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" Welcome to the world of Beyblade, where beys collide in the stadium alongside the passionate hearts of their bladers. This is the story of the fearless competitors who follow their dreams on an unforgettable journey to the top."
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Beyblade Burst is the third incarnation of the Beyblade franchise. It is comprised of a 2015 manga series, written by Hiro Morita, and five anime series, which began airing on TV Tokyo on April 4, 2016.

In the first season, Valt Aoi is a cheerful boy in the 5th Grade. Enthusiastic about Beyblade, he works hard to better himself as a blader with his partner Bey, Valtryek. Valt's close friend Shu Kurenai, who is regarded as a Beyblade genius, is a participant in the National Tournament and a member of the "Supreme Four" due to his high influence. Valt, inspired by Shu, sets his aim towards the National Tournament.

The second season, Beyblade Burst Evolution, follows Valt as he is scouted by the Spanish team BC Sol to participate in the World League, setting his sights on the International Blader's Cup and defeating the Big Five, the world's top Bladers. However, things get complicated once Shu goes missing, and a mysterious Blader known only as Red Eye shows up, determined to destroy all standing in his way.


The third season, Beyblade Burst Turbo, features a new protagonist in Aiger Akabane, whom after witnessing Valt and his new Turbo Bey Wonder Valtyek in action, decides to forge his own Turbo Bey, Z Achilles, and sets out on his own path to rise through the ranks and take Valt's place as the world's number one Blader.

The fourth season, Beyblade Burst Rise, follows the adventures of new protagonist Dante Koryu, a member of BC Sol under Valt's tutelage. Inspired by the strength of Valt's new Gamma Bey, Sword Valtryek, Dante sets off to Japan on his own journey to deepen his bond with his own Gamma Bey, Ace Dragon, in order to achieve a similar "Hyper-Flux" state with his Bey and be the best. This series was originally released as a web-only anime on Coro Coro and Takara Tomy's Youtube channels.


The fifth season, Beyblade Burst Superking, centers around sibling duo Hikaru and Hyuga Asahi, their Beys Helios and Hyperion, and their journey to defeat Valt and all the Legendary Bladers they come across.

This series provides examples of:

  • The Ace:
    • The Supreme Four, consisting of Shu, Xander, Zac and Lui, the strongest bladers in Japan. Wakiya is this to a lesser extent in the current tournaments.
    • In season 2, there's the Big 5, consisting of Free, Lui, Joshua, Xander, and Ren Wu.
    • Season 3 introduces the Turbo 4, four of the strongest Bladers of the next generation: Phi, Laban, Xavier, and Hyde. Meanwhile, Valt has kept his title of World Champion for two years up until his battle with Aiger in episode 28. He wins the title back from Hyde several episodes later.
    • Season 4 gives us the Risen 3: Delta, Pheng, and Blindt. In addition, after defeating Valt for his title at the end of season 3, Aiger has kept his World Champion title for about a year.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Shu goes missing sometime around episode 15 of Evolution and, for those who weren't around for the reveal in episode 36, he hasn't been seen since.
    • In episode 24 of Turbo, three children, one of which is royalty, have gone missing from the boat after deciding to race each other in the ocean. (Thankfully, all three are found safe and sound on an uninhabited island in the same episode, but that must have been a nightmare for the ones taking care of these children).
  • Alliterative Name: All of the characters' Dual Layer Beyblades follow this trend in the first season (i.e Victory Valtryek, Raging Roktavor, Storm Spryzen, etc.)
    • Subverted in season 2, with bey names such as Genesis Valtryek, Kinetic Satomb, (etc.)
    • Judgement Joker from Rise is currently the only Bey in the season that follows this naming scheme.
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: The names of the prominent members of the cast follow this trend.
  • Animation Bump: Seen in season 2 episode 36, especially the last few minutes. It helps convey how messed-up Shu's psyche had become. It's also present in episode 50 of Turbo to show just how high the stakes are in stopping Phi.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • Valt's Rush Launch is powerful, but if an opponent can deflect or dodge it, it's useless and drains Valtryek's stamina.
    • Dodging Wakiya's Shield Crash and then counterattacking leaves Wyvron very vulnerable.
  • Barely Changed Dub Name: The English dub changes a few characters names to similar sounding (and still Japanese) names.
    • For example, Kensuke Midorikawa was shortened to "Ken Midori", Daina became "Daigo", Xhaka became "Xander", and Souta became "Ryota".
  • Battle Tops: It's Beyblade. We wouldn't have a show without them.
  • Battle Aura: Everyone has one. They're also Colour-Coded for Your Convenience.
    • Valt = Blue
    • Shu = Red
    • Wakiya = Purple
    • Rantaro/Honcho = Yellow/Gold
    • Ken = Green
    • Daigo = Dark Purple
    • Xander = Brick Red
  • Big Bad:
    • Season 1 doesn't have any, but Lui Shirosagi serves as the closest one this series especially considering he is the Final Boss of the season.
    • Season 2 finally introduces a proper main antagonist in Theodore Glass aka Ashtem, who is the founder of the Snake Pit Organization and is the one responsible for Shu turning into Red Eye and later going on a bey-breaking spree.
    • Season 3 has Phi, whose main goal in life is to prove that he is the strongest blader. He's responsible for corrupting Aiger and later destroying his bey, making things even more personal. After destroying his own brother Hyde's Dread Hades, he merges it with his Phoenix to create Dread Phoenix and goes after the toughest bladers in the world vowing to break all of their beys.
    • Season 4 gives us Arthur Peregrine, who wants to take over the wbba. and replace it with his HELL organization. After he is defeated, however, Gwyn Reynolds becomes the true Final Boss of the season.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Daigo pulled this on Valt in episode 5, only to change his ways after losing to him.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": All the prominent characters' Beyblades have letters molded into the designs of their Beys' Layers that correspond to the first letters of their names.
    • Some characters also wear letter accessories as part of their wardrobe. For example, Valt has a V-shaped design on his shirt, and Wakiya and Zac have "W" and "Z" shaped belt buckles, respectively.
  • Breather Episode: A relatively lighthearted episode will sometimes precede (or succeed) a darker, more intense episode. Especially prominent in the second season onward.
    • Turbo #42 features Aiger, the Wild Bey Gang, and the Beigoma Bey Club hanging out, sandwiched right in between the action-packed #41 and #43.
  • Call-Back: In episode 2 of Turbo, Aiger's father doesn't want him to become a Blader out of fear, since Turbo is a powerful metal for Beys and Aiger’s resonance level is high; in some cases, Bladers can become consumed by their Beys, similar to what happened to Shu due to using Spryzen Requiem back in Evolution.
  • Catch Phrase: Go Shoot! (Let It Rip! in the dub)
  • Chunky Salsa Rule: A smash to pieces variant. The main gimmick of this series is the Burst mechanic. Beys are now spring loaded and have four notches that hold the bey together, which come loose as they're attacked. Once all four are loose, the bey falls apart and causes a Burst Finish. In a meta sense, this allows for quicker matches, as Burst works as a point match rather than a Best of 3 like previous series.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Shu (red), Ken (green), and Valt (blue).
  • Color Motifs: See Battle Aura above.
  • Costume Evolution: In Turbo, all the old characters (i.e Valt, Lui, Shu) from seasons 1 & 2 who have appeared in Turbo received new outfits.
  • Death by Irony: Many Beyblade battles end in ironic fashions.
    • Season 1:
      • Episode 34: Rantaro expected to beat Ken based on type advantage alone only for Ken to beat him by going on the offensive.
      • Wakiya revealed in episode 45 he created Hyper Shield Crash specifically to beat Shu, only to lose to Shu's Counter Break. The crack damage Spyrzen received from Hyper Shield Crash ultimately resulted in Spryzen's destruction in Shu's later battle with Lui.
      • Episode 48: Zac uses Solstice Boost to make Zeutron spin with the power of an attack type to get an advantage on Valtryek. Zeutron loses because despite Valtryek nearly running out of stamina, its blades still managed to damage the Burst layers enough for even a just a small touch to win.
    • Season 2:
      • Episode 31: Daigo figures out that Joshua's been throwing the first matches and resolves to Burst him with a 2 point win. Daigo loses only after Doomscizor comes so close to giving Jinnius a Ring-Out Finish that would've nabbed him the second point in round 2.
      • Episode 34: Joshua's Cyclone Counter uses Jinnius' Energy Layer to drop down to attack or counterattack a Bey which more often than not results in a Burst. Valt beats him by having Valtryek position itself so low that Jinnius can't even reach it, then spring upwards to Burst it.
      • Episode 35: Joshua chooses to defy his team and participate in the final battle for his own pride while Silas humbles himself enough to ask his team to trust him to battle in the final match and borrows Valt's Vortex Frame. The result is a Kinectic Satomb Vortex Loop with even more attack power made of Silas and Valt's powers combined. Joshua lost by the teamwork he refused to accept from the former member of his opposing team.
      • Episode 42: Xander tries to defeat Silas again by focusing exclusively on attack and using Triple Saber. Silas wins by attacking with Cyclone Loop just as Triple Saber is about to happen, deflecting Xcalius and making it Burst once it hits the wall. To make it even more ironic: Silas's first strategy of using Satomb's Roller Defense during the World League failed, while using it offensively defeated the same opponent.
      • Episode 44: Silas takes his match with Free super seriously, even going with a weaker launch to throw Drain Fafnir off in the second match. Free doesn't even try and avoid Satomb. When Silas calls him out on it, Free allows Fafnir to lightly hit Satomb once and Satomb falls first before Fafnir does.
    • Season 3:
      • Episode 14-15: Aiger creates Z Dive, a divebomb attack to defeat Lui like how the latter used a divebomb attack to defeat him in the 3 vs 1 match, and Lui was warned by Laban to beware of falling objects. Lui however, uses his ground special move to overpower it. But then in the final round, Lui attempts to the exact same divebomb finisher with Brutal Squall only for Aiger to use his new ground special move to overpower that.
      • Episode 31: Kyle tries to counter Geist Fafnir's attack with an aerial Chain Counter from Hazard Kerbeus after spending the whole match trying to prevent Free from draining his bey's stamina. Free ends up countering his counter with Absorb Break and ends the match with it.
    • Season 4:
      • Episode 49: Back in episode 34, Gwyn warned Delta to work with Dante to get ready to take down Arthur otherwise, he would lose. In the final tag team match, Gwyn didn't do much to help Arthur, while Delta sacrificed Devolos' energy to give it to Dante's bey, which resulted in Gwyn's first defeat.
      • Episode 50: Arthur and Arman's rematch has the former confident in his own attack power and pride that he will win, mocking the Victories for sending out their weakest member. Arman defeats him by deflecting Arthur's two most powerful moves (Dark-Flux & Prime Reboot) into the wall with Hurricane Defense, making Arthur vulnerable to a Burst with his own power.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Downplayed, but Valt becomes the first person to Burst Spryzen in episode 15, even though he didn't win the match.
  • Dub Name Change: Several characters (and Beys) had their names changed in the English dub. A few examples are listed below:
    • Kensuke Midorikawa —> Ken Midori; Kaiser Kerbeus —> King Kerbeus
    • Daina —> Daigo; Dark Deathscyther —> Dark Doomscizor
    • Kaiza "Xhaka" Xhakuenji —> Alexander "Xander" Shakadera; Xeno Xcalibur —> Xeno Xcalius
    • Gou Chagake —> Gabe Brunai; Gigant Gaia —> Giga Gaianon
  • Elite Four:
    • The Supreme Four: Shu, Xander, Zac, and Lui.
    • Also, the Turbo 4: Phi, Xavier, Laban, and Hyde.
  • Empathic Weapon: Since it's Beyblade, it's a given. Though it's Downplayed, compared to previous seasons. Skill is a more deciding factor here.
  • Enemy Scan: Usually done by the token Mr. Exposition of each season using their tablet to explain a Bey's gimmick/mechanics.
    • Slightly averted in the dub, where the Techno Babble is usually replaced with generic comments on how strong the Bey is.
  • Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: The majority of the episode titles, both Japanese and English, are written in this manner.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: In a sense, the English dub of Turbo has all mentions of Turbo Beyblades being forged from metalnote  in the original Japanese removed, as well as the western toyline replacing the metal parts with safer metallic plastic.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Most of the characters wear them with a few exceptions.
  • Finishing Move: All the main characters have at least one. For example, Valt has the Rush and Flash Launch, Shu has Counter Break and Upper Launch, Rantaro has Roktavor Zone, etc.
  • Five-Man Band: The Beigoma Academy BeyClub, consisting of Valt, Shu, Rantaro, Daigo, and Wakiya
  • Foreshadowing: Turbo Achilles glowing golden during the climax of Aiger's final battle with Phi foreshadows the Hyper-Flux mode featured in Rise.
  • Four-Man Band: The Supreme Four are made up of Shu, Lui, Xander and Zac.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Bey Club, before the addition of Shu and Wakiya. Valt is sanguine, Rantaro is choleric, Daigo is melancholic, and Ken is phlegmatic.
  • Free-Range Children: The majority of the cast are kids, and are pretty much allowed to go wherever they want and do whatever they want.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Shu has one on his right eye, inflicted by Lui in a flashback.
  • Golden Super Mode: A new ability called "Gold Turbo (Hyper-Flux in the dub) is introduced in Rise.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Downplayed. Shu is said to be a beyblade prodigy, but he trains just as much, if not more, as the others do. Protagonist-wise, Valt trains harder than Gingka and Zyro, though not as much as Takao.
  • Ill Boy: Daigo's little brother Ryota is in the hospital, though his condition isn't serious. He's finally discharged in episode 37.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Several characters' Beys have dragon motifs.
  • Lighter and Softer: This series is more kid friendly than Shogun Steel and the Metal Saga. Although things in season 2 take a much darker turn once Red Eye comes into play. Turbo seems to be getting even darker than that, judging by Phi's current state.
    • Played straight again, with Rise.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Like most Shounen series, this one is no exception.
  • Localized Name in a Non-Localized Setting: The English dub changes names at random, but all the characters still come from their respective countries. Some characters get either westernized names, shortened versions of their Japanese names, or even entirely different Japanese names.
  • Logical Weakness: Because the Burst series is more grounded in reality, there are ways to counter any strategy implemented by an opponent, and the Rock–Paper–Scissors element of Beyblade is heavily implemented here. This includes any gimmick a Bey could possibly do, as the right strategy can negate the gimmick altogether, or worse, set them up for a Burst. Of course, this isn't taking into account a counter-strategy which Bladers could easily use.
  • Luminescent Blush: Everyone does it when they're embarrassed, even Wakiya.
  • Mood Whiplash: Most present in season 3, with a dramatic and/or sad end to the episode often being followed by an upbeat/jazzy ED.
  • Mutual Kill: Valt and Daigo do this 11 times in episode 5.
  • Mythology:All of the characters Beys are based off things that we can see in the world of myth. For example:
  • Never Say "Die": Averted in the original Japanese, as the characters have no problem saying the word 'dead' and discussing the concept of loss, but played straight in the dub for censorship reasons.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The final scene of the extended Japanese anime trailer for season 1 featured Valt and Shu, along with 5 other silhouettes that would later be the main cast. However, one of them showed Rantaro with a different hairstyle than his current one, and another character, which would later be Xander, more closely resembled Lui.
  • No Antagonist: The first season of Beyblade Burst is notable for having no Big Bad of the season. Lui is the closest thing to one but he isn't evil, just a massive jerk.
  • Only Sane Man: Shu, Daigo, Nika and Toko are this amongst the majority of the characters.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Nika and Toko, who have pink and blue hair, respectively.
  • Put on a Bus: Ken in episode 21. A bit of Reality Ensues, since his family travels while performing puppet shows.
  • Quarter Hour Short: The first 3 seasons had their episodes in full 22-minute format, but starting with Rise, they've been cut down to 11 minutes.
  • Reality Ensues: Now has its own page.
  • Sixth Ranger: Shu and Wakiya join the Bey Club in episode 26.
    • Cuza joins BC Sol just before the start of the World League's second round.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: Most of the main characters have symbols/designs on their outfits or accessories that represent their respective Beyblades.
  • Synchronization: Also known as "resonance", explained when Blader and Bey are one with each other and their bond is strong. Hinted at in the first two seasons, and a Central Theme of the third season. The fourth season uses it as a key to unlock a Bey's Super Mode.
  • Summon Magic: When the characters are ready to launch their beys, their avatar manifests behind them.
  • The Team:
    • Valt starts up the Bey Club at Beigoma Academy, and though the principal temporarily declares it okay, they still need 5 members. By episode 26, it's official.
    • Xander has his own team, Team Sword Flames.
  • Three Plus Two: In episode 26, Shu and Wakiya decided to join the Bey Club.
  • Time Skip:
    • The third season of Burst, Turbo, takes place 2 years after Evolution.
    • The fourth season, Rise, is set 1 year after the events of Turbo.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Nika and Toko. Later, Kit Lopez and Honey Guten in Evolution, and Naru Akabane in Turbo.
  • Tournament Arc: I bet you didn't expect that.
  • Totally Radical: The dub is littered with this kind of dialogue. It seems to have faded away by Turbo.
  • The Unfought: Until the Area Selection Tournament, Orochi Ginba was the only rival Valt hadn't faced in the Regional Tournament.
  • Two Shorts: Because of the episodes now being 11 minutes long in Rise, the dub airs two episodes together to make 26 22-minute episodes.
  • Unknown Rival: Wakiya sees Shu as this, but Shu is more focused on Valt as a rival.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Going along with Younger Than They Look below, many of the characters have rather deep voices for 11 year old kids in the English dub.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Drum, Pot, and Blind don't sound like very flattering names, do they?
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Valt's hair is a dark blue, Nika's is pink, and Toko's is a light blue.
  • Younger Than They Look: Some characters have the appearances of teenagers/young adults, but are actually 11 years old. Rantaro, Wakiya, Ken, and Xander are some of the most prominent examples.

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