|“||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 expresses her opinions though modesty, which positions the other characters to see her as, very stuck-up and rude. She’s very witty but is violent and cold-hearted. Phyllis still has feelings but cares too much to maintain her terrible status. She has the beauty and charm, but a terrible personality.
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.
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.