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Mythology Gag: Card Games
  • Magic: The Gathering's Time Spiral block, whose set theme was nostalgia, is naturally full of Easter Eggs and other little jokes about cards from older sets. For example: in the flavor text of Viscid Lemures, Norin the Wary remarks that it's nice to face something harmless, like a lemur. On the (much) earlier Hyalopterous Lemure, the artist had apparently never heard of a "lemure", so the card is illustrated with a lemur.
    • The Lhurgoyf card had the flavour text "Ach! Hans, run! It's the Lhurgoyf!". Much later, a card with a similar power had the flavor text "Not again", attributed to Hans.
      • And in Time Spiral, Saffi Eriksdotter, who said the immortal line, became a card in her own right. Hans, unfortunately, did not survive to get his own.
      • That phrase also became an Unglued card. It summons a creature for one turn if the player says, "Ach Hans! Run, it's the..."
    • The card Lotus Petal is a weakened version of the Game Breaker card Black Lotus - and its flavor text is a reference to how much money you'd have to spend in order to get one of the originals.
    • The card Deep Analysis has the flavor text "The specimen appears to be broken." The artifact being examined in the card's art is a Masticore, another card famous for being exceedingly powerful. This doubles as a Take That, Scrappy!.
    • The card Persecute Artist doesn't let the caster choose Rebecca Guay. This is a nod to the time when rumors that Guay was being fired as a Magic card artist led to an Internet Backdraft.
    • The twelfth edition's print of Giant Spider states that "The wild is always changing, but it does have a few constants." This is probably a reference to the fact that by this point, Giant Spider was the only card that has been in all core sets since the game's beginning.
  • A few cards in the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game are based upon storylines from the original manga from before the card game came to prominence:
    • Zombyra the Dark is based upon a character from a Show Within a Show Zombire, who is a Spawn Expy. Like Spawn, he gets closer to death the more he fights, represented by an ATK reduction.
    • Dark Master - Zorc was the Big Bad of the Monster World story arc, which was a Table Top Game. From that comes the die-rolling effect, including the fact that a lower roll is better and the highest roll is a fumble. And the art for its corresponding ritual spell card, Contract with the Dark Master, is based on the scene in which Zorc first reveals himself by transforming from a seemingly friendly NPC.
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