Card Trivia:Kuriboh

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  • "Kuriboh" roughly translates to "chestnut person" in Japanese. It is also the Japanese name for the Super Mario Bros. enemy known as "Goomba" in the International regions.
  • In the Swedish Shonen Jump, an interview with Kazuki Takahashi occurred in 2005. He listed his favorite monsters, and "Kuriboh" finished third. In his commentary, he said (freely translated), "What does that look actually mean?"
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, this monster self-destructs on contact with the enemy. This effect would later be integrated into "Detonate", which works best after using "Multiply", another support card specifically for this card.
  • In the anime, this monster seems to be different from other monsters in the sense that it is almost sentient. A good example of this is in episode Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 68: "Legendary Fisherman, Part 1", where "Kuriboh" (of its own accord) looks at Obelisk the Tormentor in awe as it absorbs the power of Seto Kaiba's two other monsters that were on the field. Another example is episode Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 99: "Isolated in Cyber Space, Part 1", where "Kuriboh" itself chose to be Yugi's/Yami's first Deck Master in the Virtual World arc, much to their surprise.
    • Kaiba called this card one of the weakest monsters in the game, due to its low stats. In the anime and OCG/TCG, however, it has a very versatile effect and can be used with "Multiply" and "Detonate". In addition to this, there are many cards with lower ATK and DEF and no effect.
    • "Kuriboh's" apparent weakness is such that in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 131: "Attack of Chaos", even Pegasus was shocked that anyone would use it in their Deck.
    • Ironically, Kite Tenjo, who shares Kaiba's role in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL (more or less), doesn't share Kaiba's sentiment, having his own version of the card, "Kuriphoton" instead. (Yuma Tsukumo has one of his own, "Rainbow Kuriboh", and in both cases, these "Kuribohs" saved their owners from attacks of monsters with deus ex machina powers, much like the original did.)
    • Also ironically, Kaibaman, a card based on Kaiba himself, has less ATK than "Kuriboh", but more DEF.
  • This card or one of its counterparts appears in every Yu-Gi-Oh! series.
  • "Sangan" might be related to this card; the Japanese name for "Sangan" is pronounced "Kurittā", and interestingly, the manga card art for both "Sangan" and "Kuriboh" have both share the same pose and share the same background and may also be its grotesque counterpart as Yugi was seen using it against Yami.
  • This card may be a counterpart to "Hanewata", as "Hanewata" prevents the player from taking effect damage while this card prevents battle damage.
    • This could be further enforced by this card being a DARK Attribute Fiend-Type monster while "Hanewata" is a LIGHT Attribute Fairy-Type monster with the same Level and inverted ATK and DEF.