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.

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  • 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".
  • Are We There Yet?: When two children enter Nick Person's sports collectibles shop in attempt to shoplift, they ask him whether they have any Yu-Gi-Oh! or Dragon Ball GT, to which Nick responds "...We ain't got no Pokemon, no Digimon, no Buffy, no SpongeBob, no Beanie Babies and no shoplifters".
  • 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!".
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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!".
  • Love Live! Superstar!!, "UR Hazuki Ren": The character Hazuki Ren is shown to own a large collection of video game consoles and virtual pets. Within her collection are two Digital Monster v-pets.
  • 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!"
  • Pokémon, "¡A la caza de los Shieldon!" In the Latin America dub, Hunter J yells at her minions, "¡No hay nada que hacer! ¡¡Váyanse a Digimon, inútiles!!" translating to "There's nothing to do! Get out and go to Digimon, you goods for nothing!!". In another episode, "¡Las astutas tácticas de Meowth!", when Meowth tries to distract Scrafty, he yells "¡¡Que horror, los de Digimon!!", translating to "The horror, the ones from Digimon!".
  • Regular Show, "A Regular Epic Battle Part 1": In the first part of the series finale, there are prophetic tapestries that appear that have script displayed on them which bear a very strong resemblance to Digimoji.
  • Robot Chicken, "Noidstrom Rack":
  • RuPaul's Drag Race:, In the season 13 finale, Denali Foxx wears an outfit based on Togemon.
  • 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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  • SportsCenter: In the ESPN Kitchen, Kenny Mayne is talking with boxer Lance Whitaker about the differences between Digimon and Pokémon while toasting a bagel saying "Digimon is like a different group, wholly separate from the Pokémons" before closing with "Actually, Digimon means "Digital Monsters"".
  • Teen Titans, "Crash" : Cyborg is infected with a computer virus, so Gizmo and Beast Boy enter his body in order to get rid of it. The virus they encounter inside his body strongly resembles Keramon's depiction in Digimon Adventure: Our War Game.
  • South Park, S4E1: "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000": In the German version, when Romper Stomper asks Cartman "Ach ja? So wie ich die Dinge sehe, gibt es zwei Arten von Kindern auf der Welt. Kinder die auf Digimon stehen und Kinder die überhaupt nicht auf Digimon stehen. Entweder bist du auf unserer Seite oder gegen uns! Zu welcher gehörst du also?".
  • Welcome to Eltingville: In the pilot, Josh challenges Bill to a "trivia-off" over a collectible Boba Fett action figure. Josh asks Bill who digivolves to Ikkakumon in Digimon, to which he replies "Gomamon".

Manga and comics[edit]

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  • Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 66: Geto explains to Gojo about Tengen having to merge with a compatible Star Plasma Vessel to reset his immortality technique and the consequences of not doing so, and in an attempt to understand, Gojo makes a Digimon Adventure analogy, saying that if Tengen becomes Metal Greymon, it'd be fine, but it would be a problem if he became Skull Greymon, so he'd have to be reset back to Koromon, to which Geto reluctantly agrees. This scence is later adapted in the anime version of the series during the first episode of the second season.
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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.

  • Monica's Gang: In Cascão #363 (December 2000), in the first story Cascão Sem Limites Smudge says he wants to win a collection of "Digimão" toys on the reality show. In Cascão #410 (September 2002), also in the first story: Os Heróis do Planeta Gelado Jimmy Five tries to provoke Smudge by pretending to be a monster called Meganeve, Smudge then decides to strike back pretending to be a monster called "Gelomon".
  • Rugrats: In one of the Rugrats comics, an alien resembling Gabumon, colored green, appears.
  • Donald Duck: A comic originally published in January 27, 2000 in Denmark known as Kampkræene kommer (known as Battle Beasties in the American version) shows a story in which Donald's nephews become fascinated by a new game called Battle Beasties that is the fashion of the moment, further on, the nephews discover through the game's creator that the monsters are real and accidentally release them by making each one ally with a Duckburg resident. Although the story was apparently made to refer only to Pokémon, in the brazilian Portuguese translation known as A Guerra dos Bobomon all monsters have their names ending with the suffix -mon equal to Digimon.

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Video Games[edit]

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  • .hack: In the English localization of the games, the character Wiseman plays a card game called "Digimon Card Battles". He hates being attacked by Metal Greymon though as it costs a lot to summon it, it's not summoned against him very often. In the Japanese version, the card game he plays is not specified.