Card Trivia:Dark Magician

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  • In the first TV series anime, this card's name is "Dark Wizard".
  • As its card text implies, this monster has the highest ATK and DEF total combined sum for a Normal Monster "wizard" (male Spellcaster). "Cosmo Queen" is a Normal Spellcaster with higher combined ATK and DEF, but as a female she is not a "wizard".
  • The alternate-art "red" "Dark Magician" used by Arkana in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga may be seen here. Despite having the same name, he is not the same card as the "purple" "Dark Magician" always used by Yugi Mutou, as he has a different eight-digit passcode.
    • Three of the artworks of "Dark Magician" (LOB/SYE, SDY and Arkana version), picture his staff green, whereas in one version (SD6/PCY) and on "Dark Magic Attack" his staff is red and blue.
    • The artwork in the Weekly Jump Magazine Promo version looks similar to that of a Final Fantasy character, in particular Cecil from Final Fantasy IV. This artwork was drawn by Kazuki Takahashi.
  • In some Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS Yu-Gi-Oh! games, it is possible to have six "Dark Magicians" in a Deck as the games do not recognize alternate artwork cards as being the same.
  • This is most likely the single most supported card of all, with fifteen cards specifically stating "Dark Magician" as part of their effect, in addition to the "Magician" theme its design has inspired.
  • On the French "Thousand Knives" (and in the French version of the show), this card is called "Magicien des Ténèbres" although his real name is "Magicien Sombre".
  • This is the only signature card of the four main protagonists that doesn't have 2000 DEF or a white color scheme unless you count Dark Magician's skin color which is white.
  • The Protagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Yuma, has a card called "Gagaga Magician" which is very similar to "Dark Magician" in appearance. Yuma also has a female card called "Gagaga Girl", which is the apprentice of "Gagaga Magician" like how "Dark Magician Girl" is the apprentice to the "Dark Magician".
  • This card is arguably one of the most recognizable monsters in the game, along with "Blue-Eyes White Dragon".
  • This card along with "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" are the only 2 cards to have had an official Chinese print before the release of Starter Deck 2014 standardized Chinese as an OCG language. Its Chinese version originated in Japan, therefore its Chinese name includes the character "黒" (black) which is an exclusive one to Japanese, compared to the Chinese counterpart, "黑".
  • "Dark Magician" is currently the only Ace Monster of all the main protagonists that is a Spellcaster type, the rest are either Warriors or Dragons.

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