When Homeostasis said that Tai and Kari enabled their first Koromon to survive, digivolve, and protect them, it was right. Tai kept Miko and Parrotmon from killing Koromon; Kari shared her food and her bed with him.
None of the older kids ever tell T.K. to get involved in battle; they feel it's their responsibility to take care of him because they're older, and that's understood among them. As a result, when he chooses to get involved and does so, it's that much more significant than it would be otherwise.
Why is Gatomon's base form her Champion level as opposed to Rookie, like the other partner Digimon? Digimon digivolve over time, leading to characters like Leomon that are in higher forms by default. Gatomon was alone in the Digital World for so long, she evolved naturally to Champion before she finally met Kari.
I always figured it was because Myotismon beat her a lot, thus she became stronger as a result... though that's messed up on its own.
Substitute direct physical abuse with Training from Hell that incorporates direct physical abuse, and bingo.
Digimon evolve faster when angered or need to survive in great battles, Gatomon was abused by Myotismon for who knows how long.
That seems to have been the result of a combination of time passing and Salamon having to endure harsh conditions. She had to become a Champion to survive that.
She's lucky she didn't get angry enough to digivolve into something like SkullGreymon.
It seems like dark Digivolutions are more a result of anger/rage from a partner, rather than the Digimon themself
The dark digivolutions happen because the kids either lose the quality trait that triggers their crests or apparently, in some cases, devoting the actions typically associated with manifesting that trait for the wrong purpose. Skullgreymon came into being because Tai lost patience with the digivolution process and acted like a fool.
Apocalypsemon came from beyond the Wall of Fire. In other words, a firewall.
Despite withstanding heavy fire from Andromon, Angemon, Angewomon, and Birdramon directly before that, Machinedramon is "sliced like an onion" in one attack from WarGreymon. This makes sense when you notice he has the word dramon in his name. This means he's still weak against WarGreymon's Dramon Destroyer claws. WarGreymon just needed a little boost from Kari to get the job done.
It becomes even more understandable when you realize that it was Kari's light which allowed Agumon to digivolve to WarGreymon the first time.
How can we tell right away that Izzy was adopted? Neither of his parents have red hair like he does.
Seeing as red hair is a very rare recessive trait he still could have been their child and not adopted.
Which, seeing as Koushiro (Izzy) is a genius, he most likely knew that, leading to him not questioning his parents.
Actually, several characters in Japanese anime who tend to have hair of similar color tend to be related. Izzy's mom's hair is purple, which is very closely related to red. It's a long shot, but it would fit.
Why was Devimon taking control of other Digimon with the Black Gears? He knew of stronger Digimon than him like Etemon and Myotismon and he needed an army to stand up to them!
In the novelizations, the evil Digimon are all part of the same organization. Devimon wouldn't be acting against Etemon, who's ranked higher than he is.
Most of the digimon who help the kids against the Dark Masters are digimon who had been formerly Brainwashed and Crazy by the Black Gears (Whamon, Leomon, Andromon,etc.) Besides, trying to kill the Digidestined Devimon may had been trying to deprive them of allies who could've fought with them against Devimon and the rest of the evil digimon.
While everyone knows that the Crest-digivolutions are powered by, well, the crests (T.K shows Hope, Tai shows Courage, and so on), the first set (baring the Digivolution to rookie) also follows the Crest patterns. Tai is brave and tries to distract Shellmon. Matt shows loyalty/friendship, swimming out to save T.K, and the other kids. Sora shows love by leaving safety to protect Biyomon, Joe takes responsibility for the others, Izzy uses his big brain to figure out how to hack the digiworld, Mimi is sincere in her desires to help the others/ doesn't back down/speaks her mind and T.K was the team's last hope against Devimon.
And Gatomon digivolved despite the darkness that was Myotismon constantly beating her, thus being the embodiment of light that Kari needed as a partner
That moment when you find out that "prodigious" is a real word.
That other moment when you realize that you can't spell "prodigious" without "digi".
This will sound weird, but perhaps Myotismon's powers are strengthed by fog. First he only struck at night (where it was frequently foggy), then he's seen making a LOT more fog onscreen... and he progressively gets more powerful afterward. And when he finally seems to have fallen, Kari specifically notes the fog is getting thicker (shortly before he returns as VenomMyotismon).
Probably because vampires get weaker in direct sunlight.
Perhaps the fog increased the power of magic. It would explain why both Myotismon and Wizardmon seemed so strong during that arc, they both use magic.
Or mixed with FridgeHorror: That fog is exactly what it looks like: a Digital Field. He's forcing open the barrier so that he can load data from it.
Kari's illness in "My Sister's Keeper". Remember that she had to miss summer camp because she was too ill? The time in 'our world' didn't go forward at all while the kids were in Digiworld. Myotismon's attack on Tokyo only lasted about four days at most. It makes sense that Kari could relapse from her illness if she had only just recovered from it - especially after spending so much time outdoors in the Digiworld.
Mimi's 'Sincerity' trait appears as early as the first episode (at least in the dub). Note that while the other kids are trying to restrain their Digimon from fighting Kuwagamon, Mimi doesn't. She simply says "Tanemon, you too?". And when the Digimon charge at him, the other kids call things like "it's useless" or "don't do it". Mimi says "be careful" - she's far too honest/sincere to put up the token protest the other kids are doing. They are in denial but she has accepted that the Digimon are going to fight (and probably stand a better chance than the children themselves) and trying to stop them won't work.
Every Ultimate/Perfect level digimon on the mainland is either hiding or joined in an army under an immensely powerful big bad. Why? Because they've been around long enough to know about the Dark Masters and know they'll be coming back eventually and are trying to protect themselves. This also explains Etemon and Myotismon's constant drive for more power and control, they needed to get stronger before the Dark Masters returned or they'd be killed off or enslaved. Notice both of them actually get to Mega, despite that being a mythical nearly impossible thing to do? They must have been working at it for a long time.
It might seem weird that Metalseadramon was a data type rather than a Virus like the other three Dark Masters but it actually gave their team an advantage. The biggest threat to the Dark Masters would be powerful Vaccine types. Data types are strong against Vaccine and resistant to their attacks, which also explains why the Digidestined had such a tough time against him; all their digimon were either neutral or at a disadvantage due to their typings, with only Wargreymon's Dramon Destroyers winning the day.
Not sure if this was intentional, but since Etemon's a rocker, it makes perfect sense that his digivolution is MetalEtemon.
In a way, it might seem strange how Leomon could evolve through having the Black Gears removed from the light of the digivices. But one could also say that the "light" of the digivices are data streams that are stuffed into Leomon, purging him of Gears by replacing the Gears with new data. This data just happens to be the same data used by the main cast's digimon to digivolve.
Why did they find a random fridge filled with normal eggs in Ikkakumon's Harpoon Torpedo? The Digital world is made out of the internet, so it makes sense that there would be a few easter eggs here and there.
it could also be that because the digital world is made up of all the real world's internet data, weird stuff just ends up coming together in bizzare ways, like the data itself.
Piedmon knew Ladydevimon stood no chance of winning against the children. Her real purpose was to exhaust Angewomon so she'd be useless in the upcoming battle against him. As a Nightmare Soldier her powers would have been super effective at harming and restraining him, just as MagnaAngemon's were.
By their very nature, Digimon are Made of Iron and very hard to really hurt, much less scar for life. Somehow, Myotismon managed to do it to poor Gatomon. It's rather sad to imagine how he managed to do that.
Adding to the horror is the possibility that the scarring isn't just because of repeated abuse, but that Myotismon's Crimson Lightning attacks cause what amounts to corrupted data to be injected into a Digimon, creating a wound that will not heal
Considering that time goes faster in the Digiworld than the real word, thousands of years have passed between the Highton View Terrace incident and Adventure. It's entirely possible that Gatomon had been enslaved by a brutal vampire for decades if not centuries.
Re-watching through the first season after 10+ years, this troper realizes that SkullGreymon basically KILLS the Greymon that Etemon sent to defeat the digidestined.
Please, they kill Digimon all the time (though usually evil ones) and they get reborn in Primary Village, so there's nothing to worry about. Unless they die in the real world
Time issues aside, virtually every Digimon that died in the show will eventually be reborn and potentially Digivolve to their iconic forms at some point in the future due to the data reconfiguring loophole. This is Fridge Horror for two reasons. First, this means that evil Digimon like Devimon and the Dark Masters could eventually return, much like Etemon and Myotismon did. Secondly, Digimon that died on Earth, with the glaring exception of Venommyotismon a.k.a. Malomyotismon, could not recompile and reconfigure their data, meaning that Pumpkinmon, Gotsumon and (as we learn in Adventure 02) Wizardmon are pretty conclusively gone.
Piedmon is forever trapped in the Gate of Destiny though, and Machinedramon aka Zeedmilleniummon is currently part of Cyberdramon. Also we saw that Devimon seems to be buried deep within the dark whirlpool thing and can't leave (he didn't make any attempts anyways) Also I would assume the releasing of the power of the crest at least did SOMETHING - maybe it prevented evil Digimon from being reborn?
Gabumon stayed with brainwashed Matt because he would have been easy pickings for the Dark Masters otherwise.
What would have happened if Hikari didn't get sick before going on the camping trip? The novelizations imply that her not going opened up a spot for Takeru, who lives in a different part of the city and goes to a different school than the others... but Patamon is there with the other Digimon when everyone arrives, not Tailmon. If Hikari hadn't gotten sick, then the worlds would be doomed.
In "The Crest of Sincerity", did Sora and Mimi take the time to get dressed before rescuing the boys from being strung up to fry to death in the heat, or did they rescue them while only wearing Modesty Towels?