Wall Bangers: Yu-Gi-Oh!

  • From the American TV edit of Yu-Gi-Oh!: a particular episode has Kaiba cornered in a castle tower by two Mooks pointing their fingers at him in odd ways and demanding he come with them. Instead, Kaiba leaps out the window over a cliff to his apparent doom; the Mooks seem just fine with this, never bothering to check out the window. Now, why would someone just jump out the window rather than proceed to his destination with an escort? Before the editing, they were pointing guns, not fingers. Apparently, someone thought that casual (apparent) suicide was fine, but guns were not. The Abridged Series had fun with this one:
    "Don't move a muscle! Or we will shoot you with our invisible guns!"
  • Many, many, many edits 4Kids made to make sure any reference to death in the Battle City arc was replaced with being "sent to the shadow realm". The worst example of this was during Yugi's duel with Arkana. They glossed over the leg-slicing buzzsaw blade trap with sparkly effects and said they were "energy disks" that would whisk the victim's mind to the Shadow Realm. It got so bad, fans were surprised when they left Yugi's death-duel with a Marik-controlled Joey mostly intact, fearing they would've turned it into "plunging into Shadow Realm water" or something similar. The Abridged Series lampshaded this too ("Er, Yugi...this isn't actually a Shadow Duel. You're ACTUALLY going to DIE.")
    • Consider that the Shadow Realm had always been depicted as a place of endless oblivion and eternal despair. So no, kids, those dark energy discs aren't going to slice off the loser's legs. They'll just send his soul STRAIGHT TO HELL.
    • Never mind that. Just contemplate the idea of disks made of pure dark energy connecting with your legs. 4Kids probably didn't think it through.
    • Reaches the point where the Pharaoh falls off a cliff in the Millennium World arc, and his friends are more worried that he lost his soul since it was (apparently) a Shadow Game than the fact he could be severely injured. The manga is less ridiculous, and the Pharaoh is left with wounds.
  • Mai is a Designated Victim. She consistently displays first-rate dueling skills, but in the end she has to lose the most often for the sake of plot advancement, making her appear to be a case of Informed Ability. The worst of it was probably her duel with Malik, which she could have won if she had attacked with her three harpies instead of being dramatic and trying to use the Ra card.
    • Well, let's face it: Mai defeating the Big Bad and knocking him out of the tournament despite all the build-up about that being part of the Pharaoh's destiny would be an incredible Anti-Climax and a Wall Banger in of itself.
      • If the only way for it to be reasonable is Doylist reasoningnote  then shouldn't the writers have avoided the over used tournament idea instead?
      • It could've led to a shocking Plot Twist where psycho!Marik possesses Mai and turns her into the Big Bad who's part of the Pharaoh's destiny, which would've been interesting.
  • Season 2 has a couple of Clip Show episodes where the Pharaoh recaps the story so far to Kaiba while they're travelling by helicopter. All well and good (if not particularly exciting) until the end, where he flashbacks to some events that happened to his friends while he wasn't present and has no way to know about. This one speaks for itself.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has a few of these, as well; Rei's inexplicable age change, Professor Cobra's badly edited death, and characters threatened to be "sent to the stars" in the Duel Monsters world.
  • 5D's, episode 102: Yusei is in a Riding Duel with J'ean of Team Unicorn and has NO CARDS left in his deck, and it's J'ean's turn. But rather than simply end his turn and have Yusei lose by deck-out, J'ean decides to risk everything by attacking. This, of course, costs him the game and disqualifies his entire team from the big tournament!
    • It can still be considered a Wall Banger for one reason: J'ean only attacked because Yusei essentially called him a pussy who wasn't man enough to beat him through force and instead relied on a technicality. Think about that for a sec; the entire premise of Team Unicorn is in The Power of Friendship, the exact thing the protagonists of the shows keep touting; they work as a team, rely on each other as a team, and their strategy and victories are done as a team. Having Yusei call them out on it like that is really hypocritical of him, in that case. Besides that, Yusei and the other protagonists are usually advocates of the Lethal Joke Card, outright dueling with a crap deck at least once in their lives just to show how "no card or deck is useless", yet here he is, insulting a viable strategy as being beneath a "true duelist". Maybe Yusei should have been reminded that, had Pegasus not wanted anyone to win by any other method but through battle damage, he wouldn't have made cards that allowed for alternate win conditions. As for J'ean, the fact that he ended up agreeing with Yusei shows that, Jerk with a Heart of Gold or not, he insulted his team by abandoning their strategy under a tiny bit of peer pressure.
    • It only becomes more of a wall-banger when you realize that Yusei could have actually won completely legitimately. For a good chunk of the duel, he had the "Summon Tax" card in his hand; had he actually chose to set it, like nearly every decent duelist would do, Jean would've been caught in an unbeatable chokehold. note  But, instead, Yusei gets dropped the Idiot Ball and wins on a very flimsy technicality.
  • 4Kids has a history of changing villain names, but most of them aren't horrible. We have, in order from original to changed: Pegasus J. Crawford/Maximillion J. Pegasus, Doma/Paradius, Takuma Saiou/Sartorius, and Darkness/Nightshroud. And those are perfectly okay (well, in my opinion)! But then we have the new name change for the three Emperors of Yliaster, the main villains in the current arc in 5D's—Jose, Luciano, and Placido have been changed to the incredibly generic and boring Jacob, Lester, and Primo. What the FUCK, 4Kids!?
    • Not to mention their Ace monsters, Machine Emperors/Meklord Emperors. We go from something generic but still cool sounding to something that sounds like Lego. Seriously what was wrong with Machine Emperors? WTF was wrong?!
    • It's a tough call, choosing between the blandness of the dub names (especially having to make someone named Lester a credible threat) and the Narm of the grand villainy of the Three Tenors.
  • Thanks to a Dub-Induced Plot Hole, we have Jack pulling Red Nova Dragon out of his ass and Yusei questioning where he got it from. In case you're wondering, they cut out three different story arcs, including the one where Jack gets Red Nova...and Yusei was right there with him when he got it. Smooth, 4Kids, very smooth...
    • What's worse is the things that are missed out by skipping the arcs. Lazar making amends and helping Team 5d's find Yliaster, Sherry's disappearance, Sleeping Giant Thud and Yliaster changing the past so they can duel in the WRGP. This might just be the biggest dub induced plot hole in ages.
  • During the first duel between Jonouchi/Joey and Kaiba, Jonouchi plays so unnaturally and unrealistically bad that it basically ends up that Kaiba was justified in making fun of him at that time. Yes, it's a new type of duel machine, but he probably should have figured out how to put monsters in defense mode at some point.
    • The entire reason for Jonouchi/Joey dueling Kaiba in the anime was a wallbanger; he just doesn't want Kaiba to get to Pegasus first? What the hell, Jou? In the original manga, Jonouchi duels Kaiba because the last time he saw Kaiba, he was damn near a terrorist who trapped them all in a theme park of death and nearly succeeded in killing Honda/Tristan. Jonouchi, understandably, wanted some revenge, and Kaiba didn't show any indication that saving his brother was important to him (he just says he's going to "take his company back from Pegasus".) But because Death T wasn't in the anime, and they didn't even think to substitute Kaiba's treatment of Yugi's grandpa in the first episode, Jounouchi just comes off looking like a stupid jerk.
  • Among the many 4Kids' screw-ups during the Duelist Kingdom Arc there is one that deserves special mention. You see, the prize money for the winning of the tournament was of three million YEN and they "translated" it to three million DOLLARS (with the exchange rate at that moment, it would had come around to thirty thousand USD). So, either we got the most ridiculously expensive eye surgery in the world or Joey forgot two million nine hundred and seventy thousand USD in his other pants.
  • Similar to Koga from Inuyasha, the fact that the cast interacts with and calls Jack Atlas friend is enough to make you bash your head against a concrete building. Jack wants out of Satelite and wants to go to Neo Domino so he'll live his dream of being a champion duelist. Which would be fine if he didn't go about the way he did. He learns Yusei is working on a duel bike from scrap and has nearly completed it and he sees it as his ticket and his way out. So what does he do? He kidnaps Rally, one of the friends and a sort of Morality Pet and ties him up and sets him adrift on a small boat in the middle of a storm, when Yusei hears what's going on he goes to rescue him and what does Jack do? He steals Yusei's Bike and his Stardust Dragon card, Yusei could've died trying to save Rally and Jack gets off scot free! He was willing to let a kid drown in order for him to get his shot. It takes Yusei another year to build a new Bike while he enjoys the luxury of being the top duelist in Neo Domino and after beating him in the Finals Jack is Easily Forgiven with what he did never brought up again! What Yusei should've done after beating him is tell him his dreams of being a king are gone and his kingdom is lost and ask him if what he had done was really worth it when in the end he came back and beaten him.
  • Arguably, the very existence of Kaiba in the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga from Duelist Kingdom onward. This doesn't apply to the anime because the circumstances of his first duel with Yugi were changed, but in the manga, after losing to Yugi in a children's card game, Kaiba devised a ridiculously-convoluted revenge plan that was supposed to end in the deaths of Yugi and all his friends... which, I reiterate, was all because he lost a card game. Yugi beats him and gives him another Penalty Game, which sends Kaiba into a coma, and when he wakes up partway through the Duelist Kingdom, everything's fine and Yugi does not hold the fact that Kaiba tried to kill him against the man, even though during Death-T himself he pretty much said that This Is Unforgivable!. Jounouchi is the only one of Yugi's group to complain about Kaiba being Easily Forgiven, but nobody pays any attention to him. Sure, Kaiba is given an "excuse" later on, but the Wall Banger here is that he was portrayed as a Complete Monster in his arc, but because of his popularity the writer brought him back in a more sympathetic light. It doesn't make any sense.
    • Kaiba didn't want revenge on Yugi just for beating him at the card game, Yami Yugi put him through a horrible Mind Rape that only made him worse as the penalty game for losing that first card game. Yugi doesn't hold anything against Kaiba because he's an easily forgiving Nice Guy, and while the others do still dislike Kaiba, Joey's the only one Hot-Blooded enough to act upon his hate and unforgiving. Lastly, he can't be a Complete Monster if he was shown to have a Freudian Excuse even at the end of that arc, and him becoming more sympathetic is called Character Development.
      • Kaiba repeatedly tried to murder all of them in the manga. His plan involved the following. A rigged game of laser tag against commandos where everyone on Yugi's team would have gotten electrocuted. A ride that would have electrocuted them all if they screamednote . A trap that would have cut off everyone's hands if Yugi couldn't solve a puzzle. A trap involving a serial killer and Kaiba threatening to kill a child if one of the team doesn't face him. A game involving massive blocks that would crush anyone caught in it. A rigged game with Mokuba where Kaiba nearly killed Mokuba after Yugi won. Lastly, a game with Kaiba where everyone else was held at gunpoint, and that's not even getting into Mokuba's attempts to cut off Yugi's fingers and poison Yugi and Jonouchi independently. Even if Yami Yugi's game was what made him hate Yugi so much this doesn't change the fact that for some time both of these brothers have not exactly been stable, law abiding citizens and a reasonable person would try to get them arrested. In Yugi's case however, he and his friends settle for preaching friendship to two attempted murderers.
      • It's heavily implied though that after the second Mind Crush, Kaiba's entire personality was completely shattered and had to be reconstructed from the ground up. So while he was a Complete Monster beforehand, he could arguably be considered a different person afterwards.
      • Considering that he doesn't even try to kill them once after that, I'd say it's a given.
      • The above is correct, the second Mind Crush explicitly broke apart Kaiba's personality leaving him to internally recover piece by piece as a less insane monster which is why he's forgiven. But if you want to maintain the Wallbanger you can then easily ask "Why does one of the worst most dangerous characters get a chance at redemption but the school bullies who take wallets and steal festival positions get no mercy?"
    • How do you cheat at chess against a chess champion, as Manga!Kaiba did against Gozaburo (Anime!Kaiba won fairly)? The only ways to cheat at chess are a) performing an illegal move or b) moving pieces around while your opponent's not looking, both of which Gozaburo would have caught immediately.
      • When high-level players cheat, it tends to involve sneaking some kind of assistance, like a hidden chess computer program giving you moves, which seems like the kind of thing Kaiba would do if he wanted to cheat at a game.
  • In the most recent episode of ZEXAL, Dr. Faker had his The Dragon out, a very powerful and nigh unstoppable Number card, Heart-eartH, all three good guys managed to get their best cards out, including Kite/Kaito's Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon, a card that was made to eliminate Xyz Monsters. If Kite/Kaito had attacked Heart-eartH with Galaxy-Eyes, he could have banished Heart-eartH then Utopia and Shark Drake could have attacked Faker directly, slamming him with more than 5,000 points of damage, WHY THE HELL DIDN'T KITE USE GALAXY-EYES?! WHY TAKE A CHANCE LIKE THAT?!
    • Because, let's face it, we had never seen anything like what had happened afterwards HAPPEN in the show before. Kite never saw it coming. Not to mention, during the Duel Carnival, using Galaxy-Eyes effect never seemed to work for him because everyone knew it was coming - and he was fighting his father, after all, so he probably assumed Faker would see the effect coming and took a different approach.
      • Actually because the Anime Version of Number 53 came with Total effect Immunity, so using Galaxy-eyes' effect would have only removed itself, accomplishing nothing.
  • The anime's reasoning behind Kaiba wanting to use his new duel disk system when fighting Pegasus was non-existent and dumb when he chose to not use it. In the manga, Kaiba figured out that Pegasus is using magic, but figured it may only work at a distance and with full eye contact, so he created the duel disk system and its Expert Mode. In Expert Mode, the non-active cards surround the player, blocking the view to the other player somewhat - which is what Kaiba was trying to do, keep Pegasus from having direct eye contact with his opponent. The anime, gives no such reason, so there is no proper idea behind why the non-active cards are surrounding the player or whatever the reason was for Kaiba to even create this system to begin with. The giant stadiums even meant that the players were further away from each other.
    • Also in the manga the players sat at a regular sized table and were only a short distance from each other; however using the duel disk meant they were much further away from each other, again making eye contact much harder. Due to the duelling system used in the anime, where the other players were much further from each other, this advantage was negligible.
      • IIRC, in the anime it had something to do with how unfamiliar the duel disk system was, giving Kaiba an edge, because everyone just assumed Pegasus was ridiculously good. Of course in his duel against Yugi any 'edge' was proven to be nonexistent when Yugi wiped the floor with him and Kaiba had to cheat.
      • They did play up the Duel Disk system as strange and new though that only creates a new wallbanger. It says that apparently Kaiba believed that Pegasus was so good he'd need to completely remake state of the art holographic technology just to scrape out any edge he could to win his duel... while at the same time being so bad that just changing the format would be enough to throw him off. It's like if Kaiba invented a new table layout where magic cards are up front, the graveyard is on the other side, and the deck were rotated sideways, yes it's new and a little confusing but it's hardly something that would change even a single move of your duel. Was he expecting Pegasus to play a magic card in the wrong slot and go "That's an illegal move! You lose a turn!"
  • In the manga's version of pre-Battle City, whenever they actually played Duel Monsters/Magic & Wizards rather than any other game, it'd be on small tables within a virtual reality projector called "Duel Boxes". The animated version changing these to stadiums created a bunch of logical mishaps. For example, in the manga's version of Duelist Kingdom, during Dark Yugi's battle with Ryota Kajiki (Mako Tsunami), the playing field was merely a Duel Box near the seaside. But in the anime, it was a huge stadium that has risen from the bottom of the sea near a cliffside, with no visible way to actually get on the stadium. Don't get me started on how Mokuba stole Yugi's starchips. Just WHY?
  • Yami Yugi's loss during the Orichalcos saga could've been interesting and even a shocking plot twist, but it's ruined by awful Character Derailment. See, each duel in this series is regular enough, but at some point someone plays 'The Seal of Orichalcos', which powers up all of the monsters of the user, and the loser of the game will have their soul trapped. Due to a swap in the duel, Raphael ends up giving Yugi the 'Seal of Orichalcos' card, and then gets into a position where he can win. Here's the problem - if he wins, so what? He wins a duel and nobody has played the seal so nothing bad happens as a result. But for some reason Yami because obsessed with winning and plays the seal and goes on to lose. Why? Why does he do something so incredibly stupid? I can understand that he enjoys winning games, but he'd risk losing his soul rather than losing a card game that has no stakes whatsoever? It's a monumentally stupid moment with no real explanation for why the character in question suddenly becomes so stupid, and after repeated viewings I still can't understand how anyone in the show could be such an idiot.
    • Seems to be a problem on two counts - they never defined the stakes explicitly, so them even duelling to begin with comes off as dumb, unless Yami was duelling to get his God Cards back, as he knows Professor Hopkins is OK. And if he is, then what stake does Raphael have? He can't have known from the off that he could make Yami Yugi play the Seal, and since he didn't intend to play it himself, there was no point. Is this supposed to be like a Nintendo Pokemon game where the loser can't go any further, even though there's no-one physically stopping them? But in either dub or sub, it comes across as character derailment by the buckload, especially as Yugi suddenly loses the ability not to switch Yami out.
  • Let's just call the existence of duels in Season 4 as stupid and have done. At least in the other seasons there was some sort of excuse: Season 1 -> tournament, Pegasus can only win the Puzzle through it, Season 2 -> tournament, the God cards need to be won. Season 3 -> Umm...the Big Five could only steal bodies through card games, since the Virtual World was probably Kaiba Corp tech? Season 4 -> They need souls, which they can apparently only do through a new card, which is somehow wielded by an Atlanteian spirit. But the heroes have no real reason to resort to card games all the time. Sure, maybe they could wager the release of everyone else's soul against the Pharaoh's to get Dartz to play ball, but there's no guarantee he'd keep to his word. Not to mention, apart from getting the God Cards back, why should they play at all? Someone like Joey, who isn't invested in the cards, or Kaiba could just try some physical violence or threat against the goons to get somewhere faster. Heck, even in Season 5 they recognised for the most part that cardgames made little sense in the past setting and had some actual magical duelling in it.
  • Hanasaki, a manga-only character who's depicted as a lonely kid obsessed with an American superhero character called Zombire, appears in one chapter, where Yugi explicitly promises to be friends with him, appears later checking in on Yugi's grandpa after Yugi's grandpa collapses and is rushed to the hospital, and then never ever appears again until his name is briefly seen in one of the spinoff series. It seems pretty low and mean to promise to be friends with someone then totally ditch them for no known reason, especially when you subject the audience to loads of impassioned speeches about friendship all the time.
  • The anime's version of Millenium World Arc has tons of references children's card game shoehorned in for no reason other than wanting money to screw everyone overnote . Such as Egyptian Duel Disks, Ryo's spotlight being completely replaced with Seto Kaiba (He even enters the past using Bakura's Millenium eye, a moment that only exists in the anime), the thief king Bakura being turned into a meek person, rules of the Tabletop RPG being vague and unexplained in favor of the card game, Bobasa turning into a comic relief character and having a very poor animation quality compared to the other arcs.