References to Digimon in popular culture

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References to the Digimon franchise are sometimes seen in various media, very often alongside some form of reference or comparison to the Pokémon franchise.

TV and movies[edit]

  • Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, "Menma the Hero" 「ゆうしゃめんま」: While Naruko and Tetsudou are searching through her manga and game collection to find Nokémon Gold, they come across "Dojimon".
  • Grim & Evil, "Search and Estroy": Hector Con Carne steals Mr. Estroy's plans for a "Poké-Digi Tank". A parody of both Pokémon and Digimon.
  • Gravity Falls, "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls": Almost final the farewell scenes looks at the end of Digimon Adventure.
  • Grounded for Life
    • "Let's Talk About Sex, Henry": After hearing about Henry witnessing the primal scene on Jimmy's bed, Eddie asks "On the Star Wars sheets?" to which Claudia sarcastically replies "No, Eddie - the Digimon sheets".
    • "Mr. Roboto": As a result of Sean arc welding a robot for Jimmy's science fair, Claudia, as part of her attempt to tone down the robot to make it seem more realistic that Jimmy constructed it, covers the welding points with Digimon stickers. Sean, astonished by seeing the other robot entries at the fair, all of which were more enhanced, reacts by saying "Rip off the damn Digimon stickers!".
  • Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W
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    • "I'll Try to Act it Out" 「エンジテミル」: The name of the game that Cthugha plays on a handheld game console based on the PlayStation Portable is "Dagomon World: Re:Digitize" (ダゴモンワールド—Re:Digitize—), a reference to Digimon World Re:Digitize.
    • "High School of the Heat" 「ハイスクール・オブ・ザ・ヒート」: A poster displayed in a shop window reading "Dagomon Adventure" (ダゴモンアドベンチャー) is a parody of the promotional artwork for Digimon Adventure.
The mention of Dagomon in both instances is due to the Lovecraftian nature of the show.
  • Invader Zim, "Nanozim": In the audio commentary for the episode, when Melissa Fahn, known for voicing Rika Nonaka in the North American dub of Digimon Tamers, is about to be introduced, several of the cast, including the creator of the show Jhonen Vasquez, begin shouting: "Digi-Modify!".
  • Jeopardy!
    • #4332: $800: "Bandai introduced this society of monsters in cards & toys to compete with Pokemon"
    • #4848: $1600: "Put your cards on the table when you tell us Digimon stands for these strange creatures"
  • Mad, "Pokémon Park": As Ash and Misty escape from Pokémon Park, a spoof of Jurassic Park, Misty mentions that they should just be glad they weren't on Yu-Gi-Oh Island, explaining that it is "pretty much the same, only more complicated and less fun". Ash then replies by saying "Oh, you mean like Digimon Island".
  • Mon Colle Knights, "Fairy, Fairy, Quite Contrary": During a discussion over something cool to say while leaping out of a car just before it blows up, Mondo suggests "Rats! I left my Digimon: The Movie CD in there!"
  • The Simpsons, "Chief of Hearts": Bart is introduced to a Japanese card game called "Battle Ball", a parody of Bakugan. One of the kids playing it mentions that it "makes Digimon look like Pokémon"
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Comics[edit]

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Mad #24 Mads blutige Monstruationen!: This edition came with two different front covers; one depicting Pikachu electrocuting Agumon and in the other, Agumon using its flame breath on Pikachu.
Mad #32 Monster-Kinder-Seuche!: The front cover features Pikachu dressed in a V-mon costume, Homer Simpson in a Tailmon suit, Batman wearing a Patamon costume, Sailor Moon in an Armadimon costume, and a Smurf wearing an Upamon costume.
Mad #85 Die schönsten Todesarten der Animes!: The front cover displays both Agumon and Pikachu being mauled by Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon. In this issue, Takuya can be seen stomping Chackmon to death in a trash can.
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  • Monthly Comic Zenon: The 2018 November issue of the seinen manga Fumino-san no Bungu na Nichijou includes a direct references to the original V-Pet as well as Digimon Adventure. The first pages depict the protagonists staring at what they call the "Legendary Game". The girl holds the V-Pet and the boy tries to guess what evolutionary line could the monster follow.