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''Legendz'', a story about a boy and his dragon... or the other way around.

This was a fairly popular series in Japan even ranking up there with other {{Mons}} shows like ''{{Franchise/Digimon}}'' or ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'' at the height of its popularity. [[SpiritualSuccessor In fact, the character designs came from the same Bandai production team as Digimon.]] It came in two distinct (and oddly separate) series, the Manga and the Anime. However, [[NoExportForYou only the Manga has hit US shores.]]
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[[folder:Tropes in the Legendz Manga]]
* BigBad: Lord Jabberwock; Necrom
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Although they save the world, Ken can no longer talk with Shiron. However, their friendship is still implied. Afterwards, Ken moves to America, leaving behind his friends, to face the American champion, the boy he knew from earlier.]]
* TheChosenOne: Ken, Leo, Kaoruko and [[spoiler:Ririko]] are the Four Sagas, chosen by the four elements.
* EldritchAbomination: Jabberwock/Necron. His influence is enough to cause all Legendz to go crazy just by existing.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Leo Engokun. Just before he makes his big entrance in the Legendz Carnival, he slicks his hair back into spikes.
* FunnyAfro: Namino Curly
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Shiron. The very final page of the manga shows that he got better.]]
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum
** After learning that the Golden Soul Figure can power up Shiron to ridiculous levels, he actively decides not to use the powerup ever again, because winning battles using outside help won't help them grow. To his credit, he and Shiron wipe out like 500 {{Mooks}} and a Triton by themselves before the arc is out. [[spoiler:They use it again, in the battle with [[BigBad Necron]], as a form of AllYourPowersCombined with the other [[TheChosenOne Sagas]].]]
** Interestingly, the Golden Soul Doll [[spoiler:isn't actually activated at all in the entire manga]]; Ken uses its power, but refuses to use the Legendz. It makes one wonder if the series could have had a better ending had he just Reborn'd the thing...
* MythologyGag: During the Legendz Carnival, one of the souvenirs Ken buys is a key-chain with a Windragon on it; it looks just like Shiron's FunSize Mode from the anime.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Toward the end of the manga, the main characters' Legendz tend to "evolve" into new forms as needed.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: While invading a high school, Ken encounters Ninja Werewolves. (He even notes how ridiculous it is.)
* SeriousBusiness: Of the "The creatures are real and hold the power to save/destroy the world" type.
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[[folder: Tropes in the Legendz Anime]]
* ABoyAndHisX: Played straight with more or less the entire lead cast. With so many {{Mons}} coming out of the woodwork, there's a good chance of finding a boy (or girl) learning important life lessons from it.
* ADayInTheLimelight: There are several episodes which completely ditch the focus on the main characters and instead focus on a side character, giving them more depth and development.
** Episode 16 focuses on Bruno Sparks, Dino's father. The episode explains how he developed his own toy company and obtained his riches, and how his family relationship were messed up in the first place.
** Halca gets one in Episode 39, focusing to her character arc.
** Episode 44 focuses entirely on Edward and Fire Giant's history, detailing how they met and went through several obstacles together.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Crocodile Dandy and his male room-mate Salamander. He gets all misty-eyed, complete with BishieSparkle, when his [[JapaneseSiblingTerminology "Aniki"]] Shiron shows up and drives what appears to be a pink minivan around.
* AnvilOnHead: Used on Shiron to help snap him out of Colonel mode in the last two or so episodes.
* ApocalypseHow: The Legendz War is pretty clearly a Class 2.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Meg dispenses these with great frequency at first-- nicknamed 'Meg Chop' by her peers. She slowly cuts down on these as the series goes on.
* ArtShift: The manga has a more defined art style than the anime, which has the humans drawn in a cartoony fashion while the titular Legendz are drawn in great detail.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: If a Legendz has a rank somewhere in his name, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast just run.]] This only applies to militiary titles like Commando or Colonel, [[DeskJockey "Lunch Lady" and "Club Treasurer" don't count.]]
* BadassPreacher: Ranshiin, who not only gets to wear what appears to be a dragonized version of a White-Collar Preacher's outfit, but he also delivers a BreakingSpeech and claims he's on a MissionFromGod.
* BerserkButton: Whatever you do, Don't call Dandy a Crocodile. (He's a Devour Gator, thank you very much.) Only crocodiles call other people crocodiles.
** Also, ''don't hurt Shu's mother''. The usually silly IdiotHero boy will go on an OutOfCharacterMoment and becomes dead serious whenever someone dares to try hurting her.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler: [[HulkingOut Mac]] and [[AngstNuke Shiron]].]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Ranshiin manages to pull Jabberwock into space, but all of the Legendz disappear, and are permanently forgotten by everyone.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Ranshiin somehow managed to strike a deal with dark forces for great power and knowledge, including the ability to see the future. Unfortunately, the deal gave him a WeaksauceWeakness. Despite being a Wind-element creature, exposure to the open sky causes him to both lose power AND experience debilitating pain. (Whether this is the curse itself or a side effect of purification is up to debate.) To the point that, despite him not only having wings and being able to fly and having ElementalBaggage, he spends his time in a cramped wind tunnel and has to use a little hover pod called the "Bird Cage" to get around in.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: This is done numerous times, mostly [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] the obvious clichés that the show is going through. "What kind of an anime is this??~!!, 'Warrior of Light?' That's not written in the script!" and to a lesser extent the part where Shiron talks about how hard it would be to make a ''Legendz'' anime.
* BreatherEpisode: The "Ed and Fired Giant in: Adventure of Fired Brothers!" episode.
* BrokenAce: Dino. He is very handsome and good-looking, admired by a lot of girls (even Meg falls for him!), does well in school and is extremely good at sports. However, he is also a LonelyRichKid who suffers from ParentalAbandonment and FriendlessBackground.
* BrokenPedestal: Ms. Hepburn used to love legendz, then she became disenchanted with them and the people who hang out with or research them. [[spoiler: This includes her Papa.]]
* CallingYourAttacks: Oh yes, this happens.
* CerebusRollercoaster
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The C.E.O. Who is the underling of a more literal dragon. That dragon being TheDragon of the local abomination.
* CurbStompBattle: Shiron's first battle with Ranshiin, at least until Shu shows up.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The whole second half of the show, while still retaining some of its humor, shifts into a much more serious mood overall, [[spoiler:all with the Legendz War taking place and Jabberwock's awakening.]]
* DarkIsEvil: Played mostly straight, only slightly averted with [[spoiler: Skeleton]] in the last few episodes.
* DarkestHour: '''Episode 47'''. [[spoiler:Ranshiin, in Conoledo Windragon form, awakens the Dragon Kings, causing all of the main characters' Legendz to go BrainwashedAndCrazy, and several Legendz seen in the series die in the war, and we see some of them die in pretty cruel ways (including Wolfy and Leon!). Thank god the Light Legendz have a ResetButton up in their arms...]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Greedo has shades of this.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Of the characters, Meg consistently shows a somewhat irrational fear of Legendz. This is especially egregious towards Zuou, until she eventually warms up to him.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: Although instead of taking over the world, the CEO just has some instructions for children (to "save the world").
* EagleLand: The anime show is set on New York with the point of view of Japanese. Flavor one to the extreme point it has ''no military forces whatsoever''.
* EldritchAbomination: Reborn, Jabberwock!
* ElementalBaggage
** A lot of the lesser legendz, namely Dandy and Salamander, can control their respective element but not produce it. For example, Salamander produces oil from his tail and lights it on fire from some other source and Dandy can't produce water, but he can cause tidal waves when near the ocean.
** Also, all legendz get antsy when they can't get regular exposure to their element of choice. Windragons love windy areas, Goblins constantly dig and mine, and Devour Gators such as Dandy get some serious scale itch when not regularly moisturized.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Fire beats earth, earth beats wind, wind beats water, water beats fire, and the usual light/dark relation. This is even used in a minor BatmanGambit involving attacking each of the protagonist's homes with an element they are weak to. It would have worked if the apocalypse didn't start right that second.
* EvilTwin: The two windragons. [[spoiler:It's actually more complicated than that, given they're two halves of the same person.]]
* FaceOfAThug: Greedo, who looks menacing and is a Blazedragon, but is actually a laid-back guy and a true friend when you get along with him. Also counts for Wolfy and Leon.
* FantasticRacism
* FantasyKitchenSink: Hey, you know all those old stories of skeletons and things? They were all true... Sorta.
* GentleGiant: Zuou. He is by far the nicest out of the main Legendz, and gets popular with Shu's baseball team more than Shu himself ever did in his life-- much to his chagrin.
* GeoEffects: Most Legendz get powered up by being on relevant terrain. Forests for earth types, and so on. More powerful Legendz can Element Shift to change it to their favor.
* GiantEnemyCrab: Shows up in one of the earlier episodes. It doesn't listen to anyone, but all it wants to do is to return to the sea.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Or in this case, Ms. Hepburn has three. Schoolteacher, Adventurer, and {{Stripperiffic}}.
* GoodIsImpotent: The light/spiritual legendz. Justified in that they're apparently visible or audible only to those PureOfHeart enough.
* GoldfishPoopGang: J.J., and their boss, Betty. Also Edward, before he left DWC.
* GratuitousEnglish: Oh good lord so many to invoke pseudo-New York flair, the Carrot-nosed Eigo-Eita, and most, if not all, the in-show text.
* HellishPupils: Used to indicate your Legendz has become BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Shu gets one of these when his mom becomes TakenForGranite. This immediately leads to the chain of OhCrap occurences, and causes Shiron to have a HeroicBSOD as well.]]
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Played with. Some of the Legendz had a very strong intention to wipe out mankind because HumansAreBastards. While none of the protagonists was evil (none of them even poacher, woodcutter, or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking litterer!]]), some people let the evil Legendz control them, and others found the strength to resist. Maybe, SOME humans are bastards?
* IdiotHero: Shu. Then again, he's like... 10 at best, so we can forgive him for it, but he's still noted for being a very... [[CloudCuckooLander Silly]] person even by his peers.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Ambiguously Gay or not, he still is [[CrocodileDundee Crocodile Dandy.]]
* IndecisiveDeconstruction
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Halca. She keeps jars of bits and pieces of Legendz in her closet.
* InterspeciesRomance: Halca goes on a happy date with Shiron. Shiron almost gets forced to marry Meg's mouse counterpart. Shiron has Dandy clearly head over heels for him. (See a pattern?) Then BB and Greedo... The less said about [[{{Squick}} Ed and Linda]] the better.
* ImageSong
* {{Jazz}}: Some of the background music has this.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Shiron generally acts ignorant and jerkish most of the time, but he cares a great deal about Shu and his friends, and will go to any lengths to protect them.
* KnightOfCerebus: Whenever Ranshiin gets out of his hideout, you know it is going to get serious. [[spoiler:The CEO of Dark Wiz Company/the Saga of Darkness, Yul Hepburn AKA Halca's father, eventually usurps Ranshiin's role in the second half of the show, along with the legendary Darkness Legendz Jabberwock.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Halca, when she tries to call back Jabberwock to the giant Talispod. This costs her her life, and it pushes Yul straight into DespairEventHorizon, triggering Jabberwock's complete form and starting the Legendz War.]] [[spoiler:This was completely averted when the Light Legendz pushed the ResetButton, returning the timeline to the time before Ranshiin brings them to the Legendz Kingdom-- undoing Halca's efforts to call back Jabberwock.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: All the Legendz have it. They can't remember the last war at all. Or at least don't until the next one starts.
* LightIsGood
* LonelyRichKid: Dino. He has the riches and all, but he doesn't care about all of it, and all he wants is his family to be back together.
* LoyalPhlebotinum: Shu's Talispod. He can't get rid of it, even when he's actively trying to.
* TheMagicComesBack: The Legendz were sealed away but then they made a comeback and the world was shaken.
* MaliciousMisnaming: Dino gets called "snob" by Shu. A lot.
* MasterOfDisguise: Halca-sensei... Who happens to be one of those international superspy types. She is also a complete and utter {{Fangirl}} for anything Legendz-related.
* MerchandiseDriven: Yep. Definitely some of this in there.
* MoodWhiplash: The show is relatively lighthearted, but more or less takes a huge nosedive during the whole Griffon in the Arboretum segment. Also when the actual main antagonist, [[spoiler:The CEO/Darkness Saga Yul Hepburn]] debuted.
* [[MrExposition Ms. Exposition]]: Garion, being the most knowledgeable members of the Legendz Club. Greedo even lampshades this on one point:
--->'''Greedo''': Since the past, Garion has always been talkative.
* MundaneUtility: Salamander's day job has him use his control over fire to cook food.
* MyGreatestFailure: Greedo's previous saga- [[GoldfishPoopGang No, no, not the one with the wig,]]: [[spoiler: died because of him through the CastFromHitPoints effect.]] [[MyGreatestFailure He never really got over it.]]
* NiceGuy: Mac, who is rarely seen angry or resentful. In fact, he is so nice that he tolerates Shu despite him being an IdiotHero, which makes Garion wonder how did he put up with all of that.
* NiceHat: Shiron's flight cap, which even has an episode centered around it, and to a lesser extent the Original Fire Saga's extravagant red wig.
* NoFourthWall: The anime constantly calls attention to it's own insanity, especially through Shu. Episodes often begin with the phrase "What kind of show IS this?" and throughout several of the episodes Shu comments, "What a typical anime _______" In the last episode, the characters refer to the script, unsure of the true ending.
* OffModel: It was animated by Creator/DongWooAnimation and has an overly-simplistic art style, it's to be expected.
* OhCrap: A chain of these are set off right when the Legendz War begins. [[spoiler: It starts by Shu's mom becoming a casualty. Shiron has one of these when he sees Shu has gone into shock. Garion and the others also have an OhCrap when the wind suddenly and violently stops blowing. And then Jabberwock gets summoned.]]
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Shu of all people has several of these, and its such a jarring contrast [[IdiotHero to his usual airhead demeanor]]. He's very protective of his mother, and warns Shiron, never under any circumstances come near their home. Shiron scoffs at the kid as usual, then briefly stops when he realizes TheDitz is being ''deadly serious''. [[spoiler: When his worst fears become reality and his mother is hurt, [[DespairEventHorizon Shu has a nervous breakdown]].]]
* PowerUpFood: Garion and Garlic Hamburgers for some reason. They end up curing her LaserGuidedAmnesia as well as her garlic breath being used as a [[Understatement somewhat silly]] finisher on a vampire she fights the same episode.
* RousseauWasRight: None of the human characters are genuinely evil. The bad guys just manipulated by the evil Legendz.
* ShoddyKnockoffProduct: Dino's father Bruno made his fortune selling "Talispads", toys based off the popular "Talispod" toy. This is after [[HardWorkHardlyWorks years of effort and originality barely payed his bachelor bills.]]: This is applied again later, when the GoldfishPoopGang gets fired, and they open up the "[=DuckDuck=] Toys" toy shop selling toys both knockoffs and originals.
* ShowWithinAShow: The show about the dancers singing about their yellow wigs.
* SleepModeSize: All the Legendz have one form of this or another. Shiron's turns him into a hamster-sized RidiculouslyCuteCritter who often acts as Shu's HeadPet. He even went on a somewhat trippy AlternateUniverse -style adventure, where he encountered mouse versions of the human cast.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: From the main human cast and Legendz, Meg and Garion are the only females in their respective categories.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: There's been quite a few arguments on just how to represent the two dragon's names. And Haruca/Halca's name.
* {{Stripperific}}: [[spoiler:Halca after FaceHeelTurn. It shows on the second OP!]]
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: See the HellishPupils entry above.
* {{Synchronization}}: A saga gets to be the KidWithTheLeash and all, but one of the downsides is summoning a Legendz and keeping it out is taxing, to the point that it can, and does, kill people.
* TakeMeInstead: [[spoiler: Halca and Rashiin, respectively saving Halca's mother and Halca herself from [[EldritchAbomination the Jabberwock]][[FateWorseThanDeath 's heart]].]]
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Shuu's mom takes a pointy thrown crystal meant for him.]]
* {{Toyetic}}: Despite being artifacts capable of destroying the world, the Talispods and Talisdams all look like they just rolled off of Bandai's factory production lines.
* ThoseTwoGuys: A lot. Wolfy and Leon on the main characters' side, the two JJs, Ed and Fire Giant, as well as Dandy and Salamander later on.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood
** Mac loves hamburgers... He doesn't mind if they get roughed up a bit, but if one becomes damaged to the point of being completely inedible, his SuperpoweredEvilSide comes out [[HyperActiveMetabolism until he runs out of energy because he hasn't had lunch yet.]].
** A lesser extent with Shiron's favorite drink, the "Sweet Dandy".
* TransformationTrauma: Near the end of season one, Mac turns into Garion the Griffon with a somewhat startling transformation sequence... While [[LaserGuidedAmnesia he later doesn't remember a thing,]] Meg is the one who is traumatized...
* {{Tsundere}}: Meg towards Shu. She keeps giving him ArmorPiercingSlap, but clearly cares for him and [[ClingyJealousGirl doesn't like it whenever he tries to flirt with other women]].
* ATwinkleInTheSky: Happens in episode 9 when Shiron used his Wing Tornado attack on Cait-Sith and blew him away
* TomesOfProphecyAndFate: The Legendz Book is a history book. It just so happens to contain future history as well.
* YouCantFightFate: Sorry, this war is going to happen one way or another. Jabberwock will be reborn, RocksFallEveryoneDies. He'll even make you BrainwashedAndCrazy to do so... And unfortunately, he SUCCEEDS causing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. [[spoiler:Thankfully, the Light Legendz had access to a reset button, (which they pushed,) and Shiron has RippleEffectProofMemory. So the whole thing was averted after all.]]
* WhamEpisode
** Episode 13. [[spoiler:Mac ''transforms'' into Garion The Griffin, the Legendz that has been hiding inside him all the time. This traumatizes Meg enough that she becomes hateful towards Legendz after this.]]
** ''Episode 40.'' [[spoiler:Shu enters [[HeroicBSOD a nervous breakdown]] after his mother gets TakenForGranite when she protects him from the black crystals, causing Shiron to go AngstNuke and triggering a strong wind that returns all of the Legendz seen in the series into their wild state save for Greedo, Zuou and Garion. Things get really dark after this episode.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What happened to Dino's mom? Sure she shows up again, but why she left or came back or how she got so fat is never explained. The latter is clearly PlayedForLaughs, however.
* WeirdnessCensor: Two people think it was ''normal'' seeing a GiantEnemyCrab chasing people.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: In the second half, Halca sends Legendz after the Sagas to protect them from the Legendz they own. Needless to say, this doesn't work too well.
** [[spoiler:Her father Yul had this intention when he attempts to awaken Jabberwock to exterminate the Legendz-- which he saw as the ones ruining the Earth and might hurt his daughter. He takes it UpToEleven as he uses ''his own wife's body to become the vessel of Jabberwock's heart''. Again, it doesn't work too well and backfires ''horribly''.]]
* WindFromBeneathMyWings: Two words. Wing Tornado.
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