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* DisplacedOrigin: The manga started out as the tale of a teenager whose dark side brings judgment on abusive people, with lots of horrific [[FateWorseThanDeath fates worse than death]]. Halfway into the series, the card game takes over, and everything from that point onwards becomes the tale of people beating each other in a SeriousBusiness card game, with said horrific fates worse than death appearing only infrequently if at all.

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** The japanese bunkoban re-release made a few adjustments to the art in some places. For example, Zorc's infamous dragon-phallus was edited to look like it's wrapped around his body, while Bobasa's stores the millennium items in [[https://ms.yugipedia.com//7/74/Yu-Gi-Oh%21_Duel_282_-_bunkoban_-_JP_-_color.png slots on his outfit]] rather than [[https://ms.yugipedia.com//5/56/Yu-Gi-Oh%21_Duel_282_-_tankobon_-_JP.jpg his bare chest]].


* AngelFaceDemonFace: The differences in appearance between Yugi, Bakura, and Marik and when their Dark sides take over is pretty pronounced.

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* BadassLongcoat: Dark Bakura's black trenchcoat during the Millennium World arc.

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Dark Bakura's black trenchcoat during the Millennium World arc.



* DiscOneFinalBoss: Seto Kaiba and Death-T are a conclusion to the episodic stories, leading the way for longer, detailed story arcs to play out.

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Seto Kaiba and Death-T are a conclusion to the episodic stories, leading the way for longer, detailed story arcs to play out.



* InformedAbility: Despite claiming to be an expert at all games, we only ever see Kaiba play Duel Monsters and chess. The only thing that tells us of his prowess at gaming is his high scores on every arcade machine at the Domino Arcade.
** It's mentioned in the manga that the arcade high scores are linked, so he has the highest score on all those games in all of Japan.

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* InformedAbility: Despite claiming to be an expert at all games, we only ever see Kaiba play Duel Monsters and chess. The only thing that tells us of his prowess at gaming is his high scores on every arcade machine at the Domino Arcade. \n** It's mentioned in the manga that the arcade high scores are linked, so he has the highest score on all those games in all of Japan.



* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: The Millennium Items are very unforgiving to those who plan on wielding them, but are not the ones that are "chosen." For example, Shadi forced a thief to wear the Millennium Ring to see if he was the one destined to wear it. [[spoiler:He clearly wasn't, as the ring punctured his chest and [[BodyHorror set the insides of his body on fire]]]]. Likewise, Shadi had [[spoiler:gauged Pegasus's eye out with a knife to test if he was worthy of wielding the Millennium Eye. Had Pegasus not been the chosen one, he would have most likely have been left for dead with an empty eye-socket]].

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* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: The Millennium Items are very unforgiving to those who plan on wielding them, but are not the ones that are "chosen." For example, "chosen":
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Shadi forced a thief to wear the Millennium Ring to see if he was the one destined to wear it. [[spoiler:He clearly wasn't, as the ring punctured his chest and [[BodyHorror set the insides of his body on fire]]]]. Likewise, Shadi had [[spoiler:gauged Pegasus's eye out with a knife to test if he was worthy of wielding the Millennium Eye. Had Pegasus not been the chosen one, he would have most likely have been left for dead with an empty eye-socket]].



* RussianRoulette: Yugi, Jonouchi, and Mokuba play a variation of this... with poison food instead of a revolver.

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Yugi, Jonouchi, and Mokuba play a variation of this... with poison food instead of a revolver.



** ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Pegasus, however, even makes special cards that never go into circulation just so that it gives him an advantage as the creator of the Duel Monsters card game.
* SealedEvilInASixPack: An in-universe fictional example is Exodia, a monster so powerful it takes multiple cards to contain him. The individual pieces are worthless, but a player who reassembles Exodia by getting all five parts in play wins immediately.
** And The Pharaoh was trapped in the Millennium Pendant, which was then broken up into pieces. They were all kept in one place, but putting it back together was a complicated process (which is why it was then renamed the Millennium Puzzle).

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** * ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Pegasus, however, even Pegasus makes special cards that never go into circulation just so that it gives him an advantage as the creator of the Duel Monsters card game.
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An in-universe fictional example is Exodia, a monster so powerful it takes multiple cards to contain him. The individual pieces are worthless, but a player who reassembles Exodia by getting all five parts in play wins immediately.
** And The Pharaoh was trapped in the Millennium Pendant, which was then broken up into pieces. They were all kept in one place, but putting it back together was a complicated process (which is why it was then renamed the Millennium Puzzle).


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* BadassGrandpa: Through background stories, we learn that Sugoroku Mutou, Yugi's grandpa, was a master gambler and game expert back in the day, not unlike his grandson. We see shades of this in the prologue to the Millennium World arc, where in a hat and tuxedo, he conquers the deadly Shadow Games in the tombs which housed the Millennium Puzzle. Some time after that, he was challenged to a Shadow Game by Ryuji Otogi's father in which he bet years of his life and ''won''.


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* CoolOldGuy: Through background stories, we learn that Sugoroku Mutou, Yugi's grandpa, was a master gambler and game expert back in the day, not unlike his grandson. We see shades of this in the prologue to the Millennium World arc, where in a hat and tuxedo, he conquers the deadly Shadow Games in the tombs which housed the Millennium Puzzle. Some time after that, he was challenged to a Shadow Game by Ryuji Otogi's father in which he bet years of his life and ''won''.


* {{Chuunibyou}}: Before the manga became entirely about card games, one VillainOfTheWeek was a classmate who claimed he could see the future (and arranged for his predictions to come true). When exposed by Yugi, it turned out his predictions were all prewritten, such as "There will be an earthquake". [[CaptainObvious In Japan.]]

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* {{Chuunibyou}}: Before the manga became entirely about card games, one VillainOfTheWeek was a classmate who claimed he could see the future (and arranged for his predictions to come true). When exposed by Yugi, it turned out his predictions were all prewritten, such as "There will be an earthquake". [[CaptainObvious In Japan.]]


The first seven volumes have the most variety in games; from then on, the most common game that appeared was Duel Monsters/Magic & Wizards, the [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh! card game]], in response to favorable reader reception.

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The first seven volumes have the most variety in games; from then on, the most common game that appeared was Duel ''Duel Monsters/Magic & Wizards, Wizards'', the [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh! card game]], in response to favorable reader reception.



See also the manga adaptations of the spin-off sequels to the Duel Monsters anime: ''Manga/YuGiOhGX'', ''Manga/YuGiOh5Ds'', ''Manga/YuGiOhZEXAL'' and ''Manga/YuGiOhArcV''.

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See also the manga adaptations of the spin-off sequels to the Duel Monsters ''Duel Monsters'' anime: ''Manga/YuGiOhGX'', ''Manga/YuGiOh5Ds'', ''Manga/YuGiOhZEXAL'' and ''Manga/YuGiOhArcV''.


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* FiveBadBand: You could make a case for Pegasus and his Player Killers if you wanted.

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** The Viz translation often re-writes the descriptions on the cards to make them more in line with their real world equivalents. This leads to problems however, as a lot of the time the real life cards work differently than they did in the manga. For example, “Electro Whip” is translated as only being able to be used on a thunder-type monster, but Mai is still able to use it on her Harpie Lady.


** The much more dark and unusual pre-Duel Monsters stories and the prototype anime that most fans call "Season 0", with the most recognizable difference is that Kaiba has green hair.


* LightDarknessJuxtaposition: This dynamic is seen several times in "Dawn of the Duel":

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** To defeat Zorc in the FinalBattle, the Pharaoh summoned the three Egyptian Gods: Obelisk, Slifer, and Ra, who [[FusionDance fused together]] into Holactie the Creator of Light. He was able to smite the dark demon Zorc with one devastating light blast.

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** To defeat Zorc in the FinalBattle, the Pharaoh summoned the three Egyptian Gods: Obelisk, Slifer, and Ra, who [[FusionDance fused together]] into Holactie Horakhty the Creator of Light. He was able to smite the dark demon Zorc with one devastating light blast.


** In the earlier volumes, we see Dark Yugi is a scary force to be reckoned with who challenges people to Shadow Games, which were regular games turned into high-stakes duels with otherworldly consequences. When adapted into the first anime, some of the most terrifying outcomes of those games are toned down or cut out completely because of how scary they can be.

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** In the earlier volumes, we see Dark Yugi is a scary force to be reckoned with who challenges people to Shadow Games, which were regular games turned into high-stakes duels with otherworldly consequences. When adapted into the first anime, some of the most terrifying outcomes of those games are toned down or cut out completely because of how scary they can be. Post-Duelist Kingdom, these tend to be started by the *villains* instead.


** In the signature anime, when Duel Monsters took over the story as the game of choice, Yami Yugi's most disturbing actions don't occur at all- he comes off more like a WellIntentionedExtremist who punishes bad people by cleansing their minds of darkness, and the series begins at the point where Seto Kaiba has already developed a dark rivalry toward Yuugi. Then, in Duelist Kingdom, Yugi eventually objects to Yami Yugi's unfettered behavior as his alter ego when it threatens the life of Seto Kaiba, who is tempting Yuugi to throw a game of Duel Monsters by Kaiba risking his own life and the darker tendencies of Yami Yugi lessen as he learns to be more understanding of Yugi's compassionate heart.

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