Theophania “Theo” Coppelius
Surname from Ballet Coppelia, first name from the Ottoman Empress (995-991) who may have been the inspiration for the change of the Vizier piece on the board becoming instead a Queen.
Age: Technically, Theo is only recently ‘born’ though she was designed to look like a teenage girl, around the age of 16. She is always dressed as a ballerina about to take the stage. The biggest visual difference between Theo and a regular teenager (besides the whole robot thing) is the bright blue color of her skin.
Home: Theo lives in a small suite of rooms at the top floor of the doctor’s mansion. The rooms are beautifully decorated, but emotionally cold. At first she is entertained by her wardrobe of ballet costumes, but very quickly she becomes disenchanted and yearns for family, and when that is not possible, at least a friend.
Lives With: At first, it is just Theo and her Father the doctor. Coppelius either didn’t think through the implications of creating a teenager, or thought that she would be extra docile because of her gender. In either case, Theo hungers for companionship almost immediately, wants family and when the doctor abandons her for his work, she is left miserable and alone. Her unhappiness causes her to emit a high pitched screech, something she cannot control as she is a baby robot still learning about herself and the world. So Coppelius makes her Behemoth, the Robo-Kitty in an attempt to distract. This pet does make things better for a little while, though she still is still sad enough to motivate Coppelius to begin making Mephisto and to stare longingly out her window until Christopher one day notices and makes friends.
Pets: When the story opens, Theo has her robo-kitty Behemoth as a companion. Though she loves her little guy, he is still a cat who cannot converse with her, plays very few games and never wants to dance.
Hobbies: Dancing is the only activity that brings Theo any real joy. The doctor has some kind of fascination with classical ballet, indicated by the cubist painting of a dancer en pointe on the wall of his laboratory, and of course by his creation of a robot ballerina. When we see Theo especially emotional she is dancing (like when she makes friends with Otto) or in a classic pose (her hands as she stares out her window depressed).
Education: Theo has programming more than she has education, though she is in no way stupid. She is a compassionate and emotive entity that picks up on social cues and body language rapidly. She learns extremely quickly and adapts to her circumstances as best she can given her design and creator.
Family: At the beginning of the story, Theo sees herself as a daughter unloved by her father. She does not know why he will not spend time with her. Though she does not purposefully make the irritating screech that bothers the doctor so much, she does find herself enjoying the attention he dotes on her trying to make it stop. When Mephisto is brought to life, he is intended to be like a brother or companion to her. This does not work because she knows at least a bit of what happened to Christopher, and though rationally this may not be Mephisto’s fault, she cannot help but blame him and want to punish him and Coppelius for the loss.
Skills: Making friends, ballet and other dance, reading body language, intuition, learning, finding ways to help her friends.
Fears: Theo most fears being left alone, or being unloved and not knowing why. Until she encounters Christopher, and later Della, the idea of family is entirely a fantasy to her, though having a real family (like Pinoccio, another story that stems from automatons) is her main motivation. When her father uses her and Behemoth she loses all hope and finally begins to hate Coppelius.
Words that Describe: Loving, innocent, gentle, excited, day-dreamer, romantic, charming, striking, idealistic, intuitive, artistic, loyal…