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Lionel Mandrake, better known as Group Captain Mandrake, and sometimes just Mandrake, is the deuteragonist of the 1964 black-comedy film Dr. Strangelove (or how I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb). He's a British Exchange Program liaison officer with a crisp English accent.

He was portrayed by Peter Sellers, who also portrayed Dr. Strangelove, and President Merkin Muffley within the same film.

Why He Rocks

  1. Just like his other two roles, Sellers does this role very talentedly.
  2. Despite being new to his job, he's still pretty smart and observant. As he listened to regular civilian broadcastings where playing during the supposed Russian attack, and was able to deduce that Ripper started the attack rather than the President.
  3. Similar to Sellers' other roles in the film, he's portrayed the sane man with a comedic side, with works out very well.
  4. He surprisingly was able to remain very optimistic and calm despite every that's happened, including locked in command base office with the General.
  5. He's also pretty courageous he wasted no time trying issue the recall code when he found out the truth, and after Ripper kills himself he manages to figure the code out and was able to send the code and (nearly) save the world. The only reason it didn't work was because one of the bomber planes had their radio gear destroyed and could get the commands to turn around.

Bad Qualities

  1. Early on the film, he's a bit of a wimp and fails to properly stand up for himself when around other domineering American officers.


  • Mandrake is named after a medicinal plant root or herb, said to encourage fertility, conception or potency - an aphrodisiac.