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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.
  • 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 recent tornado disasters in the Midwest.
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    • It's been suggested that this is also the reason why the Arcadia Movement was never followed up on, due to a recent at the time scandal of slavery and physical abuse in Japan involving the Roma Sophie Association cult, and thus the series' creators doing their best to avoid anything cult-related.
      • Likewise, fans believe the writers hit the Reset Button on Carly's romance with Jack because her voice actress, Li-Mei Chiang, was discovered to be a part of said cult.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Crow was intended to be a villain, and the Final Boss of the Dark Signer arc. However, his Blackwing cards in real life sold very well, so he was quickly rewritten as a protagonist and worked in the story as such. This resulted in Rua's role in the story being reduced, and the intention for him to get his Signer Dragon and become the Fifth Signer was dropped until the end of the series so Crow could be the Fifth Signer.
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    • In 2015, news came out that the reason for a lot of the plot changes made in Season 2 could be attributed to the same, strange reason. Li-Mei Chang, Carly's season one voice actress was discovered to be a member of the Roma Sophie Association, a dangerous cult that was under investigation in Japan at the time, which led to her being fired and the production staff panicking to cover up anything that might make the series seem pro-cult. Thus, Yliaster was retconned to being founded not by mystics in the past but time travelers from the future who went back to the past, Carly's entire arc was excised and she was Demoted to Extra, and the Psychic Duelists, who were actually a cult, simply vanished without explanation, leaving poor Aki without a plot of her own for the majority of the second season.
    • 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 as Kallen for their similar appearance.
    • 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.
  • Jossed:
    • A rather memorable one was the popular theory about Rex being the Fifth Signer. Jossed in Episode 57 when it was confirmed that his brother, Rudger, originally had the Head mark. Interestingly the joss doesn't last long, as Rex takes on the Head for himself in Episode 62. Along with all the other birthmarks.
    • The more epic joss came much later when Z-One's identity was revealed to be a random scientist guy who took on Yusei's image, not Yusei himself. Fans were bitter.
  • 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.
  • Reality Subtext: At the time of the show's airing, the Roma Sophie cult was grabbing some headlines in Japan. Carly's voice actress, Li-Mei Chiang, was connected to them, which led to her being fired. This influenced the near-complete jettisoning of any occult aspects from the series after the Dark Signer arc.
  • 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: During season 2's production, Carly's season one voice actress, Li-Mei Chiang, was discovered to be a member of the Roma Sophie Association, a real-life cult that was at the time under investigation by Japanese authorities. This lead to her being fired, and the production staff panicking by making the series seem less pro-occult.
  • 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.
    • For never explained reason, 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.
  • Troubled Production: In season 2, the writers had to contend with The Movie siphoning off the production staff's most talented people, having to do a gigantic block of filler episodes to make up for the previous, Konami executives forcing rewrites to promote cards that were soon to come out, real-life events forcing more rewrites, Aki's voice actress requesting time off for her wedding, resulting in the character being Demoted to Extra, and more. While this season is generally considered inferior to the first for obvious reasons, many fans, once the full story broke, expressed amazement that the writers managed to resolve everything even semi-satisfactorially.
  • 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.
    • Mukuro Enjo was apparently a teammate of Yusei and Aki, and won the Pegasus J. Crawford Cup Trinidad Riding Duel Grand Prix with them in Z-One's original timeline!
    • It was originally planned for Rua to get his Signer Dragon during the Dark Signer arc.
  • 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.

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