Robert “Mephisto” Coppelius
Surname from Ballet Coppelia, first name from the medieval legend of “Robert the Devil”, referred to as Mephisto. His devilish appearance is alluding to the mysterious automaton of the same name.
Age: Robert has 2 ages; he is both new-born and a young man. Coppelius learned with his first successful automaton that teenagers were difficult and emotional, so the companion he built was both male (the sexist doctor thinks male equals unemotional) and old enough to be mature and pragmatic. Robert is visually about 30.
Home: Mephisto lives in Coppelius’ mansion in his own decorative suite of rooms. He does not care nearly as much for the stylized home as his father, and he does not find the place to be the prison of loneliness that Theo experiences.
Lives With: Though in a different wing of the palatial home, Mephisto lives with his father, sister, and Behemoth the Robo-Kitty. He would be happy enough to play chess, discuss game theory and philosophy, and read endless tomes of history with Theo. She will have nothing to do with him, and though he has no idea initially of his morbid origins, he does know that there is something fundamentally fault in him that Theo is incapable of forgiving him for. She shuns him, refuses his attempts at conversation and when he tries to manipulate her into changing her mind she ferociously attacks him.
Pets: While Behemoth resides in the same domicile as Mephisto, the two barely acknowledge each other. Robo-Kitty is mostly interested in Theo or killing small creatures. Mephisto has no interest in the cat, a robot he sees as lower than himself.
Hobbies: Chess, reading history, philosophy, studying religion, swords and knives, fire, strategy and other dark and studious activities.
Education: Mephisto received programming for knowledge and personality rather than develop them the way a child would over time. He does have the ability to learn and does so voraciously, studying ancient war tactics, methods of torture, blacksmithing and smelting, history and game theory.
Family: Mephisto steps into life with the natural over confidence of a wealthy young man fresh from a family-acquired Ivy league education. He sees himself as an equal to his father, or if not equal immediately, that he will grow quickly to equal him in power and knowledge and then just as rapidly become his better. At first, Mephisto is very interested in sharpening his intellectual prowess through deep and meaningful conversation with his sister. But the circumstances of his creation (which Mephisto does not know) make Theo despise him from the start (without even considering what had to occur for her own birth). So for the short span of his life, Mephisto mostly finds Theo to be unreasonably quarrelsome and irritating. Though this does change when he finally understands what has transpired.
Skills: Speed reading, memorizing chess games, metal work, chess, mind puzzles, math games, manipulation, reading people, and putting puzzles together…
Fears: It’s not that Mephisto is emotionless, but there is no real example of him being feeling. He is obviously capable of guilt and has a moral compass, which is seen in the film. Coppelius had enough of emotional robots, his second one had to be far more pragmatic. But the doctor had no interest in living with a sociopath of a machine and so his programming had to include a sense of right and wrong.
Words that Describe: Calculating, manipulative, slick, sophisticated, brilliant, discerning, quick, perceptive, clever, observant, scholarly…