It’s true that being a cop isn’t the most glamorous job. But there are constants about it: saving lives, doing good, and having the honor of serving with the men beside you. Also the, uh, robots beside you? In 2048, crime has exploded. The police can’t keep up with it. But technology can—hence, robots. Named “MX” models, these robo-cops are paired with human counterparts in order to help the struggling cops on their now quite dangerous beats.
But to say that John Kennex doesn’t like MXs would be an understatement.
There is that whole thing where an MX refused to help Detective Kennex get his fatally wounded partner out of the line of fire—the “statistical odds” weren’t in his favor. And then there’s the whole bit where his leg got blown off as he single-handedly dragged his dying partner towards safety. So no, John Kennex has little love for the MX super cops. And spending a year in a coma after the accident doesn’t really help anything.
Kennex seems a bit…one-dimensional at first glance. He’s a callous, rules-are-for-others mess of a cop who is damaged and in complete denial about his feelings and condition. But, a bit begrudgingly, his colleagues must admit, he gets things done. He’s fearless. And he’s not going to quit until he gets his man.
It is Kennex’s combination of adaptable skill and callous ignorance of his own feelings that leads me to conclude he is an:
ISTP (Introvert, Sensor, Thinker, Perceiver)
Independent, pragmatic, fearless, loyal
Keirsey Temperament: Artisan/Craftsman
Primary Function: Introverted Thinking
Kennex may be gruff and callous, but he’s a thorough analyst. Introverted Thinking lends Kennex a sarcastically pragmatic edge as he navigates the various crimes he encounters. As a Ti dominant Kennex is excellent at quickly sorting out the information he sees at each crime scene, categorizing and correctly identifying the pertinent pieces of information. However his Introverted Thinking also makes him rather unfeeling and prone to ignoring the emotional needs of others and himself. He does not mince his words and is described by Dorian, his robotic partner, as “difficult.”
As a detective, Kennex has a reputation for being unorthodox and a risk taker. Introverted Thinking does not pander to norms and Kennex is no exception. The subjective intelligence of Introverted Thinking allows Kennex to take risks that most other detectives won’t, but also tends to put him in harm’s way. As an Introverted Thinker, Kennex is also quite self-contained and does not express his inner thoughts to many people.
Auxiliary Function: Extroverted Sensing
John is quick with details and lives in the moment. He is unafraid to take risks and is adaptable in most situations, preferring to risk consequences rather than plan around them. This trait is what makes him successful but often in harm’s way of his own accord.
Kennex is also a man who doesn’t spend a lot of time looking towards the future. After his traumatizing injury, John emerged from a yearlong coma determined to take down the people responsible figuring the best way to do it was to reclaim his lost memories of the event through a risky memory retrieving procedure.
As an Extroverted Sensor, John tends to trust only what he himself has seen and experienced, hence his intense need to re-experience his lost memories. Thus we can see John’s need to experience things for himself—there were doubtless police reports and some video footage, but John needed to go back into his own memories in order to feel that he had what he wanted to track his attackers. He also has difficulty accepting his synthetic leg, disliking it (whereas most others would undoubtedly be thrilled to have a new and functioning member).
Tertiary Function: Introverted Intuition
Kennex possess a subtle sense of intuition, provided by his tertiary Ni. He is able to recognize patterns and the larger picture at hand, although his intuitive revelations are usually a bit usually a bit lagging. For instance, he exhibits sever signs of his Tertiary Ni, feeling intuitively that a murdered cop friend isn’t dirty even when all the evidence points to the man’s corruption and does everything he can to prove the man’s innocence; likewise John refuses to leave a hostage situation even though he and Dorian will most likely be killed, thinking that they can still make a difference—and he’s right.
Inferior Function: Extroverted Feeling
Kennex isn’t much for emotions. While he is very loyal to those he trusts and has the ability to be gentle when necessary, John does his best to shut out feelings. He is diagnosed with a slew of traumatic mental conditions including PTSD after his injury and it is readily apparent that he is a bit of an emotional wreck.
As his Inferior Function, Extroverted Feeling is the most difficult aspect of John’s personality for him to work with. John would much rather ignore his feelings and the feelings of others rather than try to untangle and navigate them to a processed conclusion. He disregards the emotional implications of his actions and does his best overall to stay in complete denial about the effect the traumas he has experienced really are playing into his daily life. Perhaps Dorian will offer a sense of security and camaraderie that will start to thaw John’s emotional deep-freeze.
John Kennex is an archetypal case of the detective who’s his own man. Not one to pander to his coworkers (or anyone, for that matter) John staunchly solves murders and crimes in the way he thinks is best, often finding answers that none of the other detectives would have bothered digging for.
It is John’s fierce independence that is his greatest asset—and greatest liability. His uncompromising desire to do things according to his own rules makes him upright and unwilling to be bought or turn a blind eye to anything, yet it is also what cuts him off from others and prevents him from finding a way to resolve the traumas he has experienced.
Thus John has his obvious strengths and weaknesses and they tend stem from the same places. Perhaps Dorian will begin to help John see the merits of tuning in to himself and others a bit more and taking less risks. Whatever the case, John and Dorian make an formidable pair and crime had better watch out.
When people consistently like/reblog my posts, I grow fond of them even if I’ve never talked to them.
I end up staring at my notifications like
Everyone’s favorite human from Almost Human
*Thermometer reads 70 degrees Fahrenheit*
There can be no sleigh rides and snowmen and Christmas time cheer when it is 70 degrees outside. What gives?
A Concerned Citizen