|“||My absolute favorite thing in the world is Beyblade!||”|
- Valt Aoi, Burst Episode 1
Valt Aoi (蒼井バルト, Aoi Baruto) is the main protagonist of the anime and manga series, Beyblade Burst. He is the leader and founder of the Beigoma Academy BeyClub at his school. In Beyblade Burst Evolution, he is scouted by and joins the Spanish team BC Sol. He currently battles with his Beyblade, Genesis Valtryek V3 6Vortex Reboot.
Valt is quite short compared to other characters. He has dark blue spiked hair with yellow ellipses for decoration (actually a hairband). His eyes are brown. He has a red face mark under his left eye. His regular attire consists of a red hoodie with a yellow "V" emblem as a design, with a light blue body warmer over the top with a smaller black and yellow V design on the front. He wears blue rolled-up trousers, black and yellow fingerless gloves, as well as high top shoes which are blue, yellow and white.
Valt has a very childish personality, tending to clown around obliviously in his spare time. Valt has a habit of getting easily excited, as well as getting overconfident in his abilities, despite being a beginning blader. Valt's tendency to be oblivious becomes a frequent gag throughout the series, including the time when he battled Zac in disguise and assumed it was only a dream (though he was really tired from training that day).
He is also extremely sensitive, as he gets angry when others insult him or his friends, and cries easily when upset. Valt is extremely hardworking when it comes to Beyblade practice, to an extent where he will undergo rigorous training to become a better blader. He is also shown to have a vivid imagination and has some mediocre artistic skill, seen when he attempts to draw the Xcalius X2 Magnum Impact from memory.
Valt has also been seen to be very rash, preferring to charge into a situation without a plan, as seen during his first ever Beybattle against Rantaro Kiyama, where his Beyblade was sent flying out of the stadium due to battling without knowing anything about Beyblade. This is expanded in the anime, where Valt's nerves get the best of him and he closes his eyes when he launches, causing a bad launch.
Despite that, Valt is shown to be very tactical in his battles. After losing his first battle with Rantaro, he realized that his opponent was susceptible to barrage attacks, performing a Rush Launch to produce a counter spin and win the rest of the match with a Burst Finish.
It's been demonstrated several times that Valt possesses the ability to be mindful about his skills as well as to learn from his mistakes and correct them after he acknowledges his defeats. This is a trait he shares with Tyson Granger and Kai Hiwatari from the original series.
Valt is known for his social, outgoing demeanor and ability to make friends. And as a testament to his friendliness, he is also extremely forgiving and willing to look past people's misdeeds, as he forgave Daigo for what he did to Valtryek in episode 5 and later Naoki Minamo for using him and his friends as an experiment.
He is also known for his good sportsmanship; he generally doesn't care whether he wins or loses as long as he gets to have a fun battle. The best example of this was when he lost to Lui in the finals of the Individual Tournament due to Valtryek self-destructing via a crack in the Beystadium. When Lui demanded a do-over, Valt simply stated that he beat him fair and square and that he'll defeat him for real one day, showing that he has matured since the beginning of the first season.
Valt's favorite food is his mother's homemade bread: he especially likes nikuman (pork bun bread). So much, that it moves him to tears.
It is well-known that Valt has a very strong connection with his bey, Valtryek. He often talks to it and even seems to be able to hear and understand what his bey is saying. He is also very protective of Valtryek, shown by how he briefly became depressed after misplacing his bey due to crashing into a tree.
Valt suffers from stage fright at times. When put under the spotlight or in front of large crowds, he freezes up and walks like a wind-up toy.
Valt is introduced in Let's Go! Valtryek!!, where he is first seen at the start of a battle against Rantaro Kiyama. Despite talking like a bigshot, Valt lets his nerves get ahold of him and performs two bad launches, costing him the entire match. Furthermore, due to his clumsy attitude, he was forced to stay behind and clean up the mess Valtryek created in the gym.
After seeing his best friend Shu Kurenai in a TV broadcast, Valt fires up and decides to do some intensive training before entering a local tournament. During the registration and opening of the first round of this tournament, Valt's nerves showed yet again, causing him to take a bad tournament photo and walk to the stadium with stiff feet. In his battle against Rantaro, despite losing the first battle, he adjusted his launch to create a Rush Shoot and win the match with a Burst Finish.
- Valtryek Wing Accel: Valt's Beyblade in the manga.
- Valtryek V2 Boost Variable: Valt's primary Beyblade in Beyblade: Burst.
- Genesis Valtryek V3 6Vortex Reboot: Valt's primary Beyblade in Beyblade: Burst Evolution.
- Rush Launch: This launches technique launches Valtryek into a high-speed barrage attack. This is Valt's most commonly used technique.
- Flash Launch: This launching technique utilizes a modified Rush Launch stance which launches Valtryek along a circular path, creating a high-speed blitz.
- Ultra Flash Launch: A refined Flash Launch. This launching technique takes advantage of the interaction between Valtryek's Variable tip and the stadium's grooved area, achieving instantaneous acceleration for increased power and speed.
- Ultra Flash Rush Launch: This launching technique combines the speed-boosting method of the Ultra Flash Launch with the high-speed barrage of the Rush Launch creating a super-accelerated, continuous barrage attack.
- Winged Launch: Valtryek ricochets off the walls of the beystadium, creating tremendous speed. It also allows Valtryek to perform aerial attacks. However, Valtryek's stamina decreases each time it hits the walls, increasing the risk of slowing down.
- Sprint Boost: Valt takes a few steps back and then runs toward the Stadium and launches his bey. Valt developed this technique during his battle with Xander in episode 46.
- Aerial Boost: Similar to the Sprint Boost, however instead of stopping at the stadium, Valt jumps into the air and then launches Valtryek.
- Ultra Winged Launch: A stronger version of the Winged Launch that makes Valtryek move around at breakneck speed.This technique is used with Ultra Flash Launch for maximum speed.
- Spring Attack: This attack involves Genesis Valtryek hitting the wall and utilizing the spring in its Energy Layer to for a huge boost of power and speed.
- Spring Rush Launch: Genesis Valtryek starts off with a Winged Launch, but then uses the spring in its Layer to gain even more speed.
- God Reboot: Genesis Valtryek's Performance Tip gives it a boost of power once its stamina drops. This makes Valtryek more powerful, but this attack doesn't work all the time giving it a risk of a self-destruct.
|Beyblade Burst Evolution (anime)|
|Silas Karlisle||1||Lose (0-2)|
|Silas Karlisle||1||Win (2-1)|
|Mark Strong||2||Win (2-0)|
|Rantaro Kiyama||2||Win (2-1)|
|Free de la Hoya||3||Lose (0-1)|
|Wakiya Murasaki||4||Win (2-1)|
|Silas Karlisle||5||Lose (1-3)|
|Jango Matador||6||Win (2-0)|
|Rantaro Kiyama||7||No Result|
|Stan Hamburg||7||Win (2-1)|
|Cuza Ackerman||8||Lose (0-2)|
|Cuza Ackerman||9||Win (2-1)|
|Free de la Hoya||10||Lose (0-2)|
|Unknown Blader||11||Lose (0-2)|
|Daigo Kurogami||12||Lose (0-2)|
|Shasa Guten||12||Win (2-0)|
|Daigo Kurogami||13||Lose (0-2)|
|Daigo Kurogami||13||Win (2-0)|
|Azure Eye||18-19||Win (2-0)|
|Red Eye (with Cuza Ackerman and Daigo Kurogami)||19||Lose|
|Beyblade Burst (manga)|
|Shu Kurenai||00||No Result|
|Rantaro Kiyama||01||No Result|
|Rantaro Kiyama||01||Win (2-1)|
|Ken Midori||02||Win (2-1)|
|Daigo Kurogami||03||Win (2-0)|
|Wakiya Murasaki||04||Win (2-1)|
Shu is Valt's best friend and classmate who he has known since they were both in kindergarten. They had received their first Beyblades at around the same time and had their first battle together. Initially Valt was the better Blader, however Shu quickly managed to surpass Valt after less than a year. Despite seeming strict, Shu cares deeply about Valt and is amazed when he makes progress in his battling. Even when Valt was still a novice, Shu saw Valt's potential, even stating in the first episode of the anime that Valt "could be a genius blader". Valt is continuously inspired by the hard work and focus Shu puts into blading, and continually seeks advice from him. Valt was also deeply concerned when Shu injured his shoulder and did everything he could to keep his friend from getting hurt, even though it became a source of annoyance for Shu.
Later on in the season, Valt and Shu made a pact to meet each other in the finals of the Individual Tournament. Unfortunately, Shu ended up losing to Lui in episode 49, causing him to believe that he let Valt down for not being able to uphold their promise. This ultimately became one of the driving sources for Shu's decision to travel to America and join the Raging Bulls. However, this also ended up jeopardizing their friendship, because after Shu lost to Free de la Hoya, the No.1 Blader in the World, he became even more desperate to defeat both him and Lui, which in turn led to him becoming the powerful and ruthless Red Eye. And when Valt discovered his identity, Shu roughly pushed him away and ordered him to stay away from him, having seemingly forgotten about Valt and disregarded their friendship/rivalry for the sake of creating Spriggan Requiem.
Valt and Rantaro have known each other for quite some time and are in many of the same classes together at Beigoma Academy. Like many characters in the show, Valt often calls Rantaro by his nickname, "Head Honcho" (Kumicho in the Japanese version). Despite their close friendship, the two sometimes get into minor disagreements, usually due to Rantaro's exasperation with Valt's cockiness. Regardless, the two always have each other's backs. In Evolution, Valt and Rantaro are both scouted by BC Sol and eventually end up on the same team together once again.
Ken stated in episode 13 that Valt was the first real friend he's ever had, since he didn't have many friends due to his family's career. Even when Ken had to move away again and the two ended up on different teams, they still remain great friends and rivals. Valt at one point even realized that Ken had been supporting him even before they became friends.
Valt and Daigo didn't have much of a relationship early on, mostly because the latter usually kept to himself. In episode 5, Daigo pretended to befriend Valt in order to learn his weaknesses and use them against him in their upcoming match. However, after Valt defeated Daigo, the two became friends for real, and the latter eventually joined the Bey Club. Since then, Daigo has become one of Valt's closest friends and strongest supporters.
Initially, Valt and Wakiya had limited interactions for the first few episodes. Whenever the two did interact, Wakiya was rather condescending and dismissive of Valt, due to seeing him as an unworthy opponent and saying he only got far by being lucky. After Valt defeated him in episode 12, Wakiya's attitude towards Valt started to improve, and they eventually became teammates. In later episodes, Wakiya has shown to care about Valt despite trying to deny it, especially when he went out of his way to buy Valt some time by stalling his match in episode 40.
Xander is one of Valt's best friends. Valt knows him from his childhood and nowadays they are great rivals. The two often competed against one another, (races, arm-wrestling, etc.) though Xander nearly always came out on top. But Valt never let that stop him from getting back up and trying again. Like Shu, Xander sees a lot of potential in Valt, and has mentioned that while he's always beaten him in their previous battles, he still manages to find a way to catch him by surprise.
Valt has a very close relationship with his mother. He often helps her out at the family bakery, while she always supports him in all of his upcoming battles and admires his strong bey spirit. Chiharu is very loving and understanding towards her son and tries to help him out in any way she can, usually by encouraging him, cheering him up when he's sad, or by baking him her special Beyblade Bread. Valt loves his mother's baking so much that her pork bun bread is enough to move him to tears.
As his youngers siblings, Toko and Nika are among Valt's most vocal supporters. They both adore their older brother very much and even playfully tease him at times. They also like to pounce on him in order to wake him up in the morning.
Unlike most of the previous bladers of BC Sol, Shasa is one of the few who tries to be friendly towards Valt, even as he rises through the team's ranks. Though she sometimes gets annoyed with Valt's absentmindedness or screw-ups, she nonetheless supports him in all of his battles. In episode 12 of Evolution, Shasa became suspicious when a rumor started going around about Valt leaving BC Sol for AS Gallus. While she was initially hurt by this seeming deception, she knew Valt to be honest and hardworking, and challenged him to a battle in order to prove his loyalty to the team, which Valt proceeded to win with a Burst Finish. Afterwards, Shasa convinced Christina and Trad let Valt have her spot on the team, believing that his strength will be beneficial for the team as a whole. In turn, Valt promised not to let Shasa down after what she did for him, signifying a strong friendship between the two.
Valt and Cuza became great friends when they first met, in spite of the fact that they were on different teams at first. Valt is confused and somewhat hurt when Cuza's attitude changes in battle, though he does understand that it's how he utilizes his strategy. Their friendship seemed to improve after Cuza left Top Wand to join BC Sol.
- "I just gotta remember the 'fundamentals'."
- "Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush Launch!"
- "We're not enemies. We're rivals."
- "So close, yet feels so far. What the point of even setting my alarm?!"
- "You catch that, Honcho? He's [Daigo] a fan. A fan of me! This guy right here!"
- "Not all of us can pull off wearing a cape to school everyday."
- "Calm down now, Valt. You practiced; you got under control. Just chill your jets. But man, I can't stand that guy!"
For a full gallery of images of Valt, see Valt Aoi/Gallery.
- Valt, like other characters in the Burst cast, shares some similarities with his Beyblade, Victory Valtryek:
- His shirt features the letter "V", a letter both his Valt and Valtryek's names share.
- Valt's family name, Aoi, is Japanese for the color blue, which is both the color of Valtryek's Energy Layer and Valt's body warmer.
- His last name also means "Blue Well".
- Much like Kyoya Tategami and Benkei Hanawa, he, Wakiya, Rantaro, Shu, and Daigo were not chosen to represent Japan.
- Due to the fact that his name is written in katakana, in several English fansubs, his name is mistaken as "Bart".
- His Beyblade's beast design is heavily resembles Blue Knight from the Astro Boy anime series.
- Even though Valt is probably the most uniquely-designed out of all the characters, several other characters ironically have appearances and personalities similar to him:
- One of the puppets in the anime looks identical to Valt, and behaves similarly in the puppet show.
- Haruto Aota, a competitor in the WBBA District Tournament, is mocked by Wakiya because of his similarities to Valt: His Japanese name, Aota Halt is even spelt almost the same as Valt's and sounds phonetically similar as well.
- Rantaro Kiyama shares a lot of personality traits with Valt and most of the Bey Club members agree that they are alike.
- The leader of Team Beasts, Ben Azuki, has a personality vaguely similar to that of Valt's, and Ken has stated that the two have a lot in common.
- He has some similarities with Tohka Yatogami from Date A Live:
- Both share a similar favourite food.
- Both have a similar attitude: very childish and very cheerful.
- Both are voiced by Marina Inoue.
- He is the first Beyblade protagonist that lost to his antagonist in their final battle.
- The way he lost to Lui is probably an allusion to Pokémon of how Ash Ketchum loses every Pokémon League.
- Coincidentally, both shows are animated by OLM inc.
- The alternative premier version of Genesis Valtryrek that Valt uses in Beyblade Burst Evolution, God Valkyrie Premier Violet, refers to Rossweisse from High School DXD, due to the fact that she is a valkyrie, and Tohka's usual Spirits appearance.
- Like all past Beyblade protagonists, Valt's signature Beyblade is an Attack-Type.
- Valt is the first Beyblade protagonist to be voiced by a woman in the English Dub.
- Valt is the only character who was genuinely fooled by Zac's Masked Blader disguise, though he was really just exhausted and believed he was dreaming when he saw the "Masked Blader" the first time.
- In episode 35 of Evolution, Valt lends Silas his beyblade's Vortex frame, which may be a reference to when Kenta Yumiya fought against Reiji Mizuchi with with his bey, Flame Sagittario, while using the Eternal Sharp Performance tip from Yu Tendo's Flame Libra in the Metal Saga.
- Valt is called "the Dark Horse" during the District Tournament in the English dub, likely a nod to his how his bey spirit is depicted riding a horse. Also, the term 'dark horse' is used to describe a candidate/competitor who unexpectedly wins despite having been known little of. This may refer to how Valt started off as a newbie, but soon grew to become a strong and well-known blader.