THIS IS AN INTELLECTUAL TOPIC. POSTS CONSISTING OF ONLY "LOL" AND SIMILAR WORDS ARE NOT WELCOME.
Please stay on topic and stay objective.
Graph or chart-makers wanted. Venn diagrams may prove helpful.
Compare and Contrast:
Do Pokémon look like Digimon?
Ever since Generation IV, (and maybe earlier) people have been complaining that Pokémon resemble Digimon. To objectively establish whether this has any merit, the common traits of Digimon must be compared with the common traits of Pokémon. If there's substantial Generation-correlated overlap, the "Pokémon look like Digimon" sentiment is true. If not, it is false. Any statement must be supported with quantifiable data. For example, anyone saying "Digimon are commonly orange" must support it with mention of orange Digimon, such as Agumon and Patamon. Anyone saying "Digimon look more hardcore" must establish "hardcore" traits and mention how many Digimon have such traits. Unprovable claims, such as "Digimon are way more awesome-looking" are not permitted, as they are unscientific.
-First, establish what makes a Digimon a Digimon. (design-wise)
-Then, determine if Pokémon have these features.
Please note that we're not trying to quantify all "Pokémon-y" traits. We are only trying to distinguish what constitutes a Digimon and if Pokémon resemble them. (I know some Pokémon and Digimon bear resemblance to each other, such as Latias and Sparrowmon, but more likely than not those are coincidental. This topic is not about pointing out which Digimon resemble Pokémon. It is about if Pokémon, especially Pokémon from later Generations, resemble Digimon as a whole.)
To keep this simple, (though this is only preliminary, which is why I may need help in making an article) I'll be comparing Pokémon first or formerly first in their evolutionary lines (this means baby Pokémon are excluded) with Rookie Digimon, one of the better-known stages (as specific Digimon in the anime series are usually in this stage when with their human partners) and roughly equivalent with Pokémon first in their evolutionary lines. Legendaries are excluded; Pokémon that do not evolve are excluded.
For the purpose of simplicity, (as well as exclusion for lack of analogues) I will not be including subtypes of specific Digimon species. (Metal versions, X versions, Vi versions, Dot versions, Armor evolutions)
Vein detail is not included because it is not depicted in the Digimon anime. If a Digimon was depicted differently in various canons, the first one will be represented. (For example, the Agumon here is not the Agumon design with bracers on its arms.)
Common traits of Rookie-level Digimon:
Drimogemon, Kamemon, Kokuwamon, Tentomon
Exposed fangs protruding from both jaws
Agumon, Aruraumon, Bearmon, Crabmon, Dorumon, Gizamon, Labramon, Otamamon, Palmon, Syakomon
Stripes (vertical with tapered or jagged tips)
Arkadimon (Rookie), Dorumon, Elecmon, Gabumon, Gatomon, Gomamon, Guilmon, Hawkmon, Kunemon, Labramon, Lucemon, Lunamon, Monodramon, Penguinmon, Phascomon, Renamon, Swimmon, Terriermon, Tinkermon, Toucanmon, Veemon
Barring (horizontal stripes with square tips)
Armadillomon, Bearmon, Kudamon, Lopmon, Monmon
Commandramon, Kamemon, Tapirmon
Flamemon, Goblimon, Kotemon, Lunamon, Neemon, PetitMamon, Shamanmon
Three large forward-facing claws on the feet
Agumon, Armadillomon, Bearmon, Biyomon, Bokomon, Commandramon, Dorumon, Dracmon, Dracomon, Drimogemon, Elecmon, Flamemon, Gabumon, Gaomon, Gazimon, Gizamon, Gomamon, Hawkmon, Impmon, Kamemon, KoKabuterimon, Kotemon, Labramon, Monodramon, Penguinmon, PetitMamon, Renamon, Ryudamon, Strabimon, Tanemon, Tentomon, Veemon
Bearmon, Commandramon, Coronamon, Dracmon, Flamemon, Mushroomon, Strabimon
Gaomon, Gatomon, Impmon, Monmon, Mushroomon, Strabimon, Tinkermon
Agumon, Arkadimon, Bearmon, Biyomon, Bokomon, Burgermon, Calumon, Chuumon, Commandramon, Coronamon, Dorumon, Dracmon, Dracomon, Falcomon, Flamemon, Floramon, Gabumon, Gaomon, Gatomon, Goblimon, Gotsumon, Guilmon, Hawkmon, Hyokomon, Impmon, Kamemon, KoKabuterimon, Kokuwamon, Kotemon, Lalamon, Lopmon, Lunamon, Monmon, Monodramon, Mushroomon, Neemon, Palmon, PetitMamon, Renamon, Ryudamon, Shamanmon, Strabimon, Tanemon, Tentomon, Terriermon, Tinkermon, Toucanmon, Veemon, Vemmon
Common traits of Pokémon at the base of their evolutionary lines: (in Generation I)
(More data necessary)
Three toes (forward-facing; no claws, bipedal only)
Squirtle, Pikachu, Vulpix, Meowth, Psyduck, Farfetch'd
Three toes (forward-facing, no claws, quadrupedal only, forepaws)
Rattata, Vulpix, Eevee
Three toe-claws (forward-facing, bipedal only)
Two toe-claws (bipedal only)
Three fingers (bipedal only, no claws)
Squirtle, Meowth, Venonat, Psyduck, Drowzee
Saucer-shaped white eyes with small, round pupils
Psyduck, Magnemite, Shellder, Magikarp
Two teeth poking out from the lower jaw
Caterpie, Weedle, Venonat, Diglett, Psyduck, Abra, Tentacool, Magnemite, Shellder (one can see its tongue but not its mouth), Krabby, (Bulbapedia has no pictures of it opening its mouth, and whether is has a mouth is not obvious) Omanyte, Kabuto
Since some people think Generation IV and further Pokémon look like Digimon due to having spikes, here's a chart.