Fanfic: The Teacherof All Things
The Teacher of All Things
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Crossover. One year after Taichi "Tai" Yagami saved two worlds from Daemon and six months after he lost his partner, Zeromaru, his friends and family make a last ditch effort to drag him out of his depression—by sending him to summer camp. From there it mostly follows Adventure's plot until certain pre-existing relationships cause it to go Off the Rails
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- The Ace: Tai, given his past experience in the field this is not a surprise.
- Adapted Out: Lord Whamon's roles are overtaken by Gon the Deapsaver and Lord Holy Angemon. The author later admitted this was a mistake.
- All There in the Manual: Though the author typically gives the necessary background information from V-Tamer when a particular aspect from it is referenced within the story, reading the manga provides nearly all of the exposition for Tai's darker history. As more of the story's plot continues to be effected by events that occurred within V-Tamer, it is likely a good idea to read it and better understand how the two stories relate to one another. On the occasions that the author has not given the necessary information and simply inserted references to events that transpired in the manga some readers were confused as to where the information originated from.
- Ascended Fanboy: Taichi, but not to the degree of Alias III and Neo, who it turns out know much more about Digimon despite spending less time in the Digital World than him.
- Awesome by Analysis: In nearly every battle Tai is able to assess the situation and control the battle. He will observe his opponent and frequently defeats them by targeting the enemies' weaknesses. This allows him defeat higher level Digimon that are more powerful than his own.
- Back from the Dead: Myotismon has done this at least three times, once in V-Tamer, the second time when he first appears in this story, and the third when he uses the prophecy to digivolve himself into Malo Myotismon.
- As in canon, Etemon comes back during the battle against Puppetmon as Metal Etemon.
- Wizardmon turns out to be Sigma's Piedmon reborn.
- Machinedramon resurrects Metal Seadramon as Giga Seadramon, although Metal Seadramon's personality has been overwritten to serve Machinedramon.
- Badass Cape: Taichi's yellow cloak in the original V-Tamer story. He returns to the Digital World with his cloak when he once again takes up the mantle after his 10-Minute Retirement.
- Badass Normal: Hiroaki Ishida, Matt's father, and the rest of his crew, specifically him and his cameraman. After surviving the initial raid by Myotismon's forces by chance, they all sneek past the Digimon guards in front of the news building. When they are seen, they manage to get away and prepare a newsbroadcast to warn Japan and the rest of the world. Oh, and all through this the camera is still rolling! When they are caught again on the way to send it, Hiroaki trys to fight off the attacker with a metal mop so the rest can get away. Hiroaki and his cameraman, Jeremiah, saw a lot of nasty things in Bosnia.
- Bad Boss: Myotismon when he gets angry starts killing off minions.
- Batman Gambit: As in Digimon V-Tamer 01 Tai has the ability to come up with these on the fly, allowing his partner to take on enemies of much higher levels.
- Berserk Button: Tai to Myotismon, threatening a younger sibling for Neo, Tai, and Matt.
- Big Damn Heroes: Quite a few times though Zudomon in particular seems to be made of this. Garurumon saving Hiroaki from a Digimon.
- Big Entrance: Tai and Metal Greymon pull one off when they begin to fight Myotismon at the Sports Center. Highlights include a Big Damn Heroes moment, There Was a Door, and a Dynamic Entry on the Dark Tyrannomon specifically.
- Call Forward: It turned out to be very fortunate that Taichi and Zeromaru met some of the soldiers—a Greymon, a Tyrannomon, and a Centarumon—that Leo had trained. Becuase they mention that they had all been Agumon, Tai is later able to figure out that the Agumon card is the False Gate Card when the Digidestined are trying to get back home.
- Canon Discontinuity: Yeah, those V-tamer crossovers with other entries in the franchise had to be ignored. Actually, two of them are used for this plot.
- Cherry Tapping: Tai and Agumon go through the entire File Island Arc beating even Perfect level enemies without Digivolving.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Pal and Pul are brother and sister Demidevimon who are not evil. (really Petitmamon, which was not in the V-pets and not even given a name until V-tamer was finished, so they are simply called Demidevimon because it is the closet relative to their species)
- Disproportionate Retribution: Granted that Tai may have killed Myotismon when seeking the Tag of Illusions during his first trip in the Digital World, but his rage is so great towards Tai that his hated sustains his life force for over two thousand years in the Dark Area. Not only that, but he pleasantly goes out of his way in his attempt to make Tai suffer simply to break the look of defiance that Tai had in his eyes. Also counts as Misplaced Retribution towards Gatomon, whom he punishes and abuses simply for having the same look in her eyes.
- Door Stopper: The story is currently made up of 36 Chapters which span five story arcs, the current one focusing on Machinedramon as a stand-alone villain, and has a word count of than 355,000 words.
- In case anyone is interested and because I have no life, I calculated the word count of each individual arc.
- The Devimon Arc: Spans Chapters 1-8 with nearly 64,000 words.
- The brief Etemon Arc: Spans Chapters 9-12 with around 40,000 words.
- The Myotismon Arc: Spans Chapters 13-23 with the largest amount at almost 121,000 words.
- The Dark Masters Arc: Spans Chapters 24-33 with a sizable count of nearly 95,000 words.
- Dumb Blonde: Mari knows people think this and is not afraid to use it against them.
- For Want of a Nail: The crossover aspect of the story could be viewed as such with Tai's past experiences serving as the alteration from canon.
- Groin Attack: Tai knows that you have to do this For Massive Damage against a Venom Myotismon. The others are not so impressed.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Subverted. As in V Tamers Tai uses them while his partner is flying. They are also used in a plan to deliver Kari her Digivice mid-battle.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Doubling down with a You Shall Not Pass, Pumpkinmon holds off Myotismon while Gatomon and Wizardmon escape with Kari's Crest of Light.
- Hoistby His Own Petard: Given the nature of his floating, homing attacks that surge towards enemies on command, Piedmon is defeated when he utilizes his attack and is unaware that he was positioned directly in between his attack and his enemy. Sigma's Piedmon had been defeated by the same attack, though in that case Tai tricked Sigma into instructing that Piedmon warp his swords into his own position and defeat himself.
- Keeping Secrets Sucks\They're Called Personal Issues For A Reason: Tai does not tell everyone that he has been to the Digital World before, and spends most of the time through the Etemon arc internally moaning about where everything he is used to has gone. The reason why he didn't tell the others is because the events of V Tamers have left him with trust issues. After Neo shoves this in his face, Tai decides to tell the rest of the group after the problems with Myotismon are done.
- He's not the only one, Hideto tells Tai about something that they don't exactly like to mention, Matt is reluctant to talk about the fact that his family is divorced, and Izzy sure hasn't told anyone else about his issues at home.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": Done in Chapter 21 and it begins when the group realizes they have slept until 6:00. As Venom Myotismon would revive at 6:06:06 and he did so with his mind in tact, this is understandable.
- Motive Rant: Malo Myotismon gives one to Tai when he becomes one of the first of the Digi-Destined to break out of his Illusion Mist attack.
- Mythology Gag: Koromon are not known for their bowel control.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: For villains, "The Victory Tamer."
- Off the Rails: Tai makes Devimon and Myotismon so unnerved that they decide to change up their strategies.
- On a similar note, Tai discovers Kari's Digivice during his 10-Minute Retirement and accidentally takes it with him. He also sets up a meeting with the other V Tamers meaning that he's in Shibuya (as are Matt and TK for other reasons) when the rest of the Digidestined find out the consequences of Myotismon going Off the Rails.
- Portrait Painting Peephole: Devimon performs this in his illusion created mansion by having himself appear as an angel portrait. Tai, seeing the angel in the painting is black, will have none it and has Agumon Pepper Breath him in the face.
- Precision F-Strike: "THIS IS FOR GOTSUMON, YOU BASTARD!"
- Rapid-Fire Typing: Neo and Sigma now have Izzy to rival them
- Reality Ensues: When you call someone's house at nine at night asking for their children, getting hung up on is the least of your worries.
- Redemption Equals Death: After finally realizing that he had the power to pursue his own course and that he didn't have to bend the knee to every tyrant that came along, Ogremon decides to fight for good and ends up giving his life for his new cause.
- Retcon: Some minor changes were made to get the plots of V-tamer and Adventure in sync, such as getting Zero to the ocean much sooner on the V-tamer side and Tai's expanded friend network on the Adventure side. Hideto was apparently lying when he lectured Taichi and Zero about ancient types.
- Rousing Speech: The following is delivered by Pukumon to his men before the attack on Piedmon's castle:
- "We will fight to the last breath, to the last digimon! They will taste our weapons, they will taste our resolve, they will taste our SPIRIT! And my brothers, even if victory is not achieved this day... I swear... we will. MAKE. THAT. CLOWN. BLEED!"
- Screw Destiny: After Koromon finds out about Zeromaru he says he won't be Tai's partner because destiny says so ...he will be Tai's partner because he wants to be.
- The Digidestined try and have a plan A for defeating Venom Myotismon that isn't "Follow the Prophecy". Due to what it entails, Tai and Matt being shot with Holy class Ultimate and Champion Level attacks respectively, this is not a surprise. They still have to use the prophecy.
- The Smart Guy: Both Izzy and Sigma serve as this for their respective groups. Though they both are extremely talented in the usage of computers, Izzy is more of a Gadgeteer Genius due to his ability to modify the Digivices and their programming, while Sigma is a definite Techno Wizard that is capable of finding your phone number in under five minutes with just a name.
- The Starscream: Machinedramon successfully organizes a coup over Piedmon for control of the Dark Masters and is plotting to take out Apocalymon as well.
- The Strategist: This is Tai's main role. It's what earned him the title of "Victory Tamer."
- While Taichi is the superior analyst, Neo Saiba has him beat in long term strategy.
- Machinedramon is one for the villains' side.
- Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors: The Virus-Vaccine-Data triangle is used to a greater degree than either V-tamer or Adventure. Level still trumps attribute though...and they both mean less to Angemon.
- Take a Third Option: When you can't get to Odiba because the bridge has collapsed and the waters are too full of enemies to swim, not that Greymon are great swimmers anyway, and flying in would only get you noticed and mean you have to fight of an entire army at once... What do you do? Why take the still under construction tunnel of course!
- Title Drop: Chapter 21: "Experience is the teacher of all things." -Julius Ceasar
- Weak, but Skilled: Tai and Agumon defeat even Ultimate level monsters while still at the Rookie stage. The skill is due to Tai's previous battle experience and his battle tactics.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Tai gets this when his actions cause Agumon to become so desperate to please him that he tries to fight Etemon's Greymon on his own.
- After learning about Tai's previous experience with the digital world some of the other Digidestined feel this toward Gennai and the Sovereign.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: While Tai's experience does prove useful more often than not, V-tamer and Adventure are too very different things, so not all of his experiences are relevant. This is especially noticeable with his reluctance to fight the Dark Masters' Piedmon, out of the mistaken belief that it's Sigma's fallen partner Back from the Dead and Brainwashed and Crazy.
- Year Inside, Hour Outside: Specifically, two thousand years in the Digital Word approximate to one year in the Real World.