YMMV: Digimon Adventure 02

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Mainly involving Kari's relationship with Davis, and whether or not she's innocently clueless, trying to make him jealous, stringing him along, just can't decide between him and TK, or trying to ship both of them together. The Movie especially, since she mentions going to New York with TK to make Davis jealous and notes that she is sure Davis misses her, makes one wonder if she doesn't just like using TK to mess with Davis.
    • Then there is TK; is he in love with Kari or does he just see her as a sister? The dub definitely leads toward the former, where the original is a bit more...ambiguous.
    • In this and several other reviews of the season, A.R. Pulver gives a bit of analysis into "Angry T.K.", suggesting envy over Davis and resentment at being friendzoned by Kari.
    • The psychology of Ken and the Kaiser has been a perennial favorite subject of the franchise. For example during Ken's stint as the Kaiser, how much of his thought process is Ken and how much is the Dark Seed that was implanted in him?
    • Davis' infamous crush on Kari becomes much less of an issue over time. Did he actually move on, or did he continue to harbor unstated feelings? (A lot of fanfic angst has been written on the assumption of the latter).
      • It's worth noting that in the movie that takes place after the series, he still has a crush on Kari; he didn't move on so much as grow up a little and got less obsessive.
      • In the CD Drama Natsu e no Tobira, Daisuke's feeling a little angsty that Hikari turned him down when he asked her for a date.
    • Sam, Ken's late older brother. How much family angst between the two happened was Sam's fault and how much was Ken's? How greatly was the Dark Spore distorting Ken's perceptions and memories of his brother?
    • Dagomon, surprisingly, gets some despite being mostly a non-factor in the plot. It's often taken for granted in fanfics that he's a Big Bad waiting for his chance to strike and desires to procreate with Kari. Trouble is, there's nigh-nothing in 02 to indicate that those are his motivations; the procreation bit is even explicitly presented as the desires of his minions.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Digimon Adventure 02 uses a lot of its merchandise to "correct" presumed flaws in the anime's storytelling, primarily regarding a lack of Matt-Sora development. Look at the jacket art for Image Song and other music releases and they'll be in their own little world.
    • This even involves a blatant Retcon in one instance. The final image of Diablomon Strikes Back is a cast shot of the gang around the trolley car that took the original team home at the end of Adventure. Taichi and Sora are sitting together atop the trolley. Jacket art for the release of the movie's ending song also has the same image, except Hikari has taken Sora's place next to Taichi.
    • There was a bit of kerfluffle over Miyako ending up a housewife with children in the finale (some even on this wiki have made rather ugly comments about it and housewives in general). In the Girls' Festival CD released right during the Tamers era gave Miyako an Image Song about how she wanted to become a Yamato Nadeshiko, and a bit of Japanese merchandise featuring the 02 kids as grown-ups mentions that Miyako is actually only on maternity leave.
  • Badass Decay:
    • Remember Angemon, who was so powerful in the first season that he didn't start making regular appearances until everyone else had reached the Ultimate-level? Well now he exist to get Worfed and DNA Digivolve with Ankylomon, even when they fight against Digimon he should have a clear cut advantage over (the Daemon corps) he doesn't fare any better. MagnaAngemon initially avoids this trope at first. He actually puts up a good fight against BlackWarGreymon when no other Digimon up to that point could scratch him (and it's worth nothing that BlackWarGreymon is not actually an evil Digimon so MagnaAngemon doesn't have a special advantage, MagnaAngemon is just a really powerful Digimon) and only lost because BWG managed to cut off his power source. He then gets hit with this trope when he only appears to give his power to Imperialdramon to help fight SkullSatamon even though SkullSatamon is a Digimon that MagnaAngemon should have had no trouble walking all over.
    • Magnamon is another example (and a magnificent example of how the franchise's Power Levels are all over the place). When he first appears in The Movie (which was non-canon) he and his associate Rapidmon can take down a very powerful Mega. Seraphimon and Magnadramon (two legendary and very powerful Mega Digimon in their own right) appeared just so Davis and Willis could have the Golden Digimentals to golden armor digivolve their Digimon. However, when Magnamon appears in the series he struggles to defeat Chimeramon (who was originally meant to be Mega-level, but later material insists on treating him as only an Ultimate). Later sources have been remarkably inconsistent as to Magnamon's general power level — in Hyper Colosseum (the original Digimon Trading Card Game), mechanics required Magnamon and all armors to be treated as Champion-level fighters, while in Digimon Savers, the Magnamon who appears (in his full role as Royal Knight) can go toe-to-toe with Megas. Nowadays the series seems to have compromised by grouping all Golden Armor evolutions with the Ultimate level (which behavior started with the Digimon Story series of games).
    • Omnimon, who wiped out an army of Diaboromon in his first apperance, can't handle a swarm of Kuramon during his appearance in Diaboromon Strikes Back. Not only is Kuramon Diaboromon's weaker, unevolved form, there were fewer Kuramon than there were Diaboromon, the entire scene makes no sense unless you look at it as the writers fumbling to bring out a brand new form. On the other hand, Omnimon made a beeline for Diablomon and succeeded in the goal of dispatching the main threat... only to belatedly realize how Diablomon's new plan actually revolved around the Kuramon.
    • Mummymon. In his debut appearance, he managed to hold his own against the new Digi-Destined long enough for him and Arukenimon to escape. Later on, he couldn't take down one of them by himself even when he was at a higher level.
  • Base Breaker: Almost every new member of the main cast introduced in 02 rubs someone the wrong way.
    • Davis was and is one of the most polarizing members of the new cast. Being a Suspiciously Similar Substitute to Tai and turning the previously unchallenged Takari ship into a Love Triangle (in which he's the underdog) managed to earn him a boatload of attention.
    • Yolei, who some think annoying.
    • Cody, who some find boring.
    • Davis' sister, Jun (who ranges between being The Scrappy and an Ensemble Darkhorse), primarily for the crime of taking an interest in Matt and later becoming his Loony Fan.
    • Even the villains aren't safe; depending on who you ask, Arukenimon and Mummymon are either a pair of hilarious sympathetic villains, or they're two of the most annoying, useless villains this side of Team Rocket.
    • Blackwargreymon is either a badass and a compelling tragic antagonist, or an overly emo Mewtwo knock-off whose presence wore out it's welcome and who needed to dial back on the Wangst.
  • Bizarro Episode: The episode "His Master's Voice" - a Lovecraftian episode in a otherwise non-Cosmic Horror setting.
  • Broken Base:
    • The finale as a whole, especially the Distant Finale epilogue.
    • Expanding Digimon family trees getting Ret-Conned into the Adventure-02 universe.
      • Angewomon, whose classic Mega form is Holydramon (seen in Hurricane Touchdown and Digimon Rumble Arena), evolves into Ophanimon in Digimon Battle Spirit 1.5 and in the Digimon Adventure PSP game. Fans are split as to whether this change makes Gatomon's evo-line boring, or even how consistent it is. The Ophanimon fans refer to the fact that she and Angewomon are both Angel digimon, while the Holydramon fans mention how the Holy Dragon is coming full-circle (Salamon and Gatomon are both Holy Beast Digimon), and that traditionally, high-ranking angels (Seraphs, Ophans and Cherubs) were strange-looking to human eyes, making it counter-intuitive to exclude Holydramon on that basis.
      • On a similar note, Gomamon's official Mega was originally Plesiomon, but the PSP Adventure game decided to have it be Vikemon instead. The argument for Vikemon is that he more closely resembles an evolution of Zudomon (and in the greater Digimon mythos has a stronger connection to him), while the argument against it is that Vikemon was already associated with Shakkoumon as his official Mega.note 
  • Complete Monster: Myotismon returns. See Digimon Adventure for details.
  • Contested Sequel
    • Sequelitis: The general consensus is that as a sequel to Digimon Adventure, this didn't work out as well, which may be why the Adventure continuity was scrapped in favor of new ones each series afterwards.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Davis (whose entire existence is due to Executive Meddling) ends up getting a few big moments almost all to himself later in the series. Most notably, Davis is the only user of the Digimental of Miracles (his fans are happy to assign it to him) and is immune to MaloMyotismon's Lotus-Eater Machine due to being mostly content with his life and having his priorities in ordernote . His detractors especially resent this last, feeling it unfair that Daisuke isn't terrified into submission like the others after witnessing the monster's cruelty.
    • V-Mon as well, being the primary Digimon partner. He has more armors than the rest, including a Golden Super Mode, for example.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The Adventure 02/Season 2 Digivolving theme is the best of the lot and is incredibly epic.
  • Deader Than Disco: When it first came out, and even as late as Frontier, it was considered the height of the franchise, only exceeded by maybe the original. When the fanbase started to grow up and re-evaluate the series, 02 took a major tumble in the popularity polls, and these days, it's considered a Franchise Killer for the original continuity, with Digimon Tamers (or sometimes, Adventure) taking up its old slot as the favorite.
  • Deconstruction Fic: Zero 2 A Revision is one example. There are others.
  • Die for Our Ship: And the intense ship wars continue on to this day.
    • If you didn't ship Yolei with Ken, you were expected to hate her. Even worse when she did get him.
    • In their heyday Dakari vs Takari fights were the worst. Generally in fanfics, the character the author didn't prefer would get Ron the Death Eater Treatment.
    • Back in the early 2000s, Sora won the award for getting the biggest hatedom out of all the characters when she and Matt hooked up, as the biggest shipping factions at the time (Tai/Matt, Tai/Sora, and Matt/Mimi) basically ganged up on her.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Interestingly averted with the Digimon Kaiser/Emperor. Fans still loved him, but never tried to justify what he did and were happy to see him turn good, but only after he'd paid for what he'd done. His terrifying vision during the final battle probably helped gain Ken some serious sympathy. Helped that they fans didn't have to invoke this trope as the show created a perfectly reasonable backstory for why he became this way.
  • Engaging Chevrons: Transformation Sequence with 9 evolutions for 6 Digimon; Going through the digiportal.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Natsu ("Nat-chan") from the CD drama Natsu e no Tobia (Door to Summer) has become very popular within the fandom, even more then half of the main cast, and that might be perhaps because of The Woobie status she has as well the interactions she has with Daisuke, who becomes more of a fleshed out and sympathetic character in the CD drama.
    • Jun Motomiya as well.
  • Epileptic Trees: In the penultimate episode, MaloMyotismon traps the DigiDestined inside a Lotus-Eater Machine which lets them see their greatest desire, but Davis breaks the group out as his greatest desire is to defeat MaloMyotismon once & for all. A common theory amongst those who absolutely hate the events following this is that Davis doesn't break the group free of the illusions, and he's merely seeing his greatest desire & MaloMyotismon has really won, unbeknownst to the viewer.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • Davis' problem early in the season was that he was hesitant to take action — for example, not wanting to attack Agumon, who had been kidnapped and brainwashed by the Digimon Emperor, despite there being no other way to remove the Dark Spiral. There's also the episode where Ken "kidnaps" all of Davis's friends and then forces Davis to pick between them. Davis is completely unable to react in this situation, and is on the verge of offering himself in their place. Ken is untrustworthy.
    • Another possible example is when Cody refuses to take the digiegg of Reliability since he told a lie, and Joe give him an inspiring speech about how, while some lies are hurtful, there are some lies which are not only acceptable, but helpful. This one pulled him out of a possibly important exam because Cody was telling him that his dad was in the hospital. Even if it was a life and death matter, there was little thought put into keeping up The Masquerade.
    • After a season of breaking the Digimon Emperor's Control Rings and destroying fake Digimon created from Control Spires, Cody and Yolei have to learn that sometimes, the only way to stop a bad Digimon is to kill it. In the first season, this was never really questioned, probably because it happened more often and their survival depended on it— the first season team was trapped in the Digital World, while Cody and Yolei were able to go home every night.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Tamers fans. 02 fans consider Tamers to be unfun and wangsty and wish it was a continuation, Tamers fans consider 02 to be insultingly childish and consider it being the end of its continuity to be just desserts.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Dagomon's Aborted Arc and Hikari's significance therein.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: As noted above on Broken Base, this mostly applies to the final battle and the epilogue. But mostly the epilogue.
    • Just TRY to find a fanfic that takes place after season 2 that doesn't ignore the epilogue and the part about everyone getting a Digimon.
    • Those who blatantly dislike 02 even went as far as to deny the entire show's existence.
      • Although you won't find any fanfics that outright ignore 02 and characters introduced in that season will still exist.
  • Fan-Disliked Explanation: Fans were not happy with the explanation given for why the old Digimon could no longer reach Ultimate for multiple reasons, especially since it was just a blatant example of the show nerfing the older kids to allow the newer kids to stay relevant.
  • Fan Preferred Pairing: While Sora/Yamato is canon (and personally favored by the original director of Digimon Adventure), many fans still prefer Taichi/Sora, and you'll be more likely to find fanwork and doujinshi for that pairing.
  • Ham and Cheese: Bob Papenbrook as Daemon. The man took a villain who originally had no personality to speak of and made him a Disney villain. It's every bit as awesome as it sounds.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Oikawa bears an uncanny resemblance to Tommy Wiseau.
    • Poromon looks like an Angry Bird.
    • With her purple hair and glasses, Yolei could pass as a gender-flipped Tieria Erde.
    • The D-Terminal, the kids' messaging item that comes with their Digivice, looks a lot like the Nintendo DS.
    • In the Japanese version, one of ninja-themed Shurimon's attack names includes "Konoha." Neil Kaplan, who voiced the character in the dub, later voiced the Big Bad of a far more well-known ninja-themed series, in the Japanese version of which his original VA also had a voice role.
    • Throughout Episode 23, Ken reflects how he's lost his heart and needs to find it. Years later, his voice actor would go on to play another guy who lost his heart.
  • Ho Yay: Oh so much. It helps that the whole DNA Digivolution aspect provides a handful of same-sex pairs to work with.
  • It's the Same, so It Sucks/Sophomore Slump: While other series are quite controversial in their own terms, 02 is (mostly) disliked for being too reliant on Adventure unlike other sequels in the future (though Early Installment Weirdness might be in effect here) and many wasted plots. The fact that Tamers came right after it didn't help.
  • Magnificent Bastard/The Man Behind the Man: Oikawa, until the plot is Hijacked By Myotismon.
  • Mary Sue: Kari gets this accusation as much as her original incarnation since everyone just seems to worship the ground she walks on. However, her status as Messianic Archetype is actually shown to have repercussions this time, and the less kind personality traits she displays towards Davis may serve as a subversion.
  • Memetic Mutation: "original Digimon do not steal", after some fans noticed that Kaiser-Ken's creation of what he insisted was his "original Digimon" was similar to behavior of many people on DeviantArt.
  • Memetic Sex God: For the Furry Fandom, Flamedramon is for Digimon Adventure 02 what Renamon was for Digimon Tamers.
  • Mind Game Ship: The Emperor's iconic Sadistic Choice — which one of Davis' friends will he save from being eaten? This scene is basically responsible for the entire Kaiser-Daisuke fandom.
    Ken: Seeing you squirm is so delicious.
  • Misblamed: Dagomon is widely regarded by the fandom as being responsible for Kari's kidnapping to the Dark Ocean, but it was actually the Deep Ones that summoned her and tried to mate with her.
  • Narm:
    • Ken's literal Kick the Dog moment, which suffers from a laughable sense of physics.
    • The Big Bad's dub name. "Malo" is the Spanish word for bad. The Big Bad's final form is "BadMyotismon".
  • Nightmare Retardant: Wendigomon's flavor text serves to Double-Subvert this; basically, the spaciotemporal mindscrew is Wendigomon's own powers. It was, however, the virus that made it an Eldritch Abomination.
  • Pandering to the Base: Blackwargreymon's fight against Wargreymon. It is as awesome as it is unnecessary. It really doesn't make sense for Azulongmon to give Agumon the power to become Wargreymon just to fight BlackWargreymon, but the fans wouldn't have been satisfied if we didn't see the two Wargreymon go at it.
  • Purity Sue: Apparently lampshaded near the finale. Why is Davis the only immune to Myostimon's illusions? Because he always thinks positive about life.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble:
    • An episode of Digimon Adventure 02 had Yolei and Mimi growing really close. The implication was supposed to be that Yolei saw Mimi as a cool older sister.
    • A rather famous example with the Adventure "Love Triangle". Kakudou always intended for Taichi and Sora to be just friends, and for Sora to fall in love with Yamato as a way of subverting the clichť that main boy and girl had to end up with each other, so there was never any Love Triangle originally. This was also the plan for 02 until Our War Game! complicated things. Hosoda was unaware of the intended Official Couple and made Sora have a crush on Taichi in the Our War Game! movie. When Sora began dating Yamato in 02, many people were confused at the sudden change in love interest, even the voice actors. Now all the new games and material try to retcon 01 to include a Type 5 Love Triangle where Yamato is in love with Sora, Sora is in love with Taichi and Taichi has feelings for neither. In the English dub, the Relationship Upgrade between Sora and Yamato looked totally random and Strangled by the Red String.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Davis for being rather abrasive, but it also compounds with him being a shameless Suspiciously Similar Substitute of Tai. In fact, he's one of the most unpopular goggle boys. The addition of Tagiru has since made people respect him more, though. But not that much.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Davis, good lord, Davis. Back in the day when the Ship Wars were in full swing, you couldn't turn around without seeing some Takari fanfic where he was written either as a jealous psychopath or so braindead it's a wonder he could tie his shoes, never mind be a Digi-Destined.
    • On the other hand, there's an entire genre of fics where the other Digidestined (most frequently Yolei, TK, and Kari) are derailed into jerks who talk badly about Davis behind his back, thus giving him a reason to leave the group.
  • The Scrappy: While, as mentioned above, this season does have its share of base breakers, you won't find many people who'll defend Shakkoumon. They mainly cite his strange designnote  as their reason for not liking him, often calling him a "teapot", among other things.
  • Seasonal Rot: Apart from the bucket of Fan Disservice that was the Distant Finale, the series seemed to change plots as often as someone changes clothes. This is especially poignant in the small (yet important) Holy Stones arc. These world-shattering sacred rocks were never mentioned until Mummymon casually talked about it in a 10-second conversation. There was little foreshadowing, and once they were all eliminated they never came up again. Additionally, most revelations about The Man Behind the Man seemed to come out of nowhere, and Chiaki Konaka's Cthulhutastic guest-writing episode - originally intended to set up another subplot - went completely unexplained, was almost never referred to again (except in the episode featuring the Daemon Corps, which Konaka also wrote), and comes off as a Big Lipped Alligator Moment. It generally reeks of a series where they had plenty of ideas, but perhaps had too many and were very careless and haphazard about how they applied them.
  • Shipping: With two significant Love Triangles and Ho Yay beyond that, it runs rampant in the fandom. Just check this page. We could run an entire page based on the couples and issues that went through in the making.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him won't work on certain villains, and that lethal force is necessary for the greater good (though this also potentially doubles as Family-Unfriendly Aesop, depending on the family).
  • Squick: In the original version, the King of the Dark Ocean's minions weren't trying to get Kari to destroy their Evil Overlord. They were trying to bring Kari to them so that they could mate with her. She reacts more or less exactly like you would.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Davis tries to convince the team that Ken has changed and have him on the team (TK agrees, but says nothing). While the other kids do feel that he has changed, they felt that it was too soon to trust the person that they have been fighting for months on end. It would've been a better-made point if he hadn't spent so much time talking about the Crest of Kindness, though.
  • Strangled by the Red String: A very complicated and notorious example with Sora and Matt, which continues to generate rage to this day. Up until the Christmas Episode, Sora and Matt didn't really have much of a connection or even spoke much to each other, for that matter. The hook-up just happened, without a reasonable explanation. Sora and Tai had always seemed like the more plausible couple. However, Yamato and Sora were intended to be a couple from the start. The director, Kakudou pointed out that there was subtle foreshadowing for this pairing in 01, there was never any love triangle and that he did not want Taichi/Sora because it was clichť. It would have made sense for Sora to end up with practically anyone in the planned 02 since there was no romance in the original 01, but then Our War Game! had to come along...
    • In Our War Game!, Sora was given a crush on Tai. This was the result of a Relationship Writing Fumble by Mamoru Hosoda because he was never informed on what the Official Couple was and thought they would end up together since the "hero always got the girl" (in this case the main character, Tai and his best friend, Sora). Hiroyuki Kakudou stated that he would have hinted at the budding romantic relationship between Yamato and Sora if he was in control of it and to him Taichi/Sora "doesn't exist". This movie created such a conflict with the original script's relationships that when Sora started to date Yamato, some of the staff (especially voice actors) became confused and thought Sora would have chosen Taichi instead. They suggested that maybe they should not go with the planned route because it might disorient some of the audience (and they were quite right) as hinted in the interviews and Drama CDs. This was complicated even more by the fact that they couldn't focus on Yamato and Sora's growing relationship much since they were now relegated to the supporting cast in the background. Kakudou continued to refuse any romantic development between Taichi and Sora, and Sora ultimately ended up with Yamato as planned. According to the Japanese voice actors for Gabumon and Yamato, even they were surprised.
    Mayumi Yamaguchi (Gabumon): Honestly, Sora! If youíd spent just a few minutes to ask [Gabumon] for advice, I would have said, ďSora, donít do this to yourself. Itís Taichi you should go for."
    Yuuto Kazama (Yamato): Itís tough work taking care of Yamato, youíre saying?
    • Although the Love Triangle never existed in 01, it had to be given a nod in 02 when Sora is about to confess, because Our War Game! was a canonical, vital part of the overarching story and they couldn't just couldn't pretend that it never happened. The Digimon Adventure (PSP) game explores the relationships more. It attempts to fill in the gaps of the story to remedy these problems and in order to make a graceful transition from 01 to Our War Game! to 02. A Type 5 Love Triangle has been retconned to exist in 01 now (much to Kakudou's annoyance), although it is only hinted at twice. After the Our War Game! section in the game, Taichi's conversations with Yamato and Sora reveal these affections. Yamato likes Sora, Sora likes Taichi. Taichi doesn't have feelings for either.
      • Yamato has feelings for Sora and believes himself to be competing with Taichi for her affections but Taichi doesn't recognise this.
      Taichi: Speaking of which, we never reached the conclusion of our fight in Digiworld.
      Yamato: You wanna put an end to it? How should we do it?
      Taichi: Soccer? Cooking? Karaoke?
      Yamato: Thereís something else besides those, isnít there? Something more importantÖ
      Taichi: ?
      Yamato: Maybe you donít understand it yetÖ Nah, itís nothing.
      • Sora attempts to impress Taichi by acting more feminine but she is growing frustrated with his denseness and how he only sees her as a friend.
      Sora: I had an errand to run near here, so I wondered how youíve been, Taichi?
      Taichi: How Iíve been? Sora, are you really quitting soccer?
      Sora: Sorry. Thereís several other things I want to try, like tennisÖ
      Taichi: Tennis!? That doesnít suit you at all! Keep playing soccer!
      Sora: Itís fine! Iím changing my image, so Iím going to stop wearing this hat and wear a skirtÖ Hey, which do you think suits me best, that or my usual look?
      Taichi: Itís not a big deal, is it? I think they both suit you fine.
      Sora: Iím an idiot for asking you. Iím going home.
      Taichi: Oy, Sora! What are you mad about? I donít get it!
    • This Love Triangle was eventually resolved with Sora developing feelings for Yamato. In the English dub, (where Taichi was given a crush on Sora) it looks like he loses the Love Triangle by stepping down and is upset over this. In the original Japanese, he is melancholic and lonely because all his friends are growing up and moving on with their lives whereas he is being "left behind". Taichi could never see Sora as a potential love interest so Sora gives up on pursuing him after she realises how fruitless it is. Yamato and Sora have mutual feelings for each other at this point so Taichi becomes a Shipper on Deck for his two best friends and encourages Sora to confess her feelings to Yamato in 02's Christmas episode. Sora and Yamato begin dating shortly afterwards. They are revealed to be happily married with two children in the epilogue. Agumon comments how Taichi has matured and praises him for deciding not to make fun of Soraís feelings, unlike the way he used to when he was 11. Taichi used to be a foolish, happy kid who liked to butt into other peopleís business without really respecting their private matters. This was apparent in 01 but exemplified in the Drama CD when he finds Koushirouís love letter and Yamato complains about Taichi's insensitive nature a lot in the novels. It is slightly bittersweet with everyone drifting apart but still one of the happier love triangles out there if you understand the full story.
    • Ken and Miyako don't fare much better. Yes, she expressed interest in him earlier, but for the rest of the season until the Distant Finale (where the two are married with kids) there wasn't much development between the two. And he never seemed the least bit interested in her, either. Itís said that the reason why Miyako and Ken got married in the end was because their voice actors got along so well with each other.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Dagomon, and later Demon/Daemon.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Many examples, but Dagomon's Dark Ocean and the Daemon Corps are the most infamous.
    • In the expanded universe, there are eleven Armor Digimentals for the Digidestined to use (out of a technical total of fifteen), making for over sixty armor-digivolutions accessiblenote . Michi e no Armor Shinka established that the children could, in fact, swap Digimentals (when they do so on accident), and the unique forms can be used in the D-3 handheld toy that was released at the time. In the actual series, the Chosen only ever use their specific -mentals, highly likely to slim down the amount of ensuing Transformation Sequences. (Digimon Tamers takes advantage of the extra fifty-something Digimon by having them bio-emerge — that Lynxmon Rika fights in the first episode? Give Tailmon the Digimental of Courage).
    • Only a minor fraction of the available Jogresses Armors were usednote . Pretty bad showing for the current 'powerboost' gimmick.
    • Ryo, of Wonderswan and Digimon Tamers fame, technically has three (3) games in between Digimon Adventure and Adventure 02, one of which involves Ken and two of which have him partnered with V-mon, but none of which have any serious lasting impact on the world of 02note . For some more specific ideas, how does V-mon feel about Daisuke being his second partner after two campaigns with Ryo, and vice-versa? What are Wormmon's thoughts on the scenario (only Ken has amnesia, after all)? And even if we know about V-mon and Wormmon, how about Hawkmon and Armadimon? They were sealed in Digimentals like V-mon was; do they have any history with him?note 
  • Unfortunate Character Design: Endigomon's face makes him look like something from a Minstrel Show.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The name of Magnamon's Attack is called Extreme Jihad.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: The dubbed version had a lot of funny moments that poked fun at Davis' arrogant personality. Despite what you might think, he was still as much of a Butt Monkey in the original though.
  • Vindicated by History: The series as a whole following Savers (for the camp that disliked it) and Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Who Leap Through Time (for most fans). Davis in particular is treated a lot less harshly then he was previously.
    • Manages to also be an inversion. Originally season 2 was just as popular as season 1 and many fans hated Tamers for changing the entire cast and essentially rebooting the show after two seasons. Flash forward today and the fans who didn't stop watching because of the cast change consider Tamers to be the best season or at worst second only to the first. Whereas 02 is very much a Contested Sequel to the original.
  • The Woobie: Ken, of course, Wormmon, and Wallace from the movie (whose story makes Davis cry).
    • Pipimon, Oikawa's partner Digimon. It waited many years for Oikawa to show up, only for Oikawa to die in front of him after they just met.
    • Iron Woobie: Ken, for his persistence in knocking down Dark Towers, even while fully expecting the rest of the team to continue hating him, and his concern for the Dark Seed kids, who followed Oikawa of their own volition.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Oikawa. He's a creepy bastard, but his life story is so damn SAD.