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As above, is there a special reason why digimon names end in mon?

This thread says its for marketing but the guy also has the theory of:

Digimon are digital lifeforms, and are made up of computer data, right? As we know, every kind of data file has an extension, or file format, for example a Microsoft Word document has ".doc" as its extension, a web page has ".html" and an image has ".jpeg", ".png", ".gif" etc, so perhaps the same thing applies for Digimon.

by wildwing64

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    I believe is just an abbreviation of monster. pokemon = Pocket monster, digimon = digital monster – Dimitri mx Mar 11 '16 at 11:37
  • I didn't know that about pokemon :) Learn something new every day – Yuuki Asuna Mar 11 '16 at 11:38
  • Are you talking about the digimon names or the digimon title itself? – ᙈnlḭ๓ḭtḕᕍ Ᏸᙈᖇຮt Mar 14 '16 at 5:09
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    I'm just saying that comparing digimon to pokemon isn't right. If your asking why digimon have mon in their names (Agumon,Gabumon,Tailmon) while pokemon doesn't (i.e. bulbasaur, pikachu, charmander)Except for the fact that both their titles end in mon. you clearly stated that your talking about the names right? – ᙈnlḭ๓ḭtḕᕍ Ᏸᙈᖇຮt Mar 16 '16 at 9:18
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    @YuukiAsuna there's nothing wrong about your question, I was talking about the accepted answer. – ᙈnlḭ๓ḭtḕᕍ Ᏸᙈᖇຮt Mar 17 '16 at 0:11
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Digimon is like Pokemon where Pokemon is short for Pocket Monsters, that said Digimon is short for Digital Monsters

this is visiable in most logos for Digimon

Digimon Adventure 1

Digimon Adventure 2

Another Logo

Also in the first episode of the 4Kids dub of Digimon Adventure when the Digi-destined come back together after finding their Digimon Partners the Digimon says in unision (after Bukamon jumps off Joe's shoulder)

Bukamon: we are.....

All: Digimon! Digital Monsters

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Just like what Memor-X answered:

Digimon is like Pokemon where Pokemon is short for Pocket Monsters, that said Digimon is short for Digital Monsters

The suffix -mon means monster as what the title also means.

Name

The name of a Digimon species is usually based on its form, and may be a pun. For example, Hyokomon's name and design are derived from the Japanese onomatopoeia for unsteady steps (「ひょこひょこ」 "Hyokohyoko"?), as well as the Chick (Gallus gallus domesticus) (雛 Hiyoko?). The species's name always ends in "-mon".

Digimon generally do not have individual names, and are instead simply referred to by the name of their species. So the word "Agumon", depending on the context it's used in, can either refer to the Digimon species or a single individual Digimon of that species. The Centarumon in Digimon Adventure and the Centarumon in Digimon Frontier share the same name because they are of the same species. However, they are not the same individual, and are different in appearance and voice.

Source: Digimon (creature) Wikia

Digital Lifeforms

As for the data file extension theory, here is a possible connection. Digimon have different attributes. We know that Digimon are digital lifeforms residing in the digital world.

From Wikia:

Attribute

Most Digimon species are classified into five attributes—Data, Vaccine, Virus, Free, and Variable. Most Digimon fall into the first three categories, with "Free" being rarer and "Variable" exclusive to Hybrid Digimon. Some Digimon either have their attributed by unidentified or lack them entirely.

The main three attributes have a Rock, Paper, Scissors arrangement where Virus is generally advantaged against Data, Data is advantaged against Vaccine and Vaccine is advantaged against Virus. However, these attributes don't play a very important role in Digimon fights. A Digimon can generally defeat an opponent regardless of attribute if it is stronger than the opponent in Digivolution level and experience.

According to the thread you linked in withthewill:

Digimon are digital lifeforms, and are made up of computer data, right? As we know, every kind of data file has an extension, or file format, for example a Microsoft Word document has ".doc" as its extension, a web page has ".html" and an image has ".jpeg", ".png", ".gif" etc, so perhaps the same thing applies for Digimon.

Perhaps there is a file for every different Digimon (as in entire species, rather than singular Digimon), with that file format being ".mon", for example, the Agumon species filename would be "Agu.mon".

This theory is explained by Kira the Wanderer:

I think it is what makes the most logic, something that is not directly explained because it requires you to think. "Dra" always refers to "dragon", "devi" to "devil", "Vam" to "Vampire, "De" to "demon" and so on. All the others have names that are a reference to something, whether it be a noise (Like Koromon) or otherwise. A file type does sound best and makes sense.

and ukyouluvr's explanation:

Grani from Tamers was very obviously created as some kind of program. I wanna say that there was even a scene at some point that showed a computer display that read 'Grani.exe'.

Zero ARMS: Grani is a ZERO-ARMS whose name and design are derived from the mythological Grani, the steed of the hero Sigurd. It serves as a flying mount for Gallantmon.

If you want to explore the theory further, that might be a good place to start looking.

It could imply what non-digimon digital lifeforms are classified as. If they are .exe filetypes, then it would imply to me that non-digimon digital lifeforms are literally part of the program of the Digital World, making them something akin to forces of nature like Gravity. It fits well with the idea of Gennai & the Digi-gnomes. The D-Reaper and Grani were also created by programmers, and specifically referred to as 'programs' in the anime.

AngelosTheHero posted...

It originated from Tamagotchi, which Digimon is born from; every Tamagotchi's name ends in -tchi, a cutesy Japanese suffix. While -mon is not a suffix, they followed the same convention of having something at the end of every creature's name.

That explains it, but still doesn't really justify the choice. Everyone realizes they're "Digital monsters"; not every creature needs a label. Oh well, at least it's fun. Also this might be due to making it more unique that in a way when you say a name like Agumon or Greymon anyone who hears it wouldn't say "Those are Digimons, right?" but would think exactly that "Those are Digimons" due to the -mon suffix.

Furthermore, all Digimon names have an etymology/meaning. For example, Birdramon means "Bird Dragon Monster". It also helps make non-Digimon digital entities seem even more alien/bizarre to the setting. For example, Eaters feel "wrong" because they are not even Digimon but an entire different thing/monster. If Digimon didn't have the -mon suffix, the effect would be lost and Eater would be "just another Digimon".

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As for my previous comment. It is just stated that the OP is asking about why the names of Digimon ended with -mon. The answer of Memor-X is correct, it's just that saying that Digimon is like Pokemon is somewhat not right. We know that Digimon names end with -mon if we're talking about the names, and for Pokemon, they don't. Its just because that Digimon is named with -mon at the end because it may be a pun invented by its creator.

Trivia about Pokémon:

At first, it is titled Pocket Monsters. However they shortened it to Pokémon for a catchier name and also because the term Pocket Monsters was already coined in the U.S.

Pokémon is short for the original Japanese title of Pocket Monsters.

The name Pokémon is the romanized contraction of the Japanese brand Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター Poketto Monsutā?), as such contractions are very common in Japan.

source: Wikipedia-Pokemon

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    also Agu, Gabu, Tenta, Pal, Biyo, Gomo and Pata on their own sound more childish on their own lol. Introducing the NEW teletubbies. – ᙈnlḭ๓ḭtḕᕍ Ᏸᙈᖇຮt Mar 17 '16 at 5:56

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