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.
    • Yugo frantically denying that Rin is his girlfriend...all the while holding his hands in his lap and rocking side to side. And then there's the close-up where you can't see what his hands are doing.
  • 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.)
      • Add to that, he is also now portrayed one too with Serena. Considering how he can differentiate her and Yuzu "by the way they move" when the others couldn't, down to the implications that Reiji may had already prepared new clothes that fits her ahead of time and so on.
      • On a more serious note, his actions in Episode 34 when he selected the Heartland Action Field for Kurosaki's duel claiming to be a "gift" to him. Did he truly think Kurosaki would appreciate seeing his home again, or was it a sick joke and he meant "gift" in a sarcastic manner? Or was he using the field to provoke Kurosaki and/or Sora into revealing their true colors with the memories the city brought back to both of them?
      • Many scenes with him have led people to suggest he might be a rebellious "Well Done, Son!" Guy, who is doing everything to either make his daddy love him or simply to get back at him abandoning his family.
    • 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 inevitably often depicted as a Yuri Fan, on account of his name and the evil grin he had while watching a video of Yuzu.
    • Himika and her Education Mama attitude towards her younger son Reira: Is it just a typical Kick the Dog action and being an overachiever, or does she legitimately worry about his safety given the fact that her husband Leo is preparing a cross-dimensional invasion?.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Averted by the two leads Yuya and Yuzu, who (justifiably) spent at least the following 3 or 4 episodes to deal with the emotional traumas they were put through after they stopped running for their life but played straight with the supporting cast who aren't Yuto, Kurosaki, Yugo and Shuzou after learning his daughter's disappearance. For example: Yoko seems to be more concern with rescuing Yuzu than the fact that her son fought in an interdimensional war and almost got carded without her knowledge. Serena seems to have Zigzagged this trope: she is quite visibly horrified when she learnt what happened to Heartland but is very nonchalant after learning that her entire life purpose as told by Leo Akaba is a lie.
  • 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.
      • This trope is actually subverted. Yes, Yuya has the mysterious 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 out 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.
    • 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 sub-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 also 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. But even his fans hate the fact that he constantly changes his decks; from Darts Shooter to WATER Monarch to Yosenju to Underworld Troupe. His useless status and idiotic actions in episode 56 don't help him either.
    • 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 (this turned out to be somewhat hypocritical since a lot of subplots from later acts also based on the fact that Yuzu and Yuya's counterparts look like each other). 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. Yuzu is starting to fall to base breaker again, unfortunately not due to her at all but due to the memes surrounding her.
    • 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. Though the reveal in episode 52 is getting her out of base breaker. In the good way.
    • Reiji is very popular, not only because of his amazing skills, but also because he isn't as arrogant or a jerk like previous "Kaibas". But he is recently getting much flak on how he dealt 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.
      • A lot of Reiji's division comes from his antagonistic and extremist attitude towards his allies, and how much of it is justified for the greater good. This at the very least seems to be intentional, given Yuya's attitude towards it in-universe.
  • 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 on the Youth Team summoned Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth. That caused some confusion to the fandom.
  • 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.
    • The result of Yuya and Reiji's rematch. While people generally thought the match was really good, many thought that Reiji's way of winning (removing his face-down cards and later bringing them back, circumventing Yuya's strategy) seemed a bit like cheating, or his monster was too overpowered to be fair. Others are mad, not because Yuya lost (as people wanted to prevent him from being an invincible protagonist), but because Reiji won and got no comeuppance for his actions.
  • 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.
  • Continuity Lockout: A mild example but it's still there. The first 50 episodes were intended to be watched from the very beginning for the viewers to fully understand all of the Foreshadowing, the Jigsaw Puzzle Plot and the emotional impact on the characters. The Synchro Dimension arc so far averts this, but audience who decided to jumpstart to this arc would have a hard time figure a few things out such as why Yuzu is so important to the other characters (namely Yuya, Gongenzaka and Serena) without watching the previous development of their relationship as she spent most of her time so far separated from the Lancers or why everyone mistook Yugo and Yuzu for Yuya and Serena.
  • 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. 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.
    • Related to above, Yuya's Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon is definitively this. It's the first Xyz Pendulum Monster, and its requirements to summon it just to activate its powerful effect is something nobody could think of it. Combined with its look and the way how it attacks, this monster is truly Crazy Awesome.
    • Gongenzaka's Superheavy Samurai deck has no Spell and Trap Cards. That is crazy. However, 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 you 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, unless you aren't from Maiami City.
    • Yugo who loves to do tricks with his D-Wheel when dueling, even when it is completely unnecessary.
  • Creepy Awesome: Yuri. He is malicious, has tons of Slasher Smiles and sounds like a sadistic version of Yuya. And his eyebrows are disgusting.
  • 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.
  • Crossover Ship: Quit popular are SerenaXSerena, due to Name's the Same.
  • 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 second 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 Kurosaki 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.
    • The third Sound Duel adds several of these, including Duel of Rebellion (Yuto's theme), A Battle Beyond Imagining (Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon's theme), Yuto's Passionate Soul (ironically enough, Yugo's theme) and The Evolving Falcon (Raid Raptors - Revolution Falcon's theme).
  • 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 cemented his turn to becoming a mostly decent guy.
    • Serena had 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 realizing 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.
    • Listeners of the third opening HANATE tend to go "Hanate monsuta".
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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. Her Sybil deck also caught attention by the players, recently, despite we haven't seen her dueling for over 30+ episodes.
    • 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.
    • Tsukikage and Hikage, the two Ninja brothers initially introduced as background characters during the Maiami Championship are also quite popular in some circles, especially with the reveal that they are among Reiji's Lancer candidates and are more involved and aware about the Interdimensional War than their initial appearances suggested. Particularly Tsukikage, as he's still part of the story.
    • Yoko and Shuzo are pretty loved in the fandom for being loving and involved parents that this franchise is sorely lacking. While Yoko's popularity took a bit of a hit in the MCS arc, she bounced right back when her backstory was revealed.
    • Rin's popularity exploded when we got her design and backstory in Episode 54.
    • Ruri is a special case. She's a very popular character because she's the first of Yuzu's mentioned counterparts and she is often connected with the various memes surrounding Kurosaki and Yuto, to the point that people nicknamed Kurosaki's Raidraptors "Ruri Raptors". But she still hasn't got her design revealed yet, which makes her popularity really impressive.
    • On the card front, Yuya's Magicians are popular for being well-designed monsters and for being the better cards in Yuya's deck. In terms of the actual card game, once they became a viable archetype, they immediately become one of the most played decks online, despite not even being released in real life yet.
  • 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 discussions about Yuya and Yuzu: Why are they the only characters to have cross-dimensional counterparts? Where do the Four Dimensional Dragons owned by the Yus come from, and what's the secret behind their Berserk Mode? What's the purpose behind the bracelets worn by Yuzu and her other selves, and why does it always teleport the Yus away whenever there's more than one of them close to her?
    • There was a common theory that Yuzu is actually Ruri, with both pros and cons to it. But now it appears to have been Jossed by Yuri mentioning having captured the latter previously.
    • A popular theory is that Yuya and his counterparts were once a God of Destruction who was split into four. This is based on their "Berserk Mode" and Yuya's Antithesis Magician looking just like them. On the other hand, Yuzu and her counterparts were once a God of Creation also split into four, based on Leo's interest in them for his plan of fusing the dimensions and Yuya's Synthesis Magician's resemblance to them.
    • Episode 62 shows the Hard Light monsters can be used outside of duels for practical defense against attackers, with Yuya using his to fight off and hold back the prison guards themselves instead of dueling them. This has opened up a lot of questions as to how exactly it works (like whether a character could summon monsters without having to stick to normal Duel Monster rules, such as summoning a level five or higher monster without tributes or Pendulum summoning it, exactly what is the extent the commands duelist can give their monsters outside of duels, and how severe the damage they do can be), and casting a whole new bunch of Fridge Horror over exactly how severe the Fusion Dimension's attacks on the Xyz Dimension were.
  • Estrogen Brigade: As with previous Yu-Gi-Oh! installments, plenty of girls are interested in the show because of the attractive male cast and their Ho Yay. But unlike the other series, Arc-V also managed to catch a lot of girls' attention due to a decent number of well written female characters who are heavily involved in the plot and receive a good amount of screentime, like Yuzu and Serena.
  • 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.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Too early to tell, but Yuya / Yuzu is gaining a substantial support for having a close relationship and interesting interaction with each other (for different gender characters, at least) that rivals Yusei / Aki and Carly / Jack. Probably helps that the show give the pair a lot of ship tease on both sides. The ship exploded in popularity during Episodes 50 and 51 when we got to see how deep Yuya's feelings for Yuzu run. Especially impressive since Yuya, like other YGO male protagonist, is on the receiving end of a lot of Ho Yay (see below).
    • Yugo / Rin is the most popular of the counterpart pairs due to Yugo's reaction of her being called his girlfriend, her design and their similarity to other preferred couple Yuya / Yuzu. Another reason for the popularity is that Ruri hasn't appeared yet and we have never seen any interactions between Yuri and Serena.
  • "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, which finally revealed the interdimensional war.
    • The Battle Royale; multiple Drama Bombs are dropped, there are excellent (and some heart-wrenching) twists, tons of character development, and the duels drastically improve in quality, with many OCG original cards debuting.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The concept of Entertainment Dueling was initially looked as silly and goofy, because entertaining people while riding your monsters and stuff seemed to be ridiculous and childish. People changed their mind, as the Entertaining Dueling actually has a deeper meaning in the story, since the events during the MCS arc involving Academia has caused so much dark drama, Yuya fails to entertain the audience and the opponent like he wanted.
    • 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.
    • Yuya and Yuzu's asking for each other to be safe at the start of the Battle Royale can be downright heartbreaking when they both suffer quite a bit in that arc with Yuya and Yuzu being separated and Yuya fearing that she was carded.
    • Dennis's kindness and support to Yuya and Yuzu are a lot harder to watch when its revealed he's a mole from the Academia and it was all an act.
    • The fact that the Academia was an Expy of the Duel Academy put a lot of events and Character Development of GX into consideration of how Not So Different they are from the soldiers from the Academia and how they might have turned had Leo Akaba invaded the Duel Academia.
    • In a early episode Sora joked with Yuya about him not paying attention to Yuzu, and told him that someone else would end up taking her away from him, Yuya brushed it off with another She Is Not My Girlfriend commment. Fast-foward to episode 49, where he learns that Yuzu went missing. While Sora didn't mean it literally at the time, and Yuzu barely managed to avoid being kidnapped by Yuri, it doesn't change the fact that it still hit him HARD
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Yuya's first Pendulum Summoning has him summon three of his monsters at once, prompting questions from others if that's a legal move since no one has seen Pendulum cards before. Or, to phrase it another way, Yuya summoned a bunch of monsters in one turn, and his opponent questioned if that was against the rules.
    • 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, instead we got a silly guy with No Social Skills that crashes his D-Wheel into a street light camera. Still a badass though.
      • Many also thought he was on the Fusion Dimension's side due to his name. This became absolutely hilarious as a Running Gag in-universe.
    • 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.
    • Professor Leo Akaba sharing the same seiyuu with Kajiki from Duel Monsters is actually a bit funny if you think about it. And then, the return of Kajiki's previous ace monster, The Legendary Fisherman, makes it even funnier.
  • 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. Not to mention Kurosaki destroying an entire city (albeit holographic) with duel monsters, demonstrating for the first time the actual destructive power this "children's card game" has in this universe.
    • 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.
    • Episode 47: Yuri is absolutely brutal and outright sadistic, two previous characters who had actual names and personalities are carded, and Yugo and Yuzu get teleported to another dimension. Shit is getting real.
    • Episode 48: Michio, Teppei and Hikage are all carded and Yuya consciously wills himself out of Berserk Mode, challenging Sora to a duel.
    • Episode 49: Yuya consciously summons Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon.
    • Episode 50: Yuya having enough of Reiji, just straight up tries to punch him. Later during their duel Yuya was able to summon both Rune-Eyes and Beast-Eyes on his field on the same time and completely destroy the same trio of DDD monster Reiji used in their first match.
    • Episode 53: Yuto TALKED outside of a flashback.
    • Episode 54: The Synchro Dimension is a far more classist society than in the beginning of 5D's. Yuto and Yugo's rivalry and Yuto's later defeat was all due to Yuri, and we got to see Rin and the episode ends on a Riding Duel!
    • Episode 59: How about six members of the Lancers getting arrested? Or perhaps the bit where Tsukikage drops out of nowhere to rescue Reira?
  • 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. This seemed to go away after he was revealed to be a warrior from the Fusion Dimension, but fired up again because of Yuya's insistent belief in him, turning this into the YGO version of Naruto/Sasuke!
    • 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.
      • In 3rd opening Yuzu and Serena are dancing together while holding hands and switching clothes!
    • 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. The reveal that he's a mole from the Fusion dimension has put their initial interaction into a new light, however. See Harsher In Hindsight
    • 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.
    • Crow and his friend Shinji Weber not only have a lot of bromance, but also basically raising 3 kids together!
  • 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, though the pendant's current overshadowing by the plot seems to have alleviated this at the present.
    • Having another care-free and silly character after just coming off of one also initially 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, given Sora's Base Breaker status compared to Vector being an Ensemble Dark Horse.
  • 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 certainly qualified, although he's less of a jerkass and more just insensitive and hot-headed. He eventually loses the jerkass status, as more has been revealed about him.
    • 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.
    • Gongenzaka's two lackey's in the Facility attempt to talk Yuya and co. down when they first meet them. Considering the crap they get from people who did the same to them, it's pretty understandable.
  • 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 (which is somewhat Squicky since her Xyz counterpart is his sister), 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. Thankfully, both Yuya and Yuzu are type 2 launcher due to their young age.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Reiji Akaba, who is behind most of plot involving the heroic side. He has good intention and is anything but a jerk, but he would go so far to appear like one to recruit Yuya to his team.
    • Dennis Mackfield. Mostly for being a blatant mole, who hasn't aroused the suspicions of the other Lancers, including Reiji (or probably not). Fans often joke about him being either a professional in averting suspicions or the other characters are too stupid to notice that.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Beast-Eyes Pendulum Dragon for many after this image was released. But Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon takes the cake.
    • Reiji Akaba is often compared with Batman.
  • 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.
    • The whole Youth Team count as well, with people joking about Reiji having a bad choice for duelists.
    • Reiji himself was often the victim of this, prior to his second duel with Yuya - people pointed to the fact that he surrendered the first duel and took quite a while to actually defeat someone (who was just an Elite Mook), and it was quite popular to portray him as a lonely NEET stalker. His second duel with Yuya mostly cemented him as, if nothing else, an excellent duelist.
    • Yuto's earned the nickname of "Purple Kotori" for his early death and excessive egao-ing.
  • 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.
      • This seems to have been superseded by his obsession with Serena - it's pretty much fanon at this point that he still has the footage of them changing.
    • 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 
    • Jean-Michael Roger became one when he ordered that Serena be placed in a special cell when the Lancers, Crow and Shinji were arrested, saying he would "Investigate her thoroughly". He meant her Fusion Summoning, but it makes him sound like a rapist. Later he says he would "Visit it" after she calmed down. A lot of his dialogue towards her is very creepy.
  • 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" and "Hugo" And then Yuri's name become "Juri" and "Joeri".
    • 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.
      • The fandom has started making fun of stairs as Yuya fell down the stairs twice in his duel against Reiji.
    • 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 
    • Referring to 8 Youth Division finalists chosen to protect Maiami City from Academia's invasion as Reiji's personal male idol group/boy band.note 
    • Related to Reiji's boy band is Reiji's superhero team made up of Yuya, Gongenzaka, Serena, Kurosaki, Sawatari and Tsukikage, based on episode 49 and episode 50's preview, where Reiji states his desire to make them his Lancers. Due to the name, many are comparing the Lancers to the Avengers Some have even taken to photoshopping the Avengers' movie poster with them. Yuya is Captain America, Gongenzaka is the Hulk, Sawatari is Iron Man, Serena is Black Widow, Kurosaki is Thor, Tsukikage is Hawkeye and Reiji is Nick Fury.
    • While uncommon, Odd-Eyes is occasionally compared to a chicken more than a dragon thanks to it's overall body structure and how it moves about like a chicken thanks to having no wings like other dragon monsters. Of course, then a possible Synchro form for it was revealed in an upcoming Structure Deck, and not only does it look more avian than draconic, but it also appears to have a crest atop its head. To top it off, it's a FIRE monster, and its artwork depicts its body Wreathed in Flames. Naturally, Mega Ultra Chicken comparisons ensued.
  • Memetic Psychopath:
    • Sora, after episode 34 onwards. His rape faces are Memetic Mutations.
    • Similar to above, Berserk Yuya has become one, especially after episode 45, mostly to his rape faces and his wrath.
  • 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 every time whenever one of Sora's monsters disappears.
  • 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 at least once per episode for a long while.
  • Narm:
    • 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.
      • Older Than They Think: This idea actually appeared first in 5Ds as a plot device in Yusei's Duel Disk as a way for him to clear Aki's name for her involvement in Toby's murder by tricking Divine into admitting it and broadcast it to Misty. Admittedly, it was somewhat of an Ass Pull and he never shown using it again, but still.
    • 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.
    • Similar to the above, the early episodes got a lot of mileage out of Yuya flashing back to his father's words to break a Heroic BSOD. When a flashback has become Stock Footage used almost as much as the summon sequences, it gets silly. Thankfully this was dropped by the time the show got into the qualifying duels.
    • Reiji's odd pose in Episode 51, straight out of JoJo.
    • When Yoko was trying to make Yuya duel her in episode 52, it managed to be pretty serious through most of it. However, during a scene when she was chasing Yuya around on her motorcycle, the way the back part of the bike was positioned during it made it look like she wearing a fez. Naturally, this made the scene a bit hard for some to take seriously.
    • In an odd inversion, Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon's smiling face in episode 53 was meant to be funny, some found it to be disturbing instead.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Shingo Sawatari's dramatic speeches, probably intentional.
    • Sora's crazy facial expressions in episode 34 that bring Dark Marik and other characters to people's mind.
    • From what we've seen of most Duel Schools so far, they seem to have specific classes for... Drawing cards in overly dramatic fashions. One can't help but wonder if this was intentional.
    • Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon's design is near incomprehensible. It's some kind of mechanical dragon... thing that appears to be wearing armor of some kind, and has giant arse orbs jetting from it's shoulders, and some kind of clamp like hands that have holes in the palms that look like they're for shooting missiles or something. Despite the crazy all over the place design though, this does not stop it from being insanely awesome when it hits the field, both in universe and in the real life card game.
    • During Yuto's duel against Yugo, the latter rides his bike in circles while Yuto pretty much stays in one single spot throughout the whole game. This doesn't stop the episode from being incredibly awesome.
    • While Yuya angsting over Yuzu being "captured/dead" is perfectly understandable, it's a bit hard for the audience to take that seriously since we knew beforehand that Yuzu's actual fate isn't as bad as they were making it out to be. However, it does succeed in turning Reiji into even more of a Base Breaker, as most fans deem him lying to Yuya about her situation to be completely unnecessary.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Being Yu-Gi-Oh!, it has its own page now.
  • Obvious Judas: While people were divided about how it would play out, most people had already anticipated that there was something fishy about Dennis and when he was indeed revealed to be the Mole most people had already seen it coming. Additionally the fact that his cover has very obvious flaws and suspicious reactions doesn't seem to bother anyone has become sort of a running joke in the fandom.
  • Recycled Premise: Not the show but the Synchro Dimension storyline seems to be just like season 1 of 5Ds with new characters, different names and minus the whole mythical Earthbound God / Signer aspect, along with the Tops being even bigger assholes than before, as the separation is instigated by themselves rather than Zero Reverse like in the original storyline. They even have Crow and Jack represent different sides of the economy.
  • 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.note  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 Kajiki's The Legendary Fisherman - including an amazingly powerful upgrade to him - definitely contributted to that as well.
    • Even Himika is starting to get more likable from the Fusion Dimension invasion arc due to being shown to be a Benevolent Boss and Reasonable Authority Figure, as well as justified a lot of her earlier ruthless actions because she was planning to defend against an invasion from her husband Leo. However, she may slip out of this and into Base Breaker given the continued psychological damage that Reira has been exhibiting over the course of the Synchro arc.
  • 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. Although she was rescued during the Fusion Dimension invasion arc.
    • 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.
    • Nobody likes Takeda and Umesugi from Ryozanpaku Duel School, who go one step beyond their fellow disciple Kachidoki by ganging up at Yuya and almost dropping him into a pool of lava, all the while taunting him into surrendering to his dark side. And, unlike Isao (see Cry for the Devil above), they don't appear to have a sympathetic backstory to help explain their actions.
    • 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 committed.
    • The Security of City has also gained hate from the fans, for similar reasons like the Obelisk Force. The officers all run Goyo decks and they are also too competent like the Obelisk Force. Especially their tendency to disrupt awesome duels angers the fandom a lot.
  • 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.
    • The Penalty System of the Battle Royale Mode in the Battle Royale sub-arc. First, it's shown to be funny and actually fair, punishing anyone trying to gain an advantage by entering a duel already in progress. That's until the Obelisk Force arrived, and the Penalty System only worked on people who were actually participating in the tournament, which causes Michio and Teppei to get carded. Since then, people have started to hate the system for that reason, accusing it of being a stupid move from Reiji's part, despite the latter claiming to have planned ahead how to handle the situation.
  • 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 three out of four couples have been shown to be very close to each other.
  • 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 an alternate version of Heartland City in ruins can be considered this.
      • Heck, we see Heartland destroyed three times: once, with the real city, and twice with Action Fields.
      • Sora mocking the concept of being friends through dueling in Episode 49 could considered one towards Yuma, whose philosophy some consider to be utterly idiotic and nonsensical.
    • 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 some fans angry even before Duel Monsters was aired in the West: the dub names. A number of fans who watched the original version hate certain names, such as Yuzu's dub name "Zuzu". The worst offender may be shortening Gongenzaka's name to "Gong", potentially creating a lot of Narm and Accidental Innuendo.
    • To some, the dub itself isn't looking pretty at all, though it is only the first episode thus far. Fan ire is towards Yuya, Skip (Shuzo), and Gongenzaka's dub voices in particular, with Gong sounding like he's doing a bad Elvis impersonation and Skip sounding like a scratchy-voiced nerd.
    • The Riding Duels no longer use Speed Spells or penalize players for using non-Speed Spells in the Synchro Dimension. Some fans feel this takes away the uniqueness and point of Riding Duels.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • The LDS trio: Masumi, Hokuto and Yaiba. All of them have cool archetypes, they got Character Development and a lot of screentime during the time of the Qualifying sub-arc. But once the MCS arc started, they got Demoted to Extra after Masumi lost to Yuzu and things has gotten worse. Yaiba ends up hospitalized by Kachidoki after a few seconds, and Hokuto gets carded by Serena, since then we have nothing heard about the other two. And when the Lancers are finally chosen, neither Masumi nor Yaiba are part of them, though there may be some hope - Masumi and Yaiba want to join the future ranks of the Lancers.
    • Olga has a great design, deck, and is an Ensemble Dark Horse. She is wasted when she is defeated and sealed by Yuri, having lost all her duels while tagging with Halil. Her origin from the Nordic area is also left unexplained, unlike Halil.
    • Despite showing some promise, Himika's potential as a character was wasted due to not having much screen time. That means several interesting dynamic was unexplained, such as her relationship to her sons Reiji and Reira and what happens to her marriage with the Big Bad of the show - Leo, as well as how she reacts to the truth (they didn't even share any scene together despite being, you know, spouses). She also doesn't have a deck to defense herself against an interdimensional dueling war and is the ex-wife of the person who is in charge of the invasion, despite being in charge of LDS.
  • 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. The possibilities are endless
    • The whole Junior Division was initially set up as a way for Tatsuya, Futoshi and Ayu to have some duels, as well as introducing Reiji's little brother Reira. Unfortunately it ends with Reira simply doing his winning move in Episode 49, before the opening credits nonetheless. Ayu is the only one of the three to get a full on-screen duel.
  • 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, Reiji's D/D are popular for their different Special Summoning mechanics, and both Sora and Kurosaki's Fluffals and Raidraptors are fairly good in their own right and are memetic on the internet. The Performapals finally got a very good support card in form of Performapal Pendulum Wizard, which has good Pendulum Scales and a useful Pendulum/Monster 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. Even better is that, albeit they have been more cameos, Yuya has begun using these better cards.
  • Toy Ship: Reira/Ayu, since their duel in episode 28. Probably because of their Broken Bird / Genki Girl dynamic.
  • True Art Is Angsty:
    • Definitely one of the more deeper Yu-Gi-Oh anime series out there, taking a serious look at a lot of the Tropes common to the series and playing with them in many ways, often verging into pure Deconstruction territory. All this is coming off after the more Lighter and Softer ZEXAL, which proved to be highly divisive because of said Lighter and Softer tone.
    • However, it's still nowhere near as dark as the original manga, and still manages to be more optimistic and upbeat than 5Ds, which had some people complaining about the Darker and Edgier elements even by original series standards, so it's actually a bit of a Subversion. Indeed, many consider ARC-V's success owes to the fact that it manages to strike a good balance between the two extremes.
  • 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.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The show is very ambiguous about how much sympathy Kachidoki deserves when he was defeated by Yuya's Superpowered Evil Side and he was revealed to having been a sweet kid. For some, he lost some sympathy points by the fact that Yuya's "evil" side only acts out of self defense after Yuya got physically assaulted by Kachidoki repeatedly (which put Yaiba in the hospital, by the way), and even then, the "evil" side didn't even do anything to him other than just finish the duel.
    • Although Kachidoki looks nice compared to his fellow students Takeda and Umesugi, who lack his stoic and professional behaviour, acting like outright jerks and taking pleasure at inflicting as much pain on Yuya as possible.
  • What an Idiot:
    • Sawatari in episode 56 for telling the officers about the Action Spell, directly hampered Yuya and lost one of their few advantages over them.
    • While dueling Gongenzaka to stall him is pretty smart, Dennis used Xyz and Pendulum summon even when he doesn't really have anything to lose for winning the duel isn't as it once again cost him to lost the few advantages he has over the Synchro Dimension. Though as The Mole, he might have been trying to paint both Xyz and Pendulum summoning as evil for propaganda, and at the time he had no idea that they were fighting Security (though to further complicate things, he later comments to Gongenzaka that talking about different dimensions is bound to be trouble.)
    • The blonde Security Facility guard. Goofs off playing video games when being told to put the Lancers in solitary, thus likely paving the way for their union and likely escape.
  • 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. With an alternative dimension being filled of sociopaths based on Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, genocide, 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! 5D's 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.
    • When 5D's fans found out that Jack and Crow appear in ARC-V, many decided to watch the new series.
  • 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 gets better after learning more about Yuto and his motivations...but then the Trauma Conga Line kicks in again at the end of the Battle Royale and the beginning of the next arc.
    • 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. The Synchro Dimension arc increases his woobie status, as he's seperated from Reiji and finds himself in world full of strangers.
    • Kurosaki and Yuto. The former is a Jerkass Woobie, but both of them count due to being survivors of a genocide and coming out of a war zone.
    • Yugo is an orphan who spent his entire life being looked down upon. Then he lost his best friend/crush and has been spending every moment trying to find her since.