History Series / Beetleborgs

4th Apr '17 9:52:57 AM Mikeyfan93
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* AdaptedOut: Though [[Series/TokusouRoboJanperson Janperson]] managed to appear from his crossover appearance in ''B-Fighter'', the ''Series/BlueSwat'' team got cut completely- likely due to their abundance of uncostumed, Japanese actors in-scene (their and Janperson's appearance is why the show couldn't use most of the big battle against Borgslayer). The BigBad of ''Blue SWAT'', meanwhile, [[DemotedToExtra just got a cameo]] as "Wingar".

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* AdaptedOut: Though [[Series/TokusouRoboJanperson Janperson]] managed to appear from his crossover appearance in ''B-Fighter'', the ''Series/BlueSwat'' team got cut completely- completely, likely due to their abundance of uncostumed, Japanese actors in-scene (their and Janperson's appearance is why the show couldn't use most of the big battle against Borgslayer). The BigBad of ''Blue SWAT'', meanwhile, [[DemotedToExtra just got a cameo]] as "Wingar".



* {{Animorphism}}: In ''Metallix'' the kids gained the ability to turn into actual beetles.

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* {{Animorphism}}: In ''Metallix'' the kids gained gain the ability to turn into actual beetles.



* ConspicuousCG: Noticeable with the [=AVs=] in the first season and the [=BVs=] in the second- the US stock footage has them rendered in CGI, sized just a bit bigger than normal cars. The stock footage ''B-Fighter''/''B-Fighter Kabuto'' used had practical props that were far larger for their footage. To a lesser extent, this also occurred whenever the hangar bases rise out of the ground- the bases themselves were Japanese footage digitally composited into American surroundings, as their original locations wouldn't make sense with the plot here.

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* ConspicuousCG: Noticeable with the [=AVs=] in the first season and the [=BVs=] in the second- the US stock footage has them rendered in CGI, sized just a bit bigger than normal cars. The stock footage ''B-Fighter''/''B-Fighter Kabuto'' used had practical props that were far larger for their footage. To a lesser extent, this also occurred whenever the hangar bases rise out of the ground- ground, the bases themselves were Japanese footage digitally composited into American surroundings, as their original locations wouldn't make sense with the plot here.



** Inverted with ''Back Blast!'', causing the Beetleborgs to revert to their kid-appeal selves.

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** Inverted with ''Back Blast!'', causing the Beetleborgs to revert to their kid-appeal selves.kids.



* DemotedToExtra: The Scabs, the Magnavores' {{Mook}}s, are barely used compared to other Saban Toku series (possibly because they didn't have the suits?)

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* DemotedToExtra: The Scabs, the Magnavores' {{Mook}}s, are barely used compared to other Saban Toku series (possibly because they didn't have the suits?)series.



* JapaneseBeetleBrothers, rounded out by a ladybug

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* JapaneseBeetleBrothers, rounded out by a ladybugladybug.



** 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.

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** One MonsterOfTheWeek disguises himself as the trainer Hurt-Ulese, who's Austrian accent and constantly quoting "I'll be back" betray he is obviously based on Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger. Fun thing to note is that Arnold's first movie role was the titular Hercules is Arnolds first international role.in the film ''Film/HerculesInNewYork''.



* 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/XMen'') or shows dubbed by Saban (''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'').

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* ProductPlacement: The entire "Convention Dimension" episode 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/XMen'') or shows dubbed by Saban (''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'').



* StupidEvil: The house monsters will take any opportunity to try to eat the kids, even when the kids have JUST saved them from some dire fate. Of course, the kids all have civilian powers that mean they can more than take care of themselves.

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* StupidEvil: The house monsters will take any opportunity to try to eat the kids, even when the kids have JUST saved them from some dire fate. Of course, the kids all have civilian powers that powers, which mean they can more than take care of themselves.



* SuperMode: Mega Blue, and later the Mega Spectra Beetleborgs

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* SuperMode: Mega Blue, and later the Mega Spectra BeetleborgsBeetleborgs.



* ThreeAmigos: Titular heroes.

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* ThreeAmigos: Titular The titular heroes.



* TransformationTrinket: The Beetle Bonders first, then the Data Bonders after the Metallix upgrade- for the latter, they'd need to insert different Input Cards. Both of the devices would also be used to summon their vehicles -- voice command in Season 1, and both via voice and Input Cards in Season 2.

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* TransformationTrinket: The Beetle Bonders first, then the Data Bonders after the Metallix upgrade- for upgrade. For the latter, they'd need to insert different Input Cards. Both of the devices would also be used to summon their vehicles -- voice command in Season 1, and both via voice and Input Cards in Season 2.



* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: The kids still have to handle their civilian lives, in between monster attacks.

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* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: The kids still have to handle their civilian lives, lives in between monster attacks.



* WhoYouGonnaCall: In one episode, Those Two Guys learn about Flabber, and enlist the help of a Ghostbuster type mad scientist. Too bad his ghost disintegrator only works on ghosts, and not on Magnavores...

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* WhoYouGonnaCall: In one episode, Those Two Guys ThoseTwoGuys learn about Flabber, and enlist the help of a Ghostbuster type Ghostbuster-type mad scientist. Too bad his ghost disintegrator only works on ghosts, and not on Magnavores...
18th Mar '17 5:42:33 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* SnakeOilSalesman: "Dr. Buster Zapper" in the first season claims to be a ghost hunter; in truth, he's a con artist.
8th Dec '16 1:40:44 AM Mikeyfan93
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* TheIncomprehensible: Wolfsbane only speaks wolf-language, which Fangula usually translates.
7th Dec '16 6:29:15 PM themisterfree
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* DemotedToExtra: The Scabs, the Magnavores' {{Mook}}s, are barely used compared to other Saban Toku series (possibly because they didn't have the suits?)
7th Dec '16 6:25:49 PM themisterfree
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* ConspicuousCG: Noticeable with the [=AVs=] in the first season and the [=BVs=] in the second- the US stock footage has them rendered in CGI, sized just a bit bigger than normal cars. The stock footage ''B-Fighter''/''B-Fighter Kabuto'' used had practical props that were far larger for their footage. To a lesser extent, this also occurred whenever the hangar bases (the Beetle Battle Base in the first, Beetle Battle Station in the second) rise out of the ground- the bases themselves were Japanese footage digitally composited into American surroundings, as their original locations wouldn't make sense with the plot here.

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* ConspicuousCG: Noticeable with the [=AVs=] in the first season and the [=BVs=] in the second- the US stock footage has them rendered in CGI, sized just a bit bigger than normal cars. The stock footage ''B-Fighter''/''B-Fighter Kabuto'' used had practical props that were far larger for their footage. To a lesser extent, this also occurred whenever the hangar bases (the Beetle Battle Base in the first, Beetle Battle Station in the second) rise out of the ground- the bases themselves were Japanese footage digitally composited into American surroundings, as their original locations wouldn't make sense with the plot here.



** 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.

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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''.''Kraa The Sea Monster''.)
** Vilor, one of the villains in the second season, ''Metallix'', is this.



* PutOnABus: Josh loses his powers, and says he'll be around if the team ever needs him again... ''And he was never seen again.''

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* PutOnABus: Josh loses his powers, and says he'll be around if the team ever needs him again... ''And he was never seen again.'''' Trip and Van leave during the Borgslayer fiasco to live on their dad's country estate, and aren't seen again.
7th Dec '16 6:23:28 PM themisterfree
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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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* DarkerAndEdgier: Though not by much, the Metallix season ''Metallix'' 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.



* FreakyFridayFlip: Season 1, episode 44, "The Good, The Bad, and the Scary." The Borgs switch bodies (and powers) with the Magnavors.

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* FreakyFridayFlip: Season 1, episode 44, "The Good, The Bad, and the Scary." The Borgs switch bodies (and powers) with the Magnavors. Magnavores.
* FrickinLaserBeams: The Sonic Lasers in season 1 and the Data Lasers in season 2; both can fire a variety of different beams and effects (via a keypad on the side for the Sonic Lasers, and different Input Cards for the Data Lasers).



* TransformationTrinket: The Beetle Bonders first, then the Data Bonders after the Metallix upgrade. Both of the devices, would also be used to summon their vehicles -- voice command in Season 1, and via Input Cards in Season 2.

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* TransformationTrinket: The Beetle Bonders first, then the Data Bonders after the Metallix upgrade. upgrade- for the latter, they'd need to insert different Input Cards. Both of the devices, devices would also be used to summon their vehicles -- voice command in Season 1, and both via voice and Input Cards in Season 2.
6th Dec '16 10:02:36 AM themisterfree
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* AdaptedOut: Though [[Series/TokusouRoboJanperson Janperson]] managed to appear from his crossover appearance in ''B-Fighter'', the ''Series/BlueSwat'' team got cut completely- likely due to their abundance of uncostumed, Japanese actors in-scene (their and Janperson's appearance is why the show couldn't use most of the big battle against Borgslayer). The BigBad of ''Blue SWAT'', meanwhile, [[DemotedToExtra just got a cameo]] as "Wingar".
6th Dec '16 9:51:39 AM themisterfree
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* ConspicuousCG: Noticeable when the Beetle A.V.'s show up in the first season- the US stock footage has them rendered in CGI, sized just a bit bigger than normal cars. The stock footage ''B-Fighter'' used had practical props that were far larger for its' footage.

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* ConspicuousCG: Noticeable when with the Beetle A.V.'s show up [=AVs=] in the first season- season and the [=BVs=] in the second- the US stock footage has them rendered in CGI, sized just a bit bigger than normal cars. The stock footage ''B-Fighter'' ''B-Fighter''/''B-Fighter Kabuto'' used had practical props that were far larger for its' footage.their footage. To a lesser extent, this also occurred whenever the hangar bases (the Beetle Battle Base in the first, Beetle Battle Station in the second) rise out of the ground- the bases themselves were Japanese footage digitally composited into American surroundings, as their original locations wouldn't make sense with the plot here.
18th Nov '16 6:23:54 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* FurAgainstFang: Inverted; Wolfsbane and Fangula have been close friends for a long time.


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* TheIncomprehensible: Wolfsbane only speaks wolf-language, which Fangula usually translates.


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* LaughablyEvil: Pretty much any evil thing the Hillhearst monsters do falls here.


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* MadScientist: Dr. Frankenbeans is one, and ''proud'' of it. (Although, he may well be the OnlySaneMan among the characters with supernatural backgrounds.)
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.
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