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.
  • "Dark Magician Girl" is this monster's apprentice.
  • 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".
  • Each artwork of this card (except the Arkana version) has been Summoned by Yugi in the manga.
    • The "hand on the hat" version (Starter Deck: Yugi) appears in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist - Duel 003, in the panel where Dark Yugi declares an attack on "Koumori Dragon".
    • "Stands straight" version (LOB/SYE) appears in the 11th Tome (Duelist Volume 4: Dungeon of Doom)
    • "Stone Tablet" version (SD6/PCY) appears in the 19th Tome (Duelist Volume 12: Magician vs. Magician)
  • This card has appeared either in play or on card artwork in all of the anime series. (Yu-Gi-Oh! (Toei), Yu-Gi-Oh! (NAS), Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal).
  • 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 the skin color of "Dark Magician" 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 Duel Starter Deck 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".

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