KabuterimonGroup: Insectoid - Level: Champion - Type: Vaccine - Attack Techniques: Electro-Shocker, Beetle Horn Attack
Kabuterimon is the Digivolved form of Tentomon, the Digimon partner of Izzy of the DigiDestined. Kabuterimon first appeared to protect Izzy from the Black Gear-infected Andromon. After coming across a mysterious factory, the kids pulled Andromon from a hunk of machinery in which he was trapped, not knowing he was under the power of a Black Gear. Izzy discovered a chamber in the factory lined with computer code, which, he realised, made up the basic fabric of matter in the DigiWorld. Greymon and Garurumon battled Andromon, but were no match for him. Izzy, using the information he had gleaned from the chamber, was able to access Tentomon's digital information, allowing him to Digivolve into Kabuterimon. Kabuterimon used his Electro-Shocker to destroy the Black Gear, freeing Andromon. Kabuterimon appeared again to battle Centarumon alongside Togemon, and then participated in the final battle with Devimon.
Kabuterimon appeared a few times to battle Etemon and his forces when the kids arrived on the continent of Server. After Tai was sucked back to Earth during the final battle with Etemon, the DigiDestined split up, and went their own ways across the DigiWorld. Izzy ran afoul of Vademon, who captured him and forced him to give up his curiosity. Due to Izzy's zombie-like state, Tentomon De-Digivolved back to his baby stage of Pabumon. However, thankfully, Pabumon was able to snap Izzy out of it, and reclaimed Izzy's Tag and Crest from Vademon. He Digivolved back to Tentomon, then to Kabuterimon, and finally, Kabuterimon Digivolved to his Ultimate form of MegaKabuterimon for the first time to take out Vademon.
Tentomon returned to Earth with Izzy and the other kids, and Digivolved to Kabuterimon and on to MegaKabuterimon to battle the forces of Myotismon, and then took part in the final battle with Myotismon himself. When Myotismon returned as VenomMyotismon, Kabuterimon joined the fight, and then, when VenomMyotismon was destroyed, he and Garudamon saved a plane from crashing. He then returned to the DigiWorld with the others to battle the Dark Masters. Kabuterimon appeared to battle Puppetmon's RedVegiemon, and then Digivolved to MegaKabuterimon to battle Puppetmon's mansion. He then Digivolved again to help battle LadyDevimon, going up to MegaKabuterimon to help Angewomon beat her, and then helping battle Piedmon and his Vilemon horde, and then Apocalymon.
Six months later, Tentomon and Agumon were dispatched to battle Keramon, the Rookie Digimon-virus creature which had hatched from a Digi-Egg created by a chosen child from America named Willis. They Digivolved to Greymon and Kabuterimon, but were beaten back when Keramon Digivolved to Infermon, and blasted them before they could Digivolve into Ultimate. Kabuterimon was out of the fight, but WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon went on to fuse together into Omnimon to defeat Infermon's Mega stage of Diaboromon.
In May 2000, Kabuterimon was rendered unable to Digivolve to Ultimate when Izzy and the other DigiDestined gave up the powers of their Crests to seal the DigiWorld off from evil.
Four years later, Tentomon occasionally appeared to help out the new DigiDestined team, but did not Digivolve into Kabuterimon for quite some time. The first time he did so was when he, Izzy and Cody had just managed to escape the Digimon Emperor and his forces, after locating his base. And he didn’t even get a full Digivolve sequence! The Digimon Emperor then replicated some of Kabuterimon’s data, and used it in construction of Kimeramon.
Kabuterimon didn’t appear again until months later, at Christmas, when a group of wild Digimon disrupted Matt’s concert. He and the other Champion Digimon helped the Armour Digimon defeat the Champion level opponents, then the DNA Digivolved Digimon took down the remaining Ultimates.
Kabuterimon’s power to Digivolve to Ultimate was then restored by a power boost from one of Azulongmon’s Digi-Cores, courtesy of Gennai. He then headed for Hong Kong with Izzy, Kari and Gatomon to round up the wild Digimon there. He Digivolved (off-screen) into MegaKabuterimon, and they all teamed up with the Poi Brothers to send the Digimon in China and India back to the DigiWorld.
When the returned to Japan, Kabuterimon again became MegaKabuterimon (also off-screen) to battle SkullSatamon with the other Ultimates, but was defeated. The original eight Digimon gave up their power to Digivolve to Ultimate once again, to energise Imperialdramon, allowing him to Mode Change and destroy SkullSatamon.
Kabuterimon did not appear again following this.
Kabuterimon first appears in "Kabuterimon's Electro Shocker." His voice is supplied by Jeff Nimoy.
Name: From the Japanese word, "kabutomushi," meaning beetle.

Digimon Adventure episode #5
English version written by Michael L. Reynolds and John Ludin
The kids find a mysterious factory which Izzy believes may hold some of the DigiWorld's secrets, and are set upon by the Black Gear-possessed Andromon, who is defeated when Tentomon Digivolvesto Kabuterimon for the first time.

Yuuko KamiyaKnown members of the Kamiya family include: Tai, Kari and their parents – their mother, Yuuko, and their father, Susumu.
The Kamiya family lived in Highton View Terrace for an undisclosed amount of time, at least four years ago. During that time, a Digi-Egg emerged from Mr. Kamiya’s computer, and hatched into a Botamon, which eventually Digivolved into a Greymon, to battle Parrotmon. Tai, Kari, and some other kids living in the apartment building, saw the battle, marking the moment when they were selected to become DigiDestined.
The Kamiyas moved out of Highton View Terrace some time after that event but before August 1999, into another apartment in Odaiba. When Tai returned from the DigiWorld for the first time in August, Kari was the only one home. He then returned to the DigiWorld, and came back to Earth a little later, returning home, to find his parents there.
Mr. Kamiya is not around a lot. It’s not known what his job is. Mrs. Kamiya, however, appears to be a full-time homemaker. She has a penchant for health foods, ranging from potato juice to spinach cookies (it’s all a creation of the dub, however).
When Myotismon’s invasion squads flooded the city, Mr. and Mrs. Kamiya were among those captured and held in the convention centre. They were put to sleep by DemiDevimon, and then woke up after VenomMyotismon was destroyed. Susumu KamiyaThey, and all the other parents, then watched as the kids returned to the DigiWorld to battle the Dark Masters. While the battles lasted days, or even weeks, for the kids, it was only a couple of minutes for the parents, who stood and watched the sky. When Apocalymon appeared, time was synchronised, and the parents watched the final battle.
Eight months later, Mrs. Kamiya was oblivious to the battle with Diaboromon, despite being the apartment with Tai and Izzy when they were battling him. She was preoccupied with getting Izzy to try her recipes, and baking a cake, which wound up being fried in the microwave.
Four years later, Mrs. Kamiya did not appear too much, just popping up now and again when the scene shifted to the Kamiya apartment. Mr. and Mrs. Kamiya, along with all the other DigiDestined’s family members, were present at the summer camp during the final battle with MaloMyotismon.
Mr. and Mrs. Kamiya first appear in “The Eighth Digivice.” Mr. Kamiya’s voice is supplied by Doug Erholtz, while Mrs. Kamiya’s is supplied by Dorothy Elias-Fahn.
Name: The original Japanese name for the Kamiyas is the Yagamis. Apparently, in the translation, the two characters ("ya" and "gami") were switched around. "Gami" becomes "kami" when placed before certain characters - and this was one of those times, making "Kamiya." Also... uhm... if you spell “Yagami” backwards, you get “I’m a gay.” Draw your own conclusions.

See Kari

See Tai

Kari in Season OneHikari Kamiya, nicknamed Kari, is a member of the DigiDestined, partnered with Gatomon and holder of the Crest of Light. Kari is the little sister of Tai, the leader of the DigiDestined. She is a child who thinks of others first, always doing her best to put them before herself, regardless of her own situation. Kari has a weak immune system, and is prone to illness. Once, when she was only four or five, she almost died through negligent behaviour on Tai's part, when he took her out to play soccer with him, even though she was sick. She ended up with pneumonia. This incident may have been the cause of her weak immune system, or it may only have occurred as a result of said affliction - it is unclear. Over the years, Kari and T.K. became very close.
Four years before the events at summer camp, Kari and Tai encountered a Digimon for the first time when a Digi-Egg came through their computer and hatched. The Digimon that emerged Digivolved into an Agumon, which took Kari for an impromptu piggyback ride through the city. Tai followed them as best he could, but when another Digimon, Parrotmon, appeared, the Agumon defended Kari and Tai, despite Kari’s pleas for him not to fight. The Agumon Digivolved into a Greymon, but was defeated by Parrotmon. Tai used Kari’s whistle to wake him, and he blasted Parrotmon. The two Digimon were then drawn back into the DigiWorld, although Kari and Tai thought they had been destroyed. The fight was witnessed by the six other kids as well as Tai and Kari, leading to their selection as he new DigiDestined by the mysterious group charged with the DigiWorld's protection. As the years rolled by, the kids repressed any memory of the fight.
However, Kari was struck down with flu, and could not accompany the other seven kids to summer camp, and, as such, was not sucked into the DigiWorld. However, her Digivice did appear in the Kamiya's apartment. When Tai and Koromon were sucked back to Earth after the final battle with Etemon, Tai immediately headed back to the Kamiya's apartment, where he met back up with Kari, to discover that she knew what Digimon and the DigiWorld were - though Tai didn't remember at the time, Kari's memories of the Digimon battle from four years ago were buried in her subconscious, creeping to the surface. Tai discovered that the freak weather conditions plaguing the globe were as a result of Digimon crossing over to Earth from the DigiWorld - but only he, Koromon, and Kari could see them. After Koromon Digivolved back to Agumon to battle Ogremon, he and Tai returned to the DigiWorld. Kari was sad to see him go, but understood how important it was.
Shortly thereafter, Tai and the other DigiDestined returned to Earth again to stop the plans of the evil Digimon overlord, Myotismon, who was attempting to locate the Eighth Child, the predestined eighth member of the DigiDestined. Although no-one realised it then, Kari was that child. The kids regained their memories of the Digimon battle from four years ago, and realised that whoever the Eighth Child was, they must have seen the battle too. The search began in earnest, as the DigiDestined were drawn into battles with Myotismon and his minions, as they attempted to find the Eighth Child before he, his lieutenants - Gatomon and DemiDevimon - or any of his servants could. The Kamiya's cat, Miko, inadvertently wound up taking Kari's Digivice from the apartment, before anyone was aware of it's existence, only to have it stolen by a magpie. Wizardmon - a kindly Digimon masquerading as one of Myotismon's servants - recovered it, and used it to prove to Gatomon that she was actually the Digimon of the Eighth Child, and that Kari was that child. While attempting to recover Kari's Crest from Myotismon, Wizardmon was hurled into Odaiba Bay, and Gatomon was captured. Myotismon planned to use her to identify the Eighth Child, and had her review the hordes of captive children his armies had corralled in the Odaiba City Convention Centre. Kari, true to her nature, tried to stop the violence in the city by giving herself up to Myotismon. Myotismon took her to the Odaiba TV station, and prepared to kill her, thus fulfilling his destiny and being able to rule both Earth and the DigiWorld. Wizardmon, having been rescued from the bay by Joe and T.K., sacrificed himself to save Kari from Myotismon's wrath, allowing her to gain possession of her Crest and Digivice, and for Gatomon to Digivolve to Angewomon. Angewomon used the powers of the other Digimon to destroy Myotismon.
However, Myotismon was able to reconstitute his body, in the process Warp-Digivolving into his Mega stage of VenomMyotismon. In accordance with a prophecy unearthed by Gennai, Kari and T.K. had Angewomon and Angemon direct their attacks at Tai and Matt, giving Agumon and Gabumon the power to Warp-Digivolve into their own Mega stages of WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon, who went on to defeat VenomMyotismon. Kari then returned to the DigiWorld with the others kids and Digimon to battle the Dark Masters.
After the kids defeated MetalSeadramon, Matt was convinced by the evil Cherrymon, a servant of Puppetmon, to fight with Tai so that he could grow as a person. Prior to this, Kari had been hearing some form of disembodied voice, and, as Tai and Matt fought, located the source of it. The entity to which the voice belonged possessed Kari's body and stopped the fight, taking the kids away and showing them the full story behind their selection as the DigiDestined. Kari returned to normal with no memory of the incident. Kari stayed with Tai when the group began to split up.
While on the kids were on their way to fight Machinedramon, Kari fell seriously ill again. The kids took refuge in Machinedramon's city, and Tai and Izzy searched out medicine for her at a nearby hospital. However, they were set upon by Machinedramon's forces, and then by Machinedramon himself, who destroyed the building they had taken refuge in, and sent them hurtling down into the city's sewers. Kari awoke a little later, her fever gone, but when she, T.K. and Sora discovered a large number of enslaved Numemon being abused by WaruMonzaemon, Kari began to glow with a bizarre light, which energised the kids' Digimon, allowing them to Digivolve and defeat WaruMonzaemon. A little later, when that trio met up with Tai and Izzy again, the light energised WarGreymon, allowing him to defeat Machinedramon.
After building a monument to the Numemon killed in the battle with Machinedramon, the kids were set upon by LadyDevimon, the bodyguard of Piedmon, the last of the Dark Masters. Angewomon engaged her in battle, and, with a little help from MegaKabuterimon, obliterated her with her Heaven's Charm attack. The kids went on to reunite with the lost members of their group, and to battle and defeat Piedmon and Apocalymon. As the DigiWorld was reformatted to normalcy, Kari said that she was sure that they would meet their Digimon again.
Eight months later, when Diaboromon menaced the Internet, Kari was at a birthday party, and unable to come to help Tai and Izzy battle the evil Digimon.
In May 2000, Kari and the other DigiDestined were called back into the DigiWorld by Gennai, and instructed to release the powers of their Crests, to create a barrier that would protect the DigiWorld against evil. However, as a result of the release of the energy of the Crests, Gatomon and the other Digimon were left unable to Digivolve to the Ultimate level.

Kari in Season TwoOver the next four years, the illnesses that had plagued Kari in her younger life became a thing of the past, as she grew healthy and strong. Kari became well acquainted with Davis, a boy in the same year as her in school, who she knew full well had a crush on her. On the first day of the new school year, T.K. joined the school, and shared a class with Kari, making Davis exceedingly jealous. Meanwhile, Tai had been called to the DigiWorld by Agumon, where he discovered that the evil Digimon Emperor was in the process of conquering it, enslaving Digimon with his Dark Rings, and inhibiting Digivolution with his Control Spires. An e-mail for help went astray, and was received by Yolei, who brought it to Kari’s attention. Kari and T.K. met up with Izzy, and planned to head straight to the DigiWorld – until three new Digivices were released from the computer, and one of them flew straight into Davis’s hands! T.K., Davis and Kari all went into the DigiWorld, and battled a Monochromon under the Emperor’s control.

The next day, Kari and T.K. went into the DigiWorld with Yolei, Cody, Davis, Izzy and Sora, but Davis was captured by the Emperor. Yolei and Cody found their Digi-Eggs and Digimon, and helped free Davis.

While battling some of the Emperor’s Tyrannomon¸ T.K. and Kari fled the battle field, their Digimon unable to help. Their Digivice began picking up a signal, and in a cave, they found the Digi-Eggs of Light and Hope. With the Digi-Egg of Light, Kari was able to Armour Digivolve Gatomon into Nefertimon.

Kari was present for almost all of the team’s adventures as time went on. On one occasion, she was trapped in the city of Gardromon when the TV escape route was destroyed before she could pass through it. She and Gatomon hid out, and were rescued by T.K. and Davis.

A short while later, Kari began to suffer recurring nightmares, which affected her badly. One day in class, she suffered what she thought was a hallucination, when she felt as if she were being drawn into an ocean. In actuality, she was slipping out of phase with the real world, and being drawn into the mysterious World of Darkness. While in the halls alone, she saw a creature that caused her to cry out – but she managed to escape. After school, when crossing the road... she simply disappeared, having been drawn fully into the World of Darkness, where she was confronted by the “Scubamon,” who told her that a “dark man” had come to their master’s kingdom and that they needed her help. She was unable to remove the Dark Spirals on them, but then, they were attacked by an Airdramon. Somehow, Kari was able to open a portal to Earth, through which T.K. Gatomon and Patamon leapt. Pegasusmon destroyed the Control Spire in the World of Darkness, and then a beam of pink energy appeared – somehow connected with Kari’s Crest – which allowed Gatomon to Digivolve to Angewomon and destroy the Airdramon. Angewomon then freed the “Scubamon” from the Dark Spirals, but they changed shape and turned on Kari, trying to force her to come with them into their undersea kingdom. Angewomon beat them back, and they all returned to the real world. In the dub, the “Scubamon” said they wanted Kari to lead them against their master, but in the original, they wanted her to come with them so she could be their bride and procreate with them. Icky.

On the anniversary of the defeat of Myotismon, all of the DigiDestined went to the TV station. Kari carried a bunch of roses to lay down in memory of Wizardmon – only to have Wizardmon’s ghost appear and give the team a cryptic warning about the future.

When the location of the Digimon Emperor’s base was discovered, Kari and the other kids stayed in the DigiWorld until they had successfully managed to destroy it and the Emperor’s creation, Kimeramon.

At some point between the discovery of the Digi-Egg of Friendship and the introduction of ExVeemon, Kari and T.K. went to America to visit Mimi, only to witness a battle between two Digimon – Kokomon and Terriermon. They attempted to follow the boy they had seen at the battle – Willis – but Kokomon attacked their train, and derailed their plans. They later arrived in the middle of a battle between Kokomon and the other kids’ Digimon, and were regressed into children by Kokomon’s powers. Magnamon and Rapidmon destroyed him, reversing the effects. Note that this adventure is out of continuity, but has been shoehorned in by the dubbers.

Initially, Kari was very unsure about allowing Ken to join the team, after the things he had done as the Emperor, but after the fight with Okuwamon, she began to come around to the idea.

When they DigiDestined were lured to the Giga House by Arukenimon, Kari, T.K. and Yolei were attacked by a squadron of Flymon and Snimon. Kari helped Yolei operate the giant computer, so they could warp the sound of Arukenimon’s mind-controlling flute and free the Digimon. During the ensuing battle with Arukenimon, Kari and T.K. delivered an electric shock to the spider-woman. She was saved by Mummymon.

When travelling through a forest not long after, Gatomon recognised the area as the spot where she had previously lost her Tail Ring. The DigiDestined set about searching for it, but Kari and Yolei were drawn away from the group when they heard Ken scream. Together, the trio inadvertently stumbled through a phase warp into the World of Darkness. The portal back to the DigiWorld was opened up when Arukenimon turned some Control Spires into a Blossomon, but Kari was near hysterical thanks to the threat of the darkness. Yolei slapped some sense into her, and the enigmatic pink light appeared once again, facilitating Gatomon and Aquilamon’s DNA Digivolution into Silphymon. Silphymon destroyed the Blossomon, and as time passed, Kari and Yolei became much greater friends, drawn closer together by the experience.

When the kids freed Azulongmon from his prison, Kari and T.K. learned of the significance of their Crests, and why they had been given Digi-Eggs.

At Christmas, Kari and the other kids went to Ken’s party at his apartment, but during the fun, Kari received a phone call from Tai, alerting her to a situation developing elsewhere in town – a Control Spire, and a large number of wild Digimon had appeared! The DigiDestined raced to the scene, and destroyed the Control Spire, allowing everyone to Digivolve and send the Digimon back to the DigiWorld.

When Digimon began to appear all over the world, Kari went with Izzy, Gatomon and Tentomon (with their ability to Digivolve to Ultimate restored thanks to a power boost from one of Azulongmon’s Digi-Cores, courtesy of Gennai) to Hong Kong, where they met up with the Poi Brothers. The three boys took one look at Kari and decided they’d help them out, if only so they could get to ask Kari on a date! With the majority of Digimon rounded up, Kari and Izzy headed to the India/China border to help a girl named Mina cross over. The Digimon were all then sent back to the DigiWorld.

That night, after they all returned to Tokyo, Tai warned Kari that the time would soon come when she and the other new DigiDestined were going to have to destroy a real Digimon. That time came sooner than expected, when the Daemon Corps appeared in Tokyo the next day, searching for Ken and the Dark Spore within him. Kari and Angewomon tackled LadyDevimon, who fled when reinforcements arrived. They then headed to the site of the battle between SkullSatamon. Energised by the power of the original eight Digimon, Imperialdramon Mode Changed into his Fighter Mode and destroyed SkullSatamon.

As the DigiDestined pursued Arukenimon’s truck in Jim Kido’s car, Kari and Yolei left to tackle LadyDevimon again. Silphymon engaged her in battle, but was badly beaten. When LadyDevimon threatened a young boy, Yolei struck her with a skateboard, giving Silphymon time to act, obliterating LadyDevimon. Kari helped Yolei come to terms with the destruction of the evil Digimon, and they then headed to join the final battle against Daemon. Kari was the one who suggested they attempt to use the World of Darkness to contain Daemon, and she and T.K. were the first to offer their support as Ken opened the gate.

While Davis, Cody and Yolei staked out the children Oikawa had implanted with Dark Spores, Kari and Tai were called into the DigiWorld by Agumon. There, they discovered a mass of destruction, courtesy of the returned BlackWarGreymon, who had travelled through a warp to Mount Fuji on Earth. Tai and Kari followed, and while WarGreymon battled BlackWarGreymon, Kari and Nefertimon chased after Oikawa, Arukenimon and Mummymon. Yolei, T.K. and their Digimon joined the chase, but when they entered a populated area, could not attack. Mummymon had no such compunctions, and blasted the Digimon back to their Rookie forms.

Kari as an adultWhen Oikawa opened the portal to what he thought was the DigiWorld, the DigiDestined and their Digimon followed him through it, only to discover that they had wound up in an entirely different world. There, it transpired that the “ghost” of Myotismon was within Oikawa, and had been manipulating him all along. Myotismon exited Oikawa’s body and used the Dark Spores to transform himself into MaloMyotismon, subjecting the kids to illusions of their greatest desires. Kari’s desire was to see humans and Digimon living together in peace, and that was what she saw – until Gatomon explained to her that it was nothing more than an illusion. Raidramon appeared and brought Kari back to reality.

The kids then used the power of the dimension to their own ends, enabling their Digimon to split into all their different Digivolutions at once. MaloMyotismon fled to the DigiWorld, but the kids followed – Kari could sense the darkness as it began to manifest, as MaloMyotismon began to infect Earth with pure darkness. However, the power of dreams, and Imperialdramon's Giga Crusher attack - powered with the energy of the Digivices of all the world's DigiDestined - destroyed him for good.
Three months later, it was discovered that Diaboromon had survived his battle with Omnimon four years previously, and that in the time in between, he had reproduced himself as millions of Kuramon. Tai, Matt and Omnimon headed into the Internet to battle him, while the other kids tracked down Kuramon who were emerging in the real world. Kari and Yolei were the first to capture one, and then Kari, T.K. and their Digimon headed into the 'net to help Omnimon. Angemon and Angewomon held down Diaboromon, allowing Omnimon to successfully destroy him, but when Davis learned that Kari had gone into the 'net, he played right into Diaboromon's hands by demanding that Yolei open the gate for him to follow. The gate opened so wide that all the remaining Kuramon escaped through it into the real world, and merged into Armageddemon in Tokyo Harbour. As Imperialdramon Paladin Mode battled and defeated him, Kari and T.K. watched from Izzy's apartment, where they had returned to.
Twenty-five years into the future, the portal to the DigiWorld remains open, and Gatomon is still at Kari’s side. Kari has fulfilled her dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher, and is married with a son, who has a Salamon for a partner. Nothing was said of her husband, but it ain’t T.K., no matter how much you might want to think it is.
Kari first appears in "Home Away From Home." Her voice is supplied by Lara Jill Miller, and she also narrates the entirety of "Digimon: The Movie."

Keiko was one of the children gathered by Arukenimon and Mummymon, who was implanted with Dark Spore by Oikawa. Once in the dream dimension, her Dark Spore flowered and was absorbed by Myotismon, who became MaloMyotismon. To defeat him, the DigiDestined made the Dark Spore kids believe in their lost dreams again, and in doing so, they became DigiDestined themselves – Keiko, who’s dream was to be a baker, became partners with a YukimiBotamon.
Keiko first appears in “Dark Sun, Dark Spore.”

KenKen Ichijouji is a member of the DigiDestined, partnered with Wormmon, and holder of the Crest of Kindness. Formerly the devious Digimon Emperor, Ken has tried hard to atone for his past misdeeds, and has been helped along the way by his fellow DigiDestined. It’s been evident from the start that Yolei has a crush on him.
As a young child, Ken always felt that he was passed over by his parents, in favour of his older brother Sam. Sam was a child prodigy, with genius-level intellect, who could, in his parents’ eyes, “do no wrong.” Ken bore a grudge toward Sam, sometimes wishing that he “would just disappear.”
At some point, likely when Myotismon was invading Tokyo, Ken encountered a Digimon. It’s not known when, under what circumstances, or what Digimon it was – all that is know is that it must have happened, because, in August of 2000, while the two brothers were both in Sam’s room, a Digivice appeared from Sam’s computer. It had been meant for Ken, but neither of them knew this – Sam picked it up, and put it in his drawer, vowing to find out what it was, but Ken, in childish curiosity, touched the Digivice, and was pulled through Sam’s computer, into the DigiWorld.
In the DigiWorld, Ken met his partner, Wormmon, and also met Ryo. During that time, he and Ryo fought Millenniummon – they defeated him, but it is not known how. These events were adapted from the Japanese video game, “Tag Tamers,” which is not strictly in continuity, but had aspects of it used to create a back-story for Ken in the anime. With Millenniummon’s defeat, the Dark Spores appeared, heading for Ryo. Ken pushed Ryo out of the way, and one of the Spores struck him, sinking inside his neck. Ken became violently ill, and Wormmon cared for him for three weeks, until he was well enough to return to Earth, where he found that it was the same day as he had left (this is either a Japanese writing error, as Earth time and DigiWorld time should be synchronised at this point, or it can be passed off on Millenniummon’s ability to warp space and time). Sam scolded Ken for breaking his trust and touching the Digivice, and Ken, angry, again found himself wishing that Sam would disappear.
But this time, Ken got his wish.
At an undisclosed point in time after this, Sam was hit by a car, and died. Ken and his parents were consumed with grief, but Ken always felt guilty, blaming himself. At Sam’s funeral, Ken was spotted by Yukio Oikawa, a workmate of his father’s, who was at the time possessed by Myotismon’s digital “ghost.” Oikawa knew he was DigiDestined, and then sent him an anonymous e-mail, telling him of the DigiWorld, which Ken had forgotten about. At the e-mail’s urging, Ken used the Digivice again, but the Dark Spore within him used it to open a gate to the World of Darkness. There, Ken dipped his Digivice in the Dark Ocean, converting it into the Dark D-3, and activating the Dark Spore within him, allowing it’s power to fulfil Ken’s desire of being more like Sam, to fill the void in his parents’ lives.
As time went on, the Spore endowed Ken with genius-level intelligence, and enhanced his physical capabilities, making him a soccer and judo champion. He buried himself in his studies, and soon became a media darling, like his brother before him, and won the attention of his fawning parents. However, as the Spore continued its work, Ken became apathetic towards society, viewing mankind as insects, beneath his notice. Ken returned to the DigiWorld, and, through the subtle, unseen manipulations of Arukenimon and Mummymon, Oikawa’s creations, assumed the guise of the Digimon Emperor.
As the Emperor, Ken had many conflicts with the new DigiDestined ­(see the Digimon Emperor entry for full details). When his hatred of those beneath him grew too much, he abandoned Earth to live in the DigiWorld, assuming the Emperor identity permanently. His parents, with no knowledge of where he had gone, were panicked, and made various televised pleas to try and find Ken, but they were in vain.
When his genetically engineered creation, Kimeramon, turned on him, and was subsequently defeated by Magnamon, Ken couldn’t believe that he had lost. He proclaimed he would reset the DigiWorld, thinking it was just a computer program. When the DigiDestined explained to him that it was a real place, and that Digimon were living creatures, Ken snapped, realising the cruelty he had inflicted. His Emperor costume deleted around him, and the Spore deactivated, restoring him to normal. The Digi-Egg of Miracles reverted into his Crest of Kindness, and then Wormmon, who had given up his energy to empower Magnamon, deleted in his arms. Numbly, Ken staggered off, to return home.
Ken slept for days, in a pseudo-coma, where memories of his brother, the Digivice, and his first trip to the DigiWorld returned in his mind. When he awoke, he had amnesia, and could not remember his parents. He travelled to the DigiWorld, where, at Primary Village, he found Leafmon, the reborn Baby form of Wormmon.
A little later, Ken and Minomon (Leafmon’s Digivolved form) awoke one night, to see a mysterious woman in Ken’s room – it was, in fact, Arukenimon, investigating Ken after his reversion to normal, but they did not know this at the time. Ken and Wormmon tracked her into the DigiWorld, and Wormmon Digivolved to Stingmon to defeat a Thundermon she created from a Control Spire. The DigiDestined were all shocked to see this, as they had thought Thundermon was a real, living Digimon. Davis still wanted to ask Ken to join the team, but none of the other DigiDestined liked the idea, particularly not Yolei and Cody. Ken and Stingmon continued to knock down Control Spires, so Arukenimon could not transform them, and then came to help the other kids battle a Golemon created by her. Yolei admitted her feelings about Ken to herself.
After that, the DigiDestined continued to rebuild the damaged areas of the DigiWorld, but then received a messaged from Izzy about a warp emanating from the area in which Ken’s old base crashed. Izzy called the Ichijouji home, and Wormmon answered, managing to drag Ken away from a confrontation with Arukenimon to go and help. While battle an Okuwamon created by Arukenimon, Davis slapped some sense into Ken, and Ken realised that Davis wanted to be his friend. At that moment, with their hearts and minds united, Davis’s ExVeemon and Ken’s Stingmon DNA Digivolved into Paildramon. When the Crest of Kindness failed to stabilise the warp, Paildramon destroyed the reactor’s power source, shutting it down.
after, Arukenimon lured the DigiDestined, along with Ken, to the Giga House, where she attacked them with an army of mind-controlled insect Digimon. Ken and Stingmon wound up trapped in a giant washing machine, only to be saved by Cody and Submarimon. Ken thanked him, but Cody just said he was paying him back for saving him from Thundermon. When the DigiDestined were able to free the insect Digimon, Arukenimon, in a fit of rage, revealed her true Digimon form. Davis and Ken had ExVeemon and Stingmon DNA Digivolve again, and Paildramon defeated Arukenimon in battle, though she was then saved by Mummymon.
Ken was still uncomfortable around the other kids, particularly Cody, who still strongly disliked him. Davis and Yolei attempted to force them to work together to destroy a Control Spire, but they knew they were being tricked. Ken left, and the group was at a disadvantage then, when Arukenimon arrived with her newest creation, BlackWarGreymon. Yolei raced off to kind Ken, delivering a painful-looking slap to knock some sense into him. He submitted, and returned with her. Paildramon then battled, but was defeated by BlackWarGreymon.
While the kids were looking for Gatomon’s lost tail ring, Ken, Yolei and Kari accidentally stumbled through a phase warp into the World of Darkness. Kari and Ken were each both shocked to discover that the other had seen the Dark Ocean before.
This appeared to mark Ken’s unofficial joining of the team. While he did not hang around with them outside of the DigiWorld, when they went in, they would always meet up with Ken. He had become their friend, but he himself still had trouble accepting their friendship, still feeling guilty for his deeds as the Emperor.
When Yolei went to Kyoto on a class trip, she left Poromon with Izzy. Izzy and Ken engaged in a discussion about the nature of the DigiWorld, and how people’s subconscious minds affect and shape it. The two were not-so-subtly arguing over which of the two of them was smarter, when they were alerted to a situation developing in Kyoto – Digimon had begun to appear, after BlackWarGreymon had destroyed another Destiny Stone. Ken used the DigiWorld to hop to Kyoto and give Yolei Poromon, before joining Davis and the others in the fight against Arukenimon and Mummymon (even though, according to Kari in episode 38, he shouldn’t have been able to do this).
Ken then helped out in all the battles against BlackWarGreymon, trying to prevent him from destroying the Destiny Stones. Ken was late in arriving when the final Destiny Stone was located, but after a quick meal, the Digmon were fighting fit, and able to hold off BlackWarGreymon long enough for the kids to free Azulongmon.
On Christmas Eve, Ken hesitantly invited the other DigiDestined to his Christmas party – even Cody was happy to accept, having realised by now that Ken was sorry for what he had done, and having gained a better understanding of the powers of darkness after learning about their effect on T.K. The party was cut short by the appearance of a Control Spire at Matt’s concert, but the Armour Digimon took it down, and then De-Digivolved and DNA Digivolved to work with the older kids’ Digimon to send the wild Digimon who had appeared back to the DigiWorld.
Wild Digimon then began to appear all over Earth, and Ken was caught up in a battle with a Triceramon. Davis rushed to his aid, but Mummymon also joined the battle. In Izzy’s apartment, where all the other DigiDestined had congregated, Gennai appeared, and released the power of one of Azulongmon’s Digi-Cores, giving Paildramon the power to become Imperialdramon and defeat Triceramon. Davis and Ken then quickly flew around Japan on Imperialdramon, rounding up all the other Digimon that had appeared.
Ken and Wormmon then went with Matt and Gabumon to Mexico City to search for wild Digimon. They had some difficulty getting inside the Mayan Ruins, but were able to gain access thanks to Gennai’s Mexican clone, José. Inside, they met Rosa, a young Mexican DigiDestined, who dubbed Ken “cute” and quickly developed a crush on him. Wormmon vied with her for Ken’s attention, but when Wormmon became Stingmon in battle with a Minotarumon and Dokugumon, she thought that he was “the greatest.” Ken and Wormmon left Rosa home, and then they, Matt and Gabumon met back up with Davis and Veemon, to have them form Imperialdramon again, to go around gathering up everyone.
Back in Tokyo, Ken’s mother was relieved to see him home safe. During the night, Ken had a dream of his time in the DigiWorld with Ryo, and remembered the Dark Spore entering him. Unaware of it’s significance, Ken asked Wormmon if he remembered anything about that time, and Wormmon told him about how he had “hurt his neck.”
The next day, evil Digimon known as the Daemon Corps began to appear in Tokyo, wreaking havoc. Ken, Davis, Tai, Izzy and their Digimon faced off with SkullSatamon, who defeated MegaKabuterimon and MetalGreymon, and paralysed Imperialdramon. Everyone else showed up, but the villain easily defeated them. The original eight Digimon gave their energy to Imperialdramon, giving him enough energy to Mode Change to his Fighter Mode and destroy SkullSatamon. At that point, the Daemon Corps’ leader, Daemon himself, appeared, and, seeking to use the Dark Spore for his own purposes, demanded that Ken come with him. Arukenimon appeared with a truck full of kidnapped children, and said she would free them if Ken came with her. Ken reluctantly agreed.

Once inside the truck, Ken met Oikawa, who explained about the Dark Spore, and how he planned to copy it into the other children, who had all been taken willingly. Oikawa had successfully replicated the Spore when Daemon attacked at Highton View Terrace. Oikawa was all to happy to surrender Ken this time, but Davis arrived and stopped the exchange. Paildramon went up against Daemon, but the demon Digimon grew to an immense height. The other kids and their Digimon arrived, and Imperialdramon, Silphymon and Shakkoumon held Daemon off long enough, so that Ken could draw of the power of the Spore within him, to open a gateway into the World of Darkness, as he had done years before. The other kids supported him, giving their strength and energy to him, allowing him to open the gateway, through which Daemon was sent.
That evening, Ken introduced his stunned parents to Wormmon, and the following day, now aware of what was going on, Ken’s father was happy to help the children look for Oikawa. Arukenimon, Mummymon and Oikawa hid out on Mount Fuji, but BlackWarGreymon arrived on Earth, intent on destroying them all. Tai and Kari arrived to try and stop the battle – without Oikawa, they would be unable to remove the Dark Spores from the children. Agumon Warp-Digivolved to WarGreymon, and engaged BlackWarGreymon in battle, while Ken and Davis directed traffic away from the battleground. When the fight spread into a nearby town, Ken and Davis had Imperialdramon join the conflict. The combined power of WarGreymon and Imperialdramon was enough to defeated BlackWarGreymon.
Two days later, Ken was trailing Noriko, one of the girls infected with a Dark Spore, when she turned on him, and told him to leave her alone. Davis showed up, just as Noriko’s Spore began to bloom – which heralded the arrival of Oikawa, who absorbed the energy from the flowered Spore, and then fatally injured BlackWarGreymon.
The next day, Ken and the other DigiDestined (sans Tai and Sora) were standing watch at Highton View Terrace, waiting for the Spore kids to arrive. When they were all congregated there, Oikawa arrived, and began the process that would have the Spores convert the children’s energies into an energy he could use to enter the DigiWorld. Ken demanded to know why he had been chosen, and what the Control Spires were for. Oikawa happily explained, and then opened the portal. The newer DigiDestined followed him, only to discover that they weren’t in the DigiWorld at all, but some bizarre other dimension, where Myotismon’s “ghost” vacated Oikawa’s body, and used the power of the Spores to transform himself into MaloMyotismon.
MaloMyotismon subjected the kids to illusions of their greatest desires. For Ken, on some subconscious level, his desire was to see himself punished for what he did as the Digimon Emperor, and to have his brother back. So, his illusion consisted of an Ken as an adultimage of the Digimon Emperor, bound to a rock pillar, being bludgeoned by all the Digimon he had abused, until his body deleted. Ken broke down, until an image of Sam appeared, making Ken an offer – if he stayed with him, he would make everything all right. Ken was ready to accept, until Wormmon broke the illusion. Angry at having been manipulated yet again, Ken released his guilt, crying out that he wasn’t the Emperor any more, and that he had been punished enough. He and the other kids then went on to battle MaloMyotismon, using the power of the dimension to their own ends, by allowing their Digimon to Digivolve to ALL their separate forms at once.

MaloMyotismon fled into the DigiWorld, where he absorbed the darkness that had been growing there since the disruption of the boundaries, becoming more powerful. Then, he began to spread his darkness all over Earth, even as all the Digimon of the world’s DigiDestined arrived. Acting as beacons, the Digimon pulled the other DigiDestined from Earth into the DigiWorld, their bond opening the gate. Davis, Ken and the others managed to get the Spore kids to talk about their dreams, the energy of which was able to suppress MaloMyotismon’s darkness, causing his body to delete. Then, the DigiDestined powered up Imperialdramon with their Digivices, and he used his Giga Crusher attack to destroy Myotismon’s spirit once and for all.
Three months later, it was discovered that Diaboromon had survived his battle with Omnimon four years beforehand, and has used the time in between to reproduce as millions of Kuramon. While Tai, Matt and Omnimon battled Diaboromon online, the other kids were sent to track down the Kuramon who were appearing in the real world. Ken and Davis were able to persuade a little girl who had found one to give it to them, and then, when they were on a train, a swarm of Kuramon emerged from some passengers' cell phones, and they were able to gather them up. In the city centre, when they learned that Kari and T.K. had gone to help Omnimon, Davis demanded that the gate be opened for him to go to Kari, but wound up playing into Diaboromon's hands - the gate was opened so wide that even though Omnimon had destroyed Diaboromon, all the remaining Kuramon escaped through the gate into the real world, where they merged into Armageddemon in Tokyo Harbour. Ken and Davis raced to get there, where they then struggled to get to their partners through a crowd, until Davis screamed in anger, and the crowd parted for them. Veemon and Wormmon became Imperialdramon, who was then given Omnimon's power, and transformed into his Paladin Mode. His Omega Sword caused Armageddemon to discorporate, and everyone channelled their Digivices and cell phones through the sword to absorb the Kuramon.
Twenty-five years into the future, the portal to the DigiWorld remains open, and Wormmon is still at Ken’s side. Ken and Yolei have married, and had three children – a boy, who looks like Ken, with Yolei’s hair colour, a girl who looks like Yolei with Ken’s hair colour, and a baby of unidentified gender. Ken has become a police detective, aided in his operations by Stingmon.
Ken first appears, as the Digimon Emperor, in “Enter Flamedramon.” He first appears as himself in “A New Digitude.” He is changed back from being the Emperor in “The Crest of Kindness,” and his origins are revealed in “Genesis of Evil.” His voice is supplied by Derek Stephen Prince.


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Digimon Adventure 02 episode #8
English version written by Charlotte Fullerton. Mysteriously, only the name “Charlotte” appears for the writing credit this episode, but we attribute this episode to Fullerton on the basis that she is the only other Charlotte who’s ever written an episode.
Davis plays in a soccer game against the infamous Ken Ichijouji. Then, in the DigiWorld, the Digimon Emperor apparently captures the other DigiDestined, and makes Davis chose which one will be saved from the wrath of Deltamon. However, they are revealed to be Bakemon in disguise, and in a scuffle, the Emperor’s true identity is revealed – he is really Ken Ichijouji!