YMMV: Digimon Adventure

  • Accidental Innuendo: Tai is especially guilty of this, particularly because of his tendency to say he needs to "hook up" with the others rather than use the much less sexual sounding "meet up". Examples of this include episode 22, in which he said he needed to "hook up" with the others, and episode 36, in which he told Sora to "hook up" with Matt. That definitely blew up in his face.
  • Awesome Music: Best use of "El Boléro de Ravel." EVER.
  • Base Breaker: For some fans, Etemon is regarded as an inferior villian to the previous Big Bad, Devimon. On the other hand, some find the idea of an Elvis impersonating Ape as making up for those faults in other ways. And then there are those who think he's actually an improvement over Devimon, who very rarely appeared in his arc and whose tactics were very Strictly Formula in nature.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Episode 3 starts with the children running into a pair of Monochromon who proceed to fight over territory. This is never referenced or mentioned afterwards and has no bearing on the episode's plot.
    • A dub only moment but Episode 42 where Gatomon randomly sings "I'm a Digi-kitty" over and over to the tune of Matt's harmonica before catching a fish. It really makes no sense at all.
    • The out of nowhere scene where Takeru decides to settle a dispute between Patamon and Elecmon with a tug-of-war contest, presented as a sumo match would be, complete with Takeru having a full robe and ceremonial fan to introduce the competitors, which he seems to conjure out of thin air. It really is very strange.
  • Broken Base: Our War Game and Digimon: The Movie use very different songs for Omnimon's debut: the first a One-Woman Wail, the second rock-heavy pop song "Let's Kick It Up". Some Our War Game purists do not at all appreciate the change, while many others enjoy it for what it is.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: The search for the eighth Digidestined child plotline would've been more suspenseful, had the series not done the episode of Tai warping back to Earth, and realizing his sister knows a lot about the Digital World. Even worse, the end of that episode lampshaded Kari eventually joining up with the heroes. You'd have to completely skip that episode to be surprised by the outcome, and even then, probably not. At least the plotline still managed to be awesome, regardless.
    • Also not helping, in the Japanese version: Around the time they get to real world, the animation to go with the new ending theme explicitly shows Kari as the eighth child, Tailmon/Gatomon as her partner and her evolution of Angewomon. (Also WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon, but that's spoiling a power up, not a plot line).
  • Complete Monster:
    • Myotismon, or Vamdemon in the original Japanese, is a sinister, Vampiric Digimon with a sadistic streak a mile wide. Myotismon treats his underlings awfully, having taking Gatomon in when she was young and abusing her until she was a killing machine. When his henchmen fail him, he eagerly destroys them. When two harmless minions couldn't bring themselves to harm children, Myotismon killed them on the spot. When he invaded Tokyo, he proceeded to destroy much of it and held a number of children captive to identify the final child connected with Gatomon. He made it clear if it took too much time, he'd simply kill them all. Myotismon also proceeded to attack multiple young women and drain their blood, causing an epidemic through Tokyo. Any minions he hadn't already killed were cannibalized to fuel his Mega transformation. When he was thought destroyed, Myotismon's spirit survived to return as the final villain of the next season as MaloMyotismon. Using a man named Oikawa's sadness and despair to make him a pawn, he proceeded to consume him from within and upon manifesting anew, Myotismon repaid his perfectly loyal ally Arukenimon by sadistically torturing her to death and killing Mummymon when he tried to avenge her. With a near-unparalleled sadistic streak, Myotismon proved he was one of the vilest monsters in the franchise.
    • Piedmon is the leader and the most powerful of the Dark Masters, leading them in their conquest of the Digital World. A psychopathic Monster Clown, he enjoys toying with his victims before finishing them, in contrast to his more straightforward associates. Reducing his territory to a barren wasteland, he monitors the actions of his fellow Dark Masters and the main cast, allowing his allies to die without ever interfering. He participates in the murder of Pixiemon with the rest of the Dark Masters, kills Chumon himself, nearly kills WarGreymon, and then transforms most of the Digi Destined and their Digimon into keychains, which he toys with as he hunts the two youngest members of the team down, intent on keeping them all trapped as toys, forever. He's eventually revealed to be The Man Behind the Man to every major villain in the show, from Devimon through fellow Complete Monster Myotismon, and their actions and those of the other Dark Masters can all be laid at his pointy-shoed feet.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • Tai is often considered to be the Digimon franchise's equivalent of Ash Ketchum, being the most well-known human characters of each series. However, while Ash is the main character for the entire Pokemon anime, Tai is the main character for only the first season before being Demoted to Extra in Digimon Adventure 02 then being written out of the series completely starting with Digimon Tamers. However, he's returning as the main lead in Tri.
  • Ear Worm: "Digimon! Digital Monsters! Digimon are the champions!"
    • "Hey Digimon! Hey Digimon! Champions of the Digital World!"
    • The song that accompanies the Transformation Sequence in the Japanese version. Not so much because of the song itself, but because you will hear it so often that it will end up burned into your brain; it actually plays more often than the opening.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Wizardmon, by far.
    • Piximon (at least in Latin America) Pi. It was as if a Furbill swallowed a cherube. With a small lance. Pi. He was also an very powerful and wise Digimon that acted as a sort of Obi-wan for the Chosen ones. Pi. But it was his death scene against the Dark Masters to save the Chosen Children that cemented his eternal badassery with the Fanbase. Pi.
    • Leomon and Ogremon.
  • Evil Is Sexy: LadyDevimon. In-universe, Myotismon easily seduced women as a lure to suck out their blood.
  • Fan Nickname: Koushirou/Izzy's laptop is quite obviously an iBook with the apples and logos replaced with pineapples, leading to the common fan nickname of "PiBook".
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: While the original show's main writer had actually no intention of making a couple of Taichi and Sora because he figured the trope was cliche, they are the couple the majority of the fandom prefers, both in Japan and internationally.
    • As of 2015, if social media feed statistics and Pixiv fanart are any indication, the single most popular ship in the Japanese fanbase is Koushirou (Izzy) and Mimi despite the fact that nothing romantic at all happens between them in-series and they never make it to Official Couple status (unlike the two pairs that do). This tends to be quite a confusing revelation for anyone in the Western (specifically English-speaking) fanbase, as due to a combination of intentional and unintentional factors present in the English dubbing process Joe/Mimi (which also didn't make it to Official Couple status) is far more popular there.
    • Then again, based on the latest trailer for Tri, it seems the franchise will finally cave in and give Koushiro and Mimi some suggestive scenes.
  • Fanon: In Digimon: The Movie, a joke introduced by the dubbers has pre-Adventure Sora calling Tai and accusing him of throwing up into her hat (Mimi told her). This is most certainly non-canon, but the fans love it anyway.
  • Faux Symbolism:
    • VenomMyotismon and his prophecy's use of the Number of the Beast. Also qualifies as Getting Crap Past the Radar for the dub; see below.
    • The fact that Devimon, a Fallen Angel Digimon, curb-stomped six Digimon his own level, and was defeated by Angemon, an Angel Digimon. This happens again later, with Angewomon defeating LadyDevimon.
    • In the Japanese opening for the original Digimon Adventure movie, hidden among the blurry pixellating effects is a verse lifted from the Book of Psalms.
  • First Installment Wins: Many longtime Digimon fans see this as the season with the most creativity and originality.
  • Freud Was Right: VenomMyotismonmon's death — wherein the DigiDestined and their Digimon partners defeat him by blasting through his crotch. And nope, the dub did not edit this out.
  • Genius Bonus: Myotismon's name is a reference to a genus of bats, certainly not something your average kid would pick up on.
  • Growing the Beard: While the Devimon and Etemon storylines contain some good, mindless fun (especially Etemon, who is delightfully silly), most fans agree that the series, along with the entire franchise, didn't really come into its own until Myotismon burst onto camera for the first time, with the far longer and more epic plot arc around him taking the show in a completely different direction than other Mons shows (and into places most "kids" shows never dared to go).
    • The dub as well. Early on it was in pure Gag Dub territory, but by the end it kept the vast majority of the serious moments serious and allowed for plenty of character development and gave the actors, a fair few of whom were already acting veterans, surprising room to flex their chops for a "children's show". This uptick in quality once again coincides roughly with the start of the Myotismon arc.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: A rather awkward one in episode 30. Jou references to a supposed terrorist bombing in the street outside where the Chosen Children all once lived. It turns out to be an unintentional coverup story for the events of the Pilot Movie. To add salt to the wound, in the dub he claims: "It was one of the worst terrorist attacks of all time!" Latter-day airings on Toon Disney or Jetix excised all reference to terrorist attacks. The version on Netflix keeps the references though.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • When the DigiDestined are on the subway, they fall asleep, miss their stop, and end up in Shinjuku, where Digimon Tamers takes place. The same episode also offers a brief shot of the Tokyo Metropolis Building, the same building that houses Hypnos in Tamers.
    • Izzy's "alien theory" just got funnier with the rise of the Ancient Aliens meme.
    • The English dub cover up of Pumpkinmon and Gotsumon's death to being "sent to the dungeon" in the Digital World. In Digimon Fusion, one episode has a Pumpkinmon and Gotsumon in a dungeon in the Digital world!
    • In episode 3, Tai jokes that Mimi wants to steal Gabumon's fur for a blanket. Several episodes later, we see he can remove his fur willingly. And he does use it as a blanket.
    • One of the key plot points of Our War Game involves people around the world influencing one Digimon battle over the Internet. Fast forward to 2014, and a scene from the film is used as a GIF for, of all things, Twitch Plays Pokemon.
    • In the original Japanese, one of Malo Myotisimon's attacks is called "Bloody Stream". 14 years later, the second OP for the anime of Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure is titled "Bloody Stream". Bonus points for the villains of both series being vampires that have an ultimate form.
  • Ho Yay: Tai and Matt to the fangirls, Izzy and Tentomon to their voice actors.
    • Tai and Matt get a special mention since they were the first real popular slash pairing for many yaoi fans in the Internet era.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: In Japan, Matt/T.K. was one of the popular couples among (mostly female) fans of the Yaoi Genre aside from Tai/Matt and others. Similarly, Tai/Kari was very popular among male fans, partially because of growing interest in the Little Sister Heroine and Moe genres.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Even being enslaved and tormented, Gatomon still remains a ruthless Dragon until Wizardmon helps her do a Heel-Face Turn.
    • Pumpkinmon and Gotsumon. Sure, they may enjoy stealing from others, but since Myotismon killed them (or in the English dub's case, banished them back to the Digital World), it's hard not to feel sorry for them.
    • Puppetmon. He's a horrible, nasty, psychopathic little jerk, but he really does want company to play with and his inability to grasp how much of a problem he has with making and keeping friends is just plain sad.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Devimon was behind all Black Gears and traps set for the children on File Island and rarely lost his composure, even while dying! Not to mention that he was probably the only Digimon villain who had some sanity in him, except the conquest thing. Even in death, he still pulls some strings behind the scene; by appearing before the Digimon Emperor he played on Ken's superiority complex into making him use some of his own data to create Kimeramon and so, Devimon had full control of it and gladly use Kimeramon against the Digidestined and the emperor.
    • Myotismon's entire scheme for traveling to the Real World is a gambit to kill the Eighth Child before she can fulfill her destiny and defeat him. He distributes mock crests to his minions so that they can tell when they're near the chosen child, and when that fails, he uses that child's potential partner to pick out the child for him (all while keeping the digivice and crest safely far away). He is charming enough to beguile human women so he can drink their blood in a weirdly sexual way, and his plans are shrewd enough to be frighteningly competent. And this is just the first season!
    • Also the main villain from the second movie, "Our War Game", who was a Dangerously Genre Savvy Virus Digimon who invades the internet and pretty much takes over all electronic and technological systems in the world through there, eventually hacking into a government mainframe and launching two nuclear warheads to where the Digidestined kids are located. When they fight back, he makes copies of himself in order to confuse them and slow them down before the missiles make impact, with the real one having the timer and thus the power to stop the attack. Had Izzy not found a way to slow him down, he might have won.
  • Memetic Mutation: Gabumon in the teddy bear outfit.
  • Moe: Kari is one of the earliest examples when the moe boom first gained momentum in the late 90's. Part of it may have to do with her resemblance to Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura, who made the trope popular.
  • Moral Event Horizon: If Myotismon wasn't already over it when he horribly abused Gatomon to convert her to be his loyal minion in her backstory, he crossed it in his plan to find the eighth child when he forcibly took all the children of Odaibah away from their parents in order to show them to Gatomon so that she'd identify the right child (while getting off on their cries of sorrow and terror) and even threatened to kill them all if Gatomon didn't show him the child soon enough. This was a new low even for him.
    • Devimon crossed it when he attempts to flat out murder the smallest, youngest child of the group.
    • Etemon (in his Mega form) crosses it when he fires a beam intended for Mimi and winds up killing Leomon instead, starting a franchise tradition. But judging from the gleeful smirk on MetalEtemon's face, he doesn't care!
    • MetalSeadramon crossed it when he skewered Whamon, Puppetmon crossed it when he thoughtlessly killed one of his own henchmen who was begging to be taken with him, Machinedramon crossed it when he massacred a whole bunch of Numemon with one blow, and Piedmon crossed it when he attempted to impale Mimi with his knives only for Chumon to take the blow instead, if he hadn't already crossed it by destroying Primary Village, killing several baby Digimon and preventing any rebirths!
    • The Dark Masters as a whole crossed it by murdering Piximon
    • Piedmon crossed it pre-series by leading an all-out assault to the Digivice guardians that led to their genocide except for Gennai
    • Secondary villain Datamon also crossed the line when he threatened to send the captive Sora falling into the Dark Network pit where her data would be lost for all eternity if Tai didn't give him Sora and her crest back to him.
  • Narm: Some of the voice acting and dialogue really has not aged well, notably Biyomon's actress sounds rather phoned-in near the beginning of the series.
    • MagnaAngemon's fight with Piedmon, especially given his voice is mostly disembodied.
    Piedmon: Eat this!
    MagnaAngemon: I'm not hungry.
  • Padding: Take a 30-second long Transformation Sequence. Play it in every single episode. Then several times per episode, even when it would be largely dispensable. Then for several levels of evolution. By the end of the series, even though it is often abridged (thankfully), this animation has probably padded a good hour of running time. And that's without mentionning the large amount of Stock Footage for the Digimons' attacks.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Matt is often portrayed as an abusive and/or unfaithful man to Sora. Who tries to hurt Tai simply for hanging around her.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Tensions between Matt/Sora fans vs. Tai/Matt fans, Tai/Sora fans, and Matt/Mimi fans have been heated even up until this day. Hiroyuki Kakudou announcing that he'd always planned for Matt/Sora getting together and the upcoming Digimon Adventure tri. have only re-fueled the ship wars between them.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Mimi in Princess Karaoke. While she's being a Spoiled Brat and effectively enslaving the Gekomon, she also had a point because as far she knew there were no more threats to the digital world and no way to get home. So her wanting to stay in a place with a secure future is not exactly far-fetched.
  • Tough Act to Follow: For other seasons (Sans Tamers). See also First Installment Wins.
    • Some feel the Dark Masters arc is a lot weaker than the Myotismon arc, if only because the Myotismon Arc is a lot more extensive and climactic than the Dark Masters arc.
  • Toy Ship: All of the kids are in elementary school so all of the ships are this.
  • Ugly Cute: Gabumon, so very much. He's a weird lizard-dog-unicorn thing who happens to look weird but very huggable at the same time and has a very good-natured personality.
  • The Woobie: All the kids have their moments of being Woobies, but Matt and Izzy stand out.
    • Gatomon. Her life with Myotismon makes it impossible not to feel bad for the poor girl. Then Wizardmon's death and seeing her break down and cry.
    • Gabumon could also be seen as one. In one episode when he was talking with Matt, he said he had no friends in the Digi-world until Matt came along. There's that and the fact that he's shy, gets picked on by Tai quite a bit and makes consistent Puppy-Dog Eyes. He's also one of the nicest of the digidestined Digimon. Quite a few fanfics centered around Gabumon make him into an even bigger Woobie.
    • Elecmon also qualifies once the Dark Masters turn the Primary Village into a wasteland. He looks so utterly defeated, it's hard not to want to hug him after something like that.
  • Woolseyism OR Macekre: Saban's dub added a lot more humor (And more dialog as a whole). Some feel that this added to the show and made it better, while others feel that it watered down the characterization and made it unbearably obnoxious.
    • To put it loosely, the supposed "Love Triangle" between Tai, Matt, and Sora has always been a source of controversy. The dub had included more suggestive lines that hinted Tai and Sora having a crush on each other more so than the original, making some fans feel like the dub downplayed the relationship between Matt and Sora.
    • In the original, Etemon was a monkey imitating a typical Japanese pop star. In the dub, he's an Elvis impersonator.
    • The name of WarGreymon's attack in the original is 'Gaia Force'. In the dub, they called it 'Terra Force' which keeps the reference to the Earth as well as making a reference to computers (it's even the next step up from 'Giga Blaster')