Robot and Frank: Frank [ISTP 8w9]

Function Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

Frank is a retired cat burglar who is losing his memory, but what he does remember is how to “get ahead” in life (even though it may not be strictly within the boundaries of the law). He figures out that his helpmate Robot has not been programmed to care about breaking the law, so teaches him the techniques of lock picking, arguing with him that the Robot wanted him to have a hobby to keep him “focused” and this is what he wants to do. He logically thinks through things, assessing the risks and balances of whatever he is doing, and prefers not to do things that could get them arrested (he had “two” stints in the joint for stealing, and does not want to go back there). Frank likes to reminisce about the daring capers he went on as a young man, from scaling down skyscrapers in the middle of a hurricane (and the hot redhead he was with at the time was also amazing) to his jewel thief exploits. As an old man facing senility, he still lives “life on the edge” by stealing soaps from a local store right in front of the sales clerk. He’s also quick to react in the moment, feigning a fatal illness to get his son to drive down and get caught with some nickel and dime evidence so he can throw a suspicious policeman off the scent, stealing a car and running away with his robot, and breaking and entering both at the library and a local home where he makes off with “super hot” rocks. (He decides to sit on them and wait for a more opportune time.) Initially, Frank is ride and hostile both to his kids and to the Robot, but against his resistance, he starts becoming fond of the little guy, enough that he sees him in an almost personal light. Frank isn’t emotionally aware enough to recognize his responsibility to others most of the time (he will upset them and then feel bad about it), nor can he understand how  he’s started to feel like he and the Robot are the same person. He does not want to wipe its memory chip to a blank state, because he feels like his own memory chip is being wiped to a blank state. But eventually, he does it, to save himself from landing in prison. Again.

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Frank can be… well, obnoxious. His go-to reaction is anger and he has an explosive temper. He does not want anyone imposing anything on his life, least of all a Robot, and treats his son badly when he drops it off. He routinely insults the Robot, but also does what it says to avoid being sent to the “old folk’s home.” Robot tends to be overbearing with people, such as when he angrily starts throwing things on the floor in his kitchen after his daughter cleaned up and demands she make him lasagna, then tells her it tastes like crap. He feels invaded upon, and reacts by acting out. He’s also able to keep a cool head in a crisis, and stay ahead of the cops, even though he can’t remember his favorite restaurant has closed. Later in the story, he admits that he was not a good father, since he was never around. Frank starts feeling protective of the Robot; he yells at a bunch of kids to leave it alone, and then wonders why the Robot did nothing to protect itself (he tells it next time, say “Initiate Destruct Sequence” and start counting down). His 9 wing reaches a point where he doesn’t want intense, serious conflict. He feels bad enough at upsetting his daughter and making her tearful that he apologizes and hugs her, and tries to make amends. He will lash out at people and then feel apologetic. Eventually, he calmly allows the Robot to be in his life, and accepts that he needs to live in an assisted living center.