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Ōban Star-Racers (2006) is an {{Animesque}} racing series created by Savin Yeatman-Eiffel, co-produced by French and Japanese animation studios.

Every 10,000 years, teams from all over the universe are gathered by the mysterious Avatar to compete in the Great Race of Oban, a race with much more at stake than just honor or prize money. According to legend, the winner is awarded the Ultimate Prize, which is rumored to grant ''any'' wish, from large-scale destruction to, perhaps, the resurrection of a loved one. Some want it for glory, others as a way of universal domination. However, the true nature of the Prize is shrouded in mystery, and things are not what they appear to be...

Eva is caught in the middle of it all while trying to find her father, who had abandoned her after the death of her mother. Under the name of "Molly", she joins her dad's racing team to the outer reaches of space, where they take part in the Great Race. Having learned of the Prize, she hopes to win it to bring back her mother and put her family's life back together.

Deciding working for another company would not give him the creative control he needed, creator Savin Yeatman-Eiffel founded his independent own animation studio, spent years raising funds and years more perfecting the animation in cooperation with Japanese studios. Yeatman-Eiffel worked hard to secure the best talent available from both France and Japan, wrote the scripts for all 26 episodes in several languages and was personally involved in every level of the project, sparing no expense and [[DoingItForTheArt spending years polishing the final result to a mirror shine]]. Start to finish, almost a decade.

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!!This show provides examples of:
* ATeamFiring: Inverted; Jordan's phenomenal aim is offset by his inability to conserve ammunition.
** That and his weapon is far too weak to hurt most opponents and never hits the ones who have no protection.
* TheAce: Rick Thunderbolt, who is [[spoiler:taken out of the race in the second episode; and it turns out to be a CareerEndingInjury too.]]
* ActionGirl: Molly and all other female pilots in the show, though her rivals are definitely in the DarkActionGirl category.
* AlienInvasion: Type 1. Before the start of the series, Earth was attacked by the Crogs. The aliens retreated only because of the 25 year Truce of Oban, and they have every intention of trying again.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Averted only by Spirit, Muir and O, only because they ''can't'' speak.
* AllOrNothing: There is only one prize at the end of the race, so only one out of the hundreds of challengers from across the galaxy can take it.
** In the Swedish dub this is Molly's CatchPhrase.
* AllThereInTheManual: ''The Art of Oban Star-Racers'' features an in-depth timeline and backstory on racers like Toros and Ceres - and explains in full the significance of Jordan's grandfather.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The English opening is called "Never Say Never".
* AmusingInjuries: Don Wei hurts his right arm in episode 3 by punching a hard surface while arguing with Molly during her first race. Said arm is in a sling later in the episode, and it's still the for the entirety of the next.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: Sul]]
* {{Animesque}}: Is it an [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=3633 anime]] with a Western director/creator or a Western animation series with a lot of anime talent? This series blurs the line.
* AnimeThemeSong - Actually in both Japanese ''and'' French, for the French, British English and Japanese versions. The American English release used a somewhat generic English-language song, though they left the end theme the same.
** The DVD simply uses an entirely English version of the original song.
* AnimeHair: Molly, Jordan and Don Wei all have MulticoloredHair; Molly's red is really DelinquentHair, Don's white stripes are from old age. Meanwhile, Rick and Maya both have RapunzelHair, with the latter having pink hair.
* AntiVillain: Ning and Skun, after it's revealed that they want the ultimate prize to reunite their people. The same can be said for practically any of the opposing pilots in the Oban cycle except for Lord Furter, Sul, and Kross.
** Hell, the worst you could call Sul is a JerkAss. [[GoodIsNotNice He isnt actually evil]], he has simply done everything-except win the Ultimate Prize, that is-and wants to win just for the sake of doing it. He's actually a fairly nice for someone who's almost god.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Ceres constantly hurls verbal abuse at his opponents and likes to reiterate his superiority by playing his flute to make them hallucinate and probably crash. Grooor plays it similarly, focusing on humiliating his opponent and disabling their star racer. He confronts Molly after his loss with the serious intention to ''kill her''.
* {{Awesome McCoolname}}: Rick Thunderbolt. Jordan C. Wilde qualifies, too.
* BadassBiker / BikerBabe: Molly on her rocket seat, which she grafts on the the Arrow's steering column. Ning and Skun's star racers are both essentially flying motorcycles - one is a racing bike and the other's a chopper, based on the handlebars.
* BarBrawl: Molly and Jordan get into one of these with Grooor. Aikka intervenes before too much stuff gets broken.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: Kross does this in episode 17 with ''one'' hand, and even ''breaks'' the blade.
* BareYourMidriff: Eva/Molly in her Earth Team outfit.
* BarrierWarrior: Sul's star-racer is pretty much just a pyramid of pure energy that, along with letting him fly, shields him from all attacks. Not even multiple direct hits from Kross's {{BFG}}, or the combined firepower of ''four'' other pilots, does anything but slow him down a bit.
* BenevolentPrecursors: The Creators. [[spoiler: In short, they made everything that exists and set up a system to keep it safe before they died out]]
* BettyAndVeronica: For Molly, Jordan is the former and Aikka the latter. She's initially more attracted to Aikka, but starts to feel more for Jordan later, yet [[spoiler: she doesn't get either of them in the end.]]
* BigBad: Canaletto
* BigBrotherMentor: Rick becomes this for Molly.
* BigOlEyebrows: Jordan gets his from his grandpa, apparently. And Satis has a pair as long as his beard!
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Jordan Wilde]] becomes the new Avatar, destroying Canaletto and restoring Oban. However, he does this having just [[spoiler: admitted his love for Eva.]] The last shot of him is [[spoiler: one of him [[ManlyTears silently crying]], as the chances of him ever seeing Eva again as the Avatar are unlikely.]] Everyone else, however, returns home to happier lives.
** Eva, for her part, [[spoiler:failed to bring her mother back from the dead, but she did finally come to accept her loss and reconcile with her father.]]
*** [[spoiler: Also a GovernmentConspiracy covers up what happened which means that humanity might be even less prepared for the race in 10,000 years along with the fact that the conspiracy wanted to use "their" new Avatar for human supremacy]]
* {{BFS}}: Crog vehicles are basically flying versions of these. Powered up, their blades are able to slice through metal.
* BoisterousBruiser: Rush.
* BoringInvincibleHero: Averted quite nicely; The Earth team is not only a dark horse at best, they've also spent time at the very bottom of the rankings. When they get to the semifinals, against the likes of Groor and Aikka, they come to Oban in third place... out of three. They lose against better racers often, and are dead last for the majority of races on Oban.
* ButtMonkey: Jordan. Poor, poor Jordan.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Quite literally! When Don Wei reveals that he's discovered Molly's masquerade, she unloads a decade's worth of hurt on him.
* CardCarryingVillain: Lord Furter
* CatGirl: Para-Dice, though it's implied that she's a cyborg.
* CatchPhrase: Molly uses "Here goes nothing" and "Not good" quite a bit.
* ChainsawGood: Rush's Star racer has a ''laser chainsaw'', and his pick-axe has a similar feature.
* ChekhovsGun: Molly's belt music player. [[spoiler:During the race with Ceres, Rick uses it to shake Molly out of Ceres' mind-influencing music. This has the added side-effect of making Ceres slam into the course wall at high speed. He is not heard from again.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: O, the Wandering Eye. Enigmatic. Inscrutable. Never speaks. Cruises through the grand finals with an unremarkable score. Doesn't seem in it to win the Great Prize. Could be they knew more than anyone else did.]]
* CombatTentacles: Muir and his bio-ship, though Muir's are also used for telepathy.
* CombiningMecha: Ning and Skun's space-bikes can fuse together to form a {{BFG}} that shoots heat-seeking plasma missiles.
* ConflictingLoyalty: The main source of Aikka's problems is this; he values his friendship with Molly, but his loyalty to his kingdom and his "alliance" with the Crogs keeps getting in the way.
* CoolOldGuy: Satis/Super Racer.
* CoolShades: Rick wears these.
* CoolShip: Whizzing Arrow I-III, and some of the alien ships are pretty cool, too.
* DarkIsEvil: The Crogs.
* DarkIsNotEvil: [[spoiler:Spirit]].
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Prince Aikka, whose reserved personality largely averts the standard traits. Stan, though, plays the trope pretty straight.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Stan and Koji in episode 12.
* DeadpanSnarker: Most of the main cast except maybe Aikka (unless he's talking to Jordan).
* DeathCourse: The race track in episode 4 is this. The first trap is a series of huge spinning turbines, the second is a [[IndyEscape giant, rolling boulder]] that can only be bypassed via flying through a hole in its center. This is followed by tunnels with swinging blades, a guillotine door, collapsing buildings and then a whole freakin' ''labyrinth'' of guillotine doors.
* DetachedSleeves: Nourasians seem to be fond of wearing these.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: More flying than driving, actually. Be glad Jordan only flew the ship once.
* DwindlingParty: A necessity of the race format, though there are only a few casualties or fatalities in the qualifying rounds. It soon becomes much closer to a DeadlyGame once everyone is on Oban, though. [[spoiler:Only five (of nine) teams apparently make it off Oban judging by the end sequence and the remaining ships around the temple; the Earth Team, Ning and Skun, the Nourasians, Muir, and Lord Furter (and his crew, of course). Of those, only one or two still have flight-worthy racers. Sul and Kross are quite definitely KilledOffForReal. Ondai is incapacitated in the city by Aikka and likely destroyed when Canaletto crashes the Flying Temple into the city. Finally, O performs a HeroicSacrifice so that Molly, Jordan, and Aikka can face Canaletto.]]
* EccentricMentor: Satis.
* EldritchAbomination: Canaletto.
* TheEmpire: The Crog Imperium, which (prior to the Great Race) had already plundered the resources of Rush's planet, forced Aikka's planet into submission, and attacked Earth simply because they thought humans were getting too powerful.
* EpicRace: The whole premise of the show.
* FacialMarkings: Molly, Maya. WordOfGod confirms that they're tattoos, in case you were wondering.
** Ning and Skun both have these as well. They deserve some special mention, though, in that they can easily be mistaken for face paint.
* FakeUltimateHero: The flamboyant Flint is the track favourite on his homeworld of Alwas, and, along with his gunner, Marcel, is believed by everyone there to be unbeatable. However, when Molly actually races him, she quickly learns his true secret to success: the judges fix races for him by deploying traps that only affect the challenger. When trying to play fair fails, Molly decides to goad Flint into proving his "skills" by flying into the traps; he promptly crashes.
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: When Rick is unable to fly the Arrow, Don Wei stubbornly refuses to let Molly take his place, despite the fact that she is the only other person on the team with any hope of success. So what does Molly do? While Don's not around, she uses her WrenchWench skills to reconfigure the Arrow's controls and hijacks the ship for the next race. She [[BeginnersLuck barely manages to win]], but Don is still so angry with her disobedience that he wants to withdraw the whole team from the race. It takes a direct order from the President of the Earth Coalition to keep him from doing so, and another disaster with Rick to make Molly the team's permanent pilot.
* FantasticRacism: Every alien race hates humans, or treats them as inferior.
* FemmeFatalons: Skun has these. They are sharp enough to ''cut a hole in the Arrow's hull''.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Canaletto.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: Oban has flying manta rays, and some of them are really huge.
* FreudianTrio: [[TheMcCoy Molly]], [[TheKirk Jordan]] and [[TheSpock Aikka]] are officially designed to fit this trope.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Several instances of this occur throughout the series. In the first episode, Rick is holding a champagne bottle that had its color changed to blue in the US broadcast but was left unchanged on the DVD release. Likewise, the tavern on Alwas is a popular hang out for the heroes, but none of their beverages are ever referred to as alcohol (Molly's drink is "grenadine milk," Rick's drink is "o-fish soda.")
** Jordan also drinks coffee a lot, but the one time he actually called his brew 'Jordan's Java Jolt', the line was cut from the US broadcast.
* GambitRoulette: Canaletto's EvilPlan involves [[spoiler:emotionally scarring a girl with the right background, then ensuring she is the one to represent her planet during the races, and counting on her to win so her scars will cause her to reject the role of Avatar so he can steal it for himself.]] Even with limited precognition it counts as this troped because it is ''limited' so there are many things that he cannot account for.
* GenkiGirl: Para-Dice, an energetic gaming CatGirl whose star racer is controlled by a ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''-style gamepad.
* GentleGiant: Rush; Oban has the Drudgers (those huge singing creatures).
* GhibliHills: Mostly Oban, though Alwas has elements of this, too.
* GiantEnemyCrab: Muir, and his even bigger bio-ship.
* GlassCannon: Prince Aikka's arrows are very powerful, but his [[strike:ship]] beetle is easily harmed.
* GogglesDoNothing: Eva wears hers over her eyes sometimes, though they are more of a keepsake/fashion statement than anything else.
* GoldenSnitch: The later races of the second tournament are worth ''much'' more than the earlier ones, [[spoiler:naturally allowing the Earth team to catch up in the rankings.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: Most of the characters that aren't villains are like this.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Kross' scar across his right eye is partially used to differentiate him from Toros, but also makes Kross more intimidating than his predecessor.
* HappilyMarried: Don Wei and Maya were this, which made her death all the more devastating.
* HartmanHips: Eva/Molly.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Molly toward Aikka, and later on Jordan toward Molly.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: O. And Jordan, sort of.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: [[ThoseTwoGuys Stan and Koji]].
* HideYourLesbians: Ning and Skun are strongly implied to be a couple. Since they come from a OneGenderRace it makes sense but since this show was playing on ToonDisney and ABC Family, the most romantic thing we see them do is hold hands.
* HometownHero: In the preliminaries on Alwas, the home team of Flint and Marcel are given the edge with traps activated to foil their opponent but not them.
* HumansAreBastards: Aikka gains the opinion that humans can't be trusted after the race between him and Molly. Before the race both had promised not to shoot as long as they other didn't, Aikka because his mount had been hurt in the previous race, Molly because one of Aikka's arrows could disable their ship. They go most of the race doing this, but just before the finish line Don Wei unlocks Jordan's turret (which Molly had shut down at the start of the race and locked the techs out of). Jordan immediately shoots, Aikka disables the ship, then insults Molly before finishing the race.
* HumongousMecha: Ondai, the robot from the Oban arc of the show, flies a spaceship that can [[TransformingMecha transform]] into a bipedal robot with a LaserBlade!
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Don Wei is very rarely pleasant, so he's mostly just a jerk. He was a very nice man before his wife was killed. He started acting mean to protect himself from the pain, and other people, too.
* IShallTauntYou: Used a few times. Molly defeats Flint by taunting him into taking on the traps judges had been rigging in his favor. Toros defeats Rush by this method as well.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Most episodes are named using a pattern of "''adjective'' Like ''name''", most of which are alliterative.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: After finding out Molly is his daughter, Eva, he wryly comments in episode 18 that stubbornness possibly runs in the family.
* LargeHam: Satis as Super-Racer.
-->'''Satis:''' I see you tried to top the fabulous design of my Super Star-Racer! Your attempt has failed!
** Lord Furter as well. See SmallNameBigEgo.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Rick's encounter with Canaletto in the Alwas Cycle is erased from his memory.
* LastOfHisKind: Ceres, who subverts the usual angsty portrayal by being extremely proud to be the last surviving member of one of the oldest races in the universe. The art book establishes that this is mostly a front and he's actually bitter about being so alone.
* LightningBruiser: One of the reasons Toros and Kross are so formidable - their star racers have great cruising speed and powerful offensive capabilities.
* LineOfSightName: Eva chose the name "Molly" from a signed poster of pin-up model she saw in Don Wei's hangar.
* LivingShip: G'dar (Aikka's giant beetle), Spirit (he IS his ship), Muir's ship, and O's ship.
* LonelyAtTheTop: The Avatar. [[spoiler:Being a godlike being with a 10,000 year lifespan and immense magical powers sounds cool at first, but it comes with the price of protecting the galaxy alone until a new Avatar replaces you.]]
* TheLostLenore: Maya is this for Don (Type A). Doubles as ILetGwenStacyDie.
* LoveConfession: Jordan tries unsuccessfully to tell Molly his feelings multiple times. [[spoiler: Until the last episode, that is...]]
* LoveTriangle: Molly, Jordan and Aikka; they seem to be a Type 7 in TriangRelations. [[spoiler: She doesn't pair up with either of them in the end.]]
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Though Don Wei puzzles it out on his own.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Para-dice's racer fires swarms of missiles, tipped with ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome cat emoticons]]''.
* MadeOfIron: On top of their amazing strength, Crogs seem almost impossible to hurt bordering on them being NighInvulnerable. An assassin is shown completely ignoring a barrage of military-grade lasers hitting him on all sides, and Kross caught a sword strike in the palm of his hand. [[spoiler: It took being in the center of a crushed exploding Crog Trident to kill Kross.]]
* MagicalNativeAmerican: More like "Magical Indigenous Person", but Ceres is an ancient creature designed after totem carvings and such. His star racer is propelled by planetary magnetism and he can hypnotize people with his flute or use sound from his star racer to slice things in half.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: After Arrow II gets trashed during the race with Spirit, it gets rebuilt with the help of the Alwas locals... and of course gets a few upgrades in the process!
* MightyGlacier: While it might seem counter to the idea of a race, Grooor's star racer has very poor speed but phenomenal defense. This fits in nicely with his usual strategy of crushing his opponents against a wall.
** Well, in a series of races where magic arrows, lasers and machine guns are allowed it helps more than you would think.
* MissingMom: Maya.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous / MultiArmedMultitasking: Ceres' ''six'' arms allow him to multitask impressively.
* MusicalAssassin: Ceres.
* {{Necromantic}}: Molly and Muir both want to bring back a loved one with the ultimate prize. [[spoiler:When it's revealed that this isn't possible, Muir drops out of the race completely. Muir does at least survive the finale.]]
* NeckLift: Grooor does this to Molly in one episode, and Kross does this to Aikka in another.
* NeverSayDie: Played straight most of the time, with one notable edit in the US broadcast; in episode 14, all lines about Toros comitting suicide were cut out. Ironically, this just leads to the implication his superiors pulled a YouHaveFailedMe.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Molly's race with Aikka. [[spoiler:Given that Aikka is a GlassCannon who rides a giant bug instead of an easily repaired vehicle, he was resigned to blowing Molly away in accordance with his government's orders. When Molly approached him with an offer of a straight-up race, he was moved by her competitive yet friendly attitude and was willing to take a loss as long as his wounded mount wasn't killed. She locked down Jordan's turret as the race began, and was winning soundly - until Don Wei ''unlocked'' Jordan's turret and ordered him to open fire. Cue humiliating defeat.]]
** As well as a HumansAreBastards comment from Aikka.
* NitroBoost: Aikka uses a spell on G'dar to the same effect; the Whizzing Arrow's hyperdrive. Toros and Kross' racers could also put on a similar boost of speed.
* TheNoseless: The whole cast. No, they're not mutants, it's just the art style.
** The artist apparently hated drawing noses.
* {{Novelization}}: There is a novel adaptation that covers the first six episodes of the series, but it's only available in French and there's no word as to whether the remaining twenty episodes will be novelized.
* ObviouslyEvil: The Crogs. [[DarkIsEvil Pitch-black skin?]] Check. [[GoodColorsEvilColors Red clothes?]] Check. [[EvilSoundsDeep Deep voices?]] Check. [[GlowingEyesOfDoom Yellow eyes?]] Check. [[SpikesOfVillainy Love of sharp, pointy weapons?]] Check.
** And [[BigBad Canaletto]], of course.
* OldMaster: Satis, both in and out of his PaperThinDisguise. He pops in and out to advise and mentor Molly in a roundabout fashion, and her race against him is a final test. He plays up ObfuscatingStupidity when first faced with the Earth Team, mistaking their tarp-covered crafts for 'giant flying pillows'. Still wouldn't be the weirdest craft to enter the race, though.
* OptOut: [[spoiler:Molly and Muir]] before the final race.
* PaperThinDisguise: Satis as Super Racer. [[spoiler:His Avatar disguise is much better.]]
* ParentsAsPeople: Don and Maya Wei managed to subvert this while Eva was little; despite having successful careers and being very in love with each other, they somehow still had enough time to dote on their only child. Don plays it painfully straight after Maya's fatal accident, leading straight into the next trope.
* ParentalAbandonment: Don Wei stuck his daughter in boarding school and did his best to forget about her after the death of his wife. [[spoiler: To his credit, he ''does'' get better in the end.]]
* PettingZooPeople: Paradice, sort of. She's very catlike in appearance and mannerisms, but her head looks like a computer screen.
* PhysicalGod: The Avatar ([[spoiler:that is, Satis, and Jordan after his death]]), Canaletto, and possibly Sul.
* {{Pilot}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZT3rbtKWBM Molly Star-Racer]]
* PinocchioSyndrome: For all his boasts about mechanical superiority, Ondai wants to use the ultimate prize to become an organic creature.
* PlayfulHacker: Paradice
* PosthumousCharacter: Maya
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Crogs, and the Inna.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Rick Thunderbolt]], put on a ''giant flying stone egg'' at the end of the Alwas cycle.
* TheQuietOne: Spirit, and later O (yes, that's his name).
* RedeemingReplacement: [[spoiler:Jordan isn't a direct replacement, but his grandfather William Wilde is regarded by history as a traitor on the order of Benedict Arnold. At least in part, this motivated him to join the military in the first place.]]
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The blue 'jelly-bunny' creatures that stick to Molly's windshield in episode 17.
-->'''Jordan:''' What are those things? They're really cute! I want one!
* RookieRedRanger: Molly joins the Earth Team as a stowaway. Even when she proves herself as a pilot, the ChillyReception doesn't fully wear off until halfway through the show.
* SecretKeeper: Rick is the first character to figure out that Molly is Don Wei's daughter. He tells her he knows, but leaves it up to her to tell Don.
* SecretTest: The entire Great Race of Oban is this. The contestants can use any tactics short of murder to win the Ultimate Prize and have their wishes granted. However, [[spoiler: the real prize is becoming Avatar for the next 10,000 years]]
* SensualSpandex: Rick Thunderbolt, when he's not a WalkingShirtlessScene.
* ShoutingShooter: Jordan has a tendency to yell at whoever he's shooting at, whether they can hear him or not.
* SingleBiomePlanet: Played straight with Alwas, but strongly averted with Oban. [[spoiler: [[WordofGod Savin says]] that the Innas home planet was a subversion, as the seemed to be fighting over it with an unnamed, all male race, meaning there were ''two'' races there.]]
* SkintoneSclerae: The Nourasians have this.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Lord Furter proves to have a severely inflated opinion of his own racing ability, even though he knows he cheated his way into the finals.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Molly is the only prominent female for much of the series, but she subverts the trope by being TheProtagonist and TheHero.
* SpaceElves: The Nourasians, Type I. Sul qualifies, too.
* SpacePirates: Lord Furter and crew, to the point that he chooses to explain it to Molly when he attacks her during a race.
--> '''Furter:''' I'm boarding your ship! That's what pirates do! They board ships!
* SpikesOfVillainy: Crog ships.
* StarfishAliens: Pretty rampant, especially once they get to Oban.
* TheTeam: The Earth Team
** TheLeader and TeamDad: Don Wei, Mastermind type.
** TheHero: Rick at first, later replaced by Molly and becomes her BigBrotherMentor.
** TheLancer / TheBigGuy: Jordan
** TheSmartGuy: Stan and Koji
** TagalongKid: Molly starts off as this, plus RookieRedRanger.
* TeamDad: Don Wei for the Earth Team. The especially strict, disciplinarian type.
* {{Telepathy}}: Spirit and Muir use their own variations of this. Sul does it, too.
* ThatManIsDead: Sort of. In the final moments of the series, Eva comments that it was fun to be Molly, but is glad to be Eva again.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Grooor routinely lapses into this.
* TournamentArc: Two; the Alwas cycle and the Oban cycle.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The events of the series take place in the year 2082 AD, but aside from some of the technology and making contact with aliens, Earth is exactly the same as it is now.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: Played with. On Alwas, the Earth Team won seven out of ten races and had the lowest points of the three playoff teams headed for Oban. After that, they won only TWO out of nine races, and both wins were due to a GoldenSnitch.
* TheUnintelligible: Muir.
* VagueAge: Aikka's age is never specified. He looks like a teenager, but WordOfGod states that Nourasians have longer lifespans and slower aging than humans.
* WackyRacing: Very much so.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Groor is this to the Earth Team.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Rick Thunderbolt 60% of the time; otherwise, he's in SensualSpandex.
* [[WellDoneSonGuy "Well Done, Daughter" Gal]]: Eva's motivation for most of the series is to get back the love Don Wei denied her for ten years. The irony is that Don doesn't know she's his daughter at all until well into the latter half of the series.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Eva was this while at boarding school by wearing a boy's uniform. This caused Don Wei, who hadn't seen her in ten years and did not recognize her, to mistake her for a boy.
* WindsOfDestinyChange: Sul is famous across the galaxy for this power. However, [[spoiler: Canaletto has the same power, and he's been using it a LOT longer than Sul has.]]
* TheWisePrince: Aikka, also a WarriorPrince.
* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler:Sul vs Canaletto. Sul is almost a god and shoots a really powerful blast at Canaletto, but Canaletto is unaffected and drags Sul into some kind of portal, never to be seen again.]] Before that, [[spoiler:a number of other racers had attempted to eliminate Sul during the race, but he was not only undamaged by any of their attacks, he took them all down easily.]]
* WrenchWench: Not only did Molly build her own rocket-seat by herself, but she later grafts it onto the Whizzing Arrow's steering column!
* YouHaveFailedMe: Despite making it through to Oban, Toros is implied to have killed ''himself'' for his "unacceptable" loss to Molly, the first loss of his racing career.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Mother]]: Molly's attitude towards Spirit, the racer who she thinks is responsible for her mother's death. She wrecks the Whizzing Arrow when she faces him, only to learn the truth when he shows her the events of that day through his eyes. Later, however, it turns out that [[spoiler: Canaletto was responsible for Maya's death.]]
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