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Yu-Gi-Oh! Dissidia is a fanfiction written by Sanokal, which can be found here. It is a crossover between the first four Yu-Gi-Oh! Series in the style of Dissidia Final Fantasy, hence the title. The basic premise is that Holactie, the Creator of Light, and Zorc Necrophades have summoned three heroes and three villains from each of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series in order to battle for the fate of existence.

The main attraction of the series is the opportunity to both see interactions between characters from different series in both terms of duels and social interactions. The series itself maintains fairly consistent characterisation in terms of the characters and canon, taking aspects generally from the anime's English dubs, but also assuming many facts from the original Duel Monsters manga and a few Mythology Gags.

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A companion series, Yu-Gi-Oh! Dissidia: The Lost Files, details previews for future chapters including content from Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, and eventually Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS and potentially other fanfiction characters.


Yu-Gi-Oh! Dissidia provides examples of:

  • A Day in the Limelight: Astral has two chapters to himself; he otherwise shares his story moments with Yuma.
  • Adaptational Badass/Took a Level in Badass: Many characters in comparison to their original appearances, whether it be by skill or new cards. The only real exception is Yami Yugi. Nightshroud in particular gives Jaden a far harder time than he did previously.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The villains are often defeated more easily than in their original series prior to the final duels, though at times it's implied that they lost on purpose. Yubel, Vector, and Dartz suffer the worst of this.
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  • Beam Spam: Reshef's MO.
  • Boring Yet Practical: To a degree. Many characters use these tactics in duels, and searching cards are frequently employed.
  • Breather Episode: The second Astral chapter is easily the most lighthearted in the story, ending with a dinner held by the Madolche.
  • Calling Your Attacks: As per usual for a Yu-Gi-Oh! story. If a card has had an attack name (and sometimes even if it hasn't) in some language, it'll be there.
  • Cast Herd: Early on, most of the heroes are divided into groups for most of the fic, although these groups begin to splinter near the end.
  • The Chessmaster: Z-one, with some assistance from Goodwin and Dr. Faker.
  • Cliffhanger: On occasion.
    • The end of the heroes' battle in the Mirror Labyrinth is the most notable example, but the earliest is when Joey takes a hit from Bakura at the end of the Chazz vs. Vector chapter.
    • Yusei's final duel with Z-one has a number of characters react to the crimson wings of his Duel Runner catching their attention at the end of their final chapters.
  • Composite Character: Deck-wise, many characters use cards that they used in other mediums:
    • Nightshroud's final deck is a Red-Eyes and Darkness deck, using his Field Spell and Traps to support his Red-Eyes monsters.
    • Jaden in particular uses many of his manga counterpart's cards.
    • The Signers all acquire their Duel Dragons to use in combination with their other cards. Crow and Jack also use some of the cards their ARC-V counterpart used.
    • Yuma, Shark and Kite all use cards their manga counterparts used.
    • Averted specifically with Yugi, who only uses his cards from the anime, and with Kaiba, who does not use any of the Blue-Eyes cards from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, though he does use TCG/OCG-exclusive support.
  • Cool Bike: Yusei, Jack, Crow, Aporia and his embodiments' Duel Runners, Shark's motorcycle, and Orbital 7's motorcycle form. Rex Goodwin also uses his old Duel Runner from the anime.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Most, if not all of the duels qualify to a degree given the characters being pitted against one another.
    • Obelisk the Tormentor alone is pitted against Reshef, Quattro's Disaster Leo, and Divine Serpent.
    • The Reshef battle alone includes Abyss Splash, Black Ray Lancer, Shark Drake, Black Luster Soldier, and Magician of Black Chaos against Reshef, with Obelisk on varying sides due to Reshef's abilities.
    • The Majestic Dragons vs. the Winged Dragon of Ra, and later Shooting Star Dragon vs. Ra.
    • Pretty much every battle in Shark's duel with Vector.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Every character in the series other than Yami Bakura is this to a degree, but Jesse easily gets the worst of it.
  • Creator Thumbprint: Sanokal loves using Monty Oum-style ka fights as his own personal homage to Monty.
  • Crisis Crossover: A crossover of the various anime spinoffs.
  • Crossover: Obviously, though special mention goes to certain characters using cards that they used in the manga; the Signers in particular all obtain their Duel Dragons through various means.
  • Cutting the Knot:
    • Joey actually attempts to physically fight Nightshroud at one point.
    • When Nightshroud and Number 96 attack Jesse, Yusei, and Kite, they just completely overwhelm them rather than fight them in a ka battle.
    • When Shark tries escaping from Jakob, he just fires a lightning bolt and drives away. Jakob still catches up with him.
  • Darkest Hour: The events after the battle in the Mirror Labyrinth; the heroes are largely defeated, scattered, and severely mentally scarred.
  • Different in Every Episode: The beginning of each chapter features a rough narration of the character's current status.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Jesse winds up on this during his final duel after playing Advanced Dark.
  • Duels Decide Everything: It's explained that they do since this creates an even playing field, as per the rules of the conflict. That doesn't stop several ka battles (prolonged battles between summoned monsters like those in the Millennium World arc) from ensuing though.
  • Eldritch Location: The entire setting is technically one, but special mention goes to the Mirror Labyrinth, which plays havoc with the heroes' minds.
  • Foreshadowing: All over the place.
    • Z-one's true motives are foreshadowed over the course of the story.
    • Faker constantly watching Kite is not just due to being his father, it's because he wants to see as much of him as he can before his death, as he is unaware that Kite will be revived.
    • Number 96 talks a little like Don Thousand on occasion. Because he is Don Thousand.
  • Friendly Rivalry: A few over the course of the series in addition to those that are carried over from the main series, though they generally take a back seat to the main fights.
  • Genre Savvy: Often. Quite a few characters are well aware when their opponent will have a counterplay.
  • Giant Space Flea Out Of Nowhere: Reshef the Dark Being shows up for a single chapter in the middle of the series with no foreshadowing whatsoever.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!:
    • Frequently occurs since Sanokal tends to follow the dub in terms of theme and finds swearing in Yu-Gi-Oh! to be a little odd.
    • Hawkatana had to follow suit when he was writing the Yuga chapter for The Lost Files. Needless to say, he was not happy.
  • Guest Fighter: In The Lost Files, Yuga Senku from Yu Gi Oh Xross makes quite the Xrossover.
  • Hall of Mirrors: The Mirror Labyrinth.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Jaden ends up doing significant damage to Dartz in their duel by using Neo-Spacian Dark Panther to copy the effects of Orichalcos Shunoros.
    • Vector accidentally sends Tuner monsters to Jack's Graveyard, which results in his Red Nova Dragon having more power when it's summoned. Unlike most examples, Vector realizes as soon as he does it and holds off on using the effect of Masquerade for the rest of the match, though it doesn't help him.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: The Dragon Rulers show up as one-shot antagonists, and Chazz, the three Signers, Kaiba, Goodwin, Kite, and Joey all get new dragon cards.
  • Invincible Hero/Invincible Villain: Mostly averted.
  • Kid Hero: Yuma and Shark (the latter technically averts it too). Everyone else is in their late teens.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Frequently.
  • Loophole Abuse: Holactie and Zorc are forbidden from interfering with the conflict too extensively, but if an outside force intrudes, it's fair game. Reshef finds this out the hard way.
  • Magic Poker Equation: The series tries to avert this as best it can, but it still frequently occurs. However, examples like Shining Draw, Chaos Draw, and the Majestic Dragons are specifically absent during duels.
  • Mêlée à Trois: In the Mirror Labyrinth battle, Jaden, Yuma, and the Bujins.
  • Mood Whiplash: Frequently goes from the main heroes joking with one another to being in mortal danger.
  • Mythology Gag: Tons. The series practically runs on them almost as much as Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.
    • Crow calls Chazz "thunder boy", as a reference to his Japanese nickname of Manjoume Thunder.
    • Reshef absorbing the Egyptian Gods is taken from its first appearance in Reshef of Destruction.
    • Marik uses Viser Des and Byser Shock from the manga, rather than the censored versions seen in the anime.
    • During Chazz's duel with Sartorius, where he sees his cards as different members of the cast, he sees the Moon as Zuzu Boyle from ARC-V.
    • When Jesse activates his Pendulum Cards, he places them in his outer Spell/Trap zones ala the New Master Rules.
    • Kaiba's duel with Dartz heavily foreshadows his attitude in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions.
    • For the final duel locations; Chazz and Jaden go to the New Domino Duel Academy, Joey goes to the "Academy Tower" from the manga, Kaiba goes to the New Domino Kaiba Corp, Yusei to the Daedalus Bridge, Kite to the Dimensional Temple where Faker opened the door to Barian World, Jesse to the same tower from GX (located at one of the Earthbound Immortal control towers), Yusei to the Daedalus Bridge, Shark to the same coliseum from ZEXAL where he battled Vector, and Yugi to the Valley of the Kings, where the battle with Reshef took place.
    • Joey and Nightshroud extract their Red-Eyes cards from stone tablets in the ruined New Domino ala the Meklord Emperors and Shooting Star Dragon from 5D's.
    • Shark is chained in the Mirror Labyrinth and used for strength by Vector at one point as he was in ZEXAL.
    • Kaiba brings Obelisk back from the graveyard and sacrifices two monsters to activate its abilities as Yugi did in R.
    • The Arclight family are androids like Aporia, Paradox, and Antinomy were, and perish in the same manner.
  • Nerf: Most cards use their TCG/OCG effects, so this happens on occasion. The exceptions are the Egyptian Gods, the Numbers regarding their battle effects (and Utopia entirely), and via Loophole Abuse through changing the effect of Kyotara, Orichalcos Shunoros (which appears with its TCG/OCG effect earlier) and Divine Serpent.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Averted. Sanokal specifically cited that this would not happen in the series ala Shining Draw; when Yuma does use ZEXAL, he uses Shining Evolution on his deck prior to the duel. Even Jesse's Dark and Pendulum Cards were inserted into his deck prior to his duel with Yubel.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Yami Bakura and Nightshroud are perhaps the only villains that follow this. The others are far more complicated.
  • Odd Friendship: Kaiba gets on surprisingly well with the Signers, being orphans themselves, but he gets along enormously with Yuma, who has a case of Disappeared Dad and is a Kaiba Fanboy.
  • Only Sane Man: Astral among his group, which includes Yuma, Joey, Crow, Jaden, and Chazz.
  • Olympus Mons: The Egyptian Gods, Sacred Beasts, Dyson Sphere monsters, Rainbow Dragons, Earthbound Immortal Wiraqocha Rasca, Majestic Dragons, Shooting Quasar Dragon, Reshef, Holactie, and Zorc.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Jesse and Yusei both exhibit more anger than usual over the course of the fic, to the other characters' discomfort. Particularly in the case of Jesse after being infected by Nightshroud's darkness.
  • Out of Focus:
    • Jesse Anderson suffered greatly from this, vanishing from the fic for ten chapters – about a year out-of-universe.
    • Shark also underwent a case of this, before returning in towards the end of the fourth arc.
    • Kite is another example from the beginning of the story due to being on his own and not receiving a focus chapter until the end of the first arc. The rewrite will avert this; the Lost Files pairs him up with Zuzu.
    • Number 96 was a deliberate case, as Sanokal was uncertain as to whether he would be maintained in the series.
  • The Power of Friendship: It's Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Yuma continues to main this. Faker actually respects it, noting that it could be problematic for the more Affably Evil villains.
  • Reality Ensues: Very frequently.
    • Joey's attempt to just punch Nightshroud in the face and Crow's challenge to do the same. Nightshroud proceeded to demonstrate that he is the progenitor of another dimension for a reason.
    • Nightshroud in general tends to prove that if he wasn't bound to duel the heroes, they wouldn't stand much of a chance against him. Even the Signers' energy barriers are battered aside with ease.
    • It takes Jesse a wee while to figure out how his Pendulum Cards work, though he gets some spiritual help.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • Aside from the obvious limitations of the story being a fanfiction, certain duels have been delayed and certain cards and characters have appeared in certain ways due to their real-life release patterns.
    • A specific example were the New Master Rules, which gave Sanokal a convenient location to have Jesse activate his Pendulum Cards...
  • Rule of Cool: This is employed at times for the sake of certain monster matchups.
  • Sadist: Vector, Yami Bakura and Yami Marik are exhibit A.
  • Serious Business: Dueling, as per usual. This is discussed quite deeply on occasion by Goodwin and Aporia.
  • Scenery Gorn: The setting of the conflict is a jumbled-up mess of settings from other dimensions, including the temple that Faker betrayed Vetrix in, the ruins of the Bad Future of New Domino City, and the village of Kul Elna.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Goodwin.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The ka battles often have Monty Oum or Final Fantasy style fight scenes.
    • Nightshroud assaults the Signers' energy barriers with darkness in a similar manner to the clash between Gandalf and Sauron in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
    • Nightshroud and Number 96's attack on Yusei, Kite, and Jesse is written to come out of nowhere in a similar manner to the Red Wedding.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Zigzagged. Many characters that are guilty of this like Crow are downplayed. However, due to a larger group than most being in the story and the main plot being overseen by certain villains, some characters get more screentime than others.
  • Take That!: Sometimes, though it's generally subtle and rarely extensive.
    • Yuma gets a bit of flack thrown at him, but this is true of the canon as well. A straighter example is the conspicuous absence of Shining Draw, as it's a Scrappy Mechanic among the fandom.
    • Sanokal admitted to accidentally throwing a bit of this Yubel's way; in comparison to her more successful record in the anime, she's severely more broken here as a result of being separated from Jaden again and is constantly defeatednote . He's stated that he'll rectify this in the ARC-V rewrite.
    • Zigzagged with Vector; who appears and loses several times purely because Sanokal enjoys the character, though he drew from Vector's brutal defeat scene against Yuma quite a few times for his defeat scenes.
  • The Cameo: During Chazz's duel with Sartorius, the Shadow Game causes him to see the Arcana Force monsters as characters that they represent. Arcana Force XVIII - The Moon has Zuzu Boyle appear.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": The characters from the newer series often geek out at many from the older series. Yusei is the subject of a surprising example of this; both Faker and the Arclights are appreciative of him stabilizing Ener-D with Fortune as it allowed them to conduct more research than had been accomplished in the past.
  • The Reveal:
    • The conflict is actually a Shadow Game to decide the outcome of the battle between Holactie and Zorc during the Millennium World arc.
    • Number 96 is actually Don Thousand.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Frequently when a character is about to lose or get hit with a particularly damaging attack.
  • True Companions: With the exception of Kaiba and possibly Kite, the heroes are all extremely good friends.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: It's the first four Yu-Gi-Oh! series' main heroes and villains all fighting on the sides of Horahkty and Zorc, the two most powerful figures in the original series.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Crow vs. Primo reveals the dimension's origins.
    • The aftermath of Yuma vs. Vetrix reveals the truth of the conflict.
    • Yuma vs Number 96, where it is revealed that Number 96 has been Don Thousand in disguise the entire time.
    • Yusei vs Z-one, where Z-one reveals that he has been working to ensure victory for Holactie, as have several other villains.
  • World of Badass: Everyone is a skilled duelist, even Yuma.
  • World of Ham: To a degree. Characters like Jack Atlas, Yami Yugi, Vector, Crow, Yuma, Joey, Yami Bakura, Shark, Kite and Nightshroud are all sharing the same dimension.
  • World of Snark: There is a lot of snark being thrown around, given that it's largely based on the dub.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Chazz's main character arc, which he agonizes over despite several assurances that he's a Worthy Opponent.
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