YMMV / Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V

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  • 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.
    • The synopsis for episode 69 includes the phrase "Yuzu wants to show her everything to Yuya".note 
    • The dub refers to the D/D and D/D/D monsters as "Double D" and "Triple D".
  • 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:
    • After we learn Shun Kurosaki aspired to become a Pro Duelist before Heartland's invasion, some fans started wondering whether him forgoing looking for the other Lancers in order to enter the Underground Dueling scene at the beginning of the Synchro Dimension arc could be the way he found to live his dream amidst the whole chaos caused by Academia's military campaign.
    • Some people wonder how the Yuto-Ruri-Kurosaki scenario played out. Kurosaki, whether intentionally or not, is expected to have killed any opportunity of Yuto and Ruri being alone together. This theory was further fueled by the panning shot of the Xyz counterparts, which featured Kurosaki alongside Yuto and Ruri. He was the only one other than Sawatari who was not a counterpart to be shown sleeping next to the counterparts.
    • Reiji Akaba is a rebellious "Well Done, Son!" Guy who is doing everything to either make his daddy love him or to get back at his father for abandoning his family, an obsessed Yuya and Serena fan, and every situation, no matter how bad, is operating according to his plan.
    • After Yugo crashed his bike into a lamp post in his introduction, he was depicted as a terrible driver who regularly crashes into things and then proceeds to challenge said things to duels.
    • 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.
    • In an In-Universe example, Sam interpreted Jack's gift of Tuning Magician as calling him weak rather than as inspiration to get stronger (Jack's actual intention). Somewhat justified given her effect.
    • While Shinji is clearly a revolutionary who aspires to liberate the Commons, the sheer number of personal Kick the Dog moments he's accumulated has led some people to wonder if Shinji is more of a case of He Who Fights Monsters.
    • Rin is often portrayed as being soft and cheerful by fanartist, although the actual series portrays her with a personality that is similar or is the same as Yuzu's.
  • 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, Shuzou and Sora. 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 the Professor 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.
    • Although scary as hell, Antique Gear Chaos Giant fell in only one turn, and even hindered Dennis. Fake Ultimate Mook much?
    • Quite a few fans view Kurosaki's Raidraptor - Ultimate Falcon as this; despite having immunity to effects and being capable of negating the opponent's card effects, it gets beaten fairly easily by both Crow and Kaito and wasn't even rendered in CG in its debut.
    • In a variant, many fans also believe that Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon got nowhere near the fanfare it deserved, being an evolution of Clear Wing and all. A similar case can be made for Serena's Moonlight Lio Dancer, which also received very little fanfare and despite having a formidable effect gets taken down very quickly by the above.
    • Earthbound Servant Geo Glasya-Labolas. Big, scary, and gets punched out almost immediately by Red Daemon's Dragon Scar-Right.
    • Roget is being viewed as this due to his deck being Ancient Gears, the same as the Obelisk Force (though he focuses on old favorite Soldier rather than Hound Dog). And then played very straight when Reiji One-Turn Kills him and then Zero-Turn Kills him again. Probably intentional to highlight is Smug Snake and Dirty Coward nature.
  • 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).
    • The Synchro arc. The prison sub-plot dragged for about four episodes just to introduce Tokumatsu (who, to be fair, is an Ensemble Darkhorse) while putting fan-favorites Kurosaki, Serena, Yuzu, and Yugo badly Out of Focus. The Friendship Cup didn't help matters; the characters were all imprisoned in separate rooms while they awaited their chance to duel in one-on-one Turbo Duels. The result was very little character interactions, lots of time watching characters (mostly Yuya and Yuzu) sit in their rooms talking to themselves, and repetitive and formulaic duels instead of the fantastical and varied Action Duels the series had built the first season on. Furthermore, characters that lost were sent to the underground labor facility, which basically meant they got Trapped by Mountain Lions until it was time for the revolution at the end of the season. The Friendship Cup started in Episode 66 and didn't end until Episode 99, which practically lampshaded the long wait after the opening by saying: "Finally, the climax of the Synchro Dimension Arc!"
    • Another sub-plot that also received this complaint is that Dennis is The Mole from the Academy. He first appeared in episode 41, reviewed as a mole to the audience in the next, but then the characters only learned he is one 30 episodes later. This somewhat Justified during the Invasion arc as everyone were too busy running for their life but there's no excuse why he was recruited into the Lancers and in the end just made everyone looked like idiots for missing such an Obvious Judas while tired out the viewers.
    • Yuzu and Yuya have officially been separated for over half of the show's run. And when they're finally reunited, they're separated again. UGH!
    • In a similar vein, the Lancers have been down at least one man ever since they first set foot in the Synchro Dimension. The last time all of them were in the same place at the same time was when they were being briefed by Reiji.
  • 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.
    • At the time it was revealed, Kurosaki's fondness for children came off as anticlimatic and had no Foreshadowing, and they could have just had him bond with Crow because of their background against Academia and the Tops without the whole Friend to All Children bit.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • The end of the duel between Jack and Sergey is very similar to the infamous Team Unicorn duel of 5D's; the villain, fired up by his opponent's fighting spirit, sacrifices a game-ending move to draw out the duel and the hero triumphs for it. However, due to multiple factors in how the characters were written and how the duel ended, it comes off much better done than in 5D's.
    • As mentioned below, there were complaints about the lack of focus on Ritual Summoning, and in season three another Ritual duelist, Asuka/Alexis was finally introduced.
    • So far, it seems the Xyz Arc is doing a lot to address concerns people had during the Synchro Arc. The plot is back on track and moving at a faster pace, legacy characters are being better utilized, Yuto returns from his long bus trip, long-running questions are closer to being answered, and the animation having improved significantly.
    • While Sawatari getting jobbed is nothing new, Gongenzaka beginning to slip into this has been poorly received. So after he and Sawatari lost to the Tyler Sisters, the show took care to remind the audience that Tag Duels share a Graveyard, and given Gongenzaka's need to have a Spell/Trap free Graveyard and Sawatari's reliance on them, this would regardless put one of them at a huge disadvantage and cause an easy loss on their part.
  • Awesome Ego: To borrow the words of the man himself: there's no such thing as perfection, but if there were, it would be Jack Atlas. Granted, this Jack isn't quite as egotistical as the one in 5D's, but still, it's JACK ATLAS.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Yuya is generally well-received by fans, but not universally. He is skilled, performs great combos, and can be 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.
      • Yuya's status as a Pinball Protagonist during the Qualifying sub-arc, his Performapal cards previously being rather terrible in battle, and his over-reliance on Action Cards and the Pendulum Summon mechanic made him look rather disappointing to some. His popularity increased after he caught up to and advanced the plot after interacting 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.
      • Some people complain that during the Friendship Cup, Yuya is too self-righteous and the speeches he makes are annoying. He is also complained to waste time on Wangst. His resolve to beat Jack has given fans hope that he'll get away from the rut he's been in for the entirety of the Synchro Arc thus far.
    • Not everyone is sold on Sawatari, who was primarily sullied by his positively Jerkass tendencies in 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 has changed his deck multiple times (Darts Shooter, WATER Monarch, Yosenju, and finally Abyss Actors). At times, it looks like the writers totally forgot all the Character Development he went through, going back to portray him as the dumb, incompetent spoiled brat he was at the start of the series (episode 56 being the most notable example). On the other hand, his Friendly Rival status with Yuya is making him better liked, especially as Yuya gets more and more sick of Reiji. Many were impressed with how Sawatari dueled synced Yugo/Yuya into a corner in episode 72 or the strategy he used against Kaito.
    • Sora: you'll either find him an amusing character or a smug, annoying brat. After his reveal, he's repeatedly drawn comparisons to Vector. Some dislike him for his arrogance and vicious nature. Others feel that while vicious, he has his reasons as a Child Soldier and deserves the benefit of the doubt since he's shown he cares for his friends from You Show.
    • Yuzu. Many people weren't sold on her due to her cliche Tsundere tendencies, her taking too long to learn basic Fusion Summoning, and the fact that her initial plot-importance was due to her simply looking like someone else (this turned out to be actually important since much of the plot revolves around Yuya, Yuzu, and their Identical Strangers). On the other hand, many people adore her Character Development, enjoyable relationship with Yuya, general dueling skill, and fantastic rematch against Masumi. Many fans find her to be the best female main character ever. Yuzu has fallen back to Base Breaker again, due primarily to a case of Its Popular, so It Sucks. However, most fans agree that she was severely shafted and could have been used better in the Synchro Dimension arc (see below).
    • Halil is either funny and sympathetic or an annoying character with equally annoying voice and accent. Many were still not happy that he was carded.
    • Initially, Dennis was either a funny, nice guy with impressive skills or an annoying Mary Sue that used a cheap way to beat Yuzu. His reveal as The Mole from Academia and possible Vector Expy left him with a whole new level of base breaker status. As of episode 75, there's disagreement as to whether he is actually another Vector clone.
      • Some people also don't feel too pleased with Dennis' true ace card because it was an Antique Gear monster rather than an Entermage.
    • Reiji is very popular, not only because of his skill, but also because he isn't as arrogant or a jerk like previous "Kaibas". He's still gotten some hate for some of his actions.
      • He received a lot of flak for how he was always sitting in a room and observing instead of dueling while others found 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 status comes from his antagonistic and extremist attitude towards his allies, and debate over how much of it is justified for the greater good. This seems to be intentional, given Yuya's attitude towards it in-universe.
      • His support of Reira gaining his own will has boosted him, but, initially, his dismissal of Tsukikage's loss was not well-received. Some people have stopped hating Reiji since it was revealed that he had Tsukikage lose on purpose to keep an eye on the underground.
    • Shinji Weber became this, because while he has a cool deck and his hatred of the Tops is understandable, he chose a poor scapegoat in the form of fan-loved Tsukikage, making him out to be the bad guy and insulting the Fuma clan. He reaches a whole new level of Base Breaker after his duel with Yuya, where he proves to be a Hypocrite and shows what some fans view as Kurosaki-level rage. His support of Commons doesn't help his case. Gets worse in Episode 80, where he screams and accuses Yuya of being a "traitor", despite losing fair and square.
    • As of episode 74, some fans are getting sick of Kurosaki's continued aggressive nature, disturbing lack of concern of the consequences his actions have on others, and lack of character development relative to many others in the main cast. Others feel that he was justified in his actions as Dennis was The Mole and personally responsible for green-lighting the invasion, and befriended and betrayed Ruri to Yuri, or are at the very least are willing to cut him a break on all fronts due to his past. This seems to be intentional, since he's called out for it in spite of what he's gone through by Frank, who's been roughly off most of his life.
    • Frank, Tanner and Amanda have become this because they called out Kurosaki. This is mainly a split between those that like Kurosaki and those that don't, although there is a third camp who agrees that Kurosaki needed to be called out but dislike how it was done. note 
    • Barrett was rather well received during his debut because for not being a Jerkass unlike most of the Academia characters. However, due to him playing the Idiot Ball and being Put on a Bus for 36 episodes, he wasn't particularly popular. When he returned, he got negative reactions for a) using a Game Breaker combo that is too unfair, and b) seperating Serena from the Lancers, despite losing to Sergey. Despite this, he is not actually hated by the fandom.
    • Kaito's inclusion in the series was well-received due to the Badass reputation that he carried over from ZEXAL, but his character in this seriesnote  has received mixed reception due to being even more aggressive than Kurosaki; to the point where he was literally a finger twitch away from carding Kurosaki just for trying to talk him down. His Big Damn Heroes moment has met with mixed reception as well; either it's brilliant and a long time coming, or an Ass Pull.
    • Sayaka to a lesser degree. While some fans agree that she has gotten some flak for being an Expy of Kotori and getting Kurosaki injured in the middle of his and Yuya's Duel against the Obelisk Force, others are quite saddened at her cowardice and friendship with Ruri.
  • 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.
    • When Yuya sets his Pendulum Scales in episode 78, we see Kurosaki's stern face for about one second. And he's only watching the duel on the television. He doesn't make any comment during the entire episode and he's doesn't appear after that scene for the rest of the episode. We don't know why his face is suddenly shown there.
    • The waltz between Bloom Prima and Des-Toy Mad Chimaera in episode 83.
  • Broken Base:
    • The fanbase was split on Jack and Crow's reappearance. Some were scared that it would mess up the show's pacing, open up a lot of plot holes and steal focus from the show's original characters. Some simply don't like 5D's. The other half were interested in possible other crossovers and in Jack and Crow coming back. They felt that the Synchro Dimension has been the least explored of the four mentioned dimensions up to that point and that in a interdimensional war series like ARC-V, a lot of characters are needed.
    • 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 and that his monster was too overpowered to be fair. Others were mad, not because Yuya lost (as people do not want him to be an Invincible Hero), but because Reiji won and got no comeuppance for his actions.
    • Upon release in the third Sound Duel, a slow and mournful One-Woman Wail that played during Yuto's "death" sequence and Yugo's techno-themed, upbeat and fast-paced battle theme were released as a single track, with the vocals placed over the beginning and end of the song. Fans are split over liking the combined version of the track for being more dramatic and interesting, not minding it but still wishing the separate versions were available, and hating it for denying both themes a release when they're so well-loved.
    • The special opening for Episode 73, featuring all five protagonists (in commemoration of the franchise's 777th episode) is either a nice tribute or a lazy clipshow recycling old animation after fans were promised something more exciting.
    • While generally well-received by fans, some complained that the fourth opening was out of place given the dark context of the episodes themselves. It is also complained to be exceedingly generic for the fact that it does not introduce new plot threads and focuses entirely on only a handful of the main cast. Fans were baffled by the exclusion of Reiji. On the other hand, many fans were ecstatic at the inclusion of all Yuyas' and Yuzus' in a single opening, including one shot with all eight. Some thought that the inclusion of the scene with Yugo ogling the cheerleaders was out of place or out of character.
    • The release of Ending 4 teases a relationship between Sawatari and Serena. Some fans find this hilarious and heartwarming, thinking that Sawatari deserves someone special in his life and is a callback to the original GX series where Manjoume had a crush on Asuka. Others find this an unlikely pairing for the following reasons: believing that Serena can do SO MUCH BETTER than hooking up with a loser like Sawatari, Sawatari may have feelings for Yuzu and is instead looking for a replacement that shares her face, the scary possibility that Serena could EVER return any sort of romantic feelings towards Sawatari and not someone more reasonable like Yuya or Reiji, etc.
      • Related to this, there is a split over the fact Serena wasn't sleeping next to Yuri like the rest of the counterpart pairs. Mostly between those that ship Yuri/Serena and those that don't.
    • The reveal of Starve Venom Fusion Dragon in episode 91. Some like it and say it looks scary, while others find it ugly and disappointing. Later Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
    • Sergey's Earthbound deck. Some find it a cool Call Back to 5D's with a unique gimmick and hope it means more support for a long-dead archetype will be released in the future. Others find it cheapens the importance of the archetype to 5D's and is a case of Badass Decay, the Earthbounds being reduced to normal cards for the sake of seeing them again. Related to this is that the episode previews for Episode 92 strongly hinted the Earthbound Immortals would be coming back, which surely would have been a huge Wham Episode... and then it turned out they were not only just Sergey's new deck, it was just new monsters that shared the theme.
    • The general lack of focus Ritual Summoning tends to get in comparison to the other summoning mechanics. While Fusion, Synchro, Xyz and Pendulum get equal focus, Ritual generally tends to get the shaft by comparison, with only two characters (one of whom has since been Put on a Bus) using a deck that focuses on the mechanic.note  Some point out how Ritual Summoning isn't an Extra Deck mechanic, and thus doesn't follow the theme of the four dimensions. Others still want Ritual Summoning to get more focus, pointing out how it's still unique in comparison to other Main Deck monsters, having it's own unique card colornote  and summoning conditions. Most supporters also want more support for Ritual Monsters for the actual real life card game. Some people are also interested in how a Ritual Dimension would tie into the current plot.
  • 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 to see him being defeated by Sora and then falling down a flight of stairs, especially as he looked down on Sora at the start of the match.
    • Yuya's Superpowered Evil Side 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.
    • Yuya's rage at Reiji seems to mirror how the fandom felt about him in episodes 50 and 67.
    • Kurosaki's Unstoppable Rage against Dennis in episode 75. While disturbing, the former's And This Is For... speech, Dennis failing to catch Action Cards due to the destruction he himself caused, and the duel culminating with Dennis's ace monster getting roasted by a giant laser from space, made the episode immensely satisfying for some, especially after the revelations made during the episode (said monster being the one used in the destruction of Heartland, no less). Several were even disappointed that Kurosaki was unable to card him or beat him up (note that Dennis was already unconscious by that point).
    • For those who don't like Shinji, Roget calling him out on his Sore Loser tendencies after he loses to Yuya is this. Arguably also when he calls the Commons "bark and no bite".
  • Complete Monster: Jean Michel Roget, the Arc Villain of Season 2, is the director of Security for the Synchro Dimension. Originally a member of Academia, Roget betrays Academia and attempts to take over the Synchro Dimension for himself. He creates a device that allows him to brainwash the security force into mindless drones for his future attempt at overthrowing the executive council, and conducts experiments on the dangerous criminal Sergey to turn him into an even more aggressive cyborg, with intention of having him crush Jack Atlas, thereby crushing the hopes of Tops and Commons alike. When Serena duels Yugo, to ensure she wins, he repeatedly alters the track for Serena to get action cards instead of Yugo, not caring that it puts Yugo in danger of falling off the track and dying. Later on during Yuya's duel against Crow, he activates a chip he installed in Yuya's helmet, painfully electrifying Yuya to force him into a more aggressive state, shrugging it off when told that Yuya could die from this. When his attempts to overthrow the council and dethrone Jack Atlas fail, he blows up the security headquarters, disables all elevators except for one he has himself and Yuzu take, leaving his other subordinates to die, and decides to take Yuzu to the fusion dimension in hopes that this will cause him to be forgiven by Academia. When Jack and Crow stop this from happening, Roget attempts to open up a wormhole to suck himself and everybody in the city in it, trapping them in dimensional limbo purely out of spite, telling everybody that if they won't obey him, everything in the world should disappear.
  • Continuity Lockout: A mild example. Season 1 was 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. Season 2 largely averted this, but audience who decided to jumpstart to this arc would have a hard time figuring a few things out. note 
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • Yuya:
      • He's similar to Kouta Kazuraba for being an All-Loving Hero With Bad Publicity and a potentially violent Determinator, who also have not only suffered but are also antagonized for their kindness and have powers beyond everyone else, when Kouta is slowly turning into an Over Lord in the later half of his series and Yuya has mystical powers.
      • In a more frightening turn of events, Yuya has a number of similarities to Ken Kaneki. They both started out as kind, timid children who withdrew into themselves due to their upbringing with few friends at the start of their series, Yuya creating a mask to protect himself from being mocked because his father disappeared and having only Yuzu and Gongenzaka as his friends while Kaneki was incredibly passive to not resemble his abusive aunt with Hide as his only friend. Originally they both were technical pacifists and desired peace for everyone, Kaneki original goal was for Ghouls and Humans to together live in peace and Yuya desiring for everyone to be happy. Their series start when an unique power to their setting is forced upon them which eventually spreads, Kaneki is transformed into a half-ghoul who are incredibly rare and are stated to be stronger than humans or full ghouls, eventually lead to the Kanou's half-ghouls and the Quinxs while Yuya creates Pendulum Summoning widely considered the most powerful form of summoning yet which Reiji eventually copies and spreads to the public. They are hounded by their Super-Powered Evil Side, Kaneki has multiple from his ghoul side to his Kakuja to his former memories while Yuya has his Superpowered Evil Side. To top it all off, they both have been tortured by a blond hair antagonist interested in their power, Kaneki was tormented by Yamori because Kaneki had a powerful healing factor so he could fulfill Yamori's sadism while Roget was interested in Yuya's growing skill and his hidden rage.
      • In addition, Yuya is Yu-Gi-Oh!'s answer to Aichi Sendou for being a Nice Guy with a decent win/loss record and a Darker and Edgier version of Psyqualia in the form of his Superpowered Evil Side.
      • He's also similar to Kirito. Both of them are Willfully Weak gamers who suffered a series of massive emotional traumas since childhood and have Living Emotional Crutch female lead characters (Yuzu and Asuna). This is further reinforced in the Synchro arc, since Yuya's continuous attempts to save Yuzu mirrors that of Kirito's rescue mission in the Fairy Dance arc.
    • Yuzu:
      • Just like Yuya is an Expy of Kouta, Yuzu is one of Mai Takatsukasa for being an All-Loving Heroine who wanted to spread joy to everyone, and are childhood friends with the main character who they are in love with. Both of them them each having powers beyond normal people, with Mai becoming the Woman of Beginning and Yuzu's bracelet having the power to forcibly warp Yuya's counterparts away from each other. For bonus points each tries to warn the public of an interdimensional threat which failed.
      • She and Asuna are also similar in terms of Badassery, cuteness, having light motifs, defying Damsel in Distress, and being romantically involved with their respective male lead characters.
    • Reiji:
    • Sora:
      • A silly guy that befriends The Hero with cutesy monsters that turn into nightmarish creatures, and turns out to be Evil All Along and makes constant evil faces. Shingetsu/Vector anyone? Though his character development is slowly edging him out of this.
      • He's also a mix between Bruno (helping out with the heroes) and Lucciano (being a child Duelist working with the bad guys). And like Bruno, he stays loyal to his new friends.
      • Sora's old position as the smart guy in You Show, ties to the villains and relationship to the hero and heroine make him a partially expy of Mitsuzane Kureshima. But while Micchy started on the heroes' side and slowly turned evil and insane due to his relationships with the Kouta and Mai, Sora was the inverse. Sora started evil, but due to Yuya and Yuzu's friendship, who are expies of Kouta and Mai, he is slowly going through a Heel–Face Turn.
    • The Professor: His desire to fuse all worlds into one harkens to Yubel from GX. The Professor even seems to have a similar method (capturing people to empower a machine vs. Yubel sacrificing duelists to complete Super Polymerization).
    • Roget:
      • He has a few things in common with Cersei. Both are arrogant blondes who look down upon the poor, gained power from people who thought they could be easily controlled, eventually gain undead Dragons, and seek power for the sake of power in a setting where everyone else has some ulterior goal they want to use their power to gain. They're also both intelligent but not as smart as they think they are, overthrow anyone who might be a threat to them when given the chance, and don't understand how honorable characters fight.
      • Being a Control Freak with a massive "King" complex and a sick bastard with a big ego, Roget is clearly an amalgamation of both Yakumo Oomori and Nobuyuki Sugou. It doesn't help that the way he treats Serena, Yuya, and Yuzu has subtle sexist undertones.
    • Yuri: Being an Ax-Crazy Psycho for Hire themed after poison and carnivorous plants, Yuri is an unholy blend of Supreme King Judai, Professor Cobra, Black Rose Witch Aki, Azula, and Poison Ivy pressed into a single character and let loose on the universe. Bonus points for his reasons to commit unambiguously evil acts.
    • Edo: His angst, arrogance, quick-tempered attitude, and Redemption Quest in regards to the Sakaki family makes him the show's equivalent of Zuko. It also helps that his and Zuko's Character Development reflect on the legend of The Phoenix.
    • Jack: His role in the story is similar to Toshiki Kai, from his Jerkass Façade, to his reputation as an Invincible Hero and the World's Strongest Man, to his monsters being fire-elemental, to the way he treats Yuya. The only difference between Kai and Jack is that while the former is cynical Blood Knight, the latter is an idealistic pacifist.
    • Kaito: He shares several traits from Homura Akemi. Both of them Used to Be Sweet Kids who Took a Level in Jerkass to the point of being more than willing to attack their former comrades as part of their Pragmatic Heroism after witnessing the loss of their most precious people (Kaito's family for himself, Madoka for Homura). They also have an "I Work Alone" attitude, have heavenly and light themes in their names, and wore dark clothing. His Cipher monsters also have something to do with the light-bringer Lucifer, which Homura is themed after in Rebellion.
  • 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. And later when he Synchro Summons a Synchro Pendulum Monster without an actual Tuner during his Riding Duel rematch with Jack.
    • 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 Royal 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. Weirdly enough, the penalty suddenly started to apply to everyone in the middle of the Synchro arc, which actually comes in hand against Roget.
    • Yugo loves to do tricks with his D-Wheel when dueling, even when it is completely unnecessary. Even though everyone in general can do this on a D-Wheel, Yugo so far has been the peak of the acrobatics.
    • Tsukikage presenting his ninja skills... during an Action Riding Duel. Tokumatsu comes close, if not equal to him by jumping from his D-Wheel for an Action Card despite being an old man.
    • JACK ATLAS, who intentionally drives off a highway and flies across it as he calls out his ultimate monster.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • Yuri, who is malicious, has tons of Slasher Smiles and sounds like a sadistic version of Yuya. And his eyebrows are disgusting.
    • Starve Venom Fusion Dragon also fits this to a T. Being a bizarre cross between a dragon and a Venus flytrap will do that. Episode 106 only strengthens its bizarre creepiness and awesomeness.
    • Sergey qualifies as well. See Ensemble Darkhorse below.
  • 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. It helps that Teppei had it coming.
    • People tend to find Futoshi grating and annoying. The dub takes it further by giving him a random, high-pitched German accent. Now, his dub character went from The Scrappy to a So Bad, It's Good Ensemble Darkhorse.
  • Crossover Ship: Quite popular is SerenaXSerena, due to Name's the Same.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Has its own page.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: See the entry for ARC-V here.
  • 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.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Season 2 (the Synchro Dimension) entered into this for several fans. The basic conflict from the dimension is between the privilege Top and the Commons. The problem is that neither side really comes off as likable: The Tops are arrogant Jerkasses who treat humans as entertainment only, and the Commons characters who did things like take out their frustration out on the heroes, cares way more about winning as much as the Tops to the point of hypocritically support things like slavery for the losers of the Friendship Cup. What's really seal the deal is the fact that the named Common characters are big jerkass themselves toward the heroes, with incidents such as Shinji's duel with Tsukikage, mocking of Yuya after his loss to Jack, and Sam's reaction to Jack giving him Tuning Magician.
    • What's more, the Commons' perspective is introduced quite late in the arc; thus giving us less time to care about them. The dimension generally comes off as being too crapsack to live in and the people unpleasant to interact with (see Rooting For The Empire). This is a far cry from a parallel arc in 5D's where the conflict was generated by factors beyond human control and where characters from both Neo-Domino City (Aki, Carly, Mikage) and Satellite (Yusei, Jack) were likable.
    • This trope was part of why so many fans were thrilled when Sora returned, since it meant the cast might soon be returning to the Academia War plot and that an invasion is just what the dimension needs to get all their heads out of their butts and change for good.
  • 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 and too funny to despise. Also, as an Expy of Jun Manjoume/Chazz Princeton, most fans predicted that he was 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 a dimensional counterpart of Yuzu, and she was quickly claimed by some to be the best girl, despite the fact that she was a clear Jerkass. 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. He has shown some shades of Becoming the Mask in the form of concern for Gongenzaka, but whether it will stick has yet to be seen. Episode 75 adds more depth to the denial by implying Dennis was already becoming the mask before he even met Ruri.
  • 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.
    • Believe it or not, the English theme, Can You Feel The Power. It may be a rap song, but it will NEVER GO AWAY!
    • The fourth opening and ending theme songs Kirifuda and Speaking respectively. You will be humming both repeatedly after hearing it.
    • The third ending theme, ARC of Smile! in all of its Gratuitous English-y glory.
    • The fifth opening theme, Kibou no Hikari, really fits the darker themes of ARC-V and it's lyrics about salvation, fighting back, and hope beyond despair are intensely catchy too.
    • The fifth ending theme, Vision, and also includes a bonus cameo of Kensho Ono (Yuya's Seiyuu)!
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The LDS trio became popular with the fans for using popular and actually practical meta decks and having amazing duels. Even if they suffer from The Worf Effect. Masumi Kotsu, the LDS Fusion specialist, is the biggest example for being the nicestnote  of the trio and her straightforward personality, in addition to her enjoyable rivalry with Yuzu. The Gem-Knights' popularity also factors in, especially since her new support revived the series into a still-played engine in the meta.
    • 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 after being released in the TCG/OCG.
    • 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 and has proven himself time and time again to be a very reliable Lancer, even when he's not as good a duelist in comparison to the others.
    • 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". Her popularity exploded when we finally got her design, which seems to have gotten near universal love.
    • On the card front, Yuya's Magicians are popular for being well-designed monsters and for being the best cards in Yuya's deck. In terms of the actual gameplay, 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.
    • Similarly, Sawatari's Yosenju deck is much more popular than basically all the other ones he's used due to their overall feasibility, unique playstyle, and cool designs, despite only having appeared in one duel.
    • Chojiro Tokumatsu become this once he returned to being Enjoy Chojiro, for his interesting Cardian deck, his backstory, and being a wacky Cool Old Guy.
    • Sergey Volkov, surprisingly. Despite - or perhaps because of - him being an utterly terrifying Combat Sadomasochist whose actions have threatened the actual lives of the protagonists more than once, an appearance from Sergey usually leads to him doing something utterly bonkers that leads to massive amounts of hype from the viewers. Even his send-off managed to be simultaneously awesome, funny, heartwarming, sad, and nightmarish all at once, breaking free of Roget's control and dying as himself note  while enjoying a spectacular defeat from Jack, all while merged with his D-Wheel into a mechanical abomination and yet making hilarious faces while Roget gives us a deliciously hammy Villainous Breakdown in the background.
    • The Tyler Sisters are popular in general for being Badass Dark Action Girls and gorgeous, though Grace takes the cake with her cute mannerisms and being a Graceful Loser to Yuya and being interested in Entertainment Dueling.
  • 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 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 Superpowered Evil Side? What's the purpose behind the bracelets worn by Yuzu and her other selves, and why does Yuzu's always teleport one of 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. Jossed by Yuri mentioning having captured the latter previously, and the flashback finally being showcased.
    • 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 Superpowered Evil Side and Yuya's Destruction/Xiangke 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 the Professor's interest in them for his plan of fusing the dimensions and Yuya's Creation/Xiangsheng Magician's resemblance to them.
    • The Facility breakout 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.note 
    • Many have wondered if a Ritual Dimension existed because of Mieru, and the series being called Arc-Five. But the theories exploded when Odd-Eyes got a Ritual upgrade in the TCG/OCG.
    • Theories exploded again after Yugo and Yuya's syncing, vastly modifying previous interpretations of Yuya's Superpowered Evil Side and how he and his counterparts interact.
    • The fourth opening includes frames of the Yuya's changing expressions as cutout shapes move over their faces. One of Yuri's expressions shows him with a scary, almost lizard-like expression. Fans immediately started making guesses as to why he looked like that.
    • There are various theories over Yuri and Serena's relationship, mainly as they are the only Counterpart pair that doesn't seem close at all. (Serena didn't even seem to know that Yuri even exists).
  • 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:
    • Yuya's Superpowered Evil Side. The show shows Yuya's Superpowered Evil Side 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.
    • Edo Phoenix was already cool back in GX. Here, he's Affably Evil and still badass.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The villainous Tyler Sisters are gorgeous.

     Tropes F-P 
  • 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.
  • Fanon:
    • Regarding the previous spin-offs, a fair number of fans were/are under the impression that they each took place in the same dimension as their Summoning method, despite the use of other Summoning methods in said series.
    • The fandom exploded with theories regarding Dennis using Pendulum and Xyz Summoning for the first time in the Synchro Dimension, either deriding it as silly for revealing their arsenal to the Synchro Dimension, or viewing him as a Magnificent Bastard Chessmaster painting those Summoning methods as evil. This is despite the fact that a) he had no idea that he needed to keep his skills secret, or b) that there is no evidence that he had an agenda. In fact, Reiji tells the Lancers to use Actions Cards and Pendulums to their hearts' content before the Lancers leave Standard. Furthermore, it's (arguably) implied that Xyz and Fusion would be even less restricted, since they are not the Lancers' greatest weapons. And then you have episodes 74-75, which show that if nothing else, Dennis genuinely seems to like his Xyz monsters.
    • A less egregious example are people painting Reiji as ruthless to the point of sacrificing his own men to achieve his ends. While he certainly isn't above using them as bait, episode 73 reveals that he would never abandon his comrades. However, this was almost thirty episodes after the Youth Team's loss, so fans had had quite a bit of time to assume that Reiji simply sacrificed them to save Serena.
    • Another example is the degree of Character Development that Kurosaki had gone through prior to his duel with Crow. While everyone agrees that it has been little, his returning to treating everyone else as an enemy isn't actually a case of Aesop Amnesia, since there was no real indication of him accepting the other Lancers as his comrades (he even called their help "ridiculous" before Pendulum Summoning).
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Yuya/Yuzu is gaining a substantial support for having a close relationship and interesting interactions with each other (for characters of different gender, at least) that rivals Yusei/Aki and Carly/Jack. Probably helps that the show gives 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, and has going strong ever since (heck, it even increases in number) despite both of them have been separated ever since with only a few scene together, not to mention Yuzu was severely Demoted to Extra in the Synchro Dimension arc. Especially impressive since Yuya, like other YGO male protagonists, is on the receiving end of a lot of Ho Yay (which has its own page).
    • Yugo/ Rin is the most popular of the counterpart pairs, due to Yugo's reaction to her being called his girlfriend, her design and their similarity to the also preferred couple Yuya/ Yuzu. Another reason for the popularity is that Ruri hasn't shared any scenes with Yuto yet and we didn't see any interactions between Yuri and Serena until episode 91.
    • The fandom exploded when Ending 4 came out; it's practically foreshadowed that Sawatari is going to gain a crush on Serena, given that he was blushing when he saw her sleeping and even tried to kiss her!! The moment is shattered when Serena nonchalantly punches him while asleep. Some fans have even said this will likely mirror Manjoume's crush on Asuka; whether or not Serena will return his feelings remains to be seen.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Like all Yu-Gi-Oh! series, there is rivalry between the fandoms of the other series over which is the best. But it comes the most from the ZEXAL fandom, as ARC-V comes right after it.
  • Foe Yay: Grace gets very interested in Yuya's Entertainment Dueling after he beats her and her sister.
    • Edo's obsession with defeating Yusho also crosses into this. Especially with the flashback in episode 110 establishing that he actually enjoyed their Duel and has since been in denial about it.
  • "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...
  • Game Breaker: Barrett's Beast-borg Medal of the Crimson Chain is a Continuous Trap Card that is activated when one or more monsters are Special Summoned from the Extra Deck to the opponent's side of the field. It prevents one of those monsters from attacking, from changing its battle position and from being destroyed. The worst part is that as long this card is on the field, the opponent cannot summon monsters nor activate Spell/Trap Cards. It effectively prevents the opponent from playing the game and the only things the opponent can do is setting cards and using monster hand traps. The strange part is that Beast-borg Medal of the Crimson Chain applies to only one opponent at the time of a Battle Royal, so any third duelist can kick in without problems.
  • 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 Fermat's 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.
    • Episode 34 is easily the biggest example, with an amazing duel and the reveal of Yuto and Kurosaki's backgrounds, which finally revealed the dimensional war.
    • The Battle Royal; 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.
    • The Friendship Cup in general for Season 2, especially the final match of the Friendship Cup's first round; after Dennis' loss to Kurosaki, Academia begins to get involved again, and Sergey is revealed in all his monstrosity.
  • 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 we later seen the concept's impact on the characters of the show, especially Yuya when:
      • The events during the MCS arc involving Academia has caused so much dark drama that can't be remedied by Yuya's dueling alone.
      • Yuya fails to entertain the audience and the opponent like he wanted in the Synchro Dimension, forcing him to rethink his philosophy.
      • The impact to people when "dueling to bring smiles" failed to deliver and had it stripped from them when their life turned to ruin, as seen in the Xyz Dimension.
    • Mieru's prediction that Yuya's life would be at risk. Considering all the crap the poor guy's gone through since then, she was right.
    • 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 their Superpowered Evil Sides, 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. Later in episode 104, it turns out that Yuto's words were actually borrowed from Ruri, and he tosses her and Yuya's idealism aside for the sake of revenge.
    • Yuya and Yuzu's asking for each other to be safe at the start of the Battle Royal 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. And while his kindness to Yuya may actually have been genuine, the kindness that he showed to Yuzu becomes even worse after it's revealed that he assisted in Ruri's capture the same way.
    • The fact that the Academia was an Expy of Duel Academia 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 Professor Leo Akaba invaded 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 comment. 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.) And then after that, Yuya's dub voice actor comes from that same series, voicing Clemont in the Pokemon dub.
      • Yuya's goals and mentions of smiles. As of the fourth act of the special, Alain's goal is to bring Manon back from her Despair Event Horizon, with repeated mentions of wanting to bring back her smile.
    • 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. 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. 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.
    • Similarly, it's impossible to hear Sawatari's "Koikoikoi"s when summoning his Yosenjus in the game and not immediately think of Tokumatsu.
    • Professor Leo Akaba sharing the same seiyuu with Kajiki from Duel Monsters is actually a bit funny if you think about it. The cameo of Kajiki's previous ace monster, The Legendary Fisherman, makes it even funnier.
    • If you re-watch Duel Monsters in Japanese, you might spot a little kid named Kenta who sounds exactly like Sora. Even funnier, Sora used to be a blue-haired (Chaos) "Xyz scum" in ZEXAL.
    • Since the beginning of the show, Yuya's Performapals were looked down upon for being weak and poor representatives of Pendulum Summoning, and his Magicians were well-liked. Fast-forward to Japan's meta in 2015, where Performage and Pals (Dennis's and Yuya's monsters) are topping way more than Magicians are, usually without the Magicians in their deck. Who's laughing now?
    • Sam considers Tuning Magician insultingly useless, prompting Yuya to show him that no card is useless by using her in a duel. Except this card had to be vastly buffed up to be usable in the actual card game. And even then, she was only buffed up to support Magicians.
    • After Kurosaki's DARK Winged-Beast Raidraptors were released, their similarity to Blackwings were noted in terms of appearance and playstyle. Come the Synchro Dimension, not only does an alternate universe version of Crow Hogan, the original Blackwing user, appear in the series, but he duels Kurosaki in the Friendship Cup second round. Even better, Matt Shipman, Shay's dub voice actor, used to play a Blackwing deck.
    • Yuto and Yugo's hatred for one another is generally Harsher in Hindsight... Except for the fact that their decks (Phantom Knights and Speedroids) actually mesh quite well together.
    • In America, 5D's is in general the most well-liked of the Yu-Gi-Oh spin-offs, whereas ZEXAL is the most hated. In ARC-V, the setting (Or possibly, an alternate version) of ZEXAL (Heartland) has been destroyed, making the people there much more sympathetic and, depending on your opinion, some of the best characters in the shownote . Meanwhile the people of City, based on the setting of 5D's (Neo-Domino City) are hated by most of the fanbase, to the point where some fans are Rooting for the Empire, and others are sick of the Synchro season.
    • Dennis is a devious villain masquerading as a lovable dork, with a love for fame. His deck references his stage persona and performance styles. But the similarities unintentionally became more potent in real life: his deck would go on to become a dangerously potent Spotlight-Stealing Squad deck that is notoriously divisive, and generally seen as a bad and toxic deck for taking over the meta and not preventing most other decks from shining.
    • In Episode 59, Frank tries to Synchro Summon without using a Tuner, and Tanner has to remind him that you can't. Almost 40 episodes later, Yuya does just that to summon Nirvana High Paladin.
  • 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 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 Duel Academia from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.
    • Episode 39: Yuto might not be dead and Yuya awakes his Super-Powered Evil Side.
    • Episode 45: Just Yuya's Superpowered Evil Side.
    • Episode 46: Yuya's Superpowered Evil Side gives Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon a Level, then overlays it with Odd-Eyes to create Odd-Eyes Rebellion 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 his Superpowered Evil Side, 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 talks 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 in 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?
    • Episode 71: Yuya voluntarily dueled violently. Also City's attitude toward losers.
    • Episode 72: Yuya and Yugo in sync. They say words at the same time and have the same expression.
    • Episode 74: Dennis's true ace is an Antique Gear behemoth and not a magician, and one which apparently physically destroyed Heartland.
    • Episode 75: Hoo boy. Lets start with what hit the most people the hardest: The audience gets to see Ruri, find out that Dennis started the invasion in the first place and Kurosaki bombs the ever loving crap out of Dennis from SPACE.
    • Episode 77: Did Yuzu just get thrown through a building? And not a Solid-Vision building, which have been confirmed by canon to have safety precautions?
    • Episode 88: All four Yus synchronize, and in the next episode, Yuya's power when summoning Odd-Eyes Rebellion is so overwhelming the city gets a blackout. Oh and also, twenty Obelisk Force members arrive in the Synchro Dimension... Have fun, City!
    • Episode 92: Sergey catches up to Yuzu and Serena. Barrett sends Serena away to another dimension, but Sergey not only defeats Yuya, but uses the rockets in his legs to kidnap Yuzu quickly.
    • Episode 97: Yuya's new Synchro Pendulum Monster, Nirvana High Paladin. Jack Double Tuning for Red Daemon's Dragon Tyrant, accompanied with a cameo of the Crimson Dragon. Yuya's quintuple Pendulum Summon.note  Really, the entire episode is made of this.
    • Episode 103: While Asuka's awesome debut is to be expected, nobody expected Yusho Sakaki to actually show up.
    • Episode 104: Yuya vs Edo. Yuto-Possessed Yuya Rank-Ups his Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon into Dark Requiem Xyz Dragon, and when the audience thinks Edo is done for now... He pulls a Taking You with Me with his Destiny HERO Dynamite Guy, causing a DRAW.
    • Episode 106: Starve Venom Fusion Dragon gets its first propernote  debut and is pitted against Fusion Monsters from GX: Super Vehicroid Jumbo Drill, Master of Oz, Ojama King and VWXYZ-Dragon Catapult Cannon.
  • Ho Yay: Now has its own page, being Yu-Gi-Oh!.
  • Hype Backlash: The special opening for the 777th episode. Some of the fans were expecting something special since it is a Milestone Celebration only to see it being a rehash of some scenes. See Broken Base entry for this.
  • 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 Was His Sled: A lot of people already knows that the series is about an interdimensional war, that Yuya has a Superpowered Evil Side and that characters from previous series show up in this series, especially Jack and Crow.
  • 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's popularity. Dennis being another apparent Vector clone got this reaction too, but he's been proving to be a somewhat different sort of character.
    • Although the exact monsters are different, Roget using Ancient Gears like the Obelisk Force has gotten this reaction.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Shun Kurosaki. All he wants is to find and get back his little sister, and the reveals in episodes 34 and 75 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.
    • Duel Chaser 227. He may be a member of Security who deserved to lose to Yugo and get fired, but seeing his breakdown, and his Tears of Joy at Roget giving him a second chance puts him here, once you learn he got hunted down by his former comrades and arrested for being a Common now. His breakdown again in the Underground just piles on to this.
    • Sora is a Sociopathic Child Soldier, but he is a Tyke Bomb raised by Academia as a weapon and his first friends were Yuya and Yuzu. Now he struggles with his loyalty to Academia while not wanting to lose his friends.
    • The Tops as of episode 91, particularly the ones trapped in the Duel Palace. While they may be apathetic jerks to a man, virtually all of the Commons - who make up 99% of the City's population - are in violent revolt and are out for their blood. The only thing keeping them out is Security, whose leader clearly does not have their best interests in mind. As a result, it's hard not to feel a bit sorry for them - especially the children.
    • Kaito. Yes, he acts like an asshat to everyone, even his own comrades. Yes, he mercilessly cards Academia duelists and nearly Kurosaki. But if being from Heartland wasn't enough to qualify him for this, then the reveal that his family were carded firmly secures him as this; made more poignant by those who watched ZEXAL and know how important his family are to him.
    • Allen Kozuki, another Heartland survivor, though he acts like a jerk to Yuya because he thinks that Yuya's father abandoned them. Fortunately, he grows out of the Jerkass part.
  • 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 and Serena. Minor ships with Kurosaki (which is somewhat Squicky since her Xyz counterpart is his sister), Reiji, 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 are Yuto (especially after their fusion), Kurosaki, Yuzu, his bromantic foil Gongenzaka, the tried-and-true hero/rival ships with Reiji and Sawatari, Dennis, and his -gazer Magicians. Thankfully, both Yuya and Yuzu are type 2 launcher due to their young age.
      • Yuya also gets paired with Serena, Mieru and Grace occasionally.
    • In some parts of the fandom, Shun Kurosaki also qualifies. He often gets shipped with Yuya, Yuzu, Serena, Reiji, Dennis, Sora, Yuto, and Gongenzaka.
  • Love to Hate:
    • Yuri. He's sadistic monster who works for the Big Bad because he finds it fun and takes way too much joy out of terrifying the Yuzus in their "game of hide and seek" and cards people simply because they get in his way, but damn if the little psychopath isn't entertaining to watch in action. Also helps that he's shown to be the smartest villain on the show so far, taking advantage of the show's Alleged Lookalikes trope between the Yuya's to trick Yuto and Yugo into fighting each other, with each one thinking the other's him.
    • Also, Jean Michel Roget. Mainly due to being a Social Darwinist, a Bad Boss, an egotistical French bastard who doesn't give a damn to human lives (especially Cosmic Plaything Woobies like Yuya). His Villainous Breakdown, Sanity Slippage, and Hamminess are both scary and hilarious too.
  • 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. Oh, and he suspected Dennis when no-one else did.
    • He gets it from his father, Professor Leo Akaba, whose machinations have been running remarkably smoothly throughout the entire series.
    • Dennis Mackfield. Mostly for being a blatant mole who didn't arouse the suspicions of the other Lancers except Kurosaki (including Reiji, or so it seemed) until episode 74. Fans often joke about him being either a professional in averting suspicions or the other characters being too stupid to notice that.
    • Jean Michel Roget, the Security Director. Captures most of the Lancers in a few days, recaptures them easily when they try to escape, played the Council for fools and wrecked their Xanatos Gambit and does an excellent job of playing mind games with Yuya.]] Only slightly decreased by the fact that satisfied with just control over the City, but the sheer competence he generally operates with can be hard not to admire. This fades away after his Villainous Breakdown, revealing him as more of a high-functioning Smug Snake.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Beast-Eyes Pendulum Dragon for many after this image was released. But Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon takes the cake.
    • Manga!Yuya and his ace, Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon became this from this image alone.
    • Reiji Akaba is often compared with Batman 1989 due to having only lost a single duel thus far - and that was a forfeit that was still up in the air. Then there's his effective Batcave.
    • Kurosaki is the second character compared to Batman. He and his Raidraptor Xyz Monsters are Memetic Badasses, the latter for either their effects or the way how they attack. Kurosaki's badassery has only been taken Up to Eleven after he's beaten up several squads of guards, including many that are twice his size, and by that we mean both with his fists and in duels.
    • Starve Venom Fusion Dragon has become this after episode 106, thanks to the anime buffing all of its three effects to Rise Falcon levels of power.
  • 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 and his 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, 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:
    • Sawatari, for his very pathetic losing streak. Losing off-screen to a Mook (in a One-Turn Kill no less) is the lowest thing that can happen to you.
    • 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.
    • Surprisingly, the Lancers as a whole are starting to gain this reputation, thanks to their shoddy win rates since they formed and how they haven't accomplished much of anything towards their goals so far. The only ones who possibly manage to skim by this are Kurosaki and Serena, but even then, thanks to their attitudes, some still point out how they're not exactly a well oiled machine, either. A majority of them getting locked up in prison near the start of the Synchro Dimension season doesn't help, either. While some argue it helps prevent a Boring Invincible Hero situation, others still can't help but mock the fact that these people are suppose to end a dimension war.
  • 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.
    • 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 her changing clothes.
    • 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 Sakaki is a cougar for redheads.note 
    • Jean Michel Roget 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 her" after she calmed down. A lot of his dialogue towards her is very creepy.
      • He gets it again towards Yuya for how he manhandles him in episode 80.
      • Made worse later when in his Chess Motifs, Serena is the queen to his king.
      • And then him dragging Yuzu back to Academia makes him sound like a rapist dragging off his prize.
    • Fans make fun of Tokumatsu being a rapist or molester because he's dueling Yuzu in episode 69. His title "Enjoy Chojirou" does not help either.
    • Yuri gained this reputation thanks to his Slasher Smile and how he was specifically hired to track down Yuzu and her dimensional counterparts. The delight he seems to take in it doesn't help his case, either.
    • Sergey, a Combat Sadomasochist with a Thorn deck who sounds way too excited at the prospect of brutalizing a cute 14-year old girl (the fact he finds her a much more satisfying victim than Damon doesn't help matters). Crosses over into Memetic Psychopath.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • Memetic Psychopath:
    • Sora, after episode 34 onwards. His rape faces are Memetic Mutations.
    • Similar to above, Yuya's Superpowered Evil Side has become one, especially after episode 45, mostly to his rape faces and his wrath.
    • Sergey, see Memetic Molester.
  • 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.
    • Younger Yuya, or Yuya in general when he is not upset or stressed, especially due to being a Shrinking Violet as a child.
    • Yuzu is this sometimes, due to the suffering she goes through. Some of her monsters are also moe, such as Opera. Taken Up to Eleven during Episode 53's flashbacks of her as baby.
    • Tuning Magician is friggin adorable.
    • Some of Serena's Lunalights are moe, most notably Blue Cat and White Rabbit.
    • Sayaka Sasayama, being a kindhearted Shrinking Violet and meganekko that overworks herself caring for others.
  • Mondegreen: When Shay (Kurosaki) uses Raidraptor - Readiness to save himself from losing, Kit (Yaiba) sounds like he's saying "Crap!" in the dub.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Reira and Himika's relationship. Himika adopted Reira to use him against the Academia and called him a puppet. Reiji himself commented if she knew that Reira was growing a will, she would be upset.
    • Episode 75 reveals Dennis crossed this when he called the start of the invasion of the Xyz Dimension in the first place.
    • Roget passed it after it's revealed that not only is he working solely for his own gain, not only is he classist and a Fantastic Racist, but he intends to turn Yuya into a brainwashed duel-frankenstein like Sergey. If that didn't do it, his Electric Torture of Yuya to forcibly unleash his Superpowered Evil Side in Episode 87 sent him flying over the horizon.
  • 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: Has its own entries on the franchise's page.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Shingo Sawatari's dramatic speeches, probably intentional.
    • Sora's crazy facial expressions in episode 34 that bring Dark Malik 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 either runs around after him or stands 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.
    • Roget's Villainous Breakdown in episode 94 after Sergey breaks free of his control and loses the duel by abandoning his burn damage strategy to fight Jack with his own dueling method is both utterly hilarious because of how Roget breaks down and simultaneously awesome to see after all the hell he caused everyone in the Synchro Dimension arc.
    • The shot of the five Lancers in episode 96 looks like something out of Power Rangers, but it's still incredibly awesome regardless.
    • Episode 106 gives us the creppy Yuri and his horrifying Starve Venom Fusion Dragon... with the very odd Ojamas.
    • Grinning Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon in a rainbow rocket. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Never Live It Down: Kurosaki mistakes Yuzu for Ruri in episode 21, but later on, he never does the same mistake again (except in the manzai omake series). According to the fans, he does this all the time with all of Ruri's counterpart.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Being Yu-Gi-Oh!, it has its own page now.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Mad Chimaera goes from Eldritch Abomination to Adorable Abomination in the waltz with Bloom Prima. Which was probably deliberate.
  • 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.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Mukuro Enjou's cameo. Not surprising for this trope, since he already was a One-Scene Wonder in 5D's.
    • In episode 98, when the City comes to cheer on Jack and Yuya, Jaeger/Yeager makes an appearance, while drinking Champagne with a bowl of ramen nearby. And even before, when his face was on the currency.
  • Painful Rhyme: Some of Sora's summon chants in the dub. Bear's and Tiger's are okay, but "chains" and "attained" is a bit of a stretch. Then there's "warrior" and "superior"... yeah.

     Tropes R-Z 
  • Replacement Scrappy: A lot of fans have it out for Melissa Claire for replacing the fan-favorite MC, and for being rather ineffectual at generating hype or acting as an MC. And for Nico Smiley who was more likable.
  • 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 have been really amazing, which increased his popularity with the fans. His Superheavy Samurai deck is also very popular 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 27 was 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. In addition to getter better cards, Yuya starts making some more impressive plays with them, showing off how good they can be.
    • Teppei jumping into the fight despite his own protests and his awesome combo with Michio, his genuine sadness over Michio's carding and his Deck revolving around Kajiki's The Legendary Fisherman - including an amazingly powerful upgrade to him - helped lessen the hate he gets.
    • Himika started to get more likable from the Battle Royal sub-arc due to being shown to be a Benevolent Boss and Reasonable Authority Figure, as well as justifing a lot of her earlier ruthless actions because she was planning to defend against an invasion from her husband Leo Akaba. She returned to being a Base Breaker after her role in Reira's past was revealed.
    • Compared to his previous showing, Crow is much better received in the Synchro Dimension than he had been in 5D's, mostly due to a lack of spotlight stealing moments, a clearer reason for his involvement, and eventually becoming the Only Sane Man of the Commons.
    • A downplayed example; while many fans still dislike Shinji; many of them admit that his complete takeover of the underground garbage facility was pretty kickass... only for him to be hated again after a couple of episodes later.
    • The viewers had mixed feelings about Starve Venom Fusion Dragon's debut. Its OCG version didn't impress everyone, but when episode 106 came up, pretty much everyone finally respected this monster.
  • 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 end up unfolding the current plot.
  • Rooting for the Empire:
    • Academia's actions are horrific, but as Season 2 dragged on and more about the City was revealednote  some fans want to see them decimate the City, who they feel have it coming. The majority of the Commons are taking out their anger on an undeserving Yuya for simply winning his duel only served to reinforce this.
    • The faction's Fantastic Racism towards users of different Summoning types, primarily Xyz, has also infected a portion of the fanbase with a case of Fusion pride, because to them watching a strategy that had been underused for years dominate over one that dominated both the previous show and the card game itself for just as long has a certain Catharsis Factor to it.
  • 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... Later appearances in the Synchro arc remedied this to an extent.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Futoshi got this from a single appearance in the first opening. He is 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. She was rescued during the Battle Royal sub-arc... but then came episode 67, which revealed her and Reira's relationship, and very much made her hated again.
    • 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 Antique Gear decks, drawing the same cards and playing the same lame monster, Antique Gear Hound Dog, over and over again. They also have the same personality and are hated for the crimes they have committed.
    • As a result of Values Dissonance being taken Up to Eleven, the whole Synchro Dimension is hated by the fans and many want to see Academia invade, which they would apparently deserve. It's a wonder that Yugo's such a lovable dork even though he came from this place.
      • The Security of City has earned the hatred of the fans for similar reasons to the Obelisk Force. The officers all run Goyo decks and they are also too competent like the Obelisk Force. Their tendency to disrupt awesome duels in particular angers the fandom a lot.
      • The Executive Council became this after being revealed as a group of selfish Dirty Cowards with no interest in participating the feud between the Lancers and Academia. They even considered making a deal with Academia to save themselves as well.
      • The Commons earned fans ire when it was revealed that they were okay with losers being sent to the Underground. This was then reinforced where they hated Yuya for winning, which he had done fair and square, showing what hypocrites they are. And finally, with a huge dose of What an Idiot, they now consider Yuya one of the Top's dogs. All of this has resulted in several fans declaring they hate the Commons more than the Tops.
  • 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 Royal Mode that was introduced in the Battle Royal 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 apparently 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. Even worse, it's still around, as the Facility breakout showed. Later episodes rectify it somewhat by showing the Penalty applies to all duelists, regardless of dimension; and it plays a crucial role in Roget's defeat.
    • The much hated "Treated as 2 Xyz Materials" effect from ZEXAL returned in episode 105.
  • Ship Mates: The Yuyas' and Yuzus' are pretty obvious ship mates. Some that ship Yuya/Yuzu usually ship Yuto/Ruri, Yugo/Rin and Yuri/Serena, 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.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Mostly in the west, where many thought that ZEXAL was the worst of the franchise to come out and hated it. But ARC-V's fan's reaction has been incredibly positive, with many fans loving the cast, plot, mythology gags and writing.
  • Stoic Woobie:
    • Yuto and Kurosaki, until you piss them off.
      • It's difficult not to feel sorry for Kurosaki when he returns to the Resistance base in Heartland and finds it deserted, before calmly accepting that the Resistance is finished.
    • Tsukikage. While he is overall a decent guy and hasn't had much focus, his duel with Shinji proved that his brother Hikage's carding really hurt him.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Multiple instances with Sawatari.
    • Episode 93, the Lancers treat Sawatari as an annoying Jerkass because he was unwilling to trust Yuya that Sora was on their side once again, and it's clear that this is how he is suppose to come off as to the viewer. However, most viewers ended up sympathizing with Sawatari, as, while the viewers and Yuya knew that Sora turned his back on the Acadamy for good, there's no way they could have possibly known for sure, and similarly, the last time they saw Sora, he was carding people and following the Academy's orders without question. As a result, many felt Sawatari was rather justified for being suspicious of Sora, on top of the fact that they had someone on their team turn out to be a Double Agent not long ago.
    • Episode 100: Sawatari advocates carding the Academia soldiers, because they would just get up again later and cause trouble, Yuya disagrees with stooping to that level. They manage to get up and run away, only to get taken out by Kaito anyway.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • Futoshi seems to get this a lot from the other members of the You Show kid trio.
    • Yuya's Superpowered Evil Side 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:
    • 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.
    • As might be expected, the English dub gets this A LOT.
      • 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 insanely atmospheric music from Sora's duel with Kurosaki/Shay in the original anime was replaced with generic battle music for the dub.
      • Curiously inverted with Nico Smiley, since the dub's corny jokes and dialogue work well with him. Dub!Smiley's been cited as one of the better parts of the dub.
  • 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 have only gotten worse. Yaiba ends up hospitalized by Kachidoki after a few seconds, and Hokuto gets carded by Serena. 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 Akaba, as well as how she reacts to the truth (they didn't even share any scene together despite being, you know, spouses). However, with some bits involving her revealed through flashbacks, this may end up being averted in the future.
    • Yuzu was severely underused for a big portion of Season 2. Like many in the season, she was Demoted to Extra, but she was also separated from people who had the most interesting interaction with her and spends little time with Yugo. She's largely not involved in the main action, generally sharing one of the quieter scenes or being captured and unable to do much. Despite the popularity of her Melodious deck she only dueled a few times all season.note  In addition she has neither gotten Pendulum Monstersnote  nor started learning the other summoning types, despite having plenty of opportunity to ask Yugo to teach her how to Synchro Summon, leaving her the only one of the three leads to not do so.
  • 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 no less. Ayu is the only one of the three to get a full on-screen duel.
    • The Trash facility duels, which Sawatari was going to partake in similar to Manjoume and the North Academy duels. Despite the good chance for Character Development, this goes nowhere, giving no indication if anything happened.
    • It could still be remedied, but the whole counterpart thing thus far has been disappointing since the story is written in such a way as to avoid them interacting with one another as much as possible. Two of the four Bracelet Girls were already captured off-screen before the series even began; Yuto's presence is reduced due to fusing with Yuya as soon as they started interacting and before that he kept getting teleported away whenever he showed up; Serena and Yuzu interact briefly before they're separated; Yugo and Yuya never directly interact despite being in close proximity for all of Season 2, and Yuri only pops up on rare occasions. Yugo does interact extensively with Yuzu but even that's broken up soon enough and his duel with Serena was their only real interaction. He also might have dueled Yuya had he not been disqualified (disappointing since the third OP hinted they would). Not to mention all the build-up to the reunion of the Yu boys was abruptly broken up by Yuzu teleporting Yugo and Yuri away. So far it seems they're going out of their way to not use such an interesting concept. On the other hand, Season 3 looks set to remedy Yuto's role given his awakening within Yuya and serving as his Spiritual Advisor and the opening also emphasizes Yugo and Yuri's rivalry.
  • Too Cool to Live:
    • While the fandom is more split on him, there's no denying that Michio was definitely intended as this; he adapted to the Battle Royal and never hesitated to help out during it, he emphasized friendship, and his goodness even rubbed off on Teppei. Of course he was going to get carded.
    • Subverted with Kurosaki, despite the writer's best efforts to scare us into thinking so.
  • Toy Ship: Reira/Ayu, since their duel in episode 28. Probably because of their Broken Bird / Genki Girl dynamic. Which, in hindsight, becomes hilarious when the English dub gets one actress to voice both of them.
  • True Art Is Angsty:
    • Definitely one of the 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 5D's, 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.
    • At least, until Season 2 gets going and we see how really horrible the City is. Thought that 5D's was dark? Well, here we have the same situation, only this time there are neither ancient conspiracies nor supernatural elements. The City is such a hellhole because of an inhuman caste system, where the "winners" have everything, and the losers nothing. There is no supernatural element to blame. It all simply boils down to people and society in the City being horrible. And unlike in 5D's, where it was shown that the denizens of Satellite had some degree of solidarity between themselves, here it's all absent, as all Commons apparently are resigned to the City's mad system of "free competition". Arguably the mixture of up-beat (or at least non-angsty) style presentation and horrific settings makes the show even creepier, since the horror is presented as though it's not as much of a big deal as it really is. The complete atmosphere of normalcy present when the horrible setting is displayed only makes it worse.
    • Thanks to its bleak and disturbingly evil undertones, ARC-V can be comparable to a Gen Urobuchi story.
  • Uncanny Valley: All five members of the Executive Council, to some degree. The most notable are Gray, due to his eyes, and White Taki, who never stops smiling.
  • 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.
    • Shinji during episode 68, 78, 79 and 80. See his entry under Alternate Character Interpretation above.
    • Yuya gets some of this during the Synchro Arc for his speech in Episode 71 and general exaggerated angsting (he stays up the whole night before his duel with DC 227 brooding with the lights off and refusing to eat). See Base Breaker above.
    • Kurosaki lost his home, his best friend, and his sister, and has been crusading against Academia alone for a long time. He's hurt others, but it was all in the pursuit of saving Ruri. The problem is, he hurt a lot of people he knew were innocent and received no comeuppance for it. People have made an effort to help and befriend him, but he treats everyone with cold indifference and rebuffs most attempts people make to reach out to him. He's looked out for the Lancers and helped them, but he abandoned the search mission for flimsy reasons. The show tries to make him out to be a troubled but caring loner who's just trying to reclaim his sister, but he often refuses good help or acts unnecessarily rude for no reason other than to move the plot along.
    • The Commons in the Synchro Dimension's City. Yes, they have to live in the slums while a very small percent live the life of luxury, but they are very hard to root for after a while. For starters, they're repeatedly shown to be massive Hypocrites when it comes to nearly everything and frequently make the protagonists their designated targets, often for flimsy reasons. Them being okay with sending their own kind to an underground where they'll likely never be seen again was the final straw for many a viewer. It's gotten so bad that a few viewers either want to see Academia tear their town a new one or have the Tops finally shut them up for good somehow.
    • While many agree that his duels have been some of the best in the series so far, Jack's general attitude towards Yuya has started to grate on a few viewers. His whole dynamic was supposed to be teaching Yuya a lesson to stand up with his own dueling style instead of copying his father, but with just how vicious and biting his comments towards Yuya tend to be, and how high and mighty his general attitude towards him is whenever he's around, especially compared to how he's generally a lot more softer and open to the other duelists he's helped so far, a few viewers feel like the guy just has a massive stick up his ass towards Yuya in general, and will hate him no matter what he does, so as result, people are rooting for Yuya to beat him just so Jack will finally shut up about him in that regard.
  • 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.
  • Wangst: Many people find Yuya's constant angsting annoying, others find it justified.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Reiji decided to install the Life Point Penalty system into the Lancers' Duel Disks after upgrading them, which nearly results in Yuya losing a duel with Security in Episode 63. This is despite the fact that Episode 36 revealed that normally, joining a duel like Yuya did would not result in a penalty at all, so why Reiji kept it in is a mystery.
      • However, later episodes reveal that to be a standard feature for all Duel Disks, regardless of origin - although that causes a few consistency issues.
    • While Dennis using Xyz to avoid suspicion is a good idea, people feel that keeping Polymerization in his deck was a poor choice. How much more surprising and tragic it would've been if he played with a straight Xyz deck then betrayed the good guys at a crucial moment? Instead viewers see from the get-go that he was part of the Fusion Dimension and were simply waiting for the other shoe to drop.
    • Shinji, Sam and the Commons come across as this in Episode 80 since they all now believe that Yuya is just another "dog" of the Tops, despite the fact that Yuya has never interacted with them in his life, he won his duel fair and square and they're letting their anger override their better judgment.
  • 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. And the Synchro Dimension's City being almost entirely poverty-stricken and corrupt, complete with legalized slavery and Security (AKA: police) brutality. Worse, the society has Deliberate Values Dissonance and Culture Clash to such a degree that all of these issues are fully acceptable to the masses to the point where a large crowd mocks Yuya for calling this behavior inhumane.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: With the end of the first season of the dub (which aired in Australia and Canada before it premiered in the States), fans are questioning the creative team's apparent decision to cast Michael Liscio Jr. as Yuya and all his dimensional counterparts. "Apparent" because it hasn't been confirmed, but people are already disputing whether he was the right choice for them. The general consensus seems to be that he's a good actor with admirable range, but was miscast (as who depends on the individual, but Yuto and Yugo are particularly contentious).
  • 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 franchise had a long history of turning strong female duelists in Faux Action Girl halfway through, many fans were pleased to see Yuzu and Serena being far more active than their counterparts in previous installments. Besides them, a group of female villains and other duelists, such as Masami, were able to get the attention of the public too.
  • 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. The Friendship Cup arc of the Synchro dimension takes this even further. No matter what he does, the Commons just keep hating him more and more for completely unfair reasons.
    • 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 Royal 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 separated from Reiji and finds himself in world full of strangers. Then we learn his backstory, which makes his woobie status increase by 10 times.
    • 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/maternal figure and has been spending every moment trying to find her since.
    • Sayaka Sasayama. A survivor of Heartland that is forced to watch her former allies fight and hurt each other, while being an All-Loving Heroine that just wants to see duels with smiles, as well as suffering from guilt over seeing Ruri get taken by Yuri and being unable to do anything about it. And she has clear PTSD to boot.
  • Woolseyism:
    • Halil's high-pitched voice is changed in the dub to a normal pitch and an accent that is more suitable of his ethnicity.
    • Reiji's D/D/D Death Great King Hell Armageddon is a Punny Name in the original (the "Death Great King" part is a homophone for "CEO" in Japanese). This one was missed by the official dubnote , but at least one fansub translates the name as "Cruel End Overlord Hell Armageddon". It does something similar for D/D/D Oblivion King Abyss Ragnarok, whose original name contained a pun on "chairman", by translating it as "Complete Oblivion Overlord Abyss Ragnarok".
    • The pun used with Yugo's name in the Japanese doesn't work in English note , so on some occasions in the dub they substitute it with his opponents thinking he's telling them 'you go'.

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