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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 was a character who only appeared 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", though she was only referred to as The Rival Genie until the game was released.


Her appearance is similar to that of Shantae's, but her hair is bright orange and tied up in pigtails, while her earrings are a green variation of Shantae's, and she wears a green tank top and white shorts as opposed to a bra and harem pants, respectively. She is also a bit taller than Shantae.


Holly was once the darling of Tassel Town, and spends much of her time reminiscing about helping the town and winning many rewards for her efforts. After the town was struck by a centuries-long sandstorm, she became desperate to survive by any means necessary. In the present, she has grown boastful, and looks down on those who she believes don't measure up to her abilities. Her constant bragging is likely a survival ploy in order to get her memory to stick in people's minds and ensure she keeps existing.


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 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!!!"

Despite dealing with Holly about halfway through Half-Genie Hero, Shantae is not given back her Guardian Genie position until the good ending 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 remembers 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.


  • Since Holly Lingerbean died before the events of Half-Genie Hero, her Memory form may actually be a ghost.
    • It is currently unknown how she died, though the century-spanning sandstorm that took out Tassel Town might have been the cause.
  • 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 return, Half-Genies will die out once they pass on. Holly was idolized by a town that was destroyed centuries ago, but it's unlikely that she was ever a half-genie in the first place.