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A young antisocial teen receives a deck of Duel Monster cards and is thrust into an amazing adventure. How will he fair when the fate of the world rest on his shoulders.

Yugioh EQG is a Yu-Gi-Oh! and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls crossover written by Banshee531. It heavily adapts elements of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, but also contains elements of Vanguard G. It is complete.

It has a sequel, Yugioh EQG: Shadow Gates. They thought getting to the finals was the hard part, but Flash and his friends will soon learn the the true competition will soon begin. Meanwhile, dark and mysterious forces are working to destroy everything they love. Can Flash fulfil his destiny or does our world's fate belong to the darkness? It is complete.

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The third story in the series is Yugioh EQG: XX. A year has past since our heroes battle against Sombra. Now, a new threat appears in the form of a tournament. Will our heroes be able to overcome this evil, or is the peace they worked so hard to achieve gone forever?

Beware of any Late Arrival Spoilers.

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  • Adaptational Species Change: In the Equestria Girls films, Spike is Twilight's pet dog; here Spike is human just like everyone else and is Twilight's adopted little brother.
  • Adult Fear: Twilight gets trapped in a room with very little air and almost suffocates before she is saved. She ends up having to stay in the hospital for a week.
  • AI Is A Crap Shoot: The duel-bot at the Canterlot Museum, it was said that nobody had ever beaten it passed level 6. Even at level 1 it still managed to beat Scootaloo in a One Turn Kill.
  • All for Nothing: Rainbow Dash sees the Survival Duel event as a waste of time because they dueled all day but got no points at all due to Sunset winning the event.
  • Ass Kicking Equals Authority: The Black Griffons are a duel gang who follow whoever can beat their leader in a duel. Guto became leader when he beat the previous leader Grover, but after he loses to Rainbow and Gilda, Gilda is named the new leader.
  • The Bet: Cadance makes a bet with Shining Armor that if he loses to Flash when they duel then he can't go into "Overprotective Big Brother Mode" when Flash starts dating Twilight, much to the shock of Twilight and Shining. Flash does eventually beat Shining and Cadance with Twilight's help in a team duel.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The main strategy of Lyra's and The Dazzlings decks. They take control of the strongest monster on their opponent's field and make it fight for them. It turns out Lyra was this herself. The Dazzlings have magic that make whoever they beat obsessed with them, and Lyra tried copying their style to be like them, only snapping out of it after Flash beat her.
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: Flash loves his little sister Scootaloo, but nobody even knew they were related until she came home while Flash's friends were over. It turns out at their last home Scootaloo was targeted because Flash kept losing duels to people. To prevent her from being targeted again after they moved Flash told her that outside of home they don't speak to or acknowledge each other. They ended up growing apart because of this until Rarity made Flash realize how dumb that decision was.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed. Timber Spruce seems like a nice guy when Twilight meets him, but when he duels Flash he acts very heartless to his weaker monsters, constantly sacrificing them to help his stronger ones, to the point Twilight is surprised to see this side of him.
  • Born Lucky: Grand Hoof describes Flash as being this. Not only has Flash always shown enough physical skill to be an Olympian if he wished he has never even had a cold his entire life, not even the Chicken Pox.
  • But Now I Must Go: Done temporary by Flash, when he leaves home early to go solo for the last two weeks of the Celestic Cup's first round, believing it is the only way he can get enough points back in time. He leaves his phone at home so they can't track him and a letter for Twilight saying goodbye and that he'll see her in the finals.
  • Cassandra Truth: None of Flash’s friends believe him when he says he has received blank cards before that have transformed into Pendulum and Fusion cards. Twilight later believes him when she sees a blank card he receive transform into a Synchro card with him, and sees the same vision he does when his cards change.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Flash figures out that Trixie cheats in her duels by hacking into the Duel Disks of who she wants to challenge to look at their decks, then constructs a deck specifically designed to counter them. Flash sneaks two Pendulum cards into Twilight's deck to even the playing field, and this allows Twilight to win.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Cold Steel defeats Garble and two of his goons in a three-on-one action duel without taking any damage.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: As to be expected in a story based off Yu-Gi-Oh, most duels end with the winner and loser on good terms as friends.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Fluttershy is still a main member of the group and often watches duels on the sidelines with her friends, but she herself only gets one duel in the story. Mainly because she does not like competition and therefore is the only member of the main group to not participate in the Celestic Cup.
    • Celestia and Luna are the mascots of the Celestic Cup. They only appear during tournament matches to provide commentary and exposition.
  • Doorstop Baby: Both Flash and Scootaloo were left by Grandhoof's door this way, with notes that had their names and info about them.
  • Evil Knockoff: Sunset's deck has many similarities to Flash's deck. Others even call it a knockoff version of Flash's deck. Slightly downplayed though as Sunset isn't actually evil.
  • Expy: Several characters and monsters take heavy inspiration from characters and cards from both Yu-Gi-Oh Arc-V and Vanguard G.
    • Cold Steel is based on Kouji Ibuki but has a deck and duel style similar to Declan Akaba.
    • Tidal Wave is based on Jaime Alcaraz.
    • The Union monsters used by the duel-bot at the museum are based off the zords from Power Rangers and Super Sentai.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare:
    • The Dazzlings started as just three girls off the streets that dreamed of one day being adored, then Sombra let them into his ranks and gave them magic that makes anyone they defeat obsessed with them.
    • Sunset started as a poor girl with no family who built her first deck from cards in the trash. After losing her deck in a duel she improved on her own and won it back, eventually becoming the top duelist on the streets who was feared by all. Eventually Cold Steel found her, and although she was unable to defeat him several times she impressed him enough for him to recruit her into his cause against Sombra as his assistant. This is downplayed as Sunset is not actually a villain, she just acts rude to her opponents.
  • Good All Along: Cold Steel and his assistant Sunset Shimmer seem like antagonists at first, but they are actually trying to stop the real villains and have been pushing Flash to improve his skills to do so.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Flash instantly dislikes Timber because of how he flirts with Twilight and is much ruder to him than anyone else. Spike needs to spell out to Twilight that Flash is acting like that because he's jealous of Timber, but doesn't tell her why he's jealous.
  • Head Desk: Flash does this after Twilight appoints him as her Co-rep, meaning he needs to sit through all her meetings and write down her notes and ideas.
  • Healing Factor: Sunset's ace monster, Solar Flare Phoenix, has an ability that doubles Sunset's life points when it is special summoned as long as they are 2000 or lower.
  • Heroic BSoD: Twilight has one after Flash leaves on his own to make back the points he lost previously. It takes Trixie calling her out on this during a duel to snap her out of it.
  • Heroic Rematch:
    • Twilight lost to Sunset originally in the Survival Duel event, but when they have a rematch towards the end of the first round of the Celestic Cup Twilight wins and makes enough points to get to the finals.
    • It took Flash three tries before he was finally able to defeat Cold Steel.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Twilight says this when Trixie asks if the reason she's acting like a zombie is because Flash broke up with her.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Timber kisses Twilight's hand after his duel with Flash to say goodbye. This only angers Flash and he yells at Timber to get out of here.
  • Instant Awesome Just Add Ninjas: Grand Hoof's deck.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: In the beginning Flash is an anti-social boy and his distance scares off most of his classmates, but he is still shown to be his usual Nice Guy self and helps others who are being bullied.
  • Parental Abandonment: Both of Flash's parents went missing 20 years ago, which many find surprising since Flash is only 16 years old. Cold Steel eventually reveals that they were sent to the Duel Monster Spirit World.
  • Punch Catch: When Flash is attacked directly by Gizmo's Technobot LV5, Flash Heart Dragon's pendulum ability activates and automatically summons him to the field, where he stops the attack by grabbing Technobot LV5's wrist and pushing it away from Flash.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Flash Sentry and Scootaloo are siblings here, but no indication of any relation is made between them in the show or movies.
  • Social Darwinism: Timber Spruce sees the world as Alphas and Omegas, with Alphas getting the best of everything and Omegas only getting scraps. This is why he prefers using cards with high power over weaker ones.
  • Sore Loser:
    • After Garble loses to Flash, he angrily tries to tackle him instead of giving back the deck he stole from Spike. Flash flips him and tosses him aside and takes the deck back himself.
    • After losing to Twilight, Trixie backs out of her deal to return the cards she took from other duelists and runs away with a smokescreen cover, shoving Twilight in a river during her escape. She is much more graceful after losing to her a second time.
  • Stealth Mentor: Cold Steel appeared to be an antagonist early on who insulted Flash and his friends. However it was later revealed that he had constantly been testing Flash to make him develop his skills to be prepared for an upcoming threat, and has been the one to give him his mysterious blank cards. He doesn't reveal his true intentions to Flash until Flash beat him in their third duel.
  • Taking the Bullet: Flash’s Trap card “Interception” lets him have a monster intercept an attack from an opposing monster if it has more ATK than the monster that was originally targeted. The higher ATK monster flies in front of the lower ATK monster to protect it.
  • Tournament Arc: In order for Flash to qualify for the Celestic Cup he needs to win the Shooting Star Micro Tournament first. The winner of that tournament automatically qualifies for the Celestic Cup. The second half of the story covers the Celestic Cup's first round, as Flash and his friends duel various people to earn enough points to make it to the final round.
  • Worf Effect: Sunset Shimmer makes her dueling debut defeating all three Crusaders in a three-against-one duel.
    • Worf Had the Flu: She also manages to beat Twilight, Applejack, and Flash in a single match and two-on-one match respectively, but they were each already low on life points due to the Survival Duel rules.
  • You Have Failed Me: Said by Sombra after Aria and Sonata lose to Rarity and Pinkie.

     Yugioh EQG: Shadow Gates 
  • Abusive Parent: Chrysalis is very strict to her son Thorax. She makes him keep a proper figure in public, barely showing any excitement, and her teachings for him to eventually lead their country when he is King prevent him from having fun or just being a kid. What really seals this though is when it is revealed she is working for Sombra and duels Thorax when he sneaks into their base. She defeats her own son brutally and makes sure there are "no loose ends" by helping brainwash him.
  • Accidental Murder: During Flash's duel with Shadow, Flash's final attack is so powerful it not only destroys Shadow-Mech Annihilator but also blasts Shadow, tearing his robotic body apart and he slowly dies on the floor reaching for Flash. Nobody feels upset over this though, considering Shadow hurt all of his opponents himself and was helping Sombra with his Evil Plan. Everyone just cheers for Flash's win instead.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Shadow was originally a Duel-Bot that was designed to adapt to duels like a human would, but he somehow developed sentience on his own.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The main group assaults Sombra's base after the end of the Celestic Cup, and they manage to resuce Aria, Sonata, and Thorax, who were all brainwashed by Sombra. Unfortunately, the mission fails when Sombra and his followers all escape and destroy the base, leaving no evidence, Flash is critically injured and Sombra only has one card remaining to complete his deck.
  • And This Is for...: Adagio declares that her winning attack against Rarity is for her sisters.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Shining Spoon was a big fan of Flash's due to his ability to Pendulum summon and wanted to duel like him. He makes it to the finals and finally gets his own Pendulum cards, and he duels Flash in the first match of the first round of the finals.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The ultimate fate of Sombra. His body was fatally injured, but Misty Vail says that if he goes to the Duel Monster Spirit World his soul will be reborn as a Duel Monster Spirit.
  • Asshole Victim: Doom Raizer is attacked by the very duel spirits he held captive as his own personal collection. Nobody really feels that mad for whatever they do to him.
  • Become a Real Boy: Shadow is revealed to be a robot, or more specifically a Duel Bot specifically developed by Freeze Industries that could duel like a human. He somehow gained sentience and hid it from everyone except his creator, Sombra. Sombra hid Shadow away until he needed him and promised him if he helped him accomplish his goals he would grant Shadow's wish to be human.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Maud Pie and Big Mac are both quiet individuals most of the time, but once they start dueling they both suddenly become serious, loud, and talk much more often. Maud also discusses this after her duel with Flash, where she claims that the best duelist in her family is her youngest sister Marble Pie, who is even able to beat all her sisters in a three-on-one duel.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Shining Armor gets very mad when Comet Tail insults Twilight for being a girl before their match, and then makes a bet where she has to go out on a date with him if she loses. All other members in the VIP area move away from him for safety. He later tries to have Twilight forfit from the tournament to stop her from getting hurt by Adagio or Shadow. Twilight is able to convince him she doesn't need protecting by beating him in a duel.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Applejack reveals that Big Mac was the one who taught her everything she knows about dueling.
  • Big Damn Kiss: As part of their Relationship Upgrade, Twilight happily kisses Flash after he defeats Sombra, which he returns after a moment.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Spiral Vector Dragon blasts a hole through Shadow-Mech Annihilator's head.
  • Cain and Abel: Cold Steel idolized his older step-brother Sombra from the stories he heard of him as a kid, but now he is working to stop Sombra and protect the world and spirit world from him. The two brothers finally duel in chapter 44, with Sombra defeating Cold.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: Thorax finally gives one to his mother Chrysalis when he and Spike face her. Saying that a true King must think of his subjects first and himself last, doing otherwise makes them a tyrant, like Sombra and herself. He also says once he beats her he's taking the throne of Changeland and will rebuild it the right way, with the lessons he learned from his friends.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Grable and his two lackies sneak into the finals after knocking out Cloak N Dagger and stealing his Pendulum Cards and challenge Flash to a 3 on one duel. They also rigged their duel disks to give them the exact same opening hand to trap Flash in an unesacable lock. Flash breaks the lock by summoning a new Xyz monster to clear their fields and eliminates all three in just one hit, greatly injuring them in the process.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Everyone but Applejack and Apple Bloom are surprised when Big Mac uses a machine deck, expecting him to use a plant deck like his family.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Flash faces Shadow in the finals of the Celestic Cup, but there is still Sombra to deal with afterwards.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: During the final battle, Sombra is somehow able to televise every duel that happens in the Crystal Tower all over the world, every screen and every channel playing the duels that decide the fate of the world.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Shadow wears a cloak with a hood covering his face when he is first introduced. During his duel with Rainbow the cloak is blown off him in a powerful attack, revealing he looks almost exactly like Flash. After the duel he puts his cloak back on but leaves the hood down.
  • Driven to Suicide: After losing to Rainbow again, Lightning is about to fall off a ledge when her chamber breaks apart. Rainbow grabs her and tries to pull her up but Lightning refuses her help, preferring to fall to her death than be saved by Rainbow, and forces Rainbow to drop her. Subverted as she survives and is shown later.
  • Easily Forgiven: Flash damaged his connection with Chaos Command Dragon due to his own anger and attempting to force the Xyz monster to obey him. He later repairs their connection and earns Chaos Command Dragon's forgiveness just by giving a sincere apology.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Adagio wants revenge on Rarity and Pinkie for defeating her sisters.
  • Everyone Can See It: Several people can tell that Flash and Twilight have feelings for each other, while the two of them won't spit it out or are unaware of their own feelings. Sombra can tell that Flash is in love just by looking in his eyes, and Cadance needs to spell it out to Twilight that she's in love with Flash before she realizes it herself. Once they get together in the end, nobody is surprised and Applejack just comments "it's about time."
  • Evil All Along: Chrysalis had been invited to watch the finals of the Celestic Cup by Cold Steel, but it turns out she's been working for Sombra the entire time she was there.
  • Evil Costume Switch: After it is revealed that Queen Chrysalis has been working for Sombra she begins wearing a cloak like Shadow and his other followers wear.
  • Evil Doppelgänger: Shadow is revealed to be one for Flash. When his cloak is blown off during his duel with Rainbow everyone is shocked to see he looks almost exactly like Flash. This is because he is a robot and Sombra designed him to look like Flash to be his "perfect" version.
  • Evil Former Friend: Lightning Dust, while in the previous story had just become a card thief, has now joined Sombra's followers; cutting all ties with Rainbow Dash from their previous friendship.
  • Evil Is Petty: Flash calls Sombra's motive for his entire plans, that is being mad that Flash's mom Misty Vail married Trail Blazer instead of him, the "stupidest reason to turn evil ever".
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Right before Spike is eliminated from the two-on-one duel against Chrysalis he tells Thorax that once he beats Chrysalis and becomes King to maybe consider a knighthood for him.
  • Freudian Excuse: Shadow has a wish that Sombra promised to grant him if he succeeds in helping him. Shadow wishes to become human, instead of just a robot designed to act like a human. But as Flash said, he doesn't deserve to have that wish granted after all the pain he's caused people just to achieve it.
  • Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: Fluttershy realizes that ever since the failed invasion of Sombra's lab, and realizing Lightning Dust is working for him, Rainbow has grown scared and has forgotten the reason she duels. She has been rushing through and making mistakes trying to win quickly before her opponent can use their best cards, instead of having fun facing strong opponents and enjoying herself. She knocks her back to her senses by beating her in a duel and showing her all the flaws she's making.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Years ago Cold Industries tried to create a Duel-Bot that could adapt to duels the same way a human could. They succeeded, but that machine somehow managed to gain sentience on its own, and hid it from everyone but his creator Sombra, who it saw as its father. That Duel-Bot was Shadow.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: It turns out Sombra was jealous of his little stepbrother Cold, believing that he would inherit Cold Industries because he was their parents biological child, and was jealous of Trail Blazer for marrying Misty Vail, seeing it as a betrayal by both of them.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: During the first semi-final match between Applejack and Flash. Applejack uses a trap, Lasso Tasso, to stop Chaos Command Dragon from attacking and lowers its attack points by 500. But, Flash uses an Action Spell card, Slight of Hand, to transfer the effects of the trap to Applejack's Orchid Sheriff, lowering its attack points to 2300 while returning Chaos Command Dragon's to normal. Since Chaos Command Dragon was able to attack four times, there was now a big enough difference to wipe out the rest of Applejack's life points, something that wouldn't have happened if she didn't use her trap.
  • I Am Not My Mother: Thorax is scared of becoming like his mother Chrysalis after learning she is working for Sombra, and hates the Changeling Drone card because he views it as an evil card made by evil people. Grand Hoof and Cold Steel help him realize that he can still be different from his mother and use Changeling Drone for a different purpose than what it was made for.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Prince Thorax is excited to come and watch the Celestic Cup finals because it gives him a chance to sneak away from the spotlight and just do what normal kids do for fun, like eat pizza and duel someone, instead of constantly being prepared to lead his people.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Spike tries to get through to the brainwashed Thorax during their duel. Thorax fights the brainwashing during the final turn and begs Spike to help him.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Discussed. When Sombra asks Flash how it would feel if the girl he loves chose somebody else over him, Flash admits it would hurt but he would still support her final decision; as opposed to Sombra, who saw his crush, Misty Vail, marrying somebody else as a betrayal and grew angry at them both.
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: Comet Tail is upset that he lost to Twilight, a girl, in the first round of the finals; especially after making several sexist comments before and during the duel.
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: Just as Twilight is about to tell Flash she loves him, under the advice from Cadance, Flash’s phone goes off, interrupting her.
  • It's All About Me: Sombra was Happily Adopted into a nice family that cared for him and he could have had anything he wanted, but he let his own greed and jealousy get the better of him and betrayed his friends. All he cared about when his little stepbrother Cold Steel was born, was that he could no longer inherit the family company and it would go to Cold when he was old enough, and he grew worse when Misty Vail married Trail Blazer instead of him.
  • Jerkass Façade: Everyone is surprised when Sunset Shimmer suddenly starts being nice to them, like when she checks on Rarity after she lost her match and warns them to be careful when facing Adagio and Shadow. Twilight thinks Sunset was only being a jerk before to make sure they wanted to duel her.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Shadow's deck has monsters from the Extra Deck that all have the ability to reduce the attack points of the monster they are attacking to zero if it is the same type of monster as them (Fusion against Fusion, Synchro against Synchro or Xyz against Xyz).
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Doom Raizer assisted Sombra with gathering Ener-D by capturing duel spirits and draining them of their Ener-D, treating them like his own collection. After his duel with Sunset and the Crusaders the duel spirits break free and attack their captor.
  • Lawful Evil: In-Universe, Sombra reveals that he and the Doom-Vader’s are this. The Doom-Vaders were created by an unknown force to save the Spirit World from violent wars by conquering the world themselves. After their defeat the fighting continued for centuries. Sombra now seeks to free them and help them complete their mission, as well as allow him to conquer his own world so he can rule it and make it free of war and crime.
  • Legion of Doom: Sombra has several followers working with him against the group, all of which they have encountered previously. His comrades besides Shadow and The Dazzlings are Chrysalis, Lightning Dust and the Film-Flam brothers.
  • Like Father, Like Son:
    • Sombra says this himself. Stating Flash would help him with his plans just like his father did.
    • Both Sombra and Shadow (who calls Sombra his father) were defeated when Flash used his abilities to create a brand new card in each of their duels that was key to defeating them.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Prince Thorax has spent his whole life being groomed to take the throne one day, and has never had any real friends or got to do any fun activities.
  • Lover, Not a Fighter: Vinyl describes Octavia this way. Octavia's dueling style involves no attacking, instead she uses effects to force her opponent to discard cards from their deck until they lose via deck out.
  • Me's a Crowd: Once everyone assault's Sombra's lair they discover hundreds of androids that all look exactly like Shadow. Cold guesses they are backup bodies for the real Shadow.
  • Moment Killer: Right when Twilight is about to confess her love to Flash, Flash’s cellphone goes off and interrupts her.
  • Motivational Kiss: Twilight kisses Flash before he goes to face Sombra, as an extra incentive for him to win.
  • My Death Is Only The Beginning: Shadow is blown apart by Flash's final attack during their duel, but before he dies he warns Flash that this is only the beginning.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Flash's anger at Garble and his goons and attempting to force his connection to Chaos Command Dragon caused Chaos Command Dragon to angrily resist due to Flash only wanting to use him as a weapon and the damaged connection created Flash's Super-Powered Evil Side that takes over whenever Flash summons Chaos Command Dragon. This remained until Flash fixed the connection and earned Chaos Command Dragon's forgiveness.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Sombra’s ego had him broadcast the duels in the Crystal Palace around the world and he brags about it when he faces Flash. Once Flash realizes this, he knows that not only are his friends cheering him on, he is able to tell the whole world to slow down the Shadow Gate by using its connection with the Duel Monsters Spirit World to call their ace monsters. Then the whole world is able to destroy the crystals that have grown and slow the Shadow Gates opening.
  • Nightmare Sequence:
    • Rainbow Dash has a nightmare after her duel with Shadow, being chased by Shadow-Mech Xyz Bot, and Rainbow Assault Wing Platinum being destroyed when he tries to save her.
    • Thorax has a nightmare where he is running from bugs and runs to his mother for safety, only for her to turn into Changeling Queen and then change him into Changeling Drone, turning him into an evil monster like her.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: The first time Flash activates his super-powered evil side he uses his Pendulum Xyz card Chaos Command Dragon to attack Garble and all his goons directly at the same time, even though they tried to surrender. All three of them end up scorched alive and fall to the floor smoking.
  • Oblivious To Hatred:
    • When Timber meets with Flash at the party before the finals he acts like the two of them are old friends, despite their argument during their duel and Flash's rude behavior to him throughout their first meeting. Throughout their conversation Timber misses the obvious hints that Flash does not like him and does not want to be near him.
    • Trail Blazer and Misty Veil both considered Sombra to be their friend, but Sombra felt resentment for both of them because he felt betrayed that Misty Veil ended up marrying Trail Blazer instead of him. This causes them both to be shocked when Sombra decides to sacrifice them both to begin the return of the Doom-Vaders.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Flash Sentry, normally a Nice Guy who never so much as insults anyone, not even the rare few he doesn't like, suddenly becomes angry and violent during his three-on-one duel with Garble and his goons, shouting insults and threats at them. This is the first instance he is in his Super-Powered Evil Side.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: More of a jerk than a villain, but this applies to Comet Tail. He clearly doesn't think much of Twilight, or girls in general, and makes a bet with Twilight that if he beats her she has to go on a date with him. After beating him, Twilight tells him to grow up and stop looking down on girls.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: In the Crusaders and Sunset vs Doom Raizer duel, both sides suffer this to an extent. On one hand the good guys manage to defeat Doom Raizer and free all the duel spirits he had been holding captive, but their duel inadvertently gave Doom Raizer the Ener-D that Sombra needs to summon the last card he needs for his deck and continue his plans, but on the other hand Doom Raizer successfully sends Sombra the Ener-D produced in the duel, but he is immediately attacked by the freed duel spirits, and is presumably killed when his lab comes down around him.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: This happens to Flash in his Super-Powered Evil Side
  • Red Herring: Cold and Sunset are on the lookout for potential allies and anyone working for Sombra during the finals. They suspect that Cloak N Daggers could be working for Sombra due to his suspicious nature and victories through sneak attacks. It turns out he participated in underground duels, but isn't connected to Sombra at all. Cold only realizes this after Cloak was ambushed by Garble and his cronies before his duel with Flash and got his Pendulum cards stolen.
  • Relationship Upgrade: By the end of the story Flash and Twilight have become a couple, to nobody's surprise.
  • The Reveal: All 32 finalists are revealed, as well as their placement and total points.
  • Robotic Reveal: During the finals, it is revealed that Shadow was a robot, or more specifically a duel-bot, the whole time.
  • Shout-Out: Shadow's monsters, Shadow-Mechs, are based on Transformers. The chapter they are introduced in even shares the Tag Line of the series, which Flash title drops, "more than meets the eye." Shadow's best card, Shadow-Mech Annihilator, is even an expy of Unicron.
    • The first time Shadow uses Shadow-Mech Annihilator he doubles its attack points to 10,000. Flash, watching in the audience, screams "It's over 9,000!"
  • Side Bet: Twilight's first opponent in the finals, Comet Tail, is a sexist jerk who makes a bet with Twilight that if she loses to him she has to go out on a date with him. Twilight wants him to do something for her if she wins, but doesn't say what until after the match. After beating Comet, Twilight says she wants him to stop looking down on girls.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Several siblings duel each other:
    • Pinkie and Maud duel during the first round of the finals. Maud wins.
    • Twilight duels Shining Armor when he wants her to forfeit before the third round, because he doesn't want her to get hurt. She defeats him and proves to him she can take care of herself because she's not a little girl anymore.
    • Applejack and Big Mac duel in the third round of the finals. Applejack wins, the first time she's ever beaten her brother.
    • Cold and Sombra finally face each other during the final battles in the Crystal Tower. Sombra brutally beats Cold, and leaves him bleeding on the ground as a warning to the others.
  • Split Personality: Twilight thinks Maud might have one that takes over during duels, the normally calm and quiet Maud suddenly becomes loud and serious.
  • Stunned Silence: This is the crowd's reaction when Flash goes way overkill in defeating Garble and his two lackies and ended up hurting them.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Flash shows to have one when fighting Garble and his lackies. In it, his eyes turn red, he becomes more violent and insulting, and even yells at his monster.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Every finalist has done this thanks to being given Pendulum cards as a reward for making it this far in the tournament.
    • Tidal Wave is given new cards to beta test a new mechanic for Ritual monsters called "Ritual Evolution."
    • After the finals end, Cold gives Pendulum cards to Fluttershy, Spike, and the Crusaders when they agree to help Flash and the others face Sombra.
  • Tournament Arc: This story continues where the pervious left off, with Flash and the others now in the final round of the Celestic Cup. The tournament ends with Flash defeating Shadow in the finals.
  • Tragic Villain: Shadow was a Duel-Bot that was programed to adapt to duels the same way a human would, but somehow gained sentience on his own. He hid this from almost everyone, out of fear that they would experiment on him. He only revealed it to his creator Sombra, who he trusted above all else. Sombra was convinced Shadow was alive, so he scrapped the project and hid Shadow away in the deepest server of Freeze Industries. Shadow dreamed of being human as he slept and when Sombra woke him years later he promised to fulfill that dream if Shadow helped him. So Shadow became a ruthless duelist that hurts his opponents in battle, all to one day be human.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Garble and his goons try to surrender to Flash once it becomes clear he's about to annihilate them all at once in one turn. Flash however doesn't accept their surrender and continues with his attack.
  • We Can Rule Together: Sombra tries to get Flash to change to his side by showing him that under his rule there will be no war or conflict in their world or the spirit world. Flash refuses though, stating that living under his rule instead of being free would be no better.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Despite the attempts of Cold, Flash, and their friends, Sombra is eventually able to gather enough Ener-D to summon all the cards he needs for his Doom-Vader deck, then manages to summon his Crystal Tower to eventually open the Shadow Gate.
  • You Have Failed Me:
    • Adagio gets punished for losing to Twilight just like her sisters were punished previously. It is revealed they were all brainwashed as punishment and lost their freewill.
    • All of Sombra's "shields" suffer this during the final battle. Because they lost their duels and know too much about Sombra's plans he keeps them imprisoned in the tower instead of ejecting them like the losers normally are.
    • Sombra is on the receiving end himself. After losing to Flash, The Doom-Vaders try to pull him into their dark prison for failing to keep his end of the deal.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Flash's reaction when he hears Sombra's backstory, and his whole motivation for his plan basically amounted to (or at least started because) he was mad Misty Vail married Trail Blazer instead of him.
    Flash: You've gotta be kidding me! That's the stupidest reason to turn evil ever!
  • You're Insane!: Thorax says this to his mother Chrysalis when he finds out she's working for Sombra with Shadow. Accusing her of not doing this for their country, just so she can rule a bigger country.
  • Zerg Rush: Flash and the others encounter hundreds of androids that all look like Shadow in Sombra's lair. Although they are not as skilled as the real Shadow, due to not having his Extra Deck monsters, their greater numbers soon become a problem for the others when they just keep coming at them, throwing one powerful monster after another at them.
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  • Affectionate Nickname: Flash calls Flurry Heart, his goddaughter, squirt while playing with her.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Spitfire was a pro soccer player for years before she eventually suffered an injury that ended her career. She did not let this discourage her though, and she returned to her old boarding school, where she started as the English teacher and soccer couch before eventually becoming the principal.
  • Cool Uncle: Technically Flash is Flurry Heart's godfather, not her uncle, but he still says that he loves Flurry and happily babysits her for Cadance, saying that with Twilight away in France someone needs to do all the fun aunt and uncle stuff with her.
  • Covered in Gunge: Soarin accidentally trips over a chair and sends his breakfast flying, which lands on an unfortunate Rainbow Dash.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Flash meets Sunburst this way, accidentally bumping into him in the hallway at school.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Flash's team have trouble determining a name for their team, so Spike suggests being called "The Flashers" since Flash was the founder of the team. This name is turned down due to its Unfortunate Implications, and Shining Armor gives them the temporary name "Team Still Unnamed", much to the three's embarrassment.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The opening for the first chapter shows Flash and his friends gathered at the opening ceremony of the Double X Tournament with their respected teams before showing the events of what happened that led up to this. This shows that all of them will eventually form their teams together and qualify for the tournament.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: While watching Rainbow and Flash's training duel, Soarin starts to get jealous when Flash gets several reactions out of Rainbow that he himself hasn't, like getting a playful smirk out of her or getting her to use her best card against him.
  • Honor Before Reason: During a training duel, Rainbow attacks Flash's strongest monster on the field when she could have won the duel by attacking one of his weaker monsters. All her friends say she wants to face Flash at his best and know she thinks the duel is too much fun to stop now.
  • The "I Love You" Stigma: Averted; Flash casually tells Twilight he loves her at the end of one of their video chats, and she says it back to him.
  • Luminescent Blush: Rainbow blushes when Soarin praises her for helping to save the world, and his unsure why she is when she has been praised before.
  • Nerd Glasses: Twilight stopped wearing contacts during the Time Skip and started wearing glasses after Flash said that she looked cute in them.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Although Flash loves dueling he has grown bored with it over the last year because there has been no challenge ever since he saved the world from Sombra and the Doom-Vaders. He is constantly challenged by cocky hotshots who want to beat the Celestic Cup Champion, with none giving him the same satisfaction he felt a year ago. He finally gets out of his slump and feels a satisfaction again when Tempest Shadow not only gives him a challenge, but defeats him handily and tells him about the Double X Tournament.
  • Playing with Fire: Sunburst uses a Fire deck, with many effects relying on him drawing Fire monsters or how many are on the field.
  • Reality Ensues: Spike suggests asking Thorax to join his and Flash's team as their third member. but Rarity points out that a king who is busy trying to manage a country and pull it out of recession won't be able to drop everything just for a duel tournament.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Spitfire gives Rainbow and Soarin permission to form a team for the Double X Tournament, but makes a few ground rules for their third teammate, stating any teams they are part of must have finished their seasons already and need to be caught up on all their work. If they can meet these requirements though then she agrees to fill the necessary paperwork.
  • Ship Tease: Rainbow and Soarin are given a few moments together.
  • Taken for Granite: Tempest Shadow's Dominators have the ability to "dominate" any monster weaker than them, turning the monster to stone until the end of the opponent's turn.
  • Time Skip: One year has passed since the events of the last story. During that time Flash and his friends have changed their appearances slightly, Rainbow has changed schools, and Twilight is studying abroad in France.
  • Victory Is Boring: Flash still loves dueling but after saving the world from Sombra and the Doom-Vaders nothing else has been a challenge to him and he has begun to grow bored. Many young duelists challenge him almost everyday, hoping to defeat the Celestic Cup Champion, but none of them give him the same challenge he experienced before. He is actually overjoyed when he loses to Tempest Shadow and is told about the Double X Tournament, since he finally has a challenge again and a way he can improve.

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