YMMV / Digimon Adventure

  • Accidental Innuendo: Tai is especially guilty of this in the dub, 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.
  • Base-Breaking Character: For some fans, Etemon is regarded as an inferior villain 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, not to mention his taking on the Digidestined without a darkness-induced enhancement (at first). Etemon's Gazimon henchmen on the other hand...
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • A dub-only moment but Episode 42 where Gatomon starts randomly singing 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.
    • When he first arrives in the real world, Tai gets a message from Izzy back in the Digital World that makes him want to go back. All well and good - until we find out that Izzy didn't try to contact Tai, his laptop just somehow rang up Tai in the Digital World all on its own, making the whole thing comes off as this. The fact that the dub makes no effort to match up what Tai hears Izzy say to what Izzy actually says when we get to his viewpoint doesn't help things either.
  • 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 uses a triumphant sounding orchestral piece that segues into the 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 plot line 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 plotline).
  • Complete Monster:
    • Myotismon 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 most powerful of the Dark Masters, leading them in their conquest of the Digital World. He shows himself to be a complete psychopath who enjoys toying with his victims before finishing them off. 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 causes the death of Sukamon by restructuring Digiworld into Spiral Mountain, kills Chumon himself, nearly kills WarGreymon, and then transforms most of the Digi Destined and their Digimon into keychains, planning to keep them all trapped as toys forever, while he hunts the two youngest members of the team down, intent on brutally murdering them.
  • 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. At least until his return as the main lead in Tri. Taichi is also an alternate counterpart to a character from an earlier story, much like Ash is a counterpart to Red.
    • Similarly, the same can be applied to Sora being Digimon's equivalent of Misty. Both being the most well-known human female characters for their respective anime. Both even wore a yellow Shorttank (the latter being the page image and Trope Codifier), and sneakers displaying a zig-zagged design. Again, this becomes subverted with Adventure 02 as Sora ages out of this trope wearing more feminine clothes.
  • 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). It was as if a Furbill swallowed a cherub. With a small lance. He was also a very powerful and wise Digimon that acted as a sort of Obi-wan for the Chosen ones. But it was his brave Heroic Sacrifice against the Dark Masters to save the Chosen Children that cemented his eternal badassery with the Fanbase.
    • Leomon and Ogremon.
    • Gazimon (especially the one with the sunglasses) seem to have a following among the Furry Fandom.
    • Hiroaki Ishida, Matt's father, is also quite popular when it comes to parent characters and he is often considered a Memetic Badass.
    • Gomamon is probably the biggest stand-out of the Digimon partners. His contributions to the group dynamic are a little more noticeable than the other Digimon's, mainly because his personality contrasts rather than complements his partner. The less harmonious aspects of his and Joe's relationship is a big part of Determination.
  • Evil Is Cool: Machinedramon, due to his design and badassery.
  • Evil Is Sexy: LadyDevimon. In-universe, Myotismon easily seduced women as a lure to suck out their blood.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Just who were the original Chosen Children? The novelizations implied that their Digimon became the Four Holy Beasts/Digimon Sovereigns, but who they were remained unrevealed for nearly twenty years until Digimon Adventure tri.. And a new question raised? How were the Dark Masters able to defeat such Physical God-level powerful opponents?
  • 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 Hiroyuki Kakudou had no intention whatsoever of pairing up Taichi and Sora because he figured the match was cliche, they are the couple the majority of the fandom prefers, both in Japan and internationally. Ai Maeda (Mimi) and Mayumi Yamaguchi (Gabumon) have gone on the record saying they both preferred the pairing and had hoped they would end up together, and dub director Jeff Nimoy stated he thought Tai and Sora were a better match and his scripts reflected that.
    • As of 2015, if social media feed statistics and Pixiv fan art 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 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.
    • The idea that Devilmon was reborn into either Demidevimon or Myotismon is a popular fan theory, although there are details that murks this in regards to Myotismon.
  • 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.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: All the lampshading of Yuko Mizutani's Dawson Casting as Sora is this after 17th of May 2016, as Mizutani passed away due to breast cancer at 51...
  • 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, although it was reinstated for the Netflix and DVD release.
  • 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.
      • It became this in the show proper due to the existence of Vademon, literally an extraterrestrial-based Digimon, one of which Izzy's crest actually activates against. Not to mention, it was one of the originally-released Digimon in the v-pet line.
    • 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.
    • During the eight child storyline Tai tells Sora to go where Matt is fighting, and in the dub Tai's line is "I want you to go hook up with Matt". Fast forward to Digimon Adventure 02 and...well...
    • 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. This image sums it up pretty well.
    • In one episode of 02, Gennai complains about tourists wanting to visit the Digimon World. "Soon there would be Digimon singing calypso music and serving foofoo drinks." That line only makes Hey Digimon! sound even more out-of-place.
    • In her debut episode, Ladydevimon is described as looking like a witch by Kari. About a decade later, Left 4 Dead came out, and it had a creature called a Witch. And like Ladydevimon, it has pale skin, long silver hair, glowing red eyes, and an over-sized claw (two of them, in fact).
    • Derek Stephen Prince states that he based the voice for Piedmon on Tim Curry as Pennywise in It, but with a higher pitch. The 2017 remake with Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise has him wearing an outfit vaguely resembling Piedmon's.
    • Sora. Crest of Love is shaped like a heart. That is all.
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
    • Tai and Matt get a special mention since they were the first real popular slash pairing for many yaoi fans in the early days of the Internet.
  • 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.
    • Elecmon is a lighter example of this. While he may be overprotective of the baby Digimon to the point of being rude, he's absolutely devastated when the Dark Masters destroy Primary Village. His cute character design only amplifies the sympathy factor.
    • Etemon's Gazimon henchmen. Sure, they act like a bunch of schoolyard bullies but you also must factor in that they have to deal with Etemon 24/7 (who basically abuses them and yells at them over some of the dumbest things, like dancing to his music and even giving helpful advice). Add to this their Ugly Cute character design and you just gotta feel sorry for those poor bunny bastards.
    • Joe Kido. Nearly every time he opens his mouth, he winds up filing some sort of complaint yet he clearly has self-esteem and anxiety issues to deal with. It's especially notable in the File Island arc.
  • 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.
    • Mimi and T.K. have their moments, as well.
  • 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!
    • 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. Machinedramon shares culpability in this crime, so he counts as well.
    • 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.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The "Brave Heart" opening riff.
    • In an interesting twist, it comes across as downright eerie without "Brave Heart" following it; sometimes (notably in Our War Game). It may be a matter of recognition; if an evolution is happening and "Brave Heart" isn't playing, it's probably not going to end well.
    • At least in the Saban dub, digivolution is heralded by a signature screech from the Digivices. Always cool, but especially glorious when Patamon hits Champion or Ultimate.
  • 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: Chew on this!
    MagnaAngemon: I'm not hungry.
    • A few JesuOtaku pointed out in a retrospective review:
    Gabumon: (in a dead monotone) You're right Matt is in trouble and I must help.
    Tai: (trying to emote, but not succeeding) Watch out! He's gonna get everyone! And there's nothing I can do!
    Garudamon: (screaming) SORAAA, I can FEEL your LOOOOOVE! It's making me STRONG!
    • From "Sora's Crest of Love", Sora's mom forbids her from going to play in a soccer game with a wounded knee and declares her decision is final, to which Sora angrily retorts "WHY CAN'T YOU JUST UNDERSTAND ME?!" and runs off to go cry. Try to watch that scene with a straight face, you can't manage it.
    • Gomamon's perpetually cheerful resting :3 face, perhaps lending to his status as the most adorkable of the Digimon, is almost always in place regardless of what's going on. Including when he or his friends are beat up pretty badly or they've just gotten bad news. In his first episode in Adventures 02, he sports this face when knocked flat on his back, despite already sustaining injury from before.
  • Never Live It Down: Many people still hold ill will against Matt for betraying the group and attacking Tai on Cherrymon's advice even though he, himself, regretted it and left the group in disgrace.
  • 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 mentioning the large amount of Stock Footage for the Digimons' attacks.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Matt is often portrayed as an abusive and/or unfaithful partner to Sora who tries to hurt Tai simply for hanging around her. He is occasionally being depicted as completely unpleasant to everyone as well. This is in spite of the fact that there's a reason his crest is "Friendship".
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Tensions between Matt/Sora fans vs. Tai/Matt fans vs. Tai/Sora fans 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.
  • Subbing vs. Dubbing: One of the most notable ones. The dub is either a Woolseyism or Macekre depending on who you ask. Some absolutely adore the dub due to nostalgia and refuse to watch the original Japanese because they can't get used to hearing new voices and don't want ruin what they remember Digimon as. Others hate it for making serious moments into comedic ones, multiple plot holes, censorship, poor recording quality, changing characterizations, and replacing the original music. There's a third camp that recognizes the Japanese original is superior but has a soft spot for the dub because of all the jokes in it.
  • Tough Act to Follow: For other seasons (excluding 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 to middle school aged 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.
    • There are quite a few fans who see Gazimon as this.
  • Uncanny Valley: As one of the Dark Masters, Puppetmon/Pinochimon takes every child's fear of marionettes and runs with it.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: For a series that officially targets children (at least in the many countries where it was advertised as such), Adventure contains shocking amounts of solid violence, scary creatures, deeply emotional drama, Adult Fear in an endless variety of forms, villains that are evil in a very mature way, and even intellectual concepts of some complexity (death, for example, is treated just as Serious Business as it is in an adult medium, even if it's stated not to be anything beyond a digi-egg rebirth in the setting). Pepa Agudo from the Spanish dub went to say outright Adventure was actually a young adult series disguised as one for children.
  • 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.
    • The best example for how obnoxious it could be was Apocalymon, the Bigger Bad behind all the evil Digimon and most powerful opponent the Digidestined ever faced - who was impossible to take seriously thanks to most of his dialogue consisting of terrible jokes and metaphors.
    Apocalymon: WHY DO YOU ALL GET THE PIZZA, WHILE I GET THE CRUST!
    • To put it loosely, the supposed "Love Triangle" between Tai, Matt, and Sora has always been a source of controversy. Many of Sora and Matt's friendly or serious conversations were downplayed or made more hostile with all the comedic snarking. The dub included suggestive lines that hinted Tai and Sora having a crush on each other as Jeff Nimoy was a notorious Tai/Sora shipper. The director and producer have both gone on record to state that Yamato/Sora was planned from the start and that there was never any romance between Taichi/Sora in Adventure or 02 as pairing them together would be cliche and they had incompatible personalities for a romantic relationship, being akin to Like Brother and Sister (although shippers have different ideas).
    • In the original, Etemon was a monkey imitating a typical Japanese pop star. In the dub, he's an Elvis impersonator.
      • And in the Norwegian dub, he speaks Swedish... badly. Evidently he's trying and failing to be a Swedish crooner.
    • 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')
    • Zudomon's "Thor's Hammer" became "Vulcan Hammer" in the dub. Vulcan was the Roman God of fire, metalworking, and the forge, which makes sense for a Drop the Hammer character.
    • On the complete other side of the spectrum, we have the Finnish dub produced by Agapio Racing Team, with its raw emotion and bizarre robotic effects for the Digimon's voices.


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