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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.
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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 four anime series, which began airing on TV Tokyo on April 4, 2016.

In the first series, 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 series, 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.

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The third series, 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 and final series, 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.

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This series provides examples of:

  • The Ace:
    • The Supreme Four, consisting of Shu, Xander, Zac and Lui, the strongest bladers in Japan. 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.
    • 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 yearsnup until his battle with Aiger in episode 28. He wins the title back from Hyde several episodes later.
    • Season 4 gives us the Global Top 3: Delta, Pot, and Blind.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 possessed by their Beys, similar to what happened to Shu due to using Spryzen Requiem back in Evolution.
  • Catchphrase: 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.
  • 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; Kasier —> King Kerbeus
    • Daina —> Daigo; Dark Deathscyther —> Doomscizor
    • Kaiza "Xhaka" Xhakuenji —> Alexander "Xander" Shakadera; Xeno Xcalibur —> 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.
  • Everything Is Better With Spinning: The only way spinning tops could ever be cool.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Bey Club, before the addition of Shu and Wakiya.
    • Valt: Sanguine
    • Rantaro: Chloeric
    • Daigo: Melancholic
    • Ken: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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