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I see you took the liberty of hacking into our data. It's a shame really… SINCE YOU WON'T LIVE TO TELL ABOUT IT!
—Captain Shears

Captain Shears is a character and the main antagonist of the manga Farewell, Beloved Falco.

Biography

A captain in the Cornerian Army, Shears is the ranking military officer on the Cornerian base on the planet Titania, where the planet's ancient ruins have been studied since the end of the Lylat Wars. He agrees to help Star Fox track down Falco Lombardi in exchange for helping him deal with a small remainder of Androssian troops who are allegedly using Titania to develop new weapons.

As it turns out, the band of individuals supposedly belonging to Andross's army was actually Katt Monroe and her crew, who had stolen top-secret information about research being done on the base. Shears was actually attempting to clone Andross, and mislead Star Fox into believing that Katt's gang were leftovers from Andross' army to prevent the information from getting out. Peppy Hare began to get wary of Shears after realizing that his base was unnaturally quiet for supposedly being in danger, sending Slippy out in a Landmaster to investigate while Fox's Arwing underwent repairs.

Meanwhile, after it became apparent that Star Fox hadn't stopped them, Shears deployed the Goras in order to claim a hostage to force them to surrender. In addition, Shears stared getting concerned about them having discovered what was on the files they stole and wondering if they were strong enough to do something about it. Ironically, the hostage turned out to be Slippy Toad (who was sent to scout ahead in case Shears had any ulterior motives), who had bad memories of the creature. During a raid made by Fox and the Hot Rodders, Shears cornered Fox and Slippy in the bio-engineering laboratory by riding on his armored boar and engaged Fox in a sword duel. After losing a duel with Fox, Shears nearly escapes on his boar, but is presumably crushed to death by the giant Andross clone he had created.

Personality

He first seemed to be what was expected of an officer, being polite. However, beneath this exterior, he was an insane psychopath, as evidenced from the above quote when he reveals himself to Fox and Slippy when they see Andross's revival chamber. Shears also had an appreciation for his progress on reviving Andross claiming: Do you like him? I'm rather proud of him, myself. He was skilled in swordplay fencing, evident in his duel with Fox.

Trivia

  • Some of Shears' actions, including acting as a mole for the main bad guy, his constantly wearing shades, his trying to create (or revive, in this case) a grave threat via biomechanical means, and later presumably ending up killed by said threat shortly after being exposed as the mole, resembles that of the Resident Evil villain Albert Wesker from the first game. His revealing himself as a traitor even resembles how Wesker revealed himself as the mole in S.T.A.R.S. in the first Resident Evil to either Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine, even in a similar environment.
  • Captain Shears may also be another Beatles reference to Billy Shears in the songs "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "With a Little Help From My Friends", as the shades he wears are reminiscent of John Lennon's sunglasses.
  • Captain Shears may have first appeared as a friendly unnamed General Pepper-like character in the unreleased game Star Fox 2, though this debut is debatable since he wears a different colour schemed attire.

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