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Digimon D-Cyber is a Chinese Digimon comic by Yu Yuen-Wong, released by Rightman Publishing Ltd in 2005. Before the events of the story the Digital World was ravaged by both an evil monster called Dexmon and a viral plague. The Royal Knights were able to seal Dexmon away in a prison known as the Digicore and Digimon were able to discover an x-antibody naturally occurring in some monsters that made them immune to the virus, allowing the population to vaccinate itself with it an survive. From there it follows the tale of four kids abducted by a MetalPhantomon who offers them power in exchange for their servitude, in hopes they can help him open up the Digicore and revive what is inside it.

The plot moves pretty quickly, but unlike the similar Chronicle before it, D-cyber reads like a coherent narrative and not a random collection of events taken from the backs to different toy boxes.

Digimon D-Cyber provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Blade on a Stick: Duke has a halberd.
  • Can't Catch Up: Teru Raku and Masuken Kana are shown to be more skilled tamers than Hikaru but Teru doesn't manage to evolve his Agumon as high as the other two regardless.
  • Charged Attack: A tamer can increase the power of his Digimon's attack by "pendulum shaking" their digivices.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Invoked by Masuken against Hikaru, who believes the different form of his Digimon would be easier to defeat. He did not exactly get what he bargained for.
  • Dem Bones: Skullbaluchimon
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Downplayed: The kids can create energy barriers that can shield them from monster attacks and Hikaru isn't afraid to punch out monsters, managing to calm down Dexdorugoramon by hitting him. A human can't really defeat a Champion or higher level monster on their own though, the energy spheres are better used powering up their partners.
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  • Empowered Badass Normal: Hikaru can beat up people with super powers before he gets them himself.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Every Digimon but two of the three remaining Royal Knights, Duke and the Omega of Power.
  • Facial Markings: Teru has a star on his face.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Hikaru's response to his friend's high on Metalphanotmon's power is to punch them.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Hikaru Ryuuji, continuing the tradition started by Digimon Adventure, seems to have no real reason to have his headgear.
  • Hotblooded: Hikaru
  • Idiot Hero: Hikaru, thankfully Teru and Masuken are much smarter.
  • Multiarmed And Dangerous: Kuwagamon, again. This one happens to be a police officer.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Teru
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Mametyramon, though smaller than most rookies, is an ultimate level monster, so he's pretty powerful.
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  • Psychic Powers: A benefit of being mind controlled by Metal Phantomon is that the kids get these kinds of powers.
  • Retcon: Samudramon, introduced here, becomes Gaioumon and part of the Greymon family instead of the Dramon one in the larger franchise.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: A girl named Kyoshi also gets stuck in the Digicore.
  • Stronger Sibling: Megaseadramon has a stronger brother in Gigaseadramon.
  • The Assimilator: Dexmon
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Kuwagamon only wants to punish Hikaru for not cleaning up after his Digimon. The Omega Of Power tries to kill Hikaru because he is strengthening Dexdorugoramon, who he would otherwise easily defeat.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Every Digimon that doesn't naturally have an X-antibody will not look like they do in all the other series.