History Headscratchers / YuGiOh

7th Apr '18 12:54:54 AM PandaXclone2
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*** For why it exists: While we do know that there are only 4 Blue Eyes in existence, we ''don't'' know how many Black Luster Soldiers or Dragon Master Knights there are. It could be that Kaiba got Pegasus to make it prior to the latter taking Mokuba as Kaiba was originally planning on having Dragon Master Knight be ''his'' ultimate monster (it's effect would give it a whopping ''7500'' ATK from, [=DMK=] itself, as well as the 3 Blue Eyes + [=BEUD=] in the graveyard alone; Kaiba is not opposed to using Ritual Monsters as shown by Paladin of White Dragon, and considering how much Kaiba loves dragon-types, he could even get it as high as '''10,000''' ATK if he was lucky enough, so it wouldn't be entirely out of character for him to use it; outside of the Egyptian Gods, the only thing Yugi possessed that would be strong enough to challenge [=DMK=] would be Sorceror of Dark Magic, whose effect could allow him to beat [=DMK=] if he had at least 7 Spellcaster-type monsters in his graveyard[[note]]assuming that all Kaiba had in his graveyard was the 3 Blue Eyes and
[=BEUD=], and counting [=DMK=], it would gain 2500 ATK; Sorceror of Dark Magic's anime effect reduces the ATK of any monster it battles by 500 points for each Spellcaster type monster in it's user's graveyard[[/note]]...assuming it's something he has in canon, but never got the chance to use), but the card wasn't finished before Pegasus forced him to come to the tournament, and by the time it would've been ready for him to use, the Egyptian Gods entered the scene (and Obelisk only needs 3 monsters to be summoned, whereas [=DMK=] needs 3-7 to be fused), so he likely set it aside for when he had to team up with Yugi. Or it's more common than [=BEUD=], so Yugi has a copy, but it's a SituationalSword since he doesn't own a [=BEUD=].

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*** For why it exists: While we do know that there are only 4 Blue Eyes in existence, we ''don't'' know how many Black Luster Soldiers or Dragon Master Knights there are. It could be that Kaiba got Pegasus to make it prior to the latter taking Mokuba as Kaiba was originally planning on having Dragon Master Knight be ''his'' ultimate monster (it's effect would give it a whopping ''7500'' ATK from, [=DMK=] itself, as well as the 3 Blue Eyes + [=BEUD=] in the graveyard alone; Kaiba is not opposed to using Ritual Monsters as shown by Paladin of White Dragon, and considering how much Kaiba loves dragon-types, he could even get it as high as '''10,000''' ATK if he was lucky enough, so it wouldn't be entirely out of character for him to use it; outside of the Egyptian Gods, the only thing Yugi possessed that would be strong enough to challenge [=DMK=] would be Sorceror of Dark Magic, whose effect could allow him to beat [=DMK=] if he had at least 7 Spellcaster-type monsters in his graveyard[[note]]assuming that all Kaiba had in his graveyard was the 3 Blue Eyes and
Eyes[[/note]] and [=BEUD=], and counting [=DMK=], it would gain 2500 ATK; Sorceror of Dark Magic's anime effect reduces the ATK of any monster it battles by 500 points for each Spellcaster type monster in it's user's graveyard[[/note]]...assuming it's something he has in canon, but never got the chance to use), but the card wasn't finished before Pegasus forced him to come to the tournament, and by the time it would've been ready for him to use, the Egyptian Gods entered the scene (and Obelisk only needs 3 monsters to be summoned, whereas [=DMK=] needs 3-7 to be fused), so he likely set it aside for when he had to team up with Yugi. Or it's more common than [=BEUD=], so Yugi has a copy, but it's a SituationalSword since he doesn't own a [=BEUD=].
7th Apr '18 12:50:00 AM PandaXclone2
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** Yami Yugi was still trying to get his head screwed on straight prior to Duelist Kingdom, though some of those games didn't quite give him a choice in what he would lose if he lost[[note]](e.g., Bakura's Monster World RPG, Kaiba's Death-T, and Imori's Dragon Cards)[[/note]]. Also, Haga/Weevil is reluctant to wager both of his starchips at first when he sees that Yugi has only one chip of his own. Plus, Yugi and Yami Yugi are both still pissed at Haga/Weevil for getting rid of the Exodia cards at this point, and that anger is mixed with the drive to rescue Yugi's Grandpa's soul. In contrast, when they come up against Kaiba later, they don't know the full extent of Mokuba's current condition (if they know about it at all, I may be mixing up that detail with the anime since I haven't read that part of the manga in a while) so when they call Kaiba out on betting his life, they do so because they think he just wants to win at any cost.
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** Yami Yugi was still trying to get his head screwed on straight prior to Duelist Kingdom, though some of those games didn't quite give him a choice in what he would lose if he lost[[note]](e.g., Bakura's Monster World RPG, Kaiba's Death-T, and Imori's Dragon Cards)[[/note]]. Also, Haga/Weevil is reluctant to wager both of his starchips at first when he sees that Yugi has only one chip of his own. Plus, Yugi and Yami Yugi are both still pissed at Haga/Weevil for getting rid of the Exodia cards at this point, and that anger is mixed with the drive to rescue Yugi's Grandpa's soul. In contrast, when they come up against Kaiba later, they don't know the full extent of Mokuba's current condition (if they know about it at all, I may be mixing up that detail with the anime since I haven't read that part of the manga in a while) so when they call Kaiba out on betting his life, they do so because they think he just wants to win at any cost.
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cost. It's not like Kaiba told them all about his motives. Shame, considering Yugi and Yami Yugi would probably have tried to help rescue Mokuba [[PoorCommunicationKills if Kaiba had just taken a minute or two to explain his brother's situation]].
* In the Japanese dub and the manga, part of the prize for Duelist's Kingdom is majority shares in Industrial Illusions. What does Yuugi do with all of those shares? I mean, it effectively means that he owns the company. Does he trade them for new trading cards? Sell them so he can afford to redo his wardrobe entirely in leather? What happened??
** My guess is he gave them to Kaiba, who's the only person he knows who has any interest in big business; this is why after Duelist Kingdom, all the dueling technology and tournaments are run by Kaiba Corp. Kaiba might not have wanted to accept a gift from Yugi, but he might accept it as compensation for everything Pegasus put him through.
** Actually, looking through the manga... where exactly is this mentioned? It doesn't appear in the parts around the finals where the prize is mentioned.
* Why does the anime version of Dark Bakura want to kidnap Mokuba during Duelist Kingdom and steal the key to Kaiba Corp.'s secret safe? What would be gain by doing that? Were the anime producers on some sort of crack when they wrote the adaptation of Duelist Kingdom? They probably were, seeing as Dark Bakura suddenly starts bringing cards to life to eat up Pegasus's guards and displays powers that are never seen again in the anime.
** He probably wanted a bargain token with Pegasus in case he failed to take the Millenium Eye by force. In the anime, at least, Pegasus mentions he would lose because he is extremely tired from the battle against Yugi. For all we know, Bakura couldn't take on a full-power Pegasus. As for the random summoning, it isn't very different from the way ancient Egyptians summoned monsters in first place; maybe Bakura was using the same method, only using cards instead of hundred-ton stone tablets. As for why he never used it again, who knows?
** The powers of the modern-day Millennium Items are limited to starting normal Shadow Games and wagers, along with other unique powers, though. That's a fact that's been ESTABLISHED. If they could still summon ka, there would be ''no'' need to play any game. At all. Especially with the Tomb Keepers, who knew about the ancient Shadow Game played 3,000 years ago which involved summoning monsters. Not to mention, the only way to bring the monsters on the CARDS to life is to start a Shadow Game of Duel Monsters. There aren't actually any Monster Spirits in the cards - the monsters that appear are merely illusions invoked by the magic of the items, except the God Cards.
** Yami Bakura outright tells Tristan that he wants Mokuba's body so that he can transfer his spirit into it. This would work better for him than his current situation with regular Bakura, as Mokuba's body was an empty shell at the time, since Pegasus had captured his soul. This would ensure that he wouldn't have to worry about the host he was possessing turning against him, like regular Bakura did during Yami Bakura's Shadow Game with Yami Yugi.
** Dark Bakura wanting Mokuba's body for the purpose of possessing him was only in the English dub, not the Japanese version. And even taking that script change as valid, with the normal Bakura being the ChosenOne to host the Shadow RPG in the final arc, becoming "Dark Mokuba" makes no sense. Not only that, but he was betting on Dark Yugi to win his Shadow Game with Pegasus so he can use the opportunity to take his Millennium Eye, therefore Mokuba's corpse wouldn't have been soulless for very long according to his plans. The only explanation is really just Dark Bakura being really inconsistent in the anime version.
* Duelist Kingdom. One of the first things Yugi says about the competition is that he doesn't care about the money. Why the hell, after finding out that Joey desperately needs the money for Serenity's eye operation, does he not just go "Oh, hey, if I win I'll ''give'' you the money, seeing as I don't need or want it"? I find it hard to believe that, even worrying about his grandfather, Yugi wouldn't make that connection, especially when it's ''explicitly and repeatedly'' stated by Joey that he's duelling for Serenity's sake.
** And, in the end, that's exactly what Yugi does. I suppose the argument could be made that the more duelists fighting on Serenity's behalf, the better. (With the real game, this would be true, thanks to {{Metagame}} considerations. If one player is vulnerable only to strategy X, they can get a friend to enter the tournament with a strategy-X-killer deck. But that's getting technical, and really doesn't apply here.)
** Motivation. Joey wouldn't have learned nearly as much or played half as well if he hadn't had an important reason.
* Another Duelist Kingdom headscratcher: why does the gang brand Weevil and Mai cheaters simply for taking advantage of the field advantages and (let's be honest) basically being better duelists? True, Mai also has her scent trick, although it's doubtful that's against any rules; all she can do is predict her next card, which is information she would find out by... playing the game normally. To be honest, it just comes across as petty whining because the gang can't be bothered to stick near a playing field that is advantageous to Yugi's and Joey's monsters, which would give them an advantage of their own and make much more strategic sense. Something you'd think they'd want, given how much is riding on the competition.
** Mai's scent trick is flat-out ''using marked cards,'' and is against the rules in pretty much any card game ever. Being able to know what you'll draw on your next turn is an ''enormous'' advantage in planning your current one. In the Japanese version, Weevil is cheating because he has advanced information on the Duelist Kingdom field-effect rules, which players were supposed to find out the hard way during the tournament.
*** Actually, in the Japanese version Weevil was in fact given the info in advance by Pegasus himself as a prize for winning the Japanese championship. In the English dub, this was changed so that Weevil somehow "stole" the info. The former version exhibits an odd sort of... "legal" cheating whereas the latter is flat-out trickery.
*** Mai never used her scent trick to actually know her card ''in advance'', she only ever used it to be able to know the cards in her hand without looking at them. It would still be illegal, but she only did it to play mind games with her opponent rather than for the usual purpose of marked cards.
** The big problem with the various playing fields is that they encourage exactly that strategy: find a field that benefits you, then spend the entire tournament camped there. Of course, if everybody does that, no duels will take place. ''Someone'' has to be willing to play at a less-than-optimal field for the Duelist Kingdom tournament to work. RuleOfDrama says it's the protagonists.
* Pegasus needed to beat Yugi in an official duel to take control of Kaiba Corp. However, during his duel with Yugi he keeps gloating that he knows what cards Yugi is holding in his hand via the Millenium eye and the duel was going to be broadcasted to the whole world to restore Kaiba Corp.'s reputation. Surely someone would have pointed out that the duel was unfair assuming for example Pegasus has hidden cameras or something, which kind of ruins the whole plan.
** He probably would have edited the recording before broadcasting.
* Ok, so this might be manga-only, but at one point, Yami Yugi is telling Pegasus that Yugi is ten times the duelist he is because he actually trusts his instincts, is willing to take risks without being certain of the outcome, and doesn't resort to cheap tactics (mind reading). Pegasus says that he's a good duelist because he plans so that he can fight without needing to take risks, then his Toon World combo is promptly taken out in one turn. Pegasus then decides to bring up a Shadow Game and specifically thinks "This is a wizard's battle, no normal mortal can endure it. How long can you take the pressure, Yugi-boy?" Soo, Pegasus is trying to prove that he's the better duelist by... cheating so that Yami Yugi can no longer block out the mind-reading techniques because the other half of their Mind Shuffle is unconscious and dying. Really?
** You answered your own question. Pegasus considers himself to be the better duelist ''because'' he doesn't take risks. Magically gaining an unfair advantage is perfectly in line with that statement.
* Something that's been bugging me recently. In Yugi's duel with Panik, he uses Catapult Turtle to launch Gaia into Panik's castle, knocking its Floatation Ring off so that it'll collapse on his monsters when he ends his turn. Yugi ends his turn and the Swords of Revealing Light are extinguished, with the Chaos Shield leaving Panik's monsters trapped inside. My question is, why didn't Panik simply remove the card from the field? He was monologuing to himself just his previous turn that when the swords wore off he would remove the shield so he could attack Yugi's monsters and win the duel. Yugi ended his turn, so he was free to do so, so what was stopping him from removing the card and saving his monsters?
** He [[IncrediblyLamePun panicked]] and forgot all about his tactic.
** Alternatively, he could only remove the shield during his own Main Phase (or at least Turn), and it was technically Yugi's End Phase when the castle fell.
* So, during Yugi's duel with Mai he acts as though the only way he can beat her is to get his hands on the Black Lustre Ritual. Except, he's got a Monster Reborn in his hand, a Dark Magician in the Graveyard, and three turns where Mai can't attack. Why doesn't he do the following--resurrect Dark Magician and take out a Harpy Lady. Mai has two more turns to wait. Take out another Harpy Lady. Mai still has another turn to wait. Take out Harpy's Pet Dragon, who now only has 2300 ATK. Mai can move, but only has one Harpy Lady on the field.
** Swords of Revealing Light doesn't prevent the setting or activation of Trap Cards or Spell Cards. Mai could have used a Trap Card like Sakuretsu Armor or Mirror Force to destroy Yugi's Dark Magician, and then he'd basically be screwed. Besides, you're forgetting that Yugi actually found out earlier that Mai has Harpie's Feather Duster in her deck -- what if she had used that to destroy Swords of Revealing Light prematurely? Yugi is very low on Life Points at the time and can't afford to take any risks.
* Near the end of Yami/Yugi's duel with Pegasus, Yami uses Mystic Box to free his Dark Magician from being an equip on Relinquished (impossible in the real game, but I'll accept that it works here) by switching it with Jigen Bakudan. He then uses Brain Control to take control of Relinquished, then activates Dark Magic Ritual, Tributing his Dark Magician and the Jigen Bakudan to Ritual Summon Magician of Black Chaos. (Again, Tributing the Jigen Bakudan would be impossible in the real game, since Jigen Bakudan is being treated as an equip at this point, not a monster, but we'll let it slide here.) Since Pegasus has no monsters on the field at this point, and Duelist Kingdom rules don't allow direct attacks, Yami ends his turn, Relinquished returns to Pegasus's control, and on Pegasus's next turn, he makes it into Thousand-Eyes Restrict and Yami has to use the Kuriboh + Multiply combo to keep Thousand-Eyes Restrict from taking the Magician of Black Chaos. Except... why didn't Yami tribute Relinquished instead of Jigen Bakudan? It's not clear what would have happened to Jigen Bakudan in that case (in the real game, it would have ended up in the Graveyard, and its effect wouldn't have gone off), but letting Pegasus get Relinquished back, and with no Equip on it at that (meaning it's free to absorb a monster on Pegasus's next turn even if Pegasus hadn't done the Fusion), seems like a pretty bad idea. For that matter, why bother with the Brain Control at all? When Yami played Mystic Box, Pegasus lets out a BigNo because with Dark Magician no longer attached to Relinquished, Jigen Bakudan would only destroy Relinquished. In other words, the coast was clear. All Yami had to do was wait, and let Jigen Bakudan take out Relinquished in a perfect case of HoistByHisOwnPetard.
** But then he'd have to wait for Pegasus to put something else in attack mode, which he probably would never do. Jigen Bakudan destroying Relinquished wouldn't do anything to his Life Points. With him still having Relinquished, Pegasus gets lured into trying to attack with it, leaving it in attack mode and thus letting Yami take out his Life Points when he attacks. Yami had a defense for when Pegasus would try to take the Magician of Black Chaos, so he's not worried about that. Pegasus could have switched Relinquished into defense mode when his plan didn't work, but he uses it to fusion-summon Thousand-Eyes Restrict, and because he just summoned it he can't change its position that turn. Yami couldn't know he would do that, but it's worth a shot to try to get him to attack and fail.
* Why do the mooks throw the kids with no star chips out... but don't realize that there are ''three people'' who aren't even ''part'' of the tournament running around?
* Ok, I know it's mostly RuleOfDrama, but why did Joey try to beat Yugi in the Semi finals? It was very clear from the start that only Yugi beating Pegasus could get his Grandpa and the Kaiba Bros. souls back. In comparison, the money was a reward for anyone. Wouldn't it be easier for Joey to take a dive to ensure Yugi could get to the finals? That way, Yugi could get the souls back, then either pay for Serenity's operation, or give Joey the money, so everyone wins.
** During the duel, their friends explain precisely why. They both duel at their best so the better of them wins. If Yugi can't beat Joey, then it's likely he couldn't beat Pegasus either. Also, they don't think Joey is worse than Yugi, especially when he does very well in the duel. It's also a good way for both to duel each other at their best with important things motivating them (which is why Yugi doesn't say he'll give Joey the money). They have to duel so the tournament has a winner, and have no reason to lose on purpose.
** Incidentally, in the original manga, Yugi decides not to duel Jonouchi at all, feeling that it would just show Pegasus more of his strategies. Jonouchi just hands over the prize card and basically forfeits the duel before it's even played.
** Actually, it's stated at the start of Yugi and Pegasus' duel, in the anime, that the challenger that wins, in this case Yugi, could select ''any'' prize that he wanted from Pegasus, that is within Pegasus' power to grant. It's mentioned that this could even be Pegasus' company. Therefore, ''anyone'' that defeated Pegasus could have asked for the souls to be returned to their proper bodies, just as Yugi did. So, both rewards, the money and the souls, were rewards that anyone could have gained. Then there's the fact that none of the friends seem to ever consider the fact that 1)Yugi has stated he isn't in the tournament for the money previously and 2)Yugi could just give Joey the prize money for his sister's operation, which is what ends up happening anyways. The duel then, as others have mentioned, ensures that whoever wins and takes on Pegasus is the better duelist, thereby being the best man for the job.
* If Pegasus can just make any broken card he wants, for example the toon cards then why doesn't he just make a card that says "Player automatically wins the duel, at any point in the duel you can bring this card to your hand, this card effect can not be negated in any way." Yes the puzzle apparently can't be won by cheating....but isn't reading his minds and using the earlier mentioned op toon cards cheating as well? One could to put on a show or pride (and that probably is the answer) but really if I'd think if he wanted this plan to revive his wife from the dead to work he should try to make the plan as foolproof as possible.
** Because Pegasus is running a tournament. Printing a card like that and then winning with it would be tantamount to the game being rigged from the beginning... which would open him up to lawsuits from every participant for offering a prize that they had no chance at all of winning, as whoever challenged Pegasus would just get "ha! I win automatically" with no way to fight back, making the entire thing a huge waste of time. While the Toon monsters are nigh-unbeatable, making a card that basically says "you win the duel for no effort 100% of the time with no way for your opponent to do anything" would be disrespectful to the game and the tournament, and the entire reputation of the company and the entire game itself would be irreparably damaged by such a flagrant disregard for fair tournament conduct. It would be the equivalent of catching the people running the Olympics setting things so that one country in particular would win; Pegasus' game and company would never be able to recover from such a scandal, and a lot of players would stop playing entirely when they see how little respect the creator of the game has for both it and them. Furthermore, the resulting fallout would probably lead the Big 5 to pull their support from him when faced with the resulting public outrage, rendering his entire goal moot in the first place.
* Ok, so the Duelist Kingdom rules were that players couldn't attack each other directly. So what's the point of summoning any monsters in defense position? If your opponent has a big monster you can't get rid of, can't you just leave your field empty since your opponent can't attack? Why throw away monsters to defend yourself when you don't need defense? This gets particularly bad when players started using cards like "Defense Paralysis" to prevent monsters from being in Defense Mode, yet Yugi still insists on throwing monsters out there only for them to be killed.
** This is particularly bad in his duel against Mai. Where he summons Catapult Turtle in attack mode. If she attacked, he would have lost but bluffed his way out of it. But why couldn't he just activate Monster Recovery right then and there after using Catapult's effect? Why leave a monster out for your opponent to kill?
*** I thinking that Duelist kingdom rules required you to summon at least one monster per turn
*** Exactly that. In the manga, the rules are explicitly stated that you CAN attack directly, but only if you opponent plays no monster (this was how Yugi won his first duel with Kaiba, in Chapters 9-10 of the manga), and then changed to 'if you are incapable of playing a monster, you lose' (this was how Kaiba lost to Pegasus).
* During Yugi and Joey's duel with Para and Dox, they manage to fuse Red-Eyes Black Dragon and Summoned Skull together into Black-Skull Dragon. Then they are told that the Labyrinth Wall is a no-fly zone, and thus can't move because it can only fly. Two things I'd like to ask. '''First''': How do they know that the Black-Skull Dragon can only fly, especially when it has two perfectly good legs to stand/walk on? '''Second''': Considering that Labyrinth Wall has 3,000 DEF while Black-Skull Dragon has 3,'''2'''00 ATK, why didn't they just ''demolish'' the Labyrinth Wall so that they wouldn't need to traverse through there at all?
** With how weird the Duelist Kingdom rules were, it's highly likely that Labyrinth Wall was being regarded as some sort of bizarre field/terrain, and not a monster, and therefore couldn't be harmed normally. In the manga, the justification is that monsters like Black-Skull Dragon who have wings are unable to FIT inside the labyrinth because of how cramped the space is; which still doesn't make any sense whatsoever.
* How was Rex eliminated from the tournament? He said he won 5 star chips and when he duels Joey, they only wager 2 star chips since that's all Joey has. Joey wins so Rex loses 2 stars, but that still leaves him with 3.
** Probably a Player Killer eliminated him, and this could also apply to Mako Tsunami, who only bet two of his three chips against Yugi. There were 40 players invited, so 80 Star Chips total to compete for, but only the first four to get ten chips would qualify for the finals, which leaves 40 chips unaccounted for, which were probably won by the Player Killers.
* Okay I realize this is a world where children's trading card games are SeriousBusiness but why do the characters (especially Tea) act like Joey and Yugi having to duel in the Duelist Kingdom's finals is the equivalent of Pegasus forcing a sadistic fight to the death? It's literally a win-win situation. Yugi wins and then beats Pegasus and he can fight Pegasus have his grandpa's soul free and give Joey the prize money. Joey wins and then beats Pegasus and he has the prize money for his sister's operation and can use Pegasus's one wish to free Yugi's grandpa's soul
* The duel with the ventriloquist (manga)/fake ghost Kaiba (anime). Both versions of the duel have the BEWD self-destruct because of Kaiba (partly because of his hacking in the anime). This happens right in front of one of Pegasus' agents, who sure seems to act like he has judge duties of some sort. Why did he let this stand when it's completely outside the rules (even by Duelist Kingdom standards)? At best the duel should have been declared invalid and restarted; at worst, Pegasus could have achieved his goals right then and there by having Yugi declared the loser due to cheating.
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* At the start of the Battle City Arc, in the anime, Kaiba duels a robot that uses the same deck he used back in Duelist Kingdom. After the robot manages to summon the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon, he makes a remark regarding how the fear he feels is what Yugi must have felt back during their duel, then noting how Yugi ''couldn't'' defeat the Ultimate Dragon and that in order to reclaim his spot as the number one duelist he'll need to defeat the monster that Yugi couldn't. The thing about that is though, Yugi did defeat the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon. Kaiba's monster was literally turning into slime. At the very least, it was neutralized and wasn't going to win Kaiba that duel, failing to do so in the end. The ''only'' reason that the duel ends in Kaiba's favor is because Yugi calls off his final attack and gives up. However, he still, unarguably, defeated the beast. So, what exactly is Kaiba talking about?
** That's a DubInducedPlotHole, as his reaction when Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon is summoned differs in the Japanese version of the anime as well as the manga. In those cases, he wondered if the sensation he felt going up against it was the same sensation that Yugi felt when he faced it at Duelist Kingdom.
* So, how exactly does Kaiba justify giving Joey a 1-star ranking? The dude at the registration office says that Kaiba Corp performed extensive research on all duelists, which they then collected into a database. Even taking into account, as Tristan points out before they get to the office, that Kaiba doesn't like him, Joey's credentials speak for themselves. Second place in Duelist Kingdom. If that's not enough, Mai Valentine and Rex Raptor are both invited to take part in Battle City, through the invitation that Joey doesn't receive. Mai was a Duelist Kingdom finalist and Rex was runner-up in the regional competition that took place before Duelist Kingdom, which secured him an invite to Duelist Kingdom. Joey beat ''both'' of them while at Duelist Kingdom. So, that, on top of his second place ranking in the tournament, seems like it should be more than enough for the database to rank him as a top level duelist. If not, why are Mai and Rex being invited? If it's just Kaiba looking down on Joey, why is he showing any kind of respect to duelists that Joey defeated?
** Because Kaiba does not like Joey on a personal level. Ergo, Kaiba rates Joey low and thinks nothing of him.
* After Yami Yugi has summoned Osiris (Slifer) in order to win against Bakura, Marik decides to cheat by using Rishid/Odion, who is posing as him, to use the (fake) Millennium Rod to release Bakura's good half, who is confused and wincing in pain from the injury Marik gave him. Out of concern, Yami Yugi tries to go over to him instead of attacking, but Roland, the referee, tells him not to get closer to Bakura or to continue the duel, or he will be disqualified. Why? Why would you disqualify someone for attempting to assist an obviously injured opponent? And couldn't Kaiba or Mokuba let that slide? Especially since [[TheRival Kaiba clearly wants to duel Yugi later on]]? Even Joey (obviously) cries foul on this!
** Before Yami Yugi dueled Jounouchi (who at the time was brainwashed by Marik), Kaiba calls him out for believing in friendship. He tells him that Marik will likely use the Millenium Rod to brainwash Jounouchi and pit him against Yugi, which Marik in fact does. He also tells Mokuba that it's a duelist's destiny to challenge anyone who stands in their way, even a friend. This remains consistent with Kaiba, who believes that you have to take down anyone who stands in your way, regardless of circumstances. Kaiba probably thinks that if Yugi doesn't have the resolve to [[KickTheDog attack an injured opponent]], he's not a worthy rival. It's a dick move on Kaiba's part, but again, that's staying consistent with his character.
* I just read the volume of the manga where they start the semi-finals of the battle city tournament, and a question came up: How the hell do they duel on top of a blimp? I know there's a guard rail just in case and that joeys cards get whipped around at one point, and that it's all part of the challenge but there are still quite a few problems with that:1) If they hit turbulence, everyone, especially the duelists and their cards, go flying. 2) It was established they were going at a pretty fast speed, and there are no foot grips or anything so how do the duelists stay standing when they could easily be knocked off. and finally, 3) It's established their high enough up to create a cold windy environment, which is brought up once. Just once. And at that altitude it would be freezing for the crowd too, it would be inhospitable and thus make it near impossible to concentrate. Seriously what was Kaiba on when he designed this, then again [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries he did say he needed to lay off the drugs]] but still he designs a deathtrap of a theme park and yet he doesn't see all the flaws in this?
** Sadly I have the answer to my own question: Rule of Cool meets Dramatic Convenience: As impractical as it is Takashi just did it because it looks badass, and similar problems are present with their previous skyscraper duel but it looks so badass, you don't really care. but it still bugs me a bit though.
** Because it was the only place with a big enough space to hold Kaiba's ego?
** Kaiba's wanted to show how badass he was, that's why he ordered a blimp and a tower.
* During Joey's duel with Esper Roba why doesn't Mokuba stop the duel the moment he finds out they are cheating? It's nice and all to be supportive of brothers but it's Mokuba's ''job'' to stop that sort of cheating. What would he have done if Esper had won, go over to Joey and say "I'm sorry you lost while I refused to enforce the rules but at least some siblings are happy"?
** Espa Roba's brothers count on him as a big brother. Mokuba has a big brother of his own whom he counts on. He feels their pain, so he had to let them off somehow. As he says, "Big brother stories get me every time."
*** So apparently the viewers are just supposed to accept nepotism and arbitrary rule enforcement?
*** You're already supposed to accept the fact that rich people can get away with kidnapping and attempted murder...
*** To be fair, Mokuba did at least stay for the rest of the duel to make sure they didn't give Espa Roba anymore info.
** Let's keep in mind that the Kaiba Brothers upholding the rules of their tournament is completely thrown out the window when Seto allows the duel between Yugi and the Rare Hunter that won Joey's Red Eyes to continue. It's noted that the Rare Hunter hacked his way into the tournament, which automatically disqualifies him. Seto refuses to do anything about it for various reasons, one being that he wanted the Rare Hunters to come to the tournament anyways and another being that he enjoyed imagining Yugi feeling fear at facing Exodia, as some type of dumb payback. Mokuba then claims he'll do something, since his brother gave him the job of enforcing the rules for the competition, but never actually does. So, from the very first duel, these guys have already undermined any type of fairness taking place in Battle City.

* In the first volumes of the manga, the part where the series features more variety in games, there's always been something I can't figure out. There are at least two instances where the strap that the Millennium Puzzle is on gets broken. One happens when a street thug cuts it off of Yugi's neck to steal it, the other when Yugi grabs the Puzzle back from Imori. What bugs me is that in each of these cases, someone is wearing the Puzzle a few panels later (the thug and the Pharaoh respectively in each situation) and the strap is whole! There is no knot to indicate that the torn/cut ends have been tied together, there's no tape, no glue, or anything else that might be used to mend a broken strap. So how in the world did the strap get fixed so quickly?
** I, who work with my hands far too much, wonder the same thing. Possible answer: the strap is not so much a strap and more of a rope/string. If it's as old as the puzzle and from ancient Egypt as well (and the manga seems to imply it is), then it's probably something highly fibrous such as goat hair or plant fibre (probably palm fibre). I know from experience that ropes/strings made out of this kind of thing will simply slide appart if they carry too much weight; a hefty tug will do the trick. But at the same time, a broken string can simply be matted or twisted back together by rolling the two ends in the palms of your hands. This only takes a few seconds and leaves no visible join, so it would be possible that Yugi fixed the Puzzle's cord like this. But it raises another question; if the cord is made of goat hair/plant fibre and is as old as the puzzle, how the hell did it survive 3000 years and near-constant handling without crumbling to dust?!
** [[AWizardDidIt Yami fixed it.]] With Ancient Egyptian Magic[[TradeSnark ™]]!!
* What purpose would having Odion pretend to be Marik serve for Marik? He wants to win Battle City, and in doing so beat Yugi and get the two god cards. So what purpose does pretending to be benign serve at that point? Considering his entire deck is based around summoning and resurrecting the Winged Dragon of Ra ad nauseum, wouldn't it become obvious to everyone as soon as he dueled? But even if his cover hadn't been blown, what exactly does it gain him?
** When Yami Malik faced Yami Bakura and Good Malik, Yami Malik specifically mentioned changing almost all the cards in Malik's deck since taking control. We never get to see what Malik's deck was like before Yami Malik took over and made his alterations, so it's very likely that the good Malik's deck ran with a completely different shtick. The closest we may have come to seeing Malik's original deck is when Yami Malik dueled against Mai, and he didn't seem to opt for the summon and resurrect strategy in that duel at all.
*** No, that duel was based around using and abusing shadow magic. Which also might have tipped the others off. And even then Mai would have won easily if she didn't try to summon Ra. His strategy is pretty pathetic, even by the standards of the first series.
*** You have a point regarding the shadow magic abuse, but I was referring to the fact that the duel between Yami Malik and Mai occurred very soon after Jonouchi's duel with Rishid. So it seems like Yami Malik wouldn't have had a lot of time available to completely restructure the Good Malik's deck to best suit his preferred strategy. Heck, maybe he resorted to abusing shadow magic ''because'' he didn't have a chance to rework the deck and it was his way of "compensating."
*** Assuming the cards he used against Mai were his own deck, that would've made things worse for him, as he used cards that the Rare Hunters used like Des Guardius and Revival Jam, so Yugi and Kaiba, who had experience dueling Rare Hunters, would've been able to put two and two together, and realize that he's either the real Malik, or at best they would think he's an underling working for Rishid/Odion, who they assume is Malik at the time. But still, they would be suspicious of the guy whose deck just happens to use cards used by the other Rare Hunters.
* In the battle city finals duel between Yugi and Kaiba, what difference did the [[ChekhovsGun Red Eyes Black Dragon]] really make? He still would have blocked the first attack with Magician's Selection, lost his Magnet Warrior from the second Blue Eyes, and blocked the final Blue Eyes with Spellbinding Circle. The only thing that would have changed is Kaiba's third attack target (Dark Magician instead of Red Eyes), but the results would have still been the same. It's not like he used the Red Eyes the remainder of the duel anyway.
** In the anime the Spellbinding Circle only lowers the attack of the attacking monster by 700, so that attack would have won the duel for Kaiba if the Red Eyes Black Dragon were not there to take the attack. Also, by standing on the field it gives a power bonus to the Dark Paladin.
** RuleOfSymbolism is in full effect here, as Red Eyes was used to emphasize how Joey/Jounouchi was supporting Yugi in spirit, but it had no impact on the duel at all. Like the original post mentioned, one attack destroyed Yugi's Magnet Warrior, one was stopped by Magician's Selection, and the last one was stopped by Spellbinding Circle. Dark Magician would attack the Blue Eyes that was weakened by Spellbinding Circle instead of Red Eyes, with a slight difference in battle damage. Dark Paladin still would've had 4400 attack points because of the three Blue Eyes on the field, and because he attacked them all at the same time with Diffusion Wave Motion, the damage (1400 per dragon X 3 dragons) would still be enough to deplete Kaiba's Life Points.
* When Kaiba defeats the Duel Robot in the Battle City arc, it explodes. Why aren't the 3 BEWD cards (& the BEUD) destroyed?
** Maybe the cards are made of Unobtainium and therefore indestructible. In the manga, he is able to use a card to block the hammer of a gun to stop one of Pegasus' goons from shooting him point blank.
** If that was when it blew up from Obelisk's attack, I thought those were virtual cards. I could be conflating that with the "Kaiba vs. three-god-cards-Yugi" battle simulation from TheMovie.
* During Battle City tournament, Yami Yugi has two sources of motivation; his first priority is to learn who he is. As the arc goes on he mostly just wants them all to get out alive so that he can keep his promise about dueling Jounouchi in the finals or after the tournament. Okay, so Battle city finally ends, Kaiba blows up Alcatraz, gang stands on top of the blimp and Jounouchi and Yami Yugi put their decks in duel disks. Back to Domino City we go and there's this double page featuring two of them all ready to duel, with the text "Our battle city isn't over!" Chapter ends. Next chapter: flashback to the time Yugi's grandpa found the Millennium Puzzle. Afterwards the memory world starts and no one ever mentions for the rest of the series that Jounouchi and Yami Yugi had a duel. Or that they were supposed to, which is really weird considering half of Yami Yugi's internal monologue that wasn't about card games was revolving around his friend and how he's looking forward to that duel. I've never really watched the second series of YGO seeing that it never aired where I live, so I don't know if this applies to anime or is it just a plothole the manga has. Maybe Kazuki Takahashi was just plain sick of drawing card games at this point that he didn't want to bother anymore, seeing that Jounouchi would have lost anyway. Who knows. It's still really odd how the whole thing was just skipped over like that.
** It's the same in the anime. However, I did not think at all that the arc was incomplete, and I certainly wouldn't call it a plothole (maybe an anti-climax). Also, from Jonouchi's POV, it was not about the outcome of the duel, but rather about the duel itself. He didn't want to face Yugi until he became a real duelist. Them facing off at the end means that he accomplished his goal. It doesn't really matter who wins. Personally, I thought it was a great way to end the arc on a positive note.
** Actually, the reasoning for the duel was that Jounouchi was going to win the REBD back, right? This troper's understanding was their duel was an ante-game just like in Battle City. In the Millennium arc Jounouchi has his REBD back ... so we can draw the conclusion this was a friendly duel that the Pharaoh actually lost.
*** Further to the above, despite Yami's almost perfect win record, this isn't impossible considering the roulette nature of Jounouchi's deck. Throw in heart of the cards, and the REBD being the ante and always being Jounouchi's card in spirit, and the Pharaoh losing so the card can be returned makes sense.
*** As anticlimactic as it is, it's at least consistent. They rarely bother showing the entirety of friendly duels unless something is going to happen (viz. Yami vs. Bakura in Duelist Kingdom). The only thing at stake here is the REBD ante, and they were only playing for ''that'' because Jounouchi wouldn't let Yuugi just ''give'' the card back to him.
* Yugi's duel with Pandora/Arkana has the stipulation that the loser gets their shackled legs cut off by a rapidly spinning, gradually approaching buzzsaw (or gets sent to the Shadow Realm by a rapidly spinning, gradually approaching Dark Energy Disc, if you prefer). That said, how in the hell was either duelist able to hear themselves ''think,'' let alone hear their opponent, with one in each ear? The way I understand it, even the ordinary buzzsaw in your tool shed is an assault on your ears; I can't really imagine two giant saws spinning fast enough for a relatively clean slice would be any quieter.
** It was probably meant to strain the victim; not let you think calmly as you can hear the buzz saw spinning closer and closer...
** The Japanese dub chewed the scenery when explaining the buzz saw gimmick.
** Besides - maybe the saws only spin when they're moving toward a duelist (for that extra bit of torment)? When life points aren't changing, they stay completely still.
* Do we ever find out why Dark Malik/Marik knows more about Ra than his normal self? Unlike the other spirits, he's only six and was actually created by Malik/Marik, only breaking out twice as far as we know. That, along with him suggesting that he might be the real Marik sounds like some WMG fodder. And was his normal self aware even of him all this time?
** Dark Malik/Marik isn't a spirit invading Marik, he's a SplitPersonality of Marik. He'd logically share every memory with Marik, since they're still the same person for the most part. Granted, this only explains why he knows what Marik does, not why he knows more.
** The reason that Dark Malik "knows" the effects of Ra is because he is able to read ''all'' of the text on the card, which is how Kaiba is able to find out all the abilities even before the duel with Jonouchi. As for a reason that Dark Malik could read all the Egyptian text and Normal Malik couldn't -- possibly that was part of the Tombkeeper memories that Normal Malik repressed and transferred to his darker self?
*** Marik/Malik hated his tombkeeper legacy, and thus wouldn't have bothered to learn Ancient Sanskrit past a remedial level. Dark Marik/Malik/Melvin owes his existence to his abusive father, so he didn't neglect his studies.
* In the Japanese version, there is English text on Obelisk and Slifer, which mentions needing to Tribute 3 monsters. But the cards were made before Tributes were introduced, and even then, Pegasus didn't make the Tribute mechanic? So what, did the cards update their text to the new rules by themselves?
** Tributes existed, just not the concept of Tribute Summoning, so it's possible that if the cards were played before Battle City, tributing 3 monsters would just be considered a cost to summon them. And in any case, the premise is invalid, the actual card writing in the Japanese manga doesn't say anything about having to tribute monsters to summon them. (Obelisk just shows its effect of tributing two monsters to wipe the opponent's field, Slifer shows its effect of depowering opponent's summoned monsters and changing its attack points.)
* In Battle City, Joey's last opponent before the finals is Mako. Joey wins and Mako gives up his Fortress Whale along with The Legendary Fisherman. Here's the thing, why did Mako give away his Fortress Whale card? One, he didn't have to, and two, Fortress Whale is a Ritual Monster and since Mako didn't give Joey the Ritual Magic card, there's no way Joey can summon Fortress Whale.
** In the manga, it's not a Ritual Monster, just a two-tribute card, so it makes sense to give it to him. The anime changed it and added a Ritual Magic card, but kept Mako giving away only the monster, thus making him look pretty silly. As for why he gave it away in the first place, technically Fortress Whale was Mako's rare card ante of the match. The Legendary Fisherman was only given to Joey because of the meaning behind the card, not because of the tournament.
* When Kaiba uses the 'Enemy Controller' Magic card, look at the controller: it has a D-Pad and 3 buttons labeled "A", "B", and "C". Kaiba usually inputs the code "Left Right A B" and Joey later inputs a different code "Up Down Left Right A". Why was a "C" button included if it was never used?
** Probably to avoid it looking too similar to an NES controller and risking a copyright suit.
* Why don't they ever take cards from defeated Rare Hunters' decks? I can understand not taking the marked cards, since that would potentially brand them as a cheater, but if their minds are trapped in the Shadow Realm (or whatever it is in the Japanese version), who's gonna miss them? They weren't even supposed to be in that tournament to begin with, so a defeated Rare Hunter whose mind is trapped in the Shadow Realm should equal a big cache of super-powered cards up for grabs. You could say it would be stealing, but how do you think the Rare Hunters got their cards to begin with?
** Because Yami is an ancient Egyptian, and to him, graverobbing is an unforgivable crime (which is what this would be). However, he has been known to take the rare cards that were wagered, since that was agreed upon before the match, and taking that would be only fair. He didn't take any from Seeker because they were counterfeit and/or marked, and he didn't want to use illegal cards like that. In the manga, he did possibly take a Dark Magician from Arkana; you see him use a copy with the exact same art later on, so he probably took it and used it as a second copy. He obviously took Slifer from Strings. As for Lumis and Umbra, all of their rare cards require another card to work (Mask of Remnants requires Des Guardius requires the common monsters they used, Masked Beast requires a ritual spell), so just taking one would be useless.
** That same reason is why he didn't take either Destiny Board or Dark Necrofear from Bakura, And he did take the other two gods from Kaiba and Marik. So, either Yugi did take a card from his opponent, or he had a good reason not to (or, at least, not to put it in his deck).
** His motivation was never to power up his deck. The only cards he ever wins from antes were Red Eyes from Seeker, and the God Cards, and those each relate to some sort of motivation. Yugi took Red Eyes back from Seeker because he took it from Jounouchi. He ended up keeping Red Eyes because Jounouchi didn't feel worthy of owning it, which starts Jounouchi's subplot to become a true duelist. The God Cards are directly tied to the Pharaoh's missing memories, so he needs those cards to learn the truth about his past. It's also later confirmed that Kaiba took Des Guardius from Lumis and Umbra to make sure he went first in the four way duel, since that was decided by choosing a monster, and the order went from highest ATK to lowest. The downside is that whatever card is used can't be used for the rest of the tournament, but that didn't matter in Kaiba's case since he didn't have any other cards that work with Des Guardius.
* In the Yugi vs. Kaiba duel, Yugi gets Slifer on the field, but is afraid to attack XYZ-Dragon Cannon because Kaiba's set card might be the Life Shaver trap. Why didn't Yugi play Pot of Greed before attacking if he was worried about that? If Kaiba's card had been Life Shaver, Slifer would have been reduced to 3000 ATK, which is still enough to destroy XYZ-Dragon Cannon.
* In Yami Marik's duel with Yami Bakura, Yami Marik merges with the Winged Dragon of Ra because his body was the representation of his Life Points. However, when he finally duels the Pharaoh, physical manifestations of Yugi and Marik's souls are the representations for their Life Points, so how come Yami Marik is still the one merging with Ra when he gives it his Life Points instead of Marik? Played out logically, that duel is a decent XanatosGambit for Yami Marik, because if he loses that just means his good side is gone and now he's all Hyde and no Jekyll. Of course, without the Winged Dragon of Ra he has no chance of winning another duel for the Egyptian God cards, but the whole "destroy Ra with Yami Marik attached to it" plan has no basis.
* Even if Yami Marik ''is'' the one merged with Ra, how the hell is "De-Fusion" going to separate them!? You don't de-fuse Life Points from a monster.
** It's because Yami Marik merged with Ra by sacrificing his Life Points, so it's kind of like saying his body and Life Points are fusion material that fuse with Ra. Therefore, when he does use De-Fusion to separate from Ra, he gets back his Life Points and his body reverts to normal.
* How does Malik take his shirt off while wearing the Millennium Ring ''and'' a duel disk? This is pointed out in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' -- he would totally get stuck in his shirt and it would totally be really funny. Does he have some kind of IntangibleMan powers he also uses to take off his bangles and chokers? Did he just rip his shirt (after all, he seems to have brought a spare, since he [[EvilCostumeSwitch swapped]] his cute lavender top for a plain black tanktop when Yami Malik took over)? Why didn't he just take off his duel disk?
* Was it ever explained why Kaiba made a tribute rule? It seems like that kind of screws over his blue eyes white dragon card, making it a lot less useful. The meta reason I know is to make it more similar to the real game but I just unsure why Kaiba would implement a rule that cripples his best cards.
** I'm guessing so that the stronger monsters don't wipe out the opponent before they can summon their best cards. For example, the Egyptian Gods, which Kaiba ''wanted'' to be summoned. And basically so that he could screw around with people that decided to make an ass of themselves during the tournament, like the one duelist he Curb-stomped with Obelisk the Tormentor on the first turn, even though he would've needed to sacrifice monsters to summon it at all.
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[[folder:Virtual World]]
* This drives me crazy. How is it possible that Kaiba never knew Noah existed until that arc? He explicitly mentions watching Gozaburo on TV a fair bit, you'd think the coma/eventual death of an extremely powerful CEO would make the news. And no one ever mentions this to him? Really?
** Especially because this could have been easily handwaved. Something like "Okay Mokuba, I knew this guy existed all along but never mentioned him to you because he was dead and stuff and therefore not important." would have sufficed.
** Noah died AFTER it was decided that Seto was going to live with them, but BEFORE he actually moved in. I can guess that it was reported on the news about Noah's death the day Seto moved in, and given his hellish life there, it's not unlikely he didn't have time to watch TV or read a newspaper. Either that or Gozuboro didn't want to be reminded of Noah's death and payed off every news company in the world to not report the death, because, let's face it, he really did have that much money.
* Less fridge logic, just more a flat out mistake. In a flashback to when they were living in the orphanage, Seto tells Mokuba they would start their own themepark called Kaibaland. This was well before they were adopted.
** He was obviously already planning to take over Kaibacorp somehow even in the orphanage.
** Well, "Kaiba" can mean "seahorse" in Japanese (Or so I've heard), and in Japanese "seahorse" is somehow synonymous with "young dragon", and considering that Seto has a thing for dragon, it's not entirely impossible that the fact he wanted to name his theme park this was little more than coincidence.
* In Noah's Arc, each card in their decks was chosen from the Kaiba Corp database. At this point, all three Egyptian God cards were in the database. Why did nobody pick them? They weren't limitted by rarity anymore, they could each have the triple set.
** Highly impractical, since the Egyptian gods require triple sacrifices, and are handicapped in terms of revival from the grave. And even so, a duel finished with one of the gods would have diminished the significance.
*** Then why didn't only Yugi pick those? you know, having them around all the time and by the final battle, summon all of them to the field and blowing the BigBad.
*** It could also be that they wanted to avoid the wrath of the gods that would come from using a digital copy of the cards.
*** After all they all saw what happened to Odion, they probably didn't want to try to test it again.
** Noah didn't want to allow access to them because they unbalanced the game. As can be seen with his interaction with the Big Five, Noah was ''real'' big on fairness. Also, he didn't want to hand Kaiba an enormous advantage when defeating him was the whole point of the exercise.
* How does a company thats only worth, at most, less than $20 million with very small profit margins manage to get ahold of $100 million?
** Either through illegal means, or because they're just that good.
* I know this series is a poster child for the Screw The Rules tropes, but there's a particularly egrigious example that I felt needed to be mentioned. When Yami and Joey duel the Big Five, Lecter summons the Five-Headed Dragon using a ritual card, stating that he has to sacrifice five monsters, each one with a different attribute. He then proceeds to sacrifice all five of his deck masters. This seems to work at first, until you realize that Nightmare Penguin (Krump's deckmaster) and Deepsea Warrior (Gansley's Deckmaster) have the same attribute. In other words, Lecter not only broke the rules, he explicitly stated what they were before doing so. What the hell is up with that?
** The dialogue in the Japanese version describes Nightmare Penguin as a Wind monster when the list of sacrificed Deck Masters is read off. Which, since Nightmare Penguin ''isn't a Wind monster'', explains ''nothing''.
*** But isn't it in the anime?
* Seto's big test to prove his worthiness to lead KaibaCorp. His mission was to turn $10 million into $100 million in one year. He did so by buying a majority stake in a company, then demanding to be bought out at ten times his purchase price, or else he would fire all the company's employees, whom the now minority owner cared deeply enough about to give in. How in the world did that scheme succeed? The idea that said super-protective owner, who apparently had so much surplus cash lying around that paying off Seto's outlandish demand was even possible, would even allow outside investors in his company at all, much less allow someone else to take over majority control, is hard enough to swallow. But why couldn't he have simply used a fraction of that buyout money to start a brand-new company and re-hire everyone Seto fired? It all makes Creator/LittleKuriboh's alternative narrative, wherein Seto simply pulled a gun on the company owner, much more plausible by comparison.
** It's possible that the old owner owned several companies and had to take resources from all of them to save the one Kaiba took over. Furthermore starting a new company would not be as easy as all that, since the old one may already have control over the market and could continue to do so if Kaiba brought in his own people.
*** If the old owner owned other companies, why couldn't he have those companies absorb the fired employees? And the "control over the market" argument rather assumes customers would remain loyal to a company name, rather than the people who won their business in the first place.
*** Even if the company kept its own clients, it would lose the power of its brand name. A new startup would be perceived as new by those who weren't industry insiders even if it had the exact same lineup as a previous company. Not to mention, many of a company's decisions are made by its investors, who typically ''aren't'' insiders.
*** The company is a funeral home in the Japanese version, that's why the original owner had to give in to Kaiba's demand, though admittedly, that still doesn't explain how he had enough money to ovey Kaiba.
* Why did the Big Five and Noah simply not take over the main characters bodies right away? They clearly could do it, and if I was stuck in a prison, I wouldn't set my freedom on winning a card game.
** Noah ordered them to play the card game and win, and not cheat during it. It's because he wanted to prove to Gozaburo that he was worthy of being the CEO of Kaiba Corp by besting Kaiba and his friends.
*** And, at least in the Japanese version, Noah was lying anyway. He wanted to keep Kaiba's allies busy, and the Big Five were convenient dupes for that purpose.
** How does beating them at a card game prove that Noah is better at running a buisness?
*** Logically it wouldn't, but then neither Noah nor Gozaburo is exactly logical (or sane). Noah probably just wants to "beat Kaiba at his own game."
* Why was Nesbitt so insistent on dueling Shizuka/Serenity besides being the only character who has zero dueling experience?
** You said it best- she had zero dueling experience, and she would be the easiest to take out. Alternatively, he could've been baiting Tristan or Duke (much more experienced duelists) to take the fall for her (which worked out in the end.)
* Why, WHY is the Virtual World arc placed smack in the middle of the Battle City Finals? Granted, it's this troper's favorite arc but 20+ filler episodes (that roughly span a few hours in universe at most) in a middle of a very important "Save the World" plot? Also, this arc gives Kaiba a lot of really good CharacterDevelopment culminating in him finally beating his abusive stepfather... only for him to start Wangsting about it again in the next arc after losing to Yugi. Anyone else think this arc would have fit better ''after'' Battle City completely?
** The anime writers underestimated how long it would take Kazuki Takahashi to finish Battle City, and caught up to him unintentionally. They had to do ''something'' to give him time to finish.
*** In Japan, all shows have 1 new episode a week, all 52 weeks of the year (rather than taking a break for a few months like US television). It's entirely possible that the anime caught up to where the manga was at at the time, and they threw in a filler arc to pass the weeks until the manga could get ahead, and they could continue the main plot. That's exactly why filler arcs exist in any anime based on a manga or video game series.
* What would have happened if any of the Characters would have played a Card that gives them pernament Control over an Opponents Deckmaster? Esspecially against a Member of the Big 5 who played as their own Deckmasters.
** They would lose if the monster left the field without being replaced (as per Berserk Dragon replacing Five-Headed Dragon). Only Nezbitt summoned himself during a duel, probably for this reason. The rest of the Big Five only "summoned" themselves to summon Five-Headed Dragon. If they had summoned themselves and been controlled they would either be separated from their body (or be unable to duel) and lose, have to attack their own monster/themselves but duel normally.
* Why didn't Noah make Marik or Ishizu leave the airship with the other duelists?
** Would you want to drag Dark Marik into your tournament?
*** If I knew who he was, then probably not. But really, doesn't Noah have some sort of camera system that can detect that strange crazy-haired guy standing ''right on top of the blimp''? For that matter, why didn't Ishizu leave? You'd think that with all the weird crap going on inside and outside the airship would tip her off and make her leave her bedroom, wouldn't you? Bakura and Mai were banished to the Shadow Realm and Odion was unconscious, so ''they'' have an excuse, but how did Noah miss the other two duelists on the blimp he captured?
* How did any of the protagonists from the Nezbitt duel on (except Serenity) know what their Deck Master's ability was when Yugi, Tea and Joey didn't know until their Deck Masters told them?
* What were Johnson and Gansley's reasons for hating Kaiba? Nezbitt had his lab destroyed, Crump had his penguin theme park rejected, and Leichter was demoted from first in line to take over Kaiba Corp to a figurehead. Fair enough, but what did Kaiba ever do to Johnson and Gansley?
** As individuals, nothing that we know of, but as a group, they're unhappy with Seto for convincing them that Gozaburo doesn't respect them and promising them they power they deserve (however, this may also because of them being power hungry) if they help him overthrow Gozaburo as the KaibaCorp president only for Seto to not only back out of his end of the bargain, converting the company from war weapons to games but for also supposedly taking whatever power they had. At best, helping Seto was pointless and got nothing from their deal, at worst, they basically lost everything (taken literally in the end).
* What would have happened to Marik's good side if anzu had lost?
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[[folder:Doma/Orichalcos]]
* Why did Yami play the Seal of Orichalcos against Rafael? If he hadn't, he would've lost the duel but nothing was at stake. If neither player uses the seal, the loser can just walk away, soul intact. For that matter, why didn't he just rip up the card to prevent it from being used on anyone?
** That was the point Rafael was trying to make. Yami was so obsessed with winning (not to mention really pissed off) that he played the Seal even though he didn't have to.
** Actually, didn't Rafael cut down the bridge and then say that the winner would get to leave on a helicopter, while the loser had to stay there (presumably to starve). Then again, my memory of those particular episodes isn't very clear.
** It's heavily implied that the Seal takes a person's strongest emotion and uses that to manipulate them.
** It's because Yami has never actually been in a no-stales duel before. The concept is alien to him. He MUST win, otherwise something terrible will happen. In Duelist Kingdom, his grandfather would be locked away for good. Battle City, he'd be unable to save the world from Marik/he'd get sent to the Shadow Realm. Virtual World, he'd be trapped there for good. It never occurred to him that he can lose a duel and be completely fine because that's never happened until then. If you compare that to the Ceremonial Battle, where he can lose and be okay, it shows just how far he has actually come. Him playing The Seal still doesn't work, but for a completely different reason.
** I always thought the Seal was affecting his mind and forcing him to play it.
** He also had that little bit of green stone - it seems to be required and bring out the darker emotions. Not knowing about it, Yami wouldn't have been on guard against that power influencing his emotions.
** It's one of the reasons that setup is so obviously filler. They could have had Raphael mention giving him back one of his God cards, or capturing him for Dartz, or SOMETHING, but instead it comes across as an odd no stakes duel in order to lazily set up the conflict.
** In his mind, he didn't have a choice. He had to win in his mind, and that card was the only thing that would save him. Yes, he should have just accepted defeat instead of playing it, but that was part of his character. He REFUSED to lose under any circumstances.
*** Not really, since he was prepared to lose in the duel against Bakura during Battle City, and would have if Dark Bakura hadn't told him to attack. Developing enough to see that some things are worth more than victory was a big part of his development DK and BC. Case in point, the moment where he nearly gives up fighting in BC after Jonouchi falls into a coma. The duel no longer seemed as important as other things. Orichalcos is a base breaker for a lot of fans because it goes against this development.
*** The difference is he had Yugi influencing him during those points, whereas when Yami played the Seal, Yugi was unable to communicate with Yami, so you can assume any influence Yugi had on Yami is gone. Like he says when he meets Yugi before they duel for the first time, "Without your light to keep me pure, I'm becoming evil." Without Yugi to keep him under control, all he cares about is winning. The point of his first duel with Raphael was to show that.
*** That seems a bit of a handwave to this troper. During the Bakura duel, Yami was very clearly not going to attack until Y Bakura takes over again. In neither manga nor anime does Yugi have to hold him back or tell him not to - he stops all on his own. He shows he doesn't just care about winning. There's also been plenty of episodes where Yugi just vanishes into the Puzzle while Yami does his thing and Yami doesn't go of the rails just because Yugi isn't there to hold him back. And when Yami was alive as Pharaoh and in the Millennium World arc, Yugi isn't around, he doesn't just care about winning but protecting his people. That line about Yugi's light was an add-in to the English dub, and even in the English Yugi tells Yami he has to step up, and it's not about whether he's around or not. He already demonstrated in the Bakura duel that he cares about more than winning, and he's developed far past that point by Season 4, and has shown kindness without Yugi forcing in to plenty of times before. It doesn't make sense to claim Yugi's influence is responsible for all his behaviours.
*** I guess it's just something that's meant to be left open to interpretation then. When I mentioned Yugi keeping Yami under control, I didn't mean him physically having to tell Yami to stop or switching to force him like he did in S1 with Kaiba. What I meant was Yugi may have still had some subconscious control over Yami, due to them inhabiting the same body, like when Yami stopped to think during a duel, Yugi's voice would do the talking (at least in the dub, I'm not familiar with the original so I'm not sure if it carried over from the Japanese version, same with the scene with Yugi and Yami I mentioned earlier). So while Yugi didn't have to actually tell Yami not to attack Bakura, he still had enough control over Yami to not allow him to attack. Whereas in the duel with Rafael, Yami plays the seal in a moment of desperation and since Yugi is locked away behind the seal, he no longer can control Yami, who then begins to play recklessly as his only focus at that point is to beat Rafael as fast as possible to avoid having his soul taken, which is why he uses Catapult Turtle instead of doing the smart thing and simply waiting for the Swords Of Revealing Light to vanish like he probably would have otherwise. That was always what I thought Yami meant by "Without you to keep me pure...", not that he needed Yugi to physically hold him back, just without Yugi's conscience being part of him, nothing was holding him back from doing the same thing he did during his duel with Rafael again. Like I said though, that's just my interpretation, I'm probably wrong.
*** No one interpretation is 'wrong' since the writers didn't make a lot of stuff clear (hence the existence of the Headscratchers). That explanation prob leans a bit too heavy on the dub for me, since in the sub when Yami is in control he does the thinking and strategising without input from Yugi. It could be read that their soul bond influences Yami, but given that he seemed a righteous Pharaoh when he was alive and Yugi was nowhere to be seen I can't really buy into the idea that Yugi keeps him 'pure' just by being around. Also we don't really see that Yami wanted to attack Bakura and Yugi controlled him out of it - if that was the case, Yugi could have just done the same to stop Yami attacking Kaiba in the DK duel. I'm splitting hairs a bit but this part still doesn't make sense to me. (That and Yugi have been puppeetering Yami all this time is kind of a creepy explanation, when you think about it).
* Yami playing the Seal of Orichalcos against Raphael. He plays Card of Sanctity to draw more cards, but laments that he got nothing... except he drew De-Fusion and Hand Control. De-Fusion would have let him split up Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight into DMG and his dragon, at which point he could just re-fuse them. Better yet, play hand control, make Raphael play Necromancy, tribute two monsters for Dark Magician, play De-Fusion, summon Amulet Dragon, and since you have 8 Spell Cards in your Graveyard, you get a 5300 ATK beatstick. And no Seal in sight. He's the King of Games, how'd he overlook that?
** De-Fusion might not have worked; [[ExactWords after all, the Dragons weren't technically monsters, but their own type of card]], hence out-of-bounds for De-fusion to summon back. And as for the Hand-Control thing, no clue.
* Mai's motivation in the Doma arc. She blamed Joey for letting Marik torture her. Quick question, WHAT ABOUT MARIK? She didn't feel anger towards, you know, the guy who actually tortured her?
** HeelFaceBrainwashing, thanks to Dartz and the Seal of Orichalcos. Dartz used the fear inside of her from her earlier MindRape, leading her to believe that the nightmares of being abandoned and the possibility of dying should she lose another duel were true, so that she would accept the Seal and become his latest recruit. The Seal of course [[PowerCorrupts brings out the worst tendencies out of anyone]], which was brutally lampshaded when Yami activated it.
*** That explains why she wanted revenge, but not against Joey instead of Marik.
*** Again, a result of Dartz [[MoreThanMindControl leading Mai to believe that Yugi and Joey abandoned her, and deserved to be punished]]. Making Marik a target would serve no purpose for Dartz, since Yugi and Joey were both chosen ones, while Marik held no such importance.
*** Probably Marik never appeared because it was a filler arc with no connection to the series.
*** Also, the Marik that actually [[MindScrew effed her up]] is already gone. Mai just plain ''can't'' get revenge on him for hurting her. Going after Joey/Jonouchi is the next best thing.
* Mai blaming Jou and the gang is one thing, but why did she join up with Dartz in the first place? Wanting power makes sense, but she has PTSD over Marik locking up her spirit and slowly torturing her. Why would she join up with Dartz if he wants her to use the Seal - which, if she loses, will subject her to spiritual torture all over again? Isn't this basically the equivalent of a character being tortured by electrocution, let's say, then deciding to use an electric weapon themselves that could go wrong and electrocute them and not their enemy? It seems a little stupid for her to behave this way. Also, why didn't she just talk to the gang? Is she having Aesop Amnesia too?
* In the Fourth Season, after it turns out that Pegasus got his soul taken, Yugi and co. are stuck in America with no way back home. A big to do is raised over the fact that Kaiba is their only way back home. What bothers me is that Pegasus is the one that flew them out. Did he not have the foresight to ensure that their flight was round-trip? The very least he could have done was buy them all tickets back home in advance to give them after he explained everything. Hell, Yugi and his friends could have just explained their situation to Pegasus' staff and gotten back on the plane. Surely his staff wouldn't be that uptight to not fly them back without an explicit say so from a conscious Pegasus, especially if they were clued in to what was going on.
** Pegasus probably didn't know how long it take them to finish, and thus, couldn't get tickets for the time they would be leaving. As for his staff, they're a game company, not workers at an airport. Lots of companies in real life wouldn't bother with such a thing, as they would see it as a waste of money. Why should we expect the staff of Industrial Illusions to be any different?
* If Atem can control destiny with his will, why didn't he use it against Raphael? Could have saved a lot of angst.
** Wasn't he only able to control that power after the Memory Arc? Also, he states that Rafael's bond with his monsters gives him the power to alter destiny as well.
** He probably ''did'' control his destiny in that duel, as well as pretty much any other duel he's ever been in. (Exodia topdeck, anyone?) It's just that he didn't realize he could do that until after the Millennium World arc.
* Why does the Seal of Orichalcos adhere to the rules at the time? Or any rules at all? The Shadow Games makes a certain kind of sense, as all object being sought had to be won semi-honourably. But why does the Seal adhere to a childrens card game instead of just taking their souls? The wielders are clearly cheating, why even bother playing the game? And why those rules? Why doesn't it follow Duelist Kingdom rules instead - i.e, the rules that are still standard for anyone outside the Battle City tournament.
** As for the rules, that didn't bug me at all. In my opinion, the duelist kingdom rules were a complete mess. Most of the games were won by things like "Yugi attacked the moon". Not that that wasn't kind of interesting, but the Battle City rules are easier to follow in real life, and Monster Cards with a high attack are less of a GameBreaker.
*** The rules are superior for people watching, but they're still custom rules Kaiba thought up just for his tournament, that became standard rules in his duel academy. As far as anyone else is concerned, in-universe the Duelist Kingdom rules are the actual rules.
*** Maybe he programmed the rules into the Duel Disks so that you can't play by the other rules? Or maybe the rules were so well-received that people started playing by them. I'm at a loss, but as I said, I didn't mind.
*** Well, in the case of Kaiba's programming, in Battle City, Joey tried summoning a high-level monster without a sacrifice, but it didn't work because it didn't follow the rules (this was promptly pointed out to him). So it seems that, yes, Kaiba had programmed them to work under his rules only. As for the seal, it probably follows the rules that either it's user or (if said evil seal has standards) both players decide to use.
*** This makes no sense. First, Dartz's Duel Disks were custom, possibly arcane things. They would hardly be subject to Kaibas rules. Second, the Seal is so unbelievably unfairly broken, that saying its a fair game is just laughable - the user has such a giant advantage, that only one duelist was able to beat someone using Seal without using the similarly broken Legendary Dragons cards - both times against extremely low level players, and both times only with a card he pulled right out of his ass. If you're going to cheat like that, why even bother with the game?
** It's possible the the magic which minds the monster spirits to the card also works on other forms of magic. Once they tried to bring Atlantean magic back into the world, it took the form of trading cards. Same goes for other unrelated forms of magic like the power of the Earthbound Immortals.
* Why didn't Dartz and his men ambush Marik and the Rare Hunters to get the god cards without having to go through Yugi?
** They might have had a harder time locating Marik, and by the time they did, he was already in the middle of the whole Battle City thing, and that would have made things too complicated. Or they could have been waiting for someone to have all three (Marik never got Obelisk).
** Also, it's a lot easier to steal trading cards from a high school student instead of from the leader of an ancient organization of thieves that he rules with dark magic and mind control powers.
* If the Seal of Orichalcos isn't a real card, but a fake made by Dartz, why did it work in Yugi's duel disk?
** Paradius Corporation had investments in practically every important technology and corporation.
*** It wouldn't be worth it to Doma. We're talking about tampering with the software ''and'' hardware of the pet project of Seto Kaiba, one of the greatest hackers in the world -- not to mention the central piece of equipment in a big-money professional sport. And there's no need to do it -- Dartz's men just use their own Duel Disks that would accept the card normally. Why would they bother to make the card work in anyone else's? Just so Rafael can prove a point to the Nameless Pharaoh?
*** The card itself had magical properties, so it probably didn't even ''need'' to work on any Duel Disk, since it would produce the seal even if they were just playing on a table.
* So the soulless Weevil falls off a train. How'd he get to the hospital, much less the same one as Rex, much less right next to him?
** People checking on a runaway train thats stopped in the middle of the desert follow the tracks until they find Rex and eventually Weevil. Both are taken to the same hospital and treated for what they assume is a coma brought on by dehydration.
*** Except that Rex wasn't a victim of the train crash; Joey and Tristan carried him along, and then Kaiba arranged for him to be brought to the hospital.
** In the Japanese version, Ironheart flat-out states that he found Weevil and took him down to the village. The line may have been cut in the dub.
*** In the dub, Ironheart claims that only Yami and Tea were present when he investigated the crash. This leaves Yami to reflect that Weevil was incapable of leaving on his own, and Weevil's fate remains a mystery until the hospital scene.
* What do Timaeus, Hermos, and Critius ''do'', exactly? I thought they made these weird fusions, but they seem to be able to fuse into any monster (and without needing a fusion card to boot), and they even have fairly consistent effects (Timaeus ''always'' fuses with a monster, Critius ''always'' fuses with a trap, and Hermos ''always'' turns the monster it fuses with into an equip spell). And if this wasn't enough, their rules go and turn into ''total'' bullcrap when [[spoiler:the three dragons turn into knights]].
** They are deus ex machinas to counter Dartz's henchmens Deus Ex Machina cards. If you want any kind of consistency, Hermos always fuses with a monster to become an equip card with effects vaguely related to the name of the card it fused with - not the effect - Timaeus fuses with a monster to create an effect monster with an effect completely unrelated to the monster fused to summon it, and the Critius always fuses with a trap card to produce a monster card with effects that somewhat resemble the trap used to summon it, except played out indefinitely and weirdly.
** The way the YGO wiki explains it, their effects can be pulled off in a real life, provided you treat the monsters/equip cards they merge into as separate cards.
** Criteas, Hermos and Timaeus are basically specialised fusion cards, but each card uses different materials as apart of it's fusion. For the Knights version, instead of fusing they equip cards to them and gain their effects.
* Who rides into Death Valley, the hottest place in North America, with no water? Yugi riding on a horse without provisions was reckless enough, but Rex and Weevil qualify as TooDumbToLive for doing it on a bicycle.
** They were both hasty and desperate to see where he was going. Plus, they were foreigners that probably weren't aware of the local geography, and it was night-time, so they probably weren't aware of it at the time.
* In 10,000 years, no one finds it the slightest bit weird that Dartz is immortal?
** Dartz could've discovered a way to alter his appearance. People then would've assumed that he was just one of a long lineage of apocalyptic prophets known as Dartz.
* How did [[spoiler:Mai]] get into the elevator ''and'' manage to stand perfectly upright long enough for it to reach the Pharaoh's floor, even though we see later that the first thing she did after losing her soul was ''collapse to the floor'' in the ''boardroom''?
* If, in Rafael's flashback, he was given a Duel Disk by Dartz, did Kaiba really invent them at all? I mean, considering Rafael looked much younger in the flashback. Because there are some remarkable similarities between the two that aren't present in Dia Dhanks...
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[[folder:Grand Championship]]
* Kaiba creates a tournament? Nothing new. He's too busy to participate? Fair enough. But why is the grand prize a chance to duel Yugi? Kaiba went a little berserk when he heard Yugi lost a duel in the Oricalcos arc, so why would he go and give some of the top duelists in the world a chance to do just that?
** He thinks Yugi "redeemed" himself by beating Rafael, winning the title back, as well as Dartz, who Kaiba lost to ''with'' Yugi's help.
* Why did Kaiba invite Joey? It's clear that Kaiba has no respect for him, and thinks of him as a weak duelist, so why would he invite him to a tournament where he wanted to bring only the top duelists from around the world?
** Answer to both questions; Kaiba wanted to use Yugi's image to promote the tournament, and he knew that Yugi couldn't be beat by anyone since even Kaiba himself couldn't beat Yugi.
** He invited Joey because, for once, the tournament didn't have any stakes to it. If he chose not to invite Joey then Yugi wouldn't be happy.
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[[folder:Memory World]]
* The relationship between Yami Bakura/Zorc/Thief Bakura/Good Bakura is really confusing and inconsistent between adaptations. Are Thief Bakura and Yami Bakura the same guy? In the manga and anime, Yami Bakura identifies himself as having been a thief in ancient Egypt since his first appearance. However, it is eventually revealed that Yami Bakura was actually Zorc the whole time. So why did he take Thief Bakura's identity? The anime shows Bakura merging with Diabound to form zorc, but the manga just reveals that thief Bakura was a servant of zorc. And lastly, what does good Bakura have to do with all of this? Can anyone explain?
** For better or worse, I think what has to be kept in mind is that what we see in the Millenium World arc is not a completely accurate reflection of what actually happened. Also, apparently, but maybe that was mostly about the Kisara/Seto part, the story was supposed to go a bit differently. As for what good Bakura has to do with all of this, no explanation is offered, but I suppose the fact that he's writing letters to his dead sister may have something to do with why he's a suitable carrier of a Millenium artifact. However, I'm not entirely sure if the "dead" part is fanon or canon or just something that appears in the Toei anime.
*** Honestly it depends if Bakura's habit of writing to his sister was a sign of craziness or simply a way of coping with his loneliness. I think you're right in saying that it was an RPG based loosely on the past. Perhaps the writers just changed thier minds about making Bakura a background villain to Zorc. Early video games show a guy named Darknite who has Ahknadin's face and Shadow Magus' armor as the main villain of the ancient Egypt arc.
*** Regarding Amane being dead: it's WordOfGod. Takahashi wrote a book of bonus information called "The Gospel of Truth", which mentions Amane died in a car accident. Personally, based on the letter-writing scene, the contents of the letter, and the fact that Bakura's subplot at that point in the manga is pretty much about him being a NewTransferStudent, I tend to assume her being dead is actually a RetCon. In the letter, he asks how she's doing at school, which is either a pretty batty thing to ask your dead sister or a perfectly normal thing to ask your sister who's alive and well and living in the town you just moved away from. In that case, the letter-writing scene would have just been there to emphasize that he's isolated and homesick, but later Takahashi decided to RetCon her as dead. Which isn't to say it's not also possible that she was actually meant to be dead as of that scene, and Bakura is just a little batty and figures dead people go to school.
*** The school thing could also be a coping mechanism to help him deal with her death.
** From what I get, Yami Bakura was first a fragment of Zorc embedded onto the Millennium Ring. When Thief King Bakura stole it, the fragment decided to mimic his spirit-thus resulting in a new being who's soul was Zorc, and who's memories were Thief King Bakura. The soul later reincarnated as Ryo Bakura.
** The manga explains that Dark Bakura is a combination of both the Thief King and a Zorc fragment. Their souls combined after being sealed in the Millennium Ring, and it's implied that the Thief King acted on his own free will the whole time. Where the normal Bakura fits in this, I have no idea.
* Sorry if this is answered elsewhere obvious, but in the Millennium World story (the dub at least), how is Yami Bakura both Zorc and the Thief King? Was he a combination or what?
** It's been a while since I've seen that, but if I remember right then Zorc and the Thief King were originally seperate entities when everything happened the first time around. (When the Pharaoh was actually alive, not when he was reliving it as a RPG.) I think, sometime near the end of the battle/events, the Thief King merged his soul/spirit with Zorc to gain more power to destroy the pharaoh. Or they just ended up getting stuck together when Atem sealed them both away.
*** I believe Thief King was a citizen of Kul Elna trying to avenge his people by summoning Zork, who bore the hatred of the people used to create the Millenium Items. Presumably the first time 'round, he succeeded in doing that on his own, without Yami Bakura causing a DiabolousExMachina. From there, Things probably went as the above poster said, and the resultant combination of Zorc and Thief King Bakura was Yami Bakura.
*** My theory is that Thief King summoned Zorc to avenge Kul Elna. They aren't the same person and never actually merged, Zork though possessed Thief King and actually repressed him. There's a part in the Millenium World story where Zork stops controlling him and he sounds and acts differently than he was. Furthermore the spirit of the ring is only Zorc, Thief King's soul is in the ring too, but like before, its repressed.
* The fact that Ryou Bakura barely reacted to not being possessed any longer. Maybe I skipped the important blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but assuming that he was possessed 90% of the time, shouldn't this have been a big deal? Shouldn't this elicit any kind of reaction?
** He spends the several days that it took to finally kill Zorc outside the illusion - he probably adjusted to it then, off camera.
** Well actually, he's not outside the illusion: in the manga, he's still possessed during this time by Yami Bakura when they're playing the RPG, and in the anime, he's sort of... passed out on the floor, and he doesn't regain consciousness until the game ends. And then he passes out again due to starvation. Would you accept him finally getting to eat something as a reaction?
** The manga has a one month TimeSkip between the Shadow RPG and the Ceremonial Battle. Bakura had plenty of time to get used not being possessed anymore.
* On the same vein as above, in the manga after Battle City is said and done, Yugi has the Millennium Ring, and hides it from Bakura (which is a VERY good thing). But then why does Bakura have to go out of his way to try and find it and then PUT IT BACK ON?! This has bugged me for a LONG time, since Bakura knows Yami Bakura is in there (he has at least two on-screen conversations with him), and so he has to know what's going to happen when he puts in on. I mean, does YB have the power to wipe the memory of himself from Bakura? Please, someone come up with a better explanation than that.
** I assume you're going by the manga? Because in the anime, it appears that YB haunts him, and then there's this slightly creepy scene in the church... Anyway, back to the manga. As for the memories, I think it's less of a power to wipe memories, but rather that he doesn't allow him to be conscious at the same time. It was similar with Yami and Yugi, in the beginning. Yugi had no idea what was going on. During Death-T, he finally confesses to his friends that he loses his memories from time to time, and that there is "something" inside of him that scares the hell out of him. Also, Yami tells Anzu not to tell Yugi about their visiting the museum, which means that Yugi was probably somewhere "asleep" in his own spirit room, or something like that (voluntarily, in this case.) As for Ryou putting the Ring back on, it seems that it controls him even if he doesn't wear it. During Duelist Kingdom, he doesn't actually put it on (the others rightfully freak out when they realise that he brought it with him in the first place), but Yugi notices that he zones out when he holds the ring in his hands. I think it can kinda be assumed that the spirit somehow transferred a part of his soul to Ryou (just like he transferred a part of his soul into the puzzle) to make sure he can control him even when the ring is lost.
** But you're right, it is quite problematic that Ryou KNOWS that the spirit is evil. Maybe that WMG about Ryou being the most evil character is right? My theory is that the spirit somehow (after kind of bonding with the gang in the manga) convinced him that he wasn't evil (anymore), and, just like Yami, he only wanted to regain his memories.
*** He only voluntarily takes it back in the manga (in the anime, he takes it back after being re-possessed). If I recall correctly, Ryou's conversations with Bakura in the post-Monster World manga generally consist of Bakura claiming he's 'changed' and 'wants to help'. If Ryou's as gullible as the rest of the cast (which is entirely possible), that's a plausible enough explanation for him taking back the ring; his normal form can't 'help' as much as Bakura can. I also think the theory about Bakura leaving a bit of his soul in Ryou could be true; considering how CrazyPrepared Bakura tends to be, it seems like the kind of thing he'd do in case Ryou lost the ring.
** My theory is that the Items have an effect on their users that makes them keep them. Yuugi is uncomfortable in the manga loaning the Puzzle to a museum for one day, and refuses to leave without it. This is even before he knows about his other self. He flatly refuses to leave the Puzzle in a fire even though it might have cost him his life (he even ended up in the hospital afterwards). It's not a stretch to think that the Ring - even without Yami Bakura's influence - could have a similar effect on Ryou.
** Two words: Stockholm Syndrome.
** [[https://desertrose3000.tumblr.com/post/145511263929/sonofasphinx-thewittyphantom This post]] goes into a ton of detail about how confusing manga Ryou is.
* What the heck were Thief King Bakura's followers, anyway? Where did they come from? Why are their eyes glowing? Why do they look like zombies? If they are zombies, how did he resurrect zombie henchmen?
** My best guess is they're some of the souls of Kul Elna giving him a hand? How on earth he got them to be solid I have no idea (maybe they aren't, and they're just an illusion? I don't know, did any of them actually touch a character?), but them being the dead souls sounds good.
** I like to think that they were some sort of ancient Egyptian [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime ReDeads]] that Bakura managed to enslave or domesticate. Similarly, the mummy creatures from the Pyramid of Light movie were Gibdos.
* When Yugi and his friends found the pharaoh's name, there was only one cartouche in the tomb. Egyptian ''queens'' only had one cartouche, but all Egyptian kings had ''two cartouches'', kind of like how most people today have a first and last name. And also, Egyptians did not write down vowels. (The "ah" sound was combined with a guttural sound for which there is no English equivalent, but it was treated as a consonant, as was the "ee" sound.) So Yugi had no way of knowing if Atem's name was missing some letters. If they technically found only half of Atem's name shouldn't he have been unable to stop Zorc?
** Yugi showed Atem the Hyeroglyphs and Atem was able to read it, because he's egyptian. I don't know why that's so hard to guess.
** I think his point wasn't about him reading it but rather that part of it was literally not available to be read. But to answer, if it works like a first and last name like you said, then it's possible that only the first name was necessary.
* Somewhat related to my above entry, if Atem was able to use his name to invoke forces powerful enough to stop Zorc, then why didn't he just destroy Zorc in the first place rather than sealing himself and Zorc away for thousands of years? It would have saved a lot of trouble, and by not destroying Zorc in the first fight it seems Atem took a huge and seemingly (to me at least) out of character gamble. Bakura/Zorc basically points out during the Memory World arc, "You idiot, you can't even remember how you beat me the first time!" And then the only thing that guaranteed that Yugi would find his name was rule of plot, not to mention Yugi couldn't even read Egyptian hieroglyphics on top of the fact that Egyptians had a nasty habit of ''not'' writing down the letters they considered to be vowels. And then he had to find the pharaoh in the mess and confusion of battle to actually give him the name.... There were so many little things that had to go exactly right in order for Atem to beat Zorc, otherwise all he did was delay the end of the world by not destroying Zorc 3000/5000 years ago.
** His name probably only had that much power in the game world.
** First, he didn't have enough power to summon Horakty the first time around. In the memory world, he had his friends with him. Also, it doesn't matter how many vovels a written language is missing, if you're a native speaker of that language, you can read it. Yugi didn't read the name from the cartouche, he showed Atem the picture of exactly what he saw, and Atem read it. Makes perfect sense to me.
*** While Atem may be a native speaker, he doesn't get his memories back the instant he goes into the memory world and it's been 3000 (or 5000 if you go by the dub) years since he's last needed to read his native language. If I recall correctly, in the Japanese version when Malik showed Atem his back after Battle City, Atem remarked in a voice over/thinking to himself "I have no idea what this says." Or something to that effect and he only figured it out because the placement of the Egyptian Gods was the same as the stone he'd seen at the museum. This kind of makes it seem like those years of boredom he spent stuck in the puzzle caused him to forget how to even read his own language.
*** In the manga, Horakty comments that his name is the 'spell to drive back the shadows' and it's heavily implied several times that the Pharaoh is some kind of demigod. Whether or not he knew the names of the Egyptian Gods originally is debatable, as (also in the manga) Bakura speaking to his past self implies that he was meant to defeat Slifer during the battle between Slifer and Diabound in the city. In other words, the Pharaoh must have been able to summon the Gods in the past to survive the first Diabound battle in the palace. However, it takes Horakty, i.e. the union of the Gods, to defeat Zorc. In other words, the Pharaoh being godly wasn't enough- he needed the unity of the Gods. It makes sense that he needed his future friends to do this, as he only realised the Puzzle's true power was of unity when in the future (in Millennium World he still has his future memories). Perhaps originally he was too concerned with protecting his country to want to put his priests at risk to inspire this power. The potential was there, but as Horakty says, his friends were the keys to bringing it out.
*** Or, since the darkness is born of people's hearts, as Zorc says in the manga, it can never really be defeated. Atem had sealed the darkness using himself as the key in the past. He was then fighting just to prevent Bakura winning the game- and since his name technically defeated Zorc in the real world, he needed it to do it again. By winning the game he prevents Bakura resurrecting Zorc in the real world.
* Why in the world were the priests wasting time trying to take out Diabound instead of just killing Bakura. I spotted at least a dozen instances in which Bakura could have been killed, sparing everyone so much trouble...
** The first time Bakura showed up, the priests had never fought anyone powerful enough to stop them from just sealing the opponent's Ka. Also if they're not attacking Diabound then Diabound is free to blast them. And Diabound was shown several times to be faster than they are.
* Why did Yami Bakura need to know the pharaoh's name? At first it seemed like he needed the name in order to free Zorc, but he freed Zorc before he found the name in the game, and if he'd won the game, than Zorc would be free, name or no name. It seems like the only one who needed the name was the pharaoh.
** He didn't. He initially thought it was the key to releasing Zorc/himself (and the fragment of his soul presumably never learned otherwise), but the only thing he really needed was access to the Pharaoh's memories.
** Have to disagree on that- he did need the name, so he could open the door to the afterlife in the real world using the items and free the 'shadow power' on the other side, as he said in the manga. Winning the game would keep the Pharaoh out of the wayso he could do that, and unleash the real Zorc.
* After all that time he spent with them, why didn't Ryuji/Duke come with Yugi and co. to the museum/Egypt in the last arc? He even complained about not being invited in the anime.
* In the Millennium World manga/anime, why doesn't anyone move their ka's around more, to try to dodge attacks, and the like? They may be dueling, but they're not playing a card game, and trying to dodge and block would make more sense than letting your monster just float there, waiting to get hit by an attack that you ''know'' is going to hurt.
** For starters, none of them are exactly well trained in fighting with Ka - Thief King Bakura's first appearance is the first ''real'' fight involving Kas. Everything previous was a CurbstompBattle either through the Millenium Items sealing away the opponent's Ka, or blasting Ka-less people. Secondly, presumably making your Ka move in a complicated manner requires more concentration than just having him stand there. Thirdly, they usually are protecting something or other which restricts their movements. (The Priests were protecting the Pharaoh, the Pharaoh was protecting his father's remains then the people, etc.)
* If Blue Eyes White Dragon is [[spoiler:Kisara]], then what would that make the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon?
** The White Dragon God, like in Egypt?
*** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Triplet]] [[TwinThreesomeFantasy Foursome?]]
* As there isn't a Ceremonial Duel section, I'll ask this here: How did the Pharaoh lose? His hand still contained four cards. Best case scenario (for Yugi/Silent Magician LV5), one of these were Kuriboh, a monster yet to appear in that Duel. Worst case scenario, it was BLS - Envoy of the Beginning, a monster the highly similar [[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX Tour Deck]] shows him to have. Even if neither card were among those four, that still leaves four cards at the Pharaoh's disposal. How could none of them prove of any use?
** Rule of drama? Both duelists had used up their most powerful/iconic monsters, and ending the duel by running out of cards, the effect of Magical Cylinder, Mystical Refpanel or Catapult Turtle or a single attack by something weak like Celtic Guardian, Sangan or Magician of Faith would be too much of an anti-climax in the mind of the writers.
* So in Millennium World there was such a thing as magic- both good and bad people alike could summon ka, the reflection of their souls. So why is Atem, supposedly the most powerful character, unable to summon a creature without his Puzzle? Does this apply to the other priests? Mana is clearly able to summon Dark Magician Girl with no item. True, the Pharaoh gains Mahad as a protector but only because the latter sacrificed himself. Or is this also something to do with his name also? Is his real ka Horakty and he needed to remember his name to pull this one off?
** Probably has something to do with the fact that he was also injured at the time he didn't have the Puzzle- summoning requires energy. Instead, his 'will to fight' calls Mahad.
** They tell you that people with items can call three monsters from one of the shrines at Wedju. The characters also have personal ka, which they don't need the items for. For example, Duos is Seto's personal ka, while (I assume) he would need the Rod to call Blue Eyes. Same applies to the gods- they are creatures from the shrine. Mahad becomes Atem's personal ka later on.
* Anyone know why, in the manga, Seto laughs like a maniac when told [[spoiler: the Pharaoh survived the fall from the cliff?]] Is it a sign of respect or something? He doesn't seem to be angry or upset, especially when compared with Akhenaden's reaction.
** I just assumed it was... not exactly happy, but a "triumphant" kind of laugh. Seto wasn't exactly following Akhenaden’s logic of "Become the new pharaoh" at that point, so he was probably pleased at knowing that the Pharaoh was alive; at that point, it was Seto’s goal to protect him, after all.
* Why is the BEWD so strong in the Millennium World, to the point where they say it rivals the three Gods? True, this theory is never tested in battle, so it can't be known what the comparison is, but in the card game the main rival has always been Dark Magician, with 2500 ATK to the BEWDs 3000 respectively. Or is it just that the bond between Seto and his dragon had to be explained, so the need to find people's ka had to be worked into the plot in a fairly legitimate way? If we were talking about Exodia, that would have made some sense.
** It's possible that all Blue Eyes cards ''combined'' equalled the power of Kisara's Blue Eyes. The Egyptian God cards, which only had one copy each, would therefore seem more potent in card-form by comparison.
*** And, in fact, Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon ''does'' have greater ATK than Obelisk, the only one of the three Egyptian Gods to have a fixed ATK in the first place.
* Bakura's Card Killer combo depends on Yugi choosing the Red Box, leaving him with the Black Box, which destroys his graveyard. Supposing Yugi chooses the Black Box?
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* In the manga (possibly not in the anime), it is revealed that Seto cheated to win the chess match against Gozaburo which led to his and Mokuba's adoption. Which begs the question: ''HOW DOES ONE CHEAT AT CHESS???'' The only two ways I can think of (performing an illegal move and switching pieces around when one's opponent isn't looking) would never succeed against a player of world-class skill, which Gozaburo is clearly stated to possess. Did he read his mind?? HOW DID HE DO IT?? (The cheating was probably put in to illustrate Seto's desperation to get himself and Mokuba out of the OrphanageOfFear and his determination to win at all costs, as well as to provide the moral Cheating Is Bad ("Now remember kids, if you cheat, you will be subjected to [[spoiler:years of constant and systematic child abuse]]..."), but STILL. Has Kazuki Takahashi ever ''played'' chess??)
** That's why the dub pulls a Woolseyism on this scene: instead of being claimed to cheat at his chess game with Gozaburo, Seto instead won simply by studying Gozaburo's chess strategies, which is much more reasonable.
** Even though I believe that Takahashi really wrote cheated (as it appears in the German version too, unless it's a translation of the American version), it's possible that he meant "tricked him", as in "tricked him into thinking that he was a weak opponent when he actually wasn't".
** There are ways to cheat in chess. If Gozaburo underestimated Seto, the later could've pulled an illegal move (like intentionally put his own king in check) without Gozaburo noticing. It's all about psychology.
** Also, Seto could have found a way to sneak some kind of assistance during the game, like having a hidden chess computer giving him moves.
** At least one translation I read said something like "The whole game was a setup!!", which could be taken to mean ''Gozaburo'' deliberately took a dive so he could have ''two'' kids [[WouldHurtAChild that he could abuse to his heart's content]].
* Here's the big question: Why don't they just shoot Yugi and get over it?!?
** Because of the Puzzle, basically.
** Apparently the Puzzle can produce some sort of protective shield, as seen in the anime in his duel against the Player Killer of Darkness in Duelist Kingdom.
** Because even if they ''did'' just shoot Yuugi and try to take the Puzzle, the Puzzle would not let them. It's shown (in the manga at least) that Atem is capable of creating illusions/hurting people/generally using magic even inside the Puzzle. For whatever reason, I don't think he'd be willing to go happily with someone who murdered [[HeterosexualLifePartner Yuugi]].
** In the manga, there's at least two instances of Atem being able to take control of Yugi's body even if Yugi's soul has been trapped in something else. One instance was a soul eating jar, the other was Bakura's lead miniature. And in both the manga and the anime, Atem is perfectly able to stand up and continue the duel with Pegasus even after the strain of the Shadow Game caused Yuugi to collapse. So unless the gunshot physically crippled the body they share, shooting Yuugi would probably do nothing more than bring the wrath of the Pharaoh down upon your head. Even then I'm not sure how safe you'd be from a crippled and pissed off Atem...
** Also, there's the one chapter with that "medium" who wanted to rape Anzu. He sends off Yugi to the library, where he has planned a trap for him. In the last second, Yugi deciphers the meaning of the "premonition" the guy told him earlier. The bookcases fall, but Yugi (or rather Yami Yugi) stands in the exact same spot, thinking that this was close, and if he had noticed only a little bit later... IMO, this implies that he can shield his body with his puzzle, but maybe only outside of games? Or when the plot demands it?
*** I was always under the impression that Yami just calmly sidestepped the bookshelves at the last possible moment, since Yugi was standing near the end of one of the falling ones. Although in the anime's version (sub and dub) of the duel with Panik, Yami DOES use the puzzle to shield himself from the flamethrowers.
** I believe this is because the puzzle has to be 'won', not stolen. So if even if you get past the pharaoh and the magic of the puzzle and manage to kill Yuugi, you wouldn't be able to harness its power because it was not won in a proper battle (I think Marik explained this once), you stole it instead from the cold fingers of a dead boy.
*** This is canon according to (at the very least) the English Duelist Kingdom anime and Millenium World manga, as well as the Duelist Kingdom callback episode somewhere around the time of Battle City where Bandit Keith tries to kill Yugi only ''after'' he fails in winning the puzzle for his puppeteer.
* This wasn't in the manga, but it was in the anime and it pissed me off: When Bakura stole the Millennium Eye, Shadi turns up, thinks Yugi did it and went in his mind. Thing I don't get is, when he realised it wasn't Yugi who did it, why didn't he stick around and keep looking for the culprit? If he'd have just followed Yugi for a bit, he'd have seen Bakura and realised that he was the only one who could have committed the crime. Instead, he just buggers off back to wherever the hell he came from, having achieved nothing. Also, if he's meant to be so creepily all-knowing (they showed earlier in that episode that he knew stuff about Pegasus that he shouldn't have been able to know), why didn't he know it was Bakura anyway? I know they were trying to fit a "season 0" plot into the series so we'd know who Shadi was, but it still irritates me.
** I'm guessing that after Shadi went into Yugi's mind, he realised that it wasn't a simple matter of the Millennium Eye being stolen, but of [[BecauseDestinySaysSo destined events playing out]]. Similar to the Toei anime and manga where his initial reaction to Yugi having the Millennium Puzzle is to try and take it from him. When he realises that Yugi can use its power, he understands that it is ''meant'' to belong to him.
** Same troper as above, and this is another adaptation of the manga that annoys me. During the duel against Bakura in Duelist Kingdom, they make a big thing about one of the heroes having to be sacrificed to get rid of the Man Eater Bug. Incredibly sad, I'm sure. But then, it's Yugi's turn. Why doesn't he just summon another monster and sacrifice that?
*** Did we see his hand? Perhaps he didn't have another monster?
*** The actual text of Man-Eater Bug allows the owner to destroy any of their opponent's monster cards on the field when Man-Eater Bug is flipped. Even if Yugi had played a crap monster to attack Man-Eater Bug, Bakura would have chosen to take out any of the other monsters in play anyway. The effect doesn't apply to whatever monster attacks Man-Eater bug.
*** The sacrifice wasn't so much as to attack the Man-Eater Bug, as it was a sacrifice to activate the Horn of Heaven card, which in the real game at least requires a sacrifice in order to activate. Though that still leaves the question of whether or not Yugi had another monster card in his hand.
*** At that point, he had already put four of his friends into the game. He was probably worried that he might accidentally play ''himself'' if he played another monster.
*** He had a Magician of Faith face down. If any of his other friends were sent to the graveyard, he could revive them by using Magician of Faith's effect to bring Monster Reborn back from the graveyard and play it. However, if Magician of Faith were destroyed, there would be no way to get Anzu back. Whether he let the Man-Eater Bug activate its effect or played his Horn of Heaven, he'd lose a monster either way, but by playing the Horn of Heaven, he got to choose the monster instead of Bakura, insuring that it wouldn't be [[MoreExpendableThanYou Magician of Faith.]]
** Bakura's actions in that duel are also bizarre. In the last turn, immediately before he plays Change of Heart in order to (so he thinks) take control of Yugi/Dark Magician, he summons a monster in defense mode. This is pointless, because if he had just attacked with Dark Magician, he would have won without needing any other attacks (and his monster was in defense mode anyway, so it wouldn't have mattered). Because he did this, Ryou/Change of Heart takes control of his own monster, costing Bakura the duel. If he had just [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim played Change of Heart and attacked]], he would have won. The writers kind of wrote themselves into a corner with that one.
** Bakura actually played Lady of Faith in Attack mode. Now, it might be just me, but if I were to use a finishing move in a duel, I would always have a plan B in mind. Lady of Faith has 1100 atk, while the weakest monster on Yugi's field (In this case, Magician of Faith/Tea, who was also in attack mode due to the effects of being a flip monster) had 300 atk. Yami Yugi had 500 LP at the time, and even if Bakura's Change of Heart didn't work (due to...something?), Bakura would have still had the advantage of winning, as it was still his turn (More specifically, his Main Phase 1 transitioning to Battle Phase). Luckily, due to the Power of Friendship, this never happened.
** Regarding the same situation as mentioned above, I was always confused as to why Pegasus never forewarned Yugi and co. about Bakura. I know he dies in the manga, so there they have no way of knowing, but in the anime, he is very much alive and could have contacted Yugi privately at any given time to discuss the whole deal. If they can go the whole DOMA arc with directions and clues to defeating Dartz and Paradias and whatnot, then at some point Pegasus can say, "Oh yeah, Yugi-boy, by the way, your pale-skinned, sometimes-evil, antisocial friend tore my Millenium Eye out and then went on his merry way. Take care!" It wouldn't really make much sense, but at least there'd be consistence of some sort. I am forced to believe that either the writers of the anime wanted to imply that the shock of having an eye torn out of its socket for the second time in his life caused him enough trauma to forget what led to the event, or they thought we'd all be stupid and forget that little detail.
*** Bakura had demonstrated before the ability to erase people's minds using his Millennium Ring.
* If Kaiba despises his stepfather so much, why does he keep his name instead of just using his old name? He must have known it when he went to the orphanage. And why does he continue to glorify the name by keeping his company named Kaibacorp and building Kaibaland? Even if you don't despise the previous CEO, changing company name is just good sense when shifting focus.
** Well, it's possible that by making the Kaiba name associated with him instead of his stepfather and the company name associated with games instead of weaponry, he's achieving a "victory" against his stepfather.
** Exactly. Seto took the name of Kaiba away from him.
* I was just chatting with a friend, and we realized there are multiple scenes in both the manga and anime where Yugi/Yami end up lying face down on the ground, with the Millennium Puzzle underneath them. I've had to lay on top of objects before, and it's not the most pleasant position in the world. But when it's seen in the manga/anime, Yugi looks as if he's laying flat on a bed without the slightest bit of discomfort of a chunky metal object being pressed into his chest/abdomen by the weight of his body on top of it. How is that possible?
** In case you haven't noticed, the weight of his body isn't a terribly large amount.
*** Maybe not, but he certainly weighs more than a feather. I'm short and not that heavy either so I'm usually the one who has to crawl into tight places around the house, but if I end up having to lay down on top of something with an edge on it, I'm uncomfortably aware of it. And the puzzle definitely has distinct edges rather than rounded ones...
** All the times I've seen it, the Millennium Puzzle miraculously swings very left or very right, so Yugi/Yami doesn't suffer pain to their bodies when the Puzzle ends up on his side and not under him.
* The fact that Kaiba changed outfits before going to rescue Mokuba, who had been kidnapped by Bakura, doesn't really bug me, but I think it's just incredibly silly. Am I to assume that he has a secret wardrobe in his office where he stores his duel attire, just in case someone challenges him between important meetings? Does the outfit make him feel stronger? Seriously, what the hell. "Sorry, Mokuba, I'm too late and the bad guy almost killed you, but I really HAD to put on my lucky coat."
** I always thought the purple coat was more of a housecoat than a going-outside coat. Also, the other coat has gadgets and possibly body armor in it.
*** He was wearing his white suit, not the purple coat. And even if, it was a dangerous situation for his brother; unless he was naked, he should have just stormed out. But I guess I can live with the "gadget and body armour" argument.
*** He has a Batman style elevator that lets him change clothing on the way. After all he needs to be ready to duel at the drop of a hat, and it wouldn't be the first time someone had decided that the fate of Kaiba Corp depended on a duel.
* Why did Joey's parents have a SolomonDivorce? It was obvious that Joey loved his sister, and that it really hurt him to be separated from her. Adding to that, his dad was a drunk and a gambling addict (which I'm going to assume was the reason for the divorce). Why leave a child in that kind of environment? Did she have some kind of vendetta against her son or something? Why the hell would she leave her own son in such an obviously abusive environment?
** ValuesDissonance. As far as I know, in Japan, the elder child stays with the father, the younger with the mother. I don't know if that has a legal or traditional basis, but unless there's a very good reason for both children to stay with one parent, they don't. Yes, an alcoholic gambler could be considered a good reason, but we don't know if he was one before. Sadly, we don't find out nearly enough about his family. Or anyone's family (including Yugi's!)
* Go to the comics. Take a close look at the players' hands, the way those hands handle the cards. Instead of putting the cards on the Duel Disk, they seem to be magically dropping the cards straight to the field. What?
** Probably just drawing inconsistency.
* In the Anime, is it ever explained why Yami didn't just Mindcrush Duke's Cheerleaders? They were insulting and physically assaulting Joey the entire time the duel was going on and the gang just let's them off without a word? WhatTheHellHero?
** Anime Mokuba, manga Keith, and Toei Mr. Karita instances aside, you can't give someone a penalty game without playing a game with them first, and since Yugi was dueling Duke he couldn't do anything until the game was won.
*** Manga Keith both lost ''and'' cheated in a game within Pegasus' tournament, fulfilling not only one but ''both'' required conditions for a Penalty Game.
** As stated above, if you read the manga (not just the anime, the dub, or the Abridged series) you'll know how the Millennium Items work. You can't punish/kill someone with your Millennium Item unless you beat them in a game first. Otherwise there wouldn't be a need to play ''any'' game to begin with, which would open another headscratcher.
** It still makes one wonder why Tristan or Tea didn't do anything about it. Deal or not, one of their best friends is being harassed and taunted by a bunch of obnoxious girls, and they're not even going to say one word of protest against it? Even if he wasn't allowed to do physically anything about it, Tristan could've at least said something like "Don't make me come over there!", just to shut them up.
** Honda and Anzu are considerably worse friends in the anime. In the manga they were quick to support Jonouchi early on in Duelist Kingdom, while in the equivalent anime episode they were putting him down. I'd say not standing up for anime!Jonouchi getting bullied by cheerleaders is almost in-character for anime!Anzu and anime!Honda
* This might be explained in the manga, but I've only seen the anime and I have to wonder... okay, so at the very beginning of the series, Seto challenges Solomon Motou for his Blue-Eyes White Dragon card and, after getting it he tears it up so it can never be used against him. But... why bother? The fourth Blue-Eyes was in the care of an old man who was A) not a professional duelist anyway, and B) considered the card to have too much sentimental value to use it. If Seto had just left it alone Mr. Motou would have kept it in that little wooden box that no one was allowed to touch and Seto would never have had to worry about it being used against him!
** He also destroyed it because you can only have 3 of a card in a deck.
** Well, it's a matter of principle. Also, inevitably, eventually the card would have fallen in Yugi's possession (because Grandpa Mutou probably won't be living that much longer.) In the manga, Kaiba also acquired and destroyed all other copies of the card.
** Basically, the first half and second half of Episode 1 are very far apart from each other in the manga. In the manga, Seto tried to get Solomon's card before he got the other three. Yami Yugi turned the Blue Eyes against him and made him envision his own death. So Seto set out to get revenge, and may have held a grudge against that particular copy of the card.
* I know the characters make such a big deal about playing by the rules, but if your life is on the line cheating would be the wise thing to do. None of the villains named ever try to shoot Yugi or his friends right before they lose.
** Not sure what you're talking about. A lot of the characters (read: villains) DO cheat and, while the anime toned down a lot of the violence to avoid upsetting MoralGuardians, a lot of the villains DO try to use physical force. One good example is Panic in the Duelist Kingdom arc; he used flame jets built into the dueling platform to intimidate his opponents, and upon realizing he was going to lose to Yami Yugi he attempted to burn his opponent to death. It was only Yami's magic that kept Yugi from being killed.
*** Heck even in newer seasons they occasionally just say screw the results of the card game, like in Arc 5 after Yuya won that duel against the guy who stole his pendulum cards, when he won the opponent just told his minions to just beat them up and take them by force.
* Why are all of these "psychic" duelists not instantly disqualified? It doesn't even really matter whether you believe that psychics are real or not. If you don't believe in psychics, then they're clearly just cheating and should be disqualified. If you do believe in psychics, then they're ''still cheating'' by using their powers to gain an unfair advantage over other duelists. It's not even like any of them are subtle about it!
** Well, Pegasus, at least, was running his own tournament. So, he obviously wasn't going to disqualify himself. Now, Mai? Espa? The others? That's the real question. I guess you could argue that they never came to the attention of the higher ups who were running the tournament. By the time Mai was personally meeting Pegasus she'd stopped her perfume trick. Espa then never made it to the Battle City Finals. The real question is whether or not both characters were still doing that in previous competitions and getting away with it.
* Why exactly does Kaiba's reaction to Yugi fluctuate so much? Midway through Duelist Kingdom, he helps Yugi defeat his own Blue Eyes', when being used by someone else. He's cordial enough towards him when he runs into Yugi and the gang later on during the arc, only turning colder when he has to duel Yugi in order to save his brother. However, the two of them part Duelist Kingdom on pretty decent terms, agreeing that what happened during their second duel doesn't count and that the next time they duel they'll determine which of them is truly the best. Yugi even makes an indication that the two of them could move towards being actual friends. However, just a few episodes later (Which couldn't be more than a few days in-story, since it see's Kaiba and Mokuba returning from Duelist Kingdom to get their company back), during the Legendary Heroes Mini-Arc, when Mokuba tells Kaiba that he went to Yugi for help, Kaiba reacts negatively, saying that Mokuba knows how he feels about Yugi and that Mokuba should have asked ''anyone'' other than Yugi for help...What? Even taking into account their rivalry, he openly thanked Yugi for saving him and his brother at the conclusion to Duelist Kingdom. In fact, it's implied that he gave Yugi and the others a ride back to Domino City on his helicopter, since they mentioned that all the ships were gone and were running towards Kaiba asking for a ride. So, why exactly is Mokuba going to Yugi for help such a big deal when Yugi has 1)helped them in the past and 2)was on good terms with Kaiba the last time they spoke?
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* The password system in the video games...at least the ones I've played anyway. You enter a code for a card, and you still need to buy it from the store. What's the point? If you know the code, what's the point in having to do that? Why can't I just be able to get the card right away as soon as I enter the code? Or on the flip-side, why can't they just have it available for purchase straight-away so that I don't need to memorize their codes? This is especially frustrating for the games like ''Reshef of Destruction'' where you're charged a ''lot'' of money to even ''try'' entering the code.
** It depends on the game. Most games that use the passwords at all do it the way you're describing, while a few do just give you the card outright. It's most likely a way of trying to enforce a power curve. Some even go further, and have the codes only work for cards you already have, making the passwords only useful as a way of getting additional copies. As for why they have you put in a code in the first place, it's meant to be a way of rewarding players for actually collecting the cards -- though that one backfires spectacularly, since the real result is that players just look up the codes online.
*** To be fair, when the TCG was first being adapted into games, the internet was still not mainstream even in North America. Nevermind Japan which was even slower in adopting the card game so the whole concept was not as idiotic back than. Don't forget the main demograph was little kids who normally don't websurf back in the early days of TCG. Hell even today you'd be surprised that in this web age era, most kids despite having their own laptops are too busy in their own lives playing video games or sports or whatever that they'd forget something as simple as searching codes online. Being little kids they'd just impulsively buy the cards (and I seen this happen even today). On top of that even among those who used the webs in the 90s and early 2000s, most were adults, PC gamers, or nerds of other hobbies that don't normally play YGO! and thus it took some time before new cards in the latest game got released and internet news spread much slower in the days. I remember back when I had a GBA I couldn't find the code for Blue Eyes Dragon and had to actually purchase one of the decks just to get it. It wasn't until mid 2000s that finally it was easy to find every card in even the newest game thanks to internet being adopted as a mainstream social media. And as I mentioned we're not taking into account most homes didn't have internet, even many libraries outside of cities lacked any web connection.
* The Sacred Cards appears to have been programmed in a bit of a hurry. For example, the game gives you a free locator card for beating Rare Hunter with no notice. Usually, the game tells you when you win a locator card and the duelist who you win it from wagers the card before the duel. This one just appears in your inventory.
** The duel against Arkana seems to have been added as a last-minute idea. In order to initiate the duel, you have to challenge one of the countless NPC characters in the overworld, ''THEN'' start a conversation with him. There's no indication that this character is special or that you should engage him again after beating him once.
* If the Puppeteer of Doom from the manga and Mimic of Doom from the anime both exist in ''VideoGame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'' how did that world's Duelist Kingdom go in regards to the Kaiba ruse?[[/folder]]
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*** For why it exists: While we do know that there are only 4 Blue Eyes in existence, we ''don't'' know how many Black Luster Soldiers or Dragon Master Knights there are. It could be that Kaiba got Pegasus to make it prior to the latter taking Mokuba as Kaiba was originally planning on having Dragon Master Knight be ''his'' ultimate monster (it's effect would give it a whopping ''7500'' ATK from, [=DMK=] itself, as well as the 3 Blue Eyes + [=BEUD=] in the graveyard alone; Kaiba is not opposed to using Ritual Monsters as shown by Paladin of White Dragon, and considering how much Kaiba loves dragon-types, he could even get it as high as '''10,000''' ATK if he was lucky enough, so it wouldn't be entirely out of character for him to use it; outside of the Egyptian Gods, the only thing Yugi possessed that would be strong enough to challenge [=DMK=] would be Sorceror of Dark Magic, whose effect could allow him to beat [=DMK=] if he had at least 7 Spellcaster-type monsters in his graveyard[[note]]assuming that all Kaiba had in his graveyard was the 3 Blue Eyes and
[=BEUD=], and counting [=DMK=], it would gain 2500 ATK; Sorceror of Dark Magic's anime effect reduces the ATK of any monster it battles by 500 points for each Spellcaster type monster in it's user's graveyard[[/note]]...assuming it's something he has in canon, but never got the chance to use), but the card wasn't finished before Pegasus forced him to come to the tournament, and by the time it would've been ready for him to use, the Egyptian Gods entered the scene (and Obelisk only needs 3 monsters to be summoned, whereas [=DMK=] needs 3-7 to be fused), so he likely set it aside for when he had to team up with Yugi. Or it's more common than [=BEUD=], so Yugi has a copy, but it's a SituationalSword since he doesn't own a [=BEUD=].
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**** If we go by Kaiba's duel against Joey for third place in Battle City, it could be that Kaiba would consider doing so stooping to a low he doesn't want to stoop to - he gets ticked at Joey reviving one of his Blue Eyes in said duel; he probably figured that if he revived one of Yugi's monsters, Curse of Dragon, on his side of the field, Yugi would probably be more than happy to pay Kaiba back by reviving one of Kaiba's Blue Eyes in a rematch (which, knowing Kaiba, he would all but certainly accept to prove he could beat Yugi without forcing him to hold back).



** Yami Yugi was still trying to get his head screwed on straight prior to Duelist Kingdom, though some of those games didn't quite give him a choice in what he would lose if he lost[[note]](e.g., Bakura's Monster World RPG, Kaiba's Death-T, and Imori's Dragon Cards)[[/note]]. Also, Haga/Weevil is reluctant to wager both of his starchips at first when he sees that Yugi has only one chip of his own. Plus, Yugi and Yami Yugi are both still pissed at Haga/Weevil for getting rid of the Exodia cards at this point, and that anger is mixed with the drive to rescue Yugi's Grandpa's soul. In contrast, when they come up against Kaiba later, they don't know the full extent of Mokuba's current condition (if they know about it at all, I may be mixing up that detail with the anime since I haven't read that part of the manga in a while) so when they call Kaiba out on betting his life, they do so because they think he just wants to win at any cos

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** Yami Yugi was still trying to get his head screwed on straight prior to Duelist Kingdom, though some of those games didn't quite give him a choice in what he would lose if he lost[[note]](e.g., Bakura's Monster World RPG, Kaiba's Death-T, and Imori's Dragon Cards)[[/note]]. Also, Haga/Weevil is reluctant to wager both of his starchips at first when he sees that Yugi has only one chip of his own. Plus, Yugi and Yami Yugi are both still pissed at Haga/Weevil for getting rid of the Exodia cards at this point, and that anger is mixed with the drive to rescue Yugi's Grandpa's soul. In contrast, when they come up against Kaiba later, they don't know the full extent of Mokuba's current condition (if they know about it at all, I may be mixing up that detail with the anime since I haven't read that part of the manga in a while) so when they call Kaiba out on betting his life, they do so because they think he just wants to win at any coscost.
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** It could also be that Yugi grows up to look more like Atem; after all, quite a few of the other past-counterparts from Egypt directly resemble their modern-day counterparts (most notable example being Priest Seto), and assuming that Yugi



* Regarding the infamous "finger guns"...did they ''really'' have to censor the pistols entirely? Other anime that aired around the same time were able to get away with having real fire arms (the only exception being the infamous "Disco Guns" from ''Gundam [=SEED=]''), and even in ''Digimon'', at least one Digimon who was a walking firearm was able to avoid getting censored. So why cut the guns at all?



** Yami Yugi was still trying to get his head screwed on straight prior to Duelist Kingdom, though some of those games didn't quite give him a choice in what he would lose if he lost[[note]](e.g., Bakura's Monster World RPG, Kaiba's Death-T, and Imori's Dragon Cards)[[/note]]. Also, Haga/Weevil is reluctant to wager both of his starchips at first when he sees that Yugi has only one chip of his own. Plus, Yugi and Yami Yugi are both still pissed at Haga/Weevil for getting rid of the Exodia cards at this point, and that anger is mixed with the drive to rescue Yugi's Grandpa's soul. In contrast, when they come up against Kaiba later, they don't know the full extent of Mokuba's current condition (if they know about it at all, I may be mixing up that detail with the anime since I haven't read that part of the manga in a while) so when they call Kaiba out on betting his life, they do so because they think he just wants to win at any cost. It's not like Kaiba told them all about his motives. Shame, considering Yugi and Yami Yugi would probably have tried to help rescue Mokuba [[PoorCommunicationKills if Kaiba had just taken a minute or two to explain his brother's situation]].
* In the Japanese dub and the manga, part of the prize for Duelist's Kingdom is majority shares in Industrial Illusions. What does Yuugi do with all of those shares? I mean, it effectively means that he owns the company. Does he trade them for new trading cards? Sell them so he can afford to redo his wardrobe entirely in leather? What happened??
** My guess is he gave them to Kaiba, who's the only person he knows who has any interest in big business; this is why after Duelist Kingdom, all the dueling technology and tournaments are run by Kaiba Corp. Kaiba might not have wanted to accept a gift from Yugi, but he might accept it as compensation for everything Pegasus put him through.
** Actually, looking through the manga... where exactly is this mentioned? It doesn't appear in the parts around the finals where the prize is mentioned.
* Why does the anime version of Dark Bakura want to kidnap Mokuba during Duelist Kingdom and steal the key to Kaiba Corp.'s secret safe? What would be gain by doing that? Were the anime producers on some sort of crack when they wrote the adaptation of Duelist Kingdom? They probably were, seeing as Dark Bakura suddenly starts bringing cards to life to eat up Pegasus's guards and displays powers that are never seen again in the anime.
** He probably wanted a bargain token with Pegasus in case he failed to take the Millenium Eye by force. In the anime, at least, Pegasus mentions he would lose because he is extremely tired from the battle against Yugi. For all we know, Bakura couldn't take on a full-power Pegasus. As for the random summoning, it isn't very different from the way ancient Egyptians summoned monsters in first place; maybe Bakura was using the same method, only using cards instead of hundred-ton stone tablets. As for why he never used it again, who knows?
** The powers of the modern-day Millennium Items are limited to starting normal Shadow Games and wagers, along with other unique powers, though. That's a fact that's been ESTABLISHED. If they could still summon ka, there would be ''no'' need to play any game. At all. Especially with the Tomb Keepers, who knew about the ancient Shadow Game played 3,000 years ago which involved summoning monsters. Not to mention, the only way to bring the monsters on the CARDS to life is to start a Shadow Game of Duel Monsters. There aren't actually any Monster Spirits in the cards - the monsters that appear are merely illusions invoked by the magic of the items, except the God Cards.
** Yami Bakura outright tells Tristan that he wants Mokuba's body so that he can transfer his spirit into it. This would work better for him than his current situation with regular Bakura, as Mokuba's body was an empty shell at the time, since Pegasus had captured his soul. This would ensure that he wouldn't have to worry about the host he was possessing turning against him, like regular Bakura did during Yami Bakura's Shadow Game with Yami Yugi.
** Dark Bakura wanting Mokuba's body for the purpose of possessing him was only in the English dub, not the Japanese version. And even taking that script change as valid, with the normal Bakura being the ChosenOne to host the Shadow RPG in the final arc, becoming "Dark Mokuba" makes no sense. Not only that, but he was betting on Dark Yugi to win his Shadow Game with Pegasus so he can use the opportunity to take his Millennium Eye, therefore Mokuba's corpse wouldn't have been soulless for very long according to his plans. The only explanation is really just Dark Bakura being really inconsistent in the anime version.
* Duelist Kingdom. One of the first things Yugi says about the competition is that he doesn't care about the money. Why the hell, after finding out that Joey desperately needs the money for Serenity's eye operation, does he not just go "Oh, hey, if I win I'll ''give'' you the money, seeing as I don't need or want it"? I find it hard to believe that, even worrying about his grandfather, Yugi wouldn't make that connection, especially when it's ''explicitly and repeatedly'' stated by Joey that he's duelling for Serenity's sake.
** And, in the end, that's exactly what Yugi does. I suppose the argument could be made that the more duelists fighting on Serenity's behalf, the better. (With the real game, this would be true, thanks to {{Metagame}} considerations. If one player is vulnerable only to strategy X, they can get a friend to enter the tournament with a strategy-X-killer deck. But that's getting technical, and really doesn't apply here.)
** Motivation. Joey wouldn't have learned nearly as much or played half as well if he hadn't had an important reason.
* Another Duelist Kingdom headscratcher: why does the gang brand Weevil and Mai cheaters simply for taking advantage of the field advantages and (let's be honest) basically being better duelists? True, Mai also has her scent trick, although it's doubtful that's against any rules; all she can do is predict her next card, which is information she would find out by... playing the game normally. To be honest, it just comes across as petty whining because the gang can't be bothered to stick near a playing field that is advantageous to Yugi's and Joey's monsters, which would give them an advantage of their own and make much more strategic sense. Something you'd think they'd want, given how much is riding on the competition.
** Mai's scent trick is flat-out ''using marked cards,'' and is against the rules in pretty much any card game ever. Being able to know what you'll draw on your next turn is an ''enormous'' advantage in planning your current one. In the Japanese version, Weevil is cheating because he has advanced information on the Duelist Kingdom field-effect rules, which players were supposed to find out the hard way during the tournament.
*** Actually, in the Japanese version Weevil was in fact given the info in advance by Pegasus himself as a prize for winning the Japanese championship. In the English dub, this was changed so that Weevil somehow "stole" the info. The former version exhibits an odd sort of... "legal" cheating whereas the latter is flat-out trickery.
*** Mai never used her scent trick to actually know her card ''in advance'', she only ever used it to be able to know the cards in her hand without looking at them. It would still be illegal, but she only did it to play mind games with her opponent rather than for the usual purpose of marked cards.
** The big problem with the various playing fields is that they encourage exactly that strategy: find a field that benefits you, then spend the entire tournament camped there. Of course, if everybody does that, no duels will take place. ''Someone'' has to be willing to play at a less-than-optimal field for the Duelist Kingdom tournament to work. RuleOfDrama says it's the protagonists.
* Pegasus needed to beat Yugi in an official duel to take control of Kaiba Corp. However, during his duel with Yugi he keeps gloating that he knows what cards Yugi is holding in his hand via the Millenium eye and the duel was going to be broadcasted to the whole world to restore Kaiba Corp.'s reputation. Surely someone would have pointed out that the duel was unfair assuming for example Pegasus has hidden cameras or something, which kind of ruins the whole plan.
** He probably would have edited the recording before broadcasting.
* Ok, so this might be manga-only, but at one point, Yami Yugi is telling Pegasus that Yugi is ten times the duelist he is because he actually trusts his instincts, is willing to take risks without being certain of the outcome, and doesn't resort to cheap tactics (mind reading). Pegasus says that he's a good duelist because he plans so that he can fight without needing to take risks, then his Toon World combo is promptly taken out in one turn. Pegasus then decides to bring up a Shadow Game and specifically thinks "This is a wizard's battle, no normal mortal can endure it. How long can you take the pressure, Yugi-boy?" Soo, Pegasus is trying to prove that he's the better duelist by... cheating so that Yami Yugi can no longer block out the mind-reading techniques because the other half of their Mind Shuffle is unconscious and dying. Really?
** You answered your own question. Pegasus considers himself to be the better duelist ''because'' he doesn't take risks. Magically gaining an unfair advantage is perfectly in line with that statement.
* Something that's been bugging me recently. In Yugi's duel with Panik, he uses Catapult Turtle to launch Gaia into Panik's castle, knocking its Floatation Ring off so that it'll collapse on his monsters when he ends his turn. Yugi ends his turn and the Swords of Revealing Light are extinguished, with the Chaos Shield leaving Panik's monsters trapped inside. My question is, why didn't Panik simply remove the card from the field? He was monologuing to himself just his previous turn that when the swords wore off he would remove the shield so he could attack Yugi's monsters and win the duel. Yugi ended his turn, so he was free to do so, so what was stopping him from removing the card and saving his monsters?
** He [[IncrediblyLamePun panicked]] and forgot all about his tactic.
** Alternatively, he could only remove the shield during his own Main Phase (or at least Turn), and it was technically Yugi's End Phase when the castle fell.
* So, during Yugi's duel with Mai he acts as though the only way he can beat her is to get his hands on the Black Lustre Ritual. Except, he's got a Monster Reborn in his hand, a Dark Magician in the Graveyard, and three turns where Mai can't attack. Why doesn't he do the following--resurrect Dark Magician and take out a Harpy Lady. Mai has two more turns to wait. Take out another Harpy Lady. Mai still has another turn to wait. Take out Harpy's Pet Dragon, who now only has 2300 ATK. Mai can move, but only has one Harpy Lady on the field.
** Swords of Revealing Light doesn't prevent the setting or activation of Trap Cards or Spell Cards. Mai could have used a Trap Card like Sakuretsu Armor or Mirror Force to destroy Yugi's Dark Magician, and then he'd basically be screwed. Besides, you're forgetting that Yugi actually found out earlier that Mai has Harpie's Feather Duster in her deck -- what if she had used that to destroy Swords of Revealing Light prematurely? Yugi is very low on Life Points at the time and can't afford to take any risks.
* Near the end of Yami/Yugi's duel with Pegasus, Yami uses Mystic Box to free his Dark Magician from being an equip on Relinquished (impossible in the real game, but I'll accept that it works here) by switching it with Jigen Bakudan. He then uses Brain Control to take control of Relinquished, then activates Dark Magic Ritual, Tributing his Dark Magician and the Jigen Bakudan to Ritual Summon Magician of Black Chaos. (Again, Tributing the Jigen Bakudan would be impossible in the real game, since Jigen Bakudan is being treated as an equip at this point, not a monster, but we'll let it slide here.) Since Pegasus has no monsters on the field at this point, and Duelist Kingdom rules don't allow direct attacks, Yami ends his turn, Relinquished returns to Pegasus's control, and on Pegasus's next turn, he makes it into Thousand-Eyes Restrict and Yami has to use the Kuriboh + Multiply combo to keep Thousand-Eyes Restrict from taking the Magician of Black Chaos. Except... why didn't Yami tribute Relinquished instead of Jigen Bakudan? It's not clear what would have happened to Jigen Bakudan in that case (in the real game, it would have ended up in the Graveyard, and its effect wouldn't have gone off), but letting Pegasus get Relinquished back, and with no Equip on it at that (meaning it's free to absorb a monster on Pegasus's next turn even if Pegasus hadn't done the Fusion), seems like a pretty bad idea. For that matter, why bother with the Brain Control at all? When Yami played Mystic Box, Pegasus lets out a BigNo because with Dark Magician no longer attached to Relinquished, Jigen Bakudan would only destroy Relinquished. In other words, the coast was clear. All Yami had to do was wait, and let Jigen Bakudan take out Relinquished in a perfect case of HoistByHisOwnPetard.
** But then he'd have to wait for Pegasus to put something else in attack mode, which he probably would never do. Jigen Bakudan destroying Relinquished wouldn't do anything to his Life Points. With him still having Relinquished, Pegasus gets lured into trying to attack with it, leaving it in attack mode and thus letting Yami take out his Life Points when he attacks. Yami had a defense for when Pegasus would try to take the Magician of Black Chaos, so he's not worried about that. Pegasus could have switched Relinquished into defense mode when his plan didn't work, but he uses it to fusion-summon Thousand-Eyes Restrict, and because he just summoned it he can't change its position that turn. Yami couldn't know he would do that, but it's worth a shot to try to get him to attack and fail.
* Why do the mooks throw the kids with no star chips out... but don't realize that there are ''three people'' who aren't even ''part'' of the tournament running around?
* Ok, I know it's mostly RuleOfDrama, but why did Joey try to beat Yugi in the Semi finals? It was very clear from the start that only Yugi beating Pegasus could get his Grandpa and the Kaiba Bros. souls back. In comparison, the money was a reward for anyone. Wouldn't it be easier for Joey to take a dive to ensure Yugi could get to the finals? That way, Yugi could get the souls back, then either pay for Serenity's operation, or give Joey the money, so everyone wins.
** During the duel, their friends explain precisely why. They both duel at their best so the better of them wins. If Yugi can't beat Joey, then it's likely he couldn't beat Pegasus either. Also, they don't think Joey is worse than Yugi, especially when he does very well in the duel. It's also a good way for both to duel each other at their best with important things motivating them (which is why Yugi doesn't say he'll give Joey the money). They have to duel so the tournament has a winner, and have no reason to lose on purpose.
** Incidentally, in the original manga, Yugi decides not to duel Jonouchi at all, feeling that it would just show Pegasus more of his strategies. Jonouchi just hands over the prize card and basically forfeits the duel before it's even played.
** Actually, it's stated at the start of Yugi and Pegasus' duel, in the anime, that the challenger that wins, in this case Yugi, could select ''any'' prize that he wanted from Pegasus, that is within Pegasus' power to grant. It's mentioned that this could even be Pegasus' company. Therefore, ''anyone'' that defeated Pegasus could have asked for the souls to be returned to their proper bodies, just as Yugi did. So, both rewards, the money and the souls, were rewards that anyone could have gained. Then there's the fact that none of the friends seem to ever consider the fact that 1)Yugi has stated he isn't in the tournament for the money previously and 2)Yugi could just give Joey the prize money for his sister's operation, which is what ends up happening anyways. The duel then, as others have mentioned, ensures that whoever wins and takes on Pegasus is the better duelist, thereby being the best man for the job.
* If Pegasus can just make any broken card he wants, for example the toon cards then why doesn't he just make a card that says "Player automatically wins the duel, at any point in the duel you can bring this card to your hand, this card effect can not be negated in any way." Yes the puzzle apparently can't be won by cheating....but isn't reading his minds and using the earlier mentioned op toon cards cheating as well? One could to put on a show or pride (and that probably is the answer) but really if I'd think if he wanted this plan to revive his wife from the dead to work he should try to make the plan as foolproof as possible.
** Because Pegasus is running a tournament. Printing a card like that and then winning with it would be tantamount to the game being rigged from the beginning... which would open him up to lawsuits from every participant for offering a prize that they had no chance at all of winning, as whoever challenged Pegasus would just get "ha! I win automatically" with no way to fight back, making the entire thing a huge waste of time. While the Toon monsters are nigh-unbeatable, making a card that basically says "you win the duel for no effort 100% of the time with no way for your opponent to do anything" would be disrespectful to the game and the tournament, and the entire reputation of the company and the entire game itself would be irreparably damaged by such a flagrant disregard for fair tournament conduct. It would be the equivalent of catching the people running the Olympics setting things so that one country in particular would win; Pegasus' game and company would never be able to recover from such a scandal, and a lot of players would stop playing entirely when they see how little respect the creator of the game has for both it and them. Furthermore, the resulting fallout would probably lead the Big 5 to pull their support from him when faced with the resulting public outrage, rendering his entire goal moot in the first place.
* Ok, so the Duelist Kingdom rules were that players couldn't attack each other directly. So what's the point of summoning any monsters in defense position? If your opponent has a big monster you can't get rid of, can't you just leave your field empty since your opponent can't attack? Why throw away monsters to defend yourself when you don't need defense? This gets particularly bad when players started using cards like "Defense Paralysis" to prevent monsters from being in Defense Mode, yet Yugi still insists on throwing monsters out there only for them to be killed.
** This is particularly bad in his duel against Mai. Where he summons Catapult Turtle in attack mode. If she attacked, he would have lost but bluffed his way out of it. But why couldn't he just activate Monster Recovery right then and there after using Catapult's effect? Why leave a monster out for your opponent to kill?
*** I thinking that Duelist kingdom rules required you to summon at least one monster per turn
*** Exactly that. In the manga, the rules are explicitly stated that you CAN attack directly, but only if you opponent plays no monster (this was how Yugi won his first duel with Kaiba, in Chapters 9-10 of the manga), and then changed to 'if you are incapable of playing a monster, you lose' (this was how Kaiba lost to Pegasus).
* During Yugi and Joey's duel with Para and Dox, they manage to fuse Red-Eyes Black Dragon and Summoned Skull together into Black-Skull Dragon. Then they are told that the Labyrinth Wall is a no-fly zone, and thus can't move because it can only fly. Two things I'd like to ask. '''First''': How do they know that the Black-Skull Dragon can only fly, especially when it has two perfectly good legs to stand/walk on? '''Second''': Considering that Labyrinth Wall has 3,000 DEF while Black-Skull Dragon has 3,'''2'''00 ATK, why didn't they just ''demolish'' the Labyrinth Wall so that they wouldn't need to traverse through there at all?
** With how weird the Duelist Kingdom rules were, it's highly likely that Labyrinth Wall was being regarded as some sort of bizarre field/terrain, and not a monster, and therefore couldn't be harmed normally. In the manga, the justification is that monsters like Black-Skull Dragon who have wings are unable to FIT inside the labyrinth because of how cramped the space is; which still doesn't make any sense whatsoever.
* How was Rex eliminated from the tournament? He said he won 5 star chips and when he duels Joey, they only wager 2 star chips since that's all Joey has. Joey wins so Rex loses 2 stars, but that still leaves him with 3.
** Probably a Player Killer eliminated him, and this could also apply to Mako Tsunami, who only bet two of his three chips against Yugi. There were 40 players invited, so 80 Star Chips total to compete for, but only the first four to get ten chips would qualify for the finals, which leaves 40 chips unaccounted for, which were probably won by the Player Killers.
* Okay I realize this is a world where children's trading card games are SeriousBusiness but why do the characters (especially Tea) act like Joey and Yugi having to duel in the Duelist Kingdom's finals is the equivalent of Pegasus forcing a sadistic fight to the death? It's literally a win-win situation. Yugi wins and then beats Pegasus and he can fight Pegasus have his grandpa's soul free and give Joey the prize money. Joey wins and then beats Pegasus and he has the prize money for his sister's operation and can use Pegasus's one wish to free Yugi's grandpa's soul
* The duel with the ventriloquist (manga)/fake ghost Kaiba (anime). Both versions of the duel have the BEWD self-destruct because of Kaiba (partly because of his hacking in the anime). This happens right in front of one of Pegasus' agents, who sure seems to act like he has judge duties of some sort. Why did he let this stand when it's completely outside the rules (even by Duelist Kingdom standards)? At best the duel should have been declared invalid and restarted; at worst, Pegasus could have achieved his goals right then and there by having Yugi declared the loser due to cheating.
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* At the start of the Battle City Arc, in the anime, Kaiba duels a robot that uses the same deck he used back in Duelist Kingdom. After the robot manages to summon the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon, he makes a remark regarding how the fear he feels is what Yugi must have felt back during their duel, then noting how Yugi ''couldn't'' defeat the Ultimate Dragon and that in order to reclaim his spot as the number one duelist he'll need to defeat the monster that Yugi couldn't. The thing about that is though, Yugi did defeat the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon. Kaiba's monster was literally turning into slime. At the very least, it was neutralized and wasn't going to win Kaiba that duel, failing to do so in the end. The ''only'' reason that the duel ends in Kaiba's favor is because Yugi calls off his final attack and gives up. However, he still, unarguably, defeated the beast. So, what exactly is Kaiba talking about?
** That's a DubInducedPlotHole, as his reaction when Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon is summoned differs in the Japanese version of the anime as well as the manga. In those cases, he wondered if the sensation he felt going up against it was the same sensation that Yugi felt when he faced it at Duelist Kingdom.
* So, how exactly does Kaiba justify giving Joey a 1-star ranking? The dude at the registration office says that Kaiba Corp performed extensive research on all duelists, which they then collected into a database. Even taking into account, as Tristan points out before they get to the office, that Kaiba doesn't like him, Joey's credentials speak for themselves. Second place in Duelist Kingdom. If that's not enough, Mai Valentine and Rex Raptor are both invited to take part in Battle City, through the invitation that Joey doesn't receive. Mai was a Duelist Kingdom finalist and Rex was runner-up in the regional competition that took place before Duelist Kingdom, which secured him an invite to Duelist Kingdom. Joey beat ''both'' of them while at Duelist Kingdom. So, that, on top of his second place ranking in the tournament, seems like it should be more than enough for the database to rank him as a top level duelist. If not, why are Mai and Rex being invited? If it's just Kaiba looking down on Joey, why is he showing any kind of respect to duelists that Joey defeated?
** Because Kaiba does not like Joey on a personal level. Ergo, Kaiba rates Joey low and thinks nothing of him.
* After Yami Yugi has summoned Osiris (Slifer) in order to win against Bakura, Marik decides to cheat by using Rishid/Odion, who is posing as him, to use the (fake) Millennium Rod to release Bakura's good half, who is confused and wincing in pain from the injury Marik gave him. Out of concern, Yami Yugi tries to go over to him instead of attacking, but Roland, the referee, tells him not to get closer to Bakura or to continue the duel, or he will be disqualified. Why? Why would you disqualify someone for attempting to assist an obviously injured opponent? And couldn't Kaiba or Mokuba let that slide? Especially since [[TheRival Kaiba clearly wants to duel Yugi later on]]? Even Joey (obviously) cries foul on this!
** Before Yami Yugi dueled Jounouchi (who at the time was brainwashed by Marik), Kaiba calls him out for believing in friendship. He tells him that Marik will likely use the Millenium Rod to brainwash Jounouchi and pit him against Yugi, which Marik in fact does. He also tells Mokuba that it's a duelist's destiny to challenge anyone who stands in their way, even a friend. This remains consistent with Kaiba, who believes that you have to take down anyone who stands in your way, regardless of circumstances. Kaiba probably thinks that if Yugi doesn't have the resolve to [[KickTheDog attack an injured opponent]], he's not a worthy rival. It's a dick move on Kaiba's part, but again, that's staying consistent with his character.
* I just read the volume of the manga where they start the semi-finals of the battle city tournament, and a question came up: How the hell do they duel on top of a blimp? I know there's a guard rail just in case and that joeys cards get whipped around at one point, and that it's all part of the challenge but there are still quite a few problems with that:1) If they hit turbulence, everyone, especially the duelists and their cards, go flying. 2) It was established they were going at a pretty fast speed, and there are no foot grips or anything so how do the duelists stay standing when they could easily be knocked off. and finally, 3) It's established their high enough up to create a cold windy environment, which is brought up once. Just once. And at that altitude it would be freezing for the crowd too, it would be inhospitable and thus make it near impossible to concentrate. Seriously what was Kaiba on when he designed this, then again [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries he did say he needed to lay off the drugs]] but still he designs a deathtrap of a theme park and yet he doesn't see all the flaws in this?
** Sadly I have the answer to my own question: Rule of Cool meets Dramatic Convenience: As impractical as it is Takashi just did it because it looks badass, and similar problems are present with their previous skyscraper duel but it looks so badass, you don't really care. but it still bugs me a bit though.
** Because it was the only place with a big enough space to hold Kaiba's ego?
** Kaiba's wanted to show how badass he was, that's why he ordered a blimp and a tower.
* During Joey's duel with Esper Roba why doesn't Mokuba stop the duel the moment he finds out they are cheating? It's nice and all to be supportive of brothers but it's Mokuba's ''job'' to stop that sort of cheating. What would he have done if Esper had won, go over to Joey and say "I'm sorry you lost while I refused to enforce the rules but at least some siblings are happy"?
** Espa Roba's brothers count on him as a big brother. Mokuba has a big brother of his own whom he counts on. He feels their pain, so he had to let them off somehow. As he says, "Big brother stories get me every time."
*** So apparently the viewers are just supposed to accept nepotism and arbitrary rule enforcement?
*** You're already supposed to accept the fact that rich people can get away with kidnapping and attempted murder...
*** To be fair, Mokuba did at least stay for the rest of the duel to make sure they didn't give Espa Roba anymore info.
** Let's keep in mind that the Kaiba Brothers upholding the rules of their tournament is completely thrown out the window when Seto allows the duel between Yugi and the Rare Hunter that won Joey's Red Eyes to continue. It's noted that the Rare Hunter hacked his way into the tournament, which automatically disqualifies him. Seto refuses to do anything about it for various reasons, one being that he wanted the Rare Hunters to come to the tournament anyways and another being that he enjoyed imagining Yugi feeling fear at facing Exodia, as some type of dumb payback. Mokuba then claims he'll do something, since his brother gave him the job of enforcing the rules for the competition, but never actually does. So, from the very first duel, these guys have already undermined any type of fairness taking place in Battle City.

* In the first volumes of the manga, the part where the series features more variety in games, there's always been something I can't figure out. There are at least two instances where the strap that the Millennium Puzzle is on gets broken. One happens when a street thug cuts it off of Yugi's neck to steal it, the other when Yugi grabs the Puzzle back from Imori. What bugs me is that in each of these cases, someone is wearing the Puzzle a few panels later (the thug and the Pharaoh respectively in each situation) and the strap is whole! There is no knot to indicate that the torn/cut ends have been tied together, there's no tape, no glue, or anything else that might be used to mend a broken strap. So how in the world did the strap get fixed so quickly?
** I, who work with my hands far too much, wonder the same thing. Possible answer: the strap is not so much a strap and more of a rope/string. If it's as old as the puzzle and from ancient Egypt as well (and the manga seems to imply it is), then it's probably something highly fibrous such as goat hair or plant fibre (probably palm fibre). I know from experience that ropes/strings made out of this kind of thing will simply slide appart if they carry too much weight; a hefty tug will do the trick. But at the same time, a broken string can simply be matted or twisted back together by rolling the two ends in the palms of your hands. This only takes a few seconds and leaves no visible join, so it would be possible that Yugi fixed the Puzzle's cord like this. But it raises another question; if the cord is made of goat hair/plant fibre and is as old as the puzzle, how the hell did it survive 3000 years and near-constant handling without crumbling to dust?!
** [[AWizardDidIt Yami fixed it.]] With Ancient Egyptian Magic[[TradeSnark ™]]!!
* What purpose would having Odion pretend to be Marik serve for Marik? He wants to win Battle City, and in doing so beat Yugi and get the two god cards. So what purpose does pretending to be benign serve at that point? Considering his entire deck is based around summoning and resurrecting the Winged Dragon of Ra ad nauseum, wouldn't it become obvious to everyone as soon as he dueled? But even if his cover hadn't been blown, what exactly does it gain him?
** When Yami Malik faced Yami Bakura and Good Malik, Yami Malik specifically mentioned changing almost all the cards in Malik's deck since taking control. We never get to see what Malik's deck was like before Yami Malik took over and made his alterations, so it's very likely that the good Malik's deck ran with a completely different shtick. The closest we may have come to seeing Malik's original deck is when Yami Malik dueled against Mai, and he didn't seem to opt for the summon and resurrect strategy in that duel at all.
*** No, that duel was based around using and abusing shadow magic. Which also might have tipped the others off. And even then Mai would have won easily if she didn't try to summon Ra. His strategy is pretty pathetic, even by the standards of the first series.
*** You have a point regarding the shadow magic abuse, but I was referring to the fact that the duel between Yami Malik and Mai occurred very soon after Jonouchi's duel with Rishid. So it seems like Yami Malik wouldn't have had a lot of time available to completely restructure the Good Malik's deck to best suit his preferred strategy. Heck, maybe he resorted to abusing shadow magic ''because'' he didn't have a chance to rework the deck and it was his way of "compensating."
*** Assuming the cards he used against Mai were his own deck, that would've made things worse for him, as he used cards that the Rare Hunters used like Des Guardius and Revival Jam, so Yugi and Kaiba, who had experience dueling Rare Hunters, would've been able to put two and two together, and realize that he's either the real Malik, or at best they would think he's an underling working for Rishid/Odion, who they assume is Malik at the time. But still, they would be suspicious of the guy whose deck just happens to use cards used by the other Rare Hunters.
* In the battle city finals duel between Yugi and Kaiba, what difference did the [[ChekhovsGun Red Eyes Black Dragon]] really make? He still would have blocked the first attack with Magician's Selection, lost his Magnet Warrior from the second Blue Eyes, and blocked the final Blue Eyes with Spellbinding Circle. The only thing that would have changed is Kaiba's third attack target (Dark Magician instead of Red Eyes), but the results would have still been the same. It's not like he used the Red Eyes the remainder of the duel anyway.
** In the anime the Spellbinding Circle only lowers the attack of the attacking monster by 700, so that attack would have won the duel for Kaiba if the Red Eyes Black Dragon were not there to take the attack. Also, by standing on the field it gives a power bonus to the Dark Paladin.
** RuleOfSymbolism is in full effect here, as Red Eyes was used to emphasize how Joey/Jounouchi was supporting Yugi in spirit, but it had no impact on the duel at all. Like the original post mentioned, one attack destroyed Yugi's Magnet Warrior, one was stopped by Magician's Selection, and the last one was stopped by Spellbinding Circle. Dark Magician would attack the Blue Eyes that was weakened by Spellbinding Circle instead of Red Eyes, with a slight difference in battle damage. Dark Paladin still would've had 4400 attack points because of the three Blue Eyes on the field, and because he attacked them all at the same time with Diffusion Wave Motion, the damage (1400 per dragon X 3 dragons) would still be enough to deplete Kaiba's Life Points.
* When Kaiba defeats the Duel Robot in the Battle City arc, it explodes. Why aren't the 3 BEWD cards (& the BEUD) destroyed?
** Maybe the cards are made of Unobtainium and therefore indestructible. In the manga, he is able to use a card to block the hammer of a gun to stop one of Pegasus' goons from shooting him point blank.
** If that was when it blew up from Obelisk's attack, I thought those were virtual cards. I could be conflating that with the "Kaiba vs. three-god-cards-Yugi" battle simulation from TheMovie.
* During Battle City tournament, Yami Yugi has two sources of motivation; his first priority is to learn who he is. As the arc goes on he mostly just wants them all to get out alive so that he can keep his promise about dueling Jounouchi in the finals or after the tournament. Okay, so Battle city finally ends, Kaiba blows up Alcatraz, gang stands on top of the blimp and Jounouchi and Yami Yugi put their decks in duel disks. Back to Domino City we go and there's this double page featuring two of them all ready to duel, with the text "Our battle city isn't over!" Chapter ends. Next chapter: flashback to the time Yugi's grandpa found the Millennium Puzzle. Afterwards the memory world starts and no one ever mentions for the rest of the series that Jounouchi and Yami Yugi had a duel. Or that they were supposed to, which is really weird considering half of Yami Yugi's internal monologue that wasn't about card games was revolving around his friend and how he's looking forward to that duel. I've never really watched the second series of YGO seeing that it never aired where I live, so I don't know if this applies to anime or is it just a plothole the manga has. Maybe Kazuki Takahashi was just plain sick of drawing card games at this point that he didn't want to bother anymore, seeing that Jounouchi would have lost anyway. Who knows. It's still really odd how the whole thing was just skipped over like that.
** It's the same in the anime. However, I did not think at all that the arc was incomplete, and I certainly wouldn't call it a plothole (maybe an anti-climax). Also, from Jonouchi's POV, it was not about the outcome of the duel, but rather about the duel itself. He didn't want to face Yugi until he became a real duelist. Them facing off at the end means that he accomplished his goal. It doesn't really matter who wins. Personally, I thought it was a great way to end the arc on a positive note.
** Actually, the reasoning for the duel was that Jounouchi was going to win the REBD back, right? This troper's understanding was their duel was an ante-game just like in Battle City. In the Millennium arc Jounouchi has his REBD back ... so we can draw the conclusion this was a friendly duel that the Pharaoh actually lost.
*** Further to the above, despite Yami's almost perfect win record, this isn't impossible considering the roulette nature of Jounouchi's deck. Throw in heart of the cards, and the REBD being the ante and always being Jounouchi's card in spirit, and the Pharaoh losing so the card can be returned makes sense.
*** As anticlimactic as it is, it's at least consistent. They rarely bother showing the entirety of friendly duels unless something is going to happen (viz. Yami vs. Bakura in Duelist Kingdom). The only thing at stake here is the REBD ante, and they were only playing for ''that'' because Jounouchi wouldn't let Yuugi just ''give'' the card back to him.
* Yugi's duel with Pandora/Arkana has the stipulation that the loser gets their shackled legs cut off by a rapidly spinning, gradually approaching buzzsaw (or gets sent to the Shadow Realm by a rapidly spinning, gradually approaching Dark Energy Disc, if you prefer). That said, how in the hell was either duelist able to hear themselves ''think,'' let alone hear their opponent, with one in each ear? The way I understand it, even the ordinary buzzsaw in your tool shed is an assault on your ears; I can't really imagine two giant saws spinning fast enough for a relatively clean slice would be any quieter.
** It was probably meant to strain the victim; not let you think calmly as you can hear the buzz saw spinning closer and closer...
** The Japanese dub chewed the scenery when explaining the buzz saw gimmick.
** Besides - maybe the saws only spin when they're moving toward a duelist (for that extra bit of torment)? When life points aren't changing, they stay completely still.
* Do we ever find out why Dark Malik/Marik knows more about Ra than his normal self? Unlike the other spirits, he's only six and was actually created by Malik/Marik, only breaking out twice as far as we know. That, along with him suggesting that he might be the real Marik sounds like some WMG fodder. And was his normal self aware even of him all this time?
** Dark Malik/Marik isn't a spirit invading Marik, he's a SplitPersonality of Marik. He'd logically share every memory with Marik, since they're still the same person for the most part. Granted, this only explains why he knows what Marik does, not why he knows more.
** The reason that Dark Malik "knows" the effects of Ra is because he is able to read ''all'' of the text on the card, which is how Kaiba is able to find out all the abilities even before the duel with Jonouchi. As for a reason that Dark Malik could read all the Egyptian text and Normal Malik couldn't -- possibly that was part of the Tombkeeper memories that Normal Malik repressed and transferred to his darker self?
*** Marik/Malik hated his tombkeeper legacy, and thus wouldn't have bothered to learn Ancient Sanskrit past a remedial level. Dark Marik/Malik/Melvin owes his existence to his abusive father, so he didn't neglect his studies.
* In the Japanese version, there is English text on Obelisk and Slifer, which mentions needing to Tribute 3 monsters. But the cards were made before Tributes were introduced, and even then, Pegasus didn't make the Tribute mechanic? So what, did the cards update their text to the new rules by themselves?
** Tributes existed, just not the concept of Tribute Summoning, so it's possible that if the cards were played before Battle City, tributing 3 monsters would just be considered a cost to summon them. And in any case, the premise is invalid, the actual card writing in the Japanese manga doesn't say anything about having to tribute monsters to summon them. (Obelisk just shows its effect of tributing two monsters to wipe the opponent's field, Slifer shows its effect of depowering opponent's summoned monsters and changing its attack points.)
* In Battle City, Joey's last opponent before the finals is Mako. Joey wins and Mako gives up his Fortress Whale along with The Legendary Fisherman. Here's the thing, why did Mako give away his Fortress Whale card? One, he didn't have to, and two, Fortress Whale is a Ritual Monster and since Mako didn't give Joey the Ritual Magic card, there's no way Joey can summon Fortress Whale.
** In the manga, it's not a Ritual Monster, just a two-tribute card, so it makes sense to give it to him. The anime changed it and added a Ritual Magic card, but kept Mako giving away only the monster, thus making him look pretty silly. As for why he gave it away in the first place, technically Fortress Whale was Mako's rare card ante of the match. The Legendary Fisherman was only given to Joey because of the meaning behind the card, not because of the tournament.
* When Kaiba uses the 'Enemy Controller' Magic card, look at the controller: it has a D-Pad and 3 buttons labeled "A", "B", and "C". Kaiba usually inputs the code "Left Right A B" and Joey later inputs a different code "Up Down Left Right A". Why was a "C" button included if it was never used?
** Probably to avoid it looking too similar to an NES controller and risking a copyright suit.
* Why don't they ever take cards from defeated Rare Hunters' decks? I can understand not taking the marked cards, since that would potentially brand them as a cheater, but if their minds are trapped in the Shadow Realm (or whatever it is in the Japanese version), who's gonna miss them? They weren't even supposed to be in that tournament to begin with, so a defeated Rare Hunter whose mind is trapped in the Shadow Realm should equal a big cache of super-powered cards up for grabs. You could say it would be stealing, but how do you think the Rare Hunters got their cards to begin with?
** Because Yami is an ancient Egyptian, and to him, graverobbing is an unforgivable crime (which is what this would be). However, he has been known to take the rare cards that were wagered, since that was agreed upon before the match, and taking that would be only fair. He didn't take any from Seeker because they were counterfeit and/or marked, and he didn't want to use illegal cards like that. In the manga, he did possibly take a Dark Magician from Arkana; you see him use a copy with the exact same art later on, so he probably took it and used it as a second copy. He obviously took Slifer from Strings. As for Lumis and Umbra, all of their rare cards require another card to work (Mask of Remnants requires Des Guardius requires the common monsters they used, Masked Beast requires a ritual spell), so just taking one would be useless.
** That same reason is why he didn't take either Destiny Board or Dark Necrofear from Bakura, And he did take the other two gods from Kaiba and Marik. So, either Yugi did take a card from his opponent, or he had a good reason not to (or, at least, not to put it in his deck).
** His motivation was never to power up his deck. The only cards he ever wins from antes were Red Eyes from Seeker, and the God Cards, and those each relate to some sort of motivation. Yugi took Red Eyes back from Seeker because he took it from Jounouchi. He ended up keeping Red Eyes because Jounouchi didn't feel worthy of owning it, which starts Jounouchi's subplot to become a true duelist. The God Cards are directly tied to the Pharaoh's missing memories, so he needs those cards to learn the truth about his past. It's also later confirmed that Kaiba took Des Guardius from Lumis and Umbra to make sure he went first in the four way duel, since that was decided by choosing a monster, and the order went from highest ATK to lowest. The downside is that whatever card is used can't be used for the rest of the tournament, but that didn't matter in Kaiba's case since he didn't have any other cards that work with Des Guardius.
* In the Yugi vs. Kaiba duel, Yugi gets Slifer on the field, but is afraid to attack XYZ-Dragon Cannon because Kaiba's set card might be the Life Shaver trap. Why didn't Yugi play Pot of Greed before attacking if he was worried about that? If Kaiba's card had been Life Shaver, Slifer would have been reduced to 3000 ATK, which is still enough to destroy XYZ-Dragon Cannon.
* In Yami Marik's duel with Yami Bakura, Yami Marik merges with the Winged Dragon of Ra because his body was the representation of his Life Points. However, when he finally duels the Pharaoh, physical manifestations of Yugi and Marik's souls are the representations for their Life Points, so how come Yami Marik is still the one merging with Ra when he gives it his Life Points instead of Marik? Played out logically, that duel is a decent XanatosGambit for Yami Marik, because if he loses that just means his good side is gone and now he's all Hyde and no Jekyll. Of course, without the Winged Dragon of Ra he has no chance of winning another duel for the Egyptian God cards, but the whole "destroy Ra with Yami Marik attached to it" plan has no basis.
* Even if Yami Marik ''is'' the one merged with Ra, how the hell is "De-Fusion" going to separate them!? You don't de-fuse Life Points from a monster.
** It's because Yami Marik merged with Ra by sacrificing his Life Points, so it's kind of like saying his body and Life Points are fusion material that fuse with Ra. Therefore, when he does use De-Fusion to separate from Ra, he gets back his Life Points and his body reverts to normal.
* How does Malik take his shirt off while wearing the Millennium Ring ''and'' a duel disk? This is pointed out in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' -- he would totally get stuck in his shirt and it would totally be really funny. Does he have some kind of IntangibleMan powers he also uses to take off his bangles and chokers? Did he just rip his shirt (after all, he seems to have brought a spare, since he [[EvilCostumeSwitch swapped]] his cute lavender top for a plain black tanktop when Yami Malik took over)? Why didn't he just take off his duel disk?
* Was it ever explained why Kaiba made a tribute rule? It seems like that kind of screws over his blue eyes white dragon card, making it a lot less useful. The meta reason I know is to make it more similar to the real game but I just unsure why Kaiba would implement a rule that cripples his best cards.
** I'm guessing so that the stronger monsters don't wipe out the opponent before they can summon their best cards. For example, the Egyptian Gods, which Kaiba ''wanted'' to be summoned. And basically so that he could screw around with people that decided to make an ass of themselves during the tournament, like the one duelist he Curb-stomped with Obelisk the Tormentor on the first turn, even though he would've needed to sacrifice monsters to summon it at all.
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[[folder:Virtual World]]
* This drives me crazy. How is it possible that Kaiba never knew Noah existed until that arc? He explicitly mentions watching Gozaburo on TV a fair bit, you'd think the coma/eventual death of an extremely powerful CEO would make the news. And no one ever mentions this to him? Really?
** Especially because this could have been easily handwaved. Something like "Okay Mokuba, I knew this guy existed all along but never mentioned him to you because he was dead and stuff and therefore not important." would have sufficed.
** Noah died AFTER it was decided that Seto was going to live with them, but BEFORE he actually moved in. I can guess that it was reported on the news about Noah's death the day Seto moved in, and given his hellish life there, it's not unlikely he didn't have time to watch TV or read a newspaper. Either that or Gozuboro didn't want to be reminded of Noah's death and payed off every news company in the world to not report the death, because, let's face it, he really did have that much money.
* Less fridge logic, just more a flat out mistake. In a flashback to when they were living in the orphanage, Seto tells Mokuba they would start their own themepark called Kaibaland. This was well before they were adopted.
** He was obviously already planning to take over Kaibacorp somehow even in the orphanage.
** Well, "Kaiba" can mean "seahorse" in Japanese (Or so I've heard), and in Japanese "seahorse" is somehow synonymous with "young dragon", and considering that Seto has a thing for dragon, it's not entirely impossible that the fact he wanted to name his theme park this was little more than coincidence.
* In Noah's Arc, each card in their decks was chosen from the Kaiba Corp database. At this point, all three Egyptian God cards were in the database. Why did nobody pick them? They weren't limitted by rarity anymore, they could each have the triple set.
** Highly impractical, since the Egyptian gods require triple sacrifices, and are handicapped in terms of revival from the grave. And even so, a duel finished with one of the gods would have diminished the significance.
*** Then why didn't only Yugi pick those? you know, having them around all the time and by the final battle, summon all of them to the field and blowing the BigBad.
*** It could also be that they wanted to avoid the wrath of the gods that would come from using a digital copy of the cards.
*** After all they all saw what happened to Odion, they probably didn't want to try to test it again.
** Noah didn't want to allow access to them because they unbalanced the game. As can be seen with his interaction with the Big Five, Noah was ''real'' big on fairness. Also, he didn't want to hand Kaiba an enormous advantage when defeating him was the whole point of the exercise.
* How does a company thats only worth, at most, less than $20 million with very small profit margins manage to get ahold of $100 million?
** Either through illegal means, or because they're just that good.
* I know this series is a poster child for the Screw The Rules tropes, but there's a particularly egrigious example that I felt needed to be mentioned. When Yami and Joey duel the Big Five, Lecter summons the Five-Headed Dragon using a ritual card, stating that he has to sacrifice five monsters, each one with a different attribute. He then proceeds to sacrifice all five of his deck masters. This seems to work at first, until you realize that Nightmare Penguin (Krump's deckmaster) and Deepsea Warrior (Gansley's Deckmaster) have the same attribute. In other words, Lecter not only broke the rules, he explicitly stated what they were before doing so. What the hell is up with that?
** The dialogue in the Japanese version describes Nightmare Penguin as a Wind monster when the list of sacrificed Deck Masters is read off. Which, since Nightmare Penguin ''isn't a Wind monster'', explains ''nothing''.
*** But isn't it in the anime?
* Seto's big test to prove his worthiness to lead KaibaCorp. His mission was to turn $10 million into $100 million in one year. He did so by buying a majority stake in a company, then demanding to be bought out at ten times his purchase price, or else he would fire all the company's employees, whom the now minority owner cared deeply enough about to give in. How in the world did that scheme succeed? The idea that said super-protective owner, who apparently had so much surplus cash lying around that paying off Seto's outlandish demand was even possible, would even allow outside investors in his company at all, much less allow someone else to take over majority control, is hard enough to swallow. But why couldn't he have simply used a fraction of that buyout money to start a brand-new company and re-hire everyone Seto fired? It all makes Creator/LittleKuriboh's alternative narrative, wherein Seto simply pulled a gun on the company owner, much more plausible by comparison.
** It's possible that the old owner owned several companies and had to take resources from all of them to save the one Kaiba took over. Furthermore starting a new company would not be as easy as all that, since the old one may already have control over the market and could continue to do so if Kaiba brought in his own people.
*** If the old owner owned other companies, why couldn't he have those companies absorb the fired employees? And the "control over the market" argument rather assumes customers would remain loyal to a company name, rather than the people who won their business in the first place.
*** Even if the company kept its own clients, it would lose the power of its brand name. A new startup would be perceived as new by those who weren't industry insiders even if it had the exact same lineup as a previous company. Not to mention, many of a company's decisions are made by its investors, who typically ''aren't'' insiders.
*** The company is a funeral home in the Japanese version, that's why the original owner had to give in to Kaiba's demand, though admittedly, that still doesn't explain how he had enough money to ovey Kaiba.
* Why did the Big Five and Noah simply not take over the main characters bodies right away? They clearly could do it, and if I was stuck in a prison, I wouldn't set my freedom on winning a card game.
** Noah ordered them to play the card game and win, and not cheat during it. It's because he wanted to prove to Gozaburo that he was worthy of being the CEO of Kaiba Corp by besting Kaiba and his friends.
*** And, at least in the Japanese version, Noah was lying anyway. He wanted to keep Kaiba's allies busy, and the Big Five were convenient dupes for that purpose.
** How does beating them at a card game prove that Noah is better at running a buisness?
*** Logically it wouldn't, but then neither Noah nor Gozaburo is exactly logical (or sane). Noah probably just wants to "beat Kaiba at his own game."
* Why was Nesbitt so insistent on dueling Shizuka/Serenity besides being the only character who has zero dueling experience?
** You said it best- she had zero dueling experience, and she would be the easiest to take out. Alternatively, he could've been baiting Tristan or Duke (much more experienced duelists) to take the fall for her (which worked out in the end.)
* Why, WHY is the Virtual World arc placed smack in the middle of the Battle City Finals? Granted, it's this troper's favorite arc but 20+ filler episodes (that roughly span a few hours in universe at most) in a middle of a very important "Save the World" plot? Also, this arc gives Kaiba a lot of really good CharacterDevelopment culminating in him finally beating his abusive stepfather... only for him to start Wangsting about it again in the next arc after losing to Yugi. Anyone else think this arc would have fit better ''after'' Battle City completely?
** The anime writers underestimated how long it would take Kazuki Takahashi to finish Battle City, and caught up to him unintentionally. They had to do ''something'' to give him time to finish.
*** In Japan, all shows have 1 new episode a week, all 52 weeks of the year (rather than taking a break for a few months like US television). It's entirely possible that the anime caught up to where the manga was at at the time, and they threw in a filler arc to pass the weeks until the manga could get ahead, and they could continue the main plot. That's exactly why filler arcs exist in any anime based on a manga or video game series.
* What would have happened if any of the Characters would have played a Card that gives them pernament Control over an Opponents Deckmaster? Esspecially against a Member of the Big 5 who played as their own Deckmasters.
** They would lose if the monster left the field without being replaced (as per Berserk Dragon replacing Five-Headed Dragon). Only Nezbitt summoned himself during a duel, probably for this reason. The rest of the Big Five only "summoned" themselves to summon Five-Headed Dragon. If they had summoned themselves and been controlled they would either be separated from their body (or be unable to duel) and lose, have to attack their own monster/themselves but duel normally.
* Why didn't Noah make Marik or Ishizu leave the airship with the other duelists?
** Would you want to drag Dark Marik into your tournament?
*** If I knew who he was, then probably not. But really, doesn't Noah have some sort of camera system that can detect that strange crazy-haired guy standing ''right on top of the blimp''? For that matter, why didn't Ishizu leave? You'd think that with all the weird crap going on inside and outside the airship would tip her off and make her leave her bedroom, wouldn't you? Bakura and Mai were banished to the Shadow Realm and Odion was unconscious, so ''they'' have an excuse, but how did Noah miss the other two duelists on the blimp he captured?
* How did any of the protagonists from the Nezbitt duel on (except Serenity) know what their Deck Master's ability was when Yugi, Tea and Joey didn't know until their Deck Masters told them?
* What were Johnson and Gansley's reasons for hating Kaiba? Nezbitt had his lab destroyed, Crump had his penguin theme park rejected, and Leichter was demoted from first in line to take over Kaiba Corp to a figurehead. Fair enough, but what did Kaiba ever do to Johnson and Gansley?
** As individuals, nothing that we know of, but as a group, they're unhappy with Seto for convincing them that Gozaburo doesn't respect them and promising them they power they deserve (however, this may also because of them being power hungry) if they help him overthrow Gozaburo as the KaibaCorp president only for Seto to not only back out of his end of the bargain, converting the company from war weapons to games but for also supposedly taking whatever power they had. At best, helping Seto was pointless and got nothing from their deal, at worst, they basically lost everything (taken literally in the end).
* What would have happened to Marik's good side if anzu had lost?
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[[folder:Doma/Orichalcos]]
* Why did Yami play the Seal of Orichalcos against Rafael? If he hadn't, he would've lost the duel but nothing was at stake. If neither player uses the seal, the loser can just walk away, soul intact. For that matter, why didn't he just rip up the card to prevent it from being used on anyone?
** That was the point Rafael was trying to make. Yami was so obsessed with winning (not to mention really pissed off) that he played the Seal even though he didn't have to.
** Actually, didn't Rafael cut down the bridge and then say that the winner would get to leave on a helicopter, while the loser had to stay there (presumably to starve). Then again, my memory of those particular episodes isn't very clear.
** It's heavily implied that the Seal takes a person's strongest emotion and uses that to manipulate them.
** It's because Yami has never actually been in a no-stales duel before. The concept is alien to him. He MUST win, otherwise something terrible will happen. In Duelist Kingdom, his grandfather would be locked away for good. Battle City, he'd be unable to save the world from Marik/he'd get sent to the Shadow Realm. Virtual World, he'd be trapped there for good. It never occurred to him that he can lose a duel and be completely fine because that's never happened until then. If you compare that to the Ceremonial Battle, where he can lose and be okay, it shows just how far he has actually come. Him playing The Seal still doesn't work, but for a completely different reason.
** I always thought the Seal was affecting his mind and forcing him to play it.
** He also had that little bit of green stone - it seems to be required and bring out the darker emotions. Not knowing about it, Yami wouldn't have been on guard against that power influencing his emotions.
** It's one of the reasons that setup is so obviously filler. They could have had Raphael mention giving him back one of his God cards, or capturing him for Dartz, or SOMETHING, but instead it comes across as an odd no stakes duel in order to lazily set up the conflict.
** In his mind, he didn't have a choice. He had to win in his mind, and that card was the only thing that would save him. Yes, he should have just accepted defeat instead of playing it, but that was part of his character. He REFUSED to lose under any circumstances.
*** Not really, since he was prepared to lose in the duel against Bakura during Battle City, and would have if Dark Bakura hadn't told him to attack. Developing enough to see that some things are worth more than victory was a big part of his development DK and BC. Case in point, the moment where he nearly gives up fighting in BC after Jonouchi falls into a coma. The duel no longer seemed as important as other things. Orichalcos is a base breaker for a lot of fans because it goes against this development.
*** The difference is he had Yugi influencing him during those points, whereas when Yami played the Seal, Yugi was unable to communicate with Yami, so you can assume any influence Yugi had on Yami is gone. Like he says when he meets Yugi before they duel for the first time, "Without your light to keep me pure, I'm becoming evil." Without Yugi to keep him under control, all he cares about is winning. The point of his first duel with Raphael was to show that.
*** That seems a bit of a handwave to this troper. During the Bakura duel, Yami was very clearly not going to attack until Y Bakura takes over again. In neither manga nor anime does Yugi have to hold him back or tell him not to - he stops all on his own. He shows he doesn't just care about winning. There's also been plenty of episodes where Yugi just vanishes into the Puzzle while Yami does his thing and Yami doesn't go of the rails just because Yugi isn't there to hold him back. And when Yami was alive as Pharaoh and in the Millennium World arc, Yugi isn't around, he doesn't just care about winning but protecting his people. That line about Yugi's light was an add-in to the English dub, and even in the English Yugi tells Yami he has to step up, and it's not about whether he's around or not. He already demonstrated in the Bakura duel that he cares about more than winning, and he's developed far past that point by Season 4, and has shown kindness without Yugi forcing in to plenty of times before. It doesn't make sense to claim Yugi's influence is responsible for all his behaviours.
*** I guess it's just something that's meant to be left open to interpretation then. When I mentioned Yugi keeping Yami under control, I didn't mean him physically having to tell Yami to stop or switching to force him like he did in S1 with Kaiba. What I meant was Yugi may have still had some subconscious control over Yami, due to them inhabiting the same body, like when Yami stopped to think during a duel, Yugi's voice would do the talking (at least in the dub, I'm not familiar with the original so I'm not sure if it carried over from the Japanese version, same with the scene with Yugi and Yami I mentioned earlier). So while Yugi didn't have to actually tell Yami not to attack Bakura, he still had enough control over Yami to not allow him to attack. Whereas in the duel with Rafael, Yami plays the seal in a moment of desperation and since Yugi is locked away behind the seal, he no longer can control Yami, who then begins to play recklessly as his only focus at that point is to beat Rafael as fast as possible to avoid having his soul taken, which is why he uses Catapult Turtle instead of doing the smart thing and simply waiting for the Swords Of Revealing Light to vanish like he probably would have otherwise. That was always what I thought Yami meant by "Without you to keep me pure...", not that he needed Yugi to physically hold him back, just without Yugi's conscience being part of him, nothing was holding him back from doing the same thing he did during his duel with Rafael again. Like I said though, that's just my interpretation, I'm probably wrong.
*** No one interpretation is 'wrong' since the writers didn't make a lot of stuff clear (hence the existence of the Headscratchers). That explanation prob leans a bit too heavy on the dub for me, since in the sub when Yami is in control he does the thinking and strategising without input from Yugi. It could be read that their soul bond influences Yami, but given that he seemed a righteous Pharaoh when he was alive and Yugi was nowhere to be seen I can't really buy into the idea that Yugi keeps him 'pure' just by being around. Also we don't really see that Yami wanted to attack Bakura and Yugi controlled him out of it - if that was the case, Yugi could have just done the same to stop Yami attacking Kaiba in the DK duel. I'm splitting hairs a bit but this part still doesn't make sense to me. (That and Yugi have been puppeetering Yami all this time is kind of a creepy explanation, when you think about it).
* Yami playing the Seal of Orichalcos against Raphael. He plays Card of Sanctity to draw more cards, but laments that he got nothing... except he drew De-Fusion and Hand Control. De-Fusion would have let him split up Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight into DMG and his dragon, at which point he could just re-fuse them. Better yet, play hand control, make Raphael play Necromancy, tribute two monsters for Dark Magician, play De-Fusion, summon Amulet Dragon, and since you have 8 Spell Cards in your Graveyard, you get a 5300 ATK beatstick. And no Seal in sight. He's the King of Games, how'd he overlook that?
** De-Fusion might not have worked; [[ExactWords after all, the Dragons weren't technically monsters, but their own type of card]], hence out-of-bounds for De-fusion to summon back. And as for the Hand-Control thing, no clue.
* Mai's motivation in the Doma arc. She blamed Joey for letting Marik torture her. Quick question, WHAT ABOUT MARIK? She didn't feel anger towards, you know, the guy who actually tortured her?
** HeelFaceBrainwashing, thanks to Dartz and the Seal of Orichalcos. Dartz used the fear inside of her from her earlier MindRape, leading her to believe that the nightmares of being abandoned and the possibility of dying should she lose another duel were true, so that she would accept the Seal and become his latest recruit. The Seal of course [[PowerCorrupts brings out the worst tendencies out of anyone]], which was brutally lampshaded when Yami activated it.
*** That explains why she wanted revenge, but not against Joey instead of Marik.
*** Again, a result of Dartz [[MoreThanMindControl leading Mai to believe that Yugi and Joey abandoned her, and deserved to be punished]]. Making Marik a target would serve no purpose for Dartz, since Yugi and Joey were both chosen ones, while Marik held no such importance.
*** Probably Marik never appeared because it was a filler arc with no connection to the series.
*** Also, the Marik that actually [[MindScrew effed her up]] is already gone. Mai just plain ''can't'' get revenge on him for hurting her. Going after Joey/Jonouchi is the next best thing.
* Mai blaming Jou and the gang is one thing, but why did she join up with Dartz in the first place? Wanting power makes sense, but she has PTSD over Marik locking up her spirit and slowly torturing her. Why would she join up with Dartz if he wants her to use the Seal - which, if she loses, will subject her to spiritual torture all over again? Isn't this basically the equivalent of a character being tortured by electrocution, let's say, then deciding to use an electric weapon themselves that could go wrong and electrocute them and not their enemy? It seems a little stupid for her to behave this way. Also, why didn't she just talk to the gang? Is she having Aesop Amnesia too?
* In the Fourth Season, after it turns out that Pegasus got his soul taken, Yugi and co. are stuck in America with no way back home. A big to do is raised over the fact that Kaiba is their only way back home. What bothers me is that Pegasus is the one that flew them out. Did he not have the foresight to ensure that their flight was round-trip? The very least he could have done was buy them all tickets back home in advance to give them after he explained everything. Hell, Yugi and his friends could have just explained their situation to Pegasus' staff and gotten back on the plane. Surely his staff wouldn't be that uptight to not fly them back without an explicit say so from a conscious Pegasus, especially if they were clued in to what was going on.
** Pegasus probably didn't know how long it take them to finish, and thus, couldn't get tickets for the time they would be leaving. As for his staff, they're a game company, not workers at an airport. Lots of companies in real life wouldn't bother with such a thing, as they would see it as a waste of money. Why should we expect the staff of Industrial Illusions to be any different?
* If Atem can control destiny with his will, why didn't he use it against Raphael? Could have saved a lot of angst.
** Wasn't he only able to control that power after the Memory Arc? Also, he states that Rafael's bond with his monsters gives him the power to alter destiny as well.
** He probably ''did'' control his destiny in that duel, as well as pretty much any other duel he's ever been in. (Exodia topdeck, anyone?) It's just that he didn't realize he could do that until after the Millennium World arc.
* Why does the Seal of Orichalcos adhere to the rules at the time? Or any rules at all? The Shadow Games makes a certain kind of sense, as all object being sought had to be won semi-honourably. But why does the Seal adhere to a childrens card game instead of just taking their souls? The wielders are clearly cheating, why even bother playing the game? And why those rules? Why doesn't it follow Duelist Kingdom rules instead - i.e, the rules that are still standard for anyone outside the Battle City tournament.
** As for the rules, that didn't bug me at all. In my opinion, the duelist kingdom rules were a complete mess. Most of the games were won by things like "Yugi attacked the moon". Not that that wasn't kind of interesting, but the Battle City rules are easier to follow in real life, and Monster Cards with a high attack are less of a GameBreaker.
*** The rules are superior for people watching, but they're still custom rules Kaiba thought up just for his tournament, that became standard rules in his duel academy. As far as anyone else is concerned, in-universe the Duelist Kingdom rules are the actual rules.
*** Maybe he programmed the rules into the Duel Disks so that you can't play by the other rules? Or maybe the rules were so well-received that people started playing by them. I'm at a loss, but as I said, I didn't mind.
*** Well, in the case of Kaiba's programming, in Battle City, Joey tried summoning a high-level monster without a sacrifice, but it didn't work because it didn't follow the rules (this was promptly pointed out to him). So it seems that, yes, Kaiba had programmed them to work under his rules only. As for the seal, it probably follows the rules that either it's user or (if said evil seal has standards) both players decide to use.
*** This makes no sense. First, Dartz's Duel Disks were custom, possibly arcane things. They would hardly be subject to Kaibas rules. Second, the Seal is so unbelievably unfairly broken, that saying its a fair game is just laughable - the user has such a giant advantage, that only one duelist was able to beat someone using Seal without using the similarly broken Legendary Dragons cards - both times against extremely low level players, and both times only with a card he pulled right out of his ass. If you're going to cheat like that, why even bother with the game?
** It's possible the the magic which minds the monster spirits to the card also works on other forms of magic. Once they tried to bring Atlantean magic back into the world, it took the form of trading cards. Same goes for other unrelated forms of magic like the power of the Earthbound Immortals.
* Why didn't Dartz and his men ambush Marik and the Rare Hunters to get the god cards without having to go through Yugi?
** They might have had a harder time locating Marik, and by the time they did, he was already in the middle of the whole Battle City thing, and that would have made things too complicated. Or they could have been waiting for someone to have all three (Marik never got Obelisk).
** Also, it's a lot easier to steal trading cards from a high school student instead of from the leader of an ancient organization of thieves that he rules with dark magic and mind control powers.
* If the Seal of Orichalcos isn't a real card, but a fake made by Dartz, why did it work in Yugi's duel disk?
** Paradius Corporation had investments in practically every important technology and corporation.
*** It wouldn't be worth it to Doma. We're talking about tampering with the software ''and'' hardware of the pet project of Seto Kaiba, one of the greatest hackers in the world -- not to mention the central piece of equipment in a big-money professional sport. And there's no need to do it -- Dartz's men just use their own Duel Disks that would accept the card normally. Why would they bother to make the card work in anyone else's? Just so Rafael can prove a point to the Nameless Pharaoh?
*** The card itself had magical properties, so it probably didn't even ''need'' to work on any Duel Disk, since it would produce the seal even if they were just playing on a table.
* So the soulless Weevil falls off a train. How'd he get to the hospital, much less the same one as Rex, much less right next to him?
** People checking on a runaway train thats stopped in the middle of the desert follow the tracks until they find Rex and eventually Weevil. Both are taken to the same hospital and treated for what they assume is a coma brought on by dehydration.
*** Except that Rex wasn't a victim of the train crash; Joey and Tristan carried him along, and then Kaiba arranged for him to be brought to the hospital.
** In the Japanese version, Ironheart flat-out states that he found Weevil and took him down to the village. The line may have been cut in the dub.
*** In the dub, Ironheart claims that only Yami and Tea were present when he investigated the crash. This leaves Yami to reflect that Weevil was incapable of leaving on his own, and Weevil's fate remains a mystery until the hospital scene.
* What do Timaeus, Hermos, and Critius ''do'', exactly? I thought they made these weird fusions, but they seem to be able to fuse into any monster (and without needing a fusion card to boot), and they even have fairly consistent effects (Timaeus ''always'' fuses with a monster, Critius ''always'' fuses with a trap, and Hermos ''always'' turns the monster it fuses with into an equip spell). And if this wasn't enough, their rules go and turn into ''total'' bullcrap when [[spoiler:the three dragons turn into knights]].
** They are deus ex machinas to counter Dartz's henchmens Deus Ex Machina cards. If you want any kind of consistency, Hermos always fuses with a monster to become an equip card with effects vaguely related to the name of the card it fused with - not the effect - Timaeus fuses with a monster to create an effect monster with an effect completely unrelated to the monster fused to summon it, and the Critius always fuses with a trap card to produce a monster card with effects that somewhat resemble the trap used to summon it, except played out indefinitely and weirdly.
** The way the YGO wiki explains it, their effects can be pulled off in a real life, provided you treat the monsters/equip cards they merge into as separate cards.
** Criteas, Hermos and Timaeus are basically specialised fusion cards, but each card uses different materials as apart of it's fusion. For the Knights version, instead of fusing they equip cards to them and gain their effects.
* Who rides into Death Valley, the hottest place in North America, with no water? Yugi riding on a horse without provisions was reckless enough, but Rex and Weevil qualify as TooDumbToLive for doing it on a bicycle.
** They were both hasty and desperate to see where he was going. Plus, they were foreigners that probably weren't aware of the local geography, and it was night-time, so they probably weren't aware of it at the time.
* In 10,000 years, no one finds it the slightest bit weird that Dartz is immortal?
** Dartz could've discovered a way to alter his appearance. People then would've assumed that he was just one of a long lineage of apocalyptic prophets known as Dartz.
* How did [[spoiler:Mai]] get into the elevator ''and'' manage to stand perfectly upright long enough for it to reach the Pharaoh's floor, even though we see later that the first thing she did after losing her soul was ''collapse to the floor'' in the ''boardroom''?
* If, in Rafael's flashback, he was given a Duel Disk by Dartz, did Kaiba really invent them at all? I mean, considering Rafael looked much younger in the flashback. Because there are some remarkable similarities between the two that aren't present in Dia Dhanks...
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[[folder:Grand Championship]]
* Kaiba creates a tournament? Nothing new. He's too busy to participate? Fair enough. But why is the grand prize a chance to duel Yugi? Kaiba went a little berserk when he heard Yugi lost a duel in the Oricalcos arc, so why would he go and give some of the top duelists in the world a chance to do just that?
** He thinks Yugi "redeemed" himself by beating Rafael, winning the title back, as well as Dartz, who Kaiba lost to ''with'' Yugi's help.
* Why did Kaiba invite Joey? It's clear that Kaiba has no respect for him, and thinks of him as a weak duelist, so why would he invite him to a tournament where he wanted to bring only the top duelists from around the world?
** Answer to both questions; Kaiba wanted to use Yugi's image to promote the tournament, and he knew that Yugi couldn't be beat by anyone since even Kaiba himself couldn't beat Yugi.
** He invited Joey because, for once, the tournament didn't have any stakes to it. If he chose not to invite Joey then Yugi wouldn't be happy.
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[[folder:Memory World]]
* The relationship between Yami Bakura/Zorc/Thief Bakura/Good Bakura is really confusing and inconsistent between adaptations. Are Thief Bakura and Yami Bakura the same guy? In the manga and anime, Yami Bakura identifies himself as having been a thief in ancient Egypt since his first appearance. However, it is eventually revealed that Yami Bakura was actually Zorc the whole time. So why did he take Thief Bakura's identity? The anime shows Bakura merging with Diabound to form zorc, but the manga just reveals that thief Bakura was a servant of zorc. And lastly, what does good Bakura have to do with all of this? Can anyone explain?
** For better or worse, I think what has to be kept in mind is that what we see in the Millenium World arc is not a completely accurate reflection of what actually happened. Also, apparently, but maybe that was mostly about the Kisara/Seto part, the story was supposed to go a bit differently. As for what good Bakura has to do with all of this, no explanation is offered, but I suppose the fact that he's writing letters to his dead sister may have something to do with why he's a suitable carrier of a Millenium artifact. However, I'm not entirely sure if the "dead" part is fanon or canon or just something that appears in the Toei anime.
*** Honestly it depends if Bakura's habit of writing to his sister was a sign of craziness or simply a way of coping with his loneliness. I think you're right in saying that it was an RPG based loosely on the past. Perhaps the writers just changed thier minds about making Bakura a background villain to Zorc. Early video games show a guy named Darknite who has Ahknadin's face and Shadow Magus' armor as the main villain of the ancient Egypt arc.
*** Regarding Amane being dead: it's WordOfGod. Takahashi wrote a book of bonus information called "The Gospel of Truth", which mentions Amane died in a car accident. Personally, based on the letter-writing scene, the contents of the letter, and the fact that Bakura's subplot at that point in the manga is pretty much about him being a NewTransferStudent, I tend to assume her being dead is actually a RetCon. In the letter, he asks how she's doing at school, which is either a pretty batty thing to ask your dead sister or a perfectly normal thing to ask your sister who's alive and well and living in the town you just moved away from. In that case, the letter-writing scene would have just been there to emphasize that he's isolated and homesick, but later Takahashi decided to RetCon her as dead. Which isn't to say it's not also possible that she was actually meant to be dead as of that scene, and Bakura is just a little batty and figures dead people go to school.
*** The school thing could also be a coping mechanism to help him deal with her death.
** From what I get, Yami Bakura was first a fragment of Zorc embedded onto the Millennium Ring. When Thief King Bakura stole it, the fragment decided to mimic his spirit-thus resulting in a new being who's soul was Zorc, and who's memories were Thief King Bakura. The soul later reincarnated as Ryo Bakura.
** The manga explains that Dark Bakura is a combination of both the Thief King and a Zorc fragment. Their souls combined after being sealed in the Millennium Ring, and it's implied that the Thief King acted on his own free will the whole time. Where the normal Bakura fits in this, I have no idea.
* Sorry if this is answered elsewhere obvious, but in the Millennium World story (the dub at least), how is Yami Bakura both Zorc and the Thief King? Was he a combination or what?
** It's been a while since I've seen that, but if I remember right then Zorc and the Thief King were originally seperate entities when everything happened the first time around. (When the Pharaoh was actually alive, not when he was reliving it as a RPG.) I think, sometime near the end of the battle/events, the Thief King merged his soul/spirit with Zorc to gain more power to destroy the pharaoh. Or they just ended up getting stuck together when Atem sealed them both away.
*** I believe Thief King was a citizen of Kul Elna trying to avenge his people by summoning Zork, who bore the hatred of the people used to create the Millenium Items. Presumably the first time 'round, he succeeded in doing that on his own, without Yami Bakura causing a DiabolousExMachina. From there, Things probably went as the above poster said, and the resultant combination of Zorc and Thief King Bakura was Yami Bakura.
*** My theory is that Thief King summoned Zorc to avenge Kul Elna. They aren't the same person and never actually merged, Zork though possessed Thief King and actually repressed him. There's a part in the Millenium World story where Zork stops controlling him and he sounds and acts differently than he was. Furthermore the spirit of the ring is only Zorc, Thief King's soul is in the ring too, but like before, its repressed.
* The fact that Ryou Bakura barely reacted to not being possessed any longer. Maybe I skipped the important blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but assuming that he was possessed 90% of the time, shouldn't this have been a big deal? Shouldn't this elicit any kind of reaction?
** He spends the several days that it took to finally kill Zorc outside the illusion - he probably adjusted to it then, off camera.
** Well actually, he's not outside the illusion: in the manga, he's still possessed during this time by Yami Bakura when they're playing the RPG, and in the anime, he's sort of... passed out on the floor, and he doesn't regain consciousness until the game ends. And then he passes out again due to starvation. Would you accept him finally getting to eat something as a reaction?
** The manga has a one month TimeSkip between the Shadow RPG and the Ceremonial Battle. Bakura had plenty of time to get used not being possessed anymore.
* On the same vein as above, in the manga after Battle City is said and done, Yugi has the Millennium Ring, and hides it from Bakura (which is a VERY good thing). But then why does Bakura have to go out of his way to try and find it and then PUT IT BACK ON?! This has bugged me for a LONG time, since Bakura knows Yami Bakura is in there (he has at least two on-screen conversations with him), and so he has to know what's going to happen when he puts in on. I mean, does YB have the power to wipe the memory of himself from Bakura? Please, someone come up with a better explanation than that.
** I assume you're going by the manga? Because in the anime, it appears that YB haunts him, and then there's this slightly creepy scene in the church... Anyway, back to the manga. As for the memories, I think it's less of a power to wipe memories, but rather that he doesn't allow him to be conscious at the same time. It was similar with Yami and Yugi, in the beginning. Yugi had no idea what was going on. During Death-T, he finally confesses to his friends that he loses his memories from time to time, and that there is "something" inside of him that scares the hell out of him. Also, Yami tells Anzu not to tell Yugi about their visiting the museum, which means that Yugi was probably somewhere "asleep" in his own spirit room, or something like that (voluntarily, in this case.) As for Ryou putting the Ring back on, it seems that it controls him even if he doesn't wear it. During Duelist Kingdom, he doesn't actually put it on (the others rightfully freak out when they realise that he brought it with him in the first place), but Yugi notices that he zones out when he holds the ring in his hands. I think it can kinda be assumed that the spirit somehow transferred a part of his soul to Ryou (just like he transferred a part of his soul into the puzzle) to make sure he can control him even when the ring is lost.
** But you're right, it is quite problematic that Ryou KNOWS that the spirit is evil. Maybe that WMG about Ryou being the most evil character is right? My theory is that the spirit somehow (after kind of bonding with the gang in the manga) convinced him that he wasn't evil (anymore), and, just like Yami, he only wanted to regain his memories.
*** He only voluntarily takes it back in the manga (in the anime, he takes it back after being re-possessed). If I recall correctly, Ryou's conversations with Bakura in the post-Monster World manga generally consist of Bakura claiming he's 'changed' and 'wants to help'. If Ryou's as gullible as the rest of the cast (which is entirely possible), that's a plausible enough explanation for him taking back the ring; his normal form can't 'help' as much as Bakura can. I also think the theory about Bakura leaving a bit of his soul in Ryou could be true; considering how CrazyPrepared Bakura tends to be, it seems like the kind of thing he'd do in case Ryou lost the ring.
** My theory is that the Items have an effect on their users that makes them keep them. Yuugi is uncomfortable in the manga loaning the Puzzle to a museum for one day, and refuses to leave without it. This is even before he knows about his other self. He flatly refuses to leave the Puzzle in a fire even though it might have cost him his life (he even ended up in the hospital afterwards). It's not a stretch to think that the Ring - even without Yami Bakura's influence - could have a similar effect on Ryou.
** Two words: Stockholm Syndrome.
** [[https://desertrose3000.tumblr.com/post/145511263929/sonofasphinx-thewittyphantom This post]] goes into a ton of detail about how confusing manga Ryou is.
* What the heck were Thief King Bakura's followers, anyway? Where did they come from? Why are their eyes glowing? Why do they look like zombies? If they are zombies, how did he resurrect zombie henchmen?
** My best guess is they're some of the souls of Kul Elna giving him a hand? How on earth he got them to be solid I have no idea (maybe they aren't, and they're just an illusion? I don't know, did any of them actually touch a character?), but them being the dead souls sounds good.
** I like to think that they were some sort of ancient Egyptian [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime ReDeads]] that Bakura managed to enslave or domesticate. Similarly, the mummy creatures from the Pyramid of Light movie were Gibdos.
* When Yugi and his friends found the pharaoh's name, there was only one cartouche in the tomb. Egyptian ''queens'' only had one cartouche, but all Egyptian kings had ''two cartouches'', kind of like how most people today have a first and last name. And also, Egyptians did not write down vowels. (The "ah" sound was combined with a guttural sound for which there is no English equivalent, but it was treated as a consonant, as was the "ee" sound.) So Yugi had no way of knowing if Atem's name was missing some letters. If they technically found only half of Atem's name shouldn't he have been unable to stop Zorc?
** Yugi showed Atem the Hyeroglyphs and Atem was able to read it, because he's egyptian. I don't know why that's so hard to guess.
** I think his point wasn't about him reading it but rather that part of it was literally not available to be read. But to answer, if it works like a first and last name like you said, then it's possible that only the first name was necessary.
* Somewhat related to my above entry, if Atem was able to use his name to invoke forces powerful enough to stop Zorc, then why didn't he just destroy Zorc in the first place rather than sealing himself and Zorc away for thousands of years? It would have saved a lot of trouble, and by not destroying Zorc in the first fight it seems Atem took a huge and seemingly (to me at least) out of character gamble. Bakura/Zorc basically points out during the Memory World arc, "You idiot, you can't even remember how you beat me the first time!" And then the only thing that guaranteed that Yugi would find his name was rule of plot, not to mention Yugi couldn't even read Egyptian hieroglyphics on top of the fact that Egyptians had a nasty habit of ''not'' writing down the letters they considered to be vowels. And then he had to find the pharaoh in the mess and confusion of battle to actually give him the name.... There were so many little things that had to go exactly right in order for Atem to beat Zorc, otherwise all he did was delay the end of the world by not destroying Zorc 3000/5000 years ago.
** His name probably only had that much power in the game world.
** First, he didn't have enough power to summon Horakty the first time around. In the memory world, he had his friends with him. Also, it doesn't matter how many vovels a written language is missing, if you're a native speaker of that language, you can read it. Yugi didn't read the name from the cartouche, he showed Atem the picture of exactly what he saw, and Atem read it. Makes perfect sense to me.
*** While Atem may be a native speaker, he doesn't get his memories back the instant he goes into the memory world and it's been 3000 (or 5000 if you go by the dub) years since he's last needed to read his native language. If I recall correctly, in the Japanese version when Malik showed Atem his back after Battle City, Atem remarked in a voice over/thinking to himself "I have no idea what this says." Or something to that effect and he only figured it out because the placement of the Egyptian Gods was the same as the stone he'd seen at the museum. This kind of makes it seem like those years of boredom he spent stuck in the puzzle caused him to forget how to even read his own language.
*** In the manga, Horakty comments that his name is the 'spell to drive back the shadows' and it's heavily implied several times that the Pharaoh is some kind of demigod. Whether or not he knew the names of the Egyptian Gods originally is debatable, as (also in the manga) Bakura speaking to his past self implies that he was meant to defeat Slifer during the battle between Slifer and Diabound in the city. In other words, the Pharaoh must have been able to summon the Gods in the past to survive the first Diabound battle in the palace. However, it takes Horakty, i.e. the union of the Gods, to defeat Zorc. In other words, the Pharaoh being godly wasn't enough- he needed the unity of the Gods. It makes sense that he needed his future friends to do this, as he only realised the Puzzle's true power was of unity when in the future (in Millennium World he still has his future memories). Perhaps originally he was too concerned with protecting his country to want to put his priests at risk to inspire this power. The potential was there, but as Horakty says, his friends were the keys to bringing it out.
*** Or, since the darkness is born of people's hearts, as Zorc says in the manga, it can never really be defeated. Atem had sealed the darkness using himself as the key in the past. He was then fighting just to prevent Bakura winning the game- and since his name technically defeated Zorc in the real world, he needed it to do it again. By winning the game he prevents Bakura resurrecting Zorc in the real world.
* Why in the world were the priests wasting time trying to take out Diabound instead of just killing Bakura. I spotted at least a dozen instances in which Bakura could have been killed, sparing everyone so much trouble...
** The first time Bakura showed up, the priests had never fought anyone powerful enough to stop them from just sealing the opponent's Ka. Also if they're not attacking Diabound then Diabound is free to blast them. And Diabound was shown several times to be faster than they are.
* Why did Yami Bakura need to know the pharaoh's name? At first it seemed like he needed the name in order to free Zorc, but he freed Zorc before he found the name in the game, and if he'd won the game, than Zorc would be free, name or no name. It seems like the only one who needed the name was the pharaoh.
** He didn't. He initially thought it was the key to releasing Zorc/himself (and the fragment of his soul presumably never learned otherwise), but the only thing he really needed was access to the Pharaoh's memories.
** Have to disagree on that- he did need the name, so he could open the door to the afterlife in the real world using the items and free the 'shadow power' on the other side, as he said in the manga. Winning the game would keep the Pharaoh out of the wayso he could do that, and unleash the real Zorc.
* After all that time he spent with them, why didn't Ryuji/Duke come with Yugi and co. to the museum/Egypt in the last arc? He even complained about not being invited in the anime.
* In the Millennium World manga/anime, why doesn't anyone move their ka's around more, to try to dodge attacks, and the like? They may be dueling, but they're not playing a card game, and trying to dodge and block would make more sense than letting your monster just float there, waiting to get hit by an attack that you ''know'' is going to hurt.
** For starters, none of them are exactly well trained in fighting with Ka - Thief King Bakura's first appearance is the first ''real'' fight involving Kas. Everything previous was a CurbstompBattle either through the Millenium Items sealing away the opponent's Ka, or blasting Ka-less people. Secondly, presumably making your Ka move in a complicated manner requires more concentration than just having him stand there. Thirdly, they usually are protecting something or other which restricts their movements. (The Priests were protecting the Pharaoh, the Pharaoh was protecting his father's remains then the people, etc.)
* If Blue Eyes White Dragon is [[spoiler:Kisara]], then what would that make the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon?
** The White Dragon God, like in Egypt?
*** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Triplet]] [[TwinThreesomeFantasy Foursome?]]
* As there isn't a Ceremonial Duel section, I'll ask this here: How did the Pharaoh lose? His hand still contained four cards. Best case scenario (for Yugi/Silent Magician LV5), one of these were Kuriboh, a monster yet to appear in that Duel. Worst case scenario, it was BLS - Envoy of the Beginning, a monster the highly similar [[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX Tour Deck]] shows him to have. Even if neither card were among those four, that still leaves four cards at the Pharaoh's disposal. How could none of them prove of any use?
** Rule of drama? Both duelists had used up their most powerful/iconic monsters, and ending the duel by running out of cards, the effect of Magical Cylinder, Mystical Refpanel or Catapult Turtle or a single attack by something weak like Celtic Guardian, Sangan or Magician of Faith would be too much of an anti-climax in the mind of the writers.
* So in Millennium World there was such a thing as magic- both good and bad people alike could summon ka, the reflection of their souls. So why is Atem, supposedly the most powerful character, unable to summon a creature without his Puzzle? Does this apply to the other priests? Mana is clearly able to summon Dark Magician Girl with no item. True, the Pharaoh gains Mahad as a protector but only because the latter sacrificed himself. Or is this also something to do with his name also? Is his real ka Horakty and he needed to remember his name to pull this one off?
** Probably has something to do with the fact that he was also injured at the time he didn't have the Puzzle- summoning requires energy. Instead, his 'will to fight' calls Mahad.
** They tell you that people with items can call three monsters from one of the shrines at Wedju. The characters also have personal ka, which they don't need the items for. For example, Duos is Seto's personal ka, while (I assume) he would need the Rod to call Blue Eyes. Same applies to the gods- they are creatures from the shrine. Mahad becomes Atem's personal ka later on.
* Anyone know why, in the manga, Seto laughs like a maniac when told [[spoiler: the Pharaoh survived the fall from the cliff?]] Is it a sign of respect or something? He doesn't seem to be angry or upset, especially when compared with Akhenaden's reaction.
** I just assumed it was... not exactly happy, but a "triumphant" kind of laugh. Seto wasn't exactly following Akhenaden’s logic of "Become the new pharaoh" at that point, so he was probably pleased at knowing that the Pharaoh was alive; at that point, it was Seto’s goal to protect him, after all.
* Why is the BEWD so strong in the Millennium World, to the point where they say it rivals the three Gods? True, this theory is never tested in battle, so it can't be known what the comparison is, but in the card game the main rival has always been Dark Magician, with 2500 ATK to the BEWDs 3000 respectively. Or is it just that the bond between Seto and his dragon had to be explained, so the need to find people's ka had to be worked into the plot in a fairly legitimate way? If we were talking about Exodia, that would have made some sense.
** It's possible that all Blue Eyes cards ''combined'' equalled the power of Kisara's Blue Eyes. The Egyptian God cards, which only had one copy each, would therefore seem more potent in card-form by comparison.
*** And, in fact, Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon ''does'' have greater ATK than Obelisk, the only one of the three Egyptian Gods to have a fixed ATK in the first place.
* Bakura's Card Killer combo depends on Yugi choosing the Red Box, leaving him with the Black Box, which destroys his graveyard. Supposing Yugi chooses the Black Box?
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* In the manga (possibly not in the anime), it is revealed that Seto cheated to win the chess match against Gozaburo which led to his and Mokuba's adoption. Which begs the question: ''HOW DOES ONE CHEAT AT CHESS???'' The only two ways I can think of (performing an illegal move and switching pieces around when one's opponent isn't looking) would never succeed against a player of world-class skill, which Gozaburo is clearly stated to possess. Did he read his mind?? HOW DID HE DO IT?? (The cheating was probably put in to illustrate Seto's desperation to get himself and Mokuba out of the OrphanageOfFear and his determination to win at all costs, as well as to provide the moral Cheating Is Bad ("Now remember kids, if you cheat, you will be subjected to [[spoiler:years of constant and systematic child abuse]]..."), but STILL. Has Kazuki Takahashi ever ''played'' chess??)
** That's why the dub pulls a Woolseyism on this scene: instead of being claimed to cheat at his chess game with Gozaburo, Seto instead won simply by studying Gozaburo's chess strategies, which is much more reasonable.
** Even though I believe that Takahashi really wrote cheated (as it appears in the German version too, unless it's a translation of the American version), it's possible that he meant "tricked him", as in "tricked him into thinking that he was a weak opponent when he actually wasn't".
** There are ways to cheat in chess. If Gozaburo underestimated Seto, the later could've pulled an illegal move (like intentionally put his own king in check) without Gozaburo noticing. It's all about psychology.
** Also, Seto could have found a way to sneak some kind of assistance during the game, like having a hidden chess computer giving him moves.
** At least one translation I read said something like "The whole game was a setup!!", which could be taken to mean ''Gozaburo'' deliberately took a dive so he could have ''two'' kids [[WouldHurtAChild that he could abuse to his heart's content]].
* Here's the big question: Why don't they just shoot Yugi and get over it?!?
** Because of the Puzzle, basically.
** Apparently the Puzzle can produce some sort of protective shield, as seen in the anime in his duel against the Player Killer of Darkness in Duelist Kingdom.
** Because even if they ''did'' just shoot Yuugi and try to take the Puzzle, the Puzzle would not let them. It's shown (in the manga at least) that Atem is capable of creating illusions/hurting people/generally using magic even inside the Puzzle. For whatever reason, I don't think he'd be willing to go happily with someone who murdered [[HeterosexualLifePartner Yuugi]].
** In the manga, there's at least two instances of Atem being able to take control of Yugi's body even if Yugi's soul has been trapped in something else. One instance was a soul eating jar, the other was Bakura's lead miniature. And in both the manga and the anime, Atem is perfectly able to stand up and continue the duel with Pegasus even after the strain of the Shadow Game caused Yuugi to collapse. So unless the gunshot physically crippled the body they share, shooting Yuugi would probably do nothing more than bring the wrath of the Pharaoh down upon your head. Even then I'm not sure how safe you'd be from a crippled and pissed off Atem...
** Also, there's the one chapter with that "medium" who wanted to rape Anzu. He sends off Yugi to the library, where he has planned a trap for him. In the last second, Yugi deciphers the meaning of the "premonition" the guy told him earlier. The bookcases fall, but Yugi (or rather Yami Yugi) stands in the exact same spot, thinking that this was close, and if he had noticed only a little bit later... IMO, this implies that he can shield his body with his puzzle, but maybe only outside of games? Or when the plot demands it?
*** I was always under the impression that Yami just calmly sidestepped the bookshelves at the last possible moment, since Yugi was standing near the end of one of the falling ones. Although in the anime's version (sub and dub) of the duel with Panik, Yami DOES use the puzzle to shield himself from the flamethrowers.
** I believe this is because the puzzle has to be 'won', not stolen. So if even if you get past the pharaoh and the magic of the puzzle and manage to kill Yuugi, you wouldn't be able to harness its power because it was not won in a proper battle (I think Marik explained this once), you stole it instead from the cold fingers of a dead boy.
*** This is canon according to (at the very least) the English Duelist Kingdom anime and Millenium World manga, as well as the Duelist Kingdom callback episode somewhere around the time of Battle City where Bandit Keith tries to kill Yugi only ''after'' he fails in winning the puzzle for his puppeteer.
* This wasn't in the manga, but it was in the anime and it pissed me off: When Bakura stole the Millennium Eye, Shadi turns up, thinks Yugi did it and went in his mind. Thing I don't get is, when he realised it wasn't Yugi who did it, why didn't he stick around and keep looking for the culprit? If he'd have just followed Yugi for a bit, he'd have seen Bakura and realised that he was the only one who could have committed the crime. Instead, he just buggers off back to wherever the hell he came from, having achieved nothing. Also, if he's meant to be so creepily all-knowing (they showed earlier in that episode that he knew stuff about Pegasus that he shouldn't have been able to know), why didn't he know it was Bakura anyway? I know they were trying to fit a "season 0" plot into the series so we'd know who Shadi was, but it still irritates me.
** I'm guessing that after Shadi went into Yugi's mind, he realised that it wasn't a simple matter of the Millennium Eye being stolen, but of [[BecauseDestinySaysSo destined events playing out]]. Similar to the Toei anime and manga where his initial reaction to Yugi having the Millennium Puzzle is to try and take it from him. When he realises that Yugi can use its power, he understands that it is ''meant'' to belong to him.
** Same troper as above, and this is another adaptation of the manga that annoys me. During the duel against Bakura in Duelist Kingdom, they make a big thing about one of the heroes having to be sacrificed to get rid of the Man Eater Bug. Incredibly sad, I'm sure. But then, it's Yugi's turn. Why doesn't he just summon another monster and sacrifice that?
*** Did we see his hand? Perhaps he didn't have another monster?
*** The actual text of Man-Eater Bug allows the owner to destroy any of their opponent's monster cards on the field when Man-Eater Bug is flipped. Even if Yugi had played a crap monster to attack Man-Eater Bug, Bakura would have chosen to take out any of the other monsters in play anyway. The effect doesn't apply to whatever monster attacks Man-Eater bug.
*** The sacrifice wasn't so much as to attack the Man-Eater Bug, as it was a sacrifice to activate the Horn of Heaven card, which in the real game at least requires a sacrifice in order to activate. Though that still leaves the question of whether or not Yugi had another monster card in his hand.
*** At that point, he had already put four of his friends into the game. He was probably worried that he might accidentally play ''himself'' if he played another monster.
*** He had a Magician of Faith face down. If any of his other friends were sent to the graveyard, he could revive them by using Magician of Faith's effect to bring Monster Reborn back from the graveyard and play it. However, if Magician of Faith were destroyed, there would be no way to get Anzu back. Whether he let the Man-Eater Bug activate its effect or played his Horn of Heaven, he'd lose a monster either way, but by playing the Horn of Heaven, he got to choose the monster instead of Bakura, insuring that it wouldn't be [[MoreExpendableThanYou Magician of Faith.]]
** Bakura's actions in that duel are also bizarre. In the last turn, immediately before he plays Change of Heart in order to (so he thinks) take control of Yugi/Dark Magician, he summons a monster in defense mode. This is pointless, because if he had just attacked with Dark Magician, he would have won without needing any other attacks (and his monster was in defense mode anyway, so it wouldn't have mattered). Because he did this, Ryou/Change of Heart takes control of his own monster, costing Bakura the duel. If he had just [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim played Change of Heart and attacked]], he would have won. The writers kind of wrote themselves into a corner with that one.
** Bakura actually played Lady of Faith in Attack mode. Now, it might be just me, but if I were to use a finishing move in a duel, I would always have a plan B in mind. Lady of Faith has 1100 atk, while the weakest monster on Yugi's field (In this case, Magician of Faith/Tea, who was also in attack mode due to the effects of being a flip monster) had 300 atk. Yami Yugi had 500 LP at the time, and even if Bakura's Change of Heart didn't work (due to...something?), Bakura would have still had the advantage of winning, as it was still his turn (More specifically, his Main Phase 1 transitioning to Battle Phase). Luckily, due to the Power of Friendship, this never happened.
** Regarding the same situation as mentioned above, I was always confused as to why Pegasus never forewarned Yugi and co. about Bakura. I know he dies in the manga, so there they have no way of knowing, but in the anime, he is very much alive and could have contacted Yugi privately at any given time to discuss the whole deal. If they can go the whole DOMA arc with directions and clues to defeating Dartz and Paradias and whatnot, then at some point Pegasus can say, "Oh yeah, Yugi-boy, by the way, your pale-skinned, sometimes-evil, antisocial friend tore my Millenium Eye out and then went on his merry way. Take care!" It wouldn't really make much sense, but at least there'd be consistence of some sort. I am forced to believe that either the writers of the anime wanted to imply that the shock of having an eye torn out of its socket for the second time in his life caused him enough trauma to forget what led to the event, or they thought we'd all be stupid and forget that little detail.
*** Bakura had demonstrated before the ability to erase people's minds using his Millennium Ring.
* If Kaiba despises his stepfather so much, why does he keep his name instead of just using his old name? He must have known it when he went to the orphanage. And why does he continue to glorify the name by keeping his company named Kaibacorp and building Kaibaland? Even if you don't despise the previous CEO, changing company name is just good sense when shifting focus.
** Well, it's possible that by making the Kaiba name associated with him instead of his stepfather and the company name associated with games instead of weaponry, he's achieving a "victory" against his stepfather.
** Exactly. Seto took the name of Kaiba away from him.
* I was just chatting with a friend, and we realized there are multiple scenes in both the manga and anime where Yugi/Yami end up lying face down on the ground, with the Millennium Puzzle underneath them. I've had to lay on top of objects before, and it's not the most pleasant position in the world. But when it's seen in the manga/anime, Yugi looks as if he's laying flat on a bed without the slightest bit of discomfort of a chunky metal object being pressed into his chest/abdomen by the weight of his body on top of it. How is that possible?
** In case you haven't noticed, the weight of his body isn't a terribly large amount.
*** Maybe not, but he certainly weighs more than a feather. I'm short and not that heavy either so I'm usually the one who has to crawl into tight places around the house, but if I end up having to lay down on top of something with an edge on it, I'm uncomfortably aware of it. And the puzzle definitely has distinct edges rather than rounded ones...
** All the times I've seen it, the Millennium Puzzle miraculously swings very left or very right, so Yugi/Yami doesn't suffer pain to their bodies when the Puzzle ends up on his side and not under him.
* The fact that Kaiba changed outfits before going to rescue Mokuba, who had been kidnapped by Bakura, doesn't really bug me, but I think it's just incredibly silly. Am I to assume that he has a secret wardrobe in his office where he stores his duel attire, just in case someone challenges him between important meetings? Does the outfit make him feel stronger? Seriously, what the hell. "Sorry, Mokuba, I'm too late and the bad guy almost killed you, but I really HAD to put on my lucky coat."
** I always thought the purple coat was more of a housecoat than a going-outside coat. Also, the other coat has gadgets and possibly body armor in it.
*** He was wearing his white suit, not the purple coat. And even if, it was a dangerous situation for his brother; unless he was naked, he should have just stormed out. But I guess I can live with the "gadget and body armour" argument.
*** He has a Batman style elevator that lets him change clothing on the way. After all he needs to be ready to duel at the drop of a hat, and it wouldn't be the first time someone had decided that the fate of Kaiba Corp depended on a duel.
* Why did Joey's parents have a SolomonDivorce? It was obvious that Joey loved his sister, and that it really hurt him to be separated from her. Adding to that, his dad was a drunk and a gambling addict (which I'm going to assume was the reason for the divorce). Why leave a child in that kind of environment? Did she have some kind of vendetta against her son or something? Why the hell would she leave her own son in such an obviously abusive environment?
** ValuesDissonance. As far as I know, in Japan, the elder child stays with the father, the younger with the mother. I don't know if that has a legal or traditional basis, but unless there's a very good reason for both children to stay with one parent, they don't. Yes, an alcoholic gambler could be considered a good reason, but we don't know if he was one before. Sadly, we don't find out nearly enough about his family. Or anyone's family (including Yugi's!)
* Go to the comics. Take a close look at the players' hands, the way those hands handle the cards. Instead of putting the cards on the Duel Disk, they seem to be magically dropping the cards straight to the field. What?
** Probably just drawing inconsistency.
* In the Anime, is it ever explained why Yami didn't just Mindcrush Duke's Cheerleaders? They were insulting and physically assaulting Joey the entire time the duel was going on and the gang just let's them off without a word? WhatTheHellHero?
** Anime Mokuba, manga Keith, and Toei Mr. Karita instances aside, you can't give someone a penalty game without playing a game with them first, and since Yugi was dueling Duke he couldn't do anything until the game was won.
*** Manga Keith both lost ''and'' cheated in a game within Pegasus' tournament, fulfilling not only one but ''both'' required conditions for a Penalty Game.
** As stated above, if you read the manga (not just the anime, the dub, or the Abridged series) you'll know how the Millennium Items work. You can't punish/kill someone with your Millennium Item unless you beat them in a game first. Otherwise there wouldn't be a need to play ''any'' game to begin with, which would open another headscratcher.
** It still makes one wonder why Tristan or Tea didn't do anything about it. Deal or not, one of their best friends is being harassed and taunted by a bunch of obnoxious girls, and they're not even going to say one word of protest against it? Even if he wasn't allowed to do physically anything about it, Tristan could've at least said something like "Don't make me come over there!", just to shut them up.
** Honda and Anzu are considerably worse friends in the anime. In the manga they were quick to support Jonouchi early on in Duelist Kingdom, while in the equivalent anime episode they were putting him down. I'd say not standing up for anime!Jonouchi getting bullied by cheerleaders is almost in-character for anime!Anzu and anime!Honda
* This might be explained in the manga, but I've only seen the anime and I have to wonder... okay, so at the very beginning of the series, Seto challenges Solomon Motou for his Blue-Eyes White Dragon card and, after getting it he tears it up so it can never be used against him. But... why bother? The fourth Blue-Eyes was in the care of an old man who was A) not a professional duelist anyway, and B) considered the card to have too much sentimental value to use it. If Seto had just left it alone Mr. Motou would have kept it in that little wooden box that no one was allowed to touch and Seto would never have had to worry about it being used against him!
** He also destroyed it because you can only have 3 of a card in a deck.
** Well, it's a matter of principle. Also, inevitably, eventually the card would have fallen in Yugi's possession (because Grandpa Mutou probably won't be living that much longer.) In the manga, Kaiba also acquired and destroyed all other copies of the card.
** Basically, the first half and second half of Episode 1 are very far apart from each other in the manga. In the manga, Seto tried to get Solomon's card before he got the other three. Yami Yugi turned the Blue Eyes against him and made him envision his own death. So Seto set out to get revenge, and may have held a grudge against that particular copy of the card.
* I know the characters make such a big deal about playing by the rules, but if your life is on the line cheating would be the wise thing to do. None of the villains named ever try to shoot Yugi or his friends right before they lose.
** Not sure what you're talking about. A lot of the characters (read: villains) DO cheat and, while the anime toned down a lot of the violence to avoid upsetting MoralGuardians, a lot of the villains DO try to use physical force. One good example is Panic in the Duelist Kingdom arc; he used flame jets built into the dueling platform to intimidate his opponents, and upon realizing he was going to lose to Yami Yugi he attempted to burn his opponent to death. It was only Yami's magic that kept Yugi from being killed.
*** Heck even in newer seasons they occasionally just say screw the results of the card game, like in Arc 5 after Yuya won that duel against the guy who stole his pendulum cards, when he won the opponent just told his minions to just beat them up and take them by force.
* Why are all of these "psychic" duelists not instantly disqualified? It doesn't even really matter whether you believe that psychics are real or not. If you don't believe in psychics, then they're clearly just cheating and should be disqualified. If you do believe in psychics, then they're ''still cheating'' by using their powers to gain an unfair advantage over other duelists. It's not even like any of them are subtle about it!
** Well, Pegasus, at least, was running his own tournament. So, he obviously wasn't going to disqualify himself. Now, Mai? Espa? The others? That's the real question. I guess you could argue that they never came to the attention of the higher ups who were running the tournament. By the time Mai was personally meeting Pegasus she'd stopped her perfume trick. Espa then never made it to the Battle City Finals. The real question is whether or not both characters were still doing that in previous competitions and getting away with it.
* Why exactly does Kaiba's reaction to Yugi fluctuate so much? Midway through Duelist Kingdom, he helps Yugi defeat his own Blue Eyes', when being used by someone else. He's cordial enough towards him when he runs into Yugi and the gang later on during the arc, only turning colder when he has to duel Yugi in order to save his brother. However, the two of them part Duelist Kingdom on pretty decent terms, agreeing that what happened during their second duel doesn't count and that the next time they duel they'll determine which of them is truly the best. Yugi even makes an indication that the two of them could move towards being actual friends. However, just a few episodes later (Which couldn't be more than a few days in-story, since it see's Kaiba and Mokuba returning from Duelist Kingdom to get their company back), during the Legendary Heroes Mini-Arc, when Mokuba tells Kaiba that he went to Yugi for help, Kaiba reacts negatively, saying that Mokuba knows how he feels about Yugi and that Mokuba should have asked ''anyone'' other than Yugi for help...What? Even taking into account their rivalry, he openly thanked Yugi for saving him and his brother at the conclusion to Duelist Kingdom. In fact, it's implied that he gave Yugi and the others a ride back to Domino City on his helicopter, since they mentioned that all the ships were gone and were running towards Kaiba asking for a ride. So, why exactly is Mokuba going to Yugi for help such a big deal when Yugi has 1)helped them in the past and 2)was on good terms with Kaiba the last time they spoke?
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* The password system in the video games...at least the ones I've played anyway. You enter a code for a card, and you still need to buy it from the store. What's the point? If you know the code, what's the point in having to do that? Why can't I just be able to get the card right away as soon as I enter the code? Or on the flip-side, why can't they just have it available for purchase straight-away so that I don't need to memorize their codes? This is especially frustrating for the games like ''Reshef of Destruction'' where you're charged a ''lot'' of money to even ''try'' entering the code.
** It depends on the game. Most games that use the passwords at all do it the way you're describing, while a few do just give you the card outright. It's most likely a way of trying to enforce a power curve. Some even go further, and have the codes only work for cards you already have, making the passwords only useful as a way of getting additional copies. As for why they have you put in a code in the first place, it's meant to be a way of rewarding players for actually collecting the cards -- though that one backfires spectacularly, since the real result is that players just look up the codes online.
*** To be fair, when the TCG was first being adapted into games, the internet was still not mainstream even in North America. Nevermind Japan which was even slower in adopting the card game so the whole concept was not as idiotic back than. Don't forget the main demograph was little kids who normally don't websurf back in the early days of TCG. Hell even today you'd be surprised that in this web age era, most kids despite having their own laptops are too busy in their own lives playing video games or sports or whatever that they'd forget something as simple as searching codes online. Being little kids they'd just impulsively buy the cards (and I seen this happen even today). On top of that even among those who used the webs in the 90s and early 2000s, most were adults, PC gamers, or nerds of other hobbies that don't normally play YGO! and thus it took some time before new cards in the latest game got released and internet news spread much slower in the days. I remember back when I had a GBA I couldn't find the code for Blue Eyes Dragon and had to actually purchase one of the decks just to get it. It wasn't until mid 2000s that finally it was easy to find every card in even the newest game thanks to internet being adopted as a mainstream social media. And as I mentioned we're not taking into account most homes didn't have internet, even many libraries outside of cities lacked any web connection.
* The Sacred Cards appears to have been programmed in a bit of a hurry. For example, the game gives you a free locator card for beating Rare Hunter with no notice. Usually, the game tells you when you win a locator card and the duelist who you win it from wagers the card before the duel. This one just appears in your inventory.
** The duel against Arkana seems to have been added as a last-minute idea. In order to initiate the duel, you have to challenge one of the countless NPC characters in the overworld, ''THEN'' start a conversation with him. There's no indication that this character is special or that you should engage him again after beating him once.
* If the Puppeteer of Doom from the manga and Mimic of Doom from the anime both exist in ''VideoGame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'' how did that world's Duelist Kingdom go in regards to the Kaiba ruse?
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** Yami Yugi was still trying to get his head screwed on straight prior to Duelist Kingdom, though some of those games didn't quite give him a choice in what he would lose if he lost[[note]](e.g., Bakura's Monster World RPG, Kaiba's Death-T, and Imori's Dragon Cards)[[/note]]. Also, Haga/Weevil is reluctant to wager both of his starchips at first when he sees that Yugi has only one chip of his own. Plus, Yugi and Yami Yugi are both still pissed at Haga/Weevil for getting rid of the Exodia cards at this point, and that anger is mixed with the drive to rescue Yugi's Grandpa's soul. In contrast, when they come up against Kaiba later, they don't know the full extent of Mokuba's current condition (if they know about it at all, I may be mixing up that detail with the anime since I haven't read that part of the manga in a while) so when they call Kaiba out on betting his life, they do so because they think he just wants to win at any cost. It's not like Kaiba told them all about his motives. Shame, considering Yugi and Yami Yugi would probably have tried to help rescue Mokuba [[PoorCommunicationKills if Kaiba had just taken a minute or two to explain his brother's situation]].
* In the Japanese dub and the manga, part of the prize for Duelist's Kingdom is majority shares in Industrial Illusions. What does Yuugi do with all of those shares? I mean, it effectively means that he owns the company. Does he trade them for new trading cards? Sell them so he can afford to redo his wardrobe entirely in leather? What happened??
** My guess is he gave them to Kaiba, who's the only person he knows who has any interest in big business; this is why after Duelist Kingdom, all the dueling technology and tournaments are run by Kaiba Corp. Kaiba might not have wanted to accept a gift from Yugi, but he might accept it as compensation for everything Pegasus put him through.
** Actually, looking through the manga... where exactly is this mentioned? It doesn't appear in the parts around the finals where the prize is mentioned.
* Why does the anime version of Dark Bakura want to kidnap Mokuba during Duelist Kingdom and steal the key to Kaiba Corp.'s secret safe? What would be gain by doing that? Were the anime producers on some sort of crack when they wrote the adaptation of Duelist Kingdom? They probably were, seeing as Dark Bakura suddenly starts bringing cards to life to eat up Pegasus's guards and displays powers that are never seen again in the anime.
** He probably wanted a bargain token with Pegasus in case he failed to take the Millenium Eye by force. In the anime, at least, Pegasus mentions he would lose because he is extremely tired from the battle against Yugi. For all we know, Bakura couldn't take on a full-power Pegasus. As for the random summoning, it isn't very different from the way ancient Egyptians summoned monsters in first place; maybe Bakura was using the same method, only using cards instead of hundred-ton stone tablets. As for why he never used it again, who knows?
** The powers of the modern-day Millennium Items are limited to starting normal Shadow Games and wagers, along with other unique powers, though. That's a fact that's been ESTABLISHED. If they could still summon ka, there would be ''no'' need to play any game. At all. Especially with the Tomb Keepers, who knew about the ancient Shadow Game played 3,000 years ago which involved summoning monsters. Not to mention, the only way to bring the monsters on the CARDS to life is to start a Shadow Game of Duel Monsters. There aren't actually any Monster Spirits in the cards - the monsters that appear are merely illusions invoked by the magic of the items, except the God Cards.
** Yami Bakura outright tells Tristan that he wants Mokuba's body so that he can transfer his spirit into it. This would work better for him than his current situation with regular Bakura, as Mokuba's body was an empty shell at the time, since Pegasus had captured his soul. This would ensure that he wouldn't have to worry about the host he was possessing turning against him, like regular Bakura did during Yami Bakura's Shadow Game with Yami Yugi.
** Dark Bakura wanting Mokuba's body for the purpose of possessing him was only in the English dub, not the Japanese version. And even taking that script change as valid, with the normal Bakura being the ChosenOne to host the Shadow RPG in the final arc, becoming "Dark Mokuba" makes no sense. Not only that, but he was betting on Dark Yugi to win his Shadow Game with Pegasus so he can use the opportunity to take his Millennium Eye, therefore Mokuba's corpse wouldn't have been soulless for very long according to his plans. The only explanation is really just Dark Bakura being really inconsistent in the anime version.
* Duelist Kingdom. One of the first things Yugi says about the competition is that he doesn't care about the money. Why the hell, after finding out that Joey desperately needs the money for Serenity's eye operation, does he not just go "Oh, hey, if I win I'll ''give'' you the money, seeing as I don't need or want it"? I find it hard to believe that, even worrying about his grandfather, Yugi wouldn't make that connection, especially when it's ''explicitly and repeatedly'' stated by Joey that he's duelling for Serenity's sake.
** And, in the end, that's exactly what Yugi does. I suppose the argument could be made that the more duelists fighting on Serenity's behalf, the better. (With the real game, this would be true, thanks to {{Metagame}} considerations. If one player is vulnerable only to strategy X, they can get a friend to enter the tournament with a strategy-X-killer deck. But that's getting technical, and really doesn't apply here.)
** Motivation. Joey wouldn't have learned nearly as much or played half as well if he hadn't had an important reason.
* Another Duelist Kingdom headscratcher: why does the gang brand Weevil and Mai cheaters simply for taking advantage of the field advantages and (let's be honest) basically being better duelists? True, Mai also has her scent trick, although it's doubtful that's against any rules; all she can do is predict her next card, which is information she would find out by... playing the game normally. To be honest, it just comes across as petty whining because the gang can't be bothered to stick near a playing field that is advantageous to Yugi's and Joey's monsters, which would give them an advantage of their own and make much more strategic sense. Something you'd think they'd want, given how much is riding on the competition.
** Mai's scent trick is flat-out ''using marked cards,'' and is against the rules in pretty much any card game ever. Being able to know what you'll draw on your next turn is an ''enormous'' advantage in planning your current one. In the Japanese version, Weevil is cheating because he has advanced information on the Duelist Kingdom field-effect rules, which players were supposed to find out the hard way during the tournament.
*** Actually, in the Japanese version Weevil was in fact given the info in advance by Pegasus himself as a prize for winning the Japanese championship. In the English dub, this was changed so that Weevil somehow "stole" the info. The former version exhibits an odd sort of... "legal" cheating whereas the latter is flat-out trickery.
*** Mai never used her scent trick to actually know her card ''in advance'', she only ever used it to be able to know the cards in her hand without looking at them. It would still be illegal, but she only did it to play mind games with her opponent rather than for the usual purpose of marked cards.
** The big problem with the various playing fields is that they encourage exactly that strategy: find a field that benefits you, then spend the entire tournament camped there. Of course, if everybody does that, no duels will take place. ''Someone'' has to be willing to play at a less-than-optimal field for the Duelist Kingdom tournament to work. RuleOfDrama says it's the protagonists.
* Pegasus needed to beat Yugi in an official duel to take control of Kaiba Corp. However, during his duel with Yugi he keeps gloating that he knows what cards Yugi is holding in his hand via the Millenium eye and the duel was going to be broadcasted to the whole world to restore Kaiba Corp.'s reputation. Surely someone would have pointed out that the duel was unfair assuming for example Pegasus has hidden cameras or something, which kind of ruins the whole plan.
** He probably would have edited the recording before broadcasting.
* Ok, so this might be manga-only, but at one point, Yami Yugi is telling Pegasus that Yugi is ten times the duelist he is because he actually trusts his instincts, is willing to take risks without being certain of the outcome, and doesn't resort to cheap tactics (mind reading). Pegasus says that he's a good duelist because he plans so that he can fight without needing to take risks, then his Toon World combo is promptly taken out in one turn. Pegasus then decides to bring up a Shadow Game and specifically thinks "This is a wizard's battle, no normal mortal can endure it. How long can you take the pressure, Yugi-boy?" Soo, Pegasus is trying to prove that he's the better duelist by... cheating so that Yami Yugi can no longer block out the mind-reading techniques because the other half of their Mind Shuffle is unconscious and dying. Really?
** You answered your own question. Pegasus considers himself to be the better duelist ''because'' he doesn't take risks. Magically gaining an unfair advantage is perfectly in line with that statement.
* Something that's been bugging me recently. In Yugi's duel with Panik, he uses Catapult Turtle to launch Gaia into Panik's castle, knocking its Floatation Ring off so that it'll collapse on his monsters when he ends his turn. Yugi ends his turn and the Swords of Revealing Light are extinguished, with the Chaos Shield leaving Panik's monsters trapped inside. My question is, why didn't Panik simply remove the card from the field? He was monologuing to himself just his previous turn that when the swords wore off he would remove the shield so he could attack Yugi's monsters and win the duel. Yugi ended his turn, so he was free to do so, so what was stopping him from removing the card and saving his monsters?
** He [[IncrediblyLamePun panicked]] and forgot all about his tactic.
** Alternatively, he could only remove the shield during his own Main Phase (or at least Turn), and it was technically Yugi's End Phase when the castle fell.
* So, during Yugi's duel with Mai he acts as though the only way he can beat her is to get his hands on the Black Lustre Ritual. Except, he's got a Monster Reborn in his hand, a Dark Magician in the Graveyard, and three turns where Mai can't attack. Why doesn't he do the following--resurrect Dark Magician and take out a Harpy Lady. Mai has two more turns to wait. Take out another Harpy Lady. Mai still has another turn to wait. Take out Harpy's Pet Dragon, who now only has 2300 ATK. Mai can move, but only has one Harpy Lady on the field.
** Swords of Revealing Light doesn't prevent the setting or activation of Trap Cards or Spell Cards. Mai could have used a Trap Card like Sakuretsu Armor or Mirror Force to destroy Yugi's Dark Magician, and then he'd basically be screwed. Besides, you're forgetting that Yugi actually found out earlier that Mai has Harpie's Feather Duster in her deck -- what if she had used that to destroy Swords of Revealing Light prematurely? Yugi is very low on Life Points at the time and can't afford to take any risks.
* Near the end of Yami/Yugi's duel with Pegasus, Yami uses Mystic Box to free his Dark Magician from being an equip on Relinquished (impossible in the real game, but I'll accept that it works here) by switching it with Jigen Bakudan. He then uses Brain Control to take control of Relinquished, then activates Dark Magic Ritual, Tributing his Dark Magician and the Jigen Bakudan to Ritual Summon Magician of Black Chaos. (Again, Tributing the Jigen Bakudan would be impossible in the real game, since Jigen Bakudan is being treated as an equip at this point, not a monster, but we'll let it slide here.) Since Pegasus has no monsters on the field at this point, and Duelist Kingdom rules don't allow direct attacks, Yami ends his turn, Relinquished returns to Pegasus's control, and on Pegasus's next turn, he makes it into Thousand-Eyes Restrict and Yami has to use the Kuriboh + Multiply combo to keep Thousand-Eyes Restrict from taking the Magician of Black Chaos. Except... why didn't Yami tribute Relinquished instead of Jigen Bakudan? It's not clear what would have happened to Jigen Bakudan in that case (in the real game, it would have ended up in the Graveyard, and its effect wouldn't have gone off), but letting Pegasus get Relinquished back, and with no Equip on it at that (meaning it's free to absorb a monster on Pegasus's next turn even if Pegasus hadn't done the Fusion), seems like a pretty bad idea. For that matter, why bother with the Brain Control at all? When Yami played Mystic Box, Pegasus lets out a BigNo because with Dark Magician no longer attached to Relinquished, Jigen Bakudan would only destroy Relinquished. In other words, the coast was clear. All Yami had to do was wait, and let Jigen Bakudan take out Relinquished in a perfect case of HoistByHisOwnPetard.
** But then he'd have to wait for Pegasus to put something else in attack mode, which he probably would never do. Jigen Bakudan destroying Relinquished wouldn't do anything to his Life Points. With him still having Relinquished, Pegasus gets lured into trying to attack with it, leaving it in attack mode and thus letting Yami take out his Life Points when he attacks. Yami had a defense for when Pegasus would try to take the Magician of Black Chaos, so he's not worried about that. Pegasus could have switched Relinquished into defense mode when his plan didn't work, but he uses it to fusion-summon Thousand-Eyes Restrict, and because he just summoned it he can't change its position that turn. Yami couldn't know he would do that, but it's worth a shot to try to get him to attack and fail.
* Why do the mooks throw the kids with no star chips out... but don't realize that there are ''three people'' who aren't even ''part'' of the tournament running around?
* Ok, I know it's mostly RuleOfDrama, but why did Joey try to beat Yugi in the Semi finals? It was very clear from the start that only Yugi beating Pegasus could get his Grandpa and the Kaiba Bros. souls back. In comparison, the money was a reward for anyone. Wouldn't it be easier for Joey to take a dive to ensure Yugi could get to the finals? That way, Yugi could get the souls back, then either pay for Serenity's operation, or give Joey the money, so everyone wins.
** During the duel, their friends explain precisely why. They both duel at their best so the better of them wins. If Yugi can't beat Joey, then it's likely he couldn't beat Pegasus either. Also, they don't think Joey is worse than Yugi, especially when he does very well in the duel. It's also a good way for both to duel each other at their best with important things motivating them (which is why Yugi doesn't say he'll give Joey the money). They have to duel so the tournament has a winner, and have no reason to lose on purpose.
** Incidentally, in the original manga, Yugi decides not to duel Jonouchi at all, feeling that it would just show Pegasus more of his strategies. Jonouchi just hands over the prize card and basically forfeits the duel before it's even played.
** Actually, it's stated at the start of Yugi and Pegasus' duel, in the anime, that the challenger that wins, in this case Yugi, could select ''any'' prize that he wanted from Pegasus, that is within Pegasus' power to grant. It's mentioned that this could even be Pegasus' company. Therefore, ''anyone'' that defeated Pegasus could have asked for the souls to be returned to their proper bodies, just as Yugi did. So, both rewards, the money and the souls, were rewards that anyone could have gained. Then there's the fact that none of the friends seem to ever consider the fact that 1)Yugi has stated he isn't in the tournament for the money previously and 2)Yugi could just give Joey the prize money for his sister's operation, which is what ends up happening anyways. The duel then, as others have mentioned, ensures that whoever wins and takes on Pegasus is the better duelist, thereby being the best man for the job.
* If Pegasus can just make any broken card he wants, for example the toon cards then why doesn't he just make a card that says "Player automatically wins the duel, at any point in the duel you can bring this card to your hand, this card effect can not be negated in any way." Yes the puzzle apparently can't be won by cheating....but isn't reading his minds and using the earlier mentioned op toon cards cheating as well? One could to put on a show or pride (and that probably is the answer) but really if I'd think if he wanted this plan to revive his wife from the dead to work he should try to make the plan as foolproof as possible.
** Because Pegasus is running a tournament. Printing a card like that and then winning with it would be tantamount to the game being rigged from the beginning... which would open him up to lawsuits from every participant for offering a prize that they had no chance at all of winning, as whoever challenged Pegasus would just get "ha! I win automatically" with no way to fight back, making the entire thing a huge waste of time. While the Toon monsters are nigh-unbeatable, making a card that basically says "you win the duel for no effort 100% of the time with no way for your opponent to do anything" would be disrespectful to the game and the tournament, and the entire reputation of the company and the entire game itself would be irreparably damaged by such a flagrant disregard for fair tournament conduct. It would be the equivalent of catching the people running the Olympics setting things so that one country in particular would win; Pegasus' game and company would never be able to recover from such a scandal, and a lot of players would stop playing entirely when they see how little respect the creator of the game has for both it and them. Furthermore, the resulting fallout would probably lead the Big 5 to pull their support from him when faced with the resulting public outrage, rendering his entire goal moot in the first place.
* Ok, so the Duelist Kingdom rules were that players couldn't attack each other directly. So what's the point of summoning any monsters in defense position? If your opponent has a big monster you can't get rid of, can't you just leave your field empty since your opponent can't attack? Why throw away monsters to defend yourself when you don't need defense? This gets particularly bad when players started using cards like "Defense Paralysis" to prevent monsters from being in Defense Mode, yet Yugi still insists on throwing monsters out there only for them to be killed.
** This is particularly bad in his duel against Mai. Where he summons Catapult Turtle in attack mode. If she attacked, he would have lost but bluffed his way out of it. But why couldn't he just activate Monster Recovery right then and there after using Catapult's effect? Why leave a monster out for your opponent to kill?
*** I thinking that Duelist kingdom rules required you to summon at least one monster per turn
*** Exactly that. In the manga, the rules are explicitly stated that you CAN attack directly, but only if you opponent plays no monster (this was how Yugi won his first duel with Kaiba, in Chapters 9-10 of the manga), and then changed to 'if you are incapable of playing a monster, you lose' (this was how Kaiba lost to Pegasus).
* During Yugi and Joey's duel with Para and Dox, they manage to fuse Red-Eyes Black Dragon and Summoned Skull together into Black-Skull Dragon. Then they are told that the Labyrinth Wall is a no-fly zone, and thus can't move because it can only fly. Two things I'd like to ask. '''First''': How do they know that the Black-Skull Dragon can only fly, especially when it has two perfectly good legs to stand/walk on? '''Second''': Considering that Labyrinth Wall has 3,000 DEF while Black-Skull Dragon has 3,'''2'''00 ATK, why didn't they just ''demolish'' the Labyrinth Wall so that they wouldn't need to traverse through there at all?
** With how weird the Duelist Kingdom rules were, it's highly likely that Labyrinth Wall was being regarded as some sort of bizarre field/terrain, and not a monster, and therefore couldn't be harmed normally. In the manga, the justification is that monsters like Black-Skull Dragon who have wings are unable to FIT inside the labyrinth because of how cramped the space is; which still doesn't make any sense whatsoever.
* How was Rex eliminated from the tournament? He said he won 5 star chips and when he duels Joey, they only wager 2 star chips since that's all Joey has. Joey wins so Rex loses 2 stars, but that still leaves him with 3.
** Probably a Player Killer eliminated him, and this could also apply to Mako Tsunami, who only bet two of his three chips against Yugi. There were 40 players invited, so 80 Star Chips total to compete for, but only the first four to get ten chips would qualify for the finals, which leaves 40 chips unaccounted for, which were probably won by the Player Killers.
* Okay I realize this is a world where children's trading card games are SeriousBusiness but why do the characters (especially Tea) act like Joey and Yugi having to duel in the Duelist Kingdom's finals is the equivalent of Pegasus forcing a sadistic fight to the death? It's literally a win-win situation. Yugi wins and then beats Pegasus and he can fight Pegasus have his grandpa's soul free and give Joey the prize money. Joey wins and then beats Pegasus and he has the prize money for his sister's operation and can use Pegasus's one wish to free Yugi's grandpa's soul
* The duel with the ventriloquist (manga)/fake ghost Kaiba (anime). Both versions of the duel have the BEWD self-destruct because of Kaiba (partly because of his hacking in the anime). This happens right in front of one of Pegasus' agents, who sure seems to act like he has judge duties of some sort. Why did he let this stand when it's completely outside the rules (even by Duelist Kingdom standards)? At best the duel should have been declared invalid and restarted; at worst, Pegasus could have achieved his goals right then and there by having Yugi declared the loser due to cheating.
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* At the start of the Battle City Arc, in the anime, Kaiba duels a robot that uses the same deck he used back in Duelist Kingdom. After the robot manages to summon the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon, he makes a remark regarding how the fear he feels is what Yugi must have felt back during their duel, then noting how Yugi ''couldn't'' defeat the Ultimate Dragon and that in order to reclaim his spot as the number one duelist he'll need to defeat the monster that Yugi couldn't. The thing about that is though, Yugi did defeat the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon. Kaiba's monster was literally turning into slime. At the very least, it was neutralized and wasn't going to win Kaiba that duel, failing to do so in the end. The ''only'' reason that the duel ends in Kaiba's favor is because Yugi calls off his final attack and gives up. However, he still, unarguably, defeated the beast. So, what exactly is Kaiba talking about?
** That's a DubInducedPlotHole, as his reaction when Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon is summoned differs in the Japanese version of the anime as well as the manga. In those cases, he wondered if the sensation he felt going up against it was the same sensation that Yugi felt when he faced it at Duelist Kingdom.
* So, how exactly does Kaiba justify giving Joey a 1-star ranking? The dude at the registration office says that Kaiba Corp performed extensive research on all duelists, which they then collected into a database. Even taking into account, as Tristan points out before they get to the office, that Kaiba doesn't like him, Joey's credentials speak for themselves. Second place in Duelist Kingdom. If that's not enough, Mai Valentine and Rex Raptor are both invited to take part in Battle City, through the invitation that Joey doesn't receive. Mai was a Duelist Kingdom finalist and Rex was runner-up in the regional competition that took place before Duelist Kingdom, which secured him an invite to Duelist Kingdom. Joey beat ''both'' of them while at Duelist Kingdom. So, that, on top of his second place ranking in the tournament, seems like it should be more than enough for the database to rank him as a top level duelist. If not, why are Mai and Rex being invited? If it's just Kaiba looking down on Joey, why is he showing any kind of respect to duelists that Joey defeated?
** Because Kaiba does not like Joey on a personal level. Ergo, Kaiba rates Joey low and thinks nothing of him.
* After Yami Yugi has summoned Osiris (Slifer) in order to win against Bakura, Marik decides to cheat by using Rishid/Odion, who is posing as him, to use the (fake) Millennium Rod to release Bakura's good half, who is confused and wincing in pain from the injury Marik gave him. Out of concern, Yami Yugi tries to go over to him instead of attacking, but Roland, the referee, tells him not to get closer to Bakura or to continue the duel, or he will be disqualified. Why? Why would you disqualify someone for attempting to assist an obviously injured opponent? And couldn't Kaiba or Mokuba let that slide? Especially since [[TheRival Kaiba clearly wants to duel Yugi later on]]? Even Joey (obviously) cries foul on this!
** Before Yami Yugi dueled Jounouchi (who at the time was brainwashed by Marik), Kaiba calls him out for believing in friendship. He tells him that Marik will likely use the Millenium Rod to brainwash Jounouchi and pit him against Yugi, which Marik in fact does. He also tells Mokuba that it's a duelist's destiny to challenge anyone who stands in their way, even a friend. This remains consistent with Kaiba, who believes that you have to take down anyone who stands in your way, regardless of circumstances. Kaiba probably thinks that if Yugi doesn't have the resolve to [[KickTheDog attack an injured opponent]], he's not a worthy rival. It's a dick move on Kaiba's part, but again, that's staying consistent with his character.
* I just read the volume of the manga where they start the semi-finals of the battle city tournament, and a question came up: How the hell do they duel on top of a blimp? I know there's a guard rail just in case and that joeys cards get whipped around at one point, and that it's all part of the challenge but there are still quite a few problems with that:1) If they hit turbulence, everyone, especially the duelists and their cards, go flying. 2) It was established they were going at a pretty fast speed, and there are no foot grips or anything so how do the duelists stay standing when they could easily be knocked off. and finally, 3) It's established their high enough up to create a cold windy environment, which is brought up once. Just once. And at that altitude it would be freezing for the crowd too, it would be inhospitable and thus make it near impossible to concentrate. Seriously what was Kaiba on when he designed this, then again [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries he did say he needed to lay off the drugs]] but still he designs a deathtrap of a theme park and yet he doesn't see all the flaws in this?
** Sadly I have the answer to my own question: Rule of Cool meets Dramatic Convenience: As impractical as it is Takashi just did it because it looks badass, and similar problems are present with their previous skyscraper duel but it looks so badass, you don't really care. but it still bugs me a bit though.
** Because it was the only place with a big enough space to hold Kaiba's ego?
** Kaiba's wanted to show how badass he was, that's why he ordered a blimp and a tower.
* During Joey's duel with Esper Roba why doesn't Mokuba stop the duel the moment he finds out they are cheating? It's nice and all to be supportive of brothers but it's Mokuba's ''job'' to stop that sort of cheating. What would he have done if Esper had won, go over to Joey and say "I'm sorry you lost while I refused to enforce the rules but at least some siblings are happy"?
** Espa Roba's brothers count on him as a big brother. Mokuba has a big brother of his own whom he counts on. He feels their pain, so he had to let them off somehow. As he says, "Big brother stories get me every time."
*** So apparently the viewers are just supposed to accept nepotism and arbitrary rule enforcement?
*** You're already supposed to accept the fact that rich people can get away with kidnapping and attempted murder...
*** To be fair, Mokuba did at least stay for the rest of the duel to make sure they didn't give Espa Roba anymore info.
** Let's keep in mind that the Kaiba Brothers upholding the rules of their tournament is completely thrown out the window when Seto allows the duel between Yugi and the Rare Hunter that won Joey's Red Eyes to continue. It's noted that the Rare Hunter hacked his way into the tournament, which automatically disqualifies him. Seto refuses to do anything about it for various reasons, one being that he wanted the Rare Hunters to come to the tournament anyways and another being that he enjoyed imagining Yugi feeling fear at facing Exodia, as some type of dumb payback. Mokuba then claims he'll do something, since his brother gave him the job of enforcing the rules for the competition, but never actually does. So, from the very first duel, these guys have already undermined any type of fairness taking place in Battle City.

* In the first volumes of the manga, the part where the series features more variety in games, there's always been something I can't figure out. There are at least two instances where the strap that the Millennium Puzzle is on gets broken. One happens when a street thug cuts it off of Yugi's neck to steal it, the other when Yugi grabs the Puzzle back from Imori. What bugs me is that in each of these cases, someone is wearing the Puzzle a few panels later (the thug and the Pharaoh respectively in each situation) and the strap is whole! There is no knot to indicate that the torn/cut ends have been tied together, there's no tape, no glue, or anything else that might be used to mend a broken strap. So how in the world did the strap get fixed so quickly?
** I, who work with my hands far too much, wonder the same thing. Possible answer: the strap is not so much a strap and more of a rope/string. If it's as old as the puzzle and from ancient Egypt as well (and the manga seems to imply it is), then it's probably something highly fibrous such as goat hair or plant fibre (probably palm fibre). I know from experience that ropes/strings made out of this kind of thing will simply slide appart if they carry too much weight; a hefty tug will do the trick. But at the same time, a broken string can simply be matted or twisted back together by rolling the two ends in the palms of your hands. This only takes a few seconds and leaves no visible join, so it would be possible that Yugi fixed the Puzzle's cord like this. But it raises another question; if the cord is made of goat hair/plant fibre and is as old as the puzzle, how the hell did it survive 3000 years and near-constant handling without crumbling to dust?!
** [[AWizardDidIt Yami fixed it.]] With Ancient Egyptian Magic[[TradeSnark ™]]!!
* What purpose would having Odion pretend to be Marik serve for Marik? He wants to win Battle City, and in doing so beat Yugi and get the two god cards. So what purpose does pretending to be benign serve at that point? Considering his entire deck is based around summoning and resurrecting the Winged Dragon of Ra ad nauseum, wouldn't it become obvious to everyone as soon as he dueled? But even if his cover hadn't been blown, what exactly does it gain him?
** When Yami Malik faced Yami Bakura and Good Malik, Yami Malik specifically mentioned changing almost all the cards in Malik's deck since taking control. We never get to see what Malik's deck was like before Yami Malik took over and made his alterations, so it's very likely that the good Malik's deck ran with a completely different shtick. The closest we may have come to seeing Malik's original deck is when Yami Malik dueled against Mai, and he didn't seem to opt for the summon and resurrect strategy in that duel at all.
*** No, that duel was based around using and abusing shadow magic. Which also might have tipped the others off. And even then Mai would have won easily if she didn't try to summon Ra. His strategy is pretty pathetic, even by the standards of the first series.
*** You have a point regarding the shadow magic abuse, but I was referring to the fact that the duel between Yami Malik and Mai occurred very soon after Jonouchi's duel with Rishid. So it seems like Yami Malik wouldn't have had a lot of time available to completely restructure the Good Malik's deck to best suit his preferred strategy. Heck, maybe he resorted to abusing shadow magic ''because'' he didn't have a chance to rework the deck and it was his way of "compensating."
*** Assuming the cards he used against Mai were his own deck, that would've made things worse for him, as he used cards that the Rare Hunters used like Des Guardius and Revival Jam, so Yugi and Kaiba, who had experience dueling Rare Hunters, would've been able to put two and two together, and realize that he's either the real Malik, or at best they would think he's an underling working for Rishid/Odion, who they assume is Malik at the time. But still, they would be suspicious of the guy whose deck just happens to use cards used by the other Rare Hunters.
* In the battle city finals duel between Yugi and Kaiba, what difference did the [[ChekhovsGun Red Eyes Black Dragon]] really make? He still would have blocked the first attack with Magician's Selection, lost his Magnet Warrior from the second Blue Eyes, and blocked the final Blue Eyes with Spellbinding Circle. The only thing that would have changed is Kaiba's third attack target (Dark Magician instead of Red Eyes), but the results would have still been the same. It's not like he used the Red Eyes the remainder of the duel anyway.
** In the anime the Spellbinding Circle only lowers the attack of the attacking monster by 700, so that attack would have won the duel for Kaiba if the Red Eyes Black Dragon were not there to take the attack. Also, by standing on the field it gives a power bonus to the Dark Paladin.
** RuleOfSymbolism is in full effect here, as Red Eyes was used to emphasize how Joey/Jounouchi was supporting Yugi in spirit, but it had no impact on the duel at all. Like the original post mentioned, one attack destroyed Yugi's Magnet Warrior, one was stopped by Magician's Selection, and the last one was stopped by Spellbinding Circle. Dark Magician would attack the Blue Eyes that was weakened by Spellbinding Circle instead of Red Eyes, with a slight difference in battle damage. Dark Paladin still would've had 4400 attack points because of the three Blue Eyes on the field, and because he attacked them all at the same time with Diffusion Wave Motion, the damage (1400 per dragon X 3 dragons) would still be enough to deplete Kaiba's Life Points.
* When Kaiba defeats the Duel Robot in the Battle City arc, it explodes. Why aren't the 3 BEWD cards (& the BEUD) destroyed?
** Maybe the cards are made of Unobtainium and therefore indestructible. In the manga, he is able to use a card to block the hammer of a gun to stop one of Pegasus' goons from shooting him point blank.
** If that was when it blew up from Obelisk's attack, I thought those were virtual cards. I could be conflating that with the "Kaiba vs. three-god-cards-Yugi" battle simulation from TheMovie.
* During Battle City tournament, Yami Yugi has two sources of motivation; his first priority is to learn who he is. As the arc goes on he mostly just wants them all to get out alive so that he can keep his promise about dueling Jounouchi in the finals or after the tournament. Okay, so Battle city finally ends, Kaiba blows up Alcatraz, gang stands on top of the blimp and Jounouchi and Yami Yugi put their decks in duel disks. Back to Domino City we go and there's this double page featuring two of them all ready to duel, with the text "Our battle city isn't over!" Chapter ends. Next chapter: flashback to the time Yugi's grandpa found the Millennium Puzzle. Afterwards the memory world starts and no one ever mentions for the rest of the series that Jounouchi and Yami Yugi had a duel. Or that they were supposed to, which is really weird considering half of Yami Yugi's internal monologue that wasn't about card games was revolving around his friend and how he's looking forward to that duel. I've never really watched the second series of YGO seeing that it never aired where I live, so I don't know if this applies to anime or is it just a plothole the manga has. Maybe Kazuki Takahashi was just plain sick of drawing card games at this point that he didn't want to bother anymore, seeing that Jounouchi would have lost anyway. Who knows. It's still really odd how the whole thing was just skipped over like that.
** It's the same in the anime. However, I did not think at all that the arc was incomplete, and I certainly wouldn't call it a plothole (maybe an anti-climax). Also, from Jonouchi's POV, it was not about the outcome of the duel, but rather about the duel itself. He didn't want to face Yugi until he became a real duelist. Them facing off at the end means that he accomplished his goal. It doesn't really matter who wins. Personally, I thought it was a great way to end the arc on a positive note.
** Actually, the reasoning for the duel was that Jounouchi was going to win the REBD back, right? This troper's understanding was their duel was an ante-game just like in Battle City. In the Millennium arc Jounouchi has his REBD back ... so we can draw the conclusion this was a friendly duel that the Pharaoh actually lost.
*** Further to the above, despite Yami's almost perfect win record, this isn't impossible considering the roulette nature of Jounouchi's deck. Throw in heart of the cards, and the REBD being the ante and always being Jounouchi's card in spirit, and the Pharaoh losing so the card can be returned makes sense.
*** As anticlimactic as it is, it's at least consistent. They rarely bother showing the entirety of friendly duels unless something is going to happen (viz. Yami vs. Bakura in Duelist Kingdom). The only thing at stake here is the REBD ante, and they were only playing for ''that'' because Jounouchi wouldn't let Yuugi just ''give'' the card back to him.
* Yugi's duel with Pandora/Arkana has the stipulation that the loser gets their shackled legs cut off by a rapidly spinning, gradually approaching buzzsaw (or gets sent to the Shadow Realm by a rapidly spinning, gradually approaching Dark Energy Disc, if you prefer). That said, how in the hell was either duelist able to hear themselves ''think,'' let alone hear their opponent, with one in each ear? The way I understand it, even the ordinary buzzsaw in your tool shed is an assault on your ears; I can't really imagine two giant saws spinning fast enough for a relatively clean slice would be any quieter.
** It was probably meant to strain the victim; not let you think calmly as you can hear the buzz saw spinning closer and closer...
** The Japanese dub chewed the scenery when explaining the buzz saw gimmick.
** Besides - maybe the saws only spin when they're moving toward a duelist (for that extra bit of torment)? When life points aren't changing, they stay completely still.
* Do we ever find out why Dark Malik/Marik knows more about Ra than his normal self? Unlike the other spirits, he's only six and was actually created by Malik/Marik, only breaking out twice as far as we know. That, along with him suggesting that he might be the real Marik sounds like some WMG fodder. And was his normal self aware even of him all this time?
** Dark Malik/Marik isn't a spirit invading Marik, he's a SplitPersonality of Marik. He'd logically share every memory with Marik, since they're still the same person for the most part. Granted, this only explains why he knows what Marik does, not why he knows more.
** The reason that Dark Malik "knows" the effects of Ra is because he is able to read ''all'' of the text on the card, which is how Kaiba is able to find out all the abilities even before the duel with Jonouchi. As for a reason that Dark Malik could read all the Egyptian text and Normal Malik couldn't -- possibly that was part of the Tombkeeper memories that Normal Malik repressed and transferred to his darker self?
*** Marik/Malik hated his tombkeeper legacy, and thus wouldn't have bothered to learn Ancient Sanskrit past a remedial level. Dark Marik/Malik/Melvin owes his existence to his abusive father, so he didn't neglect his studies.
* In the Japanese version, there is English text on Obelisk and Slifer, which mentions needing to Tribute 3 monsters. But the cards were made before Tributes were introduced, and even then, Pegasus didn't make the Tribute mechanic? So what, did the cards update their text to the new rules by themselves?
** Tributes existed, just not the concept of Tribute Summoning, so it's possible that if the cards were played before Battle City, tributing 3 monsters would just be considered a cost to summon them. And in any case, the premise is invalid, the actual card writing in the Japanese manga doesn't say anything about having to tribute monsters to summon them. (Obelisk just shows its effect of tributing two monsters to wipe the opponent's field, Slifer shows its effect of depowering opponent's summoned monsters and changing its attack points.)
* In Battle City, Joey's last opponent before the finals is Mako. Joey wins and Mako gives up his Fortress Whale along with The Legendary Fisherman. Here's the thing, why did Mako give away his Fortress Whale card? One, he didn't have to, and two, Fortress Whale is a Ritual Monster and since Mako didn't give Joey the Ritual Magic card, there's no way Joey can summon Fortress Whale.
** In the manga, it's not a Ritual Monster, just a two-tribute card, so it makes sense to give it to him. The anime changed it and added a Ritual Magic card, but kept Mako giving away only the monster, thus making him look pretty silly. As for why he gave it away in the first place, technically Fortress Whale was Mako's rare card ante of the match. The Legendary Fisherman was only given to Joey because of the meaning behind the card, not because of the tournament.
* When Kaiba uses the 'Enemy Controller' Magic card, look at the controller: it has a D-Pad and 3 buttons labeled "A", "B", and "C". Kaiba usually inputs the code "Left Right A B" and Joey later inputs a different code "Up Down Left Right A". Why was a "C" button included if it was never used?
** Probably to avoid it looking too similar to an NES controller and risking a copyright suit.
* Why don't they ever take cards from defeated Rare Hunters' decks? I can understand not taking the marked cards, since that would potentially brand them as a cheater, but if their minds are trapped in the Shadow Realm (or whatever it is in the Japanese version), who's gonna miss them? They weren't even supposed to be in that tournament to begin with, so a defeated Rare Hunter whose mind is trapped in the Shadow Realm should equal a big cache of super-powered cards up for grabs. You could say it would be stealing, but how do you think the Rare Hunters got their cards to begin with?
** Because Yami is an ancient Egyptian, and to him, graverobbing is an unforgivable crime (which is what this would be). However, he has been known to take the rare cards that were wagered, since that was agreed upon before the match, and taking that would be only fair. He didn't take any from Seeker because they were counterfeit and/or marked, and he didn't want to use illegal cards like that. In the manga, he did possibly take a Dark Magician from Arkana; you see him use a copy with the exact same art later on, so he probably took it and used it as a second copy. He obviously took Slifer from Strings. As for Lumis and Umbra, all of their rare cards require another card to work (Mask of Remnants requires Des Guardius requires the common monsters they used, Masked Beast requires a ritual spell), so just taking one would be useless.
** That same reason is why he didn't take either Destiny Board or Dark Necrofear from Bakura, And he did take the other two gods from Kaiba and Marik. So, either Yugi did take a card from his opponent, or he had a good reason not to (or, at least, not to put it in his deck).
** His motivation was never to power up his deck. The only cards he ever wins from antes were Red Eyes from Seeker, and the God Cards, and those each relate to some sort of motivation. Yugi took Red Eyes back from Seeker because he took it from Jounouchi. He ended up keeping Red Eyes because Jounouchi didn't feel worthy of owning it, which starts Jounouchi's subplot to become a true duelist. The God Cards are directly tied to the Pharaoh's missing memories, so he needs those cards to learn the truth about his past. It's also later confirmed that Kaiba took Des Guardius from Lumis and Umbra to make sure he went first in the four way duel, since that was decided by choosing a monster, and the order went from highest ATK to lowest. The downside is that whatever card is used can't be used for the rest of the tournament, but that didn't matter in Kaiba's case since he didn't have any other cards that work with Des Guardius.
* In the Yugi vs. Kaiba duel, Yugi gets Slifer on the field, but is afraid to attack XYZ-Dragon Cannon because Kaiba's set card might be the Life Shaver trap. Why didn't Yugi play Pot of Greed before attacking if he was worried about that? If Kaiba's card had been Life Shaver, Slifer would have been reduced to 3000 ATK, which is still enough to destroy XYZ-Dragon Cannon.
* In Yami Marik's duel with Yami Bakura, Yami Marik merges with the Winged Dragon of Ra because his body was the representation of his Life Points. However, when he finally duels the Pharaoh, physical manifestations of Yugi and Marik's souls are the representations for their Life Points, so how come Yami Marik is still the one merging with Ra when he gives it his Life Points instead of Marik? Played out logically, that duel is a decent XanatosGambit for Yami Marik, because if he loses that just means his good side is gone and now he's all Hyde and no Jekyll. Of course, without the Winged Dragon of Ra he has no chance of winning another duel for the Egyptian God cards, but the whole "destroy Ra with Yami Marik attached to it" plan has no basis.
* Even if Yami Marik ''is'' the one merged with Ra, how the hell is "De-Fusion" going to separate them!? You don't de-fuse Life Points from a monster.
** It's because Yami Marik merged with Ra by sacrificing his Life Points, so it's kind of like saying his body and Life Points are fusion material that fuse with Ra. Therefore, when he does use De-Fusion to separate from Ra, he gets back his Life Points and his body reverts to normal.
* How does Malik take his shirt off while wearing the Millennium Ring ''and'' a duel disk? This is pointed out in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' -- he would totally get stuck in his shirt and it would totally be really funny. Does he have some kind of IntangibleMan powers he also uses to take off his bangles and chokers? Did he just rip his shirt (after all, he seems to have brought a spare, since he [[EvilCostumeSwitch swapped]] his cute lavender top for a plain black tanktop when Yami Malik took over)? Why didn't he just take off his duel disk?
* Was it ever explained why Kaiba made a tribute rule? It seems like that kind of screws over his blue eyes white dragon card, making it a lot less useful. The meta reason I know is to make it more similar to the real game but I just unsure why Kaiba would implement a rule that cripples his best cards.
** I'm guessing so that the stronger monsters don't wipe out the opponent before they can summon their best cards. For example, the Egyptian Gods, which Kaiba ''wanted'' to be summoned. And basically so that he could screw around with people that decided to make an ass of themselves during the tournament, like the one duelist he Curb-stomped with Obelisk the Tormentor on the first turn, even though he would've needed to sacrifice monsters to summon it at all.
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[[folder:Virtual World]]
* This drives me crazy. How is it possible that Kaiba never knew Noah existed until that arc? He explicitly mentions watching Gozaburo on TV a fair bit, you'd think the coma/eventual death of an extremely powerful CEO would make the news. And no one ever mentions this to him? Really?
** Especially because this could have been easily handwaved. Something like "Okay Mokuba, I knew this guy existed all along but never mentioned him to you because he was dead and stuff and therefore not important." would have sufficed.
** Noah died AFTER it was decided that Seto was going to live with them, but BEFORE he actually moved in. I can guess that it was reported on the news about Noah's death the day Seto moved in, and given his hellish life there, it's not unlikely he didn't have time to watch TV or read a newspaper. Either that or Gozuboro didn't want to be reminded of Noah's death and payed off every news company in the world to not report the death, because, let's face it, he really did have that much money.
* Less fridge logic, just more a flat out mistake. In a flashback to when they were living in the orphanage, Seto tells Mokuba they would start their own themepark called Kaibaland. This was well before they were adopted.
** He was obviously already planning to take over Kaibacorp somehow even in the orphanage.
** Well, "Kaiba" can mean "seahorse" in Japanese (Or so I've heard), and in Japanese "seahorse" is somehow synonymous with "young dragon", and considering that Seto has a thing for dragon, it's not entirely impossible that the fact he wanted to name his theme park this was little more than coincidence.
* In Noah's Arc, each card in their decks was chosen from the Kaiba Corp database. At this point, all three Egyptian God cards were in the database. Why did nobody pick them? They weren't limitted by rarity anymore, they could each have the triple set.
** Highly impractical, since the Egyptian gods require triple sacrifices, and are handicapped in terms of revival from the grave. And even so, a duel finished with one of the gods would have diminished the significance.
*** Then why didn't only Yugi pick those? you know, having them around all the time and by the final battle, summon all of them to the field and blowing the BigBad.
*** It could also be that they wanted to avoid the wrath of the gods that would come from using a digital copy of the cards.
*** After all they all saw what happened to Odion, they probably didn't want to try to test it again.
** Noah didn't want to allow access to them because they unbalanced the game. As can be seen with his interaction with the Big Five, Noah was ''real'' big on fairness. Also, he didn't want to hand Kaiba an enormous advantage when defeating him was the whole point of the exercise.
* How does a company thats only worth, at most, less than $20 million with very small profit margins manage to get ahold of $100 million?
** Either through illegal means, or because they're just that good.
* I know this series is a poster child for the Screw The Rules tropes, but there's a particularly egrigious example that I felt needed to be mentioned. When Yami and Joey duel the Big Five, Lecter summons the Five-Headed Dragon using a ritual card, stating that he has to sacrifice five monsters, each one with a different attribute. He then proceeds to sacrifice all five of his deck masters. This seems to work at first, until you realize that Nightmare Penguin (Krump's deckmaster) and Deepsea Warrior (Gansley's Deckmaster) have the same attribute. In other words, Lecter not only broke the rules, he explicitly stated what they were before doing so. What the hell is up with that?
** The dialogue in the Japanese version describes Nightmare Penguin as a Wind monster when the list of sacrificed Deck Masters is read off. Which, since Nightmare Penguin ''isn't a Wind monster'', explains ''nothing''.
*** But isn't it in the anime?
* Seto's big test to prove his worthiness to lead KaibaCorp. His mission was to turn $10 million into $100 million in one year. He did so by buying a majority stake in a company, then demanding to be bought out at ten times his purchase price, or else he would fire all the company's employees, whom the now minority owner cared deeply enough about to give in. How in the world did that scheme succeed? The idea that said super-protective owner, who apparently had so much surplus cash lying around that paying off Seto's outlandish demand was even possible, would even allow outside investors in his company at all, much less allow someone else to take over majority control, is hard enough to swallow. But why couldn't he have simply used a fraction of that buyout money to start a brand-new company and re-hire everyone Seto fired? It all makes Creator/LittleKuriboh's alternative narrative, wherein Seto simply pulled a gun on the company owner, much more plausible by comparison.
** It's possible that the old owner owned several companies and had to take resources from all of them to save the one Kaiba took over. Furthermore starting a new company would not be as easy as all that, since the old one may already have control over the market and could continue to do so if Kaiba brought in his own people.
*** If the old owner owned other companies, why couldn't he have those companies absorb the fired employees? And the "control over the market" argument rather assumes customers would remain loyal to a company name, rather than the people who won their business in the first place.
*** Even if the company kept its own clients, it would lose the power of its brand name. A new startup would be perceived as new by those who weren't industry insiders even if it had the exact same lineup as a previous company. Not to mention, many of a company's decisions are made by its investors, who typically ''aren't'' insiders.
*** The company is a funeral home in the Japanese version, that's why the original owner had to give in to Kaiba's demand, though admittedly, that still doesn't explain how he had enough money to ovey Kaiba.
* Why did the Big Five and Noah simply not take over the main characters bodies right away? They clearly could do it, and if I was stuck in a prison, I wouldn't set my freedom on winning a card game.
** Noah ordered them to play the card game and win, and not cheat during it. It's because he wanted to prove to Gozaburo that he was worthy of being the CEO of Kaiba Corp by besting Kaiba and his friends.
*** And, at least in the Japanese version, Noah was lying anyway. He wanted to keep Kaiba's allies busy, and the Big Five were convenient dupes for that purpose.
** How does beating them at a card game prove that Noah is better at running a buisness?
*** Logically it wouldn't, but then neither Noah nor Gozaburo is exactly logical (or sane). Noah probably just wants to "beat Kaiba at his own game."
* Why was Nesbitt so insistent on dueling Shizuka/Serenity besides being the only character who has zero dueling experience?
** You said it best- she had zero dueling experience, and she would be the easiest to take out. Alternatively, he could've been baiting Tristan or Duke (much more experienced duelists) to take the fall for her (which worked out in the end.)
* Why, WHY is the Virtual World arc placed smack in the middle of the Battle City Finals? Granted, it's this troper's favorite arc but 20+ filler episodes (that roughly span a few hours in universe at most) in a middle of a very important "Save the World" plot? Also, this arc gives Kaiba a lot of really good CharacterDevelopment culminating in him finally beating his abusive stepfather... only for him to start Wangsting about it again in the next arc after losing to Yugi. Anyone else think this arc would have fit better ''after'' Battle City completely?
** The anime writers underestimated how long it would take Kazuki Takahashi to finish Battle City, and caught up to him unintentionally. They had to do ''something'' to give him time to finish.
*** In Japan, all shows have 1 new episode a week, all 52 weeks of the year (rather than taking a break for a few months like US television). It's entirely possible that the anime caught up to where the manga was at at the time, and they threw in a filler arc to pass the weeks until the manga could get ahead, and they could continue the main plot. That's exactly why filler arcs exist in any anime based on a manga or video game series.
* What would have happened if any of the Characters would have played a Card that gives them pernament Control over an Opponents Deckmaster? Esspecially against a Member of the Big 5 who played as their own Deckmasters.
** They would lose if the monster left the field without being replaced (as per Berserk Dragon replacing Five-Headed Dragon). Only Nezbitt summoned himself during a duel, probably for this reason. The rest of the Big Five only "summoned" themselves to summon Five-Headed Dragon. If they had summoned themselves and been controlled they would either be separated from their body (or be unable to duel) and lose, have to attack their own monster/themselves but duel normally.
* Why didn't Noah make Marik or Ishizu leave the airship with the other duelists?
** Would you want to drag Dark Marik into your tournament?
*** If I knew who he was, then probably not. But really, doesn't Noah have some sort of camera system that can detect that strange crazy-haired guy standing ''right on top of the blimp''? For that matter, why didn't Ishizu leave? You'd think that with all the weird crap going on inside and outside the airship would tip her off and make her leave her bedroom, wouldn't you? Bakura and Mai were banished to the Shadow Realm and Odion was unconscious, so ''they'' have an excuse, but how did Noah miss the other two duelists on the blimp he captured?
* How did any of the protagonists from the Nezbitt duel on (except Serenity) know what their Deck Master's ability was when Yugi, Tea and Joey didn't know until their Deck Masters told them?
* What were Johnson and Gansley's reasons for hating Kaiba? Nezbitt had his lab destroyed, Crump had his penguin theme park rejected, and Leichter was demoted from first in line to take over Kaiba Corp to a figurehead. Fair enough, but what did Kaiba ever do to Johnson and Gansley?
** As individuals, nothing that we know of, but as a group, they're unhappy with Seto for convincing them that Gozaburo doesn't respect them and promising them they power they deserve (however, this may also because of them being power hungry) if they help him overthrow Gozaburo as the KaibaCorp president only for Seto to not only back out of his end of the bargain, converting the company from war weapons to games but for also supposedly taking whatever power they had. At best, helping Seto was pointless and got nothing from their deal, at worst, they basically lost everything (taken literally in the end).
* What would have happened to Marik's good side if anzu had lost?
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[[folder:Doma/Orichalcos]]
* Why did Yami play the Seal of Orichalcos against Rafael? If he hadn't, he would've lost the duel but nothing was at stake. If neither player uses the seal, the loser can just walk away, soul intact. For that matter, why didn't he just rip up the card to prevent it from being used on anyone?
** That was the point Rafael was trying to make. Yami was so obsessed with winning (not to mention really pissed off) that he played the Seal even though he didn't have to.
** Actually, didn't Rafael cut down the bridge and then say that the winner would get to leave on a helicopter, while the loser had to stay there (presumably to starve). Then again, my memory of those particular episodes isn't very clear.
** It's heavily implied that the Seal takes a person's strongest emotion and uses that to manipulate them.
** It's because Yami has never actually been in a no-stales duel before. The concept is alien to him. He MUST win, otherwise something terrible will happen. In Duelist Kingdom, his grandfather would be locked away for good. Battle City, he'd be unable to save the world from Marik/he'd get sent to the Shadow Realm. Virtual World, he'd be trapped there for good. It never occurred to him that he can lose a duel and be completely fine because that's never happened until then. If you compare that to the Ceremonial Battle, where he can lose and be okay, it shows just how far he has actually come. Him playing The Seal still doesn't work, but for a completely different reason.
** I always thought the Seal was affecting his mind and forcing him to play it.
** He also had that little bit of green stone - it seems to be required and bring out the darker emotions. Not knowing about it, Yami wouldn't have been on guard against that power influencing his emotions.
** It's one of the reasons that setup is so obviously filler. They could have had Raphael mention giving him back one of his God cards, or capturing him for Dartz, or SOMETHING, but instead it comes across as an odd no stakes duel in order to lazily set up the conflict.
** In his mind, he didn't have a choice. He had to win in his mind, and that card was the only thing that would save him. Yes, he should have just accepted defeat instead of playing it, but that was part of his character. He REFUSED to lose under any circumstances.
*** Not really, since he was prepared to lose in the duel against Bakura during Battle City, and would have if Dark Bakura hadn't told him to attack. Developing enough to see that some things are worth more than victory was a big part of his development DK and BC. Case in point, the moment where he nearly gives up fighting in BC after Jonouchi falls into a coma. The duel no longer seemed as important as other things. Orichalcos is a base breaker for a lot of fans because it goes against this development.
*** The difference is he had Yugi influencing him during those points, whereas when Yami played the Seal, Yugi was unable to communicate with Yami, so you can assume any influence Yugi had on Yami is gone. Like he says when he meets Yugi before they duel for the first time, "Without your light to keep me pure, I'm becoming evil." Without Yugi to keep him under control, all he cares about is winning. The point of his first duel with Raphael was to show that.
*** That seems a bit of a handwave to this troper. During the Bakura duel, Yami was very clearly not going to attack until Y Bakura takes over again. In neither manga nor anime does Yugi have to hold him back or tell him not to - he stops all on his own. He shows he doesn't just care about winning. There's also been plenty of episodes where Yugi just vanishes into the Puzzle while Yami does his thing and Yami doesn't go of the rails just because Yugi isn't there to hold him back. And when Yami was alive as Pharaoh and in the Millennium World arc, Yugi isn't around, he doesn't just care about winning but protecting his people. That line about Yugi's light was an add-in to the English dub, and even in the English Yugi tells Yami he has to step up, and it's not about whether he's around or not. He already demonstrated in the Bakura duel that he cares about more than winning, and he's developed far past that point by Season 4, and has shown kindness without Yugi forcing in to plenty of times before. It doesn't make sense to claim Yugi's influence is responsible for all his behaviours.
*** I guess it's just something that's meant to be left open to interpretation then. When I mentioned Yugi keeping Yami under control, I didn't mean him physically having to tell Yami to stop or switching to force him like he did in S1 with Kaiba. What I meant was Yugi may have still had some subconscious control over Yami, due to them inhabiting the same body, like when Yami stopped to think during a duel, Yugi's voice would do the talking (at least in the dub, I'm not familiar with the original so I'm not sure if it carried over from the Japanese version, same with the scene with Yugi and Yami I mentioned earlier). So while Yugi didn't have to actually tell Yami not to attack Bakura, he still had enough control over Yami to not allow him to attack. Whereas in the duel with Rafael, Yami plays the seal in a moment of desperation and since Yugi is locked away behind the seal, he no longer can control Yami, who then begins to play recklessly as his only focus at that point is to beat Rafael as fast as possible to avoid having his soul taken, which is why he uses Catapult Turtle instead of doing the smart thing and simply waiting for the Swords Of Revealing Light to vanish like he probably would have otherwise. That was always what I thought Yami meant by "Without you to keep me pure...", not that he needed Yugi to physically hold him back, just without Yugi's conscience being part of him, nothing was holding him back from doing the same thing he did during his duel with Rafael again. Like I said though, that's just my interpretation, I'm probably wrong.
*** No one interpretation is 'wrong' since the writers didn't make a lot of stuff clear (hence the existence of the Headscratchers). That explanation prob leans a bit too heavy on the dub for me, since in the sub when Yami is in control he does the thinking and strategising without input from Yugi. It could be read that their soul bond influences Yami, but given that he seemed a righteous Pharaoh when he was alive and Yugi was nowhere to be seen I can't really buy into the idea that Yugi keeps him 'pure' just by being around. Also we don't really see that Yami wanted to attack Bakura and Yugi controlled him out of it - if that was the case, Yugi could have just done the same to stop Yami attacking Kaiba in the DK duel. I'm splitting hairs a bit but this part still doesn't make sense to me. (That and Yugi have been puppeetering Yami all this time is kind of a creepy explanation, when you think about it).
* Yami playing the Seal of Orichalcos against Raphael. He plays Card of Sanctity to draw more cards, but laments that he got nothing... except he drew De-Fusion and Hand Control. De-Fusion would have let him split up Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight into DMG and his dragon, at which point he could just re-fuse them. Better yet, play hand control, make Raphael play Necromancy, tribute two monsters for Dark Magician, play De-Fusion, summon Amulet Dragon, and since you have 8 Spell Cards in your Graveyard, you get a 5300 ATK beatstick. And no Seal in sight. He's the King of Games, how'd he overlook that?
** De-Fusion might not have worked; [[ExactWords after all, the Dragons weren't technically monsters, but their own type of card]], hence out-of-bounds for De-fusion to summon back. And as for the Hand-Control thing, no clue.
* Mai's motivation in the Doma arc. She blamed Joey for letting Marik torture her. Quick question, WHAT ABOUT MARIK? She didn't feel anger towards, you know, the guy who actually tortured her?
** HeelFaceBrainwashing, thanks to Dartz and the Seal of Orichalcos. Dartz used the fear inside of her from her earlier MindRape, leading her to believe that the nightmares of being abandoned and the possibility of dying should she lose another duel were true, so that she would accept the Seal and become his latest recruit. The Seal of course [[PowerCorrupts brings out the worst tendencies out of anyone]], which was brutally lampshaded when Yami activated it.
*** That explains why she wanted revenge, but not against Joey instead of Marik.
*** Again, a result of Dartz [[MoreThanMindControl leading Mai to believe that Yugi and Joey abandoned her, and deserved to be punished]]. Making Marik a target would serve no purpose for Dartz, since Yugi and Joey were both chosen ones, while Marik held no such importance.
*** Probably Marik never appeared because it was a filler arc with no connection to the series.
*** Also, the Marik that actually [[MindScrew effed her up]] is already gone. Mai just plain ''can't'' get revenge on him for hurting her. Going after Joey/Jonouchi is the next best thing.
* Mai blaming Jou and the gang is one thing, but why did she join up with Dartz in the first place? Wanting power makes sense, but she has PTSD over Marik locking up her spirit and slowly torturing her. Why would she join up with Dartz if he wants her to use the Seal - which, if she loses, will subject her to spiritual torture all over again? Isn't this basically the equivalent of a character being tortured by electrocution, let's say, then deciding to use an electric weapon themselves that could go wrong and electrocute them and not their enemy? It seems a little stupid for her to behave this way. Also, why didn't she just talk to the gang? Is she having Aesop Amnesia too?
* In the Fourth Season, after it turns out that Pegasus got his soul taken, Yugi and co. are stuck in America with no way back home. A big to do is raised over the fact that Kaiba is their only way back home. What bothers me is that Pegasus is the one that flew them out. Did he not have the foresight to ensure that their flight was round-trip? The very least he could have done was buy them all tickets back home in advance to give them after he explained everything. Hell, Yugi and his friends could have just explained their situation to Pegasus' staff and gotten back on the plane. Surely his staff wouldn't be that uptight to not fly them back without an explicit say so from a conscious Pegasus, especially if they were clued in to what was going on.
** Pegasus probably didn't know how long it take them to finish, and thus, couldn't get tickets for the time they would be leaving. As for his staff, they're a game company, not workers at an airport. Lots of companies in real life wouldn't bother with such a thing, as they would see it as a waste of money. Why should we expect the staff of Industrial Illusions to be any different?
* If Atem can control destiny with his will, why didn't he use it against Raphael? Could have saved a lot of angst.
** Wasn't he only able to control that power after the Memory Arc? Also, he states that Rafael's bond with his monsters gives him the power to alter destiny as well.
** He probably ''did'' control his destiny in that duel, as well as pretty much any other duel he's ever been in. (Exodia topdeck, anyone?) It's just that he didn't realize he could do that until after the Millennium World arc.
* Why does the Seal of Orichalcos adhere to the rules at the time? Or any rules at all? The Shadow Games makes a certain kind of sense, as all object being sought had to be won semi-honourably. But why does the Seal adhere to a childrens card game instead of just taking their souls? The wielders are clearly cheating, why even bother playing the game? And why those rules? Why doesn't it follow Duelist Kingdom rules instead - i.e, the rules that are still standard for anyone outside the Battle City tournament.
** As for the rules, that didn't bug me at all. In my opinion, the duelist kingdom rules were a complete mess. Most of the games were won by things like "Yugi attacked the moon". Not that that wasn't kind of interesting, but the Battle City rules are easier to follow in real life, and Monster Cards with a high attack are less of a GameBreaker.
*** The rules are superior for people watching, but they're still custom rules Kaiba thought up just for his tournament, that became standard rules in his duel academy. As far as anyone else is concerned, in-universe the Duelist Kingdom rules are the actual rules.
*** Maybe he programmed the rules into the Duel Disks so that you can't play by the other rules? Or maybe the rules were so well-received that people started playing by them. I'm at a loss, but as I said, I didn't mind.
*** Well, in the case of Kaiba's programming, in Battle City, Joey tried summoning a high-level monster without a sacrifice, but it didn't work because it didn't follow the rules (this was promptly pointed out to him). So it seems that, yes, Kaiba had programmed them to work under his rules only. As for the seal, it probably follows the rules that either it's user or (if said evil seal has standards) both players decide to use.
*** This makes no sense. First, Dartz's Duel Disks were custom, possibly arcane things. They would hardly be subject to Kaibas rules. Second, the Seal is so unbelievably unfairly broken, that saying its a fair game is just laughable - the user has such a giant advantage, that only one duelist was able to beat someone using Seal without using the similarly broken Legendary Dragons cards - both times against extremely low level players, and both times only with a card he pulled right out of his ass. If you're going to cheat like that, why even bother with the game?
** It's possible the the magic which minds the monster spirits to the card also works on other forms of magic. Once they tried to bring Atlantean magic back into the world, it took the form of trading cards. Same goes for other unrelated forms of magic like the power of the Earthbound Immortals.
* Why didn't Dartz and his men ambush Marik and the Rare Hunters to get the god cards without having to go through Yugi?
** They might have had a harder time locating Marik, and by the time they did, he was already in the middle of the whole Battle City thing, and that would have made things too complicated. Or they could have been waiting for someone to have all three (Marik never got Obelisk).
** Also, it's a lot easier to steal trading cards from a high school student instead of from the leader of an ancient organization of thieves that he rules with dark magic and mind control powers.
* If the Seal of Orichalcos isn't a real card, but a fake made by Dartz, why did it work in Yugi's duel disk?
** Paradius Corporation had investments in practically every important technology and corporation.
*** It wouldn't be worth it to Doma. We're talking about tampering with the software ''and'' hardware of the pet project of Seto Kaiba, one of the greatest hackers in the world -- not to mention the central piece of equipment in a big-money professional sport. And there's no need to do it -- Dartz's men just use their own Duel Disks that would accept the card normally. Why would they bother to make the card work in anyone else's? Just so Rafael can prove a point to the Nameless Pharaoh?
*** The card itself had magical properties, so it probably didn't even ''need'' to work on any Duel Disk, since it would produce the seal even if they were just playing on a table.
* So the soulless Weevil falls off a train. How'd he get to the hospital, much less the same one as Rex, much less right next to him?
** People checking on a runaway train thats stopped in the middle of the desert follow the tracks until they find Rex and eventually Weevil. Both are taken to the same hospital and treated for what they assume is a coma brought on by dehydration.
*** Except that Rex wasn't a victim of the train crash; Joey and Tristan carried him along, and then Kaiba arranged for him to be brought to the hospital.
** In the Japanese version, Ironheart flat-out states that he found Weevil and took him down to the village. The line may have been cut in the dub.
*** In the dub, Ironheart claims that only Yami and Tea were present when he investigated the crash. This leaves Yami to reflect that Weevil was incapable of leaving on his own, and Weevil's fate remains a mystery until the hospital scene.
* What do Timaeus, Hermos, and Critius ''do'', exactly? I thought they made these weird fusions, but they seem to be able to fuse into any monster (and without needing a fusion card to boot), and they even have fairly consistent effects (Timaeus ''always'' fuses with a monster, Critius ''always'' fuses with a trap, and Hermos ''always'' turns the monster it fuses with into an equip spell). And if this wasn't enough, their rules go and turn into ''total'' bullcrap when [[spoiler:the three dragons turn into knights]].
** They are deus ex machinas to counter Dartz's henchmens Deus Ex Machina cards. If you want any kind of consistency, Hermos always fuses with a monster to become an equip card with effects vaguely related to the name of the card it fused with - not the effect - Timaeus fuses with a monster to create an effect monster with an effect completely unrelated to the monster fused to summon it, and the Critius always fuses with a trap card to produce a monster card with effects that somewhat resemble the trap used to summon it, except played out indefinitely and weirdly.
** The way the YGO wiki explains it, their effects can be pulled off in a real life, provided you treat the monsters/equip cards they merge into as separate cards.
** Criteas, Hermos and Timaeus are basically specialised fusion cards, but each card uses different materials as apart of it's fusion. For the Knights version, instead of fusing they equip cards to them and gain their effects.
* Who rides into Death Valley, the hottest place in North America, with no water? Yugi riding on a horse without provisions was reckless enough, but Rex and Weevil qualify as TooDumbToLive for doing it on a bicycle.
** They were both hasty and desperate to see where he was going. Plus, they were foreigners that probably weren't aware of the local geography, and it was night-time, so they probably weren't aware of it at the time.
* In 10,000 years, no one finds it the slightest bit weird that Dartz is immortal?
** Dartz could've discovered a way to alter his appearance. People then would've assumed that he was just one of a long lineage of apocalyptic prophets known as Dartz.
* How did [[spoiler:Mai]] get into the elevator ''and'' manage to stand perfectly upright long enough for it to reach the Pharaoh's floor, even though we see later that the first thing she did after losing her soul was ''collapse to the floor'' in the ''boardroom''?
* If, in Rafael's flashback, he was given a Duel Disk by Dartz, did Kaiba really invent them at all? I mean, considering Rafael looked much younger in the flashback. Because there are some remarkable similarities between the two that aren't present in Dia Dhanks...
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[[folder:Grand Championship]]
* Kaiba creates a tournament? Nothing new. He's too busy to participate? Fair enough. But why is the grand prize a chance to duel Yugi? Kaiba went a little berserk when he heard Yugi lost a duel in the Oricalcos arc, so why would he go and give some of the top duelists in the world a chance to do just that?
** He thinks Yugi "redeemed" himself by beating Rafael, winning the title back, as well as Dartz, who Kaiba lost to ''with'' Yugi's help.
* Why did Kaiba invite Joey? It's clear that Kaiba has no respect for him, and thinks of him as a weak duelist, so why would he invite him to a tournament where he wanted to bring only the top duelists from around the world?
** Answer to both questions; Kaiba wanted to use Yugi's image to promote the tournament, and he knew that Yugi couldn't be beat by anyone since even Kaiba himself couldn't beat Yugi.
** He invited Joey because, for once, the tournament didn't have any stakes to it. If he chose not to invite Joey then Yugi wouldn't be happy.
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[[folder:Memory World]]
* The relationship between Yami Bakura/Zorc/Thief Bakura/Good Bakura is really confusing and inconsistent between adaptations. Are Thief Bakura and Yami Bakura the same guy? In the manga and anime, Yami Bakura identifies himself as having been a thief in ancient Egypt since his first appearance. However, it is eventually revealed that Yami Bakura was actually Zorc the whole time. So why did he take Thief Bakura's identity? The anime shows Bakura merging with Diabound to form zorc, but the manga just reveals that thief Bakura was a servant of zorc. And lastly, what does good Bakura have to do with all of this? Can anyone explain?
** For better or worse, I think what has to be kept in mind is that what we see in the Millenium World arc is not a completely accurate reflection of what actually happened. Also, apparently, but maybe that was mostly about the Kisara/Seto part, the story was supposed to go a bit differently. As for what good Bakura has to do with all of this, no explanation is offered, but I suppose the fact that he's writing letters to his dead sister may have something to do with why he's a suitable carrier of a Millenium artifact. However, I'm not entirely sure if the "dead" part is fanon or canon or just something that appears in the Toei anime.
*** Honestly it depends if Bakura's habit of writing to his sister was a sign of craziness or simply a way of coping with his loneliness. I think you're right in saying that it was an RPG based loosely on the past. Perhaps the writers just changed thier minds about making Bakura a background villain to Zorc. Early video games show a guy named Darknite who has Ahknadin's face and Shadow Magus' armor as the main villain of the ancient Egypt arc.
*** Regarding Amane being dead: it's WordOfGod. Takahashi wrote a book of bonus information called "The Gospel of Truth", which mentions Amane died in a car accident. Personally, based on the letter-writing scene, the contents of the letter, and the fact that Bakura's subplot at that point in the manga is pretty much about him being a NewTransferStudent, I tend to assume her being dead is actually a RetCon. In the letter, he asks how she's doing at school, which is either a pretty batty thing to ask your dead sister or a perfectly normal thing to ask your sister who's alive and well and living in the town you just moved away from. In that case, the letter-writing scene would have just been there to emphasize that he's isolated and homesick, but later Takahashi decided to RetCon her as dead. Which isn't to say it's not also possible that she was actually meant to be dead as of that scene, and Bakura is just a little batty and figures dead people go to school.
*** The school thing could also be a coping mechanism to help him deal with her death.
** From what I get, Yami Bakura was first a fragment of Zorc embedded onto the Millennium Ring. When Thief King Bakura stole it, the fragment decided to mimic his spirit-thus resulting in a new being who's soul was Zorc, and who's memories were Thief King Bakura. The soul later reincarnated as Ryo Bakura.
** The manga explains that Dark Bakura is a combination of both the Thief King and a Zorc fragment. Their souls combined after being sealed in the Millennium Ring, and it's implied that the Thief King acted on his own free will the whole time. Where the normal Bakura fits in this, I have no idea.
* Sorry if this is answered elsewhere obvious, but in the Millennium World story (the dub at least), how is Yami Bakura both Zorc and the Thief King? Was he a combination or what?
** It's been a while since I've seen that, but if I remember right then Zorc and the Thief King were originally seperate entities when everything happened the first time around. (When the Pharaoh was actually alive, not when he was reliving it as a RPG.) I think, sometime near the end of the battle/events, the Thief King merged his soul/spirit with Zorc to gain more power to destroy the pharaoh. Or they just ended up getting stuck together when Atem sealed them both away.
*** I believe Thief King was a citizen of Kul Elna trying to avenge his people by summoning Zork, who bore the hatred of the people used to create the Millenium Items. Presumably the first time 'round, he succeeded in doing that on his own, without Yami Bakura causing a DiabolousExMachina. From there, Things probably went as the above poster said, and the resultant combination of Zorc and Thief King Bakura was Yami Bakura.
*** My theory is that Thief King summoned Zorc to avenge Kul Elna. They aren't the same person and never actually merged, Zork though possessed Thief King and actually repressed him. There's a part in the Millenium World story where Zork stops controlling him and he sounds and acts differently than he was. Furthermore the spirit of the ring is only Zorc, Thief King's soul is in the ring too, but like before, its repressed.
* The fact that Ryou Bakura barely reacted to not being possessed any longer. Maybe I skipped the important blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but assuming that he was possessed 90% of the time, shouldn't this have been a big deal? Shouldn't this elicit any kind of reaction?
** He spends the several days that it took to finally kill Zorc outside the illusion - he probably adjusted to it then, off camera.
** Well actually, he's not outside the illusion: in the manga, he's still possessed during this time by Yami Bakura when they're playing the RPG, and in the anime, he's sort of... passed out on the floor, and he doesn't regain consciousness until the game ends. And then he passes out again due to starvation. Would you accept him finally getting to eat something as a reaction?
** The manga has a one month TimeSkip between the Shadow RPG and the Ceremonial Battle. Bakura had plenty of time to get used not being possessed anymore.
* On the same vein as above, in the manga after Battle City is said and done, Yugi has the Millennium Ring, and hides it from Bakura (which is a VERY good thing). But then why does Bakura have to go out of his way to try and find it and then PUT IT BACK ON?! This has bugged me for a LONG time, since Bakura knows Yami Bakura is in there (he has at least two on-screen conversations with him), and so he has to know what's going to happen when he puts in on. I mean, does YB have the power to wipe the memory of himself from Bakura? Please, someone come up with a better explanation than that.
** I assume you're going by the manga? Because in the anime, it appears that YB haunts him, and then there's this slightly creepy scene in the church... Anyway, back to the manga. As for the memories, I think it's less of a power to wipe memories, but rather that he doesn't allow him to be conscious at the same time. It was similar with Yami and Yugi, in the beginning. Yugi had no idea what was going on. During Death-T, he finally confesses to his friends that he loses his memories from time to time, and that there is "something" inside of him that scares the hell out of him. Also, Yami tells Anzu not to tell Yugi about their visiting the museum, which means that Yugi was probably somewhere "asleep" in his own spirit room, or something like that (voluntarily, in this case.) As for Ryou putting the Ring back on, it seems that it controls him even if he doesn't wear it. During Duelist Kingdom, he doesn't actually put it on (the others rightfully freak out when they realise that he brought it with him in the first place), but Yugi notices that he zones out when he holds the ring in his hands. I think it can kinda be assumed that the spirit somehow transferred a part of his soul to Ryou (just like he transferred a part of his soul into the puzzle) to make sure he can control him even when the ring is lost.
** But you're right, it is quite problematic that Ryou KNOWS that the spirit is evil. Maybe that WMG about Ryou being the most evil character is right? My theory is that the spirit somehow (after kind of bonding with the gang in the manga) convinced him that he wasn't evil (anymore), and, just like Yami, he only wanted to regain his memories.
*** He only voluntarily takes it back in the manga (in the anime, he takes it back after being re-possessed). If I recall correctly, Ryou's conversations with Bakura in the post-Monster World manga generally consist of Bakura claiming he's 'changed' and 'wants to help'. If Ryou's as gullible as the rest of the cast (which is entirely possible), that's a plausible enough explanation for him taking back the ring; his normal form can't 'help' as much as Bakura can. I also think the theory about Bakura leaving a bit of his soul in Ryou could be true; considering how CrazyPrepared Bakura tends to be, it seems like the kind of thing he'd do in case Ryou lost the ring.
** My theory is that the Items have an effect on their users that makes them keep them. Yuugi is uncomfortable in the manga loaning the Puzzle to a museum for one day, and refuses to leave without it. This is even before he knows about his other self. He flatly refuses to leave the Puzzle in a fire even though it might have cost him his life (he even ended up in the hospital afterwards). It's not a stretch to think that the Ring - even without Yami Bakura's influence - could have a similar effect on Ryou.
** Two words: Stockholm Syndrome.
** [[https://desertrose3000.tumblr.com/post/145511263929/sonofasphinx-thewittyphantom This post]] goes into a ton of detail about how confusing manga Ryou is.
* What the heck were Thief King Bakura's followers, anyway? Where did they come from? Why are their eyes glowing? Why do they look like zombies? If they are zombies, how did he resurrect zombie henchmen?
** My best guess is they're some of the souls of Kul Elna giving him a hand? How on earth he got them to be solid I have no idea (maybe they aren't, and they're just an illusion? I don't know, did any of them actually touch a character?), but them being the dead souls sounds good.
** I like to think that they were some sort of ancient Egyptian [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime ReDeads]] that Bakura managed to enslave or domesticate. Similarly, the mummy creatures from the Pyramid of Light movie were Gibdos.
* When Yugi and his friends found the pharaoh's name, there was only one cartouche in the tomb. Egyptian ''queens'' only had one cartouche, but all Egyptian kings had ''two cartouches'', kind of like how most people today have a first and last name. And also, Egyptians did not write down vowels. (The "ah" sound was combined with a guttural sound for which there is no English equivalent, but it was treated as a consonant, as was the "ee" sound.) So Yugi had no way of knowing if Atem's name was missing some letters. If they technically found only half of Atem's name shouldn't he have been unable to stop Zorc?
** Yugi showed Atem the Hyeroglyphs and Atem was able to read it, because he's egyptian. I don't know why that's so hard to guess.
** I think his point wasn't about him reading it but rather that part of it was literally not available to be read. But to answer, if it works like a first and last name like you said, then it's possible that only the first name was necessary.
* Somewhat related to my above entry, if Atem was able to use his name to invoke forces powerful enough to stop Zorc, then why didn't he just destroy Zorc in the first place rather than sealing himself and Zorc away for thousands of years? It would have saved a lot of trouble, and by not destroying Zorc in the first fight it seems Atem took a huge and seemingly (to me at least) out of character gamble. Bakura/Zorc basically points out during the Memory World arc, "You idiot, you can't even remember how you beat me the first time!" And then the only thing that guaranteed that Yugi would find his name was rule of plot, not to mention Yugi couldn't even read Egyptian hieroglyphics on top of the fact that Egyptians had a nasty habit of ''not'' writing down the letters they considered to be vowels. And then he had to find the pharaoh in the mess and confusion of battle to actually give him the name.... There were so many little things that had to go exactly right in order for Atem to beat Zorc, otherwise all he did was delay the end of the world by not destroying Zorc 3000/5000 years ago.
** His name probably only had that much power in the game world.
** First, he didn't have enough power to summon Horakty the first time around. In the memory world, he had his friends with him. Also, it doesn't matter how many vovels a written language is missing, if you're a native speaker of that language, you can read it. Yugi didn't read the name from the cartouche, he showed Atem the picture of exactly what he saw, and Atem read it. Makes perfect sense to me.
*** While Atem may be a native speaker, he doesn't get his memories back the instant he goes into the memory world and it's been 3000 (or 5000 if you go by the dub) years since he's last needed to read his native language. If I recall correctly, in the Japanese version when Malik showed Atem his back after Battle City, Atem remarked in a voice over/thinking to himself "I have no idea what this says." Or something to that effect and he only figured it out because the placement of the Egyptian Gods was the same as the stone he'd seen at the museum. This kind of makes it seem like those years of boredom he spent stuck in the puzzle caused him to forget how to even read his own language.
*** In the manga, Horakty comments that his name is the 'spell to drive back the shadows' and it's heavily implied several times that the Pharaoh is some kind of demigod. Whether or not he knew the names of the Egyptian Gods originally is debatable, as (also in the manga) Bakura speaking to his past self implies that he was meant to defeat Slifer during the battle between Slifer and Diabound in the city. In other words, the Pharaoh must have been able to summon the Gods in the past to survive the first Diabound battle in the palace. However, it takes Horakty, i.e. the union of the Gods, to defeat Zorc. In other words, the Pharaoh being godly wasn't enough- he needed the unity of the Gods. It makes sense that he needed his future friends to do this, as he only realised the Puzzle's true power was of unity when in the future (in Millennium World he still has his future memories). Perhaps originally he was too concerned with protecting his country to want to put his priests at risk to inspire this power. The potential was there, but as Horakty says, his friends were the keys to bringing it out.
*** Or, since the darkness is born of people's hearts, as Zorc says in the manga, it can never really be defeated. Atem had sealed the darkness using himself as the key in the past. He was then fighting just to prevent Bakura winning the game- and since his name technically defeated Zorc in the real world, he needed it to do it again. By winning the game he prevents Bakura resurrecting Zorc in the real world.
* Why in the world were the priests wasting time trying to take out Diabound instead of just killing Bakura. I spotted at least a dozen instances in which Bakura could have been killed, sparing everyone so much trouble...
** The first time Bakura showed up, the priests had never fought anyone powerful enough to stop them from just sealing the opponent's Ka. Also if they're not attacking Diabound then Diabound is free to blast them. And Diabound was shown several times to be faster than they are.
* Why did Yami Bakura need to know the pharaoh's name? At first it seemed like he needed the name in order to free Zorc, but he freed Zorc before he found the name in the game, and if he'd won the game, than Zorc would be free, name or no name. It seems like the only one who needed the name was the pharaoh.
** He didn't. He initially thought it was the key to releasing Zorc/himself (and the fragment of his soul presumably never learned otherwise), but the only thing he really needed was access to the Pharaoh's memories.
** Have to disagree on that- he did need the name, so he could open the door to the afterlife in the real world using the items and free the 'shadow power' on the other side, as he said in the manga. Winning the game would keep the Pharaoh out of the wayso he could do that, and unleash the real Zorc.
* After all that time he spent with them, why didn't Ryuji/Duke come with Yugi and co. to the museum/Egypt in the last arc? He even complained about not being invited in the anime.
* In the Millennium World manga/anime, why doesn't anyone move their ka's around more, to try to dodge attacks, and the like? They may be dueling, but they're not playing a card game, and trying to dodge and block would make more sense than letting your monster just float there, waiting to get hit by an attack that you ''know'' is going to hurt.
** For starters, none of them are exactly well trained in fighting with Ka - Thief King Bakura's first appearance is the first ''real'' fight involving Kas. Everything previous was a CurbstompBattle either through the Millenium Items sealing away the opponent's Ka, or blasting Ka-less people. Secondly, presumably making your Ka move in a complicated manner requires more concentration than just having him stand there. Thirdly, they usually are protecting something or other which restricts their movements. (The Priests were protecting the Pharaoh, the Pharaoh was protecting his father's remains then the people, etc.)
* If Blue Eyes White Dragon is [[spoiler:Kisara]], then what would that make the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon?
** The White Dragon God, like in Egypt?
*** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Triplet]] [[TwinThreesomeFantasy Foursome?]]
* As there isn't a Ceremonial Duel section, I'll ask this here: How did the Pharaoh lose? His hand still contained four cards. Best case scenario (for Yugi/Silent Magician LV5), one of these were Kuriboh, a monster yet to appear in that Duel. Worst case scenario, it was BLS - Envoy of the Beginning, a monster the highly similar [[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX Tour Deck]] shows him to have. Even if neither card were among those four, that still leaves four cards at the Pharaoh's disposal. How could none of them prove of any use?
** Rule of drama? Both duelists had used up their most powerful/iconic monsters, and ending the duel by running out of cards, the effect of Magical Cylinder, Mystical Refpanel or Catapult Turtle or a single attack by something weak like Celtic Guardian, Sangan or Magician of Faith would be too much of an anti-climax in the mind of the writers.
* So in Millennium World there was such a thing as magic- both good and bad people alike could summon ka, the reflection of their souls. So why is Atem, supposedly the most powerful character, unable to summon a creature without his Puzzle? Does this apply to the other priests? Mana is clearly able to summon Dark Magician Girl with no item. True, the Pharaoh gains Mahad as a protector but only because the latter sacrificed himself. Or is this also something to do with his name also? Is his real ka Horakty and he needed to remember his name to pull this one off?
** Probably has something to do with the fact that he was also injured at the time he didn't have the Puzzle- summoning requires energy. Instead, his 'will to fight' calls Mahad.
** They tell you that people with items can call three monsters from one of the shrines at Wedju. The characters also have personal ka, which they don't need the items for. For example, Duos is Seto's personal ka, while (I assume) he would need the Rod to call Blue Eyes. Same applies to the gods- they are creatures from the shrine. Mahad becomes Atem's personal ka later on.
* Anyone know why, in the manga, Seto laughs like a maniac when told [[spoiler: the Pharaoh survived the fall from the cliff?]] Is it a sign of respect or something? He doesn't seem to be angry or upset, especially when compared with Akhenaden's reaction.
** I just assumed it was... not exactly happy, but a "triumphant" kind of laugh. Seto wasn't exactly following Akhenaden’s logic of "Become the new pharaoh" at that point, so he was probably pleased at knowing that the Pharaoh was alive; at that point, it was Seto’s goal to protect him, after all.
* Why is the BEWD so strong in the Millennium World, to the point where they say it rivals the three Gods? True, this theory is never tested in battle, so it can't be known what the comparison is, but in the card game the main rival has always been Dark Magician, with 2500 ATK to the BEWDs 3000 respectively. Or is it just that the bond between Seto and his dragon had to be explained, so the need to find people's ka had to be worked into the plot in a fairly legitimate way? If we were talking about Exodia, that would have made some sense.
** It's possible that all Blue Eyes cards ''combined'' equalled the power of Kisara's Blue Eyes. The Egyptian God cards, which only had one copy each, would therefore seem more potent in card-form by comparison.
*** And, in fact, Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon ''does'' have greater ATK than Obelisk, the only one of the three Egyptian Gods to have a fixed ATK in the first place.
* Bakura's Card Killer combo depends on Yugi choosing the Red Box, leaving him with the Black Box, which destroys his graveyard. Supposing Yugi chooses the Black Box?
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[[folder:Other]]
* In the manga (possibly not in the anime), it is revealed that Seto cheated to win the chess match against Gozaburo which led to his and Mokuba's adoption. Which begs the question: ''HOW DOES ONE CHEAT AT CHESS???'' The only two ways I can think of (performing an illegal move and switching pieces around when one's opponent isn't looking) would never succeed against a player of world-class skill, which Gozaburo is clearly stated to possess. Did he read his mind?? HOW DID HE DO IT?? (The cheating was probably put in to illustrate Seto's desperation to get himself and Mokuba out of the OrphanageOfFear and his determination to win at all costs, as well as to provide the moral Cheating Is Bad ("Now remember kids, if you cheat, you will be subjected to [[spoiler:years of constant and systematic child abuse]]..."), but STILL. Has Kazuki Takahashi ever ''played'' chess??)
** That's why the dub pulls a Woolseyism on this scene: instead of being claimed to cheat at his chess game with Gozaburo, Seto instead won simply by studying Gozaburo's chess strategies, which is much more reasonable.
** Even though I believe that Takahashi really wrote cheated (as it appears in the German version too, unless it's a translation of the American version), it's possible that he meant "tricked him", as in "tricked him into thinking that he was a weak opponent when he actually wasn't".
** There are ways to cheat in chess. If Gozaburo underestimated Seto, the later could've pulled an illegal move (like intentionally put his own king in check) without Gozaburo noticing. It's all about psychology.
** Also, Seto could have found a way to sneak some kind of assistance during the game, like having a hidden chess computer giving him moves.
** At least one translation I read said something like "The whole game was a setup!!", which could be taken to mean ''Gozaburo'' deliberately took a dive so he could have ''two'' kids [[WouldHurtAChild that he could abuse to his heart's content]].
* Here's the big question: Why don't they just shoot Yugi and get over it?!?
** Because of the Puzzle, basically.
** Apparently the Puzzle can produce some sort of protective shield, as seen in the anime in his duel against the Player Killer of Darkness in Duelist Kingdom.
** Because even if they ''did'' just shoot Yuugi and try to take the Puzzle, the Puzzle would not let them. It's shown (in the manga at least) that Atem is capable of creating illusions/hurting people/generally using magic even inside the Puzzle. For whatever reason, I don't think he'd be willing to go happily with someone who murdered [[HeterosexualLifePartner Yuugi]].
** In the manga, there's at least two instances of Atem being able to take control of Yugi's body even if Yugi's soul has been trapped in something else. One instance was a soul eating jar, the other was Bakura's lead miniature. And in both the manga and the anime, Atem is perfectly able to stand up and continue the duel with Pegasus even after the strain of the Shadow Game caused Yuugi to collapse. So unless the gunshot physically crippled the body they share, shooting Yuugi would probably do nothing more than bring the wrath of the Pharaoh down upon your head. Even then I'm not sure how safe you'd be from a crippled and pissed off Atem...
** Also, there's the one chapter with that "medium" who wanted to rape Anzu. He sends off Yugi to the library, where he has planned a trap for him. In the last second, Yugi deciphers the meaning of the "premonition" the guy told him earlier. The bookcases fall, but Yugi (or rather Yami Yugi) stands in the exact same spot, thinking that this was close, and if he had noticed only a little bit later... IMO, this implies that he can shield his body with his puzzle, but maybe only outside of games? Or when the plot demands it?
*** I was always under the impression that Yami just calmly sidestepped the bookshelves at the last possible moment, since Yugi was standing near the end of one of the falling ones. Although in the anime's version (sub and dub) of the duel with Panik, Yami DOES use the puzzle to shield himself from the flamethrowers.
** I believe this is because the puzzle has to be 'won', not stolen. So if even if you get past the pharaoh and the magic of the puzzle and manage to kill Yuugi, you wouldn't be able to harness its power because it was not won in a proper battle (I think Marik explained this once), you stole it instead from the cold fingers of a dead boy.
*** This is canon according to (at the very least) the English Duelist Kingdom anime and Millenium World manga, as well as the Duelist Kingdom callback episode somewhere around the time of Battle City where Bandit Keith tries to kill Yugi only ''after'' he fails in winning the puzzle for his puppeteer.
* This wasn't in the manga, but it was in the anime and it pissed me off: When Bakura stole the Millennium Eye, Shadi turns up, thinks Yugi did it and went in his mind. Thing I don't get is, when he realised it wasn't Yugi who did it, why didn't he stick around and keep looking for the culprit? If he'd have just followed Yugi for a bit, he'd have seen Bakura and realised that he was the only one who could have committed the crime. Instead, he just buggers off back to wherever the hell he came from, having achieved nothing. Also, if he's meant to be so creepily all-knowing (they showed earlier in that episode that he knew stuff about Pegasus that he shouldn't have been able to know), why didn't he know it was Bakura anyway? I know they were trying to fit a "season 0" plot into the series so we'd know who Shadi was, but it still irritates me.
** I'm guessing that after Shadi went into Yugi's mind, he realised that it wasn't a simple matter of the Millennium Eye being stolen, but of [[BecauseDestinySaysSo destined events playing out]]. Similar to the Toei anime and manga where his initial reaction to Yugi having the Millennium Puzzle is to try and take it from him. When he realises that Yugi can use its power, he understands that it is ''meant'' to belong to him.
** Same troper as above, and this is another adaptation of the manga that annoys me. During the duel against Bakura in Duelist Kingdom, they make a big thing about one of the heroes having to be sacrificed to get rid of the Man Eater Bug. Incredibly sad, I'm sure. But then, it's Yugi's turn. Why doesn't he just summon another monster and sacrifice that?
*** Did we see his hand? Perhaps he didn't have another monster?
*** The actual text of Man-Eater Bug allows the owner to destroy any of their opponent's monster cards on the field when Man-Eater Bug is flipped. Even if Yugi had played a crap monster to attack Man-Eater Bug, Bakura would have chosen to take out any of the other monsters in play anyway. The effect doesn't apply to whatever monster attacks Man-Eater bug.
*** The sacrifice wasn't so much as to attack the Man-Eater Bug, as it was a sacrifice to activate the Horn of Heaven card, which in the real game at least requires a sacrifice in order to activate. Though that still leaves the question of whether or not Yugi had another monster card in his hand.
*** At that point, he had already put four of his friends into the game. He was probably worried that he might accidentally play ''himself'' if he played another monster.
*** He had a Magician of Faith face down. If any of his other friends were sent to the graveyard, he could revive them by using Magician of Faith's effect to bring Monster Reborn back from the graveyard and play it. However, if Magician of Faith were destroyed, there would be no way to get Anzu back. Whether he let the Man-Eater Bug activate its effect or played his Horn of Heaven, he'd lose a monster either way, but by playing the Horn of Heaven, he got to choose the monster instead of Bakura, insuring that it wouldn't be [[MoreExpendableThanYou Magician of Faith.]]
** Bakura's actions in that duel are also bizarre. In the last turn, immediately before he plays Change of Heart in order to (so he thinks) take control of Yugi/Dark Magician, he summons a monster in defense mode. This is pointless, because if he had just attacked with Dark Magician, he would have won without needing any other attacks (and his monster was in defense mode anyway, so it wouldn't have mattered). Because he did this, Ryou/Change of Heart takes control of his own monster, costing Bakura the duel. If he had just [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim played Change of Heart and attacked]], he would have won. The writers kind of wrote themselves into a corner with that one.
** Bakura actually played Lady of Faith in Attack mode. Now, it might be just me, but if I were to use a finishing move in a duel, I would always have a plan B in mind. Lady of Faith has 1100 atk, while the weakest monster on Yugi's field (In this case, Magician of Faith/Tea, who was also in attack mode due to the effects of being a flip monster) had 300 atk. Yami Yugi had 500 LP at the time, and even if Bakura's Change of Heart didn't work (due to...something?), Bakura would have still had the advantage of winning, as it was still his turn (More specifically, his Main Phase 1 transitioning to Battle Phase). Luckily, due to the Power of Friendship, this never happened.
** Regarding the same situation as mentioned above, I was always confused as to why Pegasus never forewarned Yugi and co. about Bakura. I know he dies in the manga, so there they have no way of knowing, but in the anime, he is very much alive and could have contacted Yugi privately at any given time to discuss the whole deal. If they can go the whole DOMA arc with directions and clues to defeating Dartz and Paradias and whatnot, then at some point Pegasus can say, "Oh yeah, Yugi-boy, by the way, your pale-skinned, sometimes-evil, antisocial friend tore my Millenium Eye out and then went on his merry way. Take care!" It wouldn't really make much sense, but at least there'd be consistence of some sort. I am forced to believe that either the writers of the anime wanted to imply that the shock of having an eye torn out of its socket for the second time in his life caused him enough trauma to forget what led to the event, or they thought we'd all be stupid and forget that little detail.
*** Bakura had demonstrated before the ability to erase people's minds using his Millennium Ring.
* If Kaiba despises his stepfather so much, why does he keep his name instead of just using his old name? He must have known it when he went to the orphanage. And why does he continue to glorify the name by keeping his company named Kaibacorp and building Kaibaland? Even if you don't despise the previous CEO, changing company name is just good sense when shifting focus.
** Well, it's possible that by making the Kaiba name associated with him instead of his stepfather and the company name associated with games instead of weaponry, he's achieving a "victory" against his stepfather.
** Exactly. Seto took the name of Kaiba away from him.
* I was just chatting with a friend, and we realized there are multiple scenes in both the manga and anime where Yugi/Yami end up lying face down on the ground, with the Millennium Puzzle underneath them. I've had to lay on top of objects before, and it's not the most pleasant position in the world. But when it's seen in the manga/anime, Yugi looks as if he's laying flat on a bed without the slightest bit of discomfort of a chunky metal object being pressed into his chest/abdomen by the weight of his body on top of it. How is that possible?
** In case you haven't noticed, the weight of his body isn't a terribly large amount.
*** Maybe not, but he certainly weighs more than a feather. I'm short and not that heavy either so I'm usually the one who has to crawl into tight places around the house, but if I end up having to lay down on top of something with an edge on it, I'm uncomfortably aware of it. And the puzzle definitely has distinct edges rather than rounded ones...
** All the times I've seen it, the Millennium Puzzle miraculously swings very left or very right, so Yugi/Yami doesn't suffer pain to their bodies when the Puzzle ends up on his side and not under him.
* The fact that Kaiba changed outfits before going to rescue Mokuba, who had been kidnapped by Bakura, doesn't really bug me, but I think it's just incredibly silly. Am I to assume that he has a secret wardrobe in his office where he stores his duel attire, just in case someone challenges him between important meetings? Does the outfit make him feel stronger? Seriously, what the hell. "Sorry, Mokuba, I'm too late and the bad guy almost killed you, but I really HAD to put on my lucky coat."
** I always thought the purple coat was more of a housecoat than a going-outside coat. Also, the other coat has gadgets and possibly body armor in it.
*** He was wearing his white suit, not the purple coat. And even if, it was a dangerous situation for his brother; unless he was naked, he should have just stormed out. But I guess I can live with the "gadget and body armour" argument.
*** He has a Batman style elevator that lets him change clothing on the way. After all he needs to be ready to duel at the drop of a hat, and it wouldn't be the first time someone had decided that the fate of Kaiba Corp depended on a duel.
* Why did Joey's parents have a SolomonDivorce? It was obvious that Joey loved his sister, and that it really hurt him to be separated from her. Adding to that, his dad was a drunk and a gambling addict (which I'm going to assume was the reason for the divorce). Why leave a child in that kind of environment? Did she have some kind of vendetta against her son or something? Why the hell would she leave her own son in such an obviously abusive environment?
** ValuesDissonance. As far as I know, in Japan, the elder child stays with the father, the younger with the mother. I don't know if that has a legal or traditional basis, but unless there's a very good reason for both children to stay with one parent, they don't. Yes, an alcoholic gambler could be considered a good reason, but we don't know if he was one before. Sadly, we don't find out nearly enough about his family. Or anyone's family (including Yugi's!)
* Go to the comics. Take a close look at the players' hands, the way those hands handle the cards. Instead of putting the cards on the Duel Disk, they seem to be magically dropping the cards straight to the field. What?
** Probably just drawing inconsistency.
* In the Anime, is it ever explained why Yami didn't just Mindcrush Duke's Cheerleaders? They were insulting and physically assaulting Joey the entire time the duel was going on and the gang just let's them off without a word? WhatTheHellHero?
** Anime Mokuba, manga Keith, and Toei Mr. Karita instances aside, you can't give someone a penalty game without playing a game with them first, and since Yugi was dueling Duke he couldn't do anything until the game was won.
*** Manga Keith both lost ''and'' cheated in a game within Pegasus' tournament, fulfilling not only one but ''both'' required conditions for a Penalty Game.
** As stated above, if you read the manga (not just the anime, the dub, or the Abridged series) you'll know how the Millennium Items work. You can't punish/kill someone with your Millennium Item unless you beat them in a game first. Otherwise there wouldn't be a need to play ''any'' game to begin with, which would open another headscratcher.
** It still makes one wonder why Tristan or Tea didn't do anything about it. Deal or not, one of their best friends is being harassed and taunted by a bunch of obnoxious girls, and they're not even going to say one word of protest against it? Even if he wasn't allowed to do physically anything about it, Tristan could've at least said something like "Don't make me come over there!", just to shut them up.
** Honda and Anzu are considerably worse friends in the anime. In the manga they were quick to support Jonouchi early on in Duelist Kingdom, while in the equivalent anime episode they were putting him down. I'd say not standing up for anime!Jonouchi getting bullied by cheerleaders is almost in-character for anime!Anzu and anime!Honda
* This might be explained in the manga, but I've only seen the anime and I have to wonder... okay, so at the very beginning of the series, Seto challenges Solomon Motou for his Blue-Eyes White Dragon card and, after getting it he tears it up so it can never be used against him. But... why bother? The fourth Blue-Eyes was in the care of an old man who was A) not a professional duelist anyway, and B) considered the card to have too much sentimental value to use it. If Seto had just left it alone Mr. Motou would have kept it in that little wooden box that no one was allowed to touch and Seto would never have had to worry about it being used against him!
** He also destroyed it because you can only have 3 of a card in a deck.
** Well, it's a matter of principle. Also, inevitably, eventually the card would have fallen in Yugi's possession (because Grandpa Mutou probably won't be living that much longer.) In the manga, Kaiba also acquired and destroyed all other copies of the card.
** Basically, the first half and second half of Episode 1 are very far apart from each other in the manga. In the manga, Seto tried to get Solomon's card before he got the other three. Yami Yugi turned the Blue Eyes against him and made him envision his own death. So Seto set out to get revenge, and may have held a grudge against that particular copy of the card.
* I know the characters make such a big deal about playing by the rules, but if your life is on the line cheating would be the wise thing to do. None of the villains named ever try to shoot Yugi or his friends right before they lose.
** Not sure what you're talking about. A lot of the characters (read: villains) DO cheat and, while the anime toned down a lot of the violence to avoid upsetting MoralGuardians, a lot of the villains DO try to use physical force. One good example is Panic in the Duelist Kingdom arc; he used flame jets built into the dueling platform to intimidate his opponents, and upon realizing he was going to lose to Yami Yugi he attempted to burn his opponent to death. It was only Yami's magic that kept Yugi from being killed.
*** Heck even in newer seasons they occasionally just say screw the results of the card game, like in Arc 5 after Yuya won that duel against the guy who stole his pendulum cards, when he won the opponent just told his minions to just beat them up and take them by force.
* Why are all of these "psychic" duelists not instantly disqualified? It doesn't even really matter whether you believe that psychics are real or not. If you don't believe in psychics, then they're clearly just cheating and should be disqualified. If you do believe in psychics, then they're ''still cheating'' by using their powers to gain an unfair advantage over other duelists. It's not even like any of them are subtle about it!
** Well, Pegasus, at least, was running his own tournament. So, he obviously wasn't going to disqualify himself. Now, Mai? Espa? The others? That's the real question. I guess you could argue that they never came to the attention of the higher ups who were running the tournament. By the time Mai was personally meeting Pegasus she'd stopped her perfume trick. Espa then never made it to the Battle City Finals. The real question is whether or not both characters were still doing that in previous competitions and getting away with it.
* Why exactly does Kaiba's reaction to Yugi fluctuate so much? Midway through Duelist Kingdom, he helps Yugi defeat his own Blue Eyes', when being used by someone else. He's cordial enough towards him when he runs into Yugi and the gang later on during the arc, only turning colder when he has to duel Yugi in order to save his brother. However, the two of them part Duelist Kingdom on pretty decent terms, agreeing that what happened during their second duel doesn't count and that the next time they duel they'll determine which of them is truly the best. Yugi even makes an indication that the two of them could move towards being actual friends. However, just a few episodes later (Which couldn't be more than a few days in-story, since it see's Kaiba and Mokuba returning from Duelist Kingdom to get their company back), during the Legendary Heroes Mini-Arc, when Mokuba tells Kaiba that he went to Yugi for help, Kaiba reacts negatively, saying that Mokuba knows how he feels about Yugi and that Mokuba should have asked ''anyone'' other than Yugi for help...What? Even taking into account their rivalry, he openly thanked Yugi for saving him and his brother at the conclusion to Duelist Kingdom. In fact, it's implied that he gave Yugi and the others a ride back to Domino City on his helicopter, since they mentioned that all the ships were gone and were running towards Kaiba asking for a ride. So, why exactly is Mokuba going to Yugi for help such a big deal when Yugi has 1)helped them in the past and 2)was on good terms with Kaiba the last time they spoke?
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* The password system in the video games...at least the ones I've played anyway. You enter a code for a card, and you still need to buy it from the store. What's the point? If you know the code, what's the point in having to do that? Why can't I just be able to get the card right away as soon as I enter the code? Or on the flip-side, why can't they just have it available for purchase straight-away so that I don't need to memorize their codes? This is especially frustrating for the games like ''Reshef of Destruction'' where you're charged a ''lot'' of money to even ''try'' entering the code.
** It depends on the game. Most games that use the passwords at all do it the way you're describing, while a few do just give you the card outright. It's most likely a way of trying to enforce a power curve. Some even go further, and have the codes only work for cards you already have, making the passwords only useful as a way of getting additional copies. As for why they have you put in a code in the first place, it's meant to be a way of rewarding players for actually collecting the cards -- though that one backfires spectacularly, since the real result is that players just look up the codes online.
*** To be fair, when the TCG was first being adapted into games, the internet was still not mainstream even in North America. Nevermind Japan which was even slower in adopting the card game so the whole concept was not as idiotic back than. Don't forget the main demograph was little kids who normally don't websurf back in the early days of TCG. Hell even today you'd be surprised that in this web age era, most kids despite having their own laptops are too busy in their own lives playing video games or sports or whatever that they'd forget something as simple as searching codes online. Being little kids they'd just impulsively buy the cards (and I seen this happen even today). On top of that even among those who used the webs in the 90s and early 2000s, most were adults, PC gamers, or nerds of other hobbies that don't normally play YGO! and thus it took some time before new cards in the latest game got released and internet news spread much slower in the days. I remember back when I had a GBA I couldn't find the code for Blue Eyes Dragon and had to actually purchase one of the decks just to get it. It wasn't until mid 2000s that finally it was easy to find every card in even the newest game thanks to internet being adopted as a mainstream social media. And as I mentioned we're not taking into account most homes didn't have internet, even many libraries outside of cities lacked any web connection.
* The Sacred Cards appears to have been programmed in a bit of a hurry. For example, the game gives you a free locator card for beating Rare Hunter with no notice. Usually, the game tells you when you win a locator card and the duelist who you win it from wagers the card before the duel. This one just appears in your inventory.
** The duel against Arkana seems to have been added as a last-minute idea. In order to initiate the duel, you have to challenge one of the countless NPC characters in the overworld, ''THEN'' start a conversation with him. There's no indication that this character is special or that you should engage him again after beating him once.
* If the Puppeteer of Doom from the manga and Mimic of Doom from the anime both exist in ''VideoGame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'' how did that world's Duelist Kingdom go in regards to the Kaiba ruse?
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5th Mar '18 6:43:53 PM PsychoNormal91
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** The manga clarifies just how many Star Chips and Locator Cards were used in the tournaments. In Duelist Kingdom, there were 40 players invited, so 80 Star Chips total. Normally, that would assume eight duelists, but Pegasus also hired Player Killers to defeat competitors and take their Star Chips, and were only meant to challenge players until they won 40 Star Chips, so that the 40 chips they didn't take would be among the leftover players. They would eventually have to run into each other and duel for the necessary Star Chips. Battle City is even stricter, as Kaiba says there are a total of 48 locator cards in this tournament. Since six are needed to enter the finals and eight people are allowed to compete, that means there is no chance of a leftover competitor wandering the city trying to get that last card, as all cards would've been turned in to compete in the finals. This means that the eight duelists in the finals are the only duelists left in the tournament.
30th Jan '18 8:01:52 AM PandaXclone2
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** It could possibly have something to do with Atem's behaviour in the Millennium World arc. Up until he wakes up and finds out that this world is a Shadow Game RPG, Present-era Yami inhabits his original body. After that until Yami Bakura fuses back with Zorc, both Atem and Yami wind up knowing everything that the other has done up to this point but seemingly can't share crucial information that the other learns. At least, Yami can't tell Atem anyway; this is very much apparent when Yami is tipped off that his friends are in danger and are probably being spied on, but Atem doesn't react any which way about it and resumes dealing with the current situation he's in. This gives some weird impression that Atem and Yami are both separate characters at that point technically even though they are still the same character.
20th Jan '18 11:21:55 AM Sheepking
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**Re:Keith - Intercontinental is not the same as worldwide. It just means he's the champion of a tournament that spanned at least two continents.
14th Jan '18 10:58:40 AM dartblaze
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** Yugi vs Jaden took place in the past, sometime after Battle City but before the Millennium World arc.


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* Neither Star Chips nor Locator Cards make any sense tournaments that were supposedly tests of skill. Sure, you'd have to win a few duels, but instead of the best duelists making it to the final, you'd instead end up with a few competitors who lucked out and managed to finish their games quickly. The entire first round of both Battle City and Duelist Kingdom would be over in about half an hour, with everyone scrambling to win a few duels in the fastest time. It'd make only slightly more sense if the organizers were impartial and didn't care who completed the tasks first...but they were't. Pegasus needed Yugi in the final for his plan to succeed, and Kaiba needed whoever held the God Cards (and preferably Yugi). With the amount of sidequests and distractions heaped upon the main characters, it's utterly astounding that both tournaments didn't end up with a final full of complete randoms while the important duelists were left in the dust.
11th Jan '18 4:50:19 PM Lavaros
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** Criteas, Hermos and Timaeus are basically specialised fusion cards, but each card uses different materials as apart of it's fusion. For the Knights version, instead of fusing they equip cards to them and gain their effects.
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