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"I encountered you.
This world has chosen the reality and the future which shouldn't have been chosen.
That's why I am here."
Taichi "Tai" Yagami, 1st promotional video for Digimon Adventure tri.

A direct sequel to Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 in celebration for the franchise's 15th anniversary. Unlike the previous series, where it mostly focused on the new Chosen Children, tri. focuses on the original eight from Digimon Adventure. The plot is set in 2005 (three years after Digimon Adventure 02) during the Chosen Children'snote  high school years, when some kind of digital distortion is causing "infected" Digimon to begin entering our world and running wild.

News first broke on this official website (English version,) which used to only consist of a trailer. If you skipped the trailer, clicked on the eggs, and enough nade-nadenote  were applied, they would eventually hatch and more information would be released.

Digimon Adventure tri. will be a six-part film series:

  • The first installment, Reunion, premiered on November 21st, 2015, as well as on Crunchyroll and other media streaming sites, the former of which split the release into four parts.
  • The second installment, Determination, was released on March 12th, 2016, with a home video release in Japan on April 2nd, 2016.
  • The third installment, Confession, was released on September 24th, 2016.
  • The fourth installment, Loss, was released on February 25th, 2017.
  • The fifth installment, Coexistence, was released on September 30th, 2017.
  • The final installment, Our Future, was released on May 5th, 2018.
The series can be viewed on Hulu (the listing) and on Crunchyroll (the listing).

The first promotional video/trailer can be seen here: Original Japanese version, English-subtitled version. Additional previews were released. (Second trailer, third trailer, fourth trailer,) demonstrating to viewers the children's new Japanese voices and more aspects of the story.

The character art style is directed by Atsuya Uki of Cencoroll fame.

An English Version of Digimon Adventure Tri was announced by Jeff Nimoy, who voiced Tentomon in English Version of Digimon Adventure and is voicing him again in Tri. Reunion was released in theaters in September 15, 2016 for one night only,, and in October for across the country. The English version of Determination was released to home video on August 15, 2017. The English version of "Confession" was released to home video on December 5th, 2017. The English version of "Loss" was released on February 1st, 2018. The English version of "Coexistence" was released on May 10, 2018, and the English version of "Our Future" will be released on September 20, 2018.


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  • 108: The air fare that Mimi quotes to Tai and Izzy is 1.08 million Yen.
  • Adaptation Name Change: "DigiDestined" was a term created by the English dub to describe the children chosen by the Digital World. Up until then, fans of the original version often referred to them by the literal translation of the original Japanese term, "Chosen Children." However, the official subtitles for tri., as well as a screenshot in the first movie, have adapted "DigiDestined" as an in-character term used outside of Japan. note 
  • Adaptational Villainy: More adaptational antagonism: Alphamon. In the base lore of Digimon, the Digital Pets and TCG, Alphamon and Omegamon (Omnimon for the dub-watchers) are brothers in arms (Name theme included), with the latter even being former’s most trusted ally; Omegamon is even the keeper of Alphamon’s Data whenever he is not available, effectively making him second-in-command. Taichi and Yamato’s Omegamon, however, has no relation with this Alphamon, and they share no brotherhood whatsoever.
  • Advertised Extra:
    • Imperialdramon is shown prominently in the posters for Determination, which helped stoke 02 fans in thinking they may acknowledge what happened in the beginning. Unfortunately, it's played off as the monster of the week, complete with the Chosen Chidren nonchalantly killing it like it's just like one and none of the usual tropes playing out.
    • Ophanimon Falldown Mode, despite being featured prominently on the poster for Coexistence, literally only has about a minute most of screentime before merging with Meicoomon's final form and doesn't do anything outside of that.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • The fact that the Digital World has been sealed off before Reunion, the reason the partner Digimon aren't around until the middle of the film, is relegated to the back of the DVD cover.
    • Promotional "Hyper Colosseum" cards featuring antagonistic Digimon featured in movie releases indicate that the Imperialdramon and Mugendramon featured in movies 2 and 4 are infected Digimon, like Kuwagamon and Ogremon from movie 1.
  • Arc Number: 3, since it is the third series that follows the Digidestined from Digimon Adventure. And things that are divisible by three. Nine Digidestined. Nine Digimon. Six movies. There are even three Kuwagamon in the first movie. Even the virus is an example, changing the base code of the digital world into tertiary.
  • Arc Words: "We cannot stay as children forever." Indeed, Tri is about the Character Development of how the Chosen Children become adults.
  • Art Shift: Unlike how cartoony-looking Digimon Fusion and past incarnations are, this entry in the series depicts the human children with sharper and more mature looks, though its style is still similar to Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02.
  • Audience Shift: This is the one of the few Digimon animations to be targeted at adults, following the video games and X-Evolution in having more mature plotlines, as well as the franchise as a whole shifting towards the adult market. Since the anime films are geared towards an audience that grew up watching Digimon Adventure, and many of the said fans happen to be adults, this is deliberately invoked.
  • Back from the Dead: This is revealed to be Himekawa and the Mysterious Man's plan. They wanted to reboot the Digital World so all Digimon would be revived, even Digimon who were killed in the real world.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • The end of Confession has all the Digimon caught in the rift moments before a Reboot occurs, resetting the Digital World and all of the Digimons' memories. Then the children manage to enter the digital world and meet their amnesiac partners.
    • The end of Our Future: Gatomon is freed from Ordinemon, the backed-up memories of all Digimon affected by the reboot are restored, Ordinemon's destruction closes all distortions and ends the infection, Homeostasis has initiated a reboot of Yggdrasil, the 02 cast are found and are receiving treatment, Koushiro/Izzy is working on a way to move between worlds without the distortions or D-3 Digivices, and the partners of the Adventure cast get to stay in the Real World. However, Daigo is dead, Maki is either dead or lost in the Dark Ocean (and her reasons for forcing the reboot were All for Nothing), Meicoomon had to be killed and can never reincarnate due to dying on Earth, Hikari/Kari sees Taichi as a Broken Pedestal over his decision to Mercy Kill Meicoomon (and probably won't forgive him for it), Meiko moves away in the wake of Meicoomon's death, public opinion on Digimon is just as divided as ever, the partners of hundreds if not thousands of Chosen Children are unaccounted still for following the reboot, including those of the 02 cast, and Alphamon and the Mysterious Man are still loose, with the latter now in possession of Apocalymon's data and is looking to obtain more from the likes of Diablomon and Demon.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • In Determination, Mimi suggests that they theme the school festival cafe after "Daters", a version of Hooters where the waitresses dress in cheerleader outfits. It's "popular in America".
    • During Confession, Hikari and Gatomon get ice cream from "Daskin Robbins".
  • Book Ends:
    • The trailer indicates this will happen. The original Digimon Adventure movie started with Taichi in a field narrating about the events that were about to take place and then ended with him hugging Greymon while saying "That's why I'm here." The field returns, though it's an older Taichi and Agumon this time and it once again ends with the two about to hug as Taichi says "That's why I'm here."
    • Kouji Wada's last new recording was for the new version of "Butter-fly", which not only was his first major recording, but the first opening theme for the Digimon anime as a whole. note 
      • "Butter-fly" doubles down with this trope in tri., as it will also be used as the ending credits theme to Our Future, albeit as an alternate version which adds the main voice cast plus Ai Maeda and Ayumi Miyazaki alongside Wada's vocal track.
  • Breather Episode: The first few minutes of Movie 2, or Episode 5 in the serialized version, spends its time in the hot spring, taking a break between Alphamon appearing and setting up for Mimi's and Joe's character arcs.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Mimi is back from America because of her father's work, after being overseas for all of Digimon Adventure 02 (though this didn't really stop her from making regular appearances in that season).
    • Ken makes his return as the Digimon Kaiser in Determination, despite apparently getting destroyed in the intro of Reunion. The third part reveals it was actually Gennai disguised as Ken, but the trope still applies for Gennai himself. Only to be zigzagged later on with the Mysterious Man not being Gennai, and both the real Gennai and Ken being found by Taichi and Daigo later on.
    • As of Our Future, Holydramon/Magnadramon is coming back as Tailmon/Gatomon's Mega form. Also returning for the movie is Devimon.
  • Call-Back: You could call this Digimon Callback, since it has so many references to the first two seasons:
    • Everyone has the original Digivices from the first season, except Hikari and Takeru who prominently use the D-3 from the second season.
    • Their first opponents in the series are a group of Kuwagamon. Of course, unlike the first time, they do a bit better against them. When Greymon shoves Kuwagamon into the Digital World, they also land on a familiar looking cliff, which also breaks.
    • Sora's phone has a 'No Signal' screen which shows Piyomon, in the old art style, sleeping.
    • While it's much more advanced, Koushiro is still carrying around a Pineapple computer.
    • Daigo informs Tai and Matt the government department he works with started investigating Digimon after Myotismon's attack from the first series.
    • In 02 the portals between the Digital World and Earth are most commonly accessed through computer monitors (on Earth) and television screens (in the Digital World). Here, Koushiro is able to create his own private cyberspace for the Digimon that is accessed in the same way.
    • One of the sources of information for the government committee the Digidestined work for is a man named Gennai. This becomes important later as Maki reveals she has been working with him behind the Digidestined's back since the beginning. Later though this Gennai is revealed to be an imposter having tricked everyone into thinking he's Gennai while the real one is left comatose with the 02 kids.
    • Hikari says she'll miss Taichi's soccer game because she's going to a birthday party. She missed out on the action in Our War Game for the same reason.
    • Alphamon and Omegamon have appeared together in a previous Digimon movie as foes. Albeit it was Alphamon's previous forms that fought Omegamon.
    • Takeru being popular among the girls at school, similar to how he was popular in the basketball episode in 02.
    • Omegamon's appearance being met with reverence. Our War Game had an angelic sounding backing song. In Tri an orchestrated version of Brave Heart plays as all the Digidestined are dead silent.
    • Koushirou orders a second Oolong tea at a restaurant... you'd think he'd learn after Our War Game.
    • Taichi and Yamato still find a way to be at each other's throats over a difference in opinion not unlike when they were young.
    • Mimi sings I wish to distract some hot springs visitors. It's also the song she chose to wake TonosamaGekomon/ShogunGekomon in Digimon Adventure. note 
    • Takeru asks if Meiko is from Shimane, like his grandmother, and Taichi describes Shimane as "the place with no computers," referencing Our War Game.
    • When trying to shake Meiko out of her funk, Sora brings up Agumon's previous experiences with dark digivolution.
    • Kari gets possessed by the same entity from the Digital World just like she did back in Adventure in order to provide exposition.
    • Gabumon asks Yamato to play his harmonica again.
    • Himekawa brings Ken's D3 and D-Terminal to the place of the last digital disruption to have the kids open a gate to the Digital World.
    • The way the children meet their partners again is through Kari's whistle, and they meet again at the same lake where they left the Digital World in the finale of Adventure.
    • The way MetalSeadramon is defeated in Loss mirrors his defeat in the original series: by getting ran through via WarGreymon's Great Tornado.
    • In Our War Game there was a Running Gag in which Sora was angry at Tai and kept calling him 'baka'. At the end of the movie she finally forgave him when she received a rather tender e-mail from him, but stilled called him 'baka'. In Loss, she calls him 'baka' again, first bitterly, when he awkwardly tries and fails to console her, and then more happily and teasingly at the end when he apologises for earlier.
    • When the Digidestined and the Digimon got separated some of them went to some familiar places that they went to before like Mimi and Tentomon landed in Shogungekomon's palace, Takeru landed in Village of Beginnings, etc.
  • Call-Forward: The characters make several allusions to their careers in the epilogue of 02, showing that they are starting to become the adults they are going to be.
    • Hints are shown of Tai's future career as an ambassador to the Digital World which was shown in the 02 epilogue.
      • Tai struggles with an assignment that basically asks "what do you want to be when you grow up." When brainstorming with his teacher he says he wants to see an old friend who lives faraway in a place hard to get to (such as the Digital World), thinking of Agumon, and gets the suggestion he should study foreign languages if he wants to travel.
      • Tai starts to show signs of greater empathy. In Reunion he stops Matt from getting into a fight with some guys from making derogatory remarks about the Digimon. In Determination he stops Matt again, this time from badmouthing Joe for not showing up to a fight. He's the only one in Confession who's able to guess that the Digimon are keeping something (the reboot) secret from them. In Loss he tries to console Sora Biyomon losing her memories. He does a bad job of it, not entirely understanding why she's upset, but he still provides some astute insights into Sora's character. In other words, while he isn't perfect yet, he's showing an increased ability to read people and express sympathy for them, something that would come in useful as an ambassador (contrast this with a moment in Adventure when he tells Mimi to "get over it" as she's grieving for some recently fallen allies).
    • Matt's band seems not long-lasting. In Reunion, Matt's old band broke up due to musical difference and he renamed his band from Teen-Age Wolves to Knife of Day. In Determination, a band was created just for the school's culture festival named World on the Knife.
      • At the end of Our Future, Matt considers Daigo's final advice, and decides to aim for space.
    • Sora helps Meiko with her outfit in the second movie, hinting at her later career as a fashion designer in the 02 epilogue.
    • Izzy has always been a researcher and more concerned with the technical aspects of the digital world, so it's no surprise he continues on that trajectory.
    • Mimi's generally associated with food in this series. She runs a cafe for school's culture festival, and also develops fondness for rather unique food combination, such as putting whipped cream and jelly beans on top of Sora's savory cooking, a trait she seems to imitate from her mother who was shown to put whipped cream and strawberries as a topping for kimchi fried rice in Adventure. In the epilogue to 02 she's a chef with her own cooking show.
    • Joe is cramming to get into med school. Like Izzy, this carries over from Adventure and 02 on a trajectory towards becoming a Digimon doctor.
    • TK's blog can be seen as an earlier phase of his career as a novelist.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Largely averted, a rarity for the franchise. The only consistent exceptions are Togemon calling out Needle Spray and the new Mega levels calling out their new attacks. Some of the evolutions aren't called out either.
  • Canon Immigrant:
    • Gomamon's later Mega/Ultimate Evolutions, Vikemon, made his first appearance in animated form after he appeared in the Digimon Adventure RPG.
    • Seraphimon and Holydramon/Magnadramon appear in Loss and Our Future respectively after they made their first appearance in the second 02 movie, Hurricane Touchdown!/The Golden Digimentals, though some fans reject it for being a Non-Serial Movie.
    • Yggdrasil finally makes its debut in the Adventure series after appearing in later properties.
    • The novelization of Adventure implied that the original Chosen Children briefly mentioned were partners to the Digimon who later became the Four Digimon Sovereigns, which part 4 seemingly confirms.
  • Can't Catch Up: For once, averted. The other partner Digimon also get to digivolve to their Mega Levels.
  • Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: Our Future gives some romantic closure in a Maybe Ever After sort of way. Takeru tells Hikari that he's worried about her as he holds her shoulders, which is depicted as romantic, as Patamon gets embarrassed and looks away, blushing. On the other hand, Taichi seems to have moved on from Sora, and at the end of the movie, he is seen blushing when he phones Meiko, with the other Digimon and DigiDestined looking urgently at him as if they're trying to get him to give her a Love Confession.
  • Clueless Mystery: Tri is awfully, awfully coy with the audience, dangling disastrously important threads of information and then seemingly abandoning them.
    • The biggest example is the 02 Chosen, who are conspicuously absent from affairs, but for some reason no one sees fit to talk about this. The only information we have for sure about them is that they are MIA — literally everything else is unexplained and open for interpretation, down to Alphamon's role in whatever disaster has befallen themnote . We don't even know what the other Chosen know, since they, like the show, aren't talking about it. For a while, we weren't even sure they carednote .
    • For the first half of Tri, the villains/antagonists refused to talk at all. We don't have any clear idea of what they're up to until the fourth movie.
  • Conspicuous CGI: The CGI of the ferris wheel contrasts greatly against the more traditional art.
  • The Corruption: The virus. Initial effects include Digimon becoming pixelated and going berserk. Later on, it also gives them blank white eyes and turns them purple.
  • Cosmic Retcon: At the end of part 3, the Digital World gets rebooted to the way it was when it was created in order to combat the infection, which includes resetting the partner Digimon to their first stage and wiping their memories. Or that's what we're told it did, but Alphamon and Jesmon are already in their Mega stages only a week later, which the kids point out doesn't make sense. In Part 4, we see that Meicoomon also stayed in Adult/Champion form.
    • Part 6 finally explains that Meicoomon held all the backup data Koushiro/Izzy created for the Digital World, which allowed her to retain her form. By releasing this data from her, all Digimon regain their memories from before the Reboot.
  • Cosplay Café: This is basically the idea that Mimi comes up with for the school festival, based off an American restaurant chain called "Daters", which itself is based off of the real life "Hooters" restaurant chain.note 
  • Cuteness Proximity: Meicoomon seems to invoke this among others frequently in the later half of Determination, particularly affecting Leomon (and an entire crowd of people) heavily.
     Tropes D - N 
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • Within the first five minutes alone, the film is already filled with an existential monologue and the 02 children being curb-stomped by Alphamon. The franchise is targeted at adults now.
    • Series-wise, Confession, the third movie, is considerably darker than the first two. There's almost no humor, the implications of the Determination movie ending drive the entire plot, and the ending is possibly one of the most bittersweet conclusions of the entire franchise. Even the soundtrack is way bleaker and more emotional, and the opening of the first chapter doesn't even have "Butter-fly" playing. It does play towards the end as the Chosens reopen the gate to the Digital World, though.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Each installment seems to focus on two individual Digidestined. "Reunion" focused on Tai and Matt, "Determination" focused on Mimi and Joe and "Confession" focused on Koushiro and Takeru. Loss changes the format to focus on Sora. Coexistence focuses on Hikari and Meiko.
  • Deconstruction: Several points that were taken for granted in Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 are played more realistically:
    • The Paper Thin Disguises that were shown to work almost flawlessly in Adventure prompt a waitress to note that they have some "very unusual-looking friends".
    • The Hero Insurance that the kids had in the earlier series is discarded, and the collateral damage incurred by fighting the Digimon makes Taichi seriously reconsider whether it's a good thing to be a Destructive Saviour (02 had only barely touched on this when a director complained that they'd just rebuilt the Fuji TV station, but it hadn't been brought up otherwise).
    • Back in the old movies if Jou missed out the action it was treated as a big joke. Here, we see the repercussions of his constant absence and how he's emotionally distressed about it and feels conflicted over whether to help his friends or keep studying.
    • Many of the partner Digimon start to become infected, and Patamon goes so far as to ask to be killed if he turns and attacks the others.
    • Part 4 really explores just what the bond between Digimon and human means: Maki worked tirelessly for years to reboot the Digital World to get back her partner, Tapirmon, but when Tapirmon doesn't recognize her because of said reboot she very clearly snaps, and her reaction freaks Tapirmon out something fierce. It really makes you wonder what would have happened to T.K. had Patamon not come back after beating Devimon.
    • The series as a whole deconstructs the children's crests with:
      • Yamato's crest is friendship, which is shown by his loyalty to the Digimon, but because of this, he refuses to acknowledge any criticism of the partner Digimon, even if it's a legitimate fear, which causes arguments with Taichi.
      • Joe's crest is reliability, which is shown that he's torn between studying to make his parents proud and fighting alongside his friends. Joe is stuck between both responsibilities, which makes him hate himself.
      • Mimi's crest is purity, which is shown by her being true to herself. However, her tendency of not listening to others caused others, even Koushiro, to think she's just being selfish instead.
      • Takeru's crest is hope, which is shown by his belief that things will work themselves out. However, when Patamon is infected, he desperately clings to the hope that Patamon can be cured as he waits.
      • Koushiro's crest is knowledge, which is shown by his workaholic tendencies. But due to these tendencies he works himself to exhaustion. As a result, he fails to notice that the Digimon are infected until it's nearly too late. Koushiro's character development in Adventure entailed him learning to pay attention to what's going on away from his computer and using his knowledge to help his friends, so the events of Tri. represent a serious backslide for him.
      • Sora's crest is love, which is shown by her Team Mom traits. On the other hand, as Taichi states, her tendency to take care of others while ignoring her own needs means that no one is able to help her when she's troubled.
      • Hikari's crest is light, which is shown by her Mysterious Waif tendencies and her ability to empower Digimon, as well as being possessed by Big Good Homeostastis. Due to Taichi's apparent death, Hikari is corrupted by grief, which empowers Tailmon negatively and makes it dark evolves to Ofanimon: Falldown Mode.
      • Taichi's crest is courage, which is what defines Taichi as a leader and is thoroughly deconstructed throughout the series after his impulsive actions in the first film. In Our Future, Taichi has to accept that in order to be an effective leader, he must also be willing to make decisions that he'll be hated for and have the courage to go through with mercy killing Meicoomon when it becomes apparent that they can not save her.
  • Denser and Wackier: tri. represents a tonal shift in the Digimon Adventure continuity that has less to do with the kind of serious content that a kid can't sit through and more of the kind of adult humor that no one wants children to repeat.
  • Disney Death: At the end of Coexistence, Tai and Daigo are presumably obliterated by Jesmon's final attack. Neither is likely to be actually dead, and Tai outright appears later in Our Future. However, while Tai turns out to be virtually unharmed, Daigo is mortally wounded by the attack and dies shortly after.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The ending of Our Future which is also the opening song, is sung by the Digidestined, including Meiko.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole:
    • The dub of 02 said that the older kids, in their green school uniforms, were in high school instead of the Japanese version's middle school. Tri shows the older kids actually in high school and wearing light blue uniforms that are very clearly not the same as the green ones.
    • The dub claims that the man who looks like Gennai's younger self is him, but Our Future reveals that the real Gennai has been in stasis in the same lab as the 02 children the entire time.
  • Dying as Yourself: Invoked. While not really dying per se, being Rebooted will eliminate any trace of the Digimon's old memories, effectively killing the 'old' Digimon and create a new one in its place. During the battle with Meicoomon, every Digimon except HerculesKabuterimon is corrupted by the infection. HerculesKabuterimon then shouts to them that they cannot part with their human partners in these demonic forms. The shout is strong enough that all Digimons manage to overcome the infection for a moment. They share one last hug with each other while HerculesKabuterimon pushes all of them (including Meicoomon, who is trapped between them all) into the distortion portal as the Reboot countdown ends.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: The fate of the 02 kids. After the opening with them being curbstomped by Alphamon, they're hardly ever mentioned. This includes when things like Ken showing up as the Digimon Emperor again and his Digivice suddenly being in Maki's possession, which are barely addressed or discussed by the Digidestined.
  • Extra-Strength Masquerade: Somehow, despite the Digidestined saving the world three times now in full view of the world, and a worldwide Digimon invasion happened, people still seem surprised by Digimon. It is deconstructed because, as a realistic result of this trope, the muggles are not cheering for the Digimon who have already saved their world several times. Instead, they don't know who's the good guy and who's the bad guy. This is mocked heavily in The Abridged Series. The last fifth of Confession (or the start of Episode 13 on Crunchyroll) implies that, once all the damage done from the various Digimon battles are repaired or replaced, no one will talk about the Digital World any more.
  • Failed a Spot Check: During Confession, Patamon goes berserk and there are several seconds of him and Takeru wrestling as the later tells him frantically to calm down. Jou, who is all of a few feet away when this happens, notices precisely nothing, even when stand right behind Takeru.
  • Fanservice Pack: With the art shift and time skip, everyone in the main cast now looks very attractive for their ages. Promotional material has exploited this with promotional pin-ups of the gang in skimpy or fancy clothing — in particular, the pin-ups are bending over backwards to get the girls in bikinis even out of season, be it St. Valentine's Day or Christmas. The boys get to wear white suits for White Day, with Taichi holding a pink box implying whatever is in that box is the "reply", and a similar promotional pin-up with the guys dressed in Christmas-themed trunks.
  • Fate Worse than Death: For Patamon at least, he would rather die than forget about Takeru. Sadly in Confession, he willingly gives up his memories to keep the human world safe.
  • Female Gaze: Determination provides us with a Hot Springs Episode, with plenty of shots of the guys in nothing but their skivvies or a towel. And at the last quarter of the same movie, you get to see Taichi changing his clothes after the game.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The new animations for digivolving showed the evolved forms initially being black with 0's, 1's and 2's dotting their bodies, despite data traditionally being binary. Confessions reveals that the corruption is the digital make-up being changed from binary to a new system, with 2 being the symbol that overwrites the traditional binary.
    • After Daigo reveals who he is, it's mentioned that while his department worked with Gennai, they haven't heard from him in a while.
    • In Confession, despite the digital world being rebooted, two of the first Digimon the kids meet are Alphamon and Jesmon, two Ultimate-levels fighting each other. How that is possible has not yet been revealed. It's also worth noting that Jesmon is the Mega form Hackmon (who previously appeared in Determination) is primarily associated with. Whether Jesmon and Hackmon here are the same Digimon or not remains to be seen.
    • The mysterious opening to Reunion shows Miyako's glasses shattered on the ground, and the end of Loss shows Meiko's glasses shattering after being throttled by Dark Gennai, a servant of Yggdrasil. In Our Future Daigo confirms this connection by confessing to Taichi that the 02 quartet got a lead on Yggdrasil's plans and were defeated in their rogue operation to stop it prior to Reunion.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend:
    • The 02 kids were shown to have been on the receiving end of a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and gone missing in Reunion, which spent the rest of its time rather conspicuously not discussing these developments at all.
    • In Determination Vikemon and Rosemon kill a corrupted Imperialdramon, and he barely gets one line of dialog devoted to him after. The other Digimon cheer his destruction.
    • In Confession, TK and Kari visit Ken's place to see what has happened, but nobody is home.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: Referenced in the opening of Loss by Homeostasis, intertwining the set with Light and Darkness duality.
    Light is born of darkness...
    Darkness sails north to become water...
    Light sails south to become fire...
    Wind flows between light and darkness...
    Light sinks into darkness and returns to earth.
  • Four Is Death: The fourth installment is titled "Loss," and features both Mugendramon/Machinedramon and Metalseadramon as antagonists. Combined with Meicoomon and the Mysterious Man, there's a grand total of four villains. Doubles as a Call-Back to the Dark Masters from the first series. It also seems to end with Meiko being choked to death by the Mysterious Man.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: A short way into Reunion, Himekawa and Nishijima are on the phone discussing Digimon sightings, and Himekawa has a digital map on her computer screen. Apparently, the map is supposed to be tracking the locations of the Digidestined in real time, because the icons for Davis, Cody, and Ken all read "UNKNOWN" in bright red letters.
  • Fully-Clothed Nudity: Mimi and Meiko's school festival outfits (which are basically cheerleader uniforms) are treated like this, especially with Meiko freaking out and trying to cover herself.
  • The Ghost: Joe's girlfriend is mentioned a couple of times, but is never seen. The others question if she is even real.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Confession reveals that a reboot of the Digital World is this. Maki states that in case the Digital World is too damaged, a reboot can be done to fix it but she also states that causing a reboot might just sink the Digital World. Homeostasis is only considering this as the virus caused by Meicoomon is not only going to destroy the Digital Worlds but all parallel worlds created by the digital network, which would destroy all technology on the human world. Worse, Loss reveals this was the villains' goal. By spreading the virus and causing as much destruction to the Digital world to force Homeostasis to reboot the Digital world so all digimon would come back to life.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: Taichi's new pair of goggles can see "digital distortions" because of Koushiro's modifications.
  • Gone Horribly Right: So Koushiro tried to create a backup of the partner Digimon's memories to be restored after the reboot. It worked...but not only did Meicoomon download all of that data instead and kept it to herself, but it's also implied she downloaded the data of the entire Digital World in the process and secured it with a password!
  • Grand Theft Me:
    • Kari gets a phone call from her inactive cell phone, and a spirit possesses her body (implied to be the same digital entity, Homeostasis, that possessed her back in Adventure) to go give the Digimon a message.
    • In the opening of "Loss", Himekawa also got taken over by Homeostasis before losing her own partner, Tapirmon.
  • He Knows Too Much: It's practically the reason why the 02 kids got defeated in the beginning of Reunion because they have found out about Yggdrasil's plans.
  • Hope Spot: When all of the Digimon get infected with 10 minutes until reboot, Koshiro sets up a backup port that allows him to collect the data of all of their Digimon so that their memories won't get erased when the reboot happens. However, even though HerculesKabuterimon is able to hold the Digimon enough to push them back into the distortion, none of them got to the backup port in time. Subverted, when it was revealed in Our Future that during the confrontation Meicoomon's data was mixed in and as a result she got all of the digimons' memories from before the reboot.
  • Hot Springs Episode: First quarter of Ketsui has the group (minus Joe) bathing at a hot spring. Instead of the usual female fanservice, we get scenes like Koshiro washing himself, Taichi and Yamato in the sauna, and Nishijima in his underwear. The credits sequence has the boys in yukatas.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The subtitle to each film in Japanese ("Saikai" for the first, etc.) is a single word written in two kanji. Zig-zagged by the last film's subtitle, "Bokura no Mirai", where "bokura no" is spelled with four hiragana and "mirai" is spelled with two kanji (it may also be a Call-Back to "Bokura no Digital World", the final episode of 02, and its eponymous song). The English dub approximates this by making each subtitle one word each, shortening Our Future to just Future to fit the pattern.
  • Ignored Vital News Reports: During Reunion, Hikari overhears an important news report, but by the time she brings it to Taichi's attention, the news is over, and has gone to an advert.
  • Implausible Deniability: During Confession, Biyomon and Meicoomon are seen moving by a guest at the spa. They immediately try to pretend to be stuffed toys, not getting how this isn't going to work.
  • Irony: In 02, Takeru openly contradicted Daisuke for balking at the prospect of having to Shoot the Dog in the form of fighting and potentially slaying an enslaved MetalGreymon. When Takeru confronts the possibility of having to destroy an infected Patamon, he shuts down emotionally.
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: The dub team picked up one of the Japanese production team's mannerisms; Gennai's name is pronounced with a hard G sound this time. For Reunion, at any rate. Come Loss, and they're pronouncing it "Jen-ai" again.
  • Just Plane Wrong: At the beginning of "Confession" a Boeing 747 has to do an emergency landing because the Autopilot for landing can't be switched on and the systems malfunction. First of all, pilots only use the Autopilot for landing if the weather conditions are too bad (thick fog is a reason). At second, an experienced pilot flying a commercial airliner should be capable to land a plane without using the electronic systems. Thats what he was trained for. Especially the last point can't be handwaved by artistic license, because the pilot already has a clear view of the landing strip when he panics. Maybe the Rule of Cool demands him to do an overdramatic emergency landing.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Most of the prior Digimon anime series had been 4-cour TV anime (with the exception of Digimon Xros Wars, which had three series of two cours each, and Digimon X-Evolution, a CGI movie), including the prior two Adventure series. Thus, there had yet to be precedent for a series of six 80-minute or more movies, the approximate equivalent of one and a half to two cours.
  • Left Hanging/Sequel Hook: Depending on the next Digimon project, the following are plot threads unanswered in tri. are either the former or the latter.
    • Alphamon's true allegiance. Throughout the series he has been depicted as aiming to destroy Meicoomon, despite Meicoomon being integral to Yggdrasil's plans, yet also is shown in the Cold Opening defeating Daisuke, Ken, Iori, and Miyako, implying he was responsible for their fall. As the Mysterious Man said they had to be taken care after finding out about Yggdrasil's plan, that would imply he is on Yggdrasil's side. Making it even more confusing is that he fights both Jesmon and Omegamon, one trying to kill Meicoomon, the other trying to protect her, but [[spoiler:whereabouts. It suddenly vanishes once Raguelmon merges with Ophanimon Falldown Mode into Ordinemon, leaving his true allegiance an unknown.
    • The nature behind Meiko's digivice. Meiko received it when she met Meicoomon, however Meicoomon was never intended to have a partner, raising the question as to why she had one. Further muddling things is that it was Meiko's digivice that granted the Digidestined's Mega the power to become Omegamon Merciful Mode, despite no such phenomena occuring before in the Adventure verse. Why this is the case is never elaborated on.
    • Alphamon's whereabouts. It suddenly vanishes once Raguelmon merges with Ophanimon Falldown Mode into Ordinemon.
    • Who the Mysterious Man and what his goals are. While at first he seems to be a corrupted Gennai,note  the real Gennai is shown to be with the 02 Digidestined, and with his previously shown power to transform into Ken, even his main form could be a disguise. And while he presents himself as an emissary of Yggdrasil, The Stinger for Our Future has him claim Apocalymon's data that had been inside Meicoomon, declaring his intent to go after Diablomon and Demon next. Just who he really is and what he wants are all as mysterious as he is.
  • Male Gaze: A few of Rosemon's animations during the battle with Imperialdramon afford these shots, as per usual. Mimi also gets a couple of camera gazes while she's dressed up (as a cheerleader) for her Cosplay Café event at school.
  • Meaningful Echo
    • In Adventure:
      Gabumon: I've waited in this world forever just so I could meet you, and only you!
    • In Tri:
      Yamato: I came to this world to see you, no one but you!
  • Mood Whiplash: In Determination, Tai and Hikari are watching the news of Togemon and Ogremon's battle, solemnly. Then their mom cuts in to point out they've got school.
  • Mysterious Stranger:
    • Meiko's first appearance in the previews has her wearing Scary Shiny Glasses under a bridge holding her Digimon partner between her arms, which seems to be some kind of fox Digimon apparently called Meikuumon. The first film shows she's a transfer student who keeps appearing around the Digidestined. Her father is also a member of the same squad Himekawa and Nishijima work for.
    • The first film introduces a woman named Maki Himekawa, described as a "mysterious woman who appears in front of the Chosen Children". She's part of what is effectively a version of Hypnos or D.A.T.S.
  • Mythology Gag
    • A book on Taichi's desk is titled One Vision, which was the original Japanese Matrix Evolution (Biomerge) theme from Digimon Tamers.
    • Taichi and Hikari's mom calls Agumon "Agu-chan," just like Masaru's mom did in Digimon Savers. She also calls Tailmon "Tail-chan."
    • A Government Oversight Group whose whole purpose is to monitor and control Digimon emergencies, who recruit the Chosen Children to help clean up the problems they can't on their own... No, we've not heard of one of those in a Digimon series before.
    • The evolution sequence bears a lot of resemblance to the one used in Digimon Tamers.
    • Yamato's band names, "Knife of Day" and "World on the Knife," may be references to his original Image Song, Walk on the Edge. One repeated lyric is "I'll even walk on the edge of a knife." (Translation.)
    • As is tradition in the Digimon anime at this point Leomon dies horribly
    • A possibly unintentional one, but Imperialdramon once again continues his losing streak whenever faced with another Mega level opponent
    • Much like Digimon Frontier When faced with a massively powerful, evil angel digimon, the hero and lancer's digimon not only fuse, but also absorb the power of the other children's digimon to attain a much more powerful form.
  • The Narrator: After a 14-year absence, Hiroaki Hirata returns to bring more exposition.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands:
    • In Reunion, Taichi's Digivice summons Agumon just as Kuwagamon's about to kill him (when opening portals was previously established as a D3 exclusive).
    • At the end of Confession, the Digidestined manage to open a portal to the Digital World using their Digivices, along with their Crest powers.
    • In Our Future, after Angewomon digivolves to her final form, Meiko's digivice glows, allowing Omegamon to fuse with the other six partners to enter Merciful Mode.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Mimi jumps into a fight with Ogremon in front of the press, thinking that this will show everyone that not all Digimon are bad. Unfortunately Togemon accidentally hits a news chopper during the battle and naturally, public opinion of the Digimon only gets worse.
    • TK's decision of keeping the fact that Patamon is infected from the team. If he had told Izzy about it sooner, Izzy might be able to figure out a solution to fix the problem. One could say that the Digimons themselves are partly at fault, too, as they leave the safety of Izzy's private system and out into the real world because they wanted to be with their partners, eventually leading to all of them getting corrupted by the infection and had to be rebooted, losing their memories in the process.
  • Noodle Incident: What exactly happened to send the Digimon back to the Digital World before the series is never touched on, since 02 ended with them all in the real world.
     Tropes O - Z 
  • Off-Model: The final fight of Determination isn't animated too smoothly, making some of the participating characters look more unnatural than intended. For a quick example, the horns on Vikemon's helmet are ridiculously large in some shots.
  • Party Scattering: At the mid-point of Loss, a reborn Machinedramon and a sudden burst of portals scatters the kids and the Digimon across File Island.
  • Plot-Based Photograph Obfuscation: The opening moments show a humongous glare on the photograph taken at the end of Digimon Adventure in Tai's room, although considering that most people familiar with the older series would know what it is, this is probably less for mysterious effect and more to make the drastic difference in art style less jarring. Sora and Joe have the same photo in their rooms, equally obscured. Turns out to be a case of some really subtle foreshadowing. The only character not to be obscured/fully bathed in light in the photo? Gennai. Whose visage was stolen by the Mysterious Man as he acts as The Dragon to Yggdrasil.
  • Poor Communication Kills: No one bothers to bring up that Patamon is infected to the one person who could have sought into the situation. As a result, the battle with Meicrackmon would have gone much smoother.
  • Precursor Heroes: Loss reveals that Daigo and Maki were part of the original Digi-Destined that saved the digital world before Adventure. Adding to that it also reveals that Harmonious Ones were the Digimon Partners of the original Digi-Destined.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: tri. is bound and determined to be as much of a sequel to the original Adventure as possible, and it does this by only sparingly acknowledging 02 happened. As the series progresses, it becomes more and more apparent that it treats the original cast as the only ones who matter — and not only regarding the matter of their missing teammates, but also the global set of Chosen whose partners have all lost their memories as a result of the Digital World reset.
  • Put on a Bus: Despite the fact Daisuke, Miyako, Iori, and Ken were big influences and the main characters in 02, they're taken out of commission at the hands of Alphamon in silhouette within the first five minutes of the first film and have yet to make other appearances (barring a mention of them on a computer screen that's tracking all 12 of the Chosen Children, while the original 8 do have known locations, these four are listed as 'Unknown').
  • Reality Ensues: Going Darker and Edgier means that some things that were taken for granted earlier in the Adventure are deconstructed in some form in tri:
    • In most other Digimon seasons, a fight between two giant monsters would result in some property damage but hardly anyone noticing. Not here. After the fight with Kuwagamon, the terminal and runway at Haneda airport, along with Palette Town and the Kaiheinkoen of Odaiba, are completely leveled, and one side character remarks they know someone who was hospitalized in the attacks. The news treats the Chosen Children's partners like they're the bad guys, and Yamato nearly attacks two boys who say they just want all the Digimon to die. Then Taichi starts to worry that he might wind up killing someone.
    • In a way, both Mimi and Jou end up inadvertently evoking their Crest traits up to detrimental point in Determination, though thankfully they manage to break out of this by the end of the arc.note 
    • Character Development aside, the Chosen Children are no longer the same people they were years ago. For starters, Taichi no longer has the same Hot-Blooded, adventure-loving attitude he had in the first series.
    • While most of the Digidestined were able to easily bond with their digimon partners again, Sora and Maki have trouble reconnecting with someone who doesn't remember them at all.
      • The later's case particularly: If you're just minding your own business when a clearly unhinged person you don't recognise appears and acts like you're lifelong friends, before picking you up and saying stuff like "we'll never be apart again"... most people are going to be creeped out.
  • Ret-Canon: Originally, the Digimon Wonderswan Series decided that Jou's Gomamon's Mega was Plesiomon, but since the PSP Game, Vikemon, who was originally Shakkoumon's Mega, has featured in the role.
  • Ret Gone: You remember everything that happened in Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02? Halfway through this series, 'Everything that happened in the Digital World un-happens in an instant. Only the Digidestined themselves remember. This is partially undone in Our Future, as the memories of all the Digimon of the previous iteration of the Digital World are returned. It's not without some changes, however, as Digimon that died in the real world, such as Leomon and Wizardmon are Back from the Dead somewhere.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Leomon is dispatched right at the tail end of Determination to kick off Meikoomon's Face–Heel Turn, in case any of you were looking for a happy ending after the heroes dispatched Imperialdramon during the big fight.
  • Sailor Fuku: Hikari now wears the green middle school uniform from Digimon Adventure 02. Inverted with Sora and Mimi, who wear blazers since they've moved on to high school.
  • Sanity Slippage: Both Meiko and Hikari go through this, the former because Meicoomon is no longer her Digimon partner, The latter because Tai is apparently DEAD.
  • Second Year Protagonist: All of the original eight chosen, except for Mimi and Koushirou, who are first years, and Jou, who's a third, are second years at their respective schools (Takeru and Hikari at middle school, the others at high school).
  • Sequel Hook: Koushiro/Izzy is researching a way to move between worlds, Maki is missing and last seen in the Dark Ocean, and Alphamon and the Mysterious Man are still on the loose. Having recovered Apocalymon's data from the battle with Ordinemon, the latter now seeks the same from Daemon and Diablomon.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: An odd example. While we're shown the main characters from Digimon 02 in this, they're reduced to brief cameos and one of them was basically a Red Herring.
  • Ship Tease: The movies are pretty heavy when it comes to teasing certain ships, including:
    • Teasing of both Sora/Taichi and Sora/Yamato, even simultaneously.
      • In Reunion, Sora tries to go both to Taichi's soccer game and Yamato's concert, and blushes when Mimi points out that both are rather attractive now.
      • In Loss, both Taichi and Yamato notice that Sora is depressed and try to cheer her up. Later they both arrive to protect her from Machinedramon's attack.
    • Takeru/Hikari is teased on multiple occasions, along with them often checking up on each other in general:
      • Takeru asks Hikari if she's jealous of his new female friend (which she denies).
      • Takeru (in nothing but a towel) rushes to hold her still when she nearly slips at the hot springs which leads her to blush and look away.
      • Hikari once notes how grown up Takeru has become; though it's not clear if she said so loud enough for him to hear (or out loud at all), both of them blush for a second afterward.
    • Koushiro having an all-out crush on Mimi now, with his blushing reaction to their reunion and coming to the school festival just to see Mimi in her cafe outfit. He goes so far as to ask Takeru for fashion advice to impress her, though he unconvincingly denies that being the reason.
    • A new ship, Taichi/Meiko, is teased occasionally, mostly during the second half of the story.
      • In Coexistence, Taichi and Meiko have a brief conversation concerning the events of Loss. The two get off to a pretty good start, with Taichi expressing a liking for her use of Tottori dialect and Meiko complimenting him as a good person, but he is very offended when she suggests that things would be better if she hadn't been born. Even though he apologizes for yelling at her, the two are disheartened by the thought that they made the other upset until Agumon talks with each of them individually.
      • By the end of Our Future, Taichi talks with Meiko over the phone, apparently at the insistence of his friends; he has a lot of trouble speaking to her, even blushing when she asks how he's been, as opposed to how talkative he was during the above conversation. Conversely, she seems much more at ease while talking to him, even referring to him as "Yagami-kun", as opposed to the more formal "Taichi-san" that she had used before.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Some of the outfits in Koushiro's clothing simulator include a cosplay of Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean (aptly titled "jacke") and the school uniform from Harry Potter.
    • Taichi has an english Textbook titled One Vision, the Tamers's Biomerge/Matrix Digivolution theme.
    • In Coexistence, an angelic being bound to a girl gets fused with a lanky berserk creature during a final battle and becomes a gigantic, winged, white female figure that starts bringing the end of the world, just like in The End of Evangelion.
  • Silent Antagonist: Uniquely, each antagonist so far has refrained from speaking. Averted for the Mysterious Man.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: A main theme in tri. Each movie focuses on two characters: one will be The Idealist, who sees the world as it should be; and the other will be The Cynic, who sees the world as it is.
    • In Reunion, Taichi of all people is The Cynic, reluctant to fight because he starts to grow and see the consequences of his actions, while Yamato is the one resolved to fight fearlessly. This match-up doesn't make sense until you remember Taichi becomes a diplomat in 02's future epilogue, a very people-oriented job. Thus, he is able to put himself in other's shoes when Yamato can't. However, Yamato knows fully well the damage and deaths will rise if they don't make a stand causing a major dichotomy between the two.
    • In Determination, needless to say The Cynic is Joe, who just wants to live the life everyone expects of him but still has the pressure to fight the Digimon, and The Idealist is Mimi, whose outgoing personality can be seen as selfish and unintentionally hurtful to other people.
    • In Confessions, Koshiro is The Cynic, who shuts himself off from the rest of the world and ignores Meiko's feeling so he can ultimately get to the cause of the Digimon infections. Takeru is The Idealist, who, despite Patamon showing the most signs of being infected, holds on to the belief that he can save his partner and not need to pay the ultimate cost.
    • In Loss, Yokomon/Biyomon is The Cynic, refusing to listen to Sora (or any of the other Chosens) as they try to help her remember who she was and why Sora is so important to her. Sora is The Idealist, adamant in her motherly affections towards her partner and eventually unlocking her Ultimate form of Hououmon at the end when she sees Biyomon willing to fight again.
    • In Coexistence, the eight original Chosen Children are all The Idealist, since they believe Meiko's bond with Meicoomon will trump her destructive tendencies and are determined to protect her at all costs, even going as far as ignoring a direct order from Homeostasis. Meiko is The Cynic, spending a good part of the movie blaming herself for the current situation, questioning her worth as a Chosen Child. In the end, she asks the other Chosen Children to kill Meicoomon.
  • Sixth Ranger: Meiko and Meicoomon. At least until Meicoomon goes feral at the end of Determination and runs off.
  • Stepford Smiler: All of the Digimon partners in Confession. After realizing that all of them are infected, and knowing that the only way out is to wait for the 'Reboot' to happen that has a side effect of removing all their memories, they spent the rest of their times doing happy, nostalgic things with their human partners. Some of them deal with it rather well, while others are less good at it, like Patamon (whom Takeru already knew was infected), Palmon (who clearly is struggling hard to maintain her happiness in front of Mimi) and Agumon (who goes overboard with it and ends up letting Taichi figure out that something is wrong and he is forced to tell the truth.)
  • Stylistic Suck: The flashback at the beginning of Loss has faded colouring and scratched audio.
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Gennai, who was originally The Mentor for the kids. Here, he's now one of the bad guys. Our Future reveals that the real Gennai has been locked away in stasis with the 02 kids, meaning the Mysterious Man masquerading as Gennai isn't he.
  • Super Dickery: The first trailer shows Alphamon and Omnimon fighting each other with no context. How can this be? It's eventually revealed that Alphamon is The Dragon to Yggdrasil and only wanted to bring back Meicoomon. The Digidestined were just in the way.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: The end of Loss has Mugendramon wailed on by not one, but three Mega level Digimon. After they're done, there isn't even the usual cloud of digital sparkles when an enemy dies.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In the very first episode of Digimon Adventure, Kuwagamon was taken down by seven Rookie (or Child) level Digimon. In Digimon Adventure tri.'s first part, however, a single "Infected" Kuwagamon is able to stand toe-to-toe with two Champions (Adults) at the same time while defeating Greymon beforehand. And there's three Kuwagamon.
    • In the second movie Determination, Palmon and Gomamon assume their Mega/Ultimate forms Rosemon and Vikemon.
    • Tentomon manages to also reach his Mega/Ultimate form of Herculekabuterimon by Confession's end.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The trailers and covers don't really try to hold back. Imperialdramon was displayed prominently on the cover for Determination while its Fighter Mode was shown in the trailer. Confession had its cover prominently display Meicrackmon before it was even named while for Loss not only are Hououmon, Mugendramon and Bakumon featured on the cover but the trailer reveals both the return of MetalSeadramon and debut of Seraphimon. They make up for this in the show by keeping any revealed information about the plot to a minimum.
  • Transforming Is A Free Action: At the end of Determination, Imperialdramon powers up a shot at Zudomon, who manages to digivolve into Vikemon in the seconds it takes the shot to reach him.
  • Triumphant Reprise: A triumphant instrumental version of Brave Heart plays during the battle between Omegamon and Alphamon.
    • This also occurs in Confession with "Butter-fly" when the Gate to the Digital World is opened, as well as in Loss when WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon fight MetalSeadramon, although in both cases the song hadn't been played earlier in the film.
  • 20 Minutes into the Past: Since the official information stated that Taichi is 17 years old in this series (compared to Tai's age being 11 in Digimon Adventure and 14 in Digimon Adventure 02), this season is presumably set in the year 2005. Perhaps to convince you that the series is definitely set before 2010s, none of the cell phones onscreen is a smartphone.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Loss follows the kids trying to reconnect with their partners, and Daigo investigating just what the heck's going on (which stops at the halfway point when he learns it).
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Unlike the TV series, where the characters wore the same clothes all the time, the kids are seen wearing a different outfit nearly every time they aren't wearing their school uniform.
  • Voodoo Shark: The identity of the Mysterious Man. His explanation for wearing his Kaiser outfit is that he needs it to appear in the Real World. Why that is necessary is left unexplained.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • The 02 kids are seen falling in battle to Alphamon in the opening minutes of Reunion, and no mention of this is made again until midway through Our Future.
    • The team fights an infected Imperialdramon in Determination, but Hawkmon and Armadillomon are nowhere to be found. No explanation is even given if it's the same Imperialdramon the cast should know, as they completely ignore its familiar appearance.
    • Loss deals with the results of the Reboot of the Digital World. We see two of the Dark Masters revived, but nothing of the other two. We also have no idea how the Reboot affected the other partner Digimon of Daigo's team, also known as the Harmonious Ones.
    • Alphamon disappears from the plot completely once Ordinemon arrives.
    • Maki was last seen being drawn into the Dark Ocean in Coexistance. Aside from a passing mention by Daigo, she makes no appearance in Our Future, leaving her fate unknown.
    • Jesmon vanishes into the Digital Gate after freeing Gatomon from Ordinemon, assumedly due to thinking he had stopped Ordinemon and his job was done. However, after Yggdrasil uses its own power to stabilize Ordinemon, he doesn't come back, nor is he mentioned after it is said Homeostasis shut Yggdrasil down, leaving his fate unknown.
  • Wham Episode: Coexistence has a quadruple-whammy of Meicoomon being Apocalymon reborn, the Dark Ocean reappearing, Tai dying and passing leadership to Matt, and Hikari allowing herself to be corrupted.
  • Wham Shot:
    • During the opening, the film periodically cuts away to shots of the four 02 kids being thrashed by Alphamon, their partners nowhere to be found.
    • Hackmon is seen in the shopping center where Alphamon emerges from the Digital World. Considering one of his Digivolutions was the last revealed member of the Royal Knights, his appearance in the same place as Alphamon could not be a coincidence.
    • The sudden appearance of the Digimon Kaiser, and taken a step further when he's laid waste to the Primary Village and killed all of the Digieggs there while a horrified Elecmon looks on. And then Leomon shows up to protect them, but is injured by an Ogremon in the process.
    • At the end of the second movie, when everyone is shocked due to Leomon's death and Meicoomon's sudden Face–Heel Turn, blink and you miss it, there is a shot where Maki Himekawa smirks.
    • Confession shows the Digimon becoming infected with Patamon being the first to show signs of it, Meicoomon's Perfect level, Ken's D-3 and D-Terminal, and the Chosen Children (except Meiko) going to the digital world. The biggest one is at the end where "Ken" is revealed to be a Mysterious Man masquerading as Gennai, and working with Maki - who meets him in the Digital World..
    • The first trailer for Loss has an appearance by MetalSeadramon, who looks absolutely monstrous when compared with his look from Adventure.
    • The first six minutes of Loss feature the original children mentioned once in Adventure fighting the Dark Masters, including four of their partners becoming the four Sovereigns introduced in 02. We also learn that both Daigo and Maki were two of those children.
    • A lot of the posters have gone for this by highlighting the big fight of the chapter.
      • The first poster proudly displayed Omegamon vs Alphamon.
      • The second poster pitched Vikemon and Rosemon against Imperialdramon.
      • The poster for the fifth movie called Coexistence shows Meicoomon's ultimate/mega form, Meiko, Hikari, and Ophanimon Falldown Mode, something bad is going to happen to Hikari and Tailmon. Meanwhile, the official tie-in cards for the movies reveals that Tailmon's actual ultimate/mega form is Holydramon. Of course, this still raises the question of just what exactly caused the corrupted Digivolution.
    • In one of the trailers for Coexistence, the beginning shows something happening to Hikari. And it does not look good.
    • In the trailers of Our Future, Devimon can been seen emerging out of a digital portal, Daigo can be seen lying wounded and bleeding after being hit in the gut, Taichi is still alive, and Omegamon gets a new Super Mode.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds:
    • Maki Himekawa, who is revealed to be one of the five original Digidestined along with Daigo and three others who had saved the Digital World from a great evil a long time ago, but it came with a great price: Maki has to let her Digimon partner be sacrificed so other Digimon partners could became the Harmonious Ones and sealed the Dark Masters away. She didn't even have a choice in the matter as her body was taken over by Homeostasis as Megadramon was being sacrificed. This ended up causing Maki much grief, not unlike how TK grieved for Patamon's supposed death. Worse, unlike Patamon, who could come back as a Digi-egg, Maki's partner is Killed Off for Real. From that point, Maki worked tirelessly to research ways to bring her partner back, and even Daigo's attempts to comfort her didn't help much. This allows the Mysterious Man to manipulate her into orchestrating the reboot of the Digital World as it's the only way to bring her partner back, risking numerous lives and threatening the safety of both worlds. What he didn't mention to her is that her Digimon would not have any memory of her left. From the last we've seen of her, she did not take this well at all.
    • Hikari turns into one in Coexistence, when Taichi apparently is killed, she abruptly becomes corrupted herself, force digivolving Nyaromon into Ophanimon Falldown Mode.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Daisuke, Miyako, Iori and Ken. The four kids who rediscovered and used Armor Evolution and Jogress Evolution? Waylaid and easily taken out at the hands of Alphamon in the first five minutes. Justified, considering Alphamon's status as an Olympus Mon and the fact that 02 Children were without two Jogress Digimon without Takeru and Hikari's presence.
    • Hououmon, Seraphimon, Heraklekabuterimon, Rosemon and Vikemon are all on the receiving end of this. In their initial appearances they all showed great power. Come Coexistence, they only serve to distract Jesmon and Raguelmon from their fight before being taken out when Alphamon attacks Jesmon. Justified given the huge power levels of Omegamon, Alphamon, Jesmon and Raguelmon.
  • Your Size May Vary: Take a look at this scale image and see if it follows the scale of Digimon sizes laid out in Adventure. Some of the more ridiculous examples: Garudamon, the tallest of the Ultimate level Digimon is here depicted as being shorter than Greymon. MetalGreymon, who in the series is about 2-2.5 times bigger than Greymon, is only about a head taller. Togemon, who is the third shortest Champion (only Angemon and Tailmon are smaller) is now taller than Kabuterimon, the tallest.

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