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  • Americans Hate Tingle: Touma/Thomas is much less popular in the west because he's seen as arrogant and unlikeable, and the fact that his false betrayal would have gotten Agumon killed were it not for The Power of Friendship, as well as the fact that the entire cast just overlooked this detail was the last straw for many western viewers.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Kurata. Is he an unlikable villain or a case of Love to Hate? For those who see him as the former, he is disliked for his cowardice and pettiness and for lacking any coolness. Those of the latter camp praise him for being a morally deprived, genocidal maniac who lacks any redeeming values. Then there are some who see him as both or just don't care.
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    • Yoshino. Sweet mercy, Yoshino. People either hate her for having a Dull Surprise (Japanese version only), being useless early on, and pointless to the overall story, while others see her as being as badass and necessary to the team as the guys, and appreciate that she's the second female lead after Rika to have her Digimon evolve all the way to the Mega level. Some also found her too whiny while others think this makes her more relatable than super strong Marcus and super genius Thomas.
    • For that matter, Marcus and Thomas as well. Thomas is either an interesting, sympathetic and endearing character or a stuck-up, unlikable character who nets to get over himself. Marcus is either a total badass whose characterization is unique and original for a main protagonist in Digimon, or a thick-headed Jerkass with unengaging motivations and whose characterization is a stale cliche of Hot-Blooded fighter heroes we've seen dozens of times before in Shonen anime.
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    • Yggdrasil. Some people reviled him for his Kill All Humans plan, the fact that most of what he tries to do has been done before by Zhuqiaomon, Lucemon, and even Merukimon and Saberleomon in this very series, and just being a rather forced Final Boss, while others appreciate him for being an Anti-Villain who, unlike some other versions of Yggdrasil, actually has an understandable reason for hating humanity (namely a human attempting genocide on his subjects completely unprovoked) and is an 'us or them' situation that was in no way his fault.
  • Broken Base: Fans are split on how good this series was. Those who think it's good either love it or like it just fine. Those who think it's bad despise it.
  • Complete Monster: Akihiro Kurata is a Mad Scientist and one of the single most despicable human beings to appear in the franchise. Planning on committing genocide on Digimon—due to nothing more than a petty grudge—while conquering the world, Kurata created the Gizumon that would kill Digimon and stop their natural reincarnation cycle, which he first unleashed upon a noble Digimon who had been a surrogate father to the boy Ikuto. Kurata's reaction to Ikuto sobbing over his father's loss was cruel, hysterical laughter. Kurata then created a weapon to kill thousands of Digimon in a single blast and blackmailed one of the humans into working for him by threatening to murder his sick sister, before experimenting on said sister. Kurata's hatred extended to awakening a monstrous demon and attempting to merge with it to obliterate everything he saw as an enemy.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Daimon Sayuri/Sarah Damon who is both a responsible adult as well as a supportive mother to both of her children. She's also one of the few parent characters in the series as a whole to accept the Digimon that inhabit the world and is seen as a strong mother knowing that her husband is trapped in the Digital World for most of her children's lives.
  • Epileptic Trees: The dub director, Jeff Nimoy, believes that Yggdrasil/King Drasil was a computer created by Digimon Adventure's Izzy and the entire world was his simulation.
  • Foe Yay:
    • At least in the original, Lalamon gets a little too touchy when Ivan says he will become Yoshino's boyfriend. Then again, it's hand waved as Lalamon playing along Ivan as an excuse to distract him from commanding the Gizumon, but she does get some suggestive lines like "Don't worry, I won't hand you over that easily".
    • Then there's Touma's battle with Nanami. Touma seems to really ignore the half-naked Nanamis in favour of the powers even he cannot calculate (read: Masaru). As much as he doesn't get over being ignored because Masaru is today's designated saviour, that particular scene fired up the bipolar sensors.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Masaru/Marcus is surprisingly popular for being one of the most unique Digimon main characters in the history of the franchise. Mostly due to his Memetic Badass status and actually contributing to fights instead of being a walking evolution battery unlike other human heroes. It also helps that he's very protective of his family which, while not exclusive to him even within the season, helps endear his motivations and desire to be stronger.
  • Growing the Beard: With the debut of Falcomon and Merukimon, and if not by that point, then the debut of Kurata.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The main characters' Digimons who can evolve to Mega-level are color-coded in orange, blue, pink, purple, and red; the same color as those of the main characters of DokiDoki! PreCure. Only with the color for The Heroine and The Chick switched. It doesn't help that both series are written by the same person, Ryota Yamaguchi. And it doesn't help that both series have a Tag Along Kid character who is voiced by Rie Kugimiya, either.
      • Still related to Pretty Cure franchise: according to post-series commentary, Miki and Megumi were created to invoke the images of "ink" and "snow" note . Years later, there are Cures named "Miki" and "Megumi".
    • Unlike his Digimon Adventure counterpart, Piyomon's Champion stage here is Aquilamon from its sequel. Flash forward to Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time: Hawkmon/Aquilamon's partner Miyako shows up with Ikuto, who is an Official Couple with Piyomon's partner.
    • The twist that the main character's Disappeared Dad was fused with his partner monster who the hero has a complicated relationship with is something that Digimon's rival franchise would one day emulate.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • Hashiba gives Kurata his support despite working with Satsuma and Yushima, who can both confirm that the man has open issues with authority, questionable mental stability and was responsible for compromising the original rescue mission in the Digital World. This was how the rest of the plot came about in the first place. The whole Japanese Government takes this beyond reason by handing control of the entire military to Kurata, even after he had committed an open act of terrorism by personally bombing DATS headquarters. Granted, the bombing could have been covered up by Kurata but the other points still stand.
    • In addition, the final story arc introduces Yggdrasil/King Drasil and the Royal Knights, immensely powerful super-beings whose combat abilities rival those of Burst Mode Digimon, and in some cases even surpass them entirely. So where were they during Kurata's rampage throughout the rest of the season?
      • That same arc only begins because Yggdrasil/King Drasil is convinced that humankind pose a disruption to the order of the Digital World and danger to all Digimon, but when talking to Craniamon about it, he only cites events that were almost entirely the fault of Kurata, a single human. And for some reason, rather than argue that there were many good humans who worked with Digimon to counter Kurata's actions, Craniamon concedes that Drasil is right about humanity and that they all must be destroyed due to the actions of one. Craniamon had a golden opportunity to present a logical argument for why his master's desire to wage war against the human world was unfounded so all the violence could be avoided, yet he lets himself be swayed by the irrational argument of his master instead.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Nanami and Ivan of the Bio-Hybrids. Nanami when solemnly monologuing about how she's been lonely all her life due to being socially isolated because of her intellect, and Ivan when it's revealed that he only works for Kurata because he needs the money to support his many little brothers and sisters, and is too dim-witted to truly realize what he's doing is wrong.
  • Love to Hate: Fans sometimes praise the series for having a villain who is genuinely despicable and hateful, not least of all because watching him get his just desserts is so satisfying.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Nanami is a member of the Bio-Hybrid, a trio under the subservience of Akihiro Kurata. A genius who grew up isolated from everyone because of her prodigious intelligence, Nanami joined Kurata and hunted Digimon solely as an outlet to escape the droll in her life. Taking an interest in Thomas H. Norstein, Nanami undercuts his plan to protect the waterfall of the Sacred City located on ElDradimon by easily guessing where he'd be. Spending the entire scuffle against him and Gaomon predicting their every move with utter ease and mysterious grace, Nanami uses their shared experiences and her own dark charms to try and shake Thomas's faith in his friends. While undone by Thomas using a strategy unfathomable to both her and MirageGaogamon, Nanami gracefully accepts defeat only because she pushed Thomas into using someone else's power, not his own, and uprooting Thomas's strategy by destroying the coveted waterfall.
  • Memetic Badass: Masaru. As the fandom put it, "MOTHERFUCKER PUNCHES MEGA-LEVEL DIGIMONS IN THE FACE".
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The above-mentioned "MOTHERFUCKER PUNCHES MEGA-LEVEL DIGIMONS IN THE FACE" will always be mentioned whenever someone talks about Masaru.
      • Some fans of One-Punch Man call Masaru the predecessor of Saitama.
    • MASARU PUNCH!
    • When life gives you lemons, Data Squad gives you oranges instead.Explanation 
    • A certain scene from episode 28 where Agumon tends Masaru while Yoshino and Tohma tend their partner Digimons has become memetic in the Japanese fandom.
    • "Bear with it!"Explanation 
  • Mis-blamed:
    • The Tarzan-speak used by Falcomon's human partner was not added to the English dub; he actually spoke broken Japanese in the original version too.
    • In general, not all of the choices were made by the dubbing team, with many having been caused by Executive Meddling. The BomberNanimon/Citramon episode in particular was changed because it was either that, or Disney would have forced them to remove the episode entirely.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Kurata crossed this at lightning-speed when he returns to the Digital World and engages in a brutal massacre.
    • Everyone involved with Kurata's plan, including Hashima, crossed this when they deployed the Gizmon lance. Every last one of them is complicit in the mass murder of an entire city of innocent Digimon.
  • Narm:
    • In the dub, King Drasil has an appropriately badass male voice for what is essentially a giant supercomputer. Then Marcus is able to damage him...and out comes a regular female computer voice, complete with it going "Beep beep boop bop" before it actually starts speaking.
    • It's hard to take Keenan seriously whenever he spouts Rousing Speech because of his speech pattern.
    • Episode 37. Was it necessary to shift the focus on the girls (and Keenan) for every two scenes in order to emphasize their "assets"?
  • Nausea Fuel: A great many things count, but most especially Kurata's head coming out of Belphemon's body.
  • Squick: Part of the second opening's animations and the second half of the series seem to take a liking to pair up Ikuto with Yoshino. Nevermind the eight years gap between the two. And it's probably done to pair up their partner Digimons (Rosemon and Ravemon in particular) instead.
  • Signature Scene: ShineGreymon's ascension into Burst Mode and the ensuing fight against Belphemon, ending with Marcus and ShineGreymon punching Kurata and Belphemon respectively.
  • Superlative Dubbing: Not necessarily the entire series, but there is one dub only line that nearly everyone agrees was absolutely fantastic
    Kurata: Please! H-have pity on me!
    Marcus: Pity is all I ever had for you...KURATAAAAAAAA!
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Much of the fandom scorned (and still scorns) the season for the demographic shift.
    • Many returning Digimon who fared less well in Savers than in previous series got this reaction. Piyomon/Biyomon arguably has it the worst, not least of all because the director made him male, subjected him to The Worf Effect, and made him much larger. Had he been another species, the fans would probably have viewed him as The Woobie.
      • Many Monster of the Week Digimon were good guys in previous series. A lot of people were rather unhappy with seeing so many of their old favorites shoot at the good guys for a few minutes and then die. Examples include Digmon, Garurumon, Togemon, Garudamon and Zudomon.
      • The Digimon you would usually root for in the previous seriesnote , are bad guys, as members of the Royal Knights. Well, at least until the final battle.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Only Masaru was able to actually fight Digimon. The others still fought conventionally like in Adventure, though Ikuto would occasionally throw his boomerang to assist Falcomon. It would have been interesting to see how the others channelled their Digisoul.
  • Toy Ship: Keenan and Kristy.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: The Savers redesign of Yatagaramon suffers from this. He has a white mane that really stands out thanks to his mostly black and purple design. Said mane is braided into a single rope that dangles freely with a bell to each side of it. Guess we should call the Savers version the four legged crow.
  • Vindicated by History: While not exactly disliked on its first airing, there were many that were put off by how different Savers was at the time, especially considering its main characters. Over time though, many appreciate the directions made with Savers allowing the series to stand out and have its own identity.
  • The Woobie: There are at least three: Keenan, due to his tragic backstory and conflicting feelings over his own human-Digimon identity; Thomas, due to his family struggles and the loss of his mother; and Yoshino, who suffered from a severe childhood-rooted inferiority complex for the first third of the series.
  • Woolseyism:
    • Masaru/Marcus makes a pun on Thomas/Touma's name when they first meet and calls him "Tonma" (This means something along the line of "Stupid" or "Fool"). Because it's a Japanese pun, it doesn't translate well...however another nice pun works, too. In the English Dub, Marcus/Masaru calls him "Nerdstein", a pun on his last name. Doesn't have exactly the same meaning as the Japanese pun..but instead keeps the bit about Masaru making fun of Touma.
    • Also Citramon, a fruit-based knockoff of Nanimon, who was a BomberNanimon in Japan. Doubles as being Bowdlerized, since a gruff and hairy male chucking bombs to destroy large structures for no reason reads "terrorist" to a lot of people.


Alternative Title(s): Digimon Savers

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