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Beyblade: Metal Fusion (known in Japan as Metal Fight Beyblade) is the second incarnation of the Beyblade franchise and co-produced by the company that dubs it, Nelvana. It's the story of Gingka Hagane, an apparent drifter with no home. One day, he rescues a boy named Kenta Yumiya from some members of the Face Hunters gang and the pair bond under the stars. The next day, Gingka's cornered by the entire Face Hunters gang and defeats them all. Then he has to go up against their leader Kyoya Tategami...

The second season, known as Metal Fight Beyblade: Explosion! in Japan and Beyblade: Metal Masters in the West, premiered on the U.S. Cartoon Network on August 20, 2011. In this season, Gingka forms a competitive team with Tsubasa, Yu and newcomer Masamune, as they prepare to take on the world tournament.

The third season is called Metal Fight Beyblade 4-D or Beyblade: Metal Fury. A star arrives on Earth and breaks into 10 pieces, which assimilate with certain Beyblades. The Bladers who wield them are known as Legendary Bladers and Gingka, Kyoya and Ryuga are part of this group, along with many new characters. They have the mission of fighting the Nemesis Bladers, who want to destroy the world.

There is also a movie called Metal Fight Beyblade VS The Sun: Sol Blaze The Scorching Hot Invader, which premiered in Summer 2010, when the second season was airing in Japan. In it, Gingka and co. are enjoying the Summer when a Blader working for a group of people who claim to be the descendants of the inhabitants of Atlantida appears and defeats everyone with a mighty sun-based Beyblade. Gingka and everybody else have to stop his master's plans of destroying the world.

Beyblade: Shogun Steel, known as Metal Fight Beyblade Zero-G in Japan, is a sequel that takes place several years after this trilogy and focuses on a new generation of characters, though old characters do show up a lot and have a role to play. Please place any tropes referring to it in that page, not here.

The entire series is known in the west as Beyblade: Metal Saga.

This series provides examples of:

  • Abandoned Warehouse: The Face Hunters hideout is one.
  • Aborted Arc: Metal Fusion ends with Pegasus using up all of its energy and leaving Gingka. Ryo says that one day, Pegasus would return when its energy is restored. Metal Masters opens up with Gingka getting Galaxy Pegasus in the first episode, diminishing any chance for the original Pegasus to return.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The characters and stories are much more fleshed out than in the manga.
  • Adults Are Useless: The only adults that have appeared so far that are useful to the plot in ANY way are Doji, Ryo, Gingka's deceased dad (or so we thought) in a flashback and Dr. Ziggurat in Metal Masters.
  • Almighty Janitor: Gingka, Kyoya, Tsubasa and Yu are all shown as insanely strong when they are introduced, given their shown experience.
    • Masamune as well. Despite not having any real formal experience in Beyblade Tournaments, such as Battle Bladers, he is still ridiculously talented, and manages to defeat GINGKA.
  • Anime Hair: The characters have a wide range of hair colors.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Specifically, in the episode "Shine, Virgo!", they say that dancers put their arms out to go faster. In all actuality, you pull in to go faster. Try it with a simple rolling chair, or even spin around your room. You get the opposite effect by pushing out. This is actually shown with the Bey Jade Jupiter.
  • Badass Adorable: Gingka, Kenta, and Yu.
  • Batman Gambit: How Gingka defeats Phoenix. He uses Pegasus' Starburst Attack to trick Phoenix into countering it. This was a trick to goad him into using his own finisher, leaving Phoenix wide open for Pegasus' Storm Bringer which finished the match.
  • Battle Aura: Happens in the anime. The auras are also color-coded for your convenience.
  • Big Bad:
    • Metal Fusion has Doji and Ryuga, until Ryuga disposes of Doji near the end of Battle Bladers.
    • Metal Masters has Dr. Ziggurat along with Team Starbreaker.
    • Metal Fury has Rago, the child of Nemesis who is aided by Pluto and Doji.
  • Big Eater: Gingka himself. And Benkei.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In the anime, Gingka grew up in a place called Koma Village, and this was kept in the dub. "Koma" is the Japanese word for spinning top, as well as what stemmed the word "Beigoma", which "Beyblade" is derived from, so it makes total sense that almost everyone in Koma Village is a Blader. This is very significant as Koma Village is known as the birthplace of Beyblade in this world.
  • Body Horror: Occurs when Ryuga is possessed by L-Drago. We actually see his face extend forwards into a dragon-like snout.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Faust/Toby.
  • Bulungi: The members of Wild Fang are decided in a tournament taking place in an unspecified African country, which seems to be a military dictatorship to boot.
  • Catchphrase: Said by just about everybody in the show... "Let it rip!"
  • Defeat Means Friendship: This is Beyblade. You know this is invoked. Benkei's interesting in that he refuses to acknowledge this has happened to him. Even after he saves Gingka from a collapsing ceiling in episode 4.
  • Demoted to Extra: Happens to Hikaru in the transition from seasons 1-2. She starts off as a recurring Blader like everyone else, but in the second season she becomes a member of the WBBA and doesn't show up as much
  • Devour the Dragon: Ryuga made a habit of doing this by absorbing his underling's energy with L-Drago when they failed him. Doji didn't mind and quite a few times fed them to Ryuga. Doji ultimately meets this fate as well.
  • Disney Death: In the aftermath of Benkei and Kenta's defeat to a Dark Nebula-trained Kyoya, an injured Benkei begs for Gingka to stop Kyoya, even calling it his final wish in the Japanese dub, before seemingly passing away... And it's only after Gingka, Kenta, and Madoka start mourning Benkei "death" that it's quickly revealed he just fell asleep if the snoring is any indication.
  • Eagleland: Gingka demonstrates that he thinks of America as a type 2, through a small exchange between him and Masamune.
    Gingka: You came from America?
    Masamune: Yeah.
    Gingka: That explains a lot.
  • Evil Laugh:
    • Kyoya does quite a good one in episode 10.
    • Ryuga is especially prone to this trope.
    • Tsubasa also indulges in this quite often when he is possessed by his dark side.
  • Evolving Credits: In the Japanese dub, after the thirteenth episode, the cheerful Opening Narration was replaced by a dramatic introduction of the Big Bads. In addition, Madoka was added to the ensemble shot. Judging by the later inclusion of Hyoma and Yu, all the shadowed forms would be revealed as important characters as the series goes on. Then the credits change completely to accommodate the Tournament Arc that follows!
  • Expy:
    • Metal Fight/Fusion's Blader DJ is a blatant expy of the original Blader DJ from the original series. While the two may seem similar, it's apparent that they're two different characters.
  • Kyoya too. Let's see: Great rivalry with the protagonist? Leader of a beyblade gang early on, but pulling a Heel–Face Turn later in the series? Changes sides a lot? Sounds a lot like Kai, huh?
  • Madoka is one of Kenny: she has goggles, a laptop, provides most of the explanations concerning Beyblade in general and (apparently) has a Beyblade of her own which she'd rather not use.
  • Star Breaker is one of the Psychics, from V-Force. There's a character named Zeo (who's pals with Masamune), although the real Zeo expies are Toby and/or Damian. Additionally, Damian's Beyblade is based on Cerberus, which was Zeo's bit-beast. The Big Bad is even named Dr. Ziggurat.
  • Floating Continent: Dr. Ziggurat uses spiral energy to make Hades city fly. This ends up being the final battleground in Masters. Hilariously, it looks exactly like a beyblade.
  • Full-Boar Action: One of the few things that scares Benkei: a wild boar.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Kyoya
  • Gratuitous Japanese: The NA toys hope you'll "RETTO ITTO RIPPU!" (In Japan, as with the previous incarnation, the phrase for starting a battle is "Go Shoot!"). Not funny, Hasbro.
  • Hand Behind Head: Gingka does this a lot. So does Kenta.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Both Benkei and Kyoya become allies of Gingka by episode 11 despite being villains when first introduced. So do Tsubasa, Yu, and Ryutaro by the conclusion of the first season.
  • Heroic BSoD: Gingka, for one, almost loses his blader spirit after utterly losing to Ryuga, and in the immediate day after, it's blatant to his friends he's putting on a Stepford Smiler act, as he ultimately leaves to head to his home village to figure out what to do afterwards.
  • Inconsistent Dub: Although most of the Beyblades retain their constellation-based names, Tsubasa's Aquila beyblade was renamed "Eagle". What makes this especially egregious is that the viewers can clearly see "Aquila" on the face bolt. While it's true that "Aquila" means "Eagle" in Latin, it's still the name of Tsubasa's beyblade in the original Japanese version.
    • This was mainly to do with Hasbro's requirement of using the toy names, which were changed before dubbing began. Visual editing was considered an unnecessary expense.
  • Karma Houdini: Russia's national team who stole information used it to rig arenas to cripple their opponents and then call it fair since 'the conditions are the same' when called on their bullshit, oh, and they also almost KILLED Masamune. All this so they could realize their dream to get sponsors so they could go to space, in the end they are left unpunished and in fact don't even get yelled at, and no one holds a grudge not even the kid they, again, almost indirectly murdered. They DO lose to Team Japan but they end up getting sponsors and going to space anyway.
  • Large Ham: Even if the series is a World of Ham, filled with Naming Your Attacks, Masamune is still very prominent
    Masamune: I'm number one!!!
  • Limited Wardrobe: No one seems to be seen having a different set of clothes.
  • Long Bus Trip: Sora, who up and disappears after Metal Fusion.
  • Lying on a Hillside: Gingka and Kenta shared a sentimental moment here.
  • Magical Computer: Madoka has some type of computer/laptop.
  • Market-Based Title: "Metal Fight Beyblade" in Japan is "Beyblade: Metal Fusion" in North America, with "Explosion" known as "Metal Masters".
  • Merchandise-Driven: As always, the series mainly exists to sell toys. It generally did better than its predecessor. The low sales of the original caused a 6-year hiatus for the franchise. The revived toy line ended up as a top holiday kid's item for 2010.
  • Mouthy Kid: Masamune and Yu are the two most prominent examples in this series. Chiyun as well.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Hyoma, Kyoya and Tsubasa. There's a shocking amount of new eye candy for the female fans in Metal Masters. Da Shan Wang, Nile, Klaus, Wales, and Aleksei.
    • Chaoxin is an in-universe example.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Selen of Team Garcia. It may be hard to ignore her, um... choice of wardrobe.
  • Mundane Wish: Discussed. When the WBBA held a tournament promising to grant any wish to whoever won, Gingka commented he intended to wish for a hamburger.
  • Never Say "Die": Subverted. Unlike Bakuten Shoot Beyblade, which tried to cover up the demise of certain characters and removed any clear mention lives were at stake, the Metal Saga allows the words "dead", "die" and even "death" on many occasions and have referenced death many times.
    • After getting crushed by Ryuga and leaving his responsibilities to his son, he comes out alive and gives this response to Hokuto, after the latter asks why he's in hiding.
      Ryo: It will be much better if the Dark Nebula thinks I'm already dead, do you understand me?
    • During his battle against Masamune in Episode 92, Zeo specifically stated that if he loses against him then his friend Toby will die.
      Zeo: If I lose, Toby will die!
    • Rago's threat towards Kenta (a child) is also pretty chilling...
      Rago: It's fine. If you really want to die that badly, let me finish you first.
    • In addition to this, beys like Death Quetzalcoatl 125RDF and special moves such as "Beautiful Dead" were kept intact, which is ironic considering they renamed Killer Gemios to "Evil" Gemios.
  • Not Quite Dead: Gingka's father Ryo who somehow survived Ryuga's assault, but was too injured to aid Gingka on his journey for a while. After he's healed he becomes The Phoenix in order to guide his son from afar.
  • No, You: Gingka and Masamune...
  • Parrot Exposition: Benkei is especially prone to this.
  • The Phoenix: The mysterious blader Phoenix, who uses a Phoenix bey. He is Gingka's Not Quite Dead father, Ryo.
  • Quarter Hour Short: 4D (Fury) adopted this format halfway through its Japanese run.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Gingka's eyes turn blood red when Ryuga insults his father.
    • Averted with Sora. His eyes turn red when he activates his 'blade's special attack, but he's (apparently) a good guy.
    • And played entirely straight with Ryuga and Tsubasa when they're possessed by The Dark Power.
  • Reset Button: After Gingka's first encounter and subsequent defeat at the hands of the mysterious blader Phoenix, Phoenix crushes his BeyPointer, and he's forced to regain all of his points to enter Battle Bladers using his new Digital Power Launcher.
  • Renegade Splinter Faction: The Beylin Fist, a ruthless faction who splintered from the Beylin Temple.
  • Screw Destiny: Gingka versus the fortune-telling Ryutaro Fukami. Ryutaro says he knows Gingka's destined to lose. Gingka shouts back with confidence- "If that's my destiny then I'll just have to change it!!"
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Gingka gives a pretty epic rebuttal to Reiji in their battle. It's also extremely effective, causing Reiji to lose it and undergo a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Slasher Smile: Ryuga and Reiji love flashing them before they finish off their opponents.
  • Serious Business: Spinning tops are very serious business. Though in this world, they're also capable of causing massive destruction and, in L-Drago's case, sucking the life force out of people. Among other things, the visuals for one scene imply that in the Beyblade universe, Moses parted the Red Sea using a Beyblade. Gingka's father, Ryo, claims that in ancient times the entire world was shaken by an evil army that used a meteor, fell from space millions of years before, to create the first prototype of beyblade that made them nearly invincible until they were stopped by a group of heroes that built a second proto-beyblade from the same meteor and saved the whole humanity. During the second season, it's stated that beyblades can shape reality, mold gravity, and move faster than light.
  • Snakes Are Evil: Reiji's Beyblade and hair are styled after a snake and he's one of the antagonists.
  • So Last Season: The WD performance tip Tsubasa's Earth Eagle was hyped as the ultimate performance tip and the rarest there was, with Tsubasa being the only one possessing it. It held true for the entirety of Metal Fusion and gave Tsubasa his own gimmick along with his refined technique. Then from Metal Masters onward, Alexei's Burn Wolf, Julian's Gravity Destroyer, Zeo's Flame Byxis, Motti's Flame Cancer and Kenta's Flash Saggitario all have the same WD performance tip. Then there's Jack's Evil Befall's EWD performance tip and Kyoya's Fang Leone's W2D performance tip.
  • Super Prototype: Galaxy Pegasus is Storm Pegasus' prototype, but a lot more powerful. This is because it was too powerful for the ones who made it to control, so they sealed it away. Gingka manages to tame it though.
  • Those Three Guys: Osamu, Akira, and Takashi
  • Tournament Arc: Metal Masters, having a World Championship that runs nearly the entire season.
  • Unstoppable Rage: In his battle with Ryuga, Gingka becomes increasingly enraged until Ryuga insults his deceased father, which makes him completely snap. Subverted though, as Ryuga defeats Gingka because of that uncontrollable rage.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Watarigani's constant interjections of "crab" and "snap-snap", etc.("gani" in the Japanese version)
    • Benkei's "B-b-b-bull!" in the dub.
    • Another, more subtle one: Madoka has a tendency to say "you following me?" when explaining something that the viewers already know.
  • Western Zodiac: In this show, the Beyblades are based on constellations. Hence, the presence of the 12 signs.
    • Hyoma has Aries, Benkei has Taurus, Dan and Reiki have Gemini, Tetsuya has Cancer, Kyoya has Leo, Teru has Virgo, Yu has Libra, Busujima has Scorpio, Kenta has Sagittarius, Tobio has Capricorn, Hikaru has Aquarius and Ryutaro has Pisces.
  • Wham Line:
    • Episode 48: Ryuga asks Doji if he is trying to say that he can't win against Gingka without more energy. Doji insists that he only wants to make sure Ryuga is prepared just in case.
    Ryuga: Alright, then just give me your energy.
    • Episode 49: One from Yu right after L-Drago possesses Ryuga.
    Madoka: What did I just see happen there!?
    Yu: Don't tell me that L-Drago has... done THAT to Ryuga!?
  • Wham Shot:
    • Episode 49: After the supposed "final attack" of the battle, the 3-headed L-Drago appears from the smoke, looking much more demonic than it usually does and then it turns on Ryuga.
  • Worf Barrage: Hikaru's Bey's special move, Aquario Infinite Assault, never works against strong new opponents.
  • You Killed My Father: Ryuga was directly responsible for the death of Gingka's father, Ryo. Later, it's revealed that while it didn't kill him, it gravely injured him.

Alternative Title(s): Metal Fight Beyblade