"Sorry, but this isn't going to go according to your little scenario."
The hero, a V-Pet owner drawn into the Digimon World after being unable to participate in a V-Pet tournament. Once in the Digimon World, he meets V-dramon, his partner Digimon from that V-Pet.
Action Survivor: He's not afraid to get his hands dirty and he even puts himself into harms way with little thought but there isn't much he can do against a Digimon that is not a baby.
Ascended Fanboy: It is his history with the virtual pets that get him into this mess in the first place. He is chosen for his skill rather than his fanboyism though. Taichi admits to falling behind the latest trends in the franchise.
Taught by Experience: He may have had a flawless winning streak with Zero but Taichi did not have a perfect care record with him. Fortunately for him, most of Taichi's mistakes were made prior to arriving in the Digimon world.
Badass Cape: Taichi wears one often. And it is indeed badass.
Badass Normal: A largely non combative one, except against other normals, but he is willing to risk a lot with the super powered monsters.
Determinator: He does not quit easily and never gives up on Zero.
Didn't Think This Through: A lot of his plans, but he tries the ideas he's not totally sure of at times when the stakes are low first and then employs what he found to work again when stakes are higher.
Dragon Rider: On Zeromaru in the Digimon World, except during periods where Zero refuses to let him ride.
Expy: His appearance was drawn from Kentaro of C'mon, his personality was not.
Genre Savvy: Besides knowing how Digimon work, he also notices a lot of action, suspense and drama tropes that would otherwise fall under rule of perception for the audience (not all of them though).
Goggles Do Nothing: Initially played straight, but then subverted by Taichi, who uses the goggles when riding on Zero's back in flight like a pilot would. He also discusses their personal meaning for him.
Merchandise-Driven: The Digimon of choice of every tamer in this manga was available in the first two waves of Digimon virtual pets. Taichi's V-Pet of choice was the original Digital Monster Ver. 1. The thing is that it didn't act like a normal copy of said pet since his Botamon ended up as a V-dramon.
Showy Invincible Hero: Parodied and subverted: Before the story even starts Taichi and Zero have a reputation for having never lost a fight, ever, to the point Lord HolyAngemon's whole plan to save the world amounts to "Lord Demon's over there, go kill him." At first it does not seem like any fight they get in is one they can afford to lose but then they just start running into silly situations that are just a waste of their time and yet manage to "win" anyway. The first fight Taichi can legitimately say they did not win turns out not to lead to their immediate end, leading him to throw a picnic.
The Strategist: As strong as Zero is, he is often so outmatched against his opponents that Taichi's help is the only thing that keeps him alive.
"I’ll protect them all!"
Taichi's partner Digimon, a V-dramon, often called just "Zero". Born from Taichi's Digital Monster Ver.1 virtual pet, he was an anomalous Digimon who wasn't supposed to exist in the devices (this didn't remain the case for long though) and so caused Taichi to be disqualified from the competition. He met Taichi shortly after he was drawn into the Digimon World, taking physical form there.His evolved forms are as followsnote Note that as Zeromaru evolves, as with almost all Digimon in this manga, he stays in his new form permanently:
Botamon, Koromon and Agumon, his Baby, Baby II and Child forms; note only Botamon is shown in the comic but Taichi says Zero used to be like the Agumon training at the castle, so Agumon and Koromon are the most likely forms. The two after Botamon could be anything though since V-dramon couldn't be gotten from the established Botamon paths at that time.
V-dramon, his Adult form and his form at the beginning. A large blue dragon with three horns.
AeroV-dramon, his Perfect form. A larger, more powerful V-Dramon, but his biggest development is growing two great wings.
UlforceV-dramon, his Ultimate form. A holy dragon knight dressed in Blue Digizoid armor, with a Laser Sword equipped to his right gauntlet.
UlforceV-dramon Future Mode, his Super Ultimate form. Drawing on the power of the Digimental, an immensely powerful warrior.
Hot-Blooded: It is not hard to set off or fire up Zero and his hotheadedness never really dies down the way Taichi's does...it just gets redirected.
I Am Not Weasel: It seems like it would be hard to get his species so wrong, but given the way digimon work in this series, he may not look much like dragon to everyone who doesn't see him as one. Eventually he gives up on correcting people.
Mighty Glacier, though a little quicker than some expect, many early opponents try to defeat him with their speed.
Lightning Bruiser: becomes one of the fast moving bruiser variety, much to the surprise of many of his foes.
Art Evolution: How much of a Gabumon is them and how much is the fur they wear has changed over time, as seen here, his claws are his own or at least fit like gloves but they were more like the ends of sleeves by the time Digimon Adventure rolled around. In this comic the size of his eyes fluctuate, starting smaller most of the time but ending up larger and rounder.
Clothing Damage: It ends up becoming the advantage he needed when out matched by a monster attacking Taichi.
You Fool!: Directed at Taichi and Zero often, though only justified about half the time. They are ignorant to a lot of the Digimon World but not to the degree he assumes.
"Don't overestimate yourself, brat!"
A Leomon who serves as the commander of Lord HolyAngemon's army. He is a hard taskmaster, but is wholly devoted to the protection of Holy Angel Castle and is kinder than he would like to let on.His evolved forms are as follows:
Leomon, his Adult and the form he takes initially.
Panjyamon, his Perfect form. A white, ice-themed Palette Swap of Leomon.
Regulumon, his Ultimate form. An enormous muscular lion warrior.
Underground Monkey: It is kind of hard to tell his Leomon and Panjyamon forms apart on panels that do not have color. Not just here but in the general franchise, except that the latter has colder, stronger moves.
Warts and All: He initially didn't think much of Taichi or Zero but unlike Gabo, he knew right away they were the ones Lord HolyAngemon called and unlike Gekovitch, has no grudges acknowledging their merits once proven, even if he doesn't like their antics.
Would Hurt a Child: But only when he thinks it is necessary (see Drill Sargent Nasty above), he actually does not like harming children and is abhorred at the sight of someone who enjoys it.
"Humans are all worthless!"
A TonosamaGekomon who worked for Lord HolyAngemon, and inadvertently tested Taichi and Zeromaru in combat for him.
"A disaster has befallen this continent…no, the entire world…"
The ruler of the Holy Angel Castle, the force responsible for fending off Demon's assault on the Digimon World, and the one responsible for drawing Taichi into the Digimon World to help out.His evolved forms are as follows:
HolyAngemon, his Perfect form and his default form. There are two variations on this form: he spends most of his time in the white-robedPriest Mode, but can transform into the armoured Battle Mode.
Seraphimon, his first Ultimate form. An immensely powerful ten-winged angel dressed in ornate blue armour.
Dominimon, his second Ultimate form. Accessed after his loss to Arkadimon and the subsequent drop of his Win Ratio, a six-winged blue angel of lesser power than Seraphimon.
Benevolent Boss: It is probably a part of why he is losing the war, as he does not subject his subjects to the extent Daemon does to win. He is willing to put his own safety on the line rather than sacrifice his principles.
Big Good: Taichi and Zero might be the protagonists but they are technically working for him.
Call to Adventure: A variant, in that he takes the hero away from home to see if he can handle it before asking if he's willing to continue.
Cool Helmet: We see him in at least three different ones
Knight in Sour Armor: He tells Taichi pretty early on that he thinks the war with Demon is a hopeless one and isn't going to pressure him if he doesn't want to fight it. Despite that he shows no signs of quitting and gives Demon's forces one last chance to reconsider when they're at his doorstep.
Power Gives You Wings: Metaphorically speaking. Note that Dominimon, who is less powerful than Seraphimon, has fewer wings than Seraphimon does. Similarly, HolyAngemon's Priest Mode only has two wings, compared to his eight-winged Battle Mode.
Our Angels Are Different: Just by being an angel made of data but he is a step above all the other angel monsters that work for him too.
Use Your Head: And it works on a monster two levels above his own! Not well, but still.
"I was looking at my pc at home when suddenly the screen flashed."
The younger sister of Neo Saiba, who was found by Taichi wandering the Digimon World alone and subsequently joined him. She was paralyzed from the waist down some time before entering the Digimon World, and the accident weighs heavily on both Neo and Hideto.
Plucky Girl: It is an act, but only partially. She is a lot pluckier than her brother, despite being the injured one and only overacts because he is not.
Punny Name: It translates both into companion and zero, you can figure out the rest.
The Load: Accused of being by Gabo, initially. He later decides she's not so bad.
The Pollyanna: How she was viewed by Hideto and kind of was until he and Neo went crazy(see guilt complex)
"I'm in your debt."
A ninja Digimon in the service of Lord HolyAngemon, assigned to observe Demon's castle. He departed to warn Taichi of the birth and evolution of Arkadimon and Lord HolyAngemon of Neo's impending charge. Later he joined Taichi's group for a good part of their journey to Demon's castle.
Plucky Comic Relief: Though this is better than Taichi's first impression of him. This Ninjamon can back up what he says, but most of his more useful actions are off panel.
Stealth Expert: Not perfect but Etemonkey and Neo never catch onto him.
Pal and Pul
"It’s not easy having such a dumb brother."
A brother-and-sister duo of PetitMamon. They initially "served" Demon, but eventually became disillusioned with him and started following Rei around.
Airvent Passageway: Being small and flight capable, it is more sensible for them than most examples.
All There in the Manual: Their species' name wasn't identified in the manga, only years later in the Digimon Reference Book.
Annoying Younger Sibling: Pul's childish innocence is not very endearing to his sister. While not outright stated, their relationship does parallel the Saiba's, which Pul subtly points out to Pal's chagrin.
Ass Kicking Pose: Pal takes the crane kick when caught sneaking through Demon castle.
Broken Pedestal: Pul starts off as a big fan of both Neo and Demon. It doesn't last.
Evil Is Cool: The in universe reason why Pul thought they were cool, both being "scary" and "strong". Turns out he didn't have much stomach for actual acts of evil
Evil Counterpart: In the broader Digimon canon, Daemon is treated as a Fallen Angel counterpart to Seraphimon, the evolved form of HolyAngemon. This puts the relationship between Lord Demon and Lord HolyAngemon in quite a new light.
Demon's also a kind of Shadow Archetype to LordHolyAngemon, being just as powerful but opting to use his power to intimidate rather than hold back for the sake of his subjects.
Straw Hypocrite: He explains to Etemonkey that monsters fight better when tamed by humans. He actually believed the opposite but needed to convince Neo to work for him.
The Social Darwinist: The reason he made war in the relatively peaceful Digimon World. And his motivation for attacking the human world. Its his duty to destroy creatures weaker than him, wherever they may be.
The Virus: His manipulations are referred to as the "dark virus" in a metaphorical way
"This should be interesting…but no matter how many weaklings you throw at me, I guarantee you’ll never win!!"
An Etemon serving as a subordinate of Demon, tasked with obstructing Taichi's quest for the V-Tamer Tags.
Affably Evil and Laughably Evil: He's genuine in his praise for Zero and Neo's accomplishments. He's also pretty goofy and is the brunt of many jokes. Too bad he does not care about wrecking the Digimon World to get what he wants.
Starter Villain: The first monster associated with Demon Taichi and Zero meet. Well, him and his Monochromon steed.
Tempting Fate: Questioning if Zero had just used his best attack causes Zero to come up with a better one.
"There's no way they can get out of my illusionary hell!"
This subordinate of Etemonkey's was responsible for destroying a village and enslaving most of its population to make way for his castle. He was later assigned to guard the tag of illusions but was more concerned with tormenting Taichi and Zero than keeping it away from them. Despite this, he ended up being the longest lasting of the tag guardians, later joining the vanguard of Neo's first major offensive.His evolved forms are as follows:
Vamdemon: A perfect level monster resembling masked blonde man who fancies himself an aristocrat and lives in a castle overshadowing a ruined village.
VenomVamdemon: An ultimate level monster resembling a horned head giant with bat like wings who is little more than a brute, personality wise.
An arrogant tamer who first encountered Taichi in the V-Pet tournament at the beginning. He too was drawn into the Digimon World, this time by Demon, and serves him as the tamer of the "super ultimate" Digimon, Arkadimon. Before Arkadimon was born, Neo was the tamer of multiple Digimon, discarding those who lost in combat.
Action Survivor: Neo is even less physically active or imposing than Taichi but he is rather good at surviving giant monster encounters.
Ascended Fanboy: In this case it was his obsession with Digimon that got him caught up in events but his skill level was comparable to Taichi's all the same.
Complexity Addiction: His early setbacks can be blamed on this, from the start Gabo mutters that Neo could have halted their progress without ever needing to confront or fight them and even though he is very successful he is ultimately undone by his own complicated scenarios.
The Devil: Hysterically called so by Gabo but he also employs a few devil looking monsters. One of his off panel creations even looks like the classic goat figure(more than fertility god Pan, who it's nominally based on)
I Reject Your Reality: Because in reality he is not the best Tamer, his plans are not full proof and his sister does not appreciate what he does for her. So, yeah, he kind of has to because the plot would not last if he was not crazy.
Karma Houdini: Tries to cause an apocalypse for the sake of his sister. Does neither listen to, nor hesitate to forcefully imprison said sister when she disagrees with him. Gleefully deletes (read: kills) monsters in cold blood, even if all they want is his appreciation. Already shows this mentality even before Demon's supposed influence. But all that is forgotten when he saves Taichi's life at the end, and he gets away scot-free.
Kick the Dog: Neo does this constantly, partly to remind us that he's gone off the deep end, morally speaking.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: The world Neo wants to create wouldn't be so bad to live in and his reasons are respectable enough. His way of getting to that goal is the problem; that, and the fact Lord Demon is the one who's benefiting.
Neo's (current) partner Digimon. The immensely powerful "super ultimate" Digimon which Demon selected Neo to raise. All of Arkadimon's evolved forms are named "Arkadimon", each appended with the level to indicate the difference. Its evolutions will ultimately end with an Eldritch Abomination, or so it is said. Neo has other plans.
A Dog Named Dog: The comic already did away with it for previous characters but this is the real subversion, since it is known as ___mon you'd assume it was just going as "dog" but that's not the case! We aren't even told what the species names are for any of its forms.
Big Eater: Yeah, half of its attacks involve eating even
Extreme Omnivore: It can eat practically anything if it really sets itself on it.
Tykebomb: The purpose of its birth is to destroy a world. Okay not really but that's what everyone is allowed to believe.
The Unintelligible: Neo claims to understand him but that doesn't change that all his text boxes are filled with gibberish no one else can.
Yin-Yang Bomb: Not an attack or power but something Neo believed it was necessary for its development.
"Fate didn't desert me."
The guardian of the Metal Empire Tamer Tag. Formerly a Greymon belonging to Neo, he was discarded and deleted after a lost battle, but pulled himself together, mechanised his body and evolved to MetalGreymon out of sheer determination to survive and prove his true worth to Neo. Neo, for his part, wasn't interested.
Determinator: Which is why he upgraded himself with cybernetics in the first place, because he was not giving up on himself even after Neo tried to delete him.
Gradual Grinder: Played with: Neo had him simply stand there and take Zeromaru's attacks head-on, even though he was perfectly capable of overwhelming Zeromaru with his offensive capabilities. Neo's motivations for this were actually less than kind - he was using MetalGreymon as a way of having Zeromaru show off the full extent of his offensive capabilities so as to record data on him, and he could not care less about what happens to MetalGreymon.
One of the first artificial Digimon created by Neo, born by merging a Grizzmon with a sample of the power data of Arkadimon. It was dispatched to apprehend Rei during her escape from Demon's castle, but was stopped by the arrival of Taichi and Zero.
Badass Boast: Its constant boasts that it is a "new Digimon for a new age", well beyond the average sort of Digimon previously faced by Taichi and Zero.
Make Way For The New Villains: He was supposed to be demonstrate the potential of a bunch of new monsters known as the Genome Digimon, but not many got designed before the guys working on the comic decided they didn't have enough time.
Wake-Up Call Boss: The first non-Alias III Digimon to really put up much of a fight to Zeromaru as AeroV-dramon.
The Alias III
"Why would I talk with you?"
The "Alias I", a highly introverted masked boy who communicates solely through a vocalisation program on his computer, feeling this is the only way he can express himself. His partner Digimon is Piemon.
Merchandise-Driven: Based on Piemon's existence, Sigma probably originally owned a Pendulum 3.0 Nightmare Soldiers virtual pet.
No One Will Ever Know: Played with. He wants to be himself, but after he learned what his "real" friends were really like, chat rooms were the only place he was comfortable enough to do so, symbolically demonstrated by constantly wearing his mask.
Stripperiffic:Everything she wears! It is part of her hobby/job, if that makes it any better.
Teen Idol: The best way to describe her previous aspirations before settling on "queen of the new world".
Took a Level in Kindness: She becomes friends with Taichi and Rei after they get back to the human world, and was in the process of doing so even before then when she decided she did not want to hear Geckovitch talk them down
"If you can’t fly, you’re no better than a stupid dog."
The Ditz: Not nearly as much as she seems to be though
The "Alias III" of the Alias III, a trio of tamers convened by Neo to serve him. Hideto was a friend of Neo and Rei long before the events of the manga, and never quite got over Rei's accident. His two partner Digimon are Warg and Melga.
Ascended Fanboy: He was well known for his Digimon before he got to use them for real.
Despair Event Horizon:After he thinks his hobby lead to Rei's injury. He does not agree with Neo but its depressed enough to go along with his zany schemes anyway.
Merchandise-Driven: Based on Warg and Melga, it can be deduced that Hideto probably originally owned two copies of the Pendulum ZERO Virus Busters virtual pet, as it was the pet at the time which featured WarGreymon, MetalGarurumon and the ability to Jogress them into Omegamon.
The Rival: He was the best tamer around, until Neo showed up. He finally got a Digimon that could beat Neo's but by the time he had the opportunity to use it Neo had gotten a new monster himself and Hideteo was back to square one.
Fusion Dance: Omegamon, obviously. Fusion Dancing and reverting from it forms the backbone of Hideto's combat strategies.
Gameplay and Story Integration/Early-Installment Weirdness: Taking more cues from the early pets than any future adaptations to follow it, WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon are not the powerhouses later fans know them as but are noted to be pretty weak. Omegamon is a very strong Mega, one of if not the best actually available, but not quite as strong as Our War Game would imply. Later V-Pets would bump all three monsters up to levels resembling those seen in Digimon Adventure.
Glowing Eyes of Doom: He can freeze Digimon champion level and below in their tracks with just a gaze
I Let You Win: Omegamon took Zero's Dragon Impulse on purpose and didn't let Hideto jogress Warg and Melga because he realised that Taichi and Zero really were good guys.
Implacable Man: Properly motivated, Omegamon will not stop, even when the Digivice 01 says there is no way it should be able to keep moving. Even without a motive, it is still seemingly indestructible.