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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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ofnowhere.
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.
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.
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.
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 ("Shuichon") 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 furriescan'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.
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.
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.
Interestingly, Word of God says she originally didn't consider herselfas 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Sealed Bad Ass In A Can: If Ryo allowed Cyberdramon to digivolve to Mega, ZeedMillenniumon could not only tear the D-Reaper, and 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.
Suzie's partner, and a counterpart to Terriermon (a distaff onein 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.
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.
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.
She's a Man in Japan: Not exactly to the dubber's faults though, since Lopmon used a gender-neutral dialect in Japanese.
Taking 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.
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.
Berserk Button/Freak Out: As Beelzemon, do NOT refer to him as Impmon. Post Heel-Face Turn he won't hurt anyone over it, but he'll lose his composure and start gesticulating and stamping in indignation.
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.
Deal With The Deva: The dog deva Caturamon gives him the power to digivolve into Beezlemon halfway through the show. In return, he has to kill the tamers and their digimon.
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.
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.
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.
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 despite doing so without a partner.
Not to mention the original Japanese name for his Blast Mode arm cannon: "Death Slinger". In the American dub, Bowdlerised into "Corona Blaster".
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.
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...
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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...
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.
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!
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.
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."
A memorableMonster 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)
"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.
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.
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:
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).
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Badass: He kills Leomon and is able to take on nearly all the Tamers at once while still having the upper hand.
Badass Biker: The first thing he did when he showed up 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.
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.
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.
"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.
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).
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!"
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Muchworse.
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.
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.
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.
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 stillalive after the final battle. Though whether or not it could return to its previous state is unclear.
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.
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.
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.