Job Blut
Job Blut
Michael C. Hall as Job.
Portrayed By Michael C. Hall
Gender Male
Date of Birth October 17, 1974
Age 33
Zodiac Sign Libra
Place of Birth Newton, MA, USA
Current Location New York City, NY, USA
Occupation Psychologist
Known Relatives Herald Blut (father), Cheryl Blut (mother), younger brother, older sister
Known Abilities Emotional Empathy
First Appearance "Dark Hair and Nice Smiles"

Job Blut is a psychologist of good skill but no great renown in New York City, where he also lives. Although many of his patients will say they keep going back because he is interested in their problems and in what they have, this interest is almost always feigned and disguised behind a well-constructed facade to keep them coming back. He has the ability to influence and exert limited control over the emotions of others, adjusting them like the sliders on a sound mixer. He uses this ability, along with his natural skills in psychology and manipulation in various "field research" projects what have little real value except to support his own ego and benefit.


History

Well off and respectable, Harold and Cheryl Blut lived their lives and raised their children in Weston, Massachusetts, with the family supported largely by Harold's medical practice as well as an ample investment portfolio. It was through the lens of wealth that their middle child, Job, came to view the world, if only at first.

Job, along with his older sister and younger brother, attended private school, did well in their classes and were content for the most part to move with the flow of life. The exception to this was Job, who had a keen enough eye to realize that there was fierce and cutthroat competition within the student body, although it was subtle and beneath the notice of many students, the faculty and the administration. It was this insight that allowed him to figure out that, with a strategic whisper or carefully timed "slip", he could influence this underlying sub-society not only to his benefit, but to that of his siblings and friends as well; securing the best lunch tables, finding out the latest gossip and most importantly, what sort of "misdirection" could divert suspicion from his own activities, whether it was to help another student cheat on an exam, or help someone to get a date at the expense of someone else's evening, or whatever else was called for. It's hardly any surprise that he developed a more than casual interest in psychology by the time he was eighteen.

Intent on an excellent university education (partially to meet the high standards of both his parents) and with no shortage of good marks and praise from his past instructors, Job nevertheless had no interest in attending Harvard; he wanted to be further from home in the hope that he could develop a stronger sense of independence than he might (as Cambridge was no more than a stone's throw from Weston). After careful review, he settled on Cornell in Ithaca, New York, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and continued further to earn a Master's Degree in the same field and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology. Although he did not finish at the top of his class, he finished near it, and that was good enough for him. His prize was not only the adoration of his family, including his siblings, despite their attending Columbia University instead of Cornell, but also a small but well-diversified stock portfolio, the number of the family broker, and some capital towards opening his own practice. Although Boston was appealing, he ultimately settled on New York City as his final destination, counting on the large population and overall stressful atmosphere to provide plenty of clients (as well as plenty of opportunities to conduct "field research" in social manipulation). Job was twenty nine when he moved to his new home.

Four years after settling in New York, with a spacious two-bedroom apartment and an office in Midtown Manhattan, Job has done well in life, investments and business. His only shortcoming, one he keeps very secret, is that he is just as likely to use social engineering on his patients as he is psychological analysis, dragging out their treatments longer than necessary as well as loosening bits of information they otherwise wouldn't give out, but restraining both practices enough to avoid drawing suspicion. Thus far, it has been a very useful, and profitable tactic, and promises to continue being so for some time to come.

Abilities

Job's ability is perhaps especially insidious given his profession. Over a short range and with a small amount of concentration, he can influence and, to a limited degree, control the emotion state of those around him, projecting emotions into them, intensifying the emotions they already feel, or even draining the intensity of their emotions; the best analogy is perhaps a mixing board, with each emotion represented by one slider. Job adjusts the sliders up and down to influence emotions states, just as a technician adjusts them to alter the sound of music.

The process is not risk free, because these artificial changes in emotion states are accompanied by the appropriate alterations in brain chemistry associated with them. Although impossible for one emotion or another to become "stuck" without Job's intervention, rapid changes in state can result in abnormal stress from the chemical imbalances. This stress can have any number of additional effects, ranging from mania to depression and everything in between. Job takes care to manage his powers carefully, lest he prompt an unneeded investigation because too many of his patients begin developing short-lived but still serious psychological disorders.


Quotes

Trivia

  • Job's last name is pronounced "bloot."

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