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[[caption-width-right:320:The cast of Dragon Drive, featuring hero Oozora Reiji and his dragon Chibisuke in the center]]
''Dragon Drive'' is about a boy named Oozora Reiji, and his adventures in a virtual world. No, not Film/TheMatrix, this world is where children go in secret away from the adults, to play a game called ''Dragon Drive''. Each child gets his or her own dragon, hand picked by his or her own personality. Reiji goes to check this place out and finds himself with the weakest dragon there: a tiny squirt, which he names Chibisuke. But what he didn't know was that inside Chibi was a power stronger than he thought.
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!! The manga and anime provide examples of:
* TheAce: Anime-only Tachibana Kyoji is seen as this at school. Subverted in that he is soundly thrashed within seconds by Himuro at Dragon Drive.
* AlliterativeTitle: '''D'''ragon '''D'''rive.
* AloofAlly: Himuro after his HeelFaceTurn
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Himuro Hikaru, for both Reiji and Sumishiba. He motivates Reiji and ''infuriates'' Sumishiba.
* AmusingInjuries: Reiji, in ''every'' episode's eyecatch where he receives AshFace, or even HarmlessFreezing, from a dragon's elemental breath.
* [[AnIcePerson An Ice Dragon]]: Kanpa, Hagiwara's dragon
* AntiHero: Himuro Hikaru and Sumishiba Ichiro after parting ways with Toki. Both go down a level (Himuro from V to IV, Sumishiba from IV to III), but Sumishiba is more mentally balanced to begin with, and Himuro remains a much darker character.
* AshFace: Each episode of the anime features an eyecatch where Chibi blasts Reiji with a burst of flames.
* AxCrazy: Himuro in the anime and first half of the manga.
* BabiesEverAfter: Kind of. In the epilogue, pretty much the entire cast seems to have GenerationXerox children who have even inherited their parents' rivalries.
* {{Badass}}: Himuro Hikaru, ''especially'' in the second half of the manga. Sumishiba definitely has a few scenes of his own.
** ''Silver''. Former dragon-buster and a DualWielding master. She probably beats Hikaru for Badassery in part 1.
* TheBerserker: Rokkaku, generally when he's had a little too much to drink.
* BigDamnHeroes: Reiji, Maiko, Hagiwara, Towa and Tachibana in the final battle in the anime. Also, Himuro does this twice. Once when Reiji is about to get eaten by a dragon, and Hikaru shows up on his new dragon and fries it; and another time in the anime when Reiji is fighting and losing against one of the Shishinryu.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: They defeat the BigBad, but only by merging the two worlds, which causes the dragons to disappear. However, we do see that Future!Takumi revives Dragon Drive 17 years later, so they get to see the dragons again.]]
* BlankWhiteEyes: Toki when possessed by Shinryu in the anime
* BlindfoldedVision: Himuro after the TimeSkip.
* BloodKnight: ''Himuro''.
--> '''Toki Kouhei''': Hikaru's just a crazy battle freak!
** Rokkaku has his moments
* BoundAndGagged: Maiko is kidnapped at one point to use as leverage on Reiji and this trope happens.
* BreathWeapon: A lot of the dragons.
* BrilliantButLazy: Otohime Taro, from the second half of the manga. Will fall asleep if nothing "interesting" is happening, and won't fight unless he thinks it will be exciting. He is also the best Dragon Drive player around.
** Himuro might also count, in the beginning. He's a high school dropout because he simply got bored with it, and only rarely shows up at the Dragon Drive center to kick the asses of everyone in the place before going home.
* BrokenAce: Himuro. Originally seen as perfect and the unmatched champion of Dragon Drive, he loses it when Reiji manages to catch him off-guard and nearly defeats him. Clearly has a ''serious'' inferiority complex, and actually breaks down into ManlyTears at one point when Reiji refuses to fight him.
* ButtMonkey: Reiji initially, but he outgrew it.
** Reiji continues to take plenty of abuse in the eyecatch of every episode.
* CatchPhrase: Sumishiba's assertions that he will win "in ten minutes"
* ClingyJealousGirl: Yukino Maiko, although this is shown much more in the anime than in the manga.
* CompetenceZone: Only children of a certain age range are able to enter Ri-Kyuu.
* ContestWinnerCameo: Koryu
* DarkIsEvil
* DeathGlare: Himuro has a ''very'' effective one. Somehow, he even manages to pull one off without opening his eyes after the TimeSkip.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Subverted with Himuro after the TimeSkip; his eyes are always closed, not because he ''can't'' see (presumably), but because he stopped using his eyes in order to sharpen his other senses and gain power.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase
* EvilLaugh: Toki after being assimilated into Shinryu and beating the hell out of Reiji and the rest of the cast.
* EvilPlan: Toki's plan to take over Earth and Ri-kuu.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Post- TimeSkip Himuro. Possibly subverted in that he actually doesn't see and never opens them.
* EyeScream: Rokkaku and his dragon, Thunderbolt. Each had his right eye ruined in a fight with Kouhei.
* GenerationXerox: The kids in the epilogue. Practically ''everyone'' has one.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Reiji starts drooling when Hysteric Rose flirts with Silver.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] concerning Himuro after the TimeSkip. He has very obvious scars on his face and hands, and probably more. Considering he's a fairly dark AntiHero, they're not quite as jarring as they could be.
* HarmlessFreezing: Another amusing injury for Reiji featured in the eyecatch of the anime, where Kanpa breathes snow all over him and freezes him.
* HeyItsThatVoice: In the english dub Reiji is [[Manga/DeathNote Light Yagami]]! And in the original, Creator/KenichiSuzumura plays Himuro!
* IChooseToStay: Himuro stays in Ri-Kyuu rather than return with the others at the end of the first half of the manga.
* IdiotHero: Oozora Reiji. So, so much.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Shinsaber
* InVinoVeritas: Meguru, coupled with not remembering a thing the morning afterwards.
* {{Jerkass}} / JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Himuro and Sumishiba
* LaserBlade: Himuro's first dragon's primary attack
* LightIsGood
* LightningBruiser: Chibi in giant-awesome-beast-mode on occasion, both of Himuro's dragons, Shinsaber in the anime
* LonersAreFreaks: Himuro. In the anime, he even has a speech about it. He literally does not understand the concept of friends, and wants to figure out what the difference is between Reiji and him by fighting.
** Even more so after the time skip, when he has been alone in Ri-Kyuu for ten years. Reiji tells the others that Hikaru has spent too much time there and will be useless to them.
* MadeOfIron: Reiji is the most prominent, but many characters suffer through injuries, explosions, and fights without the bat of an eye.
* MagikarpPower: Chibi seems utterly useless until, out of nowhere, he transforms into a monstrous dragon.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Maiko's dragon's attack.
* {{Mons}}
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Hikaru is this about Reiji
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Reiji, before the Dragon Drive thing. But he doesn't actually miss it.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Chibi in his smaller form
* TheRival: Himuro Hikaru
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Sumishiba has a couple of moments [[spoiler: before his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Sumishiba about Meguru in the anime.
* SlasherSmile:
** Toki, while speaking for Shinryu
** Himuro has at least one.
* TheStoic: Himuro Hikaru. When he's not being AxCrazy or a BloodKnight. Falls more under this in the second half of the manga.
* [[TallDarkandSnarky Tall, Silver-Haired and Snarky]]: Himuro
** TallDarkAndSnarky: Sumishiba too
* TheThingThatGoesDoink: Shows up a couple of times
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Reiji, after a variation of TrainingFromHell.
** Himuro was already a {{badass}}, but takes it even further after the TimeSkip.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: The heroes are trapped in Ri-Kyuu and must defeat Toki's plans before they can go home.
* {{Tsundere}}: Maiko but its downplayed. Her tsun-tsun amounts to giving Reiji grief about always giving up on things. Otherwise she's pretty nice. Type B.
* TwinTails: Maiko sports them to go with her tsundere-tude.
* TheVamp: Anime-only character Towa Sayaka. Called out by Maiko.
* [[spoiler:VictoriousChildhoodFriend]]: Maiko.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Ghosts]]: Himuro in the manga
* TheWorfEffect: Hagiwara, a couple of times. Sumishiba in episode 4, when he is utterly [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]] by Himuro.
* XanatosGambit: Reiji's plan defeat a local VillainWithGoodPublicity. See the village is threatened by a dragon and leaves gifts to appease it. [[MonsterProtectionRacket Its actually the villain's pet and he's using the gifts to pay off his gambling debts]], but no one will believe Reiji and Himuro because they're outsiders who actidentally broke the dragon's shrine. The villagers want to sacrifice him to appease the dragon. The gambit is thus: "We'll defeat the dragon for you. If we fail, then the dragon gets its sacrifice. If we succeed than your village is safe from the dragon without the need of sacrifices".
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Towa's hair is pink, Kouhei's is blue. There are a few other slightly odd hair colors, but those two stand out.
* YourEyesCanDeceiveYou: Himuro essentially says this to the Raikoo users when one of them asks why his eyes are always shut.
* YourMindMakesItReal: Never actually occurs, but Agent S mentions that a serious fall within the game world could result in brain damage for the player.
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