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Throughout the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, the gender of Monster Cards has occasionally seen relevance as an element of gameplay. This page does not discuss gender as it relates to non-card characters.

Manga and anime[edit]

"Shadow of Eyes"[edit]

In the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, the card "Shadow of Eyes" enabled the selected monster to use pheromones to tempt their enemies, forcing them into Attack Position. Character dialogue and usage clarifies that the card only affects monsters of the opposite sex to the selected monster. The card was only demonstrated to be used on female monsters to force male monsters into Attack Position.[1][2]

In the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, "Shadow of Eyes" worked the same way.[3][4]

"No. 22: Zombiestein"[edit]

In the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga, "No. 22: Zombiestein" has an effect which prevents it from attacking female monsters, which made it stop its attack against "Gagaga Girl".[5]

Video games[edit]

"Cyber Shield", "Electro-whip", and "Malevolent Nuzzler"[edit]

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 1 to 4, Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories, and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses, "Cyber Shield" can only be equipped to female monsters. As each game adds new cards, the number of cards "Cyber Shield" works with increases. No game updates existing cards to change whether or not they can be used with "Cyber Shield".

"Electro-whip" and "Malevolent Nuzzler" can be used with female and certain other monsters. Both of these cards' viable targets include all of the targets for "Cyber Shield", plus more.

Viable targets for "Cyber Shield" across the six games include:


In Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 1 to 4, Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories, and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses, there are multiple ways of fusing the same card. Each combination consists of two pools, where any card from the first pool can be fused with any card from the second.

The following have at least one pool of entirely female cards, with a lower ATK than the Fusion Monster:

The female monster fusion group consists of all the targets for "Cyber Shield", with a few modifications:


Although gender has no direct effect on gameplay, the gender of monsters can influence how archetype support is written in most printed TCG languages that feature grammatical gender (i.e. all of them other than English).

To account for gender and other grammatical inflections (such as grammatical number) causing cards in the same archetype to not use the exact same letters in the name of the archetype in their card name, occasionally archetype support cards specify multiple inflections at once (e.g. "Mágico(a)" in Portuguese or "Mágico/a" in Spanish) to clarify that all of those inflections are supported.

The exception to this is the Italian print, for which archetype support does not include multiple inflections. Name strings like these are usually written in singular masculine (unless the majority of the members are female, e.g. "Charmer", or the name is always plural), without specifically mentioning other inflections of the same words. Cards using other inflections of the written archetype name are implicitly supported, without the need for the different inflections to be explicitly specified.


  1. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 116116 (Duelist Duel 57): "Find Yourself!"
  2. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 117117 (Duelist Duel 58): "Running on the Edge!"
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 02929: "Duel Identity, Part 1"
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! episode 03030: "Duel Identity, Part 2"
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Rank 01818: "Kaito Again!!"