What is Tamers Requiem?
Well, it's a truly good series of Fanfics by CrazyEight that can be found on Fanfiction.net and a continuation of Digimon Tamers
.Book 1: Hazard's Sorrow
involves a digimon named Lucemon emerging from the digital world to kill Guilmon, and he does. In the mean time, he's trapped in the human world badly injured and is taken in by a girl and her family. Eventually, Takato, out of grief attempts to ressurect Guilmon. It doesn't turn out as planned.Book 2: A Time to Heal
is merely a four chapter thinking piece and a teaser for Book 3: Less than Human
, where the plot really comes forward. It also gets into Crossover
territory with at least one other season and a movie.Book 4: Revival
and Book 5: Rise of Shadows
take place several years later with a new menace coming forth in the form of a character named Prometheus, whose plans are rather sketchy.
There are also a few shorter stories for the series that fill in a few blanks, but aren't completely necessary to understand the storyline. These include Moonlight Lullaby
(set between Book 1 and Book 2), Resting
and Season's Bonds
, A Knight's Heart
, and Twists of Fate, Prelude to Revival
(set between Book 3 and Book 4), and Book 0: Toys, Snowmen, and Digimon
(a holiday prequel to Requiem that is set after the television show, but before Book 1).
Tamers Requiem contains examples of:
- Adults Are Useless: Somewhat subverted. While the tamers will be the ones generally to save the day, Hypnos and the Monster Makers are actually fairly helpful at different points.
- Ascended Extra: Miki and Ayaka get this treatment.
- Attack Animal: Digimon quailify. And some of the people outside the main characters see them ONLY as this or as a threat to all humanity. Those people are the ones to watch out for.
- Batman Gambit and Evil Plan: These seems to be Prometheus' specialty, though Oni seemed to do a reasonable job at this as well.
- Beta Test Baddie: BlackGuilmon becomes this after becoming more intelligent, seeking Takato in order to merge with him and become complete.
- Big Bad: Lucemon in Book 1
- Oni in Book 3
- Prometheus in Books 4 and 5
- Break the Cutie: They seemed to love this trope even in Digimon Tamers (just ask Jeri if you don't believe me). Top five examples in Requiem include:
- Takato- Watches Guilmon die IN THE FIRST BOOK; tries to recreate him, but ends up with a crazed BlackGuilmon instead; eventually gets killed himself near the end of Book Three and is split in to two separate kids, one of whom spends several years stuck in the Dark Ocean/Dark Area.
- Noriko- Just start from the moment where she is sucked into the Digital World (without a partner), gets combined with Lucemon and BlackGuilmon, and proceed from there.
- Impmon- When trying to make things right with Jeri, he learns that they can't extract Leomon's data from him (and give the girl back her partner) without killing the rookie (which they won't do, which does little to help his guilt). Not long after that, he gets infected with the X-Program, which is supposed to kill off most of the digimon. And, from the description, it is not a pleasant way to go.
- Jeri- Discovers she's still carrying a fragment of the D-Reaper, and is Mind Raped by UlforceVeemon to get at it. Oh yeah, and did we mention that Milleniummon is using her to resurrect himself?
- Suzie- Done very deliberately by Prometheus in an attempt to have her Dark Digivolve Lopmon (and it worked by the end of Book Four). He throws everything at her from schoolyard bully, to an evil therapist, to a nightmare-inducing digimon in order to drag up any doubts or fears she might have. This is the clearest example of Break the Cutie you can have.
- And Call Him George: Poor Dracmon's first meeting with his future partner involved a painfully tight hug that knocked him out and gaining the nickname "Beanie".
- Came Back Wrong: BlackGuilmon... twice!
- Came Back Strong: Normal Guilmon, on the other hand, is patched with the X Antibody in order to rebuild him fully. After that, his Ultimate Form is quite capable of standing up to Royal Knights.
- Christmas Episode: Both "Season's Bonds" and "Toys, Snowmen, and Digimon" qualify as this.
- Continuation: Of Digimon Tamers
- Continuity Nod: There are plenty of reference to events in the show, ranging from major events to individual lines. This is especially noticable when Guilmon is slowly regaining his memory.
- Crossover: The author manages to cross Digimon Tamers over with not only Digimon Frontier and Digimon Savers, but also Digimon X-Evolution.
- Darker and Edgier: Just as Digimon Tamers was considered this in regards to the earlier installments of the franchise, Tamers Requiem manages to take it even further while still remaining true to the spirit of the series. When one of the main characters dies early in the first book and sends his partner into a state of desperate depression as a result, you know that anything can go.
- Doorstopper: The third book in the series is 1,116,371 words long.
- Dream Weaver: In Book Four, Suzie experiences this.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Beanie"
- Emergency Transformation: This is how Lumemon was created.
- Epiphanic Prison: Impmon gets lost in one when he's driven delirious by the X virus.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: This is true for Guilmon. Not so true for BlackGuilmon.
- Evolving Weapon: Kind of the entire concept of digimon... And they continue the tradition awesomely.
- Fallen Hero: Oni was an innocent digignome driven insane by the memories of a child's death during the D-Reaper events.
- Heel-Face Turn: Both Dracmon and Crusadermon in Book 3. Also, Lucemon.
- Heel Face Mind Screw: Downplayed and justified-being made a Tamer partner forces Crusadermon to feel empathy for the first time, and it takes a while before she decided Good Feels Good.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy Rika and Jeri both try this in Book 3. Jeri beat Rika to the punch though.
- Knight Templar: Lucemon at first.
- Kitsune: Renamon, all her various forms, and a whole village of mystical fox digimon visited in Book Three.
- Manipulative Bastard: Prometheus is this in spades. Here's his list of offenses...
- Having Maelstrom possess Atsuo so he can bully Suzie and then wiping the boys memories of the event. This leaves the boy to take the flak for the bulling. This then increases his rage towards Suzie, which Daemon takes and uses to become a Super Ultimate.
- Having a Bakumon force Suzie to have nightmares about her losing Lopmon and making the other tamers treat her like she's a dead weight.
- His worst offense, he doesn't mind if the tamers come close to death during his plans.
- Mêlée à Trois: What happens during the second fight with the Royal Knights. First it's just Beelzemon and the Tamers minus Takato fighting, then Miki and Dracmon Biomerge into Lilithmon, then the Hazard Seal joins in and starts making trouble, then ChaosGallantmon shows up, then Kuroda activates Juggernaut...
- Mysterious Past: Ryo, would you like to discuss the whole "Milleniummon" thing with anyone BEFORE he starts getting involved in everyone's lives? No?
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Where to start?
- Because Lucemon killed Guilmon, Takato tried to bring his friend back by rescanning the original picture. Only problem is that instead of the naive, sweet, bread-loving reptile, he ended up with an aggressive, animalistic BlackGuilmon who goes on a rampage, digivolving and attacking as he goes.
- Or we could consider how the fight between Beelzemon and Megidramon in Digimon Tamers and the Hazard activating during the battle is what caught Lucemon's attention and led to Guilmon's death in the first place.
- Even creating Guilmon in the first place seemed to have a few unexpected side effects. The Digi-Gnomes had to get the data they used to make him ( including the Hazard ) from somewhere. They just chose a very unwise source. Cue mindless, X-program zapping, nightmare showing up in the park.
- Rika... She tries to break her new telepathic connection to Takato in her mega form, but ended up sending herself, Takato, Ryo, and their partners into the Digital World. Oops.
- More recently, we have Marcus drinking from the Dark Ocean. He essentially broke his ability to help his partner digivolve without turning into a mindless monster.
- Oh, Crap Daemon Stage: Super Ultimate, Type: Virus, Special Attacks: Algol's Flame, Dark Spreader —> Ayaka: Oh shit.
- Original Character: Noriko, but she doesn't steal the show away from the canon characters.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: More like "WereBlackGuilmon", but Noriko basically becomes one after Biomerging with Lucemon and the original BlackGuilmon. She doesn't take the news very well.
- Outside-Context Villain: Maelstrom at the end of book 3.
- Psychic Link: There was already demonstrated to be a mental link between Rika and Renamon in the show, but another one is later formed between Rika and Takato.
- The Plague: The X-Program.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.: Most of the villains get one.
- Think Happy Thoughts How Jeri was able to beat J-Reaper.
- It's also how the Tamers were able to finally beat Oni.
- There Are No Therapists: Subverted. Hypnos does have a therapist talk to the tamers in Book Four to see if their unique situation is affecting their minds, but that isn't necessary a good thing for them since he actually works with Prometheus, is trying to make things worse for Suzie especially, and isn't actually human.
- What the Hell, Townspeople?: Inverted. After a Jerk Ass makes an unprovoked attack on Kazu for being a tamer, the local city block turns into an angry mob...with all their ire directed at him for attacking a hero.
- We Do the Impossible: After all of the events from the show and Requiem, the tamers and their partners definitely qualify.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Just about every villain in the series.