>>91925332>It's a wonder he hasn't killed himself already.
You know, it's funny. If not for Dib's idealistic devotion to humanity (which is dwindling enough as-is) you might think in his constant bouts with Zim he was almost trying to get himself killed.
In any case, I agree. Dib needs someone to lean on, and Tak was really the only character to give him so much as the benefit of the doubt. It's especially significant when you realize that Tak had absolutely nothing to gain from their interactions; Befriending Dib was of no consequence to her mission, but she still made the effort. Perhaps, for a time, she felt a fleeting sense of kinship for the Earth boy.
They are rather alike, when you think about it: Both are remarkably talented, resourceful and self-motivated, but are sadly overlooked due to the inflexibility of their respective societies. Tak's need for recognition from the Tallest and an empire that abandoned her parallels Dib's desire to impress an uninterested parent and an equally unforgiving world of ignorance.
If they ever met again, no doubt there would be some open hostility between them. She did lie to him, after all, and he did throw a wrench in her plans. But I could see them working with together in a fragile alliance against Zim; one keeping a gun to the other, but gradually softening as they bond over their repeated victories and failures. Maybe even learning something more about themselves, in the process...
But more to the point, there is a reservoir of untapped potential for these two and it's a tragedy for it to have gone ignored for so long. I've been shipping them since 2006.