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Abashed, the Devil stood, and felt how awful goodness is...
~ T-Bird's most famous quote.

T-Bird is the main antagonist in James O'Barr's 1989 graphic novel The Crow, and a supporting antagonist in the 1994 live action film adaptation of the same name. He is the leader of a gang of criminals who murder Eric Draven and Shelley Webster, whom Eric targets for revenge a year later after he is resurrected by a mystical crow.

In the film adaptation, he was portrayed by David Patrick Kelly, who also portrayed Sully in Commando, Luther in The Warriors, and Unger in The Longest Yard.

Biography

Comics

In O'Barr's original graphic novel, T-Bird is the leader of a gang of drug dealers and thieves who murder Eric Draven and Shelly Webster for fun after passing them on the highway. T-Bird shoots Eric in the back of the head, and then leads his crew in gang-raping and murdering Shelly.

A year later, a mystical crow resurrects Eric, who then sets about avenging his and Shelly's deaths by systematically hunting down and killing their murderers. When he finally reaches T-Bird, Eric engages him in a bloody gun battle in which he kills all of T-Bird's thugs. T-Bird flees in his car (a T-Bird, from which he gets his nickname) butr crashes, sustaining serious injuries. Eric then tortures and beats him to death with a hammer.

Film

In the film, T-Bird is the chief lieutenant of crime lord Top Dollar, who orders him and his men to kill Eric and Shelly on Devil's Night because Shelly is fighting tenant eviction in a building Top Dollar owns.

When Eric is resurrected a year later, he kills T-Bird's lieutenants Tintin and Funboy before finding him with his right-hand man Skank. Eric kidnaps T-Bird and ties him up in his car, which he has rigged with explosives. When T-Bird realizes who Eric is, he is terrified, screaming, "There ain't no coming back!". Eric then sends the car speeding off, and blows it up by remote control, killing T-Bird and incinerating his body to the point that it has to be identified by dental records.

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