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[[caption-width-right:281: Left to right: [[PluckyGirl Linna Yamazaki]], [[TheCaptain Sylia Stingray]], [[BikerBabe Priss Asagiri]], [[PlayfulHacker Nene Romanova]].]]

->''"Or: 'What if Music/JoanJett and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coco_Chanel Coco Chanel]] became New Wave terrorists?'"''\\
--'''Shadowjack''', [=RPG.net=] forums, "[[http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=485481 Speaking of women sentai groups... Bubblegum Crisis]]"

->''"[[InTheNameOfTheMoon Knight Sabers, sanjo!]]"''

One of the groundbreaking anime series to come out of Japan in the late 1980s and early 1990s, ''Bubblegum Crisis'' is a FilmNoir / {{Cyberpunk}} epic with superhero subtexts (especially ''ComicBook/IronMan''), heavily influenced by the films ''Film/BladeRunner'', ''[[Franchise/{{Terminator}} The Terminator]]'', and ''Film/StreetsOfFire''.

In the early 2030s, the world economy (and some of its politics) is controlled by the {{megacorp}}oration GENOM, whose primary product is the ''boomer'' -- humanoid robots that can be manufactured for any purpose from cheap labor to prostitution to heavy combat. Opposing GENOM and its plots are the Knight Sabers -- four women in astoundingly advanced powered combat suits, led by Sylia Stingray, the daughter of the scientist who invented boomer technology and who was murdered by GENOM's agents when they stole it.

The meaning of the title is obscure. Most commentators believe that it refers the point in blowing a bubblegum bubble where it has equal chances of exploding all over your face or collapsing limply. The mid-21st-Century society depicted in the show appears to be approaching a similar crisis point.

Originally plotted for 13 hour-long episodes, ''Bubblegum Crisis'' was forced by a mixture of budget issues and internal politics between the two studios producing the show to cease production with the 8th episode (which [[CutShort wasn't an ending at all]]). A 3-hour sequel series, ''Bubblegum Crash!'', is believed to be a compressed version of the plot of the remaining five episodes, but is generally [[FanonDisContinuity considered to be inferior to the original]].

In 1990, a {{prequel}} series, ''AD Police Files'' was released, featuring CowboyCop Leon in his early days on the force, five years before the series.

It was "reimagined" in 1998 as the TV series ''Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040'', but the result bears almost no resemblance to the earlier show. It kept the BroadStrokes of the premise and the hardsuit designs, but broadly changed the character designs and personalities, and went off in a different direction from the original series. This version began with Linna as an OfficeLady who moved to Tokyo to join her heroes, the [[ShroudedInMyth mysterious]] Knight Sabers.

In 1999, a second AD Police series: ''AD Police: To Serve and Protect'', was released. A third {{OVA}} focusing on the AD Police, [[#Parasite_Dolls]]''Parasite Dolls'', was released in 2003. For a time there was talk of a sequel series, ''Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2041'' that ADV Films would have been more involved with in terms of production and story, but it never materialized. This project probably died when ADV went bankrupt and reorganized itself into Section 23 Films.

In 2008, the company {{Creator/AIC}} announced that they'd signed an agreement to let a Singaporean studio begin production of a live-action version of ''Bubblegum Crisis'' -- which has ballooned into a coproduction between six countries (including Australia and China), planned for release in 2012. Fan reaction seems to be skeptical (especially with the reported $30 million budget), yet hopeful -- especially with the possibility of another anime revival as a tie-in. However, the lack of news suggests the project entered DevelopmentHell.

The most recent installment in the franchise is a one-shot 2012 LightNovel, ''Bubblegum Crisis: Hard Metal Guardians''[[note]]Or "Carbide/Super Steel Guardian Angels"[[/note]], which reimagines the story HighSchoolAU style.

Additionally, Creator/AnimEigo ran a [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/madoverlord/bubblegum-crisis-ultimate-edition-blu-ray-set very successful]] {{Kickstarter}} to fund a BluRay release of the original series.
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!!This show provides examples of:

* AcousticLicense: A great example in the ''Tokyo: 2040'' series episode "Minute by Minute". Priss and Leon have a quiet conversation together... ''while speeding down a highway on motorcycles''. No evidence of radios here, and in fact it's even crazier because Leon is wearing an open face helmet while Priss's helmet is totally enclosed, which would muffle her voice even if they were at a dead stop.
* ActionGirl: All the Knight Sabers, but mostly Priss and Linna.
* ActuallyADoombot: GENOM's CEO in the OVA is never found on-screen; it's always an android impersonator. Which is good because this saves his life.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Nene went from being a redhead to a blonde in ''2040''; Sylia became white-haired instead of a BrainyBrunette.
* AdaptationalBadass: While many people debate whether the original or new series is best, what they ''don't'' debate is that Linna [[TookALevelInBadass took twenty levels of badass]] in ''2040''. While in the original series she was a ditzy, materialistic and (to most of the series' plot) inconsequential character, in ''2040'' she's a much more down-to-earth girl with a strong personality and a hidden intolerance to authority. A big part of her character in the new series is how being a Knight Saber lets her cut loose and be more true to herself than she can be when in the civilian world. She has such a strong personality, she actually manages to impress ''Priss'', of all people, and when she joins the Knight Sabers she becomes their close-combat specialist, Priss's [[TheLancer Lancer]] and her full equal in combat ability.
** Nene also got a bit of a bad ass upgrade in ''2040'' - in the original OVA she was content to watch the action from the sidelines while working her hacker magic, and the few times she had to engage in physical combat usually ended badly for her, while in ''2040'' she's much more aggressive and usually handles herself better when in combat (though sometimes things still don't work out for her).
* AdaptationalSexuality: While only in the subtext, in the original OVA, Priss had no interest in Leon but was [[LesYay almost certainly hot for Sylvie]]. In ''2040'', by contrast, she's {{Tsundere}} for Leon and doesn't appear to reciprocate Linna's affections (though Linna also liked at least one guy during the course of the show) while being infatuated with the soft spoken mechanic Nigel. Conversely, Linna and Nene's subtext (though in 2040 they were usually more like surrogate siblings until the series finale), and Sylia's ''textual'' bisexuality, were added in ''2040''.
* AgeIsRelative: Believe it or not, but Linna is only a year older than Nene in the {{OVA}}s.
** And in 2040 Linna is only a year older than Priss - who is supposed to be ''nineteen years old''.
** In general a lot of characters both in the original and 2040 don't look their intended ages. Sylia is 23/24 but looks to be in her early 30s, the 2040 Leon looked to be early mid 30s but was only 24, etc.
* {{AI Is A Crapshoot}}: The rogue boomers in ''2040''; it's unclear whether most of the rampaging boomers in the original series were accidents or "field testing" by GENOM.
* AlternateContinuity: The OVA series, ''AD Police'' [=OVAs=] and ''Crash'' form one continuity, while ''2040'', ''AD Police'' TV and ''Parasite Dolls'' are a separate universe.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: The third OVA episode "Blow Up" starts with Mason sending a military-grade Boomer at Sylia's Silky Doll store -- and none of the Sabers are able to suit up in time to fight it.
** ''2040'' has a more full-scale invasion of the Sabers' base once [[spoiler:Galatea starts the RobotWar]].
* AnimationBump: The quality of the OVA's animation improved noticeably between "Moonlight Rambler" and "Red Eyes".
* ArmCannon, BreathWeapon, CombatTentacles, and ChestBlaster: Boomer weapon options. Knight Sabers may have Arm Cannons and/or the PowerFist. Sylia carries a BladeBelowTheShoulder. Linna's hardsuit has [[AbsurdlySharpBlade microfilament hair ribbons that cut through steel!]]
* ArmedLegs: Priss' PoweredArmor has ''contact-triggered explosives'' on top of both its feet. And rockets on both ankles. Attack sequence; 1). Jump. 2). Kick. 3). Activate rockets for ''rocket assisted kick''. 4). Explosives go off once MechaMook receives kick to head. 5). Get dustpan to sweep up remains of mook.
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]]: The ''2040'' version of Linna came to Tokyo because she'd become a fan of the Sabers and wanted to join them; because of her encounter with Priss and other lucky breaks, she succeeded.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: In ''2040'', boomers can only be destroyed by attacking their core, a small red sphere embedded somewhere in their body. In the first OVA episode and the last episode of ''Crash'', the only way to stop fusion boomers is by destroying their original bodies inside the huge accumulation of matter they've assimilated.
* AutobotsRockOut: Quite a lot of the series carnage is set to rock tunes. Then there are the official videos for those songs. It could even be argued that the entire OVA series is a series of Music Videos with a bit of plot hung around them.
* BattleButler: Kou, to Reika, in OVA episode 7.
* BigBad: Several -- GENOM, Largo, Quincy; Galatea in ''2040''.
* BikerBabe and BadassBiker: Priss; Sylvie is only a little less badass.
** Technically, Linna and Sylia also count as both are pretty handy on a [[CoolBike Moto]][[TransformingMecha slave]] of which both have their own [[ColorCodedCharacters colour coded]] ones (in addition to Priss' red one). Linna often rides hers in tandem with Priss on missions. Nene, on the other hand, is only seen riding her pink Motoslave once, and she never transforms it. She rides around on a scooter in civilian life.
* BodyguardBabes: Mason has a trio of Boomer {{Robot Girl}}s in the episode "Born To Kill", capable of performing Genom's wet work off the clock, and going toe to toe with the Knight Sabers.
* BodyHorror: An important aspect of the OVA Boomers' design that was unfortunately absent from ''2040'''s Boomers.
* BottleEpisode: One episode of the ''AD Police'' TV series is set entirely inside a bar during a hostage standoff.
* BreakTheCutie: The second ''AD Police'' OVA is told from the viewpoint of an idealistic young policewoman who is trying to prove that the serial killer in the episode is human (both to the police and herself) while struggling with the decision to replace her right eye with an artificial one. [[spoiler:The episode ends with her going under the knife, narrating that this was the story of how she lost part of her humanity.]]
** Nene undergoes this in the 2040 episodes ''My Nation Underground'' and ''Woke Up With A Monster'' when her bratty arrogance finally comes back to bite her in the ass after she tries to play match maker between Priss and Leon, earning her a long overdue scolding from Sylia for endangering the team's secrecy, and then gets her ass handed to her in a boomer fight when she tries to rush in and beat the boomer by herself in a misguided attempt to prove herself.
* TheBrigadier: Leon, sort of.
* BroadStrokes: ''2040''.
** Provoked reactions of TheyChangedItNowItSucks from some fans of the [=OVAs=].
* ButNotTooForeign: Most of the characters have names (and appearances in some cases) that suggest they're of mixed ancestry, but they still all speak Japanese and are pretty obviously Japanese culturally. Part of this has to do with [[CyberPunk the show's genre]] and ''Japan's'' take on impending multiculturalism (well, for TheEighties at any rate).
* TheCaptain: Sylia
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In ''Bubblegum Crash!''...
** Priss starts using ''ore'' instead of ''watashi'' as a first person pronoun, which she hadn't done before [[TheOtherDarrin her voice actress was replaced]]. Her animosity to the idea of Adama being a boomer who thinks exactly like a human is inexplicable considering her previous relationship with Sylvie.
** Nene TookALevelInBadass, right after OVA 8 gave her ADayInTheSpotlight episode that was all about how she didn't ''need'' to be a conventional badass.
* ChekhovsGun: In ep. 2 of the OVA, [[spoiler: Linna takes Irene's engagement ring after Boomers kill the young woman, as a memento to remember her friend.]] This comes into play later, in ep. 7, [[spoiler: when Linna gives this ring to Irene's sister, Reika, aka Vision, to convince her not to take up the leadership of the Hou Bang group and pursue further vengeance against GENOM]].
* CoolBike: The Motoslaves.
* CoolCar: In the [=OVAs=], Sylia drives a replica (according to the [[AllThereInTheManual artbooks]]) of a red 1954 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing. Her ''2040'' counterpart has a Porsche 911, but it only appears in two episodes.
** The Gryphon that episode 4 of the OVA is centered on is also a very cool, highly customized vehicle. It just happens to be owned by someone completely insane.
* ColorCodedCharacters - Each Saber has a different colour that identifies than and, for 2 of them, carries over to their [[CoolBike Moto]][[TransformingMecha slave]] (Priss has a red Motoslave, and Nene has a pink one that was only seen once).
** Sylia, White/Bluish-white and Blue
** Priss, Blue and Red
** Linna, Green and Orange
** Nene, Purple and Pink, later Red and Pink after the MidSeasonUpgrade and in ''2040''.
* CombatStilettos: Both the Sabers' powered armor ''and'' their Motoslaves in robot / armor mode have these. God knows how the Sabers manage to do much more than ''walk'' in theirs, as they have the same basic design as a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballet_boots ballet boot.]]
* CompressedHair: In the OVA, Priss and Nene are sometimes seen pinning their hair up before putting on their helmets, but not always.
* ConspicuousCGI: The cityscape sequence that introduces each episode of ''Bubblegum Crash!''.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Several. After Sylia mentions Sexaroids, Nene (who doesn't know Sylvie is one) wonders if they're as pretty as Sylvie. Priss spotting Anri and Largo is covered in SlowMotionPassBy. This is also how clues get picked up in the first two ''AD Police'' [=OVAs=].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Everyone in GENOM.
* CowboyCop: Leon
** Even worse, his former colleague [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Jeena Malso/Gina Marceau]].
* CrossPoppingVeins: Near the end of the ''2040'' series, Linna and Nene are riding behind Priss on her motorcycle; all three of them are wearing hardsuits. Linna and Nene get cross popping veins ''on their hardsuit helmets'', which then detach and float away on the wind. The cartoonishness of this scene qualifies as a BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
* CutShort: With ye originale OVA. The eighth episode is a MidseasonUpgrade episode which [[ADayInTheLimelight focuses on Nene]] and wasn't intended to be the end at all, but various factors made it the last produced episode of the first OVA series.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Discussed in the ''AD Police'' OVA, with two episodes revolving around cyborgs going insane, and other characters worrying about the consequences of having smaller artifical organs installed. It's also revealed in Episode 2 that anyone who replaces more than 70% of their body with implants is legally considered a "Boomeroid", meaning that the AD Police can terminate them with extreme prejudice if they step out of line.
** R. Talsorian's ''Bubblegum Crisis'' RPG books expand on the humanity-loss phenomenon: "Boomer Syndrome" has various causes, ranging from purely mental to actual mechanical malfunctions in the implants, and over time can cause such delightful side effects as phantom pain, mood swings, emotional disassociation and terrifying hallucinations. One of the worst, though, is [[BodyHorror "cybermorphosis"]], which occurs with implants that incorporate recycled Boomer tech: occasionally, the self-repair functions of the Boomer parts will reactivate, causing severe pain and disfigurement as the implant attempts to "fix" itself. This eventually happens to The Ripper in the ''AD Police'' OVA.
* {{Cyberpunk}}: One of the defining anime examples, which takes heavy inspiration from one of the [[Film/BladeRunner big trope makers]].
** Interestingly, though, there are at least shades of PostCyberpunk throughout all of the various incarnations of the franchise. The Knight Sabers aren't dedicated to "the destruction of Genom" (with the possible exception of Priss) but rather to the much broader ideal of peace and social justice. Also, even though they're often [[RedShirt rather ineffective]], the AD Police (as agents of the State) are not villainous at all, and the two major male characters who are AD Policemen are explicitly heroic (and Nene is a data analyst and part-time traffic cop for the ADPD, and she openly ''loves'' her job). And, generally speaking, the tone of the original OVA at least is pretty positive - the Sabers ''can'' make a positive impact on the world, Genom ''can'' be stopped, etc.
** And it is [[AvertedTrope strangely dry]] [[CyberpunkWithAChanceOfRain compared to]] other works influenced by ''Film/BladeRunner.''
* DaChief: Chief Todou
* DarkerAndEdgier: The ''AD Police'' OVA series, set five years before the original ''BGC'' [=OVAs=], shows a grittier [=MegaTokyo=] with more pervasive crime and urban decay, more graphic sex and violence, and people with more obvious-looking cyberware.
* ADayInTheLimelight: What the eighth OVA episode amounts to, focusing on Nene and developing her character substantially. (This ends up being a weird capstone for the original OVA series, since [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the run wasn't supposed to end there]].) Linna also gets some focus in the second episode, but to a much lesser extent.
* DeusAngstMachina: The D.D. Battlemover. Everything about it is ridiculously contrived in order to [[spoiler:force Priss to kill Sylvie]]. (For specifics, see WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds on the character page.)
* DeusExMachina: OAV 6 "Red Eyes" has two notable examples -- the new Typhoon II Motorslave shows up with Priss's new hardsuit just in the nick of time to save Priss from Largo and his Hyperboomers, and the prototype MSX-01 Motorslave equipped with a surface-to-orbit anti-satellite laser cannon was never previously established.
* DieHardOnAnX: {{Lampshaded}} by Jeena in the ''AD Police'' manga when she finds herself trapped in a building being taken over by anti-corporate terrorists (the leader of whom happens to be one of her ex-boyfriends).
** In the eighth OVA, Nene is trapped in ADP headquarters when the episode's one-shot villain attacks [[BruceWayneHeldHostage to draw out the Knight Sabers]].
** The 2040 version of Nene also gets to go through this along with DaChief and [[MauveShirt two random office workers]] when Galatea reanimates the Boomer wreckage stored at ADP headquarters into a [[ZombieApocalypse Zombie Robot Apocalypse]].
* DiminishingVillainThreat: At the end of ''Parasite Dolls'', [[spoiler:Genom is completely destroyed by a terrorist bombing campaign]].
* DirtyOldMan: Dr. [=McLaren=].
* TheDragon: Brian J. Mason, Madigan, others.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Or rather, a radio tower in [[spoiler:Adama]]'s case.
* EccentricMillionaire: Sylia
* {{Engrish}}: Oh good ''lord'', absolutely infamous for ''this'' too. Almost ''none'' of the English in the show escapes without some kind of error. A lot of neophyte anime fans in TheEighties were introduced to the Engrish concept via this show.
** A fair bit of it was so bad as to become [[MemeticMutation memetic]] in the days prior to widespread Internet access, particularly anything that showed up on Nene's computers. SYLIA WANTS YOU is just one example.
* EnhanceButton: The last notable element of ''Film/BladeRunner'' that the original OVA didn't borrow shows up in episode 7 of ''2040'' instead.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Sylvie, Sylvie, Sylvie. Justified in-story by her background as a purpose-built sex slave.
* EvilMinions: Various boomers.
* EvilTwin: Arguably, Galatea from ''2040''. Also a set of three Boomers dolled up as fake Knight Sabers in one episode of the OVA.
* {{Expy}}: Sylia, Galatea, Mackie and Kain Smith (Linna's boss) in ''2040'' look almost exactly like Ifurita (OVA version), Ifurita (TV version), Makoto and Jinnai, respectively, from ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld''.
** The AI newscaster that appears in ''Crash!'' bears more than a passing resemblance to MaxHeadroom.
* FakeBand: Priss and the Replicants (and Sekiria, the ''2040'' version of her band), Vision and the Revengers. The OVA Knight Sabers sing as a group on some songs and are seen playing instruments in the "Asu e Touchdown" video, but they're not canonically supposed to be an in-universe band.
* FanonDisContinuity: ''Bubblegum Crash!'', ''Soldier Blue'' and ''Bubblegum Crisis: Grand Mal'' in the eyes of some fans.
** It doesn't help that the main arc of ''Crash!'' contradicts the most popular arc in ''Crisis'' [the ''Red Eyes'' arc], and is also presented in a manner that is ''internally'' contradictory; Priss' experience with Sylvie and Anri and subsequent character development is completely ignored, an intelligent Boomer is suddenly a radical new thing [as opposed to ''Crisis'' where Boomers could easily pass for human, far more so than the 'advanced' one in ''Crash!''], and yet it still uses the Largo character who was involved in all the events it ignores and is, um, an intelligent Boomer.
** Some secondary source materials suggest Adama was unique for having a fully mechanical brain capable of advanced AI rather than one reliant on boomer biotechnology. No clue how this is really justifying the trope though.
* FingerlessGloves: The ''2040'' version of Priss.
* FiveManBand: If you count Mackie. Possibly a FourTemperamentEnsemble if you don't count him: Priss is Choleric; Lina is Sanguine; Sylia is Phlegmatic; Nene is Melancholic, though rather more cheerful than most.
* FlamboyantGay: Daley, apparently one of the earliest anime examples. OTOH, ''2040''!Daley is more of a StraightGay.
* FutureSpandex: The Knight Sabers, underneath their power suits, wear form-fitting outfits. It's also justified, as it's explained that the outfits serve as a neural interface between the user and the suit.
* GameFace: While the Boomers from the [=OVAs=] were heavily derivative of Franchise/{{Terminator}}s, an important difference is that Terminators only lose their skin through injury, while Boomers intentionally have to burst out of their skin and expand their bodies when they go into combat.
* AGodAmI: Largo
* GoingCritical: A threat of such an incident is part of the plot of the final episode of Bubblegum Crash, "Meltdown". The title of this episode is also a ''SpoilerTitle''.
* GovernmentConspiracy
* GratuitousEnglish: On signs all over. For instance, the "Lanjary" shop. And the songs.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: In one episode, there's a danger that military boomer technology might get sold to... '''''the communists!''''' Granted, especially given where the show is set this [[RedChina could still sort of work]], but it's very obvious which kind of "communist" they're talking about.
* GroinAttack: Priss knees an uncooperative ADP crowd control trooper in the groin when he refuses to let her pass so that she could slap a boomer in Episode 2, "Born to Kill" of the original series.
* GuineaPigFamily: In ''Tokyo 2040'', [[spoiler:Professor Stingray created the Boomer prototypes Mackie and Galatea by implanting their cores inside a young Sylia's brain and letting them learn its structure. He created the cores by dissecting his wife's brain -- which is why it only worked with Sylia.]]
* GunshipRescue: Mackie in the "[[FanNickname Knight Wing]]" during OVA episode 6.
* HandCannon: Leon's oversized [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver that is almost effective against Boomers]].
** And to really drive it home, this revolver can fire RPG rounds.
* HoneyTrap: Used on Dr. [=MacLaren=] [[spoiler: by Vision as part of her revenge for her parents and sister.]] Includes RoomDisservice by multiple parties.
* HotSpringsEpisode: There was a rejected script proposal for one of these. WordOfGod says that the script eventually [[RecycledScript resurfaced]] as an episode of one of director Hiroki Hayashi's later projects: ''TenchiMuyo''. [[http://groups.google.com/group/alt.fan.bgcrisis/msg/3892b219f35e6ce4?hl=en This Usenet post attempts to reconstruct the original storyline.]]
* HumongousMecha
* IdolSinger: Vision [[spoiler: (AKA Reika Chang)]] in OAV 7.
* ImGoingForACloserLook: A frequent way Priss gets into trouble.
** This is the code phrase for A.D. Police helicopter troopers to indicate that they're about to die. You're in a helicopter with a minigun on it. [[TooStupidToLive Why would you ever go in closer?]]
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Boomers explode out of their human skin to show their robot form. One boomer is wearing a suit when he transitions and is still wearing the suit once he's a robot.
* IntrepidReporter, combined with DarkSkinnedBlond: Lisa Vanette, a young photographer introduced in the last OVA episode.
* ItsPersonal: It's extremely easy to make it this way for Priss, even when it was Linna's friend, and is the theme for most episodes of the OVA. Parodied with Lisa's vendetta against the Sabers for destroying her camera.
* JapanTakesOverTheWorld: There in some ways, given [[Film/BladeRunner the show's roots]], but oddly ''inverted'' in a sense: while the world does seem to be largely under the heel of various kinds of zaibatsu, nearly all of the top-level executives in the show are ''westerners'', implying that Western influence took over originally Japanese megacorps and made them their own.
* JumpedAtTheCall: ''2040''!Linna
* KillerRobot: To quote [[http://www.nabiki.com/mst Zoogz]], "Genom assumes no responsibility for your domestic boomer going on a psychotic murder spree."
* KillSat: The first episode centers around a stolen KillSat controller, and KillSat strikes are important events in later episodes.
** Everyone has them, even some third-world countries and there are enough of then in the orbit to pull a [[Film/EscapeFromLA Code 666 on the whole planet like Snake Plissken did.]] [[note]]In The movie, Snake did fire all {{EMP}}-satellites at once and switch off the whole planet. The satellites here could, if fired all at once, annihilate every corner of the planet. Yes, nukes became obsolete.[[/note]]
* LighterAndSofter: [=MegaTokyo=] looks surprisingly clean and shiny in the eighth OVA episode, and more so in ''2040'' before the RobotWar.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Linna, implied.
** Priss gets a bit of this in 2040. Sylia also may not count in 2040.
* LovingAShadow: Priss's infatuation with Nigel in 2040. Sylia comes dangerously close to this herself until it becomes clear that Nigel does care for her on some level.
* AMechByAnyOtherName: Hardsuits, motoroids, motoslaves, powered suits, battlemovers.
* MechaShow
* TheMenInBlack: Most of Genom's Boomer MechaMooks have human disguises that fit this trope.
* MetaMecha: The Motoroids/Motoslaves, which transform from {{Cool Bike}}s into both robots and exoskeletons for the hardsuits.
* MidseasonUpgrade: To the hardsuits in both the original series and ''2040''. Especially [[FunnyAneurysmMoment "funny"]] in the original - they spend all of Nene's DayInTheLimelight getting their suit upgrades and clearly preparing for a major confrontation narratively... and then the show ends!
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: For a rebellious BikerBabe who plays in a hole-in-the-wall bar, Priss's music ranks surprisingly low: not more than about 4-5. (Adam Warren's characterization of her music as "retrothrash" is at odds with this.) ''2040''!Priss may get up to level 6 with amateurish punk songs like "Bug List".
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: A frequently-seen characteristic of rogue Boomers in ''2040''.
* MotorcycleOnTheCoastRoad: How Priss and Sylvie hang out.
* MrFixit: [[strike:"Pops"]] Doc Raven; Nigel in ''2040''.
* MultinationalTeam: If you count base ethnicity rather than actual citizenship. Specifically, Priss seems to be part-American, Sylia is at least part British or otherwise Western European (unless you consider the ''Grand Mal'' comic canon, in which her name is really Stengovich), Linna seems to be straight-up Japanese and Nene has some blatant Russian/Eastern European background, if the name didn't clue you in. See ButNotTooForeign above.
* MusicalThemeNaming: Some of the later ''2040'' episodes have titles taken from famous (or infamous) songs or albums, such as JeffersonStarship's "''We Built This City''", TheDoors' "''Light My Fire''", TheEagles' "''One of these Nights''", PinkFloyd's "''Atom Heart Mother''" and ThePolice's "''Walking on The Moon''"
* MysteriousInformant: Fargo
* NamesToKnowInAnime: KenichiSonoda did the character and hardsuit designs for the original series. Hiroki Hayashi directed the 4th OVA episode before going on to ''TenchiMuyo''. Creator/MasamiObari (''Anime/{{Gravion}}'', the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' anime) directed the episodes "Moonlight Rambler" and "Red Eyes," and Satoshi Urushihara supervised and was "guest character designer" for the episode "Double Vision." See also the HeyItsThatVoice entry.
* NewNeoCity: [=MegaTokyo=].
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Particularly in ''2040'', the Boomers start out as mostly-believable humanoid cyborgs, only to degenerate into magical [[FusionDance fusing]] zombie ghost robots by the end.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: [[DirtyOldMan Dr. [=McLaren=]]] looks suspiciously like [[MrAltDisney Walt Disney]], and the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat new AD Police chief]] in ''Crash'' is clearly based on George H.W. Bush.
* NoNameGiven: Sho's mother.
* NoNewFashionsInTheFuture: Archetypal example.
** Exception: Sylia's [[BareYourMidriff midriff-baring]] high-collared sleeveless blouse worn under a business suit has never been fashionable in the past, but as the years pass it's starting to look increasingly plausible that women may dress like this in the future.
* NoProductSafetyStandards: You'd think Boomers would be better to test in a lab than on the public.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat:
--> ''Largo has [[DisneyVillainDeath fallen, on fire, into a deep chasm, and exploded.]]''
--> '''Nene:''' We did it! But... do you suppose he's dead?
--> '''Linna:''' He's got to be. Nobody could survive a fall from this height.
* {{OC Stand In}}: Madigan, the female Genom executive who appears in the Largo arc.
* OffModel: The character art in the first OVA episode is distinctly cruder than in the rest of the series.
** Subverted in OVA 7: director Satoshi Urushihara draws the characters in his own SignatureStyle instead of following Sonoda's model sheets, but that episode has some of the best draftsmanship in the entire franchise.
* TheOjou: Sylia and Reika.
* OneWingedAngel: The ''2040'' boomers do this when they go rogue, becoming distorted mockeries of their "normal" states (see the waitress boomer). The boomers in the original [=OVAs=] HulkingOut of their skin also qualifies.
* OurGraphicsWillSuckInTheFuture, along with TechnologyMarchesOn: Sylia's car has a full-colour fax machine, but cellphones seem quite rare (she does have one, though). Computer equipment in general seems bulky and antiquated by early 21st century standards. [[VideoPhone Video pay phones]] seem to be the usual method of communication.
** Three words: Microsoft Excel 2040 (which looks less like Excel 2007 and more like Excel 2000.)
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The 'vampire' stalking Megatokyo in one episode of the OVA is in fact an old-model Boomer that uses artificial blood in its internal systems. Who has a friend with a big leak or something. Also more or less a LesbianVampire.
** Ahem: LesbianVampire [[SexBot Sexaroid]], thank you very much.
* PaintballEpisode: The Sabers' introductory scene in OVA 4, "Revenge Road".
* PinkMeansFeminine: Sylia humiliates Priss with this trope in 2040 episode ''My Nation Underground'' when the tomboyish biker loses a bet to her flighty boss, forcing her to be photographed wearing an ugly pink dress while Nene and Linna laugh at her and mock her.
** It made more sense in the original Japanese language version (where Priss wanted Nene kicked off the team for digging into her personal life) than in the English language version (which changed it to Priss wanting Nene removed from the team for her own safety).
*** Comes back to bite Sylia, Nene and Linna in the ass when Priss temporarily quits and refuses to help them due to Sylia lying to them and abusing their trust.
*** Incidentally, pink tends to be a prominent color in Nene's hardsuits and 2040 indicates that she and Linna both own and wear at least one set of pink underwear each.
* PlayfulHacker: Nene
* PlotLeveling: Perhaps it was a mistake to introduce {{Kill Sat}}s and runaway {{Nanotechnology}} in the first episode, since these are the most powerful weapons that could realistically exist in this setting. Further into the franchise, the technology becomes increasingly cartoonish and superhero-like, such as the Boomers used by Dr. Miriam in OAV 8 and Largo in ''Crash'', and the upgraded hardsuits in ''Crash'' and ''2040''. Also see above under NinjaPirateZombieRobot.
* PluckyOfficeGirl: Linna's day job in ''2040''. In the [=OVAs=] she was an aerobics instructor (turned stockbroker in ''Crash'').
* PoliceAreUseless: With three exceptions.
* PoweredArmor
* PromotionToParent: Sylia, with Mackie.
* RaceLift: The ''Hard Metal Guardians'' novel eliminates the MultinationalTeam aspect of previous BGC versions by giving all of the main characters Japanese surnames and black hair.
* RapeAndRevenge: In the fourth OVA, J.B. Gibson rebuilds his car into an instrument of revenge against the motorcycle gang who, it is implied, raped his girlfriend.
* RedshirtArmy: The AD Police, yes, but the ones in helicopters are specifically screwed.
* ResearchInc: Genom does a lot of R&D and hardly any safety tests.
* RobotGirl: Sylvie, Anri, other [[{{Sexbot}} sexaroids]], plus Mason's bodyguards.
* RoboticReveal: The first OVA episode.
* RobotWar: Finally breaks out in the second half of ''2040''.
* SacrificialLamb: Guest characters frequently get killed in order to invoke ItsPersonal, including Cynthia, Irene, Sho's mother, all five of the Sexaroids, Dr. Yuri and Adama.
* SealedEvilInACan: Galatea from ''Tokyo 2040''.
* SecretProjectRefugeeFamily: Sylvie and Anri
* {{Sentai}}
* ShadowArchetype: The Largo-Sylia relationship.
* ShoutOut: To ''Film/StreetsOfFire'', ''Film/BladeRunner'', ''Film/TopGun'', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons,'' MarvelComics, and others. Deserving special attention is the Miura/Miula factory in ''2040,'' which references AIC producer Toru Miura.
** The Boomers' metallic skulls with glowing red eyes are reminiscent of the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'''s endoskeleton. In ''2040'', the nanotech-based second generation hardsuits resemble liquid metal in their initial state, like the T-1000.
** The weapons the AD Police carry are clearly the pulse rifles from ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. The way Sylvie kills the last Doberman with WeaponizedExhaust is also a reference to the first ''Film/{{Alien}}'' movie.
** All of the episode titles for ''2040'' are the names of rock songs and/or albums.
** The mere existence of ''Priss'' (and her backing band, the Replicants) needs to be mentioned here. Especially since she first appears to us as a [[Film/BladeRunner wild-haired blonde]]. (The joke is that it's a wig.) Leon is also named after one of the replicants from ''Film/BladeRunner''.
** AD Police headquarters is a cylindrical building like the police headquarters in ''Film/BladeRunner'' as well.
** The bands, Priss and the Replicants and Vision and the Revengers, are shout-outs to ''StreetsOfFire'''s Ellen Aim and the Attackers.
** The female head of Genom security is named Madigan, a possible ShoutOut to actress Amy Madigan who had a supporting role in ''StreetsOfFire''.
** BGC features a red-haired Romanova. [[ComicBook/IronMan A certain hardsuit-wearing hero]] features a red-haired Romanova as a secondary character. Hilariously, though, the two could not be more dissimilar otherwise (Nene is a PlayfulHacker who isn't that great at the physical violence while Black Widow is, well, a bigger ActionGirl than Priss).
** A neon sign in the background of the first episode reads "MZ 23". ''{{Megazone 23}}'' was AIC's previous project before starting BGC.
** The AD Police's Roadblock "truck" in ''Revenge Road'' is named Lulu Belle. [[spoiler: That's Bogart's tank in ''Sahara''.]]
*** J.B. Gibson may have been named after Creator/MelGibson, since he was the star of ''Film/MadMax''.
*** The "Highway Star" superbike is probably named after the Music/DeepPurple song.
* SlowMotionPassBy: Priss recognizes Anri as the driver of a car she [[ContrivedCoincidence just happens to pass by]] on her motorcycle.
* SoLastSeason: Dr. Miriam builds customized Boomers to defeat the Knight Sabers' current hardsuits, only to find that they've already upgraded their hardsuits when he deploys them.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: "This is the look of the true victor!" Said by both CorruptCorporateExecutive Brian J. Mason and [[spoiler:his "reincarnation", Largo]].
** [[spoiler: In the English dub, during Largo's confrontation with Leon, he calls Leon "little puppy," which he also called him as Mason.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: The second original OVA closes out at a graveyard, with a wide shot of many gravestones and mourners... then immediately kicks in the upbeat '80s anime pop music. Both the shot and the music remains constant throughout the end credits. Not quite putting TheFunInFuneral, but...
* SpaceElevator: ''Tokyo 2040'' has a "skyhook" connecting Tokyo and an orbital power satellite play several important roles in the plot. Genom is building a network of tunnels beneath Tokyo to store energy released by the satellite, which are put to other uses by [[spoiler:both Mason and Galatea]]. Sylia also tries to use the energy discharged by the skyhook to power a BFG so she can [[spoiler:try to fry Galatea while she's still [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed In A Can]]. (It doesn't work.)]] Before the end, [[spoiler:the Knight Sabers have to hitch a ride into orbit]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Boomers vs. Voomers vs. Buma, anyone?
* SpiderTank: The GD-42 mecha, piloted by Reika and Kou.
* StockSoundEffects: As the two were made concurrently with one another with a similar crew. Sound effects from this series can also be heard in the animated ''[[Series/CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture Captain Power]]'' training videos.
* {{Stripperific}}: Vision's [[FashionableAsymmetry stage outfit]], also the Knight Sabers' [[LatexSpaceSuit spandex thing]] worn under their power armour.
* {{Superhero}}: The ladies are a quartet of [[ComicBook/IronMan Iron (Wo)men]]. However, Sylia has more in common with [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] than Tony Stark.
* SuperHeroOrigin: Given the above, the OVA is oddly notable for '''''avoiding''''' this; we never actually get around to seeing how the team got together, and the first episode is practically InMediasRes. At best we get some vague hints about Sylia's reasons for wanting to ''assemble'' the team in the first place, but how in the world [[BikerBabe Priss]], [[PluckyGirl Linna]], [[PlayfulHacker Nene]] and [[TheCaptain Sylia]] all fell in together (when it seems highly improbable that they'd all meet by chance) is never even remotely explained. It seems like they were building toward addressing this in the original series (it would've been a logical segue from the team-building of OVA ep8), but, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork well...]]
** Even more interestingly, none of the "direct" sequels to the original OVA bother answering this ''either'', not even ''Crash!'' or ''AD Police''. The only part of the franchise that details anything like an origin for the team is ''[[BroadStrokes 2040]]''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2O1tqo7sRI The music video for "Touchdown to Tomorrow" ("Asu E TouchDown")]] in Hurricane Live shows a few glimpses of it. It makes Nene's recruitment clear enough (hey PlayfulHacker, that woman whose files you're in [[MemeticMutation WANTS YOU]]), but still leaves a lot of questions about the exact circumstances and motivations around Priss' and Linna's recruitment.
*** Worse, it counts as AllThereInTheManual, since Hurricane Live was a separate product and not widely distributed outside Japan until [=AnimEigo=]'s DVD collection was released.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Played for laughs in ''2040''; Linna (over)reacts to Priss riding off after accidentally making Linna drop her lunch by shouting "'''Yurusan'''!" and running after her.
* ThoseTwoGuys: AD Police Officers Leon [=McNichol=] and Daley Wong. Nigel Kirkland and Mackie Stingray have a bit of this in 2040.
* TheTokyoFireball
* TookALevelInBadass: Nene in ''Crash''.
* TookALevelinJerkass: Nene is kind of a brat at the start of ''2040'', as opposed to the lovably goofy girl she was in the original. She gets better, though.
* {{Transhuman}}: [[spoiler: The OVA had numerous hints at Sylia being this]].
** [[spoiler: Becomes a plot point in Adam Warren's comic book adaptation where we find out that Sylia's brain has been augmented by {{Nanomachines}}. [[WordOfGod Toshimichi Suzuki of Artmic]] has confirmed this to be the true, making this a case of AllThereInTheManual]].
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: The Hou Bang from OVA episode 7, "Double Vision".
** [[MafiaPrincess Triad Princess]]: Reika Chang[[spoiler:, though Linna was able to convince her to give up being the Hou Bang leader at the end.]]
* UnexplainedRecovery: The [=OAVs=] never offer any explanation for how and when Mason transferred his mind into Largo, or how Largo got put into a life-support tank in ''Crash''.
* UniverseCompendium: R. Talsorian's RPG sourcebooks serve this purpose, even if you don't use them to play the game.
* VideoFullOfFilmClips: The music videos for several songs mostly consist of these.
* WeCanRebuildHim: Billy from the ''A.D. Police'' episode "The Man Who Bites His Tongue", an ADP officer who gets picked as the test subject for the new Cyborg Unit of the force.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Kate Madigan is covered in the [[OneSceneWonder One Episode Wonder]] example on her character page.
** Why don't we see the Motoslaves after OVA 6? They would have come in handy fighting Reika's Genki battlemover, and they could have taken on Miriam's Boomers without needing the hardsuits to be upgraded.
* WholePlotReference: AD Police Files episode 3, The Man Who Bites His Tongue, is this for Robocop. It's also a perfect example of doing this right; rather than simply feeding off the popularity of Robocop and cribbing the plot, it is a much darker and more serious exploration of what would happen in that scenario.
* WolverinePublicity: Priss hogs a lot of screen time, more so in the OVA than in 2040.
* ZettaiRyouiki: WordOfGod (in this case, KenichiSonoda) says that the stripes on the legs of the hard-suits is specifically meant to invoke this.
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