When they first meet up, Dirk reminds Karkat a lot of Dave, but he’s also a lot more honest and willing to listen and Karkat ends up becoming smitten with him really quickly in a really obvious way, following him around all the time. Dirk is really touched by someone feeling that way for him after everything with Jake and finds his angry rants and awkwardness really cute. And the intensity with which Dirk begins to pay attention to him once he realizes what’s going on really touches Karkat after so long of having to spend so much time looking out for his friends and putting his own feelings aside for other people. In the end, they both end up bonding in their own roundabout ways about feeling worthless and manage to be the best thing they both need to feel better about themselves and get into a relationship again.
Oh, yes, we have this in our requests somewhere!
This is very cute. I think Dirk and Karkat are similar in that they both try to act a lot more grown up than they are, and it’s certainly weighed heavy on both of them. If they were to meet during a time when they were both feeling introspective, and not defensive, I think they really would get along, and the idea that Karkat gets smitten with Dirk is really too adorable. 8D
I like your deeper reasoning too, it helps me think a little more about this ship! They do both seem pretty starved for affection, so I kind of picture them as mutually clingy boyfriends. xD
Bonus Headcanon from me: They’re both blade wielding warriors, so I can’t help but imagining them sparing together. Dirk has a canon thing for wanting to make people stronger, especially physically, and I can really imagine it to be in Karkat’s character to want to be stronger. I could imagine them mutually doing some crazy gorilla warfare tactical training together sometimes. <3
Anyway, this is two for two, great headcanons from the same lovely person. Thank you for submitting! These were some lovely headcanons for lovely ships, and I still hope I didn’t talk too much over them.
Anymore I’m usually ‘okay what’ about 'ship asks randomly landing in my inbox, but anon, dear anon, you picked a ship that I have been eyeing with intrigue and curiosity for some time, so I’m going to talk about it, at length, with no clear direction in mind. Let’s see where we end up, shall we?
What they have in common: being controlling, having deep wells of self-loathing, being sick of being who they are, being huge assholes. Putting up a front.
How they differ: Karkat runs hot, Dirk runs cold. Karkat is emotionally open (although often inadvertently), Dirk is closed off. Karkat is an asshole but not a creep, while Dirk’s attempts at control lead him to being creepy and manipulative.
It’s somewhat similar to Karkat/Dave, but different because Dave doesn’t hate himself like Karkat and Dirk do. Dave is more passive and kinder than Dirk; he’s not the manipulative sort and will withdraw or fade away rather than manipulate and confront.
Karkat can be manipulated, but he lashes out when he figures out what’s happening, and he is pretty much physically incapable of not calling people out on their bullshit. Dirk is rational, often to afault, but he can do good things with it when given time to think. They could potentially understand each other’s self-loathing, although Dirk would have to be less self-obsessed and turn outward and open up more.
I don’t think they’d be good moirails – too similar in the self-loathing department to be very good at pulling the other out. I don’t think they’d be good kismeses either, as Karkat has only had very platonic dislike and hate for people who’ve tried to manipulate him. Auspistices yes – Karkat’s good at sitting down and cutting through the bullshit, Dirk is good at thinking things through rationally when he doesn’t start from false premises. Flushed, super hot and full of emotional h/c. I… am not entirely sure why I like the idea of them flushed so much, but I do. Something to poke at when it isn’t 2.30 in the morning, I guess!
I am legit worried that karkat/dirk is gonna be a thing. If it weren’t for the fact that jade/karkat is my otp then i’d really like that ship. But i REALLY have my heart set on jadekat but i just CAN’T shake the feeling that kardirk is gonna happen and it’s REALLY bothering me.