Mandragora-257 is a male Clockwork Cherub.
One of the few truly evil members of the Crew of the Copper-Colored Cupids, Mandragora-257 was formerly a member of the Department of Alchemy, but was banished after a misfire in one of his experiments caused several of his coworkers to be destroyed. He was sent to Morningstar 1, on Venus in the 97th Cosmos, where he continued his alchemical experiments, succeeding in creating the Pure Elixir that turned base metals into gold, only to find this taste of success surprisingly unfulfilling..
In 2019, Pythagoras-858 and his Department of Problem-Solving were dispatched to Morningstar 1 in time to witness Mandragora's new experiment, reviving the seven hibernating Wellsians who had been hibernating beneath the base and been dug up by Digger-291, whom Mandragora had taken on as an apprentice and assistant. Mandragora tried to control the Wellsians and use them to betray Governor-105, taking over the base, but the Wellsians instead turned their weapons on him. Unbeknownst to the Wellsians, Mandragora had been carrying highly reactive explosives on his person, leading to the destruction of Morningstar 1 and, seemingly, of Mandragora himself.
The alchemist resurfaced on the Prime Universe's Earth in the 19th century, where he used alchemical techniques to try and create himself a new, human-like body. The results were flawed and unstable; adopting the alias of Mr Sardoniucs, the alchemist took to demonology, manipulating dissolute, impoverished French gentlemen into helping him summon a demon, Shax, who could help him resurrect himself fully. The plan was headed off by Pythagoras-858 once again, with the increasingly insane Mandragora choosing to abandon his artificial body and retreat into the Spirit Realm rather than give himself up.
Behind the scenes
He derives his name from the Latin name of the mandrake, a plant often reputed to have alchemical properties.