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Number 12
Number 12 Pondering
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Aliases D22, Young Adult Dexter
Gender Male
Species Human
Family Dee Dee (sister), Mom (mother), Dad (father), Grandpa (grandfather), Fergle O'Reilly (uncle), Dextamina (great great aunt)
Occupation Cubicle worker; slave
Interests Science and games
First Appearance Babysitter Blues
Voiced By Christine Cavanaugh

Dee Bradley Baker


Number 12, D22, or Young Adult Dexter is Dexter in the future as a young adult. He is a complete slave to his boss and works in a cubicle as a low-rez worker. Mandark is needlessly abusive to him, harshly and severely punishing 12 for the slightest error- even something as minor as almost being late to work. These punishments are usually carried out by Mandark through flogging sessions broadcast through the entire building, brutally lashing 12 on the back with a laser whip. It can be inferred that such events are more than likely what led to such a drastic shift in character from Dexter to Number 12. In fact, such brutality (along with Mandark seemingly ruling the world) seems to have caused him to forget his name and how he acted as a child, stating, without hesitation, "Oh, I've always been like this."

Biography

Number 12 was the first of Dexter's future selves to be visited in Ego Trip, to which Dexter was brought to by a street drone after analyzing his DNA and ordering him to "return to his work station". Shortly after being deposited in his cubicle, Dexter bears witness to the flogging of his future self, and the two Dexters meet face-to-face. Number 12 initially doesn't recognize Dexter, however, and even after being informed that he is speaking to his past self, he attempts to ignore him and continue his work, for fear of further punishment. Dexter soon uncovers the Neurotomic Protocore and blueprints relating to it, safely stowed away in a compartment hidden in a wall of the cubicle, which Number 12 had most likely been working on (and hidden) before Mandark had overthrown the company.

With much persuasion from his younger self, Number 12 remembers his true name and agrees to come along to see how "cool" they both become... but not before finding and putting on his trademark purple gloves. However, in their haste to leave, the Protocore is left out in the open, and soon discovered by Mandark. The two Dexters sneak back into Dexter's laboratory-turned-rec-room, and head to the future.

In the special's fourth act, in which Dexter, Number 12, and Old Man Dexter meet Action Dexter, it is revealed that it was Dexter's meddling that resulted in the dystopic future Action Dexter has had to endure, as the Protocore's flow (having been snatched up and used incomptently by Mandark) was set to negative, numbing the minds of the populace and allowing Mandark to hoard all technology for himself. Number 12 realizes this, but is quickly hushed by Dexter jabbing an elbow into his arm.

Number 12 not only aids in the building of the robot used to storm Mandark's fortress, but also fights in the final battle to defeat his nemesis once and for all. After Executive Mandark repeatedly slaps him around and smugly takes (and smashes) his glasses, 12 reaches his breaking point and finally lashes out, attacking him and stealing his glasses for himself. It is upon Number 12's revelation that the other three Dexters make an attempt to switch the flow of the Neurotomic Protocore from negative back to positive. In the grapple between the Dexters and Mandarks from each time period, Number 12 can be seen both holding Mandark back by his cape... and forcing his former boss back via a boot to the teeth.

Number 12, along with the other Dexters, returns to his time period after saying goodbye... albeit with a smile, and a touch more of self-confidence.

Appearance

Nose

"Boing" - You can see the subtle skin tone differences between the two Dexters here.

Number 12 looks very similar to Dexter, with the same curly, red hair, pale skin, and glasses, though much taller, lankier, and somewhat scrawny-looking. His head is also somewhat of a different shape, and his labcoat has four buttons on it. He is more often than not seen with a slouch, despite his height. Interestingly enough, he seems to be even more pale than his child counterpart in some scenes of the special. It is unknown whether this is the result of a simple coloring error, or if perhaps being shut inside the corporation for so long has indeed deprived him of needed light.

Personality

Number 12 is shown to be much more mild-mannered and timid than Dexter or any of his other counterparts, more than likely due to Mandark's abuse over the years. When visiting the future of his much older self, he joined his younger counterpart in mocking Mandark as a brain even laughing at him.

He has little confidence in himself as he seems to not believe he is a genius anymore, at least in his introduction, and generally lacks the aloof attitude of child Dexter. However, by the ending of the special, he seems to be a bit more well-adjusted after standing up to Executive Mandark, having even taken a big part in the fight against all the Mandarks, and it is likely that this confidence-boosting event would result in his rebirth as Action Dexter.

Also, just like his counterparts he appears to have issues with his sister as shown when he was shocked by her sudden appearance.

Quotes

  • "8:52? Holy cow, I'm almost late! I'd better log on!" -Ego Trip
  • "Y-y-yes, sir...?" -Ego Trip
  • "Can I have some padding?" -Ego Trip
  • "No, no! Please, don't hurt me!" -Ego Trip
  • "I'll have you know that what I do here is very important! I design these cubicles." -Ego Trip
  • "...Dexter?" -Ego Trip
  • "I forgot how much I hate time travel..." -Ego Trip
  • "I'm typing, I'm typing!" -Ego Trip
  • "Looks like a bomb hit..." -Ego Trip
  • "Goodbye, Dexter!" -Ego Trip

Episode Appearances

Trivia

  • In the credits, he is referred to as "D22", possibly indicating that Number 12 is Dexter at 22 years of age.
  • In the episode "Babysitter Blues", he had pimples, drool, and a pocket protector filled with pens, but in "Ego Trip", he didn't have any of that. This could be due to being slightly older then he was in Babysitter Blues, as he was merely a teenager there while in Ego Trip he is a young adult.
  • Although Dexter has an accent, Number 12 doesn't. This discrepency could be explained due to the fact that the accent is an affectation, which he stopped using (probably due to years of Mandark's torture and abuse causing him to forget who he once was).
  • Time travel apparently makes him nauseous, though this does not seem to be the case with the other Dexters.
  • He seems to have a tendency to fall on his face, illustrated a number of times within the special.
  • His labcoat appears to be slightly too big on him, covering part of his upper legs and having sleeves that go up to his palms.
  • Despite his height, he is rarely seen standing or walking without a slouch. This can most likely be attributed to years of sitting at a desk.
  • Despite being at least fourteen years older, his voice is actually higher than that of his child counterpart.

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