Burnish is a supporting character of Abominable. He was thought to be the main antagonist until it's revealed that he is a supporting character who reforms his ways near the end.
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 his 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 knocked out by Dr. Zara. After Zara's defeat, Burnish apologizes to Everest and allows the kids to take Everest home by giving them 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.
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.
- Burnish is voiced by Eddie Izzard.
- Burnish is one of the few antagonists in a Dreamworks motion picture to redeem himself.
- Burnish and Nai Nai are the only two characters of the same height and shorter than the other characters in the movie.