Counterpart

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A card is considered to be a counterpart of another card if it is intentionally made similar in appearance or effect.

"Lady of Faith" and "Doriado" are considered counterparts since they were intentionally made similar in appearance. The trend of making counterparts that are similar in appearance is more frequent in earlier booster sets. "Barrel Dragon" and "Blowback Dragon" are also considered counterparts since the latter's effect was based on the former's. However, counterparts in effect are sometimes less obvious or even unintentional.

Some counterparts are alternative versions of Normal Monsters that are given effects, e.g. "Obnoxious Celtic Guard" is this to "Celtic Guardian". These are referred to as retrained cards.

There are enhanced counterparts, such as "Muka Muka" to "Enraged Muka Muka", "Man-Eater Bug" to "Nobleman-Eater Bug", "Hane-Hane" to "Hade-Hane", "Levia-Dragon - Daedalus" to "Ocean Dragon Lord - Neo-Daedalus".

Some cards have Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel exclusive counterparts, such as "Roastic Horseman" to "Mystic Horseman", "Bubbly Elf" to "Mystical Elf", or "The Fire Dragon" to "Luster Dragon".

Many Monster Card counterparts share a consistent card theme across the monsters, and as such can be grouped into a card series, with an example being the Dark counterpart series. More rarely, monster counterparts can form an archetype, such as with "Malefic".