1. The opening had way better visuals.
Digimon: It's way more intense. You have kids falling from the sky, digivolving, digital coding, and a creepy-ass monster overseeing the world that foreshadows all the darkness in the show.
Pokémon: It's cliché because it's too cute and happy.
2. All Digimon talk, and Pokémon only has Meowth.
Digimon: These faithful companions can actually communicate with you in human languages.
Pokémon: The only thing these creatures can say is an iteration of their name.
3. Digivice came in colors and had more purposes than the Pokédex.
Digimon: The Digivice not only created a connection between the digidestined and the Digimon, but it also helped the Digimon evolve, made bad Digimon good, it was a tracker, and it granted access to the Digiworld.
Pokémon: The Pokédex is the Google for Pokémon and that's it.
4. Evolution was not permanent and you didn't have to train for it.
Digimon: If you like Agumon more than Graymon then you don't need to worry because your Digimon can evolve and devolve as it pleases.
Pokémon: If you like Pikachu more than you like Raichu, well then, you are screwed because once your Pokémon evolves there's no going back.
5. Characters had more depth to them and you could identify with more than just three.
Digimon: There are at least seven main characters that you can pick from to be your favorite. Each one is different and you can relate to one more than the other.
Pokémon: You only have three main characters and that's it. Variety is better.
6. The characters were not selfish and had meaning to their actions.
Digimon: The characters were actually fighting against evil to save the Digiworld and the planet Earth.
Pokémon: Ash is just a 10-year-old kid that wants to collect all the badges and catch all the Pokémon.
7. The crests had more value and were prettier than gym badges.
Digimon: These collectibles actually have value since they represent the personal traits of the beholder — courage, faith, hope, kindness, etc. Aside from having a meaning, they serve as a catalyst to digivolve into champion or ultimate form.
Pokémon: These badges represent grass, electricity, fire, rocks, etc — and help you show off your training level, but they are worthless because they don't help your Pokémon do anything.
8. The villains scared the shit out of you.
Digimon: There were actual scary-looking bad guys who caused trouble at a global scale. People would come out hurt, and some characters were killed off because of these villains.
Pokémon: There's only one way to describe the bad guys in this show: pathetic. Team Rocket never managed to succeed in anything and were always blasting off into the sky after Pikachu electrocuted them.
9. Shit got real.
Digimon: Because of the terrifying Digimonsters crossing over between the real world and the Digiworld, worlds were destroyed, characters died, and the worst part is that the kids had to go back to reality without their digimonsters.
Pokémon: Although heartbreaking moments did occur, no character was ever killed off. And that's just not reality.
10. There was actual storytelling.
Digimon: The show has a more detailed storyline than Pokémon: each episode is different and moves the characters further into their journey. There's a lot of progression.
Pokémon: The characters in this show seem to be stuck in a routine where in each episode they run into a petty problem, pretend to struggle a bit, resolve it, and live happily ever after.
11. The cliff-hangers left you with extreme anxiety.
Digimon: The episodes sometimes ended with the life of a character in danger or a whole city being devoured by a Digimon, which caused a lot of anxiety and emotional problems to the viewers.
Pokémon: Cliff-hangers would be not knowing if Ash would win yet another badge.
12. The characters were not immortal.
Digimon: There's nothing cooler than growing with your favorite cartoon character, which Digimon managed to do exceptionally well. In Season 2 and in the movies, we see the original seven digidestined all grown up and with lives.
Pokémon: Ash, who without any explanation is still a child, has yet to get a wrinkle or grow a gray hair.
13. You can become the Digimon, which is badass.
Digimon: In Season 4, the Digidestined were able to spiritually digivolve into the digimon, which is the closest to being a superhero and having powers.
Pokémon: Pokémon has this new thing called mega evolution? But you still don't know what being a Pokémon feels like. Sorry.
14. New monsters are just way cooler and original.
Digimon: Even in Season 4, new Digimon were badass. They had cool, glossy armor and amazing skill sets.
Pokémon: The new generations of Pokémon feature Trubbish, which is literally a combination between trash and rubbish.
15. It can actually happen if you think about it.
Digimon: At the speed we are going with creating new technology, Digimon can actually exist. Digimon are literally created from data, so who knows how long it takes before they become reality.
Pokémon: This is a made up world based off Japan's geography with made up creatures based off the species in the animal kingdom.
16. It actually ends, and man, it's a great ending!
Digimon: All good things must come to an end. Digimon had a great story and it ended like all things should. Then when it came back for more seasons they introduced new characters but managed to keep the story relevant and even bring back some of the original characters.
Pokémon: Pokémon seems to be never ending — which gets boring because there's no progress and someday there will be no more new Pokémon.