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* HelloNurse: Alexis and Dark Magician Girl.

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** Each and every [[TheAce Ace]] in the show becomes a BrokenAce.
*** Jaden, who is a near InvincibleHero, ends up shouldering too kuch responsibility, finds himself in a situation beyond his control while unwilling to accept help, and eventually reaches the DespairEventHorizon. In season 4, while still technically the best duelist around - and he knows it - he has lost all love for it, his humour, and is afraid to form or maintain personal relationships.
*** The Kaiser, who was the best in the Duel Academy by a mile, when he went pro, he found out he was a NormalFishInATinyPond, and kept losing. Eventually he was pushed to underground duels, where his "manager" broke him and turned him into a BloodKnight.
** As Chazz displays, trying to make your own name while your super rich family opposes you is far from the easiest thing in the world. He is left without possessions or resources, and even after he beats his family members and the people they hire in duels, he still lives under their shadow.
** Jaden's insistence to keep saving the day and his NoOneGetsLeftBehind mindset devolve into a dangerous obsession that drags in the rest of his friends into a lot of suffering, because he's incapable of seeing their needs and abilities.
** Alexis deconstructs PatientChildhoodLoveInterest; she never dared to admit her feelings for Jaden to herself, much less to ''him'', and by the time she acknowledged it, he had already pushed everyone including her away and is in a stable, soul-bonded relationship with Yubel.
** In the final season, Syrus is very bitter that he's forced to take care of his disabled brother and take up his dueling mantle, all at the cost of his own development as a person.

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** Along with the Crystal Beasts, Don Zaloog of the Dark Scorpions is given a Christopher Walken impression.

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* {{Putto}}: "[[https://yugioh.fandom.com/wiki/Cupid_Kiss Cupid's Kiss]]" is an equip spell-card used by Blair Flannigan in her duel against Jaden in Episode 20. The card is equipped onto "Maiden of Love", protecting the monster from being destroyed but still allows battle damage. The effect of this card then activates, allowing Blair to take control of "Avian". Later "Maiden in Love" attacks "Elemental HERO Sparkman". Due to the effect of "Maiden in Love", it is not destroyed, but Blair still takes Battle Damage. The effect of this card then activates, allowing Blair to take control of "Sparkman". The card itself is just an illustration of a blond-haired winged-cherub wearing white gauze for pants and wielding a bow with a heart-shaped arrow.


* PressStartToGameOver: Sartorius achieves a zero turn win against Prince Ojin by chaining a trap that can be activated from the hand before Ojin's first turn ever ends.

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* PressStartToGameOver: Sartorius achieves a zero turn win kill against Prince Ojin by chaining a trap using cards that can be activated from the hand during the opponent's turn to win before Ojin's his own first turn ever ends.begins.


* SparklingStreamOfTears: Yubel, during their duel with Jaden, when they asks how they're supposed to survive if he doesn't love them. They also cry facing Adrian.

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* SparklingStreamOfTears: Yubel, during their duel with Jaden, when they asks ask how they're supposed to survive if he doesn't love them. They also cry facing Adrian.



* StalkerWithACrush: Yubel.

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* StalkerWithACrush: Yubel.Yubel, and how.



* TheMasochismTango:
** Episodes 153-155. And I quote: "Now we'll be wrapped in the same pain... and love..."

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* TheMasochismTango:
TheMasochismTango: What Yubel believes love is.
** Episodes 153-155. And I quote: Quote: "Now we'll be wrapped in the same pain... and love..."



** To put it simply, this is Yubel's view of love in general. It's kind of a long story.



* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Everyone looks tiny next to Tania, even Bastion (who had a larger build than most of the other characters to begin with...).

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* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Everyone looks tiny next to Tania, even Bastion (who had a larger build than most of the other characters to begin with...).with).


* {{Reincarnation}} The end of Season 3.

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* {{Reincarnation}} The end {{Reincarnation}}: Jaden gets a glimpse of Season 3.his and Yubel's past lives during their final duel.


* PoorPredictableRock: Several characters often make use of the same strategies over and over again, and when it comes time their predictability isn't forgiven. But what the series really makes interesting is the subversion of this trope when a character experiences CharacterDevelopment and throws their old strategies out the window. When Sheppard dueled Zane to "save him", he used Cyber End Dragon against Zane himself, thinking Zane would reclaim his favorite monster, but that simply lead to ShootTheDog. A [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed Chazz]] dueled Alexis, he revealed his own hand and used his normal cards in unorthodox methods to achieve a win, even though Alexis had a plan for every scenario. What does the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Supreme King]] duel with, even though everyone knows Jaden's deck? New Evil Hero monsters...

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* PoorPredictableRock: Several characters often make use of the same strategies over and over again, and when it the time comes time their predictability isn't forgiven. But what the series really makes interesting is the subversion of this trope when a character experiences CharacterDevelopment and throws their old strategies out the window. When Sheppard dueled Zane to "save him", he used Cyber End Dragon against Zane himself, thinking Zane would reclaim his favorite monster, but that simply lead to ShootTheDog. A [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed Chazz]] dueled Alexis, he revealed his own hand and used his normal cards in unorthodox methods to achieve a win, even though Alexis had a plan for every scenario. What does the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Supreme King]] duel with, even though everyone knows Jaden's deck? New Evil Hero monsters...



* PressStartToGameOver: Sartorius achieves a zero turn win against Prince Ojin by chaining a trap that can be activated from the hand before Ojin's first turn ever ends.



** One such name is "Howard X Miller"--a reference to "milling," a strategy in trading card games wherein you win by making your opponent run out of available cards.

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** One such name is "Howard X Miller"--a Miller"-- a reference to "milling," a strategy in trading card games wherein you win by making your opponent run out of available cards.


* BrightIsNotGood: Not just the dorm colors; in defiance of the "black = evil" trend in media, members of the Society of Light all wear white, probably because of the "White = Death" trend in the East. The West may also see all-white as related to madness and/or zealotry, two qualities in which the Society of Light is not lacking.



* GoodColoursEvilColours: Not just the dorm colors; in defiance of the "black = evil" trend in media, members of the Society of Light all wear white, probably because of the "White = Death" trend in the East. The West may also see all-white as related to madness and/or zealotry, two qualities in which the Society of Light is not lacking.

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** Unlike later series, this one would use lots of meta relevant cards such as Pot of Greed, Mystical Space Typhoon and Call of the Haunted for their simple costs and powerful effects, like one would expect serious duelists to use.
** In Jaden's third duel against Aster, Jaden busts out a new fusion monster which promply goes back into his deck and leaves him completely defenseless. If you're gonna use a new deck, better playtest it a few times to know what it does and what drawbacks it has. Bastion said it best: "Jaden should have learned more about his new deck."


* ContinuityNod: The series' first tag duel is played against the Paradox Brothers, who were also the opponents in the first tag duel featured in Duel Monsters. In Season 2, Syrus and Hassleberry tag duel two opponents on top of the same building that Yugi and Kaiba did in the original, and in Season 4, the dock Jaden and Jesse meet on in Domino is the one Yugi and Joey dueled on in Battle City of the original series. Then there's the various nostalgic appearances of Dark Magician and other signature monsters of the Duel Monsters characters, including a replica being offered as a prize in Season 4.

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The series' first tag duel is played against the Paradox Brothers, who were also the opponents in the first tag duel featured in Duel Monsters. In Season 2, Syrus and Hassleberry tag duel two opponents on top of the same building that Yugi and Kaiba did in the original, and in Season 4, the dock Jaden and Jesse meet on in Domino is the one Yugi and Joey dueled on in Battle City of the original series. Then there's the various nostalgic appearances of Dark Magician and other signature monsters of the Duel Monsters characters, including a replica being offered as a prize in Season 4.


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** The duel against Dimitri has him copy Yugi's deck and mannerisms. Throughout the duel, tracks from the previous anime series are used. Dimitri even refers to Spells as "Magic Cards", an antiquated term from the game's early days.


* BrokenAesop: The copycat duelist Dimitri stole Yugi's deck and challenged Jaden to a duel with it. He lost, but allegedly it was because he didn't put any heart into his deck. There is a TruthInTelevision...well, gameplay anyway that there is very few wrong ways to construct a deck and that if you do build your deck your own way, you can have fun with it and use whatever combination of strategies that best suit your style of play. That lesson would have been great to teach in this episode. However, the events of the episode display a stark contrast. Dimitri was doing wonders with Yugi's stolen deck. Despite not having the heart of the cards, Dimitri was sure using it very effectively enough to strengthen the argument for netdecking. This can cross over into FamilyUnfriendlyAesop as well; teaching duelists that some strategies will always work better than others.

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The copycat duelist Dimitri stole Yugi's deck and challenged Jaden to a duel with it. He lost, but allegedly it was because he didn't put any heart into his deck. There is a TruthInTelevision...well, gameplay anyway that there is very few wrong ways to construct a deck and that if you do build your deck your own way, you can have fun with it and use whatever combination of strategies that best suit your style of play. That lesson would have been great to teach in this episode. However, the events of the episode display a stark contrast. Dimitri was doing wonders with Yugi's stolen deck. Despite not having the heart of the cards, Dimitri was sure using it very effectively enough to strengthen the argument for netdecking. This can cross over into FamilyUnfriendlyAesop as well; teaching duelists that some strategies will always work better than others.


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* DittoFighter: One-time opponent Dimitri is known for copying other Duelists' Decks and mannerisms. The episodes featuring him make an implied statement of "[[PossessionImpliesMastery netdecking]]" -- the practice of copying a tournament-winning Deck in hopes of earning easy victories.


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