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"18 hours ago, we lost a chopper carrying a cabinet minister and his aide in this charming little country."
―MajGen. Phillips (from Predator)

Major General Homer L. Phillips[1][2] was a high ranking officer in U.S. Army Intelligence, serving as part of the top-secret Code 4 BRAVO intelligence unit.[1] Phillips was the mission coordinator who recruited Alan "Dutch" Schaefer's mercenary team, at the request of CIA agent Al Dillon, for a mission in Val Verde in 1987.

Biography

Early life

Phillips was a Vietnam veteran, having fought at Da Nang during the Vietnam War.[1] Later, he was assigned to the special intelligence unit Code 4 BRAVO, whose latest operations involved assisting the American-backed government in Val Verde against a guerrilla rebel movement.[1] Phillips had previous experience working with Dutch before recruiting him for the Val Verde mission.

Mission to Val Verde

"You're looking good, Dutch."
"It's been a long time, General."
Phillips and Dutch (from Predator)
When several CIA agents operating in Val Verde were captured by the communist rebels, Phillips helped their handler Al Dillon recruit Dutch's team for a rescue operation — after a squad of Green Berets led by Jim Hopper had failed in that mission. It is unclear if Phillips knew the true identities of the captured men, as Dutch was led to believe they were members of the Guatemalan government to help secure his assistance.

The rescue of Dutch

"My God..."
Phillips, witnessing the aftermath of the Jungle Hunter's detonation (from Predator)
When Anna was rescued from the jungle by the extraction team intended for Dutch's squad, Phillips received her testimony about the Yautja they had encountered. Convinced of the severity of the situation, Phillips personally joined the return flight into the jungle that sought to rescue whatever remained of Dutch and his team. Phillips and the helicopter crew thus witnessed the enormous explosion caused by the Jungle Hunter's Self-Destruct Device; Phillips was awed almost into silence by the destructive power on display. Shortly afterwards, the chopper crew located Dutch amidst the devastation caused by the blast and extracted him.

Investigating the Predators

In 1989, two years after the events in Val Verde, Phillips, now apparently in charge of a covert operation tracking the activities of Predators on Earth, recruited Detective Schaefer of the New York City Police Department for a dangerous mission with the promise of finding his missing brother Dutch. The incident began when a Predator interrupted a war between two gangs which Schaefer was investigating. Phillips was sent in to investigate and cover up the event. The event culminated in Phillips leading troops and against a Predator incursion into New York City, assisted by gang members lead by Dutch.

The following year, when a Predator ship crashed in Siberia, Phillips again recruited detective Schaefer for a mission to retrieve the vessel. Phillips personally commanded the mission, which ended in failure when Schaefer and a Russian officer destroyed the ship.

In 1996, Phillips, in charge of all missions dealing with the Predators at the Pentagon, sent two teams back into Val Verde to confirm attacks by what seemed to be another Predator. It was actually one that detective Schaefer had fought and wounded in 1989, driven berserk by his wounds. When both investigative teams were wiped out, Phillips orchestrated a plot to recruit Schaefer once more to take down the beast. This involved arranging for Schaefer to meet a man claiming to be the helicopter pilot who flew his brother out of Val Verde in 1987, who told him that Phillips had left Dutch in the country after the incident.

Detective Schaefer headed back to South America to find out the truth. Meanwhile, Phillips also oversaw the examination of blood samples from the creature by military scientists, retrieved by one of the teams.

At the end of the incident, Schaefer successfully defeated the creature, but after having been fed numerous contradictory stories about what happened to his brother, he returned to the states and confronted Phillips at gunpoint in Washington, D.C., in the midst of his regular weekly golf game. Promising to interrogate Phillips under threat of violence, Schaefer lead the General into the woods.

It is unknown as of yet what Schaefer was able to learn about Dutch's fate, or indeed what happened to Major General Phillips or detective Schaefer.

Trivia

  • The map General Phillips used to brief Dutch in Predator is a map of Guatemala. The map shows part of the Chapada das Mangabeiras mountain range.
  • While the character's name is spelled "Phillips" with two L's in the film credits, in all of his later Dark Horse Comics appearances it is spelt "Philips" with a single L.
  • His rank in the comics is also only ever referred to as "General", the rank of Major General coming from the film.
  • The real-life goblin spider species Predatoroonops phillips is named after Homer Phillips; every member of the Predatoroonops genus has a name that references Predator, due to the perceived similarity between the spider's mouthparts and the Predator's mandibles.[3]

Appearances

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Paul Monette. Predator novelization, p. 3 (1987), Jove Books.
  2. Predator shooting script by Jim Thomas and John Thomas
  3. Brescovit, Bonaldo, Santos, Ott & Rheims, 2012: The Brazilian goblin spiders of the new genus Predatoroonops (Araneae, Oonopidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, n. 370, pp. 1–68 (whole text).
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