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"Schooling the Master", known as "Hell Kaiser Ryo VS Master Samejima" in Japan, is the eighty-third episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. It aired in Japan on May 3, 2006, and in the United States on December 9, 2006.

Because of his newfound cruelty and hatred toward others, Zane Truesdale is confronted by Chancellor Sheppard, who challenges him to a Duel in hopes of reaching the person his former student used to be.

Summary

Zane Truesdale has returned to the Pro League, seemingly back and better than ever. However, Syrus Truesdale senses a huge change in his older brother—and not because of his new black outfit. Syrus believes that Zane has lost all respect for anyone he Duels against, and shows it after defeating an unnamed Duelist in his latest match and leaving him unconscious.

After being praised by Mr. Shroud (who introduced him to Underground Duels) for the most recent win, Zane drops him as an agent so he can look for his next victory. Fortunately, a mysterious note is left for him, simply stating, "I will be waiting there." After a long climb up a mountain, he enters the Cyber Style dojo and finds Chancellor Sheppard inside, declaring that he accepted his challenge to Duel.

As the Duel begins, Sheppard sets 2 cards and ends his turn, without even summoning a monster to the field, and Zane wonders what his opponent is planning. Then, Zane begins his turn immediately afterwards, using "Future Fusion" to Fusion Summon "Cyber End Dragon", but it cannot attack when summoned to the field with "Future Fusion". Sheppard declares that he knows all of "Cyber End Dragon's" secrets, as this monster once belonged to him before it was passed on to Zane, who was the top-ranking student to master the Cyber Style. Ten years later, after he left the Cyber Style dojo, Zane went on to become the number-one student and Duelist at Duel Academy. Sheppard then reveals that Zane is the sole heir to the Cyber Style legacy, and Zane reveals that he'd already known, declaring that he came back to the dojo to get the remainder of his birthright. Sheppard realizes that Zane knows of the "Cyber Style-Reverse Deck" ("Underworld Deck" in the English dub), a forbidden Deck that was hidden within the walls of the dojo. Zane demands to know the location of the Cyber Style-Reverse Deck, but Sheppard adamantly refuses. However, Zane insists on taking that Deck if he wins.

Upon hearing such a declaration, Sheppard continues with the Duel, activating "Cyber Shadow Gardna", which is a Trap Monster that can replicate the ATK and DEF of 1 of Zane's monsters, and he proves it when "Cyber Shadow Gardna" transforms itself into a "Dark" version of "Cyber End Dragon". Zane mocks his strategy as he uses "De-Fusion" to split his "Cyber End Dragon" into the 3 "Cyber Dragons" used to summon it, because "Cyber Shadow Gardna" can only replicate the ATK and DEF of 1 of Zane's monsters. As "Cyber Shadow Gardna" becomes a replica of "Cyber Dragon", Zane attacks, destroying 1 of his "Cyber Dragons" along with "Cyber Shadow Gardna".

Sheppard responds with "Byroad Sacrifice", which activates when a monster of his is destroyed in battle. He uses this Trap's effect to Special Summon "Cyber Ogre" from his hand. Zane denounces Sheppard's strategy as useless, and attacks with another of his "Cyber Dragons"—but "Cyber Ogre" has a surprising effect: Sheppard discards another copy from his hand, causing the battle between the "Cyber Ogre" on the field and "Cyber Dragon" to be negated. Afterwards, "Cyber Ogre" gains ATK equal to the ATK of the monster whose attack was negated. As "Cyber Ogre's" ATK rises to 4000, Zane sets 1 card and ends his turn.

Sheppard begins his turn, and just as he draws his card, Zane reveals his Trap Card, "Attack Reflector Unit", which allows him to tribute 1 of his "Cyber Dragons" and summon "Cyber Barrier Dragon" from his Deck. Zane explains that, once per turn, while it's in Attack Position, "Cyber Barrier Dragon" can negate the first attack Sheppard declares with a monster after it's summoned. With his attacks practically useless at this point, Sheppard uses "Monster Reincarnation" to retrieve the "Cyber Ogre" in his Graveyard and put it back in his hand. Then he sets 1 card and ends his turn.

Zane begins his turn, summoning "Proto-Cyber Dragon" and activating "Photon Generator Unit", which requires him to tribute 2 "Cyber Dragons" on the field and summon "Cyber Laser Dragon" ("Proto-Cyber Dragon" fills the requirement, as its name is treated as "Cyber Dragon" while on the field). "Proto-Cyber Dragon" and the third "Cyber Dragon" disappear from the field, and "Cyber Laser Dragon" is summoned in their place. "Cyber Laser Dragon" then uses its effect to destroy 1 monster Sheppard controls, if its ATK or DEF is greater than the ATK of "Cyber Laser Dragon". "Cyber Ogre" is destroyed, but Sheppard then activates "Scrap Fusion", which allows him to Fusion Summon a monster from Zane's Deck, if the Fusion Material Monsters in Zane's Graveyard are removed from play. With that, "Cyber End Dragon" appears on Sheppard's side of the field, and Zane realizes he cannot attack, so he sets 1 card and ends his turn.

Sheppard, in hopes of ultimately reigniting Zane's bond with "Cyber End Dragon", devises a strategy to give Zane the chance of retrieving his beloved monster. First, he activates "Pot of Greed" to draw 2 cards and then summons "Cyber Esper". Knowing that "Cyber Barrier Dragon" can only negate the first attack he declares, Sheppard declares an attack with "Cyber Esper", forcing "Cyber Barrier Dragon" to use up its effect. Sheppard realizes that if "Cyber Laser Dragon" is still on the field during Zane's next turn, Zane will use its effect to destroy "Cyber End Dragon". With that, he attacks with "Cyber End Dragon", destroying "Cyber Laser Dragon" and bringing Zane's Life Points down to 2400. Finally, he sets 1 card and ends his turn.

Zane begins his turn, but Sheppard then cautions him about the effect of "Cyber Esper": While it's in Attack Position, Zane must reveal any cards he draws to Sheppard. After revealing his own "Pot of Greed", he draws 2 more cards, revealed to be "Limiter Removal" and "Creature Swap". (The English dub changes "Creature Swap" to "Ruthless Denial", but the dialogue continues as if Zane had drawn "Creature Swap".) Sheppard theorizes that Zane will either use "Limiter Removal" to double the ATK of "Cyber Barrier Dragon" and destroy "Cyber Esper", or use "Creature Swap" to switch "Cyber End Dragon" to his side of the field and place "Cyber Barrier Dragon" under Sheppard's control. However, Sheppard has set the card "Trojan Blast", which will cause Zane to lose the Duel if he switches control of "Cyber End Dragon", because when an opponent's card effect switches control of a monster, "Trojan Blast" will destroy that monster and inflict damage to its new controller, equal to its ATK. Sheppard believes that, if Zane—the real Zane—still shares the bond he shared with "Cyber End Dragon" long ago, Zane will want to take it back.

Unfortunately, Zane's strategy involves him discarding "Creature Swap" to activate "Lost Pride" and take "Scrap Fusion" from Sheppard's Graveyard. Sheppard is appalled that Zane did not use "Creature Swap" to retake "Cyber End Dragon", and Zane declares that he no longer wants it. He then uses "Ruthless Denial" to send "Cyber Barrier Dragon" from the field to the Graveyard and force Sheppard to discard the "Cyber Ogre" in his hand. With 2 "Cyber Ogres" in the Graveyard, Zane uses "Scrap Fusion" to Fusion Summon Sheppard's "Cyber Ogre 2" to his side of the field while taking 1000 damage from "Lost Pride", which brings his Life Points down to 1400. Sheppard's disbelief grows stronger as Zane uses "Cyber Ogre 2" and "Limiter Removal" to destroy "Cyber End Dragon", betraying the monster he once cherished.

As the Duel ends with Zane the victor, the aftershock from the attack made by "Cyber Ogre 2" rips the tapestry emblazoned with the image of "Cyber End Dragon" off the wall and reveals a secret compartment behind it, where a small black box rests. Zane has finally found the Cyber Style-Reverse Deck and claims it for himself. Before Zane leaves, Sheppard declares his refusal to give up on Zane and invites him to the Genex Tournament, tossing him a Genex Medallion as his admission. Zane promises to think over the invitation, as he feels that it would be a good chance to test his new Deck. Meanwhile, as Zane turns to leave, Sheppard tells himself that if he can't bring Zane to his senses, maybe Zane's friends can.

Featured Duels

Zane Truesdale vs. Unidentified Pro League Duelist

Duel already in progress. Zane's opponent controls "Swordstalker" (2000/1600), "Vorse Raider" (1900/1200), "Granadora" (1900/700), "Whiptail Crow" (1650/1600), and "Morinphen" (1550/1300) in Attack Position while Zane controls "Cyber End Dragon" (4000/2800) in Attack Position.

"Swordstalker", "Vorse Raider", "Granadora", "Whiptail Crow", and "Morinphen" are suddenly and inexplicably destroyed. "Cyber End Dragon" attacks directly (Unidentified Pro League Duelist ? → 0).

Zane Truesdale vs. Chancellor Sheppard

Turn 1: Sheppard
Sheppard draws. He then Sets two cards.

Turn 2: Zane
Zane draws "Future Fusion" and subsequently activates it to send his three "Cyber Dragons" from his Deck to the Graveyard and Fusion Summon "Cyber End Dragon" (4000/2800) in Attack Position. Due to the secondary effect of "Future Fusion", "Cyber End Dragon" cannot attack in the same turn that it was Fusion Summoned. Sheppard then activates his face-down "Cyber Shadow Gardna", which is Special Summoned as a Effect Monster (?/?) in Attack Position. If "Cyber Shadow Gardna" is attacked, its ATK and DEF will become equal to that of the attacking monster. Otherwise, it will return to the Spell & Trap Card Zone face-down during Zane's End Phase.

Zane then activates "De-Fusion" to return "Cyber End Dragon" to the Fusion Deck and Special Summon his three "Cyber Dragons" (2100/1600 each) from the Graveyard in Attack Position. A "Cyber Dragon" attacks "Cyber Shadow Gardna". Due to the effect of "Cyber Shadow Gardna", its ATK and DEF become the same as the ATK and DEF of "Cyber Dragon" ("Cyber Shadow Gardna": ? → 2100/? → 1600). Both battling monsters are then destroyed in a Double KO. Sheppard then activates his face-down "Byroad Sacrifice" to Special Summon "Cyber Ogre" (1900/1200) from his hand in Attack Position since "Cyber Shadow Gardna" was destroyed in battle. Another "Cyber Dragon" attacks "Cyber Ogre", but Sheppard activates the effect of "Cyber Ogre" to negate the attack and increase the ATK of "Cyber Ogre" by the ATK of "Cyber Dragon" by discarding another copy of "Cyber Ogre" from his hand ("Cyber Ogre": 1900 → 4000/1200). Zane then Sets a card.

Turn 3: Sheppard
Sheppard draws. Zane then activates his face-down "Attack Reflector Unit" to Tribute one "Cyber Dragon" and Special Summon "Cyber Barrier Dragon" (800/2800) in Attack Position. While this card is in Attack Position, Zane can negate the first attack that Sheppard makes. Sheppard then activates "Monster Reincarnation" to add "Cyber Ogre" from his Graveyard to his hand by discarding "Return Soul". Sheppard then Sets a card.

Turn 4: Zane
Zane draws "Proto-Cyber Dragon" and subsequently Normal Summons it (1100/600) in Attack Position. This monster is treated as "Cyber Dragon" while it is face-up on the field. He then activates "Photon Generator Unit" to Tribute "Proto-Cyber Dragon" and "Cyber Dragon" and Special Summon "Cyber Laser Dragon" (2400/1800) in Attack Position. Zane then activates the effect of "Cyber Laser Dragon" to destroy "Cyber Ogre" as its ATK was higher than the ATK of "Cyber Laser Dragon". Sheppard then activates his face-down "Scrap Fusion" to remove the three "Cyber Dragons" in Zane's Graveyard from play and Fusion Summon Zane's "Cyber End Dragon" (4000/2800) in Attack Position and under his control. Zane then Sets a card.

Turn 5: Sheppard
Sheppard draws "Pot of Greed" and subsequently activates it to draw two cards (one of which is "Cyber Esper"). Sheppard then Normal Summons "Cyber Esper" (1200/1800) in Attack Position. "Cyber Esper" attacks "Cyber Barrier Dragon", but the effect of "Cyber Barrier Dragon" negates the attack. "Cyber End Dragon" attacks and destroys "Cyber Laser Dragon" (Zane 4000 → 2400). Sheppard then Sets a card ("Trojan Blast").

Turn 6: Zane
Zane draws "Pot of Greed". Since "Cyber Esper" is in Attack Position, Zane must now reveal every card that he draws to Sheppard. He shows Sheppard his own "Pot of Greed". Zane activates "Pot of Greed" to draw two cards. Due to the effect of "Cyber Esper", Zane reveals he drew "Limiter Removal" and "Creature Swap". Sheppard intends for Zane to activate "Creature Swap" to take control of "Cyber End Dragon". This will let Sheppard activate his face-down "Trojan Blast" which will destroy "Cyber End Dragon" and inflict its ATK as damage to Zane. Zane then activates his face-down "Lost Pride" to send "Creature Swap" from his hand to his Graveyard and add "Scrap Fusion" from Sheppard's Graveyard to his hand. If Zane activates "Scrap Fusion", "Lost Pride" will inflict 1000 damage to Zane.

Zane then activates "Ruthless Denial" to send "Cyber Barrier Dragon" from his field to the Graveyard and force Sheppard to send the "Cyber Ogre" in his hand to the Graveyard. Zane then activates "Scrap Fusion" to remove the two "Cyber Ogres" in Sheppard's Graveyard from play and Fusion Summon "Cyber Ogre 2" (2600/1900) in Attack Position and under his control (Zane 2400 → 1400).

"Cyber Ogre 2" attacks "Cyber End Dragon". Due to the effect of "Cyber Ogre 2", it gains ATK equal to half the ATK of "Cyber End Dragon" during damage calculation only ("Cyber Ogre 2": 2600 → 4600/1900). Zane then activates "Limiter Removal" to double the ATK of "Cyber Ogre 2" ("Cyber Ogre 2": 4600 → 9200/1900) until the End Phase. "Cyber Ogre 2" destroys "Cyber End Dragon" (Sheppard 4000 → 0).

Mistakes in the dub

  • Chancellor Sheppard stated that "Cyber Shadow Gardna" remained active for both of their turns, when in reality, "Cyber Shadow Gardna" would lose its effect at the end of Zane's turn.
  • Zane says that "Cyber Laser Dragon" can destroy a monster with "fewer attack points" once per turn, when he should have said, "more attack points".
  • When Chancellor Sheppard activates "Scrap Fusion", he states that he can take Fusion Monsters from Zane's Graveyard, when he should have said, "Fusion Material Monsters".
  • When Zane shows Sheppard the two cards he drew with "Pot of Greed", "Ruthless Denial" was shown instead of "Creature Swap". Sheppard's subsequent theory on Zane's move is based on him using that "Creature Swap" and "Ruthless Denial", so "Ruthless Denial" was the card Zane already had in his hand.
  • When Sheppard is thinking that Zane would destroy "Cyber Esper" then use "Creature Swap" to take "Cyber End Dragon", the situation is shown except with "Cyber Barrier Dragon" still on Zane's field when he would have had to give to Sheppard.
  • Zane sent "Cyber Barrier Dragon" to the Graveyard for "Ruthless Denial", but he'd mistakenly referred to it as "Cyber Laser Dragon".
  • When Zane says he sacrifices "Creature Swap", that card is shown like normal, but for a single frame, the artwork changes into that of "Pot of Greed" before it cuts to Sheppard
  • Even though Zane used "Cyber Laser Dragon" to destroy Sheppard's "Cyber Ogre", it's card is still shown on-ward, on Sheppard's Duel Disk.

Featured cards

The following cards appeared in this episode. Cards in italics debuted here.

Zane Truesdale
Chancellor Sheppard
Flashbacks
Other

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