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Anime: Digimon Adventure

"In the summer of that year, strange things happened all over Earth."

Seven ordinary kids are caught up in a strange snowstorm while attending summer camp and get sucked through a portal into the Digital World, a fantasy world populated by sentient monsters called Digimon. Armed with the mysterious "Digivices" and seven Digimon who are sworn to protect them, the kids try to survive in this new and exotic world until they can find a way home.

Over time, the kids slowly come to understand their role as the "Digidestined" of legend, fighting not only a number of hostile Digimon but their own fears, insecurities and character flaws. But when the conflicts in the Digital World spill over into the Human World, the stakes are raised and the kids must decide what they are willing to sacrifice if they want to Save Both Worlds.

The first anime series in the Digimon franchise, adapted from the virtual pets. It was followed up by Digimon Adventure 02, and was accompanied by a pair of Short Anime Movies.

A straight-up anniversary adaptation of the series for the Playstation Portable was announced, developed by Yuji Naka's studio, Propenote , and will feature the events from every episode, all eight Chosen Children as playable characters, as well as Our War Game as an additional chapter, as well as an unlockable bonus chapter featuring the main characters of the other Digimon anime series.note 

And coming Spring 2015, to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the series, a sequel series featuring a 17-year old Taichi will be airing.

The English dub is currently rerunning on Nicktoons (in primetime, even!) as part of the leadup to the eventual debut of Digimon Fusion, referred to by the network and Saban Brands as Digimon Adventures note . Both the English dub and an official subbed version are available for streaming on Netflix. Saban is currently promoting Digimon Adventures through the official Digimon Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.

See also: the character sheet. All tropes related to a single character should be added there instead of here.


Provides Examples Of:

  • Abandoned Hospital: In the Dark Masters arc, Tai and Izzy find one while searching for medicine for Kari.
  • Abridged Series: From the makers of Geass Twist and Bleachers, there's an entertaining one here.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Numemon and Sukamon are both attracted to Mimi and ask her out on dates.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Digimon Adventure was supposed to consist of just the 30-minute movie, but the producers decided to turn it into a television show too. And what great results came out of that!
  • Adults Are Useless: Subverted. The children are generally the only ones who can save the world, but the parents are actually relatively important too. The kids revere their parents and once in a while they can help a little too.
  • Adult Fear: A good deal of them come up, mainly in the Myotismon arc where the parents find out the danger their kids have gotten into.
  • Aesoptinum: The Digivices and Crests.
  • Alternate Universe: See the main Digimon entry.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song
  • All There in the Manual: A lot of side information (details about the Chosen Children, about the Digital World, who Gennai and his old comrades were, etc.) was revealed in things like drama CDs, character songs, novels and such. The dub accordingly missed out on a lot.
  • And I Must Scream: Piedmon turned the children, their partners and Andromon into keychains with the intention of keeping them like that forever as part of his "collection". He gets this turned right back at him, when he's thrown into HolyAngemon's Heaven's Gate, a portal to subspace from which he can never escape. And since Digimon are pretty much immortal, barring being killed outright...
  • Animation Bump: Episode 21 was directed by Mamoru Hosoda, who made the first two Digimon films. The quality of the artwork was considered by many to be a huge improvement, but Hosoda only directed one episode due to creative differences between his style and the style of the series as a whole. This episode is in some ways comparable to the Dark Ocean episode in Adventure 02, directed by Chiaki Konaka.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: Some of Piedmon's Vilemon army eagerly chase after some Gekomon in the final battle... then are seen being chased themselves by the bigger Digimon also taking part in the battle.
  • Anyone Can Die: Mostly during the Dark Masters arc.
  • Apocalypse How: X-5 Apocalymon attempted to destroy both the digital and real worlds with an explosion which was contained by the Digivices.
  • Artistic Age: The Pilot Movie, set 4 years before the start of the series, featured a 7-year old Tai and a 4-year old Kari. Due to the drastic style difference (chubby bodies, very small hands and feet) both looked much younger. This wasn't helped by the fact that Kari was seen in a high chair and barely had any dialogue, being portrayed more like a toddler. It could be justified by the fact that the series hadn't established its characters yet, so Kari might have been intended to be a toddler in the movie before the show set her present age to 8, retroactively making her 4 in the film.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever
  • Balloon Belly: It happens to Tai and Agumon whenever they gorge themselves, which is fairly often.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Apocalymon created the Dark Masters, who attacked the Agents in an attempt to steal the Digieggs, tags, and crests. Gennai escaped with them to File Island but dropped Gatomon, who was later found by Myotismon, who had taken over the Agents' abandoned complex and turned it into his castle. Etemon took control over the Dark Network and used it to rule over the Server. Devimon took over File Island using the Black Gears and succeeded in stealing the tags and crests from Gennai and scattering them across Server.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The kids save both of the worlds from Apocalymon and the Digital World reformats so it can start over in peace with the absence of the evil Digimon, but they have to leave the Digital World and their Digimon friends behind, seemingly forever. Fortunately, the next show fixes this.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Matt, Tai, and Izzy, respectively.
  • Black Bug Room: Matt, and a little later, Sora, find themselves in one when they succumb to their respective despair.
  • Bookends: The kids spend their last day in the digital world in the place where they spent their first night.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Everyone infected with a Black Gear gets this by default, but two examples stand out above the others:
    • Leomon was stuffed with multiple black gears, causing him to grow, turn grey and become even more Ax-Crazy.
    • Meramon suddenly feels all the fire burning on his body when infected. When you mix a sudden case of the evils with feeling like your entire body is on fire (which it is), it sends him into Ax-Crazy.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Tai didn't exactly go out of his way to get back to the digital world after beating Etemon at first.
  • Calling Your Attacks
  • Car Fu: Attempted by Mimi's father against a DarkTyrannomon... in a golf cart. It doesn't work.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: In the English version.
  • Cassandra Truth: Demi Devimon's influence causes this with T.K. and Tokomon and later Joe and Matt.
  • Central Theme: Each crest is governed by these. The most obscure are Knowledge (wisdom, curiosity, knowledge, critical thinking, awareness of and engagement in immediate surroundings, using the aforementioned to help others) and Light (the advancement of all that is good and right).
  • Cheerful Child: TK and Kari.
  • The Chessmaster:
    • Myotismon is frequently one step ahead of the children, and even manages to overcome his own daytime weaknesses by plunging their home city into permanent fog.
    • Machinedramon, who uses Izzy's laptop connection to pinpoint his and Tai's location, and thus to direct his forces to them.
  • Clip Its Wings: Angewomon gets impaled on the wall by her wings, courtesy of Piedmon. Puppetization followed soon after.
  • Cold Open: The original version of the finale holds the title card until after Apocalymon's death. The dub's last two episodes premiered in America as a pair; Fox Kids bridged them by skipping the intro to the finale.
  • Colour Coded Characters: All the Digidestined have colors that correspond to them, based on their Crests.
  • Combined Energy Attack: Three times!
  • Cool Big Sis: Patamon thinks of Biyomon like this, asking himself "What would Biyomon do?" when he and TK are stranded. Her solution, of course, wouldn't have done Patamon any good at the time.
  • Conspicuous CG: Greymon and Garurumon's evolutions to Perfect level, as well as their warp-evolutions, use 3D animation. It looks... rather out of place, given that every other Digimon use traditional hand-drawn animation in their Perfect evolution sequences. This would later be repeated in Adventure 02, Tamers and Savers, with Paildramon/Imperialdramon, Guilmon and Terriermon's lines, and ShineGreymon and MirageGaogamon's Burst Modes respectively.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Toy Town under Black Gear Monzaemon
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Omnimon vs. a million Diaboromon. And it's not Omnimon who's on the losing end.
    • The clones are wiped out by the first round of fire while the original is untouched. The clones were presumably a lot weaker than the "real" Diaboromon.
    • Garudamon and Garurumon were on the receiving end of one when they first fought Snimon and Tuskmon.
  • Cyberspace
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Towards the end, Gennai makes a point about how Virus-attribute Digimon aren't necessarily evil. It's seen most prominently in the Gekomon and Otamamon and later Ogremon.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Infermon in Our War Game, for tricking them into thinking he was just an Adult, then when they figured it out and tried to match him, averting Transformation Is a Free Action. Tai actually complains about the unfairness in the original. To top it all off, he RUNS OFF GIGGLING RIGHT AFTERWARDS, before the smoke even clears. That's right, he knew it worked even before Tai and Izzy could see the results. He just gets even more so from there. Now that he's aware they're keeping track of him through the internet? Disrupt the phone network to disable their ability to access the internet. They use a military satellite uplink to get around that? Stop fucking around and use that same uplink to hack the military and Nuke 'em. They're coming to kill you before the nuke hits? Multiply like hell and crush them with sheer numbers.
    • Machinedramon as well. Every previous villain has let the children live long enough for their Evil Gloating. Machinedramon has no interest in gloating, preferring to just shoot them... with immediate, overwhelming, and tactically-deployed firepower.
    • Apocalymon in the final battle was surprisingly cunning as well. He directly attacked the children, thus forcing the digimon to become human shields and leave themselves defenseless to his attacks. The kids in turn got Genre Savvy right back at him and rode on their Digimon for the second battle, rendering this tactic useless.
    • Angewomon has had this on two occasions. She cuts off her opponent midsentence during Calling Your Attacks by calling hers faster. In both cases it resulted in her victory.
  • Deadly Upgrade: When Greymon was pressured into evolving by Taichi, he changed into the dark SkullGreymon, a mindless monster. When it evolved "naturally", he became his true Perfect form, MetalGreymon.
  • Dead Sidekick: TK witnesses Angemon's death. Although he later comes back to life.
  • Devour the Dragon: Devimon to Ogremon temporarily, and VenomMyotismon to DemiDevimon permanently.
  • Deus ex Machina: The Digivices and Crests. They're supposed to make the Digimon be able to digivolve but they come with a load more nifty tricks that are never elaborated on.
    • Against Devimon, they served to give more power to Angemon even though he was established later on as being a very powerful Digimon. One would think he could get the job done by himself.
    • Against Venommyotismon, when the chosen children were defeated, the Crests suddenly acted up and physically restrained the giant when their own Digimon couldn't do that...
    • Against Apocalymon, he threatened both worlds with some suicide attack, the digivices ended up forming some barrier to contain him.
    • There is also the episode where Kari gains some power that releases a light to give Digimon more strength. Agumon used this light to warp digivolve and defeat Machinedramon.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Devimon, Myotismon, and Piedmon. In the film, Diaborumon [Diablomon] - appropriately enough - trumps them all.
  • Diabolus Ex Nihilo: Apocalymon. Absolutely no hint that he even existed until the last three episodes, then bam they're fighting him. This was partially induced by Executive Meddling; the plan was to have a proper lead-up to him and explain his connection to the Dark Masters.
  • Didn't Want an Adventure: A good chunk of both Mimi and Joe's complaints.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: The Agumon line, though none of the forms had the "dra" syllable that marks it having some aspect of dragons.
    • Ironically, WarGreymon, his Mega form, has a pair of claws called the Dramon Destroyers that are extremely effective at destroying Dramon.
  • Disaster Democracy: Taichi is voted leader at Vamdemon's castle, and slowly grows into this role.
  • Distress Ball: WarGreymon participates in every fight with the Dark Masters. He spends most of each fight firmly clenched between teeth, manipulated by an opponent, paralyzed by hunger or transmogrified into a key-chain. His allies have to rush to his rescue due to his rushing into fights, sometimes with a tragic outcome.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Many ally Digimon in the Dark Masters arc.
    • Also, Phantomon. He was killed by being too close to an attack aimed at somebody else.
  • Dub Name Change: Many. Some notable ones:
    • Chosen Children -> DigiDestined
      • Spanish latinamerica dub keep the Chosen Children instact
    • Evolve -> Digivolve
    • Plotmon -> Salamon
    • Tailmon -> Gatomon
    • Vamdemon -> Myotismon (and by extension, VenomVamdemon and BelialVamdemon-> VenomMyotismon and MaloMyotismon)
    • Pinocchimon -> Puppetmon
    • Mugendramon -> Machinedramon
    • Death Meramon -> Skull Meramon
    • Holy Angemon -> Magna Angemon
    • Surprisingly averted with the main children, though in a roundabout way. The dub kept their Japanese names intact, and the "English" names they use are simply nicknames. Tai and Kari's surname was changed from 'Yagami' to 'Kamiya', though that was due to a mistranslation, and was not a conscious decision.
      • But adverted in the spanish latinamerican dub where they are Tai Kamiya, Kari Kamiya, Joe Kido, Izzi Izumy, ans do on.
    • From the Movie we have.
      • Diablomon -> Diaboromon
      • Omegamon -> Omnimon
    • Justified Trope - Evolve was changed to Digivolve to avoid confusion with Pokemon.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: Matt's father knowing who Gabumon was, during the Real World Arc, which lead to many speculations that Matt's dad was a Digidestined. There's also Mimi's throwaway comment about her little brother early on in the series, prior to the clarification that she's actually an only child. The important ones are corrected or ignored when the situation arises.
  • Dub Text: Matt and TK being half brothers. Hmm, no wonder the parents divorced and their mom kept TK. The dub later abandoned this and reverted them to being proper brothers.
    • But in the spanish latinamerican dub, they call one each other as bothers but they parents are divorces and keep TK, but call bother to your half bother in spanish is sign of faternity bethween bothers.
  • Elite Mooks: Snimon and Tuskmon. Snimon is able to take down Garudamon despite only being an adult level while Tuskmon throws Garurumon around like a ragdoll, forcing Kari to give herself up to Vamdemon. The second time they clash with three of the Chosen Children who engage the two as a distraction. WereGarurumon opens with a sucker punch to both Digimon, which they both shrug off. This time around, Garudamon handles Tuskmon on her own, leaving Zudomon and WereGarurumon to fight the more powerful Snimon. Even after being outnumbered by three Digimon each an evolution level higher, they still manage to keep the three Digimon and their children tied down long enough for the other children to climb to the top of the Fuji TV Station before they are incapacitated.
  • Empathic Weapon: The Mons themselves.
  • Everything's Better With Etemon: Or worse, depending on whether you were in the show or not.
  • Everything is Online: Justified in that the Digital World arises from the Earth's various communications systems, so Digimon could theoretically affect all electronic systems (the Pilot Movie shows strong interference with electronics whenever a Digimon evolves or emerges). On the other hand, there's Our War Game. Diablomon was explicitly stated to exist on the Internet... so what are Ferris wheels, nuclear missiles, and supermarket scanners doing hooked up to the Internet? In 2000?!
  • Evil Brit: Ther only character to speak with a non-American accent is the Big Bad of the fourth arc, Piedmon, who appears to spend most of his time doing a whimsical Tim Curry impression.
  • Evil vs. Evil: MetalEtemon vs. Puppetmon in the Dark Masters Arc. Probably not the only time, but notable in that it's the only time two Big Bads fought each other.
    • Etemon vs. Datamon on more then one occasion.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: WarGreymon's Dramon Killer claws are extremely effective at...well, destroying Dramon type Digimon.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Thanks to Day Inside, Minute Outside, even though the Digi-Destined feel like they've been adventuring for months, the whole series actually only takes place over a few days in real time.
  • Eye Catch: Mildly spoileriffic for the first arc.
  • Fake Kill Scare: When Kari surrenders to Myotismon, he asks the already-captured Gatomon if she really is the eighth DigiDestined so he can kill her. Being Kari's partner, Gatomon tries to protect Kari by pretending she's never met her before. With a snap of Myotismon's fingers, Kari screams and Gatomon blurts out her name in horror, only to find DemiDevimon was just tugging on Kari's hair.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: In the dub, Pinocchimon/Puppetmon's gun is removed. This goes so far that when he reaches for bullets to reload, the shot cuts off and he says (from offscreen) that he's itching his legs.
  • Field Power Effect
  • Flashback
  • Foreshadowing: In the episode "Evil Shows His Face" the kids walk into a mansion and TK comments on the beauty of an angel painting. Patamon asks what an angel is, which TK then explains. Guess who later evolves into an angel. This also references something explained in expanded universe materials about Devimon - he's a fallen Angemon.
    • Also in "Evil Shows His Face" there are 8 beds but only 7 children ... at the time.
      • Subversion. Word of God said Hikari was not originally planned to join the group, so the 8 beds was likely just for coordination.
    • In Episode 2, "Garurumon", when they encounter the trolley car Tai suggests that it might be their way home.
    • Once the Digital World appears in the sky, there are reaction shots from New York City, Paris, and Moscow. Each city is featured in an episode of the Digimon World Tour.
  • Fur Against Fang: WereGarurumon vs. Myotismon in episode 33. Notably, WereGarurumon was shown to be the only partner Digimon able to evenly handle Myotismon in single combat at the time, a further nod to this trope.
  • Gag Dub / Woolseyism: The Saban dub is overall something of a hybrid in this regard, there were times when it acted silly - but it did definitely know how to be heartbreakingly serious when it had to be, not to mention its general aversion of Never Say "Die".
    • The dub was dubbed by the same company who worked on Samurai Pizza Cats so all the added humor in the dub shouldn't come off as very surprising.
  • Game Breaker: In-universe. That's basically what happens when someone enters the Digital World while holding a laptop computer. Izzy isn't able to enter full god mode on the Digiworld, but this allows him to use some shortcuts like access some hidden information about towns, analyse Digimon and perform a temporary upgrade on his own mon. In other words, he cheats.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Instances of tricking a Digimon to drink alcoholic beverages by changing it to Soda Pop in the English dub.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Gabumon does this to Matt near the end by biting him.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Has its own page.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere Subverted and played with In the case of Apocalymon
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: What Mimi and Joe end up deciding to do throughout the Dark Masters arc. Come the final battle with Piedmon, almost all of the children's surviving allies show up to participate in taking down Piedmon's army of Vilemon.
  • Gratuitous English: Adventure set the trend for the franchise absolutely loving this trope. Almost every attack name seen, and all of them for the main character Digimon and Big Bads. Adventure also set the trend for spurts of English sporadically appearing throughout the opening, closing, insert and evolution themes throughout the franchise, and most song names are also Gratuitous English.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Gatomon and Ogremon.
  • Heroic BSOD: This happens with pretty much all of the kids, Matt and Sora probably taking it the worst.
    • Another very noteworthy one being near the end of the Etemon arc, when Tai learns that he is not invincible, simply because he exists in that world as a digital proxy of himself. He gets over it eventually, and awesome ensues when his crest awakens after an emotional 180 degree turn.
  • Heroic Resolve: Happens a lot, but probably the most noteworthy is in the final fight with Apocalymon. He digitizes the children and their Digimon after destroying their crests. Their combined Heroic Resolve allows them to both reassemble themselves and let their Digimon evolve to their strongest forms without the crests.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A LOT of Digimon during the Dark Masters arc end up performing these for the children.
    • In Digimon Adventure The Movie, the Greymon Tai and Kari met sacrifices himself to destroy Parrotmon and save them.
  • Hot Springs Episode: In episode 8. It turns out to be an illusion of Devimon's creation.
  • Idiot Hero: Tai. He soon overcomes it.
  • Ill Girl: Kari, who is the current page image.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: A few: Ogremon during the Devimon arc (he later does a Heel-Face Turn), Etemon whenever he lost, and DemiDevimon who kept falling foul of Myotismon's displeasure. Puppetmon also has shades of this owing to his Loners Are Freaks and I Just Want to Have Friends problems, but it's overriden by how frequently he decides to Kick the Dog for the most pathetic of reasons.
  • Just Eat Him: MetalSeadramon attempts to do this to WarGreymon. He would have succeeded, had it not been for Whamon.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Tentomon in the original; in the dub his accent was vaguely British, instead of the usual Texan substitution.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Myotismon has a lot of these moments, especially in the Eighth Child arc. When he's taken an entire district of Tokyo captive, he decides to separate the children from the adults in order to locate the eighth child, relishing the mere thought of their cries. And prior to all that, he enslaves and torments the puppy-like Salamon.
    • Etemon and the Dark Masters have their moments; Etemon keeps hitting and bullying his Gazimon followers; the Dark Masters attack the Gekomon and Otamamon 'for the fun of it'.
  • Killed Off for Real: Since when Digimon die their data merely gets reconfigured and they start life over again, they technically can't really die. However this only applies to when they're in the Digital World, so any Digimon who dies in the Real World, most notably Gostumon, Pumpkinmon, and Wizardmon, stay dead.
    • Though apparently this rule doesn't apply to Myotismon, who dies in the real world and comes back. Then dies again, and comes back again in the next series. In fact, he's only killed off for good in the Digital World.
  • Kill Steal: Happens to MegaKabuterimon while fighting Puppetmon. MegaKabuterimon had already freed WarGreymon from Puppetmon's control, blown away his bullet hammer and injured him to a fair degree; all with a single well placed bolt of lightning. Puppetmon's forced to animate his mansion as a distraction and run away, until he runs into MetalGarurumon and Matt, whom he finds he's no longer capable of manipulating. He's promptly shot by the the duo after trying to charge them while injured with only an improvised weapon.
  • Large Ham: Apocalymon. Especially in the dub.
    • And let's not forget Etemon, who in the dub has an awesomely hammy Elvis-voice provided by Richard Epcar. The German voice actor for Etemon, Tom Deininger, is yelling almost every single line.
  • Last Breath Impalement: Saber Leomon does this to finish off Metal Etemon after taking a fatal blow for Mimi
  • Lightning Bruiser: Gatomon is incredibly agile and strong, which lets her take on 5 of the partner Digimon at once with little effort, despite being about ten times smaller than any of them. She's a Champion-level Digimon and the ring on her tail is an Amplifier Artifact.
    • It's worth noting that none of the digimon she struck were incapacitated by her; They all were strong enough to fight off the several Devidramon that were sent to fight the chosen children after the fact.
    • She loses this status after her Heel-Face Turn.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Justified at first since they're stuck in another world. Not so justified when they temporarily return to earth for about three days and don't ever change clothes aside from pajamas (and even then Mimi is the only one shown to be in different clothes for any adequate amount of time.
  • Losing the Team Spirit: Tai's disappearance after the defeat of Etemon has this effect on the Chosen Children. The heroes eventually go their separate ways and fail to accomplish anything significant for almost three months.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: MetalGarurumon's Grace Cross Freezer attack fires every single missile it has from countless hidden stashes across his body.
  • Manipulative Bastard: DemiDevimon and Cherrymon. And Myotismon too, though unfortunately most of his manipulations had to be carried out by DemiDevimon; while he did do a decent job at first, he was too inept to make his machinations last long.
  • Meaningful Name: Sora means "sky", and Sora's partner is a bird-like Digimon. Hikari[Kari] means "light" and she has the Crest of Light.
  • Mentors: A metric ton of them. Ironically, only The Obi-Wan (Gennai) survives the series.
  • Metaphorgotten: Episode 50's dub: "The bases are loaded, two out, and we need a slam dunk."
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Our War Game. Around a million Diaborumon, and the last one standing after Omnimon demolished them all just happens to be the actual target.
  • Monster of the Week: Literally.
  • Mood Whiplash: The Etemon arc. Etemon, a monkey-like Digimon who acts like an Elvis Impersonator, is sandwiched between the demonic Devimon and the Myotismon. Yes, he was no doubt dangerous, but he wasn't nearly as terrifying as the villain before or after him. This also happens a lot during the Dark Masters arc.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Tokomon
    • Is there a trope for being a demonic hamster?
      • Well, he doesn't really use his teeth for offensive purposes, so he might just use them as a scare tactic.
  • More Than Mind Control: Matt, especially after talking to Cherrymon.
    • What Vademon does to Izzy.
  • Musical Pastiche: In the the Japanese version, it reused a musical piece from Sailor Moon, another Toei production; the music composer for both shows was none other than the late Takanori Arisawa. Compare the two: at 2:35 for the Sailor Moon version and click here for the Digimon version. They're almost exactly the same.
    Linkara: It's just I keep hearing this music and expecting Myotismon to appear.
  • Mysterious Waif: Kari has aspects of this in her first appearance.
  • Narrator: For part of the English dub at least, the main cast in the role of Previously On.
  • Never Say "Die": Completely averted in the original. In the dub, it's inconsistant depending on the episode; in general it did a decent job at averting it, with a few glaring exceptions:
    • When Myotismon claimed to "banish Pumpkinmon and Gotsumon to a dungeon in the Digital World" for disobedience. Riiiight.
    • But also averted in a sense. Digimon get killed—although they do get reborn—in the English dub, and one villain even says 'die' at one point (Ironically, it's Myotismon, the one who was the source of the death edit above. "When you find the eighth child, then he must DIE!")
    • Tai said Kari would have died during the first Machinedramon episode.
    • And in the following Machinedramon episode, there's Izzy's line "Sure, just let our Digimon DIE!"
    • Izzy also lets Tai know that while the Digimon may be reborn in the Digital World when they die. Humans can't.
    • Also the dub didn't shy away from what happened to Wizardmon, or the other digimon that died to protect the digidestined in the Dark Masters arc.
      • There is also this line of T.K.'s when being told that in order to make a miracle to happen, Angemon and Angewomon must shoot arrows at Tai and Matt. "But what if you like...die or something."
  • Nice Hat: Sora gets a fair bit of ribbing for her unusual headgear, which switches between being a helmet and being just a sort of toque. Mimi's pink satellite dish, meanwhile, goes unremarked upon.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Regarding Myotismon's revival. Joe brings it up.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Nice job bringing Gatomon to her chosen partner and giving her the motivation to evolve into the one digimon predestined to kill you, Myotismon.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted with the Digimon, in spectacular fashion. Numemon, Sukamon, and Garbagemon use their poop as their main attack.
    • However the dub changes this to sludge. The only exception is they keep Koromon pooping in a car in one episode, though they didn't really have a choice since it was kind of a plot point.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: A vast majority of the non-main Digimon's English voices are based off of actors from the heyday of the voice actors' various childhoods, so this doubles as a Parental Bonus.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Agumon is the victim of one of these from two Gazimon when the gang visits a Koromon village and finds the real villagers.
    • All four Dark Masters do this to the group in their first appearance. Later, Piedmon dishes an even nastier beatdown to WarGreymon before reinforcements arrive.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Applied to the Digimon Taken for Granite in episode 17 of Digimon Adventure, even though the character was not even dead.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Etemon, Monzaemon, sometimes DemiDevimon, and maybe Digitamamon and Datamon depending on how harmless you thought they looked anyway.
  • Nuclear Weapons Taboo: Averted in Our War Game, where the main battle is a race against the clock to keep a nuke from detonating in Tokyo Bay.
  • The Obi-Wan: Gennai. Check out that flashback!
  • One Last Field Trip: After the final battle, the Digimon and their partners have a couple of hours together. Gabumon asks to hear Matt play his harmonica, While Tentomon spends time with Izzy and his computer.
  • "On the Next Episode of..." Catch Phrase: "Now the adventure evolves" in the original, and "...on the next Digimon: Digital Monsters" in the dub.
  • The Operators Must Be Crazy: In one of the movies, when Tai is desperate to reach any of the other kids, but the phone lines have all been tied up by Infermon, a computer virus, he reaches a phone operator over and over who keeps telling him that the lines are busy in an increasingly frazzled tone until finally screaming at him "Did you hear me?! IT'S BUSY!!!!!"
    • After the kids first reached the Digital World, they ran into a bunch of payphones and, overjoyed, desperately tried to call their homes. Unfortunately, when they tried, all they got were a variety of non-sequiturs from the operators up to and including a weather forecast that included "a slight chance of ice cream." The operators in the Digital World must be either crazy or stoned.
      • Not so much when you really think of it. Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you realise the Digital World is the internet, and the internet communicates in frames of bits. The seemingly random communication they are receiving are corrupted frames, so they are hearing 2 parts of 2 different frames, one having to do with weather the other with food. It makes sence in context.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Myotismon, though he also carries several stereotypical traits like coming back from the dead.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: WereGarurumon, though he doesn't really display any of the attributes commonly associated with werewolves, other than being a humanoid wolf.
  • Parental Abandonment: Averted, which is a bit unusual for a show centered around children.
  • Pilot Movie: It was also called Digimon Adventure. Oddly enough, it was released the day before the first episode aired. It was dubbed as part one of Digimon: The Movie.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Mimi's princess dress.
  • Portal Slam: Episode 27 ends with Tai pounding on a portal door, after it was literally slammed in his face.
  • Post Episode Trailer
  • The Power of Friendship: Matt's crest was even called Friendship, so it's very specifically fuelled by this. In a more general instance, it's part of what fuels the evolution of the partner Digimon.
  • The Power of Love: Sora's crest.
  • Power of the God Hand: Though its Japanese name was "Heaven's Knuckle,"Angemon's signature attack was called "Hand of Fate" in the English Dub (which is as close to this trope as they can get on a children's cartoon on American airwaves).
    • Possibly subverted since, with the angelic design, it could easily be misheard as "Hand of Faith"
  • Power of Trust: Joe's crest of reliability/honesty. Since Joe's crest in Japanese translates more to "faith", then it counts.
  • Precision F-Strike: In the Swedish dub, Mat's father swears.
  • Previously On: Rotated between characters in the American dub; seperate narrator elsewhere.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Mimi (and Palmon) wears a pink dress when she is posing as a princess for a Gekomon kingdom. She generally wears a pink hat anyways.
  • The Promise
  • Psychological Torment Zone
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: The Adventure movies prominently feature Maurice Ravel's Bolero.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: The dub movie (especially the "Our War Game" segment) had loads and loads of surprisingly clever tongue-in-cheek and audio/visual gags. The dub of the main series also tended to do this.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Possibly, as time is much slower in the Digital World than the Real one. This has led to some dispute to over how old the Partner Digimon really are - They could be years to centuries old.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: The Saban dub reused the score from Masked Rider.
  • Redemption Demotion: That Lightning Bruiser status that Gatomon enjoyed as a villain? Disappears rather quickly once she turns good. Then again, by that point, Champion-level opponents were increasingly rare, aside from the Bakemon during the end of the Myotismon arc (who were so weak as to serve as mass Cannon Fodder).
    • To be fair, Gatomon's attack against the other Digidestined's digimon didn't exactly incapacitate them; They still had the strength to fight off the horde of Devidramon that was sent after them in Myotismon's castle after all.
  • Reincarnation: Although Angemon sacrifices himself to defeat Devimon, since destroyed Digimon turn back into eggs, he gets reborn.
  • Reverse Mole: Wizardmon — good guy posing as a bad guy.
  • Richard Epcar: The voice of Myotismon and Etemon in the dub
  • Right Makes Might: Justified by the DigiDestined's Crests.
  • Road Apples
  • Running Gag: When the girls burst into Berserker Tears, the guys don't know how to handle it.
  • Save Both Worlds
  • Schmuck Banquet: An odd version, in the form of a cruise ship sailing through a desert (It Makes Sense in Context).
  • Ship Tease: Tai/Sora, and to a lesser extent, TK/Kari.
  • Shipper on Deck: In the dub, Piedmon apparently ships TK and Kari even though they're only 8. "Looks like you two are falling for each other".
  • Short Anime Movie
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: Izzy, only without the glasses. Ironically, the one with the glasses is actually the tallest member of the group (Joe).
  • Shout-Out: Myotismon is a humanoid, suave vampire with a exceedingly bizarre castle, legions of dark minions (including a Grim Reaper expy as a lieutenant) and a second, much more monstrous form he assumes after being beaten at first. Sound Familiar?
    • Our War Game has two kids fighting against a killer digimon against the clock because the said mon, which is essentially a sentient computer program, is planning to fire nukes that it got access to by hacking the military. Even the name gives a clue to a certain 80's movie.
    • A large smog-based Digimon rising from the bay and attacking a night club? Sounds rather familiar.
    • One dub title is called "Princess Karaoke," a reference to Princess Mononoke''.
    • In the dub, Piedmon is voiced in the style of Tim Curry. It's a reference to another monster clown, played by Curry in an television adaption.
  • Shower Shy: In episode 8, when the Digidestined visit a hotel and take a bath (was it the first bath they'd had since summer camp!?), Joe is too shy to join the other boys. In the uncensored original, Matt and Tai try to force him to come in.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Wargreymon vs. Machinedramon. Wargreymon depowers back into Koromon, with a cut appearing on his face. Machinedramon turns around to gloat, then falls apart into cleanly cut thirds before disintegrating.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: Moreso in the movie than the series (and much more so in the dub than the original, though it had its moments), it gets particularly jarring when an extremely emotional or suspense scene occurs, and one of the characters makes a joke that a fifth grader would think of.
    • To be perfectly fair, most of them are in fact fifth graders.
  • Solomon Divorce: Matt and TK's family.
  • Spoiled Brat: Mimi in ep.25, less so in other episodes. She gets better though after this.
  • Spoiler Opening: Depending which station you were watching it on, the dub ending credits gave away the Ultimate level Digivolutions and the fact there was going to be another kid. Also, the champion/adult digivolutions, though all things considered only Angemon was really ever intended as much of a mystery or surprise.
    • It was worse in the original. The very episode that established the existence of the eighth child also happened to be the episode which started using the second ending credits theme, which prominently displayed the names and pictures of the eighth child, her digimon and its entire evolution line.
      • Partly justified since when Hikari was first introduced 6 episodes before the 8th child arc starts, it shows her Digivice, and expliticly states her destiny to join the chosen. There was also the fact that the Pilot Movie featuring Hikari was released before the show started, so it wasn't exactly a ruined surprise. Not so justified with Gatomon being her Digimon which could have been a surprise, but was ruined by the closing.
      • Not to mention that all of the champion forms were shown in the Japanese version three times every single episode: in the opening, in the back-from-commercials segment and in the closing credits. No form was really a surprise.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Mimi was always pretty sweet on the inside but due to growing up spoiled and sheltered, it took awhile for her to become able to show this to others.
  • Story Arc: There are neatly four 13-episode arcs in the show:
    • The File Island/Digivice Arc (1-13) featuring Devimon.
    • The Server Continent/Crests Arc (14-26) featuring Etemon, his aftermath, and the rise of Myotismon.
    • The Real World/Eight Child Arc (27-39) featuring Myotismon's campaign in the real world.
    • The Spiral Mountain/Dark Masters Arc (40-52) featuring the Dark Masters.
    • Afterwards, there's a two-part finale with the children facing Apocalymon.
    • Alternately, the season can be divided according to which villain dominated which part, such as the Devimon arc, Etemon arc, Myotismon arc, Dark Masters arc and Apocalymon arc, all [aside from last] in 13 parts.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Sora when she's a captive of Datamon. Piyomon is bolted to a wall in a Crucified Hero Shot.
  • Super Empowering: Humans are this to their partner Digimon, which is the entire point of the partnership. Kari occasionally becomes a more generalized version of this, occasionally exuding sufficiently powerful light to strengthen weakened Digimon and allow the team's Digimon to evolve to their strongest forms at the time. Of course, she only uses it in one episode.
  • Super Powered Mook: Snimon, an Champion digimon, is able to bring down Garudamon, an Ultimate, with a single swipe. To elaborate, Garudamon had already defeated Mammothmon and held off Myotismon himself when he was without the benefit of his fog barrier, making her one of the most competent partner Digimon at the Ultimate level. He also shrugs off blows from Were Garurumon with little ill effect and is able to hold a much larger and further evolved Zudomon for a considerable period of time.
  • Sword and Gun: Omnimon. On his left WarGreymon-shaped arm, he has the Trascendant Sword. On his right MetalGarurumon-shaped arm, he has the Supreme Cannon.
  • Take My Hand: Taichi saves Sora from falling into a huge hole by grabbing her arm.
  • Taken for Granite: Kokatorimon does this to five of the ally Digimon.
  • Taking You with Me: Apocalymon was willing to kill himself and destroy everything and everyone in the process.
    • Also, Datamon tries this with Etemon.
  • The Team
  • The Team Normal: WereGarurumon is this compared to the other Ultimate level Digimon allied to the Digi Destined. While the other Chosen's Digimon have impressive displays of firepower, large size and/or magical powers to fall back on, WereGarurumon prefers to use mundane martial prowess.
  • Team Spirit
  • Technology Marches On: The movie made a plot point out of Infermon taking over the phone system, forcing Izzy to get a wireless satellite uplink. This doesn't mean as much now that wired connections and phone modems have become obsolete.
  • That Wasn't a Request: In the English dub, Myotismon tells Kari to hand over her newly acquired Applied Phlebotinum:
    Kari: No!
    Myotismon: That's not a request!
  • Theme Music Powerup: The Japanese version plays this in reverse—if there's a powerup going on and "Brave Heart" is not playing, something is about to go wrong. The Transformation Sequence becomes almost eerie without the music, especially when Our War Game did it.
  • Theme Naming: Brothers Yamato and Takeru [Matt and TK] are, in combination, a reference to Yamato Takeru, a legendary Japanese prince.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: The song Mimi sung to wake ShogunGekomon in the original was the first ending theme, "I Wish". Mimi was also voiced by Ai Maeda, the song's artist, so they just had to use the prerecorded audio until he woke up.
  • This Is Iron Drill Spin
  • Throwing Your Hammer Always Works: Zudomon to MetalEtemon with a hammer.
  • Toilet Humor: Everywhere in the original, and cutting back on it was one of the things the dub really improved, if not carried out the best way. Can't be helped when there's golden poop Digimon, can it? Also, poor Koromon justified his level's English name "In-Training" at least twice.
  • Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: Justified in the case of Myotismon's invasion, since he was aware that that's where the eighth child was likely to be.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Sora and Mimi.
  • Totally Radical: Numerous utterances of "Dude" and the like are sprinkled throughout the dub; understandable given when it was dubbed. In the fifth episode, for example, Greymon tells Tai that he's okay after being slammed into a canyon wall with "I'm stylin', dude!"
  • Train-Station Goodbye: The season finale. Though, it's more of a train crossing goodbye.
  • Trapped in Another World
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Harshly averted in Our War Game, where Greymon and Kabuterimon started Digivolving when Izzy realized that Infermon had skipped the Champion Level when it evolved. Before they could become Metal Greymon and Mega Kabuterimon, they were attacked and turned back into Agumon and Tentomon.
  • Trash the Set: By the end of the Myotismon arc a good portion of Tokyo is in ruins, especially the iconic Fuji TV station which broadcast the series in Japan.
  • Tree Buchet: Episode 17 sports a particularly surreal example featuring a cruise liner and a giant cactus.
  • Troll: Arguably Diaborumon in the original. He didn't seem to have any real motive beyond feeding himself, and seems to have just been doing it all for shits and giggles; it doesn't help that the only vocalisation he makes in the entire film is a high-pitched giggle. The dub instead opts to give him something of a Freudian Excuse.
  • TV Genius: Izzy got this in the dub; in the original, it was more along the lines of him being merely very good at solving puzzles and handling computers.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Often, when the group is split up.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: *giant digimon fighting in Japan* Passerby: must be film.
  • Upgrade Artifact: The childrens' Crests, which allow their Digimon to evolve to the Ultimate level.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: All four Dark Masters show that each one is extremely dangerous in their first appearance, with Piedmon alone taking out the combined forces of WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon, both also of the Mega level. But later on, the Digidestined had gotten stronger and more experienced through fighting their forces and while the Dark Masters are still a huge threat, they're not as big a one that they used to be and three of them are dispatched by WarGreymon or MetalGarurumon, both now very experienced. This is particularly clear with Piedmon, who they couldn't even touch in their first fight. Fast forward to when they meet him again, and most of the partner Digimon - including those only able to evolve as far as Ultimate - are able to put up a good fight with Piedmon, and he had to resort to turning them into keychains to avoid losing. Once they bypass that trick, he's gone.
    • Another notable example is Shellmon. When he is first faced it takes Greymon to eventually beat him, but during the Dark Masters arc when he's faced again the Digimon soundly defeat him without evolving.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Most first appearances of the new Big Bad serve for this, normally because they're a stage above the heroes at the time. Special mention goes to Enter The Dark Masters, which is pretty much an entire episode devoted to the Dark Masters beating the stuffing out of the Digidestined.
  • Walking Away Shot: in "Subzero Ice Punch" with Gabumon out looking for TK.
  • Wendee Lee: TK and additional voices in the dub.
  • Wham Episode: Quite a few:
    • Episode 8: Devimon reveals himself to the cast, splitting them across multiple islands after luring them into a mansion.
    • Episode 13: Patamon evolves into Angemon in the nick of time, defeating Devimon, but at the cost of his own life and his data is reconfigured back into a Digiegg.
    • Episode 20: After defeating Etemon (and achieving the heroes' first Perfect/Ultimate evolution), Tai and Koromon are warped through a portal back to Tokyo.
    • Episode 21&22: Tai enjoys his time in Tokyo but finds out the disortion caused by their last fight is influenceing their world and causing multiple disasters all over the planet he then returns. After which, he finds out he's been gone for almost two months in the digital world and the others split up to find him, and during which the new Big Bad has been in the process of stealing their crest and deceiving them to keep them from using said crest.
    • Episode 27: The kids discover that there is an 8th child, Myotismon opens a portal to Earth, moving through with his forces, and the heroes are too late to get to him before the portal closes.
    • Episode 34: Tai discovers his sister is the eight Digidestined, while Myotismon finds out that Gatomon is the destined Digimon, kidnapping her and (temporarily) killing Wizardmon.
    • Episode 40: The cast finds out that the Digital World has been taken over by four extremely powerful, malevolent Digimon, who easily defeat the heroes, causing Piximon to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to save them.
  • Whatever Happened To The Mouse: Dub only. Myotismon condemns Gotsumon and Pumpkin to his dungeon. not kill, condemn. T.K. and Matt never think twice of trying to save them when they get back to the Digital World. In the original version, they weren't so lucky, but for the dub, it comes off as this trope.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Tai in Episode 19. After Izzy comes up with the Idea they are all just data in the Digital World Tai mistakenly things this makes him Unkillable and decides to treat it more like some game. Everyone is displeased with this display, the most noticeable of them being Sora who questions his every reckless action during the episode. Thankfully he snaps out of it, unfortunately this comes after a brief Heroic BSOD when he realizes he could have easily died due to this recklessness.
    • An even bigger example of this for Tai is a few episodes early where he get cocky being the only one that has a crest and forces Agumon to eat a lot of food and pushes him around threatening to find a new Digimon and being generally rude to the other kids. And then putting himself in danger to induce Greymon's digivolution to Ultimate. Fortunately he learns so humility when his actions corrupt Greymon's Digivolution to the rogue and destructive Skullgreymon and Tai gets some character development in learning the real meaning of courage.
  • White Gloves: Five of the Digidestined (Tai, Matt, Izzy, Sora and Mimi) wear gloves, but only Tai's are white.
  • World Gone Mad: The Digital World was a screwed up place before it became Spiral Mountain.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: A few of them, but the most notable is at the finale. The Digidestined and their Digimon, after being left powerless and being digitized by Apocalymon, refuse to quit and manage to activate the power of their Crests they had inside them the entire time. They give a group one of these before digivolving their Digimon, reassembling themselves, and taking Apocalymon apart.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Most evil Digimon have no qualms about hurting the heroes, despite them being children. However, some get a LOT more kicks out of this than others...
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Until the finale, a day in the digital world is equal to a minute in the real world.
  • You Have Failed Me: MetalSeadramon drops Scorpiomon from a great height for letting the kids escape right under his nose.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Myotismon. Very frequently.
    • Machinedramon and especially Puppetmon are also guilty, the latter often doing it for entirely selfish reasons and especially where it's downright inconvenient for him. In the end, that's what does him in.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: An instance of this involving an electrified gate causes Tai to suffer from a Heroic BSOD over the possibility of dying, with horrible timing.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Piximon tries to hold back the Dark Masters to let the kids escape. He dies.
    • After Piedmon turns WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon into keychains, the fight against him become one long series of ineffectual YouShallNotPasses, with everyone trying to hold him off to let TK and Kari escape. Then MagnaAngemon turns up.
    • Biyomon gets a far more successful one against Meramon in the fourth episode to let the Yokomon and her friends get to safety. While she doesn't fare too well, her determination results in her successfully evolving to Birdramon for the first time to defeat him.
  • Your Size May Vary: Although pretty much every Digimon, and especially all of the main Digimon, experience these issues from time to time, the worst offender is probably Greymon and his evolutions, which could be anywhere from 20ft tall to the size of a skyscraper.
    • Mega Kabuterimon could be a pretty big offender too. He's one of the Digidestined's biggest Digimon, bigger even than Metal Greymon and usually looking to be at least 40-50 feet tall. Then in some scenes, he's only about 2-3 times the size of Angewomon, who's just a bit taller than a human.


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