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Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s is the third incarnation of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. Having watched the first season (dub), I still have no clue what the 5D’s in the title is supposed to mean.

Was it just something that sounds cool in Japanese? Or is there actually meaning to it?

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The 5D's is meant to represent the legendary 5 Dragons (Signer Dragons) that the protagonists (Signers) use in order to fight the antagonists (Dark Signers).

These dragons are:

  1. Stardust Dragon
  2. Red Dragon Archfiend
  3. Black Rose Dragon
  4. Ancient Fairy Dragon
  5. Black-Winged Dragon

This was what the initial story made to believe anyway, because later on in the series, there is one more protagonist who awakens as a Signer and obtains a Signer Dragon; Leo obtains his after a duel where his life was on the line along with his sister Luna and Jack (both of whom were originally confirmed Signers). The sixth dragon is named Life Stream Dragon

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    Fun fact: While "5 Dragons" is the correct definition, 4Kids mislabeled it as "5 Duel Scoop" – Wondercricket Mar 21 at 20:48

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