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* AdaptationalBadass: The duel with Marik is a lot more one-sided in the Manga. Also, her appearance in the Doma-Arc.


* JerkassFacade: Acts like a jerk to protect his brothers from bullies. He later drops the facade completely.

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* JerkassFacade: HiddenHeartOfGold: Acts like a jerk to protect his brothers from bullies. He later drops the facade completely.


* OvershadowedByAwesome: Even though he never manages to make it to the same level of dueling fame that Yugi and Kaiba have reached, [[ThrowtheDogaBone he and Weevil still manage to remain household names in the dueling world and never fade into obscurity.]]



* We'reStillRelevant,Dammit!: Even though he never manages to make it to the same level of dueling fame that Yugi and Kaiba have reached, [[ThrowtheDogaBone he and Weevil still manage to remain household names in the dueling world and never fade into obscurity.]]

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* We'reStillRelevant,Dammit!: Even though he never manages to make it to the same level of dueling fame that Yugi and Kaiba have reached, [[ThrowtheDogaBone he and Weevil still manage to remain household names in the dueling world and never fade into obscurity.]]


* NecesaryWeasel: The Exodia cards would have trivialized the plot for Yugi, so ''something'' needed to separate the two. Why not make it an EstablishingCharacterMoment for the series' HateSink?

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* NecesaryWeasel: NecessaryWeasel: The Exodia cards would have trivialized the plot for Yugi, so ''something'' needed to separate the two. Why not make it an EstablishingCharacterMoment for the series' HateSink?

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The moment he throws Yugi's Exodia cards into the ocean makes it clear what kind of a [[HateSink character]] he is.


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* NecesaryWeasel: The Exodia cards would have trivialized the plot for Yugi, so ''something'' needed to separate the two. Why not make it an EstablishingCharacterMoment for the series' HateSink?


* {{Hypocrite}}: He fashions himself as a WeakButSkilled strategist, with his little bugs being the countermeasure to everyone else's brute-force tactics. However, whenever he manages to bring out a strong monster himself, he invariably becomes just as reckless and overconfident as the people he lambasts, and finds his strength being used against him.



* WarmUpBoss: For the Duelist Kingdom Arc. He demonstrates to Yugi in their duel just what the new rules for the tournament are and how they work, such as the field power bonuses.

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* WarmUpBoss: For the Duelist Kingdom Arc. He demonstrates to Yugi in their duel just what the new rules for the tournament are and how they work, such as the field power bonuses. He's also the first duelist we see to lean into archetypal play, something that becomes common as the arc continues.



* TokenEvilTeammate: See Weevil/Haga's description. Is less of this in the manga
* VillainyFreeVillain: Never does anything wrong in the manga but is treated like a villain despite being the fairest antagonist duelist the main characters face.

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* TokenEvilTeammate: See Weevil/Haga's description. Is less of this in the manga
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* UnskilledButStrong: Seems meant to give off this - he rarely ever plays Spells or Traps (and doesn't use a single one in the manga), while his strategies are universally just brute-force beatdown. His monsters aren't particularly strong, despite being dinosaurs, but both times, he has a power boost backing him up.
* VillainyFreeVillain: Never does anything particularly wrong in the manga but is treated like a villain an antagonist despite being the fairest antagonist duelist the main characters face.


* MsFanservice: Midriff-baring corset, miniskirt, ankle boots, large breasts, and more.

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* MsFanservice: Midriff-baring corset, miniskirt, ankle knee-high (and in one case, thigh-high) boots, large breasts, and more.


* DarkChick: In Doma's FiveBadBand.

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* DarkChick: In Doma's FiveBadBand.FiveManBand.


* DefeatMeansFriendship: Her defeat at Joey's hands starts to defrost her, and out of all the antagonists Yugi and Joey face during Duelist Kingdom, Mai plays a bigger role in later chapters than anyone except Seto Kaiba.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Joey starts this when he beats her in a duel. Yugi continues the process when he duels Panik to get her star chips back.

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* DefeatMeansFriendship: Her defeat at Joey's Jonouchi's hands starts to defrost her, her although she still acted as a SoreLoser that time, and out of all the antagonists Yugi and Joey Jonouchi face during Duelist Kingdom, Mai plays a bigger role in later chapters than anyone except Seto Kaiba.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Joey Jonouchi starts this when he beats her in a duel. Yugi continues the process when he duels Panik to get her star chips back.



* FriendlyRival: After her defrosting, Mai is one of the duelists who thinks well of Yugi and Jonouchi despite losing to both of them.



* FriendlyRival: Mai is one of the duelists who thinks well of Yugi and Joey despite losing to both of them.



* StarterVillain: Rex is the first villain Joey defeats on his own. During his first match with Mai, Joey got some advice from Yugi, but when she arranged the duel between him and Rex Mai added the condition that Yugi couldn't intervene.

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* StarterVillain: Rex Ryuzaki is the first villain Joey antagonist duelist Jonouchi defeats on his own. During his first match with Mai, Joey got some advice from Yugi, but when she arranged the duel between him and Rex Ryuzaki Mai added the condition that Yugi couldn't intervene.


* DefrostingIceQueen: Throughout Duelist Kingdom.

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* DefeatMeansFriendship: Her defeat at Joey's hands starts to defrost her, and out of all the antagonists Yugi and Joey face during Duelist Kingdom, Mai plays a bigger role in later chapters than anyone except Seto Kaiba.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Throughout Duelist Kingdom.Joey starts this when he beats her in a duel. Yugi continues the process when he duels Panik to get her star chips back.



* FriendlyRival: Mai is one of the duelists who thinks well of Yugi and Joey despite losing to both of them.



* StarterVillain: Rex is the first villain Joey defeats on his own. During his first match with Mai, Joey got some advice from Yugi, but when she arranged the duel between him and Rex Mai added the condition that Yugi couldn't intervene.



* DefeatMeansFriendship: Mako doesn't accompany the protagonists during their journeys, but he becomes good friends with Yugi and Joey despite losing both his duels to them.



* KrakenAndLeviathan: Some of Mako's most powerful monsters are these.



* MakingASplash: Several of Mako's trap and spell cards involve using the water to protect him and his monsters or to hinder his opponents.



* SeaMonsters: Every monster in his deck other than the Legendary Fisherman, and he has quite a variety, including [[ThreateningShark sharks]], [[GiantSquid squids]], jellyfish, and the ''gigantic'' [[TurtleIsland Fortress Whale.]]

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* SeaMonsters: SeaMonster: Every monster in his deck other than the Legendary Fisherman, and he has quite a variety, including [[ThreateningShark sharks]], [[GiantSquid squids]], jellyfish, and the ''gigantic'' [[TurtleIsland Fortress Whale.]]


* DrivenToSuicide: Implied. Kaiba actually notes if Marik couldn't be saved, then she intends to stay on Alcrataz once it self-destructs [[note]]Because Ishizu is Marik's older ''blood sibling'', Kaiba is very aware of her situation[[/note]]. The conversation takes place in the manga before the duel between Dark Yugi and Dark Marik starts.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Implied. Kaiba actually notes if Marik couldn't be saved, then she intends to stay on Alcrataz once it self-destructs [[note]]Because Ishizu is Marik's older ''blood sibling'', sibling, Kaiba is very aware of her situation[[/note]]. The conversation takes place in the manga before the duel between Dark Yugi and Dark Marik starts.


* MoralMyopia: Normally, his and Ryuuzaki's grief at having been called has-beens by the community would make the character sympathetic, especially with the way they tell their tale when they each confront Dark Yugi and Jounouchi in the DOMA arc. Unlike with Ryuuzaki, though, any sympathy you would have Haga would be squashed by him conveniently ignoring the fact that he's a selfish, self-centered cheater, who treated everyone beneath him like dirt when he had his fame, and yet though of the masses as unfair for crapping on them for having not having gotten very far in Duelist Kingdom and Battle City. Haga immediately proves after the tale is told that unlike Ryuuzaki, he deserves every bit of that karmic mistreatment.

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* MoralMyopia: Normally, his and Ryuuzaki's grief at having been called has-beens by the community would make the character sympathetic, especially with the way they tell their tale when they each confront Dark Yugi and Jounouchi in the DOMA arc. Unlike with Ryuuzaki, though, any sympathy you would have Haga would be squashed by him conveniently ignoring the fact that all we've ever seen of him is that he's a selfish, self-centered cheater, who treated everyone beneath him like dirt when he had his fame, and yet though of the masses as unfair for crapping on them for having not having gotten very far in Duelist Kingdom and Battle City. the last two tournaments. Haga immediately proves after the tale is told that that, unlike Ryuuzaki, he deserves every bit of that karmic mistreatment.


* JerkAssHasAPoint: During the Doma FillerArc, when Dark Yugi calls him horrible, Haga points out that Dark Yugi had used the Seal of Orichalcos in order to win despite knowing that he'd be putting his friend in danger, and that Yugi paid the price, saying that while he was indeed an asshole at least he didn't use the Seal despite knowing that he could endanger his friends. Even though he tries not to show it, Dark Yugi is visibly affected.

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* JerkAssHasAPoint: JerkassHasAPoint: During the Doma FillerArc, when Dark Yugi calls him horrible, Haga points out that Dark Yugi had used the Seal of Orichalcos in order to win despite knowing that he'd be putting his friend in danger, and that Yugi paid the price, saying that while he was indeed an asshole at least he didn't use the Seal despite knowing that he could endanger his friends. Even though he tries not to show it, Dark Yugi is visibly affected.


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* MoralMyopia: Normally, his and Ryuuzaki's grief at having been called has-beens by the community would make the character sympathetic, especially with the way they tell their tale when they each confront Dark Yugi and Jounouchi in the DOMA arc. Unlike with Ryuuzaki, though, any sympathy you would have Haga would be squashed by him conveniently ignoring the fact that he's a selfish, self-centered cheater, who treated everyone beneath him like dirt when he had his fame, and yet though of the masses as unfair for crapping on them for having not having gotten very far in Duelist Kingdom and Battle City. Haga immediately proves after the tale is told that unlike Ryuuzaki, he deserves every bit of that karmic mistreatment.

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