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->'''''"[[ByThePowerOfGreyskull RELEASE THE DRAGON]]!"'''''

'''Dragon Booster''' (2004-2006) was a Canadian-created show that aired on the ToonDisney network in the U.S. about a FarmBoy named Artha Penn who becomes the legendary Dragon Booster, a hero who stopped a war between dragons and humans 3000 years before the present, and Artha must stop another from occurring by riding a dragon against other [[DragonRider Dragon Riders]] in a series of ''TwistedMetal''-style racing combat events. In the way of his quest is the evil Word Paynn, who seeks to cause a new dragon-human war, then dominate whatever happens to be left of the world afterwards.

The show was originally planned for five seasons, but did not get beyond the three that were commissioned due to no more being ordered (probably due to lack of viewership). The company that made this series went on to do the marginally more successful ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks''.

The show does have a surprisingly resilient fanbase although it helps that this was made by former Mainframe workers.
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!!This show provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Word, who sends his son on dangerous missions (and lets his crew take the bad image generated by those missions that involve stealing gear/dragons or threatening people). He shows no regard to what happens to his loyal son during Writh Booster, or the "Return of Drakkus" two-parter where he attacked the Penn team only slightly more than Moordryd and Cain.
** Arguably Connor, since he abandoned his sons in the pilot, and was only found out during the Return of Drakkus to be StealthMentor-ing them through the guise of Mortis. One of his kids is ten, and as Mortis he knew what they were getting into. It seemed like a bit of the whole "sacrifices must be made for the greater good" thing.
* AllThereInTheManual: A lot of WordOfGod went into the forums when cancellation became imminent, but even before then a lot of stuff about the first war was told since it might not have made it in anyways:
** All the different colored crews were different '''empires''' 5000 years ago. The Black Empire started the war, but then turned around to help the Dragon Booster end it (Foreshadowing Moordryd's clear eventual HeelFaceTurn).
** The name of the Blue Booster was never mentioned in-series, and was usually called the Lighting Booster by fans. It was later said to actually be the "Energy Booster" by WordOfGod
** Everything we know about Artha and Lance's mom and a bit about Zulay (Moordryd's mom) was in an un-aired flashback called "Episode Zero" by the creators.
* AntiVillain: Moordryd Paynn
* BeamOWar: What happens when two opposing mag streams meet.
* BrokenAesop: In the episode ''The Mouth that Roared'', a blatant ''The Boy Who Cried Wolf'' story. Except the boy in question is ''Lance Penn'', who aside from occasionally being immature, is probably one of the most moral characters in the whole series and has ''never'' shown a habit of lying. And he ''never lies'' in the episode either, he's telling people about a black-market gear dealer who in fact does exist--it's just that the guy is good at hiding and never shows up when Lance brings people to see (he's even smart enough to call the police the second he finds out!). So, in one episode we get PoliceAreUseless ''and'' [[AdultsAreUseless People Over Ten Are Useless]].
** How useless are they? Instead of scoping the area thoroughly for evidence, they just hunker down wherever Lance was hanging out and wait a few minutes. If the guy doesn't show up, the kid must have been lying! despite the fact that one of the racers is using gear that must have come off the black market and this kid says he saw a black market guy, he must be lying!
** Though the first big one of the series was in ''Pride of the Hero''. It starts with Artha's ego yet again getting over-inflated. Then we see Fan-Favorite AntiVillain Moordryd suddenly stopping Wraith Dragons after what looked like a fight with his BigBad father. While we admit it seems a bit abrupt for a HeelFaceTurn, at least Artha's getting called out for the fact that [[WhatTheHellHero the main reason he doesn't trust Moordryd is because he's jealous.]] In order to make a point, and possibly because he sense the good in him, Beau then lets Moordryd get on his back, shocking Artha into admitting that maybe there is good in Moordryd...only for Moordryd to whip out an ArtifactOfDoom and ''spill his whole evil plan.''
*** The Aesop gets slightly repaired when Artha gets through to Moordryd, with Artha admitting he was wrong and there is a hero inside Moordryd. The episode ends with Artha telling Moordryd "the dragon chose you too", hinting Moordryd may have a good side... that we don't see much of for another 8 episodes. [[FlatWhat What]].
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Release The Dragon!" for Artha Penn/Dragon Booster, "Unleash The Shadow!" for [[spoiler:Moordryd Paynn/Shadow Booster]].
* CashCowFranchise: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted.]] [[InvokedTrope It was intended to be one]], judging by how much merchandise was put up on the website. However, almost none of it was ever actually released, and the DS game was a commercial failure.
** But also ScrewedByTheNetwork, since after the thirteenth episode, Jetix never aired what was happening in newer ones in commercials outside of "new episode at day/time." It instead showed generic commercials that really didn't get across any of the show's plot points and seemed more oriented towards the 7-10 crowd, instead of the 11-15 who liked it. It didn't come across as a show with any sort of plot-arc form the commercials, many of which did not even feature Artha in-armor (making it seem like it was just a racing show).
* TheChosenOne: Artha Penn
** After it is revealed that there are four more Boosters (Shadow, Energy, Power, and Fire), it seems that this extends to Moordryd, Lance (or some new guy if Lance was deemed "too young"), Parm, and Kitt. They're just...slightly less chosen than Artha. see WeAreTeamCannonFodder
* ConflictBall: Typically avoided by the fact that the 12 Down-City crews are implied to have power struggles despite the governing body of The Council of Twelve. However, a lot of them seem weirdly eager to fight even when it's obviously a trap (the only time a semi-convincing argument was made was in ''Cain's Mutiny'' and even then it seemed weird that the Dragon Flares and Army of the Dragon joined the Shadow Booster within a one-minute speech).
** Or not, since Pyyrah and Wulph both undergo HeelFaceRevolvingDoor as necessary for the plot.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Sort of. In the episode it happens, yeah, but some crews, especially the above mentioned Flares and Army, seem to forget it. This was especially jarring since Wulph made one hell of a speech about how his crew values teamwork above all else and Word clearly doesn't protect his own and therefore they cannot work together any more.
** This is later lampshaded by Kitt who notes that the Army switch sides all the time (no reason was given for the Dragon Flares, though).
** Played with in the final episode with Artha and Moordryd: Moordryd could beat Artha and was willing to, but his father's insistence on cheating against the already-injured Artha pushed Moordryd into saving Artha so they could tie the match instead.
* DragonRider: Not the winged flying kind- the racing kind.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Moordryd becomes a good poster-boy for this later. He's horrified by his father's plan in "Wraith Booster" once he see what it really does, gets mad at Arrmeggadonn for calling his best friend Cain a nobody, and while he was willing to take advanatge Artha's injuries to win at Drag Ball, he refused to let his father use a wraith dragon to cheat against him.
* FantasticRacism: This crops up between humans and dragons sometimes, one episode even worked to [[AnAesop reveal and remedy the human heroes' own racism towards dragons.]]
* FauxActionGirl: Kitt, touted as being the best racer in Dragon City, falls by the wayside as the series goes on.
** Pyyrah was never really touted as this, but as the first female crew leader viewers met, something was to be expected. She just was there as a convenient HeelFaceRevolvingDoor (mostly heel by the third season).
** Chute and Marianis only really avoided this because they were only important in one episode each and ignored after.
** Marianis showed up to fight in the [[LivingProp background,]] and seemed to do a good job with it.
* FollowTheLeader
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''The Horn of Libris" Beau draws Red, Blue, Green, and Black energy (aka the four empires that helped the original Dragon Booster end the first war) from Kitt, Lance, Parm, and Moordryd. As soon as people knew there was a Black amulet, the existence of extra Boosters was a given (even though the names were only confirmed later and only Moordryd became one pre-cancelation).
* FreakyFridayFlip: Happens to Artha and Beau in the episode "Changelings". Doubles as a CrowningMomentofFunny.
** Especially since Beau never talked as Artha, resulting in some great miming. Thought it might have been awesome, since Beau usually took every opportunity to embarrass Artha and could have really done some damage.
* FutureSlang: A little. "Drac" mean cool and "scales" seemed to be a stand in for most swear words. Also, money was "drakkals" and distance was measured in "drakometers".
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: '''Pyyrah.''' She was introduced as nice and friendly (face) and was mind-controlled into being aggressive and mean (heel via MindControl). While sometimes shown to be reasonable and support the protagonists, she still tricked Kitt to get the Furox (season 1), was always swayed by Word's promises, and in every major ConflictBall fight within the Down City Council, she was always one the "wrong" side (thought by her last appearance in ''Cain's Mutiny'' she and the council all made nice...somehow).
* HeyItsThatVoice: Most of the main cast had previously appeared on ''MegaManNTWarrior'', with the exception of Gary Chalk (Connor/Mortis) who had appeared on both ''TransformersArmada'' and ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'', and Kathleen Barr (Lance) who had previously appeared on ''DragonTales'' and ''LibertysKids''.
** Many of whom then went on to ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks''.
* {{Horse of a different color}}: The dragons of the series though some are more raptor like and others are bull like.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Moordryd has a successful one with a brainwashed Dragon Booster...despite ''not actually knowing who the Dragon Booster is''. Bravo.
** Artha had two earlier ones with Beau when Beau was brainwashed.
* IdiotBall / IdiotPlot: Sadly common, usually so Artha can look more heroic and less ThisLoserIsYou. Memorable ones are ''Three Times a Hero'' (scheduling conflict), ''The Stand'' (taking free gear from a shady new corporation when your BigBad is a gear maker), and ''The Mouth That Roared'' (was there seriously that little reason to trust Lance?)
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Moordryd, which is why he's the Ensemble Darkhorse...it's just that the heart of gold part only comes out when he doesn't need to be the episode's villain.
* JustAKid: With Lance it's usually averted unless it's needed for the plot, despite the fact that in all the other episodes he's going around with the group. Ironically the best known use of this phrase in regards to Lance came from [[AntiVillain Moordryd]].
* LovableCoward: Cain flits between this and DirtyCoward. He's not very brave, but allows Moordryd to drag him into danger out of loyalty (by episode 27, it's confirmed that they are best friends, and both acknowledge it). He is often the last person to abandon Moordryd, and usually only does so in situations that show the entire crew outside of Moordryd running or for a gag.
** Made even funnier since he's the most physically intimidating member of the Dragon Eyes, especially in comparison to Moordryd, who almost pushes WaifFu when he fights.
* MookLieutenant: Cain (he answers to [[TheDragon Moordyrd]], who answers to [[BigBad Word]]).
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: While it did not happen in show due to cancellation, fans on the official forum all agreed that they explicitly ''did not'' want Moordryd's obviously-going-to-happen HeelFaceTurn to include a situation where he said "What have I done" in any way shape or form. Since the series was ScrewedByTheNetwork, we'll never know, but he seemed to be shaping up to be able to do without it.
** Ironically stated by Artha in the episode "Faster than Fear" when [[spoiler:he succumbs to the Shadow Track's illusions.]]
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: Artha and Mordred are learning the mag claw techniques and use them to compete against each other
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: What ''are'' Artha's powers again?
** [[InvincibleHero Winning, mainly]].
** Gets lessened once Artha begins to release the human, training in mag claw.
** But then he and Moordryd are overpowered, and they just pull mag claw techniques out of nowhere instead or random ones.
** According to [[WordOfGod Rob Travalino]], this pretty much what makes Beau special.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Oh where do we even begin with Artha?
** [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder His pride off-putting possible allies (including Kitt at first) and/or getting him into traps, scheduling three meeting for the Dragon Booster at once (well, two for the Booster and one or himself), turning his own allies against him]] (''Fanning the Flames'', ''Misjudged'', Pride of the Hero'', ''Artha the Drac'' '''and''' ''Slithercorp'', respectively), being TooDumbToLive rather often...
* OddNameOut: Of the five main characters, we have Artha, Kitt, Parmon, Moordryd, and...Lance.
** It fits with the ThemeNaming with Artha and Moordryd, but just the fact that it's spelled normal can be considered weird.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Beau. His real name is Beaucephalis.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* OutOfFocus: Essentially everyone in the third season who isn't Artha or Moordryd.
* ParentalAbandonment: Only Artha, Lance and Moordryd have on-screen parents, and Parm is the only other character who mentioned them. Kitt was apparently abandoned, though, according to WordOfGod.
** Not quite. The creator revealed that she sometimes sneaks out to see them, and that they really do love her.
* PeripheryDemographic: A big one--most of the fans on the forums were girls older than 12. They were mostly brought in becuase of Moordryd, and later Rivett.
* PlotTailoredToTheParty: Thanks to Artha, this is required to make the other crew members plot-relevant.
** Was the most noticeable with Lance, who was relevant (but not the hero) of Wraith Booster because the rest of the team was Brainwashed/frozen, the "hero" of another episode ripped off of the "Boy Who Cried Wolf" (except he's telling the truth the whole time, and the rest of the time just insulted Artha. Since so much of the fanbase kept getting annoyed with Artha, the last was considered a good thing. Of course, he was just 10, so it was a bit justified (YMMV).
* SealedEvilInAcan: Going by the end of ''Faster than Fear'', it seems that Armageddon was sealed in the Shadow Track, most likely how his spirit is still around 5000 years later.
* SeasonFinale: ''The Return of Drakkus'', which incidentally was the last episode of season 2 and the first of season 3 thanks to being a 2-parter.
* SecretIdentityApathy: Near the season 3 finale Artha and his racing rival Moordryd both discover each other's super identity as the Dragon Booster and Shadow Booster, respectively, but both agree to keep it a secret between them (and their respective companions, of course) since that knowledge could get them kicked out of a racing competition for the city's prestigious racing academy, and each of them have made enemies in their super identities.
* SequelHook: Not so much a hook as a blatant announcement in the last episode of a new series... which never eventuated.
* ShockAndAwe: Dragons can control and generate mag energy. Humans can only wield it once they train in the old ways.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Kitt, and probably most of the other female characters.
* TimmStyle
* TournamentArc: The whole third (and final) season was essentially a series of events to see who got into the prestigious racing academy.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Word Payyn plays with this:
** On the one hand, people buy gear from him, and clearly nothing has been successfully brought against him, since he's not in jail and has apparently never been arrested. Kwake trusted him simply because he had no PROOF of Word being evil, despite several people stating that he was.
** But on the other, a lot of Down City (or at least the people we see) distrust him, though some just seem to distrust him due to his son Moordryd heading the thieving Dragon Eyes (unaware that Word tells them to do a lot of that). Essentially, the Dragon Eyes take the PR fall so Word remains just trustworthy enough.
** And again, that's only Down and Mid City. We're unsure of how Sun City and most of the Academy view him. He might play the trope straight there.
* WackyRacing
* WeaponOfChoice: A lot of characters were known for using certain weapons or gear (and a lot of it comes in stock footage):
** Artha first used a SimpleStaff but upgraded to his Jakk-Stick (which he mostly used as a SimpleStaff anyways, since the hacking powers were used in a PlotTailoredToTheParty)
** Moordryd's [[WhipItGood energy whip]], sometimes traded for a SimpleStaff
** Kitt using Red Acceleration Gear on her dragon in almost ever race
** Rivett used an odd little device on his wrist to shut down other electronics and it also had a built in CloakingDevice
** Lance started being seen with a Flash Stick
** Phistus' huge [[DropTheHammer war-hammer]]
** Phyyrah's energy...blade...thing that [[FanNickname most fans called a mag-saw]] due to it looking like a hacksaw.
* WeAreTeamCannonFodder: Everyone on Penn Racing Team except Artha and Beau. In the third season, it extended to essentially all the racing crews as well, whose only roles were to be mind-controlled and be beaten up by Artha and Moordryd on the track.
** While the latter made sense with Wulph, as the Army of the Dragon crew was shown to work best in teamwork-oriented plans and fell apart when on their own, Khatah supposedly had ''graduated'' from the Academy (but of FridgeLogic as to why he'd want to go again) and built up as great (if stoic) and Phistus was the leader of the Down City Council (if a frequent WorfEffect sufferer).
* WellDoneSonGuy: Moordryd, to the point where it's actually the main reason he's a villain--to please his BigBad father.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Say "Artha Penn" and "Moordryd" out loud a few times and see if anything clicks.
* WhatTheHellHero: Artha is called out rather often, but a lot of times it's subverted because he was actually right despite being so for the wrong reasons, such as in ''Pride of the Hero'' (he was right that Moordryd was tricking everyone, but he mostly thought that because he was jealous of Moordryd) and ''Misjudged'' (he was right that Word was using Kwake, but had previously proven himself to be bad at judging things to the same person).
** Played straight in ''Artha the Drac'' where he actually apologizes for his ego after it gets him in huge trouble.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The Furox/Samurox bonemarks, which not only cause the user and his/her dragon to become possessed by the spirits of ancient dragons, but can also draw certain people to them via MindControl.
* TheWorfEffect: Phistus: Leader of Down City Council. Big, hulking, muscly Badass-looking guy. Shown to be very intelligent and not just DumbMuscle...and gets his butt handed too him ALL. THE. TIME.
** Extended to every non Penn-Crew racer not named Moordryd by the third season (except for spotlight episodes).
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