In various anime series, this archetype was used by Jaden Yuki, Aster Phoenix, and The Supreme King in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and an alternate version of Aster Phoenix in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. In various manga publications, this archetype was used by Jaden Yuki, Aster Phoenix, and Koyo Hibiki in the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX manga, and Fusion Mask in Yu-Gi-Oh! D Team ZEXAL.
"HERO" monsters are often based on comic, cartoon, or movie style heroes.
This archetype was originally divided into "Elemental Hero", "Evil Hero" and "Destiny Hero", "Masked Hero" and "Vision Hero", but were later unified as the "HERO" archetype (with Problem-Solving Card Text renaming these archetypes "Elemental HERO", "Evil HERO" and "Destiny HERO", "Masked HERO" and "Vision HERO"). "HERO's Bond" and "Legacy of a HERO" are the only Spell Cards that are part of the "HERO" archetype. "Contrast HERO Chaos", the Xtra HERO cards, and the Illegal Match winner "E☆HERO Pit Boss" are the only "HERO" monsters not to be part of any of the five sub-groups by name alone, though "Chaos" is always treated as an "Elemental HERO" monster.
Prior to the Problem-Solving Card Text rename to distinguish between cards in this archetype and cards that simply include "Hero" in their name, cards that support this archetype in the OCG instead supported "Elemental Hero", "Destiny Hero" and "Evil Hero" as a group in the TCG ("Masked HERO" and "Vision HERO" had not been released in the TCG at that time). This was done in the old texts of "Elemental HERO Stratos", "Elemental HERO Ocean", "Elemental HERO Divine Neos", "Evil HERO Infernal Prodigy", "Elemental HERO Absolute Zero", and "HERO's Bond".
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The Korean cards use "히어로" to indicate "HERO". "Elemental HERO" and "Evil HERO" monsters are denoted by "엘리멘틀 히어로", and "Destiny HERO" monsters are denoted by "데스티니 히어로". However, "엘리멘틀" doesn't mean "Elemental", it is a transcription that is pronounced "Ellimenteul". Furthermore, the only card that shows "Evil HERO" translated into Korean properly is "Evil HERO Inferno Wing" and only in the Ultra Rare version of this card. So the proper translation of "Evil HERO" is "이블 히어로".
In English, originally text supporting them specified "Elemental Hero" and "Destiny Hero" monsters without acknowledging the archetype itself. However, after the TCG release of "Evil Heroes", errata for HERO support cards was issued to include them. With the Problem-Solving Card Text, in anticipation of the Masked HERO and Vision HERO sub-archetypes, "Elemental Hero", "Destiny Hero" and "Evil Hero" were renamed "Elemental HERO", "Destiny HERO" and "Evil HERO", respectively; they were first printed this way in Generation Force. From this booster pack onward, in English HERO has been supported as an archetype rather than a collection of the three archetypes. "HERO" is rendered in all capital letters to distinguish these cards from cards such as "Oscillo Hero" and "Hero Kid", which have "Hero" in their names but are not part of this archetype.
|Archetype||User in the Anime/Manga||Design|
|Elemental HERO||Jaden Yuki (as well as his manga counterpart), Koyo Hibiki and Aster Phoenix||Themed after comic-book superheroes from the anime and are based off natural elements in the manga.|
|Neo-Spacian||Jaden Yuki||These series of monsters are related to Elemental HERO Neos and their various Fusions with Neos have features of Neo-Spacians Neos fused with, as well as their effects.|
|Destiny HERO||Aster Phoenix (as well as his alternate universe counterpart)||These monsters are based on vigilantes/antiheroes (such as Batman, Devilman, and Spawn) as well as British culture and there is also an emphasis in the passage of time in most "Destiny HERO" card effects.|
|Evil HERO||The Supreme King||The designs of the "Evil HERO" monsters bear some similarity to various demonic superheroes, villains, and antiheroes, such as The Darkness, Hellboy, and Witchblade. Most of their monster lineup features corrupted versions of Elemental HEROs.|
|Vision HERO||Aster Phoenix||Most "Vision HERO" monsters wear helmets with a singular lens where the face would be, and have an almost robotic appearance.|
|Masked HERO||Jaden Yuki||While the "Elemental HERO" archetype is said to be based off of American superheroes, it can also be assumed that the "Masked HERO" archetype is a salute to Japanese Kamen Rider heroes. In addition to "Kamen" meaning "Masked", there are several similarities between the two, such the recurring "form changing" and transformations of Kamen Riders. The Double Attacks are also similar to the original Kamen Riders' (1 and 2) "Rider Double" techniques.|
|Xtra HERO||none||They all have futuristic designs similar to Vision HEROs. Each monster that belongs to this series of cards have designs and effects referring to the HERO sub-archetypes they support.|
|Obelisk Force HERO Deck|
- NeoArkadia (May 25, 2016). "[OCG] Duelist Festival 2016 Obelisk Force Deck Recipes". The Organization. Retrieved May 10, 2022.