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D/D (DD in the OCG) are a group of Fiend-Type monsters used by Reiji Akaba in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. They focus on swarming the field and searching cards in order to facilitate the summoning of their "boss" monsters, the D/D/D (DDD in the OCG), all of them being either Fusion, Synchro, Xyz or Pendulum Monsters. They also make use of the Dark Contract cards, Spell and Trap Cards with powerful effects that cause their controller to lose life points as long as they are on the field.
Tropes associated with the D/D and D/D/D:
- Absurdly Sharp Claws: D/D/D Dragonbane King Beowulf attacks with his claws.
- D/D/D Duo-Dawn King Kali Yuga can destroy all Spell and Trap Cards on the field during either player's turn.
- D/D/D Dragonbane King Beowulf can destroy all Spell and Trap Cards in each player's Spell & Trap Zones during your Standby Phase.
- D/D/D Hexblood King Siegfried can negate 1 face-up Spell/Trap Card's effects until the next Standby Phase. His effect can be activated during either player's turn.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Beowulf's Continuous Effect allows every D/D monster you control to inflict Piercing Damage.
- Automatic Crossbow: D/D/D Markman King Tell has one.
- An Axe to Grind: D/D Proud Ogre wields a battle axe.
- Badass Cape: Abyss Ragnarok, Caesar Ragnarok, Alexander, Kaiser and Leonidas wear those.
- Battle Aura: Most of the D/D/D monsters are covered by auras.
- BFS: Wielded by Genghis, Alexander, Caesar, Kaiser, Siegfried and Leonidas.
- Blow You Away: D/D/D Gale King Alexander and D/D/D Gale High King Executive Alexander are WIND monsters.
- Call-Back: The artworks of the Dark Contracts feature older cards.
- Cast from Hit Points: The Dark Contracts as well as some of the D/D monsters have an effect that damage their controller while they are on the field.
- Casting a Shadow: The majority of the D/D and D/D/D monsters are DARK monsters.
- Combat Medic: Oracle King d'Arc has 2800 ATK and instead of taking effect damage, you gain Life Points instead.
- Cool Chair: Abyss Ragnarok and Kali Yuga sit on thrones◊, and they even attack while sitting on their thrones. The anime features Caesar Ragnarok sitting on a throne when he is summoned, but it breaks when the summon is complete.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Between them being Fiend-Types, their support cards being called Dark Contracts, and the corporate-based puns in their original names, the entire archetype comes off as one big "evil corporation" joke.
- Cutting the Knot: Contract Laundering, which simply has you destroy the contracts before you have to pay, and reaping all of the benefits for it.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite the archetype being very sinister, they are this trope, thanks to Supporting Leader Reiji.
- Deal with the Devil: The Dark Contract cards seem to invoke this trope.
- Difficult, but Awesome: D/D/D decks are very powerful and can easily generate massive advantages and such, but a common comment about them by most players is that they're incredibly difficult to get a hold of because of just how many options the deck has, and as such, is really hard to keep track of everything. Indeed, D/D/D decks can be played in many ways, from pure beatdown to control to everywhere in between. It has a very high learning curve because of it, but once you master it, it's truly a powerhouse to behold.
- Dishing Out Dirt: D/D/D Boulder King Darius is the only EARTH monster. Him being an Xyz Monster breaks the elemental pattern that was established by the elemental trio.
- Dub Name Change: From DD to D/D, and DDD to D/D/D. In the dub, instead of saying "DD" or "DDD", they say "Double D" and "Triple D".
- Temujin —> Genghis.
- Ceasar —> Caesar.
- Hell Armageddon —> Armageddon.
- Evil Laugh: Some of them have a menacing laugh in the anime, most notably Kali Yuga.
- Evil Overlord: The D/D/D monsters are all this, but rather than evil, they are sinister at worst.
- Expy: D/D/D Doom King Armageddon is ARC-Vs stand-in for Blue-Eyes White Dragon, being a monster with 3000 ATK that serves as the rival's ace card.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Unlike Blue-Eyes' other expies, Armageddon is a Fiend-Type, not a Dragon-Type and it does not resemble a dragon in the slightest. It also seemingly loses its role as a signature card until it the final duel, where it comes back as a signature card for real.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Under Kali Yuga's left eye, there is a lightning mark on his mask. And his right leg is not covered by his black cloth.
- Fun with Acronyms: D/D(/D) stands for Different Dimension (Demon). However, this doesn't apply to the actual card game.
- Fusion Dance: Genghis, d'Arc, Beowulf and Caesar Ragnarok are all Fusion Monsters, but the latter is also a literal fusion of Wave King Caesar and Oblivion King Abyss Ragnarok, as evidenced by the name. The Fusion Materials are not very specific. Genghis and d'Arc require only two D/D monsters, Beowulf requires one D/D/D monster and one D/D monster, and Caesar Ragnarok requires two D/D/D monsters.
- Hell Hound: D/D Cerberus and D/D Orthros, if their names aren't obvious enough.
- High Collar of Doom: D/D/D Duo-Dawn King Kali Yuga has one.
- Horned Humanoid: Abyss Ragnarok and his evolutions: Caesar Ragnarok and Kali Yuga.
- Loophole Abuse: Some of the monsters have effects that either find loopholes to benefit themselves (d'Arc, for example, turns the 1000 LP requirement into giving you LP) or making them one-sided.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Blaze King Genghis and Rebel King Leonidas are equipped with sword and shield.
- Making a Splash: D/D/D Wave King Caesar and D/D/D Wave High King Executive Caesar are WATER monsters.
- Mechanical Monster: Hell Armageddon, its evolutions and Chaos Apocalypse look mechanical. The D/D Savants count as well.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: High King Executive Genghis is this, gaining an additional pair of arms over his base form and wielding a pair of swords, in addition to the sword and shield his previous form already had.
- Mythology Gag:
- Dragonbane King Beowulf may be a mockery of the franchise's trend to give rival characters Dragon-Type ace cards with 3000 ATK, which was broken by Reiji Akaba. Beowulf is called a "Dragonbane King" but is not a Dragon-Type monster (and does not even look like one), has 3000 ATK but is not Reiji's ace monster, and is named after someone who mutually killed a dragon (and was killed by one).
- Purplish, Whitest and Darkness are based on the final villains from previous eras. Purplish's appearance is inspired by both, Duel Monster's Zorc Necrophades and GX's Darkness. Whitest is a reference to Z-One from 5D's, and Darkness is a reference to Don Thousand from ZEXAL and has Darkness's name in his own.
- Necromancer: Genghis, Alexander, Abyss Ragnarok and D/D Night Howling can all revive D/D monsters.
- In his first appearance in the anime, Alexander's revival effect is less restricted and he can destroy an enemy monster after destroying one in battle. In subsequent anime appearances, Alexander's effects are changed to match the OCG card.
- Kali Yuga has more broken effects in the anime and his effects cannot be negated.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: A sizable chunk of D/D/D monsters are named after the end of the world (Oblivion King Abyss Ragnarok, Chaos King Apocalypse, etc). Taken to the extreme (or parodied) with D/D/D Superdoom King Darkness Armageddon.
- Next Tier Power-Up: Abyss Ragnarok has two evolutions so far: Caesar Ragnarok (shared with Caesar) and Kali Yuga. Genghis, Alexander, and Caesar receive this in the form of the High King Executive monsters. Armageddon has three: Purplish, Whitest and Darkness. None of these monsters require their original forms to summon them, though.
- One Steve Limit: The archetype's name is similar to the D.D. series of cards. This is even referenced on the artwork of D/D Recruit.
- Our Demons Are Different: They are all Fiend-Type monsters with very different looks.
- Our Dragons Are Different: D/D/D Dragon King Pendragon might look like a dragon, but it's a Fiend-Type monster.
- Overly Long Name: The most prominent example was D/D/D (Different Dimension Demon) Wave [Oblivion] King Caesar Ragnarok until Different Dimension Demon Superdoom King Purplish [Hell] Armageddon, Different Dimension Demon Superdoom King Whitest [Hell] Armageddon and Different Dimension Demon Superdoom King Darkness [Hell] Armageddon made their appearance.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Marksman King Tell's left eye is covered by his hair.
- Playing with Fire: D/D/D Flame King Genghis and D/D/D Flame High King Executive Genghis are FIRE monsters.
- Power Nullifier: D/D/D Duo-Dawn King Kali Yuga; when he is Xyz Summoned, the effects of every other card on the field are negated until the End Phase, and neither cards nor effects can be activated on the field for the rest of the turn.
- Power Trio: Genghis, Alexander, and Caesar, as shown in the anime. In the real life card game, it's still completely possible to summon all three of them in one turn due to the effects of the former two.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: Hexblood King Siegfried wears a long red scarf that looks similar to Reiji's.
- Shadow Archetype: The D/D/D archetype is the Fiend-Type counterpart to the Odd-Eyes archetype, both of their anime users being rivals. Both archetypes are focused on different Special Summon mechanics and have several boss monsters.
- Dragon King Pendragon is the counterpart to Odd-Eyes Saber Dragon, both of them being a reference to King Arthur and both of them being featured in the 2015 Starter Deck.
- [Hell] Armageddon becomes this to Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon at the end of the era, as it receives Fusion/Synchro/Xyz-Pendulum hybrids as its upgrades, just like Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon.
- She Is the King: D/D/D Oracle King d'Arc, despite being female.
- Sixth Ranger: D/D/D/ Supreme King Kaiser is a member of the Supreme King archetype, but since it's divided into two sub-archetypes, Kaiser doesn't get support from either of them nor does he support the archetype at all.
- Smurfette Principle: d'Arc is the only female D/D/D monster so far.
- The Southpaw: Hexblood King Siegfried is wielding his sword with his left hand, as shown on the artwork and in the anime.
- Theme Naming: Aside from the name inspirations, the D/D/D monsters have all the title "King" in their names.
- Named After Somebody Famous: The D/D/D monsters are named after famous conquerors, rulers, and other military figures, such as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and Joan of Arc. The D/D Savants are named after historical scientists.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Most of the D/D monsters and some D/D/D monsters, on the other hand, derive their names from mythological and religious figures like Lilith or Cerberus.
- Too Many Belts: D/D/D Oblivion King Abyss Ragnarok has many of them and uses them as Combat Tentacles.
- Winged Humanoid: Oracle King d'Arc has devil wings.
- Wolf Man: Dragonbane King Beowulf is one.
Dark King of the Abyss
Dark King of the Abyss is a DARK Fiend-type normal monster. He was once a powerful ruler of darkness, before being usurped by his rival, Dark Ruler Ha Des.
Tropes associated with Dark King of the Abyss:
- Back from the Dead: Can be seen returning to life after being killed by Revived Ruler Ha Des in Powerful Rebirth and Reject Reborn.
- Evil Overlord: As his name and description implies, he used to rule over darkness until Ha Des forced him out.
- Evil Versus Evil: There is a war between Dark Ruler Ha Des and Dark King of the Abyss. Ha Des tricked Dark King out of his throne with Demotion. Dark King got his revenge, but was killed by the Revived Ruler Ha Des.
- Incredibly Obvious Bomb: Gives one of these to Dark Ruler Ha Des in Hate Buster, lit fuse and all.
- The Rival: To Dark Ruler Ha Des.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Can be seen draining Dark Ruler Ha Des' soul in Mind Drain and Soul Drain.
The Darklords, known as Fallen Angel (堕だ天てん使し Datenshi) in the OCG, are an archetype of DARK Fairy-Type monsters representing fallen angels. They are almost universally high-level and thus hard to summon, but have generally high power and potent effects. Later members of the group have effects that lets discard themselves and/or other Darklords card as well as the abilty to copy the effect of their spell and traps in the graveyard. They are used by Midori Hibiki in the GX manga.
Tropes associated with the Darklords:
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Edeh Arae's effect. This is basically Edeh Arae venting his anger on the foe.
- Came Back Strong: Superbia and Edeh Arae gain their effects when they are special summoned from the graveyard.
- Casting a Shadow: They are all DARK monsters.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Since they are used by a good character, they are this trope. It also gives them a Foil dynamic with the Archlord cards.
- Difficult, but Awesome: Winning with a deck of fallen angels with awesome artwork is always a treat, but making a consistent deck with them is tough; mainly because despite all the improvements made to the archetype over the years, they still have the same Fatal Flaw: If you cannot get your play-makers going, your deck is going to brick and brick hard.
- Discard and Draw: The newest Darklords, bar Morningstar, all have an effect where they can discard themselves and/or other Darklord cards from the hand to gain various effects. In Darklord Ixtab's case, it's literal as her effect lets the player draw two cards.
- Enemy Summoner: Morningstar's effect. If it's tribute summoned, it can beckons other Darklord monsters to the field from the hand or deck, up to the number of effects monsters controlled by the opponent.
- Evil Costume Switch: Darklord Zerato being an evil version of Archlord Zerato can be inferred by the artwork on Darklord Zerato; what appears to be the ruins of The Sanctuary in the Sky appears in the background of this card. It is possible that he may have been responsible for the destruction of the sanctuary.
- Fallen Angel: It's all in the name.
- Fusion Dance: Darklord Marie is the fallen version of St. Joan. Her fusion with The Forgiving Maiden is symbolic; her sins are forgiven and she becomes a saint. Later, she becomes Guardian Angel Joan. Reflecting that she was accused of witchcraft and when she was proven right, she became a Saint.
- Harmful Healing: Nurse Reficule's effect reverses your opponent's life point gains into life point losses.
- Hospital Hottie: Darklord Nurse Reficule.
- Literal Split Personality: Asmodeus's effect. When destroyed, it splits into two token monsters called Asmo and Deus.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Zerato. Its effect destroys all monsters the opponent controls as well as himself
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: They are named after various mythological demons, fallen angels, deities, or spirits. Quite fitting for a group of fallen angels.
- Retcon: Marie and Reficule were originally dubbed as "The Fallen One". Eventually, the Darklords became an archetype and Konami changed their names in order for them to fit within this new archetype.
- Reviving Enemy: Superbia's effect.
- Satan: One of them is literally Lucifer.
- Sdrawkcab Alias: "Reficule" is a romanization of "Lucifer" written backwards, with an extra e. Lucifer is a name for the morningstar and the fallen angel. In later times, his name became another alias for the Devil.
- Sixth Ranger: St. Joan. Not part of this archetype, but one of her materials is.
Dark Magician / Magician Girl
The Dark Magician, called Black Magician in the OCG, is arguably the most famous Yu-Gi-Oh! monster of all time as Yugi's signature monster. He and his related cards are DARK Spellcasters that use stage tricks as support cards to aid their mediocre attack. He has numerous family members, including the Magician of Black Chaos/Dark Magician of Chaos, Dark Magician Girl, and Ebon Illusion Magician. Originally, he was Palladium Oracle Mahad, one of Atem's six High Priests and the wielder of the Millennium Ring.The Dark Magician archetype is (indirectly or directly) supported by the Magician Girl archetype, a group of six girls led by Dark Magician Girl.For information on their role in the anime, see Yu Gi Oh Anime And Manga Cards.
Tropes associated with the Dark Magician monsters and the Magician Girls:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Duel Monsters changed Dark Magician's blue/green skin color into a normal looking one, his hair went from blonde to dark purple, his dark purple/dark blue attire became bright purple, and his wand became green (also green in his LOB artwork). Takahashi changed the color of his hair and attire to white and black respectively for his anniversary design. The DSOD design is based on the anniversary one.
- Amazon Brigade: As the name "Magician Girl" imply, there is no male member of this archetype.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Dark Magician has blue or green skin on almost every artwork other than the iconic anime artwork from Duel Monsters and the one used by Pandora. This reflects his nature of being a supernatural being who sacrificed his mortal life to become the Pharaoh's eternal servant. Black Chaos also continues this trope.
- Anti-Magic/Signature Move: Dark Magic Attack destroys every Trap and Spell card on the field. It can only be played when Dark Magician is on the field. This card is based on the attack of Dark Magician in the anime.
- Back from the Dead: If Palladium Oracle Mahad is destroyed by battle or card effects, he comes back as Dark Magician. This is a reference that Mahad became the Pharaoh's Dark Magician in the anime and manga.
- Badass Normal: Not as badass as Blue-Eyes or Summoned Skull in the old days, but some of his support cards take advantage of him being a Normal Monster.
- Black Magician Girl: Dark Magician Girl is the trope namer herself.
- Blade on a Stick: Dark Paladin carries one with the blade part being longer than his arms.
- Blow You Away: Kiwi Magician Girl is a WIND monster.
- Butt-Monkey: Despite being an useful card with great support and most adaptations depicting him as a Badass through and through, almost everytime the Dark Magician battles the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, it wipes the floor with him.
- Casting a Shadow: All of the Dark Magician monsters are DARK monsters.
- Combination Attack: The Spell Card "Dark Burning Magic Attack" destroys all cards on the opponent's side of the field if you have both Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl.
- Dark Is Not Evil: They are Yugi's most prominent monsters.
- Discard and Draw:
- Choco's effect lets her controller discard a Spellcaster-Type monster to draw a card.
- Lemon's effect can add any Spellcaster-Type monster to the hand at the cost of tributing a Magician Girl.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Berry Magician Girl is an EARTH monster.
- Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: Attacking the Apple, Berry, Choco or Lemon Magician Girls is often the worst thing you can do, as it will cause them to summon something else to redirect the attack to, while also halving the ATK power - the latter three are especially bad because their effect isn't restricted to low-level monsters like Apple's is. This can also be chained into other Magician Girls, which means multiple summons and multiple ATK nerfs.
- Dragon Rider:
- Amulet Dragon is just Dark Magician riding Timaeus.
- Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight is Dark Magician Girl in a knight armor riding Timaeus.
- Dub Name Change:
- Black Magician —> Dark Magician.
- Black Magician Girl —> Dark Magician Girl.
- Edible Theme Naming: The flavor Magician Girls are named after five different flavors. Choco Magician Girl stands out, since she is not named after a fruit like the rest.
- Elemental Powers: There is a Magician Girl for each Attribute.
- Enemy Summoner: When attacked, all of the Magician Girls sans Dark and Kiwi can special summon another monster to defend them once per turn, halving the incoming ATK power and redirecting it to the summoned. The primary catch is that they can't summon another of themselves, and the secondary catch varies with the card:
- Berry summons a Magician Girl directly from the deck.
- Lemon summons a Spellcaster-type monster from the controller's hand, but negates its effects.
- Apple summons a Level 5 or lower Spellcaster from the controller's hand.
- Choco revives a Spellcaster from the graveyard.
- Evil Twin: The alternate art version of Dark Magician's card, which resembles the sinister-looking crimson-robed version used by Pandora/Arcana in the anime, is most often perceived this way.
- Foil: To the Blue-Eyes White Dragon in terms of playstyle. Blue-Eyes decks generally consists of monsters that can get the Blue-Eyes and its variants onto the field, at which point their high ATK and cards that let them attack multiple times devastate the opponent's monsters through battle. Dark Magician decks rely on Spell and Trap cards to get the Dark Magician and his variants into play, and then protect him while using other support cards to destroy/banish the opponent's cards through their effects. Blue-Eyes has Level 1 Tuners it can combine with to Synchro Summon stronger versions of itself; Dark Magician has the Dark Magician Girl that he can combine with to use stronger support Spell and Trap Cards and he has Xyz versions of himself.
- Fun with Acronyms: The first letters in the names of the flavor Magician Girls in the order of their Levels spell "Black", a reference to the Japanese name of Dark Magician Girl: "Black Magician Girl", a Level 6 Monster.
- Level 1: Berry Magician Girl.
- Level 2: Lemon Magician Girl.
- Level 3: Apple Magician Girl.
- Level 4: Choco Magician Girl.
- Level 5: Kiwi Magician Girl.
- Fusion Dance:
- Dark Magician + Flame Swordsman = Dark Flare Knight.
- Dark Magician + Buster Blader = Dark Paladin.
- Dark Magician + The Eye of Timaeus = Amulet Dragon.
- Dark Magician Girl + The Eye of Timaeus = Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight.
- Light 'em Up: Lemon Magician Girl is a LIGHT monster.
- Luck-Based Mission: Dark Sage is one of the very few cards in the game that (literally) requires pure luck to summon. In other words, Dark Sage must first be Special Summoned (from your hand or Deck) by Tributing 1 Dark Magician immediately after applying the effect of Time Wizard in which you called the coin toss right. When Special Summoned this way: Add 1 Spell Card from your Deck to your hand.
- Magic Knight:
- Dark Magician Knight must be Special Summoned with Knight's Title and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. When this card is Special Summoned: Target 1 card on the field; destroy that target.
- Dark Paladin epitomizes this trope, serving as a fusion of a Spellcaster (Dark Magician) & Warrior (Buster Blader). For bonus points, Dark Paladin also has his very own BFS.
- Dark Flare Knight is also an example for the same reasons, but this time as a fusion of the Dark Magician and Flame Swordsman.
- Dark Magician Girl the Dragon Knight is Dark Magician in a knight armor riding Timaeus.
- Making a Splash: Choco Magician Girl is a WATER monster.
- Merlin and Nimue: The Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl, both the cards and their Ancient Egyptian counterparts. They are rather closer in age than most, with there being only about a 10 year age difference. Note that the Dark Magician Girl becomes more powerful if a Dark Magician is in either player's graveyard. She became stronger on her own to avenge him.
- Another link between the two is the Spell Card "The Sage's Stone" which allows the player to summon Dark Magician if he controls Dark Magician Girl. (There's also an anime-only card that does the exact opposite.)
- This link is also referenced with Dark Magician of Illusions's alternate way of Xyz Summoning with Magi Magi ☆ Magician Gal.
- Ms. Fanservice: The Dark Magician Girl is up there as one of the hottest cards in the game, and is easily the most sexualized in fanwork. How hot is she? One of her variant artwork cards was never released outside of Japan because it was too risque, and artist Kazuki Takahashi refused to modify or censor her. For the curious, this is the card in question◊.
- Mythology Gag: The artwork for Dark Magic Attack is based on the final scene of the battle between the Thief King Bakura and Mahad shortly after he fuses his soul with his spirit Ka (Vol. 31 in Japanese, Millennium World Vol. 2 in the U.S.).
- Nice Hat: ALL of them. Most of them have hats that are based on the style Dark Magician wears, which a few Spellcasters not of this archetype also adapt. (Like Magician's Valkyria, Gagaga Magician, and Gagaga Girl).
- Older and Wiser: Dark Sage is the aged version of Dark Magician; due to the magic of Time Wizard, he is now over 1000 years old.
- Playing with Fire: Apple Magician Girl is a FIRE monster.
- The Rival: To Blue-Eyes White Dragon. Unfortunately, Dark Magician is not that much successful.
- Sixth Ranger: While they support the archetype, Skilled Dark Magician and Dark Magician of Chaos are not Dark Magician monsters, but they are members of the Magician archetype.
- Inverted with Quintet Magician, who looks suspiciously similar to Dark Magician except any Spellcaster-type monsters can benefit from this card's effect.
- Apprentice Magician Girl, despite having a monster effect involving Dark Magician and having a very similar outfit to the other Magician Girls, is not part of any "Magician" archetype. She's officially from the "Prophecy" archetype.
- Sliding Scale of Gameplay and Story Integration: Dark Magician's flavor text states that he's "the ultimate wizard in terms of offense and defense". It initially appears to be Gameplay and Story Segregation, due his stats being just 2500 ATK and 2100 DEF, making him weaker than other Spellcaster-Types like Cosmo Queen (2950 ATK/2450 DEF) or Skull Knight (2650 ATK/2250 DEF) who debuted around the time as Dark Magician did. However, as the years went by, the lore text may actually not refer to his ATK and DEF, but to his high amount of Spell and Trap Cards he has access to. Many of his support cards give Dark Magician high offensive power and defensive power, even if they may or may not alter his stats.
- Status Ailment: Apple's first effect as well as Lemon and Choco's second effects all halve the ATK of the attacking monster, making it easier for the monster they summoned to survive the attack.
- Status Buff:
- Dark Magician Girl gains 300 ATK for each Dark Magician and Magician of Black Chaos in either player's Graveyard.
- Apprentice Illusion Magican can be send from the field or hand to the Graveyard to increase the ATK and DEF of your battling DARK Spellcaster-Type monster by 2000.
- Kiwi Magician Girl can do one of two things: if she is on the field, all Spellcaster-type monsters the controller has in play cannot be targetted by any card effects. If she is discarded from the hand during either player's turn, the ATK and DEF of all Magician Girl monsters on the user's field increases by 300 for each Magician Girl with a different name in play or in the Graveyard, for a maximum of +1800 ATK each.
- Dark Paladin gains 500 ATK for each Dragon-Type monster on the field and in either player's Graveyard.
- Student and Master Team: Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl are designed to work together. This is even reflected by their Xyz counterparts — Ebon Illusion Magician needs 2 Level 7 to summon, or you can use a Rank 6 Spellcaster-type Xyz, and it so happens Magi Magi ☆ Magician Gal is such a card.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Dark Eradicator Warlock is an improved version of Dark Magician, and probably the intermedial age between Dark Magician and Dark Sage. His control over the dark arts is so strong, he can harm his foes with any kind of spell.
- Sorceror of Dark Magic is the strongest variation of Dark Magician. He has 700 more ATK and DEF than Dark Magician. His attire, as with many powerful Spellcaster monsters, is based off of Dark Magician. This effect is a stronger version of Jinzo's effect, but activation is optional.
- Magi Magi ☆ Magician Gal is an Xyz Monster upgrade of Dark Magician Girl and a possible female counterpart to "Sorcerer of Dark Magic". They can both be summoned with 2 Level 6 Spellcaster-Type monsters. She was made Rank 6 as a reference to Dark Magician Girl being Level 6. This also allows Dark Magician Girl to be used as Xyz Material for this card.
- Ebon Illusion Magician is an Xyz Monster counterpart of Dark Magician.
- Apprentice Illusion Magician is a better Main Deck version of Dark Magician Girl. While she retains the same stats and Level, Apprentice Illusion Magician is much easier to summon and has much stronger supporting effects.
- Weak, but Skilled: Only a selective of them few are very powerful in battle, while the others are either mediocre or weak. However, most of them have quite useful effects to balance their weakness and their presence alone is often enough for combos.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Dedication Through Light and Darkness suggests that in order to become the Dark Magician of Chaos, the Dark Magician must first learn to use LIGHT magic in addition to his regular DARK magic, effectively giving him the power of Chaos.
- Zerg Rush: It's hard to set up, but entirely possible to chain the Magician Girls' card effects to summon five different girls at once. note Not only does the poor soul that commenced the attack get its power cut to 1/16th, but if you also have Kiwi in your hand, you can reap the full power of her discard effect, resulting in a full field of monsters with ATK ranging from at least 2200 to 3800 until the end of the turn.
Dark Necrofear, formerly known as Dark Necrophilia, is a Level 8 DARK Fiend-Type Effect Monster with 2200 ATK and 2800 DEF. She is one of Yami Bakura's signature monsters and she has a direct connection with Destiny Board, one of the Instant Win Conditions. According to the Master Guide, she is the Queen of all Fiend-Type Monsters.
Tropes associated with Dark Necrofear:
- An Arm and a Leg: In the manga, it was Dark Necrofear's whole body who writes the message. In the anime, it's only her severed hand. The artwork of DEATH also shows her hand.
- The Artifact: Dark Necrofear was necessary to spell the message in the manga. And in the anime, she was necessary to get Dark Sanctuary on the field. In the OCG/TCG, neither Destiny Board nor Dark Sanctuary need her. Some video games show her when the message is complete.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Gathering all five letters brings victory. Turn by turn, the effect of Destiny Board will place a Spirit Message card on the player's field. However, you cannot activate a Spirit Message card by yourself, they have to be activated by Destiny Board's effect. Also, removing any Spirit Message card or Destiny Board from the field will send them all to the Graveyard.
- Bald of Evil: She is completely bald and is very evil.
- Battle Aura: Her dark aura is also present in the anime.
- Ouija Board was changed to Destiny Board in the TCG.
- DEATH was changed to FINAL in the TCG.
- Dark Necrofear was originally named Dark Necrophilia when she was introduced in Weekly Shounen Jump, but this was changed the next week.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Her sclera are black.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Her effect. Destroying Dark Necrofear allows the owner to equip an opposing monster with her and then the player takes control of said monster.
- In the manga, she can possess any opposing monster once per turn as long she is in the Graveyard.
- The Cameo: In some video games, Dark Necrofear will appear after the last letter is on the field and she will spell the message.
- Casting a Shadow: She is a DARK monster.
- Creepy Doll/Killer Teddy Bear: Her doll resembles Necroface. In the dub, the dilapidated doll that she holds is removed as it resembled a mutilated child.
- Dark Necrofear herself resembles a doll, since her limbs look like doll limbs.
- Dark Action Girl: While better in Defense Position, her ATK is not that bad.
- Dark Is Evil: Dark Necrofears tries to kill the opponent with the Destiny Board.
- Eye Beam: How she attacks in the anime.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Dark Sanctuary has eyes all over in the air.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Considered as the Queen of all Fiend-Type Monsters.
- Gratuitous English: Regardless in which country, the message will always be in English.
- Instant-Win Condition: Gathering all pieces of DEATH/FINAL brings victory.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
- Ouija Board.
- Dark Necrofear. Not to mention Dark Necrophilia.
- In the manga, Destiny Board's effect kills the opponent.
- Zigzagged with Dark Necrofear. In the manga, she must be in the graveyard, so the message can be written. Moving her out of the graveyard is a weakness there. But in the manga, she also had the protection effect like Dark Sanctuary in the anime.
- Sudden Name Change: Dark Necrofear was first introduced as Dark Necrophilia in the Weekly Shounen Jump. The next issue changed her name.
- Too Many Mouths: Dark Sanctuary has mouths all over in the air.
- Weaksauce Weakness:
- In the manga, Dark Necrofear must be in the Graveyard, so Destiny Board can work. Reviving or banishing her is a major weakness of Destiny Board.
- Any card that remove a Spirit Message or Destiny Board from the field will ruin the strategy.
Dark Ruler Ha Des
Dark Ruler Ha Des was, when he was originally released, true to his name as one of the most formidable Fiend monsters in the game. He has appeared in card art as a shadow figure manipulating things from behind the scenes and using dark magic against his enemies. In the story of the cards, the Dark King killed Ha Des, but he returned as the Zombie-Type Revived Ruler Ha Des.
Tropes associated with Dark Ruler Ha Des:
- Back from the Dead: Killed by Dark King of the Abyss with a Hate Buster but came back as Revived King Ha Des and killed Dark King of the Abyss
- Big Bad: Pretty much played this way.
- Bowdlerise: His horns are removed in the International artwork.
- Brainwashing: Shown in The Puppet Magic of Dark Ruler.
- Deal with the Devil: Shown in A Deal with Dark Ruler.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Literally, A Deal with Dark Ruler brings out Berserk Dragon, a dragon monster that outstrips Ha Des in ATK by a little over 1000 points.
- Evil Overlord: It's all in the name.
- Evil Versus Evil: There is a war between Dark Ruler Ha Des and Dark King of the Abyss. Ha Des tricked Dark King out of his throne with Demotion. Dark King got his revenge, but was killed by the Revived Ruler Ha Des.
- Power Nullifier: As Dark Ruler Ha Des, he can negate the effects of all Effect Monsters destroyed by battle with your Fiend-type monsters. Revived King Ha Des does the same for your Zombie-type monsters.
- Shock and Awe: Shown in Raigeki Break.
The Dark Scorpions, called as Black Scorpions in the OCG, are five (with a sixth card representing all of them) DARK Warrior monsters. They're a gang of thieves that allow the player to use one of two effects when they damage the opponent. Though they lack offensive monster, their effects are very potent. They are used by the Seven Star Assassin Don Zaloog in GX.
Tropes associated with the Dark Scorpions:
- Awesome, but Impractical: The Trap Card "Dark Scorpion Combination" lets each Dark Scorpion make a direct attack; while it reduces the damage each one does to only 400, all five of their effects are activated at once, one of them - Meanae's - letting you recover the Trap itself to use again. The problem is, you must have each of them on the field at once, and seeing as their scores are mediocre at best, pulling this off is very hard to do (unless you summon them all at once using "Mustering of the Dark Scorpions" which is itself no easy feat.)
- Bald of Awesome: Gorg, as he's quite strong.
- The Big Guy: Gorg, because he is the largest of the Five Dark Scorpions.
- Can't Spit It Out: According to the "Master Guide", Gorg seems to have a crush on Meanae but can't express his feelings due to his stone-face nature and lack of emotions.
- Carry a Big Stick: Gorg's Weapon of Choice, because he's quite strong.
- The Chick: Meanae, the team's girl.
- Drop the Hammer: Chick, because it's funny to see a small thief like him use an unwieldy weapon.
- Eye Patch Of Power: Don Zaloog.
- Eyes Always Shut: Gorg.
- Femme Fatale: Meanae.
- Guns Akimbo: Don Zaloog in the Japanese artwork.
- The Hero: Don Zaloog, as he leads the Dark Scorpions.
- Hospital Hottie: Meanae's disguise in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. It works because she's the Team Mom.
- Knife Nut: Cliff, to go along with his job. Also Don Zaloog in the international artwork.
- The Lancer: Cliff. His title is "Trap Remover".
- Loveable Rogue: A group of them.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: In the English Dub of the anime, Don Zaloog's voice actor pulls off his best Christopher Walken impression.
- Official Couple: A card that only appears in the anime and a few video games (in which it's playable) implies Zaloog and Meanae are this. It's called "Dark Scorpion Tragedy of Love" and allows Meanae to take the bullet for Zaloog.
- Scars Are Forever: Gorg.
- The Smart Guy: Chick, who seems to be smart enough to rob places at a young age.
- Spiky Hair: Chick the Yellow, used to indicate his immaturity.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: As seen in "Mustering of the Dark Scorpions".
- Weak, but Skilled: Dark Scorpion monsters have low attack score values and they can't win battles often; but they're going to have to (or direct attack) in order to pop off their debilitating effects. This also marks one of the problems with making a dark scorpion deck; the balance is quite difficult to maintain, with excessive trap and spell protection being a must for a deck like this.
Dark Synchro Monsters
The Dark Synchro Monsters were a sub-type of Synchro Monsters introduced in the 5D's anime. In opposition to normal Synchro monsters, they had a dark grey card frame as well as negative (or 0) Levels aligned on the left of the card and could be summoned by substracting the levels of non-Tuner monsters from the Level of the Dark Tuner monster. With the anime and manga being over, there were only nine Dark Synchro Monsters.In the anime, following Dark Synchro Monsters were used by following Duelists: Frozen Fitzgerald by Dick Pitt/Grady, Dark Diviner by Tetsu Ushio/Trudge, Hundred Eyes Dragon by Kyosuke Kiryu/Kallin Kessler, Zeman the Ape King by Demack/Devack, Dark Flattop by Bommer/Greiger, Underground Arachnid by Rudger/Roman Goodwin, and Moon Dragon Quilla by Rex Goodwin.In the manga, Ultimaya Tzolkin and Phantasmal Lord Ultimitl Bishbaalkin are used by Rex Goodwin.They were released in the card game as normal Synchro Monsters, with most of them requiring specific materials that referenced the monsters used to summon them in the anime.
Tropes associated with the Dark Synchro Monsters:
- Anti-Magic: Underground Arachnid, Zeman the Ape King and Frozen Fitzgerald all have the same effect preventing the activation of Spell and Trap Cards when they attack, like monsters from the Ancient Gear archetype.
- Awesome, but Impractical: They generally have good effects, but their Synchro Materials are too specific and too weird to Synchro Summon them easily.
- Back from the Dead: Frozen Fitzgerald can Special Summon itself back to the field at the cost of discarding one card if it was destroyed by battle.
- Captain Ersatz: Ultimaya Tzolkin is literally an evil version of the Crimson Dragon with identical appearance.
- Casting a Shadow: The majority of them are DARK monsters. All of those introduced in the anime require DARK Tuner monsters.
- Dark Is Evil: They are entirely based of this trope.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Underground Arachnid and Zeman the Ape King are EARTH monsters.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Zeman the Ape King is a monkey and a Beast-Type monster.
- Evil Counterpart:
- As a whole, they are this to regular Synchro Monsters. It doesn't help that they were used by antagonists.
- Ultimaya Tzolkin is this to the Crimson Dragon, even though they don't exist in the same continuity.
- God of Evil: Ultimaya Tzolkin and its evolution: Phantasmal Lord Ultimitl Bishbaalkin.
- An Ice Person: Frozen Fitzgerald is almost entirely made of ice.
- Making a Splash: Frozen Fitzgerald is a WATER monster.
- Mechanical Lifeforms: Dark Flattop is a Machine-Type monster.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Some of the Dark Synchro Monsters have an effect that triggers when they are destroyed.
- Hundred Eyes Dragon lets you add an Earthbound Immortal monster from your deck to your hand.
- Dark Flattop lets you summon a Machine-Type monster from your hand.
- Moon Dragon Quilla summons the Sun Dragon Inti from the Graveyard.
- One-Winged Angel: While Ultimaya Tzokin already is this to the Ultimate God's initial form, Phantasmal Lord Ultimitl Bishbaalkin is the evolution to the true form itself.
- Our Demons Are Different: Frozen Fitzgerald and Dark Diviner are Fiend-Type monsters.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Hundred Eyes Dragon, Moon Dragon Quilla, Ultimaya Tzolkin and Phantasmal Lord Ultimitl Bishbaalkin are Dragon-Type monsters.
- Overly Long Name: Phantasmal Lord Ultimitl Bishbaalkin is anyting but short.
- Physical God: Ultimaya Tzolkin and its evolution: Phantasmal Lord Ultimitl Bishbaalkin.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Dark Diviner cannot be destroyed by battle and Ultimitl Bishbaalkin is immuned to destruction by card effects.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: In a humanoid form, Ultimaya Tzolkin was sealed and put into a deep sleep until it awakens and is then summoned by Goodwin, turning into its true form that looks exactly like the Crimson Dragon.
- Stone Wall: Dark Flattop. It has 3000 DEF, but 0 ATK.
The Dark World monsters are a series of DARK Fiends that rule the Dark World alluded to in a lot of flavor text. Ruled by Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World, they activate powerful effects when discarded from the hand, letting them manipulate the field and hand without warning. In the GX anime, a Dark World deck is used by Brron, Mad King of Dark World.
Tropes associated with the Dark World:
- Adaptational Villainy: In the card games, they're a group of be Affably Evil Noble Demons who NEVER oppress commoners for no legitimate reason. In the GX anime, they're a group of Always Chaotic Evil dictators.
- Affably Evil: Despite being scary, demonic, and villainous in appearance, they're often pleasant to hang around with.
- Anti-Villain: They may be evil, but they're Noble Demons at worst.
- Authority in Name Only: Brron is supposed to be their king (as in "Mad King of Dark World") and he is portrayed as such in the anime. However, as the Master Guide 2 claims, Brron is actually subordinate to Goldd, Wu-Lord of Dark World and Sillva, Warlord of Dark World, who in turn report to Reign-Beaux, Overlord of Dark World, and they worship Grapha, who in the Japanese version was called "Dragon God of Dark World." To make this even more complicated, the anime version of Brron suggested that the ultimate ruler of Dark World was someone called "Colorless, Chaos King of Dark World". Basically, Dark World's government is confusing.
- An Ax To Grind: Goldd has an axe as his weapon.
- Axe-Crazy: Whether they are evil, or at best, neutral, Brron more than likely is mad, seeing as his chains are supposedly meant to be a straightjacket.
- Back from the Dead: Many of them revive when discarded to the Graveyard. The most famous one is Grapha, who can be revived from the Graveyard by returning a Dark World monster back to the hand, so Grapha can be revived many times.
- Big Bad: Grapha, Dragon Lord/God of Dark World. Before Grapha was revealed, Reign-Beaux (according to Master Guide 2) is the political and religious head of the Dark World, with Goldd and Sillva below him as commanders of the military. However, according to the Master Guides mentioning that some of them, such as Zure, are decent people, he might be an Anti-Villain instead.
- Bigger Bad: Colorless, Chaos King of Dark World, said to be the ultimate card of the theme... it was only mentioned in the anime, was never summoned or even shown, and years after its mention it appears it's going to stay that way.
- Grapha is this to every other Dark World monster.
- Casting a Shadow: They are all DARK monsters.
- Chained by Fashion: Brron.
- Dark Is Not Evil: According to the Master Guides, some of them are actually pretty decent guys. This also means they were hit with Adaptational Villainy in the anime. Let Zure, Knight of the Dark World's Flavor Text speak for itself:The name of this illustrious knight is known by all residents of Dark World. He never oppresses the commoners.
- The Dragon: Latinum, Exarch of Dark World. Sillva and Goldd to a degree as well.
- Dual Wielding: Sillva has two swords.
- Evil Overlord: Reign-Beaux, whio even has "Overlord" as his title.
- Enemy Summoner: Lucent's second effect can Special Summon any Fiend-Type monster from the deck to either side on the field.
- Exact Words: Dark World monsters get their effects when they are discarded. Due to the ruling distinguishing between discard by effect and discard for a cost, their effects had to be written very carefully in order to work.
- Face of a Thug: As mentioned above, they may look scary, they're not Always Chaotic Evil.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Dark World cards were specifically anti-meta when released; since hand control was all the rage at the time, a Dark World deck is designed to turn discard-based decks against themselves.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Zure is a really weird version of this, as his Flavor Text mentioned above reveals that, despite looking downright evil and monstrous, he's pretty heroic.
- Lightning Bruiser: A well-built Dark World deck can swarm the field with powerful monsters while depleting the opponent's field and hand with their effects, and still maintain a good sized hand and back row for ensurance.
- Loophole Abuse: Dark World cards only get their effects when discarded by a card effect, not if discarded for a cost. Everyone quickly learned the difference once they came out. It's this rule that makes Card Destruction and Morphing Jar game-ending movies, allowing a Dark World deck to dump their hand full of Dark World cards to trigger their effects, then draw a new hand.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: As seen in Dark Deal, Dark Scheme and Dark World Dealings, they engage in a lot of shady practices to further their power.
- Noble Demon: Most prominently Zure, but Word of God says all of them are Anti-Villains.
- Our Demons Are Different: They are all Fiend-Type monsters. And apparently good guys within the Dark World.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Grapha, a Fiend-Type monster resembling a dragon.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: With the release of Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World, the Deck no longer needs to rely on Goldd, Wu-Lord of Dark World and Sillva, Warlord of Dark World for power. Their high Level means that they will often sit unused in the hand.
- Physical God: Grapha appears to be the deity of Dark World based on its title of "Dragon God of the Dark World". Latinum, Exarch of Dark World alludes to a Dark World religion since Exarch is a religious position of authority and its abilities can be seen as blessings from Grapha itself.
- Sillva and Goldd's Japanese titles are refer to them respectively as "Army God of Dark World" and "War God of Dark World", but they rank bellow Reign-Beaux, whose Japanese title is "Devil of Dark World", so it's unclear if that title means anything.
- Religion of Evil: Has shades, particularly in the anime where Brron tries to use a tome and rune cards to summon Colorless.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: The Master Guides provide a hierarchy for the upper ranks: Brron is subordinate to Sillva and Goldd, who run the military (and it's in fact Sillva who is more senior of the two), and they in turn report to Reign-Beaux, who is head of state and religion. Grapha appears to be the deity of said religion.
- Spikes of Villainy: All of them are really spiky.
- Theme Naming: "<Color>, <Rank> of Dark World".
- Those Two Bad Guys: Goldd and Sillva, who have the same stats, similar effects and have basically the same status.
- Token Evil Teammate: Brron is the most evil among the Dark World monsters. Zure on the other hand...
The Deskbot, called Bunborg in the OCG, are a group of (primarily) low-levelled EARTH Machine-Type monsters whose effects allow them to swarm the field and increase their ATK and DEF. They are used by Tatsuya/Tate in the ARC-V anime.
Tropes associated with the Deskbots:
- Back from the Dead: If two or more Machine-Type monsters are special summoned at the same time, Deskbot 001 can return from the graveyard to the field.
- Enemy Summoner: Deskbot 003 can summon another Deskbot from the deck while 004 can summon two Deskbots from the hand and/or graveyard if it destroys a monster by battle.
- Meaningful Name: They are robots who use desktop items as weapons.
- Status Buff: All ten of them have an effect that either increases their own ATK and DEF or that other monsters.
- Weak, but Skilled: The Deskbots only have 500 ATK and DEF but their effects make up for it.
- You Are Number 6: Each one of them, barring Jet, has a number in its name that corresponds to its level.
- Zerg Rush: They are good at swarming the field.
The Destiny HERO archetype is a HERO sub-archetype of mostly DARK Warrior-Type monsters. Unlike the other HERO archetypes, the Destiny HERO monsters do not rely on Fusions, but they revolve around taking defensive action and stalling while increasing the user's card advantage and field presence. This is necessary to summon Destiny HERO - Dogma and Destiny HERO - Plasma, both of which are extremely powerful monsters that require three Tributes to be Special Summoned from the hand.This archetype is famous for being Edo/Aster Phoenix's main archetype, who later focuses entirely on the Destiny HERO monsters and phases of his few Elemental HERO monsters entirely. The archetype is also used by Edo's alternate universe counterpart in the ARC-V anime. These new Destiny HERO monsters focus on burn damage and aggression, with more support on Fusion Summoning.For information on their role in the anime, see Yu Gi Oh Anime And Manga Cards.
Tropes associated with the Destiny HERO monsters:
- The Ace:
- Plasma and Dogma are the most powerful Destiny HERO monsters.
- Dystopia is Edo's ace card in ARC-V.
- Anti-Hero: The Destiny HERO monsters are much darker than the Elemental HERO monsters and reflect Edo's anti-hero character. They also resemble British anti-heroes.
- The Assimilator: Plasma can absorb an enemy monster and equips himself with it.
- Back from the Dead: Decider can revive himelf once per Duel.
- Bowdlerise: Bloo-D, Devil Guy, Diabolic Guy and Divine Guy, as you can see below.
- Casting a Shadow: The majority of them are DARK monsters.
- Chained by Fashion: Dreadmaster wears chain shackles on his limbs.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The Destiny HERO monsters are still heroes, even if they look like villains.
- Dub Name Change: Most names are changed from the OCG to TCG. Some examples:
- Bloo-D —> Plasma.
- Dash Guy —> Dasher.
- Doom Guy —> Fear Monger.
- Dagger Guy —> Blade Master.
- Disk Guy —> Disk Commander.
- Die Hard Guy —> Captain Tenacious.
- Devil Guy —> Doom Lord.
- Diabolic Guy —> Malicious.
- Divine Guy —> Celestial.
- Fusion Dance:
- Plasma + Dogma = Destiny End Dragoon.
- 2 Destiny HERO monsters = Destiny HERO - Dystopia.
- Homage: The Destiny HERO archetype has several references to British culture.
- Letter Motif: D for "destiny". In the OCG, all of their names start with that letter, except Bloo-D, whose name ends with it.
- Not the Intended Use: Destiny Hero monsters were originally designed with the mindset to stall and buy time with great drawing power and rapid revival. However, they've found great use primarily as an Exodia deck engine. In fact, in the early days of the game, If an engine wasn't Lightsworn, it was Destiny HERO. Destiny HERO Malicious was also a very popular card during the Synchro era and in the Arc-V era, they've gained more fusion monsters to allow them to fight better directly.
- Odd Name Out: The only Destiny HERO monsters who don't have "Guy" in their OCG names are Bloo-D/Plasma, Dark Angel and Dread Servant.
- Our Angels Are Different: Destiny HERO - Dark Angel is a Warrior-Type monster who looks like a sinister angel with white wings.
- Power Nullifier: Plasma's Continuous Effect negates the effects of all enemy monsters on the field.
- Stone Wall: Defender is a Level 4 monster with 2700 DEF, but a measely 100 ATK.
- Taking You with Me: Dynamtag can inflict 1000 damage to both players.
- Theme Naming: In the OCG, almost every Destiny HERO has "guy" in his name and starts with the letter D.
- This Is a Drill: Destiny HERO - Drilldark has a big drill in place of his right hand, his fingers on his left finger are drills, and he has drills on his hips, knees and hair.
- Weak, but Skilled: The majority of the Destiny HERO monsters have low ATK and are poor offensively, but often have great utility for maintaining field presence and forms of card advantage over the opponent.
The Digital Bug series is comprised of LIGHT Insect-Type monsters with a focus on Xyz Summoning. The Main Deck monsters can grant effects when used as Xyz Materials, and some of their Xyz Monsters are able to summon themselves using one of the lower-Rank monsters as Xyz Material. Most of them have effects that involve changing monsters, be it themselves or the opponent's, to Defense Position or benefit from doing so.
Tropes associated with the Digital Bugs:
- Anti-Magic: If any Xyz Monster summoned with Cocoondenser attacks a Defense Position monster, the opponent will be unable to activate Spell Cards, Trap Cards or Monster Effects.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Rhinocebus can inflict piercing damage.
- The Assimilator: Scaradiator can turn the monster it destroys into an Xyz Material for it to use.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: They are all Insect-Type monsters.
- Light 'em Up: They are all LIGHT monsters.
- One-Man Army: Any Xyz Monster Summoned with Centibit can attack every Defense Position monster the opponent controls.
- Power Nullifier: Scaradiator can negate the effect of a monster that had its battle position changed with its effect.
- Punny Name: The Digital Bugs are insects that live inside computers, if the artwork of Matrix and Emergency is any indication, a reference to how computer errors are often called "bugs".
- Status Ailment: The moment that any Xyz Monster Summoned with Websolder hits the field, it instantly switches the opponent's monsters to Defense Position, and reduces their DEF to zero.
- Status Buff: Their Field Spell, Bug Matrix, grants an extra 300 ATK/DEF to any Insect monster on the controller's field.
Dinomist is an archetype of dinosaur-looking WATER Machine-Type Pendulum Monsters. They focus on various battle-related effects while relying on their Pendulum Effects protect the monsters from being targeted or destroyed.
Tropes associated with the Dinomist:
- Anti-Magic: The Field Spell Card Dynamic Powerload prevents the opponent from using cards or effects whenever a Dinomist attacks or is attacked.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Rex can gain the ability to inflict Piercing Damage if it attacks again using its effect.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The Dinomists are Machine-Type monsters that resemble various dinosaurs.
- Fusion Dance: Although they can be summoned using other monsters, Dinostor Powerful appears to be a fusion of Luster Pendulum and Dinomist Plesios, as shown on the art of Dynamic Powerload.
- Making a Splash: The Dinomist are all WATER monsters.
- Meaningful Name: The name Dinomist refer to both the appearance and the Attribute of the monsters. The name can also refer to "dynamis", the Greek word for "power".
- Mechanical Lifeforms: They are all Machine-Type monsters.
- Status Ailment: Plesios' effect is to reduce the ATK and DEF of opposing monsters by 100 for each Dinomist card on your side of the field.
- Status Buff:
- Dynamic Powerload gives each Dinomist monster an additional 300 ATK and DEF.
- One of Rex's effect can permanently increase its ATK by 100.
- Stock Dinosaurs: All the Dinomist monsters represented here includes all the generic prehistoric animals you would see in any other medium: a T-Rex, Triceratops, Brachiosaurus, Plesiosaurus, Stegosaurus and Pteranodon.
The Divine Dragon series consists of Dragon-Type monsters and two human commands, Lord of D. and Lady of D. They have no connecting effect, but provide general Dragon-Type support. Lord of D. and Lady of D. can fuse with their members to form King Dragun and Queen Dragun Djinn.
Tropes associated with the Divine Dragons:
- Casting a Shadow: Apocralyph, Lord of D., Lady of D., King Dragun, and Queen Dragun Djinn are DARK monsters.
- Distaff Counterpart: Lady of D. is the female counterpart of Lord of D.. They share the same DEF, Attribute, Type, and Level. She protects Dragons from battle while he protects them from targeting effects. Each are seen in the artworks of different Dragon-Type monsters that are stored in the Extra Deck, have upgraded versions of their respective effects, and depict them as having merged with a Divine Dragon and holding an instrument of summoning dragons.
- Elemental Powers: They cover the Attributes DARK, LIGHT and WATER.
- Enemy Summoner: Flute of Summoning Dragon. It's more effective when Lord of D. is on the field because he's the owner of the flute.
- Expy: Divine Dragon Apocralyph is likely a more obvious counterpart to Divine Dragon Ragnarok. Both it and Apocalypse refer to the end of the world. They are both Level 4 Monster Cards, have inverted ATK and DEF to one another, and their Attributes are opposite, LIGHT and DARK respectively.
- Also, both cards offer Dragon-Type support: Ragnarok fuses with Lord of D. into King Dragun, a monster that protects Dragons from being targeted by your opponent's card effects and Special Summons them from the hand, and Apocralyph returns Dragon-Type monsters from the Graveyard to the hand.
- Another similarity is that Apocralyph appears in the artwork of Queen Dragun Djinn, an Extra Deck Dragon-Type monster and female counterpart to King Dragun. Like Ragnarok, Apocralyph appears to have become the lower body of a Spellcaster-Type monster with a downgraded version of the Extra Deck monster's effect. Like King Dragun, Queen Dragun Djinn protects Dragon-Type monsters (from battle) and summons them (from the Graveyard if they are Level 5 or higher). The difference is that King Dragun is a Fusion Monster that requires the 2 specific monsters as materials whereas Queen Dragun Djinn is an Xyz Monster that accepts any 2 Level 4 monsters.
- Fusion Dance: King Dragun (Ragnarok and Lord of D.) and Queen Dragun Djinn (Apocralyph and Lady of D.)
- Lady of Black Magic: Lady of D. and Queen Dragun Djinn.
- Light 'em Up: Ragnarok and Excelion are LIGHT monsters.
- Making a Splash: Divine Dragon Aquabizarre is a WATER Sea-Serpent-Type monster.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Divine Dragon Ragnarok and Divine Dragon Apocralyph. Both are named religious events, the end of the world.
- Our Dragons Are Different; Since they can fuse with humans and create draconic centuars.
- Playing with Fire: Apppearance-wise: Apocralyph and Queen Dragun Djinn look like FIRE monsters.
- Wreathed in Flames: Divine Dragon Apocralyph is a dragon covered in fire or is made of fire.
Divine Serpent Geh
Divine Serpent Geh is a lone monster notable for being the highest-Leveled Reptile-Type Monster in the entire game and its (literally) infinite ATK in the anime. It was notably the ultimate monster used by Dartz during the climax of the Waking The Dragons Filler Arc, and required what was probably the single loosest interpretation of the rules on Yugi's part to defeat. Despite being the ace of the Big Bad, it was not adapted into the game proper until over a decade later.
Tropes associated with Divine Serpent Geh:
- Awesome, but Impractical: Zig-Zagged. Summoning Geh and using its powerful effects is surprisingly simple, but on the other hand, doing so requires you to pay half your Life Points. And although Geh has many strong points, it nonetheless does have a few exploitable weaknesses, as pointed out below.
- Final Boss: Dartz's final ace-in-the-hole, and the last hurdle Yugi needed to overcome in the Waking the Dragons arc.
- Kryptonite Factor: Despite being immune to card effects that target it, Divine Serpent Geh can be affected by card effects that affect larger numbers of monsters, which are relatively common in most modern decks. Also, while Geh's unique way of gaining ATK makes it too strong for any offensive monster to face head-on, it is stopped dead in its tracks if the opponent has a Stone Wall with a DEF stronger than the highest present ATK. Finally, Geh's ATK-halving effect only applies if it is attacking; an opponent's attacking monster can take it down in a Mutual Kill.
- Moving the Goalposts: In the anime, summoning Divine Serpent Geh required Dartz to pay ALL of his Life Points and pay 10 cards from his deck every time it attacks, but it also made him unable to lose the Duel while it was on the field. At that point, the win condition changed from "deplete the opponent's LP" (because Dartz had none) to "destroy Geh".
- Nerf: The real-life version of the card very obviously does not have infinite ATK.note On the other hand, it's also quite a bit easier to summon and lacks its high maintenance cost.
- Physical God: The "Divine" in its title and it being Level 12 aren't just for show. It has ATK equal to the strongest monster on the field and halves the ATK of whatever it attacks, referencing how in the original anime it literally had infinite ATK. Also, it is immune to any card effect that targets it, meaning it can attack pretty freely.
Djinn monsters, called Majin/Devil in the OCG, are, like Archfiends, more a series of monsters with a connecting naming theme rather than an archetype. They are two definite sets, one that rely on supporting Ritual Monsters with assorted effects if the Djinn monster was the Ritual tribute, and a series of Xyz Monsters that play oversized musical instruments. The musical Djinns are used by Yuma in ZEXAL.
Tropes associated with the Djinns:
- Back from the Dead: If Humhumminh is summoned, she can revive another Djinn Xyz and attach two cards from your hand as Xyz Materials.
- Blow You Away: Muzurhythm the String Djinn is a WIND monster.
- Casting a Shadow: Maestroke the Symphony Djinn, Dark Balter, the Ritual Djinn series, King Dragun and Queen Dragun Djinn are DARK monsters.
- Cool Sword: Maestroke the Symphony Djinn. It doubles as a Conductor's baton.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Djinn of Rituals each share the effect text "When you Ritual Summon a Ritual Monster, you can remove from play this card from your Graveyard as one of the monsters required for the Ritual Summon.", followed by their individual effects, which are given to the Ritual Monster they were used to Summon.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Temtempo the Percussion Djinn is an EARTH monster.
- Our Demons Are Different: Well for starters, 2 are more dragon-centaurs than demons, the Ritual Djinns look more like obese men and the Xyz Djinn are an orchestra with 3 of the 5 members (Meloemelody, Temtempo and Humhumming) looking like little kids (the other 2, Muzurhythm and Maestroke are hairier and older looking respectively) and Dark Balter is more of a Vampire than a traditional demon. Queen Dragon Djinn is part of the first group but can be supported by the third group.
- Epic Flail: Djinn Prognosticator of Rituals.
- Fusion Dance: King Dragun, Queen Dragun Djinn and Dark Balter.
- Gladiator Games: Djinn Presider of Rituals.
- Homage: Vlad the Impaler, also commonly known as Count Dracula; the Summoning of Dark Balter refers to that in Bram Stoker's novel, "Dracula". Dracula was a king faithful to God, though he was filled with darkness at the loss of his true love and became the Devil's Son, or in other terms, the Anti-Christ, and thus the two Monster Cards used to Fusion Summon this card being a descent of (The King) "Frontier Wiseman" (transformed into) the "Possessed Dark Soul" by the darkness. He/it eventually became "Count Dracula" AKA "Dark Balter the Terrible".
- Hot Witch: Queen Dragun Djinn, as her top half is the good-looking Lady of D.
- Light 'em Up: Melomelody the Brass Djinn is a LIGHT monster.
- Magic Staff: Djinn Releaser of Rituals.
- Making a Splash: Humhumming the Key Djinn is a WATER monster.
- Musical Assassin: The Rank 3 Xyz Djinns' "weapons" are a brass instrument, a piano, a guitar and drums. This also applies to Queen Dragun Djinn (A lyre) and King Dragun (The Flute of Summoning Dragon)
- Nice Hat: Three Djinns have Nice Hats: Muzurhythm, Temtempo, and Maestroke.
- Playing with Fire: Infernal Incinerator is a FIRE monster.
- Djinn Cursenchanter of Rituals's name is a portmanteau of the words "curse" and "enchanter".
- Maestroke the Symphony Djinn's name is a portmanteau of "Maestro" (a musical conductor) and "stroke".
- Muzurhythm the String Djinn's name is a portmanteau of "Music" and "rhythm"
- Satanic Archetype: Witty Phantom. the OCG name is "Devil Death-Satan" and the monster himself looks like a Man of Wealth and Taste, a common depiction of Satan that isn't a Big Red Devil or a Fallen Angel
- Status Buff:
- Melomelody: Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from Melomellody to target 1 "Djinn" Xyz Monster you control; this turn, that monster can attack twice during each Battle Phase.
- Muzurhythm: During the Damage Step, when a "Djinn" Xyz Monster you control is attacking an opponent's monster: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from Muzurhythm; the attacking monster's ATK is doubled until the End Phase. The effect of "Muzurhythm the String Djinn" can only be used once per turn.
- Temtempo: Once per turn, during either player's turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from Temtempo to target 1 Xyz Monster your opponent controls; detach 1 Xyz Material from that monster, and all face-up "Djinn" Xyz Monsters you currently control gain 500 ATK.
- Humhumming: Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 "Djinn" Xyz Monster you control; this turn, it can attack your opponent directly.
- Outside of the Xyz group, the Djinns of Ritual's theme is adding effects to the monsters they are used to summon.
- Sigil Spam
- Every Djinn of Rituals has a skull somewhere on their weapon.
- The team symbol of the Xyz cards is a musical eighth note featuring a fiendish-looking face.
- Sixth Ranger: Queen Dragon Djinn to the Musical group (by coincidence as she can be affected by the effects of the other Xyz monsters, still she does have an instrument of her own).
- Another example is Humhumming, who is closer of the theme then Queen Dragon Djinn and was released later then the rest of the group.
- Something About a Rose: Muzurhythm the String Djinn.
- Theme Naming: The five Xyz monsters have one based on musical terms.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Infernal Incinerator. This card can only be Normal Summoned or Set by discarding all cards in your hand to the Graveyard except this card, and by Tributing 1 monster with 2000 or more ATK you control. This card gains 200 ATK for each monster your opponent controls. This card loses 500 ATK for each other monster you control.
- Weak, but Skilled: the musical themed Djinns have rather low ATK (Maestroke has the highest at 1800) but their effects can defend themselves from destruction, allow one of them to attack directly, allow one of them to attack twice, or boost their ATK in different situations (either a flat 500 boost to all the Djinns on the field or doubling one of their own's ATK if they battle an enemy)
- Wicked Cultured: Witty Phantom, as he's a demon wearing a sharp outfit.
Dracoslayer / Dracoverlord
Dracoslayers are a small archetype of Dragon-Type monsters. They are currently comprised of two Pendulum monsters and three Extra Deck monsters that related are to the Igknight, Majespecter and Dinomist archetypes in terms of appearances and effects.They are also connected to the Dracoverlord archetype comprised of two Pendulum Monsters and a Ritual Monster. They have a connection to the Amorphage archetype.
Tropes associated with the Dracoslayers and Dracoruler monsters:
- Amnesiac Hero: Luster/Master Pendulum has no memories of who he was before becoming the Dracoslayer.
- Arch-Enemy: The two archetypes are this to each other, reinforced by the artwork and effect of Draco Face-Off.
- Blow You Away: Majester Paladin is a WIND monster.
- Casting a Shadow: Vector Pendulum as well as Lector Pendulum are DARK monsters.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Amorphactor Psycho is an EARTH monster.
- Elemental Powers: Together, the Dracoslayers and Dracorulers cover all six of the Attributes.
- Expy: The Dracoslayers can be seen as one to the D/D and Odd-Eyes due to being an archetype of Pendulum Monsters that supports other summoning methods and have access to all three types of Extra Deck monsters. In addition, those Extra Deck monsters are FIRE, WATER, and WIND monsters.
- Fusion Dance: Dinoster Powerful appears to be a fusion of Luster Pendulum and Dinomist Plesios, although you can use different monsters as material.
- While not a fusion monster, Amorphactor Psycho appears to be the result of Lector merging with Amorphage Irritum.
- Horse of a Different Color: Majester Paladin uses a winged Majespecter Unicorn as a mount.
- Hunter Of Their Own Kind: Master, Vector, and Rector are all Pendulum monsters, yet they have Pendulum Effects that nullify or destroy the opponent's Pendulum Cards.
- Light 'em Up: Luster Pendulum and its evolved form, Master Pendulum, are LIGHT monsters.
- Making a Splash: Dinoster Powerful is a WATER monster.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Dinosaur Powerful prevents all Pendulum cards from being destroyed by battle or card effects.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Luster/Master Pendulum looks more like a human with dragon wings and tail than an actual dragon.
- Power Nullifier: All three Dracoverlord monsters have the ability the negate the effects of cards.
- Vector's Pendulum Effect nullifies the effects of the opponent's own Pendulum Cards if they are in the Pendulum Zones.
- Lector nullifies the effects of face-up Pendulum Monsters.
- Amorphactor Psycho negates the effects of all Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz Monsters.
- Playing with Fire: Ignister Prominence is a FIRE monster.
- Scaled Up: Vector Pendulum is able to use Dragon Alchemy to turn other beings into dragons.
- Was Once a Man: Considering the similarities in stats between Luster/Master and the Amorphage monsters, it's heavily implied that he was one of Vector's experiments.
The Dragon Rulers, known as Holy Dragons (征せい竜りゅう Seiryū) in the OCG, are an archetype of Dragon-Type monsters representing the four Attributes other than LIGHT and DARK; they can discard themselves or other Dragon-Type monsters from the hand to summon themselves and activate powerful effects.
Tropes associated with the Dragon Rulers:
- Balance of Power: The power unleashed by the Dragon Rulers when they die spreads evenly across the world, giving power to desolated lands. And as the Dragon Rulers grow to adulthood, taking over the energy of the other Attributes again, conquering and absorbing the other Attributes of the land into their bodies, the circulation caused by the Dragon Rulers keeps a balance of power between the Attributes of nature.
- Banned in China: Inverted. The Dragon Rulers were taken off the March 2016 OCG banlist for China due to marketing reasons, as the cards were only just released in that country.
- Blow You Away: Tempest and Lightning are WIND monsters.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Redox and Reactan are EARTH monsters.
- Elemental Embodiment: By absorbing the forces of nature into their bodies, the Dragon Rulers continue to grow into huge dragons as those forces are condensed and stored into their bodies.
- Elemental Powers: They cover the Attributes FIRE, WATER, WIND and EARTH.
- Making a Splash: Tidal and Stream are WATER monsters.
- Nerf: The Level 4 Dragon Rulers got banned in the September 2013 TCG banlist, and the Level 7 Dragon Rulers are limited. And the series was still a strong contender until the Level 7 Dragon Rulers got forbidden, causing the Level 4 Dragon Rulers to be unbanned.
- Our Dragons Are Different: They are all Dragon-Type monsters.
- Playing with Fire: Blaster and Burner are FIRE monsters.
- Power Creep: One of the most infamous examples in this game's history. Prior to their release, Mermails had largely been dominating the TCG and were easily the best deck of the format. Then Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy was released and Mermails were basically wiped off the competitive scene. You can blame the Dragon Rulers and Spellbook of Judgment for that.
- Reincarnation: The Dragon Rulers grow to a certain size, expanding their regions of power against the power of the other Attributes. They perform a cycle of condensing and purifying their energy inside their bodies. And, when each of them reaches their limit, the Dragon Rulers unleash their power, and their body, which carried that power, reincarnates into the form of a younger Dragon Ruler.
- Stone Wall: Redox is with 1600 ATK the weakest of the adult Dragon Rulers, but it has 3000 DEF.
Dragunity is an archetype of WIND Dragon-Type and Winged-Beast-Type monsters that rely on equipping other members of their series in the Graveyard to themselves to power up.
Tropes associated with the Dragunities:
- Animal Motifs: Birds for the Dragon riders.
- Big Damn Heroes: The Dragunity for the Mist Valley Archetype
- Blow You Away: They are all WIND monsters.
- Dragon Rider: The Dragunity Knights.
- Equippable Ally: Implied.
- Expy: Because of their heavy focus on sending monsters to the Spell & Trap Card Zones, the Dragunity archetype is often compared to the Crystal Beast and"Cyberdark" archetypes. Like Blackwings, there is a heavy distinction between the Tuner monsters and the non-Tuner monsters in terms of appearance. Similar to Blackwings, the non-Tuner monsters are all humanoids in bird costumes while the Tuner monsters are all small dragons (whereas the "Blackwing" Tuner monsters are all small birds).
- Our Dragons Are Different: Averted with the Dragunity Knights, which are humanoids riding on dragons, but the Armas are Dragons that wield swords and have a second, feathered set of wings and the rest are used as weapons.
- Theme Naming: The Dragon-Type monsters in this Archetype so far all have armor which either covers most of their body ("Dragunity Phalanx"), or they have a piece of armor that resembles, and is named after, a weapon (i.e. "Dragunity Darkspear"). By contrast, the Winged Beast-Type monsters seem to be named after historical warriors (Ex. - "Dragunity Legionnaire" is named after the common solider in the Roman army).
- Winged Humanoid: All of the Winged Beasts in the archetype are humanoids in roman soldier themed bird costumes.
Duston is an archetype of Level 1 Fiend-Type monsters with 0 ATK and 1000 DEF (except "Starduston", which has ? ATK and DEF) with the appearance of dust particles. Their play style revolves around using House Duston to Special Summon members of the archetype to either side of the field, ideally Special Summoning ones with negative effects to your opponent's side of the field and ones with positive and/or no effects to your side of the field. This reflects how dust can spread in real life. With the release of Starduston, the Dustons utilize their swarming to set up a powerful monster while avoiding any negative effects, as Starduston does not destroy or Tribute monsters when it is Summoned.
Tropes associated with the Dustons:
- Animate Inanimate Object: The Duston are living dust particles.
- Expy: The Duston archetype has a lot in common with the "Ojama" archetype.
- A majority of these monsters have 0 ATK and 1000 DEF.
- Both share similar art styles and designs (mono-chromatic, cartoonish, etc).
- Both their play styles revolve around attempting to clog up the opponents' side of the field or rendering their Monster Zones unusable.
- Poison Mushroom: The Duston playstyle revolves around using "House Duston" to Special Summon members of the archetype to either side of the field, ideally Special Summoning ones with negative effects to your opponent's side of the field and ones with positive effects to your side of the field. This reflects how dust can spread in real life.
- Punny Name: "Starduston"'s name is a multi-layered pun:
- The name "Starduston" describes this monster as a "Duston" monster who is star-shaped and whose body is patterned with a star-filled night sky design.
- The same name also reflects this monster's status as the boss monster of the "Duston" archetype– the "star" of the group (reinforced by the presence of the other 5 "Dustons" in its artwork, seemingly admiring "Starduston", as well as the star-shaped emblem on its forehead).
- The name "Starduston" references star dust, a type of cosmic dust made up of particleized organic matter produced by stars. A spiral formation of stardust can be seen in the center of this monster's body, below its grin.
The Earthbound Immortals are a series of Level 10 DARK monsters based on the Nazca lines. They were the primary antagonistic forces of the Dark Signers arc of ''5D's".In addition to their own unique ability, all of them share two powerful effects that prevents them from being targeted for attacks and lets them attack directly. However, they have the drawback of requiring a face-up Field Spell, otherwise they are destroyed. Furthermore, there can only be one Earthbound Immortal on the field.ARC-V expanded the Earthbound archtype with Earthbound Servants, who can use both Fusion and Synchro.
Tropes associated with the Earthbound Immortals and Servants:
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Earthbound Immortals are all huge. Even the smallest Immortal, Aslla piscu, is roughly 10-12 stories tall.
- Awesome, but Impractical:
- Wiraqocha Rasca. It has 100 ATK and DEF and its effect is that when it's Normal Summoned, you can return up to three cards you control to your deck to have your opponent discard that many random cards from their hand and increase Wiraqocha Rasca's ATK by 1000 for each card discarded this way. Powerful, but it requires the player to have enough cards for both the Tribute Summoning and the effect and only works when Wiraqocha Rasca is Normal Summoned, so you can't use if you Special Summon Wiraqocha Rasca.
- Cusillu's unique effect is hard to use as well since it requires it to be destroyed by battle and for you to have another monster on the field. And since the Immortals cannot be targeted for an attack, you would have to let Cusillu attack a stronger monster on purpose just to use its effect when you could keep Cusillu on the field and keep attacking directly. Another way for it to happen would be for your opponent to negate Cusillu's effect and then attack it but that would require them letting you keep a monster on the field or using effects to make sure you still have a monster by the time Cusillu is destroyed.
- Brainwashed: Uru's ability lets his controller gain control of an opponent's monster for one turn in exchange for the sacrifice of one of his own monsters.
- Evil Is Bigger: These things are Kaiju-sized in the anime and dwarf all of the Signer Dragons.
- Logical Weakness: Since they are reliant on the presence of a Field Spell, the easiest way to destroy an Immortal is to get rid of the Field Spell.
- Loophole Abuse: Since their effects destroy them if there is no field spell face-up on the field, it's possible to prevent this from happening by using cards like Hardened Armed Dragon, or March of the Monarchs that make them unable to be destroyed by card effects.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Several of the Immortals have effects that activate when the monster disappears from the field.
- Were Cusillu to be destroyed by battle, it can halve the opponent's life points by having its controller tribute a monster.
- Ccarayhua destroys all cards on the field if destroyed by a card effect that isn't its own.
- If Aslla Piscu leaves the field, it takes all of the opponent's face-up monsters with it while inflicting 800 damage for each one. Unlike the other two, it doesn't need to be destroyed for this to happen.
- Nerf: All of the Earthbound Immortal were unable to be affected by Spell or Trap Cards in the anime. This is not true in the OCG/TCG.
- Wiraqocha Rasca got hit by this hard. Its anime version had the abilty to reduce the opponent's Life Points to 1. Obviously, this was too strong for the card game, so its effect got changed to one that lets you return cards you control to the deck to have your opponent discard that many card and increase Wiraqocha Rasca's ATK.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Ccapac Apu is the giant of the Immortals. However, he is not particularly bigger than the others.
- There Can Only Be One: Only one Immortal can be on the field, meaning that if one player controls one, the other won't be able to summon one.
- Weak, but Skilled: Wiraqocha Rasca is the weakest of the Immortals in terms of ATK and DEF. Fortunately, its effect lets him increase its ATK by up to 3000.
The Egyptian Gods are considered as the most powerful cards in the anime and manga universi. They are so powerful that they do not have even card effects written on their flavor texts and cannot be played. However, many years later, legal Effect Monster versions of them were released, but their effects are greatly Nerfed, so playing them wouldn't be a Game-Breaker. They also have their own Attribute: DIVINE. The three Egyptian Gods, also known as the Sangenshin/Three Phantom Gods in Japanese, are The Winged Dragon of Ra, Obelisk the Tormentor and Slifer the Sky Dragon. If they combine their power into a single entity, their ultimate form is The Creator God of Light, Horakthy.For information on their role in the anime, see Yu Gi Oh Anime And Manga Cards.
Tropes associated with the Egyptian Gods:
- Awesome, but Impractical:
- Ra's legal version. It can't be Special Summoned, it doesn't gain the ATK and DEF of the Tributed monsters, and you have to decide which of its effect you want to use. Either you pay almost every LP for its ATK and DEF or you activates its Phoenix Mode effect. The release of its Sphere mode makes it slightly more practical:
- Tributes can be from either side of the field (but all have to be from the same side). It then moves to the owner's side at the end of the turn. This will most likely clear your opponent's field, meaning at the end of your opponent's next turn, they might have only one level 4 monster left.
- Your opponent can't target Sphere Mode Ra for attacks or card effects, but ''you' can, which makes a previous double-edged sword into an advantage.
- It can be Tributed to Special Summon Ra proper while ignoring the "no Special Summoning" part of its effect, and summoning Ra this way gives him 4000 ATK and DEF, putting him into the same beatstick position as Obelisk. This could be considered to move it from Awesome But Impractical to Difficult, but Awesome. However, some consider this only slightly less impractical since it means having another 3 Tribute monster in your deck, Sphere Mode Ra can't attack, and if your opponent has Ra in his/her hand or deck, they can summon it if you use their monster to summon it. Never mind the various ways they can just send it to the Graveyard while it's on their side of the field, since its "no target" rule applies to the opponent of the person controlling it, rather than the card owner's opponent. This means you can't use Mind Control/Change of Heart to take it back immediately, and it's at your opponent's mercy until you get it back. It's also vulnerable to cards that don't Target, like Raigeki.
- Horakhty gives you an instant win, but summoning her is difficult, since you have to sacrifice all three gods to Special Summon her. Winning with the Egyptian Gods alone would be enough. This means anywhere from three to ten Tributes, unless Obelisk and Slifer can be Special Summoned on the same turn Ra is Summoned. Otherwise, Special Summoning those two just sends them to the Graveyard at the end of the turn, and Ra can only be Special Summoned by the effect of Sphere Mode, which still requires three Tributes.
- Ra's legal version. It can't be Special Summoned, it doesn't gain the ATK and DEF of the Tributed monsters, and you have to decide which of its effect you want to use. Either you pay almost every LP for its ATK and DEF or you activates its Phoenix Mode effect. The release of its Sphere mode makes it slightly more practical:
- Big Good: Horakhty, who brings an instant win.
- The Big Guy: Obelisk, who is a 4000 beatstick and has the least weaknesses.
- Breath Weapon:
- Ra's God Blaze Cannon. It charges a fireball inside its ring that transfers it to its head and then fires a golden fire blast.
- Slifer's Thunder Force is a long yellow thunder beam fired from the first mouth. The Summon Lightning Bolt ("Shou Raidan"), fired from the second mouth, is a blue lightning ball that weakens the enemy monster.
- Cast from Hit Points: Right after Normal Summoning Ra, the player can pay all of his/her Life Points but 100 to increase Ra's ATK and DEF with the same amount.
- Color-Coded Characters: Ra is gold/yellow. Obelisk is blue. Slifer is red.
- Decomposite Character: The Winged Dragon of Ra's Sphere and Phoenix Modes were made into separate cards in the card game.
- Difficult, but Awesome: With a lot of support cards, such as Ra's Disciple or Pendulum Monsters, they can be very practical, but it takes a dedicated deck to get the most out of them.
- Dub Name Change:
- Winged-God Dragon of Ra —> The Winged Dragon of Ra.
- Giant God-Soldier of Obelisk —> Obelisk the Tormentor.
- Heaven Dragon of Osiris —> Slifer the Sky Dragon.
- Fusion Dance: In the anime and manga, the three fuse to become Horakthy, but in real life she's an Effect Monster.
- Instant-Win Condition: Summoning Horakhty brings the player an instant win.
- Its Pronounced Tro Pay: Hor-ak-ty.
- Kamehame Hadouken: Obelisk is capable of firing beams with his fist, God Hand Impact
- Mechanical Monster: Ra resembles a machine-looking bird dragon.
- Megaton Punch: Obelisk uses extemely powerful punches, God Hand Crusher.
- Nerf: The effects of the legal versions are greatly inferior to their anime/manga counterparts. Also, they can be harmed by card effects now, though Ra and Obelisk still are immune to effects that target them.
- Most notably is Ra, who does not get the ATK and DEF of the tributed monsters and cannot be Special Summoned, going from the most powerful Egyptian God to the least.
- In the manga, Ra was immune to Obelisk and Slifer's effects because it was on the top of the pyramid ranking system. Furthermore, the effects of Slifer and Obelisk work only for one turn against each other, which was still adapted into the anime.
- Obelisk's Soul Energy MAX effect that requires two monsters as a tribute will neither decrease 4000 Life Points of the opponent nor it will increase Obelisk's ATK to infinity. However, it now destroys all your opponents monsters in the field, the downside being it can't attack during the turn the effect is activated.
- Slifer's Summon Lightning Bolt effect. The legal version's effect will only work on monsters that are Normal or Special Summoned in Attack Position, while in the anime and manga it works on monsters in Defense Position as well (and it reduces the DEF points instead).
- This is overall downplayed in that the effects for many of the cards in the manga and anime were always different to the effects of their real life counter parts,note and how the effects of cards effects between the anime and manga varied from one another.
- Odd Name Out: Due to Dub Name Change, Slifer's name is the only one in English, not in Egyptian or Greek.
- Obelisk is the only God Card whose original name was not derived from an Egyptian deity.
- Olympus Mons: They are the only DIVINE monsters and the only Divine-Beast-Type monsters.
- One-Hit Kill: Ra is designed for this. Its second effect is even called One-Turn Kill.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Ra is a golden mechanical-like bird dragon who can turn itself into a phoenix. Slifer is a red snake-like dragon with giant wings and two mouths that breathe thunder and lightning. Both of them aren't neither Dragon-Types nor Wyrm-Types.
- The Phoenix: Ra's Phoenix Mode, also known as the Immortal Phoenix.
- Physical God: All of them. They also DIVINE monsters. The three Egyptian Gods are Divine Beast-Type Monsters, while Horakhty is a Creator God-Type monster.
- Playing with Fire: Ra uses fire attacks.
- Power Trio: Heavy emphasis on power.
- Purposely Overpowered: The real Egyptian God cards are so powerful that you cannot even play them.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Ra and Obelisk have red eyes. Slifer's yellow eyes also glow red.
- Rocket Punch: Obelisk can do this if he's not doing his regular Megaton Punch.
- Shock and Awe: Slifer breathes thunder and lightning.
- Spell My Name with a "The": The Winged Dragon of Ra, and The Creator God of Light, Horakhty.
- Winged Humanoid: Obelisk has wings like the other two gods. Horakthy has also wings as well.
- Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: Slifer's first mouth fires the yellow Thunder Force. The second mouth fires the blue Summon Lightning Bolt.
The Elemental HERO archetype is a sub-archetype of the HERO archetype. The Elemental HERO monsters are all Warrior-Type monsters and the focus is heavily on Fusion Summoning. Most of the primary Elemental HERO monsters can be fused with one another, allowing for an enormous amount of flexibility in a dedicated Deck. They were designed by Kazuki Takahashi, and are themed after comic-book superheroes in the anime and are based of natural elements in the manga. This archetype is famous for being used by Judai/Jaden Yuki, who uses two different Elemental HERO decks in the anime and manga, respectively - in the anime, he fuses specific monsters to create a Fusion Monster, while in the manga he fuses an Elemental HERO with another monster with a specific Attribute. Elemental HERO decks are also used by Edo/Aster Phoenix and Koyo Hibiki in the anime and manga, respectively.The Elemental HERO archetype might be just only a sub-archtype, but the Elemental HERO monsters are also a core element of the other sub-archetypes (except Destiny HERO).
For Elemental HERO Neos, see the folder "Neos / Neo-Spacians / Chrysalis". For Elemental HERO Terra Firma's relation with the Legendary Planets, see the folder "Legendary Planets". For information on their role in the anime, see Yu Gi Oh Anime And Manga Cards.
Tropes associated with the Elemental HERO monsters:
- Action Girl: Burstinatrix, Lady Heat, Knospe, Poison Rose and Shadow Mist are the female non-Fusion females. A female Fusion Elemental HERO is Rampart Blaster.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Bladedge can inflict Piercing Damage.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Unfortunately, nearly all the anime Fusion Monsters are this. Despite the hype they got back in the day, it took Konami practically the entirety of the GX era to figure out what makes a good Fusion Monster. First off, they require specific Fusion Materials to pull off, which can lead to a lot of brick hands. This can be lessened by using Fusion Substitute monsters, but even still, unless you specifically design a deck around bringing them out, don't expect to get too many of the Fusion Monsters out on the field. Secondly, a lot of their effects are incredibly underwhelming, often having effects that regular Effect Monsters would have at the time or gain later on thanks to Power Creep. Thirdly and finally, even if you can get them on to the field, they are just as weak to cards like Mirror Force and such as any other monster. About the only anime HERO Fusion worth running is Shining Flare Wingman, and that forces you to run Sparkman, a Fusion Substitute monster, or Fusion Tag to pull off, the latter of which in turn eats up Extra Deck space by forcing you to have Flame Wingman in it.
- Badass Normal: Mudballman has no effect, but he has 3000 DEF.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Burstinatrix seems to not have nipples.
- Big Good: Bladedge, who is not a Fusion Monster, but has the highest stats among the non-Fusion monsters.
- Blow You Away: Avian, Stratos, Great Tornado and Tempest represent the wind element and are WIND monsters. Flame Wingman is also a WIND monster.
- Casting a Shadow: Necroshade, Necroid Shaman, Shadow Mist and Escuridao are DARK monsters and represent the darkness element. Darkbright and Chaos are also DARK monsters.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The DARK Elemental HERO monsters are not evil.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Clayman, Gaia, Terra Firma and Core represent the earth element and are EARTH monsters. Other EARTH monsters are Wildheart, Bladedge, Wildedge, Wild Wingman, Plasma Vice, Mudballman, Rampart Blaster, Woodsman, Knospe and Poison Rose.
- Dub Name Change: Many names were changed. Some examples:
- Featherman —> Avian.
- Burst Lady —> Burstinatrix.
- Necro Darkman —> Necroshade.
- Phoenix Guy —> Phoenix Enforcer.
- The Earth —> Terra Firma.
- The Heat —> Heat.
- Lady of Fire —> Lady Heat.
- Flame Blast —> Inferno.
- Frost Blade —> Ice Edge.
- Airman —> Stratos.
- Elemental Powers: The Elemental HERO monsters cover the six main Attributes. The best examples are the Fusion Monsters from the manga, who require only an Elemental HERO monster and a monster with a specific Attribute. In the East, there are more elements, such as wood, metal or ice.
- Evolutionary Levels: Knospe —> Poison Rose.
- Expy: Many of the Elemental Heroes (particularly the non-Fusions) are based loosely on American comic book characters. Avian is Hawkman, Burstinatrix is Firestar, Bubbleman is Batman, Sparkman is Black Lightning, Clayman is The Thing, Necroshade is Spawn, Bladedge is Iron Man, Wildheart is Ka-Zar the Apeman...
- Extra-ore-dinary: Bladedge and Captain Gold represent the metal element.
- Five-Man Band: The initial five Elemental HERO monsters in the anime: Avian is The Leader, who also has the most fusions; Sparkman is The Lancer, who has less fusions than the others and is clearly stronger than the other four; Clayman is The Big Guy, who has 2000 DEF points; Bubbleman is The Smart Guy, who is mostly used strategically; and Burstinatrix is The Chick, who is the female member.
- Fusion Dance: Up to 11. The archetype is Fusion-oriented to the point where they have more Fusion Monsters than you can fit into a single Extra Deck, so you may want to grab some popcorn:
- Avian + Burstinatrix = Flame Wingman or Phoenix Enforcer.
- Clayman + Sparkman = Thunder Giant.
- Clayman + Burstinatrix = Rampart Blaster.
- Clayman + Bubbleman = Mudballman.
- Wildheart + Bladedge = Wildedge.
- Bubbleman + Burstinatrix = Steam Healer.
- Wildheart + Necroshade = Necroid Shaman.
- Wildheart + Avian = Wild Wingman.
- Avian + Bubbleman = Mariner.
- Sparkman + Bladedge = Plasma Vice.
- Sparkman + Necroshade = Darkbright.
- Avian + Bubbleman + Sparkman = Tempest.
- Wingman + Sparkman = Shining Wingman.
- Phonix Enforcer + Sparkman = Shining Phoenix Enforcer.
- Avian + Burstinatrix + Clayman + Bubbleman = Electrum.
- Ocean + Woodsman = Terra Firma.
- Heat + Lady Heat = Inferno.
- Any HERO monster + LIGHT monster = The Shining.
- Any HERO monster + WATER monster = Absolute Zero.
- Any HERO monster + WIND monster = Great Tornado.
- Any HERO monster + FIRE monster = Nova Master.
- Any HERO monster + EARTH monster = Gaia.
- Any HERO monster + DARK monster = Escuridao.
- 3x Elemental HERO = Core.
- 2x Masked HERO = Contrast HERO Chaos (treated as an Elemental HERO).
- Green Thumb: Woodsman, Knospe and Poison Rose represent the wood element. The latter two are also Plant-Type monsters, not Warriors.
- An Ice Person: Absolute Zero and Ice Edge represent the ice element.
- Light 'em Up: The Shining, Flash, and Prisma represent the light element and are LIGHT monsters. Other LIGHT monsters are Sparkman, Thunder Giant, Voltic, Shining Wingman, Shining Phoenix Enforcer, Captain Gold and Electrum. And Chaos can be treated as a LIGHT monster.
- Making a Splash: Bubbleman, Neo Bubbleman, Steam Healer Mariner and Ocean represent the water Element and are WATER monsters. Absolute Zero and Ice Edge are also WATER monsters.
- Ms. Fanservice: Burstinatrix, whose choice of clothing is an extremely tight body suit, the original version of which barely covers anything on one side of her body. Yes, she is literally half-naked. The Japanese card art featuring her also tends to depict her with large breasts.
- Nerf: In the anime, Bubbleman allowed the owner to draw two cards on summon as long as it was the only card on the field. In the game, the owner also has to have no cards in their hand.
- Next Tier Power-Up: The signature Elemental HERO Fusion Monsters of Judai, Edo and Koyo have each an evolution.
- Judai's Flame Wingman turns into Shining Flare Wingman after fusing with Sparkman.
- Edo's Phoenix Enforcer turns into Shining Phoenix Enforcer after fusing with Sparkman.
- After Terra Firma returned to Koyo, he turns into Core after fusing with two other Elemental HERO monsters.note
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Phoenix Enforcer and Shining Phoenix Enforcer cannot be destroyed in battle.
- Not the Intended Use: It's a Fusion-based archetype, but players would often use them as a Rank 4 Xyz engine.
- Overshadowed by Awesome:
- The Fusion Elemental HERO monsters from the anime are overshadowed by the Fusion Elemental HERO monsters from the manga and the Masked HERO monsters (who are also from the manga). This is because the manga Elemental HERO monsters generally tend to have far better effects and more lax Fusion Material requirements than their anime counterparts. For example, most anime Elemental HERO Fusion Monsters require specific HERO monsters to fuse with. Meanwhile, most manga Elemental HERO Fusion Monsters just require one Elemental HERO and one monster of a specific Attribute to Fusion Summon them, which makes them far more reliable than their anime counterparts.
- The very same can be said with the non-Fusion Elemental HERO monsters from the anime. Almost all of them are Normal Monsters with bad or mediocre stats, and the Effect Monsters tend to be not as useful as their manga counterparts, with the exception of Bubbleman who retains his status as the most useful Main Deck Monster from the anime.
- Playing with Fire: Burstinatrix, Heat, Lady Heat, Inferno, Nova Blaster and Blazeman represent the fire element and are FIRE monsters. Phoenix Enforcer is also a FIRE monster.
- The Power of Friendship: The Fusions represent the bond and the friendship of the weak Elemental HERO monsters, who become strong heroes when they combine their power. This is also a strong contrast to the Destiny HERO monsters, who do not rely on fusions.
- Shock and Awe: Sparkman, Thunder Giant, Plasma Vice, Darkbright and Voltic represent the thunder element.
- The Smurfette Principle: Burstinatrix was originally the only female hero, as said on her card. Later on, it would be said that she was the first female Elemental Hero.
- Something Person: The OCG Heroes were all over this, and a few names still stick around: Clayman, Sparkman, and Flame Wingman, most notably.
- Stone Wall: Clayman and Mudballman are not strong, but have very high DEF.
- Theme Naming: Especially in the OCG, most of the Elemental HERO monsters have "man" in their name. Phoenix Guy and Shining Phoenix Guy are notable exceptions, who follow the theme naming of the Destiny HERO monsters.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Mudballman virtually has no effect whatsoever among the Fusion Elemental HERO monsters, but has 3000 DEF.
- Wolverine Claws: Avian sports some on one of his hands.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Chaos is a DARK monster that can be treated as a LIGHT monster as well.
Elemental Lord / Elementsaber
The five Elemental Lords, known as Spirit Gods (霊神 Reishin) in the OCG are Level 8 monsters with 2800 ATK and 2200 DEF that are Summoned when exactly 5 monsters of their Attribute are gathered in the Graveyard. They force you to skip your next Battle Phase if they leave the field, but they can activate powerful effects when called.The Elemental Lords later received support in the form of the Elementsabers, an archetype of Warrior monsters with the ability to change Attributes while in the Graveyard, allowing the Elemental Lords to be Summoned more easily.
Tropes associated with the Elemental Lords and Elementsabers:
- All Your Powers Combined: Their Field Spell, Temple of the Elemental Lords, grants your monsters 200 ATK/DEF for each monster with a different Attribute in your Graveyard.
- Elementsaber Willard can be Summoned by sending 2 monsters with different Attributes from your hand to the Graveyard, and grants blanket effects to the Elemental Lords and Elementsabers on your field, depending on the original Attributes of any Elementsabers sent to activate that effect.
- Bilingual Bonus: The names of each Elemental Lord came from their corresponding element in various languages. See also Theme Naming below.
- Cool, but Inefficient: What they have mostly proven to be. While they have extremely powerful effects, they have seen very little play due to the amount of set up required for them.
- Notable exception to this is Moulinglacia in Mermails. This is mainly since the deck can easily fill up their Graveyard with WATERS monsters and manipulate it with cards like Salvage (and formerly Tidal). Also, it is searchable with Atlantean Dragoons (which can be utilized from the Deck with Genex Undine).
- Elemental Embodiment: It appears that the Elemental Lords are going to represent the elements in the same way as the Monarchs being the same in almost every way except for Attribute, summoning requirements, and the effect that activates upon summoning.
- The Elementsabers can be seen as this, too, as each one's armor bears resemblance to that of their respective Elemental Lord.
- Elemental Powers: They have representatives in every Attribute:
- Blow You Away: Windrose and Makani are WIND monsters.
- Casting a Shadow: Molehu is a DARK monster.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Grandsoil and Aina are EARTH monsters.
- Light 'em Up: Forceaurage, Lapa Uila, and Willard are LIGHT monsters.
- Making a Splash: Moulinglacia and Nalu are WATER monsters.
- Playing with Fire: Pyrorex and Malo'o are FIRE monsters.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Pyrorex is a Dinosaur-Type monster.
- Expy: Their Trigger Effects can also be seen as mirroring the effects of powerful Spell and Trap Cards from the game's past that are currently Forbidden or otherwise restricted or errata'd in the current game.
- The effect of Grandsoil is an exact replica of Monster Reborn.
- The effect of Moulinglacia is a more powerful version of Delinquent Duo.
- The effect of Pyrorex is a weakened version of Ring of Destruction.
- The effect of Windrose is an exact replica of Harpie's Feather Duster.
- The effect of Forceaurage is an exact replica of Raigeki.
- Additionally, the Elemental Lords are very similar to the Monarchs archetype; both are strong element-oriented monsters with effects that trigger when they are summoned.
- Their summoning condition (needing exactly 5 monsters of their respective Attributes in the Graveyard) is similar to Dark Armed Dragon.
- An Ice Person: Moulinglacia represents ice.
- Noble Bird of Prey: Windrose is a Winged Beast-Type monster.
- Sea Monster: Moulinglacia is a Sea Serpent-Type monster.
- Theme Naming: Each Lord is named in a different language with their respective element: "Grandsoil" (Earth) and "Windrose" (Wind) in English (this one could be German too), "Moulinglacia" (Ice) and "Forceaurage" (Orage = Thunderstorm) in French, and "Pyrorex" (Fire) in Latin.
- The Elementsabers are all named after a Hawaiian word that pertains to their respective Attribute: "Molehu" (twilight), "Lapa Uila" (lightning), "Malo'o" (dried), "Nalu" (wave), "Makani" (wind), and "Aina" (land).
Empowered Warrior / Aether / Summoner
The Warrior Empowered Warriors are an archetype of Warrior-Type monsters related to the Summoners series of Spellcaster-Type monster. Their effects are varied, ranging from normal monster support to summoning other monsters to the field, or destroying cards. Their ace cards are the Aether group of Dragon-Type monsters.
Tropes associated with the Empowered Warriors, Summoners, and Aether monsters:
- Anti-Magic: Hydrotortoise's effect destroys a Spell or Trap Card on the field when flipped face-up.
- Dark Is Evil: Aether, the Wicked Empowering Dragon has black scales in contrast to his previous gold coloration.
- Elemental Powers: All six of the Attributes are covered by this archetype.
- Enemy Summoner: Terriger and the White Tiger Summoner can summon normal monsters from the hand when they are themselves summoned. Arnis and the Red Sparrow Summoner can summon Spellcaster-Type and Warrior-Type monsters respectively when they are destroyed by battle.
- The Four Gods: The first four Empowered Warriors are based on the four gods, with Aether representing the Yellow Dragon.
- Gold-Colored Superiority: Aether is the most powerful card in the serie in terms of ATK and is gold-colored. However, its wicked form, who has the same ATK, is more useful.
The Entity series are cards based on the Cthulhu Mythos. There are six monsters, two each Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz, and a couple of support Spells for them. They have effects that rely on synergy between the three card types. The Elder Entities are Fusion Monsters, the Old Entities are Synchro Monsters, and the Outer Entities are Xyz Monsters. The ace card of the archtype is Outer Entity Azathoth, who can obliterate the opponent's field under the right circumstances.
Tropes associated with the Entity cards:
- All Your Powers Combined: Azathoth requires one of each monster type (Fusion, Synchro, Xyz) as its Xyz materials to activate its effect, and the way the series works it's meant that you use the other members of the archetype to pull that off.
- Anti-Magic: When Azathoth hits the field, your opponent can't activate monster effects for the rest of the turn.
- Artifact of Doom: The Unspeakable Trapezohedron, based on the Shining Trapezohedron.
- Awesome, but Impractical:
- An archetype based on the Cthulhu mythos? It's as cool as it sounds. Getting the most out of it requires a deck capable of pulling off Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz Summons easily? It's as difficult and impractical as it sounds. However, this became more mitigated once all their support cards were out; the Entities really only need to worry about Synchro Summoning their Level 4s, Instant Fusion and Re-Fusion will take care of Norden and from there he can revive one of those Level 4s to set up for Azathoth's summon.
- Outer Entity Nyarla can increase its Rank on summoning, and can detach its Xyz Materials to attach any monster in your Graveyard as a new Xyz Material, and gain its Type and Attribute. As the Yu-Gi-Oh! wiki goes into detail on, this gives it absurd levels of combo potential, since it can become any Rank, Type, or Attribute you want. This is amazing for all the Rank Up cards that need monsters of specific Ranks and Types to use, and its ability to freely discard cards in the hand and cycle out of the Graveyard and back again via its Xyz Material effect can be useful for many cards. However, given Nyarla is a Stone Wall that can't do much else and isn't very compatible with other cards, its versatility is more a novelty than actually effective.
- Blow You Away: Old Entity Hastorr is a WIND monster.
- Boring, but Practical:
- Elder Entity Norden can be splashed into any deck that has room for it and Instant Fusion in the main deck, because it's effect to instantly revive a Level 4 or lower monster on summoning is easy to get off and very useful for a multitude of combos. It's nothing flashy, but it makes it the most useful card of the archetype.
- Old Entity Cthugha has the simple effect of letting you draw a card if it's used as a Fusion or Xyz Material. In a deck this tricky to build right, draw power is very welcome and Cthugha's effect is invaluable.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: When Hastorr is sent to the Graveyard as a monster, it equips itself to an opponent's monster, negating its effects and stopping it from attacking. Get rid of it as an equip card and it gives control of that monster to you.
- Casting a Shadow: Outer Entity Azathoth is a DARK monster.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Outer Entity Nyarla is an EARTH monster.
- Eldritch Abomination: Duh, they're blatantly based on the works of HP Lovecraft. Their card artworks are some of the most bizarre and unsettling in the game. Special mention to, appropriately enough, Azathoth, who is just a roiling mass of darkness with mouths and arms emerging.
- Eldritch Location: Their Dreamland Field Spell.
- Elemental Powers: Each one of them has a different Attribute, with all six being represented.
- Glass Cannon: Azathoth can destroy all cards on the opponent's field if summoned as intended, but it can only do it once under normal circumstances, and 2400 ATK is not hard to run over. It's going to hit hard when it hits, but after that it's likely not going to last long.
- Humanoid Abomination: The Elder Entities N'tss and Norden are human in appearance, but given the theme of the archetype, it's a safe bet that their true nature is far different.
- Light 'em Up: Elder Entity N'tss is a LIGHT monster.
- Making a Splash: Elder Entity Norden is a WATER monster.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: While their significance isn't as prominent once ARC-V hit and other archetypes began doing the same, the Entities were one of the first archetypes to combine Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz. This leads to some very bizarre effects individually that synergize quite well when the cards are put together. Though, given it's a Cthulhu mythos archetype, having cards with unusual effects is very fitting.
- Elder Entity Norden is a Fusion of any 2 Xyz or Synchro monsters. Elder Entity N'tss meanwhile isn't summoned by a Fusion cards, but by sending its Fusion Materials on the field to the Graveyard; its Fusion Materials are the same as Norden's.
- Old Entity Cthugha can return all Rank 4 Xyzs on the field to the Extra Deck when summoned, and if used as a Fusion or Xyz Material, the controller can draw a card. Old Entity Hastorr equips itself to an opponent's monster when sent to the Graveyard, negating its effects and not letting it attack, then if it leaves the field while equipped, the equipped monster changes control to you.
- Outer Entity Nyarla lets you discard cards to change its Rank, and you can detach all its Xyz Materials to attach another monster in your Graveyard to it as an Xyz Material, then Nyarla's Type and Attribute become the Type and Attribute of the chosen monster. The ace of the series, Outer Entity Azathoth, can only uses its most potent effect if it has one of each card type (Fusion, Synchro, Xyz) as its Xyz Materials.
- Not the Intended Use: Elder Entity N'tss can destroy a card on the field if it's sent to the Graveyard, without the specification that it had to be sent from the field. This means that, while you'll rarely see it being summoned due to its summoning conditions, it is occasionally used alongside cards that can send cards straight from the Extra Deck to the Graveyard, such as Infernoid Tierra, Zaborg the Mega Monarch, and Cyberdark Claw.
- Omnicidal Maniac: If you manage to get Azathoth out using a Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz as its three Xyz Materials, it can destroy the opponent's field by detaching an Xyz Material.
- Playing with Fire: Old Entity Chthugha is a FIRE monster.
- Stone Wall: Nyarla has a whopping 2600 DEF, but 0 ATK.
The Evil HERO archetype is a sub-archetype of the HERO archetype. The Evil HEROES are twisted versions of the Elemental HERO monsters and most of them can only be summoned with Dark Fusion, but their effects are stronger than their Elemental HERO counter parts. In GX, they are used by Judai/Jaden Yuki's Super-Powered Evil Side, the Supreme King ("Haou" in Japanese). But since they only appear for a short time in the anime, there are only a few of them.For information on their role in the anime, see Yu Gi Oh Anime And Manga Cards.
Tropes associated with the Evil HERO monsters:
- All Your Powers Combined: Evil HERO Dark Gaia's base ATK is the combined base ATK of the Fusion Materials.
- Anti-Hero: The Evil HERO monsters are not villains, but heroes.
- Captain Ersatz: Malicious Edge is basically Wolverine.
- Casting a Shadow: Infernal Prodigy is a DARK monster.
- Dark Action Girl: Inferno Wing and Infernal Sniper.
- Dark Is Evil/Dark Is Not Evil: A complicated case, since the Evil HERO monsters are both evil and heroes. The former most definitely applies in the anime, where the Evil HEROes are the signature cards of Haou/The Supreme King.
- The latter can be seen in their card effects if you view Evil Heroes as vigilantes. Elemental Heroes uphold and respect the law, as is seen by having to go through various circumstances and conditions before their effects are met. Evil Heroes don't have to go through laws or restrictions and just pop off their powerful effects.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Wild Cylone, Dark Gaia, Malicious Edge and Infernal Gainer are EARTH monsters.
- Distaff Counterpart: Inferno Wing is an evil female version of Elemental HERO Flame Wingman.
- Elemental Powers: They cover four different Attributes: EARTH, FIRE, DARK and LIGHT.
- Evil Counterpart: Several to the Elemental HERO monsters.
- Inferno Wing to Flame Wingman.
- Lightning Golem to Thunder Giant.
- Infernal Sniper to Rampart Blaster.
- Wild Cyclone to Wild Wingman.
- Malicious Edge to Bladedge.
- Evil Hero: Duh! It's all in the name.
- Fusion Dance: There are not many Evil HERO monsters, but most of them require the same Fusion Materials as their counterparts.
- Burstinatrix + Avian = Inferno Wing.
- Sparkman + Clayman = Lightning Golem.
- Burstinatrix + Clayman = Infernal Sniper.
- Avian + Wildheart = Wild Cyclone.
- Malicious Edge + a Fiend-Type Monster = Malicious Fiend.
- A Fiend-Rype Monster + a Rock-Rype Monster = Dark Gaia.
- Good Is Impotent: Downplayed. The Evil Heroes have have decidedly stronger versions of their Good Counterpart effects.
- Light 'em Up: Lightning Golem is a LIGHT monster.
- One-Way Visor: Inferno Wing has a large visor.
- Our Demons Are Different: The Evil HERO monsters are all Fiend-Type monsters, but they still look similar to the Warrior-Type Elemental HERO monsters.
- Playing with Fire: Inferno Wing, Infernal Sniper and Malicious Fiend are FIRE monsters.
- Superpowered Evil Side: What they embody as the evil counterparts of the Elemental HERO monsters. The Evil HERO monsters in general don't have as many fusion possibilities as the Elemental HERO monsters, in addition to having less flexibility in how to actually summon them, with Dark Fusion and Dark Calling being the only ways to do so. In exchange they have much more powerful effects compared to their Elemental counterparts, such as Inferno Wing dealing damage equal to the destroyed monster's ATK or DEF (whichever is higher) in addition to Piercing Damage, Infernal Sniper being unable to be destroyed by Spell Cards and inflicting 1000 damage just for being in Defense Position, Lightning Golem being able to straight up destroy one monster on the field once per turn without the need to discard a card, and Wild Cyclone being able to prevent the activation of Spell and Trap cards while it attacks and even destroy the ones that are face down whenever he inflicts damage.
- Shock and Awe: Lightning Golem, of course.
- Winged Humanoid: Inferno Wing, Wild Cyclone, Malicious Edge, Malicous Fiend, Dark Gaia and Infernal Prodigy.
- Wolverine Claws: Malicious Edge has really Wolverine claws. Malicous Fiend has similar ones.
The Evilswarm monsters, known as Verz in the OCG, are a series of DARK monsters that embody corrupted versions of other Duel Terminal archetypes. They have varied effects and are lead by several powerful Xyz monsters, the strongest of which is Evilswarm Ouroboros.
Tropes associated with the Evilswarms:
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Constellar Sombre and Evilswarm Kerykeion have successfully defeated Sophia, Goddess of Rebirth and ascended to a higher plane of existence (as mentioned in the DT Story Guide), becoming the twin serpents pictured in Breath of the Divine Serpent
- Black Knight: Evilswarm Nightmare.
- Body of Bodies: Evilsawrm Azzathoth. "Worm Apocalypse", "Worm Dimikles", "Worm Falco", "Worm King", "Worm Rakuyeh", "Worm Tentacles", "Worm Warlord" and "Worm Victory" can be identified as being parts of the whole monster. While the merge of "Worms" to fuse "Worm Zero" is "clean," the "Worms" merged to make this card are just jumbled up in a large group of mangled biomass.
- Casting a Shadow: They are all DARK monsters
- Combat Tentacles: Many Evilswarms gain these as a result of their corruption, best seen on Evilswarm Ouroboros and Evilswarm Thunderbird.
- Cool Train: Evilswarm Coppelial.
- The Corruption: The Evilswarm virus corrupts those it comes into contact with, infecting them and transforming them into a mindless member of the horde.
- Crippling Overspecialization: To a certain extent. The boss monster of the Deck (Evilswarm Ophion) prevents the Special Summons of Level 5 or higher monsters. It can also search out Infestation Pandemic, a Quick Play Spell that protects all Evilswarm monsters on the field from Spell and Trap effects. Ophion can single handedly shut down a large number of decks. But a problem arises when he is confronted by a deck that mainly runs Level 4 or lower monsters (e.g. Fire Fists). While the deck can still protect itself from Spell and Trap Cards, it has a much harder time protecting itself from Monster effects (e.g. Fire Fist's Bear monster destruction effect).
- Cute Is Evil: Evilswarm Mandrago because it's an infected Naturia Cosmobeet.
- Dark Is Evil: And how.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Evilswarm Kerykeion is not a true Evilswarm monster and also is not completely corrupted per se as compared to the other Duel Terminal monsters infected by the virus of Evilswarm.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: In the Duel Terminal storyline, Kerykeion lost against Cairngorgon because he held back. He simply couldn't use his full power against a former friend of his.
- Dub Name Change: Evilswarm in the TCG.
- Evil Counterpart: The Archetype's theme is making these of former Duel Terminal Archetypes.
- Expy: Aside from their Evil Counterpart theme being similar to the existing Dark Counterparts, the Evilswarm have quite a bit in common with the Phyrexians and/or Eldrazi in Magic: The Gathering.
- Fusion Dance: According to the Duel Terminal Storyline in the Duel Terminal Master Guide 2013, Constellar Rasalhague used the power of the Gishki Aquamirror to fuse itself with the 3 corrupted Ice Barrier Dragons to become Evilswarm Kerykeion in order to defeat Sophia, Goddess of Rebirth together with Constellar Sombres, which means that it is not a true Evilswarm monster, and is also not completely corrupted per se, as compared to the other Duel Terminal monsters infected by the virus of Evilswarm, and thus explaining the Constellar symbol that can be seen on the Aquamirror staff that Evilswarm Kerykeion is holding.
- Multiple Head Case: Verz/Evilswarm Zah[h]ak, which is based on Zahhak. Zahhak was commonly depicted as a three-headed dragon in Iranian mythology.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Because "Evilswarm" is definitely a name that would be used by good guys.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: If Kerykeion actually fought back against Cairngorgon, none of the events of the third Duel Terminal storyline would come to pass.
- Obviously Evil: The TCG name of this group of monsters is Evilswarm.
- Puppeteer Parasite:
- Judging from Evilswarm Heliolope, more than just being a virus born from the bodies of fallen Steelswarm monsters (Infestation Infection), it can be said that it is an infection that carries the soul and will of the Steelswarms, thus any monster infected by it, became a slave to their will.
- For example in Trial and Tribulation, we see Gishki Noellia mourning who seems to be Gishki Natalia before becoming a spirit, all these while the Evilswarm Infection lurks around her, with none other than Steelswarm Grez in the background, later the infection grows (Creeping Darkness) and she becomes half Evigishki half Evilswarm (Evigishki Psychelone).
- Another example is Constellar Meteor where we see Constellar Castor charging against Evigishki Psychelone while the same Evilswarm Infection (from Trial and Tribulation) seems to approach him. So, more than just being a self-defense mechanism in case of extermination, the Evilswarm Virus is actually an amalgamate of the Steelswarm souls searching for new bodies in order to fulfill their objectives.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Evilswarm somehow infected the three sealed Ice Barrier dragons, so when the Gishki tried to revive them to stop the Evilswarms... it didn't end well.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: The Steelswarm managed to put some pressure on the tribes before being killed by Vylon Omega. The Evilswarm killed off two tribes, corrupted a third and were literally on the brink of destroying the last resistance to their conquest before God itself was summoned to push the Reset Button. And even then Evilswarm Kerykeion played a key role in defeating said God.
- Theme Naming: The Evilswarms are named after various monsters and deities from a variety of mythologies. This indicates that they are highly destructive and should not be treated lightly.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: Evilswarms Salamandra
- Our Dragons Are Different: Three of the Evilswarm Xyzs are the corrupted Ice Barrier Dragons, with Brionac becoming Evilswarm Bahamut, Gungnir becoming Evilswarm Ophion, and finally Trishula becoming Evilswarm Ouroboros.
- Zombie Apocalypse: The result of the Evilswarm virus once Noelia betrays the other tribes and joins the Evilswarm.
The Evol cards are a series of FIRE monsters. They come as Reptiles, Dinosaurs and Dragons, which is the entire point — the Reptilian Evoltiles special summon the stronger Evolsaurs, activating their effects and setting up the field to Xyz summon the powerful Evolzars.
Tropes associated with the Evol monsters.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Played straight in this archetype.
- Our Dragons Are Different: The Evolzar monsters
- Playing with Fire
- Prehistoric Monster: Played straight with the Evoltile and Evolsaur, but averted with the Evolzar.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Evoltile monsters.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Gephyrostegus, Casineria, Elginerpiton, Pleurosaurus, Westlothiana, Lagosuchus, Najash, Odontochelys, Vulcanodon, Darwinopterus, Amphicoelias, Sauropelta, Unelagia, Dolichosuchus, Sordes... the Evol archetype is pretty much laden with them, possibly because Jurracs took all the good ones first.
- Stock Dinosaurs: Surprisingly, mostly averted. The most famous ones on display are a Diplodocus and a Ceratosaurus.
Exodia / Forbidden One
Exodia, also known as the Sealed, is a monster that consist of five different pieces, all five of which comprises the Forbidden One archetype. Gathering all five pieces in the player's hand brings him/her an instant win. Exodia is one of the most famous monsters of all time since its appearance in the first Duel Monsters episode. Each piece is limited and in early years it was rather difficult to gather all five pieces, but during the years, the Exodia archetype has gained so much support, that it's one of the strongest archetypes in the game. Besides Exodia the Forbidden One, there are other Exodia and Exodia-related monsters, such as Exodia Necross and Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord that focus on using the five pieces of the Forbidden Ones in different ways, often providing back-up strategies.Exodia and its versions are used by Yugi Muto (and technically Sugoroku/Solomon), Seeker/Rare Hunter, Gozaburo Kaiba, the Yubel-possessed Martin Kanou/Marcel Bonaparte and Amon Gaman/Adrian Gecko. For information on their role in the anime, see Yu Gi Oh Anime And Manga Cards.
Tropes associated with Exodia:
- And Then John Was a Zombie: While technically not a Zombie-Type Monster, Exodia Necross invokes this trope for Exodia.
- Animal Motif: Snakes.
- An Arm and a Leg: Four of the five pieces are the severed limbs of Exodia.
- Badass Normal: Zigzagged example with the four limbs. The single limbs are very frail and weak monsters, but together with the head, they form the extremely powerful Exodia. They are also the first and currently only Normal Monsters that are limited in the game.
- Boring, but Practical: Many Exodia decks are able to draw a lot of cards in one turn by repeating the same combos over and over again. Exodia OTKs can be really boring because they are very long.
- Casting a Shadow: The pieces of the Forbidden One, the Exodia monsters and Exodius are DARK monsters.
- CCG Importance Dissonance: Exodius zigzags this, in a somewhat curious way. It lost its protective effects, its battle immunity, and its ability to hit the field with 2000 ATK instead of 0. However, it also got a much easier summoning condition of sending all monsters in your Graveyard back to the Deck, a condition that a lot of decks appreciate for letting them recycle their cards. This turned it from an unstoppable Difficult, but Awesome boss monster to a quirky form of recursion with an incidental Level 10 monster.
- Chained by Fashion: The four limbs are chained, since they are sealed.
- Dark Is Evil: Exodia Necross is completely black and is something of an evil version of Exodia.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Exodd, the Master of The Guard is an EARTH Rock-Type Monster.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Exodius, since its feet look like human feet.
- Face–Heel Turn: Meta-example: after its famous usage by Yugi, every single user of the five-card combo has been a villain. The big difference is usually thought to be that Yugi/Sugoroku merely included the pieces in his Deck, but the others centered their Decks around him.
- Instant-Win Condition: Exodia the Forbidden One is the first card to invoke this. Gathering all five pieces give you an automatic win. Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord has also an instant win condition, by sending all five pieces to the graveyard with its effect.
- Kamehame Hadouken: Exodia's Exod Flame.
- Kryptonite Is Everywhere: Exodia Necross, even ignoring the "muck with the Graveyard and he dies" weakness, possesses no defenses against monster effects (which he did have in the anime) and has no immunities to any cards that don't destroy him. Pretty much every Deck made in the last decade has at least six ways of taking him off the board.
- Megaton Punch: Exodia Necross's Exodia Crush.
- Meaningful Name: Exodia's name is derived after the Book of Exodus.
- No-Sell: Summoned Lord Exodia is immune to any card effect.
- Off with His Head!: The head of Exodia is often presented as either an head or a limbless torso.
- Physical God: Even its effect is god-like, since it gives you automatic win.
- Emphasized with Summoned Lord Exodia, immune to all card effects and a whopping 5000 ATK if all five pieces are in the graveyard.
- Sealed Evil in a Can:
- Exodia is a sealed monster which is so powerful that it's divided into five pieces.
- Exxod is Exodia sealed in stone.
- Signature Move: Exod Flame for the original Exodia, which was made into a card.
- Stone Wall: Exxod, Master of The Guard has 0 ATK, but 4000 DEF. That is a nod to the fact that the original five pieces of Exodia do not have offensive feasiblities on their own and, if need be, would otherwise be used to defend the player's Life Points.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Sending an Exodia piece to the graveyard without Exodius' effect or banishing a piece can completely rule the entire strategy if the player does not have cards to recycle it back to the hand. Later support like Summoned Lord Exodia or Exod Flame have helped with the first weakness, but banishing is still a problem.