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YMMV / Digimon Frontier

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  • Arc Fatigue: Arcs in Frontier tend to drag. The Velgemon and Cherubimon ones are long, but by the time the Royal Knights come around and curbstomp the leads episode after episode without much advance, some fans just put their foot down or skip to the ending.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: This was the first Digimon series to seriously play with the basic Mons concept, producing instead what amounts to a Tokusatsu series; this contributed to the Broken Base and similar Audience Reactions.
  • Broken Base:
    • A sizable contingent of fans considers Frontier to be the franchise's Dork Age thanks to a combination of a Genre Shift into an animated Henshin Hero series, the abandonment of the beloved partner Digimon and thus the entire Mons concept, and the fact that it came right after the now much-lauded Digimon Tamers. On the other hand, a smaller contingent of fans praises it for taking Digimon back to its Adventure roots while still being its own beast, and at the same time for daring to go in new directions instead of recycling storylines and plot points from Adventure, as Tamers is sometimes accused to do.
    • Did the show sink the franchise? Depends on who you ask, on what country and whether temporarily or permanently, the answer might be "yes", "no" or "we will never know for sure".
  • Cargo Ship: A portion of the fandom jokingly ships Koichi with stairs.
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  • Complete Monster: Lucemon is a Fallen Angel Digimon with a messiah complex. In his own warped, self righteous mind, Lucemon thinks that the Digital World has gone rotten and wants to tear it apart bit by bit, bringing about the loss of much data and the deaths of countless Digimon, all so he can rebuild it in his image. He describes as a utopia where every Digimon that lives is stripped of their free will and free thought with Lucemon as their shepherd. In reality, what he intends to create is a Hell in Digi-world, where all Digimon are slaves and the only one who will be happy is him. To do this, he corrupted Cherubimon and made him the villain for most of the series. He then used his two Royal Knight followers to erase data from the Digital World, and once he was free, he disposed of said followers just to power himself up. He gets even worse when the Digi-egg containing his darker side turns into Satan Mode, a being filled with nothing but darkness and malice. In this form, he attempts to claim the human world as well. He also uses various methods to torture the good guys purely for fun. Lucemon was, in the end, completely insane and never thoughtful of the lives of others: only himself, his pride, and his hatred towards the Digital World's existence that was not up to his standards.
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  • Continuity Lockout: Anyone who watches this series first will most likely balk at names like MagnaGarurumon and EmperorGreymon.
  • Creepy Awesome: IceDevimon in the dub. He's a freakish serial killer, with a Christopher Walken impression for a voice. But he's also badass and fun to watch. Duskmon is also pretty creepy, at least in looks, but he stole the show whenever he got in a fight.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Lucemon of all people gets this. Granted this might be due to the fact that two of his forms are pretty humanoids.
  • Ear Worm: The dub theme song. Some would say even more so than the first three season's song, as this one has more lyrics.
  • Fanon: It's a commonly held belief amongst fans that the other group of children the group meets were intended to have the other 4 Legendary Warrior spirits. While a few hints to this can be found, it's never outwardly stated that this is the case.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Although Junpei was the most canonically interested in Izumi, they're not often paired with each other. In the Japanese fandom, Izumi tends to be paired with Kouji or Kouichi. American fans most often pair her with Takuya.
  • Faux Symbolism:
    • Mercuremon's "stage opera" against Takuya.
    • Sakkakumon, known as Sephirotmon in Japan, is shaped like the ten aspects of God in Kabbalah, the Sephirot. Fittingly, that's the same number as legendary warrior spirits; and each orb contains one enemy corresponding with one of the ten elements. One of these orbs contains Mercuremon. Yes. Mercuremon exists inside himself.
    • Lucemon is full of symbolism. Not only is he clearly inspired by Lucifernote , his attack is called "Paradise Lost Punch". Also, he has what looks like a Dharmachakra (Buddhist Wheel Symbol) on his chest in Chaos Mode.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The Elemental Powers of the first five Chosen Children? Same as those of the Five-Man Band from Smile Pretty Cure!, only the elements of the leader and the lancer are swapped. As if that wasn't enough, one of Smile's villains is a Wolf Man with a color palette mostly in cool colors (just like Wolfmon/Lobomon and Beowulfmon) and often gets paired with the light-elemental heroine in fanart.
    • The initial digivolutions are done by the team running their digivices along their hand... which Power Rangers Operation Overdrive did in 2007. (OK, Overdrive ran it along their arm, but close enough.)
    • Tai's voice actor, Joshua Seth, voiced a Wizardmon in one episode. When Seth retired from voice acting in 2005, some of his pursuits included being a comedian, hypnotist, and... magician. Really, he did.
    • So the whole story starts when a group of kids gets a bunch of weird messages on their phones that leads them to the Shibuya train station... heeeeey, wait a minute! Luckily only one of them is dead this time.
    • During the Bugermon episode, one of Kouji's disastrous creations included squid ink as a secret ingredient. Twelve years later, Burger King Japan would actually give that a try with McDonald's following suit shortly thereafter.
    • A good guy forcibly transformed into a bad guy with the color black as a color motif who makes a Heel–Face Turn in a cyber sci-fi setting. Are we taking about Koichi or Rinzler/Tron? Bonus points for Disney producing both TRON: Legacy and the English dub of Frontier.
    • An odd duck in a franchise known for summoning monsters with computers switches over to transforming into monsters? Data corruption destroying the world? A conflict that spills from a digital world to the real world? A fire elemental hero who uses the power of Agni and Vritra? The main character using the power of Ardha at the end? Two individuals identical except for hair and clothing as protagonists, only one of whom knows of the other at first, and is dead when he appears? Two years later, we get Digital Devil Saga.
  • Ho Yay: Several moments, like its predecessors do, but Episode 41 takes the crown. After Kouji saved Kouichi from LordKnightmon, they started talking very romantically. Complete with the Love Bubbles. Granted, that's just LordKnightmon's imagination, but that scene probably is the most slash-shippy scene in the anime. And yeah, that scene was one of the reason why the Twincest pair is one of the most popular ship in the fandom. Come on, even LordKnightmon ships Koukoucest.
  • It Was His Sled: Duskmon is Koji's twin brother Koichi.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Izumi/Zoey became a fandom Dude Magnet in part because she was the only female main character this time around.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Murmukusmon from the movie Digimon Frontier: Island of the Lost Digimon. His plan involved posing as Darcmon and Hippogriffomon to lead both armies of Human and Beast digimon into a war, then harvest the Fractal Codes of the dead digimon to revive Ornismon.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Koichi and gravity don't go hand in hand. That, and all of the fall-related puns are usually going down with him.
    • LordKnightmon ships KouKoucest!
    • CHOOSE.
  • Mis-blamed: This series is generally considered by the English-speaking fanbase to have been the cause of the Digimon franchise's decline in popularity and the long hiatus until Digimon Savers. In actuality, it was the decline of the virtual pets fad (and thus the base for the franchise itself), poor merchandising attempts, and Disney's apathetic treatment.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Really, almost anything Lucemon does is this. Prior to the series with his corruption of Cherubimon, driving him to gather all the data in the Digital World so he could absorb it and escape his prison, leading to all the destruction he caused during the series. And after he's freed, despite Dynasmon and Crusadermon's loyalty to him, he absorbs their data after their defeat to grow stronger, not content with power he already possessed. When Lucemon absorbs Koichi's data following Loweemon / Koichi's Heroic Sacrifice to save the others from his Ultimate Sacrifice attack, Takuya officially announces that Lucemon has gone too far beyond the line. Cue the first appearance of Susanoomon afterwards.
  • Never Live It Down: For some fans, the infamous "Sexy Dynamite" scene will forever taint this series for sexualizing an underage girl.
  • Older Than They Think: The kids becoming Digimon was actually seen at the end of Digimon Tamers with the Biomerge Digivolution.
  • Seasonal Rot: Frontier is considered as a case of this to a large part of the fanbase.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Some fans find the transformation sequence of humans into Digimon not relatively new for the franchise after watching Tamers, despite their transformation methods being different.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Probably the most consistent complaint with the series aside from the Henshin Hero thing is that it simply doesn't have much else going on, with many characters and story arcs feeling bland, recycled, or underutilized, and some arcs and battles carrying too much shock value. At the same time, however, few would call it as grievously flawed as the last part of Xros Wars or the low points of 02.
  • Stock Footage Failure: In the last episode, when the Chosen Children fuse together into Susanooomon, the evolution footage shows Takuya and Koji's first Digivices rather than their later upgraded ones.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Removing the Digimon partners and making the Digidestined more like Power Rangers was the biggest issue many people had with Frontier, which really adds more fuel to the fire of the Broken Base about the quality of the series.
    • A more minor one being the lack of the Digi-Rap as the English title theme - though admittedly, the new theme is kickass.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • A Gallantmon appears as cameo in Autumn Leaf Fairs. That's right, a cameo, without any lines, in a series which introduced the freaking Royal Knights! The American dub fixes this a bit in that the Gallantmon speaks in the same manner as in Tamers and even refers to itself in the plural as a definite Shout-Out to Tamers, but that's still not much.
    • All of the other children had fusion forms, but they never receive them during the show, echoing how the original Digidestined from Digimon Adventure except the two leads never reached their Mega levels (at least until Digimon Adventure tri.).
    • All of the other children in general upon Takuya and Kouji reaching their highest forms. After this point the other children end up just giving up their Spirits so the two could reach those forms and then standing around for most of the rest of the show. In the previous series the protagonists that didn't reach Mega were able to at least still fight and thus try to contribute.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Takuya and Kouji outshone everybody. Yes, the other seasons usually had The Hero and The Lancer gain the highest evolutionary forms, but this series really took the cake on this. What makes it worse is that the beast and human fusion hybrids for the other Chosen spirits did exist, and putting them in would have been hardly unreasonable.
    • The four spirits used by the villains, later reclaimed by the heroes, are never used again. According to a relatively strong theory, the four kids encountered later in the series, Chaiki, Katsuharu, Teppei and Teruo, were intended as candidates for them. However, nothing of this is ever brought up.
    • The Beast Spirits become Out of Focus for the second half of the series, and don't even appear in the final episodes.
    • The Royal Knights. The group is far larger than the two Lucemon sent out to claim data. Baromon hints that they were well known, but this is never brought up again.
    • The Digital World's relationship with the Human World, something that was a key point for every other season, is never elaborated on.
    • The conflict between the Human-type and Beast-type Digimon, according to the backstory for Cherubimon, is supposed to be an ongoing war by the time the series begins, yet it is never elaborated on aside from a single movie, and a non-serial one to boot.
    • Lucemon's origins. Unlike the villains of many previous incarnations, he's never given any sort of backstory or explanation as to where'd he come from, how he'd become evil, outside of an admittedly fitting sense of pride.
  • The Un-Twist: Lucemon was behind Cherubimon's actions. Given how the series decides to get mentioning him when revealing some of the backstory, it's no surprise that he plays at least some role.
  • Values Dissonance: Japanese divorce laws are very different from those in other countries, since a family is considered as 100% split when the parents divorce, and tend to effectively discourage, if not prohibit, contact between its former members. As a result, Kouji's father hiding Koichi's existence, pretending that the twins' biological mother is dead, and effectively cutting off that side of the family comes off as a lot more of a jerk move overseas, when he probably was trying to spare Kouji from what he saw as needless suffering coming from not being easily able to meet his mother and brother per law. The American dub does try to lighten this up by softening some of his dialogue about Koji's birth mother and stepmother.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: As usual in the franchise, Frontier could be definitely very hardcore for a show which was marketed to children in many countries. The new humanoid Digimon ensured the hand-to-hand was often savage, many villains were intimidating either for how they looked like or just for how shockingly dangerous they were, a Digidestined was killed (even if he got better) onscreen, some of the characters's backgrounds dealt with topics like bullying and parental divorce, and there was a perversely huge dose of Getting Crap Past the Radar. While Digimon Tamers might take the cake for the least family-friendly due to Konaka's foreign fandom and psychological touchs, this series had actually little to envy.
  • Woolseyism:
    • A name was needed for Tommy/Tomoki's brother, who was simply called "big brother" in the Japanese version. Instead of pulling a Keenan Crier and making one up out of whole cloth, they chose "Yutaka". Not only is this an actual Japanese name, it's an anagram of Takuya, alluding to the deep friendship between him and Tomoki — Tomoki even calls Takuya "big brother".
    • Some people actually like that LordKnightmon was renamed Crusadermon and made female.
    • Zoe is a somewhat common name in Italy.
    • In the original version, Susanooomon only speaks with Takuya's voice. In the dub he speaks with Takuya and Kouji's voice.
    • In Spain, you will get only confused looks if you talk about Dynasmon, but they will instantly recognize him if you call him Dinocumon (or Dynocumon, or Dynokumon - it has never been revealed how exactly was it written, or why was it changed to begin with, but people seemed to like it).
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Occasionally, the dub can get weird with this, likely as an aftereffect of Saban's demise and Disney's treatment of the franchise as a burden. Snimon sounds like Myotismon from Adventure, Cherubimon like Leomon from the same, and a Toucanmon and Mushroomon sound like they're channeling Kazu from Tamers and Davis from Adventure 02, respectively. Then there's Lucemon sounding like Izzy/Koushiro's dub voice.

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