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.
Abilities, Powers and EquipmentEdit
Sphere'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."
He specialized in large projects.
Born Alan Gramme, a man with a happy childhood and home life. After triggering he became a tinker specializing in enclosed systems, this led him taking the pseudonym 'Sphere'. He gained fame and attention as his power allowed to take up "a project to build self sustaining biospheres on the moon." It is stated that "he had ideas on solving world hunger, and building aquatic cities near cities plagued by overcrowding." Sphere was attempting to get all of that off the ground when The Simurgh attacked the site he was living in.
In the Simurgh attack, his wife and children were killed, and the years of work he'd done to help fix the problems of the world were ruined. Alan went mad and shut himself off from the world. Literally. Sphere withdrew, crafting a self-contained ecosystem in which he could survive indefinitely, untouchable, unreachable and safe. Sphere emerged under the new name of 'Mannequin'.
He would become his own antithesis.
While secreted away in her lab Bonesaw would grow several clones of Gramme for the express purpose of remaking Mannequin. They had none of the originals memories, their personalities were expressly sculpted to recreate the monster that he became.
- Like Andrew Norton was not an intentional homage to emperor Nortan, Sphere was not given the first name of Alan as an intentional homage to the musician Alan Menkenany.