Proving to us that even the unabridged version of Yu-Gi-Oh! can have a couple of laughs.
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- When all of Yugi's classmates go outside to play basketball, Anzu decides to stay with Yugi, stating that the guys just want to see the girl's skirts flip up. Yugi immediately considers joining them.
- Yugi's grandfather initially wanted to sell the Millenium Puzzle
Yugi: No! This was an heirloom from my grandfather!Grandpa: I'm not dead yet!
- PANTY TANK! *PUNCH*
- When Yugi and Jonouchi discover Anzu's job as a waitress, she squirts ketchup all over their burgers in such a way that it spells out "Tell and you DIE!". Jonouchi is more upset that his burger was ruined.
- In chapter 7 of the manga, Honda strangles Yugi not once, but twice. The first was when he thinks Yugi snickered after Jonouchi tells him that Honda was in love with Miho. The latter strangling ensues when Honda threatens to kill Yugi if he screws up on writing a love letter on a blank jigsaw puzzle that his grandfather had.
- Also, the end of the chapter has poor Honda being blown away by an explosion when Miho turns him down.
- In the manga when Yuugi mentions that their digital pets have the ability to mate and gain strength from each other (which is awkward in the first place) to which Jounouchi responds, "Yuugi and I must mate at once!" Honda comments in frustration that people overhearing might get the wrong idea.
- Honda's pervy little nephew has plenty of moments, such as taking a dump on Kaiba's creepy butler.
- Yugi's reaction◊ to seeing Anzu dripping wet in her bikini.
- After Anzu was nearly killed and Yami Yugi stepped in to save her, she drags him away so they can have a date. The look on his face is hilarious!
- When Yugi's grandfather is trapped within a video camera courtesy of Pegasus, Yugi takes it to school. Bakura takes a look and makes the funniest face◊ when the camera starts talking to him.
- The eye-in-the-soup prank. Given how jumpy some of the characters are you can expect the wildest reactions. Mai didn't realise until she had one in her mouth!
- Surprisingly manga-only: in Millennium World, when Yami Yugi is transported to the past, he wakes up on the throne, after having appeared to be asleep to his vizier. Said vizier then scolds him to appear dignified at all times, only for the Pharaoh to promptly call him 'Grandpa' due to the resemblance. The Pharaoh's further shock at seeing a court all holding the items leads the vizier to give him a wary look and start explaining things he should already know, whilst thinking 'the Pharaoh must be very tired...', with the seller being the Pharaoh's expressions through the whole thing.
- During the second duel between Dark Yugi and Pegasus, Dark Yugi summons Kuriboh to the field and his reaction is exactly what you'd expect: "Someone actually uses that card?"
- Yu-Gi-Oh! R: During Bandit Keith and Joey's final duel, Bandit Keith tries to cheat like he used to.... only for his Duel Disk to start beeping its Anti-Cheating alarm until he takes the card back.
- During the final showdown with Yami Bakura, Yugi and Jonouchi materialise their own duel disks. Honda and Anzu also have duel disks, but realise how pointless it is because Honda doesn't know the rules and Anzu doesn't know what cards she has.
- This◊ actually happened.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters
- From the English dub:
Seto Kaiba: It's a new high-tech dueling device that allows players the realism of arena matches in any setting.
Joey: Looks like just a regular old briefcase to me.
Kaiba: It's in the briefcase, you moron.
- Another one, from Episode 4:
Bystander 1: Whoa, sounds like a duel's going to start over there.
Bystander 2: That's Weevil Underwood, but who's the other guy?
Joey: That guy is Yugi Motou. He beat Kaiba. And I'm his best friend Joey Wheeler. (indicates Téa and Tristan) And these two? These two are trespassers.
- The scene when Tristan, Téa and Bakura are climbing a rope into Pegasus' tower. Tristan wants Téa to go first so that he can catch her if she falls, but Téa complains, noting that she doesn't want them to look at her panties. Tristan's solution? Climbing up while blindfolded. Made funnier when it's Bakura who has to explain that to Tristan.
- The beginning of the KC grand Prix. Kaiba says that anyone late to the opening ceremony will be disqualified. He then says to Mokuba, "Make sure Wheeler's late."
- Any time a character bursts into a monologue about how they've tricked their opponent, their card's hidden effects, the trap card they've just activated, etc., etc., only for the resident Deadpan Snarker to shut them up. "Yeah, I know what the card does."
- The episode in which Yugi basically sets his Other Self up, by claiming he's meeting Téa — and then switching with Yami at the last possible moment. Yami's reaction as he realizes he's just been set up on a date, is priceless.
Yami: Hey!! Yugi... I'm not... You can't... This isn't a duel!!!! (notices Téa is staring at him) Oh. (stands up straight and holds up a hand in greeting) Hello.
- Yami getting Yugi back in kind during the KC Grand Championship arc:
- On the first turn of the duel between Joey and Odion, the latter posing as Marik, a strong wind rolls by and Joey nearly loses his cards, so he grabs them with not only both hands, but his teeth.
- From the Marik/Joey duel:
Yami Marik: Your strategy backfired, giving me the advantage, little Joey!
Joey: Wrong! Do you think I'd be dumb enough to let that happen?
Yami Marik: Yes!
- While Yami Marik is explaining what's going to happen over the course of the duel between him and Yami, he makes a completely out of place "Blah!" noise. It's an admittedly very small moment, but it still gets a laugh
- In the original cut of Episode 50, Yugi adds a chain to make the puzzle more stylish. When Yami gives him a compliment he asks if it's not "too flashy". Yami then says that it's not flashy enough and insist on him adding silver bracelet on top of that.
- When a confused Yami returns to the past as Pharaoh in the dub.
- Egyptian Citizens: Pharaoh! Pharaoh! Pharaoh!
- In episode 176, against Rafael; picture this with dramatic, high-tension background music and all the drama DAN GREEN can muster:
Yami: I'm using my Spider Web [card] to bring back your Monster Reborn card. And I'm planning on using it to save you by setting you free from the darkness!
Rafael: (deadpan) Yeah, whatever.
- Yami Bakura's ungodly laughing fits, especially in the later seasons. And his expression while laughing. Seriously, season 5 Dark Bakura is worse than Dark Malik in that regard.
- One from the Japanese version is when Pegasus defeats Bandit Keith in a duel by telling a kid to follow instructions he wrote on a piece of paper. Keith's reaction when he sees the paper? "Oh my God! OH MY GOD!!"
Jonouchi: UH HELLO HOW DO YOU DO? M-ME YOU NO VERY VERY FAN DE!
- Any moment of Gratuitous English has the potential to be hilarious in this Japanese Cut, as it's usually exclusively done by the American Characters, most noticeably Pegasus who sprinkles it in almost every conversation he has on screen combined with his Hammy Voice.
- One hilarious example is when a starstruck Jonouchi tries to say hi to Jean Claude Magnum in the sloppiest Engrish you will ever hear.
- The first half of episode 2 in general, especially Grandpa's training session with Jounouchi ("YOU ARE NOT READY FOR THE TOURNAMENT YET!") and Jounouchi becoming overwhelmed with emotion and attempting to hug Grandpa... and failing, as Grandpa completely ignores him.
- From Episode 168 of the English dub:
Seto Kaiba: (to Yami) Stop saving the world and get a hobby!
- Mai's "Hello, Joseph."
- Joey was dueling Bones in that cave and how his friends spent half the episode looking for him. First, coffins with skeletons fall on Bakura and Téa ... then Bakura chasing them with another skeleton draped on his back... and finally, Bakura stepping on a trigger that sends what appears to be a giant boulder that runs over the abused Bakura and almost corners them... until Tristan punches it... and it turns out to be a balloon with a speaker inside. Some of the funniest parts of Season One were all jammed into half an episode.
Yugi: It got Bakura!
Téa : Oh no!
- And later...
Tristan: I'm gonna FIGHT!
Yugi: Tristan! You can't punch out—
Téa : —a boulder!
Tristan: I'm gonna try! Huuuhhhh—AAAAHHH! (punches — popping sound)
Tristan: Wha-? A balloon?!
- Bakura is still on the ground looking traumatized.
Téa : You okay, Bakura?
Bakura: *twitch twitch*
Joey: Okay, I was afraid, but not 'cause of the graveyard or your ooga-booga rap—it's your creepy face that gave me the willies!
- And during all this, there's the Snark-to-Snark Combat going on during the duel itself, especially when Bonz starts taunting Joey over his fear
Bonz: Extremely annoyed look as everyone else laughs at him
- Kaiba on the Virtual World arc, echoing the thoughts of everyone who watched it.
Kaiba: Alright, that little detour was a complete waste of my time and effort. So let's move on and pretend that nonsense never happened.
- After defeating Zigfried:
Kaiba: (to Roland) I want him to see what he missed out on... so give him a good seat for the next duel. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...aah, I'm funny.
- Joey eating sausages. The expression on his face as he does this is priceless.
- Even better, he's eating them straight out of the fridge and directly into his mouth. Tristan gives him a well-deserved kick in the face for eating while everyone else is busy getting dinner ready.
- Joey talking in his sleep after stuffing himself "like a sumo wrestler."
Joey: Bavarian cream would hit the spot right now... glazes and crullers... (sits up) GIGANTIC DONUT!
- The scene right after Bandit Keith sneaks into his room and steals his card.
Joey: Hey, let go of that! (Keith turns around and prepares to defend himself, but finds Joey is still asleep) That's my pizza!
- Joey and Tristan at the end of Bakura's intro episode.
Joey & Tristan: (hug each other in fear* Bakura!!!)
Tristan: Hands off.
Joey: You grabbed me.
Joey & Tristan: (takes a second before it sinks in and they push each other away) BAAAAH!
- From the Joey vs. Zigfried duel, when Zigfried uses his three Norns combo.
Zigfried: Looks like it's one underdog vs. three divas!
Joey: You mean fournote divas!
- Joey's various insults to the bad guys, especially if they're bald.
- During the campout in Duelist Kingdom:
Yugi: Joey, I don't think we should cook the candy bars—
Joey: (quickly) Back off, I know what I'm doing.
- In the Swedish version:
Yugi: Jono, you're not supposed to fry the cola.
Jonouchi/Joey: Shut up, I know what I'm doing.
- In the Swedish version:
- "I AM NOT "A FREAKY FISH GUY!'"
- Mako's entire entrance, really. First a wave quite literally washes over him during his dramatic rant, then he's crawls back up the cliff, mortified: "All right, let's try that again". Then the "Freaky Fish Guy" line above, then Téa giggles at the fact that he has an octopus on his head from the wave. Mako angrily throws the octopus away, then Joey and Tristan scream that they wanted to eat it.
- In part 3 of the Yugi vs. Kaiba rematch in Battle City. Kaiba hastily summons Obelisk the Tormentor, only to forget about Slifer's second effect which greatly weakens Obelisk. The crowner is that Slifer laughs at Obelisk and Kaiba for it!!
- "Oh look guys, Joey named his chicken." "It's a Niwatori, Mai." Bit of a Bilingual Bonus funny moment there: "Niwatori" is Japanese for "Chicken". And what did Joey name his Niwatori? In the dub, at least — "Drumsticks".
- During Yugi and Yami's final duel, Grandpa and Bakura do a happy dance.
"Yugi beat the Pharaoh! Yugi beat the Pharaoh! Yugi beat the Pharaoh!"
- From episode 7 of season 2:
Joey: TRISTAN!! *groan* I'll kick your lyin' butt!
- Seto's expression when Mokuba offers the others to fly home with them in the helicopter after Duelist Kingdom. They all squeeze into the backseat, and Seto just keeps grumbling all the time. Then Jounouchi almost falls out when he kicks a ladder down for Mai.
- The last lines between Kaiba and Joey in the final episode.
Tristan: So this is the end? Feels weird.
Kaiba: What were you geeks expecting?
Joey: Fireworks, sappy music... something.
- During the KC Grand Prix where Joey nearly gets disqualified in his duel against Mask the Rock because he's too busy eating. Then when he learns he's supposed to be up next, he runs halfway across Kaibaland taking the rest of the gang with him to get to the place of his duel and just barely makes it in time, only to discover that Mokuba has already arrived there ahead of him by taking the back way!
- To note, Joey fell down a pit, was flattened by a giant boulder, and attacked by (holographic) bats and snakes.
- Joey never finds out until the end of the duel and in the dub, Grandpa's tournament name was "Apdnarg" or "Grandpa" spelled backwards, everyone else lets out an "Oh!" as in "Oh, I get it." except Joey says "I don't get it."
- And in the Battle City arc, we have the most amusingly blunt response in the entire (monologue-heavy) series:
Marik: My name is Marik.
Yami Bakura: I don't care.
- Princess Edina: a female Mokuba who shows up in the "Duel Monsters Quest" episodes. As pointed out by Joey, the fact that she looks like Mokuba reflects the game's creator vision of him. In the original, the game was created by the Big 5 (so they basically see their VP as a helpless sacrificial princess). Already pretty funny, but the dub takes it Up to Eleven, since in the dub, the game was created by none other than Seto Kaiba.
- The "Noah Arc" had the Big 5 only claim Tristan's body out of the five duelists they faced, putting Tristan's soul in a robot toy monkey, "Acrobat Monkey". The final battle has the Big 5 taking turns facing Yami Yugi and Joey in Tristan's body. Tristan himself is horrified the Big 5 are treating his body that way:
Tristan: Those guys are passing around my body like it's going out of style!
Tea: I can't believe that all of the Big 5 are in Tristan's body!
Tristan: Those business creeps are sharing me like a corporate condo!
- Seto Kaiba is in brilliant form throughout the Doma/Waking The Dragons arc.
Kaiba: Please tell me you are joking.
- After Yugi's Heroic Sacrifice, the gang are trying to get a ride to save him. Without any real options, they call up Kaiba ("...It works better if you move away from the webcam...") and ask him to lend them a helicopter. Kaiba then learns of the previous events and proceeds to go berserk, screaming into the phone at Yami, who is practically catatonic at this stage. He's not angry with him for losing Yugi's soul, of course, but because he lost his title as King of Games to a nobody.
- Later, when he teams up with Yami to duel Dartz, Dartz plays a set of Mirror Knights that have the faces, and supposedly souls, of Yami's lost friends. Destroying the cards means destroying the souls...apparently. Yami refuses to take the risk of hurting them, but Kaiba can't help himself and trolls Yami ("You do realise that you're talking to a hologram with your head on it, right?") while cheerfully destroying all the knights' shields.
Kaiba: So you have a dweeb army. Am I supposed to be scared to attack?
Dartz: Well, only if destroying an innocent soul concerns you.
Kaiba: Nah. As the president of a major corporation, I have to do that every day.
- Eventually, upon realizing that Yami won't attack the cards, Kaiba frustratedly points out that it's just not possible for the souls to be lost simply because a hologram of them gets destroyed—and he knows this because he helped make that holographic technology. Yami still won't do it, and ends his turn without playing a card. Kaiba's reaction is utterly priceless.
Kaiba: What do I always tell you, Mokuba? If at first you don't succeed, BLAST 'EM WITH YOUR BLUE-EYES AGAIN!
- Later still, when Yami summons the Egyptian God Cards, Joey proceeds to call out their names as per usual, just in case we'd forgotten them in the past two minutes or something. Kaiba quickly shuts him up.
- And of course:
- In Freeze Play part 2, Téa falls unconscious and has a dream. The first part of it goes like this:
Téa : Hey Yugi! I had a dream we were trapped in a virtual world and we had to duel five old guys to escape!
Yugi: Actually, Téa , this is the dream. And when you wake up, you'll need this card. (hands Téa the Dark Magician Girl)
Téa : I will?
Yugi: It's the Dark Magician Girl, remember? There was a Broadway play about this card — we saw it a few years ago!
Téa : We did?
Yugi: Well, not really, but this is your dream, so just go with it.
- The Season Finale of season 2 begins with a shot of each main character sleeping in their beds. Including Téa , who has been awkwardly slumped over the side of one. Judging by the events of the previous episode, Marik and Yami Bakura presumably just sort of dumped her body on the floor next to a bed and left her there.
- In the KC Arc, the MC announces the contestants, saying that the winner will get a title shot. In the Japanese there's a few seconds where Yami is looking around, surprised. Apparently no-one told him this little tid-bit.
- Earlier on, they call Yugi up to say a few words. He tries to squirm out of it and get the Pharaoh to go, but the Pharaoh insists Yugi can do it. Yugi then does the stiffest walk imaginable up to the podium before waving.
- Followed by Joey doing a bizarre 'Come and get it gesture' in his trollface to psych out the competition.
- Later in the KC Arc, someone hijacks the duel practice computer and locks everyone in the demo room. Knowing the little kid is too inexperienced to beat the computer on highest difficulty, Yami Yugi decides to take over the duel...by leaping onto the platform. He announces 'I'll take it from here!' followed by another adorkable Dan Green mumble of '...Is that all right with you?' and the kid meekly agreeing.
- When Yami Yugi is on the ropes, Duke Devlin comments on how hopeless it seems, so Tristan threatens him into being more supportive. Duke lets out a timid "Yugi Yugi he's our man!"
- Yugi's duel with Anime Chinese Girl Vivian becomes completely hilarious thanks to his friends being more focused on the delicious food than the duel itself. Téa included.
- Téa's behaviour in general. When Vivian says that if she wins, Yugi has to go on a date with her (or be her love slave, in the Japanese original!), Téa flips out and starts yelling 'Get a clue! Yugi doesn't like you and he never will!!' while the other boys nervously tell her to breathe. Earlier, she had yelled at Vivian that the duel wouldn't count, since 'Rebecca cancelled you out, Viv!' while making an X with her arms.
- The running gag where she complains she needs more female friends.
- The entire Noah arc was worth it for this line.
- At the start of the Noah arc, Marik notices that someone else is causing trouble for the heroes—and, amused, decides to let it happen.
- In Season 5, the power of the Millennium Ring is contained... by a backpack. When Rex and Weevil open it up, thinking it held the Egyptian God Cards, the Ring floats away on its own and returns to Yami Bakura—something it couldn't do when held back by polyester and a zipper.
- Bakura's helpful advice during Duelist Kingdom, after Kaiba knocks Joey on the ground: "Check his pulse, Yugi!"
- Once Zorc is defeated and everyone is sent back to the present time, Joey calls out Tristan for getting possessed by Dark Bakura. In the dub, Tristan brings up the time Marik brainwashed Joey. Later on the boat ride, everyone's in their own room being rather quiet, except for Bakura pigging out on a bunch of food.
- After Joey loses to Zigfried, Tea, Tristan and Duke mock him saying his luck ran out. Tea points out that Joey duels with talent and not luck.
Tristan: Oh, so Joey didn't lose because he has no luck, he lost because he has no talent.Joey: THAT'S HOW YOU TRY TO CHEER ME UP?! *chases everyone except Yugi*Yugi: If Joey can learn how to control his temper, he'll be a true champion sooner or later.Yami: Probably later.
- When Rebecca cries about losing to Leon, Grandpa comments that she's being overly dramatic.
Joey, Tea, and Tristan: Look who's talking!Grandpa: Who me?Joey: Does this sound familiar? "My back! Somebody help me!"'''Grandpa: Well, I'd like to see you duel in 50 years!
- In the Japanese ending, Serenity meets everyone at the airport on their way back from Egypt. Tristan and Duke run towards her only for Joey to grab them by their shirt collars.
Yu-Gi-Oh! card game
Yu-Gi-Oh! card game
- The Empty Jar deck is one, particularly to spectators. Seeing a player being forced to toss his cards over and over and over again until he loses is just hilarious. The best part? The star card of the deck, Morphing Jar, does it all with a cheerfully maniacal grin on his face.
- Mill decks in general tend to be this.
- The Watt deck. Watts are competitive, and can reliably win. They also are small animals and rarely have more than 1200 ATK.
- Penguin decks are one of the most funny decks that can be played with. It's just so freakin hilarious to see all of their monsters get sent back to the hand/extradeck. This deck really got funny when Degenerate Circuit came out, that way you can flip a penguin soldier and banish two monsters.
- There's a card called "Yu-Jo Friendship". When activated, you offer a handshake to your opponent. The effects of the card are dependent on whether or not the opponent accepts the handshake, but you can reveal a "Unity" card in your hand to your opponent, and then they must "accept the handshake". It doesn't say to apply the one specific effect, just that they must accept the handshake. So one player, after using this card, stuck his hand down his pants, and then showed Unity to force a handshake. His opponent wisely chose to forfeit rather than to shake that hand.
- During a scripted exhibition duel between Pegasus and Marik (actually their voice actors doing lines as two players play the cards for them), Marik announces what card Pegasus has drawn. The stunned Pegasus questions how Marik could know what he drew. Marik laughs that he used his Millennium Rod to take control of the cameraman watching the duel and zoom in on Pegasus' hand.
- The finishing move is so glorious it's a shame it isn't actually animated — Pegasus uses Comic Hand to take control of Marik's The Winged Dragon of Ra, and transforms it into Toon Winged Dragon of Ra, allowing him to attack for the game.
- During the same type of duel between Yami Yugi and Yusei, Yami Yugi gets a lot of mileage out of the banned cards that were legal in his series, such as Pot of Greed, Graceful Charity, the anime version of Card of Sanctity, Monster Reborn, and Premature Burial.
Yami: I do have one question. What's a Duel Runner for?
Yusei: Well, actually, I like to think of it as card games on motorcycles.
- Yusei promptly gets him back by asking why Tristan was never allowed to duel in Season One.
- This VA scripted duel is a tag team duel that has Yugi, Joey, and Mai versus Pegasus and Bakura. It is the definition of epic. Pegasus defeats Mai and Joey, but loses to Yugi, and Yami Bakura takes over Ryou as his turn begins, turning the duel into a shadow game.
Yugi: On our team, Mai will be dueling first, followed by Joey, and then I'll go last!
Pegasus: Then it seems Mai will be facing me, because we decided that I'm going first.
Ryou Bakura: We decided? You mean you decided...
- This scripted duel has Kaiba versus Pegasus, the latter using a Wind-Up deck provided by one of the real-life players instead of his usual Toons.
Pegasus: How sad! A genie without its home is like a Red Archery Girl without her bow, a Gemini Elf without her twin, or Kaiba without his scowl.
- This scripted duel is between Joey and Kaiba. While Joey loses, he puts up quite a fight.
- Another scripted duel is between Yugi and Mai. When Yugi activates Multiply, a pile of Kuriboh cards is tossed between the two to mimic what Multiply does on the show.
- Then there is the one between Yugi and Astral. Easily one of the best matches.
- This one is between Yusei and Akiza from Yu-Gi-Oh 5Ds, and contains another card game on motorcycles reference. (They couldn't Turbo Duel because of city speed limits.)
- This anime convention scripted duel is a duel of love between Yugi and Kaiba.
- In another VA scripted duel, Yami's Dark Magician Girl is destroyed. The crowd reacts and, in what seems like an ad-lib, Dan Green mumbles '...But she's so cute' while moving the card to the graveyard.