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Yu Gi Oh The Abridged Series: Tropes I to Z

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    I 
  • I Am Not Shazam: Lampshaded in-universe. "My name is Yami." "WRONG!!!" [Lol, 4Kids]
  • Idiot Ball: Depending on the scene, it can range from one character doing something stupid, like not noticing Bakura's turned into a bestial psychopath, to the entire cast accepting that Bakura's managed to recover from illness, win six duels in a tournament, and walk to the location of the finals in a single episode. Special mention goes to Tristan, whose Idiot Ball is permanently lodged between his brain's frontal lobes.
    Téa: I can't believe we're expected to believe all this.
    Yugi: And yet, apparently we do. God, we're stupid. This must be what it feels like to be Tristan.
  • If I Can't Have You: "I'm going to kidnap you! It seems to be the default response to anything in this show!"
  • Igpay Atinlay: "Silly Téa! Pigs don't speak Latin!"
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: "Fortunately, I can pilot a helicopter. Thank God for Microsoft Flight Simulator!"
  • I Lied:
  • I'm Going To Disney World Zorc in The Movie
  • Image Song:
    • Melvin: "Villain"
    • Yugi Mutou: "Without Yugi"
    • Kaiba: "I'm On A Blimp"
    • Marik: "Out There", "Leather Pants"
    • Joey Wheeler: "BROOKLYN RAGE~!"
    • Yami Yugi: "Pharaoh's Throne"
  • Improbable Weapon User: Despite its appearance in the orginal anime it's worth noting that Kaiba throws children's trading card at Faceless Mooks. In V.A.T.S.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Marik.
  • Inherently Funny Words: Judging by the reaction of the other people on Wha-Chow! at the time, vagina.
  • I'm Your Worst Nightmare: In Marik Plays Portal2, Glados tries this, revealing Marik's worst nightmare is him without a great bottom. His second worst is a buffalo.
  • I Need No Ladders: One of the Moonites swoops down upon Yugi and Kaiba "like a ninja." Mario Bros noises are then added to the scene of him jumping up the side of a building.
  • Informed Ability: "Yeah, that Mai Valentine. She's a great duelist, all right."
  • Informed Attribute: Mai's breasts being huge.
  • Informed Flaw: Yugi's voice isn't that high-pitched.
  • Inner Monologue: Viciously parodied as to be expected of this series. Kaiba starts inner monologuing only to be interrupted by Yami's inner monologue. They start having a conversation about their inner monologue tendencies only to be interrupted by TRISTAN'S inner monologue
  • Insane Troll Logic: Episode 43:
    Mai: Marik! When I defeat him it'll prove that I don't need friends to be a strong person. That'll show Joey for not including me in his brain-damage-induced hallucinations!
    (caption: [irrational reasoning ftw!])
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • "A children's card game"
    • Mako Tsunami: "I am not a freaky fish guy!"
  • IN SPACE!: Apparently Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal 's card games IN SPACE! was too ridiculous to Jack and Yusei
  • Insult Backfire:
    • This:
    Marik: I already told you Bakura, I'm NOT gay!
    Florence: Could've fooled me.
    Melvin: And me.
    Marik: Hey shut up; you don't know anything about me.
    Florence: Marik, he IS you; he knows EVERYTHING about you.
    Marik: HE is the gay one!
    Florence: Marik, he's YOU!
    Marik: ...He is the gay one!
    • In the rap battle between Yugi and Jaden, Yugi suggests Jaden should just practice ballet instead of playing children's card games. In his next spit, Jaden fires back that he's been taking ballet for six years regardless of Yugi's taunting.
    • Marik redirects an insult in a surprisingly harsh way during the second Evil Council.
    Teddy: Your mother plays card games in hell!"
    Marik: I know. That's because I killed her.
    Teddy: ...oh.
  • Insult Misfire: Episode 11
    Kaiba: " No offense Yugi, you're a great duelist and all, but your buddy there couldn't duel his way out of a paper bag."
    Joey: "That does it! No one talks about my friend Tristan that way!"
  • In the Name of the Moon: Mentioned in episode 34.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: Ghost Nappa's cameo in episode 40.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • "Hey, Little Kuriboh! When's the new episode? Ah hah hah hah!"
    • Bakura in episode 11, Florence in episode 46: "Tell my fangirls, I love them."
    • "By the Gods, that's exactly what I want to look like!"
    • "I have the weirdest boner right now"
  • Ironic Hell: After losing her card game with Melvin, Mai is sent to a world where everybody's breasts are bigger than hers.
    • According to Yami in episode 58, card game hell is "just like the real world, except there are no card games. It's awful".
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: Episode 22.
    Duke: They say you're a loser with a fetish for dressing up as animals.
    Joey: I am not a loser!
  • Item Get: "Looks like Joey found a Duel Disk!"
  • It's Probably Nothing: "Yeah, that's definitely the sound that wind makes."
  • It Was His Sled: Lampshaded In-Universe — "Snape Kills D-" [many spoilers later] "-Nicole Kidman was a ghost, and Rosebud was the sled!"
  • It Will Never Catch On:
    • "Card games on motorbikes... come on!". (Cut to a picture of Yu-Gi-Oh 5Ds with the subtitles saying, "you gotta be sh*** ing me.") With "O Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi" playing in the background.
    • Yusei and Jack (incidently from the afforementioned show) eventually go on to make a similar quip about "Card Games in Space" Yu-Gi-Oh: Zexal
  • "I Want" Song: Young Marik's version of "Out There". Except in this case, what he wants is to kill people, play card games and read yaoi.

    J 
  • Jeff Goldblum: "He's One of the Most Powerful Cards In All Of Duel Monsters!"
  • Jerk Ass: Almost everyone takes this trope and runs rampant with it, while frequently informing each other and the viewers of it.
    • Special note to Kaiba who openly calls himself an asshole and Shadi who once said, "I am, how you say, 'Kind of a dick.'"
  • Jive Turkey: Tristan temporarily becomes one when he turns black due to an animation error. And Joey has to point out he's no longer black for him to stop.
  • Just Friends: Yugi and Tea in the Season Zero Pilot
    Tea: Let's have sex later ok?
    Yugi: Huh?
    Tea: AS FRIENDS YUGI GEEZ, such a pervert.

    K 

    L 
  • Lame Comeback: From "Yami of Darkness":
    Yugi: God, you are such a slut.
    Yami: Yeah, well... you're really small.
  • Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: One scene referenced Rick Roll, The Incredible Hulk, and The Legend of Zelda. Tea said she was leaving due to getting annoyed by all the obscure references.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Half the jokes do this. The other half parody doing this.
  • Large Ham:
    • "I can do whatever I want because I'm voiced by DAN GREEN!"
    • Also Marik seems to get quite into it during Leather Pants, not that he hasn't hammed up the scenery in-series as well.
  • Larynx Dissonance: There's only six women in the series and the four that qualify as main characters sound like varying degrees of guy: From Miss Piggy style (Téa), to slightly husky (Ishizu), to not even trying (Mai and Serenity). The other two, Rebecca Hawkins and Veronica Ishtar, had genuine female actors but only ever appeared in one episode a piece.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
    • Mentioned in episode 35.
    Yami Yugi: Say Kaiba, do you remember the first time you and I met?
    Seto Kaiba: Actually no. You did that mind crush thing to me so everything's sort of a blur. In fact, I kinda think you gave me brain damage.
    • Also from episode 43:
    Melvin: I hate to burst your bubble, but there's nobody in my head worth remembering. Ahahahaha...! Wait! No, Mr. Tweetums!
  • Last Name Basis: Bakura, Crump, Kaiba
  • Last-Second Word Swap:
    • Crump the Penguin and Téa.
    Crump: Now that's what I call a "DMILF".
    Téa: A "DMILF"?
    Crump: A Dark Magician I'd like to Fu—
    • Subverted in the Season Zero pilot, when it looks like Yugi's going to think of a different way to finish the sentence, and finally just gives up and starts over.
    Téa: What are you going to wish for, Yugi?
    Yugi: Oh, that's easy! Téa's pant—uh...um...uh...Tristan's panties.
    Téa: You have problems, man!
  • Late to the Punchline: Marik pulls this off when he realises what Melvin meant by 'I always knew you wanted me inside of you Bakura' and explains the joke a whole episode later.
  • Laugh Track: Zorc has sitcom-style canned laughter play every time he mentions destroying the world, occasionally also other audience reactions.
  • Left the Background Music On: "SexyBack", Duke's Leitmotif. When Yugi asks Duke "to stop using that annoying theme music", he has no idea it's on.
  • Leitmotif:
    • Florence had Ave Satani whenever he spoke when he was first introduced. It only lasted a few episodes though.
    • Whenever Yugi's Dark Magician is shown attacking (three times at last count), the theme from a different Magical Trevor short is played.
    • 99 percent of Duke Devlin's dialogue is backed by Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack."
  • Let Me Get This Straight: Used often by various characters (usually Yugi) to lampshade the utter ridiculousness of the plot.
    Yugi: So let me get this straight, according to this show, the Egyptian Gods are real.
    Shadi: Yes.
    Yugi: But, doesn't that mean that all other religions are wrong, and the hokey ancient Egypt religion is the only real one?
    Shadi: Yes.
    Yugi: Huh, didn't see that one coming.
    Shadi: I did!
  • Let's Play: Marik is doing one of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. It has it's own page here.
    • Marik also plays part of Portal 2 as a convention promo.
    • Marik and Bakura also play Slender
    • Yami plays some of Fallout 3, also as a con promo.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Not stated, but implied by Tristan in episode 60.
    Just f*** already!
  • Literal-Minded: Tristan, see No, Except Yes below.
  • Lolicon: Pegasus due to the Toon Dark Magician Girl card, according to Kaiba:
    Kaiba: You took the hottest thing in all of Duel Monsters and turned it into a FIVE YEAR OLD. You have issues, man.
  • Logic Bomb: Duke defeats Nesbitt this way by showing him a picture of the Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal protagonist.
  • Lost Episode: For lack of a better trope to describe it. For April Fools' Day 2011, a new version of Episode 6 was released, covering the same episode as the original, but using completely different scenes and jokes.
  • Lucky Translation: The fearless Japanese fan that took on the daunting task of translating the abridged series on nicovideo got lucky with "You don't stand a ghost of a chance!". 'Ghost' and 'zero' are pronounced exactly the same in Japanese.
    • Which is the joke, from the original. Recursive lucky translation?
  • Lying Finger Cross: Kaiba does this when saying that he loves his brother Mokuba. Joey notices and points it out, causing Kaiba to... change his finger sign somewhat.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: The Zorc & Pals theme song.
    The blood of the innocent will flow without end
    His name is Zorc and he's destroying the world!

    M 
  • Magnum Opus: Marik belives this about Concrete Giraffes, the movie he is filming with Bakura. It doesn't quite work out that way. invoked
    Marik: This is going to make Citizen Kane look like Citizen Lame!
  • Major Injury Underreaction:
    • After getting his eye gouged out, Pegasus, instead of screaming in pain, informs Florence that he took the wrong one.
    Florence: My mistake.
    * Pop*
    Pegasus: That's much better.
    • We also have Hank Ishtar singing a parody version of "Cat's in the Cradle" while being hugged  by Melvin.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Of all people, Mokuba in episode 52. He manipulates Noah into giving him free food and letting him watch his favourite TV shows by going on about how his previous kidnappers were so much better than Noah.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: LittleKuriboh does nearly all the voices on the show with impressive range of pitch and accent. The voices not done by him are generally guest voices he could likely have done by himself.
  • Marty Stu: In-Universe, Gary Stu
    Yugi: Those bullies are being mean to Gary Stu!
    Joey: Who the hell is Gary Stu?
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • An in-universe example; in episode 52 Kaiba creates an internet meme called 'lolcalization', which takes Japanese cartoons and 'localises' them into American versions. This causes 4Kids Executive Lector - the head of localization - to destroy himself, since his Deck Master's special power is to destroy internet memes.
    • Out of universe, the character catchphrases like "Screw the Rules, I Have Money", "In America", and "Brooklyn Rage" among others have achieved meme status. So much to the point that voice actors from the actual series have used them at conventions.
    • And last, but certainly not least, "CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES"
  • Metafiction: The idea is played with, and is in full effect in Season 3. The show is cancelled and the characters have to fight the executive at 4Kids to get it back, ultimately defeating them and blowing up their base. At the same time in real life for unrelated reasons, the company had gone bankrupt and lost the rights to Yu-Gi-Oh!.
  • Metaphorgotten:
    • Grandpa, unsurprisingly, pulls one off.
      Grandpa: (in a flashback) "Playing card games is just like making love. You usually do it on a table, and always feel deep shame afterwards. Also, the older you get, the less fun it is. So, in conclusion, remember to always wear a condom while playing card games!"
      Yugi: "Huh...maybe I should wash my hands before shuffling these."
    • Joey has one, too.
      Joey: Remember, you treat a duel disk just like you treat a woman. You strap it to your arm and put trading cards into it at regular intervals.
  • Milestone Celebration:
  • Mind Control: Marik uses this recurringly on his Steves, as well as on Joey and Tea. Later, Nesbitt uses it when taking control of Tristan and so does Crump when he takes control of Tea's body.
  • The Mole: Melvin works for 4Kids and is trying to get the show cancelled. He succeeds in episode 46.
  • Moment Killer: Malik gets one during the Joey/Odion duel; when Odion realizes he's about to lose due to the fake Egyptian God Card inciting the wrath of the real Mega Ultra Chicken, Odion muses how he finally became a Tombkeeper. "Malik", on the other hand, isn't impressed.
    Odion: I can only hope you're proud of me.
    "Malik": She's not even your real mom, douche bag!
  • Monster Roommate: Florence was apparently Slender Man's college roommate.
  • Mood Whiplash: Played for Laughs (possibly) in Episode 31; the little kid with Ash Ketchum's voice snuck into Serenity's hospital room and won't stop getting on her nerves:
    Serenity: Hey, "Ash"?
    "Ash": Yeah, Misty?
    Serenity: That doctor told me you have cancer.
    (The first opening theme to Pokemon cuts off)
    "Ash": (Beat) Oh...is that some sort of new Pokemon that can't be found in the Johto region?
    Serenity: No. It's cancer.
  • Mooks: The Steves.
  • Morality Pet: Mr. Tweetums, to Marik.
  • Motor Mouth: Used by Yugi in Season 0, to describe his Grandpa's Blue Eyes White Dragon card:
    Yugi: Hey gramps, can we please see your ultra-rare-chocolatey-fudge-coated-sugar-sprinkled-angelic-magical-fantastical-stupendeously-special-illegally-sexually-geniunely-brilliantly-amazing-goddamn-spank-my-ass-and-call-me-suzie-mega-ultra-super card? Explanation 
  • The Movie: Three so far: The Abridged Movie, The Other Abridged Movie, and Bonds Beyond Time.
  • Mr. Exposition: Shadi serves this role up until Noah and Team 4kids cancels the show.
    • The cybernetic ghost of Christmas past from the future. Lampshaded in the Kaiba's Father special: "Are you kidding me? Every time something fucked up happens in this series, you show up and start explaining things!"
  • Ms. Fanservice: When Dark Magician Girl makes her first appearance, a subtitle appears:
    "Somewhere a Yugioh fan is touching himself inappropriately."
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Bakura, since the main cast doesn't consider him as part of their group of friends and regularly pick on him for absolutely everything he does.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Joey says as much upon his reaction in episode 36 when he breaks Marik's mind control over him to find that he's been dueling in a death match with Yugi.
    • After Shadi shows Pegasus a vision of the havoc the God Cards will unleash:
      Pegasus: What dark forces have I unleashed? Dirty hands! Dirty, dirty hands!
    • Noah says this almost verbatim only three seconds after getting to the helicopter to escape the missile he launched to kill everyone at the Kaiba Corp facility at the end of the Virtual World arc.
  • My Nayme Is: Marik uses "Malik" (another possible transliteration for his name) as an alias when he meets Joey and Téa.
    Joey: (Possessed by Marik, monotone voice) I will obey, Master Malik.
    Marik: It's Marik, you fool!
    Joey: Whatever...
  • Mystical White Hair: Seto Kaiba's totally hot dragon girlfriend from the distant future.

    N 
  • Negative Continuity:
    • Kaiba's finger came clean off while sticking it near a helicopter's blades. Played straight when it wasn't mentioned in the next episode, then subverted in the episode after that when its Hand Waved by a doctor who surgically reattaches his finger, a la The Empire Strikes Back (Which Kaiba has never seen because he doesn't "watch crap").
    • In Marik's Evil Council 3, said council is meeting near an anime convention due to their Egypt hideout having been destroyed by Yami Yugi's letterbomb in the previous Christmas Special...despite said bomb having gone off right next to them, which would have certainly killed them as well, though you could blame it on 4Kids having censored it.
  • Never Say "Die": Mocked relentlessly.
    • Episode 18: "No! Yugi! You can't be dead. If you were dead, 4Kids would have censored it!"
    • Episode 28: "Yes, I - wait, no, I don't want to kill you, I just want to destroy you a little! Jeez, talk about overreacting!"
    • Episode 30: "Help! Somebody save me from the harmless dark energy disks that won't kill me!"
    • Subverted in episode 36 where Yugi expects that losing the card game against Joey on purpose will send him to the Shadow Realm and is willing to do it because of their friendship. Until Joey tell him that, for once, the consequences will ACTUALLY be fatal.
    • In episode 37, Bakura points this out: "Honestly, why do we even have a graveyard in this show if nobody ever dies?" Averted, as Zombie Boy apparently did die later that episode. But then, he is a zombie.
    • Episode 40: "Marik, if I survive this, I'm going to kill you."
    • Episode 41: "Oh my God, we're gonna die! ... I can't believe I'm gonna die in a show about * beep* ing CARD GAMES!"
    • The movie: Anubis - "Soon you will die, and then you'll be dead... because I killed you!"
    • Episode 47: "If we were gonna die, they'd have killed us by now." Subverted, too. Noah threatens the cast with sentry turrets when Kaiba's blimp lands in his mobile fortress. At first they mock Noah, thinking the bullets that the turrets fire will be non-lethal, but then Noah opens fire for a few seconds to show that they are very real bullets.
    • Bonds Beyond Time: Yugi's explanation of the shadow realm to Yusei and Jaden.
  • National Stereotypes:
    • In-Universe. "So let me get this straight. The only characters on this show who represent America are Jean Claude Magnum, Rebecca Hawkins, Maximillian Pegasus, and Bandit Keith. Is it just me, or is Yu-Gi-Oh the most xenophobic show ever?"
    • Every one of the Egyptians (The Pharaoh, Florence, Shadi, Ishizu, Marik, Odion, Melvin, and Hank Ishtar) is some degree of bastard.
    • Jokes about the British are used a lot with Bakura ("This looks like a job...for LIMEYMAN!"). All these jokes get even funnier when you realize that LittleKuriboh IS British.
      Yugi: Is everyone from England a total spaz, Bakura?
      Bakura: Pretty much.
    • Episode 23
      Marik: With my Millenium Rod, I can take control of whoever I want.
      Yugi: And you chose Bandit Keith? Why the hell would you choose Bandit Keith, he sucks!
      Marik: It's simple. Americans are very easy to brainwash. Isn't that right, mind slave?
      Bandit Keith: Whatever you say, Mister President.
  • Nepharious Pharaoh: The Pharaoh / Yami Yugi is interpreted as this for laughs, a Designated Hero who ruled over Egypt with an iron fist, forcing slaves to erect pyramids for his amusement. He sings about it too.
  • New Rules as the Plot Demands:
    • Spoofed in Yugi's duel with Panik in which Yugi gives a convoluted explanation for how he won (that does in fact perfectly describe the way he won in the original series)
      • It should be noted the above example is the former Trope Namer.
    • Another episode seems to use this as its main gag, where even the "world's most advanced computer" can't understand the game, that no one has tried to learn how to actually play the game and lived and that having to play by the rules is considered a plot twist.
    • In the Bonds Beyond Time abridged movie this is the way Paradox is defeated. Paradox explains that in his time Duel Monsters actually evolved into a game with rules that actually make the game fair and balanced. Yami then counters by pointing out that they aren't in Paradox's time and that Duel Monsters in his own time is broken and completely exploitable.
  • Niche Network: Spoofed with the Card Games Network, because "a children's card game" is always Serious Business.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    Kaiba: And... some kind of evil zebra unicorn thing. (Zooms in on monster) Seriously, what the hell is that supposed to be? Whatever it is, I'll be seeing it in my nightmares.
    • Also when the characters find that the virtual game's version of Mokuba is a princess, the ending states she will "return in your nightmares".
  • No, Except Yes:
    Joey: Shut up, Tristan! You just want to get into Serenity's pants!
    Tristan: No, I don't. I want to have sex with her! * beat* Oh, that's what you meant.
  • No Fourth Wall:
    • At various times ("This will allow the writers to fill in a bunch of plot holes!") and one of Ishizu's powers from her Millennium Necklace is the ability to do this.
    • Little Kuriboh lets you know what sort of series this is going to be from the third line in the first episode: "Sorry, Yug, doin' this Brooklyn accent makes it difficult to concentrate on card games!"
    • The abridged series itself no longer has a fourth wall either
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Thief King Bakura suffers one at the hands of Exodia in a parody of the scene between Loki and the Hulk in The Avengers.
  • No Indoor Voice:
    • Espa Roba and his brothers.
      Joey: "Stop yelling at me!"
      Espa: (Shouts) "What? This is my normal speaking voice!"
    • Also:
      Ishizu: (whispering) Marik, we must be very quiet so that-
      Marik: HEY ISHIZU LOOK AT THAT THING I WONDER WHAT IT IS! LOUDLY DO I WONDER ABOUT IT!
    • Jack Atlas.
      Jack: I MOSTLY JUST LIKE TO YELL!
  • No Swastikas:
    Gruber: Ve just wanted to show ze Fuhrer our new Kaiba Corp logo! (holds up red flag with a white circle and a black "KC" in the center)
    Hans: Ya, ve spent veeks designing it!
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
    • When the "Ancient Egyptian Laser Beams" Shadow Game between Bakura and Pegasus appears, "This isn't a joke. It really happens" appears on screen.
    • And again when the poster for Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds appears for the first time. It reads "You have got to be ***ing me."
    • And the running gag of the "Actual 4Kids Dialog" message, including such gems as:
      "Check his pulse, Yugi!"
      "What a digital dummy!"
      "In another few hours, the sun will rise!"
      "You don't stand a ghost of a chance!"
      "Be very careful, Joey!"
      "If only he had been careful!"
      Joey, what did I tell you about being careful?
    • He shows one when pointing out the difference between how the Japanese version of the show did a scene or plotline versus how the American version did the same one. Needless to say, the Japanese one often sounds more appealing the the American dub.
  • Not So Different: Used by Noah against Seto. Very justifiably.
  • The Nudifier: The Shadow Realm, according by Zorc in Marik's Evil Council 5.
    Zorc: In the Shadow Realm, we wear no clothes. Everybody is totally naked. It's kind of a thing. Everybody must suffer eternal damnation...and nudity!.

    O 
  • Oblivious Younger Sibling: Despite getting her eyesight back, Serenity is oblivious to everything.
  • Obvious Object Could Be Anything: Marik thinks that his snake-shaped present might contain the Buzz Lightyear he always wanted.
  • Off Model:
    • "Look at the size of that nose. It's like the animators didn't even care."
    • Then there's this:
    Joey: Hey, Kaiba! If Marik entered the tournament using a fake name, shouldn't he be disqualified?
    Kaiba: The only person who should be disqualified around here is whoever made Tristan black in this shot!
    Tristan: Don't you be hating on my blackface, playa!
    • "Now, Blue-Eyes White Dragon, attack with White Lightn-aaah! God, my hand! I don't think it's supposed to bend that way! How did I even do this?"
  • Oh Crap:
    • When "Malik" realizes Odion getting hit by lightning and knocked out means Melvin's Restraining Bolt came off and there's nothing stopping him from taking over.
    Marik: (wide-eyed) Ohhhhhh (EFF)...
    • Then there is episode 44, when Kaiba discovers what Exchange of Spirit does. It is technically the first (and as of now, only) time the word fuck is uncensored (although that is only because it is stretched out):
    Kaiba:(pause) FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-
    • Then, when Mokuba sees him on the screen:
    Kaiba: (still going) -UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-
    • And still:
    Kaiba: (still going) -UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-
    • Then, when Mokuba finally arrives:
    Kaiba: (finally finishing) -UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!
    • Brooklyn Rage and the Yugi vs. Jaden rap battle start with one from Kaiba and Yugi respectively.
    Kaiba: Please tell me you're not going to sing[...] Look, I'll pay you any amount of money right now if you don't sing!

    Yugi: Oh you've got to be f*cking kidding me...
  • Once Acceptable Targets: In-Universe. Upon returning to the center of his mind, this time without the "help" of Shadi, Yugi comments that he "vaguely remembers meeting an extremely racist caricature".
  • One Steve Limit:
    • Thoroughly and literally averted, in that all Ghouls/Rare Hunters are named "Steve". Steve (The guy who took Joey's Red Eyes), Steve Arcana, Steve the Mime, Keith Steve Howard, The Army of Celebrity Steves, etc. It might help if Marik's mind control powers worked on people who weren't named Steve. Marik does point out that he could control "Stone Cold" Steve Austin if he felt like it.
    • Also brought up here:
      Yami: Look, why don't you just cut the crap and tell us who you really are Bakura? Or should I call you the spirit of the Millennium Ring, who has no official name as of yet?
      Florence: Actually, we're both called Bakura!
      Yami: What? But that's just confusing. Not to mention highly unlikely.
      Florence: Oh, just wait until season 5 when there's three of me running around. Even the fans have trouble keeping up with that one.
  • One True Religion: Thanks to the nature of the Egyptian pantheon being the inspiration for the show's children's card game—and that the Egyptian God Cards actually existed in the ancient past—Yugi is able to deduce that the religion practiced by the ancient Egyptians is right and all the others are wrong:
    Yugi: Huh. I did not see this coming.
    Shadi: I did!
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping:
    • Happened in Episode 6, and also seems to be a problem with Marik (and, by extension, Melvin), as he can't seem to decide whether he has a British accent or an American one. The former incident is referenced in Episode 48, where Yugi remembers it as a full-on Cockney rant.
    • In The Abridged Movie, at one point Yugi pronounces idea as the British "eye-DEE-er", rather than the American "eye-DEE-uh". With an American accent.
    • In Bonds Beyond Time, TheAzureCrow slips into a Canada, Eh? pronunciation of "without" and "about," which LittleKuriboh promptly pokes fun at during the credits.
    • In episode #2 of Season Zero, Yugi slips into a British accent on the word "fortune". Twice.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Mokuba lampshades this when Kaiba falls for the executives' obvious trap, asking why he's acting "so gullible and out-of-character."
  • Overly-Long Gag:
    • Yugi's Lampshading of Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping from episode 6 ends up dragging on nearly a half-minute.
    • "Gorgonzola cheese and the world's finest wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii..."
  • Overused Running Gag: Inevitably there's quite a few...
    • Enough so for the show to mock itself about it, again, and again... and again... (Though, somehow, it's still funny).
    • The 2nd anniversary vid takes the cake, as for the top ten thing, they supposedly only had one clip. So, they show the same clip TEN TIMES!
    • And in-series it mocks the original's overuse of the phrase "You don't stand a ghost...of a chance!"
    • Tropers...there's something you should know. I came...to this page...to give you a message: CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES!

    P 
  • Pals with Jesus: Florence and Slender Man were college roommates.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Malik Blishtar, who certainly isn't that evil Marik Ishtar! Slightly less thin in that his right-hand man Odion appears and calls himself "Marik" as part of an Evil Plan. This is immediately cancelled out by the real Marik loudly proclaiming that he'll destroy everything the main characters hold dear and that Odion is doing it wrong.
  • Parrot Exposition:
    • "They were stolen from me by the Rare Hunters." "Rare Hunters?!" (Seto Kaiba even sounds like Solid Snake.)
    • "CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES!" "CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES?"
  • Perverse Sexual Lust: Yugi, towards Dark Magician Girl. And his grandfather... towards Black Luster Soldier.
  • Photo Montage: The ending credits to The Movie.
  • Phrase Catcher:
    • "That Kaiba kid needs to get laid."
    • "Shut up, Mokuba!"
    • In Season Zero, Yugi has "You got problems, man!"
  • Poke the Poodle: Many of Marik's "evil plots" end up as this, such as his plan to rearrange Yugi's sock drawer or give him a pinata without any candy in it.
    • Or trying to fill Yugi's mailbox with grenades... by filling it with pineapples that were painted to look like grenades.
  • The Power of Friendship: Repeatedly spoofed, usually via Téa. There's a drinking game on it.
  • The Pornomancer: Duke, apparently.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
    • Admittedly, it's a three-liner, but still:
    Kaiba: Time for a trip to the recycle bin, Phantom. And then once you're in the recycle bin, I'm going to right-click on it and select "Empty Recycle Bin", because otherwise you would just be taking up unnecessary space. In other words, I'm going to kill you.
    • Also a Pre Asskicking Conversation in Episode 45:
    Melvin: Very well. If it's a duel you want, it's a duel you'll get.
    Florence: Right you are. And the winner decides if the show gets cancelled or not.
    Melvin: Then face me, Florence, and watch the fourth wall collapse around you. *evil laugh*
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Episode 47
    Big Five: Your series has been canceled.
    Kaiba: What!
    Joey: What!
    Yugi: What! The! Fuck!?
    • Also we have this (and several variations of it).
    Yami: WHY IS EVERYBODY IN THIS SHOW A F**KING NINJA?!
    • Episode 55 with KURIBOH of all things
    Kuriboh: Do-da-la motherf***!
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Jaden in his few appearances.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Lampshaded. Duke challenges Joey to a duel with the two using decks assembled from random boosters, and he wins fair and square, with the stipulation if he won Joey would be his slavenote . In the scene before the duel, Joey laughs that once he wins, Duke will be out of business and forced to live on the street, prompting Tristan and Tea to remark that he's a noble role model for children. Then when Duke wins and makes Joey wear a dog suit, Yami Yugi declares "you've gone too far, how dare you force Joey to uphold his end of the bargain!"
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Melvin. Could I get a hug?
  • Punishment Box: referenced.
    Joey: A woman winning a card game? That's the craziest thing I've ever heard.
    Tristan: Didn't [Tea] beat you in the second episode?
    Joey: Do you want to go back in the box?
    Tristan: Please don't send me back there!

    Q 

    R 
  • Rage Against the Author: "When is the next episode, LittleKuriboh?"
  • Rapid-Fire Typing: Kaiba claims to have learned his "l33t h4x0r sk1llz" by watching episodes of Star Trek.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Episode 42 says that Melvin suspended Team Four Star.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: The Show Within a Show Yu-Gi-Oh DMX's theme is the real song X Gonna Give It To Ya
  • Really Dead Montage: Tristan's original voice. It gets better.
  • Reason You Suck Speech: In episode 60, Kaiba gives one to several of the characters, including Duke, Joey and Tristan... Tristan.
    Kaiba: Okay, let me make this very simple for all of you. You're losers! I don't mean that in an endearing way; It fucking hurts me that I have to interact with all of you so much. Duke, you're a lecherous pervert with a failed game store. Congrats.
    Duke: Uhh...
    Kaiba: Wheeler, the only reason anyone even acknowledges you is because your best friend is the King of games. You'll probably end up in jail in about five years with bills coming out of your ass because you have absolutely no real life skills. And you're a giant parasite on society and everyone around.
    Joey: You we don't have to be so rude "Koi-ba".
    Kaiba: And my name is not "Koi-ba"! And Tristan. Tristan. You are the single most worthless human being I've ever met.
  • Record Needle Scratch: After Tristan pulls up on a motorcycle in episode 27.
  • Recycled INSPACE:
    • The Abridged Series is Yu-Gi-Oh made Dangerously Genre Savvy.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh: Zexal will do this for the entire series much to the amusement of Yusei and Jack from 5D's who finally have something more crazy than "Card Games on Motorcycles" they can laugh at.
  • Reference Overdosed: Hell yeah, it is. See here for a list!
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Justified. After Noah launches a nuclear missile at the fortress, he returns after he has second thoughts. While they all grudgingly accept his help, none of them forgive him. Mokuba calls him out on how dying doesn't many the situation any less his fault.
  • The Remake: LittleKuriboh has remade the first episode several times;
  • Remember the New Guy: In chapter 49, during a flashback Yugi tells Tea how much she loves the Dark Magician Girl. Tea states she doesn't even remember hearing of that monster card before.
  • Reset Button: After Crump takes over Tea's body , in contradiction to the canon plot, everyone was left wondering where this was going. Four episodes (and ten months) later, Marik unceremoniously evicts him.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • In-Universe. Téa for Yami after giving "the biggest friendship speech of her life" to Johnny Steps.
      Téa: Brainwashing people is fun!
      Yami Yugi: Yes it is. I guess we have more in common than I thought!
    • Mokuba. In the last few episodes he's started to show some of that patented Kaiba family dickishness and has become infinitely more funny and maybe even a little Bad Ass to boot. He's still completely useless, though. Mokuba gets another upgrade in badass as the main antagonist of season zero.
  • Restraining Bolt: Odion is a living one of these for Marik's evil side, Melvin.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Kuriboh is annoyingly cute and, according to Yami, useful for nothing else. Also he doesn't love him.
  • Robot Girls: Kaiba has a massive harem of identical pretty robot girls. He created them specifically so that he could shun them with his cold indifference.
    Mokuba: Big bro, you're kind of like the anime version of Scrooge McDuck...only much less fluffy.
  • Rule of Funny: All the time and all the way, it's practically the defining trope of the series. If it might be funny, it will happen, no matter how completely random, nonsensical, out-of-character, or plain silly, it might be. And if you try to think about it beyond it being funny, you aren't going to get past the first six episodes with your sanity intact.
  • Running Gag: Enough to fill another page. To cover some of the most frequent ones:
    • "Duel" and "Duel Monsters" are almost universally replaced with "children's card game." The cast is perfectly aware of how absurd it is that almost every conflict they face is solved with a duel when in real life a simple call to the police (or physical violence) would suffice.
    • References to Bakura being a minor character, with characters frequently forgetting who he even is.
    • Joey's "nyeh" Verbal Tic, which he can't even hear.
    • Mocking 4Kids Entertainment, including the "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer caption "Actual 4Kids Dialogue." The many, many other Abridged Series running out there are also not passed up.
    • "SexyBack" playing whenever Duke speaks. You can count the times this doesn't occur on one hand.
    • "Whenever Kaiba smiles, a puppy dies."
    • Mai being a source of Fanservice due to her breasts.
    • Offhand jabs at the anime's sequels, GX, 5Ds and Zexal.
      Yami: I just realized what the {D|G|X} stands for in Yu-Gi-Oh {5Ds|GX|Zexal}: "Don't {watch|make} it."
    • There's a 5D's reference pretty much every time a motorcycle appears.
    • Whenever a clock appears on-screen, Yugi wonders what time it is, usually out loud.
    • Something American will be said about America whenever Bandit Keith is talking...in America!
    • Almost every episode has an own Running Gag.
  • Rocky Roll Call: In episode 61, after Odion wakes up from his coma, in time to stop Melvin. Spoofed when Tristan calls his own name and lampshaded when it ends with the scene from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Runs with Scissors: The cause of Tristan's original voice's death. He Gets Better.

    S 
  • The Scottish Trope: In Episode 40, Bakura says the forbidden word (so evil they had to censor it twice)! Disney. Cue Imperial March. And they mentioned it several times two episodes later
  • The Scrappy:
    • Mokuba is an In-Universe example.
    • As of the Bonds Beyond Time Abridged Movie, so is Jaden.
  • Screw Destiny:
    Kaiba: F*** destiny! I am Seto Kaiba! I make my own fate.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the fifth Evil Council video, Bakura defects to Dartz's council, thoroughly fed up with the idiocy. Only Marik doesn't agree with Bakura's decision.
  • Schmuck Bait: "Can I get a hug?" Notably, Florence doesn't fall for it. Marik wants him to, out of what appears to be obliviousness, not malice.
  • Self-Deprecation: At the end of episode 29, Tristan decides to show Serenity a very special internet video.
    Video Tristan: Hello Serenity, you probably can't see me now, but I'm standing in the middle of a field. It is a very romantic image. By the way, will you marry me?
    Serenity: Jeez Tristan! What kind of lonely deranged freak proposes to somebody over the internet?
    Tristan: LittleKuriboh.
    • This gem too:
      Melvin: Oh look, it's Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged. This episode has my favorite joke.
      Melvin: Hahahaha!
  • Self-Made Orphan: Marik, in a sense. His mother dies in childbirth and Melvin kills his father.
    • And Kaiba, who fired both his parents.
  • Series Fauxnale: Episode 46 - Melvin'd.
  • He's Not My Girlfriend: Florence says this to Melvin, concerning Marik. To which Marik replies "You tell him, honey!"
  • Shipper on Deck: Téa. When Joey refuses to tell Mai that she appeared in his dream, she yells at him, saying that as a fanfic writer, she's offended by his not jumping at the first woman to show attraction to him.]
  • Shirtless Scene: Marik.
    Marik: "Yes, get a load of that back, fangirls. You (EFF!)ing love it don't you."
  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Lampshaded repeatedly. Joey's not sure why they turn up at all, while season zero Yugi had almost forgotten what teachers looked like.
  • Shout-Out: A metric ton of these.
  • Show Within a Show:
    • Zorc & Pals, "Card Game Channel", and the Kill Your Family Show (Don't ask)
    • The Suite Life of Zorc & Cody, following Zorc & Pals's cancellation and Zach falling off a blimp to his death.
  • Silly Walk: Téa after the aforementioned Shipper on Deck moment.
    Téa: "I'm so mad I could walk off like a pimp!" *proceeds to do just that*
  • Small Annoying Creature: Kuriboh gets a voice in Episode 48 and its annoyance factor abruptly ramps to eleven. Specifically, it gets the voice of the hot dog from Perfect Hair Forever, which appears to have been intentionally annoying.
    • the scapegoats in episode 58 gets voices as well...
    Scapegoats "Dodabahbahbahbahbahbahbahbahbahbahbahbahbah..."
    Yami Yugi "Those are some annoying scapegoats"
  • Smart People Play Chess: Subverted — some of the idiots in this show do, too.
    Gozaburo: "Horses can't be knights. I mean, that's just silly... Chess is stupid!"
  • Soap Opera Disease:
    Zorc: "I have a terminal disease!"
    Florence: "No! What about our adopted daughter?! Who will take care of her once you're gone?!"
    Zorc: "She also has a terminal disease!"
  • Sociopathic Hero: Yami is this in season zero. Every time he emerges from Yugi's puzzle he is accompanied by the theme music of Michael Myers from Halloween and quotes a psychopath from a movie. In a twist, this is actually relatively in step with his manga incarnation.
  • Something Else Also Rises:
    Duke: I summon the extremely phallic space ship. But since it belongs to me it grows to twice its usual size. Duke Devlin always rises to the occasion, baby!
    • The Jiggle-o-meter in episode 49 gets 'excited' every time a breast appears onscreen.
  • Sound Effect Bleep: Used a lot.
    • The most infamous being Marik's Cluster F-Bomb bleep, taken from Perfect Hair Forever. The sound effect can best be described as an angry man yelling "Eff!"
    • 100% averted in LK's Filk Song, I'm on a Blimp.
    • Dartz also uses aforementioned Sound Effect Bleep starting in Marik's Evil Council 3.
    • Yugi, you little (BLEEP)! You son of a (BLEEP)(BLEEP)(BLEEP)(BLEEP)! I'm going to tear off your (BLEEP) and shove them right up your (BLEEP)(BLEEP)(BLEEP)(BLEEP) and then (BLEEP)(BLEEP)(BLEEP)(BLEEP)(B­LEEP) on your (BLEEP)(BLEEP)(BLEEP)(BLEEP) with (BLEEP)(BLEEP)(BLEEP) in the (BLEEP)(BLEEP) and (BLEEP)(BLEEP)(BLEEP)(BLEEP)(B­LEEP) your (BLEEP)(BLEEP)(BLEEP), so then you'll have to (BLEEP) sideways! (BLEEP)!
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: In Episode 45, we have Melvin, Marik's evil alter ego, stabbing his father Hank to death with the Millennium Rod—with Hank singing a parodying variant of Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle," describing what's happening in rather-disturbing detail.
  • Speedy Techno Remake: Of "Brooklyn Rage", with an amusingly high-pitched Joey.
  • Spider-Sense: In episode 12 Kaiba says "My Kaiba-sense is tingling" as he is about to be attacked by the Hair Guy.
    • Also, Tea's nipples tingle whenever Yugi is in danger.
  • Spoof Aesop: The Abridged Movie.
    Yugi: "We've learned that card games are the answer to all life's problems. And the only thing I know for certain in this world it's that there's a strange man living inside my head who tells me to do things!"
    Yami: "You said it, Yugi! Now burn everything! Burn it to the ground!"
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Yami Bakura/Florence and Marik seem to show up together a lot in all things related to Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series and their banter together usually goes on for a while. This is especially clear in the "Come Sail Away" video, which was supposed to feature just Yami singing the song but it ended up being sung by a majority of the cast, with who else but Bakura and Marik getting the chorus part and even getting to talk during the inbetween music.
    • Kaiba and Marik try to become this by stealing Yami's screentime in Seasons 1 and 2, respectively.
  • Start My Own: Done twice in a reference to Futurama.
  • Stating the Simple Solution:
    • During the first Evil Council of Doom, Bakura suggests just stabbing Yugi with a knife, without playing a children's card game. Marik doesn't listen. Besides, 4Kids would just censor it if they did.
    • After Joey is kidnapped by Bandit Keith and challenged for his star chips, he asks Keith why he didn't just take his star chips and vamoose while Joey was unconscious. Keith tells him to shut upnote .
    • In episode 33, when Bakura and Malik are teaming up, Malik brings up his tactic of using mind control, Bakura responds by saying: "Or we could just slice Yugi open with a machete, see if that works." Of course, Malik says he has a better idea involving more children's card games...
  • Stealth Pun:
    • Episode 45
    Bakura: "Does the name 4Kids ring a bell?"
    Marik: "How could you possibly know?"
    Bakura: "Lets just say I put two and two together..."
    • Episode 52:
    (Tristan drives out of a warehouse on a motorcycle)
    Joey: "Hey, is that a Honda?"
    Yugi: "No, his name's Tristan."note 
  • The Stinger:
  • Stock British Phrases: Used often by Bakura. "Lashings of ginger beer for everyone! ... I'm British, you know."
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Parodied in episode 52. Mokuba gets kidnapped by Noah, but takes it in stride because he's so used to it by now. He even uses the opportunity to get free food and watch cartoons.
  • Stock Scream: The Wilhelm Scream makes an appearance in Episode 34.
  • Straight Gay: Croquet
  • Strange Minds Think Alike:
    • "Oh my god, a giant rock!"
    • "Why is everybody in this show a * bleep* ing ninja/duelist?!"
    • Both Kaiba and Joey make up the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song on the spot and wind up singing the exact same lyrics.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: In the Michael Bay's Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged remake episode, this happens every time Tristan begins to talk. Everyone can hear him just fine in the actual show, though.
  • Stylistic Suck:
    • In the video that gave birth to the phrase "Card Games On Motorcycles", we get to see Iruka's "One Piece: The Abridged Series." It's...interesting...
    • And one year later, "Everybody Loves Mako" - an alternative version of Episode 6 made in style of early episodes, where, for example, the characters talk even slower than they used to.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: Done several times, and lampshaded each time.
  • Suckiness Is Painful: Marik getting something carved on his back was bad enough, but being forced to watch Beverly Hills Chihuahua drove him to the dark side.
  • Suicide by Cop: Kaiba sets this up via a Thanatos Gambit in the Duelist Kingdom semi-final, leaving Yugi with a Sadistic Choice: throw the match and spare Kaiba's life, or go all-in and kill him. Of course, his friends try to talk him into killing Kaiba.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Parodied with Bandit Keith, of course.
    Bandit Keith: These sunglasses sure make it hard to see in the dark, but I refuse to take them off because I'm an American and Americans always wear sunglasses!
  • Surrounded by Wankers
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • "Let me assure you that this tournament is 100% genuine, and is not in any way an elaborate ruse thrown together at the last minute so that I can get my hands on an Ancient Egyptian artifact."
    • Again in The Other Abridged Movie.
      Kaiba: "When I'm through with you, you'll have to take a shower to wash away the smell of defeat. And I won't be watching you do it."
      Yami: "Why would you be watching me?"
      Kaiba: "I don't know. I just wanted to make sure you knew I wouldn't be."
      Yami: "But I never thought—"
      Kaiba: "Good. Because I won't."

    T 
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Tea provides a rather disturbing graphic example in episode 60, where she dreams being "friended" by the Pharaoh.
    • Happens again in the episode after, with Marik having a dream-conversation with Bakura.
  • Take That:
    • 4Kids Entertainment is mercilessly mocked at every available opportunity; interestingly, the 4Kids crew are apparently fond of the series and weren't responsible for its removal from YouTube. Filler Villains the Big Five are in the employ of 4Kids as of Episode 37. As is Melvin.
    • The series frequently makes fun of general internet fandom ("I'm going to go complain about it on my LiveJournal account!") and the various LittleKuriboh impostors who try to fool people into thinking a new episode is out.
    • We update as often as VG Cats." Touché, LK.
    • After trolls started flagging the episodes on YouTube (leading to their takedown), Kaiba informs Mokuba that he's "flagging videos on YouTube to compensate for the fact that I have an incredibly small penis."
    • For probably the same reasons, the first time Mariks Evil Council of Doom gathers, they decide to spam Yugi's youtube account so that he will have no choice but to bow before their might. Marik compliments that it is very evil.
    • LittleKuriboh also frequently takes aim at the other Abridged Series, including Naruto The Abridged Series (the creators of which actually appears once as guest stars to make fun of themselves). He raps about it, too.
    • In episode 29, a character mentions Joey is holding the Graceful Charity card in his hand, when the card is actually Graceful Dice. Obviously, people took notice. Flash to episode 30, which opens with a bully and his victim having the following exchange:
      Bully: "Hey, punk! This card isn't Graceful Charity! It's Graceful Dice!"
      Victim (with an apparent british accent): "Really? Well, I guess I got them confused. But you can't really blame me, they're very similar."
      Bully: "Like hell they are! Graceful Dice has a dice on it! Whereas Graceful Charity does not have a dice! You, sir, are a fool!"
    • Also in episode 30, it gives a Take That to Wikipedia for not listing them, by stating "According to Wikipedia, we don't exist!"
    • In Cr@psule Monsters 2, he makes an all-out assault on the annoying and vocal parts of his fanbase.
    • Episode 31:
    • One about the Nintendo Wii, and another during the Recap Episode.
    • Scientology gets its blasting in Episode 38.
    • Marik's cover-up name being Malik could be interpreted as a Take That to the fans who watch the sub and insist Marik is actually Malik. Damn 4Kids!
    • Even fellow otaku aren't immune!
    Bakura: Now the duel will take place in a twisted and horror-filled environment where only the bravest souls dare to venture.
    Yami: An anime convention?
    Bakura: Close, but no cigar. Here the spirits of the damned roam freely and every second is like living in a wide-awake nightmare!
    Yami: ...still sounds like an anime convention.
    • "Does J. J. Abrams write for this show?"
    • When the show gets "canceled" in Episode 47: [at least we lasted longer than Firefly]. It's also been referred to as "about the one thing Nick Simmons didn't plagiarize."
    • And there are the internet trolls in episode 48 that do nothing but scream about various internet things. And in the Stinger at the end complain about how the episode was, including the phrase "Worst episode ever" and one saying that "These things were better when they were like five minutes long!"
    • And Tea's response when she first meets them? "Go back to 4Chan you freaks!"
    • Episode 50 has a subtle one in which Bandit Keith swears as a witness to tell the only truth that matters: the American truth.
    • From Kaiba's Real Father - Conclusion upon learning he doesn't have a father:
    Kaiba: What kind of George Lucas bullsh* t is this?! What, was I conceived by midi-chlorians or something?!
    Cybernetic Ghost: No, Kaiba. Nothing as lame as that.
    • The Twilight series have so far taken hits on two seperate occassions.
    • Right before Melvin said the series was going to go to Internet Obscurity, he said"Say Hello to the Juggernaut for me!"
    • Season Zero Episode 3 is a 9 minute long Take That to Youtube's copyright infringement policies. One gets the feeling that they might be a bit bitter about their latest ban.
    Yugi: Have you ever arrested someone who was innocent?
    Gray of the Youtube Police Department: Oh, all the time! It’s crazy how many people we arrest that didn’t do anything. I mean, we probably arrest more innocent people than we do criminals. It’s crazy.
    • Take That, Audience!: "A grown man who watches cartoons. That's almost as insane as a grown man playing a childrens card game." Given the huge number of references to shows and movies from the 80's and 90's, this series is not aimed at kids.
  • Taking You with Me: Coupled with his Heroic Sacrifice, Noah attacks Gozaburo in order to stop him from taking Kaiba's body and fleeing the virtual world before the missile hits at the end of the virtual world arc.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: On the show, despite the implication that duelists often have mere seconds to come up with a game-saving play, time never actually runs out on someone still trying to figure out what to do. But this was subverted in Téa's duel with Crump, in which Téa lost exactly that way.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: In-Universe. Kuriboh's special ability as Yami's deck master.
    Yami: Kuriboh! Activate Super Chibi Kawaii Moe Desu Mode!
  • Ted Baxter: Yet again, Hank Ishtar, the best father in the world!
  • Tempting Fate:
    • This:
    Tristan: I sure hope we don't encounter any more intrusive subplots.
    Magnum: Did somebody say "intrusive subplot"?
    Tristan: Oh, son of a bitch!
    • And then during Joey's duel with Odion:
    Joey: (narrowly avoiding getting hit by lightning) Nyeh! Man that was a close one. I sure am glad lightning never strikes twice in the same—
    (Joey gets hit by lightning)
    Joey: IRONY! (collapses)
    • The doctor in Episode 43:
    Doctor: I'm glad I have such a long and villain free life ahead of me.
    Melvin: Hi there! Can I have a hug?
    Doctor: A Hug? Sure I don't see why not... (Switches to a Gory Discretion Shot with the sound of a revving chainsaw) OH MY GOD! IT BURNS! IT BURNS!
    • Mokuba in Episode 34:
    Mokuba: I can't believe I've almost gone an entire season without being kidnapped. Wait 'til Seto hears about this!
    Steves who are about to kidnap him: Surpriiiise!
    Mokuba: Oh, me and my big adorable mouth.
    • Espa Roba in 29
    Espa If Jinzo hits my Reflect Bounder it's all over for me!
    Espa NO! Jinzo has hit my Reflect Bounder! It's all over for me!
    • In Marik's Evil Council of Doom 4:
    Bakura: (to Steve Umbris) Shut up you fool or [Melvin will] kill you where you stand!
    Steve Umbris: Ha ha, I'd like to see him try!
    Steve Luna: Yes, I too would like to see him attempt to murder us...
    [Both Steves are chainsawed to death offscreen by Melvin]
  • Terms of Endangerment: Melvin calls Yugi "my little hockey puck", and Mai "whore biscuit".
  • That's What She Said: In the Abridged movie, the first Christmas special, What Would Yugi Do? (twice in the same line), and once out-of-universe.
  • The Me Mobile: Averted. There isn't a Mokubamobile.
  • They Should Have Sent A Poet: Yami's literal reaction to meeting Duke in the clip show episode
  • Thing-O-Meter: The jiggleometer, which rates the level of the breasts on screen in episode 49.
  • Third-Person Person:
    • Johnny Steps, the egotistical DDR player. He does this to a lesser extent in the original Yu-Gi-Oh!, as well.
    • Duke Devlin also does this sometimes.
  • Third Person Flashback: This lampshaded this trope occasionally, even making fun of how Tèa was somehow able to remember something when she was unconscious.
  • This Cannot Be!: "This can't be happening... in America!"
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Mixes this meme with Portal. "The cake is a lie, bitch!"
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Kaiba's bodyguards Hans and Gruber in episode 39. He asks them to tone it down, and they respond with a resounding "Ja, mein Führer!"
    Hans: In ze mean time we invite you to look at the city below which will soon be demolished to make room for Herr Kaiba's glorious utopian society. HEIL KAIBA! LONG LIVE ZE MASTER RACE!"
  • Took A Level In Jerk Ass: Tristan in season 2 for most of his jokes come to him wanting to have sex with Joey's sister.
  • Totally Radical: The "Singapore Dub", which deeply unsettled Joey.
    Singapore!Pharaoh (In an over-the-top "Surfer" voice): Dude, Yugi! I think Tea wants to date you! You should wear one of those awesome silver bracelets! Now let's get on our mondo-awesome skateboards and order some bodacious pizza!
    Singapore!Yugi (Same accent): Tubular idea, Pharaoh!
    (We cut back to Joey)
    Joey: Geez, and people say MY accent is inappropriate!
  • Trade Snark: "With my all new DUEL DISK SYSTEM!... Trademark."
  • Transparent Closet:
    • Marik, at least in episode 33.
    Bakura: So, you are the source of the gay signal I've been tracking! Though I probably could have deduced that without the use of my Gaydar. It seems we both ha-
    Marik: What? Whoa, whoa, hold on now! You think that I'm... Look, I'll have you know that I like women!
    Bakura: No doubt. That's probably why you've dressed yourself like one.
    • Afterwards he's fluctuated between this and Ambiguously Gay. But seriously, he likes to dress effeminately, hang around with another extremely attractive man, read yaoi, flaunt his godlike abs, and stroke a phallic symbol suggestively in every other scene.
    • Marik actually outs himself (complete with admitting to having a folder dedicated to thiefshipping on his computer) in the 6th Bloodlines video. Of course, when Bakura asks him about this, Marik completely denies it.
  • Trap Door: "I learned this trick from watching Excel♥Saga!"
  • Troll: Mocked in episode 48 and are told to go back to 4Chan.
  • True Companions:
    • Mercilessly parodied, especially since Tea serves only two purposes in the show 1. Love Interest and 2. talking about friendship.
    • "I've been holding in the biggest friendship speech of my life, and now you're going to listen to it!" Episode 25, at 5:54
  • Tuckerization:

    U 
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Espa Roba's brothers all looking and sounding identical to him is poked at. Handwaved by them being inbred carnival folk.
  • Unfortunate Name: Yami Bakura reveals that his parents wanted to call him "Florence". Interestingly, it becomes his canonical name later on.
  • The Unintelligible:
    • Zombie Boy, who can only say (and write) the word "brains."
      • Inverted when he joins Dartz's Evil Council. Zombie Boy speaks in perfectly understandable English, but Dartz can't understand a word that he says.
    • Speaking of Dartz. His latest plan for vengeance on Marik?
      Dartz: "We gunna duuuueh heeeem!"
      Raphael: "Did... did you say 'do' or 'duel'?"
      Dartz: "Duuuuuuuuuueh!"
    • Akhenaden from Marik's Evil Council of Doom:
      Marik (doing a roll call of villains): And finally, Ak... Ak-Ak-Akhun... how do you pronounce this? Akhuna... Hakuna Matata? Look, I'm just going to call you Bob, okay?
      Bob: * mumble* * mumble* * mumble*
    • Dartz again in the fourth Evil Council video:
      Dartz: We're going to find Yu-gay Mow-tow...and take his dehck.
      [...]
      Zombie Boy: Ehh...is he saying "deck" or "d[bleep]ck"?
      Valon: Eh, sometimes it's best not to ask.
  • Unishment: Crump's fate at the end of Episode 54.
  • Unsound Effect: *twinkle*
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: What, after the death of Yugi, does Florence want the most? For Marik/Melvin to ask him out. In Marik's Evil Council 4, Melvin actually does so, declaring that he is now his boyfriend and they will go out "ten times." This, coupled with the death of Yugi and the resurrection of "Zorc and Pals" causes Florence to joyfully declare it to be the happiest day of his life; of course, it was All Just a Dream.
  • The Un-Smile: Episode 19. Out of context, a pleasant natural-looking smile. But given who was wearing it...
    Yugi: Whenever Kaiba smiles, a puppy dies.

    V 
  • Values Dissonance - In-Universe example. Yugi is horrified when he learns about Slavemas from Yami.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Joey's "Nyeah." Turns out that he's completely unaware of himself doing it, even after singing the opening theme entirely in Nyeahs. Turns into Fridge Brilliance when you remember the time he tried to make "Brooklyn Rage!" a catch phrase. Yugi told him to just stick saying "Nyeah" and he responds with a "Nyeah" said in a manner that suggests he doesn't know what Yugi is talking about. A whiff of a Suspiciously Specific Denial in there too. When he said "I still don't hear anything" after the opening theme in question, nobody had said "you're still doing it".
    • Attention Duelists! Kimo and Bandit Keith each have one... IN AMERICA!
  • Very Special Episode: In Episode 17, an advertisement is shown for a Very Special Episode of Zorc And Pals, in which Zorc has a terminal disease, as does his and Bakura's adopted daughter.
  • Villain Episode: Episode 37 is based around Florence. Yugi is only mentioned in one scene.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: It's not Florence's fault his parents dressed him like a girl, but he's definitely a villain.
  • Villain Song:
    • Melvin takes it to new heights.
    • Then Kaiba and Normal Marik take it a notch higher, and UNCENSORED.
    • Zorc isn't allowed to destroy the world anymore. However, he is allowed to make a song about it.
  • The Villain Sucks Song: "Pharaoh's Throne" is one big verbal beatdown of Bakura by Yami.
  • Vocal Evolution: Obviously. Also lampshaded when LittleKuriboh uploaded a redubbed version of Episode 1. Compare the original to the redub.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: Mako Tsunami, for the ocean.
  • Voodoo Shark: From episode 7:
    Gay Clown: Actually, I'm not a clown. I'm Seto Kaiba's evil side brought back from the Shadow Realm by Pegasus—
    Yami: That's even less believable than the whole ghost story! You don't even know what you are, do you?
    Gay Clown: No.
    Yami: Didn't think so. MIND CRUSH!

    W 
  • Waxing Lyrical: In the Conclusion to Kaiba's Real Father, they track down Pegasus because he's the one who usually explains things. When Kaiba confronts Pegasus, he says, "I wanna know where I come from. I wanna know who my father was. I wanna know what love is! I want you to show me!"
  • We Only Have One Chance: Yugi discovers the Eye of Anubis in the Abridged Movie and says this. Ironically, it doesn't work.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: In his Let's Play of Slender, Marik theorises that the Slender Man has a weakness against bathrooms.
  • Went to the Great X in the Sky: After Yugi's grandpa dies.
    Yugi: It finally happened, he went up to that great big basement in the sky.
  • Wham Episode: Season 0's second episode takes a turn for the "WHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAT!?" as not only is Kaiba an actually nice guy, but Mokuba is now the closest thing to a villain. Not to mention that the dynamic is reversed and it's Mokuba that's telling Kaiba to shut up. Lampshaded soon after it ends with the song "Everything You Know Is Wrong."
  • Wham Line: Bandit Keith in episode 23:
    Okay, I admit it! I'm not really American! I'm Canadian! Is that what you wanted to hear, you bastard?!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Bandit Keith steals one of Joey's cards. It is never brought up again.
    • Akhnadin (or "Bob") vanishes after the first Evil Council meeting. True to form the series lampshades and Hand Waves this with Steve Lunar mentioning sacrificing him in Evil Council 3, and Bakura's Continuity Nod to his off-screen death in Evil Council 4.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Brought up in episode 32:
    Yugi: Marik, you fiend! Why must you use innocent people in your evil scheme?
    Marik/Steve the Mime: Innocent?! Are you kidding me?! He's got piercings all over his body. You've got to be pretty {EFF} to agree to something like that!
    Yugi: He's still a human being!
    Marik/Steve the Mime: He's also a mime.
    Yugi: Oh. Well, in that case, yeah, I'll kick his ass.
  • What The Hell, Sister?: Yugi tells off Ishizu after she explains Marik's backstory, as it's pretty much her and their father's fault for screwing him up.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Seen during the end credits of Yu-Gi-Oh the Abridged Movie.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: "Actual 4Kids Dialog", "Does J. J. Abrams write for this show?"
  • Why Don't You Marry It?:
    • Yami mocks Seto for his obsession with the Blue Eyes White Dragon. Despite his taunting Seto says he's seriously looked into it.
    • "Why don't you marry the pharaoh if you love him so much?" "Maybe I will!"
    • Mako Tsunami married the ocean; then they divorced and later got back together.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Marik and Bakura receive the most Ship Tease in the series by far, but whether they're actually on their way to Official Couple status or not is up in the air due to how dysfunctional they are, as well as the fact that if his canon counterpart's fate is anything to go by, Bakura might be in danger of being Killed Off for Real.
  • Witch with a Capital B: "You just brought sexy back for the last time, witch!"
  • A Wizard Did It: From Bonds Beyond Time Abridged, when Dark Magician Girl and Dark Magician are Suddenly Voiced:
    Dark Magician Girl (aka Dark Magician with Big Boobies): "Hey, Dark Magician, how come we can talk in this movie?"
    Dark Magician: "A wizard did it."
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: In episode 52, a possessed Tristan wielding a bokken instantly defeats Kaiba wielding a heavy steel pipe, sending the latter weapon flying through the air.
    Kaiba: Well that was highly improbable.
  • Worked Shoot: Kaiba's rant in The Movie (complete with subtitles indicating that Kaiba was going way off-script)
  • Worst Whatever Ever: Invoked in the movie:
    Archaeologist 1: The pyramid's collapsing! And I had such a full life ahead of me!
    Archaeologist 2: Run away! Run away!
    Archaeologist 3: This is the worst honeymoon ever!

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