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This piece of fan-art, by Jet-Stiker on Deviantart is for Chapter 43: A Very Digi Christmasnote 
The year was 2004, five years after our first journey...

The world had changed almost overnight, and was not the friendly one I had grown up with... but such things were beyond my comprehension.

For us children, five years was forever, and we all grew and changed...

At first, I saw it all as a grand reunion...

...But little did I know what fate had in store for us.
— The opening narration for TK's new novel

The Story We Never Told is a rewrite of the original Digimon Adventure 02. The basic premise is that the canon show is a censored version of what really happened and T.K.'s wife convinces him to write what really happened during their adventures when they are young.

The story is sometimes referred to by "Digimon Adventure 02-R" by its author. The story was first posted on on January 5th 2007 and completed on May 19th 2017.


The Story We Never Told provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Technically. Yolei's parents refuse to buy her new glasses after her original ones break because she has a big debt in their store thanks to of all the food she takes for the Digimon.
  • Ace Pilot: Davis dreams to become one, with his obsession in building airplane models and whatnot. Yolei also becomes Davis's sidekick by becoming the brains of his airport company
  • Adaptational Badass: Most of the cast compared to their censored version thanks to the original Digidestined keeping an important role and the villains all acting as credible threats instead of comic relief. Most of all is Oikawa whom in his first appearance to the kids kills Ken with a gesture.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Not only are both the Dark World along with the Dark Ocean are more involved in the story, but it is the driving force behind Blackwargreymon and the invasion of earth by the Deadmon.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Several of the Digidestined receive a significant personality change in contrast to their original counterparts
    • Sora has retained much of her first-series personality. In canon, she adopts a more girlish personality after her original adventure, such as playing tennis instead of soccer, becoming a Yamato Nadeshiko flower seller with little trace of her tomboyish personality, and as an adult, become a fashion designer. Here, her tomboyish nature continued to develop rather than abate, becoming the captain of the girls soccer team, slapping Yolei when she gets hysterical, giving a "The Reason You Suck" Speech facing down Gargomon, and straight up punching Yolei, who was being a bitch and ridiculing Sora over her parents and her feelings for Tai.
    • Although not as aloof as he was in the original series, Matt is much less open to trusting the new Digidestined, and comes off as constantly agitated due to feelings of being replaced by new children, who did not have to brave the wilderness of the Digital World to earn their roles. This is further compounded by his stalled musical career, dealing with Jun's constant advances, and Gabumon's capture by the Digimon Emperor.
    • Cody has been ramped up into an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy. Placing honor above friendship, he constantly struggles with the more easy-going nature of the other Digidestined, and even moreso when Ken attempts to reform, unwilling to believe the Digimon Emperor was capable of atonement.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Almost every single angst and issues that a character is having in the canon are ramped up considerably here, sometimes even to Wangst levels.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • In canon, Oikawa was at worst a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds being controlled by Myotismon. Here, he's a full blown Psychopathic Man Child, who's more than willing to kill people in cold blood if it gets him what he wants. And there's no sign of Myotismon this time.
    • In canonnote  Mimi is a both a Genki Girl and Nice Girl from the very start with the new Digidestined liking her but especially Yolei whom she fantasizes with. But in the fanfic, due to PTSD from the first series pushing her to distance herself from her friends, she starts off as an Alpha Bitch with no clear signs of her notable sweet personality to the point that the same Digidestined greatly dislikes her and she shuns off any mentions of Digimon and Joe. As a result, she ends up being one of the Digidestined with the least appearances in the fanfic and those appearance has her do nothing but whine around some more. But once Character Development kicks in, she eventually Took a Level in Kindness after realizing how bitchy and coward she is by running away from all the fights, eventually apologizing to the Digidestined and she reverts back to her sweet and nice characterization she has in the original canon.
    • Unlike the original where Blackwargreymon has a change of heart and sacrificed himself to stop Oikawa, this version of Blackwargreymon remained loyal to his master as well as unrepentant and hostile towards the Digidestined all the way to the end. In fact, he is about to die, he not only shove and threatened Wargreymon out of the way but he is even willing to kill innocent bystanders just for the chance to kill Oikawa in revenge for manipulating his master.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Skullsatamon and Daemon of the Daemon Corps suffer from this (partially because the main threat comes from Dagomon and Oikawa). In the original, the former defeats multiple Ultimate-level foes and even temporarily disables the Mega-level Imperialdramon. Here, he gets taken out by just Metalgreymon and Paildramon. The later meanwhile was so strong that he could literally fight the entire 02 team with one hand (while using the other to open a portal to the Digital World) All that could be done was sending him to the Dark Ocean. But this version of him tends to run whenever things get dicey and is brought down rather handily by just Metalgarurumon, Zudomon, and Shakkoumon.
  • Adapted Out: The intercontinental Digidestined from the anime were removed in this fan fiction. The World tour is instead about recharging the crests to their full power.
  • Adult Fear: Very real as several of the kids parents try to prevent them from going to the Dark World and on the World Tour. Justified since Ken dies.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Mimi's true reason for abandoning her duties as a Digidestined is that she doesn't want to suffer anymore losses and could not stand all the violence and death that she experienced in the Digital World. This is despite the fact throughout the original adventure, she realizes that she makes a vow to fight on just so that no more deaths can be made.
  • Affably Evil: Mummymon's antagonism has been toned down to an extent. He expresses concern for the digidestined even when they're his enemies, believes in Santa Claus, and comes off as generally friendly. Unfortunately, he is completely subject to the whims of his partner, who drags him along to do nefarious deeds. At the same time, he doesn't really protest this. His good nature begins to wear away as the Digidestined continuously defeat him however, especially after Davis accidently destroys his jeep and his arm is destroyed by Imperialdramon.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • The Saban dub names are used as nicknames for the children. Miyako's "Yolei" and Iori's "Cody" names are used as online monikers, and are both used and enforced in the real world out of habit by Yolei.
    • Upon the two meeting each other, Hiroaki calls Haruhiko Harry, hinting at a past connection between the two of them. This is later confirmed when the two are revealed to be members of the original Digidestined.
  • A God Am I: Oikawa starts indulging in this when his plans reach completion.
  • Age Lift: The story is set (approximately) two years later than the start of the show's start date, resulting in all the characters receiving a slight age bump.
  • Alas, Poor Villain:
    • The kids can't help but feel sympathy for Boltmon and Shrikemon.
    • Despite Blackwargreymon tried to kill Oikawa and innocent bystanders in the process, Koromon can't help but pity him considering that even after everything, he still remains loyal to his master and without having any friends, he could have been just like him.
  • Alpha Bitch: Mimi up until Ken dies. Yolei had an arc where she was becoming a Beta Bitch.
  • Alternate Universe: It's a Digimon fanfic, so of course there's the Digital World, as well as the Dark World.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Mummymon loses his arm when Imperialdramon instinctively fired at him to get Davis out of harm's way. Later, when he and Arukenimon try to kill Oikawa, the latter blows his other arm off as a show of force.
  • And I Must Scream: Oikawa forcibly fuses Arukenimon and Mummymon into a single being, which is left in constant agony from the resulting Body Horror. After sending it after the Digidestined, the resulting fight sees it thrown still alive out into the Void Between the Worlds.
  • Appeal to Popularity: Teenage Werewolves are a lot more popular than Matt's Icy Blue because they perform modern music that many audience and fangirls enjoy.
  • An Ass-Kicking Christmas: Like in the original show, an invasion begins on Christmas Eve, the battle itself takes it up a notch, with highlights including the original Rookies protecting their partners until reinforcements arrive, the gang shifting instantly to Leave No Survivors after they realize the invaders aren't real digimon, and Paildramon taking out two ultimates at once.
  • The Artifact: The Armor Digivolutions after Digimon Kaiser is defeated to an extent. They still appear from time to time after that because of their usefulness as transports and general versatility over plain champions. They also work very well in concerto with each other.
  • Artificial Human: Boltmon and Shriekmon are created based on Arukenimon and Mummymon's DNA.
  • Ascended Extra: Jun is featured more prominently than in the original show. Despite still not part of the main cast (and no less crazy or impulsive), she has more involvement in the story and becomes involved with Digidestined affairs more than once including being able to help Veemon armor digivolve, a mystery later revealed to be due to the fact the new children are not real digidestined. Her feelings towards Matt are slowly but hesitatingly turning receptive on his part, due to her honest efforts to help them at the cost of her own safety.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Dagomon's first appearance is described as such "The whole ocean seemed to drop down a few feet as the black shape rose from the depths, towering as high as a mountain" and when compared to the size of Venomyotismon, is three times bigger than him making him a "pleasant daydream" in comparison.
  • Badass Finger Snap: Oikawa does this when using his impressive power.
  • Badass Normal: Ken, the reason he is normal is that he doesn't have a partner since Wormmon, instead of being resurrected as Leafmon, was Killed Off for Real, instead he creates a personal artillery arsenal from the wrecks of Mekanorimon, thus the Badass.
  • Bathtub Bonding: Subverted, in chapter 30, Kari and Yolei share a bathtub when staying at the Crested Coach motel, and realize they have nothing in common or anything to talk about until Yolei discovers a tiny hole between the boys and girls bathrooms, allowing them to spy on the boys bathing.
  • Becoming the Mask: An interesting variation of this; while Davis, Yolei and Cody always thought they were ‘real’ Digidestined, even after they learn that they were just pawns in Oikawa’s grand plan, they resolve to keep fighting for the Digital World, with the ‘originals’ accepting them as allies regardless of their origins.
  • Berate and Switch: Basically applies to Gomamon's description of the real world;
    "Concrete ground! Stinky air! Needing money for everything! I love this place!"
  • Berserk Button: Several of the characters have issues. Mentioning those issues will usually result in an angry character. Praising the new kids usually pisses off Matt. Sora is a little sensitive about her parents, as Yolei found out, painfully. Mimi has a good case of PTSD from her first trip to the Digital World. Kari despise seeing people treat Digimons as tools. TK is running a little hot-tempered with Devimon's return. The new kids bickering during a life-or-death mission to the Dark World doesn't help. Davis has a large number with the most obvious being threatening or harming Kari. Prior to Ken's invocation of Redemption Equals Death, anyone who didn't share his view of Ken just pretending to be good was likely in for a chewing out from Cody. Basically only a couple characters could be deemed stable when it comes to their tempers.
    • Even the baddies have them with Arukenimon exploding at any form of criticism and Mummymon taking insults towards him and Arukenimon a little too personally.
  • Big Eater: The In-Trainings, to the disgust of Gatomon.
  • Bilingual Bonus: During the World Tour Izzy, Mimi, and Yolei encounter Willis and their attempts to communicate with him are pretty hilarious until Izzy remembers he can write in English.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Oikawa has finally been killed off, both worlds are saved, and the new kids' three Digimon are accepted to the Digital World. However, Wormmon and Ken are both dead for good, with the latter's parents having lost their only surviving child, the Digidestined give up their crests and their Digimon in order to fully restore the Digital World and it becomes more saddened when it's learned that the Order has sealed up the link between the real world and Digital World. There is some hope at the final part of the final chapter that may imply that the Digimon might return.
  • Black-and-White Insanity: Cody's mistrust and anger towards Ken is ramped Up to Eleven here. While Cody managed to forgive Ken during the Christman eve in the canon, in the fan fiction, Cody completely refuse to believe that Ken has redeemed himself, even attempting to kill him when Jachomon possess him. This is despite the fact that all the other members of the Digidestined already accept that Ken has already proved himself of his redemption.
  • Black Sheep: Yolei's issues with her siblings, an otherwise last-second plot device, is instead a recurring issue starting early in the story. The youngest of four children, Yolei is the outlier of her family, never quite managing to fit in with the rest of them, in addition to often ending up on the short end of the stick in most family-related situations. The digital world only manages to put deeper strain on this fragile setup, causing a great deal of friction between her and her parents, who, unaware of her secret life, only see their daughter acting irresponsibly.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Yolei requires her glasses to see clearly, though the severity of her astigmatism seems to vary between manageable and impossible.
    • In chapter 31, her glasses break, and she's visually crippled throughout chapter 32, including mistaking identities between her friends.
  • Blue with Shock: In chapter 20, Demiveemon declares he loves boobs, after an up-close experience with Jun's in the previous chapter. Yolei attempts to explain them in further detail, only to be confronted with Demiveemon asking if her small bust size is an indicator she's actually male. Half the cast is amused, while Yolei can only angrily threaten Davis.
  • Border Patrol: Upon Imperialdramon's entrance into America, the American Air Force immediately retaliates and intercepts against the dragon (Of course, Imperialdramon is unharmed by it, being a Mega and all).
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Yolei by the midpoint of the fic.
  • Brain Uploading: Oikawa did this years ago, hooking his body into his supercomputer, allowing his mind to travel the Digital World in data form, and manifest on Earth like a Digimon.
  • Broken Pedestal: The Digidestined, especially Matt, begin to lose their trust in Gennai due to constantly hiding something from them. When they learn outright that the Order and Gennai knew about Oikawa, they become a bit upset at such revelation to the point that Izzy is unwilling to forgive Gennai when he tries to apologize.
    • It starts moving towards Rebuilt Pedestal status when he proceeds to keep helping them anyway, even after his colleagues in the Order tell him to stop. It's not quite there yet, but the kids aren't quite as bitter anymore.
  • Butt-Monkey: Even when Davis wins, he loses. Despite all of his astonishing accomplishments, both his Digimon partner and the object of his affection gravitate more towards his sister and her brother respectively.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Downplayed, as the Digimon very rarely call their attack names and when they do, it is often a sign that something awesome is about to happen.
  • Cassandra Truth: Jun's attempts to tell the Digidestined more information regarding the bad guys is often dismissed by other people just because she isn't a Digidestined like the others. Only the parents of the Digidestined are willing to listen to her.
    • Matt spent much of the story demeaning the other kids and saying that they don't deserve to be Digidestined but is often shot down by the others. Turns out he's right. The new kids were caused by Oikawa. By this point though he's not exactly pleased by the revelation.
  • Celibate Hero: Ken prefers to atone for his actions and investigate on the Dark World and the other villans than to actively seek for romance. He sees Yolei as just another annoying fangirl whose name he doesn't even know.
  • Changing of the Guard: It is simultaneously played straight, averted, and inverted. Matt and several of the older kids fear they are being replaced like in canon, but in reality they still play a very active role. But as the older kids regain their ability to use the Crest TK and Kari wonder if the new kids are now the ones being rendered useless. It is later revealed there were not meant to be any new digidestined, and the new digidestined are unwitting fakes.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl/Crazy Jealous Guy: Davis and Yolei are jealous whenever someone else hits or kisses the other person (Willis on Yolei or Mimi on Davis) which the other acknowledge whenever they are jealous.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Pretty common whenever Davis is in the scene and a baddy shows up.
  • Co-Dragons:
    • The older kids' Digimon when they're brainwashed by Ken to serve as his Six Generals.
    • Blackwargreymon and Daemon are this for Dagomon.
    • Arukenimon and Mummymon for Oikawa.
  • Cool Boat: Because none of Veemon's armor forms can fly or swim, during the assault on the Kaiser's base, Davis thinks to try and make a canoe out of a nearby palmtree to follow the others, as it's the only thing around to work with. Resting his hand against it, he accidentally throws the lever and he and Veemon are suddenly riding a small island.
  • Cool Plane: Davis uses his Imperialdramon as an airplane to transport the other Digidestined to their crest location. If only the Air force would treat it as an Unusually Uninteresting Sight and not attack it the moment he enters the territory.
  • Covered in Mud: Davis, Yolei, Mimi, take your pick on who do you prefer to be in the mud.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Not exactly ‘crippling’, but while Izzy is still the smartest of the Digidestined when dealing with computers, he admits that Yolei is better at actually hacking computers than he is, with his own speciality being pure research and analysis.
  • Cryptically Unhelpful Answer: Whenever the Digidestined tries to contact Gennai regarding his intentions, he refuses to tell the truth about it. This is intentional. He and the Order kept them out of the loop because they didn't want anything they said causing Oikawa to change his plans.
  • Cuteness Overload: Whenever Jun comes close to Demiveemon, she certainly reacts this way.
  • Dark Fic: The author actually warns that it is "a far darker story than we have been led to believe".
  • Darkest Hour: Chapter 60 is named after because this is the moment when Dagomon invades the Real World using the final Control Spire.
  • Death by Adaptation: Unlike the original where Wormmon is reborn as a digiegg after his death, here he is Killed Off for Real; the same happens to Ken, who never dies in the original, later on in the story.
    • Ironically this would be an inversion in-universe as in TK's initial draft of their journeys, Ken and Wormmon survive to the very end along with the rest of the Digidestined and they end up having a successful career. Kari called him out on it, declaring that by censoring his death, he is essentially spitting on Ken's legacy by not mentioning that he even died nor even give a thought of how much Character Development that the Digidestined received as a result of this incident.
  • Decomposite Character: Silphymon and Shakkoumon are now basically the standard Ultimate forms for Hawkmon and Armadillomon, the two achieving this state using excess energy from the Four Gods while trying to recharge the original's Crests rather than by DNA Digivolving with Gatomon and Angemon, although Paildramon still achieves his state through accessing Wormmon's residual data even after his death.
  • Deconstruction Fic: One of the biggest reason for its darker content is because of the realities that the Digidestined faces such as their school life, their personal problems and their conflicts with other fellow Digidestined are brought in spotlight here to the point that their actions can even detriment the team. It is their conflicts that indirectly led to a true death of a Digidestined.
  • Demonic Possession: Completely upset over Ken's death and believing that all of her friends made fun of her, Yolei completely succumbs to the despair and becomes the host for the fiery Digimon Jachomon, a noncorporeal digimon who followed the Digidestined to the real world, and uses Yolei to manifest itself into reality. Before Yolei, Cody almost becomes its host, until he expresses regret for his treatment of Ken before he died to the point he can no longer sustain it.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Daemon has been demoted from full-fledged Big Bad into The Dragon for Dagomon.
  • Deus ex Machina: A literal example with Azulongmon ending the battle and Curb-Stomping Blackwargreymon in Reversal of Fortune.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: A more literal example than most occurs when Dagomon tries to convince Kari to merge with him. Her mysterious powers repel him and dissolve his entire right arm. Did we mention this guy dwarfs even Venommyotismon. Bit of Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu applies since it leaves her incredibly drained and just this side of conscious.
  • Didn't See That Coming: The kids, one and all, freak out when Ken dies. The fans did too, despite heavy foreshadowing that not all of the Digidestined would live through it. Justified in that no one really expected one of the kids to die.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Ken's brother Osamu still dies in a car accident as does his canon counterpart, but in the original, Ken had nothing to do with it. Here, Ken directly caused it, as he pushed Osamu in front of the car.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Besides the Digimon Emperor, Dagomon seems to serve as one; after hyping him as the Big Bad of the fan fiction, the master of the Dark Ocean ended up being sent back to the Dark World during the beginning of the final segments of the story. In fact, Arukenimon, Mummymon and Oikawa seems to the the greater threat to the Digidestined.
  • Door Stopper: At more than 900,000 words, it is the fourth-longest Digimon fanfiction on
  • Double Standard: Matt is quick to criticize the new Digidestined whenever they make a mistake but neglects his own group's failings when they started out. Davis gets sick of it at Chapter 52 after he brings up Yolei going after them with Jachomon and immediately points out that he turned against Tai before of his own accord after a talk with Cherrymon when Yolei had to suffer from Demonic Possession to go that far. Matt, with no defense, acquiesces.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: While the original Digidestined had 'internalised' the power of their Crests by the time of the final battle with Apocalymon, their reals in the real world have caused that power to weaken, restricting their partners to Champion forms save for particularly dire situations (such as Kari being sent to the Dark World or TK and Patamon facing Blackwargreymon alone), necessitating their later quest to restore the Crests.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Davis's (thankfully) brief time behind the wheel of Mummymon and Arukenimon's Jeep is easily comparable to Ziva David. He manages to crash into a tree. In the middle of a desert. Everyone is traumatized. It is later revealed the tree had actually spontaniously appeared in the Digital World as a consequence of Oikawa's plan to siphon data from it, although based on a comment from Hawkmon, Davis' parents have similar driving skills.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: The second generation Digidestined, despite all their success and triumphs will always be belittled by Matt at every opportunity they made a mistake.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Dagomon's armies of Deadmon briefly invaded the real world and ravaged it for a week. In the process several cities all over the world are devastated and it's quite clear that humanity has been freaked out by the whole affair.
    • Oikawa drains enough data from the Digital World to leave it a dying wasteland, and uses the data to create a Floating Continent he intends to crash into Earth, destroying both worlds and enabling him to make a new one from the ashes.
  • Enemy Mine: Davis and Yolei briefly stop their fighting because both of them couldn't tolerate Mimi's Alpha Bitch acts.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Blackwargreymon blows up half a mountain range, but doesn't kill the kids and refuses to listen to Arukenimon and Mummymon.
  • Everyone Can See It: Tai and Sora getting together and then back together after a breakup surprises no one.
    • Pretty much everyone (except Davis, of course) seems to think that TK and Kari would make a cute couple.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Oikawa cannot wrap his head around the selflessness of the Digidestined, seeing them as fools for not understanding his vision.
  • Evil Knockoff: BlackWarGreymon is obvious, but there are other examples;
    • At one point Arukenimon lures the Digidestined into a trap by creating a Spire-born duplicate of Zudomon that they assume is Gomamon under the control of a Dark Spiral.
    • During the invasion of the real world, a group of Deadmon combine into a duplicate of WreGarurumon
    • After Oikawa temporarily takes control of Veemon, Hawkmon and Armadillomon, he is able to create copies of them even after the Digidestined have taken their partners back, although these copies cannot assume the Ultimate forms of the originals.
  • Evil Is Petty: Devimon only joined forces with with Dagomon for a chance at revenge on TK and Angemon. And even when facing The End of the World as We Know It, he decides to still take the time to hunt them down for one last fight, much to their disgust.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Oikawa's first appearance to the kids results in him killing Ken just by snapping his fingers.
  • Fan Disservice: Whenever Yolei is seen in her undergarments, it is often used to point out just how smelly and dirty she is, such as having a yellow-stained underwear, or Poromon being disgusted at her smell.
  • Fanservice: A light amount is added to the story.
    • Mimi and Yolei's trip to a nearby bath house which includes a fair amount of teasing due to the disparity in their bust sizes.
    • Demiveemon's love for Jun's breasts is often visually depicted.
    • Yolei excitingly spying on the boys bathing in one scene, including not-so-gently pushing Kari to do so as well.
    • Davis looking smug after "comparing" himself to the other boys in the aforementioned scene.
    • Matt is discovered to have a photo of Jun posing in a bikini on her bed. How he has it is never touched upon, but likely a "present" from her.
  • Fantastic Racism: Gargomon vocally hates any humans including the Digidestined simply because the Digimon Emperor destroys his home and his own family.
  • Five-Man Band: The new kids of course, actually put into effect with the Dark World
    • The Leader: Officially TK, but he and Davis sort of flip-flop around.
    • The Lancer: Davis, though he prefers to see himself as the leader.
    • The Smart Girl: Yolei, in an interesting inversion of the typical Smart Guy, she is the oldest.
    • The Big Guy: Cody, despite being the smallest, he attained this role when he killed a Deadmon-fused Wendigomon.
    • The Chick: Kari, of course now that she has limited control over her powers, mess with her friends and your ass is grass
    • The Sixth Ranger: Ken, just like the canon. Until he dies.
  • Fix Fic: One of the very few Digimon Adventure 02 remakes that the author genuinely puts their effort in remaking the anime.
  • Foregone Conclusion: the new Digidestined will survive through the end with TK and Kari hooking up together and marrying. The meat of the story is explaining how do they get into such position.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Way back in the first chapter of the story, Kari states to TK that kept a specific painful moment that TK doesnt want to write. This moment is when Ken gets Killed Off for Real.
    • Yolei's brother mentioned not being interested in Mimi after she gives him her number because she was too phony. And she is. Her behavior is an act she's desperately trying to buy into because she's running away from her problems.
    • When Jun gets a hold of Davis' D3, unaware that non-Digidestined should NOT be able to help a Digidestined's Digimon digivolve, she attempts to help him armor-digivolve, which actually works to help Veemon become Raidramon. This foreshadows the revelation the second generation kids aren't true Digidestined, and their Digimon and Digivices are not functionally locked to them.
  • Framing Device: The story is a flashback being told by an adult TK and Kari, who are now a married couple. Cody, Davis and Yolei later join in the recollection.
  • Freudian Excuse: Cody's father was a police officer who was murdered by a criminal everyone assumed had reformed. Because of this, Cody became convinced that people can't change who they are, and this is why he refuses to accept Ken's Heel–Face Turn. Only too late does he realize how foolish he was being.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: When Yolei is possessed by Jachomon, Tai and Matt basically fill this role for her, as the only humans who can't say anything nice to help her come back to herself as they just don't know her that well (could also apply to Joe, but he was elsewhere during the confrontation).
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: As a child, Ken is largely ignored in favor of his older brother Sam, who highly excels in academics to the delight of his fame-hungry parents. It is suggested by later dialogue the Ichijouji's at times even forgot they had a second son. The events of the story play out similar to the original story, with the exception of Sam dies from Ken blindly pushing him into the street out of anger and jealousy, causing him to be hit by a speeding car, whereas in the original story Ken had nothing to do with the accident. After this, Ken quickly becomes an ace student himself, which the Ichijouji family embraces, only realizing when it's too late that they had only thought of Ken as a replacement for their lost famous child.
  • Gambit Pileup: Things are looking pretty ludicrous with all the amount of gambits there are.
    • On the good side we have the kids (who are almost as confused as the readers), the gods (who's only real priority seems to be stopping Dagomon and likely Neodevimon), Gennai (who is currently more airtight than the space shuttle), and Matt and Sora's dads (who are also looking pretty lost at this point too).
    • On the evil side we have Dagomon (who is either dangerously over confident or Xanatos himself if he is able to account for all the various factions), Neodevimon (who doesn't even want to win; he just wants revenge on TK and Patamon), Oikawa (who's playing everyone else like a fiddle), and an attempt at backstabbing by Arukenimon that fails utterly.
  • Generation Xerox: After it's revealed who the original Digidestined were, a number of parallels are drawn between Sora's father and Tai, such as both being the leaders of their respective groups and having gravity-defying hair. Sora is understandably embarrassed.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Magnaangemon clearly considers the Gate of Destiny this, as anything that falls into it basically ceases to exist, even if he agrees that Blackwargreymon is dangerous enough to at least attempt to use it on him. However, after Dagomon has been driven back, Magnaangemon has to ensure that the Deadmon attacking the human world are dealt with by opening another Gate of Destiny over the whole city, despite the potential risk of innocent people getting pulled in by chance.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Their true experience would have been smeared from history, if Kari hadn't convinced TK to wrote what truly happened.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Yolei when it comes to anyone getting close to Ken before Christmas, and Davis whenever he sees TK with Kari.
    • Davis towards Willis when he saw him give Yolei a kiss on the cheek.
  • Groin Attack: A weird example in that it is performed by a person on the victim's side and is a complete accident. Davis is idly daydreaming about a meeting with Kari (complete with non-descriptive scenes of him ALONE with her). Out of nowhere a soccer ball smacks him right in the sweet spot. Sora and Tai rush over, Sora having been the one to have launched the "attack". Davis's response (complete with a wheeze):
    "My nuts! You broke my nuts!"
    • What makes it even better is Tai's total nonchalance at the event. Apparently, he did know that Davis fantasizes about his sister.
  • Hate Sink: Early on, Mimi serves as nothing more than a despicable bitch whose only purpose is to be The Load and get on the Digidestined's nervesnote . You'd be forgiven if you believed that the author has some sort of grudge with her considering that she only makes two appearances in the Digimon Emperor arc, the least out of any first generation Digidestined. But then the next arc subverts this where we began seeing more and more of her nicer side such as voluntarily entering the Digital World to play with the Baby Digimons and helping Yolei clean up to act like a proper lady. Then by the Dark World arc, Mimi eventually reaches the pinnacle of her Character Development where she apologizes to everyone for all she done with the Digidestined welcoming her with open arms.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: While the citizens treats the "monsters" as heroes, the experts and higher ups continue to remain suspicious of these "monsters" and urge to to stay cautious around them. Lampshaded by Salamon upon hearing the news:
    Salamon: "Are you kidding me?! We saved this place twice already!"
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: As seen under the Adaptational Villainy entries, TK clearly does this a lot in his censored version of the novel. Examples include justifying Oikawa's crimes as him being possessed by Myotismon, Dagomon just staying out in the sidelines, the Digidestined's flaws and issues being downplayed to non-existent, Blackwargreymon reforming in the novel, Wormmon being reborn as a digiegg, and Ken having a lucky break, and surviving to adulthood, unlike what really happened.
  • The Horde: Dagomon's Deadmon. Much like in canon, there are Control Spires in the real world. However instead of spewing nominally peaceful digimon who are all too happy to go back home, they send forth waves of Deadmon (and their tanks) who's purpose is to conquer the human world (and likely kill everyone in it) and abduct Kari so she can be merged with Dagomon. Shudder.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Yolei, and Davis to a lesser extent.
  • How We Got Here: The story begins with TK in the Distant Finale attempting to write a true version of what really happened with the bulk of the story being told in the past.
  • Hypocrite: Hard to argue that this doesn't apply to Cody for the most part; he is one of the most vehement against just killing their opponents even when the original Digidestined argue that it's the only option (and most of the time they're right) because he says that criminals should be arrested and given a chance to consider their actions, but he consistently refuses to believe that Ken's changed from the Digimon Emperor even after the rest of the team recognise that.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: The bulk of the Digidestined try to give a Jachomon-possessed Yolei, who became possessed after Ken died, a speech on how a worthy friend she is to them in hopes that she can break out of its control, after Davis' verbal abuse only makes things worse.
  • I'm Your Worst Nightmare: How the Emperor makes his debut to Davis in chapter 2
    Davis: Who the hell are you?
    Emperor: I'm your worst nightmare come to life.
    Emperor: I concede; I'm not THAT nightmare.
  • Ignored Aesop: Cody's grandfather is always encouraging him to maintain an open mind, but while Cody respects his grandfather, he always ignores this advice when dealing with Ken no matter how many other people come to believe the former Digimon Emperor has changed.
  • Immortals Fear Death: Their reaction probably wasn’t helped by the fact that they were in their emotionally immature In-Training forms, but Upamon and Demiveemon basically break down and cry when they learn that not only will Ken not come back in the human equivalent of ‘Primary Village’ after his death, but that all of their human partners and friends will eventually die and leave them for good no matter what the Digimon do to protect them.
  • In the Blood: both Matt and Sora's fathers were part of the first group of digidestined.
    • It's also revealed that Izzy's mom and dad were the final two members of the original digidestined. And Oikawa murdered them.
  • It's All About Me:
    • The Digimon Emperor initially disbelieves the others’ claims to be Digidestined as he believes that the Digital world can only be accessed by special people, and he found it because he is the only ‘truly perfect human being’.
    • Mimi and Yolei have a bad case of this until Ken's death. Davis begins with it, but slowly grows out of it around the middle point of the story.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: A lot of Matt's harsh statements regarding the inexperience of the new generation Digidestined is not entirely unfounded. Case in point, early in the fic when Yolei begins showing hesitance at whether or not to help, he immediately denounce her as a useless Digidestined, even convincing her to just abandon her duties as one. This statement gives Yolei more willingness in proving Matt wrong by immediately taking action by entering the Digital World.
  • Kick the Dog: The Emperor beats up Cody during the final battle for no reason other than petty cruelty. This contributes to Cody's forever hatred against Ken which lasts until Oikawa kills Ken.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Gargomon and his resistance tried numerous times to kill the Digidestined like zealots. Karma eventually bites them back, after Gargomon is forcefully changed into Blackrapidmon by Arukenimon and single-handedly wipes out the Resistance in a mindless rampage.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Ken gets killed by Oikawa just as he realized who the man really is.
  • Killed Off for Real: Wormmon and Ken die for good, Jun and Matt confirms this to the In-training Digimons.
  • La Résistance: Ken's tyrannical reign causes a group of Digimon to form a fighting force devoted to liberating their world from his rule. Unfortunately their leader is extremely prejudicial against all humans and can't seem to get it through his head the Digidestined are the good guys. As time goes on they begin to devolve and get even more trigger-happy. Matters aren't helped when Gargomon gets transformed into Blackrapidmon and destroys the Resistance in a blind rage.
  • Leeroy Jenkins:
    • Davis tends to screw whatever plans that the Digidestined tries to propose and rushes headlong into battle. This includes going against Jachomon, and attempts to straight up go for Oikawa despite having his Digimon partner brainwashed, leaving him powerless.
    • Much like her brother, Jun refuses to listen to the Digidestined's instructions to stay put. It results in the kidnapping of the other Digidestined by Arukenimon and Mummymon and gets her called out by the others for being so reckless.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Davis and Yolei's arguments often ended up getting into fist fights to the point of being entrenched in mud. The other Digidestined seems to laugh at this scene, believing that they acted exactly like this trope. After reconciliation, however, now they affectionately pick on each other for fun.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Played with. Haruhiko (Sora's dad) reveals like he was the leader of the first Digidestined and had Anime Hair like Tai. As Biyomon points this out, Sora gets increasingly flustered given that she and Tai are undergoing a Relationship Upgrade.
  • Lonely Funeral: Mummymon lampshades this in Chapter 50, saying that Ebenezer Scrooge's funeral had a higher turnout than Ken's.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Veemon and all his digivolutions express an open love for Jun's breasts, though it's presented as nonsexual in nature.
    • Yolei, who harbors strong sexual thoughts towards most males in the series with the openly-acknowledged exception of Davis, but most strongly towards Ken. A low-key reference to her bisexual moment towards Mimi in the original show is made, but instead expressed with visible discomfort, implying she is straight in this story.
  • Love Hungry: Yolei actively pursues a relationship with Ken. With Mimi's guidance she changes her habits and her appearance, distances herself from the other children and neglects her responsibilities. Her efforts fail spectacularly, earning only Ken's contempt for trying to pursue love instead of fighting, and alienates her friends, particularly Davis.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Yolei's desperation to attract Ken's attention leads her to do a number of unpleasant things, such as insult those who share her hobbies out of peer pressure, socially-ostracizing Joe, betraying Mimi's trust in spite of everything she had done to her and emotionally attacking Sora when the latter tries to talk sense into her.
  • Mala Proper: Davis constantly miswords phrases or exclaimations, though this is somewhat averted due to the fact he's seemingly aware of this habit.
  • Mama Bear: Jun develops an adoring love for Demiveemon, believing him to be an adorable doll, and takes every opportunity to liberate him from Davis. Contrary to Davis' concerns, her love for him actually increases when she discovers he's a living creature, referring to him as her "baby." She grows horrified and angry when he returns home visibly injured after the fight against Jachomon, demanding to know what the Digidestined did to him. When the Digimon must return to the Digital World, which is set to be sealed off supposidly for good, Jun has the most emotional reaction, breaking down into frantic tears.
  • Mask of Sanity: Oikawa's first few appearances paint him as a sinisterly cool and collected Mysterious Watcher, but once he reveals himself as The Man Behind the Man, he shows himself to be a dangerously unstable psychopath.
  • The Matchmaker: Kari plays with this trope in regards to Tai and Sora and is successful before Sora breaks up with him. TK is her willing assistant.
  • Memetic Mutation: Yolei often quote famous internet quotes such as Noob, or All Your Base Are Belong to Us early on in the Digimon Emperor arc but it wanes out over time. invoked
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: A lesser, humorous example; Tentomon refers to mosquitos, yes, regular mosquitos, as 'cannibals' when they attack him while he's in a jungle with Izzy, Mimi, Yolei, Palmon and Hawkmon on their quest to restore the Crests.
  • Morality Pet: Applies to Palmon to a degree; even when Mimi was initially reluctant to go back into the Digital World and get involved in the fighting all over again, whenever she's reunited with Palmon she can't bring herself to disappoint her old partner.
  • Mud Wrestling: Whenever Davis and Yolei fight, they always stumble into the mud somehow.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Ken has seemingly forgot the events that lead up to his conquering of the digital world, such as the fact he was responsible (accidentally) for the death of his older brother, how he came to know Wormmon, and the knowledge Digimon were living creatures. The realization hits him much harder than the original story.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Two very close together in the same chapter — the fused Arukenimon/Mummymon fires one last shot before being thrown into the void, which bursts through the roof and interrupts Neodevimon before he can kill Angemon. Later on in the latter fight, Neodevimon is giving TK a Breaking Speech about how he's always been afraid, but that just inspires TK to face his fears, triggering the Crest of Hope and allowing Angemon to digivolve to Mangaangemon, who ends up winning the fight.
  • Noble Demon: Blackwargreymon comes across as this, as while he’ll beat the Digidestined Digimon into unconsciousness he never kills them if they can’t fight back, up to the point of sparing Gabumon.
  • Nostalgia Filter: A prominent characterization that is added to Matt is his hatred for newer stuff. This includes modern music (Matt took up saxophone as his career) and the new generation Digidestined as he believes that the new generations will never exceed the old.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Even after dolling herself up into a clone of Mimi, every attempt Yolei makes to attract Ken ends in absolute failure.
  • Official Couple: TK and Kari are stated to be married in the very first chapter, and Tai and Sora are trying to start a relationship, despite several rocky instances.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Defied; Izzy is still the expert on the mechanics of the Digital World and their Digivices, but defers to Yolei when the situation calls for computer hacking to be done as she’s better than him in that regard, and he outright admits that Joe is better-suited to deal with medical matters such as analysing Ken’s autopsy reports.
  • One-Winged Angel: Dagomon decides to merge with the Control Spire as he decides to destroy the Digidestined to claim his ultimate prize.
    • Oikawa fuses both Blackwargreymon and Myotismon's data with a copy of himself to become some kind of kaiju Digimon that appears to be based on Malomyotismon.
  • Only Friend: According to the letter and presents from Ken, he considers Davis, Kari, and TK to be his only 3 friends (Cody and Yolei can understand that).
    • Hiroki was Oikawa's. Losing him was the part where he snapped entirely.
  • Out-Gambitted: Oikawa played the Digidestined and Dagomon against each other, and saw Arukenimon's betrayal coming a mile away.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: As in canon, the Ichijouji parents lose Osamu to a car accident, and only have Ken. But thanks to Oikawa at the end of Chapter 49, they lose Ken as well.
  • Parting Words Regret: Cody completely regrets that by completely sticking to his own anger regarding Ken, he never apologizes nor reconciles with Ken before his death and now he can never do it.
  • The Pig-Pen: Yolei takes this Up to Eleven. She seems to go day without baths, showers, or even brushing her teeth. Her underwear has been described as yellow. Squick.
  • Playing Both Sides: More like playing every side — Oikawa controlled Ken and manipulated Dagomon, while also engineering the rise of the new Digidestined as a counterbalance against them, while using them to drain data to further his overall plan.
  • Pocket Dimension: Oikawa's headquarters is located in one.
  • Poisonous Friend: Mimi to Yolei.
  • Popularity Power: Matt's Saxophone Jazz band Icy Blue has very little fanbase and audience, with Jun being the only dedicated fangirl. In contrast, the Teenage Werewolves performs modern music, which attracted heaps of audience and fans. Matt despise modern music, claiming that it has no soul.
  • Posthumous Character: Ken from chapter 50 and onward where even after he dies, his influence in the story remains important. Earlier, due to being Killed Off for Real, Wormmon also qualifies.
  • Precision F-Strike: Played Straight and Subverted. Davis and Yolei, and Matt to a lesser extent, use curse words fairly commonly. Whenever someone else uses one it's pretty appropriate.
    • However one of the biggest F-strike moments is when Kari tries to stop him from rushing out to turn Yolei back to normal as opposed to first coming up with a plan only for Davis, for the first time, swears at Kari.
    Kari: Don't go Davis, not alone!!
    Davis: Fuck off! (Storms out of the apartment)
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Oikawa, as noted by both Chikara and Arukenimon.
  • Puppy Love: TK and Kari are considered a couple by everybody but each other (and Davis), though they're essentially inseperable.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Their conflicts, personal problems, and other priorities are brought to full light here meaning that sometimes, it could detriment their missions in saving the Digital World.
    • Don't expect that saving the life of a Jerkass character will make them become nicer to you. Yes this even applies to the Digidestined themselves.
    • It takes a long time for Character Development to kick in and one single event does not mean that person will have a change of heart.
    • Human vs Digimon goes very poorly for the humans. Even if you're a protagonist.
    • Just because you are a Digidestined doesn't mean you are guaranteed to make it out alive. Ken learned that the hard way.
  • Reality Warper: Oikawa's master programming skills effectively make him this when it comes to Digimon and the Digital World even in the real world.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Davis and Yolei becomes from a bickering pair that often argues and gets into fights with each other, to a bickering pair that just picks on each other for good fun and become truly best friends after reconciliation by the end of chapter 51.
  • Running Gag: It seems that every time a Digidestined stumbles whether by fighting or just clumsy, they always ended up falling into the mud, which the Digidestined even lampshade.
  • Scholarship Student: Ken is a child genius and prodigy. This is averted in several ways down the story; it is revealed that Ken did not invent the Gigas, the Dark Rings or the Control Spires, the plans of which were planted for him to discover and use. He is also revealed to be slowly losing his genius intellect after his final defeat as the Emperor. Although he manages to create physical weapons to continue fighting after Wormmon's seemingly permenant death, he slowly un-learns how he actually created them, and is no longer able to maintain their functionality as a result. This is later revealed to be the result of Oikawa deactivating the Dark Spore implanted in him, in order to impede his actions against him.
  • Secret Test of Character: The new Digidestined inadvertantly end up completing challenges relating to the first season Digidestined, in order to earn their respective Digieggs for Armor Digivolution. Although the same eggs are earned by the same characters as the original show, the manner in which Yolei earns the Digiegg of Purity (the original form of Mimi's crest before the Saban dub changed her trait to Sincerity) was changed. Originally, Yolei earned the Digiegg by admitting her dislike of Digitamamon despite the uglyness of the truth, whereas in the rewrite she earns it in Spaghetti Junction by staying true to her promise to Sora to free Biyomon despite such heavy adversity.
    • Also subverted entirely. It is later revealed the lessons learned and correlations to the first-season Digidestined were complete coincidence, with Oikawa revealing he simply tossed the eggs out to be found with no actual rhyme or reason.
  • See You in Hell: As Neodevimon is dying, he tells TK he'll continue to haunt him for the rest of his life, and will be waiting for him when he finally dies.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Ken's parents exemplify this to a fault. Although they clearly care about their son, they're highly oblivious to everything that goes on in his life, instead choosing to let him sort things out on his own and trusting in his ability to care for himself. Big mistake. They also constantly make assumptions that couldn't be more wrong, such as Ken loving his status as a media darling, Yolei being his longtime sweetheart and the Digidestined being his closest friends, despite the fact he only considers Davis, TK, and Kari as his genuine friends.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Yolei after Mimi's teachings, going from nerd to bombshell to impress Ken.
  • Shout-Out:
    • During her class trip, Yolei ends up in a train car with three girls she knew only by name; Yukari, Fuuka, and Mitsuru. And names are all they have in common.
      • Another reference to that is in the "future", where Daisuke's co-workers are named Shinji and Akihiko.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: A recurring theme throughout the story.
    • It turns out that Mimi's Alpha Bitch attitude and refusal to rejoin the Digidestined is a result of PTSD developed after the events of the original series.
    • The original Digidestined were not too keen on Oikawa's proposition to return to the Digital World, due to the dangers they had faced traversing it as children.
    • Oikawa's madness stems from the rejection of his "friends" and the death of his best friend.
    • Ken's death at the hands of Oikawa effectively breaks Yolei, leading to her brief possession by Jachomon.
  • Ship Sinking: Any chance of a Kenyako pairing is obliterated when Yolei gets rejected by Ken despite dedicating everything to get his attention to the point of even selling out her friends just for the chance to get him as well as him dying which cements this even further. Given the fact that he never give any tape for her before he died, it seems that Ken doesn't really consider her a friend either.
  • Ship Tease: Following their reconciliation, Davis and Yolei begins to have a lot of shipping moments with each other, even becoming jealous with each other whenever one gets the attention of the opposite gender. In addition, the author is also a supporter for Jyoumi(Joe/Mimi) and Taiora(Tai/Sora) considering their moments with each other.
  • Shipper on Deck: The list of in-universe Taiora shippers includes Mimi, TK, Kari, Davis, Yolei, and Biyomon. Tai also ships Takari.
  • Shock and Awe: When a Digidestined that is not suppose to pick the Digiegg up touches it, they will be shocked with black lightning.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Oikawa traps Matt, Sora, and Izzy in illusions meant to break them and make them realize they're Not So Different from him. Each of them are reminded of their experiences with their friends, and tell him to stuff it.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Davis swears much more than the other characters combined.
  • Sleep Cute: Davis and Yolei fall asleep together after they reconcile, which rightfully gives Davis and Yolei a comical Oh, Crap! moment after they realize it.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: A lot more cynical than your standard Digimon Adventure 02 fanfic.
  • The Smurfette Principle: As Haruhiko confirms himself, Chidori is stated to be the only female of the Original Digidestined.
  • Sour Supporter: Out of all the first generation Digidestined, Matt is the one who most vocally hates the new generation, believing that the kids are nothing more than weak newbies that are attempting to fight against the Digimon Emperor, a job the original children should handle. When Yolei shows hesitance whether or not at helping the Digital World, he immediately denounce her as a useless Digidestined, even convincing her to just throw away the Digivice and give up on being one.
  • Spanner in the Works: Ken for Oikawa. Even after his death, Ken's D3 undid his brainwashing of the other digidestined's partners.
  • Speech Impediment: Veemon speaks with a noticeable lisp, a reference to voice actor Derek Stephen Prince's performance as the character in Saban's dub. The most frequent example of this is his mispronounciation of Davis' name as "Davith", which he initially attempts to correct him on. The lisp is limited to Veemon's Rookie form alone, despite Prince having also voiced Demiveemon in the dub.
  • The Starscream: Arukenimon eventually starts to plot against Oikawa, mostly as a defensive measure when she realizes that he'll probably kill her when she's no longer needed just like Ken.
  • Start My Own: Oikawa intends to destroy the Real and Digital Worlds and create a new world of his own making.
  • Take That!: The password Oikawa uses to take control of Veemon, Hawkmon, and Armadillomon is "Champions of the Digital World," a not so subtle reference to the dub insert song "Hey Digimon," which is disparaged among the fanbase. Mainly because its original counterpart is "Brave Heart".
    • It's also one in universe because it was the catchphrase of Haruhiko Takenouchi (Sora's father), the leader of the first Digidestined, which Oikawa was a part of.
  • Taking You with Me: Oikawa's last act is to blow himself up in a final attempt to kill the Digidestined.
  • Teen Genius: Ken and Izzy.
  • The Talk: Fujiyama is hinted to have given Tai the talk about "Birds and Bees" when Tai distracts the teacher from the Digidestined.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: The resistance qualifies the longer it goes on. Gargomon projecting a very Hitler-like aura doesn't help their case.
  • There Was a Door: Boltmon comes through the roof when Mummymon calls for him and even Davis drops a Lampshade Hanging.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Cody is adamant about this when it comes to dealing with other digimon, even evil ones. Ken and Matt both point out that it's liable to get him and his friends killed.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Kari more or less gains control over her mysterious powers of light. Cue her blasting evil digimon.
    • The older kids (with the exception of Mimi) are a lot more proactive than they were in the original anime.
    • Oikawa in every way imaginable. First off, he's a member of the original Digidestined, as in the group Gennai told the kids about in the original anime and is described as being as smart as Izzy despite being TK's age. And he has created a masterful plan. Instead of merely trying to weaken the Digital World like in canon, he is using Ken's Control Spires to literally drain the Digital World of data. When he realized Ken was becoming to much of a power in his own right, he created the D3s, the DigiArmors, and the new Digimon themselves in order to defeat him and also drain the Digital World of even more data. He is also the first character to permanently kill a Digidestined when he murdered Ken. And even better, there's no hints that he is just being possessed by Myotismon as in canon, he's doing this all on his own.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Matt, Mimi, Davis, Yolei, and Cody are much more unpleasant compared to their canon counterparts, only becoming nicer once Ken dies.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Every single Digidestined becomes more mature and nicer once Ken dies including Cody, Yolei, and Mimi. Matt takes a bit longer, but he gets there too.
  • The Unchosen One: It turns out that the second generation Digidestined were never chosen by The Order all along, they are unwitting fakes sent to the Digital World courtesy of Oikawa, and he made their D3s and D-Terminals. All this however, makes Davis all the more willing to become as heroic as possible by rushing straight into Oikawa's base of operations.
  • Undying Loyalty: No matter how rude Mimi acts to him or how much she constantly tells him off, declaring him a nerd, Joe Kido never gives up on Mimi, believing that deep down, there is a nice side of her waiting to appear beneath all of her bitchiness. And it does pay off once she decides to rejoin the Digidestined.
  • Unnamed Parent: Davis, Yolei, Joe, and Ken's parents are never named in this series, although Yolei's mother mentions her father's name.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Gatomon/Angewoman flies into this when Oikawa goes One-Winged Angel in a form partially based on Myotismon, due to the past trauma it brings up. Deconstructed, as fighting in a blind fury proves to be a detriment to her combat skills, making her more of a threat to herself and her allies than her enemy.
  • Unwitting Pawn: According to Izzy and Joe's research on Ken's body, he has some sort of device that is ready to explode and kill the person infected with it. In other words, Ken and like wise the Digimon Emperor, is nothing more than a pawn for Dagomon and Oikawa. It is later revealed that Dagomon, despite being the Cthulu-like lord of the Dark World is ALSO being manipulated by Oikawa for as of yet unknown purposes.
    • Turns out, everyone was Oikawa's pawns, as he created the new Digidestined as a counterbalance to the Digimon Emperor and as a means of siphoning data out of the Digital World for the sake of his Evil Plan.
    • The Order knew what Oikawa was doing and instead used the original Digidestined as their pawns to get him out of the way.
  • Victory Is Boring: After the excitement of triumphing over Kokytomon, the Digidestined suddenly become bored when Davis and Imperialdramon complete the rest of their journey back home.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As the story hits its climax, Oikawa's Mask of Sanity starts slipping off, and by the Final Battle, he's been reduced to a raving madman.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Davis and Yolei acted like this, always bickering and fighting each other while still having the other's back when they are in trouble. Deconstructed when upon being infatuated with Ken, Yolei's arguments with Davis eventually cause rivalry to change into genuine spite. This is eventually reconstructed later when upon reconciliation, Yolei began to realize that in spite of everything, Davis is always by his side, making him her truly best friend. The spite turned out to be because Davis felt Yolei, making all the changes in her life, was leaving him behind.
  • Void Between the Worlds: As Oikawa's plans reach their climax, he makes the Gigas his base and moves it here for protection. Gennai notes that this should be impossible.
  • Volleying Insults: Davis and Zhuqiaomon briefly go into a name-calling contest such as "Jerky Turkey" or "Snivelling simpelton".
  • Weakened by the Light: Oikawa's One-Winged Angel mode copy has the weaknesses of a vampire.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 49, aka the moment where a member of the Digidestined, Ken, dies, for good.
    • Chapter 64 completely upends everything we think we know as Oikawa reveals that not only is he responsible for the changes to the Digital World, he's also the one who created the Digi Armor eggs and D3s, and has been using them to siphon data out of the Digital World, which is now decaying. And on top of that, the Armors are revealed to be capable of brainwashing their wearers, which he uses to abduct Flamedramon, Shurimon, and Digmon.
    • Immediately after this in Chapter 65, the kids get their partners back thanks to Ken's D3 overloading and purging their codes, but right afterwards, Oikawa kills Blackwargreymon with a wave of his hand and takes his data for an yet unrevealed plan.
    • And then Chapter 66 has Oikawa reveal his master plan to merge the real and digital worlds, killing all other humans and resetting all the Digimon, and then ruling over what results from the fusion. And then he distracts the children by creating MaloMyotismon from a copy of himself mixed with Blackwargreymon's and Myotismon's data. Meanwhile, Arukenimon is moving ahead on her plans to betray him.
  • Wham Line: Gennai's expositions towards Izzy can be summed up as:
    " The Order... made no other Digivices... after yours, They made neither D3s... nor any DigiEgg Armors... nor a Digital Gate."
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Immediately after Ken dies by Oikawa's hand, Yolei's anger and hatred of the other Digidestined completely accumulates to the point that she lets the fiery darkness possess her and became Jachomon
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Ken's entire life is composed of this. Want to make-up for being directly responsible for your brother's death by pushing him in front of a car, become the Digimon Emperor and beat up Cody and expects to get your Digimon back? Too bad! Wormmon is Killed Off for Real and the baby Digimon in the Primary Village made sure of that. Finally manage to fully redeem yourself in the eyes of the Digidestined (sans Cody) and made it out of the Dark Ocean alive? Nope! Oikawa kills you off in a meaningless death.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Part of why Oikawa killed off Ken was because of this. Once Mummymon is injured and Arukenimon recognizes that he sees them as disposable as well, she moves to prevent this. Oikawa ultimately and forcefully fuses Arukenimon and Mummymon into one monstrous deformed digimon as punishment for their plotting and to distract the Digidestined.
  • You Killed My Father: Oikawa killed Izzy's birth parents in a staged car accident, for daring to try and stop his plans.

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