Character Archetypes Discussion

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By Archetypes, I mean certain molds the various characters fit into. I don't know if they've been discussed to the extent the Goggle Head and Lone Wolf archetypes have been, or even if there are those at all.

For starters, there's the Goggle Head archetype, which (almost) always the main character with goggles who has a red/orange color scheme and a reptilian Digimon for a partner. Personality wise, they tend to be hotheads, but brave.
Adventures/tri.: Taichi and Agumon. The codifiers, from which most of the next few characters take inspiration from. They're the only one's to be the main protagonists for series (unless you count Xros Wars as three separate series)
Adventures 02: Daisuke and V-Mon. The only duo whose main color is blue.
Tamers: Takato and Guilmon.
Frontier: Takuya. He doesn't have a Digimon partner, but even so, he's one of only two main protagonists whose Digimon (or form in his case) is not reptilian in any way.
Savers: Masaru and Agumon. The only Goggle Head that lacks goggles. The nerve of this man. He's loud and proud, and isn't afraid to get into fighting Digimon. Unlike the others though, he has some family issues.
Xros Wars: Taiki and Shoutmon.
Young Hunters: Tagiru and Gumdramon.
App Monsters: Haru and Gatchmon. The only other one who's Digimon partner is not a reptile, though I'm not really sure what Gatchmon is supposed to be. A cat?
tri.: Special mention to Daigo and Bearmon. He seemed to be the goggle boy for the original Chosen Children.

Then there's the Lone Wolf/Lancer/Rival character archetype. Usually, they go off on their own, have a blue color scheme, and a canine-like Digimon partner. Though, of course, there's variance and a bit of questioning in regards to who fits where.
Adventures/tri.: Yamato and Gabumon. Like Tai and Agumon, they are the codifiers without much variance, though it should be noted that, unlike the others, Yamato starts as part of the main group, while still keeping the lone wolf characteristics.
Adventures 02: Ken and Wormmon. Some say Takeru and Patamon are this, but its obvious Ken is the closer pick. While his main color is black, and Wormmon isn't really a canine, he still goes off on his own and is the main ally of the Goggle Head, like a couple others on this list.
Tamers: Ruki and Renamon. The only girls on this list.
Frontier: Kouji. Like Takuya, he lacks a partner, but his Digimon forms are still canine in nature, though some with a but of humanoid mixed in.
Savers: Thoma and Gaomon.
Xros Wars: Kiriha and Greymon. Another one who lacks a canine partner, interestingly having a partner of the original Goggle Head. Though he keeps the blue color scheme.
Young Hunters: Ryouma and Psychemon. There's some debate over this, mostly because there is not a lot done with Ryouma, but he still counts. His color scheme is green.
App Monsters: Rei and Hackmon. Again, he lacks a blue Digivice, with his being black. Otherwise, he fits.

The one that sticks out to me is the, for lack of a better term, Sixth Ranger character (or would it be Eight Chosen Child?), ie the character that joins the main cast late and tend to have something special about them. It isn't as clear cut as the others though.
Adventures/tri.: Hikari and Tailmon.
Adventures 02: Ken and Wormmon. He kinda fits two archetypes, with being both a Sixth Ranger and a Lone Wolf.
Tamers: Ryo and Cyberdramon. Though he's not the last to become a Tamer, he's the last introduced, and is the only one of the "Extra Tamers" who reaches the Ultimate level.
Frontier: Kouichi.
Savers: Ikuto and Falcomon. Like Ryo, he's the last one introduced, and is the only one aside from the main cast who reaches the Burst Mode.
Xros Wars: Yuu and Damemon. Again, there's some debate, but I think he fits the mold the best.
Young Hunters: No one really fits into this. Maybe some of the one-offs, but they are too minor to count.
App Monsters:
Yujin and Offmon.
tri.: Meiko and Meicoomon.

Are there any others?
 

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innocent, kind of spoiled girls:
Adventure/Tri: Mimi
Adventure 02: Yolei/Jun (Davis' sister)
Tamers: Jeri, Suzie
Frontier: Zoe
Savers: Kirstie (Marcus' little sister)
Xros Wars/Young Hunters: Airu Susaki
App Monsters: Eri Karan

Also smart/intelligent ones:
Adventure/Tri: Izzy
Adventure 02: Cody/Yolei
Tamers: Henry
Frontier: Kouji?
Savers: Thoma
Xros Wars/Young Hunters: Kudo Taiki
App monsters: Rei & especially Hajime
 

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Not necessarily an archetype in the sense that you're using, but the "younger sibling" trope is pretty prevalent throughout Digimon; every season has a major character that has/is/was (sorry Ken!) a sibling and that relationship has a direct impact on the plot and course of events.
 

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How about the underdogs?
01: Matt and possibly Joe.
02: Davis
Tamers: Takato? He didn't seem the perfect leader
Frontier: JP
Data Squad: I'm not sure in this one. It's been awhile.
Xros Wars: Probably all of them cept Taiki lol.
Hunters: Tagiru

Have not seen Appmon yet.
 

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Eri and Dokamon actually count for the loner archetype as well even if they aren't loners. Blue digivice, mammalian partner, and sort of at odds with the hero(if only slightly).
 

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The lion character who always dies:
Adventure: Leomon
Adventure 02: ?
Tamers: Leomon
Frontier: Koichi
Savers: BanchoLeomon
Adventure Tri: They still hate Leomon the most (lol)
 

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Oujamon from App looked a lot like a Leomon, did he ever have a near death experience or something?
 

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Mentor archetype, i guess only few series have this
Adventure: Joe? At least he was supposed to be since he's the oldest, there were also scenes of him wanting to be more reliable as a senior.
02: Koushiro or basically any of the 01 kids that's already junior high school students.
Tamers: not sure..
Frontier: probably none.. or you could always give it to Ophanimon
Savers: BanchouLeomon, Satsuma, Yushima
XW: not sure
Hunter: Definitely Taiki and to some extent, Yuu.
Appmon: Den'emon maybe.
Tri: Maki and Daigo.

Ok, since i've given example that by standard of previous posts and original post quite different since it list characters outside of "main characters" and "secondary characters", so i want to ask, is this restricted to human character only, "main characters" only, non-main characters but quite often appeared in series, or even includes "non-main characters that quite often appeared but always being taken as a joke character"?

Anyway, some series has "joke character" archetype
Adventure: not sure, but pretty sure not from 16 main characters
02: Probably daisuke
Tamers: Hirokazu and Kenta
Frontier: Junpei, Bokomon, and Neemon.
Savers: reincarnated Gotsumon (?)
Xros Wars: probably Zenjirou
Hunter: not sure
Appmon: that "NOOOOO!" afro guy
Tri: AlwaysHungrymon i mean Agumon

"The girl" also pretty much become archetype in a series where there's only one female character.

Oujamon from App looked a lot like a Leomon, did he ever have a near death experience or something?
He died against Beautymon on their first meeting... well, died as Dokamon. But in all fairness, the other 3 main characters also "died" at that episode.
 
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Oujamon from App looked a lot like a Leomon, did he ever have a near death experience or something?
He temporarily dies in an episode along with all the buddy appmon

also there's the one who has the most darkness about them or who suffers the most archetype
takeru(although i'm not sure about that.)
ken
juri
kouichi
yuu(who's a blatant rip off of ken.)
yuujin
meiko

cute mascot archetype:
culumon
cutemon
offmon
 
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How is Takuya forms not reptlian if his spirit is inherited of Ancient Greymon that is a Dinosaur, and he has Vritramon that has dragon attributes and is even named after a mythological dragon, and Kaiser Greymon whose attacks also make allusion do dragons?

Also, I consider the Tamer's Sixth Ranger to be Beelzebumon, it fits more him I guess.
 

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How is Takuya forms not reptlian if his spirit is inherited of Ancient Greymon that is a Dinosaur, and he has Vritramon that has dragon attributes and is even named after a mythological dragon, and Kaiser Greymon whose attacks also make allusion do dragons?
AncientGreymon's a dragon, not a dinosaur. And anyway, dinosaurs weren't reptiles in real-life, so...
 

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How is Takuya forms not reptlian if his spirit is inherited of Ancient Greymon that is a Dinosaur, and he has Vritramon that has dragon attributes and is even named after a mythological dragon, and Kaiser Greymon whose attacks also make allusion do dragons?
AncientGreymon's a dragon, not a dinosaur. And anyway, dinosaurs weren't reptiles in real-life, so...
Well, they aren't, but that would make Agumon line and Guilmon line non-reptiles too I believe. (Agumon is classified as a Reptile-type but well, it is a Dinosaur)
 

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Wise old guru mentor: Jijimon, Gennai, Gankoomon, the Babamon in Vtamer
 

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And Babamon in Digital Card Battle, where she runs the Village of Beginnings instead of Jijimon.
 

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Oh and the old guy Bagramon became too.
 

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Why do I have a feeling that if Gankoomon and Hackmon's reference book story ever became an anime Gankoomon would die instead of Leomon
 

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I feel Juri is the Tamers "sixth ranger". Because all of them tend to be evil/antagonists at some point and then turn good. In Hikari's case, it was Tailmon who was the antagonist though. Juri is "evil" at some point. I think she fits the role more so than Ryou.
 

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I feel Juri is the Tamers "sixth ranger". Because all of them tend to be evil/antagonists at some point and then turn good. In Hikari's case, it was Tailmon who was the antagonist though. Juri is "evil" at some point. I think she fits the role more so than Ryou.
Let's say they split the archetype between them, ^-^
 

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Them, Hirokazu, Kenta, and Shiuchon, if you don't count Ai and Makoto. Really the majority of Tamers' protagonists were "sixth rangers."
 

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Juri wasn't evil only her clone was
i get that she was used by d-reaper as a fuel but i don't think that makes her neccessarily evil, she didn't have any malicious intentions
the one that turned from evil to good was a digimon, impmon/beelzebumon

however she's the only additional tamer that mattered to the story so that might make her a sixth ranger
 
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