Daisy – real name unknown – is a member of the Monster Makers, the group that designed and created the artificial life forms in the 1980’s that would become Digimon.
Roughly twenty years later, Daisy and the other Monster Makers – sans Shibumi - were reunited by Yamaki and Hypnos, in order to learn more about Digimon, so that they could destroy them. However, when the Juggernaut system failed to destroy Vikaralamon, Yamaki was fired from his position.
Later, when Yamaki made contact with the Tamers, who had travelled to the Digital World to rescue Calumon from the Devas, he called Daisy and the other Monster Makers together again so they could explain the situation to the kids’ parents. Daisy and the others then started work on building an ark to bring the kids home. An attack by the D-Reaper on the Hypnos processor almost delayed their plans, but they were able to utilise the processing power of computers from all across the world to finish their calculations and send the ark into the Digital World to bring the children home. But it wasn’t over – the D-Reaper followed the kids back through to Earth, and immediately infested the Shinjuku area, causing the Monster Makers and Hypnos staff to flee the building and set up a new temporary base of operations, where Shibumi joined them.
When the ark, which had become sentient, contacted Yamaki via his computer, Yamaki went to Daisy with the information. The Monster Makers then decided to modify the ark into a “battle steed” to help the Tamers – Daisy was the one primarily responsible for designing the ark’s new physical appearance, turning it into Grani. It Bio-Emerged just in time to join the battle against the Optimizer. Daisy and Riley then set about modifying Grani and equipping it with the Yuggoth Blaster.
Later, after they had to move out of their temporary base and relocate, the sensors planted within the D-Reaper by Johnny Beckenstein and the Global Taskforce revealed to the Monster Makers that the D-Reaper was a quantum bubble. With this knowledge, they formulated their final strategy against the D-Reaper, Operation: Doodlebug, using MegaGargomon to create a vortex within the D-Reaper’s mass and activating the Juggernaut, returning the D-Reaper to the Digital World and devolving it to a harmless state.
Daisy first appears in a flashback in “Duel with the Deva.” She first appears in real time in “Out of the Blue.” Her voice is supplied by Wendee Lee.
Group: Dark Dragon – Level: Champion – Type: Virus – Attack Techniques: Dark Flare, Snipe Fang
When a DarkLizardmon Bio-Emerged into the real world, she was attacked by Takato and Guilmon, and defeated. Then, suddenly, Hypnos helicopters appeared, and DarkLizardmon was incapacitated by gas bombs, even as she begged Takato to make her stronger. Yamaki took DarkLizardmon back to the Hypnos headquarters, where she was experimented upon, as they tried to learn more about Digimon. The subsequent data scan inflicted upon her dissipated her data, which was then destroyed.
DarkLizardmon appears in “Juggernaut.” Her voice is supplied by Barbara Goodson.
Name: From “dark” and “lizard.” Bandai of America calls this Digimon “Darkrizamon,” which comes from an incorrect romanisation of the character’s Japanese name, “Darklizamon.”
Group: Dinosaur – Level: Champion – Type: Virus – Attack Techniques: Fire Blast, Iron Tail
While in the circuit-grid area between the real world and the Digital World, Calumon was pursued by a Maildramon, and was almost stomped by it, when a DarkTyrannomon appeared and tackled it. The DarkTyrannomon was pinned, but then Digivolved into a MetalTyrannomon, and destroyed the Maildramon. Kazu and Takato were then seen playing this same battle in the Digimon card game. Later, another DarkTyrannomon was among the many Digimon seen through the rip in the sky during Vikaralamon's rampage.
A DarkTyrannomon first appears in “Guilmon Comes Alive.”
Name: From “dark” and “tyrannosaurus,” a kind of dinosaur. “Tyrannosaurus” means “tyrant lizard.”
Data Streams are beams of energy that connect the real world to the Digital World. When an online computer performs an action on Earth, a data stream draws the required digital information from the surface of the Digital World, and transports it to the location on Earth desired by the user. Shortly after their arrival in the Digital World, the Tamers were separated when Kazu, Kenta, Rika and Renamon were swept up by a Data Stream. Later, after they were all reunited, during a battle with Beelzemon, they were caught up in a storm caused by the activation of the unstable Juggernaut program, and another Data Steam tore Takato, Henry and Terriermon away from the group once more. When they, along with Suzie and Lopmon, were confronted by Beelzemon once again, the other Tamers and Digimon heard Takato’s voice emanating from a Data Stream, and rode it straight to the site of the confrontation.
Data Streams first appear in “Brave New Digital World.”
DigiDestined boy from the second season of the Digimon animated television series. Coined the phrase “Bull’s-eye, baby!” which Takato is fond of using. Not in the original, though. Also, the narrator for the US version of the series is credited as “Davis,” and is voiced by Brian Donovan, Davis’s voice actor.
Group: Sea Animal - Level: Armour - Type: Data - Attack Techniques: Bubble Bomb, Marine Knives
Depthmon was one of the Digimon guarding VP Labs when Takato and Kai ventured there to rescue Minami. Attacking their boat from beneath the water, Depthmon seized Seasarmon and dragged him below the waves - but he was no match for the canine creature's power, and was quickly and easily destroyed.
Depthmon appears in "Battle of Adventurers." Depthmon is never fully visible - only his arms are clearly seen, as he grabs Seasarmon. Depthmon is the Armour Digivolved from of Veemon with the Digi-Egg of Reliability
Name: From "depth."
Group: Bird – Level: Ultimate – Type: Data - Attack Techniques: Royal Smasher, Beak Buster
A Deramon was among the shadowed Digimon who wanted Rika to tame them. As seen in “O Partner, Where Art Thou?”
Name: From "derakkusu," the
Japanese pronunciation of the word "deluxe."
The twelve Devas were the servant of Zhuqiaomon, created by him from the data of deceased Digimon to go into the real world and search for a new power source to replace the lost Shining Digivolution. They were styled after the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, and named after the respective twelve “real” Devas from Sanskrit mythology – they were Mihiramon, Sandiramon, Sinduramon, Pajiramon, Vajramon, Indramon, Kumbhiramon, Vikaralamon, Makuramon, Chatsuramon, Majiramon and Antylamon. Chatsuramon is apparently their leader, but seems to have a rivalry with Makuramon.
When the Juggernaut program was first activated, it created a gateway to the Digital World, through which Mihiramon was able to travel. The other Devas then subsequently used it to enter the real world, but were destroyed one by one by Earth’s Tamers until Makuramon successfully managed to capture Calumon and return him to the Digital World. The Tamers followed, and in the following battles, the remaining Devas were destroyed, save for Antylamon, the rabbit Deva, who became the partner of Suzie.
Mihiramon is the first Deva to appear, in “Grow Mon Grow.” The Devas in Sanskrit myth battled the demon, Asura, and so many fans thought that Asuramon would be the final villain of Tamers, but it was not to be.
Group: Dark Dragon – Level: Champion – Type: Virus – Crimson Claw, Red Eyes
While wandering in the park after scaring some humans, Impmon came across a Devidramon, who was still within a Digital Field, in the process of Bio-Emerging. As Impmon teased it, it emerged from the field, and flew over the city, seeking an opponent. Upon seeing Guilmon, he attacked him – Takato slashed several Modify Cards, but Guilmon was ultimately no match for Devidramon. As Devidramon pinned him, Takato called out to him, apologising for being mad at him before. Calumon floated onto the scene, and his powers activated, causing Guilmon to Digivolve into Growlmon. The battle that followed was fierce, with Devidramon flying Growlmon into the air and dropping him, but Growlmon then destroyed Devidramon with his Pyro Blaster and absorbed his data.
Devidramon appears in “A Question of Trust.” His vocal effects are supplied by Tom Wyner.
Name: From “devil” and “dragon,” which “dra” is short for.
Group: Evil - Level: Champion - Type: Virus - Attack Techniques: Touch of Evil, Evil Wing
A Devimon was among the many Digimon that were seen through the rip in the sky during Vikaralamon’s rampage. As seen in “A World Apart.”
Name: From "devil."
Group: Unidentified – Level: Mega – Type: Unidentified – Attack Techniques: Web Wrecker, Cable Crusher
While wandering the Digital World dejectedly, Beelzemon was set upon by a swarm of Chrysalimon, but wouldn’t fight back, no longer wanting the power that had been given to him. As the Chrysalimon swarmed over his body, meanwhile, elsewhere, Calumon released the light of the Shining Digivolution. The Chrysalimon were exposed to the light, and Digivolved together into three Diaboromon. The Diaboromon then joined up with the other Digimon created by the light at the site of its release, to prepare for the coming battle against the D-Reaper.
The Diaboromon appear in “Janyu’s Ark.”
Name: From “diablo,” Spanish for “devil.”
giggling, glowing DigiGnomes were the first
artificial lifeforms to be created, in 1980's, and are a separate
form of life to Digimon, who evolved from the Digital
World itself. They have the power to "grant wishes"
by helping others with their strange powers.
When the fledgling Digital World was attacked by the D-Reaper in 1990, the DigiGnomes were there to see it. In the year 200X, when the D-Reaper returned, awakened by the excess data created by Digivolution, Azulongmon thought that Digivolution should be abandoned all together – and so he had the DigiGnomes transform the Shining Digivolution, the source of power that allowed Digimon to Digivolve, to hide it from the D-Reaper. And so it became a Digimon – Calumon, who soon wound up in the real world.
At the same time, however, the Digi-Gnomes were also putting their own plans in motion, using the evolution algorithm written by Shibumi of the Monster Makers to create Blue Cards in the real world, partnering Digimon with human beings. When Takato Matsuki discovered a Blue Card, which wound up transforming his card reader into a D-Power Digivice, he tried to swipe a drawing of his self-created Digimon, Guilmon, though it - and the DigiGnomes saw it, scanned the drawing, and used packets of data to make Guilmon real.
Some time later, Calumon was captured by Makuramon and taken back to the Digital World. However, in transit, Calumon’s cage got stuck in the circuit-wall between the worlds – the DigiGnomes had seen to it, and then made Makuramon lose his grip on the cage, and freed Calumon.
When Calumon was wandering around the Digital World, and started playing with a Digital Tumbleweed, some DigiGnomes appeared and flew along with him as he sang. But then, when his Digivolution powers activated, the light created drew the attention of Makuramon and Majiramon, scaring the DigiGnomes away.
When Rika and Renamon were travelling through a forest, some DigiGnomes appeared. Renamon was able to tell Rika what they were, and then, while Rika waited for her to return with food, she wondered where she could find some water, and they led her to a river. They tried to warn her of a coming wave, but were too late, as she was swept away – only to be rescued by Calumon.
After being separated from the others by another Data Stream, Takato, Henry and Terriermon wound up on the water plain of the Digital World, where they encountered more DigiGnomes, who led them to Shibumi’s library. There, Shibumi explained to the trio about his involvement in the creation of Digimon, about the Blue Cards and about the DigiGnomes. The DigiGnomes themselves created a little holographic display, from which Shibumi interpreted Guilmon’s origins.
When Suzie was pulled into the Digital World, she met Antylamon, and convinced her to play, running around on her back. As they did so, some DigiGnomes appeared, and they ran after them for kicks. Shortly after, when Takato, Henry and Terriermon arrived, the DigiGnomes appeared again and fluttered around them, but flew off towards Zhuqiaomon’s castle before Takato could ask them any questions.
Later, after the Tamers’ battle with Zhuqiaomon was interrupted by Azulongmon, who then explained the true nature of the situation, and about their “true enemy,” the DigiGnomes arrived with Shibumi, who was able to tell the Tamers that “D-Reaper” was the true enemy’s name. After Calumon was rescued from the D-Reaper, the four Sovereign instructed him to release the light of the Shining Digivolution. With aid from the DigiGnomes, who sacrificed themselves to make it possible, the light was shone all across the Digital World, causing many Digimon to Digivolve in preparation for the coming battles against the D-Reaper.
As the ark created by the Monster Makers was returning to the real world, Kenta discovered MarineAngemon and a Digivice in his pocket, and realised he was a Tamer. As Henry wondered how he had got in there, a single DigiGnome was seen outside the ark, flying away.
Some time later, after the D-Reaper had followed the kids back into the real world, while the final battle against it raged, the injured Impmon was being cared for by his Tamers, Ai and Mako. As the three reconciled their differences, a Digivice appeared for them – and as they reached for it, outside of the bus they were on, a single DigiGnome flew away.
With the D-Reaper’s defeat, the children’s partner Digimon had to return to the Digital World, or they would be destroyed. Time passed, and things returned to normal... but then, one day, as Takato walked by Guilmon’s old hideaway in the park, a solitary DigiGnome appeared in the sky – it had granted Takato’s biggest wish, and the portal to the Digital World was open once more. As a consequence, the Tamers were reunited with their partners, and, months later, were caught up in a battle with many Parasimon. In the aftermath of that conflict, when Parasimon's victim, GrandLocomon, returned to the Digital World, some DigiGnomes were seen flying around.
DigiGnomes first appear in “Brave New Digital World,” but they are not referred to by name until “The Imperfect Storm.”
Digi-Modifying originated in the Digimon card and video games – you would put into play or swipe through a card reader a Modify Card, which would give your Digimon extra powers, abilities or weapons to enhance it’s chances in battle.
When they became partners with real Digimon, Earth’s Tamers were able to slash Modify Cards through their D-Power Digivices, actually endowing their Digimon partners with the powers the card supplied.
Digi-Modifying first occurs in “Guilmon Comes Alive.” In Japan, it is known simply as “card slashing.”
The creatures that became known as “Digimon” started out as the product of an experiment into creating artificial life by the group known as the Monster Makers. Using images created by their children – primarily the son of Rob McCoy (aka Dolphin) - the group was successfully able to program simplistic artificial digital beings, and instilled a survival instinct program in them – but when their funding was pulled, the project was shut down.
However, that was not the end of it. The digital lifeforms accidentally found their way into the network “Digital World” – an alternate reality created by the ABC and ENIAC computers, a world composed purely of digital information. And in this Digital World, the creatures grew and flourished, and were joined by beings that evolved on their own, from the Digital World itself, the DigiGnomes. However, in the early days of life in the Digital World, these “digital monsters” – Digimon – and the DigiGnomes were attacked by the reaper, a computer program designed to delete excess data and control the growth of artificial intelligence. Many Digimon were deleted by the reaper, but as it destroyed them, it absorbed their data, and was mutated by it, burying itself away beneath the Digital World, where it slumbered, and evolved.
Meanwhile, in the real world, Goro Mizuno – aka Shibumi – the eccentric member of the Monster Makers, had not stopped working on the Digimon project, and wrote an algorithm that would allow Digimon to evolve beyond their original specifications. With the reaper gone, Digimon were free to evolve again – and the Digital World grew with them. Four Digimon eventually evolved to the highest stages, becoming the ruling “gods” of the Digital World – the four Digimon Sovereign, Azulongmon, Zhuqiaomon, Ebonwumon and Baihumon.
In the year 1997, in the real world, the Digimon concept was turned into a children’s virtual pet game. In 1998 it became a card game, and in 1999, an animated series was created, a second season of which followed in 2000 – all of which were major hits with children, making Digimon incredibly popular. The animated series was what we know as the first two seasons of the show. The dub made several references to it, but in the original Japanese version, it was never referenced, leading many to believe that it did not exist in the original. However, it did - in the original planning packet, Chiaki Konaka noted that he deliberately did not want the TV series mentioned, at least in the first half of the series, but considered the possibility of some of it's characters appearing later in Tamers. Ultimately, this was not done, but it seems likely that this is where US producer Terri-Lei O'Malley got the idea that the Adventure kids would appear in season three, as she stated that they would during a webchat in early 2001. By the year 2001, a Japanese organisation known as Hypnos, which had been set up to intercept worldwide communications, had become aware that Digimon actually did exist autonomously within the network world, and set up protocols to deal with them as they tried to Bio-Emerge into the real world.
In an effort to further the bond between humans and Digimon, the DigiGnomes used Shibumi’s evolution algorithm to make Blue Cards, which gave humans D-Powers and brought Digimon partners into the real world for them.
Digimon, as you might well expect, are first referenced and first appear in “Guilmon Comes Alive.” The Monster Makers’ creation of them is first revealed in “Duel with the Deva.” Shibumi explains more about them and their connection to humans in “Shibumi Speaks.”
“DIGIMON, DIGIMON, EVERYWHERE”
Digimon Tamers episode #2
English version written by Seth Walther
Takato has to adjust to life with Guilmon, hiding him from his parents, but he’s unable to stop him from following him to school. As Takato searches for him he encounters Henry and Terriermon – and then, after he and Guilmon are reunited, they’re attacked by Rika and Renamon!
Episode Trivia - The title of this episode comes from a verse within the poem, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, which reads: "Water, water, every where/And all the boards did shrink/Water, water, every where/Nor any drop to drink," which in itself has, over time, become the saying: "Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink." Upon it’s first airing in the US, this episode was combined with “Guilmon Comes Alive” to form an hour-long season premiere special.
The Digimon Sovereign (plural and singular term) are the four ruling “gods” of the Digital World – Azulongmon, Zhuqiaomon, Ebonwumon and Baihumon. The Sovereign inhabit the sixth, highest plain of the Digital World (pictured), along with the Shining Digivolution, the source of power that allows Digimon to Digivolve. Shibumi noted that as the Sovereign evolved to their highest forms, trying to distance themselves from humans, they ironically took on the forms of old human gods (the four gods of the city of Kyoto).
When the D-Reaper returned to attack the Digital World, the Sovereign could not agree on a strategy. Zhuqiaomon wanted to have Digimon Digivolve and fight, while Azulongmon decided that they should abandon Digivolving, as it was what had created the excess data that had awoken the D-Reaper in the first place. He had the DigiGnomes turn the Shining Digivolution into Calumon, who wound up in the real world.
Zhuqiaomon then created the Devas to go into the real world and search for a new power source – he was unaware that Calumon had been sent there. As the Devas battled with Earth’s Digimon Tamers, they spoke of “the Digimon Sovereign” – apparently meaning only Zhuqiaomon.
When the Tamers came to the Digital World in pursuit of Calumon, who had been captured by Makuramon, they were scattered across it’s plains, and Takato, Henry and Terriermon met Shibumi, who explained to them about the four Sovereigns, and the plain on which they dwelt. As the Tamers then battled with Zhuqiaomon, Azulongmon appeared to stop the fighting and explain the true nature of the situation. Ebonwumon and Baihumon soon arrived – the latter have just battled the D-Reaper – and convinced Calumon to release the power of the Shining Digivolution, Digivolving many Digimon in preparation for the battles against the D-Reaper that would follow.
The Tamers were sent back to Earth, but the D-Reaper followed them and battled them there, while the Sovereign struggled with it in the Digital World, in vain. During the final confrontation, the Sovereign were able to remove the Cable Reaper from the fight, and enabled MegaGargomon to activate the Juggernaut program and win the day.
The Digimon Sovereign (Zhuqiaomon) is first mentioned in “Grow Mon Grow.” Shibumi reveals there are four Sovereign in “Shibumi Speaks.”
Digimon Tamers is the Japanese name for the third season of the animated Digimon television series, which is set a different continuity to that of the first two seasons. In this world, Digimon were created by the Monster Makers, and are known to kids around the world as a cartoon, computer game and card game. The series focuses on Takato, Rika, Henry and their friends – all players of these games and viewers of the cartoon – as they discover that Digimon are real, and become partners with them. But there’s more that meets the eye to this adventure, as the sinister government Hypnos organisation works to destroy Digimon, and the enigmatic Calumon helps their Digimon to Digivolve. When the Devas come to Earth, and Calumon is captured, the Tamers follow into the Digital World, where they encounter the Digimon Sovereign, and are enlisted in the battle against the deadly D-Reaper, which threatens to delete both Earth and the Digital World.
Suitably darker than either of the two previous seasons, Digimon Tamers comprises 51 episodes, and the movies, "The Adventurers' Battle" and "Runaway Digimon Express," neither of which have been released in the west. Digimon Tamers is the brainchild of Chiaki Konaka. The US version is produced by Terri-Lei O’Malley and directed by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.
Digimon Tamers episode #18
English version written by Adele Lim
Renamon is still missing after leaving with Vajramon, and Rika is preoccupied, causing her to run out of a fashion shoot organised by her mother. When a Digital Field appears, the Tamers arrive to find Vajramon trying to convince Renamon to serve the Digimon Sovereign. In the ensuing battle, Renamon becomes Taomon for the first time and destroys Vajramon.
When a Digimon attempts to breach the barrier between Earth and the Digital World, a Digital Field appears – a field of energy created by Earth’s natural electrical waves responding to the digital information that the Digimon emit, which manifests itself as a cloud of fog-like particles. Within the fog, molecules reconstruct themselves, synthesising false proteins, allowing the Digimon to exist in the real world.
A Digital Field first appears in “Guilmon Comes Alive.”
A euphemism for the packets of discarded data that float around the Digital World. Calumon had fun playing with one, and the Gekomon mixed them into the drinks they were forced to make for Orochimon, to give him strength. The Tamers used some of the Gekomon’s data packets to heal the injured Andromon. Shibumi thought that the DigiGnomes combined several of them together to create Guilmon.
Digital tumbleweed first appears in “Brave New Digital World.”
A bizarre alternate dimension, composed entirely of digital matter, the Digital World is a dangerous place, yet is also inextricably linked to the real world, created as it was by it. Huge Data Streams connect the worlds, as digital matter from the Digital World is manipulated and utilised by computers on Earth. In the void between the Digital World and the real world, there is a warped area where reality is in flux, and is defined only by the perceptions of those within it.
Created in the early portion of the twentieth century in all realities by the ABC and ENIAC computers, the Digital World for the Tamers dimension was simply a barren desert, which became home to the digital life forms created by the Monster Makers in the 1980s – the Digimon. Some organisms even evolved on their own from the Digital World – the DigiGnomes. But in the early days of life in the Digital World, it was attacked by the deadly D-Reaper deletion program, which had been created to destroy all artificial intelligence that moved beyond its limits. However, as it deleted many Digimon, it absorbed their data, and was mutated by it, gaining sentience and more power. It entered a period of inactivity, and buried itself away, deep beneath the Digital World.
Time passed, and four Digimon evolved into their highest stages, becoming the “gods” of the Digital World – the four Digimon Sovereign, Azulongmon, Baihumon, Ebonwumon and Zhuqiaomon. The Digital World eventually grew to be composed of six plains – the earliest was the desert, while the sixth, highest plain, was where the Sovereigns dwelled, along with the Shining Digivolution - the power source that provided the energy to allow Digimon to Digivolve. On the four plains in between are "miniverses" - specialised environments created by the Digimon that inhabit them. There are a great many of them, but ones seen included: an area of clouds and clockwork, a warped, black-and-white town, an area of forests, lakes and rivers, a 'world' entirely composed of water, and a region of ice.
However, as the Digital World grew and Digivolution continued, the excess data created re-awakened the D-Reaper, which planned to delete the entire Digital World. The Digital World was in peril, and the Sovereigns could not agree upon what to do. Azulongmon made his move to banish Digivolution entirely, as it was what had caused their problem in the first place, and had the DigiGnomes transform the Shining Digivolution into a Digimon form – that of Calumon. Calumon was soon expelled from the Digital World – but he was not the only Digimon to enter the real world. Many Digimon had begun to Bio-Emerge on Earth, and the government-sanctioned Hypnos organisation was charged with dealing with them. The organisation’s ultimate creation was the Juggernaut program, which would return all Digimon to the Digital World, and seal it off for good. However, when the Juggernaut was first activated, it provided a gateway to Earth for the Devas – creations of Zhuqiaomon, who sent them to Earth to find a new power source that they could use to Digivolve and grow stronger, so they could fight the D-Reaper. However, Makuramon found Calumon himself, and captured him, returning him to the Digital World, only to be pursued by Earth’s Digimon Tamers, who were promptly scattered across the Digital Worlds plains by the Data Streams.
After eventually reuniting on the highest plain, having survived a massive storm caused by the reactivation of the damaged and unstable Juggernaut, and defeating the remaining Devas, as well as Beelzemon, the Tamers had their showdown with Zhuqiaomon, only to have Azulongmon arrive and explain the true nature of the situation. When the Tamers subsequently returned to the real world, the D-Reaper went with them, having assumed the form of Jeri, and then began to spread across Earth. As the battle raged there, it so too raged in the Digital World, as the Sovereigns and the Digimon created by the power of the Shining Digivolution fought against the D-Reaper, all in vain, as nearly half of the Digital World was deleted.
Both Earth and the Digital World were saved by the Monster Makers, who used MegaGargomon to activate the Juggernaut program at the D-Reaper’s core, creating a vortex which drew it in and reverted it to it’s original, harmless program state. However, the Digimon had to go to, leaving their Tamers behind. But not long after, Takato discovered another portal to the Digital World, still open... and knew that their adventures as Tamers were not yet over.
The Tamers first go to the Digital World in “Brave New Digital World.” Note that, unlike season one and two, the Digital World is not referred to as “the DigiWorld” in Tamers.
The process by which Digimon change form and advance to the next stage of their life, gaining new powers and strength.
Digivolving in the Digital World was enabled by the “Shining Digivolution” – a power source that was kept on the plain inhabited by the four Digimon Sovereigns, which provided the energy that allowed Digimon to Digivolve. However, when the excess data created in the Digivolving process re-awakened the D-Reaper, Azulongmon decided that Digivolving should be abandoned. Through the power of the DigiGnomes, the Shining Digivolution was transformed into a Digimon form - Calumon. Calumon was soon expelled from the Digital World, and Digimon there were left with no way to Digivolve. That wasn’t the case for Digimon in the real world, however. Calumon still retained the power of Digivolution, although he was not aware of it, or even of his past, and was able to use it to make the Digimon partners of the Tamers Digivolve to their higher forms.
However, the mechanics of the Digivolution did not appear to be entirely reliant on Calumon. In fact, very rarely was it Calumon alone who instigated the Digivolution – most of the time, his power was used in conjunction with a ‘Digivolution’ Modify Card or a Blue Card, or simply at a moment of extreme emotion on the Tamer’s part. And Biomerge Digivolving didn’t rely on Calumon’s power at all.
This did not sit well with Zhuqiaomon, who believed that the Digimon should fight the D-Reaper, rather than hide from it. He created the Devas to go into the real world, and search for a new power source that would allow Digimon to Digivolve once more, to they could become powerful enough to battle the D-Reaper. However, Makuramon found Calumon, and brought him back to the Digital World. The Tamers followed, and after numerous battles with the Devas and Zhuqiaomon himself, the truth was revealed, and Calumon used his Digivolving powers to Digivolve all the Digimon in the Digital World.
Digivolving first occurs in “Guilmon Comes Alive,” when a DarkTyrannomon Digivolves into a MetalTyrannomon.
Group: Sea Animal – Level: Ultimate – Type: Data – Attack Techniques: Striking Fish, Fishing Rod
The first Divermon that any of the Tamers encountered appeared in Okinawa - one of the Digimon in pursuit of Minami Uehara. Watari Urazoe - grandfather of Takato's cousin, Kai - attempted to fight the creature, but was thrown aside. The Divermon pursue Kai and Minami, grabbing the girl, but then, Seasarmon emerged from her laptop and took the Divermon on, destroying it.
As seen in "Battle of Adventurers."
After being separated from their friends by a Data Stream, Takato, Henry and Terriermon wound up on the water plain of the Digital World, where they met some Otamamon, who ran away from them. Divermon appeared and attacked the trio, thinking they had attacked the Otamamon. Henry managed to knock his spear away and crash him into some rocks, and Terriermon finished him off with a Terrier Tornado. He then apologised, and they asked him if he could lead them to someplace that wasn’t made of water. He led them to a pipe, which took them to a crossroads of many tubes, where they met some DigiGnomes, who led them to Shibumi’s library.
This Divermon appears in “Shibumi Speaks.” His voice is supplied by Neil Kaplan, doing an impression of Bullwinkle J. Moose from “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.” The reason for this is that Kaplan has a fondness for the voice, performing skits with it in between takes in the recording studio.
Name: From “diver.”
“DIVIDED THEY STAND”
Digimon Tamers episode #12
English version written by Rebecca Olkowski
Renamon and Rika seem unable to reconcile their differences, despite help from Henry. Henry and Takato are approached by Yamaki and given a cryptic warning, and Jeri meets Guilmon. Renamon finds Impmon watching his former Tamers from afar, and is treated to a lecture on the merits of not having a partner. Then, in battle with Harpymon, Renamon is almost defeated, but is saved by the arrival of Rika, and Digivolves to Kyubimon to finish the fight. Rika and Renamon make their peace, but neither able to put their true feelings into words.
Episode Trivia - The title of this episode comes from a re-working of the saying, "United they stand, divided they fall."
Group: Animal – Level: Champion – Type: Vaccine – Attack Techniques: Grau Realm, Schwartz Strahl
Dobermon is apparently the partner of Alice, the gothic granddaughter of Doctor Rob McCoy, aka Dolphin of the Monster Makers. Shortly after Earth’s Digimon Tamers returned from the Digital World, only to be followed by the D-Reaper, Dobermon and Alice were given a mission by the Digimon Sovereign – to find the Tamers and bestow upon them the power to Biomerge in the real world. En route, they were attacked by a swarm of Bubbles, but were saved by the Tamers. As their Ultimate Digimon battled with a Creep Hands, Dobermon explained his mission, and then leapt into the sky, transforming himself into energy, which gave the Tamers the power to transform their bodies into data to enable Biomerging on Earth.
As the battle then raged, a small portion of the energy coalesced into the form of Dobermon’s head, and licked Alice’s cheek as a goodbye. After a subsequent battle, as Alice walked away, another cluster of the energy was seen, and Dobermon’s voice was heard, before it, and Alice too, vanished.
Dobermon first appears in “The
Messenger.” His voice is supplied by Michael
Sorich, and sounds remarkably like wrestler “Macho Man”
Randy Savage, but it’s probably not intentional. Note that
the attacks listed for Dobermon above are his Japanese attacks
– US names do not yet exist. Dobermon is another
fan-made Digimon - his design was the winning entry in the 2001
Suueisha Books Digimon Design Contest. The prize for the contest
this year was to have the winning Digimon design appear in the
Name: From "doberman," a breed of dog.
Group: Puppet – Level: Champion – Type: Data – Attack Techniques: Ultra Bite, Jesting Howling
The cartoonish, madcap Doggymon was encountered by Calumon while wandering the Digital World desert in search of the Tamers. Calumon tried to ask for help, but Doggymon responded by firing a stream of small projectiles at him. He then sniffed Calumon, and proclaimed him “lunch,” causing him to run off.
A Doggymon was also seen in the Digital World when Locomon returned there after the Parasimon conflict.
Doggymon first appears in "Goliath." His voice is supplied by Michael Sorich. The other Doggymon appearance is in "Runaway Digimon Express," the second Digimon Tamers movie (sixth movie overall), which has not been released in the west. Doggymon is another fan-made Digimon turned official.
Name: “Doggy” is a childish euphemism for “dog.”
Group: Insectoid – Level: Champion – Type: Virus – Attack Techniques: Poison Thread, Venom Blast
When a Dokugumon Bio-Emerged into the real world, it was immediately confronted by Rika and Renamon. She bound them both with her Poison Thread, but Renamon was able to free Rika with her Diamond Storm, and she slashed a Snimon Modify Card, giving Renamon his Twin Sickles, enabling her to free herself. The Dokugumon then caught Renamon in her mouth and tossed her aside, turning her Venom Blast on Rika. Renamon leapt in the way and took the attack for her, then collapsed. But when Rika pleaded for her not to leave her, Calumon appeared, and his powers activated, allowing Renamon to become Kyubimon for the first time. Kyubimon then set Dokugumon’s web aflame, and destroyed her with her Dragon Wheel attack, absorbing her data.
Dokugumon appears in “O Partner, Where Art Thou?” Her voice is supplied by Melodee Spevack.
Name: From “dokugumo,” Japanese for “poison spider.”
Doctor Rob McCoy – aka Dolphin – is a professor at Palo Alto University, and the man who began the project into the creation of artificial life that eventually spawned Digimon. In 1984, when he was an assistant professor at Palo Alto, he began his project, using drawings made by his son as a basis for his creature designs. McCoy was soon joined by students at the university - Janyu “Tao” Wong, Goro “Shibumi” Mizuno, Rai “Curly” Aishuwarya, “Babel” and “Daisy” (real names unknown) - and together, they formed the group known as the Monster Makers. They successfully created primitive artificial lifeforms, but before they could proceed any further, their funding was cut, and their project was shut down. However, the digital lifeforms accidentally found their way into the network’s “Digital World,” where they began to grow and flourish.
Roughly twenty years later, Dolphin and the other Monster Makers – sans Shibumi - were reunited by Yamaki and Hypnos, in order to learn more about Digimon, so that they could destroy them. However, when the Juggernaut system failed to destroy Vikaralamon, Yamaki was fired from his position.
Later, when Yamaki made contact with the Tamers, who had travelled to the Digital World to rescue Calumon from the Devas, he called Dolphin and the other Monster Makers together again so they could explain the situation to the kids’ parents. Dolphin related the origins of Digimon to the confused parents, and then he and the others then started work on building an ark to bring the kids home. Dolphin was responsible for programming the ark, and used the code from the original Digimon core program, as it was the only way he could make it work. An attack by the D-Reaper on the Hypnos processor almost delayed their plans, but they were able to utilise the processing power of computers from all across the world to finish their calculations and send the ark into the Digital World to bring the children home. But it wasn’t over – the D-Reaper followed the kids back through to Earth, and immediately infested the Shinjuku area, causing the Monster Makers and Hypnos staff to flee the building and set up a new temporary base of operations, where Shibumi joined them. Dolphin participated in a televised news report, explaining to the public about Digimon and their origins, and why they were not dangerous, and explained what the D-Reaper was. Footage was shown of him and his son, and of the many drawings his son made of different Digimon.
Meanwhile, however, Dolphin’s granddaughter, Alice, had been given a mission by the Digimon Sovereign, along with her partner, Dobermon. As Dobermon delivered the power to Biomerge to the Tamers, and during the following battles, Dolphin lamented over a photo of himself, his son, and Alice.
When the ark, which had become sentient as a result of Dolphin’s use of the Digimon code, contacted Yamaki via his computer, the Monster Makers decided to modify it into a “battle steed” to help the Tamers, turning it into Grani. It Bio-Emerged just in time to join the battle against the Optimizer.
Later, after they had to move out of their temporary base and relocate, the sensors planted within the D-Reaper by Johnny Beckenstein and the Global Taskforce revealed to the Monster Makers that the D-Reaper was a quantum bubble. With this knowledge, they formulated their final strategy against the D-Reaper, Operation: Doodlebug – but not to the Tamers knowledge. As the Biomerged Digimon battled within the D-Reaper, Dolphin, Yamaki and Janyu explained to Henry that they had put the Juggernaut program inside Terriermon, and instructed him on what to do. As MegaGargomon created a vortex within the D-Reaper’s mass, the Juggernaut was activated, sucking the D-Reaper through the wormhole, devolving it into a harmless state.
Dolphin first appears in a flashback in “Duel with the Deva.” He first appears in real time in “Out of the Blue.” His voice is supplied by Tom Fahn.
Group: Sea Animal - Level: Champion - Type: Vaccine - Attack Techniques: Pulse Blast, Dolphin Kick
A Dolphmon was among the shadowed Digimon who wanted Rika to tame them. As seen in “O Partner, Where Art Thou?” The silhouette of another was later seen when Terriermon played the Digimon computer game. As seen in “Juggernaut.”
Name: From "dolphin," a sea-dwelling mammal.
The D-Powers are the Digivices of the Digimon Tamers. Their design was originally conceived by the Monster Makers, as devices that would enable kids to communicate with and control Digimon on the ‘net. Shibumi considered them to be “arks,” which transported data, and could bring “kindred pairs” together – humans and Digimon – like the animals on Noah’s Ark, hence the comparison.
It’s possible that the prototype design for the D-Powers was adapted into the card-reading devices employed in the Digimon card and video games. When the DigiGnomes used Shibumi’s evolution algorithm to create Blue Cards, the card readers were transformed into colour-coded D-Powers when Takato, Rika and Henry slashed them. The D-Powers used by the Tamers could act like a compass to pinpoint the bio-signatures of Digimon, and would also display information on any Digimon encountered by them. In their sides is a slot through which the Tamers can slash Modify Cards, equipping their Digimon with special powers, weapons and abilities, in a process called Digi-Modifying.
Later, D-Powers would simply appear out of thin air whenever the other kids became Tamers – the work of the DigiGnomes again, logically. When Takato’s rage caused WarGrowlmon to become Megidramon, his D-Power shattered. After Takato and Guilmon merged into Gallantmon, a new D-Power appeared for Takato.
Takato’s D-Power is red, but his new
“ultimate” D-Power was a golden colour with extra
decals. Henry’s is green, Rika’s is blue, Jeri’s
is yellow, Kazu’s is brown, Suzie’s is pink and
Kenta’s is an off-white colour. Ryo’s is a little
different, in that his is blue where all the others are white,
and white where the differently coloured parts are on the others.
Shibumi had a giant D-Power shaped device in his library in the Digital World, which transported Takato, Henry and Terriermon to the Digital World's sixth plain - this was a precursor to the ark that the Monster Makers then built to bring the kids home, which was also based on the original D-Power design. That ark later became Grani.
D-Powers first appear in “Guilmon Comes Alive.” Henry’s father reveals a little more about them in “The Journey Begins.” Shibumi explains more about them in “Shibumi Speaks.”
Name: In Japan, the D-Powers are known as “D-Arcs” – this is where the whole “Noah’s Ark” thing, and the D-Power design actually *becoming* an ark to bring the kids home, really makes sense, (Ark/Arc, get it?), but it doesn’t quite make it intact to the US version. The kids more commonly call them “Digivices” in the US anyway.
“DREAM A LITTLE DREAM”
Digimon Tamers episode #5
English version written by Seth Walther
Calumon draws all over the school soccer field, and is then found by Takato and Guilmon. Takato and Henry are unable to think of a good Tamer for Calumon, and then, a Vilemon Bio-Emerges on the soccer field. Rika and Renamon arrive and defeat him, and Calumon bounces off to look for more people to play with.
Episode Trivia - The title of this episode comes from the 1968 Louis Armstrong song of the same name.
The D-Reaper’s simple red gelatinous form belies its true deadly nature, as a nigh-unstoppable force existing only to destroy. The matter that forms it is apparently capable of indefinite replication, enabling it to spread and cover massive areas. From this mass it can shape Agents – separate beings which are all controlled by the D-Reaper’s single consciousness, connected to it by a life cord. An ever-changing being, it evolves itself, altering it’s form and capabilities, through the study of other forms of life.
The D-Reaper began its “life” in 1970, as a program known as “the reaper,” created by the American Department of Defence to delete excess data and manage the growth of artificial intelligence. The reaper’s first job was to delete “the worm,” the very first computer virus. In the 80's, the reaper was used as the basis for the security system of “Project Echelon,” a worldwide communications interception network created by the US government to secretly monitor private information. Note that all this information is real and allegedly happened in the real world. The US government denies that Project Echelon even exists, but other countries that are a part of the project have come forward and admitted to its use.
In 1990, the reaper attacked the fledgling Digital World, which had recently become populated by the digital life forms created by the Monster Makers – the Digimon. It was the reaper’s job to control artificial intelligence, and so it set about deleting Digimon – but as it did so, it absorbed their data, and it began to mutate as a result. It buried itself away, beneath the Digital World, and slumbered as it transformed, into a being of sentience and great power.
In the year 200X, the reaper emerged again, awakened by the sheer amount of excess data that had been caused by Digivolving and the growth of the Digital World during it’s period of inactivity. Now it was the D-Reaper, and it set out to destroy all forms of life that it saw as having transgressed their boundaries – a deadly interpretation of it’s original programming - and Digimon were its first target. The four Digimon Sovereign attempted to quell it by abandoning Digivolving, trying to prove that they would not evolve to a threatening level of power, but this meant nothing to the D-Reaper.
When the Digimon Tamers came to the Digital World, they encountered the Sovereigns, who explained to them of their “true enemy” – it was Shibumi who was able to tell the Tamers that D-Reaper was it’s name. Even as this happened, Baihumon was engaged in battle with the D-Reaper, which then left to seek out Calumon, the source of Digivolving power. As the Tamers came to his rescue, Sakuyamon fended off the D-Reaper’s chaos for a short time, but it soon burst forth in a gusher, as a small portion of it possessed Jeri’s puppet, and lured her away from the other Tamers. The D-Reaper was able to capture her, and created the Jeri Type agent to take her place amongst the Tamers while it studied Jeri to learn more about humans. As the Tamers tried to leave the Digital World in an ark created by the Monster Makers, the D-Reaper attacked the Hypnos central processor, almost preventing the kids from escaping. However, the Monster Makers were able to corral the processing power of computers all across the world to finish their calculations and bring the kids home.
However, the escape was ultimately futile, as the D-Reaper’s chaos followed them back to Earth through the Hypnos system, and immediately began to spread over Shinjuku, keeping the Kernel Sphere – the core of it’s consciousness – high between the two towers of the Hypnos building, with Jeri sealed inside. As it continued it’s spread on Earth, so too did it continue its destruction of the Digital World, with the Sovereigns unable to defeat it.
Attacks from the military and the Tamers were repeatedly fended off by the D-Reaper’s Agents, but Calumon and Beelzemon were able to get inside the Kernel Sphere to try and save Jeri, only to wind up trapped themselves, as the D-Reaper continued to spread, increasing it’s strength and power by amplifying and feeding off of Jeri’s negative energy. As the battles continued, the D-Reaper mass appeared in countries all across the globe, growing and spreading there, too. After the Global Taskforce dropped magnetic probes into the D-Reaper’s mass, and it destroyed the majority of them with it’s own heat, it had absorbed enough energy from Jeri, and evolved itself again, assuming the form of the Mother D-Reaper.A week later, the Tamers and their Digimon rallied and initiated their final attack on the D-Reaper, battling against armies of Agents within the its mass, as the D-Reapers from all across the world began to combine together, as the portal between the worlds was opened. The Monster Makers had deduced that the interior of the D-Reaper was a quantum bubble, where positive and negative forces were perfectly in balance, and had put the Juggernaut program inside of Terriermon, which would act like a miniature big bang, disrupting the D-Reaper's balanced structure. When the Digimon Sovereign removed the Cable Reaper from the fight, MegaGargomon flew into the portal and used the Juggernaut to create a vortex which sucked the D-Reaper back into the Digital World, and devolved it back into it’s original, harmless state.
One half of the ninth of the D-Reaper’s Agents, the D-Reaper Ball was summoned, along with the Gatekeeper - to protect the Kernel Sphere when the Tamers and their Digimon attacked it. Grani successfully shattered the D-Reaper Ball with its Yuggoth Blaster attack, but Beelzemon subsequently failed to rescue Jeri from within the Kernel Sphere.
The D-Reaper Ball appears in “Shadow of the Beast King.” The Japanese card for the ninth Agent names it "Gatekeeper," while Chiaki Konaka's website calls it the "D-Reaper Ball." For a time, it was believed that the ball and the Gatekeeper were two separate Agents, but rather it would appear that they are two halves of the same, ninth Agent.
“THE D-REAPER’S DISGUISE”
Digimon Tamers episode #45
English version written by Seth Walther
Thanks to Dobermon, the Tamers gain the power to Biomerge in the real world. As the battle against the D-Reaper continues, Gallantmon is pulled inside its chaos, and splits back into Takato and Guilmon, only to be confronted by the Jeri Type Agent. Meanwhile, Guardromon and Kazu arrive to help out – and then, a mysterious new Digimon appears!
Digimon Tamers episode #49
English version written by Seth Walther
Grani saves Impmon, and then the Digimon pull back as the Global Taskforce attacks the D-Reaper with magnetic probes. However, the D-Reaper has absorbed enough energy from Jeri to evolve itself again, and it becomes the Mother D-Reaper. A week later, the Monster Makers have formulated their final strategy, and the Tamers unite to confront the D-Reaper in final battle.
“DUEL WITH THE DEVA”
Digimon Tamers episode #17
"The Saga of the Devas," Part Three
English version written by Steve Blum
Henry receives a Blue Card in trade, and traces it back to ‘Number Seven’ and a mysterious man in a yellow jacket. The Tamers’ investigation is cut short, however, as Vajramon and Pajiramon Bio-Emerge, and engage them in battle. Henry slashes the Blue Card, and Gargomon Digivolves into Rapidmon for the first time, destroying Pajiramon. Vajramon escapes, however, and then returns and takes Renamon away with him.
Episode Trivia - When this episode first aired in the US, it was part of "The Saga of the Devas" special, and as such did not have it's own title.