Aviator Goggles (ゴーグル Gōguru?), normally worn around the forehead, are a traditional symbol for the leader of a DigiDestined team, usually referred to as a "Goggle Boy". Throughout each of the manga and the first four seasons of the anime, the leader of the Chosen Children would often wear goggles, as well as partner with a dragon- or reptile-type Digimon. This rule was broken in Digimon Data Squad with Marcus, who never wore any, though he did partner with the reptile-type Agumon.
It is notable that so far, no female has worn goggles outside of the video games.
Goggles are also worn by Armormon, Arresterdramon, BaoHuckmon, Chamelemon, FlameWizardmon, Hackmon, Logomon, Ludomon, Offmon, SaviorHuckmon, Shutmon, Tripmon, XrosUpArresterdramon (Blossomon), XrosUpArresterdramon (Dobermon), XrosUpArresterdramon (GigaBreakdramon), XrosUpArresterdramon (MetalTyrannomon),and XrosUpArresterdramon (Sagomon).
Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01
Taichi's grandfather had a friend who was brave and loved his friends, and would often say "courage will give you wings to fly". The friend became a talented pilot but died of an illness. He then kept his goggles as a reminder of him. When Taichi Yagami saw a friend being bullied and didn't know what to do, Taichi's grandfather gave him these goggles, which he called the Goggles of Courage and Friendship (仲間を思う勇気のゴーグル Nakama wo Omou Yuuki no Gōguru?), and told about the friend who used to own them. Taichi then put on the goggles, promising to not forget his courage.
Tai wears goggles over a headband. Taichi Yagami from Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01 tells Davis that Tai's goggles probably have the same meaning as Taichi's own. Tai also wore the goggles as a child. Ironically in the season, Tai was never seen using the goggles for any reason, nor explaining why he wears them.
Digimon Adventure 02
Davis is introduced wearing goggles, which initially causes T.K. to confuse him with Tai. Later, after Davis and Flamedramon save Kari from a Monochromon, Tai passes his own goggles onto Davis, to replace the ones that were destroyed in the fight. Much later, in the summer of 2003, Davis reflects upon the meaning of the goggles Tai gave him, and what makes a good leader. Davis was also seen using the goggles to shield his eyes when riding on a raft through piles of snow, during a brief sandstorm. As of the year 2027, he passed the goggles to his son.
Davis's image song is entitled "Goggle Boy", and his track in Digimon Adventure 02 Original Story: 2003 -Spring- is entitled "Goggles".
Takato first puts on goggles to explain his status as a Tamer to Guilmon. Later on in the series, he also uses them to shield his eyes when entering Digital Fields, or during the Digital World's dust storms. Throughtout the season, Rika often calls Takato, "Goggle Head", because of the goggles he wears.
Takuya wears goggles over a hat. At one point, he uses them while diving into a river to save his friends, and he later uses them again to shield his eyes during a sandstorm. Takuya also made a joke betting that his team wished they had a pair of goggles like him, but Koji said sarcastically, "All the cool kids wear goggles."
Digimon World 2
Akira wears goggles over a bandana.
Digimon World 3
Junior wears goggles over a hat.
Kōta Doumoto wears goggles.
While creating his avatar for the Digimon Net Game, Tsurugi Tatsuno decides that his original character looks a bit plain and adds goggles as the finishing touch. As he is pulled into the Digital World from the Net Game, his clothing mimicks his avatar, including the goggles.
Mikey Kudo wears goggles. He has a tendency to flick them whenever he gets an idea.
In the Lake Zone, Jeremy Tsurgi borrows Mikey's goggles, in order to repair Ballistamon, and to lead the battle while Mikey is unconscious. When the two rush to save Angie Hinomoto, Jeremy returns the goggles to Mikey.
When the trio is falling after entering Jungle Zone, Shoutmon is falling between Mikey's goggles and Mikey himself. When Shoutmon and the Starmons try to pull Mikey up in an attempt to slow down the fall, they pull him by his goggles.
In The Young Hunters who Leap through Time, Mikey and Tagiru Akashi wear goggles, although Mikey's aren't the same ones from the previous season. Ewan claims that Tagiru only wears them in an attempt to mimic his hero Mikey, and the latter responds he needs them to become a superstar.
Angie wears Mikey's goggles after the latter's baseball game.
Tagiru and Mikey wear their goggles while underwater to find the sunken ship.
Digimon World Dawn and Dusk
Digimon Story: Lost Evolution
Digimon World Re:Digitize
Taiga, Taichi "Tai" Kamiya, and Takato Matsuki wear goggles. Taiga's goggles are called "Bike Goggles". The Taichi Goggles, Daisuke Goggles, Takato Goggles, Takuya Goggles, Taiki Goggles, and Bike Goggles are accessories for Digimon to wear.
Digimon World Re:Digitize: Decode
All versions of the Protagonist, except the default male and female, and the female elementary school student in the lower grades, wear goggles.
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
Aiba's cyber sleuth career eventually leads them to became a celebrity among Digimon, being known as the "goggle sleuth" (ゴーグルの探偵 gōguru no tantei?). Aiba learns about their celebrity status when being invited by Tentomon to appear in the Digimon Festival in Ueno.
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory
Digimon World: Next Order
Rina Shinomiya also wears her goggles.
Digimon Adventure tri.
Digimon Universe App Monsters
Haru Shinkai wears goggles. On October 1, 2016, Yujin Ozora says Haru's goggles and red jersey make him look like a protagonist. On October 31, Haru wears them when trying to disguise himself, to avoid the people trying to catch for a fake prize offered by Cameramon.
Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters (3DS)
The Protagonist wears goggles.
The Protagonist wears goggles.
Takuma Momozuka wears goggles.
In the Japanese version, upon completion of the Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna challenge between January 21, 2020 and February 21, 2020 the player is rewarded with a Veemon that is wearing Davis Motomiya's goggles. Another Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna challenge between February 7 and February 22 rewarded an Agumon wearing Taichi "Tai" Kamiya's Goggles. In the English version, Veemon was between March 15, 2020 and April 12, 2020, and Agumon was between March 25, 2020 and April 10, 2020.
Taichi Yagami wears goggles.
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