YMMV: Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V

  • Accidental Innuendo: Yuya saying "climax" during his duel with Mieru. Her reaction to his turn does not help either. Neither do the sounds her monsters make when they are destroyed.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy : While many still don't like Teppei, many agree how he was sealed in a card was heartbreaking. The fact that he finally got to show off his Deck and revealed it was pretty cool only magnified the feeling.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: It's pretty common in the fandom to make "joke" interpretations of the characters:
    • Kurosaki is either a Memetic Badass who is too busy angsting when it's not appropriate, a guy with a serious Big Brother Complex that everyone (including his sister) finds creepy, or a Memetic Loser who blames Fusion for every inconvenience. Or, since the preview omake for episode 45, a huge fan of croissants.
    • Reiji, as mentioned in Memetic Molester below, is often portrayed as an obsessed Yuya fan who spends all his time in his "NEET cave." (He has spent most of the Maiami Championship so far in his base, watching things.)
    • After Yugo crashed his bike into a lamp post, he's often depicted as a terrible driver who regularly crashes into things and then proceeds to challenge said things to duels.
    • And Yuri's often depicted as a Yuri Fan, on account of his name and the evil grin he had while watching a video of Yuzu.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: DDD Hell Armageddon the Cruel End Overlord, appearance-wise. It has an awesome effect, but it looks like an evil Optimus Prime with no limbs and a crystal main body.
  • Arc Fatigue: The Qualifying Duels mini-arc, where Yuya must duel four duelists to participate in the upcoming Tournament Arc. The complaints are aimed at the opponents being boring (Michio) or irritating (Kyuando), mediocre duels being dragged on as two-parters and taking time away from more interesting plotlines, such as Yuzu learning Fusion note  and Yuya trying to evolve Pendulum. Thankfully, things got interesting after that as the third and more interesting opponent (Mieru) got Defeat Means Friendship, and Yuya took the first step in evolving Pendulum Summon and being able to pull off a good duel with his final opponent (Gongenzaka).
  • Ass Pull:
    • While it's practically a series tradition at this point, some fans were not impressed by Yuya's ability to Pendulum Summon coming completely out of nowhere. Although as Episodes 2 and 3 show this is treated as an Ass Pull in-universe as well, with most of Yuya's fans calling him a cheater and the officials being shocked by the summoning as well.
    • The Action Cards are basically this, allowing duelists to just pull cards out of nowhere to prolong the duel, often without foreshadowing. These however, are balanced a bit by each field having extremely different quirks and the one minute to play a card or forfeit rule, make getting Action Cards a bit of a pain, a player can only hold 1 Action Card at a time and basically every Action Trap has a negative effect; also, while the Action Cards help the player to escape dangerous situations, the support is mostly minor (Attack negation, temporary ATK gain, etc.) and the finisher combos are done with the players' cards anyway.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Yuya is actually well received by the fans. He is skilled, performs great combos, and is very entertaining. He is neither too goofy nor too serious, striking a good balance between them. His Odd-Eyes is an interesting monster in this series due to its potential to evolve. However, Yuya's status as a Pinball Protagonist during the Qualifying arc, his Performapal cards being rather terrible in battle, and his over-reliance on Action Cards and the Pendulum Summon mechanic make him look rather disappointing to some. His popularity increased after he caught up to the plot and advanced it, as well as his interaction with Yuto. People have become more tolerant to his Entertainment Dueling Style, since it turned out to be more important to the series than it first appeared.
    • Though he has some fans, not everyone is sold on Sawatari, who is primarily sullied by his positively Jerkass tendencies from his first appearance. Meanwhile, others find him to be hilarious and love him despite or for these tendencies.
    • Sora; you'll either find him an amusing character or a smug, annoying brat. Especially with the reveal that draws some comparisons to Vector. After the reveal, many are divided on his character, some dislike him for his arrogance and vicious nature, other feels that while still vicious, he has his reasons, being a child soldier and that he still cares for his friends in Standard as he has shown.
    • Yuzu. Many people aren't sold on her, due to her cliche Tsundere, her taking too long to learn basic Fusion Summoning, and the fact that her importance to the Dark Duelist subplot largely relates to her because she just looks like someone important. On the other hand, many people also adore her character development, enjoyable relationship with Yuya, general dueling skill and her fantastic rematch against Masumi. Many fans find her that she's the best female main character ever, although the fandom is not sure whether she's a better character than Aki or not.
    • Halil is either a funny, amusing and sympathetic character or an annoying dude with an annoying voice and accent. But many were not happy that he was carded.
    • Dennis is either a funny, nice guy with impressive skills or an annoying Mary Sue that used a cheap way to beat Yuzu. Then came Episode 46. Him being another Vector clone and The Mole provides a whole new Base Breaker status for him.
    • Yoko (Yuya's mother) was well-liked for being a good mother to Yuya, however some people have been turned off her due to her cougar tendencies being displayed.
    • Reiji is recently getting much flak on how he is dealing with the invasion with a Battle Royal especially with the 2000 LP penalty that has shown to create a disadvantage for the MCS participants who wants to stop the invaders. People are also tired of him sitting in a room and observe things instead of dueling, while others find that is actually necessary because he can judge the situation better that way and he can make the right decisions.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • During their Action Duel intro, Gongenzaka and Ankokuji have a quick sparring match. The two hate each other's guts, so it's easy to see why.
    • Someone of the Youth Team has summoned the Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth. That caused some confusion to the fandom.
  • Black Comedy: While normally a sane person would question why a duel tournament would allow its school members as famous as LDS (the Ryozanpaku) to permit violent assaults on another person, the duel between Kachidoki and Yaiba could be seen as this. The fact that viewers do not even get to see the actual duel (it's implied that Kachidoki OTK's Yaiba), but are just shown shots of Kachidoki beating the ever-living daylights out of Yaiba and causing his Life to hit 0 can make a person go, "Well, that happened." Depending on a person's taste, Yaiba's screams also add to the hilarity.
  • Broken Base: The fanbase is split on Jack and Crow's reappearance. Some are scared that it will mess up the show's pacing, open up a lot of plot holes and steal focus from the show's original characters or they simply don't like 5D's. The other half are interested in possible other crossovers, interested in Jack and Crow coming back, feeling so far the Synchro Dimension has been the least explored of the four mentioned dimensions and that in a interdimensional war series like ARC-V, a lot of characters are needed and so far the pacing has been pretty good.
    • On the flip side, while Jack's return is met with generally positive reception, Crow's return is met with some mixed feelings, mostly due to his Base Breaker status back in 5D's for being shoe-horned in because of his Blackwing deck as well as being a Spotlight-Stealing Squad.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • For the audience members who actively disliked Sora, Kurosaki bombing him into the ground, inadvertently dropping a building on him and reducing him into a blubbering mess after their first duel was extremely satisfying.
    • The inverse is also true, those that dislike Kurosaki, probably enjoyed Sora defeating him especially as he looked down on Sora at the start of the match, then falling down a flight of stairs.
    • Berserker Yuya and Yugo's victories over the Obelisk Force can be seen as this.
    • Teppei's Chew Toy status during Episode 46 was a delight to all his haters, that's for sure.
  • Come for the X, Stay for the Y:
    • Come for the return of all summoning types, stay for the complex plot and well-rounded cast of characters.
    • Come for the return of all summoning types, stay for the well-written heroine.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Yuya, who rides around the battlefield on cartoon circus animals and is shown running right into Solid Vision giant sweets to find his Action Cards, is either this or too silly to take seriously. Another crazy awesome part of Yuya's character is his ability to create new cards, which includes changing his already existing cards into Pendulum Monsters (which is implied to have been done only once) or giving them new effects when the situation calls for it (and they stay that way). While all of his Extra Deck cards are made of nowhere, they are not as treated as big Ass Pulls since the viewers anticipate him creating new cards, and the execution of how Yuya changes (or maybe even creates new) Main Deck cards is rather subtle and not as obvious as in ZEXAL. Yuya creating the Pendulum Summon mechanic, creating the aforementioned Pendulum Monsters and overlaying an Xyz Monster with a Pendulum Monster to create an Xyz Pendulum Monster is really mind-blowing.
    • Gongenzaka's Superheavy Samurai deck has no Spell and Trap Cards. That is crazy. In the anime, the effects of some of his monsters work because he has no S/T Cards in the graveyard, and his deck works well enough.
    • The Ryozanpaku Duel School's dueling style. They physically attack their opponents by themselves when they're going for Action Cards. That's indeed very crazy, and it's even not illegal. Even though every viewer agrees that this attitude is not tolerable, many actually see the idea as funny and indeed (a bit) awesome. Doing this in real life would be really Crazy Awesome, but probably get a Dude, Not Funny! response.
    • The fact that you can just join an ongoing duel and turn it into a Battle Royale or a Tag Duel, something that couldn't be imagined before. Though during the MCS Battle Royal, you DO suffer a penalty if you do so when you aren't Dueling.
    • Yugo who loves to do tricks with his D-Wheel when dueling.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Yuya writhing and screaming savagely after going berserk is not funny. Yuya biting Teppei's hand and uppercutting him is hilarious.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: It has its own page.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • The first ending theme is nice to listen to.
    • Reiji's theme is addicting to listen to.
    • Gongenzaka's theme, which usually plays when he pulls out a powerful monster.
    • Yuya's optimistic theme, which sometimes plays when he's about to win.
    • The new opening theme, [Burn!] by Bullettrain.
    • Fierce Battle of the Soul, the music that plays when Shuzou Pendulum Summons in #14 is quite catchy and nice to listen to.
    • You can't think of Yuto and Shun summoning Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon and Raidraptor - Rise Falcon without "Cornered Duelist".
    • "Wandering Feelings", played during Yuzu and Masumi's duel.
    • The music they play as the Battle Royale starts.
    • Resistance, played everytime The Resistance or anything related to Heartland comes out.
    • Cornered Strategy, played during the Yosen Lost Tornado combo and the reveal of Yuya's Berserk mode.
  • Cry for the Devil: Isao Kachidoki Used to Be a Sweet Kid and the flashback in episode 39 implies that, if he weren't under Ryozanpaku School's ideology of dueling, he and Yuya would have been friends.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Shingo Sawatari. Despite the fact that his early methods are similar to the early manga version of Seto Kaiba, he is a Butt Monkey in this series and is too funny to despise. Also, as an Expy of Jun Manjoume/Chazz Princeton, most fans predict that he's going to become a good guy anyway. Not to mention that his father seems to be a neglectful parent and is in fact a grade A Jerkass, cast some fan sympathy on him. His return in episode 49 will likely cement his turn to becoming a decent guy.
    • Serena has some of this due to being the dimensional counterpart of Yuzu, and she is already claimed by some to be the best girl, despite the fact that she is a Jerkass who sealed Hokuto in a card, is every bit as bigoted against Xyz duelists as her colleagues from Academia, and is rude to Reiji and her bodyguard, Barrett. Fortunately, later episodes have shown that she isn't a complete jerkass and had been indoctrinated into thinking Academia was noble, not realising that they were intentionally harming and hunting innocents in the Xyz Dimension invasion.
    • Shun Kurosaki. People admire him for his efforts to save his sister and comrades, sometimes completely forgetting how he ruthlessly turned at least FIVE absolutely innocent people into cards, not caring much if they also had family and friends whose life he probably ruined. Also he had no problems doing it to the LDS Trio, if Reiji hadn't intervened. To be slightly fair to him, he likely viewed it as Kick the Son of a Bitch, believing them all to be associated with Academia, who would certainly deserve this fate. But at the same time, he hasn't shown any regret for any of his past actions and has stated he would even attack Yuto if he had too.
    • There's a significant swathe of the fandom that absolutely refuses to believe Dennis to be a bad guy, despite the fact that he works happily with the psychotic Yuri, he let Halil and Olga be carded without a care, and it's pretty clear that his prior niceness was a facade.
  • Ear Worm:
    • The opening theme song, Believe x Believe, full stop.
    • The second ending, Future fighter!, as well.
    • Reiji's "DDD" Theme, which generally shows up whenever he does something AWESOME.
    • Sora's theme, a sugary melody that sounds like a children's toy.
  • Epileptic Trees: Very common due to the mysterious nature of the show. This ranged from the identity of Yuto, Sora and what is going on with Yuya and Yuzu.
    • There is a lot of discussion over Yuya and Yuzu. As they are the only characters with dimensional counterparts and are unique. With Yuya and his dimensional counterparts having the Four Dimension Dragons and berserk mode. And Yuzu and her bracelet's ability to teleport any of the Yu's away and the fact that Serena has a bracelet has one too is more than a little mysterious.
    • There is a common theory that Yuzu is actually Ruri. With both pros and cons for the theory
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Masumi Kotsu, the LDS Fusion specialist, for being the nicestnote  of the trio and her straightforward personality. The Gem-Knights' popularity also factors in.
    • The LDS trio in general are actually popular with the fans. They use popular and actually practical meta decks and all of their duels so far are amazing. Even if they suffer from The Worf Effect.
    • Yuto is probably one of the main reasons why the fandom love this series, being the Knight of Cerebus.
    • Kurosaki, Yuto's buddy, is a consistent fan favorite; all of his Duels are spectacular, but they're also fortunately spaced-out enough that he never feels overused. Impressively, people were expecting him to be Crow 2.0, but by his Duel with Sora, people were shouting "Buy Raid Raptors!" without a hint of annoyance. It might help that his Raid Raptors are incredibly cheap commons in real life.
    • Also, Yugo, Yuya's second counterpart. Yugo's entrance in episode 36 made him a memorable dork, and his second appearance has only furthered that impression.
    • Mieru Hochun, the Ritual duelist from the qualifier duels. It helps that her strategy is much more realistic than her two goofy predecessors, and her bringing back the Ritual mechanic in an awesome way pleased many older fans.
    • Serena, even before she was introduced, mostly because she looks like a cool version of Yuzu.
    • Barrett, the first pleasant Academia Duel Soldier. It helps that he has a cool Eye Patch Of Power, uses old favorite Panther Warrior and is respectful to Reiji in their duel. He also looks like a muscular version of Orange-kun, and is very loyal to his charge.
    • Before the three LDS exchange students were properly introduced, Olga (the Nordic Maiami finalist) garnered fans when all people knew about her was her name and her looks, far moreso than any of her other international counterparts.
    • Overall all of Yuya's and Yuzu's dimensional counterparts are well loved. With many wishing to see Ruri and Rin already.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Berserker Yuya. The show shows Yuya in Berserk Mode as disturbing and freaky, but the fandom LOVES him because of that. And Yuya is incredibly badass in that mode too.
    • Yuri despite being a sociopath that enjoys causing horror and sees war as a game, is loved in the fandom because of these traits. It doesn't hurt that he's a dimensional counterpart of Yuya and some of his mocking faces he makes when talking to Yuzu are pretty funny.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The advice Yuya's father gave him to "laugh if he feels like crying" can be seen as borderline self-destructive, especially considering the effect his Disappeared Dad status had on the poor kid. It seems like this is intentional, as when we get to see Yuya follow this advice for the second time after having teared up upon the destruction of Odd-Eyes in his Duel with Sora, his laughter sounds disturbingly fake complete with a borderline Slasher Smile.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Sora comments to himself in episode 15 that being "too nice" is his only flaw since constant coaxing from Yuzu made him teach her the mechanics of Fusion Summoning. After learning his true allegiance and how he acts towards his enemies...
  • Genius Bonus: Episode 19~20 has the opponent using a quiz gimmick, where the action cards require you to answer correctly to get a positive result. One of the questions was for Yuya (self-admittedly terrible at math) to prove Fermats Last Theorem, which wasn't proven until almost four hundred years after it was first proposed.
  • Growing the Beard: Several points could be this, though the You Show/LDS school conflict could be considered the earliest definite point. Yuya's duel with Mieru is this to a lesser extent, particularly for the Qualifying Mini-Arc.
    • A big example has to be Episode 34 as we get an amazing duel and finally learn of Yuto and Kurosaki's backgrounds. Finally revealing the interdimensional war.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Yuto's dying words to Yuya were for him to bring smiles to people with his dueling. Immediately in Yuya's next duel, he traumatizes his opponent and scares every single member of the audience. With Episode 44 and 45 hinting that Yuto is fusing with Yuya in his berserk mode, and Yuya wondering why Yuto would make him act like this in 46. Though considering how abrupt this is, it might also fall under Hilarious in Hindsight for the unintentional Narm.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Yuya's seiyuu ended up voicing the lead of the Pokémon Mega Evolution specials around the time Arc-V came out. Said lead also commands a red dragon (Charizard) that has an evolved form (Mega Charizard X; note that Charizard also has multiple evolved forms, but only X has been shown.)
    • We know that Kurosaki's younger sister Ruri looks like Yuzu. Even though we know that Yuzu isn't Ruri, if you swap their names, then the name "Yuzu Kurosaki" might remember you of a certain little sister.
    • Everything about Yugo before he appeared. We thought we were going to get a stoic or evil psycho, we got a silly guy with No Social Skills that crashes his D-Wheel into a street light camera. Still a badass though.
    • Play Tag Force Special, pick Yuzu and wait for the moment when she says "Serenade the Melodious Diva", specifically the OCG name "Gensō no Otome Serena".
      • Made more hilarious and borderline Foreshadowing when you remember that the literal reading of "Gensō no Otome" is "Illusionary Maiden", as if Serena is an illusionary Yuzu for their resemblance.
  • Holy Shit Quotient:
    • Episode 34, The duel was insane, with Sora fusion summoning four times, the last even being a fusion of three fusion monsters and Kurosaki ranking up his ace monster twice.
    • Episode 36, We learn that there are alternative dimensions and the Arc-V dimension, Standard is the basis for all other worlds. Sora is forced back to his dimension and we learn that Academia is a school that trains Duel soldiers and that it bears some similarities to the Duel Academy from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.
    • Episode 39: Yuto might not be dead and Yuya awakes his Super-Powered Evil Side
    • Episode 45: Berserker Yuya. Just Berserker Yuya.
    • Episode 46: Berserker Yuya gives Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon a Level, then overlays it with Odd-Eyes to create Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon, the Supreme Black King Dragon to annihilate the Academia soldiers. Oh, and Dennis greets Yuri who has arrived to Standard.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Gongenzaka and Yuya have a bromance going on.
    • There is some of Sora/Yuya, with Sora stalking Yuya as obsessive fanboy, and Yuya having dreams about Sora giving him very intense hugs. Even official art of them is pretty suggestive.
    • For Les Yay, Masumi and Yuzu have several moments during their second duel. Such as an indirect Bridal Carry and a Luminescent Blush courtesy of Masumi.
      • Additionally, the real life version of Crystal Rose will support only the Gem-Knight and Melodious archetypes.
    • Yuzu and Serena have a lot of Les Yay as well.
    • There's also Yuya's "body getting hot" and "heart pumping" when one of his extradimensional counterparts shows up in episode 36.
    • Episode 37 was basically one big angsty Yuto/Yuya fanfiction, with some occasional Yuto/Yugo Foe Yay.
      • Episode 39. The moment when Yuya and Yuto were fusing together looks almost like a kiss!
    • Reiji and Yuya. Their obsessions over each other as rivals are similar to Kaiba and Atem especially at Reiji's side where he always stalk Yuya's duels. There's also the 2nd ED, Future Fighters! where it was sung by Reiji and Yuya's voice actors!
    • Dennis is shaping up to be the Johan to Yuya's Judai.
    • Sawatari acted very flirty with Yuya, during their first meeting, with sending heart-shaped darts into Yuya's forehead and taking his hand very gently. It was only an act, to lure Yuya into a trap, but still...
      • A piece of official art depicts these two sitting under falling cherry petals with their jackets removed and showing each other their decks. Don't tell me it wasn't intentional.
      • It was published in a women's magazine, to boot.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Arc-V continues the Yu-Gi-Oh! trending of "_____________ shipping" as names. Examples included FruitShipping made up of Yuya and Yuzu fitting Yuya's fan nickname, Tomato and Yuzu being a citrus fruit, BraceletShipping made up of Yuto and Yuzu due to the fact Yuzu's bracelet keeps teleporting Yuto away and CounterpartShipping made up of Yuya and Yuto due them having similar faces and being the same person from different dimensions.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks:
    • That Yuya's pendulum seems to be yet another pendant with mystical powers received this reaction from some fans.
    • Having another care-free and silly character after just coming off of one also garnered disdain. Compared to Yuma, though, Yuya is more toned down in terms of hyperactivity and he's a HUGE Stepford Smiler, more so than Yuma. In terms of personality, he's really more like a more serious version of Season 1 Judai. People have already forgotten about this trope, since Yuya has proven to be as his own unique character and having the most dynamic Character Development before even reaching the 50th episode.
    • Episode 34 reveals that Sora has several similarities to Vector. Some people don't like that idea.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Shun Kurosaki. All he wants is to find and get back his little sister, and the reveals in episode 34 just adds more reasons for the jerkass-y and the woobie-ness.
    • Yugo seems to qualify too.
    • Kachidoki. While he does physically beat his opponents, it's hard not to feel sorry for him when he was trained under a "must win under any circumstance" mindset, was a sweet kid and hasn't seen his parents for years.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Yuzu is often shipped with Yuya and his counterparts, to the point that she has her own harem. She is also commonly shipped with Masumi. Minor ships with Kurosaki, Reiji, Serena, Sawatari, Halil, Olga and Dennis are also there.
    • There's a ton of art and fics for Yuya, too. The most common targets for him aside from Yuzu are Yuto (especially after their fusion), his bromantic foil Gongenzaka, the tried-and-true hero/rival ship with Reiji, Sawatari, Dennis, and his -gazer Magicians.
  • Memetic Badass: Beast-Eyes Pendulum Dragon for many after this image was released.
  • Memetic Hair:
    • Yuya's hair is often described as a tomato by the fans.
    • Yuto's is an eggplant.
    • After Yugo's design had been revealed, in keeping with the theme of produce, his hair has granted him the status of blueberry and banana. His hair in combination of his apparent dorky personality are the reason why a good portion of the fandom cannot take him seriously, unless he has Glowing Eyes of Doom.
    • Yuri's hair is often likened to of a purple cabbage. Or berry blast or a dragonfruit. His eyebrows are more memetic than his hair, though, and they are often depicted as the source of his evilness.
  • Memetic Loser: Yuu Sakuragi, the previous winner of the Junior Youth Championship, due to running away screaming with his hands over his head after Yugo saved him from the Obelisk Force. People were especially annoyed, because his one known card suggested he used the Prophecy cards, which were quite the juggernauts at one point.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Nico Smiley the Clown Hitler/Circus Hitler has become this in fan-art due to his creepy appearance and persona, though in canon he has not done anything that odd. Well, except for his greeting of Yuya outside the cuisine Duel School.
    • Averted by Michio, despite initial IV vibes, thankfully.
    • In some circles, Reiji. He's usually depicted as a cold, calculated stalker whose obsession with Yuya makes Kaiba think he's gone too far.
    • After the preview for episode 44 aired, a lot of people started seeing Dennis this way, due to him cornering a clearly uncomfortable Yuzu against a wall.
    • Yoko Sasaki is a cougar for redheads.note 
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Mieru Hochun's psychic nosebleed has seen a bit of circulation on tumblr in regards to cute boys.
    • Yuya's Fusion Summoning Beast-Eyes in episode 26. Due to his stern expression, hands outstretched and the bright light behind him, people have had a field day with calling him "Duel Jesus" and the like.
    • Many have taken to calling Yuzu the real protagonist of the series as she was far more involved in the plot than Yuya until episode 36, particularly following Yuya's duel with Reiji.
    • Sora's Fusion Monsters (Des-toy/Death-toy/Frightfur) resembling the animatronics of Five Nights at Freddy's. Some fans joke about him finding the game funny, being the owner of the pizza place, or the creator of the infamous killer robots.
    • Sora's rape faces from episode 34, particularly this one.
    • People actually start to use Futoshi's annoying Catch Phrase, "shivers".
    • Yuto's name being written as "Ute" on the Versus Character Splash. Many people saw this as ridiculous, and started using it ironically. The spelling also goes for the other Yu's - Uya (Yuya), Uge (Yugo), Uze (Yuzu)...and then we got Yugo being written as "Hyugo."
    • Yuya's catch phrase ("The fun has just begun!") is usually said ironically by fans when something traumatic happens, like Sora's Nightmare Face during his duel wih Kurosaki, or Yuya's Superpowered Evil Side appearing. Just look.
    • Kurosaki's spectacular Dueling record has led to "BUY RAID RAPTORS" becoming something of a call around him. When they're not talking about his obsession with RUUUURIIII.
      • Related to this, we have the "RURI RAPTORS"!
      • Kurosaki falling down a flight of stairs in episode 47.
    • It's traditional to refer to practitioners of different Summoning methods as "[x] scum", in reference to the Fantastic Racism going on in the series. This is particularly common with Kurosaki or Sora.
    • The "Berserk Mode" or "Berserker Mode" is an unofficial term created by fans to describe the Superpowered Evil Side of Yuya and his Identical Strangers. Everything known about the Berserk Mode are just fan theories and nothing about it is confirmed yet.
    • Everyone in this series is colorblind!note 
    • Carded.note 
    • EGAO.note 
  • Moe:
    • Yuzu is this sometimes. Some of her monsters are also moe.
    • Mieru, with all of her cutesy faces she can make.
    • Ayu, who is also regarded as cute in-universe.
    • Episode 33 has that particular little girl in the crowd, who cries everytime whenever one of Sora's monsters disappears.
    • Younger Yuya, or Yuya in general when he is not upset or stressed.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Sora may have crossed it in episode 34 when he started to make children in the audience cry with his grotesque fusion monsters or, when he revealed at Kurosaki's face that he and his Fusion user group used Heartland as a hunting ground and for no other reason than for FUN. However, he has had a few more humanizing moments since then, so he may still be on the right side of the horizon. At least until Episode 48...
  • Most Annoying Sound: Surprisingly, despite its Tear Jerker nature, Yuto's speech to Yuya before vanishing — the word "Egao" ("Smile"), in particular — appears to have achieved that status among some fans, due to being replayed every single episode as of late.
  • Narm:
    • Characters seem to have some kind of crazy case of reverse Prosopagnosia in regards to the other dimension versions of Yuya and Yuzu. Despite having similar faces, nobody seems to take note that they still differ in just about every other area. Even if they have blatantly different hair styles, hair color, eye color, clothes, and in the Yuya's case, voice, it takes witnessing the two of them together before they can finally accept that they are, in fact, different people.
    • Some people found Kurosaki and Yuto to be hilarious in episode 21. Kurosaki for just barging in at the mention of LDS and ignoring Yuzu until he mistakes her for Ruri, and Yuto for knocking Kurosaki unconscious then picking up Yuzu's Polymerization card with Kurosaki on his shoulder.
    • LDS using their duel disks as cellphones as a nod to the Duel Gazers from ZEXAL is this to some.
    • Rune-Eyes Pendulum Dragon moves around by skipping, effectively.
      • Odd-Eyes itself runs like a chicken. Hard to take it seriously in the dramatic second ending when it's skipping down the road.
    • When Sawatari Pendulum Summons in episode 3, his ridiculous expression makes it look like he is having an orgasm. Being Sawatari, this might be intentional.
    • In episode 39, when Yuya is taken over by the darkness inside him, he plays Performapal Turn Toad and Performapal Cheermole on the Pendulum Zones and Pendulum Summons Performapal Cameloose and Performapal Silverclaw, so he can overlay them to Xyz Summon Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon. Regardless how badass and terrifying Yuya looks, the appearance of his silly looking monsters takes some of the dramatic atmosphere away.
    • While most consider Yuto's final pleading to Yuya to be one of the most touching moments of the whole series, the fact it's been repeated to death in flashbacks caused some backlash from fans tired of watching the same scene over and over again.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Shingo Sawatari's dramatic speeches, probably intentional.
    • Sora's crazily facial expressions in episode 34 that brings Dark Marik and other characters to people's mind.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Being Yu-Gi-Oh!, it has its own page now.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • While Gongenzaka wasn't a scrappy, his stupid looking design and his Hot-Blooded attitude weren't appealing to the viewers in the early part of the series. People weren't happy when it was him who was dueling Yaiba instead of Sora, who being a Fusion duelist was more interesting than the big, loud guy. However, when people actually watched Gongenzaka's duel and learned about his Crazy Awesome deck and dueling style, they started to respect his character. So far in 40+ episodes, all of his duels has been really amazing, which increased his popularity by the fans. His Superheavy Samurai deck is also an Ensemble Darkhorse among the casual players, due to its unique strategy and being the first archetype that can be played without Spell/Trap Cards, and it helps that every new set gives this archetype more good support, thanks to Gongenzaka introducing new cards in every duel.
    • In terms of appearance, Rune-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, which was looked down upon by many after the card was shown with not-so-great art... And then people saw that he looks much better in the anime, although Beast-Eyes is still more popular.
    • Futoshi's winning his first on-screen Duel in Episode 27was helping him in this regard. Bonus points for turning his annoying Catch Phrase into a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "I'll give you shivers!" Unfortunately, most people still find him annoying, because his shivers got even worse over time. However after the series became darker, this dropped, and instead his concern for Yuya and Yuzu is played up.
    • The Performapals in the Maiami Championship arc. Yuya starts making some more impressive plays with them, showing off how good they can be. The fact that they're getting much better cards also helps.
    • Teppei jumping into the fight despite his own protests and his awesome combo with Michio helped at lowering the hatred towards him. His genuine sadness over Michio's cardfication and his Deck revolving around Mako's The Legendary Fisherman - including an amazingly powerful upgrade to him - definitely contributted to that as well.
  • Rewatch Bonus: This series deals with so much foreshadowing and plot devices, chances are the upon rewatching the series, you're bound to notice all the little hints disguised as seemingly unimportant scenes, dialogues, etc. And how they ended up unfolding the current plot.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Sora. He is a mysterious kid with a secret backstory, and some fans think that he might be a villain. Then came Episode 34...
  • The Scrappy:
    • Futoshi is largely disliked for pretty much doing nothing except getting "shivers" whenever something that he thinks is awesome happens. His body motions do not help...
    • Himika Akaba is not a well-liked character, starting with her Corrupt Corporate Executive qualities that make her try to take control of the Pendulum Cards and You Show, while lacking the cool qualities of her son. Further marks are that she is an implied abusive Education Mama to her youngest Reira, and has turned him into a Nervous Wreck and The Woobie. She might even be an intentional Hate Sink.
    • Kyuando the Quiz Duelist, is an insufferable Jerkass who claims that he's good at everything. His cacophonous and outright annoying voice does not help in the least. He's basically designed for this, and seems to have been noticed by the creators. While Michio at least appears in the second opening and Mieru appears a lot, Kyuando doesn't even show up, probably because he couldn't qualify.
    • Teppei Tairyobata, the Fishing Duelist. He's a greedy, treacherous, cowardly and selfish Gonk Fat Bastard - and with an annoying voice almost on par with Kyuando to boot! However, his final moments might have redeemed him to some extent at the eyes of some fans.
    • The Obelisk Force are disliked for having the same Ancient Gear decks, drawing the same cards and playing the same lame monster, Ancient Gear Hound Dog, over and over again. They also have the same personality and are hated for the crimes they have done.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Action Cards are generally hated by the fans since they are cards lying on the floor that any player can pick up every turn, and they can be activated immediately from the hand. It does not help that Yuya seems to draw the same Action Cards in the same situation he was before, which makes the series not believable at times. They were made to mitigate the hand size issues brought on by the use of Pendulum Summoning, and act the same way as people drawing a specifically good card at the right moment in past series.
  • Ship Mates: The Yuyas and Yuzus are pretty obvious ship mates. Some that ship YuyaXYuzu usually ship YutoXRuri, YugoXRin and YuriXSerena, seeing as they are all the same couple from different dimensions and each couple has been shown to be very close to each other.
  • Shipper on Deck: One could see Shuzou as this for YuyaXYuzu. The two have had multiple bonding moments throughout the series, and every time Shuzou was there, he didn't bat an eye, yet when Dennis hit on her in Ep. 44, Shuzou was furious.
  • Stoic Woobie: Yuto, and Kurosaki in some degree.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • Futoshi seems to get this a lot from the other members of the You Show kid trio.
    • For those who dislike ZEXAL, seeing Heartland City in ruins can be considered this.
    • Similarly, after an entire series of the protagonist winning through creating game-winning cards by what basically amounts to space magic, a good number of fans found the crowd reaction to discovering how Yuya spontaneously created Pendulums to be a blatantly unfair strategy and tantamount to cheating a sign that the creators were listening (though nobody hated Yuya for it; it was completely beyond his control).
    • Berserk Yuya biting Teppei's hand and then uppercutting him in Episode 46. Him being treated as the resident Butt Monkey during the whole episode certainly pleased most of the fanbase at that point.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: An issue that made fans angry even before Duel Monsters was aired in the West: the dub names. The majority of the fans who have watched the original version hate certain names, especially Yuzu's dub name "Zuzu".
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Olga has a great design, deck, and is an Ensemble Dark Horse. She is wasted when she is defeated and sealed by Yuuri, having lost all her duels while tagging with Halil.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Ritual Summoning gets almost no focus, there isn't a revealed own dimension, likely due to not being an Extra Deck Special Summoning method. Imagine how unique a Ritual Faction would be, or what kind of decks the show could produce for the actual card game.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: Many despise the Performapal archetype Yuya uses. On a whole, they're very weak, have bad Pendulum Scales and ATK/DEF, and some actually had to be buffed up in the actual card game to be worth anything. Their general weakness has to be supported by the use of Action Cards, and the only real benefits they have are being cute and being good transportation on the field. Meta-wise, this archetype is seen as inferior in comparison to the recent meta decks, especially to the much stronger Qliphorts. In comparison to other main character decks, Yuzu's Melodious archetype is infamous for its almost invincible Aria-Elegy lock, Gongenzaka's Superheavy Samurais are surprising darkhorses who gain a lot of good support cards in every new set, and Reiji's D/D are popular for their different Special Summoning mechanics. The Performapals finally got a very good support card in form of Performapal Pendulum Wizard (a card that has yet to appear in the anime yet), which has good Pendulum Scales and a useful Pendulum Effect, which rescued this archetype from the scrappy heap for players. The problem is that Pendulum Wizard, as well as the other good Performapals (Silverclaw, Combatiger and Thunderhino) are promo cards in the OCG, so the TCG players have to wait for them, but there is no release date for them yet.
  • Toy Ship: Reira/Ayu, since their duel in episode 28.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • People unfamiliar with the series mistook Yuya for a girl. Considering previous series, notably Duel Monsters, this is kind of understandable.
    • When Sora's design was first released, several arguments were had over him being a boy or a girl - his gender neutral name and female VA gave absolutely no indication either way.
    • Reira/Layra is also mistaken for a girl at first. His name doesn't help either.
    • Halil, mostly because his voice is very high-pitched, despite his seiyuu being a man.
    • Before his face was revealed, people thought Yuri was Ruri, or at least female. When he's introduced in episode 37, people were still confused about his gender, and the name Yuri didn't help.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: As per Yu-Gi-Oh! tradition, the show is aimed for children but has incredibly dark content. From an alternative dimension being filled of sociopaths based on Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, dueling being used as war and being sealed in cards as the common punishment, its hard to see it as a kids show.
  • Win Back the Crowd: When the series was first announced many fans weren't excited, feeling the anime series had become a Franchise Zombie with the first episode not helping. But the second episode changed many minds when the writers showed they were more savvy than thought and many gave the series a shot.
    • While Darker and Edgier Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds was more popular on hardcore fans, and Lighter and Softer ZeXal was more popular in Japan, this series tries to be in the middle. It has the younger looking characters of ZEXAL, and the darker storytelling of 5D's. Yuya himself is more GX sized, which is also roundabout in the middle.
    • The fast story pacing, the reappearance of a few old cards, the return of Fusion, Ritual, Synchro and Xyz Summons and the fact that duelists with meta decks are appearing in this series also increases the popularity of the show.
  • The Woobie:
    • Yuya has a Disappeared Dad and has some serious issues that he tries to hide. Later, he learns that other people besides him are able to Pendulum Summon, which is now not exclusively his. The dark events happening during the MCS increased his woobie status.
    • Yuzu's life has completely changed after meeting Yuto. Thankfully, she seems to get better after learning more about Yuto and his motivations.
    • Reira has a (probably) psychologically Abusive Education Mama, who has traumatized him to the point he finds no joy in dueling and is an Emotionless Boy around people. The only person he seems to care for is his brother Reiji.