These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Americans Hate Tingle: Haga (Weevil) is quite popular in Japan, but the Western audience doesn't like him too much for his methods, and regards him as annoying. His ear-splitting dub voice doesn't help.
Ass Pull: Oh, no! Yugi's gonna lose! Good thing he just topdecked a card we've never seen before in the last ten duels (and will probably not see again) and is the exact thing he needs to win! Yugi and friends are probably the most lucky bastards ever, since this seem to happen in most extremely important duels. note Not as bad as it sounds. Sure, he had some ridiculous top-decking (Exodia comes to mind), but he's also won plenty of duels with carefully-planned strategy initiated turns before the end.
While this is true, it is also justified in no less than three ways:
We see on at least a couple occasions that the characters are on the lookout for new cards. Yugi's grandfather owns a game shop and Kaiba is a billionaire known to have briefcases packed full of spare cards, so it's not unfeasible they regularly get new cards off-screen, and it would be silly to give a decklist for them before every duel.
A few duels have Yugi obviously stalling for time while he tries to draw what he needs, or trying various strategies and them not working so he tries something new. If there is one card that can help you turn it around, it helps the realism that the opponent has a counter ready, or the duelist has to stall while they wait to draw that card.
It's also mentioned the Millennium Puzzle has the power to alter fate, and in the final duel it's directly stated Dark Yugi's will is so powerful that he can draw what he wants by willing it to happen. It's ludicrous, but magic does have a powerful influence in the show's universe. And in a way, the show lampshades this via the Egypt Arc where the cards are at least loosely connected to monster spirits and abilities, so at times you could say the spirits of the duelist's cards are answering their master's call like a real sorcerer calling upon his minions.
Not to mention that it generally involves the protagonist of any given duel, by having the antagonist gain hand and field advantage first, pushing the protagonist into a corner.
Dark Marik. The whole of Battle City arc set him up as an evil motherfucker, with a complex character and solid motivation. Then in the finals, comes this evil alter ego out of nowhere. He's twice the evil motherfucker Marik was, and that's about everything he's about. Even his motivation comes down to rubbing how evil he is, into other people's faces, then laughing maniacally.
And we were getting Marik's backstory in bits and pieces anyway. Marik's dark side and the fact that he killed Marik's father were likely planned from the beginning.
The Battle City finals themselves were full of non-top decking Ass Pulls in which a character clearly had the opportunity to win the Duel, but supernatural forces intervened for their opponent to claim victory. Odion, Mai, Ishizu, and Joey all fell victim to this as they were considered less important characters than who they were dueling with.
Marik tried pulling this on Yugi so Yami Bakura could win, but Yami Bakura wouldn't let this happen because he needs Bakura's body.
It was established that Pegasus' Millennium Eye can read the mind of his opponents, and that it was able to be stopped by Yugi and Yami switching minds. Then Yugi passed out through the strain of the Shadow Realm, and Pegasus could read Yami's mind... only for Yugi's friends, who are all normal people with absolutely no magical powers whatsoever, and are currently outside of the Shadow Realm, to block the Millennium Eye and stop Pegasus' mind-reading powers.
Yugi and his friends showing up at the last minute to help Atem defeat Bakura.
How Tea defeats Crump: she uses Dark Magician Girl to summon a monster outside of her deck, Dark Magician from Yugi's deck, which would normally violate a ton of rules. The abridged series understandably ignores this and has Crump win the duel by making Tea not remember how to play Duel Monsters.
The first was during Pharaoh vs. Raphael when Yugi was locked out of his body with the Pharaoh in control after he uses the Seal of Orichalcos. Somehow Yugi uses the puzzle to break through the seal and sacrifice his soul in place of the Pharaoh's when he loses.
The second, arguably more blatant example is during the duel with Dartz proper when the Pharaoh is all alone with him inside the functional equivalent of three Seals of Orichalcos. He successfully breaks the Pharaoh's willpower and prepares to take his soul... at which point the puzzle is given power by his friends, some of which aren't even there or are even out cold, and shields him from the seal. And this is to say nothing about the sheer number of Ass Pulls the Pharaoh had to use after this to even stay in the fight.
Jonouchi/Joey in the anime. When Bandit Keith tries to steal his card during the Duelist Kingdom Arc, Jonouchi beats him up, claiming that while Keith may be good at card games, he's the best at fighting. (Consider that Keith is taller and more muscular than Jonouchi.) In the anime, Jonouchi gets beaten up rather ungracefully instead.
Anzu in the anime too, whose cheerleader role is played up, and her violent side greatly reduced.
In his first appearances Yami Yugi used Mind Rape anybody who cheated or appeared to screw with his friends. In the next seasons he just played the game. Comically, in Dartz' Filler season he tries torturing Weevil in a fit of rage which, while seeming less sadistic than his season 0 persona, it was too much for Tea who convinced him to stop.
Bizarro Episode: Episode 28. Yugi receives a psychic dream (or a simple nightmare, it's ambiguous) from his grandfather encouraging him to defeat Pegasus, there's a few shots of Mai adjusting her deck (which don't conclusively explain what she's doing and simply lets us know she's changing things around). And then Anzu, Honda and Bakura sneak into Pegasus' room to see how he knows his opponent's moves, and find a peephole looking down onto the dueling field which they take to mean he could have a minion with a telescope spying for him. Then Pegasus arrives and teleports them to an ancient temple full of robed figures, including Pegasus himself, who duels and defeats a cloaked figure, then makes to attack the trio before the spirit of the Millennium Ring appears and teleports them all back to their rooms, erasing their memories of the incident. The only thing that occurs in this episode of relevance is resolved in about two minutes over three scenes - Bandit Keith steals Jounouchi's entry card to the tournament. Everything else is just Mind Screw that has no bearing on the story.
The filler arcs, i.e., the Doma arc: Fans either hate it for getting in the way of the main storyline, while others enjoy it for brilliant writing.
Cargo Ship: Seto Kaiba is very attached to his Blue Eyes White Dragon. At first it doesn't seem so bad. And then it turns out that back in ancient Egypt, the Blue Eyes was born from the soul of a woman he loved. Then again, when you're about power, and keep the only three copies (after tearing up the only other one) in existence to yourself in order to all but guarantee no one can overpower you via ordinary means...
Admit it, TCG players, you've gotten "attached" to a specific card or cards that have served you well over the years.
Three words: BlackMagicianGirl. By far the most popular female of the series, even above main protagonists Anzu, Mai, and Shizuka. And she is frequently seen with Dark Yugi in many fanarts and fanfictions.
It goes way beyond just OT 3 pairings. The Shippers List contains all of the 'official' ship names, and it goes up to six-way pairings and possibly more. It's more surprising when a ship in this fandom isn't named than when it is.
Crackier segments of the fandom have even created inter-continuity ships - i.e. crossover ships with people from different shows. Please note that all of the shows take place at least 10 years after the original series ends, and in the case of 5D, it takes place decades later.
Designated Protagonist Syndrome: Yugi and Dark Yugi /Atem, it is not helped by the fact the author and the animation staff find Jounichi/Joey and Seto who had much more interesting developments.
Designated Villain: Rex Raptor is an unfortunate contender, most of the early villains were jerks who just happened to get Yugi involved to please their own ego, rather than the later villains who had much more elaborate plans.
In the manga and the early episodes of the anime, while a bit of a jerk, Dinosaur Ryuzaki wasn't really a bad guy. The later episodes of the anime portrayed him as Weevil's partner in crime.
Kaiba is arguably the anime equivalent of Draco himself. Remember in the manga he was an antagonist, him and Mokuba trying to kill Yugi and his friends several times. The manga also didn't have the anime's Filler Arcs, so whatever heroic tendencies he demonstrated in such are absent too. Besides his stint of being a villain, he's a supreme Jerkass at any turn. Yet he still became the Breakout Character. Being Tall, Dark and Snarky is a big factor in that, seeing as how Evil Is Cool.
Dude, Not Funny!: Anzu replies with this when Jonouchi jokingly suggests that Kaiba died after his soul was stolen by Pegasus at the end of the Duelist Kingdom arc.
Interestingly enough, the same could be said of the card game, which was only meant to be featured in a single arc but got so popular they had to base the entire series around it.
Bandit Keith. He was a secondary villain in the Duelist Kingdom arc but is popular among many fans and even Takahashi himself stated he's one of his favorite antagonists in the series next to Kaiba.
In terms of actual cards, there's the Dark Magician Girl, because she was powerful and very pretty. She even appears in all of the sequel spinoffs.
There is also the Dark Magician who attracted the female fans, especially in the final arc where it was revealed he was the reincarnation of Mahad.
Evil Is Sexy: Bakura loses about 30 pounds of baby fat when he transforms into Dark Bakura.
Conversely, Marik gains about 30 pounds of muscle.
Fanon: One of the most widespread interpretations of fans is the relationships between Yugi, Bakura, Marik, and their alter-egos. The fan term "hikari" is used to refer to them while the alter-egos are referred to as the "yamis", and there are many fanfics where, for no established reason, the yamis and hikaris are able to exist independently of each other. Dark Marik's grouping with Dark Bakura and Dark Yugi is itself a bit of fanon, because Dark Marik is not a spirit, he's Marik's split-personality. Some fans go so far as to depict Dark Marik as being tied to the Millennium Rod as the other two are to the Ring and Puzzle.
Fan-Preferred Couple: Yugi/Dark Yugi, Jounouch/Kaiba, and just about every combination of Bakura, Marik, Dark Bakura and/or Dark Marik. On the hetero side, Dark Yugi/Dark Magician Girl (or Atem/Mana), Shizuka/Kaiba, Isis/Kaiba, Mai/Yugi, and among others.
First Installment Wins: Actually, Second Installment Wins — the second series anime is still the iconic and definitive Yu-Gi-Oh! media in the minds of many. Among western fans this is assisted by 4Kids at least making an effort to make their changes to the dub work (see Woolseyism below), while subsequent dubs have seen a lot more Adaptation Decay. 4Kids themselves recognize this and cater to the fans through scripted duels at conventions with the series' voice actors.
Foe Yay: Let's see. Kaiba spent most of Season Zero either spying or stalking Yugi to see if anyone was trying to defeat him in a card game, can't go more than four episodes without sending his top minions to attack Yugi's friends and family in an attempt to defeat him, and spent millions of dollars developing advanced hologram technology and building a sky scraper for the sole purpose of defeating him. And we haven't even gotten to Duel Monsters yet.
Also comes up between Jounouchi and Kaiba. Kaiba refuses to acknowledge Joey as a duelist, Joey blusters at him, Kaiba insults and ignores him, and Joey has potentially homoerotic dreams about being defeated by him. Certain parts of fandom have fun with that.
Note that the dream is nowhere near so homoerotic in the manga. The anime tends to ham this sort of thing up.
Marik and Dark Bakura's pissing-contest-turned-alliance definitely counts. The scene where they first meet veritably crackles with sexual tension.
Kaiba also gets the rare male/female version of this with Ishizu/Isis in Season 2. Her repeated attempts at beating an acceptance of his past into his head read like romantic interest to a decent-sized part of the fandom.
Fridge Brilliance: You'll get a lot of this, about the series' concepts in general, if you do a little bit of study on ancient Egypt. For example, the ancient Egyptian concept of duality; that nothing can exist without its equal but opposite double.
Game Breaker: Pegasus' Toons and Thousand-Eyes Restrict, Five-Headed Dragon, the God Cards, the Seal of Orichalcos.
Genius Bonus: Orichalcum is a legendary metal used as currency in Atlantis.
The freaking creator Kazuki Takahashi mentioned that he liked Bandit Keith in the US Shonen Jump's second issue.
Growing the Beard: The Death-T arc in the original manga, marking Kaiba's ascension toBig Bad and Yugi finally revealing the existence of Dark Yugi to his friends. From then on, things got less episodic and more plot-oriented.
Although some fans wish they'd continued playing other games.
For the second anime series, the series, the Battle City Tournament is where not the card game became more intricate and complex, but the story in general became less of a Duelist of the Episode or Two and far more dramatic.
Harsher in Hindsight: A lot of the duel moves concerning the Blue-Eyes and the Dark Magician, once Season 5 showed us their history. For example, in his duel with Pegasus Kaiba has one of his Blue-Eyes captured and turned into a Toon, and Kaiba eventually has a second Blue-Eyes destroy it. Pegasus mocks that as loyal as Kaiba is to the Blue-Eyes, they don't return the sentiment, and he seizes the second as well. Now think back to Kisara and Priest Seto, and what the Toon Blue-Eyes could symbolize — Pegasus is kidnapping Kaiba's girlfriend and driving her insane to turn her against him.
Hilarious in Hindsight: In an early episode of the English dub of the anime Joey screams "Hasan chop!" An actual character named Hasan (Bobassa/Shadi's alter ego) would show up and play a pivotal role in the last arc of the series.
Jerk Sue: Kaiba, in the anime. In the manga, he learns his lesson at the end of Battle City, and his only appearance after that is a cameo in the final arc. In the anime, he never learns his lesson, gets an entire Filler Arc and large parts of two more to himself, takes down two anime-exclusive Big Bads (though people didn't really complain about these since they were both Crowning Moments), and even gets a chance to humiliate Jonouchi one last time.
Magnificent Bastard: Pegasus. During Duelist Kingdom, even Kaiba fears and respects him. Also in GX against Chronos and Napoleon, who ambush him with the pleas to accept them into Industrial Illusions. In order to get rid of them, he duels against the two, but not before riling them up to deplete each other's Life Points with a seemingly innocent offer.
Mary Sue: In pretty much all the video games based around the franchise, your character will usually be a blank slate with no personality, no relevant backstory and no dialogue. However, they will inevitably become best friends with the heroes, if they aren't already, will become an excellent duelist capable of defeating the best duelists in the franchise, and will become The Hero of the game and defeat the villains while the anime heroes act as cheerleaders. Most prevalent in Yu Gi Oh The Sacred Cards, Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction, and Nightmare Troubadour where your hero is the one who defeats the villains (including Marik, Bandit Keith, Pegasus, and the Rare Hunters), can control the God Cards (and gets all three of them to boot), duel all the supporting characters of the anime and defeat them, all the while of which Joey, Kaiba and Yugi are next to useless — not to mention that you will also eventually duel and defeat them.
AIBOOOOO! (Explanation: Yugi's soul is stolen during the DOMA arc, and it was partially the Pharaoh's fault. The Pharaoh... does nottake it well. The scene where he screamed "AIBOOOOOO!" [his nickname for Yugi, meaning 'partner'] rapidly became a meme.)
In Japan, the green hairstyle of Seto and Noah is compared and even referred to as a cabbage. Afewexamples...
According to the Japanese fandom, the pharaoh is pretty much obsessed with silver.
Pretty much the entire scene where Atem goes completely batshit on Haga/Weevil just for joking about killing Yugi counts as a meme, what with the insane amount of remixes it's gotten.
Oh, you'll find out! I'm about to summon it!
YOU CAN'T WIN X.
The pharaoh is the world's biggest musical fan.
A 4chan frequenter had a habit of making "If my post number ends in 5" bets accompanied by pictures of Dark Yugi from Season Zero and consistently winning (or if it were funnier, losing). He was then dubbed the "King of GETs. Apparently when they meant "King of Games", that includes forum games.
SAY GOOD-BYE TO EXODIAAAAAAAAAAA!
Misaimed Fandom: Various Kaiba fans. A troubled past alone does not a Woobie make. Especially when you're one of the top-ranked duelists AND the richest man in the world, and tend to be pretty apathetic towards other people's suffering at times.
Mis-blamed: Fans who complain about 4Kids skipping the very first series. This series is a different show based on the same manga — it's not in continuity with the show they did dub, and directly contradicts it in several places.
Indeed, it should be noted that they were different shows made by different companies — 4Kids did not buy the rights to the Toei animation, and thus never dubbed it.
Moe: Once you get past the crazy hair, it's difficult not to go "Aww, lookit" with Yugi.
Cyndia, especially as a child.
Moral Event Horizon: You always knew that Dartz would dispose of any of his servants at anytime and that his plan involved the sacrifice of billions of monster and human souls from several millenia, but to find out that he messed with his three subordinates' childhoods just for them to join him while blaming it on someone else that proved how sick he was.
Dark Marik crossed it when he tortured Mai in a Shadow Game duel and then sending her soul to the Shadow Realm after defeating her.
Gozuburo Kaiba crossed it when he uploaded his own son's mind to a Virtual World and then abandoning him.
Weevil Underwood crossed it when he tricking the Pharaoh into believing that Yugi's soul was in a card. He then rips the card and after upsetting the Pharaoh, points out that it was just a bug card that he tore up.
If anything, both Weevil and Rex crossed it by willingly joining up with Doma in the first place and trying to respectively steal Dark Yugi and Joey's souls. While Doma's main three warriors, as well as Mai, were all manipulated into joining them, both Weevil and Rex did so completely of their own volition after viewing Raphael in action and being impressed with their power.
The worst part was that Raphael beat Yugi whilst Yugi had the Seal of Orichalcos and a Legendary Dragon. It was his bond with his monsters that let him beat Yugi so in other words there was no point in joining up.
Seto Kaiba crosses it when he has his brother, Mokuba, duel Yugi. He was fully aware that his brother may have died if he lost the duel and yet, he let it happen anyway.
Of course, it was the darkness inside Kaiba that was making him do these decisions. Still pretty heinous, though.
Dark Bakura, almost crosses it when he tries to take over Mokuba as a new host, but still maintains the presence of a Hidden Agenda Villain, he truly crosses it for his various Kick the Dog moments, such as desecrating Atem's father's tomb, killing Atem's best friend, reversing time to remove the Hope Spot of The Power of Friendship and overall planning to use his true form as Zorc to kill everyone
Narm Charm: Tons of it. If you're not into this trope, you're going absolutely hate the series. Half of the charm in this increasingly outlandish romp of a series is made up by the sheer levels of scenery-chewing attained by some of the voice actors.
"AIBOU WA DOKO DAAAA??!!"
And then there's the very concept of the show itself—ancient Egyptian magic is brought back to life in the 20th century and the reincarnations of the ancient priests and warlords who controlled that magic battle each other to determine the fate of the world once again...by using a collectible trading card game as a medium through which to channel their powers.
Or (pre-Duel Monster takeover), any (penalty) game that gives Dark Yugi excuse to mentally or physically screw you over if he wins.
The 4Kids version of the show is this by some. Mostly the ones who came into the series via the dubbed version.
Needs More Love: The various games from the manga that aren't Duel Monsters don't get as much flesh or love outside of it, besides one or two video games. Capsule Monster Chess, Dungeon Dice Monsters, and Monster World are so awesome that it's a shame that they're mostly ignored. The latter two had short-lived RL counterparts.
Neutrality Sue: Sometimes it seems as if Kaiba, with a few exceptions, is never called out by the narrative due to his indifference.
Never Live It Down: Anzu/Tea for her friendship speeches; Mai's on-screen win-loss record making her dueling skill appear to be an Informed Ability to many, even though she always came one move within victory at the very least, and against the most prominent duelists to boot. Part of this is due to the Abridged Series turning it into a Running Gag, especially losing to Tea.note In the actual series, she had the means to win, but decided to just give her the victory for her sheer guts in standing up to her for Yugi.
Nightmare Fuel: Relinquished and Thousand-Eyes Restrict, and possibly Pegasus' crazy Toon Monsters. In the anime, his out-of-nowhere Slasher Smile during the duel with Yugi could also qualify. Then there's every scene with the Millennium Eye involved...
Also the Death-T amusement park, Dark Marik, and Zorc's unusually placed dragon head.
Ron the Death Eater: A lot of Kaiba fans have seen Yugi and his gang of friends as this, either for finding their friendship spiel lame in comparison to his angst and love when he snarks on them even when he gets to the point of a Hannibal Lecture, or that they're in fact just a bunch of jerks who don't care to understand what he's been through (who cares if he never really lets them know what he's been through?)
Tear Jerker: Here's a fun game to play. Watch the entire series, familiarize yourself with the characters and bonds between them (especially the one between Yuugi and Atem). Then, watch the ending. Trynottocry.
Villain Sue: Filler Villain Dartz really pushes it. He's a 10 000 year old man who was around 5000 years before the Millenium Items were created, was King of Atlantis, has the Oricalchos, whose ability is "whatever the plot needs it to be", owns parts of every company on the planet, can spy on the entire cast with no problem, buys out KaibaCorp with ease, has one of his henchmen defeat previous Big Bad Pegasus without a problem, brainwashes Mai into serving him, possesses a monster with infinite attack, and can take on the Pharoah and Kaiba at the same time. And to top it all off, he gets redeemed and is reunited with his family at the end, giving him everything he wanted in the first place.
Wangst: Kaiba, after losing Battle City to Yugi. Seriously, you want to blow up the island and end the tournament prematurely just because you lost!? Get over it!
Especially egregious because (in the anime) he had just gone through a ton of character development and defeated his stepfather aka: the very person he was trying to prove his superiority to by winning the Battle City tournament in the previous arc.
The dub mitigates this somewhat. Kaiba's planning to leave, but doesn't mention blowing up the island.
The Woobie: Everyone. With one or two exceptions, pretty much everyone has undergone or is currently undergoing bullying, abuse, betrayal, torture, genocide, or any combination of the above, and is either broken as a result, or refusing to let it break them (which paradoxically makes them more of a woobie). You'll pick out your favorite woobie early enough in the series.
No one is a bigger Woobie than Ryo Bakura though, who spends the entire series under the control of a sadistic ancient spirit.
He had to constantly change schools, living with the guilt and negative stigma of having his friends fall into a coma whenever they played a game with him because of the evil personality within the Millennium Ring. After Yugi and his other Domino High friends free him of the Ring's influence the first time, he is tricked to give his body up to Dark Bakura yet again so they could escape the underground maze of Duelist Kingdom, becoming an unknowing pawn for the spirit thereafter. At the beginning of the Millennium World arc, Bobasa refuses to let him into the Pharaoh's mind, despite his desire to help his friend, because of the darkness within his heart, which we all know is the evil spirit of the ring. He puts on a smile, and runs away, in tears. What does the anime do to make it better for him? Nothing, he gets Demoted to Extra and gets his screentime reduced compared to his presence in the manga.
Jerkass Woobie: Kaiba, Pegasus, and for a more extreme version, normal Marik.
Woolseyism: The dub's "Shadow Realm", an alternate dimension that may or may not even be Hell, where the Shadow Games take place and people's minds, souls or entire bodies can be banished. The original anime contained no such concept, there were just "Dark Games" and people who lost died or went comatose. The "creation" of the Shadow Realm gave 4Kids an excuse to Never Say "Die" while still keeping the Dark Games and their fatal results, and also was a bit easier to swallow in terms of suspension of disbelief, that is people being banished to and coming back from an alternate dimension instead of people dying, bodies fading into nothingness, and then somehow they come back to life.
The Accent Adaptation with Joey and Bakura. In the Japanese Joey had rude and loose speech while Bakura was polite and formal. In the dub Joey has a Brooklyn accent and Bakura is British.
During Yugi's duel with Mai in the original version, Yugi's mind was only focused on dueling Pegasus, causing him to become cocky and not take Mai seriously. In the dub, Yugi is holding back Yami because he's still traumatized by Yami nearly killing Kaiba in the last duel and isn't sure he can trust the spirit. The dub also foreshadows the fate of Pegasus's wife by having him give an internal monologue about it, which his VA Darren Dunstan delivers excellently. In the original version it was a filler conversation between Yugi's friends and Bakura.
In Season 2, Marik wants to kill Dark Yugi and doesn't care about the Millennium Puzzle, while in the dub he wants to take the Millennium Puzzle from him and is only allowed to do so by beating him in a duel, by the laws of Ancient Egypt. This gave a convenient Hand Wave to the Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him? problem Marik has, he can't just kill Dark Yugi/banish him to the Shadow Realm, he has to beat him in a duel first, then he'll kill/banish him. Additionally with the Shadow Realm, Marik's plans to kill Dark Yugi were rather foolish in the original Japanese since Dark Yugi is an ancient spirit inhabiting the Millennium Puzzle, you effectively can't kill him by chopping off his legs or drowning him, you'll just kill his host. In the dub, Marik plans to send Dark Yugi to the Shadow Realm, so 4Kids made his death traps magical in nature and thus they pose a danger to him.
As a side-effect, when Marik had Yami Yugi duel the possessed Joey, 4Kids did not censor the idea that the loser will be dragged into the sea chained to an anchor, or that if Yami Yugi refuses to duel Marik's minion will drop a crate from a crane onto Téa. So by making Marik's death traps magical, the one trap he used where it was obvious the loser would die had more impact — in the dub banishment to the Shadow Realm is a slap on the wrist, death, that's final.
Though it isn't actually part of the translation, the dub changes the images on a lot of the cards for various reasons, and some come out looking cooler for it. In fact, with some cards use the US anime designs over the Japanese anime designs, even for their Japanese real-world releases. Some examples include Mystic Box, Brain Control and Shadow Spell, all of which look much more vibrant and mystical than the original◊ Japanese◊ versions◊.