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Break out your Future Card!

Get ready for a cool new card game that connects to a parallel universe! Special cards act as portals, bringing monsters to Earth to become Buddies with humans and, through friendship and courage, help them take on fight challenges—it's called Buddyfight!
Opening Narration at the beginning of episodes 1-33.
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20 Minutes into the Future, Earth has been linked to a parallel world of monsters and magic through a new Collectible Card Game named Future Card Buddyfight. By using a "Buddy Rare" card as a portal, normal humans can become partners with a monster and call upon them to battle other players in "Buddyfights". As some humans choose to use the power of their Buddy to commit crimes, a law enforcement agency called the Buddy Police tracks down and confiscates the Decks of those who violate the law.

Gao Mikado is an eager young martial artist who becomes Buddies with the Hot-Blooded Drum Bunker Dragon. Receiving a Core Deck Case from Tasuku Ryuenji, a Buddyfight prodigy working for the Buddy Police, he takes his first steps into the fantastic world of Buddyfight.

Future Card Buddyfight is the Lighter and Softer sister show to Cardfight!! Vanguard, another property of Bushiroad. It is explicitly targeted at a younger audience (elementary school kids), which is reflected in the simpler design of the tie-in Collectible Card Game. While the show can be very serious, it never shies away from being self-aware and poking fun at its own weirdness.

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A second season called Future Card Buddyfight Hundred began airing in April 2015. In this season, Gao joins the Buddy Police to help deal with a mass invasion of the Hundred Demons: one hundred monsters who have betrayed their origin worlds in exchange for power from a world-eating monstrosity called Yamigedo.

A third season, Future Card Buddyfight Triple D began in April 2016. With Drum Bunker Dragon having returned to Dragon World, Gao becomes Buddies with Kid-Appeal Character Bal Dragon and learns about a new type of game-changing card: Impact Monsters.

A fourth season, Future Card Buddyfight X, began in April 2017. With Bal gone, Gao becomes Buddies with a powerful demonic dragon named Batzz. Together, the two enter the World Buddy Masters, a tournament in which ten participants, each representing a World, duke it out and the winner of the tourney gets the legendary and powerful Mirage Card.

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A mini-season and continuation of X, Future Card Buddyfight X: All-Star Fight, began in April 2018. Shortly after defeating Wisdom and stopping the Chaos Control company, a new tournament is announced—the GGG Cup, where familiar Buddies and Buddyfighters alike compete for the top.

New episodes are simulcast in Japanese and English, with the latter being made available on the official Youtube channel. Though it should be noted that episodes 26-50 of Hundred and the entirety of Triple D are sub-only due to unknown reasons. However, the dub resumed (albeit now two episodes behind the Japanese broadcast instead of simultaneous) in April 2017 with the premiere of the fourth season. As of All-Star-Fight, the dub was further delayed and now lags behind the Japanese broadcast by four episodes.

After the premiere of All-Star Fight, a sequel was announced that premiered in June 2018—Future Card Buddyfight ACE (Future Card Shin Buddyfight in Japan), which stars Gao's son Yuga and his Buddy, Gargantua Dragon as the new protagonists.

After the end of Buddyfight Ace, due to production issues, Bushiroad had ended the anime and continued Buddyfight Ace in the manga involving other Dragods.

In June 15th, 2020, it was announced that Bushiroad would discontinue the entire Buddyfight franchise in all regions due to declining sales. The final set of the card game was released in September 15, 2020, with official events and support for the game continuing until June 30, 2021.

You can check out the official site here. You can catch the manga adaptation in CoroCoro Comic.

Not to be confused with Buddy Complex, another Sunrise anime that aired on the same season as Buddyfight's first season.


Future Card Buddyfight contains examples of the following:

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    Tropes associated with Future Card Buddyfight (From season 1 to X
  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Shido uses his power as student council president to cheat at the ABC cup by looking at Genma's deck. He also abuses his power for his own amusement.
  • Action Pet: Their buddy monsters are always by your side.
  • Actually, I Am Him: Suzaku Kenran does this after Tasuku accepts his invitation to an illegal Buddyfighting club. When he gave Tasuku the invitation, he pretended to just be the club's errand boy.
    • He does it again by revealing that he is actually Variable Cord and Kenran was just a disguise.
  • Affably Evil: Gyoya Gaen is surprisingly gentlemanly for someone who wants to turn the world into a Teenage Wasteland. Suzaku Kenran from the second season is also very polite.
  • Agent Peacock: Raremaro of Sengoku Academy and Elf Kabala of Disaster are both very effeminate, but are still competent Buddyfighters.
  • Alternate Universe: The different worlds are described as such, with Dungeon World explicitly being a parallel universe where many characters from the human world exist as monsters.
  • Amnesiac God: Ban Enma is actually the fourth Omni Lord, Burn Nova, but doesn't remember it due to having his memory wiped by Gratos.
    • Miseria did this to himself, repeatedly assuming the identity of Kiri Hyoryu throughout human history.
    • Variable Cord is a variation. While he didn't forget he was an Omni-Lord, he did forget he was the one who asked Dynamis to bring them together to fight Yamigedo in the first place.
  • Anime Hair: The hair in this show is very strange. Tetsuya's hair hasn't gone unnoticed by the cast, with people mistaking his hair for bananas. Subverted though, when he rips off a piece of his hair and shows us those things on his head really are bananas.
    • Shounen Hair: Gao Mikado.
      • Gao's late brother Yota had a similar hairstyle, except that it was blue where Gao's is red.
  • Another Dimension: The other worlds. Dragon World and Dungeon World are the only ones that get any real attention, though Darkness Dragon World is also briefly shown.
  • Anti-Hero: The Darkhero attribute is described as this. Monsters with this attribute tend toward the more aggressive end of the spectrum, with a few even being Nineties Anti-Heroes.
  • April Fools: Did one in 2016 called Asmoday, where they announced a new anime that was esstinally everyone played by Asmodai, with a corresponding set that has 666 cards in total(In a card game that usually releases 112 cards per set on average)...With everyone played as Asmodai along with exaggerated ablities. Also included was a Short Visual Novel set in an alternate universe where Humans and monster buddies swap species.
  • Arc Number: Unsurprisingly, the number 100 appears quite a few times in Hundred. The antagonists of the season are the Hundred Demons led by Yamigedo and anyone who uses them has a deck with Hundred in its name. Toward the end of the season, Yamigedo fights using a deck comprised of a hundred cards with his buddy being his final form Hyakugan Yamigedo whose name means Hundred-Eyes Yamigedo.
    • Same thing goes with Triple D. All three main characters use decks based on the three dragon worlds, and unlock the three Dragon Forces. Azi Dahaka, who has been the focus for this season, usually has three heads. Super Sun Dragon, Bal Sollei's home world are all three Dragon Worlds. Finally, Kyoya utilizes the Dragon Drei flag, Drei meaning 3 in German.
  • Armored Dragon: Several, most of which are one-off monsters summoned during individual battles. Armordragons make up the bulk of the population of Dragon World.
  • Armor Is Useless: Justified due to how Buddyfighting works.
  • As You Know: Ubiquitous since the show is based on a card game. The function of explaining the many cards used by the characters is mainly served by Paruko, though other characters will also fill the role at times.
    • The second season turns this into outright Product Placement by showing the actual card onscreen while Paruko describes it.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: The general philosophy of Danger World.
  • Back for the Finale: X2 is basically a huge send off of the Gao era with not only all of the major characters from the past four seasons coming back, but deck types and machinics like Omni Lords, Impact Monsters and arch types that haven't been seen for awhile.
  • Badass Longcoat: Kyoya Gaen's outfit changes to one when he activates Disaster Force. Shadow Hero Schwarz, who was initially thought to be one of the Omni Lords by the Buddy Police, also wears one.
    • Genma also wears one.
  • Bad Future: Tasuku travels to the doomed future after Variable Cord takes Jack through time to save Jack. Here Yamigedo has fused all the worlds together with earth and all monsters are now Hundred Demons. The final battle between Gao and Hyakugan Yamigedo also takes place there. Once Hyakugan Yamigedo is beaten, it changes at a fairly normal futuristic Earth with all of the other worlds intact and Variable Cord is finally able to go home.
  • Banana Peel: Tetsuya and Asmodai prank Rouga with one in an attempt to get him to lighten up. It doesn't work.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: In season 2 (aka Hundred):
    • Beauty: Tetsuya
    • Brains: Zanya
    • Brawn: Gao
    • In season 3 (aka Triple D):
      • Beauty: Gaito
      • Brains: Tasuku
      • Brawn: Gao
    • In season 4 (aka X)
      • Beauty: Kanata
      • Brains: Gaito
      • Brawn: Gao
  • The Beautiful Elite: Gao, Tasuku, and Gaito has became a trio by the help of their Dragon Forces.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: The Dragon Force users (Gao, Tasuku, and Gaito) use their Dragon Force it is never be destroyed!
  • Big Bad: Kyoya Gaen is this in the first and third seasons. Ikazuchi starts off as this in the second, followed by Gratos and eventually Yamigedo itself. The fourth season has Wisdom.
  • Big Good: The Buddy Police.
    • Commander I continues his role as this in secret after Shido's father takes over the Buddy Police. Count Dawn fills the role in the second season.
    • Armordeity Dynamis in the second season, who was the one who brought together the Omni-lords At the request of Variable Cord.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: In Buddyfight hundred we have Gao (Redhead), Tetsuya (Blonde) and Zanya (BrainyRavenette)
  • Bond Creatures: Buddy Monsters are usually this, though there have been instances of characters having alternate or temporary Buddies. The ones that do are mostly villains, though. Shido, for instance uses Bluechase Dragon as his Buddy for the ABC Cup and several of the Hundred Demons during the second season, but his real Buddy is Death Ruler Gallows.
    • It becomes plot-relevant with Yamigedo. The bond between it and Ikazuchi actually created a second Yamigedo that cared about him and opposed its original self.
  • Book Ends: Early in season one Tasuku entrusts Gao with his Gargantua Punisher!! card. At the end of the season, Gao gives it back to Tasuku.
    • The finale of Hundred bookends the first episode of the series by Drum passing the drill on to his own son and sending him off to Earth.
    • The first fight of the Buddyfight series is Gao vs Tasuku with both using Dragon World. The final fight with Gao as the main character is Gao vs Tasuku both returning to using Dragon World flags. In addition, the first episode of Buddyfight starts with Tasuku bringing down a criminal. The second to last scene is him bringing down a criminal.
  • Butt-Monkey: Shido, especially in season two.
  • The Cameo: In the fourth episode, several characters from Cardfight!! Vanguard make cameo appearances as background extras.
  • Cave Behind the Falls: Ikazuchi's lair is one.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: While it's still lighter compared to Vanguard, it does start getting dark after the Sengoku Academy arc, When Kiri pulls a Face–Heel Turn after losing to Gao so many times, and Tasuku gets kicked out of the Buddy Police.
    • Hundred starts out as a Monster of the Week, Then Ikazuchi gets tired of the constant failures and goes out to attack them on his own, resulting in Gao's first loss, Asmodai losing most of his power, and Tenbu eaten. Gao was so traumatized that he can't use Dragon World at all anymore afterwards.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: In the Hundred series:
    • Gao: Red
    • Tetsuya: Green
    • Zanya: Blue
  • In Triple D:
    • Gao: Red
    • Tasuku: Blue
    • Gaito: Purple
  • Color-Coded Emotions: In Buddyfight Triple D there's three colorful emotions for three special heroes:
    • Gao: Red= Dragon Force of Anger
    • Tasuku: Blue= Dragon Force of Joy
    • Gaito: Purple= Dragon Force of Sadness
  • Color-Coded Multiplayer: Additional copies of the same monster on the field at once are given alternate colorations.
  • Color-Coded Time Stop : Distortion punisher freezes time and turns everything black and white except for its caster and the sword it spawns.
  • Combination Attack: You can have two of your monsters attack at the same time, adding their Attack power together with the intent of overcoming a high Defence score. It's called a Link Attack. The "Adventurer" line from Dungeon World specialise in this, gaining even more power when they attack together.
    • Gao finishes off Hyakugan Yamigedo with an impact card that summons all nine Omni Lords to do successive attacks.
  • Combining Mecha: Ultimate Cardburn in episode 35.
  • Combat, Diplomacy, Stealth: In Triple D, the three protagonists form a team:
    • Gao: Combat
    • Tasuku: Diplomacy
    • Gaito: Stealth
  • Comical Overreacting: Batzz freaks out at the sight of his mini form, letting off a lightning burst that covers Gao's house.
  • Cool Pet: Having a buddy monster as a pet can be cool.
  • Corrupt Cop: Sueroku Shido and Seiichi are to the Buddy Police what Magoroku Shido and Sofia Sakharov are to the student council.
  • The Corruption: The Hundred Demons are the result of regular monsters being cursed by Yamigedo. Ban Enma has been purifying the ones that he captured.
  • Counter-Attack: Katana World specialises in this.
    • Distortion Punisher is one specifically for impact cards.
    • The Hundred Demons' Thunder Mine ability is one. What exactly it counters depends on the monster that uses it.
    • Zanya gets a limit from Jin that can be used this way if his life points would otherwise run out.
  • Critical Existence Failure: A player loses a match when they drop to 0 Life Points. There are, however, effects that allow you to get around this, by one means or another.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Gao in his Let's Get Dangerous! mode, defeats Rouga in his first turn.
  • Dark Is Evil: Disaster in general, and in the game's lore, Darkness Dragon World, inhabited by demons, black dragons and monsters.
    • Dark Is Not Evil: In spite of their demonic appearances, use of black magic and sacrificing their own allies, the Purgatory Knights are heroes from Dragon World trapped in Darkness Dragon World and constantly fighting to protect their homeland by using black magic to become immortal. In spite of their corruption, card flavor text plays them sympathetically, with much Who Wants to Live Forever? and Was It Really Worth It?.
    • Same applies to Abygale and the dragons under him. In spite being a near Eldritch Abomination and most of his card involve life drain and deck destruction, he and his buddy Gaito are nice, if a bit over-dramatic.
  • Demonic Possession: A lot of the Hundred Demons can do this to people. Ban Enma is immune to it due to being an Omni Lord.
  • Dirty Old Man: Tenbu has hit on both Paruko and Stella and his introduction has him battling for (he thinks) Paruko's affections.
  • Discard and Draw: Once per turn, you can place one card from your hand into the Gauge and then draw one new card. This action is known in the anime as "Charge and Draw".
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune:
    • The first and second ending themes ares sung by Sora Tokui, who plays (and cosplays as) Paruko Nanana.
    • The second opening is sung by Marie Mizuno and Shuta Morishima, who play Gao and Baku respectively.
    • Suzuko Mimori, who voices Hanako Mikado, sings the third ending theme.
    • Hundred's first ending theme is sung by Souma Saito who plays Tasuku.
  • Draconic Humanoid: Found mostly in Dragon World, though Darkness Dragon World has them, too.
    • They can also come from other worlds. Qinus Axia, for example, is from Magic World.
  • Dragon Knight: Mostly affiliated with Dragon World and Darkness Dragon World. The monster class of the same name is a different trope.
  • Dragon Rider: Dragon Knight monsters.
  • Eaten Alive: Yamigedo eats Tenbu and later on eats Gratos. Tenbu survives and eventually escapes. Gratos is just put back under Yamigedo's control.
  • Emotional Powers: In season 3 of Buddyfight; when Balle Soleil physical form was destroyed, it split into three emotions: Anger, Joy, and Sadness.
  • Empathy Pet: Having a buddy monster is cute, but during a Buddyfight they change their personality most of the time.
  • Equippable Ally: Deconstructed with Jack, whose Gold Ritter form is an item card, as said form renders him mindless. It eventually turns out that it was temporary while he was in the form, though. After training in Dragon World in the second season, Jack manages to retain his sense of self in Gold Ritter form.
    • The Crossnize mechanic for Star Dragon world also lets Neodragons, such as an upgraded Jack, do this with robotic monsters.
    • Hero World specializes in this with its Ride and Transform mechanics.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Gao, Tasuku, and Gaito's Dragon Forces in Triple D.
  • Evil Counterpart: Darkness Dragon World to Dragon World, and the Purgatory Knights to the Thunder Knights.
    • Gremlin, Disaster's deckbuilder, is one to Baku. They're also cousins. Kanahebi of Sengoku Academy starts off as one to Zanya.
    • Gratos also brainwashes several Buddyfighters to be counterparts to the heroes alongside Shido, Sofia and Davide.
    • The Chaos Corporation to the Thunder Empire, in proxy their flags, the Chaos to Thunder Emperor's Fangs, and their special powers, Overkill to Overturn. Geargod even creates an evil clone of Gao named Chaos Gao.
  • Evil Knockoff: The Inverse Omni Lords, which were created from power that Yamigedo absorbed from the actual Omni Lords.
  • Excited Show Title!: The episode titles, many of the card names and even their effect text are all really excited!
  • Extra Turn: Great Spell, My Grandfather Clock, a Wizard based Magic World card that returns all cards in your drop zone to your deck, and lets you take an extra turn.
    • Overturn Black Death Dragon, Abygale's Overturn ability forces the opponent to end their turn at the start of their next turn. However, the player cannot attack during the following turn.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Grand Wilderness will eat anything including garbage and even threatens to eat Shido at one point. While normally a Planet Eater, Yamigedo is much smaller after being unsealed on Earth and as such will eat anything Ikazuchi lets him.
  • Fallen Hero: The Purgatory Knights archetype from Darkness Dragon World are this, as they were legendary heroes of Dragon World who trapped themselves in the Darkness Dragon World to protect their homeland, becoming corrupted by black magic in the process.
  • Fantastic Racism: Drum does not like Dragon Knights and objects to the idea of being in the same deck as them.
    • One of the Hundred Demons, Heim, looks down on humans in general and refuses to work with Shido because he's human.
  • A Father to His Men: Gao doesn't like his monsters getting hurt in his place, so he leaves himself completely open to attack. This changes after a pep-talk from his monsters.
    • Genma is this to the Seifukai.
  • Finishing Move: "Impact Cards", which can only be used in the Final Phase under specific conditions. Special mention goes to "Gargantua Punisher!!", which can only be used if it would finish off the opponent.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: In Triple D, three protagonists possess these each of these elements:
    • Gao: Fire
    • Tasuku: Ice
    • Gaito: Lightning
    • In X, there's a change to three characters with different elements:
      • Gao: Lightning
      • Kanata: Ice
      • Gaito: Fire
  • Four Is Death: Dragon Ein players start with four cards in their hand and Azi Dahaka is a size 4 monster. Both have only been used by Kyoya thus far.
  • The Four Gods: When Variable Cord was recruited by Dynamis to fight Yamigedo, he went with three other monsters based on these. It's also referenced in his disguise as Suzaku Kenran.
  • Frills of Justice: The Dragon Forces of Anger, Joy, and Sadness being used by Gao, Tasuku, and Gaito in Triple D.
  • Frilly Upgrade: Happens in Triple D when the three major protagonists (Gao, Tasuku, and Gaito) use their Dragon Forces.
  • Fun Size: Buddies can make themselves smaller when not Buddyfighting so they don't scare people.
  • Fusion Dance: Tsukikage and his mouthy Palette Swap Byakuya can do this, with Tsukikage being the dominant personality in their combined form.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Both in-universe and in the real life game. The lore of the game is directly tied into the story, thus the reason why the characters appear on the cards. For example, when Gao becomes the owner of Gargantua Punisher, the image changes from Tasuku casting the impact to Gao doing it. This has not stopped some characters from showing up on cards used by a different fighter.
  • Heroic BSoD: Gao falls into one after Tenbu dies, leading to him only being able to use his Hero World deck.
  • Hidden Depths: Episode six goes into Gao's past, explaining how his Unsportsmanlike Gloating and unnecessary roughness scared people off. This is why he takes offense to Rouga's views toward Buddyfight; he knows how negative that attitude is, and wants to keep Rouga off that path.
  • Hit Points: Each player has 10 Life to play with, and the goal is to reduce your opponent's to 0.
    • Count Dawn has one as well and his marks him as an Omni Lord.
  • Horned Humanoid: Asmodai. Turns out that it's because he's an Omni Lord.
  • Hot-Blooded: Drum Bunker Dragon. Gao also has some degree of this, though it's reflected more in his words more than in his actions.
    • Genma is probably the most Hot-Blooded character shown in the first season. Ban Enma has this as his defining feature as well.
    • Monsters under Ancient World's Raging Spirit attribute are practically defined by this. And Ban Enma is one of them.
    • Triple D introduces Dai Kaido, who seems to be starting to replace Genma in this regard.
  • I Believe I Can Fly: Every Buddy has a unique Buddy Skill that they can give their partner, all of which allow flight except for Noboru's, which acts as armor instead.
  • I Lied: When Tetsuya loses a Buddyfight with Asmodai's Omni Lord orb on the line to Mukuro Shigemine, Asmodai gives him a fake one and later justifies is by saying that he's a demon and Mukuro should have seen it coming.
  • Infinite Supplies: Baku seems to have an endless cache of cards, to the point where it's made clear that he doesn't make modifications to Gao's deck but instead builds an entirely new deck of cards each time.
  • Invincible Hero: Gao starts the show by winning against an undefeated "prodigy" Buddyfighter, and has yet to lose a game since. The one time he doesn't have a victory is because the fight was interrupted, though he was about to win anyway. In 39, even though he wins his match with Kiri (who now has Disaster Force), Kiri basically rejects their friendship, resulting in Gao admitting he'd rather have lost the Buddyfight instead of a friend.
    • He loses to Ikazuchi in Hundred, leading to Tenbu getting eaten by Yamigedo. The finale shows that Ikazuchi remains the only person able to beat Gao, with the two of them tied at 99 wins each.
    • Averted entirely by Triple-D. Gao lost in the third episode to Noboru and Gaito. Though he lost to Noboru because he didn't have Bal and he lost to Gaito because Bal couldn't do his Impact Call due to eating too much pizza. He lost again to Kakeru due to his Impact Monster Block.
  • Karmic Butt-Monkey: Student council president Magorokou Shido constantly suffers punishment and humiliation from anyone and everyone, even his own buddy monster. You don't have to feel sorry for him, considering he's a corrupt, egotistical asshole who willingly supports the goals of several Big Bads in the series.
  • Knight, Knave, and Squire: In season 4, or X, this happened:
    • The Knight: Gao
    • The Knave: Gaito
    • The Squire: Kanata (because he's No-Damage Fighter)
  • Knight of Cerebus: When Ikazuchi and Yamigedo take center stage in Hundred, they de-power Asmodai, break Tasuku's core gadget, defeat Gao and kill Tenbu, sending Gao into a Heroic BSoD.
  • Large Ham: Dragon Knight, Vlad Dracula and especially GENMA TODOROKI!!!!!!
    • When Genma dresses up as Captain Answer.
    • Kyoya's Buddy Azi Dahaka gets only a few lines, but they're all pure ham. Kyoya himself hams it up when summoning his Buddy.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Ikazuchi does this to Tenbu by eating the memories in question.
    • Gratos did this to Burn Nova, another Omni Lord, resulting in him taking up the identity of Ban Enma.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to Cardfight!! Vanguard. Vanguard takes a grounded approach to its story and has since gone Darker and Edgier; Buddyfight runs off Rule of Fun and Rule of Cool.
  • Limit Break: Overturn, Overthrow and Overkill: A very strong once per Buddyfight ability given to monsters of the Thunder Empire and the Chaos attributes respectively.
  • Living Weapon: Gemclone was created to be one.
  • Lost in Translation: A joke in Episode 4, especially since it involves a character cameoing from another anime altogether. Essentially, a cameoing Misaki, Kourin, Naoki and Shingo are watching Gao getting called out by a trio he beat earlier, and Misaki says 'hey, it's not me' when the other three point to her. The joke is that Gao is referred to as "taiyou banchou" in the original Japanese (Sun Fighter in the dub), and a Running Gag in Season 3 of Vanguard is Naoki referring to Misaki as "banchou" due to her long skirt and stern personality (translated as 'Boss Lady' by subs). Because of the different terms used by the respective dubs, this doesn't translate at all.
    • Also in Gao's speech when he luminizes his deck. In the original Japanese dub, it's called "BakuDora", which is a pun since it's made by Baku. But in the English dub, it's called "Explosive Dragon deck." The pun kinda lost its meaning when translated (Unless the viewer is knowledgeable in the Japanese language), Baku means explosive in English.
  • Monster of the Week: The first several episodes of Hundred follow this formula with a couple of monsters that last two episodes. Then Yamigedo takes center stage.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The Draconic Humanoid characters in the series are mostly male and tend to be muscular, wearing very revealing armor if they even have that. Nonhumans Lack Attributes is in full effect, though.
  • My Greatest Failure: Gao considers his conduct against Rouga during their first fight to be this.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Most Dragon Knights are based on famous historical figures or people who have made some great military accomplishment.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Death Dragon, Deathgaze Dragon has some elements of Shaped Like Itself.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The inhabitants of Danger World.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Because the Omni Lords entrusted Yamigeddo's seal to Ikauchi's family, the clan mistook the Omni Lords as gods and lived strict and unpleasant lives in order to appeal them. This lead to Ikazuchi's terrible home life and eventual release of Yamigeddo.
  • Nonhumans Lack Attributes: Drum and several other Armordragons wear rather revealing armor, not that there's really anything to see there.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Katana World is more specifically a Japan themed world. Not everything involves Katanas.
  • No Ontological Inertia: The destruction of Hundred-Eyed Yamigedo immediately restores the correct timeline and the worlds Yamigedo had consumed. Justified by Hundred-Eyed Yamigedo being a Reality Warper.
  • No Place for Me There: With the reveal that the Purgatory Knights are heroes who have fought to protect Dragon World in spite of being corrupted, Demios Sword Dragon's Buddy Rare flavor text seems like this:
    "It's been so long, my beautiful homeland. And also, goodbye."
  • Old Guard Versus New Blood: The entire first round of the GGG cup consists of every character that debuted in season 1 (Gao, Noboru, Kyoya, and Tasuku) versus everyone that debuted after (Kanata, Ikazuchi, Wisdom, and Gaito). All of the Old Guard characters win.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Ikazuchi is actively trying to help Yamigedo eat the world because his family tried to control every aspect of his life and he thinks that the rest of the world will try to do the same. Or rather, because Gratos brainwashed him into believing it.
  • One Extra Member: The Great Eight Omni Lords are called that because they are the eight that sealed away Yamigedo. But there are in fact nine omni lords; the Ninth Omni Lord, Captain Answer, was busy with a crisis in Hero world at the time.
    • There's also the confusingly-named "Quartet Five." When they were originally introduced, they only had three members; they currently have nine.
  • One-Winged Angel: Martial Arts Dragon Emperor Duel Sieger has two stronger forms that can be summoned when the previous form is defeated.
    • Yamigedo takes on the bestial form seen in the intro after consuming some of Asmodai's power. Before then, it had been an shadowy purple creature that hung around the cave with Ikazuchi.
    • After hibernating in a cocoon on the moon for several episodes, Yamigedo transforms into the much larger O-Yamigedo and goes back into hibernating after landing on Earth to gain another form, Hyakugan Yamigedo.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Ikazuchi has only been active for brief periods. He mostly lets Shido or Sofia do his work for him.
  • Our Centaurs Are Different: A couple of dragon-centaurs are used in Buddyfights, one of which is Dual Sieger's second form.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Many monsters have some variant of "demon" in their name and many over them aren't even remotely malicious.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: There's a pretty wide variety of designs, from generic ones such as Igneel to humanoid ones like Drum to downright bizarre ones like Deathgaze Dragon.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: Mary Sue, Suzuha's Buddy, looks like a stained glass window. There's also Monster of the Week Mysterious Decarabia, who looks like a star with a skull in the center. Decarabia's card also shows numerous animal limbs reaching out from inside the star.
    • Gemclone, J Genesis's Buddy, looks like a mass of crystal tendrils with an eye.
  • Opposing Sports Team: The Middle-School Student Council, who go to absurd lengths to keep their "reputation" against the Elementary School division.
  • Palette Swap:
    • In addition to the Color-Coded Multiplayer mentioned above, Tsukikage has a palette swap in the form of Byakuya.
    • The Skull Pit inside the second season's Darkness Barriers is a purple recolor of the place where Drum observed the human world in the series' first episode.
  • Planet Eater: Yamigedo.
  • Pocket Dimension: The Drop Zone (the discard pile) is one where monsters are placed in card form after being taken out in a Buddyfight until they are resummoned. Buddy monsters and important characters can stay in their default forms as needed, though. The Darkness Barrier in the second season is also one containing a Buddyfight arena.
    • Yamigedo has one in its stomach as well, which it uses to absorb power from and corrupt other entities.
  • Power Copying: Gemclone's gimmick. It can copy any impact monster. Its Origin Breaker form copies three impact monsters placed into its soul.
  • Power Floats: The Dragon Force makes the main three protagonists (Gao, Tasuku, and Gaito) powerful and flying.
  • Power Gives You Wings: In season 3 of Buddyfight: Gao, Tasuku, and Gaito release their Dragon Forces by their emotions.
  • Power Hair: Gao, Tasuku, and Gaito changes their hair color when each of their Dragon Forces are released.
  • Power Limiter: Registered monsters have very limited abilities outside of Buddyfights. The Disaster Force and the Future Force both allow them to ignore it to potentially destructive effect.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: A side-effect of using either the Future Force or Disaster Force.
  • The Power of Creation: Both Future Force and Disaster Force are this for spell and item cards, allowing their effects to be made real.
  • The Power of Friendship: Happens every time during or in the end of each Buddyfight; and happens in many moments.
  • The Power of Rock: Invoked with Tetsuya's demon deck, which has music-themed cards.
  • Product Placement: The actual cards are often shown on screen next to whatever monster or object they bring in. Paruko's Tako-scope gets used for this in the second season.
  • Put on a Bus: Rouga leaves after his defeat against Gao. Noboru Kodo leaves with his parents to another country in episode 15.
    • This happens frequently throughout the series. Other characters who have been put on a bus include Suzumi Mikado, Qinus Axia, and Terumi Kuchinawa. The first two of these characters have reappeared since being put on a bus.
    • The Bus Came Back: Rouga came back for the Sengoku Academy arc and again for the Gaen Cup, which Noboru also came back for in Hundred. They also come back again in Hundred. Rouga is even in one of the Japanese openings for Hundred.
      • All-Star Fight is filled with this, bringing back Gao's previous Buddies, Drum and Bal, as well as several characters that haven't been seen in years, such as Rouga and Ikazuchi.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Authority figures that aren't blatantly corrupt tend to be these.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Kyouya Gaen and his Buddy Azi Dahaka both have this feature. It's also a very common feature for the Hundred Demons.
  • RPG Mechanics 'Verse: Dungeon World seems to be an In-Universe example. When Drum visits, it's shown to have dungeons, random encounters, Inexplicable Treasure Chests, boss fights and adventurers with job classes.
  • Running Gag: The second season has Shido getting zapped by Ikazuchi and Count Dawn disintegrating in sunlight once an episode.
  • Rule of Three: Gao, Tasuku, and Gaito and the 3 parts and emotions of Balle Soleil's soul (aka Dragon Force).
  • School Newspaper News Hound: Paruko Nanana.
    • Intrepid Reporter: She's moved up in the world as of the second season. She now broadcasts Buddyfights for a local TV station.
  • Serious Business: Rouga's attitude towards winning at card games. Later expanded upon with the introduction of "Sengoku Academy", a rival school where Buddyfights are used to settle every single dispute or issue.
  • Sequel Hook:The final scene of Gao's role as main character has him dreaming of a fight against his son Yuga Mikado, Gao's son and the main character of Ace utilizing Deity Gargantua Punisher, Yuga's signature Impact.
  • Ship Tease:
    • In Episode 36, A few people give Baku and Kuguru knowing glances when their respective card forms are shown going into a link attack while holding hands. They mostly brush it off.
    • The bad future features a pair of children that look remarkably like combinations of Tasuku and Sofia.
    • Quinus Axia frequently flirts with Drum in the episodes he appears in. Drum usually rebuffs him, but not always. This ship was fairly popular during the early days of the series.
  • Show, Don't Tell: It runs into this at times, such as when some of the Fifth Omni Cavalry Dragons come back to Drum after deciding that he's reasonably competent as an Omni Lord.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: Most monsters have one due to humans finding their default forms intimidating. Drum combines it with Shapeshifter Default Form by having the mini mode be his base form for most of the time.
    • Exaggerated with Yamigedo, whose default form is larger than most buildings and whose mini form is a blob the size of a person's head.
  • Smug Snake: Pretty much all of Disaster's members except for Gremlin. Some such as Kyoya and Sophia back it up better than others.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Kazane to the other heroes during the Inverse Omni Lords arc in Hundred.
  • So Last Season: In the first two seasons, the Buddy Skill is unlocked after truly connecting with one's buddy, something Noboru and Gao struggled with for a while. Starting with Triple D, nobody activates their Buddy Skill anymore, which makes sense for Gao as he no longer has Drum, but it doesn't explain anyone else.
    • The Future Force an ability built up for two seasons was in turn was replaced with Dragon Force. Gao does unlock Future Force DX during his final episode, the effect combines Future Force with Dragon Force: Style of Impact's effects.
  • Spoiler Opening: The second opening of Hundred contains multiple spoilers such as Drum's Omni Lord form, the Fifth Omni Cavalry Dragons, and Stein Blade Joker.
  • Standard Snippet: Kyoya took the beginning of Toccata and Fuege in D Minor as his Leimotif. The first time he makes an on-screen appearance, he's even playing it on an Ominous Pipe Organ.
  • Super Hero: Captain Answer, who is actually Mr. Neginoyama, though whether this is his true identity is ambiguous.
    • Drum's Buddy Police form has this as an attribute.
  • Super Mode: "Future Force", a mysterious power that causes the items, effects and damage from the Buddyfight Cards to become real and permanent. It has an Evil Counterpart in the "Disaster Force".
    • The Triple D trio gains "Dragon Force" during that season.
  • Supervillain Lair: Disaster's base is one containing everything Disaster needs for their goals.
    • Ikazuchi uses a cave in the wilderness as one where he keeps Yamigedo and the card forms of the Hundred Demons.
  • Synchronization: Common with Ancient World monsters, which deal damage to the player upon being destroyed.
  • Taken for Granite: Happens to Ikazuchi's family courtesy of Yamigedo, presumably to convince Ikazuchi to help it.
  • Take Up My Sword: Tenbu's last act before dying is to give Drum his Omni Lord orb. The Buddyfight Club was also meant to find someone to give the sixth Omni Lord orb to because Variable Cord doesn't want the job anymore.
  • Teenage Wasteland: Kyoya's goal is to turn the world into this by unleashing monsters from Darkness Dragon World.
  • This Is a Drill: Drum's weapon is a series of drills attached to a jet engine.
  • Time Abyss: The Omni Lords were dormant since they defeated Yamigedo the first time 10,000 years in the past.
  • Time Travel: Star Dragon World is actually Dragon World in the future. Dynamis travelled there to recruit Variable Cord. After Jack gets upgraded, Variable Cord takes advantage of his injured state and uses him to return to the future.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Happens to Tasuku and Jack as a result of their training in Dragon World. Tasuku can now upgrade Jack to Gold Ritter without Jack losing his mind and he also gets a Star Dragon World Deck, with Jack getting a matching upgrade.
    • After the ABC Cup, Drum trains in various other worlds to access new forms. His onscreen training in Dungeon World lets him become Brave, Drum. He also gets a Dragowizard form and a Thunder Knight form by training offscreen in Magic World and Dragon World respectively. When Gao joins the Buddy Police, Drum also trains offscreen in Hero World to obtain his Buddy Police form.
    • Drum also gets a new form after upgrading his drill.
  • Tournament Arc: The ABC Cup and the Gaen Cup.
    • Triple D is a season-long one fousing on the WBC cup.
    • The first 12 episodes of X focuses on the World Buddy Masters, a tournament between all of the worlds.
    • The epilogue of X focuses on the GGG cup in tribute to Gao as he wanted one last big tournament before he leaves for America.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: A big to-do is made of the identity of the mysterious Purgatory Knight, in show. In real life, promotional material for Set 5 showed multiple cards where he is without his helmet, revealing that it's Tasuku.
  • The Triple: In season 3 (or Triple D): It focuses on Gao, Tasuku, and the new protagonist Gaito.
  • Unrealistic Black Hole: The device that Disaster used to open a portal to Darkness Dragon World was described as generating a black hole.
  • Urban Fantasy: Occasionally people wind up with dragons and such following them around. Everyone accepts them into society without much fuss, and parents of children with buddies immediately treat the monster as part of their family. A demon is even a popular local TV personality.
  • Verbal Tic: Some of the monsters have these and they're left intact in the dub.
  • Villain Override: Yamigedo possesses Ikazuchi for use as a human avatar when the latter tries to re-seal it.
  • Wham Episode: In the fourteenth episode of Hundred, Gao loses to Ikazuchi and Tenbu is eaten by Yamigedo.
  • Wham Line: In the 43rd episode of Buddy Fight X:
    Gao: ''"The truth is... Twice now, I've had to say good-bye to Buddies that were very dear to me. It really hurt a lot... Because [Batzz] became my Buddy, I was able to Buddyfight again." note 
  • Winged Humanoid: Season 3 of Buddyfight shows Gao, Tasuku, and Gaito having their Dragon Forces making them winged heroes.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: The first OP for the first season, "Card of the Future", especially it's English version.
  • The Worf Barrage: During Hundred, the Self-Defense Forces and the Buddy Police launch a combined attack on Yamigedo's cocoon to keep the world-devouring monster from going One-Winged Angel a second time, fighting their way through a swarm of Hundred Demons monsters to get to the site. Then the Inverse Omni Lords show up and knock most of them out of the sky so Yamigedo can turn them to stone before most of them can even fire a shot.
  • X-Ray Sparks: Happens whenever Shido gets shocked by Ikazuchi.
  • Your Magic Is No Good Here: When Tasuku time travels to a doomed future overrun by Hundred Demons, he finds his Future Force doesn't work because it is powered by his future self who doesn't exist relative to this timeline. He has to use Disaster Force instead as it is powered by rifts between worlds.

    Tropes associated with Future Card Buddyfight Ace (Shin Buddyfight in Japan) 
  • The Ace: The three main characters are known as Aces. Yuga's skills with games makes him known as the Ace of Games. Subaru, the smartest boy in school, is known as the Ace of Study. Finally, Misato's afinity with sports makes him known as the Ace of Sports.
    • Of course we can't forget his father Gao who has reached legendary status by now.
    • As an adult Tasuku is known among Buddyfighter as the Commissioner.
  • Alternate Universe: Buddyfight already has the various other worlds but Lost World is an alternate universe of alternate universes, one that shouldn't have been made and full of monsters that want to destroy reality.
  • Central Theme: Friendship. More specifically, falling outs and reconciliation between friends.
  • Evil Counterpart: Each one of the three protagonists has one among the antagonist: Ranma for Yuga, Seiji for Subaru and Daijiro for Masato. They even use the same World as their heroic counterparts but have opposite playstyles.
  • Mythology Gag: The three flags that Yuga primarily use are also the flags the original trio used, Gao (Dragon World), Zanya (Katana World), and Tetsuya (Magic World).
  • Official Couple: Gao and Paruko have gotten married with two sons, Yuga and Haru.
  • Passing the Torch: As the new user of the Gargantua Punisher card, evolved into Diety Gargantua Punisher, Tasuku gives Yuga his first Buddyfight to test his skills.
  • Power Trio: Two of them; The Aces, Yuga, Subaru, and Misato, and the Vile Ranma group, Ranma, Seiji, and Daijiro.
  • Ship Tease: Huge ones between Yuga and Miko as they are childhood friends. She even moves to Aibo Academy and even to Yuga's class after Ranma's disappearance. Interestingly enough, Yuga's first alternative deck is a Katana World deck, the same flag that Miko primarily uses.
  • Spin-Offspring: Yuga is the son of Gao Mikado, the protagonist of the original series, and Paruko Nanana. There's also his younger brother Haru, his cousin Ion Nanana and Light Kurouzu, the son Gaito Kurouzu from DDD and X.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With one exception, the human antagonists of the show were all at one point friends with one of the main characters before resentment or differing opinions led their friendship to fall apart.

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