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Digimon Emperor

Full Name
Ken Ichijouji
The Digimon Emperor, Kenny, Kenneth, Jerk
Digimon Adventure 02
Human Self-proclaimed ruler of the Digital World, Tyrant
Powers / Skills
Skilled inventor, very high intellect, whip, dark rings that can control a Digimon to do the Emperor's bidding
Capturing Digimon and turning them into slaves, watching Digimon fighting with each other with and without a Dark Ring, torturing and enslaving Digimon, abusing Wormmon
Become the ruler of the Digital World, create an unstoppable Digimon Monster, and disconnect himself to the human world.
Type of Villain
Hero turned to the dark side, pawn

Of course, I am the only perfect being.
~ The Digimon Emperor

The Digimon Emperor (Digimon Kaiser in Japan, real name: Ken Ichijoji) was the main antagonist for about a quarter of the Digimon Adventure season 2. It is later revealed that he was the victim of manipulations by the real antagonist, his possessed victim and his two pawns. Effectively, he is the quaternary antagonist of Season Two.


The Digimon Emperor looks like his older brother, Sam. He wears a cape that resembles wings and wears blue, purple, yellow, white, and a hint of black. He wears a pair of sunglasses and changes his hair so as not to be noticed as being Ken Ichijouji.

Digimon Adventures 02


When Ken was a young boy he always felt overshadowed by his older brother Sam because he was considered to be a kid genius. One day, a Digivice came out of Sam's computer, and he thought it belonged to Sam. When Sam said don't touch it, Ken disobeyed his brother by breaking his trust and he went to the Digital World. He was a DigiDestined, and was partnered with Wormmon. When Ken returned from the Digital World, Sam berates him when he told him not to touch the Digivice and he broke his trust and kicked Ken out of his room. Angrily, Ken wished that Sam would disappear, but unfortunately, his wish came true. After his brother died into a car accident, Ken felt bad for the death of his brother, so he decided that he had to be just like his older brother to help his parents cope with the pain.

One day when he was playing with Sam's computer, an E-mail came and told him to go to the Digital World. He did, but instead of entering the Digital World, Ken entered the Dark Ocean. He put the Digivice in the water and it morphed into a Dark D3. When that happened, Ken became corrupted, thinking that the Digital World was his to rule and the Digimon where nothing but programs and should be enslave, and the Digimon Emperor was born.

As the Digimon Emperor

When he became the Digimon Emperor, Ken became a tyrant towards the Digimon. He also created devices, called Dark Rings, to control the Digimon. They are similar to Devimon's Black Gears in function and method of control. He later upgraded them into Dark Spirals when the DigiDestined were able to break the original model. To control the Dark Rings and Dark Spirals, he created the Control Spires. The Control Spires activate the Dark Rings and prevent others from Digivolving. The Emperor eventually created a Digimon monster called Kimeramon, created using other Digimon. When he finally realized that what he was doing was wrong he tried to change his ways and decided eventually to join the other DigiDestined.

Victims of the Dark Ring/Spiral


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