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Gatomon
(テイルモン Tailmon)
Tailmon

Type:Exhalted Beast Digimon
Voice actor(s):Edie Mirman (English)
Yuka Tokumitsu (Japanese)
Partner(s):Kari Kamiya
Digivolution
FreshYukimibotamon
In-TrainingNyaromon
RookieSalamon
ChampionGatomon
UltimateAngewomon
MegaMagnadramon
Armor Digivolution
Nefertimon (Digi-Egg of Light)
DNA Digivolution (+ Aquilamon)
UltimateSilphymon

Gatomon, known as Tailmon (テイルモン Teirumon?) in Japanese, is a Digimon creature from the Digimon media franchise that comprises anime, manga, toys, video games, trading card games and other media. Despite her size and mischievous nature, Gatomon is stronger than she looks as long as she has her Holy Ring on her tail. Without it, her power decreases and she is only as strong as a Rookie. There are several different Gatomon that appear in various Digimon anime and manga series. The most well-known appearance of Gatomon is in the Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 anime as the partner of Kari Kamiya.

A Salamon appears in Digimon Frontier as what has hatched from Ophanimon's digi-egg.

Description

Gatomon appears similar to a white Egyptian kitten, with enormous tiger-like hands, which are actually copied from Saberleomon's data. She wears the holy Tail Ring that gives her powers. It turns out that in Digimon Adventure 02 (where she is one of the main characters), the loss of the ring turns out to be the key event of the series (also reducing her power equivalent to that of a Rookie). In the dub, she speaks in a soft, drawling voice. The Japanese version, however, has her in a much older voice to reflect her maturity as an Adult level Digimon. As Salamon, she acts more youthful like many of the Rookie level Digimon. Her name, "Gatomon," comes from "gato", which means "cat" in Spanish, Greek, Italian and Portuguese, whereas her Japanese name comes from the word "tail". Though she is a Champion level Digimon, she is just as big as the other Rookie level Digimon.

Attacks

  • Lightning Paw (Neko Punch): A lightning-fast punch
  • Cat's Eye Hypnotism (Cat's Eye): An attack that allows Gatomon to confuse and/or paralyze the opponent.
  • Cat Tail : Uses the Holy Ring on her tail to block attacks.

Appearance

Gatomon is a main character in Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02, as well as the movies Digimon Adventure (The Movie), Our War Game!, The Golden Digimentals and Diaboromon Strikes Back.

Gatomon first appeared in Digimon Adventure as a malicious Digimon working for Myotismon. As a Digi-Egg, Nyaromon had been separated from the other seven Chosen Digimon. When she later digivolved into Salamon, Myotismon took her under his wing and she receives brutal beatings whenever she scowls at him. Salamon eventually naturally Digivolved into Gatomon and became one of Myotismon's lieutenants in his army of Digimon. During this time, she gained a rival in one of his other minions, Demidevimon, as the two competed for their master's favour. Her only friend was Wizardmon, a Digimon who Gatomon had once helped and vowed to return the favor.

Gatomon accompanied Myotismon and his army in the assault on the Real World in the search of the Eighth Child, the predestined eighth member of the DigiDestined, who Myotismon was determined to destroy. Thanks to Wizardmon, Gatomon realized that she was in fact the chosen partner Digimon for the eighth member, Kari Kamiya. However, Myotismon also discovered this and captured Gatomon and used her to identify Kari. When Gatomon refused, Kari willingly gave herself up to stop the bloodshed, despite the protests of Gatomon and the other DigiDestined.

The DigiDestined and their Digimon, along with Wizardmon, fought Myotismon to save Kari. During the battle, Wizardmon sacrificed himself for Kari. Gatomon was devastated by Wizardmon's death, and Digivolved into Angewomon to fight Myotismon. By absorbing the power of the other Digimon into one of her arrows, Angewomon had apparently destroyed Myotismon. However, Myotismon's entity endured and he became VenomMyotismon. After the following battle Gatomon accompanied Kari and the other DigiDestined back to the Digital World to fight the Dark Masters.

Gatomon returned as a main character in the second Digimon season, Digimon Adventure 02. Three years had passed since the adventures of the original DigiDestined, and now, a human calling himself the Digimon Emperor was conquering the Digital World and enslaving the Digimon. Gatomon was reunited with Kari but had lost her Tail Ring while escaping a Unimon under the control of a Dark Ring. Without the Tail Ring's holy power, Gatomon's power was greatly reduced to roughly that of a Rookie level Digimon.

In the last episode of the series, Gennai returns the missing Tail Ring to Gatomon. Apparently it was found by the forces of good. Gennai explains that the Ring served as a means to contain the dark energy of the Digimon Emperor's fortress, and that its power was what allowed DNA Digivolution to take place.

Other forms

The name "Gatomon" refers to only the Champion form of this Digimon. Throughout the series, Gatomon gains the ability to Digivolve into a number of more powerful forms (each with a different name). Unlike the rest of the DigiDestined Digimon, the Champion form is the most common and preferred form for Gatomon. A higher amount of energy is required to stay in a higher form.

Nyaromon

Nyaromon

Nyaromon

Nyaromon (ニャロモン?) is Gatomon's In-Training form. The name "Nyaromon" comes from the word "nyaa", the Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound that cats make.

The first and only time Nyaromon is seen is in Digimon Adventure, during the flashback that shows a Nyaromon, sitting in a tree, waiting for someone. This someone would be Kari, as Gatomon would later find.

Attacks

  • Galactica Magnum Tail (Fox Tail): Smacks enemies with her tail.
  • Bubble Blow (Acid Bubbles): Nyaromon fires bubbles from her mouth.

Salamon

Salamon

Salamon

Salamon, called Plotmon (プロットモン Purottomon?) in the Japanese version, is a Mammal Digimon that is Gatomon's Rookie form, resembling a puppy who has a Power Ring around her neck. According to an interview with the English dub producer, Terri-Lei O'Malley, Salamon was named after her pet cat. Coincidentally, Salamon's name is similar to the Malay word "salak" which means barking.

Gatomon tends to become Salamon when she is too exhausted after a fight to maintain the Champion form, such as when she fired her arrow to assist Tai and Agumon in their fight against VenomMyotismon, allowing him to Warp Digivolve into Wargreymon. She appears for the first time in Digimon Adventure in a flashback about how Gatomon met Myotismon. In Digimon Adventure 02, Salamon appears again when Silphymon De-Digivolves prior to absorbing the power bestowed by Azulongmon's digicores.

Attacks

  • Puppy Howling: A shrill howl used to distract opponents
  • Petit Punch: Salamon uses her hind feet to push an opponent over
  • Sledge Dash: Tackles the opponent

Angewomon

Angewomon2

Angewomon

Angewomon is Gatomon's natural Ultimate form. Angewomon first appeared in the episode 'Wizardmon's Gift', during the final battle against Myotismon in Digimon Adventure. The sacrifice of Wizardmon and Kari's mourning activated the Crest of Light, allowing Gatomon to Digivolve into Angewomon, who then used her Heaven's Charm and Celestial Arrow to easily defeat him. Like Angemon, Angewomon is considerably more powerful than other Ultimate level Digimon as it was due to her powers that Myotismon was defeated; she was able to paralyze Myotismon, preventing him from attacking, and deliver the finishing touch through her Celestial Arrow after gathering and drawing upon the powers of all the other Digimon. Angewomon and Angemon later intervened in a crucial point in the battle against VenomMyotismon, holding him off briefly despite their attacks seemingly having little effect on him, and together, to fulfill the prophecy, fired arrows at Tai and Matt to enable their Digimon to Digivolve into their highest Mega forms.

Angewomon was also a powerful ally in the fight against the Dark Masters and Apocalymon. She also got into a cat fight with her rival LadyDevimon, the feared Ultimate-level Nightmare Soldier of Piedmon. This rivalry was on a more personal, feminine level, and also took place again with another of the species, though it is unconfirmed whether this one in 02 was the same Digimon she'd killed before. Though LadyDevimon was able to easily deflect the attacks of Birdramon, Kabuterimon, and Andromon, their assault distracted her long enough for Angemon to deliver his Hand of Fate, which she was barely able to avoid, and Angewomon to fire her Celestial Arrow, which managed to strike a glancing blow. After Angemon and Birdramon departed with their Digidestined to find the other scattered Chosen Children, Angewomon continued her intense battle with LadyDevimon, at first weakening, missing with her Celestial Arrows and struggling to repel the latter's Darkness Wave attacks, and is even hurled violently to the ground, but MegaKabuterimon's intervention managed to save her, giving Angewomon the chance to rise back into the air and focus all her power into one powerful Heaven's Charm that was able to completely annihilate LadyDevimon and end the battle with Angewomon's triumph.

After Kari used the power from the Crest of Light to free the Sovereigns, Gatomon supposedly lost the power to become Angewomon; however she was able to digivolve into Angewomon to save Kari and T.K. while they battled the Digimon Emperor by the Dark Ocean (this was probably because of the positive energy released when Pegasusmon knocked down the Control Spire in the lighthouse). Three years after releasing the Sovereigns, in Digimon Adventure 02, Gatomon and the other older Digi-Destined Digimon had their powers restored by one of Azulongmon's DigiCores. This allowed Gatomon to once again assume her Ultimate form. She appears in both Digimon 02's movies, digivolving into Magnadramon, her mega form, to release the Golden Digieggs with Seraphimon, Angemon's Mega form, and again with Angemon to assist Omnimon in defeating Diaboromon.

Attacks

  • Celestial Arrow (Holy Arrow): Creates and fires an arrow using the wings on her gloves that strikes her enemy.
  • Heaven's Charm (Heaven's Charm): Creates a cross-like shape that acts as a shield and a devastating attack angewomon has the powers to bring the light from hevan into a aroww and shoot

Nefertimon

Nefertimon

Nefertimon

Nefertimon (ネフェルティモン Neferutimon?), the "Angel of Light" (or "the Light of Smiles" in the original Japanese), is an Exhalted Beast Digimon that Gatomon becomes when she Armor Digivolves using the Digi-Egg of Light. Her name is derived from the ancient Egyptian queen, Nefertiti, and her design from a Sphinx. She is also the only Armor Digivolution of a Champion Level Digimon because Gatomon lost her tail ring in the beginning of the season which reduced her power to rookie level.

Gatomon first became Nefertimon on the day the Digi-Egg of Light was found. Gatomon, Kari, T.K. and Patamon had ended up in a cave after escaping some Dark-Ringed Tyrannomon. Kari managed to lift the Digi-Egg and unleashed its power, allowing Gatomon to Armor Digivolve to Nefertimon. After Ken renounced his evil persona, Nefertimon was no longer needed as Gatomon and the other older Digi-Destined Digimon had their powers restored by one of Azulongmon's DigiCores. Though regaining the ability to once again assume her Ultimate form, Nefertimon was used as a means of transportation around the Digital World.

Attacks

  • Rosetta Stone: She fires a stone tablet that appears out of the pink beam which erupts from her necklace.
  • Queen's Paw (Nile Jewelry): Gems are fired from Nefertimon's paws.
  • Cat's Eye Beam (Curse of the queen, Beam of Isis in Digimon Frontier):A pink beam of light is fired out of the snake's eyes which is on her crown.
  • Golden Noose (Sanctuary Bind): Nefertimon partners with Pegasusmon to bind enemies with a rope of golden light.

Silphymon

Silphymon

Silphymon

Silphymon (シルフィーモン Shirufīmon?) is an Ultimate level Digimon who is the DNA Digivolved form of Gatomon and Aquilamon, combining the features and attributes of a Bird type Digimon with that of Beast type. Some of its recognizable parts are Gatomon's ears, and Aquilamon's wing-top feathers on the arms and legs.

It first formed when Yolei, Kari and Ken were trapped within the Dark Ocean and attacked by a Blossomon created by Arukenimon. Kari was too frightened to move but Yolei managed to snap her out of it and told her that as long they were friends, Kari was safe. At that moment, the hearts of Yolei and Kari were beating as one, causing their Digimon partners to merge. The newly formed Silphymon managed to destroy Blossomon and get everyone back into the Digital World. Silphymon eventually became essential in fighting the likes of Arukenimon, Mummymon and BlackWarGreymon. Silphymon also defeated Lady Devimon, Angewomon's rival. It should be noted that, despite Gatomon's reduced power level from losing her Tail Ring, Silphymon was still as strong as any other Ultimate level Digimon. After Silphymon de-digivolves, Gatomon returnes to Salamon.

Attacks

  • Static Force (Top Gun): Creates an energy ball that is fired from the hands at the opponent.
  • Astral Laser (Dual Sonic): A duplicate of Silphymon's body is created using energy and fired on the opponent.

Magnadramon

Magnadramon

Magnadramon

Magnadramon, called Holydramon (ホーリードラモン Hōrīdoramon?) in Japanese, is Gatomon's Mega form, a serpentine dragon with ten wings, a lion-like muzzle and two horns. The name "Magnadramon" is derived from the words Magna meaning "large" or "great" and Dra for "dragon". It is one of the great four dragons.

Magnadramon appears in the Digimon Adventure 02 movie The Golden Digimentals. In this movie, Angewomon fights the evil Digimon Cherubimon. During the battle, Angewomon and Angemon Digivolve into their Mega forms to release the Golden Digi-Eggs. This form was never actually shown in the series.

Attacks

  • Fire Tornado (Holy Flame): A spiraling flame is shot from the mouth.
  • Dragon Fire (Apocalypse): Magnadramon calls down energy bolts from the heavens to strike her opponents.
  • Hermit Fog: Magnadramon sprays forth a mist from her mouth that corrodes anything that it touches.

Ophanimon

Ophanimon

Ophanimon.

Ophanimon (オファニモン Ofanimon?) is Gatomon's Mega form, as shown in the Digimon Tamers: Battle Spirit Ver. 1.5 video game. Though Gatomon is shown to have gained the ability to Warp Digivolve to Ophanimon, the reason was never explained in the game storyline.

Attacks

  • Air Sefirot Crystals
  • Eden's Needle
  • Eden's Air

Songs

  • Gatomon has one image song called "Getting Up" and has another with Kari (voiced by Kae Araki) called "Shining Star."

Trivia

  • In the Digimon Adventure 02 CD drama The Road to Armor Evolution (道へのアーマー進化, Michi e no Armor Shinka), as Kari unintentionally picks Cody's D-Terminal, Gatomon Armor Digivolves with the DigiEgg of Knowledge, resulting in Butterflymon.

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