Yamato "Matt" Ishida (石田 ヤマト Ishida Yamato?) is a character in the anime series Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02 and Digimon Adventure tri.. He is a DigiDestined, partnered with Gabumon, and the bearer of the Crest of Friendship. He is the older brother of Takeru "T.K." Takaishi.


Matt is fair skinned with blond hair. He has sharp blue eyes with longer eyelashes than the other boys on his team. His French ancestry gives him somewhat foreign features. He is noted to be handsome, especially by his fans when he forms his music band as a teenager.

In 1995, Matt is a young boy with spiky hair and windswept bangs. He wears a blue shirt with light blue raglan sleeves and a white-collar, as well as khaki shorts. Return to Highton View Terrace His pajamas include a green shirt with long sleeves. Digimon Adventure

By 1999, Matt is a preteen, and though he is much taller, his hair is still in its spiky style. He now wears a sleeveless green shirt, brown gloves, navy blue jeans, dark brown shoes with gray soles, light green socks Flower Power, and grey briefs with a white band.[7]

After taking a bath in Devimon's illusory mansion, he wears a blue bathrobe over his briefs, which is later revealed to an illusion. Evil Shows His Face

His pajamas consist of an oversized black T-shirt and grey sweatpants. Flower Power

On March 4,[8] 2000, he wears a wine-colored button-up shirt with long sleeves, dark blue pants and brown shoes. Digimon Adventure: Our War Game!

In May 2000, when Gennai summons him back to the Digital World, Matt wears a white T-shirt with green raglan sleeves, a green collar and the word "WILD" written on the chest in dark red. He also wears light blue jeans, light brown shoes, and light green wristbands. Fusion Confusion

In 2002, Matt is a teenager, has grown taller and grown out his hair. He usually wears the Odaiba Middle School uniform; a white buttoned shirt with long sleeves under a closed green blazer jacket, gray pants, white socks, and brown shoes.

During summer, he wears a black short-sleeved button-up shirt, wine-colored pants, and cream slip-on shoes. Ghost of a Chance

During winter, he wears a dark brown turtleneck sweater over a black tank top, black pants with a black belt, and dark brown shoes with cream soles. Outside, he wears a dark grey jacket with a thick black line across the chest. A Very Digi-Christmas While in Mexico, he doesn't wear his coat or sweater. Digimon World Tour, Pt. 3

On March 25, 2003, he wears a black turtleneck sweater with a wide collar, dark green pants and dark brown shoes. Digimon Adventure 02: Revenge of Diaboromon

In 2005, Matt is 17 years old and his blond hair became darker and is cut short. His fringes resemble the same fringes he had on his preteen. He wears an Odaiba High School Uniform but without the navy blue vest. In the chaotic battle against the three Kuwagamon at the Haneda airport as his gig on his rock band was canceled due to their destruction, Matt wears a rocker type of outfit; a very long short sleeve openly baggy hoodie with a gray undershirt with the sleeves reach through his elbows and has a United Kingdom logo on front, red jeans and black boots.

During the battle against Alphamon, Matt wears a casual outfit; a green long-sleeved denim blazer with a dark blue short-sleeved undershirt with red trim, charcoal gray cargo jeans with a gray chain and his black boots from his rocker outfit. He also wears a chain necklace on his neck. Reunion

During Summer, Matt wears a summer version of an Odaiba High School uniform as his long-sleeve button-up shirt from his winter school uniform is folded into cuffs and his black necktie is worn loose. Determination Loss Coexistence Future

In 2010, T.K. is now taller than his brother Matt and his blond hair finally reverted back to his original color and his fringes remain unchanged. Matt's primary appearance has him wearing an olive green long sleeved shirt as the sleeves reaches through his elbows, white jeans with a brown belt around his waist and gray and black sneakers. He also wore a silver dog tag necklace on his neck.

While joining the others to put Parrotmon back to the Digital World, He is seen wearing a black rider jacket beneath his primary attire and a white motorcycle helmet where he rides a motorcycle.

At the final battle against Eosmon (Mega), he wore a similar outfit in his fight against Alphamon in Digimon Adventure tri, his denim blazer is black and the sleeves are folded into cuffs, his shirt is now gray, his jeans are now green and his boots are replaced with black loafers.

In 2028, Matt is an adult and has cut his hair shorter than ever before. He wears a black turtleneck sweater under a brown leather jacket and cream pants. As an astronaut, he wears a full white space suit. A Million Points of Light


Matt starts as a secretive loner with a cool demeanor. He is mature, occasionally grumpy, thoughtful and level-headed, and more likely to think things through than charge head-on. He is a deeply caring person who will do anything for a friend and is very protective of his loved ones. He is prone to second-guessing and self-deprecation when he cannot protect others—his self-worth hinges on his ability to be a good friend. Unlike Tai, who is more willing to look at the "big picture", sometimes to the detriment of his friends, Matt always tries to focus on the good of his small circle of friends. As a teenager, he is more laid-back and easygoing and is more willing to support his friends risking themselves against enemy Digimon. However, he still reacts strongly when his friends are under pressure, such as when the news depicted the team's Digimon as monsters, and Tai became reluctant to defend their reputation due to fears about possible casualties. He is also a good singer. Iron Vegiemon A Very Digi-Christmas

Matt's younger brother, Takeru "T.K." Takaishi, is also one of the eight DigiDestined, but their parents are divorced and so they cannot spend much time together.[9] He is very protective of T.K. and often acts harshly when T.K. is in trouble. After their adventures in the Digital World, their relationship becomes closer, and Matt trusts T.K. more, acknowledging his burgeoning independence.

Matt has a French grandfather, making him and his brother T.K. at least 1/4 French. Digimon World Tour, Pt. 2

Matt dislikes ohagi. Our War Game!


Yamato Ishida (石田 ヤマト)

Name used in Japanese materials. Officially romanized in Digimon Adventure: Official Encyclopedia II.

  • Ja: Ishida (石田?). Japanese surname that means "stone field". "Ishi" is shared with "Takaishi".
  • Ja: Yamato (ヤマト?). A Japanese masculine name. With Takeru, it is a reference to Yamato Takeru.
Yamato "Matt" Ishida

Name used in the English dub of Digimon Adventure. The official websites for Digimon Adventure tri. and Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna[10] drop "Yamato" and treat his name as "Matt Ishida".

  • Matt. Derived from "Yamato".


Digimon Adventure[]

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Matt and T.K. witness the battle between Red Greymon and Parrotmon.

In 1995, Matt lived in Highton View Terrace with his parents, Hiroaki and Nancy, and his younger brother, T.K.. One night, the brothers witnessed the battle between Red Greymon and Parrotmon. Digimon Adventure This event led them to be chosen to become new DigiDestined. The Ultimate Clash The destruction created by the battle caused it to be labeled a terrorist attack, and the Ishida's moved away from the area. Return to Highton View Terrace

Sometime later, his parents divorced for unknown reasons. Matt was given the decision of who each child should live with, and he decided to stay with his father, while T.K. remained with their mother. Original Story: 2½ Year Break Matt was deeply affected by the divorce, as he was very close to his younger brother.

At some point, Matt and his father moved to Odaiba, where his father works at the Fuji TV Network, Inc. building.

Matt Ishida

Yamato "Matt" Ishida in Season 1

Matt came to summer camp with T.K. by special arrangement, as T.K. was from a different school than the others. In the Digital World, Matt awkwardly tries to take care of T.K., comforting and coddling him, but he finds that his younger brother is more independent than he remembered.

Matt becomes good friends with the group leader Tai Kamiya, but also develops a rivalry with him, leading to a significant internal conflict throughout the journey. Matt is more protective and concerned about the group as a whole, sometimes to the point of being aggressive or violently overbearing, causing more conflict when compared to Tai's headstrong strategy. Matt is also concerned that Tai might be a better older brother to T.K. than he is.

When Devimon separates the DigiDestined, Matt and Gabumon end up in Freezeland. As Matt frantically searches for T.K., he comes down with a cold, and Gabumon removes his fur coat at night to warm his partner up, at the cost of catching a cold himself. The next morning, Matt reunites with Tai, but they get in a fight because Matt wants to look for the others and Tai wants to head straight to Infinity Mountain. They come to an understanding once Matt begins to cry, voicing his concern for T.K.'s safety. Subzero Ice Punch!

After Tai and MetalGreymon disappear following the battle against Etemon, Matt and T.K. stick together even when the other DigiDestined leave. When they reach an amusement park near a lake, Matt and Gabumon cross the lake to check things out and find Joe Kido and Gomamon working hard to pay for a meal at Digitamamon's diner. Matt comes to their aid and tries to help them at work, but Joe's clumsiness and DemiDevimon's trickery cause them to gain more debt and work more. Matt, growing increasingly worried about T.K., begins losing confidence in Joe, and even starts thinking he is making mistakes on purpose. However, when Joe risks his life to save T.K. from Vegiemon, Matt realizes he was in the wrong, and that he cannot win his battles alone and needs his friends' help, including Joe's. This causes his Crest of Friendship to activate, allowing Garurumon to Digivolve to WereGarurumon Forget About It WereGarurumon's Diner

Soon, the DigiDestined reunite and return to the Real World with their Digimon, hoping to find the eighth DigiDestined before Myotismon and his army get to them. On August 2, as Matt accompanies T.K. on the way back to Setagaya, T.K. and Patamon get in an argument, and Patamon leaves the train in a huff in Shibuya. As T.K., Matt and Gabumon try to find Patamon, they encounter two members of Myotismon's army, Gotsumon and Pumpkinmon, who are more interested in having fun with them than attacking the DigiDestined. Myotsimon is unimpressed with Gotsumon and Pumpkinmon's disobedience and banishes them (kills them in the Japanese version), and T.K. and Matt fight Myotismon in their honor. Out on the Town

Though Myotismon is first defeated due to Wizardmon's sacrifice, he instead Digivolves to VenomMyotismon. Gennai tells the DigiDestined of a prophecy, and they decide to act on it. This requires T.K. and Kari, Tai's younger sister, to have their partners Angemon and Angewomon shoot arrows of light through the hearts of their big brothers. Though they both admit they are scared, Tai and Matt face this prospect together. The plan works, causing Agumon and Gabumon to warp digivolve to WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon. Prophecy

Before the DigiDestined go back to the Digital World to fix the distortions once and for all, Matt reunites with his mother, though it is a tense meeting. This encounter reveals lingering resentments in him that continue even after he returns to the Digital World. The Battle for Earth

Upon returning to the Digital World, he becomes angry when he thinks T.K. no longer needs him. He is persuaded by Cherrymon that Tai is his enemy, which culminates into a major fight between the boys and their Digimon, ending only when the Homeostasis take control of Kari. He decides to part from the group for a while, returning briefly only to save them from Puppetmon before disappearing again. Trash Day The Ultimate Clash Ogremon's Honor

Before the final clash with Piedmon, Matt falls into a pit of darkness and is forced to realize that his parents' divorce broke his heart and made him resort to solitude. He refused to let anyone see him cry, which caused him to push away from potential friends. Gabumon helps him to understand that everything would be alright and that he is valuable. After this experience, Matt reunites with Joe and T.K. and helps Sora escape from a similar pit of darkness using his experience to guide her. He then arrives at the place where Tai and WarGreymon have been holding Piedmon off, reviving them with the power of Friendship just in time for the final battle. The Crest of Friendship

Digimon Adventure: Our War Game![]

On March 4, 2000, Matt is with T.K. visiting their grandmother out in the country. Tai and Izzy manage to get a hold of them and warn them about Diaboromon. Following this, the brothers search the surrounding town for a computer to help fight on the Internet. He and Tai enter the Internet unintentionally and with the help of all of the kids over the net, WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon are able to DNA Digivolve into Omnimon. Omnimon defeats Diaboromon, and Matt and Tai return to the Real World.

Digimon Adventure 02[]

In May 2000, Matt arrives in the Digital World and gives up his Crest power to free the Digimon Sovereigns. As a result, Gabumon loses the power to become WereGarurumon and MetalGarurumon. Fusion Confusion

By March 2002, Matt and his friends from school form a rock band, with Matt singing and playing bass guitar. They decide to name it The Teenage Wolves, influenced by a discussion Matt has with his father about Gabumon's evolutions and the movie "I Was a Teenage Werewolf". Original Story: 2½ Year Break

Matt's band is already popular by the time the new DigiDestined step into the fray. One of his biggest fans Davis's older sister, Jun, who constantly pursues him after receiving his autograph. Iron Vegiemon When Matt goes to tell the Motomiyas that Davis was going to be gone for a little while, Jun recognizes that he is lying and blackmails him into going on a date. Guardian Angel

His friendship with Tai has changed considerably, with the two respecting each other immensely. When Agumon is enslaved by the Digimon Emperor and Tai falls into despair, Matt punches him in the face to try and get him to snap out of it - an act that Tai is grateful for. The two then work together with the new DigiDestined to rescue Agumon. The Captive Digimon Storm Of Friendship

In summer, Matt is kidnapped into another dimension and regresses in age thanks to Wendigomon. The new DigiDestined reverse this. Digimon Hurricane Landing!!/Transcendent Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals

When the new DigiDestined decide to go to the Digital World and stay there until they defeat the Digimon Emperor, Matt and T.K. convince their father to chaperon a camping trip for Matt, Tai, and Izzy as a cover-up for the younger kids. When Jun attempts to insert herself into their trip, Matt tricks her and leaves her behind. Run Yolei Run Jun later tracks him down at the campground itself, and Hiroaki makes him take her home by bus. The Crest of Kindness

When Cody has concerns about becoming T.K.'s partner in DNA Digivolution, he comes to Matt for advice, hoping Matt would know more about T.K.'s violent reactions to darkness. Matt explains how darkness hurt T.K. three years ago and lets T.K. know about Cody's inquiry. Cody Takes A Stand

On December 24, Matt and his band are scheduled to perform at a junior high band contest. That day, Matt accepts Sora's confession of love to him, and the two begin dating. A Very Digi-Christmas On Christmas Day, the DigiDestined are empowered by the Harmonious One Azulongmon so that their Digimon can once again reach their highest forms. Dramon Power Matt, Ken Ichijouji and their Digimon go to Mexico to help a Mexican DigiDestined, Rosa and her partner, Gotsumon, transport some loose Digimon back to the Digital World. Digimon World Tour, Pt. 3

Matt later aids the others in fighting the Daemon Corps and tracking down the children seeded with Dark Spores by Yukio Oikawa. He is present at Highton View Terrace when Oikawa gathers the Dark Spore children and is confronted by the DigiDestined. However, he remains behind when Oikawa, the children, and the new DigiDestined enter the world of dreams. Oikawa's Shame When the world is engulfed by MaloMyotismon's darkness, he goes with older DigiDestined and their families to the site of the summer camp from which they were transported to the Digital World years ago. He and the older DigiDestined manage to reach the Digital World from there and help defeat MaloMyotismon once and for all with the light of their Digivices. A Million Points of Light

On Valentine's Day, 2003, during a plan to distract Boltmon via tap-dancing, Matt confesses that he has romantic feelings for Sora. Digimon Adventure 02: Armor Evolution to the Unknown

Digimon Adventure 02: Revenge of Diaboromon[]

Matt and Tai defeat Diaboromon/Armageddemon, with Gabumon and Agumon digivolving together to form Omnimon. He was still good friends with Tai and the rest of the DigiDestined. There was a picture of Matt and Sora on a shopping date. Matt and Tai first travel onto the internet to try to defeat Diaboromon, but the battle moves to earth when the Kuramons escape into the real world. Later, he, Tai, and Sora lift up their Digivices to help give power to Imperialdramon Fighter Mode so that he can defeat Armageddemon.

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Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna[]


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By the year 2028, Matt has become an astronaut, and he and Gabumon became the first human and Digimon to land on Mars. He has married Sora, and the two are parents of a daughter with a Yokomon and a son with a Tsunomon. His daughter has his hair color and original hairstyle, while his son has the same hair color as Sora's. A Million Points of Light

Other appearances[]

Digimon Tamers: Digimon Medley[]

Digimon Xros Wars (manga)[]


Digimon Xros Wars: Super Digica Taisen[]

Digimon World Re:Digitize[]

Digimon Masters[]

Matt appears in Digimon Masters as part of the June 2019 Odaiba update, which follows the events from Digimon Adventure in which Myotismon tries to find the Eight Digidestined.

Digimon Soul Chaser[]

Matt and Tai appear in the menus, representing the game's friend list.

Digimon New Century[]

Matt plays the same role as the anime.


Matt has two Japanese image songs, "Walk on the Edge" and "Negai Kanaeru Kagi" ("The Key To Granting Wishes"), sung by Youto Kazama. He has an additional image song, a duet sung by Kazama with Mayumi Yamaguchi as Gabumon, called "Oretachi no Melody" ("Our Melody"). Kazama also sings two songs as part of Matt's band, The Teenage Wolves, "Tobira~Door~" and "Hitoribotchi no Seesaw" ("The Lonely Seesaw"), and participates in "Bokura no Digital World" ("Our Digital World") and in the male Digimon Adventure characters' rendition of "Butter-Fly" in the Digimon Music 100 Title Memorial Box. Matt also has a song in the English dub, "I Turn Around", sung by Michael Reisz, as a stand-in for every occasion where the Teenage Wolves sing in the anime.


Main article: Yamato "Matt" Ishida

Notes and references[]

  1. The credits for Digimon Adventure (Movie) list Ai Nagano, Shizuka Okohira, Syoko Kikuchi, and You Sugimoto as voicing "Children" without specifying roles.
  2. In the Japanese version of Adventure 02, it is stated the show starts in the first day of the school year, which in the real-world format of the Japanese class system would imply that he was instead age 13 at the start of the series.
  3. Digimon: Digital Monsters - The Official First Season
  4. Digimon Adventure, "Adrift? The Island of Adventure!" [01]
  5. Digimon Series Memorial Book: Digimon Animation Chronicle
  6. Digimon: Digital Monsters - The Official Second Season
  7. Digimon Adventure 15th Anniversary Blu-ray BOX art book
  8. See timing issue.
  9. In the English language dub, the two were mistakenly said to be half-brothers in the episode Garurumon.
  10. Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna Characters: Yamato Ishida / Matt Ishida

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