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Yu-Gi-Oh! (Japanese: 遊戯王, Yūgiō) is a Japanese manga created by Kazuki Takahashi. The main premise of the franchise is based on a trading card game, in which two people duel with each other using monsters inside the cards.


The Yu-Gi-Oh franchise has many installments, including a manga, an anime, a trading card game and a video game series. The most notable, however, is the manga, which was first released in 1996 and ran until 2004. It follows the adventure of Yugi, who is on an adventure to find the truth behind a 5,000 year old Pharaoh, who was trapped inside an Egyptian artifact named the Millennium Puzzle, given to Yugi by his Grandfather.

Spin offs

The original Yu-Gi-Oh! was so popular, it has caused 4, spin offs to date.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is set 10 years after the first show. A school called “Duel Academy”, founded by Seto Kaiba, teachs its students how to duel. The school has three dorms,Obelisk Blue, Ra Yellow, and Slifer Red, based on the three god cards. The main character, Jaden Yuki, is heading to the school when he literally bumps in to Yugi Muto, who gives him Winged Kuriboh, a duel monster spirit.Jaden joins the school, getting the lowest dorm, Slifer Red. The show revolves around Jaden and his friends struggling to try and rise in ranks in the school and stopping villains bent on world domination. [1]

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds is set a time after Yugi and Jaden’s fight at the end of Yu-G-Oh! GX. The city is New Domino City, and instead of play card games normally, but now they play it on motorcycles. The main character, Yusei Fudo, lives in a poor town called Satellite, were he tries to build a duel cycle so he can get to new Domino City and challenge Jack Atlas to regain his honor and Stardust Dragon. He finds other people with singer marks, like Akiza and Luna, who have special powers. The series follows Yusei and his fight to regain his respect and help other duelists. [2]


Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is set in the supposed near future in a Heartland City. The main character, Yuma Tsukuma, is a happy and upbeat kid who aims to be the best.Soon he finds out his father necklace has a spirit in it called, Astral. The spirit doesn’t remember anything but regains his memories whenever Yuma gets a number card. Together they duel people to get number cards and to stop evil duelist from taking over the city. [3]

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V

The newest installment in the Yu-Gi-Oh! series is Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. It is amused that it is set in a time after ZEXAL. Its main character is Yuya Sakaki, a kid duelist who stays positive by smiling and trying to make other smile too. (Will add more as new episodes come out.) [4]

Online Relevance

Yu-Gi-Oh! is very noticeable online. DeviantArt search brings up over 150,000 artworks. Fanfiction.net has has over 60,000 fanfics for the original Yu-Gi-Oh! alone. The Yu-Gi-Oh! reddit has over 13,000 users. A Yu-Gi-Oh! search on Youtube brings up over 2,000,000 results.


The Yu-Gi-Oh! fandom is rather large on the internet. One of the common things the fandom does is make fan cards using the site Yugioh Card Maker. Fan cards can be found the Yugioh Card Maker Fourm. Another popular website is Pojo. Pojo’s site hosts card tips, anime information and game strategies. They review decks and talk about the best ways to win the card game. Other websites like YugiohCardGuide and YugiohPrices help fans of the game find, trade and buy rare cards.



Abridged Series

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged Series was the first of its kind, sparking a surplus of abridged anime series. The original Abridge Series was made by LittleKuriboh or Martin Billany, becoming a instant hit, gain millions of views. The second most popular Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridge Series was the GX series, made by ShadyVox and darksideincorporated. They gained over a million views before being taken down for copyrights.

Related Memes

You Just Activated My Trap Card!

You Just Activated My Trap Card is a catchphrase derived from the Yu-Gi-Oh Trading Card Game. In the game itself, it is a warning to the opponent that their actions are about to be countered by the activation of a Trap Card, a card type that is unique in that it must be set down first and can be activated during the opponent’s turn in response to an action, thus functioning as a “trap” (hence the name). As a catchphrase outside of the card game, it is usually used to warn people on the Internet that something bad is about to happen to them.

Enemy Controller

Enemy Controller is a MAD movie fad on Nico Nico Douga and YouTube, centered around a scene from the 3rd season of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime where Seto Kaiba uses the card to control one of Yugi’s monsters.

The King of GETs

The King of GETs is a variation of the GET meme, specific to 4chan’s /a/ board, although it has since spread to other boards, like /v/, /jp/, /b/, and /vp/.

Kaiba Staring At the Rain Through a Window

Kaiba staring at the rain through a window is a meme based on an episode out of series 0, which eventually became a joke within the fandom on Tumblr, before spreading to other sites.

Card Games on Motorcycles!

Card Games on Motorcycles! is a phrase used by fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! to joke about the funniness and stupidity of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds duel cycles. The phrase was made popular by LittleKuriboh in his parody video on 5Ds.

External References

[1]Yu-Gi-Oh! Wiki – Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

[2]Yu-Gi-Oh! Wiki – Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds

[3]Yu-Gi-Oh! Wiki – Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL

[4]Yu-Gi-Oh! Wiki – Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V

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