YMMV / Beyblade


The franchise provides examples of:

The anime provides examples of:

  • Americans Hate Tingle: The series is somewhat unpopular in Mexico because all the main characters are male, with a lot of Ho Yay to go around; it's known as Gayblade there for a reason.
  • Awesome Music: Oh yes.
  • Badass Decay:
    • In the first season, Lee was an absolute beast who could copy his teammates techniques and always won easily before his match with Ray and Tyson. But in G Revolution, he's overly emotional and drives himself way too hard and in general, is just nowhere near as impressive.
    • Ray briefly comes under this during the American tournament in season 1. After serving as the central character in the China tournament (practically winning his team the final round single-handedly by beating both Mariah and Lee, when Max had previously lost to Gary and Tyson had tied with Lee), he loses two out of the three matches he fights in America (with Kai taking his place in Round 1). As a result, Ray became the first member of the team ever to lose a match before the finals. To add insult to injury, he is subjected to a Curb-Stomp Battle against Eddy, getting taken down 0-2 (incidentally, the first time that that had ever happened in the show as well).
  • Broken Base:
    • Ray's match against Crusher is a subject of heavy debate among the fandom. The Ass Pull victory granted to Crusher (a rock from the stadium's remains hit his Beyblade and let it stay in the Stadium while Driger MS lost by stadium out) is either a Heartwarming Moment as his love for his sister pushed him through the battle and allowed him to win, or a cheap victory awarded to someone who really didn't deserve the victory as he did pretty poorly against Ray, who dominated for the majority of the fight.
    • The art design and character designs changed every season. Which season looks best is a matter of debate.
  • Crazy Awesome: Tyson and King's solution to take care of Dr. K who's sniping Tyson's Beyblade from atop the stadium? Have Dragoon throw Ariel on her, or course!
  • Fanon: Dranzer is female. It doesn't hurt that female Bit-Beasts do exist, as evidenced by Galux, Wolborg, and the dub-only Dizzi.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot: For some reason Kai getting kidnapped happens a disproportionately amount of times in Beyblade fanfiction.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: The fandom contains a disproportionate amount of Takao/Kai shipping compared to other ships.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • It was so popular in America that Metal Fight Beyblade was produced with Western audiences in mind.
    • One of maybe three Shonen anime series (the other two being Pokémon and Duel Masters) to be popular in India.
    • The franchise as a whole is HUGE in Latin America, easily on par with Yu Gi OH not just as an anime but also as a tabletop game.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The English dub's atrocious one-liners and puns have a more humorous charm when you hear Ray say one in Carlos' voice (they are both voiced by Daniel DeSanto).
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
  • Macekre: Nelvana, already known for sterilizing another popular anime series, more or less did a 4Kids-level job with Beyblade, ranging from changing and Americanising many of the character names (despite the obvious Japanese setting), to changing plotlines and plot points, and adding completely unnecessary and annoying characters, such as Dizzi and the two commentators that talk over every battle. They also used the same opening theme for all three series (said opening theme is actually popular, though).
  • Narm/Narm Charm:
    • Unsurprisingly, the series is absolutely dripping with it. From the Serious Business of the Beyblading itself, to the overly-dramatic and hammy acting (especially from the dub). It's doubtful the fans would want it any other way.
    • The commercials themselves had the catchphrase "Let it rip". Oops.
  • Periphery Demographic: A GOOOOD portion of its fans are Yaoi Fangirls due to it having a mostly male cast and all the Ho Yay. Just look at Fanfiction.Net!
  • The Scrappy:
    • Hillary gets this reaction due to being a girl who was created just so the Bladebreakers could have some female presence. The problem is that she wasn't a blader, which really ground some people's gears. The writers had no idea what to do with her besides making her the "token girl", so she pretty much just became moving background in the third season. She never lives up to the full potential of The Chick (namely, being The Heart).
    • Daichi (for perceived stealing of the spotlight from the rest of the cast).
    • Ming Ming also qualifies. Her pop star status annoys most people and think she shouldn't be Beyblading. Including Daichi... until she defeated him.
  • Snark Bait: Since its premise is "Save the world WITH SPINNING TOPS!!!1!" and it's not the least bit self-conscious about it, the whole franchise is a frequent target of mockery.
  • Superlative Dubbing: On the other hand, some fans take the opposite view of the above Macekre as the English dub's overall quality isn't too bad in terms of acting, especially for a merchandise driven show. Not to mention, the editing was nowhere as bad as 4Kids, nor were puns all over the place, only cropping up from time to time. The fact that they bothered to add in Dizzi, as well as all those CGI parts, does in fact show the creators put some effort and creativity in their adaptation, and even the US soundtrack has some pretty kickass themes.
  • Tear Jerker: Ray's battle against Bryan, with Bryan's Bit-Beast attacking both Ray's Beyblade and Ray himself. Even though the fate of the world is at stake, and the only way the Bladebreakers can get to the finals and stop Biovolt's evil plans is if Ray wins his battle, his friends are more concerned about Ray's well-being and try telling him to withdraw from the battle. However, Ray keeps refusing to listen to them, and continues to fight even though he's barely able to endure the pain as Falborg's attacks just keep getting worse as the battle goes on. Near the end, Ray's Bit-Beast Driger ends up sacrificing itself to save Ray's life by shielding him from further attacks, before destroying Bryan's Beyblade with a powerful Tiger Claw attack. Right afterwards, everyone is excited when the light from that final Tiger Claw attack has cleared up and they realize that Ray has won the battle, but their excitement quickly fades when they notice Ray's unconscious body on the stadium floor.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Subverted as some fans initially disliked the new animation style featured in the second season as well as the subtle changes in personality the characters exhibited (e.g. Tyson losing all his character development) but on the other hand many believe that the second season's story arc was much less formulaic and overall more interesting as well as the fact that the more detailed Bit-Beast design and the Conspicuous CGI for the Beyblades was a nice touch.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Stuart (or Suzaku as he's called in Japan) looks like the single female member of the Blade-Sharks but is a boy like the others. He wears a cropped shirt, has a Beauty Mark, has long eyelashes, and wears his hair in an effeminate bob.


The tabletop game provides examples of:

  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: Many popular strategies are simply the tried-and-true variety, usually something based around what the last tournament winner used — either their build or one designed to beat it. See Bribing Your Way to Victory and Crippling Overspecialization in the Tabletop Game page.
  • Defictionalization:
    • Some originally manga- and anime-only tops got real life versions after much begging from fans.
    • Takara's wide release of Omega Dragonis was its own design. Hasbro duplicated the one from the show for its version.
  • Game Breaker: For Beyblade Burst, you can glue your Burst Bey to prevent the others from landing Burst Finish. And not many people would actually notice that.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The plastic era is long gone, but that doesn't stop people from playing it anyway. Since Sonokong (the Korean distributor) didn't pick the series up for a few years, they kept the game in production almost until Metal Fusion started, meaning more availability on the second-hand market.
  • It's the Same, so It Sucks: Shooters and launchers have not changed much over the course of the game's history. The ripcords released for the Hasbro version of Metal Fusion are even the same ones used in the original toys. The String Launcher was celebrated as a major upgrade (being an improvement of the Duel Shooter, itself powerful if inconvenient), but Burst started out the series with ripcords again. Some want the ripcord launchers to have a gearing mechanism for faster spins, while others wand the string version to be available from the beginning.
  • No Export for You: The original Metal System tops from the Metal Fight Beyblade manga are only available in Japan. A good number of accessories never made it across the Pacific, either. In particular, the string version of the Left Launcher never got used in America despite demand. Bizarrely enough, the Rev Up Launcher, having the undisputed best launch power available, never got released outside of America except a very late and shortpacked release in Hong Kong of all places.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Some fans of the original series were not too thrilled with the Metal Saga and Shogun Steel toys. Common complaints are smaller size (only true when compared to HMS Beyblades), lack of large spikes, and needing a tool to assemble properly. Others didn't like that height played such a big part when older toys are all roughly the same height. Others didn't like the lack of left-spinners, and that spin direction is determined by both the Energy Ring and the Fusion/Chrome Wheel, which limited combinations since they had to be compatible. Most left-spin parts being L-Drago variants and the one ambidextrous Energy ring only working with one Fusion Wheel didn't help. Unfortunately, these changes were made to address previous problems like breakage, since large points created more stress and the metal wheels tend to last much longer. Burst, as a result, addresses some of these complaints by making some of the tops spikier but with thicker plastic and going back to using the metal parts mainly for balance and spin time.


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