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Characters: Digimon Tamers
The cast of Digimon Tamers. Chiaki Konaka, the head writer of Tamers, provides a fascinating set of notes concerning the conceptualisation and characterisation of the cast on his website.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Master Characters:
    • Master Character Heroes/Heroines:
      • Takato: Ares: The Protector, moreso in the latter episodes.
      • Henry: A combination of Apollo: The Businessman and Osiris: The Male Messiah.
      • 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.
  • Power Trio: on many levels
    • Chromatic Arrangement: Takato - Red. Henry - Green. Rika - Blue. Jeri is a Yellow fourth in this case.
    • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Takato is Fighter. Henry is Mage (if you swap magic for artillery). Rika is Thief.
    • Freudian Trio: Takato, Ego. Henry, Superego. Rika, Id.
    • ¡Three Amigos!: By the end of it. Takato main, Henry same gender friend, Rika opposite gender friend.
    • Knight, Knave and Squire: Henry is roughly the Knight, Rika is Knave and Takato is Squire.
    • Unsorted:
      • Takato's family is working class, Henry's is middle class, Rika's is upper class.
      • Both of Takato's parents feature. Henry has more focus on his dad. Rika has a troubled relationship with her mom.
      • Takato, Henry, and Rika's digimon are virus, vaccine, and data respectively
  • The Team:
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Everyone, either before or throughout the series.

Takato Matsuda (Takato Matsuki)

"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)

  • 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: Heck, his seiyuu was the Japanese dub voice for Mac!
  • Ascended Fanboy: He plays the card games quite well.
  • Audience Surrogate: Was created with this in mind.
  • Badass Adorable
  • 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?
  • Character Development: Turning from a somewhat sweet kid, to a literal Knight in Shining Armor.
  • Creepy Child: When angry.
  • 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.
  • 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 Nothing: Subverted, his goggles are very useful when going into digital fields.
  • Heroes Want Redheads
  • Heroic BSOD
  • Horseback Heroism: Gallantmon with Grani. Even Takato's Dad seems to think so.
  • Image Song: "Across the Tears"
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy
  • 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.
  • Puppy Love: Notable for being 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.
  • 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 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.
  • The Slow Walk: Clearly channeling Gohan in episode 36, but with a cape.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: 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/Lee 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)

  • 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 videogames.
  • 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 baldly 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.
  • Gray Eyes
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Heroic Neutral: He mostly wants to ignore conflict but comes around when it's obvious the danger can't be ignored.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: In the Japanese version, his name is shortened to just "Jian" from "Jianliang."
  • The Perfectionist
  • 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 the onyomi (Japanese reading using the approximation of Chinese sounds). 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.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years
  • Worst Whatever Ever: Henry thinks himself a terrible tamer because of his guilt trips.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

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)

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)

  • Affirmative Action Girl
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Cuteness Proximity: Upon meeting Guilmon, her instant reaction is to squeal "How cuuuuuuuute!" and Glomp him. She has a similar reaction to meeting Calumon.
  • The Cutie
  • Dead Sidekick: Unlike Patamon and Wormmon, Leomon doesn't get reborn.
    • Always with You: His spirit always remained with her, which is why her Digivice didn't die.
  • 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".
  • Magic Skirt
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Screw Destiny: She eventually realizes that people make their own destinies, and proves it by breaking out of the D-Reaper's Kernel herself.

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)

Kenta Kitagawa

Friends with Kazu, he often serves as a straight man to his jokes. He also volunteers to help the other Tamers.

Voiced by: Touko Aoyama (JP), Steve Blum (EN)

Ryo Akiyama

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)

  • 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.
    • No Export for You: 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.
  • Canon Immigrant
  • The Drifter: Both in this series and in his backstory.
  • Energy Weapon / Whip It Good: He can project an energy whip from his Digivice to discipline Cyberdramon.
  • Friendless Background: Throughout his backstory. Also notable is that 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. Choose to be Cyberdramon's partner, even if it meant going to the Digital World and be 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.
    • 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.
  • Walking the Earth

Suzie Wong (Li Xiaochun/Li Shuichon/Lee Shuichon)

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.

Voiced by: Ai Nagano (JP), Peggy O'Neal (EN)

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.

Ai is voiced by: Haruhi Terada (JP), Rebecca Forstadt (EN)
Mako is voiced by: Miwa Matsumoto (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)

  • 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.
  • Children Are Innocent
  • Eleventh Hour Rangers: 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 dub avoids this by just not stating it.
  • Imaginary Friend: The English and German dubs imply their parents think Impmon is/was this.
  • 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 Beelzemonheads into battle.
  • Kid Appeal Characters: They're even younger then Suzie.
  • Love Redeems: Platonic love, as the case might be.
  • Japanese Honorifics: Both refer to each other without any. In the past this was part of their fighting. In the present it's simply part of their characterization that they're close enough to each other to do so. Not present in the English version because it would have been nigh-impossible to do in this language.
  • 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.
  • Pet the Dog / Morality Pet: They're this for Impmon.
  • 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 Characters: 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 Kids: 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.
  • Those Two Guys
  • Vague Age: Word of God says they're younger than Suzie. Other than that, fandom can only guess. Different dubs have said different things about them.

    Partner Digimon 


"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.
  • 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)

  • 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 scanned his hand-drawn fan art through his Digivice.
  • Ascended Fanon: In-universe, being thought up by Takato. This extends to his whole line sans Crimson mode.
  • Ambiguous Robot: Gallantmon looks pretty much like a mecha, but he's only ever identified as a Holy Knight type Digimon.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Badass Cape: Gallantmon.
  • Balloon Belly
  • The Berserker: Megidramon, and the other Digivolutions in a few battles.
  • 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, that form combines traits of Guilmon and Takato.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Growlmon, WarGrowlmon, and Megidramon.
  • 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 everything over in his path. Was brought out of it by Leomon, who beaned him over the head with the flat of his sword.
  • Chest Blaster: WarGrowlmon's Atomic Blaster.
  • Character Development: Necessary because he was quite literally newborn at the start of the series.
  • Chest Insignia: The Digital Hazard Symbol.
  • Children Are Innocent: A nonhuman example, but still fits the trope.
  • Clipped Wing Angel: Despite his immense power (to put this into perspective, officially he's on par 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 one) start being destroyed.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Unlike most cases of this trope, he resembles a mix between a dragon and a dinosaur.
  • 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 Data "attributes" assigned to Digimon. Guilmon is a Virus type.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Gallantmon Crimson mode
  • Eldritch Abomination: Megidramon.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs
  • Evil-Detecting Dog
  • 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)
  • Fiery Salamander
  • Flight: MegaloGrowmon and Gallantmon Crimson Mode (and Megidramon, presumably).
  • Friendly Fireproof: Gallantmon Crimson mode's Quo Vadis attack is powerful enough to clear an entire city, without destroying the city.
  • Gentle Giant
  • 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: He used to go feral whenever he fought, but grew out of it.
  • 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.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Gallantmon.
  • The Kirk
  • Laser Blade: Gallantmon Crimson Mode's Gungnir.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority
  • Light 'em Up: As Gallantmon, and even more so as Crimson Mode.
  • Light Is Good: Gallantmon.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: The fact that it can fire energy beams certainly helps. FINAL... ELYSIAN!!!
  • 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.
  • Made of Iron: Has weathered attacks capable of taking down Champions.
  • No Range Like Point-Blank Range: As WarGrowlmon, he often uses Atomic Blaster this way.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Crimson Mode.
    • 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 Paper: This gets exploited against him, in a brief game of R-P-S.
  • 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.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Growlmon and Megidramon.
  • 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.
  • Playing with Fire
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Megidramon.
  • 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 Impmon as Guilmon. To Beelzemon as Gallantmon.
    • To Renamon in the beginning as Guilmon unintentionally since he was the first Renamon failed to take down.
  • Ship Tease: In the American dub, Terriermon teases him about possibly liking Renamon.
    Terriermon: "Renamon and Guilmon, sittin' in a tree!"
  • Simple-Minded Wisdom: Eventually grows into this.
  • Super Mode: Gallantmon Crimson Mode is by far the strongest Digimon on the Tamers' side. Possibly the strongest one human-one digimon combination in the entire franchise.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Megidramon.
  • Super Spit: Megidramon's acidic drool.
  • Sky Surfing: While riding Grani.
  • The Slow Walk: As Gallantmon (with the background in flames).
  • Snake People: Megidramon.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Megidramon.
  • 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.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Bread. Later on, Guilmon bread.
  • Tunnel King
  • Unstoppable Rage: Leading into his evolution to Megidramon.
  • Verbal Tic: "-giru"
    • The English version might be calling Takato "Takatomon".
  • Walking Wasteland: Megidramon.
  • Wave Motion Shield: Gallantmon's Final Elysian.
  • Winged Humanoid: Gallantmon Crimson Mode.



Henry's partner. A pretty mild mon, but initially has trouble controlling himself when he Digivolves. Resembles a plush toy with big, floppy, ears.

His digivolutions are as follows:
  • 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.

Voiced by: Aoi Tada (JP), Mona Marshall (EN)

  • Ax-Crazy: He becomes this whenever he digivolves at first.
  • Big Eater: To wit: "Buns and beans and saurkraut / I'm gonna eat till 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.
  • Brutal Honesty: His first line towards Takato is pointing out how bad a Tamer he is for losing his Digimon.
  • Catch Phrase: "Moumantai!"
  • Crossdressing Voices
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: He (and his evolutions) is of the vaccine attribute.
  • Gatling Good: Galgomon has two gatling guns instead of hands.
  • Combat Pragmatist: His suggestion for dealing with Ice Devimon? "A kick in the pants."
  • 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.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Galgomon
  • 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.
  • Kid-Appeal Character
  • Killer Rabbit: Was this trope named with him in mind, or something?
  • Light 'em Up
  • Lightning Bruiser: Rapidmon
  • 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
  • The McCoy
  • More Dakka: The entire point of his evolutionary line. Taken to ridiculous extremes with MegaGargomon's seemingly endless array of hidden weapons.
  • Obnoxious Snarker: At every available opportunity!
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: He's the smallest of the main digimon, but still able to fight Champion level-Digimon on fairly even ground.
    • And, funnily enough, subverted with his final form, who's a good ten times larger than all the other Ultimate-level partners.
  • Running Gag: A strong tendency to run out of ammo, with various results.
  • Unorthodox Reload: Until Henry swipes the Recharge card, he's basically stuck when he runs out of ammo.


"As you wish, Rika."

Rika's partner, a tall and powerful fox-like Digimon who joined up with her to become even more powerful. Originally ruthless and standoffish, and one of the first partners who has to learn about friendship even more than her human partner.

Dear sovereigns, the furries can't get enough of her.

Her digivolutions are as follows:
  • 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)

  • Badass
  • 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/Ruki.
  • Bling of War: Sakuyamon.
  • Combat Stilettos: Sakuyamon has them.
  • Cunning Fox
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Not only she is strongly associated with the night, but Taomon is a Demon Man type.
  • Detached Sleeves: The only clothing she wears as a rookie.
  • Elemental Powers: Throughout her evolutions, she manages to use all four classic elements.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: She is of the Data attribute.
  • Extreme Doormat/My Tamer 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.
  • 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.
  • Friendto All Living Things: Rika and Renamon describe feeling a compassion for all life when they become Sakuyamon.
  • 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 one.
  • Lady of War
  • Magic Staff / Simple Staff: Sakuyamon fights with a golden shakujo staff.
  • Mama Fox: Towards the kids, particularly Rika.
  • Miko: Sakuyamon. Her alternate costume, seen only in the Japanese card game, reflects this.
  • 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.
  • Onmyodo: Taomon and Sakuyamon use this kind of magic.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Taomon.
  • 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?
  • Roof Hopping: Her preferred method of transport in urban areas.
  • She's A Man In Germany
    • Interestingly, Word of God says she originally didn't consider herself as having a gender, only gaining an understanding of the concept and settling on a feminine gender through her relationship with Rika. In the anime, she tells it to Rika's mother, who nonetheless thinks of Renamon as a girl.
  • 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
  • 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, Gaurdromon does anyway.
  • 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."

Jeri's partner, who's exactly like his original series counterpart.

Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata (JP), Paul St Peter (EN)


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)


"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)


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.

Voiced by: Ikkei Seta (JP), Lex Lang (EN)


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)


A rogue Digimon that resembles a court jester, content to run around the city and annoy everyone. He had a strange relationship with Renamon. Then he gets a power boost, and it kind of goes to his head... See Beelzemon below for his tropes during his time as a bad guy.

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.

    Supporting cast 

Culumon (Calumon)

"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)

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)

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)

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.
  • The Professor
  • 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.

Alice McCoy

A mysterious girl in black, who comes to give a gift to help our heroes, and may or may not be a ghost.

Voiced by: Yuka Imai (JP), Philece Sampler (EN)

Aishwarya "Curly" Rai

Indian professor and member of the Monster Makers, expert in Quantum Theory.

Voiced by Youko Matsuoka (JP), Dorothy Elias Fahn (EN).

  • 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 Doddlebug vortex?
  • Bollywood Nerd
  • Meganekko


Monster Maker and robotics and software expert.

Voiced by Asako Dodo (JP), Wendee Lee (EN).


Theoretical Physicist and Monster Maker.

Voiced by Kenji Nomura (JP), Neil Kaplan (EN).


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.

Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi (JP), Dave Mallow (EN)

Kai Urazoe

Kai is Takato's cousin from Okinawa. He discovers Guilmon is a Digimon, but keeps it a secret and befriends him.

Voiced by: Tomo Saeki (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (EN-Movie), Brian Donovan (EN-Tamers)

  • Narrator All Along: In a rather interesting case in the English dub. It sounds like Davis was the narrator for the Previously On segments of Tamers. But when the episode when Kai first appears, the character sounds exactly like Davis! However, the movie had Kai with a different voice actor.
  • Secret Keeper
  • Shirtless Scene

Omnimon (Omegamon)

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)

Covert 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.
  • Black Helicopter: AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to be precise. Despite all that firepower, they're not that useful against the Devas.
  • Cool Shades: Seems to be part of the standard uniform for everyone - even Riley has a pair in one episode.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Benevolent Conspiracy: The agency was created to stop computer crime, and modified to protect the public from invading monsters.
    • Conspiracy Redemption: After Yamaki's Heel-Face Turn, the organization becomes devoted to helping the Tamers get home, and latter battle the D-Reaper.
  • 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.

Mitsuo Yamaki

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)

Reika Ohtori & Megumi Onodera (Riley Otori & Tally Onodera)

Two young women who operate the Digimon detection thingy that, well, detects Digimon.

Reika is voiced by: Ai Nagano (JP), Tifanie Christun (EN)
Megumi is voiced by: Fumiko Miyashita (JP), Peggy O'Neal (EN)

The Man In Black

Hypnos field operative, having a few minor but important repeat appearances. Notable for his 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 / Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: 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 is pretty much this.

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 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.

     Antagonist Digimon 


"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."

A memorable Monster of the Week, IceDevimon appeared in the episode "The Icemon Cometh". Taking his trophy collection with him to the real world, he created an icy lair at the top of a skyscraper, and began stalking Rika, believing she was as power hungry and bloodthirsty as he was. Eventually abducting her and taking her to his hideout, IceDevimon tried to convince Rika that she should be his tamer, claiming they belonged together, as both were ruthless and wanted to be the best. When Renamon arrived and Digivolved to Kyubimon to try and save Rika, IceDevimon thrashed her, but before he could destroy her and continue trying to recruit Rika, he was obliterated by Guilmon.

Voiced by: Juurouta Kosugi (JP), Michael Reisz (EN)

The Devas

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.
  • The Corrupter: Caturamon to Impmon.
  • Dirty Coward: Makuramon.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Giant Flyer: Sinduramon.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Subverted with Majiramon who was 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.
    • More like Negated Momentof Awesome. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Beelzemon (Beelzebumon)

"To have power IS to be strong! I'll load data until no one can stop me!"

A Psycho for Hire contacted by Catsuramon and ordered to kill the Tamers. In Digimon mythology, he's one of the Seven Great Demon Lords, though that doesn't seem to be the case here. See Impmon above for his tropes before and after his Face-Heel Turn.

Mephistomon (Mephismon)

"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!"

An evil Digimon that looks like a demonic humanoid goat, Mephistomon was spawned from remnants of an Apocalymon that had planned on destroying the Earth, and appeared in the film Digimon Tamers: Battle of Adventurers. While being hunted down by an Omnimon, he escaped to the real world, assumed the guise Ryuuji Tamashiro of Okinawan VP Laboratories, and began marketing the V-Pet, which was implanted with a virus that could bring down all electronics, and make it easier for Digimon to reach Earth. He was destroyed (despite managing to Digivolve to Gulfmon) by WarGrowlmon, Rapidmon and Taomon's Trinity Force, and his virus was eliminated by a vaccine hidden in the original V-Pet (which became a Seasermon/Labramon) by it's creator.

His Digivolutions are as follows:
  • Mega: Gulfmon, a gigantic, mindlessly destructive centaur-like creature with a beam-firing mouth between its legs.
    • 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.

    Voiced By: Juurouta Kosugi (JP), Richard Epcar (EN)


"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!"

Big, creepy purple arachnids with a single bloodshot eye, Parasimon are incredibly weak Megas that can possess other creatures, and unlock their maximum potential. In the film Digimon Tamers: Runaway Locomon, one hijacks a Locomon and appears on Earth, intent on using the brainwashed train to rip open a portal that would allow its innumerable brethren to invade. Despite interference from Hypnos and the tamers, the plan succeeded, and the Parasimon invaded, overwhelming the city and tamers. In the end, it took a desperate Gallantmon becoming Gallantmon Crimson Mode to defeat them, wiping them all out in a single attack, freeing Locomon and closing the portal.

Voiced by: Kaneta Kimotsuki (JP), David Lodge (EN)

     The Sovereign / Holy Beasts 

The 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
  • Large And In Charge: They're by far the largest Digimon in the series.
  • 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)

  • Big Bad / The Man Behind the Man: The Big Bad 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.
    • There is also his introduction.
    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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • The Phoenix
  • Playing with Fire: Two of his attacks are fire-based: Blazing Helix and Phoenix Fire.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Zhuquiaomon wants to protect the Digital World, but is misguided into thinking that the best way to do so is to destroy the humans, especially the Tamers.


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.

Voiced by: Juurouta Kosugi (JP), Michael McConnohie (EN)


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.

Voiced by: Shinichi Kotani (JP), Steve Kramer (EN)

  • Panthera Awesome
  • The Worf Effect: He is 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.

Voiced by: Joji Yanami (JP), Dave Wittenberg (EN)

  • The Nicknamer: As early as Ebonwumon's second line, he's giving out nicknames.
  • Turtle Power
  • Turtle Island
  • Scottish English: Ebonwumon is also the only Sovereign to have a peculiar accent in the English dub. Specifically, one of his heads speaks in a rather stereotypical Scottish accent, while the other one is Irish. Try not to think too hard about that.

     The D-Reaper / 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 imediately"

Once a simple data cleanup program, its purpose is to delete other programs before they get too big. Like other digital beings, it has evolved into a more advanced and powerful state, but its parameters on what constitutes "too advanced" haven't changed, transforming it into an Omnicidal Maniac which attempts to delete everything. After hitching a ride to the human world and assimilating Jeri, it goes From Bad to Worse. Much worse.

Voiced by: Yoko Asada (JP), Bridget Hoffman (EN)

  • Adaptive Ability
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cool Mask: The Mother D-Reaper.
  • 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 Abomination: Meeting us puny humans makes it worse or at least a good deal crazier.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Heartless
  • Home Field Advantage: The Tamers and their partners couldn't enter the D-Reaper, as it would destroy them.
  • 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.
  • Machine Monotone
  • 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.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: Was well on the way to both deleting the Digital World, and had a slow but unstoppable invasion of Earth.
  • 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. What has "evolved pass its perimeters" is a target.
  • Orange And Blue 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.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Literally
  • Third-Person Person
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's fate following being regressed back to its earliest, most primitive state.

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.
  • Anti-Air: Pendulum Feet.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: Pendulum Feet.
  • The Brute: Horn Striker.
  • Close Range Combatant: Creep Hands, who have large, stretchable arms. They have no ranged attacks, and are built for grappling.
  • Confusion Fu: Paratice Head.
  • 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 Scythe: Pendulum Feet.
  • 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.

ADR-01 "Jeri Type"(AKA J-Reaper)

The first encountered Agent, created to spy on humanity. Latter used to wage psychological warfare on Takato.

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