Beyblade was a rather formulaic sports anime set in present day. It focused on the trials and tribulations of the Bladebreakers, a team of Beybladers who all came from different backgrounds and countries. In short, it was partly a Mons series, too, in that most characters had a "bit beast" in their Beyblade. Said beasts were able to control various elements.Beyblading, you see, was just spinning tops. But turned Up to Eleven.The show ran for three ~50-episode seasons. Season 1 dealt with the formation of the Bladebreakers, and gave us looks into their various pasts (Ray's defection from his team in China, Kai's hellish upbringing in Russia, etc.) This season was pretty much one Tournament Arc after another. The format was as follows:
1. Meet a new team, pick a fight with them, and learn which Bladebreaker had some past issue with them.
2. Play up the issue for a few episodes, as the character in question will a) doubt his place with the Bladebreakers, b) threaten to quit, and ultimately c) face the leader of his old team in a battle.
Season 1 ultimately ended with Tyson becoming the world champion after defeating Tala of the Demolition Boys, despite the fact that it was a team tournament.Season 2 (V-Force) tried to do something different. It introduced The Chick named Hiromi/Hilary, who really disliked Tyson. She later became an assistant to the team, not taking part in battles herself but assisting the rest in training and helping to hold things together. Also, the pacing of the story was far different, as the focus of the story was mainly on the conflict between the Bladebreakers and the Saint Shields, who went from bad guys to reluctant allies, only to prove that Good Is Dumb when failing against the bad guys. There was a Tournament Arc at the very end of the season, in which Tyson yet again became the world champion of Beyblade. It changed up the beyblades to use Magnacores, magnets in the center that added a new dynamic.Season 3 (G-Revolution) once again introduced a new part to the beyblades, the Engine Gear, a motor that gave the blades a spin boost in battle. It was a return to the Tournament Arc after Tournament Arc format, with one major twist: the Bladebreakers were no longer together. Max and Ray went back to their old teams, and Kai, in a The Only One Allowed to Defeat You situation, defected to Tala's team so he could face Tyson. The teammates faced off against each other in the various tournaments, but ultimately became allies again for the final Tournament Arc of the series. it also introduced a new main character, Daichi Sumeragi, Boris's new Quirky Miniboss Squad (BEGA), and a whole new kind of beyblade, the Heavy/Hard Metal System, which would serve as the basis for Metal Fight Beyblade. Oh yeah...and midway through the first series of tournaments, Tyson was yet again named the world champion.Note that the anime series was adapted from the manga. Changes were to be expected such as the length in battles (the manga featured a one-battle-only mode while the anime used the best-out-of-three rounds). Furthermore, in the manga, many of the members of other teams were actually lucky if their names were even mentioned while the anime fleshed them out a bit more (to the point of giving 'every single team member' a bit beast and at least featuring them in one battle). Finally, the anime included an original final arc, the BEGA tournament one, with new enemies. To be fair though, the new enemies were taken from characters that appeared on extra artwork pages of the manga.Years after both the manga and anime concluded, the franchise was revived again in a manga and later anime, Metal Fight Beyblade. In 2012, yet another new series was announced: Beyblade Zero G.Now has a subpage for the tabletop game.
Adaptation Expansion: Some characters in the manga were lucky to even have names. The anime went on giving every single team its own set of bit beasts and at least one on-screen battle. Some even got to be a major point in each Tournament arc.
The dubbed version adds a completely original character: Dizzi as Kenny's Bit Beast trapped inside his computer.
Amicably Divorced: Max's parents. It's made more obvious that his parents are actually separated in the manga, but the BSOD he goes into upon seeing Judy with the Allstars in the anime definitely suggests he hasn't seen her in a while.
Art Shift: The animation style changed radically after the first season, becoming more streamlined and "cuter", to the point that all the main characters looked younger in V-Force despite being supposedly one year older. Fortunately, the Art Shift from V-Force to G-Revolution was more subtle, and the characters looked their age once again.
Can't Catch Up: To put it simple, anyone without an incredibly rare Bit Beast has no chance against someone who does, regardless of skill. This line of thought reached its logical conclusion by the third series, by which time Bit Beasts had become as common as dirt.
There was also a character named Andrew (Akira in the Japanese version) in season 1 who is set up as a very important character (and Tyson's good friend) but largely disappears after a couple episodes. He appears again in episode 50 only to never be seen or heard from again for the rest of the series.
In the Season 1 and 2 of the dub, Kenny has a Bit Beast: Dizzi who is trapped inside his computer. She disappears in Season 3 with no explanation.
Cursed with Awesome: The Dark Bladers. They say they were turned into monsters after losing the the Majestics, but the only bad thing this really seems to do is make them sensitive to light (mostly sunlight, since they're seen in lit stadiums, but they're even outside during the day int he finale). On the plus, they seem to have some form of teleportation, have monster Bit Beats (the English version implied they didn't before the curse) that have few weaknesses, and clearly took some levels in Badass.
Deadpan Snarker: Surprisingly, many of the characters in dub though most noticeably season 3.
Disney Death: There was a somewhat odd example near the end of season 1. Ray's bit-beast Driger apparently sacrifices itself in order to save Ray's life. According to Kai, while Driger was able to protect Ray from taking further damage from Falborg's wind attacks, the attack was too much for Driger, which caused it to disappear after the fight. Near the end of the season finale, it is shown that Driger has returned to Ray.
Similarly, in G-Rev, Dranzer's bit-chip shatters and you hear it cry ... and yet, come epilogue, here s/he is again.
Elemental Powers: Water (Draciel), Wind (Dragoon), Fire (Dranzer), Earth (Strata Dragoon) and Lightning (Driger in G-Rev). Dragoon's named element in the show is Wood, but apparently Wind comes under the heading sometimes.
Five-Man Band: The Bladebreakers. As a matter of fact, some of them were double examples. after they split up, they later came back together as the G Revolutions, tying in to Season 3's name and putting in Daichi as the 5th member.
White Tigers: Kevin (choleric), Lee (melancholic), Gary (leukine), and Mariah (sanguine).
All Starz: Steven (choleric), Emily (melancholic), Eddie (leukine), and Michael (sanguine).
The Majestics: Johnny (choleric), Robert (melancholic), Oliver (leukine), and Enrique (sanguine).
Demolition Boys: Spencer (choleric), Tala (melancholic), Bryan (leukine), and Ian (sanguine).
Functional Magic: Device Magic primarily, but Theurgy and Wild Magic come into play.
Game-Breaking Injury: Subverted. Always. Whatever damage the characters take is always cured in time for the next bey-battle. There was that one time Ray twisted his ankle, but it didn't matter anyway, because he and Tyson were late and Kai fought his battle.
Good Is Dumb: Just about any person who fought the Bladebreakers and reformed is an example. The two most glaring ones are the Saint Shields, who were legitimate threats in their first appearances, and Tala, who fought Tyson for the World Championship at the end of the first season. Then he returned in Season 3, and was demoted to Kai's second banana.
Hard Work Hardly Works: Brooklyn, the final boss of Season 3, never practices because he has an abnormal level of natural talent. This is presented as a Bad Thing ... except you rarely see anyone else practising either. Most of the time, when someone needs to get stronger, they either get new equipment or a convenient Bit Beast upgrade.
But whenever they do get new equipmemt, they have to train. That was how Hilary ended up joining the team!
It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: While the dub got most of the names that stayed the same right, one name they flubbed on was that of Ray's Bit-Beast, Driger, which was originally said as "Drai-ger", but was changed to "Drih-ger"
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kai is as antisocial as they come, but in one episode he's willing to train a young blader.....if only it was so said blader could bring Tyson/Takao down a peg or two after his ego swelled liked a balloon.
Killed Off for Real: Dr B. in the second season gets accidentally killed in a fit of insanity. The death itself is offscreen but the implication is clear.
Multinational Team: The Majestics, from Europe, have Robert (German), Johnny (British), Oliver (French) and Enrique (Italian). The Barthez Battalion might also be this, considering the members have names of different origins, but no specific nationalities are stated.
Off Model: Anyone even only half-paying attention to the show can catch the numerous amounts of animation errors. Mostly rampant in season 1, with the animators tending to draw the wrong Beyblade in a certain scene. Seasons 2 and 3 have their fair share of this too, though.
Parental Abandonment: When it comes to the main characters, Tyson's mother is dead, and his father is away most of the time because of his job. Kai is in a similar situation, but has it worse than Tyson. Max's parents are divorced, he lives with his father, but he does have a good relationship with both parents. As for Ray, his parents never appear and we never really hear anything about them. So, we don't really know anything about his family situation.
Recap Episode: Season 1's Episode 29, where Kenny recaps everything that has happened from the moment he meets Tyson until the end of the American tournament.
Snap Back: Any and all Character Development Tyson went through in the 1st season was completely disregarded in seasons 2 and 3, which had him acting like even more of a Hot-Blooded brat than when season 1 started, and even back then he was much more mature.
White Tigers and Blitzkreig Boys from season 1 to season 3. Oh, and the Majestics. And Kai between V-Force and G-Rev, to the point where it's insanely hard to rationalise. And Ray, omigod Ray. Goes from occasionally awesome, polite, pretty sane really, to muscle-bound meanie obsessed with winning.
Kai's behavior in G Revolution is mostly him not speaking much, considering he did quite a bit of it in V-Force. Ray on the other hand was a new team leader and his new traits reflected it.
Tournament Arc: Most of the series, with the exception of a bulk of the second season.
Turn Coat: Kai is the king of this trope. Over three seasons, he switches sides a grand total of six times. He's allied with the Blade Sharks, the Bladebreakers, the Demolition Boys, the Bladebreakers again, then the Blitzkrieg Boys, then BEGA, then the G Revolutions [the Bladebreakers with another teammate]. Possible Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
Kai. That's my name. And I'm a Beyblader. And you might think you are but you're not. You learned from the best but you forgot a very important lesson. Beyblading isn't just about overpowering your opponent with fancy moves. That's only part of the game. There's more to it than that. Much more. That's why I have something you don't.I have learned from every battle I fought. Every friend, enemy and spectator always had something to offer me. And I'm a student to this game. And I always will be. With the hardships of training, competitions, the wins and the losses, they all taught me something. And I've taken that knowledge and used it to my advantage. That's why I can say, that I'm a true beyblader. That's what keeps me going. And that's my strength. I don't think you ever will(understand). Because you're not a true beyblader. You have the power and the skill but something is missing from inside you. You don't have the beyblading spirit! That's why I have to win this battle! Because beyblading means more to me than you could ever understand! IT'S NOT JUST A GAME TO ME! NOW FINISH HIM OFF DRANZER!"
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Tyson and Kai both have blue hair. Mariah from the White Tigers team has pink hair, also from the White Tigers team there's Kevin who has green hair. Oliver from the Majestics also has green hair, from the same team there's Robert who has purple hair...