I've little patience for treachery nowadays and all manner o' creative ways to deal with such.
— Captain Shellbreaker, Sonic Universe #92
Captain Shellbreaker is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. He is a mobian otter and the leader of the Pirates of the Setting Dawn.
Concept and creation
Shellbreaker was designed with "cold" colors in order to reflect his secretive ruthlessness.
Captain Shellbreaker is an average-sized and proportioned mobian with dark blue fur. He has light blue fur on his muzzle and belly, small and round ears, blue eyes, a diamond-shaped black nose, a thick tail, and two thick "whiskers" on each cheek. His attire consists of a black eyepatch over his right eye, a white shirt, a yellow-rimmed black coat with coattails and no sleeves, and black boots and gloves with yellow rims.
Long ago, Shellbreaker was part of a large pirate fleet which comprised the Pirates of the Setting Dawn. At some point, he and his crew found Razor the Shark and his sister Blade on the the Knives trying to steal from them. Rather than executing them though, the crew took the siblings in as two of their own. However, Shellbreaker would be betrayed by his own captain―Abyss the Squid―when she joined up with the Eggman Empire and took a sizable portion of the crew with her to form the Southern Oceans Egg Army. This left Shellbreaker resentful at Abyss and with only a few loyal crewmates left to follow him as the new captain. Shellbreaker later lost Razor too when a "philosophical disagreement" between them made the crew throw Razor overboard.
Using some untranslatable charts Abyss had left behind, Shellbreaker and his crew would hunt for treasures and relics to sell to the highest bidder. Eventually, Shellbreaker and Blade came across Princess Undina of Meropis and held her for ransom. When he discovered that Undina could translate Abyss' charts however, Shellbreaker forgot the ransom and kept her on his crew as her navigator.
The Case of the Pirate Princess
Some time after capturing Undina, Shellbreaker and his crew came across an Amphibious Vehicle in the Setting Dawn. Bringing the vehicle onboard, the pirates came face-to-face with the Chaotix, Razor and Echo the Dolphin. After a brief scuffle however, Shellbreaker was dumbfound to hear that Razor wanted to rejoin the crew, with the Chaotix following his example. Although weary of the group's intentions, Shellbreaker was convinced by Mr. Bristles to let them join, although his warned the group of the consequences of betraying him. He then had the new recruits get accommodated onboard the Setting Dawn, with Shellbreaker himself showing Vector the Crocodile around.
Captain Shellbreaker can come off as suave and charismatic. In truth, however, he is secretly ruthless. Having experienced the worst kind of a betrayals from his closest crewmates, Shellbreaker has little patience for treachery and will deal befitting punishment to those who dare take advantage of his trust. He also has a curious habit of saying "otterly" instead of "utterly".
Powers and abilities
Like all aquatic mobians, Captain Shellbreaker is capable of aquatic respiration, allowing him to breathe on both land and water. He also has some skills in swordsmanship, capable of deflecting a kunai thrown by Espio with the tip of his sword.
Captain Shellbreaker wields a standard-looking cutlass with a black blade and a silver guard.
- Shellbreaker's name references real life sea otters, who are known to use stones as tools in order to crack open the shells of molluscs in order to eat them.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sonic Universe #92, "Letter from the Editor"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Sonic Universe #92, "The Case of the Pirate Princess Part Two: The Princess was Shanghaied"
- ↑ Sonic Super Digest #15, "Sonic Comic Origins - Castaway"
- ↑ Sonic Universe #91, "The Case of the Pirate Princess Part One: Dial "C" for Chaotix"