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''Beyblade'' was a rather formulaic sports anime set in present day. It focused on the trials and tribulations of the Bladebreakers, a team of Beybladers who all came from different backgrounds and countries. In short, it was partly a {{Mons}} series, too, in that most characters had a "bit beast" in their Beyblade. Said beasts were able to control various elements.

Beyblading, you see, was ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome just spinning tops]]''. But turned UpToEleven.

The show ran for three ~50-episode seasons. Season 1 dealt with the formation of the Bladebreakers, and gave us looks into their various pasts (Ray's defection from his team in China, Kai's hellish upbringing in Russia, etc.) This season was pretty much one TournamentArc after another. The format was as follows:

* 1. Meet a new team, pick a fight with them, and learn which Bladebreaker had some past issue with them.
* 2. Play up the issue for a few episodes, as the character in question will a) doubt his place with the Bladebreakers, b) threaten to quit, and ultimately c) face the leader of his old team in a battle.

Season 1 ultimately ended with Tyson becoming the world champion after defeating [[HuskyRusskie Tala]] of the Demolition Boys, despite the fact that it was a team tournament.

Season 2 (V-Force) tried to do something different. It introduced TheChick named Hiromi/Hilary, who really disliked Tyson. She later became an assistant to the team, not taking part in battles herself but [[CuteSportsClubManager assisting the rest in training and helping to hold things together.]] Also, the pacing of the story was far different, as the focus of the story was mainly on the conflict between the Bladebreakers and the Saint Shields, who went from bad guys to reluctant allies, only to prove that GoodIsDumb when failing against the bad guys. There was also an evil organization who had their mind set on capturing the four sacred bitbeats as well as a TournamentArc at the very end of the season, in which Tyson yet again became the world champion of Beyblade. It changed up the beyblades to use Magnacores, magnets in the center that added a new dynamic.

Season 3 (G-Revolution) once again introduced a new part to the beyblades, the Engine Gear, a motor that gave the blades a spin boost in battle. It was a return to the TournamentArc after TournamentArc format, with one major twist: the Bladebreakers were no longer together. Max and Ray went back to their old teams, and Kai, in a TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou situation, defected to Tala's team so he could face Tyson. The teammates faced off against each other in the various tournaments, but ultimately became allies again for the final TournamentArc of the series. it also introduced a new main character, Daichi Sumeragi, [[BigBad Boris]]'s new QuirkyMinibossSquad (BEGA), and a whole new kind of beyblade, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Heavy/Hard Metal System]], which would serve as the basis for ''MetalFightBeyblade''. Oh yeah...and midway through the first series of tournaments, Tyson was yet again named the world champion.

Note that the anime series was [[AdaptationExpansion adapted from the manga]]. Changes were to be expected such as the length in battles (the manga featured a one-battle-only mode while the anime used the best-out-of-three rounds). Furthermore, in the manga, many of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters members of other teams]] were actually lucky if their names were even mentioned while the anime fleshed them out a bit more (to the point of giving 'every single team member' a bit beast and at least featuring them in one battle). Finally, the anime included an original final arc, the BEGA tournament one, with new enemies. To be fair though, the new enemies were taken from characters that appeared on extra artwork pages of the manga.

Years after both the manga and anime concluded, the franchise was revived again in a manga and later anime, ''MetalFightBeyblade''. In 2012, yet another new series was announced: ''Anime/BeybladeZeroG''.

[[TabletopGame/{{Beyblade}} Now has a subpage for the tabletop game.]]

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!!Tropes:
* AbandonedWarehouse: The hideouts of the Blade Sharks (Shell Killers in the original) in Season 1 and the Saint Shields in Season 2.
* AdaptationExpansion: Some characters in the manga were lucky to even have names. The anime went on giving every single team its own set of bit beasts and at least one on-screen battle. Some even got to be a major point in each Tournament arc.
** The dubbed version adds a completely original character: Dizzi as Kenny's talking Bit Beast trapped inside his computer. The two bey-battle commentators Brad Best and AJ Topper are also exclusive to the dub.
* AdaptationNameChange: Played both Straight and Averted from time to time
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The dub has a different opening theme song. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if8YvZG800c&feature=related "LET'S BEYBLADE!"]].
* AmbiguousGender: The bit-beasts, barring Dragoon, Driger (male), Wolborg and Galux (female). Doesn't matter what the American dub claims (which refers to all bit-beasts as male).
** Which causes an AdaptationInducedPlotHole as the dub exclusive bit-beast character Dizzi is referred to as a female along with the fact she clearly has a female voice. (Though she does state she was always different from other Bit-beasts at one point)
* AmericansHateTingle: InUniverse example: The Russians aren't big fans of the All Starz.
* AmicablyDivorced: Max's parents. It's made more obvious that his parents are actually separated in the manga, but the [[HeroicBSOD BSOD]] he goes into upon seeing Judy with the Allstars in the anime definitely suggests he hasn't seen her in a while.
* AnimalBattleAura
* AnimeChineseGirl: Ming-Ming, sometimes so much it hurts.
* ArtificialHuman: [[spoiler:Zeo (in the anime)]]
* ArtShiftedSequel: The animation style changed radically after the first season, becoming more streamlined and "cuter", to the point that all the main characters [[ArtisticAge looked younger]] in V-Force despite being supposedly one year older. Fortunately, the ArtShift from V-Force to G-Revolution was more subtle, and the characters looked their age once again.
* BabiesEverAfter: The last chapter of the manga. Also {{Honorary Uncle}} re. Makoto with Max and Kenny.
* BackForTheFinale: Almost every major character in the series makes some form of appearance in G-Revolution's finale.
* BattleTops: The premise of the show.
* BigBad: Boris Balkov for Season 1, Gideon for Season 2 [[spoiler: initially until it's revealed that he takes orders from someone even higher: [[ManBehindTheMan Dr Zagart]] ]] And [[spoiler: Brooklyn Masefield]] in Season 3.
* BookEnds: Both the very first and very last episode of the anime end with Kai and Tyson about to face off.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Team Psykick, Barthez Battalion in the manga.
* CantCatchUp: To put it simple, anyone without an incredibly rare Bit Beast has no chance against someone who does, regardless of skill. This line of thought reached its logical conclusion by the third series, by which time Bit Beasts had become [[PubertySuperpower as common as dirt]].
** An episode in Season 1's America arc had a subversion of this trope. Minor character Diego who didn't have a bit beast was in a match against Ray in the tournament and didn't do anything causing Ray to walk away saying "He isn't even doing anything" and assumed the match was already decided.[[OneHitKill Cue Diego's beyblade launching a surprise attack on Ray's and knocking it outta the stadium]].
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: Yes. Yes, it was.
** Seriously, the series must have had this just to attract some female following. And indeed, it worked.
* ChekhovsGun: In S1 episode 32, Ray finds a silver coin on the train the Bladebreakers are on. Later in the episode, he uses it to defeat a werewolf bit-beast.
* TheChick: Hilary, mostly.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Andrew (Akira in the Japanese version) in season 1 who is set up as apparently a very important character (and Tyson's good friend) but largely disappears after a couple episodes. He appears again in episode 50 only to never be seen or heard from again for the rest of the series.
** In the Season 1 and 2 of the dub, Kenny has a Bit Beast: Dizzi who is trapped inside his computer. She disappears in Season 3 with no explanation.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: Tyson's battle against Brooklyn.
%%% No 'crowning' stuff. It goers on the approriate pages, not here.
* ConspicuousCgi: Starting with the second season, Conspicuous Cgi was used for the appearance of the Beyblades.
* CursedWithAwesome: The Dark Bladers. They say they were turned into monsters after losing the the Majestics, but the only bad thing this really seems to do is make them sensitive to light (mostly sunlight, since they're seen in lit stadiums, but they're even outside during the day in the finale). On the plus, they seem to have some form of teleportation, have monster Bit Beats (the English version implied they didn't before the curse) that have few weaknesses, and clearly [[TookALevelInBadass took some levels in Badass.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Surprisingly, many of the characters in dub though most noticeably season 3.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Oh, yeah, you better believe it.
* DisneyDeath: There was a somewhat odd example near the end of season 1. Ray's bit-beast Driger apparently sacrifices itself in order to save Ray's life. According to Kai, while Driger was able to protect Ray from taking further damage from Falborg's wind attacks, the attack was too much for Driger, which caused it to disappear after the fight. Near the end of the season finale, it is shown that Driger has returned to Ray.
** Similarly, in G-Rev, Dranzer's bit-chip shatters and you hear it cry ... and yet, come epilogue, here s/he is again.
*** Well Dranzer is a pheonix, [[RuleOfSymbolism an animal depicted to be reborn from it's own ashes]], so yeah...
** When Tyson beat Tala, Driger returned, along with all the other stolen bit-beasts ... despite the fact that Driger hadn't been stolen.
* DistantFinale: In the manga.
* {{Eagleland}}: The All Starz.
* EightiesHair: Looking at you, Kai.
* ElementalPowers: Water (Draciel), Wind (Dragoon), Fire (Dranzer), Earth (Strata Dragoon) and Lightning (Driger in G-Rev). Dragoon's named element in the show is Wood, but apparently Wind comes under the heading sometimes.
* [[EmpathicWeapon Empathic Plastic Toys]]
** They're actually made of metal, in-universe. It's the official toys that are plastic.
*** Some toys come with metal parts. Some of those quite heavy, and some comes with small pieces of a material that sparks on contact.
* EvilTwin: Black Dranzer.
** All the Cyber Bit-Beasts in V-Force certainly count.
** Also in the movie, all the Dark bit-beasts.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The whole damn premise.
* FingerlessGloves: While Tyson wears them since the beginning, in V-Force and G-Revolution it looks like they're required equipment for practicing Beyblade, as only very few characters don't wear them (or wear normal gloves) and some of them (like Max and Kenny) wear them only when fighting.
* FollowTheLeader: The dub team tried to match that of {{Franchise}}/Digimon: up-tempo battle tracks, a previously-on segment, and regular use of EnemyScan.
* TheFourGods: The protagonists' Bit Beasts. Specifically, Genbu (Draciel), Suzaku (Dranzer), Byakko (Driger) and Seiryuu (Dragoon).
** Daichi's Strata Dragoon is meant to be the fifth god, in Chinese mythlogy. Yellow and represents earth.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Kai (choleric), Ray (melancholic), Max (leukine), and Tyson (sanguine).
** White Tigers: Kevin (choleric), Lee (melancholic), Gary (leukine), and Mariah (sanguine).
** All Starz: Steven (choleric), Emily (melancholic), Eddie (leukine), and Michael (sanguine).
** The Majestics: Johnny (choleric), Robert (melancholic), Oliver (leukine), and Enrique (sanguine).
** Demolition Boys: Spencer (choleric), Tala (melancholic), Bryan (leukine), and Ian (sanguine).
* FunctionalMagic: Device Magic primarily, but Theurgy and Wild Magic come into play.
* GameBreakingInjury: Subverted. Always. Whatever damage the characters take is always cured in time for the next bey-battle. There was that one time Ray twisted his ankle, but it didn't matter anyway, because he and Tyson were late and Kai fought his battle.
* GoodIsDumb: Just about any person who fought the Bladebreakers and reformed is an example. The two most glaring ones are the Saint Shields, who were legitimate threats in their first appearances, and Tala, who fought Tyson for the World Championship at the end of the first season. Then he returned in Season 3, and was demoted to Kai's second banana.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Brooklyn, the final [[EldritchAbomination boss]] of Season 3, never practices because he has an abnormal level of natural talent. This is presented as a [[DysfunctionJunction Bad Thing]] ... except you rarely see anyone else practising either. Most of the time, when someone needs to get stronger, they either get new equipment or a [[DeusExMachina convenient Bit Beast upgrade]].
** But whenever they do get new equipmemt, they have to train. That was how Hilary ended up joining the team!
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Kai qualifies for this trope well.
* HeelFaceTurn: Just about everyone that the Bladebreakers fought ended up this way.
* HeroicBSOD: Kai after losing to Brooklyn.
* HeroicRROD: Kai after beating Brooklyn.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: The leader of the All Starz has one of these moments; notable in that he was an antagonist at the time.
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: Kai on Lake Baikal. And Zeo vs. Tyson, Salima vs Ray.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: While the dub got most of the names that stayed the same right, one name they flubbed on was that of Ray's Bit-Beast, Driger, which was originally said as "Drai-ger", but was changed to "Drih-ger"
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kai is as antisocial as they come, but in one episode he's willing to train a young blader.....if only it was so said blader could bring Tyson/Takao down a peg or two after his ego swelled liked a balloon.
* KilledOffForReal: Dr B. in the second season gets accidentally killed in a fit of insanity. The death itself is offscreen but the implication is clear.
** In the original, [[spoiler: Wyatt]] through a similar way, [[SurvivorGuilt leading Kai]] to more [[{{Angst}} angst]]
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Ray. Hair almost down to his ankles. Garland. Several others count, but these two are the most magnificient examples.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Dr Zagart]] engineered practically everything the Bladebreakers had to go through through V-Force but it turns out they did it all just so that [[spoiler: he could use the four Sacred Bit-Beasts [[BecomeARealBoy make his android son into a real boy]].]]
* LetterMotif: '''Dr'''agoon, '''Dr'''anzer, '''Dr'''aciel, '''Dr'''iger. Also evident in the White Tiger team - '''Gal'''eon, '''Gal'''zy, '''Gal'''man, '''Gal'''ux - and the All Starz team: '''Try'''gle, '''Try'''pio, '''Try'''horn, '''Try'''gator.
** The Demolition Boys had this for the second syllable: Wol'''borg''', Sea'''borg''', Fal'''borg''', Wy'''borg'''
** Keeping the list strong with the Majestics: Griffo'''lyon''', Salama'''lyon''', Amphy'''lyon''' and Unico'''lyon'''
* LimitedWardrobe. Everyone. All the time. Only exception is probably Ming-Ming, and sometimes you'd see people in their nightwear.
** Hilary and Hiro displayed a few different outfits throughout G-Revolution.
*** Also if you count different seasons, each main character had at least 3 outfits and most returning characters had 2.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LoopholeAbuse: There is [[BlatantLies a rule that you can't attack another player]], but it doesn't count if you can't see the weapon. [[TheBrute Bryan]] was able to seriously injure Ray by attacking him with [[ElementalPowers air control]].
** As was [[{{Ninja}} Garland]].
* MerchandiseDriven: Read more about the toys [[TabletopGame/{{Beyblade}} here]].
* TheMovie: ''Beyblade: The Movie - Fierce Battle''
* MultinationalTeam: The Majestics, from Europe, have Robert (German), Johnny (British), Oliver (French) and Enrique (Italian). The Barthez Battalion might also be this, considering the members have names of different origins, but no specific nationalities are stated.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Gee, how do we make a show about spinning tops interesting? By giving them [[EmpathicWeapon a mind of their own]], it would seem.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: Ray and Mariah at the end of the manga.]]
* OffModel: Anyone even only half-paying attention to the show can catch the numerous amounts of animation errors. Mostly rampant in season 1, with the animators tending to draw the wrong Beyblade in a certain scene. Seasons 2 and 3 have their fair share of this too, though.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Kai. So very Kai.
* ParentalAbandonment: When it comes to the main characters, Tyson's mother is dead, and his father is away most of the time because of his job. Kai is in a similar situation, but has it worse than Tyson. Max's parents are divorced, he lives with his father, but he does have a good relationship with both parents. As for Ray, his parents never appear and we never really hear anything about them. So, we don't really know anything about his family situation.
* PutOnABus: The Saint Shields and Team Kane. [[TheBusCameBack Both of them comeback eventually.]]
* RecapEpisode: Season 1's Episode 29, where Kenny recaps everything that has happened from the moment he meets Tyson until the end of the American tournament.
* ReplacementGoldfish ([[spoiler: Zeo/Leon in the manga]])
* ScienceIsBad: Boris is WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings.
* SeriousBusiness: This series is up there with ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' in terms of inanity. Apparently, if you want to take over the world, you have to do it with ''spinning tops''.
** Lampshaded by Brooklyn to Kai, who on several occasions made remarks about how serious Kai was about the game.
** also, as seen in G-Revolution, Beyblade is recognized as an official sport.
** Lampshaded in the German Beyblade opening, were a line in the lyrics essentially is "The whole world revolves around Beyblade".
** Well, at one point you do see Kai's beyblade chop down about 6 trees in one go and in another situation, he demolishes 4 brick pillars so you can probably imagine what it'd do to a human.
* ShipTease: The entirety of the 16th episode of the first season was this for Ray and Mariah.
* ShoePhone: As the series goes on, it introduces more and more ludicrous ways to launch a Beyblade.
** Hell, halfway through the first season, we see the All Starz using various Sports-like applications to launch. Including a baseball (which splits apart) and one on a tennis racket.
*** That last one actually makes sense given the dubious physics used, [[RuleOfCool all of which were thrown out the window for the second half of G-Revolution]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome in favour of pure awesome.]]
* ShouldersOfDoom: Tala. [[BlingOfWar Why]].
* SixthRanger: Daichi.
* SlasherSmile: Kai in G-Rev, with the HellishPupils and the PowerGlows and the definite, definite not-smiling-really. Generally followed by some superhuman CrowningMomentOfAwesome. Also Brooklyn, accompanied by the GlowingEyesOfDoom and followed by a SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum.
* SnapBack: Any and all CharacterDevelopment Tyson went through in the 1st season was completely disregarded in seasons 2 and 3, which had him acting like even more of a HotBlooded brat than when season 1 started, and even ''back then'' he was much more mature.
** White Tigers and Blitzkreig Boys from season 1 to season 3. Oh, and the [[UpperClassTwit Majestics]]. And Kai between V-Force and G-Rev, to the point where it's insanely hard to rationalise. And Ray, omigod Ray. Goes from occasionally awesome, polite, pretty sane really, to muscle-bound meanie obsessed with winning.
** Kai's behavior in G Revolution is mostly him not speaking much, considering he did quite a bit of it in V-Force. Ray on the other hand was a new team leader and his new traits reflected it.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: After using the Cyber Bit-Beast [[spoiler: Minami (Wyatt)]] perishes in the original however all this is cut from the dub and he is implied to have gone crazy instead. An obvious [[BowdleriSation Bowlderisation]] attempt however [[FridgeHorror when you actually think about it]], they made it more family unfriendly by giving him AFateWorseThanDeath.
* TheSpartanWay: Welcome to the Abbey, kids!
* SurvivorGuilt: Kai after Wyatt's version-specific fate, in his battle with Goki.
* SummonMagic: The Bit Beasts.
* ThousandYardStare: Kai after losing to Brooklyn. Complete with [[InTheHood flappy cloak]]. Also Brooklyn after losing to Kai.
* TournamentArc: Most of the series, with the exception of a bulk of the second season.
* TragicDream: Zeo's dream of [[spoiler: [[BecomeARealBoy becoming human.]] (Even if he had succeeded in capturing all four sacred bit-beasts there was no guarantee he'd be able to become a truly human) But by the finale he learns to accept himself as he is. ]]
-->'''Tyson:''' He set his goals a little too high, but when he realized he could never [[spoiler: BecomeARealBoy,]] he found out that, that wasn't the most important thing in life. You see if you're not happy with who you are, being something else won't make a difference.
* TurnCoat: Kai is the king of this trope. Over three seasons, he switches sides a grand total of ''six'' times. He's allied with the Blade Sharks, the Bladebreakers, the Demolition Boys, the Bladebreakers again, then the Blitzkrieg Boys, then BEGA, then the G Revolutions [the Bladebreakers with another teammate]. Possible ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.
* WarriorTherapist: It seems like this series is ripe with both kinds of this trope. Apparently, no matter how many battles you've won in the past, [[ThereAreNoTherapists all it takes to get you doubting yourself is a well-timed comment]].
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Most of the beybladers working for Team Psykick have [[JustForPun Punny names]] relating to their bit-beast however it seems strange when you see instances where the kids have the name BEFORE they are given their bit-beast/beyblade. Some examples would be ''Foxy'' who uses a fox bit-beast, ''Nett'' who uses a spider bit-beast, ''Snakey'', ''Bat'', ''Chameleon,'' the list goes on...
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: This from Kai's second battle against Brooklyn:
--> [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya Kai. That's my name.]] And I'm a Beyblader. And you might think you are but you're not. You learned from the best but you forgot a very important lesson. Beyblading isn't just about overpowering your opponent with fancy moves. That's only part of the game. There's more to it than that. Much more. That's why I have something you don't.I have learned from every battle I fought. Every friend, enemy and spectator always had something to offer me. And I'm a student to this game. And I always will be. With the hardships of training, competitions, the wins and the losses, they all taught me something. And I've taken that knowledge and used it to my advantage. That's why I can say, that I'm a true beyblader. That's what keeps me going. And that's my strength. I don't think you ever will(understand). Because you're not a true beyblader. You have the power and the skill but something is missing from inside you. You don't have the beyblading spirit! That's why I have to win this battle! Because beyblading means more to me than you could ever understand! IT'S NOT JUST A GAME TO ME! NOW FINISH HIM OFF DRANZER!"
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Tyson and Kai both have blue hair. Mariah from the White Tigers team has pink hair, also from the White Tigers team there's Kevin who has green hair. Oliver from the Majestics also has green hair, from the same team there's Robert who has purple hair...
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