History Series / Beetleborgs

14th Jul '16 5:24:19 PM Mikeyfan93
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Unlike ''Power Rangers'', this show made little attempt to be serious, being more light-hearted and comical (meaning that it makes even the early seasons of ''Power Rangers'' look like a Sam Peckinpah film). It also had a storyline completely different from its Japanese counteparts. It even aimed to a younger demographic, evidenced by the heroes [[KidAppealCharacter being 9-10 years old]].

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Unlike ''Power Rangers'', this show made little attempt to be serious, being more light-hearted and comical (meaning that it makes even the early seasons of ''Power Rangers'' look like a Sam Peckinpah film). It also had a storyline completely different from its Japanese counteparts.counterparts. It even aimed to a younger demographic, evidenced by the heroes [[KidAppealCharacter being 9-10 years old]].



The three friends, with their new powers and a little help from Flabber, must stop them. This is complicated by the "House Monsters", comic relief monsters (Count Fangula, a vampire; Wolfgang, a werewolf; Mums, a mummy; Frankenbeans, a FrankensteinsMonster, and later Little Ghoul [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a... er, little ghoul]]), who often try to eat the kids, but generally have to settle for eating the screen-time.

The second season had an exchange of villains and subsequently an exchange of costumes, with a new ally in the artist who created the comics and his evil brother working for the new bad guys. Slightly DarkerAndEdgier but nothing too shocking. The show remained relatively popular, but like ''Power Rangers'' the source footage eventually ran out. Unlike ''Rangers'', there was no follow-up series to adapt (well [[Series/BRoboKabutack technically there was]], but it was drastically different from the previous ''B-Fighter'' shows and was somehow even more kid-friendly than ''Beetleborgs'').

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The three friends, with their new powers and a little help from Flabber, must stop them. This is complicated by the "House Monsters", comic relief monsters (Count Fangula, a vampire; Wolfgang, a werewolf; Mums, a mummy; Frankenbeans, a FrankensteinsMonster, and later Little Ghoul [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a... er, little ghoul]]), who often try to eat the kids, but generally have to settle for eating the screen-time.

screen-time and [[ChewingTheScenery the scenery.]]

The second season had an exchange of villains and subsequently an exchange of costumes, with a new ally in the artist who created the comics and his evil brother working for the new bad guys. Slightly DarkerAndEdgier but nothing too shocking. The show remained relatively popular, but like ''Power Rangers'' the source footage eventually ran out. Unlike ''Rangers'', there was no follow-up series to adapt (well [[Series/BRoboKabutack technically there was]], but it was drastically different from the previous ''B-Fighter'' shows and was somehow even more ''more'' kid-friendly than ''Beetleborgs'').



** Hillhurst was also visited by I. M. Fine, the writer of the horror book series Fright Files. He is obviously based on ''Literature/Goosebumps'' writer Creator/RLStine.
* NoEnding: The Metallix season ends with the heroes in charge of BOTH HumongousMecha and holding effectively all the powerups and {{MacGuffin}}s they were fighting over. Les Fortunes also quits working with Nukus. But, most notably, Nukus and his gang are never actually defeated.

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** Hillhurst was also visited by I. M. Fine, the writer of the horror book series Fright Files. He is obviously based on ''Literature/Goosebumps'' ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' writer Creator/RLStine.
* NoEnding: The Metallix season Like ''Series/VRTroopers'' before it, once the ''B-Fighter'' footage ran out, the show was over. ''Metallix'' ends with the heroes in charge of BOTH HumongousMecha and holding effectively all the powerups and {{MacGuffin}}s they were fighting over. Les Fortunes also quits working with Nukus. But, most notably, Nukus and his gang are never actually defeated.



* SoLastSeason: The first fight of the Metallix season showcases this trope for the old Beetleborg suits, as Nukus easily wipes the floor with the kids, while nothing in the borgs' arsenal able to put as much as a scratch on him. To make matters worse, Nukus completely and utterly destroys their suits. For this reason, the Beetleborgs upgraded to the much more powerful Beetleborgs Metallix suits.

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* SoLastSeason: The first fight of the Metallix season showcases this trope for the old Beetleborg suits, as Nukus easily wipes the floor with the kids, while nothing in the borgs' Borgs' arsenal is able to put as much as a scratch on him. To make matters worse, Nukus completely and utterly destroys their suits. For this reason, the Beetleborgs upgraded to the much more powerful Beetleborgs Metallix suits.
3rd Jul '16 3:23:49 AM Dark_Lord_
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* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Subverted. Both groups of villains easily and frequently enter Hillhurst as if they own the place already, but it never seems to occur to them that they can destroy the place without any effort due to this.



* HitFlash: Of the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' variety; {{justified|Trope}} in that the heroes are based on comic book characters.
** They were very prominent early in the first season, but disappeared halfway through.

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* HitFlash: Of the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' variety; {{justified|Trope}} in that the heroes are based on comic book characters.
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characters. They were very prominent early in the first season, but disappeared halfway through.gradually appeared less and less until completely disappearing in the second season.



* LighterAndSofter: Compared to Saban's other live action works, such as ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and ''Series/VRTroopers'' this series simply embraces its silliness and keeps a very lighthearted tone.

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* LighterAndSofter: Compared to Saban's other live action works, such as ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and ''Series/VRTroopers'' ''Series/VRTroopers'', this series simply embraces its silliness and keeps a very lighthearted tone.



* MonsterOfTheWeek: Vexor summons them from comic book drawings. Nukus also gets his from drawings, but the artist draws them specifically for him.

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* MonsterOfTheWeek: Vexor summons them from comic book drawings. Beetleborgs comics, making him dependent on whatever monster appears in the current issue. Nukus also gets has Les Fortunes draw his monsters for him, after which he summons the monster from drawings, but the artist draws them specifically for him. drawing.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: This show has a fair share of celebrity impressions. Notable examples are:
** Flabber, who looks like a combination between Elvis Presley and Jay Leno, with the mannerisms of Jim Carrey.
** One MonsterOfTheWeek disguises himself as the trainer Hurt-Ulese, who's Austrian accent and constantly quoting "I'll be back" betray he is based on Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger. Fun thing to note is that Hercules is Arnolds first international role.
** Hillhurst was also visited by I. M. Fine, the writer of the horror book series Fright Files. He is obviously based on ''Literature/Goosebumps'' writer Creator/RLStine.



* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Seemingly averted, until Vlad the Impaler shows up to investigate allegations of Fangula not drinking enough blood.

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Seemingly averted, until Vlad the Impaler shows up Apparently, in this universe vampires don't need blood to investigate allegations of survive, since Count Fangula not drinking enough blood.can survive many months without consuming a drop of blood and only treats it as a delicacy. However, vampires seem to be required to suck blood as some sort of job. Failing to reach a certain quota will result in punishment. Also, vampires seem to be immune to the effects of daylight, as Fangula and Vlad are seen walking outside of Hillhurst with only sunglasses.
29th Jun '16 10:35:14 AM Dark_Lord_
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* Creator/BobPapenbrook: Shadowborg, Scorpix


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* DarkerAndEdgier: Though not by much, the Metallix season is a bit more serious compared to the first, since the villains are more competent and threatening, while the goofy comic book effects completely disappear from the battle scenes.


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* LighterAndSofter: Compared to Saban's other live action works, such as ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and ''Series/VRTroopers'' this series simply embraces its silliness and keeps a very lighthearted tone.
25th Jun '16 6:32:43 AM Dark_Lord_
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* BigGood: Roboborg.

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* BigGood: Roboborg.Flabber is this in the overall series, as he is the one who supplies the Borgs with their powers and arsenal, while also supplying them with his occasional bouts of wisdom. Roboborg is this trope in the latter part of second season, since he is the most powerful being on the side of good, to the point that even the BigBad Nukus is afraid of him.



* FishPeople: A MonsterOfTheWeek in the episode ''Something Fishy'' is one of these. Initially believed to be the local legend "Charterville Charlie", a creature described as half-man, half-tuna, it turns out to be Swamp Scumoid, the latest monster from the Beetleborgs comics. (Unlike most monsters in the series, Swamp Scumoid didn't come from the source footage of ''Series/JuukouBFighter''; its suit was later used for the gigantic title character of the movie ''Film/KraaTheSeaMonster''.)
* [[FirstInstallmentWeirdness First Episode Weirdness]]: The one of the two rich kids who is later established as "the Jock" boasts of becoming captain of the Chess Club. The Pipettes seem to be set up for a much more pivotal role. Mums also spends almost all his screen time unravelled to a MonsterOfTheWeek esque skeleton monster, which he, of course, never did again.

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* FishPeople: FishPeople:
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A MonsterOfTheWeek in the episode ''Something Fishy'' is one of these. Initially believed to be the local legend "Charterville Charlie", a creature described as half-man, half-tuna, it turns out to be Swamp Scumoid, the latest monster from the Beetleborgs comics. (Unlike most monsters in the series, Swamp Scumoid didn't come from the source footage of ''Series/JuukouBFighter''; its suit was later used for the gigantic title character of the movie ''Film/KraaTheSeaMonster''.)
** Vilor, one of the villains in the second season, is this.
* [[FirstInstallmentWeirdness First Episode Weirdness]]: The one of the two rich kids who is later established as "the Jock" boasts of becoming captain of the Chess Club. The Pipettes seem to be set up for a much more pivotal role. Mums also spends almost all his screen time unravelled unraveled to a MonsterOfTheWeek esque skeleton monster, able to generate red bolts of electricity, which he, of course, never did again.again.



* HumongousMecha: Gargantis is a non-humanoid example in the first season, as he is a giant Hercules beetle. Roboborg and his EvilCounterpart Boron are this in the second season, playing it more straight as they are humanoids.



* MeaningfulName: Creator of the Beetleborgs comic book, ''Art Fortunes'', and his less successful, jailbird brother ''Les Fortunes''.

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
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Creator of the Beetleborgs comic book, ''Art Fortunes'', and his less successful, jailbird brother ''Les Fortunes''.Fortunes''.
** Some of the villains have these. Examples are Horibelle and Vilor, who's names are obviously puns on the words horrible and vile.



* NoEnding: The Metallix season ends with the heroes in charge of BOTH HumongousMecha and holding effectively all the powerups and {{MacGuffin}}s they were fighting over. Les Fortunes also quits working with Nukus. But, most notably, Nukus is never actually defeated.

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* NoEnding: The Metallix season ends with the heroes in charge of BOTH HumongousMecha and holding effectively all the powerups and {{MacGuffin}}s they were fighting over. Les Fortunes also quits working with Nukus. But, most notably, Nukus is and his gang are never actually defeated.



* SoLastSeason: The change to Metallix.

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* SoLastSeason: The change first fight of the Metallix season showcases this trope for the old Beetleborg suits, as Nukus easily wipes the floor with the kids, while nothing in the borgs' arsenal able to Metallix.put as much as a scratch on him. To make matters worse, Nukus completely and utterly destroys their suits. For this reason, the Beetleborgs upgraded to the much more powerful Beetleborgs Metallix suits.
24th Jun '16 8:35:09 AM Dark_Lord_
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* EndingFatigue: It's impressive that a show with NoEnding can suffer from this, but after the Astral Coins saga, the show kind of loses its drive. Many of the of the episodes following it are just the Beetleborgs and Crustaceans fighting, while also summoning their HumongousMecha, who also fight each other. Most of the final episodes don't even feature a unique MonsterOfTheWeek.
24th Jun '16 8:34:37 AM Dark_Lord_
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* EndingFatigue: It's impressive that a show with NoEnding can suffer from this, but after the Astral Coins saga, the show kind of loses its drive. Many of the of the episodes following it are just the Beetleborgs and Crustaceans fighting, while also summoning their HumongousMecha, who also fight each other. Most of the final episodes don't even feature a unique MonsterOfTheWeek.



* PsychoRangers: The Mantrons.

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* PsychoRangers: The Mantrons. However, they are not this trope towards the main Beetleborgs, but rather towards their backup team; the Astral Borgs.
23rd May '16 7:57:20 PM Anddrix
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It starred three typical all-American kids: Drew [=McCormick=], his sister Jo, and their [[BlackBestFriend best friend]] Roland Williams, whose family owns the local comic shop, where they spend most of their time. On a dare from some bullies, they go inside the local "HauntedHouse." Once inside, they free Flabber, a wacky ghost with Elvis Presley's hair, Jay Leno's chin, Liberace's wardrobe, and all just generally filtered through SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, who had been imprisoned in the pipe organ. Flabber cannot thank the kids enough, so he offers to grant a wish for them. The three young comic book fans know what they want, and that is to be able to transform into their favorite superheroes, ''The Big Bad Beetleborgs''. Flabber grants their wish, and the children are given the power to turn into the heroes, but now that the heroes exist in the real world, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor the villains from the comic book likewise come to life]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero to spread chaos]] (via the MonsterOfTheWeek).

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It starred three typical all-American kids: Drew [=McCormick=], his sister Jo, and their [[BlackBestFriend best friend]] Roland Williams, whose family owns the local comic shop, where they spend most of their time. On a dare from some bullies, they go inside the local "HauntedHouse." Once inside, they free Flabber, a wacky ghost with Elvis Presley's hair, Jay Leno's chin, Liberace's wardrobe, and all just generally filtered through SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, ComicBook/TheJoker, who had been imprisoned in the pipe organ. Flabber cannot thank the kids enough, so he offers to grant a wish for them. The three young comic book fans know what they want, and that is to be able to transform into their favorite superheroes, ''The Big Bad Beetleborgs''. Flabber grants their wish, and the children are given the power to turn into the heroes, but now that the heroes exist in the real world, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor the villains from the comic book likewise come to life]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero to spread chaos]] (via the MonsterOfTheWeek).
11th May '16 4:58:09 AM SideburnsKid
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* [[FirstInstallmentWeirdness First Episode Weirdness]]: The one of the two rich kids who is later established as "the Jock" boasts of becoming captain of the Chess Club. The Pipettes seem to be set up for a much more pivotal role. And what's going on with Mums???

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* [[FirstInstallmentWeirdness First Episode Weirdness]]: The one of the two rich kids who is later established as "the Jock" boasts of becoming captain of the Chess Club. The Pipettes seem to be set up for a much more pivotal role. And what's going on with Mums???Mums also spends almost all his screen time unravelled to a MonsterOfTheWeek esque skeleton monster, which he, of course, never did again.
27th Jan '16 10:58:12 AM Mikeyfan93
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* ProductPlacement: The entire "Convention Dimension" takes place at San Diego Comic Con, with the only other costumed characters seen coming from either other shows on Fox Kids (''WesternAnimation/TheTick'') or shows dubbed by Saban (''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'').

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* ProductPlacement: The entire "Convention Dimension" takes place at San Diego Comic Con, with the only other costumed characters seen coming from either other shows on Fox Kids (''WesternAnimation/TheTick'') (''WesternAnimation/TheTick'', ''WesternAnimation/XMen'') or shows dubbed by Saban (''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'').
27th Jan '16 10:56:39 AM Mikeyfan93
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* CutShort: The Beetleborgs never got to defeat the Crustaceans due to the show running out of B-Fighter Kabuto footage.

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* CutShort: The Beetleborgs never got to defeat the Crustaceans due to the show running out of B-Fighter Kabuto ''B-Fighter Kabuto'' footage.



--> ''"Hey look, now they're superheroes, armed with super powers."'' (Not all superheroes have powers, though.)

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--> ''"Hey look, now they're superheroes, armed with super powers."'' (Not all superheroes have powers, though.)"''



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Josh arrives in town, and promptly woos Drew's crush, and is generally well liked by everyone except Drew; at the same time an evil counterpart to the Beetleborgs appears & beats them at every opportunity. ''I wonder how they're going to get out of this...''

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Josh arrives in town, and promptly woos Drew's crush, and is generally well liked by everyone except Drew; at the same time an evil counterpart to the Beetleborgs appears & beats them at every opportunity. ''I wonder how they're going to get out of this...''
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