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->'''Lector''': Prepare for trouble!\\
'''Nesbitt''': And make it double!\\
'''Gansley''': To protect the world from Japanimation!\\
'''Crump''': To overthrow the Kaiba Corporation!\\
'''Johnson''': To denounce the meaning of the original dub!\\
'''Gansley''': To extend our reach to the world above!\\
'''The Big Five''': Team 4Kids, blast off at the speed of light! Surrender now or prepare to fight!\\
'''Meowth''': Meowth, that's right!
-->--''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''

4Kids Entertainment was a New York City-based entertainment and licensing company which was responsible for several U.S. cartoons and dubs of foreign programs.

4Kids rose to prominence in the [[TheNineties late-'90s]] and [[TurnOfTheMillennium early-2000s]] with their dubs of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' and ''Anime/YuGiOh'', which it helped popularize in the U.S. The success helped the company subsequently acquire more anime properties (mostly of the merchandising-type), and it adapted them with varying levels of success -- chiefly by applying unusual edits, cuts, and modifications to get them on network TV. These cuts, in addition to some comments by its higher-ups and its refusal to release uncut [=DVDs=] of the adapted series (although they did briefly attempt this), helped 4Kids garner a fair share of, perhaps unfair, hatred among fans of the original versions of these shows.

Arguments about it came to a head with the bizarre localization and edit of ''Manga/OnePiece'', which managed to combine all of the company's (in)famous practices into one show: [[{{Bowdlerize}} numerous content edits]], the replacement of ''all'' of the original music, the removal of a large number of episodes (that turned out to be important later on -- although they couldn't have known at the time), and widespread changes to the original script and plot even in the ''unedited'' parts. All of this made some people hate the entire company, and it remains the unfortunate darkest mark on its reputation, particularly as it its naysayers believe it has permanently stunted the chances ''One Piece'' ever had of being a major media franchise in the States - as opposed to Japan, where it is tied with ''Manga/DragonBall'' for being the most successful and important manga and anime franchise ''in the history of media'', though we can't say ''One Piece'' hasn't turned out successful anyway. To say that there was a backlash would be, uh... putting it pretty mildly. To be fair, 4Kids didn't want anything to do with ''One Piece'', as they were well aware of how un-family friendly it was. However, Creator/ToeiAnimation forced 4Kids into dubbing the show, as they would only license other shows to 4Kids as part of a packaged deal.

Because of this, Japanese studios would, unfortunately, actually make an exception to the fansubbers' "gentleman's agreement" to stop fansubbing when a series is licensed. Said agreement is basically, when an anime gets licensed, fansubbers abandon that particular anime, so that Japanese studios will condone the fansubbers' "piracy" of the show. 4Kids' reputation has long been ''so'' abysmal (even though it has a fan following that extends way back) that Japanese studios would allow fans to continue fansubbing a show if it gets licensed to 4Kids, in large part due to 4Kids' refusal to offer Japanese audio even on the DVD releases, and their rabid censorship policies.

There is also ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', which combined good storytelling with content not usually seen in Saturday morning cartoons -- and which would have never lasted as long as it did anywhere else. It also featured content 4Kids would normally censor in their anime dubs. As you can tell, [=4Kids=] was ''wildly'' inconsistent when it came to censorship. It was better received by the anti-censorship crowd for that reason.

The hatred garnered from their dubs would be worn out as the company became significantly less prominent than it used to be, and its fan following became the only people who still cared. In the late 2000s, 4Kids' focus shifted away from anime to homegrown properties and acquisitions from other countries, which generally fit the company's creative philosophy much better and have obtained much more faithful treatment. What anime they still dubbed was generally well-received -- or, at least, drew less ire. With Creator/KidsWB[='s=] demise in 2008, 4Kids became -- for better or for worse -- the last remnant of what was once an institution. [[http://www.animationmagazine.net/article/11056 It was a position they suffered for having.]] In 2009, the series and merchandising rights to ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'' were bought out by Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} as a component of their purchase of [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles the franchise]]. Nick would also snatch up the ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' franchise in the following year.

In April 2011, months after the departure of CEO Alfred R. Kahn, [[http://www.screendigest.com/news/us-childrens-entertainment-company-4kids-files-for-bankruptcy/view.html the company filed for chapter 11]] [[Series/WheelOfFortune bankruptcy]]. An auction resulted in the company being sold in pieces; Creator/{{Konami}} bought all of their ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' rights, and Creator/SabanBrands bought the rest of the company, including the Toonzai Saturday morning block and rights to ''Sonic X'' and ''Cubix''.

With the acquisition from Saban, Creator/TheCW4Kids[=/=]Creator/{{Toonzai}} ended in the fall of 2012, being replaced by a new block called Creator/{{Vortexx}}. [=CW4Kids=]' final broadcast on August 18, 2012 ended with a full marathon of ''Yu-Gi-Oh!''. 4Kids successfully exited from bankruptcy in mid-December of 2012 as '''4Licensing Corporation''' without any notable entertainment assets. Their main focus was then shifted to developing and licensing isoBlox, an impact-blocking surface designed for use in sports equipment. Anime fans will no longer be able to experience the company's unique practices, which may be fortunate for some, but it is unfortunate for others. It also leaves the New York talent pool of voice actors, for the most part, without regular work; some have even moved to Los Angeles because of it. In September 2016, [[HistoryRepeats 4Licensing filed for bankruptcy again]] and quietly folded the next year.

Meanwhile, the subsidiary that was sold off to Konami re-branded itself as '''4K Media Inc.''' The English adaption of ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' was still running at the time of 4Kids bankruptcy and the company wanted to keep it going. After ''Zexal'' ended, they moved on to producing an English version of ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''. While 4K Media continues the usual practices applied by 4Kids, they exist solely for production on the ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' franchise for now.

Notable voice actors included:
[[index]]
* Greg Abbey (a.k.a. John Campbell or Frank Frankson)
* Sebastian Arcleus
* Creator/AmyBirnbaum
* Creator/MaddieBlaustein ([[AuthorExistenceFailure deceased]])
* Rebecca Honig (also credited as Rebecca Handler)
* Creator/WayneGrayson
* '''[[Creator/DanGreen DAN GREEN!]]''' (a.k.a. Jay Snyder)
* Creator/JasonGriffith (who is also credited under J. Griff and Adam Caroleson)
* Creator/MeganHollingshead (now resides and works in L.A. since 2004)
* Tara Jayne (a.k.a. Tara Sands, now resides and works in L.A. since 2004)
* Creator/CarrieKeranen (worked in New York until 2010)
* Creator/CassandraLee (aka Cassandra Morris) (worked in New York until late 2000s)
* Creator/TedLewis
* Creator/RachaelLillis (now resides and works in L.A. since 2013)
* Creator/LisaOrtiz
* Amy Palant
* Creator/MikePollock
* Creator/AndrewRannells (now performs primarily in theater and live-action screen productions since 2006)
* Creator/SamRiegel (now works in L.A. since 2007/2008)
* Creator/SeanSchemmel (now resides and works in L.A. since 2013)
* Erica Schroeder (a.k.a. Bella Hudson)
* Creator/MichaelSinterniklaas (now resides and works in L.A. since the late 2000s)
* Rebecca Soler
* Creator/EricStuart
* Creator/VeronicaTaylor (now resides and works in L.A. since 2014/2015)
* Creator/MarcThompson
* Creator/KerryWilliams
* David Wills
* Oliver Wyman (a.k.a. Pete Zarustica)
* Creator/JimmyZoppi (a.k.a. James Carter Cathcart or Billy Beach)

Properties that had been acquired and/or produced by 4Kids include:
* ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' (After concluding its initial run on the British channel CITV, the 2006 revival finally aired in America on this programming block during 2008, but was pulled from the schedule before every episode aired. It was stated that the show would resume airing in fall 2009 on [[Creator/{{Toonzai}} TheCW4Kids]], but that never came to pass)
* ''Franchise/{{Bratz}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chaotic}}''
* ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing''
* ''Funky Cops''
* ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' (license eventually dropped because they couldn't get a TV deal)
* ''[[VideoGame/FZero F-Zero: GP Legend]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeSigma6''
* ''[[Animation/{{Smeshariki}} GoGoRiki]]''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/HuntikSecretsAndSeekers Huntik: Secrets and Seekers]]'' (Broadcasting/Marketing only)
* ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' (Broadcasting/Marketing only)
* ''[[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars Kirby - Right Back At Ya!]]''
* ''[[Manga/TokyoMewMew Mew Mew Power]]''
* ''[[Anime/OjamajoDoremi Magical Do Re Mi]]''
* ''Franchise/OnePiece'' (2004-2007; license dropped, picked up by [[Creator/{{Funimation}} FUNimation]])
* ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' (1998-2006; license currently owned by The Pokémon Company International (formerly Pokémon USA), with distribution by Creator/VIZMedia)
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketMonkeys'' (Marketing only)
* ''Anime/ShamanKing''
* ''Anime/SonicX'' (2003-2006; proved popular enough in America that new episodes were produced even after the show's cancellation in Japan; license was transferred to Saban Brands, then ''their'' license expired and is now held by Creator/DiscotekMedia)
* ''Anime/TaiChiChasers''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 series)]]'' (rights revoked by Mirage and given to Nickelodeon as part of the sale of the franchise)
* ''Anime/UltimateMuscle'' (did remarkably well, since the goofy voice acting and {{hurricane of puns}} fit the tone of the show ''perfectly''; 4Kids even paid to have new episodes made. Though ironically enough it was one of the shows they never rerun on other blocks outside of [=FoxBox=].)
* ''WesternAnimation/VivaPinata'' (Co-produced with Microsoft so technically one of their few original creations.)
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' (until 2010; [[http://www.nickandmore.com/2010/09/02/nickelodeon-acquires-winx-club-will-co-produce-seasons-5-and-6/ license was revoked and picked up by Nickelodeon]])
* ''Series/{{WMAC Masters}}''
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' ([[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-03-29/tv-tokyo-nihon-ad-terminate-yu-gi-oh-deal-sue-4kids license revoked by TV Tokyo]], [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-12-31/4kids-yu-gi-oh-license-is-still-in-force-court-rules reinstated by court order]], [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-06-26/4kids-sells-yu-gi-oh-cw-network-related-assets-jointly-to-konami-kidsco then later sold to Konami]].)
** ''Anime/YuGiOh''
** ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''
** ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''
** ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL''

Under the ''4K Media Inc'' label
** Yu-Gi-Oh ZEXAL (The latter half of the series after the main branch went under. By this point televised rights were bought by ''Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'' to be aired in the West.)
** ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''

In addition, when [=4Kids=] ran the "[=FoxBox=]" block, their shows also included (in addition to some of the titles above):
* ''WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture'' (from Creator/{{Universal}}, originally ran on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1991-92; rerun on Fox from March to August 2003, likely for E/I regulations)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCrampTwins''
* ''Animation/CubixRobotsForEveryone''
* ''Manga/FightingFoodons''
* ''WesternAnimation/StargateInfinity'' (from Creator/DiCEntertainment and Creator/{{MGM}})
* ''Series/UltramanTiga''

Some of the biggest shows listed above were involved in a [[MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover TV crossover]] called "WesternAnimation/TheFightForTheFoxBox."
[[/index]]

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!!Their properties and dubs provide examples of:

* AlternativeForeignThemeSong:
** All of the anime that 4Kids dubbed had a different theme song. They also usually played an instrumental version of the intro song as the ending theme.
** Oddly enough, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrHO6DtFJ-Y preview showings]] of ''Manga/OnePiece'' showed a TranslatedCoverVersion of "We Are," which was replaced by the infamous rap theme.
* BigApplesauce: 4Kids was based in New York City.
* BittersweetEnding: The company's dissolution. Sure, a company infamous for [[{{Bowdlerize}} Bowdlerizing]] or otherwise toning down their properties for the sake of pandering, monopolizing Saturday mornings and poor publicity throughout the 2000s' closing is bound to draw cheers across the community, but a lot of honest New York voice actors now lack regular work or [[Creator/DanGreen have entered semi-retirement]]. [[Creator/SeanSchemmel Several]] [[Creator/RachaelLillis voice]] [[Creator/VeronicaTaylor actors]] [[Creator/CarrieKeranen have]] [[Creator/MichaelSinterniklaas also]] [[Creator/MarcDiraison moved out]] of New York and now work in L.A.
* BloodlessCarnage: Thanks to massive censorship, a number of scenes that ''did'' have blood and violence would be turned into this after the fact.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: Too many to list, but they backed off from the worst of it in later years.
* CensorshipTropes: Try to see how many you can spot on this page.
** There used to be a comparison website that listed all the edits they made to their One Piece Dub. You can still view it [[https://web.archive.org/web/20071005151556/http://www.opguide.bravehost.com/index.shtml through Internet archive.]]
* CreatorKiller: [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-12-31/4kids-yu-gi-oh-license-is-still-in-force-court-rules Almost subverted by]] ''Anime/YuGiOh''; TV Tokyo and NAS tried to yank the license, and 4Kids ultimately prevailed within the year, but the damage had been done, and they still ended up selling the rights to Konami for all ''Franchise/YuGiOh''-related merchandise. While the production unit was reformed by Konami as [=4K Media=], the main company was reformed as [=4Licensing Corporation=] and plenty of their assets were sold to Saban, many of their units were shut down and the company is now a shell of its former self.
* CulturalTranslation: For years, this was so often that the 4Kids shows with the most references to Japan and Japanese culture was the one ''not'' created there (''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Ninja Turtles]]'', in case you were wondering). They later backed off from this with Creator/{{Toonzai}}. In most of their commercials, they claimed that it's "where epic anime lives", their first two code words in the new block were anime and kanji, and they started up an online anime viewing site, Toonzaki, that includes such shows as ''Anime/FistOfTheNorthStar'' and ''Franchise/PrettyCure''.
* CutShort: Had a few shows that didn't complete their runs for one reason or another. ''GX'' and ''[=5Ds=]'' stopped in their third season (in the latter's case ''right in the middle of a storyline''). Likewise, ''Tai Chi Chasers'' which only made it through its first two seasons and ended on a cliffhanger.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Surprisingly, the ''Shaman King'' dub; many religious references (blatant or otherwise) and incredibly frightening scenes are kept in. Sure, it was comparably lighter than what aired in Japan, but by 4Kids standards, it's one of the darker dubs they've done, and surprisingly one of the only times in 4Kids history where the MoralGuardians got involved because of the last episodes, theirs being even lighter than the ones previously dubbed. Eventually the show, along with ''TMNT'', would be advertised during the primetime hours in hopes to gain adult fans.
* {{Disneyfication}}: Particularly the ''Anime/YuGiOh'' dubbing, infamous due to the invisible guns. The most blatant example is an episode where Solomon gets shot in the back by one of his guides. In the Japanese version and the manga, it's a revolver, but in the 4Kids dub it's a slingshot. Given what happens after Solomon is shot, a slingshot just doesn't look right.
* DubInducedPlotHole: 4Kids' omission of the entire Laboon and Little Garden arcs from their ''Franchise/OnePiece'' dub caused several inconsistencies later on, and would have become ''much'' worse had they controlled the series beyond the Alabasta arc. The various ''Yu-Gi-Oh'' series also have a history of these.
* {{Dubtitle}}: Their Subs/Uncut Dubs of the Yu-Gi-Oh series and others generally use the Japanese script with dub names.
* DubText:
** Nearly all their shows have this to some extent. The Pokémon Chronicles side-stories of {{Anime/Pokemon}} has Ritchie mentioning various Pokémon he does not have in the Japanese version. A lot of Team Rocket's dialogue is rewritten as well, ranging from BreakingTheFourthWall to GettingCrapPastTheRadar to bordering on a GagDub.
** The dub of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' contains many, many Dub Text-y one-liners, two of which actually became [[DubInducedPlotHole Dub-Induced Plot Holes]] later on.
* {{Eagleland}}: To a ridiculous extent. They have a habit of changing every single foreign sounding name into a generic American one, as well as changing the setting to America and even going so far as to refer to obvious rice balls as ''donuts''. On the 4th of July they even made anime characters sing the American national anthem.
* EndOfAnAge: Their ''Yu-Gi-Oh'' lawsuit contributed to the downfall of Saturday-morning anime broadcasts.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms:
** Inconsistently applied; some shows have firearms removed completely (''Yu-Gi-Oh''), others get guns' sound effects altered (''Sonic X'') but are otherwise intact, and still others have the gun look different while still having them shoot bullets (''Franchise/OnePiece'', for the most part). A lucky few (''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Ninja Turtles]]'', ''Funky Cops'') emerge unscathed. And some (''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'') get entire, plot-important episodes banned [[http://dogasu.bulbagarden.net/comparisons/kanto/ep035.html because of them.]]
** Ironically, some rifles would be allowed to appear unedited. Around the Hoenn saga, though, there would be minor edits, such as the sound of guns cocking being muted.
** Back on the ''Yu-Gi-Oh'' example: this also resulted in some monsters getting edited (any monster which has a gun is edited to look toy or laser like) [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Artworks:Barrel_Dragon Revolver/Barrel Dragon]] was a [[http://yu-jyo.net/images/001-040/032/32-11-u.jpg PERFECT example of this]]. One ''5D's'' episode did have some goons with guns, but the dub [[http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y96/GymLeaderLance99/5Ds%20Episode%2025%20Edits/edit1dub.jpg painted them lime-green.]] The gun-laden "Crashtown" arc of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' has 4Kids back up to some of its old tricks again.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Due to censorship, this pops up a '''lot'''. In ''Franchise/OnePiece'', it was sometimes juice as well.
* GagDub: Part of the third season of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' is like this, done in the style of''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. Team Rocket's dialogue on ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' borders on this. The latter is generally considered an improvement over the original.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** In their dub of the Kirby anime, specifically the episode "Un-reality TV", Chief Bookem exclaims (when Kirby appears huge thanks to a combination of Dedede faking a monster attack via film camera and scale model of Cappy Town), "Looks like someone's been feeding Kirby steroids!" In addition in a Chef Kawasaki-centric episode, Escargoon mentions Chef Shitake has a new book, "A Crock of Shitake," in another episode. On the flip side of things, the ''Shaman King'' dub slips past homosexual overtones (Ryu's over-the-top "affectionate" behavior towards Lyserg and that one taxi driver), religious symbolism (the X-Laws, though oddly enough crosses are removed), and a surprisingly large amount of on-screen character death and blood during the latter half of the series. Hao/Zeke is also referred to as a devil during one flashback.
** Most famously, 4Kids was responsible for ''adding'' such moments in their {{Anime/Pokemon}} dub, particularly in regards to Team Rocket's dialogue.
** In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', Icy said, while locking Bloom in an ice coffin, "I hate to be a total ''[[WitchWithACapitalB witch]]'' about it, but I'm very quickly running out of patience!" Emphasis hers. And the Trix called each other "wi-atch" sometimes.
** Another example from ''Winx Club'', their dub of episode ten ("Magical Reality Check") had Knut saying this line:
--->'''Knut:''' Sorry I'm late, traffic was a [[WitchWithACapitalB witch]].
** The tagline for their TMNT show was "You'll have a SHELL of a time!" The phrase also popped up in the theme song.
* GoshDangItToHeck: One of the most infamous uses of this trope.
* HostileShowTakeover: During the "[=FoxBox=]" block, when the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Shredder]] threatens to drain the color of all its animated shows, like ''SonicX'' and ''[[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars Kirby: Right Back At Ya!]]'', kicking off the [=FoxBox=] Color Drain Sweepstakes, and the [=4KidsTV=] Saturday Morning block, in which [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeSigma6 Cobra Commander]] takes over the block, renaming the block into ''Cobra TV'', kicking off the Cobra Domination Station Sweepstakes. This was also the premise of ''The Fight for the [=FoxBox=]''.
* HurricaneOfPuns: '''''Mew'''''tamorphosis? Half of all ''Pokémon'' episode titles? ''Manga/OnePiece'' probably got the brunt of this. It didn't even start that way at first, but later on, it seemed like every line the characters spoke were nothing but puns.
* InconsistentDub:
** Was Gold Roger hanged or decapitated? And how did Nami get sick?
** It goes another way: expect to see one thing edited out in another show...only for the exact thing that was edited out to appear in another show they're dubbing. They didn't even have a problem with Misty holding up a cross to a ghost Pokemon in an early episode of the show, and have her saying, "You see this? It's a CROSS!" Never mind that crosses were one of the notorious things 4Kids censored in ''Manga/OnePiece''.
** ''[[Anime/TokyoMewMew Mew Mew Power]]'' was infamous for this. 4Kids added the idea that Pudding (renamed Kiki) was living in a shelter. Then a dozen episodes later we SEE HER HOUSE. They had Mint (renamed Corina) "correct" this by saying she only THOUGHT Kiki lived in a shelter.
* {{Irony}}: Their attempts at censoring Kuina and Bellemere's deaths in ''Manga/OnePiece'' backfired with a passion.
** In the original version, Kuina died by falling down the stairs and breaking her neck. In the dub, she didn't die, but she was crippled by the friends of a man she had defeated earlier, to the point that she can't fight any longer. Repeat: ''adult men'' ganged up on ''a little girl'' and ''crippled her for life''.
** In the original manga, Bellemere was shot point blank in the head by Arlong, which is pretty brutal. In the original Japanese anime, this was toned down slightly by having her shot in the chest instead. In the [=4Kids=] dub, Arlong's gun is shoddily edited into a pointer finger, and he orders her imprisoned in a dungeon. Since it's established that she died even in the dub, that means that she ''starved to death'', a much more painful and slower end than being shot in the head/chest.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Without any of their notable assets, some of the 4Kids dubs of anime have not seen a re-release in some form. While some of their old properties have avoided this by being aired on Creator/{{Vortexx}}, that block met its end in September 2014, killing even ''that'' method. Heck, ''Manga/OnePiece'' was redubbed by Creator/{{Funimation}}, which renders the 4Kids episodes that weren't released on DVD harder to find, even though the first 52 episodes can be found cheap.
** After their contract with Creator/FUNimation was terminated for reasons still unclear, 4Kids shows stopped showing up on the home video market. The one exception was Pokemon, whose home video rights remained with Viz. Dinosaur King did turn up on DVD through Shout! Factory, but it didn't sell well enough to justify the company working with them again. After 4Kids sold off their assets, Yu-Gi-Oh! did get a revival on DVD through Cinedigm (formerly NEW VIDEO Group), but it's unknown if any other 4Kids shows will be released to home video through the company. Until then, we have TV rips and foreign [=DVDs=] to rely on.
** According to Creator/MaddieBlaustein, 4Kids apparently DID dub the notorious episode of Pokemon with the seizure-inducing flashing lights. However, despite the lights being slowed down to "safe levels," the episode was banned internationally, and the dub has never been discovered.
** 4Kids went back and dubbed the previously skipped "Beauty and the Beach" episode of ''Pokémon'' (the one featuring James cross-dressing with inflatable boobs) with the Orange Islands episodes (with the aforementioned scene cut). However, it only aired once, and is not on DVD. TV rips can be found fairly easily online though.
** As of 2015, Discotek Media has got the rights to the 4Kids dub of ''Anime/SonicX'', and will start making DVD and Blu-ray re-releases!
* LastOfHisKind: Their block on TheCW, Creator/{{Toonzai}}, was the last traditional Saturday Morning block prior to being replaced by Creator/{{Vortexx}}.
* LighterAndSofter: All of their dubs, even their ''Anime/ShamanKing'' dub (which had dark elements, but was still lighter in comparison).
* LullDestruction: Good luck trying to find a silent moment in a 4Kids dub.
* MissingEpisode: They did this to some of their dubbed anime. The various ''Anime/YuGiOh'' SequelSeries had a few, and their dub of ''Manga/OnePiece'' is infamous for throwing out entire ''story arcs''. This, combined with 4Kids' refusal to release uncut versions of their shows (for the most part), not only created {{Plot Hole}}s, but made it so that these episodes would only stop being missing once Creator/{{Funimation}} got the rights.
* MoneyDearBoy:
** 4Kids was known for paying its actors very well (at least in relation to other dubbing studios, even higher than the typical union-rates for doing anime voice work). This is why you'll never hear any NYC voice actor express regret for working on a 4Kids series. The scripts may be crap, and the editing jobs may be a joke, but at least you're well-compensated for it.
** Though this likewise seem to be their business philosophy as well. The heads of the company were only interested in how profitable a series could be rather than the quality of their products and the fandom of properties. And that's if they were even interested in the property at all (for example, they actually didn't want ''One Piece'', just ''Tokyo Mew Mew''. But Toei, wanting the anime to be shown in America as soon as possible, forced them to take it as part of the deal. As such even though the series was a major hit in Japan and had more than enough of a sizeable audience in the west the profit from, they put the barest minimum of work into the dub as they truly didn't care about owning the series. Some even speculate that they were purposefully trying to lose the license via self-sabotage. If this was the case, then it worked [[GoneHorriblyRight a little too well]], considering the [[CreatorKiller damage]] it did to the company).
* NeverSayDie:
** While 4Kids' would allow characters to die on some of their shows -- ''Anime/ShamanKing'', ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Ninja Turtles]]'', and later ''Manga/OnePiece'' episodes -- it is much rarer to see the word "death" used to refer to it (although the word may be used in other contexts). An exception occurs, of all places, in an episode of ''FunkyCops'', where the episode revolves around the faked death of an Elvis-like rock star, with the word is used constantly throughout the episode.
** Averted in ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' episode 13. Tristan says "According to this, I'm dead!" Granted, he was standing in front of a tombstone, so avoiding references to death would have been ImplausibleDeniability even for them.
** There is also the four-episode duel between Yugi and a Marik-controlled Joey in which the loser would be dragged to the bottom of the sea. While the words "die" and "death" remain unspoken, the explicit threat of drowning remains throughout. To compare, most duels in the series have the penalty of death swapped out for eternal banishment to the shadow realm.
** And there is also ''Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie'', where Anubis is known as the Egyptian Lord of the Dead, and towards the films end, tells Yugi and Kaiba that "It is no longer time to duel. Now, it is time to DIE!" Helps that the movie was a PG-rated theatrical release, in which case the word can easily be used in such contexts.
---> "[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Soon you will die, and then you'll be dead... because I killed you!]]"
** Episodes 17 and 18, the two part "Arena of Lost Souls" duel tosses this trope out of the window: the words dead and death are thrown about a few times, part 1 ends with Joey saying that he can't "kill his(Bonz's) monsters", and Bonz states that the zombies get stronger every time they're killed at the start of the second part.
** In the second part of the duel against Para and Dox, Yugi says that his and Joey's monsters sticking together will help them get through the 'murderous maze'.
** Early episodes which flashed back to Kaiba and Mokuba's past made it pretty clear that their parents died (Mokuba's flashback states they 'passed away', Kaiba's outright says they died). In the cases of characters like Raphael and Mako, this trope is in full effect.
** In ''Yu-Gi-Oh! GX'' dub, when a duelist loses a duel in one of the Duel Monsters Spirit World dimensions, they are "sent to the stars", though there was still a clear implication of death.
** On the ''Yu-Gi-Oh! GX'' example, a rare aversion is shown when Jaden defeats Amneal/Banner, with the deaths unedited. Of course, the dialogue still tones it down slightly by having Jaden say that Banner "gave his life" to help him. This is also averted when Aster Phoenix loses to Sartorius, with his body disintergrating in front of Jaden, though of course he gets better a couple minutes later.
** Also with the above, there's the scene in which Sartorius revives Aster and places him on one side of a statue that's placed above a lava pit, to which Aster will plunge into if Jaden doesn't give him the other key to activate the satellite. Again, the dialogue tones it down slightly, with Sartorius saying that Aster will "fall to his ultimate doom!".
** Played straight, however, with Aster's father. In the original version, his father was murdered by someone who was trying to steal the Destiny Hero cards, whilst in the dub, his father vanished the night the cards were stolen.
** Viva Piñata however seemed to throw the use of the word around randomly, with one episode using the words suicide, death trap, and killed within the space of a minute.
** Cosmo's tragic death at the end of ''Anime/SonicX'' was the only one in the show that they couldn't write their way around besides perhaps Maria, though neither are explicitly referred to as a "death".
** ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' kept its death-related episodes. However, the dub has an unfortunate tendency use the word "destroyed", making Knuckle Joe's introduction episode downright embarrassing due to what the plot is about: "I'm looking for the Star Warrior [[YouKilledMyFather who destroyed my father!]]". We're still allowed to see said father's corpse. We just can't say he's dead.
* NoExportForYou: Due to their practice of making [=YouTube=] block certain videos from being played outside the U.S & Puerto Rico.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Look at ''Anime/TheLegendOfThunder'' Pokémon special; Raikou's name is never pronounced correctly. Applies to a few other of the {{Mons}} as well.
* NotSoDifferent: One of the dubbed episodes of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' had many references to ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' in the dialogue, and 4Kids themselves had said they are fans of it. Unfortunately, that was the only episode they did that in...
* OldShame: Some of the employees are 4Kids weren't happy with what they did to ''One Piece'' since they were forced into dubbing it against their will.
* PragmaticAdaptation: A handful of the changes made by 4Kids were simply typical Saturday morning censorship where ''anyone'' trying to air the same shows would have made the same changes. This is why even the episodes of ''One Piece'' that Funimation aired on Creator/CartoonNetwork had Sanji's cigarette, booze, some of the violence, and many of the guns still edited out.
* ProductionPosse: Voice actors aside, they've used Creator/DongWooAnimation and Creator/BardelEntertainment for their non-dubbed work.
* RecycledSoundtrack: Most of their anime they licensed used recycled musical cues from their library.
* SelfDeprecation:
** There was a certain ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'' episode (the one where Dedede makes his own cartoon starring him as the hero) which had Tiff refer to the aforementioned cartoon as "SoBadItsGood". Some fans saw this as 4Kids themselves making a dig at their own dubs and shows.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZlIcJbbm08&feature=player_detailpage#t=79s "LEO BURNETT AND 4KIDS ARE THE DEVIL! LEO BURNETTó"]]''
*** Which has [[CrowningMomentOfFunny an]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYkZBDkMf04 explanation!]] To go into a bit more detail, voice actors were allowed to make quite a lot of money for dubbing 30 second commercials back when Pokemon marketing was at the height of its popularity at the turn of the century. Easily make more money doing commercials than they made from doing entire seasons of regular anime dubbing. 4Kids decided to start using voice clips for commercials, allowing them to profit by not hiring the voice actor or paying them for time and services rendered. Eric Stuart did the line as a protest joke that was never intended to make it into the final release of the episode, but by pure accident, it ended up doing just so for the initial release of the DVD that episode was on. The mistake was quickly caught and fixed, but not before a few hundred copies of the DVD had hit the market.
* SpiritualSuccessor: 4Kids Entertainment → 4K Media, Inc.
* StarDerailingRole: While the legal mess with ''Manga/YuGiOh'' may have proved a CreatorKiller, their dub of ''Manga/OnePiece'' was what brought down their reputation. That reputation wasn't spotless before, but it would never fully recover after that. The aforementioned legal mess was simply the final nail in the coffin. Though to be fair, 4Kids wanted nothing to do with ''One Piece'', as they were well aware of how un-family friendly it was, but they were forced into dubbing the show by Toei, as they would only license other shows to 4Kids as part of a packaged deal.
* UnPerson: The Anime News Network refused to acknowledge 4Kids's involvement with the ''Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime'' due to the lawsuit filed by TV Tokyo and NAS at the time and played up the involvement of A&E Home Video and Creator/MangaEntertainment concerning the English dub.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: During their final years, 4Kids was actively trying to [[TheAtoner undo the damage they did]] by setting up their own legal streaming site with uncut episodes, even partnering with Funimation and Website/{{Crunchyroll}}, as well as proudly referring to their properties as "anime". Had they been able to continue without the legal issues, Toonzai could have very well been a spiritual successor to daytime Toonami, serving as a [[GatewaySeries gateway to anime for children]], while not alienating older fans.
* WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings: The ''Anime/ShamanKing'' dub is considered one of 4Kids' better translations because of how little they changed; they ''tried'' to do a CutAndPasteTranslation, but the business about gritty violence, death and souls was woven into the plot so well that they simply ''couldn't''. Unfortunately, all this did was showcase why they go so far into {{Macekre}} territory with their dubs: the MoralGuardians absolutely ''railed'' 4Kids, and it wasn't helped by [=4KidsTV=] [[ScrewedByTheNetwork airing the show at the same timeslot]] as Kids WB's ''Anime/YuGiOh'', their biggest franchise. These things, coupled with 4Kids' less-than-stellar reputation, caused ''Shaman King'' to bomb in the US despite being of passable quality, and 4Kids was back to its usual antics in time for ''Anime/OnePiece''...
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