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->''"Three Digimon once met three children. Three children once met three Digimon. They laughed together, fought together, suffered together, and they understood each other... until their hearts became one."''

The third anime series of the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' franchise, ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' was the first installment to set itself in a different canon entirely. It tends to be described as "''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' with {{mons}}," or "''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids for kids]]", and for good reason—series head writer Creator/ChiakiKonaka was also the man behind ''Lain'' and is reportedly a big fan of ''Evangelion''. Distinguished for [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructing]] the {{Mons}} genre and being DarkerAndEdgier than every other ''Digimon'' canon since [[Anime/DigimonXEvolution (with one possible exception)]], it is significantly more cerebral, psychological, technologically minded, and becomes one hell of a CosmicHorrorStory by the end. And as a result of all this, it's rather debatable just how appropriate the show is for its "target" demographic, particularly in its last acts.

Takato Matsuki is an ordinary kid who is [[RecursiveCanon a big fan of the Digimon franchise]] and the associated CollectibleCardGame. One day, a strange blue card transforms his card reader into a Digivice, which in turn brings a Digimon of Takato's own creation to life: Guilmon. But having a fire-breathing red dinosaur as a pet is only the start of Takato's problems: the walls between the Digital World and the Human World are beginning to break down, and hostile Digimon are appearing in the real world to wreak havoc.

Furthermore, there are other "Digimon Tamers" who have secured a Digimon as their partners in the real world: Rika Nonaka, a [[{{Tsundere}} cold-hearted gaming champion]] who only cares about becoming the strongest Tamer; and Henry Wong, an advocate for non-violence who believes that Digimon should not have to fight. And as the three Tamers clash over their conflicting ideals, a mysterious government organization is monitoring the digital invasion and developing counter-measures that could see the trio's Digimon partners ripped from their side forever.

''Tamers'' focuses more on the real world than its predecessors, with the ''Digimon'' franchise as a whole a [[ShowWithinAShow Franchise within a Show]] that the main cast are fans of. Much as you'd imagine as a result of its alternate canon, ''Tamers'' was [[BrokenBase the first of many causes of dissent among many fans]]. Though ''Tamers'' is certainly one of the most popular ''Digimon'' series among the fanbase, it certainly has its detractors who consider the ''Adventure'' canon to be the superior works. Even so, it still stands alongside its predecessors as one of the most popular installments in the franchise—if one were to ask on a ''Digimon'' board about peoples' favorite ''Digimon'' series, the bulk of answers are almost guaranteed to be either ''Tamers'' or ''Adventure''.

Its predecessor was ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', and it was succeeded by ''Anime/DigimonFrontier''.

The dub is now on DVD in the US.

Compare ''Manga/NaruTaru'' for a similar deconstruction of the {{Mons}} genre; ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' and ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' for deconstructions of other genres; ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' for similar themes (and a show from many of the same staff); and ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' and ''Anime/DigimonXEvolution'' for other very dark Digimon media. Contrast... well, [[Anime/DigimonAdventure the]] [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 rest]] [[Anime/DigimonFrontier of]] [[Manga/{{DigimonV-Tamer01}} the]] ''[[Anime/DigimonXrosWars Digimon]]'' [[Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime franchise]].

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!!''Digimon Tamers'' contains examples of:
* AbridgedSeries: An interesting example in the Tokyopop Manhwa Adaptation. The manhwa compressed the series into a small four volumes in which little exists besides accelerated A plots of the episodes. It nonetheless maintains a strong element of humor and self-awareness (at least in the dubbed variation, for the latter) that includes at least one potshot at a violation of physics. The Digipedia has an analysis [[http://digipedia.db-destiny.net/manga/manga.htm here]].
* [[AbsurdlyYouthfulMother Absurdly Youthful Grandmother]]: Rika's grandmother looks rather young to be a grandma. Justified in that Rika's mom was just 18 when she had Rika.
* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: Unlike most of the main characters, Takato's first name is not changed in the dub. It's just pronounced with accent on the second syllable instead of the first.
* AccidentalKiss: Hirokazu and Kenta had one.
* AdultFear: Your children putting themselves in danger of dying out of necessity. In the third act, this is hammered in especially hard.
** Taken UpToEleven in the scene where [[spoiler:Jeri's father ''drives his car'' into the D-Reaper in a futile attempt to save her]].
* AdultsAreUseless: Subverted. If it wasn't for help of the adults of this series the kids wouldn't make it half as far as they did.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted by the Digimon themselves. Though they've gone far beyond their original programming, the sentient ones are subject to RousseauWasRight and tend to either be good or [[WellIntentionedExtremist act for understandable reasons]]. [[spoiler: The BigBad is an inversion, adhering strictly to its original purpose with nihilistic glee.]]
* AllChinesePeopleKnowKungFu: Henry is half Chinese, and he's studying... some form of martial art. [[DubInducedPlotHole The dub keeps changing it around]], and it is never explicitly stated in the original.
* AllDeathsFinal: The only ''Digimon'' continuity (except, maybe, the games) where '''nothing''' comes back from death. There isn't a Village of Beginnings. Also, Digignomes, Digimon, and humans (military, bystanders, car drivers) '''die''' both in the series and in the movies.
** There is one exception, though. Vajramon is revived for no apparent reason after he is destroyed the first time, though he stays dead the second time.
* AllThereInTheManual: Ryo only makes sense as a character if you play the games in which he stars. Also, the epilogue, from the CD dramas. Furthermore, Chiaki Konaka's website explains virtually everything that went on over the course of the series. And Chiaki Konaka's short story, ''Anime/DigimonTamers 1984'', a quick little bit about the team that created the Digimon.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The American version uses a remixed version of the rap of the first two seasons.
* AndThenWhat: The question any Digimon partner who tries to strike out on their own eventually comes to--first Renamon, and then Beelzemon.
* AnimalMotifs: The three key {{Mons}} take their influence from real-life animals (lizard, dog, fox), while the twelve Devas are based on the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac. The four Sovereigns are also based on [[TheFourGods the animals of the Four Symbols in Chinese astrology]]: vermillion bird of the south; black tortoise of the north; blue dragon of the east; and white tiger of the west.
* AnimationBump:
** The StockFootage [[TransformationSequence Transformation Sequences]], of course.
** Episodes 30, 38, 44 and especially the Tamers' first movie (Battle of Adventurer's) were all supervised by Naoyoshi Yamamuro and feature some of the best animation on this series. He also supervised the animation of the ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' movie.
* [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Kung Fu Girl]]: Rika doesn't see Digimon as living creatures, just [[AttackAnimal tools for fighting]]. She quickly grows out of this.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Clockmon constantly lives this trope (in the dub).
--> '''Clockmon:''' (To Renamon) That's why Megadramon is interested in your data. He's a scoundrel, he's a beast, well he's not all that bad.
* AscendedExtra: Riley, one of the two virtually interchangeable Hypnos operators is revealed to be Yamaki's live-in girlfriend halfway through the series. Chiaki Konaka [[WordOfGod has stated]] that he took the writing staff completely by surprise when he revealed Riley was Yamaki's girlfriend.
** Kazu and Kenta, who start out as two [[MuggleBestFriend Muggle Best Friends]], unexpectedly join the gang when they enter the digital world and [[spoiler:eventually get Digimon partners]].
** Jeri's [[DayInTheLimelight first especially important role]] wasn't until the twenty-first episode. After that, she becomes much more involved in the overall plot.
* AscendedFanboy: Most of the cast. Guilmon was born from Takato's fanart, Rika is known for her ''Digimon'' TradingCardGame prowess, Henry had a computer game, Kazu and Kenta would play the card game with Takato every morning before school. Even Jeri is a fan.
** Sadly, [[GoneHorriblyWrong things don't work]] [[RealityEnsues like in their shows]].
* TheAtoner:
** Impmon, [[spoiler:after killing Leomon]], spends the last quarter of the series trying [[spoiler:and failing]] to do the right thing by helping [[spoiler:Jeri. She forgives him in the end]].
** [[spoiler:Yamaki]] starts out insisting that Digimon are [[FantasticRacism dangerous data anomalies that need to be deleted]] lest they cause irreparable harm to the real world, later specifically citing the Tamers as troublemakers since Digimon, both good and evil, were far too dangerous to be left in the hands of children. After [[spoiler:getting fired and having his building collapse around him]], he finally rethinks his position and spends a fair bit of time trying to make up for the fact that his obsession with deleting Digimon from the real world may have done far more harm than good—in fact, it may have been his messing around that [[spoiler:let most of the dangerous ones in in the first place]]. He even repeatedly defends the Tamers and insists that others trust them to handle a problem. [[spoiler:He coordinates efforts to defeat the BigBad in the end]].
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Various Digimon (both good and bad) and several of the [[spoiler:D-Reaper]]'s agents fall into this category. Vikaralamon is one of the biggest enemies to attack.
* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler: The D-Reaper will cause a Class 5 or 6, both on the Real World and the Digital World.]]
** [[spoiler: The D-Reaper has already caused either a Class 1 or 2 in the Digital World, where it's reported that at least 60% of the Digimon in it were killed.]]
* AudienceSurrogate: Takato is designed to be like this.
* {{Badass}}: Beelzemon. He starts out as a BadAssBiker, but becomes even more badass when he becomes [[spoiler:TheAtoner, changes from black to dark grey, and later grows wings in his Blast Mode.]]
** Gallantmon/Dukemon in Crimson Mode.
*** Gallantmon/Dukemon ''in General''.
** Megidramon, whose mere existence ''threatens the stability of the Digital World itself''.
** Really, any of the three main partner Digimon. They each took on enemies a level higher than them on a regular basis and often won. This when on average the difference in power between one evolutionary level and the next is usually depicted as being about an order of magnitude.
* BadassAdorable: Guilmon and Terriermon.
** All the main kids, pretty much. They vary both in cuteness and level of badassery, but they all count.
* BadassLongcoat: Rika. Trinity from ''Film/TheMatrix'' was an early inspiration, according to Chiaki Konaka.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: With two exceptions, they're [[SpoilerOpening actually quite accurate]] to what occurs in the show. So what's missing? Kenta doesn't appear in the opening, but a hundred random kids with Digivices and Digimon partners do. Ultimately, Kenta gets a Digimon of his own, while the only other kids to get a Digivice of their own are Ai and Mako (who also don't appear in the opening).
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Used to its full effect for the Biomerges, because otherwise, that would just have been the last straw.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: [[CutAndPasteTranslation In the English dub]], invoked by Jeri on becoming Leomon's partner.
--> '''Takato:''' Hey Jeri! Are you sure he's your partner?!
--> '''Jeri:''' Yes!
--> '''Takato:''' How come?!
--> '''Jeri:''' 'Cause it's DESTINY!
--> '''Takato:''' OK, thanks!
--> '''Jeri:''' You can't escape destiny Mr. Leomon!
** Becomes a really painful IronicEcho [[spoiler:after Leomon is killed and Jeri is left broken and in the thrall of the D-Reaper]]
---> Destiny... destiny... destiny...
* BerserkButton:
** Impmon is a bundle of issues to begin with and gets worse as the series continues.
** Bad stuff happens when [[BewareTheNiceOnes Takato]]'s friends are hurt. Remember [[Anime/DigimonAdventure SkullGreymon]]? The giant skeletal Dark Evolution of Greymon without a mind with a nuke on his back? Meet [[spoiler:Megidramon, whose MERE EXISTENCE causes the Digital World to begin to collapse]]. The one time we see him is when he's outright ordering [=WarGrowlmon=] to evolve to Ultimate/Mega level. [[GoneHorriblyRight He does]]. And Beelzemon has to absorb so much power to defeat him that he almost explodes.
* TheBerserker:
** Cyberdramon pretty much all of the time, which is why Ryo keeps a tight leash on him.
** Terriermon during his first evolution to Gargomon.
** Also Megidramon.
* BewareMyStingerTail: Mihiramon's Armor Tiger Tail attack.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Sweet little Takato might just make it up there on your list of the nicest, most sensitive kids you've ever had the pleasure of meeting... but if you manage to piss him off, you run the risk of him [[spoiler:''DISINTEGRATING THE UNIVERSE'']].
* BigDamnHeroes:
** [[spoiler:Kazu and Kenta]] of all people in the final episode.
** Also Beelzemon immediately after his [[HeelFaceTurn transformation to Blast Mode]].
* BigFancyHouse: Rika's Japanese-styled home.
* [[BishonenLine Bishounen Line]]: Gallantmon/Dukemon. Justified by the the fact that Guilmon merges with his tamer to achieve it. Renamon does this twice, with Taomon and Sakuyamon. Given how Digimon work in this installment, most of them should be expected to do it.
* [[BirthdayEpisode Birthday Movie]]: Run Away Locomon is set on Rika's birthday. She finds out about and bemoans Jeri throwing her a surprise party from Takato. The movie essentially boils down to the Tamers going to Rika's house for the party and dealing with said Locomon on the way. Rika's DisappearedDad issues are used against her by the Parasimon to control her and attack Takato. She does make it to the party in the end, but she's pretty much the only one not enjoying herself.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Subverted by [[spoiler: Jijimon and Babamon]]. In a world where is said that "only the strongest survive", it's ''obvious'' that the nice old Digi-couple—who warmly welcome the Tamers in their house, offering food and bed—will just try to kill them at some point. Except that the couple is honestly nice, and sincerely enjoyed the strangers visit.
** Worth noting that the moment we discover this is [[spoiler: when Kazu and Kenta are [[GenreSavvy freaked out about the possibility of the Mons being actually evil]], and then go on peeping the couple reminiscing about their day with the Tamers]].
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The Digimon are forcibly returned to the Digital World along with the D-Reaper, permanently separated from their teary-eyed Tamers]].
** [[spoiler: Well not completely, Takato, while passing by the park he hid Guilmon in, notices the tunnel they used to get to the Digi-world glowing. Implying they may not be separated for too long after all.]]
* BloodlessCarnage: There isn't a single drop of blood on this series, making it [[SarcasmMode suitable for 7-year-old children]] and above.
* BloodKnight: Cyberdramon. "Are you my enemy?"
* BoisterousBruiser / CuteBruiser: Terriermon
* {{Bowdlerization}}: Rare. The Disney adaptation of ''Runaway Locomon'' skips over the part where Gallantmon stabs Parasimon [[EyeScream in the eye]]... but, since the last act of the movie is basically the [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence mass destruction]] of invading Parasimon after Parasimon, certain hands [[SubvertedTrope appear to have been tied]].
* BrattyHalfPint: Usually the smaller a Digimon is, the more obnoxious it is (see: Terriermon, Impmon, Calumon).
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Jeri, meticulously and horribly.]]
* BridgeBunnies: Riley and Tally serve this function at Hypnos.
* BrokenMasquerade: Hypnos tries to be an enforced WeirdnessCensor, trying to keep the existence of Digimon out of the public sphere (by killing them on sight). Post-Vikaralamon, however, the Masquerade hasn't just been broken, it's been crushed into a billion pieces under a boar the size of a football field. Contrary to Yamaki's fears, however, once the existence of Digimon becomes public knowledge, people adjust to them fairly quickly.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Biomerge Activate!" / "Matrix (Digi-)Evolution!"
* CallBack: [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 "Here We Go"]] is on Rika's MP3 player in the dub. [[Anime/DigimonAdventure "Bolero"]] also happens to be Riley's ringtone.
* CanonDiscontinuity: The second movie was made without the consultation of the original writer Chiaki Konaka. It gets Retconned in the [[AllThereintheManual CD Dramas]] where [[spoiler:the children never got to meet up with their partners, and instead sent out voice messages to them promising to find a way to see them again.]] Said CD Drama takes place a year after the end of the TV series (the sixth movie takes place sixth months later).
** Chiaki has said on his [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/index.html website]] that although the second movie doesn't fit into the timeline of the series, he is happy with the way the directors and screenwriters stayed true to the psychological nature of the TV show and expanded on Rika's character.
* CanonImmigrant: Ryo Akiyama rarely appears in the Adventure universe (not counting the games) but is very important to the story. He literally immigrated to the Tamers universe in Brave Tamer.
* CarFu: Attempted by Jeri's dad against the [[spoiler:D-Reaper]]. [[TheJuggernaut It doesn't work.]]
* CastingGag: Nami Asaji, Takato's teacher, is voiced by Creator/LaraJillMiller, who voiced Kari Kamiya in the previous two series. Kari became a teacher when she grew up, and Ms. Asaji bears a striking resemblance to her.
* {{Catchphrase}}: All together now -- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIgv6PU-MWk "Moumantai!"]]
** "Aw, nuts!"
** "Walk all over him/her/it."
* CatSmile: Suzie, almost all the time.
* CerebusSyndrome: The contrast between the first time the Kids go to the Digital world filled of dreams and hope ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBwrAxFh-xM Set to upbeat Shonen music, no less]]) and the later episodes is appalling.
* ChainOfPeople: When [[spoiler:Takato is chasing after the Ark]].
* ChromaticArrangement: The song "Primary Colors" even references this.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: How Biomerging is first unlocked (in episode 35).
* ComicBooksAreReal
** Of course, this leads to a few [[DubInducedPlotHole Dub-Induced Plot Holes]].
* CommonalityConnection: Takato and Henry got along perfectly fine and avoided the RuleOfDrama, the only lead males in the Digimon franchise to do so. On a broader level, all the children were fans of Digimon.
* ConspiracyTheorist: In "The Messenger", Professor Tetsuo Uchiharato. While being interviewed by the news, he reveals what he knows about Hypnos, and believes that the program was responsible for the [[spoiler:D-Reaper]] and Digimon. Unlike most Theorists, he's not overtly paranoid (though he should be, as he works at ''[[CthulhuMythos Miskatonic University]]''), is creditable, backs up his reasoning, and is partly ''right''.
* ConspicuousCG:
** A minor example is Beelzemon's Double Impact bullets.
** As is series custom, the two main boys' Digimon have their Ultimate and Mega Digivolution sequences rendered in CG. Taomon and Sakuyamon's Digivolution Sequences did not get this treatment, [[TropesAreNotBad which isn't a bad thing]]. Sakuyamon has one of the most beautiful evolution sequences ever.
* CoolTeacher: Averted with Miss Asaji, Takato's (''et al''.) teacher at school. She's lazy, barely motivated to teach, dozes off when she should be watching the kids on a school trip, and ([[ActorAllusion voice of Lara Jill Miller notwithstanding]]) is basically the opposite of Kari. In the original Japanese, it's an explicit character note of hers that she's doing the job ''because it looks good to the community'' and when the kids tell her they're going to the Digital World, she tries to stop them because it might reflect poorly on ''her''. She has enough of a change of heart at the end of the series to run out and cheer Takato on during the final arc.
** This is lessened ''slightly'' in the English dub, where it shows on several occasions that [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold she does care about the kids]].
* CorruptTheCutie: It's brief and temporary, but Takato's UnstoppableRage after [[spoiler:Leomon's death]] has ''very'' serious ramifications.
* CosmicHorrorStory: Of the ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids debatably]]) kid-friendly variety.
* CreatingLife: The Monster Makers' research project accidentally lead to the creation of true artificial lifeforms that later became known as Digimon. This comes back to bite them.
* CruelTwistEnding: The BittersweetEnding can also come across as this, seeing as it was never really foreshadowed.
* CutAndPasteTranslation: Quite a few in the American dub. See DubInducedPlotHole for serious examples.
** The [[CthulhuMythos Shaggai]] program was renamed to "Juggernaut" in the American dub.
** Dialogue concerning Rika and Renamon was changed to make them more suitable as love interests. For example, Terriermon sings about Guilmon and Renamon KissingInATree, and Ryo calls Rika "pumpkin".
** Interestingly, the bit where Henry and Takato ask Jeri if she's ever been in love was changed to them asking if she's sure Leomon's her partner and why.
** In the original Japanese, the [[spoiler: D-Reaper is said to be indestructible and presumably remains in its devolved form forever]]. In the American dub, Janyu states that it "disappears forever".
** Janyu's last line was changed from "It was the only way!" to "It'll be all right!". This turns Jen's head-shake and smile of forgiveness into one of resignation.
* CyberPunk: Most ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' series tend to focus on PostCyberpunk. ''Tamers'' is closer to the flip side of the 'punk spectrum, exploring traditional themes of the genre: A government conspiracy is conducting dangerous experiments and monitoring everything. Young people befriend [[AIIsACrapshoot otherwise-dangerous]] AIs, and do battle in the urban jungle. They end up opposing the conspiracy and other equally dangerous AIs. Society is on the edge of radical change, and questions about "How do we define life?" and "How do we respond [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters if that life turns out to be hostile?]]" arise. Compared to previous series, ''Tamers'' is darker and cynical.
* {{Cyberspace}}: Obviously.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: The reason [[spoiler:Jeri's father]] acts so distantly towards his daughter is because, after [[spoiler:her mother died]], he was forced to fill in the role of both parents for her and, try as he might, [[ParentsAsPeople he couldn't]]. By the time [[spoiler:he remarried]], the damage had already been done.
** That said, he does eventually realize his mistake. See MyGodWhatHaveIDone.
* DamselInDistress: [[spoiler:Jeri]] in the third act. {{Justified}}, as she's only ten years old, and suffering an ''intense'' HeroicBSOD.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Not entirely, but [[spoiler:Jeri ''does'' manage to break open the "Kernel" keeping her trapped inside the D-Reaper]]. Had she not done so, rescuing her would have likely been impossible.
* DarkerAndEdgier. You've got to wonder who thought it was a good idea to give a children's show to the scriptwriter of ''{{Hellsing}}'', no matter how enthusiastic he was about the project.
* DeadpanSnarker: Renamon. Terriermon in some instances.
* DeconstructorFleet: It's not just DarkerAndEdgier, it deconstructs many of the tropes present in {{Mons}} works, as well as the Digimon franchise in general.
** In most {{Mons}} works, no one considers sanctioning the possession, let alone the ''use'' of monsters to fight proxy battles, especially ''[[ImprobableAge by children]]''. It's... different in ''Digimon Tamers''.
** Yamaki is the first adult to discover that children are controlling digimon. His initial reaction is that of horror and repulsion out of the assumption that they only see it as a game. [[JerkassHasAPoint He's not too wrong]].
** When Impmon jumps on cars stopped at a red light, the police arrive and raise their guns at him. The SDF[[note]]Self-Defense Forces, Japan's post-war "non-military" force[[/note]] is called in for bigger digimon and the [[spoiler:D-Reaper]].
** Rika initially sees digimon valuable only for their combat prowess, no different from the card game, and struggles to get Renamon to Digivolve by LevelGrinding. Not only is she ''not'' the first to Digivolve her partner (that would be Henry), the first thing the new Champion does is destroy a parking garage and [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace nearly shoot her in the face]][[note]]Oh, Galgomon ''shoots'', alright. He just misses. By inches.[[/note]].
** Impmon easily mocks the idea of Digimon-Human relations. [[spoiler: His own Tamers, Ai and Makoto, were selfish children who treated him like a toy that they refused to share]]; he was left traumatized and began walking the path of ''murder''.
** The main characters' parents (and teacher) understandably freak out when they discover their children have been fighting the monsters ruining Tokyo with other monsters, and are planning to venture into an uncharted world populated almost entirely by said monsters.
** The main appeal of {{Mons}} are their combat abilities. In this respect, digimon are perfect, having been designed solely for battle and not for things like [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Chansey_(Pok%C3%A9mon) taking care of eggs]]. ''Digimon Tamers'' doesn't hold anything back when it shows how dangerous real {{Mons}} would be.
** You know what should have been citywide devastation in the first two seasons, how the streets and buildings usually ended up unharmed? Well, the show has ''no qualms'' with that, showing and detailing the damage to buildings and entire blocks.
** A [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy culture]] and [[BloodKnight mindset]] based on [[ToBeAMaster being a master]] of combat is depicted as unhealthy, to say the least.
** Terriermon needs to have a good fight every now and then. He starts knocking against windows like a fly when he senses strong digimon outside, and if it's been a while since his last, he [[TheBerserker completely loses it]] when he finally does get to fight. He makes a point to frequently remind Henry (an avowed pacifist, no lest) that he's ''not'' human, and needs to fight.
** Ryo left the Real World for the Digital World for a year solely because Cyberdramon's pugnacious tendencies and quest for a worthy opponent made him extremely dangerous and impossible to control in the Real World.
** Beelzemon is what happens when Impmon makes ADealWithTheDevil. He uses his power to kill things and goes toe-to-toe with ''two'' different Megas.
** Impmon is a pint-sized DeconstructorFleet: [[AllAnimalsAreDogs His backstory]] with [[ABoyandhisX two bratty kids]] was ''not'' funny. In the present, he plays ButtMonkey and HarmlessVillain very straight, and shows [[DespairEventHorizon how frustrating]] it would be, [[DealWiththeDevil how far]] he would go to [[IJustWanttobeBadass become strong]], and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone the consequences]].
* {{Defictionalization}}: While for the most part, the cards that the Tamers use in the anime correspond to actual cards in the Japanese card game, there are some original ones. Those cards were then released in an anime-based booster for the card game.
** Also, the actual Digimon in-universe. Played not entirely straight in that this continuity's Digital World does not exist as a direct result of the fiction.
* {{Determinator}}: Eh.... let's just go with everybody.
* DeusExMachina: Delivered by a girl named [[AliceAllusion Alice]] and her partner Dobermon, a messenger from TheFourGods. They pop out of nowhere and give the Tamers the power to Bio-Merge in the real world.
** How did the amazing Ryo get this power when he wasn't there to receive it? The show doesn't explain it.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Henry and Terriormon, [[spoiler:as [=MegaGargomon=]]], beat the ever-loving daylights out of [[PhysicalGod Zhuqiaomon]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome with their bare hands]]''.
* DiscontinuityNod: As it says under CanonDiscontinuity, ''Message in the Packet'' retconned the movie. However, [[note]]because the series head writer liked the ideas put forth in the second movie though he outright said that that wasn't the reason why Rika was so cold at the beginning of the series.[[/note]] there's a brief scene of Rika humming the same song she sings at the movie's climax.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: When [[spoiler:Sakuyamon gives her powers to Justimon, she ends up stripped of all her clothing, and the sword on his arm grows to twice its size]]. Really subtle, guys.
* DubInducedPlotHole:
** In episode 18, Riley was on the phone apparently turning down a date offer because of work. Though, in episode 24, it's revealed she is Yamaki's girlfriend. [[spoiler: [[WMG/DigimonTamers Maybe]] [[JustifiedTrope she's]] [[HilariousInHindsight a]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids hotwife?]] ]]
** "Destiny" was an [[ArcWords Arc Word]]for Jeri. As [[spoiler:Leomon lay dying]] in episode 35, he told Jeri it was probably his destiny. In the American dub, however, he said to her that [[spoiler:a part of him would always be with her]], and that she had "a lion's heart". Yet the dub still had Jeri say, when she referenced the scene five episodes later, that [[spoiler:Leomon]] had called [[spoiler:his death]] "destiny."
** The American dubbers [[VoicesAreMental merged the voices]] of the Bio-merged Digimon and their partners, and their conversations can be heard clearly. However, the rest of the cast failed to recognize Ryo and Takato during their first battles as Megas. Oops!
** In the dub, Jeri asked Leomon to tell her father about their trip. Mr. Kato later gets mad at her, claiming that she left on her own and refusing to pick her up. It makes no sense.
** In the original Japanese version, the only part of the in-universe Digimon franchise to be explicitly identical to the real world counterpart is the card-game. The American dub, however, made it explicit that the Digimon Adventure series were [[ShowWithinAShow a show within Tamers]]. At first this is a nice way to tie the shows together and bring ''Tamers'' closer to the real world, but all kinds of continuity problems and [[MutuallyFictional Mutual Fictionality]] questions arise with the appearance of SixthRanger Ryo, a character who is the main character in a series of canon games tied into ''Adventure'' and even appears on-screen in ''Adventure 02''.\\
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Those games [[NoExportForYou never got released in the English-speaking territories]], so to most Western viewers Ryo only a plot hole if you know of those games and their ties to the rest of the franchise.
* EldritchAbomination: The [[spoiler:D-Reaper]].
** Helps that Chiaki J. Konaka actually writes for the CthulhuMythos, which definitely helps cement the [[spoiler:D-Reaper's]] similarities, especially to Shub-Niggurath ([[spoiler:it's Mother form]] spews out upgraded forms of it's stronger {{Mooks}}). Bonus points in that [[spoiler:it's Mother form has a mask similar to [[NeonGenesisEvangelion Lillith's.]]]]
* EldritchLocation: The [[spoiler:D-Reaper]] eventually becomes so massive that it'd probably be more accurate to describe it as this.
* TheEndOrIsIt: In the final episode, it appears that the kids will be [[spoiler:permanently separated from their Digimon]].The appearance of a red light in a gazebo for the last few seconds at first suggests that there may be a way to change this, [[spoiler:but when they analyze it, they find it too small and not powerful enough to enable the Tamers and their partners to reunite.]]
* {{Expy}}:
** Impmon looks like a DarkerAndEdgier version of MickeyMouse. His white face, gloves, and proportions are all lifted straight from Mickey, though notably Impmon's proportions are actually more child-like than Mickey Mouse's. It makes his backstory more poignant.
** Some have pointed out the similarities to {{Evangelion}} characters, with Takato, Rika, and Li corresponding (very loosely) to Shinji, Asuka, and Rei respectively. But Hirokazu and Kenta take the cake, whose roles and design are similar to Touji and Kensuke.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Generally averted. For example, Takato has an ImagineSpot in episode 8 of the police shooting Guilmon.
** Beelzemon's weapons don't look that real but quite clearly fire real bullets, except for his Death Slinger, but then it's an upgraded form of a toy ray gun given to him by Makoto.
** Another shot features police officers with realistic looking guns, but dialogue was added stating that they were not loaded. [[KaijuDefenseForce Japanese Self-Defense Force]] soldiers can be seen later on armed with assault rifles (specifically the Howa Type 89 used by the real-life JSDF), but are never shown firing them on-screen.
* FantasyForbiddingFather: Janyu Wong, in a metaphorical sense. While he initially encouraged Henry to explore the ''Digimon'' meta-franchise, once [[BrokenMasquerade Impmon takes a shotgun to the Masquerade right in front of his face]], he goes running to Hypnos offering to help Yamaki literally fight back against the dangerous fantasy. [[{{Understatement}} This causes tension between him and his son]].
* FinalDeath: ''Every'' '''''single''''' Digimon that dies in Tamers will never come back as a Digi-egg.
* TheFourGods: The Digimon Sovereigns.
* {{Foreshadowing}}
** Takato and Guilmon have a conversation about Guilmon one day digivolving and becoming a different digimon. Guilmon assures him that will never happen because he will always be the same digimon in the inside. Takato even says he wishes he could digivolve in the same conversation...
** Once they reached the Digital World, but even before then, most conversations between Jeri and others takes on new meaning if one knows in advance [[spoiler:that Leomon dies and there's an impending BreakTheCutie session]].[[labelnote:example]] the reason Jeri chases Leomon around like a madwoman is because she is ''that'' desperate for a bit of fantasy that would make all her problems disappear. Furthermore, in episode 24 nearly all of Jeri's parental issues are revealed in the way she rudely ignores her mom (who feels noticeably guilty, as if that attitude was justified), shows her brother holding the hand puppet in his sleep (explaining why she first started using the hand puppet) and most importantly, a picture of baby Jeri being held by her real mom thus revealing that the woman downstairs was her stepmom[[/labelnote]]. It really is just not fair.
** Gee, Takato sure seems to stress about the possibility of [[spoiler:losing Guilmon forever]] a lot, doesn't he...?
* FreudianTrio[=/=]PowerTrio: Rika as [[TheMcCoy Id]], Henry as [[TheSpock Superego]], Takato as [[TheKirk Ego]].
** The digimon partners also fit this trope with Renamon as the Data type and Superego, Terriermon being Vaccine and Id, and Guilmon being Virus and Ego.
* FriendlyTickleTorture: Growlmon gets tickled while being painted in an attempt to hide him.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: The dub changes sake to "milkshakes" in the tale of Orochi(mon). Orochimon's Sake Breath attack is likewise changed to Inferno Blast. Jeri being a server at her parents' restaurants is left in, as is her knowledge that enough "warm milkshakes" will get Orochi tired. Also, Jeri and Rika can tell milkshakes from a distance by their distinctive scent...
%%* FullBoarAction: Vikaralamon
* FusionDance:
** Takato, Henry, Rika and Ryo all merge with their partners when it comes to Ultimate level.
** Gallantmon merges with Grani in the second to last episode to become Gallantmon Crimson Mode.
* GenreSavvy: Deconstructed. Most of the main characters all have experience with the card and video games, and have varying expectations of how things are meant to go when it comes to taming Digimon. Which turns out to be a [[WrongGenreSavvy lot harder than they ever could've imagined]].
** This is lampshaded with the dub episode title "Not as seen on TV".
** The American dub treats DigimonAdventure as a ShowWithinAShow. The protagonists of ''Adventure'' never had to worry about de-Digivolving their Digimon for example, but in the first story arc of ''Tamers'', it's a recurring problem. Also, Rika [[DubInducedPlotHole must already know]] that ThePowerOfLove is needed to Digivolve, but still has to learn this personally.
* GenreShift: SliceOfLife with {{Mons}} becomes a PostCyberPunk CosmicHorrorStory.
* GentleGiant: Growlmon.
** Also, Antylamon the Rabbit Deva. In the episode where he/she first appeared, [[spoiler:she was playing with Henry's kid sister, Suzie. Heck, she even defended her from Makuramon, the Monkey Deva. Shiuchon eventually became a Digimon Tamer and Antylamon officially became her companion after being devolved to Lopmon.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: ''Tamers'' is (in)famous for this in its American broadcast on Creator/FoxKids. Somehow, the dubbers managed to keep things in the show that the network probably wouldn't have allowed before. Aside the FamilyFriendlyFirearms above, see also the [[Radar/DigimonTamers the subpage]].
* GogglesDoNothing: Takato, of course. Subverted when he really does use them underwater a couple of times, as well as when he enters a digital field (which manifests as a cloud of fog).
* GoneHorriblyRight: When Takato, in a fit of rage, orders Guilmon to evolve to mega, he does exactly that. [[EldritchAbomination Completely understandably]], Takato regrets it almost immediately.
** All [[spoiler:the D-Repaer]] was supposed to do was delete information that fell under a certain criteria. The only problem was that [[spoiler:the human race ended up falling under that same criteria]].
* GoodParents: For most of the main characters. Even [[spoiler: Jeri's dad, who told her to find her own way home since she left on her own, breaks down when he sees what's happened to her and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realises his part in it]].]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: This series has many of these in order to keep the rating appropriate for kids. Examples can be seen as early as the first episode when the camera pans out before a digimon get ''crushed alive''. The scenes where Renamon rips holes in enemy digimon with tiny white shards are either skipped or out of focus, and the audience is also spared from the sight of military personnel getting [[CruelAndUnusualDeath sickled by]] the [[spoiler: D-Reaper]]'s agents. Naturally, this makes the few times that the series averts this (like ep 34 and 35) especially memorable.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Dukemon got a moment in the dub before soaring off to help free Jeri from the Kernel Sphere. It would have been pretty {{Badass}} if he hadn't said it in ''Guilmon's voice'':
--> '''Dukemon / Gallantmon:''' [[{{Network}} "We're mad as heck, and we're not going to take it anymore!"]]
** Beelzemon had a PrecisionFStrike version in the same episode
--> '''Beelzemon:''' "I'm gonna get you outta here, Jeri, if it's the last thing I ''freakin''' do!"
* GratuitousEnglish: Most of the Digimon shout out their attack names in English, with Renamon and all her (digi-)evolutions being the exception to this.
* GrayAndWhiteMorality: The worst antagonist the series has is ultimately a corrupt A.I. with no real sense of malice. Most bad Digimon have their reasons and moral codes despite their antagonistic position, and the scary/unapproachable adults are really just paranoid or overprotective at worst.
* HairColorDissonance: Brown-haired Jeri is sometimes mistaken for a redhead.
* HairTriggerTemper: Impmon is so tightly wound he actually ''[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed sounds]]'' like ''Joe Pesci'', an actor famous for his pyrotechnics.
* HarmlessVillain: Impmon, before he becomes a NotSoHarmlessVillain.
* TheHeartless: J-Reaper
* HeelFaceTurn: Several, but mostly notably [[spoiler:Beelzemon]] and [[spoiler:Yamaki]].
* HellishPupils: Whenever Guilmon senses a Digimon or is fighting, his eyes do this. Also happens to ''Takato'' on the one occasion that he loses his temper. when [[spoiler:Beelzemon kills Leomon]]. Needless to say, he goes out of his mind with anger.
* HeroicBSOD: Pretty much every major character has gone through at least one. In case you can't tell yet, it's [[WhatdoYouMeanItsForKids one of those kinds of shows]].
** Special mention goes to Jeri, who plunges into a [[EmptyShell terribly depressing one]] after [[spoiler:losing her digimon partner]], and doesn't make it out until the ''end of the series''.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Hirokazu and Kenta, to the point that the AccidentalKiss was almost superfluous.
* HypocriticalHumour: Terriermon's reaction when someone else tells ''him'' to 'Moumentai'? "That's a really irritating thing to say!"
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: The Tamers fight with Beelzemon is initially this until it reaches its climax with Leomon. [[WarriorTherapist Leomon pleads with Beelzemon to realize he is being used and his reasons to fight for evil are meaningless]], but Beelzemon ends up [[spoiler:killing Leomon]]. Having crossed the MoralEventHorizon, the Tamers stop sympathizing for Beelzemon. It’s not until [[spoiler:Leomon’s partner Jeri]] convinces Takato to stop that they spare Beelzemon, and the latter begins to see the fault to his actions.
* ImageSong: Three for each pairing (a solo by each partner and a duet) for a total of 24 songs from the eight ''Best Tamers'' [=CDs=], plus a whole bunch of others scattered through various discs.
* ImagineSpot: Takato is prone to these.
* TheImp: Impmon, naturally enough, starts out as this.
* ImprobableAge: Lampshaded by Yamaki, ''Deconstructed'' in Impmon's case, and Justified in that Digimon is mostly played by children, so only they [[IWishItWereReal got the real ones]].
* [[spoiler:InterruptedSuicide]]: [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids How they got that scene to air is still anyone's guess...]]
* IronicEchoCut: (Digivice beeps) "There's never a dull day around here."
-->Kazu:(Calumon)'s about as tough as butterscotch pudding.
-->Calumon: It's not like I'm butterscotch pudding or something.
* IWishItWereReal: Guilmon.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rika, Yamaki, and Impmon, all post-character development. Impmon in particular is a JerkassWoobie.
** Kazu is painted as a mild version of one in the dub.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Yamaki was right about digimon being dangerous and children probably being too irresponsible to be wielding sentient weapons of mass destruction.
* {{Joshikousei}}: Rika, though she's not in high school
* JumpedAtTheCall[=/=]TheUnchosenOne: Every Tamer in this season (except Ryo, it's complicated) got a Digimon because they wanted one, but unlike the previous two seasons nothing was expected of them -- the kids made the active choice to involve themselves further and ultimately save the world.
* KaijuDefenseForce: The Japan Self-Defense Force tries to get involved in the battles against some of the Devas and the [[spoiler:D-Reaper]] later on in the series, [[CannonFodder with predictable results]].
* TheKidWithTheRemoteControl: Unusually for the genre, this is actually one of the major themes of Tamers, and it is Takato and Guilmon who better explore this trope.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Leomon]].
* KnightOfCerebus: Two of them. The first of these is [[spoiler:Beelzemon]], who's the first character to really show how [[DarkerAndEdgier dark and serious]] the series is by permanently killing off [[spoiler:Leomon]]. He is then done one better, however, by the EldritchAbomination that is [[spoiler:the D-Reaper]], which takes the serious out of "dark, but still appropriate for most children" territory and into the WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids realm its most known for.
* LadyOfWar: Renamon and her (digi-)evolutions.
* LandmarkingTheHiddenBase: Hypnos, inside the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Metropolitan_Government_Building Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building]].
* LastEpisodeThemeReprise: A remix of ''Biggest Dreamer'' plays during the final episode when the protagonists square off against the [[spoiler:D-Reaper]].
* LeapOfFaith: Rika and Renamon have no idea how they will beat the [[spoiler:D-Reaper]], but they leap down to it anyway, becoming Sakuyamon in the process.
* LetsGetDangerous: When Guilmon's pupils [[HellishPupils shrink]], you know something's going down.
* LimitedWardrobe: Everyone has winter clothing and school attire, but everyone usually wears the same thing day in and day out.
* TheLittleDetecto: The D-Arc.
* LittleMissBadass: Rika, whose debut has her rocking a BadassLongcoat and CoolShades. [[WordOfGod according to Chiaki Konaka]], she ''was'' originally modeled after [[Film/TheMatrix Trinity]].
* LoveBubbles: When Takato tries to tell Jeri that Guilmon won't devolve, she thinks he's talking about a girl he likes. Cue pink bubbly background as she envisions this.
** [=MarineAngemon=]'s Kahuna Wave releases 'bubbles' in the shape of hearts. They also heal [[spoiler:D-Reaper affected data]] and allow [[spoiler:travel within it]] as well.
* LullDestruction: The American dub, as in the previous seasons.
* [[MacGuffinGirl MacGuffin Mon]]: Culumon.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: [=SaintGalgomon=] / [[DubNameChange [=MegaGargomon=]]]
* {{Mascot}}: Calumon can be considered to be this for ''Digimon Tamers'', and arguably the concept of Digivolution as a whole.
* MeaningfulEcho: In the original Japanese, when Rika goes out right after coming home, she says she's coming home soon. Her mother asks, "When is 'soon'!?" When Renamon [[spoiler: reverts to her baby form and leaves for the digital world]], Rika asks the same.
* MechanicalMonster: [=MegaloGrowmon=] ([=WarGrowlmon=]), Rapidmon, [=SaintGalgomon=] ([=MegaGargomon=]), Guardromon
* TheMenInBlack: The entire Hypnos organization.
* MindControlEyes: [[spoiler: Jeri]]. Also Rika in the sixth movie.
* MindRape: [[spoiler:Boy, did poor Jeri suffer a lot...]]
** [[spoiler:J-Reaper]] partially ''succeeds'' using her "mind scan" attack [[spoiler:on ''Takato'', just before deploying her wings in the park, in episode 45.]]
* MoodWhiplash: Despite the dark tone, the series can sometimes skip over into jokes, normally involving the characters [[DeadpanSnarker snarking.]]
* {{Mukokuseki}}: Zigs and zags all over the place. Henry and his dad are drawn with obviously chinese features, but his sister has... purple hair. Hirokazu and Kenta look Japanese enough, and Takato is even passably - but there's no telling what Jeri and Rika are supposed to be. The adult secondary characters don't help swing it one way or another, either.
* MultipleHeadCase: Ebonwumon
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Takato's reaction to [[spoiler:evolving Megidramon]].
** [[spoiler: Beelzemon]], after having his life spared in a lost battle, has a HeelFaceTurn and spends a good long time stuck in a stunned state of regret.
** Jeri's father, after discovering that [[spoiler:his daughter has been taken by the D-Reaper]], feels terrible guilt for [[spoiler:treating her coldly ever since he lost his wife]], and then makes a very desperate attempt to save her.
* MythologyGag: In an early episode of the dub, a couple mistakes the digital fog for the Northern Lights. The original [=DigiDestined=] of Anime/DigimonAdventure mistook the lights they saw before being taken to the digital world as the Northern Lights as well.
** Kari/Hikari from ''Adventure'' and ''Adventure 02'' wanted to be a teacher (and became a Kindergarten teacher in the epilogue). In ''Tamers'' Takato's teacher bears a striking resemblance to an adult Kari, and in the American dub is even voiced by her actress Creator/LaraJillMiller.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: With the exception of [[spoiler: Antylamon]], Zhuqiaomon and the Devas, particularly Caturamon, are responsible for the [[spoiler:D-Reaper's empowerment and rampage in the real world]]. [[spoiler:Indramon's curb-stomping of Impmon leaves him so desperate he accepts Caturamon's bargain to kill the Tamers in exchange for power]], which led to [[spoiler:Leomon's death and Jeri's ensuing breakdown, which fed and accelerated the D-Reaper's evolution after it captured her]]. Worse yet [[spoiler:the combined assault on Hypnos by Makuramon, Vikaralamon and Zhuqiaomon crippled Hypnos's system, leaving them unable to help the Tamers while they rebuilt their infrastructure, and ultimately left them wide open to the D-Reaper's initial attack on the real world]].
* TheNicknamer: Ebonwumon, Mr. Analyse [=McTroperton=] (in the dub, anyway).
* NightmareDreams
* NinjaMaid: Renamon, Lopmon
* NoAntagonist: For the first 13 episodes. One of the reasons this series is unusual; the protagonists initial struggle is in how to deal with the fact that Digimon are real, and this may have been one of the reasons why the start is widely considered to be slow.
* NoBiologicalSex: All of the Digimon, although the more human-looking ones often have gender identities.
** And, in the dub, ''all'' of them do, since English doesn't have any gender neutral pronouns that wouldn't sound disrespectful.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Guilmon, Renamon, and Impmon get one each at some points in the series. The cast as a whole gets it even more.
* NonSerialMovie: As stated above the second movie was made without the involvement of the original staff, and aired in theaters weeks before the last episode aired on television in Japan.
* NotQuiteDead: Vajramon manages to hold on after what looked like death.
* NumerologicalMotif / RuleOfThree: The number three:
** This is the third television season of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''.
** There are three main human tamers.
** There are three backup human tamers ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And Ryo]]).
** There are three core members of Hypnos.
** Yuggoth is conceptualized as three interlinked spheres.
** The Devas all have three horns on their heads.
** The three main tamers and their digimon take on Mihiramon, one team at a time. Takato and [=WarGrowlmon=] go last, and they win.
** Beelzemon has three eyes.
** The three main Digimon have a team attack called Trinity Burst.
** The Crystal Matrix on Calumon's forehead and Rapidmon's Tribeam attack are both triangles. Not to mention the triangular shape of the Digital Hazard symbol on the chest of Guilmon et al.
* OffingTheMouth: Beelzemon does this to [[spoiler:Makuramon]].
-->'''[[spoiler: Makuramon]]''': What are you doing? If you continue this fight, not only will this domain of our gods be destroyed, but the whole world!\\
'''Beelzemon''': Shut up...\\
'''[[spoiler: Makuramon]]''': Foolish Chatsuramon... Why did he allow you to evolve?\\
'''Beelzemon''': I said shut up! *Grabs [[spoiler: Makuramon]]'s head and crushes it*
* OffModel: In general, the animation of ''Tamers'' is more off-model than the others where faces are concerned. In particular, out of the nine animation teams, the one directed[[note]]in most anime, the animation director is responsible for all drawing all key frames with in-betweens being left to the other animators[[/note]] by [[http://digitalscratch.pmsinfirm.org/?p=3059 Toshio Deguchi]] (also responsible for many off-model OnePiece episodes) consistently pumps out subpar animation. The most glaring examples are episode 15 as well as the ''last'' episode. This is especially obvious when compared to the best animation teams, which are noted for smooth animation and having realistic shading everywhere (see AnimationBump above).
** In the last episode, the left half of Takato's face ''visibly wobbles''.
** In one episode, Beelzemon was missing his tail twice.
* OhCrap: The Chrysalimon against Beelzemon after the latter fires a few shots at them.
* OlderSidekick: Yamaki, Riley, and Tally (Post HeelFaceTurn), and the Wild Bunch/Monster Makers. Hilariously enough, once he's convinced of their maturity, Yamaki seems to get along better with the kids than most other adults.
* OlderThanTheyLook: For Rookie level digimon, Renamon and Guilmon are much larger and developed than the norm. They could be easily confused for Champion-levels. Guilmon of course was born at a higher level than most other digimon.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: In the Japanese version, Impmon calls Makoto "Mako-chan." The dubbers must not have realized it was a nickname/term of endearment because everyone, even people who don't know him (like Henry's sensei), calls him "Mako" in the dub. Impmon even introduces him as "Mako" to Takato and the gang.
* {{Orochi}}...mon.
* OutOfClothesExperience: The Tamers were completely naked when merged with their Digimon and during a soul-searching experience before Biomerging in the real world for the first time. The dub, surprisingly, retained these moments.
* OutOfFocus: Ai and Mako show up in person in a total of four times in the show, two times without dialogue.
* PapaWolf: Don't even try to hurt Henry, not even indirectly by hurting somebody he loves. [[IKnowKungFu His dad knows martial arts]].
** Upon discovering that [[spoiler:his daughter]] has been taken, Mr. Katou ''drives his car into the D-Reaper at full speed''.
* ParentalHypocrisy: Usually on display through Janyu, or, as JesuOtaku frequently puts it:
--> '''JesuOtaku''': Lying to your children/parents! ...It's a thing now.
* ParentsAsPeople: While it's extremely common in children's media for a kid to lose a parent, [[DeconstructedTrope it's extremely]] ''[[DeconstructedTrope un]]''[[DeconstructedTrope common to show what the realistic consequences would be]]. See DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou.
* PhantomZone: The Digital World.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: The [[spoiler:D-Reaper]] is scary enough even before you realize that ''it runs on the misery of a depressed little girl''. And it does everything in it's power to ''increase'' said misery, going (arguably) beyond [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion NGE]] levels.
* PowerCopying:
** A human running a digimon card through a digivice results in his or her partner temporary gaining the attacks of the digimon depicted on the card.
** Beelzemon can steal attacks from the Digimon he kills if he is also able to absorb their data. [[spoiler: That's how he's able to use Fist Of The Beast King after killing Leomon]]
* PrecisionFStrike: An unusual GoshDangItToHeck example in the dub:
-->'''Beelzemon''': "I'm gonna save you Jeri, '''''IF IT'S THE LAST THING I FREAKIN' DO!'''''"
* PreviouslyOn: Davis does the narration in the dub. Rika would do the same for ''[[Anime/DigimonFrontier Frontier]]''.
* PropheticNames
* ProtagonistPowerUpPrivileges: Downplayed compared to most other seasons. Takato and Guilmon are the only ones whose bio-merge gets a SuperMode.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: In both the dubbed and original versions, Beelzemon [[spoiler:[[CallingYourAttacks calls]] Leomon's Beast King Fist in such a halting manner. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "Juu! Ou! Ken!"/"Fist! Of the! Beast King!"]]]]
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Yamaki reunites the Monster Makers, sans Shibumi, after twenty years in hopes of learning of a way to contain the Digimon. The group is happy about the reunion.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Devas. They run the gamut from laughably pathetic (Kumbhiramon, Pajiramon), to credible threats (Vajramon, Indramon, Vikaralamon), to outright [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastards]] (Makuramon, Caturamon). And one [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turner]] (Antylamon)
* RealPlaceBackground: The iconic Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building. Also, many other locations from Digimon Tamers exist in real life Shinjuku, such as [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/loction/SJ_082.jpg Guilmon's hideout]], [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/loction/SJ_107.jpg Henry's apartment building]], [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/loction/SJ_059.jpg Takato and Henry's school]], [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/loction/SJ_114.jpg The street Takato lives on]], and [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/loction/SJ_051.jpg the park Takato, Kazu and Kenta played in]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: When Beelzemon first appears, he has red eyes and is bent on eliminating the tamers and their digimon (though later gets green eyes after his about-face). Somewhat subverted with Takato; while he's generally the kindest and most innocent of the three main tamers, God help you if you ''do'' make him mad...
* RedHerring: Impmon factors ominously in the early promotional material (as seen above), but proves to be rather pathetic as a villain...until he [[TookALevelInBadass Takes A Level In Badass]] [[spoiler:and became Beelzemon]].
** Further [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the fact that Impmon [[spoiler: as Beelzemon]] was originally planned to become the BigBad of the series.
* RedemptionDemotion: When Antylamon turns against her master, the Sovereign, she de-digivolves to Lopmon. However, in the face of a mutual enemy, she is allowed her digivolution back. In the midst of getting over HonorBeforeReason, when Andromon becomes Kazu's partner, he de-digivolves to Guardromon.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Almost for [[spoiler:Beelzemon. While desperately trying to save Jeri to atone for killing Leomon, he suffers a fatal attack to his back. His data disintegrates, and he plummets into the D-Reaper mass. Grani manages to save him, and he instead reverts to Impmon]].
* RedemptionEqualsLife: Antylamon turns against Zhuqiaomon, and is the only Deva to not be destroyed.
** [[spoiler: Beelzemon, who as mentioned above averts RedemptionEqualsDeath, although this sort of works the opposite way as well in which he does his HeelFaceTurn BECAUSE his life is spared.]]
* RedemptionPromotion: Not a "redemption" per se, but when Impmon agrees to serve the Sovereign, he recieves a Betrayal Promotion. A bit more involved than [[PowerOfFriendship If Friendship Then Upgrades]].
** Then he gets a true Promotion after making amends with his Tamers.
* RefugeInAudacity: How does Takato take Guilmon out for walks around the city? He just does, he walks around with him. ''Right next to him. In plain view.'' He tells a couple of curious kids that Guilmon's actually [[ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself just a really good cosplayer]]; other then the occasional odd stare, nothing ever comes of this.
** Subverted in the case of Jen and Terriermon, due to the latter's insistence on being a HeadPet. In one episode Jen remarks that people are giving him weird looks due to Terriermon being on his head.
* RememberTheNewGuy: In part because [[NoExportForYou the games detailing his backstory never left Japan]], Ryo. Some may have remembered him in Adventure 02 (If you blinked, you probably missed it) but outside of that, he has no foreshadowing and comes completely out of nowhere while the characters react to Ryo like he was always there.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Sandiramon is the only Deva who uses his last words to taunt his enemies. Guilmon gets a pass from this trope by being a dinosaur, although he is a virus-type nonetheless.
** Orochimon is particularly nasty even by enemy digimon standards, being a bullying alchoholic who manipulates a tribe of Gekomon.
* RescueArc: The second major arc begins with the Tamers entering the Digital World to get Calumon back from the Devas.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Culumon, Guilmon, Terriermon, Lopmon, and [=MarineAngemon=].
* RocketJump: Gargomon uses his canons to do a RocketJump to the top of a skyscraper.
* RunningGag: Guilmon or Takato wondering if Takato can/should have redesigned him whenever a problem occurs (ie, needs longer legs so he can run faster).
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Leomon]].
* SadlyMythtaken: Renamon's Ultimate(Japanese) / Mega(English), Sakuyamon, is named for Konohanasakuya-hime, the cherry blossom princess which keeps Mount Fuji from erupting. Sakuyamon takes the form of a humanoid clad in fox themed garments that makes use of Onmyodo magic, neither of which Konohanasakuya-hime was associated with.
* SaveBothWorlds
* ScaryShinyGlasses:
** This is Yamaki's defining trait through out the first half of the season.
** Takato's googles make him scary (really!) when they shine. Just watch one of his card-slashes (or digimodify) closely, or even in slow motion.
* ShapeshifterModeLock: "Not As Seen On TV"
* ShesAManInJapan:
** Lopmon.
** Renamon is voiced by a man in Germany, which starts sounding rather bizarre in its [[GenderBender Mega-level]].
** Calumon/Culumon sounds distinctly more boyish in the English dub than the original, though both are fairly ambiguous.
* ShipTease: Present in the American dub:
** There appears to be a slight but long-running one between Renamon and Impmon in the series' second half.
** One between Guilmon and Renamon.
---> '''Terriermon''': "Renamon and Guilmon, sittin' in a tree..."
** Between humans, there's some chemistry between Takato and Jeri and some overt teasing between Rika and Ryo, mostly Ryo teasing Rika and Rika threatening him in return).
** The [[CanonDiscontinuity second movie]] has several scenes between Rika and Takato, [[spoiler: Takato saving Rika from falling to her death and [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan shouting at Her]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome while hanging on to keep her from falling off of a]] '''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome speeding train]]''' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome as she BEGS him to let her go]]]]. However, the later CD Drama ''[[RetCon Message In A Packet]]'' re-focuses the Jurato and Ryuki.
* ShowWithinAShow: The American dub explains the new universe by implying that the first two seasons were in fact just a TV series watched by the kids in this show. The original Japanese just mentions that Digimon is a card game and a series of video-games, never confirming a TV series based on.
** The lead writer, Chiaki J. Konaka, [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/character-e.html has stated]] that he felt that linking ''Tamers'' to ''Adventure'' would be a disservice to both long-time Digimon fans and children just introduced by ''Tamers'', and that giving into these requests would be dishonest of the creators. And now, [[BatFamilyCrossover Xros Wars]] implies this to be the cause, both in the Dub and Sub versions.
* ShownTheirWork: And how! There's more details on the ShownTheirWork main page, but you can also look at GeniusBonus in ''Tamers''' YMMV page and the lead writer's [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/ minisite on the show]].
* {{Shout Out}}s: See the [[ShoutOut/DigimonTamers subpage]] for details.
* SilentWhisper: Subverted in episode 14: "Grow Mon Grow". When Terriermon whispers to Henry, the words are actually intelligible to the audience before Henry repeats them aloud to Takato.
* SixthRanger: Ryo
* TheSlowWalk: Done by Gallantmon
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Henry and Suzie's Chinese names, Jiànliáng and Xiǎochūn Lǐ.
* SpoilerOpening: Everyone's evolutions are previewed—Gallantmon, [=MegaGargomon=], Sakuyamon and Beelzemon (even worse, Blast Mode) all appear in the opening of the very first episode, but they're [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen obscured by shadows]] until the start of the Digital World arc at which point, all bets were off. Jeri, Kazu, and Suzie are shown with Digivices--again, this would eventually happen; Beelzemon is teased as a major threat--[[KnightOfCerebus and boy-howdy is he ever]]; right after his appearance the [[spoiler:D-Reaper]] is shown taking over the Hypnos building. It even correctly predicts Jeri and Kazu getting Leomon and Guardromon as Digimon partners--even when [[Creator/ChiakiKonaka Konaka]] had no intention of [[ThrowItIn involving them in the story]] beyond bit parts.
* SpoilerTitle: The Japanese title of episode 34, "The Kind-Hearted Hero, [[spoiler: Leomon Dies]]".
** The images behind the titles also spoil new developments every few episodes. With the help of the [[SpoilerOpening spoiler opening]] you can figure out which of the main characters' digimon will be reaching the next level that episode.
* SliceOfLife: This ''is'' what [[WordOfGod Chiaki Konaka wanted]], and succeeded spectacularly, at introducing in the series.
* StarfishAliens: The [[spoiler: D-Reaper]] and Digignomes.
* StationaryWings: Judging from the visuals, it would seem that Digimon with flight abilities can accelerate air across their skins.
* {{Synchronization}}: Bio-Merging again
* SwirlyEnergyThingy: One episode featured an anomaly of the Hypnos mainframe that manifested in a tunnel and abducted Guilmon, keeping him bound in web-like strands in a [[WhiteVoidRoom white void]] inside itself.
* TacticalRockPaperScissors: You know how Digimon are supposed to have either vaccine, data, or virus attributes that behave this way? In most of the TV shows they're completely ignored, but in this season it actually makes a noticeable difference in battles, though it's [[GeniusBonus only obvious if you're a really dedicated fan]]. For example, when vaccine attribute Rapidmon uses an attack against two devas at once, virus attribute Pajiramon is deleted instantly, while fellow vaccine attribute Vajramon is only badly injured and is able to reform later. Soon after, data attribute Taomon proceeds to defeat him with ease.
* TakeMyHand: Culumon, when [[spoiler:Takato is struggling to get on the Ark]].
** Then later, Beelzemon to [[spoiler:Jeri]], in one of the most emotional scenes in the whole season.
* TakeThat: The final episode is a TakeThat to StatusQuoIsGod and [[ShaggyDogStory "everything is back to normal" endings]].
** In the dub version of episode 21 ("Jeri's Quest"), both Jeri and Takato make comments on how over-designed and bizarre-looking Kumbhiramon looks. Since these lines were not in the original version, we can assume it was the translators poking fun.
* TailSlap: Mihiramon's Samurai Tiger Tail, which he nearly kills Renamon and Terriermon with.
** Renamon does this to a Flybeemon, and as Kyubimon she does this to Vajramon
** Also Allomon does this to Renamon.
** And Horn Striker does this to Justimon as well.
* TenderTears: In the first act or so, Takato can barely go two episodes without crying for one reason or another. He toughens up a bit after CharacterDevelopment, but still remains the series' most sensitive major character.
* TermsOfEndangerment: [=IceDevimon=]. It's scary.
* [[ThatManIsDead That Mon Is Dead]]: [[spoiler:Beelzemon about Impmon]].
* ThemeTuneCameo: "Yuuhi no Yakusoku" in the second movie.
* TheyLookLikeUsNow: Happens twice. The first time is [[{{Gonk}} Makuramon's human disguise]]--it doesn't really pass muster, and falls into UncannyValley territory, even in-universe. The Tamers know there's something wrong with him, they just don't catch onto ''what'' is wrong until it's too late. The second time is even worse. [[spoiler: The D-Reaper's copy of Jeri]] was perfect except for being very pale and having creepy mannerisms, which are written off as her simply being broken with grief. Takato doesn't clue into what's really going on until [[spoiler: she sprouts wings and nearly {{Mind Rape}}s him]].
* [[ThisIsADrill This Is Digmon's Drill]]
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Renamon will routinely cite this reason for not participating in some battles. The most plot-relevant example is her standing back and letting Impmon fight Indramon alone. Rika has to goad her into intervening out of concern for Impmon's life.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Kazu and Kenta.
* TokyoTower: Actually it's Tokyo's ominously-designed city hall that's featured prominently throughout the series.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Rika and Jeri
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: In Japanese, episode 33's OnTheNext spoiled [[spoiler: Leomon's death]].
* TransformationNameAnnouncement
* TroubleFollowsYouHome: Sweet Jesus, [[EldritchAbomination did it ever]]!
* TrueCompanions
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: One of the underlying themes of the show (particularly in regard to the adult characters) is the responsibility that comes with creating life, and what happens if that life you created turns against you, of which Zhuqiaomon and the [[spoiler:D-Reaper]] are [[GoneHorriblyRight examples]].
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: According to Konaka, the series is set in 200X.
* TheUnfought: Technically speaking, although he plays the largest villainous role of all the Devas, the Tamers never fight Makuramon, aside from Leomon charging after him and taking the force of his attack, and Antylamon fighting him off to protect Suzie (before she becomes Suzie's partner). The only damage Makuramon ever receives [[spoiler: before Beelzemon kills him]] is when Suzie bites him.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: One early episode had Takato taking Guilmon out in public just to see what the reaction would be. The kids thought it was awesome, [[WeirdnessCensor the adults passed it off as animatronic or something.]]
* UnwittingPawn: The Monster Makers to Yamaki. The Makers think they're being brought together to help study the Digimon, and find a way to contain them. What they don't know is Yamaki is using their knowledge to ''wipe all Digimon out''.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Zhuqiaomon and Yamaki.
* WhamEpisode: "Lionheart". The kids are on an adventure in the Digital World! Jeri's even got her own partner, Leomon! They've fought some bad digimon along the way, but everything always turns out all right. [[spoiler:Then Beelzemon kills Leomon, Takato's rage causes Guilmon to digivolve into a mindlessly destructive Megidramon, and Jeri suffers an HeroicBSOD that will take her the rest of the series to snap out of]]. The group's innocence is quite violently lost.
* VerbalTic:
** In the American dub, Guilmon adds "-mon" to everyone's names. Lampshaded by his voice actor, Creator/SteveBlum. Guilmon drops the -mon bit after one scene in the Japanese version. Instead, he speaks in childishly in third-person and occasionally makes sounds like "giru".
** "Culululu~"
** In the original Japanese, geko.
* VictorGainsLosersPowers: Beelzemon could perform the attacks of the Digimon he absorbed, including [[spoiler:Leomon's Fist of the Beast King, which he uses to try to break Jeri out of the D-Reaper Kernel Sphere.)]] It's implied that any Digimon could do this, but Beelzemon's the only one who does it on-screen.
* VillainousBreakdown: Yamaki gets closer and closer to this as the series goes, culminating when Juggernaut does not work as planned and he actually grabs Henry by the throat before stumbling away and yelling at himself. He does not, however, go through one [[spoiler: when he's fired after his building is destroyed. Instead he mopes in his apartment until Riley says something that snaps him out of it enough to do a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* VillainousRescue: Makuramon shuts down Hypnos when Juggernaut is about to destroy [=WarGrowlmon=], Rapidmon, and Taomon. Granted, his intent may have been to save Vikaralamon, who was also under attack from Juggernaut, but [=WarGrowlmon=] killed Vikaralamon shortly after.
* WalkIntoCameraObstruction:
** "Digimon, Digimon Everywhere" with Takato when Kazu yells for him to hurry up because they're late for class.
** "Boar Wars" where Jeri is chasing after the weird kid in the red hat.
* WalkingAwayShot: In the movie Runaway Locomon after a fantasy of Rika singing, "You promised that you'd stay for the sunset."
* WhatMeasureIsNonHuman: Data vs. DNA is a major theme in this series.
* WickedStepmother: Inverted; Jeri's stepmother is actually an extremely kind person, it's ''Jeri'' who doesn't want anything to do with her.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: The Tamers reflect upon their histories and adventures before their first biomerges in the physical world. All three speeches have elements of this trope, but Henry's speech in particular has him come to the realization that he has to stop holding back if he wants any chance of winning.
* YankTheDogsChain: After Dobermon's sacrifice, Alice begins to feel glum. The light show that was once Dobermon reforms into its head, licks her face, and sticks around long enough to hear her say "Oh Dobermon, you came back?" before ''exploding again''.
* YouAreNotAlone: One of the main themes of Tamers, particularly in Jeri's case.
* YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou: What the main characters say to their parents in the American dub.
* ZeroesAndOnes: Apparently, it's actual ASCII code. Yamaki isn't amused.
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