Warehouse 9 Caretaker (Former)
Warehouse 13 Caretaker (Current, by force)
|Played by||Anthony Head|
|First Appearance||Lost & Found|
Paracelsus is a dangerous alchemist from the 16th century who was bronzed by Warehouse 9. He used to be Caretaker of Warehouse 9 until he used the Philosopher's Stone with the Copper Bowls of Life and Death to make his brother, Bennett Sutton, and his family, Charlotte Dupres, and Nick Powell immortal at a heinous price.
Paracelsus was born and raised in Switzerland, and was the brother of Bennett Sutton, later the Count of St. Germain. He went against the mainstream beliefs of medicine, and was often compared to Martin Luther for such. He believed in the Greek four elements and a trinity of cosmic elements: Mercury, Sulfur, and Salt.
He is most remembered by history for establishing the role of chemistry in medicine.
At the age of 47, he created the Philosopher's Stone and intended to use it on himself in order to make himself immortal. However, he wanted to make sure it worked first so he paid his brother, Bennett Sutton, to be his test subject. Not believing his brother could actually do it, Sutton willingly took the money but didn't know Paracelsus had kidnapped Charlotte Dupres (Sutton's wife), and Nick Powell (their son). Paracelsus used the stone on all three of them, explaining he needed to test it on a man, a woman, and a child in order to discover if the stone's power was affected by age or gender. Sutton was furious with his brother for what he did to his family and shocked after Paracelsus told Sutton he had to sacrifice the lives of an entire village full of people in order to make them immortal. That's when Sutton decided Paracelsus had to be stopped; Sutton told the authorities what his brother had done and shortly after that Warehouse 9 agents bronzed Paracelsus. Instead of turning over the Philosopher's Stone or destroying it, Sutton cut the stone in half and distributed it in three pieces - two halves of the outer shell and the crystal within, which he set into a ring.
In 2013, he was released by Nick Powell. Nick and Charlotte had both grown tired of being immortal and they knew the only person who could make them mortal again was the same person that made them immortal. Paracelsus then proceeded to take Nick hostage and forced him to bronze Claudia Donovan before stealing several artifacts from the Warehouse, including the Count of Saint Germain's Ring, the Bronze Stele, and Genghis Khan's Mace.
Paracelsus returned to the laboratory in Constantinople hidden deep underneath the Monastery of Stoudios, bringing the two halves of the Philosopher's Stone and the crystal fragment from the Count of Saint Germain's Ring in order to fuse them back together. With the now whole Philosopher's Stone in his possession, Paracelsus finally got revenge on his brother, Sutton, for letting Warehouse 9 bronze him all those centuries ago: Paracelsus used the Philosopher's Stone to make Sutton and his family mortal again. To exact revenge against his brother, Paracelsus tried to shoot Nick but Charlotte flung herself in front and took the bullet. Before Paracelsus could use the stone to make himself immortal, his laboratory began collapsing and they all had to flee.
Afterwards, at the Warehouse, it was revealed that not only was he once aware and part of the operations of Warehouse 9, but that he was also its Caretaker.
It turned out Paracelsus had left for San Francisco, visiting three different hospitals and apparently curing people using the Copper Bowls of Life and Death in the process. Pete and Myka attempt to search for him in the last hospital; however he had left by the time they arrived, using a voice-transmission artifact to delay them. Artie and Claudia realize that Paracelsus requires Petrified wood from Mesopotamia to complete the immortalization process, and that the only place with enough wood that he needs is within Coit Tower. Paracelsus breaks open part of the wall and nearly completes the process when Sutton suddenly appears to try and kill him. Using Genghis Khan's Mace, he immobilizes Sutton, Pete and Myka long enough to complete the process, killing all the people he "healed" earlier and becoming immortal. After pocketing the Philosopher's Stone, he attempts to escape but is eventually captured by Pete and brought back to the Warehouse, where he comments about Myka's condition as he is being bronzed.
The bronzing fails as he explains that as the one who perfected the process, he also knows how to prevent it. He offers replacing Mrs. Frederic as the Warehouse's caretaker while Pete, Myka, and Artie discuss how to sever his connection, but is placed in the Suspension Chamber. Pete comes to ask how to save Mrs. Frederic, but he claims to have no idea how to save her, and offers Pete the idea to save Myka in exchange for a way to erase his memoriesof the Warehouse by using the Janus Coin as an alternative to a more painful punishment the Regents might be thinking of. Pete chooses to reverse the immortalization process and have him perform it since the process is very delicate, and follows his instructions on how to use the Philosopher's Stone. However, this turns out to be another ploy as the act strengthens his bond with the Warehouse instead, allowing him to escape the Suspension chamber while gaining complete control over the Warehouse itself. He makes his declaration to use the Warehouse to destroy his enemies before sending Pete away to the others and chase them out of "his" Warehouse. He is last seen being confronted by Claudia, who chooses to stay behind believing that the Warehouse will take care of her.
He was thought to be arrogant in the 16th century, and seems to not have changed at all. He was also described as brilliant by his brother, who also mentioned that this brilliance may have been mistaken for "insanity".
Paracelsus is also cold-hearted, showing no remorse for destroying a village in order to achieve immortality and attempting to kill Sutton's son and his own nephew, Nick Powell, shortly after making his family mortal again, as well as placing Claudia in an unstable "bronzed" condition despite his nephew's protests that she was innocent. He claims that "sacrifices are necessary" to make progress in order to justify his reasons for killing hundreds of people.
As prior Caretaker, Paracelsus had extensive knowledge of the Warehouse and various Artifacts,which he retained even after being bronzed.
- Paracelsus perfected the bronzing process. Before, people who were bronzed with the Mesopotamian Bronze Stele would only remain bronzed for a few hours before crumbling away into dust, but Paracelsus discovered a way to refine the artifacts power so people who were bronzed would remain bronzed forever.
- As the one who perfected the bronzing process, Paracelsus also knows which chemicals to ingest to prevent himself from being bronzed.