Base entry for the DigimonSeries Franchise, a Bandai franchise centred on bond creaturemons from cyberspace spread across numerous alternate continuities in multiple media including seven anime series, four manga, and countless video games. All of it originated from the Digimon virtual pet, conceived as the Spear Counterpart of Tamagotchi in an effort to broaden the latter's appeal to boys.The franchise's first adaptation was a one-shot manga called C'mon Digimon, released in 1997 shortly before the original virtual pet and centered around the competitive nature of the devices. The first appearance of the Digital World, goggles and numerous other mechanics prevalent in the franchise came a year later in Digimon V-Tamer 01, a serial manga which continued well into 2002. Around the same time it received its first game called Digital Monster Ver. S: Digimon Tamers, a scaled-up version of the virtual pets for the Sega Saturn.In 1998, Toei Animation under the direction of the famed MamoruHosoda, created a story board for an anime short entitled Digimon Adventure, based on the franchise. This storyboard ended up being well liked by the producers so much so that they decided that it should be made into a television series.And so in 1999, Toei Animation was given the task of adapting the rapidly-growing franchise into an anime series. It could have just been yet another cheap and quickly-forgotten toy anime adaptation in a sea of hundreds of the things, and that could have been the end of it... and yet, it wasn't. The result was Digimon Adventure named after the story film which inspired its creation, and despite being a relatively low-budget production, it was lucky enough to have an excellent writing team and to feature a cast of thoroughly fleshed-out and dynamic characters. The premise was that seven children were Trapped in Another World — in this case, Cyberspace — where each met and was partnered with a Digimon. As in the virtual pets, each Digimon would grow stronger and gain the ability to evolve (the American dub used "Digivolve") into stronger forms, as their human partners learned important lessons about themselves and dealt with the serious consequences of ignoring those lessons.Following it was a sequel: Digimon Adventure 02Time Skipped forward three years, where the original children had grown up and become entrenched in the demands of life, and so the torch was passed to a completely new group of children — including the two youngest from Adventure and their newly-met partner Digimon, dealing with the rise of a new threat in the Digital World, this time human.From then onwards, the anime series were set in Alternate Continuities, later established by a series of WonderSwan games to be loosely connected as a multiverse; these games demonstrate this with a Canon ImmigrantRyo Akiyama, who originated in the Adventure universe and came to live in the Tamers universe.Digimon Tamers was much darker, deconstructive and psychological in tone than before, comparable to Serial Experiments Lain (they share a head writer) or Neon Genesis Evangelion. The setting is very meta: the Digimon card game, video games, and anime are just those in the Tamers universe, until strange turns of events lead to Digimon actively coming into the human world. It's the first show not to give particular prominence to the Digital World (only coming into it in the last half of the series), with its focus firmly on the human drama in the real world interspersing with the consequences of having Digimon around.Digimon Frontier abandoned the concept of humans partnering with Digimon, and had them able to turn into Digimon. Otherwise, it seems to be a throwback to Adventure: a bunch of kids lost in another dimension and they can't get home until they save it, and happily, they manage to sort out their various problems along the way.Following Frontier, the anime experienced a Sequel Gap of three years, but the franchise's merchandise kept up alone with several waves of virtual pets (and, oddly enough, an entirely new English card gamenote This is odd because card game aside, the franchise pretty much ceased to exist in the west in this time period) released during this time, introducing plenty of new Digimon. There was also a CGI Made-for-TV Movie, Digimon X-Evolution, in 2005, which remains the only major Digimon production to feature no human characters whatsoever and to focus exclusively on the Digimon.Digimon Savers came out in 2006, targeted toward the people that had watched Digimon as kids and the basic set-up seems to be a throwback to Tamers; in tone it's somewhat darker and extremelyHot Blooded. The dub was named Digimon Data Squad. Running around the same time was another manga, Digimon Next, which employed similar mechanics, the same Digivices and the same partner Digimon, but was more like any of the predecessors of Savers in theme and presentation.Digimon Xros Wars (pronounced ''Cross Wars'') premiered July 2010 on TV Asahi. It harkens back to the the animation style of Adventure and generally contains quite a few throwbacks to it, though its basic set-up is significantly different. A trio of humans lead their Digimon armies in a great war against The Empire with the intention of reunifying the shattered Digital World. Running alongside it was a manga adaptation, also named Digimon Xros Wars, which experiences several unique changes and deviations from the plot of the anime. It is the longest of all Digimon seasons with three arcs, with the latter two arcs noted by their different subtitles: Digimon Xros Wars The Evil Death Generals And The Seven Kingdoms and finally Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Leaping Through Time, which many fans mistakenly believe to be its own season.From China, there are (much compressed) manhua adaptations of the first four anime, as well as the unique Digimon D-Cyber, and in America, Dark Horse Comics did an adaptation of the first few episodes of Digimon Adventure.Following the original virtual pet, a massive variety of video games crossing numerous genres have been released for the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, WonderSwan, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS and Playstation Portable. The games starring Canon ImmigrantRyo Akiyama, being WonderSwan games, were never released in the west. The games include the Digimon World series, consisting of Digimon World, Digimon World 2 and Digimon World 3 for the PlayStation, Digimon World DS and Digimon World Dawn Dusk for the Nintendo DS, Digimon World Data Squad for the PlayStation 2, and Digimon World Re Digitize and the RPG retelling of Digimon Adventure for the Playstation Portable (Japan Only).In Fall 2012, Saban Brands (successor to Saban Entertainment, the original American distributor of the Digimon dub) has reacquired the English rights to the franchise and will produce the dub to Digimon Xros Wars, now titledDigimon Fusion.Recently, two Digimon, Omnimon and Gallantmon, had been released as D-Arts Action figures from Bandai's Tamashii Nations sub brand.Also, it's best not to compare it to Pokémon. 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 shonenmons franchises which debuted at roughly the same time; beyond that, they are vastly different beasts.
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, 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.
Mostly averted in Digimon Tamers. 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 leading the fight against the D-Reaper. In fact, it was a modified version of Yamaki's Juggernaut program, installed in Terriermon, that ultimately defeated the D-Reaper.
Also mostly averted in Digimon Savers. 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 bails the heroes out twice, and gives assistance during some fights later on. Marcus's open-minded mother, Sarah, gives refuge to the heroes after they become fugitives from the Confidentiality Ministry thanks to Kurata. Keenan's parents 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. And his partner BanchoLeomon, whom allows Spencer to share his body.
Alien Invasion: More ambitious villains have attempted an invasion of the Real World.
All Myths Are True: The franchise's very big pool of monsters takes here and there, from the Classical Gods, to Judeo-Christian angelology, to the Four Great River Dragons, to even the Akashic Records.
All There in the Manual: A significant portion of the mythology of the series must be pieced together from the anime, video games, and manga.
Alphabetical Theme Naming: With the exception of Masaru/Marcus, all the main Chosen Children's names have begun with "ta" (た) or "da" (だ, derived from "ta"): Taichi, Daisuke, Takato, Takuya, Taiki, and Tagiru. 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 DEIBISU. Of course, Davis also had to compete with T.K., or Takeru.
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 Daimon (Damon, in the dub).
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. Doing so causes the Digital World to become more unstable and vulnerable to attack.
In-Universe, to a certain extent. Megas go through so much energy that they functionally shorten their lifespan.
Big Bad: Apocalymon was revealed to be the reason for all the evil in the Digital world in Adventure. 02 had 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, who, in releasing Apocalymon into the Adventure Universe, basically set the whole chain of events in motion for the first two seasons.
Big Good: 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.
Bishonen Line: Many prominent Digimon, both good and evil, are humanoid in their more powerful forms. Some go back and forth.
Angemon of Digimon Adventure is a variation, not in that he's the end of an evolutionary line, but in that he's the last and most powerful Champion the team gets.
Bittersweet Ending: Nearly every series ends with the final Big Bad defeated and peace restored, but the Digimon having to return to the Digital World and leave their beloved partners behind. Digimon Adventure 02 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.
Body Surf: How the Royal Knights increase their power.
Born-Again Immortality: 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.
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 I betyouknow!
Brought Down to Badass: Several of the Perfect level, then the highest 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.
Brought Downto Normal: 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 Child level.
Calling Your Attacks: 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 Bridge Bunnies call their partners' attacks, as they were mute. In the Japanese version, it's averted in all the movies except the Frontier one; no-one calls attacks at all in them.
In Name Only; Wargreymon's "Terra Force" and Black Wargreymon's "Terra Destroyer". Word Of God 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.
Conservation of Ninjutsu: Played With; The anime (and movies) mostly averts, subverts and inverts the trope, especially when played for drama, while Xros Wars plays it straight.
Critical Failure: 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.
Curbstomp Battle: Normally, the first appearance of the new Big Bad 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.
Cute Monster Girl: Sometimes played straight, sometimes averted, with both "sexy" and "monstrous" female Digimon.
The franchise as a whole when compared to other Mons series such as Pokemon. Of course, it can't even compare to Shin Megami Tensei, but that's a different matter altogether.
Cypher Language: The franchise uses one called DigiCode (lit. DigiLetters), which is not to be confused with the scanned code in 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 Freeze Frame Bonuses.
Deadly Upgrade: 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.
Subverted in Xros Wars, where Bagramon is still considered the final threat. 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 Battle in the Center of the Mind, taking back control and continuing on as the Big Bad til the end.
Dub Text: 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.
Emotion Eater: 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 Digimon Savers. 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).
The End: Keeping the pattern of title cards at the end of episodes, Xros Wars ended with a card that said "owari" (おわり).
Evolutionary Levels: A big thing in the franchise; although with the six levels being threated as stages of growth it's probably closer to Metamorphosis Monster. Usually also doubles as Power Levels 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.
"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 and Data Squad have completely new theme tunes, and Xros Wars hasn't been dubbed yet.
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 fire elemental attacks (Agumon, Flamedramon, Guilmon, Agnimon, etc.) Takato is an exception, being much more subdued and quite a bit more obviously introspective.
And then you have The Lancer, who will be known for having a blue theme going around them (blue eyes, blue hair, or blue Digimon) as well as sibling issues. Expect them to have dog-themed partners, as well (or canine in general, since Renamon was a fox). Played with a twist in Digimon Xros Wars, as the lancer role is split up between The Rival (with the aloof attitude and blue theme) and the internal lancer of the Digimon ensemble (a Big Badass Wolf).
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. 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.
Council of Angels: 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 Three Great Angels.
The Four Gods: The Four Holy Beasts, or 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, Huanglongmon/Fanglongmon the Yellow Dragon (Center), who was sealed beneath the earth while warring with Lucemon.note Huanglongmon appears in Digimon Xros Wars, though he was demoted to being Number Two to The Dragon, existing to get absorbed into another monster.
Eastern Zodiac: 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).
Seven Deadly Sins: The Seven Great Demon Lords, in possible answer to the Three Great Angels, all come with their own crest resembling their identifying sin and names likely taken from the Ars Goetia; 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 First Beast of Revelation and is named for the 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).
World Tree: 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 Norse Mythology, Yggdrasil in the Digimon Chronicle seeks to create three servers named for the Norns that tended its namesake.
Knights of the Round Table: The Royal Knights are a selection of thirteen Digimon (as of March 2013, the last of whom has not been officially revealed) that belong to an order founded by 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 My Master, Right or Wrong, unfortunately, though at least two of them, Dukemon and Alphamon are unambiguously heroic. Imperialdramon PM is not an actual member of the order; ostensibly they hold to his ideals
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) for the East Sea, Megidramon for the North Sea, Goddramon for the West Sea (he is mentioned to be the most powerful of the four), 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, though they haven't gotten much play since Digimon Adventure. A group of four villainous Digimon (Apocalymon's "children") that were powerful enough to defeat and seal away the Sovereigns. As a quick trip to the 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 Sea Serpent is more visually impressive than a thuggish blowfish. (To do him credit, Pukumon got a part in one of the Digimon Adventure 02 CD Dramas).
The Warrior Ten are a collection of Digimon who were able to defeat and seal Lucemon in the backstory to Digimon Frontier. 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 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).
Twelve Olympians: Another not-fully-released group, the "Olympus Twelve" group of Digimon consists of a selection of powerful Digimon based in, well, you probably already got it. These Digimon have yet to act as a centralized organization, though individuals may crop up here and 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 Fallen Angel 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.
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.
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.
Gag Dub: Similar to how Samurai Pizza Cats was dubbed, but the dub generally avoided this during the especially serious moments.
Alluded to, anyway, in the expanded universe. The Three Celestial Digimon featured in Frontier hold the Law, Knowledge, and Love of God. They also defend the "Kernel", the center of the Digital World where the God of the Digital World (who may be Fanglongmon or Yggdrasil) rests.
There's multiple "gods" throughout the mythology of the series, from The Four Gods to Yggdrasil himself. ENIAC from Brave Tamer might actually count too, considering its resemblance to one particular incarnation of Yggdrasil, and ENIAC appeared before Yggdrasil was even conceived.
Godzilla Threshold: 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.
Goggles Do Nothing: Aside from Marcus, every team's leader wears a pair on their head. Only Takato makes frequent use of them. In Digimon Xros Wars, 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.
Xros Wars: Baalmon (revived as Beelzebumon), Grademon, Nene, Kiriha, Yuu
Humans Are Special: 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 Humans Do It Better then most Digimon can do it on their own.
Humble Goal: Davis just wants to run a noodle cart. He gets to in the future.
Hypnotic Eyes: Gatomon's Cat's Eye Hypnotism move gives her these.
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 The Other Wiki mentions it in their "Goggles" article. In-universe, it is the mark of The Leader among the various Digidestined/Tamers. Only one season broke with the tradition, but subsequent seasons brought the goggles back.
Idiot Hero: Several, the goggleheads in particular.
Zero Two in particular takes it Up to Eleven: all the DigiDestined from both Adventure and Zero Two get an Image Song, 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.
The Imp: PicoDevimon in Adventure; Impmon, of course, in Tamers.
In the End, You Are on Your Own: 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.
Katanas Are Just Better: Tactimon's could supposedly cause much destruction, if he ever unsheathed it. Next Zambamon practically calls the trope by name
Kibbles And Bits: 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.
Lighter and Softer: 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 Metal Greymon and Rize Greymon.
Loads and Loads of Characters: 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.
Lull Destruction: The dub usually inserts new dialogue to make the show more understandable for kids or to insert an added joke.
Magikarp Power: Numemon and his breathern have one, and ONLY one use: evolving into Monzaemon in the original virtual pets. That is to say, unless you find throwing poop useful...
Also Patamon, who's a Ridiculously Cute Critter even by Rookie level standards but evolves into Angemon, one of the strongest Champions.
Also inverted. The most famous example is Metal Greymon, 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 Aero V-Dramon and Cyberdramon, also shared this pattern, V-Pet fans took to calling it the MetalGreymon Meltdown
Martial Arts Do Not Work That Way: The entire franchise consistently averts it, which is surprising considering that this is intended for kids and has plenty of fighting, even between humans.
Meaningful Name: 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?
Mechanical Monster: 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.
Mind Screwdriver: Hey, remember that mysterious being of light that possessed Kari in Digimon Adventure and never brought up again? Well, the 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.
Ken Ichijoji, in Digimon Adventure 02, 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 Big Bad to The Woobie.
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, Beelzemon. See the trope page for details.
My Master, Right or Wrong: Usually played straight, as with Gabumon, Wormmon, Renamon, Duskmon, Gaomon, and 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). Heel Face Turn 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.
No Body Left Behind: Digimon normally disappear into data upon death, though depending on which canon is in question, they might also leave a Digi-egg behind.
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 Dendrobium Orchis, and finally something something more or less resembling a bee.
Not Quite Dead: 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.
The movie Our (or 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.impact
Nukes are triggered mid air to maximise the destruction, and are specifically designed to not trigger due to impact.
Luckily for them, Greymon's missiles don't act like real nukes.
Angewomon, Winged Humanoid, and Angemon's Distaff Counterpart with a face mask and eight wings. Ultimate Level. (Evolves from Gatomon, either via the Crest of Light or jogress with a flying Digimon — usually Hawkmon, but Biyomon was used in older incarnations).
MagnaAngemon (Holy Angemon in Japan), with enhanced armor, a sword and eight wings. Ultimate Level. (Evolves from Angemon).
Seraphimon, wholly armor-clad Winged Humanoid with ten wings. Mega Level, classed as a Great Angel. (Warp evolves from Angemon. Once-shot to make way for Magnamon and Rapidmon in the third movie).
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). (Warp evolves from Gatomon. Once-shot to make way for Magnamon and Rapidmon in the third movie).
Cherubimon (sometimes translated phonetically as Kerpymon). A massive, anthropomorphic rabbit with a jester's frill that has a particularly bad habit of turning evil. When good, a sweet and cheerful Sweet Dreams Fuel with winglike ears (each with a Holy Ring). When bad, a fearsome and malicious horror with a dash of Monster Clown and has ringless ears that are rotting through. Mega Level, classed as a Great Angel. Evolves from Lopmon (Antylamon specifically). (Once-shot Seraphimon and MagnaDramon only to be defeated by Magnamon and Rapidmon).
Pid(do)mon ("Pid" as in Cu-Pid), a Palette Swap of Angemon with only two wings. Champion Level.
MarineAngemon: A Ridiculously Cute Critter in the form of a Sea Angel (as in, not technically an "Angel" angel, but still wields The Power of Love). The Holy Ring around its neck is said to secure its decapitated body. Mega Level. One of several final evolutions for Gomamon.
Gallantmon: Crimson Mode. Can be easily described as turning Gallantmon Up to Eleven with ten wings. Not a straight example, but in some incarnations appears as a jogress of Gallantmon and Seraphimon. Usually appears when Gallantmon combines with Grani. Mega+ Level.
Ophanimon. Winged Humanoid, and Seraphimon's Distaff Counterpart, though with less armor. Has ten wings and wields a dual-end lance not unlike Gallantmon Crimson Mode's. When fused with the Chrono Core, the wings and lance consist of flames. Mega Level, classed as a Great Angel. (Supplanted MagnaDramon as Angewomon's proper evolution). Now has a Falldown Mode, like Lucemon, though not evil, per se. The Ophanimon in Digimon World 4 is male.
Lucemon, Winged Humanoid in the form of a young boy with various markings all over his body. Has twelve wings, which is all the more notable in that he is officially classed as Rookie level. Has two Mode Changes (which count as Mega Level), Falldown Mode, and Satan Mode (Bowdlerized into Chaos and Shadowlord, respectively), though Satan Mode contains Lucemon Larva Mode in the orb it holds, which is called Gehenna (English speakers know Gehenna as Hell). Notable, Lucemon was said to be corrupted by GranDracmon, which would make the Vampire King more evil than the Digimon Satan. Also got short shrift in Digimon Xros Wars, where he serves as Lillithmon's underling. The three Great Angels are said to each be a manifestation of one of his aspects.
Darcmon, named for Jeanne d'Arc. A low-ranking angel that usually appears in the angelic vanguard, sometimes called the "Goddess of the Battlefield". One appeared in the Digimon Frontier movie, leading the human faction warring with the beast faction. Revealed to be Murmuxmon, who was also masquerading as Hippogriffmon, the leader of the beast faction — he was attempting to generate enough hatred to generate Ornithmon.
Guardi/SlashAngemon, an alternate evolution of MagnaAngemon with bladed armor and wings. While not a Great Angel, is equivalent to the "Power" choir of angels. Mega Level (See main trope entry).
ClavisAngemon, an alternate evolution of MagnaAngemon with a more defensive bent in mind. Armed with a key sword and has stylized wings. Mega Level. Fills in the "Virtue" choir of angel.
Dominimon, an alternate evolution of MagnaAngemon featured in Digimon V Tamer 01. Little distinguishes it beyond being MagnaAngemon turned Up to Eleven. Mega Level. Corresponds to the Dominion choir of angels.
Bagramon, a Demon Lord Digimon that was once an angel digimon that rebelled against god for his injustice, and cast out as a result of his failed rebellion. Can Become DarknessBagramon with eight massive black wings. A demonic inversion of Archangel Gabriel. While not having a level, he's probably the most powerful of the Angels on this list, even before becoming Darkness Bagramon, due to his giant limb being taken from Yggdrasil's Tree.
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.
Happens again when a line of 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 Power Levels themselves are prone to this, namely Armors and Hybrids. (Digimon Xros Wars looks at your Power Levels and 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 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 Royal Knights incarnation, he's on par with Mega.
Protagonist Power Up Privileges: Almost every season the Hero and the Lancer will be the only ones to unlock the ability to digivolve to Mega — Tai and Matt, Daisuke and Ken, and Takuya and Koji. Averted in Tamers, where all three main heroes and Ryo can Bio-Merge to Mega, but Takato and Guilmon still get a Super Mode. The hero will also usually be the first one to have his partner digivolve to the next level of power.
Purely Aesthetic Gender: Despite the fact that Digimon may look male (such as Piedmon) or female (such as Ladydevimon), because they are all made of data, they simply appear as they do. No Digimon actually has a "true" gender, though this is a general rule that is kept in the card games and various video games. 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.
Random Power Ranking: 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. Curiously, Adventure Whamon(File Island) was drawn larger than V-Tamer Whamon(Folder).
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.
Real Place Background: 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.
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: 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...
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 Killed Off for Real.
Xros Wars plays this trope straight with Baalmon, who is reincarnated as Beelzebumon, as well as some others, but otherwise Digimon stay deadwithout the code crown.
Retcon: Overlapping with All There in the Manual: 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 Pilot Movie, and Miyako's "Yamato Nadeshiko Panic!" song, but it also completely threw out the second Digimon Tamers movie, by 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.
Ridiculously Cute Critter: 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 now Xros Wars has a Digimon actually named Cutemon.
Rousseau Was Right: Played straight in 02 (with Ken and Oikawa), Tamers (Yamaki), and Xros Wars (Yuu); averted in Adventure and Frontier (no human villains), and averted in Savers (DAMN YOU, AKIHIRO KURATA!!!).
Sacrificial Lion: If your name is Leomon or has "Leo" in it or you're related to Leomon, you're probably doomed.
Sapient Cetaceans: Dolphmon possesses advanced intelligence, but its form of thought is too complex for a normal person to understand.
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 Heel Face Turn. Xros Wars averts this trope completely and makes him a holy warrior.
Digimon Xros Wars has Lucemon and Beelzemon again, as well as Lilithmon, another demon lord.
Satellite Character: 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 arguably 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 exaggerations.
Series Mascot: Fox Kids used closeups of principle characters to advertise their shows, so they chose Tai, Davis, and Takato to represent the franchise.
Shout Out: Yes, Gennai does sound like Jedi. Yes, he does look like Obi-Wan. Yes, he looks like Ewan MacGregor in season 2. Yes, he is The Obi-Wan.
Digimon has lots of Paradise Lost 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.
Tamers: Anyone who's not Takato, Rika, or Henry; Ryo is the straightest example
Xros Wars: Kiriha and Nene
Sleep Mode Size: Partner digimon usually spend their off hours in Rookie level form.
Played straight with Demon Lord Belphemon, whose main form Rage Mode◊ only shows up once every thousand years. For the rest of that time, he looks... well... take a look.◊ Though Belphemon actually subverts it by still being pretty huge in this form.
Special Guest: Terry Bradshaw. Yes, the NFL's Terry Bradshaw. He used to host a Digithon (digimon marathon) on Fox Kids. Not only that, it was a Super Bowl themed marathon, in which Bradshaw would provide commentary in-between episodes.
Spell My Name with an S: Not necessarily a spelling issue, but there are usually inconsistencies even on this very wiki over whether to use the English dub names or the original Japanese names — mainly because while there is quite a lot of Nostalgia Filter over growing up with the dub despite (or because of) the occasional Cut-and-Paste Translation, the Japanese version has recently amassed a large 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 in the expanded universe (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 foreign attack name will slip under the radar due to being obscure*
attack the Tense Great Shield; how many of you know what tensegrity is in the first place?]] or due to the aforementioned Nostalgia Filter*
More than a few were surprised when Sukamon's official english name came out as Scummon.
Starfish Aliens: 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 Starfish Aliens. 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.
Leomon always dies, preferably by Heroic Sacrifice, 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, only to throw BanchouLeomon onto the viewer later...The very first scene of X-Evolution is of Leomon dying!
Exception: Frontier has Kouichi, whose Digimon forms were lion-themed, and in Japan his Beast form's name was KaiserLeomon. Then again, 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. Subverted later on that he gets revived as Leomon.
Oh look, we have another humanoid lion named Apollomon! He has the noblest of intentions! His Jekyll and Hyde 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 like just two seconds of screentime, but hey, it's the one time he does not die.
Leo didn't die, but V Tamer 01 was never released internationally and predates the running gag anyway.
This Is a Drill: Digmon, Drimogemon, LoaderLiomon, Breakdramon, and Dorulumon all exhibit this trope.
Transformation Is a Free Action: 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.
Truth in Television: 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.
Kari especially, to the point that some accusations of Sue-hood have been thrown at her over the years.
Rika/Ruki seems to be this at first glance in Tamers. Naturally, this gets horrifically subverted.
Taiki too, who is quite a different goggle-head boy.
World Gone Mad: The Digital World varies from series to series, but all agree that it is bizarre even under the most peaceful circumstances.
Xtreme Kool Letterz: 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". Pronouncing the western character "X" as "cross" seems to be becoming a bit of a trend in Japanese Anime/Manga. It is two lines "crossed" but still.
Your Size May Vary: A lot of larger digimon are prone to being inconsistently depicted across the various mediums. Especially partner digimon, who will often carry their partners on their head or shoulders; Imperialdramon Fighter Mode and SaintGalgomon are kings of this, being to other huge partner digimon as they are to their original humans.