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Characters From the original series
- 100% Adoration Rating: Everyone in Duel Academy seems to respect him.
- Combat Compliment: He compliments Judai's connection with his cards, and he was in complete awe of Judai's Elemental Heroes.
- The Faceless: His eyes are never revealed in GX's time, but they are in the past.
- Famed In-Story: He's regarded as the strongest duelist with the strongest deck.
- Final Boss: To Judai in the last 2 episodes.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: When Judai is sent back in time to fight him, he had apparently just competed and won the "Battle City V2" tournament.
- He's All Grown Up: As of the Timeskip between the two series he looks just like Atem did when possessing his body. And if his bits of dialogue are be taken into consideration has become a whole lot like him in personality as well.
- Passing the Torch: The first episode.
- Sensor Character: Yubel notes that Yugi knew she was there.
- Top Five List: In a flashback many years before the series start, Pegasus told Edo that he considered Yugi as the number 1 best duelist he's ever met in his top 5 list.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Judai one.
- Batman Gambit: His deal with the elder Manjoume brothers in Turn 35.
- Expy: Kaibaman, a Duel Spirit that appeared in the first season. Though it's uncertain what their exact relationship is, what is clear is that Kaibaman has his Deck, his voice, and a very similar personality and mannerisms. The only major difference is that Kaibaman seems to be a little kinder.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: When the Big Bad Darkness was capturing everyone from Domino City into his world, Kaiba is the only name on a list that doesn't disappear.
- Sore Loser: Nothing says "I can't accept my loss to Yugi" then sectioning the school into an Elitist system with the God Card he wielded, Obelisk the Tormentor, as the top rank while the one Yugi used, Slifer the Sky Dragon, is the lowest of the ranks and ironically the Winged Dragon of Ra (which was the strongest of the God card mind you) as the average grade.
- Top Five List: In a flashback many years before the series start, Pegasus told Edo that he considered Kaiba as the 2nd best duelist he's ever met in his top 5 list.
- Big Good: He calls a lot of shots, and he has more power and influence than nearly any other recurring character.
- Character Development: Has become noticeably more composed and mature, and seems to have made peace with his wife's death. Noticeably, from what we see of his Deck, he no longer uses Sacrifice/Relinquished, which represented his dark and occultist aspects.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His two-on-one duel with Chronos/Crowler and Napoleon/Bonaparte. Even if they weren't fighting each other as much as they fought him, his Toon Kingdom made him pretty much untouchable.
- Honest Corporate Executive: He's still the founder of Industrial Illusions, but it's clear that his interest is always in making his beloved game as fun as possible. That, and saving lives; he decides to paint Rainbow Dragon personally.
- Redemption Demotion: Zigzagged; his Toon deck is no longer ridiculously broken, but his actual skills received a major upgrade.
- Secret Test of Character: His duel with Crowler and Bonaparte: he told them that the person with higher Life Points would be given a higher position in his company. The test was to see if they'd be willing to accept a lesser position if it meant winning the Duel.