(Aww, gee thanks. //.u.// You are as well.)
I was thinking something along the lines of the protocore as well. Or if you want to deviate away from the first plot, perhaps he’s obtained something else for world takeover. Seeing as Dexter may or may not keep the protocore under close guard.
I see where you’re getting at. Maybe they’d end up on some world wind adventure just as they’re all beginning to become friends. And then right when they trust him the most.. he’d realize that he’s still lieing to them and feel guilty. Perhaps(And this is including my ending idea.) It would slowly become more of a, ”I can’t tell you I have this because I’m scared you’ll hate me again” thing, rather than being scared that they’ll foil his plans. He wouldn’t even be able to admit that he has it until he has to use it. Maybe they’d think for a split second that he’s running off with it and betraying them. (I may have totally worked out this entire dramatic scene in my head…) But he’d really be running off to save them.
Ah yes, that was from Babe Sitter. I remembered that the dolls made an appearance when Deedee mentioned them, but not if that was their first appearance.
Speaking of Mandark thinking Dexter wants to ‘crush’ him. I’ve noticed that a misunderstanding with Dexter and Mandark is that Mandark thinks Dexter is just as obsessed with him as he is Dexter. And, just as obsessed with defeating him. But, he’s not. He usually only swats back when Mandark buzzes in his ear. I’ve noticed with Dexter that he doesn’t try to be the instigator in conflict. But if someone knocks him, he’ll knock back because now they have his attention. And they have distracted him away from his work. But Mandark doesn’t see this. He’s even called him a psychopath. Dexter is cunning, but he’s not.. oh how do I put it? He doesn’t go out looking to be it. It’s a form of defense, or to get what he wants when he thinks he needs it. But Mandark thinks he’s the fox constantly plotting outside his rabbit hole. He’s even had nightmares of him with pointy teeth, surrounded by hellfire. In his mind, Dexter’s the quote on quote, ‘bad guy.’ (Atleast, in season one and two. ‘Bad guy’ would probably seem like a compliment to him in later seasons, where he wants to be the ‘bad’ guy.)
Mandark underestimates the idea that for all his brains.. Dexter can actually be VERY innocent. He is after all, only what? 8? (I heard in a commercial once that he was as young as seven actually. But if that’s true then I would say that’s the age he began the show with. My head-cannon is that it ended when he was about 9-10.) And I think the episode that justifies his innocence the most was, ‘’That’s using your head.’’ Where he invited the homeless guy into his house thinking his hat was super technology. I mean, sure he wanted to investigate his hat, but if you notice.. he was surprisingly kind and polite to the guy. Let’s look at the guy. His appearance was disheveled, and he no doubt probably seemed extremely unsanitary to Dexter. But he didn’t mention it. He wasn’t rude about it. He treated him like any house guest. Probably better than any house guest knowing Dexter. (And yeah, his behavior was partly because he thought the guy was a genius, but still.) He didn’t even question the idea that he could be homeless based on his appearance. Because Dexter is still very young and innocent to these types of things. And this is just one example.
I also don’t think Mandark quite understood the corner he backed Dexter into in his first appearance. Was it right for Dexter to demolish his lab in retaliation? Eh, no. But Mandark didn’t seem to realize what the boy genius’s lab meant to him. It’s not just his quote, ‘’Art studio.’’ It’s his sanctuary. The place he feels safe. And he was doing what he thought he had to do to protect it and get it back. Vice Versa, Dexter doesn’t understand the lengths Mandark probably went to to obtain his own lab. I mean, he had to entirely teach himself to do it from scratch to begin with. Nevermind, he literally traveled the globe before being able to make a place of his own that he felt good in. That lab probably symbolized something he was fighting for against the expectations set on him his entire life. And then it’s destroyed.
I’ll also add that I’d like to see Mandarks reaction to finding out that Dexter’s Lab has actually been destroyed before. On a regular basis actually. Probably weekly. I feel like he see’s Dexter’s life through rose tinted binoculars. Maybe talking to Deedee or someone with an inside look would give him perspective that the boys life isn’t as perfect as he thinks.
Edit: Also, if it’s getting brought up that he kicks everyone out, not just Mandark. Maybe it would get brought up how much he isolates and hides himself away down there. Maybe seeing him hang out with Mordacai at school gave the impression that he has close friends. But he’d quickly learn that’s not true.
Mandark would be shocked to hear about how often Dee Dee destroys the lab, indeed.
Of course, Dexter is the kind of kid that wants to act mature to look smart, and probably to be accepted by the adult scientific community. He’s still too young to lose his innocence and avoid being naïve at times (like how sometimes Dee Dee tricks him into believing that she’s right just because she’s older, and he wants to act skeptical when on the inside he’s fallen for her tricks).
Dee Dee is never offended by Dexter calling her “stupid”, so the word must have lost the meaning to her. When Dexter refers to her as that, he means it but at the same time he doesn’t; it’s a strong word for children, and he probably fears stronger words. It’s his favorite insult word because it’s not the harshest, and in comparison to his genius, everyone seems not so smart. He uses the word on Dee Dee, because she’s not smart enough to understand that the lab is not a toy room.
He’s a kid, no doubt about it. He’s not the sweetest boy in the world, yet he’s not the meanest.
I see how Mandark sees him like the bad guy, yet the world seem to love him better, so he assumes he’s the bad guy. Dee Dee is too much of a free spirit to decide who’s good and who’s bad, so to her, Dexter is her little brother and Mandark is one of the kids at school.