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"NO FAIIIIIIIIR...!!!" -- Holly Lingerbean fades away after her pet worm, Wilbur, meets his defeat and she has almost nobody to remember her.
Holly Lingerbean is a new character who appears in Half-Genie Hero. Her first appearance in the game is the second of the two additional chapters funded through reaching Kickstarter's stretch goals, titled "Fire & Forget", although she went under the name The Rival Genie, as her real name wasn't revealed until after the game was released, most likely meaning WayForward didn't want to give away her real name.

Appearance

Her appearance is similiar to that of Shantae's, but her hair is bright orange and done in pigtails, while her clothing is a green variation of Shantae's. She is also a bit taller than Shantae. Holly's self centered-ness and unwillingness to destroy per se would make her Chaotic Neutral at best, and Lawful Evil at worst. She might have been Neutral Good before the events of Shantae and before Shantae herself was even born.

Synopsis

Half Genie Hero

After Shantae once again fails to protect Scuttle Town from Risky Boots' latest attack, Mayor Scuttlebutt fires her and brings in a new replacement, a half-genie for hire named Holly Lingerbean. Almost immediately, Holly brags about how she is much more cut out for the job, boasting that she has a genie mother and a father who was a stage magician and thus is more magical than any half-genie. Shantae is not impressed, but she holds in her discomfort and resumes her own quest.

Later, Shantae returns to Scuttle Town to find that many of the citizens can't remember anything, though they still know about Holly and speak very fondly of her. Mayor Scuttlebutt and Sky are also affected, but Holly is nowhere in sight. Shantae finds a map to a desert area called Tassel Town in Scuttlebutt's hand and flies out with Sky and Wrench in time to meet Holly, who claims that she is investigating the missing memories and leaves.

Not trusting Holly's claim, Shantae follows the arrogant diva through the desert and to the top of a large tower, where Holly reveals that she is not a half-genie, but actually a Memory of the most important person of all time: herself. A long time ago, all of Tassel Town loved and adored her, but a centuries-long sandstorm destroyed everything in the town and she was almost completely forgotten. Holly now seeks to become the strongest Memory by using her powers to erase all other memories from people, which she then feeds to her pet, a giant sandworm she has named "Wilbur".

Holly summons Wilbur and feeds him the memories taken from Scuttle Town, then orders him to destroy Shantae. After a long fight, Shantae defeats Wilbur and the stolen memories return to their respective owners. With nobody left to think about her, Holly's power fades and she vanishes with a final, defiant scream of "NO FAIIIIIIIR!!!"

Now that Holly Lingerbean has gone (because she was supposedly forgotten), Shantae is given back her Guardian Genie position at the end of the game.

Pirate Queen's Quest

When Risky Boots arrives in Tassel Town, she tells her subordinates about the history of the area and how it was once a flourishing place. In the instance she mentions Holly, the formerly defeated memory is resurrected as she is remembered. After Risky Boots defeats Wilbur, a Tinkerbat hits her over the head with a hammer to make her forget about Holly. Holly then fades out of existence and screams, "NO FAIIIIIIIR!!!", a second time. Risky feels the need to punish the Tinkerbat that hit her, but she can't remember why.

Friends to the End

Holly comes back one last time when Bolo remembered about her inside Shantae's mind. Being a "memory of memory inside memory" grants her even more power. After being defeated by Bolo, Rotty, and Sky, it is revealed that Nega-Shantae made a pact with her in order to stop them. Defeated and humiliated, she begs for another chance, but gets erased instead.



Trivia

  • It is possible that Holly Lingerbean died before the events of Half-Genie Hero and during the events of The Pirate's Curse, so her Memory form may actually be a ghost of her former living self.
    • It is unknown how she died, though it did most likely was during one of Tassel Town's sandstorms.
  • In Seven Sirens the oldest half-genie Harmony states that half-genies are a race that haven't been around for too long, only exist as a generation of one and unless the genies come back the race might die out once they pass on (possibly implying that even if they can live longer than normal humans they can still die from aging). When Holly was alive she was guardian of a town that was destroyed centuries ago so she might have never been a half-genie in the first place.
    • This could also mean that her "I'm not really a half-genie at all!" quote might even extend to her pre-memory self.
    • It is still possible for her to have even been some type of genie back then, since ghost forms of Genies have been shown to be a thing once they are defeated by a powerful force, but her true former species still remains unknown.


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