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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Internet killjoys.
      Kaiba: I'm busy flagging YouTube videos to compensate for the fact that I have an extremely small penis.
    • Heterosexuals, homosexuals, cross-dressers, furries, bisexuals, asexuals, and pretty much anyone with a sexual orientation/interest (or lack thereof) that attention can be called to.
    • 4Kids Entertainment in general gets bashed in almost every episode due to their rampant censorship and cheesy scripts. Ironically, 4Kids themselves are actually quite fond of the series, and this is reciprocated on LittleKuriboh's end.
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  • Accidental Innuendo: Episode 12 had Kaibazilla from Joey's nightmare stating, "If you think [my size] is huge then you should see my ego." Several thought or like to believe that Kaiba was referring to his genitals.
  • Adorkable: At least two people have mistaken Yugi for a baby panda, including the spirit that possesses him regularly.
  • Awesome Ego:
    • Seto Kaiba. The exaggeration of his ego is rivalled only by the exaggeration of his awesomeness. And he knows it.
      I am on a drug: its called SETO FREAKING KAIBA!!!
    • The Pharaoh. Deconstructed in episode 70.
  • Better Than Canon:
    • How some feel about the abridged series, with all the hilarious dialog and constant lampshading making the original look boring and nonsensical by comparison (even more so if you think the 4Kids dub was already bad). Some fans unofficially consider TAS the "definitive" version of the YGO anime, which may be one reason why Konami started officially exporting the uncensored Japanese version of the actual series (as a possible attempt to break its Animation Age Ghetto and "narmy bowdlerization" stigma), to the point that TAS and the official anime cross-promote each other.
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    • This show also gave characters like for example Tristan who in the original show was considered a Flat Character more personality.
    • Not to mention most people prefer to call Yami Bakura Florence and calling Yami Marik the more unique name Melvin.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The opening of episode 3 of Season Zero Abridged starts with Bakura threatening suicide (or at least attempting to gain attention). It came out of nowhere, is either an unfunny or very funny segment that does not correlate with the rest of the scenes, and is never mentioned again, except for the "Don't be a bitch, bitch" line.
  • Bizarro Episode:
    • Episode 16 (which makes sense, given that it was based on the equally bizarre episode 28 of the original dub). Yugi even lampshades it.
      Yugi: This is a f**king bizarre episode!
    • LittleKuriboh sees DOMA/Waking the Dragons as this - and it shows in his adaptation of the season.
  • Broken Base:
    • Bakura's suicide threat in Season Zero Abridged. Some thought it was funny, while others thought it was incredibly tasteless.
    • All of the pot shots at Naruto: The Abridged Series. While taking a jab at other Abridged Series has been par for the course for this series, some felt the ones at NTAS were far more mean-spirited and legitimately hateful than others (though they likely are intended in good humor as both Kuriboh and NTAS co-performer MasakoX are part of Team Four Star). Not helping matters was LittleKuriboh's refusal to let Vegeta3986 live down Naruto The Abridged Movie years later.
    • The general mockery of the DOMA/Waking the Dragons Filler. Some watchers are perfectly happy with Little Kuriboh's Take Thats against this filler arc and its plot elements, either because they didn't like the arc themselves or found the derision in-character for Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged. Other watchers, some who liked the DOMA/Waking the Dragons arc, were not fond of Little Kuriboh's contemptuous ridicule for it and consider his abridgedment of the arc a low point for his series as a result. Alternatively, people have criticised the arc for leaning too heavily on meta jokes that the general writing quality of the episodes suffered due to relying too much on just potshots at the season itself.
    • Which style of humor is funnier? Some people like more the humor of the first two seasons which despite the potshots at 4kids and the plot itself, most of the humor was very bizarre with dialogue often bordering in sheer randomness and Rule of Funny unless you could understand the intricate amount of obscure references that sometimes felt like a Word Salad. Or the newer seasons' humor which is an inversion, with far more potshots and stablished characteristics and some randomness here and there, while it became a thing since season 3 it was really stablished in the fourth season. While consistent enough to still be identified as YGOTAS at any point, older fans usually prefer the former and feel the latter too predictable and bland, meanwhile newer fans find the former too inscrutable and has turned people away meanwhile the latter as rewarding.
  • Cant Unhear It: After watching TAS that has continued for years after the original anime has ended, it can be a bit distracting to watch the actual Yu-Gi-Oh! second series anime, or even just read about it, without hearing LK's voices for the characters instead of their actual voices. The reverse is averted for most who grew up with the original series, as LK does a good job spoofing most of the voices.
  • Continuity Lockout: While kind of expected for a parody show, but the abridged series still relies on admittedly tight continuity for many of its jokes and plotlines with little to no exposition.
  • Crazy Awesome: Yami Marik. He's one of the few characters LK doesn't really do a piss-take of; instead, his Ax-Crazy personality from the original series is largely preserved, if with more pop-culture references added.
  • Critical Research Failure: Though the show frequently does this on purpose for Rule of Funny, there are a few genuine errors:
    • Episode 29 has one of the Espa Roba kids mistaking Graceful Dice for Graceful Charity. LittleKuriboh received so many replies telling him the correction following the episode that it was added into the script of Episode 30 where a thug duelist gets angry at the guy he just defeated for mixing up said two cards.
    • In Episode 31, Weevil refers to Caramelldansen as "crappy Japanese pop music". The song's actually Swedish.
    • Episode 62 treats Kaiba going to build another Kaibaland as a continuity error when they're actually two different parks. The one in Season 1 is the Japanese one and the one in Season 5 is the American one.
    • Episode 79 stands out a fair bit; with Joey wondering why he's feeling pain from the attacks he's suffering...ignoring the fact that the Seal of Orichalcos makes the monsters real (something that was made fun of not two episodes prior) and that Valon also happens to literally be punching Joey full-force. And thus treating his subsequent exertion as unreasonable despite this being one of the best justified times for Joey to wind up exhausted after a duel.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The redub of the first episode to promote a podcast that LittleKuriboh took part in, where a large portion of the nouns were replaced with the word "vagina".
      Kaiba: It's because this vagina makes no sense, nobody could figure out how to do it!
    • Duke Devlin manages to cross the line three times.
      "I summon the extremely phallic spaceship, but since it belongs to me, it grows to twice its usual size. Duke Devlin always rises to the occasion, baby!"
    • For some, the fact that Bakura threatens suicide at the beginning of episode 3 of Season Zero Abridged.
    • Skeletons fall on the gang and their response is "Oh no! Supermodels!", and the joke is repeated when Bakura runs to the gang with a skeleton on his back and he says, "Help! This supermodel is one of my fangirls!"
    • PTSD is not funny. Kaiba having PTSD triggered by the sight of Exodia, including paraphrasing his reaction to it in the first episode, is. Kaiba continually freaking out and quoting himself whenever "Exodia" is mentioned, even when he himself says it, is hilarious.
  • Designated Monkey: Jaden. Several people actually find his character quite hilarious and likeable which makes some of the jokes against him feel forced.
  • Dork Age: Late Season 2. Stale running gags and poorly-received Shout-Out humor were removed but not really replaced with anything.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Kemo (The Hair Guy), Bandit Keith and Jack Atlas, all mainly because of their memetic catchphrases. note 
    • Zorc Nercophades, for being an Adorkable Affably Evil world destroying monster.
    • Mokuba, as his Damsel Scrappy status from the original series managed to be turned into something more funny and amusing.
    • Rex and Weevil are pretty popular due to how insanely hilarious their characters are (it helps by the fact that the duo are parodies of Beavis And Butthead). Ironically, Weevil was considered a scrappy in the original series.
    • Dartz, ever since his appearance in Evil Council 3 where Takahata101 started voicing him. He immediately become a beloved Large Ham Funny Foreigner who rattles out endless quotable lines.
    • Duke Devlin brought sexy back.
    • Mr. Ishtar. In canon, he's a horrible Abusive Parent. In this show, he's also a hilariously insane Cloud Cuckoolander.
    • The Slender Man, for being an Affably Evil Attention Whore who likes dead children—I mean, Kurt Russell.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Florence and Marik.
    • Mai in Season 4, helped by the fact that she is voiced by a woman now.
  • First Installment Wins: While the series is certainly known beyond the first episode, the first episode has been referred to and remade the most, even by LittleKuriboh himself.
  • Franchise Original Sin: The show has always enjoyed its running gags and Shout Outs. Like most original sins, it was when it became almost nothing but this without a reasonable balance that led to a decline in quality.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • It's hard not to cringe when Serenity asks Tristan what sort of lonely deranged freak proposes on the Internet, and Tristan's response, now that LK and Safty have split up.
    • In episode 32, Yami Bakura mentioned that his gaydar once led him to Kevin Spacey autograph signings and commented that "everyone knows that he's straight as a die." This joke did not age well after the allegation of Kevin Spacey molested several young male actors came to the light and him coming out as a gay man (though there are some YouTube comments that state that the joke is funnier now than it was back then, much like the scene from the Family Guy episode "Don't Make Me Over" where, as part of a bet he made with Brian, Stewie runs naked through a mall, screaming that he escaped Kevin Spacey's basement).
    • The joke in episode 40 where Ghost Nappa expresses his desire to capture Mokuba with a Master Ball becomes creepier after the revelation that Ghost Nappa is Mokuba's real father.
    • Joey claiming his parents split up after he tried to teach Serenity how to drive becomes a lot less funny when you find out that Serenity ran Noah over while driving. If the joke doesn't get even funnier, that is.
    • The jokes about Naruto: The Abridged Series, especially the joke in episode 46 about it being dead since Masako and Vegeta are no longer working together.
    • Melvin mocking Team Four Star for DBZ Abridged getting taken down from YouTube. Originally, this was just a friendly jab, it's become ironic now that Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged has gotten taken down over and over again.
    • Yami's insults towards Robin Williams in Cr@psule Monsters 3 are a lot less funny after Williams's suicide.
    • Yusei's mistreatment of Aki in Bonds Beyond Time Abridged became much less funny when years later, Aki's voice actress, Squeaky93 (who at the time of the movie's upload was The Azure Crow's real-life girlfriend), made a tumblr post talking about Yusei's voice actor, The Azure Crow, having a history of abuse towards girls.
    • The various self-deprecating jokes that resulted from some fans expressing the view that the series has suffered from Seasonal Rot can be extremely cringeworthy if you've watched LittleKuriboh's We're Still Here videos and know that his depression often causes him to feel that he's a disappointment to everyone and think that his attempts to make people happy have failed. This is especially difficult when he admitted that these insecurities have prevented him from being able to enjoy the 10th anniversary of the abridged series, and instead have only brought a feeling of shame.
    • From the Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time movie, Jaden's line about "nothing bad happening in Germany" becomes painful (or Crosses the Line Twice) now that Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V turned the school he loves into a training ground for A Nazi by Any Other Name.
    • The punk beating up Rex and Weevil in episode 73 for not meeting his standards becomes this, when 1Kids Entertainment, who voiced the punk, was revealed to be abusing NoWacking and XJerry64X for years.
    • The "YGOTAS 2nd Anniversary Spectacularmathon":
      • Edward Elric plushie plays "Vic Mignogna" and is portrayed as a huge lech to the point that Yami/"Dan Green" starts being disturbed with his comments. Additionally, there's an offhand comment where Yami mentions that he personally banned Monica Rial from appearing at the celebration. It's uncomfortable to watch after 2019 and the allegations against the real-life Vic (Monica being one of the primary accusers against him) and the subsequent fight in court with the two at each others' throats.
      • Johnny Yong Bosch is present, and he is depicted as more polite and not as lecherous. After Vic Mignogna was fired from Funimation, Johnny became his official replacement as the voice of Broly in Dragon Ball Fighter Z and Sabo in One Piece.
    • It's unbearable to watch any joke where a character threatens self-harm now that Little Kuriboh has revealed that he has been plagued with suicidal thoughts for years as a result of his depression.
    • The joke at the beginning of Episode 73 about how Yami may not have been in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions all that much, but did get paid more than Kaiba did, can be this for Latin American fans of Yu-Gi-Oh!, as the original Latin American Spanish dubbing actors for Yugi Muto/Yami, Seto Kaiba and Bakura were replaced due to an economic disagreement with the dubbing studio, while the original Latin American Spanish VAs for Joey, Téa, Tristan and Mokuba were never contacted at all.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • It's big enough in Japan to have an unofficial Japanese site
    • As of August 2009, however, all the Japanese-captioned episodes have been deleted except for those since episode 42.
    • LK's YouTube channel was at one point the #1 most subscribed in Japan. You do NOT want to know how he celebrated. (Schmuck Bait here.)
      • And if you think about it this way, the series is made in England, and more than half the fanbase is IN AMERICA!, because the largest (by far) potential audience of any English-language production is IN AMERICA! - unless it has jokes that specifically pertain to a certain country/culture (e.g. Britain, Australia, whatever).
    • 4Kids themselves are big fans of YGOTAS. It should be noted that they are not the ones who took the episodes down. That would be one of YouTube's copyright bots acting on its superficial programming.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • The first few episodes are not very good — the voices are slow, the audio quality is poor, the jokes are weaker, and so forth. The beard starts coming in around Episode 10 (ironically his least favourite episode due to excessive referential humour in lieu of real jokes) as Little Kuriboh's voice acting, recording software, and writing noticeably improve.
    • For some, the Virtual World Arc, where the show gained the rapid-fire humor style it uses today, as opposed to the slower dialogue in previous seasons.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Episode 36 does this to Episode 3 as the scenes that were played straight referenced scenes that were parodied in the earlier episode. For one thing, it shows Joey does in fact remember Yugi standing up for him and Tristan, not to mention “Must… risk… life… for best friend.”
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Season 3 features Noah as the head of 4Kids with the Big Five as his executives. Over the course of several months as these episodes aired, 4Kids was sued by TV Tokyo and NAS over their unauthorized usage of Yu-Gi-Oh! footage, a lawsuit that culminated with 4Kids losing the rights to Yu-Gi-Oh!, along with numerous other franchises, to the Konami subsidary 4K Acquisition. The fallout from the lawsuit also forced 4Kids to declare bankruptcy and many of their executives were fired or moved around. While the company has since emerged from bankruptcy, their presence in the anime world is pretty much over. This all makes Season 3 absolutely hysterical as it features Noah totally unaware of what's going on in his company, including that they've lost the rights to Pokémon and One Piece, and eventually the heroes escape their base as it gets blown up with missiles.
    • Tristan talks about Card games on motorbikes. Later, it's announced that Tristan's second VA (from episode 10+ ) would also voice Yusei.
    • "Stop trying to make 'BROOKLYN RAGE~!' into a Catchphrase. It's never going to work!" When you consider even Wayne Grayson loves using it in Joey's dub voice…
    • Téa says "Oh, it is on in a manner similar to that of Donkey Kong!" during episode 49. About a month later, Nintendo copyrighted the phrase "on like Donkey Kong", making Téa's line sound like she's trying to dodge a copyright.
    • The CardGamesFTW account was taken down due to claims of Copyright Infringement. In the episode posted just beforehand (50):
      Johnson: Your series is in violation of copyright law, it is my job to see that you are rightfully punished.
      Joey: Hold on a second, you're that guy who's been taking out all the abridged series on Youtube! You're that guy who got us banned twice!
      Johnson: That's right, Joseph. And you know what they say: third time's the charm.
    • The Take That! against Dreamworks in Episode 52, in which Kaiba calls Pixar movies vastly superior, ended up being poorly timed because a month after the episode's release, Dreamworks would release Kung Fu Panda 2 to much acclaim, while Pixar released Cars 2 two months after the episode, which was the studio's first critical flop and was panned as the kind of lame, uninspired animated movie starring B-list celebrities that LittleKuriboh accused Dreamworks of making.
    • In the Leather Pants parody-of-a-parody Literal Pants, Marik repeatedly takes jabs at Kirbopher's artistic skills when it came to animating the video. This becomes funny when you consider Kirbopher and LittleKuriboih's voice acting roles in the upcoming animation project Monster Boy, where they play a frustrated artist and a creature that exists solely to criticize him, respectively.
    • Mokuba's comment in one episode that 'My brother is Seto Kaiba. I can decide who lives and who dies' becomes this after Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. Given the movie implies that Kaiba basically owns the town of Domino and has his own security force, Mokuba wasn't far off the truth.
    • Concrete Giraffes ends with the Slender Man starring in his own movie. On watching it, Joey decides that Hollywood really is out of ideas. Cue Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story being released in 2015, and Slender Man in 2018.
    • Episode 4 concludes with the promise of "New episodes every week". LittleKuriboh would become notorious for his constant schedule slips. Lampshaded when Melvin declares that statement to be his favorite joke of the whole series.
    • The jokes early in the series about Bakura being a minor character, considering he would go on to become a Breakout Character, joining the Spotlight-Stealing Squad along with Marik, and being featured in a lot of the Abridged Series spinoff material.
    • In Episode 40, Bakura says the forbidden word, "Disney", during his duel with Yami. Cue the 4Kids executives with the Imperial March from Star Wars playing in the background. Considering what happened to Lucasfilm in 2012 and the episode came out 3 years before then, it almost seems prophetic in a strange way.
    • In one of the tie-in videos to promote a con, Yami claims Nowacking must be a lesbian for turning down his advances. Jess Nowack would come out twice since then — first as a lesbian in 2013, then as a straight trans man in 2018.
    • Yami's memetic "Wait a minute, did you just summon a bunch of monsters in one turn? That's against the rules!" becomes even more hilarious after later Yu-Gi-Oh spin-offs introduced new mechanics that made summoning multiple monsters in a single turn possible:
      • In ARC-V, that was pretty much the In-Universe reaction to Yuya inventing Pendulum Summoning, to the point where Yuya and his opponent could basically quote the exchange word-for-word.
      • Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS introduces Rush Duels, one of the key mechanics of which is the ability to Normal Summon as many times as you want in one turn. Not only would what Yami accused Kaiba of now be perfectly legal, it's one of the main advertised features of the new format! Even better? One of the Rush Duel-legal cards used in early promos is the Blue-Eyes White Dragon!
    • In the 2008 special "Seto Kaiba's Real Father", both Kaiba and the narrator wonder when Shenmue III will finally be released. The game would be announced in 2015 and was set to be released in 2017, only to be delayed for two more years.
    • One episode ends with Marik and Florence singing "Stand By Me". Later, Final Fantasy XV was announced, and the game's theme is also a cover of "Stand By Me"...performed by Florence + the Machine.
    • Mai Valentine's defining trait in this series is her Gag Boobs, and she's voiced by LittleKuriboh for the first three seasons. In Season 4, she complains about how everyone only identifies her by that attribute. Season 4 has her voiced by an actual woman this time... a woman whose username is Boobs McBalrog.
    • When Raphael took down the bridge in Episode 71, Yami calls him out on being Youtube. Three months after its debut, Youtube took down the video on the basis of copyright infringement.
    • Kaiba's rant in the Abridged Movie about how he's the best character and deserves to win because he should be the real star of the show is even funnier considering that Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is not only Kaiba's Day in the Limelight, but it was originally intended to focus solely on him. Yugi and the others weren't planned to appear at all, and the film had to be rewritten once the producers changed their minds.
    • Ishizu's line about having to solve a difficult Professor Layton puzzle may have been a mere throwaway joke, but then Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links had a skit featuring Ishizu inviting Odion to solve a Duel Puzzle, making her love of puzzles come off as Ascended Fanon.
    • Kaiba's furious rant in Episode 72 when Yugi loses a card game to someone else sounds an awful lot like the Joker discovering that Batman doesn't consider him his archnemesis in The LEGO Batman Movie.
    • There is a Running Gag in which Kaiba tells Mokuba to shut up. Now in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS we have a similar Running Gag with Yusaku telling Ai to shut up.
    • The opening to Episode 71 has Yami take a shot at Ash Ketchum, stating that unlike Ash he's been able to win a tournament. As of the Alola series Yami can't make that contrast between himself and Ash anymore.
    • Every Take That! against Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Jaden becomes this in light of LittleKuriboh becoming a Converted Fanboy for them over the course of “LittleKuriboh Watches YGO GX”.
    • There's a running joke on how big Seto Kaiba's ego is. In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, Seto Kaiba’s Duel Links technology amplifies his ego to let him literally No-Sell the disintegration magic of the Quantum Cube, to the shock of the antagonists in that movie.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: 'Harpoonshipping' (Mako Tsunami/the Ocean) has made it onto Yu-Gi-Oh! shipping lists, despite being a parody of the fandom's dozens of ship names. LittleKuriboh also references Thiefshipping and Puzzleshipping by name.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
  • LGBT Fanbase: While the original Yu-Gi-Oh series already had one thanks to the effeminate male characters, the abridged series has an even larger one thanks to LK's own bisexuality and taking the effeminacy Up to Eleven without being overly offensive.
  • Memetic Mutation: Enough for their own page.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: Despite the usage of gay stereotypes here and there, the series still has a dedicated LGBT Fanbase since it's all done in hilariously over-the-top manners and the fact that Everyone Is Bi (well, those that have been confirmed to be bi at least). Certainly helps that LK himself is bisexual.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Exploited heavily by LK for humour. Prime examples include Anzu's friendship speeches, despite many of the central characters being prone to them in the manga, the heavy amounts of shipping fodder and treating Yami Bakura and Marik as being more sympathetic (or deserving of more screentime) than the actual heroes.
    • Due to some of the more cutting nature of the jokes at the series and the company that produces it, some fans watch under the impression the show is a big insult to Yu-Gi-Oh instead of a parody. Rank 10 YGO mentions as much that the show's jokes pander to what amounts as the same as Pokemon's GenWunnersnote , and that a lot of the fans will take the jokes it makes about the series as well as sister series GX and 5Ds will be completely taken at face value, rather than parody.
  • Mis-blamed: Many people blame 4Kids for LittleKuriboh's suspensions. However, it was actually done by a company named Nihon Ad Systems, which is the company that does the Japanese episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh!. Despite the fact 4Kids are portrayed as the Big Five in Season 3, they seem to like Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged.
  • Moe: Parodied in episode 36, where Yugi claims that he's so cute, people have mistaken him for a baby panda.
    Yami: You mean you're not a baby panda?
    Yugi: Nope.
    Yami: Wow, you're good.
  • More Popular Spin-Off: Many fans, and LittleKuriboh to a small extent, believe that the series is one of the major factors keeping the Yu-Gi-Oh franchise relevant and well known in western markets, especially since every official dub after the original anime has been Screwed by the Network.
  • Narm Charm: Dartz's ridiculously exaggerated accent should (and usually does) make everything he says sound absolutely ridiculous; however, when he reveals he was himself responsible for all of his henchmen's falls to villainy, the hilarity with which he explains to Rafael how he ruined their entire lives only reinforces his cruelty, and thus makes the scene more disturbing. Similarily, the silly accent does nothing to damage the drama in his Breaking Speech to Yami.
  • Never Live It Down: Kaiba's Screw the Rules, I Have Money! line. The way many fans use it, it could lead non-viewers to assume that line is his Catchphrase, even though he only said it once (though many variations followed).
  • Periphery Demographic: The series is popular even with those who aren't fans of Yu-Gi-Oh.
  • Seasonal Rot: Early Season 2 was seen as this for some people for an over-reliance on old jokes and referential humor. LittleKuriboh acknowledged this with Ishizu claiming their universe has grown tired and cliché in Episode 44.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: A lot of the older episodes will be much harder to watch nowadays when compared to the up-to-date quality and humour Little Kuriboh has added into his newer works. Season 4 constantly lampshades how things like the reference jokes got old for people.
  • Shallow Parody: The various shots at the sequel series. The jokes basically boil down to "it sucks" and the characters has paper thin personalities with only the most superficial resemblance to their canon counterparts. The jokes started to more closely resemble what they're supposed to be parodying after LittleKuriboh actually started watching GX.
  • Shocking Swerve: Melvin cancelling the show in Episode 46.
  • So Bad, It Was Better: There are some fans who prefer the more shoddy video quality and scratchy audio of the first two seasons, feeling that the more up-to-date quality and improved voice acting of later episodes don't have the same charm as the classic episodes.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Yami's arc in season four delivers a strong message; don't take your friends for granted.
  • Special Effects Failure: In the early episodes, the Mouth Flaps were almost always off.
  • Squick:
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Miho's appearance in Season 0 Abridged has her being routinely ignored by the main cast, she has a grating voice and is possibly mentally disabled. Considering how she was originally depicted as shallow and a tease who took advantage of Honda/Tristan, this bastardisation of her character was well received by the fans.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Téa, Tristan and Joey in the (non-standard) opening to episode 54.
    • Everyone during Noah's duel with Kaiba in episode 55. Lampshaded by Kaiba.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • The derogatory remarks about Princess Edena being a "crossdresser" and a "she-male"note  on episode 21 wouldn't fly over well with fans nowadays as it did back when the episode was first released, which was during the late-2000s due to heightened concerns over transgender people being abused and discriminated. LK is well aware of this and states he would never had let this happen nowadays.
    • As of recent, LittleKuriboh has put disclaimers on several of his older episodes (and changed the episode title of 37) due to them no longer reflecting modern humor.
  • Values Resonance: The series' jabs at the in-universe card game, including the Serious Business nature of its players and the unintuitive rulings, are appreciated by a lot of real-life TCG players who often feel the same way. Interestingly, LittleKuriboh did not know anything about the TCG until he was introduced to it in his Desert Island Decks Christmas Special.
  • Win Back the Crowd: At the start of the Virtual World arc, LittleKuriboh stepped up his game. The jokes became more based on the characters and story, fourth wall jokes and references were there but toned down, and it started following along with the actual plot of Yu-Gi-Oh!. This was exceedingly well received by the audience; in fact, episode 61 was considered so good that it has been compared to fellow popular abridged series Dragon Ball Z Abridged in terms of quality.
  • The Woobie:
    • Bakura, especially when he's being the Butt-Monkey.
    • Serenity, until she recovers her eyesight.
    • Mokuba takes the cake for this: constantly being told to shut up and possibly molested by Noah. And he's a Butt-Monkey too. Actually, being a The Woobie and the Butt-Monkey is practically the same in this show.
  • Woolseyism:
    • The Swedish dub replaces some jokes that would not make sense in Swedish with jokes that do. Bakura's accent is now Scanian and Joey now makes references to Stureplan. The fact that the Swedish dub comes out years after the original episodes also means that some references have to be changed to something more current at the time. For example, as the final Harry Potter book had been out for years when the Swedish dub of episode 23 was released, the book Téa had spoiled was changed to the final Twilight book, a-and her ship was changed from Harry/Hedwig to Edward/Jacob.
      English!Pegasus: No! I can’t live without "Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series"! It’s so important to me!
      English!Yami: Don’t worry, Pegasus. There’s always "Naruto: The Abridged Series". But as everyone knows, that’s just not quite as good!

      Swedish!Pegasus: No! I can’t live without "Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series"! It’s so important to me!
      Swedish!Yami: Don’t worry, Pegasus. There are many more abridged series. But as everyone knows, they don't exist in Swedish!

      English!Mokuba: Let's go find the genie voiced by Robin Williams and occasionally by Dan Castellaneta.

      Swedish!Mokuba: Let's go find the genie voiced by Dan Ekborg, who also played Hades.
    • The Polish dub by FlyingIrzimekFTW (reuploaded on the YouTube Channel GryKarcianeDlaDzieci) is also full of these. For starters, Joey's Brooklyn accent is replaced with Bialystok accent (a Russian-influenced accent). Episode 8 replaces the Spanish opening with German (the episode being titled "Kartenspiele"). 4Kids is replaced in all instances by Polsat. The aforementioned joke in the Swedish dub paragraph goes like this:
      Polish!Pegasus: No! I can’t live without "Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series PL Fandub"! It’s so important to me!
      Polish!Yami: Don’t worry, Pegasus. There’s always a version with Polish subtitles. But as everyone knows, that’s just not quite as good!


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