Digimon Tamers/Characters

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The cast of Digimon Tamers. Chiaki Konaka, the head writer of Tamers, provides a fascinating set of notes concerning the conceptualisation and characterisation of the cast on his website.


Takato Matsuki (Takato Matsuda)

"Aw, nuts!"

A complete Digimon fanboy, that reacts strongly to his emotions, who watches both the shows and plays the card game obsessively, to the point of creating his own fan-character Digimon partner. And then it comes to life...

Voiced by: Makoto Tsumura (JP), Brian Beacock (EN)

  • Audience Surrogate: Was created with this in mind.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He plays the card games quite well.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a sweetheart and even shy, compared with Tai, Davis, Takuya, Taiki, Tagiru, and certainly Marcus. But when he does get upset?
  • Brown Eyes in terms of personality, since the eyes themselves are actually red.
  • Character Development: Turning from a somewhat sweet kid, to a literal Knight in Shining Armor.
  • Creepy Child: When angry.
  • Curtains Match the Window: His eye color toes a line between brown and a light mahogany, but looks brown in most distance shots.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Japanese and European Spanish versions only.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He actually punched through J-Reaper, as Gallantmon Crimson Mode.
  • Expy: Confirmed by Word of God to have many elements borrowed of the other "goggle boys", with a more Audience Surrogate-like personality.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Subverted, his goggles are very useful when going into digital fields.
  • Heroes Want Redheads
  • Heroic BSOD
  • Horseback Heroism: Gallantmon with Grani. Even Takato's Dad seems to think so.
  • Last-Name Basis In the original Japanese dub he always addressed Jeri as Katou-san, despite or maybe even because she is the main love interest.
  • Nice Guy
  • Out of the Inferno: As Gallantmon (who made said inferno), combined with the slow walk.
  • Psychic Link: By the end of the series he was able to hear Jeri's desperate plea from inside the Mother Reaper despite being miles away.
  • Puppy Love: Notable for being the (10 year old in the original) character in Digimon Anime that went further, to the point of confessing himself to the disguised as Jeri D-Reaper Agent 01.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Doubly Subverted. Yes, they are red. Takato starts as the most innocent kid in the trio but bad things happen to good people.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: Last of the power trio to get a partner, have it digivolve, or learn to fight effectively. He does try to make up for this by asking the others if he can learn from them.
  • Screaming Warrior: Once in the series, Takato used his connection with War Growlmon to channel power into him with a little primal scream therapy.
  • Spider Sense: He notices the J-Reaper's presence faster than Renamon.
  • Tender Tears: Early on in the series he cried often, because he had never even had a pet before, and he was extremely worried of losing the (literal!) dream that came true that was Guilmon. Ouch
  • The Kid with the Remote Control: His relationship with Guilmon is one of the best deconstructions of this trope. Its darker consequences are displayed in episode 34 when Takato orders Guilmon to digivolve and eat Beelzemon. This action makes him realize that he had, and could at any time use his Guilmon as a puppet. Fortunately he isn't tempted by the power offered and makes the final decision of becoming Guilmon's partner.
  • The Slow Walk: Clearly channeling Gohan in episode 36, but with a cape.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: He really means it.
  • Trouble Follows You Home: To his horror.
  • Unstoppable Rage: It manages to shadow T.K.'s "kill all darkness" side of his personality.
    • For example, in the Cd Drama "Message in a Pocket", he states that he somehow (he doesn't specify) singlehandedly brought down a firewall designed to stop humans from entering the digital world, putting everyone in danger and worrying his parents in order to reunite with Guilmon. That's right, he did this without a Digimon partner. Although he stops himself, just to be sure Hypnos cover it with Concrete, enough to make the place not recognizable.

Henry Wong(Li Jianliang/Li Jenrya/Lee Jenrya)

"I always felt that I had to hold back, that fighting was wrong. But this is different, this is a battle that means something."

Another Digimon fan who prefers the video games, and the more level-headed one of the trio.

Voiced by: Mayumi Yamaguchi (JP), Dave Wittenberg (EN)

  • All Chinese People Know Kung Fu: Played with. It's actually Tai Chi.
  • Awesomeness By Analysis: This does save them quite a few times.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Like Takato, though he used to play the video games rather than the card games.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Technically, everyone is Asian, but Henry deserves a special mention for being a smart half-Chinese kid proficient with Computers and Videogames.
  • Badass Normal: First Digimon anime human to take an Hangyomon barehanded and win. Points for doing it under water.
  • Big Brother Instinct: But it bites him hard with Xiaochun's untimely arrival in the digital world. It not only leaves him uncharacteristically stressed out and temperamental, but unable to provide much, much needed emotional support for Takato, Juri, or even Xiaochun.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Half-Chinese, as you may have guessed.
    • In the English dub, most of the characters had pseudo-Japanese sounding names but he and his sister get the obvious American names Henry and Suzie, respectively.
  • Control Freak: Probably his main flaw. Deconstructed when Suzie ends up in the Digital World.
  • Cool Big Bro: Not just to Xiaochun, but to Takato and his own partner Terriermon as well due to being much more emotionally mature.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Again, Japanese and European Spanish versions.
  • Face Your Fears: Once Suzie entered the Digital World, he became more hasty in trying to resolve all their problems and return home that he was the only human not terrified by Zhuqiaomon at first sight.
  • Freudian Excuse: Before the start of the series, he once baldly wounded another boy and vowed never to use violence as a solution. It doesn't help that later he ended up getting Terriermon injured in the video game.
  • Genius Bruiser: He is a very competent hacker as well as a tai-chi practitioner.
  • Gray Eyes
  • Guilt Complex: A lot. When someone gets hurt in a fight, he puts the blame on his shoulders for not being "competent" enough. See also Control Freak above.
  • Martial Pacifist
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to finding out the Terriermon in his video game, that he forced to battle for his own amusement, was in fact a living, sentient creature (very similar to Ken in 02). He swore afterward he would never make him fight again.
  • Heroic Neutral: He mostly wants to ignore conflict but comes around when it's obvious the danger can't be ignored.
  • I Know Karate: Early on he is shown practicing Tai Chi with his master, and since the Mega level is a merger, it also allows him to kick but when he runs out of ammo with some very loud Kiais.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Nearly flips when he finds Xiaochun in the Digital World.
  • Spell My Name with an "S"
  • Tearful Smile: At Terriermon's departure.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Ruki Makino (Rika Nonaka)

"Walk all over him, Renamon."

Nicknamed 'The Digimon Queen', she's one of the best Digimon card game players around, to the point where real Digimon seek her out as a partner! It takes her a while to break out of that mentality, especially since her Digimon partner shares it.

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (JP), Melissa Fahn (EN)

Juri Katou (Jeri Kato)

A sweet girl who Takato has a crush on. Has issues with her mother she lives with her step-mom. Ends up in the end of a lot of bad luck. You can see where this is going.

Voiced by: Yoko Asada (JP), Bridget Hoffman (EN)

  • Abusive Parents: An interesting case with her father, who is neglectful not out of malice but because he himself doesn't know how to handle the family problems. And he really, REALLY shows how much he loves Juri by the end.
  • Always with You: Even though Leomon dies, he is always with her.
  • Affirmative Action Girl
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Some people have theorized that it's possible she's mildly autistic. And that's all that needs to be said about it.
  • Break the Cutie: In a really heartbreaking manner.
    • Mind Rape: After she's broken. Comparable to Asuka's, except it lasts weeks. She recovers by the end, since others openly support her.
  • Broken Bird: Juri hides behind an upbeat, cheerful, optimistic persona, but even before the events of the series she had serious issues relating to the death of her mother and how she treated her dad's second wife. The death of Leomon merely shattered this facade and exposed her inner vulnerability, leaving her ripe for her subsequent Mind Rape by the D-Reaper. After all this she is completely and utterly broken, her despair fueling the D-Reaper's power and giving it the impression that all humans crave is obliteration.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Funny in action, tragic in retrospect.
  • Consulting Mister Puppet
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Suffers from this (by cables), twice in a row, because she is fighting the aforementioned mind rape. It's only once in the English dub, though.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • The Cutie --> Broken Bird
  • Dead Sidekick: Unlike Patamon and Wormmon, Leomon doesn't get reborn.
    • Always with You: His spirit always remained with her, which is why her digivice didn't die.
  • Demonic Dummy: Juri's sock puppet is usually benign, and she uses it entertain her little brother. Yet she uses it whenever she has to point out something bad, and that is why the D-Reaper impersonates it during her Mind Rape, turning even the happiest and least threatening things terrifying.
  • Five Stages of Grief: Experiences all of them.
  • Four Is Death: Although chronologically, she isn't the 4th Tamer in the series That one is actually Takato she is the first addition to the trio and the 4th Tamer that the audience sees getting a digivice.
  • Genki Girl: When she gets really excited about something. See her mad pursuit of Leomon in episode 21.
  • Hair Decorations: She has a green ribbon which she uses to tie her hair up.
  • Interrupted Suicide: With her puppet, no less! What Do You Mean It's for Kids? indeed.
  • Mommy Issues: Played With; she actually feels very guilty over treating her stepmom badly when she actually doesn't deserve it.
  • Sexophone: Showed up when she was gushing over Leomon (in the original Japanese). Results in him running away from her.
  • Stepford Smiler: A heartbreaking example of what can happen to you if you repress your traumas for too long.
    • First shown in the mostly comedic episode where she meets Leomon, where her despair for a bit of fantasy is (very subtly) shown.
  • Talking To Herself: With the D-Reaper, naturally.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Ruki's Tomboy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Brutally subverted. Good lord the girl tries so hard. She wants to toughen up to be worthy of Leomon and it slowly happens. Then it all goes to hell in a hand basket at... well...
    • It FINALLY ends up working for her in the end when she stands up to the D-Reaper on her own without Leomon OR Takato there and choses to Screw Destiny and make her own fate. Of course, she and Calumon still need to be rescued in the end...but so does everyone, actually.

Hirokazu Shiota (Kazu Shioda)

Takato's best friend and rival playing the Digimon card game. when he discovers Guilmon, he decides to try and help the other Tamers in their plight. Mostly used as comic relief.

Voiced by: Yukiko Tamaki (JP), Brad MacDonald (EN)

Kenta Kitagawa

Friends with Hirokazu, he often serves as a straight man to his jokes. He also volunteers to help the other Tamers.

Voiced by: Touko Aoyama (JP), Steve Blum (EN)

Ryo Akiyama

A mysterious Digimon tamer and former champion of the card game, who has some sort of rivalry with Rika. To everyone outside of Japan, he seemed to come pretty much out of nowhere.

Voiced by: Junichi Kanemaru (JP), Steve Staley (EN)

  • All There in the Manual: His entire backstory, including why he was in the Tamers canon to begin with, was told through a series of four Bandai WonderSwan games. For the sake of reference, a summary of said games can be found here.
    • No Export for You: None of these games were released in the west, meaning that's one long manual no-one got to read.
      *** Because of this, Chris McFeely of The Digimon Encyclopedia helped create a comic explaining Ryo's origins for Western fans. "Ryo's Story" appeared in Wickid magazine (the UK Fox Kid's magazine) issue #43, on September 28th, 2003.
  • The Ace
  • Blue Eyes
  • Canon Immigrant
  • Energy Weapon / Whip It Good: He can project an energy whip from his Digivice to discipline Cyberdramon.
  • Honor Before Reason: In series, and in his backstory. Choose to be Cyberdramon's partner, even if it meant going to the Digital World and be separated from his parents (since Cyberdramon would attack everyone close to him) and he did not see them again for more than a year. After the Tamers returned he pushed Cyberdramon and himself day after day to fight the D-Reaper's Agents to the point of exhaustion.
  • Friendless Background: Throughout his backstory. Also notable is that he is the Tamer that spends most of his time alone, not to mention that he never tries to stick with the group or make it stick together at all, in contrast with Takato.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The CD Drama indicates that at the start of the series he didn't remember digimon were real (i.e had forgotten his adventures in the games), but imply that he may have started to remember.
  • Meaningful Name: "Ryo" means "Distant".
  • Ship Tease: Some here and there with Ruki, mostly consisting of him aggravating her. This didn't take off so well in the west, where nobody knew who Ryo actually was.
  • Stepford Smiler: Not once in the series does he lose his cool, but his backstory indicates it's nothing more than a cover-up of deeper issues.
  • Walking the Earth
  • The Drifter: Both in this series and in his backstory.

Li Xiaochun/Li Shuichon/Lee Shuichon (Suzie Wong)

Jianliang's younger sister who winds up dragged into the digital world with the others. Lucky for them, as her power of cute helps convert one of the Big Bads to their side.

Voiced by: Ai Nagano (JP), Peggy O'Neal (EN)

Ai & Mako (Makoto)

The youngest humans partnered to a Digimon in any Digimon canon, these toddlers turn out to be the Tamers of Impmon, and are part of the reason behind his disdain for humans.

Ai is voiced by: Haruhi Terada (JP), Rebecca Olkowski (EN)
Mako is voiced by: Miwa Matsumoto (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)

  • Age-Appropriate Angst: They react to Impmon leaving them by learning to share and being the best they can be, and they apologize profusely to him when he returns. Given that they were three or four when he left, this is probably all the angst they're capable of.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Both of them, at first.
  • Character Development: A surprising amount given how little screen time they got.
  • Children Are Innocent
  • Eleventh Hour Rangers: They become Tamers in the final episode; sadly, they don't have a chance to do anything. (Unless it was them that healed Impmon of course, but then it happened off-screen.) This is justified due to their ages.
  • Hair Decorations: Ai's pink hair bobbles.
  • Family Theme Naming: Ai means love, while Makoto means truth. This is a common Japanese sibling name combo.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Ai has her hair up in ponytails.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Wendee Lee, who voices Mako, is T.K. in Digimon Adventure and MarineAngemon in this series.
  • Inconsistent Dub: Their age in any given dub suffers from this. The English dub avoids this by just not stating it.
  • Imaginary Friend: The English and German dubs imply their parents think Impmon is/was this.
  • Improbable Age: Younger than any other Chosen or Tamer on record, bar none. Though they are admittedly bad at it at first and at least act their age.
  • It May Help You on Your Quest: Mako's toy gun actually morphs into a sentry gun as Beelzemon heads into battle.
  • Kid Appeal Characters: They're even younger then Xiaochun.
  • Love Redeems: Platonic love, as the case might be.
  • Japanese Honorifics: Both refer to each other without any. In the past this was part of their fighting. In the present it's simply part of their characterization that they're close enough to each other to do so. Not present in the English version because it would have been nigh-impossible to do in this language.
  • Noodle Incident: Their grandma mentions something about Mako having once been glued to the floor, presumably by Ai.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Mako" (or "Mako-chan") is Impmon's term of endearment for Makoto, but the dubbers must not have realized this since everyone, whether they know Makoto personally or not, calls him "Mako" in the dub. Impmon even introduces him as "Mako" to Takato and the gang.
  • Parental Abandonment: In flashbacks, they live with their parents, who spoiled them rotten. In the present they live with their grandmother and no explanation is given for why.
    • They are next seen with their grandmother because their families have evacuated due to the D-Reaper, though that still doesn't explain where they were during Impmon's visit.
  • Pet the Dog / Morality Pet: They're this for Impmon.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Ai wears a pink dress and Mako has blue overalls.
  • Power of Friendship: How they cause Impmon to digivolve.
  • Redemption Promotion: Impmon gets a lot stronger once he makes amends with Ai and Mako, and his actions inadvertently made them grow up enough to be the people they are today.
  • Satellite Characters: They barely interact with any relevant character other than Impmon or themselves.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Played far more realistically than most uses of this trope; they're different but not night and day different, and get along very well now.
  • Spoiled Brat: Due to their parents showering them with gifts. They get better, though.
  • Tagalong Kids: Averted. Impmon makes them stay home where they're safe since they're even younger than the already young main characters, and they're smart enough to obey him.
  • Those Two Guys
  • Vague Age: Word of God says they're younger than Xiaochun. Other than that, fandom can only guess. Different dubs have said different things about them.

Partner Digimon


"Takatomon...I need a new box."

Quite literally a fan character drawn and named by Takato and brought to life. A red dinosaur-like Digimon who is bigger than a human, very powerful, very innocent and completely lovable. Has a bit of trouble distinguishing between humans, animals and Digimon.

His digivolutions are as follows:

    • In-Training: Gigimon, a blob resembling Guilmon's head, but with a tail protruding from him.
    • Rookie: Guilmon, his default form
    • Champion: Growlmon (Growmon), similar to Guilmon but taller.
    • Ultimate: WarGrowlmon (MegaloGrowmon), a giant dinosaur with a robotic upper half, akin to Adventure's MetalGreymon.
    • Mega: Gallantmon (Dukemon), an imposing white knight with a red cape. Achieved by Bio-Merging with Takato.
      • Crimson Mode: Merges with Grani, giving him Wings and a red-and-gold makeover.
      • Megidramon, a vicious and mindless winged serpent who embodies the apocalyptic end of the Digital World. A dark evolution born of Takato's Unstoppable Rage.

Voiced by: Masako Nozawa (JP), Steve Blum (EN)



Jianliang's partner. A pretty mild mon, but initially has trouble controlling himself when he Digivolves. Resembles a plush toy with big, floppy, ears.

His digivolutions are as follows:

    • In-Training: Gummymon, a green blob-like Digimon with a horn.
    • Rookie: Terriermon, his default form.
    • Champion: Gargomon (Galgomon), a bipedal terrier wearing jeans and has miniguns for hands
    • Ultimate: Rapidmon, a giant green flying robot with long ears.
    • Mega: MegaGargomon (SaintGalgomon), a Humongous Mecha with a dog-like face. Achieved by Bio-Merging with Jianliang.

Voiced by: Aoi Tada (JP), Mona Marshall (EN)

  • Beware the Cute Ones: Squishiest Blood Knight ever.
  • Big Eater: To wit: "Buns and beans and saurkraut / I'm gonna eat till I pass out!"
  • Blood Knight: He loves a good fight, much to his partner's annoyance.
  • Blow You Away: As a rookie.
  • Brutal Honesty: His first line towards Takato is pointing out how bad a Tamer he is for losing his Digimon.
  • Catch Phrase: "Moumantai!"
  • Cross-Dressing Voices
  • The Cynic: A lighter version, but he often shows signs of being one. He never hesitates to speak his mind whenever and wherever and to whoever he feels like – normally, he doesn’t mean any harm, but just can’t seem to stop himself from saying something out of place, be it a quip he thinks is amusing, or an unintentionally insulting observation. All very possibly the result of being a wild Digimon, fighting by the rules of survival of the fittest in the Digital World before meeting Henry.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At every available opportunity!
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: He (and his evolutions) is of the vaccine attribute.
  • Gatling Good: Gargomon has two gatling guns instead of hands.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Gargomon
  • Happy Dance: After Jianliang orders him not to absorb Gorillamon's data, he at least wants to do a happy dance.
  • Head Pet: Tends to sit on Jianliang's head or shoulder. Since he's pretending to be a stuffed animal, this results into some rather amusing stares from people Jianliang walks past.
  • Kid Appeal Character
  • Light'Em Up
  • Lightning Bruiser: Rapidmon
  • Macross Missile Massacre: MegaGargomon
  • The McCoy
  • More Dakka: The entire point of his evolutionary line. Taken to ridiculous extremes with Megagargomon's seemingly endless array of hidden weapons.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's the smallest of the main digimon, but still able to fight Champions on fairly even ground.
    • And, funnily enough, subverted with his final form, who's a good ten times larger than all the other Mega-level partners.
  • Running Gag: A strong tendency to run out of ammo, with various results.
  • Talking to Himself: Aoi Tada voices him and Lopmon.
  • Unorthodox Reload: Until Jianliang swipes the Recharge card, he's basically stuck when he runs out of ammo.


"As you wish, Ruki."

Ruki's partner, a tall and powerful fox-like Digimon who joined up with her to become even more powerful. Originally ruthless and standoffish, and one of the first partners who has to learn about friendship even more than her human partner.

Dear digi-god, the furries can't get enough of her.

Her digivolutions are as follows:

    • In-Training: Viximon (Pokomon), a small ball-shaped fox.
    • Rookie: Renamon, her default form.
    • Champion: Kyuubimon, a mythical nine-tailed fox.
    • Ultimate: Taomon, a humanoid fox with Taoist garb.
    • Mega: Sakuyamon, a Miko Digimon with ceremonial armour in the shape of a fox. Achieved by Bio-Merging with Ruki.

Voiced by: Yuka Imai (JP), Mari Devon (EN)


"Fighting isn't everything, you have your own destiny."

Juri's partner, who's pretty much exactly like his original series counterpart.

Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata (JP), Paul St Peter (EN)

Leomon: To have power is not to be strong.


Hirokazu's partner. A slightly small but sturdy mechanical Digimon who doesn't say much. He first appears as Andromon, but is reduced to his Champion level after a beating from an ultimate named Orichimon shortly before partnering up with Hirokazu and...stays that way for the rest of the show.

His digivolutions are as follows:

    • In-Training: Kapurimon (Caprimon), a fox-like blob with metal casing on his top half.
    • Champion: Guardromon, his default form
    • Ultimate: Andromon, a tall android with bits of casing exposed.

Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (JP), Richard Cansino (EN)


"Kahuna Waves, puu~"

Kenta's partner. A small pixie-like Digimon that swims in water and packs a big punch, although he prefers to deal with things without violence. Talks even less than Guardramon, only saying Puu.

Voiced by: Ai Iwamura (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)


Ryo's nearly fully evolved partner who likewise comes out of nowhere. He resembles one of the demon-type Digimon, but is apparently a Cyborg.

His digivolutions are as follows:

    • In-Training: Hopmon, a purple, scaly blob
    • Rookie: Monodramon, a small, fairly unthreatening dinosaur.
    • Ultimate: Cyberdramon, his default form.
    • Mega: Justimon, a Kamen Rider-inspired Digimon. Achieved by Bio-Merging with Ryo.

Voiced by: Ikkei Seta (JP), Lex Lang (EN)


Xiaochun's partner, and a counterpart to Terriermon (a distaff one in the dub). Originally known as Antylamon, the rabbit Deva, she is forced to regress to her Lopmon form when she becomes Xiaochun's partner.

Her evolutions are as follows:

    • In-Training: Kokomon (Chocmon), a chocolate-coloured blob with spikes protruding from her head.
    • Rookie: Lopmon, her default form after her Face Heel Turn.
    • Ultimate: Antylamon (Andiramon), a tall bipedal rabbit with enormous hands. One of the Deva.

Voiced by: Aoi Tada (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN)


A rogue Digimon that resembles a court jester, content to run around the city and annoy everyone. He had a strange relationship with Renamon. Then he gets a power boost, and it kind of goes to his head...

His digivolutions are as follows:

    • In-Training: Yaamon, a mischievous-looking blob.
    • Rookie: Impmon, his default form.
    • Mega: Beelzemon, a menacing humanoid in leather with a long tail. One of the Seven Great Demon Lords, though none of the others have anything to do with Tamers.

Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi (JP), Derek Stephen Prince (EN)

Supporting cast

Calumon (Culumon)

"Hello hello hello hello hellooo!!"

A goofy little critter who befriends Guilmon and turns out to be the most important Digimon of all. Him/her (opinions vary) getting captured/lost sets off the digital world portion of the series.

Voiced by: Tomoko Kaneda (JP), Brianne Siddall (EN)

Janyu "Tao" Wong (Li "Tao" Jiang-yu)

Jianliang and Xiaochun's father, and one of the Monster Makers, a 1980s group of programmers who created the Digimon. Helps get together the rest of the creators to help the kids save the world.

Voiced by: Yoshiyuki Kaneko (JP), Jamieson Price (EN)

Goro "Shibumi" Mizuno

A member of the Monster Makers, who continued to work on the project after the others left. After an accident, his spirit project itself into the Digital World, where he met Takato and Henry.

Voiced by: Taro Suwa (JP), Bob Glouberman (EN)

Rob "Dolphin" McCoy

The creator who started the Digimon project, and the first person to create artificial life.

Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi (JP), Tom Fahn (EN)

Alice McCoy

A mysterious girl in black, who comes to give a gift to help our heroes, and may or may not actually be a ghost.

Voiced by: Yuka Imai (JP), Philece Sampler (EN)


Grani, formerly known in a different form as "The Ark", is the name of an ark that was created by the reunited Monster Makers to bring the Tamers back from Digital World to the Real world. It is later upgraded to be used against the fight against the D-reaper.

Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi (JP), Dave Mallow (EN)


Mitsuo Yamaki

A mysterious man in black who tends to stand around watching the kids and their Digimon, absently and creepily flicking his lighter. Is researching Digimon and capturing the weakened ones for reasons unknown...

Voiced by: Susumu Chiba (JP), Steve Blum (EN)

Riley Otori & Tally Onodera (Ootori Reika & Onodera Megumi)

Riley Ootori

Two young women who operate the Digimon detection thingy that, well, detects Digimon.

Reika is voiced by: Ai Nagano (JP), Tifanie Christun (EN)
Megumi is voiced by: Fumiko Miyashita (JP), Peggy O'Neal (EN)

The Deva

Twelve Perfect-level Digimon based on the twelve heavenly generals of Eastern mythology, and on the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. They serve the Sovereign Zhuquiaomon and try to invade the real world. Later the surviving Deva focus on capturing Calumon and manipulating Impmon instead.

The Twelve Devas are, in order of appearance:

Mihiramon (tiger), Sandiramon (snake), Sinduramon (rooster), Pajiramon (sheep), Vajramon (ox), Indramon (horse), Kumbhiramon (mouse), Vikaralamon (boar), Makuramon (monkey), Majiramon (dragon), Caturamon (dog) and Antylamon (rabbit).

  • A Load of Bull: Vajramon is the Ox Deva.
  • Animal Jingoism: Of a sort - the Devas hate Tamer Digimon.
  • Animal Motifs: The twelve heavenly generals are lined up with the twelve signs of the Chinese Zodiac.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: The dub makes repeated jokes about Vikaralamon being a 'big pig', but it's pretty obvious that the 'big pig' is a serious threat.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Makuramon, an Ultimate, taunts Beelzemon, a Mega, in the middle of a battle that could destroy the Digital World. Unfortunately for Makuramon, Beelzemon does retaliate.
  • Canis Major: Caturamon is the Dog Deva, and fairly large.
  • The Corrupter: Caturamon to Impmon.
  • Dirty Coward: Makuramon.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Averted with Caturamon, who comes close to being a Magnificent Bastard.
  • Everything's Better with Chickens: Sinduramon is the Rooster Deva.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Makuramon is the Monkey Deva, and like Caturamon is more cunning than the average Deva.
  • Full Boar Action: Vikaralamon.
  • Giant Flyer: Sinduramon.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Subverted with Majiramon who was the least impressive out of the Devas, due to getting minimum screentime with no lines or characterization, only serving as Makuramon's transport before being defeated by Cyberdramon.
    • More like Negated Moment of Awesome. He was easily beating the Tamer's Champion level digimon and did get Cyberdramon on his knees. He just had the bad luck of going up against Ryo.
  • Interspecies Romance: Because of all the flirting that goes on during the battle, Vajramon appears to be enamoured by Renamon during their first encounter. He later singles her out to persuade her to join him. Renamon, however, is only pretending to be interested so that she can extract information about him.
  • Killer Rabbit: Kumbhiramon looks pathetic, but he can give Leomon a hard time (at least at first).
  • Light Is Not Good: Several of them are Vaccine types. They're still the bad guys.
  • Maniac Monkeys: Makuramon does some weird things even before his reveal.
  • Messy Pig: Vikaralamon is the Pig Deva, and easily the most destructive of the nine Devas who bio-emerge, causing massive amounts of damage during his rampage.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Even though almost all the Devas held a disgust for humans, over the course of series Henry has a few conversations with his sensei concerning if the Devas are evil or not. His sensei mentions from legends that they only serve their God and fight for what they believe is right. In the end, they conclude that this was right and the Devas only fought to protect the Digital World. Within the Digital world they were unheard of by the inhabitants and the Heroes were often surprised they didn't hold some kind of jurisdiction.
  • Panthera Awesome: Mihiramon is the Tiger Deva.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: Kumbhiramon is the Rat Deva (though still quite small).
  • Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: They range from souped-up animals (Mihiramon, Majiramon) to strongly humanoid beasts (Vajramon, Indramon).
  • Smug Snake: Two of them. Sandiramon (a literal snake) tries to break the Tamers' confidence with his last words, and Indramon repeatedly taunts and laughs at Impmon and the Tamers.
  • Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: Pajiramon, Vajramon and Majiramon have six limbs each.

The Sovereign / Holy Beasts

The four supreme Digimon in this version of the Digital world. Alluded to (or shown in Azulongmon's case) in Digimon Adventure 02, in this version of the story, they are the supreme Digimon of the digital world, and live in the highest plane. Ironically, they are the closest physically to the human world this way, though in Zhuquiaomon's case, not emotionally.

The powers of the sovereign include overseeing the Light of Digivolution (Calumon's power), and it is this capacity that starts the plot of the season.

  • Extra Eyes: All of the sovereign have four eyes. Ebonwumon is the only one to have two eyes on two heads.
  • The Four Gods
  • Large and In Charge: They're by far the largest Digimon in the series.
  • Physical God: The Sovereigns are Digimon who digivolved to such an advanced level that even multiple Mega level Digimon have a hard time beating them. They act as protector Gods to the Digital World.
  • Power Glows: Each Sovereign glows their own color, and has 12 orbs of their glowing color encircling their bodies.


A giant phoenix and one of the four Holy Beasts. He sent the Devas into the real world in order to fight the humans, and then later has Calumon imprisoned in the belief that Calumon will help the Digimon evolve fast enough to face the "True Enemy".

  • Big Bad / The Man Behind the Man: The Big Bad of the Deva arc, though his existence isn't revealed until Sandiramon, Pajiramon and Vajramon speak of him. He later reluctantly does a Heel Face Turn when it is clear that destroying the humans will not help defeat the true Big Bad of the series.
  • Badass Boast: The guy is full of these.

Azulongmon: (To the Tamers) It's time for you to leave. This is not your battle. We will stay to defend our world.
Zhuqiaomon: And we will fight to the bitter end!

    • There is also his introduction.

Zhuqiaomon: Trespassers, you have disturbed the lair of Zhuqiaomon, Sovereign of the Digital World and protector of it's inhabitants. Look upon my countinant and tremble with fear, for within my eyes you see your own undoing!

  • Determinator: He fights Megagargomon, Azulongmon, and Gallantmon each in the same day. After the Tamers return to the real world they take a look into the digital world, and Zhuquiaomon is the only digimon seen fighting the D-reaper.
  • Fantastic Racism: Hates humans, especially Tamers and their Digimon. Even when he joins the good guys later, he still feels disgust for the Tamers.
  • Feathered Fiend
  • Good Is Not Nice: Yeah, he's a Virus type alright, but you sure as hell would not expect a Digimon reffered as a "Holy Bird Digimon" to be evil. Not that he or his peers think he is. He's going his own route to stop the True Enemy.
  • Playing with Fire: Two of his attacks are fire-based: Blazing Helix and Phoenix Fire.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Zhuquiaomon wants to protect the Digital World, but is misguided into thinking that the best way to do so is to destroy the humans, especially the Tamers.


A giant dragon and one of the four Holy Beasts. He believes that it is digivolution that brought about the True Enemy. He saved the tamers from Zhuquiaomon's attack. Also, the only of the Sovereign to have appeared in another series, Digimon Adventure 02.


A giant tiger and one of the four Holy Beasts. He was the last to be seen, as he was the first known to be confronting the True Enemy directly.


A giant two-headed turtle and one of the four Holy Beasts. For all the Darker and Edgier of the series, he brings a little bit of comic relief. At least, one head does.

  • Inner Dialogue: one head does most of the talking, including on behalf of the other.
  • The Nicknamer: As early as Ebonwumon's second line, he's giving out nicknames.
  • Turtle Power
  • Turtle Island
  • Scottish English: Ebonwumon is also the only Sovereign to have a peculiar accent in the English dub. Specifically, one of his heads speaks in a rather stereotypical Scottish accent, while the other one is Irish. Try not to think too hard about that.

The D-Reaper / True Enemy

"...That way, this twisted world would never have existed."

A simple data cleanup program, its purpose is to delete other programs before they get too big. Like other digital beings, it has evolved into a more advanced and powerful state, but its parameters on what constitutes "too advanced" haven't changed, transforming it into an Omnicidal Maniac which attempts to delete everything. After hitching a ride to the human world and assimilating Jeri, it gets worse. Much, much worse .

Voiced by: Yoko Asada (JP), Bridget Hoffman (EN)

  • Adaptive Ability
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The only artificial intelligence to remain a villain the whole series. Unlike all the others, it's doing exactly what it was created to do, just on a larger scale than its creators intended.
  • Big Bad: Of the final arc, and of the entire series due to being at the heart of the conflict between the Digital and human worlds.
  • Complete Monster: The part of D-Reaper that invades Earth, and all of it's agents. Particularly J-Reaper.
  • Conspicuous CGI: The D-Reaper is a three dimensional mass in a two dimensional world. Deliberately invoked for a similar reason to the Mugann of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: it shows just how alien, how much of an Eldritch Abomination, and how plain wrong this thing is.
  • Creepy Child: D-Reaper Agent 01 is this.
  • Creepy Monotone: With the voice of a 10-year-old girl. This is what makes J-Reaper terrifying.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Meeting us puny humans actually makes it worse or at least a good deal crazier.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Naturally, this program breaks the rules by having an unknown type that has advantage over all others. This advantage is lost when the Tamers use the especially designed red card (converting them to the same type) which gives them a fighting chance against the agents as well as nullifying the negative effects inside the D-Reaper's quantum bubble.
  • Evil Counterpart: Its link with Jeri is something of a corrupted version of Matrix Evolution.
  • Evil Redhead: J-Reaper.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: As programs go. Its original self was no more complicated than a calculator.
  • Fighting a Shadow: The D-Reaper's agents.
  • Gone Horribly Right: It does exactly what it's programmed to do. Apparently, the original programmers forgot to account for the fact that Technology Marches On.
  • The Heartless
  • The Juggernaut: Even after seven series, it is still likely the most powerful being ever to appear in the anime.
    • Shaggai (Juggernaut in English) reverted the D-Reaper to its original incarnation. In other words, the D-Reaper is still alive after the final battle. Though whether or not it could return to its previous state is unclear.
  • Manipulative Bastard: J-Reaper.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Literally.
  • Mind Rape: What the thing does to Jeri to get more power.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Invoked by Chiaki J. Konaka, the head writer for a show. He had Kenji Watanabe (the originator of Digimon), Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru (the human character designer), and Shinji Aramaki (the CGI designer) have a competition with each other while designing this thing for the expressed purpose of getting this. And it worked; there's certainly never been anything like this before or after it.
  • Omnicidal Maniac
  • Talking to Himself: With Jeri, naturally. That was kind of the point.
  • Who Needs Their Whole Body??: The Horn Striker Agent in episode 46.
  1. Whoever created Beelzemon's guns has a thing for non-threatening names it seems. Astamon's Tommy gun has the impressive monicker Oro Salmon, meaning 'gold salmon.'