- Animal Motifs: Based on the attributes of their partner, and evolutions tied to the Digiegg with their crest. Tai - Dinosaurs, Matt - Canines, Sora - Birds, Izzy - Bugs, Mimi - Plants, Joe - Sea Creatures, TK - Angels and Kari - Holy Beasts.
- Brought Down to Normal: Between Adventure and 02 they used the power of their Crests to release the Four Holy Beasts, but couldn't evolve their partners past Adult afterwards by themselves. This actually brought them *lower* than normal - Homeostasis explains in Adventure that the Crests are more stabilizers than they are power boosters ("tools to help your Digimon evolve correctly"), and that they didn't need them like Tai and Kari didn't need them in the prequel movie with the big Agumon. During the World Tour arc of 02, Azulongmon grants them one of his DigiCores, allowing them to evolve to Perfect again.
- The Chosen Many: A group of children chosen to save the Digital World.
- Color-Coded Characters: Via their crests, crest empowered digivices, Transformation Sequences and merchandise and branding. Tai - Orange, Matt - Blue, Sora - Red, Izzy - Purple, Mimi - Green, Joe - Gray, TK - Yellow, and Kari - Pink
- Connected All Along: At first, only some of them know one another, and only peripherally in some cases. Eventually, Homeostasis reveals they all saw a Greymon and Parrotmon fighting when they were younger, because they all lived at the same apartment complex where the two fought which is why they were chosen.
- Demoted to Extra: With the exception of T.K. and Kari, the cast appear significantly less in 02, with much of the focus going instead to Davis, Yolei, Cody, and Ken.
- Dub Name Change: In an interesting variation, the characters did get to keep their original first names, but went by nicknames throughout the show. The only exception to this is Hikari, which was changed to "Kari", as the show dropped that format halfway into the show. In the South Korean dub, however, all of the characters' names were changed into Western or Korean names to comply with South Korean broadcasting rules, which limited/banned Japanese content due to political tension between the countries.
- Losing the Team Spirit: They all go through this when Tai disappears after the fight with Etemon. After failing to find him, the kids all go their separate ways and fail to do anything important for months on end. When Tai finally returns to the Digital World, he has to track them down and get them back together.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The English Dub justifies most instances of Dub Name Change as them going by nicknames. Subverted at least one time though, when Izzy's mom referred to him by his actual first name, Koushiro.
- Power Limiter: According to the Adventure novel, the physical crests acted as this if one of their traits was motivated by evil intent.
- Punny Name:
- Yamato and Takeru's names are derived from Japanese folk hero Yamato Takeru... which is kind of like having two characters named Arthur and Pendragon in a western work.
- Sora and Mimi are from soramimi, which is the Japanese word for the intentional Mondegreen of a song with words from a foreign language. Yes, the Japanese have a word for that.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Of The Chosen Ones variety.
- Second Year Protagonist: In Digimon Adventure 02, Tai, Matt and Sora are now facing their 2nd year of middle school. Three years later, Digimon Adventure tri. shows Tai, Matt and Sora at their 2nd year of high school, while T.K. and Kari have now reached the same year of middle school as the latter in Adventure 02.
- The Team:
- Tai is the headstrong Leader, the strongest, and the one who keeps the team together.
- Matt is The Lancer as a more thoughtful loner, Tai's primary foil, and rough equal in power.
- Sora handles the Team Mom aspects of The Chick, looking after everyone particularly the younger members, but can also be a Shorttank Action Girl when the need arises.
- Izzy is the Smart Guy who understands the technical aspects of the digital world better than anyone, an all around computer whiz, and Tai's Side Kick when needed.
- Mimi handles The Cutie aspects of The Chick as an expressive, sometimes vain, Girly Girl.
- Joe is the Team Dad who feels responsible for the others as the eldest.
- TK is the Tag Along Kid as the youngest of the team whose cheerfulness and upbeat attitude the others try to protect.
- Kari is a Mysterious Waif who has several inherent abilities that interact with the forces of light and darkness, and also a Distaff Counterpart Tag Along Kid to TK.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: As of Digimon Adventure tri., this is shaping up to be; since in almost every scene the characters are shown wearing a different set of clothes.
Taichi "Tai" Kamiya (Taichi Yagami)
English: Joshua Seth (regular voice), Jason Spisak (Revenge of Diaboromon)
Spanish: Gerry Meza (Latin America, Adventure), Enzo Fortuny (Latin America, Adventure 02), Blanca Rada (Spain)
Tai is the first season's leader, and bearer of the Crest of Courage. He's a reckless blockhead at times, willing to jump into anything, and this gets him into serious trouble when he gets the idea in his head that, since the Digital World is digital, he can't be killed. The realization that this isn't the case freezes him right in his tracks, and when he overcomes it, he makes the proper jump from "not afraid" to "courageous." Despite his recklessness, he's a warm, encouraging guy, very friendly, and the team just doesn't work without him.
He comes from a normal family, living with his parents and little sister, Kari. Kari ends up being a major factor in his character development, as taking care of her forces him to mature from "courageous action guy" into "responsible leader."
In the conclusion of 02, he and Agumon become ambassadors to the Digital World.
- Anime Hair: His hair is both very big and spiky.
- Balloon Belly: His stomach has become like this due to his Big Eater tendencies.
- Big Brother Instinct: Taichi is very protective of Hikari. He cooks for her and feels her forehead when she's sick in her debut episode, and when she falls sick in the Digital World, he goes crazy in desperation as he tries to look for medicine for her. Part of why he's so protective of her is because when they were little, he made her come outside to play with him when she was sick, causing her condition to get worse to the point that she almost died. He's been ashamed of himself for this ever since and has tried to be better for her sake.
- Big Eater: This guy has a pretty big appetite.
- Bishounen: In Adventure 02 and Adventure tri., on par with Matt.
- Cool Big Bro: He often looks out for Hikari, and she idolizes him a lot.
- Crossdressing Voices: In Japanese, European Spanish, Italian and Arabic.
- Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair and brown eyes.
- Deadpan Snarker: Granted, this is mostly due to the Gag Dub.
- Depending on the Writer: The writers cannot decide whether Taichi has ever been interested in Sora romantically. Barring comments from the cast, Hiroyuki Kakudou, the series director, had never intended Taichi to be romantically interested in Sora because he found it too cliche and their personalities incompatible. According to him, it "doesn't exist." However, the writers for tri. have played up Taichi, Sora, and Yamato's relationship as a Love Triangle as the new series is aimed towards an older demographic and official polls have shown that shipping plays a huge part of the fandom's interest in the series.
- The Determinator: As the bearer of the Crest of Courage, he is determined to go further. At first, in a very impulsive way and then calmer.
- Dub Name Change: English first name is an abbreviated version of his Japanese name, which isn't that odd in the Digimon franchise. What is odd, though, is that due to a mistranslation his Japanese last name - Yagami - was changed for the dub into... another Japanese surname: Kamiya.
- In the Korean dub, his name is changed to Shin Tae-il along with an Adaptational Nationality change, where he was made Korean in order to comply with South Korean broadcasting regulations.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Punches Matt when he starts to brood too much to knock him back to his senses. They do this to each other a lot.
- Goggles Do Nothing: In the first series. In the second he claims they symbolize leadership and gave them to Davis. In the third series Izzy makes a new pair that do something unusual.
- The Hero: He is the main character and the leader of the group.
- Heroic BSoD: Once a Season:
- In Adventure, Taichi finds out that he really can die in the Digital World. Also, when Kari falls ill during the Dark Masters Arc.
- In 02, Agumon is kidnapped by Digimon Emperor and is forced to digivolve to SkullGreymon and MetalGreymon Virus Type. Then Matt comes and punches him, in a friendly way, to get back to his senses.
- And in Tri, its a recurring theme. This time after seeing the collateral damage caused by the battle with Kuwagamon he fears killing civilians and starts to question how the digidestined fight their battles in the real world, or if they should be fighting at all.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In 02, Taichi lets Sora give a meaningful Christmas gift to Yamato after finding out she has a crush on him. In tri., he feels awkward about inviting Sora to see his soccer game after seeing Yamato invite her to his concert, with both events taking place at the same time.
- Image Song: His image songs are "Yuuki wo Tsubasa ni Shite" note in Digimon Adventure and "Atarashii Taiyou" note in Digimon Adventure 02. He also gets "Eikyuu ni Tsuzuke!" note on the 10th Anniversary CD. In Digimon Adventure tri., his image song is "Eien no Puzzle" note .
- Innocently Insensitive: Taichi is kind and generous, but he's also quite oblivious when it comes to comforting others sometimes, especially in Adventure. He's reminded several times, often by Yamato, to pay attention to the needs of the rest of the group. In Our War Game!, he and Sora get into a fight that lasts throughout the movie, which was sparked by him giving her a hair clip for her birthday and her interpreting that she's not feminine enough. He gets better and becomes more receptive to other people's feelings, but as shown in Loss, he still has trouble finding the right words to comfort other people.
- The Leader: He is the de facto leader at first since he's so headstrong and overbearing. When he puts the team back together later on he becomes the official leader, and takes on a few more level headed traits. Being that he's the one who keeps the team together makes him a charismatic type as well.
- Leitmotif: His theme songs are "Adventurer ~Taichi no Theme~" and "Adventurer ~Taichi no Theme~ #2."
- Lovable Jock: Downplayed. Among the boys in the group he is by far the most athletic and strongest physically, since Matt is a sensitive musician, Izzy is the smart guy, Joe is the reliable medic, and T.K. is the tag along kid. He can be very hot headed and stubborn but he is very caring and considerate of others and not afraid to stand up for the little guy. He also shows some restraint in his fights with Matt. Twice he gained the upper hand against him and had him at his mercy but held back from hurting him any further. Also after roughing up Izzy he quickly apologized for his behavior.
- Meaningful Name: His name has the character to "Sun" (as his crest) and his surname means "eight gods" (as the eight children).
- Nice Guy: Sora notes that even when he goes to the extreme, he always has everyone else's best interest at heart.
- Orange/Blue Contrast: With his counterpart Matt, having their color motifs of orange and blue respectively.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the red to Matt's blue, though the roles are switched later on. The main dynamic is that Tai is always focused on how the mission is going, sometimes at the expense of the good of the team while, Matt is the other way around.
- Ship Tease: Tai had ship tease with Sora in Adventure (which was often exaggerated in the English version, as the writers shipped them), despite that Hiroyuki Kakudou never intended for them to be a couple. However, Our War Game! and tri. (in which Kakudou notably was not involved) infamously amped up the ship tease between Taichi and Sora without any additions from the dub.
- Shirtless Scene: Apart from running around in his underwear in episodes 8 and 9, he was also shirtless when he went to the Net Ocean in Digimon V-Tamer 01, at least in the Italian version, which presented the story as a sequel to Digimon Adventure.
- Shonen Hair: Even more apparent nowadays without his goggle-strap-reinforced headband to hold it up.
- The Strategist: One of Tai's bigger traits near the end of the first season is that he's good at organizing Digimon in combat. That said, Digimon is not a particularly tactical series, so his orders never get particularly complex. You can see it in Digimon: The Movie, where he gives simple lines like "Circle around!"
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure
- Always Someone Better: Matt begins to resent him not only for usually being stronger, but because he at times it seems like he has a stronger bond with TK.
- Badass Adorable: He's only in the fifth grade at this point in time, and he's still willing to get up close and personal with many a stronger Digimon.
- Compressed Vice: The episode after the debacle with SkullGreymon, Tai's regretful but isn't reluctant to have Agumon fight again. The episode after that has Tai so hesitant to fight that the team nearly get their asses kicked by a Kuwagamon.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: His outfit has an armband on one side.
- Fearless Fool: He was one at the start of the series, but he displays true courage in the Pilot Movie, causing him to be matched with the crest which he eventually lives up to.
- Figure It Out Yourself: Tai gets this response twice when he asks how to beat the Dark Masters.
- Gone Horribly Right: After getting his Crest, Tai does everything he can goes above and beyond to get Agumon to digivolve to the Ultimate level, overfeeding him and finally deliberately endangering himself during a battle with Etemon's Greymon. When Greymon does so, Tai's look of triumph quickly changes to Oh, Crap! before SkullGreymon goes on the warpath.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Was the only character to wear briefs aside from T.K., specifically blue with white stripes.
- Hit Me, Dammit!: To Matt, whenever their disagreements and arguments go very far, especially when separated by Devimon and when Matt got convinced by Cherrymon to have MetalGarurumon fight WarGreymon.
- Also to Izzy during the fight against Machinedramon, but far more dramatically as Kari got sick of her flu and Tai became desperate to cure her as soon as possible due to a traumatic experience that almost caused his little sister's death.
- Hot-Blooded: Reconstructed. At first, Tai was a Fearless Fool that rushed into action without thinking about the consequences, which caused the SkullGreymon incident. After that, Tai proved himself worthy of the Crest of Courage by being more careful about what he did and only being courageous when he had to be.
- Magnetic Hero: The group falls apart without him. It also makes him something of The Heart.
- Percussive Maintenance: Apparently has a lot of faith in it, since he tries it on Izzy's computer in episode 4. Fortunately, an accident with Agumon disabuses him of trying any further... until Our War Games, when he does this again, and causes his computer to blue-screen mid-battle.
- Real Men Can Cook: He manages to whip up a pretty good-looking omelette for Kari in episode 20.
- Shirtless Scene: (In)famously wore just briefs and shoes for most of episode 8.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Force feeding Agumon which resulted in SkullGreymon. The rest of the kids felt sorry for the poor fire breathing dinosaur.
- Wounded Gazelle Warcry: Knowing that Greymon's digivolution is powered by his courage, as well as Tai himself being in danger, Tai deliberately puts himself in harm's way to force it. It backfires; since this is less "courageous" and more Too Dumb to Live, the digivolution is distorted, and Greymon becomes SkullGreymon and goes on a rampage.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure 02
- Ambadassador: In the epilogue to 02, he, along with Agumon, has become a United Nations diplomat for the Digital World.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: In the epilogue to 02.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a blue one in the later half.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Davis.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: After Agumon gets abducted by the Digimon Emperor, Tai starts moping. So Matt punches him in the face. Unlike last time, Tai thanks Matt, admitting he needed punching.
- Important Haircut: Shown to have had one in the epilogue to 02.
- Inexplicably Awesome: The first episode has him manage to get to the Digital World on his own, somehow.
- It's the Best Whatever, Ever!: Tai proclaims that Agumon is "the best present ever" when they get to spend Christmas together.
- Passing the Torch: To Davis. He gives his goggles to him after inheriting the Crest of Courage, symbolizing leadership.
- Sempai/Kohai: To Daisuke.
- Shipper on Deck: He becomes one for Matt and Sora near the end of the series.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure tri.
- Big "SHUT UP!": After hearing Meiko blame herself for everything one time too many, he snaps at her. Then he immediately apologises.
- Call-Forward: 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, thinking of Agumon, and gets the suggestion he should study foreign languages if he wants to travel. In the epilogue to 02 he is an ambassador to the Digital World, the very same faraway hard to get to place.
- Disney Death: He falls into an abyss after attempting to save Meiko and Yamato at the end of Coexistence. He returns in Our Future.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: After the reboot in tri., Gabumon becomes embarrassed to call Yamato by his name only, opting to call him "Yamato-kun" instead. He is, however, fine with calling Taichi by his name only, to Taichi's displeasure.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: A new pair made by Izzy that can see digital activity in the real world. He's also as likely to hang them around his neck as wear them above his eyes when they're not on.
- Good Morning, Crono: Kari gets him out of bed in the opening scene.
- Locked in a Room: The others force him and Matt into sitting alone in a ferris wheel to hash out their arguments.
- Maybe Ever After: At the end of Our Future, Taichi is implied to have a crush on Meiko, as he calls her blushing and stuttering while the rest of the DigiDestined are tense and egging him on. The official art of the series provides further Ship Tease by having the two stand near each other next to the Official Couple Yamato/Sora while their Digimon play, and when Agumon gives a bouquet of flowers to Meicoomon in another.
- Mr. Fanservice: Provides more shirtless scene than any other male in Tri.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Downplayed, but he is very irritated when his previously exhausted soccer team perks up when Kari drops off his lunch.
- Although he is probably more irritated by the sudden change of attitude on his soccer team.
- Ship Tease: He gets a fair bit of it with Meiko during the latter half of the series, Meiko confiding in Taichi specifically during Coexistance, and Taichi being egged on by the others into calling Meiko during the epilogue. While Taichi is more tense in during the call, Meiko is shown more at ease, even addressing him less formally.
- Took a Level in Cynic: In Tri, as Reality Ensues he becomes noticeably much more cynical than his past self and is reluctant to fight.
Yamato "Matt" Ishida" (Yamato Ishida)
English: Michael Reisz (Adventure & Adventure 02), Vic Mignogna (tri)
Spanish: Uraz Huerta (Latin America, Adventure), José Gilberto Vilchis (Latin America, Adventure 02), Mariano García (Spain)
Matt wants everyone to think he's a brooding bad boy, but he's actually rather sensitive. He has issues trusting people (himself most of all), and he's very overprotective of his younger brother, T.K. This causes him to be very cautious (although not as cautious as Joe), which results in a lot of clashes with the get-out-and-go Tai. Despite (or perhaps thanks to) all this, his crest is Friendship. The Digimon Adventure PSP game reveals that he has a crush on Sora and believes himself to be competing with Tai for her affections. Tai and Sora are best friends and while Sora has a crush on him, Tai only sees her as a friend.
Matt's parents divorced sometime after the Greymon/Parrotmon fight in Heighten View Terrace, but before the first episode. According to the Radio Drama Two-and-a-half Year Break, Matt was the one who decided that T.K. would go with their mother and he would live with their father. He doesn't have a great relationship with his parents, as he seems to feel abandoned by them. He has very low self-esteem, and seems to feel his only purpose in life is to watch out for T.K.—when T.K. starts feeling smothered by him, he's noticeably dismayed. However, with some encouragement from his partner, Gabumon, he was able to come to terms with his family's divorce, and returned in time to help save the team.
In the conclusion of 02, he becomes the first man on Mars (the first astronaut with a Digimon partner in the original Japanese). He is married to Sora.
- Badass Baritone: He has the deepest voice out of all the DigiDestined.
- Big Brother Instinct: Deconstructed. Matt does care about T.K., though he has a lot of difficulty showing it sometimes. Unfortunately, it can backfire, as in some situations Matt's desire to look out for T.K. will override any other concerns. 'Like, for example, rushing out into the middle of a raging blizzard hoping he'd be nearby. In the end, he realizes being a big brother to T.K. was all he felt he could do, and as a result would drive away his little brother. He does learn to accept T.K. as an individual, and afterwards, he continues to look out for him. In tri., he checks up on him when Patamon gets infected and hugs him immediately after the reboot happens.
- Bishōnen: In 02 and tri., as he grows older he becomes more attractive and coupled with him being the vocalist and bassist of a band, he makes the girls faint.
- Breakout Character: Matt is the most popular male character in the series and ranked consistently high on official polls. In 02, he even received his own solo drama CD, and in tri., Knife of Day (his newest band) even released a single in real life.
- The Cast Show Off: Yuuto Kazama, Yamato's original voice actor, was the one who played the bass for his 02 Image Song, "Negai Kanaeru Kagi." In tri., Yoshimasa Hosoya, performed the ending song to Confession, "Boku ni Totte", as Yamato. In the tri. stage play, Shohei Hashimoto also sings "Boku ni Totte" while playing bass.
- Chick Magnet: Yamato is very popular with the girls. In Adventure, this is only limited to an older, attractive woman hitting on him when he tries to hitch the group a ride, but in 02 and tri, he gains a fan following through his band.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Has this relationship with Sora throughout the series such as when Hikari is captured by Vamdemon and Yamato starts to beat himself up over it while Sora feels bad for him, and when Yamato leaves the group due to Cherrymon's brainwashing and Sora promises him to look after Takeru in his absence. This is inverted when Sora herself starts to brood after being trapped in a cave and Yamato (along with Jou) must bring her out of her despair.
- Commander Contrarian: Early on in the series. Whatever idea Tai comes up with, Matt will usually be the first to shoot it down. It's usually a case of him wanting to keep the group (or at least, his little brother) safe, but at the same time, he's not really thinking long term. For example, he believes Tai's idea to climb a mountain to get the lay of the land is too risky, so his alternate plan is to...sit around and do nothing.
- Dub Name Change: In the English dub, he was given the nickname "Matt." In the Korean dub, his name is changed to Matthew along with an Adaptational Nationality change, where he was made part Western in order to comply with South Korean broadcasting regulations.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Matt has an extremely strong sense of justice, and it shows when people disagree with him.
- Image Song: His image songs are "Walk on the Edge" in Digimon Adventure and "Negai Kanaeru Kagi" note in Digimon Adventure 02. Yamato also sings "Tobira ~Door~" in his solo drama CD. In Digimon Adventure tri., his image song is "Boku ni Totte" note , which is also the ending theme to Confession, the third part.
- Innocently Insensitive: While Yamato is more attentive to how people are feeling than Taichi is, he's not very good at comforting them. When Taichi entrusts Hikari to him during Vamdemon's raid, Yamato only ends up making her cry. In Loss, when Sora is down, he's unable to find the right words to make her feel better, and he also fails to notice her new Important Haircut at the end of Our Future.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rather grumpy and short-tempered, but still is a good person deep down.
- The Lancer: Number 2 in terms of leadership, usually the second to unlock new tiers of power, and Tai's primary foil.
- Leitmotif: His theme songs are "Run With the Wind ~Yamato no Theme~" and "Run With the Wind ~Yamato no Theme~ #2."
- Men Can't Keep House: His dad definitely can't. Matt... does to the extent that he's forced to by circumstance. But 02 has TK comment that his home is still pretty darn messy. And when looking in the fridge for something to give TK, he claims he's looking for something that's "not... expired."
- Orange/Blue Contrast: With his counterpart Tai, having their color motifs of blue and orange respectively.
- The Power of Friendship: His Crest relies on this. As his Character Development progresses and challenges him, he eventually finds out the meaning of friendship by himself, especially with Tai and Joe. Also helps Gabumon to digivolve to his Ultimate and Mega levels.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the blue to Tai's red, though the roles switch later on. True to his Crest of Friendship, he's always concerned with the safety, well being and group dynamics of the team, while Tai is more focused on how good or bad the mission is going.
- Theme Naming: Named after folk hero Yamato Takeru, along with his younger brother.
- Tsundere: According to an interview with Yuuto Kazama (his seiyuu) and Yamaguchi Mayumi (Gabumon's seiyuu), this applies to him. See the entry for more details.
- Tsurime Eyes: His hair notably slants upward.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure
- 10-Minute Retirement: After listening to Kari's disembodied entity and being manipulated by Cherrymon, he temporarily leaves the team to follow his own path and get to know himself, having been ashamed of attacking Taichi and feeling as though he's the only one who hasn't matured. Once Piedmon becomes the last remaining Dark Master and Gabumon persuaded him to leave the darkness of his heart, he returns to help Tai in the final battle.
- Aloof Big Brother: To T.K. A big part of what leads to his breakdown late in the series is that T.K. seems to get along better with Tai than with him. And the one time he gets a chance to reciprocate by protecting Kari from Myotismon, he blew it.
- Compressed Vice: The third episode of the Dark Masters arc has Matt suddenly start exploding at Tai, after over a dozen episodes of them getting along fine.
- Darker and Edgier: He goes dark due to Cherrymon, Puppetmon's right hand man, manipulating and convincing him to fight Tai because of all their disagreements and arguments.
- Death Glare: Pretty good at these whenever he's displeased with someone.
- Fighting the Lancer: He and Tai exchange fists every now and then, but usually just to blow off steam. After being manipulated by Cherrymon Matt finally commands Gabumon to fight Agumon at their strongest levels. Despite being against it, Gabumon goes to Metalgarurumon and starts the battle.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Punches Taichi in the face when he acts too impulsively or stupid.
- Heroic BSoD: When T.K. is taken by Puppetmon, he becomes reckless and his crest loses it's power because he separates himself from his friends. When T.K. returns having saved himself, he starts to believe he isn't needed anymore. Gabumon helps Matt realize he isn't alone and the crest is restored, but Matt still spends time away from his friends until he's able to figure himself out a little more.
- Ineffectual Loner: In spite of being probably the most sensitive to the feelings of his fellow Digi-Destined among the first season cast (only beaten out by Sora and Kari), he has a very bad habit of trying to do almost everything he sets out to do on his own. Whenever he starts acting like that, he is almost always at his most ineffective.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: In flashbacks.
- More Than Mind Control: Cherrymon brings out his feelings of inferiority against Tai to the surface and sets them at conflict with each other.
- Psychosomatic Superpower Outage: Matt's crest fails after a falling out with the other kids, but once Gabumon affirms his loyalty to him, it works again.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: In Adventure.
- Troubled, but Cute: Yamato is still bearing the aftermath of his parents' divorce and how it has shaken up his family.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure 02
- Happily Married: He ends up married with Sora. Word of God has confirmed it.
- Heroes Want Redheads: He develops a thing for Sora and eventually marries her.
- Mr. Fanservice: In universe and out; he's a Chick Magnet in universe and among the boys is probably the most popular with fangirls, along with Ken, TK and (surprisingly) Izzy.
- Nobody Loves the Bassist: Averted. He is a true Chick Magnet that makes his fans faint and even has his own Abhorrent Admirer: Jun, Davis' sister.
- Nobody Touches the Hair: He says this in a throwaway line in the dub. Like a lot of stuff in the dub, it sort of disappears into the ether after that.
- Official Couple: He ends up having a relationship with Sora.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He has a pink apron.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure tri.
- Curse Cut Short: In the English version of Loss, he's cut off by MetalSeadramon half a second short of calling Tai an asshole.Tai: Gabumon wanted a special name for you, and I told him you liked to be called "little!"Gabumon: Yeah!Tai: Haha...Matt: Tai, you are such an a—
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Nowadays he's the Foolish one to T.K.'s Responsible. He's more aggressive about things and T.K. often tries to calm down his brother whenever he and Tai fight.
- Locked in a Room: The others force him and Tai into sitting alone in a ferris wheel to hash out their arguments. It doesn't work.
- Number Two: Yamato becomes the leader of the DigiDestined during the first part of Our Future after Taichi's Disney Death.
- Ship Tease: With Sora. Piyomon catches them having a heart-to-heart moment and thinks Matt is singing cheesy love songs to Sora. The Valentine's Day section of Otomedia says that Sora would be making chocolates for Yamato's band.
- Take Up My Sword: At the end of Coexistence, Taichi is seemingly killed in battle, leaving behind his goggles. Yamato takes his goggles and acts as the new leader of the Digidestined.
English: Colleen O'Shaughnessey
Spanish: Circe Luna (Latin America), Marta Sáinz (Spain)
The group's mother figure, and owner of the Crest of Love. Sora is a sweet girl, but doesn't really see that aspect of herself very well. She spends most of her time mediating fights between Tai and Matt, and keeping the group in line. She doesn't always have the patience for it, but she tries anyway.
Sora's relationship with her parents isn't great. Her mom is a very traditional, ladylike figure who wants her to take up flower arranging, while her father is a professor at a college in Kyoto and rarely home. Sora is convinced early on that her mother doesn't love her; it's not until she unconsciously begins treating Biyomon the same way that she realizes her mother just isn't good at expressing it. They make up during the Myotismon saga, when Sora's mom pulls a Mama Bear on some Bakemon.
In the conclusion of 02, she becomes a fashion designer. She is married to Matt.
- Betty and Veronica: She becomes the Archie to Matt's Betty and Tai's Veronica. The former won.
- Character Outlives Actor: Yuko Mizutani, Sora's first voice actress, passed away in 2016.
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Despite her nature as the team mom, Sora herself is prone to bouts of depression and anxiety that take a serious amount of work to clear. Not helping is that Sora tends to hide her troubles, meaning the others might not even have a clue how bad they really are, something Tai even points out in Tri.
- Cool Big Sis: She acts like a big sister to the group, especially to Mimi, T.K. and Kari. The website of Adventure tri. states that she acts like a caring big sis that stops Matt and Tai from arguing.
- Depending on the Writer: Whether she ever had any romantic interest in Taichi varies on who's on the writing team. According to Hiroyuki Kakudou's Word of God, she is not romantically interested in Taichi and this is reflected in the original Japanese versions of Adventure and 02 where she only likes Yamato. The writing staff for Our War Game! and the English dub put in Ship Tease because of the ship's popularity and because they had assumed that they would eventually become a couple. tri. brought back the Ship Tease and played up Taichi, Sora, and Yamato's relationship as a Love Triangle.
- Distress Ball: Sora is far from being a Damsel in Distress and can hold her own, but there have been numerous instances where she becomes helpless only to show how important she is to Taichi and Yamato. In Adventure, she had to be rescued from Taichi from Andromon and Datamon, and both Yamato and Joe had to come to her rescue when she falls into a dark pit. Loss puts her in compromising positions several times, with most of these scenarios resulting in her being rescued by Taichi and Yamato.
- Dub Name Change: In the Korean dub, her surname is changed to Han along with an Adaptational Nationality change, where she was made Korean in order to comply with South Korean broadcasting regulations.
- Fiery Redhead: She has flaming-red hair and is more active than your average Chick.
- Girliness Upgrade: Fandom accuses her of being subjected to Chickification, but in reality this is what happened. She used to love soccer and despised her mom's plan for her to study flower-arranging. By Adventure 02, she has traded soccer for tennis and has gladly taken up flower-arranging. She also has longer hair and dresses more feminine. By the epilogue, this is complete with Sora becoming a fashion designer.
- The Heart: Third in command, the mediator between The Hero and The Lancer and Team Mom or Cool Big Sis to the rest of the members. She takes care of them from behind the scenes even when she's too ashamed to show her face.
- Heroes Want Redheads: She is in a Love Triangle with Taichi and Yamato. While Hiroyuki Kakudo, the director for Adventure, had always intended on Sora ending up with Yamato and believed a love triangle "didn't exist" — Our War Game! and Digimon Adventure tri., which he had no involvement in, did ship Sora with Taichi.
- Image Song: Her image songs are "Ashita wa Motto" note in Digimon Adventure and "Shiny Days" in Digimon Adventure 02. In the Digimon Girls' Festival alum, she also sings the image song "Sorairo no Kaze" note . In Digimon Adventure tri., her image song is "Yume no Kanau Basho" note .
- Leitmotif: Her theme songs are "Straight From the Heart ~Sora no Theme~" and "Straight From the Heart ~Sora no Theme~ #2."
- Meaningful Name: "Sora" is Japanese for "sky." Guess who has the bird Digimon?
- Nice Girl: She's feisty and tomboyish, yes, but she's generally a good gal.
- The Not-Love Interest: This trope is played straight at first, but later subverted. Hiroyuki Kakudo had never intended Sora and Taichi to have a romantic relationship, but later products of the series, which he had no involvement in, shipped the two together. Her 02 character description even includes the line, "There will be aspects of her relationship with Taichi that fans will be curious about."
- One of the Boys: Sora and Tai relate to each other since they played soccer together. Also, in the novelization, she also helped out at camp by doing the chores that are normally reserved for boys while the rest of the girls focused on cooking.
- Parental Abandonment: Mom is emotionally distant and Dad is a workaholic. They work things out, though.
- The Power of Love: She possesses the Crest of Love, and it was her love for Biyomon and the other destined children that gave her power.
- Ship Tease: Sora has ship tease with both Taichi and Yamato depending on the series. Though it's established in 02 that she ultimately ends up with Yamato, tri. continues to ship both pairings at the same time, with the cast calling their entire relationship a Love Triangle.
- Team Mom: TK even compares her to his mother at one point. In tri., it's showcased even more; by calming down Tai and Matt after their fight, reassuring Jou to not feel bad for missing the fight with Kuwagamon, going out with the girls for lunch, and helping Meiko look for Meikuumon. It's outright invoked in Confession when Meiko describes her as this. Sora irritably mentions that Tai says the same thing about her.
- Deconstructed in Loss, where because she takes care of everyone else and she prioritizes making them happy over herself. That means they struggle to understand how to help her when she needs it and when Biyomon rejects her she falls apart.
- Tsundere: Sora becomes a type A "tsundere" in the events of Our War Game!
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure
- Heroic BSoD: Despite the fact that she shows affection towards the team, she doesn't believe in her crest because of her strained relationship with her mother.
- Nice Hat: Oddly, her hat is a helmet in one episode and cloth in another.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Sora doesn't wear sleeves in her main outfit.
- Short Tank: Sora had a tomboyish personality in the first series and wears more athletic clothing than the other female members.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Sora plays rough contact sports, wears jeans and sneakers, and holds her own as being generally third in line strength-wise, while Mimi is constantly complaining and longing for creature comforts, wears pink and carries a purse, and is usually the second-to-last to join a fight. After Adventure, they no longer have this dynamic thanks to Girliness Upgrade on Sora's part, where she is now portrayed as motherly and conservatively feminine.
- Women Are Wiser: Sora generally places the needs of the team above her own and often warns Taichi to steer clear of danger. However, in Our War Game!, where she spends the entire film refusing to talk to Tai over an unintentional slight.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Sora's Education Mama, who is one already, wants her to start practicing arranging flowers and pressures her to quit soccer. Later, though, they make amends.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure 02
- Happily Married: Word of God has confirmed that she ends up in loving marriage with Matt.
- Not So Above It All: When the DigiDestined pick her and Miyako up from Russia, rather than being responsible, she joins Miyako in begging to stay so they could try authentic Russian cuisine.
- Official Couple: She falls in love with Matt and gives him a Christmas present.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure tri.
- Call-Forward: Sora helps Meiko with her outfit in the second movie, hinting at her later career as a fashion designer in the 02 epilogue.
- Important Haircut: At the end of Our Future, Sora gets a haircut as the DigiDestined move onwards to the future.
- Made of Iron: Is she ever. When Machinedramon grabs Biyomon during Loss, Sora hangs on to Machinedramon's claw. The Dark Lord responds by smashing Sora repeatedly against a glacier. Despite that, Sora refuses to let go, manages to have a conversation with Biyomon while hanging on, and is ultimately none the worse for wear.
Koushiro Izzy Izumi (Koushiro Izumi)
English: Mona Marshall
Spanish: Mónica Estrada (Latin America, Adventure), Alfredo Leal (Latin America, Adventure 02), Raquel Martín (Spain)
Basically, Izzy is the one who can actually think his way out of a paper bag, which is only supported by his Crest of Knowledge. He's very curious and logical, and somewhat unsure of himself socially. He carries around a laptop computer, and his reactions to various problems are nearly always a variation on "If I learn enough, I can fix it."
Izzy is adopted. His biological parents died when he was very young, and his father's cousins adopted him, having recently lost a child of their own. They kept this a secret from him, but he accidentally heard them talking about it, and was devastated. After this, Izzy sank himself into his computer as an escape, probably to learn everything he could. At the same time, he loves his parents deeply and is very well-behaved for them.
Thanks to Character Development and a talk with his parents, Izzy is able to overcome his withdrawn personality better, so that he then can help Tai out of his depression over Kari falling ill during the Dark Masters Arc.
In the conclusion of 02, he has set up a research team to study more of the Digital World.
- Adorkable: Nerdy computer wiz? Check. Absolutely adorable because of it? Double check.
- Alliterative Name: In the English version he goes by Izzy Izumi, despite the fact that the nickname 'Izzy' comes from his last name. His first name is still Koushiro.
- Badass Adorable: What else can you say about a short Adorkable nerd who can hack into the mainframe of an entire alternate world? Three times?
- Bad Liar: Izzy tends to babble nervously, laugh awkwardly, and come up with weak sounding stories when he is placed on the spot and asked questions that he cant answer.
- Adventure tri. has him stuttering a "no" over Mimi saying "Don't I look attractive?".
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: His eyebrows are noticeably thicker than any of the cast's in all three series.
- Bizarre Taste in Food: In the dub, he's the only one who actually likes Tai's mother's cooking, which includes such things as spinach cookies and beef jerky shakes.
- Character Development: Izzy starts out buried in his computer, and he doesn't attend to anyone or anything else. At one point, this makes Mimi cry. Later, he becomes braver, trying new things. It gives him the confidence to attend to what's going on around him, and apply his knowledge (and his computers) for the benefit of his entire team. It's saying something that although Izzy walls himself off again in Tri., this time he's doing it in order to better concentrate on figuring out how to save the partner digimon's lives.
- Character Exaggeration: His "computer nerd" status was exaggerated quite early in the dub. They even had him theorize about aliens.
- Child Prodigy: Izzy is the brains of the team and has a good knowledge of informatics for his age.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: In the original Japanese and in most dubs he's voiced by a female voice actor. He's the only one to retain this trait in Tri.
- Deadpan Snarker: In the dub, Izzy tends to bring the snark in most conversation, especially if he is explaining something to either Tai or Davis.
- Delusions of Eloquence: The English dub gave him a Catchphrase of "Prodigious!", but rarely, if at all, does he ever say it in a context where said word makes sense. Notably, nobody ever actually calls him out on this.
- Doing Research: The kids would never have gotten very far without Izzy's laptop. It does 98% of everything in the series except digivolve, be a digivice and induce the character development of traits that the Digi-Destined need.
- Dub Name Change: In the English dub, he was given the nickname "Izzy", although his mother does call him "Koshiro" in one episode. In the Korean dub, his name is changed to Jang Han-sol along with an Adaptational Nationality change, where he was made Korean in order to comply with South Korean broadcasting regulations.
- Generation Xerox: His biological father was a mathematician. His adoptive father remarks that he is "the living image" of him.
- Happily Adopted: He was actually very aware of it before his parents told him after overhearing a late-night conversation. That didn't stop him from treating them as real parents.
- Image Song: His image songs are "Version Up" in Digimon Adventure and "Open Mind" in Digimon Adventure 02. In Digimon Adventure tri., his image song is "Kioku no Kakera (Koshiro side)" note .
- Ineffectual Loner: Inverted, Digivolutions and one-time circumstances aside, he gets more done on his own than the rest of the team combined.
- Leitmotif: His theme songs are "Digital Scratch! ~Koushiro no Theme~" and "Digital Scratch! ~Koushiro no Theme~ #2."
- Mr. Exposition: Comes with being The Smart Guy on an island made of data, and Mission Control for the new kids. In tri he gets so deep into an expository monologue so long he doesn't notice when everyone stops paying attention to him to have side conversations, Tai and Matt getting into an explosive argument, and people starting to leave. He only snaps out of it when Joe makes a passing mention about having a girlfriend.
- Oblivious Adoption: His parents think he's this, unaware that he knew the truth.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The only person, in the dub, that called him Koushiro is his mom.
- Parental Abandonment: Izzy lost his parents in an accident before he was a year old, so his father's cousins (who had lost their own baby boy not long before) adopted him, but didn't tell him he was adopted. He accidentally overhears them talking about it and it caused him lots of angst until they sorted things out, at which point he becomes Happily Adopted.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Comes with being The Smart Guy. Present mainly in the dub, though still crops up a few times in the original.
- The Smart Guy: A Wise Beyond Their Years TV Genius Child Prodigy who scans enemies, comes up with strategies, builds equipment and tends to know the most about how the digital world actually works. He shown to be a competent computer programmer in the third series.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His Japanese name was officially romanized "Koushiro." In Digimon Adventure tri., his name was spelled "Koshiro" instead.
- Tell Me About My Father: This is how things got better. And it's one of the most beautifully sad moments in the first series.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Oolong tea. It's made more obvious in tri., where he's almost always seen with it.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure
- Armor-Piercing Question: Early on, Tentomon asks him if he's got any secrets after several questions from Izzy. It causes him to have a brief flashback to learning he was adopted.
- Chekhov's Boomerang: In a world made of digital information, Izzy's PiBook Laptop is priceless. The Digimon Analyzer reveals that WarGreymon has Dramon Destroyer weapons, which allow him to destroy MetalSeadramon and Machinedramon.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Orange boxers.
- Potty Emergency: The original reason for Izzy's loss of composure in Our War Game!.
- Shorter Means Smarter: The intellectual, tech savvy member of the team. He's a year younger than Tai, Matt and Sora, and short for his age either way. To make the picture clearer to you, he and Mimi are the same age. He eventually grows out of it and looks more like his age.
- Side Kick: As Izzy is the brains and Tai the leader, Tai counts on him to avoid the dangers like entering Datamon's Pyramid or touring Machinedramon's City.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure 02
- Mission Control: The role he plays in 02 is similar to this.
- Noodle Incident: Dub only: He claims in "The Emperor's New Home" that his ethernet configuration somehow managed to completely collapse. Note that it's pretty much impossible for that to just randomly happen.
- Sempai/Kohai: He's Yolei's sempai in the Computer Club.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure tri.
- Crush Blush: Gets one whenever Mimi is near, or somebody asks him about her.
- Exhausted Eye Bags: After pulling at least one night (and almost certainly more) trying to work out how to solve the infection problem.
- Failed a Spot Check: When everyone meets to discuss the Digimon appearing, Izzy launches into a long explanation that relatively quickly becomes background noise for everyone else discussing the recent news coverage. It becomes a little ridiculous when Matt starts yelling at Tai right in front of Izzy, and he still continues his explanation completely oblivious to the fact that nobody is listening to him anymore.
- Heroic RRoD: Working yourself to exhaustion will do that. When Joe finally convinces him to take a lie down, Izzy goes out like a light.
- Ship Tease: With Mimi.
- Spot of Tea: Izzy's developed a fondness for it. At the beginning of Loss, he lists off several varieties of tea to Motimon, who gets a little unnerved by all the tea-talk.
- Teen Genius: A natural progression from his Child Prodigy stage; he's able to afford his own office, create a clothing software that details his own size and weight, and create a new set of goggles for Tai, all while being sixteen.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Despite his huge crush on Mimi, he is by far the most critical of her actions after she sends out Togemon to challenge Ogremon alone for selfish reasons, and winds up accidentally shooting down a news helicopter as a result.
English: Philece Sampler
Spanish: Isabel Martiñón (Latin America), Pepa Agudo (Spain)
She's "the girl", basically. Somewhat prissy and spoiled, she doesn't always seem to "get" the situation, and is sometimes rather selfish without really realizing it. Often considered the weakest character in the English dub due to her more girly elements being overplayed in translation. She matures into a kind, sweet, pacifistic figure, befitting her status as holder of the Crest of Sincerity/Purity. However, once she realizes how high the stakes are, she breaks down and refuses to continue, but comes to realize that some fights simply must be fought.
Mimi's family life isn't delved into much. Her parents are hopelessly in love and, like her, not always fully in-tune—but when the danger is ramped up, they prove very brave.
In the conclusion of 02, she becomes a famous chef with her own TV show.
- All-Loving Hero: Her compassion, willingness to forgive for the sake of peace, and cheerful demeanor get her a loyal army of Digimon followers — including the Gekomon and Otamamon she darn-near enslaved.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: She eventually grows out of it.
- Brutal Honesty: In short, she has the Crest of Sincerity simply because she is no one but herself. Case in point, right after the SkullGreymon incident she reassures Tai that it wasn't his fault, then immediately follows up by saying that he has screwed up royally.
- The Cast Show Off: Episode 25 revolved around Mimi singing; her voice actress, Ai Maeda, sings the ending songs.
- The Chick: A shared role with Sora. She's the bubbly, girly, and cute member of the team, while Sora handles the motherly caring aspects.
- Children Raise You: A mild example. When we finally meet her parents is she much more mature and much less impulsive than them.
- Dub Name Change: In the Korean dub, her name is changed to Lee Mi-na along with an Adaptational Nationality change, where she was made Korean in order to comply with South Korean broadcasting regulations.
- Genki Girl: Mimi is the more energetic female in the cast, contrasting with the more down-to-earth Sora.
- Image Song: Her image songs are "Itsudemo Aeru Kara" note in Digimon Adventure and "Super Girl" in Digimon Adventure 02. She also sings "Tomadoi" note in the Digimon Girls' Festival album and "Open Your Heart" in the Natsu he no Tobira drama CD. In Digimon Adventure tri., her image song is "Go My Way."
- Leitmotif: Her theme songs are "Sweet Innocent ~Mimi no Theme~" and "Sweet Innocent ~Mimi no Theme~ #2."
- Like Brother and Sister: With Joe. She usually talks through her issues with him, while he tries to look after her.
- Lost in Translation: Her crest in Japanese is "Purity" instead of Sincerity, which has different connotations from Shinto. Some other related tropes would be This Is Unforgivable! and Kawaisa.
- Ojou: She comes from a pampered background, and can act bratty and spoiled as a result.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her Nice Hat in Adventure is pink and she becomes a Rose-Haired Sweetie in 02.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She's a princess-like girl but don't underestimated her. When She's furious,Mimi could be scary. Jusk ask to the Numemon and the Roachmon.
- Spoiled Sweet: Has to grow into it, but once she does, she handles herself beautifully.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure
- 10-Minute Retirement: After seeing several Digimon die for them, she's so distraught that she decides to temporarily stay put to not be a burden to the others. She gets better with time and rejoins the group with reinforcements.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Sukamon and Chuumon, which continues through to 02.
- All Women Love Shoes: While walking through a really warm savannah, someone remarks their shoes are melting. Mimi chimes in at the thought of buying new shoes.
- Berserk Button: Peeping toms, even if by accident. Tai and Izzy once accidentally walked in on her having a bath, and she brained them with thrown objects.
- Big Damn Heroes: With Palmon in episode 6.
- The Ditz: In the dub, especially in the earlier episodes. For example, when the team goes over their resources, she produces a compass. When asked why the heck she didn't tell anyone this earlier, she states she wanted to see how they'd get along without it. And it's broken.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: She's not really a princess, but she poses as one for a Gekomon kingdom in episode 25. Princesses Prefer Pink in that episode. Not to mention that her real world bedroom is decorated with royalty imagery.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: In episode 25.
- Nice Hat: A huge pink cowboy hat that she leaves behind in the Digital World at the end of season 1. She either recovered it offscreen or bought an identical replacement, since she sports another one during 02.
- Plucky Girl: In the last few episodes she gets over her sadness and is able to gather an army of ally Digimon to help defeat Piedmon's forces.
- Poor Communication Kills: She sits out Our War Game by having gone on vacation to Hawaii. And she didn't bother telling her friends beforehand.
- Ship Tease: Occasionally with Joe, though this mostly applies to the dub (it helps that a couple of the dub writers shipped them).
- Single Tear: During the battle with DarkTyrannomon, Mimi realizes that her family and friends are in real danger, and wishes to help. Her tear of anguish lands on her crest. Its symbol is in the shape of a tear. Mimi is rewarded with Lillymon, due to her honesty and the fact that this wasn't just selfish whining.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Mimi is the Girly Girl to Sora's Tomboy. After Sora's Girliness Upgrade in 02, they no longer have this dynamic.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure 02
- Commuting on a Bus: Since she moved to America in the Time Skip, she appears less often than the rest of the original Digidestined.
- Cool Big Sis: To Yolei who idolizes her.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Is she a light-haired brunette?◊ A dirty blonde?◊ A redhead?◊ A strawberry blonde?◊
- Hair Decorations: Has little stars in hair.
- Onee-sama: Yolei calls her "Mimi-oneesama" because she admires the older girl.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Dying her hair pink 02 to match her sweet and sincere personality.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: She has the most costume and hairstyle changes out of all the other characters in 02.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure tri.
- Awesome by Analysis: Once she sees Joe use Mega Evolution, she figures out how to do it too.
- Bizarre Taste in Food: Devises her own mix of cucumber roll and jelly-beans on the return to the Digital World. Izzy's not brave enough to risk eating it, but the Digimon sure are.
- Call-Forward: She's generally associated with food in this series, such as bringing snacks for everyone when she arrives in Japan, and later running the cafe/restaurant project for school. In the epilogue to 02 she's a chef with her own cooking show.
- Cool Big Sis: To Meiko trying to break her out of her Shrinking Violet shell.
- Curious Qualms of Conscience: A deconstruction of her character development from the old series. She starts out thinking its always good to be totally sincere and say exactly what's on your mind. However when she sees the effect it has on people who disagree with her she starts to question if she's just being selfish and narcissistic.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Mimi has a very individualistic approach to solving things and tends to focus on herself, which is encouraged by Western cultures. When she comes back to Japan, her classmates start calling her selfish by forcing her ideas onto the entire class, as Japanese culture focuses more on self-sacrifice for the good of the community.
- Fashion Dissonance: Some of Mimi's outfits, especially in Determination, seem more in line with popular fashion in the 2010s, not 2005.
- It's All About Me: She herself, in a moment of Heroic Self-Deprecation, notes that she believes that whatever she does is what she believes is best for everyone in the second film. This causes a PR problem when dealing with an infected Ogremon ends up crashing a helicopter.
- Lack of Empathy: Gets called out on this as the dark side of Sincerity. The other students dislike her for forcing the 'Hooters' idea on them, speaking out of turn, and generally being narcissistic/selfish.
- Ms. Fanservice: Mimi wears more revealing outfits in tri. and a Valentine's Day-themed magazine spread featuring the girls in bikinis spotlighted her in front. In Determination, she's the one who suggested wearing skimpy uniforms for the class café and is enthusiastic to perform in them. When Izzy shows up to the café, the audience is even treated to Male Gaze shots of Mimi's breasts and crotch.
- New Transfer Student: She transfers into the rest of the group's school mid-way though the first film.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She impulsively jumps into a battle with Ogremon in front of the press, thinking that this will prove to the world that not all Digimon are bad. Unfortunately, Togemon accidentally hits a news helicopter during the fight, which only makes public opinion on Digimon even worse than before.
- Ship Tease: With Izzy.
- A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: As established under Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! above. With Fantastic Racism against Digimon running rampant, Mimi impulsively decides to fight a rampaging Ogremon in front of the press, hoping to prove to the world that not all Digimon are bad. Unfortunately, during the fight, Togemon accidentally shoots down a news helicopter, which only ends up making public opinion against Digimon even worse.
- Troll: She takes a malicious glee in screwing with Izzy's mind when they meet again, and spends a lot of time taunting Matt just 'cuz.
English: Michael Lindsay (Adventure & Adventure 02), Robbie Daymond (tri)
Spanish: Víctor Ugarte (Latin America), José María Carrero (Spain)
Because he's the oldest, Joe thinks he should be the responsible one and take care of the other kids—too bad he's a total pushover with no self-esteem. He's cut deeply whenever he realizes that people think of him this way, and tries to make up for it with acts of reckless selflessness that make Tai look positively cowardly. Perhaps the closest thing to a father figure in season one. His crest is that of Reliability.
Joe's family isn't a big focus, either—it's worth noting that, out of the 12 Digidestined in the first two seasons, his parents are the only ones never shown on-screen. His father is quite strict, being a doctor who wants all of his sons to be doctors, too. Joe's two older brothers, Shin and Shuu, rebelled in their own ways, while Joe is (as always) indecisive.
In the conclusion of 02, he becomes a Digimon doctor (i.e, a doctor for Digimon).
- Adorkable: Almost as much as Izzy.
- Big Brother Instinct: Really gets to exercise it with Mimi, T.K., and Iori.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Iori and Mimi. He talks them both through their crises of faith and morality dilemmas.
- Butt-Monkey: His nervous breakdowns and worried personality makes him the center of jokes and laughs in the series. By Adventure 02 he had grown wiser and mature... but the Adventure tri. trailers and poster imply that the real Joe will return.
- Cram School: In 02 he's frequently in classes and exams. In one episode he even has to leave a test to help out. In tri, he's the only of the chosen children to be in his 3rd and final year. Struggling with poor grades (a shot of his report card shows mostly Cs and Ds) and his need to study harder drives most of his scenes in Saikai.
- Deadpan Snarker: In the English version, he gains a penchant for snarky remarks.
- Dub Name Change: In the Korean dub, his name is changed to Jung Seo along with an Adaptational Nationality change, where he was made Korean in order to comply with South Korean broadcasting regulations.
- Education Mama: His unseen father. They reach a deal, though: Joe becomes a doctor like dad wants, but on his own terms.
- Image Song: His image songs are "Chigau Boku ga Iru" note in Digimon Adventure and "Kaze ni Mukatte" note in Digimon Adventure 02. In Digimon Adventure tri., his image song is "I can't."
- Inconsistent Dub: In the Japanese version, Joe's rest was translated as "honesty" on merchandise. However, since tri., they decided to settle on "reliability", just like the English version.
- Leitmotif: His theme songs are "Blue Faith ~Joe no Theme~" and "Blue Faith ~Joe no Theme~ #2."
- Like Brother and Sister: With Mimi. She walks all over him and he basically lets her, but they also confide in each other and are pretty indulgent of each other's eccentricities. The English version implies that Joe has a bit of a crush on Mimi, but nothing comes of it.
- Lost in Translation: His crest's Japanese name, "Seijitsu", can mean "sincerity," "honesty," or "faithfulness." The dub ended up going with "Reliability," which, while not a direct translation, is a pretty good catchall term.
- Nerd Glasses: While Izzy is the actual Smart Guy, Joe is the one most concerned with academics, has a dweebier personality, and wears glasses.
- Nervous Wreck: He mellows out in 02 as he matures.
- Nice Guy: To the point of self-sacrifice sometimes.
- Not So Different: With Gomamon interestingly. If they see someone in need, they'll help them even though they got their issues (Gomamon being seal-like on land, and Jou having his anxiety), which is why they became doctors (Well with Gomamon more like his kinda assistant doing the best he can) despite Jou's sort of Daddy Issues which emotionally affected Gomamon.
- Odd Friendship: With Gomamon. Joe clashes the most with his Digimon but they both truly embody Faithfulness and are great partners.
- Papa Wolf: He's a big wuss until one of the other kids is in trouble. Then the badass comes out. See The So-Called Coward.
- The Power of Trust: Faithfulness/Reliability, actually. As in, he's the one you're supposed to have faith in.
- The Reliable One: He possess the Crest of Reliability, and is always ready to help a friend in need.
- Sempai/Kohai: He's sempai to the entire group, though only Sora and Mimi addressed him as such originally. In tri., Kari and Izzy do, as well.
- Sickly Neurotic Geek: In the dub, he's nervous, jumpy, and sickly.
- The So-Called Coward: Despite an oft-stated aversion to danger - Joe is always vouching for the safest route, choice, etc - he's always the first to throw his own body at these monsters. Because all Joe cares about is everyone's safety, she stated that even when the Mega level Digimon Piedmon is bearing down on them, you knew what Joe was going to do even before it happened-trying to get the other kids out of there without any regards to his safety. Joe is the real badass of Digimon!
- Spell My Name with an "S": While the English version was able to evade this with no problems, Joe's name has been spelled inconsistently in various Japanese material. The official website, the opening of Digimon Adventure tri., and some of the shots in tri. romanize Joe's name as "Joe." The official subtitles for Digimon Adventure 02 spell it as "Jyou." The preview trailer and official subtitles for Digimon Adventure tri. spell it as "Jo." Recent marketing seems to favor "Joe" as the preferred spelling.
- Team Dad: He's the one that keeps the team together by mediating between Tai and Matt.
- Undying Loyalty: To his friends, this being the nature of his crest; the other digidestined can always count on him to be there for them, and he always puts their safety on top priority.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The only one among his friends with blue hair.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure
- 10-Minute Retirement: Not entirely by choice, but close enough.
- Crazy-Prepared: Before they returned to the Digital World, Joe brought a roll of toilet paper among other things. It was used as a bandage for Ogremon's wounds.
- Forgot About His Powers: During the Myotismon, Joe and Gomamon get stuck at a ferry station thanks to Myotismon's fog, and it takes Joe a while to remember that Gomamon can digivolve into a perfectly suitable mode of transport. Of course, if he'd remembered earlier, he wouldn't have met up with T.K. and Patamon, and the battle with Myotismon might've gone very differently...
- Iconic Item: His emergency bag, which he always carries with him. According to Joe, he was initially carrying it to give it to Mimi.
- Not So Above It All: Despite his attempts to be the sane one, episode 2 has him desperately trying to get the beach phones to work long after it's made abundantly clear they're useless (and more to the point, have been smashed by Shellmon).
- Only Sane Man: Or at least he thinks he is at first. One of the reasons why he was such a stick-in-the-mud at the beginning; he thought he was just being reasonable and that the others were actually putting themselves in danger by being irrational, making it his job to look out for them. This attitude wears off in time.
- Ship Tease: Occasionally with Mimi, but mostly in the dub. A fairly adorable example would be when Gomamon tries to get him to admit to thinking that Mimi is charming. Cue the following line from a furiously blushing Joe:Joe: SHE'S NOT CHARMING! I MEAN SHE IS! (hushed) I'm NOT having this conversation!
(Mimi and Palmon just giggle hysterically)
- Shower Shy: He's very uncomfortable about getting into an onsen with the other boys. In the dub, he eventually gets in on his own, but in the uncensored original, Matt and Tai have to drag him in.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure 02
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Lets his hair grow between Adventure and 02 to show that he's mellowed out a bit.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure tri.
- Dirty Coward: Considers himself one for flaking on the others and shirking his digidestined responsibilities in the first two films.
- Growing Up Sucks: Dealing with his schoolwork and his duties as a Digidestined causes him a ton of problems, leading to Heroic Self-Deprecation.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Despite how diligently Joe works on his studies, his grades are still falling.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: He unlocks Mega Evolution when he finally decides to support Gomamon and rejoin the team, totally unaware that he even had the ability to do so. Izzy speculates if the strange email he received earlier prophesied it.
- Refusal of the Call: Trying his hardest to be the responsible one in real life, but keeps getting faced digidestined responsibilities. He wanted to leave that life behind a long time ago, and laments being dragged back into it.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: He's much happier in Confession after getting over his issues from Determination. Also helps that Gomamon finally reached his Mega level.
- You Have to Believe Me!: Casually mentions that he now has a girlfriend, whom he has little time for thanks to school. Everyone else immediately expresses shock and doubts his claim, to his great annoyance, as he insists that it's true and can tell the others don't believe it. This line says it all:Gomamon: Is she a real person?
Takeru T.K. Takaishi (Takeru Takaishi)
English: Wendee Lee (Adventure), Doug Erholtz (Adventure 02), Johnny Yong Bosch (tri)
Spanish: Lupita Leal (Latin America, Adventure), Irwin Daayán (Latin America, Adventure 02), Diana Torresnote (Spain)
Matt's little brother, and the youngest Digi-Destined. As the quote may say he doesn't like to fight... but when he does, hoo boy. His crest is Hope.
In Adventure 02, T.K. has grown up a little and serves as the warm, friendly The Lancer of the new Chosen team. Nonetheless, he is a bit more cynical and a bit shellshocked from his previous adventures. Together, he and Kari often explain how the Digital World works to the new kids.
In Adventure tri., he is still separated from Matt but they still get in touch. He also runs a blog where he contacts with Digi-Destined from all around the world and the girls faint over him.
In the conclusion of 02, he becomes an author. He was also Narrator All Along for the 02 series.
- Alliterative Name: Takeru Takaishi.
- Big Little Brother: While Takeru is shorter than Yamato in the anime, Takeru's actor in the stage play, Kenta Nomimiya, is taller than Yamato's actor, Shohei Hashimoto. However, the character description for the 2019 Digimon Adventure movie states that he's now grown taller than Yamato.
- Bishōnen: Thanks to him becoming a Chick Magnet after He Is All Grown Up in Digimon Adventure 02, Takeru invokes the Bishōnen trope, especially in Digimon Adventure tri..
- Break the Cutie: Watching his partner die right in front of him, even if he didn't stay dead for more than a day, left some very nasty scars. And that's without mentioning the other horrible things that happen during his time in the Digital World. In Part 3 of tri., he is the most visibly affected by the infection and the reboot and spends a good portion of the movie trying to pretend everything is okay when he's close to breaking down completely.
- Chick Magnet: His official character description from 02 explicitly mentions that he's popular with girls, and in tri., he mentions hanging out with some of them. In the official character polls, he ranked in #3 as the "Person I'd Want as My Boyfriend/Girlfriend", with the description mentioning that his partner might get jealous since he's nice to everyone.
- Color-Coded Characters: The only inconsistent character. He's Yellow in the context of the first generation in Adventure and tri, and Green in the context of the second gen in 02.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Word of God confirmed that Takeru did not end up with Hikari in a magazine interview.◊
- Divorce Is Temporary: He never gives up hope that his parents will remarry.
- Dub Name Change: In the English dub, he was given the nickname "T.K." In the Korean dub, his name is changed to Ricky along with an Adaptational Nationality change, where he was made part Western in order to comply with South Korean broadcasting regulations.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Takeru is depicted with blond hair, and he also has a generous, easygoing personality that makes him popular with girls.
- He Is All Grown Up: The first thing Hikari says when they meet again in Digimon Adventure 02 is that he's grown taller. Hikari brings it up again in Confession.
- Image Song: His image songs are "Be All Right" in Digimon Adventure and "Focus" in Digimon Adventure 02. In Digimon Adventure tri., his image song is "Kibou no Tsubasa" note .
- Leitmotif: His theme songs are "Little Brightness ~Takeru no Theme~" and "Little Brightness ~Takeru no Theme~ #2." In Digimon Adventure 02, his theme songs are "Happy Friends ~Takeru no Theme" and "Happy Friends ~Takeru no Theme~ #2."
- Nice Guy: T.K. is very kind, and it's his kindness that makes him popular.
- Nice Hat: T.K. wears different hats in every series, and the fandom routinely mocks him for it. The one from Adventure is a reversed cap that has a blue like oval gem in its front. In Adventure 02, he wears a white bucket hat. In Tri, he has at least two different hats that he wears, a fedora on the one hand and a backwards baseball cap on the other.
- Nom de Mom: Since his mother got custody of him after the divorce, he uses her surname.
- Spear Counterpart: To Kari. Both have an angel Digimon as their companion's evolution.
- Tareme Eyes: Which contrast with Matt's. T.K. is much more cheerful and less introverted than his brother. This trait is mantained in Adventure tri.'s design, even if his eyes design is smaller.
- Theme Naming: Along with his brother, named after folk hero Yamato Takeru.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure
- All Up to You: The battle with Piedmon is what solidified him as a competent ally.
- Armor-Piercing Question: While Matt is taking T.K. home on the subway, they discuss whether Matt should get off at the next stop prompting Patamon to ask, "Do you not like separating?" T.K. tells him to shut up, sparking a fight between them.
- Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Devimon went out of his way to target him to prevent Patamon from digivolving. It went as well as you'd expect.
- Break the Cutie: Even without aforementioned Angemon, he also gets separated from his friends and brother for over a week, with only Tokomon for company.
- Children Are Innocent: T.K. thinks he can just walk up to Devimon and ask him where Matt is.
- Crossdressing Voices: Unlike Tai and Izzy, he gets a new, male voice actor in both versions for the sequel.
- Dead Sidekick: Death Is Cheap, mind. Patamon just digivolved to Angemon and had to sacrifice himself to defeat the powerful (at that time) Devimon. This was an "injury" that would span to Adventure 02.
- Fragile Flower: He's prone to breaking down in tears somewhat easily.
- Freudian Slip: In the original Japanese, when helping convince Sora to stay with the group he says, "I don't like it when my family- er, the team is separated."
- Hope Springs Eternal: T.K. is very innocent and optimistic.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: All of the children are awestruck by Angemon's first appearance, but only TK is able to put his feelings into words.
- Morality Pet: For Matt.
- Solomon Divorce: Provides the page image. Matt lives with their dad while T.K. lives with their mom.
- Tagalong Kid: Three years younger than most of the cast, two years younger than Mimi and Izzy. As Matt's little brother, he is and is treated as a child among children.
- Took a Level in Badass: The first two times T.K. gets separated from the others, he isn't able to do much, the first time actually has him break down crying. During the Dark Masters arc, when separated from the others he manages to outmanoeuvre Puppetmon and trash his stuff, before getting back to everyone else.
- What Would X Do?: T.K. triggers Angemon's evolution by channeling his brother.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure 02
- Adaptation Personality Change: TK is snarkier and harsher in the dub, especialy towards Davis. TK teased Davis more frequently — he could be downright unkind in certain spots.
- Advertised Extra: He's part of the core team this time, rather than being the Tagalong Kid, but he is one of those who receives less amount of screen time.
- Always Someone Better: Was that way to Daisuke in the beginning.
- Berserk Button: Those who foolishly believe that they can control the powers of darkness, and those who ruin the lives of others in the Japanese version and other dubs.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Good-natured and kind at first glance, mention The Dark Side and he does a 180. Expect a This Is Unforgivable! or two. Physically.
- Blood Upgrade: Reacts this way to Ken Ichijoji whipping him in the face. To drive the point home, it was also mentioned in earlier episodes that Ken had martial arts training. TK doesn't, but he still kicked Ken's butt.
- But Not Too Foreign: Revealed to be part French during the World Tour.
- Creator Breakdown: Alluded to In-Universe, in the 2003 audio drama. While he started writing his book about his adventures in the digital world less than a year after 02, the narration notes that it was a long time before he could bring himself to write about what happened to Angemon.
- Creepy Child: When his Berserk Button is activated.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Chinese, Spanish, Italian, and Indonesian dub version only. In these versions, he is voiced by a female.
- Deadpan Snarker: He can pull out some good one-liners from time to time.
- Depending on the Writer: Is he resentful of those who try to toy with the powers of darkness without knowing what it entails (episode 19), those who try to take over the world or do other evil deeds with the power of darkness (episode 34), or those who create artificial life with the power of darkness (episode 35)? The only thing anyone can agree on is that Angemon's death in Adventure did a number on him.
- However, all these conflicts can fit in that he is resentful of those who abuse of darkness power(which is a very dangerous power).
- Good Is Not Soft: He is normally friendly and soft-spoken. Towards an enemy that's pissed him off (like Ken, for example), however, he can be quite violent and unforgiving.
- The Heart: Became this after Ken took over his role as The Lancer.
- I Should Write a Book About This: In the Distant Finale, T.K. became a novelist and wrote about their adventures.
- The Lancer: For about the first half of the series. Demoted later.
- Narrator All Along: Turns out he was this for the series, as an author. The English dub ruins this by not having a single narrator.
- New Transfer Student: He moves to the school Kari and most of the new Chosen go to in episode 1. This makes Davis very jealous at first because he knew Kari before and is good at basketball.
- Not Himself: When his Berserk Button is pressed.
- Older and Wiser: He grew in wisdom and stature from his clumsy self.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Davis' red until Ken joins.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In theory he becomes a Suspiciously Similar Substitute to his own brother being The Lancer to The Hero who he constantly butts heads with and has his own personal issues. However, The Hero and The Lancer at odds dynamics is dropped after the first half of the series and T.K.'s personality is very different from Matt.
- Took a Level in Badass: Compare his characterization in Adventure 02 with his characterization in Adventure. And even back then, the kid tried hard to do things on his own. Which made Matt almost flip.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure tri.
- Autotune: Takeru's Image Song for tri. is heavily autotuned.
- Break the Cutie: In Confession, he was pretty desperate and distressed for Patamon's infection. To worsen his emotional state, as Takeru was afraid that the other digidestined will kill Patamon, he didn't tell them about Patamon's infection, which prevents him from receiving some support or comfort.
- Call-Forward: TK's blog can be understood to be a precursor to his career as a novelist.
- The Charmer: Implied when he was in his brother's band backstage. He called more than one girl to tell them the concert might be cancelled, this implies that he had invited two or more girls to the concert (according to T.K., they are just friends). Tai and Matt also consider getting his advice on how to get through to Sora during her emotional breakdown.
- The Dandy: Out of all the boys he seems to be the most interested in his outfits, to the point that Izzy asks him for advice on what he should wear to impress Mimi.
- Fashion Dissonance: T.K.'s new clothes seemed to fit more for the 2010s than the 2005 the movie is set in.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Nowadays he's the Responsible one to Matt's Foolish. He's much more mellow about things than Matt is and often tries to calm down his brother whenever he and Tai fight.
- The Gadfly: His sense of humor runs this way: he makes a mild yet inflammatory comment, then watches in amusement.
- Ladykiller in Love: T.K. is very popular with the girls, but Keitaro Motonaga, the director of tri., has entertained the possibility that T.K. has a crush on Kari.
- Second Year Protagonist: T.K. is at his second year of middle school along with Kari.
- Shipper on Deck: For Izzy and Mimi.
- Ship Tease: Some with Kari. T.K. asks her if she's jealous of his female friend but Kari denies this. He also gets some ship tease with Meiko, where he offers to let her call him by his first name and everyone teases him about her in Loss when he defends her decision not to join them in the Digital World.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: While not nearly as volatile as the Tai-and-Matt variant, half the things he and Kari say to each other are gentle snark.
Kari Kamiya (Hikari Yagami)
Tai's younger sister, and the Eighth Child, not that anyone knows it at first. Very kind and innocent, but also often wise beyond her years. She has the Crest of Light, which is only fitting.
In Digimon Adventure 02, even though she has grown up, Kari remains sweet and gentle, having tempered her innocence with wisdom. However, she still has issues that come back to haunt her, usually when she least expects it.
In the conclusion of Digimon Adventure 02, she becomes a kindergarten teacher.
- All-Loving Hero: As stated by her brother, Kari always puts others before herself no matter what; even after being hospitalized as a child due to Tai's mistake and nearly dying from her illness, her only concern after being released from the hospital was Tai's feelings.
- Alliterative Name: Her dub name, Kari Kamiya, both begins with a "k."
- Big Brother Worship: Admires her brother, and ends up depending too much on him. She is also very critical towards Davis when he badmouths Jun.
- Blessed with Suck: Her power takes a physical toll on her. Not to mention that this power seem to attract certain evil forces.
- Cheerful Child: Except when bad things happen, she remains a happy innocent girl the whole time.
- Deliberately Cute Child: her first appearance makes her look like a Precious Moments figurine.
- The Determinator: Took some strong-willed attitude after her brother. This is also partly Deconstructed in the first series because of her status as the Ill Girl. She always put others' needs before herself and push herself too hard. When she was young, she had gone out to play football with Tai despite being extremely sick and ended up in coma for 3 days, an incident which Tai recalled when he tried to find medicine to cure Kari when she was sick in the Digital World, lamenting that she might not really wanted to come along, but she had no choice because she's a Digidestined.
- Distaff Counterpart: To T.K. They have Digimon that digivolve into angels(one male and one female), both are the younger sibling to one of the other Chosen Children, their crests were paired by Azulongmon, their digi-eggs were found at same time and their Armors are both winged with similar binding attacks .
- Distress Ball: Hikari's not a Damsel in Distress, but she's been in several situations where she ends up being rescued by Taichi or Takeru just to drive in the point that she's important to them.
- Dub Name Change: In the English dub, her name is Kari Kamiya. By the time she entered the series, the English dub had done away with keeping the original Japanese names, and her last name was mistranslated. In the Korean dub, her name is changed to Shin Na-ri along with an Adaptational Nationality change, where she was made Korean in order to comply with South Korean broadcasting regulations.
- Dude Magnet: Davis, Wallace, all three the Poi Brothers in 02. By the time of Digimon Adventure tri., Tai's soccer team is more interested in putting on a show for than actually playing their best.
- Everyone's Baby Sister: To the season one cast, besides being Tai's actual little sister.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a barrette in 02 and Tri.
- Image Song: Her image songs are "Holy Light" in Digimon Adventure and "Yasashii Ame" note in Digimon Adventure 02. She also sings "Reflection" in the Digimon Girls' Festival album. In Digimon Adventure tri., her image song is "Ring."
- Incest Subtext: Since Hikari's debut episode, she's been shown to be really close to Taichi. This isn't helped by supplementary material where Hikari declares Taichi to be the most important person in her life. Mamoru Hosoda has given a very strange interview discussing the incestual undertones of their relationship. The Otomedia article about how the characters would spend Valentine's Day says that Taichi would receive chocolates from the female manager of his soccer club but he would keep it a secret from Hikari, while Hikari would make chocolates for all her friends "but the most beautiful one shed make, with the most careful wrapping, would be Taichis present.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Has both a real-life pet cat and a cat Digimon.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Courage, Friendship, Love, Knowledge, Sincerity, Reliability, Hope? Characteristics (or close enough anyway, regarding Friendship and Hope). The Adventure novels reveal why it's different - while the other children have special qualities (although Hope isn't included between these qualities) that contain a hidden potential within, Hikari has an special power, which has the same meaning in the Digital World as life, and calling her crest Light was the easiest way to represent that.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Yes, she's the eighth child - this trope is so far in play that the PSP game trailer outright showcased her and her partner along with the others! The fact that she's prominently featured in 02 and now tri make doesn't help either.
- Leitmotif: Her theme song is "Holy Light ~Hikari no Theme~." In Digimon Adventure 02, her theme songs are "Sunshine Smile ~Hikari no Theme" and "Sunshine Smile ~Hikari no Theme~ #2."
- Light Is Good: A sweet innocent little girl who cares about everyone, no matter her health. She is the personification of Holy Light itself.
- Little Miss Snarker: And you can blame Lara Jill Miller for that. She'll tease just about anyone.
- MacGuffin Super Person: Hunted by Myotismon because she's the Eighth Child and the holder of the Crest of Light.
- Meaningful Name: "hikari" is Japanese for "light," and guess who has the Crest of Light? Kari also in some languages means "Pure" or "Pure One". This isn't done for irony as with another Light Yagami.
- Naïve Everygirl: Subverted. She is sweet and kind and gentle, but tries her best to hold her own.
- Nice Girl: She always puts others before herself.
- Supernatural Sensitivity: Hikari is sensitive to the presence of other Digimon. In 02, she is very aware of the Dark Ocean and can sense Blackwargreymon's pain. In Hurricane Touchdown, she feels the presence Chocomon when it takes Mimi, calls it a crying Digimon and leads Takeru to it. On sight, she knows that Chocomon is the crying Digimon. Later, when she sees Cherubimon she knows on site that its not the crying Digimon anymore. In Symbosis she can vocalise how the Digital World feels about the Chosen's presence inside of it.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure
- Ascended Extra: Kari was originally not going to be a DigiDestined. When the head writer wanted to add a new member to the team in the middle of the series, he decided to use Kari instead of creating a new character.
- Badasses Wear Bandanas: Wears a pink neckerchief.
- Chekhov's Gunman: We're introduced to her in the series as well as find out out that she knows about Koromon and the Digital World BEFORE the search for the 8th child arc starts.
- Creepy Child: Although not at all evil, her mysterious powers and unexplained knowledge makes her seem this way at times.
- The Dreaded: Even though he was unaware of her identity for most of the arc, Myotismon was afraid of the Eighth Child so much he conducts a city-wide raid to find her.
- Fluffy Tamer: In Digimon: The Movie, "Big Agumon" seemed less intelligent and more violent than Tai's Agumon, but he still let her ride around on his back.
- Foreshadowing: Her being the Eight Child is hardly even hidden from the audience. Even from the outset, she and Tai were the protagonists of the original Digimon Adventure short film (the first segment of Digimon: The Movie), while the rest of the heroes only made cameos. That she would be added in the follow up anime was pretty much a given. Further when Tai first returned to the real world after defeating Etemon, Kari already had an affinity for Digimon before anyone was explicitly looking for her.
- Ill Girl: The current page image, in fact. She had pneumonia in Adventure, and that's why she couldn't go to the class trip and didn't join her fellow Digidestined until later.
- In the English titled episode "My Sister's Keeper," she is sick and Tai recalls another time when she was sick.
- Missed the Call: As mentioned above, she was ill. Coincidentally, her partner was in the hands of a Big Bad by then, having been lost as an egg and taken in by Myotismon... which raises the question of what would've happened had Kari not missed the call and gone to the Digital World anyway.
- "Not Important to This Episode" Camp: She's away from the events of Our War Game because... she's at a friend's birthday party and can't leave even though the world is in danger. The dub makes it even more ludicrous, with her not helping because she agreed to be part of a magic act. Tai isn't exactly thrilled by that reason.Kari: The magician's coming over later and I already agreed to be sawed in half.Tai: (unbelievably annoyed) Whatever! Just tell the half with feet to run home quick!
- Power-Strain Blackout: In episode 49, her little body can't handle the power that she emits. She is able to release enough power to call forth WarGreymon, but she collapses.
- Sixth Ranger: She is the Eighth Chosen Child that the team and Myotismon are desperately looking for.
- Super Empowering: In "The Crest of Light", Hikari's crest releases the Light of Rejuvenation, which allows Biyomon and Patamon to go Champion-level, Gatomon to go Ultimate, and Agumon to go Mega, even though their previous attempts to digivolve failed (hilariously) due to exhaustion.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: What causes her to evolve Tailmon into Angewomon? Wizarmon's death.
- Wait Here: Taichi leaves Hikari with Yamato to hide so that she won't get caught by Vamdemon. She sacrifices herself to save Yamato and Sora after their location is discovered thanks to Daemon tracking Sora.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure 02
- Adaptation Personality Change: Kari is snarkier and harsher in the dub, especially towards Davis. Kari teased Davis more frequently — she could be downright unkind in certain spots.
- Advertised Extra: She's part of the core team this time, rather than being the Tagalong Kid, but she is one of those who receives less amount of screen time.
- Badass in Distress: Gets separated from the team during one mission gone wrong, leaving her facing down a Dark Ring-controlled Andromon. Fortunately, it's the Andromon from File Island, and she's able to snap him out of it.
- Berserk Button: As Davis found out early on, do not talk ill about your brothers and sisters when Kari is around. This sweetheart of a girl will verbally tear you a new one.
- Betty and Veronica: With Davis as The Betty and T.K. as The Veronica. Kari ends up choosing neither, although Tri might fix that.
- The Chick: Of the new group dynamics, growing out of being a Tag Along Kid.
- Declaration of Protection: How T.K. feels concerning her. However, it should be noted that she is capable of taking care of herself... most of the time.
- Fingerless Gloves: Pink ones that go halfway up her bicep.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: To Miyako, even she's shocked at how uncharacteristic this is for her.
- Goggles Do Nothing: That is a digital camera around her neck. She uses it precisely once, in the third or fourth episode. Notably, her summer and winter outfits ditch it entirely, but the Digital World always reproduces it when changing her clothes to her spring/fall wear.
- Gotta Get Your Head Together: She spends a good chunk of her Dark Ocean panic attack in this position.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Light and/or holy powers. In the english dub, she is referred to as "the worst enemy of darkness". Unlike most who are powerless without their partner, she actually exhibits some power on her own.
- Male Gaze: In Hurricane Touchdown, Kari and T.K. try to take a train to Colorado, only for Kokomon to spirit every other soul off the train and bring it to a standstill, causing it to nearly crash. T.K. goes tumbling down the aisle, but Kari just gets thrown over the next seat; the camera spends a second or two observing her butt while she struggles to right herself.
- Manipulative Bitch: Downplayed. Kari has once or twice exploited Davis's blatant crush on her to get her way.
- Mysterious Waif: Evolving from Creepy Child above. She's borderline telepathic, and soon it backfires on her.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She inadvertently reveals the Dark Rings don't work on Ultimates to the Emperor, sparking his creation of the Dark Spiral.
- Ocean Madness: There was a build up to an entire Dark Ocean arc, but it got aborted.
- Oh, Crap!: She's never seen SkullGreymon before, but that doesn't mean she doesn't know it's bad news. The army of DarkTyrannomon sent in to restrain him don't help.Kari: Why can't we ever fight anything short?
- Pom-Pom Girl: Daisuke has an Imagine Spot with her as a cheerleader once.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She takes Sora's Team Mom role, also Tai's crush on Sora in the first series is not dissimilar to Davis's crush on Kari, although Davis is a lot more open about it. However, Team Mom role is dropped after the first half of the series and Kari's personality is very different from Sora.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Miyako's Tomboy.
- Who You Gonna Call?: Spoken word for word by her in the dub (not Gatomon) as a Shout-Out when Wizardmon's ghost haunts the Fuji TV Station in episode 17.
Tropes related to Digimon Adventure tri.
- Break the Cutie: In Coexistence, Hikari reacts strongly when Taichi is seemingly killed. This vulnerable state allows an external force to transform Nyaromon into Ophanimon Falldown Mode.
- Broken Pedestal: Downplayed. Hikari says that she will probably never forgive Taichi for deciding to kill Meicoomon instead of finding another way to save her. However, it's a small instance and she accepts the situation at the end.
- Facial Markings: In Coexistence, the Crest of Light shines briefly on her forehead, before Nyaromon Dark Evolves into Ofanimon: Fall Down mode.
- Fighting from the Inside: When the group reject Homeostasis as a Well-Intentioned Extremist, Kari fights its possession of her body for the first time, appearing in silhouette across from her possessed body.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Nowadays she's the Responsible one to Tai's foolish. She's much more mellow about things than Tai is and often tries to calm down his brother whenever he and Matt fight.
- Sailor Fuku: Kari now wears the green middle school uniform from Digimon Adventure 02.
- Second Year Protagonist: Kari is at her second year of middle school along with T.K..
- Ship Tease: Kari has some with T.K. as made evident when the latter asks her if she's jealous about him having a female friend. Kari denies this.
- Sweet Tooth: Kari's love of sweet foods is professed by her website profile - particularly, convenience-store ice cream.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Kari's website profile mentions that she likes convenience-store ice cream.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: While not nearly as volatile as the Tai-and-Matt variant, half the things she and T.K. say to each other are gentle snark.
- You Owe Me: Kari brings Tai his forgotten lunch early in the first episode of Tri and insists that he buy her an ice cream with a name longer than the amount of time it would take her to eat it.