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* MetaSequel: Instead of being set after the earlier Digimon stories, it's set in a world where the earlier Digimon stories are only fictional.

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* MetaSequel: Instead of being set after the earlier Digimon stories, it's set in a world where the earlier Digimon stories are only fictional.fictional, which allows for commentary on how the franchise usually works.

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* MetaSequel: Instead of being set after the earlier Digimon stories, it's set in a world where the earlier Digimon stories are only fictional.


The third anime series of the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' franchise, ''Digimon Tamers'' was the first installment to set itself in a different canon entirely. It tends to be described as "''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' with {{mons}}," or "''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids for kids]]", and for good reason--series head writer Creator/ChiakiKonaka was also the man behind ''Lain'' and is reportedly a big fan of ''Evangelion'' and ''Franchise/UltraSeries''. Distinguished for {{deconstruct|edTrope}}ing the {{Mons}} genre and being DarkerAndEdgier than every other ''Digimon'' canon since [[Anime/DigimonXEvolution (with one possible exception)]], it is significantly more cerebral, psychological, technologically minded, and becomes one hell of a CosmicHorrorStory by the end. And as a result of all this, it's rather debatable just how appropriate the show is for its "target" demographic, particularly in its last acts.

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The third anime series of the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' franchise, ''Digimon Tamers'' was the first installment to set itself in a different canon entirely. It tends to be described as "''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' with {{mons}}," or "''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids for kids]]", and for good reason--series head writer Creator/ChiakiKonaka was also the man behind ''Lain'' and is reportedly a big fan of ''Evangelion'' and ''Franchise/UltraSeries''. Distinguished for {{deconstruct|edTrope}}ing the {{Mons}} genre and being DarkerAndEdgier than every other ''Digimon'' canon before and since [[Anime/DigimonXEvolution (with one possible exception)]], it is significantly more cerebral, psychological, technologically minded, and becomes one hell of a CosmicHorrorStory by the end. And as a result of all this, it's rather debatable just how appropriate the show is for its "target" demographic, particularly in its last acts.


* ArcWord: "Destiny" is used a lot after (and right before) [[spoiler:Leomon's death]]. It applies to not just Jeri's situation, but Calumon as well as he realizes his true nature.

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* ArcWord: {{Arc Word|s}}: "Destiny" is used a lot after (and right before) [[spoiler:Leomon's death]]. It applies to not just Jeri's situation, but Calumon as well as he realizes his true nature.



** "Destiny" was an [[ArcWords Arc Word]] for Jeri. As [[spoiler:Leomon lay dying]] in episode 35, he told Jeri it was probably his destiny. In the American dub, however, he said to her that [[spoiler:a part of him would always be with her]], and that she had "a lion's heart". Yet the dub still had Jeri say, when she referenced the scene five episodes later, that [[spoiler:Leomon]] had called [[spoiler:his death]] "destiny."

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** "Destiny" was an [[ArcWords Arc Word]] {{Arc Word|s}} for Jeri. As [[spoiler:Leomon lay dying]] in episode 35, he told Jeri it was probably his destiny. In the American dub, however, he said to her that [[spoiler:a part of him would always be with her]], and that she had "a lion's heart". Yet the dub still had Jeri say, when she referenced the scene five episodes later, that [[spoiler:Leomon]] had called [[spoiler:his death]] "destiny."


** Also, Antylamon the Rabbit Deva. In the episode where he/she first appeared, [[spoiler:she played with Henry's kid sister, Suzie. Heck, she even defended her from Makuramon, the Monkey Deva. As a result, Antylamon was stripped of a large portion of her power and dedigivolved to Lopmon, and Suzie was made her Tamer.

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** Also, Antylamon the Rabbit Deva. In the episode where he/she first appeared, [[spoiler:she played with Henry's kid sister, Suzie. Heck, she even defended her from Makuramon, the Monkey Deva. As a result, Antylamon was stripped of a large portion of her power and dedigivolved to Lopmon, and Suzie was made her Tamer.]]


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* PoliceAreUseless: When Impmon is held at gunpoint by some police officers, one of them asks "Should we tell him we weren't issued any ammo, sir?"



** A human running a digimon card through a digivice results in his or her partner temporary gaining the attacks of the digimon depicted on the card.

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** A human running a digimon Digimon card through a digivice results in his or her partner temporary gaining the attacks of the digimon Digimon depicted on the card.


The dub is now on DVD in the US. See also ''Anime/YuGiOhARCV'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' for other DarkerAndEdgier entries in popular kids' anime franchises.

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The dub is now on DVD in the US. See also ''Anime/YuGiOhARCV'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' for other DarkerAndEdgier entries in popular kids' anime franchises. \n


The dub is now on DVD in the US.

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The dub is now on DVD in the US.
US. See also ''Anime/YuGiOhARCV'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' for other DarkerAndEdgier entries in popular kids' anime franchises.


** An [[HilariousInHindsight accidental and rather serendipitous example]]. In an early episode, Guilmon unwittingly draws a Star of David with Calumon on the school's soccer field (which was originally a pentacle; goodness only knows why the Star of David was chosen as a replacement). His [[Creator/SteveBlum English voice actor]] is Jewish.

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** An [[HilariousInHindsight accidental and rather serendipitous example]]. In an early episode, Guilmon unwittingly draws a Star of David with Calumon on the school's soccer field (which was originally a pentacle; goodness only knows why the Star of David was chosen as a replacement). His [[Creator/SteveBlum English voice actor]] is Jewish.



** In episode 18, Riley was on the phone apparently turning down a date offer because of work. Though, in episode 24, it's revealed she is Yamaki's girlfriend. [[spoiler: [[WMG/DigimonTamers Maybe]] [[JustifiedTrope she's]] [[HilariousInHindsight a]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids hotwife?]] ]]

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** In episode 18, Riley was on the phone apparently turning down a date offer because of work. Though, in episode 24, it's revealed she is Yamaki's girlfriend. [[spoiler: [[WMG/DigimonTamers Maybe]] [[JustifiedTrope she's]] [[HilariousInHindsight a]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids hotwife?]] ]]



* NightmareDreams
* NinjaMaid: Renamon, Lopmon

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* %%* NinjaMaid: Renamon, Lopmon


* AdaptationalHeroism: Diablomon, [=MetalSeadramon=] and Mugendramon all respond to the Four Holy Beasts' call to protect the Digital World from the true enemy. Though [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation one might assume]] that they're [[EnemyMine joining the heroes]] [[PragmaticVillainy out of basic self-preservation]].

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* AdaptationalHeroism: Diablomon, [=MetalSeadramon=] and Mugendramon all respond to the Four Holy Beasts' call to protect the Digital World from the true enemy. Though [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation one might assume]] that they're [[EnemyMine joining the heroes]] [[PragmaticVillainy out of basic self-preservation]].


* AllChinesePeopleKnowKungFu: Subverted; Henry is half Chinese, and he's studying Tai Chi. His father also knows it, and uses it to effortlessly knock out a couple of Hypnos guards when getting out of the building.

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* AllChinesePeopleKnowKungFu: Subverted; Henry is half Chinese, and he's studying Tai Chi. His father also knows it, and uses it to effortlessly knock out a couple of Hypnos guards when getting out of the building.


* AdaptationalHeroism: Diablomon, [=MetalSeadramon=] and Mugendramon all respond to the Four Holy Beasts' call to protect the Digital World from the true enemy.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: Diablomon, [=MetalSeadramon=] and Mugendramon all respond to the Four Holy Beasts' call to protect the Digital World from the true enemy. Though [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation one might assume]] that they're [[EnemyMine joining the heroes]] [[PragmaticVillainy out of basic self-preservation]].


* SpoilerOpening: Everyone's evolutions are previewed—Gallantmon, [=MegaGargomon=], Sakuyamon and Beelzemon (even worse, Blast Mode) all appear in the opening of the very first episode, but they're [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen obscured by shadows]] until the start of the Digital World arc at which point, all bets were off. Jeri, Kazu, and Suzie are shown with Digivices--again, this would eventually happen; Beelzemon is teased as a major threat--[[KnightOfCerebus and boy-howdy is he ever]]; right after his appearance the [[spoiler:D-Reaper]] is shown taking over the Hypnos building. It even correctly predicts Jeri and Kazu getting Leomon and Guardromon as Digimon partners--even when [[Creator/ChiakiKonaka Konaka]] had no intention of [[ThrowItIn involving them in the story]] beyond bit parts.
* SpoilerTitle: The Japanese title of episode 34, "The Kind-Hearted Hero, [[spoiler: Leomon Dies]]".
** The images behind the titles also spoil new developments every few episodes. With the help of the [[SpoilerOpening spoiler opening]] you can figure out which of the main characters' digimon will be reaching the next level that episode.
* StarfishAliens: The [[spoiler: D-Reaper]] and Digignomes.

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* SpoilerOpening: Everyone's evolutions are previewed—Gallantmon, [=MegaGargomon=], Sakuyamon and Beelzemon (even worse, Blast Mode) all appear in the opening of the very first episode, but they're [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen obscured by shadows]] until the start of the Digital World arc at which point, all bets were off. Jeri, Kazu, and Suzie are shown with Digivices--again, this would eventually happen; Beelzemon is teased as a major threat--[[KnightOfCerebus and boy-howdy is he ever]]; right after his appearance the [[spoiler:D-Reaper]] is shown taking over the Hypnos building. It even correctly predicts Jeri and Kazu getting Leomon and Guardromon as Digimon partners--even when [[Creator/ChiakiKonaka Konaka]] had no intention of [[ThrowItIn involving them in the story]] beyond bit parts.
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The Japanese title of episode 34, "The Kind-Hearted Hero, [[spoiler: Leomon Dies]]".
** The images behind the titles also spoil new developments every few episodes. With the help of the [[SpoilerOpening spoiler opening]] SpoilerOpening, you can figure out which of the main characters' digimon will be reaching the next level that episode.
* StarfishAliens: The [[spoiler: D-Reaper]] [[spoiler:D-Reaper]] and Digignomes.



* {{Synchronization}}: Bio-Merging again

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* {{Synchronization}}: Bio-Merging againagain.


* AllChinesePeopleKnowKungFu: Henry is half Chinese, and he's studying Tai Chi. His father also knows it, and uses it to effortlessly knock out a couple of Hypnos guards when getting out of the building.

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* AllChinesePeopleKnowKungFu: Subverted; Henry is half Chinese, and he's studying Tai Chi. His father also knows it, and uses it to effortlessly knock out a couple of Hypnos guards when getting out of the building.



* AscendedFanboy: Most of the cast. Guilmon was born from Takato's fanart, Rika is known for her ''Digimon'' TradingCardGame prowess, Henry had a computer game, Kazu and Kenta would play the card game with Takato every morning before school. Even Jeri is a fan.

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* AscendedFanboy: Most of the cast. Guilmon was born from Takato's fanart, Rika is known for her ''Digimon'' TradingCardGame prowess, Henry had a computer game, Kazu and Kenta would play played the card game with Takato every morning before school. Even Jeri is becomes a fan.fan despite her initial disinterest in the card game.

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