History VideoGame / Medabots

21st Mar '17 8:07:40 AM themisterfree
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The anime series, which ran for 52 episodes in Japan from 1999 to 2000, is supposed to be about robots who fight each other, but most of the show is just wacky hijinks. It's the heartwarming tale of robot dog fights, ridiculous plot devices and poorly edited on-screen text. It stands out from other 90s dubs for its surprisingly dark undertones, relatively solid plot, and the fact that it wasn't afraid to [[AffectionateParody poke fun at itself]]. Hey, at least it's not a [[YuGiOh card game]] that decides the fate of the world.

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The anime series, which ran for 52 episodes in Japan from 1999 to 2000, then dubbed by Creator/{{Nelvana}} and aired on Creator/FoxKids from 2001 to 2002 (when FK went kaput and was replaced by the Fox Box), is supposed to be about robots who fight each other, but most of the show is just wacky hijinks. It's the heartwarming tale of robot dog fights, ridiculous plot devices and poorly edited on-screen text. It stands out from other 90s dubs for its surprisingly dark undertones, relatively solid plot, and the fact that it wasn't afraid to [[AffectionateParody poke fun at itself]]. Hey, at least it's not a [[YuGiOh card game]] that decides the fate of the world.



''Medabot Spirits'' (''Medarot Damashii''), a sequel series that was also dubbed for the States, followed up on the original anime's story, but a majority of the characters from the original were [[BrotherChuck dropped without any explanation]], while Ikki and Metabee were given a NextTierPowerUp.

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''Medabot Spirits'' (''Medarot Damashii''), a sequel series that was also dubbed for the States, States (for [[Creator/{{Freeform}} ABC Family]], successor to FK state-side), followed up on the original anime's story, but a majority of the characters from the original were [[BrotherChuck dropped without any explanation]], while Ikki and Metabee were given a NextTierPowerUp.



* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: ''Medarot'' uses "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-BxREEc8ns Chie to Yuuki da! Medarot]]" as opening and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-wdsSHzJhU "Yappari Kimi ga Suki!"]] as ending, meanwhile ''Medarot Damashii'' uses [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFFRAscYXPk "SUPER GUYS"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8YYgjhxoLw "Toshi Shita no Boku."]] The American dub, however, used [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzPMAsYkGMo this theme]] for both opening and (an instrumental version) ending for both series.

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* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: ''Medarot'' uses "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-BxREEc8ns Chie to Yuuki da! Medarot]]" as opening and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-wdsSHzJhU "Yappari Kimi ga Suki!"]] as ending, meanwhile ''Medarot Damashii'' uses [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFFRAscYXPk "SUPER GUYS"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8YYgjhxoLw "Toshi Shita no Boku."]] The American dub, however, used [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzPMAsYkGMo com/watch?v=Z7STgInAN3g this theme]] for both opening and (an instrumental version) ending for both series.
26th Feb '17 1:59:52 PM nombretomado
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** During an episode where he was "training" with Dr. Aki (read: dusting his house), Ikki mentions seeing a movie where [[TheKarateKid a kid learns karate from a wise old mentor by doing chores for him]], and thinks Dr. Aki is doing the same thing.

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** During an episode where he was "training" with Dr. Aki (read: dusting his house), Ikki mentions seeing a movie where [[TheKarateKid [[Film/TheKarateKid1984 a kid learns karate from a wise old mentor by doing chores for him]], and thinks Dr. Aki is doing the same thing.
24th Jan '17 3:39:27 PM FreedomPlanet
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** Later, ''Spirits'' attempted to undo this by "[[{{Revision}} explaining]]" that Metabee's Medaforce had been too weak and now might now actually do some damage to Kilobots. They successfully manage to do 1% damage to [[HopelessBossFight Redrun]]'s head.

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** Later, ''Spirits'' attempted to undo this by "[[{{Revision}} explaining]]" that Metabee's Medaforce had been too weak and now might now actually do some damage to Kilobots. They successfully manage to do 1% damage to [[HopelessBossFight Redrun]]'s head. It's then subverted later when all attempts to use the Medaforce later on do major levels of damage, as a team or alone.



* Lady Retort = Phantom Lady (Only in the games)



** Roks in ''Spirits'' looks enough like Rokusho (who had been PutOnABus) to invite confusion; that he has the ''[[ExaggeratedTrope same Voice Actor and Leitmotif]]'' doesn't help. It gets even worse later on, when several Kilobots end up being pretty blatant redesigns of season 1 and 2 'bots Sumilidon, Warbandit, Arcbeetle and others.

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** Roks in ''Spirits'' looks enough like Rokusho (who had been PutOnABus) to invite confusion; that he has the ''[[ExaggeratedTrope same Voice Actor and Leitmotif]]'' doesn't help. It gets even worse later on, when several Kilobots end up being pretty blatant redesigns of season 1 and 2 'bots Sumilidon, Warbandit, Arcbeetle and others. Justified as in the games, they're all later models of these medabots.
24th Jan '17 3:25:34 PM FreedomPlanet
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* CripplingOverspecialization: PlayedForLaughs in ''Spirits''. Kilobots have no non-violent abilities or programming, so if you need to do something like, say, halt a speeding truck to keep yourself from falling out of the back, your kilobot will be unable to help you -- "stop the truck" isn't an attack. Seems to become subverted afterward this incident as the Kilobots begin getting smarter, most likely because Kam wouldn't be able to sell them if they seemed too dangerous.

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* CripplingOverspecialization: PlayedForLaughs in ''Spirits''. Kilobots have no non-violent abilities or programming, so if you need to do something like, say, halt a speeding truck to keep yourself from falling out of the back, your kilobot will be unable to help you -- "stop the truck" isn't an attack. Seems to become subverted afterward after this incident as the Kilobots begin getting smarter, smart enough to atleast speak whole sentences, most likely because Kam wouldn't be able to sell them if they seemed too dangerous.
24th Jan '17 3:24:08 PM FreedomPlanet
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* CripplingOverspecialization: PlayedForLaughs in ''Spirits''. Kilobots have no non-violent abilities or programming, so if you need to do something like, say, halt a speeding truck to keep yourself from falling out of the back, your kilobot will be unable to help you -- "stop the truck" isn't an attack.

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* CripplingOverspecialization: PlayedForLaughs in ''Spirits''. Kilobots have no non-violent abilities or programming, so if you need to do something like, say, halt a speeding truck to keep yourself from falling out of the back, your kilobot will be unable to help you -- "stop the truck" isn't an attack. Seems to become subverted afterward this incident as the Kilobots begin getting smarter, most likely because Kam wouldn't be able to sell them if they seemed too dangerous.
28th Dec '16 6:16:00 AM Morgenthaler
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** Mr. Referee pops out from a random place and does his standard pre-battle speech, as seen at the top. This includes; coming out of the ocean, flying down from a helicopter/airplane, crawling up a '''[[BadAss burning rooftop]]''', and already appearing to begin with.

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** Mr. Referee pops out from a random place and does his standard pre-battle speech, as seen at the top. This includes; coming out of the ocean, flying down from a helicopter/airplane, crawling up a '''[[BadAss burning rooftop]]''', '''burning rooftop''', and already appearing to begin with.
20th Nov '16 3:49:48 AM SeptimusHeap
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* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: The medabots Nin-Ninja and Icknite from the episode, "Welcome to Ninja World".
19th Oct '16 10:09:38 PM LadyCherry
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* CharlesAtlasSuperPower: [[MultilayerFacade Space Medafighter X]] is not only the [[WorldsStrongestMan best Medafighter in Japan]] but he can also [[spoiler: preform the [[FlashStep Shadow Sword]]]] ''himself'', [[spoiler: takes out God-Emperor/Mega-Emperor's Medal ''with his bare hands'' and personally helps fight the BigBad's MechaMooks in the Finale alongside the other Medabots using personalized shuriken.]]



* CombatPragmatist: Victor is not above using his teammates' Medabots as sacrifices to either take out an enemy Medabot or protect Warbandit.



* DarkAndTroubledPast: Poor Rokusho. Long ago, Rokusho once had a happy life with his creator, Professor Hushi and Baton, the Robot Parrot. Unfortunately, one day, his home was suddenly caught on fire.[[spoiler: Which was revealed to have been caused by Dr. Meta-Evil.]] Because of this, Rokusho was left without a home, and was forced to wander the Earth. He got better, though.



* DramaticUnmask: Space Medafighter X loses his mask during the final arc of the first season. [[spoiler:He has Phantom Renegade's mask directly underneath it]].



* HeroOfAnotherStory: There are several hints through the series that suggest that Henry/Hikaru was this [[spoiler: before the "Ten Days of Darkness" happened]]. Which makes sense as he was the main protagonist of the first game.



* IllGirl: In one of the games' manuals, Karin is stated to have a heart condition where she would die or at least go into critical condition if her heart rate gets too high, which is one of the reasons why Kouji acts like a JerkAss with Ikki in ''Medarot 2''.



* KillerRabbit: There's an episode featuring a group of pre-schoolers, the Ankle Biters, and their medabot named [[FluffyTheTerrible Churlybear]]. As one would expect, said machine looks like a big, cute teddybear - until provoked into battle... Its eyes then narrow and [[GlowingEyesOfDoom start glowing]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning red,]] and the unfortunate opponent finds out Churlybear is armed with an [[{{BFG}} extremely powerful]] [[FrickinLaserBeams beam cannon]], and a [[GravityMaster gravity beam]] which essentially reduces the enemy to a puppet in the Medabot's hands. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Said gravity beam should be handled with care though...]]

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* KillerRabbit: There's an episode featuring a group of pre-schoolers, the Ankle Biters, Biters (the Crushers in the original Japanese), and their medabot named [[FluffyTheTerrible Churlybear]]. As one would expect, said machine looks like a big, cute teddybear - until provoked into battle... Its eyes then narrow and [[GlowingEyesOfDoom start glowing]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning red,]] and the unfortunate opponent finds out Churlybear is armed with an [[{{BFG}} extremely powerful]] [[FrickinLaserBeams beam cannon]], and a [[GravityMaster gravity beam]] which essentially reduces the enemy to a puppet in the Medabot's hands. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Said gravity beam should be handled with care though...]]



* TheOjou: Karin, who is also just the sweetest little girl you've never met.



%%* ShockAndAwe: Peppercat.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Pulled more specifically on ''Spirits'', Nae serves as Karin, Dr. Aki, ''and'' Henry's replacement. She's Dr. Aki's granddaughter (as opposed to his niece), becomes Ikki's older [[ObliviousToLove Oblivious]] LoveInterest, provides Metabee with [[NextTierPowerUp upgrades]] and plays CoolBigSis.
** An aversion in the videogames, since Nae Akihabara is introduced to the player as an intern working in the Medarot Corporation in the first game, she then becomes regular in the next games.



** TheChick: Karen and Neutra-Nurse.

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** TheChick: Karen Karin and Neutra-Nurse.
16th Oct '16 1:12:46 PM LadyCherry
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* AceCustom: In the anime, Arc-Beetle is one of the strongest Medabots in the world and has never lost a single Robattle. It should be noted the Arc-Beetle is powered by a rare medal and his Medafighter is [[TheAce Space-Medafighter X/Phantom Renegade]] [[spoiler: aka Henry/Hikaru Agata]].
15th Oct '16 7:04:39 AM kirara19
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** In the games, Retort play as a ''help'' for the main character (Ikki or Azuma [[spoiler: when the former assumes the Kaitou Retort identity]]) because he also wants to stop the Roborobo [[spoiler: (or their later incarnations)]]. Lady Retort/Phantom Lady also falls for being a sidekick of sorts to Retort (though she does not appear in ''Medarot DS'' nor ''Medarot 7'').

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** In the games, Retort play Retort's role plays as a ''help'' for the main character (Ikki or Azuma [[spoiler: when the former assumes the Kaitou Retort identity]]) because he also wants to stop the Roborobo [[spoiler: (or their later incarnations)]]. Lady Retort/Phantom Lady also falls for being a sidekick of sorts to Retort (though she does not appear in ''Medarot DS'' nor ''Medarot 7'').



* {{Mon}}:
** Mostly Type I with a few shades of Type II. ''Medabots'' is a clear example of FollowTheLeader, since ''Medarot (1)'' (Game Boy) was released a year after ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Pokémon Red & Green]]''. Unlike most Mons games, however, the franchise instead focuses on collecting ''parts'' that you can swap in to create a MixAndMatchMan out of your original bot; the games also offer romantic sub-plots for the main character, something you don't see in ''Pokémon'' (until Gen V & VI games, where it is at least ''implied'').
** The anime is also a clear follower, with Ikki usually avoiding the whole mix-and-match mechanic unless a specific strategy calls for it or when he doesn't have Metabee's parts at hand.

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* {{Mon}}:
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{{Mon}}: Mostly Type I with a few shades of Type II. ''Medabots'' is a clear example of FollowTheLeader, since ''Medarot (1)'' (Game Boy) was released a year after ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Pokémon Red & Green]]''. Unlike most Mons Mon games, however, the franchise instead focuses on collecting ''parts'' that you can swap in to create a MixAndMatchMan out of your original bot; the games also offer romantic sub-plots for the main character, something you don't see in ''Pokémon'' (until Gen V & VI games, where it is at least ''implied'').
** The anime is also a clear follower, with Ikki usually avoiding the whole mix-and-match mechanic unless a specific strategy calls for it or when he doesn't have Metabee's parts at hand.



** In the first manga adaptation, Hikaru and his Metabee act more as friends or siblings, instead of an owner and its ''pet''.

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** In the first manga adaptation, Hikaru and his Metabee act more as friends or siblings, instead of an owner and its their ''pet''.
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