In May 2002, roughly one year after the end of the Digimon Tamers TV show, fanfiction author Daneel Rush began working on a small Rukato project in an attempt to overcome the writer's block he was suffering over his Chosen series. What started out as a simple romantic comedy side project would soon evolve to become one of his most well known and in-depth series.Set after the events of Tamers, Tamers Forever begins simply at first, merely revolving around 12-year-old Takato Matsuki, his crush on the icy tamer Rika Nonaka, and the hilarious lengths he is prepared to go to in order to help her. However, upon undertaking the seemingly suicidal task of traveling to the digital world to singlehandedly gather the Tamers' old Digimon, Takato soon finds himself confronted by the mysterious Triad, a group of entities who guard the secrets of the Thread of Destiny, the written record of the entire universe. The Triad gift Takato with the powerful Omnivice, along with its sarcastic A.I program "Ruki", telling Takato of his role as the legendary "Omni-Tamer", the first of the "Enlightened Ones", and the universe's only hope against total annihilation.But this is not Takato's true power.Ever since the horrible battle against Beelzemon, Takato has felt a dark force living within him, a ruthless, violent power that threatens to consume him and everyone he loves. A terrifying power that could be reality's only chance at salvation- or the very force that condemns it to extinction.The scale intensifies as Takato must not only combat the chaotic force within him but also the ruthless Digimon who seek to acquire the power of the Omni-Tamer for themselves.Meanwhile, in the Eastern Quadrant, the Digidestined are now adults living out their lives in the city of Odaiba, struggling to cope with a cruel and merciless world and find stability in the peace they created. But those who live by the sword die by the sword, and the Chosen soon find themselves caught up in the apocalyptic prophecy, dragged into a vortex of death, abandonment, betrayal, pain and loss.As the darkness threatens to consume Takato and a sadistic monster from the past rises to take his revenge, both the Tamers and the Chosen must call upon every fibre of strength within them... or burn in the oncoming inferno.All five books can be found here.The sequel series, called GOSPEL, has started but is on hiatusnote He's still busy working on a Universe Compendium, just not posting chapters.
Provides Examples Of:
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Nightmare decides to ignore its creator's orders and instead tries to take over the net. Ironically, it still ends up serving its original purpose: testing Takato.
Jeri becomes an action girl during Theory of Chaos when she Biomerges with Leomon.
Adult Fear: What ever you do, do not read Silent Sorrow if you are an expectant mother. Seriously, don't.
Affably Evil: Although it's downplayed in the sense that he's not actually evil, one of the most noticeable things about Chaos is how normal he seems, despite the fact that he's a ten billion year old avatar of destruction and disorder.
Airborne Mooks: LadyDevimon and SkullSatamon fill this role in Daemon's army.
Renamon: Why do you insist so much in taking care of her, when she only insulted you and humiliated you in the past? Why do you want to be her friend so badly? Why do you smile every time her name is mentioned? Why, Tamer? I don't understand…
Also, despite their marriage being on the decline, Sora is genuinely horrified when Matt almost get's his eyes cut out by a DarkScubamon.
Ax-Crazy: Daemoncould be the poster boy for this trope, a nigh unstoppable psychopath who is quite literally fuelled by his own hatred, often exploding into violent rages and laughing maniacally at the sight of others in pain.
Back Story: In a bid to win their trust, Takeru reveals to the Tamers the true history of the Digital World, as well as the truth about Takato's origins..
Bad Ass: There are several examples, but Chaos, Rika, Takato, Takeru, Tatsu and Terriermon are by far the most noticeable examples.
Bad Ass Normal: Tatsu no Houho is able to take on several ultimate level digimon with nothing but a Katana.
Takeru has a similar scene later on.
Bad Powers, Good People: Takato Matsuki is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. unfortunately, he is also the Vessel of Chaosand could potentially wreak untold havoc upon reality.
Battle Couple: Yolei and Ken during the battle against Daemon's army.
Battle of Wits: Surprisingly enough, most of the battles in Tamers Forever are quite strategic in nature. The most prominent example would have to be the battle between Piedmon and Gallantmon, which essentially involved Piedmon using every dirty trick he could think of and Takato adapting to and countering these moves, all while engaged in an awesome midair duel.
Beam-O-War: There is a brief Beam Struggle between Armmageddemon's Ultimate Flare technique and Seraphimon/Magnadramon's Dual Force: Golden Absolution technique.
Beam Spam: Gallantmon's new "Takato's Star Storm" technique works by firing a barrage of plasma bolts from the small triangles rimming his shield.
Big Bad: Blackwargreymon assumes this role in Omni-Tamer
In Forget the Y2K, This is Madness!!, the sadistic Nightmare virus becomes the prominent threat to the Tamers,
However, the Nightmare itself pales when compared to the overwhelming power of the psychotic Daemon, who sends his agent to weaken the Tamers during Theory of Chaos, before terrorising them personally throughout Silent Sorrow.
Back in Card-O-Rama, Mr. Sagara comes across as this by attempting to rig the tournament, which Takato plots to counter for Rika's sake, but since this doesn't drastically affect the plot until the final chapter, most of Takato's interactions are with the judge/shop owner Sagara bribes, and both men are mere humans anyway, it's not nearly as memorable.
Big "NO!": The Nightmare does this when struck by Gallantmon and Sakuyamon's Dual Force: Spirit of Chaos technique.
Justified in that he was most likely screaming in terror and pain.
Blessed with Suck: As the vessel of Chaos, Takato is gifted with immense power, but that same power is slowly and painfully killing him from the inside out.
Blind Seer: The Cherrymon that watches over the Secret Garden.
Blood from the Mouth: Several times during Silent Sorrow, Takato's deteriorating health is illustrated very disturbingly by his coughing up blood.
Brain Washed: During Theory of Chaos, all the Tamers except Takato are brainwashed into acting wildly out of character, leading to some of the series most disturbingly hilarious scenes ever.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: a common source of humour, although inverted in that it's often the AUTHOR doing the forth wall breaking with random comments.
Break the Badass: Renamon desperately tries to warn the Tamers to run when she sees Chaos biomerging.
Rika: Renamon, if I didn't know you, I'd think you were frightened.
Renamon: Rika, I'm TERRIFIED!
Break the Cutie: Daneel Rush is absolutely vicious in his psychological torment of Rika.
And even Mimi's detractors would have to admit that what happened to her was absolutely horrible.
Broken Pedestal: This happens to Takeru in the eyes of the Tamers once they find out he plans to allow Takato to die in order to prevent Daemon from acquiring the power of God.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Between his incompetence at the Digimon card game, lack of experience, inability to make effective plans and shy nature, it's easy to write Takato off as weak excuse for a Tamer, but his outward awkwardness masks an astonishing degree of competence.
Fridge Brilliance time: It is actually the above weaknesses that make him so dangerous; his lack of long-term thinking is made up for by his impressive skill at using surprisingly effective IndyPloys, making him an unpredictable and dangerous opponent.
"When 'Tamers Forever' was originally conceived, it was supposed to be a ten-story series mainly concerning a Takato/Rika relationship. It was supposed to be more of a romantic comedy, however, I realized my strong point wasn't comedy, as I unconsciously deepened and filled the plot with questions and secrets."
To give the man due credit, though, he never completely abandons the humour. In fact, several scenes from later books are absolutely hilarious.
"What am I supposed to do now?" Henry whispered. His body let go of itself and Henry fell right next to the immense rookie Digimon.
"I know what they want me to do…they want me to just jump to the front line and take my friends to battle, as if we were soldiers willing to die for our country. Besides, they think it's so easy…that in the end, Daemon will be defeated, just like D-Reaper and the Nightmare."
The sound of Henry's fist crashing against the floor covered Jeri's gasp.
"Of course! If the kids do it, it's because it's easy, right?"
Clingy Jealous Girl: Pauline, although she still manages to be a sympathetic character and becomes an outright Woobie later on.
Combat Commentator: during the battle between Gallantmon and Piedmon, Henry provides this role for the much less experienced Jeri.
Combat Pragmatist: Along with Piedmon (below), Chaos demonstrates this trope while fighting the Tamers.
Combat Tentacles: The Nightmare has a set of razor sharp tendrils, which it uses to deadly effect.
Chaos' silence was enough of an answer, he had won that one.
Ruki: But at what price…Prozac, Takato? That's just sick…
Takato: Shut up and let me enjoy this victory…
Chaos: while it lasts…
Takato: I thought SOMEONE was supposed to shut up!
Crazy Enough to Work: Every single one of Takato's plans, and I use the word 'plan' in the loosest possible terms.
Creepy Child: Gabrielle/ Takako and Chaos both fit this trope to a tee.
Curbstomp Battle: The sovereigns end up on the receiving end of a swift beatdown at the hands of ChaosGallantmon.
During the final chapter of Silent Sorrow, Daemon gets the ever-loving crap beaten out of him by Gallantmon Crimson Mode.
Curbstomp Cushion: Although ChaosGallantmon dominates the Tamers for almost the entirety of their fight, he is still on the receiving end of an effective Dual Force attack from Sakuyamon and SaberLeomon. Even though he still manages to keep fighting, it still proves more effective than anything even the Sovereigns could do to him.
Also, despite being completely outclassed in their fight against Daemon, the Tamers still manage to get a few decent hits in.
He sends his troops out to retrieve Takato to avoid any risk to himself, and when they fail, he stops beating around the bush and sends his most overwhelmingly powerful weapon (himself) to annihilate the Tamers.
Not only that, he keeps his strongest servant Armageddemon in reserve, ready to attack the Digidestined so that, on the off chance that they manage to defeat his massive army, they will be too weak to take on the superpowered Mega.
He also uploads a virus into his servants, so that anyone trying to absorb their data will be infected and weakened.
Darkest Hour: Silent Sorrow. It doesn't get a whole lot darker than not only winding up at death's door thanks to your Superpowered Evil Side but having your city invaded by an Omnicidal Maniac and accompanying army seeking the power that is incarnated as said evil side who are so powerful that the only chance of foiling them is by retreating to the digital world so you can finish dying before they get what they want from you.
Dark Is Not Evil: It is eventually clear that despite his violent tendencies Chaos is not evil.
Deadpan Snarker: Okay, bear with me now: Chaos, Rika, Ruki, Takato, Takeru, Terriermon, hell even the AUTHOR (and his Avatar) counts as this.
Although Chaos is by far the most prominent example.
Death of a Thousand Cuts: Patamon manages to destroy a wild Cyclonemon by using a barrage of hundreds and hundreds of Wing Slaps.
Determinator: Takato, OH DEAR LORD! TAKATO!. If continuing to fight against a hoard of Mega level Digimon despite the fact that your clothes are literally soaked in your own blood, and you are almost paralysed from your brain cells dying doesn't count as this, nothing does.
Daemon also fits the profile.
Takeru: " Daemon is an extremely powerful foe, and his power has increased in the past fifteen years. His anger and desire for vengeance makes him practically invincible, a berserk fighter who will do anything to win."
Takato: "But… my friends will never give up! Rika will never give up!"
Takeru: "Neither will he."
Defrosting Ice Queen: Rika becomes this by the end of Silent Sorrow, although it takes a LOT of effort.
Designated Girl Fight: There is one between Sakuyamon and Rosemon, although it's Justified in that they were the strongest conscious fighters in the area.
Disc One Final Boss: While we know from the beginning of Theory of Chaos that the Digimon that curses the Tamers is working for another, this is played completely straight when Chaosgallantmon comes out halfway through and offs Doumon before forcing the Tamers to deal with him, leaving Daemon for the next story.
The Dragon: Doumon. An ironic inversion to the trope, as she is physically weaker than Big Bad Daemon and focuses more on manipulating and spying on the Tamers.
Dogged Nice Guy: Takato acts like this towards Rika. Even if it's downplayed due to the fact that Takato never tells Rika about his crush, His selfless devotion to her is a thing of awe. Even after she pushes his cruelly mocks him, he will still be there to help her, without ever once coming across as an Extreme Doormat.
Door Stopper: The last book, Silent Sorrow, would be over 800 pages long if it was published, and yet it reads like a comic book.
Dramatic Deadpan: Takeru delivers one of these when he calls the other Digidestined to fight once more and Kari and Yolei, only knowing that Gennai has summoned them, bring along their children, hoping it will be a simple reunion, which leads to this:
Takeru: "I will hold no responsibility for those children's deaths. Understood?"
Davis: "Damn, TJ, are you insane!"
Takeru: "If those two stay in this world, I assure you that they will die, as well as their parents. And if you call me…that, again, I will break your jaw so hard that you'll have to swim to the bottom of the lake for the pieces."
Dueling Shows: the Dimensions series seems to be getting more attention despite this series being the first to use many of the plot points and characters found in Dimensions.
Dying Declaration of Love: Takato has always known that Rika would kill him if he told her he loved her but he figures since he's dying anyway, he's got nothing to lose. A rare instance of this trope that actually works.
From Bad to Worse: Silent Sorrow, the final story in the series. As it opens, Takato is already dying thanks to his Superpowered Evil Side overloading his body. Then, Shinjuku is invaded by a Digimon army led by Daemon, who is after the power of said evil side and is so insanely powerful that the only way anyone can even think to foil him is to let Takato escape to the digital world- so he can die before Daemon gets him.
Funbag Airbag: During the battle against the Nightmare, Gallantmon ends up falling face first on Sakuyamon's breasts.
Hannibal Lecture: DC manages to do this to Daemon of all people, turning the monster's own threats and sadism against him:
Daemon: You know I could kill you right now, you pitiful human...
DC: *Psychotic Smirk* Oh, but you won't... You want to kill me, yes... but you won't do it just yet. Only after you have drained every single bit of information, and only after you have rejoiced in my screams of pain... only after you put me through the most hellish tortures... only then, you'll kill me. Oh, yes, I know you. I understand you. You're so devoured by your own hatred that you can hardly think before you act. After years of horror and solitude in this place, the only thing that keeps you alive is your hatred for those who imprisoned you here. Well, I'm sorry but I hate to tell you that I'm not one of those.
Hearing Voices: all of the Enlightened Ones/ Archangels can hear the voice of their Omnivices speaking to them
Takato can also hear Chaos' voice in his head.
Additionally, DC, Tai and Takeru are contacted mentally by Gabrielle, though she only bothers to whisper random comments in the latter's mind.
Heroic BSOD: A Particularly nasty version of this happens to Takato once he finally merges with Chaos. Having achieved the full power of God, Takato is overwhelmed by the vastness of creation and suffers a crippling form of identity crisis. Why should he care about himself, his loved ones or existence at all, when each and everyone of those things can be destroyed and remade on a whim? Needless to say, it's rather disturbing to see Takato go from Nice Guy to Dr ManhattenExpy.
Rika: "Damn you, Takato… I have cried more in these last few days than in my entire lifetime, and it's all your fault!"
Hulk Speak: The Nightmare talks like this at first before it absorbs enough data from the Internet to obtain superhuman intellect.
This is also how a wild Cyclonemon encounterd by DC talks.
Idiot Ball: Oh no Takato's in danger! Oh no the teacher won't allow us to leave the class! Why they did not simply knock her unconcious and run to the rescue anyway is baffling.
Ms. Asaji herself as well, for putting "rules are rules" above the threat of rampaging Digimon. Considering she turns out to be an agent for Takeru, it may have been a deliberate move to force Takato to handle the situation alone and gain more control of his powers.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite acting like a total jackass most of the time- make that all of the time- Chaos still has some moments where he shows that he genuinely respects his other half, and that he can actually be a nice guy when he wants to.
Ryo also fits the bill, or as Takato puts it:
he knew Ryo was just trying to be a friend…a crazy, narcissist, extremely annoying friend, but a friend, after all.
Killer Rabbit: in a literal version of this trope, Daneel Rush does a very convincing job of showing BlackTerriermon to be a far more competant fighter than one would assume given his harmless-looking appearence.
Then there's the original Terriermon going toe to toe with Daemon during the second to last chapter.
Knight of Cerebus: ChaosGallantmon. Before his appearence, the series was a lighthearted romantic comedy series. However ChaosGallantmon's appearance kicks the series Myth Arc into high gear by triggering the series first Wham Episode. And his second appearance is the catalyst for the series Darkest Hour.
Large Ham: Takato seems to have a fondness for melodramatic speeches.
Chaos also has his moments.
""Join me at the darkness of the eternal abyss! JUDECCA PRISON!"
Last Stand: Every combatant in the series- willingly or not- is forced to make a last stand against Daemon's forces during the final chapters of Silent Sorrow.
Let's Get Dangerous: Terriermon drops his goofy attitude right before opening up a can of whoop-ass on Daemon.
Lightning Bruiser: ChaosGallantmon, Daemon, Gallantmon Crimson Mode, the Nightmare and Terriermon are all lightning fast Mega digimon capable of some of the most utterly devastating attacks in the series.
Episode five and Daemon hasn't arrived to Shinjuku… *sigh* Oh well, I just hope I actually get him in there before chapter eight, and I expect to finish this story in twenty chapters in the worst case scenario.
Despite her small role, Gabrielle reveals more information than the previous two characters combined.
Ms. Fanservice: Eclipse and Pauline, although they're both fully developed characters beyond just being sexy.
My God, What Have I Done?: When Chaos first emerges, but before Takato realizes he's a separate entity. From his perspective, he destroyed a significant part of the Internet just by having his Berserk Button pressed. You'd be a bit scared of yourself too.
This is also Takato's reaction when he uses the Omnivice to remove the pain from Azulongmon's Wind Electricity technique, only to find out that he'd transferred the pain to Rika, Henry, Renamon and Terriermon. His horror, frustration and grief combine to send him over the edge, unleashing the power of ChaosGallantmon.
My Greatest Failure: This is how Rika views being unable to save Takato from dying in front of her.
Izzy also feels this way about being unable to save Mimi from being kidnapped.
Not So Different: Despite being enemies, both Daemon and Takato draw strength from their emotions.
Also, Rika and her mother aren't quite as different as they first appear.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: Despite their small size and low level, the Kurisarimon and DarkScubamon are vicious and numerous digimon whose predatory and opportunistic natures make them a threat even to Mega level Digimon.
Oblivious to Love: Rika. Justified in that she is completely unable to believe that anyone could possibly even like her, much less love her.
From Takato when he accidently grabs Rika's backside.
From Takato and Terriermon when they realise Devitamamon is standing right behind them.
From Henry when he opens his door to see an extremely pissed of Rika.
From MegaGargomon whenever their Mighty Glacier status turns against them.
As beffiting their status as Knights Of Cerebus, Daemon and ChaosGallantmon tend to inspire this reaction on a regular basis.
One-Hit KO: Chaos easily kills Doumon by crushing her skull in his hand.
Order vs. Chaos: The millenia-old conflict between the Archangels and the Archdemons.
Original Character: Mr Sagara, Mr. Sato, Ken Sagara, Ruki, Chaos, Pauline, The Nightmare, Ayla, Goddramon, Piedmon (he is different enough from his canon counterpart to count as this), Helena, Gabrielle, DC, Blackterriermon, Tatsu, Eclipse and Rei Tanaka.
And then of course you have Goddramon and the Sovereigns including Huanglongmon.
And 'The Saviour'/ Terriermon
Pinocchio Syndrome: Pauline desperately wants to be human so that she can be with Takeru and also for the simple fact that she doesn't have a body that can express her emotions like humans do, meaning that every feeling she has is bottled up inside her without release.
Please, I Will Do Anything!: Played for Laughs. Takato will only forgive Ruki for sleeping through his battle with Chaos if she kisses Chaos. She takes a third option and instead kisses Takato, since they're the same person.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: The dynamic between Chaos and Takato is an interesting inversion of this trope. ChaosGallantmon has blue highlights on his armour, while Gallantmon has red highlights, and Chaos is also much more ruthless than Takato, but surprisingly enough, Takato is actually the Blue Oni, being much more subtle and thoughtful than the impulsive Chaos.
Gabrielle:Anyway, it seems things are getting pretty messed up in the Eastern Quadrant. The Second already got her Omnivice.
D.C:The second? The second Archangel?
Gabrielle:No, dummy, the second EVA pilot. Of course I mean the second Archangel!
D.C: [[Lampshade Hanging You know, for someone who has been inside a glass tube for thirteen years, you certainly know your anime stuff.
Smug Snake: Doumon is a manipulative, condescending and arrogant bitch who casually dissmisses Takato as a threat, treating him like a small child who needs to learn his place. Which makes it all the more satisfying when Takato calmly points out to her just how completely and utterly screwed she is.
Smug Super: Ryo is one of the best Tamers around and he damn well knows it.
Chaos is an even more noticeable example.
Spit Take: Ryo does a truly epic one when he finds out that Takato kissed Rika.
"How are you still alive!?!??!?!!?!!"
Bonus points for the fact that he wasn't actually drinking anything at the time!!
The Starscream: The Nightmare has no wish to follow its original programming once it believes itself powerful enough to take over the Internet.
Took a Level in Badass: after the events of Omni-Tamer, Takato becomes the strongest Tamer by far. Unfortunately for him, the one person whose respect and praise he truly desires instead becomes aggressive and spiteful to him out of jealousy, forcing Takato to finally snap.
First we have Omni-Tamer chapter 8 with the introduction of ChaosGallantmon.
Then there's Forget The Y2K This Is Madness!! chapter 4 with the fight between Takato and Rika, and the moment when Takato just snaps.
Then you have Chapter 5 where Takato coldly tears apart the Nightmare and Chapter 7, where it's revealed that Takato's powers are slowly killing him from the inside out.
Then there's Theory Of Chaos chapters 2, 6, 7 and 8, which showcase Takato's slowly deteriorating health.
Then there's Silent Sorrow, which is just one massive Gut Punch after another.
The Watson: DC fills this role around Gabrielle during Silent Sorrow.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: DC briefly questions whether it's right for him to kill a wild Cyclonemon, seeing as how it's only trying to survive. However, he soon decides "it's either him or me".
White Mage: MarineAngemon, whose talents lie in healing and support.
Xanatos Gambit: Daemon excutes a minor one when he uploads a virus into his tropes. which means that either A) the Tamers/Digidestained try to absorb the fallen troops data, and are infected by the virus or B). They don't absorb the data, allowing his own troops to absorb the data and thus grow stronger. Thus making a battle of attrition impossible for his enemies to win.
He manages another one earlier, perhaps inadvertantly, sending Doumon to obtain the power of Chaos so he can break out of the Dark Ocean and take revenge on everything. Though it inevitably fails, Doumon's own data is enough when added to the rest he's been collecting to allow him to escape the Dark Ocean and go after Takato himself.
Yank the Dog's Chain: Every time it looks like Takato and Rika are becoming closer, something happens to drive them apart. Good thing Takato's an Iron Woobie.