Characters: Beyblade

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     The Bladebreakers / BBA Revolution / G-Revolutions 

Takao Kinomiya (Tyson Granger)

Voiced by: Motoko Kumai (Japanese), Marlowe Gardiner-Heslin (English)

The Hero of the series. Quite an Idiot Hero at that, too. He's got nothing more than a decent top and a love for the game, but that changes when he finds the bit-beast Dragoon in his grandfather's dojo. He joins with Ray, Kai, and Max and wins the world championship for all three years of the show.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Especially in the later two seasons, where he is in constant need of getting his ego put in check.
  • Badass
  • Balloon Belly
  • Big Eater
  • Blow You Away: Dragoon had wind-based powers. In-universe, his element was called "Wood", though. It makes sense if you understand the Wu Xing.
  • Clothing Damage
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Kai in G-Revolution. Kai didn't lose a single match until the finals with BBA Revolution.
  • Deus ex Machina: Tyson has a long list of come from behind wins that look unbelievably cheap when everyone can see he should have lost.
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Often says this to Kai, Ray or Max.
  • Glass Cannon —> Lightning Bruiser
  • Glory Seeker: Very much so, to the point that he unnecessarily takes away challenges that could have been spread around the group to make for more interesting rivalries. While in Europe, Tyson gets to battle Robert, Oliver, and Enrique, three of the best bladers on the continent, while Johnny is saved for Kai. Tyson gets three rivalries, while Max and Ray get what?
  • The Hero
  • Hot-Blooded: Indeed.
  • Idiot Hero
  • It's All About Me: For the first half of G Revolution, Tyson has this attitude. He refuses to understand it's not Ray, Max, and Kai's responsibility to get him to the finals of every tournament, only for him to take the title in the end, and then think "they" are champions, when Tyson is the one who gets all the glory in the end.
  • Living MacGuffin: It seems like everyone one wants a piece of him, and/or his bit beast.
  • Motoko Kumai
  • Nice Hat
    • It Was a Gift: From Hiro, although we don't find that out until season 3.
  • Snap Back: Later seasons reversed all his character development for the first season.
  • Raised by Grandparents
  • Small Name, Big Ego: To be fair, it's partly justified. Tyson's become the world champion two times in a row. However he tends to think he's unstoppable and lashes out at people when things don't go his way.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Dragoon, seasons 1 and 2.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: While his team mates mostly mellowed out following their initial arcs, Tyson's selfishness and ego problems snapped back and worsened with each season, only causing spaced issues in the first.
  • "With Our Swords" Scene: End of season 3.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Kai Hiwatari

Voiced by: Urara Takano (Japanese), David Reale (English)

The Lancer to Tyson. He was actually the team captain of the Bladebreakers, and was almost always shrouded in mystery. This changed when the team went over to Russia, where a bit more was divulged about his past. He made a brief Heel-Face Turn to join the Demolition Boys, but decided to return back to the Bladebreakers after they proved he belonged with them. In the third season, he defected back to the Demolition Boys (now known as the Blitzkrieg Boys) so he could face Tyson in the world championship. He does, and he loses.

Max Mizuhara (Max Tate)

Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (Japanese), Gage Knox (English)

Rei Kon (Raymond "Ray" Kon)

Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (Japanese), Daniel DeSanto (English)

  • The Big Guy: Most passionate and brutal competitor of the bladebreakers.
  • Characterization Marches On: Similar to Max, Rei started off slightly more comical and shared some of Takao's arrogance and playfulness. This faded in favor of him becoming a more lucid Team Dad for the others.
  • Chick Magnet: Very much in season 1 though this quickly dies down after.
  • Clothing Damage: Suffers a brutal case of this in his battle with Bryan at the end of Season 1. Bryan uses his Bit-Beast to attack Ray as well as Driger. It ends up ripping sections of his shirt and his headbands, leaving him disheveled.
  • Cute Little Fangs
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Determinator: Refuses to give up at the end of Season 1 against the Demolition Boys, even vetoing his friends' multiple attempts to pull him out of the fight (in fear of his safety). It's mainly through his endurance that he's able to take out Bryan in the second session of their match, buffering against his attacks long enough for Driger to attack. This leads to him expending all of his energy, but even then (and after enduring even more damage in the third round), Ray refuses to back down, eventually winning the match largely through his bond with Driger.
  • Disney Death: Driger after defeating Bryan.
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Hachimaki
  • Heroic BSOD: Both times when he lost Driger.
  • Heroic RROD: After defeating Bryan.
  • The Lancer: If Kai is unavailable.
  • Living MacGuffin: It seems like everyone one wants a piece of him, and/or his bit beast.
  • Master of None: Hiro (as Jin) even spells it out for him.
  • Only Sane Man: Not as aloof as Kai, yet also far less excitable than Tyson (and, to a lesser extent, Max).
  • Panthera Awesome: Driger.
  • The Perfectionist
  • Power-Up Letdown: Driger F, in a way. It's Ray's upgraded Beyblade after losing to Steve, and even hyped to be a crazy powerful upgrade. It also debuted when the writers decided to smack Ray hard with The Worf Effect, as he only had 3 wins after Driger's upgrade.
  • Seen It All: His reaction to a beyblader using pop art to create a scenery that seems made on drugs and make his beyblade disappear in it? Smugly declaring he had already faced that trick before inflicting a One-Hit KO. He also knows how to one-shot a werewolf bit beast with a coin.
    • Subverted in season one, where he finally found a beyblader that did something he didn't know.
  • Ship Tease: Gets one with Salima, but the ending confirms he ends with Mariah.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Slowly turns from the nice and easy-going from season 1 to more angry and demanding by season 3. Possibly justified — he had inner longings to have a rematch with Tyson (he forfeited in season 1, and did not have any chances to battle him in tournaments after) and the pressures of being the new captain of the White Tigers. After his rematch with Tyson, he does get better.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Shock and Awe: When his blade had an elemental power, it was that of lightning, though it was given in-universe as gold/metal. See Tyson's Blow You Away entry for details.
  • Short Hair with Tail
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Once in the first season, and twice in the third.
  • Speed Blitz: Driger is most consistently played up as being the fastest of the main four bit beasts, and has mauled enemies before they could react consistently with raw speed.
  • Team Dad: He started out as a big brother figure to the rest of the White Tigers, and carried this over to the Bladebreakers. His relative maturity helped to ground Tyson and Max in Season 1.
  • Turn Coat: Between White Tigers and Bladebreakers.

Manabu Saien (Kenny)

Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese), Alex Hood (English)

  • Blinding Bangs
  • The Chick: Before Hilary appeared. Kenny was always a whiz kid, but more often he was the softy of the squad.
  • Distress Ball: He was often held hostage by the Dark Bladers.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He's the one who came up with most of the Bladebreakers' beyblades, and, in season 3, invented the superior Heavy Metal System.
  • Gamer Chick: Dizzi, implied in dialogue.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Chief"
    Kenny: 'Round here they call me "The Chief". They call me "The Chief"'cause I'm an expert on Beyblading.
  • Killer Rabbit: He looks like he wouldn't be a tough opponent in a beyblade stadium, and he's cute. On the cute part you're right. On the tough part... He gave Tala a desperate run for his money.
  • Manly Tears: While fighting Tala in season 3.
  • Non-Action Guy: For the most part but occasionally he'll get involved in battles.
  • Ship Tease: A little bit with Emily.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses

Dizzi

Voiced by: Julie Lemieux

Hiromi Tachibana (Hilary Tachibana)

Voiced by: Shiho Kikuchi (Japanese), Caitriona Murphy (English)

Daichi Sumeragi

Voiced by: Nao Nagasawa (Japanese), Mary Long (English)


Teams introduced in Season 1

    The White Tigers / White Tiger X 

Rai Chon (Lee Wong)

Voiced by: Kouichi Nagano (Japanese), Peter Cugno (English)

  • Always Second Best: To Ray. A major sticking point in the first season was that Ray was chosen to wield Driger over him. Of course, during their match, he comes to realize why. Ray wanted to grow beyond his home and get stronger by challenging different people. Rai on the other hand just stuck to his hometown and considered this a betrayal until Ray manages to overcome him. He cools down and admits he was wrong afterward.
    • Averted in Season 3 during a team match that turned into a battle royal between Lee, Ray, Max, and Rick. After an even fight between the four of them, Lee is the last one left standing. He's both surprised and elated by this.
  • The Comically Serious: Season 3.
  • Hot-Blooded Sideburns
  • The Leader: First season.
  • Meaningful Name: Rai means "Thunder" in Japanese, possibly referring to Galeon's lightning powers.
  • Panthera Awesome: Galeon.
  • Shock and Awe
  • We Used to Be Friends: Is greatly hurt upon finding out that Ray vacated the White Tigers, and makes it his personal goal to get revenge on this perceived betrayal. This lasts all the way until Ray defeats him at the end of teh Asian Tournament Finals.

Mao Chon (Mariah Wong)

Voiced by: Niina Kumagaya (Japanese), Julie Lemieux (English)

Gao Tan (Gary Tan)

Voiced by: Kazuyuki Ishikawa (Japanese), Craig Lauzon (English)

Kiki (Kevin Cheng)

Voiced by: Junko Shimakata (Japanese), Ari-Paul Saunders (first voice, English), Lyon Smith (second voice, English)

Tao

Voiced by: Masaaki Tsukada (Japanese), John McGrath (English)

    The All Starz / PPB All Starz 

Michael Summers (Michael Parker)

Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese), Lyon Smith (English)

Eddy Smith (Eddy Wheeler)

Voiced by: Hisayoshi Suganuma (Japanese), Tim Grimes (first voice, English), Craig Lauzon (second voice, English)

Steven Jones

Voiced by:'' Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese), Vince Corazza (English)

Emily Waterson (Emily York)

Voiced by: Yukari Honma (Japanese), Julie Zwillich (first voice, English), Katie Griffin (second voice, English)

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She not only knocked Draciel out of the match, she blasted him out of the stadium so hard, Max couldn't even react to catch his blade!
  • Humble Pie: She never fights against Max again; but the exhibition match before the American tournament (in which she, Max and a lucky normal blader were teamed together against a celebrity team composed by a boxer, an actress and what in the original was the President of the United States) knocked her down a peg since even if you have good strength, it doesn't mean jack squat if your opponents gang up on you. Made more awesome by two simple facts: one, it was Max's strategy that wound up winning them the match, much to her chagrin; two, the president explained her the lesson that team work is just as important as individual strength if not more.
  • Insufferable Genius: Emily's smart and she knows it. And won't let anyone else forget it either. Course smart doesn't mean automatically better.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Trygator.
  • The Smart Guy
  • I Work Alone: Until Max gave her a lesson about teamwork.

Rick Anderson

Voiced by: Takehiro Murozono (Japanese), Tony Daniels (English)

Judy Mizuhara (Judy Tate)

Voiced by: Emi Shinohara (first voice, Japanese), Yumi Touma (second voice, Japanese), Susan Roman (English)

    Team WHO / The Dark Bladers 

Blood (Sanguinex)

Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese), Christopher Marren (English)

Howling (Lupinex)

Voiced by: Tsutomu Takayama (Japanese), Tony Daniels (English)

Cairona (Cenotaph)

Voiced by: Kenichi Sakaguchi (Japanese), Robert Tinkler (English)

Jai (Zomb)

Voiced by: Yuka Imai (Japanese), Tony Daniels (English)

    The Majestics 

Ralf Jürgens (Robert Jürgens)

Voiced by: Yuki Matsuda (Japanese), Vince Corazza (first voice, English), Robert Smith (second voice, English), Craig Lauzon (Episode 114, English)

Johnny McGregor

Voiced by: Chiharu Tezuka (first voice, Japanese), Hikaru Tokita (second voice, Japanese), Joanne Vannicola (English)

Oliver Poulange (Oliver Polanski)

Voiced by: Omi Minami (Japanese), Susan Roman (English)

Giancarlo Tornatore (Enrique Giancarlo)

Voiced by: Daisuke Sakaguchi (Japanese), Julie Zwillich (English)

    Neo Borg / Demolition Boys / Blitzkrieg Boys 

Yuri Ivanov (Tala Ivanov)

Voiced by: Chiaki Morita (Japanese), Jamie Haydon-Devlin (English)

Boris Kuznetsov (Bryan Kuznetsov)

Voiced by: Wasabi Mizuta (Japanese), Craig Lauzon (English)

  • Blow You Away
  • The Brute: Season 1.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • The Lancer: Season 3. Basically the Lancer to Tala, who's the Lancer to Kai.
  • Pretty in Mink
  • Sadist: He is promoted as being one, and it shows in his match with Ray. He's unrelenting in his attempts to harm the latter, both by flinging chunks of the stadium at him and having his bit-beast attack both Ray and Driger simultaneously with its various wind attacks. He outright states that he wants to make Ray suffer before the end of their fight, especially after Ray's victory in Session 2 angered him.
  • The Stoic

Sergei Petrov (Spencer Petrov)

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Peter Cugno (English)

Ivan Papov (Ian Papov)

Voiced by: Aya Sakaguchi (Japanese), Shannon Perreault (English)


Teams introduced in Season 2 (V-Force)

    Saint Shields 

Ozuma

Voiced by: Yuki Kaida (Japanese), Alex House (English)

Dunga

Voiced by: Yasuhiro Takato (Japanese), Tony Daniels (English)

Yusufu (Joseph)

Voiced by: Sachi Matsumoto (Japanese), Jason Barr (English)

Mariam

Voiced by: Yuka Komatsu (Japanese), Shannon Perreault (English)

    King & Queen 

King

Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima (Japanese), David Berni (English)

  • Ambiguously Brown: The only reason for him to be dark skinned seems to be for the sole purpose of contrasting his sister.
  • Anti-Villain: Type I. King and Queen actually don't mean any harm by their actions and are in fact very fair minded people.
  • Brother-Sister Team
  • Crazy Awesome: He had Dragoon throw Ariel on Doctor K to stop her from sniping Tyson's beyblade so he could have a fair fight.
  • Half-Identical Twins: If it was never said outright, you would never know that King and Queen were even siblings at all.
  • Karma Houdini: It could be argued that he and his sister are actually the most successful villains in the show. They got away with all their crimes, technically speaking.
  • Theme Twin Naming

Queen

Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki (Japanese), Susan Quinn (English)

    Team Psykick 

Kane Yamashita

Voiced by: Yuuki Tai (Japanese), Peter Cugno (English)

Salima

Voiced by: Hikaru Ikeda (Japanese), Susan Roman (English)

Jim

Voiced by: Ayaka Yamashita (Japanese), Mary Long (English)

Goki

Voiced by: Yasuhiro Fujiwara (Japanese), Craig Lauzon (English)

Gordo

Voiced by: Hisayoshi Suganuma (Japanese), Colin O'Meara (English)

Zeo Zagart/Leon

Voiced by: Hisayo Yanai (Japanese), Tim Hamaguchi (English)


Teams introduced in Season 3 (G-Revolution)

    Barthez Battalion 

Mihaeru/Michael (Miguel Lavalier)

Voiced by: Hiro Yuki (Japanese), Christopher Marren (English)

Mathilda Aster

Voiced by: Hiromi Konno (Japanese), Katie Griffin (English)

Claude Tavarez

Voiced by: Akira Sasanuma (Japanese), Jason Barr (English)

Aaron Silva

Voiced by: Kazuyuki Ishikawa (Japanese), Dan Warry-Smith (English)

Jean-Paul Barthez

Voiced by: Hitoshi Bifu (Japanese), Edward Glen (English)

    F-sangre / F-Dinasty 

Julia Fernandez

Voiced by: Kumiko Watanabe (Japanese), Shannon Perreault (English)

Raul Fernandez

Voiced by: Akiko Kimura (Japanese), Jonathan Potts (English)

Romero

Voiced by: Eiji Takemoto (Japanese), Lyon Smith (English)

    BEGA League/Justice 5 

Ming-Ming

Voiced by: Aya Hirano (Japanese), Stephanie Beard (English)

Brooklyn

Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi (Japanese), Robert Tinkler (English)

Garland Siebald

Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese), David Berni (English)

Mystel

Voiced by: Kouki Miyata (Japanese), Edward Glen (English)

Moses (Crusher)

Voiced by: Masachika Takatsuka (Japanese), Richard Dumont (English)


Others

    Others 

Ryuunosuke Kinomiya (Ryu Granger)

Voiced by: Chikao Ohtsuka (Japanese), George Buza (English)

President Daitokuji (Mr. Dickenson)

Voiced by: Tamio Ohki (Japanese), William Colgate (English)

Blader DJ (DJ Jazzman)

Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (first voice, Japanese), Himself (second voice, Japanese), Raoul Bhaneja (Seasons 1 and 3, English), Tony Daniels (Season 2, English)

A.J. Topper and Brad Best

Voiced by: Eric Woolfe (A.J.) and Mark Dailey (Brad)

Hitoshi Kinomiya (Hiro Granger)

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese), Tim Hamaguchi (English)

  • Adaptation Distillation: Appeared much more earlier in the manga and also wielded Metal Draciel and Metal Dranzer instead of just Metal Driger.
  • Char Clone: Besides hiding his identity at the beginning, he seems somewhat amoral, as if all it mattered to him is seeing Tyson getting stronger like when he fake defected to BEGA. And towards the end of the show he is dressed almost exactly like Char in Zeta Gundam, except the colors are different.
  • The Chessmaster: His strategy of improving Tyson's beyblading. He joined BEGA so Tyson would step up his game considering the opponents he is facing. He personally trained Brooklyn, getting him interested into the sport and possibly getting better through Kai (he may have wanted Kai to face Brooklyn twice because he will know that he will lose at first but come back stronger and beat Brooklyn. After all, Hiro approved Kai's request to challenge Brooklyn. He knew that Brooklyn will be deeply affected by the lost and become stronger, giving Tyson a really tough challenge later on. One must wonder how deep in the tournament did he plan.
  • Code Name: Jin of the Gale.
  • Cool Shades: Towards the end of the show.
  • Dual Wielding: He can command two Beys at the same time.
  • Fake Defector
  • Guile Hero
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Joins BEGA in order to make Tyson much stronger. How he does it with Brooklyn might have been overkill.
  • Long-Lost Relative: He's Tyson's older brother.
  • Mentor Archetype
  • Panthera Awesome: Metal Driger. Not that he uses it much.
  • Phoenix : Metal Dranzer but manga only.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Quite frequently gives them to players (Ray, Tyson, Kai, Brooklyn).
  • Turtle Power: Metal Dranciel but manga only.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Vladimir Borkov (Boris Balkov)

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese), Tony Daniels (English)