YMMV: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Bakura's threat of suicide at the beginning of episode 3 of Season Zero Abridged. To some, he's actually threatening suicide only to decide to back away only and be encouraged to jump. To others, he's only looking for attention only to be encouraged.
  • Awesome Ego: Seto Kaiba.
    I am on a drug: its called SETO FREAKING KAIBA!!!
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Kaiba's Screw the Rules, I Have Money! line. The way many fans use it, it's could lead a non-viewer to assume that line is his Catch Phrase, but he only said it once.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The opening of episode 3 of Season Zero Abridged starts with Bakura threatening suicide (or at least attempting to gain attention). It came out of nowhere, is either an unfunny or very funny segement that does not correlate with the rest of the scenes, and is never mentioned again, except for the "Don't be a bitch, bitch" line.
  • Bizarro Episode: The Virtual World arc.
  • Broken Base: Some people insist that the First Installment Wins. Most of this is because They Changed It, Now It Sucks, as the first season's jokes were more original and did not rely on Internet memes to be interesting. Some fans were also more than displeased that LittleKuriboh now had guest voice actors as regulars when everything was a solo effort before. Lampshaded by the trolls in one of The Stingers in season 3.
    • Mocked in Evil Council 5 by the Moon guys who say that referential humor is the lowest type of humor. Though since those two are intentionally annoying as hell (and that they themselves are a reference to the Mooninites), it could be a Take That to such thinking.
  • Canon Defilement: Invoked with Season Zero Abridged #2
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The redub of the first episode to promote a podcast that LittleKuriboh takes part in, where a large portion of the nouns are replaced with the word "vagina".
    Kaiba: It's because this vagina makes no sense, nobody could figure out how to do it!
    • Duke Devlin manages to cross the line three times.
    "I summon the extremely phallic spaceship, but since it belongs to me, it grows to twice its usual size. Duke Devlin always rises to the occasion, baby!"
    • For some, the fact that Bakura threatens suicide at the beginning of episode 3 of Season Zero Abridged.
    • Skeletons fall on the gang and their response is "Oh no! Supermodels!", and the joke is repeated when Bakura runs to the gang with a skeleton on his back and he says, "Help! This supermodel is one of my fangirls!"
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
  • Designated Hero: The Pharaoh can be a big jerk sometimes.
  • Designated Monkey: Jaden. Several people actually find his character quite hilarious and likeable which makes some of the jokes against him feel forced.
  • Dork Age: Late Season 2 and the Virtual World Arc. Stale running gags and poorly-received Shout-Out humor were removed but not really replaced with anything.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: To some, Bakura threatening suicide at the opening segment of Season Zero Abridged is rather unfunny.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Quite a few:
    • Hair Guy Kemo, Bandit Keith and Jack Atlas, all mainly because of their memetic catchphrases.
    • The Slender Man.
    • Jaden and Yusei were popular enough to become Breakout Characters
  • Evil Is Sexy: Florence and Marik
  • First Installment Wins: While the series is certainly known beyond the first episode, the first episode has been reffered to and remade the most, even by LittleKuriboh himself.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • It's hard not to cringe when Serenity asks Tristan what sort of lonely deranged freak proposes on the Internet, and Tristan's response, now that LK and Safty are splitting up.
    • The joke in episode 40 where Ghost Nappa expresses his desire to capture Mokuba with a Master Ball becomes even creepier given the recent revelation that Ghost Nappa is Mokuba's real father.
    • This will hopefully not happen for a very long time, but once either LittleKuriboh or Sam Riegel dies, episode 8's epilogue will become a lot less funny.
    • Joey claiming his parents split up after he tried to teach Serenity how to drive becomes a lot less funny when you find out that Serenity ran Noah over while driving. If the joke doesn't get even funnier, that is.
    • The jokes about Naruto The Abridged Series, especially the joke in episode 46 about it being dead since Masako and Vegeta are no longer working together.
    • Marik created Melvin, his Not-So-Imaginary Friend / Superpowered Evil Side so he could get all the hugs he wanted. Think about all that that implies. *sniffle*
    • Melvin mocking Team Four Star for DBZ Abridged getting taken down from YouTube. Originally, this was just a friendly jab, it's become ironic now that Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged has gotten taken down over and over again.
    • Yami's insults towards Robin Williams in Cr@psule Monsters 3 are a lot less funny after Williams's suicide.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: It's big enough in Japan to have an unofficial Japanese site
    • As of August 2009, however, all the Japanese-captioned episodes have been deleted except for those since episode 42.
    • LK's YouTube channel is the #1 most subscribed in Japan. You do NOT want to know how he celebrated. (Schmuck Bait here.)
      • But that's because he's listing his country as being Japan, which means that all the subscriber numbers automatically get added to it and not to his real home country.
      • And if you think about it this way, the series is made in England, and more than half the fanbase is IN AMERICA!, because the largest (by far) potential audience of any English-language production is IN AMERICA! - unless it has jokes that specifically pertain to a certain country/culture (e.g. Britain, Australia, whatever).
    • 4Kids are big fans of YGOTAS. It should be noted that they are not the ones who took the episodes down. That would be one of YouTube's copyright bots acting on its superficial programming.
  • Heartwarming In Hindsight: Episode 36 does this to Episode 3 as the scenes that were played straight referenced scenes that were parodied in the earlier episode. For one thing, it shows Joey does in fact remember Yugi standing up for him and Tristan, not to mention "Must...risk...life...for best friend."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Tristan talks about Card games on motorbikes. Later, it's announced that Tristan's second VA (from episode 10+ ) would also voice Yusei.
    • "Stop trying to make 'BROOKLYN RAGE~!' into a Catch Phrase. It's never going to work!" When you consider even Wayne Grayson loves using it in Joey's dub voice...
    • Tťa once says "Oh, it is on in a manner similar to that of Donkey Kong!" About a month later, Nintendo copyrights the phrase "on like Donkey Kong", making Tťa's line sound like she's trying to dodge a copyright.
    • The Cardgamesftw account was taken down due to claims of Copyright Infringement. In the episode posted just beforehand (50):
      Johnson: Your series is in violation of copyright law, it is my job to see that you are rightfully punished.
      Joey: Hold on a second, you're that guy who's been taking out all the abridged series on Youtube! You're that guy who got us banned twice!
      Johnson: That's right, Joseph. And you know what they say: third time's the charm.
    • Also, in episode 10, Joey mentions a spinoff series called "Yu-Gi-Oh DMX", about a bunch of rap artists playing card games. Now watch this video.
      • Also, has Jaden made a single appearance in this series without rapping?
    • In the Leather Pants parody-of-a-parody Literal Pants, Marik repeatedly takes jabs at Kirbopher's artistic skills when it came to animating the video. This becomes funny when you consider Kirbopher and LittleKuriboih's voice acting roles in the upcoming animation project Monster Boy, where they play a frustrated artist and a creature that exists solely to critisize him, respectively.
    • Season 3 implies that Noah (aka the head of 4Kids) was entirely unaware that the company lost the rights to Pokťmon and One Piece, and now the Big Five are trying to defeat Yugi and his friends to get rid of them having cancelled their show. In the aftermath of 4Kids being sued and the possibility of losing their license to Yu-Gi-Oh! due to violation of their contract with Tokyo TV, this is absolutely hysterical.
    • Episode 33 is the episode where Marik and Bakura first meet. The name of the episode? Harpoonshipping.
    • Concrete Giraffes ends with the Slender Man starring in his own movie. On watching it, Joey decides that Hollywood really is out of ideas. Now we've started hearing about "Entity"...
      • It's even funnier now that Marble Hornets announced they were getting a theatrical movie.
    • "New episodes every week" promised at the end of episode 4. Melvin declares it his favorite joke of the whole series.
    • It has been announced that "Yugioh!" will be airing on Nicklodeon, the channel of "Sponge Pants Square Bob"
    • The jokes early in the series about Bakura being a minor character, considering his current status on the Spotlight-Stealing Squad
    • In Episode 40, Bakura says the forbidden word, "Disney", during his duel with Yami. Cue the 4Kids executives with the Imperial March from Star Wars playing in the background. Considering what happened to Lucasfilm in 2012 and the episode came out 3 years before then, it almost seems prophetic in a strange way.
    • In one of the tie-in videos to promote a con, Yami does a Take That against Nowacking saying she must be a Lesbian because she turned down his advances. Yeah...
    • "Wait a minute, did you just summon a bunch of monsters in one turn? That's against the rules". If you run a Pendulum deck... you can do JUST THIS... and this one is NOT against the rules.
  • Ho Yay: Enough to deserve its own page
  • It Gets Better: Little Kuriboh's voice acting, and how. Lampshaded by him on at least one occasion.
    Mako: Wait why do you suddenly sound British?
    Yugi: Remember when Little Kuriboh could barely voice act? That's what's happenin' now guvnah!
  • Jerkass Woobie: Yami Bakura. Sure, he's evil, but between having his spotlight stolen constantly, the Enforced Villain Decay, and putting up with the "Evil Council", it's hard not to feel sympathy for the poor guy. Not to mention his "relationship" with Marik.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Florence.
    • And let us not forget Seto "Screw the Rules, I Have Money!" Kaiba. If it pleases the court, Tv Tropes would like to present Exhibit A: "Episode 52: 'Seto Kaiba vs The World'"
  • Memetic Mutation: Many.
    • "Attention, duelists: My hair has become an internet phenomenon."
    • "In America!"
    • "No homo right?" "ALL OF THE HOMO!"
    • "RIIIIGHT, idon'tbelieveyou!"
    • Brooklyn Rage!
    • "Did I just watch a snuff film?"
    • When's the next episode? note 
    • [actual 4kids dialogue]
  • Mis-blamed: Many people blame 4Kids for LittleKuriboh's suspensions. However, it was actually done by a company named Nihon Ad Systems, which is the company that does the Japanese episodes of Yugioh. Despite the fact 4Kids are portrayed as the Big Five in Season 3, they seem to like Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • There's Yugi's dream in Episode 16, the 2001 parody. The creepy music coupled with the overall Satanic look of it nearly made a few people afraid to go to sleep for fear of dreaming about it.
    • In the fourth "Evil Council" video, Pegasus, with a little help from the possessed teddy bear, resurrects his dead wife Cecilia the old-fashioned way. Needless to say, the appropriately edited image of Cecilia will come across as shocking to those unprepared.
    • Noah is creepy. Not that he wasn't creepy in the original, but here...
      • "Hush little Mokuba, don't say a word,
      Noah's going to keep you in the virtual world
      And if your brother tries to moan
      Noah's going turn his body into stone..." Brrr, creepy
    • Almost everything Melvin does qualifies.
    • Seto in Season Zero. He's actually nice and friendly... while still having a Creepy Monotone, making his kindness sort of creepy.
    • In-universe example for Yusei:
    Jack: Come on Crow. Let's go play card games while standing completely still on...the...ground.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 3. Even LittleKuriboh didn't like the Virtual World arc.
    • Early Season 2 was seen as this for some people for an over-reliance on old jokes and referential humor. LittleKuriboh acknowledged this with Ishizu claiming their universe has grown tired and cliche in Episode 44.
  • Shocking Swerve: Melvin cancelling the show in Episode 46.
  • Special Effects Failure: In Episode 61, Yami says that Yugi's obviously not getting hurt and acts unconcerned. A moment before, the animation clearly showed Yami watching Yugi's knee getting erased with a shocked expression on his face.
  • Squick: In episode 60 Tea talks in her sleep while dreaming she's being "friended" by the pharaoh. It's disturbingly graphic.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Mako's speech at the end of Harpoonshipping. While not really sad, it's beautiful in a way.
      • The ocean forgiving him.
    • The eulogy to Tristan's voice, despite being really weird, is rather sad, if it's looked at the right way.
    • Marik and Florence's Final Hate Duet at the end of episode 46. What's worse is that, considering Florence didn't show up for about a hundred unabridged episodes after this, he probably won't return to the abridged series for a while either. He's essentially dead. At least there's always the evil council videos...
    • Noah's death in episode 56.
    • Tristan's Please Wake Up to Joey in episode 58.
    • A great deal of LK's fanfiction Marik and Bakura go to Censored Town. There's all the unrequited love, but Marik being possessed by Melvin after Bakura abandoned him and Bakura's guilt is probably the kicker.
    • LK's fics deserve a bit more mention. "Marik and Bakura go to Censored Town" has another moment: When Marik, while swimming, dives in shallow water, hits his head on a rock, and drowns. Bakura's slow realization that something is wrong, and the way he gets so desperately frantic to revive him is absolutely heartbreaking. Not to mention the way the series' self-awareness isn't played for laughs at all- Bakura mourns that he wouldn't have been able to save Marik no matter what, because he's the villain and undeserving of happiness. And earlier with the talk about 'Melvin Dreams', where apparently Melvin just forcibly takes over Marik at night sometimes. The first time it happened shortly after the beginning of their partnership. Bakura disliked Marik immensely, sleeping in his fathers' room, where Marik refused to step foot into (which is a tearjerker unto itself.) When he's nearly attacked by Melvin in a very unsettling scene, he manages to talk Melvin down, where Marik came to. Marik started sobbing immediately, seemingly knowing he might have killed Bakura as Melvin. This is Marik we're talking about here.
    • "Midknight at the Oasis" is largely silly, but there's a few kickers. Like how Marik is utterly heartbroken when the woman he was supposed to have a date with didn't show up. The poor kid nearly starts crying.
    • The death of Yugi's Grandpa in BBT Abridged can be pretty sad, especially since it has the music from The Lion King playing in the background. Crosses the Line Twice when he reveals that he's just playing it up for an Oscar-nod.
    • YGOTAS Sails Away. Well, at least until Marik takes over...
    • Kaiba's verbal attack on Joey in episode 60. Sure, it's Kaiba we're talking about but jeez, that was cold even by his standards!
    Kaiba: If you're going to make a comment about my being adopted, save it. I'd rather have no parents than live a single day in your shoes, Wheeler. You're a joke. Your father was a drunk. And your mother was smart enough to walk out on your ass when you were too young to start poisoning the world with your stupidity! But by all means, call me "adopted". Go on, do it.
    Joey: ...I was gonna call you a dork.
    • Mrs. Ishtar's last dying words to Odion. Made all the more heartbreaking as her husband couldn't stop being a sexist pig even in her final moments.
  • Uncanny Valley: Tea, Tristan and Joey in the (non-standard) opening to episode 54.
    • Everyone during Noah's duel with Kaiba in episode 55.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After the end of the Virtual World arc, LittleKuriboh stepped his game up. The jokes became more based on the characters and story, fourth wall jokes and references where there but toned down, and it started following along with the actual plot of Yu-Gi-Oh. This was exceedingly well received by the audience; in fact, episode 61 was considered so good that it has been compared to fellow popular abridged series Dragon Ball Z Abridged in terms of quality.
  • The Woobie:
    • Bakura, when he's not being the Butt Monkey.
    • Serenity, until she recovers her eyesight.
    • Mokuba takes the cake for this: constantly being told to shut up and possibly molested by Noah. And he's a Butt Monkey too. Actually, being a The Woobie and the Butt Monkey is practically the same in this show.
  • Woolseyism:
    English!Pegasus: No! I canít live without "Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series"! Itís so important to me!
    English!Yami: Donít worry, Pegasus. Thereís always "Naruto: The Abridged Series". But as everyone knows, thatís just not quite as good!

    Swedish!Pegasus: No! I canít live without "Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series"! Itís so important to me!
    Swedish!Yami: Donít worry, Pegasus. There are many more abridged series. But as everyone knows, they don't exist in Swedish!

    English!Mokuba: Let's go find the genie voiced by Robin Williams and occasionally by Dan Castellaneta.

    Swedish!Mokuba: Let's go find the genie voiced by Dan Ekborg, who also played Hades.
    • The Polish dub by FlyingIrzimekFTW is also full of these. For starters, Joey's Brooklyn accent is replaced with Bialystok accent (a Russian-influenced accent). Episode 8 replaces the Spanish opening with German (the episode being titled "Kartenspiele"). 4Kids is replaced in all instances by Polsat. The aforementioned joke in the Swedish dub paragraph goes like this:
    Polish!Pegasus: No! I canít live without "Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series PL Fandub"! Itís so important to me!
    Polish!Yami: Donít worry, Pegasus. Thereís always a version with Polish subtitles. But as everyone knows, thatís just not quite as good!