- Once upon a time, in ancient Japan Oh, screw it. Let's get to the card games!
Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: The Abridged Series is The Abridged Series of Yu-Gi-Oh!'s fifth installment, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. Created by Yu-Gi-Oh! Ketchup (which consists of AzzyFox and ManaDarkMagicianGirl), the first episode premiered on April 21, 2014, only two weeks after the premiere of the original show.
As of April 2017, they have released 25 episodes which covers the first 70-80 episodes of the original anime. Unusually for an abridged series, they managed to release 8 episodes before the dubbed version of the original show began airing, meaning that the series is based on the original Japanese version instead of the English dub. Visit their tumblr for more content.
Due to channel takedowns on both Youtube and Dailymotion, Azzy had posted on Vid.me until it shutdown and then they moved back to Youtube before being taken down again. Now the only way to watch them is through reaction videos.
On 17 September 2017, the series was put on hiatus due to Azzy having to focus on college. It eventually resumed on 31 December 2017. However, due to multiple takedowns on social media and Youtube over the course of 2018 and 2019 along with the presence of other commitments, Azzy finally declared the show cancelled.
This work provides examples of:
- Affably Evil: Most people from the Fusion Dimension remain polite and cheery while casually discussing their evilness. This includes Sora, Roget, and Leo Akaba (the narrator).
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In Episode 15, one of the Obelisk Force asked if it is not too late to beg for mercy before Shun attacks them.
- All There in the Manual: The creators and the other cast members reveal tidbits of information from the comments, episodic commentaries and other material such as tumblr posts and Q&As.
- Ambiguously Bi: Shun and Yuto seem to have some Ho Yay but Shun also considers Yuzu the most beautiful woman he has ever seen in his life and tries to kiss her. Of course, it could be because Shun is kinda crazy.
- In Episode 6, Yuya starts complaining in angrish about the events in the previous episode and his duel with Reiji.
- Yuzu and Masumi's Volleying Insults in Episode 10 quickly turns into a bunch of gibberish.
- Yuto and Yugo's argument on who stole who's girlfriend in Episode 12.
- Anti-Heroic Bastard: In contrast to the source material, Reiji's biological father is none other than Seto Kaiba, but he was raised by Leo Akaba as his own child and didn't know the truth until Episode 6.
- Ass Pull: Invoked.
Yami Yugi: Dude, you have a TV Tropes page, look it up.'''
- Jaden appears in episode 9 specifically because Yuya hasn't had enough Ass Pulls yet.
- In Episode 13, Yuma appears inside Yuya's head to inform him over how suddenly Xyz summoning works. Yuya even lampshaded that he just can't catch a break on the ass-pulls.
- Yami Yugi himself appears in Yuya's head (similar to the Jaden and Yuma) in episode 21 and literally BESTOWS him the power of asspulls. When Yuya asked what an ass pull is, Yami Yugi gave THIS line:
- Ass Shove:
- What Mr. Gongenzaka threats to do with his getanote if Noboru loses his match with Yuya.
- Sora also threatens to do this with his lollipop to Futoshi if he doesn't stop shaking his ass.
- Armour-Piercing Question:
- Reiji makes two on Serena in Episode 13, over why she turns people from other dimensions into trading cards if she considers it evil, and over if now that the Professor knows she's in Standard won't he try to take her back like he did before.
Reiji: Didn't think things through at all.
- Serena asks why she can't leave Academia's grounds and fight. The Professor is unable to give a good answer.
- Ax-Crazy: Shun is portrayed as mentally unstable (or as Yuto puts it: "cuckoo in the coconut") and he traps souls into children's trading cards.
- Bad Boss: Jean Michel Roger. He threatens to hit his (female) employee with a sunfish and calls Evil Security Man a buffoon.
- Berserk Button:
- Don't tell Yuzu that girls can't duel.
- Don't mention Heartland around Shun.
- Don't tell Sora that Fluffals suck.
- Don't tell Yuya you killed Toriel.
- Blah Blah Blah:
"Blah, blah, blahblitty blah, yawn."
- Sora's answer to Shun's To the Pain threat.
- Berserker! Yuya did this Episode 14.
- Yugo does this in Episode 17.
- Black Hole Sue:
- In-Universe with Sora in Episode 4. The narrator likes Sora and uses his narrator powers to bend everything to the kid's will. Makes sense once you figure out his identity.
- The narrator himself. Everyone knows he exists, he can do anything he wants so long as it's off-screen, and nobody can do a damn thing about it.
- Beware the Silly Ones: As mentioned above, Shun.
- Bishounen: Yuya. Lampshaded by Frank the Secretary when Reiji orders his personnel to spy on him and Shingo on his first encounter with Yuya.Frank: "It's because [Yuya]'s pretty, isn't it?" (Episode 2)Shingo: "You are the most beautiful creature I have laid eyes on." (Episode 3)
- Bring Me My Brown Pants: Conversed. Berserker!Yuya tells Kachidoki that shit is about to get so real that he should have worn the brown pants that day.
- Broken Pedestal: Yuya was a fan of Kyuando thanks to watching him on "If you can't answer the question, You're stupid!", until he met the real deal.
- Bond One-Liner: Kachidoki's "If you can't stand the heat, make the kitchen your bitch" is so good, Michio pops up to say he needs to remember it.
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: Mieru uses Hokuto's "stars" catchphrase before getting beaten by Tsukikage.Hokuto: And that's what happens when you steal my catchphrase.
- Buffy Speak: Each of the dimensional dragons are consistently referred to as a "Giant Dragon Thingy."
- Call-Back: Yuzu's reaction to Dark Rebellion being an Xyz monster is the same from Episode 4, and she even lampshaded.
- Calling Your Attacks:
- "Yuzu bitchslap!"
- "Kachidoki Punch! Kachidoki Thrust! Kachidoki Elbow! Kachidoki Kick!"
- The Cameo: So far, those who have appeared are Yuma Tsukumo and Astral in Episode 4 and 13, Maximillion Pegasus in Episode 7, Jaden Yuki in Episode 9 and Seto Kaiba in Episode 12. as well as Yami Yugi in episode 21 Considering that the source material has canonical cameos from previous series (and even full-on returning characters), the abundance of cameos is very justified.
- Card-Carrying Villain:
Yuya: You Fusion Dimension types are quite shameless, aren't ya.
- Downplayed. Himika specifically introduces herself as "the crazy bitch lady from LDS."
- Played all the way straight with Sora.
- Lampshaded to hell and back by Roget and Yuya.
Roget: Being evil in secret's lame. It's much more fun to be evil in plain sight!
- Cassandra Truth: In Episode 14's part one, Shun demands to Yuya an explanation on why he has his boyfriend's Dragon Thingy.Yuya: He jumped in front of an attack from another dragon from another dude who looks like me and died in my arms and now lives inside my head.
Yuya: Why everybody says that when someone tells the truth?
- Hokuto always manages to include the word "Stars" in his phrases.
- Whenever Circus Hitler appears, he often greets with "Heil Circus".
- Shun has a habit of saying "Tempting..."
- Caught with Your Pants Down: In all his stalking in Episode 4, Sora follows Yuya to the bathroom during his "alone time".Sora: Oooh, so that's how it looks after puberty!
- Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: Yuto has to constantly tail Shun in order to prevent him of causing unnecessary mayhem.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Masumi aka Fusion Girl has an.... odd view on pain.Himika: Ah, Seto. He was my highschool sweetheart. But unfortunately, his love for trading cards vastly outweighed his love for me. So I tried to get revenge the only way I know how. By buying his school! But Fusion Girl here lost in a duel against Jaden so I never got the chance.Masumi: That was the most humiliating duel of my life. And I loved every minute of it!
- Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: In Episode 14, Yuri finds Yuzu with a play of Marco Polo. Because Yuzu can't resist a good game.
- The Comically Serious: Reiji barely emotes at all, but with the silliness around him, he manages to be hilarious.
- Comically Missing the Point: In episode 12, Shun recognizes that the dialogue between Yuya and Yuto is very similar to a proposal, but somehow misses that Yuto is dying.
- Comically Small Bribe: People can be convinced to make major and/or stupid decisions by being offered food. See Food as Bribe below
- Crocodile Tears: Yuzu does this in order to manipulate Yugo into being her man-slave.
- Crossover: Justified with Zexal Abridged. Some of the cast of YugiohKetchup are also the cast of ZealtheDeal, Mana and Tyrest's Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Abridged Series.
- Cruel Mercy: Berserker!Yuya let Kachidoki live because a life of suffering is a way more satisfying punishment.
- Curse Cut Short:
- Yuya's reaction on why his duel with Strong was cut short when he could defeat him in 5 seconds in Episode 2.
- Sora's threat to Futoshi was cut short by the intro in Episode 11.
- Teppei's was short when Mieru got him and Michio to help deal with Berserker!Yuya.
- Demonic Possession: In Episode 13, Yuma shows up to inform Yuya over Yuto possessing him in order to Xyz summon. He says it's totally fine taking himself and Astral as example. Cue Astral possessing Yuma.Yuma and Astral: Death to all who opposes me!
- Demoted to Extra: In Episode 19, Yuzu lampshades it has been a while since she and Yugo got any talking scenes.
- Designated Girl Fight: Both Yuzu vs Masumi duels. After the second one, Shuzo cries because he's so proud that Yuzu won her first cat fight.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Yuto thinks Yugo destroyed Heartland because of his suggestion of changing title of his show to 6D's.
- Doing It for the Art: In-Universe. In Episode 7, Yuya decline the offer of joining MCS to be a pro, because he likes to be a casual entertainer. Circus Hitler resolves to annoy him until he accepted.
- Do Not Call Me Sir: Reiji says to Frank that he doesn't have to call him "Mr. Reiji" all the time. Frank fails to comply.
- Don't Explain the Joke: Indirectly and avoided in episode 12. The dialogue between Yuya and Yuto sounds like the latter is proposing to the former, which is exactly what Shun assumes is happening (as opposed to, you know, Yuto dying in Yuya's arms.)
- Everybody Hates Mathematics: Downplayed. Nobody enjoys the Algebra Dungeon.
- Evil Counterpart: Evil Security Man to Mr. Security Man.
- Evil Is Hammy/Softspoken Sadist: Shun eats up the scenery most of the time, but when he's being serious, he's surprisingly scary and competent.
- Expy: Reiji is called out for being a Kaiba copycat by Yuya in their duel in Episode 6. Then, it turns out that Kaiba was Himika's high school sweetheart and Reiji is heavily implied to be Kaiba's son.
- Eyepatch of Power: Subverted. Barrett losses to Reiji because he lacks depth perception.
- False Reassurance: As a fellow slacker, Jaden tells Yuya that the Algebra Dungeon is no sweat.... if you can survive the multiplication mace, the arithmetic axe and the exponent explosives.Yuya: The exponent explosives!?
Jaden: Yeah, the exponent explosives. They'll do a number on you.
- Faux Action Girl: Serena describes herself as a "strong, independent black woman who don't need no man", but has Barrett as bodyguard (who's quickly beaten by Reiji) and in the past was quickly cornered (needing Reiji to save her) and captured by the Professor's men.
- Financial Abuse: Downplayed and inverted. Since Reiji is the CEO of Leo Corporation, he has control over the family's money, which also includes Himika's.Reiji: Uh...No one is buying anything until you [Yuya] and I have a card game.
Himika: But Reiji—!
Reiji: Ok, no "but"s, or else you're going home without any allowance, Mom.
Himika: Oh, you never let me have any fun!
- Flanderization: Refreshingly Averted. Despite Shun's insanity being his main trait in his first few episodes, later episodes had him quiet down and become more serious except for a few well-placed jokes.
- Flat "What":
- Reiji after he learns that his mother and Seto Kaiba did indeed fuck in Episode 6.
- Sora after Shun casually states that a building over his head during his Villainous Breakdown in Episode 11.
- Food as Bribe:
- In Episode 6, Himika promised Reiji to get him a Starbucks' Sakura Latte (sugar-free decaf) in exchange of featuring his face for Tag-Force Special, making him forfeit his match against Yuya.
- In Episode 10, Reiji got Shun into joining him by promising him some Burger King's chicken fries.
- In Episode 12, Sora offered Yuto a cookie for information on Shun's whereabouts. Sadly, Yuto doesn't buy the cookie of death.
- Gesundheit: Yuya says this in response to Yuzu's taunt in Episode 2.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom:
- In Episode 3, Yuya's teacher had them as he told Yuya about the Algebra dungeon.
- In Episode 8, Sora got them when he was trying to convince Yuto that he is not evil.
- And of course, Berserk Mode.
- Gratuitous German: If Nico/Circus Hitler is around, expect some German words or phrases to come around.
- Great Escape: Episode 19 is about the Lancers short stay in prison and their substantial escape.
- Groin Attack: The narrator does this with a hammer to one of LDS' scientist for making fun of him and his dyslexia induced pronunciation problems.
- Homoerotic Subtext:Shun: Yuto, you're not supposed to grab my wrist! You're supposed to gingerly slip your hand into mine, and whisper words of love...
- Shun also calls Yuto his boyfriend in Episode 14.
- Episode 15 was full of this for Michio and Teppei.
- Hopeless Suitor: Shingo pretends to be one in order to get close to Yuya. While he shows his true colors soon enough (and fooled no one) he still flirts with Yuya. He does it again later, just to mess with him.
- Incoming Ham: Yugo's "Did somebody said 'Card games on motorcycles'!?" in Episode 12.
- Interactive Narrator: Circus Hitler bickers with the narrator over the right of commenting on duels; in Episode 4, Sora gets help from the narrator to stalk Yuya around and he also breaks the nuts of a guy named Greg for questioning how he refers to Leo School as LSD in Episode 2.
- As of episode 12, he's indirectly confirmed to be Leo Akaba.
- Inner Monologue: Parodied in Episode 12, thanks to Sora lampshading that everybody can hear Yuto internally monologuing.
- Insult Backfire: Michio says to Teppei that is a "freaky fish guy who is too lazy to duel" to his face. Teppei takes it as a compliment.
- Intergenerational Friendship: In this series, The Professor and Sora are buddies.
- Ironic Echo: In episode 13, Yuto says the infamous "The fun is just getting started" as he possesses Yuya to violently beat Kachidoki.
- I Say What I Say: Yuya, Yuto and Yugo start to talk in unison thanks to the magic of the split screen.Yuya, Yuto and Yugo: Don't make me use my Giant Dragon Thingy on you! Jinx! Pinch, poke, you owe me a coke! Pinch back, you owe me a six-pack!! Oh, just stop already! Both of you! [Beat] Okay.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY":
- The narrator is dyslexic and has troubles pronouncing LDS; instead he says LSD.
- In Episode 7, Yuya keeps referring "Fajitas" as "Fajittas". He seems to not see the difference.
- Roger says that his name is pronounced as "Jean Michelle".
- Jekyll & Hyde: Yaiba has two sides, a civil one that often speaks a polite manner and an evil crude one.
- Jerkass: Kyuando Eita, of course.
- Just Between You and Me: Sora tells to Yuya all about his plan of scouting Standard for Academia to invade, on how he helped destroy Heartland and how Academia has an army of thousands. But shhh, he can tell anyone or else Academia is taking him ba— Oh, goddamn it!
- Kick the Dog:
- Sora making Yuto say "Please tell me where Ruri is, oh superior Fusion user, destroyer of Xyz scum" just to not tell him anything.
- In Reiji's flashback in Episode 13, Leo Akaba just casually tells him he's adopted before sending him back to Standard.
- Large Ham: Yugo is the hammy one of the Yuya counterparts, who talks with the volume and sass of a black woman.
- Last-Second Word Swap: Teppei did this twice in Episode 15.
- Laughably Evil: Shun is dangerous and unstable, no doubt, but he's hilariously hammy about it.
- Laughing Mad: Shun indulges himself in Evil Laugh every once in a while.
- Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Lampshaded In-Universe.Mieru: You know, you're kind of cute with that stoic face.Yuya: Oh, no, no, no , no, no, no, no, no, no. You are not going to flirt with me. I already got people already pairing me with Yuzu and it's bad enough that they're also pairing me with Reiji and Shingo. I don't need another love interest.Mieru: You think that's bad? Wait 'til you meet 3 more Yuzus.Yuya: Three more what?-
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: There are all of instances where several characters does this.
- The Load: Lampshaded in Episode 14 by Frank and Reiji about Shingo.Frank: He is going to be baggage, isn't he?Reiji: Yup. Sometimes, I don't even know why I bother.
- Memetic Badass: In-Universe example seems to be Mr. Security man; the three LDS kids love him, saying he's awesome and Reiji questions his mother about how she got a trading card of him. Turns out to be a case of Informed Attribute out universe, as he's quickly worfed by Shun, offscreen.
- Metaphorgotten: In Yuto's flashback, after Yugo's escape, Shun tries to use a metaphor to cheer him up.Shun: Don't let him get to you Yuto, there's a much bigger picture: We're all small, eenie weepsie tiny chocolate chips- AHAHAHAHAHA!- on the cookie of life.
- Mood Whiplash:
- Used a few times for comedic effect in episode 11. One minute Shun and Sora are having a serious discussion about the war and what they're going to do to each other, then Shun drops a building on Sora.
- In Episode 12, Yuto and Yuya are having a serious talk about the invasion of Fusion on Xyz and the four dimensions, then Yuya saying "card games on motorcycles" summons Yugo and Hilarity Ensues. Until Yuto's "death".
- Motor Mouth: Yugo talks so fast it's amazing he doesn't get a tongue tie or requires to breath.
- Must Have Caffeine: In Episode 2, Reiji reminds to Frank the secretary that he doesn't want anything that could disturb him before he has his coffee.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: When Yuto is telling Yuzu his backstory, he claims all he has left are the clothes on his back, the cards in his deck... oh, and Shun too.
- Narrator All Along: The show's narrator turns out to be none other than Leo Akaba.
- Negated Moment of Awesome: The intrusion penalty system attacks on in Episode 14 and 15.
- No Ending: Due to the show being cancelled midway through the Synchro Dimension arc.
- No Indoor Voice: Again, Shun.
- Noodle Incident:
- Yuya lost in a Buddyfight match and had to watch Demon Lord Asmodai's dance videos for a whole day straight.
- In episode 16, apparently Yuzu walked around town naked thrice.
- Not So Above It All: Yuto, as episode 12 shows.
- Obviously Evil:
Sora: Evil? What could've possibly give you that idea? I'm just as (ominous voice, shadowy face and glowing eyes) sweet as the icing on a cake! Mwahahahahaha...
- Lampshaded by Shingo when he is introducing his flunkies to Yuya.
- After Episode 8, it's painfully obvious that Sora is evil; heck, he even left a "Polymerization" card for Yuya, saying is a gift from the dark side and inviting him to join the fun of taking over his dimension in Episode 9.
- Even after his duel with Kurosaki, which was just as enlightening as the canon duel, everyone fails to notice anything suspicious beyond the duel being awesome.
- Noboru couldn't see anything wrong with Berserker!Yuya until he screamed "I'll devour your dreams!"
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Shun taking down Mr. Security Man was such an evil, vicious thing that it have to be done offscreen.
- Once More, with Clarity!: Parodied. Yugo's version of Yuto's flashback is pretty much himself being the one kicked by a Giant Dragon Thingy for suggesting a change of name to the other's show.
- Only One Name: "First name, Yuto. Last name...Who gives a crap?"
- Only Sane Man:
- Overly Long Gag:
Shun: What is with the cockblocking in this duel!?
- Shingo's speech in episode 11.
- Shun being constantly interrupted from making his turn in Episode 15.
- Perverse Sexual Lust: Downplayed. In Episode 3, Yuzu says that Stargazer Magician is pretty hot for a duel monster.
- Precision F-Strike: Serena says the F-word and S-word when she's spot by Reiji.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Yuya freestyling an insulting rap for Shingo in Episode 11.
- Product Placement: Said by Yoko when Yuya was advertising for L'Oreal in Episode 1.
- Put on a Bus: The narrator went AWOL after episode 12 where he was revealed to be Leo Akaba.
- Recycled Premise: Lampshaded in Episode 3 where Yuya remarks that Shingo's attempt to steal his cards is "so original".
- Reality Ensues: In Episode 7, Sora reminds Yuzu that in order to Fusion summon you need a Fusion monster.
- Related in the Adaptation:
- The Reveal: Episode 12 reveals the Narrator and Leo Akaba are one and the same; although that shouldn't come off as a surprise to those who've watched the "Ask the characters" special.
- Running Gag: Shun making a "FFFFFUUUU-" face and screaming at the mention of Heartland, since Episode 10.
- Also, whenever Yuya is about to use a new form of Summoning for the first time, he is mentally visited by the Yu-Gi-Oh protagonist that represents the said Summoning.
- Jaden (Fusion)
- Yuma & Astral (Xyz)
- Also, whenever Yuya is about to use a new form of Summoning for the first time, he is mentally visited by the Yu-Gi-Oh protagonist that represents the said Summoning.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Yuya's screams are very high-pitched.
- Shun, too. See Running Gag above.
- The Scottish Trope: Apparently, using the word "gay" as an insult causes something to explode in your face. Or cause your face to explode.
- Selective Obliviousness:
- In Episode 9, the cards right out told Mieru that she would lose. She refuses to listen, twice.
- Also, Masumi refuses to believe anyone but Yuzu is responsible for the disappearances of all the characters no one gives a shit about. And Mister Security Man.
- Yuya attempts this in episode 12, waving off Sora's exposition as Sora kidding around, but Yuto corrects him.
- Split Personality: Jack has two. One based off of his english dub's Australian accent, and one based off the brain damaged version by LittleKuriboh.
- Stalker with a Crush: Reiji Akaba who has been stalking Yuya for weeks and apparently, it's because he's pretty.Reiji: Spy on him. I want to know everything about this Yuya person. I want to know where he lives, what he eats, how he sleeps, how he looks like with his clothes off, wherever or not he wipes the toilet seat. Everything.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
- Mr. Reiji "I'm not stalking you!" Akaba.
- Sora is dedicating his win for the "Fruit Salad of Friendship" because sweet and not at all evil.
- The Slacker: Yuya's reason for sleeping in class.Yuya: 'cause every Yu-Gi-Oh protagonist skips class and I must carry on their noble slacker tradition!
- Straw Nihilist: Averted with Reira. His first lines has contemplating on the philosophy and adds that he would prefer playing Pokemon to fighting in the interdimensional war.
- Take That!:
- Tempting Fate:
- Yuya says that him losing to Hokuto has the same chances of him dancing a kawaii desu dance with Yugi and Yuma. Then, cue a MMD video of Yugi, Yuma and Yuya dancing.
Reiji: There you go. Straight from the mouth of my own — What?
- Yuya dares Reiji to prove him wrong over if Reiji is Kaiba's son. Imagine Reiji's surprise when his mom reveals she did fuck with Kaiba.
Reiji: [Yuya] won't hurt a fly.
- Shun assures absolutely nobody is going to destroy Yuto in Episode 12. Too bad is the episode where Yugo appears.
- Reiji recommends to Serena to learn some peaceful manners from Yuya in Episode 13. Cut to Berserker!Yuya kicking Kachidoki's ass brutally.
- This Means War!: Yuya was conscious that Sora was evil, but was trying to make him pull a HeelFace Turn anyway; everything got real when Sora admits he always kills Toriel in his every run.
- To the Pain: Shun to Sora in episode 11. Sora is unimpressed.
- Too Kinky to Torture:
Reiji: Yay for masochism.
- Masumi considers fun "painful", and when she lost to Jaden she remembers it as the most humiliating experience of her life...and she loved every minute of it. Word of God confirmed that Masumi can be defined as "Grumpy Cat + Masochism".
- Reiji plays Spell cards that would severely damage his life points in his next stand by.
- Michio describes being shocked due to the 2000 LP penalty as "tingly" in Episode 15.
- Too Much Information: This is Yuya's reaction when Yoko explains that the story of Smile World involves her and Yusho removing clothes.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Well, more like Side Promotional Videos Always Spoil, but in the "Ask the Characters" video gives us a shaded outline for the Narrator which makes it pretty obvious who he really is if you're up to date on the original show. Or you've browsed the character pages for the original show on this very wiki.
- 20 Minutes into the Future: Instead of taking place in the far future, Arc-V here is portrayed as really close with Yuya and Yuma being cousins, Reiji being Kaiba's son and his mother attempting to get Duel Academy by dueling Jaden. So far, the only one not connected is 5Ds.
- The Unreveal: Whenever someone ask about the star in Yuya's goggles, either someone interrupts and distracts Yuya or technical difficulties happen.
- Unreliable Narrator: Yugo proves in episode 12 that flashbacks can be highly inaccurate.
- Unusual Euphemism:
- Shingo and his "darts".
- To a lesser extent, there is Dennis and his "pizzazz".
- Up to Eleven: Reiji warns Barrett that he can kick 11 types of ass.Barrett: Why 11?
Reiji: Why stop at 10?
Serena: Good question.
- Violence Really Is the Answer: In Episode 19, Yuya reinvigorates Chojiro's smile by beating him in the face with a dragon.
- Voice of the Legion: Yuma and Yuya when they're possessed by Astral and Yuto.
- Who's on First?: A bit with the "yu" sound in the names of the Yuu-boys. Especially with Yuzu and Yuya since Yuzu thinks Yuya is Yuto at the time, adding on a whole new layer of confusion.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: In Episode 2, Yuya mocks Strong's name, almost quoting the trope's name.Yuya: So what kind of parents name their kid "Strong"? It's almost as stupid as naming them "Cloud".
- Women Are Delicate: Discussed in-universe when Shingo claims that girls cannot duel. Yuzu greatly disagrees.
- Woman Scorned: Apparently, Himika's thing for buying Duel schools is result of failing to buy Kaiba's own school after he left her for his "vastly overweighting" love for trading cards.
- Younger Than They Look: Reiji receives jabs on his appearance and his age.