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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 T.K to make Davis jealous and notes that she is sure Davis misses her, makes one wonder if she doesn't just like using T.K to mess with Davis.
    • Then there is T.K 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.
    • The psychology of Ken and the Kaiser has been a perennial favorite subject of the franchise.
    • 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).
      • 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.
  • Ass Pull: 02 does this quite a bit to allow its story to make sense in contradiction to Adventure.
  • 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. Magna Angemon initially avoids this trope at first. He actually puts up a good fight against Black War Greymon when no other Digimon up to that point could scratch him (and it's worth nothing that Black Greymon is not actually an evil Digimon so Magna Angemon doesn't have a special advantage, Magna A 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 Imperial Dramon to help fight Skull Satamon even though Skull Satamon is a Digimon that Magna Angemon 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, this could also be interpreted as taking a level in genius for Diaboromon — Omnimon has come there looking for him specifically, and Diaboromon is simply using the Kuramon to generate attention (nobody knew how essential the Kuramon were to his plan at the time). He knows how the Supreme Cannon attack works, so he sacrifices Kuramon to trigger the scattered explosions from far enough away that he can't get hurt by them. Since they're there for Diablomon, Omnimon and the crew simply treat the Kuramon as a nuisance to be ignored, deliberately bypassing them to take him out directly.
    • 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: Jun. She's The Scrappy for some, the Ensemble Darkhorse for others.
    • Davis as well. Must run in the blood.
    • Yolei and Cody too. Some find the former annoying and others find the latter boring.
  • Bizarro Episode: The episode "His Master's Voice" - a Lovecraftian episode in a otherwise non-Cosmic Horror setting.
  • Bowdlerization:
    • An entire story arc involving the kidnapping of Ken was pulled from Disney's rotation. Fortunately, the DVD leaves the episodes in.
    • Wormon's speech at the end of "Duel of the WarGreymon" also got cut later Disney broadcasts. The DVD keeps the scene though.
    • Broken Aesop: A moral dilemma presented in the show is killing Digimon who have free will, the Adventure kids never had issue with killing Devimon, Etemon, Myotismon, the Dark Masters, Apocalymon or any of their servants all who clearly had free will. It can be pretty agonizing for fans who already see Cody and Yolei as The Scrappy whining over having to kill blatantly demonic Digimon like Marine Devimon and Lady Devimon.
  • Broken Base: The finale as a whole, especially the Distant Finale epilogue.
    • Angewomon evolves into Magnadramon in Hurricane Touchdown but this was retconned as early as Battle Spirit 1.5, where Frontier's introduction of Ophanimon provided a Distaff Counterpart of Seraphimon for Angewomon to evolve to. Some think this makes Gatomon's evolution line boring while others think it is great because now her evolution line has some more consistency. The PSP game for Adventure elected to make Ophanimon her Mega form instead of Magna Dramon.
      • On a similar basis Gomamon's official Mega was originally Plesiomon, the PSP game decided to have it be Vikemon. The argument for Vikemon is that he more closely resembles an evolution of Zudomon, the argument against is that Vikemon was already associated with Shakkoumon as his official Mega.
  • Complete Monster: Upon returning as MaloMyotismon, the Digidestined's old foe proves to be every bit as evil as before. Arguably, he's gotten even worse - Myotismon used to kill minions for failing him. As MaloMyotismon, his first act is to brutally kill Arukenimon and Mummymon purely For the Evulz.
  • 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: Good lord, Davis. Good luck trying to count the instances where the other kids had to look bad and whiny in order for him to shine as a Determinator. V-Mon as well, being Davis' partner and all (for example by getting more Digivolutions than the rest).
    • The most egregious example is when everyone but Davis is too scared to fight Malo Myotismon, yes, even TK and Kari who have already defeated Myotismon twice before and defeated much worse opponents.
  • 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 Yolie 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.
  • 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: Nat-chan from the CD drama 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.
  • 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 writer of Digimon Adventure), many fans still prefer Taichi/Sora, and you'll be more likely to find fanwork and doujinshi for that pairing.*
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Black Wargreymon, 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 this. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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 him so that he 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. 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. But it is mostly in the English version that it was Strangled by the Red String, due to the creation of a Dub-Induced Plot Hole. In the English dub, 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, an idea supported by several of the English staff. However, in the original version, 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).
    • Daemon and The Dark Ocean were planned to play a large role this season. Plans changed.
    • Only a minor fraction of the available Jogresses were used. 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Oikawa. He's a creepy bastard, but his life story is so damn SAD.
    • 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.

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