasts/Advanced Gem Beasts, Cyber Dragon/Cyber Dark Dragon, Egyptian Gods/Phantom Demons.Gods/Sacred Beasts. Need we go on?



*** And Tea's View on friendship but to a lesser degree
** Zane: Seto Kaiba, mostly his AloofBigBrother personality

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*** And Tea's View Téa's view on friendship but to a lesser degree
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** Zane: Seto Kaiba, mostly his AloofBigBrother personalitypersonality.



*** Likewise, Jaden himself looks a very little bit like Ikari Shinji, the protagonist in Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion.
*** It doesn't stop there. The two girls in the story who have crushes on Jaden are named [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Asuka and Rei]] in the original japanese. %% Don't change these names to their English version here, we're explicitly talking about their Japanese names.
** Alexis: fills Tea's role for Jaden, but duels and acts more like Mai. [[RunningGag Also, looks like Kaiba.]]

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*** Likewise, Jaden himself looks a very little bit like Ikari Shinji, the protagonist in of Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion.
*** It doesn't stop there. The two girls in the story who have crushes on Jaden are named [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Asuka and Rei]] in the original japanese.Japanese version. %% Don't change these names to their English version here, we're explicitly talking about their Japanese names.
** Alexis: fills Tea's Téa's role for Jaden, but duels and acts more like Mai. [[RunningGag Also, looks like Kaiba.]]



** Blair: Rebecca

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** Blair: RebeccaRebecca.



** A rare dub example from Adrian vs Yubel. "Pierce through my heart" has never looked [[http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b321/cynthia_harrell/Yu-Gi-Oh/heart2.jpg as suggestive as it does now]]. (And to make matters even worse/better, [[http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b321/cynthia_harrell/Yu-Gi-Oh/heart.jpg apparently the dub zoomed in]].)
** In Jesse and Jaden's first duel, when the topic of Jesse's ace card Rainbow Dragon comes up, Jaden playfully says, "Come one! If you've got ''that'', then show it to me!" Jesse's response is to giggle and say, "I can't do that. I mean, Rainbow Dragon is really, ''really'' special!" [[HomoeroticSubtext Yeah.]]

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** A rare dub example from Adrian vs vs. Yubel. "Pierce through my heart" has never looked [[http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b321/cynthia_harrell/Yu-Gi-Oh/heart2.jpg as suggestive as it does now]]. (And to make matters even worse/better, [[http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b321/cynthia_harrell/Yu-Gi-Oh/heart.jpg apparently the dub zoomed in]].)
** In Jesse and Jaden's first duel, when the topic of Jesse's ace card Rainbow Dragon comes up, Jaden playfully says, "Come one! on! If you've got ''that'', then show it to me!" Jesse's response is to giggle and say, "I can't do that. I mean, Rainbow Dragon is really, ''really'' special!" [[HomoeroticSubtext Yeah.]]



** There's plenty in the first first season opening as well.

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** There's plenty in the first first season Season 1 opening as well.



* GratuitousItalian: Chronos de Medici.

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* GratuitousItalian: Chronos Cronos de Medici.



* HermeticMagic: Amnael's Emerald Tablet which he used to trap Atticus', Chazz's and Alexis's souls as well as Sartorius's Tarot deck. Then there's Fujiwara's ritual to summon Darkness, resulting in the Abandoned Dorm.

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* HermeticMagic: Amnael's Emerald Tablet which he used to trap Atticus', Chazz's and Alexis's Alexis' souls as well as Sartorius's Sartorius' Tarot deck. Then there's Fujiwara's ritual to summon Darkness, resulting in the Abandoned Dorm.



** Earlier, a villain holds Syrus hostage, causing [[AloofBigBrother Zane]] to lose so that Syrus's soul is spared.

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** Earlier, a villain holds Syrus hostage, causing [[AloofBigBrother Zane]] to lose so that Syrus's Syrus' soul is spared.



* InvincibleHero: Jaden, who's lost three times and achieved just as ''many'' [[MutualKill draws]] out of his '''73 duels''' throughout the whole series (and one duel against Hell Kaiser which he would have lost had the latter not had convinient heart problems). Ironically becomes one of the reasons for his fall to TheDarkSide.

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* InvincibleHero: Jaden, who's lost three times and achieved just as ''many'' [[MutualKill draws]] out of his '''73 duels''' throughout the whole series (and one duel against Hell Kaiser Zane, which he would have lost had the latter not had convinient heart problems). Ironically becomes one of the reasons for his fall to TheDarkSide.



* IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery: One character does this with at least three different people, starting with just voice impersonations and ending with full cosplay. And it's especially irritating when it's your deck he's copying. [[PlayedForLaughs Or when he gets your catch phrase wrong.]]

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* IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery: One character Dimitri does this with at least three different people, starting with just voice impersonations and ending with full cosplay. And it's especially irritating when it's your deck he's copying. [[PlayedForLaughs Or when he gets your catch phrase wrong.]]



* ItsAllMyFault: Almost Jaden's mantra for the middle of part of Season 3 after Jesse's disappearance and the supposed deaths of some of his other friends.

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* ItsAllMyFault: Almost Jaden's mantra for the middle of part of Season 3 after Jesse's disappearance and the supposed deaths of some of his other friends.



* JustJokingJustification: for the GenreSavvy, Jesse's fake summoning of Rainbow Dragon in Episode 106 is funny; for the cast, his seeming mockery of something that is SeriousBusiness is enough to cause shouting, anger, and general uproar. Jesse even lampshades it by giving a large grin and announcing that he's "just kidding."

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* JustJokingJustification: for the GenreSavvy, Jesse's fake summoning of Rainbow Dragon in Episode 106 is funny; for the cast, his seeming mockery of something that is SeriousBusiness is enough to cause shouting, anger, and general uproar. Jesse even lampshades it by giving a large grin and announcing that he's "just kidding."kidding".



* KarmaHoudini: After spending a season manipulating, torturing, possessing, and killing people (and turning the guy they love completely batshit insane), Yubel...gets the guy for all eternity. Which was what they were after the entire time, since all they really wanted was for him to honour his promise to love only them for all time. Sure, we don't know why they went so wacko in between their lives (they were sane in their first life, after all) but they were not entirely in control of what they did.

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* KarmaHoudini: After spending a season manipulating, torturing, possessing, and killing people (and turning the guy they love completely batshit insane), Yubel... gets the guy for all eternity. Which was what they were after the entire time, since all they really wanted was for him to honour honor his promise to love only them for all time. Sure, we don't know why they went so wacko in between their lives (they were sane in their first life, after all) but they were not entirely in control of what they did.



* KidsVersusAdults: In Season 1, the Duel Academy students vs the 7 Shadow Riders, who were all adults.
* KillSat: Sartorius's weapon in Season 2.

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* KidsVersusAdults: In Season 1, the Duel Academy students vs vs. the 7 Shadow Riders, who were all adults.
* KillSat: Sartorius's Sartorius' weapon in Season 2.



* KnightTemplar: Sartorius, who believes he's doing the right thing in bringing humanity "into the light."

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* KnightTemplar: Sartorius, who believes he's doing the right thing in bringing humanity "into the light." light".



** One that stands out is way back in Season 2 during the battles against Shadow Riders, Misawa obtains a Card that Contains a Duel Spirit, but it holds no significance after that scene.
* Lampshading: The show is set 10 years after the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series, but when we finally see Kaiba, his character art is exactly the same. Sartorius possessed by the Light Of Destruction meets him and remarks "It's true, you haven't aged in years."

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** One that stands out is way back in Season 2 during the battles against Shadow Riders, Misawa Bastion obtains a Card card that Contains a Duel Spirit, but it holds no significance after that scene.
* Lampshading: The show is set 10 years after the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series, but when we finally see Kaiba, his character art is exactly the same. Sartorius possessed by the Light Of Destruction meets him and remarks "It's true, you haven't aged in years."years".



* LiteralGenie: Yubel, who grants Professor Viper's wish of being reunited with his son after he fails to complete his end of the bargain...by killing him. Overlaps with YouHaveFailedMe, but it's doubtful Yubel would have spared him either way.

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* LiteralGenie: Yubel, who grants Professor Viper's wish of being reunited with his son after he fails to complete his end of the bargain... by killing him. Overlaps with YouHaveFailedMe, but it's doubtful Yubel would have spared him either way.



* MurderTheHypotenuse: A variation. Yubel doesn't ''murder'' Jesse, they just possess him after they fear that [[HomoeroticSubtext all of Jaden's love has transferred from her to him.]]

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* MurderTheHypotenuse: A variation. Yubel doesn't ''murder'' Jesse, they just possess him after they fear that [[HomoeroticSubtext all of Jaden's love has transferred from her them to him.]]



* NecRomantic: Professor Viper

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* NecRomantic: Professor ViperViper.



** Zane does actually die; his heart actually stops. But he just reappears in Season 4 alive but still with his fatal heart condition, with [[UnexplainedRecovery no explanation given]] as to how he's alive even though we clearly saw him die in the last season.

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** Zane does actually die; his heart actually stops. But he just reappears in Season 4 alive but still with his fatal heart condition, with [[UnexplainedRecovery no explanation given]] as to how he's alive even though we clearly saw him die in the last previous season.



* OldBeggarTest: After Manjyome left Duel Academy in disgust after a second humiliating loss to Misawa, he ended up shipwrecked and near North Academy, Duel Academy's rival school, which was situated in a arctic tundra. He was told by a disheveled man by the door that they wouldn't let anyone in without a full deck of forty cards, and there were cards hidden around the area; he himself had found 39, but was too exhausted to keep looking. Because the man refuses to sell them, Manjyome goes out and searches for his own, finding forty of them; but when he fears the man might freeze to death, he gives him one so he can go in (fibbing and saying he has 41). When the man goes in, Manjyome wonders what he's going to do now; and suddenly he sees another card, which later becomes essential to winning a duel later in the episode. He later finds out that this was a SecretTestOfCharacter; the guy was North Academy's chancellor.

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* OldBeggarTest: After Manjyome Chazz left Duel Academy in disgust after a second humiliating loss to Misawa, Bastion, he ended up shipwrecked and near North Academy, Duel Academy's rival school, which was situated in a an arctic tundra. He was told by a disheveled man by the door that they wouldn't let anyone in without a full deck of forty 40 cards, and there were cards hidden around the area; he himself had found 39, but was too exhausted to keep looking. Because the man refuses to sell them, Manjyome Chazz goes out and searches for his own, finding forty of them; but when he fears the man might freeze to death, he gives him one so he can go in (fibbing and saying he has 41). When the man goes in, Manjyome Chazz wonders what he's going to do now; and suddenly he sees another card, which later becomes essential to winning a duel later in the episode. He later finds out that this was a SecretTestOfCharacter; the guy was North Academy's chancellor.



* [[OneHitKill One Turn Kill]]: Sartorius against Ojin in Season 2. Actually, he won before his first turn, causing Misawa to declare it a "Zero Turn Kill". Chazz pulls off a more traditional example against a zombie student in Season 3.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: "Kaiser" Ryo Marufuji, whose first name is barely ever mentioned. Not so in the dub. Does he even have a nickname there?

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* [[OneHitKill One Turn Kill]]: Sartorius against Ojin in Season 2. Actually, he won before his first turn, causing Misawa Bastion to declare it a "Zero Turn Kill". Chazz pulls off a more traditional example against a zombie student in Season 3.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: "Kaiser" Ryo Marufuji, whose first name is barely ever mentioned. Not so in the dub. Does he Zane even have a nickname there?nickname?



* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The Duel Zombies (Duel Ghouls in the dub) in Season 3 as a result of duelists losing their duel energy from the bio bands. Those turned into Duel Ghouls include Chazz, Syrus, Fonda Fontaine, Crowler, Bonaparte, and the majority of duel academy when the school is sent to the different dimension by Yubel.
* PapaWolf: Of all people, Medici/Crowler slips into this during one arc. He instantly steps in to duel a vampiric enemy saying something alone the lines of "What kind of teacher would I be if I allowed my students to be harmed?" Despite losing, it was still one of the few truly good things he does in the series.

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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The Duel Zombies (Duel Ghouls in the dub) in Season 3 as a result of duelists losing their duel energy from the bio bands. Those turned into Duel Ghouls include Chazz, Syrus, Fonda Fontaine, Crowler, Bonaparte, and the majority of duel academy Duel Academy when the school is sent to the different dimension by Yubel.
* PapaWolf: Of all people, Medici/Crowler Crowler slips into this during one arc. He instantly steps in to duel a vampiric enemy saying something alone the lines of "What kind of teacher would I be if I allowed my students to be harmed?" Despite losing, it was still one of the few truly good things he does in the series.



* PerverseSexualLust: Used in season 1, where Syrus is shown to love Dark Magician Girl this way. It's played for laughs.

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* PerverseSexualLust: Used in season Season 1, where Syrus is shown to love Dark Magician Girl this way. It's played for laughs.



* PoorPredictableRock: Several characters often make use of the same strategies over and over again, and when it comes time their predictability isn't forgiven. But what the series really makes interesting is the subversion of this trope when a character experiences CharacterDevelopment and throws their old strategies out the window. When Sheppard dueled Zane to "save him", he used Cyber End Dragon against Zane himself, thinking Zane would reclaim his favourite monster, but that simply lead to ShootTheDog. A [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed Chazz]] dueled Alexis, he revealed his own hand and used his normal cards in unorthodox methods to achieve a win, even though Alexis had a plan for every scenario. What does the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Supreme King]] duel with, even though everyone knows Jaden's deck? New Evil Hero monsters...

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* PoorPredictableRock: Several characters often make use of the same strategies over and over again, and when it comes time their predictability isn't forgiven. But what the series really makes interesting is the subversion of this trope when a character experiences CharacterDevelopment and throws their old strategies out the window. When Sheppard dueled Zane to "save him", he used Cyber End Dragon against Zane himself, thinking Zane would reclaim his favourite favorite monster, but that simply lead to ShootTheDog. A [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed Chazz]] dueled Alexis, he revealed his own hand and used his normal cards in unorthodox methods to achieve a win, even though Alexis had a plan for every scenario. What does the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Supreme King]] duel with, even though everyone knows Jaden's deck? New Evil Hero monsters...



* PsychoExGirlfriend: Yubel

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* PsychoExGirlfriend: YubelYubel.



* PutOnABus: Chumley leaves to work at Industrial Illusions at the end of the first season (cameoing in Season 2); Misawa leaving to work on a theory in Season 2 (returning in Season 3, only to get PutOnABus [[BackForTheDead again]]). Possibly even Atticus between Season 2 and 3 (returns with no explanation after Duel Academy is transported back from the alternate dimension in episode 131, only to be 'killed' off). The Foreign Champions return to their schools in Season 4.

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* PutOnABus: Chumley leaves to work at Industrial Illusions at the end of the first season (cameoing in Season 2); Misawa Bastion leaving to work on a theory in Season 2 (returning in Season 3, only to get PutOnABus [[BackForTheDead again]]). Possibly even Atticus between Season 2 and 3 (returns with no explanation after Duel Academy is transported back from the alternate dimension in episode 131, only to be 'killed' off). The Foreign Champions return to their schools in Season 4.



* RunningGag: In the Japanese version, people forgetting Misawa's in the room.

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* RunningGag: In the Japanese version, people forgetting Misawa's Bastion's in the room.



* SensualSpandex: Burstinatrix.

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* SensualSpandex: Elemental Hero Burstinatrix.



** Similarly, Syrus's Solidroid monster ''Super Vehicroid Stealth Union'' is a clear reference to ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''.

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** Similarly, Syrus's Syrus' Solidroid monster ''Super Vehicroid Stealth Union'' is a clear reference to ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''.



*** Jaden and Yubel fusing in S3 and going to fight the Light > Kara, the "Light Knight," and Will, the "Dark Knight," fuse together to fight the Comet of Destruction that brings the Light of Ruin.

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*** Jaden and Yubel fusing in S3 Season 3 and going to fight the Light > Kara, the "Light Knight," and Will, the "Dark Knight," fuse together to fight the Comet of Destruction that brings the Light of Ruin.



*** The Jeweler Gem has a special gift for "the chosen one" who collects all 50 Red Jewels
*** The location for Jaden vs Yubel strongly resembles the battlefield for the Fused Knight/Shadow vs Dark Gaia (the embodiment of the Light of Ruin)
*** Dark Gaia and Light Gaia both bear a resemblance to Yubel

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*** The Jeweler Gem has a special gift for "the chosen one" who collects all 50 Red Jewels
Jewels.
*** The location for Jaden vs vs. Yubel strongly resembles the battlefield for the Fused Knight/Shadow vs vs. Dark Gaia (the embodiment of the Light of Ruin)
Ruin).
*** Dark Gaia and Light Gaia both bear a resemblance to YubelYubel.



** Asuka's foil is named [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Rei]]. Also she disguised herself as a boy with last name being [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Saotome]]

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** Asuka's foil is named [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Rei]]. Also she disguised herself as a boy with last name being [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Saotome]] Saotome]].



** In episode 4 of the English dub, when Jaden is helping out a women whose car has broken down, he says, "Never fear, [[WesternAnimation/UnderDog Jaden's]] here!"
*** When she asks him if he's from the auto club, he replies, "Don't let the [[RebelWithoutACause red jacket]] fool you. I'm just your average good deed dude."
** In the dub we get Destiny Hero: [[Music/TenaciousD Captain Tenacious]]

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** In episode Episode 4 of the English dub, when Jaden is helping out a women whose car has broken down, he says, "Never fear, [[WesternAnimation/UnderDog Jaden's]] here!"
*** When she asks him if he's from the auto club, he replies, "Don't let the [[RebelWithoutACause red jacket]] fool you. I'm just your average good deed dude."
dude".
** In the dub we get Destiny Hero: [[Music/TenaciousD Captain Tenacious]]Tenacious]].



** This principle applies to the Elemental Heroes too--Burstlady is the only feminine monster out of them all.

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** This principle applies to the Elemental Heroes too--Burstlady too--Burstinatrix is the only feminine monster out of them all.



* StalkerWithACrush: Yubel

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* StalkerWithACrush: YubelYubel.



* SuperpoweredEvilSide: The Supreme King

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* SuperpoweredEvilSide: The Supreme KingKing.



** Before that, Yubel-possessed Jesse vs Jaden: "Come, my beloved Jaden, let us ''hurt'' one another!" [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Said while wearing bondage-esque armor, no less.]]

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** Before that, Yubel-possessed Jesse vs vs. Jaden: "Come, my beloved Jaden, let us ''hurt'' one another!" [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Said while wearing bondage-esque armor, no less.]]



* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: If Crowler isn't the one who's trying to demolish the Red Dorm, you can be sure he'll defend it.

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* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: If Crowler isn't the one who's trying to demolish the Slifer Red Dorm, you can be sure he'll defend it.



* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: Zane Truesdale in Season 3
* ThirdPersonPerson: If a character refers to Manjoume without the ''[[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics -san]]'' honorific, he's [[InsistentTerminology likely to correct them]] with "Manjoume-san da!" which, loosely translated, means "That's Manjoume-san to you!" This is retained in the dub, where he insists he be called "The Chazz".

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* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: Zane Truesdale in Season 3
3.
* ThirdPersonPerson: If a character refers to Manjoume without the ''[[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics -san]]'' honorific, he's [[InsistentTerminology likely to correct them]] with "Manjoume-san da!" which, loosely translated, means "That's Manjoume-san to you!" This is retained in the dub, where he Chazz insists he to be called "The Chazz".



* TigerVersusDragon: Misawa and Jaden in Season 1.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Everyone looks tiny next to Taniya, even Misawa (who had a larger build than most of the other characters to begin with...)

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* TigerVersusDragon: Misawa Bastion and Jaden in Season 1.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Everyone looks tiny next to Taniya, Tania, even Misawa Bastion (who had a larger build than most of the other characters to begin with...)).



* TwoHalvesMakeAPlot: Jaden receives half a pendant from the Gravekeeper's Chief, and is told the other half was taken by another duelist long ago. Jaden finds out this is Alexis's brother Atticus, one of the Shadow Riders. When he defeats Atticus and claims the other half, he forms an amulet that protects him from the shadow powers of the subsequent Riders.

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* TwoHalvesMakeAPlot: Jaden receives half a pendant from the Gravekeeper's Chief, and is told the other half was taken by another duelist long ago. Jaden finds out this is Alexis's Alexis' brother Atticus, one of the Shadow Riders. When he defeats Atticus and claims the other half, he forms an amulet that protects him from the shadow powers of the subsequent Riders.



* TheVirus: The Light of Destruction

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* TheVirus: The Light of DestructionDestruction.



* WomanInWhite: Alexis, after joining the Society of Light

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* WomanInWhite: Alexis, after joining the Society of LightLight.



** When the exchange students from the other Duel Academies arrive, protagonists such as Tyranno also get defeated to show the caliber of the overseas Duelists
* {{Yandere}}: Yubel

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** When the exchange students from the other Duel Academies arrive, protagonists such as Tyranno Hassleberry also get defeated to show the caliber of the overseas Duelists
Duelists.
* {{Yandere}}: YubelYubel.
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* HermeticMagic: Amnael's Emerald Tablet which he used to trap Atticus's, Chazz's and Alexis's souls as well as Sartorius's Tarot deck. Then there's Fujiwara's ritual to summon Darkness, resulting in the Abandoned Dorm.

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* HermeticMagic: Amnael's Emerald Tablet which he used to trap Atticus's, Atticus', Chazz's and Alexis's souls as well as Sartorius's Tarot deck. Then there's Fujiwara's ritual to summon Darkness, resulting in the Abandoned Dorm.



* HotForStudent: Nurse Fontaine for Atticus. She is seen alongside most of the female students in Atticus's rabid fangirl cheering section. The first ''Tag Force'' game expands on this. Fontaine will only agree to be the player's partner if they bring her Atticus's autograph.

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* HotForStudent: Nurse Fontaine for Atticus. She is seen alongside most of the female students in Atticus's Atticus' rabid fangirl cheering section. The first ''Tag Force'' game expands on this. Fontaine will only agree to be the player's partner if they bring her Atticus's Atticus' autograph.
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** Chazz wears the same clothes: it's made fairly plain that his black North School uniform is the only one he has. And he never washes it. Ew.

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** Chazz wears the same clothes: it's made fairly plain that his black North School Academy uniform is the only one he has. And he never washes it. Ew.
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[[{{Spinoff}} Ten years after]] ''Anime/YuGiOh'', ''Duel Monsters'' has skyrocketed in popularity all around the world, to the point where [[SeriousBusiness dueling is a professional spectator sport of equal importance to politics and the economy]]. Like any other athletes, duelists start training at a young age, and a good place to start is Seto Kaiba's boarding school, Duel Academia, a high school where kids come to learn how to duel with dreams of [[ToBeAMaster becoming the next King of Games]].

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[[{{Spinoff}} Ten years after]] ''Anime/YuGiOh'', ''Duel Monsters'' has skyrocketed in popularity all around the world, to the point where [[SeriousBusiness dueling is a professional spectator sport of equal importance to politics and the economy]]. Like any other athletes, duelists start training at a young age, and a good place to start is Seto Kaiba's boarding school, Duel Academia, Academy, a high school where kids come to learn how to duel with dreams of [[ToBeAMaster becoming the next King of Games]].



''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' is the story of a group of Duel Academia's Students thwarting the plans of these new threats while dealing with the dueling school in general. It particularly focus on Juudai Yuki (Jaden Yuki in the dub), a [[AlmightyJanitor Osiris Red student]] [[note]](The school is divided into three dorms named after the [[OlympusMons ancient Egyptian cards]]: the opulent Obelisk Blue, Ra Yellow, and the lowest, the run-down Osiris Red. These reputations correspond to Kaiba's opinions of the monsters- which is really just because Obelisk was the card Kaiba had and Osiris was the card ''Yugi'' had in Battle City, in other words EvilIsPetty.)[[/note]] who happens to be TheHero and Yugi's replacement protagonist, and his friends and rivals.

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''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' is the story of a group of Duel Academia's Students Academy's students thwarting the plans of these new threats while dealing with the dueling school in general. It particularly focus focuses on Juudai Yuki (Jaden Yuki in the dub), a [[AlmightyJanitor Osiris Osiris/Slifer Red student]] [[note]](The school is divided into three dorms named after the [[OlympusMons ancient Egyptian cards]]: the opulent Obelisk Blue, Ra Yellow, and the lowest, the run-down Osiris Red. Red (Slifer Red in the dub). These reputations correspond to Kaiba's opinions of the monsters- which is really just because Obelisk was the card Kaiba had and Osiris Osiris/Slifer was the card ''Yugi'' had in Battle City, in other words EvilIsPetty.)[[/note]] who happens to be TheHero and Yugi's replacement protagonist, and his friends and rivals.



Before going any further, readers should know that the [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga]] completely differs in plot and CharacterDevelopment (especially Jaden) from [[AnimeFirst the anime that came before it]].

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Before going any further, readers should know that the [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga]] completely differs in plot and CharacterDevelopment (especially Jaden) Jaden's) from [[AnimeFirst the anime that came before it]].



* Season 1 (Seven Stars arc): It's revealed that the school was built over the hiding place of 3 powerful, {{Evil Counterpart}}s of the Egyptian God cards and that its purpose is to raise students strong enough to defend them (the gate sealing the cards can only be opened if its 7 keys are won in a duel). Naturally, Jaden and co. are entrusted to guard said keys from the HiddenAgendaVillain's henchmen.

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* Season 1 (Seven Stars arc): It's revealed that the school was built over the hiding place of 3 three powerful, {{Evil Counterpart}}s of the Egyptian God cards and that its purpose is to raise students strong enough to defend them (the gate sealing the cards can only be opened if its 7 keys are won in a duel). Naturally, Jaden and co. are entrusted to guard said keys from the HiddenAgendaVillain's henchmen.



* Season 3 (Dimension World arc): When things started to get... strange as the show headed down a slow but steady path from lighthearted comedy to Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion levels of disturbing, angst, and creepiness. Jaden becomes close friends with Jesse Andersen when students from Duel Academy branches around the world come to compete in a tournament. When an unknown HiddenAgendaVillain's actions get Jesse TrappedInAnotherWorld, Jaden becomes dangerously obsessed with finding him. His journey eventually leads to: the apparent deaths of all of his friends, his discovery of his SuperpoweredEvilSide and the past life of his {{Reincarnation}}, and meeting his StalkerWithACrush Yubel, a horrifying card he had as a child that harmed anyone who defeated him, prompting him to launch them into space. Now they're back and they're not too happy about that...
* Season 4 (Darkness arc): The StoryArc that was [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs made on drugs]]... okay, it was technically just rushed because the protagonist's voice actor apparently had to leave early, but that alone does not account for how MindScrew-y the once relatively normal GamingAndSportsAnimeAndManga suddenly became. Each character's individual ComingOfAgeStory as they choose careers and carve paths for themselves (Chazz wants to make a name for himself in the Pro League without relying on his family's fame or fortune, Alexis has to choose if she'll accept a job as a teacher in America...) is interwoven with an AssimilationPlot executed by the personification of all despair and Darkness, and the resolution of the mystery of Atticus's EnemyWithin introduced in Season 1. This season never received an English dub.

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* Season 3 (Dimension World arc): When things started to get... strange as the show headed down a slow but steady path from lighthearted comedy to Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion levels of disturbing, angst, and creepiness. Jaden becomes close friends with Jesse Andersen Anderson when students from Duel Academy branches around the world come to compete in a tournament. When an unknown HiddenAgendaVillain's actions get Jesse TrappedInAnotherWorld, Jaden becomes dangerously obsessed with finding him. His journey eventually leads to: the apparent deaths of all of his friends, his discovery of his SuperpoweredEvilSide and the past life of his {{Reincarnation}}, and meeting his StalkerWithACrush Yubel, a horrifying card he had as a child that harmed anyone who defeated him, prompting him to launch them into space. Now they're back and they're not too happy about that...
* Season 4 (Darkness arc): The StoryArc that was [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs made on drugs]]... okay, it was technically just rushed because the protagonist's voice actor apparently had to leave early, but that alone does not account for how MindScrew-y the once relatively normal GamingAndSportsAnimeAndManga suddenly became. Each character's individual ComingOfAgeStory as they choose careers and carve paths for themselves (Chazz wants to make a name for himself in the Pro League without relying on his family's fame or fortune, Alexis has to choose if she'll accept a job as a teacher in America...) is interwoven with an AssimilationPlot executed by the personification of all despair and Darkness, and the resolution of the mystery of Atticus's Atticus' EnemyWithin introduced in Season 1. This season never received an English dub.



The things that fans love about the show tend to be the same things critics hate about it, from the lack of anything in common with the original series (aside from the card game) to the utter lack of CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds. Many fans also feel the existence of Yami no Games [[RetCon Ret Cons]] the end of the first series and the destruction of the Millennium Items. The dub was, predictably, as badly {{Macekre}}d as the original, with severe [[NeverSayDie awkwardly censored references to death]]. There's also a strangely sharp similarity in the LampshadeHanging and [[NoFourthWall fourth wall breakage]] of some episodes in the dub's third season to that of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. Observe -- [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2bml9_is-littlekuriboh-writing-for-yu-gi_fun a parody of a parody of your own work]].

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The things that fans love about the show tend to be the same things critics hate about it, from the lack of anything in common with the original series (aside from the card game) to the utter lack of CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds. Many fans also feel the existence of Yami no Shadow Games [[RetCon Ret Cons]] the end of the first series and the destruction of the Millennium Items. The dub was, predictably, as badly {{Macekre}}d as the original, with severe [[NeverSayDie awkwardly censored references to death]]. There's also a strangely sharp similarity in the LampshadeHanging and [[NoFourthWall fourth wall breakage]] of some episodes in the dub's third season to that of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. Observe -- [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2bml9_is-littlekuriboh-writing-for-yu-gi_fun a parody of a parody of your own work]].



* TheAce: Jaden, which is {{deconstruct|ion}}ed in season 3. Also Zane, who is ''also'' deconstructed.

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* TheAce: Jaden, which is {{deconstruct|ion}}ed in season Season 3. Also Zane, who is ''also'' deconstructed.



* UsefulNotes/{{Alchemy}}: Professor Banner teaches Alchemy at the Duel Academia, while Amnael sports an Alchemy deck. Banner (who is also Amnael) is also an actual alchemist, helping out Kagemaru to regain his youth.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Alchemy}}: Professor Banner teaches Alchemy at the Duel Academia, Academy, while Amnael sports an Alchemy deck. Banner (who is also Amnael) is also an actual alchemist, helping out Kagemaru to regain his youth.



* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Tanya duels Bastion because she's absolutely smitten with him and wants to get hitched. For a while, at any rate...
* AlmostDeadGuy: Zane in season 3 searching for a WorthyOpponent [[MilesToGoBeforeISleep to duel before he dies from his heart trouble.]]

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* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Tanya Tania duels Bastion because she's absolutely smitten with him and wants to get hitched. For a while, at any rate...
* AlmostDeadGuy: Zane in season Season 3 searching for a WorthyOpponent [[MilesToGoBeforeISleep to duel before he dies from his heart trouble.]]



** Aster Phoenix becomes the first duelist to defeat Zane as well as defeat Jaden.

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** Aster Phoenix becomes the first duelist to defeat Zane Zane, as well as defeat Jaden.



* AnotherDimension: In season 3, duel academy is transported to another dimension inhabited by duel monsters because of Yubel. Later, the cast visits another dimension to search for Jesse who was left behind previously. In total there were 12 dimension stated to exist.

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* AnotherDimension: In season Season 3, duel academy Duel Academy is transported to another dimension inhabited by duel monsters because of Yubel. Later, the cast visits another dimension to search for Jesse who was left behind previously. In total there were 12 dimension dimensions stated to exist.



* AntiHeroTeam: Aster and Zane during the dimension arc in season 3. Axel joins them to [[StormingTheCastle attack the Supreme King's castle.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: Several characters are killed in duels in season 3, but are later revealed to be TrappedInAnotherWorld [[SubvertedTrope instead and return to Duel Academy at the end of the season.]]

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* AntiHeroTeam: Aster and Zane during the dimension Dimension World arc in season Season 3. Axel joins them to [[StormingTheCastle attack the Supreme King's castle.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: Several characters are killed in duels in season Season 3, but are later revealed to be TrappedInAnotherWorld [[SubvertedTrope instead and return to Duel Academy at the end of the season.]]



** The Phantom Demons/Sacred Beasts in season 1.
** The "Super Polymerization" card is this in the 3rd season. It first appeared as blank card being used by Brron with hopes of summoning it by using all of Jaden's friends as sacrifices. Although only 4 of them fall victim to it. Jaden acquires it after defeating Brron, [[SplitPersonalityTakeover with the Supreme King taking control of him]] and completing it, who would go on defeating countless duelists [[KickTheDog including Jim and Axel who also fell victim to it.]] Jaden, [[HeroicBSOD after much turmoil]], is able to use this card to purify Rainbow Dragon and [[DemonicPossession free Jesse from Yubel's control]], [[BatmanGambit but lost this card to Yubel who intended to steal it at that moment.]] In their final duel, [[OmnicidalManiac Yubel attempted to fuse all 12 dimensions to destroy reality]], but [[FusionDance Jaden was able to thwart their strategy and instead fuse himself and Yubel to end the conflict.]]

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** The Phantom Demons/Sacred Beasts in season Season 1.
** The "Super Polymerization" card is this in the 3rd third season. It first appeared as blank card being used by Brron with hopes of summoning it by using all of Jaden's friends as sacrifices. Although only 4 of them fall victim to it. Jaden acquires it after defeating Brron, [[SplitPersonalityTakeover with the Supreme King taking control of him]] and completing it, who would go on defeating countless duelists [[KickTheDog including Jim and Axel who also fell victim to it.]] Jaden, [[HeroicBSOD after much turmoil]], is able to use this card to purify Rainbow Dragon and [[DemonicPossession free Jesse from Yubel's control]], [[BatmanGambit but lost this card to Yubel who intended to steal it at that moment.]] In their final duel, [[OmnicidalManiac Yubel attempted to fuse all 12 dimensions to destroy reality]], but [[FusionDance Jaden was able to thwart their strategy and instead fuse himself and Yubel to end the conflict.]]



* AscendedExtra: Blair was brought back for season 3 after making only a brief appearance in season 1. This may have had something with not having enough prominent female characters on the show.

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* AscendedExtra: Blair was brought back for season Season 3 after making only a brief appearance in season Season 1. This may have had something with not having enough prominent female characters on the show.



* BeYourself: A common theme in the show is to always use your own deck and never someone else's. Examples include Dimitri using Yugi's deck in season 1, Syrus attempting to master Zane's deck in season 4, and later on Chazz, Alexis and Syrus pass up a chance to win a copy of the King of Game's deck in favor of their own.

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* BeYourself: A common theme in the show is to always use your own deck and never someone else's. Examples include Dimitri using Yugi's deck in season Season 1, Syrus attempting to master Zane's deck in season Season 4, and later on Chazz, Alexis and Syrus pass up a chance to win a copy of the King of Game's Games' deck in favor of their own.



* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: Zane in the underground duels in season 2.

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* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: Zane in the underground duels in season Season 2.



* {{BFS}}: In the second episode of season 2, one character plays Gilford the Legend and equips him with four different swords, each of which gradually increase the size of Gilford's already largish sword. Ultimately the sword ends up about five to six times as long as he is tall. Heavily lampshaded in the English dub.

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* {{BFS}}: In the second episode of season Season 2, one character plays Gilford the Legend and equips him with four different swords, each of which gradually increase the size of Gilford's already largish sword. Ultimately the sword ends up about five to six times as long as he is tall. Heavily lampshaded in the English dub.



** In the first episode of season 3, Jaden has a bunch of flashbacks to make sure the audience is caught up.

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** In the first episode of season Season 3, Jaden has a bunch of flashbacks to make sure the audience is caught up.



** In one episode in season 3, Jaden asks Syrus to go find some water, for some reason, while Jaden duels against someone. After the duel, Jaden says the water isn't needed anyway, to which Syrus just says "Aw man. And I've been carrying that water for three whole episodes."

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** In one episode in season Season 3, Jaden asks Syrus to go find some water, for some reason, while Jaden duels against someone. After the duel, Jaden says the water isn't needed anyway, to which Syrus just says "Aw man. And I've been carrying that water for three whole episodes."



* CharacterFocus: Switches from Jaden's friends to the [[ForeignExchangeStudent 4 new Transfer Students]] in season 3.

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* CharacterFocus: Switches from Jaden's friends to the [[ForeignExchangeStudent 4 new Transfer Students]] in season Season 3.



* ChekhovMIA: Atticus in season 1.

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* ChekhovMIA: Atticus in season Season 1.



* ClassTrip: To Domino City in season 2 for a handful of episodes, where the academy students visit the iconic sites of the first Yu-gi-oh series.

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* ClassTrip: To Domino City in season Season 2 for a handful of episodes, where the academy students visit the iconic sites of the first Yu-gi-oh series.



* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: An interesting incidence of color-coding with a bit of FridgeBrilliance: there are two boys in GX, and only two, with brown hair and brown eyes (Jaden and Atticus). Jaden has light brown hair/eyes, and is the embodiment of the [[TheSacredDarkness Gentle Darkness (of creation)]]. Atticus's hair and eyes are dark, and in the first and last seasons, he appears as the Darkness of Nihility, which goes around destroying things.
* ClubStub: A small storyline of season 2 revolves around the Slifer Red dorm being in danger of demolition with only Jaden and his friends there to defend it.

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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: An interesting incidence of color-coding with a bit of FridgeBrilliance: there are two boys in GX, and only two, with brown hair and brown eyes (Jaden and Atticus). Jaden has light brown hair/eyes, and is the embodiment of the [[TheSacredDarkness Gentle Darkness (of creation)]]. Atticus's Atticus' hair and eyes are dark, and in the first and last seasons, he appears as the Darkness of Nihility, which goes around destroying things.
* ClubStub: A small storyline of season Season 2 revolves around the Slifer Red dorm being in danger of demolition with only Jaden and his friends there to defend it.



* CombatCommentator: It's ''Yu-Gi-Oh'', so ''someone'' has to be there on the sidelines to make sure the audience didn't miss anything. In some Season Four duels where there's nobody left alive to commentate, the duelist currently representing the protagonist side of the fight will serve as his own commentator.

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* CombatCommentator: It's ''Yu-Gi-Oh'', so ''someone'' has to be there on the sidelines to make sure the audience didn't miss anything. In some Season Four 4 duels where there's nobody left alive to commentate, the duelist currently representing the protagonist side of the fight will serve as his own commentator.



* ContinuityNod: The series first tag duel is played against the Labyrinth Brothers, who were also the opponents in the first tag duel featured in Duel Monsters. In Season 2, Syrus and Hassleberry tag duel two opponents on top of the same building that Yugi and Kaiba did in the original, and in Season Four, the dock Jaden and Jesse meet on in Domino is the one Yugi and Joey dueled on in Battle City of the original YGO. Then there's the various nostalgic appearances of Black Magician and other signature monsters of the Duel Monsters characters, including a replica being offered as a prize in Season 4.

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* ContinuityNod: The series first tag duel is played against the Labyrinth Brothers, who were also the opponents in the first tag duel featured in Duel Monsters. In Season 2, Syrus and Hassleberry tag duel two opponents on top of the same building that Yugi and Kaiba did in the original, and in Season Four, 4, the dock Jaden and Jesse meet on in Domino is the one Yugi and Joey dueled on in Battle City of the original YGO. Then there's the various nostalgic appearances of Black Magician and other signature monsters of the Duel Monsters characters, including a replica being offered as a prize in Season 4.



** In season 4, Axel's list of Trueman's victims include numerous characters from the original Toei anime.

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** In season Season 4, Axel's list of Trueman's victims include numerous characters from the original Toei anime.



** [[EldritchAbomination The Light of Destruction]] a malevolent celestial entity. Scientific evidence suggests for billions of years a white hole released a mysterious energy and when it reached Earth it caused several calamities such as dictatorships and wars. Season 2 largely revolves around [[DemonicPossession Sartorius being possessed by the Light]], and later attempting to use a KillSat to wipe out humanity. In season 3, Yubel was also AzCrazy because they came into contact with the Light. By series end, the Light remains active in the universe. Although a flashback reveals that [[TheChosenOne Jaden is the reincarnation of the Supreme King]] who holds the power of the [[TheSacredDarkness Gentle Darkness]] to extinguish the Light.

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** [[EldritchAbomination The Light of Destruction]] a malevolent celestial entity. Scientific evidence suggests for billions of years a white hole released a mysterious energy and when it reached Earth it caused several calamities such as dictatorships and wars. Season 2 largely revolves around [[DemonicPossession Sartorius being possessed by the Light]], and later attempting to use a KillSat to wipe out humanity. In season Season 3, Yubel was also AzCrazy because they came into contact with the Light. By series end, the Light remains active in the universe. Although a flashback reveals that [[TheChosenOne Jaden is the reincarnation of the Supreme King]] who holds the power of the [[TheSacredDarkness Gentle Darkness]] to extinguish the Light.



* DeathIsCheap: Hello, all you people who sent Jaden over the DespairEventHorizon halfway through Season Three. Good to know you were all just [[DragonBallZ trapped in another dimension]].
* DeathIsDramatic: Season Three. At least until you find out DeathIsCheap.

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* DeathIsCheap: Hello, all you people who sent Jaden over the DespairEventHorizon halfway through Season Three.3. Good to know you were all just [[DragonBallZ trapped in another dimension]].
* DeathIsDramatic: Season Three.3. At least until you find out DeathIsCheap.



* DeconReconSwitch: The 4th season starts with Jaden a changed person from the BreakTheCutie events of the previous season, and he appears a much more cynical person for it. As the season ends however his previous optimistic traits return as he's determined to convince everyone trapped in the World of Darkness they can move past their doubts of either past mistakes or the fear of the future in his duel with [[BigBad Darkness]]. And finally at the very end with his duel with Yugi, after 2 seasons of life and death duels, [[RuleOfFun he rediscovers his passion for dueling again.]]

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* DeconReconSwitch: The 4th fourth season starts with Jaden a changed person from the BreakTheCutie events of the previous season, and he appears a much more cynical person for it. As the season ends however however, his previous optimistic traits return as he's determined to convince everyone trapped in the World of Darkness they can move past their doubts of either past mistakes or the fear of the future in his duel with [[BigBad Darkness]]. And finally at the very end with his duel with Yugi, after 2 seasons of life and death duels, [[RuleOfFun he rediscovers his passion for dueling again.]]



* DemonicPossession: The Light of Destruction possessed Sartorius during the whole 2nd season. Yubel possesses Marcel and Jesse in season 3.

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* DemonicPossession: The Light of Destruction possessed Sartorius during the whole 2nd second season. Yubel possesses Marcel and Jesse in season Season 3.



* {{Deprogram}}: In season 2, Jaden saves both Chazz and Alexis from being brainwashed by the Society of Light by defeating them in duels. Chazz deprograms the entire white dorm at the end of the season. [[NotBrainwashed Subverted with Zane that season.]]

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* {{Deprogram}}: In season Season 2, Jaden saves both Chazz and Alexis from being brainwashed by the Society of Light by defeating them in duels. Chazz deprograms the entire white dorm at the end of the season. [[NotBrainwashed Subverted with Zane that season.]]



* DisneyDeath: Done with several characters in season 3.

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* DisneyDeath: Done with several characters in season Season 3.



* TheDulcineaEffect: Aster enters a plot important duel to the death with Adrian to save Echo from him in season 3. This even confuses him, not just the viewers.

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* TheDulcineaEffect: Aster enters a plot important duel to the death with Adrian to save Echo from him in season Season 3. This even confuses him, not just the viewers.



* EgomaniacHunter: Trapper the spirit hunter in season 3.
* ElaborateUniversityHigh: Duel Academia

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* EgomaniacHunter: Trapper the spirit hunter in season Season 3.
* ElaborateUniversityHigh: Duel AcademiaAcademy



* EvilerThanThou: Yubel vs. Adrian in season three.

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* EvilerThanThou: Yubel vs. Adrian in season three.Season 3.



* FictionalSport: The Pro League for Dueling. A circle of the highest ranking duelists in the world featured in a mainstream sport like any other real life sport. It is the goal of many Duel Academy students to one day compete in the Pro League. Known pro duelists include Aster Phoenix, Zane later becomes one, and Chazz himself in season 4 tries to become a pro duelist.

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* FictionalSport: The Pro League for Dueling. A circle of the highest ranking duelists in the world featured in a mainstream sport like any other real life sport. It is the goal of many Duel Academy students to one day compete in the Pro League. Known pro duelists include Aster Phoenix, Zane later becomes one, and Chazz himself in season Season 4 tries to become a pro duelist.



* ForeignExchangeStudent: In season 3, 4 new champion duelists from different branches of Duel Academy show up.

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* ForeignExchangeStudent: In season Season 3, 4 four new champion duelists from different branches of Duel Academy show up.



* GoodIsBoring: In-universe example in season 2. Zane realizes, during his DespairEventHorizon, that [[HonorBeforeReason respecting others]] has gotten him nothing and decides to make a FaceHeelTurn.

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* GoodIsBoring: In-universe example in season Season 2. Zane realizes, during his DespairEventHorizon, that [[HonorBeforeReason respecting others]] has gotten him nothing and decides to make a FaceHeelTurn.



* GrowingUpSucks: Alexis, Syrus, and Chazz in season 4.

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* GrowingUpSucks: Alexis, Syrus, and Chazz in season Season 4.



* TheHeroDies: Subverted in the last episode of season 3 when Jaden's friends, except Syrus, believe he may never return after his supposed HeroicSacrifice, but he does.

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* TheHeroDies: Subverted in the last episode of season Season 3 when Jaden's friends, except Syrus, believe he may never return after his supposed HeroicSacrifice, but he does.



* HeroicSacrifice: Several characters in season 3.

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* HeroicSacrifice: Several characters in season Season 3.



** Chazz after his stint at the North School in Season 1
** Jaden after his trip to Neo Space in Season 2, his return at the end of season 3, and [[RuleOfFun rediscovering his passion for dueling]] in the duel with Yugi in the last episode.

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** Chazz after his stint at the North School Academy in Season 1
** Jaden after his trip to Neo Space in Season 2, his return at the end of season Season 3, and [[RuleOfFun rediscovering his passion for dueling]] in the duel with Yugi in the last episode.



** Also, in season 2 when Crowler and Bonaparte duel, Crowler comments that he's "such a dramatic little man", even though Crowler and pretty much everyone else in the series, is just as much of a LargeHam as he is.

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** Also, in season Season 2 when Crowler and Bonaparte duel, Crowler comments that he's "such a dramatic little man", even though Crowler and pretty much everyone else in the series, is just as much of a LargeHam as he is.



** Though his crimes don't even begin to compare to Yubel, Franz from season 2 episode 33 counts. He stole a copy of the Winged Dragon of Ra and hospitalized three people and Pegasus still let him keep his job.

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** Though his crimes don't even begin to compare to Yubel, Franz from season Season 2 episode Episode 33 counts. He stole a copy of the Winged Dragon of Ra and hospitalized three people and Pegasus still let him keep his job.



* KidsVersusAdults: In season 1, the Duel Academy students vs the 7 Shadow Riders, who were all adults.

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* KidsVersusAdults: In season Season 1, the Duel Academy students vs the 7 Shadow Riders, who were all adults.



** Jesse has one main outfit, a modification of the Obelisk Blue uniform ... which he wears before coming to Duel Academia, and possibly even before starting at North School (which has a different uniform to begin with).

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** Jesse has one main outfit, a modification of the Obelisk Blue uniform ... which he wears before coming to Duel Academia, Academy, and possibly even before starting at North School Academy (which has a different uniform to begin with).



* MacGuffin: The keys to release the Sacred Beasts in season 1 and the 2 Satellite Keys for the KillSat in season 2.

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* MacGuffin: The keys to release the Sacred Beasts in season Season 1 and the 2 Satellite Keys for the KillSat in season Season 2.



* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai: A villainous example in season 1, the 7 Shadow Riders sent to Duel Academy to acquire the [[MacGuffin keys]] to release the Sacred Beasts. Played straight with the 7 students and teachers chosen to defend them.

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* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai: A villainous example in season Season 1, the 7 Shadow Riders sent to Duel Academy to acquire the [[MacGuffin keys]] to release the Sacred Beasts. Played straight with the 7 students and teachers chosen to defend them.



* MassTeleportation: Yubel teleports the entire Duel Academy to a different dimension in season 3.

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* MassTeleportation: Yubel teleports the entire Duel Academy to a different dimension in season Season 3.



* NotQuiteDead: Jaden's friends at the end of season 3.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: Anyone who dies in Season Three.

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* NotQuiteDead: Jaden's friends at the end of season Season 3.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: Anyone who dies in Season Three.3.



* OmnicidalManiac: The Light of Destruction is this by default and tried to use a KillSat to destroy the planet in season 2. Yubel tries to destroy the 12 dimensions in season 3.

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* OmnicidalManiac: The Light of Destruction is this by default and tried to use a KillSat to destroy the planet in season Season 2. Yubel tries to destroy the 12 dimensions in season Season 3.



* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The Duel Zombies (Duel Ghouls in the dub) in season 3 as a result of duelists losing their duel energy from the bio bands. Those turned into Duel Ghouls include Chazz, Syrus, Fonda Fontaine, Crowler, Bonaparte, and the majority of duel academy when the school is sent to the different dimension by Yubel.

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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The Duel Zombies (Duel Ghouls in the dub) in season Season 3 as a result of duelists losing their duel energy from the bio bands. Those turned into Duel Ghouls include Chazz, Syrus, Fonda Fontaine, Crowler, Bonaparte, and the majority of duel academy when the school is sent to the different dimension by Yubel.



* PlotDetour: Several times. Averted in season 3.

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* PlotDetour: Several times. Averted in season Season 3.



* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: The storyline of season 3 is about Jaden going from AllLovingHero to EvilOverlord because of the Deconstruction of LeeroyJenkins, up to mid season. Then he experiences a HeroicBSOD for the second half that leads to MustMakeAmends to save everyone from [[BigBad Yubel]].

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* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: The storyline of season Season 3 is about Jaden going from AllLovingHero to EvilOverlord because of the Deconstruction of LeeroyJenkins, up to mid season. Then he experiences a HeroicBSOD for the second half that leads to MustMakeAmends to save everyone from [[BigBad Yubel]].



* PutOnABus: Chumley leaves to work at Industrial Illusions at the end of the first season (cameoing in Season 2); Misawa leaving to work on a theory in Season 2 (returning in Season 3, only to get PutOnABus [[BackForTheDead again]]). Possibly even Atticus between Season 2 and 3 (returns with no explanation after Duel Academy is transported back from the alternate dimension in episode 131, only to be 'killed' off). The Foreign Champions return to their schools in season 4.

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* PutOnABus: Chumley leaves to work at Industrial Illusions at the end of the first season (cameoing in Season 2); Misawa leaving to work on a theory in Season 2 (returning in Season 3, only to get PutOnABus [[BackForTheDead again]]). Possibly even Atticus between Season 2 and 3 (returns with no explanation after Duel Academy is transported back from the alternate dimension in episode 131, only to be 'killed' off). The Foreign Champions return to their schools in season Season 4.



* RedShirt: Most of Duel Academia in Season 3.
* {{Reincarnation}} The end of Season Three.

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* RedShirt: Most of Duel Academia Academy in Season 3.
* {{Reincarnation}} The end of Season Three.3.



* RescueArc: In season 3 to find Jesse in the different dimension.

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* RescueArc: In season Season 3 to find Jesse in the different dimension.



* RivalsTeamUp: Jaden and Aster in season 2, and Jaden and Jesse in season 3 and 4.

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* RivalsTeamUp: Jaden and Aster in season Season 2, and Jaden and Jesse in season Season 3 and 4.



* SaveOurStudents: Jaden does for Duel Academy in season 4, and the rest of the world apparently.
* SecretlyDying: Zane in season 3 from all the underground duels the previous season.

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* SaveOurStudents: Jaden does for Duel Academy in season Season 4, and the rest of the world apparently.
* SecretlyDying: Zane in season Season 3 from all the underground duels the previous season.



** There are a ''lot'' of similarities between GX season 3 and a Super Nintendo game called "IllusionOfGaia." Just a few of them (listing them all could take a page all its own!):

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** There are a ''lot'' of similarities between GX season Season 3 and a Super Nintendo game called "IllusionOfGaia." Just a few of them (listing them all could take a page all its own!):



* SlidingScaleOfFourthWallHardness: It [[NoFourthWall disappears]] during season 3 of the dub. Thanks, LittleKuriboh!

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* SlidingScaleOfFourthWallHardness: It [[NoFourthWall disappears]] during season Season 3 of the dub. Thanks, LittleKuriboh!



** In early season 2, Aster handily defeats Zane and Jaden. Noted because the grand finale duel was set between Zane's Cyber Dragon deck and Jaden's Elemental Hero deck, which Aster had them beat with his own newer Elemental/Destiny Heroes.
** Subverted in season 3 when the Sacred Beasts come back into the plot. Despite having acquired his Neos deck in season 2 and rolling out more advanced cards that season, Jaden isn't confident facing the Sacred Beasts again without the sole hax card Banner gave him.

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** In early season Season 2, Aster handily defeats Zane and Jaden. Noted because the grand finale duel was set between Zane's Cyber Dragon deck and Jaden's Elemental Hero deck, which Aster had them beat with his own newer Elemental/Destiny Heroes.
** Subverted in season Season 3 when the Sacred Beasts come back into the plot. Despite having acquired his Neos deck in season Season 2 and rolling out more advanced cards that season, Jaden isn't confident facing the Sacred Beasts again without the sole hax card Banner gave him.



* SpiritedCompetitor: Jaden. Zane also steps into this about halfway through season three where before he had turned into something of a BloodKnight. [[SeriousBusiness With card games.]]
* SpiritWorld: Referenced often enough and then becomes the main setting of season 3.

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* SpiritedCompetitor: Jaden. Zane also steps into this about halfway through season three Season 3 where before he had turned into something of a BloodKnight. [[SeriousBusiness With card games.]]
* SpiritWorld: Referenced often enough and then becomes the main setting of season Season 3.



* SpotlightStealingSquad: The [[ForeignExchangeStudent foreign champions]] in season 3. The dub makes fun of this, mostly though Syrus, who is [[NoFourthWall aware]] he's been replaced as the second most important character by Jesse and is quite resentful of this fact.

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* SpotlightStealingSquad: The [[ForeignExchangeStudent foreign champions]] in season Season 3. The dub makes fun of this, mostly though Syrus, who is [[NoFourthWall aware]] he's been replaced as the second most important character by Jesse and is quite resentful of this fact.



* TakeAThirdOption: Jaden decides to fuse his soul with Yubel's to end the conflict in season 3.

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* TakeAThirdOption: Jaden decides to fuse his soul with Yubel's to end the conflict in season Season 3.



* ThirstyDesert: Duel Academy is sent to another dimension with this setting in season 3.

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* ThirstyDesert: Duel Academy is sent to another dimension with this setting in season Season 3.



* TournamentArc: The Genex Tournament in the second half of season 2. Although this tournament isn't the highlight of the plot.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: In season 3, it's revealed all of Jaden's friends believed to be dead were actually sent to another dimension by Yubel.

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* TournamentArc: The Genex Tournament in the second half of season Season 2. Although this tournament isn't the highlight of the plot.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: In season Season 3, it's revealed all of Jaden's friends believed to be dead were actually sent to another dimension by Yubel.



* VictoryIsBoring: In season 2, Zane spends the season [[BloodKnight winning as many duels as possible simply because he only finds pleasure from winning duels.]] He later grows tired of the Genex tournament because there is no one there to provide a challenge. This sets him up for next season searching for a WorthyOpponent to provide the perfect duel.
* VigilanteMan: Aster Phoenix in season 2 to find his father's murderer who held the Ultimate D card.

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* VictoryIsBoring: In season Season 2, Zane spends the season [[BloodKnight winning as many duels as possible simply because he only finds pleasure from winning duels.]] He later grows tired of the Genex tournament because there is no one there to provide a challenge. This sets him up for next season searching for a WorthyOpponent to provide the perfect duel.
* VigilanteMan: Aster Phoenix in season Season 2 to find his father's murderer who held the Ultimate D card.
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Before going any further, readers should know that the [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga]] completely differs in plot and CharacterDevelopment (especially Juudai) from [[AnimeFirst the anime that came before it]].

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Before going any further, readers should know that the [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga]] completely differs in plot and CharacterDevelopment (especially Juudai) Jaden) from [[AnimeFirst the anime that came before it]].



The anime has a very [[PostModernism Post Modern-esque]] tone, blending elements of GamingAndSportsAnimeAndManga, MindScrew, and DeconstructorFleet. The absurdity of the SeriousBusiness of Duel Monsters is taken UpToEleven, with entire educational and athletic industries centered around the game, to make you repeatedly say, "You have ''got'' to be kidding me." Meanwhile, the plot has serious, painful, traumatic psychological effects on everyone involved, particularly Jaden, whose psyche collapses under the pressure and power and responsibility he's burdened with. "[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries I've lost a card game! I have no reason to live!]]" suddenly isn't funny anymore, particularly for the Marufuji brothers. In short, it's a very self-aware GenreBusting series that plays some tropes absurdly straight and others painfully realistically.

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The anime has a very [[PostModernism Post Modern-esque]] tone, blending elements of GamingAndSportsAnimeAndManga, MindScrew, and DeconstructorFleet. The absurdity of the SeriousBusiness of Duel Monsters is taken UpToEleven, with entire educational and athletic industries centered around the game, to make you repeatedly say, "You have ''got'' to be kidding me." Meanwhile, the plot has serious, painful, traumatic psychological effects on everyone involved, particularly Jaden, whose psyche collapses under the pressure and power and responsibility he's burdened with. "[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries I've lost a card game! I have no reason to live!]]" suddenly isn't funny anymore, particularly for the Marufuji Truesdale brothers. In short, it's a very self-aware GenreBusting series that plays some tropes absurdly straight and others painfully realistically.



* CharacterWitness: On the day of an important exam, the Duel Academy's card shop got a shipment of newly released cards; but Professor Chronos got their first and bought them all. Then he gave them all to Manjyome, and said he would manipulate the match-ups in the field exam so that he and Judai were opponents, hoping Judai would not only fail, but be humiliated. Meanwhile, Judai overslept, and while running to class, met an old lady struggling with her stalled truck. Knowing he'd be late anyway, he stopped to help her with it. Later, when he finally got to the card store, he found out she owned the place, and saved one of the new packs of cards for him; Judai was actually able to win the duel against Manjyome with it, gaining a promotion. (Which he turned down.)

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* CharacterWitness: On the day of an important exam, the Duel Academy's card shop got a shipment of newly released cards; but Professor Chronos got their first and bought them all. Then he gave them all to Manjyome, Chazz, and said he would manipulate the match-ups in the field exam so that he and Judai Jaden were opponents, hoping Judai Jaden would not only fail, but be humiliated. Meanwhile, Judai Jaden overslept, and while running to class, met an old lady struggling with her stalled truck. Knowing he'd be late anyway, he stopped to help her with it. Later, when he finally got to the card store, he found out she owned the place, and saved one of the new packs of cards for him; Judai Jaden was actually able to win the duel against Manjyome Chazz with it, gaining a promotion. (Which he turned down.)



* FakeUltimateHero: Abidos III is built up as being "the unbeatable God of Dueling." As it turns out, the reason he was "unbeatable" was because his servants kept jobbing to him because he was the Pharaoh. (It's stated that they never once tried to destroy the First, Second, or Third Sarcophagi, even though that trio of cards is easily the biggest weakness of Abidos's strategy.) Consequently, he's one of the only characters that Judai was able to beat with nothing but Normal Elemental Heroes.

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* FakeUltimateHero: Abidos III is built up as being "the unbeatable God of Dueling." As it turns out, the reason he was "unbeatable" was because his servants kept jobbing to him because he was the Pharaoh. (It's stated that they never once tried to destroy the First, Second, or Third Sarcophagi, even though that trio of cards is easily the biggest weakness of Abidos's strategy.) Consequently, he's one of the only characters that Judai Jaden was able to beat with nothing but Normal Elemental Heroes.



* FlippingTheTable: There is a card called "[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Flipping_the_Table Flipping the Table]]". In one episode, used by Hayato's (Chumley in the dub) father who (in the Japanese version, at least) was a substantial drunkard and owns a sake company (in the dub, he just owns a hot sauce company). When played, a giant table does invariably appear and Hayato's father does overturn it fairly violently.

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* FlippingTheTable: There is a card called "[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Flipping_the_Table Flipping the Table]]". In one episode, used by Hayato's (Chumley in the dub) Chumley's father who (in the Japanese version, at least) was a substantial drunkard and owns a sake company (in the dub, he just owns a hot sauce company). When played, a giant table does invariably appear and Hayato's Chumley's father does overturn it fairly violently.



** In Johan and Judai's first duel, when the topic of Johan's ace card Rainbow Dragon comes up, Judai playfully says, "Come one! If you've got ''that'', then show it to me!" Johan's response is to giggle and say, "I can't do that. I mean, Rainbow Dragon is really, ''really'' special!" [[HomoeroticSubtext Yeah.]]

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** In Johan Jesse and Judai's Jaden's first duel, when the topic of Johan's Jesse's ace card Rainbow Dragon comes up, Judai Jaden playfully says, "Come one! If you've got ''that'', then show it to me!" Johan's Jesse's response is to giggle and say, "I can't do that. I mean, Rainbow Dragon is really, ''really'' special!" [[HomoeroticSubtext Yeah.]]
2nd Aug '16 3:43:27 AM kirara19
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* DeusExMachina: But many examples fall straight into AssPull territory.

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* DeusExMachina: But many examples fall straight into AssPull territory.%%* DeusExMachina
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