* AcceptableTargets:
** Internet killjoys.
--> '''Kaiba:''' I'm busy flagging YouTube videos to compensate for the fact that I have an extremely small penis.
** Homosexuals, cross-dressers, furries, bisexuals, asexuals, heterosexuals, and pretty much anyone with a sexual orientation/interest (or lack thereof) that attention can be called to.
* AccidentalInnuendo: Episode 12 had Kaibazilla from Joey's nightmare stating, "If you think [my size] is huge then you should see my ego." Several thought or like to believe that Kaiba was referring to his genitals.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: 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.
* AwesomeEgo:
** Seto Kaiba.
-->I ''am'' on a drug: its called ''SETO '''FREAKING''' KAIBA!!!''
** The Pharaoh.
* BeamMeUpScotty: Kaiba's ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney line. The way many fans use it, it could lead non-viewers to assume that line is his CatchPhrase, even though he only said it once.
* BetterThanCanon: How some feel about the abridged series, with all the hilarious dialog and constant lampshading making the original look boring and [[{{Narm}} nonsensical]] by comparison.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The opening of episode 3 of ''Season Zero Abridged'' starts with [[TheWoobie Bakura]] [[DrivenToSuicide threatening suicide]] (or at least attempting to gain attention). It came out of nowhere, is either an unfunny or [[CrossesTheLineTwice 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.
* BizarroEpisode: The Virtual World arc.
** Episode 16 (which makes sense, given that it was based on the equally bizarre episode 28 of the original dub). Yugi even lampshades it.
-->'''Yugi:''' This is a f**king bizarre episode!
** Episode 2 of Season 0, mostly because of how the Kaiba brothers are depicted.
* CanonDefilement: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZSS_VJJC1Y&feature=g-u-u&context=G20f8404FUAAAAHgAHAA Season Zero Abridged episode #2]]
* CounterpartComparison: With many AbridgedSeries, being the progenitor and main inspiration for all of them, but special mention goes to WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged because of both being considered the best of the genre.
** Yugi to Goku for both being the main protagonists, though beyond that they don't have anything else in common.
** Kaiba to Vegeta, being arch-rivals of the main character, loved by the fans for their AwesomeEgo, and having a deranged obsession with beating the main character.
** Joey to Krillin, the practical joke who's looked down upon by others because of how much they suck at something.
** Pegasus to Freeza, being androgynous [[ArcVillain Arc Villains]].
* CrossesTheLineTwice:
** 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!"
** PTSD is not funny. Kaiba having PTSD triggered by the sight of Exodia, including paraphrasing his reaction to it in the first episode, is. Kaiba ''continually'' freaking out and quoting himself whenever "Exodia" is mentioned, even when he himself says it, is hilarious.
* CantUnhearIt: After watching TAS that has continued for years after the original anime has ended, it can be a bit distracting to watch the actual ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' second series anime, or even just read about it, without hearing LK's voices for the characters instead of their actual voices.
* DesignatedHero: The Pharaoh can be a big jerk sometimes.
* DesignatedMonkey: Jaden. Several people actually find his character quite hilarious and likeable which makes some of the jokes against him feel forced.
* DorkAge: Late Season 2 and the Virtual World Arc. Stale running gags and poorly-received ShoutOut humor were removed but not really replaced with anything.
* EarWorm:
** Take the already ''insanely'' catchy Music/LadyGaga song "Poker Face," mix it with one of the best [[CatchPhrase catchphrases]] in the show, and what do you get? "Bru bru bru Brooklyn rage, bru bru Brooklyn rage..."
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnczksTB4us "Two Dark Magician Girls go 'round the outside, round the outside."]]
** The music in the ''Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime Abridged'' movie counts as well. It's ''Music/TenaciousD'' and ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' fused together, and by the end reaches BadassCreed levels.
--> We're ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'', we're ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'', we're ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'', we're ''Yu-Gi-Oh!''...!
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KbqRPuQetY&feature=g-u-u M-m-my pharaoh's throne, m-m-my pharaoh's throne, you can flip all the cards in the trap card zone but you're not going to take my pharaoh's throne...]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK-4JEETt88 A rap battle between Jaden Yuki, Yami and Yugi Moto]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZC5jzpR8EE A cover of 'Out There']] from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', done by [[HarmlessVillain Marik.]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad Who seems to do a lot of these songs.]]
** The recent Evil Council meeting has given us Zorc [[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody and Cody's]] version of the Disney song "A Whole New World" with backing vocals from [[CreepyDoll Teddy]]. Aptly named "Destroy The World".
%%** Without Yugi, I'm on a Blimp, Brooklyn Rage~, Requiem of a Nyeh, and Marik and Bakura's Duet of Stand by Me.
%%** Introducing the Paradox Brothers to "YMCA" was also inspired.
%%** [[{{Mondegreen}} Or "Rap rap rap Brooklyn Rage, rap rap Brooklyn Rage..." (or change 'Rap' to 'Trap')]]
%%** "Who's that crazy kook destroying the world? It's Zorc! (That's me!) It's Zorc & Pals! The blood of the innocent will flow without end! His name is Zorc, and he's destroying the world!"
%%** The same with the Requiem for a Dream jingle spoof: "Nyeh... nyeh-nyeh-nyeh-nyeh, nyeh-nyeh-nyeh-nyeh, nyeh-nyeh-nyeh-nyeh-nyeh-nyeh..."
%%** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jnCcejkpjg Leather Pants]]" to the tune of "Bad Romance"
%%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NacuNgwu9I4 Villain]], just villain.
%%** Bakura doing a little duet with Atem in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KbqRPuQetY Pharoah's Throne!]] He sings for realsies and ''everything''.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Quite a few:
** Marik and Yami Bakura started off as this, before ascending to {{Breakout Characters}}s and began to appear in virtually ''every'' side video.
** Kemo (The Hair Guy), Bandit Keith and Jack Atlas, all mainly because of their [[MemeticMutation memetic]] catchphrases.
** Zorc Nercophades, for being an {{Adorkable}} AffablyEvil world destroying monster.
** Mokuba, as his DamselScrappy status from the original series managed to be turned into something more funny and amusing.
** Rex and Weevil are pretty popular due to how insanely hilarious their characters are (it helps by the fact that the duo are parodies of WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead). Ironically, Weevil was considered a {{scrappy}} in the original series.
** Dartz, after Takahata101 started voicing him with a Cajun accent.
** The Slender Man.
** Jaden and Yusei were popular enough to become {{Breakout Character}}s.
* EvilIsSexy: Florence and Marik
* FirstInstallmentWins: 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.
* FollowTheLeader:
** The far-too-many-to-list Abridged Series that cropped up after this. For a while, only about two of them came anywhere close to quality. [[FromClonesToGenre That's changed a bit.]]
** Ishizu Ishtar Lampshades this:
--->'''Ishizu:''' "I predict all the jokes you just heard will soon be appearing in somebody else's abridged series. You know the one."
** Also, he tributes [[ClipShow Episode 35]] to all the other abridged creators.
** The released Abridged Trailer of the ''Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime'' includes this gem from Paradox:
--->"So many Abridged Series... the Internet couldn't take them all."
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** 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 [[spoiler:Ghost Nappa]] expresses his desire to capture Mokuba with a [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Master Ball]] becomes even creepier given the recent revelation that [[spoiler:Ghost Nappa is Mokuba's real father.]]
** This will hopefully not happen for a very long time, but once either LittleKuriboh or SamRiegel 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 [[spoiler:that Serenity ran Noah over while driving]]. [[HilariousInHindsight If the joke doesn't get even funnier, that is.]]
** The jokes about WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries, especially the joke in episode 46 about it being dead since Masako and Vegeta are no longer working together.
** Marik created Melvin, his NotSoImaginaryFriend / SuperpoweredEvilSide so he could get all the hugs he wanted. [[FridgeHorror Think about all that that implies]]. [[TearJerker *sniffle*]]
** Melvin mocking TeamFourStar 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 Creator/RobinWilliams in Cr@psule Monsters 3 are a lot less funny after Williams's suicide.
** Yusei's mistreatment of Aki in ''Bonds Beyond Time Abridged'' became much less funny when years later, Aki's voice actress, [=Squeaky93=] (who at the time of the movie's upload was The Azure Crow's real-life girlfriend), made a [[http://squeakychiona.tumblr.com/post/142218207623/a-warning-about-theazurecrow-trigger-warning tumblr post]] talking about Yusei's voice actor, The Azure Crow, having a history of abuse towards girls.
** The various [[TakeThatMe self-deprecating jokes]] that resulted from some fans expressing the view that the series has suffered from SeasonalRot can be extremely cringeworthy if you've watched Creator/LittleKuriboh[='s=] ''We're Still Here'' videos and know that his depression often causes him to feel that he's a disappointment to everyone and think that his attempts to make people happy have failed. This is especially difficult when he admitted that these insecurities have prevented him from being able to enjoy the 10th anniversary of the abridged series, and instead have only brought a feeling of shame.
*** Likewise, regardless of [[CrossesTheLineTwice whether]] [[BrokenBase or]] [[DudeNotFunny not]] Bakura's [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment random]] suicide attempt at the beginning of the third episode of Season Zero is funny, it's really tough to watch knowing about [=LittleKuriboh=]'s struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: It's big enough in Japan to have an [[http://youyakuyugioh.blog90.fc2.com/ unofficial Japanese site]]
** As of August 2009, however, all the Japanese-captioned episodes have been deleted except for those since episode 42.
** LK's Website/YouTube channel is the #1 most subscribed in Japan. You do NOT want to know how he celebrated. (SchmuckBait [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxbFiymmqaQ 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 themselves'' [[OneOfUs 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 Website/YouTube's copyright bots acting on its superficial programming.
* GenrePopularizer / FromClonesToGenre: There are enough AbridgedSeries that it's just a genre now. You can tell because people are ripping off jokes from lesser known series, not just the ''Yu-Gi-Oh'' and ''Naruto'' ones.
* GrowingTheBeard: The first few episodes are not very good -- the voices are slow, the audio quality is poor, the jokes are weaker, and so forth. The beard starts coming in around Episode 10 as Little Kuriboh's voice acting, recording software, and writing noticeably improve, and it's fully grown come Season 2.
* HarsherInHindsight: It can become a little difficult to mock Alister's voice after he reveals that his testicles were damaged in the explosion that killed his brother.
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: 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."
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Season 3 features Noah as the head of 4Kids with the Big Five as his executives. Over the course of several months as these episodes aired, 4Kids was sued by TV Tokyo and NAS over their unauthorized usage of ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' footage, a lawsuit that culminated with 4Kids losing the rights to ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'', along with numerous other franchises, to the Konami subsidary 4K Acquisition. The fallout from the lawsuit also forced 4Kids to declare bankruptcy and many of their executives were fired or moved around. While the company has since emerged from bankruptcy, their presence in the anime world is pretty much over. This all makes Season 3 ''absolutely hysterical'' as it features Noah totally unaware of what's going on in his company, including that they've lost the rights to Pokémon and One Piece, and eventually the heroes escape their base as it gets blown up with missiles.
** Tristan talks about [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds 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 CatchPhrase. [[MeanGirls It's never going to work!]]" When you consider even Creator/WayneGrayson loves using it in Joey's dub voice...
** Téa once says "Oh, it is ''on'' in a manner similar to that of VideoGame/DonkeyKong!" About a month later, Nintendo copyrights the phrase "on like Donkey Kong", making Téa'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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1UttuvmJA8&feature=related this]] video.
*** Also, has Jaden made a single appearance in this series without rapping?
** In the Leather Pants parody-of-a-parody [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3ejpPH7qro Literal Pants]], Marik repeatedly takes jabs at [[BitingTheHandHumor 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 ''MonsterBoy'', where they play a frustrated artist and a creature that exists solely to critisize him, respectively.
** Episode 33 is the episode where Marik and Bakura first meet. The name of the episode? Harpoon''shipping''.
** 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 WebVideo/MarbleHornets 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 [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants "SpongePants SquareBob"]]
** The jokes early in the series about Bakura being a minor character, considering his current status on the SpotlightStealingSquad and how he seems to be in a lot of the Abridged Series spinoff material.
** 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 TakeThat against [[PokemonTheBridgedSeries Nowacking]] saying she must be a Lesbian because she turned down his advances. [[https://twitter.com/Nowacking/status/380157392924594176 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.
*** Even funnier if you've watched ''[[Anime/YuGiOhArcV ARC-V]]'', because that was pretty much the InUniverse reaction to Yuya inventing the Pendulum Summon[[note]]Yuya used some unknown form of magic to do so (and might have been possessed), so Pendulum Summons came just as far out of left field as Kaiba's summons[[/note]] - to the point where Yuya and his opponent could basically quote the exchange word-for-word.
** In "Seto Kaiba's Real Father", both Kaiba and the narrator wonder when ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}} III'' will finally be released. The game is set to be released in 2017.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UURN9Loy5Mw The title "Freaky Fish Guy" describes]] [[{{Undertale}} Undyne]] perfectly. Heck, she even lobs a spear at you while trying to be friends.
** One episode ends with Marik and Florence singing "Stand By Me". Later, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' was announced, and the game's theme is also a cover of "Stand By Me"... By ''Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine''.
** Mai Valentine's defining trait in this series is her GagBoobs, and she's voiced by [=LittleKuriboh=] for the first three seasons. In Season 4, she complains about how everyone only identifies her by that attribute. Season 4 has her voiced by an actual woman this time, a woman whose username is Boobs [=McBalrog=].
* HoYay: Enough to deserve [[HoYay/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries its own page]]
* IAmNotShazam: Defied "My name is Yami." '''"[[Film/SupermanReturns WRONG!!!]]"''' [Lol, 4Kids]
** Yugi attempts to lampshade this, only for Yami to interrupt by urging Yugi not to spoil it.
* IdiosyncraticShipNaming: 'Harpoonshipping' (Mako Tsunami/the Ocean) has made it onto ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' shipping lists, despite being a parody of the fandom's dozens of ship names. Creator/LittleKuriboh also references Thiefshipping and Puzzleshipping by name.
* InternetBackdraft: Martin's continued lack of a frequent update rate due to battling depression has lead several fans to swear off the show due to a mix of AwesomenessWithdrawal and a sheer lack of interest, some citing that if he's not going to bother doing a new episode outside of once every half a year, he should do everyone a favour and cancel the main series to work on the side projects he cares about or to deal with his depression.
* ItsTheSameSoItSucks: An In-Universe example where Bakura criticizes Zorc for making the same "Destroy the world" joke over and over again on ''[[ShowWithinAShow Zorc and Pals]]'' in episode 37.
* JerkassWoobie: Yami Bakura. Sure, he's evil, but between [[SpotlightStealingSquad having his spotlight stolen constantly]], the [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]] VillainDecay, and putting up with the "[[SurroundedByIdiots Evil Council]]", it's hard not to feel sympathy for the poor guy. Not to mention [[AllLoveIsUnrequited his "relationship"]] [[ObliviousToLove with]] [[TransparentCloset Ma]][[CannotSpitItOut rik]].
** Marik too, in different ways. Even at his most [[NotSoHarmlessVillain dangerous]], he seems completely incapable of taking care of himself, and having NoSocialSkills makes running an evil organization and Council all but impossible. He also displays classic symptoms of an InferioritySuperiorityComplex, and usually [[PleaseDontLeaveMe breaks down when someone close to him leaves]]. The series also hints that his stunted mental/emotional state harkens back to [[AbusiveParents Hank Ishtar]]'s ''[[FreudianExcuse spectacularly]]'' inept parenting. He also created the Melvin personality so he could get all the hugs he wanted. [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Ouch]]. Hell, he even has [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame "Out There"]] as his ImageSong.
* MagnificentBastard:
** Florence.
** And let us not forget Seto "ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney" Kaiba. If it pleases the court, Tv Tropes would like to present Exhibit A: "Episode 52: 'Seto Kaiba vs The World'"
* MemeticMutation: [[FountainOfMemes Many.]]
** "Attention, duelists: My hair has become an internet phenomenon."
** "In America!"
** CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES!
** "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]]explanation: Much like the youtube "first" phenomenon, this has become a common phase posted on LK's videos due to his ScheduleSlip: He originally promised one new episode per week, but that has slowed to one episode every couple months.[[/note]]
** [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer [actual 4kids dialogue]]]
* MilestoneCelebration:
** The 2nd anniversary one was a total bust, leading to TheWarOfTheAbridgedSeriesCreators.
** The 3rd anniversary one went comparatively better. There was just an explosion instead.
* MisaimedFandom: Exploited heavily by LK for humour. Prime examples include Anzu's friendship speeches, despite many of the central characters being prone to them in the manga, the heavy amounts of shipping fodder and treating Yami Bakura and Marik as being more sympathetic (or deserving of more screentime) than the actual heroes.
* MisBlamed: 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 ''Yu-Gi-Oh!''. Despite the fact 4Kids are portrayed as the Big Five in Season 3, they seem to like ''Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged''.
* {{Moe}}: Parodied in episode 36, where Yugi claims that he's so cute, people have mistaken him for a baby panda.
--> '''Yami''': You mean you're not a baby panda?\\
'''Yugi''': Nope.\\
'''Yami''': Wow, you're good.
* NightmareFuel:
** 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, [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies 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 [[OmnicidalManiac Melvin]] does qualifies.
** Seto in Season Zero. He's actually nice and friendly... while still having a CreepyMonotone, 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 [[PunctuatedForEmphasis on...the...ground.]]
* PeripheryDemographic: The series is popular even with those who aren't fans of ''Yu-Gi-Oh''.
** An in-universe example with Odion, a grown stoic man, who is completely obsessed with ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears''.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Lampshaded in Season 4, where Joey and Kaiba are able to draw game-breaking cards that were slipped into their decks at just the right time.
* SeasonalRot:
** 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 [[TakeThatMe their universe has grown tired and cliché]] in Episode 44.
** Season 4 might be heading this way as well, due to the sheer number of episodes the show has produced, the struggle to stay fresh, and LK struggling with depression. However, it's still a bit too soon to tell yet.
* ShockingSwerve: Melvin [[spoiler:cancelling the show in Episode 46]].
* ShoutOut: When Mai claims to have ESP, it may have been a reference to ''Manga/{{Mai The Psychic Girl}}''
* SpecialEffectsFailure: 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.
** ...That's the joke.
** In the [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness early episodes]], the MouthFlaps were almost always off.
* {{Squick}}: In episode 60 Téa talks in her sleep while dreaming she's being [[UnusualEuphemism "friended"]] by the Pharaoh. It's disturbingly graphic.
** Episode 63. Crump has ADateWithRosiePalms while watching ''WesternAnimation/{{Pingu}}''. [[CrossesTheLineTwice Twice]].
* TakeThatScrappy: Miho's appearance in ''Season 0 Abridged'' has her being routinely ignored by the main cast, she has a grating voice and is possibly mentally disabled. Considering how she was originally depicted as shallow and a tease who took advantage of Honda/Tristan, this bastardisation of her character was well received by the fans.
* UncannyValley:
** Téa, Tristan and Joey in the (non-standard) opening to episode 54.
** Everyone during Noah's duel with Kaiba in episode 55. Lampshaded by Kaiba.
-->'''Kaiba''': WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH EVERYBODY'S FACE?!
* ValuesDissonance: Had episode 21 been made in this day and age, the transphobic jokes would've most likely ensued quite a lot of flack (although most people don't seem too bothered by them).
* WinBackTheCrowd: 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 ''{{WebVideo/Dragon Ball Z Abridged}}'' in terms of quality.
* TheWoobie:
** Bakura, especially when he's being the ButtMonkey.
** Serenity, until she recovers her eyesight.
** Mokuba takes the cake for this: constantly being told to shut up [[spoiler: and possibly molested by Noah]]. And he's a ButtMonkey too. Actually, being a TheWoobie and the ButtMonkey is practically the same in this show.
* {{Woolseyism}}:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/SwedishKuriboh The Swedish dub]] replaces some jokes that would not make sense in Swedish with jokes that do. Bakura's accent [[AccentAdaptation is now]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scania Scanian]] and Joey now makes references to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stureplan Stureplan]]. The fact that the Swedish dub comes out years after the original episodes also means that some references have to be changed to something more current at the time. For example, as the final ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book had been out for years when the Swedish dub of episode 23 was released, the book Téa had spoiled was changed to the final ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' book, and her ship was changed from [[CrackShip Harry/Hedwig]] to [[YaoiFangirl Edward/Jacob]].
--> '''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 [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} the genie]] voiced by Creator/RobinWilliams and [[TheOtherDarrin occasionally]] by Creator/DanCastellaneta.

--> '''Swedish!Mokuba:''' Let's go find the genie voiced by Dan Ekborg, who also played [[Disney/{{Hercules}} Hades]].
** The Polish dub by [[http://www.youtube.com/user/FlyingIrzimekFTW FlyingIrzimekFTW]] is also full of these. For starters, Joey's Brooklyn accent is replaced with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bialystok 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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polsat 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!
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