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Beyblade (Bakuten Shoot Beyblade in Japan) aired from 2001 to 2003 with a season each year, the first produced by Madhouse and the last two by Nihon Animedia. The story was adapted from the manga by Takao Aoki, which itself was a reboot of the events told about in Jisedai Begoma Battle Beyblade. Also included in the anime lineup is the Non-Serial Movie Beyblade: The Movie - Fierce Battle, which can be considered an Alternate Continuity to the third season.

The first season focused on the protagonist team, the Bladebreakers, rising to the top. It all started with taking down an illicit beygang of very dangerous tweenagers, then went to taking on the world in many a Tournament Arc, and finished with the Bladebreakers being the world's last chance against a hostile takeover by Borg and Hiwatari Enterprises. Along the way, each member of the team faced a personal demon and grew both as a person and as a teammate.


Season 2 (V-Force) shifted gears, moving largely away from the tournament narrative to provide a story of the Bladebreakers having to defend their four sacred bit-beasts, Dragoon, Draciel, Dranzer, and Driger, from two organizations trying to steal them: the Saint Shields and Zagart Industries, which were at odds with each other too. The Bladebreakers numbers increased with the addition of Hiromi, who became an assistant to the team alongside Kyōju.

Season 3 (G-Revolution) was a return to the tournament-heavy format, if with one major twist: the Bladebreakers were no longer together. Max, Rei, and Kai all went to their alternative teams for their own shot at becoming the world champion. This left Takao to join forces with season-newcomer Daichi and his bit-beast Gaia Dragoon. The former teammates faced off against each other in various rounds, but ultimately became allies again for another effort to stop the world from being taken over.


As for any changes from the manga, for starters, the flow of time is different. Where in the manga everything happened in a year, each season of the anime represents a year, making for three years total. To this end, the length and amount of battles got vastly upped: the manga featured a one-battle-only mode while the anime used the best-out-of-three rounds. Furthermore, in the manga, many of the members of other teams were actually lucky if their names were mentioned while the anime fleshed them out to the point of giving every single team member a bit-beast. One important thing to note is that the manga and anime were in part produced concurrently and Aoki did do work for the anime too. This means that on occasion it's the manga which changed from the anime, the most representative instance being Zeo's true identity.

Much like other localized kid-oriented anime of the time, the English version of Beyblade was given a number of changes including Western names for characters, Dizzi's entire existence, music adjustments, and removal of certain parts of the show that wouldn't fly on U.S. TV. The anime was licensed by Nelvana.

Beyblade contains adaptation examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • Played Straight. Many characters in the manga suffer from underdevelopment, ranging from only existing for one panel to never getting a name or a battle to participate in. The anime went on to give every single team its own set of bit-beasts and each member at least one on-screen battle.
    • V-Force is the very definition of this trope. It takes a fairly short part of the manga involving the Saint Shields, Team Psykick, and Zeo Zagart and adds characterization, two trial teams, several bit-beasts, a minor subplot for Kai, and it replaces Volkov with new characters Gideon, Doctor B, and Doctor K, the latter who would go on to temporarily manage a new team, the Parts Hunters, when she goes rogue.
    • Inverted. Daichi's long-running arc before meeting Takao is not included in the anime. As a result, he comes across as a pesky ball of arrogance rather than someone who worked hard to achieve what he did.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Team Psykick is real-evil in the manga (at least before Defeat Means Friendship) instead of possessed-evil as it is in the anime.
  • Adaptational Villainy: No doubt the manga version of Sōichirō Hiwatari deserves to get punched in the face for what he inflicts on his family as if they're his property, but he does genuinely care for Kai and, you know, he's not out to conquer the world like he is in the anime. Barthez is not a villain in the manga, notwithstanding that it's fair to ask how the bladers getting under the Heavy Metal System's influence affected him as their coach. In the anime, he's an abusive, controlling creep who's in league with Volkov.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication:
    • In the manga, Kai's goal early on is to destroy as many beys as possible and the sport in general because he blames it for his father abandoning him. Hence why calling his gang "Shell Killers" makes sense. In the anime, his early goal is changed to wanting to find bit-beasts. "Shell Killers" still works for intimidation purposes, but the intended meaning has fallen out from under it.
    • Ever wondered why the other Horsemen call Hiruta a traitor for taking them out of the game, even though he was thrown out of the gang earlier and they were the very people who destroyed his bey? This is because in the manga, they were thrown out too after losing to Takao and it was Kai who destroyed Hiruta's bey. They understandably call him a traitor in the manga, but with their plot simplified, it makes little sense they do so in the anime.
    • From the same arc, if you only watch the anime, Kai taking off his gloves for his battle against Takao is weird. He takes them off, they drop to the ground the way gloves can be expected to do, and you'd think there's some sort of significance to it but nothing that can be discerned. In the manga, the Blade Sharks, still loyal to Kai, hold the gloves for him and comment how heavy they are. Ultimately, this scene would be redone way better in the anime's third season when Kai reveals his scarf to be weighted.
    • The manga isn't shy to drop characters quietly, but in the case of Ivan no longer being with the Demolition/Blitzkrieg Boys, the manga actually provides an answer where the anime does not. He lost his team qualification match against Kai.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Any character that is introduced in the side section, that is to say, Daichi's storyline, is not included in the anime. Daichi himself and his Death by Origin Story father are the obvious exceptions, and Hikaru, Kennosuke, and Tenmaru get a slide in the Japan-exclusive ending of G-Revolution, but that's it.
    • Notable absences from the main storyline are Mister B and Ken Daiba, both core members of the BBA in the manga. In Mister B's case, what appears to have happened is that both he and his partner Hitoshi were omitted from the first season. By the time of the third season's development, Mister B had already been phased out of the manga, but Hitoshi had been upgraded to Takao's coach. So, Hitoshi was included finally during the third season, but not Mister B. Ken Daiba, meanwhile, is the last character introduced in the manga and all he really does is bring in the heavy metal system. Basically, it's his arc that ends the manga and it's the BEGA arc that ends the anime.
    • Zigzagged with Kai's parents. With Sōichirō's Adaptational Villainy upgrade for the first season, it seems Kai's parents aren't alive anymore. They'd probably have objected to Kai being raised as a weapon for his grandfather's plans of world domination if they were still breathing. But there is a line in the Japanese version of S2E5 where his father is mentioned as still being in Kai's life, just that their relationship is horribly strained. In the manga, Kai's mother barely qualifies as a character, but she takes care of him, while Kai's father more or less walked out on them for the sake of beyblade.
  • Canon Foreigner: In terms of beyblade teams, the anime adds the Dark Bladers, the Team Psykick mooks, the Parts Hunters, the Shadow Bladers, and the Justice Five. Then there's various individuals, whether good or bad, like Akira, Hiromi, Alan, Gideon, and Doctor K. The dub jumps even further and adds three more characters in the form of The Voice. Primarily Dizzi, Kyōju's talking bit-beast that resides inside his computer. The two bey-battle commentators Brad Best and AJ Topper are also exclusive to the dub.
  • Dub Name Change: So many...
    • Almost every character gets a name change. In most cases, the change turns a non-American name into an American name, even when the character is clearly not American. In other cases, a non-American name is changed into another non-American name that's more recognizable to an American audience.
    • Kai's trading card makes mention of the Shell Sharks, a weird in-between of "Shell Killers" and "Blade Sharks" that suggests the team's name was changed to avoid the "killer" part.
    • A confusing part of the Japanese version of the anime is that a bit-beast and a bey may or may not have the same name. Most are referred to by the same name, but there are bladers who address their bit-beasts differently, namely by their "species" name. These include the Bladebreaker's bit-beasts (Seiryū, Suzaku, Byakko, Genbu, Kōryū), Giancarlo's bit-beast (Amphisbaena), the Team Psykick's test bit-beasts (Digital Dragon, Digital Bird), and at least two of the Team Zagart's bit-beasts (Spider, Kamaitachi). On top of that, a bit-beast with a separate name can be addressed by the bey's name, but the reverse is not possible. The anime technically inherited this from the manga, but it was less in-your-face there because there were less bit-beasts. The dub team apparently had issues with it too and renamed the affected bit-beasts to have the same name as the bey.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Two cases.
    • The manga gives less characters a name than the anime, and the original version of the anime gives less characters a name than the dub. For instance, Nobuo is nameless in the manga, and Bianca and Rosetta are nameless in the original version of the anime.
    • Many of the season 1 teams do not have a team name in either the manga or the original version of the anime. It's the dub that names the teams.
  • Retool: Hangs around in the Broad Strokes area for the shift from Season 1 to Season 2. Whereas the manga is continuous, the various seasons were produced by different teams. Some of the things Season 2 did against Season 1 expectations are:
    • In the original version of episode 7, Hiromi believes Kai to be a spy for an organization that wants to take over the world. She's wrong then, but it is what Kai was raised to be before going in a healthier direction. You'd expect Kyōju to tell her not to bring it up, but no. The dub fixes this flub by omitting the specifics of her accusation and adding a line for Kyōju where he acknowledges that Kai went evil in Russia once.
    • In episode 28, the Bladebreakers return to New York on Judy's invitation and get a tour through the PPB facility. Everything references the American tournament arc of the first season except that not a peep is spent on the All Starz. Not even an offhand remark that they're off training somewhere else or visiting their families! The original version is worse in this matter than the dub because at least the dub states that the facility they visit is different from the one where the All Starz trained in the first season, while the original version implies it's the same building.
    • In episode 30, Rei is on the verge of being beaten by Foxy's Doppelgänger Spin. Rei is familiar with Kiki pulling that same stunt and didn't drop a sweat when Paula went with it. He's literally the one Bladebreaker who should be as good as immune against an attack like that.
    • And even worse is episode 35, in which the opponent has a kamaitachi-type bit-beast. None of the Bladebreakers can figure out how the beyblade and/or bit-beast can attack without hitting Kai's beyblade at first, and it's Rei of all people who utters the line that it can't be the wind doing the damage. Yes, that Rei, the one who nearly got murdered in episode 49 of the first season by Boris's Falborg's knife-like wind-based attacks. To make matters more frustrating, the script of the episode would've neatly fitted a callback, because Rei, who for the time being no longer has a bit-beast to lose, wants to deal with the opponent himself. Kai tricks him out of it, however, and goes in his stead. Considering that Rei covered for Kai back in S1E49, Kai could've been written in S2E35 as repaying Rei, but he isn't.
    • The final part of the second season features a World Tournament again. It's in name only, though, as there's nothing "world" about it. It's exclusively the teams that appeared prior in Season 2, most of whom are Japanese or have noteworthy ties to Japan. The exception is the Central American duo, which are such awful stereotypes you just know they're only thrown in to give some pretense of "world" and be defeated promptly.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: After using the cyber bit-beast, Minami perishes in the original. This is cut from the dub and he is implied to have gone crazy instead. An obvious Bowdlerisation attempt though also arguably A Fate Worse Than Death.
  • You Don't Look Like You: The Brazilian Team in the anime is little like the Brazilian team in the manga. The points of resemblance are clear enough, but the anime diversified the group quite a bit.

Beyblade also contains examples of:

  • Abandoned Warehouse: The hideouts of the Blade Sharks in Season 1 and the Saint Shields in Season 2. The manga specifies that the Blade Sharks' hideout belongs to Kai's family's company, but this is not stated in the anime.
  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: While the dub got most of the names that stayed the same right, one name they flubbed on was that of Rei's bit-beast, Driger, which was originally said as "Drai-ger", but was changed to "Drih-ger".
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: A major name system in season 1, but absent in season 2 and 3.
    • Dragoon, Dranzer, Draciel, and Driger. In Japanese, it goes to "Dra-" on account of "Driger" being pronounced as rhyming with "tiger".
    • Galeon, Galzy, Galman, and Galux.
    • Canarias, Piranias, and Samas.
    • Trygle, Trypio, Tryhorn, and Trygator.
    • Either Dracuos, Wolfos, Bandeos, and Frankeos (original) or Draculor, Lycanlor, Sarcophalon, and Shamblor (dub).
    • Griffolyon, Salamalyon, and Amphylyon and Unicolyon
    • Wolborg, Seaborg, Falborg, and Wyborg.
  • Adults Are Useless: Combines with Invisible Parents and There Are No Adults on a case by case basis. There are only some 20-30 adults in the entire franchise, of which a significant portion true villains (as opposed to all the Defeat Means Friendship child villains). The rest are family, generally useless, or people involved with beyblade, generally useful. Of the main cast, Rei never get so much as a mention he even has parents, and the rest have parents that don't actually seem to be too concerned about them. A notable instance is episode 11 of V-Force, which sees the Bladebreakers saved from an island fully controlled by Team Psykick. The only "parent" to pick them up? Takao's grandfather. Though it's also possible Daitenji never even informed any other parent about the disappearance, which makes him in particular useless.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song:
    • The English dub (and international dubs based on it) has a different opening theme song. "LET'S BEYBLADE!".
    • The Italian dub used the original Japanese version as the basis for translation thus retains the original BGM however still uses an original theme song.
  • Ambiguous Gender: The bit-beasts, barring Dragoon, Driger (male), Wolborg and Galux (female). Doesn't matter what the American dub claims (which refers to all bit-beasts as male). This causes an Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole as the dub exclusive bit-beast character Dizzi is referred to as a female along with the fact she clearly has a female voice. (Though she does state she was always different from other Bit-beasts at one point)
  • Animal Battle Aura: This is how the bit-beasts are often portrayed during especially dramatic battle sequences. The beybladers themselves are also commonly portrayed with their respective bit-beasts as their battle aura.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: Mao and Ming-Ming, the latter sometimes so much it hurts.
  • Artificial Human: Zeo turns out to be an android created by his own father.
  • Art Shifted Sequel: The animation style changed radically after the first season, becoming more streamlined and "cuter", to the point that all the main characters looked younger in V-Force despite being supposedly one year older. Fortunately, the Art Shift from V-Force to G-Revolution was more subtle, and the characters looked their age once again.
  • Back for the Finale: Done at the end of the original series, when literally every blader Takao and the Bladebreakers ever met cheers Takao on during his match against Yuriy, and at the end of the Japanese version of G-Revolution, which offers a slideshow what everyone is up to these days.
  • Battle Tops: The premise of the show.
  • Big Bad: Vladimir Volkov for Season 1, Gideon for Season 2 initially until it's revealed that he takes orders from someone even higher: Dr Zagart And Brooklyn Masefield in Season 3.
  • Book-Ends: Both the very first and very last episode of the anime end with Kai and Tyson about to face off.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Team Psykick. The two test subjects even die from the cyber bit-beasts' influence, while the elite team barely survives.
  • Can't Catch Up: The premise of bit-beasts damages if not outright destroys any sense of fairness. To put it simple, anyone without a bit-beast, which are rare (and in many cases inherited), has no chance against someone who does, regardless of skill. Unsurprisingly, by the third series bit-beasts had become as common as dirt to fix the imbalance.
    • The Dark Bladers seem to have been added to the anime specifically to shine a light on the matter in-universe. The imbalance doesn't get solved, but bit-beast ownership is emphasized as a matter of responsibility.
    • Becomes utterly ridiculous in V-Force when the Bladebreakers call the cyber bit-beasts illegal modifications. Exactly how are they more illegal than "natural" bit-beasts, which most people can't even see and thus don't know about?
    • There's an implication that of all bit-beasts, the ones wielded by the Bladebreakers are the strongest. Which murders any Willing Suspension of Disbelief regarding whether they'll win or lose.
    • The inherent imbalance is why no Beyblade generation after the first incorporated bit-beasts.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In S1E32, Rei finds a silver coin on the train the Bladebreakers are on. Later in the episode, he uses it to defeat a werewolf bit-beast.
  • The Chick: Hiromi is the only female on the main team. She is more of a manager and does't actually blade herself.
  • Child Soldiers: Quite a lot of bladers fall under this definition if the fact they're ordered or manipulated by adults to use their immense power for one cause or another is taken to its logical conclusion. Enough so that it's easier to list the ones that don't. The ones that fit the trope best are Kai, the Demolition Boys, the Barthez Battalion, and the Justice Five. If Demonic Possession is taken into account, the Shadow Bladers can be listed too.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
    • In Season 1 and 2 of the dub, Kyōju has a bit-beast, Dizzi, who is trapped inside his computer. She disappears in Season 3 with no explanation.
    • Ivan and Steve are removed from their respective teams in favor of Kai and Max in G-Revolution. For Ivan, no explanation is given in either the original version of the series or the dub, though he's shown back with his team in the Japan-exclusive slideshow ending. (The manga explains Kai beat him for a spot on the team.) For Steve, the Japan-exclusive slideshow ending shows he's been in the hospital all this time. The trope is thus in full effect for the dub, but toned down in the original.
  • Combined Energy Attack: Takao manages one against Brooklyn with the help of all the bladers he befriended.
  • Conspicuous Cgi: Starting with the second season, Conspicuous Cgi was used for the appearance of the Beyblades.
  • Cursed with Awesome: The Dark Bladers. They say they were turned into monsters after losing to the European champions, but there doesn't appear to be any consequences to that in the dub. The sold their souls in the original, true, but what that entails is not dwelled upon. On the plus, they can teleport, have bit-beasts, and clearly took some levels in Badass.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Surprisingly, many of the characters in dub though most noticeably season 3.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Every beyblader or team that is defeated by the Bladebreakers is incorporated into their group of friends.
  • Demoted to Extra: The bit-beasts in G-Revolution. Despite being a major element to the bey-battles in the previous two seasons, they're barely mentioned or featured in third seasons' fight scenes.
  • Disney Death:
    • There is a somewhat odd example near the end of season 1. Rei's bit-beast Driger apparently sacrifices itself in order to save Rei's life. According to Kai, while Driger was able to protect Rei from taking further damage from Falborg's wind attacks, the attack was too much for Driger, which caused it to disappear after the fight. Near the end of the season finale, it is shown that Driger has returned to Rei.
    • Similarly, in G-Revolution, Dranzer's bit-chip shatters and you hear it cry and yet come the epilogue, here s/he is again. Then again, Dranzer is a phoenix, an animal depicted to be reborn from it's own ashes...
  • Eagleland: The All Starz.
  • '80s Hair: Looking at you, Kai.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: Kai vs Sergei demonstrated this nicely in season 1. Not only did Kai lose, but he lost two consecutive rounds.
  • Elemental Powers: Water (Draciel), Wind (Dragoon), Fire (Dranzer), Earth (Strata Dragoon) and Lightning (Driger in G-Rev). Dragoon's named element in the show is Wood, but apparently Wind comes under the heading sometimes.
  • Empathic Plastic Toys: They're actually made of metal, in-universe. It's the official toys that are plastic, though some toys come with metal parts. Some of those quite heavy, and some comes with small pieces of a material that sparks on contact.
  • Evil Twin:
    • Black Dranzer in season 1. It was said to have been created by [1].
    • The cyber bit-beasts in V-Force certainly count.
    • Also in the movie, all the shadow bit-beasts.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: The whole damn premise.
  • Fair-Play Villain: In G-Revolution, Kai forces Bryan and Spencer to simultaneously battle him, to ensure a fair fight against an exhausted Tyson straight after. Needless to say, Kai singlehandedly defeats them both before taking on Tyson.
  • Final Boss, New Dimension: In the final two episodes of the first season of Beyblade, Yuriy creates a winterish void-like subdimension for him and Takao to do battle. Those left outside just see an enormous, spiked block of ice.
  • Fingerless Gloves: While Tyson wears them since the beginning, in V-Force and G-Revolution it looks like they're required equipment for practicing Beyblade, as only very few characters don't wear them (or wear normal gloves) and some of them (like Max and Kenny) wear them only when fighting.
  • The Four Gods: The protagonists' bit-beasts are Genbu (Draciel), Suzaku (Dranzer), Byakko (Driger), and Seiryū (Dragoon). Daichi's Strata Dragoon is the fifth god from Chinese mythology, sometimes known in Japan as Ōryū.
  • Free-Range Children: That part of the cast that is a child? It qualifies. Yes, all of it. As far as some have less free range than others, that gets portrayed as unhealthy at best and abusive at worst.
  • Functional Magic: Device Magic primarily on account of the beyblades, but Theurgy and Inherent Gift are also present. Spirits and the like exist in the form of Bit-beasts and whatever gave the Dark Bladers their bit-beasts. Many if not most bit-beasts are inherited and while they can come under another's control, they do have a preference to stick with one bloodline or meritline.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Subverted. Always. Whatever damage the characters take is always cured in time for the next bey-battle or can be ignored by sheer force of will. There was that one time in S1E14 when Rei twisted his ankle, but it didn't matter because Kai fought his battle.
  • Good Is Dumb: Just about any person who fought the Bladebreakers and reformed is an example. The two most glaring ones are the Saint Shields, who were legitimate threats in their first appearances, and Yuriy, who fought Takao for the World Championship at the end of the first season. Then he returned in Season 3, and was demoted to Kai's second banana.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Brooklyn, the final boss of Season 3, never practices because he has an abnormal level of natural talent. This is presented as a Bad Thing ... except you rarely see anyone else practising either. Most of the time, when someone needs to get stronger, they either get new equipment or a convenient bit-beast upgrade. But whenever they do get new equipment, they have to train. That was how Hiromi ended up joining the team!
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Kai changes teams on a regular basis — up to three times per season!
  • Heel–Face Turn: Just about everyone that the Bladebreakers fought ended up this way.
  • Heroic BSoD: Kai after losing to Brooklyn.
  • Heroic RRoD: Kai after beating Brooklyn.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed:
  • "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: Kai on Lake Baikal. And Zeo vs. Takao, Salima vs Rei.
  • Immune to Slapstick: Of the main cast, Kai (being The Stoic Anti-Hero of the team) rarely took part in comedic moments, usually acting as a bemused audience or leaving to do his own thing. Rei, though more jovial, only had a handful of cartoony moments per series as well.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kai prefers to keep to himself, but he's only just joined the Bladebreakers when he's already showing signs of a protective streak, especially towards Max. As well, in S1E21, he's willing to train Antonio in part at least because his determination reminds him of Takao's.
  • Killed Off for Real: Strangely, it's the second season with the cutesy art style that does this.
    • Dr B. in the second season gets accidentally killed in a fit of insanity. The death itself is offscreen but the implication is clear.
    • In the original, Minami through a similar way, leading Kai to more angst.
    • As much as nothing is said about it, no way that there weren't many deaths at the hands of the Shadow Bladers in the movie. For instance, one scene has a postively packed mass of civilians marching through the main street to evacuate when they are hit in full by a tsunami. And another scene has the entire city on fire.
  • Lensman Arms Race: Due to the Merchandise-Driven nature of Beyblade, every once in a while the geniuses of the story come up with the new evolution in beyblading. The systems of the first generation are the Spin Gear System (4-Layer & 5-Layer), the Magnacore System, the Engine Gear System, and the Hard Metal System. The Spin Gear System was present from the start and got its importance sidelined in favor of bit-beasts. The Magnacore System was introduced in V-Force. In S2E6, Doctor B develops the Magtram to give Team Psykick an edge. They hadn't counted on Kyōju recording Snakey's battle against Takao and analyzing the tech used by the former. Kyōju then joined forces with Judy and the PPB for the development of the Magnacore. The Engine Gear System and the Hard Metal System were introduced in G-Revolution.
  • Light Girl, Dark Boy: With the sole exception of Ming-Ming, every girl in the anime is either light-skinned, becomes light-skinned, or has a lighter skin tone than a related male character. Mao started off with the same skin tone as her teammates, but became paler than them, including her brother, in G-Revolution. Paula is the only member of Spintensity noted to have native ties, yet she's also the only one with light skin. This stands out even more when one considers her manga counterpart has the same dark skin as her teammates. The difference between Mariam's and Yusuf's skintones is small, but still lighter on Mariam's side. Between King and Queen, Queen is the one with light skin while King has dark skin. And Moses's younger sister is nowhere near his level of melanin.
  • Limited Wardrobe: The cast generally sticks with one outfit per season, which you can consider either played straight or averted. Alternative outfits do incidentally show up for specific occasions, like nightwear, training outfits, and in the case of Team Psykick uniforms vs casual clothes. Ming-Ming, Hiromi, and Hitoshi stand out for wearing a few different outfits throughout G-Revolution.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: There are many beyblade teams — enough teams to warrant three tournament arcs in the series — which numbers can range from two to six members. Thanks to Adaptation Expansion, many of them also get more spotlight compared to the manga.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Rei, Zeo, Gordo, and Garland have this going on the strongest. Several others could count too, but these four leave the least room for discussion.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Dr Zagart engineered practically everything the Bladebreakers had to go through during V-Force, but it turns out they did it all just so that he could use the four Sacred Bit-Beasts make his android son into a real boy.
  • Loophole Abuse:
  • Merchandise-Driven: Read more about the toys here.
  • Magical Security Cam: Happens in S2E2, when Max sends footage of his first battle with Mariam. It recycles animation from the battle itself. Even weirder is that there even was a camera, because they were bey-battling in a semi-unused garage.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: Yes-No-Yes-Yes for bit-beasts in respectively Jisedai Begoma Battle Beyblade-manga-anime-manga. The GBC title essentially reused sprites from earlier games produced by Hudson, some of which humanoid, that arguably don't count, but it also featured Saizo, Hitoshi's ninja-like bit-beast, that was one of Takara's designs. For the manga, the Hudson bit-beasts were omitted and Hitoshi's bit-beast was replaced by three metal versions of the Bladebreakers' bit-beasts. Then the anime created the Dark Bladers, of whom bit-beasts Dracuos and Frankeos returned the concept of humanoid bit-beasts. The manga would eventually join in with Bloody Moon, introduced in Rising.
  • Multinational Team: Due to the tournament system, most teams are uninational, but there are some exceptions. Overlaps with Non-Indicative Name, because teams tend to be put together by region, but this does not mean all members of a given team are from said region.
    • The Bladebreakers themselves, the Japanese team, consist of Takao (Japanese), Kai (Japanese but partially raised in Russia), Max (biracial with a Japanese father and an American mother), and Rei (Chinese). SixthRangers Kyōju, Hiromi, and Daichi are Japanese (as far as information is provided).
    • The Demolition/Blitzkrieg Boys, the Russian team, become this when Kai joins.
    • On a lower scale, Akira is said to be from "the neighboring town", but is exclusively seen interacting with the crowd from Akebono. In the GBA games, he's part of the Akebo Blader Kids.
    • The European Majestics have Ralph (German), Johnny (Scottish), Olivier (French), and Enrique (Italian).
    • More or less their counterpart, the Dark Bladers have Blood (Romania), Howling (Transylvania), Cairona (Egypt), and Gye (Austria). In the Japanese version, they were defeated by the yet-to-be-Majestics during the European Tournament. Egypt is located in Africa, not Europe.
    • In Aoki's notes, Team Psykick's members are said to have been scouted from all over the world. Kane is Japanese-Australian and Gōki is full Japanese. Salima and Jim were not designed with a particular background in mind, though Salima's name was taken from an African travel guide while her nationality in the anime is Canadian, and Jim's name suggests him to be either American or European.
    • The Barthez Batallion are a European team. Michael is named after an F1-racer, which is also how the Majestics got their names. Therefore, Michael would be German. Aaron is Jamaican, but it can go either way whether his deal is like Rei's or Max's. Mathilda was named after a character from a French movie and Claude's name suggests he's from a (partially) French-speaking country.
    • The BEGA Team features Garland, Ming-Ming, Mystel, Moses, and Brooklyn. Garland's appearance suggests South Asian roots, Ming-Ming seems to be Chinese, Mystel is Indonesian, and Moses would have to be from somewhere in Africa. Brooklyn has no decisive hints to him.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Gee, how do we make a show about spinning tops interesting? By giving them a mind of their own, it would seem.
  • My Little Panzer: There are some things beyblades can do in the anime that would never allow them to be approved for child, or even general public, use. Even disregarding the bit-beasts, some of the components used in them can cause some serious damage, with one person even firing their beyblade at another like a gun. Obviously, this is all really toned down in Real Life... But that said, it's generally a good idea to make sure the components for them are on tight, and it's not a particularly wise idea to stand close to the arena...
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Right after the question how bit-beasts are supposed to be acceptable by the official rules of beyblade comes the question how automated launchers when the game outcome depends so badly on getting a good launch. Customized launchers that give an advantage but still depend on the skill and strength of the user, like Paula's fishing rod launcher or Emily's tennis launcher, could still be part of a fair match, but guns like the Demolition Boys or Team Psykick use? Not so much, and just like with bit-beast ownership, the fiction works to avoid the subject. In fairness, the aforementioned teams are depicted as evil, but the launchers themselves are legal and they keep them even after their Heel–Face Turn.
  • Non-Serial Movie: Beyblade: The Movie - Fierce Battle.
  • Off-Model: Anyone even only half-paying attention to the show can catch the numerous amounts of animation errors. Mostly rampant in season 1, with the animators tending to draw the wrong Beyblade in a certain scene. Seasons 2 and 3 have their fair share of this too, though.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Kai has this attitude towards Takao. Not only does he join several rival teams over the course of the series, he also makes sure to always be the one who takes on Takao and that Takao is in the best possible shape for their duel.
  • One Steve Limit: For completeness's sake, the averted list includes manga examples, game examples, and covers both the original and the dub.
    • The White Tigers live by averting this trope. Their main bladers are Rei and Rai, while of the remaining four, three have very similar names: Mao, Gao, and Tao.
    • There's Genta Takeshita and Ganta Takeshita, but this is on purpose as they are brothers.
    • There's Makoto (Hiruta), the Blade Shark, Makoto (Amō), Kaoru's sister, and Makoto (Kinomiya), Takao's son.
    • There's Ayaka, the Shadow Blader, and Ayaka (Hiruta), Makoto's sister.
    • There's Hitoshi (Kinomiya), Takao's brother, and Hiroshi, the Shadow Blader.
    • In the Japanese version, the owner of Falborg is Boris (Kuznetsov), but in the dub he is Bryan (Kuznetsov). Meanwhile, in the Japanse version, his coach is Vladimir (Volkov), but in the dub he is Boris (Balkov)
    • Michael (Summers), the leader of the All Starz, and Michael, the leader of the Barthez Battalion, have the same first name only when their original names are written in Latin script. That is, the names are pronounced differently, respectively "Mai-khel" (English) and "Mi-gha-el" (German), which is reflected by the hiragana: "マイケル" and "ミハエル". In the dub, their respective names are Michael and Miguel.
    • In the dub, Mao, the White Tiger, is renamed Mariah, which looks a lot like Mariam, the Saint Shield.
    • The dub renames Satoru, the Shadow Blader, Steven, which then is exactly the same as Steven, the All Star.
    • In the original version, there's both Dennis and Denny from Team Zagart. In the dub, Shingo, the Shadow Blader, is renamed Daniel and thus joins the lineup, as does Dan, Doctor K's right-hand man who is unnamed in the original.
  • Parental Abandonment: When it comes to the main characters, Takao's mother is dead, and his father is away most of the time because of his job. Kai is in a similar situation, but has it worse than Takao. Max's parents are separated most of the time and he has to choose with whom he lives. And in Daichi's case, his father is dead, but he does have the fortune of still having his mother. Rei's parents never appear and are never mentioned, so his case is left unknown. Kyōju and Hiromi have regular home-lifes.
  • Purple Is the New Black: Very obviously so between Volkov, Gideon, and Barthez.
  • Recap Episode: S1E29, where Kyōju recaps everything that has happened from the moment he meets Takao until the end of the American tournament.
  • Replacement Goldfish: One direct case, another implied.
    • Zeo is a direct case, as he is actually a robot made in the likeness of the real Zeo, who died in an accident. Zagart wishes to make him real with the power of the Bladebreakers' bit-beasts. After much struggle, his father allows him to be himself in the end.
    • Emily is an implied case. Narratively, she is placed as this to Max regarding Judy's affection. Not only is she Judy's constant companion during her time with the PPB, but she's also the only one of the All Starz who is about Max's age and uniquely has a matching color scheme (yellow, green, orange) to him. Throughout the American tournament arc, Judy gives Emily the affection she withholds from Max and Max outright wonders if that is because Emily easily beat him in a sample match. Relatedly, Emily is the only member of the All Starz who doesn't bully Max about his mother being on their side and who attempts to get Judy to admit to some affection for her son.
  • Scary Black Man: Keeping Ambiguously Brown in mind, there's a correlation between the traits male, dark(est)-skinned, and The Brute or The Big Guy, at least in V-Force and G-Revolution. Season 1 isn't innocent, but it did the most to compensate such instances with either non-scary black men or scary non-black men.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In the original version of S1E1, Hiruta tells Takao and the others to meet him at the Aoki river, a reference to the mangaka Takao Aoki.
    • In the original version of S1E32, the horror movie the Bladebreakers watch is The Devil's Bloody Miserables, a heavy rewrite of Les Misérables. Max considers it in bad taste.
  • Science Is Bad: Zigzagged. Science is portrayed as good as long as it assist and is subservient to the protagonists' "natural ability". That is, the PPB's science is presented negatively to the Bladebreakers' hard work and good spirits go at beyblading. It is presented positively when Takao needs the backup to have a chance against Yuriy. For that matter, easily the highest science is the creation of bit-beasts, which is solely something the villains dabble in (the All Starz do too in the dub).
  • Serious Business: This series is up there with Yu-Gi-Oh! in terms of inanity. Apparently, if you want to take over the world, you have to do it with spinning tops. As seen in G-Revolution, beyblade is recognized as an official sport. Lampshaded by Brooklyn to Kai, who on several occasions made remarks about how serious Kai was about the game. Also lampshaded in the German Beyblade opening, were a line in the lyrics essentially is "The whole world revolves around Beyblade". This aspect of the series is actually justified. At one point you do see Kai's beyblade chop down about 6 trees in one go and in another situation, he demolishes four brick pillars so you can probably imagine what it'd do to a human. Several of the blades even contain powerful bit-beasts and are covered in very sharp metal spikes, so they're much more dangerous than simple kids tops.
  • Ship Tease: The entirety of S1E16 was this for Rei and Mao, even more blatantly in the original than in the dub.
  • Shoe Phone: As the series goes on, it introduces more and more ludicrous ways to launch a Beyblade. Hell, halfway through the first season, we see the All Starz using various sport applications to launch. Including a baseball (which splits apart) and one on a tennis racket. That last one actually makes sense given the dubious physics used, all of which were thrown out the window for the second half of ''G-Revolution'' in favour of pure awesome.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Tala. Why.
  • Showdown at High Noon: Max and Mariam have one of these in an abandoned amusement park in S2E37.
  • Sixth Ranger: Daichi is introduced in G-Revolution.
  • Slasher Smile: Kai in G-Revolution, with the Hellish Pupils and the Power Glows and the definite, definite not-smiling-really. Also Brooklyn, accompanied by the Glowing Eyes of Doom and followed by a Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum.
  • Snap Back:
    • Any and all Character Development Takao went through in the 1st season was completely disregarded in seasons 2 and 3, which had him acting like even more of a hot-blooded brat than when Season 1 started, and even back then he was much more mature.
    • White Tigers and Blitzkreig Boys from Season 1 to Season 3. Oh, and the Majestics. And Kai between V-Force and G-Revolution, to the point where it's insanely hard to rationalise. And Rei; goes from usually awesome, polite, pretty sane really, to muscle-bound meanie obsessed with winning.
  • The Spartan Way: Welcome to the Abbey, kids!
  • Stock Shout-Out: In original Japanese version of G-Revolution Episode 21, where Daichi loses a boxing match against a kangaroo, leading to a Pastel-Chalked Freeze Frame of him slumped over on a stool with a smile. To complete the homage, even the credits begin to play, leading to Kyōju and Hiromi to interrupt them because it's too early.
  • Survivor Guilt: Kai after Wyatt's version-specific fate, in his battle with Gōki.
  • Summon Magic: The Bit Beasts.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Kai after losing to Brooklyn. Complete with flappy cloak. Also Brooklyn after losing to Kai.
  • Tournament Arc: Most of the series, with the exception of a bulk of the second season.
  • Tragic Dream: Zeo's dream of becoming human. (Even if he had succeeded in capturing all four sacred bit-beasts there was no guarantee he'd be able to become a truly human) But by the finale he learns to accept himself as he is.
    Tyson: He set his goals a little too high, but when he realized he could never Become a Real Boy, he found out that, that wasn't the most important thing in life. You see if you're not happy with who you are, being something else won't make a difference.
  • Turn Coat: Kai is the king of this trope. Over three seasons, he switches sides a grand total of six times. He's allied with the Blade Sharks, the Bladebreakers, the Demolition Boys, the Bladebreakers again, then the Blitzkrieg Boys, then BEGA, then the G Revolutions [the Bladebreakers with another teammate]. Possible Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
  • Warrior Therapist: It seems like this series is ripe with both kinds of this trope. Apparently, no matter how many battles you've won in the past, all it takes to get you doubting yourself is a well-timed comment.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The background of Zagart's and Daitenji's lost friendship is that 30 years ago they got their hands on a tablet containing bit-beasts. Then Zagart stole it and disappeared. The two cross paths again when Zagart has another such tablet stolen. For the rest of the season, bit-beasts are extracted from this second tablet, but the fate of the first tablet after its theft is never touched upon.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The bit-beasts waver between being treated as living, sapient beings and as tools. It's not a matter of the good side's view or the bad side's view either, although it is sometimes played like that. Season 1 was generally considerate, spending the last two arcs on the need to respect bit-beasts, but even then Black Dranzer got the shortest end of the stick imaginable. Season 2 was not so kind. The cyber bit-beasts got the Just a Machine treatment, the shadow bit-beasts got an And I Must Scream fate, and the bit-beasts taken from the sealed rock were as easily ripped apart by insufficient extraction methods as discarded with literally no one batting an eye at it or taking measures to fix the damage. All things said, a bit-beast's people-value is only consistent along the lines of who owns them. Hence the story cares about the Bladebreakers' bit-beasts because it cares about the Bladebreakers as bladers, but Team Zagart's bit-beast's get no cruelty protection.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Most of the beybladers working for Team Psykick have punny names relating to their bit-beast however it seems strange when you see instances where the kids have the name BEFORE they are given their bit-beast/beyblade. Some examples would be Foxy who uses a fox bit-beast, Nett who uses a spider bit-beast, Snakey, Bat, Chameleon, the list goes on...
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: This from Kai's second battle against Brooklyn:
    Kai. That's my name. And I'm a Beyblader. And you might think you are but you're not. You learned from the best but you forgot a very important lesson. Beyblading isn't just about overpowering your opponent with fancy moves. That's only part of the game. There's more to it than that. Much more. That's why I have something you don't.I have learned from every battle I fought. Every friend, enemy and spectator always had something to offer me. And I'm a student to this game. And I always will be. With the hardships of training, competitions, the wins and the losses, they all taught me something. And I've taken that knowledge and used it to my advantage. That's why I can say, that I'm a true beyblader. That's what keeps me going. And that's my strength. I don't think you ever will(understand). Because you're not a true beyblader. You have the power and the skill but something is missing from inside you. You don't have the beyblading spirit! That's why I have to win this battle! Because beyblading means more to me than you could ever understand! IT'S NOT JUST A GAME TO ME! NOW FINISH HIM OFF, DRANZER!"
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: For completeness's sake, non-anime colors are included in italics.
    • Blue: Takao, Hitoshi, Kai, Suzuka, Mariam, Bat, Kane, Ming-Ming, Shōgo, Ayaka
    • Off-red: Mao, Michael (S1), Mathilda, Kurumi, Emily (Bakuten Shoot Beyblade GBC 2001)
    • Purple: Paula, Ralf, Volkov, Ivan, Boris (S1), Gideon, Daryl, Seichi, Haruka, Mutsuki
    • Green: Kiki, Steve, Gye, Olivier, Yusuf, Zeo, Claude, Kaoru, Makoto, Mutsuki


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