Red-Eyes" (レッドアイズ Reddoaizu) is an archetype of Dragon- Type monsters used most notably by Joey Wheeler in and Yu-Gi-Oh! Atticus Rhodes in .
The archetype is based mainly on
supporting the original member, " Red-Eyes B. Dragon" (often given as " Red-Eyes Black Dragon"), who, according to the anime, was created to rival the strength of " Blue-Eyes White Dragon". The first stated that while " Yu-Gi-Oh! movie Blue-Eyes" brings power, "Red-Eyes" brings potential.
first movie Shougo Aoyama got a " Red-Eyes Black Dragon" card, but was too timid to use it. Yugi Muto uses it against Seto Kaiba for Shougo. He demonstrates how "Red-Eyes" brings potential by fusing it with " Meteor Dragon" to Summon " Meteor Black Dragon".
In the Yu-Gi-Oh!
manga and anime " Red-Eyes Black Dragon" became one of the signature cards of Joey Wheeler after he won it from Rex Raptor in Duelist Kingdom. Joey used it and a few of its support cards throughout the series.
, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Nightshroud and Atticus Rhodes use a "Red-Eyes Deck", including a number of "Red-Eyes" cards and their support.
, Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time Paradox used the " Red-Eyes Black Dragon" to Summon " Malefic Red-Eyes Black Dragon".
, "Red-Eyes B. Dragon" appeared as a statue as one of the legendary monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Roku played a " Statue" version of it in a Statue Duel against Yuma.
Decks typically focus on getting it into one of its many alternate forms, as on its own it is rather weak for a monster of its Level. Compared to its rival, the " Blue-Eyes White Dragon", it is very easy to upgrade and several Dragon-based Decks work well with this archetype of cards.
One of the oldest "Red-Eyes"-based Decks developed from the release of the
is the Dragon's Roar Structure Deck Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon Deck, which focuses on powering up " Darkness Dragon" by sending Dragon- Type monsters to the Graveyard. " Cyberdark" monsters can be combined into this particular type of Deck to create the Cyberdarkness Deck. Another less commonly used Deck is a "Fusion Red-Eyes Deck", focusing on Fusion Summoning " B. Skull Dragon" and " Meteor B. Dragon" as quickly as possible, and possibly Special Summon their Material Monsters back from the Graveyard to swarm the field.
With the release of "
Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon" and " Red-Eyes Wyvern", the " Hopeless Dragon Deck" and its more aggressive " Disaster Dragon" counterpart have become popular, which utilize the effect of "Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon" and its ability to revive Dragons from the Graveyard. However, the eventual restriction of "Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon" limited its use.
"Red-Eyes" as an archetype saw little development between 2007 and 2015, until they received all new support in
Clash of Rebellions. The new "Red-Eyes" cards represent a return to the original Fusion focus of "Red-Eyes B. Dragon" – with the Archetype-exclusive " Red-Eyes Fusion" and – for the first time since " B. Skull Dragon" – a new Fusion monster in the form of " Black Dragon Archfiend". In addition, building on the Normal Monster focus of the archetype's progenitors, the new assortment of "Red-Eyes" cards add Gemini monsters to the archetype, including upgraded counterparts of "Red-Eyes B. Dragon" and " Summoned Skull" – " Red-Eyes Black Flare Dragon" and " Red-Eyes Lightning Lord - Evil Archfiend". Also, it gains more support in the downgraded form of "Red-Eyes B. Chick": " The Black Stone of Legend", thus allowing "Red-Eyes B. Dragon", or any Level 7 or lower "Red-Eyes" monster (except the aforementioned "Red-Eyes B. Chick") to be Special Summoned from the Deck and return to the Deck (along with "The Black Stone of Legend") from the Graveyard.