Jean-Henri Fabre the Historical Figure
"Born in Saint Leons in 1823, Jean-Henri Fabre is renowned for his popularization of the study of natural history involving insects (entomology). Although a reclusive amateur with no scientific training, he was an acute observer of insect behavior and is credited with setting the standards of observational patience and accuracy that were adopted by all subsequent investigators including Charles Darwin. His most famous literary contribution, the ten volumes of Souvenirs Entomoligiques attracted only mild attention durring most of the author's life. However, Fabre's humanistic writing style, beautiful watercolor renderings of flora and fauna, and valuable contributions to science were ultimately acknowledged - thus providing the then 84 year-old Fabre with election to numerous scientific societies and a government pension before his death in 1915. " ( Taken from the Read or Die OVA DVD "Archives" )
Jean-Henri Fabre the I-Jin
Jean-Henri Fabre is the first I-jin to cross Yomiko's path, with interesting results. He was originally a French entomologist, and in Read or Die he is given distinct bug-like characteristics, such as antennae.
Fabre's primary ability is the control of bugs and bug-like robots. Not only does he ride these robots around to terrorize people, but he can control insects to search for things and appears to be able to see through them (in the first episode, he does this with a swarm of bees).
In addition, when he 'dies' he really just molts out of his skin and takes on a new form. Only when Drake destroys his 'heart' is Fabre truly dead.