"HERO" monsters are often based on comic book, cartoon, or movie style heroes.
The "HERO" archetype is the largest archetype in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.
This archetype was originally divided into five groups: "Elemental Hero", "Evil Hero", "Destiny Hero", "Masked Hero", and "Vision Hero", before later being unified as the "HERO" archetype (with Problem-Solving Card Text renaming them "Elemental HERO", "Evil HERO", "Destiny HERO", "Masked HERO" and "Vision HERO"). Following the advent of Master Rule 4, a sixth group, "Xtra HERO" was introduced. "HERO's Bond" and "Legacy of a HERO" are the only Spell Cards that are part of the "HERO" archetype. "Contrast HERO Chaos", and the IllegalMatch winner "E☆HERO Pit Boss" are the only "HERO" monsters not to be part of any of the six sub-groups by name alone, though "Chaos" is always treated as an "Elemental HERO" monster.
The Japanese cards use 「Ｅ・ＨＥＲＯ」, 「Ｅ－ＨＥＲＯ」, 「Ｅ☆ＨＥＲＯ」 「Ｃ・ＨＥＲＯ」, 「Ｄ－ＨＥＲＯ」, 「Ｍ・ＨＥＲＯ」, 「Ｖ・ＨＥＲＯ」 and 「Ｘ・ＨＥＲＯ」 at the start of their names so only those eight would work with 「ＨＥＲＯ」. Note that "Elemental HERO", "Evil HERO", and "Entertainment HERO" use 「Ｅ・ＨＥＲＯ」, 「Ｅ－ＨＥＲＯ」, and 「Ｅ☆ＨＥＲＯ」, and their furigana is different: "Elemental HERO" monsters have 「エレメンタルヒーロー」, "Evil HERO" monsters have 「イービルヒーロー」, and "Entertainment HERO" monsters have 「エンターテイメントヒーロー」.
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. The proper translation of "Evil HERO" is "이블 히어로".
In English, originally text supporting HEROes 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", and the future "Heroic" archetype, which have "Hero" in their names but are not part of this archetype.
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