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"Friendship protects the world. Dueling protects the future. This is the power set toward our futures!"
Tagline, movie trailer

"Synchro what?"
Yami Yugi (Dan Green)

Also known as Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th Anniversary Movie: ~Super Fusion! Bonds That Transcend Time~.

A movie special made for the tenth anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime.

Featuring the three protagonists of the three series, they fight against a mysterious man, Paradox, who intends to bring the world down the path of destruction. He first steals Yusei's Stardust Dragon then travels back in time, piling up a good number of... questionable acts on his list in order to realize his goal. The three protagonists eventually get to him, challenging him to the ultimate duel.

The movie debuted in Japan on the 23rd of January in 2010. The English version of the movie premiered on February 26th 2011, under the name "Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time". An encore run of the movie was announced for Japan nationwide on that same date, as part of the Worldwide Anniversary. The Japanese DVD was released on June 16, 2011, with a US release occurring later.

This movie provides examples of:

  • After the End: The distant future appears to be like this.
  • All There in the Manual: The 10th Anniversary Animation Book answers some of the questions regarding the movie.
  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: Paradox's Sin World Field Spell turns the area into a purple space full of stars.
  • Animation Bump: The animation is much more detailed and fluid compared to the anime series. It helps that the animation director was Takahiro Kagami.
  • Anime Hair: Not only the movie has the three protagonists with their amazing hairstyles in one place, but Paradox's hairstyle takes this trope Up to Eleven.
  • Anti-Villain: According to Atsushi Tamura, Paradox's voice actor. He noted that he doesn't want people to consider Paradox as a typical villain, and that he also carries grief on his shoulders and has a peculiar reason to battle.
  • Apocalypse How: Paradox's future ranks as Class 4 or Class 5 - no seas, no forests, just rubbles with Paradox as one of the few humans remaining. After Paradox starts altering the past with time travel, this Trope is bumped up to Class Z due to reality disintegrating thanks to the changes he makes.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism:
    Paradox: I come from the future.
    Yusei (who comes from the future): What's that supposed to mean?
  • Author Appeal: Takahiro Kagami loves putting a lot of detail into hands.
  • Back for the Dead: Pegasus makes an appearance at an event, where he is killed by Paradox shortly after. Yugi's grandfather also suffers the same fate. Then again, this is a story with time travel involved...
  • Bad Future: Paradox's future.
  • Bat Family Crossover: Bringing the universes of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's together.
  • Batman Gambit: Yugi pulls one to save Stardust Dragon, attempting to snag Sin Paradox Dragon through a Trap Card via the Black Magician duo and when Paradox activates a power on said Sin Monster, it turns right towards Stardust Dragon.
  • Big Bad: "The most powerful enemy, Paradox"
  • Big Damn Movie: While the other series involved saving the world in several cases, the movie pushes it to a much bigger scale - now the entire timeline is in danger, and it requires three protagonists to save it.
  • Big "OMG!"/Big "NO!": Pegasus, right before his death.
    • Also, Yugi when he realises that his Grandpa is dead.
    • Dub Paradox, when Stardust Mirage is activated.
  • Bishōnen: Paradox, of course.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Guess.
  • Bloodless Carnage: After Paradox attacks Domino City with the dragons, among the wreckage not a single body or a drop of blood is to be found despite the movie implying all those people were killed.
  • Breaking Speech: Before the climactic duel Paradox gives the heroes one, stating that even before he began to change history there were 'contradictions' such as environmental destruction, war and human cruelty, and that their futures are not the right ones. Considering he comes from a Bad Future, it makes sense he feels that way.
  • The Cameo: Pegasus, Yugi's grandpa, Crimson Dragon, Jack, Crow, Leo, Luna, Akiza, Prof. Banner, and Yubel.
  • Captain Obvious: In the Japanese version, Pegasus gets a foreboding feeling while en route to his destination. That might have something to do with the fact that his helicopter is flying straight into a swirling vortex of thunderclouds.
  • Card Games: Of course! It's also responsible for the future's destruction.
  • City of Canals: Paradox attacks Judai in Venice (more specifically, St. Mark's Square) when the latter goes there to investigate a local issue.
  • Combat Commentator: Daitokuji takes up this role during the Paradox vs. protagonists duel.
  • Combination Attack/All Your Powers Combined: Two of them - First by Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl, then by the three protagonists' signature monsters. Both instances were explained by oddly specific spell cards.
    • The first is not so surprising, considering there are A LOT of combo cards between Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl and Yugi would likely have it. The second, not so much.
  • Conspicuous CG: The Duel Monsters themselves and some of the scenery as well. The quality is generally better than in 5D's, although the scene with Paradox capturing Stardust Dragon can look somewhat jarring when viewed in 2D.
  • Continuity Nod: In-universe - The spell card "Ancient Rules", which allows high-leveled monsters (in this case, the Dark Magician) to be summoned without tribute, is a nod to the in-universe game before Kaiba's Battle City Tournament, which did not require tributes at all.
  • Cool Bike: Paradox's D-Wheel is capable of time travel and transformation. And it actually looks like something which would complain about being a motorbike in the first place.
  • Cool Mask: Paradox's mask. It gets even gets Glowing Eyes of Doom at one point.
  • Dead Hat Shot: Non-drowning example: Yugi finds his grandfather's bandana after the buildings collapsed on everyone.
  • Death Is Cheap: Pegasus and Yugi's grandpa.
  • Delayed Ripple Effect: Paradox's changes to the past cause reality to slowly fall apart.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: More like an enormous building.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: 4Kids completely passes over the events of GX's final season, which wasn't dubbed.
  • Dying Race: Paradox is one of the few humans remaining on Earth in the future.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Pick your choice: either by Duel Monsters or by the disintegration of the dimension.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: Yugi has one of these moments when he realizes everybody in Domino except himself is dead.
    • Effects in the actual duel both play this trope straight and invert it. Sin Truth plays it straight by destroying everything, and Stardust Mirage brings everything back.
  • Evil Laugh: Paradox, obviously. Some of his laughs make him sound like he's channeling Hiruma right there.
  • Evil Makeover: Paradox has the ability to turn the stolen monsters into "Sin" monsters.
  • Expy: Paradox gives Dark Marik vibes during the climax of the duel when he fuses with Sin Truth Dragon and makes distorted faces.
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: Yusei ends up in Judai's time first, then both of them eventually wind up in Yugi's time. Judai gushes at Yusei's D-Wheel, and later on both Judai and Yugi are amazed at Yusei's Synchro Summon.
    Yami Yugi: Synchro WHAT?!
  • Fusion Dance: Paradox with Sin Truth Dragon, after Sin Paradox Dragon is destroyed.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Judai provides a truly spectacular example, although the British audience would more likely get it. (For those not living in the United Kingdom, The Other Wiki has an explanation.)
  • Heroic BSOD: Yugi goes through one after he realizes that Grampa Moto is dead. Hence the Pharaoh taking over for the duration of the duel.
    • Yusei himself has a pretty bad one that pushes him to the brink of surrender, coaxed back only by Yugi and Judai, it may or may not have to do with him seen struggling to be on the other side of Stardust from the 5D's openings.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: To use his Sin cards, he ends up using Sin World, which will kill a player should their Life Points drop to 0. In the end, he's the one killed by it when Yugi, Judai and Yusei unleash their final attack.
  • Idiot Ball: Although he was never called on it, Paradox made a number of amateurish mistakes throughout the duel.
    • HE likely wasn't a very experienced duelist, due to what Duel Monsters did to his timeline.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Yugi activates a spell card that allows him to take control of one of Paradox's two dragons,. Paradox, in return, activates a trap to prevent it from working against Sin Paradox Dragon, the larger, nastier of the pair... just in time to find out that Yugi was going after the other one, Sin Stardust Dragon, the whole time. (Seems to be a problem a number of Yugi's foes run into!)
  • Invincible Hero: By the second turn of the game, the protagonists are basically in control of the whole game, with Paradox doing little to bring them down.
  • Ink-Suit Actor/Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: The cast of Sakiyomi JumBANG! make an appearance as MCs, voicing themselves accordingly.
  • Keigo: Yusei, who usually speaks rather informally, uses this when talking to Yugi and Judai.
  • In Medias Res: The movie starts in Venice, where Paradox is attacking Judai with his dragons.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The trailers for the Japanese version of the movie spoiled for the dub viewers at the time that Judai fused with Yubel and gained his/her powers]] and Yusei became the owner of the Dragon Head birthmark.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: At the end of the movie, Pegasus says he has a special card for the children attending the tournament he paid a visit to and asks them to take one. People who attended the movie received Sin Red-Eyes Black Dragon, which was a limited edition card and could be obtained only that way (unless you bought the special movie packs).
    Yugi: (to Paradox) We don't care about your Back Story!
  • Left Hanging: How the distant future Paradox lived in got destroyed and the true identity of Paradox.
    • Elaborated on in Episodes 134/135 of 5D's.
  • Le Parkour: Judai, somehow managing to get from the top of a column in St. Mark's Square to the roof of a nearby building to avoid the attacks of Rainbow Dragon and Cyber End Dragon.
    Judai (Abridged): Well, it's a good think I play a lot of Assassin's Creed.
  • A Lighter Shade of Grey/Grey and Gray Morality: See Alternate Character Interpretation above, but this might be A Lighter Shade of Grey due to the bigger protagonist count.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: The ending theme, Makemagic, while it sounds catchy and all, the lyrics are about somebody describing their female lover, down to their lips and skin and wanting to embrace them. Its about as out of place as it can get for a movie aimed at young boys.
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: How the three protagonists view Paradox's goal.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Paradox.
  • Meaningful Name: Paradox's name is a reference to the concept of paradoxes.
  • Meanwhile, in the Future: After Paradox steals Stardust Dragon and travels back to time, Yusei and co. return to Poppo Time. Akiza shows them a photo of Stardust Dragon and Paradox in Venice, who is destroying the city.
  • Milestone Celebration
  • A Million Is a Statistic: The protagonists are upset by the deaths of Pegasus and Solomon Mutou, and to a lesser extent, everyone who died to Paradox's attack. To Paradox, on the other hand, the entire massacre was a trivial step to further his experiment. Considering he really didn't care about destroying Venice just to get Judai, it's no surprise.
  • Never Say "Die": The dub never says the word 'death' or 'die', but at least it does not try and make half-baked excuses for what happens when buildings fall on people. No death scenes are edited out.
    • Invoked with Sin World though. In the Japanese version, whoever loses the duel dies. In the dub, whoever loses 'lose their souls!' This could be seen as a Call Back to 4Kids "censoring" the deaths in the original by making them worse (don't worry, kids, he didn't die, he just went to Hell for all eternity).
  • New Rules as the Plot Demands: The movie ignores many rules of the real life game. (This is in part because many cards used in the movie were not yet printed IRL.)
    • Paradox often controls more than one Malefic monster at a time. IRL, you can control only one Malefic monster at a time, and only that monster can attack. Paradox has two in his second and third turn, and then even four of them in his fourth turn.
    • Malefic Cyber End Dragon inflicts Piercing Battle Damage on the protagonists like Cyber End Dragon. In real life, the former card has not such an effect.
    • Judai's "Flute of Summoning Kuriboh" allowing Yugi to pick his Kuriboh from his deck.
  • No One Should Survive That: Yugi, after Domino City is ruined thanks to Paradox. Everyone else is dead, or at least only their belongings are seen. Doubles as Plot Armor. Might count as Fridge Brilliance.
    • The Millennium Puzzle protects him against any cowardly attacks. Yugi simply can't be killed by a sneak attack or destroying a city unless he is defeated personally first.
  • Non-Serial Movie: It was said to avert this, but Paradox's appearance in 5Ds amounted to a cameo, where he died. The Paradox in this movie is a robot clone who also died.
  • Off Model: Not present in the movie itself (which is animated beautifully) but 4kids did this with the English Blu-ray cover of the movie (hint: look at Judai's legs).
  • Oh Crap!: Pegasus, upon turning around only to see a whole building collapsing on him.
    • Also Paradox, right before his defeat.
  • Our Time Travel Is Different: The Instantaneous Time Travel variety. It also seems to combine the Wormhole version.
  • Plug 'n' Play Technology: Duel disks: ones made right before the end of the world in the distant future are compatible with the ones in modern day.
    • To a lesser extent, the three protagonists' Duel Disks. Yugi's Battle City disk, Judai's Duel Academy disk, and the disk from Yusei's D-Wheel all work flawlessly with each other.
  • The Power of Friendship: Going by the movie title, is this really a surprise?
  • Pre Ass Kicking Oneliner: When the duel begins in the English Dub each of the protagonists utter their respective catchphrase.
    Judai: (eyes glowing) "Paradox, get ready to get your game on!"
    Yusei: (Signer Mark glowing) "Your twisted time crusade ends here. Let's rev it up!"
    Yugi: (transformed) "I have just one thing to say to you, Paradox. It's time to duel!"
  • Previously On: The dub release begins with a recap of the three Yu-Gi-Oh series, including the basic setup and a few of the antagonists for each.
  • Product Placement: A newspaper in the movie shows an advert for Gold Series 2010, released on the same day the movie debuted in Japan.
  • Punny Name: The "Sin" theme (Malefic in the TCG). A number of kanjis can be read as "Shin" (which is the Japanese pronunciation of "Sin"), including 真 truth, 新 new and 神 god. Word of God says the theme is a clever combination of "sin" (罪 tsumi) and "new" (新 atarashii).
  • Race Against the Clock: The protagonists not only try to beat Paradox before Pegasus arrives at Domino City for his event after the Crimson Dragon gave everyone one more chance, but also before reality is destroyed.
  • Ragnarok-Proofing: Utterly averted. There is literally nothing left in Paradox's world except himself and his allies, rubble, and an atmosphere that makes this planet look like Venus.
  • Retcon: The point in time where Paradox kills Pegasus is supposedly set immediately before Duel Monsters makes its official debut. However, Yugi is seen wearing a Duel Disk, despite the fact that, in the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Duel Disks were not invented until long after Duel Monsters became a fad.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: Paradox's outfit is definitely an odd mix of clothes.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: How Paradox views his goal.
  • Shameless Self-Promotion + Doing It for the Art equals... Amazing chalk art?
  • Short Anime Movie: Only 49 minutes long, though both the dubbed version and the Encore run were lengthened by 10 minutes.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Paradox wears them, although they disappear without explanation when the duel begins. Even more confusing because the official art shows Paradox without shoulderpads, and in another art they are bolted to his outfit.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Paradox wears spiky bracelets, has spikes on his shoes, even his hairstyle is a bit spiky. Then there are the... oddly placed spikes on his chest.
  • Spoiler Opening: Not the movie itself, but Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's during the period it promoted the movie with clips inserted into the OP and the ED. It spoiled quite a few things, such as Pegasus and Sugoroku being killed by the collapsing buildings, and Paradox summoning and fusing with Sin Truth Dragon.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Crossover: This movie crosses over the then three Yu-Gi-Oh! series, but the story mostly focuses on Yusei and the cast of 5Ds with all the supporting cast appearing. The plot mostly takes place in the time of the original Yu-Gi-Oh series but GX gets the shaft with Judai being the only (living and/or human) character to appear and his section takes place in Venice rather than anywhere from his life.
  • Surreal Theme Tune/Thematic Theme Tune: makemagic. One half could be called as relevant to the movie, but the other half of the song is rather rife with romantic overtones, with the chorus being about the singer wanting to take someone in their arms. It is an especially odd case because Atsushi Tamura himself mentioned that he deliberately wrote the song to be in vibe with the movie.
  • Technology Porn: Paradox's D-Wheel during its transformation into a flying machine, with close-ups included, showing all the details. Even the protagonists are amazed at the entire sequence.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Paradox encounters Pegasus in Domino City in the midst of an event Pegasus is taking part of. What does Paradox do? Blow up the entire city, of course!
  • Time Machine: Paradox's D-Wheel.
  • Time Master: The Crimson Dragon aids Yusei with time travel, and later on Yugi as well.
  • Time Travel: Paradox is capable of this, and Yusei goes through a time slip during the course of the movie. It was the Crimson Dragon who helped him do so. It also brings Yugi back in time after Sugoroku and Pegasus die.
  • Time Travel Tense Trouble: Yusei telling Judai what's happening right now in the future. The three protagonists are also confused when all three of them come together.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: The rules of time travel in the movie are very difficult to place. Judai's trump card, Elemental HERO Neos, disappears when Paradox jumps back to Yugi's time, presumably because Paradox prevented the future in which Neos would exist. Without having stopped Paradox yet, Judai gets Neos back by jumping to a time before Paradox changes history, despite the fact that Neos (and the bulk of Yusei and Judai's cards) wouldn't have existed in that time anyways.
  • Theme Naming: Sin Paradox Dragon, Sin Paradigm Shift, Sin Truth Dragon. May count as Fridge Brilliance due to a paradox turned into truth upon changing viewpoints (i.e. paradigm shift).
  • Transforming Mecha: Paradox's bike transforms into a floating machine before the final duel.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: One of Paradox's eyebrows is rather bizarre, which appears to be half a tattoo and half his eyebrow.
  • Updated Re-release: The theatrical dubbed release and the Encore run of the movie in Japan have additional footage added in. The Encore run features a special 10 minute extension in 2D.
  • Villain Ball: Paradox in the duel against the protagonists. At one point, he attempts to destroy Judai's Neos Knight with Sin Paradox Dragon, only to run into the usual array of protagonist Traps. He could have attacked Judai's revived Neos Knight (which is at 0 attack due to Sin Paradox Dragon's effect) with Stardust Dragon, leaving the protagonists with 100 Life Points. If this had been the case, on Paradox's next turn, they would have lost due to the effect of Sin Truth Dragon.
    • Paradox uses an effect to try and destroy every monster on the heroes' side of the field while they had Stardust Dragon back under their control. Seeing as he had the card up until a couple minutes prior, he should have known what it did.
  • Watching the Sunset: Paradox does this in the distant future.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Paradox wants to save the future by experimenting with history in order to find the best possible outcome. He almost ends up destroying reality doing so. He also has a Humans Are the Real Monsters attitude.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Only Stardust Dragon's capture was shown on-screen, how Paradox obtained the other dragons was never shown. Judai calls out Paradox on stealing Rainbow Dragon from Johan, but the plot point was never elaborated on, and the fate of the cards' original owners is not known. When one considers Paradox's methods, it couldn't have been very pleasant.
    • Additionally, Z-One, Antinomy, and Aporia are nowhere to be seen in Paradox's future. While this may have been justified in the theater release due to spoilers for 5D's, it doesn't for the DVD release.