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Base entry for the ''Digimon'' ([[PortmanteauSeriesNickname short for]] "Digital Monsters") SeriesFranchise, centered on {{bond creature|s}} {{mons}} from {{cyberspace}}. Originally beginning as the ''Digimon'' virtual pet, conceived as the SpearCounterpart of ''VideoGame/{{Tamagotchi}}'' in an effort to broaden the latter's appeal to boys, it has since spread across numerous {{alternate continuit|y}}ies in multiple media including anime, manga, video games, and trading card games. The franchise is created and maintained by Bandai (now [[Creator/NamcoBandai Bandai Namco]]) and [=WiZ=], while Creator/ToeiAnimation shares an interest in the brand and is responsible for its anime series, promotional materials, and game cutscenes.

The franchise cultivates a sort of {{Multiverse}}; with a few exceptions (most famously ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' having two anime sequels) and barring the occasional IntercontinuityCrossover, each entry, even within the same media series, takes place in a different AlternateContinuity. Thus, although certain themes and elements such as the Digital World are franchise staples, the rules of the universe are subject to change depending on the work. The franchise itself is also subject to quite a large amount of WorldBuilding regarding the nature of Digimon and the Digital World, which may or may not be used in different ways. On a story level, the BondCreature premise leads to ThePowerOfFriendship being a common theme.

There are also contributions to the franchise outside Japan as well; in China, there are (much compressed) {{manhua}} adaptations of the first four anime, as well as the unique ''Manga/DigimonDCyber'', and in America, Creator/DarkHorseComics has created an adaptation of the first few episodes of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. South Korea has also contributed two [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMOs]], with the current one in service being ''VideoGame/DigimonMasters''.

Licensing-wise, the franchise has generally fallen under the umbrella of [[Creator/NamcoBandai Bandai Namco]], but the anime has been in sketchier territory; the rights originally belonged to Creator/SabanEntertainment before being shifted to {{Creator/Disney}} after its dissolution in 2003. Disney handled the franchise's dubbing for a period until Creator/SabanBrands reacquired the English rights to the franchise in 2012. The dub as a whole, however, was subject to KeepCirculatingTheTapes during periods of non-airing, as it never received a formal home video release until New Video Group's DVD releases in 2013. Official subtitles of [[BlindIdiotTranslation volatile quality]] are few and far between, with ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', and ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' being streamed by {{Creator/Funimation}}, {{Creator/Hulu}}, and Crunchyroll respectively. As far as manga goes, only the Chinese manhua have ever been officially translated to English, and after 2008 games began to fall under NoExportForYou until ''VideoGame/DigimonStoryCyberSleuth'' was finally slated for a localization in 2016.

Although the franchise was initially conceived as and is most known for being a children's franchise, it has been going through an AudienceShift as of late; dwindling sales of franchise media among children in TheNewTens have caused Bandai Namco and Toei Animation to shift their focus towards adults.

Also, it's best not to compare it to ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. [[FandomBerserkButton You will regret it for the rest of your life]].[[note]]For the sake of clarification: the similarities between the two pretty much end at their status as {{shonen}} {{mons}} franchises based on portable games which debuted at roughly the same time; beyond that, [[{{Pun}} they are vastly different beasts]].[[/note]]

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[[folder:Manga]]
[[index]]
* ''Manga/CMonDigimon'' (1997)
* ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' (1998-2003)
* ''Manga/DigimonDCyber'' (2005) (Chinese manhua)
* ''Manga/DigimonNext'' (2006-2008)
* ''Manga/DigimonXrosWars'' (2010-2012)
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* ''Digimon World Re:Digitize Encode'' (manga adaptation of ''VideoGame/DigimonWorldReDigitize Decode'')
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[[folder:Anime]]
* ''Digimon Adventure'' continuity[[index]]
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' (TV series, 1999-2000)[[/index]]
*** ''Digimon Adventure'' (PilotMovie; 1999)
*** ''Digimon Adventure: Our War Game!'' (movie, 2000)[[index]]
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' (TV series, 2000-2001)[[/index]]
*** ''Digimon Adventure 02: Digimon Hurricane Touchdown!! / Supreme Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals'' (movie, 2000)[[index]]
*** ''Anime/DigimonTheMovie'' (US [[CompilationRerelease Compilation]] Dub of three ''Adventure'' continuity movies; 2000)[[/index]]
*** ''Digimon Adventure 02: Revenge of Diaboromon'' (movie, 2001)[[index]]
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' (anime movie series, 2015-)
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' (TV series, 2001-2002)[[/index]]
** ''Digimon Tamers: Battle of Adventurers'' (movie, 2001)
** ''Digimon Tamers: Runaway Locomon'' (movie, 2002)[[index]]
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' (TV series, 2002-2003)[[/index]]
** ''Digimon Frontier: Island of Lost Digimon'' (movie, 2002)[[index]]
* ''Anime/DigimonXEvolution'' (CGI movie, 2005)
* ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' (aka ''Digimon Data Squad''; TV series, 2006-2007)[[/index]]
** ''Digimon Savers: Ultimate Power! Activate Burst Mode!!'' (movie, 2006)[[index]]
* ''Digimon Xros Wars'' continuity
** ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' (aka ''Digimon Fusion''; TV series, 2010-2011)
** ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'' (TV series, 2011-2012)[[note]]Legally, this is actually considered a part of ''Xros Wars'' rather than a sequel, meaning that it and the two parts before it comprise a trilogy of "seasons" in the same series, but it's given its own separate page here because its heavy thematic differences and one-year TimeSkip make it resemble a sequel to the prior two parts more than anything else.[[/note]]
* ''Anime/DigimonUniverseApplimonsters'' (TV series, 2016-)
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[[folder:Video games]]
* ''Videogame/DigimonWonderSwanSeries'' (page for the four games with synopsis) (Japan only)
** ''VideoGame/DigimonAdventureAnodeCathodeTamer'' (Wonderswan, 1999)
** ''VideoGame/DigimonAdventure02TagTamers'' (Wonderswan Colour, 2000)
** ''VideoGame/DigimonAdventure02D1Tamers'' (Wonderswan Colour, 2000)
** ''VideoGame/DigimonTamersBraveTamer'' (Wonderswan Colour, 2001)[[/index]]
* ''Digital Monster Ver. S: Digimon Tamers'' (Sega Saturn, 1998)
* ''Digimon World'' series[[index]]
** ''VideoGame/DigimonWorld'' ([=PlayStation=], 1999)
** ''VideoGame/DigimonWorld2'' ([=PlayStation=], 2000)
** ''VideoGame/DigimonWorld3'' (aka ''Digimon World 2003'' in Europe) ([=PlayStation=], 2002)
** ''VideoGame/DigimonWorld4'' ([=GameCube=], [=PS2=], Xbox, 2005)
** ''VideoGame/DigimonWorldReDigitize'' (PSP, 2012) (Japan only) and its UpdatedRerelease ''Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode'' (3DS, 2013)
** ''VideoGame/DigimonWorldNextOrder'' (PSV, 2016)
* ''VideoGame/DigimonBattle'': (PC, 2002-2010) (Korean MMO, service currently terminated)
** ''VideoGame/DigimonMasters'': The sequel to ''Digimon Battle''. (PC, released in English in 2011) (Korean MMO)
* ''VideoGame/DigimonBattleSpirit (1, 1.5 and 2)'' (GBA, 2001-2003)
* ''VideoGame/DigimonDigitalCardBattle'' ([=PlayStation=], 2000)
* ''VideoGame/DigimonRumbleArena'' ([=PlayStation=], 2001)[[/index]]
** ''Digimon Rumble Arena 2'' ([=PS2=], [=GameCube=], Xbox, 2004)
* ''Digimon Story'' series[[index]]
** ''VideoGame/DigimonWorldDS'' (DS, 2006)
** ''VideoGame/DigimonWorldDawnDusk'' (DS, 2007)[[/index]]
** ''Digimon Story Lost Evolution'' (DS, 2010) (Japan only)
** ''Digimon Story Super Xros Wars Red/Blue'' (DS, 2011) (Japan only)[[index]]
** ''VideoGame/DigimonStoryCyberSleuth'' (PSV/[=PS4=], 2015)
* ''VideoGame/DigimonWorldChampionship'' (DS, 2008)[[/index]]
* ''Digimon Adventure'' (PSP, 2013) (Japan only)[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/DigimonWorldDataSquad'' ([=PS2=], 2006)[[/index]]
* ''Digimon All-Star Rumble'' ([=PS3=], 360, 2014) (North America and Europe only)
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[[folder:Other Official Media]]
[[index]]
* Multiple ''TabletopGame/{{Digimon}}'' trading card games
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!!These series provides examples of:

* TheAce: Ryo Akiyama
* AdultsAreUseless
** Leave the saving-two-worlds to the kids. For the most part, all their parents did was sit at home waiting for them to come back (when they even knew the kids were gone). Sometimes, [[ScreeningTheCall they even tried to stop the kids from doing their Chosen Child duties,]] leading to the kids' occasionally having to lie and go behind their backs. A few adults -- like Matt and T.K.'s dad, Sora's mom, etc. -- did help out but in minor ways.
*** Completely justified since the parents know nothing about the Digimon or the Digital World nor can they even enter the Digital World. They could do nothing but hope for the best while their kids go off fighting monsters.
** Mostly averted in ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. Not only did Yamaki and the Wild Bunch know more about Digimon than the Tamers did, but they were actively involved in the Tamers' challenges, from traveling to and from the Digital World to [[spoiler:leading the fight against the D-Reaper]]. In fact, [[spoiler:it was a modified version of Yamaki's Juggernaut program, installed in Terriermon, that ultimately defeated the D-Reaper.]]
** Also mostly averted in ''Anime/DigimonSavers''. Captain Sampson, while staying in the commanding officer position a lot, bails the heroes out ''three times''. That old man who gave Marcus his Digivice, helps out at times and gives him sage advice? That would be Commander Yushima, who [[spoiler:bails the heroes out twice, and gives assistance during some fights later on.]] Marcus's open-minded mother, Sarah, gives refuge to the heroes [[spoiler:after they become fugitives from the Confidentiality Ministry thanks to Kurata]]. Keenan's parents [[spoiler:help the heroes get to the Digital World to chase after Kurata]]. And, finally, there's Marcus's father Spencer, who is ''one of the most badass characters in the series'', only rivaled by ''his own son''. [[spoiler:And his partner [=BanchoLeomon=], whom allows Spencer to share his body.]]
** One of the ''leads'', Yoshi, is technically an adult at [[YoungerThanTheyLook 18 years of age]].
* AlienInvasion: More ambitious villains have attempted an invasion of the Real World.
* AllMythsAreTrue: The franchise's very big [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters pool]] of monsters takes here and there, from the Classical Gods, to Judeo-Christian angelology, to the Four Great River Dragons, to even the AkashicRecords.
* AllThereInTheManual: A significant portion of the mythology of the series must be pieced together from the anime, video games, and manga.
* AlphabeticalThemeNaming: With the exception of Masaru/Marcus, all the main Chosen Children's names have begun with "ta" (た) or "da" (だ, derived from "ta"): '''Ta'''ichi, '''Da'''isuke, '''Ta'''kato, '''Ta'''kuya, '''Ta'''iki, and '''Ta'''giru. Masaru gets included if you say all the names begin with a syllable ending in "a." Daisuke's dub name Davis doesn't fit the theme because it would be transliterated into katakana as '''''DE'''IBISU''. Of course, Davis also had to compete with T.K., or '''Ta'''keru.\\\
Masaru is a twist on the theme, same as his series in general: the kanji for his name is the same as the 'dai' in 'Daisuke,' but it's pronounced differently depending on whether it stands by itself or is part of a compound word. Not to mention his surname is '''Da'''imon ('''Da'''mon, in the dub).
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: In the English version, an action-oriented rap song is used for the first three seasons, an epic chant for ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', and a rock song for ''Anime/DigimonSavers''.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Individual members of any given species of Digimon may have upwards of three or four colors, by and large due to the principle of ColorCodedMultiplayer. There are, however, a number of Digimon with official re-colors that [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience suggest something of a moral alignment]] (hint: if it's a black version of a normally brightly-colored Digimon, it's probably viral). [[http://dma.wtw-x.net/ The Digimon Almanac]] keeps a good record of these.
* AnimeThemeSong: Almost all of them are by Kouji Wada, while Ai Maeda was responsible for all the {{Ending Theme}}s from ''Adventure'' through ''Frontier''.
* AnotherDimension: The franchise ''loves'' this trope. In addition to distinguishing between Earth and the Digital World, you've got the ''VideoGame/DigimonWonderswanSeries'' declaring that there are many different Digital Worlds (presumably each tied to the various Earths of the individual series), you've got ''Adventure 02'' talking about Dagomon and his Dark Ocean on the one hand and the world of dreams on the other, you've got the nebulously defined "Dark Area" referred to in the Card Games, you've got [[Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime DigiQuartz]], you've got Witchelny as the home of the various Digimon inspired by the ''Magical Witches'' v-pet, and you've got [[ContinuitySnarl all sorts of crossovers between them that will make your head hurt]] if you take anything besides a BroadStrokes approach.
* ArtEvolution: When C-mon was released its aesthetic was not much different than Videogame/{{Pokemon}}'s but soon the "official" Bandai designs were shown to be much more along the lines of a GrossOutShow or [[NinetiesAntiHero 90s "attitude"]]. From there the whole thing has been sliding toward sleeker, shinier designs or {{generic cuteness}} though {{fanservice}} is also on the rise.
* TheArtifact: Level 5 being referred to as "Perfect" or "Ultimate" stopped making sense after the 6th level debuted in ''Adventure'' (where it was a case of BeyondTheImpossible). It makes even less sense in continuities that have a ''7th'' level.
** Since the debut of the 6th level, there's been a strong attempt to ''avert'' this, by insisting that the level remains the end-cap of all standard Digimon evolutionary tiers, usually by introducing the next form as a SuperMode of the specific Digimon.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: {{Handwave}}d, anything impossible that a Digimon (or the Digital World) does is explained away by saying "they're just data".
* AscendedExtra: Angewomon after the AudienceShift. Interesting to note that while she (and her pre-evolution Gatomon) has always been rather popular Digimon, most promotional materials back in the day would feature Gatomon over her, if they showed her at all, mostly because she was always associated with ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure Adventure]]'', where she was [[TheSixthRanger one of the main characters]]. After the shift, Angewomon became much more prominent, even gaining a new evolution (in the form of a FusionDance with [[EvilCounterpart LadyDevimon]]) in ''VideoGame/DigimonStoryCyberSleuth'' and is used as the host character in the MobilePhoneGame, ''Digimon Heroes''.
* AscendedMeme: In ''Digimon Adventure'', there's an Angewomon and [=LadyDevimon=] who get into a [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar famous]] DesignatedGirlFight that involves a lot of slapping. In years since, the two Digimon have been given special slapping attacks ''reserved for one another'', "Holy Slap" and "Binta".
* AudienceShift: Although ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' was the first significant work to be aimed at adults rather than children, it was still intended to sell kids' toys and aired on children's network programming, and was thus created in the hopes of being a kids' show with a PeripheryDemographic. However, starting with ''VideoGame/DigimonWorldReDigitize'', Digimon entries took a notable shift away from the children's block to aim at the adults who grew up with Digimon instead, with ''VideoGame/DigimonStoryCyberSleuth'' (a game that was the first in the franchise to receive a CERO rating of B, meaning children were shut out of the game entirely), ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'', and ''VideoGame/DigimonWorldNextOrder'' following suit. WordOfGod for ''Cyber Sleuth'' indicates that this is because the franchise simply can't sell with kids anymore.
* AwesomeButImpractical
** The whole Mega (Ultimate) level was this. In its debut in the Digimon pendulums, it required the Jogress of three separate Digimon, or a perfect care record in the case of some Vaccine attributes. Sometimes, the resulting Digimon may be weaker than the Digimon it used to be, such as when [=MetalGreymon=] Digivolves to Wargreymon. In the ''Adventure'' universe, Mega Digivolution was only possible through the intervention of the Digital Worlds' Digimon Soverigns or the malign influence of something like the Dark Network. In ''V-Tamer'' they make the Digimon World more unstable and vulnerable to attack.
** In-Universe, to a certain extent. Megas go through so much energy that they functionally shorten their lifespan.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Wishing for a Digimon is nice, until it gets loose in your school. On several occasions, characters try to force a Digivolution, and it [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right.]]
* BeyondTheImpossible: The Ultimate/Mega level was presented as this when it first debuted in ''Adventure'', as at the time Perfect/Ultimate was considered fully-evolved. Matt [[LampshadeHanging calls it "changing the rules in the middle of the game"]]
* BigBad: Lord Demon for ''V-Tamer''. Apocalymon for ''Adventure'', ''02'' had [[HijackedByGanon Myotismon/Vamdemon return]] as the cause of everything that happened in ''02''. ''Frontier'' had Lucemon. ''Savers'' is an odd case -- while Kurata dies long before the final episode, his destructive actions are causing the entire endgame mess; Yggdrasil is only acting. ''Xros Wars'' has Bagramon. The Wonderswan series had Milleniumon.
* BigGood: [[spoiler:In ''Adventure'' and ''Tamers'' continuities, ENIAC as the first computer, though it only directly appears in the ''Wonderswan'' series. And there is even a Bigger Good with the Atanasoff-Berry Computer.]]
* BishonenLine: Many prominent Digimon, both good and evil, are humanoid in their more powerful forms. Some go back and forth.
* BittersweetEnding: Nearly every series ends with [[spoiler:the final BigBad defeated and peace restored, but the Digimon having to return to the Digital World and leave their beloved partners behind. ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' is the only one with a completely happy ending. How much hope there is they'll meet them again varies from series to series.]]
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: An upside-down pyramid building. The Digital World in general has no need to conform to the laws of physics or logic.
* BlandNameProduct: In the ''Adventure'' series, Izzy's always tapping away at a ''Pine''Apple laptop. In ''02'', the Giga House has a Wac with a tomato on it.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Digimon as a franchise tends to sample foreign words for its monsters' names. Which can cause problems when the franchise insists on translating these same words into Japanese kana and ''then'' into English text. You get official names like "Orgemon" for what should be "''Ogre''mon".
* BodySnatcher: The Royal Knights in the Pendulum X. They infect the digimon that can defeat them via their [[HeartDrive Master Tags]], allowing them to become more powerful by [[BodySurf possessing a succession of increasingly more powerful digimon]].
* BodySurf: How the Royal Knights increase their power.
* BornAgainImmortality: With the exception of ''Tamers'' and ''Xros Wars'', all Digimon have Type IV. When killed, they normally turn into digi-eggs and are reborn (though it varies as to if they remember their past life or not, even within the same season). Myotismon from ''Adventure'' had a different type in that his soul just kept coming back in a stronger body till it was destroyed. A plot point in ''Savers'' was that Kurata found a way to rob Digimon of this, making him able to kill them off for good. In ''Xros Wars'', they remain dead unless someone resurrects them or they can maintain a form of memory.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Sometimes, in the dub, the PreviouslyOn or ToBeContinued segments end with a character sharing his or her questions or concerns with the audience.
--> '''Izzy''': Most curious. With all this excitement, you'd think we were back in the [=DigiWorld=]. \\
'''Kari''': There's something even ''more'' powerful out there, and the only way we can defeat it is with The Golden Radiance. I wonder what (Wizardmon) means. \\
'''Davis''': Woah! Tension, huh? But, what if nobody can beat the Devas? \\
'''Rika''': These guys have no idea what they've gotten themselves into, but [[FandomNod I bet]] ''[[FandomNod you]]'' [[FandomNod know]]!
* BroughtDownToBadass: Several of the Perfect level, then the highest [[EvolutionaryLevels evolution level]], Digimon introduced in the obscure ''Digital Monster'' were retooled as Adults in subsequent materials. These include Ebidramon, Minotarumon and Mechanorimon. Of course, they're still plenty dangerous.
* BroughtDowntoNormal: Syakomon, like the examples above, also originated in Version S and got this treatment. Unfortunately, since he was small and cute, not unlike an aquatic Mamemon, he was reassigned to the [[EvolutionaryLevels Child level]].
* ButNowIMustGo: The traditional (though not compulsory) ending to a Digimon story; how much drama it employs, how permanent the parting will be, and to what extent the parting is required depends on the work.
** ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'': [[spoiler:The Digital World is saved and all the humans return home, but although Taichi's technically separated from Zeromaru, he'll always have him at his side as his V-Pet.]]
** ''VideoGame/DigimonWorld'': [[spoiler:After all is said and done, Hiro decides he needs to return home, or else his mother will worry.]]
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': The TropeCodifier for the franchise, and the first to play it for drama. [[spoiler:The kids need to leave the Digital World lest they be trapped there indefinitely, meaning that they have to part with the friends they've made so deeply after a short time to say their goodbyes. Post-series supplemental material has them meet up a few times afterwards; eventually, ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' allows them to meet again. ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' forces another separation, but 02's DistantFinale makes it a ForegoneConclusion that they'll eventually be allowed to stay together.]]
** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': [[spoiler:The kids are informed without warning that their Digimon will have to leave the Real World to save them from degenerating, meaning that the Digimon are practically ripped away from the kids' at a moment's notice. What happens afterwards depends on which media you take as canon; the second movie has them reunite after around six months, whereas the drama CD establishes that the gate Takato found at the end was only a HopeSpot and that it'll be difficult for them to communicate or meet again.]]
** ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'': [[spoiler:The defeat of Lucemon causes the dimensional gate to close, meaning that the kids have to rush back before it closes. This is played for very little drama other than Bokomon tearfully wishing them farewell, since the kids don't have actual Digimon partners to separate from.]]
** ''Anime/DigimonSavers'': [[spoiler:The Digital Gate has to be closed for a while for safety reasons and the Digimon will be returning to the Digital World to help recovery efforts there. After a night in which everyone's allowed to give their farewells to their partners, Masaru finally decides to give a middle finger to series tradition and join Agumon in the Digital World, where they protect the peace together. Since the gate is under DATS's control, the closing has a decidedly less final tone than the others (especially since the theme of the series is the hope of creating a world where Digimon and humans can live together, making it feel like the ending was there for tradition more than anything else).]]
** ''Manga/DigimonNext'': [[spoiler:The kids return to the human world, though like Taichi in ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'', Tsurugi still gets to fight with his reborn Agumon as his V-Pet.]]
** ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' (anime): [[spoiler:After saving the day, the Digimon return to the Digital World, with Taiki waving them goodbye. No drama is pulled here.]]
** ''Manga/DigimonXrosWars'' (manga): [[spoiler:As Shoutmon fears, the kids are forced to return home after saving the Digital World, although [=UlforceV-dramon=] tells Nene that the Digital World may need them again. Shoutmon tearfully begs Taiki to stay and go on more adventures with him, but concedes when Taiki promises to go on an adventure with him after he's fulfilled his own dream.]]
** ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'': [[spoiler:As everyone's returned to their own worlds, Tagiru and Gumdramon are also forced to have a tearful goodbye...until somehow Gumdramon reappears to Tagiru again. AndTheAdventureContinues.]]
** ''VideoGame/DigimonWorldReDigitize'': [[spoiler:With Vitium defeated, everyone is sent back by Mirei and separated from their partners, though they're taken aback by the suddenness.]] ''Decode'' adds a little extra: [[spoiler:Mirei reveals that she won't be going with them...because she no longer has a physical body.]]
** ''VideoGame/DigimonStoryCyberSleuth'': [[spoiler:The Digimon will have to return to the Digital World while the humans return to the human world, and due to the Digital World being reformatted to the state it was eight years prior, the Digimon won't even remember their human partners. Agumon, Gabumon, and Nokia promise to meet again someday, somehow, and the kids return to a human world with a CosmicRetcon that makes it so that they're the only ones who remember the Digimon at all.]]
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: Digimon calling their attacks is often treated as a staple but some 'can' use their powers without doing so.
* CallingYourAttacks: A series staple. ''Tamers'' features the humans doing this as well as the Digimon with the Card Slash feature. ''Savers'' actually had to have the BridgeBunnies call their partners' attacks, as they were [[TheVoiceless mute]]. In the Japanese version, it's [[AvertedTrope averted]] in all the movies except the ''Frontier'' one; no-one calls attacks at all in them. Xros Wars has the names of the called attacks shown in the bottom of the screen.
* CanonImmigrant: Ryo Akiyama. He makes a few cameos in ''Our War Game'' and ''02'', and is a SixthRanger in ''Tamers'', but he originated as the star of a series of UsefulNotes/WonderSwan games.
* CantCatchUp: OnceASeason, the cast is divided into tiers this way. In the original version of Adventure, Tentomon has the presence of mind to lampshade this immediately.
* CentralTheme: The ''Digimon'' anime franchise as a whole: as you grow up, challenging times will [[HiddenDepths reveal your true character]] and who your [[TrueCompanions real friends are.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Par for the course with the protagonists.
* CharacterFocus: The show may be titled "Digimon", but make no mistake, it's about the humans. Most allied Digimon only serve either to reflect their human partners or serve as {{Foil}}s. From ''Adventure'' to ''Xros Wars'', you could count the number of major Digimon with actual backstories on one hand[[note]][[Anime/DigimonAdventure Gatomon]], [[Anime/DigimonTamers Impmon]], [[Anime/DigimonSavers BanchoLeomon]], [[Anime/DigimonXrosWars Ballistamon, Cutemon and Dorulumon]][[/note]]. In fact, when allied Digimon do get characterization, it usually comes out of nowhere, like [[DigimonAdventure02 Veemon's crush on Gatomon]].
* ChestBlaster: A common type of attack, special mention to Metalgreymon's missiles that fire from this pecs.
* CombinedEnergyAttack
** InNameOnly; Wargreymon's "Terra Force" and Black Wargreymon's "Terra Destroyer". WordOfGod is that these attacks actually do have the energy of an entire planet, but they obviously don't require draining energy from any external sources.
** Black Wargreymon was even able to spam his attack! There are draining moves in ''X-evolution'' but they still don't drain much.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: [[PlayingWith/ConservationOfNinjutsu Played With]]; The anime (and movies) mostly averts, subverts and inverts the trope, especially when played for drama, while Xros Wars plays it straight.
* ContinuitySnarl: The earliest seasons of Digimon suffer from this, in particular because it seemed nobody stopped to compare notes. ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' stands fine on its own, but ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' suffered from introducing plot elements that nearly all turned into plot ''holes'', especially those involving the cast from the first adventure. Not helping things is the VideoGame/DigimonWonderswanSeries, the first three entries of which (and so, three different adventures[[note]]The third also features Wallace, the star of 02's NonSerialMovie[[/note]]) take place between Adventure and 02, and the fourth bridges continuity with ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. On top of that, at least two video games, ''DigimonRumbleArena'' and ''DigimonBattleSpirit'', have vague continuity with all three franchises.
* CoolHat: Averted. No matter [[Anime/DigimonAdventure what]] [[Anime.DigimonAdventure02 season]] [[Anime.DigimonAdventureTri he's in]], Takeru Takaishi cannot -- ''cannot'' -- find a hat to wear that the fandom won't mock him for wearing.
* CosmicHorrorStory: The [[NotHyperbole whole damned franchise constitutes one]]. Each anime and manga feature their own elements of the Genre.
** 02: The less said of the [[EldritchLocation Dark Ocean]], the better. The ending is either pure Narm or Vamdemon conquering everything.
** Tamers: D-Reaper. Just, D-Reaper.
** Frontier: The only season to feature an End Of The World scenario, in that Lucemon destroys the entire planet.
** Savers: An interdimensional collision is the impending threat, which [[ExpendableAlternateUniverse Yggdrasil considers hardly a loss]].
** Next: The Digital World's GodEmperor (Yggdrasil) dies, the entire universe gets destroyed and remade by [[DeusEstMachina NEO]].
*** Couple all the above with the facts that (A) we have such Mons as [[WorldWreckingWave Megidramon]], [[MultiversalConqueror Millenniummon]], [[DoesNotCompute Chaosmon]], [[DimensionLord Dagomon]], and others lurking in the background, and (B), the SGDL are relegated to individual Big Bad status because they are in all likelihood far too powerful together to oppose, and we get a product that would make Lovecraft proud.
* CosmicKeystone: The Human Worlds are this to the Digital Worlds.
* CrisisCrossover:
** ''Digimon Rumble Arena'' and ''Digimon Battle Spirit'' were this for ''Adventure'', ''Zero Two'', and ''Tamers'', and also a powerful case of LetsYouAndHimFight. ''Rumble Arena'' focused on the ''Adventure'' verse, culminating in a battle against ''Reapermon'', the latest BeyondTheImpossible evolution of Diablomon from the movies. ''Battle Spirit'' instead focused on the ''Tamers'' cast; its final boss was ''Milleniumon'', the BigBad from the ''DigimonWonderswanSeries'' (strangely, Ryo himself does not appear, raising some scary questions for people familiar with his backstory).
** The finale of ''Young Hunters'' calls in the chosen children and tamers from every anime series up to that point.
* CriticalFailure: [=WarGreymon=]'s Dramon Killers can cause this. They're especially effective against draconic digimon. [=WarGreymon=] himself is a "dragon man" however, and is constantly at risk of serious, self inflicted injury as a result.
* CurbstompBattle: Normally, the first appearance of the new BigBad or enemy of a higher level than the characters presently have is accompanied by one of these. Likewise, the first fight of most of the characters new digivolutions are this as well.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Sometimes played straight, sometimes averted, with both "sexy" and "monstrous" female Digimon.
* {{Cyberspace}}: The Digital World.
* CypherLanguage: The franchise uses one called [[http://wikimon.net/DigiLetters DigiCode]] (lit. [=DigiLetters=]), which is not to be confused with the scanned code in ''[[Anime/DigimonFrontier Frontier]]'' that was renamed in the dub as "Fractal Code". The cypher has symbols that correspond to both types of Japanese kana and Roman letters, and you can find them on individual Digimon designs, Digimon merchandise, and within the anime as [[FreezeFrameBonus Freeze Frame Bonuses]].
* DarkIsEvil: In general, "black" versions of pre-existing Digimon (e.g., [=BlackWarGreymon=]) are either berserk or outright evil Virus counterparts to the Vaccine-type original. Virus types in general are often dark in color and serve as villains. A few of them have Dark in their names to drive it home.
* DarkIsNotEvil: That said, the Virus type is not, itself, evil. Several of the hero monsters, including Guilmon and Wormmon, are Virus Digimon.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' and ''Anime/DigimonSavers''. ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' deserves special mention, as it features the original cast of Adventure but much older, and the work as a whole has a far more subdued and realistic tone than almost any other piece of Digimon media.
** The franchise as a whole when compared to other Mons series such as Franchise/{{Pokemon}}. Of course, it can't even ''compare'' to ''ShinMegamiTensei'', but that's a different matter altogether.
* DeadlyUpgrade: Dark Evolution. It's rationalized as a perfectly legitimate potential evolution variation under natural circumstances, but in Digimon partnered to humans, it's an aberration caused by very negative emotions on the human's part.
* DimensionLord: Both good and evil examples.
* DinosaursAreDragons: [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Agumon]] and [[Anime/DigimonTamers Guilmon]].
* DiskOneFinalBoss: In nearly every season. A good rule of thumb is never assume the ''first'' BigBad is the final one.
** Subverted in ''Xros Wars'', where Bagramon is still considered the final threat. [[spoiler: Bagramon is actually a rather impressive ''triple'' subversion. He remains the main villain until close to the end of the series, and as he's fighting the heroes he suddenly gets backstabbed by his brother-slash-Dragon [=DarkKnightmon=] who forces a Xros between the two. Next episode, Bagramon reveals he saw it coming a mile away and kills his brother in a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind, taking back control and continuing on as the BigBad til the end.]]
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Some Digimon with close associations may differentiate themselves as they progress from form to form.
** The Terriermon and Lopmon families are practically identical up to their third stage, with their most obvious difference being a PaletteSwap between them, but from Adult-Champion stage on, Terriermon's line becomes more doglike and robotic, while Lopmon becomes more rabbit-like and mystic. To the day, the fandom will refer to Terriermon and Lopmon as dog-rabbits.
** Dracomon is a 3rd level Digimon who has two distinct evolutionary lines; after evolving into one of two different versions of Coredramon, he will proceed to evolve to a form suited to either the sky or the land. These two vastly different evolutions are meant to undergo a FusionDance at the Ultimate-Mega level to create the Royal Knight Examon.
** The franchise tried to ''invert'' this with [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Patamon and Tailmon]] by swapping out Tailmon's classic final form [[DragonsUpTheYinYang Holydramon]] for [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Ophanimon]], a DistaffCounterpart to Patamon's classic final form Seraphimon.
* DragonsAreDivine: The ''Digimon'' franchise has many godly Dragon Digimon:
** The Four Great Dragons are a group of Mega-level Dragon Digimon based on the Dragon Kings of Chinese mythology comparable to gods, and include Azulongmon (Also a member of the [[FourGods Digimon Sovereigns]] and guardian of the eastern Digital World), the wicked Megidramon, Goldramon, and Magnadramon.
** Huanglongmon, the leader of the Digimon Sovereigns tasked with defending the Digital World, is a giant golden dragon who normally resides in the Digiworld's center. Like his fellow Sovereigns, unlike the one Digicore held by most Digimon, they have about twelve.
* DubText: The dub tends to change characters names and ages to make them easier for kids to remember and advance most of them into puberty in an attempt to make them less impressionable.
** AdBreakDoubleTake
** CasualDangerDialogue
** HitFlash
** FrothyMugsOfWater
* DummiedOut: Some versions of the virtual pet have extra monsters available that are normally unobtainable but can be selected by using a trick involving undervolting the batteries.[[note]]This isn't really a good idea, because doing it can result in the device getting damaged.[[/note]]
* DyingAsYourself
* EarWings: Patamon, Terriermon, Lopmon, and Culumon.
* EldritchAbomination: Some Digimon qualify as this, like Apocalymon, Millenniummon, and especially [[http://shiningevo.ultimatedigimon.com/encyclopedia/images/ultimate_chaosmon.jpg UltimateKhaosmon]].
* EmotionEater: All of the Digimon outside of the videogames feed on human emotion as the canon explanation to where a Digimon gets power from its human. This is inherent to all of the anime and most of the manga, but made most explicit in ''Anime/DigimonSavers''. In a bit of a subversion, the humans whose emotions are eaten typically aren't harmed by this process alone (though Digimon will often kidnap or exploit humans for their feelings) -- but Digimon can be poisoned if they get fed an emotion that doesn't agree with their nature (hence: Dark Evolution).
* TheEnd: Keeping the pattern of title cards at the end of episodes, ''Xros Wars'' ended with a card that said "owari" (おわり).
* EnemyScan
* EvolutionaryLevels: A big thing in the franchise; although with the six levels being treated as stages of growth it's probably closer to MetamorphosisMonster. Usually also doubles as PowerLevels though there are some misleading cases where a Digimon is stronger or weaker than its evolution level would suggest. Notably, ''Xros Wars'' mostly abandoned the system.
* ExpositoryThemeTune
** ''"Change into digital champions to save the Digital World..."''
** Applies to the English dub of the first three seasons only -- and ''Tamers'' changed that line to "Change into digital champions to save '''and defend the''' world", because they didn't actually go to the Digital World until late in the season. ''Frontier'', ''Data Squad'' and ''Fusion'' have completely new theme tunes.
* {{Expy}}
** The leaders of every incarnation's team resemble each other in appearance, and most of them have similar typical shonen hero personalities. And just about all of them have a Digimon partner who has [[PlayingWithFire fire elemental]] attacks (Agumon, Flamedramon, Guilmon, Agnimon, etc.) [[Anime/DigimonTamers Takato]] is an exception, being much more subdued and quite a bit more introspective.
** Guilmon is a quite obvious expy of Agumon. Both are fire-breathing dinosaurs which become larger versions of themselves, said larger version becomes a cyborg, and finally a more humanoid warrior version. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Takato designed Guilmon himself and was a fan of whatever Digimon series existed in their universe, which presumably also featured an Agumon as the leader's partner -- his thought process in designing Guilmon was literally "Agumon, but better".
** Meanwhile, Shoutmon has a combination of various main Digimon design, while having his own personality of a hot-headed character normally found on human leads.
** Veedramon was an expy of the original adaptation's Greymon before, [[ArtEvolution their current appearance became standard]]. Veemon is one of Veedramon.
** Yamaki, Riley and Ms. Asaji from [[Anime/DigimonTamers Tamers]] are nearly flawless copies of adult T.K., Yolei and Kari from ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Adventure 02]]''[='s=] DistantFinale, down to the latter two having the same voice actors in the US dub. This has inspired more than a few [[EpilepticTrees fan theories]].
* FantasyPantheon: Given the FantasyKitchenSink, this crops up here and there. Mostly this trope gets play in the interactions between major groups of [[PhysicalGod nigh mythic]] Digimon.
** CouncilOfAngels: Seraphimon, Cherubimon, and Ophanimon guard over God's Law, Wisdom, and Love, respectively, and each is said to manifest a trait of Lucemon; together they form the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Three Great Angels]].
** TheFourGods: The Four Holy Beasts, or [[Anime/DigimonTamers Digimon Sovereigns]], each of whom guards a quadrant of the Digital World. They consist of Qinglongmon/Azulongmon the Azure Dragon (East), Zhuqiaomon the Vermillion Phoenix (South), Xuanwumon/Ebonwumon the Black Turtle (North), and Baihumon the White Tiger (West). Azulongmon appears in ''Adventure 02'', while the others are only referred to as the ''Harmonious Ones''; all four star in ''Tamers''. According to the {{Metaplot}}, they serve a ''fifth'' Sovereign, [[http://wikimon.net/Fanglongmon Huanglongmon/Fanglongmon]] the Yellow Dragon (Center), who was sealed beneath the earth while warring with Lucemon.[[note]]Huanglongmon appears in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', though he was demoted to being NumberTwo to TheDragon, existing to get absorbed into another monster.[[/note]]
*** EasternZodiac: The Sovereigns are in turn served by a group of twelve Digimon called the Devas. When they first premiere in Tamers, they are driven partially to wreak vengeance on humans (fitting, since Yamaki has been going around and destroying them) and kidnap Calumon. The {{Metaplot}} again serves to give them a little more context by sub-dividing them into groups of three, one per each sovereign, and organized according to the elemental arrangement described on the actual trope page. Xuanwumon is served by Vikaralamon, Vajramon, and Kumbhiramon (Pig, Ox, and Rat); Baihumon is served by Caturamon, Sinduramon, and Makuramon (Dog, Rooster, and Monkey); Zhuqiaomon is served by Pajramon, Sandiramon, and Indaramon (Sheep, Snake, and Horse); and Quinglongmon is served by Andiramon, Mihiramon, and Majiramon (Rabbit, Tiger, and Dragon). Each Deva is said to exhibit a singular primary trait (which may or may not hint at the personality of their master).
** SevenDeadlySins: The Seven Great Demon Lords, in possible answer to the [[CouncilOfAngels Three Great Angels]], all come with their own crest resembling their identifying sin and names likely taken from the ArsGoetia; Lilithmon - Lust, Beelzebumon - Gluttony, Leviamon - Envy, Demon - Wrath, Barbamon - Avarice, Belphemon - Sloth, Lucemon - Pride (fittingly, he leads the group). Each member has appeared individually here and there throughout Digimon canon, though the {{Metaplot}} links them and tells of stronger digimon that they're connected to. There exist at least two ''Super'' Demon Lords, the first being Lucemon Satan Mode and the second being ''Ogudomon'', whose appearance derives from the [[Literature/TheBible First Beast of Revelation]] and is named for the [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Ogdoad]], who may or may not be their leader as Huanglongmon was to the Sovereigns (i.e. Huanglongmon and Ogudomon are both summoned in the card game by fusing any two members of their "subordinate" groups).
** WorldTree: The very host computer of the Digital World is called ''Yggdrasil''. A good rule of thumb is that if the Yggdrasil is present, it will be an antagonistic force, though whether ''malevolent'' or not is up for grabs. In a nod to Myth/NorseMythology, Yggdrasil in the Digimon Chronicle seeks to create three servers named for the Norns that tended its namesake.
** [[KingArthur Knights of the Round Table]]: The Royal Knights are a selection of thirteen Digimon that belong to an order founded by [[ThePaladin Imperialdramon Paladin Mode]]. While this order was founded for ostensibly benevolent reasons, it was quickly subordinated to Yggdrasil, who uses them for purposes of network security. Most of them have a bad case of MyMasterRightOrWrong, unfortunately, though at least two of them, [[TheHeart Dukemon]] and [[TheHero Alphamon]] are unambiguously heroic. Imperialdramon [=PM=] is not an actual member of the order; ostensibly they hold to his ideals.
** [[DragonsUpTheYinYang Four Dragon Kings]]: The Four Great Dragons, based in the mythos of the dragon spirits of the four seas that surrounded China. This group consists of Quinglongmon (yes, doing double-duty and the most deified of the four) for the East Sea, Megidramon for the North Sea, Goddramon for the West Sea, and Holydramon for the South Sea. This group was one of the oldest and first to be codified in the {{Metaplot}}, but has gotten the absolute least mileage out of any of them.
** The Dark Masters technically fit here but only ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' material. Four villainous Digimon (Apocalymon's "children") that were powerful enough to defeat and seal away the Sovereigns. As a quick trip to the [[Headscratchers/DigimonAdventure Headscratchers section]] for ''Adventure'' relates, given their basis in the Virus-type Megas from the virtual pets, some speculate that Pukumon should have been part of the group rather than [=MetalSeadramon=], though the latter was chosen as a superior alternative, since a Weapons Platform [[Myth/NauticalFolklore Sea Serpent]] is more visually impressive than a thuggish blowfish. (To do him credit, Pukumon got a part in one of the ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' CD Dramas).
** The [[ElementalEmbodiment Warrior Ten]] are a collection of Digimon who were able to defeat and seal Lucemon in the backstory to ''Anime/DigimonFrontier''. They ended up dividing their powers into "Human" and "Beast" spirits and scattered them throughout the world. Five of the Human Spirits were given their own lives by [[FallenAngel Cherubimon Vice]], while the others fell to human hosts. (The spirits with the humans seem to have their own "lives" as well, and it may be the case that the ones Cherubimon drew out were corrupted to his will).
** [[Myth/GreekMythology Twelve Olympians]]: Another not-fully-released group, the "Olympus Twelve" group of Digimon consists of a selection of powerful Digimon based in, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin you probably already got it]]. These Digimon have yet to act as a centralized organization, though individuals may crop up [[Anime/DigimonSavers here]] and [[Anime/DigimonXrosWars there]].
** {{God}}: A being which the Angel Digimon serve, noted to be an immeasurably powerful being of ultimate goodness and infinite love. Apparently created the Digital World and its laws. There is also a number of FallenAngel Digimon having "rebelled" against God. May be a human, may be Homeostasis - the weird light that possessed Kari in ''Adventure'', and named in the ''Xros Wars'' manga.
*** A note on Homeostasis: Homeostasis is actually [[spoiler:the replacement server for Yggdrasil, who went bad]].
** In addition, there are also two other figures that have the title "God of the Digital World"; Huanglongmon and Yggdrasil. However, this refers to their roles as rulers, and not the same being that the Angel Digimon serve.
** [[{{Buddhism}} Shakamon]] is an interesting case. Supposedly the "closest" to Yggdrasil, Shakamon (based on the Buddha) is responsible for the Eastern Digital World's protection... and its ordeals, both of which are because of its love for the Digimon. It is said to be meaningless to fight Shakamon, who will subvert and disperse any "evil" intent.
* FusionDance: That some Digimon are summoned by two other Digimon combining has been around at least since ''Adventure's'' second movie, but different parts of the franchise can't seem to agree on the nature of such happenings. The various anime generally insist that there are several different types, such as [[TheMovie Fusion]], [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Jogress]], [[Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime Xros Up]], ''etc.'', while other materials generally slap the label "Jogress" on anything that isn't [[Anime/DigimonXrosWars DigiXros]].
* GagDub: Similar to how ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'' was dubbed, but the dub generally avoided this during the especially serious moments.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Although ''Tamers'' is by far the most infamous for it, really, all three of the early seasons managed a ''lot'' of this, doubly so for their time. Terrifying imagery on CharacterDevelopment on HeroicBSOD, all with no ResetButton... in a lot of ways, it's astounding the shows were even aired at all.
* GiantSpider: Dokugumon (with six legs and classified as an insect) and Arukenimon (semi humanoid).
* GodzillaThreshold: Alphamon of the Royal Knights is a living example of this, since the only times he can exist are when the Digital World is facing a massive crisis.
* GogglesDoNothing: Aside from [[Anime/DigimonSavers Marcus]], every team's leader wears a pair on their head. Only Takato makes frequent use of them. In ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', it is somehow seen as a symbol of the leader, as when Taiki is unable to lead, Zenjirou temporarily puts it on. Daisuke/Davis does at one point say "Maybe I should put on my goggles!" He doesn't.
** Notably averted in DigimonAdventureTri, where Koshiro/Izzy invents a pair that allows Taichi/Tai to [[GogglesDoSomethingUnusual visually perceive data flow]] in order to be forewarned about Digimon attacking the real world. May count as a MythologyGag given that Taichi was the originator of the above trope.
* GratuitousEnglish: Almost all attacks are in English.
** GratuitousGerman: ...or German.
** GratuitousForeignLanguage ...or some other language; Zoe/Izumi/Kazemon/Fairymon's attacks are in Italian.
* GrossoutShow: While this was '''heavily''' downplayed even by the time the first anime rolled around it seems the original virtual pets were going for this aesthetic, similar to American cartoons of the period, especially ones that were meant as counterparts of "girly" things (cf. ''Garbage Pail Kids''). There's mons based on feces; rotting corpses kept alive by cybernetics; a psychotic rat made out of brain matter; HornyDevils, ect. The humanoids were invariably twisted, sinewy mutants and even the more conventionally "cute" digimon had a much more toothy, bestial, even sinister look than their later counterparts. Sadly, as the virtual pet fad ended the ''Digimon'' franchise was forced to survive by making the jump to anime and video games. It was decided the best way to compete with the Mons in these media would be to ape their aesthetic. Hence we have cuter, less sinister "Child" digimon; sleeker, more BadAss-looking higher level ones whose animalistic traits are more UsefulNotes/FurryFandom than {{Kaiju}} and shinier cyborg and robot-types who are less painful-looking, haphazard agglomerations of flesh and metal ''Film/TetsuoTheIronman'' and more like miniature Franchise/{{Gundam}}s (more on the digital, less on the monsters). C'est la vie...
* HeartDrive: The Master Tag to the Royal Knights. You can acquire these in the Pendulum X V-Pets by defeating their corresponding Royal Knights. If you give it your digimon Congratulations! [[NiceJobBreakingItHero You just gave Yggdrasil a more powerful Royal Knight]] [[PlayerPunch to hunt down illegal digimon with]].
* HeelFaceTurn: This is traditional for every season and is expected in the sixth. The Heel Face Turner may also become Sixth Ranger if human. Usually involves MoreThanMindControl.
** ''Adventure'': [[spoiler:Gatomon/Tailmon, Wizardmon/Wizarmon, Orgemon]]
** ''Adventure 02'': [[spoiler:Ken]]
** ''Tamers'': Rika, [[spoiler: Impmon]]
** ''Frontier'': [[spoiler:Kouichi]]
** ''Savers'': [[spoiler:Keenan, Craniummon]]
** ''Xros Wars'': [[spoiler:Baalmon (revived as Beelzebumon), Grademon, Nene, Kiriha, Yuu]]
* HotterAndSexier: Digimon cards released after ''Digimon Savers'' and ''Digimon Xros Wars'' have put the female Digimon in more of a [[{{Fanservice}} suggestive spotlight]] than before. And it's not just limited to Digimon who are purposely sexy, such as Ladydevimon, Lilithmon and Bastemon; one card features [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Angewomon]] in a "defeated" pose [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything with some of her "clothes" ripped and torn]].[[note]]The reason for this is that the Jintrix version of the card game features [[DependingOnTheArtist multiple artists]], which the original card game did on occasion as well, resulting in some numbers of Digimon [[BleachedUnderpants being drawn by a hentai artist]] famous for its ''Digimon'' doujin, Mercy Rabbit.[[/note]]
** Outside of the card game, the series became more obvious with its fanservice as the years went on,[[note]]Particularly in ''Savers'' and ''Xros Wars'', the former being the first to use {{gainaxing}}. This had never occurred in the series before then.[[/note]] and to the point that during and after the AudienceShift, [[http://digimon.wikia.com/wiki/Sanzomon many]] [[http://digimon.wikia.com/wiki/Junomon new]] [[http://digimon.wikia.com/wiki/Ceresmon#Ceresmon_Medium female]] [[http://digimon.wikia.com/wiki/BelleStarmon Digimon]] happen to have much larger busts than they used to. This also happens to the [[ShesAllGrownUp now-older]] Digi-Destined of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' , where a promotion of the second part of the ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' included shots of the girls in bikinis (which itself isn't new, but now that the art style is more detailed...).
* HumansAreSpecial: Somehow, maybe because their networks created or expedited the Digital World, humans have a huge influence over the Digimon from evolutions to raising eggs. It seems that [[MugglesDoItBetter Humans Do It Better]] then most Digimon can do it on their own. In the Digitial World, it takes a Digimon an unfeasibly long time to evolve on their own. Hundreds of thousands to millions of years to achieve the Champion or Mega level. Whereas if they bond with a human partner they can evolve in a matter of days or weeks. Hence why some Digimon, wanting to become stronger, ''are so determined'' to either [[ThisIsMyHuman abduct a human]], or escape to the human world.
* HypnoticEyes: Gatomon's Cat's Eye Hypnotism move gives her these.
* IconicItem:
** Each season has their respective Digivices, differing from season to season. As the anime series went on, the capabilities of Digivices also expanded.
** Goggles. They're so iconic, most people associate these with the show, and the TheOtherWiki mentions it in their "Goggles" article. In-universe, it is the mark of TheLeader among the various Digidestined/Tamers. Only one [[Anime/DigimonSavers season]] broke with the tradition, but subsequent seasons brought the goggles back.
* IdiotHero: Several, the goggleheads in particular.
** Taiki and Taichi subvert it, being strategists. Although ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' Taichi had to [[CharacterDevelopment grow into it]]. Takato averts it, being a down-to-earth AudienceSurrogate.
* ImageSong: And how.
** ''Zero Two'' in particular takes it UpToEleven: all the [=DigiDestined=] from both ''Adventure'' and ''Zero Two'' get an ImageSong, as do their Digimon partners. Additionally, each [=DigiDestined=]/Digimon pair also gets a song shared by both of them, bringing the total to 36 separate songs.
* TheImp: [=PicoDevimon=] in ''Adventure''; Impmon, of course, in ''Tamers''.
* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: In ''Adventure'' and ''Frontier'', to the point where in ''Frontier'' there was pretty much no-one else left alive in the Digital World. Averted in ''02'', ''Tamers'', and ''Savers'' -- in those cases they had the extensive support of all the world's Chosen, Yamaki and the Wild Bunch, and the Royal Knights respectively. In ''Xros Wars'' the main kids never get help outside, but they do have armies of Digimon to use.
* InconsistentDub: As of ''Data Squad'' and ''Fusion'', the English dubs tend to flip-flop back and forth between using a Digimon's original Japanese name and a previously-established dub name. For instance, the ''Frontier'' dub had Crusadermon, where ''Data Squad'' had another of the same kind named [=LoadKnightmon=]. One episode of ''Fusion'' even used both names for some snow-monsters (Yukidaramon and Frigimon) in a single episode.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Tactimon's could supposedly cause much destruction, if he ever unsheathed it. In fact, even [[UpToEleven while sheathed it needs an additional seal on it.]] Next Zambamon practically calls the trope by name.
* KibblesAndBits: [=WarGreymon=] and [=MetalGarurumon=] were the first digimon to be modeled after their toys instead of vice versa. This lead to creative use of kibble, such as Agumon's head and claws becoming the Brave Shield and Dramon Killers or Gabumon's feet, horn and tail becoming his shoulder mounted missile launchers, tail and wings respectively. However, this caused them to fit in poorly with their other forms due to clashing themes.
* KillerRabbit: Many Digimon are cute but deadly.
* KingOfBeasts: Leomon. His signature move is actually called "Fist Of the Beast King"
* TheLancer: There's one in every team, who generally doesn't get along with the leader and they normally have blond hair (the exceptions are [[Anime/DigimonTamers Rika]] and [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Koji]], who have red hair and black/[[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair]] respectively).
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Look at ''any'' merchandising (besides the initial posters and DVD covers) for ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure Adventure]]'', ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Adventure 02]]'', ''[[Anime/DigimonFrontier Frontier]]'', or ''[[Anime/DigimonSavers Savers]]'', and you'll very prominently see [[spoiler:Hikari]], [[spoiler:Ken]], [[spoiler:Kouichi]], and [[spoiler:Ikuto]] happily smiling with everyone else on the covers.
* LighterAndSofter: The character designs for the digimon themselves have been cleaned up considerably in more recent incarnations. While earlier designs featured a lot of details such as chipped nails and teeth, scarred flesh, tarnished metal, bulging veins, tattered wings and general asymmetry, newer designs tend to eschew those details and place more emphasis on roundness and polished surfaces. There a notable difference between the original Agumon and his savers incarnation or the original [=MetalGreymon=] and [=RizeGreymon=].
* LivingDollCollector: Piedmon, at least in ''Adventure 01'', where he makes keychains ([[MythologyGag get it?]]) out of most of the Digi-Destined and their partners.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The first episode of the first season throws 22 characters at you. Fourteen are constantly seen throughout the series. All show up again at least once. It doesn't help that they get a new name each time they digivolve. Taking the franchise as a whole, there are over ''one thousand Digimon species.''
* LoserArchetype: Numemon, in the greater Digimon canon, exist because some poor schlub of a Digimon botched his evolution. A Champion that's weaker than basically every kind of Rookie, they literally failed to become anything better. You can usually find them sliming around, serving some local virus-type, or throwing poop at the people they don't like.
* LoyalPhlebotinum: Part of the reason human-partnered Digimon are so powerful, to the point that if Digimon are aware of this, and can travel to the human world, they'll actively seek out partners if they're cognizant enough to not be driven into a rampage.
* LullDestruction: The dub usually inserts new dialogue to make the show more understandable for kids or to insert an added joke.
* MagikarpPower: Numemon and his breathern have one, and ONLY one use: evolving into [[GameBreaker Monzaemon]] in the original virtual pets. That is to say, unless you find throwing poop useful...
** Also Patamon, who's a RidiculouslyCuteCritter even by Rookie level standards but evolves into Angemon, one of the strongest Champions.
*** Also inverted. The most famous example is MetalGreymon, who has tremendous power for a Perfect level. Evolving to [=WarGreymon=] causes him to lose power rating and have a shorter lifespan compared to other Ultimate levels. Since similar digimon, such as AeroV-Dramon and Cyberdramon, also shared this pattern, V-Pet fans took to calling it the [[FanNickname MetalGreymon Meltdown]]
* MakeAWish: Happens occasionally, and is explicitly a plot point in ''Adventure 02''.
* MartialArtsDoNotWorkThatWay: The entire franchise consistently averts it, which is surprising considering that this is intended for kids and has plenty of fighting, even between humans.
* MeaningfulName: Matt and TK from Adventures may have their Japanese Names based on Yamato-Takeru, a legendary prince who fought many battles in his fathers name. Matt fought mostly to protect TK. Also, Yamato-Takeru turned into a great white bird at his death. Angemon, anyone?
* MechanicalMonster: A good 185 or so of them comprise the Metal Empire "family". Specific Digimon species of this nature are usually classed as "Cyborg" or "Machine" type Digimon.
* MerchandiseDriven: Digimon is first and formost a toy franchise, so much so that having good toy sales can save your season from being canned [[Anime/DigimonXrosWars even if it has low ratings]].
* MetamorphosisMonster: How digivolution (and all its methods, such as Jogress/DNA Digivolution and Armor Evolutions) function, especially outside of the anime installments. In general (starting with the original V-pet game), every digimon can digivolve into a variety of species that don't always follow a set theme, and, depending on the quality of its raising, a digimon can go wildly off course with its expected evolution path. This is one of the many aspects of the series that sets it apart from other {{Mon}} series.
** The anime installments downplay the randomness of this facet of things, by giving each individual partner having a single straight line through various forms (which tend to differ even for individuals of the same species; Tai & Marcus both had Agumon partners, distinguished by their evolines). Variant evolutions occasionally occur (through [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Dark Evolution]] and item-induced evolutions).
* MindScrewdriver: Hey, remember that mysterious being of light that possessed Kari in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and never brought up again? Well, the [[Manga/DigimonXrosWars Xros Wars manga]] finally gives us an explanation -- it was Homeostasis, a being whose job is to protect the Digital World. Replacing Yggdrasill after it went nuts, Homeostasis is much more calm and protective.
* MotorMouth: What happens when you have thirty seconds to explain [[PreviouslyOn what happened in thirty minutes]], although this counts as DubText.
* MultiversalConqueror: Several of the villians, who have set their sights on conquering both worlds.
* MustMakeAmends
** Ken Ichijoji, in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', after discovering that the Digital world is not just an artificial construct in which he can play out his anger and issues concerning his brother's death. This method essentially turns him from the BigBad to TheWoobie.
** In one of the Digimon movies, the little American boy had one of his Digimon go rogue; he had been chasing it all over the US in an attempt to fix it. Even after the other kids show up, he is initially insistent that because it is his Digimon, he needs to make it right, himself.
** '''Beelzemon''', good ''Lord'', [[TheAtoner Beel]][[ItsAllMyFault ze]][[RedemptionEqualsDeath mon]]. See the trope page for details.
* MythologyGag: Nanimon and Wizarmon family aren't digital world origin, they're stated as travelers from another dimension. The fact is, both are referencing to another Bandai's Digital Pet material before Digimon boom, Oyajicchi and Magical Witches.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Usually played straight, as with [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Gabumon]], [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Wormmon]], [[Anime/DigimonTamers Renamon]], [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Duskmon]], [[Anime/DigimonSavers Gaomon]], and [[Anime/DigimonXrosWars most of Kiriha's army]] (in fact, everyone but Dracomon, who just stays inside of Kiriha's Xros Loader and pleads for him to stop, and Deckerdramon, who actually turns on him and attempts to remind him of the 'strong love' he once felt). HeelFaceTurn may include a subversion of this. Once Gatomon realizes that her place is with Kari, all of her dialogue with Myotismon amounts to "screw you." Though she was also helped by Myotismon being a sadistic monster.
* NamesToKnowInAnime: Creator/AiMaeda voiced Mimi Tachikawa in the first two Adventure shows and would go on to sing various themes for the series through ''Frontier'' under the stage name [=AiM=]. She returned to sing ''I Wish'' once more for ''Adventure Tri'', but no longer voices Mimi.
* NinetiesAntiHero: Many Digimon sport this look. Huge muscles with visible veins, scars, stitches, tattoos, TooManyBelts, [[SpikesOfVillainy spikes]], [[HollywoodCyborg cybernetic body parts]] and [[{{BFG}} oversized]] [[{{BFS}} weapons]] are very common, especially amongst Digimon of early generations. They were created in TheNineties, after all.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: Digimon normally disappear into data upon death, though depending on which canon is in question, they might also leave [[BornAgainImmortality a Digi-egg]] behind.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Far too many times to list politely, [[http://digipedia.db-destiny.net/misc/trivia.htm#2 here's]] a list.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Constant. Human characters tend to be simplistic in design and shading while humanoid Digimon (especially the MsFanservice ones) are given more details and more realistic proportions.
* NoSell: Often happens when the heroes face an incredibly powerful enemy; Their attacks tend to have no effect, until one of them digivolves to teh same level as the baddy.
* NoobCave: File Island is generally treated as the weakest region of the Digital World in most continuities. Even the monsters that appear on File Island are considered weaker than members of the same species that appear elsewhere.
* NonindicativeName
** Why are the ones that look like bees called Flymon?
** Then there's [=DinoBeemon=], [=JewelBeemon=], [=HoneyBeemon=], [=FlyBeemon=], [=CannonBeemon=], and [=FanBeemon=], which are, in order, A bug/dragon mishmash, a humanoid insect knight, a bee-fairy, a humanoid dragonfly, a [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Dendrobium Orchis]][[note]]Or for the uninformed, it's a giant honeycomb fortress sitting atop the back of a slightly not-as-giant robotic bee.[[/note]], and finally something something more or less resembling a bee.
* NotQuiteDead: While used less often than reincarnation as the series went on, seeing one burst into data isn't always a sure sign that they are deleted, sometimes they reform back together. We're shown the point of view of someone in this state at least once.
* {{Notzilla}}: The Tyrannomon is supposed to be a parody/homage to Godzilla.
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo
** Played straight or averted with [[GameBreaker SkullGreymon's attack]], dependent on your region. In the English dub, the move is called Dark Shot. In the original version, it's called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_zero Ground Zero]]. [[GameBreaker Which makes SkullGreymon a mindless, semi-invulnerable creature bent on mass destruction]] ''[[GameBreaker with a nuclear missile attached to its back]].''
*** MetalGreymon's attacks are directly compared to individual nuclear warheads in Digimon canon. Basically, SkullGreymon can shoot one nuke total, MetalGreymon can shoot several.
** The movie ''Our'' (or ''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Children's]]'') ''Wargame'' averts it spectacularly, by featuring the main villain lauching an ICBM, carrying a '''''nuke''''' at the children, that are in Odaiba, ''Tokyo''. This was as shown in Japan, and came from an anime made for kids.[[labelnote:impact]]Nukes are triggered mid air to maximise the destruction, and are specifically designed to ''not'' trigger due to impact.[[/labelnote]] Luckily for them, Greymon's missiles don't act like real nukes.
* NumberedSequel: With some modification: ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', and ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri''.
* OhCrap
** Myotismon has this reaction when he sees Kari get her hands on her Digivice. The original version uses the "oh, no!" variant of this trope.
** Takato and Henry have one when [[spoiler: they spot [[HeelFaceTurn a Deva]] hanging out with Henry's sister.]]
** Priceless one when Kurata [[spoiler:sees a ''very'' ticked off [=ShineGreymon=] Burst Mode heading right for him. Most of his faces after Burst Mode is reached qualify as well.]]
** Subverted by Gravimon upon seeing [[spoiler:[=Shoutmon X7=]]]. What does he do after seeing a huge, golden Digimon that so quite powerful that his army behind him got obliterated? He ''smiles evilly''.
* OnceASeason: Try to find one season without a main character who is either overprotective of their sibling or has some sort of complex. Try it. Alternatively, try find a season in which a main character doesn't have an [[HiddenDepths unexpected, traumatic past]]
** [[spoiler:Leomon dies. Even in the seasons he's not explicitly in, a character who dies shares his name in some evolution.]]
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Here is a list, to simplify things.
** Angemon. A WingedHumanoid with a face mask and six wings. Champion Level.
** Angewomon. A WingedHumanoid, and Angemon's DistaffCounterpart with a face mask and eight wings. Ultimate Level.
** [=MagnaAngemon=] (Holy Angemon in Japan), with enhanced armor, a sword and eight wings. Ultimate Level.
** Seraphimon. An armored WingedHumanoid with ten wings. Mega Level. Classed as a Great Angel.
** Magnadramon (Holydramon in Japan), a holy dragon Digimon with ten wings. Mega Level. Classed as one of the Four Great Dragons (based on the Dragon King of the South Sea in Chinese Mythology).
** Cherubimon. A large, anthropomorphic rabbit with a jester's frill. When good, a noble and cheerful SweetDreamsFuel. When evil, a fearsome and malicious horror with a dash of MonsterClown. Mega Level, classed as a Great Angel.
** Pid(do)mon ("Pid" as in Cu-Pid), a PaletteSwap of Angemon with only two wings. Champion Level.
** [=MarineAngemon=]: A RidiculouslyCuteCritter in the form of a Sea Angel (as in, not technically an "Angel" angel, but still wields ThePowerOfLove). Mega Level.
** Gallantmon Crimson Mode. A Royal Knight with ten wings. Usually formed from a fusion between Gallantmon and another party. Mega Level.
** Beelzemon Blast Mode. A [[HellBentForLeather leather-attired]] WingedHumanoid with an ArmCannon and four black wings. Mega Level. Is also one of the Seven Great Demon Lords, [[NobleDemon but is the least evil of the lot]].
** Ophanimon. A WingedHumanoid, and Seraphimon's DistaffCounterpart. A Magic Knight Red Mage. Has ten wings and wields a dual-end lance. Mega Level. Classed as a Great Angel.
** Lucemon. A WingedHumanoid in the form of a young boy with various markings all over his body. [[UpToEleven Has twelve wings]], which is all the more notable in that he is a ''Rookie level''. Has two Mode Changes, [[FallenAngel Falldown Mode]], and [[SatanicArchetype Satan Mode]] , though Satan Mode contains Lucemon Larva Mode in the orb it holds, which is called Gehenna. The three Great Angels are said to each be a manifestation of one of his aspects.
** Darcmon, named for [[JoanOfArc Jeanne d'Arc]]. A low-ranking angel that usually appears in the angelic vanguard, sometimes called the "Goddess of the Battlefield".
** [=Guardi/SlashAngemon=], an alternate evolution of [=MagnaAngemon=] with bladed armor and wings. Is equivalent to the "Power" choir of angels. Mega Level.
** [=ClavisAngemon=], an alternate evolution of [=MagnaAngemon=] with a more defensive bent in mind. Armed with a key sword and has stylized wings. Mega Level. Is equivalent to the "Virtue" choir of angel.
** Dominimon, an alternate evolution of [=MagnaAngemon=] featured in ''Digimon V Tamer 01''. Little distinguishes it beyond being [=MagnaAngemon=] turned UpToEleven. Mega Level. Corresponds to the Dominion choir of angels.
** Bagramon, a demonic inversion of ArchangelGabriel that rebelled against God for his injustice, and cast out as a result of his failed rebellion.
** Shakkoumon. An angel made of steel, with one pair of wings. Ultimate Level.
** Mastemon. An angel in high-tech armor with six pairs of detached wings. Wields the YinYangBomb, as a Jogress of [[DistafffCounterpart Angewomon and LadyDevimon]], and can travel through space and time. Mega Level.
* ThePaladin
** The Royal Knights are ostensibly a collection of these, though most often come with a bad rash of MyMasterRightOrWrong.
** Dukemon and Alphamon are straight examples, along with Imperialdramon Paladin Mode (who was not an actual member, but rather the founder of the order).
* ParentsAsPeople: Lots of examples of parents making a decision with the best intentions, but being horribly, ''horribly'' wrong -- or even just reacting to something badly-yet-understandably-so.
* PersonalSpaceInvader: In the pilot film, the first Koromon that Kari and Tai meet wraps his ear... tentacle... things around their heads and kisses them repeatedly about twice each.
* PostCyberpunk: Digimon is an extreme example. Everyone, including the Hacker are good guys, they're trying to save society, and are trying to improve themselves.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep
** Happenes to some of the digimon designed for the the earlier video game adaptations when the Ultimate(Mega) level was introduced with the Pendulum style v-pets. Notable examples of Power Creep include Saberleomon, Mugendramon (Machinedramon), and [=MetalEtemon=] who were all designed to be Perfects. On the seep side of things we have Ebidramon, Mechanorimon and Syakomon, former perfects who were bumped down to adult and child respectively. The Pendulum series did this a lot, with four of the five having examples of this. Happened again V-pets came out with Super Ultimate/Level Seven. Thankfully it was mostly ignored by the rest of the franchise that time.
** Prevalent in the card games. Numerical values creeped higher and higher with every new expansion in the Hyper Colosseum game. By it's last expansion, Adult level digimon had surpassed the Ultimate levels in the first few sets.
** Some non-standard PowerLevels themselves are prone to this, namely [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Armors]] and [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Hybrids]]. (Anime/DigimonXrosWars looks at your PowerLevels and [[SuperRobot laughs]]). To take the armor example, a generally good rule of thumb is that the vast majority of armors have a mean power range between Champion and Ultimate, whereas the Golden Digi-Eggs (Miracles and [[NonSerialMovie Destiny]]) range from Ultimate to Mega. In the card game, however, Magnamon is treated roughly equivalent to a Champion due to the nature of the game mechanics (a specific type of evolution getting you a Mega-equivalent from a Rookie would certainly skew the game); in the games, he can generally be counted on to rumble with other Ultimates; and in his [[Anime/DigimonSavers Royal Knights]] incarnation, he's on par with Mega.
* PowerGlows: Isn't it pretty?
* ProtagonistPowerUpPrivileges: Almost every season the Hero and the Lancer will be the only ones to unlock the ability to digivolve to Mega, or achieve the first evolutions.
** Averted in Tamers where all three main heroes and Ryo can Bio-Merge to Mega, and where the first Super Mode goes to Beelzemon.
** Averted in Savers where all four heroes achieve [[StoryBreakerPower Burst Mode, which is implied to be that setting's equivalent]] of [[BeyondTheImpossible Super Ultimate]].
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: [[RebusBubble PowerLevels + Constant battling = Troperiffic]]
* PureIsNotGood: Some Digimon (usually babies) are described as so pure as to lack any sense of morality. Like [[http://wikimon.net/Puttimon Puttimon]], for example, the Baby form of Lucemon.
* PurelyAestheticGender: Despite the fact that Digimon may look male ([[MonsterClown Piedmon]]) or female (Ladydevimon), because they are all made of data, they simply appear as they do. No Digimon actually has a "true" gender, this rule is kept in the card games and video games at least. The animated series apply it more as Digimon lack true sexual division, but may identify as a gender. ''Frontier'' seems to avert the trope entirely and ''Xros Wars'' averts it unmistakably.
* RandomPowerRanking: There's no real consistency between the various digimon properties when it comes to how strong any particular digimon species is. One day they may be considered the strongest digimon in existence, the next they may be used as cannon fodder for the new designs. Evolution levels also suffer from this. Several digimon may exist as two or more different levels simultaneously. For example, Whamon is an Adult on File Island, but a Perfect on Folder due to their increased strength and larger size. In theory this means any given digimon species may exist on all evolution levels simultaneously just by increasing or decreasing it's power or size. [[ContinuitySnarl Curiously, Adventure Whamon(File Island) was drawn larger than V-Tamer Whamon(Folder).]]
* RankInflation:
** Originally the evolution went through Baby I > Baby II > Child > Adult > Perfect Stages. The Ultimate stage was added later in the franchise with the introduction of the Pendulum V-Pets and Jogress evolution. V-Tamer added another level after that; the Super-Ultimate, but this hasn't really stuck.
** Some translations (including English) refer to the levels as Baby > In-Training > Rookie > Champion > Ultimate > Mega; so when the sixth level was added it caused confusion as to what people meant when they said "Ultimate". (JP level 6 or US level 5?)
** The above tends to be inverted quite often in the video games. It's pretty common for Ultimates and Super Ultimates to be merged with the Perfect level for the sake of better gameplay.
* RealPlaceBackground: A tradition for the franchise, and a defining aesthetic look. No matter how different the Digital World may be, the "Real World" will be extremely faithful to the actual place bar some artistic liberties. Notable examples range from Fuji TV's building in ''Digimon Adventure'', the '''country of Japan''' in ''Digimon Tamers'', the Shibuya district in ''Digimon Frontier'', and the Odaiba Bay in both ''Digimon Savers'' and ''Digimon Xros Wars''.
* RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude: A reoccurring theme in the series. Appropriately, Digimon's dub was produced by Saban - notable for the Power Rangers.
** Although it's less "teenagers" so much as Children With Attitude.
* RedIsHeroic: Just about every lead in each anime installment is associated with red, either in their clothing or their Digimon partner, if not both at once. [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Davis]] is an aversion: he wears a blue jacket with flame decals on it, and his partner is Veemon, who is blue and stays that way for all of his evolutions (barring Flamedramon, who has fire-based armor).
* {{Reincarnation}}
** All seasons except for ''Tamers'' have a village where previously killed Digimon are reborn. What would happen to a human who dies in the Digital World isn't certain.
** And then they manage to turn it around and take it into terrifying territory at least once: [[spoiler: We dunno what would happen if a human would die in the digital world, but we sure as hell know what happens to a digimon who dies in the ''real'' one -- they remain a half-conscious, mostly-spectral wraith for the rest of time with no hope of rebirth. Poor, poor Wizardmon...]][[spoiler: On the other hand, none of the digimons killed in the real world, except Wizardmon and Myotismon return as ghosts.]]
** Tamers' third act was more or less instigated by its aversion of this trope.
** One of the things that makes Kurata in the fifth season so despicable is the use of weapons that make this impossible, effectively making any victim of his Gizmon KilledOffForReal.
** ''[[Anime/DigimonXrosWars Xros Wars]]'' plays this trope straight with [[spoiler:Baalmon, who is reincarnated as Beelzebumon, as well as some others]], but otherwise Digimon stay dead[[spoiler:without the code crown.]]
* {{Retcon}}: Overlapping with AllThereInTheManual: the CD dramas included little things like Mimi being present for 9/11, his brother Shuu being the person Jou was on the phone with in the PilotMovie, and Miyako's "YamatoNadeshiko Panic!" song, but it also completely threw out the second ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' movie, by [[spoiler:not having the Tamers reunite with their partners. Or did they? Later, perhaps? We don't know.]]) According to the drama CD, it seems they don't, or at least, not through the method hinted at by the end of the actual show.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Most Digimon in the early stages, though there are a few exceptions with later forms being adorable.
** Kenta's little pink partner is [=MarineAngemon=], a ''Mega'' level (and fits right into the kid's pocket)! And now ''Xros Wars'' has a Digimon actually named Cutemon.
* RockMonster: Various Digimon, like Gotsumon and Golemon.
* RousseauWasRight: Played straight in ''02'' (with [[VideogameCrueltyPotential Ken]] and [[MindControl Oikawa]]), ''Tamers'' ([[WellIntentionedExtremist Yamaki]]), and ''Xros Wars'' ([[CreepyChild Yuu]]); averted in ''Adventure'' and ''Frontier'' (no human villains), and averted in ''Savers'' ('''DAMN YOU''', AKIHIRO KURATA!!!).
* SacrificialLion: If your name is Leomon or has "Leo" in it or you're related to Leomon, you're probably doomed.
* SapientCetaceans: Dolphmon possesses advanced intelligence, but its form of thought is too complex for a normal person to understand.
* SatanicArchetype:
** The Devil's two popular personas of Satan and Lucifer are divided among two different digimon: Lucemon, who originally appears as a beautiful angel before gradually degrading into a dragon of the apocalypse, and Daemon, a demonic-looking digimon whose monstrous form is usually hidden in its cloak. Both are members of the Seven Great Demon Lords and Lucemon is the leader of the entire group.
** Subverted with Beelzebumon. While he's an example by name and also one of Seven Great Demon Lords, he's the only such character with a moral compass. In most of his appearances, he's either a hero from the beginning or starts as a villain but eventually does a HeelFaceTurn. ''Xros Wars'' averts this trope completely and makes him a '''''holy warrior'''''.
** Each Season has its Satan
*** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' has Devimon (basic classic devil) and Myotismon (The Beast).
*** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' has Daemon, who is the official Satan of digimon, and [=MaloMyotismon=] (Belial).
*** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' has Beelzemon (Beelzebub) but he's not evil, but the D-reaper posesses many Satanic qualities (lies and manipulates, wants to end the world).
*** ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has Lucemon, who is Lucifer, Falldown mode (who is lucifer in the process of falling) and Satan Mode (The Dragon)
*** ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' has Belphemon, who is Belphegor.
*** ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' has Lucemon and Beelzemon again, as well as Lilithmon, another demon lord.
* SatelliteCharacter: Partner Digimon tend to fall into this depending on the canon in question or how many other human characters there are around at the time; the partners in ''Adventure'' fell into it the most. Best averted in ''Xros Wars'', where Digimon are most often treated as independent characters within each army. The few that remain are [[ExaggeratedTrope exaggerations.]]
* SeriesMascot: Fox Kids used closeups of principle characters to advertise their shows, so they chose Tai, Davis, and Takato to represent the franchise.
* ShoutOut: Yes, Gennai does sound like [[Franchise/StarWars Jedi]]. Yes, he does look like Obi-Wan. Yes, he looks like Ewan [=MacGregor=] in season 2.
** Digimon has lots of ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' shout outs. Deathmon is named after the demon Death, Lucemon and Barbamon has, respectively, an attack named Paradise Lost and Purgatory Lost. Beyond it, both Barbamon and Belial Vamdemon reference the city of Pandemonium in their attacks.
** Decoding the [=DigiCode=] that appears on Oryxmon and Seraphimon will reveal direct quotes from ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', respectively.
* SeaMonster: A common antagonistic force, corrupted or not. For starters, Seadramon and Shellmon in ''Adventure''. Doesn't help that sea monsters are the minority in the franchise, you will be hard-pressed finding one of the protagonists even using one.
* ShownTheirWork: Moved [[Trivia/{{Digimon}} here.]]
* SixthRanger: Like HeelFaceTurn, a tradition.
** ''Adventure'': [[spoiler:Kari/Hikari]]
** ''Adventure 02'': [[spoiler:Ken]]
** ''Tamers'': Anyone who's not Takato, Rika, or Henry; [[spoiler: Ryo is the straightest example]]
** ''Frontier'': [[spoiler:Kouichi]]
** ''Savers'': [[spoiler:Keenan]]
** ''Xros Wars'': [[spoiler:Kiriha and Nene]]
* SleepModeSize: Partner digimon usually spend their off hours in Rookie level form.
** Played straight with Demon Lord [[AxCrazy Belphemon]], whose main form [[http://dma.wtw-x.net/DMA/DigimonStands/Toei/Belphemon.jpg Rage Mode]] only shows up once every thousand years. For the rest of that time, he looks... [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter well]]... [[http://dma.wtw-x.net/DMA/DigimonStands/Toei/BelphemonSleepMode.jpg take a look.]] Though Belphemon actually subverts it by still being pretty huge in this form.
* SmashCut: A common way to transition to digivolution in the heat of battle.
* SolomonDivorce: ''Digimon Adventure'', ''Zero Two'', and ''Frontier'' all involve a divorce that split the kids. It would be a spoiler for us to talk about Frontier, though.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Gennai: "[villain name here] was not the true enemy!"
** Invoked in the Digimon Adventure novelizations, where it turns out the villains are all actually part of ''the same organization''.
* SpecialGuest: Terry Bradshaw. Yes, the NFL's Terry Bradshaw. He used to host a Digithon (digimon marathon) on FoxKids. Not only that, it was a ''Super Bowl'' themed marathon, in which Bradshaw would provide commentary in-between episodes.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Not necessarily a spelling issue, but there are inconsistencies even on this very wiki over whether to use the English dub names or the original Japanese names, mainly because there is quite a lot of NostalgiaFilter over growing up with the dub despite (or because of) the occasional CutAndPasteTranslation. The Japanese version has recently amassed a fanbase, and both are widely accepted in their own right. It is generally optimal for fandom members to familiarize themselves with both sets of terms for minimum confusion. It doesn't help that some of the English names are plagued by {{Engrish}}; for instance "[=LoadKnightmon=]" (seen in ''Savers''), whose correct name would be "[=LordKnightmon=]" or "[=RhodoKnightmon=]" (a pun on "rhodonite"). It ''also'' doesn't help that multiple names are used even in English, like when the dub of ''Frontier'' named this very same Digimon as "Crusadermon".
** A lot of digimon (and their attacks) suffer from being written in mostly katakana, which leaves interpretation up in the air. Most of the time, a simple solution can be found, but in some cases, a [[GratuitousForeignLanguage foreign attack name]] will slip under the radar due to being obscure[[note]]Fandubbers can be forgiven for calling [[Manga/DigimonVTamer01 AlforceVeedramon's]] attack the Tense Great Shield; how many of you know what ''tensegrity'' is in the first place?[[/note]] or due to the aforementioned NostalgiaFilter[[note]]More than a few were surprised when Sukamon's official english name came out as ''Scummon''.[[/note]].
* SpoilerTitle: A lot of Japanese episode titles will give away new evolution premieres, spoiling major plot developments.
* StarfishAliens: The Digimon themselves. Sure, they tend to have mostly human behaviors, but they're pretty unusual: They're data-based (as opposed to matter), each subspecies have radically different and varying forms, and even each individual have different forms through their life! They also change said forms instantly, changing in shape and size in seconds (and without regard to biology). Even stranger is that Digimon seem to lack individual names. In fact, most Digimon of the same subspecies are almost indistinguishable from each other. The Digignomes and the D-Reaper also count.\\\
Inverted, in that from the point of view of the Digimon, humans are StarfishAliens. When Sora explains that on Earth there are hundred of kids, Biyomon visualizes hundreds and hundred of Soras. Later, Patamon states how weird humans are to Digimon.
* StationaryWings: Applies to most winged Digimon.
* StockFootage: In addition to each partner Digimon's individual TransformationSequence, virtually every major Digimon's attacks rely on stock footage.
* {{Synchronization}}: Most apparent in ''Tamers'', where the damage that Digimon take will occasionally visibly affect and push around the Digimon's partner.
* SynchronousEpisodes: Many.
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': Episodes 9-11; episodes 21, 22, and 23; episodes 24 and 25; episodes 35 and 36; episodes 46-49.
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'': The Digimon World Tour.
** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': Episodes 26-28.
** ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'': Episodes 7 and 8; Episodes 25 and 26.
* TacticalRockPaperScissors: Concerning the Digimon attributes: Vaccine beats Virus, Virus beats Data and Data beats Vaccine.
** There are also three "alternate" attributes: Free, Variable, and Unknown. Free and Variable exist independently of the original three-point system (read: they tie with everything). The Variable attribute is connected directly to [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Hybrid Digimon]], while the Free Attribute [[http://wikimon.net/Category:Free_Attribute appears to be]] connected to [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Armor Digimon]]. The Unknown Attribute (which dominates everything) has been connected to [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Apocalymon, The Diablomon line]], [[Anime/DigimonSavers Gizmon: XT, and Yggdrasil 7D6]]. There are a few ''heroic'' Unknown Attribute Digimon, too, however: Culumon and Shoutmon, for example.
** There are also Digital Monsters who ''lack'' attributes. Mostly, they're Baby Digimon, but this also applies to [[Anime/DigimonTamers the D-Reaper and its Agents]], [[Manga/DigimonNext NEO]], and Ultimate Chaosmon.
* TalkingAnimal: Unlike Franchise/{{Pokemon}}, Digimon can speak the human language.
* TheyKilledKennyAgain:
** Leomon always dies, preferably by HeroicSacrifice, and it's always played for tragedy. ''Digimon Frontier'' escapes this by having the heroes kill a Panja/[=IceLeomon=] instead, and ''Digimon Savers'' lulls the viewer into a false sense of security by killing a [=SaberLeomon=] about a quarter of the way in, [[spoiler:only to throw [[SinkOrSwimMentor BanchouLeomon]] onto the viewer later...]] ''The very first scene'' of ''X-Evolution'' is of Leomon dying!
** ''Frontier'' has [[spoiler:Kouichi]], whose Digimon forms were lion-themed, and [[DubNameChange in Japan]] his Beast form's name was [=KaiserLeomon=]. Then again, [[spoiler:he didn't quite die, either, although it seemed that way.]] ''Xros Wars''' very first enemy of any significance is [=MadLeomon=], and he gets killed off in episode 3. [[spoiler:Subverted later on that he gets revived as Leomon]].
** Oh look, we have another humanoid lion named Apollomon! He has the noblest of intentions! [[spoiler:His JekyllAndHyde sickness pretty much confirms him being killed]].
** Funny enough, he did not die in ''02'', namely because nobody noticed him. Those with a sharp eye will notice that when many Digimon show up during the final battle with the Big Bad, a Leomon is amongst them. He has literally two seconds of screentime, but it is the one time he does not die.
** [[Manga/DigimonVTamer01 Leo didn't die]], but ''V Tamer 01'' was never released internationally and predates the running gag anyway.
** [[spoiler: And the cruel joke keeps going on Anime/DigimonAdventureTri with Leomon kicking the bucket when Meicoomon goes feral and ravages him]]
* ThisIsADrill: Digmon, Drimogemon, [=LoaderLiomon=], Breakdramon, and Dorulumon all exhibit this trope.
* TieredByName: Higher-level Digimon often have the names of their prior level with a prefix attacked, such as Greymon - [=MetalGreymon=], or Garurumon to [=WereGarurumon=]. However, there is no universal rule, as there's Digimon who change their names entirely when gaining levels, such as Togemon - Lillymon - Rosemon. There are also a handful of prefixes given to lower-leveled Digimon indicating that they're a lesser version, like [=DemiDevimon=] or [=ChibiTortomon=]. And some prefixes are just used with different, equally ranked versions; such as Agumon and [=ToyAgumon=], Greymon and [=GeoGreymon=], [=MetalGreymon=] and [=RizeGreymon=], and [=WarGreymon=] and [=ShineGreymon=].
** ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' uses a different name system for its main Digimon, Shoutmon. Shoutmon can [[FusionDance combine]] with his friends, and the result is called Shoutmon X[number] - As in, a four-mon combination is Shoutmon X4. By the end of the series, he goes up to Shoutmon X7.
* TitleThemeTune: Used in the English version for the first three seasons. Though presumably due to legal wrangling, it hasn't been used since ''Tamers''.
* ToBeContinued: Let's just go ahead and say that the dub abused this trope. ''Xros Wars'', the Japanese version, abused it, too.
* TransformationSequence: And how.
** PainfulTransformation: At certain levels in both ''Tamers'' and ''Frontier''.
** TransformationNameAnnouncement: In general, "[X] evolve into/digivolve to... [X]!". Other forms of transformation (such as armor digivolving) have different call outs.
** StockFootage: Which can get especially bad in certain episodes where entire teams power-up at once.
** TransformationIsAFreeAction: Normally, but Infermon averts it to great effect in the first movie. This is actually quite interesting because we get to see what a Digimon looks like while it's transforming, "outside" of the sequence. We get an even better view in the ''Savers'' movie -- When Agumon digivolves to [=ShineGreymon=], it looks like a series of progressively bigger digieggs which eventually hatch to him.
* TruthInTelevision: There is no such thing as joint parental custody in Japan. This adds subtext to the lives of several characters:
** Takeru and Yamato probably spent more time apart than foreign audiences might think, which helps to explain Yamato's angst.
%%** If Mr. Minamoto never had custody of Koichi, it was that much easier to pretend that his ex-wife was dead.
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* UniqueProtagonistAsset:
** TheLeader and either TheLancer, TheRival, or the NumberTwo of any given series will usually have the Digimon with the highest PowerLevels. Tai and Matt from ''Adventure'' were the only two to have their partners achieve Mega level and then their partners underwent a FusionDance in the movie.
** Some protagonist's Digimon are actually rare forms of their kind. Exveemon is a special evolution of Veemon; normally his species evolves into Veedramon. Sakuyamon is a special, more powerful version of Kuzuhamon, her species' standard evolution.
** Exaggerated in ''Frontier'', where Takuya and Kouji achieve not one but two Power Levels beyond everyone else, the second at the expense of everyone else's power.
** DoubleSubverted in ''Savers'', where the whole team achieves Mega ''and'' Burst Mode. Then Marcus and Agumon get another boost on top of that.
* UniverseCompendium: The [[http://digimon.net/cat-digimon-dictionary/index.html Digimon Dictionary]], that is, if you can read Japanese.
* UniverseConcordance: [[http://digipedia.db-destiny.net/ The Digimon Encyclopedia]] by Chris [=McFeely=], which covered all of Adventures to Tamers, and part of Frontier. It was the main source of Digimon for fans before the advent of Wikia.
%%* VoiceOfTheLegion
* WarElephants: Mammothmon are usually used in this fashion.
* WeirdnessCensor: The adults, besides a few of the Chosen Children's parents, seem to realize there are strange events going on during the Myotismon arch of ''Adventure 01'' but ignore them until [[spoiler:they are rounded up and kidnapped.]] This is averted in ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' and is regularly brought up by bystanders [[{{Deconstruction}} how terrifying the Digimon are, even the heroes' partners]].
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: A prevalent theme, especially when there are human villains involved
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Several members of the main cast(s) seem remarkably mature or intelligent for their ages.
** Kari especially, to the point that some accusations of [[MarySue Sue-hood]] have been thrown at her over the years.
** Rika/Ruki seems to be this at first glance in ''Tamers''. [[spoiler:Naturally, this gets ''horrifically'' subverted.]]
** Taiki too, who is quite a different goggle-head boy.
** Willis, at least in the English dub of the movie, is incredibly tech-savvy.
* WorldGoneMad: The Digital World varies from series to series, but all agree that it is bizarre even under the most peaceful circumstances.
* WorldOfBadass: The Digital World, in almost every incarnation, is home to some of the most powerful beings in the universe. Fitting, considering how many of the stronger ones tend to be digital [[{{Expy}} expies]] of well-known legendary and mythical beings.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: The sixth season is called ''Xros Wars''. Justified, in that this is taken from "Xaos", the greek spelling of Chaos. The "X" is pronounced like a "K" or "C" though pronouncing the western character "X" as "cross" seems to be becoming a bit of a trend in Japanese media. It ''is'' two lines "crossed" but then so is a 't'.
* YourSizeMayVary: A lot of larger digimon are prone to being inconsistently depicted across the various mediums, or even within the same. Especially partner digimon, who will often carry their partners on their head or shoulders; [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Imperialdramon Fighter Mode]] and [[Anime/DigimonTamers SaintGalgomon]] are kings of this, being to other huge partner digimon as they are to their original humans.
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See each series page for series-specific tropes.
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