Video Game: Medabots

In 22nd century Japan, there is no gravity.

"Then it's agreed! I officially declare this match a submission robattle! As such, I, Mr. Referee, will act as referee so no one gets hurt. Medafighters ready? Medabots... Robattle!"

Medabots, also known as Medarot, was originally a Japanese video game series that was later released as an anime. The first videogame of the series was released in 1997 for the Game Boy, and it also led to several spinoffs coming in the next 7 years. The main series had a resting pause of 5 years before having a new entry in the franchise, known as Medarot DS, released in 2009 for the portable console, Nintendo DS. In 2012, Medabots 7: Kabuto ver./Kuwagata ver. was released for the Nintendo 3DS, and Medarot 8 was released in 2014, again on 3DS and with two versions. There's currently a campaign to get Medabots 7 a Western localization.

The anime series is supposed to be about robots who fight each other, but most of the show is just wacky hijinks. It's the heartwarming tale of robot dog fights, ridiculous plot devices and poorly edited on-screen text. It stands out from other 90s dub anime for its surprisingly dark undertones, relatively solid plot, and the fact that it wasn't afraid to poke fun at itself.

In 22nd century Japannote , everybody and their grandmother (literally) has a Robot Buddy, manufactured by the Medabot Corporation and creatively called Medabots (robots powered by medals which effectively serve as their brains).

Ikki Tenryou is a plucky ten year old whose parents won't buy him a Medabot, and he refuses to save his allowance for one. One fateful day, he finds a medal in the river near his house. He takes what little money he does have and buys an extremely outdated model called Metabee from the Hop Mart store clerk Hikaru (Henry in the dub), and promptly activates it. It then proceeds to quite beautifully not work. Up until the point where Ikki calls him a piece of junk and quickly realizes why you shouldn't call Metabee that. The worst part is that Ikki can't even eject Metabee's medal to make him stop. The good news, Ikki finally got his Medabot. The bad news, the Medabot has a serious attitude problem.

Wacky robot hijinks ensue, including characters with multiple (and mistaken) identities, long repeated flashbacks, and a of course a Tournament Arc. Oh, and they save the world at one point. From... themselves.

A sequel series, Medabot Spirits (Medarot Damashii) followed up the original, but a majority of the characters get dropped without any explanation, while Ikki and Metabee (the latter given a Next Tier Power-Up) remain the main characters.

Not to be confused with medibot.

TV Tropes! Ro-Battle!:

  • The Abridged Series: A rather... surreal one known as Metabridged which re-imagines the series as an attempt to make a web-series.
  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: The Student Council in Ikki's school is an averted version of this. Not only the Student Council President's Doctor Study/Dr. Bokchoy lost to Kikuhime/Samantha's Peppercat, and lost their Council Room... they also reccur to Ikki to recover it from them.
  • Ace Custom: In the anime, Arc-Beetle is one of the strongest Medabots in the world and has never lost a single Robattle. It should be noted the Arc-Beetle is powered by a rare medal and his Medafighter is Space-Medafighter X/Phantom Renegade aka Henry/Hikaru Agata.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Some characters who have strong friendships with their Medabots, will give them a name, aside from just referring to them as their official serial type/number; the greatest example from the anime is Arika, who calls her SLR-1 Sailor-Multi, "Brass". In games' universe Ikki himself is another great example, as his friendship with Metabee is limited to the medal itself, so the bodies KBT-1 Metabee, KBT-50 Saikichis and KBT-4 Arc-Beetle, are all "Metabee" to him. Kirara is another example carried on in the videogames, since her Sailor-Mate is called "Alumi".
  • Affectionate Parody: The anime is an affectionate parody of the Mons genre, constantly being silly and clearly ignoring the greater implications of the My Little Panzer fad.
  • Alternate Continuity: The franchise runs entirely on this. The anime looks like it fused some elements of the first game and Medarot 2. The manga slightly differs, as well, running on the videogames stories' as basis (though they retell the same main plot with alternate settings). Some of the spinoffs are also alternate continuities of each other (Shingata being a retelling of the original game with new characters, Medarot 8 following a more crime and mystery-oriented story, but with Roborobos as villains as well).
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: Medarot uses "Chie to Yuuki da! Medarot" as opening and "Yappari Kimi ga Suki!" as ending, meanwhile Medarot Damashii uses "SUPER GUYS" and "My Young Boy". The American dub, however, used this theme for both opening and (an instrumental version) ending for both series.
  • And Then What?: When the Rubberrobo Gang tricked Metabee into thinking Ikki abandoned him, they temped him with a chance to revenge. It wasn't enough as Metabee asked what he'd do after that.
  • Angrish: Metabee, in the English dub at least, generally accompanied by the "Ki!Ki!Ki!" noise he makes when excited or under stress.
  • Angry Black Man: Metabee is played as one in the dub by Joseph Motiki.
  • Animation Bump: "Welcome to Ninja World," 7th episode of the second dub season and 14th of the first Japanese season, has a noticeably different art style and animation tone, with the characters moving much more exaggeratedly and the battle being way more dynamic and detailed. Consequently, a good chunk of the English opening uses action scenes from this episode, much more so than any other single episode.
  • Anti-Hero: Kaitou Retort/Phantom Renegade. Despite being a thief, he has his own motives to rob medals, and he has done some heroic things in the process, such as rescuing Rokusho from the Roborobo/Rubberrobo Gang, and helping out Ikki and his friends in the Final Battle.
    • In the games, Retort also is also played as a help for the main character (Ikki or Azuma when the former assumes the Kaitou Retort identity) because he also wants to stop the Roborobo (or their later incarnations). Lady Retort/Phantom Lady also falls for being a sidekick of sorts to Retort (though she does not appear in Medarot DS nor Medarot 7).
  • A Boy and His X: In the anime, the main cast are all arranged in individual Medafighter-Medabot pairs that highlight a specific relationship between them; in the games, the Medabots have no established personality at all and are usually arranged into teams of "Leader Medabot and two supporting Medabots". (The anime usually chooses the leader Medabot to be the anime partner).
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Victor, leader of the world-champion Team Kenya and all around Jerk Ass.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In Episode 35, "The Rubberobos took your mother - and ate our dinner!"
  • Art Evolution: From Horumarin's Medarot designs used in the first videogame in 1997, through the manga adaptation and for the next 7 years, his art has changed notoriously. Even more when you see Medarot DS designs that he worked in 2008-2009.
  • Art Shift:
    • Episode 14 was drawn and animated in a much different art style. The episode's director was no one other than Hiroyuki Imaishi, of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann fame.
    • There's very little continuity of art between entries of the franchise. Check out art for Ikki, Arika, and the Rubberrobo Gangnote  from Medarot 7, for example (they're in the center of the page, above Dr. Aki).
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The one time Mr. Referee is attacked, he strikes back with a Medabot IN ORBIT.
  • Back from the Dead: Metabee in the Grand Finale.
  • Badass: Several.
    • Badass Grandpa: The principal's medabot Samurai, Dr. Aki, Dr. Meta-Evil and Mr. Referee.
    • Badass Normal: Ikki, Hikaru/Henry as Phantom Renegade/Space Medafighter X, Koji, Victor.
  • Bad Boss: Dr. Meta-Evil. If you fail him, you'll get turned into a Teddy Bear.
  • Batman Gambit: See Roaring Rampage of Revenge down below.
  • Battle Aura: The Medaforce.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do NOT call Metabee defective nor a piece of crap.
    • Do not make fun of Space Medafighter X's techniques and abilities.
  • Betty and Veronica: Hikaru's relationship with Kirara and Nae in Medarot- Kirara is Betty and Nae is Veronica. Of course this change after the events of Medarot 2, since Hikaru is in a relationship with Kirara.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Mister Referee.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Lampshaded Exaggerated with Kouji.
  • Broken Ace: Downplayed with Uchuu Medarotter X/Space Medafighter X, who seems pretty copacetic with life. Hikaru Agata was a great medafighter when he was a kid, but when the "Ten Days of Darkness" happened, he not only lost his best friend (Metabee) but his friendship with American representative, Joe Swihan, and Egyptian representative, Patra. He had to lower his profile and became a Convenience Store clerk (and a Phantom Thief). Fanon usually gives him more angst than usual, but it is only left to interpretation. Other incarnations of Hikaru don't play with this trope, though. He is more of a Retired Badass... but people don't believe he was a good medafighter.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Ikki robattles one (Dragon Ryuuchirou) in episode 27.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • To a smaller extent, Cyandog/Crosserdog and Iwanoi/Spike; Cyandog is a poor fighter because his medal isn't of the properly compatible type. A monkey medal, no less.
    • Mr. Referee, somehow, is never hurt by any of his own antics.
    • While the Rubberrobo gang have their moments, Seaslug was the one that took the cake too many times, mostly since he was the leader of his squad, becoming one of the reasons he was then demoted from this role.
  • Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them: Ikki and the "defective" Metabee.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Medarot Damashii has some problems regarding its predecessor series' canon. There is not a clear explanation nor mention of what happened with the World Tournament, or the dissapearance of some of the supporting cast or any of the events of the Grand Finale. And it gets more confusing to the International viewers because the original series contained an epilogue in the ED sequence of the last episode (which only details that Hikaru leaves). The Spirits ED sequence have cameos of the previous series characters (and even Kirara who was Adapted Out from the anime), but it was directed by the previous character designer of the anime that little to nothing was involved in Spirits, and considering that these ED sequences aren't completely canon with their anime...
  • Cat Girl: The CAT series models: Peppercat, her (videogame in-universe) predecesor, Magentacat, Noctocat and Noir Katze.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • Dub only. "Dude... I rock."
    • "Kiss your bot goodbye!"
    • The dub also flirted with "a Metabee-boppin'", even going so far as to have other Medabots offer to provide them on his behalf, but it never really caught on.
    • Arika's "What a scoop!" exclamation is used quite a bit, especially in early episodes.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: After episode 25, the show got much more serious. Especially the parts involving the "Ten Days of Darkness".
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: During the Tournament Arc, the identity of Uchuu Medarotter/Space Medafighter X is used by several different people to act as the third member of team Japan. This is probably cheating, but whatever (this is technically an inversion).
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: Team France in the Tournament Arc, who kidnap their opponents in every match so that they win by default. When they do try and fight, they get their butts handed to them.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Every single medapart that Metabee wins, can serve as part of a fighting strategy later.
    • In Episode 8, Metabee wins a Decoy Claw from Norbert's Kuraba, a Medapart that's effective for hand to hand combat - which makes it a perfect match for Cyandog's Monkey medal.
    • The Invisiarm he wins from Multikolor in Episode 17 allows him to counter Sumilidon's Shadow Sword attack in Episode 34.
    • The web shooting arm won in Episode 20 comes in handy in Episode 32, when Metabee sticks down one of Shrimplips' Medabots, meaning it couldn't dodge an incoming attack from one of it's teammates - funny, considering Ikki won the part from Shrimplips in the first place.
  • Combat by Champion: In "Ban All Medabots", some Medabots owned by punks broke into the school the main characters attend. When the students called their medabots to defend it, an all-on-all battle ensued until Rokusho interrupted it and suggested each side selected a champion to have less wounded than an all-on-all fight would have.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Victor is not above using his teammates' Medabots as sacrifices to either take out an enemy Medabot or protect Warbandit.
  • Combat Referee: Mr. Referee, naturally.
  • Combat Tentacles: Used as weapons, of course.
  • Comic Book Adaptation:
    • The videogames led first to the creation of a manga adaptation published by the defunct Comic Bon Bon, running in type I and II. The original main series was drawn by Horumarin, the characters' designer of the original games. Medarot DS was later published by Dengeki Nintendo for Kids.
    • A manga tie-in for Medarot 7 was being published, now by Shueisha, in Saikyo JUMP and V-Jump, drawn by Yasuki Tanaka.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: And how. Most of the time, the AI will rig the RNG to land a critical hit on the Head Part. And it is always a Frankenbot of sorts that has that acursed piece that destroys any part in one hit.
  • Confusion Fu: Space Medafighter X's shtick... sort of. The real X's Arcbeetle is simply ferociously powerful, but during the Tournament Arc a different Medafighter impersonates him in each round, making his strategy difficult to predict as "he" brings a different Medabot to each match.
  • Continuity Reboot: Medarot 7 reboots everything that happened in Medarot DS (even if it carries a "7" as serial number). It is explicitely established that whoever Azuma gets on either version of the game (Metabee or Rokusho in Kabuto or Kuwagata, respectively) is his first medabot.
  • Cool Mask: Kaitou Retort/Phantom Renegade (and by extension, Uchuu Medarotter X/Space Medafighter X)'s mask. Also counting, in minor degree, Lady Retort's in the videogame.
  • Cool Old Guy:
    • Dr. Aki is a fairly self-aware example, clearly under the impression that he is at least as cool as everyone thinks he is.
    • Mr. Referee's absolute dedication to his job has earned him many a fan.
    • The school principal really, really wants to be this (He's hip. He gets it.), and he does get a moment or two; his medabot Samurai is a good example, too.invoked
  • Crack Is Cheaper: According to the anime, medabots are pretty expensive to get and maintain. Getting a tin PET is one thing... getting a medal is another AND getting the armor (or even replacements of some armor parts) is a complete different story. Apparently, according to the manga adaptation of the videogames, finding a female tin PET is rare, and purposely more expensive to get. invoked
    • Subverted in the games, where Medabot parts all perfectly in range of a child's allowance, ranging from four to less than twenty dollars in most cases.
    • Also subverted in the anime with Metabee, whose armor was not only old but discontinued; Henry only offered to sell the parts to Ikki in consideration of the fact that Ikki was too impatient to save his allowance for anything worthwhile. Ikki also tends not to buy new parts, rather using the spare parts he's earned elsewhere and maintaining Metabee's parts himself.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Karin can be a nice little Moe, but she's always ready if you need to climb a wall, cross a bridge taken by a bully or even blow up a security door.
    • It Runs in the Family because in the first season finale, Karun's uncle, Dr. Aki knew that Dr. Meta-Evil would use a giant Medabot to conquer the world. So, he secretly constructed a giant Metabee.
  • Creepy Child: The Ankle Biters and Kam from Spirits.
  • Cultural Translation: Borders on Gag Dub at times. Notable in that most characters' names were kept, and the location of the show was clearly stated to be Japan in the dub. (Amusingly, the localized Medabots GBA game pretends the main characters are all American).
  • Curse Cut Short: In Episode 6, where Metabee is tied up to attract aliens for Erika's news story.
    Metabee: I'm gonna get sassy on your-
    (cut to Henry's shop)
    Henry: -bad mode central.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: Henry used that excuse to justify an injury he got as the Phantom Renegade. It worked despite the injury being on his forehead. (One character suggested he start waxing his eyebrows rather than trying to shave them.)
  • Cutting Off The Branches: While most games come in both Kabuto and Kuwagata versions, the anime assumes Kabuto as a starting point, allying Ikki and Metabee.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Poor Rokusho. Long ago, Rokusho once had a happy life with his creator, Professor Hushi and Baton, the Robot Parrot. Unfortunately, one day, his home was suddenly caught on fire. Which was revealed to have been caused by Dr. Meta-Evil. Because of this, Rokusho was left without a home, and was forced to wander the Earth. He got better, though.
  • Dating Catwoman: A flipped aversion. Ms. Caviar/Ms. Karasumi falls in love with Seaslug/Sakekaasu, at the moment he infiltrates the Medarot corporation and eventually, reveals his true intentions. She tries for all the possible motives to get to him (even filling the Space Medafighter x/Uchuu Medarotter X role at the final tournament. At the end, however, her long-lost lover just accepts her (after the Roborobo Gang parted their own ways, except for him), making her a new member of the gang.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Rokusho gets his own spotlight episode in "I Dream of Hushi", where we learn about his past and helps a widow defend her husband's Oak Tree with Ikki and Metabee as supporting characters.
    • Both Spike and Cyandog have their own spotlight episode in "Cyandog Bites Back".
  • Delinquents: The Screws gang. While their former boss is the most classic example of a Banchou.
  • Demoted to Extra: When Medarot 2 was released and it was put into a Time Skip of twelve years by the end of the events of the first game, Hikaru and Kirara were demoted as side-characters to make room for Ikki and co. Meanwhile other characters were put to Out of Focus, Hikaru served as a clerk and mentor to Ikki, while Kirara was put in the Medarot Corporation (and both take the identities of phantom thieves, Kaitou Retort and Lady Retort). This formula got repeated when Medarot DS was released to make room for Azuma, as the new main character, while Ikki and Arika became supporting characters.
  • Depending on the Artist:
    • Horumarin has been the primary art director for the Medabots themselves throughout the franchise's history, so the bots all tend to look the same in most installments. He also designed the humans in the many of the pre-DS games and their respective manga adaptations (he returned to robot design for Medarot 7).
    • Tokuyuki Matsutake, on the other hand, was the primary designer for the anime and related media, and his designs were used for the graphics in Medarot 3 and Medarot 4, too.
    • Medarot 7 introduced a new artist for the humans.
    • Medarot Navi's primary artist used much more detailed designs for the robots; notably, he was also the main artist for the Medarotter Rintarou side story manga.
  • Deserted Island: In the manga adaptation of Medarot 2, the final battle between Dr. Hebereke and Ikki and friends happens in an Island that was formerly a property of the Select Corps.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: During the lead-up to the final round of the tournament, Chidori accidentally meets Victor when her car soaks him with a splash of rain water, and she insists on making it up to him by doing the cleaning herself. Ikki comes home later and finds Victor sitting at his table in heart-print pajamas while his mom is serving dinner. In an attempt at making conversation, Chidori does a little bragging on Ikki's behalf, talking about how he's in the world cup and that he'll easily beat whats-his-name in the finals, so they might as well celebrate early. And then she learns that Ikki's opponent's name is Victor, who also happens to be the guest; she promptly excuses herself from the house to go run errands.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: One episode has a group of old women want to round up the Medabots of every kid in school. They were manipulated by one... simply because the Roborobo gang ran over one's beauty products. Once the rest found out that they did all that work just to get revenge for 40 bucks of beauty supplies they turned on her.
  • Doujinshi: While there is always the usual that the fandom do, there is some special credit to Meda 2043, drawn by the game's designer/manga artist Horumarin under the pseudonym of Horu0rin. It was made around 2007-2008 when the Medarot franchise was in limbo.
  • Dragged into Drag: In the GBA game, Ikki is forced to wear female clothing at least three times, much to his chagrin.
  • Dramatic Irony: Basically everything Phantom Renegade, starting with his identity.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Space Medafighter X loses his mask during the final arc of the first season. He has Phantom Renegade's mask directly underneath it.
  • Dressed All in Rubber: The Roborobo (dub: Rubber Robo) gang.
  • Drill Mole: Digmole, Coach Mountain's Medabot, is a construction Medabot with drills for hands and on its nose.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole:
    • Nelvana, in an attempt to streamline the first portion of the story, siphoned about thirteen episodes that it considered filler out of place and dumped them back into the plot after the Big Bad's first major gambit, causing more than a few continuity issues. This resulted in (A) Metabee having parts he was never shown earning in battle, (B) the "short" recess before the World Tournament, (C) some random appearances of Rokusho that have little to do with his by-then-established role in the plot, (D) misplacing the formal introduction of the Roborobo Gang (which felt out of place if they were already well-known villains), and (E) the sudden dissapearance of recently introduced concepts and supporting characters.
    • Nelvana discovered a little belatedly all the details of Henry's significance to the plot, and so tripped over themselves during the final stages of the World Tournament arc, establishing a retcon that Henry is an assumed name and that he named Metabee (in the dub's first episode, Ikki names Metabee himself); this is especially apparent in episode 46.
  • Dub Name Change: There are countless examples, going from medabots and characters, but here are some examples-
    • Arika = Erika
    • The Screws, Kikuhime, Iwanoi, and Kagiyama, became Samantha, Spyke, and Sloan.
    • Kaitou Retort = Phantom Renegade
    • Robo-Robo Gang = Rubber-Robo Gang
    • Sakekaasu = Seaslug
    • Beast-Master = Robo-Emperor
    • God Emperor = Mega Emperor
    • Saint-Nurse = Neutra-Nurse
    • Pure-Mermaid = Oceana
  • Dub Text: Non-sexual example. Metabee's aforementioned portrayal as an Angry Black Man comes off as a sort of twisted lampshading of the master/slave relationship present in most Mon shows.
  • Dumb Muscle: Squid-Guts of the Rubber-Robo Gang.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: The school principal has his own samurai medabot... appropriately named "Samurai".note 
  • Evil Laugh:
    • The Phantom Renegade has an excellent one, his calling card.
    • Warbandit in Episode 50, when it turns out he can use the Medaforce.
    • The Roborobo gang also have a tendency of doing this (with one of them being particularly demented in that area).
    • Victor in the Japanese version.
  • Evolution Power-Up: Medabot parts don't "evolve", but the medals themselves do. The anime doesn't really pay much attention to it (Metabee's medal evolves when he gains access to the Medaforce, but Henry claims that all medals can change like that), but in the games, a medal's evolution usually means a new Medaforce attack for it to use.
  • Expressive Mask: Phantom Renegade and, to an unexplained lesser extent, Space Medafighter X.
  • Expy:
  • Expy:
    • Most Medabots in the same "family" (KBT-types, for example) clearly share similar designs. This is justified on the grounds that they're all in the same production line.
    • Sumilidon and Warbandit stand out as Expies of Rokusho and Metabee respectively, reinterpreted as Panthera Awesome. Sumilidon uses a blade attack and a hammer attack, but trades Rokusho's scouting ability for an anti-gunner trapping ability; Warbandit has both a rifle and a chain gun like Metabee, but instead of an extra attack like Metabee's missiles, he has the ability to boost his movement speed.
    • Rintarou's Kentaroth is another model in the KBT line close to Metabee's design, and caused some confusion when Rintarou got into fights with everyone around town. Ikki is incensed to learn that people think he's been brutalizing everybody's Medabots, especially since Kentaroth is covered into designs that Metabee doesn't share.
    • Roks in Spirits looks enough like Rokusho (who had been Put on a Bus) to invite confusion. It gets even worse later on, when several Kilobots end up being pretty blatant redesigns of season 1 and 2 'bots Sumilidon, Warbandit, Arcbeetle and others.
    • In the games, this is a Must-Rule, since it is an RPG, and it's somehwat in the same veins as the Pokémon games. Especially in the trio of troublemakers. Kikuhime, Iwanoi and Kageyama from Medarot 2 and the anime) are these to Iseki, Yanma and Kubota from the original Medarot game (this also includes their respective medabots!). This is also repeating in Medarot DS, with the Willows and even Azuma takes the role of ther leader later in that game!.
  • Fanboy: Rintarou is an illustrative example in the anime. He is mostly an Uchuu Medarotter X fan... to the point that he gets annoying. He was also the only one to guess at the first time that X was Hikaru Agata, because he was also a fan of him before being a medarotter... however, without implying that he was also Hikaru-nii-chan... hilarity ensues.
  • Finishing Move: Metabee's Reaction Missiles, replaced halfway through the series by the Medaforce when they become So Last Season.
  • Five-Bad Band: The Main Members of the Rubber-Robo Gang consist of...
  • Flashback: There are plenty of examples. Which includes Rokusho's Memories with his master, Professor Hushi, and any flashback involving the "Ten Days of Darkness".
  • Flashback Nightmare
  • Freak Out: In Episode 24, Koji's fear of bugs manages to go overboard after bumping into a whole hoard of the critters and he pretty much freaks the hell out and orders Sumilidon to attack anything which so much looks like a bug which, unfortunately, appears to be everything Koji sees in this state.
  • Freudian Excuse: After his mom died when he was little and his father put more importance into his work rather than spending time with him, Kam is driven to create the most strongest Kilobots.
  • Friendly Enemy: Spike, who tends to be the most pathetic of the Screws, is friendly with Ikki and Arika on occasion. Later, he is followed by the rest of the Screws.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Ikki and Koji. Except about Karin.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Pretty much all over the place.
  • Fun Size: Three foot tall robots. Justified in that Robattling is treated as a competitive sport; any Medabot larger than human size is fairly obviously a weapon of war.
  • Furry Reminder: Downplayed. The medals almost all correlate to some animal or another and every now and again will feature some indication of it in Medabot behavior.
    • The anime loves playing with the fact the Metabee's a rhinoceros beetle. Henry tricks him at one point by setting a trap with the watermelon as bait and Metabee can't help but crawl eagerly towards it on all fours. When especially angry or upset, Metabee will also make a squeaking "Gigi! Gigigigigigi!!" noise.
    • In one episode of the anime, Spike (of the Screws) is having problems winning with his Medabot, Cyandog. This turns out to be because Cyandog's body is built to be a Long-Range Fighter, but Cyandog's medal is actually a Monkey-type, which is suited to grappling battlesnote  (Spike chooses to keep this the way it is). Monkey-Dog enmity is a longstanding item in Japanese Animal Jingoism.
  • Gainax Ending: The ending of the pre-Spirits anime. The final stages of the Tournament Arc are complicated by hints about the Ten Days of Darkness and the origins of the Medabots themselves, and Metabee has a dream of his own past... and then Dr. Hushi shows up in the middle of it, revealing that he is not dead in the slightest and has somehow created an utopia for medabots in an alien spaceship. Also, Brandon, an almost never-seen character whose sole addition to the show was to be the crush-object of two different girls in filler episodes, reappears and turns out to be an alien. All these events go completely unmentioned in the next season.
  • Gentleman Thief: Phantom Renegade is a parody of these characters, especially Kaitou Kid and Tuxedo Kamen. His manga counterpart's suit gives a Shout-Out to Kamen at least in design... Replace Kaitou's facemask with Kamen's domino mask, throw in a rose for flavor, and voilá.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Oh, did they ever have fun with the Screws gang...
    • Furthermore, in the second episode, Metabee finds a watermelon in his way. He suddenly can't resist temptation and crawls over to it while laughing, "kekekeke!" Did we mention Metabee has an African-American voice actor? Of course, this is covered over with Metabee being a beetle-type medabot who can't resist watermelons and sounds like a beetle.
  • Girl of the Week
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: The franchise somehow manages to make this classic Mons trope both a central mechanic and completely optional at the same time. Major robattles usually require the ante of one Medapart to the winner of the match, but they're only potential tactical options; there's no requirement or insistence that every part of every model be collected. As the dub put it:
    More Medabots. More Power.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: In the GBA game, the Rubber Robo gang takes over Rosewood Private School and sets up a guard out in front. Ikki and Koji get in by demanding the guard go and fetch Koji's homework, going into such detail about the assignment that the guard complains about hating numbers and tells Koji to go fetch it himself.
  • Guns vs. Swords: The KBT series and KWG series of medals represent the respective sides. (Technically, the original Rokusho has a hammer in his other arm, but his signature weapon is clearly his Blade Below the Shoulder).
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Metabee. Played for both laughs and drama.
    • Ikki and Arika as well. Usually with each other.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Dr. Meta-Evil, until episode 38. Which was subverted at the end of the episode. Where we discover that the Dr. Meta-Evil we saw was a robotic duplicate. The real Dr. Meta-Evil won't show up until episode 50.
  • Headbutting Heroes: One of Team Japan's problems early in the World Tournament is that Ikki and Koji both want to be leader.
  • Healing Factor: In the games, Metabots are constantly renewing damaged body parts by using nanomachines. In the anime, the parts must be maintenanced by the Medafighter himself.
  • Heel-Face Turn:
    • Victor, who was in the Tournament to take revenge of what happened to his village in the "Ten Days of Darkness"... with the help of the Roborobo, realizes his mistakes when he discovers that their leader was the one responsible for all that.
    • Kam from Spirits. After all of the trouble he caused, Metabee, Roks, Arc-Dash, Tyrrellbeetle, and Blakbeetle (as Gryphon) save him from the fire in his father's company building that he caused. While at the hospital, everyone, including Blakbeetle, not only forgive him, but it looks like they will become his friends.
  • Heroes Love Dogs:
    • Ikki has Salty in both the anime and videogames. Hikaru had Bonaparte at least in the first videogame (and manga adaptation).
    • Another example is Spike and his Medabot Cyandog/Crosserdog, who ironically is powered by a monkey medal.
  • Hero of Another Story: There are several hints through the series that suggest that Henry/Hikaru was this before the "Ten Days of Darkness" happened. Which makes sense as he was the main protagonist of the first game.
  • History Repeats: After the events of his own childhood, Ikki too begins to work at a convenience store.
  • Humongous Mecha: Part of the Grand Finale.
  • Hypocritical Humor: All over the place.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: When Ikki, Erika and Metabee pretended to be students of Rosewood Academy (a private school for rich kids) to sneak in there and the doorman asked why they weren't wearing their uniforms, they told the doorman that they spilled caviar on it and their butler would bring them later. The Screws tried the same excuse but their leader ruined it by stating they spilled caviar on their butler.
  • I Was Quite The Looker: In a flashback from episode 26, you can see a young Dr. Aki observing the Rare Medals with his teacher, Professor Hushi.
  • Identity Amnesia: While every medal is the brain of a Medabot, it's a plot point that the anime's "Rare" medals are actually artifacts not made by human hands. And yet, none of the known Rare Medals ever seems to have any further information to provide on the subject. It comes to light during the finale that the Medabots were originally a utopian society that got caught up in excessive warfare that continued to grow and grow until it consumed an entire galaxy. Metabee's personal backstory is especially poignant — he's heavily implied to have been the winner.
  • Identity Impersonator: When Uchuu Medarotter X/Space Medafighter X's identity as Kaitou Retort/Phantom Renegade was blown up, not only the select Corps increased their security for the tournament, but he couldn't just get out of the it because the rules established that if one of the contestants of any team was absent it would be an immediate disqualification. This meant trouble for both Dr. Akihabara and Hikaru. The best solution was that Hikaru would be calling anyone of the kids to take his X identity during the matches (and decided to be at the event as well as a clerk to not rise any suspicious behavior). While X was present at the day of the match of Japan vs USA, those that were with the mask were Karin, the Screws and Ms. Caviar.
  • Idiot Hair: Hikaru/Henry has one, perhaps it's his best physical characteristic. Also, Seaslug/Sakekaasu has one as well.
  • Idol Singer: The Sweden Team, the Charming Musume (probably a parody to Morning Musume) who are the non-Japanese example in the series, who were doing trap thanks to their... well, charms. Until... you know...
  • Ill Girl: In one of the games' manual, Karin is stated to have a heart condition where she would die or at least go into critical condition if her heart rate gets too high. That is one of the reasons of why Kouji acts like a Jerk Ass with Ikki in Medarot 2.
  • Image Song: Though "Chie to Yuuki da! Medarot" and "Yappari Kimi ga Suki!" are the respective opening and ending of the original Medarot series, they are also sung by Metabee and Arika's voice actors, and they could be considered image songs of them. The series also counted with several releases of character songs: Karin, Rokusho, while the Screws, Ikki & Metabee and the Roborobos also had theirs.
  • Incoming Ham: Phantom Renegade and Phantom Lady own this in the games.
    Phantom Renegade: Set the table with finery.
    Phantom Lady: Let the flower of rice bloom!
    • Inverted in the anime, where Renegade's actually more of an Stage-Exiting Ham instead, covering his escapes with explosions.
  • Informed Attribute: Space Medafighter X goes out of his way to teach Kouji and Sumilodon how to use the Shadow Sword, which is touted as an ability that can counter the Medaforce... and then Ikki finds a way to overcome it in its debut match. Indeed, Sumilodon's "specialty" is never seen to work as advertised; it could be that Kouji keeps misusing it on non-Medaforce opponents (some of whom even block it) or even that X is simply using Kouji as part of a gambit meant to get Ikki to keep from relying solely on the Medaforce and to start thinking tactically again (which is the actual result of the episode).
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Hikaru/Henry and Ikki. Given that they're 18 and 10 years old respectively.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: The medabots Nin-Ninja and Icknite from the episode, "Welcome to Ninja World".
  • Instant Death Bullet: This can be evoked by AI or Player. Usually a part with high Accuracy and some luck (Or, in AI's case, a little of RNG modification) can land a critical damage to the Head Part. In Medabots, it's an instant kill.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Arika is one of the reporters of her school's newspaper, and is always in search of a scoop. She's almost always carrying around some kind of camera.
  • Japanese Beetle Brothers: Rivals type. Almost every game in the franchise comes in Kabuto (Metabee) and Kuwagata (Rokusho) versions, with each version dictating the hero's partner. You'll see it in the anime, too.
  • Japanese Delinquents:
    • The Screws' ex-leader and Banisher are stereotypical looking Banchou.... but completely useless and anticlimatic during their introduction.
    • Ikki and Arika disguise as these just to help Cyandog to show Spike/Iwanoi that he could improve his skills to both become better partners.
    • In episode 18, the Roborobos are dressed like them and even act like them. It is implied that Sakekaasu/Seaslug used to be a delinquent (or just wanted to be one) when he was younger.
  • Jerkass: Victor, who gets better by the end, though. And nearly anyone with a Kilobot in Spirits.
  • Keet: Rintarou is a one-man stampede who comes complete with Non-Standard Character Design and Anime Hair.
  • Ki Attacks: The Medaforce in the anime is basically treated as a massive burst of Medabot Ki, and using it will leave a Medabot physically exhausted and on the verge of shut-down.
  • Kid Hero: Ikki is ten years old. Metabee comes equipped with a revolver, sub-machinegun, and seeker missiles.
  • The Kid with the Remote Control: ...And teenagers, and adults, and old ladies, and...
  • Killer Rabbit: There's an episode featuring a group of pre-schoolers, the Ankle Biters, and their medabot named Churlybear. As one would expect, said machine looks like a big, cute teddybear - until provoked into battle... Its eyes then narrow and start glowing red, and the unfortunate opponent finds out Churlybear is armed with an extremely powerful beam cannon, and a gravity beam which essentially reduces the enemy to a puppet in the Medabot's hands. Said gravity beam should be handled with care though...
  • Killer Robot:
    • Just about every medabot on Earth once the Big Bad gets his hands on Warbandit's rare medal and uses it to make them Brainwashed and Crazy.
    • In the manga, when a medabot releases its Medaforce, it becomes Ax-Crazy and (sometimes) mindless, as if they are possessed by something.
  • Kung-Shui: The manga is crazy with this, the Medafighters constantly doing Robatle not in an appropriate place, constantly injured (they use ACTUAL BULLETS), but Police didn't even react...
  • Large Ham: Phantom Renegade and Space-Medafighter X.
  • Legacy Character: Kaitou Retort in the videogames, as it gets revealed during Medarot DS and/or Medarot 7, when Ikki takes the role of Kaitou Retort from Hikaru.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Did we mention these were ten-year old kids running around with missle-launching, spark-using, and hammer-weilding robots?
  • Lighthearted Rematch: The final episode and final scene, where Victor asks Ikki and Metabee to have a rematch after that tense final match from the Tournament.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: The best way to describe Ikki and Arika's relationship.
  • Limit Break: The Medaforce.
    • In the games, Medaforce attacks are learned and mastered when a medal reaches a certain level and evolves (not unlike Pokemon), and usually come in sets of three specific to the medal type. Unlike normal attacks, these powers can only be used by charging a sufficient level of Medaforce, but they are also immune to counters and traps.
    • In the anime, the Medaforce is reserved only for robots with Rare Medals. Attacking sinks all the robot's energy into one strike, but the attack is very risky. During its debut, it's established that the user can't fight after losing their power, leaving them defenseless. In some cases, using it may even damage the Medabot's own body.
    • In the manga this is played... awfully. Not only does the Medaforce absorb all energy of the medabot's, but they suffer backlash from it that might destroy them (it boils them if it's not controlled). Not mentioning all the jazz about them becoming Ax-Crazy and mindless.
    • Sumilidon taps into it during the penultimate fight in the Tournament Arc, earning an Oh, Crap reaction from pretty much everyone. It happens again during the final against Team Kenya, but Warbandit survives it by using Rhinorush as a shield.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Played straight with Kam from Spirits.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • The Robattle Association doesn't count repeat Robattles when calculating a Medafighter's battle score... but it does count the different guises any Medafighter might assume as independent Medafighters entirely. So this causes Ikki all sorts of trouble when the Rubber Robo Gang bosses start challenging him under their civilian identities.
    • The American team reveals late in the World Tournament that they've developed a variant of Medawatch transport technology that allows their robots Teleport Spam abilities. Dr. Aki admits that it's technically allowable on the grounds that the technology is still too new to have had any official rules handed down against it.
  • Love Dodecahedron: The Ikki-era Love Triangle (Erika secretly likes Ikki who has a crush on Karin) is complicated by Koji, who also likes Karin and considers Ikki a rival for her affections. This is further complicated by Samantha's gushing admiration for Kouji in the anime and, in the games, Princess Margarita gaining her own crush on Ikki, though nothing's likely to come of it for... reasons. And then, according to Medabot Spirits, Ikki gets a different crush on Nae.
  • Love Triangle: Most if not all of the main series games have a Love Triangle centered on the each of the four main protagonists. Depending on your choices during gameplay, you can usually choose which girl you have a Relationship Upgrade with.
    • In the first game, Hikaru could choose between Kirara and Nae, but later canon says that he ended up with Kirara.
    • As mentioned above, Koji complicates the Ikki-era Love Triangle between him, Erika, and Karin.
  • MacGuffin: The Rare-Medals in the anime. They are described to be from an ancient civilization of Medabots eons ago. Also, Rare-Medals have the ability to give Medabots a power known as the Medaforce. The only Medabots known to possess Rare-Medals are Metabee, Rokusho, Arc-Beetle, and Warbandit.
  • MacGuffin Melee: The introductory scene of the anime is the Rubber Robo Gang's attempt to steal a Rare Medal being interrupted by Phantom Renegade.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Meta-evil of the Rubberrobo Gang.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Dr. Meta-evil gets this award for tricking Rokusho into attempted murder of Dr. Aki. Once more, see Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Mascot Mook: Metabee and Rokusho are the two most iconic Medabots (and Metabee in particular, where one was given a co-starring role in the anime).
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy:
    • Tomboy Arika is much more rambunctious and straightforward than Ikki.
    • Screws gangleader Samantha is much more prone to violent outbursts then, er, anyone.
  • Masquerading As The Unseen: Ikki and Koji are expected to represent Japan in an international Robattle tournament alongside Space Medafighter X, but X never turns up for any of the matches. To avoid disqualification, they have their friends dress as X and substitute for him, which works because the only thing anyone knows about Space Medafighter X is that his true identity is a mystery and he always wears a mask.
  • Meaningful Name: Doubles because of the Theme Naming but the real names of the Roborobo gang in the Japanese version and English Dub happens to be punnames of their aliases.
    • Sakekaasu = Kasukabe Sakenosuke (Seaslug = Seymore Slugbuttom).
    • Surume = Takasu Rumi (Gilgirl = Gilda Girnikova)
    • Sarami = Sara Mitsuo (Shrimplips = Shrimpy Lipowitz)
    • Shiokara = Shioka Raizou (Squidguts = Guido Gudalucci)
  • Meditating Under a Waterfall: Rokusho does this in "Welcome To Ninja World". Somehow he doesn't rust.
  • Meganekko: Dr. Aki's assistant, Ms. Caviar.
  • Meda-Guy: Well... everyone really (sorry).
  • Medaton-Punch: One particular Medabot, Belzelga. When a member of the Quirky Mini Boss Squad took control of the prototype, it proceeded to display it's punching ability. As in, it OHKO'd any part of whoever it hit. (again, sorry)
    • Blackram, which is of the same model, supposedly has similar punching abilities. We see two of them in the anime, but sadly, neither of them lasts long enough to showcase their power.
  • Mind Screw: The season finale for the original series.
  • Mistaken for Profound: Some of the smartest things are said by people meaning compeltely different things.
  • Mistaken for Servant: When Ikki first saw Karin cleaning at the school and mentioning about going to clean a toilet, he assumed she was poor and needed to do menial work to pay for tuition. Ikki's initial assumption (that Karin was performing those chores as punishment) sounds more logical than either the second one (Karin being poor) or the truth (that she actually enjoys doing the chores).
  • The Mole: Sakekaasu/Seaslug is this when he infiltrates the Medarot Corporation.
  • Mon: Mostly Type I with a few shades of Type II. Medabots is a clear example of Follow the Leader, since Medarot (1) (Game Boy) was released a year after Pokémon Red & Green. Unlike most Mons games, however, the franchise instead focuses on collecting parts that you can swap in to create a Mix-and-Match Man out of your original bot; the games also offer romantic sub-plots for the main character, something you don't see in Pokémon (until Gen V & VI games, where it is at least implied).
    • The anime is also a clear follower, with Ikki usually avoiding the whole mix-and-match mechanic unless a specific strategy calls for it or when he doesn't have Metabee's parts at hand.
  • Mooks: The Rubberobos seem to have an endless supply of Noctobat Medabots.
  • Multilayer Façade: Hikaru/Henry with his Phantom Renegade and Space Medafighter X disguises.
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
    • Attacking the Referee after a Robattle gets a knock out dart fired from a SATELLITE IN SPACE.
    • Dodgeball, too.
  • My Little Panzer: You have preteens playing around with robots whose firepower can crater steel and smash concrete and some of them (lookin' at you, Metabee) have no qualms about firing on their controllers. How is this kid-safe again?
  • My Master, Right or Wrong:
    • Blackbeetle to Kam.
    • Sumilidon to Koji as evidenced during the Freak Out at Episode 24.
  • Mysterious Protector: Phantom Renegade's constant intersections with the Rubber Robo gang allow him to play this for Ikki and company, especially in the games. Phantom Lady plays it for Ikki against the Select Corps.
  • Names to Know in Anime:
  • National Stereotypes: Just imagine that 2/3 of the representative teams in the World Championship are full of these (from representatives, and even medabots). With the exception (maybe) of Japan, Iceland, Sweden...
  • No Mouth: Most, if not all, medabots. The main cast alone can fill this.
  • Non-Standard Character Design:
    • A rare robot example. Robo-Emperor's design has more in common with an EVA unit than a regular Medabot.
    • Rintarou, but that is more in the side of being a Canon Foreigner of Medarot R for both the anime and the main serial manga adaptation.
  • Numbered Sequels: The main series. Medarot (1) through 5; while it is not officially claimed as such, Medarot DS could be considered 6, Medarot 7 (A Continuity Reboot of DS) and Medarot 8 (not completely affiliated to the serials' canon as Medarot Dual, but).
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Henry uses this even while playing the Big Brother Mentor role.
  • Oblivious to Love: Karin is oblivious to Ikki's and Kouji's feelings for her.
  • Ocular Gushers: And Metabee doesn't even have real eyes to do it with!
  • Off Model: Several times throughout the series, the human characters' hands switch between five and four fingered hands due to the (rather) blobby art style. This is more noticeable in Damashii, thanks to the change of the animation studios.
  • Oh, Crap: Dr. Meta-Evil's reaction to when the giant Metabee was about to ram him in the season finale.
  • The Ojou: Karin, who is also just the sweetest little girl you've never met.
  • Older and Wiser:
    • Hikaru is this to Ikki in the videogames mostly, since he was the original protagonist of the first game. He also leads this role (somewhat) in the anime series.
    • Ikki is this himself when he is older in Medarot DS and Medarot 7, to a more younger protagonist, Azuma.
  • Once per Episode:
    • Mr. Referee pops out from a random place and does his standard pre-battle speech, as seen at the top. This includes; coming out of the ocean, flying down from a helicopter/airplane, crawling up a burning rooftop, and already appearing to begin with.
    • Also, the chicken-seller, whose sales pitch is inevitably mistaken for Yoda-esque wisdom. He upgrades to rabbits for the final arc of the first season.
  • One Game for the Price of Two: The games play this straight, then subvert it with the Parts Collections. The Parts Collection games were Gaiden Games with slightly different rules (normally winning a match gets you 1 randomly-selected part the opponent used, in Parts Collection you get a complete set of parts for a specific bot) designed specifically to get around the obstacle of not knowing anyone with the other edition.
  • One of the Boys: Kikuhime/Samantha, who is a Tomboy with a Girly Streak (she takes classes of ballet, for example).
  • One of the Kids: Hikaru plays straight this in both the anime and the videogames.
    • In the anime it is assumed he is in his late-teens (there is not an official age given) but since he has been interacting with young medarotters at the Hopmart, he sometimes acts like someone of their age.
    • In Medarot 2, after being demoted from the main protagonist, he is described as in being in his early 20s, studying for college, trying to balance his love relationship with Kirara, working parttime in the Convenience Store, being a Phantom Thief at night... and overall, he still likes to play with medabots.
  • One-Liner: Dub-Metabee, all the time.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: The student council members.
  • Out of Focus: In Medarot 5, Ikki and co. are put through this to make much more focus to a new protagonist. However, the game still develops around the same town as Ikki's adventures went through in Medarot 2 - 4 and about some months later after the events of Medarot 4. This was the first game since Medarot 2 to use a new protagonist.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • Hikaru/Henry takes this trope to new heights, not only somehow managing to keep everybody in the dark about how Space Medafighter X and Phantom Renegade are the same person despite the only real difference being a tuxedo instead of a jumpsuit and a different colored mask, but also that he's The legendary Medafighter, Hikaru Agata. It makes somewhat more sense in the dub, where Hikaru changed his name to Henry on purpose, but no such measure was taken in the original.
    • Ikki Tenryou was a part of the DLC in Medarot Dual (look at the selection marked 5 to see him standing next to Arika). If you'll look at other selections on the page, you'll see two other figures with a very familiar hairstyle.
  • Phantom Thief: Phantom Renegade.
    • His japanese name is, technically, Kaitou Retort: Phantom Thief/Bandit Retort.
  • Pirate: The Caribbean team in the World Tournament.
  • Playing with Fire: ...and ice, and thunder, and missiles, and gravity, and...
  • Pokémon Speak: Team Mexico is composed of the Amigo Brothers. About the only thing they say aside from "Amigo!" is when greeting people. "Saludo!"
  • Police Are Useless: Zigzagged, depending on the continuity.
    • Averted, especially in the manga. The Select Corps are always behind the strange stuff that happen in the city, such as the presence of the Roborobos or Kaitou Retort doing his stuff. While the police is always there protecting the city and the country, the chief almost all the time gets stressed by these happenings...
    • In the anime series, on the other hand, they only show when serious stuff REALLY happens. When the Roborobos (the mooks, especially) or Kaitou Retort (being a well known thief) get serious, of course.
    • In the games, however, it's played straight. The Select Corps aren't particularly shown to be that useless or harmful, but they constantly fail to achieve anything, tend to be a massive inconvenience, and the chief will often take credit for busts and successes he had absolutely nothing to do with.
  • Portmanteau: This show has a particularly awkward use of Gratuitous English. The dub ended up correcting a lot of them.
    • The Medarot title from Japan is a portmanteau of Medal Robot. Medabots, used by the Nelvana dub and almost everywhere else, is a better blend of the same two words.
    • Robottle = Robot Battle (changed to Robattle)
    • Medarotch = Medarot Watch (Medawatch)
    • Medarotter = Medarot Fighter (Medafighter)
    • "Metabee" (and other several medabots) has also a bit of this. In Medarot (1), it's the portmanteau nickname of "Metal Beetle", the first model of KBT used in the franchise, but when Medarot 2 is released, Metabee is used as the name of a new model of KBT. In the anime, since there is no original model of KBT (and KWG) used in the first game, Hikaru goes with the name of Metabee's model as "Metal Beetle", and lately named it as "Metabee".
  • The Power of Friendship: Ikki and Metabee. All the time. When they're not at each others' throats.
  • Previous Player-Character Cameo: Hikaru, main character of the original Medarot games, shows up in games where Ikki is the main character as a convenience store clerk in college. Ikki does the same after he grows up.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Anime: Pretty much everybody save Ikki, Metabee, Arika, and the Screws come Spirits.
    • Videogames: Everyone, save Ikki, Metabee (in a new body), Arika, Nae and Dr. Akibahara, who are seen 9-8 years after Medarot 5 concludes, in Medarot DS.
      • The Bus Came Back: Almost if not all the main characters and side-characters of the main series of games reappear as DLC characters for Medarot Dual.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Roborobo (dub: Rubber Robo) Gang, clearly inspired by the one-and-only Team Rocket; in the anime they introduce themselves as the local Goldfish Poop Gang, but towards the end their individual names and personalities and unique appearances are revealed just as they're finally discovered to be Not So Harmless Villains.
  • Rainbow Pimp Gear: Medabot arms and legs are detachable, and in addition the loser of a battle must give a part of his bot to the winner. Thus, occasionally one might see Medabots with mismatched arms and legs that don't fit the body at all, either for strategic reasons or because they lost the original parts to someone.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ikki and Kouji, Metabee and Rokusho.
  • Rescue Arc
  • Returning The Handkerchief: How Ikki met Karin.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Kouji and Ikki are rivals for Karin's feelings. Too bad she doesn't seem to notice their feelings.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Subverted. The cat is the brains of the operation.
  • The Rival:
    • Metabee and Rokusho (and their myriad alternates and upgrades) are often presented as this, dueling or competing in opening cutscenes or promotional materials.
    • Medarot 2 introduced Sumilidon and Warbandit as Kouji's main Medabot; he has the saber-tooth tiger Sumilidon in Metabee version and king lion Warbandit in the Rokusho version. Since the anime took Metabee version as its basis, Kouji stuck with Sumilidon and Warbandit ended up with Victor of Team Kenya.
  • Robot Buddy: The main idea of the show.
  • Robot War: The "Ten Days of Darkness", an event where nearly every Medabot in the world went crazy and almost destroyed it, eight years ago. This event almost repeated itself if it wasn't for the efforts of Ikki and Metabee.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Due to a series of accidents with a Batman Gambit thrown in: Karin finds Rokusho's old friend. Rokusho asks to help the parrot just before seeing it's Baton, who was one of Dr Hushi's creations. Karin and Rokusho go to Dr. Aki, who was one of Hushi's assistances, and see if they can fix Baton with Aki's technology. Upon partically fixing Baton, Baton's memory kicks in and Rokusho hears that it was Aki who burned Hushi's home to the ground. Aki runs in with an axe on accident to alert Karin that Rubber-Robo Members were stalking around the house. Cue rampage with paranoia.
  • Running Gag:
    • Mr. Referee, who always manages to always be where the principal characters are in order to officiate the robottle about to happen. A few occasions, he also appears in a fitting guise or place. It's lampshaded in the Tournament Arc when the WMF announcer cites this as what Mr. Referee is known for.
    Ikki: "I wonder what he does when he isn't refereeing..."
    • No matter how awesome his heists are, Phantom Renegade is almost incapable of pulling one off without goofing something up; he'll get distracted and do things like drop his loot or bash his head on something hard. He's like a gymnast who can't stick the landing.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Uchuu Medarotter X/Space Medafighter X wears one. If that wasn't necessary to show how badass he is. Counting double since his complete outfit is a Shout-Out to Kamen Rider.
  • Self-Made Man: Dr. Aki sold patents of some medabot models to other companies to have the money to start Medabot Corporation.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: This is a world where children are allowed to operate robots with built-in sub-machineguns with no problem.
  • So Last Season:
    • Anime: The Medaforce, supposedly the strongest expression of Medabot power, is shown to be completely useless against Kilobots in the first episode of Spirits until later on.
    • Videogames: Ikki's KBT Medabots, in contrast to the anime where he holds dear Metabee's medal and body, in the games he mostly cares about the medal, so it's pretty much guaranteed that he will upgrade Metabee to a newer KBT model between games:
      • KBT-0 Metal Beetle — Medarot
      • KBT-1 Metabee — Medarot 2
      • KBT-50 Saikichis — Medarot 4
      • KBT-4 Arc-Beetle — Medarot DS
  • School Newspaper Newshound: Arika, who looks like she is the only member of the School Newspaper.
  • Ship Sinking: In the games universe this happens at least twice. Hikaru has a close relationship with Nae and Kirara in Medarot, but canon-speaking, he ends up with Kirara in Medarot 2. In Medarot DS, after long 9 years of absence since Medarot 4, it is implied that Ikki maybe does not show so much of feelings towards Arika, besides being 'friends... it is justified, though, since they were sided as helping characters rather than protagonists, and Karin does not fit in the equation either (there is not even a mention of her in the game), as neither does Nae.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Ikki and Arika in some episodes.
    • Ever heard of memetic Misty's Song? Just a tip of iceberg for Shipping-themed song. Yappari Kimi ga Suki! (Still I Love You!) by Eri Sendai herself, the Seiyuu of Arika/Erika, and it's the ORIGINAL! JAPANESE! ENDING!
    • Hence, how about another ship-song about Ikki's feeling for Nae, that one girl in the Medarot Damashii? It's not an in-game Canon.
    • Despite the fact that Karin is technically a member of Ikki's love triangle, she comes with her own competing suitor, Kouji. In the games, Kouji is overprotective of Karin due to her heart's condition. In the latter half of the original anime, Kouji struggles with the fact that he and Sumilodon Can't Catch Up; Karin goes above and beyond in her efforts to help him out or cheer him upnote .
    • In the video games, there are side-quests that will produce a Relationship Upgrade for Ikki with either Arika or Karin.
  • Shock and Awe: Peppercat.
  • Short Tank: Arika and Kikuhime/Samantha.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Kouji attempts to be like this and mostly succeeds, though he does sometimes slip into Upper-Class Twit territory.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • Poor Arika. Or is it Erica or Erika? (Although the latter two variants really only show up if you're using the dub as a basis...)
    • As with all things anime, trying to figure out what non-native words the Japanese are trying to use is often a challenge. Sumilidon, for example, would probably have been better translated as Smilodon.
    • Roborobo? Robo Robo? Rubber Robo? Rubberrobo? Rubberobo? (For what it's worth, The Other Wiki lists it as "Rubberrobo").
  • Spiritual Predecessor: To Danball Senki.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Karin.
  • The Stoic:
    • Sloan, though he can get unnerved at times. Rokusho, Victor, and Kam from Spirits are more straight examples.
    • Rokusho does this with a mentor-like twist. However, when his friend Baton falsely says that Dr Aki killed his old master...
  • Stoic Spectacles: Victor.
  • The Strategist: Most competent medafighters need to be this by necessity. For a Mons show for kids, it's impressively tactical.
  • Sunglasses at Night:
    • Dr. Aki rarely gets his own pair of sunglasses off. Though this is often dismissed in the manga adaptation of the games.
    • The Roborobos' Sinister Shades. When things got really, really serious, they would take them off to reveal their real identities just to fight as proper medafigthers.
  • Super Prototype: The first Robo Emperor. It was too powerful, and stuck in storage while newly designed, nerfed versions were put into production.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Pulled more specifically on Spirits, Nae serves as Karin, Dr. Aki, and Henry's replacement. She's Dr. Aki's granddaughter (as opposed to his niece), becomes Ikki's older Oblivious Love Interest, provides Metabee with upgrades and plays Cool Big Sis.
    • An aversion in the videogames, since Nae Akihabara is introduced to the player as an intern working in the Medarot Corporation in the first game, she then becomes regular in the next games.
  • Taking Up The Mantle: In the game universe, Ikki becomes the new Phantom Renegade in Medarot DS, as well as working at the Hop Mart, to outright placing Metabee's medal in an Arc-Beetle.
  • Tangled Family Tree: In the anime, Karin (who is Ikki's age) is Dr. Aki's niece, while Nae (who is Henry's age) is his granddaughter.
  • The Team: The anime has this in Medafighter-Medabot pairs.
  • Teleport Spam: The secret weapon of the American team in the World Championship.
  • Terrible Trio: The Screws, consisting of Samantha, Spyke, and Sloan, are a gang of Medafighters at Ikki's school. Samantha commands a Peppercat, Spyke has a Cyandog, and Sloan a Totalizer. They also have a once-seen "boss" in Baron von Banish, who turns out to be a complete pushover. Once he's dispatched, the Screws carry on without him.
  • Three-Laws Compliant:
    • In the games, they're called "The Three Laws of Medabots." A boy at Rosewood Private School indicates that Medabots are not allowed to harm humans on purpose. He wonders if that makes it okay if it happens on accident.
    • In the anime, Metabee doesn't really have a problem with unloading everything he's got in Ikki's general direction.
  • Time Skip: This is played between the first game (2010) and the second (2022), where twelve years have passed. And, it also happens again between Medarot 5 (the fifth game of the series) and Medarot DS/Medarot 7, with another 9-8 years.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • The Roborobo Gang once mistook a medabot for having a rare medal simply because it won a battle without moving. They apparently didn't see the fact that Ikki had made Metabee a series of paper "aeroparts" (medaparts that allow the user to fly) and Metabee couldn't control them. During the final battle in Spirits, Ikki lures Kam and Gryphon to the power plant of the Kilobot company building by placing Metabee, Arc-Dash, and Roks onto the rim of it, believing that Kam will give up the fight and not risk blowing up the building. Oh how wrong he was...
    • In episode 26, after the Phantom Renegade introduces himself to the Rubber-Robo Gang, Gilgirl commented that they already know who he is and said that they're not dumb enough to fall for his tricks. Then the Phantom said that the Rubber-Robo gang are geniuses. Then, the Phantom quickly says, "Look, it's the Phantom Renegade!" and the Rubber-Robo gang turn around and said "Where?". Then, the Phantom Renegade threw a smoke-bomb and fled off with Rokusho.
  • Theme Naming: Each of the members of the Roborobo Gang is named for some kind of seafood. Dub-wise, the Screws all have names beginning with "S", and the Rubber-Robos have had their names changed to simple sea creatures.
  • Theme Tune Cameo:
    • Mostly noticeable in the original version of the original series, the Anime Theme Song itself and the ending appeared as tunes in the anime series. The first one pretty much when Metabee is going to have his heroic moments; the other one is listened through the episode where the school building is completely buried in snow, in a radio. Also several of the Image Songs have appeared in some moments of the series, mostly the ones of the Screws and an Ikki and Metabee duet.
    • The English dub also counts with the opening theme used as part of the battles' soundtrack.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: During the International Tournament Arc, Mr. Referee isn't remotely pleased to be required to uphold the new rule that requires contestants to ante their Medabots' medals each match.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
    • Arika and Karin; Arika is such a tomboy that she's still wearing overalls when she's 19 years old. Kikuhime/Samantha also plays Tomboy to Arika at times.
    • Fubuki and Hiyori for Navi's main cast.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Samantha, leader of the Screws, takes ballet lessons.
  • Tomboyish Name: In the English dub, Samantha.
  • Tournament Arc
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ikki and takoyaki. A one-off example is Hikaru using a watermelon to bait Metabee, who despite being a robot and not even having a mouth, is somehow lured in because he has a kabuto-type Medal and beetles like sweet fruits which can get a bit uncomfortable watching that scene in the dub...
  • Tsundere: Arika is a particularly Tomboyish Type-B. Kikuhime/Samantha is a Type-A who is a little heavy on tsun and very rarely shows her dere side...
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future:
    • The videogames (Medarot to Medarot 7) and the manga develop between 2010-2033, while the medabots were partially developed during the 70s...
    • Though it is an Alternate Continuity from the original source of the franchise, the anime series is debatable happening around the 2020s in the original version (the timeline of Medarot 2 through 4, where the anime is sort-of based on, happens in that decade) but changed to the 22nd century in the English dub. Also a proof of Technology Marches On, since the anime series was done in 1999-2001... and there are still VCRs in the future?
  • Un Reveal: When mysterious Space-Medafighter X's golden mask is split to reveal... the equally-mysterious Phantom Renegade's white mask. (Of course, the Dramatic Irony is that only the cast members are in the dark about him).
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Ikki, Kouji, and Kagiyama during their match against Team Sweden, who are presented as a trio of beautiful Idol Singers, but who are actually Roborobos... MALE Roborobos.
    • UGLY male Roborobos.
  • Verbal Tic: This is applied in both versions of the anime, but it's more noticeable in the Japanese one with the Rubber-Robo Gang, since they usually end their sentences with the word robo.
    • Speaking of, when Surumi fights as herself she has a noticeable accent verbal tic at the end of her sentences. This is, however, not used when she is in her Roborobo identity.
  • Video Game Remake:
    • The original Medarot game for Game Boy was released as Medarot: Perfect Edition for the Bandai's WonderSwan in 1999 and Medarot: True Type (or Shingata: Medarot) for the Game Boy Advance in 2004 (with whole different characters and redesigns, and whole different graphics and music compared to its original game, using the engine of Medarot 2 CORE).
    • Medarot 2, originally released on the Game Boy Color, got this treatment too, released as Medarot 2 CORE in 2002/2003 for the GBA. This version was one of the only games to make it to western shores, under the names Medabots: Metabee Version and Medabots: Rokusho Version. Fans and other interested parties were understandably confused by the fact that everything non-combat looked as though it was lifted from a GBC title. It should be noted that the remake is also a Recursive Adaptation, integrating little bits and pieces from the anime back into the story.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Near the end of the World Tournament, the Phantom Renegade interrupts an argument between the Screws. He happens to be riding a bike with some groceries in the basket, suggesting he'd been out shoppin in full Renegade regalia.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Metabee and Ikki again, who fight like brothers.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Several Medabots have this attack. A prime example is Arc-Beetle's signature attack, the Prominence. The Medaforce also acts like this.
  • White Mask of Doom: Phantom Renegade and technically Space Medafighter X, whose mask is identical to the Phantom's, but colored gold.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Bugs: Kouji. In a party he even freaks out and destroy everything in sight.
  • Wild Card: Phantom Renegade's goal is to steal all rare medals, usually bringing him into conflict with the Rubberrobo gang, but he's also got his eyes on Metabee, whom he tolerates due to the growing bond Ikki shares with him. While his true allegiances are revealed by the end of the first season, Nelvana released an out-of-order episode in the second season where he was still in his wildcard phase, causing the scratch of many a head.
  • Wild Take: Taken over the top at times. Ikki freaking out over Kouji being above him in the national rankings is a good example.
  • Wrench Wench - Nae, from Spirits.
  • You Are in Command Now: Dr. Meta-Evil put Shrimplips in charge of the Rubber-Robo Gang after Seaslug had too many failures.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In Episode 51, Dr. Meta-Evil fired his henchmen and said that he only used them to have all the world's Medabots dominate the earth.

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