Digimon Xros Wars (pronounced "Cross Wars") is the sixth anime series in the Digimon franchise, coming three years after the end of Digimon Savers. In many respects, it seems to be a throwback to its predecessors - the animation is reminiscent of the Digimon Adventure style, Chika Sakamoto returns to voice lead partner Shoutmon, a Greymon plays a significant role again, and the goggles are back - and yet in so many ways the series is significantly set apart from earlier Digimon iterations in concept.Xros Wars is the story of child prodigy and good Samaritan Taiki Kudo, who one day follows the dying voice of Shoutmon. His X Loader Digivice appears and, along with childhood friend Akari Hinomoto and "eternal rival" Zenjiro Tsurugi, they are sucked into the Digital World. The world-conquering Bagra Empire's army attacks the trio and the healed up Shoutmon joins in the fight. Together with his partners, the silent and loyal Ballistamon and the naive and star-dazzled Starmon and Pickmons, they defeat the army. However, the commander of the army MadLeomon absorbs the data of his subordinates and endangers Shoutmon and Ballistamon. When Taiki comes to the rescue him, Shoutmon and Ballistamon DigiXros together and put down MadLeomon, whose superior forces him and his remaining troops to retreat.With the lone wolf Dorulumon and his young charge Cutemon later joining them, "Xros Heart" is set for victory. Also opposing them as they fight the Bagra Empire is team "Blue Flare," consisting of the calculating Kiriha Aonuma and his partners Greymon and MailBirdramon. Filling the motivationally ambiguous slot is team "Twilight," consisting of the mysterious Nene Amano and her allies Monitamon, Sparrowmon, and DarkKnightmon.Xros Heart proved its worth and was successful in its quest, collecting all the Code Crowns and causing the Zones to reunite. However, Bagramon intervened and cast Taiki, Akari, Zenjiro and Shoutmon back to the real world, conquering the Digital World while they were gone and transforming it into a twisted empire of his designs. When Taiki and Shoutmon returned to the Digital World at the beginning of the second half of the series (Digimon Xros Wars: The Evil Death Generals And The Seven Kingdoms), they found themselves tasked with taking on this rearranged digital empire and defeating the Seven Death Generals, its brutal governors. Kiriha and Nene allied with Taiki in his campaign, and their combined strength, tactical prowess and bonds of friendship proved to be more than a match for Bagramon's forces. Despite the show not being a success in its airing in Japannote It had the lowest ratings of all the seasons, it had good toy sales so the series got the green light for a third arcnote Although many mistakenly believe it to be its own season and a sequel, according to Toei and the staff involved, it isn't which is called Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Leaping Through Time. This makes this season the longest anime installment of the Digimon franchise.Saban Brands has licensed the series under the name Digimon Fusion, which airs on Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, and Vortexx.The full series is (legally) available subbed through Crunchyroll here.See also: the Digimon Xros Wars manga, an ongoing adaptation of the anime with a few significant differences and deviations.Compare to many Super Robot series in style.Additional pages:
All There in the Manual: The Digimon Dictionary refers to Xros forms as composites. In math, composites are made by using the value of one function for a variable in another, and this could explain the difference between Xros and the previous series's DNA Digivolution.
All Your Powers Combined: Shoutmon X7 Superior Mode, in the most literal sense possible - he seems to be the merger of quite literally every Digimon alive save DarknessBagramon.
Art Evolution: A lot of work has been put into the shading of the characters - far more than in previous series, making the characters look flat in comparison. In fact, though the characters have been drawn a lot like Adventure and Frontier characters, the animation style, coloring and shading looks more like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya with bits of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann thrown in - just look at the Digivolution, Double Xros and Great Xros sequences. Heck, any of the digimon in the Generals' armies display this perfectly.
Art Shift: Happens a lot with episodes involving Nene. Sometimes, she's the only one who's been drawn differently.
Sweets Zone is full of Monzaemon and its variants.
Averted earlier in the series with Bearmon.
Then played straight again with the Bagra Army's employment of Grizzmon, the digivolved form of Bearmon, as soldiers.
Belly of the Whale: In the fifth episode, Taiki and Shoutmon are swallowed by KingWhamon, whose body makes up the entire Island zone. Inside, Shoutmon is poisoned by the Bagra army's Flymon, but Taiki's courage reaches KingWhamon, saving them and earning them the Code Crown...as well as Shoutmon's salvation and a set of DigiMemories.
Once again, they did it on a different Whamon in episode 38.
BFS: Tactimon's Jatetsufūjinmaru. Which he hasn't even taken out of its sheath yet. According to official info, the main reason he hasn't taken the sword out is because it has power sealed within it strong enough to break a star in two.
Bloodless Carnage: Not because there is blood, but rather, off-screen violence. In Episode 18, Lilamon and Stingmon were taken care of by Kiriha's MetalGreymon off-screen. We just see them downed and injured.
Bluff the Impostor: In episode 39, Kiriha suddenly remembers to return a Digimemory he borrowed from Taiki, and Taiki agrees. Except that the borrowing never happened, and Kiriha hands over a small explosive device that ruins Splashmon's impersonation of Taiki.
Body Horror: Gravimon's core when situated within Taiki's arm.
Boisterous Bruiser: Shoutmon. Unique in that he's this series' equivalent of a Child Level (And just as mature).
Book Ends: The image of Taiki, Shoutmon, Ballistamon, and Dorulumon from Taiki's dream in Episode 1 is recreated right before the Final Xros in 54. This time, however, the boys have got everyone else backing them up against Bagramon as well.
Bowdlerize: In the Fusion dub, Lilithmon's cleavage has been covered up, and her and Baalmon's names have been changed to "Laylamon" and "Reapmon" respectively to avoid religious references (though the name "Beelzemon" gets to stay the same). Several shots of the Bagra Army grunts are also cut or altered; likely due to the fact they carry rifles - oddly, the opening of the premiere had the rifles glow; the idea might have been to make them energy weapons but it also makes them much more visible.
Chekhov's Gun: Tactimon's "insanely powerful sword", which fell into the sea in Episode 30 instead of being destroyed along with Tactimon, and which was never unsheathed (even after the sword's seal was removed). It finally returns in episode 52
Combining Mecha - The general flavor of many DigiXroses, especially Taiki's
Conspicuous CG: In Taiki's dream in the first episode, when Shoutmon X4 was blasting the Bagra Army was his Three Victorize attack, he and the power beam were rendered in CG.
In the show as a whole however, this is largely averted for the first time in Digimon. All of the digivolution scenes are CGI-free, when in previous series there was always at least two digivolution scenes done in CG.
Lampshaded by Shoutmon after X4 defeats AncientVolcamon and restores Magma Zone. Then Tactimon shows up and blows everyone away.
Happens again at the end of ep 20, after the defeat of GrandLocomon, and everyone celebrates the victory. Then DarkKnightmon shows up
Curb-Stomp Battle: The very first fight against the Bagra army isn't challenging at all.
Episode 19. Xros Heart faces a massive army of GranKuwagamon, who would be Mega (Ultimate) Digimon in a normal series. How long does this battle take? About 10 seconds. Taiki DigiXrosses Beelzebumon and the Starmons, forming the Meteor Cannon, which takes the whole army out in one spread-shot blast.
Tactimon vs OmegaShoutmon. Tactimon gives it his all, but can't even land a single hit on him. Even his ultimate attack is blocked with ease and leaves him wide open for OmegaShoutmon's Beat Slash attack.
Shoutmon X7 Superior Mode vs. MegaDarknessBagramon, in the most epic way possible. That is all.
Joke Character Bastemon does one offscreen to ChuuChuumon in episode 53.
Bastemon: When I see that Digimon, I somehow feel... very cruel!
A particularly fun one is Taiki's first battle upon returning to the Digital World in Dragon Land, quite possibly the best fight scene the franchise has ever seen. Seeing OmegaShoutmon tear his way through hundreds of Digimon with nothing but his feet and a Flash Step, shrug off the concentrated fire blasts of most of said army at once, then burst through the ground, lift a fucking Huanglongmon into the air and throw him at everyone else like he weighs absolutely nothing is just plain incredible. On the other hand, said curb-stomping comes to an end when Dorbickmon shows up, but still...
Dancing Theme: The second opening has Cutemon and Dondokomon dancing through the whole thing.
Dark and Troubled Past: Baalmon. My god. Yeah, having to kill all your brainwashed allies and your mentor Angemon in cold blood will definitely haunt you for life.
Dark Is Not Evil: If Omegamon's reveal is to be believed, Darkdramon, Impmon and Leviamon (the Demon Lord of Envy no less) were actually heroic Digimon who helped him protect the Digital World, as his group were all turned into Digimemories in a failed attempt to prevent the Digital World from breaking up and those three are among them.
Death Is Cheap: Baalmon again. He takes the full force of HiMugendramon's attack and gets a really dramatic death-scene... Then he gets reborn. As Beelzebumon. Less than a minute after his death. In other words, his death had absolutely no negative effects whatsoever. Note that with the exception of above, death is quite common in this series. However, it is revealed in episode 29 that death is not permanent for any digimon, as their souls endure even when their data is deleted. It always takes some special circumstances to restore them to life, such as Baalmon's upgrade to Beelzebumon or MadLeomon's extremely belated reincarnation as Leomon in Episode 29. AncienctVolcamon and Neptunemon are also revived then, and it assumed that other zone bosses, such as GranLocomon, were also revived and turned good.
It gets worse in the second arc. Episode 50's preview indicates all the Death Generals are coming back, and descriptions for future episodes suggest they may even switch sides. And while Deckerdramon and Beelzebumon made epic heroic sacrifices, Kiriha commented that he wants to get the Code Crown so he can revive Deckerdramon, which implies they can still be brought back. As for Damemon, who dies in episode 49, he gets revived in Young Huntersas Yuu's partner.
Psh. That's nothing. Pretty much every good guy in the series who has perished ends up coming back in the final episode, due to the power of the Code Crown.
All of Xros Heart in episode 29. They've just been hit by Tactimon's ultimate attack, and are held to the ground by the continuous pressure the attack causes. Then they just force themselves up with pure willpower, each delivering their own part of a collective In the Name of the Moon speech before completely breaking through the attack.
Dub Name Change: Lilithmon to Laylamon, Slash Angemon to Slush Angemon, Taiki to Mikey, Akari to Angie, Zenjiro to Jeremy, Kiriha to Christopher, Baalmon to Reapmon, Digi Xros to Digi Fuse, Xros Loader to Fusion Loader.
Elaborate Underground Base: Magma Zone has this slave camp, and Sweets Zone has this giant shredder where wastes are taken. The latter also holds Breakdramon and the various Digimon it is feeding from.
Evolutionary Levels: Subverted. Unlike previous series, every Digimon from the introduction of Xros Wars onwards are lumped into one level, which the Digimon Dictionary calls "Digimon introduced in Xros Wars"; most fansites refer to such Digimon as having "no defined level". Most types of digivolution that the enemies use rely on the similar "DNA Digivolution" technique, making them look like DigiXroses as well.
Then played straight in Episode 30 when Shoutmon finally got the ability to digivolve into OmegaShoutmon. Note that digivolution in this series is treated more like age rather than a power-up, and that OmegaShoutmon is Shoutmon's "future-self accessed temporarily with the help of Akari and Zenjiro". However, this "future" reason is played very inconsistently - accordingly ZekeGreymon would be MetalGreymon's future form... except MetalGreymon is just a DigiXros, not a single Digimon in and of himself, and so he would not be able grow up to eventually become ZekeGreymon.
Unless of course, you consider ZekeGreymon being the future form of the Xrossed future Greymon and MailBirdramon.
Justified since the previous seasons worked this way as well. The Heroes are just able to temporarily allow their partners to access these future forms. For example, Tailmon/Gotomon's default form is Adult/Champion, as opposed to Child/Rookie due to her experiences.
Expy: Dorulumon gives the impression that he's Digimon's version of Tiger. They look similar and have almost similar attitudes. And it seems like he shares the same fate of Tiger of the Wind and Gray Wolf from the anime. Dorulumon was once a general of Tactimon much like Gray Wolf is one of the servants of Moo, and that Dorulumon serves as a temporary guardian to Cutemon until he finds its parents is similar to how Tiger treats Greywolf when they were young. Oh and the fact that one episode is labeled "Dorulumon, Run Like the Wind".
As far as previous series are concerned, Baalmon may count as a CompositeExpy, sharing traits with Wizardmonincluding his Taking the Bullet moment, as well as with Beelzebumonto the point that his reincarnation turns him into an updated version of him.
Kiriha's early characterization and character design have led to many claiming he's this to Neo Saiba.
Tyutyumon and Damemon bear particular resemblence to Chuumon and Sukamon. Except, you know, not nearly so ditzy.
Yuu is a young prodigy with death issues who was granted a black digivice by an evil digimon, who allowed him access to the digital world and manipulated him under the premise that the entire world is a game. He became excessively cruel because he thought that the digimon weren't real, and only realized the truth after physically tussling with the heroes and seeing his Morality Pet die. Ken Ichijouji would like to have a word with him.
Also, "We Are Xros Heart ver. X7" feature the lyrics "The world is one! Yes! We are one!" and "Now everything will fuse as one into a Great Xros! Give me everyone's shining souls!", which in hindsight pretty clearly references Shoutmon Xrossing with every Digimon at once in the final battle. You'd be forgiven for missing out on this since it sounds like traditional shonen lyrics, and the song is pretty rockin'.
Forgotten Phlebotinum: Whenever Sparrowmon isn't around, Taiki doesn't have the material needed to boost Shoutmon to X5, so in such cases he pulls out X4 instead. Why he stops at X4 instead of adding Knightmon for X4K or Beelzemon for X4B is unclear. Similarly, Beelzemon can be crossed with the generally-unused Deputymon for more firepower, but this particular cross has only been used once.
Kiriha actually has the fairly sizable infantry of the Blue Flare Army stored in his X-Loader, but he seems to rely almost exclusively on Mailbirdramon and Greymon's crossed form, with the occasional sighting of Deckerdramon and Cyberdramon when MetalGreymon isn't available.
Floating Continent: All zones were once part of a whole Digiworld, but now exist as islands floating in a digital plane.
Full-Name Basis: Zenjiro addresses Taiki this way until episode three. Still calls him by the full name once in a while though.
Funny Background Event: Since DigiMelody segments, there have been various background events that can be missed if you don't notice it fast enough. For instance, episode 25 features an oni Zenjirou (as it was aired during a celebration in Japan).
Fusion Dance: Similar to Digimon Adventure 02, this series's Children or generals have the ability to "DigiXros" Digimon (merge them) using the new Digivice, the Xros Loader. Digimon from the Bagra Army do the same, except that the fusion is forced and the non-main components are destroyed and absorbed.
Kiriha's and Taiki's Double Xros seems to be a better example of this trope.
Gratuitous English: Most of the Digimon's attacks, as usual. Taiki often says, "Thank you," and Starmon calls all the guys "brother."
GET BACK GOOD WORLD XROS HEARTnote From "Evolution & DigiXros Ver.Taiki"; it's much more Engrishy than the standard Digimon lyric fare, which normally make sense. Doesn't make it any less awesome, though, and it's pretty hard to tell it's English without looking up the lyrics.
Green Lantern Ring: The Xros Loaders can merge Digimon into any tool or weapon necessary - hammers, axes, swords, shields, slingshots, helicopters, etc.
Hand or Object Underwear: Taiki and Zenjiro use Starmon and the Red Pickmon, respectively, to preserve their modesty while in an onsen.
GranLocomon is defeated with his own attack when Shoutmon X4 gives it a return address.
Olegmon is defeated by Ballistamon's Ultimate Speaker, a sound-based weapon he installed in DarkVolumon, to enhance the destructive power power of his voice.
Bagramon in the final episode. To clarify, Bagramon stole the Code Crowns at the end of the first half of the series. Through the second half, he is seen converting it into the Dark Crystal for D5. However, when Taiki enters the Dark Crystal, he manages to revive Shoutmon, Belzeebumon and the other dead digimon. As Shoutmon explains to Bagramon, the Code Crowns were never his, as they have been united by by Taiki in the first place(the requirement for ownership). The Code Crowns then allow Taiki to Digixros Shoutmon and the rest of the good Digimon into Shoutmon X7 Superior Mode, which then promptly curb-stomps Bagramon.
Hope Spot: Episode 29 ends with Taiki and the others defeating Tactimon, the toughest of the Bagra Army's three generals. Tactimon's gone, all of his Code Crowns are there for the taking and then...Bagramon reaches through a dimensional portal, snatches up all of the Code Crowns, causes a reality rending whirlwind that knocks Shoutmon, Taiki, Akari and Zenjiro back to the human world! Talk about an emotional 180.
Hot-Blooded: Shoutmon for character type, AncientVolcamon for both character type and literal application.
Hotter and Sexier: Even more so than Digimon Savers. There's a lot more fanservice in this installment due to the presence of more humanoid female Digimon, some of whom had only shown up in the video games and the card games. Standouts are Lilithmon (the embodiment of lust, though her outfit is more akin to Lulu's, making it less revealing than you would think), Mervamon (a giant warrior that's clad in the usual fashion), and Bastemon (a CatgirlBelly Dancer).
Humiliation Conga: This happens to DeathMeramon in the Magma Zone arc; he goes from being a Bad Ass that trounches Shoutmon X2, to being beaten by Shoutmon X3, Shoutmon X2 (who he'd defeated before), and is then finally taken out by Shoutmon alone after being wittled down by his previous defeats. Episode 10-11 are dedicated to this on IceDevimon.
Shoutmon is great at these: He intentionally had himself crossed with NeoVamdemon to talk to the remnants of MetalGreymon, who he had absorbed. He does it again later with Ballistamon to snap him out of his short stint as DarkVolumon.
Ineffectual Loner: For the first time in the entire Digimon run... averted. Yep, what fans usually nickname the "lone wolf" is absent this time (Zenjiro doesn't even come close this series). Kiriha would be closest, but he's a villain, and nobody would call him a loner per se. Dorulumon may have been similar to this at the beginning, but even then he was a Papa Wolf to Cutemon, and has since become used to working with the rest of Xros Heart.
It's played a little straighter in the Death General Arc with Kiriha, who is definitely no longer a villain.
Informed Ability: Breakdramon during the Sweets Zone arc. In the lore of the season he is referred as the one monster responsible for going on a rampage that shattered the entire Digital World in the 108 zones that are seen through the story. When he finally awakens he is just a glorified Monster of the Week who never displays power on such a massive scale, in fact, if it wasn't for borrowing a healing factor from an external source he would have been defeated by Shoutmon X5 alone in a really quick battle.
Internal Homage/Mythology Gag: A kind of cross-series Laser-Guided Karma version. Baalmon is an Expy of Beelzebumon, and Lilithmon kills him by stabbing him in the stomach with her claws. How did the original Beelzebumon kill Leomon? By stabbing him in the stomach with his claws. It is undeniably intentional after Baalmon is reincarnated as Beelzebumon.
Pinocchimon gave Taiki the MetalGarurumon DigiMemory after being taught trust and friendship. In Digimon Adventure, MetalGarurumon killed Pinocchimon, who in his last words still couldn't comprehend the idea of trust and friendship.
Taken to ridiculous levels is Gnote reatestCutemon in which he obliterates an entire legion of Gravimon's army.
Karma Houdini: Kiriha for ordering his digimon to kill and inflicting mortal wounds on Deckerdramon. Sure, he felt bad afterwards and made it his quest to bring Deckerdramon back, but still, he didn't get so much as one What the Hell, Hero?.
Considering that this had come right on the heels of Gravimon playing off years of psychological and emotional damage, not to mention Deckerdramon outright forgave Kiriha and helped him get his head back on straight right before dying, one would feel that calling him out would be... rather cruel.
Kraken and Leviathan: Episode 4 has a more mundane example in the form of Octomon. Then episode 5 has Taiki summon Leviamon, which is a more straight example of this trope.
Laser Sword: The Rare Star Sword, formed when it includes the red Pickmon.
And specific DigiXros songs for X4, X4B, and DarkKnightmon.
Beelzebumon has a chime that plays, accompanied by a falling feather, before he shows up. It's probably not his DigiMelody.
Light Is Not Good: The Heaven Zone, despite the angelic trappings, is run by a police force that's not afraid to execute people in front of large crowds. Justified that they need to be extremely artistic and good to keep the Dark Temple locked, and it is explained that the Zone became tyrannical due to the influence of the small amount of darkness that seeped out.
Men Don't Cry: Cutemon insists that he won't cry in episode 28, because boys don't do that.
Merchandise-Driven: While every season of Digimon has had toys, Xros Wars is notably more toyetic than its predecessors. The main Digi Xroses are more like Combining Mecha than DNA Digivolution from Digimon Adventure 02, and the toys are much more accurate because of that. Additionally, DigiMemories and Code Crowns were fully integrated into the toy line, and a DigiMelody to use with the Xros Loader toy would play at the end of the first arc episodes. Ironically, due to poor ratings, the toys for the second arc and subsequently Young Hunters were cancelled.
Kiriha at the end of ep 20. Taiki snaps him out of it in the next episode.
Episodes 40 and 41 use the swirly-eyed version for the Digimon under Olegmon's control. Almost all of Taiki, Kiriha, and Nene's Digimon get controlled at some point, as well as three old friends Spadamon, Lunamon, and Coronamon.
In episode 6 the Xros Heart team are in a very tough situation, where they're surrounded by Neptunemon's army, which holds Archelomon hostage. How do they save him? By summoning MarineAngemon which distracts the Bagra army with love. Hows that for mood killer.
In episode 17. In the middle of the most dramatic part of the episode, Taiki summons Patamon to make puffy, white clouds for Shoutmon X4 to walk across accompanied by squishing noises. Way to kill the mood, guys. Note that they didn't even play the DigiMemory music when summoning Patamon, so it was really quite... off.
Tropes Are Not Bad. It works really well in episode 25, as despite the hectic and intense battle, Blastmon's... er... mentality shines through.
New Powers as the Plot Demands: Averted by the DigiMemories. They may seem to be random Digimon that just happened to have the exact power the heroes need to get out of their current fix... until you realize that the attack is already labeled on the item itself. Taiki most likely have read their names and could guess what they could do.
Possibly used when Shoutmon X4 fights Gran Locomon: He can suddenly fly, -backwards-, as fast as a speeding train.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Yeah, let's get the guy who's literally named after the Judeo-Christian Satan elected as president of a key area! What could possibly go wrong? Did we mention he was the Big Bad of Digimon Frontier? After they elect him leader, Lucemon immediately reveals his true, evil form and starts doing destructive, evil things that take two more episodes to sort out.
No Conservation Of Mass: Averted in the Final Battle. After the appearance of Shoutmon X7 Superior Mode, DarknessBagramon rips the surrounding material apart and consumes it to grow to a similar size. Doesn't help him, but points for the thought.
No Kill Like Overkill: Taiki unleashes the power of Leviamon on an Ebidramon. Kiriha does this in episodes 19 and 25, in the latter case getting called out for the excessive damage to the surroundings (the zone actually becomes uninhabitable, forcing Taiki to evacuate the locals to another zone).
Not So Different: Akari spent most of the time annoyed at Taiki's efforts to help Nene, but after hearing Nene's anguished cry in episode 19, Akari realizes that Nene's desire to return home is just as strong as her own. Akari then becomes a close friend to Nene.
Oblivious to Love: Ah, poor Lilamon! Stingmon just doesn't get it! Though by the end of episode 19 they seem to be together as both are blushing and embracing.
Obviously Evil: DarkKnightmon; do we even need to point this out? That guy is a villain trope jamboree! Fascinated with the Darkness, as well as having "Dark" in the name; taken after a Black Knight, and the Skull symbol in case of its un-Xrossed form; ruthless towards his opponents anyone in his way; does not hesitate to order his "General" around, even tormenting her a little from time to time as well as having a blackmail advantage over her; speaks in a subdued yet confidently villainous tone; and last but not least, he's not shy about letting people know about it. Even his theme song is called "Dark Kight ~The Immortal Ruler~". Subtle, he ain't. And of course, at the end of #20, he shows up to confront Xros Heart along with SkullGreymon and - get this - SkullSatamon.
Only Barely Renewed: Apparently Xros Wars during its initial airing Digimon Xros Wars started off with good ratings, but as the season tapered on its ratings began to fall, giving this season some of the lowest ratings in the history of this franchise, however it had good toy sales, so it was allowed to continue for a second season, which ended up doing even worse than its predecessor.
Out of Focus: Aside X7's component digimon, members of X Heart and Blue Flare rarely get any spotlight episodes after their introductory arcs. The less combat-capable members, such as Jijimon and Chibikamemon, barely appear at all.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Taiki and Nene are able to pass themselves out as vampires to some LadyDevimons wearing only black masks and cloaks while wearing their regular clothes. They also disguised Cutemon as a Lopmon with only his ear-shaped antennae as the only difference.
Purely Aesthetic Gender: Averted once again since Tamers' famous proclamation about the relevance of gender. Gender-specific pronouns, Digimon couples, Digimon flirting with each other, and Digimon babies (not Baby-level Digimon) — yes, gender exists this time.
Put on a Bus: Except for Shoutmon, Dorulumon, Ballistamon, and the Starmons, all the Digimon including the Bagra Generals have taken bus shifts — despite logic or dialogue that would make you think they'd be around more often. (For example, didn't Beelzebumon tell Taiki he'd always be somewhere nearby?)
He shows up again in #26, so he's still shifting in whenever the plot calls for x4B or x5B. Nene and Sparrowmon are pretty much commuting to work at this point, though they show up in episodes 27 and 28 as well as important to the episode's plot.
As of episode 30, this was Akari and Zenjiro's fate until the end.
Everyone except Taiki, Yuu, Damemon, Shoutmon, and the core members of Xros Heart were put on one for Young Hunters. The Bus Came Back briefly for Akari, Zenjiro and Nene early on, but it's not permanent.
Reincarnation: This is what happened to Baalmon so he could become Beelzebumon.
Rule of Three: Most of the individual zone arcs take up three episodes each. The exceptions so far are the Lake Zone and Forest Zone. There are also 3 human generals and 3 Bagra Army Head Officers.
Running Gag: During the recaps of the first arc, there's always a "Relationship map" that shows the three hero armies and the Bagra Army doing whatever they did last episode, exaggerated to the point of hilarity (IE: Episode 7, which follows Kiriha trying to recruit Taiki, has him sitting in a corner, looking at a drawing of Taiki with the words "Mine" on it with love hearts). This leads to a mini Crowning Moment of Funny when a rescue attempt leads to the damsel in distress in question being shown as being tug-of-warred by her hair.
In turn, there's a running gag in this where characters who don't show up are represented as being in their rooms, with increasingly large piles of trash out front.
If Taiki is about to collapse, Akari grabs the nearest thing and throws it under his head to cushion the blow. Including a pillow, Shoutmon, and Dorulumon.
Any Digimon related to Lions die... as per usual. Mad Leomon is killed off in Ep 3 [Later revived as a Normal Leomon, who actually does not die, as he can be seen for a moment in the final episode]. Apollomon, another anthropomorphic lion, dies TWICE, both times viva Heroic Sacrifice, in true Leomon fashion.
Scaled Up: MadLeomon tried this by merging with Orochimon in episode 2.
Screaming Warrior: Shoutmon does this, though it's justified because his name is Shoutmon.
Sea Monster: As you might expect, the Island Zone arc is filled with these, both evil and benign.
Sealed Good in a Can: Turns out that the Digimemories are actually a group of heroic Digimon who tried and failed to stop the Digital World from breaking up and were sealed in them as a result. Omegamon explains this from within his own Digimemory.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: In episode 47, SkullKnightmon taunts Nene about how much she helped him and how she fell completely for his plans, stating that not even learning how to DigiXros Shoutmon X5 would be enough to stop him. How does she respond? By stating that it's not X5 he just defeated, but X4, leading to Sparrowmon swooping down, cold-clocking SkullKnightmon, and then reforming X5 to hand SkullKnightmon some well deserved payback.
Silly Love Songs: The music in the LOVE-LOVE DANCE, much to the embarrassment of Beelzebumon, Dorulumon, Cutemon, Revolmon, and a lone PawnChessmon.
Spell My Name with an S: Dorurumon or Dorulumon? Considering that his name hails from doriru and garurunote former is the Japanese pronunciation of drill while the latter is the Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound of howling, it's just like Garuru/Garulu again!
For the record, the Monitamon uses "Dorulumon"...
Initially, there was confusion as to whether the antagonist army was named "Bagura", "Bagra", "Vagra", or even "Bugra". "Bagra" won out in the end.
Valvemon or Bulbmon? It was Bulbmon in the localization of Digimon World 3, but its name can be correctly romanized either way. "Valvemon" makes more sense, though.
A few Digimon's names are spelled wrong in the Xros sequences (for example, Dorulumon is "Dorurumon").
Spoiler Title: This series was really bad about this. Not just the titles, but also the story narration lines in the corner that they added starting from the Disc Zone episode. One example: in episode 48, "Goodbye, Beelzebumon!" As if the title didn't give enough away.
Stock Footage: As with any Digimon series. It's a bit more conspicuous here, however, such as in episode 4 when the entire Shoutmon X2 and Star Axe sequences were used twice in the same episode. However, it was lampshaded by a comment from the Pickmons the second time around.
Straight Mon: You can see which Digimon aren't into hilariously embarrassing scenes in the Love Love Dance sequence - notably Revolmon, Beelzebumon and Dorulumon.
Dorulumon especially. In episode 23 he is the only one who didn't participate in telling jokes, pretty much going "screw this, I'm not telling a joke!" and drilling the ground to hide. Note that smiling and laughing isn't above him, he just doesn't want to participate in rather embarrassing situations.
Summon Magic: The DigiMemories are basically this. The digivolution level of the Digimon seems to reflect the strength of the summon.
Take Over the World: Played with in that this is the goal of the protagonists in addition to that of the Bagra Empire.
Three Plus Two: Taiki, Akari, and Zenjiro make up the trio; while it initially seems that Kiriha and Nene will make up the two - and they do - by the time Kiriha joins, Akari and Zenjiro have permanently returned to the real world, so they're not the three anymore.
Time Skip: Since time flows faster in the Digital World this happens to all the characters left behind there during Taiki's return to the real world.
To Be Continued: In the form of a white screen with the word "tsuzuku" (つづく) stamped on it
Toyless Toyline Character: Sort of - OmegaShoutmon, ZekeGreymon and Shoutmon DX were quite obviously designed in such a way that hypothetically toys of the former two could be easily combined into a Shoutmon DX figure while retaining all the parts, and yet no such toys ever materialised even though they're all very important.
Tragic Keepsake: Somehow, Mervamon got a hold of one of Beelzebumon's feathers after his death (odd because it should have disappeared with the rest of his data). She's seen frowning at it in the next episode, but it's not clear whether or not she keeps it.
True Art Is Incomprehensible: The sculptures in Heaven Zone are this In-Universe for the characters, with Ballistamon praising them and Shoutmon not understanding them and questioning their worth.
True Companions: The whole theme of Xros Heart and pretty much the whole show. Unity of Digimon is important, and this is what Xros Heart differs from other armies, compared to the Bagra Army or to Blue Flare. Taiki respects Digimon as the other Digimon respect each other. The DigiXros has a "heart". Compare it to Bagra Army who have no qualms in killing their own men, due to the We Have Reserves mentality, and even absorbing the smaller mooks. Or to Blue Flare, which Taiki felt "has no heart", and Kiriha seems to only interested in recruiting strong Digimon and abandoning the weaker ones.
Tsundere: Mervamon appears to be this, especially with Beelzebumon. And it is properly Lampshaded by Shoutmon.
Turtle Island: Despite the above trope applying to its inhabitants, the Island Zone is actually the body of KingWhamon, a more massive, white-colored version of the familiar beast from previous Digimon series.
Tyop on the Cover: In the title card of the second episode of the american dub the name of the lead Digimon is misspelled as Shoutman.
The Undead: The Raremon residing beneath Sweets Zone, who were villagers that had their data taken out. All they can say is "Data!" Thankfully, they returned once Breakdramon has been defeated.
Verbal Tic: Several minor Digimon have one, either parts of their names (Cutemon's "~kyu", PawnChessmon's "~chess", Evilmon's "~evil", etc.) or the animals they resemble (Archelomon's "~kame"). Also, Jijimon and Archelomon talk like older men, adding "nanoja" to the end of their sentences.
We Can Rule Together: Early in the series, Kiriha wanted Taiki to join as his subordinate and made this proposal fairly frequently. Nene later proposed this to Kiriha and forced him into it. When all three were finally working as a team, quite a few of the Death Generals made this offer.
We Have Reserves: The Bagra Empire is willing to sacrifice its less powerful soldiers in order to power up the commanders. Or just destroy them to make a battle end faster.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: The police force of Heaven Zone. SlashAngemon admitted that he tightened rules originally to prevent the Bagra army from disrupting the peace.
Wham Episode: Episode 13. Baalmon used to be a holy warrior who was forced to murder his brainwashed comrades by Lilithmon. And then she critically wounds him after he finds out it was her. Wham indeed.
Episode 29. Some events were spoiled, like the trio and Shoutmon being thrust into the Real World, but what caught many people off guard was DarkKnightmon called Bagramon BROTHER!
Episode 43. Kiriha's past is revealed, at first focusing on how strict his father was...until we see Kiriha over his father's deathbed. The Wham truly begins when Kiriha says "Mother is already in Heaven", moments before his father passes as well. It's heavily implied that Kiriha was subsequently orphaned and left homeless. Then we cut to the present and, well...Poor Deckerdramon...
Episode 52. Darkknightmon, after spending the entire series with ambiguous morality, finally displays his true leanings: himself. He literally stabs his brother in the back and uses the Xros Loader to absorb him, as well as revealing that he created the loader specifically to pull off this plan. The entire series was masterminded for Darkknightmon's rise to power.
The Vampire Land arc is a reference to the Vamdemon arc in Digimon Adventure, complete with an Expy of the man himself, NeoVamdemon.
Who's on First?: Toei played with English pun on Yuu's name in episode 49. In the flashback to when he met Damemon, Damemon asks for his name using the word "you": YOU no namae wa? So when Yuu answers, it takes a moment for Damemon to get it. Eh, YOU no namae wa Yuu? OH AMAZING! The funny thing is the dubbers will have to figure a way around this anyway.
Wolverine Publicity: Beelzebumon was hyped to space and back — a card set named for him ("Beelzebumon Advent Compilation"), an action figure of him, a prominent place on the official poster, two episodes with his name in the titles, and numerous magazine appearances. Yet, he was a minor character. After his "advent" episode, he was in a few episodes in a row then started Commuting on a Bus, showing up randomly (sometimes as a Deus ex Machina) before getting killed off in episode 48.
The Worf Effect: Shoutmon X4 gets beaten up a lot. In the last chunk of the first saga, this always meant it was time for X 4 B or X5 to shine. In the Death Generals saga, this meant OmegaShoutmon or his crossed forms had to take over.
Xanatos Gambit: Wether the Death Generals won or lost didn't matter to Bargamon, he'd still harvest all the negative energy he needed, either from them succeeding or them dying.
Xtreme Kool Letterz: "Cross" gets spelled with an X in the title and in most uses throughout the series; eg DigiXros, Xros Loader. Some translations and fansubs simply call internal instances, for example, "Digi X" and "X Loader".
You Are Not Alone: Provided by Zenjiro and Akari when Taiki is lost and distraught over Shoutmon's demise at the hands of DarknessBagramon.
Sorry Dorulumon, but Cutemon's parents are in another Zone! It gets resolved in episode 28.
NeoVamdemon attempts to pull the same trick Vamdemon pulled in Digimon Adventure 02. Beelzebumon had other ideas.
Your Size May Vary: Shoutmon X4 in particular. He goes back and forth from being about the same height as the average adult (age) Digimon like Knightmon, Beelzebumon, Tactimon, etc. to being large enough that Taiki can ride on his head.
Sparrowmon. Sometimes she's only big enough to carry Nene. Other times, all of Xros Heart can ride her.