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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:

  • 24-Hour Armor: Even if they're in hot weather, sleeping or taking a swim, the Go Jetters (and Glitch) are always wearing their uniform. Somewhat lampshaded by Kyan in the bloopers, where he says that the suits take a long time to be removed.
  • All-CGI Cartoon
  • Alliterative Name: Grandmaster Glitch.
  • 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.
    • 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 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!"
    • Ubercorn has "Oww!" and "Hit it!"
  • 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.
  • Cocka Doodle Dawn: Happens twice. Once in "Go Jet Academy: Sea Arch Escape" and the other in "Go Jet Academy: Birthday Surprise" when the sun rises in both. This didn't occur in "Go Jet Academy: Ghost Crabs" when Tala woke up, as a clock woke her up instead.
  • Cool Airship: JetPad, 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.
  • Five-Token Band: Xuli is Spanish, Kyan is Chinese-American, Lars is Black-British, and Foz is British.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Go Jetters can somewhat fall into this example, but some aspects are downplayed:
    • Sanguine: Xuli
    • Choleric: Kyan
    • Melancholic: Lars
    • Phlegmatic: Foz
  • 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.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Grandmaster Glitch deliberately calls the Go Jetters "No Jetters."
  • Minimalist Cast: The show has 6 predominant characters, and 2 occasional, or secondary, characters.
  • Mooks: The Grimbots, Grandmaster Glitch's robot minions.
  • Neversay Die: Ubercorn says "They might dry out and die!" in "Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand". Also averted in the episode "Honey Bee Hijack" where Tala yells "You've gotta get the bee's off the ice, or they'll die!". This is surprising as this is a CBeebies show, and CBeebies shows almost never actually mention the concept of death.
  • 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, or the Go Jetters, have seen, or mentioned, parents. The somewhat exception is Kyan, who mentions spending Chinese New Year with his grandfather in the episode 'Dragon Dance Drama'
  • Portmantitle: "Go Jetters" is seemingly a portmanteau of "Jet Set" and "Go Getter".
  • Pun-Based Title: The original pilot's name, "Titch Hikers", was a play on words for "Hitch Hiker".
  • 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.
  • Two Girlstoa Team: Prior to Season 3, where they introduce Tala to the character cast.
  • Unicorn: Ubercorn is an anthropomorphic unicorn who guides the Go Jetters on their adventures.
  • Vague Age: None of the characters have established ages, which can cause a lot of confusion when it comes to the Go Jetters themselves. They teach the younger cadets sometimes, but are unaware on what certain landmarks are?
  • Villain Exclusivity Clause: Grandmaster Glitch is the antagonist of every episode.
  • Watch the Paint Job: The vroomster in the episode Tulip Fields, Netherlands gets a scratch.
  • 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.
  • Zany Scheme: Grandmaster Glitch has one in almost every episode of the show.