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Ryuga (竜牙(りゅうが), Ryūga) is a character appearing in the Metal Saga anime and manga series. He debuts as the main antagonist of the first season, Beyblade: Metal Fusion.

As the series progresses, Ryuga largely remains independent of the main cast, although he often assists them against a common enemy.

In Beyblade: Metal Masters, Ryuga returns with his newly evolved Meteo L-Drago LW105LF, which he evolved on his own through intense training and mastery of L-Drago's power.

In Beyblade: Metal Fury, Ryuga inherits one of the Star Fragments, becoming a Legendary Blader and evolving his Bey into L-Drago Destructor F:S. He is also one of the Four Season Bladers, holding the power of the Summer Constellation. In the anime, he is joined by Kenta Yumiya, who attempts to convince him to join the main cast to defeat Nemesis.

In Beyblade: Shogun Steel, Ryuga does not appear in the anime, following the events of the Metal Fury anime, except for a brief cameo of his silhouette.

Ryuga's backstory and character remain mostly the same during Metal Fusion, although by Metal Masters the anime and manga diverge significantly. In the manga, Ryuga is an ancient king of the Dragon Clan, and hundreds of years old.

Appearance

Ryuga's initial appearance in the manga.

Ryuga is a muscular young man with spiky white hair, amber eyes, and a slim build. Ryuga's original attire in the manga consisted of a ripped t-shirt and a torn cloak. In Metal Fusion, Ryuga's attire was changed to a black and gold tank top underneath a white coat, along with black pants. Ryuga is never shown wearing his coat with his arms in the sleeves.

Two unique accessories are Ryuga's crown and gauntlet, which he carries L-Drago inside of. The crown and gauntlet are artifacts from the Dragon Clan, of which Ryuga is a part of.

Personality

Ryuga's personality is initially cruel and sadistic, and he seemed to enjoy terrorizing other Bladers. Ryuga enjoyed attacking his enemies' Beys until they were utterly defeated, and was shown to cocky, believing himself superior to other Bladers. As a result, Ryuga had no tolerance for what he viewed as weakness, including his own allies such as Doji. Ryuga was also shown to enjoy taunting his opponents, such as when he taunted Gingka over his father's supposed death. In the finale of the first season, it was revealed that Ryuga's cruel tendencies were caused by the influence of Lightning L-Drago and the Dark Power. Following his defeat by Gingka, Ryuga makes the Dark Power his own through training, and largely loses the crueler aspects of his personality.

By Metal Masters Ryuga is significantly more mellow, and prefers to be alone. After gaining more power with L-Drago through training, Ryuga values strength even more, in contrast to his prior cruelty. Ryuga still retains his rage, which is shown when he decides to attack Hades Inc. during the season finale, purely out of spite rather than a desire to help Gingka.

In Metal Fury, Ryuga's personality remains largely the same as it was in Metal Masters, and Ryuga refuses to join the other Legendary Bladers, in favor of increasing his own personal power through training. He also desired to take the power of Nemesis to increase his own and become the strongest Blader. However, after Kenta joins Ryuga on his training journey, Ryuga warms up and becomes empathetic, eventually sacrificing himself and giving Kenta his Star Fragment.

Biography

Metal Fight Beyblade

Ryuga was raised by the Dark Nebula organization and was nurtured into becoming the owner of one of the first two Beyblades to ever exist in time: L-Drago. The Bey contained a dark power that the Dark Nebula desired to control; to do this, they decided to use Ryuga's skill as a Beyblader to dominate the world by destroying L-Drago's opposite, Pegasus.

Beyblade: Metal Fusion

Ryuga was a former member of Dark Nebula and the ultimate rival of Gingka Hagane. He was defeated by Gingka only once; for all of the other battles against him, Ryuga came out on top, making him legendary. He was the strongest member in the Dark Nebula, being the one who owned the Forbidden Bey. He was a Legendary Blader as well, specifically part of the Bladers of the Four Seasons as the Blader of Summer, where the power of Gaia was separated into the four seasons of Earth and the four Bladers, Gingka Hagane, Kyoya Tategami, Chris, and Ryuga. Ryuga represents the Season of Summer. He later gave his Star Fragment to his new close friend, Kenta Yumiya. Introduced as the main antagonist of Metal Fusion, Ryuga was affiliated with the Dark Nebula Organization, who aided him in the theft of Lightning L-Drago 100HF from Koma Village. This incident served as Gingka's character motivation when Ryuga abandoned his father in rubble after their first encounter. The power of the Forbidden Bey would start to influence Ryuga, making act sadsitic in battle and eventually consume him, draining his energy and turning Ryuga into a monster.

Beyblade: Metal Masters

After being defeated by Gingka in battle Bladers, Ryuga would begin a journey of redemption and eventually tame Lightning L-Drago, becoming Meteo L-Drago LW105LF in the process. He mentored Tsubasa Otori during Metal Masters who was struggling with his dark power and even acted as a temporary reserve member during the Beyblade World Championships for Team Gan Gan Galaxy for their match against Jack of Team Star Breaker. He even helped Gingka stop the Spiral Core.

Beyblade: Metal Fury

During Metal Fury, Ryuga was revealed as a Legendary Blader, specifically one of the Bladers of the Four Seasons representing summer. He finds a travelling companion in Kenta Yumiya, who would become Ryuga's closest and only friend. The two traveled for a few times, battling in tournaments and such as well as being present when Nemesis was revived. After giving his piece of the Star Fragment to Kenta after his loss to Rago, L-Drago disintegrated and the Dragon Emperor himself disappeared. It is unknown whether Ryuga and L-Drago survived after passing on the Star Fragment to Kenta and Sagittario (with the latter having evolved into Flash Sagittario 230WD).

Beyblade: Shogun Steel

A silhouette of Ryuga overshadows Sakyo.

While Ryuga did not make any physical appearances in Shogun Steel, he did make a few cameo appearances; he was either a silhouette or mentioned in a conversation. Ryuga is also thought to be the one who gave his successor, Sakyo Kurayami, the Bey Ronin Dragoon LW160BSF. He also appeared in a flashback where he was battling against Rago in Metal Fury as Doji explained how he surved.

In the ending of Shogun Steel's Japanese version, at the last moment during a battle with Zyro Kurogane and Kira Hayama, a cloud that takes the shape of L-Drago can be seen, possibly hinting that Ryuga may return in any sequel to the series.

Beyblades

Special Moves

Lightning L-Drago

  • Dragon Emperor Soaring Bite Strike: Ryuga's first special move. Unlike most Special Moves, it is referred to as a "Dark Move".
  • Dragon Emperor Soaring Destruction : Ryuga's second move in the anime. Like the Dragon Emperor - Soaring Bite Strike, it is also referred to as a "Dark Move". However, he only used it when he was under the control of L-Drago's Dark Power.

Meteo L-Drago

L-Drago Destructor

Beybattles

Metal Fight Beyblade (Manga)
Opponent Chapter Result
Ryo Hagane 4 Win
Ginga Hagane 4-5 Win
Benkei Hanawa 10 Win
Sora Akatsuki and Tobio 14 Win
Kyouya Tategami 16 Win
Helios Draw
Ginga Hagane 17-18 Loss
Argo Gracy 25 Win
Ian Gracy 25 Win
Ginga Hagane  27 Draw
Faust 29-30 Win
Ginga Hagane 32 Draw
Beyblade: Metal Fusion
Opponent Episode Result
Gingka Hagane MF013 Win
Gingka Hagane MF014 Win (dream)
Ryo Hagane MF014 Win (flashback)
Dark Nebula Bladers MF015 Win
Yu Tendo MF020 Win
Gingka Hagane MF023 No Outcome
98 Tournament Bladers, Benkei Hanawa MF035 Win
Bladers MF035 Win
Tournament Blader MF035 Win
Tobio Oike and Ryutaro Fukami MF035 Win
Tsubasa Otori MF036 No Outcome (interrupted by Phoenix/Ryo)
Hikaru Hasama MF041 Win
Dan Sodo and Reiki Sodo MF042 Win
Kumasuke Kumade, Kumata Kumade, and Kumaji Kumade MF042 Win
Tobio Oike and Tetsuya Watarigani MF042 Win
Tsubasa Otori MF045 Win
Doji MF048 Win
Kyoya Tategami MF049 Win
Benkei Hanawa MF050 Win
Gingka Hagane MF050-MF051 Lose
Beyblade: Metal Masters
Opponent Episode Result
Sophie, Wales and Julian Konzern (Tag w/ Tsubasa) MM026 No Outcome
Gingka Hagane MM027-MM028 No Outcome
HD Academy Bladers MM033 Win
HD Beyblades MM036 Win
Zeo Abyss MF036 Win
HD Academy Bladers MM037 Win X13
Jack MM042 Win
Beyblade: Metal Fury
Opponent Episode Result
Kyoya Tategami 4D004-4D005 Win
Gingka Hagane 4D005 Win
Yuki Mizusawa 4D005 Win
Tournament Bladers 4D007 Win X4
"King Indus" Taru (Tournament Blader) 4D007 Win
Kenta Yumiya 4D007 Win X2
Tournament Bladers 4D013 Win
Tsubasa Otori 4D013 Win
Beystar Island Bladers 4D023 Win
Beystar Island Bladers 4D024 Win
King 4D024 Win
Beystar Island Bladers 4D025 Win
Beystar Island Bladers 4D025 Win
Chris 4D026 No Outcome (interrupted by Johnannes)
Johannes 4D026 Win
Kenta Yumiya 4D032 Win
Benkei Hanawa, Toby, Zeo Abyss, Johannes, Bao, and Beylin Fist 4D035 Win
Rago and Pluto (Tag w/ Gingka, Kyoya, Chris and Dynamis) 4D038 No Outcome (Nemesis evolved)
Rago (Tag w/ Legendary Bladers (Excluding Aguma), Masamune and Yu) 4D039 No Outcome (Ruins Collapsed)
Rago 4D043-4D044 Lose
Total 97%
Metal Fight Beyblade Zero-G Manga
Opponent Episode Result
Sakyo Win

Anime Appearances

Beyblade: Metal Fusion

Beyblade: Metal Masters

Beyblade: Metal Fury

Beyblade: Shogun Steel

Gallery

For a full gallery of images of Ryuga, see Ryuga/Gallery.

Relationships

Gingka Hagane

Being one of Gingka's two main rivals; the other being Kyoya, Gingka and Ryuga have been rivals from the start. At first, Gingka has shown a deep hatred to Ryuga for stealing the Forbidden Bey, Lightning L-Drago from his village that was in a volcano and thought him responsible for trapping his father during Dark Nebula's raid at Koma Village. Although defeating Gingka on numerous times, Gingka finally defeated him and the power of L-Drago that was controlling him was let out, leaving Ryuga to be. Although Gingka and Ryuga do not completely hate each other, they are not friends but rivals. Sometimes, Ryuga can be an ally to Gingka where as in Metal Fusion his ultimate goal was to absorb all of Gingka's and Pegasus' power, but overall, he is Gingka's ultimate rival

Kyoya Tategami

Due to the two being Gingka's rivals they both share hatred for each other. Kyoya also harbors Jealuosy over the fact that Ryuga beat Gingka when he couldn't, while Ryuga thinks Kyoya is strong, but inferior compared to Gingka. The two battled twice in the saga with Ryuga winning each time. They also share an arrgont personality and were both used by Doji.

Kenta Yumiya

Although Ryuga and Kenta have not made much, if not any interaction in Metal Fusion and Metal Masters, where Ryuga never even notices Kenta, they have made some sort of relationship in Metal Fury. As Kenta went following Ryuga in order to convince Ryuga to help Gingka to find the rest of the Legendary Bladers, traveling from mountains to jungles. Kenta would not give up and soon enough, finally convinced him. Although Kenta is somewhat scared of Ryuga's actions, such as his "sixth-sense" they have developed a friendship. In episode 134, Ryuga says to Kenta that he had never taken Kenta seriously.

Kenta cared about Ryuga as he helped Ryuga to not give into Nemesis' dark power and was concerned for him when he was trapped in the temple's rubble of Diablo Nemesis' "Armageddon" Special Spin Move. He was also worried for Ryuga during his rematch with Rago, and was the first to run inside when he saw Nemesis battling L-Drago. He then saw Ryuga being smashed backwards from Armageddon. He ran to Ryuga only to find him unconcious and severely injured, and was shocked by the fact that he was dangerously close to death.

Ryuga trusted Kenta so much that he gave him his Legend Blader power to defeat Nemesis, causing Flame Sagittario to evolve into Flash Sagittario.

Doji

Doji and Ryuga have been partners ever since they were in the Dark Nebula organization. They worked hand-in-hand and would do anything to search for Forbidden Bey, Gingka Hagane, and strong Bladers so Ryuga could defeat them and absorb their energy. Despite the fact that Doji did everything for Ryuga,he would soon steal Doji's energy through L-Drago in the semi-finals of Battle Bladers, because Ryuga thought that Doji kept giving him strong Bladers for Ryuga to get the energy as Doji thought he wasn't strong enough. Doji claimed he didn't but Ryuga ignored this and took his energy without mercy, destroying Dark Wolf in the process and ending their relationship forever.

After Doji's return in Metal Fury, Ryuga called him an evil person, probably out of anger at the nightmare he had been put through. Doji taunted and made fun of Ryuga about how he was used as a mere tool to help Nemesis take over the world. At first Ryuga told Doji not to think he can provoke him, but then got provoked anyway.

Quotes

  • (Ryuga's first dialogue in the series) "Heee! Well, long time no see, Gingka Hagane!"
  • "I'll say it a thousand times, your father couldn't cut it! If the father isn't tough enough, what do you think the son will be like? The same, so grovel at my feet like your father did!" (Ryuga to Gingka) (episode 13 "Metal Fusion")
  • "However! I can't remember anyone taking so many of my direct hits without completely collapsing. I'll give you credit for that!"
  • "You're not an eagle. You're a...CHICKEN!!!!!" (Ryuga to Tsubasa)
  • "You call that children's magic show the Dark Power? Don't make me laugh!"
  • "That being said, I have gotten my hands on a new power. One that makes the old Dark Force look like a toddler throwing a tantrum!"
  • "There is only one reverse rotating bey that may exist in this world. Only one! This Meteo L-Drago alone!"
  • "Gingka. I will not allow you to lose to those fake Bladers the next match. Do you understand what I'm saying?"(Ryuga to Gingka in Episode 42 "Metal Masters")
  • "Be careful what you poke with a stick, it just might bite you!" (Beyblade Metal Masters Episode 88)
  • "Don't get all misty on me. I just came to settle the score with a ghost from my past."
  • "I alone managed to beat back the Dark Power, and succeeded in drawing out L-Drago's ultimate ability, and I harness the true power that I gain by putting my very life on the line to be the best I can be in my battles!"
  • "In the end, you're nothing but a caged bird. Thinking you've become stronger from the pet food you were given and believing you could defeat the Dragon Emperor. It's just hilarious!" (Ryuga to Jack)
  • "That one time, it was only for a brief shining moment, I became serious. I promised. TAKE IT, KENTA!!!"

Trivia

  • In the anime, Ryuga's final fate is left ambiguous, with a final shot of Ryuga at the end of Metal Fury after his disappearance. However, Ryuga never established a relationship with Kenta in the manga, and thus does not sacrifice himself in the final battle against Nemesis. As such, he is still alive in the Shogun Steel manga.
    • Series creator Takafumi Adachi has stated that Ryuga's fate in the anime is only known to the team that worked on the anime storyboards.[1]
  • While having Meteo L-Drago, he often hand-spun his Bey at weaker opponents, instead of using his launcher. He did this to demonstrate his Bey's spin-stealing ability.
  • Ryuga's equipment remained unchanged throughout the entire series, consisting of the same BeyLauncher L, Launcher Grip, and Beypointer set up.
  • The reason Ryuto refers to Ryuga as "brother" is because they are both from the Dragon Clan.
  • He is one of the few characters in the Metal Series to have his Bey's Spirit change appearance, others being Reiji Mizuchi and Chao Xin.
  • His Shogun Steel counterpart is Sakyo Kurayami, who can also be considered his spiritual successor.
  • While Ryuga's outfit didn't change throughout the anime, his manga attire changed between Metal Fight Beyblade and Metal Masters, eventually matching the anime.
  • Meteo L-Drago LW105LF is one of the only Beys in the anime and the only L-Drago Bey that has not lost any battles as Lightning L-Drago 100HF lost to Storm Pegasus 105RF and L-Drago Destructor F:S lost to Diablo Nemesis X:D. In fact, Ryuga was undefeated during Metal Masters.
  • Ryuga is one of only two Bladers to have used a Dark Move instead of a Special Move, the other one being Reiji.
  • Ryuga shares similarities with Lui Shirosagi from the Burst Series:
    • Both of their Beys are Attack Type, Left-Spin, and based on dragons.
    • Both have a bad temper and have fierce rivalries with the main protagonist: Lui with Valt and Ryuga with Gingka, respectively.
    • Ryuga and Lui both gain character development as the season progresses.

References

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