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From left to right: Kyan, Foz, Lars and Xuli
Go Jetters is a British animated children's series which airs on The BBC's preschool channel, CBeebies, and premiered in 2015.

The Go Jetters are a team consisting of four members, Xuli, Kyan, Lars, and Foz, and their leader, an anthropomorphic disco-grooving unicorn named Ubercorn. In each episode, the Go Jetters travel via their hi-tech jet, the Jet Pad, to a new landmark somewhere in the world, with Ubercorn providing three "funky facts" about said landmark along the way. When they reach the landmark, the Go Jetters notice it's being "glitched" (messed with somehow) by Grandmaster Glitch, the show's villain, and must stop him from glitching the landmark.

As of 2018, this show now airs in the United States on Universal Kids.


Go Jetters provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Ambiguously Brown: Tala, from season 3, appears to be a person of colour, without any knowledge of her supposed ethnicity.
  • Anti-Hero: Grandmaster Glitch seemingly becomes one in later Seasons of the show.
  • Art Shift: In Series 2, the Animation company changes from Boulder Animation to Blue-Zoo Animation. With this comes a new, cleaner, animation style.
  • Babysitting Episode: Series 3's "Mission Manatee, USA" Kyan babysits a baby manatee.
  • Back for the Finale: Multiple background and recurring characters, such as the souvenir seller, and Professor Wave, appear in the final scene.
  • Big Bad: Grandmaster Glitch is the villain responsible for glitching the landmarks the Go Jetters visit.
  • Birthday Episode:
    • Series 1's "Saint Basil's Cathedral, Russia" Has Glitch cover the titular location in Icing to turn it into his birthday cake.
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    • Series 2's "Sami Reindeer Herding, Norway" features Lars' birthday being celebrated.
    • Series 3's "Go Jet Academy: Birthday Surprise", focuses on the Go Jetters, and Grandmaster Glitch planning a surprise birthday party for Ubercorn.
  • Black Bead Eyes: All of the characters have big black oval-shaped dots for eyes.
  • Call-Back: In multiple episodes of series 2 and 3, the Grimbots show Grandmaster Glitch recordings of his past failures, when he conducts a similar plan.
  • Catchphrase: All of the main characters except for Ubercorn have their own catchphrase.
    • Kyan's catchphrase is "Aced it!"
    • Foz tends to say "ergo", and while probably not a catchphrase in the usual sense, he also likes to say his sentences like math problems (e.g. "X plus Y equals Z").
    • Xuli uses the catchphrase "Not cool!"
    • Lars is known to say "Geographic!" quite a bit.
    • Grandmaster Glitch is often heard saying "Grimbles!"
  • Christmas Episode: One of the episodes is about the Go Jetters visiting the North Pole, only to find that Grandmaster Glitch has taken Santa's sleigh.
  • Cool Airship: Jet Pad, The Go Jetters' Airship used to travel around the world.
  • Colour Codedfor Your Convenience: Each character has a signature color, which the predominantly wear. Ubercorn is White, Grandmaster Glitch is Grey, Xuli is Purple, Kyan is Orange, Lars is Red, and Foz is Blue.
  • Common Tongue: Every character seemingly speaks perfect English.
  • Edutainment Show: It's intended to teach the audience about geography, particularly about the signature landmarks of several countries.
  • Ensemble Cast: The show centers around the four members of the titular Go Jetters.
  • Evil Smells Bad: Grandmaster Glitch invokes this when he creates Eau de Glitch, "the world's stinkiest perfume". Its selling point is that it'll make everyone stay away from you, so you can clear out a room and have the place all to yourself.
  • Funny Animal: Ubercorn is an anthropomorphic unicorn.
  • Gadgeteer Genius:
    • Grandmaster Glitch is able to create a multitude of things from only scrap metal.
    • Lars can supposedly make and fix everything, according to the theme song.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Grandmaster Glitch often refers to the Go Jetters as "No Jetters" ("Snow Jetters" in winter themed episodes.)
    • Kyan refers to his male teammates as "Buddy" on more than one occasion.
  • Limited Social Circle: The main cast of Go Jetters consists of six major characters, with Series 3 introducing an occasional 7th main character.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Xuli is a human, Kyan is a human, Lars is a human, Foz is a human, and Ubercorn is a... unicorn.
  • Meaningful Name: "Go Jetters" is seemingly a portmanteau of "Jet Set" and "Go Getter"
    • Additionally, the original pilot's name, "Titch Hikers", was a play on words for "Hitch Hiker".
  • Minimalist Cast: The show has 6 predominant characters, and 2 occasional, or secondary, characters.
  • Mooks: The Grimbots, Grandmaster Glitch's robot minions.
  • Once per Episode: Ubercorn provides the Go Jetters with three "funky facts" about whatever landmark they're going to visit in each episode. He will also provide them with gadgets called "click-ons" later in the episode to help them stop Grandmaster Glitch and restore the landmark he's messing with.
  • Parental Abandonment: None of the Cadets of the Go Jet Academy have seen, or mentioned, parents.
  • Really Moves Around: The Go Jetters travel from country to country every episode. How they deal with jet lag is beyond explanation.
  • Runaway Train: In Series 2's "Bullet Train, Japan", the Grimbots take control of the titular Bullet Train, and accidentally break the controls so they can't stop it and neither can the train engineers, so its up to the Go Jetters to stop that train and fix the controls!
  • Savethe Villain: The Go Jetters often have to save Grandmaster Glitch from his own schemes gone wrong.
  • Theme Tune Roll Call:
    • "Xuli she's the pilot with the power, with the speed, Kyan's so fantastic when gymnastics' what you need. Lars can make and fix it super quickly with his hands, Foz can crack the answer to Grandmaster Glitch's Plans. Outside the world is turning, Guided by Ubercorn ('That's me!) Four heroes, always learning, there's just so much to explore!"
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Tala, a recurring character from the third season, does not have any toy releases.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Xuli is the only female member of the Go Jetters.
  • Token White: Xuli is Spanish, Kyan is Chinese-American, and Lars is Black-British. Foz is the only white Go Jetter.
  • Unicorn: Ubercorn is an anthropomorphic unicorn who guides the Go Jetters on their adventures.
  • Villain Exclusivity Clause: Grandmaster Glitch is the antagonist of every episode.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Some of the reasons that Grandmaster Glitch messes with the landmarks are rather trivial. To give one example, one episode has him drilling through and destroying the Wieliczka Salt Mine... because he's run out of salt for his french fries.