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*** There's a whole mess of [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Konami_Arcade_Games cards based on Konami's arcade shooters]]. Notably VideoGame/{{Gradius}} appears without even having its name changed to hide the reference.
*** There are a few not-so-subtle references to ''VideoGame/GanbareGoemon'', including [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Lady_Ninja_Yae Lady Ninja Yae]] and [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Goe_Goe_the_Gallant_Ninja Goe Goe the Gallant Ninja]].

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*** There's a whole mess of [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Konami_Arcade_Games cards based on Konami's arcade shooters]]. Notably Notably, the first Vic Viper was renamed VideoGame/{{Gradius}} appears without even having its name changed to hide make the reference.
reference more obvious.
*** There are a few not-so-subtle references to ''VideoGame/GanbareGoemon'', including [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Lady_Ninja_Yae Lady Ninja Yae]] and [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Goe_Goe_the_Gallant_Ninja Goe Goe the Gallant Ninja]]. In later packs, Ebisu has been added as "Masked Ninja Ebisu", and then there's the Sasuke Samurai series with the original in particular directly based on Sasuke. Ninja Grandmaster Sasuke, on the other hand, is a realistic interpretation similar to how the others were redesigned.



*** The [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Vampire_Killer Vampire Hunter]] is another extremely obvious shoutout, this time to ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', complete with whip.

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*** ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': Naturally, given Konami own both.
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The [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Vampire_Killer Vampire Hunter]] is another extremely obvious shoutout, this time shout-out. The monster itself appears to ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', complete be Alucard with whip.the Vampire Killer whip.
**** Vampire Lord is based on Soma Cruz, and its effect revives it on the next turn if it was destroyed by a card effect. Its interaction with Vampire Hunter is basically a summary of the video game series - Vampire Hunter destroys Vampire Lord, who is then revived and the cycle repeats.
**** Vampire Scarlet Scourge also looks like Soma but in Dracula's more traditional clothing.
**** Destiny HERO - Plasma's effects are based around Dracula's powers in the video game series.
**** Worm Zero is a large ball made of parasitized bodies, similar to Legion.
**** [[https://yugioh.fandom.com/wiki/Vampire_Fraulein Vampire Fraulein]]'s clothing seems to be based on Camilla, Dracula's obsessed devotee in the game series and TheStarscream in the Netflix show.
**** [[https://yugioh.fandom.com/wiki/Arlownay Arlownay]] is a recolored [[https://castlevania.fandom.com/wiki/Alura_Une Alura Une]], introduced in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''.



** While the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' TCG is itself based off MagicTheGathering, very few cards from the former actually reference the latter…except for the Prophecy archetype. The Prophecy Destroyer's art style is very Magic-esque, while Wheel of Prophecy could be an {{Expy}} or CaptainErsatz of Ajani Goldmane, a Planeswalker from the Magic universe. Temperance of Prophecy can also be said to resemble Jace Beleren.
*** And the other way around works, too. Check out the Silent Swordsman and Silent Magician. Now look at Kargan Dragonlord and Guul Draz Assassin…and Chandra Nalaar's Japanese Duel Deck art.

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** While the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' TCG is itself based off MagicTheGathering, very few cards from the former actually reference the latter…except latter... except for the Prophecy archetype. The Prophecy Destroyer's art style is very Magic-esque, while Wheel of Prophecy could be an {{Expy}} or CaptainErsatz of Ajani Goldmane, a Planeswalker from the Magic universe. Temperance of Prophecy can also be said to resemble Jace Beleren.
*** And the other way around works, too. Check out the Silent Swordsman and Silent Magician. Now look at Kargan Dragonlord and Guul Draz Assassin…and Assassin... and Chandra Nalaar's Japanese Duel Deck art.


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** Vampire Retainer may be a wolf, but its normal white right half and deranged black left half, with jagged teeth and flaming red eye, bring to mind [[Franchise/{{Danganronpa}} Monokuma]].

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* BackFromTheDead: Several effects from Monster cards, Spell cards, and Trap cards allow you to return monsters from the Graveyard. Monster Reborn is a notable Spell card.

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** Any card drawn from Chinese mythology seems to get this in the TCG:
*** The Brotherhood of the Fire Fist monsters are all references to the classic Chinese novel, Water Margin, but with animal puns blended into the names. The TCG removes the connection they're from/named after Water Margin Characters.
*** The Yang Zing are "Ryusei" in Japan (Dragon Stars, a pun on Shooting Stars, i.e. Meteors).
*** Leng Ling, a Tuner-Union monster, is heavily corrupted from Renrin (which appears to be the Japanese name for the Jianjian, a bird meant to represent soulmate levels of love in Asian cultures) to the point that it can come off as offensive.
*** The Tenyi remove the Chinese Influences in their names. For example, Shaman of the Tenyi's Japanese roughly translates to "Dragon Sage/Dragon Immortal of the Tenyi", which ties into Chinese folklore/mythology that their ascetic sages who lived in secluded mountainous locations and are generally believed to attain power equal to a God and become Immortal.


* BadassGrandpa: For example, [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Grandmaster_of_the_Six_Samurai Grandmaster of the Six Samurai]].

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* FusionDissonance: As shown in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCQyx7rwiec these]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei4XE_EKn80 videos]], some of the older Fusion Monsters in ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' look nothing like their recipes. To cite just one, Witch of the Black Forest and [[HighPriestess Lady of Faith]] (both female) combine into the Musician King (a male guitarist).
** However, it's subverted in that there's also the implication that some Fusion Monsters are [[GameplayandStorySegregation not made by the recipes combining their bodies]]. For example, the [[Anime/YuGiOh anime]] shows the Time Wizard magically [[RapidAging aging]] the Baby Dragon to turn it into the fusion monster [[StrongerWithAge Thousand Dragon]] (without any fusion card!). Then again, the anime is unreliable as it operates on rules different from the real life games and there's no in-universe explanation given as to how most of these weird fusions occur.
** Zigazagged later in ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'''s lifespan, when Fusion and similar monsters started gaining more non-specific materials, with the artwork depicting only the "canon" combination. E.g. the Metalfoes consist of a series of humanoid monsters riding vehicles, and a series of Fusion monsters representing the same characters wearing their vehicles as PoweredArmor... except that ''any'' of the Metalfoes' basic forms can be used as material for any of their Fusions. Most of these fusion monsters make it clear that the artwork is just a limitation in depiction. Like how the card "[=UFOroid=] Fighter" is simply a combination of [[FlyingSaucer UFOroid]] and any Warrior-Type card, with the result adding the ATK and DEF of its fusion materials. The Warrior depicted in that card is "Elemental HERO Tempest" for consistency with its first appearance in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', but the idea behind the card is that the Warrior-type monster rides the [=UFOroid=] and it could have been any other Warrior.
** The game also has a whole class of "Fusion Substitute Monsters", which share versions of the effect ''"This card can be used as a substitute for any 1 Fusion Material whose name is specifically listed on the Fusion Monster Card, but the other Fusion Material(s) must be correct."'' (usually restricted to materials or fusions of a specific category). This was later {{Nerf}}ed by the introduction of Strict Fusion Summoning - monsters with an effect which prevents them from being Fusion Summoned except using materials with the proper names. At least until the introduction of Elemental Hero Prisma, a Fusion support card whose effect lets it ''change its name''.


** [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Unity Unity]]: [[Anime/YuGiOh Yugi, Joey/Jounoichi, Tea/Anzu, and Tristan/Honda.]]
** [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Yu-Jo_Friendship Yu-Jo Friendship]]: [[Anime/YuGiOh Atem and Joey/Jounoichi.]]

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** [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Unity Unity]]: [[Anime/YuGiOh Yugi, Joey/Jounoichi, Joey/Jonouchi, Tea/Anzu, and Tristan/Honda.]]
** [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Yu-Jo_Friendship Yu-Jo Friendship]]: [[Anime/YuGiOh Atem and Joey/Jounoichi.Joey/Jonouchi.]]


** Many cards in the OCG that portray nudity, bustiness, skimpiness, religion, firearms, blood, etc. were modified in the TCG release. Modified cards are listed [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/List_of_modified_cards here]]. There are some cards that should be censored (i.e. depict nudity), but for some reason have gotten away. Artworks directly made by Takahashi Kazuki himself were never censored, and such as cards ''[[https://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Anniversary_Pack Anniversary Pack]]'''s "[[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/yugioh/images/2/2a/DarkMagicianGirl-YAP1-JP-UR.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20090730132218 Dark Magician Girl]]" and "[[https://www.db.yugioh-card.com/yugiohdb/card_search.action?ope=2&cid=10113&request_locale=ja Magi Magi ☆ Magician Gal]]" never made a worldwide release outside of Japan. That "Dark Magician Girl" is the only card that didn't get a release in the international version of ''Anniversary Pack''.

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** Many cards in the OCG that portray nudity, bustiness, skimpiness, religion, firearms, blood, etc. were modified in the TCG release. Modified cards are listed [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/List_of_modified_cards here]]. There are some cards that should be censored (i.e. depict nudity), but for some reason have gotten away. Artworks directly made by Takahashi Kazuki himself were never censored, and such as cards ''[[https://yugioh.wikia.''[[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/Anniversary_Pack Anniversary Pack]]'''s "[[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/yugioh/images/2/2a/DarkMagicianGirl-YAP1-JP-UR.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20090730132218 "[[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/DarkMagicianGirl-YAP1-JP-UR.jpg Dark Magician Girl]]" and "[[https://www.db.yugioh-card.com/yugiohdb/card_search.action?ope=2&cid=10113&request_locale=ja Magi Magi ☆ Magician Gal]]" never made a worldwide release outside of Japan. That "Dark Magician Girl" is the only card that didn't get a release in the international version of ''Anniversary Pack''.



** Great example of a card that explicitly has a [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/File:BarrelBehindtheDoor-EE1-JP-R.jpg gun]] on it to [[http://images.wikia.com/yugioh/images/8/8a/BarrelBehindtheDoorDR1-EN-R-UE.jpg less obvious]]. Plus the gun in the original was a burglar's.

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** Great example of a card that explicitly has a [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/File:BarrelBehindtheDoor-EE1-JP-R.jpg gun]] on it to [[http://images.wikia.com/yugioh/images/8/8a/BarrelBehindtheDoorDR1-EN-R-UE.jpg [[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/File:BarrelBehindtheDoor-DR1-EN-R-UE.png less obvious]]. Plus the gun in the original was a burglar's.



** The [[https://yugioh.fandom.com/wiki/Dragon_Maid Dragon Maid archetype]] brings to mind [[Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid a certian manga series]].

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** The [[https://yugioh.fandom.[[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/Dragon_Maid Dragon Maid archetype]] brings to mind [[Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid a certian manga series]].



* NiceHat: [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070401121621/yugioh/images/b/bd/GreatPhantomThiefDR1-EN-C-UE.jpg Great Phantom Thief]] sports quite the piece.

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* NiceHat: [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070401121621/yugioh/images/b/bd/GreatPhantomThiefDR1-EN-C-UE.jpg [[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/File:GreatPhantomThief-DR1-EN-C-UE.png Great Phantom Thief]] sports quite the piece.



** [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/%22C%22 The "C" Archetype]] is an amusing subversion: they are never represented as more than [[TheDarknessGazesBack glowing eyes in the dark]] and have TheScottishTrope factor going for them, but careful examination (their small size, living under furniture, Insect-type, and that the "C" is a "G" in the original Japanese) reveals them to be [[spoiler:ordinary cockroaches]]. How terrifying. [[spoiler: Of course, depending on who you ask, [[CreepyCockroach they might indeed be frightening,]] especially given [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/yugioh/images/b/b1/ContactingC-EXFO-JP-NR.png some of their artwork]] evokes their creep factor as much as possible.]]

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** [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/%22C%22 The "C" Archetype]] is an amusing subversion: they are never represented as more than [[TheDarknessGazesBack glowing eyes in the dark]] and have TheScottishTrope factor going for them, but careful examination (their small size, living under furniture, Insect-type, and that the "C" is a "G" in the original Japanese) reveals them to be [[spoiler:ordinary cockroaches]]. How terrifying. [[spoiler: Of course, depending on who you ask, [[CreepyCockroach they might indeed be frightening,]] especially given [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/yugioh/images/b/b1/ContactingC-EXFO-JP-NR.[[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/File:ContactC-EXFO-EN-SP-1E.png some of their artwork]] evokes their creep factor as much as possible.]]



* PaletteSwap: Quite a few monsters appear to be the same type of creature as another card, but with their colors edited. Examples include [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060819223033/yugioh/images/0/06/Kuriboh-MRD-NA-SR-UE.jpg Kuriboh]] and [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081030193110/yugioh/images/a/ad/WretchedGhostoftheAttic-TP8-EN-C-UE.jpg Wretched Ghost of the Attic]], [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130906210510/yugioh/images/d/d5/SkullServant-LCYW-EN-UR-1E.png Skull Servant]] and [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120203022113/yugioh/images/7/7c/TheWanderingDoomed-TP18-JP-C.jpg The Wandering Doomed]], and [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090329050310/yugioh/images/a/a9/RootWaterLOB-NA-C-1E.jpg Root Water]] and [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20071217211409/yugioh/images/d/d7/HighTideGyojin-SRL-EN-C-UE.jpg High Tide Gyojin]].

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* PaletteSwap: Quite a few monsters appear to be the same type of creature as another card, but with their colors edited. Examples include [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060819223033/yugioh/images/0/06/Kuriboh-MRD-NA-SR-UE.jpg [[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/File:Kuriboh-SDMY-EN-C-1E.png Kuriboh]] and [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081030193110/yugioh/images/a/ad/WretchedGhostoftheAttic-TP8-EN-C-UE.[[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/File:WretchedGhostoftheAttic-TP8-EN-C-UE.jpg Wretched Ghost of the Attic]], [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130906210510/yugioh/images/d/d5/SkullServant-LCYW-EN-UR-1E.[[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/File:SkullServant-SBLS-EN-C-1E.png Skull Servant]] and [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120203022113/yugioh/images/7/7c/TheWanderingDoomed-TP18-JP-C.[[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/File:TheWanderingDoomed-TP18-JP-C.jpg The Wandering Doomed]], and [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090329050310/yugioh/images/a/a9/RootWaterLOB-NA-C-1E.[[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/File:RootWater-LOB-NA-C-1E.jpg Root Water]] and [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20071217211409/yugioh/images/d/d7/HighTideGyojin-SRL-EN-C-UE.jpg [[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/File:HighTideGyojin-SRL-EN-C-UE.png High Tide Gyojin]].



** Cards like [[https://yugioh.fandom.com/wiki/Archfiend_Zombie-Skull Archfiend Zombie-Skull]] and [[https://yugioh.fandom.com/wiki/Summoned_Skull Revived King Ha Des]] are zombie-type synchro monsters similar in appearance to the popular Fiend-type monsters [[https://yugioh.fandom.com/wiki/Summoned_Skull Summoned Skull]] and [[https://yugioh.fandom.com/wiki/Dark_Ruler_Ha_Des Dark Ruler Ha Des]], effectively making such monsters the reanimated corpses of ''demons''.

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** Cards like [[https://yugioh.fandom.[[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/Archfiend_Zombie-Skull Archfiend Zombie-Skull]] and [[https://yugioh.fandom.com/wiki/Summoned_Skull [[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/Revived_King_Ha_Des Revived King Ha Des]] are zombie-type synchro monsters Zombie Synchro Monsters similar in appearance to the popular Fiend-type monsters [[https://yugioh.fandom.[[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/Summoned_Skull Summoned Skull]] and [[https://yugioh.fandom.[[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/Dark_Ruler_Ha_Des Dark Ruler Ha Des]], effectively making such monsters the reanimated corpses of ''demons''.


* BeastMan: The [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Gladiator_Beasts Gladiator Beast]] monster archetype, and the [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Lunalight Lunalights]], to name a few, are archetypes where the members all have considerable animalistic features while looking fairly humanoid.



* PettingZooPeople: The [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Gladiator_Beasts Gladiator Beast]] monster archetype, and the [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Lunalight Lunalights]], to name a few, are archetypes where the members all have considerable animalistic features while looking fairly humanoid.

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** The [[https://yugioh.fandom.com/wiki/Dragon_Maid Dragon Maid archetype]] brings to mind [[Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid a certian manga series]].


* [[LethalJokeItem Lethal Joke Card]]: There's a bunch of these. In general, the ever-changing metagame and introduction of new interactions and rules can turn some formerly silly-looking cards into potent combo pieces.

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* [[LethalJokeItem Lethal Joke Card]]: There's a bunch of these. LethalJokeItem: In general, the ever-changing metagame and introduction of new interactions and rules can turn some formerly silly-looking cards into potent combo pieces.



* LightIsGood: Most monsters of the LIGHT attribute seem to be heroic, but...
** LightIsNotGood: seems to be the theme of the Arcana Force monsters and most of the [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Worm Worm]] Archetype.

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* LightIsGood: Most Many heroic monsters are of the LIGHT attribute seem to be heroic, but...
** LightIsNotGood: seems to be
attribute, including the theme likes of the Neos and Utopia.
* LightIsNotGood:
** The
Arcana Force monsters and most are LIGHT monsters, but are the signature cards of one of the main antagonists in the anime.
** The
[[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Worm Worm]] Archetype.Archetype is the central antagonist of the Duel Terminal storyline. Their threat forced the other combatants to invent the Ally of Justice series of monsters specifically to counter their light-based attacks.



** Despite Santa Claws's Japanese name referencing the Devil, he is in the LIGHT Attribute.

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** Despite Santa Claws's Japanese name referencing the Devil, he is in of the LIGHT Attribute.


* [[JokeItem Joke Card]]:

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** The Toons. Portrayed as a wacky subset of monsters in the game [[AwesomeButImpractical that can attack Life Points directly, but usually have to wait a turn to do so, which hampers their playability a lot.]]
** A lot of cards are not only useless, but they seem to have been made for nothing more than novelty. For example, there's Sanwitch, a Level 6 Fusion Monster with 2100 ATK. There's no reason to ever use it, and even if you wanted to, you can't -- Witch of the Black Forest has been banned from play ever since the Banned List was created, and Sangan has been on and off it and was on it when Sanwitch was made.
** Later on, the flavor text of Normal Monsters borders on AffectionateParody. Here's [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Rabidragon Rabidragon]], [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Wattaildragon Wattaildragon]], and [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Alligator%27s_Sword Alligator's Sword]]. Such things made [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Shapesnatch Shapesnatch]] a MemeticBadass for its "terrible power" (and as a Level 5 1200/1700 monster, yes, it's very terrible).
** Seeing as most of the game is based on situational cards many cards which seem to be jokes can easily become [[LethalJokeCharacter deadly]] in the right circumstances, Sanwitch for example makes it very easy to get additional fusion material and the Toons can run through your opponents life points really quickly and are hard to get rid of. The Skull Servant started out as nothing more than fodder that most players wouldn't even look at but now has enough buffs and support cards to make it a valuable part of deck if you have the right cards...

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** The Toons. Portrayed as a wacky subset of monsters in the game [[AwesomeButImpractical that can attack Life Points directly, but usually have to wait a turn to do so, which hampers their playability a lot.]]
** A lot of cards are not only useless, but they seem to have been made for nothing more than novelty. For example, there's Sanwitch, a Level 6 Fusion Monster with 2100 ATK. There's no reason to ever use it, and even if you wanted to, you can't -- Witch of the Black Forest has been banned from play ever since the Banned List was created, and Sangan has been on and off it and was on it when Sanwitch was made.
** Later on, the
flavor text of Normal Monsters borders on AffectionateParody. Here's printed in the later years of the card game lampshade their worthlessness when compared to Effect Monsters. Examples include [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Rabidragon Rabidragon]], [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Wattaildragon Wattaildragon]], and [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Alligator%27s_Sword Alligator's Sword]]. Such things made [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Shapesnatch Shapesnatch]] a MemeticBadass for its "terrible power" (and as a Level 5 1200/1700 monster, yes, it's very terrible).\n** Seeing as most of the game is based on situational cards many cards which seem to be jokes can easily become [[LethalJokeCharacter deadly]] in the right circumstances, Sanwitch for example makes it very easy to get additional fusion material and the Toons can run through your opponents life points really quickly and are hard to get rid of. The Skull Servant started out as nothing more than fodder that most players wouldn't even look at but now has enough buffs and support cards to make it a valuable part of deck if you have the right cards...


* RainbowMotif: Several groups of cards in the game have this as a deisgn element typically with , most prominently the Crystal Beasts and their ace monster, Rainbow Dragon. Other cards that have this include the Artifacts, Earthbound Immortals, Fire Formations, and The Weather monsters.

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* RainbowMotif: Several groups of cards in the game have this as a deisgn element element, typically with , each color being represented by a member of the group, most prominently the Crystal Beasts and their ace monster, Rainbow Dragon. Other cards that have this include the Artifacts, Earthbound Immortals, Fire Formations, Guardragons, Mekk-Knights, The Weather, and The Weather World Legacy monsters.


** [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Unity Unity]]: [[Anime/YuGiOh Yugi, Joey/Jonoichi, Tea/Anzu, Tristan/Honda and Duke/Ryuji.]]
** [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Yu-Jo_Friendship Yu-Jo Friendship]]: [[Anime/YuGiOh Atem and Joey/Jonoichi.]]

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** [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Unity Unity]]: [[Anime/YuGiOh Yugi, Joey/Jonoichi, Joey/Jounoichi, Tea/Anzu, Tristan/Honda and Duke/Ryuji.Tristan/Honda.]]
** [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Yu-Jo_Friendship Yu-Jo Friendship]]: [[Anime/YuGiOh Atem and Joey/Jonoichi.Joey/Jounoichi.]]



* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The "Ninjitsu Art" cards and Thunder King Rai-Oh. "Ninjitsu" means "Ninja Art" and "Rai-Oh" means "Thunder King". On the OCG side, ''Meikyu Heki - Labyrinth Wall'' is Labyrinth Wall stated twice in Japanese and English.

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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The "Ninjitsu Art" cards and Thunder King Rai-Oh. "Ninjitsu" means "Ninja Art" and "Rai-Oh" means "Thunder King". On the OCG side, ''Meikyu Heki - Labyrinth Wall'' is Labyrinth Wall stated twice in Japanese and English.English, same for ''Mirai Yuugo - Future Fusion'', "Mirai Yuugo" itself means Future Fusion.



* DubInducedPlotHole: Sometimes changing card names from Japanese to English results in the rules getting screwed up since the naming was important. Instances include.

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* DubInducedPlotHole: Sometimes changing card names from Japanese to English results in the rules getting screwed up since the naming was important. Instances include.include:



*** Then then created even ''more'' headaches when the Crystal Beasts got further support, including a new Fusion monster "Rainbow Overdragon", whose Japanese name of course was "Ultimate Gem God - Rainbow Over Dragon". At this time they had to adopt the ThemeNaming, so the English Overdragon card, and the two previous dragons, had text added that says they are always referred to as "Ultimate Crystal" monsters, so a new card that works for all three of them properly refers to 'an "Ultimate Crystal" monster'. They also then had to errata ''every single pre-existing support card'' for the series to mention they work for any "Ultimate Cystal" monster.

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*** Then then this created even ''more'' headaches when the Crystal Beasts got further support, including a new Fusion monster "Rainbow Overdragon", whose Japanese name of course was "Ultimate Gem God - Rainbow Over Dragon". At this time they had to adopt the ThemeNaming, so the English Overdragon card, and the two previous dragons, had text added that says they are always referred to as "Ultimate Crystal" monsters, so a new card that works for all three of them properly refers to 'an "Ultimate Crystal" monster'. They also then had to errata ''every single pre-existing support card'' for the series to mention they work for any "Ultimate Cystal" monster.



** Since the game is created by Creator/{{Konami}}, it's only natural that a few of their other game series would make some appearances. A few examples...

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** Since the physical card game is created by Creator/{{Konami}}, it's only natural that a few of their other game series would make some appearances. A few examples...



** [[https://twitter.com/YuGiOh_OCG_INFO/status/886412573649899520 Trap Cards]], featuring the prolific Solemn counter trap card series; Solemn Wishes, which is related by name; Balance of Judgment, which features the same GrandpaGod as the counter trap cards; and Fetters of Fenrir.

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** [[https://twitter.com/YuGiOh_OCG_INFO/status/886412573649899520 Trap Cards]], featuring the prolific Solemn counter trap card series; Solemn Wishes, which is related by name; Balance of Judgment, which features the same GrandpaGod as the counter trap cards; and and......Fetters of Fenrir.



* MaskOfPower: Not too many, but enough to count as [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Masks an archetype]].

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* MaskOfPower: Not too many, but enough to count as [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Masks an archetype]].a series]].



* {{Metaplot}}: There was an attempt to have one for a while, based on the artwork of the [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Gagagigo_(series) Gagagigo]], [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Inpachi Inpachi]], Goblin cards, [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Card_Trivia:Royal_Writ_of_Taxation Royal]] [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Royal_Cards Cards]], [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Different_Dimension Different]] [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Card_Trivia:Warrior_Lady_of_the_Wasteland Dimension]] cards, as well as various monsters appearing in the art of other cards. The lack of flavor text on most cards meant that any story that might have been present was completely lost. The various Master Guides have detailed some of the card storylines, but unless you read Japanese that doesn't help much either. A fair chunk of {{fanfic}} is devoted to spinning a coherent story out of the various references.

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* {{Metaplot}}: There was an attempt to have one An occuring theme for a while, many cards. Examples would be the story based on the artwork of the [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Gagagigo_(series) Gagagigo]], [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Inpachi Inpachi]], Goblin cards, [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Card_Trivia:Royal_Writ_of_Taxation Royal]] [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Royal_Cards Cards]], [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Different_Dimension Different]] [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Card_Trivia:Warrior_Lady_of_the_Wasteland Dimension]] cards, as well as various monsters appearing in the art of other cards. The lack of flavor text on most cards meant that any story that might have been present was completely lost. The various Master Guides have detailed some of the card storylines, but unless you read Japanese that doesn't help much either. A fair chunk of {{fanfic}} is devoted to spinning a coherent story out of the various references.



** The [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Meklord Meklord]] archetype is considered this if you are playing a Synchro deck. Just by destroying one of their monsters by a card effect (which is pretty common thing to do) you've opened the door for its main monsters to come down and begin snatching your boss mosnters.

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*** Ironically, Yubel's final form is actually the easiest to get rid of, and it cannot summon another Yubel, so forcing the stronger form to evolve further can open a path to get rid of it permanently.
** The [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/Meklord Meklord]] archetype is considered this if you are playing a Synchro deck. Just by destroying one of their monsters by a card effect (which is pretty common thing to do) you've opened the door for its main monsters to come down and begin snatching your boss mosnters.monsters.



** [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/%22C%22 The "C" Archetype]] is an amusing subversion: they are never represented as more than [[TheDarknessGazesBack glowing eyes in the dark]] and have TheScottishTrope factor going for them, but careful examination (their small size, living under furniture, Insect-type, and that the "C" is a "G" in the original japanese) reveals them to be [[spoiler:ordinary cockroaches]]. How terrifying. [[spoiler: Of course, depending on who you ask, [[CreepyCockroach they might indeed be frightening,]] especially given [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/yugioh/images/b/b1/ContactingC-EXFO-JP-NR.png some of their artwork]] evokes their creep factor as much as possible.]]

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** [[http://yugipedia.com/wiki/%22C%22 The "C" Archetype]] is an amusing subversion: they are never represented as more than [[TheDarknessGazesBack glowing eyes in the dark]] and have TheScottishTrope factor going for them, but careful examination (their small size, living under furniture, Insect-type, and that the "C" is a "G" in the original japanese) Japanese) reveals them to be [[spoiler:ordinary cockroaches]]. How terrifying. [[spoiler: Of course, depending on who you ask, [[CreepyCockroach they might indeed be frightening,]] especially given [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/yugioh/images/b/b1/ContactingC-EXFO-JP-NR.png some of their artwork]] evokes their creep factor as much as possible.]]



** A lot of cards have the text "You can only use this card's effect once per turn." However, using multiple copies of that card lets you use each of their effects once each, or removing them from the field and bringing them back in some manner "resets" the usage of their effect. Konami later started giving cards the text "You can only use the effect of [card name] once per turn", setting a turn-long lock on this type of explotation that cannot be evaded.

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** A lot of cards have the text "You can only use this card's effect once per turn." However, using multiple copies of that card lets you use each of their effects once each, or removing them from the field and bringing them back in some manner "resets" the usage of their effect. Konami later started giving cards the text "You can only use the effect of [card name] once per turn", setting a turn-long lock on this type of explotation exploitation that cannot be evaded.evaded, since it applies to all copies of the card with the same name, including the same copy that went out of the field and returned.



* PunnyName: The absolutely majority of cards have names with interesting names (if overused Japanese-style dad jokes were interesting), some translate well into other languages, some get cringe-worthy localizations, some are just [[LostInTranslation abandoned]] because of their complexity and incompatibility with European grammar.

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* PunnyName: The absolutely majority of cards have names with interesting names (if overused Japanese-style dad jokes were interesting), some translate well into other languages, some get cringe-worthy localizations, some are just [[LostInTranslation abandoned]] because of their complexity and incompatibility with European grammar.non-Japanese language.



** Remember the old days where Summoning more than one monster in one turn is hard to do? Now Summoning five monsters with over 2000 ATK in one turn while still having a healthy hand size is completely normal to be seen. So much that you could parody the infamous ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' scene by matching two decks from two different eras.
** Blackwings especially get that treatment when it's your first time playing them. If they don't FTK you, they must've gone first (and therefore could not attack).

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** Remember the old days where Summoning more than one monster in one turn is hard to do? Now Summoning five multiple monsters with over 2000 ATK in one turn while still having a healthy hand size is completely normal to be seen. So much that you could parody the infamous ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' "screw the rules" scene by matching two decks from two different eras.
** Blackwings especially get that treatment when it's your first time playing them. If they don't FTK OTK you, they must've gone first (and therefore could not attack).


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** Typically, many of the Short Print cards printed per main set are intended as these (such as [[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/Cold_Feet Cold Feet]] and [[https://yugipedia.com/wiki/Oops! Oops!]]).

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