"Born" in the earlier half of the 22nd century, Thomas "Tommy" A.W. Spears was an artificial womb human, part of a project within the United States Colonial Marine Corps to bolster their ranks. Spears was raised in military training facilities with the sole purpose to serve in the Corps. In his early childhood Spears was bullied by an older cadet by the name of Jerico Axe. At age nine while hiding from Axe Spears got a hold of a knife to defend himself from Jerico and ambushed the older and larger boy. After subduing Jerico, Spears then killed the older boy and would be proud of the moment when he killed his first enemy well into his later life, showcasing his sociopathic personality.
By age fifteen, Spears was proving himself to be a competent cadet and showing promise as a Marine in the near future, even sporting several tattoos relating to the Corps. Around this time, cadet Spears found himself attracted to his small arms instructor Gunnery Sergeant Brandywine, who was twice Spears' age. Brandywine, aware of the cadet's attraction called him out on it when they were alone and told him to meet her in her quarters. Spears and Brandywine had a brief sexual encounter that still had an impact on Spears many years later, lamenting how he wished Brandywine could see him then.
So-called saviour of EarthEdit
General Spears was considered on the short list to the next Secretary General. He was a man of honor and distinction; unfortunately, he was also a relic. He commanded his armies with an iron fist. Spears was the first to promote a CMC Bio-Weapon’s Division and started one of his own secret projects when the aliens appeared. He kept his experiments quiet at first: his secret agenda was to harness the Aliens and control their behavior. When the war broke out at CL5, Spears set up station off-world, outside a local Hive and ran his army into the underground, experimenting on the Aliens trying to control their mannerisms. His experiments obsessed him and he was vicious with punishment to his men that harmed them. Unfortunately, both Spears and his ideals were killed when he attempted to release trained Aliens back on Earth to destroy their brothers. They disobeyed him and he shot at them. Then the Queen lifted him up and tore his head off. Both he and his legacy vanished in the blink of an eye.
- Aliens: Book Two (First Appearance)
- Aliens: Nightmare Asylum
- Aliens: The Female War (mentioned only)