Mannequin appears to be an exceedingly intelligent and oddly playful individual. He toys with Armsmaster when he goes to 'recruit' him and purposefully brushes up against Skitter's insects several times to show her that he could get around the sensing part of her power. He injures Armsmaster just enough to make a point.
It should be noted that "like other serial killers, Mannequin favored certain types of people as victims. His prey of choice included rogues, those individuals seeking to make a profit from their abilities, especially those looking to better the world… and tinkers."
He had something of a deathwish, which led him to attack powerful opponents.
Although he was unable to speak, Mannequin had a variety of methods for communicating. He could spell out words, or use simple sign language. His teammates knew that when he drew an "x" over his mouth with one finger, it meant someone was lying.
Appearance & EquipmentEdit
It is unknown what Mannequin looked like before he cocooned himself in his new 'Mannequin' body. Now, however, he survives in an ecosystem of his own creation. His body is made up of several 'pieces' which seem to be able to operate independent of each other. They are attached with chains or ball joints, his shoulders and hips are ball joints, his lower arms and, presumably, lower legs are attached with chains. These chains are capable of extending and retracting, to devastating effect.
He is 9 feet tall, his head scrapes the ceiling of an average sized room. Furthermore, his head has "no eyeholes, no earholes, nor any vents for air intake. There was only a head as white and smooth as an eggshell, with shallow indents where the eyes and mouth should be and a small bump for the nose."
It is noted that anyone who looks at Mannequin before the two halves of his chest come together can see the organs that are inside of him. The right and left side of his body, which appear to be able to work independent of each other are "cut cleanly down the middle" and the organs inside of him "pulsed with activity, throbbing wet against the glass or glass substitute." It is also noted that there is a substantial amount of technology keeping him alive, "regulators and filtration systems, and other gear that was designed to fit into the gaps between the most vital systems."
It is mentioned that each part of Mannequin's new body is "a self-contained system." Furthermore, "everything nonessential stripped away and replaced." This appears to also include Mannequin's voice as he uses keys from a keyboard to communicate with Armsmaster.
He is also bristling with 'weapons' and 'tools' however they seem to 'seamlessly' flow into his body making it almost impossible to see the number of weapons he has. Among other weapons he has a "telescoping blade" that comes out of the center of Mannequin's hand that can be 'speared' forward as well as retracted so quickly that it causes a recoil in his forearm and hand.
This ability has served him well in the Slaughterhouse Nine, with it's high member turnover rate. It was mentioned several times by different people that Mannequin is one of the Nine's longest serving members. Bonesaw mentioned once that she could count the members of the Nine that lasted more then a few years on one hand with fingers to spare, with Mannequin being one of them.
His armor was durable enough to resist his own blades.
Abilities and PowersEdit
Mannequin's ability is described as a "tinker who specialized in sustaining life, sheltering it from outside forces; forces that included water, weather, space… and bugs." After the death of his children and wife, he changed from trying to protect others and now "was using his power to help and protect himself and himself only."
As a tinker, Mannequin can retain the benefits of his technology even if his powers are suppressed, but he grows noticeably less coordinated using it.
Due to being mostly modular, his fighting style is never quite the same twice, and his flexibility and many weapons give him a lot of options. He used a different configuration with each confrontation approaching a problem from different angles and rapidly finding out how to defeat his opponents.
After his rebirth Mannequin would start travelling the world as a serial killer, emphasizing individuals, predominantly tinkers and rogues who seek to better the world with their powers as his targets. Eventually he joined the Slaughterhouse Nine and has been with them for an unknown amount of time, though it has been several years.
When the group they came to Brockton Bay to 'recruit' a ninth member for their team. His recruit is Armsmaster, who he visits in holding by climbing through the air vents, and injures just enough to make a point.
Possibly spited by the unusually low death count of Shatterbird's attack as a result of Skitter's involvement, Mannequin sought the young villain out. He found her in her territory, engaged in providing medical treatment to those with glass shards in their bodies, a remnant of Shatterbird's recent song. Skitter said she would make him pay for hurting people.
Fleeing he later met up with the other 7 members. Ambushed the Undersiders and maimed panacea while she was meeting with the villains. He would attack Skitters territory again with a gas attack orphaning several children. Overwhelmed by
He was killed by Bakuda's bombs utilized by the PRT.
Several clones of Gramme appeared as members of the Slaughterhouse 9000, along with a hybrid clone of him and Winter called Snowmann. Though grown and programmed by Bonesaw, they carried out the body modifications themselves.
- Like Andrew Norton was not an intentional homage to emperor Nortan, Mannequin was not given the first name of Alan as an intentional homage to the musician Alan Menkenany, who wrote the song Mannequin Attack.
Fanart Gallery Edit
|Leaders||King • Jack Slash|
|Members||Bonesaw • Breed • Burnscar • Cherish • Chuckles • Crawler • Crimson • Damsel of Distress • Gray Boy • Harbinger • Hatchet Face • Hookwolf • Mannequin • Miasma • Murder Rat • Nice Guy • Night Hag • Nyx • Psychosoma • Screamer • Shatterbird • The Siberian • Skinslip • Winter|
|Bonesaw's Creations||Hack Job • Laughjob • Murder Rat • Nighty Night • Pagoda • Snowmann • Spawner • Tyrant|