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"Iron Vegiemon"
(Yami no Ō Dejimon Kaizaa)
"Digimon Kaiser, King of the Darkness"
(Ja:) Fuji Television
(En:) Saban Entertainment
Airdate (Ja:) April 23, 2000
(En:) August 26, 2000
Written by (Ja:) Hiro Masaki
(En:) Jeff Nimoy, Bob Buchholz
Directed by (Ja:) Takenori Kawada
Chief Anim.
Toshio Deguchi
Art Tetsuhiro Shimizu
Toei Animation

Matt and the other kids answer a call for help from Gabumon, whose attempts to liberate a village of captive Digimon have so far failed, thanks to RedVegiemon, who is under the Emperor's control.

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DA02 ep 4 recap

Episode recap for Iron Vegiemon.


In the Digiworld, the five new DigiDestined along with Tai are helping Digimon escape from the Digimon Emperor's jail. T.K. is suspicious that it was too easy, and he must’ve planned it like that for a reason. Just before returning home, Gatomon notices a large tower, and Gabumon is then revealed to be one of the emperor’s captives. They arrive back in the real world Izzy is shocked to find out the others have brought back the Gotsumon from the Digital World. They decide to pose as art sculptures in case anyone comes in the computer class. Izzy asks Yolei to borrow her Digivice as it seems only the new ones can open the gate to the Digital World, and he would like to study it more.

Meanwhile, back in the Digiworld, Gabumon is helping some Gazimon escape from the emperor’s jail. He is caught by RedVegiemon and is beaten until he falls off a cliff into the water below. He washes up on shore next to an old television, desperate to find Matt.

At that moment Matt is performing in a concert with his band. He and T.K. talk after the show and they meet Davis' sister, Jun Motomiya. They then receive an emergency message from Yolei. She got a message from Gabumon saying that he needed help. The DigiDestined ready themselves go, but Yolei is unable to because Izzy is still examining her Digivice.

Once in the DigiWorld, Matt reunites with his partner Gabumon. Before going back into the jail, they decide that this might be part of the emperor’s plan, and much to Davis’ dismay, that they should rescue all the hostages. The kids (and Gabumon) pretend to be captured slaves while their partner Digimon pretend to be the ones who captured them. They easy gain access from the Vegiemon and escape from the cell they are put in, but are once again caught freeing Digimon.

When they are trying to escape, Davis begins to lose his temper again because no one listens to what he has to say, and he also gets mad about T.K. and Matt meeting his sister. This makes Matt mad, saying that he needs to learn more respect. Kari also gets mad because Davis was trash talking his sibling, and he becomes upset because he thinks Kari hates him. The Vegiemon catch up to the group and then begin attacking them. Their Digimon are unable to Digivolve because their partners are constricted by the Vegiemon. Veemon gets beat repeatedly by RedVegiemon, and Davis is struggling, frustrated that he is unable to help. Gabumon is also unable to Digivolve because apparently Digimon cannot Digivolve naturally because of the Control Spires. While beating Veemon, RedVegiemon accidentally destroys the nearby spire, and thus Gabumon is able to Digivolve into Garurumon and with the help of Flamedramon they defeat RedVegimon. Tai, Izzy and Yolei arrive with their Digimon and realize that the Control Spires power the Dark Rings. Armadillomon Armor Digivolves to Digmon and finishes destroying the Control Spire to free all they nearby Digimon from the emperor’s control. The DigiDestined deduce that they have to destroy the Control Spire for any particular area to disable the Dark Rings in said area. Luckily enough, Izzy has found a map of the Spires on Yolei’s Digivice, one which they can use to help with the task.

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Featured characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance. Bolded characters are fought by the protagonists, and italicized characters appear only as a voice or silhouette.)

Humans In-Training Rookie Champion Armor

Digimon Analyser

DC reDC tsuDC doDC beDC jiDC chouonDC moDC n

Plant Digimon

Special Move
Hazard Breath
RedVegiemon: "I am the biggest and ripest of all Vegiemon. My Stink Jet attack destroys my enemies with noxious fumes."


(Number indicates order of occurrence.)

Veemon 1 DemiVeemon 3 Veemon 6 Flamedramon 9 DemiVeemon
Veemon t Arrow R Red.png DemiVeemon t Arrow R.png Veemon t Arrow R.png Flamedramon t Arrow RR Red.png DemiVeemon t

Armadillomon 1 Upamon 4 Armadillomon 8 Digmon 9 Upamon
Armadillomon t Arrow R Red.png Upamon t Arrow R.png Armadillomon t Arrow R.png Digmon t Arrow RR Red.png Upamon t

Gabumon 5 Garurumon
Gabumon t Arrow R.png Garurumon t

Poromon 7 Hawkmon 9 Poromon
Poromon t Arrow R.png Hawkmon t Arrow R Red.png Poromon t

Agumon 12 Greymon
Agumon t Arrow R.png Greymon t


Tai: "I can practically smell the cafeteria from here."
Davis: "That's my peanut butter and jelly bean sandwich I've had in my pocket since last week."
Cody: "Yuck."

Davis probably hasn't washed those pants in a while either.

"How do I get myself into these things?"

Gabumon reflects silently on his capture by the Digimon Emperor.

"Are you crazy, bringing the Gotsumon back from the Digital World?!"

Izzy would never have gone along with that plan if he'd been with the group.

Yolei: "But how are we going to explain it if Mr. Fujiyama comes in here?"
Cody: "Don't worry. I'll tell him I'm taking a sculpting class and these are some of my early masterpieces."
Yolei: "'Early rejects' might be a better phrase."

Yolei doesn't think much of the Gotsumon as art subjects.

"For trying to escape, you get to smell my roots, and I have root rot!"

RedVegiemon punishes Gabumon and the Gazimon.

"My fur is dry clean only!"

Gabumon after being throw into the river.

"Man, I stink."

Gabumon's wet fur creates a wet dog smell.

Matt: "Listen, T.K., just because I have a rock band doesn't mean I can hide a band of rocks that happen to be Digimon."
TK: "Well, think about it. Maybe they can be your backup singers."
Matt: "They sound too gravelly."

Matt and T.K. try to come up with a solution to their Gotsumon problem.

Jun: "You may not know it, but I haven't washed this shirt in two years."
T.K.: "There's not a lot of room."
Jun: "I know. I think all boys are cute."

—The fateful first encounter with Jun, Davis' older sister.

Gatomon: "Why do they call those things on top of the TV 'rabbit ears'? Why don't they call them 'cat ears'? After all, when was the last time you saw a rabbit sleeping on top of a TV?"
Kari: "This is what you think of?"

Gatomon being random.

Davis: "I can't even believe you're not worried about Kari's well being, T.A.!"
T.K.: "T.A.?"
Cody: "He forgot how to spell T.K.!"

Cody teases Davis on his mispronunciation of T.K.'s name.

"Easy there, junior. You have to learn fighting's not the only answer. It should only be your last resort."

Matt lectures Davis about making a smart plan of action.

Davis: "Why won't anyone listen to me?!"
Veemon: "What'd you say?"

Davis is frustrated that the others won't take his leadership role seriously.

T.K.: "Come on, Matt, don't fight. He's younger than you are. He doesn't know any better."
Matt: "I don't care how young he is. He'd better learn some respect."

Matt's probably having fierce flashbacks to his rivalry with Tai as he fights with Davis.

"I can't stand anyone who talks bad about their brother or sister!"

Kari has such a strong bond with her older brother that it shapes her opinion of other sibling relationships.

"I'm gonna make vegetarians around the world proud!"

Veemon decides to take on RedVegiemon singlehandedly to cheer up a depressed Davis.

Veemon: "Put me down or I'll toss you like a salad!"
RedVegiemon: "In case you've forgotten, I have the upper hand here!"

Veemon is one brave little Digimon.

"They're certainly going to need a lot of glue."

Hawkmon sees the cracked control spire.

"Sorry, I forgot to yell timber."

Digmon destroys the control spire.

"Whoa! Did I get married when I was asleep?"

RedVegiemon is free of the dark ring's control.

Greymon: "They don't make control spires like they used to."
Tai: "Ha! Way to go, Greymon! You're a one 'mon wrecking crew!"

Tai watches as Greymon topples another spire.

"What?! A spire was destroyed? Must be those meddling kids."

The Digimon Emperor makes a Scooby-Doo reference.

Other notes

Continuity errors

  • In this episode, Tai states that the only way to enter the computer into the Digital World is through use of a second generation digivice. However, Tai managed to enter the Digital World all on his own in the first episode.

Animation errors

  • In a shot of the Digimon Emperor and the Vegiemon, the white section of the Digimon Emperor's outfit on the right side of his abdomen is miscolored.
  • When the Vegiemon are reacting to the Digimon Emperor's whip, the black stripes on the side of their eyes are colored red.
  • Before Gabumon uses his Blue Blaster attack to escape the prison, one of pink markings on his stomach is colored yellow.
  • When Davis holds up his D-3, the yellow and white stripes on his right sleeve are missing.
  • In a shot of Cody leaving Davis, to join the others, the yellow marking under Veemon's right eye is missing.
  • When Armadillomon is shown with the unconscious Vegiemon, his underbody is colored gold instead of purple.
  • In a shot of the group looking over the cliff-edge, Gabumon's right ear is missing its blue end.
  • After Davis falls while being held by the Vegiemon, part of the red section of his jacket appears to be missing.
  • When the Vegiemon remove their dark rings, their eyes are colored white instead of red.
  • Near the end of the episode, the stings on Wormmon's tail are colored green instead of violet.
  • In the English dub, the stats that are displayed during RedVegiemon's analysis are those of Digmon, most likely from the episode The Digiteam Complete (though most viewers would not notice this, as the stats are all in Japanese).

Dubbing changes

  • Several shots of Gabumon, and later Veemon, being beaten by RedVegiemon are removed from the English dub..
  • In the original version, the song that Matt and his band, the Teenage Wolves, play is one of Matt's image songs, Walk on the Edge.

Real-world references

  • The English dub episode title is a reference to the cooking show, Iron Chef.
  • RedVegiemon's English dub voice mimics the actor Jack Nicholson.

Miscellaneous trivia

  • Ken announces the episode title in the Japanese episode.
  • This is the first episode in the series to feature a normal digivolution to the Champion level.
  • The Control Spires, which play a major part in the series, make their first significant appearance in this episode (they did appear briefly in the first episode).

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