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  • The Bus Came Back: After being written off by Alphamon in tri., all of them are brought back for Last Evolution Kizuna.
  • Changing of the Guard: The series makes a point to contrast the new digidestined in the field from the old who now mostly act as mentors, and highlights TK and Kari's maturation from Tagalong Kids on the original team to core members of the current group.
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  • Chromatic Arrangement: The new members introduced, Davis, Yolei, and Cody are Blue, Red and Yellow respectively by the color of their Digivices and Digimon. Though Ken's digivice is black, Wormmon's various evolutions are green and typically have green auras in evolution animations.
  • Color-Coded Characters
    • Davis - Blue
    • Yolei - Red
    • Cody - Yellow
    • TK - Green
    • Kari - Pink
    • Ken - Black
  • Composite Character: The three children are mostly this, which is reflected in their Digi-eggs. Davis has traits of both Tai and Matt (Courage and Friendship), Yolei shows a mixture of Sora, Mimi, (Love and Sincerity) and a good bit of Izzy (she's a tech geek), and Cody is a mix of Izzy and Joe (Knowledge and Reliability).
  • Demoted to Extra: In tri. And to an even bigger extent than the older kids in 02. To the point where they're hardly even mentioned. That being said, they're later confirmed to show up in Last Evolution Kizuna as compensation for being out of action.
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  • Land, Sea, Sky - The 'transport' forms of the new trio. Davis' Raidramon for land, Yolei's Holsemon for Sky, and Cody's Submarimon for Sea.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The opening of tri. shows all of the group sans TK and Kari beaten within an inch of their lives by Alphamon. Their partners are nowhere to be seen as they and their D3s fall to the ground, with their fate afterwards being unknown. Our Future later reveals Alphamon did it because they discovered Yggdrasil's plans.
  • Recurring Element: Related to Composite Character above, each of the new Digidestined matches roughly the appearance and role of someone on the old team, essentially creating two matching teams of 6. The new trio has complementary colors to their counterparts, while the kids with crests have similar colors.
    • Davis looks up to Tai and is the closest to a direct Suspiciously Similar Substitute as the new gogglehead. Blue complementary to Orange.
    • Yolei to Mimi who she looks up to as a mentor and big sister. Both seem sweet but are blunt about their feelings. Red complementary to Green.
    • Cody to Izzy being the youngest and smallest, yet the most practical and intelligent, often the voice of reason. Both find foils in their Digimon who are both more simpleminded and easy going. Yellow complementary to Purple.
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    • TK as Matt's younger brother, and a blond haired Lancer to Davis at the beginning. Green Is Blue.
    • Kari to Sora based on their relationships with TK/Matt, and their generally supportive role on the team. Pink is a light Red.
    • Comparing Ken to Joe is mostly a case of Pair the Spares but they both have straight blue hair, try to shoulder the responsibility for the team or their actions on their own out of a need to prove themselves, and both suffered from some degree of inferiority complex compared to their older siblings. They also have foils in their Digimon who are much more open-minded and sometimes critical of their partners. Black is a dark Gray.
  • Saved by Canon: They seem to suffer from a Bus Crash during the events of Tri. But as they went so far as to make Call Forwards to justify the 02 epilogue, they're okay, just badly injured by Alphamon. And then they're set to return later in Last Evolution Kizuna.
  • They Know Too Much: Our Future reveals they found out about the reboot and got taken out by Alphamon before they could warn the others.
  • Three Plus Two: The trio that joined up at the same time Davis, Yolei, and Cody have more in common with each other (Land, Sea, Sky / Chromatic Arrangement / Composite Character above) than TK and Kari who have an affinity for each other being a Tagalong Kid duo on the original team.

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    Davis Motomiya 

Davis Motomiya (Daisuke Motomiya)

"We can't stop now, we'll never get a chance like this again!"

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Davis is the designated leader of the new Digidestined/Chosen Children; brash, cheerful, and energetic. He's also Tai's Suspiciously Similar Substitute, to the point of wearing the former's trademark goggles. Although he's very much an underdog at first, he's about the only cast member who doesn't have mild-to-serious psychological issues. This emotional stability ends up being his greatest asset. He has a hopeless crush on Kari, but gradually idolizes her less as time goes on.

In the conclusion of 02, he becomes a noodle cart owner.

Voiced by: Reiko Kiuchi (JP), Brian Donovan (EN), Marta Sáinz (Spain), Luis Daniel Ramírez (Latin America)

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Is a lot ruder in the English dub (at least early on in the show), with a habit of mispronouncing Takeru's name. This goes away later in the series, though.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Has a huge crush on Hikari, but she never responds. The show really stopped paying attention when the group got a Sixth Ranger, but it's acknowledged in the movies and the Natsu e no Tobira Drama CD.
  • All-Loving Hero: Even more notable in that, as this DeviantArt points out, of all the animated goggle boys (up to Savers, at least), Daisuke is the only lead Tamer who managed to go a whole season without evolving his Digimon partner via dark emotions until Taiki, four seasons later.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Zigzagged with "Annoying Older Sibling". Jun and Daisuke both care about each other, but continually get on each other's nerves. This is partly because they're a lot alike.
  • Badass Normal: He does toss away a Gokimon (that is, a giant man-sized cockroach) that attacks him.
  • Big Brother Worship: Although they're not real brothers, Daisuke respects Taichi and shares similarity with him even cutting his hair shorter like Taichi in 25 years Time Skip!
  • Big Eater: Par for the leaders, although V-mon eats even more.
  • Big "NEVER!": When he tackles Ken in the digital world.
  • Butt-Monkey: Like Tai, he has his dumb moments.
  • Character Development: Zigzagged. Daisuke was intended to be a Static Character in show to contrast with his Jogress partner's Character Development. However, in just about every other medium he appears in, the writers recognize that his character has plenty of material to work with.
    • In episodes that would be stuck without Daisuke having any "development" at all, he's typically given a Compressed Vice to overcome. "Storm of Friendship" is a great example, given that he has a huge struggle with friendship and sacrifice that simply didn't exist before that episode, and which, in fact, is in blatant opposition to Daisuke's "position on the matter" that was established during the confrontation with Deltamon.
    • Daisuke's eternally frustrated crush on Hikari is mostly ignored by the later episodes; he's back to pining over her or doing silly things at the drop of a hat for her in materials set after the series.
    • In Natsu e no Tobira (The Door to Summer), Daisuke travels to New York while feeling sad about Hikari turning him down on a date, but gets involved with another girl named Natsu, which gets Chibimon very jealous. His relationship with Natsu ends in tragedy; it would be technically considered bittersweet, but the only "sweet" is that she isn't dead.
    • In Double Tamer, he suffers from the belief that his team completely disregards him as a person and friend.
    • In Brave Tamer, Daisuke is jealous of Ryo, who was V-mon's first partner.
  • Character Exaggeration: The American dub gets much more mileage out of Daisuke's Butt Monkey status and makes him more abrasive or uncaring in a few places, which glosses over some of his better points. After Ken falls into despair from losing Wormmon, Daisuke calls out to him as he leaves and tells him to go home. Davis, on the other hand, starts calling after Ken with the insistence that they immediately join forces, apparently completely oblivious to his emotional state.
  • Character Shilling: Because Daisuke is an enforced Static Character, he was denied an actual character arc, though the writers tried to pretend otherwise by having the other characters talk about "how much he'd grown". Rather than give him actual development, the writers ended up using the illusion of paying less attention to his flaws from earlier in the show.
  • Compressed Vice: And Conflict Ball to go along with it; in fact, Davis' gets two, both at the climax of the MetalGreymon arc.
    • After spending ten episodes laying the smackdown on the Emperor's slaves to free them from their Dark Rings, Davis suddenly hesitates when the target is MetalGreymon. With everyone deciding to attack their ally, Davis is understandably afraid of hurting a friend, but he knows that much weaker Champions have survived their near-daily rescue efforts and MetalGreymon is a tough-as-nails Ultimate; he gets so upset about it that he ends up fighting with TK.
    • This episode also claims that Davis is unwilling to sacrifice himself for his partner, which is very strange in light of the fact that it comes after a run-in with the Kaiser where he demanded Take Me Instead in an attempt to save his friends from being eaten alive by a Deltamon.
  • Continuity Cameo: Briefly interacts with Tai during the novelization of the first season, which also includes a snippet of his thoughts while among the captive children.
  • Crossdressing Voices: In the Japanese, Chinese, and Spanish versions.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: His hair is a crimson red and his face is lightly shaded.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Subverted following the fall of the Kaiser. Ken maintains an aloof and reluctant position when it comes to working with the team for some time, even while Davis is actively campaigning to bring him on to his equally reluctant teammates.
  • Determinator: Even though even he realizes how futile it is to fight BelialVamdemon, he and ExVeemon are determined to fight until the last anyway. Take note that while they were at it, the other Chosen Children were paralyzed by fear and caught in BelialVamdemon's Lotus-Eater Machine, which Daisuke resisted through sheer determination and desire to end BelialVamdemon.
  • Deuteragonist: Daisuke serves as Wallace's second during the third part of Digimon: The Movie, pushing him to face his problems rather than running away.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: The Natsu e no Tobira Drama CD examines his crush on Hikari more closely; while traveling to New York he tries getting over Hikari turning him down for a date and ends up getting involved with another girl he calls Nat-chan. Unfortunately, Nat-chan is actually a Tragic Monster, so he gets this twice.
  • Dragon Rider: Raidramon can't fly, but ExVeemon, Paildramon, and Imperialdramon all can. Raidramon makes up for it by being lightning quick.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Very brief one in the Audio CD when he becomes the Digimon Kaiser, impersonating Ken's persona before Ken himself snaps him out of it using Buccimon's Heart Beam to bring him back to his senses.
  • Foil: His lack of development was meant to be a Foil to Ken's Character Development.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: To Ken.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Averted. Daisuke is the first Gogglehead to actually use his goggles for their intended purpose.
  • Heroic BSoD: When he sees the list of his team's names among the tamers Parallelmon absorbed. Quickly turns into a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, though it doesn't work as well as he would have hoped without a plan.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Bonds with Ken after he joins the team and the two of them quickly become friends.
  • Hey, You!: In Japanese he refers to Takeru as "omae" (a rather rough and informal word for "you") due to jealousy of his relationship with Hikari; in the dub, this is rendered through Davis constantly messing up the initials of TK's name.
  • Hidden Depths: Daisuke isn't as motivated to go return to his own world because he thinks that nobody cares enough about him to miss him.
  • Hopeless Suitor: One of Daisuke's most distinctive traits is his repeated failure to successfully pursue Hikari, which was almost always played for laughs except for the few occasions he needed something to mope about. The show gave this aspect of him much less attention after Ken joined, though derivative works indicate he's still got a thing for her. (e.g., Diablomon Strikes Back and Natsu e no Tobira). As a matter of fact, this trope was once called The Daisuke.
  • Hotblooded: Until Masaru came along, he was easily the most so of any Digimon protagonist.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: He's got 'em.
  • Hot Paint Job: His Digiworld jacket, pictured above. He and Flamedramon match.
  • Humble Goal: To run a noodle cart business, which still expands world wide!
  • Idiot Hero: Perhaps one of the biggest ones in the franchise sans Tagiru. Unlike Taichi, he doesn't really grow out of this, but admittedly it pays off in the end.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is reckless and brash, but nonetheless caring.
  • Keet: Highly excitable and impulsive.
  • Kneel Before Zod: On the receiving end during the Kaiser's Sadistic Choice with Deltamon.
  • The Leader: Ostensibly, being the gogglehead. Mostly Headstrong type with enough force of personality to qualify for Charismatic, Daisuke unfortunately is unable to overcome being the Butt-Monkey and his enforced Idiot Hero status, and remains something akin to The Face of the group.
  • Like Brother and Sister: His relationship with Miyako. They are both boisterous and fight a lot but they are very close. The Ship Tease between them is Played for Laughs.
  • Lovable Jock: He's into sports, and a likable character.
  • Malicious Misnaming: In the dub, Davis had a habit of calling TK everything but TK, from TV, TI, etc. The dialogue editors for the dub were bold enough to use the whole alphabet in doing this.
  • Meaningful Name: His name in the Arabic dub is "Selim", meaning "The Sound at Heart" or, more poetically, "He Who is Free of Disease/Darkness".
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Downplayed; during the first arc, the Five-Man Band broke down into a handful of pairs — TK and Kari, Yolei and Cody — and Davis. Subtly lampshaded during The Samurai of Sincerity when the group is hanging out at Digitamamon's diner. Takeru and Hikari are in a booth with their Digimon, Yolei and Cody are in a booth with their Digimon, and Davis and his excessive quantities of food are in a booth with Veemon.
  • Naïve Newcomer: He knew nothing about Digimon beforehand and had to be coached by Tai, which led to a new Digivolution technique.
  • Personality Powers: Fire and lightning.
  • The Power of Friendship: How he gains his new digimon, his friends, and how he hopes to take down the Emperor.
  • Rebel Leader: They're fighting an empire, after all.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Daisuke's impulsive and rash judgment contrasts with Takeru's calmer disposition in the early episodes, and his Hot-Blooded traits contrasted with Ken's much more solemn demeanor.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: After Daisuke's solid first episode, obtaining V-mon, the Digi-egg of Courage, and rescuing Hikari, Taichi is impressed enough to appoint Daisuke leader and hand over his goggles.
  • Screw Learning, I Have Phlebotinum!: The Crest of Kindness and subsequently the Digimental of Miracles that allowed Davis to "see Ken's true heart", well before the other children learn to trust Ken.
  • Shirtless Scene: During the brief beach scene in Hurricane Touchdown.
  • Smart Ball: Catches it smack in the face by coming up with a plan to take down Parallelmon. The plan itself involves baiting the monster into trying to absorb Flamedramon and having V-mon revert so Parallelmon absorbs the armor instead, which sets it up to have its head cut off by an incoming Zeromaru. Parallelmon is lucky enough to survive just for Magnamon to annihilate it utterly. V-mon lampshades this during the group's goodbyes by saying Davis coming up with the plan was the true Miracle, which earns him a bump on the head for good measure.
  • Special Guest: Is a featured character during one of V-Tamer's specials: Double Tamer. As V-Tamer wasn't forced to keep Daisuke as the Idiot Hero, he was actually done a favor and given some much appreciated character development. Given V-mon's evolution capabilities and the team being only five members, the Special takes place between the fall of the Kaiser and Ken becoming Sixth Ranger.
  • Static Character: According to Word of God, Daisuke was made this way in order to be a foil of Ken, and the writers were barred from developing his character and so kept him out of situations that would force his development. It's partly why he is immune to the illusions of Myotismon, he doesn't have any emotional flaws or repressed desires like the others to exploit since nothing will change who he is and what he wants right now (a dim but brave kid who wants to help his friends and save the digiverse).
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Taichi.
  • Take Me Instead: One episode centers entirely around the Emperor subjecting Davis to a mind-game that posed the question which other member of his team would Davis save from death? This is Davis' answer.
  • Triang Relations: Davis likes Kari who may or may not like T.K. who may or may not like Kari back.
  • Walking Techbane: In the Drama CD, Miche e no Armor Shinka, Daisuke tries to get Koushirou to teach him about computers so that he can impress girls with his skills in time for Valentine's Day. Koushirou allows him into his room and starts going into detail about a program he's building. With the press of one (1) button, Daisuke triggers a Fatal Error.
    Koushirou's Computer: Caution! Warning! Overload!
  • You Are Not Alone: During the final confrontation with Daemon, he gives Ken the final nudge to help him open up a portal to the Dark Ocean.

    Yolei Inoue 

Yolei Inoue (Miyako Inoue)

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Yolei is a curious and hyper girl who seems to thoroughly enjoy exploring the Digital World, and has a knack for being technologically savvy. Has two big sisters and a big brother that she feels hog the spotlight. Notably, she is the only known Chosen Child in this series to have a Digimon of the opposite gender.

In the conclusion of 02, she marries Ken and becomes a house wife.

Voiced by: Rio Natsuki (JP), Tifanie Christun (EN), Carolina Tak (Spain), Mónica Manjarrez (Latin America)

  • Action Girl: As much as anybody in Adventure ever is. Fear her skateboard attack! Well...actually, don't, but she gets points for trying. Plus, she saves both Ladydevimon's hostage and Silphymon's life.
  • Adorkable: She's cute, smart, and hyper.
  • Adventurer Outfit: Airmen type, only while in the Digital World.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": In episode 17, Digitamamon spends the entire episode acting like a jerk. She lets him have it with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, earning her second digiegg in the process.
  • Buxom Is Better: In Summer of the Year 2003!, Miyako boasts that she's developed an E-cup bust. And then she admits to lying.
  • Catchphrase: "Bingo!" in Japanese, "Perfecto!" in the dub.
    • She also has "Chosen Children, let's roll!" in the original Japanese version for whenever they're about to enter the Digital World. Notably, when in one episode Yolei is too depressed to go into the Digital World to fight, Kari has to supply the phrase.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Ironically, as she is who tries the most to be serious.
  • Composite Character: While she and her Digimon's abilities have most in common with Sora and Mimi, Yolei's personality and back story actually makes her much like Joe and Izzy, as she also manages to fill in their positions on the team.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Despite not inheriting his crest as a Digiegg Yolei takes on Joe's role as the oldest member and the one most likely to panic.
  • Ditzy Genius: Rather absent-minded and hyper, but still smart.
  • Don't Say Such Stupid Things: She's the one who gives these speeches to Ken and Hikari.
  • Dub Name Change: Her name was "Miyako" in the original version, but in the dub, her name was changed to "Yolei." Terri Lei O'Malley said that they were going to keep her name as "Kyo" (an alternate way of reading the kanji for "Miyako"), but it was difficult for the voice team to pronounce, so they took the "Yo" out of her name and combined it with the "Lei" from O'Malley's name to form "Yolei." However, her name was also translated as "Keely" on some of Bandai's products.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Makes a brief appearance in Our War Game.

    Cody Hida 

Cody Hida (Iori Hida)

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Iori is the youngest and most reserved of the new team, rather quiet and standoffish compared to the others. He seems to practice a zen-like religion, keeping him fairly stoic throughout. He is also a kendoist, and relies on his wise, yet quirky, grandfather for advice.

In the conclusion of 02, he becomes a defense attorney.

Voiced by: Megumi Urawa (JP), Philece Sampler (EN), Belén Rodríguez (Spain), Claudia Motta (Latin America)

  • Big "SHUT UP!": The other kids have a slight tendency to ignore him, because they're older and tend to assume that their plans are better.
    WILL YOU ALL STOP TALKING?
  • Composite Character: The English dub says he is this to Izzy and Joe, but that Yolei is far more a composition of those two than Cody ever was.
  • Crossdressing Voices: His voice actor is a woman in all of the dubs.
  • Dead Person Conversation: His zen-like training allows him to talk with dead spirits.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father was a police officer who was killed on duty.
  • Foil: Iori is the youngest in his group, and occasionally gets brushed off, like Takeru before him. However, Iori is far more serious, and is inclined toward skepticism.
  • Heir to the Dojo: He's the next-in-line to take the title of zen master after his grandfather dies.
  • Honour Before Reason: Cody stubbornly refuses to leave everyone else behind while they are an oil rig, until everyone else gets fed up with his attitude and make him leave. After that, he's unwilling to tell a lie even to get Joe's help when it's a life and death situation, to the extent he starts crying about it.
  • Japanese Politeness: He speaks very politely to his elders.
  • Just a Kid: How he is treated. You'd really think T.K. and Kari would know better given they used to be in the same boat as him.
  • Kid Samurai: Takes kendo lessons.
  • Only Sane Man: Comes off as this due to the other two children being an Idiot Hero and a Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Reluctant Warrior: The most extreme case on the roster. Of course, his father was shot in the line of duty, so he has a reason for his aversion to lethal violence.
  • The Resenter: He takes much more time forgiving Ken for his deeds as the Digimon Kaiser.
  • She's a Man in Japan: In one of the oddest examples of the trope, Cody is treated as a girl by the dubs of Portugal and Spain, and only in the last episodes he gets male treatment, which leads to not little confusion given his ambiguous look. Such an oddity has never been oficially explained, and it's considered to be some kind of error.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: He's the smallest of the team but the smartest in a lot of ways.
  • The Smart Guy: Mostly when it comes to using the Digimental of knowledge.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Fails this with BlackWarGreymon and regrets it at once.
  • Tell Me About My Father: One of the driving factors of the final plot arc.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: Which causes him quite the trouble in an episode.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Most of the time, you wouldn't even think he's really still in elementary school. This is reflected in the Digi-eggs he gets: Knowledge (which belonged to Izzy) and Reliability/Honesty (which was the crest Joe had).

     Ken Ichijouji 

Ken Ichijouji (post-Digimon Emperor/Kaiser)

"I know I can never be forgiven for what I've done... I'll atone for my own sins."

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Ken after realizing the Digital World isn't a video game, and having to face up to all the evil stuff he's done (and with the Dark Spore suppressed). Ridden with guilt and sorrow, he works hard to try and clean up his act, but perhaps will never completely get over it. Thankfully, Daisuke and Wormmon seem pretty determined to help him reform.

In the conclusion of 02, he marries Miyako and becomes a detective (a police officer in the original Japanese version).

Voiced By: Romi Park (JP), Derek Stephen Prince (EN), Pilar Domínguez (Spain), Benjamín Rivera (Latin America), Rebeca Gómez (Latin America, as a child)

  • Academic Athlete: A function of the Dark Spore. He's both a Teen Genius and a sports prodigy.
  • Adorkable: Displays traits of this once he joins the team as a contrast to his former Kaiser persona; he's incredibly awkward and somewhat socially inept, but it only makes him come off as more of a nice guy.
  • The Atoner: He's got a latent death wish and keeps feeling guilty even after sealing Daemon in the Dark Ocean.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: As a child Ken, jealous of his older brother and angry that he always got special attention because he was a Child Prodigy, wished for Osamu to disappear. He got a hit by a car shortly afterward. This set the stage for all of the events to follow.
  • Break the Haughty: That's what causes his Heel–Face Turn, actually.
  • Broken Ace: A Teen Genius that turned evil thanks to his brother being killed in a car accident and Ken believing that he had wished it to happen.
  • Chick Magnet: Female Muggles are all over him.
    • Hilariously lampshaded in the Michi e no Armour Shinka drama, where Ken is signing autographs and Wormmon is telling his fans to stand file in a single line. Yes, the whole thing is crack.
    • Even funnier is when Daisuke tries to imitate his Emperor persona in order to get more fans, but they all boo at him, saying Ken is cooler. And then after the kids solve a conflict, the girls there thank him...only to go back to fangirling Ken right after.
  • Child Prodigy: Both he and his brother were this, but the latter was more intelligent and made Ken jealous.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: After Ken does his Heel–Face Turn, his D-3 remains black, albeit a lighter shade than previously. Also, his partner is of the Virus attribute.
  • Dead Person Conversation: He often converses and sees visions of his older brother, even as the Emperor.
  • Dead Sidekick: Wormmon via Disney Death. Although he gets better shortly.
  • Death Seeker: His dream in the Lotus-Eater Machine? Watching himself get beaten to death, as the Kaiser, by the Digimon he's hurt. The poor kid's only eleven.
    • It comes out as early as episode 26, in which Ken is completely ready to blow up the Kaiser's base and himself along with it. (Stingmon shares the self-sacrificial sentiment in the episode, blaming himself for being unable to stop Ken as the Kaiser.) Daisuke snaps him out of it for the time being, but given what he sees in the Lotus-Eater Machine, it doesn't go completely away even up until then.
  • Dreaming of Times Gone By: Ken dreams about when he got the Dark Spore. He's forgotten the surrounding events, so he has to ask Wormmon about them.
  • Easy Amnesia: Dubs-only; right after his self-induced coma, he has trouble recognizing who his parents (and the picture of his deceased brother) are, and has some trouble remembering about the Digital World and Wormmon until he gets some mental prompting. It only lasts one episode. (The original just had him rather emotionally detached from his memories, but clearly there.)
  • Education Mama: His parents acted this way both towards his brother and then towards him. Once they realized the strain they were putting on Ken (and his older brother) they let up on the pressure and just want him to be a normal kid.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: As the Digimon Kaiser, his hair is two-toned and spiked, nearly identical to his dead, genius brother's. After his Heel–Face Turn, his hair is more bluish, chin-length, and straight.
  • Expy: His entire arc from being an Unwitting Pawn to the real Big Bad as the Digimon Emperor to a hero who atones from his past sins makes him one to Takeshi Todo.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In the second part of tri, he appears as the Digimon Emperor once again, trying to kidnap Meicoomon and commanding a dark Imperialdramon. Subverted in the third part, where it turns out "Ken" was actually a now-evil Gennai in disguise.
  • Freak Out!: As a product of his Break the Haughty.
  • Future Badass: In the Distant Finale he's become a Badass Longcoat detective (or a police officer in the Japanese version), fighting crime with Wormmon.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: On the receiving edge of two, courtesy of Miyako and Daisuke.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Ken was the first major enemy in the series; after suffering a Villainous Breakdown following Wormmon's death, he slowly recovers from the hold the Dark Spore had over him.
  • Heel Realization: Which prompted a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Heroic BSoD: He gets these semi-frequently.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Davis, after joining the team.
  • Hidden Depths: According to the episode in which he visits Mexico to gather the lost Digimon, he can speak and understand a decent amount of Spanish. One wonders if he really doesn't have some traces of genius after all.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: After going through wanting to be special before. He became content with who he was, and tried to encourage other kids that were being enticed by Dark Spores to be the same way.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Ken started out as a regular boy in the shadow of his prodigy brother. After getting infected with a Dark Spore, he finally started to show enhanced intelligence and athleticism at the cost of his own humanity.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Downplayed in that he is successful in knocking down Dark Towers with Stingmon after being reformed, but is far more effectual once he becomes part of the True Companions.
  • I Wished You Were Dead: His brother, Osamu/Sam.
  • The Lancer: Replaces Takeru once he joins the team. After he paired up with Davis as DNA partners the series have never looked back. Just look at most pictures of the team or of the Lancers of the Digimon franchise, official or otherwise.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Strongly implied to be the case with his memories of the Tag Tamer games. When the memories begin to surface as dreams, SkullSatamon remarks that he's "starting to remember".
  • Last-Name Basis: Even after being accepted onto the team, the rest of the team still call him by his last name (not so in the dub) with the exception of Daisuke and Miyako.
  • Meaningful Name: The kanji used for Ken's name means "intelligence" or "genius", reflecting both his brief stint as a genius under the Kaiser/Emperor persona and the resulting expectations that were placed on him.
  • More Than Mind Control: Possibly. It's not entirely clear how much of his thought process as the Kaiser is Ken and how much is the Dark Spore that was implanted in him.
  • Must Make Amends: Everything he does is to make amends for what he did as the Digimon Emperor.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Twice.
  • Nice Guy: Ken post Heel–Face Turn and as The Atoner. Fitting, considering he's the Chosen of the Crest Of Kindness
  • Official Couple: With Miyako/Yolei in the 02 epilogue.
  • Old Shame: invoked He dislikes his actions as the Digimon Emperor.
  • Out, Damned Spot!: After his Heel–Face Turn he continues to feel guilt for his actions.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Daisuke's red, replacing Takeru once he joins the team.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Even after Ken lost his Digimon and went into an emotional breakdown after he realized what he had done as the Digimon Emperor, most of the kids (mainly Yolei and Cody) were still very wary of his intentions. This was especially true when he used Wormmon to kill a rampaging Thundermon, rather than calming or trapping it. Then they learn in the next episode that the rogue Thundermon was actually created from a Control Spire and they start trusting him more (though Cody still refuses to completely accept him until the World Tour arc).
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: He wears his gray Tamachi school uniform in both worlds. He even wears it under his Digimon Kaiser outfit, which may or may not reflect his priorities and the expectations placed upon him.
  • Sixth Ranger: He joins the team some time after they're already established.
  • Start of Darkness: When he read Oikawa's email.
  • The Unfavorite: As a child, the butt of this trope before his brother's death.

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