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[[caption-width-right:340:[-Yuya Sakaki and his Pendulum Monsters.-] ]]

->''"Locked in battle, duelists and their monsters are kicking against earth and dancing in the air! They storm through this Field! Behold! This is the newest and greatest evolution of Dueling! ACTION... '''DUEL'''!"''

%%'''This work covers the anime. For the manga, see ''Manga/YuGiOhArcV''.'''

The fifth series in the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' franchise, which first aired on April 6, 2014. ("ARC-V" is a double pun: it literally means "Story Arc 5", but the "V" shape also refers to the arc of a pendulum.)

In the world of ''ARC-V'', significant developments in [[HardLight hard-light technology]] have given birth to "Action Duels": a new form of sports entertainment where Duelists fight alongside their monsters in spectacular fantasy arenas and aim to win the crowd as well as the fight.[[note]]Those duels include Action Cards, which can be found on the Action Field. Action Cards can be activated from the hand in any turn and they usually allow the player to escape from enemy attacks or to give their monster more offensive power. Action Traps have mostly a negative effect for the player.[[/note]]

Yuya Sakaki [[KidHero is an eighth-grader]] who aims to follow in the footsteps of his DisappearedDad and become the most popular Entertainment Duelist in the world. When [[OrphansPlotTrinket the pendulum pendant he received from his father]] suddenly begins to glow during a televised exhibition match, Yuya unlocks the incredible power of Pendulum Summoning: An unknown form of Summoning that could be Yuya's big break into showbiz... Or lead to a whole heap of unwanted trouble.

Similar to previous series, there are Duel Schools which teach people how to duel and in different styles; though unlike previous series, those are afterschools and regular schools indeed exist. However, the Fusion, Ritual, Synchro and Xyz Summonings are taught only in elite schools, with the Leo Duel School (LDS) being the monopoly of the entire world. With Yuya's creation of Pendulum Summoning, a new Summoning method was born that had never been seen before. Despite being a student of the low-level You Show Duel School, he decides to prove that the school's Entertainment Duel style can compete with anything.

Then the {{Wham Episode}}s start coming...

''ARC-V'' evolves into a DeconstructorFleet of many tropes and plot elements universal to the franchise, deconstructing and reconstructing them left and right. RealityEnsues with the hero having rare cards no one has seen before, the holographic systems are used for war, and the SeriousBusiness aspect of the card game is justified. The result is a DarkerAndEdgier ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' series that manages to be more realistic and serious while still staying true to the themes and morals the franchise is known for. Being that it is airing as the franchise celebrates its 20th anniversary, it also pays homage to all that has come before it in a way that is a massive WalkingSpoiler.

'''Warning: While a good few spoilers are hidden, ''some spoilers are left unmarked!''''' If you wish to watch the series without any spoilers, ''you have been warned.''

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* AbortedArc:
** While Sawatari was in the Underground, it was suggested he would do a consecutive duel challenge like Manjoume did at North Academy. The next time he is shown, nothing about this is mentioned at all, whether he won or lost.
** People feel this way about [[spoiler: the Lancers exploring the Xyz Dimension. Compared to how long the Synchro Dimension took, the Lancers spend all five-ten episodes in the Xyz Dimension before Yuya manages to win over the Academia soldiers there and move onto the Fusion Dimension. Given that the opening for those episodes focused on the ruins of the Xyz Dimension, and the hype Edo and Kaito got for showing up beforehand, it was clear a LOT more was planned for it originally.]]
* AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler:As noted on the RecycledPremise section of the YMMV page, the Tops / Common conflict seems to be identical to the dynamic between Satellite / Domino City dynamic, with one major exception: The separation is instigated by the Tops ''themselves'' rather than the [[ApocalypseHow Zero Reverse]], like in ''5Ds'', making them look like even bigger [[{{Jerkass}} assholes]] than before. Furthermore, their reaction towards the Commons comes off as much pettier, since THEY are the ones who left the citizens to dry, spreading crime and violence, rather than the Satellite residents needing to steal due to the scarcity of resources caused by the Zero Reverse.]]
** However, [[spoiler: the Commons aren't much better. They fully support the messed-up system that pushes them down, buying in on the BreadAndCircuses completely. Even Shinji's speech seems soon forgotten, and the citizens mock Yuya for daring to claim that the enslavement of losers is wrong, then they're thrilled when his duel turns violent.]] While they're still the victims, their status as ApatheticCitizens makes it hard to root for them.
** On top of that, [[spoiler: the Commons are quick to violence and anger. At first it seemed righteous but when all hell started to break loose with Academia's invasion, they took the opportunity to revolt. What was discovered is that instead of pushing towards equality like those found in ''5Ds'' they instead choose to try and flip the system entirely with themselves on top. Thus it's true they support the system, they just want themselves on top. In many ways they are no better than the Tops and went out of their way to cause harm and mayhem and even betray Crow who wanted to find a more peaceful solution. They didn't even care about Academia's invasion, putting their "revolution" above all else.]]
** Academia itself, being based on Duel Academy from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' is now an AcademyOfEvil for training brainwashed ChildSoldiers, whereas the original was an AcademyOfAdventure largely aimed at teaching future pro-duelists.
* AdultFear: So much.
** In Episode 4, Yuzu and the kids of You Show Duel school are literally hanging on for dear life. How would their parents react to that!?
** In Episode 32, Yoko watched the building her son was in collapse on top of him. He got away, but for a second she thought she saw her son be seriously hurt or worse.
** Everything about what Kurosaki said in #33 and #34. [[spoiler:One day, you are minding your own business, and then invaders from another dimension come and attack you for no reason, as you watch as everyone you care about getting sealed in cards.]]
** Another one for Yoko. Imagine yourself going to drop off some kids home when you get the call that says your son is in a coma.
** The Battle Royale sub-arc is filled with this. [[spoiler:Your son or daughter is in a tournament and after a while any feed of your child is cut as they are forced to fight for survival against invaders from another dimension while you have no idea. The worst part has to be when the tournament is over and you find out your child was carded.]]
** [[spoiler:You are told your child is in another dimension and you have no way to get to them. That is a nightmare Shuzou is currently facing.]]
** [[spoiler:You look away for a second and a small child you are looking after disappears.]]
** You are arrested and forced to leave your three young children without any guidance, protection or support. You later spot your children sneaking into a high-profile event, being chased by the guards, and you can do nothing to help.
** Imagine being arrested for shoddy reasons and having brain surgery performed on you without your consent or knowledge.
** You find out that your kid, whom you believed to be receiving a prestigious education in an academy, has been turned into a brainwashed soldier,raided another city, killed huge amount of people and is possibly dead himself.
* AdultsAreUseless: Averted. While the main cast are teenagers or younger, there are main recurring adult characters that have a major effect on the series. [[spoiler:Strongly subverted in the Synchro Dimension arc, where the major players of that dimension are adults much like in ''5D's''.]]
* AlternateUniverse: It's implied this is the explanation for [[spoiler:the alternate dimensions -- each one is based on a previous ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' series, sans the original Duel Monsters run. The Fusion Dimension's Academia is based on ''GX's'' Duel Academy with Obelisk Force as their elite warriors, the Synchro Dimension has the D-Wheel and a classist City similar to ''5Ds'', and the Xyz Dimension has Heartland City as in ''[=ZeXal=]''. These could be taken as {{Mythology Gag}}s, but the presence of alternate versions of Jack and Crow in the Synchro Dimension, as well as a few other hints, suggest that some ForWantOfANail AlternateHistory resulted in them each being an alternate version of the "prime" dimension, that being the ''ARC-V'' dimension and the canonical previous three series so far.]]
* AmateurCast: [[Creator/KenshoOno With]] [[Creator/HirokiTochi only]] [[Creator/YoshimasaHosoya some]] [[Creator/MieSonozaki except]][[Creator/AoiYuuki ions]], the whole cast is composed by new or/and relatively unknown voice actors.
* AndIMustScream: With the right Duel Disk, victors can seal people into cards.
* AnimationBump: A few episodes are very well-animated, but at the cost of the following or preceding episode being OffModel. Such well animated episodes include #34 and #45. Notably, episodes (including #34 and #45) with Hidekazu Ebina as the animation director are the best animated episodes overall.
* AnimeHair: Like in the previous ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' anime series, a lot of characters have crazy-looking hair, but it is one of the more subdued series.
* AnotherDimension: Episode 36 explains [[spoiler:there are at least four alternative universes; Standard, Xyz, Synchro and Fusion, based on the series that used them the most. With Standard being the ''ARC-V'' dimension.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: Or be turned into a card at any rate. Surprisingly for a ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' show there is a lot of supporting characters that are sealed in cards. [[spoiler:This includes Hokuto, Michio, Olga, Halil, Teppei, Hikage and the three Knight of Duels Carl, Ashley and Bram.]]
* ArcWords:
** "The fun has just started" seems to be a recurrent phrase, as it shows in the plot, openings and endings [[CatchPhrase mostly by Yuya.]] It has also been used by some of the more [[IronicEcho morally ambiguous characters as well]].
** For Yuto and Kurosaki, "Hangyaku" (Rebellion). It's mentioned in their summon chants for both of their ace monsters.
** "Smile" or also commonly known as "egao", which has been repeated a few dozen times.
* TheArtifact: The 2000 Life Point penalty for entering a duel already in progress was an understandable rule introduced in the Battle Royale of the Arc League Championship. However, the mechanic has been retained in all duels since, even when it's a hindrance to the protagonists since almost any time they enter a duel in progress now, it's to help a friend against a villain. It's even less sensical in Season 3 when apparently Duel Disks from other dimensions have the same mechanic built into them.
* BadFuture: The existence of the Fusion, Xyz and Synchro Dimensions, specifically their main locations being Duel Academia, Heartland City and Neo Domino City seem to imply that they are this for Anime/YuGiOhGX, Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL and Anime/YuGiOh5Ds. In reality, they serve more as [[AlternateUniverse Alternate Universes]] to them.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits:
** The first opening shows Sawatari holding his three Darts Shooting cards. However, since he replaces them for another deck in episode 7, three episodes after they are revealed in the opening, they have become meaningless.
** The second opening shows participants of the Junior Youth Championship in a prominent way, these includes the students from the various Duel Schools and the LDS trio. None of them is actually important to the tournament plot and they are eliminated pretty early, most of them off-screen or very quick. Particularly, the LDS trio, who are supporting characters, are highlighted with the rest of the supporting cast, but all of them besides Masumi, who was eliminated before the opening was first aired, suffer from TheWorfEffect and they have lost their prominence in the show. Sora is also shown to among the ranks of LDS, which might foreshadow that he will eventually leaves You Show, but Sora never joins LDS and even antagonizes them.
** The third opening depicts a vicious battle between an angry Yuya and Yugo, using Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon and Clear Wing Synchro Dragon, respectively. Presumably, it was setting up a war between them, as Yuya is on a mission to rescue Yuzu, who Yugo accidentally whisked away. In the show proper, not only does Yuya not use Odd-Eyes Rebellion during the span the show used this opening except at the beginning, but he and Yugo never duel. Their only meeting came at the end of episode 91, and they never spoke - they just dueled their opponents in the same room. What's more, neither of the two bear any ill will towards each other; in fact, Yugo seems to think Yuya's a pretty cool guy if Yuzu thinks so highly of him. Furthermore, Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon has never fired a BreathWeapon during the entire series so far.
** The fourth opening features Yuya's rematch with Jack Atlas. Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon is fighting Red Daemon's Dragon Scarlight in the opening, [[spoiler:but Yuya does not summon it during the rematch]].
** The entire third ending shows the Lancers getting along and getting into shenanigans. The only thing that reflects the content of the show is Yuya in a (different) riding suit.
* BeehiveBarrier: The Action Spell card "Mirror Barrier," which prevents destruction of a monster by a card effect.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The conflict within the Synchro Dimension is this. [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Shinji]] represents the lighter end of the scale with his desire for fairer treatment from Tops and lack of regard for those who stand in his way. The Executive Council is a Darker Gray that will do anything to maintain the status quo (up to and including allying with [[BigBad Academia]]). For Black, [[TheStarscream Jean Michel Roget]] wants power and will use [[MindControlDevice any means necessary]] to get it.
* BlackComedy: While normally a sane person would question why would a duel tournament allow anybody to physically assault another participant, the duel between Kachidoki and Yaiba could be seen as this. The fact that viewers do not even get to see the actual duel (it's implied that Kachidoki [[OneHitKill OTK's]] Yaiba), but are just shown shots of Kachidoki beating the ever-living daylights out of Yaiba and causing his Life to hit 0 can make a person go, "Well, that happened." Depending on a person's taste, Yaiba's screams also add to the hilarity.
* BoringYetPractical: Action Cards. Compared to many of the complex cards used in duels, their effects are simple and straightforward; negate an attack, negate a card's destruction, boost/lower a monster's stats, and so forth. But when seized and activated at the right time, they can swing the momentum in a duel.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: "The fun's just getting started!". Yuya borrowed it from his DisappearedDad, and several others throughout the show use it once in a while.
* BreadAndCircuses: The situation in the Synchro Dimension. 1% of the population (the Tops) control 99% of the wealth, while everyone else (the Commons) live in squalor. The Commons are kept down through a combination of the [[StateSec Sector Security]] and the promise of the Friendship Cup, where the winner can become a Top. Images of the latest winner, Jack Atlas, are plastered all over the the slums. The Tops are desensitized to the plight of the Commons in part by police chases being shown live on TV.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: Once the Lancers get involved in the Friendship Cup, Action Duels and Riding Duels are subsequently combined into Action Riding Duels, which are Riding Duels [[RecycledInSpace WITH ACTION CARDS!]]
* BreatherEpisode:
** Episode 38, while not entirely light has comic relief that was absent after the incredibly dark Episodes 34 through 37.
** After a series of relatively high intensity and serious episodes, Episode 57 cooled things off a bit by having Dennis and Gogenzaka become impromptu street performers.
** Episode 73 has no on-screen duels and is basically politics and character development with one side-plot being mildly explored. Reiji is proven to have been taking well-calculated moves to save the Lancers who have been enslaved over the past few episodes instead of heartlessly throwing people aside, and Yuya gets a letter through to Yuzu. Comes right before the extremely intense Dennis vs Kurosaki duel.
* CallBack: In ''5D's'', the Three Emperors of Yliaster used futuristic Duel Disks utilizing HardLight where they placed their cards on light fields projected from their Duel Disks instead of on a card tray, and scenes set in the future showed everyone had such a Duel Disk. ''ARC-V'' remembered that and incorporated such Duel Disks as the norm, though they're not quite as advanced as the ones shown in ''5D's''.
* CallingYourAttacks: Par for the course as it's a firmly established ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' tradition.
* TheCameo: In Episode 97, [[spoiler:the Crimson Dragon makes an appearance during Red Dragon Archfiend Tyrant's summoning sequence. Later on, Jaeger appears in person to witness the finale of Yuya's climatic duel against Jack.]]
* CampFollower: The Resistance base is shown to double as a refugee camp, with the sound of a crying baby confirming that a lot of the people living there are just refugees living alongside the rebels.
* CardboardBoxHome: Realistically, the resistance camp is shown to be made up of a hundred or so tents stationed together.
* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler:Yuzu and Yugo end up in a situation like this when they are trying to warn the Synchro Dimension residents about the war.]]
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: Like other Yu-Gi-Oh! series, ''ARC-V'' is full of them. Special mention to Yuya, who many thought was a girl before the show started. And then there are his three counterparts: Yuto, Yugo and Yuri.
* CastHerd: The cast is usually divided into their Duel School or factions.
* CentralTheme: The main theme for this series is [[ThinkHappyThoughts joy]]. Yuya being dead serious in making others happy with his Dueling the is most obvious example. Lampshaded in the fifth opening.
* CerebusSyndrome: ''ARC-V'' itself started very lighthearted with some dark elements here and there as per the ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' standard; with the arrival of [[KnightOfCerebus Yuto and Kurosaki]], things started to get progressively darker and more continuity-based. By episode 39, the series' focus is an interdimensional war. The series lightened a bit for the first few episodes of the [[spoiler:Synchro Dimension arc]] before promptly diving back into darker territory and the entire premise of the [[spoiler:Xyz Dimension arc]] makes it even worse.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The 2000 LP penalty if interrupted a duel that was introduced in the Fusion Dimension invasion arc, a In-Universe ScrappyMechanic, ended up played a major role in bringing down Jean-Micheal Roger. To elaborate: He trapped Reiji in a cyber space that allows him to regenerate and duels everytime he lost to his opponent. Without this mechanic, Reiji's combo would not kill him infinite time]].
* ClarkesThirdLaw: Technology is so advanced at this point, Action Duels are more or less Shadow Duels. Serious injuries during a duel are very possible, though there seems to be some limit to the lethality, considering that Sora survived a bombing run and building collapse.
* {{Cliffhanger}}:
** A meta example. After the gruesome battle in episode 34, there's a one week hiatus leaving the awaited episode 35 on hold.
*** Another meta example that there is another one week hiatus between episode 84 and 85 which is also the duel between [[spoiler: Yugo (to an extend, Yuya due to Synchronization Mode) and Serena]].
*** There's a week of hiatus between [[WhamEpisode episode 87]] and episode 88 due of New Year's holiday.
** Averted with Episode 64-65. Episode 64 ends with [[spoiler:Yuya being thrown off his bike to land on his neck]], but the immediately following preview reassures the audience that [[spoiler:[[MadeOfIron Yuya is unhurt]]]].
** Episode 77 ended with [[spoiler:Yuzu being thrown through a window, with billowing smoke from her crash landing blocking any view of the damage she was dealt. The audience was left with no idea of how hurt Yuzu was.]]
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: The characters with the "Yu" prefix all have color schemes that go along with their respective Extra Deck cards:
** Yuya wears a blend of orange and green, just like Pendulum Monsters. Not to mention his hair.
** Yuzu, Yuri, and Serena have several shades of purple to match the purple Fusion monsters. Isao Kachidoki also has purple hair and uses a Fusion monster as his ace. [[spoiler:Roget wearing purple also hints at his true origins.]]
** Yuto has a darker color scheme, like the black Xyz monsters.
** Yugo wears white to go along with the white Synchro monsters. Incidentally, so does Gongenzaka.
* ConspicuousCG:
** Some of the bigger monsters, just like Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon or DDD Great Death Lord, Hell Armageddon.
** Many sequences during Riding Duels in the Synchro Dimension.
* ContinuityCavalcade: [[spoiler:''Everything'' about Tyrant Red Dragon Archfiend's summon sequence screams ''[=5Ds=]'', to the point where it's effectively a recreation of Red Nova Dragon's summon sequence, including the Double Tuning schtick, the flaming red Tuning rings, Scarlight's pose during the animation, and the Crimson Dragon's cameo in the background. Tyrant Red Dragon Archfiend even looks aesthetically similar to Red Nova Dragon.]]
* CoolBike: D-Wheels are re-introduced in ''ARC-V'' in the Synchro Dimension.
** Yoko also rides a bike in her duel with Yuya, though it does not seem to be a D-Wheel.
* TheConspiracy:
** LDS has restricted advanced Extra Deck Summoning techniques and cards (Fusion, Synchro and Xyz) to only their top students and not the general public. They also control almost all Duel Schools around the world as a means to achieve some kind of goal. Their goal is later revealed to be stopping Leo Abaka and defending their dimension.
** Reiji is using the [[TournamentArc MCS]] to weed out powerful duelists to "serve as Lancers to protect the world", whatever that means. Turns out he's recruiting the finalists to fight in the war against Academia.
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: In Episode 35, Yuzu finally tells Yuya and Gongenzaka about Yuto, the mysterious duelists who looks just like Yuya but uses Xyz Summons who attacked Sawatari. Gongenzaka quickly calls her out on not telling anyone about him back when Yuya took the blame for his actions, then goes for WhatTheHellHero when he thinks she didn't say anything because she doubted Yuya and suspected he was behind it for real.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: The City in Synchro Dimension, full stop. In the third opening, pictures of it looked incredibly stunning and beautiful, if a bit lacking in color. [[spoiler:Come episode 54, however, it is revealed that ''99% of the population'' lives in the slums, while the last 1% lives in Tops, a city built high above the ground. It's almost as though the people of Tops are flaunting their status for all to see from the ground below. And as it turns out, the Commons aren't much better, not caring about the fates of the defeated in the Friendship Cup and cheering on duels with bloodlust. Losers and problematic people are [[MadeASlave sent to an underground trash facility.]]]]
* CreatorThumbprint: The series director, Katsumi Ono, also directed ''5Ds'', which makes a lot of story elements from ''ARC-V'' seem familiar -- Yuya has daddy issues, Yuzu has a larger role than usual female leads, there's a plot-significant series of Dragon-types, and Action Duels are centered around Action Field Spells similar to Turbo Duels and Speed World. [[spoiler:And then the whole Synchro Dimension storyline is similar to the first season of 5Ds, as noted on the RecycledPremise section on the YMMV page.]]
* {{Crossover}}:
** There is a kickass ''V-Jump'' wallpaper, showing Yuya with Beast-Eyes Pendulum Dragon and Super Saiyajin Son Goku with Shenron/Shenlong from ''Manga/DragonBall''. It was also a spoiler, since it was published before Beast-Eyes' debut.
** In-canon, it has become one with [[spoiler:every past spin-off; Asuka and Edo from ''GX'', Crow and Jack from ''[=5Ds=]'', and Kaito from ''[=ZeXal=]'', are now involved in the plot. The three other dimensions are based on the same spin-offs. However the dimensions aren't the same as the worlds that they were based on.]]
** Episode 73 was the 777th episode of the franchise, which was celebrated with a special opening featuring [[Anime/YuGiOh all]] [[Anime/YuGiOhGX other]] [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds YuGiOh]] [[Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL protagonists]], as well as Yuya.
* CueTheSun: The sun rises as Satellite Cannon Falcon charges its [[OverlyLongFightingAnimation two-minute long]] WaveMotionGun.
* CultureClash: The council at least claims this is at the core of the issues the protagonists face in the Synchro dimension. For example:
** DeliberateValuesDissonance: The Synchro dimension holds values and beliefs that create a terribly unstable society, but because everyone agrees with these values the protagonists cannot inspire change by appealing to the people's better nature. Shinji is able to rally the crowds because he holds the same beliefs, and his arguments align with the values held in the City ''and'' the idea of a better world.
** YourNormalIsOurTaboo: Nobody cares about the institutionalized slavery because of how it functions.
** CultureJustifiesAnything: The City has [[spoiler: 99% of it's people living in squalor]], but the cultural beliefs mean that almost everyone thinks this system is fair. When Reiji tries to get them involved in the war, the council refuses on the basis that it doesn't benefit the competitive system the City runs on.
* CuttingTheKnot: It happens pretty often for a ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' Show.
** During the LDS vs You Show school duels, the protagonists research their opponents in order to learn more about them.
** [[spoiler:Episode 46, Gongenzaka and others hold down Berserk Yuya, and Berserk Yuya just tries to get his cards back by kicking their asses.]]
** [[spoiler:Episode 50, Yuya is so pissed off by Reiji's actions that instead of challenging him to a duel, he just tries to sucker punch him.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Is shaping up to be this to the entire franchise. The large amount of {{Deconstruction}}s, {{Reconstruction}}s, more realistic decks and playstyles, and general stronger focus on serialized storytelling has resulted in the series being much more serious than past ones. Then came Episode 34 with its WarIsHell themes and shocking plot reveals, and the series doesn't really let up from there even going into Season 2, [[spoiler: if anything it may just get worse]].
** BloodierAndGorier: And if you think the graphic violence in ''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds 5D's]]'' is bad enough, how about [[spoiler:Academia blowing up Heartland, Kurosaki attempting to kill Dennis and [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption beating up]] Security, Reira's backstory, or Yuzu almost getting ''killed off'' by Sergey!]] [[BloodlessCarnage No one is shown bleeding]], but still....
* DarkestHour: The Battle Royale sub-arc has [[spoiler:a total of 15 [[note]]7 from the Youth Division Lancers, the three Knights of Duels (Carl, Ashley and Bram), Hikage, Michio, Teppei, Halil and Olga[[/note]] characters carded, all of them teenagers on the good guys' side. While we do have [[AssholeVictim assholes]] mixed in, the vast majority were people that just wanted to defend their home. [[TheDragon Yuri]] making an appearance, Yuya suffering from a lot of BreakTheCutie moments and Yuzu being chased around by Yuri for a night and being teleported away. Finally culminating in Yuya having his biggest break the cutie moment when he finds out Yuzu is missing or maybe even carded.]]
** Episode 59 has [[spoiler:Dennis, Kurosaki, Gongenzaka, Sawatari, Serena, Crow and Yuya being captured by Security and Yuya believing that Reira has gone missing.]]
* {{Deconstruction}} / DeconstructorFleet / InternalDeconstruction: The series has been deconstructing a lot of tropes common to the franchise.
** The UniquenessValue of the ace cards used by the protagonists is deconstructed by Pendulum Monsters. Yuya having the only ones makes him a target for people who want to steal them, others think he's a cheater that uses hacked cards, and yet others think he's a coward for relying on an unfair advantage no one else has. This is further deconstructed when a plot point is Reiji's attempt to replicate Pendulum Monsters with new cards for mass production.
** The usual parent abandonment of the franchise is deconstructed by Yuya having massive issues that still haunt him to this day due to his disappeared dad.
** The HardLight technology of the holograms is ''viciously'' deconstructed. ''Arc-V'' makes it clear what technology of that level would more likely be used for -- war. Repeatedly, characters do battle by using their holographic monsters to fight (not a proper duel, just a monster battle), characters are at risk of getting harmed by the holograms, at extreme times there's immense property damage, and the holograms are often used to get around easier. Being a duelist in ''Arc-V'' means being more than just good at Duel Monsters -- it means being athletic enough to jump and run around on a regular basis, and brave enough to do it knowing you could get hurt at any time.
** The SuperPoweredEvilSide trope is deconstructed by Berserk Mode. Those that enter it lose all control over themselves, have no control over when it happens, and when it stops they're usually horrified by what they've done.
** The Battle Royale arc deconstructs the Battle City arc of the second series anime. There, a bunch of duelists wandering town dueling each other at random as a secret force of antagonists invaded the city wasn't too big a deal. Here it's the same, except that Battle Royale mode allows for duelists to enter duels already in progress and gang up on others duelists. The result is total chaos as multiple duels with multiple duelists in them happen across several episodes.
** Episode 50 deconstructs the general shounen trope of building a team of elite teenage heroes, as once the protagonists learn that [[HiddenPurposeTest the entire Battle Royale was designed to find Lancers]], rather then be proud or excited to join most of them get mad at Reiji for putting peoples lives on the line so carelessly and are far from thrilled at the prospect of becoming child soldiers.
** The KidHero and ChildSoldier tropes are deconstructed to hell and back. The Lancers are not at all thrilled at being used to fight a war, and Reira is flat out traumatized by what he has to go through. Meanwhile with other characters, Kurosaki has fallen victim to HeWhoFightsMonsters, becoming as violent and brutal as his enemies, and Sora performs a HeelFaceTurn because he was raised to be a soldier and has only now found true happiness by being allowed to act like a child and be friends with people.
** All major tournaments from previous series were never [[NotJustATournament Not Just Tournaments]] and had their dark moments, but the Junior Youth Championship, the major sub-tournament of the Maiami Championship (MCS), [[spoiler:gets cancelled after achieving its purpose]].
** The second major tournament is an annual event, but despite the previous years having no magic or plot relevance ''none'' of them were ever innocent. The entire thing weighs in heavily to the City's BreadAndCircuses routine, being a major PR tool used by the corrupt city council to keep the masses happy.
** It's not even afraid to deconstruct things introduced ''only a few episodes earlier''. During Yuya's duel with [[spoiler: his mom, his mother]] tells him how his father use to be able to end any conflict with everyone having a smile on their face, no matter how serious the matter was. Naturally, Yuya attempts to follow in his footsteps when [[spoiler:a mix up results in the Synchro Dimension security coming after him. He starts his entertainment duel routine, and security promptly responds by... [[RealityEnsues Frankly not giving a shit and calling more security on his arse when he starts coming out on top.]]]]
** The idea of {{Mooks}} is deconstructed by Obelisk Force and Security. They are strong precisely because they attack in numbers and use the same decks over and over; they outnumber opponents and gang up on them, and their decks all synergize perfectly to create devastating combos. Even if they lose, they keep coming to ZergRush you until you either collapse from physical exhaustion or make a misplay and lose a duel. The heroes also only defeat them because they are all professional duelists, your standard civilian wouldn't stand a chance.
** The DuelsDecideEverything trope, the ''very basis of the Yu-Gi-Oh franchise'', isn't even safe from deconstruction in this series. Numerous characters, particularly Security, lose a duel, but continue on with what they were doing anyway. There's also many times they skip the dueling and just use brute force to apprehend the heroes.
** Interestingly the JerkWithAHeartOfGold trope usually displayed in TheRival is deconstructed here, usually the cast can see through the rival's rough exterior and understand their good intentions. But here, [[spoiler:Jack's]] attitude and words only make everyone see his actions as nothing but arrogance and full of spite instead of what he intended.
** The SeriousBusiness attitudes towards the card game. Normally, the negative effects this causes for the duelist are supernatural (Oricalcos, Shadow Realm, soul sealed in doll, sent to the stars, soul stolen, etc), and are not known to the public. [[spoiler: In the Synchro Dimension, the punishment is man-made slavery, and the public is not only aware of it, but aren't even bothered by it]].
** The Synchro Dimension seems to be a deconstruction of the entire second season of ''5D's''. [[spoiler:When Satellite and Neo Domino City were connected at the end of the first season, they merged cleanly. While here despite the Tops and Commons both living in the City, the classism is even worse. With the Tops looking down on the Commons and the Commons having a lot of aggression towards the Tops and seem to be one push away from a total rebellion]].
** The AllLovingHero trope is even deconstructed. Yuya tries to be as peaceful as possible and he usually fails as a result. Most of the time, his attempts are ignored by his enemy, who instead use it to gain the advantage. When he simply can't take all the stress he's under, Yuya tends to snap violently, or becomes depressed because he's unable to deal with the cruelty of the world in a healthy manner.
** The BlitheSpirit trope is horribly deconstructed. Yuya attempts to change the City by showcasing his Entertainment Dueling and calling them out on their apathy but instead of the Commons seeing Yuya's points and changing, they mock and hate him for attacking their culture. A major part of Yuya's development in the Synchro Arc is his realization that blithe spirits doesn't work, they only anger those you are trying to change.
** The Commons revolution deconstructs LaResistance. Yes, the Commons need help, and yes, the Tops aren't going to do a damn thing. But violence only breeds violence, innocent people are caught in the crossfire, and Shinji's allies develop BlackAndWhiteInsanity very quickly.
** HeelRealization is deconstructed by [[spoiler:Edo, who has been raised by the Academia since childhood and as such he strongly believes in their ideals. When Yusho was able to reach him, he went through a massive freak out, unable to admit beliefs that he had for so long could be wrong. Ultimately reconstructed after Yuya beats him in their second Duel.]]
* DeconReconSwitch: Look under {{Deconstruction}}, now look under {{Reconstruction}}. There's a lot of both, with the latter usually showing up after the former.
** The WarriorTherapist trope in particular gets deconstructed and reconstructed repeatedly. To put it simply this trope works very, very well ''if'' the therapist succeeds, but the therapist '''always''' fails unless a laundry list list of conditions- most of which are out of anyones control- have already been met prior to the duel's beginning, and they use the right tactics to win and/or show the right emotions during the duel.
*** Even if someone meets the most common requirements and duels in a way most likely to reach someone it still might not be enough, [[spoiler: as Kurosaki learned going against Kaito[[note]]Kurosaki and Kaito share a common backstory so they can relate to each other, fought a common enemy, Kurosaki has struggled with the same rage that now consumes Kaito, and Kurosaki even dueled using Action Cards- the methods of his new allies- to prove to Kaito that they can both find new comrades. Unfortunately Kurosaki had Yuto up until he opened up to the idea of gaining new allies, whereas Kaito pushed away everyone he didn't lose and has become consumed with more hate then Kurosaki ever felt, plus Kurosaki lost the duel from relying on [[LuckStat Action Cards]] too often[[/note]]]].
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]]. Played straight for about three duels (all of which had the "antagonists" not being particularly bad people and changing their behavior ''before'' the duel ended). Also, in two of these it wasn't the actions of the protagonist but the actions of the audience that convinced the person to change, and the third one showed that the opponent in question didn't so much change as revert to the personality he used to have before he became a FallenHero. The rest of the time this trope is mocked, averted, or invoked by villains. Notable instances:
** Invoked by [[spoiler:[[BitchInSheepsClothing Sora]]]]. Though it seems to have stuck, since he actually cares for Yuya and Yuzu.
** Averted in Yuya's duel with Kachidoki.
** In a sea of aversions in [[spoiler:Synchro, Yuya and [[FallenHero Tokumatsu]] play this straight.]]
** Played With Grace Tyler, [[spoiler: who while still a villain, begins to take an interest in Yuya's Entertainment duel.]]
* DenserAndWackier: The first season of the series shows some slapstick comedy, along with some entertainment.
* {{Determinator}}: Enforced; ''ARC-V's'' main theme is "Take a step forward with courage!!"
* DeusExMachina: Yuya gets to win his duel with Reiji in Episode 13 and save You Show Duel School [[spoiler:...because Himika got a call
concerning an assault on professor Marco just when Reiji was about to (possibly) initiate his winning turn, causing him to step out and give Yuya the match.]]
* DifferentInEveryEpisode:
** Before each Action Duel, a sequence plays out where various characters introduce the concept, with different animation and characters each time it's done. The animation is different based on who is introducing the concept and the relationship between the characters. Example includes Gongenzaka and Ankokuji having a sparring match during theirs.
** Also Fusion Chants, they vary based on the monsters used in the fusion. So for Fusion monsters with more lax requirements, the chant is pretty different each episode.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Being sealed into a card is a pretty clear metaphor for death or murder, considering its permanence and the trauma associated with witnessing it. [[spoiler:Kurosaki even directly references the cards as the "graveyards" of his comrades in episode 75.]]
** Reiji and Himika's war speech that signaled the end of MCS. The audience's reaction changing from horrified to prideful as Reiji glorifies warfare [[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan comes off as extremely]] [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly unsettling]], especially in a children's show. Not that the main casts are happy about it.
** The situation in the Synchro dimension appears to be a mix of late-Tsarist Russia and the USA. The City's economic situation, specifically the lack of a middle class and [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober Shinji's speech]] are based on the former while the City's beliefs and justifications for their corruption is based on the latter. It's even said that 99% of the wealth is controlled by 1% of the population.
** Sergey. [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Once again]], ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' gives us a villain who uses whip-shaped plants to show their sadistic, BDSM side. Only this opponent is also a masochist, as reflected in his dueling style.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune:
** The first ending theme, ''One Step'' is sung by P☆Cute (Pendulum☆Cute), a pop duo created exclusively for this series. The members are called [[http://i.imgur.com/yZdi3XQ.jpg Ruri Shirosaki and Masumi Anzu]][[note]]other possible readings for Masumi's last name are Yamitsu or Kuratsushi[[/note]]. These are however {{Stage Name}}s; their real names are Rin Aizawa and Arisa Kiyoto, respectively. Arisa Kiyoto voices Masumi Kotsu.
** The second ending theme, ''Future Fighter!'' is sung by Creator/KenshoOno and Creator/YoshimasaHosoya, Yuya and Reiji's voice actors.
* DoubleKnockout: The result of Gongenzaka versus Yaiba and [[spoiler:Yuya versus Edo.]]
** Also happens with individual battles during duels, such as Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon versus Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon.
* DramaPreservingHandicap: Invoked. When [[spoiler:Dennis and Kurosaki decide to hold an underground gambling Riding Duel to see who gets to go to the Friendship Cup]], the latter starts with a measly ''1000 LP'' in order to make sure his opponent might actually win the duel. [[spoiler:They still manage to tie up at 100 LP by the end of the episode.]]
* DramaticIrony:
** In Episode 33, Sora underestimates Raid Raptors ó Rise Falcon. The LDS trio snarks to not underestimate it. It's almost BlackComedy as before they lost their memories, they underestimated that very monster before Kurosaki beat them down with it.
** Dennis' [[spoiler:status as TheMole]] has was revealed to the audience fairly quickly after his introduction, but none of the heroes were aware until episode 74.
** Prior to his duel with Serena, Yugo makes a promise to Yuzu [[spoiler:in heaven]]. This is immediately followed by a scene cut to Yuzu sneezing while sitting in an alleyway with Frank, Tanner, and Amanda.
* DuelsDecideEverything: Thanks to HardLight tech, ''ARC-V'' can now justify this trope, even though it still ZigZags it. Many characters do resort to dueling to settle things, as advanced Solid Vision allows monsters to ''harm'' other people. Various other characters, such as [[spoiler:Obelisk Force and Security]], simply skip the dueling and use monsters and Spells/Traps as weapons, and yet others, namely Kurosaki, simply skip ''that'' and flat-out physically involve others to disable them.
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[[folder: Tropes E-L]]
* TheEarthPrimeTheory: Episode 36 revealed that the ''ARC-V'' dimension, Standard is the basis for all the other dimensions.
* EasyAmnesia: Hokuto, Masumi and Yaiba's memories of Kurosaki are erased in Episode 26, replaced with new memories that he was always their fellow LDS friend. Although, they do remember that his Raid Raptors - Rise Falcon is very powerful, but as a good memory rather than a bad memory.
* EmpathicEnvironment: The sky turns dark and gloomy in Episode 39 as [[spoiler:Kachidoki corners Yuya in their duel, inadvertently unleashing the latter's dark side. This results in a disturbing win for Yuya.]]
* EvilPlan: The ARC Area Project, whatever it is.
* EvolvingCredits:
** After the third episode, the first opening reveals Sawatari's three hidden Darts Shooter cards.
** After Episode 37, the second openings changes from scenes of Yuya's duel with Sawatari and Yuzu's duel with Masumi to scenes of Yuya and Yuto holding their dragons and a scene of Yuzu and Serena each with their own bracelet. Also, Clear Wing Synchro Dragon and Yuri's face are no longer hidden.
** After Episode 54, the third opening changes the opening from [[spoiler:Action Duels to Riding Duels, showing Yuya being chased by Security after he arrives in the Synchro Dimension with an overview of Jean Michel Roget, showing the preparations of a Riding duel, showing Crow and Jack when Odd-Eyes and Clear Wing are fighting. And then showing Roget and two new characters and seeing Jack unsilhouetted. Since episode 65, Jack's dragon is also unveiled]].
* FantasticRacism:
** The Fusion Dimension seems to hate all Xyz users, considering themselves superior. The Xyz Dimension seems to loathe all Fusion users due to their instigation of conflict. It is unknown how the Synchro Dimension feels, especially since the reveal during Yuto's duel against Yugo that they might just got caught in the war like Standard.
** As of Episode 41, it seems that members of the Fusion Dimension might feel the same way about members of the Standard Dimension as they do towards members of the Xyz Dimension.
** [[spoiler:More of fantastic ''class-ism'', but the people in Synchro Dimension's Tops absolutely despise the "Commons" who live in the slums below. Security tries to throw out any Commons that manage to get into Tops.]]
* FashionableAsymmetry:
** Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon's right side is much more fancier than its left. The same also apply for Rune-Eyes and Beast-Eyes.
** Dennis's outfit
* FireWaterJuxtaposition: When Shuzou and Himika do the Action Duel Sequence. Shuzou has a fiery background, while Himika has an icy one fitting their personalities.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Sora discards Fusion Recovery early on in his Duel with Yuya, a card that would only be useful in a deck with at least one Fusion Monster. Then he does the same with Instant Fusion. These hint at his Death-Toy Bear.
** Constellar Pleiades, Gem-Knight Master Diamond, and XX-Saber Gottoms, the ace monsters of the LDS Extra Deck course representatives, all appear in Strong Ishijima's commercial in episode 1.
** The series in general does a good job of foreshadowing future events. The majority of the initial arc helps set up the rest of the series.
** Sora offhanded comment after his duel against Yuya that everyone knows how to Fusion Summon where he's from and Yuto's comment that Sora "isn't from around here" hints [[spoiler:that he's from the Fusion Dimension.]]
** Also as a rewatch bonus, take a look at Sora's reactions whenever Xyz is brought up. In the first instance he stops in the middle of his eating in class when Yuzu mentions it. Then during the duel with Houkuto, the Xyz user for the LDS trio, he makes snide comments to himself whenever Hokuto tries to bust Yuya's chops over his skill. Not to mention he's the one to explain how Xyz works to the Kids. [[spoiler:Him being a Hunter of Xyz users should know all about their methods.]]
*** Also as an added bonus Sora is ironically the first one to point out what the DD in the Different Dimension cards is when Yuya first duels with Reiji. While also hinting at some familiarity with the cards as when his playstyle changes as he makes a comment about something in his playstyle being "Completely Different."
** Yuto's attack on Sawatari hints that the Academia is a school. Which sets up that it's an alternative version of Duel Academia.
** The scene in the first opening when there are four cards with Yuya's outline hint at Yuto, Yugo and Yuri. Yuya's alternative selves.
*** In combination with the scene in the third ending where [[spoiler:Yuya and his counterparts are shown on cards and Yuzu and Serena also being shown on cards with Yuzu being where Rin and Ruri are clearly meant to be]], this is made much more explicit.
** The line Reiji says during his duel with Yuya, "I've prepared a large taste for you of the power of the kings who rule the Different Dimension," while having a Fusion, a Synchro ''and'' an Xyz Monster on the field clearly sets up the fact that there are multiple dimensions based on which Special Summon method they use.
** In Yuto's first episode, he asks Sawatari about the Academia because of his LDS pin, Sawatari says everyone in the LDS gets one when they enter the school and it is dropped. This hints that Leo Akaba is the head of Academia explaining why LDS and Academia have the same pins. [[spoiler:This is brought up again when Dennis shows the Obelisk Force his pin to get them to help him out.]]
** It was hinted that there was more to Yoko then just being a loving mother in episode 14. [[spoiler:The reveal that she was a gang leader was shocking though]].
** Yuto's flashback of his duel against Yugo seems very odd when we meet [[{{Adorkable}} Yugo]]. [[spoiler:The flashback makes much more sense when you realize Yuto thought Yugo was [[TheDragon Yuri]]]]
** Tokumatsu's statements about a punishment for a jailbreak are much more important [[spoiler:when he reveals that losing in the Friendship Cup, sends the loser to a lifetime working in a garbage processing plant is the same punishment]]
** [[spoiler:The reveal of the Common's true nature was foreshadowed in Episode 55. When Yugo was dueling 227, it showed the Commons were enjoying the duel as much as the Tops were. Showing that they were similar to the Tops]]
** Yuya and Yugo [[spoiler:syncing up was foreshadowed in episode 37. When Yuto and Yugo entered their berserk modes, they both talked about destroying everything till their words synced up]]
** The four girl's bracelet colors were foreshadowed by the first opening and ending. [[spoiler:The first opening had 4 cards with Yuya's outline and Yuya was holding 4 popsicles in the first ending that had the color of the gems on the Yuzu's bracelets.]]
** Dennis using Xyz summoning as his cover despite hailing from an organization that looks down upon Xyz hints that [[spoiler: Dennis used to be a spy posted in the Xyz dimension before he was posted in Standard.]]
** Dennis' rather calm attitude when he just arrived in the Synchro Dimension and the fact that he was very good at being a street performer hints [[spoiler:at his days as an Xyz mole where he did the same thing]]
** Kurosaki's dream was given a minor foreshadow when we first see him in the Synchro Dimension, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness smiling]] as he wins a duel.
** Jean Michel Roget's purple attire hints at [[spoiler:him being originally from the Fusion Dimension.]]
** Tokumatsu states that before he went to jail, the City didn't have Real Solid Vision. [[spoiler:Which makes sense as episode 76 reveals that the Executive Council started implementing Real Solid Vision because Tokumatsu was sent to jail and made the Commons riot]].
** Sora's attitude towards Yuya in episode 48, from his hesitance to acknowledge him to his detached mockery during their duel, hints at the nature of Sora's internal struggle. [[spoiler: While he's fully loyal to Academia, he does truly value Yuya as a friend and wants to carry out his mission without hurting/involving Yuya or Yuzu]].
** Roget's interest in Fusion Summoning hints at [[spoiler:him being from the Fusion Dimesion.]] But notice whenever he sees someone fuse, he isn't particularly happy, while it could be chalked up to his stoic nature, it hints [[spoiler:that he left the Academia, as seeing Academia members means they will find out that he defected.]]
** Kurosaki's status as a FriendToAllChildren ([[ChildSoldiers children from Academia excluded for obvious reasons]]) has been hinted at. First when he reacted slightly to the cries of children during his duel with Sora, then his anger at [[TagalongKid Reira]] being brought to [[spoiler: Synchro]] was probably his way of expressing concern for Reira's safety.
** [[spoiler:Kaito recognizes the Sakaki surname instantly upon hearing it, hinting towards connections to Yuya's DisappearedDad. Not a moment too soon, since the next episode promptly reveals that Sakaki Yuusho taught Heartland about dueling, then somehow ended up in the Fusion Dimension and established another You Show Duel School.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: Episode 57 reveals that [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Jaeger/Lazar]] is on City's 100 yen bill. The shopkeeper that was mean to Carly in her first appearance also made a cameo. Episode 66 shows [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Garome]] living among the Tops.
* FriendlyRivalry: The You Show Duel School and the Gongenzaka Dojo are considered to be rivals. But there seems to be no hard feelings involved. Gongenzaka, the heir to the Dojo is best friends with Yuzu, daughter of the current headmaster and Yuya, son of the school's founder. It is also said that the Gongenzaka Dojo students helped Yuya a lot, mostly because the majority of his duels are with them.
* FunWithAcronyms: "Leo Duel School" is called LDS for short. [[spoiler:Episode 52 reveals that the Duel Schools have actually been set up as training courses to teach duelists in preparation for the war with Academia, and LDS is renamed to "Lance Defense Soldiers."]]
* FusionDance: Outside of the obvious Fusion Monsters, [[spoiler:Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon, the Supreme Black King Dragon]] can be considered one considering it involves [[spoiler:giving Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, an Xyz monster, a LEVEL]].
* GameBreaker: Invoked with Pendulum Summoning[[note]]Place two Pendulum Monsters in the two Pendulum Zones, treated as Spell cards, and you can Summon as many Monsters from your Hand as you want at the same time, provided the Levels of the Monsters are between the left and right Scales of your respective left and right Pendulum Monsters. No tributing is needed; in fact, a Pendulum have special effect(s) while in a Pendulum Zone.[[/note]], which many characters in ''ARC-V'' consider to be akin to cheating. The groundbreaking aspect of Pendulum Summoning come from the fact that it allows you to summon several monsters at once, where past protagonists would typically bring out only their signature beast that might be supported by another weaker monster. As Yuya only has a few beatsticks such as Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, it does not seem as broken when he plays the mechanic. It may also because that for quite a while, Yuya is the only Pendulum user in public.
* GenreBlind: Characters continue the grand Yu-Gi-Oh! tradition of instantly dismissing a card just because it has pitiful attacks, even when it should be obvious that said monster has an effect to make up for it. Especially jarring when they also have those kind of cards ''in their own deck''
** This actually gets PlayedForDrama in the Synchro Dimension arc where [[spoiler:a character greatly misinterprets what Jack Atlas was trying to tell him when he handed him a low level card. He completely overlooks the obvious fact that he was just handed a tuner monster with additional abilities. He then comes to loath Jack, thinking him a traitor to the commons who has just called him worthless.]]
* GenreShift: ''ARC-V'' started out as a light hearted anime with some darker undertones, not unlike ''GX''. By the time the TournamentArc was done, it became a dimensional war that deconstructs the HardLight system that's been in place in the series for years, putting it on the same level as, or perhapse even ''more'' so than the Shadow Games from the first and second series animes, as well as taking a deeper look at the psychological ramifications it all has on the cast, sometimes verging on ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' levels of psychological breakage, especially in regards to the main protagonist. Plus from the Synchro arc on much of the plot is driven by the political manipulation various parties perform in order to achieve their goals.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: See DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything, as the writers can have a realistic portrayal of war and genocide by hiding death itself behind people getting sealed into cards.
* GildedCage:
** Academia is this for Serena though she is known for her attempts in escapes.
** In the Synchro dimension, the Lancers were held here for the Friendship Cup. They can only leave if they have a match and must return back if they win. Though it's more smaller than most examples as it's closer to a high class hotel than a mansion but due to the class division between the Tops and the Commons, it is easily seen as this.
* GoodCounterpart: By episode 52, LDS is this to the Academia. They are both duel schools focused on creating dueling soldiers, the difference is the LDS' goal is simple self-defense compared to the Academia's goal of invading other dimensions.
* GoodParents:
** ''ARC-V'' shows the You Show School children's parents as supporting and caring towards them. Yusho constantly encouraged Yuya in his flashbacks, Yoko is always watching over him, Shuzou is seeing worrying over his daughter's troubled behavior and Futoshi's and Ayu's parents took time out of their agendas in order to be in the stadium to cheer for their children. Even Gongenzaka and Reiji are frequently seen with a parent.
** Averted with [[{{Jerkass}} Mr. Sawatari]] and [[ArchnemesisDad Leo Akaba]], though...
* GratuitousEnglish: While this is common in this franchise, attack names are often entirely in English. However, we list here the attack names of the Four Dimension dragons (including evolutions) because they are a mix of Japanese and English words, a possible nod to Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Red Daemon's Dragon and the two Galaxy-Eyes dragons, Photon and Tachyon. This also includes the attacks of certain dragons based on the dragons from previous series.
** Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon's ''Rasen no Strike Burst''. Odd-Eyes Dragon's ''Spiral Flame'' is entirely in English instead.
** Rune-Eyes Pendulum Dragon's ''Rengeki no Shiny Burst''. Beast-Eyes Pendulum Dragon's ''Hell Dive Burst'' is entirely in English instead.
** [[spoiler:Brave-Eyes Pendulum Dragon's]] ''Shakunetsu no Mega Flame Burst''.
** Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon's ''Hangyaku no Lightning Disobey''.
** Clear Wing Synchro Dragon's ''Senpuu no Hell Dive Slasher''.
** Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon's ''Hanki no Gekirin Strike Disobey''.
** Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon's ''Reppuu no Crystallos Edge''.
** [[spoiler:Dark Requiem Xyz Dragon]]'s ''Shinkon no Disaster Disobey''.
** Red Daemon's Dragon Scarlight's Shakunetsu no Crimson Hell Burning.
** [[spoiler:Red Daemon's Dragon Tyrant's]] ''Gokuen no Crimson Hell Tide''
** [[spoiler:Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon's]] ''Senmetsu no Cipher Stream''.
** On another note, quite a few characters (Yuya, Sawatari, Dennis, Halil) are prone to exclaiming things in English even outside of the usual Duel lingo, as are the opening/ending themes. There's so much that one almost starts to wonder whether English networks could get away with airing it without even needing a dub.
* HallOfMirrors: While dueling Masumi in the "Crystal Corridor", Yuzu bumps into an Action Card's reflection while trying to get to it and loses because she can't get to the real one in time.
* HardLight: The Leo Corporation has invented Solid Vision with mass, "Real Solid Vision", allowing anyone to interact with the Duel Monster holograms. This is part of what makes Action Duels so popular. Apparently, they can also control just how hard the light is because they state that the Junior Championship has the most spongy Solid Vision since the duelists are all young kids.
* HarsherInHindsight: Invoked by Reiji. When Yuya tells him that he got his two Fusion dragons because of Yuzu, who in turn asked Sora to learn Fusion Summoning, Reiji points out that Sora indirectly influenced Yuya and that the power of Rune-Eyes and Beast-Eyes originated from [[spoiler:Academia]].
* HellIsThatNoise: Raidraptor - Rise Falcon's cry, both the original (which is the same as Earthbound God Ascilla piscu) and the other one that the dub also uses in addition to the original.
* HiddenInPlainSight: [[spoiler:Tsukikage decides to hide Yuzu underground to protect her, since Security is looking for her. Security believes that Yuzu had been rescued by Sora and are subsequently looking for her, so Tsukikage decides to hide her where she was supposed to have gone in the first place.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: At the beginning of Episode 63, three {{Elite Mook}}s pursuing Yuya and his crew intend on overwhelming the party by summoning a ZergRush of Goyo monsters. [[spoiler:After the party is backed into a corner, Kurosaki pulls a BigDamnHeroes by dropping out of the sky and pulling a two-card combo with his opening hand that summons Raid Raptors - Rise Falcon. He uses one Overlay Unit to add the combined ATK of all seven Special Summoned Monsters controlled by the mooks to Rise Falcon, jacking its ATK to '''''7900'''''. He then proceeds to attack all monsters on the field for a triple [[OneHitKill OTK]].]]
* HopeSpot:
** In episode 37, Yuto and Yugo fall into some sort of trance after both of their dragons are summoned, which makes them both duel more viciously than normal. Yuya is able to bring Yuto back to his senses, and tries to snap Yugo out of it as well. [[spoiler:When Yugo uses a monster effect on his own dragon rather than Yuto's, Yuya briefly thinks Yugo has returned to normal, but it turns out there was an additional effect to Clear Wing Synchro Dragon's monster effect that Yuya wasn't aware of that powered it up before delivering the finishing blow.]]
** A rather cruel one in Episode 48. [[spoiler:Michio and Teppei join in the tag match of Tsukikage, Serena, and Kurosaki vs the Obelisk Force. And through their teamwork, they are able to halve the life points of the Obelisk Force. Till they turn it around and defeat both Michio and Teppei, sealing them both into cards.]]
* HufflepuffHouse: Ritual Summoning. The four dimensions are explicitly based on the four types of Extra Deck Special Summons, so while Ritual Summoning is technically the fifth Special Summon type, it gets very little attention and isn't seen as an advanced technique like the other methods are. Mieru and Asuka use Ritual Monsters, so they do have some representation, but it's far lower than the other four monster types.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: The Fusion Faction hunted Heartland's Xyz users ''for fun and profit''. Made worse with the reveal that [[spoiler:the war was started in order to kidnap a single girl.]]
* IdiotBall: Invoked in some of Yuya's dueling opponents, likely due to the fact that like all main ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' characters, Yuya [[PlotArmor needs to win most, if not, all of his important duels]].
** [[spoiler:Dennis and Sawatari seem to lost all of their sense to keep secret about their advantages over the Synchro Dimension when arriving there as Shingo told the Security about Action Spells even when he wasn't asked or tortured, directly hampered Yuya as a result while Dennis used Pendulum and Xyz summoning in a joke duel against Gongenzaka even though he doesn't have anything to gain for winning. But as Dennis is TheMole, it could be on less stupidity and more on purpose. To be fair to Dennis, unlike Sawatari, he had no idea that they were currently pitted against the Synchro Dimension]].
** Surprisingly enough Crow in episode 87,[[spoiler: who attributed Yuya's sudden shift in behaviour and desire to duel him rather than escape to help his friends, to mean Yuya lied to him and really is working with Roger. Instead of the fact that Yuya was clutching his head and screaming in pain, right in front of him.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: Gongenzaka uses his metal geta (sandals) as weapons when [[spoiler: escaping prison]].
* InfantImmortality: Averted, with Academia soldiers ruthlessly carding a baby from the XYZ dimension.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons:
** Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon and its evolutions, Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, Clear Wing Synchro Dragon, [[spoiler:Yuri's]] Dragon, [[spoiler:Jack's Red Demon's Dragon Scar-right]], and if one feels like stretching it, Constellar Ptolemy M7, which is a Machine-Type in dragon form.
** Yuya and his alternative selves have dragons as their aces with the third word in their name referring to the type of card that they are. Odd-Eyes '''Pendulum''' Dragon, Dark Rebellion '''Xyz''' Dragon, Clear Wing '''Synchro''' Dragon, and Starve Venom '''Fusion''' Dragon.
* InterdimensionalTravelDevice: Several of them are around, from the duel disks of the Fusion and Xyz dimensions inhabitants, and [[spoiler: after Reiji got ahold of Yuto's duel disk he was able to implement the same feature on the Lancers (Standard) disks using cards to set up coordinates]]
** During the first season it was already known that Yuzu's bracelet [[note]]It's unknown if the other bracelets have a similar feature[[/note]] could warp people away, but during the Battle Royale it warped [[spoiler: her and Yugo to the Synchro Dimension]]
** In the same vein the [[spoiler: Yugo's Clear Wing Synchro Dragon has been doing that to him for a while now, its implied that the four Dimension Dragons have the same power as well, because they are drawn to each other]]
* IronicEcho: "The fun has just began" has also been used by [[spoiler: Sora and Dennis]] when referencing to their "hunting games".
* JapaneseRanguage: Shown in Episode 8, where it displays "58 wins and 5 ''roses''", which makes it more puzzling when you consider that they spelled "lose" correctly not a few scenes earlier.
* {{Jerkass}}: Every time a new one shows up, it's like the show does its best to trump the previous one.
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: The Yu-Gi-Oh! version. It starts out with Yuto, the Dark Duelist, mostly about who he is, why does he look just like Yuya, how does he know Yuzu and what happened to him. For a while we only got bits and piece like Yuzu looked like a friend of his Ruri that was kidnapped and some group called the Academia was his enemy. [[spoiler:This eventually was shown to have been planned from the start as his story was revealed to be a huge interdimensional war between dimensions that resembled previous Yu-Gi-Oh! series. While we have gotten a lot of answers, many still remain from why Yuya and Yuzu are the only characters with an IdenticalStranger, what are they and why does Leo want to fuse the dimensions.]] Also, what exactly is the "[[EvilPlan ARC Area Project]]"? Why is [[spoiler: Yusho]] so important that people kept [[spoiler: sending him to other dimensions]]?
* KidHero: The main cast are in their early to mid teens.
* KidsAreCruel: Child Yuya was relentlessly mocked after his father's disappearance.
* KudzuPlot: Appears to be turning into this. Several questions raised in the first arc about Kurosaki, Reiji and Yuto are revealed with the discovery of the inter-dimensional war, which in turn raises more questions about why the war was started and what the hell does Leo Akaba need Yuzu and her counterparts for, just to name a few and what the hell are Yuya and his counterparts. With the rumor that [[spoiler: Sergey is dead]], it's likely that the Synchro arc will end leaving the audience with even more questions than they had from the beginning.
* LampshadeHanging: In addition to pulling a lot of {{Subverted Trope}}s in regards to series staples, the anime also hangs a lot of lampshades on stuff that's still played straight. For example...
** In episode 55 when [[spoiler: Yugo and Yuzu get into a riding duel with security, Yuzu points out just how incredibly dangerous "card games on motorcycles" would be in real life, even without the HardLight making the attacks real and possibly causing a wipeout, and even suggests stopping and dueling him normally for safety reasons. Doesn't stop Yugo from continuing the duel though, nor does it stop him from scaring Yuzu silly with half the stunts he pulls during it. The Lancers also get in on this quite a bit.]]
* LargeHam: Hoo boy. Between Yuya's entertainment routine, the intro for ''almost every single action duel'', and a lot of other things, there's definitely hamminess to spare.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** Gongenzaka justifies his use of Synchro Summoning to his father by proclaiming that dueling is constantly evolving, and even Steadfast Dueling must evolve or be left behind in a new era where everyone else has moved on. This is pretty much exactly what happens in the real life card game, with old archetypes like Harpies and Cyber Dragons getting new support cards to allow them to use new strategies and summoning methods introduced after their original runs. The recurring theme of the three main protagonists seeking to evolve their dueling styles with new strategies to keep up with opponents could also be a nudge to real life players that dislike the new summoning methods like Synchro and Xyz.
** In episode 60 and 61, Yuya is back into a corner by a card called "No Cheating Allowed", which bounces any special summoned cards back to the opponents hand whenever a Cardian monster is on the field, making his Pendulum Summons useless until he can get rid of it. A character on the sidelines quickly comments on how as long as that card's on the field, Yuya's Pendulum summoning will be treated as cheating. This seems to mirror a lot of veteran players reactions to when Pendulum Summoning was introduced in the actual card game, with many considering it broken and cheating.
** In episode 64, when the [[spoiler:public of the Synchro Dimension]] is introduced to Action Cards, some complain that it seems unfair, not unlike how the fandom at first felt about them.
* LeParkour: Very common in this series. They use it to get Action cards or kick ass.
* LighterAndSofter: The first season of Arc-V.
** A few episodes from the second season.
* LikeFatherLikeSon / LikeFatherUnlikeSon: Yuya looks up to [[DisappearedDad his father]], using a Entermate archetype and a similar playstyle to his father to entertain the audience. Reiji, on the other hand, [[spoiler: after finding out his father had abandoned his family and is planning to fuse the dimensions]], has shown dislike towards his father and wishes to foil his plans. Gradually deconstructed as the series progresses with the tropes switching between the characters. There are times where Yuya struggles to use Entertainment Dueling and resorts to violence in order to win, only to later regret his actions. Even when he doesn't, his cheerfulness can come off as forced, if not ambiguous, much different from Yusho's dueling, which seemed more sincere. Meanwhile, while Reiji and Leo have very different goals, both use questionable methods, believing the ends justify the means.
* LivingMacGuffin: Yuzu and all of her alternate dimension counterparts are the overall targets of the [[TheChessmaster chessmaster characters]]; Leo Akaba is gathering them for some unknown reason, Reiji intends on protecting them from the other chessmasters, and Roget wants them so Leo can't have them. Their actual function in the grand scheme of things has yet to be revealed, however.
* LuxuryPrisonSuite:
** Enjoy had one as he gets fine food and accommodations due to being the Boss for 10 years.
** While not necessarily luxurious, Serena was much better off compared to the male Lancers during the Security Prison Arc. Especially compared to Kurosaki who was the only other person captured that was separated from the main group (though this was because the former was going to be the subject of interrogation while the later got there because of the fights he started up)
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* MadeASlave: The fate of those who lose in the Friendship Cup, not unlike the Crash Town arc of ''5D's''.
* TheMagicPokerEquation:
** A series staple; many characters have a very convenient opening hand. Consider, for instance, the number of times Shun opens with three copies of Vanishing Lanius, or the number of situations that make Smile World (a recurring card that looks mediocre on paper) work.
** Surprisingly enough, there is actually some aversion to this trope when looking at the decktypes used in the series. Hokuto and Yaiba, who use the Constellar and X-Saber archetypes respectively, make pretty standard plays in respect to how the real ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' card game is played. With those Archetypes, getting out one or two monsters with 2500+ ATK on the first turn is pretty normal, especially when it's shown that characters carry multiple copies of cards.
** It's also noteworthy that there's one character who is famous in-universe for this, so much so it's part of his canon nickname. Also noticeable is that he frequently does a chant and concentrates before drawing, which hints that, like the Shining Draw in ZEXAL, his luck might actually be some sort of supernatural ability.
* MagicVersusScience: Unlike past ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' series, science has the main focus. Due to advances in science, holograms have real mass and being sealed in cards are purely scientific, making the threat purely scientific. In addition, the Four Dimension Dragons and the mysterious powers in the Yuyas and Yuzus' possession are completely mystical in nature, and magic doesn't exist '''''at all'''''.
* MagicalAccessory: Yuya's pendulum pendant. In the very first episode, it turns some of his Effect Monsters into Pendulum Monsters... and that's about it. Even after 90 episodes, that's the only thing it has ever done. Yuzu's bracelet, [[spoiler:and by extension the bracelets of all of her dimensional counterparts]], fit more in line with this trope, as they resonate in response to bad things happening to Yuya [[spoiler:and his dimensional counterparts]].
* MagneticPlotDevice: ''So very many''. We have Yuya's pendulum, his Pendulum Cards, Yuzu's bracelet and the four Dimension Dragons that Yuya and his alternative selves have and the bracelets that Yuzu's alternative selves have.
* MartialArtsAndCrafts: The Junior Youth Championship's qualification mini arc features Yuya dueling with the aces of four different Dueling Schools. This schools not only teach how to play a children's card game but also double as cooking school, cram school and even fortune-telling school. And Sora has dueled opponents from schools that aside Dueling also teach Sumo, Shogi, Chess, Kabuki and Opera.
* MeleeATrois: [[spoiler:Between the Lancers, Academia, and Roget.]]
* MerchandiseDriven: Very downplayed, while the show like all other spinoff was created to sell cards, plot and characters come first. There have been times when duels have been skipped or just shown the end [[spoiler:like Sora and Kurosaki's rematch]] to continue the flow of the plot.
* MetaphoricallyTrue: When dueling Kaito, Gongenzaka makes his usual proclamation about his Steadfast Dueling style, claiming that he "will not move". Kaito interprets this as Gongenzaka ending his turn and goes ahead before Gongenzaka can do anything else.
* MoodWhiplash:
** One of the biggest example could be the MCS arc; it started like any TournamentArc until Sora vs. Kurosaki's duel, where 31 episodes of friendship and sport-like dueling were introduced to the concept of dueling as war, where only the strongest survives, in only ''one episode''.
** Episode 39 takes the cake, we start out with a normal duel with Yuya even being the ButtMonkey in the beginning. The duel slowly gets darker due to Kachidoki's actions, [[spoiler:till finally Yuya's SuperPoweredEvilSide awakens and we head straight into NightmareFuel]].
* MoralityKitchenSink:
** Eventually divulges into this when the interdimensional war was revealed. Sorting by factions and individual characters, we have: White (the You Show Duel School, Yuya, Yuzu, and Gongenzaka) vs. Lighter Grey (Yuto [[spoiler:plus [[HeelFaceTurn Serena]]]]) vs. Darker Gray (the BigGood LDS and Kurosaki [[spoiler:and Yuya's Berserker mode for kicking only [[KickTheSonOfABitch assholes]]]]) vs. Black ([[spoiler:[[AcademyOfEvil the Academia]]]]). [[spoiler:Sora]] seems to go from Dark Gray to Black with a few PetTheDog moments. The Synchro Dimension, while not directly involved in the interdimensional war, seems to be locked in a BlackAndGrayMorality conflict (see the entry above).
** Special note of the [[spoiler:Lancers, who despite being the good guys are made up of differing kinds of moralities. Yuya and Gongenzaka are obviously White, being the kindest characters on the team who are deeply opposed to the war. Sawatari and Serena are Light Grey, Sawatari seems more focused on the pride of being on the Lancers than the actual war while Serena has her heart in the right place, she's done some horrible things when still loyal to the Academia. Reiji and Kurosaki are Dark Grey, while still having good intentions, have done some horrible actions and aren't stopping anytime soon. Dennis is Black, being an Academia spy. Reira and Tsukikage are unaffiliated, simply following Reiji's orders for differing [[BigBrotherWorship rea]][[UndyingLoyalty sons]].]]
** There's also some work put into showing how characters who do evil things think and why they do what they do.
*** Sora and Dennis both have a lot of humanizing traits.
*** Serena shows the mentality that leads people to becoming Black, since she wanted to be a soldier until she stopped to consider that her victims might be ''innocent''.
*** Sora suffers from a bad case of FantasticRacism, but is shown to have grown up with no friends, trained not to ask questions and obey orders unquestioningly, and [[spoiler: starts thinking for himself and avoiding commands [[MoralityPet once he makes real friends for the first time in his life,]] and begins to have a HeelRealization.]]
*** In fact, all the characters from [[AcademyOfEvil Academia]] see themselves as ProudWarriorRaceGuys with UndyingLoyalty to their leader, even the nastier characters [[spoiler:like [[TheDreaded Yuri]]]].
*** Kurosaki is a [[spoiler: genocide survivor]] and a ShellShockedVeteran trying to rescue his friends and family, who has become paranoid and [[WellIntentionedExtremist ruthless]] due to all he's lost.
*** Reiji's invasion of privacy and ruthlessness has saved the lives of the three LID students and enabled him to ensure that [[spoiler: his dimension isn't caught by surprise and destroyed the same way the Xyz dimension was]].
*** Duel Chaser 227 became a CorruptCop in order to avoid poverty.
*** Most of the Tops actually believe the lie that they are equals and friends with [[spoiler: the Commons]], when they're actually the oppressive ruling class in a CrapsackWorld.
*** The Commons are starving and manipulated by their oppressors BreadAndCircuses, but while the crowd can be nasty every individual member that we meet is genuinely nice or has a HiddenHeartOfGold somewhere.
*** Shinji truly believes the only way to change the system [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption is through a violent revolution]] and [[spoiler:his rebellion]] gets swallowed by BlackAndWhiteInsanity, but ultimately [[spoiler:pull a mass HeelFaceTurn]].
*** [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Jean-Michel Roget is just a greedy bastard]], although he tries to justify his actions to himself by claiming MightMakesRight.
* MulticoloredHair: Very common in this series. Most characters have either different shades of the same color or completely different hair colors.
* MythArc: The series so far is focused on the Interdimensional war that Leo Akaba started and the main casts attempts to stop it or help it.
* MythologyGag: [[MythologyGag/YuGiOhArcV Now has its own page.]]
* NebulousEvilOrganization: What Leo Corporation and Academia are implied to be. Subverted for Leo Corporation but played straight for the Academia.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Like in earlier series, Yuya can make cards out of thin air. But Yuzu and Gongenzaka somehow got Fusion and Synchro monsters and support that were members of the Archetypes they used, despite advanced Special Summoning methods being reserved for the elite schools and LDS students. Presumably, these actually existed but they just didn't have them.
* NewRulesAsThePlotDemands: Subverted. When Yuya literally creates the new Pendulum Monsters and Pendulum Summons mechanic out of nowhere in the middle of his duel in the first episode, Strong Ishijima actually asks if that is legal. The only reason he lets it slide, is because the SYSTEM considers it legal. And even then once the public realize Pendulum Summoning requires special cards, they consider Yuya a cheat. Since Yuya doesn't fully understand the Pendulum mechanic himself, it feels like this when a part of the mechanic occurs that he himself didn't know. That said, this only happens a few times and had already been explained in real life.
* NoNonsenseNemesis: The Resistance doesn't see Dueling as fun but as a war. Given their backstory, not hard to see why.
* NoOSHACompliance: Nearly every Action Field is dangerous and multiple times duelists have nearly fallen at dangerous heights. Good thing that episode 34 shows that there are limits toward this, albeit fatal injuries are still possible.
* NotDrawnToScale:
** In episode 24, Hidekazu Ebina (the episode's animation director) said that he intentionally made Yuto taller than Yuzu despite that he's supposed to be shorter than her. His reason was that this was supposed to give Yuto's exposition a sense of seriousness.
** Gongenzaka's height varies on occasion, mostly when its funny for him to be towering over someone else. OffModel can also be to blame, however.
* NotJustATournament:
** The MSC arc started as a normal tournament albet with Reiji using the tournament as a testing ground for possible new Lancers. [[spoiler:Then it just falls off the rails as the Academia invades forcing Reiji to use a Battle Royal to hide their invasion and keep nonduelist safe.]]
** The Friendship Cup plays with this. While the intentions behind it are a little less than moral and some rather unnerving events ensue, everything plot-relevant happens away from the tournament and it's ultimately never the cause of anything important beyond character development. It more or less progresses like a regular tournament.
* OffModel:
** Episode 9 has characters with bad drawn faces.
** Episode 12's animation isn't fantastic when looking at the characters, though the monsters were well-done.
** Episode 29 has some animation errors, even though the duel is rather well animated. Most notably the crowd characters suffer from bad animations, blatantly with Hokuto and Yaiba's facial expressions.
** Episode 35 is rather badly animated. Maybe because of the [[AnimationBump previous episode]].
** Episode 46 suffers a similar case. The previous episode was an AnimationBump, but this episode was not so good in terms of animation, especially the first half. However, the animation of [[spoiler:Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon]] was the highlight of the episode, which might be another justification why the rest of the episode wasn't animated so well.
** Episode 61's animation and proportions are absolutely ''horrendous'', with several characters looking like they have slanted faces, Gongenzaka looking squashed in every group shot, a lot of background characters having "dead eyes" and having a DullSurprise expression on their face when their not over exaggerating their emotions to a ridiculous degree, and even the monsters themselves are draw rather "derp"ishly. Unlike the above examples, it doesn't have the excuse of the previous episode being an AnimationBump or all the budget going specifically to one monster summon. It turns out that the next episode would have an animation bump.
** Episode 71 had some very strange facial proportions for many shots of Yuya and Yuzu. One shot has [[spoiler:Odd-Eyes Saber Dragon]] look very round and cartoony. The following episode was an animation bump.
** Despite the AnimationBump in episode 72, there are a few shots with questionable quality, especially [[http://everydayduelist.tumblr.com/post/128531398264/darkxyzduelist-this-episode-had-some-stellar this one]].
** Episode 80 has a problem with hands. While the faces weren't as badly drawn as some of the other off-model episodes, Yuya's limb proportions in many shots leave much to be desired.
** Episode 81, despite having Ebina as the animation director, shows Roget with his nose drawn horribly.
** Episode 89 had awesome art for facial expressions, but not when the faces are [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/1f693bb711313868cc1382ee48ea9fd6/tumblr_o143wxPYIs1tzy27bo1_1280.jpg zoomed out]].
** Yuzu and Alexis are drawn rather badly after the duel in episode 106. Like episode 46 though; this may have been due to the impressive debut of Starve Venom Fusion Dragon.
** Episode 114 had possibly the worst shot in franchise history with the shot where [[spoiler:Yusho catches Dennis's card.]] The proportions of the character are positively awful.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: In episode 54, the flashback Yuto had in episode 18, is once again shown from Yugo's perspective, solidifying that their conflict was not only a misunderstanding [[spoiler:but quite possibly planned out by [[ManipulativeBastard Yuri]].]]
** It happens again in episode 80 [[spoiler: Yuya finally gets to talk to Sora about him getting away when the rest of the cast realized that Yuzu was missing, this scene was played out as Sora [[ScrewThisImOutofHere running away]] to avoid capture or being questioned about her whereabouts, but in Sora's flashback of the same events, we see that Sora, (thinking the Obelisk Force had captured Yuzu instead of Serena) went back to Academia to search for her and presumably bring her back to Maimi City, making very clear he would never let anyone take Yuzu prisoner.]]
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. [[spoiler:There are two You Show Duel Schools, but they're in other dimensions: one in Standard and one in Fusion.]]
* OutOfCharacterMoment: A big one for both Yuto and Yugo during their duel in episode 37, where they become focused on destroying each other. [[spoiler:Yuya later got one in Episode 39.]]
* OutsideContextProblem: Academia to everyone. First they caught the Xyz dimension completely off-guard and used the element of surprise to decimate them. Then Reiji specifically avoided this trope by calling the Standard dimension's attention to Academia directly after their first minor attack, convincing them to militarize so they wouldn't be caught off guard the same way. Finally, nobody in the Synchro dimension [[spoiler:except the Council and Roget]] believe Academia exists, leading to characters who have already been told about the inter-dimensional war making false assumptions about the protagonists based on what they know to be true in their own dimension.
* OverlyLongFightingAnimation: As far as attack animations for monsters are concerned, [[spoiler:Satellite Cannon Falcon's WaveMotionGun KillSat attack against Ancient Gear Chaos Giant]] has a much, ''much'' longer execution than most attacks in the entire series.
* PersonalityPowers: Most character's decks reflect who they are in some way, Yuya's Performpals, are goofy and support each other, Kurosaki's Raid Raptors are better at fighting things stronger than them, and Sora's Fluffal deck is a [[DeliberatelyCuteChild cute and non-threatening deck]] [[spoiler:that hides a much darker side. Reira's use of card that mimic his opponent likewise hint at his [[EmptyShell lack of a sense of self]]]]
* PlanetOfHats: Episode 36 shows that there are alternative dimensions that are divided by the advanced summoning method they use. Except the ''ARC-V'' world, Standard which uses them all.
* PlayingCardMotifs: Shows up twice; each of the four Akabas have one[[note]]Spade for Leo, Heart for Himika, Club for Reira and Diamond for Declan[[/note]]; and Heartland has duel schools named after them.
* PoorCommunicationKills: An justified example, the reason for Yuto and Yugo's rivalry. [[spoiler:They both thought the other was Yuri who kidnapped Ruri and Rin, people very important to them. As such they were both angry and probably would never think that there was a ''second'' person that looked like them around.]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Zigzagged.
** Good friends can (potentially, if they're aware of the situation) provide emotional support for characters who are struggling through a HeroicBSOD, but that's about it. Even if you're dueling for someone else's sake, you're not likely to win unless you keep your head in the game.
** ThePowerOfFriendship cannot [[ShellShockedVeteran overcome intense PTSD]], [[YourNormalIsOurTaboo cultural acceptance of slavery]], or indoctrination as a ChildSoldier.
*** At least, not in the magical all-our-problems-are-fixed way ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' is famous for. [[spoiler: Sora]] shows signs of improvement thanks to friendship, but [[spoiler: remains loyal to Academia... for a spell. He eventually pulls a HeelFaceTurn towards the end of the Synchro Dimension arc, defying Academia and helping out the Lancers for the remainder of the arc.]]
*** This is shockingly, for the first time in the whole franchise, completely and utterly defied, sadistically subverted, and played frighteningly straight in the Duel between Kurosaki and [[spoiler: Kaito. Despite all of Kurosaki's attempts to get through to Kaito, Kaito's anger at Academia is so great that he beats Kurosaki and refuses to talk to him, in spite of Shun's attempts at winning by using this trope. Double subverted four episodes later after Kaito shows up to bail out Yuya's group from the Obelisk Force. It is implied that Kurosaki's words ''did'' have an effect on him, although it takes some time to work.]]
* PretextForWar: Of the "these guys are evil, so we need an excuse to attack them" variety. While it's true that Academia ''is'' an evil, dimension-invading genocidal child-soldier employing military force, Leo Akaba has never actually tried to take over Standard. He sent a small squadron there with the intent of capturing two girls, but he didn't give a crap what happened to any other people in Standard. Reiji and Himika take the footage of this squad butting heads with the MCS participants to make it look like Academia has already tried invading and that their world is in immediate danger in order to whip the world into a frenzy.
* RealityEnsues: Happens a fair bit... Or at least, as much as it can in a ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' series, anyway.
** In Episode 2, when spectators discover that only Yuya possesses the "Pendulum Monsters" required for Pendulum Summoning, they consider it to be an unfair advantage and even accuse him of hacking the Duel System.
** Being that the Pendulum Monsters came into existence suddenly, Yuya initially has no idea how they work and loses a duel because he botches the use of them. That they're new cards that only he has further makes him a target of duelists who want to know more about them and him.
** Episode 3 reveals the real dangers of Action Duels. Thanks to the holograms having real mass, the attacks can actually hurt the duelists, and Yuzu and the children are in real danger of falling from a tower.
** Happens again in #34 during Sora's duel with Kurosaki. Kurosaki causes a tower to fall on Sora and it ends up seriously injuring him.
** The playing style of the LDS trio are quite realistic and they use combos that most real players would do.
** In Episode 15, Sawatari especially states that the Pendulum Cards are being recreated.
** In Yuya's duel with Mieru, because of his larger amounts of Level 5 and above monsters in his deck and relies on his Pendulum Summon's to bring them out, he opens with a brick hand[[note]]An unusable hand[[/note]] with scales too low to Pendulum Summon any of them with no card effect to search for cards he needs[[note]]Anime Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon doesn't have its real life counterparts effect of searching a Pendulum Monster and only has its reducing damage Pendulum Effect[[/note]] and has to skip his turn, with no monster or Spell/Trap to defend him. This is common for players who don't properly balance their decks.
** See {{Deconstruction}} above.
** Played for laughs when Gongenzaka duels Ankokuji. He gets some encouragement and gives an emotional speech, firing up Shuzo in the crowd... And then ends his turn, since he's already attacked and doesn't have any spell or trap cards
** What do you do when you have a [[spoiler:psycho, possessed, and overpowered duelist? Hold him down and prevent him from using his deck. As Gongenzaka, Michio, Teppei and Mieru did to Berserk Yuya.]]
** When Yuzu dueled the psychotic Yuri that she couldn't beat and as a result would be captured, she simply tried to run away. It didn't work, but it was still a good idea, unlike a lot of Yu-Gi-Oh! characters that would have fought to the bitter end.
** So Yugo beat the Duel Chaser 227, does that mean they will let him go? Nope they just try to stop him by blocking him.
** The Lancers instead of being a well oiled machine on their first outing actually hinder each other due to differing personalities and lack of connection and time with each other.
** Much like Yugi giving Judai Winged Kuriboh, Jack gave Sam Tuning Magician. But while Judai gladly accepted the card, Sam reacted far more typically at the gift of a low level card, effect notwithstanding.
** How does an evil government cover up the fact that people who lose in a well-publicized tournament are forced into slavery? [[spoiler: It doesn't. The society itself supports such treatment of losers, and when the main protagonist publicly announces this atrocity no one gives a shit, and the crowd's actions throughout the duel further demonstrate how messed-up this culture really is.]]
** The basic idea of a revolution against an oppressive government making things better is questioned because of Shinji. While the Commons are oppressed by the Tops, the show gives up plenty of examples that show the Commons aren't good people either, sharing the same beliefs as the Tops. In effect all Shinji's revolution will do is switch the rulers, but keep the system in tact, not unlike many real life revolutions.
*** Just because people suffer from oppression does not mean they cannot be oppressive themselves. In the [[spoiler:Commons' revolt, the Commons, bitter and full of hatred from years of being controlled by the Tops, refused to listen to reason and were perfectly willing to murder the defenseless Tops.]] Just like how there are many examples of people that have suffered from oppression but have similar tendencies themselves and fully believe they are justified for their actions/thoughts because of their pasts.
** For a long time shows in the ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' franchise had dueling be incredibly popular and a semi-spiritual experience to watch or play, in order to justify the main character becoming famous and well-respected (or opponents being rich and popular). Naturally something that has such a strong effect on such a wide audience will eventually attract ulterior motives beyond "use my/this duelists fame to help support my evil magic scheme," as pretty much the entire Friendship Cup is all about people using the duels to [[SlaveToPR influence and sway the citizens of the City]], more specifically the Commons.
** A major theme in Season 2 is using your dueling to speak to someone's heart and reach out to them. Season 3 points out that a lot of people are blinded by hate and other negative emotions, and in such a state they probably won't be so receptive to talking. Especially if you happen to be the son of someone they hate.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Both Yuto and Kurosaki have called LDS to be over arrogant and lacking determination in their duels.
* RecapEpisode: The first half of Episode 76 and the second half of Episode 100.
* {{Reconstruction}}: Combine with Deconstruction, the series tries to incorporate many tropes from the previous series into more consistent and realistic ways.
** Characters build their decks much more realistically -- they run multiple copies of cards, use simple but effective combos with them, and staple cards are common. There's also significant drop of [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new cards]] appearing from nowhere, and an increase in the same cards appearing over and over as duelists rely on them.
** The obsession people have with Yuya's Pendulum Monsters. It's not merely that a character has some rare or powerful trading cards; it's that these cards appeared from nowhere and yet were somehow recognized by the dueling computers as a legal move, and no one knows how that's possible. The result is also that some people think Yuya is just a cheater who hacked the card database to recognize made-up cards, and the company that runs the dueling systems is trying to replicate these cards for mass production.
** The plot and InfoDump is only revealed from people that trust each other, or at least has some justified reason in their personality, not from MotiveRant.
** The [[MoralityKitchenSink complex morality]], [[AnyoneCanDie Anyone Can Be Carded]] and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters reflects realistically an interdimensional war, unlike many other series which only focus on a relatively small group of characters that aren't justified by being [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]].
*** Likewise, the characters that do get singled out by various parties are chosen either because they have magical powers, or because [[SlaveToPR they're extremely famous and able to convince the masses to take certain actions because of their popularity.]]
** The main and supporting characters generally act more realistic and actually try to solve their problems outside dueling, averts DuelsDecideEverything. See RealityEnsues.
*** Likewise, duels are only ever important because of the franchise-set rules about dueling being a conductor for supernatural forces[[note]]Specifically, dueling is used as a tool of war because it allows people to steal their opponents souls[[/note]], and about dueling being extremely popular to the masses[[note]]The MCS tournament was used to warn the entire Standard dimension about Academia because people would be watching it worldwide, and the Friendship Cup was used to put a revolution on hold because some people would stop fighting if they could watch a really interesting duel[[/note]].
** In a more positive way, Yuya's attempts at using entertainment dueling to bring joy and happiness work best when 1) he isn't consumed by doubt during the duel, and 2) his opponent is a genuinely well-meaning person with some goals and motivations Yuya can relate to (as in most of the qualifying duels). Not all of his opponents fit the second requirement, and as such Yuya cannot get through to those people.
** While ThePowerOfFriendship is mocked and doesn't have the same, magical-therapy or card-game-winning effect it did in previous series, good friends can take steps to remind each other YouAreNotAlone and help each other pull through times of despair.
*** [[spoiler: Befriending Yuya and Yuzu doesn't directly lead Sora to pull a HeelFaceTurn, but he does begins looking for ways to follow orders without hurting Yuya or Yuzu because he cares about them. This gives Yuya an opportunity to point out some of Academia's darker traits.]]
** Reira's situation in episodes 90 to 91 shows no matter how much [[HeroicWillPower determination]] a person has, they cannot cure PTSD by willpower ''alone''. However, the following episodes show that Reira's determination is ''one'' of the key attributes he needs to recover from his trauma.
** As a group of FireForgedFriends who first allied in the middle of battle, the Lancers fall apart when they first arrive in the Synchro dimension as they don't really know how to interact with each other when not in battle (and really know very little about each other outside of dueling). But because the only time they ever worked together as a team was when it really counted, they can do so again when the City is thrown into chaos.
* RescueArc: The Fusion arc involves around the Lancers and Yusho's forces going on a rescue mission to retrieve the remaining three bracelet girls (Serena, Ruri, and Rin), [[spoiler:who are already [[TheCorruption corrupted]] by Academia.]] However, they're not the only ones: Yugo is doing the same thing as well, and has an UnfinishedBusiness with Yuri.
* RescueRomance: Variation. Yoko and Yusho Sasaki [[MeetCute met]] when he stepped into a duel she was having with a [[spoiler:rival delinquent gang in order to rescue one of the members of her own gang they were keeping hostage. He showed up and rescued the girl, all while entertaining the perpetrators and winning her heart.]]
* RevisitingTheRoots: ''ARC-V'' stands out of the ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' spin-offs because it shows the older ways of advanced summoning (Fusion, Ritual, Synchro and Xyz) alongside the newest (Pendulum) and considers them as much of special. It also brings back old school's monsters and past archetypes, pleasing many fans.
** [[spoiler:Turns out the series also returns to the settings of the past series as well.]]
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The Commons revolt is just a large, violent riot.
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* SeriousBusiness: Wouldn't be a ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' show without it. But ''ARC-V'' tends to do a bit more to justify it than other series.
** The reason for other people trying to steal Yuya's Pendulum Monster cards are because they are one of a kind tools needed for an entirely new Summoning method when they were created.
** The high stakes of Duels are more reasonable, as due to advances of technology, Duelists are really in danger- and spectators too, as used to chilling effect when Yuya duels Sawatari.
** Yuya freaks out when Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon is destroyed during his Duel with Sora, and everyone treats his impending loss as a terrible blow, even though there are no real stakes. This one is less due to the consequences and more due to Odd-Eyes being Yuya's LivingEmotionalCrutch. Also, he didn't know that Sora would still manage to stick around at the time.
** The series does a ''very'' good job justifying why Dueling is used for fights to the death. If you could make real monsters physically attack your enemies, conventional weapons are worthless. Powerful duelists are pretty much people of mass destruction as [[spoiler:Kurosaki showed in his duel against Sora, he easily destroyed an entire city]].
** Special mention goes to the special summons. While Pendulum Summoning being a big deal is justified in that it's brand new and starts off exclusive to one person, it almost seems like any other type of summoning is damn near impossible to learn unless you have a proper teacher. Yuzu takes multiple episodes before she can learn even the most basic of fusion summoning, and Gongenzaka's father initially thought he ''stole'' Synchro summoning from another school.
** [[spoiler:Episode 36 reveals that duelists from the Fusion Dimension conquered the Xyz Dimension with Duel Monsters.]]
** As a form of CallBack to ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Yugo stated that [[spoiler:dueling is the fastest way to create a comfortable life for yourself in the Synchro Dimension, unlike Standard, which is treated more like a sport than anything.]]
* SceneryPorn: Subverted. [[spoiler: It might seem like the Synchro Dimension is beautiful, unlike the militarized Fusion Dimension and the destroyed Xyz Dimension. But then you get to the slums...]]
* [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney Screw the Rules I Have Rare Cards]]: [[spoiler: The guards in the Synchro Dimension prison can be bribed with rare cards for better treatment.]]
* ShadesOfConflict: As a war story, ARC-V has various conflicts that fly all over scale.
** WhiteAndBlackMorality: The series at first seemed to be setting this up with You Show as the White and LDS as the black, but this was thrown into a loop with Yuto and Kurosaki started to act. Same for the Synchro Arc with the Commons as the White and the Tops as the dark which was subverted when we understood more about the series. So far the only conflict that plays this straight is the Xyz Dimension vs the Fusion Dimension.
** GrayAndGreyMorality: The true shade for the Synchro Dimension conflict, both the Commons and Tops are bloodthirsty and believe in complete competition a large difference in morals from the main protagonists. The only true difference is the Commons are effectively enslaved by the Tops.
** BlackAndGreyMorality: The current shade for the main conflict. While the You Show Characters are purely white, the Lancers as a whole are much more morally ambiguous with Reiji allowing teenagers to fall for his plans and Kurosaki believing in PayEvilUntoEvil. The Academia so far are sadists that openly enjoyed destroying the Xyz Dimension.
* ShamingTheMob: Attempted and failed by Yuya after the audience mocks him in his duel with 227. Instead of being horrified, they ''love'' his violent dueling and want more.
* SharpDressedMan: [[spoiler:Tops residents in the Synchro Dimension are dressed as if they're members of the upper class in Victorian England. Wearing three piece suits and the women wearing fancy dresses.]]
* ShipTease: There was so much of it, that it has [[ShipTease/YuGiOhArcV its own page]]
* ShooOutTheClowns: [[spoiler:In episode 53, the Lancers leave Standard, effectively taking the silly You Show group out of the story for now.]]
* SlaveToPR: A major part of the Synchro dimension arc is about people using dueling to win over the Commons and the general population of the City, with a single well-publisized duel having the power to spark a war or halt one.
* SnobsVsSlobs: [[spoiler:The make up of the Synchro Dimension as seen in Episode 55]]
* SmugSnake: Played with in LDS. While they are very skilled, they underestimate their enemies and think they are the best. When Kurosaki, Yuto, Yuya and Yuzu have all beaten some of their aces. There are some exceptions though, such as Reiji and there are some who are implied to be nice, such as Tio.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The openings are always incredibly positive, but the second opening played during the [[spoiler:incredibly dark and downright depressing Battle Royale sub-arc]]. While the third opening and ending are incredibly happy and joyful, [[spoiler:episode 50, where these songs were first shown, was a dark and depressing episode when Yuya finally breaks.]] That being said, the latter two do demonstrate a reasonably serious tone. [[spoiler:This is taken up to eleven when the fourth opening and ending are incredibly positive and heartwarming but they played during some of the darker episodes of the series with Yuzu being thrown off a highway and Yuya being electrocuted into Berserk Mode]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** Many fans and translators use double letters or an extra letter for names with long vocals, while the anime tends to romanizes them with only a single letter, e.g. "Yuuya" and "Yuya" or "Koutsu" and "Kotsu". For names with a "Sh", the fans and translators use "Sh", while the anime romanize such names with "Sy", e.g. "Yusho" and "Yusyo" or "Shuzou" and "Syuzou".
** In episode 8, the You Show Duel School is romanized as "Yusyo Duel School". The school is founded by Yuya's father. The logo of the school has "You Show".
** There is also the Maiami City and Miami City problem. Episode 27 solves this, it's Maiami City.
** Xyz was often fully capitalized as XYZ in earlier fansubs, and unfortunately, the capitalization has stuck among the less educated members of the fandom.
** See also VersusCharacterSplash below.
* SpoilerOpening:
** The second opening shows the Professor's machine with that glowing green light, which first appears in episode 36. In this opening and everytime we see it in the anime, the machine is [[spoiler:absorbing cards -- the souls of people trapped inside them.]]
** The second ending heavily hints at [[spoiler:Yuto fusing with Yuya a good 5 episodes before it happened.]]
** The second ending and the third opening give subtle hints that Yuya was either going to acquire Yuto's powers or gain access to the Real Solid Vision system without the large projectors that are normally required. [[spoiler:Turns out it's the latter.]]
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Yuzu, Yuto, Kurosaki and their whole sub-plot. Then averted as Yuya has returned from his qualifier and it is revealed to be the main plot.
* StealthPun: The first opening, ''Believe x Believe'', is pronounced "Biri Biri", and electricity is heard in the song when the name is sung. "Biribiri" is a Japanese onomatopoeia for sparking electricity.
* StopHavingFunGuys: In-universe; interestingly, besides the heroes in the You Show school, everyone is like this calling dueling a battle. [[spoiler:This becomes a plot point when the Resistance and Academia takes central stage and dueling is being used as a tool for warfare.]]
* StunnedSilence:
** How everyone reacted to Yuya winning in Episode 2.
** Reiji's use of Avoid in his first duel with Yuya.
** Nearly everyone when it looked like the building that Yuya was in, collapsed in Episode 32.
** When Kurosaki's Revolution Falcon started bombing the field.
** When Yuya [[spoiler:defeats Kachidoki with Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon while acting like a different person in Episode 39.]]
* SubvertedTrope: ''ARC-V'' '''excels''' at this. Many of their twists play on setting up how the other Yu-Gi-Oh! series would go about a problem and then do the opposite. The first example that happily shocked the fandom was the reintroduction of all summoning methods when both ''5D's'' and ''ZEXAL'' focused heavily on their own unique summoning method Synchros and Xyzs respectively.
** Gongenzaka is a major example, due to his design and [[HotBlooded personality]] many didn't expect anything from him, being possibly an incompetent IdiotHero at most. But his duel against Yaiba proved them wrong, showing himself to be a very competent Duelist and possessing a surprisingly unique deck that ''can'' work in the actual real life card game, in addition to showing he has a surprising amount of HiddenDepths as the series went on that arguably makes him the most level headed character of the main cast, and he's been a major part of the series since.
** In the Yuya vs Kachidoki duel, the fandom expected Yuya to change Kachidoki's ideals as Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists have a history of acting as a WarriorTherapist. [[spoiler:Instead Yuya's SuperpoweredEvilSide woke up and brutally defeated Kachidoki. Completely breaking his ideals.]]
** In other series, dueling is used to solve every problem so its a shock when the characters use other methods like [[spoiler:Gongenzaka and the others holding down a berserk Yuya, Yuya trying to punch Reiji in Episode 50, Gongenzaka and Kurosaki beating up the guards in episode 62, and duels being cut half-way in episode 62 in order to take advantage of the solid light technology instead of dueling opponents into submission.]]
** While other series tournaments are never [[NotJustATournament just a regular tournament]], they are always finished with the big bad of the arc being deal through the final match or afterwords. Very few fans expected [[spoiler:Himika Akaba to outright suspend the MSC before the final round, even before the quarter-finals should have started.]]
** The fact that Yuzu is much more involved in the main, much higher stake plot during the first 35 episodes while Yuya is just a PinballProtagonist can be consider this, due to the fact that previous ''YGO'' series have female characters frequently got OutOfFocus or only play supporting roles while the male characters got involved in the more interesting storylines.
** In Yu-Gi-Oh!, the general public is never told of the current danger that's threatening the world. The audience already had an idea that Reiji might be looking to build a team to oppose the BigBad, and the main characters were already confirmed to be on it. So the fact that Himika announced the danger to the '''whole''' world was shocking.
** All of Reira's character was a ShoutOut to Kaiba and other Kaiba-like characters having a little brother. [[spoiler:Therefore, the fact that Reira isn't actually related to Reiji was a major shock.]]
** Until episode 66, Yuya was the only character capable of inventing new summoning types based on Pendulum Summoning; even Reiji could only build on what Yuya came up with. Fans were expecting Yuya to create the first Pendulum-Synchro summon, but instead it's [[spoiler: Gongenzaka, who is noted above to have been a major example of SubvertedTrope before then]], who first creates a Pendulum-Synchro summon.
** The entire Hero and Rival relationship is the opposite here than in other series. Usually in other series, the hero thinks of the rival as a friend or at the very least tries to work with the rival in times of trouble, but the rival usually rebuffs the hero at first due to a sense of pride and only later on in the series starts working with the hero of their own accord. Here Yuya and Reiji at first are very respectful of each other and their skills until Reiji goes BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:When Yuya finds out what Reiji has been doing, he is completely disgusted and refuses to work with Reiji at first while the latter instead did everything in his power to blackmail and force Yuya into joining the Lancers as he needed Yuya's strength. This has only continued in the Synchro Dimension arc, where Yuya is further angered by Reiji's treatment of Reira. Though the tendency finally reverted at the end of the Friendship Cup where Yuya understood the motives of Reiji and outrgiht said he believed in him. That is, [[{{Irony}} after Yuya almost fell for a quite obvious lie of Roget about Reiji working with his father...]]]]
** Yuya's first Synchro Monster is [[spoiler: Enlightenment Paladin]] and not Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon.
** Related to Yuya's BlitheSpirit in the {{Deconstruction}} entry above, his Duels in the Friendship Cup subverts the audience's opinion to TheHero's performance. [[spoiler:Instead of having a positive opinion, [[BreadAndCircuses the Commons]] are morally disgusted towards Yuya before giving him a ''very'' negative opinion for his Entertainment Dueling, and then beating Shinji. They even antagonize Yuya, going so far as to treat him like a [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] against his favor... [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap until he goes Berserk Mode again and goes all-out against Crow]].]]
** Many expected Kurosaki's character development to progress the same way other JerkWithAHeartOfGold characters (who aren't TheRival) in the franchise have: he has a revelation in a duel and joins the circle of friends. When Kurosaki had a revelation in a duel he ''didn't'' follow the trend, only opening up to the idea of fighting alongside them in battle[[note]]Before he'd chastised the others for entering a Battle Royale to protect him and kept insisting he duel alone[[/note]] and refusing to become friends. Later during the Friendship Cup his uncovering of Dennis as TheMole only served to make him more hostile, and the first offer of friendship he accepts comes from [[spoiler: Crow, but only after learning that they're NotSoDifferent]].
** In the previous installments, pure [[{{Determinator}} determination]], HotBlooded instincts, and [[AssPull miraculous]] [[TechnicianVersusPerformer creation skills]] are the status quo. In ''ARC-V'', its the complete opposite: [[spoiler:Sometimes, these status quo doesn't work for the heroes; being a [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]], a MagnificentBastard, and a cunning technician who [[PayEvilUntoEvil Pays Evil Unto Evil]] are required to achieve victory, as Yuya [[CharacterDevelopment learns it the hard way]] after getting his ass kicked by Reiji in their second Duel, then by Jack in an exhibition match, and finally by Sergey during his failed attempt to save Yuzu.]]
** Episode 92 subverts the SuperPoweredEvilSide of TheHero kicking the villain's ass if the said character is in danger. [[spoiler:Instead of Yuya going Berserk Mode and pulverize Barrett, it is Sergey who kicks their both of their asses, and then Sora's and Tsukikage's in a physical fight before proceeding to kidnap Yuzu and succeeded, to [[TheBadGuyWins Roget's delight]].]]
** Episodes 93 & 94 also subverts the concept of [[AntiHero Anti-Heroic]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerkasses]] using KickTheSonOfABitch methods against absolutely immoral villains. [[spoiler:Some fans didn't expect that Jack is not above [[SaveTheVillain saving]] Sergey, and then giving him [[DyingAsYourself a warrior's]] [[GoOutWithASmile death]] rather than beating him like any other bastard as usual. Sergey's loss is still [[KarmicDeath karmic]] though.]]
** The [[TheWorfEffect main character's close/best friend is savagely defeated by a dangerous and psychotic opponent?]] This surely means that Yuya and/or Yugo will avenge Yuzu later! Well, [[spoiler:said opponent is too strong for Yuya to defeat and Yugo is not around. In the end, Jack replaces Yugo and bested Sergey in a Duel.]]
** TheDogBitesBack is also subverted in Episodes 95 through 98. [[spoiler:Yuya is supposed to spread his wrath upon the City after getting fed up with their abuse on him. Instead, Yuya demands the Tops and Commons to stop fighting and witness his second Duel against Jack with a pacifistic BadassBoast, which ends with him summoning Nirvana High Paladin (after Jack [[WhatTheHellHero calls him out]] for emulating Yusho's Entertainment Dueling), followed by going ManipulativeBastard on Jack in response to the latter's summoning of Red Dragon Archfiend Tyrant, and giving a WorldOfCardboardSpeech to Jack before Pendulum summoning five monsters at once, just to shut them up. Oh, and said BadassBoast Yuya delivered to the City pisses off Roget by accident.]]
** You think Roget [[TheBadGuyWins can get away]] with [[spoiler:kidnapping Yuzu through Sergey? He's dead wrong. Yuzu is obviously not some textbook DamselInDistress; she's a DefiantCaptive BadassAdorable who took advantage of his martial law proclamation by tackling him and publicly revealing his true colors to the City, rendering his victory [[MeaninglessVillainVictory pointless]].]]
** A meta example. [[spoiler:Many fans are hyped that Starve Venom Fusion Dragon is the cover card for ''The Dark Illusion'' booster pack in April, only to find out that the said Dimension Dragon is set for the upcoming ''Invasion of'' '''''Venom''''' booster pack in July instead.]]
* TakeThat:
** While watching the duel between Gongenzaka and Synchro user Yaiba, the children comment on Yaiba's large amount of Special Summoning with something akin to distaste and mention it's like he's "playing solitaire". Synchro Summoning was seen by many casual players as a point where the game began losing a lot of player interaction as the game began focusing more on Special Summoning and began regarding it as boring.
** There are two moments regarding playing monsters in Defense Position. When Gongenzaka Tribute Summons his Superheavy Samurai Big Benkei in face-up Defense Position, a confused Yaiba wonders how he did this; Gongenzaka explains it's because of his monster's effect. Previous series (barring ''ZEXAL'') ignored the fact that Monster Cards cannot be Normal Summoned in face-up Defense Position. Later, Yuya is surprised that Mieru sets a monster in face-down Defense Position, a nod to the fact that since ''GX'' nobody ever set a Monster Card in face-down position (again, barring ''ZEXAL'').
** The first time Yuzu attempts to Fusion Summon, her Duel Disk gives an error because she accidentally shuffled her Fusion Monster into her Main Deck rather than her Extra Deck. Previous series before ''5D's'' didn't have Duel Disks with Extra Deck Zones, heavily implying that Duelists would just put their Fusion Monsters in their Main Decks. Even in ''5D's'', the Extra Deck Zone on a Duel Disk was only ever accessed once in the series, and Jack and Yusei were both constantly shown to put their Synchro Monsters in their Main Decks.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer:
** It seems that, despite Action Duels being more interactive and being meant to be entertainment, few people take the idea of making it a show seriously, with some only doing it by having flashy Monsters. Technicians play more traditionally, letting their Monsters to do the fighting, unlike Yuya and his dad, who are Performers to the core and move around the arena with their Monsters and like to keep their audience in suspense.
** Overall You Show characters are taught to be performers. One of the main points of the school is for duelists to interact with their monsters and use Action Cards to their fullest.
* TeleportationSickness: [[spoiler:Sawatari commented that traveling to another dimension felt a little unpleasant.]]
* ThemeNaming: In keeping with the protagonist's name starting with Yu, only we now have ''eight'' of them at once this time! (Yuya, Yusho, Yuzu, Yuto, Yugo, Yuri, Yuzo, and Yuu) Man, this page is gonna get confusing to read...
** Yuzu is an OddNameOut, since the U in her name is shorter.
** Yuya, Yuto, Yugo and Yuri are intentional since they are [[spoiler:apparent alternate selves from four different dimensions]]. Of course, it works only well with the fan-spellings, but the apparent official spellings (Ute for Yuto and Hyugo for Yugo) defy it a bit.
** All of the Yuzus's names share connection with the other four heroines from previous ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' Series. Yuzu (Citrus) and Anzu (Apricot) are both fruits, Serena (Moon) and Asuka (Bright Sun), Rin (Groove, Cold, Loneliness) and Aki (Autumn, Emptiness). As for Ruri, the kanji for her name is also part of several bird names when written in Japanese such as [[https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%AB%E3%83%AA%E3%83%93%E3%82%BF%E3%82%AD Red-flanked bluetail]] and [[https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%82%AA%E3%82%AA%E3%83%AB%E3%83%AA Blue-and-white flycatcher]], giving her a bird theme like Kotori.
* ThinkHappyThoughts: This is arguably one of the key reasons behind Yuto's "Egao" speech.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: If there's any indication that Yuzu's going to blow a gasket, expect those that notice to look like this.
** After Mieru interrupts Yuya and Yuzu's touching moment, the kids are all looking ''very'' nervous as Yuzu starts to lose it. Fortunately, it only sucks for Yuya.
** They do this again when Mieru shows up in front of Yuzu. Fortunately, they hold her back.
* TigerVersusDragon: The duel between Yuya and Kachidoki seems to represent this. Kachidoki is straightforward and focused on the prize, willing to plain old assault his opponents in order to slow them down, representing the Tiger. Yuya is more soft in his dueling, as he looks to have a connection with both the opponent and the audience and tries to use duels in order to bring people together, representing the Dragon (which also is his AnimalMotif). It's also shown that Kachidoki holds a grudge towards Yuya, who is oblivious and Kachidoki considered their duel to be the work of fate.
* TournamentArc: The Maiami Championship (MCS) starting from episode 27, and the Friendship Cup beginning with an exhibition match in episode 64.
** The MCS arc includes sub-tournaments in different age classes, most notably the Junior Youth Championship, where the majority of duels are shown. The story gives a lot of build-up for this tournament, and it is stated in episode 26 that this is [[NotJustATournament not going to be just a normal tournament]]. [[spoiler:As a part of the {{Deconstruction}}, the Junior Youth Championship is cancelled after the round where the top 8 were determined.]]
** The Friendship Cup is a single-elimination tournament with 16 participants [[spoiler:including almost all of Lancers, Yugo, Yuzu, and Crow]] vying for the right to challenge [[spoiler:Jack Atlas]].
* TrainingFromHell: The Ryozanpaku School is a boarding school that refuses its students from leaving the campus unless its for school and the students cannot see their parents till they graduate.
* TrueCompanions:
** Yuya, Yuzu and Gongenzaka are this. The three have been friends since they were children and have deep loyalty to each other.
** The Lancers are a subversion. Most of them barely know each other and have trouble working together as a result. [[spoiler:Only Yuya and Gongenzaka are really close, Sawatari is TheFriendNobodyLikes with most of the team ignoring him, Kurosaki likes to work alone, Reira, Reiji, and Tsukikage form another group where Reira and Tsukikage are loyal to Reiji for reasons other than friendship, Serena is very confrontational, and Dennis is TheMole]]
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: It's all over the place here: The main characters[[note]]Yuya, Yuzu and Gongenzaka[[/note]], the You Show kids trio[[note]]Tatsuya, Ayu and Futoshi[[/note]], the main LDS trio[[note]]Hokuto, Masumi and Yaiba[[/note]], the LDS transfer trio [[note]]Halil, Olga and Dennis[[/note]], and the most significant members of Academia[[note]]Yuri, Serena and Sora[[/note]] and the Resistance[[note]]Yuto, Kurosaki and Ruri[[/note]].
* TwoLinesNoWaiting:
** The first arc utilized this, splitting up Yuya and Yuzu to have the latter interact with the Dark Duelist until the two lines merged at the TournamentArc. The TournamentArc itself utilizes some ThirdLineSomeWaiting and FourLinesAllWaiting due to splitting up the focus between various groups, as well as to avoid ArcFatigue by giving all of the focus characters a chance to have screentime and develop.
** [[spoiler:The line splits again after a dimensional portal mishap at the end of the Synchro Dimension arc sends Yuya, Kurosaki, Gongenzaka, and Sawatari to the Xyz Dimension, while Yuzu is sent to the Fusion Dimension.]]
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: [[spoiler:It is revealed that the war going on is between the different dimensions that resemble previous ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' series world's with ''ARC-V'' world being caught in the middle.]]
* UnexpectedCharacter:
** The appearance of already existing mainstream archetypes, including some that appeared in the ''Duel Terminal'' series, something that has never happened in an anime barring ''5D's'' with the Allies of Justice.
** Heck, the very fact that the other Extra Deck monsters were showing up frequently and as plot points was an unexpected move.
** Yuto and Kurosaki count as well: there was no indication early on aside in-series that they would show up, but they took over the plot quite quickly. [[spoiler:Then came Academia.]]
** Then there's Yosenju. Although since Sawatari (with his lackeys) did the commercial narration for ''Tribe Force'' (an OCG-only special booster which introduced them), this came mostly unexpected to the Western viewers.
** The inclusion of in-archetype cards previously introduced in the manga and the OCG. It started small, with Performapal Silver Claw and D/D Proud Chevalier, and then actually included ''very'' useful cards like Death-Toy Scissor Tiger, D/D/D Oblivion King Abyss Ragnarok, and Raid Raptors - Force Strix, and these aren't always cameos either.
** Ok who expected [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Jack and Crow?]]
*** [[spoiler:[[Anime/YuGiOhZeXal Kaito]]]] appearing in the Xyz Dimension was already expected by many fans; [[spoiler:''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX Asuka]]'' and ''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX Edo]]'']], however, is a whole other story.
** No one was expecting a cameo of [[spoiler:The Crimson Dragon]]
** The appearance of new [[spoiler:[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Earthbound Immortal]]]] cards caught a lot of viewers by surprise.
* UnfinishedBusiness: Yugo's hostile rivalry with Yuri is essentially this. Their Duel would get interrupted every time they met each other.
* VersusCharacterSplash: Before the start of a duel, there is a VS screen when both duelists shout "Duel!". The names of the duelists are shown on-screen, but only either the first name or last name, depending with which they are referred to.
** The screens also show the spellings of certain names that differ from the "[[SpellMyNameWithAnS fan-spelling]]". This include Syuzou/Shuzou, Layra/Reira or Ute/Yuto. But whether the spellings are official or not is another question.
* WarForFunAndProfit: According to [[spoiler: Sora, this is the entire reason the Fusion dimension invaded the Xyz dimension.]]
* WarIsHell: [[spoiler:The series does not pull its punches when showing the realities of war. With the Akaba's using realistic propaganda to draft soldiers, child soldiers being sociopaths because they were mislead by adults or because they were forced to kill to survive and realistically showing that anyone can die in a war, even the civilians.]] Not to mention characters who have been on the frontline having varying shades of PTSD, including [[spoiler:[[TagalongKid Reira]], who was orphaned as a child in a war that involved guns and bombs instead of duel monsters]]. And this was all ''before'' the story went to an actual battlefield, discounting flashbacks and [[spoiler: the MCS championships, since there were only a handful of soldiers and civilians present]]. The actual battlefield has helpless refugees being hunted down and infants being carded.
* WhamEpisode:
** Episode 7: This is the first episode with a darker shift in the series, [[spoiler: introducing us to [[UnexpectedCharacter Yuto]], ]]who in turn hints us to the existence of a BigBad, [[spoiler: reintroduces both the [[Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL Xyz Summon]] and the real shock waves in a duel without an action field and on top of all has the [[IdenticalStranger same face]] as Yuya.]]
** The 30s episodes are pretty much one WhamEpisode after another, and each raises the ante more and more from the one before. By the time Episode 40 hits, you'll look back at Episode 30 and realize "wait, everything that just happened was in the span of 10 episodes?"
*** 31/32. [[spoiler:Sawatari has Pendulum Monsters that work properly, confirming LDS has perfected them and are ready to mass produce them. After giving Yuya a heck of a duel with them, his CharacterDevelopment starts to sink in as he has fun entertaining the crown during the duel and encourages Yuya to make his typical comeback if he can, because the crowd is waiting for it.]]
*** 33/34. [[spoiler: Sora and Kurosaki have a brutal duel that obliterates the Action Field, and throughout the duel, references are made to how Sora's people invaded Kurosaki's home, with Sora revealing his true colours as an AxCrazy psycho. When the duel ends, Sora is injured by the falling rubble of the Action Field, and the crowd is left in stunned silence at what they just witnessed.]]
*** 36. [[spoiler:Sora is transported back to his dimension, which revealed ''Academia'' is the enemy that Yuto and Kurosaki have been fighting. There are alternative universes based on the advanced summoning they use and they are at war with each other because of, Leo Akaba, Reiji's father. Then at the end, Yugo appears on his Duel Runner to challenge Yuto.]]
*** Episode 37: [[spoiler:Yugo is revealed to be independent from Academia and to have lost someone precious to him. Yuto is defeated by Yugo and dies, entrusting his Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon to Yuya. And Yuri, the Fusion Dimension's equivalent to Yuya, Yuto and Yugo, is sent after Yuzu by the Professor.]]
*** Episode 39: [[spoiler:Yuya seems to fuse spiritually with Yuto, unleashing a fearsome and destructive personality with GlowingEyesOfDoom who summons Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon and absolutely demolishes Isao Kachidoki in an OTK. The episode ends with the audience and Yuya's friends [[StunnedSilence became horrified]] (with Tatsuya and Futoshi giving a "WhatTheHellHero" reaction) at his winning move, and not only Yuya himself having no idea what happened, but also [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone beginning to question himself for breaking his ideals]].]]
** Episode 67: [[spoiler:All of Reira's backstory is one, and it shows just how far Reiji and Himika are willing to go to stop Leo.]]
** The 70s episodes are shaping up to be another series of Whams in their own right:
*** Episode 71: [[spoiler:Yuya enters Berserk Mode once again in his Duel against Duel Chaser 227]]. He quickly returns to normal, but [[spoiler:continues to be aggressive, going so far as to ''ram 227 right off his bike''.]]
*** Episode 72: [[spoiler:Yuya and Yugo appear to synchronize with one another, sharing a mind and their skills to win over Sawatari.]]
*** Episode 73: Amid the backstory on [[TheDreaded Sergey Volkov]], it's now all but confirmed that [[spoiler:Jean-Michel Roget is originally from the Fusion Dimension.]]
*** Episode 74: [[spoiler:Dennis finally reveals himself as an agent of Academia]], though this is mitigated somewhat. See WhamShot.
*** Episode 75: After more than fifty episodes of speculation, [[spoiler:Ruri Kurosaki makes her debut appearance at last.]] Furthermore the episode has a lot of important information given that a lot of viewers overlooked due to all the violence: [[spoiler: Yuya enters Berserk Mode outside of a duel and then brings ''himself'' out of it without hurting anyone, the Resistance is organized enough to have a small village of people living in tents, the council outright says that they're more concerned with keeping the status quo and don't want to enter the war, and the entire Heartland invasion might have been nothing more than a distraction to kidnap Ruri]]. Much of which is overshadowed on the first viewing by the violence, but this episode has a ''lot'' it reveals to the audience.
*** Episode 76: [[spoiler:Roget stages a coup and take controls of the City from the Council. While he ''is'' from the Fusion Dimension, he is not a part of Academia, and seeks to create his own kingdom to rule in the Synchro Dimension. Sora sends Dennis home to the Fusion Dimension, and Leo begins making plans for Barrett to lead Obelisk Force in an invasion of the Synchro Dimension.]]
*** Episode 77: [[spoiler:Sergey throws Yuzu off the building by ramming her D-Wheel at the end of their duel, leaving the audience, the Lancers, Yugo, and especially Yuya, horrified.]] Note that this is not the first time we've seen such intense violence, but it is the first time [[spoiler: said violence wasn't caused by Solid Vision, which is '''specifically stated to have safety precautions'''. Sora getting crushed by a building is survivable because the system doesn't let him be hit with lethal force, but Yuzu is going to feel the full impact of that crash.]]
*** Episode 78: [[spoiler:[[BitchInSheepsClothing Sora]] saves Yuzu. It's an in-universe WhamShot to Yuya to see Sora again, especially holding Yuzu's helmet.]]
*** Episode 79: [[spoiler:Yuya Synchro Summons Enlightenment Paladin without using Berserk Mode, [[VillainTakesAnInterest catching Roget's attention]] as a result.]]
** Episode 80: [[spoiler:Sora's reason for his actions in Episode 78? Because Yuya and Yuzu are his [[OnlyFriend Only Friends]]. He also began having doubts about Academia's EvilPlan.]]
** Episode 86: [[spoiler:Reira saves Serena and Reiji reveals he could have escaped anytime but was waiting for the right time. He essentially destroyed Roget's plan by having all the Lancers, excluding Yuya, and Yuzu underground away from Roget's reach, but Roget forces Yuya and Crow to duel right away to speed up his plans.]]
** Episode 87: [[spoiler:The preview shows that Roget placed a mind control chip in Yuya's helmet causing him, Yuto, Yugo ''and Yuri'' to go berserk!]]
** Episode 98: [[spoiler: Yuya]] wins against [[spoiler:Jack]], and then out of nowhere [[spoiler:Sora shows up on live TV an announces that he and Tsukikage were defeated by Jean, who is planning on using Yuzu as a bargaining chip to get back into the Professor's good graces. Then the room Sora is in ''explodes'', and furthermore Jean is destroying his entire HQ and trapped all of his subordinates inside.]]
* WhamLine:
** Episode 71 has one at the beginning by Melissa after Yuya explained what happens to the [[MadeASlave losers]] of the Friendship Cup.
--> [[spoiler: '''Melissa''': What's wrong with that?]]
** Episode 80 has two ArmorPiercingQuestion examples. Said questions was said by Yuya to Sora.
--> [[spoiler:'''Yuya''': Youíre taking her back to the prison that is Academia!?]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Yuya''': You know that he canít be persuaded, donít you!?]]
** Episode 102 gives a short one that makes us question a lot about a certain character
--> [[spoiler:'''Kaito''': Sakaki?]]
* WhamShot:
** Episode 39 has [[spoiler:Yuya with GlowingEyesOfDoom]].
** From episode 45, [[spoiler:Dennis has Polymerization in his deck.]]
** Episode 46 has Dennis welcome [[spoiler:Yuri]].
** The third opening sequence has a rather big one, with a brief silhouette of what appears to be [[spoiler: [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Jack Atlas]] with Red Dragon Archfiend behind him.]]
** Episode 59 has [[spoiler:Tsukikage appearing out of nowhere to rescue Reira]]
** Episode 67 has [[spoiler:Reira attached to wires.]]
** Episode 70 has a shot where [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Duel Chaser 227]] pulls out a Goyo [[spoiler: ''Fusion'']] monster out of the envelope Roget had sent him.
** Zigzagged with Episode 74. It was already expected from previews that [[spoiler:Dennis would use Fusion Monsters against Kurosaki, revealing his allegiance to Academia.]] Said monsters being [[spoiler:''Antique Gear'' monsters]], however, were ''not.''
** The preview for Episode 75 features the return of [[spoiler:''Sora.'']]
** At the end of episode 86, we see [[spoiler: Yuri in the Synchro dimension.]]
* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler:Sora and Tsukikage get worfed offscreen by Roget when he interrupts their rescue of Yuzu and kidnaps her.]]
** Before then, Yuzu herself false victim to this when dueling [[spoiler:Sergey]].
* WorldOfHam: First, it's a ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' show. Nearly everyone has a hammy side, but Yuya, Gongenzaka, Shuzo and Sawatari are the hammiest by far.
* WorthyOpponent:
** This is everywhere. Nearly every match ends with the opponents respecting the other's skill. Then the plot gets started and this trope is sadly averted more than played straight.
** Averted in the [[spoiler:Sora vs Kurosaki duel. With Kurosaki attempting to steal Sora's soul afterwards and Sora refusing to admit defeat to an Xyz user.]]
** Also averted in the [[spoiler:Yuya vs Kachidoki duel. Where Kachidoki refused to take Yuya's hand after Yuya defeated him.]]
** Averted in any of the duels that have to do with the interdimensional war. The Academia laugh at their victory and their opponents are just trying to survive or have become just as bad as them.
** Averted in the [[spoiler:Synchro Dimension as well. Security looks down on everyone, while their opponents are trying to escape.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Himeka would brainwash one, and Security doesn't care about hurting Reira.]]
** And then there's Kurosaki, who [[spoiler:certainly doesn't seem to mind hurting Sora]]. Zigzagged with him, as Kurosaki later shows he would only hurt a ChildSoldier.
** Academia takes the cake, with soldiers shown carding an infant on-screen.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Several characters, most notably Yuya and his friends and family often believe they're in a regular ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' show rather than an [[Creator/GenUrobuchi Urobuchi-style]] DeconstructorFleet.
** Yuya in particular thinks he's in a ''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]''/''[[Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL ZEXAL]]''-themed story while he's actually in a ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''/''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline''-themed story, where [[PragmaticHero Pragmatic]] [[UnscrupulousHero and Unscrupulous Heroism]] are the key status quo.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: This ''is'' a ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' show, after all. Yuya follows in the footsteps of the last four heroes with bi-colored hair, red and green this time.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Just as Yuya is about to [[spoiler: celebrate his victory over Jack, who crowns him as the new "King" at the end of their second Duel, [[HopeSpot Sora shows up]] [[MoodWhiplash to tell him]] [[TrueFinalBoss that Roget is still at large]].]]
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