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Forbidden Characters
禁断文字 (Kindan Moji)
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Forbidden Characters is a form of card text featured on cards in the Duel Masters Trading Card Game.

Details

KNDN chart

A chart of forbidden characters.

Forbidden characters are a type of encoding system that is first featured on a promotional version of Forbidden. It encodes English and thus the forbidden Characters correspond to English characters. At first the text is considered having unknown meaning, but players had deciphered the text and it revealed the mysterious mechanic Seal. This mechanic is an unknown mechanic and thus many players thought it is a non-card object. Later on in the DMVSR season of the anime, a card named kndn legend dkdm x appeared and is used by Basara, and the seal mechanic was known to players. The card itself is actually a secret version of Dokindam X, The Legendary Forbidden which appears extremely rarely and is nearly impossible to obtain by regular players due to its extremely low packaging rate and thus high prices.

Despite forbidden characters are not Japanese characters, Forbidden character cards can be used in official tournaments. However, in order to prevent younger players from unable to recognize the card's effect, tournaments may disallow Forbidden character cards to be used. As a result, it is recommended to bring a proxy copy of the Japanese version of the card for reference purposes. Additionally, despite it references English text, cards with forbidden characters cannot be used in the English game, and is still a card in the Japanese game.

Letter Chart

A B C D E F G
a b c d e f g
H I J K L M N
h i j k l m n
O P Q R S T U
o p q r s t u
V X Y Z
v x y z

DMR-23 later released Initials X creatures that had Forbidden Characters for Greek letters (which have previously been used by Survivors.

Alpha Beta Delta Gamma
Alpha Beta Delta Gamma

Examples of cards with Forbidden Characters

KNDN
kndn
Fire / Creature / 9 / 9999
■ Creatures can't attack.
creatures can't attack.

■ Seals can't be removed from creatures.
seals can't be removed from creatures.

The world will come to end when the forbidden seal becomes unlocked.
the world will come to end when the forbidden seal becomes unlocked.


KNDN ~SEALED X~
kndn ~sealed x~
Fire / KNDN Pulse
■ This pulse starts the game in the battle zone with 6 seals on it.
this pulse starts the game in the battle zone with 6 seals on it.

■ This pulse can't leave the battle zone.
this pulse can't leave the battle zone.

■ Unsealing—When this pulse has no seals on it, flip it to its creature side.
unsealing—when this pulse has no seals on it, flip it to its creature side.

■ Whenever a player puts a command into the battle zone, he puts seal from one of his cards into graveyard.
whenever a player puts a command into the battle zone, he puts seal from one of his cards into graveyard.


KNDN LEGEND DKDM X
kndn legend dkdm x
Fire / KNDN Creature / 99 / 99999
■ Triple breaker
triple breaker

■ When this card is flipped to this creature side, your opponent puts a seal on each of his creatures.
when this card is flipped to this creature side, your opponent puts a seal on each of his creatures.

■ Whenever a spell that costs 4 or less would cause your opponent to choose a creature, he can't choose this one.
whenever a spell that costs 4 or less would cause your opponent to choose a creature, he can't choose this one.

■ If this card is anywhere other than the battle zone, you lose the game.
if this card is anywhere other than the battle zone, you lose the game.

Artist: [[MITSUAKI MATSUMOTO|mtsk mtmt]]


DEMON HAND
demon hand
Darkness / Spell / 6
Shieldtrigger ST (When this spell is put into your hand from your shield zone, you may cast it for no cost.)
Shieldtriggerst(when this spell is put into your hand from your shield zone, you may cast it for no cost.)

■ Destroy one of your opponent's creatures.
destroy one of your opponent's creatures.

Artist: hippo


Red-End, Super Lightning Sonic was also seen played by Basara. Its name and race was in Japanese characters, but the ability and other card details were in forbidden characters.

超轟速 レッド・エンド
Fire / Evolution Creature / ソニック・コマンド + 侵略者 / 5 / 6000
■ Evolution - Put on one of your fire creatures.

evolution - put on one of your fire creatures.

■ Invasion - Fire command

invasion - fire command

■ Double Breaker

double breaker

■ When this creature is destroyed, you may put one of the cards that was under it from your graveyard into the battle zone.

when this creature is destroyed, you may put one of the cards that was under it from your graveyard into the battle zone.


Other Characters

Additionally, forbidden characters have been featured in creature's artworks, reading as follows:

Since each of the cards with a Forbidden Characters card exist with a Japanese printing, they can be directly compared to the original card.

Forbidden Characters: Japanese: English: Reference:
kndn 禁断 Kindan / Forbidden Forbidden
dkdm ドキンダム Dokindam Dokindam X, The Legendary Forbidden
unsealing 禁断解放 Forbidden Liberation Forbidden ~The Sealed X~
st S・トリガー Shield Trigger Terror Pit
knda 禁断機関 Forbidden Engine VV-8, Forbidden Machine
forbidden riser 禁断機動 Forbidden Mechanism VV-8, Forbidden Machine
dormaggedon X ドルマゲドン X Dormageddon X Dormageddon X, Forbidden Armageddon
forbidden star
~the last day of the world~
FORBIDDEN STAR ~世界最後の日~ FORBIDDEN STAR ~The Last Day of the World~ FORBIDDEN STAR ~World's Last Day~

Appearances in the anime

Red-End Forbidden Characters

Red-End's effect changing to Forbidden Characters

Only Basara is able of reading the forbidden characters, this being the reason why Zakira let him have the unsealed version of Forbidden. Later on, when Basara duels against Lucifer in a revenge match, the card of Red-End, Super Lightning Sonic had its effect changed from kanji to Forbidden Characters which only he could read, which influenced the outcome of the duel as Lucifer accidentally destroyed it and helped his opponent unseal Dokindam X after playing a Fire Command.

Whenever a seal was removed, a number would be displayed in Forbidden Characters as ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE and SIX. Additionally, Forbidden Characters seem to appear around the creatures as well as on their cards.

The letters surrounding Red-End, spell out his name, REDEND redend

The letters showed during Dokindam's liberating and those shown on cards that seal the opponent's creatures read, SEAL seal

The letters on Redzone X's bracelets spell out DARKNESS darkness

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