- Arc Fatigue: The duel between the Pharaoh and Kaiba takes up the majority of the movie, mostly consists of the two standing around and talking like most other duels, and interrupts the more interesting scenes with Yugi and the others inside the Millennium Puzzle.
- Audience-Alienating Premise: Though fans liked it, the main problem with the movie was that it couldn't appeal to anyone else. To those who never saw the series, this movie is really hard to get into.
- Fanfic Fuel: Since neither Bakura appears in the movie, theories and fanfics about where they were are popular.
- Foe Yay:
- Not quite on Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions levels, but Kaiba is obsessed with beating Yami and runs extensive simulations to do so, and his threats to Yami are very emotionally charged.
- Anubis also addresses Yami as 'My Pharaoh' rather than just 'Pharaoh' at one point in the dub, which could be read as Terms of Endangerment.
- Fridge Logic: Somehow, the opening's video footage was able to record Yugi's first duel with Kaiba and Dark Yugi's duel with Marik.
- Pegasus creating a card that can defeat the Egyptian Gods because he fears their power? Fair enough. But in-universe, it's summoning conditions (tributing Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon) would mean that the only one who would be able to use it...is Seto Kaiba, who didn't even know about the card before he challenged Pegasus.
- Genius Bonus: The hieroglyphics that appear before the Title Drop spell out Pyramid of Light accurately.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- The movie's main villain turns into a horrific monster after being defeated once. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions has the exact same thing happen.
- Anubis shows Yugi and his friends a vision of Duel Monsters waging war on humanity, destroying military weapons with their powers. In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Duel Monsters are used to win interdimensional wars and also defeat the military.
- Moe: This film introduces the Toon version of Dark Magician Girl. And she's adorable.
- The Scrappy: Anubis, the Big Bad, is hated and mocked by many. He only appears in person at the end of the movie and has no personality whatsoever, as well as vaguely defined and generic motives. He doesn't even fit into the continuity. The Japanese version somewhat fixes this by giving him a goal that, while still vague, is not as generic.
- Snark Bait: Its detractors find many things to mock about the movie, from its villain to its continuity problems, among others.
- So Bad, It's Good: The general consensus of the fans anyway.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
- Not only are the scenes in the Puzzle with Yugi and the gang more interesting than the duel itself, there's also the implication that the Pharaoh fought and sealed Anubis in the past. Anubis remembers this, but Atem does not, yet we never get to see any flashbacks or mentions of where the Dagger of Fate came from in relation to the rest of the Items.
- Part of the plot in the sub version was that Kaiba was 'the King of Light' whereas Yami was the 'King of Darkness' and Anubis planned to possess Kaiba to become the 'King of Destruction'. All three titles are never really discussed beyond being brought up in conversation.
YMMV / Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light