Yu-Gi-Oh! is a card game, with each card representing a monster, spell or trap, or another effect. The game is played by using cards to attack your opponent and defend yourself. Each card has a number on it which represents how powerful that card is. The rules are complicated but fun, and even if you don’t play the game, there are several cartoons available online. Yu-Gi-Oh!! is the most popular Anime around the world except for Bakugan, which is also a fun game.
Each series is unique, but the main plot is the same. Yugi Mutou is a typical boy who loves games and puzzles. His grandfather gives him an old Egyptian artifact named the “Millennium Puzzle.” When he solves it, he becomes possessed by a spirit and then can see his soul, or “Aibou.” The spirit’s name is Yami Yugi, and he is a Pharaoh from Ancient Egypt. Together with Yugi, they form a bond called “Soul Friendship,” which bonds together their souls. They can call upon each other to do battle using monsters called “Duel Monsters” or just “Duelists.”
Yugi and Yami must battle others with Duelist skills to defeat evil forces that threaten the world. This happens in every series except for Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, as that series takes place in a futuristic city known as New Domino City. The series also includes several subplots such as Yugi’s love interests, his friends (Tristan Taylor, Joey Wheeler, and Téa Gardner), and his rival Seto Kaiba. Many minor characters are generally not relevant to that series’s main plot in each series but still have fun roles.
Throughout each series, there are many villains that the duelists must defeat; these include Dartz and his Orichalcos Knights, Marik Ishtar, Rafael, and Odion. In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, the main villain is the Society of Light or SOL for short. There are also minor villains such as Jack Atlas, a rival of Jaden Yuki (the main character in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX).
How Much Filler is in Yu-Gi-Oh! ?
Filler episodes are not in the manga (or original anime) and therefore contain no plot or reason for existing. They can be exciting, but they have been known to run out of ideas. In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, there is a filler arc called “The Lost Cards,” which was a perfect filler arc.
There are a total of 30% filler episodes in Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series.
They are the easiest to spot in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL because they consist of entirely new characters with no connection to the original series. These episodes have a terrible habit of becoming very popular and being turned into the main plot; it happened in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX with the Doma arc and the Legendary Heroes arc in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s.
Quick Filler & Canon Lists
Complete Filler List
|1||The Violent Battle - A Game of Darkness||Mostly Canon||04/04/1998|
|2||The Evil Gamer - The Trap of Hell||Mostly Canon||04/11/1998|
|3||Clash! The Strongest Monster||Mostly Canon||04/18/1998|
|4||Theft! Rare Watch Battle||Filler||04/25/1998|
|5||Now Revealed!! Yugi's Secret||Mostly Canon||05/02/1998|
|6||Desperate Situation!! Burning Friendship Battle||Mostly Canon||05/09/1998|
|7||The Underhanded Digital Pet Rebellion||Mostly Canon||05/16/1998|
|8||The Four Game Masters Finally Stir||Filler||05/23/1998|
|9||Explosion - Ultimate Yo-Yo Technique||Mostly Canon||05/30/1998|
|10||The Pressing Beautiful Teacher - A Secret Mask||Mostly Canon||06/06/1998|
|11||The Rumored Capmon's New Appearance||Mostly Canon||06/13/1998|
|12||A Lucky Foe Calls Out - The Invincible Legend||Filler||06/20/1998|
|13||Targeting a Schoolgirl - The Fang of a Great Prediction||Mostly Canon||06/27/1998|
|14||In a Bomb Game - The Worst Date||Mostly Canon||07/04/1998|
|15||Eerie Woman!! Unable to Transform||Filler||07/11/1998|
|16||Breadth's Change - Crisis of the White Robe||Filler||07/18/1998|
|17||A Last Minute Match - The Invited Model||Filler||07/25/1998|
|18||In a Forbidden Game - Show Your Hand||Mostly Canon||08/01/1998|
|19||The Grand Melee!! Popularity Contest||Filler||08/08/1998|
|20||Come Out!! The Strongest and Final Trump Card||Filler||08/15/1998|
|21||Completed!! The Ultimate Game Land||Mostly Canon||08/22/1998|
|22||Tearing - Boarderline Shooting||Mostly Canon||08/29/1998|
|23||Capmon King! The Decisive Battle||Mostly Canon||09/05/1998|
|24||Now! The Time of Decision - The Miracle of Friendship||Mostly Canon||09/12/1998|
|25||A New Development - Attack of the Handsome Boy||Mostly Canon||09/26/1998|
|26||Rival Clash - The Greatest Crisis||Mostly Canon||10/03/1998|
|27||Friendship - From Legend to Myth||Mostly Canon||10/10/1998|
List of filler episodes for Yu-Gi-Oh! in chronological order – Learn if it is worth watching
Episode 4: Theft! Rare Watch Battle
In this episode we learn that Yugi Mutou is a good friend of Miho Nosaka. He usually meets up with her in the morning but he hasn’t come to see her for several days. Miho is worried and wants to know why he has been absent, so she asks Hiroto Honda to deliver a letter to Yugi’s house. This episode is not part of the original story and was created especially for the anime.
This episode has no relevance to the original story and in fact contains several inconsistencies with it. Most of them are merely small details, but the main one is that Yugi doesn’t know Miho, so they have never met. The anime writers decided to include a scene where Yugi meets Miho and discusses the letter, but this scene was not part of the manga.
The location is not specified. It is supposed to be a city, but whether it was Tokyo or Osaka , is unknown. The buildings seen in this episode were most likely created for the anime and do not exist in any real city in Japan. This is why there are no Japanese companies (except for Duel Monsters) featured here and no real-life references that could narrow down the location.
This episode was the only one in the first series that included all the main characters. There was Yugi, Honda, Sugoroku and Otogi, but also Yugi’s grandfather, who stopped by during it.
Episode 8: The Four Game Masters Finally Stir
Seto Kaiba is a billionaire and the CEO of Kaiba Corporation. He is in love with his brother Mokuba’s friend, Shizuka. However, she told him that she was not interested in him. He challenged Yugi Mutou to a game of Duel Monsters to get Shizuka’s heart. At the same time, he kidnapped Shizuka to force her to watch the duel against Yugi.
Yugi’s friends (Joey Wheeler, Tristan Taylor, and Téa Gardner) went to go rescue Yugi and found him on the roof. They were about to pull him down when Kaiba appeared with Shizuka. Kaiba showed them a tape of their conversation and challenged them to duel against his first of four Game Masters.
At the same time, Mokuba was released from Kaiba’s limo, but not before being forced to watch Yugi’s friends get kidnapped as well. He ran off to find help, but was kidnapped by a group of men. (This explains why he didn’t show up at the end.)
The entire episode was a filler, since it didn’t further the main story. This episode is about Kaiba trying to get Yugi’s friends to ask him to rescue Yugi. During the episode, we are introduced to Kaiba’s first of four Game Masters, Count Ridley Sheldon. He is also in Season 1, Episode 3 (Who’s the Thief?!).
Episode 12: A Lucky Foe Calls Out – The Invincible Legend
While in Domino High School, Kaiba is challenged by a science teacher to a game of Wristwatch Roulette, but Jonouchi has already rigged the watch to stop at the same time every time. The science teacher cannot win as long as Jonouchi keeps on taking the watch back and giving it back to Kaiba.
During lunch, Jonouchi, Anzu and Honda are challenged by a group of bullies to a game of Rock Paper Scissors, where they will play the same person three times each. Whoever wins two out of three games wins. The loser must take their shoes off. Jonouchi wins 2 out of 3 against the first guy, but loses to the second guy. He later tells Yugi that he wants to use his ability to see what cards have been played on the table (the ability was given to him by Dark Yugi) in order to win the third game against the second guy, but Yugi doesn’t allow him to do so for fear that he may anger Dark Yugi even further. Jonouchi loses against the third guy and gets his shoes taken off. He then gets revenge on the bullies by using his feet as weapons against them before running away.
This is another filler episode. It should be noted that this is one of the only episodes in which Kaiba doesn’t appear at all as he is busy with the Wristwatch Roulette challenge with Jonouchi.
This filler episode is a very interesting one as it focuses on Jonouchi in a larger way than just being Yugi’s friend. This is the first episode in which Jonouchi gets his own story rather than just being a side character in the main plot. While Jonouchi does lose his shoes to the bullies, he later gets revenge on them by using his skill to attack them with his feet, which was also seen again when he attacked Bakura with his feet in Battle City.
Episode 15: Eerie Woman!! Unable to Transform
Yugi and Anzu were at an old shop that sold magic cards. The two decided to buy a pack of cards and go home. They opened their packs and found out they were the same cards. Anzu then gave Yugi one of her cards. The next day, the customer who came in earlier is missing from his house, but he is trapped inside his closet with his limbs chained up by a bunch of magic cards! Yugi and Anzu decide to go look into this matter because it was bizarre and weird.
They started investigating the person that disappeared from his home, but found out that no one knew him… so they went inside the house they believed he lived in, but there was nothing inside. They then headed over to the person who sold them their pack of cards, “The Magic Box”, but found out that there was nothing inside as well! The only thing left was a sign on the door saying “Sorry we are closed for business”. As they look around, they hear a noise coming from upstairs.
Yugi and Anzu head upstairs to find an old woman sitting on a chair in front of a table with an empty glass bowl on it. The woman’s name is Madam Fortuna; she is a fortune teller. Madam Fortuna starts to tell them that they should leave, but Yugi and Anzu don’t listen. Madam Fortuna then calls upon three witches in her cauldron to help her out; “Witch of the Black Forest”, “Witch of the Crescent Moon” and “Violet Hecate”. The three of them chant an evil spell that causes a bolt of lightning to crash down and destroy the table in front of them.
This filler is based on the “Left Hand of the Forbidden One” card. This episode was made to extend the series so it could get to a certain point that is needed in order for the Yugi vs. Pegasus Duel to happen.
This filler is based on a Yu-Gi-Oh!! card, but it doesn’t add anything to the plot and in fact, it doesn’t even parallel anything from this particular card other than its name. The card itself is called “Left Hand of the Forbidden One”. It’s obvious that this episode was made just for commercial reasons, so that people who don’t know anything about Yu-Gi-Oh!! will buy the cards because of its popularity. No plot in this episode was ever shown from this particular card (since there isn’t one). However, I will say that this particular episode was probably a good way to advertise the card.
Episode 16: Breadth’s Change – Crisis of the White Robe
Jonouchi and his friends go to the hospital to visit his sister who is being treated for an eye disease. Jonouchi is shocked to find that the nurse who has been taking care of her, Miyuki, has been fired and replaced by a new nurse, Chiharu. After Miyuki shows up at school to give Jonouchi a good luck charm for his Duel Monsters tournament next day, he finds out that she was fired because Chiharu had used her as scapegoat for the mistake she had made in treating Shizuka.
Dark Yugi arrives with Jonouchi at the hospital in order to test out Yami Yugi’s power in a Penalty Game against Dr. Goyu (the doctor who fired Miyuki). He tricks Goyu into believing that Shizuka’s eyesight will worsen unless he gives up his evil ways and allows Miyuki to return to work as head nurse. He accepts the deal and the two Yugis leave.
This filler is a good one. It’s nice to see Jonouchi have a crush on Miyuki and in the end it does not last through the rest of the series. The reason why this is a filler is because of how easy Dark Yugi was able to trick Goyu into giving Miyuki her job back. This is no way would have happened in the manga or anime series if it wasn’t for Dark Yugi’s power of mind reading.
We see Yugi and his friends walking with an adult who looks like Yugi, but he’s not wearing his pendant or outfit that we’re used to seeing in the series now.
During the scene where Jonouchi was talking to Dr. Goyu about Miyuki, we see Dr. Goyu playing that same game with three men that he had played with in episode eight.