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".
  • 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"
  • 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?".

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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  • Shortcuts: An edition of the comic published in newspapers such as the Observer-Reporter (December 16, 2007) was sponsored by "Diggymon", displaying a paleontologist who strongly resembles Takato, whose blurb is "Diggymon, digging for monsters!"
  • Ultimate X-Men #7: After Colossus teases Storm about him being ranked as the "World's Sexiest Mutant" and her coming in two places behind Beast on a website, she replies by saying "Do I look like I care about an online poll by a million Japanese teenagers? They probably just thought you were the new Digimon or something anyway."