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Burnish is the central antagonist turned anti-hero of DreamWorks' 37th full-length animated feature film Abominable. He was a villain until it's revealed that he is a supporting character who reforms his ways near the end.
As a young man, Burnish went hiking along the Himalayan Mountains and encountered a yeti which was thought to be mythical. Burnish tried to defend himself against the yeti, but the yeti, frightened by Burnish and feeling the urge to protect her offspring, created a storm to escape. Though Burnish did not see how the yeti vanish and forgot why it had disappeared, he tried to report his discovery, but no one believed him as he did not have proof of the yeti's existence. Determined to show the world the existence, Burnish built his own company and funded means to open a zoo and capture a yeti with the help of Dr. Zara, a zoologist, and his henchmen where they were able to capture a young yeti.
In his first scene, Burnish is shown to be a corrupt, greedy businessman who's bent on capturing Everest to reveal his existence and earn money on revealing the yeti's existence. However, it is revealed that Burnish's determination to show the yeti to the world is actually caused when Burnish saw a yeti a long time ago when he was a young man, but no one believed him. After that, Burnish became fixed on proving the existence of yetis so he can show that he wasn't crazy and not be laughed at again. However, after seeing Everest's magical abilities, Burnish began to have second thoughts about capturing him. Then, when he saw Everest use hier powers to protect Yi, Jin, and Peng, along with recalling he saw a yeti protecting her children, Burnish realized his mistakes and ordered his men to not shoot Everest, only to be tranquilized by Dr. Zara. After Zara's defeat, Burnish apologizes to Everest and allows the kids to take Everest to the mountain and forces his goons to give overt their warm coats. In the end, he's shown to be on friendlier terms with the kids as he takes them home and sends them a package full of hiking equipment for their next adventure.