* AmericansHateTingle: Touma/Thomas is much less popular in the west because he's seen as arrogant and unlikeable, and the fact that his [[spoiler: false betrayal would have gotten Agumon killed were it not for ThePowerOfFriendship, as well as the fact that the entire cast just overlooked this detail]] was the last straw for many western viewers.
* AuthorsSavingThrow: Yoshi's inferiority complex, which explained away her FauxActionGirl status and allowed her to get better.
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Kurata. Is he [[TheScrappy an unlikable villain]] or a case of LoveToHate? For those who see him as the former, he is disliked for his [[DirtyCoward cowardice]] and [[EvilIsPetty pettiness]] and for lacking [[EvilIsCool any coolness]]. Those of the latter camp praise him for being a [[CompleteMonster morally deprived, genocidal maniac]] who lacks any [[EvenEvilHasStandards redeeming values]]. Then there are some who see him as both or just don't give a shit.
** Yoshino. Sweet mercy, Yoshino. People either hate her for having a DullSurprise (Japanese version only), being [[FauxActionGirl useless]] [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness early on]], and [[OutOfFocus pointless to the overall story]], while others see her as being as badass and necessary to the team as the guys, and appreciate that she's the second female lead after Rika to have her Digimon evolve all the way to the Mega level. Some also found her too whiny while others think this makes her more relatable than super strong Marcus and super genius Thomas.
** For that matter, Marcus and Thomas as well. Thomas is either an interesting, sympathetic and endearing character or a stuck-up, unlikable character who nets to get over himself. Marcus is either a total badass whose characterization is unique and original for a main protagonist in ''Digimon'', or a thick-headed JerkAss with unengaging motivations and whose characterization is a stale cliche of HotBlooded fighter heroes we've seen dozens of times before in Shonen anime.
* BrokenBase: Fans are split on how good this series was. Those who think it's good either love it or like it just fine. Those who think it's bad ''despise'' it.
* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Akihiro Kurata]] is the [[FourEyesZeroSoul bespectacled]] former assistant of Spencer Daimon, whom he secretly hated. During the expedition to the Digital World, after being frightened by several Digimon, he developed an [[FantasticRacism obsessive hatred of them]]. [[NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist Claiming that they are a threat to the world to justify his actions]], he [[MadScientist creates]] the artificial Digimon Gizumon, [[KilledOffForReal which permanently deletes a Digimon]]. Sending a group with the Gizumon, they [[DisproportionateRetribution murder hundreds of innocent Digimon]] in [[FinalSolution an attempt at their extinction]]. Upon finding the Digi-Egg of [[AncientEvil Belphemon]], Kurata then decides to take control of the beast in order to make himself the [[TakeOverTheWorld ruler of both worlds]]. Pretending to be an ally to the heroes, he reveals his true colors with murdering Merukimon, mocking the latter's hope for peace between humans and Digimon [[KickTheDog among his grieving loved ones]]. Along this, he hires three criminals and turns them into "[[HalfHumanHybrid Bio-Hybrids]]" to help him with his plan to continue his murder spree, using the deceased's data to resurrect Belphemon. He also kidnap's Thomas's little sister, promising to "[[IllGirl cure]]" her by making her another Bio-Hybrid while [[WouldHurtAChild having a bomb strapped to her]] to make Thomas work for him. In the climax of his plans, he [[FusionDance merges with Belphemon]] and begins making dimensional tears that threaten to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the world]]. In his last attempt at vengeance, he sets off detonations meant to destroy the Digital World, only to open a hole big enough for the two worlds to collide. His last moments are screaming for help as his own actions cause him to be vaporized. A [[DirtyCoward cowardly]] [[TheSociopath sociopath]] guilty of attempting genocide and world destruction, Kurata may not have been a Digimon, but made up for it by being [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters a cruel, irredeemable excuse of a human]].
* SugarWiki/CrowningMusicOfAwesome
* EpilepticTrees: The dub director, Jeff Nimoy, believes that Yggdrasil/King Drasil was [[spoiler:''a computer created by Anime/DigimonAdventure's Izzy and the entire world was his simulation.'']]
* FoeYay:
** At least in the original, Lalamon gets a little too touchy when Ivan says he will become Yoshino's boyfriend. Then again, it's [[HandWave hand waved]] as Lalamon playing along Ivan as an excuse to distract him from commanding the Gizumon, but she does get some suggestive lines like "Don't worry, I won't hand you over that easily".
** Then there's Touma's battle with Nanami. Touma seems to really ignore the half-naked Nanamis in favour of the powers even he cannot calculate (read: Masaru). As much as he doesn't get over being ignored because [[MessianicArchetype Masaru is today's designated saviour]], that particular scene fired up the [[SlapSlapKiss bipolar sensors]].
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The Digimon you would usually root for in the previous series[[note]]specifically, [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Omnimon]], [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Magnamon]] and [[Anime/DigimonTamers Gallantmon]][[/note]], are ''bad guys'', as members of the Royal Knights. [[spoiler:Well, at least until the final battle.]]
** ''Many'' MonsterOfTheWeek Digimon were good guys in previous series. A lot of people were [[WhatTheHellHero rather unhappy]] with seeing so many of their old favorites shoot at the good guys for a few minutes and then die. Examples include Digmon, Garurumon, Togemon, Garudamon and Zudomon.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Masaru/Marcus is surprisingly popular for being one of the most unique Digimon main characters in the history of the franchise.
* GrowingTheBeard: With the debut of Falcomon and Merukimon.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The main characters' Digimons who can evolve to Mega-level are color-coded in orange, blue, pink, purple, and red; the same color as those of the main characters of Anime/DokiDokiPrecure. Only with the color for TheHeroine and TheChick switched. It doesn't help that both series are written by the same person, Ryota Yamaguchi. And it doesn't help that both series have a TagAlongKid character who is voiced by Creator/RieKugimiya, either.
*** Still related to ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' franchise: according to post-series commentary, Miki and Megumi were created to invoke the images of [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure "ink" and "snow"]] [[note]]Nagisa and Honoka's surnames roughly translate to "beautiful ink" and "snow castle"[[/note]]. Years later, there are Cures named [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure "Miki"]] and [[Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure "Megumi"]].
** Unlike his ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' counterpart, Piyomon's Champion stage here is Aquilamon from its sequel. [[spoiler:Flash forward to ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'': Hawkmon/Aquilamon's partner Miyako shows up with Ikuto, who is an OfficialCouple with Piyomon's partner.]]
* IdiotPlot: Hashiba gives Kurata his support despite working with Satsuma and Yushima, who can both confirm that the man has open issues with authority, questionable mental stability and was responsible for compromising the original rescue mission in the Digital World. The whole Japanese Government takes this beyond reason by hand control of the entire military to a Kurata, even after he had committed an open act of terrorism by personally bombing DATS headquarters.
** In addition, [[spoiler: the final story arc introduces Yggdrasil/King Drasil and the Royal Knights, immensely powerful super-beings whose combat abilities rival those of Burst Mode Digimon, and ''in some cases even surpass them entirely.'' So where were they during Kurata's rampage throughout the rest of the season?]]
* JerkassWoobie: Nanami and Ivan of the Bio-Hybrids. Nanami when solemnly monologuing about how she's been lonely all her life due to being socially isolated because of her intellect, and Ivan when it's revealed that he only works for Kurata because he needs the money to support his many little brothers and sisters, and is too dim-witted to truly realize what he's doing is wrong.
* LoveToHate: Fans sometimes praise the series for having a villain who is genuinely despicable and hateful, not least of all because watching him get his just desserts is so satisfying.
* {{Macekre}}: The English dub from Creator/ToonDisney[='=]s Jetix block is viewed as this, more so than its preceding English dubs.
* MemeticBadass: Masaru. As the fandom put it, "MOTHERFUCKER PUNCHES MEGA-LEVEL DIGIMONS IN THE FACE".
* MemeticMutation:
** The above-mentioned "MOTHERFUCKER PUNCHES MEGA-LEVEL DIGIMONS IN THE FACE" will always be mentioned whenever someone talks about Masaru.
** MASARU PUNCH!
** When life gives you lemons, Data Squad gives you oranges instead.[[labelnote:Explanation]]In regards to the SoBadItsGood Citramon edit[[/labelnote]]
** A certain scene from episode 28 where Agumon tends Masaru while Yoshino and Tohma tend their partner Digimons has become memetic in the Japanese fandom.
** "Bear with it!"[[labelnote:Explanation]]From episode 29, where Tohma silences Masaru by shutting the latter's mouth with his hand and making suggestive position in process. YaoiFangirl have some fun with this one.[[/labelnote]]
* MisBlamed: No, Ikuto's Tarzan-speak was not added to the english dub. He spoke broken Japanese in the original version too.
* MoralEventHorizon: Kurata crossed this at lightning-speed when he returns to the Digital World and engages in a brutal massacre.
** Everyone involved with Kurata's plan, including Hashima, crossed this when they deployed the Gizmon lance. Every last one of them is complicit in the mass murder of an entire city of innocent Digimon.
* {{Narm}}: In the dub, King Drasil has an appropriately badass male voice for what is essentially a giant supercomputer. Then Marcus is able to damage him...and out comes a regular female computer voice, complete with it going "Beep beep boop bop" before it actually starts speaking.
** It's hard to take Keenan seriously whenever he spouts RousingSpeech because of his [[YouNoTakeCandle speech pattern]].
** Episode 37. Was it necessary to shift the focus on the girls (and Keenan) for every two scenes in order to emphasize their "assets"?
* NauseaFuel: A great many things count, but most especially Kurata's head coming out of Belphemon's body.
* TheScrappy:
** Kurata's hated for obvious reasons, but Yggdrasil is also reviled for his KillAllHumans plan that responded to Kurata's actions, the fact that most of what he tries to do [[ItsBeenDone has been done before]] by [[Anime/DigimonTamers Zhuqiaomon]], [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Lucemon]], and even Merukimon and Saberleomon in this very series, and just being a rather forced FinalBoss.
* {{Squick}}: Part of the second opening's animations and the second half of the series seem to take a liking to pair up [[SixthRanger Ikuto]] with [[CoolBigSis Yoshino]]. Nevermind the eight years gap between the two. And it's probably done to pair up their partner Digimons (Rosemon and Ravemon in particular) instead.
* SuperlativeDubbing: Not necessarily the entire series, but there is one dub only line that nearly everyone agrees was absolutely ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fantastic]]''
--->'''[=Kurata=]''': Please! H-have pity on me!
--->'''[=Marcus=]''': Pity is ''all'' I ever had for you.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Much of the fandom scorned (and still scorns) the season for the demographic shift.
** See FunnyAneurysmMoment, but many returning Digimon who fared less well in Savers than in previous series got this reaction. Piyomon/Biyomon arguably has it the worst, not least of all because the director made him male, subjected him to TheWorfEffect, and made him much larger. Had he been another species, the fans would probably have viewed him as TheWoobie, not hated him.
* ToyShip: Keenan and Kristy.
* UncannyValley: [[MonsterOfTheWeek Keramon]]. At least the Slenderman doesn't have a face.
* UnfortunateCharacterDesign: The Savers redesign of Yatagaramon suffers from this. He has a white mane that really stands out thanks to his mostly black and purple design. Said mane is braided into a single rope that dangles freely with a bell to each side of it. Guess we should call the Savers version the four legged crow.
* ValuesDissonance:
** Within the franchise itself. Previous Digimon series had firmly established that humans should not put themselves in the path of an angry Digimon, especially if it's large enough to cause serious harm to you. In Savers however, Masaru can only put himself in danger. Agumon can't evolve without him risking life and limb.
** There seems to be an anti-intelligence vibe to the series in general. Characters who pursue knowledge and think things through are often portrayed as in the wrong in any given situations (Thomas, Nanami, Kurata) whereas acting without thinking and going with your raw emotions is hailed as the best solution.
** Also the fact that DATS is essentially in the business of doing the same thing that was considered "evil" when Hypnos did it in Anime/DigimonTamers. And yet they're our protagonists.
*** Though arguably, the Hypnos/DATS thing is justified, as Hypnos killed Digimon outright, while DATS ''only'' sentenced them to another reincarnation.
*** Also what made Hypnos so antagonistic in Tamers was their (initial) refusal to see Digimon as [[FantasticRacism anything more than destructive bits of data rather than living creatures with their own minds and moralities]] and [[WhatMeasureIsANonhuman were ok with eliminating any Digimon they could find regardless of whether they were good or bad.]] In contrast, DATS does recognize the Digimon as sentient beings and willingly works with them to restore balance between both worlds which makes them somewhat better.
* TheWoobie: There are at least three: Keenan, due to his tragic backstory and conflicting feelings over his own human-Digimon identity; Thomas, due to his family struggles and the loss of his mother; and Yoshino, who suffered from a severe childhood-rooted inferiority complex for the first third of the series.
* {{Woolseyism}}:
** Masaru/Marcus makes a pun on Thomas/Touma's name when they first meet and calls him "Tonma" (This means something along the line of "Stupid" or "Fool"). Because it's a Japanese pun, it doesn't translate well...however another nice pun works, too. In the English Dub, Marcus/Masaru calls him "Nerdstein", a pun on his ''last'' name. Doesn't have ''exactly'' the same meaning as the Japanese pun..but instead keeps the bit about Masaru making fun of Touma.
** Also Citramon, a fruit-based knockoff of Nanimon, who was a [=BomberNanimon=] in Japan. Doubles as being {{Bowdlerize}}d, since a gruff and hairy male chucking bombs to destroy large structures for no reason reads "terrorist" to a lot of people.

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