|“||They can't tell me what I've seen 'cause only I know what I've seen!||„|
|“||All right, Lorraine. Let's kiss this bear good night.||„|
|~ Shaw, preparing to kill Boog.|
|“||If I don't stop them...it'll be a total reversal of the natural order. They laugh at Old Shaw, but you'll see. The truth...will be revealed.||„|
|~ Shaw to Bobbie, Bob and Mr. Weenie about animal taking over human life.|
Shaw is the main antagonist of the Open Season franchise. He is the main antagonist of Sony Pictures Animation's first feature film Open Season and Open Season: Scared Silly and the unseen overarching antagonist of Open Season 2 and Open Season 3.
He is a sadistic and barbaric hunter who enjoys hunting animals at the forested area where he lives even when the hunting season has not yet started. He is Boog and Elliot's arch-nemesis, as well as Beth's arch-rival.
In the first film, he was voiced by Gary Sinise, who also played Kevin Dunne in Snake Eyes, and James Shaker in the 1996 film Ransom. In Open Season: Scared Silly, he was voiced by Trevor Devall. In the Open Season videogame, he was voiced by Darryl Kurylo.
Throughout the first film, Shaw is revealed to be a destructive, barbarous, paranoid and violent sociopath. He shows no regard for any life other than his own and is thus a miscreant, traitorous, argumentative, conceited, selfish, arrogant, pompous, cruel, vain and greedy man. This has been proven by the sadistic, heartless and insensitive way in which he mounted many animals in the forest on his cabin wall and how he drove his truck recklessly to try and kill Elliot, nearly hitting several people along the way.
He is also very opprobrious and manipulative, so he shows no regard for the law, hunting in a national park (before hunting season actually begins) and attempting to fire his gun into a crowd, despite being told by Gordy not to. This resulted in him almost getting arrested by Gordy, but he managed to make a clean escape.
Shaw is also shown to have a bizarre love for his hunting gun called "Lorraine", talking to it and even offering it a blanket, so it would not be cold. This proves that Shaw is mentally ill or at least a bit unhinged as he believes his own rifle to be a living thing.
After a series of incidents, Shaw also seems to develop the suspicious belief that animals are becoming as smart as humans and are plotting a revolutionary rebellion to overthrow mankind and take over the world. This theory results in him becoming even more paranoid than he was already.
Shaw is a tall, slender, muscular man with black hair and brown eyes. He has a large hooked nose, a hunter-type mustache, and a developing beard. He wears an orange vest, a pink shirt, a red flannel with rolled-up sleeves, olive camouflage pants, and dark brown hunter boots.
Shaw is first seen arriving into town with his truck, which has a seemingly dead Elliot tied to the hood, who he ran over the previous night when he "crossed the road". Shaw then walks into the nearby city hall building of Timberline and has a brief argument with Beth. He looks through the window and discovers Boog freeing Elliot, who promptly flees and shatters the left headlight on Shaw's truck, leading to him getting a ticket from Sheriff Gordy and making him grow very angry and resentful of the duo.
At the nature show, Elliot is being chased by Shaw and hides with Boog. After inadvertently ruining his show, Boog finally threatens to kill Elliot and attacks him, making the whole audience panic and run away. Shaw tries to assassinate Boog and Elliot, but Beth sedates them with a tranquilizer gun before he could, thanks to Gordy. Shaw flees before Gordy can arrest him for shooting a gun in the town.
As Boog and Elliot tries their hardest to adapt to life in the wilderness after being released, Shaw grows increasingly paranoid as time passes on, planning his revenge and believing that animals are planning a rebellion to overthrow the human race and become the dominating species on Earth.
Shaw encounters Boog and Elliot again in the river after they have accidentally destroyed a beaver dam, making the river freely flow, flooding many things and washing away the animals with it, taking them to hunt grounds. In the ensuing chaos, Shaw repeatedly shoots at Boog and Elliot, who just narrowly dodge the bullets. As Shaw takes aim at Boog and Elliot again, they suddenly plummet downward. Confused, Shaw lowers his gun, only to spot a huge waterfall as he and his truck go over it, and gets lost in the flooding.
After discovering Elliot's lie, Boog feels betrayed and leaves him and unwittingly finds Shaw's log cabin and screams in horror as he sees several animals mounted all over the walls. Then Shaw arrives home, forcing Boog to hide. Soon, Shaw discovers that his cabin was broken into. Boog hides under a table when he sees his stuffed teddy Dinkleman (which Shaw had salvaged from the flood).
As Boog tries to discretely reach for his teddy, Shaw suddenly tosses a knife at him, impaling the table. Shaw searches for Boog through the dark cellar. Boog rushes out of the basement and places Shaw’s gun over the hatchway to lock him in the basement before making a hasty escape. After a few struggles, Shaw manages to force himself free and runs outside gun in hand, but Boog's already gone. Shaw yells in the distance that he cannot hide from him forever.
Boog happens upon the glowing lights of Timberline. Instead of deserting his companions, Boog helps the other animals defend themselves using supplies taken from Bob and Bobbie's RV while Mr. Weenie joins the wilds.
The next day, Boog leads a rampage against the hunters, sending them running after McSquizzy blows up their trucks with a propane tank named "Mr. Happy". Shaw returns for a final battle and shoots Elliot in the process, which enrages Boog to tie up Shaw with his own gun. Boog rushes over to Elliot's unconscious body but soon finds that Elliot survived the shot, only losing his second antler in the fight. The animals then begin beating up Shaw, until a helicopter flies in and lands, frightening Shaw and causing him to run away into the forest. Beth is revealed to be the one in the helicopter and has returned to take Boog back home where he will be safe, but he instead stays with his friends. They both realize that the bear is at home in the forest.
During the credits, Shaw is seen tarred and feathered after being beat up by the other animals. He is then hit by Bob and Bobbie's RV while trying to cross the road and tied on the top of it. Bob and Bobbie laugh about this, believing Shaw to be Bigfoot. Scared out of his wits, Shaw screams out in defeat. It's unknown what happened to Shaw afterwards, but it's presumed that once Bob and Bobbie reached their destination, they realized that Shaw wasn't Bigfoot and let him go.
Open Season: Scared Silly
Shaw is back and this time, he cannot hunt anymore since Open Season is now illegal. Instead, he is a tour guide and wants to go back hunting again for revenge after what happened to him in the first movie.
While touring, Shaw saw the Wailing Wampus Werewolf (Ian in disguise) and took a picture as evidence. Then he head back to town and tell Gordy that he should bring Open Season back to kill the Werewolf, but secretly he also took this as an opportunity to kill Boog and Elliot including their friends.
Later, he hire his old friends, Ed and Edna to help him kill all the animals, including the werewolf.
Later at the end, he, Ed and Edna disguise themselves as werewolves to kill Elliot until Boog saves him and fights Shaw one last time. Then, Boog beat Shaw with a hive of wasps and got some quills on his face by Buddy. Afterwards, Shaw was tranquilized by Gordy, arrested alongside Ed and Edna, and taken to jail, and Open Season is back to being illegal for good.
- Shaw is memorable for being the first ever main antagonist in the Sony Pictures Animation films.
- Shaw is the reason for the war between the animals and hunters.
- Christopher Lambert and Paul Rudd were both considered for the role of Shaw before Gary Sinise was cast.
- Shaw is the only main villain in the film series to not have redeemed. He is also the only one to be the main antagonist in more than one movie.