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 Jiànliáng/Henry forgive his father for causing the Tamers' digimon to need to return to the Digital world or not? In the original Japanese, Zhènyǔ admits to his son that what he did was unforgivable, and looks down in shame, however, in the English dub, Zhènyǔ 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.
  • Arc Fatigue: Can the heroes please, please, please rescue poor Juri from inside the D-Reaper already?!
  • 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-Breaking Character:
    • 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 dislike the way he's introduced as a major character and excellent tamer more-or-less out of nowhere if you haven't played a series of games on a now-defunct system that has never been released in English.
  • 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.
  • Counterpart Comparison: An Eldritch Abomination with the word "Reaper" in its name becomes active when it senses other life forms getting too advanced for its own tastes. I'm sure we'll never see anything like that again.
  • Death of the Author: Konaka in his notes indicates that Rika's lack of a father has not much of anything to do with her character and arc. A great many fans, notably including a certain JesuOtaku, call bullshit.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Everyone in the Digimon fandom loves Impmon for his Large Ham tendencies, sad backstory, and having one of the best Character Development arcs to ever exist in Digimon. The fact that he digivolves into Badass Biker Beelzemon and just gets even more badass from there definitely helps. If you ask someone to list their favorite things about Tamers, it's not uncommon for Impmon to have his own spot.
    • Renamon, for obvious reasons. Hell, there are probably more people who know who Renamon is then those who what franchise she's from!
    • Alice, who only appears for one episode and only as a plot device, but her mysterious character and wonderful voice acting sold her to the fans.
    • Fan-favorite Dukemon debuted in this series and went on to become The Heart of the Royal Knights, quite possibly the most popular one of all.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Ruki is more commonly paired with co-stars Takato and Jianliang by the fandom than she is with Ryo; which one of her best friends she ends up with generally tends to be determined by which side of the Pacific you're on. The Japanese tend to enjoy pairing her off with Jianliang, while westerners prefer her with Takato.
    • For the actual digimon themselves, people are very fond of Impmon/Renamon, thanks to the chemistry and Ship Tease that came with their Odd Friendship. Some people even ship their mega forms together.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Amusingly, Rukato fans have produced a great number of fanfics that involve an Alternate Ending to "Runaway Digimon Express", where Renamon doesn't come between Takato and Ruki at the end of the movie.
  • 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.
  • Faux Symbolism: Dukemon Crimson Mode has an attack named Quo Vadisnote . The phrase refers to a Christian tradition depicting Peter and Christ meeting on the road; Peter asks "Quo Vadis" and Christ responds that He is going to Rome to be crucified again. Dukemon CM's attack basically vaporizes a city's worth of enemies at once. You find the connection!
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Beelzemon's Japanese image song bears a striking resemblance to Uptown Funk and Treasure by Bruno Mars.
  • 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.
  • It Was His Sled: Impmon is Beelzemon and the true Big Bad is a computer program called the D-Reaper. Oh, and Leomon dies. The first two in particular were surprising at the time, but nowadays even people who haven't seen the show know them.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Impmon/Beelzemon.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Ruki tends to be shipped with almost everyone, including Takato and Henry (usually preferred over her downplayed Love Interest Ryo, and often at the expense of Takato and Juri).
  • 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.
    • Mephistomon from the first Tamers based movie is also one, having an Evil Plan that actually hinges on taking Digimon back to its roots as virtual pet machine games, which he used to fool all the humans with.
  • 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. However, that's not the case, since the series had an unfortunate timing when it was released: 2001 was pretty much the peak of the Mons fad, and by the same time, Fox Kids (the program block that Digimon appeared on) was also being cancelled leaving Digimon to appear on a different channel, at inconvenient times, which was also something that was already in motion before the Tamers dub even premiered.
  • 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.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Alice shows up for just one episode, but she proved to be so popular there are entire theories, fanart, and fanfics on her.
  • Periphery Demographic: Digimon Tamers is not actually a Shonen series. It's a Seinen series with grade-school protagonists that is only counted as "shonen" because it belongs to the Digimon franchise. See What Do You Mean, It's for Kids? below.
  • 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.
    • Culumon, especially in the Japanese version. Just try listening to his image songs without getting cavities.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 an Idiot:
    • How about Takato nearly causing The End of the World as We Know It? He's a Digimon fan. He's seen the series. He wears the goggles. He made his own Digimon that looks like a bigger, stronger, cooler version of Agumon.
      You'd Expect: Him to be careful not to go overboard forcing Guilmon to digivolve since he saw the episodes where Agumon was forced to digivolve by an angry, irrational person for all the wrong reasons, and should remember how that Went Horribly Right each time, resulting in massive danger and destruction for all involved.
      Instead: He screamed in rage and ORDERED WarGrowlmon to digivolve anyway, to get revenge on Beelzemon. Okay, yeah, Takato isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but how did he expect that to turn out well?
  • 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 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 fanfiction 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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