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Never Meet Your Heroes
トーマ栄光なき戦い 暗躍トゲモン
(Tōma Eikounaki Tatakai — Anyaku Togemon)
"Thoma's Inglorious Battle — Covert Togemon"
(Ja:) Fuji Television
(En:) Studiopolis
Airdate (Ja:) May 28, 2006
(En:) November 19, 2007
Toei Animation
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A famous boxer and hero of Thomas's makes a miracle comeback, but when it looks like the boxer is exploiting a Digimon to cheat, Thomas is determined to prove his innocence.


At DATS headquarters, Commander Sampson brings in a needle to show the DATS. Then Yoshi, Thomas and Marcus went out to investigate who was behind all this. Thomas meets Harris, his #1 fan boxer from the past, and discusses why he is retired from his fighting.

Meanwhile, at the boxing gym, after fighting some boxers, Marcus meets Harris's trainer, and asks him if he was responsible for the needle.

Thomas and Gaomon encounter a rogue Digimon named Togemon. He has Harris's daughter, Minnie, behind his back. Togemon and Minnie escaped from DATS and lured them into the stadium, Thomas and Gaomon were waiting to fight him. As Gaomon punched Togemon out of the ring, he grew larger. Gaomon digivolved to Gaogamon and finished Togemon off.

Featured Characters[]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance. Bolded characters are fought by the protagonist(s), and italicized characters feature non-explicitly, e.g. voice, silhouette, image.)

Humans Rookie Champion

Digimon Analyser[]

Thomas: "Togemon—A Champion Level cactus Digimon that uses boxing gloves to clobber his enemies. His Needle Spray makes him a sharp fighter."


Gaomon 1 Gaogamon 3 Gaomon
Gaomon b Arrow R Gaogamon b Arrow R Red Gaomon b
Togemon 2 Digi-Egg
Togemon b Arrow RR Red 5-09 01


Other Notes[]

Dubbing changes

  • In the English dub, Harris' boxing matches have his punches censored.
  • Harris' special punch which is later used by Gaomon is named High-Rise Upper in the Japanese version.
  • The scene where Marcus hits Agumon's head while talking with Thomas is removed in the English dub.
  • In the English dub, Harris' K.O. scene during Thomas' flashback is removed. However, the punch audio is left unaltered.
  • The kanji and the word "Taiken" are removed from the gym sign in the English dub.
  • The kanji poster in the gym wall during Marcus and Rocky's scene is removed in the English dub.
  • In the scene where Rocky leaves Marcus, the letters "WBC" in the champion poster are removed in the English dub.
  • In the Japanese version, Marcus and Agumon suspect about Rocky, and Agumon comments his face looks evil.
  • The words in the poster featuring Harris and Mwanchai are removed in the English dub.
  • The Japanese text around Harris' photo in Thomas' laptop is removed in the English dub.
  • Harris' line in the Japanese version was about a three-round sparring with Thomas.
  • In the Japanese version, Marcus' mind voice is heard while punching the bag in the gym.
  • In the Japanese version, Gaomon is concerned about Thomas acting ill-tempered.
  • In the English dub, Rocky drinks soda instead of alcohol.
  • When Marcus spots Rocky looking for a bottle, the text on the boxes, posters and the bottle are removed in the English dub.
  • In the Japanese version, Marcus' line is about fighting 1-on-1 once in the ring.
  • The scene where Gaomon cross-counters Togemon is removed in the English dub.
  • When Gaomon uppercuts Togemon, the moment where Gaomon's fist touches Togemon's face is censored with a flash of blue light in the English dub.
  • In the Japanese version, Thomas and Harris were talking about the match and how Harris have his memories erased after the incident.
  • The Taiken Gym text on the backs of Harris' group is removed in the English dub.