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  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Sure, not many people are fond of the 02 kids, but a lot of fans felt bad for them for being Put On The Bus throughout the entire series with their so-called "friends" not even giving one iota of a damn about their existence.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Following the reappearance of the Digimon Kaiser — that is, the trauma-induced world-conquering persona taken on by one of their old friends — the Chosen take no substantial interest in the state of the missing 02 kids and Ken in particular; at most they only get around to asking the Kaiser "what's wrong?"
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    • In Confession, the only one who appears to show any legitimate grief over the death of Leomon is Meiko. The other chosen, and Sora in particular, seem more interested in comforting her.
    • During Loss, tri. at least partly realized it had run out of wiggle room, and went through a lot of emotional developments with comparative lack of articulation. With the sole exception of Sora and Pyocomon, each of the Chosen quickly adapt to their partner Digimon's loss of identity and by the fifth film the only real hiccup is that the Chosen have to explain about the pocket dimension in Koushirou's computer when the Digimon need to be hid.
    • In Our Future, Daigo pulls off a Heroic Sacrifice to save Taichi and the 02 kids. Yet the Chosen Children don't seem to mourn his death after the battle, as if treating his death as an afterthought.
  • Arc Fatigue: tri. takes its sweet time for the first half of its release, focusing greatly on teen angst while it dangles tantalizing plot threads that it absolutely refuses to elaborate on, stretching the audience's patience as thin as the story.
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    • Maki and Daigo jealously guard their information and only reveal snippets at a time, while the antagonists won't speak at all, leaving the Chosen Children and the audience completely in the dark. Every time a chance to actually talk about the plot comes up, characters indicate they don't know, dance around or change the topic, or do answer the question, but leave behind a pair of questions to do the cycle all over again. They start providing comparatively substantial information in the fourth movie.
    • The first film opens with periodic cuts to the 02 children being laid low, but five movies in, the audience still doesn't know where they are or what happened; it's apparent that tri. is deliberately neglecting the second team. The films refuse to talk about the missing kids as much as possible even as they draw on 02's milieu for the sake of the main plot, like Determination using Imperialdramon for the obligatory fight scene and hiding the Mysterious Man behind the Digimon Kaiser's face, or Maki having gained possession of Ken's D-3. Even those who aren't fans of the 02 cast agree that the way that the films are treating this problem isn't very good. What makes it worse that the first five minutes of the first movie imply something is being done to make them not question it.
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    • The consequence of all the above is that, entering the final film, nearly every single above plot line and more is still ongoing and none have really been given a conclusion while still opening even more plot lines such as Maki being in the Dark Ocean and Gatomon being corrupted and currently being fused into an Eldritch Abomination, meaning the last movie has a ton of plot threads to wrap up in a very short span of time. The movie ending with a Sequel Hook with many of those plot lines still open opened up even more debate.
  • Ass Pull: Our Future was more than slightly clumsy trying to clean up its myriad plot threads.
    • How the Digimon get their memories back: "The light is inside Meicoomon" turns out to be the backup data the whole time, hidden behind an encrypted password. Outside of the quick explanation Meicoomon was absorbing powers from the Digimon, this is not elaborated on.
    • Daigo mentions that he was kept under orders not to tell Taichi's team that Daisuke, Ken, Miyako and Iori had been MIA after discovering Yggdrasil's plot, in an attempt to explain their conspicuous absence from the previous five films. No mention is given to why none of Taichi's team (particularly Takeru or Hikari) thought to investigate or reach out after fighting Imperialdramon, encountering a man who looked like Ken's Digimon Emperor, or learning about the infections and impending reboot. No explanation is even given about where the 02 kids were being kept either; they were just being kept in comas in a conspicuous lab in the Digital World, despite that the lab should have been affected by the Reboot.
    • Hikari is able to reach out to Gatomon with a little friendly dream magic from Wizardmon. Except that there should be no reason for Wizardmon to be involved; despite his death in the Real World, the Reboot should still have revived him with no memories of his time with Gatomon.
  • Awesome Music: The new rendition of "Butter Fly" deserves special mention: it sounds incredible and worked in hyping up fans, but the awesomeness is only increased further with the fact that it's sung by the original singer, Kouji Wada, who died from cancer in April 2016. The guy fought off the deadly disease long enough to bring us back the iconic opening song in all its glory.
  • Badass Decay: HolyAngemon, Patamon's Ultimate/Perfect form. The original series established him as a formidable powerhouse who managed to defeat Piedmon and go toe-to-toe with BlackWarGreymon. Come Tri., he gets his ass trounced by Devimon, a Champion/Adult level digimon who by all means should be weak against digimon like HolyAngemon, without putting up a fight.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Some people like Meiko as a new, cute and intriguing addition to the cast, while enjoying her interactions with the others. Others find her to be a flat Sailor Earth character with a cliched personality who's forcibly shoved into the story and robs screen time away from other characters who deserve it more than her, with the screen time feeling forced by the fourth movie. A third group likes her, but wishes she wouldn't pull attention away from the others. Then there is another camp who believes that being a Spotlight-Stealing Squad isn't the problem, but the poor execution is the problem.
    • Likewise, Meicoomon is considered endearing and interesting by some and dull by others, and it doesn't help that it mostly draws its appeal by borrowing elements from fan-favorite Gatomon (a cat-inspired champion Digimon with pre-evos similar in design to Nyaromon/Salamon). Most of the problems that originate in these movies are also due to this Digimon, leading audiences to possibly feel a little annoyed about it causing so much damage (like the original partners losing their memory) yet it's still being defended by characters like Taichi. Not to mention her screams of "MEI" get annoying in the long run. The fact that it's Apocalymon reborn makes this better or worse depending on your viewpoint.
    • Taichi himself, or rather his all-new characterization in tri, which has replaced his maturing Idiot Hero personality from Adventure and ignores his Older and Wiser personality from 02 in favor of a Classical Anti-Hero who struggles with indecision not only when he's on the brink of a fight, but when he's in the middle of one. Some fans take the same tack as the show and praise him for being more self-reflective and realizing there's more to care about than the enemy right in front of him, while others accuse him of suffering obnoxious Badass Decay and playing with the Conflict Ball, and a third contingent that don't mind his worries about collateral damage so much as they despise the fact that it seems to have psychologically crippled him (he has more than half a dozen flashbacks to the same Scenery Gorn setpiece). Not helping his case are the facts that literally no one else on his team has this problem, he becomes Unintentionally Unsympathetic when he angsts about the issue for the umpteenth time even as Meiko and Meicoomon are in peril, and he angsts still more in the middle of his Theme Music Power-Up.
    • After the fifth movie's promotional poster with Hikari and Meiko was released, the fans had something new to argue about. But you're more likely to find arguing over the fact that the movies were going with Ophanimon as Tailmon's Mega over Holydramon rather than the fact that she's presented as Ophanimon Falldown Mode... before the final movie trailer reveals her true mega really is Holydramon..
  • Better on DVD: Even before the series ended, its slow pacing and perceived filler made clear to both fans and detractors that it would be much easier to see once the viewer can watch it full at their will (and thus being able to skip the filler and compensate the pace) and not in two blocks of four episodes per year.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The scene in Loss where, as Sora is having some angst issues and Taichi and Yamato try to help her, Agumon floats by on a log, asleep, forcing Tai to leap into the river and pull him off. No explanation is given for how Agumon wound up on the log in the first place, it does nothing to move the story along, and the next time Agumon appears he's back with the other Digimon again, leaving the moment to be never spoken off again.
  • Broken Base:
    • The new art style was divisive, to say the least. There are those people who think it's a fantastic modernization of the characters' designs and really appreciate the art style's simplicity, and others who think the art style looks absolutely hideous, that everyone looks the same, and that the characters are barely recognizable as themselves anymore.
    • The fate of the 02 children in the first film. Either a mean-spirited Take That! towards how bad 02 was considered, there's something much more to it than we are being told at the moment or it's the best thing to ever happen in Digimon Tri. Imperialdramon's appearance on the first poster for the second part of the series will kick this into high gear and broke the base even further given Imperialdramon's role in that part. Only thing people agree on is that Ken deserved better.
    • The production quality of the anime itself. There are fans who find no flaws and praise the animation (for example, the battle of Omnimon against Alphamon), while others are see the animation quality as nothing beyond standard television fare (or even worse) for what was supposed to be anniversary films. In the later films, some took issue with wonky body shapes in still-frames, and some shots' emphasis on certain characteristics like Ordinemon's ass in the final film.
    • Ken being the Digimon Kaiser again and the implication that he was murdering Digieggs, on top of the already Darker and Edgier first part. Some felt the darker, more mature story fits, other felt it's trying too hard to be dark and gritty when the original series had dark elements but were overall more upbeat and completely and utterly undoes Ken's character arc from the 02, as even if he's brainwashed, his work trying to redeem himself is basically gone. Some even felt that the creators have some vendetta against 02 because of it or even have it lend credence towards the retconning 02 (or rather the ending) idea. Thankfully, it wasn't Ken, but whether that makes it better or worse is another example of this trope. Some feel it's an interesting twist. Others feel it just overly complicated things and the story would have made more sense if either the person behind the mask had been themselves from the start or if Ken really WAS Brainwashed and Crazy.
    • The new evolution/digivolution animation. Some think it's a good update and like it, others hate it and feel it takes away the feeling of Ultimate and Mega forms transformations being special by making them too similar to the Champion transformation.
    • The fight with Imperialdramon. Some like it, especially the fact Palmon and Gomamon's Megas have finally appeared, others feel not enough weight was put into the fact the Digidestined were fighting (and end up killing) their Brainwashed and Crazy friend. Granted, Wormmon and Veemon are Digimon and can respawn, but many feel there should've been much more reaction to and emotion to that event than there was instead of him just being treated like a Monster of the Week.
    • The apparent return of the Dark Masters. Some were happy to see such well liked characters again, others felt it's trite and devalues the Digidestined's ORIGINAL trials and tribulations involving them. For that matter, their defeats. While certainly epic fights, some find that they come off as overly anti-climactic, especially considering they were a much greater threat in the first series. Others find it justified, as the old versions of the Dark Masters had much more experience and training, which was how they outclassed the protagonists before, while the new ones are more reliant on their natural power and seem to lack anything beyond infantile intelligence (as Machinedramon would fire away at reflections of his prey) thanks to their reincarnations being infants, essentially.
    • All of the characters' partner Digimon getting to go Mega/Ultimate. While some view this as long overdue, others view it as nullifying the ability as special like it was originally.
    • The fact the series ended on a Sequel Hook with very few storylines actually being resolved. Some are excited to see where it goes, while others find it lazy given how many plots that had already outstayed their welcome from throughout the entire film series were sequel bait and aren't excited at all. Although hopefully some of these plot threads will resolve in the recently announced 2020 Digimon Movie which focuses on the same group.
  • Contested Sequel: While the increased Character Focus on the original cast of Adventure and the exploration of the long speculated-on "original Digidestined" were well-received, many criticized the series' long-winded pacing, poor handling (or lack thereof) of plot threads involving the 02 characters, making the original DigiDestined seem more incompetent and like a bunch of uncaring assholes, and inconclusive ending.
  • Continuity Lockout: tri does not feel obligated to actually explain who the missing 02 kids and Gennai are, so if you haven't seen both of the previous series, you're going to be lost in places.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: An example in which the apathy slowly trickled in. It started with the 02 kids being defeated and promptly ignored for the entirety of the film series, but as the movies progressed, more and more people began to see it in a bad light. Moments meant to be dramatic only end up falling flat due to attempts to make them as edgy as possible. But the most obvious example of this apathy comes from the DigiDestined themselves, whose Skewed Priorities and Protagonist-Centered Morality make it hard for audiences to root for them.
  • Designated Hero: The DigiDestined, unlike in the original series, edge themselves towards this trope. With the exception of Izzy, none of them try to put any effort in trying to stop an ongoing digimon rampage and rather spend time doing bonding activities, moping around or doing activities while they mope. When Mimi actually tries to stop a rampaging Ogremon, it's less out of trying to stop people from getting hurt, and more out of an attempt to improve the Digimon's PR with humans. Their baffling refusal to acknowledge of the 02 kids at all don't win them any favours at all, especially when they treat destroying a brainwashed Imperialdramon as a happy victory. It's only until the end of the third movie that they try to do something proactive, but only so that they could find their missing partners. They fall back into their old habits in Coexistence where they would sit around to tell ghost stories even though a digimon invasion is going on right outside. All in all, the DigiDestined come off as self-centred jerks who only try to do something if the problem concerns them as if they are the only ones that matter.
  • Discredited Meme: Welp, guess what. Leomon Dies. This particular instance has actually generated some mild Internet Backlash, since it was predictable, rushed, and quite obviously a Fandom Nod, which undermines the drama of the final moments of Determination and leaves it as a tentative case of Narm.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: HerculesKabuterimon. Not just for his awesome design, or for his incredible endurance against eight digimon - who varied between the levels of Champion, Ultimate and Mega - but because his arrival sparked quite possibly the saddest moment in the new series that hit nostalgic fans right in the gut.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • These were being planted as far back as the announcement that there would be a new Digimon show with Taichi in it. Lots of them centered on the relevance of the 02 kids, who were very carefully excised from the advertising of the first movie especially now that the poster for the 2nd movie prominently features Imperialdramon, or 02 entirely, with at least one or two mentions of retconning the epilogue for every five theories. It doesn't help matters with the first five minutes of the first film showcasing the curbstomping that happened.
    • The identity of the Mysterious Man AKA the Digimon Emperor/Dark Gennai is a source of speculation. The reveal that he's not Gennai after all plus the Sequel Hook adds more mystery to his character. A common theory is that he is Piedmon from the original series due to the similarities in their personalities.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Sure, the partner Digimon regain their memories, Ordinemon was defeated and Yggdrasil was stopped. Meicoomon had to be put down in order to stop Ordinemon and Meiko moves away. Daigo is dead and Maki is unaccounted for. Public opinion in Digimon is even more divided than before, if not outright negative due to the invasion. And there's also the reboot affecting hundreds if not thousands of Chosen Children and their partner Digimon all around the world, meaning those children might have lost their own partners like the original Chosen Children did. And if that's not bad enough, the Mysterious Man is still on the loose to continue his schemes, already planning to move on to previous enemies like Daemon and Diablomon. And yet, the show treats it like a happy ending like nothing bad really happened.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Those who preferred Ken as the Digimon Kaiser are quite glad to see him again, especially with his new look.
    • At least two of the Dark Masters, Metal Seadramon and Mugendramon/Machinedramon, both of whom were considered cool by fans of the first series, were confirmed to feature in the fourth installment.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • While the Kaiser wasn't without his fangirls at the time of 02, he's considered even more attractive with his new look. This trope also applies to his second false identity, young Gennai, but evil and still sexy.
    • Meicrackmon: Vicious Mode is this for the furry fandom. The artstyle of the anime gives her a rather slender body and her breasts very noticeable as opposed to regular Meicrackmon.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Although everyone gets shipped with just about anyone, there a few very popular ships despite getting no canon confirmation.
    • Tai and Meiko had only just met in the first film, but the pairing instantly gained something of a following on sites like Tumblr, probably because of Adventure 02's ending. Their surprisingly natural interactions during the fifth movie, coupled with said movie providing some good development for the two, and further Ship Tease in the last film, only intensified the sentiment for some.
    • Mimi/Koshiro is shaping up to be a pretty popular pairing, with most people not expecting it (since the ending of 02 doesn't confirm that they get together), but many liking it. The first film made the pairing considerably more popular with the Western fandom, and it simply fueled its popularity in Japan further since it already was a very popular pairing there even before tri aired.
    • Takeru and Hikari are still a very popular pairing, especially because of their Toy Ship from the first series, and many fans were expecting that this series would put a mend on their infamous Ship Sinking at the 02 epilogue.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Initially viewed fondly by fans as an Even Better Sequel (better than 02, at least), tri. started very early to fall under this for a sizable chunk of the audience. It's perceived not only that the production team took too many bad decisions in format, pacing, plot and approach to the saga, but also that they seemed to take many of their ideas out of bad fanfiction: characters that weren't liked in the original apparently killed off, turned evil, or with their memories erased (Daisuke's team, Gennai, and the partner Digimon, respectively), characters randomly changing personalities and motivations here and there, and an enormous amount of focus on the divisive Meiko while shoving previously old beloved characters into the background, Gennai creepily assaulting Sora and, on top of it, Yggdrasil enacting a war upon humanity.
    • This was exacerbated hard by the final episode, where several plot points were either dealt with off-screen or left unresolved, ultimately concluding the series on a Cliffhanger.
  • Franchise Original Sin: One of the major cases of Broken Base for the fandom revolves around Meiko and Meicoomon's inclusion, and whether or not they are a Spotlight-Stealing Squad. Meiko and Meicoomon are not the first case of this, though, rather they are preceded by Hikarinote , Wallacenote , Ryonote , and Koichinote . All five of them come into their respective entries well after the initial cast is already establishednote , gain focus for themselves for a substantial portion of the series while therenote , suffer grief over incidents pertaining to their Digimon that are beyond their controlnote , and are welcomed into the group with open armsnote . Assumedly the reason why it is more divisive with Meiko is that Tri is an anniversary season and was expected to focus only on the original eight, or due to the continued absence of the 02 cast and attributing it to Meiko's focus.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: You remember those Ron the Death Eater fanfics that make the Mentor Archetype out to be either a Manipulative Bastard, a molester, a tyrant, or a xenophobe? Well, Gennai has become all of that. Granted, it's not actually Gennai, but that doesn't make the situation any easier to swallow.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Back in the pre-release days, early shots of Maki Himekawa were confused with Ken Ichijouji (it's the lighting and the hair). It's very possible she has his D-3 in tri.
    • After the release of Our Future, one viewer lampshades that the entire main plot has all its major points covered or is similar to the Non-Serial Movie Hurricane Touchdown. Both Canon Immigrants are the main focus of the plot, their Digimon eventually succumbs to the virus and dies at the end. In addition, both feature a portion of the cast vanish due to the main antagonist(s), and are rarely if at all brought up for the duration of the plot.
  • Ho Yay:
    • The large focus on the ongoing rocky friendship between Taichi and Yamato almost plays out like a pair of lovers trying to straighten out their relationship, to the point where Sora traps them alone together in a Ferris wheel car in order to force them to talk it out. Mimi even takes a picture of the two as they get on the different car.
      • Taichi and Yamato even stealing glances while being in sauna wearing nothing but a towel in Determination, and Yamato confronting Taichi while doing Wall Pin of Love on him later.
      • Yamato blushed and acted like a tsundere when he talks to Taichi in Confession when he said that it would be easier on Taichi now that they did not need to rely on Omegamon as much with more Digimon unlocked their Ultimate evolution.
      • In Loss, they were drowning in a lake and swimming upward with their arms linked to each other.
      • A good several minutes of Our Future are taken up with Yamato having a crying breakdown after Taichi's apparent death, talking about how much he misses him, and relies on him... as a friend.
    • Some of Takeru's dialogue involves him affectionately expressing his love for Yamato, referring to him as his "number one" (although Takeru is surely just teasing Yamato).
    • The second movie has a lot of interaction between Mimi and Meiko that plays like this. Lots of blushing from Meiko, Mimi keeps hugging her and even calls her Mei Mei. Then the two dance together in their festival outfits, and we get lots of excited reactions from other students, both male and female.
      • A magazine spread promoting Determination features Mimi and Meiko in their cheerleader uniforms, with Mimi giving a back hug to a blushing Meiko.
      • In the third movie, Mimi gives her a kiss on the cheek and hugs her when they reunite after a long time.
  • HSQ: Deliberately invoked with both the promotional posters and finales of every movie. Omegamon vs. Alphamon! Rosemon and Vikemon vs. Imperialdramon! HeraklesKabuterimon vs. Meicrackmon (and everyone else)! Hououmon vs. Mugendramon! Ophanimon Falldown Mode and Raguelmon! Special note for the end of Coexistence, where it goes through the roof, opens a sky portal to the Digital World and keeps going up.
  • Idiot Plot: Tri. relies on the DigiDestined's irresponsibility and taking information at face value to drive the majority of the plot, only deciding at the end of the third movie to actually do something. The first two movies in particular were criticised for the DigiDestined being more concerned with own teenage problems despite the fact that there's a Digimon rampage going on. The heroes take Maki's words at face value even as she rather obviously dodges their questions, and keep critical information a secret from each other which ended up having disastrous consequences for the entire cast.
  • Incest Yay:
    • Taichi/Hikari still has backers, especially with one of the interviews with the creators stating that the latter would take the most intimate and careful time crafting the former's Valentine chocolate, while Daisuke and Takeru get "obligation" chocolates. Fans found out in an old movie interview that the director of that movie and episode 21 of the main anime compared Hikari and Taichi to a married couple where Koromon is the lover who wants to steal Taichi in ep. 21 of Digimon Adventure. Although these comments in the interview are mainly a joke.
    • Some of Takeru's dialogue involves him affectionately expressing his love for Yamato, referring to him as his "number one" (although Takeru is surely just teasing Yamato).
  • Informed Wrongness: In Determination, Mimi's overbearing personality when suggesting her idea for the school festival was meant to show her in the wrong for constantly pushing aside others while only prioritizing her own opinion. The problem was that in the context of the scene itself, only Mimi suggested ideas while the rest of the class stayed silent. When she pushed her idea, no one disagreed with her or even try to voice an opinion until the decision was made. This made the classmates' argument against her afterwards hollow as the context of the scene made it as if they were more interested in scolding her for her overbearing personality to get things done by itself while they themselves had no idea what to do until she came along.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Due to the issues with the series, there are many who only stayed with it or watched it to see the other digidestined's partners finally get their Mega forms or if they would finally mention the 02 cast. Or, with the release of Loss, if they would unveil the rest of the five original Chosen Children and tell their entire story.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: The final moments of Coexistence. Taichi falls into an abyss, and not only is it so blatantly obvious to the audience that he's going to be fine (which incidentally undercuts the impact of Hikari's subsequent madness), he also happens to be right smack dab in the spotlight on the next poster.
  • Love to Hate: The Mysterious Man. He is an absolutely deplorable monster who gets off scot free from his horrific actions over the course of the series. Yet fans can't help but enjoy him for how over the top and hammy he is.
  • Memetic Molester: The Mysterious Man becomes this come Loss, due to the infamous scene where he lick's Sora and get's touchy-feely with Meiko.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Mysterious Man definitely crossed it either in Part 2 when he murders the Digieggs as Ken or in Part 4 when he chokes Meiko to provoke her Digimon into being a Tyke Bomb.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Agumon talking about food. Because he keeps doing it. Even the characters start to get annoyed by his incessant food talk by the final movie.
  • Narm:
    • Tai's flashback to ruined buildings and a crushed cell phone. Gets annoying by the third time and downright funny by the eighth.
    • Leomon's death. It would have been a genuinely shocking scene had it not been a staple for each season that makes it come off as unintentionally hilarious. Not helping matters is the absurd lack of reaction (except Meiko and Hikari) from the DigiDestined, as if they are not surprised by the Leomon always dies Running Gag.
    • There are basically two ways to respond to the villain licking Sora in the fourth movie. Either you can cringe at how depraved he is, or you can laugh at him and how he tries WAY too hard.
    • A revived Machinedramon slams Sora against a glacier. What makes it come across as unintentionally hilarious is that she comes off none the worse for wear despite being squashed between several tons of metal and solid ice without getting herself reduced to a blood splatter on the wall.
    • When Daigo and Taichi managed to survive falling into the abyss, with Daigo being heavily injured and bleeding. Sounds terrible right? Only that it is undercut by the fact that Taichi in contrast doesn't have a single speck of dust on him much less a bleeding wound, making it seem that Taichi was literally protected by Plot Armor.
    • Koromon's voice in the English dub is so ridiculous and funny sounding that any scene meant to be taken seriously where he talks, including Tai's Disney Death, is completely mitigated.
  • Narm Charm:
    • The fact that the Digi-Destined's new way to defeat Imperialdramon and the Dark Masters is both digivolving up to the same level and bullying them with superior numbers. Does it feel like There Is No Kill Like Overkill and a obvious and cheap way to show their Mega evolutions in a reduced screentime? Yes. Does it finally portrays the main Digimon team as a competent band of badasses who doesn't need to play their enemies' games and survive by some lucky chance to defeat them? Freaking yes.
    • Taichi's Disney Death in Coexistence. Sure, we're rolling our eyes at the whole scene since Like You Would Really Do It and Saved by Canon are in full effect but Hikari's breakdown still holds weight since when you take it from her point of view, it is a completely reasonable reaction for a younger sibling that just lost an elder. The whole situation is simply obvious to the audience but not to the other characters.
  • Nightmare Fuel: On its own page right here.
  • No Yay: Gennai's interactions with Sora and Meiko in Part 4. He pins the former down and licks her on the cheek, before holding the latter up by her neck - and in both cases, his behavior is disturbingly reminiscent of a sexual predator. And he sports a horrifying grin on his face the whole time.
  • Older Than They Think: This isn't the first official work to give the other Digi-Destined's Digimon Mega evolutions: Tailmon and Patamon's Megas originally premiered in the 02's Non-Serial Movie, while all the team's Digimon were able to reach Mega in both the Digimon Wonderswan Series games and various V-pet handhelds. Following that, Digimon Battle Spirit 1.5 swapped in Ophanimon for Holydramon as Tailmon's Mega and the PSP video game adaptation of Digimon Adventure likewise replaced Gomamon's original Mega, Plesiomon, with Vikemon. tri. follows the model of the PSP Game, apparently keeping Ophanimon and Vikemon; for the curious, the digivolutions from the PSP game can be viewed here.
  • Padding: A major problem the series has. Outside of the Evolution sequences and fights, much of the movies' time is taken up by the characters angsting, engaging in mundane activities and, in the fifth installment, telling scary stories while so many plot threads remain unaddressed.
  • Pandering to the Base: Detractors of the series have accused it of being as a cheap way to hook in an audience, primarily fans of the original two series. Fan-favourite elements such as the Original DigiDestined, the reappearance of the Dark Ocean and the apparent return of the Dark Masters, are all never touched upon or really integrated into the main plot. The treatment of the 02 kids plus the sheer amount of Fanservice of the original eight in promotional material did not help matters at all.
  • The Scrappy: Yggdrasil, considered to be possibly the worst Big Bad of the franchise. Fans were already tired of Yggdrasil's prevalent involvement as an antagonist, feeling that he stole the main villain thunder away from the better established Maki Himekawa or Mysterious Man, as well from the long anticipated Dagomon and Deamon from Digimon Adventure 02. While his Savers counterpart has an understandable animosity towards humanity, in Tri. his motivation to protect the Digital World from humans rings hollow given how many times the DigiDestined saved the Digital World from threats, all of which were caused by evil Digimon. He never appears at all and ends up being defeated by Homeostasis offscreen. As a result, we know nothing of his personality and instead feel that he could be removed from the plot entirely without any consequence. While his previous incarnations were divisive, it's likely no one is going to debate that Tri.'s incarnation is the worst of them.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Nade-nade, from the Digi-egg hatching minigame on the series' website before the series' release. Ostensibly, it was meant to allow fans to earn access to the coveted pre-release info for the first movie... except this was a lie; the information was meant to be released on a specific schedule. So when fan enthusiasm threatened to unlock the information too quickly, enemy Digimon Scummon and Demidevimon would appear and add thousands upon thousands of extra clicks to the counter to prevent the egg's hatching.
  • Seasonal Rot: Loss was seen as a downgrade in both animation quality and story-writing compared to the previous movie Confession. Many fans took issue with Sora's character development and her conflict with Biyomon being contrived, as well as how many questions remained unanswered while having more plot points dumped into the mix.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Immediately after tri. was announced, tensions between Taichi/Sora fans and Yamato/Sora fans heightened as if it were 2001 again both in international and Japanese fandoms. What doesn't help is Toei Animation continuing to throw Ship Tease for both pairings in spite of this — the first film shows Sora blushing when Mimi comments on both Taichi and Yamato being cool. As the films go on however, Tai and Sora seem to have the most interactions, with Yamato barely speaking to her. It's not addressed if Sora and Yamato had broken up or were never even officially in a relationship in 02, either.
  • Tainted by the Preview: The previews revealing that Magnadramon/Holydramon will be used for Gatomon's Mega rather than Ophanimon is a bit divisive. Some fans feel that it gives Gatomon more uniqueness rather than being a Distaff Counterpart to Seraphimon, and harken's back to the original three movies. Others feel that Ophanimon's fallen mode appearing only helps to foreshadow its good counterpart, especially since Ophanimon is shown in the silhouette for the previous movies endings with the other's Megas, leaving the sudden switch to come off as a hasty last minute change.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Digimon Adventure 02 isn't exactly a fan favorite entry, the main cast of it all being Base-Breaking Character on some level (With the exception of Ken, who is remembered fondly even by 02's detractors). That said, the main Digidestined that debuted in 02 all suffer a Bus Crash in the very first movie (though they're Saved by Canon). Whether or not this was a good move is up for debate.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: This effectively became the reaction for much of the fanbase with almost every announcement spanning from the movie format to the art style. Some fans have even taken to rendering the cast in the older art style themselves, although the reception towards the character designs was slighty more positive after the first film premiered with many finding fault in the original posters not really capturing the new style well.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • You'd think that the Final Boss of Determination would've left a stronger emotional impact upon appearing, given how powerfully his appearance on the advertising posters threw the audience for a loop. Instead, he's little more than a Monster of the Week.
    • Seraphimon's first appearance is kind of a let-down. Where Vikemon, Rosemon, and Phoenixmon all appear as part of an epic moment of Taking a Level in Badass, or at the very least after their Rookie form being in focus for that movie, Seraphimon just digivolves after a short moment of conflict resolution.
    • Ophanimon Falldown Mode seemed like it'd be a horrifying moment like SkullGreymon, Megidramon, and ShineGreymon Ruin Mode in the past. She literally only has about a minute most of screentime before merging with Meicoomon's final form and doesn't do anything outside of that, despite being featured heavily in promotional materials.
    • The original Digidestined can feel like this, as many agree, even those who hate Tri, that they're some of best parts about the entire thing... but they're not really utilized at all and Maki is relegated to a side antagonist at best. Some feel a prequel focused on them would've been a much better use of the concept or Maki should've been the outright Big Bad rather than a side antagonist, as her motivations are far more interesting than Yggdrasil desiring to destroy humanity. What's worse is that Daigo gets killed off in the finale while Maki faces an Uncertain Doom.
    • Yggdrasil, the God of the Digital World who wants to Kill All Humans...exists and wants to kill all humans. He never appears onscreen and is defeated by Homeostasis without even having one line of dialog. Especially after his much more compelling and sympathetic portrayal in Savers, many feel he could've been used either much more creatively and interestingly, or replaced by another villain, of which the Adventure continuity had no shortage of.
    • Meicoomon being a reborn Apocalymon, given it has no actual impact on her characterization, or how the other characters react to her (since the only person told this fact is Daigo), and could easily have been removed with absolutely no change to her role in the plot whatsoever.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The disappearance of the 02 kids. There's plenty of room for emotion involving it and the 01 kids worrying for their friends who haven't been seen in months... but the first two films don't address this at all, even when one of them shows up in their face with a Brainwashed and Crazy version of his Digimon (it isn't actually them, but an impostor... which makes you wonder why they'd even bother with the disguise). It takes until the third movie, halfway through, for the Adventure kids to make some effort... but not much. Even many who didn't like them find this a waste.
    • The decision to explore the largely speculated original five Chosen Children and the origin of the four Digimon Sovereigns as the plot of tri. has been very well received and considered one of the main draws of the anime, as well as the reason why many of its detractors followed the series despite its faults. However, this also gets the opposite reaction because it highlights precisely all the flaws of the format, making people realize and lament how this plot could have given birth to an unanimously awesome Prequel series had it been played better.
    • The defeat of BelialVamdemon in the climax of 02 being canon due to Word of God meant that the barrier between the worlds are gone. One viewer stated that tri. could have been the Interquel to 02's Distant Finale that would answer how humans and Digimon could coexist through the efforts of the Digidestined. Their involvement in current human history throughout the years would had been a bigger deconstruction than canon since it involves the whole world and explores the possible interactions and relations between other humans and Digimon. Instead, the main plot boils down to: Yggdrasil is a villain (again), save the unknowing human world from the Monsters of the Digital World (again) while the ending of 02 seemingly went back to the same kind of status quo seen at the beginning of 01 and 02 where the two worlds were segregated (again).
  • Too Cool to Live: Daigo Nishijima. A member of the Original Chosen Children, a cool mentor to Taichi, and one of the few people other than Izzy who actually tries doing something. Thus the writers feel the need to kill him off via Heroic Sacrifice so he won't overshadow the incompetent lead heroes.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • No one expected Hackmon to appear, even with his ties to the original Adventure via a PSP game. And his ultimate form Jesmon was even more unexpected.
    • When Alphamon appeared in the first trailer, no one was expecting it.
    • In the second movie, we get the returns of the Digimon Kaiser and Leomon.
    • Mugendramon/Machinedramon and MetalSeadramon fight the Digidestined in the fourth movie.
    • The fifth tri poster shows Ophanimon—in her Falldown Mode. Likewise, no one expected Apocalymon's name to get dropped, let alone Meicoomon to be Apocalymon-incarnate.
    • The final tri poster from a glance wouldn't fit here until you look closer: What looks to be Wizardmon's hat could be seen.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • As mentioned above, Taichi's endless angsting about collateral damage even when people are in danger causes him to lose points with the audience.
    • tri. has a bad habit of focusing on the personal problems and activities of the main characters to the exclusion of other, rightfully more important considerations. Digimon everywhere are dying or losing their minds? tri. focuses on Mimi and Jou angsting about fitting in with society's expectations.
    • In Loss, we see Sora's angst when Biyomon rejects her, and we're meant to sympathise with her. However, Sora's actions don't warrant her much sympathy. She constantly acts invasive trying to bond with Biyomon even when the latter constantly makes it clear that she doesn't remember Sora.
    • In Our Future, after Taichi finally decides to make an actual decision for once, namely killing Meicoomon in order to save both worlds, Hikari starts giving him a hard time over it, complete with "I'll never forgive you for this!" lectures. Except he's clearly not okay with doing it, even when everyone else is telling him that Meicoomon's on-board with the idea. Oh, and he's trying to save the goddamn world from imminent destruction.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Similar to the reaction towards Sora's Girliness Upgrade in 02, Western fans had mixed opinions about the character descriptions for tri. Some of them released prior to its airing have mildly sexist overtones, such as suggesting that Sora playing soccer is "[not] befitting a woman." Meanwhile, Hikari was given more stereotypically feminine traits, such as developing a Sweet Tooth. Japanese fans would embrace Sora's femininity as a sign of maturity, while Western fans were a bit perturbed at the implication Sora and soccer don't go together simply because she is a girl. This is a continuation of the attitude that contributed to Sora's character arc and the jobs the female characters received in the Distant Finale (although there's nothing that says she didn't revitalize her athletic career in the 25 years between, then take on a more feminine side after retiring).
    • Joe choosing to focus on his studies instead of helping his friends with the current Digimon crisis would seem selfish to most Western viewers, until you realize just how much pressure is put on Japanese students to excel, make the best grades and graduate at the top of their classes (made worse when one remembers that both Joe and his parents want him to be a doctor, and to be accepted into the medical course of any public university top grades are required). Notably, Joe does seem to be heavily conflicted himself (having rejected going to fight with the other Digi-Destined, only to be visibly depressed about it and later breaks down crying when Gomamon shows up to his house), and the other characters are all sympathetic and supportive.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Some people still didn't get that Meicoomon was female until Meicrackmon: Vicious Mode's design was revealed, despite her nickname ("Mei-chan") and Leomon's crush on her were big giveaways.
  • Wangst: Tai's Heroic BSoD can come off as this to some people, especially when he mentions that he worries about if he'll kill someone without bringing any mention of the Digimon he and his friends deleted or worrying about causing collateral damage when it's made pretty clear that hesitating is just gonna cause more damage and even casualties.
  • What an Idiot!: See the page.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • Despite the numerous cases of Broken Base mentioned above, things were shaping up nicely when the first movie itself was released. It received the overall positive reaction from fans of the original series, complimenting the animation in battle scenes as well as the blending between Revisiting the Roots atmosphere with a Darker and Edgier story.
    • After a less-than-stellar second movie Determination, the third movie Confession manages to deliver an engaging and emotional plot that actually moves the story forward, several well-executed Tear Jerker scenes, and a memorable final battle scene that's a massive improvement over Determination's battle that several considered to be mediocre at best.
    • The movies balanced Ship Tease between Taichi/Sora and Yamato/Sora despite 02's controversial ending and won back fans nostalgic for the Taichi/Sora pairing. However, on the flip side, it also brought back some Ship-to-Ship Combat, some as vicious as it was when 02 was first ending.
    • Coexistence, while still having padding issues, had an amazing climax that delivered several of the biggest plot twists so far.
    • Our Future also turned around fans at the very end with its dynamic fight scenes, cameos by Devimon and Wizardmon, at the very least a concise explanation of the disappearance of Daisuke and company, some sequel bait at the end that shows Toei is willing to keep going and possibly give the 02 leads the spotlight they deserve, and a fantastic memorial version of "Butterfly" playing through the end credits.
  • The Woobie:
    • Tentomon ends up learning that he's going to succumb to a virus that will make him a psychopathic murderer, and that the only way out is to have him and his Digimon allies be almost entirely erased from existence, losing their memories and experiences and being rebooted as a new Digimon with no hope of being the same person they were. That being said, he spends his last moments comforting Koshiro while keeping his infection a secret. Eventually, during the battle, Tentomon chooses to prevent the infected from endangering the world, and as a result, he becomes the only one left standing between the world and his crazed, violent allies from killing everyone, and fully aware that the virus will eventually brainwash him to. He achieves his Mega form and manages to prevent the virus from escaping after a passionate cry for his friends to "open their eyes", never once even throwing an attack in self defense. Afterward, all he got for this noble sacrifice was a temporary moment of safety for his human friends.
    • Frankly, every Digimon partner qualifies. After realizing that they're all slowly becoming infected and will finally succumb and start hurting others, and the only way to fix is to wait for the 'Reboot' process to take place that will effectively wipe out all their memories, or to catch Meicoomon before they all succumb to the infection, which is highly unlikely, and so they prepared for the worst...by all becoming stepford smilers in front of their human partners to hide this terrible truth from them, spending time doing happy and nostalgic things with them and trying to make them as happy as they could with what little time they have left, and even some of them are less successful than others. When the reboot takes place, everything the Digimons have ever done, every memories they shared with their partners over Adventure and 02 seasons, all gone in the blink of an eye.
  • Woolseyism:
    • The German dub kept the word "dandan" ("thank you") and left it untranslated. While the characters do explain that it's a vocabulary from Meiko's regional dialect, it blends well with the German language, as "dandan" could be viewed as a corruption of the word "Danke" which means "thank you". It's also used to replace Meicoomon's "dagan", which often makes her appear cute or when she's in her Vicious Mode just plain crazy.
    • Quite a few people thought that the Lull Destruction added in the English dub for part 4 was actually for the better, and made the widely derided long, quiet slideshow scenes more interesting.
    • Meiko goes through a few cases of Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping when emotional. In the original, she speaks with a different dialect due to coming from the Tottori Prefecture, an area in Japan to the southwest of the setting Odaiba. For the dub, Meiko is given a Southern Belle accent to keep the aspect of her being from the South.

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