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Bakugan: Battle Planet is a Continuity Reboot of the Japanese-Canadian Bakugan franchise, a joint production of the Toronto-based toy company Spin Master, Corus Entertainment's Nelvana in Canada, and Japanese producers TMS Entertainment and Studio Hibari.

The story begins when Dan and his friends accidentally set off First Contact with the eponymous Mons while exploring the remains of Great Collision.

Man of Action Studios is on-board as story editors, with scripts being written in Los Angeles. Cartoon Network, who broadcast the original Bakugan Battle Brawlers in the United States, serves as a co-producer for Battle Planet. At their request, the series is produced as a Quarter-Hour series with more comedic elements. They will also handle the Bakugan licensing program through Cartoon Network Enterprises.


The series premiered in the United States on December 23, 2018 and in Canada on Corus' Teletoon on December 31, 2018. Cartoon Network will also broadcast the series in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. It later premiered in Japan on April 1, 2019.

A second season named "Armored Alliance" premiered on 2020. A third one, titled as "Geogan Rising" premiered on 2021. A fourth season named as "Evolutions" is currently under production and slated to be released in early 2022.


Bakugan Battle Planet contains examples of:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: Just like the previous incarnations, the Bakugan are the most obvious example of this.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: In the original series Shun was a stoic lone wolf. Here he's a Lonely Rich Kid who wants to be friends with the brawlers, similar to Marucho. He also uses the Aquos element instead of Ventus.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Minor example, Dan's last name is now "Kouzo" as opposed to "Kuso".
  • Adults Are Useless: The only adults actively involved with Bakugan issue so far are villains with the exception of Benton Dusk, who ends up as The Mentor and Reasonable Authority Figures until and after his posession by Tiko. Following the end game of season 1, this becomes subverted as some of the adult antagonists such as Philomena and Kravitz become supporting allies throughout the story.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: This applies to both the Bakugan and their partners.
  • Automobiles Are Alien: Drago thinks the bus eats people. Dan corrects him.
  • Berserk Button: Hunger makes Wynton go nuts.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: AAAnimus, Kazami International Holdings, and Tiko in season one. Tiko eventually takes over the former two as the sole Big Bad during the second half, forcing them into an Enemy Mine with the Awesome Ones in order to take back their respective companies.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Magnus attempts several times to pretend to be an ally, benefactor, wanting to join the Awesome Ones, or false attempts to get them into his good graces through disguises. It doesn't last long, mostly due to his impatience and anger.
  • Bland-Name Product: The kids post on ViewTube.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Zig-zagged. Krakelios suddenly squirts ink when he sees a shadowy Bakugan appear.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: The Rowdy trio get eliminated from the Bakugan Battle League after its revealed they’ve been disguising themselves in the stadium by dressing up the same.
  • Children Are Special: In the beginning, only children born after the Great Collision could summon Bakugan. Teens and adult antagonists are trying to get around this using special devices that allow their bodies to use them, and when they're banned in season 2, criminals resort to stealing chilren's Bakugan to let them play.
  • Color Motif: Darkus Bakugan and their partners tend to be villainous. Lightning is a notable aversion.
  • Calling Your Attacks: As in the previous series, this is a staple for Bakugan.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The Bakugan's most predominant color matches their Attribute. Interestingly, their partners usually wear clothing that also matches the Bakugan's Attribute.
  • Competitive Balance: More present in the game than in the show, but every faction has their own advantages and disadvantages. Pyrus Faction are Glass Cannons, with low B-Power, but high damage. Haos Bakugan focus on stockpiling as many Baku Cores while Ventus focuses on gathering energy cards quickly.
  • Composite Character:
    • As stated above under Adaptational Personality Change, this show's version of Shun Kazami is more akin to being Marucho but with Shun's name. He also has Shun's troubling relationship with the rest of his family, expect with the family roles changed.
    • Magnus follows Bakugan's tradition of having a masked antagonist and shares several traits with some of his predecessors. He is a Darkus brawler like most of them were, has a younger sister like Spectra and wears a half-mask like Marduk from the first Bakugan video game. His partner Bakugan, Nillious, being a two-headed dragon is reminiscent of Masquerade's Hydranoid and Spectra's Helios.
    • Lia is Dan's close female friend, similarly to Runo, but she has a design that resembles Julie's.
  • Continuity Reboot: To the original franchise.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Magnus' battle with Dan in episode 18. They're both even at first, until Nillious is evolved into Hyper Nillious, and the match goes downhill from there.
    • Shun and Hydorous also receive one at the hands of Masato and Serpenteze in episode 35. In the next episode, Shun evolves his Hydorous and pays him back with interest.
  • Don't Wake the Sleeper: Gorthion, Trox, and Drago learn to regret waking Lia up.
  • Eldritch Location: The Maze counts as this.
  • Exposed Extraterrestrials: Bakugan don't wear clothes, but their body is naturally covered in armor.
  • Evil Knockoff: Appear in Outer Demons, although the doppelgangers have different affinities and personalities from the originals.
  • First Contact: Dan, Lia, and Wynton are the first humans to meet a Bakugan.
  • Five-Token Band: The main cast so far, although they only have one female lead. If the male to female ratio becomes an even three for three, they'll be golden.
  • Fountain of Youth: Played straight in All Jungled Up.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: What, exactly, is the purpose of Benton Dusk's goggles?
  • Heel–Face Turn: Most of the antagonists and some of the Bakugan become allies later on.
    • Cynderous starts out as the partner of a arrogant and narcissistic kid, who uses him to lord over other kids. After Cynderous gets tired of being pushed around and goes on a rampage due to not following the orders of his partner, he ditches him for Dan and the AO.
    • Masato started off intending to flat out murder his cousin Shun and become the next heir to Kazami Holding Industries, becoming increasing condensing and insane, taking advantage an unstable Core Cell and almost blowing up Kazami island with all the protagonists, his family, and company works out of spite and power. After being trapped in the Maze for 10 years, learning from his mistakes with the help of Serpenteze and Auerelus Goreene, he returns as a much likable presence. He tries prevent his father from abusing Goreene as a power source, assists the others in fighting Tiko in the endgame, and in season 2, becomes the next president with a much more healthier relationship in his family.
    • Magnus was a Noble Demon amongst AAAnimus generals, working for Philomena as their ace brawler in order to for them to support him and his sister financially. After finally losing to Dan at the end of the Awesome vs AAAnimus arc, recruiting China, Tripp, Aay, and Kurin, losing his sanity when he resorts to using a corrupted Core Cell to achieve Titan Evolution, and is Brainwashed and Crazy by Tiko, he becomes an ally when Dan is able to free him from Tiko's control. He joins the heroes as an Aloof Ally, and in season 2, becomes a Vigilante Man to hunt down the criminals using the now illegal Bakugan devices to commit crimes with Bakugan.
  • Innocent Aliens: The Bakugan don't know that humans need to sleep, eat, and and practice hygiene- all Bakugan really need is battle. They go along with it though, after some mild persuasion.
  • Intelligent Gerbil: Some Bakugan designs fit this trope.
  • Mascot's Name Goes Unchanged: Bakugan: Battle Planet replaces several of the Bakugan characters. For example, Marucho is replaced with Wynton, while both Runo and Julie are replaced with Lia. However, Dan is still around with Drago as his bakugan, even though he has a new design.
  • Mon: Type 2. Drago says that Bakugan are born to battle.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: The majority of Bakugan this time around appear to be biomechanical, or at least very heavily armored. They even get holographic Tron Lines when using their special moves.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: A Bakuzon's iris and sclera will turn red when being manipulated.
  • Mind Manipulation: Bakuzons are victims of this.
  • Myth Arc: Several.
    • In season 1, someone's invented a device that control Bakugan. Also, there's a mysterious Bakugan possessing other innocent Bakugan and turning them into zombies.
    • In season 2, there's a distributor selling Bakugan devices, resulting in criminals using them to commit crimes.
    • Season 3 centers around Vestroia and Earth's now unstable connection, the first half focusing on the effect it has on Earth and how battling has become riskier now that defeated Bakugan are lost because they return to Vestroia, while the second focuses on the former, exploring more of its mythos and lore while trying to repair said connection.
    • Season 4 focuses around both the new elemental energy that empowers and evolves Bakugan, the elemental burst caused by it, and the fact that adults are now able to freely roll them, alongside a shady figure trying to use said energy for their own good.
  • Mythology Gag: In season 3, with the Drome rendered non-functional, Shun has it replaced with a “Gate Card”, which is activated with the familiar “Gate Card, set!” from the original series.
  • Non-Elemental: Aurelus Bakugan do not represent a specific element, and do not have any Ability Cards dedicated to them. Instead, they represent Gold Bakugan.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Wynton, who doesn't want the extra pressure to do more that would come with revealing exactly how smart he is.
  • One-Winged Angel: What Bakugan Evolution is now; a temporary power-up that happens when it absorbs energy directly from a Core Cell.
  • Outside-Context Problem: The creature, later revealed to be Tiko, that took control of the Bakugans' Core Cell is this to the main cast. The Bakugan can't tell the main cast what that thing is due to their own memories being suppressed. Even if they could, they don't know that the creature is laying underneath the crater from the Great Collision.
  • Plucky Girl: Lia Venegas.
  • Psycho Rangers: In the Endgame for season 1, Tiko forms a group of brainwashed brawlers fo combat the Awesome Ones alongside him, each with their own pre-established rivalry: Tiko fights Dan and Drago due to his hatred for the latter and the former meddling in his plans while Dan/Drago equally blame Tiko for the damage done to both Vestroia and Earth. Tripp brainwashed Wynton before and has attempted to steal his Bakugan on numerous occasions, and now has Lupitheon to make Wynton fight his own partner. Toshi and later President Kazami have a personal connection to Shun as his caretakers. Brakken fights Lia as she was the only one to get through to him. And Callous pairs up against Lightning as both servant and owner to Brakken and Dan respectively.
  • Quarter Hour Short: Unlike the original series, Battle Planet is produced as such, with episodes broadcast in 30-minute blocks. This is synonymous with Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon shows in The New '10s, but it has also become common for Merchandise-Driven anime and South Korean shows to follow this format. Unlike most of the others, most of the episodes serve as two-parters or are connected to one another.
  • Revisiting the Roots: Kids find a bunch of aliens who fight for them.
  • Shout-Out: Cubbo seems to be one to Zoobles, a spin-off of the original Bakugan toyline aimed at girls.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: The reboot takes a much more realistic tone.
    • Bakugan can be rolled out in the Drome, which protects it from damages in the real world. But now that they can be rolled out in the real world, anyone can and has taken advantage of that. These range from:
      • AAAnimus using the revamped Exit Team as propaganda for their company, staging attacks and disasters from the shadows, and then stopping them from happening while saving people.
      • The military taking advantage of their status to limit people from certain locations and using Bakugan as a tool for misconduct, notably with Colonel Tripp.
      • Businesses such as AAAnimus, Kazami Holdings International, and to more beneficial degree, Dusk Industries taking advantage of Bakugan for profit through selling, experimenting, and enforcing control collars, generating propaganda towards their own organizations, and using the energy resources from the Core Cells.
      • Starting with Armored Alliance, adults have started using and stealing Bakugan to commit crimes such as robbing banks. According to Kravitz and Mangus, not only has this become more freuqent after the ban against using Bakugan for commercial and military gain, there are running organizations dedicated to selling Bakugan devices to criminals.
    • The Awesome Ones are the first to discover Bakugan from the second Great Collision. Discovering them and becoming the first to unveil their existence to the world via You Tube makes them instant stars as they keep gathering information and teach people about the game. It also gives them a massive target on their back with the Big Bad Ensembles keeping eyes on their every move and development.
    • An episode after the premiere is dedicated to being careful to avoid collateral damage, and cleaning up the damage you do make. Dan has to teach the triplet kids to battle only in the Drone since their Bakugan nearly destroyed the park.
    • Under Philomena's orders, Kravitz is able to make the citizens of Los Vamos believe Bakugan are dangerous by using a device that summons the Bakugan out. Ten foot tall sentient monsters being summoned in random places without safety or reason is going to sway the unassuming public that they are dangerous.
    • Philomena actively attempts to subjugate the Awesome One's Bakugan to add to her research and stack in the benefits for herself. However, the merging of Earth and The Maze later revealed to be parts of a fragmented Vestroia resulted in nearly anyone finding their own Bakugan, thus the need for an organization and brawlers to actively search down and hunt for new members that arrive on Earth.
      • Benton's solution to help the Awesome Ones out; dropping a satellite onto the city is admittedly extreme (and is called out for his actions later). However, with no other options to protect the city from such a catastrophe in such a short, the populace has no other options but to rely on the Bakugan to save them and counter Kravitz's plans.
    • In the final 24 episodes of season 1, Tiko takes control over Benton, established as one of the smartest characters in the world, has a strong social standing as an ally of the protagonists, and is in charge of a company with access to very powerful financial resources. Combine that with taking over AA Animus, and in a few episodes, Tiko goes from just having Mangus and Strata as puppets and a strong Hydranoid that can provide minor damage to a Titan Level Bakugan at best, to being able to regulate and detain all Bakugan, manipulate the public in trusting him, and copyrighting the Awesome Ones' videos when they attempt to warn their fans and the public about Tiko. Suddenly world domination becomes much easier.
    • In both Seasons 2 and 3, the Awesome Brawlers are either the first or one of the first to learn of new abilities and mechanics (Baku-Gear, Faction Fusion, Geogan, etc). But in season 4, because they only had Drago and no other Bakugan at first, they didn't know about elemental energy and elemental evolution until a while after its discovery (enough for a whole academy centered around elemental brawling to be founded), so they don't have the advantage this time. We see how much it cost them to catch up to Faustus and other brawlers who had much more time to get used to both elemental evolution and Nanogan.
    • Also in Season 4, the awesome brawlers have a relatively easy time learning to summon and control Nanogan, because mastering it is mostly a case of Don't Think, Feel, and they already have a deep bond with their Bakugan; elemental evolution, on the other hand, is much more tricky to understand than previous abilities (Baku-Gear requires reaching a damage threshold, Faction Fusion is mostly about the bond of the Bakugan fusing, summoning Geogan was mostly random and with not a lot of rules behind it) requiring both a good state of mind and a deep understanding of the elemental energy.
    • Season 4 also showed that even when they couldn´t roll Bakugan at first, they were a lot of researchers and scientists studying Bakugan theory and habits since their first appearance, so after Season 3 finale with them getting the ability to use them, it makes sense that applying their deep understanding in brawling theory and studies gives them a edge over the youngsters, especially with a whole new power set in the form of elemental energy .
  • Third-Act Misunderstanding: Near the end of Season 1a, the heroes find out Benton was the one who dropped the satellite after Duane and Philomena hinted Benton wasn’t as trustworthy as he seemed. The group decide to work for Philomena only to then realize she was playing them from the start and Benton's intentions, while extreme, ultimately were useful and helpful in the long run.
  • With Friends Like These...: Howlkor and Artulean started off extremely disliking each other, only agreeing to work together because of their love for Lightning until the two resolved their differences.
  • World-Healing Wave: The dromes that are set up for Bakugan battles erases any damage that occurs afterwards. This does not apply to any damage that occurred before. However, in season 3, most of the dromes are now susceptible to being broken, now making battles even more dangerous and risky in the real environments.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: In the latter half of Armored Alliance, while trying to accomplish his goal of making his modified Fusion Bakugan, Sabrus, more powerful, Haavik needs to use the power of an Aurelus Bakugan. To that end, he goes after Tiko, largely due to his corruption from the V-Virus in season 1. When he finds that Tiko has taken a Heel–Face Turn, he simply exploits the weakened Pyravian and uses her to fuse with Sabrus.