YMMV / Bakugan

For the anime:

  • Broken Base: Either Baku Tech! Bakugan is the best reboot of the franchise, or the worst one ever done by Sega.
  • Cliché Storm: Bakugan is a series about monsters who are used in combat as part of a game. This game involves monsters attacking other monsters along with using cards to change the tide of the game. The plot of the anime is about how the Bakugans' homeworld is in jeopardy after Naga takes over the Infinity Core. Then the main characters have to use their Bakugan to save both worlds.
  • Complete Monster:
    • King Zenoheld's original plan was to enslave the Bakugan to use them as entertainment against their will, passing them off as inanimate playthings. When they got free and were revealed to be sentient beings (a fact that horrified a large number of his followers), his response was to bring in the Bakugan Extermination System to perform a genocide on them simply because he lost. When that's stopped, he has a Villainous Breakdown and goes Omnicidal Maniac, trying to destroy the universe, all because the Bakugan got their freedom from him. He also treated his son like a disposable soldier.
    • Emperor Barodius is a power-obsessed tyrant who declared war on and earnest to wipe out a peaceful planet to gain more power than he already had. After his defeat by the heroes and imprisonment in an alternate universe for eternity by Code Eve for genocide, he took the alias Mag Mel and began using a Psychic Link he formed with Dan and Drago to leech of their energy to free himself and Mind Rape them with terrible visions of the destruction he intends to cause on Earth. He's also a firm believer in You Have Failed Me and You Have Outlived Your Usefulness as his disposal of his Co-Dragons Mistress Sellon, even though she'd completed her assignment perfectly and hadn't failed him, and Anubius, robbing him the honor of dying in battle with Dan. If he doesn't kill for either of those things he brainwashes into his loyal puppet, as shown when he kidnapped a large number of kids from Bakugan Interspace to brainwash into his loyal soldiers.
  • Creator's Pet: Keith.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: 'Bang Bang Bakugan!', 'Buchirin Generation', 'Number One Battle Brawlers' and 'Air Drive'.
  • Ending Fatigue: The New Vestroia arc. Okay, so the brawlers had to free the Bakugan from the Vexos. Oh wait! Now they have to stop the Vexos from destroying all the Bakugan! Oh wait! Now they have to stop the Vexos from destroying the whole universe! Mira even lampshades it:
    Mira: First you wanted to enslave the Bakugan, then you wanted to destroy the Bakugan and now you want to destroy the universe.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Vexos will more than likely never appear again, but after entering the second season after New Vestroia, some of the members are still getting plenty of fan art. And Spectra's popularity was a contributing factor to his return in the latest arc.
    • Volt Luster is likely the most popular of the Vexos, being likely the most honorable antagonist in the series, by far the most sympathetic, and arguably the best Vexos in terms of pure skill in Season 2, after he Took A Levelin Badass and was able to hold his own against Shun/Baron simulataneously, and handed Hydron's ass to him. Also liked was his shades of Hidden Depths, being implied to serve Hydron out of loyalty rather than Zenoheld, his rescue from poverty all but stated to be the reason why, which is likely why he didn't kill Hydron. Not many fans took well to him being Put on a Bus to Hell and never being reunited with Brontes.
  • First Installment Wins: To many fans, Bakugan will never be as good as it was in the first series, no doubt thanks to Nelvana changing the relationship between Dan and Runo from Official Couple to Just Friends, later series slowly but surely losing various Gaming and Sports Anime and Manga elements and strategy until the middle of Gundailan Invaders where the show becomes about Kaiju spamming Ability Cards, and the female characters being treated horribly (the first series had a balanced main cast of three boys and three girls, but only the three boys became mainstays for the next three series.)
  • Foe Yay: Often overlaps with Ho Yay as well, and IT'S OFTEN! An example is last battle between Dan and Masquerade in Battle Brawlers. The battle was goddamn epic and...well, Intense, complete with collateral damage and...Clothing Damage, well, Masquerade turns to be Alice Gehabich. And the guy in a girl's body tore off his tattered longcoat mid-battle, which exposed bare, feminine shoulders. And the reason he had a breastplate on? To hide a pair of boobs underneath.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: It was quite the flop in Japan, while a huge hit in America.
    • And is the current go-to boy thing in South Africa.
    • And is also very popular in Hungary of all places.
    • And was a success in Sweden, too.
  • Ho Yay: Spectra and Gus. Need we say more?
    • Ren and Marucho.
    • Jake and Marucho.
    • After Dan faints in the first episode of Gundalian Invaders, Ren has his hand directly on Dan's crotch.
  • Seasonal Rot: Also Sequelitis. Many fans and regular viewers found New Vestroia, Gundalian Invaders, and Mechtanium Surge to not be nearly as good as the original Battle Brawlers was.
  • Shipping Bed Death: The finale of Battle Brawlers tied up a lot of the romantic subplots. Naturally, this means there's nothing left for the female Brawlers to do and they're all either Demoted to Extras or Put on a Bus entirely in New Vestroia. Three new characters join Dan, Marucho and Shun to make up the new six-element team— and two of them are male. Periphery Demographic? What's that? We just want to sell toys, and that requires a Cast Full of Pretty Boys, right?
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: For some reason, it's not about Dan the main character, but about Shun, his Foil & Lancer. Between Alice and Fabia, pick your choice....
  • Special Effects Failure: Anything rendered in CG that aren't the Bakugan themselves (thanks to not using cel shading on those other elements), the pigeons also combine this with what may be the Uncanny Valley.
  • Soundtrack Fatigue: The show repeatedly abuses a very slim number of soundtracks from start to finish throughout the entire run, playing them over and over to the point they lose their likeability and border on Soundtrack Dissonance. Normally, this is common with a lot of long-running anime, but it's taken to new heights with Bakugan. Granted, there are a few that aren't overused or unique to one season, but when the music tracks start playing in one easily predictable sequence in four episodes straight and you don't get any new ones to listen to that will alleviate the stale music, it gets old fast.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Many wanted Volt to join the brawlers, and by extension replace The Scrappy that Baron was with a much more interesting and complex character. This never happens.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Hydron. He might act like a spoiled brat, but at the end of the day, he's still just a lonely teenager who was repeatedly abused by the very person that was supposed to care for him.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Mechtanium Surge, thanks to it's Continuity Porn (one of the biggest complaints from fans about New Vestroia and Gundalian Invaders is that everyone except Dan, Marucho and Shun is Put on a Bus) and the surprisingly dark storyline. Opinions vary on how successful this actually was.

For the real card game:

  • Game-Breaker: The "H-Bomb". The card "Haos 2" (where you steal one of your opponents won gate cards by having a lower printed power) makes the "H", a "Lowest Power Wins" gate card is the fuse, and a low-power Haos bakugan is the bomb. You win two points in a single round. This is getting increasingly broken as the G-power cap rises and will probably never go out of fashion. The only limit is that you can have only one of each card in your deck.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: Who are on opposing sides about rolling.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Harpus is male not even the shows staff got this.

For the video games:

Bakugan Battle Brawlers
  • Game-Breaker: Darkus Leonidus with a specific set of 4 cards (one Gate Card, 3 Ability Cards) can easily break 1000 G-Power before adding pickups and whatever is generated in the battle itself. To say nothing about Omega Leonidas with Darkus Attribute and the same setup (substituting one ability card).
Bakugan Defenders of the Core