Shortened and abbreviated card names and terms

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Some card names in the TCG and OCG use shortened or abbreviated names, either because the names would be too long unabbreviated, or for stylistic reasons. This page serves to list what each of these abbreviations stand for.

Monster Cards[edit]

English Japanese Expansion Notes
"A/D Changer" エーディーチェンジャー "Attack/Defense Changer"
"B. Dragon Jungle King" "Black Dragon Jungle King"
バイオ・プラント "Bio Plant"
"Constellar Ptolemy M7" セイクリッド・トレミスメシエセブン "Constellar Ptolemy Messier 7"
C・HEROコントラストヒーロー カオス "Contrast HERO Chaos"
ダーク・ナポレオン "Dark Napoleon"
"D. Human" ドラゴヒューマン "Drago Human"/"Dragon Human" often mistaken for "Demon Human"
"Dictator of D." "Dictator of Dragons"
"E☆HERO Pit Boss" E☆HEROエンターテインメント・ヒーロー 盤面の執行者ピット・ボス "Entertainment HERO Pit Boss"
F・G・Dファイブ・ゴッド・ドラゴン "Five God Dragon" the Japanese name of "Five-Headed Dragon"
"G.B. Hunter" ジービー・ハンター "Gladiator Beast Hunter" to exclude it from "Gladiator Beast" support
ハーピィ・レディ・SBサイバー・ボンテージ "Harpie Lady Cyber Bondage" the Japanese name of "Cyber Harpie Lady"; SB abbreviates the Japanese Saibā Bondēji
"HTS Psyhemuth" "High Temperature Semiconductive Psyhemuth"
"KA-2 Des Scissors" KA-2 デス・シザース Not an abbreviation, but a pun in that 2 is ni in Japanese, thus KA-2 may be read kani meaning "crab"
"Giltia the D. Knight" "Giltia the Dark Knight"
"Lady of D." "Lady of Dragons"
"Little D" "Little Dinosaur"
"Lord of D." "Lord of Dragons"
"M-Warrior #1" "Magnet-Warrior #1" Not related to "Magnet Warriors". Its Japanese name does not include "Warrior".
"M-Warrior #2" "Magnet-Warrior #2" Not related to "Magnet Warriors". Its Japanese name does not include "Warrior".
"Muse-A" "Muse-Angel"
"T.A.D.P.O.L.E." たまじゃ Not an abbreviation, but refers to a pun in Japanese where otamajakushi means "tadpole", but can also be split into the five words o / tama / ja / ku / shi, individually meaning "evil / soul / vice / pain / death" (this is reflected in how this card's Japanese name has been written out)

Spell Cards[edit]

English Japanese Expansion Notes
"The A. Forces" "The Allied Forces"
"Double Tool C&D" ダブルツールディーアンドシー "Cut and Drill"/"Chainsaw and Drill"
"EN Shuffle" ENイーエヌシャッフル "Elemental Neo Shuffle"
HRUMハイパーランクアップマジック-アルティメット・フォース "Hyper-Rank-Up-Magic Ultimate Force"
"NEX" NEXネオスペーシアンエクステント "Neo-Spacian Extent"
WRUMダブルランクアップマジック-ホープ・フォース "Double-Rank-Up-Magic Utopia Force" W is used to abbreviate ダブル daburu ("double") as the letter W is similarly pronounced daburyū in Japanese

Trap Cards[edit]

English Japanese Expansion Notes
"D. Tribe" "Dragon Tribe"
"D2 Shield" ディーツーシールド "Defense 2 Shield"
"G Force" ジー・フォース "Gem Force"
"NEXT" NEXTネオスペースエクステンション "Neo-Spacian Extention" Name is an extension of "NEX"

Card groups[edit]

English Japanese Expansion Notes
"A" "Alien" in "Alien" support
A-Counter Alien Counter
A・O・Jアーリー・オブ・ジャスティス Ally of Justice
アドバンスド Advanced as in "Advanced Crystal Beast"
Attack in the Japanese version of the anime
B.E.S. Bacterium Empire Ship
Battlewasp B・Fビー・フォース Bee Force the Japanese name of the "Battlewasp" archetype, abbreviated as B・F instead of BF like "Blackwing" ("Black Feather") monsters
Blackwing BFブラックフェザー Black Feather the Japanese name of the "Blackwing" archetype
"C" ジー "Cockroach" the Japanese name abbreviates ゴキブリ gokiburi, Japanese for "cockroach"
"Carrier" in the Japanese version of the anime
チェーン Chain the Japanese name of the "Iron Chain" archetype
カオス Chaos
CXyz CXカオスエクシーズ Chaos Xyz
DTダークチューナー Dark Tuner in the Japanese anime
ディフォーマー Deformer the Japanese name of the "Morphtronic" archetype
D ディー Destiny in "Destiny HERO" support
D.D. ディーディー Different Dimension
D/D DDディーディー Different Dimension
D/D/D DDDディーディーディー Different Dimension Demon
D-HEROデステニーヒーロー Destiny HERO
E・HEROエレメンタルヒーロー Elemental HERO
E-HEROイービルヒーロー Evil HERO
EX EXエクストラ Extra in "Arcana Force" monsters
"Guard" in the Japanese version of the anime
Heroic Challenger ヒロイックチャレンジャ Heroic Challenger
Heroic Champion ヒロイックチャンピオン Heroic Champion
LV LVレベル Level
M・HEROマスクドヒーロー Masked HERO
mdl model Used in the names of "Karakuri" monsters
Number C カオスNo.ナンバーズ Chaos Number
Number iC カオスイマジナリーNo.ナンバーズ Chaos imaginary Number seen only in the anime
Number No.ナンバーズ Number
Number 10X No.ナンバーズ10X Over-Hundred Number
Number C10X カオスNo.ナンバーズ10X Chaos Over-Hundred Number
Number F FNo.フューチャーナンバーズ Future Number
Number S シャイニングNo.ナンバーズ Shining Number
Performage Emエンタメイジ Entermage
Performapal EMエンタメイト Entermate
R-Genex Real-Genex
Raidraptor RRレイド・ラプターズ Raid Raptors
RDMランクダウンマジック Rank-Down-Magic
RUMランクアップマジック Rank-Up-Magic
T.G. TGテックジーナス Tech Genus
"Top" in the Japanese version of the anime
V・HEROヴィジョンヒーロー Vision HERO
ZW - ZWゼアル・ウェポン ZEXAL Weapon
ZS - ZSゼアル・サーバス ZEXAL Servers


Several cards have been printed with shortened or abbreviated names, but received errata to unshorten/unabbreviate the name.

Card Former name
"Black Dragon's Chick" "Red-Eyes B. Chick"
"Black Skull Dragon" "B. Skull Dragon"
"Malefic Red-Eyes Black Dragon" "Malefic Red-Eyes B. Dragon"
"Meteor Black Dragon" "Meteor B. Dragon"
"Red-Eyes Black Dragon" "Red-Eyes B. Dragon"