"Final Countdown", an example of a Duel winner card.
- "Exodia the Forbidden One": If your hand contains this card along with "Left Arm of the Forbidden One", "Right Arm of the Forbidden One", "Left Leg of the Forbidden One" and "Right Leg of the Forbidden One", you win the Duel. All five of these cards are currently Limited.
- "Destiny Board": This card can place 1 "Spirit Message" card from your hand or Deck to your side of the field at the end of each of your opponent's turns. If this card places "Spirit Message "I"", "Spirit Message "N"", "Spirit Message "A"" and "Spirit Message "L"" all on the field in that order through its effect, you win the Duel. (In the manga, the "Spirit Messages" were not separate Spell Cards but rather simply spectral forms that appeared above this card. In addition, it required "Dark Necrofear" to be in the Graveyard to activate its effect.)
- "Last Turn": You must have 1000 or fewer Life Points to activate this card. When activated, you choose one monster you control, and all other cards on the field and in both players' hands are sent to the Graveyard. Your opponent then Special Summons a monster from their Deck. A special Battle Phase occurs in which the two monsters battle and battle damage is ignored. The player whose monster remains alone on the field at the End Phase of this turn wins the Duel. This card is currently Forbidden.
- "Final Countdown": This card requires a cost of 2000 Life Points to activate. 20 turns after its activation, you win the Duel. This card is currently Limited in the TCG only.
- "Vennominaga the Deity of Poisonous Snakes": This card gains a Hyper-Venom Counter each time it inflicts battle damage to your opponent. If this card has three Hyper-Venom Counters on it, you win the Duel. (In the anime, this card allowed you to win the Duel three turns after it inflicted battle damage to your opponent, with no Counters involved.)
- "Exodius the Ultimate Forbidden Lord": This card sends 1 monster from your hand or Deck to the Graveyard each time it attacks. If five different "Forbidden One" monsters are in your Graveyard that were sent there by this card's effect, you win the Duel. (In the anime, the five "Forbidden One" monsters could be in the Graveyard by any method, not necessarily needing to be sent by this card's effect.)
- "The Creator God of Light, Horakhty": The only way to Summon this card is by Tributing monsters whose original names are "Slifer the Sky Dragon", "Obelisk the Tormentor" and "The Winged Dragon of Ra" (meaning that you cannot use cards like "Phantom of Chaos" to copy any card names). If you successfully Summon this card, you win the Duel. The Summon of "Horakhty" cannot be negated, so cards like "Solemn Warning", etc. cannot stop it.
- "Number 88: Gimmick Puppet of Leo": This card can gain a Destiny Counter once per turn by detaching one of its three Xyz Materials, but in order to do so, you must have no cards in your Spell & Trap Card Zone and must skip that turn's Battle Phase. If this card has three Destiny Counters on it, you win the Duel. (In the anime, this card could detach one of its Xyz Materials once per turn with no restrictions, and it allowed its controller to win the Duel if it detached all of its Xyz Materials by its own effect, with no Counters involved.)
- "Number C88: Gimmick Puppet Disaster Leo": Once per turn, you can detach an Xyz Material from this card to inflict 1000 damage to the opponent. During your End Phase, if this card has no Xyz Materials while the opponent has 2000 or fewer Life Points, you win the Duel. (In the anime, the damage was 4000 instead of 1000, and it allowed its controller to win the Duel if it had no Xyz Materials at the end of a turn, with no requirement on the opponent's Life Points.)
- "Creator of Miracles": By shouting "ZEXAL Field!", this card allows a "Number C39" monster you control to attack directly for one turn. If you have previously activated the effects of "Winning Formula" and "Creator of Hope" during that Duel, and if it successfully inflicts battle damage during that direct attack, you win the Duel. "Creator of Miracles", "Winning Formula", and "Creator of Hope" are all illegal to use in official Duels.
- "Jackpot 7": This card banishes itself when sent to the Graveyard by your opponent's card effect. When three "Jackpot 7" are banished by this effect, you win the Duel.
- "Relay Soul": This card allows you to Special Summon a monster from your hand, but if it leaves the field, then your opponent wins the Duel. (In the anime, this card activated when the user's Life Points became 0 and prevented the user from losing, instead making the opponent's only victory condition the destruction of the Special Summoned monster.)
- "Don Thousand/Monster C": As a Boss Duel card equivalent to "Number iC1000: Numerronius Numerronia" (see below), it has the same victory condition in that during your opponent's End Phase, if they did not declare an attack that turn, they lose the Duel. However, this card does not have the attack-negating effect that the real "Numerronia" has. This card is only usable by a boss during a Yu-Gi-Oh! Day Boss Duel event.
- "Ghostrick Dorklord": Once per turn, you can attach a "Ghostrick" card in your hand to this card as an Xyz Material. When this card has 10 or more Xyz Materials, you win the Duel.
In the anime, there are also three more Duel winner cards:
- "Deuce": This card allows either player to win the Duel if they damage the opponent twice in a row; however, only one monster per player may attack per turn.
- "Number iC1000: Numerronius Numerronia": During your opponent's End Phase, if they did not declare an attack that turn, they lose the Duel. This card also has an effect that allows you to negate an opponent's attack by detaching an Xyz Material.
- "Draw of Fate": This card negates an opponent's attack and then has both players draw 1 card. Whoever has not used their drawn card by the End Phase loses the Duel.
There is also one Duel winner card that only exists in a video game:
- "Speed Spell - Final Countdown": As a Speed Spell version of "Final Countdown", you must remove 3 of your Speed Counters to activate this card. Then, as with the original card, after paying 2000 Life Points, you win the Duel after 20 turns have passed. Like most Speed Spell cards based on actual cards, this card exists only in the later games of the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship series of video games, specifically only in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2011: Over the Nexus.
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- The majority of Duel winner monsters are DARK, with the only exceptions being "Horakhty", who is DIVINE, and "Creator of Miracles", who is LIGHT.
- All Duel winner monsters that have been released in the TCG are DARK.
- The majority of Duel winners in the OCG/TCG were first seen in the anime or manga. Nearly all of them had their effects weakened or their condition made harder to accomplish when they were officially released.
- When successfully pulling off an alternate victory condition in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Force series of video games, the game will display the text (for example) "You won using the effects of 'Exodia the Forbidden One'." Strictly speaking, this is not accurate as victory conditions are not card effects (which can be negated) but rather conditions (which cannot).