- Badass Mustache: Kaiba is inexplicably shown as having one in a (inaccurate) flashback to the first episode.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Kaiba can no longer remember the events of the first episode due to being mind crushed.
- Memetic Mutation: "Attention, duelists! My hair is now an internet phenomenon!"
- Serious Business: Losing a children's card game causes many a person to have an existential crisis.
- Shout-Out: Tristan describes himself as the Jar Jar Binks of YGOTAS.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: During a flashback to Marik and Bakura's Villain Team-Up.Bakura: We should be partners.Marik: You mean like partners in CRIME?Bakura: ...yeah. That's precisely what I meant.
- Whole Episode Flashback: Done in order to "save the animators time and money".