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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."

The narrator, At the beginning of every episode.

Beyblade Burst is the third incarnation of the Beyblade franchise. It is comprised of a 2015 manga series, written by Hiro Morita, and an anime series, which began airing on TV Tokyo on April 4, 2016.

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.

This series provides examples of:

  • The Ace: The Supreme Four, consisting of Shu, Xander, Zac and Lui, the strongest bladers in the world. Interestingly enough, they only cover three of the four types; Shu (Balance), Xander and Lui (Attack), and Zac (Stamina). 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.
  • 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.
  • Alliterative Name: All of the characters' Dual Layer Beyblades follow this trend (i.e Victory Valtryek, Raging Roktavor, Storm Spryzen, etc.)
    • Subverted in season 2, with bey names such as Genesis Valtryek, Kinetic Satomb, (etc.)
  • 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 Kurenai's psyche has become.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 transparent letters on the centers of their Energy Layers that correspond to the first letter of their names. Valt himself has a V-shaped design on his shirt, and Wakiya and Zac have "W" and "Z" shaped belt buckles, respectively.
  • Call-Back: In episode 2 of Super Z, Aiga's father doesn't want him to become a Blader out of fear since Super Z is a powerful metal for Beys and Aigaís resonance level is high, yet some bladers can become possessed by their Beys, similar to what happened to Shu due to exposure from 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.
  • Color Motifs: See Battle Aura above.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Shu (red), Ken (green), and Valt (blue).
  • 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 had their names changed in the English dub. A few examples are listed below:
    • Kensuke Midorikawa —> Ken Midori
    • Daina —> Daigo
    • Xhaka —> Xander
    • Souta (Daigo's younger brother) —> Ryota
      • On another note, Special moves, usually called "Shoots" are referred to as "Launches" in the dub.
  • Elite Four: The Supreme Four: Shu, Xander, Zac, and Lui.
  • 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.
  • Everything Is Better With Spinning: The only way spinning tops could ever be cool.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Most of the characters wear them with a few exceptions.
  • Finishing Move: Most of the main cast have at least one. 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
  • Four-Man Band: The Supreme Four
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Bey Club, before the addition of Shu and Wakiya.
    • Valt: Sanguine
    • Rantaro: Chloeric
    • Daigo: Melancholic
    • Ken: Phlegmatic
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Shu has one on his right eye, inflicted by Lui in a flashback.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Downplayed. Shu is said to be a beyblade prodigy, but he practices/trains just as much, if not more, than the others do. Protagonist wise, Valt trains harder than Gingka and Zyro, though not as much as Tyson.
  • Ill Boy: Daigo's little brother Ryota is in the hospital, though his condition isn't serious. He's finally discharged in episode 37.
  • 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.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Like most Shounen series, this one is no exception.
  • Luminescent Blush: Everyone does it when they're embarrassed. Even Wakiya.
  • Mutual Kill: Valt and Daigo engage in this 11 times in episode 5.
  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues: Beyblade Burst is arguably the Beyblade season that grounds itself into reality the most, with plenty of aesops:
    • Episode 2: Valt defeating Rantaro in the pilot episode leaves him feeling invincible. As Shu warns Valt, a normal person getting overconfident after just one win instead of trying to improve will hurt them in the long run, evident by Valtís near loss to Ken in the same episode.
    • Episode 5: While Daigo messing with Valtís head is dirty, his fighting for his brotherís sake justifies that he will do anything within the rules to win.
    • Episode 9: Shu sustains a shoulder injury and is told by the doctor to take some time off from beyblading to give his shoulder time to recover. However, he still insists on practicing for his upcoming matches, which ends up causing his shoulder to take longer to heal.
    • Episodes 18 to 20: Ken's family is a traveling group. At some point, they were going to leave Beigoma to continue their work.
    • Episode 34: Ken beats Rantaro due to the latter relying too heavily on Roktavor's stamina. It's always a good idea to improve beyond one's natural abilities.
    • Episode 37: Training hard is important, but train too much and youíll strain yourself and perform worse, so itís important to take a break every now and then. Even Valt agrees with that logic.
    • Episode 49: No matter how hard a bey improves or has the strength to go on, if you donít take proper care of your bey or send it in for repairs, then it could break in the middle of a match.
    • Episode 51: Sometimes, luck can be involved. Especially so when Valtryek self-destructs via a crack in the beystadium, giving Lui the win.
    • During Evolution, Valt and Rantaro face hatred and judgement from almost every single member of BC Sol, especially from Stan and Jango. Showing up as a newcomer and stealing the spotlight won't appeal you to a lot of people.
      • Shasa eventually points out that while taking out your anger on someone else is good when you do it constructively (like in a battle), mindless shaming is not beneficial for the team, especially when the new members are pulling (or trying to pull) their weight.
    • Evolution Episode 7: Relying on a new device can help you win, but without proper training youíll only be able to rely on luck, which can only get you so far in the long run. Similarly, no matter how powerful you are, underestimating your opponent can be suicidal.
    • Episode 8 of Evolution reminds Valt that you can be friends off the field, but in the battle you have to focus on winning regardless of who the person is.
    • Evolution Episodes 10-12 prove that when the leader of a team leaves, some people can see it as motivation to improve themselves. However it does not mean that they will immediately come to that conclusion.
    • Evolution Episode 13: Don't spread rumors or jump to conclusions. Just because a person is meeting up with an old friend who's on a different team does not always mean that they are leaving for that team. Thanks to Stan and Rickson's eavesdropping, this leads to a misunderstanding with club management when everyone believes that Valt is leaving BC Sol for AS Gallus.
    • Evolution Episode 34: Being able to counter the specifics of your opponentís bey is smart, but you can still lose if you donít know about the other features of said opponentís bey.
    • Evolution Episode 35: Regardless of whether you win or lose, all members of the team must listen to the manager of the club regardless of personal vendettas. Joshua ignoring Theodore and choosing to go into the final battle instead of Free is what costs him the match.
    • Evolution Episode 38: Shasa gives Free an earful when he returns to Spain and rejoins BC Sol after suffering his first and only loss to Lui Shirasagi. Acting like you can just waltz right in and reclaim your spot on the team after leaving is not going to get you into good graces with your peers.
  • 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.
  • Summon Magic: When the characters are ready to launch their beys, their bit beast 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, Super Z, takes place 2 years after Evolution.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Nika and Toko. Later, Kitt Lopez and Honey Guten in Evolution.
  • Tournament Arc: I bet you didn't expect that.
  • The Unfought: Until the Area Selection Tournament, Orochi Ginba was the only rival Valt hadn't faced in the Regional Tournament.
  • 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.
  • 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.