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I honestly thought that you, as a Shimura, were better than believing those kinds of lies. But then again, you have always been the family disappointment.


Phyllis Shimura is the mother of Brett and Jason, and the wife of Cornelius.

Phyllis is a wealthy woman who comes from an old money blood line. She’s also a selfish, elitist, cold-hearted abuser and all around detestable woman. Phyllis can move from relentlessly icy and near emotionless to a screaming, out-of-control wreck and back again at the slightest provocation, and just about every word and deed in between is underscored by a deep sense of sadness and despairing apathy. Judging by what other characters have to say about her, she was this way before Jason's death as well.

At the beginning of the series, she seems like a privileged, spoiled, and conceited parent. From the beginning of the series, it is obvious — especially with her in neglectful contrast to Brett — that she belongs to the upper division of a social hierarchy. While she's said and done unconscionable things to Brett, she does take steps to keep her son safe when she can, and seems genuinely hurt that Brett considers her an unfit mother.

Phyllis is very vain and appearance-conscious, as well as being arrogant and uncaring towards the feelings of others. It’s heavily implied that part of the reason she enjoys becoming a waitress is the idea of so many men finding her attractive.

While one of the most detestable people in the entire show, once every blue moon Phyllis will occasionally give us a reminder that she is still human at heart: as horrible as she is to Brett, it’s made very clear that Phyllis did truly love Jason. His death leaves her utterly broken. Despite all the abuse she has inflicted on Brett over the years, in her heart, Phyllis honestly doesn’t want Brett to be seriously hurt. Thus, when she learns she is taking out all her anger and sadness over to abusing Brett, she initially tries to stop herself and comforts Brett with love and affection (as seen in Season 2).

Personality and Traits Edit

Phyllis Shimura is highly intelligent, manipulative and perspicacious, being able to recognize small details and to use them skillfully to serve her interests. She always makes sure that she does not have to keep her promises, while staying true to her words. She's domineering, sharp-tongued, evil, cruel, heartless, belittling, manipulative, and vicious. Despite her “apparent” love for her husband seems to despise Brett, constantly treating him terribly, in a very unmotherly manner. Verbal and emotional abuse is a common theme in reference to Phyllis's treatment of her own son. Phyllis is charismatic and elegant, in her words and actions, and she really portrays as a cunning and intelligent villain. She holds a great envy towards Cornelius simply for her beauty and wholesome charm, so she treats Brett like a servant in her own home. A housewife who employs subtle methods, she is deviously manipulative in controlling Brett by maintaining a sham benevolence in her authority of the household; she sometimes physically abuses Brett but leaves that to her husband instead.

As of Season 2, her personality changes drastically as she becomes more sympathetic and noble. She has become a better person. Phyllis is now more reserved and wants nothing more than to be happy. Though, if someone or something threatens her or her friends, she has no problem letting her "bitchy" side shine through. Though Phyllis has become less threatening, she is not a pushover. She has been through so much, yet she is still so strong.


Role in Series Edit

PilotEdit

Making his way down the stairs of his house, into the lounge, Brett paused in the doorway feeling his blood run cold. Sat there, on the sofa, was Phyllis Shimura. "Mother." Brett greeted bitterly. "Your father..." Phyllis announced. "...as it turns out, is going to come home late tonight." she finished. Brett let out a light scoff at that. "Of course he did." Brett replied, his voice showing that the titbit of information his mother had just disclosed was not a surprise in the slightest. "But wait. You mean the business?" he asked boldly, raising his eyebrows with just the right amount of condescension. "Oh, Brett, don't be so gauche." Phyllis drawled, sending a glare at her son. "Well, I ought to head to school... wouldn't want to be late." Brett said, pursing his lips as he spoke. "Not with that boy lurking in the corridor. Honestly, I don't understand what that boy hope to achieve by introducing these... under-achievers, like my son... into that local school. Next thing you know, they'll be bringing their faggy acceptance up onto Albuquerque, and corrupting our children." Phyllis replied pointedly. Phyllis's eyes hovered over Brett as she drawled the word 'corrupting', and the emphasis she placed upon it told Brett that his mother knew everything, or at least some, of what Brett had been up to the day before. "Anyhow, you don't want to be late, Brett dear, so you best get going. Have a nice day." Phyllis drawled. And with that, Phyllis nodded, silently dismissing her son. Grabbing his backpack, Brett made his way over to the front door, completely unware that his mother was following him. "And Brett..." Phyllis drawled, causing Brett to freeze and turn to face her. Phyllis went over to Brett and grabbed him by the face, pinching his cheeks together. "You better drop that stuck-up attitude or you will be sorry." she snarled. Brett tried to pull his face free but Phyllis only tightened her grip. "Please, let me go, Mom!" Brett cried out in fear. "Not until you drop that attitude of yours." Phyllis growled. She released his face and slapped him across the face, hard. "If you ever dare speak to me like that again, there will be major punishments." Phyllis said in a cold and murdeorus tone. "What, are you going to, punch me this time?" Brett said confidently, trying to hold back tears. "Don't test me, boy." Phyllis snarled. Brett sighed. "But, let's talk first." she said, standing with her hands clasped in front of her primly. "You're a sneaky and cunning boy, Brett. Not to mention you possess the tendency of a homosexual." she said. "So?" Brett’s voice shook. "So... You could be valuable to this family." she said. Hauntingly casual, Phyllis slowly walked up to Brett. "Your grades seem to be slipping, Brett." she said. "What do you mean?" Brett asked innocently. "On the contrary, you'll be punished. I guarantee it." Phyllis said with a devilish smile. She stepped over to him, her heels clicking softly on the hardwood floor. Phyllis leaned down. "Because your father has a very unfortunate punishment for your... behavior. And so will young Troy Bolton. And anyone else we decide upon. Do you understand?" she whispered in Brett’s ear, uncomfortably close. Brett's face drained of blood. "Brett, do you understand?" Phyllis snapped, and Brett kept himself composed. "Yes, Mother." Brett shuddered, answering with a croak. "Good." Phyllis stood straight, her eyes still watching Brett's reaction closely with distaste. "You can go to eat your breakfast now." she said. The dining room was set as always. Phyllis started the pointless table gossip just as Brett sat down and a plate of fruit, toast, and eggs was put in front of him. Brett’s eyes fell to his lap. There was a pressure on his shoulders and head; he wanted to curl up within himself. Tuning everything out, Brett almost didn't hear his mother’s voice call across the table emphatically. "Brett, I asked you if you cleaned your room." Phyllis said again. Brett blinked rapidly. "Um, yes. I... I cleaned it. I just miss going to school, seeing my friends, you know. And everything else." Brett said hesitantly. "Well, I was not aware your... standards... had sunk that low. Don't let me hear you have been associating with that pretty bot ever again..." she snarled. "His name is Troy, Mom. And you will no longer determine who I will or will not be seen with." Brett replied confidently. "Oh, Brett, I thought you had learnt your lesson the last time you behaved in a... deviant... manner." Phyllis chuckled dryly. "I will not let you intimidate me anymore, mother. I'm not deviant, or loveless – I'm amazing." Brett said in confidence. Phyllis scoffed at her son. "So that is what he told you? I honestly thought that you, as a Shimura, were better than believing those kinds of lies. But then again, you have always been the family disappointment." Phyllis growled. "I'm going, Mother." Brett said forcefully, turning away so his mother couldn't see the tears welling up in his eyes. "Beware the consequences, Brett. Every action has a consequence, and I know you will not like the consequence of affiliating with that... boy." Phyllis muttered ominously as Brett made his way down the driveway.


The Start of Something NewEdit

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Get'cha Head in the GameEdit

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What I've Been Looking ForEdit

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Stick to the Status QuoEdit

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When There Was Me and YouEdit

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Bop to the TopEdit

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Breaking FreeEdit

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We’re All In This TogetherEdit

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What Time Is It?Edit

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FabulousEdit

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Work This OutEdit

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You Are The Music In MeEdit

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I Don't DanceEdit

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Gotta Go My Own WayEdit

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Bet On ItEdit

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EverydayEdit

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All For OneEdit

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Now or NeverEdit

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Right Here, Right NowEdit

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I Want It AllEdit

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Can I Have This DanceEdit

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A Night To RememberEdit

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Just Wanna Be With YouEdit

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The Boys Are BackEdit

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Walk AwayEdit

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ScreamEdit

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We're All In This TogetherEdit

The episode gives us a little insight as to what happened in the moments we weren’t privy to in the Pilot.

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High School MusicalEdit

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