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  • Angst? What Angst?: Taiki and Zenjirou don't seem too upset about being stuck in an entirely different world away from everything they hold dear. Akari, on the other hand...
  • Anticlimax Boss:
    • Kongoumon. Despite having an entire swarm of GranKuwagamon in his disposal, he was Curb Stomped by Beelzebumon, just one DigiXros with Starmon and he one-shotted every enemy in the army, including this guy. Kiriha also defeated him easily, to the point the episode didn't even bother showing the battle.
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    • DarknessBagramon also suffered from this in the finale. Not because he was weak like Kongoumon, but due to Taiki using the unified Code Crown to combine every Digimon in the world into one being. Unsurprisingly, he goes down in one attack.
  • Anvilicious: While always something of a mainstay in the series, this season really ratchets up the Loners Are Freaks and Power of Friendship themes. Some would say to annoying levels. Taiki constantly preaches the values of friendship and the villains all pretty much have lack of friends as their main flaw. Other characters get in on it too.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Tactimon is the leader of Lord Bagra's armies, and his honor code is based solely on his standards of perfection rather than true honor and decency. Not only is he responsible for rounding up several good Digimon into labor camps, including Cutemon's parents, but he was prepared to torture Mikey, a child, to death, as opposed to the quick, painless execution he could have ordered, and later tries to kill him with a beam cannon blast. As if that wasn't bad enough, he's a full follower of the We Have Reserves mantra and has no compunctions about sacrificing his own subordinates for the sake of maintaining his supposedly perfect battle record, a practice that disgusted Dorulumon enough to defect from his side. Towards the end, he uses the negative energy of many Digimon in order to turn their data into dark spirits that he absorbs into his sword in order to boost his own power and ends up taking the life of Grademon without an iota of remorse. Once he got out into the real world, he proceeded to lay waste to the entire area in hopes of getting his enemies killed and taking away what they value. Shortly afterwards, he attempts to murder Angie and Jeremy with his bare hands. When it comes time for him to do battle with his enemies, all Tactimon can truly feel is pure excitement over the thrill of combat and bloodshed.
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    • NeoMyotismon/NeoVamdemon is an Expy of Adventure's Myotismon and one of Lord Bagra's Seven Death Generals. The ruler of Vampire Land, he was characterized by an undying thirst for power. He possesses familiar spirits known as Evilvils that seek out the life energy of Digimon and give it to him. Not only does he fuse both his minions and his enemies into himself, but he absorbs a great number of innocent Lopmon living in his domain in order to gain immortality from their hidden power. During his battle with the Fusion Fighters, he attempts to absorb Christopher's (Kiriha's) partner, Metal Greymon, into himself as well, forcing Metal Greymon into an And I Must Scream situation.
    • Gravimon, ruler of Canyon Land, is another of the Death Generals. He uses his own core as a way to take Christopher hostage, and then reveals himself as a sadist who uses his cables to torture Christopher and probe his mind. He revels in the following Mind Rape, mercilessly playing off of Christopher's psyche until Christopher becomes broken enough to join him and obey his wishes. This set in motion the events that resulted in, among other things, the tragic death of Deckerdramon, which he ensured by dropping a large gravity attack on top of him. When fighting against the Fusion Fighters, Gravimon tries to physically crush both the kids and their Digimon in his grasp before trying to manipulate Christopher again with a Sadistic Choice- he'd inserted his core into Mikey's body, causing Mikey to endure agonizing pain in the process, and tells Christopher that the only way to destroy both the core and him is to kill Mikey. When Christopher refuses and surrenders instead, Gravimon deems his trust in his friends to be weakness.
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  • Crack Pairing: Any ship between a human and a Digimon, though most notable are Taiki/Shoutmon and Nene/Sparrowmon.
  • Critical Dissonance: Judging for several critics's reviews, one could think this series was a sound success in general. While critics liked the show and it did had a relatively strong merchandising presence, Xros Wars ultimately failed to endear the fans and harvested the lowest ratings in the entire Digimon franchise. Even today, the most popular opinion in the internet is that it was a So Okay, It's Average with few really memorable elements.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Nene Amano is loved by many. Also counts as a Breakout Character, as she replaces Akari as the female lead in the second half of the series.
    • Lunamon, to the extent that Shipping him/her and Shoutmon is already rather common.
    • AxKnightmon is one of the more popular villains in the series thanks to his regal composure, imposing appearance and cunning plans.
  • Epileptic Trees: Taichi appearing in the X Arena game as a boss, who DigiXrosses WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon into Omegamon. This never had any impact on the series, but it's very easy to see why the trees kicked in. Given that he's going to show up in Young Hunters for at least one episode, though, it wasn't completely unfounded either!
  • Evil Is Sexy: Lilithmon, obviously. She's the Demon Lord of lust, for chrissakes.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Despite being a series mainly focused on fighting and Rule of Cool, Xros Wars gets its fair share of shipping.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Episode 30, where the kids have returned to Tokyo. Tactimon rampages the whole place, obliterating buildings, destroying a bridge, and even creating a huge, destructive wave of water.The Tohoku tsunami and earthquake struck just three days later. That's got to be some kind of record.
  • Growing the Beard: The first season is somewhat pokey and dull, but the show begins springing to life with the introduction of AxKnightmon, and the beard is fully grown with the introduction of Yuu in season 2.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In episode 10 Baalmon/Reapmon offers to form an alliance with Lilithmon/Laylamon. Lilithmon even teases Baalmon a little by claiming he must have a crush on her. Three episodes later Baalmon learns that Lilithmon was responsible for murdering all his comrades including the closest thing he had to a father figure and the loss of his home.
    • Even worse in the English dub. When the pair meet up again in episode 13, after Reapmon had just explained his Dark and Troubled Past to Mikey.
    Laylamon: Sit back and enjoy the show Reapmon. Should be your cup of tea, it all ends in ruin!
    • As stated above in "Funny Aneurysm" Moment,Tactimon attacks Tokyo and at one point his sword attack causes a great wave of water to smash into some buildings, with Jeremy shouting that he could destroy the city like this. Shortly after this episode aired in Japan, the great 2011 tsunami and earthquake transpired.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Chika Sakamoto is voicing Shoutmon... who also voiced Kappei in Super Robot Wars games. And Shoutmon is essentially the "lead pilot" of the various Shoutmon X DigiXrosses.
    • One of Shoutmon X5's attack is Meteor Impact. He is only able to do it with Sparrowmon, a bird-themed Digimon. Said punch has only been used twice, both on very powerful Digimon (one was absorbing data of the Zone and the other was able to live in Digital Space). Said attack is referred to as Sparrow Punch.
    • What keeps happening to IceDevimon becomes even funnier when you look back at what IceDevimon's previous appearances have been like.
    • NeoVamdemon kidnaps a bunch of Lopmons to forcefully DigiXros them to him to grant him immortality. The episode that reveals this aired in Easter Sunday. Lopmons are essentially chocolate bunnies; note that they evolve from a Digimon literally named "Chocomon".
    • Back in 2001, there was a well-known fanfic called Digimon Fusion (now has a revision called Digimon Fusion Kai in 2010) that retells Dragon Ball Z with Digimon characters (to the point that the Digdiestined fused with their partners to become Super Saiyan expies). Comes 2013 that the English dub's title of Xros Wars is 'Digimon Fusion'.
    • A giant hero combining monster-esque weapon parts in cyberspace to gain specific attacks, and the title even has "X" in it! Guess who?
    • In the Grand Finale, holes open up and every ally Digimon from the series come out from them to help defeat Darkness Bagramon before he can destroy the universe. This sounds very much like what would happen in the climax of Avengers: Endgame several years later.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The Manga Adaptation started just like the anime, then it quickly went its own way with the plot and has not looked back since then, steadily rising the quotient with its own departures from the anime plot. It then literally rocketed from chapter 16 onwards, starting with the battle against Lilithmon's army, to an even larger scale battle involving Machinedramons (the original version) and Kimeramons, to Tactimon unsheathing his BFS and beating up Shoutmon X7, to an even larger scale battle involving everyone's super evolutions, the Royal Knights, several Milleniumons and then ... Dark Knightmon snaps, leading to the appearance of Zeed Milleniummon. Had it been animated, the quotient would definitely be 1.
    • Shoutmon X7 Superior Mode is this in both the anime and the manga, literally being a fusion of every single Digimon in the entire Digital World besides the Big Bad's. Considering that the Digital World here is separated into different zones, all with there own set of outer space, it really makes the digital world that much bigger.
      • Every good Digimon fusing together into the abovementioned Shoutmon X7 Superior Mode to defeat Bagramon in the series finale.
  • Ho Yay: As traditional it's already starting to hint at The Hero/The Lancer (but as usual, it's probably not serious).
    • ...Or not. The character map at the beginning of episode 7 shows Kiriha staring at a drawing of Taiki with the caption "My Taiki", making this an Ascended Meme. In the same image, there's also a music note floating over his head.
    • The manga follows on this too, having Kiriha call Taiki his "beloved" (much to everyone else's surprise). He immediatly says it was just a joke, but...
    • Blastmon and Tactimon enjoy some nice bromance... or so Blastmon thinks. He also enjoys being loved by male Digimon like Scorpiomon, Cyberdramon and even Bagramon!
      • In one later episode, he hits on Beelzebumon, calling him "sexy." In the middle of battle.
    • Dorulumon shares a...rather obvious blush for Cutemon's begging face in episode 27
    • With Nene and Akari in Chapter 6 of the manga.
    • They also had some moments in episode 23, what with Akari becoming good friends with Nene and actually being the one to defrost her.
    • One could make a case of Nene and Mervamon as well.
    • And Nene and Sparrowmon, at least in the dub.
  • Hypocritical Fandom:
    • Power Levels. Complaints how the "high-tier" Digimon get defeated so easily popped up, despite the fact that it had never happened at all. Most prominent example is Neptunemon being easily killed, despite the fact that he was simply outwitted and was impaled on his own very powerful weapon anyway. Note that the older series pretty much do the same thing. With Arkadimon reappearing again, people have once again resorted to complaining about this. Though in some cases these complaints are justified. For example, according to the main lore Huanglongmon is the leader of the Digimon Sovereigns and thus a veritable Physical God able to rival the Holy Knights. Here he's no more than a subordinate to Dorbickmon.
    • Related to this is people complaining about "strong Digimon being fed to Shoutmon". Not only is that complaint negated by ignoring the existence of Power Levels, but also they are forgetting the one thing known in Combining Mecha anime - that is, the leader always gives the shots. DigiXros can be viewed as something like Digimon combining into a single entity, with Shoutmon being the head pilot.
    • DigiXrossing. People complained about it being toyetic... despite the fact that the whole series is a toy show. Note that this series is also called Digimon meets Power Rangers (due to the combining Digimon, a la MegaZord), even though such title would probably be more appropriate to Digimon Frontier, and that this is more of a homage to Super Robot than Super Sentai.
    • Recurring Digimon. People expected that the same Digimon must retain the same personality. So now people are complaining about Lucemon being a goody-two-shoes... despite the fact that the Digimon itself is an angel of goodness by default. Besides, there is more to Lucemon than what he appears to be...
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Everyone seems to be obsessed with Taiki.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Yeah, like you would actually kill Shoutmon with that sting, Flymon! He did, and Shoutmon felt excruciating pain and almost died, had Whamon not give his ambergris.
  • Magnificent Bastard: From the manga version:
    • Bagramon is the leader of the Bagra Army. Brother of the "dark" digimon SkullKnightmon, Bagramon used to be a angel digimon working for the digital deity Homeostasis. Rebelling against Homeostasis because of her plan to have digimon branded as heroic or villainous, in a system that would result in his brother's death, Bagramon is defeated and exiled. Finding the remains of the digital deity Ygdrassil, Bagramon uses them to empower himself and begin his conquest, creating the Xros Loader and the powerful artificial Digimon Tactimon. He then rebels again with the loyalty of dark digimons, defeating the Royal Knights and breaking the digital world. Manipulating his brother using two minions and some humans, Bragramon intends to judge humans and digimons based on who wins between them. When his brother "wins" while losing his sanity, Bagramon cries for him before using him to recreate Zeed Milleniunmon, intending to use it to euthanize both the digital and human worlds and save them from decay. When he is proven wrong by the heroes, Bagramon cheers for them and dies saving his brother, encouraging him to be better. Inspiring loyalty in his followers, Bagramon truly wishes for a better future.
    • More honorable than his anime counterpart, The Dreaded Tactimon is one of Bagramon's top generals and his best creation. Leading his armies in the fractured Digital World, Bagramon is the digimon that broke it during his fight against the powerful Royal Knight Omegamon. A ruthless yet effective general willing to fire against his own soldiers in harsh fights, Bagramon also prefers to not waste their lives in pointless battles. Manipulating Mach Leomon to his death to test the power of his rivals, Tactimon follows the heroes to test their power as well. During the final battle of the Bagra Army, Tactimon asks permission to use his full power and challenge the heroes in a harsh fight, showing his impressive unmatched skill and only being defeated by their determination and teamwork. Lethally wounded, congratulates them, happy at having find worthy opponents.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Despite not doing much, many people were calling for ChuuChuumon's head when he just sat there, bored, watching Damemon slowly die from his wounds. Thus, ChuuChuumon's eventual death was very satisfying.
  • Paranoia Fuel: According to their Digimon profile, for every single Monitamon able to be seen in plain sight, there are 30 more hidden.
  • Poor Man's Substitute: Blastmon's voice actor, Daisuke Kishio, sounds like he's trying to imitate Norio Wakamoto; it's actually impressive, considering how his voice comes quite close to Wakamoto's.
  • So Okay, It's Average: A general consensus on the anime from Digimon fans. Despite its new concepts in setting and digivolving, it doesn't really bring any new ideas to the franchise. Episodes are heavily Strictly Formula, the plot doesn't shift from beginning to end, and the characters themselves don't distinguish themselves from past seasons. Taiki himself is praised for his intelligence among past leads, but falls short in development and depth, while the villains are mostly generically evil devoid of much development, with only a few exceptions (namely Reapmon, Yuu, AxKnightmon, Olegmon and Apollomon). That said, most would agree that the second season, especially it's back half, contains the series' strongest moments, particularly the Grand Finale.
  • Squick: Mugendramon's... face, after a part of its helmet plating has been removed. Now just imagine those supposed robot characters being cyborgs. On the other hand, that specific example is exclusive to Xros Wars, since the original Mugendramon was specifically a combination of machine parts.
    • Episode 49, we have both the deaths of Apollomon and Damemon in rapid succession.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: As with virtually every series since the second, some fans have lambasted it for being different from its predecessors.
  • Too Cool to Live: Grademon
  • Tough Act to Follow: Contrary to popular belief amongst fans, Xros Wars was a victim of this trope in regards to the Digimon franchise to that point, as it had some of the worst ratings of any Digimon season. For scope of how bad this was, Digimon Savers's highest ratings were twice that of Xros Wars. Also contrary to popular belief, it wasn't title and time slot changes that started it, as even before then this series's ratings was still the lowest of the franchise: this reached its pinnacle as of Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Leaping Through Time, which didn't even have good merchandising (which was Xros Wars biggest success) to keep it afloat.
  • Ugly Cute: The Gaossmon in the Blue Flare army. They're basically walking mouths with dinosaur legs and tails, but somehow, they manage to be somewhat endearing.
  • The Un-Twist: Come on, who was surprised when it was revealed that Lucemon was evil? IT'S FREAKING Lucemon! The most effective former Big Bad in Digimon history! He's named after Satan for crying out loud! Hell, basic religion knowledge will already help many older viewers figure out something is wrong with many digimon behaviors like Lucemon being good and Apollomon being considered evil.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Cutemon, Sparrowmon and Lunamon all look girly and have an effeminate tone in their voice and use boku. However, Cutemon has been confirmed to be a male (and is voiced by Ben Diskin in the dub). Lunamon and Sparrowmon are yet to be confirmed, but because they both use "boku", they are considered male.
  • Woolseyism: Probably the most severe case yet in the franchise. Many of the characters names were changed to exceedingly Western names (Justified with Taiki, which is somewhat uncommon and exotic but less so for Akari as the similarly named character was simply shortened to Kari). But Taiki to Mikey is quite the change compared to previous entries which had at least some relation to the original Japanese (Yamato was shortened to Matt and Takeru to T.K., but the roots are still wholly recognizable).
    • At least Taiki and Mikey rhyme, unlike what they did to Kiriha (Christopher) and Zenjirou (Jeremy).


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