This article contains plot details from the latest book.
Dexter in Latin means "right-handed, skilled." From an occupational surname, it means "one who dyes." His last name Dizznee sounds a lot like the company Disney, which made Dex think that he had his own land when Sophie showed him pictures from her scrapbook of her at Disneyland.
Before Sophie arrived, Dex had no friends. He supposedly ate lunch in his alchemy session (revealed in Lodestar), as well as getting ignored and discriminated against by the other kids at Foxfire, including Fitz and Biana Vacker.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Abilities and Skills
- 3 Personality
- 4 Relationships
- 5 History
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Quotes
- 8 Character Bio by Shannon Messenger
- 9 References
Dex has strawberry blond curly hair, periwinkle eyes and prominent dimples that show up when he smiles. He is described as skinny, and short up until his growth spurt in the fourth book. His growth spurt continues in Nightfall, growing to be the same height as Keefe. As of Exile, it is revealed that he has a burn scar on his side below his ribs, the size and shape of a thumbprint which was made by Brant, the Neverseen member who had tortured him when he was kidnapped along with Sophie in Keeper of the Lost Cities.
In Keeper of the Lost Cities, Dex and Sophie are kidnapped by the Neverseen and presumed dead. They had a planting in the Wanderling Woods. Dex's tree has a twisted trunk, spiky strawberry red leaves and periwinkle berries. The tree was described to smell just like Dex when he doesn't shower for a few days.
Dex is a Technopath, which he describes as being able to ask mechanical and electric devices how to do what he wants and have them respond. He has been shown to be able to break through the security of a human ATM and an Elvin lock. He wanted to keep this ability a secret, so he could stay in his ability detecting class, as he hopes to activate a "better" ability. He thought that being a Technopath was a weak power and others would think he got the ability as a result of his parent's bad match, and he would get bullied. In Everblaze, Sandor informs Dame Alina, who was principal at the time, of his ability and she places him with the tutor Lady Iskra. Although frustrated at first, Dex comes to love and appreciate the ability.
Dex is very talented and he has created several gadgets, such as the panic switch Sophie wears if she needs reinforcements in case of an emergency, the Sucker Punch bracelets he made for him and his friends to enhance a punch, and the ability-restricting circuit he made complying with the Council's request, without knowing that it would be used to restrict Sophie's abilities. In Neverseen, he created two important gadgets, the Twiggler and the Evader.
His gadgets sometimes cause trouble, such as the ability-restricting circlet. Dex created this circlet after the Councillors asked him to make weapons. However, when Sophie used her abilities for actions related to the Black Swan, they were considered treasonous against the Council. The Council ended up using the circlet to take away Sophie's abilities, with only three Councillors on her side. The circlet caused her to have numerous headaches and abrasions and also caused her to stay in at Havenfield and sleep for three days.
Dex is also very good at alchemy and elixir brewing. He helps out in his father's apothecary, Slurps and Burps. He mostly is shown making prank elixirs, but his father lets him help with serious medical elixirs, including Sophie's Limbium-free Fade Fuel. In Lodestar, he displays his skills as an alchemist to make Sophie a bottle of Panakes perfume using the petals from Calla's Panakes.
Aside from these abilities, Dex has also been shown to have more skill training than his friends. He says he learned how to regulate his body temperature, and he also mentions that he can regulate his breathing in Neverseen, along with being shown levitating effortlessly in later on in the book. It is likely that this is due to his father being talentless and his early beliefs that he would end the same way. People make fun of him for it, but it comes in handy throughout the books.
Dex’s personality fluctuates often, ranging from pushy to kind and gentle. For example, in Nightfall, Sophie describes him as both pouty and pushy on the occasion, but also hilarious and brilliant. It seems that when he was younger and wanted something, such as attention, he’d become obviously jealous and would try to worm his way into things. However, as he got older, this trait changed a bit and he became better at hiding it. Throughout the book series, he has also been an amazing friend to Sophie and the others, proving his loyalty to them time and time again, even going as far as to ignore threats directed at himself if it means keeping one of them safe.
In addition, it can be noted that he cares deeply for his family despite acting annoyed or upset with them on the occasion. Dex has two little brothers named Lex and Rex and a little sister named Bex. They are triplets, which are extremely rare and frowned upon in the Lost Cities. Dex's parents were ruled a bad match because Kesler is talentless, while Juline is a Froster, and no talentless may be matched as matching relies significantly on abilities. Dex is picked on by people like Stina because of this, though he is always ready and willing to defend each member of his family.
- Best friend / Adoptive cousin / Former crush
Sophie is Dex's best friend and he first meets her when she visits Slurps and Burps with Edaline. Dex obviously has a crush on her and the two are quite close. It does not seem, however, that Sophie reciprocates his romantic feelings, although she certainly cares strongly for Dex as a best friend. At the end of Keeper of the Lost Cities, she nearly faded away in order to protect him when they leapt away from their kidnappers.
In Nightfall, after Dex gives her a pair of crush cuffs to block her Enhancing, Sophie kisses Dex and the two realize that there was no spark and that it would be best to remain as friends. The two feel awkward around each other for a long period of time throughout the book until Dex speaks to Sophie at Foxfire, confronting her about her "zombie state", and decide to stay away from one another sitting together. The two are still close friends, and even though they agreed to keep it this way. At first Dex had some adjustment issues, which involved isolation. But know he his closer than ever to Sophie now. He is truly her best friend.
Kesler is Dex's father and the owner of Slurps and Burps. Dex constantly helps Kesler make elixirs, including Fade Fuel without the limbium for Sophie. Kesler is Talentless and so people call him a 'bad match' for Juline, his wife. It's shown that Dex cares very much about Kesler.
Dex was extremely hurt when he discovered this because Juline did not tell him sooner but later forgives her. Dex is also extremely upset when he finds out about the Great Forkle Reappearance (as named by Keefe), because Dex knew that she already knew that he wasn't truly dead. His relationship with his mother had been a bit strained throughout the books, but it does show how much Dex still loved her and cares for her.
- Younger siblings
Dex's younger siblings are always noisily quarrelling and playing pranks, and Dex thinks they can be very annoying but others think they are great. The triplets love to embarrass Dex, but despite it all, he still cares for them very much as seen when he expresses his wish not to have the triplets experience the same shame he experienced as a child of a bad match. He also is known for giving them prank elixirs when he needs to "ditch Lovise".
Though they seem to have a good relationship, Dex did use the triplets once to distract her in order to sneak away with Mr. Forkle, who was taking him to meet Tinker (who is uncomfortable with goblins).
- Friend/possible love interest
Throughout the books, specifically Legacy, the two can be seen hanging out with each other more and more as other friendships grow strained.
In Book 8.5: Unlocked, Dex helps Keefe when he manifests his ability by giving him different elixirs and gadgets. Dex is the only person as of Unlocked who knows that Keefe sensed the Dizznee triplets' abilities.
- Friend/Former foe/Possible love interest
When they first met, he said that he knew Fitz at the same time Fitz said that he did not know Dex. Dex was under the impression that Fitz thinks he is better than Dex and thus did not bother to remember his name or how to say it correctly, as Fitz had called him 'Deck' the first time they met.
When Sophie found out about Biana being told to be her friend, Fitz sent Dex to go talk to her, as Dex has a strong relationship with Sophie. Dex was really upset when he found out that Sophie and Fitz have telepathy training together because he felt like Fitz was hogging Sophie.
- Friend/possible love interest
At the beginning of the series, Biana and Dex do not interact much. They do not hate each other, but they don't exactly like each other either.
In Lodestar, after being the only two left behind from another of Sophie's adventurers, Biana proposes that she and Dex create their own separate group. Later, during a stay at Dex's house, Biana gives him a makeover by doing his hair. Dex uses this new hairstyle throughout the sixth book.
- Friend/possible love interest
When Linh uses her hydrokinesis, both Dex and Fitz usually say, "Wow." It is unknown whether Dex said it because of her amazing powers, or if he is romantically interested in her. (Granted, Fitz exactly the same reaction when Linh uses her ability in amazing ways, and he's romantically interested in Sophie.)
- Friend/possible love interest
- Friend/possible love interest
Dex and Marella are friendly towards each other and have not shown any dislike.
- Rival/Frenemy/possible love interest
Dex and Stina have a long-running battle of mean pranks on each other since Pre-Keeper. Dex made Stina bald, and in return, Stina put a muskog in Dex's locker. Dex also gave Stina a beard, which was added as an extra pranking feature for her in the hairoids.
They are both a part of Team Valiant.
- Pet/test subject
Starting from early in the series, Dex would dye Iggy different colors with different elixirs and give him different hairdos. These colors are pink, orange, purple, green, yellow, ice blue, and mermaid colors (blue, purple, and green).
Dex is introduced when Sophie and Edaline go to visit Slurps and Blurps in Mysterium. They talk about starting Foxfire and soon become friends, with Sophie inviting Dex to Havenfield. Dex also helps Sophie get through her first days in Foxfire, even though he gets detention for the first couple of days for getting into an argument with Stina. He helps Sophie with their Universe assignment, which leads to him attending her Tribunal because of her finding Elementine. However, when Sophie grows closer with Fitz and Biana, he, who doesn't like the Vacker family, treats her coldly and feels she prefers them over him. By the end of the book, when Sophie is upset at Biana for befriending her because of Alden and runs into a cave, Dex follows her to see if she is alright and gets captured by the Neverseen alongside her. Dex is believed to be dead by his family and friends, who plant a Wanderling for him, but is actually enduring ten days of being unconscious and drugged. However, he and Sophie are saved by Mr. Forkle, who leaves them in Paris with vague instructions of how to return to the Lost Cities. Sophie manifests new abilities and he realises he might be a Technopath. These abilities both help them getting back home, although Dex loses consciousness and has to be leaped back with Sophie, who begins to fade. They are both saved by Fitz and Keefe when they return. Dex is last seen in the book at Sophie's second Tribunal, where she is pardoned for going to the Lost Cities.
Dex is first seen in the book searching for a sasquatch with Sophie, until she finds an alicorn instead. Later in the book during Aldens planting Sophie finds Dex crying when he saw his own tree. Sophie reassures him that she cried when she saw hers as well.
- Shannon Messenger originally wanted Dex to be white blonde until her editor said that Dex and Sophie looked too much like siblings.
- Dexter means- "one who dyes, right-handed".
- Dex is tied with Linh, Biana, and Wylie for the main character with the least cover appearances, being 1 each.
- Dex is on the cover of the first book Keeper of the Lost Cities.
- It is mentioned in Keeper of the Lost Cities that Dex knows English, but said in Neverseen that only Fitz knows a little English.
- Dex has made a bomb capable of exhibiting at least 200 lbs of force, as shown in Neverseen.
- Alvin means "old friend" in old english.
“I have my own land?”
“Still best friends, right?”
“Welcome to my world. It's always 'Dex, you can stay behind and work on gadgets!”
“Only Dex would decide to jab a gadget with a stick.”
“Worse than Wonderboy”
Character Bio by Shannon Messenger
Dex immediately becomes Sophie’s best friend and takes it upon himself to help her find her way through her complicated new world. He doesn’t have a special ability when Sophie meets him, but she can tell he’s incredibly talented—especially at alchemy—despite the fact that many people unfairly underestimate both him and his family. A true prankster at heart, he always does what he can to make Sophie laugh—though sometimes he wishes he could make her feel something … more. Hard as he tries to hide it, he can’t help having a huge crush on her, and is less-than-thrilled to find himself in a competition with Fitz—and Keefe—to gain Sophie’s attention.