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  • Actor Allusion:
  • Anime First: While the original Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZeXal both had a manga before the anime, 5D's took the GX route and did not get one until over a year after the anime premiered.
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  • Bad Export for You: Present in the Tag Force games, wherein the export removes the voiced content and has glitches not present in the Japanese version (such as in Tag Force 5, where the Machine Emperor's summoning cinematic won't register in the photo gallery).
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Notable examples of celebrities starring in this show are actor/singer Yuya Miyashita as Yusei and model/actress Ayumi Kinoshita (who's better known as Marika 'Jasmine' Reimon/Deka Yellow) as Aki.
  • Channel Hop: Despite both Duel Monsters and GX being a huge hit in Latin America, Nickeloden decided to cut off their contract with Konami (apparently, this was beacuse they weren't seeing any money from merchandise sales so they didn't saw the point in airing the series anymore) so 5D's had to air on ZAZ, another children's channel in the region. Sadly, ZAZ wasn't available in many cable operators and 5D's became a huge flop in the region. The dub only lasted 52 episodes before being cancelled.
  • "Common Knowledge": Fans have long circulated theories accepted as fact to justify certain divisive plot changes and character decisions, none of which hold water under an information check. As noted by this Reddit post:
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    • The most commonly given reason for why Aki was Demoted to Extra after the Dark Signers arc is that her voice actress, Ayumi Kinoshita, got married shortly after recording and had a child around this time, thus her character was downplayed so that she could spend more time with her family. However, she got married in 2012, three years after Aki had already become Out of Focus, and had her first child in 2014, meaning that Aki's lack of focus was entirely on the writers and not because of her actress.
    • Similarly, the main reason accepted as fact for why Carly was also Demoted to Extra and turned into comic relief after the Dark Signers arc is that her voice actress, Li-Mei Chiang, was discovered to be in the Roma Sophia Cult, a self-proclaimed psychic cult notorious for abusing women, and she was fired and the plot thus changed away from anything fantasy-related and the Arcadia Movement to hard sci-fi to avoid association with it. In reality, by the time the Roma Sophia was caught in 2010, 5Ds had already introduced sci-fi elements, written out the Arcadia, and sidelined Carly as a character, and the episodes introducing Yliaster and the World Riding Grand Prix were produced and released well beforehand.
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    • It's also commonly believed that Crow was originally supposed to be the Final Boss of the Dark Signers arc, and the real reason he became a main character was solely Executive Meddling because of how popular his Blackwings deck was. None of this has been verified; the idea he was supposed to be a villain came from a single misinterpreted comment from an artist who drew fanart of what he would look like as a Dark Signer, Konami did not particularly promote the Blackwings deck or push out as much support for it as they did for others, and the likely real reason for Crow's promotion was director Katsumo Omo's personal fondness of him.
  • Contest Winner Cameo: Yusei's Drill Synchron and Drill Warrior, Aki's Splendid Rose, Jack's borrowed Demon Chaos King, Ruka's Rose Bird, and Rua's Deformer Cleanen are all winning fan-created designs.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Both Rua and Lucciano are voiced by women.
  • Distanced from Current Events:
    • The tornadoes Placido created in his duel with Yusei are completely absent in the dub, due to the then recent tornado disasters in the Midwest.
  • Executive Meddling: In the manga version, the initial planning stage would have given Yoshi, Crow's younger brother, a twin sibling of his own, but the idea ended up scrapped when the editorial decision dictated that said twin sibling was unnecessary. This was revealed in an omake dedicated to Yoshi.
  • Fan Nickname: Nearly every character has one, as do some inanimate objects and plot devices. See its section on the Fan Nickname page for more.
    • Probably the most famous is 'Crabhead' or the phonetic "Yousay" for "Yusei". The fact that an insert song is called Yousay may or may not be a Shout-Out to the fan name.
    • Some people called out Aki Kallen for their similar appearance. Though one could argue she's got some CC in her as well.
    • Game Sue and Hat Guy for the main character of the various games, because he usually takes the place of an established character (such as Crow in Over the Nexus) and sidelines the rest so that you can be the one to beat the bad guy.
    • "Bitchboots" for Placido, because of his Combat Stilettos.
    • "Fudo bitchslap", for the times when Yusei and his dad use Get A Hold Of Yourself Man.
    • "Rexpositions" for Godwin's role as Mr. Exposition.
    • Carly's Dark Signer self is commonly referred to as "D-Carly".
    • "The Tenors" for Yliaster, thanks to their Theme Naming.
    • Robo-Shrimp. Random Hobo Z-One and Best Yusei Cosplayer. All for Z-One.
  • I Knew It!: One of the many Epileptic Trees surrounding the Tenors, and was revealed to be true in the anime, was that the three are the same being, each of them representing a period in the life of the same person. They are, and they do, and that person is Aporia.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: For the dub version, since 4kids lost the license to it. Thanks in part to no DVD dubbed releases outside of a few Australian DVDs and the online streaming episodes at Toonzai and Hulu that may be removed.
  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.":
    • In America, Reverse Of Arcadia, one of the video games that roughly follows the entire Dark Signer arc, was released before the last four episodes of said arc were dubbed. This spoils Divine's second death, Rex becoming a dual Signer, and the entire DS finale for dub watchers. Oops.
    • Not to mention the Heart birthmark, which Rua would receive over a year later in Episode 142. note 
    • Dark Signer Godwin appeared in WC 2010 months before they did in the English anime, as well as a few minor characters in early Season 3. The same goes for Crashtown Kiryu in Tag Force 5.
  • Meme Acknowledgment: This little image on 4Kids' site references CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES!
  • No Export for You:
    • The OVA, which debuted the game's new Buster (Assault Mode in the TCG) cards.
    • 4Kids has now chosen to skip dubbing Episodes 111-122, and to not dub any episodes after 136, so they can move on to Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL. This leaves a lot of questions unanswered, such as the identity of the being who gave Yusei his Shooting Star Dragon, and what the Divine Temple (Ark Cradle in the Japanese version) actually is. The prior episode skipping also means Jack simply pulls Red Nova Dragon out of his ass with no explanation during the duel with Team Ragnarok. Luckily, 4Kids has indicated they will release the undubbed episodes subtitled on Hulu.
  • Out of Order: In the dub's airing on the CW, the CW skipped over the episodes 36-41. Therefore the dub watchers missed out on Yusei's recovery, Carly's death, Carly becoming a Dark Signer, Divine disappearing and thought to be dead, Misty's first appearance, the Aracadia Movement building getting wrecked, and Aki's Heel–Face Turn. Since they skipped over many important plot twists and details, many viewers were left confused.
    • Of course, anyone with access to YouTube could easily watch them, and 4Kids did air these episodes on their website.
    • They did it again by skipping over episodes 111-122 straight to Team 5D's duel with Ragnarok, leaving confusion as to how Team 5D's made it to the semi finals, how Jack obtained Red Nova Dragon and Sherry's disappearance.
    • Tag Force 6 debuted waaay back in 2011. Neither hide nor hair has been seen of an English release.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
    • We know that Yusei and Kiryu are friends. And they were best friends before the bad stuff happened to Kiryu. Their German voice actors are Wanja Gerick and Tommy Morgenstern, who voiced Krillin and Son Goku, respectively.
    • In the English dubbed version, thanks to 4Kids Entertainment recycling their actors a ton, we have Yusei as Tristan, Jack Atlas as Bakura, Ushio as Yami, and (early on) Rex as Grandpa. Aki's VA is also Mai Valentine's Season 4 voice, and the Dark Magician Girl (notice a trend?).
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Very late in the series, Carly's season one voice actress, Li-Mei Chiang, was discovered to be a member of the Roma Sophie Association, a self proclaimed psychic cult that was at the time under investigation by Japanese authorities, due to the cult leader and his wife physically abusing a member who'd been forced into setvitude. This led to her being fired and severe changes to the plot.
  • Screwed By Network Collapse:
    • While the original Japanese airings avoided this, getting a consistent time slot and never going on hiatus, the dubbed American airings weren't so lucky. First appearing on the CW Saturday morning block, its timeslots constantly changed around, airing as early as 7am or as late as almost noon. It also went on hiatuses often, and refused to air certain episodes due to sensitive content. Finally CW stopped airing it since DM proved to get better ratings. 5D's did a Channel Hop to Cartoon Network, but its problems didn't end there. Episodes aired at 8am on weekdays, a time when most of the target audience would be attending school. New episodes updated randomly and one had to check the 4kids website to find the latest episodes. Oh, and streaming episodes are only available for Americans. And then the 8AM timeslot was reserved for reruns of Pokémon. Back to the CW.
    • Due to a major lawsuit filed by TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems for a debt exceeding $4.5 million, 4Kids had to stop the dubbing process in its tracks and file bankruptcy. It's a rare, wild case where a network didn't exactly screw the program- they lost the rights and resources to air it. Though others say the decision not to dub the rest of the episodes was made by 4Kids independent of the lawsuit so they could move on to dubbing ZEXAL.
  • She Also Did: Misty's Japanese voice actress, Junko Minagawa, has been well know for her work in voicing other characters in many other anime and other media, including Ryoma Echizen, Ion Fortuna, Ada Wong, Sailor Uranus, Joan of Arc, Oz Vessalius and Cornelia li Britannia.
  • Talking to Himself: In the dub version Harald and Jack are voiced by the same person, Ted Lewis, and spend pretty much the entire Ragnarok exposition episode like this.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Carly's Japanese VA from Episode 130 onwards was replaced, due to an unrelated issue that caused her to quit.
    • Crow's voice switched from Christopher C. Adams to Tom Wayland starting in Episode 94.
    • Rua (Leo) and Ruka (Luna) were both originally voiced by Cassandra Morris from episodes 12-64, but are now voiced by Eileen Stevens from episode 65 onwards and the 10th anniversary movie after Morris moved away from New York to California and unable to constantly travel between both States.
    • The Latin American Spanish dubs of this iteration of the ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' franchise and everything related to it were done in Colombia instead of Mexico due to monteray reasons. The Duel Monsters and GX dubs were made in Mexico due to Konami having the money thanks to Nickelodeon. 5D's didn't have the extra funding so they had no to choice but to move the dub to Colombia, where dubbing is cheaper.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In Takahashi's original design notes for Crow he's more of a Team Rocket figure, described as constantly trying to steal Yusei's D-Wheel and always failing (and then eventually befriending Yusei at some point).
    • To add to the above, one of the writers have confirmed that Crow was intended to be the final boss of the Dark Signer arc, getting possessed by Earthbound Immortal Wiraqocha Rasca, thus explaining his deck's DARK-Winged Beast theme and serious power - it was intended as a Purposefully Overpowered deck for a villain.
    • The original fifth signer and his dragon.
    • It was originally planned for Rua to get his Signer Dragon during the Dark Signer arc, likely during his one and only duel. Why it has changed is unknown, but it has been suggested that Crow was inserted into that plot instead when the original idea for him was scrapped.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Yu-Gi-Oh! Wiki, which also forked to Yugipedia, a Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wiki, and another Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wiki.
  • Word of God: Lots of interesting details never shown in canon are only talked about in staff blogs and twitters. Here is a list of some of them, though this link is now dead.
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