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Characters from the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game, sorted alphabetically from K to O.

For the full list of characters from the game, click [[Characters/YuGiOhCardGame here]].

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[[folder:Karakuri]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Karakuri Karakuri]] monsters are a series of Machine monsters based on mechanized Japanese puppets. The rely on swarming the field and manipulating battle positions -- a recurring effect is that Karakuri monsters must attack if able, and when attacked switch to defense position. Their leaders are the Synchro monsters Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 "Burei" and Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00X "Bureido".

* AngryGuardDog: Karakuri Watchdog mdl 313 "Saizan". It also has an ability to give the other Karakuri more power when its controller take Battle Damage from a battle involving this card.
* ArtificialStupidity: The gimmick of the Karakuri archetype is that they must attack if able (even if it would get them killed) and always shift into defense when attacked (even when their defense is lower, and they would survive if they counterattacked).
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Japanese-print Karakuri are named after numbers. TCG-print Karakuri are named with Japanese-sounding random words (like [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Karakuri_Muso_mdl_818_%22Haipa%22 Haipa]] or [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Karakuri_Barrel_mdl_96_%E2%80%9CShinkuro%E2%80%9D Shinkuro]]).
* AttackAttackAttack: Most "Karakuri" monsters, with the exception of the Synchro monsters, must attack if able.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 "Burei" and Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00X "Bureido"
* BilingualBonus: Karakuri is a "mechanical device to tease, trick, or take a person by surprise"
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Karakuri Ninja mdl 7749 "Nanashick"
* BladeOnAStick: Karakuri Muso mdl 818 "Haipa"
* BlowYouAway: Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 "Burei"
* ChestMonster: Karakuri Barrel mdl 96 "Shinkuro"
* ClockworkCreature
* DualWielding: Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00X "Bureido"
* EternalEngine: Karakuri Showdown Castle
* GlassCannon
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 "Burei"'s weapon resembles the Bansho Fan, an artifact from "Journey to the West" and "Dragonball". It had the power to create massive gusts with each wave of the fan, which could also symbolize its ability to change monster positions on the field.
* IntrepidMerchant: Karakuri Merchant mdl 177 "Inashichi". He helps out by retrieving a Karakuri monster from your deck when its normal summoned.
* KeepItForeign: To make sure the Karakuri archetype stood out in the TCG, Konami kept the name untranslated.
* KnifeNut: Karakuri Ninja mdl 339 "Sazank"
* [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Robot Ninja]]: Karakuri Ninja mdl 339 "Sazank", Karakuri Ninja mdl 7749 "Nanashick" and Karakuri Ninja mdl 919 "Kuick"
* ShoulderCannon: Karakuri Watchdog mdl 313 "Saizan"
* ThemeNaming: Most Karakuri have names that are made up of Japanese numerals, often the Japanese daiji, are used. The first 2 numbers in their names when multiplied together get the last number.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Koa'ki Meiru]]
The [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Koa%27ki_Meiru Koa'ki Meiru]] are a varied archtype, specifically designed at the time to be anti-meta, which at the time meant anti Light and Dark. Their effects range from effect negation to destroying cards to stoping the playing of cards, and their level 4 monsters have high attack, so can counter almost anything. Their major weakness is their reliance on their power source, the Iron Core of Koa'ki Meiru. Unless the player discards one at the end of their turn, or reveals a monster in their hand that's the same type as their Koa'ki Meiru monster, Koa'ki Meiru monsters self-destruct at the end of the turn. Their strongest cards are Koa'ki Meiru Maximus, Koa'ki Meiru Rooklord, and Koa'ki Meiru Valafar.

* AchillesHeel: They need the Iron Core of Koa'ki Meiru or another monster of the same type to stay in the field, otherwise they'll self-destruct at the end of the turn.
* {{BFG}}[=/=]DepletedPhlebotinumShells: The [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Core_Blaster Core Blaster]] will destroy any LIGHT or DARK monster that battles the Koa'ki Meiru monster wielding it.
* AnIcePerson: Koa'ki Meiru Ice
* TheBerserker: Koa'ki Meiru Bergzak
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: According to Master Guide 3, Kozaky used the Iron Core to mind-control the Koa'ki Meiru.
-->"Unable to make artificial beasts on our own, we used this core to create them by using it on living creatures."
* CreatingLife: According to the Master Guide 3, Kozaky created "Koa'ki Meiru Powerhand" and "Koa'ki Meiru Sandman" as his first experiments with the Iron Core.
-->"We're finally ready, and for our first step, we've decided to amuse ourselves by implanting it into a pile of scraps and a doll made of sand. The experiment was a success, and next we shall use it on living things with a will of their own."
* CrazyPrepared: Koa'ki Meirus can use [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Koa%27ki_Meiru_Urnight some]] [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Iron_Core_Specimen_Lab cards]] to get any monster they want, including a trio that literally [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Koa%27ki_Meiru_Wall can]] [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Koa%27ki_Meiru_Sandman stop]] [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Koa%27ki_Meiru_Guardian anything]].
* DifficultButAwesome
* ExplosiveOverclocking: The premise of Core Overclock.
* {{Golem}}: Koa'ki Meiru Boulder, Guardian, Sandman, and many others.
* HumanPopsicle: Koa'ki Meiru Valafar
--> "While the implant into the red demon was successful, the event seems to have caused the 'Iron Core' to deteriorate. The demon was cryogenically frozen, while the core had to undergo reinforcement procedures."
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Koa'ki Meiru Shield has a similar artwork and effect to Mirror Force. When "Kozaky" and "Magical Scientist" were making the Koa'ki Meiru, they probably made equipment to protect their new species (possibly based off existing technology). If this was true, then it would explain the similarity of "Koa'ki Meiru Shield" and "Mirror Force".
* ManOfKryptonite: Many of their monsters to LIGHT and DARK monsters.
* OurCentaursAreDifferent: Koa'ki Meiru Urnight.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Koa'ki Meiru Doom and Valafar.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Koa'ki Meiru Drago and Maximus. Maximus especially - The best way to describe it is as a weird mix between a dragon, [[GiantSpider a spider]] and [[Franchise/{{Alien}} a Xenomorph]]. Konami was known for sneaking Alien cameos in their games and Maximus might be one of them.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent[=/=]NonHumanUndead: Koa'ki Meiru Ghoulungulate
* PettingZooPeople: Some of them, especially Koa'ki Meiru War Arms.
* PoweredArmor: [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Iron_Core_Armor The Iron Core Armor]].
* SigilSpam: They all have their team logo somewhere in their bodies. Taken UpToEleven by [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Koa%27ki_Meiru_Rooklord Koa'ki Meiru Rooklord]].
* SuperPrototype: Koa'ki Meiru Prototype
* SomethingAboutARose: Koa'ki Meiru Gravirose
* {{Transhuman}}: Koa'ki Meiru Bergzak
-->"After implanting the core, tests show an increase in the subject's muscular strength and cardio-pulmonary functions. Oh, with these enhancements, he might be quite useful as a sentry."
* ThisIsADrill: Koa'ki Meiru Powerhand
* VisualPun: Koa'ki Meiru War Arms' name and effect are a play on the fact that it is a bear that can equip itself; it has the ability to "bear arms".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kozaky]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Kozaky Kozaky]] is a scientist working for the forces of Dark World. Among other deeds, he's the mastermind behind the Koa'ki Meiru monsters, he's the one that turned Gagagigo into Giga Gagagigo and corrupted his mind in the process, and rebuilt the Impachi after it was burned to charcoal. Kozaky rides into battle with his mecha Giant Kozaki, a level 4 monster with a massive 2500 ATK, but it self-destructs and damages the player for the same amount if Kozaky isn't on the field.

* {{Bowdlerise}}: His horns are removed in the International artwork.
* CreatingLife: Created the Core Chimail monsters with the help of the Magical Scientist. Unfortunately, they blow up if they are not near an Iron Core of Core Chimail or they are not near their kind.
* BigRedButton: Shown pressing it in the artwork of Kozaky's Self-Destruct Button.
* ButtMonkey
* {{Foreshadowing}}: His card lore hints at the existence of the Dark World 6 sets before the Archetype was released.
* FriendlyRivalry: According to Master Guide 2, "Magical Scientist" is both a friend of Kozaky and a rival of science.
* GiantMecha: Pilots Giant Kozaky, which blows up if he's not around to maintain it or if he presses the button on the Giant Kozaky.
* MadScientist: Created the Core Chimail monsters with the Magical Scientist and also turned Gagagigo into Giga Gagagigo
* TheManBehindTheMonsters
* MarriedToTheJob
* ScaryShinyGlasses
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kuriboh]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Kuribohs Kuribohs]] are in the running for SeriesMascot. A series of small level 1 monsters with 300 ATK and 200 DEF, they act as supporters, mostly by protecting the player from damage. To date, every anime has had a main character use some form of Kuriboh -- Yami Yugi had Kuriboh, Jaden had Winged Kuriboh, Luna has Kuribon, and Yuma has Kurivolt and Rainbow Kuriboh while Kite has Kuriphoton. The strongest of them is Jaden's Winged Kuriboh Level 10, which can destroy all enemy monsters and damage the opponent equal to the ATK of those monsters.

* ActionBomb:
** Detonate's effect if you have Kuriboh tokens on the field.
** Winged Kuriboh LVL 10's effect lets it be sacrificed, so that it destroys all of your opponent's monsters and inflicts damage according to the sum of their attack points.
* AntiMagic: Winged Kuriboh LVL 9's effect.
* ExplosiveBreeder: Multiply has this effect on Kuriboh.
* FusionDance:
** As demonstrated in a duel against Raphael, Kuriboh fused with Kuriba, Kuribe, Kuribi, Kuribu to become Kuribabylon and Kuribandit.
** Winged Kuriboh and Light and Darkness Dragon were fused together in the Manga/YuGiOhGX manga by Jaden to form Ma'At.
* HolyHandGrenade: Winged Kuriboh LVL 10's effect.
* LightTheWay: Winged Kuriboh, Rainbow Kuriboh and Kuriphoton
* MagicMusic: Used in Flute of Summoning Kuriboh to special summon Kuriboh or Winged Kuriboh.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Winged Kuriboh
* PaletteSwap: Wretched Ghost of the Attic
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: Winged Kuriboh LVL 9 and Winged Kuriboh LVL 10.
* ShockAndAwe: Kuribolt
* WeakButSkilled
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Laval]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Laval Laval]] monsters are a series of Fire Pyro and Warrior monsters. They rely on milling cards for various effects, including swarming and card destruction. In the storyline, they live for battle and warred with the Gem-Knights until they were forced to work with them to repel the Steelswarm invasion. Their normally strongest monster is Laval Dragon, but with the aid of the Allies of Justice they created the stronger Laval Stennon.

* BlackMagicianGirl: Laval Forest Sprite and Tender of the Laval Volcano.
* BloodKnight: The reason they went to war with the Gem-Knights was their hunger for battle.
* DragonRider: Lavalval Dragoon.
* {{Expy}}:
** Laval Burner is very similar to "Cyber Dragon". It shares the same ATK and level, and has the ability to be Special Summoned from the hand. Laval Burner's summoning conditions is similar to "Judgment Dragon" and "Rainbow Dragon" but requires fewer monsters in the Graveyard.
** Laval Judgment Lord's effect is similar to that of "Super Conductor Tyranno" and he looks like XX-Saber Boggart Knight.
** Lavalval Dragon's effect resembles that of "Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier" and its appearance resembles "Burning Dragon".
** Laval Dual Slasher bears a resemblance to "Elemental HERO Neos". With 3 "Laval" monsters in the Graveyard, Laval Dual Slasher has the same effects as "Twin-Sword Marauder".
* FusionDance: Daigusto Phoenix, Lavalval Ignis and Lavalval Chain.
* GlassCannon
* {{Golem}}
* {{Homage}}: Lavalval Ignis looks like a combination of [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Dormammu]] and Comicbook/GhostRider.
* LadyOfBlackMagic: Laval Lady of the Burning Lake.
* MeaningfulName:
** Laval Phlogis's name is based on Phlogiston theory, which was first stated in 1667 by Johann Joachim Becher; it's an obsolete scientific theory that postulated the existence of a fire-like element called "phlogiston", which was contained within combustible bodies and released during combustion.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Lavalval Dragon
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: Laval Forest Sprite
* PlayingWithFire
* PoweredArmor: Laval Stannon.
* SixthRanger: Kayenn the Master Magma Blacksmith, Prominence the Molten Swordsman and Soaring Eagle Above the Searing Land.
* SoleSurvivor: ALL of the Lavals were sacrificed by the Gishki, but Phlogis who worked as a LUMBERJACK in the in the Laval Flame Volcano region got away
* WeaponOfChoice
** ArmCannon: Laval Cannoneer/Stannon and Laval Gunner.
** BladeBelowTheShoulder: Laval Dual Slasher.
** BladeOnAStick: Laval Lancelord.
** ShoulderCannon: Laval Magma Cannoneer.
* VisualPun: "Laval Miller" is a pun, since it sends cards to the Graveyard, or "mills" them. It is also a reference to the wheel it is pushing, which can be used in a mill to grind wheat.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:LV Monsters]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/LV_Monster LV Monsters]] are the embodiment of MagikarpPower. They start off as low-level monsters with poor, if any, effects and low stats. But as they survive turns and/or defeat enemy monsters in battle, they evolve into higher level forms. The strongest forms have very powerful effects, but keeping their weaker forms alive long enough to level up is easier said than done. While the strongest LV monster in terms of stats is Silent Magician [=LV8=], the most famous and arguably most dangerous is Horus the Black Flame Dragon [=LV8=], which can negate and destroy any Spell card at the player's discretion.

* ADayInTheLimelight: The Armed Dragons got prominent roles in the anime as trademark cards of Chazz/Manjoume, and got a few more support cards for themselves for it including Armed Dragon [=LV10=].
* AntiMagic: The Horus, Silent Magician and Silent Swordsman lines have varying degrees of immunity to Spells, and Horus [=LV8=] can negate any Spell at your discretion.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The higher level monsters all have very strong effects, but they usually cannot be summoned except by the effects of their weaker forms, and may have other restrictions that further hamper your attempts to get them to the field.
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: Horus
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Ultimate Insect
* BroughtDownToBadass: Metaphized Armed Dragon loses the powerful effect it had as the Dark Armed Dragon, but it has no summoning restriction, Skill Drain can't affect it, and it is also the strongest level 7 monster with no summoning requirements.
* ChestMonster: Dark Mimic
* DamageIncreasingDebuff: The Ultimate Insects sap the opponent's [=ATK=], allowing your attacks to do more damage.
* ElementalPowers
** BlowYouAway: Ultimate Insect, Armed Dragon
** PlayingWithFire: Horus
** DishingOutDirt: Dark Lucius, Mystic Swordsman
** CastingAShadow: Allure Queen, Dark Mimic
** LightEmUp: Silent Swordsman, Silent Magician.
* EvilCounterpart: Dark Armed Dragon and Dark Horus.
* {{Expy}}:
** Horus the Black Flame Dragon [=LV8=] is very similar to "The Winged Dragon of Ra" in appearance. In later Egyptian dynastic times, Ra was subsumed into the god Horus, as Re-Horakhty (and many variant spellings). He commanded sky, earth, and underworld.
** Ultimate Insect appears to be a reference to the Grat Moth series, with power levels similar to the Great Moth and debuffing effects that the Great Moth has in the anime and some video games.
* KillEmAll: Armed Dragon [=LV7=] and [=LV10=] can destroy all monsters on your opponent's field for a discard cost, though only face-ups and [=LV7=] needs a second strong monster to ensure total destruction[[note]]you discard a monster for its cost to destroy all monsters weaker than that discarded monster[[/note]].
* MagikarpPower: While they do it differently, each Level monster starts out as a weakling Level 2/3/4, then grows into a big and buff Level 7/8 with a lot of attack strength and an excellent effect.
** EvolutionaryLevels
** TookALevelInBadass
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Horus looks more like a bird than a dragon.
* TheSixthRanger: The Masked Knights, a line of [=LV=]s featured only in the anime and video games. Allure Queen and Horus also have their specific support cards in the form of Queen's Bodyguard and Horus' Servant.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Armed Dragon, increasingly so as it powers up.
* WeaponOfChoice
** {{BFS}}: Silent Swordsman [=LV5=], gets even bigger at [=LV7=]. Also Dark Lucius [=LV8=]
** ChainsawGood: While no actual chainsaws are featured on them, the Armed Dragons have rows of spikes down their bellies greatly resembling buzzsaw blades. Higher level forms get more rows with larger spikes.
** DoubleWeapon: Mystic Swordsman [=LV4=].
** DualWielding: Mystic Swordsman [=LV6=], which by extension suggests that it's a BifurcatedWeapon evolved from [=LV4=]'s DoubleWeapon.
** MagicStaff: The Allure Queen line.
** MagicWand: Silent Magician, both forms.
** RoyalRapier: Dark Lucious [=LV6=].
** ThisIsADrill: The Armed Dragons.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lightsworn]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Lightsworn Lightsworns]], called Lightlord in the OCG, are an archetype of Light monsters. They often have strong effects and good support cards, but can be costly -- Lightsworns either mill cards from the deck to use their effects, or mill cards at the end of the turn to stay on the field. Thus the player runs the risk of milling good cards to the Graveyard, or even running out of cards and losing. Their strongest card is Judgment Dragon, who can destroy the field for a cost of 1000 Life Points. Their leader is the Lightsworn Lord, Michael.

* ActionGirl: Shire. Sure, she only has 400 ATK but she gains [[LetsGetDangerous 300 ATK extra for each Lightsworn monster with different name in the graveyard]].
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Ehren, Lumina and Raiden.
* AnAxeToGrind: Garoth.
* ArchangelMichael: Lightsworn Lord Michael gets his name from the Archangel Michael, as he looks like an angel.
* {{Atlantis}}: Realm of Light bears a resemblance to The Lost City of Atlantis, being a port city with a moat, channels, channel locks, and a ring within ring city layout situated in the side of a Mountain. The city is also made out of gold, silver and a reddish material, like Atlantis.
* BackFromTheDead: Lumina's effect.
* {{Badass}}: Wulf.
* BareYourMidriff: Lumina.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead:
** Lumina, Ehren and Jenis.
** Alternately, Shire, Lyla and Minerva.
* CatGirl: Ferris, Lightsworn Archer.
* CoolSword: Lightsworn Sabre.
* DeathIsNotPermanent: If the Lightsworn fall in the real world, they return to the Realm of Light. However they have immortal souls, so they can continue to dispense justice with another temporary body.
* DistaffCounterpart[=/=]FemaleFelineMaleMutt: Ferris has the same effect as Wulf; also Ferris is a CatGirl and Wulf is a WolfMan.
* DragonRider: Michael, Lightsworn Lord is riding Judgment Dragon in his card art, indicating that he is the true leader of the Lightsworn, as he has tamed their mightiest beast.
* {{Druid}}: Aurkus.
* DubNameChange: Lightlord->Lightsworn.
* GenderBlenderName: This is the main reason why Lightlord was changed by the translators.
-->''"Lord" is a male title, the female equivalent is "Lady". "Lightlord" would be a fine title if all of the monsters were male - which they are not. You would have to use "Lightlord" for the male monsters and "Lightlady" for the female ones. But what about Ryko and Gragonith, are they "Lightlord" or "Lightlady"? Perhaps we'd need a 3rd category, called "Lighthing". Or perhaps "Lightit". Also you'd need to change things like Judgment Dragon to work off of "Lightlord and/or Lightlady". Or even "Lightlord / Lightlady / Lightit monsters".''
* GlassCannon:
** Celestia, Lyla and Wulf.
** Also the deck theme itself. Lightsworns can quickly call out powerful monsters like Wulf and Judgement Dragon, and have strong draw and search power. The problem is that the deck is milled so quickly you're liable to deck yourself out if you can't beat the opponent fast enough.
* GoldAndWhiteAreDivine
* GogglesDoNothing: Ehren.
* InconsistentDub: In Spanish, there is a discrepancy since some monsters are called "Luminoso(s)/sa(s)" while others are called "Lightsworn(s)", making it difficult to determinate that they are monsters of the same archetype.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Jain.
* KnightTemplar: "Judgement Dragon" is The greatest weapon of the "Lightsworn" who judges criminals of crimes both large and small, with equal disdain. With incredible power that mows down everything in its path, "Judgment Dragon" is capable of crushing an entire nation by itself.
* LaserBlade: Lightsworn Sabre.
* LifeDrain: Jenis's effect.
* LightIsGood
* MartialPacifist: It might be important to note that Ehren doesn't actually destroy the monster she attacks, thus referencing the fact she is a monk.
* MeaningfulName:
** Rinyan is a very appropriate name for Rinyan. It comes from the Japanese ri, meaning "clever" or, more accurately, "sneaky", and nyan, a term for a cat after their version of the English "meow". In fact, Rinyan is part of a military unit dedicated to sneaking behind enemy lines for the purposes of causing chaos and collecting information. At times, they'll snatch treasures that are thought to be the work of magic.
** Ryko's Japanese name (Lightlord Hunter Raikou) comes from Raikou, a legendary archer and demon-queller of Japan.
** Celestia's OCG name is "Lightlord Angel Cherubim". The Cherubim in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religions are believed to be the second highest ranking caste of angels. They are believed to be guardians of light and the stars and keepers of all knowledge.
** The name "Jenis" may possibly be derived from 'Janus', the Roman god with two faces. This could be a reference to the two sides of her effect, a damage dealing and healing one.
* MysticalWaif: Lightsworn Maiden Minerva. She's weak at combat, but she can get from the deck a Light-Type dragon whose level is lesser or equal to the number of Lightsworn monster in the graveyard. She also can tuner synchro material monsters to call up for Michael.
* MysticalWhiteHair: Jain.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Celestia.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Gragonith and Judgment Dragon.
* TheOwlKnowingOne: Minerva and her owl are references to the Goddess Minerva and the Owl of Minerva.
* PowerGivesYouWings: Shire, in the card art, seems to have [[ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth butterfly wings]]. This wings represent the souls of the other Lightsworn giving her strength.
* ReluctantWarrior: Raiden is one of the Lightsworn’s big guns, who’s gone behind enemy lines and taken out plenty of enemy commanders. However, beneath these actions lie his wish for peace, his desire for a swiftly put an end to the conflict.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Raiden, Lightsworn Assailant.
* UncattyResemblance: Rinyan and Lumina.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Rinyan is wearing "Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner's" headdress, necklace, and one armband on her tail, so it could be said that she's turning into Lumina.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Raiden, Lightsworn Assailant. The only things he's wearing are his {{scarf|OfAsskicking}} and long pants.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Garoth, Raiden, Celestia and Michael.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Madolche]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Madolche Madolche]] monsters are a series of monsters based on French and Italian deserts. They rely on shuffling cards into the deck, and have the common effect to shuffle themselves into the deck when destroyed. However their Field Spell "Madolche Chateau" allows them to add themselves to the hand rather than shuffle into the deck. Combined with cards that allow them to search out from the deck and Special Summon other monsters from the hand, and they can swarm the field while maintaining hand advantage and depleting the opponent's field and hand. Their leader is Madolche Queen Tiaramesu, who can shuffle Madolches in the Graveyard back into the deck in order to shuffle the opponent's cards into their own deck.

* AlternateCharacterReading: The Kanji in the OCG for Madolche Nights, 魔導人形 madō ningyō (read as "Madolche" in kana), can be translated as "[[LivingToy Magical Dolls]]".
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking[=/=]TheHighQueen: Madolche Queen Tiaramisu
* AwesomeButImpractical: Puddingcess has quite a decent effect. But it's a Level 5 monster that requires a tribute, which automatically interferes with its attack boost requiring no Monsters in the Graveyard. The only way to really use her effectively is to Special Summon her with Mewfeuille or having "Madolche Ticket" and Tiaramisu on the field.
* BattleButler: Madolche Butlerusk. He may seem weak, but he can search for Madolche Chateau. This shows that he is devoted to the Madolche cause, he can summon the manor and give them a home field advantage.
* BackFromTheDead: Whenever they die, they are shuffled back into the deck instead. (The Madolche Chateau Field Spell improves this ability, returning their cards to the player's hand instead.) This indicates their SugarBowl nature.
* BilingualBonus:
** Madolche Puddingcess's name is the combination of the words Pudding and Princess. If you imitate the Japanese pronunciation of "Princess" (purincessu), it sounds similar to the name of this card.
** Madolche Majoleine's name is the combination of the Japanese word for witch "Majo" and the name and dessert, Madeleine. "Majo" + "Madeleine" = "Majoleine".
** Madolche Cruffssant's Japanese name is the combination of the word Wan, the dog's barking sound in Japanese, and Croissant.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Madolche Marmamaide (red) and Messengelato (turqueise).
* CutenessProximity: Madolche Bapple. It can change an opponent's monster into Defense Mode, which indicates that it uses this as a way to defend itself.
* CutenessOverload: Madolche Chirpolate. It change an opponent's monster into Defence Mode. It can't change it's mode while Chirp is on the field, it can't attack another Madolche and it's effects are negated. This basically shows how cute Chirpolate is, it can completely freeze you.
* CuteKitten: Madolche Mewfeuille.
* CuteWitch: Madolche Magileine
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: The Madolche main ability is to [[DeathIsNotPermanent return to your deck when destroyed by the opponent]]. Also, certain cards can take advance of the death of the monsters.
** Hootcake: Banish a monster from the graveyard, special summon a Madolche (other than Hoot) from the deck.
** Madolche Lesson: Get a Madolche from the graveyard, all Madolches you control gain a 800 ATK and DEF boost.
** Madolche Ticket: When a Madolche returns to deck or hand, get a Madolche from the deck to your hand and if you control a Madolche fairy, special summon it.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Madolche Marmamaid can be seen rather offscreen in the artwork of "Madolche Manner", with only her hands and the "Madolche Manner" book she holds being shown.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The archetype has proven extremely popular with Japanese fan artists.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses[=/=]PrincessClassic: Madolche Puddingcess. She has the ability to [[AntiMagic destroy a card her opponent controls]]. She also gains [[LetsGetDangerous 800 ATK]] when there's no monsters in the Graveyard.
* FunnyAnimal: Madolche Mewfeuille and Croiruffssant.
* GingerbreadHouse[=/=]SugarBowl: Madolche Chateau. It gives them a home field advantage and revives the Madolche in the Graveyard, giving them a second chance at beating their opponents.
* GuardianAngel: Madolche Angelly. By tributing her, you can SS another madolche and it can't be destroyed in battle. Her self-sacrifice protects the new monster from damage.
* HairOfGold: Madolche Puddingcess and Chouxvelier.
* HighClassGlass: Butlerusk.
* LivingToy: Close inspection on the limbs of the Madolche artworks (particularly the Beasts, including the horse that Madolche Chouxvalier rides) shows what appear to be sewing seams, implying they are all plushies or dolls. This is further evidenced by Mewfeuille and Tiaramisu's artwork, which have much smaller animals in them that look relatively normal, [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife if a bit oddly-colored.]]
** Confirmed in the artwork of Madolche Nights
* MeaningfulName: Madolche is possibly based on "ma" and "dolce", the Italian words for "but/though" and "sweet". It also could be seen as combination of "madou," which is Japanese for "magic/magical," and "dolce," Italian for "sweet."
* {{Meido}}: Madolche Marmamaid. She's very weak in battle [[StoneWall but has high DEF]]. Also, when flipped, she can get back to your hand a Madolche spell/trap card from the Graveyard.
* TheOwlKnowingOne: Madolche Hootcake. It can summon another Madolche monster to the field after [[DeaderThanDead removing one monster from the Graveyard.]]
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Angelly, which is also a portmanceau of Angel and Jelly.
* PreciousPuppy: Madolche Croiwanssant.
* PuppyLove: Puddingcess and Chouxvelier. Seen in the artwork of Madolche Waltz.
* PurpleEyes: The Madolche royalty spots these.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Puddingcess and Tiaramisu manage to be badass wearing {{Pimped Out Dress}}es and {{Cool Crown}}s.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Puddingcess and Tiaramisu.
* TakingTheBullet: Madolche Chouxvalier's effect. This indicates Chouxvalier's loyalty to the other Madolche. Chouxvalier's willing to give up his life, so that the other Madolche can defeat their opponents in his place.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: They're not only cute, but SURROUNDED by deserts.
* ThemeNaming: The archetype members' names appear to be a mix of royalty and French (or in the case of Tiaramisu, Italian) desserts and wines. The royalty is used to show that Madolche are nobility, while the desserts indicate that they are cutesy.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Marauding Captain]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Marauding_Captain Marauding Captain]] is a low-level Warrior monster that summons another monster from the hand when summoned. An otherwise unremarkable card, he is pivotal to the story of Gagagigo, being his friend that fought alongside him for a long time, and who served Freed as a combatant in the war against the forces of Dark World.

* BashBrothers: With Gagagigo. In fact, there is plenty of card artwork that suggests this.
* {{Determinator}}: Marauding Captain has fought monsters such as "Despair from the Dark" ("Staunch Defender"), "Terrorking Archfiend" ("Battle-Scarred"), "Inpachi" ("Double Attack"), "Blazing Inpachi" ("Two-Man Cell Battle"), and "Goblin Attack Force" ("Assault on GHQ"). Notably while all those monsters would defeat him in-game (as they have superior statistics; the only exception is a Defense position "Goblin Attack Force"), he returns alive from all of those confrontations, possibly in reference to the lockdown one can perform by summoning two Marauding captains stopping your opponent from attacking you or "The Warrior Returning Alive" card.
* TheCavalry: Seen in the artwork for Reinforcement of the Army. Marauding Captain is leading a group of soldiers.
* DualWielding: At one point, Marauding Captain wielded two swords, but one shattered during the battle with Terrorking Archfiend
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: "Marauding Captain", recalling his and the past cooperation of "Gogiga Gagagigo", appears to be trying to reason with "Gogiga Gagagigo" in Memory of an Adversary. The circumstances could have been the cause of the transformation of "Gogiga Gagagigo" into "Gagagigo the Risen", through the purification of his soul.
* IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery: One of the Goblins in the artwork for Goblin Marauding Force strikes the same position as "Marauding Captain"; a similarity noted in the card's name. Due to the fact that the Goblins are putting on blonde wigs and similar armor as Marauding Captain, they may now idolize his skills after he has managed to defeat them at their own headquarters. This is further referenced in this card's effect. Marauding Captain seems to have the uncanny ability to go up against much stronger monsters and come out alive. As such, Goblin Marauding Force is weaker than the regular Goblin Attack Force, but they are immune against cards that would normally stop the Goblin Attack Force.
* MysticalPlague: In the artwork for Pestilance, Marauding Captain is infected with some disease, which is glowing in an unearthly purple color.
* ScarsAreForever: "Marauding Captain" and "Terrorking Archfiend" are featured in Battle-Scarred's artwork, which is the most likely explanation for the scar on the face of "Marauding Captain".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mecha Phantom Beast]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/Mecha_Phantom_Beast Mecha Phantom Beasts]] are a series of Wind Machine monsters. Their theme is of animal-themed flying vehicles, and they summon "Mecha Phantom Beast Tokens" in various manners, then tribute them to use their effects. As an added bonus, many of them increase in level with the Tokens in play, allowing flexibility in Synchro and Xyz summons. They have two leaders, the Synchro Mecha Phantom Beast Concoruda, who protects tokens from destruction, and the Xyz Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack, who is protected from destruction while you have tokens.

* AirborneAircraftCarrier: Mirage Fortress Enterprisenir is the first aircraft carrier capable of flying in the air. Its armed high-output engines that are the best of the best at collecting the quantum energy of the decoys.
* BlowYouAway: All of the members thus far have been WIND.
* CoolPlane: A large number of the members look like planes with parts stylized to look like animals.
* GiantFlyer: Particularly [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Phantom_Beast_Plane_Drago-Sack Drago-SAC]]
* {{Hologram}}: "Mecha Phantom Beast Tokens" are depicted as holograms copying "Mecha Phantom Beast" monsters in their own artworks.
* MookMaker: All of the members summon Mecha Phantom Beast Tokens.
* NighInvulnerable: Mecha Phantom Beasts cannot be destroyed by ''anything'' as long as their controller has at least one Token on the field with them.
* ShoutOut[=/=]DoABarrelRoll: It's a support card for the Mecha Phantom Beasts, which makes sense, as they are all planes. The English name is an obvious reference to the Star Fox 64 quote, "Do a barrel roll!" which is a very popular Internet meme. When a Spell Card, Trap Card, or monster effect is activated: Tribute all "Mecha Phantom Beast Tokens" you control; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it.
* SixthRanger: Duck Fighter is specifically designed to work with the "Mecha Phantom Beast" archetype, as it is a Machine-Type WIND monster that uses Tokens for its effect. This relationship is also supported by the fact that this monster is based on an animal (like all "Mecha Phantom Beast" monsters). In this case, this monster is modeled after a duck.
* SuicideAttack: Concoruda's capable of converting the decoys into energy to perform a suicide attack that breaks the sound barrier. However, the risks to Concoruda are immense, as the burden on the aircraft is immense, enough that it causes it to self destruction.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Air Fortress Ziggurat shares many qualities with (and perhaps was the inspiration for) the Mecha Phantom Beast archetype. Like the cards in the aforementioned archetype, it is a WIND Machine-Type monster in the form of some kind of aircraft, and summons Tokens via its effect.
* QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything: The advanced technology of the Mecha Phantom Beasts includes quantum-output machines. The decoys created by these machines are nearly indistinguishable from the original on radar and are said to be so efficient at drawing away fire, that as long as a single decoy has been deployed, the original machine cannot be shot down.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Meklords]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Meklord Meklords]], called Machine Emperors in the OCG, are a series of Machine monsters that are designed as Anti-Synchro cards, absorbing them to increase their power. They're pivotal in the ''5Ds'' anime, where they're represented as five individual parts that combine as one and can upgrade and interchange parts to gain new abilities. In the real card game they're stand-alone cards, and have considerably less impressive versatility.

* BossInMookClothing / GiantMook: Meklord Emperors
* CognizantLimbs: The Meklord Emperors (anime only)
* TheDragon: Meklord Astro Dragon Asterisk
* ManOfKryptonite: They are this against Synchro Monsters
* MechaMooks: Meklord Armies
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Destroy a monster by a card effect, and you just facilitate the summon of a Meklord Emperor.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Every unit except Meklord Emperor Skiel
* RobotWar
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Melodious]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Melodious Melodious]] (Fantasia in the OCG), is an archetype comprised of music-themed girls debuting in the Duelist Advent. They are used by Yuzu Hiiragi in the Arc-V anime.

* AmazonBrigade: So far, none of them are males.
* LightEmUp
* LightIsGood
* MeaningfulName:
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Aria_the_Melodious_Diva Aria the Melodious Diva]]'s name came from the term "Aria", a long musical piece sung by a solo singer, mostly without orchestra.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Canon_the_Melodious_Diva Canon the Melodious Diva]]'s name came from the term "Canon", a musical style that repeats the same tone, one following the others.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Sonata_the_Melodious_Diva Sonata the Melodious Diva]]'s name came from the term "Sonata", musical piece played by orchestra without a singer.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Elegy_the_Melodious_Diva Elegy the Melodious Diva]]'s name came from the term "Elegy", a kind of musical piece or poem typically used to lament the dead.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Fantasia_Prima_Laureate_Francois Fantasia Prima Laureate Francois]]'s name came from the composer Francois Baschet.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Fantasia_Prima_Prodigy_Mozart Fantasia Prima Prodigy Mozart]]'s name came from the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
* MusicalAssassin
* ThemeNaming: The low-level monsters are named after musical terms, while the high-level monsters are named after famous music composers.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Sonata.
* ZergRush: Most of them have the effect that Special Summons one another, setting up the game to summon the bigger Fantasia Prima monsters.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mermail]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Mermail Mermails]] are a series of Water monsters, many of which are of course mermaids. They either discard other Water monsters to use their effects or have effects that trigger when discarded. They rely on swarming the field in this manner to perform Xyz summons. Their leader is Mermail Abyssgaios, who can negate the effects of all monsters with less ATK than him, and he has 2800 ATK so that covers a lot.

* AmazonBrigade: The level 3 monsters of this archetype are all females. The original three female "Mermail" monsters released in Abyss Rising, Mermail Abysslinde, Mermail Abyssgunde and Mermail Abysshilde, have names coming from the Rhinemaidens (Woglinde, Wellgunde, Flosshilde) in the German opera Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) by RichardWagner.
* {{Atlantis}}: Lemuria, the forgotten city.
* BadassBeard: Mermail Abyssgaios
* BareFistedMonk: Unlike the fish Abysspike based is on, Abysspike uses its fists in combat.
* DistaffCounterpart: Mermail - Abysstrite is a female counterpart of "Mermail Abyssgaios". Those cards share the inverted ATK and DEF values to one another. Abysstrite is based off of the Greek goddess Amphitrite who is the wife of Poseidon.
* DropTheHammer: Mermail Abyssbalaen can be seen holding a hammer in its artwork, which is a hint of its anti-defense effect.
* EliteMooks[=/=]FishPeople: The level 7 monsters are sea monsters based on prehistoric fishes.
** Mermail Abyssmegalo is derived from the ancient creature "Megalodon" The megalodon is an extinct species of shark that lived roughly from 28 to 1.5 million years ago, during the Cenozoic Era (late Oligocene to early Pleistocene). [[ThreateningShark Megalodon is regarded as one of the largest and most powerful predators in vertebrate history]]. Fossil remains indicate that this giant shark reached a total length of more than 16 meters (52 ft).
** Mermail Abyssleed is named after the Leedsichthys, a Jurassic-era fish. Leedsichthys was a giant pachycormid (an extinct group of Mesozoic bony fish) that lived in the oceans of the Middle Jurassic period. The closest living relative of the pachycormids is the bowfin, Amia calva, but this is only very distantly related. Along with its close relatives Bonnerichthys and Rhinconichthys, Leedsichthys is part of a lineage of giant sized filter-feeders who swam the Mesozoic seas for over 100 million years, from the middle Jurassic until the end of the Cretaceous period.
** Mermail Abyssteus is based off the Dunkleosteus, an enormous Devonian-era fish. Dunkleosteus was named in 1956 to honour David Dunkle, then curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent
* KnightInShiningArmor: The Level 4 ones within this archetype are males wearing armor.
* MeaningfulName: They are based on mermaids, outfitted with armor, hence "mail".
* NightmareFace: Abysscorn's picture shows Mermail - Abyssdine turning her hair into rods and displaying this kind of face.
* OddNameOut: Mermail Abyssmander is based on a salamander
* ProngsOfPoseidon: Mermail Abyssgaios and Mermail - Abysstrite.
* ShockAndAwe: An interesting feature of the Elephantnose that has been expanded upon with the Mermail, is its use of a weak electric field. Since the Elephantnose has poor eyesight, it instead uses a weak electric field to find food and navigate. Abyssnose on the other hand uses his electric field as a weapon, shocking other fish like you see in the bottom right hand corner.
* TechnicalPacifist: The Mermail have fearsome powers, but they do not like fighting, so aside from some members of the Imperial Guards, they take on appearances similar to that of humans. However, once they have made a determination to fight, they will don mana-infused armor to defeat their enemies with unmatched power.
* ThanatosGambit: When Abysslinde is destroyed (while on the field), she summons another Mermail from the deck to take up her torch. [[OhCrap Including the Lv.7 ones]].
* ThemeNaming: Based on various species of fish.
** Two are based on AlchemicElementals.
* TransformationOfThePossessed: However, getting too full of himself, "Poseidra" put on the bracelet, and instantly his body began to change, and the "Mermail" King spoken of in legends appeared.
* UnscaledMerfolk: Abyssdine (sea slug), Abysshilde (Eel), and maybe Abyssmander (Salamander).
* WeatherControlMachine: "Abyss-squall" depicts a golden ring that contains the power to control the entire planet and manipulate the weather. It can create a heavy downpour that can calm even the most intense fire! "Poseidra" seized this ring and reigned over them as their new king with the treasure's power, and ordered them to start a torrential assault on the "Fire Kings"!
** ShoutOut: To Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung. as the monsters depicted with the ring are based on the Rhinemadens (See AmazonBrigade) and of course there's the "ring" part.
* WhiteMage: Potentially Abyssdine. She has low ATK, and if her friends call her to the field, she can summon a Lv.3 Mermail from the grave.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: The "Mermails" lost Lemuria when the city rose to the surface due to sudden shifts in the earth's crust deep in the ocean,.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Abysslinde (blue), Abyssdine (pink) and Abysstrite (purple)
* ZergRush: Level 3 "Mermail" monsters all share the same effect: when are sent to the Graveyard, they Special Summon another "Mermail", letting them swarm the field. The Level 4 "Mermail" monsters can activate their effects when they are Normal or Special Summoned, by discarding a Water monster from your Hand, which will trigger the effect of the previous monsters effects. The higher-level Mermails can Special Summon themselves with relative-ease by sending other "Mermails" to the Graveyard, which will also trigger their effects.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mist Valley]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Mist_Valley Mist Valley]] are a series of Wind monsters themed after birds and winged humanoids. They rely on bouncing themselves to the hand or bouncing other cards to the hand. Their leader is Mist Valley Apex Avian, who can negate card effects by bouncing other Mist Valley cards. In the storyline, the Mist Valleys were among the tribes threatened by the Worm invasion, but when the Allies of Justice began to capture the Worms for study rather than fight them, they went off on their own and allied with the Dragunity tribe to defend themselves. After Trishula destroyed the world, the descendants of the Mist Valley and Dragunity tribes came to power in their territory as the Gusto tribe.

* AntiMagic: When Mist Valley Executor is Normal Summoned, all face-up Spell and Trap Cards on the field are returned to their owners' hands.
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: Mist Valley Apex Avian, Mist Condor, Mist Valley Thunderbird and Roc from the Valley of Haze.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Mist Wurm
* Bifauxnen: "Mist Valley Falcon"
* BlowYouAway
* {{Bowdlerize}}: The international version of "Mist Valley Shaman" has her bust size reduced and covered along with other areas of her body, to make the card less revealing. Her clothing is altered to remove any sexual references, and her expression to look more she's meditating rather than possessed.
* DemonicPossession: Mist Valley Shaman
* LadyLooksLikeADude: Don't be fooled by the BoyishShortHair and muscles, "Mist Valley Falcon" is indeed a female.
* {{Expy}}: "Claiomh Solais the Hazehawk" is the "Mist Valley" version of "Ally of Justice Clausolas", representing their archetypes' alliance. Mist Bird Clausolas's DEF is the same as the ATK of "Ally of Justice Clausolas". The artworks of both cards show each monster in the exact same position.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: In the artwork for "Mist Valley Thunder Lord", it is carrying the head of "Catastor", implying that it defeated "Catastor". In the context of the actual card game, this would be impossible as "Mist Valley Thunder Lord" cannot beat "Catastor" due to the effect of "Catastor" that automatically destroys any non-DARK monster. However, the artwork of Mind Pollutant, which depicts "Fabled Raven" taking control of "Mist Valley Thunder Lord", forcing it to destroy "Ally of Justice Catastor".
* GogglesDoNothing: Mist Valley Watcher
* {{Homage}}: Mist Valley Falcon's appearance resembles that of Haseo, the main protagonist from the DotHackGUGames.
* {{Ninja}}: Mist Valley Soldier
* PowerNullifier: Mist Bird Clausolas can turn an opposing monster's ATK to 0 while negating their effect.
* ShockAndAwe: Mist Valley Executor, Mist Valley Thunder Lord and Mist Valley Thunderbird
* SixthRanger: Mist Wurm, Roc from the Valley of Haze, Ally of Justice Clausolas, Genex Ally Birdman and Mist Bird Clausolas. "Genex Ally Birdman" was practically made to work with Mist Valley. It's easy to summon, and triggers the effects of Thunderbird and Divine Wind, with the cost of being a one-use card.
* TookALevelInBadass: Mist Valley Apex Avian appears to be an upgraded version of "Mist Valley Thunderbird". Mist Valley Apex Avian has the highest ATK of all Duel Terminal monsters of a WIND Attribute, second to "Mist Valley Thunder Lord" and "Daigusto Eguls", both of 2600 ATK.
* UnwillingRoboticization: It is very possible that "Claiomh Solais the Hazehawk" is, in fact, the same monster as "Ally of Justice Clausolas", before being turned into a Machine. This is especially evident by the flavor text of "Ally of Justice Clausolas", which mentions that it is "the ultimate weapon designed from Claiomh Solais."
* WingedHumanoid[=/=]HarpingOnAboutHarpies: Most of them
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Monarchs]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Monarch Monarchs]], called Emperors in the OCG, are a series of Level 6 (with one Level 5) monsters. They activate their effects when they're Tribute Summoned, destroying cards on the field, with restrictions that vary from Monarch to Monarch. Their leaders are Kuraz the Light Monarch and Delg the Dark Monarch, who are the only Monarchs that also get their effects when Special Summoned.

* AnimalMotifs: "Raiza the Storm Monarch" could be derived from Romulus when a circle of birds flew over him, signifying that he would be king probably explaining why "Raiza" has a bird like crest on his head, or when later on in Romulus's rule when a storm came and everyone left except Romulus, when the storm was over Romulus was gone without any explanation.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: As referenced in the artwork of "By Order of the Emperor", "Caius" may be a leader over all the other Monarchs. As further evidence of this, Caius's effect is arguably the strongest, being able to target any card on the field , while most other Monarchs have restrictions on what their effects can target, and they only destroy their targets while Caius banishes his. Also, Caius shares his name with Gaius Julius Caesar and his son, Augustus, the two first and arguably most famous Roman Emperors.
* BadassCape
* CrystalDragonJesus: "Kuraisu", Kuraz's name in the OCG, is an abbreviation of "Kuraisuto", an affected phonetic translation for Jesus Christ. This can also be supported by this monster having a similar position to Christ nailed to the True Cross, as well as the circular piece on Kuraz's back resembling a halo.
* DubNameChange: Emperor->Monarch
* ElementalPowers
** BlowYouAway: Raiza
** CastingAShadow: Caius and Delg
** DishingOutDirt: Granmarg
** AnIcePerson: Mobius
** LightEmUp: Kuraz
** PlayingWithFire: "Thestalos the Firestorm Monarch" could be derived from Servius Tullius, who was said to have a ring of fire around his head at young age, a sign that he would become king.
** ShockAndAwe: Zaborg
* TheEmperor
* {{Irony}}: "Zaborg the Thunder Monarch" could be derived from Tullus Hostilius, who was struck down by lightning due to his pride.
* LargeAndInCharge
* MeaningfulName: 'Samsara Kaiser' can be roughly translated into 'Emperor/Monarch Sacrifice'; both its armor and its use suggest that it was designed as a card to directly support the Monarchs because it is returned to the hand when sacrificed, allowing you to activate the Monarchs' effects, summon Samsara Kaiser again and summon another Monarch to use his effect.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Despite Granmarg the Rock Monarch having one of the most versatile effects of the Monarchs in its day, it has been considered to be the least useful Monarch as it has limited destruction power and for the most part has been overshadowed by "Caius the Shadow Monarch".
* SixthRanger: These cards may be a reference to the seven kings of Ancient Rome, but with the addition of "Delg the Dark Monarch", this is somewhat doubted, though "Delg the Dark Monarch" may be a reference to the eighth king of Rome in the book of Revelation. (Rev 17,9-11 : "Here is a clue for one who has wisdom. The seven heads represent seven hills upon which the woman sits. They also represent seven kings: five have already fallen, one still lives, and the last has not yet come, and when he comes he must remain only for a short while. The beast that existed once but exists no longer is an eighth king, but really belongs to the seven and is headed for destruction.")
* TookALevelInBadass:
** "Emperor of Lightning" is the ultimate form of Zaborg; "Emperor of Lightning" is another name for "Zaborg the Thunder Monarch", as Monarchs are called Emperors in the OCG.
** Monarchs also get stronger in their Mega Monarch forms.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Morphtronic]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Morphtronic Morphtronics]], called Deformers in the OCG, are a series of low-level Machine monsters. Their effects change depending on which battle position they're in, represented in the anime by the Morphtronic transforming into a humanoid form in Attack mode and changing to some sort of appliance in Defense mode. Their leader is the Synchro monster Power Tool Dragon. In the anime, they're the signature cards of Leo.

* {{Homage}}: These cards may be based on the entire Transformers toyline that are still very popular. (Transformers have the ability to change from objects/animals/vehicles to humanoid robots and vice-versa.)
* MechanicalLifeforms: Despite their appearances, "Morphtronics" are not all Machine-Type monsters and they also represent a wide array of Attributes.
* TransformingMecha: They are depicted in how they "morph" when they change their Battle Position, which changes their effect and appearance (humanoid form in Attack Position; item form in Defense Position). They transform into small household items, like magnets and mobile phones.
* WeakButSkilled: "Morphtronics" are low in Level and have low ATK and DEF but many have effects that can rapidly boost their collective power. Amassing enough collective power, "Morphtronics" can produce powerful OTKs and strong defensive locks.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Naturia]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Naturia Naturia]] cards a series of Earth monsters themed after planets, animals and insects. Their specialty is countering the opponent's moves in various ways, highlighted by their Synchro monsters, Naturia Barkion, Naturia Landoise, and Naturia Beast, who can freely negate Traps, Monster Effects, and Spells, respectively. Barkion and Beast fuse into the leader of the archetype Naturia Exterio, who can negate Spell ''and'' Trap cards at will.

* {{Anthropomorphic|Food}} FundamentallyFunnyFruit: They make up one half of this archetype. Their prominent feature are the really cute eyes.
* AntiMagic[=/=]CrazyPrepared: A well-constructed "Naturia" Deck can completely lock down an opponent, as there are "Naturia" monsters able to negate the effects of Spell Cards, Trap Cards, Normal Summons and Special Summons.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The other half of them. However, their features are very plant-like in nature.
* TheFourGods: Three of their Synchro Monsters are based of this motif. Barkion is Seiryu, Beast is Byakko, and Landoise is Genbu.
* FusionDance: Naturia Exteriom and Naturia Gaiasteleoh
* MythologyGag: Leo's vulnerability during Main Phase 2 is a nod toward the Duel Terminal, in which the Main Phase 2 was omitted from the game. The three kinds of monsters Gao is based on, "Naturia", "Constellar", and "Evilswarm", originated in the Duel Terminal series.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Naturia Barkion because it is plant-like in nature.
* PantheraAwesome: Naturia Beast, Naturia Exterio and Naturia Leodrake
* SugarBowl: Their homeland, Naturia Forest
* TigerVersusDragon: Beast is the Tiger and Barkion is the Dragon. However, they can get along and fuse into Naturia Exterio
* TookALevelInBadass: Leo, Protector Beast of the Sacred Tree, is an advanced version of "Naturia Leodrake", enhanced with the armors worn by the "Constellar" and the "Evilswarm", respectively. Leo would get an upgrade and turn into Naturia Gaiasteleoh.
* TurtlePower: Naturia Landoise
* WeakButSkilled: Although the Naturia Synchro monsters have high attack, Naturia monsters usually have low attack power, but they have effects that can control the field easily.
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with [[UnskilledButStrong Naturia Leodrake]], who has the highest attack power among the Naturia, but has no effects whatsoever.
* WorldTree: Naturia Sacred Tree, which is a gigantic tree that supports the Insects and Plants of the Naturia.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Neos / Neo-Spacian]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Neos Neos]] is a series of cards highlighted by Elemental HERO Neos. He performs "Contact Fusion" with Neo Spacian monsters to summon powerful fusion cards that return to the Extra Deck after one turn. In the anime they are the signature cards of Jaden Yuki.

* AllYourPowersCombined: "Elemental Hero Neos" is often described as having his true power unlocked by fusion. This could mean that Elemental HERO Divine Neos is the true power dwelling within Neos. This is further reinforced in the anime by the fact that this card is created by the Contact Fusion of "Elemental Hero Neos" and all other six Neo-Spacians.
* BadassNormal: Elemental Hero Neos
* BatSignal: N-Signal
* DarkIsNotEvil: Dark Panther.
* DrillMole: Grand Mole.
* ElementalPowers: One Neo-Spacian for each of the game's six Attributes: [[PlayingWithFire Flare Scarab]], [[DishingOutDirt Grand Mole]], [[MakingASplash Aqua Dolphin]], [[BlowYouAway Air Hummingbird]], [[CastingAShadow Dark Panther]], and [[LightEmUp Glow Moss]].
* EnergyBeings: Glow Moss and Twilight Moss
* EvolutionaryLevels: The Chrysalis, known as Cocoon in the OCG, is a subarchetype that contains a small group of effect monsters shielded in cocoons. They generally have low ATK and DEF values. The cocooned monsters can be released by a number of methods. Commonly, each chrysalis can be Tributed when the Field Spell "Neo Space" is on the Field to Special Summon a specified "Neo-Spacian" from either your hand or your Deck. There are 6 "Chrysalis" monsters with 6 different Attributes. The appearances of Chrysalis monsters look like small and cuter versions of the "Neo-Spacian" monsters.
* FusionDance: Contact Fusion, a unique method of fusing not needing a Fusion-type card to initiate.
* HeroesFightBarehanded: Elemental Hero Neos
* {{Homage}}: The "Elemental HERO" designs were mostly based on American Super Heroes. In the case of Neos, Neos Alius, and Neo Space Pathfinder they appear to resemble Superman from the DC comics as they have mighty strength and are from space. They also slightly resembles characters from the Ultra Series. Neos and Neos Alius even sharing their names with one."Elemental HERO Neos" looks like a Guyver from the remade anime "Guyver: the Bioboosted armor". The most identical parts are the elbows and head.
* MagmaMan: Elemental HERO Magma Neos
* PantheraAwesome: Dark Panther
* PettingZooPeople: [[PlayingWithFire Flare Scarab]], [[DishingOutDirt Grand Mole]], [[MakingASplash Aqua Dolphin]] and [[BlowYouAway Air Hummingbird]]
* SapientCetaceans: Aqua Dolphin and Marine Dolphin.
* YinYangBomb: Chaos Neos
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ninja]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Ninja Ninja]] is an diverse archetype. Their early cards relied on manipulating battle and using Flip effects to destroy cards. The ''ZeXal'' era introduced Armor Ninjas as a subtype, who can manipulate levels to allow flexible Xyz summons. They rely on the Ninjitsu Art trap cards, Continuous Traps that tribute Ninjas to use various effects. The strongest Ninja is White Dragon Ninja, who protects Ninjitsu Art cards from destruction.

* ActionGirl: Lady Ninja Yae, White Ninja and White Dragon Ninja
* {{Animorphism}}: Ninjitsu Art of Transformation and Ninjitsu Art of Super Transformation
* AntiMagic: Armed Ninja destroys Magic cards while Crimson Ninja destroys trap cards. White Dragon Ninja protects the player's Spell/Trap Cards from being destroyed by card effects
* BackFromTheDead: Senior Silver Ninja can bring back Ninja back from the Graveyard.
* {{Backstab}}: White Ninja's effect enables it to destroy a monster on the field.
* BadassArmfold: Senior Silver Ninja
* BlowYouAway: Air Armor Ninja
* CombinationAttack: Ninjitsu Art of Shadow Sealing, which is done by Blue Dragon Ninja and White Ninja Dragon
* CoolVsAwesome: "Blind Spot Strike" seems to suggest the Six Samurai are rivals of the Ninja archetype.
** TruthInTelevision: Samurai were honorable and noble swordsmen. Ninja were shady covert assassins. Naturally, they didn't really get along.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Green on green for Ninja Lady Yae
* DishingOutDirt: Earth Armor Ninja
* DualWielding: Ninja Grandmaster Sasuke
* EnemySummoner: Upstart Golden Ninja's effect
* {{Expy}}: Ninja Master Hanzo is very similar to the Ninja card "Ninja Grandmaster Sasuke." They Both are "Ninja Grandmaster", they both have 1800 Attack and 1000 Defense, and they both have opposing elements. (Dark and Light Attributes.)
* FatAndSkinny: Masked Ninja Ebisu is the fat one while Goe Goe is the skinny one. In fact Ebisu has an effect that lets Goe Goe attack the opponent directly.
* FuumaShuriken: Spelt as Fuhma Shuriken
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[UsefulNotes/IshikawaGoemon Goe Goe the Gallant Ninja]], [[UsefulNotes/HattoriHanzo Ninja Master Hanzo]], Ninja Grandmaster [[UsefulNotes/SarutobiSasuke Sasuke]]
* {{Homage}}: Yae, Goe Goe, Sasuke and Ebisumaru are characters from GanbareGoemon under an realistic ArtShift
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Goe Goe uses a kiseru bigger than he is and koban.
* LaserBlade: Ninja Grandmaster Sasuke
* MakingASplash: Armed Ninja and Aqua Armor Ninja
* NinjaLog: Ninjitsu Art of Decoy
* NinjaRun: Strike Ninja. He even holds his dagger in a reverse grip with the front arm. As Joey puts it, "I love watching this guy run."
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: White Dragon Ninja and Blue Dragon Ninja
* PlayingWithFire: Crimson Ninja and Flame Armor Ninja
* RedOniBlueOni: Crimson Ninja and Armed Ninja
* RepetitiveName: Goe Goe
* StockNinjaWeaponry
* TechnicolorNinjas
* ThrowDownTheBomblet: Masked Ninja Ebisu
* WeakButSkilled: Most of them have low ATK, but have lots of support cards and strong effects.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: The colours represented by Red Dragon Ninja, White Dragon Ninja, and Blue Dragon Ninja are the colours of the flag of the United States of America and the Union Jack. Coincidentally, these three monsters were released as TCG exclusive cards, being released in America and Europe before being released in the OCG.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Yae, Sasuke and Goe Goe
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Noble Knight]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Noble_Knight Noble Knights]] are a series of Light (with one exception) Warrior monsters. They rely on the [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Noble_Arms Noble Arms]] Equip Spells, which have various effects and can re-equip themselves to other Noble Knights when destroyed. Their leader is Artorigus, King of the Noble Knights, and his evolved form, Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus.

* BackFromTheDead: Noble Knight Gwalchavad can bring a Noble Knight back from the Graveyard to your hand, and Noble Knights of the Round Table can do the same. Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus can revive one of his Knights when he goes from the field to the Graveyard.
* {{Bishonen}}: Most of the Noble Knights, but in particular Peredur.
* BadassCape: Artorigus in his Sacred Noble Knight form.
* BlackKnight: Laundsallyn in both forms.
* CoolSword: The Noble Arms, especially Excaliburn since, well, it's ''Excalibur''.
* CoolVersusAwesome: A TCG tagline for ''Shadow Specters'' pits the Noble Knights against Vampires.
* DarkIsEvil: Cemented by High Laundsallyn
* DualWielding: Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn, and Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus. Both of them are wielding Excaliburn alongside their previous signature sword... somehow.
* ElementalPowers:
** LightEmUp: Artorigus, Gawayn, Medraut, Gwalchavad, Drystan, Borz, Peredur and Brothers.
** CastingAShadow: Laundsallyn, Eachtar, Medraut, Borz and Peredur (the latter three only with their effects active)
* EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity: The Lady of the Lake, the tuner of the group.
* EpicHail: Medraut can call a Noble Knight into battle from the deck, at the cost of one of your Equip Spells. Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn can equip a Noble Arms from the deck when Synchro Summoned, and can search out a Knight or Arms after defeating a monster in battle.
* EquippableAlly: Gwenhwyfar can be equipped to a Noble Knight, and her effect depends on the Attribute of the Noble Knight she's equipped to.
* ExcaliburInTheStone: {{Averted|Trope}} with a vengeance, Caliburn and Excaliburn are clearly shown to be different swords. Specifically by Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus DualWielding them both at once.
* FallenHero: Laundsallyn, in line with Lancelot, his counterpart in the Arthurian myths.
* IconicItem: Several of the knights have a Noble Arms clearly associated with them:
** Artorigus has Caliburn
** Laundsallyn has Arfeudutyr
** Gawayn has Gallatin
** Gwalchavad has Destiny
** Surprisingly not Excaliburn, however, as it appears to be used by both Artorigus ''and'' Laundsallyn in their respective upgraded forms.
* KingArthur: What they are based on, with the exception of Joan. To wit, Artorigus is Arthur, Laundsallyn is Lancelot, Gawayn is Gawain, Medraut is Mordred, Gwalchavad is Galahad, Drystan is Tristan, Borz is Bors, Peredur is Percival, Brothers is Agravain, Gareth and Gaheris, and Eachtar is Hector.
* KnightInShiningArmor
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Noble Arms of Destiny
** While not a shield, Noble Arms - Excaliburn protects the equipped monster from targeting effects.
* MythologyGag: Looking closely at the art of the Knights and Arms yields many nods to the original legends:
** Noble Arms of Destiny has the sword and shield in a stone by a river. One test of Galahad's worth was pulling a sword from a stone by a river.
** The lake in Laundsallyn's art is likely a nod to Lancelot's association with the Lady of the Lake. There's a woman-shaped shadow behind him in his High Laundsallyn art, possibly a reference to Guinevere, since Lancelot's love for her was what drove him to turn against Arthur.
** The shadow in Medraut's art, as well as his effect making him DARK, are obviously allusions to Mordred's status as the final enemy of the Arthurian mythos.
** Gawayn is wearing a green scarf, a clear reference to SirGawainAndTheGreenKnight. Both his art and that of Gallatin prominently feature the sun, in early versions of the myths, Gawain becomes [[ThePowerOfTheSun more powerful as the sun rises]].
** Artorigus, King of the Noble Knight's sword is slightly different in design to Noble Arms - Caliburn, the sword wielded by Noble Knight Artorigus. Similarly, Arthur originally had the Sword in the Stone (often named Caliburn), which is replaced with Excalibur by the Lady of the Lake after it breaks.
** Borz is holding the Holy Grail, in the myths Bors was one of the three knights who came closest to the Grail. His effect searches three Noble Arms from the deck, adds one to your hand and discards the other two, this is probably an allusion to how Bors was the only one of those three knights to return to Camelot. And while his ability making him DARK seems odd, it's likely a reference to how Bors sided with Lancelot after the latter broke away from Arthur's side, as all the DARK Noble Knights are ones who betrayed Arthur in some way in the mythology.
** Gwalchavad and Borz appear in the background of Peredur's art, in an obvious allusion to Galahad, Bors and Percival being the three knights who discover the Holy Grail. The allusion was so obvious that Peredur was quickly identified as Percival as soon as his art was revealed.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Noble_Knight_Gwalchavad Gwalchavad]] bears a stunning resemblance to ChrisHemsworth.
* PublicDomainArtifact: The Noble Arms are mostly named after swords from Arthurian legend, Gallatin from Gawain's sword, Arfeudutyr from Arondight, Lancelot's sword, Caliburn from one of Arthur's swords, and Excaliburn from Excalibur.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Laundsallyn in both forms.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Artorigus, King of the Noble Knights. Justified since he's KingArthur.
* ShouldersOfDoom: High Laundsallyn
* ShoutOut: Aside from the obvious references to KingArthur, the Archetype's name may come from John Steinbeck's adaptation of the myths, 'The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights'.
** Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn definitely seems like one to [[Anime/FateZero Berserker]]. Black armor, red TronLines, DualWielding, distortion and corruption on their weapon, oh, and [[spoiler: they're based on the same guy]].
* SixthRanger: Since Celestial Sword - Eatos is considered a Noble Arms, Guardian Eatos is an unofficial member of the Noble Knight archetype.
* ThemeNaming: The Noble Knights get their names from the Old English names of the Knights of the Round Table.
* TookALevelInBadass: Artorigus, ''twice''. First by becoming King of the Noble Knights, and then by acquiring Excaliburn to become Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus.
* TronLines: Most prominent on Artorigus, King of the Noble Knights, Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn, and Sacred Noble Knight of High Artorigus.
* UnholyHolySword: Noble Arms - Arfeudutyr
** Excaliburn when wielded by Laundsallyn, featuring a black blade with red TronLines.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Laundsallyn can sacrifice a Noble Knight to bring out a Noble Arms, Medraut can destroy an Equip Spell to [[EpicHail summon a Noble Knight]], and Gwalchavad can destroy an Equip Spell to get a Noble Knight [[BackFromTheDead back from the Graveyard]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Noric/Aesir]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/Nordic Nordic]] monsters are monsters themed after Norse mythology and support the Synchro summoning of the three [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/Aesir Aesir]] monsters Thor, Odin and Loki, which are very powerful and can revive from the Graveyard when destroyed. In the anime they are the signature theme of Team Ragnarok of ''5Ds''.

* ActionGirl:
** Vanadis of the Nordic Ascendant. "Vanadis" is the alternative name of Freyja, the Norse goddess of love, fertility, battle, gold and death.
** The Valkyries are minor female Norse gods that serve Odin. Befittingly, Valkyrie of the Nordic Ascendant is a Tuner Monster that can Summon Odin in the game.
* BackFromTheDead:
** Thor killed and cooked the goats, then revived them with his hammer Mjollnir, this could be related to Tanngrisnir's ability to Summon two Tokens.
** Valkyrie's effect to Summon "Einherjar Tokens" reflects the fact that Valkyries were sent to Earth to gather the souls of dead warriors, called "Einherjar" to ascend to the halls of the slain, Valhalla, ruled by Odin and located in Asgard.
* {{Badass}}: This archetype is based on Norse Mythology.
* CombatClairvoyance[=/=]EyeScream: In Norse mythology, Odin gave up his eye in order to drink from the well of Mimir, in order to gain wisdom and memory. This story parallels Odin Eye's effect, in that Odin gives up his eye (the negation of the effects of an Aesir monster you control) to gain wisdom and memory (look at the cards in your opponent's hand or all Set Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls). He also gained the power to see the future.
* ColorMotif: A unique thing to note about Nordic Alfar is that the colors of "Svartalf", "Dverg", and "Ljosalf", are magenta, yellow, and cyan respectively, while "Loki" and "Mara" are black (or shades of it). This may be a reference to the CMYK color system.
* CoolHorse: Guldfaxe of the Nordic Beasts In Norse Mythology the Gullfaxi was a golden maned horse given to Magni, the son of Thor, by his father. The Gullifaxi or Guldfaxe was once owned by Thor. It was said to be the fastest horse on land second only to Odin's horse. This extreme speed maybe related to its ability to be Special Summoned to the field.
* ElementalPowers:
** CastingAShadow: Loki, Lord of the Aesir.
** LightEmUp: Odin, Father of the Aesir
** ShockAndAwe: In Nordic mythology, Thor was known as the god of thunder. Strangely, "Thor, Lord of the Aesir" is not a Thunder-type monster.
* OurElvesAreBetter: "Ljosalf of the Nordic Alfar" is a combination of the words "light" and "álfr" (elf). These light elves are divine beings who dwell in the heavens in Álfheimr. Japanese name of "Svartalf of the Nordic Alfar", Dökkálfr, is the counterpart of Ljosalf, because it's a combination of the words "dökkr" (dark) and "álfr" (elf). Unlike the light elves who live in the heavens, the dark elves are beings who dwell down in the earth.
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: Mara of the Nordic Alfar. "Mara" is the Old Norse word for "goblin" or "nightmare". "Mara" also is the name for a specter or wraith-like creature in Germanic and particularly Scandinavian folklore, thought to cause nightmares.
* HellHound: Garmr of the Nordic Beasts. [[OddNameOut Garm is the most different of all "Nordic Beast" monsters]]. Garm is the only "Nordic Beast" not based on a hoofed animal. Garm is the only "Nordic Beasts" monster whose effect has nothing to do with Special Summoning.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr of the Nordic Beasts. In Norse mythology, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr were goats that pulled Thor's chariot. "Tanngrisnir" translates to "teeth-barer, snarler" and Tanngnjóstr translates to "teeth grinder" in Old Nordic language. In fact, when Tanngnjóstr was used to Synchro Summon Thor in the anime, you can clearly see it grinding its teeth.
* TheTrickster: "Loki, Lord of the Aesir" is based on Loki, the renowned Norse trickster. Loki's effect could be homage to its inspiration, Loki the Trickster, because of its ability to retrieve Traps from the Graveyard.
* PublicDomainArtifact[=/=]WeaponOfChoice:
** BladeOnAStick: Nordic Relic Gungnir. In Norse mythology, Gungnir is Odin's magical spear; it always hits its mark and always kills.
--> Remove from play 1 face-up "Aesir" or "Nordic" monster you control to select 1 card on the field. Destroy that card. During your 2nd End Phase after activation, the monster you removed to activate [Gungnir] returns to the field in face-up Attack Position.
** CoolSword: In Norse mythology, Lævateinn is a weapon mentioned in the Poetic Edda poem Fjölsvinnsmál. The amended name Lævateinn is etymologically considered to be a kenning for a sword (Old Norse "damage twig").
--> Select 1 face-up monster on the field that destroyed a monster by battle this turn. Destroy the selected monster. Cards and effects cannot be activated in response to [Lævateinn].
** DropTheHammer: In Norse mythology, Mjöllnir was the name of the weapon used by Thor himself, a hammer crafted out of iron gifted to him by the dwarves. The Norsemen believed that the sound of thunder was made by him hurling it at his foes. However, the card "Divine Relic Mjollnir" does not appear to be the weapon Thor is holding.
--> Select 1 face-up "Aesir" monster you control. It can attack twice during each Battle Phase this turn.
** In Norse mythology, Draupnir is a gold ring possessed by Odin with the ability to multiply itself. Additionally, the hand of "Odin, Father of the Aesir" is shown producing another armor in this card's artwork. This explains Draupnir's effect of producing another relic from your deck.
** In Norse mythology, Brísingamen (from Old Norse brisinga "flaming, glowing" and men "jewelery, ornament") is the necklace of the goddess Freyja.
** In Norse mythology, megingjörð is a belt worn by the god Thor. When worn, the belt is described as doubling Thor's godly strength, hence the first effect of this card. Interestingly enough, Thor's hammer Mjollnir is named "Divine Relic", while Megingjörð is considered a "Nordic Relic", despite both items being used by the same god. Both items are also associated with doubling a monster aspect. Megingjörð doubles strength, while Mjollnir doubles the number of attacks a monster can have.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ojama]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Ojama Ojamas]] are an archetype of Light Beast monsters with 0 ATK. They rely on combining powers to destroy the opponent's cards and fill their Monster zones so they cannot summon. With their Field Spell "Ojama Country", the ATK and DEF of all monsters on the field is switched. Their leader is Ojama King, boasting 3000 DEF.

* BewareTheSillyOnes: In the artwork for Nitwit Outwit, they successfully ambushed the Six Samurai and Shien.
* ButtMonkey: The "Ojamas" seem to be used as the butt of humor on several card illustrations, such as being hunted down on "Harpies' Hunting Ground", being tossed by "Man-Thro' Tro'", being used to practice boxing in "Ojamuscle" or flattened on "Power Filter".
* CombinationAttack[=/=]KamehameHadoken: Ojama Delta Hurricane, which is a parody of "Triangle Ecstasy Spark". Based off of that, It's safe to say that this card may be the reason Harpie Lady 1 was attacking the Ojama Trio in Harpies' Hunting Ground.
* FusionDance: The design of "Ojama King" contains that of its three Fusion Materials: eyes of "Ojama Yellow", body & nose of "Ojama Black", and mouth of "Ojama Green". The design also includes the same clothing that the Fusion Materials wear.
* GeoEffects: Ojama Country can summon Ojamas from the grave, which indicates that they become determined to beat their opponents when they're near their home field. The ATK and DEF switching is because everyone except the Ojamas are confused by the strangeness of Ojama Country.
* {{Homage}}: Ojama Red's effect may be a homage to the Super Sentai series of television shows, as the Red Ranger is always the leader of the team.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Ojama Knight
* LethalJokeCharacter: As if Ojama Delta Hurricane!, which obliterates your opponent's hand and field but requires the three Ojama brothers as an activation condition, weren't enough, the more recent additions to the family, Red and Blue, can mass-summon fellow Ojamas from the hand and tutor Ojama cards from the deck respectively. Last but not least, Ojama Country can summon Ojamas from the grave and flips the attack and defense of all monsters on the field. Run with Ojama King and other Stone Wall monsters and...
* MeaningfulName: "Ojamashimasu" is a Japanese phrase roughly translating as "pardon me for interrupting/intruding". It's why the flavor text on the card mentions the Ojamas always butt in on things, and why their stronger cards fill up the opponent's Monster Zones.
* StoneWall: Ojama King has 3000 defense, and Ojama Knight trails just after it with 2500.
* UnderwearOfPower
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[[folder:Karakuri]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Karakuri Karakuri]] monsters are a series of Machine monsters based on mechanized Japanese puppets. The rely on swarming the field and manipulating battle positions -- a recurring effect is that Karakuri monsters must attack if able, and when attacked switch to defense position. Their leaders are the Synchro monsters Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 "Burei" and Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00X "Bureido".

* AngryGuardDog: Karakuri Watchdog mdl 313 "Saizan". It also has an ability to give the other Karakuri more power when its controller take Battle Damage from a battle involving this card.
* ArtificialStupidity: The gimmick of the Karakuri archetype is that they must attack if able (even if it would get them killed) and always shift into defense when attacked (even when their defense is lower, and they would survive if they counterattacked).
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Japanese-print Karakuri are named after numbers. TCG-print Karakuri are named with Japanese-sounding random words (like [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Karakuri_Muso_mdl_818_%22Haipa%22 Haipa]] or [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Karakuri_Barrel_mdl_96_%E2%80%9CShinkuro%E2%80%9D Shinkuro]]).
* AttackAttackAttack: Most "Karakuri" monsters, with the exception of the Synchro monsters, must attack if able.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 "Burei" and Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00X "Bureido"
* BilingualBonus: Karakuri is a "mechanical device to tease, trick, or take a person by surprise"
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Karakuri Ninja mdl 7749 "Nanashick"
* BladeOnAStick: Karakuri Muso mdl 818 "Haipa"
* BlowYouAway: Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 "Burei"
* ChestMonster: Karakuri Barrel mdl 96 "Shinkuro"
* ClockworkCreature
* DualWielding: Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00X "Bureido"
* EternalEngine: Karakuri Showdown Castle
* GlassCannon
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 "Burei"'s weapon resembles the Bansho Fan, an artifact from "Journey to the West" and "Dragonball". It had the power to create massive gusts with each wave of the fan, which could also symbolize its ability to change monster positions on the field.
* IntrepidMerchant: Karakuri Merchant mdl 177 "Inashichi". He helps out by retrieving a Karakuri monster from your deck when its normal summoned.
* KeepItForeign: To make sure the Karakuri archetype stood out in the TCG, Konami kept the name untranslated.
* KnifeNut: Karakuri Ninja mdl 339 "Sazank"
* [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Robot Ninja]]: Karakuri Ninja mdl 339 "Sazank", Karakuri Ninja mdl 7749 "Nanashick" and Karakuri Ninja mdl 919 "Kuick"
* ShoulderCannon: Karakuri Watchdog mdl 313 "Saizan"
* ThemeNaming: Most Karakuri have names that are made up of Japanese numerals, often the Japanese daiji, are used. The first 2 numbers in their names when multiplied together get the last number.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Koa'ki Meiru]]
The [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Koa%27ki_Meiru Koa'ki Meiru]] are a varied archtype, specifically designed at the time to be anti-meta, which at the time meant anti Light and Dark. Their effects range from effect negation to destroying cards to stoping the playing of cards, and their level 4 monsters have high attack, so can counter almost anything. Their major weakness is their reliance on their power source, the Iron Core of Koa'ki Meiru. Unless the player discards one at the end of their turn, or reveals a monster in their hand that's the same type as their Koa'ki Meiru monster, Koa'ki Meiru monsters self-destruct at the end of the turn. Their strongest cards are Koa'ki Meiru Maximus, Koa'ki Meiru Rooklord, and Koa'ki Meiru Valafar.

* AchillesHeel: They need the Iron Core of Koa'ki Meiru or another monster of the same type to stay in the field, otherwise they'll self-destruct at the end of the turn.
* {{BFG}}[=/=]DepletedPhlebotinumShells: The [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Core_Blaster Core Blaster]] will destroy any LIGHT or DARK monster that battles the Koa'ki Meiru monster wielding it.
* AnIcePerson: Koa'ki Meiru Ice
* TheBerserker: Koa'ki Meiru Bergzak
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: According to Master Guide 3, Kozaky used the Iron Core to mind-control the Koa'ki Meiru.
-->"Unable to make artificial beasts on our own, we used this core to create them by using it on living creatures."
* CreatingLife: According to the Master Guide 3, Kozaky created "Koa'ki Meiru Powerhand" and "Koa'ki Meiru Sandman" as his first experiments with the Iron Core.
-->"We're finally ready, and for our first step, we've decided to amuse ourselves by implanting it into a pile of scraps and a doll made of sand. The experiment was a success, and next we shall use it on living things with a will of their own."
* CrazyPrepared: Koa'ki Meirus can use [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Koa%27ki_Meiru_Urnight some]] [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Iron_Core_Specimen_Lab cards]] to get any monster they want, including a trio that literally [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Koa%27ki_Meiru_Wall can]] [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Koa%27ki_Meiru_Sandman stop]] [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Koa%27ki_Meiru_Guardian anything]].
* DifficultButAwesome
* ExplosiveOverclocking: The premise of Core Overclock.
* {{Golem}}: Koa'ki Meiru Boulder, Guardian, Sandman, and many others.
* HumanPopsicle: Koa'ki Meiru Valafar
--> "While the implant into the red demon was successful, the event seems to have caused the 'Iron Core' to deteriorate. The demon was cryogenically frozen, while the core had to undergo reinforcement procedures."
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Koa'ki Meiru Shield has a similar artwork and effect to Mirror Force. When "Kozaky" and "Magical Scientist" were making the Koa'ki Meiru, they probably made equipment to protect their new species (possibly based off existing technology). If this was true, then it would explain the similarity of "Koa'ki Meiru Shield" and "Mirror Force".
* ManOfKryptonite: Many of their monsters to LIGHT and DARK monsters.
* OurCentaursAreDifferent: Koa'ki Meiru Urnight.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Koa'ki Meiru Doom and Valafar.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Koa'ki Meiru Drago and Maximus. Maximus especially - The best way to describe it is as a weird mix between a dragon, [[GiantSpider a spider]] and [[Franchise/{{Alien}} a Xenomorph]]. Konami was known for sneaking Alien cameos in their games and Maximus might be one of them.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent[=/=]NonHumanUndead: Koa'ki Meiru Ghoulungulate
* PettingZooPeople: Some of them, especially Koa'ki Meiru War Arms.
* PoweredArmor: [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Iron_Core_Armor The Iron Core Armor]].
* SigilSpam: They all have their team logo somewhere in their bodies. Taken UpToEleven by [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Koa%27ki_Meiru_Rooklord Koa'ki Meiru Rooklord]].
* SuperPrototype: Koa'ki Meiru Prototype
* SomethingAboutARose: Koa'ki Meiru Gravirose
* {{Transhuman}}: Koa'ki Meiru Bergzak
-->"After implanting the core, tests show an increase in the subject's muscular strength and cardio-pulmonary functions. Oh, with these enhancements, he might be quite useful as a sentry."
* ThisIsADrill: Koa'ki Meiru Powerhand
* VisualPun: Koa'ki Meiru War Arms' name and effect are a play on the fact that it is a bear that can equip itself; it has the ability to "bear arms".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kozaky]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Kozaky Kozaky]] is a scientist working for the forces of Dark World. Among other deeds, he's the mastermind behind the Koa'ki Meiru monsters, he's the one that turned Gagagigo into Giga Gagagigo and corrupted his mind in the process, and rebuilt the Impachi after it was burned to charcoal. Kozaky rides into battle with his mecha Giant Kozaki, a level 4 monster with a massive 2500 ATK, but it self-destructs and damages the player for the same amount if Kozaky isn't on the field.

* {{Bowdlerise}}: His horns are removed in the International artwork.
* CreatingLife: Created the Core Chimail monsters with the help of the Magical Scientist. Unfortunately, they blow up if they are not near an Iron Core of Core Chimail or they are not near their kind.
* BigRedButton: Shown pressing it in the artwork of Kozaky's Self-Destruct Button.
* ButtMonkey
* {{Foreshadowing}}: His card lore hints at the existence of the Dark World 6 sets before the Archetype was released.
* FriendlyRivalry: According to Master Guide 2, "Magical Scientist" is both a friend of Kozaky and a rival of science.
* GiantMecha: Pilots Giant Kozaky, which blows up if he's not around to maintain it or if he presses the button on the Giant Kozaky.
* MadScientist: Created the Core Chimail monsters with the Magical Scientist and also turned Gagagigo into Giga Gagagigo
* TheManBehindTheMonsters
* MarriedToTheJob
* ScaryShinyGlasses
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kuriboh]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Kuribohs Kuribohs]] are in the running for SeriesMascot. A series of small level 1 monsters with 300 ATK and 200 DEF, they act as supporters, mostly by protecting the player from damage. To date, every anime has had a main character use some form of Kuriboh -- Yami Yugi had Kuriboh, Jaden had Winged Kuriboh, Luna has Kuribon, and Yuma has Kurivolt and Rainbow Kuriboh while Kite has Kuriphoton. The strongest of them is Jaden's Winged Kuriboh Level 10, which can destroy all enemy monsters and damage the opponent equal to the ATK of those monsters.

* ActionBomb:
** Detonate's effect if you have Kuriboh tokens on the field.
** Winged Kuriboh LVL 10's effect lets it be sacrificed, so that it destroys all of your opponent's monsters and inflicts damage according to the sum of their attack points.
* AntiMagic: Winged Kuriboh LVL 9's effect.
* ExplosiveBreeder: Multiply has this effect on Kuriboh.
* FusionDance:
** As demonstrated in a duel against Raphael, Kuriboh fused with Kuriba, Kuribe, Kuribi, Kuribu to become Kuribabylon and Kuribandit.
** Winged Kuriboh and Light and Darkness Dragon were fused together in the Manga/YuGiOhGX manga by Jaden to form Ma'At.
* HolyHandGrenade: Winged Kuriboh LVL 10's effect.
* LightTheWay: Winged Kuriboh, Rainbow Kuriboh and Kuriphoton
* MagicMusic: Used in Flute of Summoning Kuriboh to special summon Kuriboh or Winged Kuriboh.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Winged Kuriboh
* PaletteSwap: Wretched Ghost of the Attic
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: Winged Kuriboh LVL 9 and Winged Kuriboh LVL 10.
* ShockAndAwe: Kuribolt
* WeakButSkilled
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Laval]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Laval Laval]] monsters are a series of Fire Pyro and Warrior monsters. They rely on milling cards for various effects, including swarming and card destruction. In the storyline, they live for battle and warred with the Gem-Knights until they were forced to work with them to repel the Steelswarm invasion. Their normally strongest monster is Laval Dragon, but with the aid of the Allies of Justice they created the stronger Laval Stennon.

* BlackMagicianGirl: Laval Forest Sprite and Tender of the Laval Volcano.
* BloodKnight: The reason they went to war with the Gem-Knights was their hunger for battle.
* DragonRider: Lavalval Dragoon.
* {{Expy}}:
** Laval Burner is very similar to "Cyber Dragon". It shares the same ATK and level, and has the ability to be Special Summoned from the hand. Laval Burner's summoning conditions is similar to "Judgment Dragon" and "Rainbow Dragon" but requires fewer monsters in the Graveyard.
** Laval Judgment Lord's effect is similar to that of "Super Conductor Tyranno" and he looks like XX-Saber Boggart Knight.
** Lavalval Dragon's effect resembles that of "Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier" and its appearance resembles "Burning Dragon".
** Laval Dual Slasher bears a resemblance to "Elemental HERO Neos". With 3 "Laval" monsters in the Graveyard, Laval Dual Slasher has the same effects as "Twin-Sword Marauder".
* FusionDance: Daigusto Phoenix, Lavalval Ignis and Lavalval Chain.
* GlassCannon
* {{Golem}}
* {{Homage}}: Lavalval Ignis looks like a combination of [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Dormammu]] and Comicbook/GhostRider.
* LadyOfBlackMagic: Laval Lady of the Burning Lake.
* MeaningfulName:
** Laval Phlogis's name is based on Phlogiston theory, which was first stated in 1667 by Johann Joachim Becher; it's an obsolete scientific theory that postulated the existence of a fire-like element called "phlogiston", which was contained within combustible bodies and released during combustion.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Lavalval Dragon
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: Laval Forest Sprite
* PlayingWithFire
* PoweredArmor: Laval Stannon.
* SixthRanger: Kayenn the Master Magma Blacksmith, Prominence the Molten Swordsman and Soaring Eagle Above the Searing Land.
* SoleSurvivor: ALL of the Lavals were sacrificed by the Gishki, but Phlogis who worked as a LUMBERJACK in the in the Laval Flame Volcano region got away
* WeaponOfChoice
** ArmCannon: Laval Cannoneer/Stannon and Laval Gunner.
** BladeBelowTheShoulder: Laval Dual Slasher.
** BladeOnAStick: Laval Lancelord.
** ShoulderCannon: Laval Magma Cannoneer.
* VisualPun: "Laval Miller" is a pun, since it sends cards to the Graveyard, or "mills" them. It is also a reference to the wheel it is pushing, which can be used in a mill to grind wheat.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:LV Monsters]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/LV_Monster LV Monsters]] are the embodiment of MagikarpPower. They start off as low-level monsters with poor, if any, effects and low stats. But as they survive turns and/or defeat enemy monsters in battle, they evolve into higher level forms. The strongest forms have very powerful effects, but keeping their weaker forms alive long enough to level up is easier said than done. While the strongest LV monster in terms of stats is Silent Magician [=LV8=], the most famous and arguably most dangerous is Horus the Black Flame Dragon [=LV8=], which can negate and destroy any Spell card at the player's discretion.

* ADayInTheLimelight: The Armed Dragons got prominent roles in the anime as trademark cards of Chazz/Manjoume, and got a few more support cards for themselves for it including Armed Dragon [=LV10=].
* AntiMagic: The Horus, Silent Magician and Silent Swordsman lines have varying degrees of immunity to Spells, and Horus [=LV8=] can negate any Spell at your discretion.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The higher level monsters all have very strong effects, but they usually cannot be summoned except by the effects of their weaker forms, and may have other restrictions that further hamper your attempts to get them to the field.
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: Horus
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Ultimate Insect
* BroughtDownToBadass: Metaphized Armed Dragon loses the powerful effect it had as the Dark Armed Dragon, but it has no summoning restriction, Skill Drain can't affect it, and it is also the strongest level 7 monster with no summoning requirements.
* ChestMonster: Dark Mimic
* DamageIncreasingDebuff: The Ultimate Insects sap the opponent's [=ATK=], allowing your attacks to do more damage.
* ElementalPowers
** BlowYouAway: Ultimate Insect, Armed Dragon
** PlayingWithFire: Horus
** DishingOutDirt: Dark Lucius, Mystic Swordsman
** CastingAShadow: Allure Queen, Dark Mimic
** LightEmUp: Silent Swordsman, Silent Magician.
* EvilCounterpart: Dark Armed Dragon and Dark Horus.
* {{Expy}}:
** Horus the Black Flame Dragon [=LV8=] is very similar to "The Winged Dragon of Ra" in appearance. In later Egyptian dynastic times, Ra was subsumed into the god Horus, as Re-Horakhty (and many variant spellings). He commanded sky, earth, and underworld.
** Ultimate Insect appears to be a reference to the Grat Moth series, with power levels similar to the Great Moth and debuffing effects that the Great Moth has in the anime and some video games.
* KillEmAll: Armed Dragon [=LV7=] and [=LV10=] can destroy all monsters on your opponent's field for a discard cost, though only face-ups and [=LV7=] needs a second strong monster to ensure total destruction[[note]]you discard a monster for its cost to destroy all monsters weaker than that discarded monster[[/note]].
* MagikarpPower: While they do it differently, each Level monster starts out as a weakling Level 2/3/4, then grows into a big and buff Level 7/8 with a lot of attack strength and an excellent effect.
** EvolutionaryLevels
** TookALevelInBadass
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Horus looks more like a bird than a dragon.
* TheSixthRanger: The Masked Knights, a line of [=LV=]s featured only in the anime and video games. Allure Queen and Horus also have their specific support cards in the form of Queen's Bodyguard and Horus' Servant.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Armed Dragon, increasingly so as it powers up.
* WeaponOfChoice
** {{BFS}}: Silent Swordsman [=LV5=], gets even bigger at [=LV7=]. Also Dark Lucius [=LV8=]
** ChainsawGood: While no actual chainsaws are featured on them, the Armed Dragons have rows of spikes down their bellies greatly resembling buzzsaw blades. Higher level forms get more rows with larger spikes.
** DoubleWeapon: Mystic Swordsman [=LV4=].
** DualWielding: Mystic Swordsman [=LV6=], which by extension suggests that it's a BifurcatedWeapon evolved from [=LV4=]'s DoubleWeapon.
** MagicStaff: The Allure Queen line.
** MagicWand: Silent Magician, both forms.
** RoyalRapier: Dark Lucious [=LV6=].
** ThisIsADrill: The Armed Dragons.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lightsworn]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Lightsworn Lightsworns]], called Lightlord in the OCG, are an archetype of Light monsters. They often have strong effects and good support cards, but can be costly -- Lightsworns either mill cards from the deck to use their effects, or mill cards at the end of the turn to stay on the field. Thus the player runs the risk of milling good cards to the Graveyard, or even running out of cards and losing. Their strongest card is Judgment Dragon, who can destroy the field for a cost of 1000 Life Points. Their leader is the Lightsworn Lord, Michael.

* ActionGirl: Shire. Sure, she only has 400 ATK but she gains [[LetsGetDangerous 300 ATK extra for each Lightsworn monster with different name in the graveyard]].
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Ehren, Lumina and Raiden.
* AnAxeToGrind: Garoth.
* ArchangelMichael: Lightsworn Lord Michael gets his name from the Archangel Michael, as he looks like an angel.
* {{Atlantis}}: Realm of Light bears a resemblance to The Lost City of Atlantis, being a port city with a moat, channels, channel locks, and a ring within ring city layout situated in the side of a Mountain. The city is also made out of gold, silver and a reddish material, like Atlantis.
* BackFromTheDead: Lumina's effect.
* {{Badass}}: Wulf.
* BareYourMidriff: Lumina.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead:
** Lumina, Ehren and Jenis.
** Alternately, Shire, Lyla and Minerva.
* CatGirl: Ferris, Lightsworn Archer.
* CoolSword: Lightsworn Sabre.
* DeathIsNotPermanent: If the Lightsworn fall in the real world, they return to the Realm of Light. However they have immortal souls, so they can continue to dispense justice with another temporary body.
* DistaffCounterpart[=/=]FemaleFelineMaleMutt: Ferris has the same effect as Wulf; also Ferris is a CatGirl and Wulf is a WolfMan.
* DragonRider: Michael, Lightsworn Lord is riding Judgment Dragon in his card art, indicating that he is the true leader of the Lightsworn, as he has tamed their mightiest beast.
* {{Druid}}: Aurkus.
* DubNameChange: Lightlord->Lightsworn.
* GenderBlenderName: This is the main reason why Lightlord was changed by the translators.
-->''"Lord" is a male title, the female equivalent is "Lady". "Lightlord" would be a fine title if all of the monsters were male - which they are not. You would have to use "Lightlord" for the male monsters and "Lightlady" for the female ones. But what about Ryko and Gragonith, are they "Lightlord" or "Lightlady"? Perhaps we'd need a 3rd category, called "Lighthing". Or perhaps "Lightit". Also you'd need to change things like Judgment Dragon to work off of "Lightlord and/or Lightlady". Or even "Lightlord / Lightlady / Lightit monsters".''
* GlassCannon:
** Celestia, Lyla and Wulf.
** Also the deck theme itself. Lightsworns can quickly call out powerful monsters like Wulf and Judgement Dragon, and have strong draw and search power. The problem is that the deck is milled so quickly you're liable to deck yourself out if you can't beat the opponent fast enough.
* GoldAndWhiteAreDivine
* GogglesDoNothing: Ehren.
* InconsistentDub: In Spanish, there is a discrepancy since some monsters are called "Luminoso(s)/sa(s)" while others are called "Lightsworn(s)", making it difficult to determinate that they are monsters of the same archetype.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Jain.
* KnightTemplar: "Judgement Dragon" is The greatest weapon of the "Lightsworn" who judges criminals of crimes both large and small, with equal disdain. With incredible power that mows down everything in its path, "Judgment Dragon" is capable of crushing an entire nation by itself.
* LaserBlade: Lightsworn Sabre.
* LifeDrain: Jenis's effect.
* LightIsGood
* MartialPacifist: It might be important to note that Ehren doesn't actually destroy the monster she attacks, thus referencing the fact she is a monk.
* MeaningfulName:
** Rinyan is a very appropriate name for Rinyan. It comes from the Japanese ri, meaning "clever" or, more accurately, "sneaky", and nyan, a term for a cat after their version of the English "meow". In fact, Rinyan is part of a military unit dedicated to sneaking behind enemy lines for the purposes of causing chaos and collecting information. At times, they'll snatch treasures that are thought to be the work of magic.
** Ryko's Japanese name (Lightlord Hunter Raikou) comes from Raikou, a legendary archer and demon-queller of Japan.
** Celestia's OCG name is "Lightlord Angel Cherubim". The Cherubim in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religions are believed to be the second highest ranking caste of angels. They are believed to be guardians of light and the stars and keepers of all knowledge.
** The name "Jenis" may possibly be derived from 'Janus', the Roman god with two faces. This could be a reference to the two sides of her effect, a damage dealing and healing one.
* MysticalWaif: Lightsworn Maiden Minerva. She's weak at combat, but she can get from the deck a Light-Type dragon whose level is lesser or equal to the number of Lightsworn monster in the graveyard. She also can tuner synchro material monsters to call up for Michael.
* MysticalWhiteHair: Jain.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Celestia.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Gragonith and Judgment Dragon.
* TheOwlKnowingOne: Minerva and her owl are references to the Goddess Minerva and the Owl of Minerva.
* PowerGivesYouWings: Shire, in the card art, seems to have [[ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth butterfly wings]]. This wings represent the souls of the other Lightsworn giving her strength.
* ReluctantWarrior: Raiden is one of the Lightsworn’s big guns, who’s gone behind enemy lines and taken out plenty of enemy commanders. However, beneath these actions lie his wish for peace, his desire for a swiftly put an end to the conflict.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Raiden, Lightsworn Assailant.
* UncattyResemblance: Rinyan and Lumina.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Rinyan is wearing "Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner's" headdress, necklace, and one armband on her tail, so it could be said that she's turning into Lumina.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Raiden, Lightsworn Assailant. The only things he's wearing are his {{scarf|OfAsskicking}} and long pants.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Garoth, Raiden, Celestia and Michael.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Madolche]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Madolche Madolche]] monsters are a series of monsters based on French and Italian deserts. They rely on shuffling cards into the deck, and have the common effect to shuffle themselves into the deck when destroyed. However their Field Spell "Madolche Chateau" allows them to add themselves to the hand rather than shuffle into the deck. Combined with cards that allow them to search out from the deck and Special Summon other monsters from the hand, and they can swarm the field while maintaining hand advantage and depleting the opponent's field and hand. Their leader is Madolche Queen Tiaramesu, who can shuffle Madolches in the Graveyard back into the deck in order to shuffle the opponent's cards into their own deck.

* AlternateCharacterReading: The Kanji in the OCG for Madolche Nights, 魔導人形 madō ningyō (read as "Madolche" in kana), can be translated as "[[LivingToy Magical Dolls]]".
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking[=/=]TheHighQueen: Madolche Queen Tiaramisu
* AwesomeButImpractical: Puddingcess has quite a decent effect. But it's a Level 5 monster that requires a tribute, which automatically interferes with its attack boost requiring no Monsters in the Graveyard. The only way to really use her effectively is to Special Summon her with Mewfeuille or having "Madolche Ticket" and Tiaramisu on the field.
* BattleButler: Madolche Butlerusk. He may seem weak, but he can search for Madolche Chateau. This shows that he is devoted to the Madolche cause, he can summon the manor and give them a home field advantage.
* BackFromTheDead: Whenever they die, they are shuffled back into the deck instead. (The Madolche Chateau Field Spell improves this ability, returning their cards to the player's hand instead.) This indicates their SugarBowl nature.
* BilingualBonus:
** Madolche Puddingcess's name is the combination of the words Pudding and Princess. If you imitate the Japanese pronunciation of "Princess" (purincessu), it sounds similar to the name of this card.
** Madolche Majoleine's name is the combination of the Japanese word for witch "Majo" and the name and dessert, Madeleine. "Majo" + "Madeleine" = "Majoleine".
** Madolche Cruffssant's Japanese name is the combination of the word Wan, the dog's barking sound in Japanese, and Croissant.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Madolche Marmamaide (red) and Messengelato (turqueise).
* CutenessProximity: Madolche Bapple. It can change an opponent's monster into Defense Mode, which indicates that it uses this as a way to defend itself.
* CutenessOverload: Madolche Chirpolate. It change an opponent's monster into Defence Mode. It can't change it's mode while Chirp is on the field, it can't attack another Madolche and it's effects are negated. This basically shows how cute Chirpolate is, it can completely freeze you.
* CuteKitten: Madolche Mewfeuille.
* CuteWitch: Madolche Magileine
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: The Madolche main ability is to [[DeathIsNotPermanent return to your deck when destroyed by the opponent]]. Also, certain cards can take advance of the death of the monsters.
** Hootcake: Banish a monster from the graveyard, special summon a Madolche (other than Hoot) from the deck.
** Madolche Lesson: Get a Madolche from the graveyard, all Madolches you control gain a 800 ATK and DEF boost.
** Madolche Ticket: When a Madolche returns to deck or hand, get a Madolche from the deck to your hand and if you control a Madolche fairy, special summon it.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Madolche Marmamaid can be seen rather offscreen in the artwork of "Madolche Manner", with only her hands and the "Madolche Manner" book she holds being shown.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The archetype has proven extremely popular with Japanese fan artists.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses[=/=]PrincessClassic: Madolche Puddingcess. She has the ability to [[AntiMagic destroy a card her opponent controls]]. She also gains [[LetsGetDangerous 800 ATK]] when there's no monsters in the Graveyard.
* FunnyAnimal: Madolche Mewfeuille and Croiruffssant.
* GingerbreadHouse[=/=]SugarBowl: Madolche Chateau. It gives them a home field advantage and revives the Madolche in the Graveyard, giving them a second chance at beating their opponents.
* GuardianAngel: Madolche Angelly. By tributing her, you can SS another madolche and it can't be destroyed in battle. Her self-sacrifice protects the new monster from damage.
* HairOfGold: Madolche Puddingcess and Chouxvelier.
* HighClassGlass: Butlerusk.
* LivingToy: Close inspection on the limbs of the Madolche artworks (particularly the Beasts, including the horse that Madolche Chouxvalier rides) shows what appear to be sewing seams, implying they are all plushies or dolls. This is further evidenced by Mewfeuille and Tiaramisu's artwork, which have much smaller animals in them that look relatively normal, [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife if a bit oddly-colored.]]
** Confirmed in the artwork of Madolche Nights
* MeaningfulName: Madolche is possibly based on "ma" and "dolce", the Italian words for "but/though" and "sweet". It also could be seen as combination of "madou," which is Japanese for "magic/magical," and "dolce," Italian for "sweet."
* {{Meido}}: Madolche Marmamaid. She's very weak in battle [[StoneWall but has high DEF]]. Also, when flipped, she can get back to your hand a Madolche spell/trap card from the Graveyard.
* TheOwlKnowingOne: Madolche Hootcake. It can summon another Madolche monster to the field after [[DeaderThanDead removing one monster from the Graveyard.]]
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Angelly, which is also a portmanceau of Angel and Jelly.
* PreciousPuppy: Madolche Croiwanssant.
* PuppyLove: Puddingcess and Chouxvelier. Seen in the artwork of Madolche Waltz.
* PurpleEyes: The Madolche royalty spots these.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Puddingcess and Tiaramisu manage to be badass wearing {{Pimped Out Dress}}es and {{Cool Crown}}s.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Puddingcess and Tiaramisu.
* TakingTheBullet: Madolche Chouxvalier's effect. This indicates Chouxvalier's loyalty to the other Madolche. Chouxvalier's willing to give up his life, so that the other Madolche can defeat their opponents in his place.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: They're not only cute, but SURROUNDED by deserts.
* ThemeNaming: The archetype members' names appear to be a mix of royalty and French (or in the case of Tiaramisu, Italian) desserts and wines. The royalty is used to show that Madolche are nobility, while the desserts indicate that they are cutesy.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Marauding Captain]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Marauding_Captain Marauding Captain]] is a low-level Warrior monster that summons another monster from the hand when summoned. An otherwise unremarkable card, he is pivotal to the story of Gagagigo, being his friend that fought alongside him for a long time, and who served Freed as a combatant in the war against the forces of Dark World.

* BashBrothers: With Gagagigo. In fact, there is plenty of card artwork that suggests this.
* {{Determinator}}: Marauding Captain has fought monsters such as "Despair from the Dark" ("Staunch Defender"), "Terrorking Archfiend" ("Battle-Scarred"), "Inpachi" ("Double Attack"), "Blazing Inpachi" ("Two-Man Cell Battle"), and "Goblin Attack Force" ("Assault on GHQ"). Notably while all those monsters would defeat him in-game (as they have superior statistics; the only exception is a Defense position "Goblin Attack Force"), he returns alive from all of those confrontations, possibly in reference to the lockdown one can perform by summoning two Marauding captains stopping your opponent from attacking you or "The Warrior Returning Alive" card.
* TheCavalry: Seen in the artwork for Reinforcement of the Army. Marauding Captain is leading a group of soldiers.
* DualWielding: At one point, Marauding Captain wielded two swords, but one shattered during the battle with Terrorking Archfiend
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: "Marauding Captain", recalling his and the past cooperation of "Gogiga Gagagigo", appears to be trying to reason with "Gogiga Gagagigo" in Memory of an Adversary. The circumstances could have been the cause of the transformation of "Gogiga Gagagigo" into "Gagagigo the Risen", through the purification of his soul.
* IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery: One of the Goblins in the artwork for Goblin Marauding Force strikes the same position as "Marauding Captain"; a similarity noted in the card's name. Due to the fact that the Goblins are putting on blonde wigs and similar armor as Marauding Captain, they may now idolize his skills after he has managed to defeat them at their own headquarters. This is further referenced in this card's effect. Marauding Captain seems to have the uncanny ability to go up against much stronger monsters and come out alive. As such, Goblin Marauding Force is weaker than the regular Goblin Attack Force, but they are immune against cards that would normally stop the Goblin Attack Force.
* MysticalPlague: In the artwork for Pestilance, Marauding Captain is infected with some disease, which is glowing in an unearthly purple color.
* ScarsAreForever: "Marauding Captain" and "Terrorking Archfiend" are featured in Battle-Scarred's artwork, which is the most likely explanation for the scar on the face of "Marauding Captain".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mecha Phantom Beast]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/Mecha_Phantom_Beast Mecha Phantom Beasts]] are a series of Wind Machine monsters. Their theme is of animal-themed flying vehicles, and they summon "Mecha Phantom Beast Tokens" in various manners, then tribute them to use their effects. As an added bonus, many of them increase in level with the Tokens in play, allowing flexibility in Synchro and Xyz summons. They have two leaders, the Synchro Mecha Phantom Beast Concoruda, who protects tokens from destruction, and the Xyz Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack, who is protected from destruction while you have tokens.

* AirborneAircraftCarrier: Mirage Fortress Enterprisenir is the first aircraft carrier capable of flying in the air. Its armed high-output engines that are the best of the best at collecting the quantum energy of the decoys.
* BlowYouAway: All of the members thus far have been WIND.
* CoolPlane: A large number of the members look like planes with parts stylized to look like animals.
* GiantFlyer: Particularly [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Phantom_Beast_Plane_Drago-Sack Drago-SAC]]
* {{Hologram}}: "Mecha Phantom Beast Tokens" are depicted as holograms copying "Mecha Phantom Beast" monsters in their own artworks.
* MookMaker: All of the members summon Mecha Phantom Beast Tokens.
* NighInvulnerable: Mecha Phantom Beasts cannot be destroyed by ''anything'' as long as their controller has at least one Token on the field with them.
* ShoutOut[=/=]DoABarrelRoll: It's a support card for the Mecha Phantom Beasts, which makes sense, as they are all planes. The English name is an obvious reference to the Star Fox 64 quote, "Do a barrel roll!" which is a very popular Internet meme. When a Spell Card, Trap Card, or monster effect is activated: Tribute all "Mecha Phantom Beast Tokens" you control; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it.
* SixthRanger: Duck Fighter is specifically designed to work with the "Mecha Phantom Beast" archetype, as it is a Machine-Type WIND monster that uses Tokens for its effect. This relationship is also supported by the fact that this monster is based on an animal (like all "Mecha Phantom Beast" monsters). In this case, this monster is modeled after a duck.
* SuicideAttack: Concoruda's capable of converting the decoys into energy to perform a suicide attack that breaks the sound barrier. However, the risks to Concoruda are immense, as the burden on the aircraft is immense, enough that it causes it to self destruction.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Air Fortress Ziggurat shares many qualities with (and perhaps was the inspiration for) the Mecha Phantom Beast archetype. Like the cards in the aforementioned archetype, it is a WIND Machine-Type monster in the form of some kind of aircraft, and summons Tokens via its effect.
* QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything: The advanced technology of the Mecha Phantom Beasts includes quantum-output machines. The decoys created by these machines are nearly indistinguishable from the original on radar and are said to be so efficient at drawing away fire, that as long as a single decoy has been deployed, the original machine cannot be shot down.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Meklords]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Meklord Meklords]], called Machine Emperors in the OCG, are a series of Machine monsters that are designed as Anti-Synchro cards, absorbing them to increase their power. They're pivotal in the ''5Ds'' anime, where they're represented as five individual parts that combine as one and can upgrade and interchange parts to gain new abilities. In the real card game they're stand-alone cards, and have considerably less impressive versatility.

* BossInMookClothing / GiantMook: Meklord Emperors
* CognizantLimbs: The Meklord Emperors (anime only)
* TheDragon: Meklord Astro Dragon Asterisk
* ManOfKryptonite: They are this against Synchro Monsters
* MechaMooks: Meklord Armies
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Destroy a monster by a card effect, and you just facilitate the summon of a Meklord Emperor.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Every unit except Meklord Emperor Skiel
* RobotWar
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Melodious]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Melodious Melodious]] (Fantasia in the OCG), is an archetype comprised of music-themed girls debuting in the Duelist Advent. They are used by Yuzu Hiiragi in the Arc-V anime.

* AmazonBrigade: So far, none of them are males.
* LightEmUp
* LightIsGood
* MeaningfulName:
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Aria_the_Melodious_Diva Aria the Melodious Diva]]'s name came from the term "Aria", a long musical piece sung by a solo singer, mostly without orchestra.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Canon_the_Melodious_Diva Canon the Melodious Diva]]'s name came from the term "Canon", a musical style that repeats the same tone, one following the others.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Sonata_the_Melodious_Diva Sonata the Melodious Diva]]'s name came from the term "Sonata", musical piece played by orchestra without a singer.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Elegy_the_Melodious_Diva Elegy the Melodious Diva]]'s name came from the term "Elegy", a kind of musical piece or poem typically used to lament the dead.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Fantasia_Prima_Laureate_Francois Fantasia Prima Laureate Francois]]'s name came from the composer Francois Baschet.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Fantasia_Prima_Prodigy_Mozart Fantasia Prima Prodigy Mozart]]'s name came from the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
* MusicalAssassin
* ThemeNaming: The low-level monsters are named after musical terms, while the high-level monsters are named after famous music composers.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Sonata.
* ZergRush: Most of them have the effect that Special Summons one another, setting up the game to summon the bigger Fantasia Prima monsters.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mermail]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Mermail Mermails]] are a series of Water monsters, many of which are of course mermaids. They either discard other Water monsters to use their effects or have effects that trigger when discarded. They rely on swarming the field in this manner to perform Xyz summons. Their leader is Mermail Abyssgaios, who can negate the effects of all monsters with less ATK than him, and he has 2800 ATK so that covers a lot.

* AmazonBrigade: The level 3 monsters of this archetype are all females. The original three female "Mermail" monsters released in Abyss Rising, Mermail Abysslinde, Mermail Abyssgunde and Mermail Abysshilde, have names coming from the Rhinemaidens (Woglinde, Wellgunde, Flosshilde) in the German opera Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) by RichardWagner.
* {{Atlantis}}: Lemuria, the forgotten city.
* BadassBeard: Mermail Abyssgaios
* BareFistedMonk: Unlike the fish Abysspike based is on, Abysspike uses its fists in combat.
* DistaffCounterpart: Mermail - Abysstrite is a female counterpart of "Mermail Abyssgaios". Those cards share the inverted ATK and DEF values to one another. Abysstrite is based off of the Greek goddess Amphitrite who is the wife of Poseidon.
* DropTheHammer: Mermail Abyssbalaen can be seen holding a hammer in its artwork, which is a hint of its anti-defense effect.
* EliteMooks[=/=]FishPeople: The level 7 monsters are sea monsters based on prehistoric fishes.
** Mermail Abyssmegalo is derived from the ancient creature "Megalodon" The megalodon is an extinct species of shark that lived roughly from 28 to 1.5 million years ago, during the Cenozoic Era (late Oligocene to early Pleistocene). [[ThreateningShark Megalodon is regarded as one of the largest and most powerful predators in vertebrate history]]. Fossil remains indicate that this giant shark reached a total length of more than 16 meters (52 ft).
** Mermail Abyssleed is named after the Leedsichthys, a Jurassic-era fish. Leedsichthys was a giant pachycormid (an extinct group of Mesozoic bony fish) that lived in the oceans of the Middle Jurassic period. The closest living relative of the pachycormids is the bowfin, Amia calva, but this is only very distantly related. Along with its close relatives Bonnerichthys and Rhinconichthys, Leedsichthys is part of a lineage of giant sized filter-feeders who swam the Mesozoic seas for over 100 million years, from the middle Jurassic until the end of the Cretaceous period.
** Mermail Abyssteus is based off the Dunkleosteus, an enormous Devonian-era fish. Dunkleosteus was named in 1956 to honour David Dunkle, then curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent
* KnightInShiningArmor: The Level 4 ones within this archetype are males wearing armor.
* MeaningfulName: They are based on mermaids, outfitted with armor, hence "mail".
* NightmareFace: Abysscorn's picture shows Mermail - Abyssdine turning her hair into rods and displaying this kind of face.
* OddNameOut: Mermail Abyssmander is based on a salamander
* ProngsOfPoseidon: Mermail Abyssgaios and Mermail - Abysstrite.
* ShockAndAwe: An interesting feature of the Elephantnose that has been expanded upon with the Mermail, is its use of a weak electric field. Since the Elephantnose has poor eyesight, it instead uses a weak electric field to find food and navigate. Abyssnose on the other hand uses his electric field as a weapon, shocking other fish like you see in the bottom right hand corner.
* TechnicalPacifist: The Mermail have fearsome powers, but they do not like fighting, so aside from some members of the Imperial Guards, they take on appearances similar to that of humans. However, once they have made a determination to fight, they will don mana-infused armor to defeat their enemies with unmatched power.
* ThanatosGambit: When Abysslinde is destroyed (while on the field), she summons another Mermail from the deck to take up her torch. [[OhCrap Including the Lv.7 ones]].
* ThemeNaming: Based on various species of fish.
** Two are based on AlchemicElementals.
* TransformationOfThePossessed: However, getting too full of himself, "Poseidra" put on the bracelet, and instantly his body began to change, and the "Mermail" King spoken of in legends appeared.
* UnscaledMerfolk: Abyssdine (sea slug), Abysshilde (Eel), and maybe Abyssmander (Salamander).
* WeatherControlMachine: "Abyss-squall" depicts a golden ring that contains the power to control the entire planet and manipulate the weather. It can create a heavy downpour that can calm even the most intense fire! "Poseidra" seized this ring and reigned over them as their new king with the treasure's power, and ordered them to start a torrential assault on the "Fire Kings"!
** ShoutOut: To Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung. as the monsters depicted with the ring are based on the Rhinemadens (See AmazonBrigade) and of course there's the "ring" part.
* WhiteMage: Potentially Abyssdine. She has low ATK, and if her friends call her to the field, she can summon a Lv.3 Mermail from the grave.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: The "Mermails" lost Lemuria when the city rose to the surface due to sudden shifts in the earth's crust deep in the ocean,.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Abysslinde (blue), Abyssdine (pink) and Abysstrite (purple)
* ZergRush: Level 3 "Mermail" monsters all share the same effect: when are sent to the Graveyard, they Special Summon another "Mermail", letting them swarm the field. The Level 4 "Mermail" monsters can activate their effects when they are Normal or Special Summoned, by discarding a Water monster from your Hand, which will trigger the effect of the previous monsters effects. The higher-level Mermails can Special Summon themselves with relative-ease by sending other "Mermails" to the Graveyard, which will also trigger their effects.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mist Valley]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Mist_Valley Mist Valley]] are a series of Wind monsters themed after birds and winged humanoids. They rely on bouncing themselves to the hand or bouncing other cards to the hand. Their leader is Mist Valley Apex Avian, who can negate card effects by bouncing other Mist Valley cards. In the storyline, the Mist Valleys were among the tribes threatened by the Worm invasion, but when the Allies of Justice began to capture the Worms for study rather than fight them, they went off on their own and allied with the Dragunity tribe to defend themselves. After Trishula destroyed the world, the descendants of the Mist Valley and Dragunity tribes came to power in their territory as the Gusto tribe.

* AntiMagic: When Mist Valley Executor is Normal Summoned, all face-up Spell and Trap Cards on the field are returned to their owners' hands.
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: Mist Valley Apex Avian, Mist Condor, Mist Valley Thunderbird and Roc from the Valley of Haze.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Mist Wurm
* Bifauxnen: "Mist Valley Falcon"
* BlowYouAway
* {{Bowdlerize}}: The international version of "Mist Valley Shaman" has her bust size reduced and covered along with other areas of her body, to make the card less revealing. Her clothing is altered to remove any sexual references, and her expression to look more she's meditating rather than possessed.
* DemonicPossession: Mist Valley Shaman
* LadyLooksLikeADude: Don't be fooled by the BoyishShortHair and muscles, "Mist Valley Falcon" is indeed a female.
* {{Expy}}: "Claiomh Solais the Hazehawk" is the "Mist Valley" version of "Ally of Justice Clausolas", representing their archetypes' alliance. Mist Bird Clausolas's DEF is the same as the ATK of "Ally of Justice Clausolas". The artworks of both cards show each monster in the exact same position.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: In the artwork for "Mist Valley Thunder Lord", it is carrying the head of "Catastor", implying that it defeated "Catastor". In the context of the actual card game, this would be impossible as "Mist Valley Thunder Lord" cannot beat "Catastor" due to the effect of "Catastor" that automatically destroys any non-DARK monster. However, the artwork of Mind Pollutant, which depicts "Fabled Raven" taking control of "Mist Valley Thunder Lord", forcing it to destroy "Ally of Justice Catastor".
* GogglesDoNothing: Mist Valley Watcher
* {{Homage}}: Mist Valley Falcon's appearance resembles that of Haseo, the main protagonist from the DotHackGUGames.
* {{Ninja}}: Mist Valley Soldier
* PowerNullifier: Mist Bird Clausolas can turn an opposing monster's ATK to 0 while negating their effect.
* ShockAndAwe: Mist Valley Executor, Mist Valley Thunder Lord and Mist Valley Thunderbird
* SixthRanger: Mist Wurm, Roc from the Valley of Haze, Ally of Justice Clausolas, Genex Ally Birdman and Mist Bird Clausolas. "Genex Ally Birdman" was practically made to work with Mist Valley. It's easy to summon, and triggers the effects of Thunderbird and Divine Wind, with the cost of being a one-use card.
* TookALevelInBadass: Mist Valley Apex Avian appears to be an upgraded version of "Mist Valley Thunderbird". Mist Valley Apex Avian has the highest ATK of all Duel Terminal monsters of a WIND Attribute, second to "Mist Valley Thunder Lord" and "Daigusto Eguls", both of 2600 ATK.
* UnwillingRoboticization: It is very possible that "Claiomh Solais the Hazehawk" is, in fact, the same monster as "Ally of Justice Clausolas", before being turned into a Machine. This is especially evident by the flavor text of "Ally of Justice Clausolas", which mentions that it is "the ultimate weapon designed from Claiomh Solais."
* WingedHumanoid[=/=]HarpingOnAboutHarpies: Most of them
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Monarchs]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Monarch Monarchs]], called Emperors in the OCG, are a series of Level 6 (with one Level 5) monsters. They activate their effects when they're Tribute Summoned, destroying cards on the field, with restrictions that vary from Monarch to Monarch. Their leaders are Kuraz the Light Monarch and Delg the Dark Monarch, who are the only Monarchs that also get their effects when Special Summoned.

* AnimalMotifs: "Raiza the Storm Monarch" could be derived from Romulus when a circle of birds flew over him, signifying that he would be king probably explaining why "Raiza" has a bird like crest on his head, or when later on in Romulus's rule when a storm came and everyone left except Romulus, when the storm was over Romulus was gone without any explanation.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: As referenced in the artwork of "By Order of the Emperor", "Caius" may be a leader over all the other Monarchs. As further evidence of this, Caius's effect is arguably the strongest, being able to target any card on the field , while most other Monarchs have restrictions on what their effects can target, and they only destroy their targets while Caius banishes his. Also, Caius shares his name with Gaius Julius Caesar and his son, Augustus, the two first and arguably most famous Roman Emperors.
* BadassCape
* CrystalDragonJesus: "Kuraisu", Kuraz's name in the OCG, is an abbreviation of "Kuraisuto", an affected phonetic translation for Jesus Christ. This can also be supported by this monster having a similar position to Christ nailed to the True Cross, as well as the circular piece on Kuraz's back resembling a halo.
* DubNameChange: Emperor->Monarch
* ElementalPowers
** BlowYouAway: Raiza
** CastingAShadow: Caius and Delg
** DishingOutDirt: Granmarg
** AnIcePerson: Mobius
** LightEmUp: Kuraz
** PlayingWithFire: "Thestalos the Firestorm Monarch" could be derived from Servius Tullius, who was said to have a ring of fire around his head at young age, a sign that he would become king.
** ShockAndAwe: Zaborg
* TheEmperor
* {{Irony}}: "Zaborg the Thunder Monarch" could be derived from Tullus Hostilius, who was struck down by lightning due to his pride.
* LargeAndInCharge
* MeaningfulName: 'Samsara Kaiser' can be roughly translated into 'Emperor/Monarch Sacrifice'; both its armor and its use suggest that it was designed as a card to directly support the Monarchs because it is returned to the hand when sacrificed, allowing you to activate the Monarchs' effects, summon Samsara Kaiser again and summon another Monarch to use his effect.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Despite Granmarg the Rock Monarch having one of the most versatile effects of the Monarchs in its day, it has been considered to be the least useful Monarch as it has limited destruction power and for the most part has been overshadowed by "Caius the Shadow Monarch".
* SixthRanger: These cards may be a reference to the seven kings of Ancient Rome, but with the addition of "Delg the Dark Monarch", this is somewhat doubted, though "Delg the Dark Monarch" may be a reference to the eighth king of Rome in the book of Revelation. (Rev 17,9-11 : "Here is a clue for one who has wisdom. The seven heads represent seven hills upon which the woman sits. They also represent seven kings: five have already fallen, one still lives, and the last has not yet come, and when he comes he must remain only for a short while. The beast that existed once but exists no longer is an eighth king, but really belongs to the seven and is headed for destruction.")
* TookALevelInBadass:
** "Emperor of Lightning" is the ultimate form of Zaborg; "Emperor of Lightning" is another name for "Zaborg the Thunder Monarch", as Monarchs are called Emperors in the OCG.
** Monarchs also get stronger in their Mega Monarch forms.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Morphtronic]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Morphtronic Morphtronics]], called Deformers in the OCG, are a series of low-level Machine monsters. Their effects change depending on which battle position they're in, represented in the anime by the Morphtronic transforming into a humanoid form in Attack mode and changing to some sort of appliance in Defense mode. Their leader is the Synchro monster Power Tool Dragon. In the anime, they're the signature cards of Leo.

* {{Homage}}: These cards may be based on the entire Transformers toyline that are still very popular. (Transformers have the ability to change from objects/animals/vehicles to humanoid robots and vice-versa.)
* MechanicalLifeforms: Despite their appearances, "Morphtronics" are not all Machine-Type monsters and they also represent a wide array of Attributes.
* TransformingMecha: They are depicted in how they "morph" when they change their Battle Position, which changes their effect and appearance (humanoid form in Attack Position; item form in Defense Position). They transform into small household items, like magnets and mobile phones.
* WeakButSkilled: "Morphtronics" are low in Level and have low ATK and DEF but many have effects that can rapidly boost their collective power. Amassing enough collective power, "Morphtronics" can produce powerful OTKs and strong defensive locks.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Naturia]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Naturia Naturia]] cards a series of Earth monsters themed after planets, animals and insects. Their specialty is countering the opponent's moves in various ways, highlighted by their Synchro monsters, Naturia Barkion, Naturia Landoise, and Naturia Beast, who can freely negate Traps, Monster Effects, and Spells, respectively. Barkion and Beast fuse into the leader of the archetype Naturia Exterio, who can negate Spell ''and'' Trap cards at will.

* {{Anthropomorphic|Food}} FundamentallyFunnyFruit: They make up one half of this archetype. Their prominent feature are the really cute eyes.
* AntiMagic[=/=]CrazyPrepared: A well-constructed "Naturia" Deck can completely lock down an opponent, as there are "Naturia" monsters able to negate the effects of Spell Cards, Trap Cards, Normal Summons and Special Summons.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The other half of them. However, their features are very plant-like in nature.
* TheFourGods: Three of their Synchro Monsters are based of this motif. Barkion is Seiryu, Beast is Byakko, and Landoise is Genbu.
* FusionDance: Naturia Exteriom and Naturia Gaiasteleoh
* MythologyGag: Leo's vulnerability during Main Phase 2 is a nod toward the Duel Terminal, in which the Main Phase 2 was omitted from the game. The three kinds of monsters Gao is based on, "Naturia", "Constellar", and "Evilswarm", originated in the Duel Terminal series.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Naturia Barkion because it is plant-like in nature.
* PantheraAwesome: Naturia Beast, Naturia Exterio and Naturia Leodrake
* SugarBowl: Their homeland, Naturia Forest
* TigerVersusDragon: Beast is the Tiger and Barkion is the Dragon. However, they can get along and fuse into Naturia Exterio
* TookALevelInBadass: Leo, Protector Beast of the Sacred Tree, is an advanced version of "Naturia Leodrake", enhanced with the armors worn by the "Constellar" and the "Evilswarm", respectively. Leo would get an upgrade and turn into Naturia Gaiasteleoh.
* TurtlePower: Naturia Landoise
* WeakButSkilled: Although the Naturia Synchro monsters have high attack, Naturia monsters usually have low attack power, but they have effects that can control the field easily.
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with [[UnskilledButStrong Naturia Leodrake]], who has the highest attack power among the Naturia, but has no effects whatsoever.
* WorldTree: Naturia Sacred Tree, which is a gigantic tree that supports the Insects and Plants of the Naturia.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Neos / Neo-Spacian]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Neos Neos]] is a series of cards highlighted by Elemental HERO Neos. He performs "Contact Fusion" with Neo Spacian monsters to summon powerful fusion cards that return to the Extra Deck after one turn. In the anime they are the signature cards of Jaden Yuki.

* AllYourPowersCombined: "Elemental Hero Neos" is often described as having his true power unlocked by fusion. This could mean that Elemental HERO Divine Neos is the true power dwelling within Neos. This is further reinforced in the anime by the fact that this card is created by the Contact Fusion of "Elemental Hero Neos" and all other six Neo-Spacians.
* BadassNormal: Elemental Hero Neos
* BatSignal: N-Signal
* DarkIsNotEvil: Dark Panther.
* DrillMole: Grand Mole.
* ElementalPowers: One Neo-Spacian for each of the game's six Attributes: [[PlayingWithFire Flare Scarab]], [[DishingOutDirt Grand Mole]], [[MakingASplash Aqua Dolphin]], [[BlowYouAway Air Hummingbird]], [[CastingAShadow Dark Panther]], and [[LightEmUp Glow Moss]].
* EnergyBeings: Glow Moss and Twilight Moss
* EvolutionaryLevels: The Chrysalis, known as Cocoon in the OCG, is a subarchetype that contains a small group of effect monsters shielded in cocoons. They generally have low ATK and DEF values. The cocooned monsters can be released by a number of methods. Commonly, each chrysalis can be Tributed when the Field Spell "Neo Space" is on the Field to Special Summon a specified "Neo-Spacian" from either your hand or your Deck. There are 6 "Chrysalis" monsters with 6 different Attributes. The appearances of Chrysalis monsters look like small and cuter versions of the "Neo-Spacian" monsters.
* FusionDance: Contact Fusion, a unique method of fusing not needing a Fusion-type card to initiate.
* HeroesFightBarehanded: Elemental Hero Neos
* {{Homage}}: The "Elemental HERO" designs were mostly based on American Super Heroes. In the case of Neos, Neos Alius, and Neo Space Pathfinder they appear to resemble Superman from the DC comics as they have mighty strength and are from space. They also slightly resembles characters from the Ultra Series. Neos and Neos Alius even sharing their names with one."Elemental HERO Neos" looks like a Guyver from the remade anime "Guyver: the Bioboosted armor". The most identical parts are the elbows and head.
* MagmaMan: Elemental HERO Magma Neos
* PantheraAwesome: Dark Panther
* PettingZooPeople: [[PlayingWithFire Flare Scarab]], [[DishingOutDirt Grand Mole]], [[MakingASplash Aqua Dolphin]] and [[BlowYouAway Air Hummingbird]]
* SapientCetaceans: Aqua Dolphin and Marine Dolphin.
* YinYangBomb: Chaos Neos
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ninja]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Ninja Ninja]] is an diverse archetype. Their early cards relied on manipulating battle and using Flip effects to destroy cards. The ''ZeXal'' era introduced Armor Ninjas as a subtype, who can manipulate levels to allow flexible Xyz summons. They rely on the Ninjitsu Art trap cards, Continuous Traps that tribute Ninjas to use various effects. The strongest Ninja is White Dragon Ninja, who protects Ninjitsu Art cards from destruction.

* ActionGirl: Lady Ninja Yae, White Ninja and White Dragon Ninja
* {{Animorphism}}: Ninjitsu Art of Transformation and Ninjitsu Art of Super Transformation
* AntiMagic: Armed Ninja destroys Magic cards while Crimson Ninja destroys trap cards. White Dragon Ninja protects the player's Spell/Trap Cards from being destroyed by card effects
* BackFromTheDead: Senior Silver Ninja can bring back Ninja back from the Graveyard.
* {{Backstab}}: White Ninja's effect enables it to destroy a monster on the field.
* BadassArmfold: Senior Silver Ninja
* BlowYouAway: Air Armor Ninja
* CombinationAttack: Ninjitsu Art of Shadow Sealing, which is done by Blue Dragon Ninja and White Ninja Dragon
* CoolVsAwesome: "Blind Spot Strike" seems to suggest the Six Samurai are rivals of the Ninja archetype.
** TruthInTelevision: Samurai were honorable and noble swordsmen. Ninja were shady covert assassins. Naturally, they didn't really get along.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Green on green for Ninja Lady Yae
* DishingOutDirt: Earth Armor Ninja
* DualWielding: Ninja Grandmaster Sasuke
* EnemySummoner: Upstart Golden Ninja's effect
* {{Expy}}: Ninja Master Hanzo is very similar to the Ninja card "Ninja Grandmaster Sasuke." They Both are "Ninja Grandmaster", they both have 1800 Attack and 1000 Defense, and they both have opposing elements. (Dark and Light Attributes.)
* FatAndSkinny: Masked Ninja Ebisu is the fat one while Goe Goe is the skinny one. In fact Ebisu has an effect that lets Goe Goe attack the opponent directly.
* FuumaShuriken: Spelt as Fuhma Shuriken
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[UsefulNotes/IshikawaGoemon Goe Goe the Gallant Ninja]], [[UsefulNotes/HattoriHanzo Ninja Master Hanzo]], Ninja Grandmaster [[UsefulNotes/SarutobiSasuke Sasuke]]
* {{Homage}}: Yae, Goe Goe, Sasuke and Ebisumaru are characters from GanbareGoemon under an realistic ArtShift
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Goe Goe uses a kiseru bigger than he is and koban.
* LaserBlade: Ninja Grandmaster Sasuke
* MakingASplash: Armed Ninja and Aqua Armor Ninja
* NinjaLog: Ninjitsu Art of Decoy
* NinjaRun: Strike Ninja. He even holds his dagger in a reverse grip with the front arm. As Joey puts it, "I love watching this guy run."
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: White Dragon Ninja and Blue Dragon Ninja
* PlayingWithFire: Crimson Ninja and Flame Armor Ninja
* RedOniBlueOni: Crimson Ninja and Armed Ninja
* RepetitiveName: Goe Goe
* StockNinjaWeaponry
* TechnicolorNinjas
* ThrowDownTheBomblet: Masked Ninja Ebisu
* WeakButSkilled: Most of them have low ATK, but have lots of support cards and strong effects.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: The colours represented by Red Dragon Ninja, White Dragon Ninja, and Blue Dragon Ninja are the colours of the flag of the United States of America and the Union Jack. Coincidentally, these three monsters were released as TCG exclusive cards, being released in America and Europe before being released in the OCG.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Yae, Sasuke and Goe Goe
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Noble Knight]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Noble_Knight Noble Knights]] are a series of Light (with one exception) Warrior monsters. They rely on the [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Noble_Arms Noble Arms]] Equip Spells, which have various effects and can re-equip themselves to other Noble Knights when destroyed. Their leader is Artorigus, King of the Noble Knights, and his evolved form, Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus.

* BackFromTheDead: Noble Knight Gwalchavad can bring a Noble Knight back from the Graveyard to your hand, and Noble Knights of the Round Table can do the same. Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus can revive one of his Knights when he goes from the field to the Graveyard.
* {{Bishonen}}: Most of the Noble Knights, but in particular Peredur.
* BadassCape: Artorigus in his Sacred Noble Knight form.
* BlackKnight: Laundsallyn in both forms.
* CoolSword: The Noble Arms, especially Excaliburn since, well, it's ''Excalibur''.
* CoolVersusAwesome: A TCG tagline for ''Shadow Specters'' pits the Noble Knights against Vampires.
* DarkIsEvil: Cemented by High Laundsallyn
* DualWielding: Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn, and Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus. Both of them are wielding Excaliburn alongside their previous signature sword... somehow.
* ElementalPowers:
** LightEmUp: Artorigus, Gawayn, Medraut, Gwalchavad, Drystan, Borz, Peredur and Brothers.
** CastingAShadow: Laundsallyn, Eachtar, Medraut, Borz and Peredur (the latter three only with their effects active)
* EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity: The Lady of the Lake, the tuner of the group.
* EpicHail: Medraut can call a Noble Knight into battle from the deck, at the cost of one of your Equip Spells. Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn can equip a Noble Arms from the deck when Synchro Summoned, and can search out a Knight or Arms after defeating a monster in battle.
* EquippableAlly: Gwenhwyfar can be equipped to a Noble Knight, and her effect depends on the Attribute of the Noble Knight she's equipped to.
* ExcaliburInTheStone: {{Averted|Trope}} with a vengeance, Caliburn and Excaliburn are clearly shown to be different swords. Specifically by Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus DualWielding them both at once.
* FallenHero: Laundsallyn, in line with Lancelot, his counterpart in the Arthurian myths.
* IconicItem: Several of the knights have a Noble Arms clearly associated with them:
** Artorigus has Caliburn
** Laundsallyn has Arfeudutyr
** Gawayn has Gallatin
** Gwalchavad has Destiny
** Surprisingly not Excaliburn, however, as it appears to be used by both Artorigus ''and'' Laundsallyn in their respective upgraded forms.
* KingArthur: What they are based on, with the exception of Joan. To wit, Artorigus is Arthur, Laundsallyn is Lancelot, Gawayn is Gawain, Medraut is Mordred, Gwalchavad is Galahad, Drystan is Tristan, Borz is Bors, Peredur is Percival, Brothers is Agravain, Gareth and Gaheris, and Eachtar is Hector.
* KnightInShiningArmor
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Noble Arms of Destiny
** While not a shield, Noble Arms - Excaliburn protects the equipped monster from targeting effects.
* MythologyGag: Looking closely at the art of the Knights and Arms yields many nods to the original legends:
** Noble Arms of Destiny has the sword and shield in a stone by a river. One test of Galahad's worth was pulling a sword from a stone by a river.
** The lake in Laundsallyn's art is likely a nod to Lancelot's association with the Lady of the Lake. There's a woman-shaped shadow behind him in his High Laundsallyn art, possibly a reference to Guinevere, since Lancelot's love for her was what drove him to turn against Arthur.
** The shadow in Medraut's art, as well as his effect making him DARK, are obviously allusions to Mordred's status as the final enemy of the Arthurian mythos.
** Gawayn is wearing a green scarf, a clear reference to SirGawainAndTheGreenKnight. Both his art and that of Gallatin prominently feature the sun, in early versions of the myths, Gawain becomes [[ThePowerOfTheSun more powerful as the sun rises]].
** Artorigus, King of the Noble Knight's sword is slightly different in design to Noble Arms - Caliburn, the sword wielded by Noble Knight Artorigus. Similarly, Arthur originally had the Sword in the Stone (often named Caliburn), which is replaced with Excalibur by the Lady of the Lake after it breaks.
** Borz is holding the Holy Grail, in the myths Bors was one of the three knights who came closest to the Grail. His effect searches three Noble Arms from the deck, adds one to your hand and discards the other two, this is probably an allusion to how Bors was the only one of those three knights to return to Camelot. And while his ability making him DARK seems odd, it's likely a reference to how Bors sided with Lancelot after the latter broke away from Arthur's side, as all the DARK Noble Knights are ones who betrayed Arthur in some way in the mythology.
** Gwalchavad and Borz appear in the background of Peredur's art, in an obvious allusion to Galahad, Bors and Percival being the three knights who discover the Holy Grail. The allusion was so obvious that Peredur was quickly identified as Percival as soon as his art was revealed.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Noble_Knight_Gwalchavad Gwalchavad]] bears a stunning resemblance to ChrisHemsworth.
* PublicDomainArtifact: The Noble Arms are mostly named after swords from Arthurian legend, Gallatin from Gawain's sword, Arfeudutyr from Arondight, Lancelot's sword, Caliburn from one of Arthur's swords, and Excaliburn from Excalibur.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Laundsallyn in both forms.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Artorigus, King of the Noble Knights. Justified since he's KingArthur.
* ShouldersOfDoom: High Laundsallyn
* ShoutOut: Aside from the obvious references to KingArthur, the Archetype's name may come from John Steinbeck's adaptation of the myths, 'The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights'.
** Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn definitely seems like one to [[Anime/FateZero Berserker]]. Black armor, red TronLines, DualWielding, distortion and corruption on their weapon, oh, and [[spoiler: they're based on the same guy]].
* SixthRanger: Since Celestial Sword - Eatos is considered a Noble Arms, Guardian Eatos is an unofficial member of the Noble Knight archetype.
* ThemeNaming: The Noble Knights get their names from the Old English names of the Knights of the Round Table.
* TookALevelInBadass: Artorigus, ''twice''. First by becoming King of the Noble Knights, and then by acquiring Excaliburn to become Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus.
* TronLines: Most prominent on Artorigus, King of the Noble Knights, Ignoble Knight of High Laundsallyn, and Sacred Noble Knight of High Artorigus.
* UnholyHolySword: Noble Arms - Arfeudutyr
** Excaliburn when wielded by Laundsallyn, featuring a black blade with red TronLines.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Laundsallyn can sacrifice a Noble Knight to bring out a Noble Arms, Medraut can destroy an Equip Spell to [[EpicHail summon a Noble Knight]], and Gwalchavad can destroy an Equip Spell to get a Noble Knight [[BackFromTheDead back from the Graveyard]].
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[[folder:Noric/Aesir]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/Nordic Nordic]] monsters are monsters themed after Norse mythology and support the Synchro summoning of the three [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/Aesir Aesir]] monsters Thor, Odin and Loki, which are very powerful and can revive from the Graveyard when destroyed. In the anime they are the signature theme of Team Ragnarok of ''5Ds''.

* ActionGirl:
** Vanadis of the Nordic Ascendant. "Vanadis" is the alternative name of Freyja, the Norse goddess of love, fertility, battle, gold and death.
** The Valkyries are minor female Norse gods that serve Odin. Befittingly, Valkyrie of the Nordic Ascendant is a Tuner Monster that can Summon Odin in the game.
* BackFromTheDead:
** Thor killed and cooked the goats, then revived them with his hammer Mjollnir, this could be related to Tanngrisnir's ability to Summon two Tokens.
** Valkyrie's effect to Summon "Einherjar Tokens" reflects the fact that Valkyries were sent to Earth to gather the souls of dead warriors, called "Einherjar" to ascend to the halls of the slain, Valhalla, ruled by Odin and located in Asgard.
* {{Badass}}: This archetype is based on Norse Mythology.
* CombatClairvoyance[=/=]EyeScream: In Norse mythology, Odin gave up his eye in order to drink from the well of Mimir, in order to gain wisdom and memory. This story parallels Odin Eye's effect, in that Odin gives up his eye (the negation of the effects of an Aesir monster you control) to gain wisdom and memory (look at the cards in your opponent's hand or all Set Spell/Trap Card your opponent controls). He also gained the power to see the future.
* ColorMotif: A unique thing to note about Nordic Alfar is that the colors of "Svartalf", "Dverg", and "Ljosalf", are magenta, yellow, and cyan respectively, while "Loki" and "Mara" are black (or shades of it). This may be a reference to the CMYK color system.
* CoolHorse: Guldfaxe of the Nordic Beasts In Norse Mythology the Gullfaxi was a golden maned horse given to Magni, the son of Thor, by his father. The Gullifaxi or Guldfaxe was once owned by Thor. It was said to be the fastest horse on land second only to Odin's horse. This extreme speed maybe related to its ability to be Special Summoned to the field.
* ElementalPowers:
** CastingAShadow: Loki, Lord of the Aesir.
** LightEmUp: Odin, Father of the Aesir
** ShockAndAwe: In Nordic mythology, Thor was known as the god of thunder. Strangely, "Thor, Lord of the Aesir" is not a Thunder-type monster.
* OurElvesAreBetter: "Ljosalf of the Nordic Alfar" is a combination of the words "light" and "álfr" (elf). These light elves are divine beings who dwell in the heavens in Álfheimr. Japanese name of "Svartalf of the Nordic Alfar", Dökkálfr, is the counterpart of Ljosalf, because it's a combination of the words "dökkr" (dark) and "álfr" (elf). Unlike the light elves who live in the heavens, the dark elves are beings who dwell down in the earth.
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: Mara of the Nordic Alfar. "Mara" is the Old Norse word for "goblin" or "nightmare". "Mara" also is the name for a specter or wraith-like creature in Germanic and particularly Scandinavian folklore, thought to cause nightmares.
* HellHound: Garmr of the Nordic Beasts. [[OddNameOut Garm is the most different of all "Nordic Beast" monsters]]. Garm is the only "Nordic Beast" not based on a hoofed animal. Garm is the only "Nordic Beasts" monster whose effect has nothing to do with Special Summoning.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr of the Nordic Beasts. In Norse mythology, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr were goats that pulled Thor's chariot. "Tanngrisnir" translates to "teeth-barer, snarler" and Tanngnjóstr translates to "teeth grinder" in Old Nordic language. In fact, when Tanngnjóstr was used to Synchro Summon Thor in the anime, you can clearly see it grinding its teeth.
* TheTrickster: "Loki, Lord of the Aesir" is based on Loki, the renowned Norse trickster. Loki's effect could be homage to its inspiration, Loki the Trickster, because of its ability to retrieve Traps from the Graveyard.
* PublicDomainArtifact[=/=]WeaponOfChoice:
** BladeOnAStick: Nordic Relic Gungnir. In Norse mythology, Gungnir is Odin's magical spear; it always hits its mark and always kills.
--> Remove from play 1 face-up "Aesir" or "Nordic" monster you control to select 1 card on the field. Destroy that card. During your 2nd End Phase after activation, the monster you removed to activate [Gungnir] returns to the field in face-up Attack Position.
** CoolSword: In Norse mythology, Lævateinn is a weapon mentioned in the Poetic Edda poem Fjölsvinnsmál. The amended name Lævateinn is etymologically considered to be a kenning for a sword (Old Norse "damage twig").
--> Select 1 face-up monster on the field that destroyed a monster by battle this turn. Destroy the selected monster. Cards and effects cannot be activated in response to [Lævateinn].
** DropTheHammer: In Norse mythology, Mjöllnir was the name of the weapon used by Thor himself, a hammer crafted out of iron gifted to him by the dwarves. The Norsemen believed that the sound of thunder was made by him hurling it at his foes. However, the card "Divine Relic Mjollnir" does not appear to be the weapon Thor is holding.
--> Select 1 face-up "Aesir" monster you control. It can attack twice during each Battle Phase this turn.
** In Norse mythology, Draupnir is a gold ring possessed by Odin with the ability to multiply itself. Additionally, the hand of "Odin, Father of the Aesir" is shown producing another armor in this card's artwork. This explains Draupnir's effect of producing another relic from your deck.
** In Norse mythology, Brísingamen (from Old Norse brisinga "flaming, glowing" and men "jewelery, ornament") is the necklace of the goddess Freyja.
** In Norse mythology, megingjörð is a belt worn by the god Thor. When worn, the belt is described as doubling Thor's godly strength, hence the first effect of this card. Interestingly enough, Thor's hammer Mjollnir is named "Divine Relic", while Megingjörð is considered a "Nordic Relic", despite both items being used by the same god. Both items are also associated with doubling a monster aspect. Megingjörð doubles strength, while Mjollnir doubles the number of attacks a monster can have.
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[[folder:Ojama]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Ojama Ojamas]] are an archetype of Light Beast monsters with 0 ATK. They rely on combining powers to destroy the opponent's cards and fill their Monster zones so they cannot summon. With their Field Spell "Ojama Country", the ATK and DEF of all monsters on the field is switched. Their leader is Ojama King, boasting 3000 DEF.

* BewareTheSillyOnes: In the artwork for Nitwit Outwit, they successfully ambushed the Six Samurai and Shien.
* ButtMonkey: The "Ojamas" seem to be used as the butt of humor on several card illustrations, such as being hunted down on "Harpies' Hunting Ground", being tossed by "Man-Thro' Tro'", being used to practice boxing in "Ojamuscle" or flattened on "Power Filter".
* CombinationAttack[=/=]KamehameHadoken: Ojama Delta Hurricane, which is a parody of "Triangle Ecstasy Spark". Based off of that, It's safe to say that this card may be the reason Harpie Lady 1 was attacking the Ojama Trio in Harpies' Hunting Ground.
* FusionDance: The design of "Ojama King" contains that of its three Fusion Materials: eyes of "Ojama Yellow", body & nose of "Ojama Black", and mouth of "Ojama Green". The design also includes the same clothing that the Fusion Materials wear.
* GeoEffects: Ojama Country can summon Ojamas from the grave, which indicates that they become determined to beat their opponents when they're near their home field. The ATK and DEF switching is because everyone except the Ojamas are confused by the strangeness of Ojama Country.
* {{Homage}}: Ojama Red's effect may be a homage to the Super Sentai series of television shows, as the Red Ranger is always the leader of the team.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Ojama Knight
* LethalJokeCharacter: As if Ojama Delta Hurricane!, which obliterates your opponent's hand and field but requires the three Ojama brothers as an activation condition, weren't enough, the more recent additions to the family, Red and Blue, can mass-summon fellow Ojamas from the hand and tutor Ojama cards from the deck respectively. Last but not least, Ojama Country can summon Ojamas from the grave and flips the attack and defense of all monsters on the field. Run with Ojama King and other Stone Wall monsters and...
* MeaningfulName: "Ojamashimasu" is a Japanese phrase roughly translating as "pardon me for interrupting/intruding". It's why the flavor text on the card mentions the Ojamas always butt in on things, and why their stronger cards fill up the opponent's Monster Zones.
* StoneWall: Ojama King has 3000 defense, and Ojama Knight trails just after it with 2500.
* UnderwearOfPower
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* AmazonBridage: So far, none of them are males.

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* AmazonBridage: AmazonBrigade: So far, none of them are males.


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**[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Elegy_the_Melodious_Diva Elegy the Melodious Diva]]'s name came from the term "Elegy", a kind of musical piece or poem typically used to lament the dead.
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* NamesTheSame:
** Ryko is spelled that way to avoid any association with Raikou, a legendary Pokémon.
** Celestia the Lightsworn Angel is not a part of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic.



** [http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Canon_the_Melodious_Diva Canon the Melodious Diva]]'s name came from the term "Canon", a musical style that repeats the same tone, one following the others.

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** [http://yugioh.[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Canon_the_Melodious_Diva Canon the Melodious Diva]]'s name came from the term "Canon", a musical style that repeats the same tone, one following the others.


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* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Sonata.
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[[folder:Melodious]]
[[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Melodious Melodious]] (Fantasia in the OCG), is an archetype comprised of music-themed girls debuting in the Duelist Advent. They are used by Yuzu Hiiragi in the Arc-V anime.

* AmazonBridage: So far, none of them are males.
* LightEmUp
* LightIsGood
* MeaningfulName:
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Aria_the_Melodious_Diva Aria the Melodious Diva]]'s name came from the term "Aria", a long musical piece sung by a solo singer, mostly without orchestra.
** [http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Canon_the_Melodious_Diva Canon the Melodious Diva]]'s name came from the term "Canon", a musical style that repeats the same tone, one following the others.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Sonata_the_Melodious_Diva Sonata the Melodious Diva]]'s name came from the term "Sonata", musical piece played by orchestra without a singer.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Fantasia_Prima_Laureate_Francois Fantasia Prima Laureate Francois]]'s name came from the composer Francois Baschet.
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Fantasia_Prima_Prodigy_Mozart Fantasia Prima Prodigy Mozart]]'s name came from the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
* MusicalAssassin
* ThemeNaming: The low-level monsters are named after musical terms, while the high-level monsters are named after famous music composers.
* ZergRush: Most of them have the effect that Special Summons one another, setting up the game to summon the bigger Fantasia Prima monsters.
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* FusionDance: Naturia Exterio

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* FusionDance: Naturia ExterioExteriom and Naturia Gaiasteleoh



* TookALevelInBadass: Gao, Protector Beast of the Sacred Tree, is an advanced version of "Naturia Leodrake", enhanced with the armors worn by the "Constellar" and the "Evilswarm", respectively. Gao is also a shortened version of "Gaodrake", the Japanese name of "Leodrake". Gao is one Level higher than "Naturia Leodrake" and has 100 more ATK and DEF.

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* TookALevelInBadass: Gao, Leo, Protector Beast of the Sacred Tree, is an advanced version of "Naturia Leodrake", enhanced with the armors worn by the "Constellar" and the "Evilswarm", respectively. Gao is also a shortened version of "Gaodrake", the Japanese name of "Leodrake". Gao is one Level higher than "Naturia Leodrake" Leo would get an upgrade and has 100 more ATK and DEF.turn into Naturia Gaiasteleoh.
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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Lumina, Ehren and Jenis.
* CatGirl: Ferris, Lightsworn Archer

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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: BlondeBrunetteRedhead:
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Lumina, Ehren and Jenis.
** Alternately, Shire, Lyla and Minerva.
* CatGirl: Ferris, Lightsworn ArcherArcher.



* LaserBlade: Lightsworn Sabre.



* MysticalWaif: Lightsworn Maiden Minerva. She may be weak, but she can get from the deck a Light-Type dragon whose level is lesser or equal to the number of Lightsworn monster in the graveyard.

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* MysticalWaif: Lightsworn Maiden Minerva. She may be weak, She's weak at combat, but she can get from the deck a Light-Type dragon whose level is lesser or equal to the number of Lightsworn monster in the graveyard.graveyard. She also can tuner synchro material monsters to call up for Michael.


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* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Garoth, Raiden, Celestia and Michael.
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* MythologyGag: Gao's vulnerability during Main Phase 2 is a nod toward the Duel Terminal, in which the Main Phase 2 was omitted from the game. The three kinds of monsters Gao is based on, "Naturia", "Constellar", and "Evilswarm", originated in the Duel Terminal series.

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* MythologyGag: Gao's Leo's vulnerability during Main Phase 2 is a nod toward the Duel Terminal, in which the Main Phase 2 was omitted from the game. The three kinds of monsters Gao is based on, "Naturia", "Constellar", and "Evilswarm", originated in the Duel Terminal series.


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* WorldTree: Naturia Sacred Tree, which is a gigantic tree that supports the Insects and Plants of the Naturia.
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* BroughtDownToBadass: Metaphized Armed Dragon loses the powerful effect it had as the Dark Armed Dragon, but it has no summoning restriction and Skill Drain can't affect it.

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* BroughtDownToBadass: Metaphized Armed Dragon loses the powerful effect it had as the Dark Armed Dragon, but it has no summoning restriction and restriction, Skill Drain can't affect it.it, and it is also the strongest level 7 monster with no summoning requirements.



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* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Abysslinde]], [[RoseHairedGirl Abyssdine]] and [[GracefulLadiesLikePurple Abysstrite]]

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* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Abysslinde]], [[RoseHairedGirl Abyssdine]] Abysslinde (blue), Abyssdine (pink) and [[GracefulLadiesLikePurple Abysstrite]]Abysstrite (purple)
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