Captain Bellerophon “Tornado” Shanks appears in the Cartoon Network Adult Swim animated series Sealab 2021, parodying the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon Sealab 2020. An affable redneck, he used to work as a football coach, before he read about the undersea lab’s need for a new captain in a help-wanted ad. Yet just like Captain Murphy, he is similarly a moronic cretin, only this time with the charm of a Southern gentleman. He displays his so-called leadership capabilities by having the crew challenge a group of killer robots in a football match, twisting and scarring the minds of the young orphans living below the sea, and declaring the entire Sealab a sovereign nation answerable to no one, not even its owners and financial backers.
At one point, Tornado also vehemently insists to his crew that a massive tumor growing on his head could be cured by the power of prayer alone, forcing them to get shrunk down and be injected into his body in order to save him. Tornado had six brothers, though they’ve all passed away, with his last brother having a heart attack while taking a dump. Like Tornado, they were all named for classic figures from Greek mythology. Later on, he also drops his Southern accent, saying that it made people think he was gay.
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