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* SugarWiki/SuperlativeDubbing: Episode 18 and 19 with Dimitri, the copycat Duelist. In the original, Dimitri is just himself and only decides he ''is'' Yugi towards the end of the Duel, but in the dub Dimitri acts like he's Yugi all along. What ''really'' sells the episode though is the absolutely {{Narm|Charm}}tastic impersonation of Dan Green's Yami Yugi that Marc Thompson delivers, taking Green's LargeHam, cranking it up, and giving a few lighthearted jabs at his mannerisms and catchphrases. The dub also re-uses parts of the original dub soundtrack as further nostalgia fuel when Dimitri makes his moves.

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* SugarWiki/SuperlativeDubbing: Episode 18 and 19 with Dimitri, the copycat Duelist. In the original, Dimitri is just himself and only decides he ''is'' Yugi towards the end of the Duel, but in the dub Dimitri acts like he's Yugi all along. What ''really'' sells the episode though is the absolutely {{Narm|Charm}}tastic impersonation of Dan Green's Yami Yugi that Marc Thompson delivers, taking Green's LargeHam, cranking it up, and giving a few lighthearted jabs at his mannerisms and catchphrases. The dub also re-uses parts of the original dub soundtrack as further nostalgia fuel when Dimitri makes his moves. Taken even further in the german version, where Dimitri is actually voiced by the Pharaoh's original voice actor in the parts where he impersons him.


** In the original Japanese, Aster (having the D-HERO deck), often says things like "the power of the D" or similar in reference to destiny. When "the D" is taken to be the OTHER one, some really hilarious accidents occur. Which puts an [[HoYay interesting]] spin on his search for "the Ultimate D"...

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** In the original Japanese, Aster (having the D-HERO deck), often says things like "the power of the D" or similar in reference to destiny. When "the D" is taken to be the OTHER ''other'' one, some really hilarious accidents occur. Which puts an [[HoYay interesting]] spin on his search for "the Ultimate D"...


** Jaden's deck focuses on Fusion, so count on him constantly fusing his E-HEROES in different ways never seen before, and the new one will do exactly what is needed to do to help him win. Not to mention all the E-HERO support cards that are not too useful in real life due to how situational they are, but in the show Jaden pulls them out in instances that always let him win.

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** Jaden's deck focuses on Fusion, so count on him constantly fusing his E-HEROES in different ways never seen before, and the new one will be able to do exactly what is needed to do to help him win. Not to mention all the E-HERO support cards that are not too useful in real life due to how situational they are, but in the show Jaden pulls them are pulled out in instances that always let him Jaden win.


** And then there's his caretaker whose name is changed from "DD" to "The D" in English, leading to comments like these:

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** And then Then there's his caretaker whose name is changed from "DD" to "The D" in English, leading to comments like these:


--> "Ladies and gentlemen, I give you... The D!"\\

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--> ---> "Ladies and gentlemen, I give you... The D!"\\



-->'''Kagemaru''': It's rising... it's rising... it's swelling up!

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-->'''Kagemaru''': --->'''Kagemaru''': It's rising... it's rising... it's swelling up!



** Yubel gets shunted off to the side a lot in the English-speaking fandom, but they (and their relationship with Jaden) appear fairly popular in Japanese fan art. Part of this is likely because their motivation was degraded from a sadomasochistic view of love to just being a PsychopathicManchild.

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** Yubel gets shunted off to the side a lot in the English-speaking fandom, but they (and their relationship with Jaden) appear fairly popular in Japanese fan art. Part of this is likely because their complex motivation was degraded from a sadomasochistic view of love to just being a PsychopathicManchild.


** While the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification deliberate literalism]] of the name is lost, it could be argued that Nightshroud is a more impressive name for a villain than the more generic "Darkness".

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** While the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification deliberate deliberate]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin literalism]] of the name is lost, it could be argued that Nightshroud is a much more impressive name for a villain than the more generic "Darkness".


** Sartorius is the head of the [[{{Cult}} Society of Light]], corrupted to evil by the Light of Destruction. Born with the power to see the future, he seeks out promising duelists with the power to defy fate and turn them to his cause so they can't stand in his way and derail his plans. He does this through a combination of lectures and brainwashing, telling his victims that only he can help them get what they want, convincing them they ''[[MoreThanMindControl want]]'' to join the Society. Through these methods he takes over the top dorm of Duel Academy, makes all of its students his loyal followers, and plans to use a KillSat to destroy the world ([[{{Bowdlerise}} mind control humanity]] in the English dub) in the name of cleansing, purifying light. Collected, affable, soft-spoken, and using his prediction powers to stay ahead of the game, Sartorius proves himself the most charismatic and intelligent enemy Jaden and his friends ever faced.
** Yubel is a demonic Duel Spirit and the mastermind behind the seeming main villain of Season 3, Professor Viper. Making a deal with Viper to revive his dead son in exchange for gathering Duel Energy to regenerate her body, she disposes of Viper and transports Duel Academy to another dimension to continue her plans herself, possessing the body of student Marcel as a host. She orchestrates Jaden's horrific TraumaCongaLine in order to awaken his dormant alter-ego, the Supreme King, so Jaden can complete the Super Polymerization card and then she can take it for herself and use it to fuse the twelve dimensions into one. Why? Because [[ReincarnationRomance she was in love with Jaden's alter-ego in his past life]], and she will do anything to rule over the multiverse with Jaden and keep him all to herself. Yubel is what happens when a love sick StalkerWithACrush decides to conquer what they see in the name of proving their love to someone.
** Adrian Gecko, the champion of East Academy, had a desire for power since he was a child. Infiltrating Viper’s lab after a series of manipulation, Adrian finds out about Yubel. Agreeing to spy on Jaden for her in exchange for a portion of her power, Adrian eventually finds the seal of Exodia, intending to make it his servant [[TheStarscream and betray Yubel]]. Upon finding out that the sacrifice of a loved one is required, Adrian convinces his childhood friend, Echo, to sacrifice herself to break the seal. Adrian later takes the opportunity to duel a weakened Yubel, declaring that he’ll become the king of the alternate dimension. During the duel, Adrian reveals that his motive is to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans create a utopia where nobody has to suffer.]] Cunning and adapting to almost any setback, Adrian proved to be willing to go through any length to rule as a benevolent king.

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** Sartorius is the head of the [[{{Cult}} Society of Light]], corrupted to evil by the Light of Destruction. Born with the power to see the future, he seeks out promising duelists with the power to defy fate and turn them to his cause so they can't stand in his way and derail his plans. He does this through a combination of lectures and brainwashing, telling his victims that only he can help them get what they want, convincing them they ''[[MoreThanMindControl want]]'' to join the Society. Through these methods he takes over the top dorm of Duel Academy, makes all of its students his loyal followers, and plans to use a KillSat to destroy the world ([[{{Bowdlerise}} mind control humanity]] in the English dub) in the name of cleansing, purifying light. Collected, affable, soft-spoken, and using his prediction powers to stay ahead of the game, Sartorius proves himself the most charismatic and intelligent enemy Jaden and his friends ever faced.
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** Yubel is a demonic Duel Spirit and the mastermind behind the seeming main villain of Season 3, Professor Viper. Making a deal with Viper to revive his dead son in exchange for gathering Duel Energy to regenerate her body, she disposes they dispose of Viper and transports transport Duel Academy to another dimension to continue her their plans herself, themself, possessing the body of student Marcel as a host. She They orchestrates Jaden's horrific TraumaCongaLine in order to awaken his dormant alter-ego, the Supreme King, so Jaden can complete the Super Polymerization card and then she can which they take it for herself themself and use it to fuse the twelve dimensions into one. Why? Because [[ReincarnationRomance she was they were in love with Jaden's alter-ego in his past life]], and she they will do anything to rule over the multiverse with Jaden and keep him all to herself. themself again. Yubel is what happens when a love sick StalkerWithACrush decides to conquer what all they see in the name of proving their love to someone.
** Adrian Gecko, the champion of East Academy, has had a desire for power since he was a child. Infiltrating Viper’s lab after a series of manipulation, Adrian finds out about Yubel. Agreeing to spy on Jaden for her them in exchange for a portion of her their power, Adrian eventually finds the seal of Exodia, intending to make it his servant [[TheStarscream and betray Yubel]]. Upon finding out that the sacrifice of a loved one is required, Adrian convinces his childhood friend, Echo, to sacrifice herself to break the seal. Adrian later takes the opportunity to duel a weakened Yubel, declaring that he’ll become the king of the alternate dimension. During the duel, Adrian reveals that his motive is to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans create a utopia where nobody has to suffer.]] Cunning and adapting to almost any setback, Adrian proved proves to be willing to go through any length to rule as a benevolent king.



** A lot of jokes are made around a) how unnaturally good Jaden is at Duel Monsters, or b) How he, depending on the persona, had a really high death count. Generally, outsiders to the show might only know him as "the guy who killed all his friends."

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** A lot of jokes are made around a) how unnaturally good Jaden is at Duel Monsters, or b) How how he, depending on the persona, had has a really high death count. Generally, outsiders to the show might only know him as "the guy who killed all his friends."friends".



** From various [[GoodBadTranslation poorly worded subtitles]] we have Bastion's [[AccidentalInnuendo "I've found the way to counter attack your balls"]] and "This place has been reserved for the Whites."

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** From various [[GoodBadTranslation poorly worded subtitles]] we have Bastion's [[AccidentalInnuendo "I've "[[AccidentalInnuendo I've found the way to counter attack your balls"]] balls!]]" and "This place has been reserved for the Whites."



*** “HE’S FAT![[labelnote:explanation]]A sound clip Creator/LittleKuriboh applies in his reviews whenever Chumley mentions food or his weight.[[/labelnote]]
** Crystal Beast Amber Mammoth for being voiced by Creator/SeanSchemmel doing a Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger impression (specifically of ''Franchise/TheTerminator'' quotes and just shouting random gibberish while attacking another card, [[NarmCharm and yes, you read all of that correctly]]). Namely the scene where Jesse summons him in his duel against Trapper (who is also voiced by Sean Schemmel and has subsequently been nicknamed "Texan Goku" by the fandom) only to be [[CurbStompBattle immediately negated by Trapper's Catcher Snare]].

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*** “HE’S HE'S FAT![[labelnote:explanation]]A sound clip Creator/LittleKuriboh applies in his reviews whenever Chumley mentions food or his weight.[[/labelnote]]
** Crystal Beast Amber Mammoth for being voiced by Creator/SeanSchemmel doing a an Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger impression (specifically of ''Franchise/TheTerminator'' quotes and or just shouting random gibberish while attacking another card, [[NarmCharm and yes, you read all of that correctly]]). Namely the scene where Jesse summons him in his duel against Trapper (who is also voiced by Sean Schemmel and has subsequently been nicknamed "Texan Goku" by the fandom) only to be [[CurbStompBattle immediately negated by Trapper's Catcher Snare]].



** Yubel at every attempt in the third season with Jaden.

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** Yubel at every attempt to prove their love for Jaden by hurting him in the third season with Jaden.season.



** [=4Kids'=] attempts to invoke NeverSayDie reach truly ludicrous levels in Season 3, when defeated Duelists are "sent to the stars", and characters repeatedly use the phrase verbatim as a threat. There are any number of other things they could have gone with, including the old stand-by "send them to the Shadow Realm," but they chose that one.

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** [=4Kids'=] attempts to invoke NeverSayDie reach truly ludicrous levels in Season 3, when defeated Duelists are "sent to the stars", and characters repeatedly use the phrase verbatim as a threat. There are any number of other things they could have gone with, including the old stand-by "send them to the Shadow Realm," Realm", but they chose that one.



* NeverLiveItDown: Jaden/Judai, as the Supreme King, committed genocide.
* NightmareFuel: It's still ''Franchise/YuGiOh''
** Yubel, period. Even creepier when the dub gave it the voice of a spoiled 5-year-old girl.
** Brron, who is... some kind of semi-human-only-not-really skeleton... thing.
** Titan's {{fate|WorseThanDeath}} when he abuses the power of Shadow Games.
** Darkness/Nightshroud, with his MindRape and [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper-esque]] form.
** The Underground is less supernatural, but still incredibly disturbing.

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* NeverLiveItDown: Jaden/Judai, as the Supreme King, committed genocide.
* NightmareFuel: It's still ''Franchise/YuGiOh''
** Yubel, period. Even creepier when the dub gave it the voice of a spoiled 5-year-old girl.
** Brron, who is... some kind of semi-human-only-not-really skeleton... thing.
** Titan's {{fate|WorseThanDeath}} when he abuses the power of Shadow Games.
** Darkness/Nightshroud, with his MindRape and [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper-esque]] form.
** The Underground is less supernatural, but still incredibly disturbing.
committing genocide.



** Dimitri, especially in the dub. He may only have two episodes and is a minor character who never appears again, but the usage of the original series themes and cards, the genuinely good Duel he gave Jaden, and of course Marc Thompson's NarmCharm impersonation of Dan Green's LargeHam voice acting, make Dimitri far more memorable than a lot of other characters with larger roles.

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** Dimitri, especially in the dub. He may only have two episodes and is a minor character who never appears again, but the usage of the original series themes and cards, the genuinely good Duel he gave gives Jaden, and of course Marc Thompson's NarmCharm impersonation of Dan Green's LargeHam voice acting, make Dimitri far more memorable than a lot of other characters with larger roles.



** Judai/Jaden is an AmericansHateTingle case in the first half, mainly for his speech mannerisms in the dub and being [[ReplacementScrappy Yugi and Dark Yugi's replacement]] as well as his Elemental HERO and Neo-Spacian cards getting too much focus and being not very good. However, he gets less and less flak as a result of his CharacterDevelopment in the second half and his manga counterpart receives a LOT of praise for his characterization and master-student relationship with Koyo. It also helps that Judai's manga Elemental HERO cards fix the flaws of their anime counterparts.

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** Judai/Jaden is an AmericansHateTingle case in the first half, mainly for his speech mannerisms in the dub and being [[ReplacementScrappy Yugi and Dark Yugi's replacement]] as well as his Elemental HERO and Neo-Spacian cards getting too much focus and being not very good. good in real life. However, he gets less and less flak as a result of his CharacterDevelopment in the second half and his manga counterpart receives a LOT ''lot'' of praise for his characterization and master-student relationship with Koyo. It also helps that Judai's manga Elemental HERO cards fix the flaws of their anime counterparts.



* RootingForTheEmpire: Yeah, Chazz is technically the "bad guy" whenever he's dueling Jaden, but by God, so many people just want to see him come out on top for once! [[spoiler:And in their final duel, he actually ''could'' have]].
* TheScrappy: Samejima/Shepard. He was SUPPOSED to be the ReasonableAuthorityFigure of Academia but his [[AdultsAreUseless uselessness]], HorribleJudgeOfCharacter, and [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom potentially disastrous]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero (and stupid) actions]] has made him the worst character in ''GX''. Even some fans ''outright'' admit that the likes of Cronos/Crowler and Napoleon/Bonaparte[[note]]often intended as HateSink characters[[/note]] are more popular than him.
* SugarWiki/SuperlativeDubbing:
** Episode 18 and 19 with Dimitri, the copycat Duelist. In the original, Dimitri was just himself and only decided he ''was'' Yugi towards the end of the Duel, but in the dub Dimitri acts like he's Yugi all along. What ''really'' sells the episode though is the absolutely {{Narm|Charm}}tastic impersonation of Dan Green's Yami Yugi that Marc Thompson delivers, taking Green's LargeHam, cranking it up, and giving a few lighthearted jabs at his mannerisms and catchphrases. The dub also re-uses parts of the original dub soundtrack as further nostalgia fuel when Dimitri makes his moves.
** In Season 2, the dub keeps Aster's father's fate a mystery until the final confrontation between Aster and his stepfather. In the original, Aster knows he's dead from the beginning, but in the dub he disappears the same night he was robbed of his best card, and Aster searches for him for the majority of the season. This ultimately ''adds'' to the horror when it's revealed his soul has been swallowed by D-HERO Plasma, and the [[NightmareFuel nightmarish sequence]] that results is completely unedited.

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* RootingForTheEmpire: Yeah, Chazz is technically the "bad guy" whenever he's dueling Jaden, but by God, so many people just want to see him come out on top for once! [[spoiler:And in [[spoiler:In their final duel, he actually ''could'' have]].
* TheScrappy: Samejima/Shepard. He was SUPPOSED is ''supposed'' to be the ReasonableAuthorityFigure of Academia but his [[AdultsAreUseless uselessness]], HorribleJudgeOfCharacter, and [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom potentially disastrous]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero (and stupid) actions]] has have made him the worst character in ''GX''. Even some fans ''outright'' outright admit that to preferring the likes of Cronos/Crowler and Napoleon/Bonaparte[[note]]often Napoleon/Bonaparte[[note]]Often intended as HateSink characters[[/note]] are more popular than characters.[[/note]] to him.
* SugarWiki/SuperlativeDubbing:
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SugarWiki/SuperlativeDubbing: Episode 18 and 19 with Dimitri, the copycat Duelist. In the original, Dimitri was is just himself and only decided decides he ''was'' ''is'' Yugi towards the end of the Duel, but in the dub Dimitri acts like he's Yugi all along. What ''really'' sells the episode though is the absolutely {{Narm|Charm}}tastic impersonation of Dan Green's Yami Yugi that Marc Thompson delivers, taking Green's LargeHam, cranking it up, and giving a few lighthearted jabs at his mannerisms and catchphrases. The dub also re-uses parts of the original dub soundtrack as further nostalgia fuel when Dimitri makes his moves.
** In Season 2, the dub keeps Aster's father's fate a mystery until the final confrontation between Aster and his stepfather. In the original, Aster knows he's dead from the beginning, but in the dub he disappears the same night he was robbed of his best card, and Aster searches for him for the majority of the season. This ultimately ''adds'' to the horror when it's revealed his soul has been swallowed by D-HERO Plasma, and the [[NightmareFuel nightmarish sequence]] that results is completely unedited.
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** One of the more prominent issues with the series is that ultimately, Jaden has to solve all the conflicts on his own. His friends will generally at best do nothing against the antagonists and at worst get [[TheWorfEffect worfed]] or [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] by them to build them up as a threat.
** The Shadow Riders were introduced as a threatening and dangerous group of villains, but only Nightshroud, Camula, and Amnael lived up to that potential. Tania was still a powerful duelist but not treated like a serious threat, Abidos and Don Zaloog only got one episode each and were pretty pathetic both as characters and as duelists, and Titan was a returning character who had been humilated before and is also beaten in one episode, embarrassing after his original duel was a two-parter.
** Blair Flannigan. After being re-introduced at the end of Season 2 and seeming set to join the main cast as a second female protagonist, she spent the first half of Season 3 just being Marcel's friend and doing nothing of importance, didn't appear at all in the second half of the season, and in Season 4 got a prominent role in just two episodes that otherwise focused on Jaden and Alexis.
** Early in Season 2, we learn that Edo Phoenix is looking for the man who killed (or kidnapped, in the dub) his father. Said man turns out to be DD, the world champion of Duel Monsters and his adoptive father, who’s been stealing the souls of duelists (including Edo’s father!) using the power of the Light of Destruction for ten years without anyone discovering him. Unfortunately, both the audience and Edo learn most of this in the same episode that he’s introduced. He’s defeated (and presumably killed) in the very next episode, reducing him to a mere agent of the season’s BigBad when his dueling ability, his heinous crimes, and his relationship to Edo could have made him a very effective [[EvilAllAlong twist villain]].

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** One of the more prominent issues with the series is that ultimately, Jaden has to solve all the conflicts on his own. His friends will generally at best do nothing against the antagonists at best, and at worst get [[TheWorfEffect worfed]] or [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] by them to build them up as a threat.
** The Shadow Riders were are introduced as a threatening and dangerous group of villains, but only Nightshroud, Camula, and Amnael lived live up to that potential. Tania was is still a powerful duelist but not treated like a serious threat, Abidos and Don Zaloog only got get one episode each and were are pretty pathetic both as characters and as duelists, and Titan was is a returning character who had been humilated humiliated before and is also beaten in one episode, embarrassing after his original duel was being a two-parter.
** Blair Flannigan. After being re-introduced at the end of Season 2 and seeming set to join the main cast as a second female protagonist, she spent spends the first half of Season 3 just being Marcel's friend and doing nothing of importance, didn't doesn't appear at all in the second half of the season, and in Season 4 got a prominent role in just two episodes that otherwise focused focus on Jaden and Alexis.
** Early in Season 2, we learn that Edo Phoenix is looking for the man who killed (or kidnapped, in the dub) his father. Said man turns out to be DD, the world champion of Duel Monsters and his adoptive father, who’s who's been stealing the souls of duelists (including Edo’s father!) father) using the power of the Light of Destruction for ten years without anyone discovering him. Unfortunately, both the audience and Edo learn most of this in the same episode that he’s he's introduced. He’s He's defeated (and presumably killed) in the very next episode, reducing him to a mere agent of the season’s season's BigBad when his dueling ability, his heinous crimes, and his relationship to Edo could have made him a very effective [[EvilAllAlong twist villain]].



** Zane/Ryo is one of the more prominent characters in the series, and his FaceHeelTurn where he [[TookALevelInJerkass took a severe level in jerkass]] is widely regarded as one of the franchise's best subplots. Too bad it's never resolved; by Season 3 he's reverted to a combination of his Season 1 and 2 personalities with no explanation or resolution whatsoever.

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** When Judai receives his half of the spirit charm from the Gravekeepers in season 1, Yasmin requests that if he finds the person with the other half to tell him she's still waiting for him. Though said wielder turns out to be Atticus, how he got the charm and his relationship with Yasmin is never explored.
** Zane/Ryo is one of the more prominent characters in the series, and his FaceHeelTurn where he [[TookALevelInJerkass took takes a severe level in jerkass]] is widely regarded as one of the franchise's best subplots. Too bad it's never resolved; by Season 3 he's reverted to a combination of his Season 1 and 2 personalities with no explanation or resolution whatsoever.



** What were [[spoiler: Jaden and Yubel off doing after they fused]]? It's implied that Jaden was gone for quite a while, enough for most people to think that he was gone for good, so what were they doing?
*** It's implied that they were going to [[spoiler:go and kick the Light of Destruction's ectoplasmic patuckus]], making this closer to OffscreenMomentOfAwesome given that it wasn't actually shown.

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** What were [[spoiler: Jaden and Yubel off doing after they fused]]? It's At the end of season 3, it's implied that Jaden was gone for quite a while, enough for most people to think that he was gone for good, so what were they doing?
*** It's implied that they were
and Yubel are going to [[spoiler:go and kick the Light of Destruction's ectoplasmic patuckus]], making patuckus at its source to extinguish it for good]], but this closer to OffscreenMomentOfAwesome given that it wasn't epic battle and fulfilment of Jaden's destiny [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome isn't actually shown.shown to us]].



** The Neo-Spacians took all the problems of the Elemental [=HEROs=] and made them worse while retaining none of their strengths; weak monsters with terrible stats and effects, the archetypes centers on a single core main deck monster being in play to summon their Fusions, and said Fusions only stick around for one turn before returning to the Extra Deck unless you have a specific Field Spell in play. No one has ''ever'' played a Neo-Spacian deck in any serious capacity (the closest thing to a viable Neos deck that existed was built around Rainbow Neos and avoided most of their support cards like the plague), and Grand Mole (and much later, Aqua Dolphin) is the only card of the series people remember or cared about for being the only monster they had that was worth using. It took well over a decade after the show's end for Konami to introduce Neos cards that made the archetype not completely terrible.
** The Cyberdarks. The series had only three main deck monsters that had terrible stats and bad effects, and their ability to power themselves up demanded players run a Dragon/Machine hybrid deck with a few specific Dragon-types. They also relied on a sub-par Fusion Monster that needed all three main deck monsters to summon, and just wasn't worth the investment. This made for a deck with very few monsters that were very weak and easily run over, and had nowhere near the power that the game-defining Cyber Dragons had. Like the Neo-Spacians, it took well over a decade for some cards like Cyberdark Cannon and Claw to help improve the power and consistency of the deck.

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** The Neo-Spacians took all the problems of the Elemental [=HEROs=] and made them worse while retaining none of their strengths; weak monsters with terrible stats and effects, the archetypes centers on a single core main deck monster being in play to summon their Fusions, and said Fusions only stick around for one turn before returning to the Extra Deck unless you have a specific Field Spell in play. No one has ''ever'' played a Neo-Spacian deck in any serious capacity (the closest thing to a viable Neos deck that existed was built around Rainbow Neos and avoided most of their support cards like the plague), and plague). Grand Mole (and and much later, Aqua Dolphin) is Dolphin are the only card cards of the series people remember remembered or cared about for being the only monster monsters they had that was were worth using. It took well over a decade after the show's end for Konami to introduce Neos cards that made the archetype not completely terrible.
** The Cyberdarks. The series had only three main deck monsters that had terrible stats and bad effects, and their ability to power themselves up demanded players run a Dragon/Machine hybrid deck with a few specific Dragon-types. They also relied on a sub-par Fusion Monster that needed all three main deck monsters to summon, and just wasn't worth the investment. This made for a deck with very few monsters that were very weak and easily run over, and had nowhere near the power that the game-defining Cyber Dragons had. Like the Neo-Spacians, it took well over a decade for some cards like Cyberdark Cannon and Cyberdark Claw to help improve the power and consistency of the deck.



* UnintentionallySympathetic: Manjoume/Chazz across the series. He starts off as a JerkJock before undergoing CharacterDevelopment into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, at which point he spends the rest of the series as a ButtMonkey, which is usually treated as deserved due to his extreme arrogance and his condescending and snarky attitude towards Judai/Jaden and his friends. However, Manjoume is genuinely a talented and skilled duelist who repeatedly proves he can keep up with the Academy's best when his opponent isn't [[InvincibleHero Judai]], he never really does anything that could be considered villainous or evil[[note]]He ''does'' throw Misawa/Bastion's cards into the water, but this is at a time when he's under massive pressure from his brothers and facing expulsion if he can't beat Misawa, so it was an act of desperation.[[/note]], and some would say that his treatment of Judai is not unwarranted, given that Judai repeatedly humiliates him in dueling despite being an IdiotHero. The result is that a character we're supposed to laugh at for being so ineffectual and arrogant comes off as pitiable because he deserves better than what the show lets him be. [[spoiler:He ''finally'' gets [[ThrowTheDogABone thrown a bone]] in Season 4, when he publically defeats Edo/Aster Phoenix and earns major chops in the Pro Leagues, ensuring he'll probably have a good career when he graduates.]]

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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Manjoume/Chazz across the series. He starts off as a JerkJock before undergoing CharacterDevelopment into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, at which point he spends the rest of the series as a ButtMonkey, which is usually treated as deserved due to his extreme arrogance and his condescending and condescending, snarky attitude towards Judai/Jaden and his friends. However, Manjoume is genuinely a talented and skilled duelist who repeatedly proves he can keep up with the Academy's best when his opponent isn't [[InvincibleHero Judai]], he never really does anything that could be considered villainous or evil[[note]]He evil,[[note]]He ''does'' throw Misawa/Bastion's cards into the water, but this is at a time when he's under massive pressure from his brothers and facing expulsion if he can't beat Misawa, so it was an act of desperation.[[/note]], [[/note]] and some would say that his treatment of Judai is not unwarranted, given that Judai repeatedly humiliates him in dueling despite being an IdiotHero. The result is that a character we're supposed to laugh at for being so ineffectual and arrogant arrogant, comes off as pitiable because he deserves better than what the show lets him be. [[spoiler:He ''finally'' gets [[ThrowTheDogABone thrown a bone]] in Season 4, when he publically publicly defeats Edo/Aster Phoenix and earns major chops in the Pro Leagues, ensuring he'll probably have a good career when he graduates.]]


** The GX anime in general was a lot better received in Japan than in English-speaking fandom, especially when it was first airing.

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** The GX anime in general was a lot better received in Japan than in the English-speaking fandom, especially when it was first airing.



** Despite having a prior episode of build-up as "the ultimate D card" and being a fusion of his two strongest monsters, Aster's Destiny End Dragoon hits the field at the end of the turn, does nothing, and is KO'd the next turn and Chazz then KO'd Aster.

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** Despite having a prior episode of build-up as "the ultimate D card" and being a fusion of his two strongest monsters, Aster's Destiny End Dragoon hits the field at the end of the turn, does nothing, and is KO'd the next turn and Chazz then KO'd Aster.defeats Aster with Ojama Yellow.



** In their first appearance, the Phantom Demons/Sacred Beasts were [[PersonOfMassDestruction cards of mass destruction]] that drain the life of lesser cards just by being summoned and have much stronger effects than their real-life cards to boot. When they reappear in Season 3, they're demoted to simply powerful cards, use their weaker real-life effects, and it takes Armityle, a FusionDance of the three, to restore them to their previous status. Later on, [[spoiler:Adrian]] brushes even ''Armityle'' aside.

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** In their first appearance, the Phantom Demons/Sacred Beasts were are [[PersonOfMassDestruction cards of mass destruction]] that drain the life of lesser cards just by being summoned and have much stronger effects than their real-life cards to boot. When they reappear in Season 3, they're demoted to simply powerful cards, use their weaker real-life effects, and it takes Armityle, a FusionDance of the three, to restore them to their previous status. Later on, [[spoiler:Adrian]] brushes even ''Armityle'' aside.



* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: In Episode 20, while Jaden, Syrus, and Chumley are scrubbing each other's backs, [[https://24.media.tumblr.com/05f0eec3d86e2f5d6b150e6b07dc92fa/tumblr_n49j43vtkE1s9gsu0o4_500.png Jaden would then realize that he's scrubbing a bear's back]] while the bear scrubs a seal. That hilarious incident was never mentioned since, and it was also cut from the dub due to partial nudity.

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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: In Episode 20, while Jaden, Syrus, and Chumley are scrubbing each other's backs, [[https://24.media.tumblr.com/05f0eec3d86e2f5d6b150e6b07dc92fa/tumblr_n49j43vtkE1s9gsu0o4_500.png Jaden would then realize realizes that he's scrubbing a bear's back]] while the bear scrubs a seal. That This hilarious incident was is never mentioned since, again, and it was also cut from the dub due to partial nudity.



*** Also, anything concerning their gender. Most fans play it safe by referring to them with gender-neutral pronouns, but there are many others who were introduced to them by 4Kids who call them a "her" at all times, which the fans who prefer he/him pronouns aren't happy about, and vice versa. Let's just leave it at that.

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*** Also, anything concerning their gender. Most fans play it safe by referring to them with gender-neutral pronouns, but there are many others who were introduced to them by 4Kids who call them a "her" at all times, which the fans who prefer he/him pronouns aren't happy about, and vice versa. [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Let's just leave it at that.]]



** The original version of [[EldritchAbomination the Light of Destruction]] stands out as one of the [[LightIsNotGood most heinous villains]] in the franchise. A celestial entity that [[OmnicidalManiac finds bliss in destruction]], this alien malevolence is revealed to be the true BigBad of the second season. Prior to the story, the entity corrupted the pro duelist, DD, into murdering the father of Edo Phoenix for the card, ''[=Destiny HERO-Plasma=]''. The Light of Destruction then had DD [[AndIMustScream trap his soul inside the monster]], before delivering the same fate to countless duelists. When possessing the fortune teller, Takuma Saio, the Light of Destruction gains access to the dangerous satellite, SORA, intending to use its [[WaveMotionGun laser]] to wipe out all life on Earth. After defeating Edo, the Light places him on top of a high scale, telling Judai that he'll fall to his death unless he gives the entity the remaining key to activate the satellite. When Judai complies, [[ILied it attempts to have Edo fall anyway]]. During its duel with Judai, the Light of Destruction states that the universe is destined to be led to destruction, and that it intends to create a cycle of constant re-creation and destruction of the universe. It then attempts to [[MindRape mentally torture]] Judai in the hopes of breaking the latter's spirit. In season 3 it is revealed to have been the corrupting influence that drove Yubel insane, having physically and mentally burned them alive for an entire decade.

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** The original version of [[EldritchAbomination the Light of Destruction]] stands out as one of the [[LightIsNotGood most heinous villains]] in the franchise. A celestial entity that [[OmnicidalManiac finds bliss in destruction]], this alien malevolence is revealed to be the true BigBad of the second season. Prior to the story, the entity corrupted the pro duelist, DD, into murdering the father of Edo Phoenix for the card, ''[=Destiny HERO-Plasma=]''. The Light of Destruction then had DD [[AndIMustScream trap his soul inside the monster]], before delivering the same fate to countless duelists. When possessing the fortune teller, Takuma Saio, the Light of Destruction gains access to the dangerous satellite, SORA, intending to use its [[WaveMotionGun laser]] to wipe out all life on Earth. After defeating Edo, the Light places him on top of a high scale, telling Judai that he'll fall to his death unless he gives the entity the remaining key to activate the satellite. When Judai complies, [[ILied it attempts to have Edo fall anyway]]. During its duel with Judai, the Light of Destruction states that the universe is destined to be led to destruction, and that it intends to create a cycle of constant re-creation and destruction of the universe. It then attempts to [[MindRape mentally torture]] Judai in the hopes of breaking the latter's spirit. In season 3 it is it's revealed to have been the corrupting influence that drove Yubel insane, having physically and mentally burned them alive for an entire decade.



** Jim "Crocodile" Cook, for being an AwesomeAussie {{Expy}} of Steve Irwin who uses the very creative Fossil deck. The deck is an EnsembleDarkhorse in its own right, as is Shirley, the enormous crocodile who rides around on Jim's back. Naturally when a poll came for which anime/manga-exclusive archetype to get printed in real life, Jim's fossil deck managed to win.

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** Jim "Crocodile" Cook, for being an AwesomeAussie {{Expy}} of Steve Irwin who uses the very creative Fossil deck. The deck is an EnsembleDarkhorse in its own right, as is Shirley, the enormous crocodile who rides around on Jim's back. Naturally when a poll came for which anime/manga-exclusive archetype to should get printed in real life, Jim's fossil deck managed to win.



** In terms of cards, there are the Sacred Beasts, in part for being cool, devilish counterparts to the Egyptian Gods that saw some success, especially Hamon for Crystal Beast players. This even extends to today, where they almost won a poll between 19 other archetypes (including ''Shaddolls and Charmers, beating out the latter and almost winning against the former''), and their success is believed by many to have given them the Structure Deck they want within the future anyways.

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** In terms of cards, there are the Sacred Beasts, in part for being cool, devilish counterparts to the Egyptian Gods (with the Beasts actually playable, unlike the Gods at the time) that saw some success, especially Hamon for Crystal Beast players. This even extends to today, where they almost won a poll between 19 other archetypes (including ''Shaddolls and Charmers, beating out the latter and almost winning against the former''), and their success is believed by many to have given them the Structure Deck they want within the future anyways.



** Hell Kaiser/Zane, Possessed Jesse, Darkness/Nightshroud Atticus and The Supreme King.

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** Hell Kaiser/Zane, Possessed Jesse, Darkness/Nightshroud possessed Atticus and The Supreme King.



* FanPreferredCouple: Despite the OfficialCouple being Judai/Yubel, many fans either prefer Judai/Asuka (aka "Fiancéshipping") on the het side, or Judai/Manjoume (aka "GX Rivalshipping") and Judai/Johan (aka "Spiritshipping") on the slash side. It also helps that despite just becoming an item with Judai, Yubel was PutOnABus for most of season 4 and when they appeared again such as the [[Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime BBT movie]], they didn't really act any lovey-dovey with him but more like a spirit advisor like the Gem Beasts to Johan, so it's easier for fans to overlook their canon status and focus on other couples.

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* FanPreferredCouple: Despite the OfficialCouple being Judai/Yubel, many fans either prefer Judai/Asuka (aka "Fiancéshipping") on the het side, or Judai/Manjoume (aka "GX Rivalshipping") and Judai/Johan (aka "Spiritshipping") on the slash side. It also helps that despite just becoming an item with Judai, Yubel was PutOnABus for most of season 4 and when they appeared appear again such as the [[Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime BBT movie]], they didn't don't really act any particularly lovey-dovey with him him, but more like a spirit advisor like as the Gem Beasts to do for Johan, so it's easier for fans to overlook their canon status and focus on other couples.



* FriendlyFandoms: ''5Ds'' and ''GX'' fans typically like each other a lot more then they would like ''ZEXAL'' and the original series fans, largely due to how they had entire seasons not dubbed by 4Kids. It's also likely because the people who quit after ''DM'' probably didn't get back in with ''5Ds'', while people who stuck through ''GX'' probably stuck through ''5Ds'' as well. And there is a massive FanPreferredCouple including the two main characters... Starshipping, anyone?

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* FriendlyFandoms: ''5Ds'' and ''GX'' fans typically like each other a lot more then they would like ''ZEXAL'' and the original series fans, largely due to how they had entire seasons not dubbed by 4Kids. It's also likely because the people who quit after ''DM'' probably didn't get back in with ''5Ds'', while people who stuck through ''GX'' probably stuck through ''5Ds'' as well. And there is Then there's a massive FanPreferredCouple including the two main characters... Starshipping, anyone?



*** Cranked UpToEleven when Koyasu reprise his role in ''VideoGame/YuGiOhDuelLinks'', contrast to his pervious performance in ''GX'', Koyasu is clearly channeling [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio]] in his [[https://youtu.be/RVClqPiUmSc voice work for Saiou/Sartorius]] this time around.

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*** Cranked UpToEleven when Koyasu reprise his role in ''VideoGame/YuGiOhDuelLinks'', where in contrast to his pervious previous performance in ''GX'', Koyasu is clearly channeling [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio]] in his [[https://youtu.be/RVClqPiUmSc voice work for Saiou/Sartorius]] this time around.



** At first, GX seems like an AffectionateParody of ''Anime/YuGiOh'', with sillier villains and more light-hearted plot of the first two seasons. Came season 3, however, and everything [[DarkerAndEdgier started to go downhill.]] This is pretty similar to ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' which came 10 years before this series, and has the [[NeverLiveItDown infamous popularity]] of being a ''horrific'' {{Deconstruction}} of robot mecha series.
*** In NGE, there are also two characters named Asuka and Rei who are interested in the protagonist, Shinji. Some differences are that NGE's Asuka is the HotBlooded, more flirty and loud-mouthed one with a red outfit and [[FieryRedhead red hair]], while NGE's Rei is soft-spoken and extremely quiet with a white-and-blue outfit, completes with [[ShyBlueHairedGirl blue hair]]. Our Asuka and Rei were probably inspired from here, albeit with the roles reversed.
*** In episode 24 of NGE, there is a new male character named Nagisa Kaworu who is immediately be able to befriend and get closer to Shinji, and their relationship switches between HoYay and downright HomoeroticSubtext. Does this sound similar to Judai and Johan? However, there are two differences in that, Johan [[spoiler: does not have a SecretIdentity like Kaworu does]] and their relationship has a much happier and more optimistic tone than Shinji and Kaworu's relationship, which ends very [[SuicideByCop messily]] and [[TearJerker/NeonGenesisEvangelion tragically]].
** For their Sun & Moon generation sets, the [[TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}} Pokemon Trading Card Game]] referred to their SuperMode variant cards as Pokemon-GX. Naturally, a lot of "Get your game on" remarks ensued.

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** At first, GX seems like an AffectionateParody of ''Anime/YuGiOh'', with sillier villains and more light-hearted plot of the first two seasons. Came Come season 3, however, and everything [[DarkerAndEdgier started starts to go downhill.]] This is pretty similar to ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' which came 10 years before this series, and has the [[NeverLiveItDown infamous popularity]] of being a ''horrific'' {{Deconstruction}} of robot mecha series.
*** In NGE, there are also two characters named Asuka and Rei who are interested in the protagonist, Shinji. Some differences are that NGE's Asuka is the HotBlooded, more flirty and loud-mouthed one with a red outfit and [[FieryRedhead red hair]], while NGE's Rei is soft-spoken and extremely quiet with a white-and-blue outfit, completes complete with [[ShyBlueHairedGirl blue hair]]. Our Asuka and Rei were probably inspired from here, this, albeit with the roles reversed.
*** In episode 24 of NGE, there is there's a new male character named Nagisa Kaworu who is immediately be able to befriend and get closer to Shinji, and their relationship switches between HoYay and downright HomoeroticSubtext. Does this sound similar to Judai and Johan? However, there are two differences in that, Johan [[spoiler: does not have a SecretIdentity like Kaworu does]] and their relationship has a much happier and more optimistic tone than Shinji and Kaworu's relationship, which ends very [[SuicideByCop messily]] and [[TearJerker/NeonGenesisEvangelion tragically]].
** For their Sun & Moon generation sets, the [[TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}} Pokemon Trading Card Game]] referred to their SuperMode variant cards as Pokemon-GX. Naturally, a lot of "Get your game on" on!" remarks ensued.



** One of the biggest mockeries regarding how ridiculously influential the card game has become in the world was the very existence of Duel Academy itself, stating it to be the biggest waste of time and money. Come late 2010’s in where there are so many terms and mechanics coupled with how long the card combos are in the real world, suddenly a school for dueling makes a lot more sense.

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** One of the biggest mockeries regarding how ridiculously influential the card game has become in the world was the very existence of Duel Academy itself, stating it to be the biggest waste of time and money. Come the late 2010’s in 2010's where there are so many terms and mechanics coupled with how long the card combos are in the real world, suddenly a school for dueling makes a lot more sense.



** A Season 1 episode features the one-shot character Mitsuo/Pierre, a gambler who uses cards that rely on coin tosses to trigger their effects, and uses Second Coin Toss to redo the toss if he fails to get the needed result. Alexis declares that the only reason he's winning the Duel with her is that he relies on Second Coin Toss to win his coin throws and without it he would have lost them all, and proceeds to destroy it and then attack for the win when he gets his last toss wrong. We're supposed to see him as a cheater and a coward, but his strategy is perfectly valid and worked very well. The only reason he lost is that he didn't use his monster's effect to try and inflict 1000 damage to Alexis, if he had taken the risk and got it right, he would have just won in two turns.
** Dimitri in his Yugi impersonation. Despite Jaden's claim that he can't be favored by the heart of the cards, he ''did'' manage to draw and use all of Yugi's ace monsters, including one of the envoys, and while Jaden wins thanks to a lucky draw, Dimitri also makes several lucky draws, including topdecking ''Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning'' on his last turn, which in most duels would be an amazing comeback. No matter what Jaden says, the idea that the heart of cards isn't with Dimitri comes off as ProtagonistCenteredMorality.
** During Jaden's duel with Zane at the end of Season 1, he repeatedly complains and insults Jaden for dueling with his head and not his heart, and Jaden is frustrated that this kind of dueling isn't working for him and Zane keeps outplaying him. Then Jaden stops the duel to have a snack and starts feeling like himself again, and is able to do much better. Thing is, Jaden actually ''was'' dueling well and even survived a hit from a Power Bond-summoned Cyber End Dragon, it's just that Zane happened to have the cards to counter Jaden's plays. Besides, a quick card count shows that by the time Jaden stops the duel for his snack, his hand is empty except for two cards he just drew, and he had only drawn two monster cards and one Fusion card since the duel began, so he had used up every card he had and was making the best plays he could. Apparently drawing a brick hand and figuring out ways to make it work means that you're "overthinking things".

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** A Season 1 episode features the one-shot character Mitsuo/Pierre, a gambler who uses cards that rely on coin tosses to trigger their effects, and uses Second Coin Toss to redo the toss if he fails to get the needed result. Alexis declares that the only reason he's winning the Duel with her is that he relies on Second Coin Toss to win his coin throws and without it he would have lost them all, and proceeds to destroy it and then attack for the win when he gets his last toss wrong. We're supposed to see him as a cheater and a coward, but his strategy is perfectly valid and worked very well. The only reason he lost is that he didn't use his monster's effect to try and inflict 1000 damage to Alexis, if he had taken the risk and got it right, he would have just won in just two turns.
** Dimitri in his Yugi impersonation. Despite Jaden's claim that he can't be favored by the heart of the cards, he ''did'' ''does'' manage to draw and use all of Yugi's ace monsters, including one of the envoys, and while monsters. While Jaden wins thanks to a lucky draw, Dimitri also makes several lucky draws, including topdecking ''Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning'' on his last turn, which in most duels would be an amazing comeback. No matter what Jaden says, the idea that the heart of cards isn't with Dimitri comes off as ProtagonistCenteredMorality.
** During Jaden's duel with Zane at the end of Season 1, he repeatedly complains and insults Jaden for dueling with his head and not his heart, and Jaden is frustrated that this kind of dueling isn't working for him and Zane keeps outplaying him. Then Jaden stops the duel to have a snack and starts feeling like himself again, and is able to do much better. Thing is, Jaden actually ''was'' dueling well and even survived a hit from a Power Bond-summoned Cyber End Dragon, it's just that Zane happened to have the cards to counter Jaden's plays. Besides, a quick card count shows that by the time Jaden stops the duel for his snack, his hand is empty except for two cards he just drew, and he had has only drawn two monster cards and one Fusion card since the duel began, so he had has used up every card he had has and was making the best plays he could. Apparently drawing a brick hand and figuring out ways to make it work means that you're "overthinking things".



** Adrian wanted to create an idealistic world, and though [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans he kills two people in the process]] ([[spoiler:Echo and Aster]]), the former willingly sacrificed herself and the latter started a Duel to protect the former, knowing the consequences of losing. Both end up [[NeverFoundTheBody presumably]] killed by Yubel.
** Camula may count, She's the {{last|OfHisKind}} of a race of vampires that were wiped out hundreds of years ago by humans who attacked them unprovoked and she sealed herself in a coffin to survive and waited for eons to be freed. She seeks to restore her race but she sacrifices The Souls of those she defeats in Duels to do so.
** Zane/Hell Kaiser. He's vicious and sadistic in Season 2, and his actions (especially the duel against Syrus) absolutely cannot be excused. On the other hand, he's ''eighteen'' and was [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil into insanity]] in the Underground, having been lured into that environment during a [[DespairEventHorizon serious mental breakdown]] that resulted from a bad losing streak and no support system. He wasn't even told [[ElectricTorture what the collars did]] until ''after'' the first time they zapped him. And by Season 3, he's dying of a heart condition. He becomes a regular [[TheWoobie Woobie]] in Season 4, because by then he's dropped the {{Jerkass}} behavior and is an IllBoy who spends the majority of his screen time in a hospital bed or {{wheelchair|Woobie}}.

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** Adrian wanted wants to create an idealistic world, and though [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans he kills two people in the process]] ([[spoiler:Echo and Aster]]), the former willingly sacrificed sacrifices herself and the latter started starts a Duel to protect the former, knowing the consequences of losing. Both end up [[NeverFoundTheBody presumably]] killed by Yubel.
** Camula may count, She's she's the {{last|OfHisKind}} of a race of vampires that were wiped out hundreds of years ago by humans who attacked them unprovoked and unprovoked, so she sealed herself in a coffin to survive and waited for eons to be freed. She seeks to restore her race but she sacrifices The Souls the souls of those she defeats in Duels duels to do so.
** Zane/Hell Kaiser. He's vicious and sadistic in Season 2, and his actions (especially the duel against Syrus) absolutely cannot be excused. On the other hand, he's ''eighteen'' and was [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil into insanity]] in the Underground, having been lured into that environment during a [[DespairEventHorizon serious mental breakdown]] that resulted from a bad losing streak and no support system. He wasn't even told [[ElectricTorture what the collars did]] until ''after'' the first time they zapped him. And by By Season 3, he's dying of a heart condition. He becomes a regular [[TheWoobie Woobie]] in Season 4, because by then he's dropped the {{Jerkass}} behavior and is an IllBoy who spends the majority of his screen time in a hospital bed or {{wheelchair|Woobie}}.


** The original version of [[EldritchAbomination the Light of Destruction]] stands out as one of the [[LightIsNotGood most heinous villains]] in the franchise. A celestial entity that [[OmnicidalManiac finds bliss in destruction]], this alien malevolence is revealed to be the true BigBad of the second season. Prior to the story, the entity corrupted the pro duelist, DD, into murdering the father of Edo Phoenix for the card, ''[=Destiny HERO-Plasma=]''. The Light of Destruction then had DD [[AndIMustScream trap his soul inside the monster]], before delivering the same fate to countless duelists. When possessing the fortune teller, Takuma Saio, the Light of Destruction gains access to the dangerous satellite, SORA, intending to use its [[WaveMotionGun laser]] to wipe out all life on Earth. After defeating Edo, the Light places him on top of a high scale, telling Judai that he'll fall to his death unless he gives the entity the remaining key to activate the satellite. When Judai complies, [[ILied it attempts to have Edo fall anyway]]. During its' duel with Judai, the Light of Destruction states that the universe is destined to be led to destruction, and that it intends to create a cycle of constant re-creation and destruction of the universe. It then attempts to [[MindRape mentally torture]] Judai in the hopes of breaking the latter's spirit.
** [[EvilOverlord Brron, Mad King of Dark World]], from season 3, is demented and sadistic, ruling the [[AnotherDimension Spirit World]] as its vile dictator and being responsible for its deplorable state and the oppression of its denizens. His [[TheDragon right-hand man]], Zure, oversaw Brron's will, detaining anyone who defied him in [[POWCamp internment camps]] while killing Duelists who could be threats to him. The executions occurred at his fortress and involved releasing monsters at disarmed Duelists while Brron himself and his minions watched the spectacle. After learning of Jaden's presence in his domain, Brron orchestrated a plot that involved turning Jaden evil by [[HeroKiller sacrificing all of his friends]] one by one with his set of "Wicked Doctrine" cards to create the "Super Fusion" card. After his defeat, Brron, before dying, spitefully mocked Jaden by saying that he would never see his friends again.

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** The original version of [[EldritchAbomination the Light of Destruction]] stands out as one of the [[LightIsNotGood most heinous villains]] in the franchise. A celestial entity that [[OmnicidalManiac finds bliss in destruction]], this alien malevolence is revealed to be the true BigBad of the second season. Prior to the story, the entity corrupted the pro duelist, DD, into murdering the father of Edo Phoenix for the card, ''[=Destiny HERO-Plasma=]''. The Light of Destruction then had DD [[AndIMustScream trap his soul inside the monster]], before delivering the same fate to countless duelists. When possessing the fortune teller, Takuma Saio, the Light of Destruction gains access to the dangerous satellite, SORA, intending to use its [[WaveMotionGun laser]] to wipe out all life on Earth. After defeating Edo, the Light places him on top of a high scale, telling Judai that he'll fall to his death unless he gives the entity the remaining key to activate the satellite. When Judai complies, [[ILied it attempts to have Edo fall anyway]]. During its' its duel with Judai, the Light of Destruction states that the universe is destined to be led to destruction, and that it intends to create a cycle of constant re-creation and destruction of the universe. It then attempts to [[MindRape mentally torture]] Judai in the hopes of breaking the latter's spirit. \n In season 3 it is revealed to have been the corrupting influence that drove Yubel insane, having physically and mentally burned them alive for an entire decade.
** [[EvilOverlord Brron, Mad King of Dark World]], from season 3, is demented and sadistic, ruling the [[AnotherDimension Spirit World]] as its vile dictator and being responsible for its deplorable state and the oppression of its denizens. His [[TheDragon right-hand man]], Zure, oversaw Brron's will, detaining anyone who defied him in [[POWCamp internment camps]] while killing Duelists who could be threats to him. The executions occurred at his fortress and involved releasing monsters at disarmed Duelists while Brron himself and his minions watched the spectacle. After learning of Jaden's presence in his domain, Brron orchestrated orchestrates a plot that involved involves turning Jaden evil by [[HeroKiller sacrificing all of his friends]] one by one with his set of "Wicked Doctrine" cards to create the "Super Fusion" card. After his defeat, Brron, before dying, spitefully mocked mocks Jaden by saying that he would never see his friends again.


* VindicatedByHistory: ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' and ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'''s issues put this series in a much better light, and people in the west look at it much more fondly than they used to. Jaden has also been looked more favorably on, especially with his relationships with Yubel and Jesse, whom he both loves dearly. It got to the point that most players of ''VideoGame/YuGiOhDuelLinks'' were excited rather than annoyed by the update that added the GX characters alongside the original series characters.

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* VindicatedByHistory: ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' and ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'''s issues put this series in a much better light, and people in the west look at it much more fondly than they used to. Jaden has also been looked more favorably on, especially with his relationships with Yubel and Jesse, both of whom he both loves dearly. It got to the point that most players of ''VideoGame/YuGiOhDuelLinks'' were excited rather than annoyed by the update that added the GX characters alongside the original series characters.



** The English dub has also become this nowadays. Back when it premiered, it was met with criticism for its edits that weren't present in the anime, and for some of the voice acting particularly Matthew Labyorteaux as Jaden Yuki. But nowadays, thanks to the popularity of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', this dub has begun to look more fondly upon since the dub leans more towards [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UVpIc81G6E meta and self-aware humor]], making it come off as sometimes a GagDub that pokes fun at itself, even during moments that are meant to be taken seriously, but still takes itself seriously when it needs to. Matthew Labyorteaux has also begun to be viewed more favorably for his role as Jaden Yuki, especially thanks to his recent voice work as the character in ''VideoGame/YuGiOhDuelLinks''.

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** The English dub has also become this nowadays. Back when it premiered, it was met with criticism for its edits that weren't present in the anime, and for some of the voice acting acting, particularly Matthew Labyorteaux as Jaden Yuki. But nowadays, thanks to the popularity of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', this dub has the fans have begun to look more fondly upon it since the dub leans more towards [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UVpIc81G6E meta and self-aware humor]], making it come off as sometimes a GagDub that pokes fun at itself, even during moments that are meant to be taken seriously, but still takes itself seriously when it needs to. Matthew Labyorteaux has also begun to be viewed more favorably for his role as Jaden Yuki, especially thanks to his recent voice work as the character in ''VideoGame/YuGiOhDuelLinks''.



** The Bio Bands and Survival Duels in the dub were originally known as ''Death Belts'' and ''Disclosure Duels'' (in Japanese, the “dis” becomes “des,” making it a pun on the word “death”). God knows why the faculty weren't tipped off to the true nature of Viper's actions when he pitched the idea in that version. ''ARC-V'' turned this into an even more accidental one with its own Survival Duels.[[note]]named as such in the Japanese version, but functionally very different.[[/note]]

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** The Bio Bands and Survival Duels in the dub were originally known as ''Death Belts'' and ''Disclosure Duels'' (in Japanese, the “dis” "dis" becomes “des,” "des", making it a pun on the word “death”)."death"). God knows why the faculty weren't tipped off to the true nature of Viper's actions when he pitched the idea in that version. ''ARC-V'' turned this into an even more accidental one with its own Survival Duels.[[note]]named [[note]]Nnamed as such in the Japanese version, but functionally very different.[[/note]]



** While the symbolism of the name is lost, it could be argued that Nightshroud is a more impressive name for a villain than simply "Darkness".

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** While the symbolism [[AnthropomorphicPersonification deliberate literalism]] of the name is lost, it could be argued that Nightshroud is a more impressive name for a villain than simply the more generic "Darkness".


* WhatAnIdiot: After giving Jaden so many hugs through the three seasons, missing Jaden and wishing for him to return, and taking his advices, Syrus is shown to still be angry at Jaden for what he has done since what happened in the third season where their friends were being sacrificed. Also, he's the only one who'd drawn a bad picture and called Jaden an idiot in the farewell note Pharaoh gave Jaden! Honestly! He could've written something nicer to show Jaden that he truly loves him!

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* NeverLiveItDown: Jaden/Judai, as the Supreme King, committed genocide.

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* WhatAnIdiot: After giving Jaden so many hugs through the three seasons, missing Jaden and wishing for him to return, and taking his advices, Syrus is shown to still be angry at Jaden for what he has done since what happened in the third season where their friends were being sacrificed. Also, he's the only one who'd drawn a bad picture and called Jaden an idiot in the farewell note Pharaoh gave Jaden! Honestly! He could've written something nicer to show Jaden that he truly loves him!


** The D, in the Japanese named "DD" for "Destiny Duelist". The dub established "The D" was an alias and gave him the proper name "Kyle Jables", take from Kyle Gass and Jack Black of ''Music/TenaciousD''.

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** The D, in the Japanese named "DD" for "Destiny Duelist". The dub established "The D" was an alias and gave him the proper name "Kyle Jables", take from Kyle Gass and Jack Black of ''Music/TenaciousD''. Appropriate, since one of the Destiny Heroes is named Captain Tenacious.


* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Jesse Anderson/Johan Andersen. The fans seem to be divided on whether he's the [[EnsembleDarkhorse best character in the entire show]] who deserves his own spin-off or a bland, spotlight-stealing Marty Stu, with not much middle ground. He has more fans than detractors though.
** Yubel. They are either seen as a very well-written, formidable villain, or just a creepy, unlikeable StalkerWithACrush. But similar to Johan, Yubel also has more fans than haters.

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