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  • Accidental Innuendo: Tai is especially guilty of this in the dub, particularly because of his tendency to say he needs to "hook up" with the others rather than use the much less sexual sounding "meet up". Examples of this include episode 22, in which he said he needed to "hook up" with the others, and episode 36, in which he told Sora to "hook up" with Matt. That definitely blew up in his face.
  • Adorkable:
    • Izzy is a socially inept computer geek. Digimon Adventure tri. takes it further, especially whenever he's in the presence of Mimi.
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    • Joe Kido tries so hard to be the responsible Team Dad of the group, but is also a totally neurotic nerd. He starts to grow out of the neurotic nerd part of his personality later on, but no matter what his adorkableness remains.
    • Gabumon has his moments, like comparing Tai and Matt to ice cream flavors. Really shines through in Loss where Gabumon, having loss his memories of Matt, is nervous around him.
    • Gomamon is easily the dorkiest of the main digimon with his Comically Missing the Point when it comes to earth customs, playful, excitable personality, and his perpetual smiling :3 face.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: When the series was brought to Spain by Arait Multimedia, its voice actors were initially convinced it would bomb, as Pokémon was coming to its highest in the country and they thought Digimon would be considered just a cheap knockoff. The first sign that they were wrong is that, in midst of the dubbing process, they received a call that the series had been scouted and acquired by national TV, something that not even Pokémon had got. If those news and their subsequent, collective Flat "What" were not enough to prove them wrong, the meteoric success of the franchise over the next years and its quasi-legendary TV ratings surely did.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Etemon is regarded as an inferior villain to the previous Big Bad, Devimon. On the other hand, some find the idea of an Elvis-impersonating ape replacing a Satanic Archetype as the Arc Villain audacious and corny enough to have its own charm. And then there are those who think he's actually more intimidating than Devimon, who very rarely appeared in his arc and whose tactics were very Strictly Formula in nature, not to mention his taking on the Digidestined without a darkness-induced enhancement (at first). Etemon's Gazimon henchmen, on the other hand, enjoyed some surprising popularity among fans.
    • Matt has a strong fandom, but vocal parts of the Western community also find him frustrating. He is the most popular character in the series, according to the official Japanese polls and Anime Expo events in the United States. However, in the West, he is criticized mainly for his rivalry with Tai. While their rivalry is a big part of his Character Development, it also struck a nerve with others, particularly with fans who sided with Tai's point of view — Matt not only took his frustrations with himself on Tai, but he was also indirectly responsible for causing the group to break up for at least 5 episodes after he turns on him for real. Part of his hatedom also comes from the Ship-to-Ship Combat from Tai/Sora fans, especially with the ending to Digimon Adventure 02. Detractors also sometimes mention that his obsession with protecting T.K. can also be pretty frustrating, since they had a hand in Matt being jealous of Tai.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Episode 17 gave us the weird introduction of Cockatrimon/Kokatorimon, in which he first shows up disguised as a human ship's captain for about 10 seconds before revealing his real form. This is truly strange for a variety of reasons: it is not among Kokatorimon's canonical abilities, it doesn't even hold long enough to make the audience curious, there's neither foreshadowing about another human on the ship nor build-up to make a dramatic reveal, and it isn't even indispensable to show Kokatorimon is the captain because his interactions already give it out. There are not even real reasons in-universe either, as his true form didn't hinder him operating the ship, and a human in the Digital World would have raised a lot of alarm bells for the protagonists (though this is a moot point, as the children couldn't fall for his disguise because they never see it to begin with nor do they ever learn that the captain was supposedly human). In fact, the ship itself was not even a trap set by the enemy, but a combination of bad luck and coincidence after Mimi even seduced an unwilling sailor Numemon to get entrance for everyone. Aside from dealing with the fallout of Greymon's evolution gone wrong from the previous episode and Mimi getting her Crest at the very end, this is the one episode in the series where nothing featured in it ever comes back into play later, making it basically a total Bizarro Episode.
    • The out of nowhere scene where T.K. decides to settle a dispute between Patamon and Elecmon with a tug-of-war contest, presented as a sumo match would be, complete with T.K. having a full robe and ceremonial fan to introduce the competitors, which he seems to conjure out of thin air.
  • Broken Base: Our War Game and Digimon: The Movie use very different songs for Omnimon's debut: the first a One-Woman Wail, the second uses a triumphant sounding orchestral piece that segues into the rock-heavy pop song "Let's Kick It Up". Some Our War Game purists do not at all appreciate the change, while many others enjoy it for what it is.
  • Catharsis Factor: Gatomon digivolving into Angewomon for the first time and killing Myotismon with her Celestial Arrow - finally getting revenge for his years of abuse towards her, and killing off the worst villain the show had seen yet. Sure he came back but doesn't negate how brilliant it was.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Myotismon is a sinister Digimon with a sadistic streak a mile wide. Myotismon treats his underlings awfully, having taking Gatomon in when she was young and abusing her until she was a killing machine. When his henchmen fail him, he eagerly destroys them. When two harmless minions couldn't bring themselves to harm children, Myotismon killed them on the spot. When he invaded Tokyo, he proceeded to destroy much of it and held a number of children captive to identify the final child connected with Gatomon. He made it clear if it took too much time, he'd simply kill them all. Myotismon also proceeded to attack multiple young women and drain their blood, causing an epidemic through Tokyo. Any minions he hadn't already killed were cannibalized to fuel his Mega transformation. When he was thought destroyed, Myotismon's spirit survived to return as the final villain of the next season as MaloMyotismon. Using a man named Oikawa's sadness and despair to make him a pawn, he proceeded to consume him from within and upon manifesting anew, Myotismon repaid his perfectly loyal ally Arukenimon by sadistically torturing her to death and killing Mummymon when he tried to avenge her. With a near-unparalleled sadistic streak, Myotismon proved he was one of the vilest monsters in the franchise.
    • Piedmon is the most powerful of the Dark Masters, leading them in their conquest of the Digital World. He shows himself to be a complete psychopath who enjoys toying with his victims before finishing them off. Reducing his territory to a barren wasteland, he monitors the actions of his fellow Dark Masters and the main cast, allowing his allies to die without ever interfering. He causes the death of Sukamon by restructuring Digiworld into Spiral Mountain, kills Chumon himself, nearly kills WarGreymon, and then transforms most of the Digi Destined and their Digimon into keychains, planning to keep them all trapped as toys forever, while he hunts the two youngest members of the team down, intent on brutally murdering them.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The Bakemon planning to eat Jou and Sora? Not funny. The Bakemon catching them and separating them from their partners, putting them in actual physical danger? Also not funny. The Bakemon seasoning them with giant salt and pepper shakers? *crick* The dub dialogue doesn't help.
    Bakemon 1: Salt.
    Bakemon 2: Pepper.
    Bakemon 1: More?
    Bakemon 2: Why not?
    Sora: Salt and pepper? You're not really going to eat us, are you?
    Bakemon 1: (nonchalantly) You're a little on the scrawny side, but you'd be surprised what the right seasonings can do.
  • Cry for the Devil: Puppetmon is just as nasty and sadistic as his fellow Dark Masters. However, he's hinted he genuinely wants friends, but his nature makes it impossible for him to have true ones, as he's unable to understand what true friendship is. Therefore, fans ended up feeling sorry for him when he dies, still unable to understand the power of friendship.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Piximon (at least in Latin America). It was as if a Furbill swallowed a cherub. With a small lance. He was also a very powerful and wise Digimon that acted as a sort of Obi-wan for the Chosen ones. But it was his brave Heroic Sacrifice against the Dark Masters to save the Chosen Children that cemented his eternal badassery with the Fanbase.
    • The Gazimon with the sunglasses has a following among the Furry Fandom.
    • Hiroaki Ishida, Matt's father, is also quite popular when it comes to parent characters and he is often considered a Memetic Badass.
    • An interesting case is Machinedramon, the Dark Master with the least screentime but with the most fans between the four. This lends itself to his genuinely intimidating presence and voice acting, even within the dub. A healthy amount of snark and playing a factor in the birth of Millenniummon also helps.
  • Evil Is Cool:
  • Evil Is Sexy: LadyDevimon is a sadistic psychopath, but the fact that she resembles a fairly atractive woman in stripperific leather earned her a share of fans.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • Just who were the original Chosen Children? The novelizations implied that their Digimon became the Four Holy Beasts/Digimon Sovereigns, but who they were remained unrevealed for nearly twenty years until Digimon Adventure tri.. And a new question was raised - how were the Dark Masters able to defeat such Physical God-level powerful opponents?
    • Wizardmon's Mysterious Past. What was his past really like? Where did he get his truckload of powers? What is it that makes him different from most Digimon? What was his relationship with Tailmon like? We don't know, but it did invite to a lot of Wild Mass Guessing in the fandom.
  • Fan Nickname: Izzy's laptop is quite obviously an iBook with the apples and logos replaced with pineapples, leading to the common fan nickname of "PiBook".
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • While Hiroyuki Kakudou had no intention whatsoever of pairing up Tai and Sora because he figured the match was cliche, they are the couple the majority of the fandom prefers, both in Japan and internationally. Ai Maeda (Mimi) and Mayumi Yamaguchi (Gabumon) have gone on the record saying they both preferred the pairing and had hoped they would end up together, and dub director Jeff Nimoy stated he thought Tai and Sora were a better match and his scripts reflected that.
    • As of 2015, if social media feed statistics and Pixiv fan art are any indication, the single most popular ship in the Japanese fanbase is Izzy and Mimi despite the fact that nothing romantic at all happens between them in-series and they never make it to Official Couple status (unlike the two pairs that do). This tends to be quite a confusing revelation for anyone in the Western (specifically English-speaking) fanbase, as due to a combination of intentional and unintentional factors present in the English dubbing process, Joe/Mimi (which also didn't make it to Official Couple status) is far more popular there. Then again, based on the latest trailer for Tri, it seems the franchise will finally cave in and give Izzy and Mimi some suggestive scenes.
    • Quite a few fans shipped T.K. and Kari due to being of similar age as the kid siblings to Matt and Tai. This started out as a Toy Ship before their age-up in 02, where they shared more screen time with each other than any of the other DigiDestined besides maybe their siblings. It might also have something to do with their Digimon both having angel-themed Digivolutions and some Ship Tease of their own, or because of the dub intentionally adding subtext to their dialog.
  • Fanon:
    • In The Movie, a joke introduced by the dubbers has pre-Adventure Sora calling Tai and accusing him of throwing up into her hat (Mimi told her). This is most certainly non-canon, but the fans love it anyway.
    • The idea that Devilmon was reborn into either Demidevimon or Myotismon is a popular fan theory, although there are details that murks this in regards to Myotismon.
  • Faux Symbolism:
    • VenomMyotismon and his prophecy's use of the Number of the Beast. Also qualifies as Getting Crap Past the Radar for the dub; see below.
    • The fact that Devimon, a Fallen Angel Digimon, curb-stomped six Digimon his own level, and was defeated by Angemon, an Angel Digimon. This happens again later, with Angewomon defeating LadyDevimon.
    • In the Japanese opening for the original Digimon Adventure movie, hidden among the blurry pixellating effects is a verse lifted from the Book of Psalms.
  • Fight Scene Failure: Due to the limited animation, fight scenes mostly consist of stock footage of the Digimon using their attacks, or the larger Digimon grappling statically with as little on-screen movement as possible. This is lampshaded in the English dub, when Centarumon defends Izzy and Mimi from Leomon.
    Izzy: It's like time is standing still!
  • First Installment Wins: Many longtime Digimon fans see this as the season with the most creativity and originality.
  • Franchise Original Sin:
    • While having only The Hero and The Lancer receive all the power-ups and majority of the involvement in the plot while leaving the other protagonists in the dust without any particular explanation isn't exactly unique to Digimon, this series wound up setting this trend for future instalments to blatantly follow for even more ridiculous reasons without having a proper explanation why it is so. Bonus points if the partner digimon of The Hero and The Lancer are always a dinosaur and a canine respectively.note 
    • The plot of invading the human world by hostile digimon. In here, Myotismon's invasion made sense as it had a proper In-Universe reason. The crest of Digidestined's Sixth Ranger is the Crest of Light, the perfect weapon against him who is a being of darkness. Subsequent media would repeat this plotline with various degrees of sensibility and motivation ranging from "Must invade and destroy due to proper motivation and/or reason" to "Filler that will not be missed".
  • Genius Bonus: Myotismon's name is a reference to a genus of bats, certainly not something your average kid would pick up on.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • While the Devimon and Etemon storylines contain some good, mindless fun (especially Etemon, who is delightfully silly), most fans agree that the series, along with the entire franchise, didn't really come into its own until Myotismon burst onto camera for the first time, with the far longer and more epic plot arc around him taking the show in a completely different direction than other Mons shows (and into places most "kids" shows never dared to go).
    • The dub as well. Early on it was in pure Gag Dub territory, but by the end it kept the vast majority of the serious moments serious and allowed for plenty of character development and gave the actors, a fair few of whom were already acting veterans, surprising room to flex their chops for a "children's show". This uptick in quality once again coincides roughly with the start of the Myotismon arc.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: A rather awkward one in episode 30. Jou references to a supposed terrorist bombing in the street outside where the Chosen Children all once lived. It turns out to be an unintentional coverup story for the events of the Pilot Movie. To add salt to the wound, in the dub he claims: "It was one of the worst terrorist attacks of all time!" Latter-day airings on Toon Disney or Jetix excised all reference to terrorist attacks, although it was reinstated for the Nicktoons airing and the Netflix and DVD release.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • When the DigiDestined are on the subway, they fall asleep, miss their stop, and end up in Shinjuku, where Digimon Tamers takes place. The same episode also offers a brief shot of the Tokyo Metropolis Building, the same building that houses Hypnos in Tamers.
    • Izzy's "alien theory" got funnier with the rise of the Ancient Aliens meme. It also became this in the show proper due to the existence of Vademon, literally an extraterrestrial-based Digimon, one of which Izzy's crest actually activates against. Not to mention, it was one of the originally-released Digimon in the v-pet line.
    • The English dub cover up of Pumpkinmon and Gotsumon's death to being "sent to the dungeon" in the Digital World. In Digimon Fusion, one episode has a Pumpkinmon and Gotsumon in a dungeon in the Digital world!
    • In episode 3, Tai jokes that Mimi wants to steal Gabumon's fur for a blanket. Several episodes later, we see he can remove his fur willingly. And he does use it as a blanket.
    • During the eight child storyline Tai tells Sora to go where Matt is fighting, and in the dub Tai's line is "I want you to go hook up with Matt". Fast forward to Digimon Adventure 02 where they do become a couple.
    • One of the key plot points of Our War Game involves people around the world influencing one Digimon battle over the Internet. Fast forward to 2014, and a scene from the film is used as a GIF for, of all things, Twitch Plays Pokémon. This image sums it up pretty well.
    • In her debut episode, LadyDevimon is described as looking like a witch by Kari. About a decade later, Left 4 Dead came out, and it had a creature called a Witch. And like LadyDevimon, it has pale skin, long silver hair, glowing red eyes, and an over-sized claw (two of them, in fact).
    • Derek Stephen Prince states that he based the voice for Piedmon on Tim Curry as Pennywise in It, but with a higher pitch. The 2017 remake with Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise has him wearing an outfit vaguely resembling Piedmon's.
    • A God of Evil who takes the form of a blue-skinned humanoid, rules over a dark dimension and attacks with chains attached to its body observes a world it cannot enter and, jealous of its inhabitants' happiness, prepares to invade and conquer it by assembling his minions. To counter his impending invasion, a cast of characters from another universe are summoned and join forces to stop his mad scheme. This is Adventure's plot in a nutshell, which would be retold by Super Smash Bros. Brawl nearly 10 years later.
    • The scene in Episode 53 where the DigiDestined and their Digimon are dissolved into data bears a striking resemblance to the "I don't feel so good" meme from 2018...
    • One of MetalSeadramon's minions is an anomalocaris-based Digimon aptly named Anomalocarimon. When the Digimon was shown in the U.S, it was named Scorpiomon due to its vaguely scorpion-esque design. Shortly afterward, an actual scorpion Digimon with the same name (localized as SkullScorpiomon) would be introduced.
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page. Tai and Matt get a special mention since they were the first real popular slash pairing for many yaoi fans in the early days of the Internet.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: In Japan, Matt/T.K. was one of the popular couples among (mostly female) fans of the Yaoi Genre aside from Tai/Matt and others. Similarly, Tai/Kari was very popular among male fans, partially because of growing interest in the Little Sister Heroine and Moe genres. Kari's character centric episodes also tended to focus on her close relationship with Tai. In a live stream in August 2018, producer Hiromi Seki mentioned that she had to warn Mamoru Hosoda (the director of the episode) that their relationship "didn't seem like a parting of ways between siblings, but a different kind of relationship."
  • It Was His Sled: Gatomon is the eighth child's Digimon partner. On the first watch through the series, this is a massive reveal. But of course the Adventure 02 season has her as a regular from the start, and merchandise from after depicts her with Kari.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Even being enslaved and tormented, Gatomon still remains a ruthless Dragon until Wizardmon helps her do a Heel–Face Turn.
    • Pumpkinmon and Gotsumon. Sure, they may enjoy stealing from others, but since Myotismon killed them (or in the English dub's case, banished them back to the Digital World), it's hard not to feel sorry for them.
    • Puppetmon. He's a horrible, nasty, psychopathic little jerk, but he really does want company to play with and his inability to grasp how much of a problem he has with making and keeping friends is just plain sad.
    • Elecmon is a lighter example of this. While he may be overprotective of the baby Digimon to the point of being rude, he's absolutely devastated when the Dark Masters destroy Primary Village. His cute character design only amplifies the sympathy factor.
    • Etemon's Gazimon henchmen. Sure, they act like a bunch of schoolyard bullies but you also must factor in that they have to deal with Etemon 24/7 (who basically abuses them and yells at them over some of the dumbest things, like dancing to his music and even giving helpful advice). Add to this their Ugly Cute character design and you just gotta feel sorry for those poor bunny bastards.
    • Joe Kido. Nearly every time he opens his mouth, he winds up filing some sort of complaint yet he clearly has self-esteem and anxiety issues to deal with. It's especially notable in the File Island arc.
  • Macekre: How much the Saban dub was either this or a Woolseyism is up for debate, but there are examples of the former — most notably, the dubbing of Apocalymon. He was meant as the Digidestined's most powerful and fearsome foe, but the dub changing most his lines to truly awful jokes and metaphors made it very hard to take him seriously.
  • Memetic Molester: Not to an extreme degree, but the scene in which a controlled Leomon (who is effectively a hulking, barechested humanoid) strangles Tai against the wall of Devimon's crumbled mansion (with Tai being solely in his briefs at that moment) became an unintentional target of nasty, sometimes quite age-inappropriate jokes.
  • Memetic Mutation: Gabumon in the teddy bear outfit.
  • Moe: Kari is one of the earliest examples when the moe boom first gained momentum in the late 90's. Part of it may have to do with her resemblance to Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura, who made the trope popular.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Myotismon crossed it when he horribly abused Gatomon to convert her into his loyal minion in her backstory.
    • Devimon crossed it when he attempts to flat out murder the smallest, youngest child of the group.
    • Etemon (in his Mega form) crosses it when he fires a beam intended for Mimi and winds up killing Leomon instead, starting a franchise tradition. But judging from the gleeful smirk on MetalEtemon's face, he doesn't care!
    • Puppetmon crossed it when he thoughtlessly killed one of his own henchmen who was begging to be taken with him, Machinedramon crossed it when he massacred a whole bunch of Numemon with one blow, and Piedmon crossed it when he led an all-out assault to the Digivice guardians that led to their genocide except for Gennai.
    • Secondary villain Datamon crossed the line when he threatened to send the captive Sora falling into the Dark Network pit where her data would be lost for all eternity if Tai didn't give him back the Crest of Love.
  • Narm:
    • Some of the voice acting and dialogue really has not aged well, notably Biyomon's actress sounds rather phoned-in near the beginning of the series.
    • MagnaAngemon's fight with Piedmon, especially given his voice is mostly disembodied.
    Piedmon: Chew on this!
    MagnaAngemon: I'm not hungry.
    • Many instances of Filling the Silence. One scene from Biyomon Gets Firepower stands out, where the kids watch Meramon descend the mountain from far in the distance. Rather than simply watching on in fear, the dub has them decide to stand still on purpose for a few seconds until Tai signals for them to run, as if that could possibly help.
    • A few JesuOtaku pointed out in a retrospective review:
    Gabumon: (in a dead monotone) You're right Matt is in trouble and I must help.
    Tai: (trying to emote, but not succeeding) Watch out! He's gonna get everyone! And there's nothing I can do!
    Garudamon: (screaming) SORAAA, I can FEEL your LOOOOOVE! It's making me STRONG!
    • From "Sora's Crest of Love", Sora's mom forbids her from going to play in a soccer game with a wounded knee and declares her decision is final, to which Sora angrily retorts "WHY CAN'T YOU JUST UNDERSTAND ME?!" and runs off to go cry. Try to watch that scene with a straight face, you can't manage it.
    • Gomamon's perpetually cheerful resting :3 face, perhaps lending to his status as the most adorkable of the Digimon, is almost always in place regardless of what's going on. Including when he or his friends are beat up pretty badly or they've just gotten bad news. In his first episode in Adventures 02, he sports this face when knocked flat on his back, despite already sustaining injury from before.
    • When the gang are discussing their favourite egg recipes, Joe has an insanely over-the-top freakout because he doesn't approve of the ones the others are suggesting.
    • Then there's that scene with MetalSeadramon investigating a noise, portrayed by literally sliding a static drawing of him across the screen while he's curled up like a snake.
    • The dub exclusive Insert Song Hey Digimon. It's clear what they were going for, but its upbeat nature clashing with its use in climactic battles means it always feels hilariously out of place. Making matters worse is it rarely gets past the decidedly lazy first verse into the less repetitive lyrics due to the length of fights.
  • Narm Charm: A lot of the stuff listed under Narm is also fondly remembered by fans of the dub as being enjoyable because they're goofy. Especially Hey Digimon.
  • Never Live It Down: Many people still hold ill will against Matt for betraying the group and attacking Tai on Cherrymon's advice even though he, himself, regretted it and left the group in disgrace.
  • Padding: Take a 30-second long Transformation Sequence. Play it in every single episode. Then several times per episode, even when it would be largely dispensable. Then for several levels of evolution. By the end of the series, even though it is often abridged (thankfully), this animation has probably padded a good hour of running time. And that's without mentioning the large amount of Stock Footage for the Digimons' attacks.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Since Hikari's debut episode, she's been shown to be really close to Taichi. This isn't helped by supplementary material — in the 100th Anniversary CD, she states that the person she loves the most is Taichi. 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 she’d make, with the most careful wrapping, would be Taichi’s present”. In a live stream in August 2018, producer Hiromi Seki mentioned that she had to warn Mamoru Hosoda that their relationship "didn't seem like a parting of ways between siblings, but a different kind of relationship."
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Tensions between Matt/Sora fans vs. Tai/Matt fans vs. Tai/Sora fans fans have been heated even up until this day. Hiroyuki Kakudou announcing that he'd always planned for Matt/Sora getting together and the upcoming Digimon Adventure tri. have only re-fueled the ship wars between them.
  • Signature Series Arc: The Tokyo/Eighth Child Arc, which stretches roughly from Episodes 21 to 39, may be the most popular arc due to moving the action from the fantasy realm of the Digital World to modern Tokyo, leading to some thrilling moments as Digimon wreak chaos in "our" world, plus the seven Digidestined's frantic search for their eighth member before the arc's Big Bad Myotismon finds them himself. The arc's popularity may be why Myotismon was brought back in Digimon Adventure 02 as the Greater-Scope Villain responsible for everything bad that ever happened.
  • Subbing vs. Dubbing: One of the most notable ones. The dub is either a Woolseyism or Macekre depending on who you ask. Some absolutely adore the dub, partly due to nostalgia and refuse to watch the original Japanese because they can't get used to hearing new voices and don't want ruin what they remember Digimon as. Or they simply consider it better, preferring it due to enjoying the voice-acting, music, and self-referential humor. Others hate it for making serious moments into comedic ones, multiple plot holes, censorship, poor recording quality, changing characterizations, and replacing the original music. There's a third camp that considers the Japanese original superior but has a soft spot for the dub because of all the jokes in it. Then there's people that consider them both equally good and don't see what the fuss is about.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Episode 25 was one that focused on Mimi, and it was the first instance of when her Crest activated. They easily could've had Lillymon make her debut in the episode, and allowed her to earn her first major victory against a powerful Ultimate Level Digimon. But instead they chose to have MetalGreymon be the one to deliver the finishing blow.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Some feel the Dark Masters arc is a lot weaker than the Myotismon arc, if only because the Myotismon arc is a lot more extensive and climactic than the Dark Masters arc, with the most personal stakes for the heroes and the most developed villain.
  • Toy Ship: All of the kids are in elementary to middle school aged so all of the ships are this.
  • Ugly Cute: Gabumon, so very much. He's a weird lizard-dog-unicorn thing who happens to look weird but very huggable at the same time and has a very good-natured personality.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Mimi's official Japanese character description outright calls her selfish, while her official English character description says she isn't. This is because the West and Japan have different ideas as to what degree being "selfish" actually means. In Japan, self-sacrifice is a big part of their culture, even for the most mundane of things, whereas the West values independence and being forward with issues. Digimon Adventure tri. even brings this out as a Deliberate Values Dissonance after Mimi comes back from New York in Determination.
    • Mimi often deals with a Digimon Abhorrent Admirer pair who have adult voices and it's played for laughs while she is a preteenage girl. Her disgust at them is treated as laughable by the series and when they are revived she is shown enjoying them chasing her. Aside from the obvious implications, this sort of gag has aged badly in the wake of the #Me Too! and #Times Up Movement where women have confessed to dealing with some form of sexual harassment and assault from men, even as very young women and minors.
  • Wangst:
    • The plot of Sora hiding from the others because she feels she's incapable of love because she and her mom didn't see eye to eye and because DemiDevimon lies to her. Even in the dub, Tai points out her reasoning is ridiculous.
    • In the dub, Sora's insecurities in episode 51 come out of absolutely nowhere, and it feels bizarre that the cave does nothing to Joe, the one who was going through the same self-doubts as Matt. (In the Japanese version, Sora putting more pressure on herself following the group breaking apart was more evident before this point, and Joe going through self-doubts at this time didn't happen, as it was an invention of the dub.)
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: For a series that officially targets children (at least in the many countries where it was solely advertised as such), Adventure contains shocking amounts of hard-hitting violence, scary creatures, deep emotional drama, Adult Fear in an endless variety of forms, villains that are evil in a very realistic way, and even intellectual concepts of some complexity (death is treated just as Serious Business as it is in any adult medium, even if it usually amounts to a rebirth as a digi-egg in this series, and things like the nature of good and evil and the need to fight are a constant discussion). Pepa Agudo from the Spanish dub went to say outright that Adventure was actually a young adult series disguised as one for children.
  • The Woobie:
    • Gatomon. Her life with Myotismon makes it impossible not to feel bad for the poor girl. Then Wizardmon's death and seeing her break down and cry.
    • Gabumon could also be seen as one. In one episode when he was talking with Matt, he said he had no friends in the Digi-world until Matt came along. There's that and the fact that he's shy, gets picked on by Tai quite a bit and makes consistent Puppy-Dog Eyes. He's also one of the nicest of the digidestined Digimon. Quite a few fanfics centered around Gabumon make him into an even bigger Woobie.
    • Elecmon also qualifies once the Dark Masters turn the Primary Village into a wasteland. He looks so utterly defeated, it's hard not to want to hug him after something like that.
  • Woolseyism:
    • In the original, Etemon was a monkey imitating a typical Japanese pop star. In the dub, he's an Elvis impersonator. And in the Norwegian dub, he speaks Swedish... badly. Evidently he's trying and failing to be a Swedish crooner.
    • The name of WarGreymon's attack in the original is 'Gaia Force'. In the dub, they called it 'Terra Force' which keeps the reference to the Earth as well as making a reference to computers (it's even the next step up from 'Giga Blaster')
    • Zudomon's "Thor's Hammer" became "Vulcan's Hammer" in the dub. While it departs from the lighting aspect of the attack, Vulcan was the Roman God of fire, metalworking, and the forge, which makes sense for a Drop the Hammer character.
    • The renaming of Joe and Mimi's crests are this in the way of removing Values Dissonance, as both of them are based around Japanese cultural traits that don't fit quite as well with western sensibilities. Joe's Crest of Sincerity becomes the Crest of Reliability, fitting with his overall personality as a paternal individual who looks out for the others, while "Sincerity" ends up being the new name for Mimi's Crest of Purity, reflecting Mimi's honesty and the fact that she's no one but herself.


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