Yu-Gi-Oh! (Tabletop Game)/Shout-Out

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Ever since its release in 1999, the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game has amassed numerous references to other works and franchises, especially others created by Konami themselves.

Konami-based Shout-Outs


  • The Six Samurai archetype seems to be intended as an homage to The Seven Samurai.
  • The "Deformer" archetype ("Morphtronic" in English) is a collective reference to both Transformers and retro Japanese giant mecha kids shows, such as "Golden Warrior Gold Lightan".
  • Look at Super Vehicroid - Stealth Union. Now look at this.
  • According to Word of God, the "Arcana Force" monsters were based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Also, the card representing The World has the power to effectively "stop time" by giving you potentially unlimited turns -- a shout out to Dio Brando's famous stand of the same name from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
  • Genex Allies are incredibly similar to the original Mega Man characters.
  • The ability of the "Gladiator Beast" archetype to switch places with another Gladiator Beast from the deck after battling has been unanimously dubbed "Tag Out" by the playerdom.
  • For the various Hero archetypes: the earlier Elemental Heroes are based on various American superheroes.[2] Two of the Destiny Heroes in particular were based on classic novels, i.e. Double Dude (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) and Dreadmaster (The Man in the Iron Mask). Evil Hero Malicious Edge is based on Wolverine, one of the X-Men. And finally, the Masked Heroes as a whole are nods to the Henshin Hero subgenre, especially the Kamen Rider franchise.
  • The Inzektors' designs and their overall effect of a stronger armoured Inzektor over a lighter faster Inzektor is a shout out to Kamen Rider Kabuto.
  • Several cards use characters from other Shonen Jump series.[context?]
  1. Actually the original Vic Viper, but given the name of the planet it defends for its English TCG release.
  2. e.g. Avian / Hawkman, Bladedge / Iron Man, Necroshade / Spawn)

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