"You can do it, and even if you can't, we won't think any less of you, man!"
Tai is the first season's leader, and bearer of the Crest of Courage. He's a reckless blockhead at times, willing to jump into anything, and this gets him into serious trouble when he gets the idea in his head that, since the Digital World is digital, he can't be killed. The realization that this isn't the case freezes him right in his tracks, and when he overcomes it, he makes the proper jump from "not afraid" to "courageous." Despite his recklessness, he's a warm, encouraging guy, very friendly, and the team just doesn't work without him.He comes from a normal family, living with his parents and little sister, Kari. Kari ends up being a major factor in his character development, as taking care of her forces him to mature from "courageous action guy" into "responsible leader."In the conclusion of 02, he and Agumon become ambassadors to the Digital World.
Dub Name Change: English first name is an abbreviated version of his Japanese name, which isn't that odd in the Digimon franchise. What is odd, though, is that his Japanese last name - Yagami - was changed for the dub into... another Japanese surname: Kamiya.
"I finally got it figured out. If I'm ever gonna change, I have to do it on my own. On my own. The others can't help me."
Matt wants everyone to think he's a brooding bad boy, but he's actually rather sensitive. He has issues trusting people (himself most of all), and he's very overprotective of his younger brother, TK. This causes him to be very cautious (although not as cautious as Joe), which results in a lot of clashes with the get-out-and-go Tai. Despite (or perhaps thanks to) all this, his crest is Friendship.Matt's parents divorced sometime after the Greymon/Parrotmon fight in Heighten View Terrace, but before the first episode. According to the Radio DramaTwo-and-a-half Year Break, Matt was the one who decided that TK would go with their mother and he would live with their father. He doesn't have a great relationship with his parents, as he seems to feel abandoned by them. He has very low self-esteem, and seems to feel his only purpose in life is to watch out for TK—when TK starts feeling smothered by him, he's noticeably dismayed. However, with some encouragement from his partner, Gabumon, he was able to come to terms with his family's divorce, and returned in time to help save the team. In the conclusion of 02, he becomes the first man on Mars. He is married to Sora.
Men Can't Keep House: His dad definitely can't. Matt... does to the extent that he's forced to by circumstance. But 02 has TK comment that his home is still pretty darn messy. And when looking in the fridge for something to give TK, he claims he's looking for something that's "not... expired."
"Don't worry about me, I'll be fine. I'm the only one who can do it."
The group's mother figure, and owner of the Crest of Love. Sora is a sweet girl, but doesn't really see that aspect of herself very well. She spends most of her time mediating fights between Tai and Matt, and keeping the group in line. She doesn't always have the patience for it, but she tries anyway.Sora's relationship with her parents isn't great. Her mom is a very traditional, ladylike figure who wants her to take up flower arranging, while her father is a professor at a college in Kyoto and rarely home. Sora is convinced early on that her mother doesn't love her; it's not until she unconsciously begins treating Biyomon the same way that she realizes her mother just isn't good at expressing it. They make up during the Myotismon saga, when Sora's mom pulls a Mama Bear on some Bakemon. In the conclusion of 02, she becomes a fashion designer. She is married to Matt.
Actor Allusion: Sora hilariously Lampshades herself in a No Fourth Wall session in one of the drama CDs, where she complains about sounding like an "old lady." Though 38 (the age of Yuko Mizutani when she voiced Sora) doesn't seem to be that old, it certainly qualifies as Dawson Casting! In addition to this, another drama track consists of a radio show recording DJ'd by Sora, which alludes to how Yuko Mizutani ran a radio show years back.
All Women Are Lustful: Swiftly becomes attracted to Yuri in 02's World Tour arc, breaking down in tears alongside Yolei when she can't take him up on his offer of dinner. Note that this comes a few episodes after she starts dating Matt.
Chickification: Played with. In Digimon Adventure, she was feisty and strong, and took pride in doing things by herself and not needing to be rescued. In Adventure 02, she loves to get hit with the Distress Ball (see below). It's not complete, though, as she still has her moments when she's shown to be a capable fighter, as when she's fighting alongside the Russian DigiDestined, though even there she and Miyako needed to be rescued.
Girliness Upgrade: Used to love soccer and despised her mom's plan for her to study flower-arranging. By Adventure 02, has traded soccer for tennis and has gladly taken up flower-arranging. She also has longer hair and dresses more girly. By the epilogue, this is complete with Sora becoming a fashion designer.
Gratuitous English: Tends to use a few English phrases from time to time in the original Japanese version.
Basically, Izzy is the one who can actually think his way out of a paper bag, which is only supported by his Crest of Knowledge. He's very curious and logical, and somewhat unsure of himself socially. He carries around a laptop computer, and his reactions to various problems are nearly always a variation on "If I learn enough, I can fix it."Izzy is adopted. His biological parents died when he was very young, and his father's cousins adopted him, having recently lost a child of their own. They kept this a secret from him, but he accidentally heard them talking about it, and was devastated. After this, Izzy sank himself into his computer as an escape, probably to learn everything he could. At the same time, he loves his parents deeply and is very well-behaved for them.Thanks to Character Development and a talk with his parents, Izzy is able to overcome his withdrawn personality better, so that he then can help Tai out of his depression over Kari falling ill during the Dark Masters Arc. In the conclusion of 02, he has set up a research team to study more of the Digital World.
Bad Liar: Izzy tends to babble nervously, laugh awkwardly, and come up with weak sounding stories when he is placed on the spot and he is asked questions that he canít answer.
Character Exaggeration: His "computer nerd" status was exaggerated quite early in the dub. They even had him theorize about aliens.
Chekhov's Boomerang: In a world made of digital information, Izzy's PiBook Laptop is priceless. The Digimon Analyzer reveals that WarGreymon has Dramon Destroyer weapons, which allow him to destroy MetalSeadramon and Machinedramon.
Deadpan Snarker: In the dub, Izzy tends to bring the snark in most conversation, especially if he is explaining something to either Tai or Davis.
Doing Research: The kids would never have gotten very far without Izzy's laptop. It does 98% of everything in the series except digivolve, be a digivice and induce the character development of traits that the digidestined need.
Delusions of Eloquence: The English dub gave him a Catch Phrase of "Prodigious!", but rarely, if at all, does he ever say it in a context where said word makes sense. Notably, nobody ever actually calls him out on this.
Parental Abandonment: Izzy lost his parents in an accident before he was a year old, so his father's cousins (who had lost their own baby boy some time ago) adopted him, but didn't tell him he was adopted. He accidentally overhears them talking about it and it caused him lots of angst until they sorted things out, at which point he becomes Happily Adopted.
Generation Xerox: His biological father was a mathematician. His adoptive father remarks that he is "the living image" of him.
"If someone's in trouble, you help them out, even if they tried to pummel you into oblivion."
She's the girl, basically. Somewhat prissy and spoiled, she doesn't always seem to "get" the situation, and is sometimes rather selfish without really realizing it. Often considered the weakest character in the English dub due to her more girly elements being overplayed in translation. She matures into a kind, sweet, pacifistic Messiah figure, befitting her status as holder of the Crest of Sincerity. However, once she realizes how high the stakes are, she breaks down and refuses to continue, but comes to realize that some fights simply must be fought.Mimi's family life isn't delved into much. Her parents are hopelessly in love and, like her, not always fully in-tune—but when the danger is ramped up, they prove very brave. In the conclusion of 02, she becomes a famous chef with her own TV show.
Limited Wardrobe: In the second season, Mimi becomes one of the most noticeable aversions to this trope in the entire franchise, changing her clothes and hairstyle at least four times over the course of the season.
The Messiah: Her compassion, willingness to forgive for the sake of peace, and cheerful demeanor get her a loyal army of Digimon followers — including the Gekomon and Otamamon she darn-near enslaved.
Nice Hat: A huge pink cowboy hat that she leaves behind in the Digital World at the end of season 1.
Single Tear: During the battle with DarkTyrannomon, Mimi realizes that her family and friends are in real danger, and wishes to help. Her tear of anguish lands on her crest. Its symbol is in the shape of a tear. Mimi is rewarded with Lilymon, due to her honesty and the fact that this wasn't just selfish whining.
Spoiled Sweet: Has to grow into it, but once she does, she handles herself beautifully.
10-Minute Retirement: After seeing several Digimon die for them, she's so distraught that she decides to temporarily stay put to not be a burden to the others. She gets better with time and rejoins the group with reinforcements.
Unlimited Wardrobe: Has the most costume and hair-style changes out of all the other characters in 02.
What Could Have Been: Early character design sketches in 02 showed a lot more alternate outfits Mimi would have. Thankfully, some of them didn't make it into the final draft, and the most unfortunate we got was the one with the Funny Afro.
"I tried positive thinking once. I was positive about one thing: I positively hated it!"
Because he's the oldest, Joe thinks he should be the responsible one and take care of the other kids—too bad he's a total pushover with no self-esteem. He's cut deeply whenever he realizes that people think of him this way, and tries to make up for it with acts of reckless selflessness that make Tai look positively cowardly. Perhaps the closest thing to a father figure in season one. His crest is that of Reliability.Joe's family isn't a big focus, either—it's worth noting that, out of the 12 Digidestined in the first two seasons, his parents are the only ones never shown on-screen. His father is quite strict, being a doctor who wants all of his sons to be doctors, too. Joe's two older brothers, Shin and Shuu, rebelled in their own ways, while Joe is (as always) indecisive. In the conclusion of 02, he becomes a Digimon doctor (i.e, a doctor for Digimon).
Lost in Translation/Woolseyism: His crest, "seijitsu," has a lot of possible translations. The dub ended up going with "Reliability," which, while not a direct translation, is a pretty good catchall term.
Only Sane Man: Or at least he thinks he is at first. One of the reasons why he was such a stick-in-the-mud at the beginning; he thought he was just being reasonable and that the others were actually putting themselves in danger by being irrational, making it his job to look out for them. This attitude wears off in time.
JesuOtaku even stated that Joe is always vouching for the safest route, choice, etc...yet always the first to throw his own body at these monsters. Because all Joe cares about is everyone's safety, she stated that even when the Mega level Digimon Piedmon is bearing down on them, you knew what Joe was going to do even before it happened-trying to get the other kids out of there without any regards to his safety. Joe is the real badass of Digimon!
Talking to Himself: Joe, his two older brothers, and his CD drama-only parents are all voiced by Masami Kikuchi. Including his mother. Indeed, a Crowning Moment of Awesome for Mr. Kikuchi—one interview with him and Koushirou's seiyuu, Umi Tenjin, talks about how surprised the other actors were when he switched between all of the characters in real time.
Matt's little brother, and the youngest Digidestined (at first). As the quote may say he doesn't like to fight... but when he does, hoo boy. His crest is Hope. In the conclusion of 02, he becomes an author. He was also Narrator All Along for the 02 series.
Tai's Digimon partner, who resembles an orange baby Tyrannosaurus. Like most, he has a personality similar to his Digidestined partner, if a little less hot-headed. Like the Digimon of later series' leaders, he is almost always the first to discover the next upgrade of the season and is generally the most powerful. He has the distinction of personally destroying three Big Bads all by himself.His digivolutions are as follows:
Fresh: Botamon, a small mon covered in black fur, with yellow eyes.
In-Training: Koromon, a round, pink mon, with long ears, red eyes, and sharp teeth. Blows bubbles.
Rookie: Agumon, his default form.
Champion: Greymon. Essentially Agumon, but proper dinosaur size, and a massive fire attack.
Ultimate: MetalGreymon. Greymon, with added mecha-armor and wings.
He also accidentally dark-evolved into SkullGreymon, a skeletal dinosaur with a nuclear missile attached to its back, when Tai tried to force the evolution.
A viral and undead version of MetalGreymon appeared in 02 when the Digimon Emperor captured Greymon and made him Digivolve with his Dark Digivice.
Mega: WarGreymon, an anthropomorphic dinosaur, with golden mech-armor.
Mega (DNA): Combines with MetalGarurumon to become Omnimon (Omegamon), a white paladin-like figure.
For Massive Damage: WarGreymon's Dramon Destroyer claws are highly effective at...well, destroying Dramon type Digimon. This was a major plot point in the Dark Masters arc, as two of the four were Dramon, which allowed the Digidestined to kill them off.
Matt's partner, a horned yellow reptile-like Digimon who, rather oddly, appears to wear a skin of white fur rather than having a natural coat. Something of a milder Foil to Matt, he often criticizes his selfish moments but sticks by him regardless. Also, the first mon on Mars at the end of 02.His digivolutions are as follows:
Fresh: Punimon, a red blob with three headbumps.
In-Training: Tsunomon, a round, orange-furred mon with one, knife-like horn. Blows Bubbles.
Rookie: Gabumon, his default form.
Champion: Garurumon, a large, wolfish beast that walks on four legs.
Ultimate: WereGarurumon, basically an anthropomorphic Garurumon wearing punkish clothes.
Mega: MetalGarurumon, a robotic version of Garurumon, with wings thrown in for good measure.
Mega (DNA): Combines with WarGreymon to become Omnimon (Omegamon), a white paladin-like figure.
Wind is Green: Her "Spiral Twister"/"Magical Fire" ability, which basically looks like a flaming green hurricane.
Izzy's partner, who resembles a red winged robotic insect (tentoumushi means "ladybug"). Not as brainy as his partner, but sometimes with a little more common sense. Tends to rein in Izzy when his quest for knowledge goes a bit too far.His digivolutions are as follows:
Fresh: Pabumon (Babumon), a green blob with a pacifier.
In-Training: Motimon, a pink blob with arms. Blows bubbles.
Rookie: Tentomon, his default form.
Champion: Kabuterimon. A big blue beetle that shoots electricity.
Ultimate: MegaKabuterimon (AtlurKabuterimon), A larger red version of Kabuterimon with a new horn and a shell on his back.
Mega: HerculesKabuterimon (HerakleKabuterimon), An even larger golden version of Kabuterimon, with a larger nasal horn and Kuwagamon-esque pincers as well, only seen in the Wonderswan games and PSP adaptation.
Giant Flyer: Of all the final forms of the protagonists' Digimon, MegaKabuterimon is tied with Garudamon as the largest of the lot. Kabuterimon also tends to be portrayed as the largest of the Champion-level Digimon, though this tends to fluctuate somewhat between him and Birdramon.
Fragile Speedster / Glass Cannon: As Lillymon. She can't take too much punishment, and her physical strength is actually lower than her champion stage, but she's so fast and has suprisingly powerful attacks that make her a force to be reckoned with.
Joe's partner, a seal-like creature. The biggest Foil Digimon of the first season, with his optimistic and silly nature often clashing with Joe's much more serious nature. Despite his playfulness, Gomamon is level-headed enough know when to take risks and bright enough to keep Joe from giving in to despair.His Digivolutions are as follows:
Fresh: Pitchmon, a white fish-like creature.
In-Training: Bukamon (Pukamon), a floating grey seal. Blows bubbles.
Rookie: Gomamon, his default form.
Champion: Ikkakumon. A giant white walrus that fires torpedoes from his horn.
Ultimate: Zudomon, a big grey and orange walrus with a turtle shell and a hammer.
Mega: Vikemon, a large walrus in viking attire, only seen in the PSP adaptation.
Mega (Alternate): Plesiomon, a large plesiosaur reminiscent of Gomamon, only seen in the Wonderswan games.
Story Breaker Power: MagnaAngemon's Gate of Destiny gets rid of its opponent if it manages to close with it inside. No matter the level. From an Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors perspective, the whole line also qualifies as this; holy attacks are specially effective against undead or demonic opponents, such as Devimon, Phantomon, Myotismon or Piedmon. This is downplayed in the second season, even when he's fighting Digimon he should have a clear advantage over.
Tai's little sister, and the Eighth Child, not that anyone knows it at first. Very sweet, kind and innocent, but also often wise beyond her years. She has the Crest of Light, which is only fitting. In the conclusion of 02, she becomes a kindergarten teacher.
Fainting: In episode 49, due to a combination of emotional shock and being overtaken by her own power.
Fluffy Tamer: In The Movie, "Big Agumon" seemed less intelligent and more violent than Tai's Agumon, but he still let her ride around on his back.
God Never Said That: Like most character names in the English dub, "Hikari" was shortened to "Kari." Unlike the others, however, no official material released in English has ever referred to her name in full as "Hikari 'Kari' Kamiya."
The Messiah: Played it straight in Adventure, but deconstructed in 02 since she's so overwhelmed by it that she almost breaks down.
Missed the Call: As mentioned above, she was ill. Coincidentially, her partner was in the hands of a Big Bad by then, having been lost as an egg and taken in by Myotismon... which raises the question of what would've happened had Kari not missed the call and gone to the Digital World anyway.
Super Empowering: In "The Crest of Light", allows Biyomon and Patamon to go Champion-level, Gatomon to go Ultimate, and Agumon to go Perfect, even though their previous attempts to digivolve failed (hilariously) due to exhaustion.
"I've waited my whole life to meet you and find my purpose, and that is to protect you, no matter what the cost."
The last of the Digimon partners, who eventually partners up with Kari. The only partner who spends most of her time in Adult form (not that it's easy to tell) and her more frank toughness is rather a contrast to Kari's youthful innocence.Her Digivolutions are as follows:
Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Basically her backstory - being tormented for years led to her becoming Myotismon's leading henchmon. Prior to her defection, she seems to enjoy being a bitch.
Bittersweet Ending: More so than the other main digimon in the season finale. Gatomon finally unites with Kari after years of waiting, only to be separated again. Forever (maybe). The other Digimon had months to get to know their kids; Gatomon only had a few days, most of which was spent trying to survive. On the bright side, she did complete her lifeís purpose - protecting Kari.
Hypocritical Humor: Done in the dub, where she complains about one of her henchmon going on a rampage: "What's that big-eared freak trying to do?" Gatomon, I don't think you're in any position to call anyone a "big-eared freak".
Hypnotic Eyes: Cat's Eye, which was only used once, in an episode of 02.
Lady of War: Angewomon. The grace gets really toned down a notch if the fight involves LadyDevimon
Laser-Guided Amnesia: And how! Before she met Kari, Gatomon only could remember her hatred against everyone and the brutal punishments she used to get at a daily basis. She even forgot about the day when she met Wizardmon! Of course, she got better.
Lightning Bruiser: She managed to take on six Digimon on the same digivolution level easilly.
The Paralyzer: Angewomon's Heavens Charm seems to have this effect on evil Digimon.
Pintsized Powerhouse: She's a Champion level, but she's much smaller and more powerful than most of the other kids' partners! This is justified by her evolving naturally to her Champion stage while the others require the children's power to do so.
Thinking Out Loud: Does this while observing on Kari, speaking her thoughts about her cloudy past. Wizardmon hears this, and asks her a question. Gatomon, not realizing she was thinking out loud, gets angry and tells him to stop reading her mind.
Zen Survivor: After taking years (if not decades) of brutal servitude, Gatomon ends up being wiser and tougher.
An old man who lives in the Digital World, who actually admits to being made of data- essentially, he's like a Digimon, but with none of the powers or attributes of them. Appears to run the place from behind the scenes, or at least used to...
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Dropping Gatomon's digi-egg and never bothering to look for it led to years of abuse and depression for the poor Digimon, not to mention her becoming an enemy of the very group she was meant to aid! He doesn't ever apologize for that screw-up, either.
The Obi-Wan: He actually looks like a young Obi-Wan Kenobi!
What Happened to the Mouse?: In one flashback episode that explains the origins of the digidestined, Piedmon is shown attacking the headquarters of Gennai's order. When Gennai attempts to fight back, Piedmon dodges around behind him and implants some kind of object into Gennai's back. This is never explained, nor is it mentioned again, although some suspect it to be the explanation for why Gennai looks like an old man in the first season.
Fandom Nod: Koushirou's track in 2-and-a-half Year Break has him briefly wonder what that object could have been... then immediately go back to talking about something else. You can almost hear the writers laughing at us.
A (at first) friendly wild lion-like Digimon who fights for the weak and helps the kids, though without entirely trusting them. He appears again during the Dark Masters Arc as the powerful SaberLeomon. He dies protecting Mimi during a fight with MetalEtemon, kickstarting the tradition of killing Leomon every time he shows up in a series.His digivolutions are as follows:
Champion: Leomon, his default form.
Mega: SaberLeomon, a large quadrupedial lion with sabre teeth.
Sacrificial Lion: Quite literally as well as fitting the character type. He was also the first in the franchise's long Running Gag line of dead Leomon or evolutions thereof, though it didn't definitively start until Digimon Tamers.
Leomon's rival and foil, an uncouth brute with a sense of humour. As his name indicates, he resembles an ogre.He joins up with Mimi and Joe during the Dark Masters Arc after he is beaten by MetalEtemon.
Antagonist in Mourning: He even says that if he did beat Leomon, he wouldn't know what to do with himself. Then Leomon dies the same episode. Cue the waterworks from the goblin in leather. You were a good rival...
Characterization Marches On: He has an Ogremon Honor Code in the final arc, while back in the first arc he was simply evil and willing to do anything to stop the children, even threaten to hurt a baby Digimon!
Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Heís a wizard. Go figure. He plays most of the tropes associated with the fantasy archetype incredibly straight. Also note that this trope is subverted in the episode named after him. We don't find out what "Wizardmon's Gift" is until he sacrifices himself for Tailmon and Kari.
Expy: This Wizardmon gets an Expy in the future thanks to Sorcerimon, who looks exactly like him (except for a Palette Swap of blue and white instead of his Orange/Blue Contrast), is An Ice Person and more of a White Mage, sacrifices himself in a similar way, and even returns as a ghost in a similar way. Another actual Wizardmon also shows up in Frontier, but has different powers, is a Monster of the Week, and has very little personality resemblance with this one.
Foil: To Gatomon and Myotismon. Gatomon is his female counterpart, who is more of a physical fighter than a magical one, and with a tough personality but cute looks, all of which are the inverse of Wizardmon's traits. Similarly, Myotismon is a tall, blonde, blue-eyed and menacing magic user with extreme toughness and power, but Wizardmon also has blonde hair, blue eyes, uses magic, is of smaller size, and his gentle ways, as well as his noble and honorable sacrifice, highlight their similarities and contrasting differences... and just how evil the vampire really was.
Heroic Second Wind: He gets two of these. Notable in that it would take incredible speed for him to have been able to block the last, fatal attack with his body as a shield, after he was blasted several meters away and knocked down moments ago.
I Owe You My Life: Gatomon once saved him from starving to death and from his crushing loneliness. Ever since then, he became completely devoted to her.
Killed Off for Real: Whilst Adventure 02 reveals he can sometimes appear as a ghost in the real world, he can never reconfigure in the Death Is Cheap manner other Digimon do due to dying in the real world.
Lip Lock: One of the few Digimon characters completely immune to this. The only time we see his mouth we discover that he has literalLip Lock. His lips are stitched together. It doesn't prevent him from eating or speaking though.
New Powers as the Plot Demands: Holy crap. No one can find the Eighth child? Found her ten minutes ago. Can't get there soon enough? Let's fly you over there. No one can heal Lilymon from petrification? Give me a challenge. No one can harm Myotismon? First blood. None of the superfast, superpowerful, Ultimate level Digimon can save Gatomon and Kari? Got there just in time. How did I do it? I'm magic.
No One Should Survive That: Myotismon fails to kill him with his most powerful spells, which would be certain death to most Digimon beyond Wizardmon's level. As Badass as Wizardmon is, though, it doesn't last forever.
No Self Buffs: He could heal Lilymon, but apparently could not heal himself from the injuries caused by Myotismon.
Not Quite Dead: A heroic version. Myotismon's rage and fear upon seeing him alive said it all.
Our Ghosts Are Different: Evidence suggests he's tied to the place where he died, unable to be reborn either because he died in the Real World, or because he's unable to move because he feels like he still has to protect Gatomon.
The Red Mage: While most Digimon have one or two attacks and maybe one special ability, Wizardmon is arguably the most versatile character in the series. He could heal curses, fly unaided (or levitate, because he had various psychic powers), control the weather, dish out lightning and fire, and, in the English dub, read minds. Not to mention he was incredibly hard to kill and could return as a ghost. Being based on Wizards as a fantasy concept, it's not a stretch to see he had a lot of different magical powers at his disposal. He's more of a Black Mage but has White Mage powers too. He gets even more powers in the Expanded Universe and in Digimon Frontier, including the ability to create copies of himself and produce fear gas. All of this on top of being a hunter, a spy, and an expert in stealth.
Reincarnation: Averted. Unlike other good Digimon, he isn't reborn.
Relationship Voice Actor: If you're an unrepentant fangirl, this allows for a probably-unintentional-yet-still-amusing, very brief moment, when Matt's dad helps carry Wizardmon around. Ishida and Hirata's characters in Saiyuki do that for each other quite a lot...
Scarily Competent Tracker: He was the first one in Myotismonís crew to successfully locate Kari, then brought Gatomon to her. Take note, he was racing against an army of supernatural creatures while looking for her in Odaiba, Japan. Thatís not easy. He also manages to locate the true Crest of Light. Handwaved by the fact that A Wizard Did It.
The crest of light was in Myotismon's coffin. It wasn't that amazing that he knew where it was one. Also technically Gatomon was the first one to pretty much figure out that Kari was the 8th child.
Sinister Silhouettes: His is clearly visible among Myotismon's army before they enter the portal to the human world. He also gets another moment with this trope when he returns as a ghost in 02.
Squishy Wizard: Subverted. He's small, but man, he took a lot of punishment before dying: surviving two One-Hit Kill attacks, being tossed into the ocean, blasted by magic into a wall by a superpowerful vampire and then using his body as a shield to block a third One-Hit Kill spell, and even lasting long enough after that to say his last words. Also played straight in that he's a bit of a Glass Cannon, but he manages to get up after he's been hit by something insanely powerful.
Stage Magician: He poses as one of these to avoid drawing attention to himself in the Real World.
Why Won't You Die?: The outraged look on Myotismon's face in the final battle when he realized Wizardmon was still alive and powerful enough to hurt him was priceless. Subverted when Wizardmon actually dies.
Wizard Classic: His English voice invokes this, sounding much older and wiser than the original Japanese.
Wild Mass Guessing: Oh my. Wizarmon, more than any other Digimon in the fandom, is prone to this. What was his past really like? Where did he get his truckload of powers? What is it that makes him different from most Digimon? What was his relationship with Tailmon like? And most importantly, Why wasn't he reborn? If it was because he died in the Real World, then explain Myotismon and why Gotsumon and Pumpmon's Spirits don't linger....
Myotismon's spirit DID linger, he possessed Oikawa shortly after the kids returns to the Digital World. As for Gotsumon and Pumpkin there is no reason to believe that there spirits didn't linger but they had no means to or reason to communicate with the kids like Wizardmon did. And yes its pretty much made obvious that Digimon who die in the real world don't have their data reconfigured
Wizards Live Longer: Zigzagged. First, heís a Digimon, and thus is technically The Ageless, then heís supposedly killed by Vandemon, so you think he's dead, but comes back later, so you think he will live... and then he's killed off for real. THEN he returns as a ghost in the Digimon Adventure 02 and is thus more immortal than most Digimon.
The first Big Bad of the show, a fallen Angel Digimon who discovered the Black Gears, and used them to take over File Island. In his first encounter with the DigiDestined he was content to just separate them and allow those infected by the Black Gears to deal with them. When it came time to get his hands dirty, he absorbed all the remaining Black Gears and his Ogremon minion, and quickly overpowered the Chosen Children. It took Patamon Digivolving to Angemon for the first time to finally destroy him, though as he disintegrated he warned the heroes that were plenty of other, more dangerous villains out there. A bit later, it was revealed that he had hidden the Tags and Crests (objects that would allow the DigiDestined's partners to Digivolve further) on the nearby continent of Server.His "ghost" reappeared in the mysterious Dark Whirlpool in 02, and warned the Digimon Emperor not to trifle with the powers of darkness. Ignoring Devimon's words, the emperor captured his essence, and used it to add the finishing touch to his latest engine of destruction, Kimeramon. This proved to be a poor decision, as Devimon's evil corrupted the otherwise mindless Kimeramon.
Demonic Possession: Data collected from his wayward spirit is used by the Digimon Emperor to add the finishing touch to Kimeramon in 02. This ends about as well as you'd expect.
Devour The Dragon: He turns Ogremon into Black Gears and absorbs him to increase his power. Ironically, of the two of them, Ogremon survived thanks to getting blasted out of Devimon in the fight before Devimon was killed.
Famous Last Words: "You have used up all your power; that wasn't very smart of you Angemon, now you are no use to anyone! You can't escape from the Dark Forces, evil is everywhere, so don't savor your victory. There are other Digimon just as powerful as I am, some of them are even strongeróI wonder what you'll do when you run into them? You haven't won at all, what a waste of time!"
Genre Savvy: Is one of the competent villains in the series, planning to weaken the children before going after them, but doesn't approach Dangerously Genre Savvy since he doesn't go and kill them himself. Despite his boasting, he's also aware that he's just a big fish in a small pound.
Knight of Cerebus: Whilst he didn't seal the series in this territory (Myotismon holds that honour) Devimon's introduction was when the series changed from stand-alone episodes to a Myth Arc being established and the more serialised storytelling later
The second Big Bad, a anthropomorphic monkey whom the DigiDestined encounter on the mainland. Controls a Dark Network across the desert that amplifies his power and allows him to command many other Digimon, and proves to be surprisingly much harder to defeat than Devimon (and stay defeated).His digivolutions are as follows:
Ultimate: Etemon, his default form.
Mega: MetalEtemon, basically a silver metal Etemon made out of hardest known substance known to Digimon.
Hero Killer: Due mostly due to being an Ultimate level Digimon while the heroes only had access to Champion level at the time. His Concert Crush being able to de-digivolve Digimon is another good reason.
Nigh Invulnerable: Even before becoming MetalEtemon his ability to survive damage was unreal. He effortlessly shrugged off attacks from the gang's Digimon, being electrocuted had no lasting effects on him, and even being sucked into a black hole wasn't exactly fatal to him. And it gets taken even further when he becomes MetalEtemon. Though it's partially justfied in that he was an Ultimate Level Digimon.
Not Quite Dead: Gets sucked into a black hole but survives and comes back as MetalEtemon.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: When he returns during the Dark Masters arc, at first he seems like nothing other then a filler villain. Then he kills Leomon.
Also fitting beforehand. Despite his appearences, he's an Ultimate Level Digimon, while Devimon was only a Champion. He curb-stomps the kids' Champion-level Digimon with ease, has the rare power to de-digivolve Digimon, and becomes a reality-warper when he merges with the Dark Network, all of which makes him suprisingly dangerous.
The third Big Bad who proves far more dangerous than the others, and has designs on the real world as well as the Digital World. A rather classic vampire who can even pass off as human.His digivolutions are as follows:
Ultimate: Myotismon, his default form.
Mega: VenomMyotismon (VenomVamdemon), an utterly enormous humanoid devil with limited intelligence, buglike design overtones... and a crotch monster.
Far more apparent in the original version, where they were called "Bloody Stream" and "Melting Blood", respectively.
Came Back Strong: Each time he's seemingly killed off, he ends up brought back to life in an even more powerful form. That is, until the Digidestined finally blow up his soul and kill him off for good.
Kick the Dog: Really, his entire existence is one long string of these.
Knight of Cerebus: Boy howdy... This guy was practically toying with the heroes for most of his arc, frequently had them on the ropes, and introduced Anyone Can Die into the series by being the first to murder sympathetic characters (his own minions, natch). Things only get darker until the series' conclusion.
Laser-Guided Karma: Killing Wizardmon resulted Gatomon digivolving into Angewomon and killing his first form.
New Powers as the Plot Demands: Like his foil Wizardmon, he to keeps getting new attacks. First the bats, fine, fine. A red streak, okay. Telekinesis, ummmm... alright? Wait, is MetalGreymon about to finally kill him? Nope, he can just stop attacks with a stare. Did Wizardmon just make an In the Back attack? Too bad he can just throw it right back. And this is not counting his ability to come Back from the Dead.
Piedmon: Those bit players are frozen with stage fright, hopelessly waiting for the moment they'll be saved. And yet, there's an unseen twist in the plot. MetalSeadramon: I say we cut to the punchline and go straight for the action! Puppetmon: Oh please, that would be boring. I want to play this drama to the hilt! Let's pull out all the stops and give them what they paid for. Piedmon: I'm in complete agreement, a quick victory would be a letdown. Machinedramon: *eyes flash* Piedmon: The DigiDestined will be on Spiral Mountain soon. We must rehearse before they get here. It will be the final performance! MetalSeadramon, Puppetmon and Machinedramon, I present to you the downfall of the DigiDestined!
While the DigiDestined were on Earth combating Myotismon, these four Mega-level baddies (MetalSeadramon, Puppetmon, Machinedramon and Piedmon) conquered the Digital World with their armies, and reshaped most of it into Spiral Mountain.
Big Bad Ensemble: While they are a team, they have very little onscreen interaction, and don't seem to care all that much for each other, preferring to work alone, and not even being a bit perturbed when the DigiDestined start taking out members of the group. Notably, during all the times he is taunted for not having any true friends, Puppetmon doesn't once even try to claim the other Dark Masters are his friends.
Knight of Cerebus: While Myotismon caused the series to take a serious turn, they take it even further, have already conquered the Digital World, nearly kill the DigiDestined in their first fight, and along the way kill several other minor characters.
No Ontological Inertia: Whenever a member of the gang was killed, their portion of Spiral Mountain evaporated.
Bad Boss: Notably averted, as he's about the only Big Bad in the first series not to be one. So long as you do your job right he's actually a pretty good boss. Yeah, he killed Scorpiomon, but only after he failed him rather severely, and was very willing to reward him with his favorite food for doing his job correctly. That said, he's pretty short-tempered and impatient at best, so he's still pretty evil.
Combat Pragmatism: His strategy on how to take care of the DigiDestined, but since the other Dark Masters are sadists playing around with the Villain Ball, he only got the chance during his few episodes. He even comes pretty close when he has Scorpiomon helping him, though because Joe and Mimi accidentally avoided his trap and beat Scorpiomon, his plan was thwarted.
Lack of Empathy: Implied, but not outright stated, to be why he enjoys torturing and killing his playmates. A sympathetic example in some ways, as he truly does want friends but this makes it impossible for him to have true ones.
Psychopathic Manchild: Type C or E, or a combination of both. In the dub at least. Though he still had this vibe to some degree in the original (a Mega level technically is full-grown). It's revealing, for instance, that too often he has the DigiDestined in his power, but constantly delays killing them because he wants to have some sadistic fun first.
Sinister Surveillance: In the first episode of his arc he uses a television with a remote control to spy on (and mess around with) the kids.
Stupid Evil: Kills off his henchmen and allies, and decides to play around with the DigiDestined instead of finishing them off when he has the chance. Though there were two instances where he thought about just killing them all immediately, but both times he was talked out of it a minion (Kiwimon and Cherrymon, respectively).
Weak, but Skilled: He's certainly the physically weakest of the Dark Masters. MetalGarurumon one-shots him, and when confronting WarGreymon in one-on-one combat, he was clearly on the losing end until he resorted to using his puppet strings. Note, he's still physically stronger than the Ultimate-level Digimon, its just in comparison to other Megas his physical attributes seem a bit lower.
The third Dark Master, he rules over the industrial areas of Spiral Mountain. Initially appearing to be just a mindless mechanical monstrosity, he turns out to be highly intelligent, and as cruel as he is efficient.
Ax-Crazy: Despite his Creepy Monotone voice, he's no less unstable and insane than Puppetmon and Piedmon and some of his lines outright state he enjoys what he does. He also sometimes gets a little carried away. During the final battle with him, he started firing randomly in all directions despite the fact he'd already knocked out the Digimon attacking him, leveling a large part of the city.
"Oh good, just what I was looking for - victims."
Bad Boss: He constantly belittles his lackeys, and destroys the incompetent WaruMonzaemon.
The Berserker: Once he starts shooting, its really hard for him to stop.
Deadpan Snarker: Good lord! One of the biggest snarkers in the show. It frequently happens when his minions act stupid and considering that he's the least talkative of the Dark Masters, that's speaking volumes.
Delayed Reaction: WarGreymon dices him to pieces, but he doesn't realize it until he begins sliding apart.
Made of Iron: Even as far as Digimon go, he's pretty darn durable. WarGreymon only managed to destroy him by using a weapon that is designed to kill Dramon-type Digimon, which unfortunately for Machindramon, includes him.
Not Quite Dead: Unlike the other Dark Masters, he survives (despite being onion sliced!) and combines with a Kimeramon to form Milleniumon. Note that despite being canon, it's never showed in the TV series and instead kicks off the plot of the Wonderswan game series starring Ryo.
Soft Spoken Sadist: Never raises his voice beyond a cold, raspy whisper even when he's promising to kill someone in the most painful way he can.
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Annoyed when he loses the ability to track Tai and Izzy through Izzy's laptop, he orders his minions to just blow up everything. Even they think this is a bit much. ("Are you questioning me?")
Koromon: You missed what I did as WarGreymon. I sliced you like an onion.
"How delightfully entertaining this is! I always get so excited before tragedy strikes!"
The final Dark Master and the leader of the quartet, he rules over the rest of Spiral Mountain, which consists of portions of the Digital World corrupted and rendered barren by darkness. A clown with vast magical abilities, his demeanor is not too dissimilar The Joker.
Fate Worse than Death: Was thrown into MagnaAngemon's Gate of Destiny. While the show is rather vague on his true fate, other material says this move banishes its victim to subspace, where there is no escape. Considering Digimon are immortal barred being killed outright, this might cross over into And I Must Scream.
Villain Forgot to Level Grind: While all four Dark Masters get hit with this to some degree, he got it the worst. In his first appearence, he gives the two DigiDestined Megas a Curbstomp Battle, taking them both out in one hit. Then he saves himself for last and WarGreymon by himself manages to score several effective hits on him and together the same two Megas he took out in one hit before come close to beating him, forcing him to turn them into keychains to avoid getting beaten. To drive the point further home, even their Ultimate level Digimon are able to put up a decent fight with him by that point. It's not that he got weaker, he's just as strong as before but they got tougher fighting the other three Dark Masters and their forces, catching up with him.
A monstrous being that exists in a dark void outside the Digital World, he is kept at bay by a barrier known as the Wall of Fire. The physical manifestation of the anger, envy and resentment felt by early Digimon who died off due to their inability to adapt and Digivolve, his immense power spawned most of the evil in the Digital World, and is the cause of the time discrepancy between it and the Earth.
Green-Eyed Monster: His motivation is that he envies those who get to enjoy life while he was stuck in a world of darkness, as well as Digimon who were able to successfully Digivolve while the Digimon whose data composes him died in the process.
A Y2K bug-inspired Digimon, and the antagonist of the film Our War Game. Spawned from a viral, internet-based Digi-Egg, Diaboromon came close to wiping out the DigiDestined and sparking World War III when he hacked into the Pentagon and launched nuclear warheads, though he was thankfully stopped Just in Time when WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon combined to form Omnimon.Unfortunately, he just barely survived, and laid low until resurfacing years later in Revenge of Diaboromon. Creating millions of Kuramon out of bits of his data, he sent them to Earth through emails, and after being destroyed once again by Omnimon, resurrected himself on Earth by having the little blobs join together in Tokyo Harbor to form his alternate Mega - Armageddemon. Easily thrashing both Omnimon and Imperialdramon, it looked like Armageddemon would live up to his name and cause The End of the World as We Know It, only for his opponents to combine their power and fatally would him. Armageddemon broke apart into a swarm of Kuramon, who were transported back online (where they were presumably deleted) by awed civilians' cellphones, made into gateways by the Digivices.When it was released in English as apart of Digimon The Movie, Our War Game and the unrelated Hurricane Touchdown/Supreme Evolution! The Golden Digimentals were connected by having Willis be the one who created Diaboromon's egg. They also had the viral entity that corrupted Willis's partner Kokomon be the same one that was responsible for Diaboromon.His Digivolutions are as follows:
Fresh: Kuramon, a grayish-blue blob with a single red eye.
In-Training: Tsumemon; still a cyclops blob, except now with antennae and claws.
Rookie: Keramon, a maniacal insect-squid with flimsy hands, and lots of tentacles.
Champion: Chrysalimon, a cocoon shaped form with spiked tentacles (never directly seen, but officially stated to be the adult stage for this line and individual)
Ultimate: Infermon, an arachnid with retractable limbs, and an impenetrable shell.
Mega: Diaboromon, his main form.
"Super" Mega: Armageddemon, a monstrous, vaguely reptilian and multi-legged abomination.
Cut Phone Lines: "Look at the address! He's at the telephone company taking over all the phone lines! If we lose our phone connection, we're finished! It's the only way we have access to the internet!"
X-Ray Sparks: Keramon being electrocuted by Tentomon's Super Shocker.
A big red stag beetle, and the first Digimon encountered by the chosen children after they met their partners. He terrorized them, but when the Digimon partners digivolved to their Rookie stage and started to give him a beating, he resorted to knocking them, the DigiDestined and himself off the cliff they were on. Kuwagamon, even larger than before, later attacked Tai and Agumon in the deserts of Server before being killed by Pixiemon, and one appeared in the real world after VenomMyotismon's defeat, knocking an airplane out of the sky. Whether this was the same one that appeared in the series premiere is left vague.
Starter Villain: Is the first antagonist the DigiDestined encounter, though it was more like an animal than an actual villain.
"There is no escaping! You're in my element now!"
One of the only recurring antagonists that isn't in the employ of a major villain, Shellmon first appears in episode two and is defeated when Agumon Digivolves to Greymon for the first time. Later, he returns for revenge, but is sent retreating by Biyomon and Tentomon.
Voiced by: Yasuhiko Kawazu (JP), Tom Fahn (EN)
The Brute: No real motivation is given for his actions other than that Shellmon are a naturally hostile species, and he doesn't even have dialogue in his first appearance.
First appears in episode 11, when the DigiDestined were separated, and Joe and Sora encounter a group in a cemetery. They are able to merge together to form a "Lord Bakemon". Later, many more are encountered in Myotismon's employ, working under Phantomon. As evil spirits, they are weak against faith.The Lord Bakemon also holds the honor of being the first enemy to be destroyed by the children's Digimon rather than just made to retreat.
To Serve Man: In their first appearance, the Bakemon want to eat Joe and Sora.
Villain Decay: In their first appearance, they were more than capable of taking on the children's Rookie-level Digimon on their own, and it took the combined might of Birdramon and Ikkakumon to take down the Lord Bakemon even after it had been weakened by Joe's chanting. Come the Myotismon arc, the chanting itself is enough to incapacitate them, and the Rookies are easily taking on multiple Bakemon.
Weaksauce Weakness: The first time they face the Bakemon, Joe uses mind over matter (the spiritual kind, not the telekinetic trope) to weaken them. The second time? Sora does this by recording. This might be a case of Dub-Induced Plot Hole, as in the original Joe invoked Buddhist sutras which might still work even if being broadcasted via a recording if the words themselves hold power even without the faith of the speaker behind them.
An enemy of Etemon's, this robotic Digimon is completely unhinged. Was once a Vaccine type, but became a Virus type after an attack from a powerful Virus type destroyed his logic circuits. Out for revenge against Etemon for sealing him in a pyramid. Kidnaps Sora and tries to create a copy of her so that he can use her crest and digivice against Etemon.
Voiced by: Hidenari Ugaki (JP), Eddie Frierson (EN)
Wild Card: Not actually directly opposed to the DigiDestined; in fact they shared a common enemy and could easily have been allies if Datamon had just asked them for help instead of trying to use them.
One of Myotismon's lackeys, stirs up trouble for the DigiDestined. Tries to steal their crests, inevitably ending up being the one to cause the crests to activate instead. Gets abused by Myotismon and the DigiDestined alike, culminating in VenomMyotismon eating him.
Bowdlerization: Aside from in "Sora's Crest of Love" where it was too important to the plot to cut out, his Demi Dart is cut out of the English dub due to its resemblance to a syringe, which carries an association with drugs.
Co-Dragons: He does technically share the Dragon status with Gatomon, and was able to give the Digidestined a run for their money before Tai came back. However, his ineffectiveness shows he's not quite up to the job, and is woefully underpowered comapred to Gatomon or Phantomon.
Dark Chick: Of Myotismon's minions, despite being male.
Talking to Himself: Mostly avoided, but he does interact with Digitamamon, another of the Digimon that Prince voiced in the dub.
Myotismon's strongest underling, one of only four Ultimate-level Digimon to appear under his command (the others being Skull Meramon, Mammothmon and MegaSeadramon). First appears driving Myotismon's stagecoach; later reappears as the commander of the Bakemon army and also summons Tuskmon and Snimon to delay the children and smashes the recording that was weakening the Bakemon. Was caught in the crossfire when all eight DigiDestined Digimon attacked Myotismon, succumbing to Angemon's Hand of Fate.
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (JP), Dave Guerrie (EN)
Battle Butler: Could be seen as this, since he first appears driving Myotismon's stagecoach.
The Dragon: After Gatomon defects, he becomes Myotismon's second in command. Phantomon leads Myotismon's armies and is right at his master's side during the final battle with the heroes. (Well, the final one before Myotismon came back in a more powerful form, anyway.)
Enemy Summoner: Does very little fighting for himself, using his army of Bakemon for most attacks and summoning Tuskmon and Snimon to battle Matt and Sora's Digimon.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Could easily become this to viewers who aren't paying close attention. When the heroes' Digimon are all sending their attacks at Myotismon, Phantomon is off to the side and gets destroyed when Angemon uses his Hand of Fate.
"Wait a minute, Puppetmon, I have a better idea. You can take care of those other DigiDestined children if you want to, but as for this one, leave him to me. I'll have him climbing up a tree before I'm through with him!"
A wise old Digimon who seems to be a friend of Puppetmon's. Sows dissension among the DigiDestined, realizing that united, they would be too strong for Puppetmon, but warns Puppetmon to be cautious anyway. Puppetmon dislikes this "negative attitude" and destroys him for it.
Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi (JP), Jeff Nimoy (EN)
The Consigliere: To Puppetmon. Ironically, his dub portrayal was inspired by the Don in the relationship that made this trope's name famous.
The Corrupter: Manages to turn Matt against the rest of the DigiDestined.
Evil Mentor: Matt knew that Cherrymon worked for Puppetmon, but listened to him anyway.
"Oh please, please, Lord Piedmon, let me punish them!"
Devimon's Distaff Counterpart, and Angewoman's Evil Counterpart. The bodyguard and gatekeeper of Piedmon, she attacked Tai's group in the darkness portion of Spiral Mountain after they defeated Machinedramon. After effortlessly deflecting most of what the group threw at her (and getting into a Cat Fight with Angewoman) she was destroyed when Angewoman managed to blast her with a point-blank Heaven's Charm.
Voiced by Ai Nagano (JP), Melodee Spevack (EN)
Badass: Easy to miss, but she was holding her own against Angemon and Angewomon simultaneously. Most other mons of her type would have been one-shotted by either one of them.