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State of the Meta is a Self-Insert Fic of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX by Yung Warrior. It's currently the most popular self-insert fanfic in the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX fandom as well as the most popular Yu-Gi-Oh! GX fanfic overall.

A competitive player of the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game finds himself reincarnated as a boy who’s about to attend Duel Academy named Jamie Lancaster after dying, and living within the world of Yu-Gi-Oh. Taking his identity, Jamie proceeds to adapt to the strange circumstances and live a second life, believing he can use his knowledge of the series as well as his past life to breeze his way through life. However, Jamie soon realizes that this world isn’t completely identical to the show, and finds out that, with his presence weakening the barriers between dimensions, he’ll be in for unexpected twists after all.

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  • Adaptational Badass: Due to dating Bastion, Jasmine started to take dueling much more seriously than she does in canon, and improved her skills with him. It's noted during the second year that she became the fifth most skilled duelist in the Obelisk Blue dorm.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Downplayed with Blair. In the show, despite being an elementary school student, her grades were high enough that Banner stated she'd move to Ra Yellow in a few days and it's only due to bad luck that she got exposed as a girl. Here, she admits to struggling heavily with school material, and her plan is portrayed as being doomed from the start.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • Jasmine does not like Jamie at all and the feeling is mutual. Jasmine hates him because he has no bonds with his cards and comes off as an asshole while Jamie argues that practical dueling triumphs over bonds and that Jasmine tends to pick fights or get Hotheaded at really bad times.
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    • Sheppard also views Jamie with contempt, also disliking him for having no bonds with his cards, along with viewing him as one of Kaiba's lapdogs.
  • Adaptational Karma: In the show, Kagemaru got off with nothing but having his back accidentally broken by Jaden when defeated. Here, after losing to Jaden and Jamie, he crumbles to dust and dies upon being defeated.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Played with Tyranno Kenzan. Despite all the other anime characters having their 4kids dub names, Kenzan keeps his Japanese dub name instead of being called Hassleberry. Jamie even lampshades this, wondering why this is the case.
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
    • Both of the Truesdale's are affected by this. Zane is much less stoic than he is canon, while Syrus is an extreme pervert in the story.
    • Jaden's not that dense when it comes to romantic and sexual attraction in the story compared to canon, but unable to experience them with others due to his past reincarnation's devotion to Yubel.
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    • Kaiba is much more childish than in canon.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the show, while it turned out that Abidos the Third's opponents always lost on purpose, he was still a competent duelist and gave Jaden a tough time. Here, Alexis defeats him with no effort, and when he finds out that all of his victories were handed to him, he sobs in an undignified manner.
  • Adapted Out: Bonaparte is not present at Duel Academy even when the cast enters their second year like in canon. Jamie briefly wonders why this is the case.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: As of the second year, Jamie finds himself needing to deal with Yubel, Sartorius and The Light of Destruction, Tragoedia, and Hank Ishtar.
  • Body Surf: The true nature behind "Jamie's" existence in GX. When the main character died in their first life, their spirit took control of Jamie Lancaster's body, the spirit of the real Jamie being lost to the dimensions.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Jamie gets some of the highest grades in the school, but he rarely ever studies. Justified as, due to already going through high school in his past life, he already familiarized himself with most of the material.
  • Celibate Hero: Justified and Enforced with Jaden, since his past life as the Supreme King declares to only love Yubel, which makes him incapable of feeling romantic or sexual feelings for others.
  • Combat Pragmatist: This is Jamie's main dueling philosophy. He could care less whether to run an archetype in his deck (e.g. Jaden) or play in a straightforward and honorable way (e.g. Zane) as long he could win the duel in the most efficient way possible.
    • When Sheppard manages to pin Zane down in their duel, the latter realizes that he can't fight in the same approach took a page out of Jamie's book in order to turn the tables against his former teacher.
  • Composite Character: Zane Truesdale's personality in the GX season 1-era is basically a mix between the original and English dub depictions.
  • Clashing Cousins: Marik, Ishizu, and Odion find themselves conflicting with their cousin, Hank Ishtar.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Jamie's duel against Chazz, where the latter is utterly destroyed against him.
    • Bastion's duel against Wheeler. As soon as Bastion figured Wheeler used a beast deck, he picked what he believed to be the best counter, resulting in a duel where Wheeler never gets the upper hand.
    • Due to using his Melodious deck, a deck that's far more advanced within the timeline, Jamie defeats Camula with ease.
    • Bastion and Jamie find themselves on the receiving end of this when they duel 2 on 1 against Seto Kaiba. Despite their advantage, Kaiba wins with little difficulty, losing only 1000 life points during the whole duel.
    • When Jamie duels against Seika Kohnata and Harrington Rosewood at the same time, he defeats them with no trouble, taking only 300 damage for the whole duel.
    • Aster defeats Zane far easier than he did in canon.
    • When Yugi duels against Angmarl the Fiendish Monarch, he defeats the latter in a single turn, not taking any damage.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • As mentioned above, Kagemaru dies upon being defeated, crumbling into dust in a manner similar to Banner.
    • The aforementioned Banner doesn't have his soul survive after being defeated by Jaden like in canon, where only his body was destroyed.
  • Demoted to Extra: Downplayed, but whereas Chazz is one of the main characters in the canon series, he decides to remain at North Academy rather than come back to Central Academy, leaving him absent more often. He still has regular A Day in the Limelight chapters at North Academy alongside Jesse, but his overall presence is lessened compared to canon.
  • Didn't See That Coming: One of the sources of drama in this fanfic is the deviations in canon from what Jamie knows of the GX World and canon. When it deviates, doubly so when it can affect his life on campus, Jamie finds himself in some serious trouble. In one chapter, Jamie creates an Obelisk Force to be ready to battle off the Light of Destruction and the Society of Light, masking it as giving the Obelisks a means to remember why they are the elites of the school. But come chapter 42, everyone's deck improves tremendously, and they start to think they have the means to take on Jamie; creating more stress than he needs to deal with when the Society of Light will start up soon.
  • The Gadfly: Jamie's Melodious monsters like to embarrass him whenever he uses them by singing pop songs as they battle.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: While it starts as a straight forward Self-Insert Fic set in GX, Jamie's presence weakens the dimensional boundaries, allowing other dimensions to interact. In addition, this version of GX is not the same one he knows.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jamie tends to be rude and sarcastic, but he genuinely cares for the well being of others.
  • Love Triangle: Jamie finds himself attracted to both Alexis Rhodes and Erin Reid, who are both attracted to him as well. Eventually, Jamie starts to date Alexis while he and Erin remain friends.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: An energy wave released during the 2nd school year upgrades the decks of most of the major characters with cards from the future, the sole exceptions being Jaden, whose cards instead turned blank similar to when he lost to Aster in canon, and Jamie, who already possessed cards stronger than normal for the reality. Including giving them access to Synchro and Xyz monsters.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: "Jamie's" presence is causing the dimensional boundary to weaken, and creating tears in the fabric of reality. So long as he continues to exist, the dimensions are at risk of complete destruction.
  • No Name Given: The true name of the main protagonist has yet to be revealed, only being referred to as Jamie by both the characters and the author.
  • Odd Friendship: Chazz has one with Jesse Anderson. Even Chazz notes how strange it is for him and Jesse to get along so well considering how much Jesse reminds Chazz of Jaden.
  • Official Couple:
    • Bastion and Jasmine start dating by the end of the first semester.
    • Jamie hooks up with Alexis during summer break.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Erin gives one to Jasmine and the Obelisk Force for their hostility towards Jamie despite Jamie forming the group to help them.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Erin is the Hot-Blooded, energetic, and somewhat rebellious Red Oni compared to Alexis, whose calmer and more respectful.
  • Running Gag: Jamie denying being a Harem protagonist.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Bastion and Adam Sugihara. Bastion firmly believes that calculations and strict planning lead to victory while Adam, who uses a luck based deck, believes that the game's more fun when you leave things up to chance. Jamie notes how the two represent opposite extremes of the game.
  • Unknown Rival: The Duel Spirit Blade Knight detests Jamie for reasons unknown, yet Jamie remains entirely unaware. Its hinted Blade Knight had some connection to the real Jamie Lancaster, and is fully aware the main character is not the real Jamie, refusing to even call him such.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Zane and Jamie become this after they duel.
  • World of Snark: Nearly everybody has a sarcastic edge to them, Jamie easily being the snarkiest.

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