a disturbing thought that occurred to me as I read this page, is that perhaps Dexter built this machine as a sort of "punishment" against Mimi, since she was not his child
Very interesting, but i think it's too early to come to that conclusion, specially because Dexter doesn't even look or sound human anymore, and by the words of the general, it seems he truly isn't human. It seems he turned himself into a cyborg. If that happened then what about his feelings? Does he even experience emotion at all?
I doubt it would be some sort of punishment. More likely damage from past battles. I would wager that he still has some of his humanity left in him, but I don't know how much of it has been left for Mimi. I'm wondering if Mimi was born after Dexter had become a cyborg.
Sure, perhaps Dexter didn't have any feelings for Mimi in particular, but I find it hard to believe that the Powerpuff's, especially Blossom since she's Mimi's mom, would ever agree to this.
The PPG went through a tough childhood beating up monsters and I don't think they ever got well at all with people other than those with super powers. I don't think they would agree to put another young, powerful girl through a childhood even worse than theirs (trapped in a machine, forced to work for good at the expense of personal development and maturity).
Surely the PPG would have a say in the implementation of this device. (Assuming they were alive when it was built)
n our normal, comapritively peaceful world, this was no big deal, his massive intellect more than compensated. In this war torn one, however, where survival likely is reserved ONLY for those who have BOTH, who are mens sana in corpore sano to the nth degree, Dexter may have found himself phycially unable to keep up. Dexter being Detxer he solved it the only way he knew how.
I thought the world didn't start turning to hell until the heroes get betrayed. I think that happens at roughly the same time Mimi gets released from the machine (somehow), so Dexter definitely got his implants/augmentations before the world got trashed. He wouldn't have needed them to stay alive.