From the outset, I would like to stress that these are THEORIES, i.e. with no solid basis in fact. On top of that they’re just a bit of fun designed to take a stab at the all-consuming question: Why wasn’t Wizardmon reborn?
1) He is hybridized / not a ‘full’ Digimon
Most Digimon take the form of animals – immediately there are obvious exceptions to this of course, such as Palmon, Angemon and Myotismon, but, for the most, the statement rings true. Agumon is a dinosaur; Biomon is a bird; Tentomon an insect; and Patamon, demonstrating an example of hybridization, falls somewhere between a bat and a pig (to say nothing of Gabumon). In short then, none are distinctly humanoid. Yet Wizardmon, at a glance, could easily pass for a child or small adult, albeit a very curious one, and while Myotismon seeks the eighth child in Japan there is relatively little he has to do to blend in with the civilian population. In fact, while the other Digimon heavies can only approach prospective children from a distance and wait for a reaction from the crest, Wizardmon is seen actively entertaining groups all over the city, reinforcing his human-like appearance and mannerisms. He seems to exists largely as a renegade and, like Patamon, a half-way meeting point between two extremes: human and Digimon. But surely that’s impossible?
Well, maybe not. The thing which makes a real stalwart case for hybridization, and especially the possible synthesis of human and Digimon data, is the existence of Gennai. This slightly lacklustre guide states that he is neither Digimon nor human, yet to exist inside the digital world (a shadow world of the human information system) he must be some kind of compound. Appearing as an old man, he nevertheless boasts some pretty bizarre looking wires whose purpose is never explained, and despite claiming to have no ‘attributes’ (a Digimon’s ability) the structural and internal modifications he makes to Izzy’s computer are prodigious to say the least, and never witnessed by anybody. Therefore, because the nature of the Digital World is to give data a living, viable form and because, when the Digi-destined are transported into this world, they become data versions of their original selves, it is possible – even probable – that some of this information could have become crossed with pre-existing strands, allowing a new generation of human/Digimon compounds to emerge. Including Wizardmon. If we accept Gennai’s dual identity, then he already demonstrates that, in certain instances, these two competing data strands can strike just the right balance, and the time difference between the real and the Digital worlds would certainly facilitate this evolution.
Taking the hybridization theory to its absolute maximum then, it is possible to assume that the reason why Wizardmon is not reconfigured after taking Myotismon’s attack, is because these strands of human data, especially in the human world, match or exceed his original Digimon composite, rendering him fundamentally and inescapably real. And mortally vulnerable to attack. This ‘reality’ seems reinforced by the manner of his death itself, which is not the atomised dissipation we have previously seen, but a physical and chilling final breath.
2. The location is imperative
This was my original hypothesis, though I initially assumed that the key location was the real world generally. Up until this point any deaths we saw were firmly within the confines of the Digital world, and accordingly conformed to the data-recycling process which means a Digimon can never truly die. The real world then seemed to provide the prodigal spanner in the works, preventing this process from occurring, and offering a credible reason why Wizardmon was not reconfigured. Yet, taking the 2000 movie into account, this theory is quickly discredited. When Cocomon is infected by a virus in his infant stage and later destroyed by it (imperatively in the real world) he is sent back to Willis in the form of a digi-egg, demonstrating the enduring link between the two informational dimensions. One which clearly enables and supports the data-recycling process.
The location, I was convinced, still remained key, but maybe to a more finite and specific degree: the TV station. With its manifold processing systems, thousands of monitors and immense broadcasting capabilities, there are reasons beyond its central location why Myotismon chose this building as a base. Even before accessing the Digital world through computer screens is canonly shown, it is assumable that Myotismon takes advantage of this connection to transport his various flunkies, as required, across the data streams. [Try keeping something like Mamothmon on standby anywhere in the human world].
But while the TV station boasts distinct advantages to data-composed lifeforms, it also has some compromising drawbacks which, again, go some way to possibly explaining why Wizardmon was not reconfigured. With such a vast information system so close at hand, it is plausible that Wizardmon’s data, which would have otherwise been recycled, becomes trapped, leaving him quite literally a ghost in the machine. The system sustains him enough to exist in a para-life form, but prevents him from accessing the digital world and, ultimately, from being reconfigured.
And what was he doing working for a creep like Myotismon anyway?
This, it seems, is always the second all-consuming question especially since, when accused by his ‘master’ of betrayal, he bites: “How can I betray you when I was never with you?” Beautiful. The answer, of course, comes in the shape of a small, cat-like Digimon, who once showed him kindness and shared the same pangs of a lonely life by the fireside.
After their brief rendezvous, it is made clear that they did not travel together, yet I believe Wizardmon would have kept a distant watch on her – encouraged, perhaps, by her compassion to see some good in the world again, and curious about her claim to be waiting for somebody, without knowing who that somebody was. She would, at least, have formed a point of interest for him, though, out of reticence and respect, I think he would have largely kept his distance. Possibly even for years.
When she fell in with Myotismon, however, he must eventually have been faced with an ultimatum: his life or hers. The choice, I don’t think, would have been a particularly difficult one for him, as he categorically states that his life lacked purpose without her. Maybe he didn’t understand what drew him to her initially, but once he did, I see him as dedicating himself to trying to protect her [if he was keeping tabs on her, then he would have already known that she didn’t join Myotismon of her own violation] and trying to help her find whoever it was she was looking for. Not immediately, but a few weeks later, he must have come before Myotismon and pledged his “loyalty,” knowing full well that he was ultimately signing his own death warrant.
During their service, their friendship (or possibly more) obviously grew into what we see onscreen. And their intimacy is demonstrated when Gatomon tells him to stop reading her mind, before sighing that she hates when he does that. This passing moment is deceptively complex, for it is only through knowing her deeply that he would know, firstly, that she is upset by something and, secondly, that he would have to read her mind in order to find out what this is. Furthermore, her reproof of his trick isn’t angry, just slightly sulky, showing an easy and familiar connection between them; though one which they obviously take great pains to hide from Myotismon and their fellow servants.
Given his focus and dedication to her then, it is unsurprising that Wizardmon becomes the vehicle behind uniting Gatomon and Kari, and ensuring that they take their rightful place as the eighth Digi-destined partnership. In laying down his life for them, he is doing nothing more or less than returning the kindness Gatomon showed him so many years ago: giving her the only thing he calls his own to give. Therefore, though he may have worked for Myotismon, his loyalty was never truly in doubt – it always was and always remains to her.