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Renamon
(レナモン)
Renamon

Voice actor(s):Yuka Imai (Japanese)
Mari Devon (English)
Partner(s):Rika Nonaka
Digivolution
In-TrainingViximon
RookieRenamon
ChampionKyubimon
UltimateTaomon
MegaSakuyamon

Renamon is a fictional character from the Digimon media franchise. Renamon's Tamer is Rika, and is a main character in the Digimon Tamers season (as well as the two related movies Battle of Adventurers and Runaway Locomon). Renamon's Digivolution forms are inspired from the Kitsune and other fox spirits of Asian myth. The name "Renamon" is derived from Renard, the French word for Fox. In the Japanese original, as well as in most dubs, Renamon and her other forms are portrayed as female, though in the German dub, all the forms except Sakuyamon are voiced and treated as male.

Conception and creation

Chiaki J. Konaka conceived of Renamon as an androgynous character. However, Renamon's personality development over the course of the Digimon Tamers canon shifted towards a feminine personality, and she was thus recognized as a female character and given a matching voice by Yuka Imai.[1]

Appearance

Renamon is tall and powerful for a Rookie level Digimon. She is far more mature than the other Rookie Digimon, considering her experience and jaded view on life. Renamon's feral features and penetrating icy blue eyes can make her seem quite intimidating, even when she does not mean to give that impression. She seems to be able to teleport short distances. Renamon can also run at high speeds (to the point of being able to pass speeding traffic). Renamon also seen to have the ability to be invisible. Throughout the entire series, she hardly ever smiles. She has the Taoist Taijitu symbol on the armguards she wears and the zodiacal Cancer symbol on her thighs.

Description

Renamon became Rika's partner after she received her D-Power (D- Arc in Japan) shortly after a Digimon Cards tournament. Many Digimon appeared to ask Rika to be their tamer, but in the end, Rika's choice was Renamon; "I just want one strong Digimon." Renamon remained as Rika's companion throughout the Tamers season. Renamon does not remember how she came to the real world from the Digiworld, she only remembers her partnership and friendship with Rika. Whenever Rika is alone or in other places, Rika just has to call her name, Renamon will appear to where Rika is.

At first, Renamon's view on humans was that they were just aides for Digimon in Digivolution, and her Tamer, Rika, thought that Digimon were just fighting machines. The two had a distant relationship. As time passed, their friendship grew stronger, having understood each other better, and the two saved each other on many occasions. It reached its zenith when, during the D-Reaper's attack, Rika told Renamon that she preferred fighting by Renamon's side over leaving the battle and saving herself. This enabled the final Bio-mergeance that sparked Sakuyamon's birth.

Impmon has an extremely interesting relationship with Renamon. At first he hated her, then hated and liked her, then finally, at the end of the series, he developed a crush on her. In the Series, Renamon once said she and impmon have a connection between them.

Attacks:

  • Diamond Storm (狐葉楔 Fox Leaf Arrowhead): Renamon summons a cloud of razor-sharp ice shards which she fires on her foe.
  • Power Paw ( Wysteria Punch ): Only used once in the show, Renamon's hands and feet are surrounded by blue fire as she strikes.
  • Kokhenyo ( Fox Change Void ): Renamon becomes surrounded by yellow leaves and switches places with the foe

Other forms

The name "Renamon" refers to only the Rookie form of this Digimon. Throughout the series, Renamon gains the ability to Digivolve into a number of more powerful forms (each with a different name). The rookie form, however, remains the most common and preferred form.

Viximon

Viximon

Viximon (ポコモン Pokomon)

Viximon is the In-Training form of Renamon. The name "Viximon" comes from "Vixen", the word for a female fox. Viximon is a small yellow round ball with four legs, a pair of sharp pointy fox ears and a fluffy white-tipped tail.

Viximon appears once when Renamon De-Digivolved after the defeat of the D-Reaper, and returned to the Digital World soon after.

Attacks:

  • Killing Stone (殺生石): Viximon turns herself into a stone and attacks the opponent by emitting a poisonous gas.

Kyubimon

Kyuubimon

Kyubimon (キュウビモン Kyūbimon?)

Kyubimon is Renamon's Champion level form. Kyubimon is a yellow nine-tailed fox with a white mane and mystical blue flames flaring around her paws and tail tips. Kyubimon was inspired by a mythical Japanese beast, the kitsune, which is based on the same Japanese myth. Rika had wanted Renamon to digivolve for a long time, but wasn't able to achieve it. However, when the two were attacked by a Dokugumon, Renamon protected Rika, thus taking the full blast of Dokugumon's attack. Rika, who had never accepted Renamon as a living creature before, cried out in sorrow over Renamon's sacrifice. This emotional response caused Renamon to digivolve to Kyubimon, who was now able to defeat the Spider Digimon. Renamon later digivolves again several times to battle the Devas and other evil Digimon in the Digital World.

Attacks:

  • Fox Tail Inferno (鬼火玉 Demon Spirit Fireball): The blue flames on Kyubimon's tails become brighter, and ghostly faces similar to that of DemiMeramon's appear on them. The faces then become small fireballs which Kyubimon launches at her opponents to destroy them in an explosion of energy as well as trap them in a cage of blue flames which singes them.
  • Dragon Wheel (狐炎龍 Fox Flame Dragon): Kyubimon starts to spin very fast, which causes the flames on her body to erupt into a fiery inferno. This turns her body into a ball of swirling blue fire. When in this state, Kyubimon summons a mystical dragon, which emerges from her body to destroy her enemies.

Taomon

Taomon

Taomon (タオモン)

Taomon is Renamon's Ultimate form. Taomon's dress style, including the long hat and the robes she wears, is based upon the religion Taoism and a Christian Vicar.

Taomon fights by summoning various spells and weapons to help her harness the powers of the magical energy that flows through the universe. Taomon first appeared to fight the Ox Deva, Vajramon. Vajramon had asked to talk with Renamon, and the two briefly returned to the Digital World. Vajramon, who seemed smitten with Renamon, tried to convince her to join the Devas. When Renamon turned him down, Vajramon was enraged and attacked Renamon. With Rika's aid, Renamon was able to Digivolve to Taomon, defeating Vajramon easily and destroying him with the Talisman Of Light. Taomon later appeared again to fight Vikaralamon, Beelzemon, Zhuqiaomon and the agents of the D-Reaper.

Attacks:

  • Thousand Spells (狐封札 Fox Sealing Paper): Taomon leaps high into the air with her sleeve-covered arms outstretched. She then shoots thousands of magical, red spell papers from them. The spell papers can bind enemies to a spot as well as combust in a fiery explosion.
  • Talisman of Light (梵筆閃 Sanskrit Pen Flash): A large, magical calligraphy brush emerges from Taomon's long sleeves, which can be used as both a weapon and a magical staff. The brush can be used to paint mystical symbols into the air, which release beams of pure light energy that can devastate all but the strongest of Digimon.
  • Talisman Spell: Taomon throws a magical red spell paper into the air, which is used to summon and manifest various magical effects. This includes a spherical shield of impenetrable magical energy, as well as releasing small spectral blasts.
  • Trinity Force (Trinity Burst): In this combined attack with WarGrowlmon and Rapidmon, Taomon turns into a crystal-like form, then a beam of energy, and then she combines with the other two (also in the form of energy beams at this point) into an energy arrow that resembles a crane.

Sakuyamon

Sakuyamon

Sakuyamon (サクヤモン)

Sakuyamon is the Mega form of Renamon. Sakuyamon was formed when Rika biomerged with Renamon while they took a leap of faith to save Calumon from the D-Reaper. Rika fell back into Renamon and there was a blinding flash of blue light. Data rings formed around them as the visage of a lady with long hair was seen leaping high into the moonlight, landing clad in golden armor and holding a khakkhara. Sakuyamon appeared thereafter in almost every battle against the D-Reaper. Near the end of the series, Sakuyamon passed her energy to Justimon to help him defeat the Cable-Reaper, which only proved to be in vain. She later returns in Runaway Locomon during the final battle in which they were overwhelmed until Gallantmon: Crimson Mode saved the day and destroyed all of the Parasimon in one shot with his Crimson Light attack.

Sakuyamon's name is derived from the Japanese Princess Sakuya of Konohana (『木花の開耶姫』?)

In the final volume of the Digimon Tamers manga produced by Tokyopop, when Sakuyamon passed her energy to Gallantmon to help him defeat the D-Reaper, it proved successful and Gallantmon was able to save the day.

It is noteworthy that in episode 49 of Digimon Tamers, Renamon stated to Rika's mother that digimon do not have genders when questioned as to whether or not she was female. This is a translation glitch, as in the original Japanese, Renamon says Digimon do not have 'biology' (meaning female biology, the ability to reproduce). But the line created for the English dub clashes with Sakuyamon's physical form, which is definitively female.

Attacks:

  • Amethyst Mandala (Kongoukai Mandala (『金剛界曼荼羅』?, lit. "Diamond Realm Mandala")): Creates a huge ring of golden energy that surrounds an enemy and slowly decreases in size, crushing it.
  • Spirit Strike (Īzuna (『飯綱』 "Īzuna"?)[2]): Summons four fox spirits that contain the powers of fire, water, wind and lightning that obey and fight for her.
  • Amethyst Wind: Summons a mystical wind that carries hundreds of purple crystalline shards. These shards can rip enemies to shreds.
  • Crystal Sphere: Creates a spherical crystalline barrier that is charged with magical energy. The barrier can deflect incoming attacks as well as radiating outwards and destroying all enemies that come in to contact with it. It can also go through walls.

References

  1. Konaka, Chiaki J.. "Renamon". Konaka.com. http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/characters/renamon-e.html. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
  2. Īzuna is fox sorcery, practiced by the Izuna Shugen cult of Japan, that utilizes Kudagitsune

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