Card Artworks:Dark Magician Girl

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"Dark Magician Girl" has six artwork variations used on cards. It also has an illustration which was used for the "Magi Magi ☆ Magician Gal" card artwork. Most of the artworks have been subject to edits or cross-medium differences, making it the card with the largest number of overall artworks, after the generic "Token" card.

Manga artwork[edit]

This image was first used as the manga artwork. It debuted in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 164: "The Calling Soul!", on February 28, 2000. It was first printed in the OCG as the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters III: Tri-Holy God Advent Official Tournament Street Duel Legend of Power prize card, released August 27, 2000.

In this artwork, the monster's choker and waist loop are yellow (the latter of which is only visible in fully body extensions of this artwork, such as video game monster projections and the Field Center artwork).

  • This artwork was initially unedited in the English manga, but later printings replaced the hexagram symbol in the jewel with a triangle.
  • Later printings of the Japanese manga replaced the hexagram with a pentagram.
  • The manga artwork with the pentagram was later available in color.
  • The fist Japanese OCG artwork is based on this artwork. It is colorized, hearts are added to the background and her pose is slightly changed.
  • The first TCG and Korean OCG artwork is based on the Japanese OCG artwork. The outline of her bust is erased, the hexagram-emblazoned jewel is replaced with a plain red jewel, and her right sleeve is moved up along her arm.
  • The Japanese OCG artwork was later edited to replace the hexagram with a pentagram.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 4: Battle of Great Duelist (released December 7, 2000) uses a zoomed-in version of the initial OCG artwork, with the background changed to plain green. Her eyes are blue instead of green.
  • A full body version of the pose, with the pentagram edit, was used on a Field Center Card.

"Dark Magician Girl" appears in the outfit from this artwork in the artworks of "Dark Burning Attack", "Bond Between Teacher and Student", and "Magicians' Combination".

Duel 164 pose[edit]

This artwork is based on the pose "Dark Magician Girl" was drawn in when Summoned in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 164: "The Calling Soul!" (the debut appearance of "Dark Magician Girl"), which was released on February 28, 2000. It has never been printed in the OCG.

  • A zoomed-in version is used in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters III: Tri-Holy God Advent (released July 13, 2000). In this artwork, her outfit has a different color scheme than other appearances' blue and pink: her tunic, hat, and gloves are red-violet with a cyan trim; her cape and skirt are dark purple; her choker is cyan.
    • The internationally localized version of the game, Yu-G-Oh! Dark Duel Stories (released March 19, 2002), uses an edited version of that artwork, erasing the cleavage from the artwork.
  • Announcements for the Street Duel Legend of Power prize card use an artwork whose design has not been seen elsewhere and not used on the printed card. This uses the same color scheme as the Duel Monsters III artwork. Although the trim and choker are white instead of cyan. Also visible are her waist loop, which is white; and her rod which is blue with a white trim and white tip.
  • One of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters video game promotional artwork cards (released March 21, 2001) was printed with this artwork. This artwork is based on the Street Duel Legend of Power announcement artwork, but with the standard pink and blue color scheme, although her cheek stickers remain purple instead of the standard pink. The monster's cheek stickers are purple (like the Street Duel Legend of Power announcement artwork) rather than pink (like the standard color scheme), and her choker is purple instead of pink. Additionally, the Dark Magical Circle in the background is shrunk, so that the entire circle fits on the card.
  • The Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters tabletop game uses a variation of this artwork with a different background. This artwork is also used in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters video game.
  • The English Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters tabletop game uses a variation of the Japanese Dungeon Dice Monsters artwork, but zoomed out to show Dark Magician Girl's entire body (in contrast to the Japanese artwork, which is framed above her legs).
  • The official English Yu-Gi-Oh! anime website, yugioh.com, displays an edited version of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters video game promotional card artwork. This variant replaces the hexagram-emblazoned jewel with a plain red jewel, erases the outline of her bust, extends her sleeves to cover more of her chest, and moves the strand of hair hanging over her right shoulder to be behind her arm. The monster's costume and rod are cyan rather than the deeper blue seen on the artwork card, and her choker is colored pink (like her standard color scheme) instead of purple. Additionally, the Dark Magical Circle has the same size and placement as the Street Duel Legend of Power announcement artwork. Despite the yugioh.com site usually displaying artworks used in the international dub of the anime, this artwork has never appeared in the anime, or anywhere else.

DDM original artwork[edit]

This was first used in media relating to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters video game (released March 21, 2001), such as the box, manual and one of the promotional cards. However, it is not used for the "Dark Magician Girl" figure in the game.

In this artwork, the monster's choker and waist loop are pink.

  • One of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters video game promotional artwork cards was printed with this artwork. It features the Dark Magical Circle against a blue background.
  • In the OCG version of this artwork (released June 28, 2001), the background was changed to a pink swirl with two concentric rings of hearts.
  • The second TCG artwork is an edited version of the OCG artwork, with outline of her bust erased and the hexagram-emblazoned jewel replaced with a plain red jewel.

Duel 174 pose[edit]

This artwork is based on the pose "Dark Magician Girl" was drawn in when Summoned in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 174: "The Combo of God!!", released May 22, 2000. It was first printed in the OCG in Limited Edition 5, released April 8, 2003.

This pose may have been inspired by the first OCG artwork of "Dark Magician", in which "Dark Magician" has a similar pose. Both artworks depict the magicians holding their hat with their left hand and scepter with their right hand, having their legs bent with their knees forward while floating, and in front of the Dark Magical Circle.

In this artwork, the monster's choker is pink and her waist loop is yellow. Her eyes are blue instead of the usual green.

  • This was used as the third Japanese OCG artwork.
  • The third TCG artwork is an edited version of this artwork, with outline of her bust erased, the hexagram-emblazoned jewel replaced with a plain red jewel, and the top of her outfit increased in size to cover more of her chest.
  • The Japanese OCG artwork was later edited to replace the hexagram with a pentagram.

"Dark Magician Girl" appears in the outfit from this artwork in the artworks of "Dark Burning Magic" and "Dark Magic Expanded".

Anniversary artwork[edit]

This is the fourth Japanese OCG artwork. It was released in Anniversary Pack (released December 20, 2008) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game. It is the only Japanese OCG artwork to never be edited for the TCG; in the TCG, it has only been released as part of The Lost Art Promotion 2020, which features cards with their original Japanese artworks.

In this artwork, the monster's costume's trim, cape, and skirt are all lavender instead of pink; her choker and waist loop are also lavender, instead of pink or yellow like in other artworks. Her eyes are blue instead of the usual green. Additionally, the spiral on her hat is on the right side instead of the left side.

Duel Art artwork[edit]

A more "life-like" illustration of "Dark Magician Girl" was included in Duel Art, released December 16, 2011. It has not been used on any "Dark Magician Girl" cards, but a modified version of it was used for "Magi Magi ☆ Magician Gal", which was released as the Weekly Shōnen Jump 2012, Issue 2 promotional card (released December 12, 2011)—on "Magi Magi ☆ Magician Gal", the runes in the magic circle are replaced with Cyrillic characters.

In this artwork, the monster has a black-and-silver version of her usually blue-and-pink outfit, as well as her eye color being changed to purple. In addition, her gloves cover her fingers, she is wearing purple eyeshadow, and has an ankh tattoo on her chest.

Dark Side of Dimensions artwork[edit]

This is the fifth Japanese OCG artwork, designed for the movie Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. "Dark Magician Girl" appears with this artwork in the The Dark Side of Dimensions (released April 23, 2016). It was first printed in the OCG in the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Duel Set, released April 21, 2016.

In this artwork, the monster's choker and waist loop are purple.

  • An edited version of this was released in the TCG outside of North America and the Korean OCG, which had the outline of her bust erased and replaced the pentagram-emblazoned jewel with a plain red jewel.
  • An edited version of this was released in North America, the same as the previous edit, but with the "Dark Magical Circle" in the background made much fainter.

"Dark Magician Girl" appears in the outfit from this artwork in the artwork of "Magicians' Defense".