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-> ''"Then it's agreed! I officially declare this match a submission robattle! As such, I, Mr. Referee, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment will act as referee]] so no one gets hurt. Medafighters ready? Medabots... Robattle!"''

''{{Medabots}}'', also known as ''Medarot'', was originally a Japanese video game series that was later released as an anime. The first videogame of the series was released in 1997 for the GameBoy, and it also led to several spinoffs coming in the next 7 years. The main series had a resting pause of 5 years before having a new entry in the franchise, known as ''Medarot DS'', released in 2009 for the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS. In 2012, ''Medabots 7: [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo Kabuto ver.]]/[[JapaneseBeetleBrothers Kuwagata ver.]]'' was released for the Nintendo3DS, and Medarot 8 was released in 2014, again on 3DS and with two versions.

The series's main gimmick is that its medabots are fully customizable. Every medabot consists of four parts: head, right arm, left arm and legs that can be interchanged between battles (and in the anime, even during them). Every time you win a robattle, you take one of the opponent's medaparts, adding to your collection and battle options. Furthermore, every medabot is powered by a medal, which serves as its brain, and allows it to use powerful moves called [[LimitBreak medaforce]]. [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo Most games are released in two versions]], similar to ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'', with certain parts and medals exclusive to one version, encouraging players to trade and battle each other.

[[NoExportForYou Only three games have made it to the west]], during the height of the anime's popularity. One was a relatively plotless 2 on 2 fighting game for the UsefulNotes/GameboyAdvance called ''Medabots AX''. It featured 30 different medabots and 12 medals, allowing for a fair bit of customization. Next was ''Medabots RPG'', also for the Gameboy Advance[[note]]This one was actually a remake of the second game for the Gameboy, which the anime was also based on[[/note]]. It was far more plot-based, having Ikki go on a series of adventures and battle the evil Rubberobo gang. It had a fairly unique style of TurnBasedCombat, and let you fight with a team of 3, with 120 medabots and 30 medals to collect. The last game was ''Medabots Infinity'' for the UsefulNotes/GameCube, a poorly received AdventureGame with little plot, confusing maze-like level design, and instant death traps that could kick you out of ten minute levels.

The anime series 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 dub anime for its surprisingly dark undertones, relatively solid plot, and the fact that it wasn't afraid to [[AffectionateParody poke fun at itself]].

In 22nd century Japan,[[note]]in reality, [[TwentyMinutesintoTheFuture 202X]][[/note]] everybody and their grandmother (literally) has a RobotBuddy, manufactured by the Medabot Corporation and creatively called Medabots (robots powered by medals which effectively serve as their brains).

Ikki Tenryou is a plucky ten year old whose parents won't buy him a Medabot, and he refuses to save his allowance for one. One fateful day, he finds a medal in the river near his house. He takes what little money he ''does'' have and buys an extremely outdated model called Metabee from the Hop Mart store clerk Hikaru (Henry in the dub), and promptly activates it. It then proceeds to quite beautifully ''not work.'' Up until the point where Ikki calls him a piece of junk and quickly realizes why you [[BerserkButton shouldn't call Metabee]] that. The worst part is that Ikki can't even eject Metabee's medal to make him stop. The good news, Ikki finally got his Medabot. The bad news, the Medabot has a serious attitude problem.

Wacky robot hijinks ensue, including characters with multiple (and mistaken) identities, long repeated flashbacks, and a of course a TournamentArc. Oh, and they save the world at one point. From... themselves.

A sequel series, Medabot Spirits (''Medarot Damashii'') followed up the original, but a majority of the characters get [[BrotherChuck dropped without any explanation]], while Ikki and Metabee (the latter given a NextTierPowerUp) remain the main characters.

Not to be confused with LetsPlay/{{medibot}}.
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!!TV Tropes! Ro-Battle!:

* AbortedArc: Subverted. The anime seems to have intended to develop a sub-plot around one of it's CanonForeigner characters, a spear carrier named Brandon, but never got it off the ground. In his main appearance, he mentioned to be TheAce and is the older brother of a classmate of Ikki's; he then appears during the last few seconds of the Takoyaki episode unexpectedly. ...And then he shows up completely without warning during the finale.
* TheAbridgedSeries: A rather... surreal one known as ''Metabridged'' which re-imagines the series as an attempt to make a web-series.
* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: The Student Council in Ikki's school is an averted version of this. Not only the Student Council President's Doctor Study/Dr. Bokchoy lost to Kikuhime/Samantha's Peppercat, and lost their Council Room... they also reccur to Ikki to recover it from them.
* 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]].
* AffectionateNickname: Some characters who have strong friendships with their Medabots, will give them a name, aside from just referring to them as their official serial type/number; the greatest example from the anime is Arika, who calls her SLR-1 Sailor-Multi, "Brass". In games' universe Ikki himself is another great example, as his friendship with Metabee is limited to the medal itself, so the bodies KBT-1 Metabee, KBT-50 Saikichis and [[spoiler:KBT-4 Arc-Beetle]], are all "Metabee" to him. Kirara is another example carried on in the videogames, since her Sailor-Mate is called "Alumi".
* AffectionateParody: The anime is an affectionate parody of the {{Mon}}s genre, constantly being silly and clearly ignoring the greater implications of the MyLittlePanzer fad.
* AlternateContinuity: The franchise runs entirely on [[AdaptationOverdosed this]]. The anime looks like it fused some elements of the first game and ''Medarot 2''. The manga slightly differs, as well, running on the videogames stories' as basis (though they retell the same main plot with alternate settings). Some of the spinoffs are also alternate continuities of each other (''Shingata'' being a retelling of the original game with new characters, ''Medarot 8'' following a more crime and mystery-oriented story, but with Roborobos as villains as well).
* 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.
* AndThenWhat: When the Rubberrobo Gang tricked Metabee into thinking Ikki abandoned him, they temped him with a chance to revenge. It wasn't enough as Metabee asked what he'd do after that.
* {{Angrish}}: Metabee, in the English dub at least, generally accompanied by the "Ki!Ki!Ki!" noise he makes when excited or under stress.
* AngryBlackMan: Metabee is played as one [[{{Woolseyism}} in the dub]] by Joseph Motiki.
* AnimationBump: "Welcome to Ninja World," 7th episode of the second dub season and 14th of the first Japanese season, has a noticeably different art style and animation tone, with the characters moving much more exaggeratedly and the battle being way more dynamic and detailed. Consequently, a good chunk of the English opening uses action scenes from this episode, much more so than any other single episode.
* AntiHero: Kaitou Retort/Phantom Renegade. Despite being a thief, he has his own motives to rob medals, and he has done some heroic things in the process, such as rescuing Rokusho from the Roborobo/Rubberrobo Gang, and helping out Ikki and his friends in the Final Battle.
** In the games, Retort also is also played 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'').
* ABoyAndHisX: In the anime, the main cast are all arranged in individual Medafighter-Medabot pairs that highlight a specific relationship between them; in the games, the Medabots have no established personality at all and are usually arranged into teams of "Leader Medabot and two supporting Medabots". (The anime usually chooses the leader Medabot to be the anime partner).
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Victor, leader of the world-champion Team Kenya and all around JerkAss.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In Episode 35, "The Rubberobos took your mother - and ate our dinner!"
* ArtEvolution: From Horumarin's Medarot designs used in the first videogame in 1997, through the manga adaptation and for the next 7 years, his art has changed notoriously. Even more when you see ''Medarot DS'' designs that he worked in 2008-2009.
* ArtShift: Episode 14 ("Welcome to Ninja World") was drawn and animated in a much different art style. The episode's director was no one other than Hiroyuki Imaishi, of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' fame.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The one time Mr. Referee is attacked, he strikes back with a Medabot IN ORBIT.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Metabee in the GrandFinale.]]
* {{Badass}}: Several.
** BadassGrandpa: The principal's medabot Samurai, Dr. Aki, Dr. Meta-Evil and Mr. Referee.
** BadassNormal: Ikki, [[spoiler:Hikaru/Henry as]] Phantom Renegade/Space Medafighter X, Koji, Victor.
* BadBoss: Dr. Meta-Evil. If you fail him, you'll get turned into a [[TransformationTrauma Teddy Bear]].
* BatmanGambit: See RoaringRampageOfRevenge down below.
* BattleAura: The Medaforce.
* BerserkButton:
** Do NOT call Metabee defective nor a piece of crap.
** Do not make fun of Space Medafighter X's techniques and abilities.
* BettyAndVeronica: Hikaru's relationship with Kirara and Nae in ''Medarot''- Kirara is ''Betty'' and Nae is ''Veronica''. Of course this change after the events of ''Medarot 2'', since Hikaru is in a relationship with Kirara.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mister Referee.
* BishieSparkle: [[strike:Lampshaded]] Exaggerated with Kouji.
* BoomHeadshot: A Medabot ceases to function when its head unit has been destroyed.
* BottomlessMagazines:
** In the games, a Medabot's head and each arm has a unique ability or weapon. The arms can use their respective power or attacks endlessly (e.g. Metabee's revolver and submachinegun), but each Medabot's ''head'' has only a limited number of uses for its specific ability.
** This is usually faithfully followed in the anime (or, at least, certainly never ''contradicted'', since the Medabots use their Head-part powers only sparingly), but it's {{Subverted}} in Spirits, where Medabots spontaneously developed the ability to run out of ammo. The Kilobots and their owners "cheat" by reloading ammunition in the middle of a fight.
* BroadStrokes: The original anime is derived from ''Medarot 2'' and the original ''Medarot'' games, while ''Medabot Spirits'' is a derivative of ''Medarot 3'' (which kind of justifies its more dramatic retooling of the premise).
* BrokenAce: Downplayed with Uchuu Medarotter X/Space Medafighter X, who seems pretty copacetic with life. [[spoiler:Hikaru Agata was a great medafighter when he was a kid, but when the "Ten Days of Darkness" happened, he not only lost his best friend (Metabee) but his friendship with American representative, Joe Swihan, and Egyptian representative, Patra. He had to lower his profile and became a Convenience Store clerk (and a Phantom Thief)]]. {{Fanon}} usually gives him more {{angst}} than usual, but it is only left to interpretation. Other incarnations of [[spoiler: Hikaru]] don't play with this trope, though. [[spoiler:He is more of a RetiredBadass]]... but people don't believe he was a good medafighter.
* BruceLeeClone: Ikki robattles one (Dragon Ryuuchirou) in episode 27.
* ButtMonkey:
** To a smaller extent, Cyandog/Crosserdog and Iwanoi/Spike; Cyandog is a poor fighter because his medal isn't of the properly compatible type. A monkey medal, no less.
** Mr. Referee, somehow, is never hurt by any of his own antics.
** While the Rubberrobo gang have their moments, Seaslug was the one that took the cake ''too'' many times, mostly since he was the leader of his [[QuirkyMinibossSquad squad]], becoming one of the reasons he was then demoted from this role.
* CannotStandThemCannotLiveWithoutThem: Ikki and the "defective" Metabee.
* CanonDisContinuity: ''Medarot Damashii'' has some problems regarding its predecessor series' canon. There is not a clear explanation nor mention of what happened with the World Tournament, or the dissapearance of some of the supporting cast or any of the events of the GrandFinale. And it gets more confusing to the International viewers because the original series contained an epilogue in the ED sequence of the last episode [[spoiler:(which only details that Hikaru leaves)]]. The ''Spirits'' ED sequence have {{cameo}}s of the previous series characters (and even Kirara who was AdaptedOut from the anime), but it was directed by the previous character designer of the anime that little to nothing was involved in ''Spirits'', and considering that these ED sequences aren't completely canon with their anime...
* CanonImmigrant:
** Rintarou and his partner Kantaroth immigrated to the anime from the ''Medarotter Rintarou'' manga. In his home series' canon, Rintarou notably ''designed Arc-beetle''.
** Subverted. bizarrely enough, in ''Spirits'', where Rintarou and Kantaroth ''appear'', but only in what appears to be an in-universe AnimatedAdaptation of ''Medarotter Rintarou''.
* CatGirl: The CAT series models: Peppercat, her (videogame in-universe) predecesor, Magentacat, Noctocat and Noir Katze.
* CatchPhrase:
** Dub only (and just about entirely for Metabee). "Dude... I rock."
** "Kiss your [[IncrediblyLamePun bot]] goodbye!"
** The dub also flirted with "a [[CurbStompBattle Metabee-boppin']]", even going so far as to have other Medabots offer to provide them ''on his behalf''.
** Arika's "What a scoop!" exclamation is used quite a bit, especially in early episodes.
** The Phantom Renegade is known to indulge in a "''Man'', I'm good!" every now and again. Often right before [[RunningGag something goes horribly wrong]].
* CerebusSyndrome: After episode 25, the show got much more serious. Especially the parts involving the "Ten Days of Darkness".
* CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown: During the TournamentArc, the identity of Uchuu Medarotter/Space Medafighter X is used by several different people to act as the third member of team Japan. This is probably cheating, but whatever (this is technically an inversion).
* ChekhovsGun: Every single medapart that Metabee wins, can serve as part of a fighting strategy later.
** In Episode 8, Metabee wins a Decoy Claw from Norbert's Kuraba, a Medapart that's effective for hand to hand combat - which makes it a perfect match for Cyandog's Monkey medal.
** The Invisiarm he wins from Multikolor in Episode 17 allows him to counter Sumilidon's Shadow Sword attack in Episode 34.
** The web shooting arm won in Episode 20 comes in handy in Episode 32, when Metabee sticks down one of Shrimplips' Medabots, meaning it couldn't dodge an incoming attack from one of it's teammates - funny, considering Ikki won the part from [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Shrimplips in the first place.]]
* CloudCuckoolander: Karin Jyunmai, who can be apparently completely disconnected from all the shenanigans around her and yet have moments where she's ''vastly'' more competent than the sum of her fellows. Also, if you ever need to pull off a heist, she's your girl.
* CollectiveIdentity: Space Medafighter X is a registered member of Team Japan for the world cup, but circustances preclude him from making proper appearances. So Ikki's friends and the Screws take turn wearing {{Paper Thin Disguise}}s of his outfit.
* CombatAndSupport: Medabots and their Medafighters make a pretty obvious pair of this, but there are several tiers of this, such as Dr. Aki and the Medabot Corporation being support to heroic Robattling teams.
* CombatByChampion: In "Ban All Medabots", some Medabots owned by punks broke into the school the main characters attend. When the students called ''their'' medabots to defend it, an all-on-all battle ensued until Rokusho interrupted it and suggested each side selected a champion to have less wounded than an all-on-all fight would have.
* CombatPragmatist: Victor is not above using his teammates' Medabots as sacrifices to either take out an enemy Medabot or protect Warbandit.
* CombatReferee: Mr. Referee, naturally. As mentioned elsewhere on the page, it's advised against attacking him on the grounds that he has access to a KillSat that will shoot a tranquilizer dart at the offender. Seaslug, of course, learned this the hard way.
* CombatTentacles: Used as weapons, of course.
* ComicBookAdaptation:
** The videogames led first to the creation of a manga adaptation published by the defunct ''Comic Bon Bon'', running in type I and II. The original main series was drawn by Horumarin, the characters' designer of the original games. ''Medarot DS'' was later published by ''Dengeki Nintendo for Kids''.
** A manga tie-in for ''Medarot 7'' was being published, now by Shueisha, in Saikyo JUMP and V-Jump, drawn by Yasuki Tanaka.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: And how. Most of the time, the AI will rig the RNG to land a [[OneHitKill critical hit]] on the Head Part. And it is always a Frankenbot of sorts that has that acursed piece that destroys any part in one hit.
* ConfusionFu: Space Medafighter X's shtick... sort of. [[spoiler:The real X's Arcbeetle is simply ferociously powerful, but during the TournamentArc a different Medafighter impersonates him in each round, making his strategy difficult to predict as "he" brings a different Medabot to each match]].
* ContinuityReboot: ''Medarot 7'' reboots everything that happened in ''Medarot DS'' (even if it carries a "7" as serial number). It is explicitely established that whoever Azuma gets on either version of the game (Metabee or Rokusho in Kabuto or Kuwagata, respectively) is his ''first'' medabot.
* CoolMask: Kaitou Retort/Phantom Renegade (and by extension, Uchuu Medarotter X/Space Medafighter X)'s mask. Also counting, in minor degree, Lady Retort's in the videogame.
* CoolOldGuy:
** Dr. Aki is a fairly ''self-aware'' example, clearly under the impression that he is at least as cool as everyone thinks he is.
** Mr. Referee's absolute dedication to his job has earned him many a fan.
** The school principal really, really ''wants'' to be this ([[WereStillRelevantDammit He's hip. He gets it.]]), and he does get a moment or two; his medabot Samurai is a good example, too.[[invoked]]
* CrackIsCheaper: According to the anime, medabots are pretty expensive to get and maintain. Getting a tin PET is one thing... getting a medal is another AND getting the armor (or even ''replacements'' of some armor parts) is a complete different story. Apparently, according to the manga adaptation of the videogames, finding a female tin PET is rare, and purposely more expensive to get. [[invoked]]
** Subverted in the games, where Medabot parts all perfectly in range of a child's allowance, ranging from four to less than twenty dollars in most cases.
** Also subverted in the anime with Metabee, whose armor was not only old but discontinued; Henry only offered to sell the parts to Ikki in consideration of the fact that Ikki was too impatient to save his allowance for anything worthwhile. Ikki also tends not to buy new parts, rather using the spare parts he's earned elsewhere and maintaining Metabee's parts himself.
* CrazyPrepared: Karin can be a nice little {{Moe}}, but she's always ready if you need to climb a wall, cross a bridge taken by a bully or even blow up a security door.
** ItRunsInTheFamily because in the first season finale, Karun's uncle, Dr. Aki knew that Dr. Meta-Evil would use a giant Medabot to conquer the world. So, he secretly constructed a giant Metabee.
* CreepyChild: The Ankle Biters and Kam from ''Spirits''.
* CulturalTranslation: Borders on GagDub at times. Notable in that most characters' names were kept, and the location of the show was clearly stated to be Japan in the dub. (Amusingly, the localized ''Medabots'' GBA game pretends the main characters are all American).
* CurseCutShort: In Episode 6, [[spoiler: where Metabee is tied up to attract aliens for Erika's news story.]]
-->Metabee: '''I'm gonna get sassy on your-'''
-->(cut to Henry's shop)
-->Henry: -bad mode central.
* CutHimselfShaving: Henry used that excuse to justify an injury he got as the Phantom Renegade. It worked despite the injury being on his ''forehead''. (One character suggested he start waxing his eyebrows rather than trying to shave them.)
* CuttingOffTheBranches: While most games come in both Kabuto and Kuwagata versions, the anime assumes Kabuto as a starting point, allying Ikki and Metabee.
* 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.
* DatingCatwoman: A flipped aversion. Ms. Caviar/Ms. Karasumi falls in love with Seaslug/Sakekaasu, at the moment he [[TheMole infiltrates]] the Medarot corporation and eventually, reveals his true intentions. She tries for all the possible motives to get to him (even filling the Space Medafighter x/Uchuu Medarotter X role at the final tournament. At the end, however, her long-lost lover just accepts her [[spoiler:(after the Roborobo Gang parted their own ways, except for him), making her a new member of the gang]].
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** Rokusho gets his own spotlight episode in "I Dream of Hushi", where we learn about his past and helps a widow defend her husband's Oak Tree with Ikki and Metabee as supporting characters.
** Both Spike and Cyandog have their own spotlight episode in "Cyandog Bites Back".
* {{Delinquents}}: The Screws gang. While their former boss is the most classic example of a [[JapaneseDelinquents Banchou]].
* DemotedToExtra: When ''Medarot 2'' was released and it was put into a TimeSkip of twelve years by the end of the events of the first game, Hikaru and Kirara were demoted as side-characters to make room for Ikki and co. Meanwhile other characters were put to OutOfFocus, Hikaru served as a clerk and mentor to Ikki, while Kirara was put in the Medarot Corporation [[spoiler:(and both take the identities of [[PhantomThief phantom thieves]], Kaitou Retort and Lady Retort)]]. This formula got repeated when ''Medarot DS'' was released to make room for Azuma, as the new main character, while Ikki and Arika became supporting characters.
* DependingOnTheArtist:
** Horumarin has been the primary art director for the Medabots themselves throughout the franchise's history, so the bots all tend to look the same in most installments. He also designed the humans in the many of the pre-DS games and their respective manga adaptations (he returned to robot design for ''Medarot 7'').
** Tokuyuki Matsutake, on the other hand, was the primary designer for the anime and related media, and his designs were used for the graphics in ''Medarot 3'' and ''Medarot 4'', too.
** ''Medarot 7'' introduced a new artist for the humans. Check out art for Ikki, Arika, and the Rubberrobo Gang[[note]]Adjusted for a few years of growth, of course[[/note]] from [[http://www.medarotsha.jp/meda7/chara.html the game]], for example. And then compare it to the art of the same from ''[[http://www.medarotsha.jp/ds/character Medarot DS]]'' (yikes!).
** ''Medarot Navi'''s primary artist used much more detailed designs for the robots; notably, he was also the main artist for the ''Medarotter Rintarou'' side story manga.
* DesertedIsland: In the manga adaptation of ''Medarot 2'', [[spoiler:the final battle between Dr. Hebereke and Ikki and friends]] happens in an Island that was formerly a property of the Select Corps.
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: During the lead-up to the final round of the tournament, Chidori accidentally meets Victor when her car soaks him with a splash of rain water, and she insists on making it up to him by doing the cleaning herself. Ikki comes home later and finds Victor sitting at his table in [[RealMenWearPink heart-print pajamas]] while his mom is serving dinner. In an attempt at making conversation, Chidori does a little bragging on Ikki's behalf, talking about how he's in the world cup and that he'll easily beat whats-his-name in the finals, so they might as well celebrate early. And then she learns that Ikki's opponent's name is Victor, [[OhCrap who also happens to be the guest]]; [[INeedToGoIronMyDog she promptly excuses herself from the house to go run errands]].
* DiscardAndDraw:
** In the transition to ''Medabot Spirits'', Metabee and Ikki learn that their Medaforce is [[SoLastSeason completely useless against even low-level Kilobots]], but later Metabee gets to upgrade to the new Saikachi model, which comes complete with an action mode (read: [[TransformingMecha vehicle form]]) that gives them extra tactical options.
** 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.
* DisproportionateRetribution: One episode has a group of old women want to round up the Medabots of every kid in school. They were manipulated by one... simply because the Roborobo gang ran over one's beauty products. Once the rest found out that they did all that work just to get revenge for 40 bucks of beauty supplies they turned on her.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Downplayed. Originally, the Metabee and Rokusho from ''Medarot 2'' were the same as the original Metal Beetle (KBT-0) and Head Scissors (KWG-0) models in ''Medarot''. Later materials differentiated them as independent units in the same production line, KBT-1 and KWG-1.
* {{Doujinshi}}: While there is always the usual that the fandom do, there is some special credit to ''Meda 2043'', drawn by the game's designer/manga artist Horumarin under the pseudonym of ''Horu0rin''. It was made around 2007-2008 when the ''Medarot'' franchise was in limbo.
* DraggedIntoDrag: In the GBA game, Ikki is forced to wear female clothing at least three times, much to his chagrin.
* DramaticIrony: Basically everything Phantom Renegade, starting with his identity.
* 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]].
* DressedAllInRubber: The Roborobo (dub: ''Rubber'' Robo) gang.
* DrillMole: Digmole, Coach Mountain's Medabot, is a construction Medabot with drills for hands and on its nose.
* DubInducedPlotHole:
** Creator/{{Nelvana}}, in an attempt to streamline the first portion of the story, siphoned ''thirteen episodes'' that it considered filler out of place and dumped them back into the plot after the BigBad's first major gambit, causing more than a few continuity issues. This resulted in (A) Metabee having parts he was never shown earning in battle, (B) the "short" recess before the World Tournament, (C) some random appearances of Rokusho that have little to do with his by-then-established role in the plot, (D) misplacing the formal introduction of the Roborobo Gang (which felt especially out of place since they were already well-known villains), and (E) the sudden dissapearance of recently introduced concepts and supporting characters.
** Nelvana discovered a little belatedly all the details of Henry's significance to the plot, and so tripped over themselves during the final stages of the World Tournament arc, establishing a retcon that Henry is an ''assumed'' name and that ''he'' named Metabee (in the dub's first episode, Ikki names Metabee himself); this is especially apparent in episode 46.
* DubNameChange: There are countless examples, going from medabots and characters, but here are some examples-
** Arika = Erika
** The Screws, Kikuhime, Iwanoi, and Kagiyama, became Samantha, Spyke, and Sloan.
** Kaitou Retort = Phantom Renegade
** Robo-Robo Gang = Rubber-Robo Gang
** Sakekaasu = Seaslug
** Beast-Master = Robo-Emperor
** God Emperor = [[{{Bowdlerization}} Mega Emperor]]
** Saint-Nurse = [[{{Bowdlerization}} Neutra-Nurse]]
** Pure-Mermaid = Oceana
* DubText: Non-sexual example. Metabee's aforementioned portrayal as an AngryBlackMan comes off as a sort of twisted lampshading of the master/slave relationship present in most {{Mon}} shows.
* DumbMuscle: Squid-Guts of the Rubber-Robo Gang.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: The school principal has his own samurai medabot... appropriately named "Samurai".[[note]]Complete with a katana and armor to boot.[[/note]]
* EvilLaugh:
** The Phantom Renegade has an excellent one, his calling card.
** Warbandit in Episode 50, when it turns out [[spoiler: he can use the Medaforce.]]
** The Roborobo gang also have a tendency of doing this (with one of them being [[LaughingMad particularly demented]] in that area).
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk6-bzv1-aY&feature=player_detailpage#t=135s Victor in the Japanese version]]. The dub version of the scene has his laughter punctuated with mockery.
* EvolutionPowerUp: Medabot parts don't "evolve", but the medals ''themselves'' do. The anime doesn't really pay much attention to it (Metabee's medal evolves when he gains access to the Medaforce, but Henry claims that all medals can change like that), but in the games, a medal's evolution usually means a new Medaforce attack for it to use.
* ExpressiveMask: Phantom Renegade and, to an unexplained lesser extent, Space Medafighter X.
* {{Expy}}:
** Most Medabots in the same "family" ([[MascotMook KBT-types]], for example) clearly share similar designs. This is {{justified}} on the grounds that they're all in the same ''production line''.
** Sumilidon and Warbandit stand out as Expies of Rokusho and Metabee respectively, reinterpreted as PantheraAwesome. Sumilidon uses a blade attack and a hammer attack, but trades Rokusho's scouting ability for an [[TrapMaster anti-gunner trapping ability]]; Warbandit has both a rifle and a chain gun like Metabee, but instead of an extra attack like Metabee's missiles, he has the ability to boost his movement speed.
** Rintarou's Kentaroth is another model in the KBT line close to Metabee's design, and caused some confusion when Rintarou got into fights with everyone around town. Ikki is incensed to learn that people think ''he's'' been brutalizing everybody's Medabots, especially since Kentaroth is covered into designs that Metabee doesn't share.
** 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.
** In the games, this is a Must-Rule, since it is an RPG, and it's somehwat in the same veins as the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games. Especially in the trio of troublemakers. Kikuhime, Iwanoi and Kageyama from ''Medarot 2'' and the anime) are these to Iseki, Yanma and Kubota from the original Medarot game (this also includes their respective medabots!). This is also repeating in Medarot DS, with the Willows [[spoiler: and even Azuma takes the role of ther leader later in that game!]].
* {{Fanboy}}: Rintarou is an illustrative example in the anime. He is mostly an Uchuu Medarotter X fan... to the point that he gets annoying. [[spoiler: He was also the only one to guess at the first time that X was Hikaru Agata, because he was also a [[AscendedFanboy fan of him before being a medarotter]]... however, without implying that he was also ''Hikaru-nii-chan''... [[HilarityEnsues hilarity ensues]]]].
* FinishingMove: Metabee's Reaction Missiles, replaced halfway through the series by the Medaforce when they become SoLastSeason.
* FiveBadBand: The Main Members of the Rubber-Robo Gang consist of...
** BigBad: Dr. Meta-Evil
** TheDragon: Seaslug [[spoiler: and later, Shrimplips.]]
** TheBrute: Squidguts
** TheDarkChick: Gilgirl
** TheEvilGenius: Shrimplips
* {{Flashback}}: There are plenty of examples. Which includes Rokusho's Memories with his master, Professor Hushi, and any flashback involving the "Ten Days of Darkness".
* FlashbackNightmare
* FreakOut: In Episode 24, [[spoiler: Koji's [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes fear of bugs]] manages to go overboard after bumping into a whole hoard of the critters and he pretty much freaks the hell out and orders Sumilidon to attack anything which so much looks like a bug which, unfortunately, appears to be everything Koji sees in this state.]]
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: After his mom died when he was little and his father put more importance into his work rather than spending time with him, Kam is driven to create the most strongest Kilobots.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: Spike, who tends to be the most pathetic of the Screws, is friendly with Ikki and Arika on occasion. Later, he is followed by the rest of the Screws.
* FriendlyRivalry: Ikki and Koji. Except about Karin.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Pretty much all over the place.
* FunSize: Three foot tall robots. Justified in that Robattling is treated as a competitive sport; any Medabot larger than human size is fairly obviously a weapon of war.
* FurryReminder: Downplayed. The medals almost all correlate to some animal or another and every now and again will feature some indication of it in Medabot behavior.
** The anime loves playing with the fact the Metabee's a rhinoceros beetle (''kabutomushi''). Henry tricks him at one point by setting a trap with the watermelon as bait and Metabee can't help but crawl eagerly towards it on all fours. When especially angry or upset, Metabee will also make a squeaking "Gigi! Gigigigigigi!!" noise. In the past, he also had a favorite tree.
** In one episode of the anime, Spike (of the Screws) is having problems winning with his Medabot, Cyandog. This turns out to be because Cyandog's ''body'' is built to be a LongRangeFighter, but Cyandog's ''medal'' is actually a Monkey-type, which is suited to grappling battles[[note]]According to the dub, at least; in the games, MNK medals are about disrupting enemies[[/note]] (Spike chooses to keep this the way it is). Monkey-Dog enmity is a longstanding item in Japanese AnimalJingoism.
* GainaxEnding: The ending of the pre-''Spirits'' anime. The final stages of the TournamentArc are complicated by hints about the Ten Days of Darkness and the origins of the Medabots themselves, and Metabee has a dream of his own past... [[spoiler: and then Dr. Hushi shows up in the middle of it, revealing that he is not dead in the slightest and has somehow created an utopia for medabots in an alien ''spaceship''. Dr. Meta-Evil proceeds to recycle his Humongous Medabot plan with the hilariously out-of-place Babyblu (which looks -- and sounds -- like a ''giant blue baby''), which Dr. Aki counters with a made-to-order Humongous ''Metabee'' piloted by Metabee and his friends, with obligatory Power of Friendship chatter. Also, Brandon, an almost never-seen character whose sole addition to the show was to be the crush-object of two different girls in filler episodes, reappears and turns out to be an ''alien'']]. All these events go completely unmentioned in the next season.
* GentlemanThief: Phantom Renegade is a parody of these characters, especially [[Manga/MagicKaito Kaitou]] [[Manga/DetectiveConan Kid]] and [[Franchise/SailorMoon Tuxedo Kamen]]. His manga counterpart's suit gives a ShoutOut to Kamen at least in design... Replace Kaitou's facemask with Kamen's domino mask, throw in a rose for flavor, and ''voilá''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** ''Oh'', did they ever have fun with the Screws gang...
** Furthermore, in the second episode, Metabee finds a watermelon in his way. He suddenly can't resist temptation and crawls over to it while laughing, "kekekeke!" Did we mention Metabee has an African-American voice actor? Of course, this is covered over with Metabee being a beetle-type medabot who can't resist watermelons and sounds like a beetle.
** Chidori, Ikki's mom. To illustrate: her lazy son won't get out of bed. Solution? Get in bed with him (and make the sweetest face in history). Amazingly, it worked.
* GirlOfTheWeek
* GottaCatchEmAll: The franchise somehow manages to make this classic Mons trope both a central mechanic and completely optional at the same time. Major robattles usually require the ante of one Medapart to the winner of the match, but they're only potential tactical ''options''; there's no requirement or insistence that every part of every model be collected. As the dub put it:
-->''More Medabots. More Power.''
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: In the GBA game, the Rubber Robo gang takes over Rosewood Private School and sets up a guard out in front. Ikki and Koji get in by [[CrazyEnoughToWork demanding the guard go and fetch Koji's homework]], going into such detail about the assignment that the guard complains about hating numbers and tells Koji to go fetch it himself.
* GuileHero: Downplayed with Chidori Tenryou, who uses her wiles mostly to get her "children" (the family basically adopted Metabee) to do what she wants. In addition to the Getting Crap Past the Radar example above, she's been known to get the boys to stop fighting by either "weeping openly" or smothering them with kisses.
* GunsVsSwords: The KBT series and KWG series of medals represent the respective sides. (Technically, the original Rokusho has a ''hammer'' in his other arm, but his signature weapon is clearly his BladeBelowTheShoulder).
* HairTriggerTemper: Metabee. Played for both laughs and drama.
** Ikki and Arika as well. Usually with each other.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Dr. Meta-Evil, until episode 38.[[spoiler: Which was subverted at the end of the episode. Where we discover that the Dr. Meta-Evil we saw was a robotic duplicate. The real Dr. Meta-Evil won't show up until episode 50.]]
* HeadbuttingHeroes: One of Team Japan's problems early in the World Tournament is that Ikki and Koji both want to be leader.
* HealingFactor: In the games, Metabots are constantly renewing damaged body parts by using nanomachines. In the anime, the parts must be maintenanced by the Medafighter himself.
** At one point, Ikki and Metabee were confronted by a challenger using a [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons draconic]] Medabot called Spitfire, which is able to regenerate its damaged bodyparts in the middle of combat, making it very difficult to defeat. Because Spitfire's eyes would [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glow]] every time it used its regeneration, Ikki correctly deduced that the healing module is situated in the [[AttackItsWeakPoint head]], allowing Metabee to destroy the tough enemy.
* HeelFaceTurn:
** [[spoiler:Victor, who was in the Tournament to take revenge of what happened to his village in the "Ten Days of Darkness"... with the help of the Roborobo, realizes his mistakes when he discovers that their leader was the one responsible for all that.]]
** [[spoiler: Kam from ''Spirits''. After all of the trouble he caused, Metabee, Roks, Arc-Dash, Tyrrellbeetle, and Blakbeetle (as Gryphon) save him from the fire in his father's company building that he caused. While at the hospital, everyone, including Blakbeetle, not only forgive him, but it looks like they will become his friends.]]
* HeroesLoveDogs:
** Ikki has Salty in both the anime and videogames. Hikaru had Bonaparte at least in the first videogame (and manga adaptation).
** Another example is Spike and his Medabot Cyandog/Crosserdog, who ironically is powered by a monkey medal.
* 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.
* HistoryRepeats: After the events of his own childhood, Ikki too begins to work at a convenience store.
* HumongousMecha: Part of the GrandFinale.
* HypocriticalHumor: All over the place.
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: When Ikki, Erika and Metabee pretended to be students of Rosewood Academy (a private school for rich kids) to sneak in there and the doorman asked why they weren't wearing their uniforms, they told the doorman that they spilled caviar on it and their butler would bring them later. The Screws tried the same excuse but their leader ruined it by stating they spilled caviar on their butler.
* IWasQuiteTheLooker: In a flashback from episode 26, you can see a young Dr. Aki observing the Rare Medals with his teacher, Professor Hushi.
* IdentityAmnesia: While every medal is the brain of a Medabot, it's a plot point that the anime's "Rare" medals are actually artifacts not made by human hands. And yet, none of the known Rare Medals ever seems to have any further information to provide on the subject. [[spoiler:It comes to light during the finale that the Medabots were originally a utopian society that got caught up in excessive warfare that continued to grow and grow until it consumed an entire galaxy. Metabee's personal backstory is especially poignant -- he's heavily implied to have been the ''winner'']].
* IdentityImpersonator: When Uchuu Medarotter X/Space Medafighter X's identity as Kaitou Retort/Phantom Renegade was blown up, not only the select Corps increased their security for the tournament, but he couldn't just get out of the it because the rules established that if one of the contestants of any team was absent it would be an immediate disqualification. This [[spoiler: meant trouble for both Dr. Akihabara and Hikaru]]. The best solution was that [[spoiler:Hikaru]] would be calling anyone of the kids to take his X identity during the matches [[spoiler:(and decided to be at the event as well as a clerk to not rise any suspicious behavior)]]. While X was present at the day of the match of Japan vs USA, those that were with the mask were Karin, the Screws and Ms. Caviar.
* IdiotHair: Hikaru/Henry has one, perhaps it's his best physical characteristic. Also, Seaslug/Sakekaasu has one as well.
* IdolSinger: The Sweden Team, the Charming Musume (probably a parody to [[Music/HelloProject Morning Musume]]) who are the non-Japanese example in the series, who were doing trap thanks to their... well, ''charms''. Until... [[UnsettlingGenderReveal you know...]]
* 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''.
* ImageSong: Though "Chie to Yuuki da! Medarot" and "Yappari Kimi ga Suki!" are the respective opening and ending of the original Medarot series, they are also sung by [[Creator/JunkoTakeuchi Metabee]] and [[Creator/EriSendai Arika]]'s voice actors, and they could be considered image songs of them. The series also counted with several releases of character songs: Karin, Rokusho, while the Screws, Ikki & Metabee and the Roborobos also had theirs.
* IncomingHam: Phantom Renegade and Phantom Lady own this in the games.
-->'''Phantom Renegade:''' ''Set the table with finery.''
-->'''Phantom Lady:''' ''Let the flower of rice bloom!''
** Inverted in the anime, where Renegade's actually more of an ''Stage-Exiting'' Ham instead, covering his escapes with explosions.
* InformedAttribute: Space Medafighter X goes out of his way to teach Kouji and Sumilodon how to use the Shadow Sword, which is touted as an ability that can counter the [[NextTierPowerUp Medaforce]]... [[PowerUpLetDown and then Ikki finds a way to overcome it in its debut match]]. Indeed, Sumilodon's "specialty" is ''never'' seen to work as advertised; it could be that Kouji keeps misusing it on non-Medaforce opponents (some of whom even ''block it'') or even that X is simply using Kouji as part of a gambit meant to get Ikki to keep from relying solely on the Medaforce and to start thinking tactically again (which is the actual result of the episode).
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Hikaru/Henry and Ikki. Given that they're 18 and 10 years old respectively.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: The medabots Nin-Ninja and Icknite from the episode, "Welcome to Ninja World".
* InstantDeathBullet: This can be evoked by AI or Player. Usually a part with high Accuracy and some luck (Or, in AI's case, a little of RNG modification) can [[BoomHeadshot land a critical damage to the Head Part]]. In Medabots, it's an instant kill.
* IntrepidReporter: Arika is one of the reporters of her school's newspaper, and is always in search of a scoop. She's almost always carrying around some kind of camera.
* JapaneseBeetleBrothers: Rivals type. Almost every game in the franchise comes in Kabuto (Metabee) and Kuwagata (Rokusho) versions, with each version dictating the hero's partner. You'll see it in the anime, too. In addition, Arcbeetle, based on the Hercules beetle, can be seen as an honorary third brother of sorts.
* JapaneseDelinquents:
** The Screws' ex-leader and Banisher are stereotypical looking Banchou.... but completely useless and anticlimatic during their introduction.
** Ikki and Arika disguise as these just to help Cyandog to show Spike/Iwanoi that he could improve his skills to both become better partners.
** In episode 18, the Roborobos are dressed like them and even act like them. It is implied that Sakekaasu/Seaslug used to be a delinquent (or just wanted to be one) when he was younger.
* {{Jerkass}}: Victor, who gets better by the end, though. And nearly anyone with a Kilobot in ''Spirits''.
* {{Keet}}: Rintarou is a one-man ''stampede'' who comes complete with NonStandardCharacterDesign and AnimeHair.
* KiAttacks: The Medaforce in the anime is basically treated as a massive burst of Medabot Ki, and using it will leave a Medabot [[CastFromHitPoints physically exhausted and on the verge of shut-down]].
* KidHero: Ikki is ten years old. Metabee comes equipped with [[MyLittlePanzer a revolver, sub-machinegun, and seeker missiles]].
* TheKidWithTheRemoteControl: ...And teenagers, and adults, and old ladies, and...
* 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...]]
* KillerRobot:
** [[spoiler: Just about every medabot on Earth once the BigBad gets his hands on Warbandit's rare medal and uses it to make them BrainwashedAndCrazy.]]
** In the manga, when a medabot releases its Medaforce, it becomes AxCrazy and (sometimes) mindless, as if they are possessed by ''something''.
* KungShui: The manga is crazy with this, [[KidWithTheLeash the Medafighters]] constantly doing Robatle not in an appropriate place, constantly injured (they use ''ACTUAL BULLETS''), [[HeroInsurance but Police didn't even react...]]
* LargeHam: Phantom Renegade and Space-Medafighter X.
* LegacyCharacter: Kaitou Retort in the videogames, as it gets revealed during ''Medarot DS'' and/or ''Medarot 7'', [[spoiler: when Ikki takes the role of Kaitou Retort from Hikaru]].
* LetsGetDangerous: Did we mention these were ''ten-year old'' kids running around with missle-launching, spark-using, and hammer-weilding robots?
* LightheartedRematch: The final episode and final scene, where [[spoiler:Victor asks Ikki and Metabee to have a rematch after that tense final match from the Tournament]].
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: The best way to describe Ikki and Arika's relationship.
* LimitBreak: The Medaforce.
** In the games, Medaforce attacks are learned [[InstantExpert and mastered]] when a medal reaches a certain level and evolves (not unlike ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''), and usually come in sets of three specific to the medal type. Unlike normal attacks, these powers can only be used by charging a sufficient level of Medaforce, but they are also immune to counters and traps.
** In the anime, the Medaforce is reserved only for robots with Rare Medals. Attacking sinks all the robot's energy into one strike, but the attack is [[PowerAtAPrice very risky]]. During its debut, it's established that the user can't fight after losing their power, leaving them defenseless. In some cases, using it may even damage the Medabot's own body. Also, ''unlike'' in the games, a robot using the Medaforce does ''not'' [[InstantExpert master it immediately]], Metabee was unable to use it except [[EleventhHourSuperpower in times of great need]], though eventually he became able to invoke it freely.
** In the manga this is played... ''awfully''. Not only does the Medaforce absorb all energy of the medabot's, but they suffer backlash from it that might destroy them (it ''boils'' them if it's not controlled). Not mentioning all the jazz about them becoming AxCrazy and mindless.
** [[spoiler: Sumilidon taps into it during the penultimate fight in the TournamentArc, earning an OhCrap reaction from pretty much everyone.]] It happens again during the final against Team Kenya, but Warbandit survives it by using Rhinorush as a shield.
* LonersAreFreaks: Played straight with Kam from ''Spirits''.
* LoopholeAbuse:
** The Robattle Association doesn't count repeat Robattles when calculating a Medafighter's battle score... but it ''does'' count the different guises any Medafighter might assume as independent Medafighters entirely. So this causes Ikki all sorts of trouble when the Rubber Robo Gang bosses start challenging him under their civilian identities.
** The American team reveals late in the World Tournament that they've developed a variant of Medawatch transport technology that allows their robots TeleportSpam abilities. Dr. Aki admits that it's technically allowable on the grounds that the technology is still too new to have had any official rules handed down against it.
* LoveDodecahedron: The Ikki-era Love Triangle (Erika [[{{Tsundere}} secretly likes]] Ikki who has a crush on Karin) is complicated by Koji, who ''also'' likes Karin and considers Ikki a rival for her affections. This is further complicated by Samantha's gushing admiration for Kouji in the anime and, in the games, Princess Margarita gaining her own crush on Ikki, though nothing's likely to come of it for... [[{{Spoiler}} reasons]]. And then, according to Medabot Spirits, Ikki gets a ''different'' crush on Nae.
* LoveTriangle: Most if not all of the main series games have a Love Triangle centered on the each of the four main protagonists. Depending on your choices during gameplay, you can usually choose which girl you have a RelationshipUpgrade with.
** In the first game, Hikaru could choose between Kirara and Nae, but later canon says that he ended up with Kirara.
** As mentioned above, Koji complicates the Ikki-era Love Triangle between him, Erika, and Karin.
* MacGuffin: The Rare-Medals in the anime. They are described to be from an ancient civilization of Medabots eons ago. Also, Rare-Medals have the ability to give Medabots a power known as the Medaforce. The only Medabots known to possess Rare-Medals are Metabee, Rokusho, Arc-Beetle, and Warbandit.
* MacGuffinMelee: The introductory scene of the anime is the Rubber Robo Gang's attempt to steal a Rare Medal being interrupted by Phantom Renegade.
* MadScientist: Dr. Meta-evil of the Rubberrobo Gang.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Henry/Hikaru does this when he's either The Phantom Renegade of Space Medafighter X. To elaborate, As The Phantom Renegade, Henry uses a rough and gruff sounding voice, while as Space Medafighter X, he uses a more heroic voice.
* ManipulativeBastard: Dr. Meta-evil gets this award for [[spoiler: tricking Rokusho into attempted murder of Dr. Aki.]] Once more, see RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* MascotMook: Metabee and Rokusho are the two most iconic Medabots (and Metabee in particular, where one was given a co-starring role in the anime).
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy:
** Tomboy Arika is much more rambunctious and straightforward than Ikki.
** Screws gangleader Samantha is much more prone to violent outbursts then, er, anyone.
* MasqueradingAsTheUnseen: Ikki and Koji are expected to represent Japan in an international Robattle tournament alongside Space Medafighter X, but X never turns up for any of the matches. To avoid disqualification, they have their friends dress as X and substitute for him, which works because the only thing anyone knows about Space Medafighter X is that his true identity is a mystery and he always wears a mask.
* MeaningfulName: Doubles because of the ThemeNaming but the real names of the Roborobo gang in the Japanese version and English Dub happens to be punnames of their aliases.
** Sakekaasu = ''Kasu''kabe ''Sake''nosuke (Seaslug = ''Sey''more ''Slug''buttom).
** Surume = Taka''su Rumi'' (Gilgirl = ''Gil''da ''Gir''nikova)
** Sarami = ''Sara Mi''tsuo (Shrimplips = ''Shrimp''y ''Lip''owitz)
** Shiokara = ''Shioka Ra''izou (Squidguts = ''Guid''o ''Gud''alucci)
* MeditatingUnderAWaterfall: Rokusho does this in "Welcome To Ninja World". [[FridgeLogic Somehow he doesn't rust]].
* {{Meganekko}}: Dr. Aki's assistant, Ms. Caviar.
* [[MetaGuy Meda-Guy]]: Well... everyone really ([[IncrediblyLamePun sorry]]).
* [[MegatonPunch Medaton-Punch]]: One particular Medabot, Belzelga. When a member of the QuirkyMiniBossSquad took control of the prototype, it proceeded to display it's punching ability. As in, it OHKO'd any part of whoever it hit. ([[IncrediblyLamePun again, sorry]])
** Blackram, which is of the same model, supposedly has similar punching abilities. We see two of them in the anime, but sadly, neither of them lasts long enough to showcase their power.
* MindScrew: The season finale for the original series.
* MistakenForProfound: Some of the smartest things are said by people meaning compeltely different things.
* MistakenForServant: When Ikki first saw Karin cleaning at the school and mentioning about going to clean a toilet, he assumed she was poor and needed to do menial work to pay for tuition. [[spoiler: Ikki's initial assumption (that Karin was performing those chores as punishment) sounds more logical than either the second one (Karin being poor) or the truth (that she actually enjoys doing the chores)]].
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Sakekaasu/Seaslug is this when he infiltrates the Medarot Corporation.]]
* {{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.
* {{Mooks}}: The Rubberobos seem to have an endless supply of [[GodDamnBats Noctobat Medabots]].
* MultilayerFacade: [[spoiler:Hikaru/Henry]] with his Phantom Renegade and Space Medafighter X disguises.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** Attacking the Referee after a Robattle gets a knock out dart fired ''from a SATELLITE IN '''SPACE'''''.
** [[http://youtu.be/_lq-J9Mo8ME?t=3m38s Dodgeball, too.]]
* MyLittlePanzer: You have preteens playing around with robots whose firepower can crater steel and smash concrete and some of them (lookin' at you, Metabee) have no qualms about firing on their controllers. How is this kid-safe again?
* MyMasterRightOrWrong:
** Blackbeetle to Kam.
** Sumilidon to Koji as evidenced during the FreakOut at Episode 24.
* MysteriousProtector: Phantom Renegade's constant intersections with the Rubber Robo gang allow him to play this for Ikki and company, especially in the games. Phantom Lady plays it for Ikki against the Select Corps.
* NamesToKnowInAnime:
** Creator/JunkoTakeuchi as Metabee, Creator/MaayaSakamoto as Karin.
** The main animation studios in which both series were done: Creator/BeeTrain & Creator/ProductionIG (who took the mantle in Damashii, alongside Creator/TransArts).
* NationalStereotypes: About two-thirds of the representative teams in the World Championship are full of these (medabots included!). The anime basically just picked a random theme and ran with it.
** The Mexico team consists of the Amigo brothers, three sombrero-wearing hombres who carry guitars and have machine-gun cactus-bots for partners. About the only thing they say aside from "[[PokemonSpeak Amigo!]]" is when greeting people. "[[GratuitousSpanish Saludo!]]" If you want, you could interpret that as a ShoutOut to ''Disney/SaludosAmigos''.
** The French are thieving {{Dirty Coward}}s, each with a MauriceChevalierAccent. They kidnap their opponents in every match so that they win by default, and when they do try and fight, they get their butts handed to them.
** The Caribbean Team consists of APirate400YearsTooLate and his scurvy crew.
** The American team is a less blatant example, considering it has Joe Swihan on it, but it does consist of [[FiveTokenBand a a white woman, a black man, and a native American man]]... and their three BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins medabots.
** Team Sweden is a trio of SexyScandinavian {{Teen Idol}}s. [[spoiler:Subverted when they turn out to be male Gonks from the Rubberrobo gang]].
** Team Iceland gets a pass for being the most developed of the teams[[note]]Team Kenya doesn't count, as Team Kenya basically amounts to Victor plus Two Flunkies[[/note]], but consists of a trio of {{Nice Guy}}s who like fishing, and their leader, Brenton, is introduced when he strikes a hot spring. Incidentally, Erika gets a ''massive'' PrecociousCrush on him, PlayedForDrama rather than laughs.
* NextTierPowerup:
** Metabee undergoing an EvolutionPowerup and using the Medaforce for the first time, which also kicks off the anime's first major arc.
** Kouji attempts to earn one for Sumilodon with the Shadow Sword, [[InformedAttribute not that it's ever shown to work]]. [[spoiler:Sumilodon later gets the ''Extreme'' Shadow Sword as a personal Medaforce attack]].
** In ''Spirits'', Metabee ends up being upgraded from his original KBT-1 body ([[ADogNamedDog Metabee]]) to a KBT-5 body (Saikachis, though still called "Metabee"). This can get confusing, since Spirits also features Roks (KWG-5), as an Expy of the original anime's Rokusho (KWG-1) (with the ''same voice actor'', no less).
* NoMouth: Most, if not all, medabots. The main cast alone can fill this.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign:
** A rare robot example. Robo-Emperor's design has more in common with [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion an EVA unit]] than a regular Medabot.
** Rintarou, but that is more in the side of being a CanonForeigner of ''Medarot R'' for both the anime and the main serial manga adaptation.
* NumberedSequels: The main series. ''Medarot (1)'' through ''5''; while it is not officially claimed as such, ''Medarot DS'' could be considered ''6'', ''Medarot 7'' (A ContinuityReboot of ''DS'') and ''Medarot 8'' (not completely affiliated to the serials' canon as ''Medarot Dual'', but).
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Henry uses this even while playing the BigBrotherMentor role.
* ObliviousToLove: Karin is oblivious to Ikki's and Kouji's feelings for her.
* OcularGushers: And Metabee doesn't even have real eyes to do it with!
* OffModel: Several times throughout the series, the human characters' hands switch between five and [[FourFingeredHands four]] fingered hands due to the (rather) blobby art style. This is more noticeable in ''Damashii'', thanks to the change of the animation studios.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Dr. Meta-Evil's reaction to when the giant Metabee was about to ram him in the season finale.]]
* TheOjou: Karin, who is also just the sweetest little girl you've never met.
* OlderAndWiser:
** Hikaru is this to Ikki in the videogames mostly, since he was the original protagonist of the first game. He also leads this role (somewhat) in the anime series.
** Ikki is this himself when he is older in ''Medarot DS'' and ''Medarot 7'', to a more younger protagonist, Azuma.
* OncePerEpisode:
** 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.
** Also, the chicken-seller, whose sales pitch is inevitably mistaken for Yoda-esque wisdom. [[spoiler:He upgrades to rabbits for the final arc of the first season]].
* OneGameForThePriceOfTwo: The games play this straight, then subvert it with the ''Parts Collections''. The ''Parts Collection'' games were {{Gaiden Game}}s with slightly different rules (normally winning a match gets you 1 randomly-selected part the opponent used, in ''Parts Collection'' you get a complete set of parts for a specific bot) designed specifically to get around the obstacle of not knowing anyone with the other edition.
* OneOfTheBoys: Kikuhime/Samantha, who is a TomboyWithAGirlyStreak (she takes classes of ballet, for example).
* OneOfTheKids: Hikaru plays straight this in both the anime and the videogames.
** In the anime it is assumed he is in his late-teens (there is not an official age given) but since he has been interacting with young medarotters at the Hopmart, he sometimes acts like someone of their age.
** In ''Medarot 2'', after being demoted from the main protagonist, he is described as in being in his early 20s, studying for college, trying to balance his love relationship with Kirara, working parttime in the Convenience Store, being a PhantomThief at night... and overall, he still ''likes to play with medabots''.
* OneLiner: Dub-Metabee, all the time.
* OpaqueNerdGlasses: The student council members.
* OutOfFocus: In ''Medarot 5'', Ikki and co. are put through this to make much more focus to a new protagonist. However, the game still develops around the same town as Ikki's adventures went through in ''Medarot 2'' - ''4'' and about some months later after the events of ''Medarot 4''. This was the first game since ''Medarot 2'' to use a new protagonist.
* PaperThinDisguise:
** Hikaru/Henry takes this trope to new heights, not only somehow managing to keep everybody in the dark about how [[spoiler:Space Medafighter X and Phantom Renegade are the same person despite the only real difference being a tuxedo instead of a jumpsuit and a different colored mask]], but also that he's [[spoiler:The legendary Medafighter, Hikaru Agata]]. It makes somewhat more sense in the dub, where Hikaru changed his name to ''Henry'' on purpose, but no such measure was taken in the original.
** [[http://www.medarotsha.jp/dual/special_DLC.html Ikki Tenryou]] was a part of the DLC in ''Medarot Dual'' (look at the selection marked ''5'' to see him standing next to Arika). If you'll look at other selections on the page, you'll see two other figures with a very familiar hairstyle.
* PaperTiger: Banisher, the robot of the Screws' ex-leader Baron Von Banish, looks big and tough, to the point that its "special attack" is said to be its "strong appearance". However, when put in an actual battle, Metabee drops it in one shot before it can do anything. In the games, Banisher is based on [[CounterAttack using counterattacks]], so presumably Metabee critically injured its head before it got a chance to use any counterattacks.
* PhantomThief: Phantom ''Renegade''.
** His japanese name is, technically, ''Kaitou Retort'': Phantom Thief/Bandit Retort.
* {{Pirate}}: The [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon Caribbean team]] in the World Tournament.
* PlayingWithFire: ...and ice, and thunder, and missiles, and gravity, and...
* PoliceAreUseless: Zigzagged, depending on the continuity.
** Averted, especially in the manga. The Select Corps are always behind the strange stuff that happen in the city, such as the presence of the Roborobos or Kaitou Retort doing his stuff. While the police is always there protecting the city and the country, the chief almost all the time gets stressed by these happenings...
** In the anime series, on the other hand, they only show when serious stuff REALLY happens. When the Roborobos (the mooks, especially) or Kaitou Retort (being a well known thief) get serious, of course.
** In the games, however, it's played straight. The Select Corps aren't particularly shown to be that useless or harmful, but they constantly fail to achieve anything, tend to be a massive inconvenience, and the chief will often take credit for busts and successes he had absolutely nothing to do with.
* {{Portmanteau}}: This show has a particularly awkward use of GratuitousEnglish. The dub ended up correcting ''a lot'' of them.
** The ''Medarot'' title from Japan is a portmanteau of ''Medal Robot''. ''Medabots'', used by the Nelvana dub and almost everywhere else, is a better blend of the same two words.
** Robottle = Robot Battle ([[DubNameChange changed]] to Robattle)
** Medarotch = Medarot Watch (Medawatch)
** Medarotter = Medarot Fighter (Medafighter)
** "Metabee" (and other several medabots) has also a bit of this. In ''Medarot (1)'', it's the portmanteau nickname of "Metal Beetle", the first model of KBT used in the franchise, but when ''Medarot 2'' is released, ''Metabee'' is used as the name of a new model of KBT. In the anime, since there is no original model of KBT (and KWG) used in the first game, Hikaru goes with the name of Metabee's model as "Metal Beetle", and lately named it as "Metabee".
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Ikki and Metabee. All the time. [[VitriolicBestBuds When they're not at each others' throats]].
* PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo: Hikaru, main character of the original ''Medarot'' games, shows up in games where Ikki is the main character as a convenience store clerk in college. Ikki does the same after he grows up.
* PungeonMaster: Phantom Renegade likes making explosion puns. Usually punctuating his explosives.
* PunnyName: Phantom Renegade's original name, Kaitou Retort. Kaitou (怪盗) is the Japanese word for a mysterious PhantomThief (yes, the Japanese have a word for that). On the other hand, [[AlternateCharacterReading Kaitou]] (回答) is also a Japanese word meaning reply, answer, or ''retort''.
* PurelyAestheticGender: Averted. There are both male and female Tinpets that can wear only male or female Medaparts respectively.
* PutOnABus:
** ''Anime'': Pretty much everybody save Ikki, Metabee, Arika, and the Screws come ''Spirits''.
** ''Videogames'': ''Everyone'', save Ikki, Metabee (in a new body), Arika, Nae and Dr. Akibahara, who are seen 9-8 years after ''Medarot 5'' concludes, in ''Medarot DS''.
*** TheBusCameBack: Almost if not all the main characters and side-characters of the main series of games reappear as DLC characters for ''Medarot Dual''.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Roborobo (dub: Rubber Robo) Gang, clearly [[FollowTheLeader inspired by]] the one-and-only Team Rocket; in the anime they introduce themselves as the local GoldfishPoopGang, but towards the end their individual names and personalities and unique appearances are revealed just as they're finally discovered to be {{Not So Harmless Villain}}s.
* RainbowPimpGear: Medabot arms and legs are detachable, and in addition the loser of a battle must give a part of his bot to the winner. Thus, occasionally one might see Medabots with mismatched arms and legs that don't fit the body at all, either for strategic reasons or because they lost the original parts to someone.
* RedOniBlueOni: Ikki and Kouji, Metabee and Rokusho.
* RescueArc: The Rubberrobo gang takes two hostages near and dear to Ikki in the lead-up to the big bad's first major gambit, one right after the other. The second one necessitates Ikki's friends and even the Screws coming together to form a BadassCrew.
* {{Retool}}: ''Medabot Spirits''. Everyone who isn't Ikki, Metabee, Erika, Brass, or the Screws [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome might as well not exist]] (ignoring brief guest appearances by Dr. Aki and the Tenryou family). The Medaforce is SoLastSeason, and all the significant Medabots are upgraded to [[{{Expy}} or replaced with]] new models that can [[TransformingMecha Medachange]] into "Action Mode", a weaponized vehicle form. Also, while the Rubberrobo gang aspired to use Medabots to TakeOverTheWorld, X-treme Tech aspires to create Kilobots, soulless weapons that are meant [[PlotLeveling to replace Medabots entirely]].
* ReturningTheHandkerchief: How Ikki met Karin.
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Kouji and Ikki are rivals for Karin's feelings. Too bad she doesn't seem to notice their feelings.
* RightHandCat: Subverted. [[spoiler: The cat is the ''brains'' of the operation.]]
* TheRival:
** [[JapaneseBeetleBrothers Metabee and Rokusho]] (and their myriad alternates and upgrades) are often presented as this, dueling or competing in opening cutscenes or promotional materials.
** ''Medarot 2'' introduced Sumilidon and Warbandit as Kouji's main Medabot; he has the saber-tooth tiger Sumilidon in Metabee version and king lion Warbandit in the Rokusho version. Since the anime took Metabee version as its basis, Kouji stuck with Sumilidon and Warbandit ended up with Victor of Team Kenya.
* RobotBuddy: The main idea of the show.
* RobotWar: The "Ten Days of Darkness", an event where nearly every Medabot in the world went crazy and almost destroyed it, eight years ago. This event almost repeated itself if it wasn't for [[ThePowerofFriendship the efforts of Ikki and Metabee]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler: Due to a series of accidents with a BatmanGambit thrown in: Karin finds Rokusho's old friend. Rokusho asks to help the parrot just before seeing it's Baton, who was one of Dr Hushi's creations. Karin and Rokusho go to Dr. Aki, who was one of Hushi's assistances, and see if they can fix Baton with Aki's technology. Upon partically fixing Baton, Baton's memory kicks in and Rokusho hears that it was Aki who burned Hushi's home to the ground. Aki runs in with an axe on accident to alert Karin that Rubber-Robo Members were stalking around the house. Cue rampage with paranoia.]]
* RunningGag:
** Mr. Referee, who always manages to ''always'' be where the principal characters are in order to officiate the robottle about to happen. A few occasions, he also appears in a fitting guise or place. It's lampshaded in the TournamentArc when the [=WMF=] announcer cites this as what Mr. Referee is known for.
--> '''Ikki''': "I wonder what he does when he isn't refereeing..."
** No matter how awesome his heists are, Phantom Renegade is almost incapable of pulling one off without goofing something up; he'll get distracted and do things like drop his loot or bash his head on something hard. He's like a gymnast who can't stick the landing.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Uchuu Medarotter X/Space Medafighter X wears one. If that wasn't necessary to show how badass he is. Counting double since his complete outfit is a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/KamenRider''.
* SelfMadeMan: Dr. Aki sold patents of some medabot models to other companies to have the money to start Medabot Corporation.
* SimpleYetAwesome: Metabee is an old, malfunctioning, outdated model armed with very simplistic weaponry (machine guns and rockets) going up against machines that can do all sorts of things from [[GravityMaster manipulating gravity]] to [[WaveMotionGun firing giant lasers]], but can still kick ass like nobody's business. Admittedly, part of it is probably due to having a unique medallion.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: This is a world where children are allowed to operate robots with built-in sub-machineguns with no problem.
* SoLastSeason:
** ''Anime'': The Medaforce, supposedly the strongest expression of Medabot power, is shown to be completely useless against Kilobots in the first episode of Spirits [[spoiler: until later on.]]
** ''Videogames'': Ikki's KBT Medabots, in contrast to the anime where he holds dear Metabee's medal ''and'' body, in the games he mostly cares about the medal, so it's pretty much guaranteed that he will upgrade Metabee to a newer KBT model between games:
*** KBT-0 Metal Beetle -- ''Medarot'' (Which was actually ''Hikaru's'' "Metabee")
*** KBT-1 Metabee -- ''Medarot 2''
*** KBT-50 Saikichis -- ''Medarot 4''
*** KBT-4 Arc-Beetle -- ''Medarot DS''
* SchoolNewspaperNewshound: Arika, who is the only member of the school Newspaper club.
* ShipSinking: In the games' universe this happens at least twice. Hikaru has a close relationship with Nae and Kirara in ''Medarot'', but [[AllThereIntheManual canon-speaking]], he ends up with Kirara in ''Medarot 2''. In ''Medarot DS'', after long 9 years of absence since ''Medarot 4'', it is implied that Ikki [[spoiler: maybe does not show so much of feelings towards Arika, besides being '''friends''... it is justified, though, since they were [[DemotedToExtra sided as helping characters]] rather than protagonists, and Karin does not fit in the equation either (there is not even a mention of her in the game), as neither does Nae]].
* ShipTease:
** Ikki and Arika in some episodes. The original Japanese ending, ''Yappari Kimi ga Suki! (Still I Love You!)'' by Arika's seiyuu Creator/EriSendai herself, is about Arika's feelings for Ikki.
** On the other hand, "Toshi Shita no Boku", the Japanese ending for Medabot Spirits, is about Ikki's crush on Nae (which is not canon to the games, admittedly).
** Despite the fact that Karin is technically a member of Ikki's love triangle, she comes with her own competing suitor, Kouji. In the games, Kouji is overprotective of Karin due to her [[IllGirl heart's condition]]. In the latter half of the original anime, while Kouji struggles with the fact that he and Sumilodon CantCatchUp, Karin goes above and beyond in her efforts to help him out or cheer him up[[note]]Though she runs smack into StopHelpingMe in her overenthusiasm once or twice[[/note]].
** In the video games, there are side-quests that will produce a RelationshipUpgrade for Ikki with either Arika or Karin.
* ShockAndAwe: Peppercat.
* ShortTank: Arika and Kikuhime/Samantha.
* ShoutOut:
** On one occasion in the dub, Ikki asks if Medabots can dream. Metabee chips in, saying he dreams of [[Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep electric sheep.]]
** Coach Moutain was once looking for [[TheSimpsons Groundskeeper Billy]]. He also at one point manages to obtain "Film/AFistfulOfDollars".
** Robo-Emperor was clearly inspired by [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion EVA: 01]].
** 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.
** From episode 27, medafighter Dragon Ryuuchirou is [[{{SarcasmMode}} obviously not]] an {{expy}} of Creator/BruceLee.
* ShelteredAristocrat: Kouji attempts to be like this and mostly succeeds, though he does sometimes slip into UpperClassTwit territory.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** Some people tend to get confused as to whether to call Ikki's best friend Arika, [[DubNameChange Erica, or Erika]][[note]]it doesn't help that some Nelvana episodes still pronounce her name "Arika" anyway[[/note]].
** As with all things anime, trying to figure out what non-native words the Japanese are trying to use is often a challenge. Sumilidon, for example, would probably have been better translated as ''[[PantheraAwesome Smilodon]]''.
** Roborobo? Robo Robo? [[DubNameChange Rubber Robo]]? Rubberrobo? Rubberobo? (For what it's worth, TheOtherWiki lists it as "Rubberrobo").
* SpiritualPredecessor: To DanballSenki.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plawres_Sanshiro Plawres Sanshiro]]''.
* SpoiledSweet: Karin.
* TheStoic:
** Sloan, though he can get unnerved at times. Rokusho, Victor, and Kam from ''Spirits'' are more straight examples.
** Rokusho does this with a mentor-like twist. [[spoiler: However, when his friend Baton falsely says that Dr Aki killed his old master...]]
* StoicSpectacles: Victor.
* StraightForTheCommander: The robattle win condition in the video games is to take out the enemy commander (and more specifically, the commander's Head unit), but woe unto you if you neglect to account for the enemy's support.
* TheStrategist:
** Most competent medafighters need to be this by necessity. For a {{Mons}} show for kids, it's impressively tactical.
** Ikki is an excellent example in the show (when the writing remembers to let him be). He often takes advantage of the terrain.
* SunglassesAtNight:
** Dr. Aki rarely gets his own pair of sunglasses off. Though this is often dismissed in the manga adaptation of the games.
** The Roborobos' SinisterShades. When things got really, ''really'' serious, they would take them off to reveal their real identities just to fight as proper medafigthers.
* SuperPrototype: The first Robo Emperor. It was too powerful, and stuck in storage while newly designed, nerfed versions were put into production.
* SupportPartyMember: There exist several Medabots which cannot inflict damage, such as the healing and shielding Neutra-Nurse and Dr. Bokchoy, whose sole purpose is scanning for the location of enemies, thus detecting invisible foes and improving the accuracy of teammates.
* 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.
* TakingUpTheMantle: In the game universe, [[spoiler: Ikki becomes the new Phantom Renegade in ''Medarot DS'', as well as working at the Hop Mart, to outright placing Metabee's medal in an Arc-Beetle.]]
* TangledFamilyTree: In the anime, Karin (who is Ikki's age) is Dr. Aki's niece, while Nae (who is Henry's age) is his ''granddaughter''.
* TheTeam: The anime has this in Medafighter-Medabot pairs.
** TheHero: Ikki and Metabee.
** TheLancer: Koji and Sumilidon, mixed with TheRival.
** TheSmartGuy: Erika and Brass, mixed with NumberTwo.
** TheChick: Karen and Neutra-Nurse.
* TeleportSpam: The secret weapon of the American team in the World Championship.
* TerribleTrio: The Screws, consisting of [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Samantha, Spyke, and Sloan]], are a gang of Medafighters at Ikki's school. Samantha commands a [[GlassCannon Peppercat]], Spyke has a [[LongRangeFighter Cyandog]], and Sloan a [[MightyGlacier Totalizer]]. They also have a once-seen "[[JapaneseDelinquents boss]]" in [[DarknessVonGothickname Baron von Banish]], who turns out to be a complete pushover. Once he's dispatched, the Screws carry on without him.
-->'''Samantha:''' ''[[PreAsskickingOneLiner Put the Screws to 'em!]]''
* ThreeLawsCompliant:
** In the games, they're called "The Three Laws of Medabots." A boy at Rosewood Private School indicates that Medabots are not allowed to harm humans on purpose. He wonders if that makes it okay [[ExactWords if it happens on accident]].
** In the anime, Metabee [[AvertedTrope doesn't really have a problem]] with unloading everything he's got in Ikki's general direction.
* TimeSkip: This is played between the first game (2010) and the second (2022), where twelve years have passed. And, it also happens again between ''Medarot 5'' (the fifth game of the series) and ''Medarot DS''/''Medarot 7'', with another 9-8 years.
* TooDumbToLive:
** The Roborobo Gang once mistook a medabot for having a rare medal simply because it won a battle without moving. They apparently didn't see the fact that Ikki had made Metabee a series of paper "aeroparts" (medaparts that allow the user to fly) and Metabee couldn't control them. [[spoiler: During the final battle in ''Spirits'', Ikki lures Kam and Gryphon to the power plant of the Kilobot company building by placing Metabee, Arc-Dash, and Roks onto the rim of it, believing that Kam will give up the fight and not risk blowing up the building. ''Oh'' how wrong he was...]]
** In episode 26, after the Phantom Renegade introduces himself to the Rubber-Robo Gang, Gilgirl commented that they already know who he is and said that they're not dumb enough to fall for his tricks. Then the Phantom said that the Rubber-Robo gang are geniuses. Then, the Phantom quickly says, "Look, it's the Phantom Renegade!" and the Rubber-Robo gang turn around and said "Where?". Then, the Phantom Renegade threw a smoke-bomb and fled off with Rokusho.
* ThemeNaming: Each one of the members of the Roborobo Gang is named after some kind of seafood. Dub-wise, the Screws all have names beginning with "S", and the Rubber-Robos have had their names changed to simple sea creatures.
* ThemeTuneCameo:
** Mostly noticeable in the original version of the original series, the AnimeThemeSong itself and the ending appeared as tunes in the anime series. The first one pretty much when Metabee is going to have his heroic moments; the other one is listened through the episode where the school building is completely buried in snow, in a radio. Also several of the [[ImageSong Image Songs]] have appeared in some moments of the series, mostly the ones of the Screws and an Ikki and Metabee duet.
** The English dub also counts with the opening theme used as part of the battles' soundtrack.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: During the International TournamentArc, Mr. Referee isn't remotely pleased to be required to uphold the new rule that requires contestants to ante their Medabots' ''[[BrainInAJar medals]]'' each match.
* ToBeAMaster: DoubleSubverted. Ikki doesn't really take an interest in such things until it turns out he's #3 in all of Japan, and even then his friends are as concerned about him becoming a master as much as he is (possibly even ''more'' so). Before that, the series was more about his episodic clashes with the Rubberrobo Gang.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl:
** Arika and Karin; Arika is ''such'' a tomboy that she's still wearing overalls when she's 19 years old. Kikuhime/Samantha also plays {{Tomboy}} to Arika at times.
** Fubuki and Hiyori for Navi's main cast.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak:
** Samantha, leader of the Screws, takes ballet lessons.
** In Medabot Spirits, Erika keeps a secret garden, which she doesn't want to tell anyone else about since she's afraid that (A) the boys will turn it into a Robattle arena and (B) they'll start thinking of her as a Girly Girl TagalongKid.
* TomboyishName: In the English dub, Samantha.
* TournamentArc
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Ikki and takoyaki. A one-off example is Hikaru using a watermelon to bait Metabee, who despite being a robot and not even having a mouth, [[FridgeLogic is somehow lured in because he has a kabuto-type Medal and beetles like sweet fruits]] which can [[UncleTomfoolery get a bit uncomfortable watching that scene in the dub...]]
* TransformingMecha: While some early Medabots (like Landrotor) could transform into cars or jets, the main example of this is in Medachange.
** Medachange was introduced in ''Medarot 3'' and allowed a handful of Medabots (the newest generation of mainstay Medabots, natch) to transform into alternate modes, replacing their ability to charge the Medaforce. Some Medabots have the "Shift Transform" ability, which isn't as powerful, but has no other drawbacks, while others have the "Power Transform", which costs Medaforce.
** In ''Medabot Spirits'', Medachange works slightly differently. Most Medabots can transform into their basic alternate form, here called Action Mode (jp. ''Reckless Mode''), which lacks all of their attack abilities it had in the game. These missing attacks are later gained when the Medabots start gaining access to Demolition Mode (jp. ''Crafty Mode''), which is usually a heavily-weaponized alt-mode. Not all Medachange-capables have a Demolition Mode; Arcbeetle-Dash and Tyrelbeetle, for example, perform a FusionDance to become Master Beetle instead.
* {{Tsundere}}: Arika is a particularly {{Tomboy}}ish Type-B. Kikuhime/Samantha is a Type-A who is a little heavy on ''tsun'' and very rarely shows her ''dere'' side...
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture:
** The videogames (''Medarot'' to ''Medarot 7'') and the manga develop between 2010-2033, while the medabots were partially developed during the 70s...
** Though it is an AlternateContinuity from the original source of the franchise, the anime series is debatable happening around the 2020s in the original version (the timeline of Medarot 2 through 4, where the anime is sort-of based on, happens in that decade) but changed to the 22nd century in the English dub. Also a proof of TechnologyMarchesOn, since the anime series was done in 1999-2001... and there are still [=VCRs=] in the future?
* UnReveal: When mysterious Space-Medafighter X's golden mask is split to reveal... the equally-mysterious Phantom Renegade's white mask. (Of course, the DramaticIrony is that only the cast members are in the dark about him).
* TheUnfettered: Kam and his underlings deliberately invoke this in ''Spirits'', challenging Medafighters to street brawls where the free-for-all rules include things like swapping out damaged or spent weapons for new ones as needed and ''attacking the enemy Medafighter directly'', which takes them out of the category of {{Jerkass}} and puts them directly into ''[[VileVillainSaccharineShow Terrorist]]''.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Ikki, Kouji, and Kagiyama during their match against [[spoiler:Team Sweden, who are presented as a trio of beautiful Idol Singers, but who are actually Roborobos... ''MALE'' Roborobos.]]
** [[spoiler:'''[[{{Gonk}} UGLY]]''' male Roborobos.]]
* VerbalTic: This is applied in both versions of the anime, but it's more noticeable in the Japanese one with the Rubber-Robo Gang, since they usually end their sentences with the word robo.
** Speaking of, when Surumi fights as herself she has a noticeable accent verbal tic at the end of her sentences. This is, however, not used when she is in her Roborobo identity.
* VideoGameRemake:
** The original Medarot game for GameBoy was released as ''Medarot: Perfect Edition'' for the Bandai's UsefulNotes/WonderSwan in 1999 and ''Medarot: True Type'' (or ''Shingata: Medarot'') for the GameBoyAdvance in 2004 (with whole different characters and redesigns, and whole different graphics and music compared to its original game, using the engine of ''Medarot 2 CORE'').
** Medarot 2, originally released on the GameBoyColor, got this treatment too, released as ''Medarot 2 CORE'' in 2002/2003 for the GBA. This version was one of the only games to make it to western shores, under the names ''Medabots: Metabee Version'' and ''Medabots: Rokusho Version''. It should be noted that the remake is also a RecursiveAdaptation, integrating little bits and pieces from the anime back into the story.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Kam, from ''Medabot Spirits'', who in the first five episodes or so of the show uses his Kilobots to destroy Medabot medals, and even has one chase Nae's truck with the heroes inside, actually shooting at the vehicle the whole time... making him both ''a serial killer and a terrorist''.
* VillainsOutShopping: Near the end of the World Tournament, the Phantom Renegade interrupts an argument between the Screws. He happens to be riding a bike with some groceries in the basket, suggesting he'd been out shoppin in ''full Renegade regalia''.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Metabee and Ikki again, who fight like brothers.
* WaveMotionGun: Several Medabots have this attack. A prime example is Arc-Beetle's signature attack, the Prominence. The Medaforce also acts like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfUGQTuYf-k&feature=related this]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the introductory episode, the Rubberrobo gang and Phantom Renegade clash over the medal that Ikki would later find in the river, but no details are given over the man who was transporting the medal or why he was in the first place.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: Phantom Renegade and ''technically'' Space Medafighter X, whose mask is identical to the Phantom's, but colored gold.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Bugs]]: Kouji. In a party he even freaks out and destroy everything in sight.
* WildCard: Phantom Renegade's goal is to steal all rare medals, usually bringing him into conflict with the Rubberrobo gang, but he's also got his eyes on Metabee, whom he tolerates due to the growing bond Ikki shares with him. While his true allegiances are revealed by the end of the first season, Nelvana released an out-of-order episode in the second season where he was still in his wildcard phase, causing the scratch of many a head.
* WildTake: Taken over the top at times. Ikki freaking out over Kouji being above him in the national rankings is a good example.
* WithOurSwordsScene: There is a scene where Metabee has been badly damaged, so he borrows Sumilidon's super-fast legs, and the {{Arm Cannon}}s of Crosserdog and Rokusho.
* WrenchWench - Nae, from ''Spirits''.
* YouAreInCommandNow: Dr. Meta-Evil put Shrimplips in charge of the Rubber-Robo Gang after Seaslug had too many failures.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:In Episode 51, Dr. Meta-Evil fired his henchmen and said that he only used them to have all the world's Medabots dominate the earth.]]
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