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  • Contest Winner Cameo: Quite a few cards are designed by fans and they appear for a few episodes. Performapal Trump Witch appears to be the only lucky card that appears regularly.
  • Defictionalization: This began happening with significant frequency during the ARC-V era to cash in on nostalgia.
    • Before its official release in the card game, there was another version of the Seal of Orichalcos but there were only 15 in the entire world, used in a single special tournament by Upper Deck employees where players could duel them. And yes, their version was just as overpowered as it was in the show, which is why the legal version got nerfed.
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    • Along with the (nerfed) Seal of Orichalcos, the Legendary Dragons were released but as regular Spell Cards.
    • One thing from the various animes was the use of holograms to play the game with. Thanks to the Microsoft HoloLens and an ambitious fan, this may very well soon become reality as well.
  • Executive Meddling: The reason why Konami can't hold prize money for their tournaments is because of this trope. Kazuki Takahashi, creator and rights holder to the franchise, forbid Konami from holding prizes for their tournament since he wanted the game to be for kids, and that holding prize money for it would "be too much like gambling" in his opinion.
  • Fandom Nod: The "Twilightsworn" "Lightsworn" sub-archetype introduced in Code of Duelist is a nod towards the popular "Twilight" deck, which uses Dark monsters that have effects in the graveyard in combination with the Lightsworn's milling ability to summon monsters such as Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning and mass summon Judgment Dragon.
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    • "Cookie Cutter" was a term from the 2000's, when archetypes were largely under-developed and beatdown was the reigning strategy. The term describes how every deck looked the same, with at least half the deck consisting of "staples". It got an extended form, "CCCC", meaning "Cookie Cutter Chaos Control" after the introduction of the Envoys and before the banlist was implemented.
    • "Staples" are Boring, but Practical cards with good effects and no activation conditions, allowing them to be used in any Deck.
    • Chaos Sorcerer was nicknamed "the poor man's Chaos" due to its Common rarity, as opposed being Secret Rare like the Envoys.
    • "Boss Monster" is often used to refer to any particularly powerful monster that's tied to an archetype and has a powerful effect that makes dealing with it difficult, as well as being difficult to summon and often requiring cards from said archetype to even get it on the field. Naturally, true to the name, once it's on the field, it feels like a Boss Battle trying to get it off the field.
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    • "Solitaire decks", for decks that focus on winning turn one and not even letting the opponent get a chance to play. The name comes from the fact that, since the deck is so focused on winning turn one and not letting your opponent get a chance fight back or even play a single card that the person using it might as well be playing Solitaire instead of Yu-Gi-Oh.
    • "Beatstick" is often use to describe monsters that have a high ATK stat, are easily summoned, but don't have any outstanding effects. (or no effect at all, in the case of normal monsters)
    • "Glorified Beatstick" is also used to describe monsters that are more difficult to summon, have high attack, and do have a variety of effects... but nearly all of said effects they have really aren't that useful to justify the summoning cost, or are incredibly easy to get off the field once summoned regardless.
    • "Floater" for any card that replaces itself in card advantage, either on summon or when it leaves the field. Examples include the Gadgets which keep your hand fueled with a stream of monsters as they search each other out, or the Hands which bring out the other when destroyed.
    • "Brick" is a term loaned from poker, used to describe a hand full of unplayable cards.
    • "Trish" for Trishula, Dragon of the Ice Barrier. Partly to keep its name short, mostly because people have found it fun to treat it as a female.
    • When decks are mixed together, they often take the suffix from one group. All Shaddoll variants end with 'dolls,' (ie, Shaddolls + Plants become Plantdolls, Trains + Shaddolls become Traindolls), Lighsworn variants end with 'sworn,' etc.
    • Performages and Performapals are an exception to this; they're called Performages & Pals. Also called EM-Em among Japanese circlesnote , and Pepe among English-speakers. The latter has become the most popular.
    • Komoney has been picking up steam after the ban list where Konami not so subtly killed off all the major competitive archetypes of the early ARC-V era. It's now used frequently whenever Konami does something that blatantly "encourages" people to buy new archetypes, and only got worse after their gaming controversy. Via the BEMANI fandom, the deliberate spelling "Konmai" also appears when they make a downright stupid decision, especially related to the banlist.
    • "Win more" cards, for cards that, while not bad in their own right, require a good deal of setup that, if you could get them onto the field and/or make the most of their effects, you likely could have won without them anyways.
    • With the release of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, several fans are starting to address most of the Dueling commands with Kamen Rider jingles:
      • Summoning a Level 5 and above Monster: "Level Up!"
      • Summoning a Boss Monster: "Level Max!"
      • Summoning a Monster from the Graveyard or Banished Zone: "Continue!"
      • Gemini Summon: "Dual Up!"
      • Ritual Summon: "Batchirimina!" Explanation 
      • Fusion Summon: "Mazaru Up!" Explanation 
      • Tuning: "Tune Up!" Explanation 
      • Synchro Summon: "Limit Break!"
      • Limit Over Accel Synchro: "Maximum Drive!"
      • Overlay: "Docking!"
      • Overlay Network: "Open Up!"
      • Xyz Summon: "Xyz Charge!" Explanation 
      • Rank-Up Xyz Change: "Turn Up!"
      • Pendulum Summon: "Advent!"
      • Link Circuit: "Link Start!" Explanation 
      • Link Summon: "Buggle Up!"
      • Activating a card effect: "Kimewaza!" Explanation 
      • Activating a card effect in opponent's Turn: "Urawaza!" Explanation 
      • Activating a Field Spell Card: "Stage Select!"
      • Piercing Damage: "Critical Strike!"
    • "Trample" was commonly a nickname for the mechanic the game now refers to as "piercing".
    • Ash Blossom and Joyous Spring has acquired the nickname "Fivehead" due to her prominent forehead.
    • The Witchcraft monsters, primarily due to Witchcraft Master Verre, have been dubbed the "smug loli(s)".
    • It is not uncommon for a series or archetype, especially those used by prominent anime characters, to get new support several years after the cards were initially introduced, likely to appeal to fans that are nostalgic towards such cards and/or characters. Fans have often dubbed such cards as "legacy support", especially if they were introduced in an era much later than the one the character whose deck they support originally hailed from.
    • Cards that you want to stay in the deck for effects are often called "Garnets" in reference to the very widespread use of Gem-Knight Garnet in Brilliant Fusion engines. Gem-Knight Seraphinite is a fusion monster made up of one Gem-Knight monster and one Light-attribute monster, who allows the user to perform a second Normal Summon per turn. This effect is so valuable that many decks who already ran Light monsters and had room would add in one copy of Gem-Knight Garnet and three of Brilliant Fusion (A Gem-Knight fusion card that let you fuse a Gem-Knight using materials in your deck) in order to get Seraphinite out for combos. Garnet was almost universally ran as the token Gem-Knight, because he had the highest stats of the level 4 Gem-Knights, allowing him to be potentially useful if drawn.
    • The New Master Rules are often simply called "Master Rule 4", following on from the previous series' "Master Rule 3".
    • As the name of the next iteration of the Master Duels introduced alongside the Rush Duel format and Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS is somewhat unwieldy (Master Rules April 1st 2020 Revivison), many have taken to referring to it as 'Master Rule 3.5', since it combines mechanics from pre-New Master Rules with the New Master Rule. Others call it "Master Rule 2020", or "Master Rule 4/20", or simply just "Master Rule 5".
    • Crystron Halqifibrax is an odd example. When the card was revealed in the OCG, the name was translated as Crystron Needlefiber. People testing the card got use to that name as this card took over two years to be ported to the TCG. So while it has an official TCG name, many still call this card "Needlefiber".
    • Salamangreats is shortened to "Salads" thanks to a streamer calling it that as a joke and it just caught on. The other reason is its consistency in plays comparable to making salads, easy to use/make but boring to play/eat.
    • "Jumpmas", for the monthly period of card reveals from the OCG coinciding with the release of the V-Jump magazine.
  • Fountain of Expies:
    • The particular style of outfit Dark Magician wears has inspired an entire archetype of Magician cards, and of course he has many evolved forms.
    • In a roundabout way, it's now tradition for the protagonist's key monster to have 2500 Attack, while to parallel the Blue-Eyes, their rival's key monster has 3000 Attack.
    • Dark Magician Girl. Let's see: Magician's Valkyria, Gagaga Girl, Performapal Trump Witch, and Card Ejector.
    • The mighty Blue-Eyes White Dragon: Cyber Dragon, White Night Dragon, Red Dragon Archfiend, Borrelload Dragon, and especially Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon, most of which are played by major rivals and have equivalent attack and/or triple-fusion or Xyz variants. See below.
    • And for Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, we have Cyber End Dragon, Borrelload Furious Dragon, and Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon. (Though the latter differs in that it is a triple Level 8 material Xyz monster.)
    • One can think of Red Nova Dragon as a Expy to BEUD as well considering that just to summon Red Nova takes two Tuners, meaning he usually has 4500 or more attack.
  • Franchise Killer:
    • Allure Queen and Dark Lucius are believed to be the cards that finally murdered the LV archetype - Allure Queen for being too underwhelming in even its LV7 form, Dark Lucius for having its LV8 form be the only worthwhile form, and both for completely losing their effects if not Summoned using their lowest form, making Summoning either a slow (and often Unwinnable) grind.
    • PePe (Performage and Pals) is often regarded as the main factor for lack of Pendulum support post-ARC-V era compared to the other summoning mechanics, as well as the serious nerfing of the mechanic in the VRAINS-era, as it was an infamously broken hybrid mishmash of cards and archetypes that could abuse the Pendulum mechanic to spam out monsters at a level not even remotely seen at the time. Konami likely doesn't want to make more serious Pendulum support for fear of causing another PePe situation.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Quite many cards are this, which kind of diminishes its value a bit; but there some among these that really are worthy of its title, examples are cards that are actually sold separately in one big deluxe package: Shinato, King of a Higher Plane was this at first. Other examples are Special Summons hyped in the Animated Adaptation and The Movie, expect to only get them in special events or packed with another product of the franchise (usually a Video Game).
  • Meme Acknowledgment: Upon the reveal of a "Dragon Maid" theme in Deck Build Pack: Mystic Fighters, several fans immediately drew comparisons between it and the characters from the manga Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, who share visual similarities to the theme's monsters. Cool-Kyou Shinsha, the manga's author, posted a tweet expressing his excitement for the theme and that he was looking forward to constructing a deck with them.
  • Milestone Celebration: Ten Thousand Dragon was created to celebrate the number of cards in the game reaching the 10,000th mark. To Special Summon it, the controller must Tribute monsters they control whose combined ATK and DEF are both 10,000. If summoned this way, its ATK and DEF then become 10,000.
  • No Export for You:
    • The Anniversary Pack artwork for Dark Magician Girl was not included in the TCG release. According to most sources, this is because Kazuki Takahashi refused to edit the art for release outside Japan...until recently as part of the Lost Art Promotion, where previously edited cards were available in their unedited appearance.
    • Konami Germany has stated that the Rush Duel format will not be introduced to the TCG, and will remain Japan-exclusive for the foreseeable future.
    • Shuttleroid a -roid monster that was released in 2007 in the OCG and has never been released in the TCG
  • Old Shame: The Senet cards from Cyberdark Impact. They shared a common theme that they could do things depending on which cards are in their "column" of the dueling field — which is to say, your S/T zone behind them, and the opponent's Monster and S/T zone in front of them. Even when you could get their effects off, they weren't any good, and were a very gimmicky archetype that also resulted in the creation of a new, obscure rule, namely that cards cannot be moved from the position they were played at on the game mat. Konami later admitted that the mechanic was a disaster because no one cares about card position or moving cards around, especially for convenience with the latter. That said, the new rules introduced with Link Monsters are bringing back position-dependent game mechanics, so Konami seems to have gotten over it, probably because now card position will always matter, instead of never mattering except for when you're using a small handful of cards.
  • Recursive Import: The OCG artwork of Monster Reborn depicts an ankh, an Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol that is used as the word for "life", tying into the card's effect to Special Summon a monster from either Graveyard. However, when the card was printed in the TCG, its artwork was completely changed, as the ankh had religious connotations. Despite the change, Japanese players were frequently cited as preferring the TCG artwork of the card over the OCG one. A Japanese OCG print of Monster Reborn with the TCG artwork would eventually be released as an attendance card for the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2017.
  • TV Never Lies:
    • A common mistake by fans who grew up with the anime series is believing that, in the real-life card game, monsters that were Special or Fusion Summoned cannot attack on the turn they were summoned. This is false, and only happened in the anime as a Drama-Preserving Handicap, as most monsters summoned this way in the show are incredibly powerful; it would be hard to write plot if the protagonist or antagonist just drops in one or two turns.
    • There are a naive few who believe that cards showed in the show are the same as they are in real life. This is actually rarely the case. Usually, most cards that do pop up in the show are often rebalanced when introduced to the game, either through buffing it or nerfing it depending on the effect. In the cases where they are kept remotely similar with a few minor differences, it often causes a lot of disputes when it comes to the exact rulings of how the effects work and interact.
    • In the early days of the game, a lot of people (mostly kids) did not know that tribute summons were a thing. This is mainly due to their first experience with the game as the anime, where it's not until Battle City where the idea that you had to tribute lower level monsters came into play. Similarly, a lot of kids thought you started at 2000 or 4000 life points; the original series never really shook this off even in the later seasons.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda:
    • 2ch users created a hoax so convincing, it tricked Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! fan sites. The hoax basically stated that Lightsworn were dolls who were slaves of an evil force. This describes the Shadolls perfectly.
    • Prior to the official release of Primal Origin, there were sources depicting Starduston as a fake Duston version of Stardust Dragon. It also had a effect highly reminiscent of Stardust Dragon: During either player's turn, when a card or effect is activated that would destroy a card(s) on the field: You can Tribute this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. You can only control 1 face-up Starduston.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Konami got Kazuki Takahashi to do some artwork for several of the most iconic cards in the game. This included a very well drawn Dark Magician Girl card. However, when they requested that he censor it for an American release, he refused. As such, the card was never released outside Japan....until recently as part of the Lost Art Promotion as mentioned above.
    • According to the Duel Art artbook by Kazuki Takahashi, Magi Magi ☆ Magician Gal was originally intended to be simply another "Dark Magician Girl" art to act as a female counterpart to the anniversary art of "Dark Magician." It was later made into a new Xyz monster.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Yu-Gi-Oh! Wiki, and the forked site Yugipedia.

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