The Man in the Iron Mask: Athos [ISTJ 8w9]

Function Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Athos quit the Musketeers when he could no longer respect the king, and is content to live a “small life” untouched by royalty until said king sends his son to the front lines to die on the battlefield, after his fiancé has caught his attention. When D’Artangan tries to convince him to rejoin the Cause, he says, “I belong to the past, when the uniforms were black and [real] men wore them.” Though he does get on board with Aramis’ plan, Athos points out everything irrational about it—even if they can find this boy, there’s no way he can convincingly pull off a soulless cretin like Louis! There are a thousand things he needs to learn, everything from how to act at court to Louis’ complicated history with his mother and all of his advisors. There are simply too many details to ignore here! Which is why Aramis gives him the task of teaching Philipe all he needs to know, from the appropriate place settings to how he will address the servants. Athos knows everything and can relay it, remains unruffled when Philipe fails to do things right, and doesn’t mind not being apologized to (“The king never apologizes”). Athos is surprised that Aramis’ plan is so discreet; he would much rather have “open war and revolution.” He doesn’t want to exchange one psychopath king for another, but Philipe soon wins him over with his measurable kindness. He can make hard decisions when need be, but also has a large dose of compassion for Philipe, because he reminds him of his own son, Raoul. Athos doesn’t believe d’Artangan can understand what it’s like to be a father, to kiss a child’s cheek and smell his hair, because he has never gone through it or raised a son (Fi). Athos sometimes acts on his emotions, such as when he storms into the castle determined to assault the king or get killed by the Musketeers trying, because there’s nothing worth living for with his son dead. He doesn’t believe he can teach Philipe everything he needs to know in a mere three weeks, but does his best. He also threatens to kill the king unless d’Artangan returns Philipe to them, out of an emotional connection to him. Athos shows very little intuition, rather choosing to hold on to what is permanent and stable (Si and Te) and not sharing d’Artagnan’s idealism toward Louis’ potential for change (“the king is a dog”).

Enneagram: 8w9 so/sp

Athos is protective of his son and his loss drives him to a great anger; he cannot see how d’Artangan can continue to serve someone so immoral and corrupt, and easily joins forces against the king rather than try to persuade his old friend to join his side. He has an infamous temper and often loses it, asserting controversial statements that line up with his true feelings for the monarchy and allowing to drive him to make an attempt on the king’s life. He has no room for cowardice in his life, and can be intimidating to Philipe, who finds himself constantly apologizing in an effort to decrease Athos’ frustrations. But his 9 wing also does not want to upset the sweet, innocent boy, so he calmly tries to be patient enough to convince him not to be as sweet. He would rather do things upfront, such as incite a revolution, than be sneaky about it.

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