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- Birds of a Feather: All of the children are fans of the Digimon franchise.
- Character Development:
- The difference between each character's initial and final appearance is tremendous; it even gets lampshaded by Takato in episode 50.
- The lyrics of Primary Colors, the final song heard in the original Japanese version, are basically about this.
- The Chick: Jeri, so nice and sweet, until she stops being a Tamer.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Takato - Red. Henry - Green. Rika - Blue. Jeri is a Yellow fourth in this case.
- Color-Coded Characters:
- Takato - Red / Gold
- Henry - Green
- Rika - Blue
- Jeri - Yellow
- Kazu - Orange
- Kenta - Rose
- Suzie - Pink
- Ryo - Dark Blue / Silver
- Ai and Mako - Purple
- Determinators: Yamaki points this out on more than one occasion.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Takato is Fighter. Henry is Mage (if you swap magic for artillery). Rika is Thief.
- Fire-Forged Friends: The main trio—they don't start off as friends, and their different outlooks and temperaments cause conflicts at first, but by the end, they're inseparable.
- Freudian Trio: Takato, Ego. Henry, Superego. Rika, Id.
- Ineffectual Loner: Rika. In some ways a more traditional Lone Wolf battle hardened character making her Co-Lancer with Henry.
- Master Character Heroes:
- Takato: Ares: The Protector, moreso in the latter episodes.
- Henry: A combination of Apollo: The Businessman and Osiris: The Male Messiah.
- Master Character Heroines:
- Rika: Artemis: The Amazon
- Jeri: Persephone: The Maiden
- Master Support Characters:
- Kazu and Kenta: Best Friend
- Ryo: Mentor
- Suzie: Joker
- Ai and Mako: A platonic type of Lover to Impmon.
- Knight, Knave and Squire: Henry is roughly the Knight, Rika is Knave and Takato is Squire.
- The Hero / Rookie Red Ranger: Takato. At first he's a wimp but he grows into it. The last of the main trio to get a Digimon, and to get to the Champion level subverting Protagonist Power-Up Privileges at the beginning.
- Number Two / The Smart Guy: Henry. Gets the technical stuff about Digimon, his assured and serious nature balances Takato's naïveté and playfulness.
- Those Two Guys: Kazu and Kenta. Rarely seen apart, get little development compared to the rest. Kazu's partner is a big robot, Kenta's base form is a Mega.
- Tagalong Kid: Shiuchon, Henry's little sister
- ¡Three Amigos!: By the end of it. Takato main, Henry same gender friend, Rika opposite gender friend.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Everyone, either before or throughout the series.
Takato Matsuki (Takato Matsuda)
- "Aw, nuts!"
A complete Digimon fanboy, that reacts strongly to his emotions, who watches both the shows and plays the card game obsessively, to the point of creating his own fan-character Digimon partner. And then it comes to life...
Voiced by: Makoto Tsumura (JP), Brian Beacock (EN), Rosa Vivas (Spain), Erick Osorio (Latin America)
- Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable: Takato's name is pronounced "TA-ka-to", but in the English dub pronounces it as "Ta-KA-to."
- Adorkable: The kid's just so earnest, it's hard for him to be anything but. It's really easy to see in his interactions with Ruki, who can go Tsun-Tsun when she realized he's added too-girly emoticons to the e-mail he wrote in her stead, and dere-dere when she pretends to be more annoyed then she is at his failed attempt to keep her surprise birthday party a surprise.
- Ascended Fanboy: He plays the card games quite well and draws Digimon fanart. In fact, it is one such piece of fanart that provides Guilmon's blueprint.
- Audience Surrogate: Was created with this in mind.
- Badass Adorable: A Local Schoolboy and his Loyal Kaijuu Hatchling.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a sweetheart and even shy, compared with Taichi, Daisuke, Takuya, Taiki, Tagiru, and certainly Masaru. But when he does get upset?
- Betty and Veronica: On accident. Because the writers kept giving him Ship Tease with Ruki, Takato became the Archie between her Veronica and Juri's Betty.
- Character Development: Turning from a somewhat sweet kid, to a literal Knight in Shining Armor.
- Chick Magnet: Downplayed, but Takato has Ship Tease with not only main Love Interest Juri, but also Rukinote and Minami (from "Adventurer's Battle").
- Curtains Match the Window: His eye color toes a line between brown and a light mahogany, but looks brown in most distance shots.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He punched through J-Reaper, as Gallantmon Crimson Mode.
- Dork Knight: Takato becomes one to signify the transition into the final act of Tamers.
- Expy: Confirmed by Word of God to have many elements borrowed of the other "goggle boys", with a more Audience Surrogate-like personality.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: He wears goggles to protect his eyes when in digital fields.
- Gone Horribly Right: In episode 34, when Beelzemon kills Leomon, Takato is so outraged that he orders WarGrowlmon to digivolve and punish him. He does so, and the mere existence of the resulting Mega Digimon, Megidramon, nearly destroys the Digital World.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Has a major crush on Jeri, and is occasionally ship teased with Ruki.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.
- Heroic Resolve: Manages to get WarGrowlmon back on his feet when fighting the pig deva with this.
- Hidden Depths: Takato has something very... primal inside him, that he repeatedly must learn to call on and control throughout the series.
- Horseback Heroism: Gallantmon with Grani. Even Takato's Dad seems to think so.
- Image Song: "Across the Tears".
- The Kid with the Remote Control: His relationship with Guilmon is one of the best deconstructions of this trope. Its darker consequences are displayed in episode 34 when Takato orders Guilmon to digivolve and eat Beelzemon. This action makes him realize that he had, and could at any time use his Guilmon as a puppet. Fortunately he isn't tempted by the power offered and makes the final decision of becoming Guilmon's partner.
- Last Name Basis He always addresses Jeri as "Katou-san," despite or maybe even because she is the main love interest.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Has a platonic version of this with Rika.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Impmon murders Leomon he completely loses his shit and ORDERS WarGrowlmon to digivolve. He does. Takato regrets it instantly.
- Nice Guy: He is a gentle, sensitive and true to his feelings, which makes him very emotive.
- Out of the Inferno: As Gallantmon (who made said inferno), combined with the slow walk.
- Psychic Link:
- By the end of the series he was able to hear Jeri's desperate plea from inside the Mother Reaper despite being miles away.
- Also, while all the Tamers seem to share some sort of empathic link with their partners, Takato's link with Guliimon is so strong that he feels hits on his partner as if they were hits on him. He can also empower Gullimon with his own strength when sufficiently motivated
- Puppy Love: The 10 year old character in Digimon Anime that went further, to the point of confessing himself to the disguised-as-Jeri D-Reaper Agent 01.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Doubly Subverted. Yes, they are red. Takato starts as the most innocent kid in the trio but bad things happen to good people.
- Roaring Rampage of Rescue: Wanting to save Jeri, Gallantmon Crimson Mode singlehandedly challenges and defeats the D-Reapers collection of its most powerful agents, although his Mega Form is undone, Takato does manage to reach Jeri.
- Rookie Red Ranger: Last of the power trio to get a partner, have it digivolve, or learn to fight effectively. He does try to make up for this by asking the others if he can learn from them.
- Screaming Warrior: He usually uses his connection with WarGrowlmon to channel power into him with a little primal scream therapy.
- Ship Tease: With Jeri and sometimes Rika.
- Spider-Sense: He notices the J-Reaper's presence faster than Renamon.
- Tender Tears: Early on in the series he cried often, because he had never even had a pet before, and he was extremely worried of losing the (literal!) dream come true that was Guilmon. Ouch.
- The Slow Walk: Clearly channeling Gohan in episode 36, but with a cape.
- This Is Unforgivable!: When he says it, he really means it.
- Trouble Follows You Home: To his horror.
- Unstoppable Rage: It manages to shadow Takeru's "kill all darkness" side of his personality. For example, in the CD Drama "Message in a Pocket", he states that he somehow (he doesn't specify) singlehandedly brought down a firewall designed to stop humans from entering the digital world, putting everyone in danger and worrying his parents in order to reunite with Guilmon. That's right, he did this without a Digimon partner. Although he stops himself, just to be sure Hypnos cover it with Concrete, enough to make the place not recognizable.
Henry Wong (Li Jianliang/Jenrya)
- "I always felt that I had to hold back, that fighting was wrong. But this is different, this is a battle that means something."
Another Digimon fan who prefers the video games, and the more level-headed one of the trio.
Voiced by: Mayumi Yamaguchi (JP), Dave Wittenberg (EN), Gádor Martín (Spain), Rodolfo Cuevas (Latin America)
- All Chinese People Know Kung-Fu: Played with; It's Tai Chi.
- Ascended Fanboy: Like Takato, though he used to play the video games rather than the card games.
- Asian and Nerdy: Technically, everyone in the show is Asian, but Henry deserves a special mention for being a smart half-Chinese kid proficient with computers and video games.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: This does save them quite a few times.
- Badass Normal: First Digimon anime human to take an Hangyomon barehanded and win. Points for doing it under water.
- Big Brother Instinct: But it bites him hard with Shiuchon's untimely arrival in the digital world. It not only leaves him uncharacteristically stressed out and temperamental, but unable to provide much, much needed emotional support for Takato, Jeri, or even Shiuchon.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half-Chinese, as you may have guessed. In the English dub, most of the characters had pseudo-Japanese sounding names but he and his sister get the obvious American names Henry and Suzie, respectively.
- Control Freak: Probably his main flaw. Deconstructed when Shiuchon ends up in the Digital World.
- Cool Big Bro: Not just to Shiuchon, but to Takato and his own partner Terriermon as well due to being much more emotionally mature.
- Crying Little Kid: In separate episodes, he saves a little girl and a little boy with quick thinking, Gargomon's help, and a modify card.
- Face Your Fears: Once Shiuchon entered the Digital World, he became so hasty in trying to resolve all their problems and return home that he was the only human not terrified by Zhuqiaomon at first sight.
- Freudian Excuse: Before the start of the series, he once badly wounded another boy and vowed never to use violence as a solution. It doesn't help that later he ended up getting Terriermon injured in the video game.
- Genius Bruiser: He is a very competent hacker as well as a tai-chi practitioner.
- Guilt Complex: A lot. When someone gets hurt in a fight, he puts the blame on his shoulders for not being "competent" enough. See also Control Freak above.
- Heroic Neutral: He mostly wants to ignore conflict but comes around when it's obvious the danger can't be ignored.
- I Know Karate: Early on he is shown practicing Tai Chi with his master, and since the Ultimate level is a merger, it also allows him to kick but when he runs out of ammo with some very loud Kiais.
- Image Song: "Mirai".
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Nearly flips when he finds Suzie in the Digital World.
- Last Name Basis: Sub-only; Takato and Rika call him "Lee/Li" for the first half of the show or so.
- Martial Pacifist: He's a skilled martial artist, but hates fighting, only doing so as an absolute last resort.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
- His reaction to finding out the Terriermon in his video game, that he forced to battle for his own amusement, was in fact a living, sentient creature (very similar to Ken in 02). He swore afterward he would never make him fight again.
- His back-story has that when he first started learning martial arts he became something of a bully and threw his weight around a lot, until he hurt a kid quite badly. The realisation of the magnitude of what he did led him to become a Martial Pacifist.
- Only Known By His Nickname: In the Japanese version, his name is shortened to just "Jian" from "Jianliang."
- Spell My Name with an "S": Henry's name in the Japanese version is a Chinese name; however, due to Alternate Character Reading, it is pronounced "Jenrya", which uses a Katakana approximation of the pinyin, pronounceable for Japanese speakers, rather than the On-Yomi (=Japanese readings adapted very loosely from the Chinese readings from different dynasties; the On-Yomi for his name would be "Kenryo".) In official images his name is written as "Jianliang", using pinyin and how his name would have actually been pronounced using Mandarin Chinese.
- Tearful Smile: At Terriermon's departure.
- Worst Whatever Ever: Henry thinks himself a terrible tamer because of his guilt trips.
Rika Nonaka (Ruki Makino)
- "Walk all over him, Renamon."
Nicknamed "The Digimon Queen," she's one of the best Digimon card game players around, to the point where real Digimon seek her out as a partner! It takes her a while to break out of that mentality, especially since her Digimon partner shares it.
Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (JP), Melissa Fahn (EN), Blanca Rada (Spain), Angélica García (Latin America)
- 10-Minute Retirement: In episode 10 she quits being a Tamer.
- Action Girl: Unquestionably the best one of the anime franchise.
- Alone in a Crowd: Shown to be this early in the series before Character Development kicks in. Emphasised by her MP3/CD player
- Arrogant Kung Fu Girl: To the point where she has Renamon try to kill Guilmon just to get stronger.
- Badass Longcoat: According to Chiaki Konaka, an early inspiration for Rika was Trinity from The Matrix. So much so that being pastel yellow did not detract from the coolness.
- Beautiful All Along: Come on, look at her at Episode 18. She looked amazing in that dress.
- Blood Knight: She starts out eager to challenge any Digimon that comes her way to prove herself.
- Body Horror: During Runaway Digimon Express. Ruki's in the middle of a hypnosis-induced rampage and trying to kill Takato, but Guilmon ignores them both to shoot fireballs at something nasty he smells elsewhere in the car. When the smoke clears, we see this freakish bug-thing with dozens of spare legs and tentacles enshrouding her attached to her back, apparently controlling her through invasive physical contact.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Briefly controlled during the second movie. Damsel in Distress? Ha. Rika goes bananas.
- Broken Bird
- Byronic Hero: Pre-Character Development, she's cold and ruthless.
- Cool Big Sis: They're the same age, but Rika takes Jeri under her wing early on; teaching her to use her cards, holding her hand through the digital field, etc.
- Cool Shades: Wears them sometimes.
- Costume Evolution: For half of the series, Ruki wears a t-shirt with a broken heart. Then, her mother gives the same t-shirt, but with a whole heart.
- Cry Cute: The ending, as she pleads to Renamon not to leave her side.
- Daddy's Girl: The Runaway Digimon Express movie implies she had a close relationship with her father.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mainly in the English dub.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She's rude, cold, and distant to everyone at first, but eventually warms up to her teammates.
- Disappeared Dad: According to his character notes, Chiaki Konaka didn't focus on this element of her back story, because he didn't want to give the impression that not having her father around was responsible for Ruki's attitude, but he appreciated the way Runaway Digimon Express dug into her character and found the psychological approach true to the style of the series. It isn't difficult to imagine that Ruki being a little melancholy about her father and Ruki's previous attitude are still unrelated, that one is not the cause of the other.
- Don't Tell Mama: Eventually, she gets to find out in the end of the series.
- Friend to All Living Things: Rika and Renamon allude to feeling a compassion for all life when they become Sakuyamon.
- Gamer Chick: The most skilled among the Tamers, when it comes to the Digimon card game. Until Ryo shows up.
- Girl of My Dreams: Takato first sees Rika in a dream, though that's as far as the trope goes; barring some Ship Tease, they're never portrayed as anything other than friends.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: She wears headphones to cut herself off from the rest of the world.
- Hidden Depths: Who knew she had a stellar singing voice?
- I Can Explain:
- When her grandmother sees her with Renamon.
- Inverted during Runaway Digimon Express, which opens on Ruki wringing answers out of Takato.
- Image Song: "Moon Fighter" and "My Style".
- Ineffectual Loner: Though this changes thanks to her Digimon partner and family.
- Japanese Pronouns: Unlike some anime tomboys, Ruki uses the very feminine "Atashi."
- Jerkass Has a Point: Is highly frustrated about Kazu and Kenta coming to the Digital World, and considering that they're the only ones without partner Digimon to defend themselves, she's right to be.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: To the point that by the end of the series, she wears a new shirt with a full heart on it rather than a broken one.
- Little Miss Badass: Especially her introduction in the first episode.
- Little Miss Snarker: From time to time, especially in the dub.
- Lonely Rich Kid: With shades of being a Spoiled Brat early on.
- Mommy Issues: She and her mom don't hate each other, but they do clash a lot due to having starkly different personalities.
- Not So Stoic: She can get worried or angry quite easily.
- Ojou: It turns out she is the heiress of a wealthy family.
- One of the Boys: In fact, she is much more willing to fight and upfront about things than any of the boys.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Shows great care for Renamon by episode six, and flips out in episode 15. When Renamon is forced to leave her and return to the digital world at the end of the last episode, she cries openly, something almost never seen from her in the series.
- Slipknot Ponytail: Most notably whenever she becomes Sakuyamon.
- Tomboy: Rika is brash, rough, and enjoys fighting.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is the Tomboy to Jeri's Girly Girl. Weirdly enough, she also has the same dynamic with her own mom.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She doesn't mind wearing dresses and secretly likes to dress up.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Some describe it as a samurai cut.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Ruki gradually becomes more open and nice to the other Tamers and Renamon.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Renamon saves her from a ghostly force in one episode, but all Rika has to say about it is "I hate Digimon. All of 'em."
- Unwillingly Girly Tomboy: As an attempt to make peace with her supermodel mother before sneaking off to the Digital World, Ruki agrees to wear a girly dress for a photoshoot. Unfortunately, the photographer is so obnoxious about everything that Ruki runs off in a huff.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Early on, she saw Digimon as just data, including her own partner, and not as thinking, feeling beings. She grew out of it soon enough. Ironically, Renamon is of the data type.
Jeri Kato (Juri Katou)
A sweet girl who Takato has a crush on. Has issues with her mother she lives with her step-mom. Ends up in the end of a lot of bad luck. You can see where this is going.
Voiced by: Yoko Asada (JP), Bridget Hoffman (EN, series), Philece Sampler (EN, movie) Gádor Martín (Spain), Mireya Mendoza (Latin America)
- Ambiguous Disorder: Some people have theorized that it's possible she's mildly autistic. And that's all that needs to be said about it.
- Break the Cutie: In a really heartbreaking manner.
- Broken Bird: Jeri hides behind an upbeat, cheerful, optimistic persona, but even before the events of the series she had serious issues relating to the death of her mother and how she treated her dad's second wife. The death of Leomon merely shattered this facade and exposed her inner vulnerability, leaving her ripe for her subsequent Mind Rape by the D-Reaper. After all this she is completely and utterly broken, her despair fueling the D-Reaper's power and giving it the impression that all humans crave is obliteration.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Funny in action, tragic in retrospect.
- Consulting Mister Puppet: She has a sock puppet she frequently talks to.
- Crucified Hero Shot: Suffers from this (by cables), twice in a row, because she is fighting the aforementioned mind rape. It's only once in the English dub, though.
- Cuteness Proximity: Upon meeting Guilmon, her instant reaction is to squeal "How cuuuuuuuute!" and Glomp him. She has a similar reaction to meeting Calumon.
- Demonic Dummy: Jeri's sock puppet is usually benign, and she uses it to entertain her little brother. Yet she uses it whenever she has to point out something bad, and that is why the D-Reaper impersonates it during her Mind Rape, turning even the happiest and least threatening things terrifying.
- Five Stages of Grief: Experiences all of them.
- Four Is Death: Although chronologically, she isn't the 4th Tamer in the series That one is Takato she is the first addition to the trio and the fourth Tamer that the audience sees getting a digivice.
- Genki Girl: When she gets really excited about something. See her mad pursuit of Leomon in episode 21.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a small green ribbon in her hair.
- Hates Being Alone: She is never seen having fun by herself, and has a borderline-unhealthy need to be around other people.
- I Just Want to Be Special: And she gets her wish! For a little while, anyway.
- Interrupted Suicide: With her puppet, no less! What Do You Mean, It's for Kids? indeed.
- Image Song: "Sayonara Dake ga Shitteta".
- Mind Rape: After she's broken. Comparable to Asuka's, except it lasts weeks. She recovers by the end, since others openly support her.
- Mommy Issues: Played With; she feels very guilty over treating her stepmom badly when she doesn't deserve it.
- Parental Neglect: An interesting case with her father, who is neglectful not out of malice but because he himself doesn't know how to handle the family problems. And he really, REALLY shows how much he loves Jeri by the end.
- Screw Destiny: She eventually realizes that people make their own destinies, and proves it by breaking out of the D-Reaper's Kernel herself.
- Sexophone: Showed up when she was gushing over Leomon (in the original Japanese). Results in him running away from her.
- Stepford Smiler: A heartbreaking example of what can happen to you if you repress your traumas for too long. First shown in the mostly comedic episode where she meets Leomon, where her despair for a bit of fantasy is (very subtly) shown.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Rika's Tomboy.
- Took a Level in Badass: Double Subverted. Good lord the girl tries so hard. She wants to toughen up to be worthy of Leomon and it slowly happens. Then it all goes to hell in a hand basket. It FINALLY ends up working for her in the end when she stands up to the D-Reaper on her own without Leomon OR Takato there and choses to Screw Destiny and make her own fate. Of course, she and Culumon still need to be rescued in the end... but so does everyone else.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Believes this. Which makes Leomon's last words (in the Japanese dub) of "this was my destiny" VERY poorly-chosen.
Kazu Shioda (Hirokazu Shioda)
Takato's best friend and rival playing the Digimon card game. when he discovers Guilmon, he decides to try and help the other Tamers in their plight. Mostly used as comic relief.
Voiced by: Yukiko Tamaki (JP), Brad MacDonald (EN), Pepa Agudo (Spain), Manuel Campuzano (Latin America)
- Big Damn Heroes: In the final battle.
- Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind Enabling him to save Takato and Guilmon from Beelzemon, by disregarding the difference in powerlevels.
- Genius Ditz: For about one episode. Figured out how the blue cards work.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kenta, so much.
- Plucky Comic Relief: The gutso attitude is more of a show though.
Friends with Kazu, he often serves as a straight man to his jokes. He also volunteers to help the other Tamers.
- Ascended Extra:More so than Kazu as he originally wasn't even going to be a Tamer and was just going to be a background character.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the final battle.
- Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind: Similar to the Kazu example, he saves Takato from being Mind Raped by the D-Reaper. Not to mention that he had to beat up singlehandedly several D-Reaper Agents just to perform said attack.
- Expy: Of Makoto, the supporting protagonist of C'mon Digimon
- Satellite Character: Rarely does much of anything besides interacting with Kazu.
A mysterious Digimon tamer and former champion of the card game, who has some sort of rivalry with Rika. To everyone outside of Japan who didn't read about the Japanese version, he seemed to come out of nowhere.
Voiced by: Junichi Kanemaru (JP), Steve Staley (EN), Ana Plaza (Spain), Mauricio Valverde (Latin America)
- All There in the Manual: His entire backstory, including why he was in the Tamers canon to begin with, was told through a series of four Bandai WonderSwan games. For the sake of reference, a summary of said games can be found here. None of these games were released in the West, meaning that's one long manual no-one got to read. Because of this, Chris McFeely of The Digimon Encyclopedia helped create a comic explaining Ryo's origins for Western fans. "Ryo's Story" appeared in Wickid magazine (the UK Fox Kid's magazine) issue #43, on September 28th, 2003.
- The Ace: The "Digimon King" of the cardgame, though considering his backstory he's more of a Broken Ace.
- The Cameo: In the manhwa adaptation, he only appears briefly in the Digital World and then disappears from the story.
- Canon Immigrant: He first appeared in the Japan-only Wonder Swan Digimon games.
- Continuity Snarl: We could make a drinking game out of all the problems you'd have to wrap your head around trying to mesh the events of the Digimon WonderSwan Series with Digimon Adventure and Tamers. Take his family, for instance, and ask yourself what on earth is it doing in the Tamers universe.
- The Drifter: Both in this series and in his backstory.
- Energy Weapon: He can project an energy whip from his Digivice to discipline Cyberdramon.
- Friendless Background: Throughout his backstory. He is the Tamer that spends most of his time alone, not to mention that he never tries to stick with the group or make it stick together at all, in contrast with Takato.
- Honor Before Reason: In series, and in his backstory. Chose to be Cyberdramon's partner, even if it meant going to the Digital World and being separated from his parents (since Cyberdramon would attack everyone close to him) and he did not see them again for more than a year. After the Tamers returned, he pushed Cyberdramon and himself day after day to fight the D-Reaper's Agents to the point of exhaustion.
- Image Song: "Digital Surviver" (Yes, "survivor" is spelled incorrectly.)
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: The CD Drama indicates that at the start of the series he didn't remember Digimon were real (i.e had forgotten his adventures in the games), but imply that he may have started to remember.
- Make My Monster Grow: The "Goliath" card he possesses can turn Cyberdramon gigantic.
- Meaningful Name: "Ryo" means "Distant".
- The Only One: A key part of his backstory. There was a certain extraordinarily powerful, extraordinarily evil Digimon that only he could defeat because said Digimon was his partner. He had to learn the very, very hard way to stand on his own as a tamer, and it shows in his attitude towards the others. He doesn't mind hanging out with them, but he'll leave to do his own thing at the drop of a hat.
- Ship Tease: Some here and there with Rika, mostly consisting of him aggravating her. This didn't take off so well in the west, where nobody knew Ryo.
- Sixth Ranger: Although the last Tamer introduced, he's the only one on par in terms of power and competency with the core Power Trio.
- Smooch of Victory: Part of the tease was him trying to invoke this trope. So what do I get for saving your life not once but twice?
- Stepford Smiler: Not once in the series does he lose his cool, but his backstory indicates it's nothing more than a cover-up of deeper issues.
Suzie Wong (Li Xiaochun/Li Shiuchon)
Henry's younger sister who winds up dragged into the digital world with the others. Lucky for them, as her power of cute helps convert one of the Big Bads to their side.
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: In the dub, she speaks like this, calling her brother "Henwy."
- Japanese Sibling Terminology: Calls Henry "Jian-niichan" in the original.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Like all the other members of her family, this is in full effect because of Alternate Character Reading. The characters in her name are read using the onyomi reading ("Shiuchon") whereas if put into pinyin, it would be read as "Xiaochun" in Mandarin Chinese. The dubbers more or less gave up the internal debate about what it was and went with Suzie instead. Fandom sometimes adds to this by calling her 'Shuchun', because the Japanese VAs pronounce her name that way sometimes.
- Sixth Ranger: Over Henry's objections, she is this.
- Technical Pacifist: After becoming a Tamer, she develops a bit of her brother's old attitude.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Is essentially this as a character-concept; in a Darker and Edgier series where heaps of tropes are examined deeply and where the tone is comparable to that of a Cosmic Horror Story, she singlehandedly manages to survive the plot by being innocent, bubbly and sweet. She'd have fit perfectly in the previous series or the next one.
Ai & Makoto (Mako)
The youngest humans partnered to a Digimon in any Digimon canon, these toddlers turn out to be the Tamers of Impmon, and are part of the reason behind his disdain for humans.
- Age-Appropriate Angst: They react to Impmon leaving them by learning to share and being the best they can be, and they apologize profusely to him when he returns. Given that they were three or four when he left, this is probably all the angst they're capable of.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Both of them, at first.
- Character Development: A surprising amount given how little screen time they got.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: They become Tamers in the final episode; sadly, they don't have a chance to do anything. (Unless it was them that healed Impmon of course, but then it happened off-screen.) This is justified due to their ages.
- Hair Decorations: Ai's pink hair bobbles.
- Family Theme Naming: Ai means love, while Makoto means truth. This is a common Japanese sibling name combo.
- Girlish Pigtails: Ai has her hair up in ponytails.
- Inconsistent Dub: Their age in any given dub suffers from this. The English and Spanish dubs avoid this by just not stating it.
- Imaginary Friend: The English and German dubs imply their parents think Impmon is/was this. Averted in Spain, where their parents never seem to find out Impmon's existence.
- Improbable Age: Younger than any other Chosen or Tamer on record, bar none. Though they are admittedly bad at it at first and at least act their age.
- It May Help You on Your Quest: Mako's toy gun morphs into a sentry gun as Beelzemon heads into battle.
- Kid-Appeal Character: They're even younger then Suzie.
- Love Redeems: Platonic love, as the case might be.
- Morality Pet: They're this for Impmon.
- Noodle Incident: Their grandma mentions something about Mako having once been glued to the floor, presumably by Ai.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Mako" (or "Mako-chan") is Impmon's term of endearment for Makoto, but the dubbers must not have realized this since everyone, whether they know Mako personally or not, calls him "Mako" in the dub. Impmon even introduces him as "Mako" to Takato and the gang.
- Parental Abandonment: In flashbacks, they live with their parents, who spoiled them rotten. In the present they live with their grandmother and no explanation is given for why.
- They are next seen with their grandmother because their families have evacuated due to the D-Reaper, though that still doesn't explain where they were during Impmon's visit.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Ai wears a pink dress and Mako has blue overalls.
- Power of Friendship: How they cause Impmon to digivolve.
- Redemption Promotion: Impmon gets a lot stronger once he makes amends with Ai and Mako, and his actions inadvertently made them grow up enough to be the people they are today.
- Satellite Character: They barely interact with any relevant character other than Impmon or each other.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Played far more realistically than most uses of this trope; they're different but not night and day different, and get along very well now.
- Spoiled Brat: Due to their parents showering them with gifts. They get better, though.
- Tagalong Kid: Averted. Impmon makes them stay home where they're safe since they're even younger than the already young main characters, and they're smart enough to obey him.
- "Takatomon...I need a new box."
Quite literally a fan character drawn and named by Takato and brought to life. A red dinosaur-like Digimon who is bigger than a human, very powerful, very innocent, and completely lovable. Has a bit of trouble distinguishing between humans, animals, and Digimon.
- In-Training: Gigimon, a small creature resembling a simplified version of Guilmon's head with legs.
- Rookie: Guilmon, his primary form.
- Champion: Growlmon (Growmon), similar to Guilmon but taller and with a mane of white hair.
- Ultimate: WarGrowlmon (MegaloGrowlmon), a giant dinosaur with a robotic upper half, akin to Adventure's MetalGreymon.
- Mega: Megidramon, this series' equivalent to SkullGreymon, only much, MUCH, Worse.
- Biomerge-Mega: Gallantmon (Dukemon), an imposing white knight with a red cape. Achieved by Bio-Merging with Takato.
Voiced by: Masako Nozawa (JP), Steve Blum (EN), Pepe Carabias (Spain), Mariana Gómez (Latin America, as Guilmon), Luis Tenorio (Latin America, as Growlmon, WarGrowlmon and MegiDramon), Manuel Campuzano and Mauricio Valverde (Latin America, as Gallantmon)
- All Animals Are Dogs: He acts more like a puppy than a digital dinosaur.
- Art Initiates Life: Rather than being an existing Digimon who chose to join a human, Guilmon was created when Takato's Digivice scanned his hand-drawn fan art.
- Ascended Fanon: In-universe, being thought up by Takato. This extends to his whole line sans Crimson mode.
- Ambiguous Robot: Gallantmon looks like a mecha, but he's only ever identified as a Holy Knight type Digimon.
- Antiquated Linguistics: His speech as Gallantmon in the original Japanese is made of this, akin to a samurai, or a warrior serving a lord in general, befitting his design and status as a Royal Knight.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: When not fighting, he can be distracted by a lot of things.
- Badass Adorable: He's a child-sized cartoony therapod, but is the most powerful of the three main Digimon.
- Badass Cape: Gallantmon has a crimson cape, befitting his nature as a draconic knight.
- Balloon Belly: Whenever he eats too much his stomach bulges comedically.
- The Berserker: True to his nature as a Combat Species, Guilmon is initially extremely aggressive and charges into battle focused solely on attacking. This becomes more prominent as he Digivolves, especially as Megidramon.
- Beware the Silly Ones: The most child-like of all the digimons but is a very ferocious fighter. Also, he ended up as the most powerful.
- Big Eater: He's always hungry.
- Bishonen Line: His forms get steadily more monstrous until Gallantmon, at which point he switches to a regal knight. Justified, since that form combines traits of Guilmon and Takato.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Growlmon, WarGrowlmon, and Megidramon all have arm-blades that get larger with each Digivolution.
- Blood Knight: While not quite to Renamon's initial extent, as a Virus-type Combat Species, Guilmon is usually eager for battle, and his reaction to enemy Digimon showing up is to snarl in anticipation of fighting them.
- Body Horror: As Megidramon, it has a second mouth that opens its nasal cavity.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: When Guilmon gets on the motorcycle and begins to run over everything in his path. Was brought out of it by Leomon, who beaned him over the head with the flat of his sword.
- Breath Weapon: Most of his forms can spit a powerful blast of flames.
- Chest Blaster: WarGrowlmon's Atomic Blaster is fired from his chest.
- Character Development: Necessary because he was quite literally newborn at the start of the series.
- Chest Insignia: The Digital Hazard Symbol, which signifies his potential to cause cataclysmic destruction.
- Children Are Innocent: A nonhuman example, but still fits the trope since he's practically a newborn.
- Clipped Wing Angel: Despite his immense power (to put this into perspective, officially he's one of four dragon-god Digimon, along with Azulongmon), Megidramon is rather easily brought down by Beelzemon, his rage-induced feral state rendering him not as effective a fighter as he could have been.
- Cool Helmet: Gallantmon's helmet has an adorable Guilmon figure on it.
- Cool Sword: Gallantmon Crimson Mode's Blutgang looks like it's made of purple fire.
- Crossdressing Voices: In the Japanese version, per typical.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Guilmon may act immature, but all bets are off when in a fight, especially after evolutions.
- Cyborg: WarGrowlmon and Megidramon have armor made of Chrome Digizoid, the strongest metal in the Digital World.
- Dark Is Evil: Megidramon, though Guilmon was at one point able to channel his power to protect Takato, to no ill effect.
- Dark Is Not Evil: For one, Growlmon is addressed as being a "Demon Dragon" type. Also, Guilmon himself, along with his entire evolutionary line, is of the Virus attribute, which is generally associated with villains in the series (though an exception already existed previously with Wormmon). This has some significance considering Guilmon and his line feature the Digital Hazard Symbol, and his corrupted Mega form can cause a meltdown of reality for merely existing.
- Deadly Upgrade: Megidramon. Most villains would take an entire game/series/film to deploy their plan to destroy the world. Megidramon? It exists, shines red, and the entire universe (both digital and real) starts being destroyed.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Unlike most cases of this trope, he resembles a mix between a dragon and a dinosaur.
- Dragon Knight: Gallantmon's helmet has Guilmon's dragon-like head attached to his Cool Helmet.
- Dragons Are Demonic: Upon extreme anger of Takato over the death of Leomon at Belzemon's hands, he transforms his partner Guilmon into Megidramon. His powers are so acute and massive that he causes the Digital World to slowly crumble around him simply by existing. Fortunately he's calmed down before he could destroy everything.
- Dumb Muscle: Very childlike, but is the strongest of the main three Digimon. In his fight with Renamon, he was beating her despite Rika using a modify card.
- Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Through the attributes assigned to Digimon, Guilmon is a Virus type.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: Gallantmon Crimson Mode, which gives him wings and further amplifies his power.
- Eldritch Abomination: Megidramon, his Mega form, is so powerful he destabilizes the existence of the Digital World by simply existing.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Guilmon resembles a medium-sized therapod dinosaur.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: He can sense hostile Digimon, and usually reacts by snarling.
- Expy: Takato was specifically thinking "Agumon, but better" when designing Guilmon, so his entire evolutionary line (minus Crimson Mode) has many parallels with Agumon's. Human child-sized dinosaur (Rookie), proper-sized Dinosaur (Champion), proper-sized dinosaur with weapons attached (Ultimate), warrior (Mega). He even has a dark evolution, though that was unintentional.
- Fiery Salamander: Like Agumon, he's a fire breathing reptilian Digimon.
- Flight: WarGrowlmon and Gallantmon Crimson Mode can fly, and presumably Megidramon can as well.
- Friendly Fireproof: Gallantmon Crimson Mode's Quo Vadis attack is powerful enough to clear an entire city, without destroying the city.
- Gentle Giant: Except when berserk, Guilmon in all his forms is child-like.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Megidramon has tattered orange bat wings, while Gallantmon Crimson Mode has feathery white angel ones.
- Goo Goo Godlike: He's the youngest, but most powerful of the three main Digimon.
- Hard Head: When Guilmon was possessed by the motorcycle and Leomon has to knock him off with the blunt edge of his sword.
- Hellish Pupils: His pupils narrow into vertical slits whenever he goes feral during a fight or is anticipating battle.
- Horseback Heroism: Gallantmon with Grani.
- Hulk Speak: He started like this as a newborn, but soon became more articulate.
- Jousting Lance: Gallantmon's Gram and Crimson Mode's Gungnir.
- Kiai: Most notably WarGrowlmon, whose majority of dialogue consists of growls.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Gallantmon is a lance-wielding knight.
- Laser Blade: Gallantmon Crimson Mode's Gungnir.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: He's crimson in coloration and is physically the strongest of the main three Digimon.
- Light 'em Up: As Gallantmon, and even more so as Crimson Mode.
- Light Is Good: Gallantmon is a Holy Paladin Digimon.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: The fact that it can fire energy beams certainly helps. FINAL... ELYSIAN!!!
- Man Bites Man: He's not afraid of using his fangs in combat, and as Megidramon he attempted to eat Beelzemon.
- Man Child: Justified, since he starts out the series as essentially a newborn in a grown body. Even after he gets some Character Development, he retains a child-like mentality. This trope goes further with Growlmon who is much larger than Guilmon.
- Made of Iron: As a Rookie he was able to No Sell Renamon's Diamond Storm, this attack defeated Champion level Digimon. Growlmon survived being mauled on by Mihiramon, half of Growlmon's face and arm were devoured as seen in the mental communication he and Takato were having. War Growlmon was able to No Sell Beelzemon's Double Impact when he and Takato were rage induced from witnessing Leomon's death, Double Impact defeated Rapidmon in one shot. Gallantmon literally endured all of Zhuqiaomon's attacks without slowing down before their battle was stopped by Azulongmon.
- Meaningful Name: In this case his Mega form. Megidramon as in Megiddo, THE LAND OF THE APOCALYPSE. It makes sense later.
- No Range Like Point-Blank Range: As WarGrowlmon, he often uses Atomic Blaster this way.
- No Sell: Renamon's Diamond Storm, which is capable of shredding Champion-level Digimon, does nothing to him.
- Power Gives You Wings: Crimson Mode has glowing angelic wings, not to mention that Takato owns a modify card that when used allows Guilmon to grow Angemon's energy wings.
- Playing with Fire: All of his forms, save Gallantmon, use fire-based attacks.
- Poor, Predictable Rock: The fact that he can't flex his claws out of the paper position gets exploited against him, in a brief game of rock, paper, scissors.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Either Guilmon becomes smarter as he Digivolves further, or he's not as simple-minded as he lets on.
- Olympus Mons:
- Megidramon is a very dark take on this. He's named after the valley of Armageddon, destabilizes the Digital World just by existing, and is completely uncontrollable.
- Takato becomes one as Gallantmon and his Crimson Mode, these are however unambiguously heroic.
- Our Angels Are Different: Gallantmon Crimson Mode has glowing angelic wings.
- Our Demons Are Different: Growlmon and Megidramon are most obviously demonic, but Guilmon's whole evolution line are referred to as Demon Dragons.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Excepting Gallantmon and his mode change, the Guilmon line resembles a far more draconic take on the Agumon line. Even Gallantmon has dragon features on his armor. Megidramon is a far more monstrous dragon.
- The Paladin: Gallantmon is basically a white knight digimon.
- Playing with Fire: He can spit fireballs powerful enough to blast craters in cement.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Megidramon has red eyes, emphasizing his extremely dangerous nature.
- Red Is Heroic: He's the red digimon and his partner is The Hero.
- Refuge in Audacity: Takato eventually figures out that he can take him on the street by claiming that he's just some guy in really good cosplay.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Even Steve Blum admitted Guilmon was way too cute. Not so much in looks, but his personality makes up for it.
- The Rival:
- To Renamon in the beginning (as Guilmon), unintentional since he was the first Digimon Renamon failed to take down.
- To Impmon as Guilmon, once he figures out the former had made a fool out of him. To Beelzemon, as Gallantmon.
- Ship Tease: In the American dub, Terriermon teases him about possibly liking Renamon.Terriermon: "Renamon and Guilmon, sittin' in a tree!"
- Simple-Minded Wisdom: Guilmon eventually grows into this, unwittingly dispensing meaningful advice.
- Super Mode: Gallantmon Crimson Mode is by far the strongest Digimon on the Tamers' side. Possibly the strongest one human-Digimon combination in the entire franchise.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: He has yellow irises, emphasizing his nature as a demonic dragon-type Digimon.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Megidramon, his Eldritch Abomination Mega form.
- Super Spit: Megidramon's acidic drool.
- Sky Surfing: While riding Grani.
- The Slow Walk: As Gallantmon (with the background in flames).
- Snake People: Megidramon lacks legs, but has arms and wings with a serpentine lower body.
- Spikes of Villainy: Megidramon has spiked pauldrons and arm-blades.
- Sword Beam: Royal Saber and Quo Vadis.
- Tap on the Head: This is the only way that Leomon can free Guilmon from a demonic motorcycle. Justified due to the sheer toughness of his hide.
- Third-Person Person: Always refers to himself in the third person, one sign in Japanese speech showing immaturity. It carries throughout all his forms, but takes on a different form as Gallantmon, but only in Japanese, where his specific pronoun, kono Dukemonnote implies the humility of a servant, which fits with his above speech pattern.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Bread. Later on, Guilmon bread, which is baked in the shape of his head.
- Trash Talk: When in the heat of battle, he's not above mocking his opponents.
- Tunnel King: He's very adept at burrowing.
- Unstoppable Rage: Leading into his evolution to Megidramon.
- Verbal Tic:
- "-giru" in the Japanese version.
- The English version might be calling Takato "Takatomon".
- Walking Wasteland: Megidramon's very existence destabilizes the Digital World.
- Wave Motion Gun: Gallantmon's Final Elysian fires a beam of energy from his shield.
- Winged Humanoid: Gallantmon Crimson Mode.
- In-Training: Gummymon, a green blob-like Digimon with a horn.
- Rookie: Terriermon, his default form.
- Champion: Gargomon (Galgomon), a bipedal terrier wearing jeans and has miniguns for hands
- Ultimate: Rapidmon, a giant green flying robot with long ears.
- Mega: MegaGargomon (SaintGalgomon), a Humongous Mecha with a dog-like face. Achieved by Bio-Merging with Henry.
- Adaptation Species Change: Like in his previous appearance, the dub changes him from a dog to a bunny, despite his name being Terriermon. His resemblance to both species is lampshaded by Impmon.
- Arm Cannon: His evolutions have firearms attached to his arms.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: His mega form is the biggest of the entire series, being a hundred feet tall.
- Ax-Crazy: He becomes this whenever he digivolves at first.
- Big Eater: To wit: "Buns and beans and sauerkraut / I'm gonna eat 'til I pass out!"
- The Big Guy:
- Subverted and played straight; in terms of power, all three bio-merge Megas are roughly equal. In terms of size? The other two are literally as big as his head.
- Most definitely subverted when they're all in Rookie form. He's actually small enough to pretend to be a novelty animal backpack in the camping episode!
- Blood Knight: He loves a good fight, much to his partner's annoyance.
- Blow You Away: As a rookie he fights by creating tornados.
- Brutal Honesty: His first line towards Takato is pointing out how bad a Tamer he is for losing his Digimon.
- Canis Major: MegaGargomon, his most powerful form, has a dog-like appearance and a freaking hundred feet tall.
- Catch Phrase: "Moumantai!" When someone else uses it: "That's a really annoying thing to say!"
- Combat Pragmatist: His suggestion for dealing with IceDevimo? "A kick in the pants."
- Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: He (and his evolutions) are of the Vaccine attribute.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: He loves spinning. As Terriermon, he has a trademark Spin Attack while his later evolutions has Gatling Good.
- Gatling Good: Gargomon has two gatling guns instead of hands.
- Gentle Giant: He becomes the tallest and largest of all the digimons in his final form.
- Grumpy Bear: A lighter version, but he often shows signs of being one. He never hesitates to speak his mind whenever and wherever and to whoever he feels like – normally he doesn’t mean any harm, but just can't seem to stop himself from saying something out of place, be it a quip he thinks is amusing, or an unintentionally insulting observation. All very possibly the result of being a wild Digimon, fighting by the rules of survival of the fittest in the Digital World before meeting Henry.
- Guns Akimbo: His evolutions will have both of his arms attached with Arm Cannons.
- The Gunslinger: The entire point of his evolutionary line.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Gargomon wears pants.
- Happy Dance: After Henry orders him not to absorb Gorillamon's data, he at least wants to do a happy dance.
- Head Pet: Tends to sit on Henry's head or shoulder. Since he's pretending to be a stuffed animal, this results into some rather amusing stares from people Henry walks past.
- I Am Not Weasel: In the dub Rika often refers to him as a rabbit, but judging from his name and his later evolutions he's pretty clearly supposed to be a dog.
- Irony: He becomes the biggest of the three digimons in their final stage.
- Killer Rabbit: Was this trope named with him in mind, or something?
- Lightning Bruiser: Rapidmon is fast, tough, and powerful.
- Loophole Abuse: In the dub, Henry tells Terriermon to ignore Impmon and not touch him. Impmon attacks, and Terriermon counters with his Terrier Tornado, canceling out Impmon's attack AND blowing him away. Terriermon points out to Henry that he didn't physically touch Impmon, just shot him with wind.
- Macross Missile Massacre: MegaGargomon can fire massive barrages of missiles.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: He looks like a mashed-up dog and rabbit.
- More Dakka: The entire point of his evolutionary line. Taken to ridiculous extremes with MegaGargomon's seemingly endless array of hidden weapons.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: He's the smallest of the main Digimon, but still able to fight Champion-level Digimon on fairly even ground. Funnily enough, this is subverted with his final form, who's a good ten times larger than all the other Ultimate-level partners.
- Power Incontinence: When he first Digivolves, he can't stop himself from firing his hand-cannons.
- Running Gag: A strong tendency to run out of ammo, with various results.
- Shoulders of Doom: As MegaGargomom, he is equipped with two missile launchers in his shoulders.
- Vocal Dissonance: In the Japanese version, all of Terriermon's Digivolutions retain his cute voice.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Invoked by Gargomon, who is wearing a pants, though technically he's not wearing anything at all as Terriermon.
- Unorthodox Reload: Until Henry swipes the Recharge card, he's basically stuck when he runs out of ammo.
- "As you wish, Rika."
- In-Training: Pokomon (Viximon), a small ball-shaped fox.
- Rookie: Renamon, her default form.
- Champion: Kyuubimon, a mythical nine-tailed fox.
- Ultimate: Taomon, a humanoid fox with Taoist garb.
- Mega: Sakuyamon, a Miko Digimon with ceremonial armour in the shape of a fox. Achieved by Bio-Merging with Rika.
Voiced by: Yuka Imai (JP), Mari Devon (EN), Ana Plaza (Spain), Adriana Rodríguez (Latin America)
- Action Girl: The most combat-trained digimon of the three.
- Badass Baritone: In the German dub, Taomon's voice is very deep. While, Renamon, Kyubimon and Taomon are voiced by a man, only Taomon's voice fits this trope.
- Badass Preacher: Invoked by her final two forms. Her ultimate level has an Onmyodo like appearance called Taomon, while her final form is basically a golden armored Miko.
- Barrier Warrior: As Taomon and Sakuyamon.
- Big "NEVER!": When Vajramon keeps trying to get her to join the Devas.
- Big Sister Instinct: Develops this type of relationship with Rika.
- Bishonen Line: Her final two forms get steadily more human and regal.
- Bling of War: Sakuyamon has golden armor.
- Cherry Blossoms: Her Transformation Sequence to Sakuyamon shows several sakura petals being blown over by the wind while she's standing over a pond or lake.
- Combat Stilettos: Sakuyamon has them.
- Contralto of Danger: She has a very low voice.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Not only she is strongly associated with the night, but Taomon is a Demon Man type.
- Elemental Powers: Throughout her evolutions, she manages to use all four classic elements.
- Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: She is of the Data attribute.
- Facial Markings: Sakuyamon has visible war paint on her cheeks.
- Fanservice: If just Renamon is foxy, then Sakuyamon is that times Over Nine Thousand, at least to some people.
- Impmon even hits on her.
- Some of the dialogue in the English dub doesn't help matters either, as early episodes have Renamon taunting her opponents in a way that almost sounds like she's flirting with them.
- Vajramon pleads her to join the Devas on the account that he's amazed by her power and beauty. You know this means something when a Deva, the servants of the Digimon gods, gets smitten with her.
- Friend to All Living Things: Rika and Renamon describe feeling a compassion for all life when they become Sakuyamon.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Purple is her secondary Color Motif after yellow.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: Renamon is one of the few lead Digimon in the franchise as a whole to avert this with her attacks.
- Hartman Hips: Her hips are very hard to ignore.
- I Have the High Ground: She has a penchant standing and/or leaping from tall objects whenever she can, which was very often early in the series.
- Icy Blue Eyes: With black sclera, which practically give her a permanent, built-in Death Glare and subvert Black Eyes of Crazy along the way.
- Kitsune: She's styled after a kitsune.
- Lady of War: She's as poised as her human partner.
- Magic Staff: Sakuyamon fights with a golden shakujo staff.
- Mama Bear: Towards the kids, particularly Rika.
- Miko: Sakuyamon. Her alternate costume◊, seen only in the Japanese card game, reflects this.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: In a sense, her absolute devotion to Rika makes her this since Renamon almost never objects Rika's commands, even if she's on the wrong side. In "Message in the Packet" Rika says that she wishes that the dynamic were more like Big Sister Mentor.
- Mystical White Hair: Sakuyamon's hair is of a silvery-white variant.
- Not So Different: From Impmon. Neither of their Tamers treated them like living beings (at first), both looked down on humans/human bonds while secretly wishing for one, and both believed absorbing their enemies was the only way to digivolve. The difference is, Rika realized she was wrong and set out to restore her relationship with Renamon; were it not for that, it wouldn't be a stretch to say she could have gone down the same path as Impmon.
- Inverted with Guilmon and Terriermon, whose partners treated them better.
- Older Sidekick: After Rika melts out of her Ice Queen persona (pun intended), Renamon's relationship with her mostly follows a "big sister/little sister" dynamic, with Renamon as the big sister. Reinforced in the CD Drama Message In The Packet, where Rika explicitly calls Renamon a big sister several times.
- One Of These Is Not Like The Others: Her final two Transformation Sequence are still in 2D unlike Guilmon and Terriermon's, which are pure CGI.
- Onmyodo: Taomon and Sakuyamon use this kind of magic.
- Our Demons Are Different: Taomon is an onmyōji kitsune.
- Psychic Link: She has a "connection" with Impmon that functions as a minor version of this.
- Purple Prose: Sakuyamon's defense spells in the dub. And her entire dialogue in other dubs.
- Religious Bruiser: Taomon, what do you think Tao stands for? Also Sakuyamon, who is basically a Miko.
- Roof Hopping: Her preferred method of transport in urban areas.
- She's a Man in Japan:
- In the German dub, Renamon, Kyubimon and Taomon are voiced by a man, Olaf Reichmann. Despite this, Renamon is still referred as beautiful and feminine-like.
- Interestingly, she's actually portrayed as gender-ambiguous or androgynous in the Japanese version, using a (technically) gender-neutral pronoun and being confirmed by Word of God to have been written as androgynous.
- She's Got Legs: Sakuyamon's got nice, shapely legs.
- Ship Tease: With Impmon — somewhat in the original, but more heavily in the American dub. The American dub also adds a bit with Guilmon.
- Silk Hiding Steel: One of the most mature tame Digimon in the series, fiercely loyal to her tamer and a major in graceful feminine badassery.
- Sitting on the Roof: Frequently does this during her downtime.
- The Spock: Renamon is the most rational Digimon of the team.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: She can easily appear or disappear as Rika needs her, despite being seven feet tall and bright yellow.
- The Stoic: Not entirely, but definitely has a few traits and does give the impression.
- This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Seems to hold this belief. Renamon refused help from Guilmon and Terriermon when she fought Allomon. When Guilmon was fighting Devidramon, she informed Rika she wouldn't interfere. When Impmon chose to fight Indramon, Renamon only saved him when it was absolutely necessary. Finally, in a desperate moment, Renamon wouldn't even consider helping Gallantmon against Beelzemon; Guardromon does anyway.
- Villainous Crush: Vajramon has one on her after battling her. She reacts as well as you'd expect.
- Walk on Water: Her Transformation Sequence to Sakuyamon shows her standing over a pond or lake.
- We Can Rule Together: Is offered to join the Devas. She naturally declines.
- Worthy Opponent: Renamon had decimated all Digimon she encountered in the beginning, even some Adult-levels. However, she was unable to defeat Guilmon upon the first meeting, much to her confusion.
- "Fighting isn't everything, you have your own destiny."
Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata (JP), Paul St Peter (EN), Eugenio Barona (Spain), Manuel Campuzano (Latin America)
- Backup from Otherworld: Despite Beelzemon's best efforts, he can't break through the D-Reaper's final barrier until he draws on Leomon's data, using Fist of the Beast King to save Lemon's former Tamer.
- The Big Guy: He even outclasses Renamon at one point.
- Dead Sidekick: Close to the final arc of the series, he is killed by Beelzemon.
- Death Is Cheap: This series as a whole averts the normal Digimon usage of the trope, and his death is treated very seriously and is very permanent as a result.
- Dub Induced Plothole: The dub fumbles his last words a bit - they were changed in his death scene and according flashbacks, but instances of Jeri quoting them herself later acted as though they weren't modified.
- The Fatalist: Deconstructed; before his death, he says that he believes that everyone has a destiny. His dying words about this are meant to comfort Jeri, but due to past trauma, only succeed in breaking her more. However, it's eventually reconstructed when Jeri realizes what he truly meant.
- Fluffy Tamer: Jeri's got this dynamic with him.
- Panthera Awesome: He's a powerful, anthropomorphic lion.
- Papa Wolf: "Do what you must, Beelzemon, but I will not let you harm these children!" Being harmed himself, on the other hand...
- Sacrificial Lion: The director's notes reveal he was chosen for this role because of season one Leomon's sacrifice. His death is what really kickstarted the franchise-wide Running Gag of literal Sacrificial Lions.
- The Stoic: He's generally calm and composed, both in action and speech.
- Not So Stoic: He comes to agree with Rika's assessment of Kenta and Kazu being annoying idiots.
- Walking Spoiler: His story is a relatively short part of the overall show but it's also the lynch pin for the events leading to the climax.
- Warrior Therapist: His fight with Beelzemon and pleas for him to stop is this trope.Leomon: To have power is not to be strong.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: His reaction of Takato picking a fight with him at episode 21.
Kazu's partner. A slightly small but sturdy mechanical Digimon who doesn't say much. He first appears as Andromon, but is reduced to his Champion level after a beating from an ultimate named Orichimon shortly before partnering up with Kazu and...stays that way for the rest of the show.His digivolutions are as follows:
- In-Training: Kapurimon (Caprimon), a fox-like blob with metal casing on his top half.
- Champion: Guardromon, his default form
- Ultimate: Andromon, a tall android with bits of casing exposed.
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (JP), Richard Cansino (EN), José María Carrero (Spain), Carlos Sosa (Latin America)
- Ascended Extra: In previous incarnations, Andromon was just a supporting Mon and Guardromon were just robotic Mooks.
- Dark Is Not Evil: No, Andromon, the cyborg with mechanical parts resemblng a skeleton and flesh parts resembling rotting flesh, is not evil.
- Literal-Minded: Played for Laughs. He lets Suzie run off to help Henry because Kazu told him to watch her, but didn't say anything about stopping her.Guardromon: But I did watch her. I watched her fly.
- Only Sane Man: More reasonable than his partner. In the time Kenta, Kazu, MarineAngemon and he are together, he fits this role in their group dynamic.
- Purple Prose: Does this aloud in some dubs.
- Knight in Shining Armor: He wants to be this.
"Kahuna Waves, puu~"
Kenta's partner. A small pixie-like Digimon that swims in water and packs a big punch, although he prefers to deal with things without violence. Talks even less than Guardramon, only saying Puu.
Voiced by: Ai Iwamura (JP), Wendee Lee (EN, series), Mona Marshall (EN, movie), Amalia Cantarero (Spain)
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: He wears a Holy Ring.
- Badass Adorable: An cute little pink pixie who speaks in broken sentences...and pulls out Big Damn Heroes moments against an Eldritch Abomination like they're going out of fashion.
- In-Name-Only: Supporting material confirms the obvious: that he has absolutely nothing to do with the proper Angemon family aside from name.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Kenta can understand him better than anyone else.
- Love Bubbles: Used for recovery and offensive.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: A Mega with the size and appearance of an In-Training.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Kenta was stunned that someone so small and cute was a Mega. Though he's certainly not the only Mega of such stature and design, most of them are quite huge and have complex designs by comparison.
Ryo's nearly fully evolved partner who likewise comes out of nowhere. He resembles one of the demon-type Digimon, but is apparently a cyborg.His digivolutions are as follows:
- In-Training: Hopmon, a purple, scaly blob
- Rookie: Monodramon, a small, fairly unthreatening dinosaur.
- Champion: Strikedramon, a larger Monodramon with jeans and Cyberdramon's face plate. Only seen in the Wonder Swan games.
- Ultimate: Cyberdramon, his default form.
- Mega: Justimon, a Rider-inspired (specifically, Riderman) Digimon. Achieved by Bio-Merging with Ryo.
- All There in the Manual: As with Ryo.
- Bishonen Line: His final form Justimon is very human looking.
- Blood Knight: He constantly seeks out opponents to fight. In the Real World, he and Ryo fought the D-Reaper to settle his blood lust while the Tamers were resting.
- Canon Immigrant: He is the forced Jogress between Milleniumon and a separate Monodramon, which is why he can't stay in Monodramon form for long and why Cyberdramon is seeking a powerful "enemy" (Milleniumon, his Dark God Side).
- Catch Phrase: "Are you my enemy?"
- Light Is Not Good: He's of the light-aligned Vaccine attribute. You wouldn't know that listening to his Blood Knight tendencies.
- Living Emotional Crutch: He needs Ryo to keep him from going berserk.
- Scarf of Asskicking: As Justimon, as part of the Kamen Rider shoutout.
- Sealed Badass in a Can: If Ryo allowed Cyberdramon to digivolve to Mega, ZeedMillenniumon could not only tear the D-Reaper, the Sovereigns, and everyone else a new one, but banish them to an Eldritch Location beyond space and time... And let something infinitely worse than the D-Reaper loose on all universes.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Cyberdramon's natural Mega-form, as a result of the Jogress, is ZeedMillenniumon. Forget the Sovereigns, the Deva and the D-Reaper, this thing is infinitely more powerful than all of those.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Downplayed; Monodramon, Cyberdramon's rookie form, is the other half of the jogress, and is generally a playful and inquisitive Digimon.
Suzie's partner, and a counterpart to Terriermon (a distaff one in the dub). Originally known as Antylamon, the rabbit Deva, she is forced to regress to her Lopmon form when she becomes Suzie's partner.Her evolutions are as follows:
- In-Training: Kokomon (Chocmon), a chocolate-coloured blob with spikes protruding from her head.
- Rookie: Lopmon, her default form after her Heel–Face Turn.
- Ultimate: Antylamon (Andiramon), a tall bipedal rabbit with enormous hands. One of the Deva.
Voiced by: Aoi Tada (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN, series), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (EN, movie), Diana Torres (Spain)
- Antiquated Linguistics: In the Japanese version, he speaks in an outdated dialect, making him come off as very formal. It also made his gender impossible to guess, hence why Lopmon ended up female in the dub.
- Badass Adorable: Look at the rabbit. Now look at her Tamer. Now look back at the rabbit. Now back at the Tamer. The rabbit is now a divine being. She's on an angel.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: Antylamon when she first meets Suzie. Not only does she have to put up with her antics, but she also gets injured by Makuramon when he tries to kidnap Suzie. This sets the tone for later Antylamon interactions with Suzie, while Lopmon is more of a lovingly battered pet.
- Cool Big Sis: In the English version, she acts as this to Suzie as Antylamon. As Lopmon, it ceases being Cool Big Sis.
- Crossdressing Voices: Japanese version only.
- Cute Little Fangs: As Lopmon.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Joins the heroes side after her original group got trashed.
- Heel–Face Turn: Was originally a Deva.
- Real Men Wear Pink: In the Japanese version, Komomon is male.
- Redemption Equals Life: She is the only Deva to do a Heel–Face Turn, and becomes the only one to survive the events of the series.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Antylamon has a small purple one.
- She's a Man in Japan: Not exactly to the dubber's faults though, since Lopmon used a gender-neutral dialect in Japanese.
- Took a Level in Badass: As the next season and Hurricane Landing show, Lopmon has an EPIC one available. In a more Tamers-relevant example, regaining the ability to Digivolve after Zhuqiaomon rescinded that power, when she became Suzie's partner, constitutes another such level.
Impmon is a trouble making Digimon who spends most of his time picking on humans. He harasses the Tamers and their Digimon because of his dislike towards humans, saying that no "self-respecting Digimon" would ever ally themselves to humans, but secretly envies their ability to digivolve. After a beating from a Deva in an attempt to prove himself, being humiliated and having his ego crushed, Impmon readily accepts a deal with Caturamon. Impmon would gain the ability to digivolve, but, in return, Impmon would have to kill the Tamers and their Digimon. As Beelzemon, he became obsessed with power and murdered Leomon before being stopped. Afterwards, he becomes The Atoner and puts his efforts to making it up to the Tamers.His digivolutions are as follows:
- In-Training: Yaamon, a mischievous-looking blob.
- Rookie: Impmon, his default form.
- Mega: Beelzemon, a menacing humanoid in leather with a long tail. One of the Seven Great Demon Lords, though none of the others have anything to do with Tamers.
Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi (JP), Derek Stephen Prince (EN), Francisco Andrés Valdivia (Spain), Jesus Barrero (Latin America)
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Subverted. Before he became Beelzemon, a lot of his talk was just a front to cover up his insecurities. It's played straight after he digivolves and Played for Laughs after his Heel–Face Turn.
- The Atoner: Post Heel–Face Turn, it becomes his entire motivation for the last part of the series and jump-started his Character Development.
- Ax-Crazy: As Beelzemon, he is obsessed with power, previously being a weakling as Impmon. Completely ignoring the pleas and values of his friends. Until being spared and realizing the harm he caused towards Jeri.
- Badass Biker: The first thing he did as Beelzemon was take control of a motorcycle that had, until then, possessed anyone who tried to ride it. Gallantmon vaporised it during their fight, but it showed up again in the second movie.
- Bargain with Heaven: Makes an arrangement with Zhuqiaomon that grants him the power he coveted. A darker example than most, given what the price was.
- Being Evil Sucks: After his defeat in the Digital World, he hits a depression having come to hate himself for hurting Jeri. He gets better once he reunites with his Tamers.
- Berserk Button:
- The Berserker: A heroic example, against the D-Reaper he wasted no effort trying to save Jeri until he was fatally struck down.
- Big Damn Hero: Swooping in and saving the day when the D-Reaper is about to mop the floor with the other Digimon following his debut as Beelzemon Blast Mode.
- Bilingual Bonus / Fluffy the Terrible: Although it's never mentioned in the series itself, Beelzemon's guns have a name: Berenjena. It means eggplant.note
- Bishonen Line: Beelzemon has a much more human form than Impmon.
- Blatant Lies: He tells Guilmon he "really hates" Takato's bread as he keeps shoving more into his mouth.
- Blood Knight: Initially as Beelzemon, he sought out challenges to test his strength and load the data of digimon.
- Brooklyn Rage: In the English dub he has a noticeable Brooklyn accent and uses slang like "Toots" and "Bada Boom", the latter being an used as an attack name. It comes with the Joe Pesci impression his voice actor was going for.
- Bullet Time: When he fires at the Chrysalimon. The bullets even stay perfectly whole.
- Character Development: His desire for strength leads him into a Deal with the Devil in the Digital World. After killing Leomon he is guilt ridden for hurting Jeri and suffers a depression. Returning to the Real World, he reunites with his Tamers, rediscovers his inner goodness and achieves strength fighting to protect his friends. His arc is complete once Jeri forgives him.
- Crucified Hero Shot: Oddly enough, Beelzemon gets one. When he and Culumon enter the D-Reaper Kernel Sphere to save Jeri, the D-Reaper ensnares him in its cables and he ends up in crucified position. Symbolic? It's doubtful.
- Cute Little Fangs: Impmon
- The Cynic: He's got a very negative view of the world. Believing humans are selfish, that digimon only exist to fight and power being the only value to existing. Until, he is spared by the Tamers and reunited with his own Tamers and starts fighting for the sake of others.
- Dark Is Evil: Switches between this and Dark Is Not Evil before settling on the latter. Henry's sensei helps him settle on the latter.
- Deal with the Devil: In order to digivolve, he agrees to kill the Tamers for the Devas.
- Death Seeker: Has shades of this after his Heel–Face Turn. He may not actually seek death, but between his reckless attitude in battle and the way he encourages the Tamers to "forget about me and save Jeri", he certainly doesn't seem to care if he dies.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: Or rather, being beaten and then spared by the girl whose partner you murdered equals a Heel Realization, atonement, and then friendship.
- Determinator: Hell. Yes. He refuses to give up against a Deva, who even admits such a trait is admirable if foolish, hunts down the Tamers across the Digital world, forces himself to warp digivolve into Beelzemon to help out, and soldiers on through everything the D-Reaper throws at him to save Jeri.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Impmon has a chip on his shoulder, due to having a bad experience with humans in the past. He also wants very much to digivolve and become more powerful. He doesn't want anyone to feel bad for him, though. Following on from this, he refuses help from the Tamers when facing Indramon.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In the original intro there's a very ominous shadow walking behind Impmon. The shadow belongs to Beelzemon. However, the silhouette can be seen just a few seconds ahead if one pays close attention.
- Evil Is Hammy: As Beelzemon before his Heel–Face Turn, he often would scream his sentences to get his point across.
- Evil Overlooker: He was shown in this fashion in the early promos for the show, except he was underneath the Tamers rather than above.
- Expressive Ears: Droops slightly if he's sad and point almost straight up when he's surprised.
- Extra Eyes: He has three eyes as Beelzemon.
- Face–Heel Turn:
- Freudian Excuse: He hates humans because his Tamers treated him like an object and abused him. They were only four and not intentionally malicious, but it left some clear emotional scars. His yearning for power is also a result of the Digital World being harsh towards weaker digimon who are loaded by the more powerful.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: This guy started out as just an annoying prankster, but became powerful enough to kill one of the heroes, nearly kill several more, and was able to fight on-par with the main characters against the D-Reaper.
- Fur and Loathing: Beelzemon has a fur jacket ala Squall Leonhart, and he has so much loathing until his Heel–Face Turn.
- Good Feels Good: He rediscovers his inner goodness after reuniting with his Tamers and deciding to fight to protect his friends.
"Havin' someone to fight for feels pretty good; who knew?"
- In the American dub, he lampshades this after his Redemption Promotion
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Black angelic ones in Blast Mode.
- Guns Akimbo: In his digivolved form he wields a pair of mini shotguns.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He has a fiery temper and even sounds like Joe Pesci.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: He accepts a deal with Caturamon to be able to digivolve in exchange for killing the Tamers and their Digimon He is spared at the last moment by Jeri, her reasoning being that while she hated him for what he did, she didn't want to see anymore lives be lost. Shaken by this display and considerably weakened from battle, he wanders off, now guilt-ridden and ashamed of his horrific deeds. Rika and Renamon rescue him. In the Real World, he reunites with his Tamers and finds his inner goodness proving a valuable ally against the D-Reaper.
- Heel Realization: Having been spared from death by Gallantmon because of Jeri's pleas, he realizes all his desires of power have lead to breaking Jeri's heart. He walks away full of guilt.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Beelzemon.
- Hellish Pupils: As Beelzemon. It's more obvious when his pupils are contracted.
- Hero Killer: He unexpectingly kills Leomon in what is possibly the series biggest Wham Episode.
- Humans Are Bastards: He felt this way for a long time due to his Tamers treating him like a possession. It isn't until Jeri convinces Gallantmon to spare him that he changes his belief.
- Humiliation Conga: His entire "battle" with Indramon could be seen as this. It was also the catalyst for his own, minor Despair Event Horizon and what led to his Deal with the Devil.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Deconstructed. He tries to force himself to be this by taking on Indramon alone. It...doesn't work, which makes him cross the Despair Event Horizon. And that opens up the way for Catsuramon's manipulations, showing that sometimes the lengths people take to invoke this isn't always a good thing.
- The Imp: He's not called Impmon for nothing, being a mischievous Virus-type Digimon.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By the D-Reaper after being unable to rescue Jeri. He isn't killed but is too wounded to participate in the final battle.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: A whole herd of Chrysalimon are killed from just a few shots. Justified in that a Mega level Digimon wouldn't be using normal bullets.
- It's All My Fault: He was deeply guilt-ridden for killing Leomon, and did everything in his power to save Jeri from the D-Reaper. The D-Reaper took advantage of this and openly mocked Beelzemon, but this didn't stop him from trying to rescue Jeri. After the D-Reaper's defeat, Impmon is at last able to ask for Jeri's forgiveness. To his relief, she forgives him, leaving Impmon finally at peace in the end.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Ore."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Most obvious after his Heel–Face Turn, but it's still there even before his Face–Heel Turn.
- Kick the Dog: Quite literally when he proceeds to beat on an already-wounded Kyubimon.
- Knight of Cerebus: Even though the series wasn't exactly cheerful and light-hearted before Beelzemon comes along...
- Laughing Mad: After defeating Megidramon, Kazu even comments he's a sore winner.
- Lightning Bruiser: As Beelzemon and while riding his motorcycle.
- More Dakka: Beelzemon Blast Mode upgrades from akimbo double-barrelled pistols to a huge Arm Cannon (though he keeps his previous weapons as backups). Even moreso when said arm cannon started out as a harmless toy ray gun.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Beelzemon. Not to mention the original Japanese name for his Blast Mode arm cannon: "Death Slinger". In the American dub, Bowdlerised into "Corona Blaster". Though, once one remembers that a Corona is the only part of the sun visible during a solar eclipse, the name becomes awesome again.
- Never Learned to Read: Apparently not, as he spends part of an episode trying to get someone to read a note for him.
- The Nicknamer: In the American dub, at least. He called Renamon "Foxy", "Fox Face", or "Toots", depending on his mood, used "Pineapple Head" for Guilmon, and "Cream Puff" for Calumon. These became almost like Terms of Endangerment when he first became Beelzemon; "Pineapple Head" doesn't sound nearly as silly and innocent when it's said with a gun in your face.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: In the English dub, his voice actor is clearly emulating Joe Pesci, with everything that implies.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: After his Despair Event Horizon and his deal with Caturamon. After evolving into Beelzemon, he kills Leomon and actually defeats Megidramon.
- Not So Above It All: In the camping episode he shows up to taunt the tamers and their Digimon. When they invite him to play with them in the river he, taken aback, refuses stating that he'd never lower himself to play with them nicely... then he gets splashed...
- Oh Crap!: For a moment he's clearly relieved and thrilled when he busts through the D-Reaper's last line of defense and is in arm's reach of Jeri. Then he's confused and frustrated when she's just standing there like a statue instead of taking his aid. But when she whimpers that he's not Leomon, the look in his eye and tone of his voice is pure shock and horror.
- Odd Friendship: With Culumon during the D-Reaper arc.
- Pet the Dog: In the Digital World, he actually encounters Calumon before the Tamers do, but after considering him for a moment decides to just let him go. Whether it was genuine kindness or just not thinking Calumon was worth killing is up for debate.
- Power Copying: Of the Digimon whos data he's loaded. He used Makuramon's Primal Orb attack to steal Rapidmon and Taomon's data, and later the "Fist of the Beast King" in an attempt to rescue Jeri.
- Power High: After becoming Beelzemon, he is obsessed with loading data of other digimon in order to prove just how strong he is.
- Psychic Link: Has an unusual "bond" with Renamon that acts as a minor version of this.
- The Prankster: Impmon's hobby, messing with humans.
- Psycho for Hire: Caturamon turns him into this.
- Psychotic Smirk: As a villain, Beelzemon has two facial expressions—scowling and crazy grinning.
- Redemption Equals Death: Not quite for Impmon, but trying to redeem himself to Jeri before being struck down by the D-Reaper is the last time we ever see Beelzemon.
- Redemption Promotion: After reconciling with his tamers, he unlocks Blast Mode.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: As Beelzemon. His eyes turned green in Blast Mode as a sign of his Heel–Face Turn.
- Roaring Rampage of Rescue: Guilt-ridden over killing Leomon, he is determined to save Jeri at any cost from the D-Reaper. The actual result however ends up becoming an Unwanted Rescue as detailed below.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Averted. He has a red scarf but he is not a fighter. When he finally evolves and Took a Level in Badass, it's tied around his arm.
- Social Darwinist: Following the policy of the digital world that only the strongest can survive, and that power represents strength over weaker Digimon.
- Take My Hand: Fails this with Jeri, as she is reminded of Leomon, whom he killed. Seeing Leomon's image replaced by one of the person who killed him had to have been a huge shock. In the manga version of that scene, Jeri attempts to take his hand, but he is cut down before she can.
- That Man Is Dead: Says this about Impmon after his Face–Heel Turn. In the original Japanese, he flat-out says "The owner of that name is dead!".
- Trying Not to Cry: Accepting an apology from his Tamers for their previous mistreatment, Impmon was overwhelmed with emotion looking away and cried as he forgave them.
- Took a Level in Badass: When he becomes Beelzemon.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He becomes more better after his Heel–Face Turn and you see him interacting with his Tamers and Calumon in the D-Reaper arc.
- Tragic Villain: His desire to digivolve pushed him into becoming Beelzemon and killing Leomon. He later becomes a Tragic Hero when he is struck down by the D-Reaper after failing to save Jeri.
- Tsundere: Has traces of this before he's properly friends with the heroes. He didn't mean to tell Takato about Sandiramon, he was just making fun of him! And he definitely didn't want to go swimming with the other Digimon...
- Unwanted Rescue: Against the D-Reaper he uses everything in his power to save Jeri. Every attack until he calls forth the "Fist of the Beast King" attack and successfully reaches out to Jeri, but fails to get her cooperation because he isn't actually Leomon. Beelzemon is devastated to see her reaction.
- Verbal Tic: As Beelzemon, he has a habit of repeating the last part of some of his sentences for emphasis."No...to have power IS to be strong! I'll keep loading data until no one can stop me! No one! NO ONE!
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: After being spared by the Tamers, he spends a lot of time just wandering in a daze, horrified and disgusted by everything he'd done. Until he is rescued and brought back to the real world by Rika and Renamon, and afterwards reunited with his own Tamers.
- Villainous Glutton: Initially as Beelzemon, he becomes obsessed with loading as data as possible to become stronger. His associated sin as a Demon Lord is, appropriately, gluttony.
- Villainous Harlequin: As Impmon and subverted once he digivolves.
- Walking Spoiler: Just mentioning his evolution into Beelzemon gives away a good chunk of his character arc.
- Wing Pull: Blast Mode. Note the Ascended Demon imagery.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Initially believed true strength represented complete power. He nearly went insane until he was spared in defeat and realized the harm he caused.]]
- World's Strongest Man: Upon defeating Megidramon, he claimed he'd become the most powerful Digimon, even loading the Sovereign Makuramon.
"Hello hello hello hello hellooo!!"A goofy little critter who befriends Guilmon and turns out to be the most important Digimon of all. Him/her (opinions vary) getting captured/lost sets off the Digital World portion of the series.
Voiced by: Tomoko Kaneda (JP), Brianne Siddall (EN), Blanca Rada (Spain), Marisol Castro (Latin America)
- Ambiguous Gender: Even though Digimon themselves aren't divided by genders, and Culumon's not even a Digimon to begin with.
- Children Are Innocent: Subverted; though it's definitely true, it's implied he knows how to invoke this when he wants to cheer someone up.
- Determinator: While trapped inside the D-Reaper kernel with her, he does everything he can so that Jeri won't succumb to her depression.
- Deus ex Machina: On more than a few occasions his ability to forcibly digivolve others is what saves the day.
- Expressive Ears: They grow and shrink depending on his mood.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: "Kurukuru" means "spinning."
- Facial Markings: The red triangle on his forehead is in fact the catalyst of Digivolution.
- I'm Having Soul Pains: When WarGrowlmon Dark Digivolved to Megidramon.
- Keet: He's cute, excitable, and playful; constantly running around in search of something fun to do.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He's a lot more perceptive than he lets on.
- Opposites Attract: His treatment of Rika counts, though she initially seems unsure how to react to someone so innocent and sweet. His bond with Impmon also counts.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Likely the cutest one in the franchise... before Cutemon.
- Sentient Phlebotinum: It is eventually revealed that he is the key to all Digivolution, who was given sentience by the DigiGnomes as a precaution against the D-Reaper.
Janyu "Tao" Wong (Li "Tao" Zhènyǔ)
Henry and Suzie's father, and one of the Monster Makers, a 1980s group of programmers who created the Digimon. Helps get together the rest of the creators to help the kids save the world.
Voiced by: Yoshiyuki Kaneko (JP), Jamieson Price (EN), Jorge Teixera (Spain, first apparitions), Francisco Andrés Valdivia (Spain, rest of the series), Luis Tenorio (Latin America)
- A Friend in Need: His wife once told Henry that Janyu went to great lengths to help a friend that hit rock bottom.
- Good Father
- I Know Karate: He demonstrates how it's really done (not the showy stuff) on two police officers, by knocking them down in a few seconds! For reference, the martial arts demonstrated is a variant of Tai Chi, which is rather popular in some areas of China.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Has this reaction when he realises his messing around with artificial life as a college kid might have just doomed humanity in general and his kids in particular.
- Odd Friendship: With Yamaki.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Takes an antagonistic role to Yamaki at first when it's revealed what Hypnos is fighting. Naturally he's on the side of not wanting to wipe out artificial life and would rather study it and learn to interact with it.
Goro "Shibumi" Mizuno
A member of the Monster Makers, who continued to work on the project after the others left. After an accident, his spirit project itself into the Digital World, where he met Takato and Henry.
Voiced by: Taro Suwa (JP), Bob Glouberman (EN), Eugenio Barona (Spain), Ernesto Lezama (Latin America)
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Due to being in a coma.
- Does Not Like Shoes: For wearing a hospital pajama and such.
Rob "Dolphin" McCoy
The creator who started the Digimon project, and the first person to create artificial life.
Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi (JP), Tom Fahn (EN)
- All There in the Manual: In Digimon Tamers 1984, it's mentioned McCoy studied under John C. Lilly. Lilly was well known for his studies on Dolphins, thus resulting in Rob's nickname.
- Mr. Exposition: Serves as this to explain what was going on to the tamer's parents. Latter plays this role again on an television news report.
A mysterious girl in black, who comes to give a gift to help our heroes, and may or may not be a ghost.
Aishwarya "Curly" Rai
Indian professor and member of the Monster Makers, expert in Quantum Theory.
Voiced by Youko Matsuoka (JP), Dorothy Elias Fahn (EN), Daniela Benítez (Latin America)
- All There in the Manual: The short story "Digimon Tamers 1984", explains what her role was in the Monster Makers.
- Chekhov's Skill: The short story mentions her talent was in quantum physics. It turns out, the D-Reaper "goo" is a quantum bubble. Guess who programs the Doodlebug vortex?
Monster Maker and robotics and software expert.
- Hero of Another Story: In Digimon Tamers 1984, she is the protagonist. In America, this story was never officially released.
- Freak Out: Thinking the Project has created monsterous beings, she begins to destroy the computers in a panic.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Shibumi arrives during her freak out, and calms her down.
- Nothing Is Scarier: While working alone one night at the lab, she hears something is outside the building, leaving claw marks in doors, but she never sees any danger.
Theoretical Physicist and Monster Maker.
- Bald of Awesome: His older self is completely bald.
- Soul Brotha: His very look radiates this.
Grani, formerly known in a different form as "The Ark", is the name of an ark that was created by the reunited Monster Makers to bring the Tamers back from Digital World to the Real world. It is later upgraded to be used against the fight against the D-reaper.
- Big Damn Heroes: He sure does have an impressive track record.
- Cool Horse: Described as a loyal steed to Gallantmon by Yamaki.
- A Friend in Need: He goes out of his way to help the heroes several times.
- Fusion Dance: With Gallantmon, resulting in Gallantmon Crimson Mode.
- Odd Friendship: Grani and Guilmon.
- Sentient Vehicle: The monster makers were initially surprised that the Ark could make decisions for itself when it chose to stop and wait for Takato in the Digital World. It's later explained that it was created using the same program to make the Digimon.
- The Voiceless
Kai is Takato's cousin from Okinawa. He discovers Guilmon is a Digimon, but keeps it a secret and befriends him.
A powerful Digimon that patrols the net, he came across an Apocalymon attempting to destroy the real world and intervened. Unfortunately, before he could finish the job, Apocalymon reformatted into Mephistomon and escaped. He later transported Henry and Rika to Takato's location so all three Tamers could take down Mephistomon
Voiced by: Chika Sakamoto, Mayumi Yamaguchi (JP), Lex Lang & Kirk Thorton (EN)
- Beam-O-War: His Supreme Cannon vs Mephistomon's breath attack.
- BFS: His Transcendent Sword
- Implacable Man: A rare heroic portrayal, nothing thats thrown at him in the movie causes him any harm at all and barely slows him down
- Light Is Good: Is a Holy Knight type clad in white armor, and he fits the type perfectly, acting as a gallant hero
- Story-Breaker Power: Its made very clear that if he cornered Mephismon, or even Gulfmon, the fight would end very quickly. Unfortunately he cannot leave the net
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's never seen or mentioned after this movie again, so its unknown where he went afterwards, although presumably he helped in the fight against the D-Reaper
HypnosCovert agency that seeks to contain and deal with the Digimon problem.
- All There in the Manual: Konaka's website explains the back story of Hypnos, which began back in 2001 to counter/rival other surveillance programs.
- Benevolent Conspiracy: The agency was created to stop computer crime, and modified to protect the public from invading monsters.
- Black Helicopter: AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to be precise. Despite all that firepower, they're not that useful against the Devas.
- Closest Thing We Got: Originally existed to monitor electronic communications for half the planet. When Digimon begin to crossover, the agency got stuck with the job of containing them.
- Cool Shades: Seems to be part of the standard uniform for everyone - even Riley has a pair in one episode.
- Conspiracy Redemption: After Yamaki's Heel–Face Turn, the organization becomes devoted to helping the Tamers get home, and latter battle the D-Reaper.
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: Whenever the scene goes to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, ominous music plays. At one point, Takato takes a look at the place and get's a bad a feeling about it. Which seems silly, considering that the structure is a well known landmark that he's seen all his life.
- Government Agency of Fiction: In-universe, Hypnos was the Japanese government's Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) program.
- Government Conspiracy: Two of them! First, Hypnos was heavily classified since their activities were of legal dubiousness. The second was to cover up that Digimon were real.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Early on, the agency fails in regards to dealing with Digimon. Then they activate the Juggernaut.
- The Masquerade: Attempts to hide the existance of Digimon from the public to prevent mass panic. They fail.
- The Men in Black: Hypnos' field agents, naturally.
- No Such Agency: Like the real life ECHELON, Hypnos' existence was denied by the government, though word did get around about it. The government had to officially recognize it once the D-Reaper appeared. In at least in the sequel movie, the agency operates openly.
- The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The government officials Yamaki reports to. They only meet through teleconferencing, so we never get a good look at most of them. What we do see of them is rather humorous: One is eating lunch, and another is playing golf during said teleconference.
- Punch Clock Villain: Hypnos isn't capturing and terminating on Digimon for laughs. The "wild ones" often cause trouble, so the government have legit reasons for their actions. The Bridge Bunnies just see it as a job. Even the government officials merely see the Digimon as weird inconveniences. Yamaki is the only one who really takes it personally.
- Theme Naming: The agency likes to uses the Cthulhu Mythos for its programs.
- They Would Cut You Up: Takato is rightfully worried about the authorities. Yamaki orders an analysis of a captured Digimon, which painfully breaks it down. When the scientist asks what to do with the Mon's data, Yamaki tells him to delete it.
- Van in Black: And to round off the Hypnos' black ops motif, they also got these too! Takato, funnily enough, sees these and thinks they may be part of a government conspiracy.
A mysterious man in black who tends to stand around watching the kids and their Digimon, absently and creepily flicking his lighter. Is researching Digimon and capturing the weakened ones for reasons unknown...
Voiced by: Susumu Chiba (JP), Steve Blum (EN), José María Carrero (Spain), Gustavo Rocha (Latin America)
- Arc Villain: The closest thing the show has to a central antagonist prior to the Deva arc.
- The Atoner: A stoic version post-Heel–Face Turn.
- Badass Bookworm: He's also a programmer.
- Big Bad Wannabe: For half the series, he was the closest thing to an antagonist.
- Character Tic: Flicking his zippo open and closed.
- The Cracker: He develops computer programs to wipe the Digimon out.
- Evil Is Hammy: Whenever he gets emotional during his "bad guy" phase.
- Fantastic Racism: Against Digimon at first. He eventually changes his views entirely.
- The Glasses Come Off: Very rarely. Used to very dramatic effect when he orders Juggernaut activated.
- Hacker Cave: The room where the Hypnos system is located. It's vast, filled to the brim with high tech equipment and wires.
- Heel–Face Turn: After the Juggernaut program backfires horrifically, he realizes he was wrong and sides with the main characters.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Prior to his Heel–Face Turn, his downfalls were mainly caused by his own projects. He learns from this eventually.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Post Character Development.
- Kick the Dog: Had quite a bit of these before his Heel–Face Turn. How he used the Juggernaut program was so horrifying, it leads directly to a My God, What Have I Done?.
- Knight Templar: He believes that destroying all Digimon is necessary for the survival of humanity, even the Digimon that aren't evil.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Juggernaut is activated the first time and the first Deva appears, triggering a Villainous Breakdown. It doesn't really sink in though for several more episodes as more Devas use the portal he opened to cross over.
- Neck Lift: He does this to Henry after he starts breaking down. Who is an elementary school kid, by the way.
- No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Averted. They had all the above, but he ordered the usage of Juggernaut too early regardless.
- Not So Stoic: Was originally intended as The Stoic, but stress began to change this early on, making him also Not So Above It All.
- Obliviously Evil: Take into account What Measure Is a Non-Human? below and the fact that Digimon really are dangerous, and his behavior suddenly makes perfect sense.
- Sunglasses at Night: Wears all the time, even in dark rooms.
- Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: "But, sir, Juggernaut's not ready!" "SPARE ME YOUR THEORIES! DO IT!"
- Villainous Breakdown: When he realizes Juggernaut is allowing the most powerful Digimon yet an express ticket to the real world, he walks away from the scene ranting about "Digimon-loving freaks" and threatens Henry when they cross paths seconds after. In the original version, he's throttling Henry!
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: His second major failure causes this and it leads to his Heel–Face Turn.
Riley Ohtori & Tally Onodera (Reika Otori & Megumi Onodera)
Two young women who operate the Digimon detection thingy that, well, detects Digimon.
Reika is voiced by: Ai Nagano (JP), Tifanie Christun (EN, series), Philece Sampler (EN, movie), Gádor Martín (Spain), Belinda García (Latin America)
Megumi is voiced by: Fumiko Miyashita (JP), Peggy O'Neal (EN), Patricia Mainou (Latin America)
- Ascended Extra: Riley gets to do stuff outside of Hypnos once it's revealed that she's Yamaki's girlfriend. Tally, however, is still just "that blond that works at Hypnos".
- Subordinate Excuse: Riley is both Yamaki's girlfriend and subordinate, though they keep their relationship and profession seperate.
The Man In Black
Hypnos field operative, having a few minor but important repeat appearances. He has a black hat that he wears.
Voiced by R. Martin Klein (EN).
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Pulls off a rather impressive one to Janyu: Suddenly appearing in the middle of a hallway, then disappears fast enough that when he looks back and replies, the Man is gone and Henry is standing where he was.
- Mook Lieutenant: The closest thing in Hypnos to one, briefing Yamaki about Shibumi.
- Nice Hat: Which allows him to stand out from the rest of the MiB.
- No Name Given: The operative is never given a name or title in the series. The fans simply refer to him as "the Man In Black".
- Vagueness Is Coming: His conversation to Janyu Wong .
Chief Cabinet Secretary
Government official that works most directly with Hypnos. Wears a brown suit, and like most mysterious government types, sunglasses.
Voiced by Dave Mallow (EN).
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Everyone calls him the Chief.
- Jurisdiction Friction: After Vikaralamon ruins Shinjuku, the Chief clashes with the Head of National Security over the use of Juggernaut. The Secretary argues it's dangerous to use without Yamaki. The other official declares it a "National Security" issue, and uses the program anyways.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He fires Yamaki for failing to deal with the Digimon. But when the Juggernaut is about be brought back on, and knowing knowing that trouble is coming, the Chief gets Yamaki back.
- The Unmasqued World: Once the D-Reaper appears and accusations that they're responsible, Hypnos reveals itself to the world. The Chief clarifies that the agency wasn't at fault at a press conference, while dodging questions about it's SIGINT program.
- The Watson: Serves as this, allowing Yamaki to explain Hypnos and other important concepts.
- "The way you treat people, how you think. You're cold as ice, you have no time for warm weak relationships. You always expect perfection from yourself and others. You demand it. I am the only one who understands you, Rika. That is why we're destined to become partners."
- Voiced by: Juurouta Kosugi (JP), Michael Reisz (EN), Guillermo Rojas (Latin America)
- Ax-Crazy: He freezes Digimon solid for entertainment.
- Blood Knight: He wants to take Renamon's place as Rika's partner so that he can become more powerful.
- Card-Carrying Villain: "Better a powerful monster, than a weak nobody."
- Chest Insignia: He bears the Mark of Evil on his chest.
- Creepy Souvenir: Blocks of ice containing dead and terrified Digimon."I want to show you something. To prove I'm worthy to be your partner, I've set up a little show and tell. So you can see my power for yourself. For years, I have hunted hundreds of Digimon and absorbed their data. They were friends to some, maybe even partners. But as you once said, they are merely stepping stones."
- Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: It may not be obvious to viewers who aren't familiar with data attributes, but this is played perfectly straight. Kyuubimon, who didn't even scratch him, has the Data attribute, giving her a clear disadvantage. Guilmon, on the other hand, has a Virus attribute, the same as IceDevimon's. This put them on even footing, but Guilmon's Pyro Sphere gave him an edge.
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: He is an icy version of Devimon.
- Femme Fatalons: Frozen Claw.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: He has a pair of batlike wings.
- Harmless Freezing: His ice attacks. Played somewhat straight. In the original Japanese, it's made clear that being frozen for a long time is an excruciating death. If a Digimon is unfrozen quickly however, they'll be hunky-dory as usual.
- An Ice Person: He has ice powers.
- In Love with Your Carnage: He singles out Rika for her ruthless approach to battle and absorbing opponents.
- Kill It with Fire: Was blown apart by Guilmon's Pyro Sphere.
- Knight of Cerebus: Hypnos had yet to really do anything, and earlier wild Digimon merely came off as rampaging beasts.
- Light Is Not Good: Such a bright color scheme for such an evil Digimon.
- Not So Different: He claims that Rika's dedication to becoming stronger, even at the expense of the lives of others makes her a perfect match for him as a tamer. Rika, seeing some truth in his words, is so unnerved that she briefly quits being a Tamer entirely after her encounter with him.
- No Ontological Inertia: When he was destroyed, his frozen lair and the Digimon bodies within disappeared.
- * No Sense of Personal Space
- Real Men Wear Pink: Everywhere a regular Devimon is red, he is pink.
- Serial Killer: He shows off a lair filled with the frozen remains of his victims.
- You're Cute When You're Angry: "Ah, you have no idea how exquisite you are when you're angry."
Twelve Perfect-level Digimon based on the twelve heavenly generals of Eastern mythology, and on the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. They serve the Sovereign Zhuquiaomon and try to invade the real world. Later the surviving Deva focus on capturing Culumon and manipulating Impmon instead.The Twelve Devas are, in order of appearance:
- Mihiramon (tiger), Sandiramon (snake), Sinduramon (rooster), Pajiramon (sheep), Vajramon (ox), Indramon (horse), Kumbhiramon (mouse), Vikaralamon (boar), Makuramon (monkey), Majiramon (dragon), Caturamon (dog) and Antylamon (rabbit).
- Animal Jingoism: Of a sort - the Devas hate Tamer Digimon.
- Animal Motifs: The twelve heavenly generals are lined up with the twelve signs of the Chinese Zodiac.
- Beware the Silly Ones: The dub makes repeated jokes about Vikaralamon being a 'big pig', but it's pretty obvious that the 'big pig' is a serious threat.
- Blood Knight: Vajramon seems to enjoy fighting Renamon.
- Bullying a Dragon: Makuramon, an Ultimate, taunts Beelzemon, a Mega, in the middle of a battle that could destroy the Digital World. Unfortunately for Makuramon, Beelzemon does retaliate.
- Canis Major: Caturamon is the Dog Deva, and fairly large.
- Casting Gag: Makuramon, the Sun Wukong-esque Digimon, is most ironically played by none other than Ryo Horikawa, the Japanese voice talent for Vegeta.
- Clucking Funny: Sinduramon looks like a right big chicken, and is assumed harmless as a result. Most of the humor surrounding him comes from his possessed owl sidekick, who is is a Large Ham and speaks with a Southern accent.
- The Corrupter: Caturamon to Impmon.
- Dirty Coward: Makuramon flees when things turn dicey.
- Disc One Final Boss: Vikalaramon is the final adversary in the first major Tamers arc and requires the combined efforts of all 3 Perfect Digimon to take down. He might be more a climax boss as there still four devas left after his defeat.
- Dogs Are Dumb: Averted with Caturamon, who comes close to being a Magnificent Bastard.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Makuramon is the Monkey Deva, and like Caturamon is more cunning than the average Deva.
- Full-Boar Action: Vikaralamon is a kaiju-sized boar.
- Giant Flyer: Sinduramon, once he powers up.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Subverted with Majiramon, who suffers a Negated Momentof Awesome and is the least impressive out of the Devas, due to getting minimum screentime with no lines or characterization, only serving as Makuramon's transport before being defeated by Cyberdramon. He was easily beating the Tamer's Champion level Digimon and did get Cyberdramon on his knees. He just had the bad luck of going up against Ryo.
- Interspecies Romance: Because of all the flirting that goes on during the battle, Vajramon appears to be enamoured by Renamon during their first encounter. He later singles her out to persuade her to join him. Renamon, however, is only pretending to be interested so that she can extract information about him.
- Killer Rabbit: Kumbhiramon looks pathetic, but he can give Leomon a hard time (at least at first).
- Light Is Not Good: Several of them are Vaccine types. They're still the bad guys.
- A Load of Bull: Vajramon is the Ox Deva.
- Maniac Monkeys: Makuramon does some weird things even before his reveal.
- Manipulative Bastard: Both Catsuramon and Makuramon.
- Messy Pig: Vikaralamon is the Pig Deva, and easily the most destructive of the nine Devas who bio-emerge, causing massive amounts of damage during his rampage.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Even though almost all the Devas held a disgust for humans, over the course of series Henry has a few conversations with his sensei concerning if the Devas are evil or not. His sensei mentions from legends that they only serve their God and fight for what they believe is right. In the end, they conclude that this was right and the Devas only fought to protect the Digital World. Within the Digital world they were unheard of by the inhabitants and the Heroes were often surprised they didn't hold some kind of Jerisdiction.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: Pajiramon, Vajramon and Majiramon have 2 arms and 4 legs each.
- Inverted with Indramon, despite Centaurs being half-human half-horse, he is simply a humanoid horse, with 2 legs instead of 4.
- Panthera Awesome: Mihiramon is the Tiger Deva.
- Physical God: The resemblence between the Digimon deva, the Animals of the Zodiac, and the conflicting interpretations of deva and asura in Hinduism and Zoroastrianism are brought up by Henry and his father.
- Renegade Splinter Faction: The Tamers reasoned that if the Devas were serving one Digimon Sovereign, then all four of them may be hostile. However, Zhuqiaomon is acting on his own, and deploying the Devas without the consent of the other Sovereigns.
- Rodents of Unusual Size: Kumbhiramon is the Rat Deva (though still quite small).
- Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: They range from souped-up animals (Mihiramon, Majiramon) to strongly humanoid beasts (Vajramon, Indramon).
- Smug Snake: Two of them. Sandiramon (a literal snake) tries to break the Tamers' confidence with his last words, and Indramon repeatedly taunts and laughs at Impmon and the Tamers.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Caturamon. Though he's not the cause of the doom, he did make things MUCH worse than they could have been. If he hadn't corrupted Impmon, Leomon wouldn't have died. If Leomon hadn't died, Jeri wouldn't have been traumatized and then captured by the D-Reaper, which would have given the Monster Makers more time to come up with a solution that didn't require the Digimon to return to the Digital World.
- The Unfought: Makuramon is the only deva who is not fought directly by the tamers.
- Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: Pajiramon, Vajramon and Majiramon have six limbs each.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: They're just doing what they think they need to do in order to survive.
- "Right now, Digimon and V-Pets are causing chaos all over the world. Soon they'll destroy the entire planet, and there's not a thing you can do to stop them!"
- Mega: Gulfmon, a gigantic, mindlessly destructive centaur-like creature with a beam-firing mouth between its legs.
Voiced By: Juurouta Kosugi (JP), Richard Epcar (EN)
- Apocalymon, the evil Digimon whose remains he was formed from, its origin and motive for destroying the world are presumably the same as the one from Digimon Adventure.
- Beam-O-War: Against Omnimon's Supreme Cannon.
- Body Horror: Going from Tamashiro back to Mephistomon.
- Breath Weapon: Gulfmon's Black Requiem.
- Clipped Wing Angel: Gulfmon, who is defeated by three Ultimates.
- Death from Above: He was crushed under a floating ship by Growlmon. Too bad that just made him Digivolve into Gulfmon.
- Eldritch Location: His personally created dimension.
- Expy: A combination of Myotismon (same English voice actor, similar personality and Mega) and Diaboromon (fought an Omnimon, battled in a realm outside the Digital World and Earth, tried to bring about the end of the world electronically).
- Final Boss, New Dimension: "It's a Digital World I've created, to destroy you!"
- I Have Your Wife: Through his minions, he tries to get information on the vaccine out of the V-Pet creator by threatening his daughter.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Why does he want to destroy the Earth? Because.
- No Ontological Inertia: Even lampshaded ("Something's not right here. If Mephistomon's gone, why hasn't this world he's created disappeared?")
- Vagina Dentata: Gulfmon has a horrible crotch monster. Cue flashbacks to VenomMyotismon.
- You Fool!: "Fool! You can never defeat me with a pathetic attack like that!"
- "Sing all you want, baby! My works almost done! Locomon will run forever! Now, let's get down and have some fun! Come on down!"
- Voiced by: Kaneta Kimotsuki (JP), David Lodge (EN)
- Alien Blood: It has brownish-yellow blood.
- All Webbed Up: They can shoot webbing.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Certainly one of the creepier Digimon.
- Combat Tentacles: They emerge from below the eye.
- Delayed Reaction: One gets hit by MarineAngemon's Kahuna Waves, and merely laughs. It then explodes.
- Eye Scream: The main Parasimon was stabbed in the eye by Gallantmon, something edited out of the English dub.
- Fangs Are Evil: A huge, fang-filled mouth on what we can only assume is its ass.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: While Rika is possessed, she's trapped in a fantasy world with her father.
- Madness Mantra:Rika: I want to sing!Locomon: I gotta run, I gotta keep on running!
- The Man Behind the Man: The one controlling Locomon.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The swarm was presumably created when the Sovereigns had Culumon use Shining Digivolution to turn all Digimon into Megas.
- Paper Tiger: They are Megas, but can be beaten by Champions.
- Super Spit: Their webbing is shot from the mouth.
The Sovereign / Holy BeastsThe four supreme Digimon in this version of the Digital world. Alluded to (or shown in Azulongmon's case) in Digimon Adventure 02, in this version of the story, they are the supreme Digimon of the digital world, and live in the highest plane. Ironically, they are the closest physically to the human world this way, though in Zhuquiaomon's case, not emotionally.The powers of the sovereign include overseeing the Light of Evolution (Culumon's power), and it is this capacity that starts the plot of the season.
- Extra Eyes: All of the sovereign have four eyes. Ebonwumon is the only one to have two eyes on two heads.
- The Four Gods: They are based on the Four Holy Beasts of East Asian cosmology.
- Large and in Charge: They're by far the largest Digimon in the series.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: They rule the Digital World, and all play an active role in combating the D-Reaper.
- Physical God: The Sovereigns are Digimon who digivolved to such an advanced level that even multiple Mega level Digimon have a hard time beating them. They act as protector Gods to the Digital World.
- Power Glows: Each Sovereign glows their own color, and has 12 orbs of their glowing color encircling their bodies.
A giant phoenix and one of the four Holy Beasts. He sent the Devas into the real world in order to fight the humans, and then later has Culumon imprisoned in the belief that Culumon will help the Digimon evolve fast enough to face the "True Enemy".
Voiced by: Shuuichirou Moriyama (JP), Tony Pope (EN), Eugenio Barona (Spain)
- Big Bad: He is the The Man Behind the Man of the Deva arc, though his existence isn't revealed until Sandiramon, Pajiramon and Vajramon speak of him. He later reluctantly does a Heel–Face Turn when it is clear that destroying the humans will not help defeat the true Big Bad of the series.
- Badass Boast: The guy is full of these.Azulongmon: (To the Tamers) It's time for you to leave. This is not your battle. We will stay to defend our world.Zhuqiaomon: And we will fight to the bitter end!
Zhuqiaomon: Trespassers, you have disturbed the lair of Zhuqiaomon, Sovereign of the Digital World and protector of its inhabitants. Look upon my countenance and tremble with fear, for within my eyes, you see your own undoing!
- There is also his introduction.
- Determinator: He fights Megagargomon, Azulongmon, and Gallantmon, each in the same day. After the Tamers return to the real world, they take a look into the Digital World, and Zhuquiaomon is the only Digimon seen fighting the D-reaper.
- Fantastic Racism: Hates humans, especially Tamers and their Digimon. Even when he joins the good guys later, he still feels disgust for the Tamers. He starts tolerating them in the end, though.
- Feathered Fiend: or so he appears at first
- Giant Flyer: He dwarfs Mega Gargomon, who's the size of a small skyscraper!
- Good Is Not Nice: Yeah, he's a Virus-type Digimon alright, but you sure as heck would not expect a Digimon referred to as a "Holy Bird Digimon" to be evil — not that he or his peers think he is. He's going his own route to stop the True Enemy.
- Large and in Charge: Much, much bigger than any of his Devas. This giant size seems standard for Digimon Sovereigns
A giant dragon and one of the four Holy Beasts. He believes that it is digivolution that brought about the True Enemy. He saved the tamers from Zhuquiaomon's attack. Also, the only of the Sovereign to have appeared in another series, Digimon Adventure 02.
- It's All My Fault: Believes that digivolution is responsible for the reawakening of the True Enemy.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: He is a gigantic Asian dragons with angelic wings.
- Shock and Awe: His attacks are all electrical based.
A giant tiger and one of the four Holy Beasts. He was the last to be seen, as he was the first known to be confronting the True Enemy directly.
- The Worf Effect: He is stated to be the strongest of the four sovereigns, but is quickly defeated by the D-Reaper. Quickly being a relative term... Against the D-Reaper, just by himself, he held the line pretty damn well.
A giant two-headed turtle and one of the four Holy Beasts. For all the Darker and Edgier of the series, he brings a little bit of comic relief. At least, one head does.
The D-Reaper / The True Enemy
- "There is no importance to your lives, no useful purpose. Because of your inherent defects, the D-Reaper has determined that all humans and Digimon are to be deleted immediately."
Voiced by: Yoko Asada (JP), Bridget Hoffman (EN), Gádor Martín (Spain), Mireya Mendoza (Latin America)
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The only artificial intelligence to remain a villain the whole series. Unlike all the others, it's doing exactly what it was created to do, just on a larger scale than its creators intended.
- All Your Powers Combined: The Reaper and Mother D-Reaper forms are basically the unified form of all their Agents.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Its assessment of humanity's crimes is that we are "disorderly, illogical, and without respect for boundaries". Unlike most examples of this trope, it's the third point that is emphasized most, which highlights the D-Reaper's Blue and Orange Morality.
- Big Bad: Of the final arc, and of the entire series due to being at the heart of the conflict between the Digital and human worlds.
- Blob Monster: The quantum bubble its AI core lives in looks like one from the outside. It also acts like one, being able to dissolve things it touches or pull them inside the Eldritch Location it contains.
- Blue and Orange Morality: It really has no agenda at all other than to do what it was programmed to do - find anything that exceeds its original parameters and erase it. Evil, power, greed, anger, or any of the usual villain motivations don't even enter into it. And that makes it even more terrifying. A few of its agents avert this, though: Jeri Avatar is a straight-up sadist, cackling wickedly as it chases Takato and Guilmon through the park. Apparently, Humanity Is Infectious: at least, the parts that the D-Reaper was drawing on for power, namely Jeri's darkest emotions.
- The Cameo: Makes up most the Chaos Wasteland stage in Digimon Rumble Arena 2.
- Conspicuous CGI: The D-Reaper is a three dimensional mass in a two dimensional world. Deliberately invoked for a similar reason to the Mugann of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: it shows just how alien, how much of an Eldritch Abomination, and how plain wrong this thing is.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: The D-Reaper is never even hinted at until Azulongmon explains whats going on. This only enhances how alien it is. The story provides a background afterwards.
- Eldritch Location: Grows big enough to the point where it develops its own environment.
- Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Naturally, this program breaks the rules by having an unknown type that has advantage over all others. This advantage is lost when the Tamers use the especially designed red card (converting them to the same type) which gives them a fighting chance against the agents as well as nullifying the negative effects inside the D-Reaper's quantum bubble.
- To put things into perspective about how unnatural this "Unknown" type is, there is only one Digimon that uses it - the Gizumon. Go on, guess what they have in common. The notion that, had Kurata not found Belphemon to use as his personal weapon of mass destruction, could've created something on the scale and power of the D-Reaper using the Gizumon as a basis, with a much more properly defined purpose, is quite frankly terrifying.
- It gets worse. The "Unknown" type is actually called the "Unidentified" type and is shared by more than just D-Reaper and Gizumon. It's also inhabited by the likes of Apocalymon, Diaboromon, Armageddemon, Quartzmon, and perhaps scariest of all Yggdrasil So to clarify, the D-Reaper shares it's type with a being made up of the pain and suffering of every fallen Digimon, A virus spawned digimon who tried to nuke the entire world because, said virus spawned digimon's more powerful Kaiju of a revived form, an all devouring abomination, and the Digimon equivalent of God.
- To put things into perspective about how unnatural this "Unknown" type is, there is only one Digimon that uses it - the Gizumon. Go on, guess what they have in common. The notion that, had Kurata not found Belphemon to use as his personal weapon of mass destruction, could've created something on the scale and power of the D-Reaper using the Gizumon as a basis, with a much more properly defined purpose, is quite frankly terrifying.
- Evil Counterpart: Its link with Jeri is something of a corrupted version of Matrix Evolution.
- Final Boss, New Dimension: The final battle with the Mother D-Reaper takes place within the D-Reaper's zone.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: As programs go. Its original self was no more complicated than a calculator.
- Genius Loci: The D-Reaper zone.
- Gone Horribly Right: It does exactly what it's programmed to do. Apparently, the original programmers forgot to account for the fact that Technology Marches On.
- Greater Scope Villain: It originally served this role since no one in the human world even knew of its existence or that it's the cause of all the conflict with the Devas and why Calumon is in the human world before the final arc.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: Averted in a way that makes everything worse. The D-Reaper's sole purpose is to delete or destroy things that, somewhat ironically, follow this trope themselves, and despite all the D-Reaper's growth in power it never evolves beyond that. The result is a world-consuming Eldritch Abomination that eliminates whatever needs to be eliminated which, according to its programming, is both worlds in their entirety.
- Home Field Advantage: The Tamers and their partners couldn't enter the D-Reaper, as it would destroy them.
- Hope Crusher: It draws its power from Jeri's despair and suffering, and goes out of its way to push these feelings to the hilt by Mind Rapeing her over and over again. It extends this attitude to others, too: it delivers a blistering Breaking Speech to Beelzemon reminding him of his crimes in an attempt to break his spirit. To Beelzemon's credit, it just pisses him off.
- The Juggernaut: Even after seven series, it is still likely the most powerful being ever to appear in the anime. Shaggai (Juggernaut in English) reverted the D-Reaper to its original incarnation. In other words, the D-Reaper is still alive after the final battle. Though whether or not it could return to its previous state is unclear.
- Knight of Cerebus: Even more than Beelzemon.
- Mechanical Abomination: It is a computer program that turned into a virtual Eldritch Abomination, especially once it crosses over into the human world. Meeting us puny humans makes it worse or at least a good deal crazier.
- Mind Rape: What the thing does to Jeri to get more power.
- Mighty Glacier: The D-Reaper's red goo. It slowly covers the whole landscape, but it can't be destroyed or pushed back by force.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: It spawns hundreds of Agents from itself. The Mother form may be a Shout-Out to the trope namer, Shub-Niggurath.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Invoked by Chiaki J. Konaka, the head writer for a show. He had Kenji Watanabe (the originator of Digimon), Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru (the human character designer), and Shinji Aramaki (the CGI designer) have a competition with each other while designing this thing for the expressed purpose of getting this. And it worked; there's certainly never been anything like this before or after it.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Digimon, humans, doesn't matter. Whatever has "evolved pass its perimeters" is a target, and given it was designed on a computer in the 1980s that means just about everything.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: Literally.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: While the original Japanese version implies it was killed in the Tamers' last assault, the American dub changes it so that the D-Reaper is merely sealed in another dimension, in its earliest, primitive form.
- The End of the World as We Know It: Was well on the way to both deleting the Digital World, and had a slow but unstoppable invasion of Earth.
Agents of the D-Reaper
Individual elements of the D-Reaper, created for a specific purpose. None of them have an identity or consciousness, as all of them are extensions of the singular will of the program.
- Achilles' Power Cord: To defeat the Agents, one needs to cut the cord that connects them to the D-Reaper.
- Close Range Combatant: Creep Hands, who have large, stretchable arms. They have no ranged attacks, and are built for grappling.
- Degraded Boss: When they debuted, Paratice Heads could combat Megas. A few episodes later, they're shown being one-shotted by the Champion-level Guardromon.
- Guardian Entity: ADR-09, or Gatekeeper, was created merely to protect the D-Reaper's core.
- Hive Mind: They sort-of kind-of work like this. Those cables connect them to the rest of the D-Reaper, and its mind is a conglomeration of all of them.
- I'm Melting: Upon defeat, they dissolve into goo, which quickly evaporates.
- The Mothership: Optimizers; they're large, fly, can fire energy blasts, and carry a lot of Bubbles.
- Reporting Names: The various names given to the Agents.
- Sinister Surveillance: Searchers, little bird-things whose job is to gather intelligence. They're always in large flocks, and have eye-symbols on their wings.
- Stone Wall: Gatekeeper, which seems to exist solely to protect the D-Reaper's core.
- Too Many Mouths: Paratice Head, which has a head consisting entirely of mouths, plus some on the body and palms.
- Who Needs Their Whole Body?: The Horn Striker.
- Zerg Rush: Bubbles; rather weak and easily beatable, they always attack in large groups.
The first encountered Agent, created to spy on humanity. Latter used to wage psychological warfare on Takato.
- Break Them by Talking: Almost does this to Takato.
- The Cameo: Appears in the background of the Chaos Wasteland stage in Digimon Rumble Arena 2.
- Creepy Monotone: With the voice of a 10-year-old girl.
- Deep Cover Agent: It manages to get into the real world and gather enough psychological intel by disguising itself as Jeri. It manages to slip under the Tamers radar only because the real Jeri was having a breakdown. Any abnormal behavior the Agent displays could just be chalked up to trauma.
- Does Not Like Shoes: While posing as Jeri. Complete with Feet-First Introduction.
- The Dragon: Serves as the last line of defense, able to take on Gallantmon Crimson Mode in single combat. And she presumably possessed an AI that allowed her to function without being directly connected to the D-Reaper.
- Good Hurts Evil: It gets chased off by MarineAngemon.
- Growing Wings: The first sign that she isn't human.
- Hellish Pupils: In its true form it has vertical slits for pupils.
- Humanoid Abomination: It looks just like a human girl, but is actually part of the D-Reaper.
- Mouth of Sauron: The mouthpiece of the D-Reaper.
- One-Winged Angel:
- After revealing to Takato that she's not the real Jeri, ADR-01 changes into a much more monstrous form.
- Then it does another transformation when it is empowered by the Mother D-Reaper giving it Mega equivalent power, including a breath weapon, to fight against Gallantmon.
- Psychotic Smirk: While giving Takato a Breaking Speech disguised as Jeri, it increasingly alternates between a blank, dead-eyed stare and a blank, dead-eyed smile. Then it loses the disguise and keeps on grinning.
- Straw Nihilist: Emphasized in the dub in which ADR-01 is portrayed with a more mean spirited personality.
- Voice of the Legion: It gets more and more noticeable until the ADR-01 loses its disguise.
- Walking Spoiler: Knowing too much about this agent will possibly ruin the dramatic reveal for first time viewers about Jeri being the D-Reaper's power source.