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YMMV: Digimon Tamers
  • Accidental Innuendo: In the English dub, what Takato tells Jeri when he's trying to ask for her help regarding Growlmon's devolution in episode 9 can sound like he's having a very persistent erection. The original Japanese also makes it sound like he's having trouble with his sex life.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • One caused by dub changes. When he smiled and shook his head, did Jiŕnliáng/Henry forgive his father for causing the Tamers' digimon to need to return to the Digital world or not?
      • In the original Japanese, Zhčnyǔ admits to his son that what he did was unforgivable, and looks down in shame. In the English dub, Zhčnyǔ just tells his son that things will get better.
    • Is ADR-01 (AKA J-Reaper) like the rest of the D-Reaper's agents, a mere puppet following the singular will of the program's directive of observe and destroy, or has it achieved some degree of independent sentience? Or is it perhaps somewhere inbetween?
  • Angst? What Angst?: Ryo is pretty cheery, considering that he is forced to whip his Digimon partner to stop him from attacking everything in sight and that because of him he had to travel through the Digital World, without seeing any other human being, for at least a year. Not to mention his long and extensive backstory that involves at least one Sadistic Choice.
  • Ass Pull: While the method for defeating the D-Reaper can come off as this since the show seemed more interested in building up how invincible it was than finding a way to defeat it, nothing compares with the Cruel Twist Ending where it turns out the Digimon can't remain in the real world, something that was never forshadowed earlier in the series.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: It takes place in a different universe than its predecessors, which was too much for some.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Juri. Some find her to be a legit Woobie, while others find her a Damsel Scrappy.
    • Ryo. Some find him to be an intriguing character, while others feel something different... see Canon Sue.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The entire Jijimon and Babamon episode.
    • Guilmon growing a phantom version of Megidramon's tail to smack away Beelzemon's bullets.
    • Vajiramon and Pajiramon eating electronics to stabilize themselves on Earth, something which no other Digimon ever showed the need to do.
  • Broken Base: There are two kinds of Digimon fans. The fans that love this season the best for being Darker and Edgier than Digimon Adventure and Zero Two and fans that hated this series for taking place in another universe and completely dropping the characters they have come to love over the course of two years.
    • Whether Runaway Locomon and/or Message in a Packet are canon.
  • Canon Sue: Ryo falls into this at times. The Ace who spontaneously appears in the middle of the Digital World (and the plot), who is skilled enough to train the ferocious Ultimate-level Cyberdramon and carries some of the most powerful cards in the game (a lot of his battles are actually won by the use of these cards rather than actual skill, which doesn't help his case), who is worshiped for his celebrity status, and who somehow achieves a Biomerge Mega form (that he can use in the Real World) off-screen. A lot of fans only barely tolerate him for taking some of the pressure off of the main trio and for his sexual tension with Rika.
  • Fanon: Ai and Makoto are not twins (Ai is clearly older than Makoto), but good luck finding a different reference to them.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: As mentioned elsewhere, the CD drama which retconned the second movie. The fans, however, gleefully ignore it, or try to connect them anyway.
  • Follow the Leader / It's Been Done / Whole Plot Reference: A Deconstruction of a highly popular Mons series, that doesn't pull any punches in being realistic, and happens to be the third chronological installment? Where have we heard that before? Also a Subversion: Digimon Tamers has plenty to set it part from Poke Spe, and other Digimon series.
  • Genius Bonus: The whole show shows an extreme attention to detail, which requires an attentive viewer to appreciate. Examples are numerous and varied, but the most notable are perhaps the sheer amount of relevant references to real-world institutions and events like The Reaper Program, Echelon, the real-world American counterpart to Hypnos, the method by which the general populace provided processing power, the D-Reaper being described as a quantum computer (which explains why particles inside the D-Reaper seem to be travelling faster than light), and entelecheia. More can be seen on the Analysis page.
  • Growing the Beard: If the first episode didn't at least show some impressive stubble for a Digimon anime, then the appearance of the Devas should have been when the full beard grew out... and then Beelzemon's appearance should have been when the beard hit the floor.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In-universe example. Takato used to cry a lot in the first episodes because he was really afraid of losing Guilmon. Cue the last episode.
  • He Really Can Act: Steve Blum, who is Yamaki, Guilmon, and Kenta here. At the time it was widely believed that the Yamaki voice - his standard, also heard in The Big O as Roger Smith - was all he could do. Add a little growl, you get his Wolverine. Add a little more growl, you get BlackWarGreymon. But then he does Standard Blum Guy (Yamaki), the dorky Kenta, and the very unique childlike-but-low-pitched voice of Guilmon and makes none of them sound anything alike, to the point that admit it - you had no idea he did all three before you read it.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Televisions and computers use the same Chromatic Arrangement. In 2010, Sharp added yellow into that protocol as a fourth color when they rolled out their Aquos Quattron LCD TV.
    • Juri chased Leomon around the park insanely, claiming that it's their destiny to become partners, much to Leomon's horror and confusion. Watch as they do become partners, and Leomon does a complete 180 on his view of her.
    • Pajiramon's voice being a homage to Kate Mulgrew. Fans of SF Debris should get a kick that one of the villains sounds like Captain Janeway.
    • Lex Lang, the English dub voice actor for Cyberdramon, sounds as if he is channeling Christian Bale.
    • Renamon being called a "guardian angel" in the dub is now this thanks to The Fox by Ylvis.
  • Iron Woobie: Ryo. That back story alluded to under All There in the Manual? It's not a happy one. Aside from his reluctance to really bond with others, you'd never guess.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Impmon/Beelzemon.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: The first episode ends with the "cliffhanger" on if the main character will be annihilated by his own partner. It's not that kind of show... yet.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Catsuramon.
  • Magnum Opus: This is considered to be one of the best seasons ever made, if not THE best.
  • Memetic Molester: IceDevimon
  • Memetic Sex Goddess: "Everyone is yiff for Renamon."
  • Misblamed:
    • It is not uncommon to hear Adventure fans to blame the change in universe and the darker tone contributed for Digimon's decline in the West.
      • It had unfortunate timing - 2001 was pretty much the peak of the Mons fad.
      • Fox Kids, the program block that Digimon appeared on, was also being cancelled at the same time, leaving Digimon to appear on a different channel, at inconvenient times, which was also something that was already in motion before the Digimon Tamers dub even premiered.
    • Tamers is blamed for the start of other Digimon series taking place in universes outside of Adventure. However, that is actually Digimon Adventure 02's fault.
  • Narm:
    • Vajiramon and Pajiramon gulping down CDs to power up.
    • Dukemon/Gallantmon's voice in the English dub.
    • Whenever digimon growl or otherwise try to sound menacing.
    • It's incredibly difficult to take the final episode, especially the emotional parting of the Tamers and their Partners when everyone's cross-eyed, stiff, and slightly deformed.
  • Never Live It Down: The Dub Text in the final episode.
  • The Scrappy: Suzie Wong
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: If you haven't noticed fans generally enjoy this season much more than the previous one.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Suzie Wong/Xiǎochūn Lǐ, Henry's little sister. She actually compels her eventual partner, Antylamon, into a Heel-Face Turn through sheer cuteness.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: With the continuity reboot, some fans of the original Adventure series stopped watching the show because of how different the setting was.
  • They Just Didn't Care: Toshio Deguchinote , there's subpar animation, and then there's this. Keep in mind this is the last episode.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Beelzemon vs. Megidramon. There's a little bit of grappling, then Megidramon is anticlimactically knocked out by a few punches.
  • Tough Act to Follow: This was the tough act Digimon Frontier had to follow.
  • Ugly Cute: Guilmon.
  • Values Dissonance: Rika/Ruki openly embracing more of her "feminine" side is seen as a sign of maturity to Japanese viewers. Westerners are not so open to the idea of stereotypical femininity and gender roles. The dub didn't really make this any better when they made her seem like she disliked wearing dresses (when supplemental images from Japan stated the opposite) which made it more confusing when she becomes "feminine" in the end.
  • Vindicated by History: When it first aired, many fans of the Adventure series were disappointed and confused by the lack of relation between the stories, and much of the theming and subtext was lost on younger viewers. Over a decade later, thanks to both access to the Japanese version and a higher demand for more cerebral, deconstructive series, Tamers has gained a large amount of popularity, and is easily the second most popular Digimon series on both sides of the Pacific.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Very much of the "was this content really created with children in mind?" variety. Head writer Chiaki J Konaka, frustrated by the lack of gravity death is typically treated with by children's media, made it a point in Digimon Tamers for death to be permanent and traumatic. Which some people found rather troubling.
    • And, hell, one of the whole reasons for the Broken Base was due to feelings that the Moral Guardians might be in the right - showing the show to the later-elementary-age kids who are the (nominal) primary target of the show is a crapshoot as to whether they'll "get" it. Showing it to the kindergartenders on the young end of the target demo usually ends in tears and nightmares and is not recommended.
      • Of course, on the other end of the spectrum, these same elements made it and continue to make it vastly, vastly more popular with nearly every over-school-age periphery demographic.
    • The very first episode. A Malidramon lunges at the jugular of a DarkTyrannomon, which explodes as it evolves into MetalTyrannomon, which then squashes the Malidramon with its palm.
    • Beelzemon killing Makuramon be hoisting him by the face and crushing him in his grip. At that point it may not matter whether you're a child or an adult.
    • Really evokes this from episode 34 onwards, with all the PTSD, death, and Eldritch Abominations.
  • The Woobie:
    • Jeri/Juri... goodness. Even some members of Jeri's Hatedom (wrought by her high-pitched voice, dub and sub) want to hug her after everything she endured.
    • Impmon has a couple Woobie moments too, though mainly he's a jerkass one.
    • Renamon is often depicted as a Stoic Woobie in Fan Fiction that is at least partially set prior to Rika's defrosting.
    • DarkLizardmon in the episode Juggernaut. She just wanted to find a human partner... Instead, she got tortured to death.
    • Takato becomes this in the last story arc (although has shades of it earlier than that), particularly with how desperate he becomes to rescue "Katou-san" (Juri).

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